Kevin McCarthy Elected Republican Leader in 116th Congress, 159-43
House Session - July 26, 2017

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

Speakers:
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  • 10:00:32 AM

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

    • 10:00:32 AM

      HOST

      REPRESENTATIVES. LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION FROM THE SPEAKER.

    • 10:00:45 AM

      THE CLERK

      THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. JULY 26, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT THE…

      THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. JULY 26, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE MIKE COFFMAN TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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  • 10:00:59 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.

    • 10:01:01 AM

      TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

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

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    • 10:01:36 AM

      MR. GUTIERREZ

      MR. SPEAKER, THIS PAST SATURDAY I WAS A GUEST AT LINCOLN UNITED METHODIST…

      MR. SPEAKER, THIS PAST SATURDAY I WAS A GUEST AT LINCOLN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH IN CHICAGO WHERE WE HAD AN EMERGENCY MEETING TO DISCUSS HOW WE WOULD DEFEND DACA, THE DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS INITIATIVE, STARTED FIVE YEARS AGO. DACA HAS ALLOWED NEARLY 800,000 DREAMERS, IMMIGRANTS WHO WERE BROUGHT TO THE U.S. AS CHILDREN AND GREW UP HERE, TO WORK AND LIVE HERE IF THEY MEET CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS, GO THROUGH A BACKGROUND CHECK, AND RENEW THEIR APPLICATIONS PERIODICALLY. NOW REPUBLICANS LED BY THE GOVERNOR OF TEXAS PLAN TO SUE THE PRESIDENT IF HE DOESN'T RESCIND DACA. GIVEN THIS PRESIDENT AND HIS OPINION OF MEXICANS, LATINO, AND IMMIGRANTS, WE'RE NOT EXPECTING THE PRESIDENT TO PUT UP MUCH OF A FIGHT. SO, FOR A FEW WEEKS NOW I HAVE BEEN TELLING PEOPLE TO PREPARE FOR THE END OF DACA. MAYBE AS SOON AS SEPTEMBER. YOU CAN WATCH THE SPEECH ON FACEBOOK OR YOU TUBE, AND A LOT OF TRUMP SUPPORTERS GOT ANGRY AT WHAT I SAID. THEY DIDN'T TAKE THE TIME TO WATCH OR LISTEN TO MY SPEECH. NO, THEY GOT FIRED UP BY BREITBART, THE ONLY PUBLICATION I CAN COUNT ON TO COVER EVERYTHING I SAID. THEY SAID, I WAS UNHINGED AND SAID IN THE HEADLINE THAT I SAID IT IS TIME TO ELIMINATE TRUMP AND BRING HIM TO HIS KNEES. THE "WASHINGTON TIMES" DIDN'T WATCH THE SPEECH, BUT SAW BREITBART'S FAIR AND BALANCED COVERAGE AND SAID I THREATENED THE TRUMP WITH PHYSICAL VIOLENCE. FOX NEWS, THEN ECHOED THE IDEA THAT EVENING, SAYING I WAS THREATENING VIOLENCE AND WOULD BRING OUR VIOLENT MOVEMENT TO EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD IN AMERICA. SO BY THE TIME YOU GOT TO THE DAILY STORMER, THAT WHITE -- WHIP CREAM ON THE TOP OF WHITE NATIONALIST NEO-NAZI BANANA SPLIT, THEY CITED THE FOX NEWS STORY AND READ THE HEADLINE QUOTE, SUBVERSIVE BEAN MAN CALL FOR TRUMP'S ELIMINATION. IF FOX, BART, AND DAILY STORME, REPORT SOMETHING IT'S GOT TO BE TRUE I THOUGHT. SO I WENT BACK TO THE VIDEO TO SEE IF I HAD THREATENED TO ASSASSINATE THE PRESIDENT. YOU