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House Session - July 25, 2017

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

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  • 10:00:08 AM

    The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

    • 10:00:18 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 10:00:18 AM

      The Speaker designated the Honorable Mike Johnson to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

      • 10:00:24 AM

        THE CLERK

        THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., JULY 25, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT THE…

        THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., JULY 25, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE MIKE JOHNSON TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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      • 10:00:44 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THANK YOU. PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE…

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

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  • 10:00:58 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.

    • 10:01:15 AM

      MR. THOMPSON

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF TOURING PENNSYLVANIA'S ONLY STATE-OWNED TWO-YEAR TECHNICAL COLLEGE, THADDEUS STEVENS COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY, NAMED AFTER AN INDIVIDUAL, FORMER MEMBER OF CONGRESS THAT SERVED IN THE ERA OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN IN THIS CHAMBER. I WAS PLEASED TO BE IN LANCASTER WITH MY COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE SMUCKER. THADDEUS STEVENS COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY PROVIDES A BRIDGE OUT OF POVERTY FOR SOME OF THE POOREST CITIZENS OF PENNSYLVANIA THROUGH A HIGH-SCALE, TECHNICAL EDUCATION. GRADUATES ARE FILLING THE SKILLS GAP IN AMERICA AS THERE IS A 99% PLACEMENT OF GRADUATES OF ITS HIGH-DEMAND PROGRAMS. FOUNDED IN 1905, THADDEUS STEVENS COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY EDUCATES PENNSYLVANIA'S ECONOMICALLY AND SOCIALLY DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS AS WELL AS OTHER QUALIFIED STUDENTS FOR SKILLED EMPLOYMENT IN A DIVERSE AND EVER-CHANGING WORK FORCE. IT OFFERS 22 INNOVATIVE TECHNICAL-BASED MAJORS THAT EDUCATES STUDENTS FOR NUMEROUS JOB STUDENTS, FROM ARCHITECTURE TO AUTOMOTIVE STUDIES AND FROM MASONRY, THERE ARE MANY THINGS STUDENTS CAN PURSUE. IT ALLOWS STUDENTS EXPOSURE TO THE EXPERIENCE, PROBLEM SOLVING ABILITY AND SKILLS THAT WILL BE USED THROUGHOUT THEIR CAREERS. MANY STUDENTS ENTER THE WORK FORCE AFTER THEIR STUDIES WHILE OTHERS MAY CHOOSE PURSUE HIGHER LEVEL DEGREES AT FOUR-YEAR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. THAT HAD RUSS STEVENS COLLEGE IS ALSO AWARE -- THADDEUS STEVENS COLLEGE IS ALSO AWARE THAT IT PLACES FINANCIAL STRAIN ON THEM AND THEIR FAMILY. GRANT PROGRAMS ARE OFFERED TO ASSIST STUDENTS WHO ARE FINANCIALLY DISADVANTAGED TO SERVE A RICH DIVERSITY OF STUDENTS. LAST MONTH I WAS PROUD THIS HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED MY BILL, THE STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ACT. THE LEGISLATION AIMS TO RESTORE WRUNGS IN THE LADDER OF OPPORTUNITY BECAUSE ALL AMERICANS DESERVE A GOOD-PAYING FAMILY-SUSTAINING JOBS. C.T.E. HAS ESTABLISHED ITSELF AS A PATH THAT MANY HIGH-ACHIEVING STUDENTS CHOOSE IN PURSUIT OF INDUSTRY CERTIFICATION AND HANDS ON SKILLS THEY CAN USE RIGHT OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL. IN SKILLS-BASED EDUCATION PROGRAMS OR IN COLLEGES LIKE THADDEUS STEVENS COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY. BY MODERNIZING THE FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN C.T.E. PROGRAMS, WE WILL BE ABLE TO CONNECT MORE EDUCATORS AND CLOSE THE SKILLS GAP THAT'S IN THIS COUNTRY. THERE ARE GOOD JOBS OUT THERE, BUT PEOPLE NEED TO BE QUALIFIED TO GET THEM. I HAVE PROUDLY CHAMPIONED THAT BILL BECAUSE IT PUTS EMPHASIS ON ADVANCING POLICIES THAT PROMOTES GOOD-PAYING JOBS AND IT WORKS TO SEE THAT EVERYONE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE CAN HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEED. MR. SPEAKER, I WITNESSED THIS FIRSTHAND AT THADDEUS STEVENS COLLEGE. THIS SCHOOL IS AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF EDUCATION. THE COLLEGE IS A NATIONAL LEADER IN TECHNICAL WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT AND IT BREAKS THE -- BREAKS POVERTY. FOR THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE TIME, THE ASPEN INSTITUTE HAS NAMED THADDEUS STEVENS AS A TOP TWO-YEAR TECHNICAL COLLEGE IN PENNSYLVANIA, AND I CONGRATULATE THE SCHOOL AND ALL OF ITS STUDENTS. IT IS TRULY A SHINING EXAMPLE OF STRONG CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS AT WORK. AS GRADUATES ENTER THE WORK FORCE WITH THE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS THEY NEED TO SUCCEED AND PURSUE THE AMERICAN DREAM. THEY ARE LEARNING TO EARN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:04:59 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMORE

      THANK YOU. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR.…

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

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    • 10:05:07 AM

      MR. GUTIERREZ

      MR. SPEAKER, I THINK THE PRESIDENT HAS A LOT TO LEARN ABOUT FAMILIES. IN…

      MR. SPEAKER, I THINK THE PRESIDENT HAS A LOT TO LEARN ABOUT FAMILIES. IN MY OPINION, FAMILIES SHOULD REMAIN INTACT WHEREVER POSSIBLE BUT IT'S CLEAR THE PRESIDENT HAS OTHER NOTIONS. IN THE PRESIDENT'S WORLD, FAMILIES SHOULD BE CUT OFF FROM HEALTH CARE COVERAGE, SO HE'S WORKING WITH REPUBLICANS TO TAKE COVERAGE AWAY FROM 20 MILLION TO 30 MILLION AMERICANS SO THEY CAN SAY THEY MADE GOOD ON A CAMPAIGN PROMISE REGARDLESS OF THE CONSEQUENCES IN REAL PEOPLE'S LIVES. IN THE PRESIDENT'S WORLD, CHILDREN, ESPECIALLY HIS CHILDREN, OH, THEY DON'T HAVE TO BE HONEST WHEN THEY PROVIDE FOR SECURITY CLEARANCES OR DISCLOSE ALL THE MEETINGS THEY HAD WITH THE RUSSIANS. IN THE PRESIDENT'S WORLD, CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN CAN BE CONVENIENT POLITICAL PROPS LIKE WHEN A 6-YEAR-OLD GRANDDAUGHTER IS SENT INTO THE OLVE OFFICE TO INTERRUPT AN INTERVIEW WITH "THE NEW YORK TIMES" ESPECIALLY WHEN AN INTERVIEW IS NOT GOING WELL FOR HIM. BUT CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN DON'T HAVE A BONA FIDE FAMILY CONNECTION WHEN IT COMES TO BEING REFUGEE. IN THE LATEST INCARNATION IN HIS MUSLIM AND REFUGEE BAN, THEY EXCLUDED GRANDPARENTS FROM THOSE CLOSE FAMILY MEMBERS, ONLY IN THE REPUBLICANS' MIND. WELL, LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING. IF THE PRESIDENT CAN BE INTERRUPTED BY HIS GRANDCHILD TO SHAKE UP AN INTERVIEW THAT ISN'T GOING SO WELL, I CAN ASK MY GRANDSON TO HELP ME MAKE A POINT HERE IN CONGRESS. HERE'S LUIS ANDREAS. HE'S MY GRANDSON. YOU SIGH, IN THE GUTIERREZ FAMILY, GRANDCHILDREN ARE PRETTY CLOSE FAMILY MEMBERS AND HAVE A BONA FIDE FAMILY CONNECTION. IN FACT, LUIS LIVES DOWNSTAIRS FROM ME WITH HIS MOM AND DAD ON THE GROUND FLOOR UNIT IN CHICAGO. AND LIVING WITH GRANDMA AND GRANDPA UPSTAIRS HAS DISTINCT ADVANTAGES. THERE'S ALWAYS SOMEONE TO FEED YOU, WATCH YOU, HELP YOU STUDY OR JUST JOKE AROUND. THROUGHOUT MUCH OF THE WORLD AND THROUGHOUT THE AMERICAN HISTORY UNTIL FAIRLY RECENTLY, THE IDEA THAT FAMILIES DO NOT INCLUDE GRANDPARENTS IS LAUGHABLE. MULTIPLE GENERATIONS LIVE TOGETHER OR VERY NEARBY AND GRANDPARENTS, EVEN GREAT GRANDPARENTS ARE AN INTEGRAL PART OF CHILD REARING. SO WHEN YOU ARE IN SYRIA OR YEMEN OR CENTRAL AFRICA OR CENTRAL AMERICA, EXPENDED MULTIGENERATIONAL FAMILIES NOT ONLY LIVE TOGETHER AND SUPPORT EACH OTHER, OCCASIONALLY THEY HAVE TO FLEE TO SAFETY TOGETHER BUT NOT IF DONALD TRUMP HAS HIS WAY, THEY DON'T, OR AT LEAST NOT WHEN IT COMES TO COMING HERE TO AMERICA. THANKFULLY, THE AMERICAN COURT SYSTEM DISAGREES WITH OUR PRESIDENT ON THIS. THE SUPREME COURT, WHICH WOULD ULTIMATELY DETERMINE THE FATE OF AMERICA'S COMMITMENT TO REFUGEES AND RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE WILL DETERMINE THE CASE LATER THIS YEAR. BUT IN THE MEANTIME, OVER THE OBJECTIONS OF THE PRESIDENT, GRANDPARENTS ARE OFFICIALLY PART OF THE FAMILY AND HAVE A BONA FIDE RELATIONSHIP THAT ALLOWS THEM UNDER THE LAW TO BYPASS THE PRESIDENT'S ATTEMPT TO KEEP THEM OUT. THANK YOU, COURTS, FOR RECOGNIZING AND DEFENDING FAMILIES AND GIVING OUR PRESIDENT A LESSON IN THE OBVIOUS. ON SUNDAY, I LEARNED ABOUT A TRAGEDY IN SAN ANTONIO WHERE A TRUCK PACKED WITH IMMIGRANTS WAS DISCOVERED AND AT LEAST 10 PEOPLE WERE KILLED. THE TRUCK HAD NO VENTILATION OR AIR CONDITIONING. THERE WAS NO WATER FOR THOSE INSIDE WHO HAD PAID A LOT OF MONEY TO RISK THEIR LIVES TO LIVE IN AMERICA. 10 DEAD, ANOTHER 20 NEAR DEATH, SOME OF THEM CHILDREN UNDER THE HOT TEXAS SUN IN AN APPARENT SMUGGLING OPERATION. YOU SEE, IF YOU CUT OFF LEGAL IMMIGRATION CHANNELS AND MAKE PEOPLE WAIT DECADES FOR A VISA, IF THEY'RE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY AT ALL, IT STRENGTHENS THE HANDS OF SMUGGLERS. IF YOU TURN ASYLUM SEEKERS AROUND, IN VIOLATION OF OUR OWN LAWS AND INTERNATIONAL LAW, THEY'LL BE DRIVEN INTO THE ARMS OF SMUGGLERS. IF BY GOING THROUGH OUR LEGAL SYSTEM AND REQUESTING ASYLUM, YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY BECOMES VULNERABLE TO DEPORTATION, BEING SENT BACK TO A PLACE BECAUSE THERE WAS UNCERTAINTY, THEN PEOPLE WILL PAY SMUGGLERS TO GO AROUND OUR SYSTEM BECAUSE THERE ARE NO WAYS TO GO THROUGH IT. A BORDER WALL, LIKE THE ONE REPUBLICANS WILL SLIP INTO THE MILITARY SPENDING BILL THIS WEEK IN THE HOUSE, WILL NOT HELP MATTERS BUT ONLY MAKE THEM WORSE. FORCING PEOPLE TO ENTER THE BLACK MARKET BECAUSE THERE IS NO WAY TO GO THROUGH OUR VISA SYSTEM WILL UNDOUBTEDLY INCREASE THE NUMBER OF TIMES WE HEAR ABOUT TRAGEDIES LIKE THE ONE IN TEXAS AND THE NUMBER OF PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS AND CHILDREN WILL LOSE EVERYTHING BECAUSE WE HAVE FAILED TO CREATE AND MAINTAIN A FUNCTIONING IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. WHEN LUIS TURNS 18 AND IS ABLE TO VOTE JUST LIKE A MILLION YOUNG LATINOS LIKE HIM EVERY YEAR ARE ELIGIBLE, I KNOW HE'LL REMEMBER WHICH PARTY STOOD FOR AND STOOD BY FAMILIES AND WHICH ONE DID NOT. GRANDPARENTS, THEY'RE PART OF THE AMERICAN FAMILY, EVEN IF THE REPUBLICANS DON'T SEEM TO THINK SO.

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    • 10:10:25 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. CURBELO, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. CURBELO, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:10:31 AM

      MR. CURBELO

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SHARE AND HONOR THE STORY OF AN ISRAELI…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SHARE AND HONOR THE STORY OF AN ISRAELI DEFENSE SOLDIER WHO WAS KILLED BY HAMAS TERRORISTS AND WHOSE REMAINS HAVE YET TO BE RETURNED TO HIS FAMILY. I MET HIS PARENTS IN SOUTH FLORIDA EARLIER THIS YEAR AND THEY TOLD ME ABOUT THEIR SON, HIS LOVE OF FREEDOM THAT INSPIRED HIS SERVICE TO ISRAEL AND THEIR JUST CAUSE. ON AUGUST 1, 2014, THE 23-YEAR-OLD WAS KILLED BY HAMAS TERRORISTS. HIS BODY WAS THEN DRAGGED AWAY FROM HIS HOME AND INTO AN UNDERGROUND TUNNEL. HAMAS TERRORISTS THEN STRIPPED HIM AND LEFT HIS CLOTHING AND TOOK HIS BODY WITH THEM. FOR NEARLY THREE YEARS THEY HELD HIS REMAINS FROM HIS PARTIES WHO MERELY WANT TO GIVE HIS SON A PROPER BURIAL. MR. SPEAKER, ISRAEL IS ONE OF OUR STRONGEST ALLY, OUR GREATEST ALLY AND OUR SUPPORT SENDS A CLEAR MESSAGE TO ALL TERRORISTS, INCLUDING HAMAS, THAT THE UNITED STATES WILL CONTINUE TO FIRMLY STAND WITH ISRAEL AND ITS PEOPLE. NO PARENT SHOULD EVER FACE THE HEARTBREAK OF OUTLIVING A CHILD, BUT THOSE WHO DO SHOULD EXPECT A PROPER BURIAL. HIS PARENTS HAVE BEEN DENIED THAT BASIC DECENCY BY THE HAMAS TERRORISTS THAT MURDERED THEIR SON. SO TODAY I'M URGING THOSE HOLDING HIDAR TO LET HIM COME HOME SO THAT HIS PARENTS CAN SAY GOODBYE. MR. SPEAKER, VENEZUELA, ONCE A BEACON OF ECONOMIC PROSPERITY IN SOUTH AMERICA, HAS DESCEND UNDERSTOOD CHAOS AND TURMOIL. AN OIL-RICH NATION THAT NOW STRUGGLES AS MADURO'S POLICIES HAVE LED VENEZUELA OF HAVING THE HEMISPHERE'S HIGHEST INFLATION RATE, RESULTING IN CRITICAL SHORTAGES OF FOOD AND MEDICINE AS WELL AS THE COLLAPSE OF THE VENEZUELAN CURRENCY AND RAMPANT CRIME. THE MADURO REGIME'S INCOMPETENCE IN MANAGING VENEZUELA'S FINANCES AND SYSTEMIC CORRUPTION HAS LED TO A CRACKDOWN ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND VIOLENCE AGAINST DEMOCRATIC DEMONSTRATORS. THE COUNTRY IS LURCHING TOWARDS SINGLE PARTY TOTALITARIAN RULE. RATHER THAN WORKING WITH THE OPPOSITION TO SERVE THE INTERESTS OF THE VENEZUELAN PEOPLE, MADURO IS USING HIS INFLUENCE TO GRASP ONTO POWER. FIRST, BY HAVING HIS HENCH MAN ON THE SUPREME COURT TO STRIP THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF ITS POWERS AND NOW CALLING FOR AN UNELECTED CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY TO REWRITE VENEZUELA'S CONSTITUTION. THIS IS JUST ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO USURP AND REPLACE VENEZUELA'S NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC ASSEMBLY WITH A PUPPET PARLIAMENT LOYAL ONLY TO HIM. THIS IDEA WAS RECENTLY REJECTED BY 98% OF THE 7.2 MILLION VENEZUELANS THAT PARTICIPATED IN A NONBINDING REFERENDUM LAST WEEK. FORTUNATELY, THE UNITED STATES HAS BEEN QUICK TO SHOW SOLIDARITY WITH THESE FREEDOM-LOVING PEOPLE. I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE PRESIDENT'S SHOW OF SUPPORT ON HIS DIRECT WARNING TO MADURO OF THE STRONG AND SWIFT ECONOMIC SANCTIONS THE UNITED STATES WILL TAKE IF HE PROCEEDS WITH A CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY. THE UNITED STATES WILL NO LONGER STAND BY AND WATCH MADURO AND HIS THUGS IGNORE HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE RULE OF LAW. THERE'S A BIPARTISAN CONSENSUS THAT MADURO'S UN-DEMOCRATIC AND TYRANNICAL RULE IS UNACCEPTABLE. ALL OPTIONS ARE ON THE TABLE, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK WITH THIS ADMINISTRATION AND MY COLLEAGUES HERE IN CONGRESS TO STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE DEMOCRATIC OPPOSITION AND THE PEOPLE OF VENEZUELA. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:14:07 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:14:10 AM

      MR. BLUMENAUER

    • 10:19:40 AM

      SHARYL

      SECURE. SHARYL: JAT YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE JAFMENT…

      SECURE. SHARYL: JAT YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE JAFMENT MINNESOTA, MR. PAULSON, FOR FIVE MINUTES

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    • 10:19:47 AM

      MINUTES MR. PAULSEN

      SPREEK, WE CONTINUE TO HEAR ABOUT THE CHALLENGES FOR OL COLLEGE STUDENTS…

      SPREEK, WE CONTINUE TO HEAR ABOUT THE CHALLENGES FOR OL COLLEGE STUDENTS WHO BORROW MORE AND MORE TO HEY HIGHER TUITION RATES AND SADDLED WITH HUGE DEAD LOTES THEY WILL HAVE GREAT DIFFICULTY PAYING BACK. THE AVERAGE DEBT FOR A FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE STUDENT TODAY IS NEARLY $37,000. WE NEED TO EXPLORE NEW WAYS TO ENSURE EVERY STUDENT HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO SCHOOL, DEVELOP THEIR SCHOOLS, AND PURSUE THEIR DREAMS WITHOUT FEELING DETERRED BY THE PRICE TAG. I THINK WE NEED TO LOOK AT A NEW APPROACH. AN APPROACH THAT WOULD HELP STUDENTS PAY FOR COLLEGE. IT'S A CONCEPT KNOWN AS AN INCOME SHARE AGREEMENT. IT'S TUITION RATES AND A CONCEPT THAT WOULD ALLOW STUDENTS PROVIDING THEM THE FUNDING THAT THEY AGREE TO PAY BACK AS SMALL, AFFORDABLE PORTIONS OF THEIR INCOME OVER THE YEARS FOLLOWING GRADUATION. INCOME SHARED AGREEMENTS ARE INTEREST FREE AND STUDENTS WILL ONLY MAKE THOSE PAYMENTS IF THEY ARE EMPLOYED AND RECEIVE AN INCOME THAT MEETS A CERTAIN THRESHOLD. THIS METHOD OF FINANCING PUTS LESS PRESSURE ON STUDENTS TO KEEP UP WITH FIXED HIGH INTEREST PAYMENTS WHILE THEY ARE FACED WITH JOB UNCERTAINTY. RATHER THAN INCURING DEBT UNDER THE TRADITIONAL STUDENT LOAN FUTURE MORE EQUITY BASED. THEIR PAYMENTS ARE GUARANTEED TO BE AFFORDABLE RATHER THAN FIXED IN A CERTAIN PRICE. THIS IS A MUCH MORE MANAGEABLE PLAN FOR STUDENTS, SPREEK, WHO ARE EAGER TO GET A CAREER UNDER WAY AFTER GRADUATION AND WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE PUTTING THEIR DEGREES INTO PRACTICE IN A FIELD THAT THEY HAVE STUDIED AND HAVE A PASSION FOR RATHER THAN FEEL CONSTRAINED BY THE IMPENDING WEIGHT OF PAYING BACK LOANS RIGHTWAY. THAT'S WHY I'M CO-AUTHORING THE INVESTING IN STUDENT SUCCESS ACT. IT'S MODELED AFTER A PROGRAM AT PURDUE UNIVERSITY. AT PURDUAL AVERAGE STUDENT RECEIVED OVER $13,000 IN FUNDING FOR TUITION AND PAIRED WITH THE STUDENT PROMISE TO PAY THAT MONEY IN SIX TO 10 YEARS AFTER GRADUATION IN SMALL PERCENTAGE OF THEIR INCOME. THE BILL PROVIDES A LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS TO INVEST IN INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS THROUGH IMPLEMENTING SIMILAR INCOME SHARE AGREEMENT PROGRAMS. DOING SO CREATES MORE OPTIONS FOR PAYMENT AND INCREASES ACCESSIBLE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION. TODAY THE COST OF TUITION AT A PUBLIC FOUR-YEAR UNIVERSITY IS NEARLY QUADRUPLE WHAT IT WAS BACK IN 1974. AND DUE TO RISING TUITION COSTS AND THE INCREASED NEED FOR A COLLEGE DEGREE IN THE WORK FORCE, IT IS MORE IMPORTANT NOW, MORE THAN EVER BEFORE, TO ADDRESS THE STUDENT LOAN DEBT CRISIS AND PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO GRADUATE WITH MINIMAL LOANS. INCOME SHARE AGREEMENT ALSO PROVIDES THE FLEXIBILITY STUDENTS NEED WHEN FACED WITH AN UNCERTAIN JOB MARKET AND PROVIDE AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE TRADITIONAL STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT STRUCK TUMPLETESPREEK, AS WE LOOK FOR WAYS TO MAKE -- STRUCTURE. SPREEK, AS WE LOOK FOR WAYS TO MAKE HIGHER EDUCATION AFFORDABLE, WE SHOULD LOOK FOR NEW INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO HELP STUDENTS GO TO COLLEGE WITHOUT THAT BURDEN OF HIGH DEBT AND INCOME SHARE AGREEMENTS ARE ANOTHER WAY OF ACCOMPLISHING THIS. YIELD BACK. SHARYL: THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE JAFMENT -- THE

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    • 10:22:48 AM

      SHARYL

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE JAFMENT MASSACHUSETTS.

    • 10:23:11 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEM

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE JAFMENT MASSACHUSETTS.

    • 10:23:13 AM

      MR. MCGOVERN

      SPREEK, THIS WEEK AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP RELEASED HIS DEVASTATING BUDGET…

      SPREEK, THIS WEEK AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP RELEASED HIS DEVASTATING BUDGET WHICH CUTS SNAP, OUR NATION'S FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE AGAINST HUNGER, HOUSE REPUBLICANS JOINED IN THAT EFFORT PROPOSING DRASTIC CUTS IN THE SAFETY NET THEY MARKED U IN THEIR BUDGET HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE LAID OUT THEIR DANGEROUS AGENDA. DRAMATIC INCREASES IN DEFENSE SPENDING AND TAX CUTS FOR MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES AND CORPORATIONS PAID FOR BY CUTS TO PROGRAMS THAT HELP WORKING FAMILIES AND THOSE STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET. AMONG THE PROPOSED CUTS, HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE SEEKING $160 BILLION ARE SEEKING $160 BILLION IN CUTS TO THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM KNOWN AS SNAP, OVER 10 YEARS. $150 OF THESE CUTS COME FROM STRUCTURAL CHANGES TO SNAP AND HASHER WORK REQUIREMENTS AND TIME LIMITS AND AN ADDITIONAL $10 BILLION WOULD BE FAST TRACKED THROUGH THE RECONCILIATION PROCESS. SPREEK, SNAP IS NOT A A.T.M. IT'S NOT MONEY TO BE USED FOR TAX BREAKS FOR THE WEALTHY, ADDITIONAL WEAPONS SYSTEMS, OR ANY CORPORATE HANDOUTS. IT IS INTENDED TO HELP OUR MOST VULNERABLE NEIGHBORS PURCHASE GROCERIES AND PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE WHEN TIMES ARE TOUGH. SIMPLY PUT, SNAP HELPS PEOPLE EAT. FOR A MEAGER $1.40 PER PERSON PER MEAL, SNAP HELPS ALLEVIATE POVERTY, REDUCE HUNGER, AND IMPROVE NUTRITION. IT IS ONE OF THE MOST EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE FEDERAL PROGRAMS. BUT IT'S ONLY $1.40 PER PERSON, PER MEAL. MY FRIENDS ARE PROPOSING MORE CUTS IN THIS PROGRAM? SPREEK, I SERVE AS THE RM OF THE -- SPREEK, I SERVE AS THE RM OF THE HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE, SUBCOMMITTEE ON NUTRITION. SINCE 2015 THE COMMITTEE HAS HELD 23 HERE'S IT ON SNAP. IN OUR HEARINGS WE HEARD FROM OVER 80 WITNESSES, REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT, ABOUT WAYS TO MAKE SNAP BETTER. BUT NONE OF THESE WITNESSES, NOT ONE, EVER SUGGESTED CHANGES LIKE THE ONES PROPOSED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HOUSE REPUBLICANS. THESE REPUBLICAN PROPOSALS ARE MEAN-SPIRITED AND THEY ARE JUST AS HEARTLESS AS THEY ARE RECKLESS. THEY DO NOT REFLECT THE REALITIES OF THE PROGRAM OR SEEK TO UNDERSTAND THE CHALLENGES FACED BY THOSE LIVING IN POVERTY. THEY DON'T HELP STRUGGLING AMERICANS FIND WORK AND THEY CERTAINLY DON'T HELP ADDRESS THE BENEFIT CLIFF AS SOME OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE PROPOSED DOING F REPUBLICANS WERE GENUINELY INTERESTED IN HELPING STRUGGLING FAMILIES RISE OUT OF POVERTY, THEY WOULD JOIN DEMOCRATS IN ADVOCATING FOR HIGHER WAGES, MORE JOBS, AND BETTER WORK SUPPORTS LIKE CHILDCARE AND TRANSPORTATION. THEY AS SOME OF MY WOULD ADDRESS AFFORDABLE HOUSING SHORTAGES AND HELP IMPROVE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE. THEY WOULD INCREASE INVESTMENTS IN JOB TRAINING AND CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION. THEY WOULD FINALLY WORK WITH US TO MAKE COLLEGE MORE AFFORDABLE. BUT INSTEAD OF WORKING ON THESE PRIORITIES, HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE HELLBENT ON PURSUING AN AGENDA THAT BELITTLES THE STRUGGLES OF THE WORKING POOR AND TEARS APART OUR SAFETY NEFMENT THEIR AWFUL BUDGET IS NO EXCEPTION. UNDER THE GUISE OF STATE FLEXIBILITY, THEIR BUDGET PROPOSES A BLOCK GRANT-LIKE APPROACH TO ADMINISTERING SNAP. MAKE NO MISTAKE, BLOCK GRANTING SNAP WOULD MAKE HUNGER WORSE IN THIS COUNTRY, PLAIN AND SIMPLE. IT BUDGET WOULD UNDERMINE THE SUCCESSFUL STRUCTURE OF SNAP, ITS ABILITY TO EXPAND AS THE ECONOMY STRUGGLES, AND CONTRACT IN TIMES OF ECONOMIC PROSPERITY. THE PROPOSED STRUCTURAL CHANGES WOULD LIKELY RESULT IN DRASTIC FUNDING CUTS AND REDUCE ELIGIBILITY FOR THE PROGRAM. IF STATE FLEXIBILITY IS THE TRUE GOAL, THEN MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS ARE IN LUCK. SNAP ALREADY HAS A NUMBER OF OPTIONS THAT STATES CAN ADOPT. WHAT'S IRONIC IS SOME OF THESE STATE EXCEPTIONS ARE EXACTLY THE PROVISIONS HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE SEEKING TO DO AWAY WITH. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET ALSO CALLS FOR ADDITIONAL WORK REQUIREMENTS TO SNAP, RELYING ON DANGEROUS RHETORIC THAT SUGGESTS THAT HARDWORKING FAMILIES WHO RELY ON MODEST FOOD BENEFITS DON'T WANT TO WORK OR SOMEHOW ARE LAZY. THAT COULDN'T BE FARTHER FROM THE TRUTH. I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE ON SNAP WHO CAN WORK DO WORK. MOST PEOPLE ON SNAP ARE NOT EXPECTED TO WORK OR CANNOT WORK, THEY ARE KIDS, SENIOR CITIZENS, AND PEOPLE WHO ARE DISABLED. BUT THAT'S WHO REPUBLICANS WILL HURT IF THESE DANGEROUS PROPOSALS ADVANCE. IF WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HOW WE CAN TRANSITION PEOPLE WHO CAN WORK INTO THE WORK FORCE, YOU DON'T DO THAT BY CUTTING THE PROGRAM BY BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OR BY CUTTING PEOPLE OFF FROM FOOD AID. THAT DOES NOTHING TO HELP PEOPLE FIND JOBS. IT OVERWHELM MAKES PEOPLE HUNGRY. I URGE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN REJECTING THESE DAMAGING CUTS AND TO SUPPORT INVESTMENTS IN OUR ANTI-HUNGER SAFETY NET THAT WILL HELP END HUNGER NOW. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    • 10:27:48 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEM

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. BARR, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. BARR, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:27:56 AM

      MR. BARR

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF AN AMERICAN PATRIOT AND…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF AN AMERICAN PATRIOT AND HERO, MR. TROY BOLING OF LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY, WHO COMPLETED HIS LIFE'S SERVICE ON JUNE 17, 2017, AT THE AGE OF 90. HIS MILITARY SERVICE DURING WORLD WAR II AND HIS COMMITMENT TO SUPPORTING OUR VETERANS AND THE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE IS AN INSPIRATION TO US ALL. AT THE AGE OF 19, MR. BOLING BEGAN HIS SERVICE AS A UNITED STATES MARINE AND WAS A PROUD MEMBER OF THE EASY COMPANY SECOND BATTALION, 27TH MARINES FIFTH DIVISION. DURING THE UNITED STATES' CAMPAIGN TO END THE WAR AGAINST JAPAN, MR. BOLING'S UNIT WAS AMONG THE FIRST TO ARRIVE ON THE BEACH HEADS OF IWO JIMA, WHILE ATTEMPTING TO SECURE MOUNT SURIBACHI, HIS UNDER CAME UNDER INTENSE FIRE. TWO PROJECTILES STRUCK MR. BOLING IN THE CHEST AND LEG, LEAVING HIM CRITICALLY WOUNDED ON THE BATTLEFIELD. AT THAT MOMENT, MR. BOLING SAID HE LOOKED TO THE HEAVENS AND COMMITTED TO SERVING MANKIND FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE IF HE SURVIVED. MIRACULOUSLY A COMBAT PHOTOGRAPHER AND MEDICAL TEAM THEN CARRIED MR. BOLING TO THE SAFETY OF A LANDING CRAFT WHERE HE WITNESSED THE PLANTING OF THE AMERICAN FLAG ATOP MOUNT SIRRY BATCHY -- SURIBACHI. AN ICONIC PHOTOGRAPH. THE U.S. MARINES EVENTUALLY TOOK CONTROL OF THE ISLAND, HOWEVER THIS SURIBACHI. AN ICONIC PHOTOGRAPH. THE U.S. MARINES EVENTUALLY TOOK CONTROL OF THE ISLAND, HOWEVER THIS VICTORY CAME AT A HEAVY COST. AS OVER 6,800 U.S. SERVICE MEMBERS GAVE THEIR LIVES DURING THE BATTLE OF THE IWO JIMA. IN KEEPING FAITH WITH HIS COMMITMENT TO GOD MADE DURING THAT BATTLE, MR. BOLING DEVOTED OVER 78,000 HOURS OF VOLUNTEER SERVICE TO OTHERS AT THE LEXINGTON V.A. MEDICAL CENTER. FOR OVER 66 YEARS, MR. BOLING ROSE TO THE RANKS WITHIN THE DISABLED AMERICANS VETERANS ORGANIZATION, HOLDING NEARLY EVERY POSITION POSSIBLE, INCLUDING STATE COMMANDER. THE BIBLE TEACHES IN PROVERBS 21:21, HE PURSUES RIGHTEOUSNESS AND LOVE FINDS LOVE, PROSPERITY, AND HONOR. MR. BOLING HAS BROUGHT GREAT HONOR UPON HIMSELF THROUGH HIS DEDICATION, DETERMINATION, AND LOVE FOR SERVING THE PEOPLE OF OUR COMMUNITY. WITHOUT A DOUBT HE HAS REMAINED TRUE TO THE COMMITMENT HE MADE ON THE ROCKY TERRAIN OF IWO JIMA. . HE EMBODIES COMMITMENT TO SERVING OTHERS. NEVER ABANDONING THE MARINE MOTTO, ALWAYS FAITH. -- FAITHFUL. I'D LIKE TO THANK MR. BOEING FOR HIS MANY YEARS OF SERVICE IT OUR COUNTRY AND OUR COMMUNITY. HE'S TRULY AN OUTSTANDING AMERICAN AND AN INSPIRATION TO US ALL. TROY BOEING, MAY YOU REST IN PEACE. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:30:58 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:31:06 AM

      MS. JACKSON LEE

      I THANK THE CHAIR. THIS IS A SOMBER DAY TODAY AND IT IS A VERY IMPORTANT…

      I THANK THE CHAIR. THIS IS A SOMBER DAY TODAY AND IT IS A VERY IMPORTANT DAY IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I JOIN WITH SENATOR FRANKEN WHO INDICATED THAT TODAY SENATORS OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE WILL MAKE ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT VOTES, IF NOT THE MOST SIGNIFICANT VOTE OF THEIR CAREER AND IT WILL BE A VOTE THAT THEY'LL LONG REMEMBER BECAUSE RATHER THAN THE SERIOUS AND DIFFICULT DECISIONS OF WAR AND PEACE THAT OVER THE HISTORICAL TIMES OF THIS BODY, MANY MEMBERS HAVE HAD TO MAKE THAT DECISION AND BEING IN THE MIDST OF THE TEXAS LONGHORNS OF PATRIOTISM -- THRONGS OF PATRIOTISM, THE VOTE TODAY WILL BE A VOTE THEY BROUGHT ON THEMSELVES AND IT'S A VOTE THAT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE TAKEN NOR A MOVEMENT THAT HAS TO BE MOVED. AND THAT IS TO CAUSE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO FACE A CRUMBLING HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, TO DISMANTLE AND DIMINISH THE RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR AMERICANS, SOME 32 MILLION, TO HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE. FOR ME IT IS BOTH BAFFLING AND TRAGIC THAT SENATORS WOULD MAKE THIS IS A CAMPAIGN COMPETITION GAME AND THAT IT ONLY REPRESENTS A NOTCH IN THEIR BELT. THIS DOES NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH PROVIDING HEALTH CARE FOR AMERICANS. IT DOESN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH WHAT DOCTORS SAY, WHAT HOSPITALS SAY, WHAT RURAL HOSPITALS NEED. WHAT INDIVIDUALS WITH CHRONIC ILLNESSES NEED OR THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH DEVASTATING CANCER. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH CHILDREN WHO ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF HEALTH CARE. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH TWO YOUNG PEOPLE THAT I MET, ONE WHO WAS EXPERIENCING AUTISM, WHO SOUGHT TO LIVE INDEPENDENTLY AND COULD NOT DO SO WITHOUT MEDICAID. OR ONE WHO HAD CHRONIC ILLNESS OF WHICH BETWEEN 2015 AND 2016 HE SPENT -- OR HAD TO SPEND $700,000 TO LIVE. AND IN THE LAST SIX MONTHS HE HAD TO SPEND $73,000, NONE OF WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. SO WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE SENATE THIS AFTERNOON? WHAT VOTE OF COURAGE IS BEING TAKEN? WHAT VOTE OF IMPROVING THE LIVES OF AMERICANS WHEN THE SENATE BILL, TRUMPCARE, WILL CAUSE 49 MILLION PEOPLE TO NOT HAVE THEIR INSURANCE BY 2026? IT WILL CAUSE RURAL HOSPITALS TO SIMPLY CRUMBLE. I'M FROM TEXAS. WE HAVE A HUGE SYSTEM OF RURAL HOSPITALS, HELPING MY CONSTITUENTS, AND THOSE HOSPITALS WILL FACE DISASTER. THE TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER, LIKE MAJOR HOSPITAL CONFIGURATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WHERE MAJOR RESEARCH IS BEING DONE, UNDERMINED BY THE VOTE THAT WILL BE TAKEN. IT SADDENS ME BECAUSE I THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT WE COME TO THIS PLACE, WE TAKE THIS OATH OF OFFICE TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR AMERICA. THIS IS NOT POLITICAL CHIPS. THIS IS NOT DOMINOS. THIS IS NOT A GAME. AND TO THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF, FOR YOU TO BE IN FRONT OF THE BOY SCOUTS, MY HUSBAND, MY SON WERE BOY SCOUTS AND I SIT ON THE BOY SCOUTS BOARD, I'M OFFENDED BY YOUR WORDS. I'M OFFENDED BECAUSE I KNOW HOW HARD MY SON WORKED. I KNOW HOW MY HUSBAND CHERISHES S HIS STATUS AS AN EAGLE SCOUT AND I KNOW WHAT THE JAMBRY MEANS BECAUSE MY -- JAMBOREE MEANS BECAUSE MY SON WENT TO ONE. TALK ABOUT CROWD SIZES. AND THEN HAVE THE NERVE TO TALK ABOUT THE HEALTH CARE BILL, NOT AS A MOMENT OF CONSCIENCE, NOT AS A SERIOUS ISSUE THAT WOULD IN FACT MAKE HIGHER COSTS. UNDER THE SENATE BILL, PEOPLE WILL BE PAYING MORE THAN THEY EARN FOR HEALTH INSURANCE, WELL DOCUMENTED. OF COURSE, THIS IS 22 MILLION IN THE EARLIER PERIOD OF THE HOUSE BILL. WE NOW KNOW IT MAY BE 32 MILLION, AND AS I SAID 49 MILLION BY 2026. AND THEN, OF COURSE, IT CUTS THE PROTECTIONS FOR PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. OF COURSE, IT HAS A CRUSHING AGE TAX. IF YOU ARE OLDER, 55, YOU PAY MORE. AND THEN, OF COURSE, IT UNDERMINES MEDICARE. IT INTERFERES WITH THE MEDICARE TRUST BILL. BUT YET THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF IS SPEAKING IN FRONT OF THOUSANDS OF YOUNG MEN, PATRIOTS, BOY SCOUTS AND TALKING ABOUT THE HEALTH CARE BILL AND CALLING OUT SENATOR CAPITO FROM WEST VIRGINIA. YOU BETTER MAKE HER VOTE FOR IT. WHAT KIND OF LEADERSHIP AND HEART IS THAT?

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    • 10:36:32 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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      MS. JACKSON LEE

      WHAT ARE WE DEALING WITH HERE IN THIS NATION? I DON'T HAVE TO SAY…

      WHAT ARE WE DEALING WITH HERE IN THIS NATION? I DON'T HAVE TO SAY ANYTHING, MR. SPEAKER, ABOUT THIS INDIVIDUAL. AS I CLOSE, LET ME SIMPLY SAY THAT I AM INTRODUCING A RESOLUTION TO STOP ANY PRESIDENT FROM FIRING THE SPECIAL COUNSEL AND ANY PRESIDENT FROM ABUSING THE PARDON BY PARDONING ANYBODY WHO IS UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR THE RUSSIAN INVOLVEMENT IN OUR ELECTIONS. WE HAVE TO DO THIS, SADLY, BECAUSE WE ARE NOT FOCUSED ON GOVERNING. WE'RE FOCUSING ON INSULTING. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:37:05 AM

      TEMPORE MEM

      FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARDS THE PRESIDENT, PLEASE. THE CHAIR…

      FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARDS THE PRESIDENT, PLEASE. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO, MR. LABRADOR, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:37:19 AM

      MR. LABRADOR

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF AN AMAZING IDAHO FAMILY…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF AN AMAZING IDAHO FAMILY WHICH HAS TAKEN A HORRIBLE PERSONAL TRAGEDY AND TURNED IT INTO A COST THAT WILL BENEFIT MANY OTHER FAMILIES IN THE YEARS TO COME. I AM REFERRING TO THE FAMILY OF SHAWNA HILL, A 16-YEAR-OLD GIRL WHO LIVED IN EAGLE, IDAHO, IN MY DISTRICT AND WHO TRAGICALLY LOST HER LIFE IN 2012. AT THE TIME OF HER UNTIMELY DEATH, SHAWNA WAS A JUNIOR AT EAGLE HIGH SCHOOL. SHE WAS A COMPETITIVE FIGURE SKATER AND ICE DANCER AND PLAYED THE VIOLIN IN HER SCHOOL ORCHESTRA. SHE EVEN PERFORMED WITH THE ORCHESTRA AT NEW YORK'S CARNEGIE HALL. SHE WAS ALSO WORKING TO QUALIFY FOR A CONGRESSIONAL SILVER MEDAL FOR PUBLIC SERVICE, PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND PHYSICAL FITNESS. SHE ASPIRED TO ATTEND STANFORD UNIVERSITY AND BECOME A DOCTOR. SADLY, SHE LOST HER LIFE IN A CAR ACCIDENT ON HER WAY HOME FROM ORCHESTRA PRACTICE. I FIRST MET SHAWNA'S PARENTS, CAPTAIN EDWARD HILL AND HIS WIFE, HEIDI, IN 2013 WHEN I HELPED PRESENT THEM WITH A CONGRESSIONAL BRONZE MEDAL FOR THEIR DAUGHTER HAD EARNED. WHILE PRESENTING THE AWARD, I LEARNED THAT CAPTAIN HILL, WHO SERVED AS 28 YEARS AS A NAVY PILOT AND FLEW TO PROTECT AMERICA DURING THREE COMBAT TOURS, HAD RETIRED SHORTLY BEFORE SHAWNA'S DEATH. FOLLOWING THE TRAGEDY, CAPTAIN HILL WAS WORKING WITH THE NAVY TO TRY TO REASSIGN HIS BENEFITS TO HIS SECOND CHILD, HALEY, WHO WAS ALSO PLANNING TO ATTEND COLLEGE. WITH ALMOST THREE DECADES OF DISTINGUISHED SERVICE, CAPTAIN HILL QUALIFIED FOR THE FULL UTILIZATION OF THE EDUCATION BENEFIT, BUT THE NAVY SAID HALEY WASN'T ELIGIBLE BECAUSE EDUCATION BENEFITS UNDER THE G.I. BILL CANNOT BE REASSIGNED. THE HILLS ASKED FOR MY HELP AND MY STAFF GOT TO WORK. UNFORTUNATELY, WE FOUND OUT THAT THE NAVY'S HANDS WERE TIED. CURRENT LAW DOES NOT ALLOW THE TRANSFER OF EDUCATION BENEFITS AFTER A SERVICE MEMBER HAS RETIRED. NO WAIVERS ARE PERMITTED, EVEN IF SUCH TRAGIC CIRCUMSTANCES. I PROMISED THE HILLS THAT I WOULD SEEK A LEGISLATIVE SOLUTION. IN FEBRUARY OF THIS YEAR, I INTRODUCED H.R. 1112, THE SHAWNA HILL POST-9/11 EDUCATION BENEFITS TRANSFERABILITY ACT. THIS BILL WOULD PERMIT THE REASSIGNMENT OF VETERANS' EDUCATION BENEFITS IN CASES WHERE THE DESIGNATED BENEFICIARY PASSES AWAY. LOSING A CHILD IS THE WORST THING I CAN IMAGINE, AND SURELY CONGRESS DIDN'T INTEND TO EXCLUDE THE ABILITY TO TRANSFER BENEFITS TO A SURVIVING CHILD OR SPOUSE. THE BILL I INTRODUCED WILL CORRECT THIS OVERSIGHT AND IT'S RECEIVED SUPPORT FROM MANY VETERANS' GROUPS. THESE INCLUDE THE CONCERNED VETERANS FOR AMERICA, THE MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART, THE STUDENT VETERANS OF AMERICA, AM VETS, THE AIR FORCE SERGEANTS ASSOCIATION, THE ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES NAVY AND THE NATIONAL MILITARY ASSOCIATION. THIS MONTH THE V.A. COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN ROE -- V.A. COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN ROE AND RANKING MEMBER WALZ INCLUDED MY BILL IN THE BIPARTISAN G.I. BILL. THE HARRY W. COLMERY VETERAN EDUCATION ASSISTANCE ACT OF 2017. THIS BILL PASSED THE HOUSE LAST NIGHT AND I WAS PROUD TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN VOTING FOR IT. I AM GRATEFUL TO CHAIRMAN ROE AND RANKING MEMBER WALZ FOR INCLUDING MY BILL IN THEIR LEGISLATION. I'M ALSO THANKFUL TO SENATOR CRAPO WHO HAS SCLUD LEGISLATION IN THE SENATE. -- INCLUDED LEGISLATION IN THE SENATE. IT'S MY HOPE THAT THE SENATE WILL ACT, TOO, AND FROM THERE OUR BILL CAN BE SIGNED INTO LAW. THIS LEGISLATION WILL MEAN A GREAT DEAL TO THE HILLS. IT WILL BE A GREAT COMFORT TO THEM AND ALL THOSE WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED SUCH A TERRIBLE LOSS. AS A GRATEFUL NATION, IT'S THE LEAST THAT WE CAN DO. AND AMERICA MUST ALWAYS BE A GRATEFUL NATION. THE HARRY COLMERY EDUCATION VETERANS ASSISTANCE ACT OF 2017 KEEPS OUR PROMISES TO OUR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY NEED IT THE MOST. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD THE FLOOR.

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    • 10:41:39 AM

      TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

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

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  • 10:41:47 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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      TODAY.

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      HOST

      YOU FOR COMING IN. APPRECIATE IT.

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      A TRUMP ADMINISTRATION RULE THROUGH THE CFPB WHICH WOULD PREVENT BANKS…

      A TRUMP ADMINISTRATION RULE THROUGH THE CFPB WHICH WOULD PREVENT BANKS FROM USING ARBITRATION. RULES THAT REQUIRE DISPUTES TO BE HANDLED IN PRIVATE ARBITRATION INSTEAD OF IN THE COURTS. LIVE COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE. WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY REVEREND LONNIE MITCHELL SENIOR, BETHEL AFRICAN METHODIST CHURCH, SPOKANE, WASHINGTON.

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  • 12:00:28 PM

    Reconvened

    The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of July 25.

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      Today's prayer was offered by Reverend Lonnie Mitchell, Sr., Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Spokane, WA.

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        REVEREND MITCHELL

        LORD, GOD, PULL OUT YOUR PRESENCE AND POWER PUN THIS OPENING SESSION OF…

        LORD, GOD, PULL OUT YOUR PRESENCE AND POWER PUN THIS OPENING SESSION OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. EMPOWER OUR LEADERS TO DELIBERATE, COLLABORATE AND WHEN NECESSARY COMPROMISE FOR THE GOOD OF OUR NATION. AS PRESIDENT LINCOLN SAID, WITH MALICE TOWARD NONE, WITH CHARITY FOR ALL, WITH FIRMNESS IN THE RIGHT AS GOD GIVES US THE RIGHT TO SEE, LET THIS CONGRESS STRIVE ON TO FINISH THE WORK THEY'RE IN AND BIND UP THE NATION'S WOUNDS AND DO ALL WHAT THEY MAY ACHIEVE A JUST AND LASTING PEACE WITH EVERYBODY. GOD, WE THE PEOPLE IN THE LAPPED OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE NEED YOU NOW AND FOREVER MORE. THAT YOU WOULD BLESS THIS SESSION AND THE LEADERS IN THIS HOUSE AND ALL BRANCHES OF OUR GOVERNMENT RESPECTFUL OF ALL FAITHS IN JESUS, THE CHRIST I PRAY, AMEN.

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      • 12:01:51 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. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1, RULE 1, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. BANKS.

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    • 12:01:55 PM

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

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      PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

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        MR. BANKS

        FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE WITH LIBERTY AND…

        FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

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      • 12:02:16 PM

        THE SPEAKER

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY FROM WASHINGTON, MRS. MCMORRIS RODGERS,…

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY FROM WASHINGTON, MRS. MCMORRIS RODGERS, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    • 12:02:17 PM

      ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

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

      • 12:02:26 PM

        MRS. MCMORRIS RODGERS

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. PLEASE TO WELCOME PASTOR LONNIE MITCHELL TODAY TO…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. PLEASE TO WELCOME PASTOR LONNIE MITCHELL TODAY TO THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. HE ACCEPTED THE CALL TO MINISTRY IN 1985 UNDER THE A.M.E. CHURCH AND CAME TO SPOKANE, WASHINGTON, IN 1991. HE MOVED HIS YOUNG FAMILY AND HAS BEEN THERE EVER SINCE AND LEADING HIS CONGREGATION UNDER THE THEME TO BE THE CATHEDRAL OF LOVE, WHERE EVERYONE IS SOMEBODY AND JESUS IS THE CENTER OF ATTRACTION. HE ALSO STARTED THE AHANA BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION WHICH WAS FORMED FOR PERSONS OF COLOR. HE STARTED UNITY AND COMMUNITY IN SPOKANE WHICH IS THE LARGEST MULTICULTURAL CELEBRATION IN THE INLAND NORTHWEST, 22 YEARS STRONG. HE HAS HIS MASTERS FROM GONZAGA UNIVERSITY, WHICH IS OUR LOCAL JESUIT UNIVERSITY, BUT A PROPONENT OF BRINGING FAITH AND GOVERNMENT TOGETHER TO BUILD AND SUSTAIN HEALTHY COMMUNITIES. IT WAS GREAT TO HAVE HIM HERE TODAY. AND I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:03:25 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 12:03:35 PM

        MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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

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        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        MS. ROS-LEHTNEN

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT THE CARE CORE DEMONSTRATION…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT THE CARE CORE DEMONSTRATION ACT, A BILL THAT CONGRESSWOMAN MICHELLE LUJAN GRISHAM AND I WILL BE INTRODUCING THIS WEEK. EVERY YEAR MILLIONS OF SENIORS AND INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES FIND THEMSELVES IN NEED OF LONG-TERM CARE AND SERVICES. HOWEVER, OUR NATION FACES A CRITICAL SHORTAGE OF CAREGIVERS. TO ADDRESS THIS GROWING PROBLEM, I HAVE JOINED MICHELLE TO INTRODUCE THE CARE CORE DEMONSTRATION ACT. THIS COMMONSENSE AND BIPARTISAN BILL WILL CREATE A GRANT PROGRAM THAT WILL PROVIDE COMPASSIONATE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO GAIN VALUABLE EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH SENIORS AND INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES ACROSS OUR GREAT LAND. CARE CORE WILL NOT ONLY HELP EMPOWER OUR YOUNG ADULTS TO MEET OUR NATION'S SENIOR NEEDS BUT IT WILL ALSO PROVIDE THEM WITH ESSENTIAL EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE AND GIVE THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO START OR FURTHER THEIR CAREERS AS CAREGIVERS. MR. SPEAKER, I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO CO-SPONSOR THIS BILL SO OUR SENIORS AND THOSE WITH DISABILITIES RECEIVE THE CARE THEY SO DESPERATELY NEED WHILE EMPOWERING OUR YOUTH TO ADVANCE THEIR CAREERS. THANK YOU FOR THE TIME, MR. SPEAKER.

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      • 12:04:53 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        MR. GREEN

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

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        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        MR. GREEN

        MR. SPEAKER, MEMBERS, RECENTLY WE LEARNED THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS…

        MR. SPEAKER, MEMBERS, RECENTLY WE LEARNED THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS DIVERTED TAXPAYER FUNDS FOR THE ALLOCATED FOR THE ENROLLMENT OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. ACTIVITIES TO CREATE A SOCIAL MEDIA VIDEO'S CONTENT CLAIMING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS FAILING, A DELIBERATE ACT OF SABOTAGE. INSTEAD OF MAKING SURE AMERICANS REMAIN HEALTHY AND IMPROVE THE RISK POOLS, THE H.H.S. IS PEDDLING MISLEADING ONLINE PROPAGANDA TO DISCOURAGE ENROLLMENT IN HEALTH INSURANCE. ACCORDING TO THE KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION, THE A.C.A. MARKETS HAVE STABILIZED AND THERE'S SIMPLY NO EVIDENCE OF DEATH SPILES OR COLLAPSING MARKETS. OVER 50% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE IN SUPPORT OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THAT'S REAL NEWS. THE PRESIDENT HAS REPEATEDLY DECLARED THAT HE WILL LET THE A.C.A. FAIL JUST TO SCORE POLITICAL POINTS. COLLEAGUES, THE A.C.A. IS NOT FAILING ON ITS OWN. IT'S BEING ACTIVELY SABOTAGED BY THE PRESIDENT AND OUR REPUBLICAN CONGRESS. THE ADMINISTRATION HAS REPEATEDLY WAIVERED IN ITS RESPONSIBILITY TO ADMINISTER COST SHARING PAYMENTS, RELAXED INSURANCE MANDATE AND MAKE SURE GOVERNMENT SHORE UP THEIR OWN HEALTH CARE EXCHANGES. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SHOULD QUIT PLAYING POLITICS WITH OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.

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      • 12:06:29 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM INDIANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        MRS. WALORSKI

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

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

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      • 12:06:37 PM

        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

      • 12:06:39 PM

        MRS. WALORSKI

        I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF MICHAEL BECKER TO CELEBRATE THE POSITIVE…

        I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF MICHAEL BECKER TO CELEBRATE THE POSITIVE IMPACT HE'S HAD ON OUR COMMUNITY. IN 2016, MICHAEL AND HIS WIFE, KIM, -- IN 2006, MICHAEL AND HIS WIFE, KIM, GAVE WOMEN A RED CARPET EXPERIENCE, COMPLETE WITH A MAKEOVER. HAVING MOBILE DAY SPAS, HELLO GORGEOUS HAS PROVIDED UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES TO THOUSANDS OF WOMEN ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. THE ORGANIZATION, MICHAEL AND KIM BUILT TOGETHER, AND THE MISSION THEY DEVOTED THEMSELVES TO BRINGS HAPPINESS AND HOPE WHERE IT'S NEEDED MOST. THEIR PASSION, DRIVE AND FAITH, INSPIRE US ALL AND THEIR SELFLESS GENEROSITY IS AN EXAMPLE WE SHOULD STRIVE TO FOLLOW. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S AN HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO REPRESENT SUCH KIND AND GIVING PEOPLE. MICHAEL LIVED A LIFE FULL OF LOVE, LAUGHSTER AND SPIRIT. MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH KIM AND EVERYONE AT HELLO GORGEOUS AND WHO NO DOUBT MICHAEL'S MEMORY WILL LIVE ON.

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      • 12:07:38 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 12:07:46 PM

        MR. HIGGINS

        MR. SPEAKER, THE SERVICEMEN'S READJUSTMENT ACT OF 1944, ALSO KNOWN AS THE…

        MR. SPEAKER, THE SERVICEMEN'S READJUSTMENT ACT OF 1944, ALSO KNOWN AS THE G.I. BILL, HAS SINCE PROVIDED TENS OF MILLIONS OF RETURNING ACTIVE DUTY VETERANS WITH HELP BUYING A HOME, STARTING A BUSINESS AND GOING TO COLLEGE. ALSO, IN ADDITION TO DOING THE RIGHT THING, THE G.I. BILL FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORMED THE AMERICAN ECONOMY FROM AN INDUSTRIAL-BASED ECONOMY TO A KNOWLEDGE-BASED ECONOMY. I WAS PROUD TO SUPPORT H.R. 3218 THIS WEEK THAT WILL RENEW THIS COMMITMENT. IT WILL PROVIDE EXPANDED EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS FOR SERVICE MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES, INCLUDING THE ELIMINATION OF TIME RESTRICTIONS ON EDUCATION CREDITS FOR VETERANS WHO RE-ENTER CIVILIAN LIFE IN 2013 OR AFTER. G.I. BENEFITS SHOULD NOT COME WITH AN EXPIRATION DATE. OUR VETERANS DESERVE OUR RESPECT UNEXPIRED FOR THEIR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. THIS BILL AFFIRMS THAT OBLIGATION. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:08:42 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        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 AND TO REVISE…

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

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        MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE CAPTAIN PHILIP DAWSON ON HIS…

        MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE CAPTAIN PHILIP DAWSON ON HIS RETIREMENT FROM THE UNITED STATES NAVY. ON FRIDAY, CAPTAIN DAWSON WILL COMPLETE A NEARLY FOUR-YEAR TOUR AS THE COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER, PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA. A 1988 GRADUATE OF THE UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY, CAPTAIN DAWSON FIRST SERVED ON THE U.S.S. TATENHAL AND LATER ON THE U.S.S. HARRY YARNELL AS THE FIRE CONTROL OFFICER. CAPTAIN DAWSON ASSUMED COMMAND OF THE NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER IN 2013 WHERE HE LED THE CENTER ON A WIDE ARRAY OF MISSIONS INCLUDING WARFARE, COASTAL DEFENSE AND SPECIAL

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        MR. DUNN

        THIS BASE IS ALSO HOME TO THE U.S. NAVY DIVE SCHOOL WHERE ALL OF THE…

        THIS BASE IS ALSO HOME TO THE U.S. NAVY DIVE SCHOOL WHERE ALL OF THE DIVERS FROM ALL OF OUR SERVICES ARE TRAINED. CAPTAIN DAWSON'S SELFLESS SACRIFICE TO OUR COUNTRY AND DEDICATION TO OUR NAVY IS TRULY INSPIRING. MADAM SPEAKER, PLEASE JOIN ME IN THANKING CAPTAIN DAWSON, HIS WIFE, BELINDA, AND THEIR THREE CHILDREN FOR THEIR YEARS OF SERVICE AND SACRIFICE AND WISH THEM LUCK AS THEY ENJOY A NEW CHAPTER IN LIFE. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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        MR. KENNEDY

        GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE…

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

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        MR. KENNEDY

        MADAM SPEAKER, I MET TED A FEW WEEKS AGO. HE'S A BRICK LAYER FROM FALL…

        MADAM SPEAKER, I MET TED A FEW WEEKS AGO. HE'S A BRICK LAYER FROM FALL RIVER, MASSACHUSETTS. IT'S HARD, PROUD WORK, THE KIND THAT COMES WITH FREQUENT PHYSICAL INJURY. TED IS NO EXCEPTION. HE HAD A LONG AND PAINFUL ROAD TO ADDICTION. TED FOUGHT BACK. HE PULLED HIMSELF UP, HE GOT TREATMENT ANSWERED GOT CLEAN. BUT HIS MOST RECENT INJURY COST HIM HIS JOB AND HIS HEALTH INSURANCE. A NEW DIAGNOSIS JUST CAME IN, LIVER CANCER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS WHERE A SYSTEM PROVES WHAT IT'S MADE OF. WHEN OUR PEOPLE ARE SICK, WHEN THEY ARE TIRED, WHEN THEY ARE TERRIFIED AND WHEN THEY HAVE GIVEN EVERYTHING THEY HAVE GOT, DO WE ABANDON THEM? NO. WE PULL THEM UP. WE BET ON THEIR RESILIENCE BECAUSE THERE'S NOTHING MORE FUNDAMENTALLY AMERICAN THAN THE BELIEF THAT OUR PEOPLE SURVIVE, THEY ENDURE AND THEY RISE TO FIGHT AGAIN. THEY DESERVE A GOVERNMENT THAT WILL JUMP IN THE RING BY THEIR SIDE. TODAY IS THAT TEST. ARE WE AS GOOD AND DECENT AS OUR PEOPLE? THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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        MR. WILSON

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

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

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        MR. WILSON

        MADAM SPEAKER, IT'S WITH SINCERE GRAD TUDE AND APPRECIATION I HAD THE…

        MADAM SPEAKER, IT'S WITH SINCERE GRAD TUDE AND APPRECIATION I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO RECOGNIZE CANDICE RICH, LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT FOR SOUTH CAROLINA'S SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. I'VE ALWAYS APPRECIATED CANDICE FOR HER YEARS OF SERVICE ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH CAROLINA. A NATIVE OF VIRGINIA, CANDICE SAN ESTEEMED ALUMNI AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA WITH DEGREES IN HISTORY AND POLITICAL SCIENCE. SHE ALSO EARNED A MASTERS OF ARTS OF INSTRUCTION IN CURRICULUM FROM ANGELO STATE UNIVERSITY. SHE IS TRULY DEDICATED TO PUBLIC SERVICE, BEGINNING AS AN INTERN IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE STARTING IN 2010 BEFORE JOINING THE STAFF IN 2014. CANDICE'S EXPERIENCE ON HEALTH CARE, EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE ISSUES COMBINED WITH A GENUINE DESIRE TO SERVE CONSTITUENTS HAS MADE A DIFFERENCE. CANDICE WAS CRUCIAL HELPING REPUBLICANS PASS AND HAVE SIGNED A RECORD NUMBER OF BILLS THIS YEAR. IT IS WITH MIXED FEELINGS BUT GREAT HAPPINESS THAT I BID CANDICE FAREWELL. SHE'S MOVING ON NEXT WEEK TO A NEW ROLE, TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES AT CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL IN SAN ANGELO, TEXAS. I KNOW HER PARENTS ALONG WITH HER BROTHERS JOIN ME IN RECOGNIZING HER ACHIEVEMENTS. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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        MRS. MALONEY

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        MRS. MALONEY

        MADAM SPEAKER, I HAVE BEEN LISTENING DAILY TO HEARTBREAKING STORIES FROM…

        MADAM SPEAKER, I HAVE BEEN LISTENING DAILY TO HEARTBREAKING STORIES FROM REAL PEOPLE ABOUT THEIR HEALTH CHALLENGES AND WHAT THE REPEAL OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WOULD MEAN TO THEM. PEOPLE LIKE PETER MORLEY, WHO SURVIVED CANCER AND NOW LIVES WITH LUPUS. HE WON'T BE ABLE TO AFFORD HIS LIFE-SAVING INFUSIONS IF REPEAL HAPPENS. OR FOR BABY THEO, BORN WITH TWO HOLES AND AN ENLARGED KIDNEY. THE RETURN OF LIFE-TIME CAPS WOULD MEAN THE LOSS OF INSURANCE FOR HIM. AND RED RACCOON, AN IRAQI WAR VETERAN SUFFERING FROM PSTD. HE WE LIES ON MEDICAID TO SUPPLEMENT THE INADEQUATE V.A. SYSTEM. EACH OF THEM AND MILLIONS MORE WILL SUFFER IF REPEAL OR REPLACE GOES FORWARD. I BELIEVE WE ARE A GREATER, MORE CARING NATION THAN THIS. I BELIEVE WE CAN, WE SHALL, WE MUST DO BETTER.

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

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      • 12:14:36 PM

        MR. BANKS

        MADAM SPEAKER, HERE IN WASHINGTON WE ARE CURRENTLY IN THE MIDDLE OF AN…

        MADAM SPEAKER, HERE IN WASHINGTON WE ARE CURRENTLY IN THE MIDDLE OF AN IMPORTANT DEBATE ON THE FEDERAL BUDGET. IT IS CLEAR THAT DRAMATIC CHANGES NEED TO BE MADE IN THE WAY THAT TAXPAYER DOLLARS ARE SPENT. WE NEED TO GET OUR NATION'S FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER. AS WE CONSIDER IMPORTANT REFORMS, WE WILL BE WISE TO TURN TO MY HOME STATE OF INDIANA. LAST WEEK INDIANA STATE AUDITOR TARA KLUTZ SAID THAT WE HAVE A RAINY DAY FUND OF NEARLY $1.8 BILLION. CONTRAST WITH A NEARLY $20 TRILLION NATIONAL DEBT HERE IN WASHINGTON. AS AUDITOR KLUTZ NOTED IN A PRESS CONFERENCE LAST WEEK, QUOTE, HUSEIERS CAN REST ASSURED THAT -- HOOSIERS CAN REST ASSURE THAT WE MANAGE OUR TAXPAYERS' MONEY SERIOUSLY. JUST LIKE STATES LIVE WITHIN THEIR MEANS, INDIANA HAS WORKED HARD TO INVEST IN OUR PRIORITIES, RETAIN RESOURCES IN THE EVENT OF AN ECONOMIC DOWNTURN, END QUOTE. TO GET OUR FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER WE NEED MORE OF THIS HOOSIER COMMON SENSE IN WASHINGTON. THE ATTITUDE AND APPROACHED THAT'S WORKED WELL IN INDIANA SHOULD BE A MODEL FOR THE NATION. WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. .

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        THE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TODAY SHOULD BE ABOUT…

        THE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TODAY SHOULD BE ABOUT PROVIDING CRITICAL FUNDS TO KEEP OUR SERVICE MEMBERS SAFE, TAKE CARE OF OUR VETERANS AND SUPPORT NECESSARY DEFENSE PROGRAMS. IT SHOULD NOT BE ABOUT HELPING PRESIDENT TRUMP KEEP A CAMPAIGN PROMISE THAT HAS NO GROUNDING IN REALITY. HOUSE REPUBLICANS' RECKLESS DECISION TO FORCE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO PAY FOR A WALL THAT DOES NOTHING TO INCREASE OUR SECURITY, IT IS WASTEFUL AND COUNTERPRODUCTIVE. IT WILL COST $1.6 BILLION, WHICH COULD GO TO HELPING VETERANS OR GETTING OUR SERVICE MEMBERS THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO STAY SAFE. RATHER THAN COME TO THE TABLE TO WORK ON MEANINGFUL BIPARTISAN AND LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS TO FIX OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM, HOUSE REPUBLICANS WOULD RATHER GIVE AMERICAN FAMILIES' PAYCHECKS TO PRESIDENT TRUMP TO BUILD THE WALL. WE ARE HERE TO DO THE PEOPLE'S WORK. THIS WALL DOESN'T HELP AMERICAN FAMILIES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THIS.

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        MR. WALBERG

        ALL TOO OFTEN THE IMPORTANT WORK WE'RE DOING IN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE DOES…

        ALL TOO OFTEN THE IMPORTANT WORK WE'RE DOING IN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE DOES NOT GET THE ATTENTION IT DESERVES. SO FAR THIS YEAR, WE ROLLED BACK 14 OVERSOME -- OVERLY BURDENSOME REGULATION. WE PASSED LANDMARK REFORMS TO BRING GREATER ACCOUNTABILITY AND BETTER CARE TO THE VETERANS' ADMINISTRATION. HERE IN THE HOUSE WE KEPT OUR PROMISE TO RESCUE FAMILIES FROM THE COLLAPSING OBAMACARE LAW. WE HAVE TAKEN ACTION TO REBUILD OUR MILITARY, GIVE OUR TROOPS THE BIGGEST PAY RAISE IN EIGHT YEARS AND EXPAND THE G.I. BILL TO IMPROVE EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS. WE HAVE ENHANCED BORDER SECURITY AND PUBLIC SAFETY BYPASSING KATE'S LAW AND STRENGTHENED CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION, COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING, REFORM THE F.D.A. MADAM SPEAKERS, THESE POLICIES THAT ARE LANGUISHING IN THE SENATE WILL MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE'S LIVES. AND WE WILL WORK ON THE ISSUES THAT MATTER EVEN IF IT DOESN'T MAKE THE HEADLINES. I YIELD BACK.

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        THE ECONOMY SIMPLY IS NOT WORKING THE WAY IT SHOULD. MILLIONS OF HARD…

        THE ECONOMY SIMPLY IS NOT WORKING THE WAY IT SHOULD. MILLIONS OF HARD WORKING MEN AND WOMEN FEEL THE AMERICAN DREAM HAS SLIPPED OUT OF REACH IN PLACES LIKE HANOVER AND FREE PORT, ILLINOIS. FAMILIES HAVE SEEN THEIR JOBS BOXED UP AND TO MEXICO AND CHINA. MANY HAVE HAD TO TAKE ON ONE OR TWO MINIMUM-WAGE JOBS. THAT'S NOT THE AMERICAN DEEM THAT WE BELIEVE IN. WE BELIEVE IN AMERICA WHERE WE NEVER GIVE UP ON THE FIGHT FOR BETTER JOBS AND BETTER FUTURE. THIS IS WHY I WAS PROUD TO HELP PRESENT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WITH OUR BETTER DEAL ECONOMIC AGENDA. TOGETHER, WE WILL HELP 10 MILLION HARDWORKING AMERICANS BY MAKING BOLD INVESTMENTS IN OUR ROADS AND BRIDGES AND DOUBLING OUR INVESTMENTS IN WORK FORCE TRAINING AND APPRENTICESHIP TO CONNECT WORKERS WITH EMPLOYERS AND WHILE WAGES WILL GO UP, COSTS WILL GO DOWN, BY REDUCING THE PRICE OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF EXCUSES FROM WASHINGTON. WE WANT REAL ACTION AND WE HAVE A REAL PLAN. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:20:04 PM

        MR. DENHAM

        I RISE TODAY TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND HONOR THE LIFE OF A CHERISHED LEADER AND…

        I RISE TODAY TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND HONOR THE LIFE OF A CHERISHED LEADER AND GREAT FRIEND. FORMER CALIFORNIA STATE SENATOR DAVID COGDALE SENIOR, HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 66 ON SUNDAY SURROUNDED BY HIS FAMILY. BORN ON DECEMBER 31, DAVE SPENT HIS LIFE IN PUBLIC SERVICE AND STARTED WHEN HE ENLISTED IN 1970 IN THE AIR FORCE RESERVE, SERVING IN THE AIR NATIONAL GUARD AS WELL AS ON ACTIVE DUTY. IN 1975, HE WAS ELECTED A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE BRIDGEPORT FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT. HE MOVED TO MONTH DECEMBER DOE IN 1979 AND BUILT HIS REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL BUSINESS P WHILE SERVING ON BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS. HE SERVED TWO TERMS ON THE MODESTO CITY COUNCIL AND HE WENT ON TO REPRESENT THE 25TH DISTRICT FOR SIX YEARS PRIOR TO BEING ELECTED TO THE STATE SENATE IN 2006. HE SERVED AS THE CALIFORNIA STATE SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER FROM 2008 TO 2009 IN ADDITION TO NUMEROUS COMMITTEES INCLUDING PUBLIC SAFETY, REVENUE AND TAXATION AND THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE AUDIT COMMITTEES. A REAL ESTATE APPRAISER IN TRADE HE SERVED AS A COUNTY COMMISSIONER TO 2013 AND THEN JOINED THE BUILDING ASSOCIATION IN 2013. FOR HIS MANY YEARS OF LEGISLATIVE CAREER, DAVE WAS AWARDED THE PROFILE IN COURAGE AWARD FROM THE JOHN F. KENNEDY LIBRARY IN 2010. THAT WAS ONE OF THE MANY RECOGNITIONS HE RECEIVED. DAVE AND HIS WIFE STEPHANIE WERE MARRIED FOR 47 YEARS AND HAVE A SON, DAVID JUNIOR, AND A DAUGHTER AND THREE GRANDCHILDREN, CONNOR, KATIE AND COOPER. PLEASE JOIN ME IN HONORING AND RECOGNIZING CALIFORNIA STATE SENATOR DAVE COGDALE FOR HIS FRIENDSHIP. HE HAD A LONG HISTORY TO HIS SERVICE TO CALIFORNIA AND TO OUR COMMUNITY. HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED. I YIELD BACK.

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        NEWS THAT A MILITARY TRANSPORT PLANE CRASHED INTO THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA.…

        NEWS THAT A MILITARY TRANSPORT PLANE CRASHED INTO THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA. 16 MARINES WHO FOUGHT TO DEFEND OUR COUNTRY DIED. ONE OF THOSE MARINES WAS SERGEANT JOE MURRAY OF JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA. I EXPRESS TO CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. HE WAS THE HUSBAND TO GAIL MURRAY AND FATHER OF FOUR BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN. HE WAS KNOWN FOR BEING A FAMILY MAN WHO CARED DEEPLY FOR THOSE AROUND HIM. MURRAY WAS A MEMBER OF A SPECIAL OPERATION TEAM AND WAS PROMOTED THREE TIMES IN THE FIRST THREE YEARS HE WAS IN THE MARINE CORPS AND DEPLOYED TO AFGHANISTAN TWICE.

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        MR. LAWSON

        THE SON OF A NAVY MAN, SERGEANT MURRAY WILL BE REMEMBERED AS A TRUE…

        THE SON OF A NAVY MAN, SERGEANT MURRAY WILL BE REMEMBERED AS A TRUE AMERICAN HERO AND I WILL CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR HIM AND HIS FAMILY AND THOSE AROUND HIM. MAY HE REST IN PEACE AND THANK YOU. AND I YIELD BACK.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. BACON

        THERE ARE 20,000 OPEN JOBS IN KANSAS AND UNEMPLOYMENT RATE OF 3%. THIS IS…

        THERE ARE 20,000 OPEN JOBS IN KANSAS AND UNEMPLOYMENT RATE OF 3%. THIS IS A 16-YEAR LOW FOR OUR STATE. HOWEVER, WE FACE ONLY A 63% NATIONAL WORK FORCE PARTICIPATION RATE. ALMOST 40% OF OUR COUNTRY'S LABOR FORCE IS GIVING UP ON FINDING A JOB OR LOST MOTIVATION TO WORK. IN KANSAS, A TOP CONCERN I HEARD IS THE NEED FOR A STRONGER WORK FORCE. MY COLLEAGUES AND I MUST START WORK ON THE WELFARE TO WORK PROGRAM. EMPOWERING PEOPLE TO GET OUT OF POVERTY AND LIFT THEIR SPIRIT. LET'S EMPOWER THOSE ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO GET THE TRAINING THEY NEED AND QUALITY OF LIFE THAT TURNS THE TIDE OF POVERTY TOWARDS SOCIETAL PROSPERITY. I YIELD BACK.

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        THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TO EXPRESS MY DISAPPOINTMENT THAT…

        THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TO EXPRESS MY DISAPPOINTMENT THAT REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP HAS ADDED SOMETHING AS CONTROVERSIAL AS FUNDING FOR THE BORDER WALL TO A CRITICAL BILL FUNDING OUR NATION'S DEFENSE. THERE IS A REASON THOSE WHO LIVE ON THE BORDER AND KNOW THE REGION BEST DON'T WANT THIS WALL. THEY KNOW THIS WALL WON'T KEEP US SAFE. THEY KNOW IT WON'T STOP ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. INSTEAD OF WASTING $1.6 BILLION IN TAXPAYER, D.H.S. SHOULD FOCUS ITS LIMITED RESOURCES ON ITS DECLARED MISSION WHICH IS, AND I QUOTE, TO SAFEGUARD THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, OUR HOMELAND AND OUR VALUES. THIS WALL DOES NONE OF THAT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO STOP PLAYING POLITICS WITH OUR SECURITY AND BRING A CLEAN BILL TO THE FLOOR. I YIELD BACK.

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        MR. THOMPSON

        THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE 45TH ANNIVERSARY,…

        THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE 45TH ANNIVERSARY, THE PRACTICE ART GALLERY WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1997 BY PAINTER JEAN CAREY TO FOCUS ON THEIR WORKS. IN 1988, THE GALLERY EXPANDED TO INCLUDE THE ORIENTAL ROOM AND FOUNTAIN ROOM AND BROUGHT SCULPTURE WORKS. THE ART GALLERY IS DEDICATED TO ENRICHING THROUGH EXHIBITIONS AND THE DISPLAY OF HISTORICAL WORKS. BEGINNING AUGUST 18, THE GALLERY WILL CELEBRATE ITS 40TH ANNIVERSARY WITH THE RUBY EXHIBITION WHICH WILL HAVE THE FINEST WORKS FROM ITS PERMANENT COLLECTION, MUCH OF WHICH HAS NOT BEEN SEEN. I WISH THE ART GALLERY THE BEST AS IT CELEBRATES OF ENRICHING THE LIVES WITH ITS CULTURAL IMPACT. I YIELD BACK.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. POLIS

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        MR. POLIS

        I RISE TODAY IN CELEBRATION OF 100-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF…

        I RISE TODAY IN CELEBRATION OF 100-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF ESTES PARK, COLORADO, GATEWAY TO ROCKY NATIONAL PARK. OVER 150 YEARS AGO, PIONEERS OF THE MOUNTAIN PARK AND HOMESTEADERS CAME FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE. 1917, THE FORMAL INCORPORATION TOOK PLACE ENSURING OUR COMMUNITY COULD CONTINUE TO SERVE THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE VISITING. IT HAS BEEN A VITAL PARTNER IN GROWING THE OUTDOOR RECREATION COMMUNITY AND PLAYING HOST TO 4.5 MILLION VISITORS. THE STANLEY HOTEL, THE HISTORIC PARK THEATER ARE A FEW OF THE LAND PARK. THE ZIP CODE IS 80507. AND ESTES PARK WILL HAVE A CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION. I'M PROUD TO REPRESENT THE COMMUNITY OF ESTES PARK AND I'M THRILLED TO CELEBRATE THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF ESTES PARK.

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        AS MY COLLEAGUE FROM COLORADO RECOGNIZED THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY, I TAKE TO…

        AS MY COLLEAGUE FROM COLORADO RECOGNIZED THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY, I TAKE TO THE FLOOR TO THANK MY WIFE FOR PUTTING UP WITH ME FOR 30 YEARS.

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        MR. SHIMKUS

        CHURCH FAITHFULLY AND PUTTING UP WITH THE HECTIC LIFE THAT A LOT OF OUR…

        CHURCH FAITHFULLY AND PUTTING UP WITH THE HECTIC LIFE THAT A LOT OF OUR CONSTITUENTS DON'T UNDERSTAND LIVING IN TWO PLACES AT ONE TIME, TRYING TO MANAGE A FAMILY IN ANOTHER STATE, WHILE WE'RE GONE ALMOST ABOUT HALF OF THE YEAR. I COME TO THE FLOOR JUST TO PAUSE AND THANK MY BEAUTIFUL WIFE KAREN FOR STICKING WITH ME FOR 30 YEARS. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 468 — "Providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 111) providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection relating to "Arbitration Agreements"."

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          MR. BUCK

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

          MR. SPEAKER, BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP H.R. 648 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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          THE CLERK

          RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO…

          RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE JOINT RESOLUTION H.J.RES. 111, PROVIDING FOR CONGRESSIONAL DISAPPROVAL UNDER CHAPTER 8 OF TITLE 5, UNITED STATES CODE, OF THE RULE SUBMITTED BY BUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION RELATING TO ARBITRATION AGREEMENTS. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION ARE WAIVED. THE JOINT RESOLUTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE JOINT RESOLUTION ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE JOINT RESOLUTION AND ON ANY AMENDMENT THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT, ONE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES, AND TWO, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT.

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    • 12:31:01 PM

      DEBATE

      The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 468.

      • 12:31:06 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

      • 12:31:08 PM

        MR. BUCK

        THANK YOU, FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30…

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

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      • 12:31:28 PM

        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

      • 12:31:29 PM

        MR. BUCK

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

        MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. THE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT RESOLUTIONS MUST FOLLOW A PRESCRIBED FORM, ACCORDING TO LAW. THIS RULE PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.J.RES. 111 IN KEEPING WITH THAT FORM. MADAM SPEAKER, WE'RE HERE TODAY TO PREVENT FEDERAL OVERREACH BY THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU, ALSO KNOWN AS THE CFPB. ACCORDING TO THE D.C. CIRCUIT COURT, THIS UNACCOUNTABLE GOVERNMENT AGENCY HAS MORE UNILATERAL AUTHORITY THAN ANY SINGLE COMMISSIONER OR BOARD MEMBER IN ANY OTHER INDEPENDENT AGENCY IN THE U.S. GOVERNMENT. ON JULY 10, 2017, THE CFPB EXERCISED THAT VAST AUTHORITY BY ISSUING A 776-PAGE FINAL RULE THAT RESTRICTS THE ABILITY OF CONSUMERS TO ENTER INTO ARBITRATION AGREEMENTS. THE CFPB'S MISGUIDED RULE EFFECTIVELY ELIMINATES ARBITRATION CLAUSES, INSTEAD, FORCING CONSUMERS INTO MORE BURDENSOME COURT PROCEEDINGS. ELIMINATING THIS OVERBEARING RULE IS A BIG WIN FOR CONSUMERS. ARBITRATION IS AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM AND IT OFTEN RESULTS IN A BETTER OUTCOME FOR CONSUMERS. ACCORDING TO THE CFPB'S ONLY STUDY, ARBITRATION CAN BE UP TO 12 TIMES FASTER THAN LITIGATION. THIS STUDY ALSO FOUND THAT A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT'S AVERAGE PAYOUT WAS JUST $ 2 PER PERSON, NOT -- $32 PER PERSON, NOT EVEN CLOSE TO THE THOUSANDS AWARDED ON AVERAGE FROM ARBITRATION. MOREOVER, IT COSTS LESS FOR CONSUMERS TO FILE AN ARBITRATION COMPLAINT THAN IT DOES TO FILE A NEW COMPLAINT IN FEDERAL COURT. MAKING THE ARBITRATION SYSTEM MORE ACCESSIBLE TO ALL AMERICANS. ARBITRATION ALLOWS PARTIES TO USE AN INDEPENDENT MEDIATOR INSTEAD OF HIRING EXPENSIVE LAWYERS TO SETTLE A DISPUTE. WHILE THE RULE PROMULGATED BY THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU IS A BAD DEAL FOR CONSUMERS, IT IS A HUGE WIN FOR TRIAL LAWYERS WHO MAKE AN AVERAGE OF $1 MILLION PER CASE. THE LEGISLATION BEING CONSIDERED TODAY WOULD ELIMINATE THE CFPB'S PROHIBITION ON AN INDIVIDUAL'S RIGHT TO ENTER INTO CONTRACTS THAT INCLUDE ARBITRATION AGREEMENTS. THE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT ALLOWS CONGRESS TO ELIMINATE A RULE FROM THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH AND PREVENTS A SUBSTANTIALLY SIMILAR RULE FROM BEING PROPOSED IN ITS PLACE. CHECKS AND BALANCES BETWEEN THE THREE BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT ARE THE CORNERSTONE OF OUR CONSTITUTION. THE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT ALLOWS CONGRESS TO EXERCISE OUR ARTICLE 1 AUTHORITY AND STOP EXECUTIVE OVERREACH THAT WAS NEVER INTENDED BY THE ORIGINAL LEGISLATION. THE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT IS A POWERFUL TOOL BECAUSE IT ONLY REQUIRES 51 VOTES TO PASS IN THE SENATE. TO DATE, CONGRESS HAS PASSED 14 C.R.A.'S THAT HAVE BEEN SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT. ONE BY ONE, WE HAVE ELIMINATED OBAMA ADMINISTRATION RULES THAT HARM AMERICANS AND SMALL BUSINESSES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. DESPITE THE WORK WE HAVE AHEAD, THESE C.R.A.'S ARE IMPORTANT AND BRING REGULATORY RELIEF TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. PRESIDENT TRUMP CAMPAIGNED ON A PROMISE TO END GOVERNMENT OVERREGULATION THAT HURTS AMERICANS AND SMALL BUSINESSES. HE TURNED THOSE WORDS INTO ACTION BY SIGNING AN EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT REQUIRES TWO REGULATIONS BE ELIMINATED FOR EVERY NEW REGULATION THAT'S PROPOSED. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS EXCEEDED THOSE EXPECTATIONS IN HIS FIRST SIX MONTHS. FOR EVERY NEW PROPOSED RULE, HE'S ELIMINATED 16 REGULATIONS. UNFORTUNATELY, HE HAS LIMITED TOOLS TO REIN IN THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU BECAUSE IT WAS DESIGNED TO BE UNACCOUNTABLE UNDER DODD-FRANK. THIS IS AN AGENCY THAT CONTINUES TO BE RUN BY AN UNCHECKED DIRECTOR. THE STRUCTURE OF THE BUREAU HAS EVEN BEEN RULED UNCONSTITUTIONAL BY THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. A FEW WEEKS AGO, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSED LEGISLATION TO RESTRUCTURE THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU, RESTORING CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT DUTIES AND MOVING THE AGENCY BACK UNDER THE REGULAR LEGISLATIVE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS. I HOPE THE SENATE WILL CONSIDER THIS BRING AND BRING ACCOUNTABILITY TO THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND THE UNDERLYING BILL AND ELIMINATE THE BAD ANTI-ARBITRATION RULE ISSUED BY THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 12:35:48 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS, IS RECOGNIZED.

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      • 12:35:52 PM

        MR. POLIS

        MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING…

        MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION, H.J.RES. 111, DISAPPROVAL OF THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU'S ARBITRATION RULE, AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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      • 12:36:06 PM

        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

      • 12:36:07 PM

        MR. POLIS

        BR TURNING THE UNDERLYING -- BEFORE TURNING THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION, I…

        BR TURNING THE UNDERLYING -- BEFORE TURNING THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION, I WANT TO RAISE CONCERNS ABOUT THE BULK OF THE WORK THIS WEEK WHICH IS A SO-CALLED MINIBUS APPROPRIATIONS BILL, IN WHICH THIS BODY WILL SEEK TO SPEND OVER $700 BILLION OF DEFICIT EXPENDITURES. THAT FUNDING BILL COMBINES FOUR MAJOR APPROPRIATIONS BILLS AND REPRESENTS MORE THAN HALF OF DISCRETIONARY SPENDING. IT INCLUDES OUR SPENDING FOR THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH, VETERANS, ENERGY AND WATER, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. UNFORTUNATELY, THERE'S ADDITIONAL DEFICIT SPENDING THAT MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE HAVE DECIDED TO PUT IN THE BILL, PROVIDING $1.6 BILLION TO MR. A BORDER WALL, DIRECTLY -- TO BUILD A BORDER WALL, DIRECTLY CONTRARY TO THE PROMISE THE PRESIDENT MADE, THAT ANOTHER COUNTRY WOULD PAY THE WALL. THEY ARE ASKING YOU TO PAY FOR THIS WALL, IN DIRECT -- NOT SOMETHING HE PROMISED. AND REQUIRING THE USE OF THE AUMF, IT WAS PLACED IN THIS BILL IN COMMITTEE. REPRESENTATIVE LEE'S AMENDMENT WAS STRIPPED BY THE RULES COMMITTEE DESPITE IT BEING IN THE COMMITTEE MARK AND DESPITE THE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT TO REQUIRE THE USE FOR MILITARY FORCE. WE NEED TO START MAKING DECISIONS ABOUT THE DIRECTION OF OUR MILITARY. REPRESENTATIVE LEE'S AMENDMENT WOULD FORCE CONGRESS TO HAVE THAT DISCUSSION. CONGRESS, UNFORTUNATELY, SEEMS TO ONLY WORK OR WORKS BEST WHEN WE'RE ON THE CLOCK, THE DAY OR TWO BEFORE THE EXPIRATION OF FUNDING, THE DAY OR TWO BEFORE THE ARBITRARY TIME LIMIT. THIS WOULD APPLY TO FORCE CONGRESS TO HAVE THE DISCUSSIONS AROUND THE AUTHORIZATION OF THE USE OF MILITARY FORCE. I CERTAINLY HAVE FULL CONFIDENCE THAT HAD THAT TIME NOT BEEN MET, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS COULD HAVE PROVIDED SHORT-TERM EXTENSIONS FOR THE CURRENT AUTHORIZATION OF THE USE OF MILITARY FORCE UNTIL CONGRESS CAN AGREE WITH THE SENATE AND SEND TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. ONTO THE MATTERS AT HAND, THIS UNDERLYING RESOLUTION OF DISAPPROVAL WEAKENS CONSUMER PROTECTIONS WHILE PROTECTING BIG BANKS RATHER THAN CONSUMERS. THIS RULE WAS CRAFTED BY THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU TO HELP RESTORE CONSUMER RIGHTS AND GIVE CONSUMERS THE ABILITY TO JOIN TOGETHER WHEN THEY'RE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF BY BIG BANKS. INSTEAD OF DEBATING WAYS TO INCREASE ACCESS TO FINANCIAL SERVICES, MY COLLEAGUES INSTEAD HAVE BROUGHT A CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT RESOLUTION THAT WOULD STOP OUR OWN FINANCIAL SAFETY MECHANISMS FROM TAKING ANY FUTURE ACTION ON ARBITRATION CLAWSES AND CONSUMER -- CLAUSES AND CONSUMER FINANCIAL PRODUCTS. WE'VE SEEN THESE ARBITRATION CLAUSES. YOU USUALLY MIGHT NEED A MAGNIFYING GLASS BECAUSE THE FONT IS SMALL. EVEN SOPHISTICATED CONSUMERS OFTEN DON'T KNOW THAT BY UNILATERALLY SIGNING THOSE RIGHTS AWAY, THEY'RE REMOVING THEIR ABILITY TO ADDRESS THEIR GRIEVANCES IN COURT. AND IN MANY CASES, REMOVING THE ABILITY TO HAVE ANY JUSTICE BECAUSE WHEN YOU HAVE A LARGE CLASS EACH OF WHOM SUFFERS A SMALL AMOUNT OF DAMAGE, EVEN THE COST OF ADMINISTERING AN ARBITRATION CLAIM CAN BE PROHIBITED IF THE CLAIM FOR AN INDIVIDUAL IS $50, $100, $75. ABSENT THESE KIND OF PROTECTIONS, YOU GIVE BROAD LICENSE FOR BIG BANKS TO RIP OFF LARGE NUMBERS OF CONSUMERS AND TAKE A SMALL AMOUNT OF MONEY FROM EACH OF THEM. THAT'S WHAT THIS RULE IS INTENDED TO PREVENT. THE HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE DIDN'T HOLD ANY HEARINGS ON THIS RULE. IT DIDN'T GO THROUGH COMMITTEE. IT APPEARED JUST A FEW DAYS AGO. IT WAS INTRODUCED. THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU DIDN'T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TESTIFY ABOUT THEIR STUDY OR THEIR FINDINGS OR THE PROCESS THEY WENT THROUGH TO FINALIZE THE RULE, INCLUDING INPUT FROM THE GENERAL PUBLIC. CONGRESS' AUTHORIZED THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU TO EXAMINE THE USE OF ARBITRATION AGREEMENTS BY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND CONSUMER CONTRACTS AND IF NECESSARY TO TAKE APPROPRIATE STEPS TO LIMIT THE USE OF THEM TO PREVENT ARBITRATION AGREEMENTS FROM BEING FORCED ON CONSUMERS. IN ANY PARTICULAR CASE, BOTH SIDES CAN AGREE TO ARBITRATION. GIVEN THE CHOICE, MANY CONSUMERS WILL CHOOSE ARBITRATION. THIS IS GIVING THEM NO ALTERNATIVE BUT TO GIVE AWAY THEIR RIGHTS TO SUE IN A COURT OF LAW IN FAVOR OF AN ARBITRATION PROCESS. CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU FOUND THAT 90% OF ARBITRATION AGREEMENTS BUILT IN THE FINE POINT OF FINANCIAL CONSUMER PRODUCTS DO PROHIBIT CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS. IN CASES INVOLVING CREDIT CARD ISSUERS, COMPANIES BEING SUED USING THE ARBITRATION CLAUSES BURIED IN THEIR FINE PRINT LOCK CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS 65% OF THE TIME. AND, AGAIN, EVEN WITH THE LOWER COSTS OF ADMINISTERING AN ARBITRATION CASE, IT'S PROHIBITED IF THE CLAIM PER PERSON IS RELATIVELY SMALL. SO WE'RE TALKING ABOUT SITUATIONS WHERE PEOPLE ARE ILLEGALLY RIPPED OFF OF $20, OF $100 OF THEIR ANNUAL CREDIT CARD PROCESSING FEE, ILLEGALLY CHARGED, THEIR REDRESS ANY ABSENT CLASS ACTION IS ESSENTIALLY NONEXISTENT BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH THE COST OF PURSUING AN ARBITRATION CASE IS SIGNIFICANTLY LESS THAN THE COURTS, THEY STILL CAN TAKE UP ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF TIME OR IF YOU HIRE OUTSIDE COUNSEL THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS. THANK GOODNESS NOT THE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS THAT A FULL COURT CASE CAN ENTAIL BUT CERTAINLY THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS. AND IF YOU WERE DEPRIVED OF $30 OR $50, ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO ACCEPT IT OR CAN HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE RIPPED OFF BAN TOGETHER AND SEEK JUSTICE, AS THIS RULE WOULD ALLOW FOR? LONG BEFORE THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU TOOK ANY ACTION, THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ALREADY RECOGNIZED THE FORCED ARBITRATION CLAUSE IN CONSUMER LOANS TO SERVICE MEMBERS STRIPPED AWAY THE RIGHTS OF SERVICE MEMBERS AND ULTIMATELY BANNED FORCED ARBITRATION CLAUSES IN CONSUMER LOAN PRODUCTS AS WE DON'T WANT PEOPLE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF MEMBERS OF OUR MILITARY. SO, TOO, WE DON'T WANT ANYBODY TAKING ADVANTAGE OF MEMBERS OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. BUT WE KNOW BIG BANKS DON'T WANT CONSUMERS TO HAVE MORE POWER WHEN IT COMES TO FINANCIAL PRODUCTS. THEY PREFER THE DECKS REMAINED STACK AGAINST CONSUMERS EVEN WHEN A BANK OR CREDIT CARD COMPANY BREAKS THE LAW. WHEN IT COMES TO FINANCIAL SERVICE PRODUCTS, MOST CONSUMERS ARE ENTIRELY AT THE MERCY OF OUR FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. THESE ASH FOREIGN RELATION CLAUSES ARE BURIED IN PAGES AND PAGES OF SMALL PRINT AND DISCLOSURE, VERY TECHNICAL FOR PEOPLE WITH A COLLEGE DEGREE, NO LESS A HIGH SCHOOL DEGREE, NO LESS GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL. THE CONSUMER SIMPLY DOESN'T HAVE THE ABILITY TO MODIFY THE CONTRACT BEFORE THEY SIGN IT, TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT, OR NEGOTIATE ON ANY TYPE OF FOOTING EQUALLY WITH A BANK. THEY'RE LEFT WITH A TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT CHOICE AND ACCORDING TO THE BUREAU STUDY, MORE THAN 75% OF CONSUMERS SURVEYED DID NOT KNOW WHETHER THEY WERE SUBJECT TO AN ARBITRATION CLAUSE IN THEIR AGREEMENTS AND LESS THAN 7% KNEW THOSE CLAUSES LIMIT THEIR ABILITY TO BRING A CLAIM IN COURT. THAT MEANS 93% OF THE PEOPLE WHO SIGNED THESE AGREEMENTS DON'T EVEN REALIZE THEY ARE SIGNING THEIR RIGHT TO SUE AWAY. AND THAT'S BECAUSE THEY'RE BURIED IN FINE PRINT AND UNCLEAR AND RUN CONTRARY TO THE FUNDAMENTAL AMERICAN PRINCIPLE OF THE ABILITY TO SEEK JUSTICE WHEN YOU ARE WRONG. THIS FINAL RULE RESTORES CONSUMER RIGHTS TO BAN TOGETHER WHEN THERE IS SYSTEMIC AND WIDESPREAD FORM OF MISCONDUCT BY A BANK. THIS RESOLUTION OF DISAPPROVAL WOULD STOP CONSUMERS FROM EVEN KNOWING IF OTHERS WERE HARMED IN A SIMILAR MANNER BY THE SAME BANK OR LENDER SO THEY CAN POTENTIALLY BAND TOGETHER. I'M GLAD THAT THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU FINAL RULE ACTUALLY GAVE SOME POWER BACK TO CONSUMERS, AND NOW HERE WE HAVE THE REPUBLICANS TRYING TO TAKE THAT POWER RIGHT AWAY, GIVING IT BACK TO THE BIG BANKS. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD A LETTER SIGNED BY 310 ORGANIZATIONS THAT INCLUDE CIVIL RIGHTS, FAITH-BASED AND CONSUMER ADVOCACY GROUPS THAT SUPPORT THE ARBITRATION RULE.