KNOW WHAT? I DIDN'T. HERE'S WHAT I SAID THIS PAST SATURDAY. QUOTE, I'M GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT I AM THERE TO MAKE SURE OF ONE THING THAT WE WRITE THOSE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AND TAKE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO TRIAL BEFORE THE SENATE AND ELIMINATE HIM AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. HE CANNOT FIRE COMEY, THREATEN TO FIRE MUELLER, AND SAY I'M THE THOSE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AND TAKE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO TRIAL BEFORE THE SENATE A DICTATOR, END QUOTE. THIS IS THE QUOTE, AND I KING, I AM TALKING ABOUT THE IMPEACHMENT PROCESS, WHICH I BELIEVE TO BE NONVIOLENT, I MEAN CLEARLY AM FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON WENT THROUGH IT AND HE'S STILL ALIVE. IN SHORTHAND I AM SAYING WE SHOULD GO THROUGH REGULAR ORDER. AND THAT'S NOTHING NEW FOR ME. I HAVE STOOD ON THIS FLOOR AND CALLED ON THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TO BEGIN THE PROSSELVES HEARINGS AND WITNESSES JUST AS THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE IS DOING. BECAUSE THAT'S OUR JOFBLET JUST A MOMENT, LATER IN THE SPEECH I SAID, QUOTE, THIS IS A DEMOCRACY AND WE WILL MAKE DEMOCRACY WORK. WE WILL MAKE IT WORK FOR EVERYONE WHETHER YOU ARE GAY, STRAIGHT, BROWN, WHITE, DOCUMENTED OR UNDOCUMENTED, WE'RE GOING TO MAKE SURE DEMOCRACY WORKS FOR YOU. MEANING THE PEOPLE PACKED IN THE CHURCH THAT DAY. AND REALLY EVERYONE ELSE. I CONTINUED SAYING, AND WE'RE STARTING HERE THIS AFTERNOON AT THIS MARVELOUS CHURCH IN CHICAGO. GET READY, OUR MOVEMENT IS COMING SOMEWHERE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, END QUOTE. SO WHAT BREITBART IMAGINED AS AN INCITEMENT TO VIOLENCE WAS REALLY A CALL TO ACTION FOR PEOPLE TO GET INVOLVED IN THEIR DEMOCRACY. WHICH LAST TIME I LOOKED IS STILL A FORM OF GOVERNMENT WE ASPIRE TO IN THIS COUNTRY. IT'S STILL NONVIOLENT. MY FAVORITE PART OF THE BREITBART HEADLINE, THE WHOLE BLOODTHIRSTY BROWN PEOPLE MOTIF THAT DROVE THE COVERAGE FROM BREITBART TO FOX TO DAILY STORMER, IS THAT I SAID I THIS WANTED TO BRING PRESIDENT TRUMP TO HIS KNEES. BUT WHAT I ACTUALLY SAID WAS, GANDHI, BY EMPLOYING THE TECHNIQUES AND PRACTICES OF NONVIOLENT RESISTANCE, BROUGHT THE BRITISH EMPIRE TO ITS KNEES, WHICH IS ACTUALLY TRUE. AND WE SHOULD LEARN FROM HIS EXAMPLE. INDEED, DR. KING, A DISCIPLE OF GANDHI, APPLIED THOSE STRATEGIES TO THE AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT TO GREAT SUCCESS. AND WERE IT NOT FOR DR. KING AND THE OTHER HEROES WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES DURING THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT, I WOULD NOT BE STANDING HERE BEFORE YOU. WE WOULDN'T EVEN BE STANDING OR TALKING ABOUT STANDING UP OR TALKING ABOUT THE DAILY STORM OR BREITBART OR TRUMP IN DEFENDING IMMIGRANTS AND OTHER VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES. WE OWE THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT A GREAT DEBT. I WANT TO FOLLOW IN THOSE FOOTSTEPS. SO AS I UP OR TALKING ABOUT THE DAILY STORM OR READ THE HEADLINES IN BREITBART AND WENT BACK TO LOOK AT WHAT I ACTUALLY SAID, YOU KNOW WHAT? I STAND BY IT. AND I WON'T BACK DOWN.