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      • 12:44:28 PM

        EMPORE WITHOUT

        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

      • 12:44:30 PM

        MR. POLIS

        MANY FAITH-BASED GROUPS AND SO MANY OTHERS INCLUDING FROM MY FRIEND FROM…

        MANY FAITH-BASED GROUPS AND SO MANY OTHERS INCLUDING FROM MY FRIEND FROM COLORADO'S AND MY HOME STATE, THE INTERFAITH ALLIANCE OF COLORADO, THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN COLORADO SECTION, THE NAACP STATE CONFERENCE OF COLORADO, THE COLORADO FISCAL INSTITUTE, THE COLORADO COUNCIL OF CHURCHES, THE COLORADO ALLIANCE OF RETIRED AMERICANS AND MANY, MANY OTHERS. SO I'M GLAD THIS WILL APPEAR IN THE RECORD FOR ALL OF CONGRESS TO SEE, AND I WILL ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO READ THIS LETTER AND SEE WHO SIGNED IT BEFORE CASTING YOUR VOTE ON THE REPEAL OF THIS RULE, THIS CONGRESSIONAL DISAPPROVAL RESOLUTION. SO THIS WILL APPEAR IN THE RECORD, AND I KNOW THAT MY COLLEAGUES WILL STUDY THAT RECORD BEFORE MAKING THEIR DECISION. PRIOR TO THE CREATION LAWS WERE ENFORCED BY DIFFERENT REGULATORS AND AGENCIES. THIS WAS UNEVEN AND AFTER THE 2008 FINANCIAL CRISIS, I WAS PERSONALLY GLAD WE WERE ABLE TO PULL TOGETHER THE EFFORTS TO PROTECT CONSUMERS IN THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU. DESPITE THEIR SUCCESS, REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN GOING AFTER THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU EVER SINCE DESPITE RECORD PROFITS BY BANKS AND WALL STREET. WE ARE GOING BACK TO A TIME WHERE NOBODY KEPT THEM IN CHECK. DESPITE THE BUREAU RETURNING NEARLY $12 MILLION TO HARMED CONSUMERS, REPUBLICANS CONTINUE TO ATTACK THE AGENCY. THERE'S NOTHING -- THIS IS ENTIRELY THE PURPOSE THAT THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU WAS CREATED, THIS TYPE OF RULE. CONGRESS SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU TO STUDY FORCED ARBITRATION AGREEMENTS AND DETERMINE WHAT STEPS WERE NECESSARY. THE BUREAU UNDERTOOK AN EXTENSIVE RULEMAKING PROCESS. TOOK PUBLIC COMMENTS. MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE WHO SUPPORT THIS REPEAL, THE BANKS PARTICIPATED AND SO MANY OTHER STAKEHOLDERS BEFORE THE FINAL RULE WAS SHOULD. MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE HAVE NOT OFFERED ANY EVIDENCE IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION. WHY ARE YOU SEEKING TO STRIP RIGHTS AWAY FROM CONSUMERS IN THIS FASHION? THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU FOUND 400 CONSUMERS PER YEAR PURSUE CLAIMS IN ARBITRATION, WITH ONLY 16 RECEIVING ANY CASH RELIEF. AGAIN, WHEN YOU ARE RIPPED OFF OF A RELATIVELY SMALL AMOUNT OF MONEY, YOU DON'T HAVE REDRESS IN THE COURTS AS A SOLE PLAINTIFF AND YOU DON'T HAVE AN ECONOMIC FORM OF REDRESS IN THE COURTS AND DON'T HAVE REDRESS THROUGH ARBITRATION. SO THE ONLY TRUE MECHANISM, IF YOU HAVE A MILLION PEOPLE, EACH OF WHOM ARE DEPRIVED OF $20, THE ONLY REALISTIC LEGAL MECHANISM IS A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT, WHICH THIS RULE WOULD PROTECT. THERE IS NO EVIDENCE TO SHOW, NO STUDIES TO SHOW THAT REMOVING THIS TYPE OF CLAUSE INCREASES COSTS TO CONSUMERS. THIS RESOLUTION OF DISAPPROVAL IS JUST A GIVE-AWAY TO BIG BANKS AT THE EXPENSE OF YOU, ME, EVERYBODY WITH A CREDIT CARD, EVERYBODY WHO HAS A LOAN, WRONG DIRECTION FOR THE COUNTRY. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 12:48:21 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK IS RECOGNIZED.

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      • 12:48:30 PM

        MR. BUCK

        I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. ROTHFUS.

      • 12:48:35 PM

        MR. ROTHFUS

        I RISE TO CALL ON ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND THE…

        I RISE TO CALL ON ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND THE UNDERLYING RESOLUTION. THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU ANTI-ARBITRATION RULE WILL CAUSE A GREAT DEAL OF HARM TO CONSUMERS INCLUDEIC CONSUMERS WHO WISH TO SETTLE A DISPUTE WITH A FIRM IN A TIMELY AND EFFECTIVE FASHION AS WELL AS OTHER CONSUMERS WHO WILL SEE THEIR OPTIONS AND CHOICES DIMINISHED AND COSTS INCREASED BY THIS RULE. THE RULE WILL HURT THE VERY PEOPLE THE CFPB CLAIMS IT IS SUPPOSED TO HELP. BY DID HE PRISK INDIVIDUALS OF THE EFFECTIVE PROCESS OF ARBITRATION. THE CFPB ACKNOWLEDGED THAT ARBITRATION IS 12 TIMES FASTER AND TODAY'S FAST-PACED ECONOMY, AMERICANS MAY WANT TO PURSUE A QUICKER ACTION THAN BECOMING A PARTY TO COSTLY AND TIME CONSUMING LITIGATION. NOT ONLY ARE CLASS ACTION BURDENSOME IN TERMS OF TIME, BUT THEY OFTEN PRODUCE NEGLIGIBLE BENEFITS. CLASS ACTIONS REVIEWED IN THE STUDY RESULTED IN AN AVERAGE RECOVERY OF ONLY $32 PER CLASS MEMBER. THIS IS SO MINISCULE THAT THE FIRMS BEING SUED ARE FORCED TO CHARGE THEIR CUSTOMERS ADDITIONAL FEES, WHICH FEES MAY BE LARGER THAN THE INITIAL RECOVERY TO COVER THE COST OF THE LEGAL FEES. THIS LEAVES CUSTOMERS WORST OFF FINANCIALLY IF THEY HAD NEVER CHOSEN TO SETTLE THIS DISPUTE. THE HEAD ACHE THIS COULD CAUSE TO CONSUMERS WITH THE AVERAGE OF $5,000 300 THAT IN THE CASES THAT CFPB REVIEWED. CONTRAST THE $INDIVIDUAL RECOVERY WITH THE AVERAGE MILLION DOLLAR THAT PLAINTIFF LAWYERS MAKE PER SETTLED CASE. MADAM SPEAKER, CONSIDER THE FACT THAT 87% OF CLASS ACTIONS GENERATE NO BENEFITS FOR CONSUMERS WHATSOEVER BECAUSE THEY ARE DISMISSED BY THE COURT OR SETTLED WITH THE NAMED PLAINTIFFS ONLY. THIS WILL HAVE NEGATIVE EFFECTS ON A VARIETY OF FIRMS THAT WILL HAVE TO PREPARE THEMSELVES FOR FALLING VICTIM IN COSTLY LITIGATION. IN LIGHT OF THAT, THEY WILL BE UNLIKELY TO GET ANY FINANCIAL RESOURCES AND PROVIDING THE CUSTOMERS THE OPTION FOR ARBITRATION. MANY FIRMS ARE UNABLE TO SURVIVE. MEANING THEY WILL GO OUT OF BUSINESS OR STOP OFFERING PRODUCTS AND SERVICES. HOW WILL THIS BENEFIT CONSUMERS? IT WON'T. IT WILL MAKE THEIR COSTS HIGHER. IF WE WANT ENSURE JUSTICE, DID HE PRIVING THEM OF THE MOST EFFICIENT RENEW MEXICO RATIVE. THIS WILL RESULT IN CFPB MISGUIDED RULE. THE ANTI-ARBITRATION RULE WILL CLOSE THE DOOR TO RECOVERY FOR CONSUMERS, BUT OPEN THE DOOR FOR MILLION DOLLAR ATTORNEY FEES. THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION CONSIDERED TODAY WILL REOPEN THE DOOR TO CONSUMER RECOVERY. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:51:57 PM

        MR. BUCK

        I RESERVE.

      • 12:51:59 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK, RESERVES. MR. POLIS RECOGNIZED.

      • 12:52:07 PM

        MR. POLIS

        WONDERFUL THAT THERE ARE SO MANY COLORADO ANDS HERE.

      • 12:52:16 PM

        MR. POLIS

        I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. DOGGETT.

      • 12:52:23 PM

        MR. DOGGETT

        I THINK REPUBLICANS ARE JUST SCARED AND AFRAID TO LEAVE TOWN THIS WEEK…

        I THINK REPUBLICANS ARE JUST SCARED AND AFRAID TO LEAVE TOWN THIS WEEK WITHOUT DOING ANY FAVOR FOR WALL STREET. AND THIS PROPOSAL TO UNDERMINE CONSUMER RIGHTS IS THE NEXT GIFT THAT THEY WANT TO BESTOW ON THE BIG BANKS. REPUBLICANS CAN NEVER SEEM TO FIND THEIR VOICE, NO MATTER HOW OUTRAGEOUS THE LATEST TRUMP TWEET MIGHT BE. THEY CANNOT A PASS MEANINGFUL LEGISLATION ON OTHER SUBJECTS, BUT THEY FEEL COMPELED TO ANSWER WHEN WALL STREET COMES ACALLING AS IT HAS ON THIS BILL. ONLY LAST MONTH, REPUBLICANS APPROVED A BILL TO GIVE TRUMP TO FIRE THE CHIEF COP ON THE BEAT, THE DIRECTOR OF THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU. THAT TRUMP COULD ACTUALLY FIRE OF DOING HIS JOB PROTECTING CONSUMERS FROM ABUSIVE FINANCIAL PRACTICES. WE SEE DAILY THAT TRUMP THINKS THE WHITE HOUSE IS A NEW VENUE FOR A SEQUEL OF "THE APPRENTICE" AND THAT IS TO ONE PERSON TO ANOTHER NO MATTER HOW MUCH DAMAGE HE DOES TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY OR THE ECONOMIC SECURITY OF FAMILIES WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO MAKE A GO OF IT. REPUBLICANS' GIFT TO WALL STREET IS ABOUT EYING ANY EFFECTIVE REMEDY. A BANK CAN RIGHTFULLY GO TO COURT IF A CONSUMER ABUSES IT AND THAT HAPPENS EVERY DAY IN COURTS ACROSS AMERICA WITH GOOD REASON, BECAUSE IT'S NOT A ONE-WAY STREET. BUT IN THE NONNEGOTIABLE DECEITFUL FINE PRINT, THE BANK CAN DENY THE CONSUMER THE VERY SAME OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO COURT IF THAT CONSUMER IS ABUSED. IT'S CALLED ARBITRATION. BUT WHAT IT REALLY MEANS IS IF A CONSUMER HAS BEEN TREATED WRONG, A -- NEITHER A JUDGE NOR A JURY CAN EVALUATE THE FACTS AND CONCLUDE FOR THE CONSUMER. IT'S USUALLY THE ARBITRATOR DEPENDS UPON THE SAME BANK OR GROUP OF BANKS TO GET REPEAT BUSINESS THE ARBITRATOR HAS THE INCENTIVE TO RULE AGAINST THE CONSUMER AND FOR THE BANK. OFTEN ARBITRATION IS LITTLE BEST -- BETTER THAN GOING TO THE BANK'S OWN ATTORNEY, DO YOU THINK YOUR CLIENT WRONG AND SHOULD THEY DO MORE THAN TO SAY I'M SORRY. ARBITRATION IS THE VERY SCHEME THAT WELLS FARGO RELIED UPON TO OBSTRUCT ANY OPPORTUNITY FOR ORDINARY CONSUMERS WHO TRIED TO HOLD THEIR BANK ACCOUNTABLE FOR CREATING ACCOUNTS THROUGH WHICH THEY NEVER GAVE ANY CONSENT AND CHARGING THEM FOR IT. WELLS FARGO USED THOSE ARBITRATION CLAUSES TO KICK THE CONSUMERS OUT OF COURT AND TO CONTINUE ITS FRAUD AGAINST CONSUMERS ACROSS AMERICA FOR ANOTHER TWO YEARS. AND THAT'S THE KIND OF PRACTICE THAT WE'LL HAVE MORE OF IF THIS LEGISLATION IS APPROVED. YOU KNOW, IN THE MILITARY LENDING ACT OF 2007, CONGRESS SHOWED THE GOOD SENSE TO TRY TO PROTECT OUR SERVICE MEMBERS WHO ARE DEFENDING OUR COUNTRY ALL OVER THE WORLD IN CERTAIN OF THEIR LOAN AGREEMENTS FROM HAVING A LENDER IMPOSE A MANDATORY ARBITRATION AGREEMENT. AND WHAT TODAY WE SHOULD BE DOING IS SUPPORTING SIMILAR PROTECTIONS FOR OTHER AMERICANS WHO CAN BE EXPOSED TO THE SAME TYPE OF ABUSE. TODAY'S BILL TO UNDERMINE CONSUMER PROTECTION IS OPPOSED BY THE MILITARY COALITION AND 29 OTHER SERVICE MEMBER AND VETERANS' GROUPS REPRESENTING MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. THIS SORRY BILL IS ALSO OPPOSED BY A NUMBER -- I THINK LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF CONSUMER, CIVIL RIGHTS, LABOR AND COMMUNITY GROUPS. ALL WE'RE SAYING IN REJECTING THIS BILL IS TO GIVE CONSUMERS THEIR DAY IN COURT. GIVE THEM THE SAME RIGHTS THE BANKS WANT. IN FACT, TREAT CONSUMERS AS IF THEY WERE BANKS, BECAUSE THEY SHOULD BE TREATED WITH THE SAME DIGNITY AND THE SAME RIGHTS. AND WE DO THAT BY REJECTING THIS BILL AND REJECTING IT SOUNDLY. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:56:57 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO RESERVES, MR. POLIS. POLE FOLE I YIELD TWO…

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO RESERVES, MR. POLIS. POLE FOLE I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO -- I RESERVE.

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      • 12:57:13 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK, IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 12:57:17 PM

        MR. BUCK

        I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND…

        I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND CONSUMER CREDIT SUBCOMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. LUKE MEYER.

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      • 12:57:27 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 12:57:29 PM

        MR. LUETKEMEYER

        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK, IN BRINGING THIS RESOLUTION…

        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK, IN BRINGING THIS RESOLUTION TO THE FLOOR. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS RULE AND UNDERLYING RESOLUTION WHICH WOULD OLYMPIC THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU FROM DENYING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE USE OF ARBITRATION AS A MEANS TO RERESOLVE CONSUMER COMPLAINTS. SINCE THE CREATION OF THE BUREAU, CONSUMER COSTS HAVE GONE UP IN EXCESS -- AND ACCESS TO PRODUCTS HAVE BEEN SEVERELY RESTRICTED. THE BURRO'S ARBITRATION RULE IS PROOF OF WHAT WE HAVE SAID FOR YEARS. THE CFPB DOES NOT OPERATE IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF AMERICAN CONSUMERS AND DOES NOT PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO ACCESS TO FINANCIAL PRODUCTS OR ABILITY TO ACHIEVE FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE. TAKE AS EVIDENCE, THE CFPB'S OWN STUDY IN ARBITRATION SHOWS THAT 13% OF CLASS ACTION SUITS ACTUALLY PROVIDED A BENEFIT TO CONSUMERS WITH AN AVERAGE PAYOUT OF $32. AVERAGE PAYOUT OF $32. ARBITRATION PROVIDES AN AVERAGE OF $5,000, OVER $5,000 TO THE AGRIEVED PARTIES. THESE FIGURES COME FROM THE THEIR OWN STUDY. THE FACT THAT THEY CANNOT JUSTIFY THIS RULE IN THE NAME OF CONSUMER PROTECTION SHOULD OFFEND EVERYONE. THIS RULE IS ANTI-CONSUMER AND HURTS THE VERY PEOPLE THAT THE BUREAU SEEKS TO PROTECT. AND THIS IS WHAT MAKES THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SO MAD AND WHY CONGRESS HAS THE OVERSIGHT TOOLS GRANTED UNDER THE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT AND IN THIS INSTANCE IT'S TIME FOR CONGRESS TO INTERVENE ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE WE REPRESENT. WE ARGUED ABOUT THE CFPB IN THE PAST, BUT THE REALITY THIS RULE WILL HAVE DEVASTATING CONSEQUENCES AND SHOULD SERVE AS A WAKEUP CALL TO RESTRAIN THE MOST POWERFUL UNACCOUNTABLE AGENCY IN OUR HISTORY. I THANK MR. ROTHFUS FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE AND I ASK MY COLLEAGUES FOR SUPPORT ON THE RULE AND UNDERLYING MEASURE. AND I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:59:48 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS RECOGNIZED.

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      • 12:59:56 PM

        MR. POLIS

        I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 01:00:02 PM

        MS. KAPTUR

        I THANK YOU, MR. POLIS. I RISE TODAY TO OPPOSE THE RULE AND UNDERLYING…

        I THANK YOU, MR. POLIS. I RISE TODAY TO OPPOSE THE RULE AND UNDERLYING BILL. THE REPUBLICAN BILL FAVORS BIG WALL STREET MEGABANKS AND FINANCIAL INTERESTS OVER THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I WOULD ASK MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS, DON'T YOU REMEMBER THE FINANCIAL CRASH IN 2008. THEIR BILL REPEALS A CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION RULE WHICH CUTS DOWN ON THOSE COMPANIES' ABILITIES TO USE FORCE ARBITRATION CLAUSES WHICH PREVENT DEFRAUDED CONSUMERS FROM GOING TO COURT. THEY PREVENT THE VICTIMS FROM GOING TO COURT. THEY WANT TO HANDCUFF THE CUSTOMERS, NOT THE MEGABANKS THAT TOOK THEM TO THE CLEANERS. THIS TAKES US BACK TO THE DAYS WHEN THE FINE PRINT IN THE CREDIT CARD OR OTHER FINANCIAL AGREEMENTS HE PREVENTED CONSUMERS FROM BANDING TOGETHER IN CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS TO CHALLENGE ILLEGAL BEHAVIOR BY THE MOST POWERFUL FINANCIAL GIANTS IN THE WORLD. TRY TO DEAL WITH ONE AS AN INDIVIDUAL, THEY DON'T EVEN RETURN PHONE CALLS, FOR HEAVEN'S SAKES. YOU GET IN THAT A ROBOT SYSTEM FOR HOURS AND HOURS AND THEN THE PHONE CUTS OFF. . EVEN AFTER THE AGENCY'S WORK RESULTED IN $12 BILLION IN RELIEF TO 27 MILLION AMERICANS HARMED. THAT'S JUST THE BEGINNING. WHY IS THIS REPUBLICAN-LED CONGRESS SO KEEN ON PROTECTING COMPANIES LIKE WELLS FARGO THAT USED ARBITRATION CLAUSES AND CLASS ACTION BANS TO CREATE FRAUDULENT ACCOUNTS? OVERCHARGE CUSTOMERS WITH DEBIT FEES AND MORTGAGES, AND EVEN AVOID RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR MISCONDUCT, CRIMINAL MISCONDUCT? YOU CAN LAUGH, COME AND LAUGH, COME AND MEET THE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO LOST THEIR HOMES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY OR UNDER WATER ON THEIR MORTGAGES. THERE IS NO JUSTICE FOR THEM. THE IDEA THAT BANKS CAN RIP OFF CONSUMERS BY ABUSING OBSCURE CLAUSES VERY DEEP IN THEIR CONTRACTS IS TOTALLY OUTRAGEOUS. THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROECT -- CONSUMER PROFINANCIAL PROTECTION -- MAY I HAVE AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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      • 01:02:17 PM

        MR. POLIS

        AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

      • 01:02:19 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY MAY RESUME.

      • 01:02:20 PM

        MISS CAPTURE

        THE RULE BANNING THE USE OF THESE CLAUSES IS SIMPLY A COMMONSENSE STEP TO…

        THE RULE BANNING THE USE OF THESE CLAUSES IS SIMPLY A COMMONSENSE STEP TO ENSURE ALL CONSUMERS HAVE EQUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE. THIS IS OF THESE THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. WE SHOULD PROTECT CONSUMERS FROM THE WOLVES. OUR JOB IS TO KEEP THEM AT BAY, NOT MAKE IT EASIER FOR THEM TO PREY ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS IS NOT WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP RAN ON. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO AND STAND WITH AMERICA'S CONSUMERS OVER SPECIAL INTEREST, PARTICULARLY THE FINANCIAL PREDATORS THAT BROUGHT THIS COUNTRY TO RUIN. I YIELD BACK MY TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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      • 01:03:02 PM

        MR. POLIS

        RESERVE.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS, ROICHES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS, ROICHES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK, IS RECOGNIZED.

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      • 01:03:08 PM

        MR. BUCK

        MADAM SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER WBSES AND AM -- WITNESSES AND AM PREPARED…

        MADAM SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER WBSES AND AM -- WITNESSES AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE IF MR. POLIS IS.

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      • 01:03:15 PM

        TEMPORE GENTLEMAN

        GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS.

      • 01:03:17 PM

        MR. POLIS

        I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

      • 01:03:21 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 01:03:23 PM

        MR. POLIS

        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

      • 01:04:25 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

      • 01:04:26 PM

        MR. POLIS

        THE SCHEDULED AUGUST RECESS. I HOPE IN THAT TIME WE CAN FOCUS ON…

        THE SCHEDULED AUGUST RECESS. I HOPE IN THAT TIME WE CAN FOCUS ON STRENGTHENING THE ECONOMY AND EMPOWERING CONSUMERS RATHER THAN TAKING AWAY CONSUMERS' RIGHTS LIKE THIS BILL DOES. WE SHOULD FOCUS ON FIXING OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM TO CREATE MORE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND REDUCE OUR DEFICIT. WE SHOULD CREATE JOBS AND MAKE SURE THAT MORE PEOPLE ARE COVERED BY HEALTH CARE, NOT LESS. INSTEAD, HERE WE'RE SPENDING TIME ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE STRIPPING AWAY CONSUMER PROTECTIONS AND SPENDING AMERICAN TAXPAYER MONEY ON AN UNWANTED BORDER WALL IN DIRECT VIOLATION OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S PROMISE. MADAM SPEAKER, I OPPOSE THIS RULE AND I OPPOSE THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON BOTH. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 01:05:15 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK, IS…

        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK, IS RECOGNIZED.

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      • 01:05:19 PM

        MR. BUCK

        THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU HAS…

        THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU HAS BEEN A CONTINUOUS EXAMPLE OF FEDERAL OVERREACH. ONCE AGAIN BUREAUCRATS IN WASHINGTON HAVE CREATED A RULE THAT WILL HURT CONSUMERS AND MAKE THEIR LIVES MORE DIFFICULT. THE LAST EIGHT YEARS OF OVERREGULATION HAVE CRIPPLED OUR ECONOMY. TODAY WE HAVE A CHANCE TO END THIS ANTI-ARBITRATION RULE AND EMPOWER CONSUMERS WITH AN ALTERNATIVE TO SPENDING YEARS IN A COURTROOM. WE CAN'T LET CONCERNS ABOUT THE TRIAL LAWYER LOBBY IMPACT THE WAY WE TREAT CONSUMERS. TRIAL LAWYERS LOVE THIS RULE ENACTED BY THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU BECAUSE THEY'LL BE THE BIGGEST BENEFICIARIES. IT THEY'LL WALK HOME WITH THE BIG WINNINGS WHILE THE INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE BEEN HARMED WALK AWAY WITH LITTLE. ARBITRATION ALLOWS HARMED INDIVIDUALS TO RECEIVE PAYOUTS ON THE MERITS OF THEIR CASE WITHOUT ENRICHING THE POCKETS OF TRIAL LAWYERS AT THE SAME TIME. THIS LEGISLATION IS FOR CONSUMERS, IT'S FOR THE AVERAGE AMERICANS WHO RELIES ON OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM EVERY DAY. I THANK CHAIRMAN SESSIONS AND CHAIRMAN HENSARLING FOR BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. I URGE YOU NOW TO VOTE YES ON THE RESOLUTION AND VOTE YES ON THE UNDERLYING BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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      • 01:06:36 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 01:06:47 PM

        MR. POLIS

        ON THAT I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

      • 01:06:49 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, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. P PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO FIVE MINUTES THE MINIMUM TIME FOR ANY ELECTRONIC VOTE ON THE QUESTION OF ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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      • 01:31:39 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 229. THE NAYS ARE 184. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 229. THE NAYS ARE 184. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT.

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    • 01:31:55 PM

      House Vote 410 - On Ordering the Previous Question

      Providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 111) providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection relating to "Arbitration Agreements".

      Passed (229 - 184)
      Yea
      Nay

      Vote Details: Yea - 229
      Republican - 229

      Vote Details: Nay - 184
      Democratic - 184

      Vote Details: Not Voting - 20
      Democratic - 10
      Republican - 10

      • 01:31:59 PM

        MR. POLIS

        MADAM SPEAKER, ON THAT I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

      • 01:32:03 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. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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      • 01:38:27 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 233. THE NAYS 188. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED.…

        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 233. THE NAYS 188. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. P PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED, OR VOTES OBJECTED TO UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. THE HOUSE WILL RESUME PROCEEDINGS WILL POSTPONED QUESTIONS AT LATER TIME. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. WILL MEMBERS PLEASE LEAVE THE CHAMBER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. WILL MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS PLEASE LEAVE THE CHAMBER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    • 01:38:41 PM

      House Vote 411 - On Agreeing to the Resolution

      Providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 111) providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection relating to "Arbitration Agreements".

      Passed (233 - 188)
      Aye
      No

      Vote Details: Aye - 233
      Republican - 233

      Vote Details: No - 188
      Democratic - 188

      Vote Details: Not Voting - 12
      Democratic - 6
      Republican - 6

      • 01:38:43 PM

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

        • 01:39:04 PM

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

          • 01:41:46 PM

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            MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3178, THE…

            MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3178, THE MEDICARE PART B IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2017.

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          • 01:41:54 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

        • 01:41:54 PM

          Mr. Brady (TX) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3178 — "To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve the delivery of home infusion therapy and dialysis and the application of the Stark rule under the Medicare program, and for other purposes."

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            THE CLERK

            H.R. 3178, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 18 OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT TO IMPROVE…

            H.R. 3178, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 18 OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT TO IMPROVE THE DELIVERY OF HOME INFUSION THERAPY AND DIALYSIS AND THE APPLICATION OF THE STARK RULE UNDER THE MEDICARE PROGRAM, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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        • 01:42:12 PM

          Considered under suspension of the rules.

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          DEBATE

          The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3178.

          • 01:42:20 PM

            TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

            PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BRADY, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. NEAL, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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          • 01:42:26 PM

            MR. BRADY

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

            MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 37 -- 3178, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

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          • 01:42:40 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

          • 01:42:42 PM

            MR. BRADY

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

          • 01:42:45 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE…

            THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE LEAVE THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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          • 01:43:01 PM

            MR. BRADY

            MADAM SPEAKER, IMPROVING AND STRENGTHENING MEDICARE FOR THE LONG TERM IS A…

            MADAM SPEAKER, IMPROVING AND STRENGTHENING MEDICARE FOR THE LONG TERM IS A MAJOR PRIORITY FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. AS WE PURSUE THIS LARGER GOAL, WE SHOULDN'T PASS UP OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE SMART, FOCUSED IMPROVEMENTS THAT WILL HELP MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES TODAY. THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THE MEDICARE PART B IMPROVEMENT ACT WILL DO. I INTRODUCED THIS BILL WITH WAYS AND MEANS RANKING MEMBER RICHARD NEAL, HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN PAT TIBERI, AND RANKING MEMBER SANDY LEVIN. THIS WAYS AND MEANS LEGISLATION DELIVERS TARGETED IMMEDIATE REFORMS TO MAKE MEDICARE WORK BETTER FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND IT INCLUDES SOLUTIONS FROM ROUGHLY A DOZEN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. THE MEDICARE PART B IMPROVEMENT ACT TAKES ACTION ON THREE PRIMARY GOALS. FIRST, EXPANDING ACCESS. THE HIGH QUALITY CARE. SECOND, IMPROVING EFFICIENCY IN THE DELIVERY OF CARE SO PATIENTS CAN BETTER RECEIVE THE CARE THEY NEED WHEN THEY NEED IT. AND THIRDLY, EASILY ADMINISTRATIVE BURDENS ON HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS SO THEY CAN SPEND LESS TIME ON PAPERWORK AND MORE TIME WITH PATIENTS. IMPORTANTLY, H.R. 3178 EXTENDS AND IMPROVES MEDICARE HOME INFUSION SERVICES, WHICH ALLOW PATIENTS TO RECEIVE PERSONALIZED CARE IN THE COMFORT OF THEIR OWN HOME. THIS LEGISLATION ALSO EXTENDS AN ONGOING MEDICARE PILOT PROGRAM, I.V.I.G. DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM, THAT ALLOWS PATIENTS WITH WEAKENED IMMUNE SYSTEMS TO RECEIVE CARE IN THEIR HOMES. THIS DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM CARRIES A LOT OF MEANING FOR ME. I INTRODUCED IT IN 2012 AS A DIRECT RESPONSE TO THE CHALLENGES FACING PATIENTS WITH IMMUNODEFICIENCY DISEASES. AS I LEARNED FROM CAROLINE, A CONSTITUENT AND FRIEND OF MINE, WHOSE SON DAVID SUFFERED FROM SEVERE COMBINED IMMUNODEFICIENCY DISEASE, LIFE WITH A SEVERELY WEAKENED IMMUNE SYSTEM CAN BE AN INCREDIBLE STRUGGLE. FOR CHILDREN ESPECIALLY IT CAN BE A DAILY FIGHT JUST TO SURVIVE. ALLOWING THESE VULNERABLE PATIENTS TO RECEIVE TREATMENT FROM THE SAFETY OF THEIR OWN HOME CANNOT ONLY IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF CARE, IT CAN GREATLY ENHANCE THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE. IT CAN GIVE A KID A REAL CHANCE TO BE A KID. . THIS BILL CONTAINS NUMEROUS PROVISIONS TO LOWER HEALTH CARE COSTS AND INCREASE ACCESS TO HIGH QUALITY COORDINATED CARE. THE BILL IS AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF WHAT WE CAN ACCOMPLISH THROUGH REGULAR ORDER. THIS LEGISLATION WAS APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY ON JULY 13. AND DIMON STRAITS HOW WORKING TOGETHER WE CAN SOLVE REAL CHALLENGESES FACING FAMILIES AND PATIENTS. I WANT TO THANK ALL THE WAYS AND MEANS MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE CHAIRMAN WALDEN AND RANKING MEMBER PALLONE OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP AND THEIR HARD WORK IN HELPING US MOVE THIS BILL FORWARD. THE MEDICARE PART B IMPROVEMENT ACT TAKES TARGETED ACTION TO MAKE MEDICARE WORK BETTER FOR THE AMERICA KAREN PEOPLE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING ITS PASSAGE. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE BE PERMITTED TO CONTROL THE REMAINDER OF THE TIME.

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          • 01:46:40 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 01:46:44 PM

            MR. NEAL

            I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I STAND IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3178…

            I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I STAND IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3178 MEDICARE PART B IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2017. I'M PLEASED THAT CHAIRMAN BRADY ALONG WITH CHAIRMAN TIBERI AND RANKING MEMBER LEVIN AND I WORKED IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER TO DRAFT THIS LEGISLATION. IT BRINGS TOGETHER A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT MEASURES TO IMPROVE MEDICARE PART B. I ENCOURAGE ALL OF OUR COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. AS I SAID DURING THE BIPARTISAN WAYS AND MEANS MARKUP OF H.R. 3178, I HOPE THE COMMITTEE WILL BE ABLE TO HOLD MORE MEETINGS LIKE THIS. THIS IS WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT AND EXPECT FROM THEIR MEMBERS TO GET THINGS DONE IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY IS PRETTY STRAIGHTFORWARD. IT MAKES IMPORTANT CHANGES TO MEDICARE PART B IN A NUMBER OF WAYS. IT INCLUDES A COMMONSENSE TRANSITIONAL POLICY FOR HOME INFUSION SERVICES CO-SPONSORED BY MR. TIBERI AND MR. PASCRELL. MR. BISHOP AND MR. THOMPSON ARE STREAMLINING MEDICARE RULES TO INCLUDE ACCESS TO PROSTHETICS AND MR. JOHN LEWIS CO-SPONSORED LANGUAGE TO HELP DYALISIS FACILITIES TO TREAT IN-STAGE RENAL DISEASE. MR. DELL BENNY AND MR. THOMPSON ALLOWS TELEHELP SO PATIENTS CAN RECEIVE TREATMENT IN THE COMFORT OF THEIR OWN HOME. MR. KIND, WHO LED AN OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE MORE SERPT FOR MEDICARE PROVIDERS. OUR COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WORKED HARD ON THESE BILLS AND I'M PLEASED WE CAN MOVE THEM FORWARD IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 3178. AND I RESERVE.

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          • 01:48:39 PM

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          • 01:48:44 PM

            MR. TIBERI

            I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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            MR. TIBERI

            THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I STAND IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 3178, A…

            THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I STAND IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 3178, A PACKAGE OF BIPARTISAN POLICIES CENTERED ON IMPROVING CARE FOR MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES ACROSS SEVERAL AREAS. IN PARTICULAR, H.R. 3178 INCLUDES A BILL THAT I INTRODUCED WITH MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. BILL PASCRELL, THAT PROVIDES A TEMPORARY TRANSITIONAL PAYMENT FOR HOME INFUSION PROVIDERS. THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT CREATED A REIMBURSEMENT BENEFIT FOR HOME INFUSION THERAPIES BEGINNING IN 2021. THIS WILL BRIDGE THE POTENTIAL GAP IN CARE FOR BENEFICIARIES AND HOME INFUSION PROVIDERS WILL CONTINUE TO ADMINISTER THESE THERAPIES WITHOUT GOING BANKRUPT. THIS LEGISLATION INCLUDES OTHER GOOD PUBLIC POLICIES THAT FURTHER ENCOURAGE SENIORS THE CHOICE, THE CHOICE TO RECEIVE MORE CARE IN THE COMFORT OF THEIR OWN HOMES AS WELL AS EXPANDING ACCESS TO PROVIDERS, PARTICULARLY IN RURAL AND IN NEEDY AREAS. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE FOR THEIR SUPPORT. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE FOR THEIR COMMITMENT ON WORKING ON THIS ISSUE AND SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN MICHAEL BURGESS AND FRED UPTON, WHO HELPED PAVE THE WAY FOR THE PASSAGE OF THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT. THIS IS NOT AN END FOR POLICIES ENCOURAGING CARE EMFOR HOME INFUSION PATIENTS. WE WOULD LIKE TO CLARIFY RULES TO SUCCESSFULLY IMPLEMENT THIS LEGISLATION AND FUTURE POLICIES TO ENSURE INCLUSION OF PAYMENTS FOR ALL DRUGS NEEDED BY THE HOME INFUSION PATIENT COMMUNITY. WITH THAT, I RESERVE.

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          • 01:50:51 PM

            MR. NEAL

            THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. TOMP SORN.

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            MR. THOMPSON

            I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION AND I THANK ALL MY COLLEAGUES…

            I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION AND I THANK ALL MY COLLEAGUES WHO WORKED IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. PATIENTS AND PROVIDERS IN MY DISTRICT AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY WILL BENEFIT FROM THESE IMPORTANT IMPROVEMENTS AND I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT THEM. TWO PROVISIONS COME FROM BIPARTISAN BILLS THAT I HAVE WORKED ON FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS. THE FIRST HELPS PATIENTS GET THE DEVICES THEY NEED WHILE KEEPING FRAUDULENT PROVIDERS OUT OF MEDICARE. THE CHANGE WE ARE DATING WILL ENSURE ANY DOCUMENTATION CREATED BY DEVICE EXPERTS WILL BE INCLUDED IN A PATIENT'S MEDICAL RECORD TO SUPPORT THE PHYSICIAN'S DIRECTIONS. THE SECOND PROVISION I AUTHORED, COMES FROM A COMPREHENSIVE TELEHELP PACKAGE THAT I WORKED ON WITH REPRESENTATIVE BLACK AND OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, MR. WELCH AND MR. HARPER. THIS CHANGE WILL ALLOW FOR VIRTUAL VISITS AND REMOTE KIDNEY PATIENT MONITORING. LETTING THESE PATIENTS UT LIZ TELEHELP CAN UTILIZE THE SETTINGS. THIS BILL IS ANOTHER STEP FORWARD IN THE EXPANSION OF TELEHEALTH, BUT WE CAN DO A LOT MORE. OUR TELEHEALTH BILLS OFFER A MENU OF OPTIONS, POLICY FOR ADDING TELEHEALTH TO MEDICARE, ADVANTAGE PROGRAMS HAVE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AMONG BOTH HOUSES AS WELL AS A BROAD COALITION OF SUPPORT FROM STAKEHOLDERS. AND WE KNOW THEY SAVE MONEY. I WORKED ON TELEHEALTH FOR DECADES. WHEN I WAS IN THE CALIFORNIA STATE SENATE, I WROTE THE STATE'S FIRST TELEHEALTH LEGISLATION TO BRING CRITICAL SERVICES TO FOLKS ENROLLED IN THE MEDICAID PROGRAM. THAT WAS 1996 AND IT'S 2017 AND WE STILL HAVEN'T PASSED IN CONGRESS COMPREHENSIVE TELEHEALTH LEGISLATION THAT WOULD EXPAND ACCESS FOR MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES. IT'S LONG PAST TIME FOR CONGRESS TO COME TO THE CONCLUSION. TELEHEALTH SAVES MONEY AND SAVES LIVES. I'M OPTIMISTIC THAT THE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL IS A SMALL SAMPLE OF WHAT'S TO COME. I THANK YOU. AND I YIELD BACK.

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          • 01:53:38 PM

            MR. TIBERI

            I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, THE…

            I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE OF ENERGY AND COMMERCE, LEADER ON HEALTH CARE ISSUES, DR. MIKE BURGESS.

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            MR. BURGESS

            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. TIBERI, FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN…

            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. TIBERI, FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3178. THIS BILL REPRESENTS A SERIES OF BIPARTISAN REFORMS FROM THE COMMITTEES ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE AND WAYS AND MEANS THAT WILL PROVIDE TARGETED REFORMS TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO CARE FOR MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES. HOME INFUSION PATIENTS ARE OUR NATION'S SICKEST AND MOST VULNERABLE IN MAINTAINING ACCESS TO THESE SERVICES IN HOME SETTINGS HAS PROVED INVALUABLE IN ENSURING THE PATIENTS CAN CONTINUE TO EFFECTIVELY RECEIVE THE CARE THAT THEY NEED. UNDER LAST YEAR'S 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT WE TOOK THE NECESSARY STEPS TO ENSURE THE TAXPAYERS AND BENEFICIARIES WERE NO LONGER CHARGED ON THE ACQUISITION AND DISPENSING COSTS. ADDITIONALLY, WE TOOK STEPS TO RECOGNIZE THE UNIQUE EDUCATION NEEDS ASSOCIATED WITH RECEIVING INFUSION IN THE HOME. HOWEVER, AS MY COLLEAGUES LEARNED, THERE IS STILL MUCH MORE THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE WITHOUT JEOPARDIZING ACCESS TO PATIENT CARE. THIS BILL CREATES A BRIDGE TO RESOLVE THE ISSUE. H.R. 3178 TAKES AN ADDITIONAL NEEDED STEP TO PROTECT HOME HEALTH SERVICES BY EXPANDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR INDIVIDUALS TO RECEIVE HOME DYALISIS. ACCESS TO HOME INFUSION HAS HAD A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT IN MY HOME STATE OF TEXAS AND I'M ENCOURAGED BY TODAY'S BILL PAUSE IT WILL BUILD ON THESE INITIAL SUCCESSES. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN TIBERI, CHAIRMAN WALDEN, THEY ROSE TO THE CHALLENGE TO ADDRESS THESE TOUGH POLICY DECISIONS. THIS BILL IS A PRODUCT OF THEIR HARD WORK AND HARD WORK OF THE STAFFS AND I THANK THEM AS WELL. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO. AND I YIELD BACK THE TIME.

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          • 01:56:03 PM

            MR. NEAL

            I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PASCRELL.

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            MR. PASCRELL

            I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3178, MEDICARE PART B IMPROVEMENT ACT. I…

            I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3178, MEDICARE PART B IMPROVEMENT ACT. I AM PLEASED THAT THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY INCLUDES LEGISLATION THAT I INTRODUCED WITH MY GOOD FRIEND PAT TIBERI FROM OHIO. THE MEDICARE PART B HOME INFUSION SERVICES TEMPORARY TRANSITIONAL PAYMENT ACT. BUT I DON'T THINK LISTENING TO MR. TIBERI AND MR. NEAL, I BELIEVE WHAT THEY SAY SHOULD RESONATE ACROSS THE CAMPUS HERE, ACROSS THE HILL. THIS CAN'T BE ONE AND DONE. BIPARTISANSHIP IS SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE CONTAGIOUS, PARTICULARLY AS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A HEALTH CARE EVENT, WHICH IS IMPORTANT -- MAY MEAN LIFE OR DEATH. MANY OUR CITIZENS. HOME INFUSION IS AN ESSENTIAL TREATMENT OPTION FOR INDIVIDUALS SUFFERING FROM MANY, MANY DEBILITATING DISEASES, CANCER, CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURES, M.S., RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS. THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT CORRECTLY ADJUSTED PAYMENTS FOR HOME INFUSION DRUGS. AND WOULD ESTABLISH A NEW HOME NURSING BENEFIT IN MEDICARE BEGINNING IN 2021. HOWEVER, WE HAVE HEARD CONCERNS THAT THE PAYMENT ADJUSTMENT GOING INTO EFFECT BEFORE THE NURSING BENEFIT IS IMPLEMENTED COULD JEOPARDIZE ACCESS TO HOME INFUSION IN THE INTERIM. SO THE BILL THAT THE CONGRESSMAN FROM OHIO AND I INTRODUCED WOULD ADDRESS THAT CONCERN BY CREATING A TEMPORARY NURSING BENEFIT UNTIL THE NEW PERMANENT BENEFIT CAN BE IMPLEMENTED. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 3178. AND I YIELD BACK.

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          • 01:58:31 PM

            MR. TIBERI

            I YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM KANSAS, WHO IS A VALUABLE MEMBER OF OUR…

            I YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM KANSAS, WHO IS A VALUABLE MEMBER OF OUR HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE OF WAYS AND MEANS, MS. JENKINS FOR TWO MINUTES.

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            MS. JENKINS

            I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3178, THE MEDICARE PART B IMPROVEMENT ACT…

            I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3178, THE MEDICARE PART B IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2017, WHICH INCLUDES MY LEGISLATION THAT DYALISIS CERTIFICATION ACT. KANSAS CURRENTLY RANKS AMONG THE TOP THREE LONGEST WAIT TIMES FOR DYALISIS CENTER SURVEYS. THE LACK OF MANPOWER AND THE STATE'S ADMINISTRATIVE THAT CONTRACTS WITH C.M.S. HAVE LEFT CLINICS WAITING TWO YEARS FOR A CERTIFICATION. THIS BILL GIVES DYALISIS PROVIDERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO RECEIVE SURVEYS AND CERTIFICATIONS FROM A C.M.S. APPROVED THIRD PARTY CREDITOR MUCH LIKE HOSPITALS ARE ABLE TO DO NOW. THE THIRD-PARTY ORGANIZATIONS MUST DEMONSTRATE THEIR STANDARDS ARE AS GOOD AS OR BETTER THAN AND I TOWERED SEVERAL CLINICS IN MY DISTRICT LAST YEAR AND I WAS FRUSTRATED TO LEARN THAT A STATE OF THE ART CLINIC TO FILL A NEED IN TOE PEEKA HAS BEEN WAITING TWO YEARS TORE AN INITIAL SURVEY AND A CLINIC IN PITTSBURGH HAVE BEEN WAITING. PATIENTS ARE FORCED TO FIND CLINICS MUCH FURTHER AWAY AND IT CAN BE A BARRIER TO TREATMENT. THAT'S UNACCEPTABLE AND THIS PROBLEM WILL BE EASILY SOLVED BY THIS PROVISION. I WANT TO THANK MY CO-SPONSOR, CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS, THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE AND WAYS AND MEAN COMMITTEE FOR MOVING THIS BILL QUICKLY TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. THIS WILL ALLOW DYALISIS CLINICS TO MORE EASILY OBTAIN A SURVEY. THANK YOU. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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          • 02:00:43 PM

            MR. NEAL

            I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MS.DELBENE,…

            I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MS.DELBENE, TWO MINUTES.

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            MS.DELBENE

            I LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER FOR WORKING WITH ME TO…

            I LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER FOR WORKING WITH ME TO INCLUDE A PROPOSAL IN THIS BILL THAT I DEVELOPED WITH CONGRESSWOMAN BLACK. CONGRESSMAN THOMPSON, AND CONGRESSMAN MEEHAN MODERNIZING MEDICARE AND HARNESSING THE PROMISE OF TELEHEALTH TO IMPROVE CARE FOR PATIENTS NATIONWIDE. ALLOWING PATIENTS WITH END STAGE RENAL DISEASE TO RECEIVE DIALYSIS AT HOME CAN DRAMATICALLY IMPROVE THEIR HEALTH OUTCOMES AND QUALITY OF LIFE. THIS IS SOMETHING I HAVE HEARD CONSISTENTLY FROM PROVIDERS IN MY HOME STATE OF HE WASHINGTON, LIKE THE NORTHWEST KIDNEY CENTERS WHO DO INCREDIBLE WORK TO HELP PATIENTS RECEIVE DIALYSIS AT HOME WHEN MEDICALLY APPROPRIATE. ADVANCES IN TELEHEALTH HOLD GREAT POTENTIAL TO EXTEND THIS TREATMENT OPTION TO MORE AMERICANS, PARTICULARLY IN RURAL COMMUNITIES. BUT THERE IS STILL TOO MANY BARRIERS TO THE USE OF CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGIES IN MEDICARE. THERE IS A GREAT NEED TO UPDATE OUR LAWS TO REFLECT THESE INNOVATIONS AND REIMBURSE TELEHEALTH APPROPRIATELY. OTHERWISE WE WON'T JUST BE DENYING ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE TODAY, WE COULD BE PREVENTING THE NEXT FRONTIER OF INNOVATIONS FROM EVEN GETTING OFF THE GROUND. WITHOUT THE LONG-TERM DISABILITY OF MEDICARE COVERAGE, START-UPS AND ENTREPRENEURS MIGHT NEVER GET THE FUNDING THEY NEED TO DEVELOP NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND BRING THEM TO MARKET. IT'S ESSENTIAL THAT WE UNLOCK THE FULL POTENTIAL OF TELEHEALTH. BY DOING SO WE CAN IMPROVE PATIENT CAY, PROMOTE HEALTH, DEFEAT HEARTBREAKING DISEASES, AND SAVE LIVES. THAT'S WHY I'M SO GLAD WE'RE TAKING THIS STEP TODAY. THANK YOU AGAIN TO THE COMMITTEE FOR WORKING WITH ME ON THIS IMPORTANT BILL. I HOPE IT'S THE FIRST OF MANY VICTORIES AS WE WORK TOGETHER TO EXPAND TELEHEALTH. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES AND I YIELD BACK.

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          • 02:02:34 PM

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            MR. TIBERI

            MR. SPEAKER, IT'S A PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM…

            MR. SPEAKER, IT'S A PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE, A VALUABLE MEMBER OF THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE OF WAYS AND MEANS. AS YOU HAVE ALREADY HEARD FROM PREVIOUS SPEAKERS, HAS AN IMPORTANT PROVISION IN THIS BILL. MORE PORM BRINGS THE VALUABLE TRAINING AS A NURSE WHO -- MORE IMPORTANTLY, BRINGS THE VALUABLE TRAINING AS A NURSE WHO PRACTICED BEFORE SHE CAME TO CONGRESS. I YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE, MRS. BLACK.

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            MRS. BLACK

            I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING TWO MINUTES TO ME ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT…

            I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING TWO MINUTES TO ME ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY MICOLLEAGUES FOR WORKING WITH ME ON THIS, BOTH MY COLLEAGUE MR. MEEHAN, MR. THOMPSON, AND MS.DELBENE, FOR WORKING ON A REALLY IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT'S INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE WHICH WILL IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR SENIORS ON MEDICARE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AND AS PREVIOUSLY SAID, I AM A NURSE. I HAVE WORKED IN THE FIELD FOR OVER 45 YEARS. I'M PROUD TO SPONSOR A BILL THAT ENHANCES PATIENT KIRE FOR THOSE PATIENTS -- CARE FOR THOSE PATIENTS SUFFERING FROM END STAGE RENAL DISEASE. WE HAVE MADE TREMENDOUS ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY OVER THE LAST DECADE. AND NOW IT WOULD BE ALMOST SOMETHING WE COULDN'T HAVE THOUGHT OF 45 YEARS AGO, PHYSICIANS CAN REMOTELY MONITOR PATIENTS AND THEIR DIALYSIS TREATMENT THROUGH TELEHEALTH TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF MEDICAL VISITS THAT ARE NECESSARY, TO ENSURE THAT THE TREATMENT IS EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE, AND ALSO CATCH SIGNS OF COMPLICATIONS EARLY, WHICH WOULD CAUSE NOT ONLY DECREASE IN QUALITY OF CARE FOR THE PATIENT, BUT ALSO A COST. SO TELEHEALTH PROVIDES PASHEENTS AN IMPORTANT COMPONENT IN THE COMFORT IN THEIR OWN HOMES. THINK ABOUT BEING SICK AND HAVING TO GET IN THE CAR TO TRAVEL. WHILE PHYSICIANS NOW HAVE A NEW TOOL TO TREACH THEIR PATIENTS ON WHOLE HEALTH. OUR SENIORS DESERVE ACCESS TO THIS INNOVATIVE CARE. THEY CAN SAVE MONEY. HELP ENSURE THAT MEDICARE CAN BE THERE FOR SENIORS WHO MOST NEED THE CARE. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO TAKE A VOTE FOR YOUR CONSTITUENTS AND FOR MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND SUPPORT THIS BILL. I ALSO LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING THIS WORK. THIS IS CERTAINLY NOT THE END OF WHAT WE CAN DO FOR OUR PATIENTS WHO ARE HOME BOUND AND NEED CARE AT HOME, BUT CONTINUE THIS WORK WITH MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WHICH IS BEING DONE NOW. FOR SOUR NATION'S SENIORS TO ACCESS THESE KINDS OF INNOVATIVE TELEHEALTH TECHNOLOGIES THAT WILL IMPROVE CARE AND ALSO NOT -- MORE IMPORTANTLY BUT AS IMPORTANTLY HELP TO LOWER THE COST OF TREATMENT. I URGE PASSAGE OF THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            MR. NEAL

            I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. MATSUI, WHOSE…

            I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. MATSUI, WHOSE HUSBAND SERVED WITH GREAT DISTINCTION AS A MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE.

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            MS. MATSUI

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3178,…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3178, THE MEDICARE PART B IMPROVEMENT ACT, SPECIFICALLY A PROVISION TO EXTEND THE IVIG DEMONSTRATION PROJECT THAT CHAIRMAN BRADY AND I WORKED ON TOGETHER. I HAVE LONG BEEN A CHAMPION OF THOSE IMPACTED BY PRIMARY IMMUNODEFICIENCY DISEASE WHICH INCLUDES MORE THAN 300 RARE GENETIC DISEASES OF THE ALL OF WHICH KEEP THE IMMUNE SYSTEM FROM FUNCTIONING PROPERLY. A MILD INFECTION CAN CAUSE SERIOUS PROBLEMS AND EVEN DEATH FOR THESE PATIENTS. THANK TO THE IVIG DEMOCRATO, MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES WITH IMMUNODEFICIENCY DISEASES ARE NOW ABLE TO RECEIVE IN HOME THERAPY, IMMUNODEFICIENCY DISEASES ARE NOW ABLE TO RECEIVE IN HOME THERAPY, MEANING THEY CAN AVOID COMMUNITY SETTINGS OF CARE, WHICH CAN BE VERY IMPORTANT TO PEOPLE CAN COMPROMISED IMMUNE SYSTEMS. I AM PLEASED THAT THIS PROVISION WAS INCLUDED IN THE MEDICARE PART B IMPROVEMENT ACT. I URGE SUPPORT OF THIS IMPORTANT BILL. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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            MR. TIBERI

            CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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            R. NEAL

            AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE…

            AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. DOGGETT.

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            MR. DOGGETT

            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. AS SO OFTEN HAPPENS HERE, THIS BILL BEARS A…

            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. AS SO OFTEN HAPPENS HERE, THIS BILL BEARS A SOMEWHAT GRANDER TITLE THAN ITS CONTENTS. MEDICARE PART B CERTAINLY DOES NEED IMPROVEMENT. AND WHILE I SUPPORT PUTTING IN THE STATUTE WHAT IS ALREADY ADMINISTRATIVE PRACTICE, EXTENDING A DEMONSTRATION PROJECT THAT APPEARS TO BE WORKING, AND THE OTHER PROVISIONS THAT MY COLLEAGUES HAVE WORKED ON IN THIS BILL, I THINK MUCH MORE SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED. IT'S ESPECIALLY IRONIC THAT AT THE VERY MOMENT WE'RE CONSIDERING THIS BILL, THE UNITED STATES SENATE ACROSS THE HALL IS PROPOSING TO ELIMINATE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. CERTAINLY THIS REPUBLICAN REPEAL EFFORT DOES FAR MORE HARM TO FAR MORE PEOPLE THAN WE CAN COLLECTIVELY UNDO HERE IN THE HOUSE. WITH THIS RATHER MODEST PIECE OF LEGISLATION. AND THERE IS ONE GLARING OMISSION FROM TODAY'S MEDICARE AT THE VERY MOMENT WE'RE CONSIDERING THIS BILL, THE UNITED STATES SENATE IMPROVEMENT ACT. ONE SUBJECT THAT THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP OF THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE FEARS. IT FEARS NOT ONLY DOING SOMETHING ABOUT THIS PROBLEM, IT FEARS ABOUT EVEN UNDERSTANDING THE EXTENT OF THE PROBLEM. AND IT CERTAINLY FEARS HAVING ANY PUBLIC HEARINGS TO EXPLORE THIS SUBJECT. THAT IS THE MENACE THAT IS AFFECTING MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. PHARMACEUTICAL PRICE GOUGING. THIS BILL FAILS TO ADDRESS ANY THIS SUBJECT. THAT IS THE MENACE THAT IS ASPECT OF SOARING PHARMACEUTICAL COSTS ON PART B MEDICATIONS FOR ALMOST A YEAR, A NUMBER OF US, HOUSE DEMOCRATS ON THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, HAVE CALLED ON THE CHAIRMAN TO AT LEAST SCHEDULE A HEARING ABOUT ALL ASPECTS, ALL CATEGORIES OF SOARING PHARMACEUTICAL PRICES THAT NOT ONLY MEAN FINANCIAL RUIN FOR TOO MANY FAMILIES, ASPECT BUT ALSO A BURDEN, MEDICARE AND MOST ANY TYPE OF TAXPAYER FINANCED HEALTH CARE INITIATIVE. GOVERNMENT APPROVED MONOPOLIES FOR DRUG MANUFACTURERS ARE BEING EXPLOITED BY CHARGING THE SICK AND DYING WHATEVER THEY MIGHT PAY FOR A LITTLE MORE LIFE, FOR A LITTLE MORE COMFORT, AT MONOPOLY PRICES. UNDER LONG-STANDING EXISTING LAW, IT'S BEEN THERE BEFORE THIS CONGRESS EVER GOT TOGETHER, PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES ARE AT LEAST REQUIRED TO PROVIDE AVERAGE SALES PRICE DATA ON PART B MEDICARE DRUGS. THREE YEARS AGO THE OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL AT THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, FOUND THAT AT LEAST 1/3 OF THE MORE THAN 200 MANUFACTURERS OF PART B DRUGS HAVE NOT COMMITTED ANY OF THIS AVERAGE SALES PRICE DATA FOR SOME OF THEIR PRODUCTS. AN ADDITIONAL 45 MANUFACTURERS HAD NOT BEEN REQUIRED TO REPORT ANY DATA. INSPECTOR GENERAL FOUND THAT INACCURACIES IN THESE AVERAGE SALES PRICE FILES MAY AFFECT TAXPAYER FINANCED MEDICARE PAYMENTS. LAST MONTH THE NONPARTISAN MEDICARE PAYMENT AVERAGE SALES PRICE ADVISORY COMMISSION CAME BEFORE THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE AND GAVE ITS REPORT ON MEDICARE. IT NOTED THAT THIS PROBLEM ON AVERAGE SALES PRICE DATA CONTINUES AND THAT IT'S NOT BEEN ADDRESSED BY THE CONGRESS AS THE INSPECTOR GENERAL HAD RECOMMENDED. THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS REFUSED TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT THIS PROBLEM. IT'S BLOCKED AN AMENDMENT I OFFERED IN COMMITTEE THAT SIMPLY IMPLEMENTED THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL AND MEDPAC TO GET THAT AVERAGE SALES PRICE DATA AND ENSURE ALL PART B MANUFACTURERS REPORT THAT DATA OR PENALIZED AT A REASONABLE LEVEL. IT WOULD SIMPLY HAVE ENSURED COMPLIANCE WITH EXISTING LAW TO PROTECT PROGRAM INTEGRITY AND TO PROTECT THE TAXPAYER INTEREST. YOU CAN BE SURE IF THE REPUBLICANS DIDN'T WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE PRICES WERE, THEY CERTAINLY DIDN'T WANT TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT THE SOARING PRICES AND THE IMPACT ON AMERICAN FAMILIES. I SUPPORT THE BILL BUT THIS IS A MISSED OPPORTUNITY THAT WE SHOULD HAVE EMPLOYED TO ADDRESS A CRITICAL PROBLEM. I YIELD BACK.

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          • 02:11:11 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM FAMILIES. I SUPPORT THE BILL BUT THIS IS A OHIO.

          • 02:11:14 PM

            BERERY MR.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 02:11:18 PM

            MR. TIBERI

            AS THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER SAID HE SUPPORTS THE BILL, WHICH I AM PLEASED TO…

            AS THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER SAID HE SUPPORTS THE BILL, WHICH I AM PLEASED TO HEAR THAT. AS THE CHAIRMAN HAS SAID, AS THE RANKING MEMBER HAS SAID, THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING. THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING AND WE CAN'T LET THE PERFECT BE THE ENEMY OF THE GOOD IN THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION BECAUSE THERE IS VERY IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT IS MEANINGFUL TO PEOPLE IN A HOME TODAY SOMEWHERE IN OHIO OR MASSACHUSETTS, WHERE VERY IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT IS HOME INFUSION IS REALLY IMPORTANT. OR DIALYSIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT. I AM PLEASED THAT THE RANKING MEMBER FROM MASSACHUSETTS HAS BEEN SO HELPFUL ON THIS BILL. AT THIS POINT I WILL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 02:11:51 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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            MR. MALE

            IS THE GENTLEMAN PREPARED TO CLOSE?

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            MR. TIBERI

            I A -- I AM.

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            MR. NEAL

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

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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            MR. NEAL

            I WANT TO THANK THE STAFF FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS BILL, INCLUDING AMY…

            I WANT TO THANK THE STAFF FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS BILL, INCLUDING AMY HALL, SARA LEVIN, MELY -- MELANIE, EMILY, NICK, JESSICA FROM THE HOUSE LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S OFFICE, JENNIFER, LISA FROM C.M.S., AND THE STAFF OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, TOM, REBECCA YIP, AND LAURA. I WANT TO THANK THEM ALL FOR THEIR VERY, VERY HARD WORK. YOU HAVE THIS RARE OPPORTUNITY, THIS RARE MOMENT WE HAVE BROUGHT AGREEMENT ON THIS LEGISLATION AND I HOPE ALL MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE CAN FIND THEIR WAY TO BE SUPPORTIVE OF THIS LEGISLATION. I HOPE THE PATH OF BIPARTISANSHIP THAT WE HAVE CHOSEN HERE CAN SERVE AS A REMINDER WHAT WE CAN GET DONE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 02:12:57 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM I HOPE THE PATH OF BIPARTISANSHIP THAT WE HAVE OHIO.

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            MR. TIBERI

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

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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            MR. TIBERI

            I SAY DITA TO MR. NEAL. -- DITTO TO MR. NEAL. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

            I SAY DITA TO MR. NEAL. -- DITTO TO MR. NEAL. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS WHO I HAVE A GREAT RELATIONSHIP WITH. TO ALL THE WORDS ABOUT THE STAFF. IN PARTICULAR I ALSO WANT TO THANK ABBY FROM MY STAFF AND EMILY AND HER TEAM. IT HAS BEEN A PLEASURE WORKING WITH YOUR TEAM AS WELL. MR. LEVIN, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A GOOD STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. AND A FIRST STEP IN EXPANDING ACCESS TO HIGH QUALITY CARE AND IMPROVING DEFICIENCY AND DELIVERY OF CARE SO SENIORS CAN BETTER RECEIVE THE CARE THEY NEED WHERE THEY NEED IT, WHICH IS SO INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT. I REALLY APPRECIATE THE COMMENTS OF THE RANKING MEMBER AND AGAIN WANT TO REMIND EVERYBODY WHAT THE CHAIRMAN SAID THAT THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING AND HOPEFULLY THIS WILL BE A TEMPLATE TO ACCESS TO HIGH QUALITY CARE MUCH MORE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR THE REMAINDER OF THIS YEAR. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 02:13:57 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3178, AS AMENDED. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL SPAFFED, WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. -- THE BILL IS PASSED, WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. SUSPENDED, THE BILL SPAFFED, WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. --

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        • 02:14:08 PM

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

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

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              Mr. Donovan moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 2182 — "To require the Comptroller General of the United States to submit a report to Congress on the alternatives for the final disposition of Plum Island, including preservation of the island for conservation, education, and research, and for other purposes."

              • 02:14:49 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

                MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2182.

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              • 02:14:57 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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              Considered under suspension of the rules.

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              DEBATE

              The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2182.

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                THE CLERK

                H.R. 2182, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES…

                H.R. 2182, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES TO SUBMIT A REPORT TO CONGRESS ON THE ALTERNATIVES FOR THE FINAL DISPOSITION OF PLUM ISLAND, INCLUDING PRESERVATION OF THE ISLAND FOR CONSERVATION, EDUCATION, AND RESEARCH, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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              • 02:15:25 PM

                TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

                PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. DONOVAN, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PAYNE, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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              • 02:15:31 PM

                MR. DONOVAN

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

                MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS PRESERVATION OF THE ISLAND FOR CONSERVATION, EDUCATION, AND RESEARCH, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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              • 02:15:39 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                WITHOUT OBJECTION. .

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                MR. DONOVAN

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

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                MR. DONOVAN

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2182,…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2182, THE PLUM ISLAND PRESERVATION ACT, SPONSORED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK, MR. ZELDIN. THIS BILL REQUIRES THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE TO REVIEW THE ALTERNATIVES FOR THE FINAL DISPOSITION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY DIRECTORATE'S PLUM ISLAND ANIMAL DISEASE CENTER, COMMONLY KNOWN AS PLUM ISLAND. SINCE 1954, PLUM ISLAND, LOCATED IN SUFFICIENT OBJECTION COUNTY, -- SUFFOLK COUNTY, NEW YORK, THEY ARE AGING AND NEARING THE END OF THEIR LIFE CYCLE. THAT'S WHY IN 2005, D.H.S. ANNOUNCED THAT THE WORK BEING CONDUCTED ON PLUM ISLAND WOULD BE MOVED TO A NEW FEDERAL FACILITY IN KANSAS. PLUM ISLAND WILL CONTINUE TO OPERATE UNTIL THE NATIONAL BIOAND AGRO-DEFENSE FACILITY IS FULLY OPERATIONAL AND A COMPLETE TRANSITION HAS BEEN MADE IN 2022 OR 2023. THIS RAISES THE QUESTION OF WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO PLUM ISLAND ONCE ITS ACTIVITIES ARE FULLY TRANSFERRED OVER TO THE NEW FACILITY. THE DEPARTMENT LOOKED AT THIS ISSUE AND IN JUNE OF 2016 RELEASED A REPORT THAT REVIEWED SEVERAL OPTIONS FOR THE FINAL DISPOSITION OF PLUM ISLAND. THIS BILL SIMPLY REQUIRES G.A.O. TO REVIEW AND ANALYZE THESE ALTERNATIVES TO ENSURE ALL NECESSARY INFORMATION WAS TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT BEFORE THE DEPARTMENT DECIDES HOW TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE FINAL DISPOSITION OF PLUM ISLAND. SPECIFICALLY, G.A.O. IS TO ANALYZE THE EFFECTS, POSSIBLE IMPLICATIONS AND ISSUES, AND POTENTIAL COSTS AND REVENUE FOR EACH DISPOSITION. FINALLY, H.R. 2182 SUSPENDS THE SALE OF PLUM ISLAND UNTIL G.A.O. COMPLETES THIS THOROUGH REVIEW AND ANALYSIS OF ALTERNATIVES. MY FRIEND, REPRESENTATIVE ZELDIN, INTRODUCED H.R. 2182 WITH STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. H.R. 2182 IS VERY SIMILAR TO A BILL THAT PASSED THE HOUSE BY VOICE VOTE LAST MAY. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INCLUDE IN THE RECORD A LETTER EXCHANGE BETWEEN THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY AGREEING TO MOVE THIS BILL FORWARD.

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              • 02:18:21 PM

                TEMPORE WITHOUT

                WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                MR. DONOVAN

                IN CONCLUSION, THIS BILL ENSURES THAT THERE'S ADEQUATE CONSIDERATION OF…

                IN CONCLUSION, THIS BILL ENSURES THAT THERE'S ADEQUATE CONSIDERATION OF ALL THE OPTIONS FOR THE DISPOSITION OF THE ISLAND. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 02:18:34 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                MR. PAYNE

                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2182, THE PLUM ISLAND PRESERVATION…

                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2182, THE PLUM ISLAND PRESERVATION ACT, AND GIVE MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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              • 02:18:46 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                MR. PAYNE

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, SINCE 1954, THE PLUM ISLAND ANIMAL…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, SINCE 1954, THE PLUM ISLAND ANIMAL DISEASE CENTER IN NEW YORK, LONG ISLAND, HAS SERVED AS THE NATION'S PRINCIPAL LABORATORY RESPONSIBLE FOR RESEARCH ON FOREIGN ANIMAL DISEASES OF LIVESTOCK SUCH AS FOOT-AND-MOUTH DISEASE AND OTHER ANIMAL DISEASES. AT PLUM ISLAND, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY WORKS WITH THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO RESEARCH AND DEVELOP NEW VACCINES AND DIAGNOSTIC TESTS FOR ANIMAL DISEASE OUTBREAKS AND TO DEFEND INTERNATIONAL OR ACCIDENTAL INTRODUCTION OF ANIMAL DISEASES INTO THE UNITED STATES. ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2005, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ANNOUNCED PLANS TO DEVELOP THE NATIONAL BIOAND AGRO -- BIO AND AGRO-DEFENSE FACILITY. AS A STATE-OF-THE-ART LABORATORY FOR THE STUDY OF DISEASES THAT THREATEN BOTH AMERICA'S ANIMAL AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY AND THE HEALTH. AS ENVISIONED BY D.H.S., THE 580,000 SQUARE FOOT FACILITY WOULD REPLACE THE PLUM ISLAND LABORATORY. FOLLOWING AN EXTENSIVE SELECTION PROCESS, D.H.S. SELECTED A SITE IN MANHATTAN, KANSAS, FOR THE NEW LAB, AND THE SITE IS SLATED TO BE FULLY OPERATIONAL BY DECEMBER OF 2022 . WHAT H.R. 2182 AIMS TO ANSWER IS THE QUESTIONS OF WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO PLUM ISLAND WHEN THE DEFENSE -- D.H.S. VAY INDICATES THE FACILITY. D.H.S. IS -- VACATES THE FACILITY. D.H.S. IS STUDYING THE RANGE OF OPTIONS FOR THE PROPERTY, INCLUDING TRANSFERRING IT TO ANOTHER FEDERAL AGENCY, STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT OR A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION FOR THE PURPOSES OF EDUCATION, RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION. IN DOING SO, D.H.S. IS EXPECTED TO ASSESS THE FULL IMPLICATIONS OF EACH OPTION, INCLUDING COSTS, CLEANUP AND HAZARD MITIGATION. H.R. 2182 REQUIRES THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE, OR G.A.O., TO ASSESS WHETHER THE FORTHCOMING STUDY IS SATISFACTORY TO SUPPORT A DECISION. IN THE EVENT THAT THE STUDY IS LACKING IN A KEY AREA, G.A.O. WOULD BE REQUIRED TO CONDUCT ITS OWN STUDY. IMPORTANTLY, H.R. 282 ENSURES THAT PLUM -- 2182 ENSURES THAT PLUM ISLAND CANNOT BE SOLD TO THE GOVERNMENT OR TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 02:22:06 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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              • 02:22:09 PM

                MR. DONOVAN

                MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE DISTINGUISHED…

                MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK AND THE SPONSOR OF THE BILL, MR. ZELDIN.

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              • 02:22:16 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                MR. ZELDIN

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO MR. DONOVAN AS WELL FOR YOUR SUPPORT.…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO MR. DONOVAN AS WELL FOR YOUR SUPPORT. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2182, TO PREVENT THE SALE OF PLUM ISLAND TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER. SITUATED IT IS -- SITUATED AT THE GATEWAY OF THE LONG ISLAND SOUND, I HAD THE PLEASURE OF VISITING THIS TREASURED ISLAND. IN ADDITION TO BEING A CRITICAL RESOURCE FOR RESEARCH, 90% OF THE LAND HAS BEEN SHELTERED FOR DEVELOPMENT, BEING A CRITICAL HABITAT FOR MIGRATORY BIRDS, MARINE MAMMALS AND PLANTS. IT IS IT'S A ESSENTIAL CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL RESOURCE AS WELL WITH RECORDED HISTORY DATING BACK TO THE 1700'S. THE ISLAND HEALTH THE FORT TERRY, WHICH WAS USED THROUGH THE END OF WORLD WAR II. SINCE THEN, PLUM ISLAND HAS BEEN UTILIZED AS A RESEARCH LABORATORY AND HAS SINCE GROWN TO BECOME AS THE PLUM ISLAND ANIMAL DISEASE CENTER. IN 2005, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, WHICH CURRENTLY HAS JURISDICTION OVER THE ISLAND, ANNOUNCED THAT THE ANIMAL DISEASE CENTER RESEARCH WOULD BE MOVED TO A NEW FEDERAL FACILITY, THE BIO AND AGRO-DEFENSE FACILITY IN KANSAS. TO OFFSET THE COST OF THIS RELOCATION, THE LAW WAS ENACTED THAT CALLED FOR THE PRIVATE SALE OF PLUM ISLAND BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER. HOWEVER, BECAUSE OF THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE CLEANUP AND CLOSURE OF PLUM ISLAND AND BECAUSE OF LOCAL ZONING RESTRICTIONS, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOULD RECEIVE LITTLE COMPENSATION FOR THE SALE OF PLUM ISLAND. ALSO, IN THE 12 YEARS SINCE THE MOVE TO KANSAS WAS APPROVED, THE NEW FACILITY IN KANSAS IS ALREADY FULLY PAID FOR BY A COMBINATION OF FEDERAL APPROPRIATIONS AND STATE AND PRIVATE FUNDS. ALLOWING FOR CONTINUED RESEARCH, PUBLIC ACCESS AND PERMANENT PRESERVATION OF THE ISLAND, H.R. 2182 WILL SUSPEND THE LAWS PASSED IN 2008 AND 2011 THAT MANDATED THE PUBLIC SALE OF PLUM ISLAND. THIS BILL WILL COMMISSION THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE IN CONSULTATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, WHICH CURRENTLY OWNS THE ISLAND, TO FORMULATE A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR THE FUTURE OF THE ISLAND. IT REQUIRES THE PLAN FOCUS ON CONSERVATION, EDUCATION AND RESEARCH AND INCLUDE ALTERNATIVE USES FOR THE ISLAND, INCLUDING A TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP TO ANOTHER FEDERAL AGENCY, THE STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT, NONPROFIT OR A COMBINATION THEREOF. IN THE 114TH CONGRESS, THIS BILL PASSED THE HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AS H.R. 1887. MY AMENDMENT TO THE FINANCIAL SERVICES AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 2017, H.R. 5485, WHICH WOULD HAVE PROHIBITED ANY OF THE FUNDING WITHIN THE APPROPRIATIONS BILL TO BE USED TO MARKET OR SELL PLUM ISLAND ALSO PASSED THE HOUSE AS WELL. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE OTHER MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO HAVE CO-SPONSORED THIS LEGISLATION AND LENT THEIR SUPPORT TO THIS CAUSE, ESPECIALLY MY COLLEAGUES FROM CONNECTICUT, CONGRESSMAN JOE COURTNEY AND CONGRESSWOMAN ROSA DELAURO. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER KEVIN MCCARTHY FOR BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR, HOUSE HOMELAND SECURITY CHAIRMAN MICHAEL MCCAUL FOR ALL HIS INCREDIBLE LEADERSHIP AND ALL THE LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS, GROUPS AND CONCERNED GROUPS ON LONG ISLAND WHO HAVE TAKEN AN INTEREST ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. IT'S ENDORSED BY THE PLUM ISLAND COALITION, AN ALLIANCE OF OVER 65 COMMUNITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS IN NEW YORK AND CONNECTICUT FOCUSED ON THE CONSERVATION OF THIS ISLAND. I'M PROUD TO WORK ALONGSIDE ALL OF THE THESE GREAT INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS AS WE STRIVE TO SAVE PLUM ISLAND. SINCE TAKING OFFICE IN 2015, ONE OF MY HIGHEST LOCAL PRIORITIES HAS BEEN TO PROTECT PLUM ISLAND. PRESERVING THIS ISLAND'S NATURAL BEAUTY WHILE MAINTAINING A RESEARCH MISSION WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE IMPORTANT ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS FOR LONG ISLAND. I ENCOURAGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THIS CRITICAL BILL AS WELL AS FOR THE SENATE TO PASS THIS LEGISLATION SO IT MAY BE SIGNED INTO LAW THIS YEAR. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK.

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              • 02:26:32 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

              • 02:26:34 PM

                MR. PAYNE

                MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MR. COURTNEY.

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              • 02:26:41 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                MR. COURTNEY

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, MR. PAYNE, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, MR. PAYNE, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE AND ALSO FOR YOUR HARD WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION WHICH, AGAIN, IS BEING CLOSELY WATCHED BACK HOME IN CONNECTICUT AND ON THE OTHER SIDE OF LONG ISLAND SOUND, AS MR. ZELDIN INDICATED, IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT WITH MY COLLEAGUE FOR PASSAGE OF H.R. 2182, THE PLUM ISLAND PRESERVATION ACT. THIS HAS BEEN AN EFFORT THAT HAS BEEN ONGOING SINCE THE CONGRESS UNFORTUNATELY TOOK I THINK A WRONG TURN WHEN THEY ENACTED LEGISLATION IN 2009 WITH THE GOAL OF TRYING TO CREATE FUNDING FOR THE NATIONAL BIO AND AGRO DEFENSE FACILITY IN KANSAS BUT IN THE PROCESS OF DOING THAT, SET UP A TRUNCATED SALE OF THIS PROPERTY WHICH REALLY DEVIATED FROM THE NORMAL G.S.A. PROCESS OF TRYING TO EXHAUST OTHER BENEFICIAL USES BEFORE PUTTING UP TO SALE FOR THE HIGHEST BIDDER. AGAIN, THAT'S BEEN THE STRUGGLE FOR BOTH SIDES OF LONG ISLAND SOUND WHICH HAS BEEN FRUSTRATED THAT CONGRESS MANDATED A SALE WITHOUT ANY OTHER OPTIONS, THE INCREDIBLE PRISTINE ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY OF THIS PRECIOUS PIECE OF PROPERTY WAS BASICALLY PUSHED DOWN THE FOOD CHAIN IN TERMS OF, AGAIN, THE WAY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WAS OPERATING. AGAIN, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE, AND MY COLLEAGUES FROM NEW YORK, MR. DONOVAN AND MR. ZELDIN, UNDERSTAND THIS IS STILL THE MOST DENSELY POPULATED AREA OF AMERICA. THE BOAT TRAFFIC, THE MARITIME TRAFFIC THAT FLOWS THROUGH LONG ISLAND SOUND IS THE BUSIEST IN THE COUNTRY AND TO HAVE A PIECE OF PROPERTY THAT IS THIS PRECIOUS AND THIS PURE, WHICH MR. ZELDIN VISITED AND I THINK HE CAN ATTEST TO THAT PERSONALLY AND I'VE SAILED PASSED -- SAILED PAST IT, IS REALLY AN OPPORTUNITY THAT WE CANNOT ALLOW TO GO TO A DEVELOPER THAT WOULD BE -- THAT WOULD MAKE THAT QUALITY FOREVER LOST. SO THIS LEGISLATION, WHICH STOPS THE 2009 PROCESS IN ITS TRACKS, HAS G.A.O. STEP IN AND DO A FULL COMPLETE ANALYSIS ACROSS THE BOARD, EVALUATING ALL OPTIONS. IN PARTICULAR, THE OPTIONS OF PRESERVING THIS UNIQUE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSET IS THE RIGHT MOVE FOR OUR COUNTRY AND, AGAIN, IT WILL BE TO THE BENEFIT OF GENERATIONS TO COME. SO, AGAIN, I WANT TO CONGRATULATE MR. ZELDIN FOR HIS PERSISTENCE. AGAIN, WE DID GET IT THROUGH THE LAST CONGRESS, 114TH. I THINK GETTING THIS DONE EARLY IN THE 115TH CONGRESS WILL HOPEFULLY ALLOW US THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET -- CAN I GET 30 SECONDS?

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              • 02:29:21 PM

                MR. PAYNE

                I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN ANOTHER 30 SECONDS.

              • 02:29:23 PM

                MR. COURTNEY

                THANK YOU, MR. PAYNE. AGAIN, IT WILL GIVE US THE OPPORTUNITY TO HOPEFULLY…

                THANK YOU, MR. PAYNE. AGAIN, IT WILL GIVE US THE OPPORTUNITY TO HOPEFULLY GET SOME BANDWIDTH IN THE SENATE'S FLOOR SCHEDULE TO FINALLY GET THIS TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK AND, AGAIN, FOREVER PROTECT AN ASSET FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. SO, AGAIN, I URGE STRONG SUPPORT FOR THIS MEASURE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 02:29:43 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

              • 02:29:45 PM

                MR. DONOVAN

                MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY…

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

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              • 02:29:52 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

              • 02:29:54 PM

                MR. PAYNE

                OFFER THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT TWO MINUTES.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

              • 02:30:04 PM

                MS. DELAURO

                THANK YOU. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT FOR THIS LEGISLATION. IT DIRECTS THE…

                THANK YOU. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT FOR THIS LEGISLATION. IT DIRECTS THE COMPTROLLER OF THE UNITED STATES TO SUBMIT A REPORT TO THE CONGRESS ON ALTERNATIVE USES FOR PLUM ISLAND. THE REPORT UNDERSCORES ITS ECOLOGICAL SIGNIFICANCE. THAT'S WHAT IT WOULD DO. NEED TO BE PROTECTED AND IT WOULD BE AN IMPORTANT STEP TOWARD IDENTIFYING CONSERVATION ALTERNATIVES TO SELLING PLUM ISLAND. I BELIEVE THAT PLUM ISLAND SHOULD BE A UNIT OF THE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE SYSTEM, ENSURING WE WOULD SAFEGUARD THE ISLAND'S SENSITIVE WILDLIFE AND ECOLOGICAL VALUE. PLUM ISLAND IS THE LARGEST AREA IN SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND WHERE SEALS CAN REST ON DRY LAND. ITS 843 ACRES ARE HOME TO TWO BIRDS. WE NEED TO PROCEED VERY CAREFULLY WHEN CONSIDERING THE FUTURE OF PLUM ISLAND. THIS IS A REFUGE FOR WILDLIFE, NATIVE PLANTS AND ONCE IT IS DEVELOPED IT CANNOT BE RESTORED WHICH IS WHY THE LEGISLATION IS SO IMPORTANT. BY EVALUATING THE USES OF PLUM ISLAND FULLY RATHER THAN SELLING IT TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, WE CAN ENSURE THAT THIS ECOLOGICAL, HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL TREASURE CAN BE PROTECTED FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. PROUD TO JOIN WITH MY COLLEAGUES, CONGRESSMAN ZELDIN, CONGRESSMAN COURTNEY ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS TO ENSURE THAT THE ENVIRONMENT IS RESPECTED IN OUR REGION AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL, AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY FOR HIS TIME. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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              • 02:31:37 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

              • 02:31:40 PM

                MR. PAYNE

                NO OTHER SPEAKERS. I'M READY TO CLOSE.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

              • 02:31:47 PM

                MR. PAYNE

                MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 2182 HAS BROAD SUPPORT ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AS WE…

                MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 2182 HAS BROAD SUPPORT ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AS WE CAN SEE. PLUM ISLAND HAS A HISTORY DATING BACK TO THE 1700'S AND HAS BEEN OWNED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SINCE 1899. THE BILL TAKES STEPS TO ENSURE THAT THIS CRITICALLY, CULTURALLY, AND HISTORICALLY IMPORTANT FIGHT IS NOT SOLD UNTIL ALL RELEVANT QUESTIONS ARE ANSWERED REGARDING THE FINAL DISPOSITION OF PLUM ISLAND AND THATTLE SATISFACTORY, COMPREHENSIVE PLAN HAS BEEN DEVELOPED. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 02:32:33 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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              • 02:32:36 PM

                MR. DONOVAN

                MR. SPEAKER, I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 2182, AND I…

                MR. SPEAKER, I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 2182, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 02:32:43 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2182. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL SPAFFED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. -- IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE.

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            • 02:32:51 PM

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

              • 02:32:53 PM

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

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

              • 02:35:01 PM

                Mr. Royce (CA) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 3364 — "To provide congressional review and to counter aggression by the Governments of Iran, the Russian Federation, and North Korea, and for other purposes."

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                  MR. ROYCE

                  MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3364.

              • 02:35:04 PM

                Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                DEBATE

                The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3364.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                  THE CLERK

                  H.R. 3364, A MOVE THE HOUSE BILL TO PROVIDE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW AND TO…

                  H.R. 3364, A MOVE THE HOUSE BILL TO PROVIDE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW AND TO COUNTER AGGRESSION BY THE GOVERNMENTS OF IRAN, RUSSIAN FEDERATION, AND NORTH KOREA, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                • 02:35:20 PM

                  TEMPORE PU

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

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

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                • 02:35:26 PM

                  MR. ROYCE

                  REMARKS AND TO INCLUDE ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL FOR THE RECORD.

                • 02:35:34 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                  MR. ROYCE

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

                • 02:35:40 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 02:35:41 PM

                  MR. ROYCE

                  THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, NOW THIS BILL REPRESENTS A VERY BROAD BIPARTISAN…

                  THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, NOW THIS BILL REPRESENTS A VERY BROAD BIPARTISAN HOUSE-SENATE AGREEMENT THAT THE UNITED STATES MUST ENFORCE TOUGHER SANCTIONS AGAINST NORTH KOREA, AGAINST RUSSIA, AGAINST IRAN, AND I WANT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, MR. ELIOT ENGEL OF NEW YORK, FOR HIS DETERMINED AND EXCELLENT WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT BILL. THESE THREE REGIMES IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE WORLD ARE THREATENING VITAL U.S. INTERESTS, AND THEY ARE DESTABILIZING THEIR NEIGHBORS. IT IS WELL PAST TIME THAT WE FORCE FULLY RESPOND -- FORCEFULLY RESPOND. UNDER PUTIN, RUSSIA HAS INVADED ITS NEIGHBOR, UKRAINE, SEIZING ITS TERRITORY AND DESTABILIZING ITS GOVERNMENT. IT POSES A THREAT TO OUR NATO ALLIES IN EUROPE AS MOSCOW WORKS TO UNDERMINE DEMOCRATIC VALUES WITH DETERMINATION AND SOPHISTICATION. AS U.S. INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES HAVE MADE CLEAR, THIS FORMER KGB COLONEL ATTEMPTED TOINT FEAR WITH OUR OWN ELECTION. LEFT UNCHECKED, RUSSIA IS SURE TO CONTINUE ITS AGGRESSION. PUTIN'S FORCES CONTINUE TO PROP UP THE MURDEROUS ASSAD REGIME IN SYRIA, PROLONGING A DEADLY, DEADLY CONFLICT THAT HAS DRIVEN TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE FROM THEIR HOMES WHILE ENABLING THE USE OF QUEMS SHALL -- CHEMICAL WEAPONS AND OTHER SYSTEMATIC HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES CHEMICAL WEAPONS AND OTHER SYSTEMATIC HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AGAINST THE PEOPLE OF SYRIA. THE RUSSIA SANCTIONS IN THIS BILL ARE SUBSTANTIALLY SIMILAR TO THOSE THAT OVERWHELMINGLY PASSED THE OTHER BODY. THEY GIVE THE ADMINISTRATION IMPORTANT ECONOMIC LEVERAGE. THEY GIVE IT DIPLOMATIC LEVERAGE BY TARGETING THE TARGETING THE THINGS THAT MATTER TO PUTIN. AND THAT MATTER TO HIS ALLIES THE MOST. AND THAT IS THEIR CORRUPT EFFORTS TO PROFIT FROM THE COUNTRY'S OIL WEALTH AND THEIR ABILITY TO SELL WEAPONS OVERSEAS. TO FOCUS THEIR IMPACT, WE CLARIFIED SEVERAL PROVISION THAT IS COULD HAVE INADVERTENTLY HANDED RUSSIAN COMPANIES' CONTROL OF GLOBAL ENERGY PROJECTS AND IMPACTED PIPELINES THAT OUR EUROPEAN ALLIES RELY ON IN AN EFFORT TO END THEIR DEPENDENCE ON RUSSIAN GAS. SO THIS STRENGTHENS THE BILL TO ENSURE THESE ECONOMIC SANCTIONS REMAIN IN PLACE AS LONG AS PUTIN'S AGGRESSION CONTINUES, THIS BILL EMPOWERS CONGRESS TO REVIEW AND DISAPPROVE ANY SANCTIONS RELIEF. THIS STRONG OVERSIGHT IS NECESSARY, IT IS APPROPRIATE. AFTER ALL, IT IS CONGRESS THAT THE CONSTITUTION EMPOWERS TO REGULATE COMMERCE WITH FOREIGN NATIONS. MR. SPEAKER, RUSSIA HAS FOUND A WILLING PARTNER IN IRAN. THE REGIME'S IRANIAN REVOLUTIONARY GUARDS ARE FIGHTING ALONGSIDE RUSSIAN FORCES IN SYRIA. AT THE SAME TIME TEHRAN CONTINUES TO THREATEN ISRAEL BY PROVIDING FUNDING AND ADVANCED ROCKETS AND MISSILES TO HEZBOLLAH. HEZBOLLAH IS ITS LEADING TERRORIST PROXY. IT CONTINUES TO HOLD AMERICANS HOSTAGE WHILE DEVELOPING INTERCONTINENTAL BALLISTIC MISSILES CAPABLE OF DELIVERING NUCLEAR WEAPONS. TO STRENGTHEN THE U.S. RESPONSE TO THE THREAT FROM IRAN, THIS BILL INCLUDES PROVISIONS ORIGINALLY INTRODUCED BY MY COUNTERPART, SENATOR CORKER, WHICH INCREASE SANCTIONS ON THOSE INVOLVED IN THE REGIME'S HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AND ITS SUPPORT FOR TERRORISM, AS WELL AS ITS EFFORTS ON THE BALLISTIC MISSILE PROGRAM, WHICH FOR THE IRANIAN REVOLUTIONARY GUARDS FORCES CONTROL. FINALLY, I AM PROUD THAT THIS BILL INCLUDES THE TEXT OF H.R. 1644. THIS IS THE KOREAN INTERDICTION AND MODENDIZATION OF SANCTIONS ACTION -- MODERNIZATION OF SANCTIONS ACT, WHICH WE PASSED IN MAY, WE PASSED IT OUT OF THE HOUSE BY A VOTE OF 419- 1. THESE PROVISIONS STRENGTHENED IN CONSULTATION WITH THE OTHER BODY, EXPAND SANCTIONS TARGETING NORTH KOREA'S NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM, BUT THEY ALSO GO AFTER THOSE AROUND THE WORLD WHO EMPLOY NORTH KOREAN SLAVE LABOR. THIS IS A HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE. IT'S ONE THAT OPERATES BY HAVING A SITUATION WHERE THE ENDENTURED WORKERS ARE FED, BUT THE CHECK INSTEAD OF GOING TO THE WORKERS GOES TO THE REGIME. AND THAT MONEY THEN GOES INTO THE NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM. IT IS ESTIMATED THE CHECK INSTEAD OF GOING TO THE WORKERS GOES THAT THIS EARNS HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR THE REGIME IN HARD CURNCY. -- CURRENCY. WITH EVERY TEST, KIM JONG-UN'S REGIME COMES CLOSER TO BE ABLE TO MOUNT A NUCLEAR WARHEAD ON A MISSILE CAPABLE OF REACHING THE U.S. MAINLAND. WE SIMPLY CANNOT PASS UP AN OPPORTUNITY TO INCREASE PRESSURE IN RESPONSE TO THIS THREAT. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 02:41:12 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

                • 02:41:14 PM

                  MR. ENGEL

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. I YIELD…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                • 02:41:20 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 02:41:22 PM

                  MR. ENGEL

                  I WANT TO FIRST OF ALL THANK COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR ALL…

                  I WANT TO FIRST OF ALL THANK COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR ALL THE HARD WORK THAT'S GONE INTO THIS LEGISLATION SO FAR. I WANT TO ESPECIALLY THANK OUR CHAIRMAN, ED ROYCE, WHO HAS BEEN MY PARTNER ON THIS COMMITTEE FOR NEARLY FIVE YEARS. WE HAVE PASSED EXCELLENT LEGISLATION. THE LEGISLATION TODAY JUST ADDS TO IT, AND IT SHOWS WHAT YOU CAN DO WHEN YOU WORK IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR ALL HIS HARD WORK AND ALL HIS COURTESIES. I SUPPORT CAN DO WHEN YOU WORK THIS BILL. I CERTAINLY PLAN TO VOTE FOR IT. BUT IT SEEMS WE MAY BE ON THE FLOOR BEFORE WE IRONED OUT ALT DIFFERENCES WITH THE OTHER BODY. -- OUT ALL THE DIFFERENCES IN THE OTHER BODY. THERE HAVE BEEN ISSUES WITH THE NORTH KOREAN SANCTIONS WHICH ALREADY PASSED IN THE HOUSE WITH A ROYCE-ENGEL BILL AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN TAKEN UP BY THE OTHER BODY ON A SEPARATE TRACK. INSTEAD, IT'S NOW PUT INTO THIS BODY. I HOPE WE DON'T FACE FURTHER DELAYS WHEN THIS BILL GETS BACK TO THE OTHER TRACK. INSTEAD, HOUSE. OUR JOB ISN'T DONE UNTIL WE GET THIS THING ACROSS THE FINISH LINE. AND WE NEED TO DO THAT BECAUSE THIS BILL IS CRITICAL TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. IT DOES FAR MORE THAN JUST SEND A MESSAGE TO LEADERS IN RUSSIA, IRAN, AND NORTH KOREA. IT EXACTS A HEAVY PRICE FOR THEIR AGGRESSIVE AND DESTABILIZING BEHAVIOR. JUST LIKE THE BILL WE ALREADY PASSED, THIS LEGISLATION WOULD UPDATE AND EXPAND OUR SANCTIONS ON NORTH KOREA, CLOSING LOOPHOLES THAT HAVE ALLOWED MONEY TO FLOW TO THE KIM REGIME. FUNDING ITS LEGAL -- ILLEGAL WEAPONS PROGRAM, CRACK DOWN ON THE TRADING PARTNERS, BANKS, AND SHIPPING VESSELS THAT ENABLE THE REGIME AND GOES AFTER THE REGIME'S LUCRATIVE ENTERPRISES WHETHER EXPORTED GOODS OR PILL FRED WAGES OF NORTH KOREAN LABORS SENT ABROAD TO WORK. WITH RESPECT TO IRAN THIS BILL WOULD GO AFTER SO MANY OF THE THINGS IRAN'S LEADERS DO TO DRIVE VIOLENCE AND INSTABILITY FROM TEHRAN'S BALLISTIC MISSILE PROGRAM AND SUPPORT FOR TERRORISM. TO THE REGIME'S ABHORRENT HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD AND EFFORTS TO BUILD UP ITS MILITARY. I HAVE SAID THIS AGAIN AND SO MANY OF THE THINGS AGAIN THAT WE NEED TO HOLD THE REGIME'S FEET TO THE FIRE ON ALL THESE ISSUES. THIS BILL DOES EXACTLY THAT. AND FINALLY, ON RUSSIA, THIS BILL IS A STRONG DIRECT RESPONSE TO PUTIN'S EFFORTS TO UNDERMINE AMERICAN DEMOCRACY. IT IMPOSES NEW SANCTIONS ON THOSE WHO WANT TO DO BUSINESS WITH PUTIN'S CRONIES OR WITH RUSSIA'S MILITARY OR INTELLIGENCE. IT STRENGTHENS EXISTING SANCTIONS FOR RUSSIA'S ILLEGAL ANNEXATION OF CRIMEA, AN ARMED INTERVENTION IN EASTERN UKRAINE. IT PUSHES BACK AGAINST RUSSIA'S CYBERCRIMES, INCLUDING A HACKING OF OUR ELECTION TO HELP DONALD TRUMP, A STORY WHICH CONGRESS AND THE SPECIAL COUNSEL ARE STILL TRYING TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF, AS WELL AS PUTIN'S SUPPORT FOR THE MURDEROUS ASSAD REGIME IN SYRIA. IT GIVES THE CONGRESS A STRONG OVERSIGHT ROLE IN MAKING SURE THAT THESE RUSSIAN SANCTIONS ARE NOT LIFTED PREMATURELY. THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS SHOWN OVER AND OVER THAT THEY ARE WILLING TO COZY UP TO PUTIN. HERE'S THE TRUTH, RUSSIA IS NOT OUR ALLY. PUTIN WANTS TO HARM THE UNITED STATES, SLINTER OUR ALLIANCES, AND UNDERMINE WESTERN DEMOCRACY. THIS CONGRESS WILL NOT ALLOW HIM TO SUCCEED. I'M GLAD TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN BILL. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN ONCE AGAIN. WE NEED TO KEEP WORKING TO MAKE SURE THIS BILL GETS TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 02:44:55 PM

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                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

                • 02:44:57 PM

                  MR. ROYCE

                  YES, IN RECOGNIZING THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. MIKE MCCAUL, I JUST WANT…

                  YES, IN RECOGNIZING THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. MIKE MCCAUL, I JUST WANT TO THANK HIM FOR HIS GOOD WORK TO STRENGTHEN THE BILL, AS HE WILL DISCUSS, AND FOR HIS FOCUS ON PIPELINES THAT PRIMARILY CARRY OIL AND GAS THROUGH RUSSIA THAT COMPETE, THAT COMPETE WITH RUSSIAN GAS AND DRIVES DOWN THE PRICE OF GAS, WITH THAT I YIELD MR. MCCAUL TWO MINUTES.

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                • 02:45:22 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPRE

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                • 02:45:25 PM

                  MR. MCCAUL

                  I RISE TO INCREASE SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA, NORTH KOREA AND IRAN. I THANK…

                  I RISE TO INCREASE SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA, NORTH KOREA AND IRAN. I THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE AND RANKING MEMBER ELIOT ENGEL FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. I CANNOT OVERSTATE THE IMPORTANCE OF SENDING A STRONG MESSAGE TO OUR ADVERSARIES THAT THERE WILL BE CONSEQUENCES FOR THEIR BAD BEHAVIOR. BACK IN OCTOBER OF LAST YEAR AT THE HEIGHT OF THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, I WAS BRIEFED BY OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. THEY TOLD ME THAT RUSSIA ENGAGED IN A BLATANT EFFORT TO MEDDLE IN OUR DOMESTIC AFFAIRS AND SPECIFICALLY OUR DEMOCRATIC PROCESS. I WAS AN OUTSPOKEN SUPPORTER OF THE NEED FOR A STRONG RESPONSE THEN, AND I REMAIN SO NOW. HOWEVER, IN THE PROCESS OF MAKING RUSSIA PAY IN ECONOMIC COSTS FOR THEIR BAD BEHAVIOR, WE MUST ENSURE WE ARE NOT HARMING U.S. INTERESTS AT HOME AND ABROAD. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE FOR CLARIFYING THAT SECTION 232 OF THIS BILL ONLY APPLIES TO RUSSIAN ENERGY EXPORT PIPELINES. WE SHOULD NOT BE IN THE BUSINESS OF SANCTIONING PIPELINES THAT HELP PROVIDE ENERGY INDEPENDENCE FROM RUSSIA. PUTIN USES THIS AS A TOOL TO PROVIDE POLITICAL LEVERAGE OVER HIS NEIGHBORS. SO, AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN WORKING WITH ME ON THIS. I THINK CLARIFICATION TO THE SENATE COMPANION AND HIS LEADERSHIP IN THE HOUSE ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 02:46:50 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

                • 02:46:52 PM

                  MR. ENGEL

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE ON THE…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. CICILLINE.

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                • 02:46:59 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                • 02:47:02 PM

                  MR. CICILLINE

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

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3364, THE RUSSIA, IRAN AND NORTH KOREA SANCTIONS ACT. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES, CHAIRMAN ROYCE AND RANKING MEMBER ENGEL, FOR ALL OF THEIR WORK IN REACHING THIS IMPORTANT AGREEMENT. THIS BILL WILL ENSURE THAT RUSSIA, IRAN AND NORTH KOREA AND THOSE THAT WORK WITH THEM WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES FOR THEIR BAD BEHAVIOR. THIS -- PASSAGE OF THIS LEGISLATION IS IMPORTANT TO HOLD IRAN ACCOUNTABLE FOR ITS SUPPORT FOR TERRORISM, HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AND CONTINUED DEFIANCE OF INTERNATIONAL TREATIES, INCLUDING ON BALLISTIC MISSILES. TODAY WE'RE TAKING AN IMPORTANT STEP TOWARDS HOLDING THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT, INCLUDING THE IRGC, AND ANYONE WHO SEEKS TO SUPPORT THEM ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR BAD ACTIONS. ANYONE WHO CONTRIBUTES TO IRAN'S BALLISTIC MISSILE PROGRAM, SUPPLIES IT WITH ITS WITH WEAPONS OR ASSIST THE -- SUPPLIES IT WITH WEAPONS OR ASSIST WITH TERRORISTS WILL BE SANCTIONED. WE WILL SHOW OUR ALLIES IN IRAN THAT THE UNITED STATES IS SERIOUS ABOUT CONTINUING TO ENFORCE VIOLATIONS OF INTERNATIONAL LAW. I'M ALSO PLEASED TO SEE ADDITIONAL SANCTIONS IMPOSED UPON RUSSIA AND NORTH KOREA IN THIS LEGISLATION. THE HUMAN SUFFERING THAT NORTH KOREA HAS BROUGHT UPON ITS OWN PEOPLE IS UNIMAGINABLE. SUCH A DEPRAVED LEADER SUCH AS COME JEONG UN-- KIM JONG UN GETTING MISSILES IS BAD. RUSSIA INTERFERED IN OUR 2016 ELECTIONS. THIS IS THE FUNDAMENTAL FOUNDATION OF OUR DEMOCRACY, OUR ELECTIONS, AND WE SIMPLY CANNOT ALLOW ANY FOREIGN COUNTRY INTERFERE. LET'S NOT MISTAKE IT FOR ANYTHING ELSE, IT WAS AN ATTACK ON AMERICA. IT'S BECOME NECESSARY FOR CONGRESS TO ASSERT ITS ROLE IN THIS AREA AND ENSURE RUSSIA WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. SO, AGAIN, I THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE AND RANKING MEMBER ENGEL, LEADER PELOSI, WHIP HOYER, MEMBERS OF THE SENATE WHO WORKED TO GET THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR AND WITH THAT I ASK MY COLLEAGUES SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 02:49:10 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

                • 02:49:12 PM

                  MR. ROYCE

                  THANK YOU, MEESH. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY,…

                  THANK YOU, MEESH. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. SMITH. CHAIRMAN ON AFRICA, GLOBAL HEALTH, GLOBAL HUMAN RIGHTS AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS.

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                • 02:49:20 PM

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                • 02:49:23 PM

                  MR. SMITH

                  I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR SPONSORING THIS IMPORTANT BILL. THIS BRINGS STIFF…

                  I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR SPONSORING THIS IMPORTANT BILL. THIS BRINGS STIFF AND TIMELY SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN, RUSSIA AND NORTH KOREA. THE ADMINISTRATION WAS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT IN EARLY FEBRUARY TO PUT IRAN ON NOTICE REGARDING ITS CONTINUED TESTING OF BALLISTIC MISSILES. THIS BILL UNDERSCORES THAT WARNING BY IMPOSING EXPANDED SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN'S MISSILE PROGRAM, DEMONSTRATING THAT THE UNITED STATES WILL NOT SIT IDLY BY AS IRAN AUGMENTS ITS ABILITY TO BLACKMAIL UNITED STATES, ISRAEL AND ITS ALLIES. -- OUR ALLIES. AS THE WORLD'S LARGEST SPONSOR OF TERRORISM, IT IMPOSES SANCTIONS ON THE IRGC. IT VERY IMPORTANTLY AS WELL IMPOSES SANCTIONS ON INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBLE FOR IRAN'S HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES. THE STATE DEPARTMENT SUGGESTS THERE ARE AS MANY AS 800 POLITICAL PRISONERS IN IRAN ALONE. IT ALSO REMINDS US AND DRAWS ATTENTION TO IRAN'S DESPICABLE PRACTICE OF ARRESTING AMERICAN CITIZENS AND USING THEM AS CHIPS. PUTIN'S INVASION OF THE UKRAINE AND ANNEXATION OF CRIMEA, BOMBING OF SYRIA AND THREATENING BEHAVIOR TOWARD OUR NATO ALLIES, ABOVE ALL IN THE BALLOTICS, MAKES IT IMPORTANT RESPECTS THE WORST ACTOR IN THE GLOBAL STATES TODAY. PUTIN'S GOVERNMENT HAS PASSED THREATS OF AGGRESSIVE ACTIONS AGAINST INNOCENT PEOPLE ABROAD. LET'S NOT FORGET IN 2008 -- AND I WAS THERE AS IT WAS HAPPENING, THE RUSSIANS INVADED GEORGIA AND ANNEXED CITY. AS TO NORTH KOREA, A GULAG MASQUERADING AS A COUNTRY, WE MUST CUT OFF ALL ECONOMIC LIFELINES TO KIM JONG UN AND PUNISH PYONGYANG'S CLIENTS AND ENABLERS. A GOVERNMENT THAT IS WORKING ON MORE MISSILES AND MEANS TO DELIVER THEM NEEDS TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY. THIS LEGISLATION DOES THAT WITH VERY, VERY STIFF SANCTIONS. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE, ELIOT ENGEL, ALSO THE MAJORITY LEADER MCCARTHY AND STENY HOYER AS THE PRINCIPAL SPONSORS OF THE BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 02:51:35 PM

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                • 02:51:37 PM

                  MR. ENGEL

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO OUR COLLEAGUE ON THE…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO OUR COLLEAGUE ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE AND MEMBER OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CASTRO.

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                • 02:51:44 PM

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                • 02:51:47 PM

                  MR. CASTRO

                  THANK YOU. AND THANK YOU, RANKING MEMBER ENGEL, FOR YIELDING. AND I ALSO…

                  THANK YOU. AND THANK YOU, RANKING MEMBER ENGEL, FOR YIELDING. AND I ALSO WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THE SANCTIONS PACKAGE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE BEEN WAITING SOME TIME FOR THE SANCTIONS PACKAGE TO FINALLY PASS. THIS BILL DIALS UP OUR CURRENT SANCTIONS ON NORTH KOREA, IRAN AND RUSSIA TO HOLD THEIR GOVERNMENTS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR DESTABILIZING ACTIONS. THE RUSSIA PIECE IN THIS PACKAGE IS PARTICULARLY NECESSARY. RUSSIA HAS FLAGRANTLY VIOLATED INTERNATIONAL LAW BY INVADING UE CRANE AND INTERFERING IN AMERICAN AND -- UKRAINE AND INTERFERING IN AMERICAN AND OTHER ELECTIONS. IT WILL HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS. IT'S A DECLARATION THAT CONGRESS CAN AND WILL ACT EVEN WHEN PRESIDENT TRUMP REFUSES TO DO SO. IN ADDITION TO THESE SANCTIONS, CONGRESS MUST CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE TO DETERMINE THE SCOPE OF RUSSIA'S ATTACK ON AMERICA'S DEMOCRACY AND TEASH WHICH AMERICANS, IF ANY -- ESTABLISH WHICH AMERICANS, IF ANY, HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH IT. I THANK YOU AND YIELD BACK.

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                • 02:52:55 PM

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                • 02:52:57 PM

                  MR. ROYCE

                  I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HENSARLING, CHAIRMAN…

                  I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HENSARLING, CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES.

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                • 02:53:03 PM

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                • 02:53:06 PM

                  MR. HENSARLING

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELD AND CERTAINLY THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP…

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELD AND CERTAINLY THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT BILL. SO I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RUSSIA, IRAN AND NORTH KOREAN SANCTIONS ACT. AND MR. SPEAKER, I PARTICULARLY WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THE PROVISIONS THAT ARE THE PRODUCT OF THE HARD WORK OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE'S SUBCOMMITTEE ON TERRORISM AND ILLICIT FINANCE. THE INCLUSION OF THESE PROVISIONS WILL UNDOUBTEDLY ASSIST OUR GOVERNMENT'S ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING AND COUNTERTERRORIST FINANCING EFFORTS. FOR INSTANCE, THIS BILL INCLUDES LANGUAGE DIRECTING THE PRESIDENT ACTING THROUGH THE SECRETARY OF TREASURY TO DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN A NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR COMBATING THE FINANCING OF TERRORISM AND RELATED FORMS OF ILLICIT FINANCE. THE OPPORTUNISTIC NATURE OF TERRORIST GROUPS, COMBINED WITH THE EMERGENCE OF FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY, CREATES NEW CHALLENGES FOR OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OPPORTUNITY AND THEIR EFFORTS TO DISRUPT TERROR FINANCE. NATIONAL STRATEGY SHOULD ALSO SEEK TO ENHANCE PARTNERSHIPS WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR THAT PREVENT AND DETECT ILLICIT FINANCING AND INCREASE EFFORTS TO FACILITATE COMPLIANCE WITH OUR ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING AND COUNTERTERRORIST FINANCING LAWS. I'D LIKE TO COMMEND CONGRESSMAN TED BUD FOR INTRODUCING THE ILLICIT FINANCING ACT WHICH IS ENTIRELY CORPORATED INTO THE SECTION 2 OF THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. I'D ALSO LIKE TO RECOGNIZE CONGRESSMAN PEARCE AND CONGRESSMAN PITTINGER, THE CHAIRMAN AND VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE. THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THESE ISSUES HAVE BEEN INSTRUMENTAL TO ACHIEVE THE LEGISLATION THAT IS BEFORE US TODAY. WE KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THOMAS JEFFERSON ONCE FAMOUSLY SAID THE PRICE OF LIBERTY IS ETERNAL VIGILANCE AND THAT IS INDEED TRUE. THANKS IN NO SMALL PART TO THE HARD WORK OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON TERRORISM AND ILLICIT FINANCE, THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY ENSURES WE REMAIN VIGILANT TO ADDRESS THE EVOLVING THREATS TO OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM. AND I AM PROUD TO SUPPORT IT AND ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT IT AND, AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE FOR HIS LEADERSHIP TODAY ON THIS BILL AND IN OUR COMMITTEE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 02:55:18 PM

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                • 02:55:19 PM

                  MR. ENGEL

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO A GENTLEMAN WHO WAS…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO A GENTLEMAN WHO WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN PUTTING THIS BILL FORWARD, WHO HAS BEEN WITH US EVERY STEP OF THE WAY AND SO INVALUABLE TO THIS FINISHED PRODUCT. THAT'S THE DISTINGUISHED DEMOCRATIC WHIP, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. HOYER, AND I YIELD HIM THREE MINUTES.

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                • 02:55:39 PM

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                • 02:55:41 PM

                  MR. HOYER

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING, MR. ENGEL,…

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING, MR. ENGEL, AND I THANK MR. ROYCE. I HAVE SAID THIS BEFORE, I WILL SAY IT AGAIN, MR. ROYCE AS CHAIRMAN AND MR. ENGEL AS RANKING MEMBER ARE EXAMPLE, FRANKLY, FOR ALL OF US HOW TO WORK TOGETHER PRODUCTIVELY IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION TO REACH A RESULT THAT'S GOOD FOR OUR COUNTRY, FOR OUR PEOPLE AND INDEED FOR INTERNATIONAL SECURITY. I ALSO WANT TO THANK SENATORS CARDIN AND CORKER FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP AND THEIR INVOLVEMENT. THIS LEGISLATION IS THE PRODUCT OF VERY CAREFUL AND SOMETIMES DIFFICULT NEGOTIATIONS ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS. IT IS STRONG, TOUGH AND AN APPROPRIATE RESPONSE FOR RUSSIA'S ATTEMPTS TO MEDDLE IN OUR ELECTION PROCESS, ITS SUPPORT FOR VIOLENT SEPARATISTS IN UKRAINE, ITS ILLEGAL OCCUPATION OF CRIMEA AND AND, YES, IT'S UNHELPFUL WORK IN SYRIA. THIS THREATENS OUR GULF ALLIES AND ISRAEL. RUSSIA'S POWER COMES FROM ITS ABILITY TO COERCE OTHER NATIONS BY ITS ENERGY DISTRIBUTION IN MANY INSTANCES. THIS BILL SEEKS TO MAKE IT HARDER FOR RUSSIA TO USE THAT TYPE OF COERCION AND EMPOWER OTHER NATIONS TO JOIN US IN STANDING UP AGAINST RUSSIAN AGGRESSION. THESE SANCTIONS WILL ONLY BE SUCCESSFUL, HOWEVER, IF THEY ARE TRULY BIPARTISAN AND IF CONGRESS CONTINUES TO PLAY ITS IMPORTANT AND NECESSARY OVERSIGHT ROLE. DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ARE COMING TOGETHER ON THIS BILL, MR. SPEAKER, TO ENSURE THAT THE PRESIDENT CANNOT ALTER SANCTIONS TOWARD RUSSIA WITHOUT CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW. THIS IS A CRITICAL -- THIS IS CRITICAL AT A MOMENT WHEN OUR ALLIES ARE UNCERTAIN ABOUT WHERE THIS ADMINISTRATION STANDS WITH RESPECT TO RUSSIAN AGGRESSION. I REMAIN OPEN TO ADDITIONAL SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA'S ENERGY SECTOR AT A LATER DATE IF THE RUSSIAN LEADER AND HIS ASSOCIATES FAIL TO HEED THE MESSAGE OF THIS BILL THAT THEIR BUSINESS AS USUAL CANNOT AND MUST NOT CONTINUE. ONCE THIS BILL PASSES THE SENATE, AS I BELIEVE IT WILL, RUSSIA WILL KNOW THAT SANCTIONS LEVIED BECAUSE OF ITS BENEVOLENT ACTS WILL BE LIFTED ONLY WITH THE CONCURRENCE EITHER TASSIDLY OR EXPRESSLY OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. THERE WILL BE NO SIDE DEALS OR TURNING A BLIND EYE TO ITS ACTIONS. THIS LEGISLATION, MR. SPEAKER, WILL ALSO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT RUSSIA'S INTERFERENCE IN UKRAINE COMES WITH CONSEQUENCES AND IT PUTS PRESSURE ON IRAN TO END ITS BALLISTIC MISSILE PROGRAM. IN ADDITION, IT DETERS HOPEFULLY NORTH KOREA FROM PURSUING ITS DANGEROUS DEVELOPMENT OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND VEHICLES TO DELIVER THOSE WEAPONS AS CLOSE AS THE WESTERN PART OF THIS COUNTRY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND SEND IT TO THE SENATE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 02:59:02 PM

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                • 02:59:05 PM

                  MR. ROYCE

                  WELL, MR. SPEAKER, I WANTED TO RECOGNIZE THE GOOD WORK OF THE DEMOCRATIC…

                  WELL, MR. SPEAKER, I WANTED TO RECOGNIZE THE GOOD WORK OF THE DEMOCRATIC WHIP, MR. STENY HOYER, AND ALSO THE REPUBLICAN LEADER, KEVIN MCCARTHY, ON THIS LEGISLATION AND THANK THEM.

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                • 02:59:15 PM

                  MR. HOYER

                  IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD? FRANKLY, ALL FOUR OF US, YOURSELF, YOUR…

                  IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD? FRANKLY, ALL FOUR OF US, YOURSELF, YOUR LEADERSHIP, MR. ENGEL, THE MAJORITY LEADER AND I WERE PRIMPLED TO WORK TOGETHER IN -- PRIVILEGED TO WORK TOGETHER IN A WAY, AS I SAID AT THE BEGINNING, WAS CONSTRUCTIVE AND I THINK HAS RESULTED IN A VERY GOOD PRODUCT. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN.

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                • 02:59:32 PM

                  MR. ROYCE

                  THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR.…

                  THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. PETE SESSIONS, HE'S THE CHAIRMAN OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A COLLOQUY.

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                • 02:59:41 PM

                  MR. SESSIONS

                  I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE TO APPLAUD HIM FOR THE…

                  I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE TO APPLAUD HIM FOR THE HARD WORK AND THE RESPONSIBLE ACTIONS THAT THE CHAIRMAN HAS TAKEN, NOT ONLY TO ENSURE THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION IS PREPARED BUT BETTERED AND READY TO GO BACK TO THE SENATE. I THINK WE HAVE A FORCEFUL SANCTIONS BILL THAT IS BEFORE THE HOUSE TODAY AND ONE THAT TARGETS NOT ONLY IRAN AND RUSSIA BUT ALSO THE NORTH KOREAN REGIME. AS YOU KNOW, THE BILL THAT WAS PASSED BY THE SENATE RISKS GIVING RUSSIAN ENERGY FIRMS A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE ACROSS THE GLOBE BY INADVERTENTLY DENYING AMERICAN COMPANIES ACCESS TO NEUTRAL THIRD-PARTY ENERGY MARKETS WHERE THERE WOULD SIMPLY BE A SMALL RUSSIAN PRESENCE. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY PREVENTS RUSSIA FROM BEING ABLE TO WEAPONIZE THESE SANCTIONS AGAINST U.S. ENERGY FIRMS, AND I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE FOR HIS HARD WORK ON THIS ISSUE. . I ALSO WANT TO ENSURE WE HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE DEFINITION OF THE WORD CONTROLLING IN SECTION 223-D OF H.R. 3364. FOR PURPOSE OF CLARIFICATION AND LEGISLATIVE INTENT, THE TERM CONTROLLING MEANS THE POWER TO DIRECT, DETERMINE OR RESOLVE FUNDAMENTAL OPERATIONAL AND FINANCIAL DECISIONS OF AN OIL PROJECT THROUGH THE OWNERSHIP OF AN MAJORITY OF THE VOTING INTEREST OF THE OIL PROJECT. I WOULD ASK THE GENTLEMAN, THE YOUNG CHAIRMAN, IF HE AGREES WITH THAT DEFINITION?

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                • 03:01:16 PM

                  MR. ROYCE

                  YES. THAT IS MY UNDERSTANDING.

                • 03:01:18 PM

                  MR. SESSIONS

                  THAT IS MINDING.

                • 03:01:45 PM

                  MR. SESSIONS

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND I THANK HIM FOR HIS TIME ON THE COLLOQUY.

                • 03:01:51 PM

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                • 03:01:53 PM

                  MR. ENGEL

                  MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO ONE OF MY SENIOR COLLEAGUES ON…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO ONE OF MY SENIOR COLLEAGUES ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE TERRORISM SUBCOMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SHERMAN.

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                • 03:02:02 PM

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                • 03:02:06 PM

                  MR. SHERMAN

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS BILL.…

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. WHICH IS REALLY A COMBINATION OF THREE BILLS. FIRST, AS TO NORTH KOREA, IT EMBODIES A BILL PASSED ON THIS FLOOR LAST MONTH, INTRODUCED BY CHAIRMAN ROYCE, RANKING MEMBER ENGEL, MR. YOHO AND MYSELF, FROM THE ASIA SUBCOMMITTEE. WE WILL EXPAND OUR SANCTIONS ON NORTH KOREA'S PRECIOUS METALS, MINERALS, JET FUEL, COAL, AND ACROSS THE BOARD, AND ESPECIALLY BANKING SANCTIONS, BUT KEEP IN MIND, MALT MATLY WE HAVE GOT TO FORCE -- ULTIMATELY WE HAVE GOT TO FORCE CHINA TO DECIDE WHETHER THEY'RE GOING TO SUPPORT NORTH KOREA OR WHETHER THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE ACCESS TO AMERICAN MARKETS. WE CAN'T LET THEM HAVE BOTH. AS TO IRAN, THIS BILL DESIGNATES THE ENTIRE IRAN REVOLUTIONARY GUARD CORPS AS THE CUDES FORCE HAS ALREADY BEEN DESIGNATED -- QUDS FORCE HAS ALREADY BEEN DESIGNATED, AS SUBJECT TO TERRORISM SANCTIONS, PROVIDES AN ARMS EMBARGO. AND LET US REMEMBER THAT THE REAL FACE OF THIS REGIME IN TEHRAN IS NOT THEIR FOREIGN MINISTER, BUT RATHER IT IS THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS WHO HAVE DIED IN SYRIA AS A RESULT OF IRANIAN ACTION. SPEAKING OF COUNTRIES THAT HAVE SUPPORTED ASSAD, FINALLY AND PERHAPS MOST IMPORTANTLY, THIS BILL PROVIDES SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA, NECESSARY BECAUSE OF ITS ACTIONS IN THE UKRAINE AND ITS INTERFERENCE IN OUR ELECTIONS. WE HIT RUSSIA IN A VERY IMPORTANT WAY. BY DEALING WITH THE TECHNOLOGY THEY WOULD NEED TO EXPORT OIL. UNFORTUNATELY, EVEN UNDER THIS VERY STRONG BILL IT WOULD TAKE A 2/3 VOTE FOR US TO BLOCK A SANCTIONS WAIVER, SHOULD OUR RESOLUTION BE VETOED. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 03:03:59 PM

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                • 03:04:03 PM

                  MR. ROYCE

                  YES. I YIELD TWO NOINS THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, JUDGE POE, CHAIRMAN OF…

                  YES. I YIELD TWO NOINS THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, JUDGE POE, CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE.

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                • 03:04:11 PM

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                • 03:04:13 PM

                  MR. POE

                  I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS…

                  I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, I'VE SPOKEN TO OUR MILITARY LEADERS AND THEY SAID THAT THE BIGGEST THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES IS NORTH KOREA. STRATEGIC PATIENCE IS OVER. IT'S TIME FOR STRATEGIC SANCTIONS. THIS BILL WILL GO A LONG WAY TO TIGHTEN THE SCREWS ON LITTLE KIM AND BRING THE DICTATOR TO HIS KNEES. QUESTION NO LONGER STAND BY MEEKLY WHILE NORTH KOREA TERRORIZES THE WORLD. THIS BILL INCLUDES MY BILL THAT HAS ALREADY PASSED THE HOUSE THAT CALLS ON THE STATE DEPARTMENT TO REASSESS IF NORTH KOREA SHOULD BE ON THE STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM LIST. LET US NOT FORGET THAT NORTH KOREA HELPED SUPPLY SYRIA WITH CHEMICAL WEAPONS. IT HAS GIVEN IRAN BALLISTIC MISSILES AND ADVICE ON HOW TO DEVELOP ITS OWN NUKES. NORTH KOREA AND IRAN'S EVIL COOPERATION IS EVEN GOING ON AS WE SPEAK TODAY. THEY ARE NOW WORKING TOGETHER TO DEVELOP AN INTERCONTINENTAL BALLISTIC MISSILE THAT CAN REACH AMERICAN SHORES. THIS BILL ALSO PUTS CHINA IN THE CROSSHAIRS. CHINESE BANKS HAVE ENABLED THE KOREAN REGIME TO AVOID SANCTIONS AND BUILD ITS ILLEGAL WEAPONS PROGRAMS. CHINA EVEN PROVIDED THE VEHICLE USED TO LAUNCH THE NORTH KOREANS' NEW ICBM. CHINA ALSO USES SLAVE LABOR FROM NORTH KOREA TO HELP NORTH KOREA AVOID SANCTIONS ALREADY IN PLACE. CHINA NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND HOW ITS SUPPORT FOR KIM WILL NOT ONLY ENDANGER THE UNITED STATES IN SOUTH KOREA, BUT IT ALSO ENDANGERS ITS OWN SECURITY. BY TARGETING THESE ROWING NATIONS, WE SHOW -- ROGUE NATIONS, WE SHOW WE WILL NOT GO AWAY QUIETLY IN THE DARKNESS OF SCIENCE. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 03:05:55 PM

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                • 03:05:58 PM

                  MR. ENGEL

                  MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO ONE OF OUR SENIOR MEMBERS ON THE…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO ONE OF OUR SENIOR MEMBERS ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. CONNOLLY.

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                • 03:06:08 PM

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                • 03:06:10 PM

                  MR. CONNOLLY

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER, MR.…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER, MR. ENGEL. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY THIS HOUSE COMES TOGETHER ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS, TO ADDRESS SANCTIONS AND THE RULES ON SANCTIONS FOR NORTH KOREA, IRAN, AND, MOST IMPORTANTLY PERHAPS, RUSSIA. IMPORTANTLY, BECAUSE THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF DOUBT ABOUT WHETHER THIS CONGRESS WOULD EVER AGAIN SPEAK ELOQUENTLY AND FORCEFULLY ABOUT RUSSIAN BEHAVIOR. TODAY WE ANSWERED THAT QUESTION. OVERWHELMINGLY WE SAY, RUSSIA'S BEHAVIOR IS UNACCEPTABLE IN MANY, MANY WAYS. NOT LEAST OF WHICH IS THE INCURSION OF SOVEREIGN TERRITORY OF ITS NEIGHBORS. SPECIFICALLY GEORGIA, UKRAINE. INCLUDING THE CRIMEA. I VOTE EASILY AND ENTHUSIASTICALLY FOR THIS RESOLUTION TODAY. BUT IT MUST NOT BE CONSTRUED BECAUSE IT REFERENCES THE MINSK AGREEMENTS THAT THAT MEANS WE DON'T MEAN TO CONTINUE SANCTIONS ON THE CRIMEA -- THE CRIMEAN INVASION. WE DO. AND THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, WE'LL CONTINUE TO BE VIGILANT ON THAT UNTIL THAT ILLEGAL ANNEXATION IS ENDED. I COMMEND THE LEADERSHIP FOR BRINGING THIS RESOLUTION TO THE FLOOR. AND I AM PROUD TODAY TO BE A MEMBER OF THIS BODY IN SPEAKING WITH ONE VOICE ABOUT RUSSIAN BEHAVIOR. AND THE NEED FOR SANCTIONING IT. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 03:07:40 PM

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                • 03:07:43 PM

                  MR. ROYCE

                  I YIELD ONE 911 THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE, A MEMBER OF THE…

                  I YIELD ONE 911 THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE, A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE.

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                • 03:07:49 PM

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                • 03:07:52 PM

                  MR. LANCE

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

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS SANCTIONS BILL. THE GOVERNMENTS OF IRAN, NORTH KOREA, AND RUSSIA DO NOT SHARE AMERICAN VALUES OR INTERESTS. AND ARE ACTIVE THREATS TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. THESE REGIMES WILL SEE A UNITED MESSAGE FROM THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES WITH AN OVERWHELMING VOTE IN FAVOR OF STRONG SANCTIONS. IRAN IS THE WORLD'S LEADING STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM. NORTH KOREA, THE MOST DANGEROUS AND ISOLATED PLACE ON EARTH, HAS TESTED LONG RANGE MISSILES, DEMONSTRATING A FRIGHTENING POTENTIAL TO TARGET OUR WEST COAST. AND RUSSIA HAS INTOLERABLEY INVOLVED IT SELF IN OUR NATION'S DEMOCRATIC ELECTORAL PROCESS. ITS INVASION OF CRIMEA AND SANCTIONS -- ACTIONS IN THE UKRAINE ARE TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE. BUT LET US ACT DECISIVELY TODAY AND PUT THESE STATES ON NOTICE. VIOLATE INTERNATIONAL LAW BY THREATENING THE UNITED STATES AND THEREBY FACE THE CONSEQUENCES. I URGE A YES VOTE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 03:08:46 PM

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                • 03:08:48 PM

                  MR. ENGEL

                  MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WATERS.

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                • 03:08:57 PM

                  MS. WATERS

                  THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I THANK RANKING MEMBER ENGEL FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND…

                  THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I THANK RANKING MEMBER ENGEL FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND FOR THE TIME. AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND THE WAY THAT HE'S WORKED WITH OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RUSSIA, IRAN AND NORTH KOREA SANCTIONS ACT. LEGISLATION THAT IS DESPERATELY NEEDED TO PREVENT THIS ADMINISTRATION FROM ROLLING BACK SANCTIONS TIED TO RUSSIA'S INVASION OF UKRAINE AND INTERFERENCE IN OUR ELECTIONS. THIS BILL'S ENHANCED SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA ARE IMPORTANT IN LIGHT OF THE ACTIONS OF RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN, NOT TO MENTION THE MANY TIES BETWEEN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND THE KREMLIN. IN A RECENT DEVELOPMENT, THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT CONFIRMED THAT EXXONMOBIL VIOLATED EXISTING RUSSIAN SANCTIONS WHILE UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF REX TILLERSON. WHO IS NOW DONALD TRUMP'S SECRETARY OF STATE. INDEED, IN 2014 EXXON SIGNED DOCUMENTS RELATED TO OIL AND GAS PROJECTS IN RUSSIA. A RUSSIAN STATE-OWNED OIL GIANT. HE WAS ONE OF THE INDIVIDUALS SUBJECT TO SAGSES. -- SANCTIONS. EXXON WAS FINED A MERE $2 MILLION. A SLAP ON THE WRIST FOR A COMPANY THAT EARNS $7.8 BILLION IN PROFITS IN 2016. RUSSIA IS CONTINUING ITS AGGRESSION IN UKRAINE. IT IS SUPPORTING THE MURDEROUS REGIME OF ABOUT A SAAR AL-ASSAD IN SYRIA -- OF AL-ASSAD IN SYRIA. AND IT INTERFERED IN THE 2016 U.S. ELECTION. THAT'S WHY WE MUST STRENGTHEN THE SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA AND WE MUST BLOCK REX TILLERSON AND DONALD TRUMP FROM WAIVING OR LIFTING THOSE SANCTIONS WITHOUT REVIEW. BEFORE CLOSING, I WOULD ALSO NOTE THAT THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US ALSO INCLUDES SEVERAL MEASURES CHAMPIONED BY DEMOCRATS ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE. THESE PROVISIONS WILL FOCUS THE GOVERNMENT ON CREATING A NATIONAL STRATEGY TO COMBAT THE FINANCING OF TERRORISM, ENHANCED TREASURY'S TOOLS FOR COMBATING MONEY LAUNDERING VULNERABILITIES, SUCH AS WELL KNOWN RISK IN HIGH END REAL ESTATE AND --

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                • 03:11:14 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

                • 03:11:16 PM

                  MS. WATERS

                  I THANK SO VERY MUCH. I YIELD BACK.

                • 03:11:18 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

                • 03:11:19 PM

                  MR. ROYCE

                  I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. BUD.

                • 03:11:29 PM

                  MR. BUDD

                  THANK YOU, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2364679 I'M PROUD OF THE…

                  THANK YOU, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2364679 I'M PROUD OF THE BIPARTISAN LANGUAGE IN THE BILL WHICH WOULD CREATE A NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR COMBATING TERRORISM AND ILLICIT FINANCE. THE FINANCING OF TERRORISM AND RELATED FORMS OF ELICIT FINANCE -- ILLICIT FINANCE PROVIDE A DIRECT THREAT TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND FINANCIAL SYSTEM. SO IT IS CRITICAL FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO CREATE AND MAINTAIN A UNIFIED STRATEGY TO FIGHT FINANCIAL CRIME. BOTH TO ACCOMMODATE NEW AND DEVELOPING THREATS, AND TO HELP CONGRESS DEVELOP LEGISLATIVE AND FUNDING PRIORITIES NOW AND IN THE FUTURE. ADDITIONALLY, A NATIONAL STRATEGY SHOULD SEEK TO ENHANCE INTERGOVERNMENTAL COOPERATION AND TO IDENTIFY ILLICIT FINANCING TRENDS AND TO ENCOURAGE FEDERAL AGENCIES TO WORK WITH THE PRIVATE FINANCIAL SECTOR TO DO THE SAME. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL DOES THESE THINGS AND WILL GO A LONG WAY IN MAKING SURE WE ARE KEEPING PACE WITH THE EVER-CHANGING TERROR FINANCE LANDSCAPE. I'D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN HENSARLING FOR HIS EXTRAORDINARY LEADERSHIP ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, AND FOR HELPING TO INCLUDE THIS LANGUAGE IN THE OVERALL BILL. ADDITIONALLY, I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TERRORISM AND ILLICIT FINANCE SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. PEARCE, AND FOR HIS SUPPORT AND FOR MY COLLEAGUE, MS. SINEMA, FOR HER WORK ON THIS AS WELL. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                • 03:12:42 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

                • 03:12:44 PM

                  MR. ENGEL

                  THANK YOU. NO SOONER SAID THAN DONE, THE MY PLEASURE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE…

                  THANK YOU. NO SOONER SAID THAN DONE, THE MY PLEASURE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY FRIEND ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA, MS. SINEMA.

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                • 03:12:53 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. SINN SINN I RISE…

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. SINN SINN I RISE TODAY IN --

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                • 03:12:57 PM

                  MS. SINEMA

                  I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL. THE REGIMES IN THESE COUNTRIES…

                  I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL. THE REGIMES IN THESE COUNTRIES CONTINUE TO UNDERMINE GLOBAL PEACE AND SECURITY AND THREATEN THE SAFETY OF THE UNITED STATES AND OUR ALLIES. THEIR UNFORTUNATES -- EFFORTS TO UNDERMINE DEMOCRACY IS PARTICULARLY TROUBLING AND DEMAND A STRONG RESPONSE. I THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE AND RANKING MEMBER ENGEL FOR THEIR BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT COUNTERS THESE REGIMES AND ENSURES STRONG OVERSIGHT BY CONGRESS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF OUR COMMUNITIES AND OUR COUNTRY MUST COME BEFORE PARTISANSHIP. I ALSO THANK THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER FOR INTRODUCING OUR BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION INTRODUCED WITH CONGRESSMAN BUDD TO ESTABLISH A HOLE OF GOVERNMENT -- WHOLE OF GOVERNMENT STRATEGY TO COMBAT THE FINANCING OF TERRORISM. CURRENT EFFORTS TO COUNTER THIS LACKS SUFFICIENT COORDINATION AND THE HAS NO UNIFIED NATIONAL STRART TO GUIDE OUR EFFORTS. MONEY IS THE LIFE BLOOD OF ANY ORGANIZATION. WE MUST ESTABLISH A COMPREHENSIVE AND EFFECTIVE STRATEGY TO DENY MONEY TO TERRORISTS. THIS STRATEGY WILL ENHANCE DETECTION, DETERRENCE AND PROSECUTION AND ULTIMATELY STRENGTHEN OUR BROADER NATIONAL SECURITY GOALS. AGAIN, I THANK THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER FOR ADVANCING THIS IMPORTANT BILL AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 03:14:10 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

                • 03:14:12 PM

                  MR. ROYCE

                  I CONTINUE TO RESERVE, MR. SPEAKER.

                • 03:14:14 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 03:14:25 PM

                  MR. ENGEL

                  I'M SORRY. IT'S NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY FRIEND ON THE…

                  I'M SORRY. IT'S NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY FRIEND ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. RYAN.

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                • 03:14:31 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                • 03:14:34 PM

                  MR. RYAN

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER…

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THIS. THIS CLEARLY IS A BIG ISSUE PRESSING THE COUNTRY. AND I JUST WANTED TO RISE IN SUPPORT OF WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE TODAY, OF TAKING A FIRMER STANCE ON RUSSIA, IRAN, AND NORTH KOREA. TRYING TO STABILIZE THE PINS LA. TRYING TO TAKE -- PENINSULA. TRYING TO TAKE CARE OF THE FUNDING THAT'S COMING OUT OF IRAN TO ALL OF THESE TERRORIST GROUPS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AND ACROSS THE WORLD. AND JUST SAY THAT WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH THESE SANCTIONS HERE, IN THE TARGETING OF RUSSIAN GAS PIPELINES, THEIR NUMBER ONE EXPORT, I THINK, IS ENTIRELY APPROPRIATE. THE NORTSTREAM 2 WHICH CARRIES GAS FROM RUSSIA THROUGH THE BALANCE TACKS TO GERMANY, AND I KNOW -- BALTICS TO GERMANY, AND KNOW GERMANY ISN'T HAPPY ABOUT IT, BUT THIS IS SOMETHING WE HAVE TO DO. WE HAVE TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE IN A COMPREHENSIVE WAY. WE MUST CONTINUE TO FOCUS ON HOW WE GET OUR GAS HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, OUR NATURAL GAS TO EUROPE, TO OUR ALLIES, SO THEY'RE NOT SO DEPENDENT ON RUSSIA. WE HAVE TO HAVE THE SANCTIONS, BUT WE ALSO GOT TO BE SHIPPING LIQUID NATURAL GAS TO SOME OF THESE ALLIES OF OURS SO THEY'RE NOT SO DEPENDENT ON THE RUSSIANS, WHICH IS PART AND PARCEL OF THIS ENTIRE APPROACH. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 03:15:56 PM

                  MR. ROYCE

                  I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

                • 03:15:58 PM

                  MR. ENGEL

                  IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS,…

                  IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, A RESPECTED MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, MS. SCHAKOWSKY.

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                • 03:16:10 PM

                  MS. SCHAKOWSKY

                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF TODAY'S SANCTION LEGISLATION WHICH I'M SEE THAT IT…

                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF TODAY'S SANCTION LEGISLATION WHICH I'M SEE THAT IT HAS COMPLIED WITH THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT. EXPERTS, THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY AND EVEN SOME OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S OWN ADVISERS AGREE THAT THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT IS WORKING. IN JUNE, THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY CERTIFIED THAT IRAN IS WITHIN THE LIMITS SET BY THIS HISTORIC DEAL. THERE ARE SERIOUS ISSUES LEFT TO BE ADDRESSED WITH IRAN, ESPECIALLY IN REGARDS TO HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AND BALLISTIC MISSILES, WHICH THIS BILL COVERS. THE IRAN DEAL TOOK NUCLEAR WEAPONS OFF THE TABLE AND ALLOWED US TO DEAL WITH THESE REMAINING CHALLENGES, WITHDRAW ING OR VIOLATING THE AGREEMENT WOULD BE AN ENORMOUS MISTAKE. THIS UPHOLDS OUR AGREEMENT WITH IRAN AND HOLDING RUSSIA AND NORTH KOREA ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK.

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                • 03:17:14 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

                • 03:17:16 PM

                  MR. ROYCE

                  I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

                • 03:17:20 PM

                  MR. ENGEL

                  I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. PRICE.

                • 03:17:24 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 03:17:27 PM

                  MR. PRICE

                  TOUGH SANCTIONS ON ITS -- THE COUNTRY OF RUSSIA AND ITS CYBER INTERFERENCE…

                  TOUGH SANCTIONS ON ITS -- THE COUNTRY OF RUSSIA AND ITS CYBER INTERFERENCE IN THE 2016 ELECTION. IN THE PRESENT CONTEXT, IT WOULD PREVENT PRESIDENT TRUMP FROM REMOVING OR SOFTENING EXISTING SANCTIONS WITHOUT CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL. SECOND, THE BILL ADDRESSES IRAN'S UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR IN THE NONNUCLEAR REALM SUCH AS HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AND FINANCING OF TERRORISM. THE JCPOA CELEBRATED ITS SECOND ANNIVERSARY TWO WEEKS AGO AND HAS GIVEN 24/7 ACCESS AND PROVIDED A MECHANISM TO ENSURE THAT IRAN'S ACTIVITY IS SOLELY PEACEFUL AND ALONG DEBATED IRAN'S BREAKOUT TIME FOR OVER A YEAR. AS THE UNITED STATES CONTINUES TO MONITOR THE JCPOA AND IRAN'S BEHAVIOR, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT CONGRESS CONTINUE TO REFRAIN FROM ACTIONS THAT WOULD VIOLATE THE DEAL, THREATEN THE DEAL OR IMPOSE CARELESS SANCTIONS THAT UNDER THE GUISE OF BEING TOUGH ON IRAN -- I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. SO AS THE UNITED STATES CONTINUES TO MONITOR THE JCPOA AND IRAN'S BEHAVIOR, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT CONGRESS CONTINUE TO REFRAIN FROM ACTIONS THAT WOULD VIOLATE THE DEAL, THREATEN THE DEAL OR IMPOSE CARELESS SANCTIONS THAT UNDER THE GUISE OF BEING TOUGH ON IRAN WOULD MAKE UNITED STATES LESS SAFE. THIS LEGISLATION MEETS THAT TEST AND I URGE ITS ADOPTION. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                • 03:19:13 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE CHAIR WOULD INFORM THE MANAGER THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS THREE…

                  THE CHAIR WOULD INFORM THE MANAGER THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS THREE 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING.

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                • 03:19:22 PM

                  MR. ROYCE

                  I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE.

                • 03:19:25 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS ONE MINUTE REMAINING.

                • 03:19:29 PM

                  MR. ENGEL

                  ON PUTIN'S ORDERS RUSSIA ATTACKED AMERICA'S DEMOCRACY LAST YEAR. THIS…

                  ON PUTIN'S ORDERS RUSSIA ATTACKED AMERICA'S DEMOCRACY LAST YEAR. THIS MAKES RUSSIA A THREAT TO THIS COUNTRY, JUST LIKE IRAN AND NORTH KOREA. WHEN THE UNITED STATES FACES A REAL THREAT, WE HAVE THE OBLIGATION TO RESPOND, SO FAR OUR RESPONSE TO RUSSIA HAS FALLEN FAR SHORT. THAT ENDS WITH THIS LEGISLATION. ALONG WITH PYONGYANG AND IRAN, THEY NEED TO UNDERSTAND, YOU THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AND ITS ALLIES, THERE WILL BE CONSEQUENCES. I WISH WE COULD SEND IT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK TODAY. LEADERS IN BOTH HOUSES HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO CLEAR AWAY ANY REMAINING ISSUES AND GET THIS BILL SIGNED INTO LAW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. SO LONG AS RUSSIA IS A THREAT AND IRAN AND NORTH KOREA DEFILE NORMS, NONE OF US IS OFF THE HOOK. I THANK MS. PELOSI FOR HER ADVICE AND COUNSEL. LET'S PASS THIS BILL AND PRESS THIS BILL FORWARD. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 03:20:32 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

                • 03:20:34 PM

                  MR. ROYCE

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

                  I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, IN CLOSING, I WOULD LIKE TO MY COLLEAGUES, THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. ENGEL, AS WELL AS OUR COUNTERPARTS, SENATOR CORKER AND CARDIN, THE MAJORITY LEADER, MR. MCCARGET AND THE MINORITY WHIP, MR. HOYER. THEY DESERVE CREDIT FOR THEIR EFFORT. LET ME ALSO SAY IT'S CRITICALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE STAND SHOULDER-TO-SHOULDER WITH OUR EUROPEAN ALLIES IN COUNTERING RUSSIAN AGGRESSION AND THAT IS WHY IN THE BIPARTISAN HOUSE-SENATE NEGOTIATIONS, WE SECURED IMPORTANT CHANGES TO IMPROVE TRANSATLANTIC COOPERATION. AND SO I'M CONFIDENT UNDER THE TEXT OF THE HOUSE -- THIS HOUSE BILL THAT WILL PASS TODAY, THESE CONCERNS HAVE BEEN ADDRESSED. LET ME ALSO SAY THAT EVERY TIME NORTH KOREA TESTS A BALLISTIC MISSILE OR A NUCLEAR DEVICE, IT GETS CLOSER TO HAVING THE ABILITY TO STRIKE THE U.S. MAINLAND WITH A NUCLEAR WEAPON. FOR YEARS, THE POLICIES OF SUCCESSIVE ADMINISTRATIONS HAVE FAILED TO GET NORTH KOREA TO CHANGE. WHY? BECAUSE DIPLOMATIC PRESSURE HAS BEEN APPLIED ONLY IN SPURTS. IT HAS BEEN LIFTED PREMATURELY FOR NORTH KOREAN PROMISES THAT HAVE NEVER MATERIALIZED. SO WE NEED LEVERAGE AND LEVERAGE COMES FROM REAL SUSTAINED PRESSURE. AND THAT'S WHY I OFFERED TOUGH NEW SANCTIONS TO CRACK DOWN ON THE REGIME TO SHUT OFF THEIR ACCESS TO THE HARD CURRENCY IT NEEDS TO FUND ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAM AND WE HAVE INCLUDED THAT IN THIS BILL. THESE SANCTIONS PASSED IN THIS HOUSE IN MAY BY A VOTE OF 419-1 AND IT IS TIME FOR THE OTHER BODY TO PICK THEM UP. AND BY INCLUDING THESE NORTH KOREAN SANCTIONS IN THE LEGISLATION, WE ENSURE THAT OUR COLLEAGUES DO SO. WE CANNOT AFFORD ANY MORE DELAY. AND THAT'S WHY I WORKED WITH THE OTHER BODY TO MAKE SMALL CHANGES TO THE NORTH KOREAN SANCTIONS IN THIS BILL TO ENSURE SWIFT PASSAGE IN BOTH HOUSES. I'M CONFIDENT THIS BILL INCLUDING THE NORTH KOREAN SANCTIONS BILL WILL SOON BECOME LAW. AND LET ME SAY THAT CONGRESSIONAL ENGAGEMENT IN FOREIGN AFFAIRS IS STRONGEST WHEN WE ALL SPEAK WITH ONE VOICE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF THE BILL AND JOIN US IN SENDING A CLEAR MESSAGE TO VLADIMIR PUTIN, TO KIM JONG UN THAT EFFORTS TO THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AND DESTABILIZE OUR ALLIES WILL BE MET WITH A UNITED AMERICAN RESPONSE. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME

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                • 03:23:22 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 3364. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR 2/3 --

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                • 03:23:34 PM

                  MR. ROYCE

                  I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

                • 03:23:35 PM

                  At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.

                  • 03:23:37 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, YEAS AND…

                    YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED.

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                • 03:24:51 PM

                  Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 468. H.J. Res. 111 — "Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection relating to "Arbitration Agreements"."

                  • 03:24:55 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

                • 03:24:56 PM

                  Rule provides for consideration of H.J. Res. 111 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit. Measure will be considered read. Bill is closed to amendments.

                  • 03:24:58 PM

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                    DISAPPROVAL OF TITLE 8, UNITED STATES CODE OF THE RULES SUBMITTED BY THE…

                    DISAPPROVAL OF TITLE 8, UNITED STATES CODE OF THE RULES SUBMITTED BY THE BUREAU OF CONSUMER PROTECTION RELATING TO ARBITRATION AGREEMENTS AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                  • 03:25:19 PM

                    THE CLERK

                    DISAPPROVAL UNDER CHAPTER 8, TITLE 5, UNITED STATES CODE OF THE RULES…

                    DISAPPROVAL UNDER CHAPTER 8, TITLE 5, UNITED STATES CODE OF THE RULES SUBMITTED BY BUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION RELATING TO ARBITRATION GEEMENTS.

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                  • 03:25:36 PM

                    TEMPORE PURSUANT

                    468, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HENSARLING AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

                    468, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HENSARLING AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WATERS, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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              • 03:25:39 PM

                DEBATE

                The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.J. Res. 111.

                • 03:25:48 PM

                  MR. HENSARLING

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

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

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                • 03:26:00 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                • 03:26:01 PM

                  MR. HENSARLING

                  I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. HARD-WORKING AMERICA CANS WANT…

                  I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. HARD-WORKING AMERICA CANS WANT SOMETHING DIFFERENT. THEY WANT TO CHANGE THE CULTURE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., THAT HAS ALLOWED UNACCOUNTABLE BUREAUCRATS THAT OVERREACH AND OVERREGULATE. WE BEGIN TO DRAIN A BUREAUCRATIC SWAMP. NOT EASY BECAUSE WE HAVE SEEN THE LAST SIX MONTHS SWAMP FIGHTS BACK. THIS IS A RULE ISSUED BY ONE OF THE SWAMMIEST OF WASHINGTON BURR BURST -- BUREAUCRACIES. THIS IS A ROGUE AGENCY WITH A CHECKERED PAST, CHOCKED FULL OF APUSE, RACIAL AND GENDER DISCRIMINATION AND BIG GOVERNMENT NANNYISM WHICH MAKES CREDIT MORE EXPENSIVE AND LESS AVAILABLE TO HARD-WORKING AMERICANS. SO RADICAL IS THIS AGENCY AND SO EXTREME AND LACKING ACCOUNTABILITY THAT A THREE-JUDGE PANEL OF THE D.C. CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS DECLARED THEIR STRUCTURE UNCONSTITUTIONAL. THIS BUREAUCRACY HAS JOINED FORCES IN AN UNHOLY ALLIANCE WITH ONE OF THE DEMOCRAT PARTIES' GROUPS, FAMILY THE TRIAL LAWYER LOBBY. AND THIS WILL DEPRIVE CONSUMERS OF A LOW COST EASY WAY TO RESOLVE LEGAL DISPUTE. BUT THE BUREAU AND THE WEALTHY TRIAL LAWYERS WANT IS TO TAKE AWAY ARBITRATION FOR CONSUMERS AND INSTEAD FORCE THEM INTO CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS WHICH JUST SO HAPPENS TO REQUIRE CONSUMERS TO HIRE THE VERY TRIAL LAWYERS WHO WILL BENEFIT MOST FROM THIS RULE. AMERICANS WERE PROMISED A CONSUMER FEDERAL PROTECTION BURRO, BUT WHAT THEY GOT WAS A TRIAL LAUREN RICHMENT BUREAU. THE DIRECTOR OF THIS SWAMPY BUREAUCRACY RUSHED THIS REGULATION ONTO THE BOOKS BECAUSE IT IS REPORTED THAT HE IS ON THE WAY OUT THE DOOR TO RUN FOR POLITICAL OFFICE IN OHIO. LET'S BE CLEAR, ONE UNACCOUNTABLE BUREAU COMMISSIONER HAS DICTATED THE TERMS OF CONTRACTS IN A WAY THAT WILL INCREASE CONSUMER COSTS AND REDUCE CONSUMER CHOICE IN A FREE AND DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY, NO ONE UNELECTED INDIVIDUAL SHOULD POSSESS THIS MUCH POWER. AND, MR. SPEAKER, MAKING CONSUMERS PAY MORE FOR LESS IS THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF CONSUMER PROTECTION AND THAT'S WHAT THIS REGULATION MEANS FOR EVERY AMERICAN. THIS REGULATION WILL PERPETRATE A JUSTICE GAP THAT TAKES AWAY A QUICKER LESS EXPENSIVE LEGAL OPTION. EVEN THE CFPB'S OWN STUDY SAYS THIS, FOUND 87% OF THE CLASS ACTIONS THEY EXAMINED RESULTED IN NO, NO CONSUMER BENEFIT WHATSOEVER. AND THE MERE 13% THAT ACTUALLY PROVIDED SOME BENEFIT, MR. SPEAKER, THE AVERAGE PAYOUT PER CONSUMER, $32. HOW MUCH DID THE TRIAL ATTORNEYS MAKE, 31 TIMES THAT AMOUNT. WE HAVE AN AVERAGE PAYOUT OF $32 FOR THE CONSUMERS, MILLIONS, MILLIONS FOR THE TRIAL ATTORNEYS. SO NO WONDER THE POWERFUL TRIAL ATTORNEY'S LOBBY IS EAGER TO SEE THIS RULE GO INTO EFFECT. THE STUDY CONCLUDES THAT ARBITRATION IS LESS EXPENSIVE FOR CONSUMERS AND UP TO 12 TIMES FASTER THAN LITIGATION. CONSUMERS WHO OBTAIN RELIEF IN ARBITRATION RECOVERED IN THE CFPB STUDY AN AVERAGE OF $3,-- $3,389 COMPARED TO $32. WE ARE ABOUT TO HEAR FROM SOME MEMBERS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT CONSUMERS WILL LOSE THEIR DAY IN COURT AND BIG BANKS WILL BE HELPED. THE CFPB'S OWN STUDY SHOWS THAT NOT A SINGLE CLASS ACTION IT EXAMINED, NOT A SINGLE ONE RESULTED IN TRIAL BY JUDGE OR A JURY. SO NO CONSUMER GOT HIS OR HER DAY IN COURT UNDER THE BURRO'S PREFERRED CLASS -- BUREAU'S CLASS ACTION. AND WITH THIS RULE, WE ONCE AGAIN SEE OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE OTHER PARTY HURTING SMALL COMMUNITY BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS. . . I HAVE A STATEMENT FROM THE INNOCENT COMMUNITY BANKSERS OF AMERICA -- INDEPENDENT COMMUNITY BANKERS OF AMERICA. THEIR STATEMENT SAYS THEY STRONGLY OPPOSE THE CRF RULE. ALSO I -- CFPB RULE. ALSO I HAVE A STATEMENT FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD CREDIT UNIONS. THEY SAY THE CFPB'S RULE WILL LIMIT OPTIONS FOR RESOLVING DISPUTES AND COULD INCREASE THE NUMBER OF FRIVOLOUS LAWSUITS AND THAT CREDIT UNION MEMBERS, QUOTE, COULD SUFFER WHEN COSTS RISE AND RESOURCES ARE DEPLETED AS A RESULT OF THIS RULE. INDEED, THE CFPB ITSELF ESTIMATES ITS FINAL RULE WILL INCREASE COSTS FOR AMERICAN BUSINESSES OVER $1 BILLION PER YEAR. THAT'S MONEY THAT OUR COMMUNITY BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS WON'T BE ABLE TO LEND TO OUR SMALL BUSINESSES AND TO OUR FAMILIES AND TO AMERICAN WORKERS. THE CFPB'S RULE IS BAD FOR CONSUMERS, IT'S BAD FOR COMMUNITY BANKS, IT'S BAD FOR CREDIT UNIONS. IT'S BAD FOR OUR ECONOMY. WASHINGTON SHOULD BE FOCUSED ON CREATING MORE JOBS, NOT MORE CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS. SO, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S TIME TO FIGHT THE BUREAUCRATIC SWAMP, IT IS TIME TO PASS THE RESOLUTION OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. ROTHFUS. I APPRECIATE HIS LEADERSHIP IN HELPING PROTECT CONSUMERS INSTEAD OF ENRICHING TRIAL LAWYERS. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 03:32:07 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 03:32:10 PM

                  MS. WATERS

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

                • 03:32:14 PM

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                  THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 03:32:16 PM

                  MS. WATERS

                  H.J.RES. 111 IS AN AFFRONT TO HARDWORKING AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.…

                  H.J.RES. 111 IS AN AFFRONT TO HARDWORKING AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. USING THE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT, THIS JOINT RESOLUTION REPEALS CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU'S FINAL RULE TO CURB FORCED ARBITRATION CLAUSES IN CONTRACTS FOR CONSUMER FINANCIAL PRODUCTS. TODAY, MANY BANKS REQUIRE CONSUMERS WANTING TO OPEN A BANK ACCOUNT, GET A CREDIT CARD OR TAKE OUT A PRIVATE STUDENT LOAN TO ENTER INTO FORCED ARBITRATION AGREEMENTS THAT TAKE AWAY THEIR RIGHTS TO COLLECTIVELY SUE THE BANK FOR ANY HARM. INSTEAD, CONSUMERS MUST GO THROUGH BANK-FRIENDLY ARBITERS TO RESOLVE THEIR GRIEVEANCES. THESE CONTRACTS ARE LITERALLY BURIED DEEP INTO THE FINE PRINT. AND SHE ROUDED IN LEGAL HE'S -- AND SHROUDED IN LEGALESE. CONSUMERS DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY'RE GIVING UP BUT THE BANKS DO. ARBITRATION PROCEEDINGS WHICH HAPPEN BEHIND CLOSED DOORS HAVE NO JUDGE AND NO JURY. THE PROCEEDINGS AND THEIR OUTCOMES HEAVILY FAVOR BIG BUSINESSES AND WALL STREET. STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT FORCED ARBITRATION FAVORS BIG BUSINESS AND RESULTS IN LESS COMPENSATION FOR AMERICAN CONSUMERS WHO HAVE BEEN ABUSED OR DEFRAUDED IF THEY RECEIVE ANY AT ALL. SIMPLY PUT, FORCED ARBITRATION IS AN INSTRUMENT THAT BENEFITS LARGE CORPORATIONS AND WALL STREET BANKS, AND IT HURTS CONSUMERS. FOR EXAMPLE, EVERYBODY REMEMBERS WELLS FARGO. WELLS FARGO CONTINUES TO USE FORCED ARBITRATION TO PREVENT CONSUMERS FROM WORKING TOGETHER TO SUE THE BANK FOR OPENING UP MILLION OF FRAUDULENT ACCOUNTS USING THEIR PERSONAL INFORMATION. JUST WEEKS AGO, THE CONSUMER BUREAU USED A CRITICAL RULE TO FINALLY CLAMP DOWN ON FORCED ARBITRATION CLAUSES. THE CONSUMER BUREAU SHOULD BE APPLAUDED FOR TAKING THIS STEP TO HELP CONSUMERS, BY FULLY RESTORING THEIR LEGAL RIGHTS. ONCE AGAIN, THE CONSUMER BUREAU HAS ACTED TO MAKE OUR FINANCIAL MARKETPLACES FAIRER AND TRANSPARENT. AS IS THEIR PRACTICE, THE CONSUMER BUREAU ISSUED THIS RULE AFTER CAREFUL DELIBERATION AND EXHAUSTIVE REVIEW. AS PART OF THIS DELIBERATIVE PROCESS, THEY ISSUED A 728-PAGE REPORT ON THE ISSUE, CONSIDERED VIEWS FROM ALL STAKEHOLDERS, AND CONSULTED CAREFULLY WITH THE OTHER FEDERAL FINANCIAL REGULATORS. THE CONSUME -- CONSUMER BUREAU'S FINAL RULE HAS WIDESPREAD SUPPORT, INCLUDING FROM OVER 310 CONSUMER, CIVIL RIGHTS, FAITH-BASED AND SENIOR GROUPS, 256 LAW PROFESSORS, AND SCHOLARS. AND THE MILITARY COALITION. AN ORGANIZATION THAT REPRESENTS 5.5 MILLION CURRENT AND FORMER SERVICE MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES. NOW, THIS RULE WAS JUST FINALIZED. BUT, CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS ARE ALREADY SHAMEFULLY FORGING AHEAD TO CUT IT OFF AT THE KNEES. THIS RESOLUTION WOULDN'T JUST NULLIFY THE RULE, IT WOULD ALSO PREVENT THE CONSUMER BUREAU FROM EVER ISSUING A RULE THAT IS, QUOTE, SUBSTANTIALLY SIMILAR, QUOTE-UNQUOTE. THAT MEANS IF REPUBLICANS PASS THIS RESOLUTION INTO LAW, FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE CONSUMERS WILL BE ROBBED OF IMPORTANT LEGAL RIGHTS AND GENERALLY LEFT AT THE MERCY OF INDUSTRY-FRIENDLY ARBITERS. LET'S BE CLEAR. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO VALID PUBLIC POLICY RATIONALE FOR REPEALING THIS RULE. IT IS A PART OF A PATTERN, FROM CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS, OF IRRATIONAL HOSTILITY TOWARD THE CONSUMER BUREAU AND ITS WORK, AND CALLOUS DISREGARD FOR THE ISSUES FACING AMERICA'S CONSUMERS. JUST AS THEY HAVE WITH THE WRONG CHOICE ACT, REPUBLICANS ARE PUSHING AN ANTI-CONSUMER AGENDA THAT PUTS PROFITS OVER PEOPLE. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. WE MUST HOLD TRUE TO A FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLE OF OUR DEMOCRACY. THAT EACH OF US HAS A RIGHT TO TRIAL. IF WE SO CHOOSE. THE RULE FULLY RESTORES THIS RIGHT TO AMERICAN CONSUMERS BY GIVING THEM A CHOICE BETWEEN ARBITRATION OR THE FREE EXERCISE OF THEIR SEVENTH AMENDMENT RIGHT TO A TRIAL BY JURY. THROUGH WHATEVER MEANS THEY CHOOSE. SO I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS SENSELESS AND HARMFUL RESOLUTION. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 03:37:01 PM

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                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

                • 03:37:03 PM

                  MR. HENSARLING

                  MR. SPEAKER, I AM VERY PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I AM VERY PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. ROTHFUS, WHO IS THE SPONSOR OF THE LEGISLATION AND VICE CHAIRMAN OF OUR FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONSES AND CONSUMER CREDIT SUBCOMMITTEE.

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                • 03:37:15 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 03:37:18 PM

                  MR. ROTHFUS

                  I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING AND HIS LEADERSHIP ON GETTING THIS…

                  I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING AND HIS LEADERSHIP ON GETTING THIS LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR. MR. SPEAKER, THE CFPB'S ANTI-CONSUMER, ANTI-ARBITRATION, PRO-TRIAL LAWYER RULE IS JUST THE LATEST EXAMPLE OF THE HARM THAT CAN BE DONE BY AN OUT-OF-CONTROL WASHINGTON-KNOWS-BEST BUREAUCRACY. THIS IS A THEACHING MOMENT FOR THE COUNTRY ABOUT HOW -- TEACHING MOMENT FOR THE COUNTRY ABOUT HOW WHEN ELITES IN WASHINGTON PANDER TO SPECIAL INTERESTS, THEY END UP HURTING THE VERY PEOPLE THEY CLAIM TO BE PROTECTING. WE ALL WANT FAIRER OUTCOMES FOR CONSUMERS, BUT THE CFPB'S UNFAIR, DECEPTIVE AND ABUSIVE RULE WILL DEPRICE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS OF A CONVENIENT, FAST AND EFFECTIVE WAY TO RESOLVE THEIR DISPUTES. CONSIDER THIS. ACCORDING TO THE CFPB'S OWN STUDY, ONLY 13% OF CLASS ACTIONS PROVIDE THE BENEFIT TO CONSUMERS AND THE AVERAGE PAY THE GENTLEWOMAN WITH A -- PAYOUT WAS $32. HOW IS THAT PRO-CONSUMER? THE SAME STUDY ON THE OTHER HAND SHOWED THAT CONSUMERS WHO OBTAINED RELIEF THROUGH ARBITRATION RECOVER OVER $5,300 ON AVERAGE. AGAIN, THAT'S $5,300 IN ARBITRATION AGAINST $32 THROUGH A CLASS ACTION. MEANWHILE, TRIAL LAWYERS AND CLASS ACTIONS EARN ABOUT $1 MILLION ON AVERAGE. CONSIDER THAT. $1 MILLION FOR THE PLAINTIFF'S LAWYERS. $3 COUPON, $32 CASH FOR A CONSUMER. IN OTHER WORDS, TRIAL LAWYERS STAND TO EARN 31,000 TIMES MORE THAN A CONSUMER IN A CLASS ACTION. IN ARBITRATION, HOWEVER, CONSUMERS GET MEANINGFUL RELIEF. AND YET THE CFPB HAS FINALIZED A RULE THAT WOULD EFFECTIVELY GET RID OF ARBITRATION AND PROMOTE CLASS ACTIONS AS THE PREFERRED DISPUTE PROCESS. THIS HARMLY -- HARDLY SEEMS FAIR. THE CFPB'S ANTI-ARBITRATION RULE IS AN INVITATION TO TRIAL LAWYERS TO TAKE ALL THEY CAN GET. BANKS, CREDIT UNIONS AND OTHER BUSINESSES THAT AMERICAN CONSUMERS INTERACT WITH ON A DAILY BASIS WILL BE FORCED TO HOLD GREATER RESERVES BECAUSE OF THE RISK OF COSTLY LITIGATION. THIS WILL INCREASE COSTS FOR CONSUMERS AND IT WILL LEAD TO LESS AC SESS FOR MORE HE CAN -- ACCESS FOR MORE EXPENSIVE FINANCIAL SERVICES TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. IT COULD ALSO HARM THE SAFETY AND SOUNDNESS OF THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM. ACCORDING TO CONTROLLER OF THE CURRENCY, ONE OF THE MAIN FEDERAL BANKING REGULATORS. THE DODD-FRANK ACT REQUIRES THAT ANY MOVE BY THE CFPB TO REGULATE ARBITRATION AGREEMENTS NEEDS TO BE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST AND FOR THE PROTECTION OF CONSUMERS. I FAIL TO SEE HOW FORCING CONSUMERS TO ACCEPT A COUPON FOR THEIR TROUBLES AND HANDING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO PAYOUTS TO THE TRIAL LAWYERS MEETS EITHER OF THESE GOALS. ONLY AT THE CFPB COULD ENDANGERING LOCAL BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS AND RESTRICTING CONSUMER ACCESS TO FINANCIAL SERVICES BE CAST AS A WIN FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. BUT AGAIN, THIS IS WHAT YOU GET FROM THE LEAST ACCOUNTABLE AGENCY IN HISTORY. AN AGENCY WITH, ACCORDING TO THE D.C. CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS, MASSIVE AND UNCHECKED POWER THAT IS HEADED BY A DIRECTOR WHO POSSESSES MORE UNILATERAL AUTHORITY THAN ANY SINGLE COMMISSIONER OR BOARD MEMBER OF ANY OTHER INDEPENDENT AGENCY IN THE U.S. GOVERNMENT. IT HAS LONG BEEN UNDERSTOOD THAT EXPEDITIOUS, FAIR RESOLUTION OF DISPUTES IS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST. AND PART OF THE PUBLIC POLICY OF THIS COUNTRY. THE CFPB RULE WE ARE REVIEWING TODAY CHALLENGES THAT PREMISE, AS DID THE DODD-FRANK SECTION THAT SPAWNED THIS RULE. BUT IT IS THE PEOPLE, THROUGH THEIR ELECTIVE REPRESENTATIVES, WHO HAVE THE FINAL SAY IN THIS MATTER. CAN I GET 30 SECONDS?

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                • 03:40:28 PM

                  MR. HENSARLING

                  I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

                • 03:40:34 PM

                  MR. ROTHFUS

                  I BROUGHT THIS FORWARD SO WE CAN STRIKE DOWN THIS ABUSIVE RULE AND PUSH…

                  I BROUGHT THIS FORWARD SO WE CAN STRIKE DOWN THIS ABUSIVE RULE AND PUSH BACK AGAINST AN OUT-OF-CONTROL AGENCY. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND STAND FOR CONSUMERS, FAIRNESS AND THE ECONOMY. THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. I YIELD BACK TO THE CHAIRMAN.

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                • 03:40:50 PM

                  MR. HENSARLING

                  MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR.…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. LUETKEMEYER, BE ABLE TO CONTROL THE REMAINDER OF OUR TIME.

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                • 03:40:57 PM

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                  WECK. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                  MS. WATERS

                  NOW YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, A SENIOR MEMBER…

                  NOW YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL MARKETS, MRS. MALONEY.

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                • 03:41:14 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZE THE.

                • 03:41:16 PM

                  MRS. MALONEY

                  I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING TO ME AND FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON…

                  I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING TO ME AND FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON THIS COMMITTEE AND IN SO MANY OTHER WAYS. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS RESOLUTION. MY PRESENTS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE -- MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE KEEP TALKING ABOUT WHAT THIS BILL DOES. LET ME TELL YOU WHAT IT DOES NOT DO. AND I WANT TO BE ABSOLUTELY CLEAR THAT THIS RULE DOES NOT SAY THAT ARBITRATION IS BAD FOR CONSUMERS AND IT DOES NOT SAY THAT CONSUMERS CAN'T USE ARBITRATION. THE ONLY THING THAT THE CFPB RULE SAYS IS THAT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS CANNOT FORCE THEIR CUSTOMERS, THEY CANNOT FORCE CONSUMERS TO WAIVE THEIR RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE IN CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS. AND ONLY USE ARBITRATION. THIS PROTECTS AN INDIVIDUAL CUSTOMER'S RIGHTS. THIS IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT. BECAUSE THE EVIDENCE SHOWS THAT CONSUMERS RECEIVE A GREAT DEAL MORE RELIEF FROM CLASS ACTION LITIGATION AGAINST INSTITUTIONS THAN THEY DO IN ARBITRATION. SO MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ALWAYS SAY THAT THEY BELIEVE IN CONSUMER CHOICE. AND CUSTOMER CHOICE. THAT CUSTOMERS SHOULD BE ABLE TO CHOOSE WHAT IS BEST FOR THEM. AND NOT BE DICTATED TO BY THIS CONGRESS. BUT MANDATORY ARBITRATION CLAUSES RESTRICT CHOICE FOR CONSUMERS. THEY PROHIBIT CONSUMERS FROM CHOOSING CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS OVER ARBITRATION.

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                • 03:43:05 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

                • 03:43:07 PM

                  MRS. MALONEY

                  I ASK FOR 10 SECONDS. I'M WARMING UP.

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                  MS. WATERS

                  I GRANT JEAMENTJEALT 10 MORE SECONDS.

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                  MRS. MALONEY

                  THE CFPB'S RULE WOULD RESTORE THIS CONSUMER CHOICE, FURTHER EMPOWERING…

                  THE CFPB'S RULE WOULD RESTORE THIS CONSUMER CHOICE, FURTHER EMPOWERING PEOPLE, CUSTOMERS, EMPOWERING THEM TO MAKE THEIR OWN DECISIONS FOR THEMSELVES. THIS SHOULD BE WELCOMED BY ANY AMERICAN. THIS SHOULD BE WELCOMED. I URGE A NO ON THIS RESOLUTION.

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                • 03:43:43 PM

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                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI.

                • 03:43:44 PM

                  MRS. MALONEY

                  MY TIME IS EXPIRED. THANK YOU.

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                  MR. LUETKEMEYER

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW RECOGNIZE MYSELF FOR TWO MINUTES.

                • 03:43:49 PM

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                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                • 03:43:51 PM

                  MR. LUETKEMEYER

                  THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS…

                  THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION, WHICH WOULD BLOCK THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU FROM DENYING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE USE OF ARBITRATION AS MEANS TO RESOLVE CONSUMER COMPLAINTS. I WENT TO THE CFPB WEBSITE LAST NIGHT. AND FIRST THING I SAW READ, WE ARE THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU, A U.S. GOVERNMENT AGENCY THAT MAKES SURE BANKS, LENDERS AND OTHER FINANCIAL COMPANIES TREAT YOU FAIRLY. IF WE HANDED OUT GRADES TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES BASED ON THEIR ABILITY TO MEET A MISSION STATEMENT, THE CFPB WOULD MOST DECIDEDLY RECEIVE AN F. THAT'S BECAUSE THE BUREAU'S ARBITRATION RULE DOES ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO ENSURE THAT CONSUMERS ARE TREATED FAIRLY. IN FACT, THIS RULE IS PROOF OF WHAT HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE SAID FOR YEARS. THE CFPB DOES NOT OPERATE IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE AMERICAN CONSUMERS. THE BUREAU'S OWN STUDY, WHICH WE'VE CITED SEVERAL TIMES ALREADY, AND WILL CONTINUE TO CITE, SHOWS THAT ARBITRATION HELPS CONSUMERS AND THAT THE ALTERNATIVES ARE FAR LESS SUCCESSFUL. MR. SPEAKER, THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS THAT THIS RULE IS ANTI-CONSUMER, IT HURTS THE VERY PEOPLE THE CRF IS -- THE CFPB IS SUPPOSED TO PROTECT. AND IT'S YET ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF WASHINGTON BUREAUCRATS LOOKING OUT FOR THEIR FRIENDS INSTEAD OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. TODAY THIS BODY WILL CAST A VOTE TO ENSURE U.S. CONSUMERS ARE TREATED FAIRLY, THAT THEY HAVE THE TOOLS NECESSARY TO GET THE BEST POSSIBLE SETTLEMENT IN THEIR CASE. AND, MR. SPEAKER, IF THE CFPB CAN'T ADHERE TO A SIMPLE MISSION STATEMENT, AND PROVIDE ACTUAL CONSUMER PROTECTIONS, CONGRESS WILL DO IT FOR THEM. I WANT TO AGAIN THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. ROTHFUS, FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE WITH IS A -- AND WITH SO MANY MORE ISSUES THAT IMPACT OUR CONSUMERS. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR SUPPORT ON THIS RESOLUTION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. . WATERS QUARTERS THE REPUBLICANS ARE SIDING WITH BIG BUSINESS AGAINST OUR CONSUMERS. IT IS MY HONOR TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED LEADER, STRONG SUPPORTER OF CONSUMERS AND THE CONSUMER BUREAU, LEADER NANCY PELOSI.

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                • 03:45:54 PM

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                  THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                • 03:45:59 PM

                  MS. PELOSI

                  THANK YOU FOR THE TIME AND I COMMEND MY DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER ON…

                  THANK YOU FOR THE TIME AND I COMMEND MY DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE FOR HER BRILLIANT LEADERSHIP AND BIPARTISANSHIP AND FOR HER ALWAYS TRYING TO FIND A WAY TO HELP AMERICA'S CONSUMERS AND PROTECT AMERICA'S TAXPAYERS. THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY SAD TODAY BECAUSE ON WHAT IS HAPPENING ON BOTH SIDES OF THE CAPITOL. THE CRUELTY, CARELESSNESS AND CONTEMPT THAT REPUBLICANS ARE SHOWING TOWARDS WORKING FAMILIES BOGGLES THE MIND. NOW THEY ARE CAREENING TO SHATTERING HEALTH CARE WITH NO REGARD OR APPRECIATION FOR THE CONSEQUENCE. EVERY CHANCE THEY GET, THEY STACK THE DECK AGAINST AMERICA'S WORKING FAMILIES. AND HERE ON THIS SIDE OF THE CAPITOL, REPUBLICANS ARE STACKING THE DECK EVEN FURTHER AGAINST AMERICA'S WORKING FAMILIES BY SEEKING TO DENY THOSE FAMILIES THEIR FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT TO ATTAIN JUSTICE IN COURT. EIGHT YEARS AGO, UNCHECKED RECKLESSNESS ON WALL STREET IGNITED A FINANCIAL MELTDOWN THAT DEVASTATED FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. DEMOCRATS PROUDLY PASSED DODD-FRANK, THE STRONGEST SET OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTIONS IN HISTORY. TODAY, HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE ONCE AGAIN TRYING TO DESTROY THOSE PROTECTIONS FOR AMERICA'S CONSUMER. LAST MONTH, REPUBLICANS PASSED WHAT WE CALLED THEIR WRONG CHOICE ACT, THE DODD-FRANK REPEAL, A GIVE-AWAY TO THE FINANCIAL INDUSTRY AT THE EXPENSE OF HARD-WORKING FAMILIES. REPUBLICANS ARE WAGING A WAR ON THE CONSUMER BUREAU, A BUREAU THAT HAS RETURNED NEARLY $12 BILLION TO 29 MILLION WRONGED AMERICANS, MANY OF THEM SENIORS, VETERANS AND MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES. FORCING CONSUMERS INTO ARBITRATION INDEED, FORCED ARBITRATION GIVES FINANCIAL SERVICE PROVIDERS A FREE PASS TO GET AWAY WITH ABUSE AND DENIES VETERANS, SERVICE MEMBERS AND SENIORS JUSTICE AGAINST THE PREDATORY MARKETPLACE AND IT SADLY REFLECTS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY THAT WORKS RELENTLESSLY TO EMPOWER WALL STREET AND RIG THE SYSTEM AGAINST CONSUMERS. IT DENIES THEM CONSUMERS' CLASS ACTION. 800 YEARS AGO, MORE THAN 800 YEARS AGO, THE MAGNA CARTER LAID OUT THE BASIC RIGHT TO JUSTICE AS THE JUSTICE OF A FAIR SOCIETY. UNDER THE KING, IT SAID THIS MUCH WAS OWED THE PEOPLE, QUOTE, NO ONE WILL BE DENIED OR DELAYED RIGHTS OR JUSTICE. EVERY DAY AMERICANS TAKE A SIMILAR SOLEMN PLEDGE, LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. REPUBLICANS' ATTACKS INSULT THOSE PLEDGES AND DENY AMERICANS THEIR JUSTICE. ALL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE A BETTER DEAL THAN WHAT THEY ARE GETTING FROM THE REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS. DEMOCRATS ARE GOING TO FIGHT BACK AND WE WILL FIGHT TO PROTECT AMERICAN CONSUMERS AND WILL FIGHT TO VR LEVERAGE. WHO HAS THE LEVERAGE? IF I'M A FINANCIAL INSTITUTION AND I KNOW YOU HAVE NO LEVERAGE THAT YOU CANNOT ACT IN A CLASS-ACTION WAY, YOU CAN JUST IMAGINE WHAT I HAVE IN STORE FOR YOU. BUT IF I THINK YOU HAVE LEVERAGE, THAT I THINK YOU CAN ACT IN A DIFFERENT WAY AND NOT FORCED INTO ARBITRATION, I MIGHT HAVE MORE RESPECT FOR OUR FINANCIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH EACH OTHER. WE WILL PUT THE LEVERAGE BACK IN THE HANDS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE WILL FIGHT THIS RESOLUTION. I CALL UPON MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO BECAUSE THIS BILL IS UNFAIR AND UNJUST BILL. AND YOU KNOW WHAT IS UNFAIR, TOO? AMERICA'S WORKING FAMILIES, AMERICA'S CONSUMERS AND AMERICAN TAXPAYER. I URGE A NO VOTE AND I YIELD BACK.

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                • 03:50:23 PM

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                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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                  MR. LUETKEMEYER

                  I YIELD TO MR. HUIZENGA.

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                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 03:50:34 PM

                  MR. HUIZENGA

                  A STACKED DECK, ATTORNEYS PUTTING CASH OVER CONSCIENCE AND THE CFPB, THE…

                  A STACKED DECK, ATTORNEYS PUTTING CASH OVER CONSCIENCE AND THE CFPB, THE BUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION HAS A STUDY ITSELF THAT SHOWS THAT CONSUMERS WHO ACTUALLY USE ARBITRATION REACH MORE FAVORABLE OUTCOMES THAN THOSE WHO ARE ROPED INTO LAWSUITS WITH CASH-STARVED TRIAL LAWYERS. IT IS ASTOUNDING 13% OF THESE LAWSUITS PROVIDE ANY BENEFIT TO ACTUAL CONSUMERS, BUT THE BUREAU IS STILL PUSHING THIS ILL-ADVISED RULE. ARBITRATION DECISIONS COME MUCH MORE QUICKLY. THE BUREAU'S OWN STUDY SAYS DECISIONS COME 12 TIMES FASTER THAN LAWSUITS. A FASTER, MORE FAVORABLE OUTCOME FOR CONSUMERS VERSUS HELPING TRIAL LAWYERS LINE THEIR POCKETS. THIS SHOULD NOT BE HARD. THIS SHOULD NOT BE HARD. IN FACT, MR. SPEAKER, ACCORDING TO THE D.C. CIRCUIT COURT, UNELECTED CORDRAY HAS MORE AUTHORITY THAN ANY COMMISSIONER OR BOARD MEMBER IN ANY OTHER INDEPENDENT AGENCY IN THE ENTIRE U.S. GOVERNMENT. CONGRESS MUST USE ITS AUTHORITY TO HOLD THIS AGENCY ACCOUNTABLE AND ACTUALLY PROVIDE THE CHECKS AND BALANCES THAT OUR FOUNDERS WOULD HAVE INTENDED. THAT IS A STACKED DECK THAT WE HAVE RIGHT NOW, FOLKS. THE BURRO'S FLAWED ARBITRATION RULE DOES NOTHING TO PROTECT THE CONSUMERS. IT IS NOTHING MORE THAN A WIND FALL FOR TRIAL LAWYERS AND WELL-CONNECTED ELITES. IT WILL CREATE MORE CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS FOR CASH. THIS ANTI-CONSUMER RULE WILL HAVE THE EFFECT OF MAKING CONSUMERS WAIT LONGER FOR WORST DECISIONS AS THEY SEEK RESOLUTIONS FOR DISPUTE. IN NO WAY, SHAPE OR FORM DO WHAT THE BUREAU WAS CREATED TO DO, PROTECT CONSUMERS. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT STEP IN ALLOWING CONGRESS TO REIGN IN THIS ROGUE AGENCY. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                • 03:52:49 PM

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                  THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                  MS. WATERS

                  I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, A SENIOR MEMBER OF…

                  I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE, MS. VELAZQUEZ.