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    • 10:06:49 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN, FOR…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:06:54 AM

      MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT THE ALARMING CRISIS THAT IS OCEAN…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT THE ALARMING CRISIS THAT IS OCEAN ACIDFICATION. THIS IS NOT ONLY AN ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE, BUT IT'S AN ECONOMIC ISSUE AS WELL. AND ONE THAT GREATLY IMPACTS MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN SOUTH FLORIDA. SOUTH FLORIDA'S WORLD FAMOUS BEACHES, DELICIOUS' FOOD, INCOMPARABLE FISHING, BOATING, AND SAILING, AND SPECTACULAR MARINE LIFE, ARE ALL DEPENDENT ON A HEALTHY OCEAN. HOWEVER, OUR OCEANS ARE BECOMING MORE AND MORE ACIDIC AS SEAWATER ABSORBS INCREASING AMOUNTS OF CARBON POLLUTION CAUSING WHAT IS KNOWN AS, OCEAN ACIDFICATION. THIS INCREASED ACIDITY MAKES IT HARDER FOR CORALS, OYSTERS, SHRIMP, LOBSTER, AND OTHER SEA ANIMALS TO DEVELOP THEIR SHELLS OR SKELL TONS -- SKELETONS WHICH THEY RELY ON FOR SURVIVAL TO GROW. THESE ORGANISMS ARE IMPORTANT TO THE VITALITY OF OUR ECOSYSTEM. IN ADDITION, CORALS HOST A VAST NUMBER OF OCEAN SPECIES, FROKETS COASTLINES FROM LARGE WAVES AND HURRICANES, AND ATTRACTS VISITORS WITH THEIR BEAUTY. DATA FROM THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND SPHERIC ADMINISTRATION, NOAA, ALSO SUGGEST THAT IS TOURISM, RECREATION, AND FISHING RELATED TO SOUTH FLORIDA'S CORALS ALONE NOAA, ALSO SUGGEST THAT IS GENERATES MORE THAN $4.4 BILLION IN LOCAL SALES AND $2 BILLION IN LOCAL INCOME. OCEAN CONVER VANCY, A TREMENDOUS ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY GROUP, HAS BEEN A CHAMPION IN RAISING AWARENESS ABOUT THE NEGATIVE IMPACT OF OCEAN ACIDFICATION. RECENTLY THEY PREMIERED AN OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY, A SHORT FILM, WHICH HIGHLIGHTED TWO GENTLEMEN WHO EITHER WORK FOR OR OWN OCEAN DEPENDENT BUSINESSES THAT ARE LOCATED IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. DALE, RIGHT OVER HERE, THIS FINE LOOKING YOUNG MAN, HE'S THE GENERAL MANAGER AND HEAD CHEF AT CAPTAIN'S AT THAT VERNE RESTAURANT AND SEAFOOD MARKET. A FAMILY-OWNED BUSINESS IN MIAMI AND ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLACES TO DINE WITH MY HUSBAND AND OUR GRANDKIDS. CAPTAIN ROY, RIGHT HERE, WHO OWNS AND OPPRATES MISS BRIT CHARTER FISHING AND R&R TACK UNTIL COCONUT GROVE, ALSO LOCATED IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. IN ADDITION THIS FILM HIGHLIGHTS OCEAN EXPERT, DR. CHRIS LANGDON, A PROFESSOR FROM MY ALMA MATER, THE YUFF OF MIAMI. HIS RESEARCH HAS ALLOWED US TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE CAPACITY AND LIMITATIONS OF CORAL TO ADAPT TO A CHANGING PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL ENVIRONMENT. DR. LANGDON HAS ALSO BEEN A LEADER IN BRINGING STAKEHOLDERS TOGETHER TO LEARN ABOUT THE THREATS POSED BY OCEAN ACIDFICATION TO COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL FISHING AND TOURISM INDUSTRY THROUGHOUT FLORIDA. THESE TWO GENTLEMEN KNOW A LOT ABOUT THE IMPACT OF OCEAN ACIDFICATION ON THEIR BUSINESS. BECAUSE SALTWATER RECREATIONAL AND COMMERCIAL FISHING COMBINED SUPPORT RECREATIONAL FISHING AND TOURISM INDUSTRY AN ESTIMATED 175,000 JOBS ACROSS OUR BEAUTIFUL SUNSHINE STATE. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS TRULY WEAPGROWVIDING JOBS AND NEW TROOANTS FOR THE FAMILY. FROM THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST TO THE LOBSTER MAINE AND REEFS AND FISH IN FLORIDA, THE REAL WORLD IMPLICATIONS OF OCEAN ACIDFICATION WILL SPELL TROUBLE FOR THESE OCEAN DEPENDENT JOBS, WHICH IS WHY WE MUST NOT WAIT UNTIL THE TRAGEDY TRULY UNFOLDS. MY CONSTITUENTS AND I ARE ALSO BLESSED TO LIVE, TO WORK, TO PLAY IN THE PARADISE THAT IS SOUTH FLORIDA. BUT OUR KIDS AND OUR GRANDKIDS, THEY WANT TO ENJOY THE SAME POSITIVE EXPERIENCES WE HAVE. BUT IN ORDER TO DO SO IT IS VITAL WE ACT NOW. IN CONGRESS, WE NEED TO DO A BETTER JOB AT LISTENING TO ALL STAKEHOLDERS WHO ARE SPEAKING OUT. AND WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO PROMOTE THE VALUABLE WORK OF RESEARCHERS, PEOPLE LIKE DR. LANGDON, THE WORK THAT THEY ARE DOING TO ENSURE THAT THESE IMPORTANT MARINE RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS HAVE THE RESOURCES THEY NEED. MY DISTRICT IS HOME TO A COMMUNITY THAT CARES DEEPLY ABOUT THE OCEAN. IT IS BECAUSE OF THE EFFORTS OF FOLKS LIKE THESE TWO GENTLEMEN AND DR. LANGDON OF SOUTH FLORIDA THAT I HAVE LEARNED MORE ABOUT THE ISSUES AND WHAT'S AT STAKE. I REMAIN COMMITTED TO CONTINUING TO WORK WITH MY COLLEAGUES, WITH INDUSTRY EXPERTS, WITH ALL STAKEHOLDERS IN TACKLING HEAD ON THESE IMPORTANT ISSUES AND LEAD IN MITIGATION AND ADAPPINGS SOLUTIONS TO THE CHANGING OCEAN AROUND US AND ACROSS THE GLOBE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE TIME.