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                • 03:53:04 PM

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                • 03:53:06 PM

                  MS. VELAZQUEZ

                  I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, THE RIGHT TO SEEK…

                  I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, THE RIGHT TO SEEK REDRESS IN THE COURTS IS ONE OF THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS WE HAVE AS AMERICANS. UNFORTUNATELY, COMPANIES ROUTINELY TRY TO UNDERMINE THIS RIGHT BY INCLUDING MANDATORY ARBITRATION CLAUSES IN CONTRACTS WE USE EVERY DAY, INCLUDING FOR CREDIT CARDS, STUDENT LOANS, AUTO LOANS AND CELL PHONES. THIS SAYS THAT A CONSUMER MUST BE TOLD THAT IF THEY ARE HAVING A DISPUTE WITH A THIRD PARTY AT A LOCATION CHOSEN BY THE COMPANY. COMPANY USE THIS CLAUSE TO BLOCK CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS BROUGHT BY CONSUMERS. NOW, ONCE AGAIN, THANKS TO THE CFPB, CONTRACTS THAT HAVE THESE CLAUSES WOULD NO LONGER PROHIBIT CONSUMERS FROM BANNING TOGETHER OR JOINING A CLASS ACTION. THIS RULE HOLDS COMPANIES ACCOUNTABLE AND PROTECTS CONSUMERS. THAT IS WHY MORE THAN 280 CONSUMER, CIVIL RIGHTS, LABOR, COMMUNITY OPPOSE THIS RULE AND THAT IS WHY UNSCRUPULOUS FIRMS ARE LOBBYING AGGRESSIVELY TO BLOCK THIS RULE. STAND UP FOR CONSUMERS. VOTE NO ON THIS RULE. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 03:54:35 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI.

                • 03:54:37 PM

                  MR. LUETKEMEYER

                  I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY. BOWER BOWER THE…

                  I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY. BOWER BOWER THE ANTI-ARBITRATION RULE RECENTLY FINALIZED BY THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU IS NOT CONSUMER PROTECTION. IT IS A GIVE-AWAY TO SPECIAL INTEREST TRIAL LAWYERS THAT WILL EXPOSE FINANCIAL FIRMS TO LIABILITY, LIMIT CONSUMER ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE FINANCIAL SERVICES AND PRODUCTS AND UNDERMINE CONSUMERS' ABILITY TO RESOLVE DISPUTE. THE BUREAU'S OWN STUDY FOUND THAT WHILE TRIAL LAWYERS OWNER MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN FEES IN 90% OF CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS, CONSUMERS WERE AWARDED ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, NOTHING. AND OF THE REMAINING 10%, THE AVERAGE PAYOUT TO CONSUMERS WAS A MERE $32. THAT SAME STUDY FOUND THAT THE AVERAGE ARBITRATION PAYOUT WAS ALMOST $5,400 OR 150 TIMES MORE THAN THE RECOVERY. THE BUREAU DECISION TO BAN ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION WILL RESULT IN INCREASED LITIGATION COSTS FOR FINANCIAL SERVICES FIRMS, UNDERMINING THEIR SAFETY AND SOUNDNESS, FORCING CONSUMERS TO PAY HIGHER PRICES AND MAKING IT MORE DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN CREDIT CARDS AND OTHER FINANCIAL SERVICES AND PRODUCTS. THAT IS NO PRO-CONSUMER. FOR THESE REASONS I'M A PROUD CO-SPONSOR OF THIS BILL THAT WOULD DISAPPROVE THIS MISGUIDED RESOLUTION. CONGRESS SHOULD BE MAKING THE LAWS OF THE LAND NOT UNACCOUNTABLE PEOPLE AT THE CFPB. IN ADDITION TO INVALIDATING THIS BAD ANTI-CONSUMER, PRO-TRIAL LAWYER, ANTI-ARBITRATION RULE, CONGRESS MUST ACT SWIFTLY TO REIGN IN THE BUREAU AND SUBJECT THIS AGENCY RECLAIMING CONGRESS' CONSTITUTION POWER OF THE PURSE OVER THIS OUT OF CONTROL AGENCY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES TO BLOCK THIS ILL-ADVISED ANTI-CONSUMER RULE AND RECLAIM ITS AUTHORITY UNDER ARTICLE ONE OF THE CONSTITUTION. I YIELD BACK.

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                  MS. WATERS

                  I YOLD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. ELLISON.

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                • 03:57:10 PM

                  MR. ELLISON

                  MR. SPEAKER, LISTENING TO MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, THEY…

                  MR. SPEAKER, LISTENING TO MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, THEY ARE GOING TO TELL YOU HAVING ACCESS TO A LAWYER AND COURT IS A BAD THING. BUT IT IS THE FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN JUSTICE, THE FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN JUSTICE IS THAT SOMEBODY RIPS YOU OFF, YOU CAN SUE THEM IN COURT. WHAT THESE ARBITRATION CLAUSES, THEY ARE THE FINE PRINT THAT YOU FIND IN THESE CONTRACTS THAT SAY IF YOU HAVE A DISPUTE WITH THIS PARTICULAR COMPANY, YOU CAN ONLY GO TO ARBITRATION AND THESE ARBITRATEORS ARE ALMOST ALWAYS PICKED BY THE COMPANY THEMSELVES. THE FACT IS, THIS IS NOT JUSTICE. IT IS A RAILROAD COURT. IT IS NOT REAL COURT. AND CONSUMERS ARE LESS WELL OFF. THAT'S WHY OVER 100,000 INDIVIDUAL CONSUMERS WROTE IN TO SUPPORT THE RULE DURING THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD. IF MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE RIGHT, HOW COME THEY DON'T HAVE 100,000 PEOPLE SAYING THAT THEIR POSITION IS CORRECT. THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN. THEY HAVE ENGAGED IN THE PERIOD THAT SAID WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO GO TO COURT TO HOLD THESE PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE. WELLS FARGO RIPPED OFF LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS, TWO MILLION TRANSACTIONS OPENING UP ACCOUNTS PEOPLE NEVER ASKED FOR. IF YOU SUE THEM, YOU MIGHT JUST BE LIMITED TO AN ARBITRATION CLAUSE WHICH LIMITS YOUR AWARD WHERE THEY PICK THE JUDGE. WHY NOT JOIN WITH OTHER AMERICANS AND SUE IN COURT THE GOOD OLD-FASHIONED WAY, GET SOME DISCOVERY AND GET SOME MONEY BACK, GET SOME JUSTICE. THIS IS WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT. WE BELIEVE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE TO TAKE THEM TO COURT IF THEY TAKE YOUR MONEY AND RIP YOU OFF. AND THAT IS WHAT WE ARE STANDING UP FOR TODAY. THIS IS NOTHING BUT A U.S. CHAMBER BIG BUSINESS. WE STAND ON THE SIDE OF AMERICAN CONSUMERS AND WANT TO TAKE THEM TO COURT. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                • 03:59:18 PM

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                • 03:59:21 PM

                  MR. LUETKEMEYER

                  I YIELD TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. TIPTON.

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                • 03:59:31 PM

                  MR. TIPTON

                  GOING TO BE ABLE TO BE PROTECTED BY ACCORDING TO THE CFPB. THAT'S THEIR…

                  GOING TO BE ABLE TO BE PROTECTED BY ACCORDING TO THE CFPB. THAT'S THEIR STATED MISSION, TO PROTECT THE CONSUMERS. LET'S LOOK AT THE DATA THAT'S BEEN PROVIDED BY THE CFPB. JUST 13% OF THE CLASS ACTION SUITS ACTUALLY PROVIDED A BENEFIT TO THE CONSUMERS. AND WHAT WAS THAT WHOPPING BENEFIT? $32. $32 THEY ARE WILLING TO CELEBRATE OVER AS COMPENSATION OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN HARMED. LET'S LOOK AT THE OTHER SIDE. . LET'S LOOK AT THE OTHER SIDE OF IT, WHAT ARE THE TRIAL LAWYERS RECEIVING? $1 MILLION. OUR FRIENDS MAY CHOOSE TO STAND WITH THE TRIAL LAWYERS BUT WE'RE GOING TO STAND WITH THE PEOPLE. ONE WAY TO DO THAT IS THROUGH ARBITRATION. WHEN WE LOOK AT THE CFBP -- CFPB'S STATISTIC THE AVERAGE ARBITRATION PAYOUT IS NOT $32 BUT $5,400 THAT'S GOING TO BE PAID. THIS LATEST RULE, MR. SPEAKER, JOINS A LATEST -- -- JOINS A GROWING LIST OF CFPB ACTIONS THAT HAVE HURT CONSUMERS. THEY HAVE ROLLED OUT RULES AND REGULATIONS 3 1/2 TIMES FASTER THAN OTHER AGENCIES. ACCORDING TO RESEARCH FROM THE AMERICAN ACTION FORUM, 26 OF THESE REGULATIONS HAVE AED AN ADDITIONAL $28 BILLION IN REGULATORY COSTS. THE PRACTICAL EFFECT OF THE BUREAU'S ACTIONS ARE MEASURABLE, ESPECIALLY IN RURAL DISTRICTS LIKE MINE. NO MORTGAGE CREDIT FOR YOUNG FAMILIES TRY -- TRYING TO PURR CHATS THEIR FIRST HOME. COMMUNITY BANKS SPENDING TIME ON COMPLIANCE, AND SMALL BUSINESSES CAN'T GET THE CAPITAL THEY THEY NEED TO GROW. THE ARBITRATION AGREEMENT RULE IS NOTHING MORE THAN SLIGHT OF HAND BY THE BUREAU. TAKING MONEY OUT OF THE HAND AND POCKET OF CONSUMERS.

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                  MR. TIPTON

                  THEY WOULD LEAD YOU TO BELIEVE THAT A LAWSUIT NETS AVERAGE ATTORNEY OF…

                  THEY WOULD LEAD YOU TO BELIEVE THAT A LAWSUIT NETS AVERAGE ATTORNEY OF $388 MILLION AND THAT'S A WIN FOR CONSUMERS? THE JUDGMENT IS NOT ON THE SIDE OF CONSUMERS. THEY MAY WANT TO STAND FOR THE TRIAL LAWYERS, WE'RE GOING TO STAND FOR THE CONSUMERS. LET'S REPEAL THIS AND INSTITUTE THE C.R.E. FOR THE ARBITRATION RULE. WITH THAT I YAO ELLED BACK.

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                • 04:02:30 PM

                  MS. WATERS

                  I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MR. CAPUANO.

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                • 04:02:38 PM

                  MR. CAPUANO

                  THERE'S NO CONSUMER GROUP THAT SUPPORT THIS IS RULE. THE CONSUMER GROUPS…

                  THERE'S NO CONSUMER GROUP THAT SUPPORT THIS IS RULE. THE CONSUMER GROUPS ARE WITH CONSUMERS AND WANT THIS RULE THIS RULE IS BEING REPEALED FOR THE BIGGEST FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS IN THE COUNTRY. LET'S BE CLEAR, I DO NOT OPPOSE ARBITRATION. AS IN -- AS AN OPTION. I DO OPPOSE IT AS THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE ALLOWED. VERY SIMPLY, YOU GO TO A BANK, THEY OPEN AN ACCOUNT IN YOUR NAME THEY STEAL YOUR MONEY, MOVE IT OVER IF YOU CATCH THEM, YOU GO TO THE BANK YOU FILE ARBITRATION THEY GIVE YOU YOUR HUNDRED BUCKS BACK, MAYBE $1 OF INTEREST AND IT'S OVER. THEY DON'T TELL YOU THERE'S $2 MILLION, $-- THEY DON'T TELL YOU THERE'S TWO MILLION, THREE MILLION, FIVE MILLION OTHER PEOPLE IN THE SIM SITUATION WHO DON'T KNOW ACT IT. BECAUSE IT'S ARBITRATION. IT'S DEN IN TRITHE. -- PRIVATE. I'M NOT OPPOSED TO ARBITRATION AS A WAY TO AVOID COURT WHEN POSSIBLE. I'M VEHEMENTLY OPPOSED TO TAKING OPTIONS AWAY FROM CONSUMERS THAT SAY, YOU CANNOT STAND FOR YOUR INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS.

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                  MR CAPUANO

                  IF YOU WANTED TO HELP THE CONSUMERS, YOU'D WORK WITH US TO FIND A BETTER…

                  IF YOU WANTED TO HELP THE CONSUMERS, YOU'D WORK WITH US TO FIND A BETTER WAY.

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                  MR. LUETKEMEYER

                  I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. WILLIAMS, VICE CHAIR…

                  I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. WILLIAMS, VICE CHAIR OF THE MONETARY POLICY AND TRADE SUBCOMMITTEE.

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                • 04:04:07 PM

                  MR. WILLIAMS

                  WEEKS AGO, THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU IMPLEMENTED THEIR…

                  WEEKS AGO, THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU IMPLEMENTED THEIR RULE. WHILE THIS RULE CLAIMS CONSUMER PROTECTION IT DOES THE OPPOSITE. IT WILL COST AMERICANS MORE HARD-EARNED MONEY AND TIME. THE CFPB IS ARGUABLY THE MOST POWERFUL AND YET UNACCOUNTABLE AGENCY IN THIS GOVERNMENT. IT'S NOT ACCOUNTABLE TO CONGRESS OR THE FAX TAXPAYER. THE UNELECTED CFPB DIRECTOR POSSESSES MORE UNILATERAL AUTHORITY THAN ANY SINGLE COMMISSIONER OR BOARD MEMBER IN ANY OTHER INFEINT AGENCY IN THE U.S. GOVERNMENT. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN EXACTLY? IT MEANS THAT NO ONE IS CHECKING THE DIRECTOR'S ACTIONS. THE CFPB IS ABLE TO EVADE ALL LIMITS AND RESTRAINTS PROPOSED BY THE GOVERNMENT. BECAUSE OF THIS, DIRECTOR CORDRAY IS ONLY LOOKING OUT FOR ONE PERSON, HIMSELF. THE CFPB CHOSE TO IGNORE THEIR OWN STUDY BECAUSE THE RESULTS DIDN'T FIT THENARY TY THEY WERE TRYING TO IMPOSE ON AMERICAN THIS SHOWED THAT THE AVERAGE CONSUMER RECEIVE $5,400 IN CASH RELIEF WHEN USING ARBITRATION AS OPPOSED TO AN INADEQUATE $3 TO 2 IN CLASS ACTION SUITS. IN ADDITION, THE STUDY CONCLUDED THAT THE USE OF ARBITRATION PRODUCED A HIGHER RECOVERY RATE AND SHORTER TIMELINE FOR THE CONSUMERS OF DESPITE THIS, THE DIRECTOR HAS REFUSED TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT TAXPAYERS WILL FEEL THE DAMAGE THAT COMES FROM LIFMENTING THEIR OPTIONS AND BEING FORCED TO PAY MORE FOR LESS. THIS IS JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE CFPB TAKING AWAY OPTIONS FOR ALL AMERICANS. I HAVE GONE BOTH WAYS A AS SMALL BUSINESS OWNER. ARBITRATION WINS EVERY SINGLE TIME FOR THOSE INVOLVED. IT'S CALLED FAIRNESS. I COMMEND REPRESENTATIVE KEITH ROTHFUS FOR LEADING THE WAY ON THIS MUCH-NEDED C.R.A. I ENCOURAGE ALL -- MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN US IN OPPOSING THIS HARMFUL RUME. IN GOD WE TRUSS. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 04:06:05 PM

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                • 04:06:09 PM

                  MS. WATERS

                  I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, A SENIOR MEMBER OF…

                  I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE.

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                • 04:06:23 PM

                  MR. SHERMAN

                  WHICH IS MORE FRAUDULENT. ON THE ONE HAND WE HAVE WELLS FARGO, THREE…

                  WHICH IS MORE FRAUDULENT. ON THE ONE HAND WE HAVE WELLS FARGO, THREE MILLION PHONY ACCOUNTS AND THEN THEY USE THEIR FORCED ARBITRATION PROVISION TO SAY IF YOU SIGNED UP FOR A LEGITIMATE ACCOUNT AND THERE WAS LANGUAGE THAT CREATES ARBITRATION, THAT APPLIES TO PHONY ACCOUNTS. OR THOSE WHO SAY THIS RULE DEPRIVES PEOPLE OF THE OPTION OF ARBITRATION. ARBITRATION IS TYPICALLY USED BY SOMEONE WITH A $50,000 CLAIM. CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS, IT'S 50,000 PEOPLE WITH $32. SO THEY SAY ARBITRATION PROVIDES MORE. OF COURSE, BECAUSE THE AVERAGE PERSON IN ARBITRATION HAS A $50,000 CLAIM. CLASS ACTION PROVIDES $32 BECAUSE IT'S DESIGNED FOR A PLACE WHERE YOU HAVE A MILLION PEOPLE WITH $32 CLAIMS. YOU CANNOT COMPARE THE TWO. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 04:07:34 PM

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                • 04:07:37 PM

                  MR. LUETKEMEYER

                  I YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MS. TENNEY.

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                • 04:07:46 PM

                  MS. TENNEY

                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 111. MR. SPEAKER, THE CONSUMER…

                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 111. MR. SPEAKER, THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU FINALIZED A RULE FORBIDDING SERVICE FIRMS FROM INCLUDING A MANDATORY ARBITRATION CLAUSE IN CONTRACTS WITH CONSUMERS. IT'S NOT ONLY BAD FOR CONSUMERS IT HIGHLIGHTS THE NEED FOR ACCOUNTABILITY IN WASHINGTON. UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS WIELD TOO MUCH POW WE ARE TOO LITTLE OVERSIGHT AND THIS RULE WOULD FORCE CONSUMER CLASS ACTIONS AND ELIMINATE ARBITRATION OPTIONS. UNELECTED -- AS AN ATTORNEY, I KNOW THAT MANY CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS ARE ALL TOO OFTEN MORE ABOUT CASH FOR PLAINTIFFS' TRIAL LAWYERS THAN PROTECTION FOR CONSUMERS. IN FACT, THE CFPB'S OWN STUDY ADMITTED THAT ARBITRATION IS FASTER, LESS EXPENSIVE AND PAYS OUT CONSUMERS MUCH HIGHER COMPARED TO THE CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT. OF COURSE MANY TRIAL LAWYERS OPPOSE ARBITRATION BECAUSE IT DENIED THEM OF EXORBITANT CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT FEES. IT'S AN INEXPENSIVE ALTERNATIVE TO COURTROOM LITIGATION. IF CONSUMERS ARE LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE PART OF A SUCCESSFUL CLASS ACTION THE AVERAGE INDIVIDUAL PAYMENT IS, AS MY COLLEAGUE POINTED OUT, ONLY ABOUT $ 2. REMARKABLY, THE TRIAL LAWYERS RAKED IN $425 MILLION IN CLASS ACTION FEES BETWEEN 2010 AND 2013, ACCORDING TO A STUDY BY "FORBES." OF THE ARBITRATIONS REVIEWED THE BITHE CFBB, THE AVERAGE INDIVIDUAL PAYOUT WAS $5,389. WHY WOULD THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU WANT TO TAKE A FAIR ALTERNATIVE FOR RESOLVING DISPUTES AWAY FROM CONSUMERS WHEN THEY BENEFIT FROM THEM? THE CONSUME VERSE THE RIGHT TO DO AS THEY PLEASE BUT I BELIEVE THE ANTI-ARBITRATION RULE WILL DO NOTHING BUT HARM CONSUMERS, LINE THE POCKET OF TRIAL LAWYERS AND TAKE MONEY OUT OF THE HANDS OF CONSUMERS. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 04:09:41 PM

                  MS. WATERS

                  THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                  THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, A MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR. FOSTER.

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                • 04:09:51 PM

                  MR. FOSTER

                  MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON H.J.RES. 111 TO BLOCK THE…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON H.J.RES. 111 TO BLOCK THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU'S ARBITRATION RULE. THE CFPB IS CHARGED WITH PROTECTING CONSUMERS FROM UNFAIR AND ABUSIVE BEHAVIORS BY BANKS AND FINANCIAL FIRMS. THIS WOULD PROHIBIT PROVISIONS THAT A CONSUMER SUR REND. THIS TAKES AWAY THIS ECONSUMER'S RIGHT FOR DAMAGES. CLASS ACTIONS OFTEN REPRESENT THE ONLY REALISTIC OPTION FOR CONSUMER THAT ARE RIPPED OFF TO THE TUNE OF A FEW DOZEN OR A FEW HUNDRED DOLLARS AND THAT -- AND THEY REDUCE THINK BURDEN ON THE COURTS BY CONSOLIDATING CLAIMS, THEREBY SAVING MONEY FOR BOTH PLAINTIFFS AND DEFENDANTS. OPPONENTS OF THE CFPB'S RULE HOPE THAT BY PROHIBITING THE CONSOLIDATION OF CLAIMS THEY CAN MAKE POTENTIAL DAMAGES SO SMALL THAT THE INDIVIDUAL CLAIMS ARE NOT VIABLE, SO MERITORIOUS CLAIMS FROM AGGRIEVED PLAINTIFFS WHO HAVE SUFFERED ACTUAL DAMAGES WOULD GO UNCOMPENSATED AND EQUALLY IMPORTANTLY THEY WOULD GO UNPUNISH. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO STAND UP FOR CONSUMERS AND ENSURE THEY CAN BE FAIRLY COMPENSATED BY ACTUAL DAMAGES AND WRONG DO EVERS PUNISH.

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                • 04:11:13 PM

                  MR. LUETKEMEYER

                  I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR.…

                  I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. TROTH, A MEMBER OF THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE.

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                • 04:13:12 PM

                  MS. WATERS

                  I'M SICK AND TIRED OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE…

                  I'M SICK AND TIRED OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE TALKING ABOUT THIS $32. REPUBLICANS KEEP DISCUSSING THE CONSUMERS GET $3 IN CLASS ACTION BUT THEY IGNORE HOW FEW CONSUMERS WIN IN ARBITRATION. BIG BANKS WIN 93.1% OF THE TIME IN ARBITRATION. THE DECK IS STACKED AGAINST CONSUME IRS. NOT WALL STREET. ALL RIGHT. I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA A LEADING MEMBER OF -- OF CONSUMER ARBITRATION ISSUE. MR. JOHNSON.

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                • 04:13:47 PM

                  MR. JOHNSON

                  I THANK THE CONGRESSWOMAN AND RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE CONSUMER…

                  I THANK THE CONGRESSWOMAN AND RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU ON THE IMPORTANT TOPIC OF FORCED ARBITRATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON H.J.RES. 111. FORCED ARBITRATION IS A MODERN TWIST TO AN OLD TRICK. TRICKING PEOPLE OUT OF THEIR DAY IN COURT. FORCED ARBITRATION TRICKS PEOPLE OUT OF THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO A JURY TRIAL ON THEIR CLAIM AGAINST CORPORATE SPECIAL INTERESTS. FORCED ARBITRATION PROHIBITS CONSUMERS FROM TAKING THEIR CASE TO COURT FOR A JURY TRIAL AN FORCES THE CONSUMER INTO THE BACK ROOM WITH A SECRET BAYER TRAITOR SELECTED BY THE CORPORATION WHO THEN DECIDES TO -- THE CASE FOR THE CORPORATION. IT DOESN'T TAKE A GENIUS TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU GET BEHIND THOSE CLOSED DOORS. THE OUTCOME WILL BE AGAINST THE CONSUMER. IT'S NOT FAIR, IT'S NOT RIGHT, AND IT'S NOT JUSTICE. CORPORATE SPECIAL INTERESTS TRICK CONSUMERS INTO GIVING UPER THAT RIGHTS TO A JURY TRIAL BY HIDING FORCED ARBITRATION CLAUSES IN THE FINE PRINT OF CONSUMER AGREEMENTS THAT THEY REQUIRE CONSUMERS TO ACCEPT WHEN THERE IS NO OTHER CHOICE. CONSIDER THE LATEST EXAMPLE FROM WELLS FARGO, WHICH WAS CAUGHT REDHANDED ENGAGING IN UNSCRUPULOUS BANKING PRACTICES TO THE DETRIMENT OF THEIR CUSTOMERS. THEY WERE RUINING THE CREDIT OF THEIR CUSTOMERS BY OPENING MILLIONS OF FAKE ACCOUNTS IN THE NAMES OF THEIR UNSUSPECTING CUSTOMERS. WHEN WHEN WELLS FARGO GOT CAUGHT, THEY WERE BARRED FROM GOING TO COURT BECAUSE THEY HAD UNKNOWINGLY AGREED TO THE FORCED ARBITRATION. IF THIS IS NOT ADDING INSULT TO INJURY, I DON'T KNOW WHAT IS. CONGRESS AUTHORIZED CFPB TO CONSIDER BANNING OR LIMITING FORCED ARBITRATION IN CASE OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PRODUCTS OR SERVICES. THE CFPB FOUND THAT FORCED ARBITRATION CLAUSES DENIED CONSUMERS THE ABILITY TO OBTAIN JUSTICE. THAT'S WHY CONGRESS SHOULD VOTE IN APPROVAL OF THE RULE FROM THE CFPB AND REJECT H.J.RES. 111 AND I YIELD BACK.

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                • 04:16:03 PM

                  MR. LUETKEMEYER

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. CAN I CHECK THE BALANCE OF THE TIME REMAINING FOR…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. CAN I CHECK THE BALANCE OF THE TIME REMAINING FOR EACH SIDE?

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                  MR. LUETKEMEYER

                  AND THE OTHER SIDE?

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                  MR. LUETKEMEYER

                  OK. WE'RE GOING TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR.…

                  OK. WE'RE GOING TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. LOUDERMILK, ANOTHER MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE.

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                • 04:16:26 PM

                  MR. LOUDERMILK

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

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING TIME. MR. SPEAKER, RONALD REAGAN HAD A UNIQUE GIFT OF COMMUNICATING IN A WAY THAT REFLECTED THE IDEAS AND THOUGHTS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. HE ALSO UNDERSTOOD THAT OUT-OF-CONTROL GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRACY HAD A WELL-DESERVED REPUTATION OF WORKING IN ITS OWN BEST INTERESTS, NOT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. PRESIDENT REAGAN BEST DEFINED THIS MISTRUST OF GOVERNMENT WHEN HE STATED THE MOST TERRIFYING WORDS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARE, I'M FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND I'M HERE TO HELP. THE SKEPTICISM AMERICANS HAVE OF THEIR TOO BIG TO BE USEFUL GOVERNMENT HAS ONLY INCREASED SINCE REAGAN SPOKE THOSE WORDS. AND ITS RULES AND REGULATIONS SUCH AS THE ONE WE'RE DISCUSSING HERE TODAY THAT FOSTERS THE DISTRUST AMERICANS HAVE OF THEIR GOVERNMENT. THE CFPB'S DECISION TO BAN ARBITRATION WITH PREFERENCE TO CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS WILL CAUSE HARM TO BOTH CONSUMERS AND BUSINESSES. ARBITRATION HAS PROVEN TO BE AN EFFECTIVE TOOL AND HAS SHOWN TO BE MORE FAVORABLE TO CONSUMERS THAN TRADITIONAL LITIGATION IN THE COURTS. THE AVERAGE COMPENSATION, AS YOU HAVE HEARD, TO CONSUMERS WHEN USING ARBITRATION IS $5,400 IN CONTRAST TO THE AVERAGE SETTLEMENT FOR CONSUMERS IN A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT IS $32. NOT ONLY IS ARBITRATION MORE FINANCIALLY BENEFICIAL TO CONSUMERS, IT'S LESS COSTLY AND LESS TIME CONSUMING THAN FIGHTING THROUGH THE COURTS. DISPUTES WHICH USE ARBITRATION ARE USUALLY SETTLED IN TWO TO SEVEN MONTHS, HOWEVER, LAWSUITS CAN TAKE USUALLY TWO YEARS TO SETTLE. EVEN THE CFPB HAS RECOGNIZED THAT ARBITRATION IS MORE EFFICIENT, LESS COSTLY AND MORE BENEFICIAL TO CONSUMERS, SO IT BOGGLES THE MIND TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHY THEY'RE PURSUING A COURSE THAT WOULD HARM AMERICANS. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF CONGRESS TO REIN IN GOVERNMENT WHEN IT IS OUTSIDE THE CONSTITUTIONAL BOUNDARIES OF ITS OFFICE OR PER SUES A COURSE OF ACTION THAT'S HARMFUL TO ITS CITIZENS. IN THIS CASE, THE CFPB IS IN VIOLATION OF BOTH OF THESE PRINCIPLES. I SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION THAT WOULD ROLL BACK THE CFPB'S BAN ON ARBITRATION AND, AGAIN, I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR THE TIME AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. ROTHFUS, FOR SPONSORING THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 04:18:35 PM

                  MS. WATERS

                  THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS, MY COLLEAGUES ON THE…

                  THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS, MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE HATE MR. CORBRAY SO MUCH BECAUSE HE RETURNED $12 BILLION TO THE CONSUMERS THAT THEY WOULD HARM THE AMERICAN PUBLIC RATHER THAN ADMIT THEY ARE WRONG. WITH THAT I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE, MR. BOBBY SCOTT.

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                  MR. SCOTT

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, GENTLELADY, FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, GENTLELADY, FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN OPPOSITION THIS BILL WHICH WOULD OVERTURN THE CFPB'S RULE PROHIBITING FORCED ARBITRATION FOR MANY CONSUMER CONTRACTS, INCLUDING STUDENT LOAN CONTRACTS. THANKS -- LARGE CORPORATIONS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF AMERICANS BY BURYING ARBITRATION CLAUSES IN STANDARD CONTRACTS. WHEN CORPORATIONS FORCE CONSUMERS TO SECRETLY ARBITRATE WITH HAND-PICKED FIRMS WHICH RELY ON THOSE SAME CORPORATIONS FOR THE SAME BUSINESS THE SYSTEM IS RIGGED. TAKE, FOR EXAMPLE, MATTHEW WHO ENROLLED IN THE FOR-PROFIT AVIATION SCHOOL THAT CLOSED BEFORE MATTHEW COULD FINISH HIS DEGREE. AT THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE SCHOOL, HE HAD TAKEN OUT $56,000 IN PRIVATE STUDENT LOANS AND WITH DEBT AND NO CREDENTIAL BECAUSE THE SCHOOL HAD CLOSED, MATTHEW JOINED THE CLASS ACTION WITH THOUSANDS OF OTHER STUDENTS. BUT DUE TO A CLASS ACTION BAN ON THE LOAN CONTRACT, THE COURT RULED THAT THOUSANDS OF INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS MUST INDIVIDUALLY SETTLE THEIR DISPUTES WITH THE BANK IN ARBITRATION AND THAT MEANS EACH INDIVIDUAL STUDENT HAD TO HIRE HIS OWN LAWYER, TAKE TIME OFF TO PRESENT THEIR CASE AND EVERYTHING ELSE YOU HAVE TO DO TO PRESENT THE CASE AND THAT'S WHY MOST VICTIMS OF THIS KIND OF FRAUD WILL NEVER COLLECT WHAT THEY NEED. IF EACH VICTIM ONLY LOSES A LITTLE BIT, VIRTUALLY NOBODY WILL BRING A CLAIM. WITH THE CLASS ACTION AT LEAST IT ACHIEVES AN INJUNCTION SO THE CORPORATION WILL STOP. EACH PLAINTIFF MIGHT RECEIVE A LITTLE BIT BUT WITHOUT THE CLASS ACTION, THE CORPORATION IS FREE TO CONTINUE THE FRAUD. WITH THIS RULE, THE BANKS -- WITHOUT THIS RULE, THE BANKS WILL CONTINUE TO USE FORCED ARBITRATION CLAUSES TO ADVANCE THEIR SPECIAL INTERESTS AT THE EXPENSE OF INNOCENT VICTIMS WHO WILL BE RIPPED OFF. MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S WHY WE NEED TO STAND WITH CONSUMERS AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THAT, STAND WITH CONSUMERS, REJECT THIS REPEAL OF THE IMPORTANT RULE AND VOTE NO ON H.J.RES. 111. I YIELD BACK.

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                  MR. SPEAKER, WE RESERVE AT THIS TIME.

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                  MS. WATERS

                  FROM RHODE ISLAND, THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON REGULATORY…

                  FROM RHODE ISLAND, THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON REGULATORY REFORM, COMMERCIAL AND ANTITRUST LAW, MR. CICILLINE.

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                  MR. CICILLINE

                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 111…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 111 WHICH WOULD REPEAL PROTECTIONS FOR OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AND OTHER EVERYDAY CONSUMERS AGAINST THE USE OF FORCED ARBITRATION BY MEGABANKS AND OTHER FINANCIAL SERVICE PROVIDERS. EARLIER THIS MONTH, THE CFPB FINALIZED STRONG RULES TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF HARDWORKING AMERICANS TO BAN TOGETHER IN OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM TO HOLD CORPORATE WRONG DOERS ACCOUNTABLE. THIS PROTECTION IS PARTICULARLY CRITICAL FOR OUR NATION'S MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AND THEIR LOVED ONES. FOR OVER A DECADE UNDER BOTH DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN ADMINISTRATIONS, THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT HAS WARNED CONGRESS ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF FORCED ARBITRATION IN SERVICE MEMBERS' CONTRACTS. OFTEN BURIED IN THE FINE PRINT OF FINANCIAL CONTRACTS, THESE CLAUSES WAIVE THE RIGHTS OF VETERANS AND SERVICE MEMBERS TO A DAY IN COURT BEFORE A DISPUTE EVEN ARISES. IF THESE ARBITRATION PROVISIONS WERE SO BENEFICIAL TO CONSUMERS AND TO SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN, WHY DO YOU HAVE TO SNEAK THESE MANDATORY PROVISIONS INTO THE CONTRACT? THERE IS OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FOR THIS RULE AMONG MILITARY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS WHO AGREE THAT FORCED ARBITRATION CLAUSES BLOCK ACCESS TO THE JUSTICE SYSTEM AND FUNNEL THE CLAIMS OF SERVICE MEMBERS INTO PRIVATE COSTLY ARBITRATION SYSTEMS. SINCE THE SECOND WORLD WAR, CONGRESS HAS CONTINUOUSLY EXPANDED AND STRENGTHENED THE RIGHTS AND PROTECTIONS OF SERVICES MEMBERS, THAT WE MUST PROTECT OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. THIS RESOLUTION WOULD END VITAL PROTECTIONS, FINANCIAL PROTECTIONS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE SACRIFICED SO MUCH IN SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY AND A FUNDAMENTAL IDEA THAT WE ARE A NATION OF LAWS AND INSTITUTIONS THAT GUARANTEE THE RIGHTS AND PROSPERITY OF EVERY AMERICAN. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS RESOLUTION, TO PRESERVE THIS RULE, TO STAND UP FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM, STAND UP FOR THE AMERICAN CONSUMER AND STOP BEING ERRAND BOYS FOR THE MEGABANKS. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                  MR. LUETKEMEYER

                  WE'LL CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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                  MS. WATERS

                  I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, THE LEADER OF THE…

                  I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, THE LEADER OF THE DEMOCRACY REFORM TASK FORCE, MR. SARBANES.

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                  I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, HERE WE ARE AGAIN --

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                  MR. SARBANES

                  POINT BLANK, THIS RESOLUTION WILL MAKE IT HARDER FOR AMERICANS TO GET…

                  POINT BLANK, THIS RESOLUTION WILL MAKE IT HARDER FOR AMERICANS TO GET JUSTICE, SPECIFICALLY WILL UNWIND CRITICAL RULES, NEW RULES THAT ALLOW FINANCIAL CONSUMERS TO TAKE COLLECTIVE ACTION. YOU HEARD THAT RIGHT. THIS IS AN EFFORT TO TAKE AWAY YOUR ABILITY TO SUE BIG BANKS WHEN THEY RUN YOU OVER. INSTEAD, THE MAJORITY WANTS TO FORCE YOU INTO UNFAIR BUREAUCRATIC PROCESSES THAT SEVERELY DISADVANTAGE YOU IN FAVOR OF THE WALL STREET FIRMS. I ALWAYS ASK THE SAME QUESTION WHEN THE REPUBLICANS BRING THESE MEASURES UP HERE TO GUT CONSUMER PROTECTIONS. WHO BACK HOME IS ASKING FOR THIS? WHO'S COMING TO THE TOWN HALLS AND BEGGING TO REPEAL THIS RULE? WHO'S ASKING YOU TO MAKE IT HARDER TO SEEK DAMAGES WHEN SOMEONE IS BEING HARMED BY A BIG BANK? NOBODY IS ASKING FOR THIS. IN FACT, AS KEITH ELLISON SAID A FEW MOMENTS AGO, THERE'S 100,000 PEOPLE WHO ARE BESEECHING US TO SUPPORT THIS RULE, TO PROTECT THEM OUT THERE. NOBODY'S ASKING TO REPEAL THIS RULE OR SHUT THIS RULE DOWN. I KNOW WHO WANTS IT HERE IN WASHINGTON. IT'S THE BIG MONEY SPECIAL INTERESTS, THE SO-CALLED SWAMP. WE CAN'T LET THIS HAPPEN. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SHOULD BE FURIOUS, MR. SPEAKER. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS RECKLESS, SHAMEFUL EFFORT. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                  MR. COSTELLO

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN HOUSE RESOLUTION 111, WHICH USES…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN HOUSE RESOLUTION 111, WHICH USES THE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT TO DISAPPROVE AND NULLIFY THE RULE ISSUED BY THE CFPB ON JULY 10, 2017. TIME AND TIME AGAIN, WE HAVE SEEN THE CFPB ABUSE THEIR POWER AND AUTHORITY TO UNILATERALLY ISSUE RULES WITHOUT SEEKING ANY INPUT FROM CONGRESS. SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT, THE CFPB HAS DISPLAYED COMPLETE DISREGARD FOR DUE PROCESS. IT HAS ISSUED ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS AGAINST COMPANIES THAT ARE UNJUSTLY ACCUSED OF WRONGDOING. FRANKLY, THE CFPB'S RECENT ANTI-ARBITRATION RULE IS NO DIFFERENT.

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                  MR. KUSTOFF

                  WORK TO HOLD THE CFPB ACCOUNTABLE, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                  MS. WATERS

                  I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, RANKING MEMBER…

                  I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, RANKING MEMBER OF THE HIGHER EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE TRAINING SUBCOMMITTEE, MRS. DAVIS.

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                  MRS. DAVIS

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AS REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PEOPLE, OUR…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AS REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PEOPLE, OUR JOB IS TO PROTECT WORKING FAMILIES. SO LET'S BE CLEAR. WE SHOULD BE PROTECTING CONSUMERS, INCLUDING MEMBERS OF OUR MILITARY WHO SACRIFICE SO MUCH FOR US. WHEN A PREDATORY LENDER FORCES ARBITRATION, IT PUTS CONSUMERS INTO A SYSTEM WHERE THEIR GRIEVANCES DON'T GET THE FAIR TREATMENT OF A COURT. INSTEAD, A LAW FIRM, HAND PICKED BY THE CORPORATION, WILL DECIDE THE OUTCOME, PUTTING THE CONSUMER AT AN EXTREME DISADVANTAGE FROM THE START. THE CFPB ISSUED A LONG OVERDUE RULE TO PROHIBIT THIS UNFAIR PRACTICE THAT BENEFITS WEALTHY SPECIAL INTERESTS AT THE EXPENSE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. SO WHY, WHY WOULD WE TAKE A STEP BACK? EVEN WORSE, THESE PREDATORY ACTORS OFTEN PREY ON OUR MILITARY, SO WE SHOULD BE PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF OUR MILITARY TO HAVE TRANSPARENT AND JUST LEGAL OPTIONS. FORCE ARBITRATION IS JUST THE OPPOSITE. MR. SPEAKER, WE NEED A PROCESS THAT WORKS FOR CONSUMERS. THIS RESOLUTION WILL ONLY BRING US BACK TO A BROKEN SYSTEM. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN STRIKING DOWN THIS RESOLUTION.

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                  MR. LUETKEMEYER

                  CAN YOU GIVE ME AN UPDATE ON THE TIME, PLEASE?

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                  MR. LUETKEMEYER

                  OK. WE'LL RESERVE THEN. THANK YOU.

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                  I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, THE VICE RANKING…

                  I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, THE VICE RANKING MEMBER OF THE VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, MR. TAKANO.

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                  MR. TAKANO

                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO STRONGLY OPPOSE THIS C.R.A. RESOLUTION WHICH…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO STRONGLY OPPOSE THIS C.R.A. RESOLUTION WHICH ROLLS BACK CRITICAL PROTECTIONS FOR AMERICAN CONSUMERS. PASSING THIS RESOLUTION WOULD SET A NEARLY IRREVERSIBLE POLICY THAT ALLOWS WALL STREET COMPANIES TO COMMIT PERVASIVE FRAUD WHILE AVOIDING THE ACCOUNTABILITY THAT COMES WITH A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT. ACCESS TO OUR COURTS AND THE TRANSPARENCY AND FAIRNESS THEY PROVIDE IS A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT ENSHRINED IN OUR CONSTITUTION. IT IS A SAD IRONY THAT MANY OF THOSE WHO WOULD BE DENIED THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS THROUGH THIS RESOLUTION ARE THE SERVICE MEMBERS AND VETERANS WHO HAVE RISKED THEIR LIVES TO PROTECT THOSE RIGHTS. WHEN AN AMERICAN CONSUMER TAKES ON A WALL STREET CORPORATION, IT IS ALREADY A DAVID VERSUS GOLIATH SITUATION. NOW REPUBLICANS WANT TO STEAL DAVID'S SLINGSHOT. MY COLLEAGUES, DON'T LET THEM STEAL DAVID'S SLINGSHOT. DON'T LET THEM STEAL AMERICA'S SLINGSHOT. I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO REJECT THIS RESOLUTION. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  WE'LL CONTINUE TO RESERVE, SIR.

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                  I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM OREGON, SENIOR MEMBER ON THE…

                  I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM OREGON, SENIOR MEMBER ON THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE, MS. BONAMICI.

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                  MS. BONAMICI

                  I THANK THE CHAIR AND THE RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN STRONG…

                  I THANK THE CHAIR AND THE RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN STRONG RESOLUTION OF HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 111 WHICH WOULD UNDERMINE THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU AND ALLOW FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS TO CONTINUE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF CONSUMERS. THE CFPB'S ARBITRATION RULE PROTECTS CONSUMERS, INCLUDING STUDENTS, SERVICE MEMBERS AND SENIORS BY ALLOWING THEM TO ACCESS TO JUSTICE IN COURT AND TO PARTICIPATE IN CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS AGAINST UNSCRUPULOUS FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. . I'M A FORMER CONSUME BROTHER TEXT LAWYER. I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH ARBITRATION CLAUSES WHEN THEY ARE AGREED TO BY PARTIES WITH EQUAL BARGAINING POWER. BUT WE HAVE SEEN WHAT HAPPENS WHEN CORPORATIONS INCLUDE BINDING ARBITRATION CLAUSES IN THE FINE PRINT. THEY HAVE CONSUMERS SIGN AWAY THEIR RIGHTS TO ACCESS THE COURT SYSTEM WHEN THEY'RE CHEATED THE CFPB RULES WILL ATRES THAT INEQUITY AND PROVIDE THE CONSUMERS WITH OPTIONS. I YIELD BACK.

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                  MR. LUETKEMEYER

                  I RESERVE.

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                  I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE…

                  I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR. MAKITA.

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                  TO OPPOSE THIS RESOLUTION WHICH WOULD STACK THE DECK AGAINST HARD WORKING…

                  TO OPPOSE THIS RESOLUTION WHICH WOULD STACK THE DECK AGAINST HARD WORKING FAMILIES, SMALL BUSINESSES AND NEARLY ANY GROUP OR VEDGE WHO NEEDS FINANCIAL SERVICES. MR. SPEAKER, UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO FAIR AND IMPARTIAL COURTS IS A PRINCIPLE THAT IS ENSHRINED IN BOTH THE SIXTH AND SEVENTH AMENDMENTS OF OUR CONSTITUTION. IT IS THE CORNERSTONE OF OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM. WITHOUT THAT ACCESS, WE CANNOT HOLD BAD ACTORS ACCOUNTABLE. FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESSES SUFFER, JUSTICE IS DENIED. FORCED ARBITRATION CLAUSES PROTECT THE POWERFUL BY DENYING AMERICANS THEIR DAY IN COURT. BIG CORPORATIONS HAVE ENORMOUS LEVERAGE. THEY OFFER ESSENTIAL SERVICES AND HAVE FEW OPTIONS FOR CONSUMERS HAVING A CELL PHONE OR CHECKING ACCOUNT MEANS ACCEPTING ARBITRATION. OFTEN THERE ARE NO OTHER OPTIONS. THE CFPB IS -- HAS FOUGHT TO CROKET THAT INJUSTICE AND ENSURE THOSE WRONGED BY A FINANCIAL INSTITUTION ARE RECOURSE. MR. MC' CHIN: WHEN COURTS ARE -- MR.

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                  MR. MC' CHIN

                  MC' CHIN: WHEN COURTS ARE --

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                  MR. MCEACHIN

                  WHEN COURTS ARE OUT OF THE PICTURE OTHER OPTIONS ARE POSSIBLE. I THANK YOU…

                  WHEN COURTS ARE OUT OF THE PICTURE OTHER OPTIONS ARE POSSIBLE. I THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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                  CONTINUE TO RESERVE. SPROY THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                  I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA A MEMBER OF THE…

                  I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS AND THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM, MR. CARTWRIGHT.

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                  MR. CARTWRIGHT

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

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, THERE'S ONE THING ABOUT US AMERICANS THAT SEPARATES US FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD. WE HAVE A BILL OF RIGHTS IN THIS COUNTRY AND IT INCLUDES THE SEVENTH AMENDMENT, MY COLLEAGUE MR. MCEACHIN JUST MENTIONED IT, THE SEVENTH AMENDMENT. THE RIGHT OF TRIAL BY JURY SHALL BE PRESERVED. IT'S WHAT MAKES US AMERICANS. AND WATCH OUT, WHEN YOU HEAR THEM ATTACKING LEGAL FEES AND LAWYERS MAKING MONEY, THAT MEANS THEY'RE ATTACKING YOUR RIGHTS, THEY'RE TRYING TO TAKE THEM AWAY. FOR TOO LONG BIG BANKS HAVE GOTTEN AWAY WITH TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THEIR CUSTOMER, FROM FAKE ACCOUNTS TO SUBPRIME MORTGAGES. AMERICAN CONSUMERS HAVE SUFFERS A GREAT DEAL OF HARM AT THE HANDS OF WALL STREET AND NOW WE HAVE A RULE THAT WILL HELP CONSUMERS FIGHT BACK? IT'S A RULE FROM THE CONSUMER BUREAU THAT FIXES A FLAW IN THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM THAT KEEPS VICTIMS FROM ACCESSING JUSTICE BY BANDING TOGETHER WITH CLASS ACTION. DON'T LET THEM TAKE YOUR RIGHTS AWAY. LET'S FIGHT THIS RESOLUTION. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE -- CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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                  THANK YOU, I HAVE A MEMBER HERE WHO IS SO OUTRAGED BY THE ATTACK ON…

                  THANK YOU, I HAVE A MEMBER HERE WHO IS SO OUTRAGED BY THE ATTACK ON CONSUMERS BY THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE I GIVE HIM AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE,

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                  MR. CAPUANO

                  THE MAJORITY PARTY TOOK AWAY THE ABILITY OF PEOPLE USING THE INTERNET TO…

                  THE MAJORITY PARTY TOOK AWAY THE ABILITY OF PEOPLE USING THE INTERNET TO KEEP THEIR INFORMATION PRIVATE. YOU ALLOWED EVERY PERSON ON THE INTERNET, EVERY COMPANY, TO ACCESS EVERYTHING ABOUT ANYBODY WHO USES THE INTERNET. THE COUNTRY HATED IT. DURING THAT ENTIRE DEBATE, YOU TOLD AMERICA, WE'RE OUT TO PROTECT YOU. WE'RE PROTECTING YOU. NO ONE BELIEVED IT. AND HERE WE ARE AGAIN TODAY, YOU'RE GOING TO PROTECT THE CONSUMER WORK NO CONSUMER GROUPS WHO AGREE WITH YOU, YOU'RE TELLING PEOPLE, TRUST US. MORE THAN YOU TRUST YOURSELVES. THEREFORE IN ORDER TO DO THAT, WE WILL TAKE AWAY YOUR RIGHT TO PROTECT YOURSELF IN A COURT OF LAW. NO ONE BUYS IT. NO ONE BUYS IT. LEAVE US ALEN. LET ME DEFEND MYSELF. I DON'T NEED YOU TO DEFEND ME. AMERICA WANTS TO BE LEFT ALONE. LEAVE THEM ALONE. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                  MR. LUETKEMEYER

                  THAT'S WHAT ARBITRATION IS ALL ABOUT, TO ALLOW AN INDIVIDUAL TO DEFEND…

                  THAT'S WHAT ARBITRATION IS ALL ABOUT, TO ALLOW AN INDIVIDUAL TO DEFEND THEMSELVES. WE CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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                  THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I'M NOW PREPARED TO CLOSE AND I YIELD MYSELF THE…

                  THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I'M NOW PREPARED TO CLOSE AND I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME. TODAY --

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                  MS. WATERS

                  THANK YOU. TODAY WE'VE HEARD DEMOCRATS SPEAK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THE…

                  THANK YOU. TODAY WE'VE HEARD DEMOCRATS SPEAK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU'S RULE TO STOP FORCED ARBITRATION CLAUSES IN CONTRACTS FOR CONSUMER FINANCIAL PRODUCTS AND THE HARM THAT WOULD RESULT FROM THIS JOINT RESOLUTION TO REPEAL THE RULE. FORCED ARBITRATION CLAUSES SEVERELY LIMIT CONSUMERS' LEGAL RIGHTS AND PREVENT GROUPS OF CONSUMERS FROM HOLDING FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS ACCOUNTABLE FOR WRONGDOING. THE CONSUMER BUREAU'S RULE HELPS TO ENSURE THAT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE AND FULLY PROTECTS THE LEGAL RIGHTS OF CONSUMERS, INCLUDING SERVICE MEMBERS AND VETERANS. THE MAJORITY HAS SHAMEFULLY MOVED TO NULLIFY THE CONSUMER BUREAU'S GOOD WORK IN A MOVE THAT ULTIMATELY ENABLED FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS TO GET OFF THE HOOK WHEN THEY COMMIT WRONGDOING WITH LESS REDRESS FOR CONSUMERS. STUDY HAVE SHOWN THAT FORCED ARBITRATION FAVORS BIG BUSINESS AND RESULTS IN LESS COMPENSATION FOR AMERICAN CONSUMERS. WHO HAVE BEEN ABUSED OR DEFRAUDED IF THEY RECEIVE ANY AT ALL. THIS RESOLUTION STEAM ROLLS OVER THE CONSUMER BUREAU'S SENSIBLE RULE WITHOUT REGARD FOR THE HARM THAT WILL RESULT FROM AMERICAN CONSUMERS AND FAMILIES. THIS IS ALSO DESPITE THE BROAD SUPPORT FOR THE RULE FROM CONSUMER ADVOCACY, CIVIL RIGHTS, AND FAITH-BASED GROUPS, LEGAL SCHOLARS AND ADVOCATES OF SERVICE MEMBERS. CONGRESS MUST NOT CURTAIL THE LEGAL RIGHTS OF CONSUMERS, MUST NOT REPEAL THE CONSUMER BUREAU'S FORCED ARBITRATION RULE. VOTE TO PROTECT CONSUMER RIGHTS, VOTE TO FULLY RESTORE THE AMERICAN PRINCIPLE OF RIGHT TO TRIAL BY JURY. VOTE NO ON H.J.RES. 111. MR. SPEAKER, AND MEMBERS, I WOULD SIMPLY LIKE TO SAY THAT I KEEP HEARING MY COLLEAGUES TALK ABOUT HOW FAST CONSUMERS ARE TAKEN CARE OF UNDER THE ARBITRATION RULE. YES, BECAUSE THEY'RE GETTING RAILROADED. AS I MENTIONED, THEY'RE IN THE BACK ROOM WITHOUT REPRESENTATION. THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN FORCED TO SIGN THESE ARBITRATION AGREEMENTS, NOT EVEN KNOWING THAT THEY SIGNED THEM. MOST PEOPLE WHO GO OUT NOW TO GET A CREDIT CARD OR TO GET A LOAN OF SOME KIND, THEY ARE FORCING THESE AGREEMENTS INTO -- AND THEY DON'T EVEN KNOW IT AND THEY ARE SHOCK AND SURPRISED WHEN THEY CANNOT JOIN WITH OTHER WHO WAS BEEN RIPPED OFF IN CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS AND SO DON'T PAY ATTENTION TO ALL OF THE INFORMATION THAT YOU'VE RECEIVED FROM THE OPPOSITE SIDE. REMEMBER THAT THE BANKS AND BIG BUSINESSES WIN 93.1% OF THE TIME. NOT CONSUMERS. WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON? ARE YOU ON THE SIDE OF CONSUMERS OR ARE YOU PROTECTING BIG BUSINESS? I YIELD BACK.

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                • 04:39:15 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 04:39:20 PM

                  MR. LUETKEMEYER

                  INC. WE'LL HAVE SOME ANSWERS TO THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS THE RANKING MEMBER…

                  INC. WE'LL HAVE SOME ANSWERS TO THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS THE RANKING MEMBER JUST ASKED BECAUSE WE YIELD THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HENSARLING, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE.

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                • 04:39:36 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

                • 04:39:40 PM

                  MR. HENSARLING

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND APPRECIATE HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS…

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND APPRECIATE HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE, AS I DO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA AS WELL. SINCE 1925, THIS INSTITUTION, THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, HAS RECOGNIZED THE RIGHT OF CONSUMERS TO ENGAGE IN ARBITRATION. WHICH WE KNOW FOR SO MANY CONSUMERS IS THEIR AVENUE FOR REDRESS OF GRIEVANCE. WE KNOW THAT THIS HAS BEEN UPHELD ON MULTIPLE OCCASIONS BY THE SUPREME COURT. WE HAVE ALMOST 100 YEARS OF PRECEDENT AND NOW THIS ROGUE AGENCY, THE ORWELLIAN-NAMED CFPB, DECIDES TO PROMULGATE A RULE AND IS NOT EVEN AN AGENCY. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S ONE UNELECTED, UNACCOUNTED INDIVIDUAL HAS DECIDED THAT AMERICANS NO LONG VER THE RIGHT TO CONTRACT. THEY NO LONG VER THE RIGHT TO DECIDE THAT THEY WOULD PREFER TO ARBITRATE INSTOFEDE GO THROUGH A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT. MR. SPEAKER, LET'S LET PEOPLE KNOW WHAT THIS IS TRULY ABOUT. WHAT THIS IS ABOUT IS THE TRIAL ATTORNEYS' RELIEF ACT. THERE ARE THE VOICES THAT WE'RE HEARING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE AND WE'RE HEARING THEM LOUD AND CLEAR. BECAUSE WHAT WE KNOW IS THAT IN CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS, CONSUMERS END UP WITH ALMOST NOTHING AND THE TRIAL LAWYERS MAKE OUT LIKE BANDITS. EVEN, EVEN IN THE CFPB'S OWN STUDY, THEY FIGURED OUT THAT THOSE WHO GO THROUGH CLASS ACTION ARE DOING WELL TO GET $32.35. YET THE TRIAL LAWYERS MAKE OUT WITH MILLIONS. WE ALSO KNOW IN THE CFPB'S OWN STUDY THAT THOSE WHO WENT THROUGH ARBITRATION ENDED UP WITH SETTLEMENTS $5,389. MR. SPEAKER, HERE'S JUST A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS THAT HAVE HAPPENED RECENTLY. A DELL COMPUTERS CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT, HALF A MILLION FOR CLASS MEMBERS, $7 MILLION FOR THE LAWYERS. SUBWAY SANDWICHES. $50,000 FOR THE CLASS MEMBERS, A HALF MILLION DOLLARS FOR THE TRIAL ATTORNEYS. OH HERE'S A GOOD ONE, MR. SPEAKER. COCA-COLA CLASS ACTION. ZERO, ZERO DOLLARS FOR CLASS MEMBERS, $1.2 MILLION FOR THE LAWYERS. L.A. FITNESS INTERNATIONAL. $7,000 FOR CLASS MEMBERS, $200,000 FOR LAWYERS. MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE NOT FOOLISH. IT IS TIME TO DRAIN THE SWAMP AND TO START OFF WITH THE BUREAUCRACY THAT IS TAKING AWAY THEIR RIGHT TO HAVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION THROUGH ARBITRATION. THEY ARE TIRED OF SEEING OTHERS GO AND KOWTOW TO THE TRIAL LAWYERS' LOBBY IN THIS TOWN TO GIVE THEM WHAT THEY WANT. IT IS TIME TO MAKE SURE THAT AMERICANS' CONSUMER RIGHTS CAN BE PROTECTED AND SO IT IS TIME THAT WE PASS THIS CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT FOR ALL AMERICANS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 04:42:55 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED.…

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 468, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING ON THE JOINTRES. RUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. -- ON THE JOINT RESOLUTIONS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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                • 04:42:57 PM

                  The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

                  • 04:43:15 PM

                    THE CLERK

                    RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONGRESSIONAL DISAPPROVAL UNDER CHAPTER 8 OF…

                    RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONGRESSIONAL DISAPPROVAL UNDER CHAPTER 8 OF TITLE 5, UNITED STATES CODE, TO OF THE RULE SUBMITTED BY THE BUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION RELATING TO THE ARBITRATION AGREEMENTS.

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                  • 04:43:29 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY…

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

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                  • 04:43:40 PM

                    MS. WATERS

                    REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

                  • 04:43:45 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                    A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. MEMBERS IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, A RECORDED VOTE ISED ORED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE ON PASSAGE OF HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 111 AND WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE TO SPLULES AND PASS H.R. 3364. 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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                  • 05:06:59 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 231, THE NAYSES ARE 190. THE JOINT RESOLUTION IS…

                    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 231, THE NAYSES ARE 190. THE JOINT RESOLUTION IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3364 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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              • 05:07:21 PM

                House Vote 412 - On Passage

                Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection relating to "Arbitration Agreements".

                Passed (231 - 190)
                Aye
                No

                Vote Details: Aye - 231
                Republican - 231

                Vote Details: No - 190
                Democratic - 189
                Republican - 1

                Vote Details: Not Voting - 12
                Republican - 7
                Democratic - 5

                • 05:07:23 PM

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

                • 05:07:24 PM

                  UNFINISHED BUSINESS

                  The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of a motion to suspend the rules which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

                  • 05:07:25 PM

                    Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3364 — "To provide congressional review and to counter aggression by the Governments of Iran, the Russian Federation, and North Korea, and for other purposes."

                    • 05:07:26 PM

                      THE CLERK

                      H.R. 3364, A BILL TO PROVIDE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW AND TO COUNTER…

                      H.R. 3364, A BILL TO PROVIDE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW AND TO COUNTER AGGRESSION BY THE GOVERNMENTS OF IRAN, THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION, AND NORTH KOREA, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                    • 05:07:37 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                    • 05:14:03 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 419, THE NAYS ARE 3. NO RECORDED PRESENT. 2/3 OF…

                      ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 419, THE NAYS ARE 3. NO RECORDED PRESENT. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                • 05:14:07 PM

                  House Vote 413 - On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass

                  Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act

                  Passed (419 - 3)
                  Yea

                  Vote Details: Yea - 419
                  Republican - 229
                  Democratic - 190

                  Vote Details: Nay - 3
                  Republican - 3

                  Vote Details: Not Voting - 11
                  Republican - 7
                  Democratic - 4

                  • 05:14:08 PM

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

                    • 05:14:59 PM

                      >>

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT I MAY HERE AFTER BE…

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT I MAY HERE AFTER BE CONSIDERED AS THE FIRST SPONSOR OF H.R. 391, A BILL ORIGINALLY INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE CHAFFETZ OF UTAH, FOR THE PURPOSING OF ADDING CO-SPONSORS AND REQUESTING REPRINTINGS PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 7 OF RULE 12.

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                    • 05:15:16 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

                • 05:15:36 PM

                  ASSUMING FIRST SPONSORSHIP

                  Mr. Johnson (LA) asked unanimous consent that he may hereafter be considered as the first sponsor of H.R. 391, a bill originally introduced by Representative Chaffetz, for the purpose of adding cosponsors and requesting reprintings pursuant to clause 7 of rule XII. Agreed to without objection.

                  • 05:16:42 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR WILL ASK MEMBERS TO TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR ANNOUNCES THE SPEAKER'S APPOINTMENT PURSUANT TO SECTION 4003-E OF THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT, PUBLISHED 1 14-255 AND THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 3, 2017, OF THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS ON THE PART OF THE HOUSE TO THE HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

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                  • 05:17:54 PM

                    THE CLERK

                    MS. CYNTHIA A. FISHER OF NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS.

                  • 05:18:02 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE CHAIR IS NOW PREPARED TO ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES.…

                    THE CHAIR IS NOW PREPARED TO ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                • 05:18:03 PM

                  Health Information Technology Advisory Committee

                  Pursuant to section 4003(e) of the 21st Century Cures Act (Public Law 114-255), and the order of the House of January 3, 2017, the Speaker appointed Ms. Cynthia A. Fisher, Newton, MA.

                  • 05:18:04 PM

                    ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

                    The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

                    • 05:18:12 PM

                      MR. CARTER

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

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

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                    • 05:18:17 PM

                      TEMPORE WITHOUT

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN…

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR WILL ASK MEMBERS TO TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    • 05:18:44 PM

                      MR. CARTER

                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MS. ELLEN MURPHY AND MS. KATIE…

                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MS. ELLEN MURPHY AND MS. KATIE ORELL WHO WILL RETIRE AT THE END OF THE YEAR AFTER MORE THAN 40 COMBINED YEARS OF VOLUNTEER AT THE RESOURCES FOUNDATION KNOWN AS STAR IN BRUNSWICK, GEORGIA. MRS. MURPHY AND MS. ORELL CREATED THE STAR FOUNDATION IN 1997 TO HELP AREA CITIZENS TO GAIN MEANINGFUL AND REWARDING CAREER OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH TRAINING CLASSES. IT INCLUDED HOW TO BALANCE A CHECKBOOK, HOW TO USE A COMPUTER AND HOW TO WRITE A RESUME. MS. ORELL PUSHES HER STUDENTS TO DO THEIR VERY BEST EVERY DAY. AT THE SAME TIME MRS. MURPHY HAS BEEN THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT STAR SINCE ITS INCEPTION OVER 20 YEARS AGO AND HAS DONE GREAT JOB TO GROW THE ORGANIZATION AND REACH MORE STUDENTS. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MRS. MURPHY AND MRS. ORELL ONCE AGAIN FOR HELPING SOUTH GEORGIANS ADVANCE THEIR CAREER. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 05:19:46 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR…

                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                    • 05:19:58 PM

                      MS. KAPTUR

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

                    • 05:20:02 PM

                      TEMPORE WITHOUT

                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ACKNOWLEDGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES WHO VOTED YES…

                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ACKNOWLEDGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES WHO VOTED YES ON CONTINUOUS AND STRENGTHENED SANCTIONS ON THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION. THAT WAS THE CORRECT VOTE AND I COMMEND THE LEADERSHIP OF OHIO'S SENATOR SHERROD BROWN, THE LEAD DEMOCRAT IN THE BANKING COMMITTEE WHO FOUGHT FOR THIS PACKAGE. THE BILL ALSO HOLDS IRAN, NORTH KOREA AS WELL AS RUSSIA ACCOUNTABLE. SPECIFICALLY RUSSIA FOR INTERFERENCE IN OUR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC BUT ALSO FOR ITS ONGOING HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS, ITS ILLEGAL INVASION AND ILLEGAL OCCUPATION OF CRIMEA AND CONTINUED MILITARY VIOLENCE IN EASTERN UKRAINE WITH OVER 10,000 DEAD DUE TO RUSSIAN AGGRESSION. THIS BILL WILL IMPOSE SANCTIONS ON THOSE INVOLVED IN HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES, THOSE WHO LAUNCH CYBERATTACKS AND THOSE WHO SUPPLIED WEAPONS TO THE ASSAD GOVERNMENT IN SYRIA PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIS ADMINISTRATION QUESTIONS THE INTELLIGENCE OF THE RUSSIA'S INVOLVEMENT IN OUR ELECTIONS. WE NEED TO MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT TO UNDERCUT SANCTIONS WITHOUT CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL AND THIS PACKAGE TELLS THE WORLD CONGRESS WON'T STAND BY IDLY BUT WHAT A SAD DAY THERE IS --

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                    • 05:21:17 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

                    • 05:21:19 PM

                      MS. KAPTUR

                      WILL EVEN BE SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THIS UNITED STATES. I YIELD BACK…

                      WILL EVEN BE SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THIS UNITED STATES. I YIELD BACK MY REMAINING TIME.

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                    • 05:21:24 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                      THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                    • 05:21:36 PM

                      MR. POE

                      MR. SPEAKER, LAST FRIDAY NIGHT AN ISRAELI FAMILY SAT DOWN FOR DINNER TO…

                      MR. SPEAKER, LAST FRIDAY NIGHT AN ISRAELI FAMILY SAT DOWN FOR DINNER TO CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF A NEW GRANDCHILD. BUT A 19-YEAR-OLD PALESTINIAN TERRORIST PUT AN END TO THIS JOYOUS OCCASION. THE TERRORIST BRUTALLY ATTACKED THE SOLOMON FAMILY WITH A LARGE KNIFE. PICTURES OF THE FAMILY'S HOME SHOW A WHITE FLOOR STAINED WITH RED IN BLOOD OF THE INNOCENCE. A FATHER AND TWO OF HIS CHILDREN WERE MURDERED THAT NIGHT. UPON LEARNING OF THE TRAGIC EVENT, PALESTINIANS IN GAZA TOOK TO THE STREETS TO SING AND DANCE AND CELEBRATE. NO PALESTINIAN LEADER HAS EVEN CONDEMNED THIS GRIZZLY ATTACK. MR. SPEAKER, UNFORTUNATELY, THIS IS OUR U.S. TAX DOLLARS AT WORK. THE MILLIONS THE U.S. SENDS TO THE PALESTINIANS, A FUNNEL TO TERRORISTS AND THEIR FAMILIES THROUGH THE SO-CALLED MARTYRS FUND, THE GLORIFIED TERRORISTS AND IT INSITES VIOLENCE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE REFUSE TO CONTINUE THIS INSANITY. WE REFUSE TO CONTINUE ENABLING TERROR AGAINST THE ISRAELI PEOPLE, AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I'LL YIELD BACK.

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                    • 05:22:47 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 CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                    • 05:22:51 PM

                      >>

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

                    • 05:22:54 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                    • 05:22:56 PM

                      >>

                      MR. SPEAKER, ON FRIDAY, WE ARE VOTING ON A CRUCIAL FUNDING PROGRAM FOR OUR…

                      MR. SPEAKER, ON FRIDAY, WE ARE VOTING ON A CRUCIAL FUNDING PROGRAM FOR OUR ARMED SERVICES, YET, SOMEHOW IT ALSO INCLUDES $1.6 BILLION TO BEGIN FUNDING THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN UNNECESSARY BORDER WALL. WITHOUT DEBATE, WITHOUT DISCUSSION, THE FUNDING FOR THE BORDER WALL WAS ADDED. THIS WALL WON'T MAKE US SAFER AND IT WON'T STOP DRUG SMUGGLERS AND IT WILL NOT KEEP OUT THE BAD HOMBRES. IF WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT PROTECTING OUR BORDERS THEN LET'S INVEST $1.6 BILLION IN PROGRAMS THAT HAVE A PROVEN RECORD OF SUCCESS. LET'S INVEST IN DRUG DETECTION, K-9 TEAMS. LET'S REBUILD OUR COAST GUARD, AND LET'S STRENGTHEN OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH CANADIAN AND MEXICAN LAW ENFORCEMENT. THESE ARE THE PROVEN METHODS THAT WILL KEEP AMERICA SAFE.

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                    • 05:23:48 PM

                      MR. CORREIA

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

                    • 05:23:52 PM

                      MR. CORREA

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

                    • 05:23:56 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM PUERTO RICO SEEK RECOGNITION?…

                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM PUERTO RICO SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                    • 05:24:06 PM

                      MISS GONZALEZ-COLON

                      PUERTO RICAN'S CONSTITUTION IS 65 YEARS OLD TODAY AND AFTER CONGRESS…

                      PUERTO RICAN'S CONSTITUTION IS 65 YEARS OLD TODAY AND AFTER CONGRESS PASSED THE CHARTER OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT IT DID NOT, HOWEVER, ELIMINATE FEDERAL AUTHORITY TO GOVERN PUERTO RICO IN LOCAL MATTERS. THE ISLAND'S -- FREELY AS A STATE IN SPANISH BUT WE ARE NOT A FREELY ASSOCIATED STATE BECAUSE WE ARE NOT A SOVEREIGN NATION. PUERTO RICO REMAINS SUBJECT TO A TERRITORIAL CLAUSE UNTIL IT BECOMES A STATE. PROOF OF THAT POWER WHICH INSTALLS FEDERAL APPOINTEES TO MAKE FINAL DECISIONS ON PUERTO RICO'S FISCAL MATTERS. THE AMERICANS I REPRESENT WANT TO EXERCISE GOVERNMENT AND LOCAL MATTERS ONCE AGAIN BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY WANT TO FULLY POSSESS THAT POWER AS THE STATES DO. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 05:25:01 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                    • 05:25:06 PM

                      >>

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

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

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                    • 05:25:10 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                    • 05:25:16 PM

                      >>

                      MR. SPEAKER, COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTRY ARE SUFFERING FROM AN…

                      MR. SPEAKER, COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTRY ARE SUFFERING FROM AN EPIDEMIC OF GUN VIOLENCE. IN FAR TOO MANY CASES STOLEN GUNS REPRESENT A GROWING SOURCE OF THE WEAPONS USED IN THESE CRIMES. ACCORDING TO THE D.E.A., LAST YEAR ALONE MORE THAN 18,000 FIREARMS WERE REPORTED STOLEN OR LOST JUST FROM FEDERAL FIREARM LICENSEES OR F.F.L.'S. THAT'S FEDERALLY LICENSED DEALERS, MANUFACTURERS AND IMPORTERS.

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                    • 05:25:45 PM

                      MR. SCHNEIDER

                      TODAY I INTRODUCED THE SECURE FIREARM STORAGE ACT TO ADDRESS THE STOLEN…

                      TODAY I INTRODUCED THE SECURE FIREARM STORAGE ACT TO ADDRESS THE STOLEN GUN PROBLEM BY REQUIRING ALL F.F.L.'S TO SECURELY STORE THEIR INVENTORY WHEN NOT OPENED FOR BUSINESS. ADDITIONALLY THIS BILL WOULD REQUIRE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO REVIEW AND PUT FORTH FURTHER COMMONSENSE SECURITY MEASURES TO REDUCE THE RISK OF THEFT AND REQUIRE NEW APPLICANTS TO DETAIL THEIR SECURITY PLANS BEFORE A NEW LICENSE IS ISSUED. THERE ARE SIMPLY TOO MANY INNOCENT LIVES BEING DESTROYED BY THESE STOLEN GUNS. I INVITE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME ON THIS BILL, TO MAKE COMMONSENSE IMPROVEMENTS FOR GUN SAFETY AND I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 05:26:23 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. ARRINGTON, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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                  • 05:26:32 PM

                    SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES

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

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                      MR. ARRINGTON

                      BEFORE I BEGIN, MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY…

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

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                    • 05:26:56 PM

                      E WITHOUT

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                      MR. ARRINGTON

                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY FRIENDS AND MY FAMILY AND MY…

                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY FRIENDS AND MY FAMILY AND MY NEIGHBORS AND MY FELLOW AMERICANS IN RURAL COMMUNITIES ALL ACROSS THIS LAND. I AM PROUD TO REPRESENT 29 COUNTIES IN RURAL WEST TEXAS. I'M GRATEFUL, I'M GRATEFUL THAT I GREW UP IN A SMALL TOWN, THE TOWN OF PLAINVIEW, TEXAS, LITTLE FARMING COMMUNITY, AND WE ARE THE SOME OF MANY THINGS AND MANY CONTRIBUTIONS AND INFLUENCES AND I AM THANKFUL FOR THE INFLUENCES OF THAT TOWN. I'M GRATEFUL TO MY COACHES AND MY TEACHERS. I WAS INSPIRED BY MS. BECKY TAYLOR, MY FIRST GOVERNMENT TEACHER AT PLAINVIEW HIGH SCHOOL. I HAVE COUNTLESS PEOPLE TO THANK, AND AS I WALK THE HALLS HERE AND AS I STAND ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE AND CAST MY VOTE FOR THE PEOPLE I REPRESENT, I THINK ABOUT ALL OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE MADE AN INVESTMENT. SEE, IN RURAL AMERICA, THEY TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR COMMUNITY. THEY BELIEVE IN MAKING INVESTMENT IN ALL OF THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE WORKING THEIR WAY THROUGH THE SCHOOL SYSTEM, WHO HAVE BIG DREAMS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD AND I WAS ONE OF THEM AND I PRAY I COULD BE A CHAMPION FOR RURAL AMERICA. I PRAY I WILL BE AN EFFECTIVE LEGISLATOR AND THAT I WILL BE A STRONG VOICE FOR A PEOPLE THAT FEEL OFTEN THAT THEY DON'T HAVE A VOICE. MAYBE IT'S BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE THE VOTES, AND MAYBE IT'S BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE AS MANY PEOPLE, BUT WHAT WE DON'T HAVE IN NUMBERS OF PEOPLE WE MORE THAN MAKE UP FOR IN OUR CONTRIBUTION TO THIS COUNTRY IN THE FOOD, IN THE FUEL, IN THE FIBER THAT WE PRODUCE IN RURAL AMERICA. SEE, THE FOLKS WHO I REPRESENT HELP PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE OF ALL AMERICANS. THEY PUT CLOTHES ON THE BACKS OF ALL AMERICANS, AND THEY HELP FUEL THIS GREAT AMERICAN ECONOMY. THEY GIVE US ENERGY INDEPENDENCE. THEY ALLOW US TO HAVE AN AFFORDABLE AND SAFE AND ABUNDANT SUPPLY OF FOOD. WE TAKE IT FOR GRANTED. WHEN YOU ASK FOLKS AROUND THE COUNTRY, ESPECIALLY IN URBAN AND SUBURBAN AREAS, WHERE DOES YOUR FOOD COME FROM, MANY ANSWER THE GROCERY STORE OR THE FOOD TRUCK. WELL, MY COLLEAGUES AND I WHO ARE STANDING TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT THE VIRTUE AND THE VALUES OF RURAL AMERICA AND THE CONTRIBUTION TO THIS GREAT EXPERIMENT IN DEMOCRACY AND LIBERTY, WE KNOW THAT IT'S BY THE BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS OF FARMERS AND RANCHERS ALL ACROSS THIS GREAT LAND. AND I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT RURAL AMERICA, MR. SPEAKER. I LOVE THE PEOPLE. I LOVE THE VALUES. I LOVE OUR WAY OF LIFE, AND THAT WE'RE NOT JUST THE ENERGY BASIN. WE'RE NOT JUST THE BREADBASKET. WE ARE THE BACKBONE OF THIS COUNTRY. . YOU LOSE RURAL AMERICA, YOU LOSE SOMETHING SPECIAL. YOU LOSE THOSE TRADITIONAL AMERICAN VALUES THAT ARE AT THE HEART OF THE GREATNESS OF THIS COUNTRY. AND THEY'RE COUNTING ON US, ALL OF US WHO REPRESENT RURAL COMMUNITIES, TO FIGHT FOR THEM. YOU THINK ABOUT THIS ELECTION, THIS PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. MORE THAN 70% OF RURAL COMMUNITIES, PEOPLE LIVING IN RURAL AREAS IN THE SWING STATES, VOTED FOR OUR PRESIDENT. THEY FELT VOICELESS AND POWERLESS. THEY FELT LIKE THEY WERE LOSING THEIR COUNTRY AND THEY WANTED THEIR COUNTRY BACK. THEY WERE TIRED OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS. THEY WERE TIRED OF DO-NOTHING INSTITUTIONS AND POLITICIANS THAT SAID THEY WERE GOING TO CHANGE THINGS AND THEN STATUS QUO. THEY KNOW, THEY KNOW AS WELL AS ANYBODY WHAT'S AT STAKE IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS, NEXT SEVERAL YEARS. THIS WINDOW OF TIME IS SPECIAL. AND THEY CAME OUT STRONG IN SUPPORT OF OUR PRESIDENT, BECAUSE THEY WANTED SOMETHING DIFFERENT. THEY WANTED RESULTS. AND RURAL AMERICA, THEY DEFINE LEADERSHIP DIFFERENT THAN WE DO. THEY DEFINE LEADERSHIP AS WORKING TOGETHER TO SOLVE PROBLEMS. AND DELIVER RESULTS. YOU DON'T DELIVER RESULTS, YOU'RE NOT A LEADER IN RURAL AMERICA. THE PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING. AND SO I'M ESPECIALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY IN THE LIFE OF OUR NAGE. I'M EXCEPTIONALLY HONORED TO -- NATION. I'M EXCEPTIONALLY HONORED TO SERVE IN THIS AUGUST BODY WITH SO MUCH HISTORY. BUT I AM OVERJOYED THAT I WEAR THE RURAL AMERICA JERSEY WHEN I STAND ON THIS FLOOR. I'M GOING TO DO ALL I CAN TO FIGHT FOR THE FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY, WHICH MEANS I'M GOING TO FIGHT FOR RURAL AMERICA'S TRADITIONAL VALUES. AND I'M NOT GOING TO APOLOGIZE FOR IT. BECAUSE, AGAIN, WHERE WE COME FROM IS A LOT OF WHO WE ARE. AND WHO WE ARE IS A WHOLE LOT MORE IMPORTANT THAN WHAT WE DO. I'M RURAL AMERICA. I'M TRADITIONAL VALUES. I'M FROM THE LAND OF FARMERS AND RANCHERS. PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHES THAT ARE BELIEVE THEY CAN HAVE AN IMPACT ON A KID -- TEACHERS THAT BELIEVE THEY CAN HAVE AN IMPACT ON A KID AND INSPIRE THEM TO CHANGE THE WORLD. YOU'RE LOOKING AT ONE OF THEM. THANK YOU, COACH, THANK YOU, YOUTH MINISTER. I COULD GO ON AND ON. BUT I STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF A LOT OF GOOD PEOPLE IN SMALL TOWN, MIDDLE AMERICA. AND DON'T STAND ALONE. I STAND WITH -- IN THE COMPANY OF GREAT MEN WHO I'VE MET SINCE I'VE BEEN HERE. WHILE I KNOW A LOT OF AMERICANS LOOK AT THIS UNITED STATES CONGRESS AS DYSFUNCTIONAL AND DO-NOTHING AND, YOU KNOW WHAT, THEY'RE RIGHT IN MANY WAYS. BUT I LOOK AT THE INDIVIDUALS AND I SEE SOME OF THE MOST IMPRESSIVE, PATRIOTIC PEOPLE WHO WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. I'M THANKFUL THAT IN THIS FIGHT FOR THE HEART AND SOUL OF THIS COUNTRY, IN THIS BATTLE FOR THE IDENTITY OF OUR NATION, THIS CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC, I'VE GOT FOLKS IN THE FOXHOLE WITH ME. TO START MY FOX HOLE FRIENDS WHO STAND ON THE SIDE OF RURAL AMERICA, I WANT TO INTRODUCE A GREAT AMERICAN AND A DEAR FRIEND , THE PRESIDENT OF OUR FRESHMAN CLASS. FOLKS, HE COMES FROM A BIG SWATH OF RURAL MICHIGAN. MICHIGAN'S FIRST DISTRICT. AND HE IS A GENERAL, HE'S A SOLDIER, HE'S A BUSINESSMAN, HE'S A PROUD GRANDDAD. BUT WHEN I THINK OF JACKBURG YOUMAN, I THINK OF A LEADER -- JACK BERGMAN, I THINK OF A LEADER. HE'S A LEADER. I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN NEED -- NEEDS. TAKE IT AWAY, JACK.

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                    • 05:35:01 PM

                      MR. BERGMAN

                      HOW DO I EVEN START AFTER GETTING AN INTRODUCTION LIKE THAT, OTHER THAN TO…

                      HOW DO I EVEN START AFTER GETTING AN INTRODUCTION LIKE THAT, OTHER THAN TO SAY, I AM SO BLESSED TO BE PART OF WHAT I'LL PUT UP AGAINST ANY CONGRESS AS THE FINEST FRESHMAN CLASS THAT HAS COME ACROSS THIS FLOOR TO BE SWORN IN. I'M JUST PROUD TO BE ONE OF YOUR COLLEAGUES. YOU KNOW, FOLKS, WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT RURAL AMERICA, HOW DO YOU KNOW IT IF YOU'VE NEVER BEEN PART OF IT? WELL, I GREW UP BORN AND RAISED IN A LITTLE MINNESOTA FARMING TOWN. BECAUSE MY DAD CAME FROM THE UPPER PENINSULA OF MICHIGAN, BECAUSE THERE WAS NO WORK THERE FOR 18-YEAR-OLDS. HE WENT TO MINNEAPOLIS LOOKING FOR WORK AND OF COURSE HE FOUND IT. THEN HE FOUND MY MOM. YOU KNOW HOW THAT GOES. SHE TOLD HIM THAT THAT'S WHERE HE WAS GOING TO LIVE FOR A WHILE. AND SO THAT'S WHERE I WAS BORN. BUT WHEN YOU HAVE TO WALK ALL OF A HALF A MILE TO WORK ON A FARM, WHICH I DID, AND TO HELP -- IT WAS ABOUT A 200-HEAD DAIRY FARM THAT ALSO HAD CORN AND SOYBEANS, BUT THEY HAD HAY, LEARNING HOW TO BAIL HAY. LEARNING HOW TO NOT FALL OFF THE WAGON. LEARNING HOW TO SHOOT THE SILAGE INTO THE SILO AND NOT FALLING INTO THE SILO WHEN YOU'RE DOING. IT ONE OF THE LEAST FAVORITE JOBS WAS -- DOING IT. ONE OF THE LEAST FAVORITE JOBS WAS CLEANING UP THE DAIRY FARM. YOU LEARN THAT THEY'RE ALL UNIQUE BUT THEY'RE ALL IMPORTANT TO THE BETTERMENT OF WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH HERE. BUT WHEN YOU WORK WITH YOUR HANDS, I'VE SEEN FIRSTHAND HOW RURAL AMERICA WORKS AND THE DEDICATION AND THE HARD WORK, THE LIFE THAT ON A DAILY BASIS BEGINS BEFORE THE SUN RISES AND IN MANY CASES ENDS LONG AFTER THE SUN SETS. THAT'S COMMITMENT. IT'S NOT ONLY COMMITMENT TO YOUR FAMILY, IT'S COMMITMENT TO YOURSELF, IT'S COMMITMENT TO YOUR GOD. THAT YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE BLESSED WITH WHAT WE HAVE IN OUR LAND. IT'S SO IMPORTANT WORK. AS DANIEL WEBBSTER SAID, LET US NOT FORGET THAT THE CULTIVATION OF THE EARTH IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LABOR OF MAN. THE FARMERS ARE THE FOUNDERS OF CIVILIZATION. IT'S SO EASY TO BELIEVE THAT WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OFF AT THE GROCERY STORE AT NIGHT, THAT THE FOOD JUST MAGICALLY APPEARS ON THE SHELVES. IT'S AMAZING HOW THAT JUST HAPPENS. WELL, WE KNOW IT JUST DOESN'T JUST HAPPEN. IT'S THE LAST IN A SERIES OF LONG STEPS. RURAL AMERICA KNOWS THAT BETTER THAN ANYONE. WHAT IT TAKES TO GET THE FOOD ON THOSE SHELVES. RURAL AMERICA FEEDS THE WORLD. PRODUCES RESOURCES THAT ARE USED IN OTHER INDUSTRIES. ACTS AS JOB CREATORS AND THE FOUNDATION OF THE ECONOMY. PROVIDES FOOD SECURITY AND CONTRIBUTES TO THE MORAL FABRIC OF OUR SOCIETY. FARMERS FACE SO MANY CHALLENGES ALREADY. THEY ARE AT THE MERCY OF THE WEATHER, CROP VOLATILITY AND EVER-CHANGING PRICES. WHY IS THE GOVERNMENT SO INSISTENT ON ADDING MORE ROCKS TO THE PACK OF THE FARMER, THAT IS ALREADY OVERBURDENED IN SO MANY WAYS? THEY DON'T NEED ANY MORE HEADACHES. I'VE OFTEN SAID THAT THERE'S -- IF SOMETHING WORKS IN MICHIGAN'S FIRST DISTRICT, IT WILL WORK ANYWHERE. WE'RE LARGELY RURAL. WE HAVE A LOT OF BIG WATER SHORE LINE. AND PART OF THAT BIG WATER SHORE LINE PROVIDES THE WATER TO CULTIVATE OUR FIELDS. WE GROW A LOT OF POTATOES UP THERE. ANY OF YOU WHO REALLY LOVE POTATO CHIPS, CHANCES ARE THEY CAME FROM A POTATO THAT STARTED IN MICHIGAN. SUGAR BEATS, CHERRIES, APPLES, JUST TO NAME A FEW. JUST THIS PAST WEEKEND, BACK IN DISTRICT, HAD A CHANCE TO REALLY TASTE CHERRIES THAT WE PICKED OFF THE TREE. BECAUSE IT IS THAT TIME OF THE YEAR. WE SHOULD BE LOOKING FORWARD AND LOOKING TO RURAL AMERICA AS THE EXAMPLE FOR SUCCESS, NOT TRYING TO HOLD IT BACK WITH BUREAUCRATIC REGULATIONSES AND OUT-OF-CONTROL GOVERNMENT SPENDING -- REGULATIONS AND OUT-OF-CONTROL GOVERNMENT SPENDING. IT'S TIME TO CUT THROUGH THE RED TAPE. RURAL AND URBAN SURVIVAL DEPEND ON IT. POWER BELONGS IN THE HANDS OF THE INDIVIDUAL. THE FARMERS, THE LOGSERS, THE FISHERMEN, THE MINORS -- MINERS, THE -- LOGGERS, THE FISHERMEN, THE MINERS, THE RANCHERS. SPEAKING OF HANDS. PEOPLE WHO WORK WITH THE LAND, THEY KNOW WHEN YOU'RE WORKING WITH YOUR HANDS THAT JUST -- YOU DON'T JUST GO RIGHT TO THE HARVEST. YOU FIRST MUST TILL THE LAND. YOU HAVE TO PLANT. YOU HAVE TO MANAGE THE GROWING SEASON. AND ONLY THEN, AFTER THAT LONG PROCESS THAT YOU CANNOT SHORTCUT IN ANY WAY, THEN COMES THE SUCCESSFUL HARVEST. IT HAS TO HAPPEN IN ORDER. THERE IS NO OTHER WAY. SO ANYONE THAT EXPECTS GOOD THINGS TO HAPPEN EASILY HAS NEVER BEEN A FARMER. HAS NEVER BEEN WORKING WITH THEIR HANDS. IT'S OUR JOB NOT JUST TO HONOR, BUT TO RAISE RURAL AMERICANS UP AS AN EXAMPLE THAT HARD WORK AND TRADITIONAL AMERICAN VALUES ARE STILL SOMETHING TO BE ADMIRED SO DEEPLY. FOLKS, IT'S AN HONOR JUST TO BE TALKING ABOUT THIS SUBJECT TONIGHT. IT ACTUALLY MAKES ME WANT TO SOMEHOW FIGURE OUT A WAY TO GET BACK TO THE DISTRICT RIGHT AWAY, TO FINISH UP A THE -- FINISH UP THE CHERRY HARVEST, WHICH LOOKS LIKE WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A REALLY GOOD ONE THIS YEAR BECAUSE GOD HAS BLESSED US WITH GOOD WEATHER. RURAL AMERICA IS WHO WE ARE. AND IT'S WHO WE FIGHT FOR. AND I'M PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF THE 115TH CONGRESS. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ON SOMETHING SO PASSIONATE AND DEAR TO MY HEART. I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 05:41:41 PM

                      MR. ARRINGTON

                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. WONDERFUL, BEAUTIFUL, HEARTFELT WORDS…

                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. WONDERFUL, BEAUTIFUL, HEARTFELT WORDS ABOUT WHERE HE COMES FROM. AND HOW THAT'S SHAPED HIM. AND HOW DEEPLY HE BELIEVES IN THE PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY, AS WE SAY IN WEST TEXAS. TALKED ABOUT A LOT OF THINGS. TALKED ABOUT THE FOLKS WHO WORK THE LAND. HE TALKED ABOUT TRADITIONAL AMERICAN VALUESES. I THINK YOU'RE GOING TO HEAR SOME COMMON THEMES FROM MY COLLEAGUES THIS EVENING. HE ALSO MENTIONED THE BURDEN OF BIG GOVERNMENT. AND I SAID COMING INTO THIS OFFICE, AND AFTER EIGHT YEARS OF THE ADVENT AND EXPLOSION OF BIG GOVERNMENT, THAT WHEN OUR ECONOMY IN URBAN AND SUBURBAN IS LIKE A PATIENT WHO IS SICK, THE RURAL PATIENTS IN THE I.C.U. -- PATIENT'S IN THE I.C.U., BECAUSE SMALL BUSINESSES, COMMUNITY BANKS, FAMILY FARMERS, THEY BARE A DISPROPORTIONATE BURDEN WHEN IT COMES TO THE TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN CUMULATIVE EFFECT OF ALL THE RULES AN REGULATIONS OUT OF THE LAST YEAR. RESCUING THE AMERICAN ECONOMY IS ABOUT HELPING A SICK PATIENT. RESCUING THE RURAL ECONOMY IS GETTING THE PATIENT STABILIZED, OFF LIFE SUPPORT, SO WE CAN LIVE TO FARM AND TO FIGHT AND TO HAVE THE KIND OF QUALITY OF LIFE THAT WE LOVE FOR ANOTHER DAY. NOW, I'VE GOT A GOOD FRIEND WHO I MADE SINCE I CAME TO THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. HE IS FROM THE GREAT STATE OF GEORGIA, THE 12TH DISTRICT. HE'S A SON OF A FARMER. HE KNOWS SOMETHING ABOUT WORKING THE LAND. I BET HE KNOWS SOMETHING ABOUT A WORK ETHIC. I BET HIS DADDY TAUGHT HIM SOMETHING ABOUT THAT. WILL MY FRIEND AND BUSINESSMAN WHO RECEIVED AUGUSTA METRO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SMALL BUSINESSMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD, PLEASE, I YIELD TIME TO YOU, AS MUCH AS YOU NEED TO TALK ABOUT RURAL AMERICA AND WHY THE SO IMPORTANT TO MAKING AMERICA GREAT.

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                      WELL, I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND, CONGRESSMAN ARRINGTON, FOR THIS SPECIAL…

                      WELL, I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND, CONGRESSMAN ARRINGTON, FOR THIS SPECIAL ORDER, FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT WHAT MAKES AMERICA GREAT. AND I AM A PRODUCT OF RURAL AMERICA. I DID LEARN A LOT ABOUT WORK ETHIC AND ABOUT VALUES. I CAN'T THINK OF ANY OTHER WAY TO GROW UP. TO BE HONEST WITH YOU. SURE, IT WAS DIFFICULT. AND SURE, I PROBABLY HAD SOME TIMES WHERE I THOUGHT, YOU KNOW, I'D LIKE TO BE SOMEWHERE ELSE. BUT I'LL TELL YOU, THERE WAS NOTHING LIKE IT.

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                    • 05:44:41 PM

                      MR. ALLEN

                      AND I YIELD BACK.

                    • 05:50:59 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA --

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                      MR. ARRINGTON

                      I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA AND, AGAIN, PERSONAL EXPERIENCE IN…

                      I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA AND, AGAIN, PERSONAL EXPERIENCE IN AGRICULTURE, IN A FARMING FAMILY AND A MAN THAT LOVES ALL THAT'S GOOD ABOUT RURAL AMERICA AND HE KNOWS THAT WHAT'S GOOD ABOUT RURAL AMERICA IS WHAT'S HELPING MAKE THIS COUNTRY GREAT. AND I GOT OTHER COLLEAGUES THAT I WANT TO INVITE. AGAIN, WE HAVE FOLKS FROM ILLINOIS, MICHIGAN, SOME COLLEAGUES FROM TEXAS. LOOKING AT A GUY FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY, ANOTHER NEW FRIEND AND A DEAR FRIEND AND A FRIEND OF AGRICULTURE, GUY THAT NOT ONLY KNOWS AGRICULTURE BECAUSE HE TOOK A LOAN RIGHT OUT OF GRADUATING FROM WESTERN KENTUCKY, STARTED A FARMING OPERATION. HE CLAIMS IT'S SUCCESSFUL TODAY. I BELIEVE HIM. HE WAS THE AG COMMISSIONER OF KENTUCKY. SERVED IN THE HOUSE. AND NOW HE'S LENDING HIS EXPERTISE AND HIS LOVE FOR THIS COUNTRY AND ALL THINGS ABOUT RURAL AMERICA TO HIS DISTRICT BACK HOME, THE FIRST DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY. I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY MAY NEED.

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                    • 05:52:17 PM

                      MR. COMER

                      WELL, THANK YOU, REPRESENTATIVE ARRINGTON, FOR SHINING THE SPOTLIGHT ON…

                      WELL, THANK YOU, REPRESENTATIVE ARRINGTON, FOR SHINING THE SPOTLIGHT ON RURAL AMERICA TODAY. I'M PROUD TO BE A PRODUCT OF RURAL AMERICA. THE GREAT THING ABOUT GROWING UP IN RURAL AMERICA IS YOU LEARN VALUES, YOU LEARN MORALS AND YOU LEARN A WORK ETHIC. NOT EVERY INDIVIDUAL IN AMERICA HAS THAT OPPORTUNITY, SO THOSE OF US THAT GREW UP WITH THAT UPBRINGING IN RURAL AMERICA SHOULD APPRECIATE THAT. THAT'S WHY WHEN I TOOK THE OATH OF OFFICE AS A BRAND NEW CONGRESSMAN BACK IN NOVEMBER, I SAID MY NUMBER ONE PRIORITY IS TO PROMOTE AGRICULTURE AND RESTORE AND REVAIVE RURAL AMERICA AND I BELIEVE -- REVIVE RURAL AMERICA AND I BELIEVE WE CAN. I BELIEVE IN THE FUTURE OF RURAL AMERICA BUT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER. RURAL AMERICA HAS MANY CHALLENGES RIGHT NOW. THE NUMBER ONE CHALLENGE IS THE ECONOMY. WE NEED TO HELP CREATE GOOD-PAYING JOBS IN RURAL AMERICA BECAUSE IN RURAL AMERICA WE'RE FACED WITH A BRAIN DRAIN. THAT IS WHERE OUR BEST AND BRIGHTEST YOUNG PEOPLE GRADUATE FROM THE GOOD PUBLIC SCHOOLS THAT WE HAVE IN RURAL AMERICA AND THEY GO OFF TO COLLEGE OR TECHNICAL SCHOOL BUT THEY DON'T COME BACK BECAUSE THERE AREN'T THE SAME OPPORTUNITIES, UNFORTUNATELY, IN MANY OF THE RURAL COMMUNITIES AS THERE ARE IN THE MORE URBAN AND SUBURBAN AREAS. BUT I BELIEVE THAT WE CAN CHANGE THAT BECAUSE RURAL AMERICA HAS SO MUCH TO OFFER. WE HAVE WORK ETHIC. WE HAVE AVAILABLE, SKILLED WORKERS. WE HAVE COMMUNITIES WHERE EVERYONE KNOWS EVERYONE. EVERYONE HAS A SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY. WHERE WE HAVE GOOD CHURCHES AND GOOD SCHOOLS AND GOOD RURAL HOSPITALS. SO I BELIEVE WE NEED TO SPREAD THAT MESSAGE AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. BUT ALSO AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, WE NEED TO INVEST IN RURAL AMERICA. AS WAS MENTIONED EARLIER, THE PRESIDENT, ONE OF HIS MAIN PRIORITIES IS AN INFRASTRUCTURE BILL, AND I BELIEVE THAT WE NEED TO INVEST IN INFRASTRUCTURE. I BELIEVE IN A LIMITED GOVERNMENT. I BELIEVE IN SMALL GOVERNMENT, BUT I DO BELIEVE IT'S GOVERNMENT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO DO CERTAIN THINGS, AND ONE OF THOSE THINGS THAT IS GOVERNMENT'S RESPONSIBILITY IS TO INVEST AND MAINTAIN INFRASTRUCTURE. BUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT INFRASTRUCTURE, IT'S NOT JUST INTERSTATES AND AIRPORTS. IT'S ALSO THINGS THAT WE NEED IN RURAL AMERICA LIKE BROADBAND AND WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY, AND I BELIEVE WE CAN CREATE AN OPPORTUNITY WITH PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS WHERE WE CAN MAKE THAT INVESTMENT TO HELP REVIVE RURAL AMERICA, TO HELP TO CREATE JOBS IN RURAL AMERICA, TO KEEP OUR BEST AND BRIGHTEST IN RURAL AMERICA. GROWING UP IN MONROE COUNTY, WHICH IS A RURAL COMMUNITY IN SOUTH CENTRAL KENTUCKY, I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO MONROE COUNTY SCHOOLS WHERE I KNEW EVERY STUDENT IN MY CLASS. I KNEW THE TEACHERS. I KNEW WHERE THEY LIVED. I KNEW WHERE THEY GO TO CHURCH. I PLAYED EVERY SPORT I COULD PLAY AND EXCELLED IN NONE, BUT I ENJOYED THAT OPPORTUNITY AND LEARNED A LOT ABOUT IT. OF COURSE, WE WENT TO CHURCH ON SUNDAYS. AND THROUGHOUT MY BUSINESS CAREER AS A FARMER, AS PRESIDENT OF THE MONROE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, AS A STATE REPRESENTATIVE AND COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE, I ALWAYS WORKED HARD TO TRY TO PROMOTE AND BE POSITIVE ABOUT RURAL AMERICA. NOW AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS, I WANT TO JOIN WITH MY FELLOW COLLEAGUES THAT REPRESENT RURAL AREAS LIKE THE FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY AND MAKE SURE THAT WE MAKE THAT INVESTMENT TO WHERE WE CAN TAKE RURAL AMERICA TO THE NEXT LEVEL. SO I APPRECIATE YOU, CONGRESSMAN ARRINGTON, FOR CREATING THIS OPPORTUNITY TONIGHT TO TALK ABOUT RURAL AMERICA AND I PLEDGE TO WORK WITH YOU AND OUR COLLEAGUES TO SEE THAT WE CAN MAKE A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR RURAL AMERICA. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 05:56:08 PM

                      MR. ARRINGTON

                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY FOR HIS PASSION AND HIS RESOLVE TO BE…

                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY FOR HIS PASSION AND HIS RESOLVE TO BE A VOICE FOR RURAL AMERICA AND FOR AGRICULTURE AND IT'S BEEN GREAT TO SERVE ALONGSIDE OF HIM ON THE AG COMMITTEE. I GOT ANOTHER DEAR FRIEND, A NEW FRIEND AND FELLOW FRESHMAN MEMBER OF CONGRESS WHO IS A GREAT AMERICAN AND HE HAILS FROM THE GREAT STATE OF LOUISIANA, MY WIFE'S HOME STATE, AND HE REPRESENTS THE THIRD DISTRICT AND I WAS ABOUT TO SAY I HAVE A COUPLE MORE RACEHORSES FOR RURAL AMERICA IN THE STABLE AND HE ACTUALLY WAS RAISED ON A HORSE RANCH NEAR COVINGTON, LOUISIANA. HE'S A VETERAN AND HE'S A HIGHLY DECORATED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER. HE IS A MAN OF DEEP AND ABIDING FAITH. I SAY THAT GOD PROBABLY HEARS ALL OF OUR PRAYERS, CLAY, BUT WHEN YOU SPEAK AND PRAY WITH THAT THICK LOUISIANA ACCENT, I THINK HE ENJOYS YOUR PRAYERS MORE. SO I'M GOING TO PRAYERFULLY ASK YOU TO SPEAK ABOUT RURAL AMERICA AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT TO THIS COUNTRY AND I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS THE GENTLEMAN MAY NEED.

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                    • 05:57:23 PM

                      MR. HIGGINS

                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR YIELDING. AND I RECOGNIZE MY FRIEND,…

                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR YIELDING. AND I RECOGNIZE MY FRIEND, REPRESENTATIVE JODEY ARRINGTON, AS EXACTLY THE TYPE OF AMERICAN THAT OUR FOUNDING FATHERS ENVISIONED THAT'S SERVING WITHIN THE HOUSE, WE THE PEOPLE. I RISE TO HIGHLIGHT THE IMPORTANCE OF AMERICAN AGRICULTURE AND THE SPIRIT OF THE AMERICAN FARMER. BEING RAISED ON A HORSE RANCH, I LEARNED AT AN EARLY AGE THE VALUE OF WORK AND THAT RURAL AMERICA WASN'T JUST A PLACE BUT A WAY OF LIFE. NOW MY WIFE AND I LIVE IN A 1,000 SQUARE FOOT, 65-YEAR-OLD WOOD-FRAME HOME IN THE MIDDLE OF FARM COUNTRY IN SOUTH LOUISIANA. WE HAVE NINE PECAN TREES AND TWO MAGNOLIA TREES AND TWOSOME KIND OF BUSHES WITH FLOWERS ON, I'M NOT SURE, BUT I KNOW SHE KNOWS THEM. SHE ENJOYS THEM. THEY BLOOM ONCE A YEAR. OTHER THAN THAT, YOU KNOW, IT'S JUST AN HONOR TO REPRESENT MY DISTRICT WHICH IS DEEPLY AGRICULTURAL CENTRIC. AND FARMERS, RANCHERS, FISHERMEN, OIL AND GAS WORKERS, PETRO CHEMICAL WORKERS, SALT TO THE EARTH FOLK WHO KNOWS WHAT IT MEANS TO EARN A LIVING, WHO UNDERSTANDS SWEAT, WHO UNDERSTANDS LABOR. IN MY DISTRICT REPRESENTING SOUTH LOUISIANA, THESE ARE THE INDUSTRIES THAT STAND UP OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES, THE BACKBONE OF OUR ECONOMY. MY DISTRICT IS HOME TO THE HEART OF SUGAR CANE FOR THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. CANE FARMERS IN SOUTH LOUISIANA ACCOUNT FOR ABOUT 20% OF ALL SUGAR PRODUCTION IN THE UNITED STATES. MY DISTRICT IS ALSO HOME TO THE RICE CAPITAL OF AMERICA. CROWLEY, LOUISIANA, RIGHT IN THE HEART OF CAJUN COUNTRY, HOME TO MORE RICE MILLS THAN ANYWHERE ELSE IN OUR NATION. THOSE TWO CROPS ALONE ACCOUNT FOR BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN ECONOMIC OUTPUT EVERY YEAR AND EMPLOY TENS OF THOUSANDS OF HARDWORKING AMERICANS. GIVEN A LEVEL PLAYING AND OPPORTUNITIES TO COMPETE ON A GLOBAL SCALE, AMERICAN FARMERS WILL ALWAYS WIN. THAT'S WHY WE'RE WORKING TO PUT AMERICAN FARMERS FIRST, TO OPEN NEW MARKETS, EXPAND AMERICAN EXPORTS AND CREATE JOBS IN OUR COMMUNITIES. WE'RE ROLLING BACK REGULATIONS THAT SLOW GROWTH, STIFLE INNOVATION AND RESTRICT THE AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY'S ACCESS TO THE RESOURCES AND MANPOWER IT NEEDS TO THRIVE. . WE HAVE MADE GREAT STRIDES THIS YEAR TO HELP OUR FARMERS AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO. JUST LAST WEEK A GROUND BREAKING RICE EXPORT AGREEMENT WITH CHINA, THE WORLD'S LARGEST RICE CONSUMER, WAS ANNOUNCED. THIS OPENS A MASSIVE NEW MARKET TO UNITED STATES RICE FARMERS. THESE ARE THE TYPE OF LANDMARK POLICY VICTORIES THAT ELEVATE AMERICAN FARMERS AND BRING ECONOMIC GROWTH TO OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES. I'M COMMITTED TO AN AMERICA-FIRST AGRICULTURE POLICY WHERE AMERICAN FARMERS COMPETE AND WIN. AGRICULTURE IS A CRITICAL INDUSTRY THAT BOLSTERS ECONOMIC GROWTH AND ENSURES AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE AND NATIONAL SECURITY. IN MY HOME STATE, WE UNDERSTAND THAT OUR ECONOMY IS RUN ON THE SWEAT OF HARDWORKING AMERICAN PATRIOTS. AS CONGRESS MOVES FORWARD, I WILL CONTINUE TO WORK TIRELESSLY WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON BEHALF OF OUR FARMERS AND PRODUCERS TO PROVIDE LOUISIANA'S AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY WITH CRITICALLY NEEDED SUPPORT AND I'M PROUD TO REPRESENT A DISTRICT SO STRONGLY ROOTED IN THE SPIRIT OF RURAL AMERICA, AND I'M HONORED TO STAND WITH MY COLLEAGUES TODAY IN LOUD AND VOCAL SUPPORT FOR THE AMERICANS THAT WE SERVE IN RURAL AMERICA. I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 06:01:39 PM

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                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE GREAT STATE OF LOUISIANA AND HIS HEART FELT…

                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE GREAT STATE OF LOUISIANA AND HIS HEART FELT COMMITMENT TO HIS DISTRICT, TO THE FARMERS AND THE RANCHERS LIKE THE RANCH HE GREW UP ON. THIS IS PERSONAL FOR CLAY HIGGINS AND I KNOW WHEN HE SAYS HE'S GOING TO BE A CHAMPION FOR RURAL AMERICA, YOU CAN TAKE THAT TO THE BANK AND I WANT TO THANK HIM.

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                    • 06:02:02 PM

                      MR. ARRINGTON

                      THE FOLKS FROM RURAL AMERICA WHO ARE COUNTING ON US. WHAT WE LACK IN…

                      THE FOLKS FROM RURAL AMERICA WHO ARE COUNTING ON US. WHAT WE LACK IN NUMBERS UP HERE, WE GOT TO MAKE UP FOR IN STRENGTH OF LEADERSHIP. AND I'M LOOKING AT THE BENCH RIGHT NOW AND I'M BELIEVING THAT WE CAN OVERCOME THOSE NUMBERS WITH EFFECTIVENESS AND WITH THE STRENGTH OF LEADERSHIP AND COURAGE THAT IT TAKES TO GET SOMETHING DONE IN THIS TOWN AND IN THIS INSTITUTION. THE NEXT GENTLEMAN WHO I WANT TO INTRODUCE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO ARE WATCHING WITH GREAT ANTICIPATION, ANOTHER FRESHMAN WONDER FROM THE GREAT STATE OF GEORGIA, WHOSE DISTRICT IS HOME TO A PORTION OF WESTERN GEORGIA. HE WENT OFF AND GOT HIS DENTAL DEGREE AND CAME BACK TO WHERE HE GREW UP, WEST POINT, GEORGIA. CAME BACK HOME. TO SMALL TOWN AMERICA. AND I RECKON HE DID FOR A LOT OF REASONS BUT PROBABLY AT THE TOP OF THE LIST WAS HE WANTED TO RAISE HIS KIDS IN SMALL-TUN AMERICA. AND TO TALK ABOUT THAT AND ANYTHING ELSE, AND THERE ARE LOTS OF GREAT THINGS TO TALK ABOUT WITH RESPECT TO RURAL AMERICA, IS MY DEAR FRIEND, DREW FERGUSON FROM GEORGIA'S THIRD DISTRICT, I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS THE GENTLEMAN MAY NEED.

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                    • 06:03:35 PM

                      MR. FERGUSON

                      I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE ARRINGTON FROM TEXAS, FOR…

                      I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE ARRINGTON FROM TEXAS, FOR HIGHLIGHTING THIS MOST IMPORTANT PART OF OUR AMERICAN CULTURE, RURAL AMERICA. AS YOU MENTIONED, I CAME FROM A SMALL TOWN. LIKE MANY SMALL TOWNS ACROSS THIS NATION. AND WE HAD SEEN OUR AREA FALL INTO DECLINE, BUT WE'VE SEEN WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU HAVE A TREMENDOUS REBIRTH IN YOUR LOCAL ECONOMY. THERE ARE SO MANY PARTS OF OUR GREAT NATION, MY GREAT STATE OF GEORGIA, THAT SIMPLY DON'T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT OTHER AREAS DO. AND THAT'S NOT NECESSARILY NEW. IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE DONE, WE HAVE FACED IN AMERICA BEFORE, AND OUR COUNTRY HAS ALWAYS STEPPED UP TO FIND THE RIGHT ANSWERS. TO GIVE ACCESS AND SUCCESS TO PEOPLE IN RURAL AMERICA AND IN MY CASE, RURAL GEORGIA. IF YOU THINK ABOUT THAT, WE'VE DONE THAT IN MULTIPLE WAYS. WE'VE BUILT INFRASTRUCTURE THERE THAT INCLUDES HIGHWAYS. WE HAVE BUILT ELECTRIC GRIDS TO THE RURAL PARTS OF OUR COMMUNITIES. TELECOMMUNICATIONS. IT HAS BEEN ABSOLUTELY AMAZING TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS TO -- AND THE BENEFITS TO THIS NATION THAT COME WHEN WE INVEST IN INFRASTRUCTURE TO RURAL GEORGIA AND RURAL ALABAMA AND ANY OTHER STATE IN THIS GREAT NATION. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE'VE GOT TO RECOGNIZE IS THAT FOR ALL OF THE WONDERFUL THINGS THAT WE HAVE GOING ON THAT HAVE BEEN HIGHLIGHTED BY OUR COLLEAGUES HERE TONIGHT, THE AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY THAT EXISTS, FROM EVERYTHING LIKE OUR COLLEAGUE FROM LOUISIANA TALKED ABOUT, MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA, THE FARMING COMMUNITIES, IN OUR AREA WE GROW -- WE HAVE TREMENDOUS NUMBER OF CATTLE FARMERS. DAIRY FARMERS. FOLKS THAT GROW PINE TREES. ALL OF THOSE THINGS ARE IMPORTANT. WE HAVE GOT TO TALK ABOUT ENHANCING THAT IN A NEW DIRECTION FOR RURAL AMERICA. AND IT'S BEEN TALKED ABOUT HERE TONIGHT A BIG PART OF THAT HAS TO BE NEW INFRASTRUCTURE AND AN INFORMATION HIGHWAY KNOWN AS RURAL BROADBAND THAT GOES INTO AMERICA. WE HAVE COMPANIES RIGHT NOW THROUGHOUT THIS GREAT NATION THAT ARE WANTING TO INVEST IN MANY, MANY AREAS. A LOT OF TIMES ALL THEY'RE ASKING US TO DO IS TO GET OUT OF THE WAY AND LET THE PRIVATE SECTOR TAKE OVER AND DO. IF WE DO THAT, AND WE BUILD THAT INFRASTRUCTURE, BUT WE FAILED TO EDUCATE OUR CHILDREN IN A 21ST CENTURY ECONOMY, THEN WE HAVE BUILT INFRASTRUCTURE THAT WILL NEVER REACH ETC. FULL CAPACITY. SO NOT ONLY IS BUILDING BROADBAND TO THE RURAL COMMUNITY SO VITALLY IMPORTANT, PAIRING OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM TO THAT IS VITALLY IMPORTANT TOO. I BELIEVE IN OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES THERE'S A WEALTH OF TALENT. PEOPLE OF ALL BACKGROUNDS, AGES, DEMOGRAPHICS, THAT HAVE INCREDIBLE TALENTS THAT ARE YET TO BE TAPPED INTO. I BELIEVE WE CAN TAP INTO THOSE TALENTS. I BELIEVE THAT THOSE TALENTS CAN BE HIGHLIGHTED, THEY CAN BE BROUGHT OUT, THEY CAN BE ENHANCED BY ALLOWING OUR EDUCATION SYSTEMS TO BE ADAPTIVE, TO BE ABLE TO TRAIN THESE YOUNG PEOPLE, YOUNG ADULTS, THE FUTURE OF RURAL AMERICA, GIVE THEM THE SKILLS THAT THEY NEED SO THAT THEY CAN BECOME A COMPETITIVE PART OF THE 21ST CENTURY ECONOMY. I THINK THAT MANY OF OUR STATES THAT HAVE LARGE METROPOLITAN AREAS LIKE WE DO IN GEORGIA WITH METRO ATLANTA HAVE A DESIRE TO TAP INTO THIS WEALTH OF TALENT AND THIS WORK FORCE THAT EXISTS IN RURAL GEORGIA. I BELIEVE THAT IT GIVES FAMILIES A CHANCE TO STAY TOGETHER BECAUSE IT CREATES ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR FAMILIES IN RURAL GEORGIA THAT SIMPLY DO NOT EXIST RIGHT NOW. SO THINK OF A VISION FOR RURAL AMERICA WHERE WE'RE CONNECTED WITH NEW INFRASTRUCTURE, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS THAT ALLOW THE TALENT THAT WE HAVE CONGRESS REGATED IN RURAL GEORGIA, EVERY SMALL TOWN ACROSS THIS GREAT NATION, TO BE ABLE TO HARNESS THAT POWER, TO TIE IT BACK INTO OUR METROPOLITAN CENTERS, TO CREATE VIBRANT ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES. LET US FIGURE OUT WAYS TO HARNESS THAT ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY TO BE ABLE TO GENERATE REVENUE TO FURTHER ENHANCE OUR SCHOOL SYSTEMS AND ENHANCE OUR COMMUNITIES AND RURAL AMERICA. WE HAVE INCREDIBLE TALENT. AND WE NEED TO -- WE NEED TO BRING THAT TALENT TO THE TOP. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THEY TALENT STAYS IN RURAL GEORGIA. AND ALL OF OUR COMMUNITIES. I BELIEVE THAT WE CAN DO THAT. BUT WE'VE GOT TO MAKE THE COMMITMENT TO BUILD INFRASTRUCTURE ACROSS THIS NATION AS WE HAVE IN THE PAST. AND I BELIEVE THE FUTURE OF RURAL AMERICA IS WITH RURAL BROADBAND CREATING BUSINESS AND EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES THAT WE ARE GOING TO HARNESS TREMENDOUS TALENT AND REAP TREMENDOUS BENEFITS. RURAL AMERICA IS SO IMPORTANT TO THE FABRIC OF OUR NATION. IT'S SO IMPORTANT TO THE PEOPLE, TO THE LEADERSHIP, TO OUR ECONOMY, TO WHO WE ARE. THE GREATNESS AND THE FREEDOMS THAT WE ENJOY ARE EXEMPLIFIED NOWHERE BETTER THAN IN RURAL AMERICA. I'M PROUD TO BE FROM RURAL AMERICA,'M PROUD TO RAISE MY FAMILY THERE AND I BELIEVE THAT THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT. I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 06:09:02 PM

                      MR. ARRINGTON

                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA AND WHAT A STRONG LEADER HE HAS BEEN…

                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA AND WHAT A STRONG LEADER HE HAS BEEN FOR OUR FRESHMAN CLASS AND WHAT A GREAT REPRESENTATION OF HIS DISTRICT AND THE GREAT STATE OF GEORGIA AND WHO KNOWS BETTER ABOUT THE CHALLENGES OF SUSTAINING RURAL COMMUNITIES THAN A MAYOR WHO IS FIGHTING THE FIGHT AT THE LOCAL LEVEL? SO I'M JUST SO GRATEFUL THAT HE SPOKE FROM HIS HEART THIS EVENING ABOUT OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND OUR NEIGHBORS BACK HOME IN THE SMALL -- IN SMALL TOWN AMERICA. AYE GOT ANOTHER GOOD FRIEND AND A GUY THAT KNOWS SOMETHING ABOUT RURAL AMERICA. HIS DISTRICT TAKES UP ALMOST THE ENTIRE STATE OF NEBRASKA. HE'S HAD NEBRASKA AS HIS HOME AND HIS FAMILY'S HOME FOR SIX GENERATIONS. HE SERVED AT THE LOCAL LEVEL AND THE STATE LEVEL. HIS GREATEST CLAIM TO FAME IS THAT HE MARRIED A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE WHO SERVED WITH ME IN THE GEORGE W. BUSH WHITE HOUSE, ANDREA. I DIDN'T KNOW HIM BEFORE ANDREA BUT SHE'S DONE A GREAT JOB OF CLEANING HIM UP. I LOOK FORWARD TO HIS COMMENTS AND I YIELD TO REPRESENTATIVE ADRIAN SMITH OF THE THIRD DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY NEED.

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                    • 06:10:16 PM

                      MR. SMITH

                      THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN ARRINGTON. IT'S GREAT TO JOIN YOU AND OTHERS HERE…

                      THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN ARRINGTON. IT'S GREAT TO JOIN YOU AND OTHERS HERE THIS EVENING TO REALLY CELEBRATE RURAL AMERICA. A LOT HAPPENS IN RURAL AMERICA, OFTENTIMES IT'S -- IT KIND OF FLIES UNDER THE RADAR, THAT'S OK. THAT'S GENERALLY THE WAY RURAL AMERICANS LIKE IT. IT'S INTERESTING, AS I REPRESENT THE 75 COUNTIES OF NEBRASKA'S THIRD DISTRICT, IT'S PART OF TWO DIFFERENT TIME ZONES AND JUST A DIVERSE PERSPECTIVE THERE OF MANY DIFFERENT NEBRASKANS, I WOULD SAY THAT ANECDOTELY AT LEAST THE MOST COMMON REQUEST AMONG MY CONSTITUENTS IS TO BE LEFT ALONE. AND IT'S INTERESTING WHEN WE TALK ABOUT POLICIES LIKE WATTS OF THE U.S., VARIOUS HEALTH CARE , INTERESTINGLY YOU KNOW A LOT OF PROMISES WERE MADE THERE THAT HAVEN'T PANNED OUT. AND SO I'M GRATEFUL I CAN REPRESENT SO MANY NEBRASKANS WHO ARE FOCUSED ON SOLUTIONS AND I SEEK TO REALLY REFLECT THEIR IDEAS AS SOLUTIONS HERE IN WASHINGTON. OBVIOUSLY THERE'S A LOT HAPPENING NOW THAT I WOULD SAY ALL TOO MUCH, ALL TOO OFTEN THERE'S SO MUCH BICKERING THAT WE CAN'T GET TO THE SOLUTIONS THAT WE KNOW WILL HELP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. BUT I'M PROUD TO REPRESENT THE TOP PRODUCING AGRICULTURE DISTRICT IN THE COUNTRY AND OF COURSE WITH 75 COUNTIES, WE HAVE A LOT OF PRODUCTION WHETHER IT'S LIVESTOCK, ROW CROPS, I'M HAPPY TO HAVE HELPED START THE MODERN AGRICULTURE CAUCUS. I'M GRATEFUL FOR COLLEAGUES PARTICIPATING IN THIS EFFORT TO FOCUS ON NEW WAYS OF DOING THINGS IN TERMS OF AGRICULTURE. WE KNOW THAT OBVIOUSLY AGRICULTURE HAS BEEN AROUND A LONG, LONG TIME. AND THINGS CHANGE. RESOURCES CAN CHANGE OFTENTIMES. BUT I'M GLAD WE CAN FOCUS ON NEW WAYS OF DOING THINGS WE KNOW ARE GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. WE CONSERVE RESOURCES, NATURAL RESOURCES AND OTHERS. AS THE WE FOCUS ON RESEARCH THAT HAS LED TO INCREASED YIELDS FOR OUR CROPS. SO THAT WE CAN HELP FEED THE WORLD. WE KNOW THAT MANY COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD LOOK TO AMERICA AS LEADERS IN AGRICULTURE, ESPECIALLY PRODUCTION AGRICULTURE. AND SO I'M GLAD TO HELP REFLECT THOSE SUCCESSES, HELP CELEBRATE THOSE SUCCESSES. WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT NOT SO LONG AGO, WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT TODAY WE CAN HAVE RECORD YIELDS AMIDST A DROUGHT. AND THAT NOT ONLY HELPSING A PRODUCERS, THAT HELPS CONSUMERS THAN LITERALLY HELPS EVERY PERSON AROUND THE WORLD AND AMERICA IS A BIG COUNTRY. WE KNOW THAT. OFTENTIMES THERE SEEMS TO BE SOMEWHAT OF A DISCONNECT BETWEEN THE -- BETWEEN RURAL AMERICA AND URBAN AMERICA. INTERESTINGLY, I LIKE TO SHARE THIS STORY, THERE WAS A VERY WELL-MEANING CIVIL SERVANT WHO VISITED RURAL NEBRASKA, A WHILE BACK. WE WERE TOURING PART OF NEBRASKA AND TURNED ON TO A GRAVEL ROAD AND THIS WELL-MEANING INDIVIDUAL SAID IT HAD BEEN 20 YEARS SINCE HE TRAVELED ON A GRAVEL ROAD. AND THAT WAS -- I DON'T THINK THERE WAS ANY INTENDING DISRESPECT AT ALL. BUT CERTAINLY A DIFFERENCE OF PERSPECTIVE. SO HERE WE ARE, LITERALLY RAISING THE AWARENESS OF ALL OF AMERICA IN TERMS OF WHAT WE CAN DO IN RURAL AMERICA AS WE DO FOCUS ON HELPING FEED THE WORLD, HELPING FEED AMERICA, CERTAINLY. BUT APPLYING BIOTECHNOLOGY OUT ACROSS THE FIELDS AND ACROSS THE PRAIRIES OF RURAL AMERICA. WHEN IT COMES TO TRADE, WE KNOW THAT WE ARE GOOD AT PRODUCING AGRICULTURE PRODUCTS. WE WANT TO SELL OUR PRODUCTS AROUND THE WORLD, ESPECIALLY WHEN 96% OF THESE CUSTOMERS RESIDE OUTSIDE OF OUR COUNTRY. THAT'S WHY I HOPE THAT WE CAN FOCUS ON TRADE POLICY MOVING FORWARD, SO THAT WE CAN BRING SOME PROSPERITY TO THE HOME FRONT AMIDST A STRUGGLING AG ECONOMY. LET'S BE HONEST ABOUT THAT. CROP PRICES ARE NOT WHAT THEY WERE. PROPERTY TAXES ARE STILL HIGH. INPUT COSTS ARE STILL HIGH. AND WE WANT TO DO WHAT WE DAN TO -- DO WHAT WE CAN TO BRING A STRONGER MARKET PRICES TO AGRICULTURE. SO THAT'S WHY WE WANT TO AND WE NEED TO FOCUS ON THE GLOBAL ECONOMY THAT IS SO IMPORTANT. SO I'M GRATEFUL TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO STAND HERE AND REALLY CELEBRATE RURAL AMERICA AS WE DO HAVE SO MANY OF THE SOLUTIONS THAT OUR COUNTRY NEEDS RIGHT NOW. SO I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS AND YIELD BACK. THANK YOU.

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                    • 06:15:11 PM

                      MR. ARRINGTON

                      I'M GLAD THAT THE HE HAS LIFTED OUR VOICES HIGH. AND WE THINK ABOUT…

                      I'M GLAD THAT THE HE HAS LIFTED OUR VOICES HIGH. AND WE THINK ABOUT FAMILIES, THOSE MIDDLE AND WORKING-CLASS FAMILIES EVERY DAY AS WE GOVERN ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE WE REPRESENT. I'VE GOT ANOTHER GENTLEMAN WHO I'M LEARNING A GREAT DEAL WITH HIM AS WE SERVE ON THE HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE AND HOUSE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS AFFAIRS. HE IS FROM THE STATE OF ILLINOIS. HE IS A FIREFIGHTER. SON AND GRANDSON OF COAL MINERS AND HE IS A PROUD DADDY. AND I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS THE GENTLEMAN MAY NEED TO SPEAK HIS HEART ABOUT RURAL AMERICA.

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                    • 06:16:04 PM

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                      OUR RURAL AREAS ARE THE BACKBONE OF THIS COUNTRY, BUT IF YOU LISTEN TO THE…

                      OUR RURAL AREAS ARE THE BACKBONE OF THIS COUNTRY, BUT IF YOU LISTEN TO THE MEDIA AND THE ADVERTISERS AND THE HOLLYWOOD PRODUCERS, YOU WOULD THINK THERE WASN'T ANYTHING BETWEEN THE EAST COAST AND THE WEST COAST. BUT LET ME TELL YOU, I'M HERE TO TELL YOU THERE IS. AND TOO MANY OF THESE SMALL COMMUNITIES ARE STRUGGLING, TRYING TO GET THROUGH AND QUITE OFTEN ARE WEIGHINGED DOWN BY THINGS WE DO HERE IN WASHINGTON. THEY WANT INVESTMENT. THEY CARE ABOUT THE GROWTH OF THEIR COMMUNITIES. THEY CARE ABOUT JOBS. WHEN THE PRESS TALKS ABOUT JOBS, THE SAME INDUSTRIES THAT COME UP EVERY TIME ARE THE TECH STARTUPS AND REAL ESTATE FIRMS AND RESTAURANT CHAINS AND THOSE ARE ALL GOOD, BUT ONE GROUP THAT DOESN'T GET TALKED ABOUT ENOUGH IS OUR FARMERS. THAT IS NOT SOMETHING NEW. IT HAS HAPPENED OVER THE MANY YEARS. YOU KNOW, THIS NATION -- THIS NATION'S FARMERS HAVE PLANTED AND KEPT US FED FOR ALL THE YEARS THIS GREAT NATION HAS BEEN IN EXISTENCE. AND BENJAMIN FRANKLIN CALLED FARMING THE ONLY HONEST WAY TO ACQUIRE WEALTH. THOMAS JEFFERSON SAID OUR GOVERNMENT WOULD -- WILL REMAIN VIRT YOUOUS AS LONG AS IT REMAINS CHIEFLY AGRICULTURAL. ILLINOIS'S LINCOLN DESCRIBED AGRICULTURE AS A GREAT CALLING. IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS, BEGINNING FARMERS TELL ME THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS IS CLIMBING AND THEIR INCOME IS SHRINKING. THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME THIS HAS HAPPENED. I WANT TO EXPRESS A STORY THAT TOOK PLACE SEVERAL YEARS AGO. YOU KNOW, WE KIND OF RIGHT NOW IN THE AG COMMITTEE, WE ARE WORKING ON THE FARM BILL. THE FIRST FARM BILL CAME INTO EXISTENCE BECAUSE PRESIDENT REAGAN BEGAN TO HEAR FROM THE FARMERS AROUND THIS NATION AND THE PROBLEMS THEY WERE FACING AND THE CONCERNS THEY HAD. AND ONE IN PARTICULAR FARMER WAS A NAMEED HERBERT CRONE, ABOUT 18, 20 MILES FROM MY HOME, WROTE A LETTER, BECAUSE BACK THEN YOU DIDN'T SEND EMAILS OR TEXTS, YOU ACTUALLY WROTE LETTERS AND SENT IT TO THE PRESIDENT. NOT THINKING HE WOULD GET A RESPONSE BUT WANTED TO VOICE HIS CONCERN, HIS CONCERN OF HIS SON COMING UP AND WAS RICK GOING TO STAY IN THE FAMILY BUSINESS AND HE COULDN'T, BECAUSE OF THE HIGH RISK OF DOING BUSINESS IN OUR AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITIES. ONE NIGHT, IT WAS SUNDAY NIGHT, IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY BECAUSE I HEARD THIS STORY. THE PHONE RANG AND IT WASN'T YOUR CELL PHONE, IT WAS HARD-WIRED TO THE WALL AND HE PICKED IT UP AND SAID, IS THIS HERMAN CRONE. CAN YOU HOLD FOR THE PRESIDENT. HE SAID THE PRESIDENT OF WHAT? THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. HE SAID YOU'RE KIDDING ME. HE SAID, MR. CRONE, IT REALLY IS. THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF CALLED HERMAN. HE SAID I REALIZE THAT YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT THE PROBLEMS ARE THAT THE RURAL FARMERS ARE FACING TODAY. HE SAID, I'LL TELL YOU WHAT I'D LIKE TO DO, I WOULD LIKE TO COME TO YOUR FARM AND BRING YOUR AGRICULTURAL PEOPLE TOGETHER AND I WANT TO TALK TO THEM. THE NEXT MONTH OR SO, PRESIDENT REAGAN CAME. AND THE CONVERSATION HE HAD ALONG WITH OTHER CONVERSATIONS HE HAD AROUND THIS UNITED STATES LED TO THE FIRST FARM BILL. YOU KNOW, WE ARE WORKING ON THAT FARM BILL RIGHT NOW. BUT FARMING AND RANCHING AND OPERATIONS ARE GETTING SQUEEZED DUE TO LOW COMMODITY PRICES, JUST LIKE THEY WERE THEN AND THE NEED FOR INCREASED CREDIT IN ORDER TO EXPAND THE DIVERSITY HAS TO BE DONE. SMALL FAMILY-OWNED BUSINESSES ARE MOST AFFECTED. WE HEAR ABOUT CORPORATE FARMING, BUT THE FACT IS, WHAT REMAINS 97% OF AMERICAN FARMS ARE FAMILY-OWNED FARMS. THAT'S WHY ONE OF THE BILLS THAT I HAVE INTRODUCED IS KNOWN AS THE BALE ACT WHICH IS TO MODERNIZE THE GUARANTEED LOAN PROGRAM AT THE USDA TO REFLECT THE COSTS OF TIMING BECAUSE TIMES HAVE CHANGED AND WE ARE DEALING WITH RURAL AREAS AND THE FARMERS THAT ARE IN THEM. THIS WILL HELP THE NEXT GENERATION OF PRODUCERS MAKE THEIR MARK IN THE INDUSTRY. AS REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER ON MORE IDEAS LIKE THIS ONE. WE NEED TO KEEP FOCUSED ON THE HEARTLAND, BECAUSE THESE ARE THE RED-BLOODED AMERICANS WHO LOVE THEIR COUNTRY AND DESERVE A VOICE. BY ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF HARD-WORKING FAMILIES THAT ARE FORGOTTEN, WE CAN STRENGTHEN THESE COMMUNITIES FOR GENERATIONS TO COME AND IT REALLY IS ABOUT THAT NEXT GENERATION. EACH ONE OF US IN THIS HOUSE, WE HOPE THIS NATION GROWS AND THE NEXT GENERATION HAS TO COME UP AND WE NEED THE NEXT GENERATION OF FARMERS TO MAKE SURE THEY STAY ON THE FARM. AND I THANK YOU FOR HOLDING THIS. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 06:16:51 PM

                      MR. BOST

                      FARM. AND I THANK YOU FOR HOLDING THIS. AND I YIELD BACK.

                    • 06:22:34 PM

                      MR. ARRINGTON

                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN ABOUT HIS COMMENTS ON RURAL AMERICA AND I'M PROUD TO…

                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN ABOUT HIS COMMENTS ON RURAL AMERICA AND I'M PROUD TO BE SHOULDER-TO-SHOULDER WITH HIM IN THIS RIGHTEOUS CAUSE. I NOW HAVE THE GREATEST PRIVILEGE OF THE NIGHT FOR ME, BECAUSE THIS MAN HAS BEEN A MENTOR AND A FRIEND FOR MANY YEARS AND HAS PROBABLY DONE AS MUCH AS ANYBODY TO WELCOME ME AND COACH ME UP SO I CAN REPRESENT WEST TEXAS TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITIES. THIS IS ROGER WILLIAMS FROM THE 25TH DISTRICT OF TEXAS. AND HE IS AN ALL-AMERICAN BASEBALL PLAYER. HE WON BACK THEN AND WINNING NOW AND I'M PROUD THAT HE IS ON THE SIDE OF RURAL AMERICA AND HELPING RURAL AMERICA WIN AND THE OUTCOMES OF PUBLIC POLICY SO WE CAN KEEP IT STRONG AND VIBRANT AND KEEP AMERICA GREAT. I YIELD AS MUCH TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS AS HE MADE NEED.

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                    • 06:23:41 PM

                      MR. WILLIAMS

                      THANK YOU FOR BRINGING RURAL AMERICA PEOPLE IN THIS HOUSE. RURAL AMERICA…

                      THANK YOU FOR BRINGING RURAL AMERICA PEOPLE IN THIS HOUSE. RURAL AMERICA AND THE IMPACT IT HAS ON OUR NATION, MAKES UP 72% OF OUR COUNTRY'S LAND AND AMERICANS CALL IT HOME. OUR COUNTRY HAS BEEN RELYING ON RURAL AMERICA SINCE THE BEGINNING AND WHERE OUR ROOTS ARE AND WHERE OUR VALUES ARE AND WHERE OUR HERITAGE BEGAN. THE 25TH DISTRICT OF TEXAS, WHICH I'M HONORED TO REPRESENT HAS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF HARD- WORKING MEN AND WOMEN. THEY MAKE UP A LARGE DRIVING FORCE THAT SUPPLIES OUR NATION'S FAMILIES WITH PRODUCTS WE WOULD BE UNABLE TO GET OTHERWISE. IT'S MORE THAN THAT. THESE FOLKS INSTILL VALUES SUCH AS HARD WORK, ETHICS, TAKING DAYS ON AND NOT TAKING DAYS OFF, TAKING CARE OF YOUR NEIGHBOR. THIS IS THE FABRIC OF OUR NATION THAT IS PASSED ON FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION. MR. FELLOW CONGRESSMAN, I WOULD LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT A FEW SPECIFIC RURAL AREAS IN MY DISTRICT THAT ARE TRULY MAKING A DIFFERENCE. LOCATED IN STEVENVILLE, TEXAS, THE SOUTHWEST REGIONAL DAIRY CENTER IS ONE OF A KIND FACILITY. IT IS HOME TO HUNDREDS OF COWS, RESEARCH FOR HIGHER EDUCATION AND DECTLY CONTRIBUTE TO THE DAIRY INDUSTRY IN TEXAS AND ALL THE SOUTHWEST. I'M PROUD TO REPRESENT THIS UNIQUE INSTITUTION THAT NOT ONLY PROVIDES GOODS TO OUR NATION BUT ALSO SERVES AS A LEARNING INSTITUTE SO WE CAN TRAIN THE DAIRY FARMERS OF TOMORROW. I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE COULD MAMPEY PLANT LOCATED IN GLEN ROSE, TEXAS. THIS HAS BEEN SUPPLYING CLEAN ENERGY. TAKING UP 10,000 ACRES OF LAND, THIS PLANT CAN POWER ABOUT 1 POIRN 15 MILLION HOMES. THEIR STANDARD OF QUALITY HAS MADE COULD MAMPEY PEAK ONE OF THE BEST IN THE NATION AND IT'S BECAUSE OF RURAL PLACES LIKE THESE AND THE PEOPLE THAT WORK THERE THAT OUR COUNTRY IS ABLE TO RUN DEPENDBLY AND EFFICIENTLY AND AMERICA IS THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD AND WE THINK THAT TEXAS MIGHT BE THE BEST PLACE IN AMERICA. I APPLAUD THEIR EFFORTS. AND I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO REPRESENT THEM HERE IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS AND REMIND YOU THAT DISTRICT 25, YOU NEED TO GO SEE IT. YOU ARE GOING TO LIKE IT. BUT THE PEOPLE IN DISTRICT 25 ASK SEVERAL THINGS. THEY JUST ASK THAT WE BELIEVE IN THE CONSTITUTION. THEY JUST ASK THAT WE HAVE A CONSCIOUS. THEY JUST ASK THAT WE LISTEN TO THEM. AND THEY ALSO ASK THAT WE READ THE BIBLE. DISTRICT 25, I'M PROUD TO REPRESENT THE PEOPLE AND MY FRIENDS. IN GOD WE TRUST. I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 06:26:47 PM

                      MR. ARRINGTON

                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS AND I APPRECIATE HIS MENTORSHIP AND THAT…

                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS AND I APPRECIATE HIS MENTORSHIP AND THAT TEST THAT HE TAUGHT ME WHEN I FIRST STEPPED FOOT ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, YOUR CONSCIOUS, THE CONSTITUENTS, THE BIBLE, THE CONSTITUTION, YOU DO THAT, YOU WILL DO RIGHT. I THANK ROGER WILLIAMS, A GREAT AMERICAN. WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF TIME. BUT I SEE I HAVE ANOTHER COLLEAGUE AND WE MAY HAVE ONE MORE MINUTE. AND HE CAME HERE BECAUSE HE FEELS SO PASSIONATE ABOUT RURAL AMERICA. I'M GRATEFUL THAT REPRESENTATIVE GOHMERT AND I YIELD THE REMAINING TIME.

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                    • 06:27:33 PM

                      MR. GOHMERT

                      THE TIME HAS EXPIRED. BUT THANK YOU FOR YOUR DEDICATION TO RURAL AMERICA.…

                      THE TIME HAS EXPIRED. BUT THANK YOU FOR YOUR DEDICATION TO RURAL AMERICA. THAT'S THE HEARTLAND. AND THANKS FOR REPRESENTING YOUR DISTRICT SO WELL. THANK YOU.

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                    • 06:27:44 PM

                      MR. ARRINGTON

                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

                    • 06:27:47 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN…

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

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                    • 06:28:01 PM

                      MR. GOHMERT

                      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO FOLLOW ON MY REPUBLICAN…

                      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO FOLLOW ON MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES AS THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT RURAL AMERICA. I AGREED WITH MUCH OF WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT THE ROLE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN PROVIDING SUPPORT IN SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS TO RURAL AMERICA. MANY OF THE PROGRAMS THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT ARE REALLY FOUND IN THE EFFORT OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT TO REBUILD RURAL AMERICA FOLLOWING OR DURING THE DAYS OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION. I WANT TO PUT UP HERE ON MY EASEL REALLY ONE OF THE KEY DOCUMENTS. THIS IS ACTUALLY ETCHED IN THE MARBLE AT THE FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT RAL HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., AND AS WE TALK ABOUT RURAL AMERICA AND WHAT'S GOING ON IN RURAL AMERICA TODAY AND REALLY ACROSS ALL OF AMERICA. DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE DEPRESSION, FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT SAID THESE WORDS, THE TEST OF OUR PROGRESS IS NOT WHETHER WE ADD MORE TO THE ABUNDANCE OF THOSE WHO HAVE MUCH , IT IS RATHER WHETHER WE PROVIDE ENOUGH FOR THOSE WHO HAVE TOO LITTLE. AND DURING THOSE DAYS OF THE DEPRESSION, RURAL AMERICA WAS HURTING. IT WAS DEVASTATED. AND MANY OF THE PROGRAMS THAT WE JUST HEARD ABOUT FROM OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WERE PUT IN PLACE AT THAT TIME. IN 2010, THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, TOGETHER WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA, BUT IN PLACE ANOTHER PROGRAM. THAT SIGNIFICANTLY HELPED RURAL AMERICA. AND TODAY, IN FACT, JUST A COUPLE OF HOURS AGO, THE UNITED STATES SENATE MOVED TO REMOVE FROM RURAL AMERICA THE PILLAR OF HEALTH CARE THAT HAS PR -- THAT HAS PROVIDED MILLIONS OF THOSE 46 MILLION AMERICANS IN RURAL AMERICA WITH HEALTH CARE. THROUGH THE EXPANSION OF THE MEDICAID PROGRAM, THED ME CAL PROGRAM IN -- THE MED CAL PROGRAM IN MY STATE, MANY IN MY DISTRICT WERE ABLE TO GET HEALTH CARE FOR THE FIRST TIME, THEY WERE ABLE TO GET INSURANCE BECAUSE OF THE COST SHARE REDUCTION PROGRAM WHERE THEIR PREMIUMS ON THE EXCHANGES WERE REDUCED TO A LEVEL THAT THEY COULD AFFORD. A SIGNIFICANT PROGRAM FOR RURAL AMERICA IS NOW IN JEOPARDY AS A RESULT OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES PASSING LEGISLATION A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO THAT WOULD REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND REPLACE IT WITH WHOLE CLOTH, RIPPING APART THE MEDICAID EXPANSION PROGRAM SO THAT ACROSS THIS NATION SOME 16 MILLION AMERICANS WOULD LOSE THEIR MEDICAID COVERAGE IMMEDIATELY AND MORE BEYOND THAT. SO THAT IN THE INITIAL YEAR, 2018, 10 MILLION AMERICANS, MANY OF THEM IN RURAL AMERICA, WOULD LOSE THEIR HEALTH COVERAGE. AND ACROSS THIS NATION, IN THE OUT YEAR, BY 2025, 24 MILLION AMERICANS WOULD LOSE THEIR HEALTH COVERAGE AS A RESULT OF THE ACTIONS OF THE REPUBLICANS HERE IN CONGRESS. AND TODAY, JUST A COUPLE OF HOURS AGO, THE SENATE DECIDED TO MOVE FORWARD TO MAKE IT EVEN WORSE. TO REPEAL AND MAYBE NOT EVEN REPLACE. SO THAT 32 MILLION PEOPLE WOULD LOSE THEIR COVERAGE IF THAT WERE TO HAPPEN. 18 MILLION IN 2018 AND 2019 WOULD LOSE THEIR HEALTH CARE COVERAGE UNDER THE PROGRAM THAT WAS PROPOSED BY THE U.S. SENATE LAST WEEK. UNBELIEVABLE. THAT HERE ON THE FLOOR WE HEARD A DISCUSSION ABOUT RURAL AMERICA AND THE NEEDS OF RURAL AMERICA AND I'M HERE TO TELL YOU AS A SON OF RURAL AMERICA, I GREW UP ON A RANCH TWO MILES FROM THE COMMUNITY THAT HAD 500 PEOPLE IN IT THERE WAS A THREE-ROOM SCHOOLHOUSING FIVE OF US IN OUR EIGHTH GRADE CLASS. I'VE RAISED MY CHILDREN IN A COMMUNITY TWICE AS LARGE, 1,000 PEOPLE , IN RURAL AMERICA. I KNOW THE PEOPLE IN MY COMMUNITY DEPENDED UPON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT OR BA MACARE, FOR THE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE THEY NOW HAVE. IN CALIFORNIA OVER FIVE MILLION CALIFORNIANS GAINED COVERAGE. THE UNINSURED RATE DROPPED BY 50% FROM 18% TO JUST OVER 9%. WHY, WHY ON EARTH WOULD WE NEGLECT THIS? THESE STATEMENTS, THIS MORAL IMPERATIVE? SET DOWN BY FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT. IT'S NOT WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO FOR THE WEALTHY, AND KEEP THIS IN MIND THAT THE LEGISLATION THAT PASSED THIS HOUSE AND OVER IN THE SENATE WOULD BE THE LARGEST TRANSFER OF WEALTH OF ANY LEGISLATION EVER. EVER. BY THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. TRANSFERRING MORE THAN $1 TRILLION FROM THE MEN AND WOMEN THAT HAVE BEEN TABLE GAIN COVERAGE IN THEIR HEALTH CARE. THIS IS REAL MONEY. TAKEN OUT OF THEIR POCKETS AS THESE PROGRAMS DISAPPEAR BECAUSE OF THE REPEAL AND REPLACEMENT. $1 TRILLION. TAKEN FROM THE WORKING MEN AND WOMEN AND THE POOR IN AMERICA AND TRANSFERRED TO THE WEALTHY. THAT'S WHAT THE LEGISLATION DID. THAT PASSED THIS HOUSE. THAT'S WHAT'S BEING CONSIDERED IN THE SENATE AT THIS MOMENT. MONUMENTAL TRANSFER OF WEALTH, THE LARGEST TRANSFER OF WEALTH IN ANY PIECE OF -- SINGLE PIECE OF LEGISLATION. HOW CAN IT BE? IF THIS IS THE TEST, NOT WHAT WE'RE DOING FOR THE WEALTHY, NOT FOR THOSE WHO HAVE MUCH, BUT FOR RATHER THOSE IN RURAL AMERICA AND URBAN AMERICA THAT HAVE SO LITTLE. AMERICA OUGHT TO BE UPSET. AMERICA OUGHT TO BE OUTRAGED AT WHAT'S HAPPENING TODAY. WE NEED TO BUILD AMERICA. WE NEED A BETTER AMERICA. WE NEED BETTER JOBS. WE NEED BETTER WAGES. WE NEED BETTER HEALTH CARE, BETTER EDUCATION. THAT'S WHAT WE NEED. BUT WHERE IS THIS CONGRESS GOING? IT'S GOING IN EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION. IT'S TAKING MONEY OUT OF THE POCKETS OF AMERICANS, RURAL AND URBAN AN EVERYBODY IN BETWEEN. TRANSFERRING $1 TRILLION FROM THEIR POCKETS TO THE SUPER WEALTHY. WHO ARE THEY? FIVE MEMBERS INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT IN THE CABINET OF THE UNITED STATES ARE AMONG THE SUPER WEALTHY. THE 400 WEALTHIEST FAMILIES IN AMERICA. THEY'RE THERE. IN THE CABINET. IN THE PRESIDENT'S OFFICE. WHAT DO THEY STAND TO GAIN? $4 MILLION, $5 MILLION, $6 MILLION, $7 MILLION REDUCTION IN THEIR TAXES. WHAT DO THE WORKING MEN AND WOMEN IN AMERICA STAND TO GAIN? THEIR HEALTH CARE IS GOING TO BE TAKEN AWAY FROM THEM. NOT JUST IN THE REDUCTION OF THE COST SHARING BUT ALSO IN THE FACT THAT THE INSURANCE MARKET AS WE KNOW IT TODAY, THE INSURANCE MARKET ITSELF WILL BE SO DESTABILIZED, SO DESTABILIZED BY THE PROPOSED ACTION OF THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE THAT IT WILL REALLY ENTER A DEATH SPIRAL BECAUSE THE LAWS ALLOW THE HEALTHY TO OPT OUT. THE PROPOSED LAWS. ALLOW THE HEALTHY TO OPT OUT. AND THOSE WHO NEED INSURANCE WOULD CONTINUE TO TRY TO GET THEIR INSURANCE IN AN EVER-INCREASING MARKET OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE HIGH HEALTH EXPENSES. THAT'S CALLED A DEATH SPIRAL. I KNOW THIS I WAS THE INSURANCE COMMISSIONER CALIFORNIA FOR EIGHT YEARS AND WE FOUGHT, WE FOUGHT ALL THOSE EIGHT YEARS FROM -- FROM 1991 UNTIL I LEFT THAT OFFICE IN 2006. WE FOUGHT TO TRY TO PUT IN PLACE LAWS THAT ARE NOW IN PLACE AS A RESULT OF OBAMACARE. THE INSURANCE COMPANIES CANNOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF HEALTH CARE, PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, THE FACT THAT YOU'RE A WOMAN, THE FACT THAT YOU'RE OLDER. CANNOT DISCRIMINATE. LAWS THAT ARE -- BUT THE LAW THAT IS NOW BEING DEBATED IN THE SENATE AND WILL BE BACK HERE IN THE HOUSE ALLOWS FOR A RETURN OF THOSE DAYS OF DISCRIMINATION. AND SO IF YOU HAPPEN TO NEED HEALTH CARE, IF YOU HAPPEN TO HAVE A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION, IF YOU HAPPEN TO HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, DIABETES OR YOU HAPPEN TO BE 60 YEARS OR 50 YEARS OF AGE YOU WILL BE HIT WITH A HEAVY INCREASE IN YOUR PREMIUMS, PERHAPS TWO TO THREEFOLD INCREASES. THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE PROMISING AMERICANS. WE CAN'T LET IT HAPPEN. AND INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, AMERICA IS PUSHING BACK. THEY SAY NO MORE. NO MORE. WHAT WE WANT IS BETTER HEALTH CARE. WE DON'T WANT TO LOSE OUR HEALTH CARE POLICY. WHAT WE WANT IS BETTER EDUCATION. WE WANT YOU IN CONGRESS TO WORK ON THE EDUCATION SYSTEMS. ON THE SKILLS THAT MY CHILDREN NEED. YOUR CHILDREN NEED TO BE ABLE TO GET A DECENT JOB. AMERICANS WANT HIGHER WAGES. THEY DON'T WANT THEIR HEALTH CARE RIPPED AWAY. AS IS HAPPENING HERE. THEY WANT US TO FOCUS ON INFRASTRUCTURE. THEY WANT US TO FOCUS ON THE WELL-PAYING JOBS THAT OCCUR FROM INFRASTRUCTURE. BETTER JOBS. BETTER WAGES. BETTER HEALTH CARE. BETTER EDUCATION. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE -- THAT'S WHERE WE'RE GOING. AND BY GOD, WE'RE GOING TO PROTECT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND WE'RE GOING TO STAND WITH AMERICANS. WE'RE GOING TO STAND WITH AMERICANS ACROSS THIS NATION THAT SAY, NO. WE'RE NOT GOING TO LET IT HAPPEN. MR. TRUMP, I KNOW THAT YOU PROMISED A REPEAL. BUT YOU'RE WRONG, MR. PRESIDENT. YOU'RE WRONG. MR. SPEAKER, I PASS -- I PASS THAT MESS ABBLING ON TO THE PRESIDENT. YOU SHOULD NOT TAKE AWAY FROM WORKING MEN AND WOMEN WHO FOR THE FIRST TIME ARE ABLE TO GET THEIR HEALTH CARE AND BE ABLE TO AFFORD A PRIVATE SECTOR MARKET OR BE ABLE TO GET ON THE MEDICAID PROGRAMS, YOU SHOULD NOT TAKE IT AWAY. SO THAT YOU CAN GIVE TO THE SUPER WEALTHY. $1 TRILLION. IT'S OUTRAGEOUS. I NEED TO TAKE A DEEP BREATH. I'M GOING TO GET RILE -- I'M A BIT RILED UP. I'M A BIT RILED UP WHEN I HEAR MY COLLEAGUES COME IN AND TALK ABRURAL AMERICA, WHERE I KNOW FROM MY EXPERIENCE IN MY DISTRICT THERE'S AN OPIOID EPIDEMIC AND METHAMPHETAMINES AND I KNOW THOSE PEOPLE ARE DEPENDENT UPON THE MEDICAID PROGRAM THAT THEY INTEND TO RIP AWAY. OK. CALM DOWN, JOHN. DON'T GET TOO EXCITED. DON'T GET TOO MAD. TAKE A DEEP BREATH. AND TURN OVER TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE EAST COAST, CONGRESSMAN TONKO YOU AND I HAVE BEEN ON THIS FLOOR MANY TIMES TALKING ABOUT MAKING IT IN AMERICA, ABOUT JOBS, ABOUT MAKING IT BETTER FOR EDUCATION. GIVE ME A CHANCE TO TAKE A DEEP BREATH.

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                    • 06:40:29 PM

                      MR. TONKO

                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR YIELDING. CERTAINLY I UNDERSTAND…

                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR YIELDING. CERTAINLY I UNDERSTAND THE ANGER, REPRESENTATIVE GARAMENDI. AND I KNOW I'M NOT ALONE, I KNOW ALL OF OUR COLLEAGUES ARE HEARING THE OUTBURSTS IN OUR GIVEN DISTRICTS ABOUT THE FOOLISHNESS AND THE HARDHEARTEDNESS OF TAKING AWAY A VERY VALUABLE ASSET. HEALTH CARE COVERAGE IS SO IMPORTANT NOW TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC BUT IN A PARTICULAR WAY IT'S NEAR AND DEAR TO THOSE WHO MOST RECENTLY REALIZED THAT COVERAGE. AND I WILL TELL YOU, BEINGEN THIS FLOOR THEN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WAS PASSED WAS A MONUMENTAL EFFORT. IT WAS DIFFICULT TO LAUNCH THAT PROGRAM. IT TOOK A LOT OF HARD WORK, YEARS OF MESSAGING. GOING TO HEARINGS, WORKING THOSE AMENDMENTS THAT WERE SUGGESTED INTO THE DISCUSSION. AND MAKING CERTAIN THAT THE PACKAGE MET THE MISSION THAT WE EMBARKED UPON. SO IT'S IMPORTANT NOW TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT WE ONLY GO FORWARD AND UPWARD FROM THIS MOMENT. LIKE MANY PROGRAMS BEFORE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, MEDICAID, THEY WERE DIFFICULT TO LAUNCH. BUT UNLIKE THOSE PROGRAMS, CONGRESS AND PRESIDENTS IN THOSE GIVEN ERAS CAME FORWARD AND SAID, OK, WHAT DID WE LEARN FROM THAT LAUNCH? HOW CAN WE IMPROVE UPON THE PACKAGE? HOW CAN WE STRENGTHEN SOME OF THE DIE NAM EXS OF CONCERN. -- OF CONCERN? HERE WE HAVE PEOPLE, AS YOU INDICATED, NOT ONLY UNWILLING TO MAKE THOSE REFORMS POSSIBLE, BUT DISGUISING WHAT THEY CALL HEALTH CARE RERE-FORM IN THE NAME OF A TAX -- HEALTH CARE REFORM IN THE NAME OF A TAX PACKAGE FOR THE WEALTHY. HOW VULGAR IS THAT, WHEN YOU CAN SWEEP THE DOLLARS, THE SAVINGS FROM DENYING PEOPLE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE AND UTILIZE IT TO RELIEVE TAXES FOR THOSE MOST COMFORTABLE IN OUR SOCIETY. FOR THOSE 400 HOUSEHOLDS OF WHICH YOU SPOKE, THE ON AVERAGE RELIEF WAS IN THE ORDER OF $7 MILLION. IMAGINE THAT. TAKING AWAY HEALTH CARE FROM PEOPLE WHO LIVE PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK IN SOME CASES, AND USING THAT TO PROVIDE FOR TAX RELIEF. FOR THOSE MOST COMFORTABLE. THAT IS NOT IN KEEPING WITH THE SPIRIT OF THIS LEGISLATION. IT'S NOT IN KEEPING IN THE HARMONY THAT WAS NECESSARY TO CREATE THIS LEGISLATION. THE SPIRIT WAS TO SPEAK TO THE FUNDAMENTAL NEEDS OF HEALTH CARE FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, TO BE ABLE TO GET PAST DIFFICULT MOMENTS AND SITUATIONS LIKE PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS THAT CAN BE WITH AN INDIVIDUAL, TODDLER, FROM THE MOMENT OF BIRTH. AS WE'VE HEARD IN THE NEWS. THIS HARDHEARTED APPROACH, SENSELESS ATTITUDE, THIS INSENSITIVE EXPRESSION TO AMERICANS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY BY THESE REFORM EFFORTS, TODAY WE KNOW THAT THE UNITED STATES SENATE WENT FORTH WITH A VOTE TO PROCEED ON THEIR EFFORTS. WHAT WILL IT BE? STRAIGHTFORWARD REPEAL AS THE PRESIDENT RECOMMENDS? WHERE YOU LOSE 30-PLUS MILLION PEOPLE IN THEIR HEALTH CARE COVERAGE? RIP IT AWAY FROM THOSE TENS OF MILLIONS? OAR WILL IT BE REPEAL AND DELAY? -- OR WILL IT BE REPEAL AND DELAY? OR WILL IT BE REPEAL AND REPLACE? SO FAR WITH THE ITERATIONS, THE VERSIONS OF HEALTH CARE REFORM THAT HAVE COME FORWARD FROM THIS HOUSE THAT WERE APPROVED IN THIS HOUSE ARE THOSE SENT OTHER TO THE SENATE, THOSE DEVISED BY THE SENATE HAVE BEEN HEARTLESS. THIS IS ABOUT EXPRESSING COMPASSION. ABOUT BEING JUST AND FAIR. JUST THIS WEEKEND, I WAS WITH GROUPS OF CONSTITUENTS, THE FIRST THAT COMES TO MIND IS A FUNDRAISING EFFORT FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO LIVE WITH CYSTIC FIBROSIS. BEFORE I WAS ABLE TO WALK INTO THE ROOM WHERE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE FWATHERED TO SUPPORT THE EFFORTS FOR THIS CAUSE, INDIVIDUAL SETS OF PARENTS CAME TO ME AND SAID, KEEP UP THE FIGHT TO KEEP MEDICAID IN THE EQUATION. OUR OUR, OUR SON CAN'T DO IT WITHOUT MEDICAID. AND THESE PEOPLE WERE PROUD OF THEIR CHILDREN, ADULT CHILDREN IN SOME CASES, WHO GRADUATED WITH HONORS, PLAYED ATHLETICS AND WERE STAR ATHLETES IN THEIR HIGH SCHOOL YEARS, WHO THEN EARNED FULL SCHOLARSHIPS TO COLLEGE AND HIS DAUGHTER MADE HIM MOST PROUD AND SHE WAS WHEELING HER I.V. ON THE CAMPUS TO CLASS. THAT'S WHAT WE SEE OUT THERE. MOTIVATION, INSPIRATION, RESPECT FOR PEOPLE WHO LIVE WITH DIFFICULT CHALLENGES IN LIFE AND WE WERE RESPONDING AS A COMPASSION NATURE SOCIETY, ONE THAT SHOULD SEPARATE US FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD BECAUSE WITHIN OUR ABUNDANCE, WE WANT TO SHARE THAT WITH EVERYBODY. AND SO WONDERFUL, MR. GARAMENDI, THAT YOU BRING THAT QUOTE THAT SPEAKS TO THE ABUNDANCE WHO HAVE, EVIDENTLY WITH THE CONSTRUCTS OF LEGISLATION HERE, ADDING TO THAT ABUNDANCE TO THOSE WHO HAVE PRECIOUS LITTLE. WE CAN DO BETTER. I ATTENDED A CONFERENCE FOR PEOPLE WHO WERE DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED. AGAIN, PEOPLE APPROACHING ME SAYING KEEP UP THE FIGHT FOR MEDICAID. OUR CONSUMERS CANNOT DO IT. OUR LOVED ONES CANNOT DO IT WITHOUT MEDICAID. AND I THINK THE REJECTION OF MEDICAID EXPANSION IN THIS HOUSE THAT WAS OFFERED BY THIS HOUSE BY THIS TOWN, BY WASHINGTON, TO THE MANY STATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, THE REJECTION BY THOSE STATES WAS SHEER POLITICS. AND SO WE DENIED, PEOPLE IN STATES THAT PAY FEDERAL TAXES, THE BENEFITS OF MEDICAID EXPANSION. WHAT DOES THAT SHOW? WE ARE BETTER THAN THAT. WE ARE BETTER THAN THAT. AND FINALLY, I'LL SAY THIS, BECAUSE I KNOW WE HAVE COLLEAGUES LOOKING TO SHARE THEIR THOUGHTS AND THEIR STORIES. I LOOKED AT SOME CONSTITUENTS THIS WEEKEND IN THE EYE AND IN HEART FELT CONVERSATIONS SAID, DO YOU THINK IT'S FAIR, DO YOU THINK IT'S JUST TO RIP AWAY HEALTH CARE FROM PEOPLE SO YOU CAN AFFORD A TAX CUT FOR THE VERY WEALTHY? IS IT FAIR TO DENY PRE-EXISTING COVERAGE FOR INDIVIDUALS? IS IT UNFAIR TO TAKE IT AWAY? WHAT ABOUT THE ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS PACKAGE. THOSE OF OUR NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS WHO STRUGGLE AND LIVE WITH MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS, THOSE WHO ARE DEALING WITH THE ILLNESS OF ADDICTION, ISN'T IT FAIR TO HELP THEM? I SAID I KNOW WHO YOU VOTED FOR AND WE ARE A NATION OF FREEDOM OF CHOICE, BUT IT IS OUR DUTY AND RESPONSIBILITY TO SEE IF THEY ARE ACTING ACCORDINGLY. DO YOU THINK YOUR CANDIDATE OF CHOICE IS BEING FAIR AND JUST? AND THEY COULDN'T ANSWER ME ABOUT THAT SITUATION. THEY WANTED TO REDIRECT THE CONVERSATION. WHY? BECAUSE I THINK IT'S DIFFICULT TO SAY PEOPLE, LEADERS IN THIS TOWN, THE PRESIDENT AND LEADERS IN THE HOUSE AND LEADERS IN THE SENATE ARE NOT LISTENING TO AMERICA. AND SO IT IS UNFAIR TO UTILIZE THE SWEEPING OF SERVICES, OF HEALTH CARE RESPONSE TO TENS OF MILLIONS OF INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES AND UTILIZE THOSE DOLLARS FOR A TAX CUT FOR THE WEALTHY. WE ARE GOING TO WATCH THIS AGGRESSIVELY, WITH LASER-SHARP FOCUS. THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA HAVE SPOKEN AND ARE CONTINUING TO SPEAK. THEY DON'T LIKE THE UNJUSTNESS AND THE UNFAIRNESS OR THE CALCULATED RIPPING AWAY OF HEALTH CARE INSURANCE FOR TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE, WHETHER IT'S 30, 21, WHATEVER THE ITERATION, SHAME ON US LETTING THAT TO HAPPEN. AS AN INDUSTRIALIZED NATION THAT DID NOT HAVE ACCESS, AFFORDABILITY AND QUALITY OF CARE AS A GIVEN FOR MANY HOUSEHOLDS IN THIS COUNTRY, THEY NEED TO EXPRESS THOSE TERMS IN MANY BETTER FORMAT. REPRESENTATIVE GARAMENDI, THANK YOU TO ALERT PEOPLE THAT THE DEMOCRATS IN THIS HOUSE ARE STILL BATTLING FOR THOSE FAMILIES THAT WOULD HAVE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE RIPPED FROM THEM SO WE CAN AFFORD A TAX CUT FOR THE WEALTHY.

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                    • 06:49:59 PM

                      MR. GARAMENDI

                      MR. TONKO, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH, VIEW FROM THE STATE OF NEW YORK AND…

                      MR. TONKO, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH, VIEW FROM THE STATE OF NEW YORK AND STATE OF CALIFORNIA. SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN THOSE TWO STATES LIE THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO AND WE HAVE WITH US TODAY , REPRESENTATIVE LIEU HAN -- LUJAN GRISH SHAM.

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                    • 06:50:33 PM

                      MS. LUJAN GRISHAM

                      RISK AND WHY IT IS AT RISK. IT'S IMPORTANT FOR VIEWERS AND OUR…

                      RISK AND WHY IT IS AT RISK. IT'S IMPORTANT FOR VIEWERS AND OUR CONSTITUENTS AND FAMILIES TO REALLY UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS NOT A HEALTH CARE DEBATE. THIS IS NOT A HEALTH CARE REFORM MEASURE. NOTHING THAT HAS OCCURRED AND PASSED IN THE HOUSE OR IN THE SENATE HAS INVOLVED SERIOUS DISCUSSION OR DEBATE ABOUT HEALTH CARE REFORM, BECAUSE WHAT THIS REALLY IS IS A TAX BREAK, NOT JUST FOR THE WEALTHIEST OF AMERICANS BUT FOR TWO CRITICAL CORPORATIONS, INSURANCE AND PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES WHO I ASSURE YOU DO NOT NEED ADDITIONAL TAX BREAKS WHO ARE MAKING RECORD PROFITS. AND WHEN WE LOOK AT THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY, IT HAS BEEN ONE OF THE MOST PROFITABLE IN AMERICA'S HISTORY. THIS IS AN EFFORT TO PROVIDE BENEFITS TO THE THREE GROUPS WHO DO NOT NEED THESE BENEFITS. AND THE WAY THEY PAY FOR IT IS TO REMOVE HEALTH CARE BENEFITS FROM MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. 32 MILLION AMERICANS AT RISK FOR LOSING THEIR HEALTH CARE AND MANY MORE WHO ARE IN JEOPARDY OF HAVING TO PAY FAR MORE FOR THE BENEFITS THAT ARE NECESSARY AND LIFE SAVING. AND I WANTED TO WEIGH IN. BECAUSE STATES LIKE MINE, RURAL, FRONTIER, VERY POOR STATE, IN FACT, WE HAVE THE MOST TO LOSE OF ANY STATE IN THE NATION IF THIS DRACONIAN MEASURE, WHICH IS ONE STEP CLOSER TO BEING PASSED IN THE SENATE AFTER TODAY'S PROCEDURAL VOTE. IT MEANS 11.4 BILLION OUT OF OUR ECONOMY. IT IS A DEVASTATING BLOW TO ONE OF THE POOREST STATES IN THE NATION WHO HAVE ONE OF THE HIGHEST PERCENTAGES OF INDIVIDUALS IN MEDICAID DUE TO THE EXPANSION. AND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFETIME, I'M SEEING NEW MEXICANS IN A POSITION TO HAVE CARE AT THE RIGHT TIME, RIGHT PLACE. THIS COUNTRY HAS TO GET HEALTH CARE RIGHT. WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE NOT THE SICKEST POPULATION IN ONE OF THE WEALTHIEST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD. YOU HAVE TO PROVIDE ACCESS. WE PROVIDE ACCESS IN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT BY GIVING PEOPLE SUBSIDIES AND ASKING INSURANCE COMPANIES TO TREAT THEIR BENEFICIARIES FAIRLY. SUBSIDIES TO AFFORD THOSE PREMIUMS AND MAKING SURE THEY COVER PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS AND MAKING SURE THEY ARE NOT MAKING WOMEN PAY MORE FOR THEIR CARE. THIS IS A CONGRESS THAT HAS AN OBLIGATION TO ADDRESS THE THINGS THAT BOTH REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS AND PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES AND INSURANCE COMPANIES HAVE DONE TO US, NOT FOR US. PREMIUMS ARE STILL TOO OFTEN TOO HIGH, CO-PAYS STILL TOO OFTEN TOO HIGH. AND DEDUCTIBLES, STILL TOO HIGH. IS THAT THE FAULT OF THE DEMOCRATS OR THE ADMINISTRATION WHO WORKED TO MAKE SURE THAT INSURANCE COMPANIES GOT PAYMENTS TO DEAL WITH THE RISING COSTS WITH FOLKS WITH CATASTROPHIC ILLNESSES? NO. REPUBLICANS CONTINUE TO FUND THOSE RISK CORRIDORS. DID WE DO ANYTHING IN THIS CONGRESS TO REQUIRE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES WHO SELL THE VERY SAME DRUGS ON 10 CENTS ON THE DOLLAR TO NATIONS IN THE WORLD TO MAKE SURE YOU GOT A FAIR DRUG PRICE AFTER YOUR DOLLARS HELPED THOSE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES AND WE GIVE THEM PATENT PROTECTIONS TO MAKE THE MOST POSSIBLE MONEY INCLUDING GENERIC BRAND DRUGS? NO. WE DID NOTHING TO HOLD THAT INDUSTRY ACCOUNTABLE WHICH WOULD MEAN LOWER COSTS FOR CONSUMERS. BUT WHAT I KNOW WHAT HAPPENS FOR SURE WITH THIS BILL IS NOT ONLY DO THEY RIP THE RUG OUT FROM ANY OF THOSE PROTECTIONS ON HARD-WORKING AMERICANS WHO DESERVE THE PROTECTION AND THE KNOWLEDGE THAT THEIR HEALTH CARE WILL BE THERE FOR THEM TOMORROW. WE ALSO CLOSE EVERY RURAL COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, EVERY RURAL HOSPITAL AT RISK IN THE COUNTRY, WHICH IS WHY NO HOSPITALS, NO DOCTORS, NO INSURANCE COMPANIES, NO PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES, BECAUSE WHO ARE THEY GOING TO SELL THESE PRODUCTS TO, ARE SUPPORTING THIS BILL. AND THE SENATE IS IGNORING EVERY REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR WHO IS SAYING THIS IS A DISASTER. THEY WANT SOMETHING ELSE. AND YET THIS IS THE PATH WE ARE UNDER BECAUSE IT WOULD BE MORE IMPORTANT TO GIVE TAX BREAKS THAN TO DO THIS, TO PROTECT MR. TEMPLETON IN MY STATE WHO WAS DIAGNOSED WITH PROSTATE CANCER IN 2016 AND BEGAN TREATMENT IN 2017. HE EXPLAINED IN AN EMAIL WITHOUT THE A.C.A., HE CAN'T AFFORD ANY OF HIS TREATMENTS. AND HE SAID, AM I BEING SENTENCED TO DEATH BY CONGRESS? HOW MANY MORE U.S. CITIZENS ARE OUT THERE LIKE ME? THE ANSWER TO HIS QUESTION IS THERE ARE AT LEAST 32 MILLION. AND AS I CLOSE WITH WHAT I THINK IS AN OUTRAGEOUS EFFORT BY REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE, AND BY THAT PROCEDURAL VOTE IN THE SENATE, AT THE SAME TIME, THEY ARE LOOKING AT RIPPING HEALTH CARE FROM MILLIONS OF AMERICANS AND WILLING TO PUT $1.6 BILLION INTO A WALL THAT THEY PROMISED AMERICANS WOULD NOT PAY FOR. HERE'S AN IDEA, YOU GOT $1.6 BILLION TO INVEST, INVEST THAT TO PROTECT FOLKS WITH THEIR COSTS UNDER THE A.C.A. LET'S DEAL WITH MEDICAID FAIRLY AND DROP PRESCRIPTION DRUG COSTS AND LET'S LOWER CO-PAYS AND INVEST IN RURAL COMMUNITY SEPTEMBERERS AND HAVE A TARGET TO DEAL WITH OPIOIDS AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE THAT WERE CREATED BY PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES. THIS IS MONEY THAT WOULD HIRE NURSES AND TEACHERS AND MONEY THAT WOULD PUT THOUSANDS OF NEW MEXICANS BACK TO WORK IN BETTER, SAFER, MORE PRODUCTIVE INFRASTRUCTURE. OUR VERY FUTURE, MR. GARAMENDI AT STAKE IS ON THE WRONG PATH AND THE DRACONIAN EFFORT TODAY IN THE SENATE. I THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT HOW TERRIBLE THESE EFFORTS ARE AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR US TO ENCOURAGE OUR SUPPORTERS TO FIGHT FOR FAIRNESS. AND JUSTICE IN THIS COUNTRY. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 06:57:34 PM

                      MR. GARAMENDI

                      VERY FORTHRIGHT STATEMENT, THE VOICE OF NEW MEXICO HAS BEEN HEARD HERE ON…

                      VERY FORTHRIGHT STATEMENT, THE VOICE OF NEW MEXICO HAS BEEN HEARD HERE ON THE FLOOR. I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE THAT MESSAGE FROM NEW MEXICO AND WHAT IT MEANS WITH THE REPEAL OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR DOING THAT. A VERY POWERFUL STATEMENT AND VOICE ON BEHALF OF NEW MEXICANS AND AMERICANS. SOMEWHERE BETWEEN NEW MEXICO AND NEW YORK LIES THE STATE OF OHIO. AND MS. KAPTUR, YOU HAVE REPRESENTED THAT STATE SO VERY, VERY WELL A FEW YEARS -- WE WON'T SAY EXACTLY HOW MANY YEARS, BUT OVER THOSE YEARS, YOU HAVE BEEN THE VOICE OF THE WORKING MEN AND WOMEN IN OHIO.

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                    • 06:58:26 PM

                      MS. KAPTUR

                      THANK YOU SO MUCH. IT'S A PLEASURE TO BE WITH YOU TONIGHT AND…

                      THANK YOU SO MUCH. IT'S A PLEASURE TO BE WITH YOU TONIGHT AND CONGRESSWOMAN GRISHAM, SHE HAS BEEN A LEADER NOT JUST FOR NEW MEXICO, BUT THE WHOLE ISSUE OF HEALTH ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. I'M PLEASED TO JOIN ALL OF YOU. I WOULD SAY AS A MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW THIS PAST WEEK, WE TRIED VERY HARD TO PASS AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD SIMPLY ASK THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH TO REPORT BACK TO US ON HOW MUCH MONEY WE WERE SPENDING AS A COUNTRY IN MEDICARE, MEDICAID, AT THE V.A., DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR CERTAIN CLASSES OF DRUGS IN OUR COUNTRY. NOW DON'T YOU THINK IT WOULD BE RIGHT FOR US TO KNOW SINCE WE ARE SPENDING TAX DOLLARS AND SPENDING MORE MONEY ON A DIABETIC MEDICINE THAN A HEART MEDICINE, IT WOULD BE GOOD FOR US TO DO COST ACCOUNTING TO GO BACK AND LOOK WHAT WE WERE PAYING. YOU KNOW WE WEREN'T ABLE TO GET THAT ON HOW MUCH PHARMACEUTICALS ARE COSTING THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES BECAUSE THE REPUBLICAN MEMBERS OF OUR COMMITTEE BLOCKED IT, THEY VOTED NO. THEY DON'T WANT TO KNOW HOW MUCH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SPENDING THROUGH THEIR TAX DOLLARS AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL BECAUSE THE GOAL WAS TO FIGURE OUT HOW THIS MONEY WAS BEING SPENT AND HOLD THOSE COMPANIES THAT WERE RESPONSIBLE. IT IS AMAZING AND REALLY WRONG WITH THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY IS DOING TO THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY. THEY ARE KILLING PEOPLE. . PEOPLE CANNOT AFFORD THE MEDICINE THAT THEY NEED. YESTERDAY, AND I GIVE THIS AS HOMEWORK, IN "THE NEW YORK TIMES" THERE WAS A GREAT STORY CALLED "WHEN HEALTH LAW ISN'T ENOUGH, THE DESPERATE LINE UP." IT WAS WRITTEN BY WHAT MUST BE A BRILLIANT YOUNG REPORTER NAMED TRIP GABRIEL. AND IT REPORTED ABOUT CHARITY GROUP IN OUR COUNTRY CALLED THE REMOTE AREA MEDICAL EXPEDITION. AND THEY WERE IN WISE, VIRGINIA. SOMEWHERE SOUTH OF HERE. IT'S A GROUP OF CHARITABLE CITIZENS WHO ARE DOCTORS, THEY'RE DENTISTS. THEY DONATE THEIR TIME OVER A WEEKEND AND THEY GO TO PLACES IN OUR COUNTRY THAT DON'T HAVE MEDICAL CARE. SO NO AMERICAN SHOULD ASSUME THAT EVERYBODY HAS CARE. AND THAT EVERYBODIES HAS INSURANCE. -- AND THAT EVERYBODY HAS INSURANCE. EVEN WITH THE CURRENT SYSTEM. I TELL YOU, IF YOU WANT YOUR EYES OPENED, READ THAT STORY. OVER ONE WEEKEND, OVER 2,000 PEOPLE CAME. AND THERE WERE PEOPLE THERE WHO WERE DIABETIC, WHO HAD NO MEDICATION. ONE WOMAN THEY REPORTED IN THE STORY CAME WITH A DISPENSER FOR INSULIN, BUT THE NEEDLE WAS BROKEN. HER DIABETES WAS -- HER GLUE COSE READING WITH A OVER 500. THEY TALKED ABOUT PEOPLE WHO WERE THERE FOR GLASSES. THEY COULDN'T AFFORD GLASSES. ONE WOMAN WAS DIAGNOSED WITH A VISION OF 2,100 IN ONE EYE AND THEY WERE LOOKING FOR GLASSES THAT WOULD FIT HER. THEY HAD A GENTLEMAN WHO WAS COFFING AND HE THOUGHT HE HAD BLACK LUNG DISEASE. IT TURNED OUT WHAT HE REALLY HAD WAS SLEEP APNEA. FINALLY SOMEBODY DIAGNOSED WHAT HIS PROBLEM WAS. THERE WAS SOMEBODY THERE, THEY START OUT WITH A STORY ABOUT A GENTLEMAN WHO SHOWED UP AT THAT EVENT AND HE TOOK THEM TO THE TRUNK OF HIS CAR AND SHOWED THEM THE PLIRES HE WAS USING TO RIP OUT HIS TEETH BECAUSE HE HAD SO MANY DECADE TEETH AND HE HADN'T BEEN TO THE -- DECAYED TEETH AND HE HADN'T BEEN TO THE DENTIST IT YEAR. THEY HAD DENTISTS, THEY HAD ALL KINDS OF PHYSICIANSES. THEY HAD NURSES TRYING TO HELP PEOPLE. I READ THAT RARL, I THOUGHT, THIS IS AMERICA? -- THAT ARTICLE, I THOUGHT, THIS IS AMERICA? THIS IS AMERICA? HERE'S JUST THE FIRST FEW SENTENCES. IT SAYS, ANTHONY MARINO, 54, REACHED INTO HIS CAR TRUNK TO SHOW A PAIR OF NEEDLE-NOSED PLIERS LIKE THE ONES HE USED TO RANK OUT HIS ROTTING TOOTH. SHERRY ACRES, 58, CLUTCHED A LIST OF 20 MEDICATIONS SHE TAKES BEFORE SETTLING DOWN TO A SLEEPLESS NIGHT IN THE CAB OF A PICKUP TRUCK. ROBIN NEIL, 40, TRIED TO INJECT HERSELF WITH A USED UP INSULIN PEN BUT IT BROKE AND HER BLOOD SUGAR BEGAN TO SKYROCKET. AS THE SUNSETS IN THE MOUNTAINS OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA, HUNDREDS OF HURTING SOULS WERE CAMPED OUT OR HUDDLED IN VEHICLES, EAGER FOR AN EARLY PLACE IN LINE WHEN THE GATES SWUNG OPEN AT 5:00 A.M., THE NATION'S LARGE UP POP-UP FREE CLINIC. THAT FREE CLINIC IS CALLED THE REMOTE AREA MEDICAL EXPEDITION. I JUST READ THAT, THERE WAS A PHOTO, THERE WERE SEVERAL PHOTOS IN THE PAPER. THIS IS AMERICA. AND SO FOR THE SENATE, PARTICULARLY THE LEADER OF THE SENATE, WHO COMES FROM KENTUCKY, A STATE THAT IS NOTED TO HAVE VERY POOR MEDICAL CARE, WHERE THERE ARE LARGE RURAL AREAS, WHERE WHERE MANY PEOPLE, INCLUDING THOSE WHO ARE SINGLE, WHO GET NONE OF THIS COVERAGE, RIGHT? THE SINGLE ARE ESPECIALLY DISCRIMINATED AGAINST. HOW THAT COULD BE PUSHED FORWARD BY SOMEONE FROM THE STATE OF KENTUCKY, I SIMPLY DON'T UNDERSTAND IT. AND HERE IN THIS HOUSE, WHERE WE TRIED SO HARD TO SAVE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, AND TO MAKE NECESSARY CHANGES TO IT, YOU KNOW, A LOT OF THOSE CHANGES ARE NEEDED IN THESE STATES THAT DON'T HAVE ENOUGH PEOPLE TO REALLY SET UP A LARGE ENOUGH EXCHANGE. THEY NEED -- WE NEED TO LUMP TWO OR THREE STATES TOGETHER SO YOU GET A POOL THAT IS INSURABLE. WE KNOW HOW TO FIX THIS. BUT WE DON'T NEED TO TAKE MORE PEOPLE OFF HEALTH INSURANCE, MILLIONS AND MILLIONS AND MILLIONS, BECAUSE WE HAVE MILLIONS WHO STILL ARE UNINSURED. AND WE HAVE INDUSTRIES LIKE THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY FIGHTING US AGAINST TRYING TO GET AFFORDABLE MEDICATIONSES TO OUR CONSTITUENTS -- MEDICATIONS TO OUR CONSTITUENTS. SO I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TONIGHT AND FOR FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. REALLY, TO HAVE ALMOST $1 TRILLION OF MONEY GIVEN AWAY OVER THE NEXT 10, 15 YEARS TO THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY? YOU KNOW WHAT, THEY HAVE DOCTORS. THEY CAN AFFORD INSURANCE. THEY DON'T NEED, FRANKLY THEY DON'T -- FRANKLY, THEY DON'T NEED MORE MONEY. THEY CAN BENEFIT FROM A LITTLE LESS MONEY, ACTUALLY. THEIR HEIRS CERTAINLY WOULD. WE NEED A LITTLE RIGOR OUT THERE. EVEN AMONG THE WEALTHY IN OUR COUNTRY. TO HELP US TO HEAL THIS NATION, AND TO DEAL WITH ITS REAL MEDICAL PROBLEMS, I'LL JUST SAY THIS. WE WERE CHECKING TODAY ON THE DIABETIC COSTS ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. IF WE JUST -- ONE FACILITY IN OHIO, JUST ONE, A VETERANS FACILITY, OVER 30,000 VETERANS IN THAT FACILITY HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH DIABETES. MANY, MANY OF THOSE VETERANS GO FOR THE TREATMENT OF DIALYSIS IN ORDER TO HELP THEM TO DEAL WITH THEIR CONDITION. FOR ONE YEAR THAT TREATMENT COSTS $100,000. SO OVER A 10-YEAR PERIOD IT COSTS $1 MILLION PER PERSON WHO GOES THROUGH DIALYSIS. IMAGINE IF WE WERE ABLE TO PRESCRIBE FOOD AS MEDICINE, WHICH HOSPITALS ARE DOING IN MANY PLACES. AND HELP PEOPLE LEARN HOW TO NOT BECOME SO SEVERELY DIABETIC. WE WOULD SAVE SO MUCH MONEY ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. INCLUDING WITH OUR VETERANS. AND MORE IMPORTANT THAN MONEY, WITH HE WOULD SAVE THEIR LIVES. WE WOULD SAVE THE AMPUTATIONS, WE WOULD SAVE ALL OF THE COSTS THAT DIABETES INCURS OVER THE YEARS. SO PEOPLE WOULD LEARN HOW TO BE HEALTHIER. SO I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. I'M PROUD OF YOU TWO GENTLEMEN. CONGRESSMAN GARAMENDI AND CONGRESSMAN TONKO. YOU'RE HONORABLE GENTLEMEN. YOU'VE COME HERE FROM BOTH ENDS OF THE COUNTRY, RIGHT, NEW YORK AND CALIFORNIA. AND WE'RE HERE TONIGHT BECAUSE WE KNOW, WE KNOW WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT. THEY WANT AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE. THEY WANT AFFORDABLE MEDICINE. THEY'RE WILLING TO DO THEIR PART. AND NOBODY SHOULD BE LEFT OUT. AND WE CAN FIND THAT ANSWER AS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WE DON'T HAVE TO ACCEPT THIS SET OF DEATH PANELS THAT THEY'RE FIGURING OUT OVER THERE IN THE SENATE. WHO'S GOING TO DIE, WHO'S NOT GOING TO HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE, WHO'S GOING TO BE SHORTCHANGED? BECAUSE WHEN THAT WHEEL OF FORTUNE TURNS, YOU NEVER KNOW WHO IN YOUR FAMILY'S GOING TO GET SICK. YOU SIMPLY DON'T KNOW. AND NO ONE SHOULD BE WITHOUT COVERAGE. SO I THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE ON THE FLOOR TONIGHT. AND FOR DOING WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT US TO DO. AND THAT IS DEFEND AND PROTECT THEM. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                    • 07:07:28 PM

                      MR. GARAMENDI

                      THANK YOU. FOR YEARS YOU HAVE BEEN THE STRONG VOICE OF WORKING MEN AND…

                      THANK YOU. FOR YEARS YOU HAVE BEEN THE STRONG VOICE OF WORKING MEN AND WOMEN IN THE STATE OF OHIO. THANK YOU FOR BRINGING US THE MESSAGE FROM MIDAMERICA. ALSO IN YOUR WRAPUP, YOU BEGAN TO TALK ABOUT THE ISSUE OF PREVENTION. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT DOES SO VERY WELL, OBAMACARE, IF YOU WILL, IS PREVENTION. PARTICULARLY FOR SENIORS. THERE'S AN ANNUAL HEALTH CARE CHECKUP, FREE ANNUAL HEALTH CARE CHECKUP FOR SENIORS AS A RESULT OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. AND WHEN SENIORS GET THAT HEALTH CARE CHECKUP, THEY ALSO ARE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND THAT THEY HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, THAT THEY ARE INSIP YENT DIABETES OR OTHER ILLNESSES THAT ULTIMATELY, AS MS. KAPTUR SO CORRECTLY POINTED OUT, BECOME EXTRAORDINARILY EXPENSIVE IF THEY'RE NOT TREATED. ONE OTHER FACT IS THAT THE MEDICAID PROGRAM IN AMERICA, MORE THAN 50% OF THE TOTAL EXPENSES IN THE MEDICAID PROGRAM ARE FOR MEN AND WOMEN THAT ARE IN NURSING HOMES. SO WE'RE NOT TALKING JUST ABOUT FAMILIES AND CHILDREN. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE ELDERLY THAT ARE BEING CARED FOR IN NURSING HOMES. THE RESULT OF THE REPEAL OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, AND THE REDUCTION OF THE MEDICARE -- MEDICAID EXPENDITURE IS THAT THOSE MEN AND WOMEN THAT ARE IN THE NURSING HOMES WILL NO LONGER HAVE THE SUPPORT TO KEEP THEM IN A NURSING HOME. SO WHAT COMES OF THOSE MEN AND WOMEN? WHAT HAPPENS TO THEM? IF THEY'RE NO LONGER ABLE TO HAVE CARE IN A NURSING HOME? JUST LET THAT QUESTION HANG THERE. BECAUSE IT'S A QUESTION THAT OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES AND THE SENATE MUST ANSWER. BECAUSE THE REPEAL AND REPLACE LEGISLATION, OR REPEAL LEGISLATION AND WAIT LEGISLATION, GOES RIGHT TO THE HEART OF THE MEDICAID PROGRAM AND THE SUPPORT THAT THOSE SENIORS AND NURSING HOMES -- IN NURSING HOMES NOW ARE ABLE TO RECEIVE THAT SERVICE. IN ADDITION TO THAT, WHAT COMES OF THE MEDICARE PROGRAM? WE KNOW THAT THE MEDICARE PROGRAM SOLVENCY WAS SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASED, TO ABOUT 15 YEARS, NOT GOING TO GO BANKRUPT FROM THE -- IN THE NEAR TERM, AS WAS PREDICTED BEFORE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, BUT RATHER EXTENDED INTO THE OUT YEARS. SO THE SOLVENCY OF THE MEDICARE PROGRAM WOULD BE REDUCED. AND THE FREE MEDICAL CHECKUPS, WE'RE NOT SURE WHETHER THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO CONTINUE OR NOT. SO IT'S NOT JUST MEN AND WOMEN THAT ARE NOT YET 65 YEARS OF AGE, BUT IT'S MEN AND WOMEN THAT ARE 65 THAT WOULD SEE SIGNIFICANT PRESSURE ON THE SERVICES THAT THEY NOW RECEIVE. AND QUITE PROBABLY REDUCTIONS IN THE SERVICES THAT THEY WOULD RECEIVE. BOTH IN THE MEDICARE, AS WELL AS THE MEDICAID, PROGRAM. MR. TONKO, WHY DON'T WE CHAT FOR A FEW MOMENTS BACK AND FORTH HERE. YOU IN NEW YORK, YOU'RE FACED WITH THE SAME PROBLEMS THAT MY CONSTITUENTS IN CALIFORNIA WOULD BE FACED WITH. AND THAT IS A REPEAL SERIOUSLY HURTS PEOPLE. I MEAN, PHYSICALLY HURTS THEM. THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GET THE MEDICAL SERVICES THAT THEY CURRENTLY HAVE. MR. TONKO.

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                    • 07:11:06 PM

                      MR. TONKO

                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR YIELDING. REPRESENTATIVE…

                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR YIELDING. REPRESENTATIVE GARAMENDI, I'M SO HONORED TO ASSOCIATE MY COMMENTS WITH THOSE OF YOURS, TO CONNECT WITH YOU IN THIS EFFORT TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT WE STOP THIS FOOLISHNESS COMING FROM THIS HOUSE AND THE UNITED STATES SENATE. THAT TOTALLY REJECTS THE APPEAL, THE PLEAS OF AMERICANS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT THE DYNAMICS THAT DROVE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT STILL STAY IN PLACE. AND THAT BEING AFFORDABILITY, ACCESSIBILITY AND QUALITY OF CARE. THOSE ARE SUCH ESSENTIAL FORCES THAT ARE THE UNDERPINNINGS OF THE FOUNDATION OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. SO WHEN I HEARD YOUR EXPRESSION OF CONCERN HERE TONIGHT, AND PINPOINTING THOSE VERY -- VARIOUS ELEMENTS OF THE POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT THAT COMES FROM THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT LEGISLATION, HEARING THE VOICE OF TWO CONGRESSWOMEN HERE FROM NEW MEXICO AND OHIO ON THE FLOOR JOINING US, IT REMINDS ME THAT OUR FORCE IS THE ESSENTIAL FORCE ON THE HILL IN WASHINGTON. TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT THE PEOPLE'S VOICES ARE HEARD. THERE'S ANGER OUT THERE. THERE'S INJUSTICE. THERE'S UNFAIRNESS. AND THAT HAS TO BE ADDRESSED. AND SO I'M PROUD OF THE EFFORTS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE IN MY STATE. I KNOW YOU TALKED ABOUT THE PROGRESS IN CALIFORNIA. IN NEW YORK I'M PROUD OF WHAT THE GOVERNOR AND THE LEGISLATURE DID IN BUILDING THOSE EXCHANGES. IT TOOK RESPONSE FROM EACH OF THE 50 STATES TO MAKE THIS WORK. OR AT LEAST WE HAD HOPED EACH STATE WOULD RESPOND FULLY. BUT IN NEW YORK, WE'RE MANAGING THAT EFFORT THROUGH SOUND EXCHANGES. I GET WORRIED. WHEN I SEE TWEETS FROM THE PRESIDENT THAT SAY, WELL, WELL WHEN THINGS DIDN'T WORK FOR -- WELL, WHEN THINGS DIDN'T WORK FOR A WHILE IN THE SENATE, WHEN THEY COULDN'T MOVE FORWARD WITH THE REPEAL AND DELAY OR REPEAL AND REPLACE, WELL, WE'LL JUST LET THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT DIE IN ITS OWN RIGHT, ON ITS OWN RIGHT. WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? THAT SOUNDS TO ME LIKE A POOR ATTITUDE. ONE THAT WOULDN'T DO THE VERY BEST TO UNDERPIN TO THE AGENCIES THAT ARE CONNECTED TO THIS LEGISLATION, TO REINFORCE THE MARKETS OUT THERE. THAT'S PART OF THIS RESPONSE. WHEN I HEAR AN ATTITUDE LIKE THAT EXPRESSED, I'M CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT THE VOICE WILL BE OVER TO THESE AGENCIES SAYING, LOOK, WE NEED TO BE A GOOD PARTNER, A SOUND PARTNER, AN EFFECTIVE PARTNER WITH THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. I DON'T KNOW IF WE'D GET THAT. SO THAT WORRIES ME. IF YOUR ATTITUDE IS, LET IT JUST DIE AND CRUMBLE -- WHY? WHY CAN'T YOU PUT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC BEFORE POLITICS? LET'S DO OUR BEST EFFORT, LET'S IN EARNEST DO OUR BEST. LET'S BE GENUINE IN OUR APPROACH. I THINK IT'S ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE. YOU KNOW, AS THE REPUBLICANS, REPRESENTATIVE GARAMENDI, IN THE SENATE RACE TO PASS TRUMPCARE, A BILL THAT WOULD RIP COVERAGE AWAY FROM TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE, PERHAPS AS MANY AS 30 MILLION, I WOULD, IF YOU'D ALLOW ME TO SHARE A FEW STORIES FROM MY DISTRICT.

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                    • 07:14:11 PM

                      MR. GARAMENDI

                      ORDER.

                    • 07:20:22 PM

                      MR. GARAMENDI

                      MR. TORN COW, THANK YOU SO MUCH. YOU -- MR. TONKO, YOU COVERED THE ISSUE…

                      MR. TORN COW, THANK YOU SO MUCH. YOU -- MR. TONKO, YOU COVERED THE ISSUE VERY WELL. FIRST OF ALL, THE PRESIDENT TALKS ABOUT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IN -- AND DYING AND IT'S NOT GOING TO MAKE IT. THAT COULD HAPPEN BECAUSE OF ACTIONS THAT HE IS SPECIFICALLY TELLING THE ADMINISTRATION TO TAKE, THREE DIFFERENT AREAS, BEING VERY, VERY LATE IN PROVIDING THE COST-SHARING FUNDING PROGRAMS FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE PURCHASING INSURANCE. IT'S DISCRETIONARY RIGHT NOW AND NOT GIVE THE PRESIDENT NOT THE OPTION OF PROVIDING THOSE FUNDS. IF THOSE FUNDS ARE NOT PROVIDED, THEN THOSE EXCHANGES WILL COLLAPSE. SECONDLY, WE KNOW THAT THERE IS THE CROSS ZIZZATION CALLED RE-INSURANCE THAT TRIES TO BALANCE THE RISK POOL OF EACH INSURANCE COMPANY. SOME END UP WITH A HIGH COST POPULATION, OTHERS ARE ABLE TO HAVE A LOW RISK. THE RISK NEEDS TO BE BALANCED OUT BETWEEN THOSE TWO. IF THAT IS NOT DONE, THEN THERE WILL BE A DEATH SPIRAL AMONGST THE INSURANCE COMPANIES. THIRDLY, UNDER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT PEOPLE ARE MANDATED TO BUY INSURANCE OR ELSE PAY A PENALTY. THAT PENALTY IS ENFORCED BY THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE WHO HAS BEEN GIVEN INSTRUCTIONS BY THE PRESIDENT NOT TO ENFORCE THE LAW. THAT WILL LEAD TO THOSE YOUNG AND HEALTHY, NOT BUYING INSURANCE, BECAUSE THERE IS NO PENALTY, THAT WILL CAUSE THE INSURANCE POOL TO BECOME MORE RISKY AND AGAIN, START THAT DEATH SPIRAL THAT IS SO MUCH TALKED ABOUT. THE DEATH SPIRAL CAN BE AVOIDED AND THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS DRAFTED AND WRITTEN IN SUCH A WAY TO AVOID IT. SO MY PLEA TO THE PRESIDENT IS, USE THE LAW. DO NOT CAUSE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT TO COLLAPSE. YOU HAVE WITHIN YOUR POWER, MR. SPEAKER, PLEASE PASS ONTO THE PRESIDENT THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS WITHIN HIS POWER TO MAINTAIN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. HE ALSO HAS WITHIN HIS POWER TO CAUSE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT TO COLLAPSE. NOW, THE FINAL POINT AND HELP ME WITH THIS IS THAT THE DEMOCRATS HAVE FOR FIVE YEARS KNOWN THAT THERE ARE IMPROVEMENTS THAT NEED TO TAKE PLACE WITHIN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND WE HAVE PLEADED WITH OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO ALLOW THOSE IMPROVEMENTS TO TAKE PLACE. WE HAVE HAD A DEAF EAR FROM OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES. AS WE GO INTO THIS POSSIBLE CRISIS, LET IT BE KNOWN THAT THE DEMOCRATS ARE SEEKING IMPROVEMENTS IN A VARIETY OF AREAS. WE HEARD ABOUT THE DRUG CRISIS. I KNOW, MR. TONKO, YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT SOME OF THE IMPROVEMENTS THAT CAN BE MADE. JUMP IN HERE AND INTERRUPT ME IF YOU WILL.

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                    • 07:23:34 PM

                      MR. TONKO

                      WE ONLY HAVE A FEW PRECIOUS MINUTES LEFT. I WILL SAY TO REPEAT WHAT MY…

                      WE ONLY HAVE A FEW PRECIOUS MINUTES LEFT. I WILL SAY TO REPEAT WHAT MY COLLEAGUE JUST SAID, WE WANT TO WORK WITH THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. IT'S ABOUT AFFORDABILITY, ACCESSIBILITY AND QUALITY OF CARE. SHARE WITH US THE IMPROVEMENTS THAT YOU THINK WILL WORK, LET US KNOW THE HURDLES IN THE ROAD YOU HAVE FACED. REMIND US THAT MEDICAID SERVES THE NEEDS OF OUR PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS IN NURSING HOMES, REMIND US THAT THOSE BORN WITH CHALLENGES IN LIFE ARE SERVED WELL BY COVERAGE IN MEDICAID. REMIND US THAT THOSE LIVING WITH DEVELOPMENTALLY -- DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, SHOWCASING THEIR DISABILITIES. CHRONIC ILLNESSES REQUIRING INSURANCE, A CLAUSE THAT ADDRESSES PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS BUILDING ON A HEALTH BENEFITS PACKAGE, WE ARE WITH YOU. WE WALK WITH YOU. WE RAISE OUR VOICES WITH YOU. WE LIFT OUR HEARTS WITH YOU. WE WANT TO BE VICTORIOUS WITH YOU AND FOR YOU. LET'S NOT LET THEM RIP AWAY THIS HEALTH INSURANCE FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE TAX CUTS FOR THE VERY WEALTHY. AND WITH THAT, AGAIN, I THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO SPEAK FORCEFULLY IN THIS GIVEN SPECIAL ORDER TO SAVE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, MAKE IT STRONGER AND RESPOND TO THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY WHO ARE SPEAKING OUT.

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                    • 07:25:08 PM

                      MR. GARAMENDI

                      MR. TONKO, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. FROM THE EAST COAST AND WEST SOVIET, I…

                      MR. TONKO, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. FROM THE EAST COAST AND WEST SOVIET, I HOPE THE MESSAGE THAT AMERICA HAS LISTENED TO. OUR COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS IS GOING TO GIVE US THE FINAL TWO MINUTES OR A MINUTE AND A HALF, MS. SHEILA JACKSON LEE. GO FOR IT.

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                    • 07:25:30 PM

                      MS. JACKSON LEE

                      THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND I WAS DETAINED AT ANOTHER MEETING, BUT I COULD…

                      THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND I WAS DETAINED AT ANOTHER MEETING, BUT I COULD NOT HELP CONCLUDE A VERY IMPORTANT SPECIAL ORDER AND I DO WANT TO EMPHASIZE WE HAVE A BETTER DEAL. WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE ABLE TO STABILIZE THE MARKETS AND WE HEARD FROM MR. COHEN TODAY WHO IS FROM YOUR GREAT STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAYING AFFORDABLE CARE ACT DOES WORK, SUBSIDIES DOES WORK AND IF WE GO THE ROUTE OF THE SENATE, AMERICANS WILL WIND UP PAYING MORE FOR PREMIUMS THAN THEIR OWN INCOME. WE CAN FIX AND STABILIZE, FIX THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, STABILIZE THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND ENSURE THAT 49 MILLION PEOPLE DO NOT LOSE THEIR INSURANCE BY 2026 OR WITH THE SENATE BILL, 32 MILLION DON'T LOSE THEIR INSURANCE. I MET WITH A FAMILY WHO HAS AN AUTISTIC CHILDREN, SHE CAN'T DO IT. A YOUNG MAN BY THE NAME OF MATTHEW WHO SPENT $700,000 OVER A TWO-YEAR PERIOD BECAUSE OF A CHRONIC ILLNESS, 73,000 ON MEDICATION. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED US TO DO FOR THEM WHAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN DO. AND THAT IS TO ENSURE A HEALTH CARE SYSTEM FOR ALL. THAT IS WHAT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT'S UNDERLYING PREMISE IS, AND THAT'S WHAT DEMOCRATS HAVE AS THEIR MESSAGE AND I BELIEVE IN SAVING LIVES. THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO DO WITH THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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                    • 07:27:03 PM

                      MR. GARAMENDI

                      I BELIEVE WE ARE OUT OF TIME AND WE DO LOOK FOR A BETTER DEAL, BETTER…

                      I BELIEVE WE ARE OUT OF TIME AND WE DO LOOK FOR A BETTER DEAL, BETTER JOBS, BETTER WAGES, BETTER EDUCATION. THAT'S OUR GOAL AND WE CAN DO THAT. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 07:27:16 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3,…

                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. GIBBS FOR MINUTES.

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                    • 07:27:28 PM

                      MR. GIBBS

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

                      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE TOPIC OF THIS SPECIAL ORDER. I RISE TODAY IN A SPECIAL ORDER TO PAY TRIBUTE TO OUR GOOD FRIEND WHO PASSED AWAY LAST WEEK, RALPH REGULA. HE SERVED IN THIS BODY FOR 36 YEARS FROM 1973 TO 2009. HE RAN IN 1972 TO REPLACE FORMER CONGRESSMAN FRANK BOW. AND GOT ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE IN 1975 AND I REMEMBER HIM TELLING THE STORY HOW THAT HAPPENED IS WHEN GERALD FORD WON THE LEADERSHIP HERE IN THE HOUSE AND PRAISED FORMER PRESIDENT FORD OF GETTING HIM ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AND ALL THE MANY YEARS HE WAS ON THE COMMITTEE. SOME MAJOR THINGS HE HELPED DO HIS TIME HERE IN CONGRESS, HE FOUND FUNDING FOR A NATIONAL PARK, FORMED THE OHIO NATIONAL CORRIDOR AND WORKED WITH HIS WIFE TO CREATE THE FIRST LADIES' NATIONAL LIBRARY IN CANTON. ALL THE WORK HE DID TO SUPPORT THE INSTITUTES OF HEALTH AND MEDICAL RESEARCH AND NATIONAL PARKS AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT HE SO TREASURED. LAST WEEK, WHEN CONGRESSMAN REGULA PASSED AWAY HE LEFT HIS WIFE AND THREE GROWN CHILDREN. HE WAS BORN ON DECEMBER 3, 1926 IN BEACH CITY, OHIO. FROM 1944 TO 1946, HE SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES NAVY AND EARNED HIS UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE FROM MOUNT UNION WHERE RALPH AND MARY REGULA OF PUBLIC SERVICE IS HOUSED. HE EARNED HIS LAW DEGREE IN 1952 AND WENT TO LAW SCHOOL AT NIGHT WHILE WORKING AS A TEACHER AND SERVED IN THE OHIO STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION FROM 1960 TO 1964 AND SERVED IN THE OHIO SENATE AND ELECTED IN 1966 AND SERVED IN THE OHIO HOUSE, ONE TERM AND ELECTED IN 1964. HE CREATED THE NORTHEAST OHIO MEDICAL UNIVERSITY COMPLEX AND STARK STATE COLLEGE WHICH HAS PAID MANY DIVIDENDS TO THE RESIDENTS IN NORTHEAST OHIO. RALPH WAS A GOOD FRIEND AND HE HAD -- WITH THE STAFF, HE MADE SURE THAT THE STAFF KNEW THAT CONSTITUENTS CAME FIRST AND HAD A PIN BUTTON MADE UP TO REMIND HIS STAFF AND HE TRULY DID. SOMETHING I REMEMBER, WHEN I CAME WHEN I CAME HERE IN THE 1980'S AS A FARMER, THE OHIO FARM BUREAU, WE HAD AN APPOINTMENT AT THAT TIME, RALPH WAS MY CONGRESSMAN. RALPH WAS A FARMER TOO. LOVED HIS BEEF CATTLE. BUT HE WAS AN EARLY RISER. WE HAD AN EARLY MEETING, WELL BEFORE 8:00 A.M. WE GOT THERE AND HIS OFFICE, ME AND ANOTHER GUY, RALPH SAID TO US, YOU GUYS EATEN BREAKFAST YET? WE SAID, NO. HE SAID, COME WITH ME. HE TOOK US DOWN TO THE MEMBERS' DINING ROOM. I BROUGHT THIS PICTURE. HOW I GOT THIS PICTURE, ONE OF THE AGRICULTURE ALAMEDA REPORTERS TAGGED -- AGRICULTURAL MEDIA REPORTERS TAGGED ALONG AND IT WAS IN AN AGRICULTURAL NEWSPAPER BACK IN OHIO. MY PARENTS WERE SO PROUD OF THE FACT THAT MY CONGRESSMAN WOULD MEET WITH US AND TAKE US TO BREAKFAST IN THE CAPITOL. THAT THEY CALLED THE PAPER AND GOT THE PRINT, THEY FRAMED IT. A FEW YEARS AGO I HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO SPEAK AT THE MCKINLEY DAY DINNER IN STARK COUNTY, WHEN I WAS REDISTRICTED INTO THAT AREA, AND RALPH AND MARY WERE THERE. I BROUGHT THIS PICTURE AND I PASSED IT AROUND. OF COURSE THIS PICTURE IS 33 YEARS OLD. WHAT'S REALLY NEAT ABOUT IT, WE BOTH HAVE BROWN HAIR. I REMEMBER RALPH AND MARY GOT A BIG KICK OUT OF THAT. ANOTHER TIME, I REMEMBER THAT WAS REALLY A TREASURE, HE HAD SENATOR COCHRAN COME TO HIS HOUSE ONE WEEKEND AND HE INVITED ALL THE AGRICULTURAL LEADERS FROM THE DISTRICT TO HAVE BREAKFAST THERE. ON SATURDAY MORNING. I REMEMBER THAT QUITE WELL. AS A GREAT EXPERIENCE AND A LOT OF PEOPLE SAID RALPH REGULA CARED. HE REALLY DID CARE. HE REALLY CARED ABOUT THE CONSTITUENTS HE REPRESENTED. HE WAS A TRUE PUBLIC SERVANT. OTHER ISSUES, HE HAD A RELATIONSHIP AT THE TIME WITH PRESIDENT REAGAN. THEY HIT IT OFF REALLY GOOD BECAUSE THEY GOT TALKING ABOUT THEIR FARMS. OF COURSE RALPH REGULA HAS A BEEF CATTLE FARM OUT OF -- OUTSIDE OF OHIO. TALKING ABOUT HOW TO BUILD FENCE. AND RALPH USED TO TELL THAT STORY. YOU COULD TELL HE HELD THAT DEAR TO HIM. I FIRST MET CONGRESSMAN REGULA IN 1974. HE WAS THE COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER AT THE FIRST GRADUATING CLASS, WHICH I WAS IN, AT THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY AGRICULTURAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE IN WORCESTER. RALPH WAS A FAIRLY NEW CONGRESSMAN AT THE TIME BUT HE CAME AND SPOKE AND I REMEMBER THAT. THAT WAS MY FIRST CHANCE TO GET TO KNOW CONGRESSMAN REGULA AT THE TIME. DO I HAVE HERE SOME NOTES HERE FROM HIS FORMER STAFF. I JUST WANT TO READ THEM. I THINK THE WORDS SAY A LOT. RALPH LEFT AN IMPRESSION NOT JUST ON HIS CONSTITUENTS BUT ALSO ON HIS STAFF. SUSAN ROSS, WHO WORKED FOR CONGRESSMAN REGULA, OFFERED SOME INSIGHT AND STORIES ABOUT RALPH. RALPH WAS CONSTITUENT'S FIRST. ONE DAY RALPH GOT A FRANITIES CALL FROM A WOMAN WHOSE DAUGHTER -- A FRANTIC CALL FROM A WOMAN WHOSE DAUGHTER WAS GRAVELY ILL IN MEXICO. SHE DIDN'T HAVE A PASSPORT AND COULDN'T FIND HER BIRTH CERTIFICATE. BY THE NEXT DAY SHE WAS ON HER WAY TO MEXICO TO HELP HER DAUGHTER RETURN TO THE U.S. RALPH MADE SURE THIS CONSTITUENT COULD GET A COPY OF HER BIRTH CERTIFICATE AND CALLED THE STATE DEPARTMENT TO GET HER A PASSPORT WITHIN JUST A FEW HOURS. CONSIDERING THE BUREAUCRACY OF THE GOVERNMENT, THIS IS A MINOR MIRACLE. THAT'S HOW COMMITTED HE WAS TO THE PEOPLE OF OHIO. RALPH WOULD GO OUT OF HIS WAY TO HELP PEOPLE. RALPH HAD A RED PICKUP TRUCK AND AFTER THE SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACK IN 2001, HE DROVE IT HOME WITH LUGGAGE OF SEVERAL CONSTITUENTS WHO WERE STRANDED HERE BECAUSE OF THE ATTACKS AND NO WAY TO RENT A CAR. OBVIOUSLY THE PLANES WERE NOT FLYING. THE FORMER SCHOOL TEACHER, HE WOULD SAY TO THE TEACHERS, THE LOWER THE GRADE, THE MORE YOU SHOULD BE PAID. WHEN YOU LOOK OUT AT YOUR CLASS, YOU HAVE 30 LITTLE MIRRORS LOOKING BACK AT YOU. SUSAN WROTE. WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR THE CHANCE TO WORK ALONGSIDE AND LEARN FROM THIS GIANT OF A MAN. HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS ARE LEGENDARY AND HIS LEGACY CAN BE SEEN ACROSS ALL OF OHIO. IT WAS AN HONOR AND A PRIVILEGE TO CALL HIM OUR BOSS. WHEN FORMER STAFF MEMBERS SAY THOSE KINDS OF THINGS ABOUT THEIR FORMER BOSS, THAT SAYS A LOT. I HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO KNOW RALPH FOR THREE DECADES. TWO OF THOSE DECADES, HE WAS MY CONGRESSMAN. AND THEN THE LAST DECADE, HE WASN'T BECAUSE OF REDISTRICTING. I HAD A DIFFERENT CONGRESSMAN, A DIFFERENT CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. FOUR YEARS AGO, FOUR, FIVE YEARS AGO NOW, REDISTRICTING, THEY MOVED ME INTO STARK COUNTY, OHIO, AREA, AND RALPH BECAME A CONSTITUENT OF MINE. THERE WAS A FEW TIMES HERE A FEW YEARS AGO THAT RALPH CAME IN AND VISITED ME IN THE OFFICE. WE HAD SOME GREAT CONVERSATIONS AND IT SEEMED A LITTLE STRANGE BECAUSE I CAN REMEMBER IN THE 1980'S AND 1990'S, I WOULD BE VISITING RALPH HERE IN THE RAYBURN BUILDING, TALKING ABOUT AGRICULTURE POLICY. AND TALKING TO ANOTHER FARMER WHO IS ALSO A CONGRESSMAN TOO. THOSE ARE FOND MEMORIES THAT I'LL TREASURE FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. I THINK WE'RE SO GLAD THAT SOME PEOPLE CAME OUT HERE TONIGHT TO PAY TRIBUTE TO CONGRESSMAN RALPH REGULA. BECAUSE HE WAS A TRUE PUBLIC SERVANT AND LOVED HIS CONSTITUENTS. LOVED STARK COUNTY, OHIO. LOVED HIS FARM. IT'S A PRIVILEGE TO MAKE A FEW REMARKS TONIGHT TO PAY TRIBUTE FOR HIS 36 YEARS OF SERVICE IN THIS CHAMBER AND THIS BODY, AND ALL THE SERVICE HE DID THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE. TO HELP PEOPLE OF STARK COUNTY, OHIO, THE 16TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN THE STATE OF OHIO, AND THE UNITED STATES. SO AT THIS TIME I WOULD YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM OHIO, CONGRESSMAN TIBERI. FROM THE COLUMBUS AREA. THAT SERVED SOME OF THE TIME HERE WITH CONGRESSMAN REGULA. SO I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS YOU NEED.

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                      MR. TIBERI

                      THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN GIBBS. THE "AKRON BEACON JOURNAL" A FEW DAYS AGO…

                      THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN GIBBS. THE "AKRON BEACON JOURNAL" A FEW DAYS AGO WROTE AN EXTRAORDINARY EDITORIAL ABOUT RALPH REGULA. THE LAST PARAGRAPH SUMS CONGRESSMAN REGULA UP BEST. WHAT WOULD BENEFIT CONGRESS AND THE COUNTRY TODAY ARE MORE LAWMAKERS LIKE RALPH REGULA, DEVOTED TO THEIR DISTRICTS WITHOUT LOSING SIGHT OF THE LARGER PICTURE. HE WASN'T JUST SUPERB AT LEGISLATING. HE DELIVERED WHAT GOVERNING REQUIRES. I COULDN'T SAY IT ANY BETTER. WE IN OHIO LOST A TRULY WONDERFUL PERSON, A GREAT AMERICAN. AND OHIO'S LOST THREE OF THEM IN THE LAST YEAR THAT I SERVED WITH HERE IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, WHO MADE THIS BODY A BETTER PLACE. WHO MADE THIS COUNTRY A BETTER PLACE. NEARLY A YEAR AGO, STEVE LATOURETTE FROM NORTHEASTERN OHIO, EARLIER THIS YEAR MIKE OXLEY, AND NOW RALPH REGULA. RALPH REGULA'S -- RALPH REGULA WAS THE DEAN OF THE DELEGATION EVEN BEFORE I GOT HERE AND HE WAS THE DEAN OF THE DELEGATION WHEN I CAME HERE IN 2001. ONE OF THE GREAT THINGS THAT RALPH REGULA DID ON OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE, WHEN WE WERE IN THE MINORITY AND THEN WHEN WE WERE IN THE MAJORITY, IS HE STRATEGICALLY PLACED MEMBERS OF OUR TEAM FROM OHIO THROUGHOUT ALL THE COMMITTEES. SO YOU HAD PEOPLE ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, YOU HAD PEOPLE ON THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, ON THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE. RALPH WAS SO THOUGHTFUL THAT WAY, TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE REPRESENTED OUR STATE IN ALL SORTS OF WAYS. AND I GOT TO KNOW RALPH MOSTLY SITTING IN THAT CORNER WITH DAVE HOBSON. RALPH REGULA, STEVE LATOURETTE. AND THE DEAN OF THE DELEGATION DIDN'T SPEAK LOUDLY. OFTEN SPOKE SOFTLY. BUT HIS WORDS WERE MEANINGFUL. AND USUALLY RIGHT. HE WAS A THOUGHTFUL GUY WHO CARED ABOUT OUR STATE, WHO CARED ABOUT OUR COUNTRY, AND TAUGHT SO MANY OF US HOW TO LEGISLATE. NOT JUST ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, BUT ACTUALLY HOW TO GET THINGS DONE. I HAVE FOND MEMORIES OF THE LESSONS THAT HE GAVE US ON AN ONGOING BASIS. I ONLY GOT TO SERVE WITH RALPH FOR EIGHT YEARS. THERE ARE OTHERS IN THE ROOM WHO GOT TO SERVE WITH HIM A LOT LONGER. BUT IT'S SAFE TO SAY, WHAT THE NEWSPAPER SAID IS RIGHT. HE KNEW HOW TO GET THINGS DONE. AND HE DID IT IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. AND HE DID IT WITH HIS CONSTITUENTS IN MIND. AND HE DID IT BECAUSE IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. THERE'S A LONG LIST OF THINGS THAT HE ACCOMPLISHED, THAT HE GOT DONE. HE DIDN'T BRAG ABOUT IT. HE JUST DID IT IN HIS SOFT -SPOKEN, NICE, GENTLEMANLY WAY. HE CONTRIBUTED AND GAVE MORE THAN HE EVER GOT. HIS FORMER STAFF KNOWS IT. FORMER MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES KNOW IT. AND HE WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED FOR THAT GREAT SPIRIT THAT HE HAD AROUND THIS PLACE. A TRUE GENTLEMAN. -- A TRUE GENTLEMAN DESCRIBES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NAVAR. IT WAS AN HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO SERVE WITH HIM. I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 07:40:09 PM

                      MR. GIBBS

                      THANK YOU. AT THIS TIME I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE NEEDS TO THE…

                      THANK YOU. AT THIS TIME I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE NEEDS TO THE CONGRESSMAN FROM OHIO.

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                    • 07:40:15 PM

                      MR. STIVERS

                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN MEMORY OF AN INCREDIBLE LEADER FROM MY HOME…

                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN MEMORY OF AN INCREDIBLE LEADER FROM MY HOME STATE OF OHIO, BUT ALSO FOR THE UNITED STATES, CONGRESSMAN RALPH REGULA. HE WAS A TEACHER, A PATRIOT AND A VETERAN. HE SERVED DURING WORLD WAR II IN THE UNITED STATES NAVY. HE'D BEEN A SCHOOL TEACHER AND A SCHOOL PRINCIPAL. AND HE DEVOTED HIS LIFE TO PUBLIC SERVICE. HIS CAREER IN GOVERNMENT BEGAN WITH SERVICE IN THE OHIO HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. AND THE OHIO SENATE. BEFORE HE CAME TO CONGRESS IN 1972. FOR NEARLY FOUR DECADES IN CONGRESS, CONGRESSMAN REGULA BECAME KNOWN AS THE LEADER WHO WAS WILLING TO REACH ACROSS THE AISLE TO GET THINGS DONE. TO COMPROMISE. BOTH ON CAPITOL HILL AND WITH THE WHITE HOUSE. HE WORKED TO PASS LEGISLATION THAT HELPED HIS DISTRICT AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. HIS SPIRIT OF BIPARTISANSHIP CARRIED THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER WHEN HE REMAINED AN OUTSPOKEN ADVOCATE, EVEN IN HIS RETIREMENT. FOR BIPARTISANSHIP. HE WAS TRULY AN EXAMPLE OF HOW TO GET THINGS DONE. THROUGH HIS ROLE ON THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, HE SERVED AS IMPORTANT ADVOCATE FOR OHIO, INCLUDING FUNDING FOR THE CLEVELAND CLINIC AND SUPPORT FOR THE GREAT LAKES. HE WAS THE QUINTESSENTIAL EXAMPLE OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A PUBLIC SERVANT. AND MY THOUGHTS GO OUT TO HIS WIFE, MARY, AND THE REST OF HIS FAMILY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 07:41:42 PM

                      MR. GIBBS

                      YIELD TO MY GOOD FRIEND, CONGRESSMAN BOB LATTA FROM BOWLING GREEN, OHIO.

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                      MR. LATTA

                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I TOO WOULD LIKE TO HE CAN PRESS MY…

                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I TOO WOULD LIKE TO HE CAN PRESS MY SYMPATHIES TO MARY AND ALL OF THE REGULA FAMILY. ON RALPH'S PASSING. I GOT TO KNOW RALPH A LONG TIME AGO. BECAUSE MY DAD SERVED HERE FOR 30 YEARS. DAD WAS ELECTED IN 1958. RALPH WAS ELECTED IN 1972. TOWARDS THE END OF THE TERMS THAT THEY WERE HERE TOGETHER, BECAUSE OF COURSE RALPH SERVED ON FOR 36 YEARS, THAT THEIR OFFICES WERE VERY CLOSE TO ONE ANOTHER. I KNOW THAT IN THOSE DAYS, SOMETIMES YOU HAD A LITTLE MORE TIME THAN SOMETIMES WE SEEM TO HAVE TODAY. BUT FOLKS COULD ACTUALLY GO TO ONE ANOTHER'S OFFICE AND SIT DOWN AND CHAT. I KNOW THAT DAD AND RALPH WERE VERY, VERY GOOD FRIENDS. IT HAS BEEN SAID FROM MY OTHER COLLEAGUES THAT -- AND IT IS TRUE, RALPH WORKED HARD. HE SERVED HIS DISTRICT WELL. HE WORKED HARD. DID HE HIS JOB. HE SERVED THE PEOPLE OF HIS DISTRICT. HE SERVED THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY. AT ALL TIMES, THOUGH, HE ALWAYS WAS A GENTLEMAN. I KNOW THAT FOR A FACT. BECAUSE I KNOW THAT WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, I ALWAYS LIKED TO BE ABLE TO COME HERE WITH MY DAD AND THEY WOULD SIT IN A LOT OF MEETINGS AND RALPH WAS AN INCREDIBLE INDIVIDUAL. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT MY DAD ALWAYS SAID, THERE WAS ALWAYS A DIFFERENCE IN LIFE BETWEEN PEOPLE THAT WANT TO BE POLITICIANS AND PUBLIC SERVANTS. DAD SAID IT WAS VERY SIMPLE. POLITICIANS A PERSON WHO SEES HOW MUCH THEY CAN TAKE FROM THE PEOPLE THEY REPRESENT FOR THEIR OWN BENEFIT. WHILE PUBLIC SERVANTS SEE HOW MUCH THEY CAN GIVE OF THEMSELVES FOR THE PEOPLE THEY REPRESENT. RALPH DID THIS OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN. GIVING OF HIMSELF. SO WE WANT TO EXPRESS OUR REGRETS TO MARY AND ALL OF RALPH'S FAMILY ON HIS PASSING. BECAUSE, AGAIN, WE'VE LOST A GREAT FRIEND, A GREAT COLLEAGUE. AND IT'S TOUGH TO SAY GOOD-BYE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 07:43:56 PM

                      MR. GIBBS

                      THANK YOU. I'M SURE YOU SHARE A LOT OF CHILDHOOD MEMORIES, RUNNING AROUND…

                      THANK YOU. I'M SURE YOU SHARE A LOT OF CHILDHOOD MEMORIES, RUNNING AROUND HERE WITH YOUR DAD BEING A CONGRESSMAN AND CONGRESSMAN REGULA FOR THOSE YEARS. THAT THE TIME I YIELD -- AT THIS TIME I YIELD TO MR. CHABOT.

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                      MR. CHABOT

                      THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WANT TO THANK MR. GIBBS FOR ORGANIZING THIS SPECIAL…

                      THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WANT TO THANK MR. GIBBS FOR ORGANIZING THIS SPECIAL ORDER HERE THIS EVENING. WHICH WE ARE HONORING RALPH REGULA, OUR FORMER COLLEAGUE. I HAD THE PLEASURE OF SERVING WITH CONGRESSMAN REGULA FOR 14 YEARS HERE IN THIS GREAT INSTITUTION. RALPH REGULA WAS TRULY A GENTLEMAN. IN THE TRUEST SENSE OF THE WORD. HE SERVED OHIO AND OUR NATION WITH A DIGNITY AND GRACE THAT FEW WILL EVER MATCH. WHEN I THINK OF THE PHRASE DISAGREEING WITHOUT BEING DISAGREEABLE, I THINK OF RALPH REGULA. RALPH WAS A LOT OF THINGS. HE WAS AN ATTORNEY. A TEACHER. A SCHOOL PRINCIPAL. A VETERAN. A FARMER. A LOVING HUSBAND. AND FATHER AND GRANDFATHER. BUT PERHAPS MOST OF ALL, HE WAS DEDICATED TO SERVING THE PEOPLE OF THE 16TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT AND HIS COUNTRY. HE WAS BORN IN BEACH CITY, OHIO, IN 1924. THE SAME YEAR MY MOM WAS BORN, BY THE WAY. AND RALPH FIRST SERVED HIS COUNTRY AS MY FATHER DID, IN WORLD WAR II. MY DAD WAS IN THE ARMY, AND SERVED IN EUROPE. AND RALPH WAS IN THE NAVY DURING WORLD WAR II, FROM 1944 TO 1946. RALPH THEN GRADUATED FROM MOUNT UNION COLLEGE IN ALLIANCE, OHIO, WHERE HE MET HIS WIFE, MARY. AND LATER OBTAINED HIS LAW DEGREE FROM WILLIAM MCKINLEY SCHOOL OF LAW IN CANTON. RALPH HAD A PASSION FOR EDUCATION. . HE SERVED HIS COMMUNITY AS A SCHOOL TEACHER. HE WAS A PRINCIPAL AND RAN FOR THE OHIO BOARD OF EDUCATION. AS A FORMER TEACHER MYSELF, I KNOW THE TIME YOU SPEND WITH STUDENTS HELPS SHAPE THE WAY YOU VIEW THE WORLD. RALPH WAS NO DIFFERENT AND HE BROUGHT THOSE EXPERIENCES WITH HIM HERE TO WASHINGTON, D.C., AND PUT HIS PASSION TO WORK ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. PRIOR TO BEING ELECTED TO CONGRESS, RALPH GOT HIS START IN POLITICS AS A MEMBER OF THE OHIO HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND LATER THE OHIO SENATE. IN 1972, HE RAN FOR CONGRESS AND HE WON, BEGINNING A LONG AND IMPRESSIVE CONGRESSIONAL TENURE. RALPH SERVED FOR 18 TERMS, 36 YEARS AND HE WAS A LEADER ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. IN THAT ROLE, HE HELPED SHAPE THE COUNTRY, BUT HE NEVER FORGOT WHERE HE CAME FROM. BACK IN 1998, RALPH AND HIS WIFE MARY WERE INSTRUMENTAL IN THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NATIONAL FIRST LADIES' LIBRARY IN CANTON AND BOTH REMAINED VERY INVOLVED IN THE LIBRARY'S OPERATIONS OVER THE YEARS. MANY REMEMBER HIM FOR HIS STAUNCH SUPPORT OF THE SYSTEM. WHILE MANY OF THE NATION WILL REMEMBER RALPH REGULA AS AN IMPORTANT FIGURE ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, I WILL REMEMBER HIM AS A RESPECTED COLLEAGUE AND SOMEONE I WAS PROUD TO CALL A FRIEND. RALPH WAS A SOFT-SPOKEN AND OLD SCHOOL GENTLEMAN. BY THE TIME I WAS ELECTED TO CONGRESS BACK IN 1994, RALPH REGULA WAS THE DEAN OF THE OHIO DELEGATION. A FEW YEARS AFTER CONGRESSMAN REGULA RETIRED, I BECAME THE DEAN OF THE OHIO REPUBLICAN DELEGATION AND TRIED TO MODEL MY APPROACH TO THE ROLE THAT HE SET. HE SET A GREAT EXAMPLE FOR ALL OF US WHO SERVE HERE IN THE HOUSE BECAUSE HE TRULY WAS A GENTLEMAN. TONIGHT AS WE REMEMBER OUR FORMER DEAN, I HOPE THAT WE ALSO HIS ABILITY TO WORK ACROSS THE AISLE. RALPH TREATED EVERYONE WITH RESPECT AND LISTENED TO THE VIEW POINTS OF OTHERS. HE BELIEVED THAT BIPARTISANSHIP WAS A VIRTUE AND WOULD WORK TIRELESSLY TO FIND COMMON GROUND. AND I WOULD NOTE THAT MARCY KAPTUR, WHO IS A DEMOCRAT, ONE OF OUR COLLEAGUES, ONE OF THE MORE RESPECTED COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE IS HERE THIS EVENING AND I THINK IT'S A TRIBUTE TO THE BIPARTISANSHIP THAT RALPH REGULA SHOWED OVER THE YEAR AND SHE WORKED WITH HIM BUT MANY OF US IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER. THAT'S THE WAY THAT RALPH REGULA OPERATED. RALPH REGULA WAS A DECENT HARD-WORKING FAMILY MAN WHO WAS DEDICATED TO OHIO AND PARTICULARLY TO THE 16TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. HE WAS A PUBLIC SERVANT AND ROLE MODEL. TO HIS WIFE, HIS DAUGHTER AND SONS AND THE ENTIRE REGULA FAMILY, PLEASE KNOW THAT WE ARE SADDENED BY YOUR LOSS. WE SHARE THAT LOSS. BUT WE APPRECIATE THE TIME THAT YOU ALLOWED RALPH TO SERVE OUR NATION. YOU ARE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND OUR PRAYERS. GOD BLESS YOU ALL. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 07:49:21 PM

                      MR. GIBBS

                      WHO SERVES ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE.

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                      MS. KAPTUR

                      I THANK THE KIND GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I THANK HIM FOR ARRANGING FOR…

                      I THANK THE KIND GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I THANK HIM FOR ARRANGING FOR THIS SPECIAL ORDER THIS EVENING. I THANK CONGRESSMAN CHABOT FOR HIS KIND WORDS AND THE MEMBERS WHO HAVE COME TO PAY TRIBUTE TO OUR BELOVED COLLEAGUE RALPH REGULA. I RISE TO HONOR MY LATE FRIEND AND RESPECTED COLLEAGUE, 18 TERMS. GENTLEMAN FARMER, VERY HONORABLE. AND I UNDERLINE THAT WORD, CONGRESSMAN RALPH REGULA OF OHIO. RALPH PASSED AWAY EARLIER THIS MONTH IN BETHLEHEM TOWN SHP, OHIO AND HE WAS 92. TO HIS BELOVED MARY AND THEIR FAMILY, MARTHA, RICHARD, DAVID AND THEIR CHILDREN, PLEASE LET ME EXTEND HEARTFELT SYMPATHY AND DEEPEST AFFECTION. I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF SERVING WITH RALPH FOR 26 YEARS, MANY OF THOSE ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. AS OTHERS HAVE MENTIONED, RALPH REGULA WAS BORN IN BEACH CITY, OHIO, ON DECEMBER 3, 1924, RIGHT BEFORE THE GREAT DEPRESSION. AND IN 1948, HE GRADUATED FROM MOUNT UNION COLLEGE IN ALLIANCE, OHIO AND WENT ON TO RECEIVE A DEGREE IN LAW AS A NIGHT STUDENT FROM WILLIAM MCKINLEY SCHOOL OF LAW IN CANTON AND ON TO SERVICE IN THE UNITED STATES NAVY DURING WORLD WAR II. SOME OF MY MEMORIES OF RALPH INCLUDE HIM PULLING INTO THE CONGRESSIONAL GARAGE ON SO MANY OCCASIONS IN HIS RED PICKUP TRUCK. AND ALWAYS THINKING ABOUT WHAT WAS HAPPENING BACK IN OHIO ON HIS FARM, THAT TRUCK HAD MANY PURPOSES. AND SO MANY EVENINGS, WE WERE IN THE SAME BUILDING, AND I COULD SEE HIM WALKING DOWN THE HALL WITH MARY, HIS WIFE, WELL AFTER 9:00 P.M. IN THE EVENING AFTER HAVING PUT IN A VERY LONG DAY HERE IN CONGRESS, WHICH THE PRESS NEVER REPORTS ABOUT THE MEMBERS WHO ARE DUTYFUL AND DO THEIR WORK. THEY FOCUS ON THOSE WHO RUN INTO A LITTLE BIT OF TROUBLE. BUT RALPH REGULA WAS THE TYPE OF CITIZEN WHO HOLDS THIS REPUBLIC TOGETHER. HE WAS FIRST ELECTED IN 1972 AND WAS A LONG STANDING PROMINENT FIGURE IN OUR BODY SERVING 36 YEARS IN THE HOUSE AT THE TIME OF HIS RETIREMENT. HE WAS DEAN OF THE OHIO DELEGATION AND NUMBER THREE IN SENIORITY ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE OF THE POWERFUL APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. HIS SERVICE EMBRACED THE TENURE OF SEVEN U.S. PRESIDENTS. AS A LAWMAKER, RALPH WAS A CHAMPION ACROSS PARTY COLLABORATION AS OTHERS HAVE REFERENCED. AND HE WAS A MORAL COMPASS IN AN ERA OF PERSONAL ENRICHMENT. RALPH IS REMEMBERED AS A HARD-WORKING, CONSTRUCTIVE, AFTERABLE, INTELL GEPT AND EFFECTED MEMBER. I TRIED TO WRITE WORDS THAT REMIND ME OF RALPH. CERTAINLY TALENTED, HONEST, HARD-WORKING, SENSIBLE, UNDERSTATED, STRAIGHTFORWARD, EVEN-TEMPERED. IF YOU NEVER MET HIM, HE IS A CROSS BETWEEN ANDY GRIFFITH AND ROBERT REDFORD. HE WAS EVEN TEMPERED AND NOT VINDICTIVE AND HE HAD REASON TO BE VINDICTIVE AND DESCRIBED HIMSELF AS A CONSERVATIVE IN SPENDING BUT A PROGRESSIVE IN PROGRAM. A PROUD CANTON RESIDENT HE WORKED TO HONOR THE LEGACY OF PRESIDENT WILLIAM MCKINLEY. REGULA FOUGHT TO KEEP THE NAME MOUNT MCKINLEY FOR THE SUMMIT IN ALASKA, WHOMAGE TO THE MAN WHO REPRESENTED HIS SAME DISTRICT. AND DURING MY TIME IN THE HOUSE I HAD THE PLEASURE OF SERVING ALONG SIDE RALPH WHERE HE WAS DISTINGUISHED FOR SENSIBLE SOLUTIONS THAT WORKED FOR AMERICANS. WHEN HE SERVED ON THE LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SUBCOMMITTEE, HE INSTRUCTED ME, THIS IS WHERE YOU REALLY HELP PEOPLE. RALPH WAS DEDICATED TO THAT. HE HAD SUCH A HEART. BUT HE DIDN'T WEAR IT ON HIS SLEEVE. HE SUPPORTED WORKING PEOPLE. AND THERE ARE MANY VOTES HE CAST IN FAVOR OF THE MINIMUM WAGE. HIS FATHER WAS A COAL MINER. HE UNDERSTOOD WHAT IT WAS TO DO THAT KIND OF WORK FOR A LIVING. ON THE CENTENNIAL OF THE METRO PARKS COMMEMORATION, WE REMEMBER FOUNDING ONE OF OHIO'S MOST IMPORTANT ACHIEVEMENTS, THE NATIONAL PARK AND HE DEDICATED SO MANY OF HIS YEARS TO CREATING THAT PARK AND THE CANAL SYSTEM AND EXPAND THAT PARK TO AMONG THE TOP 10 MOST VISITED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. HE ATTENDED TO OHIO WHILE HE ATTENDED TO THE NATION. HE HAD THE GUTS TO PASS NEW USER FEES FOR ALL NATIONAL PARKS TO RAISE MONEY TO IMPROVE THEM. HE WAS THINKING OF THE FUTURE. AND HE WAS A FOUNDER AND LEADER OF THE CAUCUS IN THIS HOUSE, ONE OF THE FIRST PLACES THAT I MET HIM AND EARLY AND EFFECTIVE VOICE ABOUT FOREIGN DUMPING AND THE IMPORTANCE OF MANUFACTURING IN AMERICA AND THE IMPORTANCE OF THAT STEEL INDUSTRY AND HAVE FAIR TRADE AMONG NATIONS. WITH HIS WIFE, HE WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN CREATING THE FIRST LADIES' LIBRARY IN CANTON, OHIO. WITH IMPORTANT, UNTOLD STORIES ABOUT VARIOUS WOMEN IN OUR COUNTRY THAT FOR YEARS HAD BEEN HIDDEN FROM THE PUBLIC. I REMEMBER THE PUBLIC GO TO THE WEB SITE OF THAT WEBSITE AND JUST READ ABOUT THE FIRST LADIES OF THIS COUNTRY, NOT JUST WHO THEY WERE, BUT WHAT THEY ENDURED. I LEARNED SO MUCH THAT I DIDN'T KNOW. RALPH BROUGHT PHENOMENAL EXPERIENCE TO HIS PUBLIC SERVICE. OTHERS TALKED ABOUT HOW HE HAD PRACTICED LAW SERVING IN THE NAVY, HELD A DEGREE IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, SERVED AS A SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR, A TEACHER, A PRINCIPAL, STATE LEGISLATOR, ON THE OHIO BOARD OF EDUCATION. HE WAS SO LEVEL-HEADED. ONE ARTICLE REPORTED AND THIS WAS THE "WASHINGTON POST," THAT HE INTRODUCED LANGUAGE IN APPROPRIATION BILLS AND PROCEDURAL MANEUVERS TO FIGHT EFFORTS TO CHANGE ALASKA'S MOUNT MCKINLEY NAME. AND OBVIOUSLY HE HELD A SEAT THAT WAS ONCE OCCUPIED BY PRESIDENT MCKINLEY, THE 25TH PRESIDENT WHO WAS ASSASSINATED IN 1901 AND AS A GRADUATE OF THE OLD WILLIAM MCKINLEY SCHOOL OF LAW, HE DIDN'T WANT TO SEE THE NAME ERASED FROM THE TALLEST PEAK IN NORTH AMERICA. RALPH SAID THE LAW SAYS IT'S MOUNT MCKINLEY AND NO PRESIDENT CAN CHANGE THE LAW BY A FLICK OF THE PEN. WHEN HE SET HIS MIND TO IT, HE PREVAILED. HIS VAST EXPERIENCE ON THE LEGISLATIVE FRONT LED HIM AND DROVE HIS SUCCESSFUL EFFORTS TO INVEST MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN THE IMPROVEMENT OF HEALTH CARE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AS WELL AS OHIO INSTITUTIONS SUCH AS THE CLEVELAND CLINIC, UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS AT CASE WESTERN, METRO HEALTH. HE CHAMPIONED, HE CHAMPIONED THE GREAT LAKES. AND FOUGHT MIGHTILY TO FIND A WAY TO CLEAN UP COAL. I CAN REMEMBER BEING ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE OF THE AISLE. HE SAID WE HAVE TO FIND A WAY TO BE ABLE TO USE COAL. HE WAS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR A WAY TO TRY TO MAKE LIFE BETTER. HE ADVOCATED FOR THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT OF THE ARTS AND CLEANED UP FLORIDA'S EVERGLADES AND LED POPULATION OF THE CHILDREN'S FARM AT THE NATIONAL ZOO. PEOPLE LEARN WHEN THEY COME TO PUBLIC SERVICE AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL, IT'S VERY HARD TO ACCOMPLISH THINGS OVER A BRIEF PERIOD OF TIME. IT TAKES A LONG TIME. IT TAKES DECADES TO DO SOMETHING OF MERIT. RALPH CERTAINLY ACHIEVED THAT. AND THE CLEVELAND "PLAIN DEALER" IN 2010 QUOTED HIM AND I WILL END MY TRIBUTE TO YOU, HE SAID INFLAMENT TOWER RHETORIC MAY SATISFY THE PARTISANS BUT DOESN'T MOVE THE LEGISLATIVE GOAL TO THE GOAL LINE AND HE WAS TALKING ABOUT BREAKING LEGISLATIVE GRIDLOCK AND ADVOCATING BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE. SEEING BOB GIBBS ON THE FLOOR TONIGHT AND MY BEING ON THE FLOOR GIVING TRIBUTE TO RALPH REGULA, THIS IS A LIFE THAT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS CAN LEARN FROM, REAL ACHIEVEMENT, REAL MERIT, REAL HONOR. HE BROUGHT REAL MEANING TO THE WORD HONORABLE. RALPH REGULA, MAY HE REST IN PEACE AND BLESS HIS SPIRIT.

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                      MR. GIBBS

                      IN CLOSING, WE HEARD WE'LL MISS RALPH REGULA AND HE WAS A PUBLIC SERVANT…

                      IN CLOSING, WE HEARD WE'LL MISS RALPH REGULA AND HE WAS A PUBLIC SERVANT AND DIDN'T GRANDSTAND AND GOT THE JOB DONE FOR THE PEOPLE OF OHIO AND WE WILL MISS HIM. AND BEST REGARDS TO HIS BELOVED WIFE MARY AND THREE CHILDREN. IT WAS AN HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO KNOW RALPH REGULA. AT THIS TIME, I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 08:00:06 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      BACK.

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                      OF THE CHAIR.

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                    Recess

                    The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                    • 10:00:24 AM

                      THE CLERK

                      THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., JULY 25, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT THE…

                      THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., JULY 25, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE MIKE JOHNSON TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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                    • 10:00:44 AM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THANK YOU. PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE…

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

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                      MR. THOMPSON

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF…

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF TOURING PENNSYLVANIA'S ONLY STATE-OWNED TWO-YEAR TECHNICAL COLLEGE, THADDEUS STEVENS COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY, NAMED AFTER AN INDIVIDUAL, FORMER MEMBER OF CONGRESS THAT SERVED IN THE ERA OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN IN THIS CHAMBER. I WAS PLEASED TO BE IN LANCASTER WITH MY COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE SMUCKER. THADDEUS STEVENS COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY PROVIDES A BRIDGE OUT OF POVERTY FOR SOME OF THE POOREST CITIZENS OF PENNSYLVANIA THROUGH A HIGH-SCALE, TECHNICAL EDUCATION. GRADUATES ARE FILLING THE SKILLS GAP IN AMERICA AS THERE IS A 99% PLACEMENT OF GRADUATES OF ITS HIGH-DEMAND PROGRAMS. FOUNDED IN 1905, THADDEUS STEVENS COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY EDUCATES PENNSYLVANIA'S ECONOMICALLY AND SOCIALLY DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS AS WELL AS OTHER QUALIFIED STUDENTS FOR SKILLED EMPLOYMENT IN A DIVERSE AND EVER-CHANGING WORK FORCE. IT OFFERS 22 INNOVATIVE TECHNICAL-BASED MAJORS THAT EDUCATES STUDENTS FOR NUMEROUS JOB STUDENTS, FROM ARCHITECTURE TO AUTOMOTIVE STUDIES AND FROM MASONRY, THERE ARE MANY THINGS STUDENTS CAN PURSUE. IT ALLOWS STUDENTS EXPOSURE TO THE EXPERIENCE, PROBLEM SOLVING ABILITY AND SKILLS THAT WILL BE USED THROUGHOUT THEIR CAREERS. MANY STUDENTS ENTER THE WORK FORCE AFTER THEIR STUDIES WHILE OTHERS MAY CHOOSE PURSUE HIGHER LEVEL DEGREES AT FOUR-YEAR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. THAT HAD RUSS STEVENS COLLEGE IS ALSO AWARE -- THADDEUS STEVENS COLLEGE IS ALSO AWARE THAT IT PLACES FINANCIAL STRAIN ON THEM AND THEIR FAMILY. GRANT PROGRAMS ARE OFFERED TO ASSIST STUDENTS WHO ARE FINANCIALLY DISADVANTAGED TO SERVE A RICH DIVERSITY OF STUDENTS. LAST MONTH I WAS PROUD THIS HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED MY BILL, THE STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ACT. THE LEGISLATION AIMS TO RESTORE WRUNGS IN THE LADDER OF OPPORTUNITY BECAUSE ALL AMERICANS DESERVE A GOOD-PAYING FAMILY-SUSTAINING JOBS. C.T.E. HAS ESTABLISHED ITSELF AS A PATH THAT MANY HIGH-ACHIEVING STUDENTS CHOOSE IN PURSUIT OF INDUSTRY CERTIFICATION AND HANDS ON SKILLS THEY CAN USE RIGHT OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL. IN SKILLS-BASED EDUCATION PROGRAMS OR IN COLLEGES LIKE THADDEUS STEVENS COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY. BY MODERNIZING THE FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN C.T.E. PROGRAMS, WE WILL BE ABLE TO CONNECT MORE EDUCATORS AND CLOSE THE SKILLS GAP THAT'S IN THIS COUNTRY. THERE ARE GOOD JOBS OUT THERE, BUT PEOPLE NEED TO BE QUALIFIED TO GET THEM. I HAVE PROUDLY CHAMPIONED THAT BILL BECAUSE IT PUTS EMPHASIS ON ADVANCING POLICIES THAT PROMOTES GOOD-PAYING JOBS AND IT WORKS TO SEE THAT EVERYONE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE CAN HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEED. MR. SPEAKER, I WITNESSED THIS FIRSTHAND AT THADDEUS STEVENS COLLEGE. THIS SCHOOL IS AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF EDUCATION. THE COLLEGE IS A NATIONAL LEADER IN TECHNICAL WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT AND IT BREAKS THE -- BREAKS POVERTY. FOR THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE TIME, THE ASPEN INSTITUTE HAS NAMED THADDEUS STEVENS AS A TOP TWO-YEAR TECHNICAL COLLEGE IN PENNSYLVANIA, AND I CONGRATULATE THE SCHOOL AND ALL OF ITS STUDENTS. IT IS TRULY A SHINING EXAMPLE OF STRONG CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS AT WORK. AS GRADUATES ENTER THE WORK FORCE WITH THE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS THEY NEED TO SUCCEED AND PURSUE THE AMERICAN DREAM. THEY ARE LEARNING TO EARN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 10:04:59 AM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMORE

                      THANK YOU. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR.…

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

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                      MR. GUTIERREZ

                      MR. SPEAKER, I THINK THE PRESIDENT HAS A LOT TO LEARN ABOUT FAMILIES. IN…

                      MR. SPEAKER, I THINK THE PRESIDENT HAS A LOT TO LEARN ABOUT FAMILIES. IN MY OPINION, FAMILIES SHOULD REMAIN INTACT WHEREVER POSSIBLE BUT IT'S CLEAR THE PRESIDENT HAS OTHER NOTIONS. IN THE PRESIDENT'S WORLD, FAMILIES SHOULD BE CUT OFF FROM HEALTH CARE COVERAGE, SO HE'S WORKING WITH REPUBLICANS TO TAKE COVERAGE AWAY FROM 20 MILLION TO 30 MILLION AMERICANS SO THEY CAN SAY THEY MADE GOOD ON A CAMPAIGN PROMISE REGARDLESS OF THE CONSEQUENCES IN REAL PEOPLE'S LIVES. IN THE PRESIDENT'S WORLD, CHILDREN, ESPECIALLY HIS CHILDREN, OH, THEY DON'T HAVE TO BE HONEST WHEN THEY PROVIDE FOR SECURITY CLEARANCES OR DISCLOSE ALL THE MEETINGS THEY HAD WITH THE RUSSIANS. IN THE PRESIDENT'S WORLD, CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN CAN BE CONVENIENT POLITICAL PROPS LIKE WHEN A 6-YEAR-OLD GRANDDAUGHTER IS SENT INTO THE OLVE OFFICE TO INTERRUPT AN INTERVIEW WITH "THE NEW YORK TIMES" ESPECIALLY WHEN AN INTERVIEW IS NOT GOING WELL FOR HIM. BUT CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN DON'T HAVE A BONA FIDE FAMILY CONNECTION WHEN IT COMES TO BEING REFUGEE. IN THE LATEST INCARNATION IN HIS MUSLIM AND REFUGEE BAN, THEY EXCLUDED GRANDPARENTS FROM THOSE CLOSE FAMILY MEMBERS, ONLY IN THE REPUBLICANS' MIND. WELL, LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING. IF THE PRESIDENT CAN BE INTERRUPTED BY HIS GRANDCHILD TO SHAKE UP AN INTERVIEW THAT ISN'T GOING SO WELL, I CAN ASK MY GRANDSON TO HELP ME MAKE A POINT HERE IN CONGRESS. HERE'S LUIS ANDREAS. HE'S MY GRANDSON. YOU SIGH, IN THE GUTIERREZ FAMILY, GRANDCHILDREN ARE PRETTY CLOSE FAMILY MEMBERS AND HAVE A BONA FIDE FAMILY CONNECTION. IN FACT, LUIS LIVES DOWNSTAIRS FROM ME WITH HIS MOM AND DAD ON THE GROUND FLOOR UNIT IN CHICAGO. AND LIVING WITH GRANDMA AND GRANDPA UPSTAIRS HAS DISTINCT ADVANTAGES. THERE'S ALWAYS SOMEONE TO FEED YOU, WATCH YOU, HELP YOU STUDY OR JUST JOKE AROUND. THROUGHOUT MUCH OF THE WORLD AND THROUGHOUT THE AMERICAN HISTORY UNTIL FAIRLY RECENTLY, THE IDEA THAT FAMILIES DO NOT INCLUDE GRANDPARENTS IS LAUGHABLE. MULTIPLE GENERATIONS LIVE TOGETHER OR VERY NEARBY AND GRANDPARENTS, EVEN GREAT GRANDPARENTS ARE AN INTEGRAL PART OF CHILD REARING. SO WHEN YOU ARE IN SYRIA OR YEMEN OR CENTRAL AFRICA OR CENTRAL AMERICA, EXPENDED MULTIGENERATIONAL FAMILIES NOT ONLY LIVE TOGETHER AND SUPPORT EACH OTHER, OCCASIONALLY THEY HAVE TO FLEE TO SAFETY TOGETHER BUT NOT IF DONALD TRUMP HAS HIS WAY, THEY DON'T, OR AT LEAST NOT WHEN IT COMES TO COMING HERE TO AMERICA. THANKFULLY, THE AMERICAN COURT SYSTEM DISAGREES WITH OUR PRESIDENT ON THIS. THE SUPREME COURT, WHICH WOULD ULTIMATELY DETERMINE THE FATE OF AMERICA'S COMMITMENT TO REFUGEES AND RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE WILL DETERMINE THE CASE LATER THIS YEAR. BUT IN THE MEANTIME, OVER THE OBJECTIONS OF THE PRESIDENT, GRANDPARENTS ARE OFFICIALLY PART OF THE FAMILY AND HAVE A BONA FIDE RELATIONSHIP THAT ALLOWS THEM UNDER THE LAW TO BYPASS THE PRESIDENT'S ATTEMPT TO KEEP THEM OUT. THANK YOU, COURTS, FOR RECOGNIZING AND DEFENDING FAMILIES AND GIVING OUR PRESIDENT A LESSON IN THE OBVIOUS. ON SUNDAY, I LEARNED ABOUT A TRAGEDY IN SAN ANTONIO WHERE A TRUCK PACKED WITH IMMIGRANTS WAS DISCOVERED AND AT LEAST 10 PEOPLE WERE KILLED. THE TRUCK HAD NO VENTILATION OR AIR CONDITIONING. THERE WAS NO WATER FOR THOSE INSIDE WHO HAD PAID A LOT OF MONEY TO RISK THEIR LIVES TO LIVE IN AMERICA. 10 DEAD, ANOTHER 20 NEAR DEATH, SOME OF THEM CHILDREN UNDER THE HOT TEXAS SUN IN AN APPARENT SMUGGLING OPERATION. YOU SEE, IF YOU CUT OFF LEGAL IMMIGRATION CHANNELS AND MAKE PEOPLE WAIT DECADES FOR A VISA, IF THEY'RE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY AT ALL, IT STRENGTHENS THE HANDS OF SMUGGLERS. IF YOU TURN ASYLUM SEEKERS AROUND, IN VIOLATION OF OUR OWN LAWS AND INTERNATIONAL LAW, THEY'LL BE DRIVEN INTO THE ARMS OF SMUGGLERS. IF BY GOING THROUGH OUR LEGAL SYSTEM AND REQUESTING ASYLUM, YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY BECOMES VULNERABLE TO DEPORTATION, BEING SENT BACK TO A PLACE BECAUSE THERE WAS UNCERTAINTY, THEN PEOPLE WILL PAY SMUGGLERS TO GO AROUND OUR SYSTEM BECAUSE THERE ARE NO WAYS TO GO THROUGH IT. A BORDER WALL, LIKE THE ONE REPUBLICANS WILL SLIP INTO THE MILITARY SPENDING BILL THIS WEEK IN THE HOUSE, WILL NOT HELP MATTERS BUT ONLY MAKE THEM WORSE. FORCING PEOPLE TO ENTER THE BLACK MARKET BECAUSE THERE IS NO WAY TO GO THROUGH OUR VISA SYSTEM WILL UNDOUBTEDLY INCREASE THE NUMBER OF TIMES WE HEAR ABOUT TRAGEDIES LIKE THE ONE IN TEXAS AND THE NUMBER OF PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS AND CHILDREN WILL LOSE EVERYTHING BECAUSE WE HAVE FAILED TO CREATE AND MAINTAIN A FUNCTIONING IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. WHEN LUIS TURNS 18 AND IS ABLE TO VOTE JUST LIKE A MILLION YOUNG LATINOS LIKE HIM EVERY YEAR ARE ELIGIBLE, I KNOW HE'LL REMEMBER WHICH PARTY STOOD FOR AND STOOD BY FAMILIES AND WHICH ONE DID NOT. GRANDPARENTS, THEY'RE PART OF THE AMERICAN FAMILY, EVEN IF THE REPUBLICANS DON'T SEEM TO THINK SO.

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                    • 10:10:25 AM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. CURBELO, FOR FIVE…

                      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. CURBELO, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                    • 10:10:31 AM

                      MR. CURBELO

                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SHARE AND HONOR THE STORY OF AN ISRAELI…

                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SHARE AND HONOR THE STORY OF AN ISRAELI DEFENSE SOLDIER WHO WAS KILLED BY HAMAS TERRORISTS AND WHOSE REMAINS HAVE YET TO BE RETURNED TO HIS FAMILY. I MET HIS PARENTS IN SOUTH FLORIDA EARLIER THIS YEAR AND THEY TOLD ME ABOUT THEIR SON, HIS LOVE OF FREEDOM THAT INSPIRED HIS SERVICE TO ISRAEL AND THEIR JUST CAUSE. ON AUGUST 1, 2014, THE 23-YEAR-OLD WAS KILLED BY HAMAS TERRORISTS. HIS BODY WAS THEN DRAGGED AWAY FROM HIS HOME AND INTO AN UNDERGROUND TUNNEL. HAMAS TERRORISTS THEN STRIPPED HIM AND LEFT HIS CLOTHING AND TOOK HIS BODY WITH THEM. FOR NEARLY THREE YEARS THEY HELD HIS REMAINS FROM HIS PARTIES WHO MERELY WANT TO GIVE HIS SON A PROPER BURIAL. MR. SPEAKER, ISRAEL IS ONE OF OUR STRONGEST ALLY, OUR GREATEST ALLY AND OUR SUPPORT SENDS A CLEAR MESSAGE TO ALL TERRORISTS, INCLUDING HAMAS, THAT THE UNITED STATES WILL CONTINUE TO FIRMLY STAND WITH ISRAEL AND ITS PEOPLE. NO PARENT SHOULD EVER FACE THE HEARTBREAK OF OUTLIVING A CHILD, BUT THOSE WHO DO SHOULD EXPECT A PROPER BURIAL. HIS PARENTS HAVE BEEN DENIED THAT BASIC DECENCY BY THE HAMAS TERRORISTS THAT MURDERED THEIR SON. SO TODAY I'M URGING THOSE HOLDING HIDAR TO LET HIM COME HOME SO THAT HIS PARENTS CAN SAY GOODBYE. MR. SPEAKER, VENEZUELA, ONCE A BEACON OF ECONOMIC PROSPERITY IN SOUTH AMERICA, HAS DESCEND UNDERSTOOD CHAOS AND TURMOIL. AN OIL-RICH NATION THAT NOW STRUGGLES AS MADURO'S POLICIES HAVE LED VENEZUELA OF HAVING THE HEMISPHERE'S HIGHEST INFLATION RATE, RESULTING IN CRITICAL SHORTAGES OF FOOD AND MEDICINE AS WELL AS THE COLLAPSE OF THE VENEZUELAN CURRENCY AND RAMPANT CRIME. THE MADURO REGIME'S INCOMPETENCE IN MANAGING VENEZUELA'S FINANCES AND SYSTEMIC CORRUPTION HAS LED TO A CRACKDOWN ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND VIOLENCE AGAINST DEMOCRATIC DEMONSTRATORS. THE COUNTRY IS LURCHING TOWARDS SINGLE PARTY TOTALITARIAN RULE. RATHER THAN WORKING WITH THE OPPOSITION TO SERVE THE INTERESTS OF THE VENEZUELAN PEOPLE, MADURO IS USING HIS INFLUENCE TO GRASP ONTO POWER. FIRST, BY HAVING HIS HENCH MAN ON THE SUPREME COURT TO STRIP THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF ITS POWERS AND NOW CALLING FOR AN UNELECTED CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY TO REWRITE VENEZUELA'S CONSTITUTION. THIS IS JUST ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO USURP AND REPLACE VENEZUELA'S NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC ASSEMBLY WITH A PUPPET PARLIAMENT LOYAL ONLY TO HIM. THIS IDEA WAS RECENTLY REJECTED BY 98% OF THE 7.2 MILLION VENEZUELANS THAT PARTICIPATED IN A NONBINDING REFERENDUM LAST WEEK. FORTUNATELY, THE UNITED STATES HAS BEEN QUICK TO SHOW SOLIDARITY WITH THESE FREEDOM-LOVING PEOPLE. I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE PRESIDENT'S SHOW OF SUPPORT ON HIS DIRECT WARNING TO MADURO OF THE STRONG AND SWIFT ECONOMIC SANCTIONS THE UNITED STATES WILL TAKE IF HE PROCEEDS WITH A CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY. THE UNITED STATES WILL NO LONGER STAND BY AND WATCH MADURO AND HIS THUGS IGNORE HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE RULE OF LAW. THERE'S A BIPARTISAN CONSENSUS THAT MADURO'S UN-DEMOCRATIC AND TYRANNICAL RULE IS UNACCEPTABLE. ALL OPTIONS ARE ON THE TABLE, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK WITH THIS ADMINISTRATION AND MY COLLEAGUES HERE IN CONGRESS TO STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE DEMOCRATIC OPPOSITION AND THE PEOPLE OF VENEZUELA. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 10:14:07 AM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, FOR FIVE…

                      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                      MR. BLUMENAUER

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                      SHARYL

                      SECURE. SHARYL: JAT YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE JAFMENT…

                      SECURE. SHARYL: JAT YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE JAFMENT MINNESOTA, MR. PAULSON, FOR FIVE MINUTES

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                    • 10:19:47 AM

                      MINUTES MR. PAULSEN

                      SPREEK, WE CONTINUE TO HEAR ABOUT THE CHALLENGES FOR OL COLLEGE STUDENTS…

                      SPREEK, WE CONTINUE TO HEAR ABOUT THE CHALLENGES FOR OL COLLEGE STUDENTS WHO BORROW MORE AND MORE TO HEY HIGHER TUITION RATES AND SADDLED WITH HUGE DEAD LOTES THEY WILL HAVE GREAT DIFFICULTY PAYING BACK. THE AVERAGE DEBT FOR A FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE STUDENT TODAY IS NEARLY $37,000. WE NEED TO EXPLORE NEW WAYS TO ENSURE EVERY STUDENT HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO SCHOOL, DEVELOP THEIR SCHOOLS, AND PURSUE THEIR DREAMS WITHOUT FEELING DETERRED BY THE PRICE TAG. I THINK WE NEED TO LOOK AT A NEW APPROACH. AN APPROACH THAT WOULD HELP STUDENTS PAY FOR COLLEGE. IT'S A CONCEPT KNOWN AS AN INCOME SHARE AGREEMENT. IT'S TUITION RATES AND A CONCEPT THAT WOULD ALLOW STUDENTS PROVIDING THEM THE FUNDING THAT THEY AGREE TO PAY BACK AS SMALL, AFFORDABLE PORTIONS OF THEIR INCOME OVER THE YEARS FOLLOWING GRADUATION. INCOME SHARED AGREEMENTS ARE INTEREST FREE AND STUDENTS WILL ONLY MAKE THOSE PAYMENTS IF THEY ARE EMPLOYED AND RECEIVE AN INCOME THAT MEETS A CERTAIN THRESHOLD. THIS METHOD OF FINANCING PUTS LESS PRESSURE ON STUDENTS TO KEEP UP WITH FIXED HIGH INTEREST PAYMENTS WHILE THEY ARE FACED WITH JOB UNCERTAINTY. RATHER THAN INCURING DEBT UNDER THE TRADITIONAL STUDENT LOAN FUTURE MORE EQUITY BASED. THEIR PAYMENTS ARE GUARANTEED TO BE AFFORDABLE RATHER THAN FIXED IN A CERTAIN PRICE. THIS IS A MUCH MORE MANAGEABLE PLAN FOR STUDENTS, SPREEK, WHO ARE EAGER TO GET A CAREER UNDER WAY AFTER GRADUATION AND WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE PUTTING THEIR DEGREES INTO PRACTICE IN A FIELD THAT THEY HAVE STUDIED AND HAVE A PASSION FOR RATHER THAN FEEL CONSTRAINED BY THE IMPENDING WEIGHT OF PAYING BACK LOANS RIGHTWAY. THAT'S WHY I'M CO-AUTHORING THE INVESTING IN STUDENT SUCCESS ACT. IT'S MODELED AFTER A PROGRAM AT PURDUE UNIVERSITY. AT PURDUAL AVERAGE STUDENT RECEIVED OVER $13,000 IN FUNDING FOR TUITION AND PAIRED WITH THE STUDENT PROMISE TO PAY THAT MONEY IN SIX TO 10 YEARS AFTER GRADUATION IN SMALL PERCENTAGE OF THEIR INCOME. THE BILL PROVIDES A LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS TO INVEST IN INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS THROUGH IMPLEMENTING SIMILAR INCOME SHARE AGREEMENT PROGRAMS. DOING SO CREATES MORE OPTIONS FOR PAYMENT AND INCREASES ACCESSIBLE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION. TODAY THE COST OF TUITION AT A PUBLIC FOUR-YEAR UNIVERSITY IS NEARLY QUADRUPLE WHAT IT WAS BACK IN 1974. AND DUE TO RISING TUITION COSTS AND THE INCREASED NEED FOR A COLLEGE DEGREE IN THE WORK FORCE, IT IS MORE IMPORTANT NOW, MORE THAN EVER BEFORE, TO ADDRESS THE STUDENT LOAN DEBT CRISIS AND PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO GRADUATE WITH MINIMAL LOANS. INCOME SHARE AGREEMENT ALSO PROVIDES THE FLEXIBILITY STUDENTS NEED WHEN FACED WITH AN UNCERTAIN JOB MARKET AND PROVIDE AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE TRADITIONAL STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT STRUCK TUMPLETESPREEK, AS WE LOOK FOR WAYS TO MAKE -- STRUCTURE. SPREEK, AS WE LOOK FOR WAYS TO MAKE HIGHER EDUCATION AFFORDABLE, WE SHOULD LOOK FOR NEW INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO HELP STUDENTS GO TO COLLEGE WITHOUT THAT BURDEN OF HIGH DEBT AND INCOME SHARE AGREEMENTS ARE ANOTHER WAY OF ACCOMPLISHING THIS. YIELD BACK. SHARYL: THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE JAFMENT -- THE

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                    • 10:22:48 AM

                      SHARYL

                      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE JAFMENT MASSACHUSETTS.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEM

                      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE JAFMENT MASSACHUSETTS.

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                      MR. MCGOVERN

                      SPREEK, THIS WEEK AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP RELEASED HIS DEVASTATING BUDGET…

                      SPREEK, THIS WEEK AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP RELEASED HIS DEVASTATING BUDGET WHICH CUTS SNAP, OUR NATION'S FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE AGAINST HUNGER, HOUSE REPUBLICANS JOINED IN THAT EFFORT PROPOSING DRASTIC CUTS IN THE SAFETY NET THEY MARKED U IN THEIR BUDGET HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE LAID OUT THEIR DANGEROUS AGENDA. DRAMATIC INCREASES IN DEFENSE SPENDING AND TAX CUTS FOR MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES AND CORPORATIONS PAID FOR BY CUTS TO PROGRAMS THAT HELP WORKING FAMILIES AND THOSE STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET. AMONG THE PROPOSED CUTS, HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE SEEKING $160 BILLION ARE SEEKING $160 BILLION IN CUTS TO THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM KNOWN AS SNAP, OVER 10 YEARS. $150 OF THESE CUTS COME FROM STRUCTURAL CHANGES TO SNAP AND HASHER WORK REQUIREMENTS AND TIME LIMITS AND AN ADDITIONAL $10 BILLION WOULD BE FAST TRACKED THROUGH THE RECONCILIATION PROCESS. SPREEK, SNAP IS NOT A A.T.M. IT'S NOT MONEY TO BE USED FOR TAX BREAKS FOR THE WEALTHY, ADDITIONAL WEAPONS SYSTEMS, OR ANY CORPORATE HANDOUTS. IT IS INTENDED TO HELP OUR MOST VULNERABLE NEIGHBORS PURCHASE GROCERIES AND PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE WHEN TIMES ARE TOUGH. SIMPLY PUT, SNAP HELPS PEOPLE EAT. FOR A MEAGER $1.40 PER PERSON PER MEAL, SNAP HELPS ALLEVIATE POVERTY, REDUCE HUNGER, AND IMPROVE NUTRITION. IT IS ONE OF THE MOST EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE FEDERAL PROGRAMS. BUT IT'S ONLY $1.40 PER PERSON, PER MEAL. MY FRIENDS ARE PROPOSING MORE CUTS IN THIS PROGRAM? SPREEK, I SERVE AS THE RM OF THE -- SPREEK, I SERVE AS THE RM OF THE HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE, SUBCOMMITTEE ON NUTRITION. SINCE 2015 THE COMMITTEE HAS HELD 23 HERE'S IT ON SNAP. IN OUR HEARINGS WE HEARD FROM OVER 80 WITNESSES, REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT, ABOUT WAYS TO MAKE SNAP BETTER. BUT NONE OF THESE WITNESSES, NOT ONE, EVER SUGGESTED CHANGES LIKE THE ONES PROPOSED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HOUSE REPUBLICANS. THESE REPUBLICAN PROPOSALS ARE MEAN-SPIRITED AND THEY ARE JUST AS HEARTLESS AS THEY ARE RECKLESS. THEY DO NOT REFLECT THE REALITIES OF THE PROGRAM OR SEEK TO UNDERSTAND THE CHALLENGES FACED BY THOSE LIVING IN POVERTY. THEY DON'T HELP STRUGGLING AMERICANS FIND WORK AND THEY CERTAINLY DON'T HELP ADDRESS THE BENEFIT CLIFF AS SOME OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE PROPOSED DOING F REPUBLICANS WERE GENUINELY INTERESTED IN HELPING STRUGGLING FAMILIES RISE OUT OF POVERTY, THEY WOULD JOIN DEMOCRATS IN ADVOCATING FOR HIGHER WAGES, MORE JOBS, AND BETTER WORK SUPPORTS LIKE CHILDCARE AND TRANSPORTATION. THEY AS SOME OF MY WOULD ADDRESS AFFORDABLE HOUSING SHORTAGES AND HELP IMPROVE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE. THEY WOULD INCREASE INVESTMENTS IN JOB TRAINING AND CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION. THEY WOULD FINALLY WORK WITH US TO MAKE COLLEGE MORE AFFORDABLE. BUT INSTEAD OF WORKING ON THESE PRIORITIES, HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE HELLBENT ON PURSUING AN AGENDA THAT BELITTLES THE STRUGGLES OF THE WORKING POOR AND TEARS APART OUR SAFETY NEFMENT THEIR AWFUL BUDGET IS NO EXCEPTION. UNDER THE GUISE OF STATE FLEXIBILITY, THEIR BUDGET PROPOSES A BLOCK GRANT-LIKE APPROACH TO ADMINISTERING SNAP. MAKE NO MISTAKE, BLOCK GRANTING SNAP WOULD MAKE HUNGER WORSE IN THIS COUNTRY, PLAIN AND SIMPLE. IT BUDGET WOULD UNDERMINE THE SUCCESSFUL STRUCTURE OF SNAP, ITS ABILITY TO EXPAND AS THE ECONOMY STRUGGLES, AND CONTRACT IN TIMES OF ECONOMIC PROSPERITY. THE PROPOSED STRUCTURAL CHANGES WOULD LIKELY RESULT IN DRASTIC FUNDING CUTS AND REDUCE ELIGIBILITY FOR THE PROGRAM. IF STATE FLEXIBILITY IS THE TRUE GOAL, THEN MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS ARE IN LUCK. SNAP ALREADY HAS A NUMBER OF OPTIONS THAT STATES CAN ADOPT. WHAT'S IRONIC IS SOME OF THESE STATE EXCEPTIONS ARE EXACTLY THE PROVISIONS HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE SEEKING TO DO AWAY WITH. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET ALSO CALLS FOR ADDITIONAL WORK REQUIREMENTS TO SNAP, RELYING ON DANGEROUS RHETORIC THAT SUGGESTS THAT HARDWORKING FAMILIES WHO RELY ON MODEST FOOD BENEFITS DON'T WANT TO WORK OR SOMEHOW ARE LAZY. THAT COULDN'T BE FARTHER FROM THE TRUTH. I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE ON SNAP WHO CAN WORK DO WORK. MOST PEOPLE ON SNAP ARE NOT EXPECTED TO WORK OR CANNOT WORK, THEY ARE KIDS, SENIOR CITIZENS, AND PEOPLE WHO ARE DISABLED. BUT THAT'S WHO REPUBLICANS WILL HURT IF THESE DANGEROUS PROPOSALS ADVANCE. IF WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HOW WE CAN TRANSITION PEOPLE WHO CAN WORK INTO THE WORK FORCE, YOU DON'T DO THAT BY CUTTING THE PROGRAM BY BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OR BY CUTTING PEOPLE OFF FROM FOOD AID. THAT DOES NOTHING TO HELP PEOPLE FIND JOBS. IT OVERWHELM MAKES PEOPLE HUNGRY. I URGE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN REJECTING THESE DAMAGING CUTS AND TO SUPPORT INVESTMENTS IN OUR ANTI-HUNGER SAFETY NET THAT WILL HELP END HUNGER NOW. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                    • 10:27:48 AM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEM

                      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. BARR, FOR FIVE…

                      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. BARR, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                      MR. BARR

                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF AN AMERICAN PATRIOT AND…

                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF AN AMERICAN PATRIOT AND HERO, MR. TROY BOLING OF LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY, WHO COMPLETED HIS LIFE'S SERVICE ON JUNE 17, 2017, AT THE AGE OF 90. HIS MILITARY SERVICE DURING WORLD WAR II AND HIS COMMITMENT TO SUPPORTING OUR VETERANS AND THE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE IS AN INSPIRATION TO US ALL. AT THE AGE OF 19, MR. BOLING BEGAN HIS SERVICE AS A UNITED STATES MARINE AND WAS A PROUD MEMBER OF THE EASY COMPANY SECOND BATTALION, 27TH MARINES FIFTH DIVISION. DURING THE UNITED STATES' CAMPAIGN TO END THE WAR AGAINST JAPAN, MR. BOLING'S UNIT WAS AMONG THE FIRST TO ARRIVE ON THE BEACH HEADS OF IWO JIMA, WHILE ATTEMPTING TO SECURE MOUNT SURIBACHI, HIS UNDER CAME UNDER INTENSE FIRE. TWO PROJECTILES STRUCK MR. BOLING IN THE CHEST AND LEG, LEAVING HIM CRITICALLY WOUNDED ON THE BATTLEFIELD. AT THAT MOMENT, MR. BOLING SAID HE LOOKED TO THE HEAVENS AND COMMITTED TO SERVING MANKIND FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE IF HE SURVIVED. MIRACULOUSLY A COMBAT PHOTOGRAPHER AND MEDICAL TEAM THEN CARRIED MR. BOLING TO THE SAFETY OF A LANDING CRAFT WHERE HE WITNESSED THE PLANTING OF THE AMERICAN FLAG ATOP MOUNT SIRRY BATCHY -- SURIBACHI. AN ICONIC PHOTOGRAPH. THE U.S. MARINES EVENTUALLY TOOK CONTROL OF THE ISLAND, HOWEVER THIS SURIBACHI. AN ICONIC PHOTOGRAPH. THE U.S. MARINES EVENTUALLY TOOK CONTROL OF THE ISLAND, HOWEVER THIS VICTORY CAME AT A HEAVY COST. AS OVER 6,800 U.S. SERVICE MEMBERS GAVE THEIR LIVES DURING THE BATTLE OF THE IWO JIMA. IN KEEPING FAITH WITH HIS COMMITMENT TO GOD MADE DURING THAT BATTLE, MR. BOLING DEVOTED OVER 78,000 HOURS OF VOLUNTEER SERVICE TO OTHERS AT THE LEXINGTON V.A. MEDICAL CENTER. FOR OVER 66 YEARS, MR. BOLING ROSE TO THE RANKS WITHIN THE DISABLED AMERICANS VETERANS ORGANIZATION, HOLDING NEARLY EVERY POSITION POSSIBLE, INCLUDING STATE COMMANDER. THE BIBLE TEACHES IN PROVERBS 21:21, HE PURSUES RIGHTEOUSNESS AND LOVE FINDS LOVE, PROSPERITY, AND HONOR. MR. BOLING HAS BROUGHT GREAT HONOR UPON HIMSELF THROUGH HIS DEDICATION, DETERMINATION, AND LOVE FOR SERVING THE PEOPLE OF OUR COMMUNITY. WITHOUT A DOUBT HE HAS REMAINED TRUE TO THE COMMITMENT HE MADE ON THE ROCKY TERRAIN OF IWO JIMA. . HE EMBODIES COMMITMENT TO SERVING OTHERS. NEVER ABANDONING THE MARINE MOTTO, ALWAYS FAITH. -- FAITHFUL. I'D LIKE TO THANK MR. BOEING FOR HIS MANY YEARS OF SERVICE IT OUR COUNTRY AND OUR COMMUNITY. HE'S TRULY AN OUTSTANDING AMERICAN AND AN INSPIRATION TO US ALL. TROY BOEING, MAY YOU REST IN PEACE. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 10:30:58 AM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, FOR FIVE…

                      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                      MS. JACKSON LEE

                      I THANK THE CHAIR. THIS IS A SOMBER DAY TODAY AND IT IS A VERY IMPORTANT…

                      I THANK THE CHAIR. THIS IS A SOMBER DAY TODAY AND IT IS A VERY IMPORTANT DAY IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I JOIN WITH SENATOR FRANKEN WHO INDICATED THAT TODAY SENATORS OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE WILL MAKE ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT VOTES, IF NOT THE MOST SIGNIFICANT VOTE OF THEIR CAREER AND IT WILL BE A VOTE THAT THEY'LL LONG REMEMBER BECAUSE RATHER THAN THE SERIOUS AND DIFFICULT DECISIONS OF WAR AND PEACE THAT OVER THE HISTORICAL TIMES OF THIS BODY, MANY MEMBERS HAVE HAD TO MAKE THAT DECISION AND BEING IN THE MIDST OF THE TEXAS LONGHORNS OF PATRIOTISM -- THRONGS OF PATRIOTISM, THE VOTE TODAY WILL BE A VOTE THEY BROUGHT ON THEMSELVES AND IT'S A VOTE THAT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE TAKEN NOR A MOVEMENT THAT HAS TO BE MOVED. AND THAT IS TO CAUSE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO FACE A CRUMBLING HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, TO DISMANTLE AND DIMINISH THE RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR AMERICANS, SOME 32 MILLION, TO HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE. FOR ME IT IS BOTH BAFFLING AND TRAGIC THAT SENATORS WOULD MAKE THIS IS A CAMPAIGN COMPETITION GAME AND THAT IT ONLY REPRESENTS A NOTCH IN THEIR BELT. THIS DOES NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH PROVIDING HEALTH CARE FOR AMERICANS. IT DOESN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH WHAT DOCTORS SAY, WHAT HOSPITALS SAY, WHAT RURAL HOSPITALS NEED. WHAT INDIVIDUALS WITH CHRONIC ILLNESSES NEED OR THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH DEVASTATING CANCER. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH CHILDREN WHO ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF HEALTH CARE. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH TWO YOUNG PEOPLE THAT I MET, ONE WHO WAS EXPERIENCING AUTISM, WHO SOUGHT TO LIVE INDEPENDENTLY AND COULD NOT DO SO WITHOUT MEDICAID. OR ONE WHO HAD CHRONIC ILLNESS OF WHICH BETWEEN 2015 AND 2016 HE SPENT -- OR HAD TO SPEND $700,000 TO LIVE. AND IN THE LAST SIX MONTHS HE HAD TO SPEND $73,000, NONE OF WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. SO WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE SENATE THIS AFTERNOON? WHAT VOTE OF COURAGE IS BEING TAKEN? WHAT VOTE OF IMPROVING THE LIVES OF AMERICANS WHEN THE SENATE BILL, TRUMPCARE, WILL CAUSE 49 MILLION PEOPLE TO NOT HAVE THEIR INSURANCE BY 2026? IT WILL CAUSE RURAL HOSPITALS TO SIMPLY CRUMBLE. I'M FROM TEXAS. WE HAVE A HUGE SYSTEM OF RURAL HOSPITALS, HELPING MY CONSTITUENTS, AND THOSE HOSPITALS WILL FACE DISASTER. THE TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER, LIKE MAJOR HOSPITAL CONFIGURATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WHERE MAJOR RESEARCH IS BEING DONE, UNDERMINED BY THE VOTE THAT WILL BE TAKEN. IT SADDENS ME BECAUSE I THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT WE COME TO THIS PLACE, WE TAKE THIS OATH OF OFFICE TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR AMERICA. THIS IS NOT POLITICAL CHIPS. THIS IS NOT DOMINOS. THIS IS NOT A GAME. AND TO THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF, FOR YOU TO BE IN FRONT OF THE BOY SCOUTS, MY HUSBAND, MY SON WERE BOY SCOUTS AND I SIT ON THE BOY SCOUTS BOARD, I'M OFFENDED BY YOUR WORDS. I'M OFFENDED BECAUSE I KNOW HOW HARD MY SON WORKED. I KNOW HOW MY HUSBAND CHERISHES S HIS STATUS AS AN EAGLE SCOUT AND I KNOW WHAT THE JAMBRY MEANS BECAUSE MY -- JAMBOREE MEANS BECAUSE MY SON WENT TO ONE. TALK ABOUT CROWD SIZES. AND THEN HAVE THE NERVE TO TALK ABOUT THE HEALTH CARE BILL, NOT AS A MOMENT OF CONSCIENCE, NOT AS A SERIOUS ISSUE THAT WOULD IN FACT MAKE HIGHER COSTS. UNDER THE SENATE BILL, PEOPLE WILL BE PAYING MORE THAN THEY EARN FOR HEALTH INSURANCE, WELL DOCUMENTED. OF COURSE, THIS IS 22 MILLION IN THE EARLIER PERIOD OF THE HOUSE BILL. WE NOW KNOW IT MAY BE 32 MILLION, AND AS I SAID 49 MILLION BY 2026. AND THEN, OF COURSE, IT CUTS THE PROTECTIONS FOR PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. OF COURSE, IT HAS A CRUSHING AGE TAX. IF YOU ARE OLDER, 55, YOU PAY MORE. AND THEN, OF COURSE, IT UNDERMINES MEDICARE. IT INTERFERES WITH THE MEDICARE TRUST BILL. BUT YET THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF IS SPEAKING IN FRONT OF THOUSANDS OF YOUNG MEN, PATRIOTS, BOY SCOUTS AND TALKING ABOUT THE HEALTH CARE BILL AND CALLING OUT SENATOR CAPITO FROM WEST VIRGINIA. YOU BETTER MAKE HER VOTE FOR IT. WHAT KIND OF LEADERSHIP AND HEART IS THAT?

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                    • 10:36:32 AM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                      MS. JACKSON LEE

                      WHAT ARE WE DEALING WITH HERE IN THIS NATION? I DON'T HAVE TO SAY…

                      WHAT ARE WE DEALING WITH HERE IN THIS NATION? I DON'T HAVE TO SAY ANYTHING, MR. SPEAKER, ABOUT THIS INDIVIDUAL. AS I CLOSE, LET ME SIMPLY SAY THAT I AM INTRODUCING A RESOLUTION TO STOP ANY PRESIDENT FROM FIRING THE SPECIAL COUNSEL AND ANY PRESIDENT FROM ABUSING THE PARDON BY PARDONING ANYBODY WHO IS UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR THE RUSSIAN INVOLVEMENT IN OUR ELECTIONS. WE HAVE TO DO THIS, SADLY, BECAUSE WE ARE NOT FOCUSED ON GOVERNING. WE'RE FOCUSING ON INSULTING. I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 10:37:05 AM

                      TEMPORE MEM

                      FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARDS THE PRESIDENT, PLEASE. THE CHAIR…

                      FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARDS THE PRESIDENT, PLEASE. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO, MR. LABRADOR, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                      MR. LABRADOR

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF AN AMAZING IDAHO FAMILY…

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF AN AMAZING IDAHO FAMILY WHICH HAS TAKEN A HORRIBLE PERSONAL TRAGEDY AND TURNED IT INTO A COST THAT WILL BENEFIT MANY OTHER FAMILIES IN THE YEARS TO COME. I AM REFERRING TO THE FAMILY OF SHAWNA HILL, A 16-YEAR-OLD GIRL WHO LIVED IN EAGLE, IDAHO, IN MY DISTRICT AND WHO TRAGICALLY LOST HER LIFE IN 2012. AT THE TIME OF HER UNTIMELY DEATH, SHAWNA WAS A JUNIOR AT EAGLE HIGH SCHOOL. SHE WAS A COMPETITIVE FIGURE SKATER AND ICE DANCER AND PLAYED THE VIOLIN IN HER SCHOOL ORCHESTRA. SHE EVEN PERFORMED WITH THE ORCHESTRA AT NEW YORK'S CARNEGIE HALL. SHE WAS ALSO WORKING TO QUALIFY FOR A CONGRESSIONAL SILVER MEDAL FOR PUBLIC SERVICE, PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND PHYSICAL FITNESS. SHE ASPIRED TO ATTEND STANFORD UNIVERSITY AND BECOME A DOCTOR. SADLY, SHE LOST HER LIFE IN A CAR ACCIDENT ON HER WAY HOME FROM ORCHESTRA PRACTICE. I FIRST MET SHAWNA'S PARENTS, CAPTAIN EDWARD HILL AND HIS WIFE, HEIDI, IN 2013 WHEN I HELPED PRESENT THEM WITH A CONGRESSIONAL BRONZE MEDAL FOR THEIR DAUGHTER HAD EARNED. WHILE PRESENTING THE AWARD, I LEARNED THAT CAPTAIN HILL, WHO SERVED AS 28 YEARS AS A NAVY PILOT AND FLEW TO PROTECT AMERICA DURING THREE COMBAT TOURS, HAD RETIRED SHORTLY BEFORE SHAWNA'S DEATH. FOLLOWING THE TRAGEDY, CAPTAIN HILL WAS WORKING WITH THE NAVY TO TRY TO REASSIGN HIS BENEFITS TO HIS SECOND CHILD, HALEY, WHO WAS ALSO PLANNING TO ATTEND COLLEGE. WITH ALMOST THREE DECADES OF DISTINGUISHED SERVICE, CAPTAIN HILL QUALIFIED FOR THE FULL UTILIZATION OF THE EDUCATION BENEFIT, BUT THE NAVY SAID HALEY WASN'T ELIGIBLE BECAUSE EDUCATION BENEFITS UNDER THE G.I. BILL CANNOT BE REASSIGNED. THE HILLS ASKED FOR MY HELP AND MY STAFF GOT TO WORK. UNFORTUNATELY, WE FOUND OUT THAT THE NAVY'S HANDS WERE TIED. CURRENT LAW DOES NOT ALLOW THE TRANSFER OF EDUCATION BENEFITS AFTER A SERVICE MEMBER HAS RETIRED. NO WAIVERS ARE PERMITTED, EVEN IF SUCH TRAGIC CIRCUMSTANCES. I PROMISED THE HILLS THAT I WOULD SEEK A LEGISLATIVE SOLUTION. IN FEBRUARY OF THIS YEAR, I INTRODUCED H.R. 1112, THE SHAWNA HILL POST-9/11 EDUCATION BENEFITS TRANSFERABILITY ACT. THIS BILL WOULD PERMIT THE REASSIGNMENT OF VETERANS' EDUCATION BENEFITS IN CASES WHERE THE DESIGNATED BENEFICIARY PASSES AWAY. LOSING A CHILD IS THE WORST THING I CAN IMAGINE, AND SURELY CONGRESS DIDN'T INTEND TO EXCLUDE THE ABILITY TO TRANSFER BENEFITS TO A SURVIVING CHILD OR SPOUSE. THE BILL I INTRODUCED WILL CORRECT THIS OVERSIGHT AND IT'S RECEIVED SUPPORT FROM MANY VETERANS' GROUPS. THESE INCLUDE THE CONCERNED VETERANS FOR AMERICA, THE MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART, THE STUDENT VETERANS OF AMERICA, AM VETS, THE AIR FORCE SERGEANTS ASSOCIATION, THE ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES NAVY AND THE NATIONAL MILITARY ASSOCIATION. THIS MONTH THE V.A. COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN ROE -- V.A. COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN ROE AND RANKING MEMBER WALZ INCLUDED MY BILL IN THE BIPARTISAN G.I. BILL. THE HARRY W. COLMERY VETERAN EDUCATION ASSISTANCE ACT OF 2017. THIS BILL PASSED THE HOUSE LAST NIGHT AND I WAS PROUD TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN VOTING FOR IT. I AM GRATEFUL TO CHAIRMAN ROE AND RANKING MEMBER WALZ FOR INCLUDING MY BILL IN THEIR LEGISLATION. I'M ALSO THANKFUL TO SENATOR CRAPO WHO HAS SCLUD LEGISLATION IN THE SENATE. -- INCLUDED LEGISLATION IN THE SENATE. IT'S MY HOPE THAT THE SENATE WILL ACT, TOO, AND FROM THERE OUR BILL CAN BE SIGNED INTO LAW. THIS LEGISLATION WILL MEAN A GREAT DEAL TO THE HILLS. IT WILL BE A GREAT COMFORT TO THEM AND ALL THOSE WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED SUCH A TERRIBLE LOSS. AS A GRATEFUL NATION, IT'S THE LEAST THAT WE CAN DO. AND AMERICA MUST ALWAYS BE A GRATEFUL NATION. THE HARRY COLMERY EDUCATION VETERANS ASSISTANCE ACT OF 2017 KEEPS OUR PROMISES TO OUR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY NEED IT THE MOST. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD THE FLOOR.

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                    • 10:41:39 AM

                      TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

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

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                      HOST

                      YOU FOR COMING IN. APPRECIATE IT.

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                      A TRUMP ADMINISTRATION RULE THROUGH THE CFPB WHICH WOULD PREVENT BANKS…

                      A TRUMP ADMINISTRATION RULE THROUGH THE CFPB WHICH WOULD PREVENT BANKS FROM USING ARBITRATION. RULES THAT REQUIRE DISPUTES TO BE HANDLED IN PRIVATE ARBITRATION INSTEAD OF IN THE COURTS. LIVE COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE. WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY REVEREND LONNIE MITCHELL SENIOR, BETHEL AFRICAN METHODIST CHURCH, SPOKANE, WASHINGTON.

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                      REVEREND MITCHELL

                      LORD, GOD, PULL OUT YOUR PRESENCE AND POWER PUN THIS OPENING SESSION OF…

                      LORD, GOD, PULL OUT YOUR PRESENCE AND POWER PUN THIS OPENING SESSION OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. EMPOWER OUR LEADERS TO DELIBERATE, COLLABORATE AND WHEN NECESSARY COMPROMISE FOR THE GOOD OF OUR NATION. AS PRESIDENT LINCOLN SAID, WITH MALICE TOWARD NONE, WITH CHARITY FOR ALL, WITH FIRMNESS IN THE RIGHT AS GOD GIVES US THE RIGHT TO SEE, LET THIS CONGRESS STRIVE ON TO FINISH THE WORK THEY'RE IN AND BIND UP THE NATION'S WOUNDS AND DO ALL WHAT THEY MAY ACHIEVE A JUST AND LASTING PEACE WITH EVERYBODY. GOD, WE THE PEOPLE IN THE LAPPED OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE NEED YOU NOW AND FOREVER MORE. THAT YOU WOULD BLESS THIS SESSION AND THE LEADERS IN THIS HOUSE AND ALL BRANCHES OF OUR GOVERNMENT RESPECTFUL OF ALL FAITHS IN JESUS, THE CHRIST I PRAY, 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. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1, RULE 1, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. BANKS.

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                      MR. BANKS

                      FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE WITH LIBERTY AND…

                      FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

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                      THE SPEAKER

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY FROM WASHINGTON, MRS. MCMORRIS RODGERS,…

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY FROM WASHINGTON, MRS. MCMORRIS RODGERS, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                      MRS. MCMORRIS RODGERS

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. PLEASE TO WELCOME PASTOR LONNIE MITCHELL TODAY TO…

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. PLEASE TO WELCOME PASTOR LONNIE MITCHELL TODAY TO THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. HE ACCEPTED THE CALL TO MINISTRY IN 1985 UNDER THE A.M.E. CHURCH AND CAME TO SPOKANE, WASHINGTON, IN 1991. HE MOVED HIS YOUNG FAMILY AND HAS BEEN THERE EVER SINCE AND LEADING HIS CONGREGATION UNDER THE THEME TO BE THE CATHEDRAL OF LOVE, WHERE EVERYONE IS SOMEBODY AND JESUS IS THE CENTER OF ATTRACTION. HE ALSO STARTED THE AHANA BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION WHICH WAS FORMED FOR PERSONS OF COLOR. HE STARTED UNITY AND COMMUNITY IN SPOKANE WHICH IS THE LARGEST MULTICULTURAL CELEBRATION IN THE INLAND NORTHWEST, 22 YEARS STRONG. HE HAS HIS MASTERS FROM GONZAGA UNIVERSITY, WHICH IS OUR LOCAL JESUIT UNIVERSITY, BUT A PROPONENT OF BRINGING FAITH AND GOVERNMENT TOGETHER TO BUILD AND SUSTAIN HEALTHY COMMUNITIES. IT WAS GREAT TO HAVE HIM HERE TODAY. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 12:03:25 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                    • 12:03:35 PM

                      MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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

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                      TEMPORE WITHOUT

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                      MS. ROS-LEHTNEN

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT THE CARE CORE DEMONSTRATION…

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT THE CARE CORE DEMONSTRATION ACT, A BILL THAT CONGRESSWOMAN MICHELLE LUJAN GRISHAM AND I WILL BE INTRODUCING THIS WEEK. EVERY YEAR MILLIONS OF SENIORS AND INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES FIND THEMSELVES IN NEED OF LONG-TERM CARE AND SERVICES. HOWEVER, OUR NATION FACES A CRITICAL SHORTAGE OF CAREGIVERS. TO ADDRESS THIS GROWING PROBLEM, I HAVE JOINED MICHELLE TO INTRODUCE THE CARE CORE DEMONSTRATION ACT. THIS COMMONSENSE AND BIPARTISAN BILL WILL CREATE A GRANT PROGRAM THAT WILL PROVIDE COMPASSIONATE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO GAIN VALUABLE EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH SENIORS AND INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES ACROSS OUR GREAT LAND. CARE CORE WILL NOT ONLY HELP EMPOWER OUR YOUNG ADULTS TO MEET OUR NATION'S SENIOR NEEDS BUT IT WILL ALSO PROVIDE THEM WITH ESSENTIAL EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE AND GIVE THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO START OR FURTHER THEIR CAREERS AS CAREGIVERS. MR. SPEAKER, I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO CO-SPONSOR THIS BILL SO OUR SENIORS AND THOSE WITH DISABILITIES RECEIVE THE CARE THEY SO DESPERATELY NEED WHILE EMPOWERING OUR YOUTH TO ADVANCE THEIR CAREERS. THANK YOU FOR THE TIME, MR. SPEAKER.

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                    • 12:04:53 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                      MR. GREEN

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

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                      TEMPORE WITHOUT

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                      MR. GREEN

                      MR. SPEAKER, MEMBERS, RECENTLY WE LEARNED THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS…

                      MR. SPEAKER, MEMBERS, RECENTLY WE LEARNED THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS DIVERTED TAXPAYER FUNDS FOR THE ALLOCATED FOR THE ENROLLMENT OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. ACTIVITIES TO CREATE A SOCIAL MEDIA VIDEO'S CONTENT CLAIMING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS FAILING, A DELIBERATE ACT OF SABOTAGE. INSTEAD OF MAKING SURE AMERICANS REMAIN HEALTHY AND IMPROVE THE RISK POOLS, THE H.H.S. IS PEDDLING MISLEADING ONLINE PROPAGANDA TO DISCOURAGE ENROLLMENT IN HEALTH INSURANCE. ACCORDING TO THE KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION, THE A.C.A. MARKETS HAVE STABILIZED AND THERE'S SIMPLY NO EVIDENCE OF DEATH SPILES OR COLLAPSING MARKETS. OVER 50% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE IN SUPPORT OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THAT'S REAL NEWS. THE PRESIDENT HAS REPEATEDLY DECLARED THAT HE WILL LET THE A.C.A. FAIL JUST TO SCORE POLITICAL POINTS. COLLEAGUES, THE A.C.A. IS NOT FAILING ON ITS OWN. IT'S BEING ACTIVELY SABOTAGED BY THE PRESIDENT AND OUR REPUBLICAN CONGRESS. THE ADMINISTRATION HAS REPEATEDLY WAIVERED IN ITS RESPONSIBILITY TO ADMINISTER COST SHARING PAYMENTS, RELAXED INSURANCE MANDATE AND MAKE SURE GOVERNMENT SHORE UP THEIR OWN HEALTH CARE EXCHANGES. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SHOULD QUIT PLAYING POLITICS WITH OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.

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                      MRS. WALORSKI

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

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

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                      MRS. WALORSKI

                      I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF MICHAEL BECKER TO CELEBRATE THE POSITIVE…

                      I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF MICHAEL BECKER TO CELEBRATE THE POSITIVE IMPACT HE'S HAD ON OUR COMMUNITY. IN 2016, MICHAEL AND HIS WIFE, KIM, -- IN 2006, MICHAEL AND HIS WIFE, KIM, GAVE WOMEN A RED CARPET EXPERIENCE, COMPLETE WITH A MAKEOVER. HAVING MOBILE DAY SPAS, HELLO GORGEOUS HAS PROVIDED UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES TO THOUSANDS OF WOMEN ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. THE ORGANIZATION, MICHAEL AND KIM BUILT TOGETHER, AND THE MISSION THEY DEVOTED THEMSELVES TO BRINGS HAPPINESS AND HOPE WHERE IT'S NEEDED MOST. THEIR PASSION, DRIVE AND FAITH, INSPIRE US ALL AND THEIR SELFLESS GENEROSITY IS AN EXAMPLE WE SHOULD STRIVE TO FOLLOW. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S AN HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO REPRESENT SUCH KIND AND GIVING PEOPLE. MICHAEL LIVED A LIFE FULL OF LOVE, LAUGHSTER AND SPIRIT. MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH KIM AND EVERYONE AT HELLO GORGEOUS AND WHO NO DOUBT MICHAEL'S MEMORY WILL LIVE ON.

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                      MR. HIGGINS

                      MR. SPEAKER, THE SERVICEMEN'S READJUSTMENT ACT OF 1944, ALSO KNOWN AS THE…

                      MR. SPEAKER, THE SERVICEMEN'S READJUSTMENT ACT OF 1944, ALSO KNOWN AS THE G.I. BILL, HAS SINCE PROVIDED TENS OF MILLIONS OF RETURNING ACTIVE DUTY VETERANS WITH HELP BUYING A HOME, STARTING A BUSINESS AND GOING TO COLLEGE. ALSO, IN ADDITION TO DOING THE RIGHT THING, THE G.I. BILL FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORMED THE AMERICAN ECONOMY FROM AN INDUSTRIAL-BASED ECONOMY TO A KNOWLEDGE-BASED ECONOMY. I WAS PROUD TO SUPPORT H.R. 3218 THIS WEEK THAT WILL RENEW THIS COMMITMENT. IT WILL PROVIDE EXPANDED EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS FOR SERVICE MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES, INCLUDING THE ELIMINATION OF TIME RESTRICTIONS ON EDUCATION CREDITS FOR VETERANS WHO RE-ENTER CIVILIAN LIFE IN 2013 OR AFTER. G.I. BENEFITS SHOULD NOT COME WITH AN EXPIRATION DATE. OUR VETERANS DESERVE OUR RESPECT UNEXPIRED FOR THEIR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. THIS BILL AFFIRMS THAT OBLIGATION. I YIELD BACK.

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

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                      MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE CAPTAIN PHILIP DAWSON ON HIS…

                      MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE CAPTAIN PHILIP DAWSON ON HIS RETIREMENT FROM THE UNITED STATES NAVY. ON FRIDAY, CAPTAIN DAWSON WILL COMPLETE A NEARLY FOUR-YEAR TOUR AS THE COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER, PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA. A 1988 GRADUATE OF THE UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY, CAPTAIN DAWSON FIRST SERVED ON THE U.S.S. TATENHAL AND LATER ON THE U.S.S. HARRY YARNELL AS THE FIRE CONTROL OFFICER. CAPTAIN DAWSON ASSUMED COMMAND OF THE NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER IN 2013 WHERE HE LED THE CENTER ON A WIDE ARRAY OF MISSIONS INCLUDING WARFARE, COASTAL DEFENSE AND SPECIAL

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                      MR. DUNN

                      THIS BASE IS ALSO HOME TO THE U.S. NAVY DIVE SCHOOL WHERE ALL OF THE…

                      THIS BASE IS ALSO HOME TO THE U.S. NAVY DIVE SCHOOL WHERE ALL OF THE DIVERS FROM ALL OF OUR SERVICES ARE TRAINED. CAPTAIN DAWSON'S SELFLESS SACRIFICE TO OUR COUNTRY AND DEDICATION TO OUR NAVY IS TRULY INSPIRING. MADAM SPEAKER, PLEASE JOIN ME IN THANKING CAPTAIN DAWSON, HIS WIFE, BELINDA, AND THEIR THREE CHILDREN FOR THEIR YEARS OF SERVICE AND SACRIFICE AND WISH THEM LUCK AS THEY ENJOY A NEW CHAPTER IN LIFE. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                      MR. KENNEDY

                      GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE…

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

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                      MR. KENNEDY

                      MADAM SPEAKER, I MET TED A FEW WEEKS AGO. HE'S A BRICK LAYER FROM FALL…

                      MADAM SPEAKER, I MET TED A FEW WEEKS AGO. HE'S A BRICK LAYER FROM FALL RIVER, MASSACHUSETTS. IT'S HARD, PROUD WORK, THE KIND THAT COMES WITH FREQUENT PHYSICAL INJURY. TED IS NO EXCEPTION. HE HAD A LONG AND PAINFUL ROAD TO ADDICTION. TED FOUGHT BACK. HE PULLED HIMSELF UP, HE GOT TREATMENT ANSWERED GOT CLEAN. BUT HIS MOST RECENT INJURY COST HIM HIS JOB AND HIS HEALTH INSURANCE. A NEW DIAGNOSIS JUST CAME IN, LIVER CANCER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS WHERE A SYSTEM PROVES WHAT IT'S MADE OF. WHEN OUR PEOPLE ARE SICK, WHEN THEY ARE TIRED, WHEN THEY ARE TERRIFIED AND WHEN THEY HAVE GIVEN EVERYTHING THEY HAVE GOT, DO WE ABANDON THEM? NO. WE PULL THEM UP. WE BET ON THEIR RESILIENCE BECAUSE THERE'S NOTHING MORE FUNDAMENTALLY AMERICAN THAN THE BELIEF THAT OUR PEOPLE SURVIVE, THEY ENDURE AND THEY RISE TO FIGHT AGAIN. THEY DESERVE A GOVERNMENT THAT WILL JUMP IN THE RING BY THEIR SIDE. TODAY IS THAT TEST. ARE WE AS GOOD AND DECENT AS OUR PEOPLE? THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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                      MR. WILSON

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

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

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                      MR. WILSON

                      MADAM SPEAKER, IT'S WITH SINCERE GRAD TUDE AND APPRECIATION I HAD THE…

                      MADAM SPEAKER, IT'S WITH SINCERE GRAD TUDE AND APPRECIATION I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO RECOGNIZE CANDICE RICH, LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT FOR SOUTH CAROLINA'S SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. I'VE ALWAYS APPRECIATED CANDICE FOR HER YEARS OF SERVICE ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH CAROLINA. A NATIVE OF VIRGINIA, CANDICE SAN ESTEEMED ALUMNI AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA WITH DEGREES IN HISTORY AND POLITICAL SCIENCE. SHE ALSO EARNED A MASTERS OF ARTS OF INSTRUCTION IN CURRICULUM FROM ANGELO STATE UNIVERSITY. SHE IS TRULY DEDICATED TO PUBLIC SERVICE, BEGINNING AS AN INTERN IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE STARTING IN 2010 BEFORE JOINING THE STAFF IN 2014. CANDICE'S EXPERIENCE ON HEALTH CARE, EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE ISSUES COMBINED WITH A GENUINE DESIRE TO SERVE CONSTITUENTS HAS MADE A DIFFERENCE. CANDICE WAS CRUCIAL HELPING REPUBLICANS PASS AND HAVE SIGNED A RECORD NUMBER OF BILLS THIS YEAR. IT IS WITH MIXED FEELINGS BUT GREAT HAPPINESS THAT I BID CANDICE FAREWELL. SHE'S MOVING ON NEXT WEEK TO A NEW ROLE, TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES AT CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL IN SAN ANGELO, TEXAS. I KNOW HER PARENTS ALONG WITH HER BROTHERS JOIN ME IN RECOGNIZING HER ACHIEVEMENTS. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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                      MRS. MALONEY

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                      MRS. MALONEY

                      MADAM SPEAKER, I HAVE BEEN LISTENING DAILY TO HEARTBREAKING STORIES FROM…

                      MADAM SPEAKER, I HAVE BEEN LISTENING DAILY TO HEARTBREAKING STORIES FROM REAL PEOPLE ABOUT THEIR HEALTH CHALLENGES AND WHAT THE REPEAL OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WOULD MEAN TO THEM. PEOPLE LIKE PETER MORLEY, WHO SURVIVED CANCER AND NOW LIVES WITH LUPUS. HE WON'T BE ABLE TO AFFORD HIS LIFE-SAVING INFUSIONS IF REPEAL HAPPENS. OR FOR BABY THEO, BORN WITH TWO HOLES AND AN ENLARGED KIDNEY. THE RETURN OF LIFE-TIME CAPS WOULD MEAN THE LOSS OF INSURANCE FOR HIM. AND RED RACCOON, AN IRAQI WAR VETERAN SUFFERING FROM PSTD. HE WE LIES ON MEDICAID TO SUPPLEMENT THE INADEQUATE V.A. SYSTEM. EACH OF THEM AND MILLIONS MORE WILL SUFFER IF REPEAL OR REPLACE GOES FORWARD. I BELIEVE WE ARE A GREATER, MORE CARING NATION THAN THIS. I BELIEVE WE CAN, WE SHALL, WE MUST DO BETTER.

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

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                      MR. BANKS

                      MADAM SPEAKER, HERE IN WASHINGTON WE ARE CURRENTLY IN THE MIDDLE OF AN…

                      MADAM SPEAKER, HERE IN WASHINGTON WE ARE CURRENTLY IN THE MIDDLE OF AN IMPORTANT DEBATE ON THE FEDERAL BUDGET. IT IS CLEAR THAT DRAMATIC CHANGES NEED TO BE MADE IN THE WAY THAT TAXPAYER DOLLARS ARE SPENT. WE NEED TO GET OUR NATION'S FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER. AS WE CONSIDER IMPORTANT REFORMS, WE WILL BE WISE TO TURN TO MY HOME STATE OF INDIANA. LAST WEEK INDIANA STATE AUDITOR TARA KLUTZ SAID THAT WE HAVE A RAINY DAY FUND OF NEARLY $1.8 BILLION. CONTRAST WITH A NEARLY $20 TRILLION NATIONAL DEBT HERE IN WASHINGTON. AS AUDITOR KLUTZ NOTED IN A PRESS CONFERENCE LAST WEEK, QUOTE, HUSEIERS CAN REST ASSURED THAT -- HOOSIERS CAN REST ASSURE THAT WE MANAGE OUR TAXPAYERS' MONEY SERIOUSLY. JUST LIKE STATES LIVE WITHIN THEIR MEANS, INDIANA HAS WORKED HARD TO INVEST IN OUR PRIORITIES, RETAIN RESOURCES IN THE EVENT OF AN ECONOMIC DOWNTURN, END QUOTE. TO GET OUR FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER WE NEED MORE OF THIS HOOSIER COMMON SENSE IN WASHINGTON. THE ATTITUDE AND APPROACHED THAT'S WORKED WELL IN INDIANA SHOULD BE A MODEL FOR THE NATION. WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. .

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                      THE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TODAY SHOULD BE ABOUT…

                      THE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TODAY SHOULD BE ABOUT PROVIDING CRITICAL FUNDS TO KEEP OUR SERVICE MEMBERS SAFE, TAKE CARE OF OUR VETERANS AND SUPPORT NECESSARY DEFENSE PROGRAMS. IT SHOULD NOT BE ABOUT HELPING PRESIDENT TRUMP KEEP A CAMPAIGN PROMISE THAT HAS NO GROUNDING IN REALITY. HOUSE REPUBLICANS' RECKLESS DECISION TO FORCE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO PAY FOR A WALL THAT DOES NOTHING TO INCREASE OUR SECURITY, IT IS WASTEFUL AND COUNTERPRODUCTIVE. IT WILL COST $1.6 BILLION, WHICH COULD GO TO HELPING VETERANS OR GETTING OUR SERVICE MEMBERS THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO STAY SAFE. RATHER THAN COME TO THE TABLE TO WORK ON MEANINGFUL BIPARTISAN AND LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS TO FIX OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM, HOUSE REPUBLICANS WOULD RATHER GIVE AMERICAN FAMILIES' PAYCHECKS TO PRESIDENT TRUMP TO BUILD THE WALL. WE ARE HERE TO DO THE PEOPLE'S WORK. THIS WALL DOESN'T HELP AMERICAN FAMILIES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THIS.

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                    • 12:17:21 PM

                      MR. WALBERG

                      ALL TOO OFTEN THE IMPORTANT WORK WE'RE DOING IN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE DOES…

                      ALL TOO OFTEN THE IMPORTANT WORK WE'RE DOING IN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE DOES NOT GET THE ATTENTION IT DESERVES. SO FAR THIS YEAR, WE ROLLED BACK 14 OVERSOME -- OVERLY BURDENSOME REGULATION. WE PASSED LANDMARK REFORMS TO BRING GREATER ACCOUNTABILITY AND BETTER CARE TO THE VETERANS' ADMINISTRATION. HERE IN THE HOUSE WE KEPT OUR PROMISE TO RESCUE FAMILIES FROM THE COLLAPSING OBAMACARE LAW. WE HAVE TAKEN ACTION TO REBUILD OUR MILITARY, GIVE OUR TROOPS THE BIGGEST PAY RAISE IN EIGHT YEARS AND EXPAND THE G.I. BILL TO IMPROVE EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS. WE HAVE ENHANCED BORDER SECURITY AND PUBLIC SAFETY BYPASSING KATE'S LAW AND STRENGTHENED CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION, COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING, REFORM THE F.D.A. MADAM SPEAKERS, THESE POLICIES THAT ARE LANGUISHING IN THE SENATE WILL MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE'S LIVES. AND WE WILL WORK ON THE ISSUES THAT MATTER EVEN IF IT DOESN'T MAKE THE HEADLINES. I YIELD BACK.

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                      THE ECONOMY SIMPLY IS NOT WORKING THE WAY IT SHOULD. MILLIONS OF HARD…

                      THE ECONOMY SIMPLY IS NOT WORKING THE WAY IT SHOULD. MILLIONS OF HARD WORKING MEN AND WOMEN FEEL THE AMERICAN DREAM HAS SLIPPED OUT OF REACH IN PLACES LIKE HANOVER AND FREE PORT, ILLINOIS. FAMILIES HAVE SEEN THEIR JOBS BOXED UP AND TO MEXICO AND CHINA. MANY HAVE HAD TO TAKE ON ONE OR TWO MINIMUM-WAGE JOBS. THAT'S NOT THE AMERICAN DEEM THAT WE BELIEVE IN. WE BELIEVE IN AMERICA WHERE WE NEVER GIVE UP ON THE FIGHT FOR BETTER JOBS AND BETTER FUTURE. THIS IS WHY I WAS PROUD TO HELP PRESENT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WITH OUR BETTER DEAL ECONOMIC AGENDA. TOGETHER, WE WILL HELP 10 MILLION HARDWORKING AMERICANS BY MAKING BOLD INVESTMENTS IN OUR ROADS AND BRIDGES AND DOUBLING OUR INVESTMENTS IN WORK FORCE TRAINING AND APPRENTICESHIP TO CONNECT WORKERS WITH EMPLOYERS AND WHILE WAGES WILL GO UP, COSTS WILL GO DOWN, BY REDUCING THE PRICE OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF EXCUSES FROM WASHINGTON. WE WANT REAL ACTION AND WE HAVE A REAL PLAN. I YIELD BACK.

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

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                    • 12:20:04 PM

                      MR. DENHAM

                      I RISE TODAY TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND HONOR THE LIFE OF A CHERISHED LEADER AND…

                      I RISE TODAY TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND HONOR THE LIFE OF A CHERISHED LEADER AND GREAT FRIEND. FORMER CALIFORNIA STATE SENATOR DAVID COGDALE SENIOR, HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 66 ON SUNDAY SURROUNDED BY HIS FAMILY. BORN ON DECEMBER 31, DAVE SPENT HIS LIFE IN PUBLIC SERVICE AND STARTED WHEN HE ENLISTED IN 1970 IN THE AIR FORCE RESERVE, SERVING IN THE AIR NATIONAL GUARD AS WELL AS ON ACTIVE DUTY. IN 1975, HE WAS ELECTED A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE BRIDGEPORT FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT. HE MOVED TO MONTH DECEMBER DOE IN 1979 AND BUILT HIS REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL BUSINESS P WHILE SERVING ON BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS. HE SERVED TWO TERMS ON THE MODESTO CITY COUNCIL AND HE WENT ON TO REPRESENT THE 25TH DISTRICT FOR SIX YEARS PRIOR TO BEING ELECTED TO THE STATE SENATE IN 2006. HE SERVED AS THE CALIFORNIA STATE SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER FROM 2008 TO 2009 IN ADDITION TO NUMEROUS COMMITTEES INCLUDING PUBLIC SAFETY, REVENUE AND TAXATION AND THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE AUDIT COMMITTEES. A REAL ESTATE APPRAISER IN TRADE HE SERVED AS A COUNTY COMMISSIONER TO 2013 AND THEN JOINED THE BUILDING ASSOCIATION IN 2013. FOR HIS MANY YEARS OF LEGISLATIVE CAREER, DAVE WAS AWARDED THE PROFILE IN COURAGE AWARD FROM THE JOHN F. KENNEDY LIBRARY IN 2010. THAT WAS ONE OF THE MANY RECOGNITIONS HE RECEIVED. DAVE AND HIS WIFE STEPHANIE WERE MARRIED FOR 47 YEARS AND HAVE A SON, DAVID JUNIOR, AND A DAUGHTER AND THREE GRANDCHILDREN, CONNOR, KATIE AND COOPER. PLEASE JOIN ME IN HONORING AND RECOGNIZING CALIFORNIA STATE SENATOR DAVE COGDALE FOR HIS FRIENDSHIP. HE HAD A LONG HISTORY TO HIS SERVICE TO CALIFORNIA AND TO OUR COMMUNITY. HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED. I YIELD BACK.

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                      NEWS THAT A MILITARY TRANSPORT PLANE CRASHED INTO THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA.…

                      NEWS THAT A MILITARY TRANSPORT PLANE CRASHED INTO THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA. 16 MARINES WHO FOUGHT TO DEFEND OUR COUNTRY DIED. ONE OF THOSE MARINES WAS SERGEANT JOE MURRAY OF JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA. I EXPRESS TO CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. HE WAS THE HUSBAND TO GAIL MURRAY AND FATHER OF FOUR BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN. HE WAS KNOWN FOR BEING A FAMILY MAN WHO CARED DEEPLY FOR THOSE AROUND HIM. MURRAY WAS A MEMBER OF A SPECIAL OPERATION TEAM AND WAS PROMOTED THREE TIMES IN THE FIRST THREE YEARS HE WAS IN THE MARINE CORPS AND DEPLOYED TO AFGHANISTAN TWICE.

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                      MR. LAWSON

                      THE SON OF A NAVY MAN, SERGEANT MURRAY WILL BE REMEMBERED AS A TRUE…

                      THE SON OF A NAVY MAN, SERGEANT MURRAY WILL BE REMEMBERED AS A TRUE AMERICAN HERO AND I WILL CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR HIM AND HIS FAMILY AND THOSE AROUND HIM. MAY HE REST IN PEACE AND THANK YOU. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                      MR. BACON

                      THERE ARE 20,000 OPEN JOBS IN KANSAS AND UNEMPLOYMENT RATE OF 3%. THIS IS…

                      THERE ARE 20,000 OPEN JOBS IN KANSAS AND UNEMPLOYMENT RATE OF 3%. THIS IS A 16-YEAR LOW FOR OUR STATE. HOWEVER, WE FACE ONLY A 63% NATIONAL WORK FORCE PARTICIPATION RATE. ALMOST 40% OF OUR COUNTRY'S LABOR FORCE IS GIVING UP ON FINDING A JOB OR LOST MOTIVATION TO WORK. IN KANSAS, A TOP CONCERN I HEARD IS THE NEED FOR A STRONGER WORK FORCE. MY COLLEAGUES AND I MUST START WORK ON THE WELFARE TO WORK PROGRAM. EMPOWERING PEOPLE TO GET OUT OF POVERTY AND LIFT THEIR SPIRIT. LET'S EMPOWER THOSE ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO GET THE TRAINING THEY NEED AND QUALITY OF LIFE THAT TURNS THE TIDE OF POVERTY TOWARDS SOCIETAL PROSPERITY. I YIELD BACK.

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                      THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TO EXPRESS MY DISAPPOINTMENT THAT…

                      THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TO EXPRESS MY DISAPPOINTMENT THAT REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP HAS ADDED SOMETHING AS CONTROVERSIAL AS FUNDING FOR THE BORDER WALL TO A CRITICAL BILL FUNDING OUR NATION'S DEFENSE. THERE IS A REASON THOSE WHO LIVE ON THE BORDER AND KNOW THE REGION BEST DON'T WANT THIS WALL. THEY KNOW THIS WALL WON'T KEEP US SAFE. THEY KNOW IT WON'T STOP ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. INSTEAD OF WASTING $1.6 BILLION IN TAXPAYER, D.H.S. SHOULD FOCUS ITS LIMITED RESOURCES ON ITS DECLARED MISSION WHICH IS, AND I QUOTE, TO SAFEGUARD THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, OUR HOMELAND AND OUR VALUES. THIS WALL DOES NONE OF THAT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO STOP PLAYING POLITICS WITH OUR SECURITY AND BRING A CLEAN BILL TO THE FLOOR. I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 12:26:10 PM

                      MR. THOMPSON

                      THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE 45TH ANNIVERSARY,…

                      THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE 45TH ANNIVERSARY, THE PRACTICE ART GALLERY WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1997 BY PAINTER JEAN CAREY TO FOCUS ON THEIR WORKS. IN 1988, THE GALLERY EXPANDED TO INCLUDE THE ORIENTAL ROOM AND FOUNTAIN ROOM AND BROUGHT SCULPTURE WORKS. THE ART GALLERY IS DEDICATED TO ENRICHING THROUGH EXHIBITIONS AND THE DISPLAY OF HISTORICAL WORKS. BEGINNING AUGUST 18, THE GALLERY WILL CELEBRATE ITS 40TH ANNIVERSARY WITH THE RUBY EXHIBITION WHICH WILL HAVE THE FINEST WORKS FROM ITS PERMANENT COLLECTION, MUCH OF WHICH HAS NOT BEEN SEEN. I WISH THE ART GALLERY THE BEST AS IT CELEBRATES OF ENRICHING THE LIVES WITH ITS CULTURAL IMPACT. I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 12:27:18 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

                    • 12:27:22 PM

                      MR. POLIS

                      PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

                    • 12:27:26 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                    • 12:27:27 PM

                      MR. POLIS

                      I RISE TODAY IN CELEBRATION OF 100-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF…

                      I RISE TODAY IN CELEBRATION OF 100-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF ESTES PARK, COLORADO, GATEWAY TO ROCKY NATIONAL PARK. OVER 150 YEARS AGO, PIONEERS OF THE MOUNTAIN PARK AND HOMESTEADERS CAME FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE. 1917, THE FORMAL INCORPORATION TOOK PLACE ENSURING OUR COMMUNITY COULD CONTINUE TO SERVE THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE VISITING. IT HAS BEEN A VITAL PARTNER IN GROWING THE OUTDOOR RECREATION COMMUNITY AND PLAYING HOST TO 4.5 MILLION VISITORS. THE STANLEY HOTEL, THE HISTORIC PARK THEATER ARE A FEW OF THE LAND PARK. THE ZIP CODE IS 80507. AND ESTES PARK WILL HAVE A CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION. I'M PROUD TO REPRESENT THE COMMUNITY OF ESTES PARK AND I'M THRILLED TO CELEBRATE THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF ESTES PARK.

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                    • 12:28:41 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

                    • 12:28:44 PM

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                    • 12:28:50 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      AS MY COLLEAGUE FROM COLORADO RECOGNIZED THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY, I TAKE TO…

                      AS MY COLLEAGUE FROM COLORADO RECOGNIZED THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY, I TAKE TO THE FLOOR TO THANK MY WIFE FOR PUTTING UP WITH ME FOR 30 YEARS.

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                    • 12:29:03 PM

                      MR. SHIMKUS

                      CHURCH FAITHFULLY AND PUTTING UP WITH THE HECTIC LIFE THAT A LOT OF OUR…

                      CHURCH FAITHFULLY AND PUTTING UP WITH THE HECTIC LIFE THAT A LOT OF OUR CONSTITUENTS DON'T UNDERSTAND LIVING IN TWO PLACES AT ONE TIME, TRYING TO MANAGE A FAMILY IN ANOTHER STATE, WHILE WE'RE GONE ALMOST ABOUT HALF OF THE YEAR. I COME TO THE FLOOR JUST TO PAUSE AND THANK MY BEAUTIFUL WIFE KAREN FOR STICKING WITH ME FOR 30 YEARS. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 12:29:58 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM

                    • 12:30:03 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

                    • 12:30:06 PM

                      MR. BUCK

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

                      MR. SPEAKER, BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP H.R. 648 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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                    • 12:30:15 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

                    • 12:30:18 PM

                      THE CLERK

                      RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO…

                      RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE JOINT RESOLUTION H.J.RES. 111, PROVIDING FOR CONGRESSIONAL DISAPPROVAL UNDER CHAPTER 8 OF TITLE 5, UNITED STATES CODE, OF THE RULE SUBMITTED BY BUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION RELATING TO ARBITRATION AGREEMENTS. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION ARE WAIVED. THE JOINT RESOLUTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE JOINT RESOLUTION ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE JOINT RESOLUTION AND ON ANY AMENDMENT THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT, ONE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES, AND TWO, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT.

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                    • 12:31:06 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

                    • 12:31:08 PM

                      MR. BUCK

                      THANK YOU, FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30…

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

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                    • 12:31:28 PM

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                    • 12:31:29 PM

                      MR. BUCK

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

                      MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. THE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT RESOLUTIONS MUST FOLLOW A PRESCRIBED FORM, ACCORDING TO LAW. THIS RULE PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.J.RES. 111 IN KEEPING WITH THAT FORM. MADAM SPEAKER, WE'RE HERE TODAY TO PREVENT FEDERAL OVERREACH BY THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU, ALSO KNOWN AS THE CFPB. ACCORDING TO THE D.C. CIRCUIT COURT, THIS UNACCOUNTABLE GOVERNMENT AGENCY HAS MORE UNILATERAL AUTHORITY THAN ANY SINGLE COMMISSIONER OR BOARD MEMBER IN ANY OTHER INDEPENDENT AGENCY IN THE U.S. GOVERNMENT. ON JULY 10, 2017, THE CFPB EXERCISED THAT VAST AUTHORITY BY ISSUING A 776-PAGE FINAL RULE THAT RESTRICTS THE ABILITY OF CONSUMERS TO ENTER INTO ARBITRATION AGREEMENTS. THE CFPB'S MISGUIDED RULE EFFECTIVELY ELIMINATES ARBITRATION CLAUSES, INSTEAD, FORCING CONSUMERS INTO MORE BURDENSOME COURT PROCEEDINGS. ELIMINATING THIS OVERBEARING RULE IS A BIG WIN FOR CONSUMERS. ARBITRATION IS AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM AND IT OFTEN RESULTS IN A BETTER OUTCOME FOR CONSUMERS. ACCORDING TO THE CFPB'S ONLY STUDY, ARBITRATION CAN BE UP TO 12 TIMES FASTER THAN LITIGATION. THIS STUDY ALSO FOUND THAT A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT'S AVERAGE PAYOUT WAS JUST $ 2 PER PERSON, NOT -- $32 PER PERSON, NOT EVEN CLOSE TO THE THOUSANDS AWARDED ON AVERAGE FROM ARBITRATION. MOREOVER, IT COSTS LESS FOR CONSUMERS TO FILE AN ARBITRATION COMPLAINT THAN IT DOES TO FILE A NEW COMPLAINT IN FEDERAL COURT. MAKING THE ARBITRATION SYSTEM MORE ACCESSIBLE TO ALL AMERICANS. ARBITRATION ALLOWS PARTIES TO USE AN INDEPENDENT MEDIATOR INSTEAD OF HIRING EXPENSIVE LAWYERS TO SETTLE A DISPUTE. WHILE THE RULE PROMULGATED BY THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU IS A BAD DEAL FOR CONSUMERS, IT IS A HUGE WIN FOR TRIAL LAWYERS WHO MAKE AN AVERAGE OF $1 MILLION PER CASE. THE LEGISLATION BEING CONSIDERED TODAY WOULD ELIMINATE THE CFPB'S PROHIBITION ON AN INDIVIDUAL'S RIGHT TO ENTER INTO CONTRACTS THAT INCLUDE ARBITRATION AGREEMENTS. THE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT ALLOWS CONGRESS TO ELIMINATE A RULE FROM THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH AND PREVENTS A SUBSTANTIALLY SIMILAR RULE FROM BEING PROPOSED IN ITS PLACE. CHECKS AND BALANCES BETWEEN THE THREE BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT ARE THE CORNERSTONE OF OUR CONSTITUTION. THE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT ALLOWS CONGRESS TO EXERCISE OUR ARTICLE 1 AUTHORITY AND STOP EXECUTIVE OVERREACH THAT WAS NEVER INTENDED BY THE ORIGINAL LEGISLATION. THE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT IS A POWERFUL TOOL BECAUSE IT ONLY REQUIRES 51 VOTES TO PASS IN THE SENATE. TO DATE, CONGRESS HAS PASSED 14 C.R.A.'S THAT HAVE BEEN SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT. ONE BY ONE, WE HAVE ELIMINATED OBAMA ADMINISTRATION RULES THAT HARM AMERICANS AND SMALL BUSINESSES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. DESPITE THE WORK WE HAVE AHEAD, THESE C.R.A.'S ARE IMPORTANT AND BRING REGULATORY RELIEF TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. PRESIDENT TRUMP CAMPAIGNED ON A PROMISE TO END GOVERNMENT OVERREGULATION THAT HURTS AMERICANS AND SMALL BUSINESSES. HE TURNED THOSE WORDS INTO ACTION BY SIGNING AN EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT REQUIRES TWO REGULATIONS BE ELIMINATED FOR EVERY NEW REGULATION THAT'S PROPOSED. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS EXCEEDED THOSE EXPECTATIONS IN HIS FIRST SIX MONTHS. FOR EVERY NEW PROPOSED RULE, HE'S ELIMINATED 16 REGULATIONS. UNFORTUNATELY, HE HAS LIMITED TOOLS TO REIN IN THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU BECAUSE IT WAS DESIGNED TO BE UNACCOUNTABLE UNDER DODD-FRANK. THIS IS AN AGENCY THAT CONTINUES TO BE RUN BY AN UNCHECKED DIRECTOR. THE STRUCTURE OF THE BUREAU HAS EVEN BEEN RULED UNCONSTITUTIONAL BY THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. A FEW WEEKS AGO, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSED LEGISLATION TO RESTRUCTURE THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU, RESTORING CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT DUTIES AND MOVING THE AGENCY BACK UNDER THE REGULAR LEGISLATIVE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS. I HOPE THE SENATE WILL CONSIDER THIS BRING AND BRING ACCOUNTABILITY TO THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND THE UNDERLYING BILL AND ELIMINATE THE BAD ANTI-ARBITRATION RULE ISSUED BY THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 12:35:48 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    • 12:35:52 PM

                      MR. POLIS

                      MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING…

                      MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION, H.J.RES. 111, DISAPPROVAL OF THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU'S ARBITRATION RULE, AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                    • 12:36:06 PM

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                    • 12:36:07 PM

                      MR. POLIS

                      BR TURNING THE UNDERLYING -- BEFORE TURNING THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION, I…

                      BR TURNING THE UNDERLYING -- BEFORE TURNING THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION, I WANT TO RAISE CONCERNS ABOUT THE BULK OF THE WORK THIS WEEK WHICH IS A SO-CALLED MINIBUS APPROPRIATIONS BILL, IN WHICH THIS BODY WILL SEEK TO SPEND OVER $700 BILLION OF DEFICIT EXPENDITURES. THAT FUNDING BILL COMBINES FOUR MAJOR APPROPRIATIONS BILLS AND REPRESENTS MORE THAN HALF OF DISCRETIONARY SPENDING. IT INCLUDES OUR SPENDING FOR THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH, VETERANS, ENERGY AND WATER, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. UNFORTUNATELY, THERE'S ADDITIONAL DEFICIT SPENDING THAT MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE HAVE DECIDED TO PUT IN THE BILL, PROVIDING $1.6 BILLION TO MR. A BORDER WALL, DIRECTLY -- TO BUILD A BORDER WALL, DIRECTLY CONTRARY TO THE PROMISE THE PRESIDENT MADE, THAT ANOTHER COUNTRY WOULD PAY THE WALL. THEY ARE ASKING YOU TO PAY FOR THIS WALL, IN DIRECT -- NOT SOMETHING HE PROMISED. AND REQUIRING THE USE OF THE AUMF, IT WAS PLACED IN THIS BILL IN COMMITTEE. REPRESENTATIVE LEE'S AMENDMENT WAS STRIPPED BY THE RULES COMMITTEE DESPITE IT BEING IN THE COMMITTEE MARK AND DESPITE THE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT TO REQUIRE THE USE FOR MILITARY FORCE. WE NEED TO START MAKING DECISIONS ABOUT THE DIRECTION OF OUR MILITARY. REPRESENTATIVE LEE'S AMENDMENT WOULD FORCE CONGRESS TO HAVE THAT DISCUSSION. CONGRESS, UNFORTUNATELY, SEEMS TO ONLY WORK OR WORKS BEST WHEN WE'RE ON THE CLOCK, THE DAY OR TWO BEFORE THE EXPIRATION OF FUNDING, THE DAY OR TWO BEFORE THE ARBITRARY TIME LIMIT. THIS WOULD APPLY TO FORCE CONGRESS TO HAVE THE DISCUSSIONS AROUND THE AUTHORIZATION OF THE USE OF MILITARY FORCE. I CERTAINLY HAVE FULL CONFIDENCE THAT HAD THAT TIME NOT BEEN MET, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS COULD HAVE PROVIDED SHORT-TERM EXTENSIONS FOR THE CURRENT AUTHORIZATION OF THE USE OF MILITARY FORCE UNTIL CONGRESS CAN AGREE WITH THE SENATE AND SEND TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. ONTO THE MATTERS AT HAND, THIS UNDERLYING RESOLUTION OF DISAPPROVAL WEAKENS CONSUMER PROTECTIONS WHILE PROTECTING BIG BANKS RATHER THAN CONSUMERS. THIS RULE WAS CRAFTED BY THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU TO HELP RESTORE CONSUMER RIGHTS AND GIVE CONSUMERS THE ABILITY TO JOIN TOGETHER WHEN THEY'RE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF BY BIG BANKS. INSTEAD OF DEBATING WAYS TO INCREASE ACCESS TO FINANCIAL SERVICES, MY COLLEAGUES INSTEAD HAVE BROUGHT A CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT RESOLUTION THAT WOULD STOP OUR OWN FINANCIAL SAFETY MECHANISMS FROM TAKING ANY FUTURE ACTION ON ARBITRATION CLAWSES AND CONSUMER -- CLAUSES AND CONSUMER FINANCIAL PRODUCTS. WE'VE SEEN THESE ARBITRATION CLAUSES. YOU USUALLY MIGHT NEED A MAGNIFYING GLASS BECAUSE THE FONT IS SMALL. EVEN SOPHISTICATED CONSUMERS OFTEN DON'T KNOW THAT BY UNILATERALLY SIGNING THOSE RIGHTS AWAY, THEY'RE REMOVING THEIR ABILITY TO ADDRESS THEIR GRIEVANCES IN COURT. AND IN MANY CASES, REMOVING THE ABILITY TO HAVE ANY JUSTICE BECAUSE WHEN YOU HAVE A LARGE CLASS EACH OF WHOM SUFFERS A SMALL AMOUNT OF DAMAGE, EVEN THE COST OF ADMINISTERING AN ARBITRATION CLAIM CAN BE PROHIBITED IF THE CLAIM FOR AN INDIVIDUAL IS $50, $100, $75. ABSENT THESE KIND OF PROTECTIONS, YOU GIVE BROAD LICENSE FOR BIG BANKS TO RIP OFF LARGE NUMBERS OF CONSUMERS AND TAKE A SMALL AMOUNT OF MONEY FROM EACH OF THEM. THAT'S WHAT THIS RULE IS INTENDED TO PREVENT. THE HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE DIDN'T HOLD ANY HEARINGS ON THIS RULE. IT DIDN'T GO THROUGH COMMITTEE. IT APPEARED JUST A FEW DAYS AGO. IT WAS INTRODUCED. THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU DIDN'T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TESTIFY ABOUT THEIR STUDY OR THEIR FINDINGS OR THE PROCESS THEY WENT THROUGH TO FINALIZE THE RULE, INCLUDING INPUT FROM THE GENERAL PUBLIC. CONGRESS' AUTHORIZED THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU TO EXAMINE THE USE OF ARBITRATION AGREEMENTS BY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND CONSUMER CONTRACTS AND IF NECESSARY TO TAKE APPROPRIATE STEPS TO LIMIT THE USE OF THEM TO PREVENT ARBITRATION AGREEMENTS FROM BEING FORCED ON CONSUMERS. IN ANY PARTICULAR CASE, BOTH SIDES CAN AGREE TO ARBITRATION. GIVEN THE CHOICE, MANY CONSUMERS WILL CHOOSE ARBITRATION. THIS IS GIVING THEM NO ALTERNATIVE BUT TO GIVE AWAY THEIR RIGHTS TO SUE IN A COURT OF LAW IN FAVOR OF AN ARBITRATION PROCESS. CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU FOUND THAT 90% OF ARBITRATION AGREEMENTS BUILT IN THE FINE POINT OF FINANCIAL CONSUMER PRODUCTS DO PROHIBIT CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS. IN CASES INVOLVING CREDIT CARD ISSUERS, COMPANIES BEING SUED USING THE ARBITRATION CLAUSES BURIED IN THEIR FINE PRINT LOCK CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS 65% OF THE TIME. AND, AGAIN, EVEN WITH THE LOWER COSTS OF ADMINISTERING AN ARBITRATION CASE, IT'S PROHIBITED IF THE CLAIM PER PERSON IS RELATIVELY SMALL. SO WE'RE TALKING ABOUT SITUATIONS WHERE PEOPLE ARE ILLEGALLY RIPPED OFF OF $20, OF $100 OF THEIR ANNUAL CREDIT CARD PROCESSING FEE, ILLEGALLY CHARGED, THEIR REDRESS ANY ABSENT CLASS ACTION IS ESSENTIALLY NONEXISTENT BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH THE COST OF PURSUING AN ARBITRATION CASE IS SIGNIFICANTLY LESS THAN THE COURTS, THEY STILL CAN TAKE UP ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF TIME OR IF YOU HIRE OUTSIDE COUNSEL THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS. THANK GOODNESS NOT THE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS THAT A FULL COURT CASE CAN ENTAIL BUT CERTAINLY THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS. AND IF YOU WERE DEPRIVED OF $30 OR $50, ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO ACCEPT IT OR CAN HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE RIPPED OFF BAN TOGETHER AND SEEK JUSTICE, AS THIS RULE WOULD ALLOW FOR? LONG BEFORE THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU TOOK ANY ACTION, THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ALREADY RECOGNIZED THE FORCED ARBITRATION CLAUSE IN CONSUMER LOANS TO SERVICE MEMBERS STRIPPED AWAY THE RIGHTS OF SERVICE MEMBERS AND ULTIMATELY BANNED FORCED ARBITRATION CLAUSES IN CONSUMER LOAN PRODUCTS AS WE DON'T WANT PEOPLE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF MEMBERS OF OUR MILITARY. SO, TOO, WE DON'T WANT ANYBODY TAKING ADVANTAGE OF MEMBERS OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. BUT WE KNOW BIG BANKS DON'T WANT CONSUMERS TO HAVE MORE POWER WHEN IT COMES TO FINANCIAL PRODUCTS. THEY PREFER THE DECKS REMAINED STACK AGAINST CONSUMERS EVEN WHEN A BANK OR CREDIT CARD COMPANY BREAKS THE LAW. WHEN IT COMES TO FINANCIAL SERVICE PRODUCTS, MOST CONSUMERS ARE ENTIRELY AT THE MERCY OF OUR FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. THESE ASH FOREIGN RELATION CLAUSES ARE BURIED IN PAGES AND PAGES OF SMALL PRINT AND DISCLOSURE, VERY TECHNICAL FOR PEOPLE WITH A COLLEGE DEGREE, NO LESS A HIGH SCHOOL DEGREE, NO LESS GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL. THE CONSUMER SIMPLY DOESN'T HAVE THE ABILITY TO MODIFY THE CONTRACT BEFORE THEY SIGN IT, TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT, OR NEGOTIATE ON ANY TYPE OF FOOTING EQUALLY WITH A BANK. THEY'RE LEFT WITH A TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT CHOICE AND ACCORDING TO THE BUREAU STUDY, MORE THAN 75% OF CONSUMERS SURVEYED DID NOT KNOW WHETHER THEY WERE SUBJECT TO AN ARBITRATION CLAUSE IN THEIR AGREEMENTS AND LESS THAN 7% KNEW THOSE CLAUSES LIMIT THEIR ABILITY TO BRING A CLAIM IN COURT. THAT MEANS 93% OF THE PEOPLE WHO SIGNED THESE AGREEMENTS DON'T EVEN REALIZE THEY ARE SIGNING THEIR RIGHT TO SUE AWAY. AND THAT'S BECAUSE THEY'RE BURIED IN FINE PRINT AND UNCLEAR AND RUN CONTRARY TO THE FUNDAMENTAL AMERICAN PRINCIPLE OF THE ABILITY TO SEEK JUSTICE WHEN YOU ARE WRONG. THIS FINAL RULE RESTORES CONSUMER RIGHTS TO BAN TOGETHER WHEN THERE IS SYSTEMIC AND WIDESPREAD FORM OF MISCONDUCT BY A BANK. THIS RESOLUTION OF DISAPPROVAL WOULD STOP CONSUMERS FROM EVEN KNOWING IF OTHERS WERE HARMED IN A SIMILAR MANNER BY THE SAME BANK OR LENDER SO THEY CAN POTENTIALLY BAND TOGETHER. I'M GLAD THAT THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU FINAL RULE ACTUALLY GAVE SOME POWER BACK TO CONSUMERS, AND NOW HERE WE HAVE THE REPUBLICANS TRYING TO TAKE THAT POWER RIGHT AWAY, GIVING IT BACK TO THE BIG BANKS. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD A LETTER SIGNED BY 310 ORGANIZATIONS THAT INCLUDE CIVIL RIGHTS, FAITH-BASED AND CONSUMER ADVOCACY GROUPS THAT SUPPORT THE ARBITRATION RULE.

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                    • 12:44:28 PM

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                    • 12:44:30 PM

                      MR. POLIS

                      MANY FAITH-BASED GROUPS AND SO MANY OTHERS INCLUDING FROM MY FRIEND FROM…

                      MANY FAITH-BASED GROUPS AND SO MANY OTHERS INCLUDING FROM MY FRIEND FROM COLORADO'S AND MY HOME STATE, THE INTERFAITH ALLIANCE OF COLORADO, THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN COLORADO SECTION, THE NAACP STATE CONFERENCE OF COLORADO, THE COLORADO FISCAL INSTITUTE, THE COLORADO COUNCIL OF CHURCHES, THE COLORADO ALLIANCE OF RETIRED AMERICANS AND MANY, MANY OTHERS. SO I'M GLAD THIS WILL APPEAR IN THE RECORD FOR ALL OF CONGRESS TO SEE, AND I WILL ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO READ THIS LETTER AND SEE WHO SIGNED IT BEFORE CASTING YOUR VOTE ON THE REPEAL OF THIS RULE, THIS CONGRESSIONAL DISAPPROVAL RESOLUTION. SO THIS WILL APPEAR IN THE RECORD, AND I KNOW THAT MY COLLEAGUES WILL STUDY THAT RECORD BEFORE MAKING THEIR DECISION. PRIOR TO THE CREATION LAWS WERE ENFORCED BY DIFFERENT REGULATORS AND AGENCIES. THIS WAS UNEVEN AND AFTER THE 2008 FINANCIAL CRISIS, I WAS PERSONALLY GLAD WE WERE ABLE TO PULL TOGETHER THE EFFORTS TO PROTECT CONSUMERS IN THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU. DESPITE THEIR SUCCESS, REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN GOING AFTER THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU EVER SINCE DESPITE RECORD PROFITS BY BANKS AND WALL STREET. WE ARE GOING BACK TO A TIME WHERE NOBODY KEPT THEM IN CHECK. DESPITE THE BUREAU RETURNING NEARLY $12 MILLION TO HARMED CONSUMERS, REPUBLICANS CONTINUE TO ATTACK THE AGENCY. THERE'S NOTHING -- THIS IS ENTIRELY THE PURPOSE THAT THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU WAS CREATED, THIS TYPE OF RULE. CONGRESS SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU TO STUDY FORCED ARBITRATION AGREEMENTS AND DETERMINE WHAT STEPS WERE NECESSARY. THE BUREAU UNDERTOOK AN EXTENSIVE RULEMAKING PROCESS. TOOK PUBLIC COMMENTS. MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE WHO SUPPORT THIS REPEAL, THE BANKS PARTICIPATED AND SO MANY OTHER STAKEHOLDERS BEFORE THE FINAL RULE WAS SHOULD. MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE HAVE NOT OFFERED ANY EVIDENCE IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION. WHY ARE YOU SEEKING TO STRIP RIGHTS AWAY FROM CONSUMERS IN THIS FASHION? THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU FOUND 400 CONSUMERS PER YEAR PURSUE CLAIMS IN ARBITRATION, WITH ONLY 16 RECEIVING ANY CASH RELIEF. AGAIN, WHEN YOU ARE RIPPED OFF OF A RELATIVELY SMALL AMOUNT OF MONEY, YOU DON'T HAVE REDRESS IN THE COURTS AS A SOLE PLAINTIFF AND YOU DON'T HAVE AN ECONOMIC FORM OF REDRESS IN THE COURTS AND DON'T HAVE REDRESS THROUGH ARBITRATION. SO THE ONLY TRUE MECHANISM, IF YOU HAVE A MILLION PEOPLE, EACH OF WHOM ARE DEPRIVED OF $20, THE ONLY REALISTIC LEGAL MECHANISM IS A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT, WHICH THIS RULE WOULD PROTECT. THERE IS NO EVIDENCE TO SHOW, NO STUDIES TO SHOW THAT REMOVING THIS TYPE OF CLAUSE INCREASES COSTS TO CONSUMERS. THIS RESOLUTION OF DISAPPROVAL IS JUST A GIVE-AWAY TO BIG BANKS AT THE EXPENSE OF YOU, ME, EVERYBODY WITH A CREDIT CARD, EVERYBODY WHO HAS A LOAN, WRONG DIRECTION FOR THE COUNTRY. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 12:48:21 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    • 12:48:30 PM

                      MR. BUCK

                      I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. ROTHFUS.

                    • 12:48:35 PM

                      MR. ROTHFUS

                      I RISE TO CALL ON ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND THE…

                      I RISE TO CALL ON ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND THE UNDERLYING RESOLUTION. THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU ANTI-ARBITRATION RULE WILL CAUSE A GREAT DEAL OF HARM TO CONSUMERS INCLUDEIC CONSUMERS WHO WISH TO SETTLE A DISPUTE WITH A FIRM IN A TIMELY AND EFFECTIVE FASHION AS WELL AS OTHER CONSUMERS WHO WILL SEE THEIR OPTIONS AND CHOICES DIMINISHED AND COSTS INCREASED BY THIS RULE. THE RULE WILL HURT THE VERY PEOPLE THE CFPB CLAIMS IT IS SUPPOSED TO HELP. BY DID HE PRISK INDIVIDUALS OF THE EFFECTIVE PROCESS OF ARBITRATION. THE CFPB ACKNOWLEDGED THAT ARBITRATION IS 12 TIMES FASTER AND TODAY'S FAST-PACED ECONOMY, AMERICANS MAY WANT TO PURSUE A QUICKER ACTION THAN BECOMING A PARTY TO COSTLY AND TIME CONSUMING LITIGATION. NOT ONLY ARE CLASS ACTION BURDENSOME IN TERMS OF TIME, BUT THEY OFTEN PRODUCE NEGLIGIBLE BENEFITS. CLASS ACTIONS REVIEWED IN THE STUDY RESULTED IN AN AVERAGE RECOVERY OF ONLY $32 PER CLASS MEMBER. THIS IS SO MINISCULE THAT THE FIRMS BEING SUED ARE FORCED TO CHARGE THEIR CUSTOMERS ADDITIONAL FEES, WHICH FEES MAY BE LARGER THAN THE INITIAL RECOVERY TO COVER THE COST OF THE LEGAL FEES. THIS LEAVES CUSTOMERS WORST OFF FINANCIALLY IF THEY HAD NEVER CHOSEN TO SETTLE THIS DISPUTE. THE HEAD ACHE THIS COULD CAUSE TO CONSUMERS WITH THE AVERAGE OF $5,000 300 THAT IN THE CASES THAT CFPB REVIEWED. CONTRAST THE $INDIVIDUAL RECOVERY WITH THE AVERAGE MILLION DOLLAR THAT PLAINTIFF LAWYERS MAKE PER SETTLED CASE. MADAM SPEAKER, CONSIDER THE FACT THAT 87% OF CLASS ACTIONS GENERATE NO BENEFITS FOR CONSUMERS WHATSOEVER BECAUSE THEY ARE DISMISSED BY THE COURT OR SETTLED WITH THE NAMED PLAINTIFFS ONLY. THIS WILL HAVE NEGATIVE EFFECTS ON A VARIETY OF FIRMS THAT WILL HAVE TO PREPARE THEMSELVES FOR FALLING VICTIM IN COSTLY LITIGATION. IN LIGHT OF THAT, THEY WILL BE UNLIKELY TO GET ANY FINANCIAL RESOURCES AND PROVIDING THE CUSTOMERS THE OPTION FOR ARBITRATION. MANY FIRMS ARE UNABLE TO SURVIVE. MEANING THEY WILL GO OUT OF BUSINESS OR STOP OFFERING PRODUCTS AND SERVICES. HOW WILL THIS BENEFIT CONSUMERS? IT WON'T. IT WILL MAKE THEIR COSTS HIGHER. IF WE WANT ENSURE JUSTICE, DID HE PRIVING THEM OF THE MOST EFFICIENT RENEW MEXICO RATIVE. THIS WILL RESULT IN CFPB MISGUIDED RULE. THE ANTI-ARBITRATION RULE WILL CLOSE THE DOOR TO RECOVERY FOR CONSUMERS, BUT OPEN THE DOOR FOR MILLION DOLLAR ATTORNEY FEES. THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION CONSIDERED TODAY WILL REOPEN THE DOOR TO CONSUMER RECOVERY. I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 12:51:57 PM

                      MR. BUCK

                      I RESERVE.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK, RESERVES. MR. POLIS RECOGNIZED.

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                      MR. POLIS

                      WONDERFUL THAT THERE ARE SO MANY COLORADO ANDS HERE.

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                      MR. POLIS

                      I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. DOGGETT.

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                      MR. DOGGETT

                      I THINK REPUBLICANS ARE JUST SCARED AND AFRAID TO LEAVE TOWN THIS WEEK…

                      I THINK REPUBLICANS ARE JUST SCARED AND AFRAID TO LEAVE TOWN THIS WEEK WITHOUT DOING ANY FAVOR FOR WALL STREET. AND THIS PROPOSAL TO UNDERMINE CONSUMER RIGHTS IS THE NEXT GIFT THAT THEY WANT TO BESTOW ON THE BIG BANKS. REPUBLICANS CAN NEVER SEEM TO FIND THEIR VOICE, NO MATTER HOW OUTRAGEOUS THE LATEST TRUMP TWEET MIGHT BE. THEY CANNOT A PASS MEANINGFUL LEGISLATION ON OTHER SUBJECTS, BUT THEY FEEL COMPELED TO ANSWER WHEN WALL STREET COMES ACALLING AS IT HAS ON THIS BILL. ONLY LAST MONTH, REPUBLICANS APPROVED A BILL TO GIVE TRUMP TO FIRE THE CHIEF COP ON THE BEAT, THE DIRECTOR OF THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU. THAT TRUMP COULD ACTUALLY FIRE OF DOING HIS JOB PROTECTING CONSUMERS FROM ABUSIVE FINANCIAL PRACTICES. WE SEE DAILY THAT TRUMP THINKS THE WHITE HOUSE IS A NEW VENUE FOR A SEQUEL OF "THE APPRENTICE" AND THAT IS TO ONE PERSON TO ANOTHER NO MATTER HOW MUCH DAMAGE HE DOES TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY OR THE ECONOMIC SECURITY OF FAMILIES WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO MAKE A GO OF IT. REPUBLICANS' GIFT TO WALL STREET IS ABOUT EYING ANY EFFECTIVE REMEDY. A BANK CAN RIGHTFULLY GO TO COURT IF A CONSUMER ABUSES IT AND THAT HAPPENS EVERY DAY IN COURTS ACROSS AMERICA WITH GOOD REASON, BECAUSE IT'S NOT A ONE-WAY STREET. BUT IN THE NONNEGOTIABLE DECEITFUL FINE PRINT, THE BANK CAN DENY THE CONSUMER THE VERY SAME OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO COURT IF THAT CONSUMER IS ABUSED. IT'S CALLED ARBITRATION. BUT WHAT IT REALLY MEANS IS IF A CONSUMER HAS BEEN TREATED WRONG, A -- NEITHER A JUDGE NOR A JURY CAN EVALUATE THE FACTS AND CONCLUDE FOR THE CONSUMER. IT'S USUALLY THE ARBITRATOR DEPENDS UPON THE SAME BANK OR GROUP OF BANKS TO GET REPEAT BUSINESS THE ARBITRATOR HAS THE INCENTIVE TO RULE AGAINST THE CONSUMER AND FOR THE BANK. OFTEN ARBITRATION IS LITTLE BEST -- BETTER THAN GOING TO THE BANK'S OWN ATTORNEY, DO YOU THINK YOUR CLIENT WRONG AND SHOULD THEY DO MORE THAN TO SAY I'M SORRY. ARBITRATION IS THE VERY SCHEME THAT WELLS FARGO RELIED UPON TO OBSTRUCT ANY OPPORTUNITY FOR ORDINARY CONSUMERS WHO TRIED TO HOLD THEIR BANK ACCOUNTABLE FOR CREATING ACCOUNTS THROUGH WHICH THEY NEVER GAVE ANY CONSENT AND CHARGING THEM FOR IT. WELLS FARGO USED THOSE ARBITRATION CLAUSES TO KICK THE CONSUMERS OUT OF COURT AND TO CONTINUE ITS FRAUD AGAINST CONSUMERS ACROSS AMERICA FOR ANOTHER TWO YEARS. AND THAT'S THE KIND OF PRACTICE THAT WE'LL HAVE MORE OF IF THIS LEGISLATION IS APPROVED. YOU KNOW, IN THE MILITARY LENDING ACT OF 2007, CONGRESS SHOWED THE GOOD SENSE TO TRY TO PROTECT OUR SERVICE MEMBERS WHO ARE DEFENDING OUR COUNTRY ALL OVER THE WORLD IN CERTAIN OF THEIR LOAN AGREEMENTS FROM HAVING A LENDER IMPOSE A MANDATORY ARBITRATION AGREEMENT. AND WHAT TODAY WE SHOULD BE DOING IS SUPPORTING SIMILAR PROTECTIONS FOR OTHER AMERICANS WHO CAN BE EXPOSED TO THE SAME TYPE OF ABUSE. TODAY'S BILL TO UNDERMINE CONSUMER PROTECTION IS OPPOSED BY THE MILITARY COALITION AND 29 OTHER SERVICE MEMBER AND VETERANS' GROUPS REPRESENTING MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. THIS SORRY BILL IS ALSO OPPOSED BY A NUMBER -- I THINK LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF CONSUMER, CIVIL RIGHTS, LABOR AND COMMUNITY GROUPS. ALL WE'RE SAYING IN REJECTING THIS BILL IS TO GIVE CONSUMERS THEIR DAY IN COURT. GIVE THEM THE SAME RIGHTS THE BANKS WANT. IN FACT, TREAT CONSUMERS AS IF THEY WERE BANKS, BECAUSE THEY SHOULD BE TREATED WITH THE SAME DIGNITY AND THE SAME RIGHTS. AND WE DO THAT BY REJECTING THIS BILL AND REJECTING IT SOUNDLY. I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 12:56:57 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO RESERVES, MR. POLIS. POLE FOLE I YIELD TWO…

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO RESERVES, MR. POLIS. POLE FOLE I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO -- I RESERVE.

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                    • 12:57:13 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK, IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 12:57:17 PM

                      MR. BUCK

                      I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND…

                      I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND CONSUMER CREDIT SUBCOMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. LUKE MEYER.

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                    • 12:57:27 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 12:57:29 PM

                      MR. LUETKEMEYER

                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK, IN BRINGING THIS RESOLUTION…

                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK, IN BRINGING THIS RESOLUTION TO THE FLOOR. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS RULE AND UNDERLYING RESOLUTION WHICH WOULD OLYMPIC THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU FROM DENYING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE USE OF ARBITRATION AS A MEANS TO RERESOLVE CONSUMER COMPLAINTS. SINCE THE CREATION OF THE BUREAU, CONSUMER COSTS HAVE GONE UP IN EXCESS -- AND ACCESS TO PRODUCTS HAVE BEEN SEVERELY RESTRICTED. THE BURRO'S ARBITRATION RULE IS PROOF OF WHAT WE HAVE SAID FOR YEARS. THE CFPB DOES NOT OPERATE IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF AMERICAN CONSUMERS AND DOES NOT PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO ACCESS TO FINANCIAL PRODUCTS OR ABILITY TO ACHIEVE FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE. TAKE AS EVIDENCE, THE CFPB'S OWN STUDY IN ARBITRATION SHOWS THAT 13% OF CLASS ACTION SUITS ACTUALLY PROVIDED A BENEFIT TO CONSUMERS WITH AN AVERAGE PAYOUT OF $32. AVERAGE PAYOUT OF $32. ARBITRATION PROVIDES AN AVERAGE OF $5,000, OVER $5,000 TO THE AGRIEVED PARTIES. THESE FIGURES COME FROM THE THEIR OWN STUDY. THE FACT THAT THEY CANNOT JUSTIFY THIS RULE IN THE NAME OF CONSUMER PROTECTION SHOULD OFFEND EVERYONE. THIS RULE IS ANTI-CONSUMER AND HURTS THE VERY PEOPLE THAT THE BUREAU SEEKS TO PROTECT. AND THIS IS WHAT MAKES THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SO MAD AND WHY CONGRESS HAS THE OVERSIGHT TOOLS GRANTED UNDER THE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT AND IN THIS INSTANCE IT'S TIME FOR CONGRESS TO INTERVENE ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE WE REPRESENT. WE ARGUED ABOUT THE CFPB IN THE PAST, BUT THE REALITY THIS RULE WILL HAVE DEVASTATING CONSEQUENCES AND SHOULD SERVE AS A WAKEUP CALL TO RESTRAIN THE MOST POWERFUL UNACCOUNTABLE AGENCY IN OUR HISTORY. I THANK MR. ROTHFUS FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE AND I ASK MY COLLEAGUES FOR SUPPORT ON THE RULE AND UNDERLYING MEASURE. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 12:59:48 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS RECOGNIZED.

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                    • 12:59:56 PM

                      MR. POLIS

                      I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      MS. KAPTUR

                      I THANK YOU, MR. POLIS. I RISE TODAY TO OPPOSE THE RULE AND UNDERLYING…

                      I THANK YOU, MR. POLIS. I RISE TODAY TO OPPOSE THE RULE AND UNDERLYING BILL. THE REPUBLICAN BILL FAVORS BIG WALL STREET MEGABANKS AND FINANCIAL INTERESTS OVER THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I WOULD ASK MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS, DON'T YOU REMEMBER THE FINANCIAL CRASH IN 2008. THEIR BILL REPEALS A CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION RULE WHICH CUTS DOWN ON THOSE COMPANIES' ABILITIES TO USE FORCE ARBITRATION CLAUSES WHICH PREVENT DEFRAUDED CONSUMERS FROM GOING TO COURT. THEY PREVENT THE VICTIMS FROM GOING TO COURT. THEY WANT TO HANDCUFF THE CUSTOMERS, NOT THE MEGABANKS THAT TOOK THEM TO THE CLEANERS. THIS TAKES US BACK TO THE DAYS WHEN THE FINE PRINT IN THE CREDIT CARD OR OTHER FINANCIAL AGREEMENTS HE PREVENTED CONSUMERS FROM BANDING TOGETHER IN CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS TO CHALLENGE ILLEGAL BEHAVIOR BY THE MOST POWERFUL FINANCIAL GIANTS IN THE WORLD. TRY TO DEAL WITH ONE AS AN INDIVIDUAL, THEY DON'T EVEN RETURN PHONE CALLS, FOR HEAVEN'S SAKES. YOU GET IN THAT A ROBOT SYSTEM FOR HOURS AND HOURS AND THEN THE PHONE CUTS OFF. . EVEN AFTER THE AGENCY'S WORK RESULTED IN $12 BILLION IN RELIEF TO 27 MILLION AMERICANS HARMED. THAT'S JUST THE BEGINNING. WHY IS THIS REPUBLICAN-LED CONGRESS SO KEEN ON PROTECTING COMPANIES LIKE WELLS FARGO THAT USED ARBITRATION CLAUSES AND CLASS ACTION BANS TO CREATE FRAUDULENT ACCOUNTS? OVERCHARGE CUSTOMERS WITH DEBIT FEES AND MORTGAGES, AND EVEN AVOID RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR MISCONDUCT, CRIMINAL MISCONDUCT? YOU CAN LAUGH, COME AND LAUGH, COME AND MEET THE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO LOST THEIR HOMES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY OR UNDER WATER ON THEIR MORTGAGES. THERE IS NO JUSTICE FOR THEM. THE IDEA THAT BANKS CAN RIP OFF CONSUMERS BY ABUSING OBSCURE CLAUSES VERY DEEP IN THEIR CONTRACTS IS TOTALLY OUTRAGEOUS. THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROECT -- CONSUMER PROFINANCIAL PROTECTION -- MAY I HAVE AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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                    • 01:02:17 PM

                      MR. POLIS

                      AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLELADY MAY RESUME.

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                      MISS CAPTURE

                      THE RULE BANNING THE USE OF THESE CLAUSES IS SIMPLY A COMMONSENSE STEP TO…

                      THE RULE BANNING THE USE OF THESE CLAUSES IS SIMPLY A COMMONSENSE STEP TO ENSURE ALL CONSUMERS HAVE EQUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE. THIS IS OF THESE THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. WE SHOULD PROTECT CONSUMERS FROM THE WOLVES. OUR JOB IS TO KEEP THEM AT BAY, NOT MAKE IT EASIER FOR THEM TO PREY ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS IS NOT WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP RAN ON. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO AND STAND WITH AMERICA'S CONSUMERS OVER SPECIAL INTEREST, PARTICULARLY THE FINANCIAL PREDATORS THAT BROUGHT THIS COUNTRY TO RUIN. I YIELD BACK MY TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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                    • 01:03:02 PM

                      MR. POLIS

                      RESERVE.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS, ROICHES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS, ROICHES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    • 01:03:08 PM

                      MR. BUCK

                      MADAM SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER WBSES AND AM -- WITNESSES AND AM PREPARED…

                      MADAM SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER WBSES AND AM -- WITNESSES AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE IF MR. POLIS IS.

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                    • 01:03:15 PM

                      TEMPORE GENTLEMAN

                      GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS.

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                      MR. POLIS

                      I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                    • 01:03:21 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 01:03:23 PM

                      MR. POLIS

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                    • 01:04:25 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                    • 01:04:26 PM

                      MR. POLIS

                      THE SCHEDULED AUGUST RECESS. I HOPE IN THAT TIME WE CAN FOCUS ON…

                      THE SCHEDULED AUGUST RECESS. I HOPE IN THAT TIME WE CAN FOCUS ON STRENGTHENING THE ECONOMY AND EMPOWERING CONSUMERS RATHER THAN TAKING AWAY CONSUMERS' RIGHTS LIKE THIS BILL DOES. WE SHOULD FOCUS ON FIXING OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM TO CREATE MORE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND REDUCE OUR DEFICIT. WE SHOULD CREATE JOBS AND MAKE SURE THAT MORE PEOPLE ARE COVERED BY HEALTH CARE, NOT LESS. INSTEAD, HERE WE'RE SPENDING TIME ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE STRIPPING AWAY CONSUMER PROTECTIONS AND SPENDING AMERICAN TAXPAYER MONEY ON AN UNWANTED BORDER WALL IN DIRECT VIOLATION OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S PROMISE. MADAM SPEAKER, I OPPOSE THIS RULE AND I OPPOSE THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON BOTH. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 01:05:15 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK, IS…

                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    • 01:05:19 PM

                      MR. BUCK

                      THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU HAS…

                      THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU HAS BEEN A CONTINUOUS EXAMPLE OF FEDERAL OVERREACH. ONCE AGAIN BUREAUCRATS IN WASHINGTON HAVE CREATED A RULE THAT WILL HURT CONSUMERS AND MAKE THEIR LIVES MORE DIFFICULT. THE LAST EIGHT YEARS OF OVERREGULATION HAVE CRIPPLED OUR ECONOMY. TODAY WE HAVE A CHANCE TO END THIS ANTI-ARBITRATION RULE AND EMPOWER CONSUMERS WITH AN ALTERNATIVE TO SPENDING YEARS IN A COURTROOM. WE CAN'T LET CONCERNS ABOUT THE TRIAL LAWYER LOBBY IMPACT THE WAY WE TREAT CONSUMERS. TRIAL LAWYERS LOVE THIS RULE ENACTED BY THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU BECAUSE THEY'LL BE THE BIGGEST BENEFICIARIES. IT THEY'LL WALK HOME WITH THE BIG WINNINGS WHILE THE INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE BEEN HARMED WALK AWAY WITH LITTLE. ARBITRATION ALLOWS HARMED INDIVIDUALS TO RECEIVE PAYOUTS ON THE MERITS OF THEIR CASE WITHOUT ENRICHING THE POCKETS OF TRIAL LAWYERS AT THE SAME TIME. THIS LEGISLATION IS FOR CONSUMERS, IT'S FOR THE AVERAGE AMERICANS WHO RELIES ON OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM EVERY DAY. I THANK CHAIRMAN SESSIONS AND CHAIRMAN HENSARLING FOR BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. I URGE YOU NOW TO VOTE YES ON THE RESOLUTION AND VOTE YES ON THE UNDERLYING BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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                    • 01:06:36 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                    • 01:06:47 PM

                      MR. POLIS

                      ON THAT I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                    • 01:31:39 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 229. THE NAYS ARE 184. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

                      ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 229. THE NAYS ARE 184. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT.

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                    • 01:31:59 PM

                      MR. POLIS

                      MADAM SPEAKER, ON THAT I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                    • 01:38:27 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 233. THE NAYS 188. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED.…

                      ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 233. THE NAYS 188. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. P PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED, OR VOTES OBJECTED TO UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. THE HOUSE WILL RESUME PROCEEDINGS WILL POSTPONED QUESTIONS AT LATER TIME. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. WILL MEMBERS PLEASE LEAVE THE CHAMBER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. WILL MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS PLEASE LEAVE THE CHAMBER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                    • 01:41:46 PM

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                      MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3178, THE…

                      MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3178, THE MEDICARE PART B IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2017.

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                    • 01:41:54 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                      THE CLERK

                      H.R. 3178, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 18 OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT TO IMPROVE…

                      H.R. 3178, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 18 OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT TO IMPROVE THE DELIVERY OF HOME INFUSION THERAPY AND DIALYSIS AND THE APPLICATION OF THE STARK RULE UNDER THE MEDICARE PROGRAM, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                    • 01:42:20 PM

                      TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

                      PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BRADY, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. NEAL, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                    • 01:42:26 PM

                      MR. BRADY

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

                      MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 37 -- 3178, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

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                    • 01:42:40 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                    • 01:42:42 PM

                      MR. BRADY

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

                    • 01:42:45 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE…

                      THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE LEAVE THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    • 01:43:01 PM

                      MR. BRADY

                      MADAM SPEAKER, IMPROVING AND STRENGTHENING MEDICARE FOR THE LONG TERM IS A…

                      MADAM SPEAKER, IMPROVING AND STRENGTHENING MEDICARE FOR THE LONG TERM IS A MAJOR PRIORITY FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. AS WE PURSUE THIS LARGER GOAL, WE SHOULDN'T PASS UP OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE SMART, FOCUSED IMPROVEMENTS THAT WILL HELP MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES TODAY. THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THE MEDICARE PART B IMPROVEMENT ACT WILL DO. I INTRODUCED THIS BILL WITH WAYS AND MEANS RANKING MEMBER RICHARD NEAL, HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN PAT TIBERI, AND RANKING MEMBER SANDY LEVIN. THIS WAYS AND MEANS LEGISLATION DELIVERS TARGETED IMMEDIATE REFORMS TO MAKE MEDICARE WORK BETTER FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND IT INCLUDES SOLUTIONS FROM ROUGHLY A DOZEN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. THE MEDICARE PART B IMPROVEMENT ACT TAKES ACTION ON THREE PRIMARY GOALS. FIRST, EXPANDING ACCESS. THE HIGH QUALITY CARE. SECOND, IMPROVING EFFICIENCY IN THE DELIVERY OF CARE SO PATIENTS CAN BETTER RECEIVE THE CARE THEY NEED WHEN THEY NEED IT. AND THIRDLY, EASILY ADMINISTRATIVE BURDENS ON HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS SO THEY CAN SPEND LESS TIME ON PAPERWORK AND MORE TIME WITH PATIENTS. IMPORTANTLY, H.R. 3178 EXTENDS AND IMPROVES MEDICARE HOME INFUSION SERVICES, WHICH ALLOW PATIENTS TO RECEIVE PERSONALIZED CARE IN THE COMFORT OF THEIR OWN HOME. THIS LEGISLATION ALSO EXTENDS AN ONGOING MEDICARE PILOT PROGRAM, I.V.I.G. DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM, THAT ALLOWS PATIENTS WITH WEAKENED IMMUNE SYSTEMS TO RECEIVE CARE IN THEIR HOMES. THIS DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM CARRIES A LOT OF MEANING FOR ME. I INTRODUCED IT IN 2012 AS A DIRECT RESPONSE TO THE CHALLENGES FACING PATIENTS WITH IMMUNODEFICIENCY DISEASES. AS I LEARNED FROM CAROLINE, A CONSTITUENT AND FRIEND OF MINE, WHOSE SON DAVID SUFFERED FROM SEVERE COMBINED IMMUNODEFICIENCY DISEASE, LIFE WITH A SEVERELY WEAKENED IMMUNE SYSTEM CAN BE AN INCREDIBLE STRUGGLE. FOR CHILDREN ESPECIALLY IT CAN BE A DAILY FIGHT JUST TO SURVIVE. ALLOWING THESE VULNERABLE PATIENTS TO RECEIVE TREATMENT FROM THE SAFETY OF THEIR OWN HOME CANNOT ONLY IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF CARE, IT CAN GREATLY ENHANCE THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE. IT CAN GIVE A KID A REAL CHANCE TO BE A KID. . THIS BILL CONTAINS NUMEROUS PROVISIONS TO LOWER HEALTH CARE COSTS AND INCREASE ACCESS TO HIGH QUALITY COORDINATED CARE. THE BILL IS AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF WHAT WE CAN ACCOMPLISH THROUGH REGULAR ORDER. THIS LEGISLATION WAS APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY ON JULY 13. AND DIMON STRAITS HOW WORKING TOGETHER WE CAN SOLVE REAL CHALLENGESES FACING FAMILIES AND PATIENTS. I WANT TO THANK ALL THE WAYS AND MEANS MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE CHAIRMAN WALDEN AND RANKING MEMBER PALLONE OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP AND THEIR HARD WORK IN HELPING US MOVE THIS BILL FORWARD. THE MEDICARE PART B IMPROVEMENT ACT TAKES TARGETED ACTION TO MAKE MEDICARE WORK BETTER FOR THE AMERICA KAREN PEOPLE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING ITS PASSAGE. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE BE PERMITTED TO CONTROL THE REMAINDER OF THE TIME.

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                      MR. NEAL

                      I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I STAND IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3178…

                      I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I STAND IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3178 MEDICARE PART B IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2017. I'M PLEASED THAT CHAIRMAN BRADY ALONG WITH CHAIRMAN TIBERI AND RANKING MEMBER LEVIN AND I WORKED IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER TO DRAFT THIS LEGISLATION. IT BRINGS TOGETHER A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT MEASURES TO IMPROVE MEDICARE PART B. I ENCOURAGE ALL OF OUR COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. AS I SAID DURING THE BIPARTISAN WAYS AND MEANS MARKUP OF H.R. 3178, I HOPE THE COMMITTEE WILL BE ABLE TO HOLD MORE MEETINGS LIKE THIS. THIS IS WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT AND EXPECT FROM THEIR MEMBERS TO GET THINGS DONE IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY IS PRETTY STRAIGHTFORWARD. IT MAKES IMPORTANT CHANGES TO MEDICARE PART B IN A NUMBER OF WAYS. IT INCLUDES A COMMONSENSE TRANSITIONAL POLICY FOR HOME INFUSION SERVICES CO-SPONSORED BY MR. TIBERI AND MR. PASCRELL. MR. BISHOP AND MR. THOMPSON ARE STREAMLINING MEDICARE RULES TO INCLUDE ACCESS TO PROSTHETICS AND MR. JOHN LEWIS CO-SPONSORED LANGUAGE TO HELP DYALISIS FACILITIES TO TREAT IN-STAGE RENAL DISEASE. MR. DELL BENNY AND MR. THOMPSON ALLOWS TELEHELP SO PATIENTS CAN RECEIVE TREATMENT IN THE COMFORT OF THEIR OWN HOME. MR. KIND, WHO LED AN OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE MORE SERPT FOR MEDICARE PROVIDERS. OUR COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WORKED HARD ON THESE BILLS AND I'M PLEASED WE CAN MOVE THEM FORWARD IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 3178. AND I RESERVE.

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                      MR. TIBERI

                      I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                      MR. TIBERI

                      THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I STAND IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 3178, A…

                      THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I STAND IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 3178, A PACKAGE OF BIPARTISAN POLICIES CENTERED ON IMPROVING CARE FOR MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES ACROSS SEVERAL AREAS. IN PARTICULAR, H.R. 3178 INCLUDES A BILL THAT I INTRODUCED WITH MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. BILL PASCRELL, THAT PROVIDES A TEMPORARY TRANSITIONAL PAYMENT FOR HOME INFUSION PROVIDERS. THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT CREATED A REIMBURSEMENT BENEFIT FOR HOME INFUSION THERAPIES BEGINNING IN 2021. THIS WILL BRIDGE THE POTENTIAL GAP IN CARE FOR BENEFICIARIES AND HOME INFUSION PROVIDERS WILL CONTINUE TO ADMINISTER THESE THERAPIES WITHOUT GOING BANKRUPT. THIS LEGISLATION INCLUDES OTHER GOOD PUBLIC POLICIES THAT FURTHER ENCOURAGE SENIORS THE CHOICE, THE CHOICE TO RECEIVE MORE CARE IN THE COMFORT OF THEIR OWN HOMES AS WELL AS EXPANDING ACCESS TO PROVIDERS, PARTICULARLY IN RURAL AND IN NEEDY AREAS. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE FOR THEIR SUPPORT. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE FOR THEIR COMMITMENT ON WORKING ON THIS ISSUE AND SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN MICHAEL BURGESS AND FRED UPTON, WHO HELPED PAVE THE WAY FOR THE PASSAGE OF THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT. THIS IS NOT AN END FOR POLICIES ENCOURAGING CARE EMFOR HOME INFUSION PATIENTS. WE WOULD LIKE TO CLARIFY RULES TO SUCCESSFULLY IMPLEMENT THIS LEGISLATION AND FUTURE POLICIES TO ENSURE INCLUSION OF PAYMENTS FOR ALL DRUGS NEEDED BY THE HOME INFUSION PATIENT COMMUNITY. WITH THAT, I RESERVE.

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

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                      MR. NEAL

                      THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. TOMP SORN.

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                      THE -- THOMPSON.

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                      MR. THOMPSON

                      I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION AND I THANK ALL MY COLLEAGUES…

                      I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION AND I THANK ALL MY COLLEAGUES WHO WORKED IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. PATIENTS AND PROVIDERS IN MY DISTRICT AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY WILL BENEFIT FROM THESE IMPORTANT IMPROVEMENTS AND I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT THEM. TWO PROVISIONS COME FROM BIPARTISAN BILLS THAT I HAVE WORKED ON FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS. THE FIRST HELPS PATIENTS GET THE DEVICES THEY NEED WHILE KEEPING FRAUDULENT PROVIDERS OUT OF MEDICARE. THE CHANGE WE ARE DATING WILL ENSURE ANY DOCUMENTATION CREATED BY DEVICE EXPERTS WILL BE INCLUDED IN A PATIENT'S MEDICAL RECORD TO SUPPORT THE PHYSICIAN'S DIRECTIONS. THE SECOND PROVISION I AUTHORED, COMES FROM A COMPREHENSIVE TELEHELP PACKAGE THAT I WORKED ON WITH REPRESENTATIVE BLACK AND OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, MR. WELCH AND MR. HARPER. THIS CHANGE WILL ALLOW FOR VIRTUAL VISITS AND REMOTE KIDNEY PATIENT MONITORING. LETTING THESE PATIENTS UT LIZ TELEHELP CAN UTILIZE THE SETTINGS. THIS BILL IS ANOTHER STEP FORWARD IN THE EXPANSION OF TELEHEALTH, BUT WE CAN DO A LOT MORE. OUR TELEHEALTH BILLS OFFER A MENU OF OPTIONS, POLICY FOR ADDING TELEHEALTH TO MEDICARE, ADVANTAGE PROGRAMS HAVE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AMONG BOTH HOUSES AS WELL AS A BROAD COALITION OF SUPPORT FROM STAKEHOLDERS. AND WE KNOW THEY SAVE MONEY. I WORKED ON TELEHEALTH FOR DECADES. WHEN I WAS IN THE CALIFORNIA STATE SENATE, I WROTE THE STATE'S FIRST TELEHEALTH LEGISLATION TO BRING CRITICAL SERVICES TO FOLKS ENROLLED IN THE MEDICAID PROGRAM. THAT WAS 1996 AND IT'S 2017 AND WE STILL HAVEN'T PASSED IN CONGRESS COMPREHENSIVE TELEHEALTH LEGISLATION THAT WOULD EXPAND ACCESS FOR MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES. IT'S LONG PAST TIME FOR CONGRESS TO COME TO THE CONCLUSION. TELEHEALTH SAVES MONEY AND SAVES LIVES. I'M OPTIMISTIC THAT THE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL IS A SMALL SAMPLE OF WHAT'S TO COME. I THANK YOU. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                      MR. TIBERI

                      I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, THE…

                      I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE OF ENERGY AND COMMERCE, LEADER ON HEALTH CARE ISSUES, DR. MIKE BURGESS.

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                      MR. BURGESS

                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. TIBERI, FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN…

                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. TIBERI, FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3178. THIS BILL REPRESENTS A SERIES OF BIPARTISAN REFORMS FROM THE COMMITTEES ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE AND WAYS AND MEANS THAT WILL PROVIDE TARGETED REFORMS TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO CARE FOR MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES. HOME INFUSION PATIENTS ARE OUR NATION'S SICKEST AND MOST VULNERABLE IN MAINTAINING ACCESS TO THESE SERVICES IN HOME SETTINGS HAS PROVED INVALUABLE IN ENSURING THE PATIENTS CAN CONTINUE TO EFFECTIVELY RECEIVE THE CARE THAT THEY NEED. UNDER LAST YEAR'S 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT WE TOOK THE NECESSARY STEPS TO ENSURE THE TAXPAYERS AND BENEFICIARIES WERE NO LONGER CHARGED ON THE ACQUISITION AND DISPENSING COSTS. ADDITIONALLY, WE TOOK STEPS TO RECOGNIZE THE UNIQUE EDUCATION NEEDS ASSOCIATED WITH RECEIVING INFUSION IN THE HOME. HOWEVER, AS MY COLLEAGUES LEARNED, THERE IS STILL MUCH MORE THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE WITHOUT JEOPARDIZING ACCESS TO PATIENT CARE. THIS BILL CREATES A BRIDGE TO RESOLVE THE ISSUE. H.R. 3178 TAKES AN ADDITIONAL NEEDED STEP TO PROTECT HOME HEALTH SERVICES BY EXPANDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR INDIVIDUALS TO RECEIVE HOME DYALISIS. ACCESS TO HOME INFUSION HAS HAD A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT IN MY HOME STATE OF TEXAS AND I'M ENCOURAGED BY TODAY'S BILL PAUSE IT WILL BUILD ON THESE INITIAL SUCCESSES. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN TIBERI, CHAIRMAN WALDEN, THEY ROSE TO THE CHALLENGE TO ADDRESS THESE TOUGH POLICY DECISIONS. THIS BILL IS A PRODUCT OF THEIR HARD WORK AND HARD WORK OF THE STAFFS AND I THANK THEM AS WELL. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO. AND I YIELD BACK THE TIME.

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

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                      MR. NEAL

                      I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PASCRELL.

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                      MR. PASCRELL

                      I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3178, MEDICARE PART B IMPROVEMENT ACT. I…

                      I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3178, MEDICARE PART B IMPROVEMENT ACT. I AM PLEASED THAT THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY INCLUDES LEGISLATION THAT I INTRODUCED WITH MY GOOD FRIEND PAT TIBERI FROM OHIO. THE MEDICARE PART B HOME INFUSION SERVICES TEMPORARY TRANSITIONAL PAYMENT ACT. BUT I DON'T THINK LISTENING TO MR. TIBERI AND MR. NEAL, I BELIEVE WHAT THEY SAY SHOULD RESONATE ACROSS THE CAMPUS HERE, ACROSS THE HILL. THIS CAN'T BE ONE AND DONE. BIPARTISANSHIP IS SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE CONTAGIOUS, PARTICULARLY AS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A HEALTH CARE EVENT, WHICH IS IMPORTANT -- MAY MEAN LIFE OR DEATH. MANY OUR CITIZENS. HOME INFUSION IS AN ESSENTIAL TREATMENT OPTION FOR INDIVIDUALS SUFFERING FROM MANY, MANY DEBILITATING DISEASES, CANCER, CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURES, M.S., RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS. THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT CORRECTLY ADJUSTED PAYMENTS FOR HOME INFUSION DRUGS. AND WOULD ESTABLISH A NEW HOME NURSING BENEFIT IN MEDICARE BEGINNING IN 2021. HOWEVER, WE HAVE HEARD CONCERNS THAT THE PAYMENT ADJUSTMENT GOING INTO EFFECT BEFORE THE NURSING BENEFIT IS IMPLEMENTED COULD JEOPARDIZE ACCESS TO HOME INFUSION IN THE INTERIM. SO THE BILL THAT THE CONGRESSMAN FROM OHIO AND I INTRODUCED WOULD ADDRESS THAT CONCERN BY CREATING A TEMPORARY NURSING BENEFIT UNTIL THE NEW PERMANENT BENEFIT CAN BE IMPLEMENTED. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 3178. AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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                      MR. TIBERI

                      I YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM KANSAS, WHO IS A VALUABLE MEMBER OF OUR…

                      I YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM KANSAS, WHO IS A VALUABLE MEMBER OF OUR HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE OF WAYS AND MEANS, MS. JENKINS FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                      MS. JENKINS

                      I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3178, THE MEDICARE PART B IMPROVEMENT ACT…

                      I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3178, THE MEDICARE PART B IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2017, WHICH INCLUDES MY LEGISLATION THAT DYALISIS CERTIFICATION ACT. KANSAS CURRENTLY RANKS AMONG THE TOP THREE LONGEST WAIT TIMES FOR DYALISIS CENTER SURVEYS. THE LACK OF MANPOWER AND THE STATE'S ADMINISTRATIVE THAT CONTRACTS WITH C.M.S. HAVE LEFT CLINICS WAITING TWO YEARS FOR A CERTIFICATION. THIS BILL GIVES DYALISIS PROVIDERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO RECEIVE SURVEYS AND CERTIFICATIONS FROM A C.M.S. APPROVED THIRD PARTY CREDITOR MUCH LIKE HOSPITALS ARE ABLE TO DO NOW. THE THIRD-PARTY ORGANIZATIONS MUST DEMONSTRATE THEIR STANDARDS ARE AS GOOD AS OR BETTER THAN AND I TOWERED SEVERAL CLINICS IN MY DISTRICT LAST YEAR AND I WAS FRUSTRATED TO LEARN THAT A STATE OF THE ART CLINIC TO FILL A NEED IN TOE PEEKA HAS BEEN WAITING TWO YEARS TORE AN INITIAL SURVEY AND A CLINIC IN PITTSBURGH HAVE BEEN WAITING. PATIENTS ARE FORCED TO FIND CLINICS MUCH FURTHER AWAY AND IT CAN BE A BARRIER TO TREATMENT. THAT'S UNACCEPTABLE AND THIS PROBLEM WILL BE EASILY SOLVED BY THIS PROVISION. I WANT TO THANK MY CO-SPONSOR, CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS, THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE AND WAYS AND MEAN COMMITTEE FOR MOVING THIS BILL QUICKLY TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. THIS WILL ALLOW DYALISIS CLINICS TO MORE EASILY OBTAIN A SURVEY. THANK YOU. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                      MR. NEAL

                      I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MS.DELBENE,…

                      I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MS.DELBENE, TWO MINUTES.

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                      MS.DELBENE

                      I LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER FOR WORKING WITH ME TO…

                      I LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER FOR WORKING WITH ME TO INCLUDE A PROPOSAL IN THIS BILL THAT I DEVELOPED WITH CONGRESSWOMAN BLACK. CONGRESSMAN THOMPSON, AND CONGRESSMAN MEEHAN MODERNIZING MEDICARE AND HARNESSING THE PROMISE OF TELEHEALTH TO IMPROVE CARE FOR PATIENTS NATIONWIDE. ALLOWING PATIENTS WITH END STAGE RENAL DISEASE TO RECEIVE DIALYSIS AT HOME CAN DRAMATICALLY IMPROVE THEIR HEALTH OUTCOMES AND QUALITY OF LIFE. THIS IS SOMETHING I HAVE HEARD CONSISTENTLY FROM PROVIDERS IN MY HOME STATE OF HE WASHINGTON, LIKE THE NORTHWEST KIDNEY CENTERS WHO DO INCREDIBLE WORK TO HELP PATIENTS RECEIVE DIALYSIS AT HOME WHEN MEDICALLY APPROPRIATE. ADVANCES IN TELEHEALTH HOLD GREAT POTENTIAL TO EXTEND THIS TREATMENT OPTION TO MORE AMERICANS, PARTICULARLY IN RURAL COMMUNITIES. BUT THERE IS STILL TOO MANY BARRIERS TO THE USE OF CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGIES IN MEDICARE. THERE IS A GREAT NEED TO UPDATE OUR LAWS TO REFLECT THESE INNOVATIONS AND REIMBURSE TELEHEALTH APPROPRIATELY. OTHERWISE WE WON'T JUST BE DENYING ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE TODAY, WE COULD BE PREVENTING THE NEXT FRONTIER OF INNOVATIONS FROM EVEN GETTING OFF THE GROUND. WITHOUT THE LONG-TERM DISABILITY OF MEDICARE COVERAGE, START-UPS AND ENTREPRENEURS MIGHT NEVER GET THE FUNDING THEY NEED TO DEVELOP NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND BRING THEM TO MARKET. IT'S ESSENTIAL THAT WE UNLOCK THE FULL POTENTIAL OF TELEHEALTH. BY DOING SO WE CAN IMPROVE PATIENT CAY, PROMOTE HEALTH, DEFEAT HEARTBREAKING DISEASES, AND SAVE LIVES. THAT'S WHY I'M SO GLAD WE'RE TAKING THIS STEP TODAY. THANK YOU AGAIN TO THE COMMITTEE FOR WORKING WITH ME ON THIS IMPORTANT BILL. I HOPE IT'S THE FIRST OF MANY VICTORIES AS WE WORK TOGETHER TO EXPAND TELEHEALTH. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES AND I YIELD BACK.

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                      MR. TIBERI

                      MR. SPEAKER, IT'S A PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM…

                      MR. SPEAKER, IT'S A PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE, A VALUABLE MEMBER OF THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE OF WAYS AND MEANS. AS YOU HAVE ALREADY HEARD FROM PREVIOUS SPEAKERS, HAS AN IMPORTANT PROVISION IN THIS BILL. MORE PORM BRINGS THE VALUABLE TRAINING AS A NURSE WHO -- MORE IMPORTANTLY, BRINGS THE VALUABLE TRAINING AS A NURSE WHO PRACTICED BEFORE SHE CAME TO CONGRESS. I YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE, MRS. BLACK.

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                      MRS. BLACK

                      I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING TWO MINUTES TO ME ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT…

                      I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING TWO MINUTES TO ME ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY MICOLLEAGUES FOR WORKING WITH ME ON THIS, BOTH MY COLLEAGUE MR. MEEHAN, MR. THOMPSON, AND MS.DELBENE, FOR WORKING ON A REALLY IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT'S INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE WHICH WILL IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR SENIORS ON MEDICARE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AND AS PREVIOUSLY SAID, I AM A NURSE. I HAVE WORKED IN THE FIELD FOR OVER 45 YEARS. I'M PROUD TO SPONSOR A BILL THAT ENHANCES PATIENT KIRE FOR THOSE PATIENTS -- CARE FOR THOSE PATIENTS SUFFERING FROM END STAGE RENAL DISEASE. WE HAVE MADE TREMENDOUS ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY OVER THE LAST DECADE. AND NOW IT WOULD BE ALMOST SOMETHING WE COULDN'T HAVE THOUGHT OF 45 YEARS AGO, PHYSICIANS CAN REMOTELY MONITOR PATIENTS AND THEIR DIALYSIS TREATMENT THROUGH TELEHEALTH TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF MEDICAL VISITS THAT ARE NECESSARY, TO ENSURE THAT THE TREATMENT IS EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE, AND ALSO CATCH SIGNS OF COMPLICATIONS EARLY, WHICH WOULD CAUSE NOT ONLY DECREASE IN QUALITY OF CARE FOR THE PATIENT, BUT ALSO A COST. SO TELEHEALTH PROVIDES PASHEENTS AN IMPORTANT COMPONENT IN THE COMFORT IN THEIR OWN HOMES. THINK ABOUT BEING SICK AND HAVING TO GET IN THE CAR TO TRAVEL. WHILE PHYSICIANS NOW HAVE A NEW TOOL TO TREACH THEIR PATIENTS ON WHOLE HEALTH. OUR SENIORS DESERVE ACCESS TO THIS INNOVATIVE CARE. THEY CAN SAVE MONEY. HELP ENSURE THAT MEDICARE CAN BE THERE FOR SENIORS WHO MOST NEED THE CARE. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO TAKE A VOTE FOR YOUR CONSTITUENTS AND FOR MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND SUPPORT THIS BILL. I ALSO LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING THIS WORK. THIS IS CERTAINLY NOT THE END OF WHAT WE CAN DO FOR OUR PATIENTS WHO ARE HOME BOUND AND NEED CARE AT HOME, BUT CONTINUE THIS WORK WITH MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WHICH IS BEING DONE NOW. FOR SOUR NATION'S SENIORS TO ACCESS THESE KINDS OF INNOVATIVE TELEHEALTH TECHNOLOGIES THAT WILL IMPROVE CARE AND ALSO NOT -- MORE IMPORTANTLY BUT AS IMPORTANTLY HELP TO LOWER THE COST OF TREATMENT. I URGE PASSAGE OF THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      MR. NEAL

                      I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. MATSUI, WHOSE…

                      I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. MATSUI, WHOSE HUSBAND SERVED WITH GREAT DISTINCTION AS A MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE.

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                      MS. MATSUI

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3178,…

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3178, THE MEDICARE PART B IMPROVEMENT ACT, SPECIFICALLY A PROVISION TO EXTEND THE IVIG DEMONSTRATION PROJECT THAT CHAIRMAN BRADY AND I WORKED ON TOGETHER. I HAVE LONG BEEN A CHAMPION OF THOSE IMPACTED BY PRIMARY IMMUNODEFICIENCY DISEASE WHICH INCLUDES MORE THAN 300 RARE GENETIC DISEASES OF THE ALL OF WHICH KEEP THE IMMUNE SYSTEM FROM FUNCTIONING PROPERLY. A MILD INFECTION CAN CAUSE SERIOUS PROBLEMS AND EVEN DEATH FOR THESE PATIENTS. THANK TO THE IVIG DEMOCRATO, MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES WITH IMMUNODEFICIENCY DISEASES ARE NOW ABLE TO RECEIVE IN HOME THERAPY, IMMUNODEFICIENCY DISEASES ARE NOW ABLE TO RECEIVE IN HOME THERAPY, MEANING THEY CAN AVOID COMMUNITY SETTINGS OF CARE, WHICH CAN BE VERY IMPORTANT TO PEOPLE CAN COMPROMISED IMMUNE SYSTEMS. I AM PLEASED THAT THIS PROVISION WAS INCLUDED IN THE MEDICARE PART B IMPROVEMENT ACT. I URGE SUPPORT OF THIS IMPORTANT BILL. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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                      MR. TIBERI

                      CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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                      R. NEAL

                      AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE…

                      AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. DOGGETT.

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                      TEMPORE GENTLEMAN

                      GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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                      MR. DOGGETT

                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. AS SO OFTEN HAPPENS HERE, THIS BILL BEARS A…

                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. AS SO OFTEN HAPPENS HERE, THIS BILL BEARS A SOMEWHAT GRANDER TITLE THAN ITS CONTENTS. MEDICARE PART B CERTAINLY DOES NEED IMPROVEMENT. AND WHILE I SUPPORT PUTTING IN THE STATUTE WHAT IS ALREADY ADMINISTRATIVE PRACTICE, EXTENDING A DEMONSTRATION PROJECT THAT APPEARS TO BE WORKING, AND THE OTHER PROVISIONS THAT MY COLLEAGUES HAVE WORKED ON IN THIS BILL, I THINK MUCH MORE SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED. IT'S ESPECIALLY IRONIC THAT AT THE VERY MOMENT WE'RE CONSIDERING THIS BILL, THE UNITED STATES SENATE ACROSS THE HALL IS PROPOSING TO ELIMINATE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. CERTAINLY THIS REPUBLICAN REPEAL EFFORT DOES FAR MORE HARM TO FAR MORE PEOPLE THAN WE CAN COLLECTIVELY UNDO HERE IN THE HOUSE. WITH THIS RATHER MODEST PIECE OF LEGISLATION. AND THERE IS ONE GLARING OMISSION FROM TODAY'S MEDICARE AT THE VERY MOMENT WE'RE CONSIDERING THIS BILL, THE UNITED STATES SENATE IMPROVEMENT ACT. ONE SUBJECT THAT THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP OF THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE FEARS. IT FEARS NOT ONLY DOING SOMETHING ABOUT THIS PROBLEM, IT FEARS ABOUT EVEN UNDERSTANDING THE EXTENT OF THE PROBLEM. AND IT CERTAINLY FEARS HAVING ANY PUBLIC HEARINGS TO EXPLORE THIS SUBJECT. THAT IS THE MENACE THAT IS AFFECTING MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. PHARMACEUTICAL PRICE GOUGING. THIS BILL FAILS TO ADDRESS ANY THIS SUBJECT. THAT IS THE MENACE THAT IS ASPECT OF SOARING PHARMACEUTICAL COSTS ON PART B MEDICATIONS FOR ALMOST A YEAR, A NUMBER OF US, HOUSE DEMOCRATS ON THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, HAVE CALLED ON THE CHAIRMAN TO AT LEAST SCHEDULE A HEARING ABOUT ALL ASPECTS, ALL CATEGORIES OF SOARING PHARMACEUTICAL PRICES THAT NOT ONLY MEAN FINANCIAL RUIN FOR TOO MANY FAMILIES, ASPECT BUT ALSO A BURDEN, MEDICARE AND MOST ANY TYPE OF TAXPAYER FINANCED HEALTH CARE INITIATIVE. GOVERNMENT APPROVED MONOPOLIES FOR DRUG MANUFACTURERS ARE BEING EXPLOITED BY CHARGING THE SICK AND DYING WHATEVER THEY MIGHT PAY FOR A LITTLE MORE LIFE, FOR A LITTLE MORE COMFORT, AT MONOPOLY PRICES. UNDER LONG-STANDING EXISTING LAW, IT'S BEEN THERE BEFORE THIS CONGRESS EVER GOT TOGETHER, PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES ARE AT LEAST REQUIRED TO PROVIDE AVERAGE SALES PRICE DATA ON PART B MEDICARE DRUGS. THREE YEARS AGO THE OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL AT THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, FOUND THAT AT LEAST 1/3 OF THE MORE THAN 200 MANUFACTURERS OF PART B DRUGS HAVE NOT COMMITTED ANY OF THIS AVERAGE SALES PRICE DATA FOR SOME OF THEIR PRODUCTS. AN ADDITIONAL 45 MANUFACTURERS HAD NOT BEEN REQUIRED TO REPORT ANY DATA. INSPECTOR GENERAL FOUND THAT INACCURACIES IN THESE AVERAGE SALES PRICE FILES MAY AFFECT TAXPAYER FINANCED MEDICARE PAYMENTS. LAST MONTH THE NONPARTISAN MEDICARE PAYMENT AVERAGE SALES PRICE ADVISORY COMMISSION CAME BEFORE THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE AND GAVE ITS REPORT ON MEDICARE. IT NOTED THAT THIS PROBLEM ON AVERAGE SALES PRICE DATA CONTINUES AND THAT IT'S NOT BEEN ADDRESSED BY THE CONGRESS AS THE INSPECTOR GENERAL HAD RECOMMENDED. THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS REFUSED TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT THIS PROBLEM. IT'S BLOCKED AN AMENDMENT I OFFERED IN COMMITTEE THAT SIMPLY IMPLEMENTED THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL AND MEDPAC TO GET THAT AVERAGE SALES PRICE DATA AND ENSURE ALL PART B MANUFACTURERS REPORT THAT DATA OR PENALIZED AT A REASONABLE LEVEL. IT WOULD SIMPLY HAVE ENSURED COMPLIANCE WITH EXISTING LAW TO PROTECT PROGRAM INTEGRITY AND TO PROTECT THE TAXPAYER INTEREST. YOU CAN BE SURE IF THE REPUBLICANS DIDN'T WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE PRICES WERE, THEY CERTAINLY DIDN'T WANT TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT THE SOARING PRICES AND THE IMPACT ON AMERICAN FAMILIES. I SUPPORT THE BILL BUT THIS IS A MISSED OPPORTUNITY THAT WE SHOULD HAVE EMPLOYED TO ADDRESS A CRITICAL PROBLEM. I YIELD BACK.

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                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM FAMILIES. I SUPPORT THE BILL BUT THIS IS A OHIO.

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                      BERERY MR.

                      --

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                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      MR. TIBERI

                      AS THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER SAID HE SUPPORTS THE BILL, WHICH I AM PLEASED TO…

                      AS THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER SAID HE SUPPORTS THE BILL, WHICH I AM PLEASED TO HEAR THAT. AS THE CHAIRMAN HAS SAID, AS THE RANKING MEMBER HAS SAID, THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING. THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING AND WE CAN'T LET THE PERFECT BE THE ENEMY OF THE GOOD IN THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION BECAUSE THERE IS VERY IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT IS MEANINGFUL TO PEOPLE IN A HOME TODAY SOMEWHERE IN OHIO OR MASSACHUSETTS, WHERE VERY IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT IS HOME INFUSION IS REALLY IMPORTANT. OR DIALYSIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT. I AM PLEASED THAT THE RANKING MEMBER FROM MASSACHUSETTS HAS BEEN SO HELPFUL ON THIS BILL. AT THIS POINT I WILL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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                      MR. MALE

                      IS THE GENTLEMAN PREPARED TO CLOSE?

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                      MR. TIBERI

                      I A -- I AM.

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                      MR. NEAL

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

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                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      MR. NEAL

                      I WANT TO THANK THE STAFF FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS BILL, INCLUDING AMY…

                      I WANT TO THANK THE STAFF FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS BILL, INCLUDING AMY HALL, SARA LEVIN, MELY -- MELANIE, EMILY, NICK, JESSICA FROM THE HOUSE LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S OFFICE, JENNIFER, LISA FROM C.M.S., AND THE STAFF OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, TOM, REBECCA YIP, AND LAURA. I WANT TO THANK THEM ALL FOR THEIR VERY, VERY HARD WORK. YOU HAVE THIS RARE OPPORTUNITY, THIS RARE MOMENT WE HAVE BROUGHT AGREEMENT ON THIS LEGISLATION AND I HOPE ALL MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE CAN FIND THEIR WAY TO BE SUPPORTIVE OF THIS LEGISLATION. I HOPE THE PATH OF BIPARTISANSHIP THAT WE HAVE CHOSEN HERE CAN SERVE AS A REMINDER WHAT WE CAN GET DONE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM I HOPE THE PATH OF BIPARTISANSHIP THAT WE HAVE OHIO.

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                      MR. TIBERI

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

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      MR. TIBERI

                      I SAY DITA TO MR. NEAL. -- DITTO TO MR. NEAL. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                      I SAY DITA TO MR. NEAL. -- DITTO TO MR. NEAL. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS WHO I HAVE A GREAT RELATIONSHIP WITH. TO ALL THE WORDS ABOUT THE STAFF. IN PARTICULAR I ALSO WANT TO THANK ABBY FROM MY STAFF AND EMILY AND HER TEAM. IT HAS BEEN A PLEASURE WORKING WITH YOUR TEAM AS WELL. MR. LEVIN, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A GOOD STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. AND A FIRST STEP IN EXPANDING ACCESS TO HIGH QUALITY CARE AND IMPROVING DEFICIENCY AND DELIVERY OF CARE SO SENIORS CAN BETTER RECEIVE THE CARE THEY NEED WHERE THEY NEED IT, WHICH IS SO INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT. I REALLY APPRECIATE THE COMMENTS OF THE RANKING MEMBER AND AGAIN WANT TO REMIND EVERYBODY WHAT THE CHAIRMAN SAID THAT THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING AND HOPEFULLY THIS WILL BE A TEMPLATE TO ACCESS TO HIGH QUALITY CARE MUCH MORE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR THE REMAINDER OF THIS YEAR. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3178, AS AMENDED. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL SPAFFED, WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. -- THE BILL IS PASSED, WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. SUSPENDED, THE BILL SPAFFED, WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. --

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                      >>

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

                      MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2182.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                      THE CLERK

                      H.R. 2182, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES…

                      H.R. 2182, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES TO SUBMIT A REPORT TO CONGRESS ON THE ALTERNATIVES FOR THE FINAL DISPOSITION OF PLUM ISLAND, INCLUDING PRESERVATION OF THE ISLAND FOR CONSERVATION, EDUCATION, AND RESEARCH, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                      TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

                      PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. DONOVAN, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PAYNE, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                      MR. DONOVAN

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

                      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS PRESERVATION OF THE ISLAND FOR CONSERVATION, EDUCATION, AND RESEARCH, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION. .

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                      MR. DONOVAN

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

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      MR. DONOVAN

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2182,…

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2182, THE PLUM ISLAND PRESERVATION ACT, SPONSORED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK, MR. ZELDIN. THIS BILL REQUIRES THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE TO REVIEW THE ALTERNATIVES FOR THE FINAL DISPOSITION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY DIRECTORATE'S PLUM ISLAND ANIMAL DISEASE CENTER, COMMONLY KNOWN AS PLUM ISLAND. SINCE 1954, PLUM ISLAND, LOCATED IN SUFFICIENT OBJECTION COUNTY, -- SUFFOLK COUNTY, NEW YORK, THEY ARE AGING AND NEARING THE END OF THEIR LIFE CYCLE. THAT'S WHY IN 2005, D.H.S. ANNOUNCED THAT THE WORK BEING CONDUCTED ON PLUM ISLAND WOULD BE MOVED TO A NEW FEDERAL FACILITY IN KANSAS. PLUM ISLAND WILL CONTINUE TO OPERATE UNTIL THE NATIONAL BIOAND AGRO-DEFENSE FACILITY IS FULLY OPERATIONAL AND A COMPLETE TRANSITION HAS BEEN MADE IN 2022 OR 2023. THIS RAISES THE QUESTION OF WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO PLUM ISLAND ONCE ITS ACTIVITIES ARE FULLY TRANSFERRED OVER TO THE NEW FACILITY. THE DEPARTMENT LOOKED AT THIS ISSUE AND IN JUNE OF 2016 RELEASED A REPORT THAT REVIEWED SEVERAL OPTIONS FOR THE FINAL DISPOSITION OF PLUM ISLAND. THIS BILL SIMPLY REQUIRES G.A.O. TO REVIEW AND ANALYZE THESE ALTERNATIVES TO ENSURE ALL NECESSARY INFORMATION WAS TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT BEFORE THE DEPARTMENT DECIDES HOW TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE FINAL DISPOSITION OF PLUM ISLAND. SPECIFICALLY, G.A.O. IS TO ANALYZE THE EFFECTS, POSSIBLE IMPLICATIONS AND ISSUES, AND POTENTIAL COSTS AND REVENUE FOR EACH DISPOSITION. FINALLY, H.R. 2182 SUSPENDS THE SALE OF PLUM ISLAND UNTIL G.A.O. COMPLETES THIS THOROUGH REVIEW AND ANALYSIS OF ALTERNATIVES. MY FRIEND, REPRESENTATIVE ZELDIN, INTRODUCED H.R. 2182 WITH STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. H.R. 2182 IS VERY SIMILAR TO A BILL THAT PASSED THE HOUSE BY VOICE VOTE LAST MAY. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INCLUDE IN THE RECORD A LETTER EXCHANGE BETWEEN THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY AGREEING TO MOVE THIS BILL FORWARD.

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                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                      MR. DONOVAN

                      IN CONCLUSION, THIS BILL ENSURES THAT THERE'S ADEQUATE CONSIDERATION OF…

                      IN CONCLUSION, THIS BILL ENSURES THAT THERE'S ADEQUATE CONSIDERATION OF ALL THE OPTIONS FOR THE DISPOSITION OF THE ISLAND. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                      MR. PAYNE

                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2182, THE PLUM ISLAND PRESERVATION…

                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2182, THE PLUM ISLAND PRESERVATION ACT, AND GIVE MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      MR. PAYNE

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, SINCE 1954, THE PLUM ISLAND ANIMAL…

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, SINCE 1954, THE PLUM ISLAND ANIMAL DISEASE CENTER IN NEW YORK, LONG ISLAND, HAS SERVED AS THE NATION'S PRINCIPAL LABORATORY RESPONSIBLE FOR RESEARCH ON FOREIGN ANIMAL DISEASES OF LIVESTOCK SUCH AS FOOT-AND-MOUTH DISEASE AND OTHER ANIMAL DISEASES. AT PLUM ISLAND, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY WORKS WITH THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO RESEARCH AND DEVELOP NEW VACCINES AND DIAGNOSTIC TESTS FOR ANIMAL DISEASE OUTBREAKS AND TO DEFEND INTERNATIONAL OR ACCIDENTAL INTRODUCTION OF ANIMAL DISEASES INTO THE UNITED STATES. ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2005, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ANNOUNCED PLANS TO DEVELOP THE NATIONAL BIOAND AGRO -- BIO AND AGRO-DEFENSE FACILITY. AS A STATE-OF-THE-ART LABORATORY FOR THE STUDY OF DISEASES THAT THREATEN BOTH AMERICA'S ANIMAL AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY AND THE HEALTH. AS ENVISIONED BY D.H.S., THE 580,000 SQUARE FOOT FACILITY WOULD REPLACE THE PLUM ISLAND LABORATORY. FOLLOWING AN EXTENSIVE SELECTION PROCESS, D.H.S. SELECTED A SITE IN MANHATTAN, KANSAS, FOR THE NEW LAB, AND THE SITE IS SLATED TO BE FULLY OPERATIONAL BY DECEMBER OF 2022 . WHAT H.R. 2182 AIMS TO ANSWER IS THE QUESTIONS OF WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO PLUM ISLAND WHEN THE DEFENSE -- D.H.S. VAY INDICATES THE FACILITY. D.H.S. IS -- VACATES THE FACILITY. D.H.S. IS STUDYING THE RANGE OF OPTIONS FOR THE PROPERTY, INCLUDING TRANSFERRING IT TO ANOTHER FEDERAL AGENCY, STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT OR A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION FOR THE PURPOSES OF EDUCATION, RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION. IN DOING SO, D.H.S. IS EXPECTED TO ASSESS THE FULL IMPLICATIONS OF EACH OPTION, INCLUDING COSTS, CLEANUP AND HAZARD MITIGATION. H.R. 2182 REQUIRES THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE, OR G.A.O., TO ASSESS WHETHER THE FORTHCOMING STUDY IS SATISFACTORY TO SUPPORT A DECISION. IN THE EVENT THAT THE STUDY IS LACKING IN A KEY AREA, G.A.O. WOULD BE REQUIRED TO CONDUCT ITS OWN STUDY. IMPORTANTLY, H.R. 282 ENSURES THAT PLUM -- 2182 ENSURES THAT PLUM ISLAND CANNOT BE SOLD TO THE GOVERNMENT OR TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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                      MR. DONOVAN

                      MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE DISTINGUISHED…

                      MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK AND THE SPONSOR OF THE BILL, MR. ZELDIN.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                      MR. ZELDIN

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO MR. DONOVAN AS WELL FOR YOUR SUPPORT.…

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO MR. DONOVAN AS WELL FOR YOUR SUPPORT. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2182, TO PREVENT THE SALE OF PLUM ISLAND TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER. SITUATED IT IS -- SITUATED AT THE GATEWAY OF THE LONG ISLAND SOUND, I HAD THE PLEASURE OF VISITING THIS TREASURED ISLAND. IN ADDITION TO BEING A CRITICAL RESOURCE FOR RESEARCH, 90% OF THE LAND HAS BEEN SHELTERED FOR DEVELOPMENT, BEING A CRITICAL HABITAT FOR MIGRATORY BIRDS, MARINE MAMMALS AND PLANTS. IT IS IT'S A ESSENTIAL CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL RESOURCE AS WELL WITH RECORDED HISTORY DATING BACK TO THE 1700'S. THE ISLAND HEALTH THE FORT TERRY, WHICH WAS USED THROUGH THE END OF WORLD WAR II. SINCE THEN, PLUM ISLAND HAS BEEN UTILIZED AS A RESEARCH LABORATORY AND HAS SINCE GROWN TO BECOME AS THE PLUM ISLAND ANIMAL DISEASE CENTER. IN 2005, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, WHICH CURRENTLY HAS JURISDICTION OVER THE ISLAND, ANNOUNCED THAT THE ANIMAL DISEASE CENTER RESEARCH WOULD BE MOVED TO A NEW FEDERAL FACILITY, THE BIO AND AGRO-DEFENSE FACILITY IN KANSAS. TO OFFSET THE COST OF THIS RELOCATION, THE LAW WAS ENACTED THAT CALLED FOR THE PRIVATE SALE OF PLUM ISLAND BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER. HOWEVER, BECAUSE OF THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE CLEANUP AND CLOSURE OF PLUM ISLAND AND BECAUSE OF LOCAL ZONING RESTRICTIONS, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOULD RECEIVE LITTLE COMPENSATION FOR THE SALE OF PLUM ISLAND. ALSO, IN THE 12 YEARS SINCE THE MOVE TO KANSAS WAS APPROVED, THE NEW FACILITY IN KANSAS IS ALREADY FULLY PAID FOR BY A COMBINATION OF FEDERAL APPROPRIATIONS AND STATE AND PRIVATE FUNDS. ALLOWING FOR CONTINUED RESEARCH, PUBLIC ACCESS AND PERMANENT PRESERVATION OF THE ISLAND, H.R. 2182 WILL SUSPEND THE LAWS PASSED IN 2008 AND 2011 THAT MANDATED THE PUBLIC SALE OF PLUM ISLAND. THIS BILL WILL COMMISSION THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE IN CONSULTATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, WHICH CURRENTLY OWNS THE ISLAND, TO FORMULATE A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR THE FUTURE OF THE ISLAND. IT REQUIRES THE PLAN FOCUS ON CONSERVATION, EDUCATION AND RESEARCH AND INCLUDE ALTERNATIVE USES FOR THE ISLAND, INCLUDING A TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP TO ANOTHER FEDERAL AGENCY, THE STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT, NONPROFIT OR A COMBINATION THEREOF. IN THE 114TH CONGRESS, THIS BILL PASSED THE HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AS H.R. 1887. MY AMENDMENT TO THE FINANCIAL SERVICES AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 2017, H.R. 5485, WHICH WOULD HAVE PROHIBITED ANY OF THE FUNDING WITHIN THE APPROPRIATIONS BILL TO BE USED TO MARKET OR SELL PLUM ISLAND ALSO PASSED THE HOUSE AS WELL. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE OTHER MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO HAVE CO-SPONSORED THIS LEGISLATION AND LENT THEIR SUPPORT TO THIS CAUSE, ESPECIALLY MY COLLEAGUES FROM CONNECTICUT, CONGRESSMAN JOE COURTNEY AND CONGRESSWOMAN ROSA DELAURO. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER KEVIN MCCARTHY FOR BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR, HOUSE HOMELAND SECURITY CHAIRMAN MICHAEL MCCAUL FOR ALL HIS INCREDIBLE LEADERSHIP AND ALL THE LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS, GROUPS AND CONCERNED GROUPS ON LONG ISLAND WHO HAVE TAKEN AN INTEREST ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. IT'S ENDORSED BY THE PLUM ISLAND COALITION, AN ALLIANCE OF OVER 65 COMMUNITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS IN NEW YORK AND CONNECTICUT FOCUSED ON THE CONSERVATION OF THIS ISLAND. I'M PROUD TO WORK ALONGSIDE ALL OF THE THESE GREAT INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS AS WE STRIVE TO SAVE PLUM ISLAND. SINCE TAKING OFFICE IN 2015, ONE OF MY HIGHEST LOCAL PRIORITIES HAS BEEN TO PROTECT PLUM ISLAND. PRESERVING THIS ISLAND'S NATURAL BEAUTY WHILE MAINTAINING A RESEARCH MISSION WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE IMPORTANT ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS FOR LONG ISLAND. I ENCOURAGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THIS CRITICAL BILL AS WELL AS FOR THE SENATE TO PASS THIS LEGISLATION SO IT MAY BE SIGNED INTO LAW THIS YEAR. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                      MR. PAYNE

                      MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                      MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MR. COURTNEY.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                      MR. COURTNEY

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, MR. PAYNE, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON…

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, MR. PAYNE, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE AND ALSO FOR YOUR HARD WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION WHICH, AGAIN, IS BEING CLOSELY WATCHED BACK HOME IN CONNECTICUT AND ON THE OTHER SIDE OF LONG ISLAND SOUND, AS MR. ZELDIN INDICATED, IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT WITH MY COLLEAGUE FOR PASSAGE OF H.R. 2182, THE PLUM ISLAND PRESERVATION ACT. THIS HAS BEEN AN EFFORT THAT HAS BEEN ONGOING SINCE THE CONGRESS UNFORTUNATELY TOOK I THINK A WRONG TURN WHEN THEY ENACTED LEGISLATION IN 2009 WITH THE GOAL OF TRYING TO CREATE FUNDING FOR THE NATIONAL BIO AND AGRO DEFENSE FACILITY IN KANSAS BUT IN THE PROCESS OF DOING THAT, SET UP A TRUNCATED SALE OF THIS PROPERTY WHICH REALLY DEVIATED FROM THE NORMAL G.S.A. PROCESS OF TRYING TO EXHAUST OTHER BENEFICIAL USES BEFORE PUTTING UP TO SALE FOR THE HIGHEST BIDDER. AGAIN, THAT'S BEEN THE STRUGGLE FOR BOTH SIDES OF LONG ISLAND SOUND WHICH HAS BEEN FRUSTRATED THAT CONGRESS MANDATED A SALE WITHOUT ANY OTHER OPTIONS, THE INCREDIBLE PRISTINE ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY OF THIS PRECIOUS PIECE OF PROPERTY WAS BASICALLY PUSHED DOWN THE FOOD CHAIN IN TERMS OF, AGAIN, THE WAY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WAS OPERATING. AGAIN, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE, AND MY COLLEAGUES FROM NEW YORK, MR. DONOVAN AND MR. ZELDIN, UNDERSTAND THIS IS STILL THE MOST DENSELY POPULATED AREA OF AMERICA. THE BOAT TRAFFIC, THE MARITIME TRAFFIC THAT FLOWS THROUGH LONG ISLAND SOUND IS THE BUSIEST IN THE COUNTRY AND TO HAVE A PIECE OF PROPERTY THAT IS THIS PRECIOUS AND THIS PURE, WHICH MR. ZELDIN VISITED AND I THINK HE CAN ATTEST TO THAT PERSONALLY AND I'VE SAILED PASSED -- SAILED PAST IT, IS REALLY AN OPPORTUNITY THAT WE CANNOT ALLOW TO GO TO A DEVELOPER THAT WOULD BE -- THAT WOULD MAKE THAT QUALITY FOREVER LOST. SO THIS LEGISLATION, WHICH STOPS THE 2009 PROCESS IN ITS TRACKS, HAS G.A.O. STEP IN AND DO A FULL COMPLETE ANALYSIS ACROSS THE BOARD, EVALUATING ALL OPTIONS. IN PARTICULAR, THE OPTIONS OF PRESERVING THIS UNIQUE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSET IS THE RIGHT MOVE FOR OUR COUNTRY AND, AGAIN, IT WILL BE TO THE BENEFIT OF GENERATIONS TO COME. SO, AGAIN, I WANT TO CONGRATULATE MR. ZELDIN FOR HIS PERSISTENCE. AGAIN, WE DID GET IT THROUGH THE LAST CONGRESS, 114TH. I THINK GETTING THIS DONE EARLY IN THE 115TH CONGRESS WILL HOPEFULLY ALLOW US THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET -- CAN I GET 30 SECONDS?

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                    • 02:29:21 PM

                      MR. PAYNE

                      I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN ANOTHER 30 SECONDS.

                    • 02:29:23 PM

                      MR. COURTNEY

                      THANK YOU, MR. PAYNE. AGAIN, IT WILL GIVE US THE OPPORTUNITY TO HOPEFULLY…

                      THANK YOU, MR. PAYNE. AGAIN, IT WILL GIVE US THE OPPORTUNITY TO HOPEFULLY GET SOME BANDWIDTH IN THE SENATE'S FLOOR SCHEDULE TO FINALLY GET THIS TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK AND, AGAIN, FOREVER PROTECT AN ASSET FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. SO, AGAIN, I URGE STRONG SUPPORT FOR THIS MEASURE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 02:29:43 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

                    • 02:29:45 PM

                      MR. DONOVAN

                      MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY…

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

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                    • 02:29:52 PM

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                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

                    • 02:29:54 PM

                      MR. PAYNE

                      OFFER THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT TWO MINUTES.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                      MS. DELAURO

                      THANK YOU. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT FOR THIS LEGISLATION. IT DIRECTS THE…

                      THANK YOU. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT FOR THIS LEGISLATION. IT DIRECTS THE COMPTROLLER OF THE UNITED STATES TO SUBMIT A REPORT TO THE CONGRESS ON ALTERNATIVE USES FOR PLUM ISLAND. THE REPORT UNDERSCORES ITS ECOLOGICAL SIGNIFICANCE. THAT'S WHAT IT WOULD DO. NEED TO BE PROTECTED AND IT WOULD BE AN IMPORTANT STEP TOWARD IDENTIFYING CONSERVATION ALTERNATIVES TO SELLING PLUM ISLAND. I BELIEVE THAT PLUM ISLAND SHOULD BE A UNIT OF THE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE SYSTEM, ENSURING WE WOULD SAFEGUARD THE ISLAND'S SENSITIVE WILDLIFE AND ECOLOGICAL VALUE. PLUM ISLAND IS THE LARGEST AREA IN SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND WHERE SEALS CAN REST ON DRY LAND. ITS 843 ACRES ARE HOME TO TWO BIRDS. WE NEED TO PROCEED VERY CAREFULLY WHEN CONSIDERING THE FUTURE OF PLUM ISLAND. THIS IS A REFUGE FOR WILDLIFE, NATIVE PLANTS AND ONCE IT IS DEVELOPED IT CANNOT BE RESTORED WHICH IS WHY THE LEGISLATION IS SO IMPORTANT. BY EVALUATING THE USES OF PLUM ISLAND FULLY RATHER THAN SELLING IT TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, WE CAN ENSURE THAT THIS ECOLOGICAL, HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL TREASURE CAN BE PROTECTED FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. PROUD TO JOIN WITH MY COLLEAGUES, CONGRESSMAN ZELDIN, CONGRESSMAN COURTNEY ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS TO ENSURE THAT THE ENVIRONMENT IS RESPECTED IN OUR REGION AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL, AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY FOR HIS TIME. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                    • 02:31:37 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

                    • 02:31:40 PM

                      MR. PAYNE

                      NO OTHER SPEAKERS. I'M READY TO CLOSE.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

                    • 02:31:47 PM

                      MR. PAYNE

                      MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 2182 HAS BROAD SUPPORT ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AS WE…

                      MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 2182 HAS BROAD SUPPORT ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AS WE CAN SEE. PLUM ISLAND HAS A HISTORY DATING BACK TO THE 1700'S AND HAS BEEN OWNED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SINCE 1899. THE BILL TAKES STEPS TO ENSURE THAT THIS CRITICALLY, CULTURALLY, AND HISTORICALLY IMPORTANT FIGHT IS NOT SOLD UNTIL ALL RELEVANT QUESTIONS ARE ANSWERED REGARDING THE FINAL DISPOSITION OF PLUM ISLAND AND THATTLE SATISFACTORY, COMPREHENSIVE PLAN HAS BEEN DEVELOPED. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 02:32:33 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                      MR. DONOVAN

                      MR. SPEAKER, I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 2182, AND I…

                      MR. SPEAKER, I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 2182, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2182. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL SPAFFED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. -- IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE.

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                    • 02:34:56 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                      MR. ROYCE

                      MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3364.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                      THE CLERK

                      H.R. 3364, A MOVE THE HOUSE BILL TO PROVIDE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW AND TO…

                      H.R. 3364, A MOVE THE HOUSE BILL TO PROVIDE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW AND TO COUNTER AGGRESSION BY THE GOVERNMENTS OF IRAN, RUSSIAN FEDERATION, AND NORTH KOREA, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                      TEMPORE PU

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

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

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                    • 02:35:26 PM

                      MR. ROYCE

                      REMARKS AND TO INCLUDE ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL FOR THE RECORD.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                    • 02:35:36 PM

                      MR. ROYCE

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

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 02:35:41 PM

                      MR. ROYCE

                      THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, NOW THIS BILL REPRESENTS A VERY BROAD BIPARTISAN…

                      THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, NOW THIS BILL REPRESENTS A VERY BROAD BIPARTISAN HOUSE-SENATE AGREEMENT THAT THE UNITED STATES MUST ENFORCE TOUGHER SANCTIONS AGAINST NORTH KOREA, AGAINST RUSSIA, AGAINST IRAN, AND I WANT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, MR. ELIOT ENGEL OF NEW YORK, FOR HIS DETERMINED AND EXCELLENT WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT BILL. THESE THREE REGIMES IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE WORLD ARE THREATENING VITAL U.S. INTERESTS, AND THEY ARE DESTABILIZING THEIR NEIGHBORS. IT IS WELL PAST TIME THAT WE FORCE FULLY RESPOND -- FORCEFULLY RESPOND. UNDER PUTIN, RUSSIA HAS INVADED ITS NEIGHBOR, UKRAINE, SEIZING ITS TERRITORY AND DESTABILIZING ITS GOVERNMENT. IT POSES A THREAT TO OUR NATO ALLIES IN EUROPE AS MOSCOW WORKS TO UNDERMINE DEMOCRATIC VALUES WITH DETERMINATION AND SOPHISTICATION. AS U.S. INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES HAVE MADE CLEAR, THIS FORMER KGB COLONEL ATTEMPTED TOINT FEAR WITH OUR OWN ELECTION. LEFT UNCHECKED, RUSSIA IS SURE TO CONTINUE ITS AGGRESSION. PUTIN'S FORCES CONTINUE TO PROP UP THE MURDEROUS ASSAD REGIME IN SYRIA, PROLONGING A DEADLY, DEADLY CONFLICT THAT HAS DRIVEN TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE FROM THEIR HOMES WHILE ENABLING THE USE OF QUEMS SHALL -- CHEMICAL WEAPONS AND OTHER SYSTEMATIC HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES CHEMICAL WEAPONS AND OTHER SYSTEMATIC HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AGAINST THE PEOPLE OF SYRIA. THE RUSSIA SANCTIONS IN THIS BILL ARE SUBSTANTIALLY SIMILAR TO THOSE THAT OVERWHELMINGLY PASSED THE OTHER BODY. THEY GIVE THE ADMINISTRATION IMPORTANT ECONOMIC LEVERAGE. THEY GIVE IT DIPLOMATIC LEVERAGE BY TARGETING THE TARGETING THE THINGS THAT MATTER TO PUTIN. AND THAT MATTER TO HIS ALLIES THE MOST. AND THAT IS THEIR CORRUPT EFFORTS TO PROFIT FROM THE COUNTRY'S OIL WEALTH AND THEIR ABILITY TO SELL WEAPONS OVERSEAS. TO FOCUS THEIR IMPACT, WE CLARIFIED SEVERAL PROVISION THAT IS COULD HAVE INADVERTENTLY HANDED RUSSIAN COMPANIES' CONTROL OF GLOBAL ENERGY PROJECTS AND IMPACTED PIPELINES THAT OUR EUROPEAN ALLIES RELY ON IN AN EFFORT TO END THEIR DEPENDENCE ON RUSSIAN GAS. SO THIS STRENGTHENS THE BILL TO ENSURE THESE ECONOMIC SANCTIONS REMAIN IN PLACE AS LONG AS PUTIN'S AGGRESSION CONTINUES, THIS BILL EMPOWERS CONGRESS TO REVIEW AND DISAPPROVE ANY SANCTIONS RELIEF. THIS STRONG OVERSIGHT IS NECESSARY, IT IS APPROPRIATE. AFTER ALL, IT IS CONGRESS THAT THE CONSTITUTION EMPOWERS TO REGULATE COMMERCE WITH FOREIGN NATIONS. MR. SPEAKER, RUSSIA HAS FOUND A WILLING PARTNER IN IRAN. THE REGIME'S IRANIAN REVOLUTIONARY GUARDS ARE FIGHTING ALONGSIDE RUSSIAN FORCES IN SYRIA. AT THE SAME TIME TEHRAN CONTINUES TO THREATEN ISRAEL BY PROVIDING FUNDING AND ADVANCED ROCKETS AND MISSILES TO HEZBOLLAH. HEZBOLLAH IS ITS LEADING TERRORIST PROXY. IT CONTINUES TO HOLD AMERICANS HOSTAGE WHILE DEVELOPING INTERCONTINENTAL BALLISTIC MISSILES CAPABLE OF DELIVERING NUCLEAR WEAPONS. TO STRENGTHEN THE U.S. RESPONSE TO THE THREAT FROM IRAN, THIS BILL INCLUDES PROVISIONS ORIGINALLY INTRODUCED BY MY COUNTERPART, SENATOR CORKER, WHICH INCREASE SANCTIONS ON THOSE INVOLVED IN THE REGIME'S HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AND ITS SUPPORT FOR TERRORISM, AS WELL AS ITS EFFORTS ON THE BALLISTIC MISSILE PROGRAM, WHICH FOR THE IRANIAN REVOLUTIONARY GUARDS FORCES CONTROL. FINALLY, I AM PROUD THAT THIS BILL INCLUDES THE TEXT OF H.R. 1644. THIS IS THE KOREAN INTERDICTION AND MODENDIZATION OF SANCTIONS ACTION -- MODERNIZATION OF SANCTIONS ACT, WHICH WE PASSED IN MAY, WE PASSED IT OUT OF THE HOUSE BY A VOTE OF 419- 1. THESE PROVISIONS STRENGTHENED IN CONSULTATION WITH THE OTHER BODY, EXPAND SANCTIONS TARGETING NORTH KOREA'S NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM, BUT THEY ALSO GO AFTER THOSE AROUND THE WORLD WHO EMPLOY NORTH KOREAN SLAVE LABOR. THIS IS A HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE. IT'S ONE THAT OPERATES BY HAVING A SITUATION WHERE THE ENDENTURED WORKERS ARE FED, BUT THE CHECK INSTEAD OF GOING TO THE WORKERS GOES TO THE REGIME. AND THAT MONEY THEN GOES INTO THE NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM. IT IS ESTIMATED THE CHECK INSTEAD OF GOING TO THE WORKERS GOES THAT THIS EARNS HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR THE REGIME IN HARD CURNCY. -- CURRENCY. WITH EVERY TEST, KIM JONG-UN'S REGIME COMES CLOSER TO BE ABLE TO MOUNT A NUCLEAR WARHEAD ON A MISSILE CAPABLE OF REACHING THE U.S. MAINLAND. WE SIMPLY CANNOT PASS UP AN OPPORTUNITY TO INCREASE PRESSURE IN RESPONSE TO THIS THREAT. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 02:41:12 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

                    • 02:41:14 PM

                      MR. ENGEL

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. I YIELD…

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                    • 02:41:20 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 02:41:22 PM

                      MR. ENGEL

                      I WANT TO FIRST OF ALL THANK COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR ALL…

                      I WANT TO FIRST OF ALL THANK COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR ALL THE HARD WORK THAT'S GONE INTO THIS LEGISLATION SO FAR. I WANT TO ESPECIALLY THANK OUR CHAIRMAN, ED ROYCE, WHO HAS BEEN MY PARTNER ON THIS COMMITTEE FOR NEARLY FIVE YEARS. WE HAVE PASSED EXCELLENT LEGISLATION. THE LEGISLATION TODAY JUST ADDS TO IT, AND IT SHOWS WHAT YOU CAN DO WHEN YOU WORK IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR ALL HIS HARD WORK AND ALL HIS COURTESIES. I SUPPORT CAN DO WHEN YOU WORK THIS BILL. I CERTAINLY PLAN TO VOTE FOR IT. BUT IT SEEMS WE MAY BE ON THE FLOOR BEFORE WE IRONED OUT ALT DIFFERENCES WITH THE OTHER BODY. -- OUT ALL THE DIFFERENCES IN THE OTHER BODY. THERE HAVE BEEN ISSUES WITH THE NORTH KOREAN SANCTIONS WHICH ALREADY PASSED IN THE HOUSE WITH A ROYCE-ENGEL BILL AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN TAKEN UP BY THE OTHER BODY ON A SEPARATE TRACK. INSTEAD, IT'S NOW PUT INTO THIS BODY. I HOPE WE DON'T FACE FURTHER DELAYS WHEN THIS BILL GETS BACK TO THE OTHER TRACK. INSTEAD, HOUSE. OUR JOB ISN'T DONE UNTIL WE GET THIS THING ACROSS THE FINISH LINE. AND WE NEED TO DO THAT BECAUSE THIS BILL IS CRITICAL TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. IT DOES FAR MORE THAN JUST SEND A MESSAGE TO LEADERS IN RUSSIA, IRAN, AND NORTH KOREA. IT EXACTS A HEAVY PRICE FOR THEIR AGGRESSIVE AND DESTABILIZING BEHAVIOR. JUST LIKE THE BILL WE ALREADY PASSED, THIS LEGISLATION WOULD UPDATE AND EXPAND OUR SANCTIONS ON NORTH KOREA, CLOSING LOOPHOLES THAT HAVE ALLOWED MONEY TO FLOW TO THE KIM REGIME. FUNDING ITS LEGAL -- ILLEGAL WEAPONS PROGRAM, CRACK DOWN ON THE TRADING PARTNERS, BANKS, AND SHIPPING VESSELS THAT ENABLE THE REGIME AND GOES AFTER THE REGIME'S LUCRATIVE ENTERPRISES WHETHER EXPORTED GOODS OR PILL FRED WAGES OF NORTH KOREAN LABORS SENT ABROAD TO WORK. WITH RESPECT TO IRAN THIS BILL WOULD GO AFTER SO MANY OF THE THINGS IRAN'S LEADERS DO TO DRIVE VIOLENCE AND INSTABILITY FROM TEHRAN'S BALLISTIC MISSILE PROGRAM AND SUPPORT FOR TERRORISM. TO THE REGIME'S ABHORRENT HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD AND EFFORTS TO BUILD UP ITS MILITARY. I HAVE SAID THIS AGAIN AND SO MANY OF THE THINGS AGAIN THAT WE NEED TO HOLD THE REGIME'S FEET TO THE FIRE ON ALL THESE ISSUES. THIS BILL DOES EXACTLY THAT. AND FINALLY, ON RUSSIA, THIS BILL IS A STRONG DIRECT RESPONSE TO PUTIN'S EFFORTS TO UNDERMINE AMERICAN DEMOCRACY. IT IMPOSES NEW SANCTIONS ON THOSE WHO WANT TO DO BUSINESS WITH PUTIN'S CRONIES OR WITH RUSSIA'S MILITARY OR INTELLIGENCE. IT STRENGTHENS EXISTING SANCTIONS FOR RUSSIA'S ILLEGAL ANNEXATION OF CRIMEA, AN ARMED INTERVENTION IN EASTERN UKRAINE. IT PUSHES BACK AGAINST RUSSIA'S CYBERCRIMES, INCLUDING A HACKING OF OUR ELECTION TO HELP DONALD TRUMP, A STORY WHICH CONGRESS AND THE SPECIAL COUNSEL ARE STILL TRYING TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF, AS WELL AS PUTIN'S SUPPORT FOR THE MURDEROUS ASSAD REGIME IN SYRIA. IT GIVES THE CONGRESS A STRONG OVERSIGHT ROLE IN MAKING SURE THAT THESE RUSSIAN SANCTIONS ARE NOT LIFTED PREMATURELY. THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS SHOWN OVER AND OVER THAT THEY ARE WILLING TO COZY UP TO PUTIN. HERE'S THE TRUTH, RUSSIA IS NOT OUR ALLY. PUTIN WANTS TO HARM THE UNITED STATES, SLINTER OUR ALLIANCES, AND UNDERMINE WESTERN DEMOCRACY. THIS CONGRESS WILL NOT ALLOW HIM TO SUCCEED. I'M GLAD TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN BILL. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN ONCE AGAIN. WE NEED TO KEEP WORKING TO MAKE SURE THIS BILL GETS TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 02:44:55 PM

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                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

                    • 02:44:57 PM

                      MR. ROYCE

                      YES, IN RECOGNIZING THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. MIKE MCCAUL, I JUST WANT…

                      YES, IN RECOGNIZING THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. MIKE MCCAUL, I JUST WANT TO THANK HIM FOR HIS GOOD WORK TO STRENGTHEN THE BILL, AS HE WILL DISCUSS, AND FOR HIS FOCUS ON PIPELINES THAT PRIMARILY CARRY OIL AND GAS THROUGH RUSSIA THAT COMPETE, THAT COMPETE WITH RUSSIAN GAS AND DRIVES DOWN THE PRICE OF GAS, WITH THAT I YIELD MR. MCCAUL TWO MINUTES.

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                    • 02:45:22 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPRE

                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                    • 02:45:25 PM

                      MR. MCCAUL

                      I RISE TO INCREASE SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA, NORTH KOREA AND IRAN. I THANK…

                      I RISE TO INCREASE SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA, NORTH KOREA AND IRAN. I THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE AND RANKING MEMBER ELIOT ENGEL FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. I CANNOT OVERSTATE THE IMPORTANCE OF SENDING A STRONG MESSAGE TO OUR ADVERSARIES THAT THERE WILL BE CONSEQUENCES FOR THEIR BAD BEHAVIOR. BACK IN OCTOBER OF LAST YEAR AT THE HEIGHT OF THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, I WAS BRIEFED BY OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. THEY TOLD ME THAT RUSSIA ENGAGED IN A BLATANT EFFORT TO MEDDLE IN OUR DOMESTIC AFFAIRS AND SPECIFICALLY OUR DEMOCRATIC PROCESS. I WAS AN OUTSPOKEN SUPPORTER OF THE NEED FOR A STRONG RESPONSE THEN, AND I REMAIN SO NOW. HOWEVER, IN THE PROCESS OF MAKING RUSSIA PAY IN ECONOMIC COSTS FOR THEIR BAD BEHAVIOR, WE MUST ENSURE WE ARE NOT HARMING U.S. INTERESTS AT HOME AND ABROAD. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE FOR CLARIFYING THAT SECTION 232 OF THIS BILL ONLY APPLIES TO RUSSIAN ENERGY EXPORT PIPELINES. WE SHOULD NOT BE IN THE BUSINESS OF SANCTIONING PIPELINES THAT HELP PROVIDE ENERGY INDEPENDENCE FROM RUSSIA. PUTIN USES THIS AS A TOOL TO PROVIDE POLITICAL LEVERAGE OVER HIS NEIGHBORS. SO, AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN WORKING WITH ME ON THIS. I THINK CLARIFICATION TO THE SENATE COMPANION AND HIS LEADERSHIP IN THE HOUSE ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 02:46:50 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

                    • 02:46:52 PM

                      MR. ENGEL

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE ON THE…

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. CICILLINE.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                    • 02:47:02 PM

                      MR. CICILLINE

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

                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3364, THE RUSSIA, IRAN AND NORTH KOREA SANCTIONS ACT. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES, CHAIRMAN ROYCE AND RANKING MEMBER ENGEL, FOR ALL OF THEIR WORK IN REACHING THIS IMPORTANT AGREEMENT. THIS BILL WILL ENSURE THAT RUSSIA, IRAN AND NORTH KOREA AND THOSE THAT WORK WITH THEM WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES FOR THEIR BAD BEHAVIOR. THIS -- PASSAGE OF THIS LEGISLATION IS IMPORTANT TO HOLD IRAN ACCOUNTABLE FOR ITS SUPPORT FOR TERRORISM, HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AND CONTINUED DEFIANCE OF INTERNATIONAL TREATIES, INCLUDING ON BALLISTIC MISSILES. TODAY WE'RE TAKING AN IMPORTANT STEP TOWARDS HOLDING THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT, INCLUDING THE IRGC, AND ANYONE WHO SEEKS TO SUPPORT THEM ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR BAD ACTIONS. ANYONE WHO CONTRIBUTES TO IRAN'S BALLISTIC MISSILE PROGRAM, SUPPLIES IT WITH ITS WITH WEAPONS OR ASSIST THE -- SUPPLIES IT WITH WEAPONS OR ASSIST WITH TERRORISTS WILL BE SANCTIONED. WE WILL SHOW OUR ALLIES IN IRAN THAT THE UNITED STATES IS SERIOUS ABOUT CONTINUING TO ENFORCE VIOLATIONS OF INTERNATIONAL LAW. I'M ALSO PLEASED TO SEE ADDITIONAL SANCTIONS IMPOSED UPON RUSSIA AND NORTH KOREA IN THIS LEGISLATION. THE HUMAN SUFFERING THAT NORTH KOREA HAS BROUGHT UPON ITS OWN PEOPLE IS UNIMAGINABLE. SUCH A DEPRAVED LEADER SUCH AS COME JEONG UN-- KIM JONG UN GETTING MISSILES IS BAD. RUSSIA INTERFERED IN OUR 2016 ELECTIONS. THIS IS THE FUNDAMENTAL FOUNDATION OF OUR DEMOCRACY, OUR ELECTIONS, AND WE SIMPLY CANNOT ALLOW ANY FOREIGN COUNTRY INTERFERE. LET'S NOT MISTAKE IT FOR ANYTHING ELSE, IT WAS AN ATTACK ON AMERICA. IT'S BECOME NECESSARY FOR CONGRESS TO ASSERT ITS ROLE IN THIS AREA AND ENSURE RUSSIA WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. SO, AGAIN, I THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE AND RANKING MEMBER ENGEL, LEADER PELOSI, WHIP HOYER, MEMBERS OF THE SENATE WHO WORKED TO GET THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR AND WITH THAT I ASK MY COLLEAGUES SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 02:49:10 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

                    • 02:49:12 PM

                      MR. ROYCE

                      THANK YOU, MEESH. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY,…

                      THANK YOU, MEESH. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. SMITH. CHAIRMAN ON AFRICA, GLOBAL HEALTH, GLOBAL HUMAN RIGHTS AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS.

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                    • 02:49:20 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MISS.

                    • 02:49:23 PM

                      MR. SMITH

                      I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR SPONSORING THIS IMPORTANT BILL. THIS BRINGS STIFF…

                      I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR SPONSORING THIS IMPORTANT BILL. THIS BRINGS STIFF AND TIMELY SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN, RUSSIA AND NORTH KOREA. THE ADMINISTRATION WAS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT IN EARLY FEBRUARY TO PUT IRAN ON NOTICE REGARDING ITS CONTINUED TESTING OF BALLISTIC MISSILES. THIS BILL UNDERSCORES THAT WARNING BY IMPOSING EXPANDED SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN'S MISSILE PROGRAM, DEMONSTRATING THAT THE UNITED STATES WILL NOT SIT IDLY BY AS IRAN AUGMENTS ITS ABILITY TO BLACKMAIL UNITED STATES, ISRAEL AND ITS ALLIES. -- OUR ALLIES. AS THE WORLD'S LARGEST SPONSOR OF TERRORISM, IT IMPOSES SANCTIONS ON THE IRGC. IT VERY IMPORTANTLY AS WELL IMPOSES SANCTIONS ON INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBLE FOR IRAN'S HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES. THE STATE DEPARTMENT SUGGESTS THERE ARE AS MANY AS 800 POLITICAL PRISONERS IN IRAN ALONE. IT ALSO REMINDS US AND DRAWS ATTENTION TO IRAN'S DESPICABLE PRACTICE OF ARRESTING AMERICAN CITIZENS AND USING THEM AS CHIPS. PUTIN'S INVASION OF THE UKRAINE AND ANNEXATION OF CRIMEA, BOMBING OF SYRIA AND THREATENING BEHAVIOR TOWARD OUR NATO ALLIES, ABOVE ALL IN THE BALLOTICS, MAKES IT IMPORTANT RESPECTS THE WORST ACTOR IN THE GLOBAL STATES TODAY. PUTIN'S GOVERNMENT HAS PASSED THREATS OF AGGRESSIVE ACTIONS AGAINST INNOCENT PEOPLE ABROAD. LET'S NOT FORGET IN 2008 -- AND I WAS THERE AS IT WAS HAPPENING, THE RUSSIANS INVADED GEORGIA AND ANNEXED CITY. AS TO NORTH KOREA, A GULAG MASQUERADING AS A COUNTRY, WE MUST CUT OFF ALL ECONOMIC LIFELINES TO KIM JONG UN AND PUNISH PYONGYANG'S CLIENTS AND ENABLERS. A GOVERNMENT THAT IS WORKING ON MORE MISSILES AND MEANS TO DELIVER THEM NEEDS TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY. THIS LEGISLATION DOES THAT WITH VERY, VERY STIFF SANCTIONS. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE, ELIOT ENGEL, ALSO THE MAJORITY LEADER MCCARTHY AND STENY HOYER AS THE PRINCIPAL SPONSORS OF THE BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 02:51:35 PM

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                      MR. ENGEL

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO OUR COLLEAGUE ON THE…

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO OUR COLLEAGUE ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE AND MEMBER OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CASTRO.

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                      MR. CASTRO

                      THANK YOU. AND THANK YOU, RANKING MEMBER ENGEL, FOR YIELDING. AND I ALSO…

                      THANK YOU. AND THANK YOU, RANKING MEMBER ENGEL, FOR YIELDING. AND I ALSO WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THE SANCTIONS PACKAGE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE BEEN WAITING SOME TIME FOR THE SANCTIONS PACKAGE TO FINALLY PASS. THIS BILL DIALS UP OUR CURRENT SANCTIONS ON NORTH KOREA, IRAN AND RUSSIA TO HOLD THEIR GOVERNMENTS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR DESTABILIZING ACTIONS. THE RUSSIA PIECE IN THIS PACKAGE IS PARTICULARLY NECESSARY. RUSSIA HAS FLAGRANTLY VIOLATED INTERNATIONAL LAW BY INVADING UE CRANE AND INTERFERING IN AMERICAN AND -- UKRAINE AND INTERFERING IN AMERICAN AND OTHER ELECTIONS. IT WILL HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS. IT'S A DECLARATION THAT CONGRESS CAN AND WILL ACT EVEN WHEN PRESIDENT TRUMP REFUSES TO DO SO. IN ADDITION TO THESE SANCTIONS, CONGRESS MUST CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE TO DETERMINE THE SCOPE OF RUSSIA'S ATTACK ON AMERICA'S DEMOCRACY AND TEASH WHICH AMERICANS, IF ANY -- ESTABLISH WHICH AMERICANS, IF ANY, HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH IT. I THANK YOU AND YIELD BACK.

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                    • 02:52:55 PM

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                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

                    • 02:52:57 PM

                      MR. ROYCE

                      I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HENSARLING, CHAIRMAN…

                      I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HENSARLING, CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES.

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                    • 02:53:06 PM

                      MR. HENSARLING

                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELD AND CERTAINLY THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP…

                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELD AND CERTAINLY THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT BILL. SO I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RUSSIA, IRAN AND NORTH KOREAN SANCTIONS ACT. AND MR. SPEAKER, I PARTICULARLY WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THE PROVISIONS THAT ARE THE PRODUCT OF THE HARD WORK OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE'S SUBCOMMITTEE ON TERRORISM AND ILLICIT FINANCE. THE INCLUSION OF THESE PROVISIONS WILL UNDOUBTEDLY ASSIST OUR GOVERNMENT'S ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING AND COUNTERTERRORIST FINANCING EFFORTS. FOR INSTANCE, THIS BILL INCLUDES LANGUAGE DIRECTING THE PRESIDENT ACTING THROUGH THE SECRETARY OF TREASURY TO DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN A NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR COMBATING THE FINANCING OF TERRORISM AND RELATED FORMS OF ILLICIT FINANCE. THE OPPORTUNISTIC NATURE OF TERRORIST GROUPS, COMBINED WITH THE EMERGENCE OF FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY, CREATES NEW CHALLENGES FOR OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OPPORTUNITY AND THEIR EFFORTS TO DISRUPT TERROR FINANCE. NATIONAL STRATEGY SHOULD ALSO SEEK TO ENHANCE PARTNERSHIPS WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR THAT PREVENT AND DETECT ILLICIT FINANCING AND INCREASE EFFORTS TO FACILITATE COMPLIANCE WITH OUR ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING AND COUNTERTERRORIST FINANCING LAWS. I'D LIKE TO COMMEND CONGRESSMAN TED BUD FOR INTRODUCING THE ILLICIT FINANCING ACT WHICH IS ENTIRELY CORPORATED INTO THE SECTION 2 OF THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. I'D ALSO LIKE TO RECOGNIZE CONGRESSMAN PEARCE AND CONGRESSMAN PITTINGER, THE CHAIRMAN AND VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE. THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THESE ISSUES HAVE BEEN INSTRUMENTAL TO ACHIEVE THE LEGISLATION THAT IS BEFORE US TODAY. WE KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THOMAS JEFFERSON ONCE FAMOUSLY SAID THE PRICE OF LIBERTY IS ETERNAL VIGILANCE AND THAT IS INDEED TRUE. THANKS IN NO SMALL PART TO THE HARD WORK OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON TERRORISM AND ILLICIT FINANCE, THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY ENSURES WE REMAIN VIGILANT TO ADDRESS THE EVOLVING THREATS TO OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM. AND I AM PROUD TO SUPPORT IT AND ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT IT AND, AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE FOR HIS LEADERSHIP TODAY ON THIS BILL AND IN OUR COMMITTEE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 02:55:18 PM

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                    • 02:55:19 PM

                      MR. ENGEL

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO A GENTLEMAN WHO WAS…

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO A GENTLEMAN WHO WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN PUTTING THIS BILL FORWARD, WHO HAS BEEN WITH US EVERY STEP OF THE WAY AND SO INVALUABLE TO THIS FINISHED PRODUCT. THAT'S THE DISTINGUISHED DEMOCRATIC WHIP, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. HOYER, AND I YIELD HIM THREE MINUTES.

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                      MR. HOYER

                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING, MR. ENGEL,…

                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING, MR. ENGEL, AND I THANK MR. ROYCE. I HAVE SAID THIS BEFORE, I WILL SAY IT AGAIN, MR. ROYCE AS CHAIRMAN AND MR. ENGEL AS RANKING MEMBER ARE EXAMPLE, FRANKLY, FOR ALL OF US HOW TO WORK TOGETHER PRODUCTIVELY IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION TO REACH A RESULT THAT'S GOOD FOR OUR COUNTRY, FOR OUR PEOPLE AND INDEED FOR INTERNATIONAL SECURITY. I ALSO WANT TO THANK SENATORS CARDIN AND CORKER FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP AND THEIR INVOLVEMENT. THIS LEGISLATION IS THE PRODUCT OF VERY CAREFUL AND SOMETIMES DIFFICULT NEGOTIATIONS ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS. IT IS STRONG, TOUGH AND AN APPROPRIATE RESPONSE FOR RUSSIA'S ATTEMPTS TO MEDDLE IN OUR ELECTION PROCESS, ITS SUPPORT FOR VIOLENT SEPARATISTS IN UKRAINE, ITS ILLEGAL OCCUPATION OF CRIMEA AND AND, YES, IT'S UNHELPFUL WORK IN SYRIA. THIS THREATENS OUR GULF ALLIES AND ISRAEL. RUSSIA'S POWER COMES FROM ITS ABILITY TO COERCE OTHER NATIONS BY ITS ENERGY DISTRIBUTION IN MANY INSTANCES. THIS BILL SEEKS TO MAKE IT HARDER FOR RUSSIA TO USE THAT TYPE OF COERCION AND EMPOWER OTHER NATIONS TO JOIN US IN STANDING UP AGAINST RUSSIAN AGGRESSION. THESE SANCTIONS WILL ONLY BE SUCCESSFUL, HOWEVER, IF THEY ARE TRULY BIPARTISAN AND IF CONGRESS CONTINUES TO PLAY ITS IMPORTANT AND NECESSARY OVERSIGHT ROLE. DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ARE COMING TOGETHER ON THIS BILL, MR. SPEAKER, TO ENSURE THAT THE PRESIDENT CANNOT ALTER SANCTIONS TOWARD RUSSIA WITHOUT CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW. THIS IS A CRITICAL -- THIS IS CRITICAL AT A MOMENT WHEN OUR ALLIES ARE UNCERTAIN ABOUT WHERE THIS ADMINISTRATION STANDS WITH RESPECT TO RUSSIAN AGGRESSION. I REMAIN OPEN TO ADDITIONAL SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA'S ENERGY SECTOR AT A LATER DATE IF THE RUSSIAN LEADER AND HIS ASSOCIATES FAIL TO HEED THE MESSAGE OF THIS BILL THAT THEIR BUSINESS AS USUAL CANNOT AND MUST NOT CONTINUE. ONCE THIS BILL PASSES THE SENATE, AS I BELIEVE IT WILL, RUSSIA WILL KNOW THAT SANCTIONS LEVIED BECAUSE OF ITS BENEVOLENT ACTS WILL BE LIFTED ONLY WITH THE CONCURRENCE EITHER TASSIDLY OR EXPRESSLY OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. THERE WILL BE NO SIDE DEALS OR TURNING A BLIND EYE TO ITS ACTIONS. THIS LEGISLATION, MR. SPEAKER, WILL ALSO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT RUSSIA'S INTERFERENCE IN UKRAINE COMES WITH CONSEQUENCES AND IT PUTS PRESSURE ON IRAN TO END ITS BALLISTIC MISSILE PROGRAM. IN ADDITION, IT DETERS HOPEFULLY NORTH KOREA FROM PURSUING ITS DANGEROUS DEVELOPMENT OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND VEHICLES TO DELIVER THOSE WEAPONS AS CLOSE AS THE WESTERN PART OF THIS COUNTRY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND SEND IT TO THE SENATE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 02:59:02 PM

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                      MR. ROYCE

                      WELL, MR. SPEAKER, I WANTED TO RECOGNIZE THE GOOD WORK OF THE DEMOCRATIC…

                      WELL, MR. SPEAKER, I WANTED TO RECOGNIZE THE GOOD WORK OF THE DEMOCRATIC WHIP, MR. STENY HOYER, AND ALSO THE REPUBLICAN LEADER, KEVIN MCCARTHY, ON THIS LEGISLATION AND THANK THEM.

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                      MR. HOYER

                      IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD? FRANKLY, ALL FOUR OF US, YOURSELF, YOUR…

                      IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD? FRANKLY, ALL FOUR OF US, YOURSELF, YOUR LEADERSHIP, MR. ENGEL, THE MAJORITY LEADER AND I WERE PRIMPLED TO WORK TOGETHER IN -- PRIVILEGED TO WORK TOGETHER IN A WAY, AS I SAID AT THE BEGINNING, WAS CONSTRUCTIVE AND I THINK HAS RESULTED IN A VERY GOOD PRODUCT. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN.

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                    • 02:59:32 PM

                      MR. ROYCE

                      THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR.…

                      THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. PETE SESSIONS, HE'S THE CHAIRMAN OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A COLLOQUY.

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                      MR. SESSIONS

                      I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE TO APPLAUD HIM FOR THE…

                      I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE TO APPLAUD HIM FOR THE HARD WORK AND THE RESPONSIBLE ACTIONS THAT THE CHAIRMAN HAS TAKEN, NOT ONLY TO ENSURE THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION IS PREPARED BUT BETTERED AND READY TO GO BACK TO THE SENATE. I THINK WE HAVE A FORCEFUL SANCTIONS BILL THAT IS BEFORE THE HOUSE TODAY AND ONE THAT TARGETS NOT ONLY IRAN AND RUSSIA BUT ALSO THE NORTH KOREAN REGIME. AS YOU KNOW, THE BILL THAT WAS PASSED BY THE SENATE RISKS GIVING RUSSIAN ENERGY FIRMS A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE ACROSS THE GLOBE BY INADVERTENTLY DENYING AMERICAN COMPANIES ACCESS TO NEUTRAL THIRD-PARTY ENERGY MARKETS WHERE THERE WOULD SIMPLY BE A SMALL RUSSIAN PRESENCE. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY PREVENTS RUSSIA FROM BEING ABLE TO WEAPONIZE THESE SANCTIONS AGAINST U.S. ENERGY FIRMS, AND I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE FOR HIS HARD WORK ON THIS ISSUE. . I ALSO WANT TO ENSURE WE HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE DEFINITION OF THE WORD CONTROLLING IN SECTION 223-D OF H.R. 3364. FOR PURPOSE OF CLARIFICATION AND LEGISLATIVE INTENT, THE TERM CONTROLLING MEANS THE POWER TO DIRECT, DETERMINE OR RESOLVE FUNDAMENTAL OPERATIONAL AND FINANCIAL DECISIONS OF AN OIL PROJECT THROUGH THE OWNERSHIP OF AN MAJORITY OF THE VOTING INTEREST OF THE OIL PROJECT. I WOULD ASK THE GENTLEMAN, THE YOUNG CHAIRMAN, IF HE AGREES WITH THAT DEFINITION?

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                      MR. ROYCE

                      YES. THAT IS MY UNDERSTANDING.

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                      MR. SESSIONS

                      THAT IS MINDING.

                    • 03:01:45 PM

                      MR. SESSIONS

                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND I THANK HIM FOR HIS TIME ON THE COLLOQUY.

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                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

                    • 03:01:53 PM

                      MR. ENGEL

                      MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO ONE OF MY SENIOR COLLEAGUES ON…

                      MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO ONE OF MY SENIOR COLLEAGUES ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE TERRORISM SUBCOMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SHERMAN.

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                    • 03:02:06 PM

                      MR. SHERMAN

                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS BILL.…

                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. WHICH IS REALLY A COMBINATION OF THREE BILLS. FIRST, AS TO NORTH KOREA, IT EMBODIES A BILL PASSED ON THIS FLOOR LAST MONTH, INTRODUCED BY CHAIRMAN ROYCE, RANKING MEMBER ENGEL, MR. YOHO AND MYSELF, FROM THE ASIA SUBCOMMITTEE. WE WILL EXPAND OUR SANCTIONS ON NORTH KOREA'S PRECIOUS METALS, MINERALS, JET FUEL, COAL, AND ACROSS THE BOARD, AND ESPECIALLY BANKING SANCTIONS, BUT KEEP IN MIND, MALT MATLY WE HAVE GOT TO FORCE -- ULTIMATELY WE HAVE GOT TO FORCE CHINA TO DECIDE WHETHER THEY'RE GOING TO SUPPORT NORTH KOREA OR WHETHER THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE ACCESS TO AMERICAN MARKETS. WE CAN'T LET THEM HAVE BOTH. AS TO IRAN, THIS BILL DESIGNATES THE ENTIRE IRAN REVOLUTIONARY GUARD CORPS AS THE CUDES FORCE HAS ALREADY BEEN DESIGNATED -- QUDS FORCE HAS ALREADY BEEN DESIGNATED, AS SUBJECT TO TERRORISM SANCTIONS, PROVIDES AN ARMS EMBARGO. AND LET US REMEMBER THAT THE REAL FACE OF THIS REGIME IN TEHRAN IS NOT THEIR FOREIGN MINISTER, BUT RATHER IT IS THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS WHO HAVE DIED IN SYRIA AS A RESULT OF IRANIAN ACTION. SPEAKING OF COUNTRIES THAT HAVE SUPPORTED ASSAD, FINALLY AND PERHAPS MOST IMPORTANTLY, THIS BILL PROVIDES SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA, NECESSARY BECAUSE OF ITS ACTIONS IN THE UKRAINE AND ITS INTERFERENCE IN OUR ELECTIONS. WE HIT RUSSIA IN A VERY IMPORTANT WAY. BY DEALING WITH THE TECHNOLOGY THEY WOULD NEED TO EXPORT OIL. UNFORTUNATELY, EVEN UNDER THIS VERY STRONG BILL IT WOULD TAKE A 2/3 VOTE FOR US TO BLOCK A SANCTIONS WAIVER, SHOULD OUR RESOLUTION BE VETOED. I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 03:03:59 PM

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                    • 03:04:03 PM

                      MR. ROYCE

                      YES. I YIELD TWO NOINS THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, JUDGE POE, CHAIRMAN OF…

                      YES. I YIELD TWO NOINS THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, JUDGE POE, CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE.

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                    • 03:04:13 PM

                      MR. POE

                      I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS…

                      I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, I'VE SPOKEN TO OUR MILITARY LEADERS AND THEY SAID THAT THE BIGGEST THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES IS NORTH KOREA. STRATEGIC PATIENCE IS OVER. IT'S TIME FOR STRATEGIC SANCTIONS. THIS BILL WILL GO A LONG WAY TO TIGHTEN THE SCREWS ON LITTLE KIM AND BRING THE DICTATOR TO HIS KNEES. QUESTION NO LONGER STAND BY MEEKLY WHILE NORTH KOREA TERRORIZES THE WORLD. THIS BILL INCLUDES MY BILL THAT HAS ALREADY PASSED THE HOUSE THAT CALLS ON THE STATE DEPARTMENT TO REASSESS IF NORTH KOREA SHOULD BE ON THE STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM LIST. LET US NOT FORGET THAT NORTH KOREA HELPED SUPPLY SYRIA WITH CHEMICAL WEAPONS. IT HAS GIVEN IRAN BALLISTIC MISSILES AND ADVICE ON HOW TO DEVELOP ITS OWN NUKES. NORTH KOREA AND IRAN'S EVIL COOPERATION IS EVEN GOING ON AS WE SPEAK TODAY. THEY ARE NOW WORKING TOGETHER TO DEVELOP AN INTERCONTINENTAL BALLISTIC MISSILE THAT CAN REACH AMERICAN SHORES. THIS BILL ALSO PUTS CHINA IN THE CROSSHAIRS. CHINESE BANKS HAVE ENABLED THE KOREAN REGIME TO AVOID SANCTIONS AND BUILD ITS ILLEGAL WEAPONS PROGRAMS. CHINA EVEN PROVIDED THE VEHICLE USED TO LAUNCH THE NORTH KOREANS' NEW ICBM. CHINA ALSO USES SLAVE LABOR FROM NORTH KOREA TO HELP NORTH KOREA AVOID SANCTIONS ALREADY IN PLACE. CHINA NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND HOW ITS SUPPORT FOR KIM WILL NOT ONLY ENDANGER THE UNITED STATES IN SOUTH KOREA, BUT IT ALSO ENDANGERS ITS OWN SECURITY. BY TARGETING THESE ROWING NATIONS, WE SHOW -- ROGUE NATIONS, WE SHOW WE WILL NOT GO AWAY QUIETLY IN THE DARKNESS OF SCIENCE. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 03:05:55 PM

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                    • 03:05:58 PM

                      MR. ENGEL

                      MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO ONE OF OUR SENIOR MEMBERS ON THE…

                      MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO ONE OF OUR SENIOR MEMBERS ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. CONNOLLY.

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                      MR. CONNOLLY

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER, MR.…

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER, MR. ENGEL. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY THIS HOUSE COMES TOGETHER ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS, TO ADDRESS SANCTIONS AND THE RULES ON SANCTIONS FOR NORTH KOREA, IRAN, AND, MOST IMPORTANTLY PERHAPS, RUSSIA. IMPORTANTLY, BECAUSE THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF DOUBT ABOUT WHETHER THIS CONGRESS WOULD EVER AGAIN SPEAK ELOQUENTLY AND FORCEFULLY ABOUT RUSSIAN BEHAVIOR. TODAY WE ANSWERED THAT QUESTION. OVERWHELMINGLY WE SAY, RUSSIA'S BEHAVIOR IS UNACCEPTABLE IN MANY, MANY WAYS. NOT LEAST OF WHICH IS THE INCURSION OF SOVEREIGN TERRITORY OF ITS NEIGHBORS. SPECIFICALLY GEORGIA, UKRAINE. INCLUDING THE CRIMEA. I VOTE EASILY AND ENTHUSIASTICALLY FOR THIS RESOLUTION TODAY. BUT IT MUST NOT BE CONSTRUED BECAUSE IT REFERENCES THE MINSK AGREEMENTS THAT THAT MEANS WE DON'T MEAN TO CONTINUE SANCTIONS ON THE CRIMEA -- THE CRIMEAN INVASION. WE DO. AND THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, WE'LL CONTINUE TO BE VIGILANT ON THAT UNTIL THAT ILLEGAL ANNEXATION IS ENDED. I COMMEND THE LEADERSHIP FOR BRINGING THIS RESOLUTION TO THE FLOOR. AND I AM PROUD TODAY TO BE A MEMBER OF THIS BODY IN SPEAKING WITH ONE VOICE ABOUT RUSSIAN BEHAVIOR. AND THE NEED FOR SANCTIONING IT. I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 03:07:40 PM

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                      MR. ROYCE

                      I YIELD ONE 911 THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE, A MEMBER OF THE…

                      I YIELD ONE 911 THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE, A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE.

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                    • 03:07:52 PM

                      MR. LANCE

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

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS SANCTIONS BILL. THE GOVERNMENTS OF IRAN, NORTH KOREA, AND RUSSIA DO NOT SHARE AMERICAN VALUES OR INTERESTS. AND ARE ACTIVE THREATS TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. THESE REGIMES WILL SEE A UNITED MESSAGE FROM THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES WITH AN OVERWHELMING VOTE IN FAVOR OF STRONG SANCTIONS. IRAN IS THE WORLD'S LEADING STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM. NORTH KOREA, THE MOST DANGEROUS AND ISOLATED PLACE ON EARTH, HAS TESTED LONG RANGE MISSILES, DEMONSTRATING A FRIGHTENING POTENTIAL TO TARGET OUR WEST COAST. AND RUSSIA HAS INTOLERABLEY INVOLVED IT SELF IN OUR NATION'S DEMOCRATIC ELECTORAL PROCESS. ITS INVASION OF CRIMEA AND SANCTIONS -- ACTIONS IN THE UKRAINE ARE TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE. BUT LET US ACT DECISIVELY TODAY AND PUT THESE STATES ON NOTICE. VIOLATE INTERNATIONAL LAW BY THREATENING THE UNITED STATES AND THEREBY FACE THE CONSEQUENCES. I URGE A YES VOTE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 03:08:46 PM

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                    • 03:08:48 PM

                      MR. ENGEL

                      MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE…

                      MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WATERS.

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                    • 03:08:57 PM

                      MS. WATERS

                      THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I THANK RANKING MEMBER ENGEL FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND…

                      THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I THANK RANKING MEMBER ENGEL FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND FOR THE TIME. AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND THE WAY THAT HE'S WORKED WITH OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RUSSIA, IRAN AND NORTH KOREA SANCTIONS ACT. LEGISLATION THAT IS DESPERATELY NEEDED TO PREVENT THIS ADMINISTRATION FROM ROLLING BACK SANCTIONS TIED TO RUSSIA'S INVASION OF UKRAINE AND INTERFERENCE IN OUR ELECTIONS. THIS BILL'S ENHANCED SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA ARE IMPORTANT IN LIGHT OF THE ACTIONS OF RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN, NOT TO MENTION THE MANY TIES BETWEEN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND THE KREMLIN. IN A RECENT DEVELOPMENT, THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT CONFIRMED THAT EXXONMOBIL VIOLATED EXISTING RUSSIAN SANCTIONS WHILE UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF REX TILLERSON. WHO IS NOW DONALD TRUMP'S SECRETARY OF STATE. INDEED, IN 2014 EXXON SIGNED DOCUMENTS RELATED TO OIL AND GAS PROJECTS IN RUSSIA. A RUSSIAN STATE-OWNED OIL GIANT. HE WAS ONE OF THE INDIVIDUALS SUBJECT TO SAGSES. -- SANCTIONS. EXXON WAS FINED A MERE $2 MILLION. A SLAP ON THE WRIST FOR A COMPANY THAT EARNS $7.8 BILLION IN PROFITS IN 2016. RUSSIA IS CONTINUING ITS AGGRESSION IN UKRAINE. IT IS SUPPORTING THE MURDEROUS REGIME OF ABOUT A SAAR AL-ASSAD IN SYRIA -- OF AL-ASSAD IN SYRIA. AND IT INTERFERED IN THE 2016 U.S. ELECTION. THAT'S WHY WE MUST STRENGTHEN THE SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA AND WE MUST BLOCK REX TILLERSON AND DONALD TRUMP FROM WAIVING OR LIFTING THOSE SANCTIONS WITHOUT REVIEW. BEFORE CLOSING, I WOULD ALSO NOTE THAT THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US ALSO INCLUDES SEVERAL MEASURES CHAMPIONED BY DEMOCRATS ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE. THESE PROVISIONS WILL FOCUS THE GOVERNMENT ON CREATING A NATIONAL STRATEGY TO COMBAT THE FINANCING OF TERRORISM, ENHANCED TREASURY'S T