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    • 10:12:04 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. HOYER, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. HOYER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:12:09 AM

      MR. HOYER

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

    • 10:12:15 AM

      TEMPORE WITHO

      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

    • 10:12:16 AM

      MR. HOYER

      MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY WE WATCHED AS SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN RETURNED TO THE…

      MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY WE WATCHED AS SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN RETURNED TO THE CAPITOL AFTER HAVING BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER AND UNDERGOING A SERIOUS OPERATION. ALL OF US ARE PRAYING FOR HIS SWIFT AND FULL RECOVERY. IN EARLIER DAYS AS WE ALL KNOW, HE FACED DANGER WITH COURAGE. HE'S DOING THE SAME AGAIN RIGHT NOW. WHEN HE SPOKE YESTERDAY FROM THE SENATE FLOOR, HE TALKED ABOUT A TIME WHEN LEGISLATORS, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, DESPITE THEIR DIFFERENCES, WORKED TOGETHER FROM TO MAKE PROGRESS. ALL BE IT INCREMENTAL. ON -- ALBEIT INCREMENTAL. ON MAJOR ISSUES THROUGH DISCUSSION AND COMPROMISE. HE LAMENTED AS DO I THE RECENT TENDENCY TO SEEK TOTAL PARTISAN VICTORY OR NOTHING AT ALL. SOMETHING WE SEE AS MUCH IN THE HOUSE AS IN THE SENATE. SENATOR TENDENCY TO SEEK TOTAL PARTISAN VICTORY OR NOTHING AT ALL. SOMETHING WE MCCAIN SAID THIS, QUOTE, WE HAVE BEEN SPINNING OUR WHEELS ON TOO MANY IMPORTANT ISSUES BECAUSE WE KEEP TRYING TO FIND A WAY TO WIN WITHOUT HELP FROM ACROSS THE AISLE. HE CONCLUDED IN THAT PARAGRAPH, WE'RE GETTING NOTHING DONE. INSTEAD, SENATOR MCCAIN PROPOSED LEGISLATORS OUGHT TO RETURN TO REGULAR ORDER. REGULAR ORDER FOR THOSE WHO AREN'T FAMILIAR WITH THE DAY-TO-DAY NOTHING DONE. INSTEAD, SENATOR MCCAIN PROPOSED WORKINGS OF CONGRESS SIMPLY MEANS DOING THINGS IN THE PROPER WAY. DRAFTING A BILL IN COMMITTEE. HOLDING OPEN HEARINGS WORKINGS THEN BRINGING IT TO THE FLOOR FOR AMENDMENT AND DEBATE BEFORE VOTING ON IT. THIS PROCESS, THIS REGULAR ORDER OF BUSINESS, AFFORDS EVERY MEMBER AN OPPORTUNITY, REGARDLESS OF PARTY OR DISTRICT, TO HAVE INPUT AND HELP SHAPE THE POLICY. THAT IS THE WAY IT SHOULD BE. THE PRODUCT OF SUCH A PLOSSSESS -- PROCESS, AS SENATOR MCCAIN DESCRIBED IT, WOULD BE, AND AGAIN I QUOTE, SOMETHING THAT WILL BE IMPERFECT. FULL OF COMPROMISES, AND NOT VERY PLEASING TO IMPLACABLE PARTISANS ON OTHER SIDE. BUT HE CONCLUDED IT WAS ONE THAT, QUOTE, MIGHT PROVIDE WORKABLE SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS AMERICANS ARE STRUCKLING WITH TODAY. . MR. SPEAKER, THAT IS HOW OUR SYSTEM IS SUPPOSED TO WORK. I STARTED MY CAREER IN THIS BODY IN 1981. SHORTLY THEREAFTER I JOINED THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. I LIKE TO TELL PEOPLE THAT I SERVED ON THE LABOR-HEALTH COMMITTEE AND THERE WERE 13 OF US. THE DEMOCRATS WERE IN THE MAJORITY, AND THERE WERE EIGHT DEMOCRATS AND FIVE REPUBLICANS. AND I USED TO TELL PEOPLE THAT HE CAN TAKE THE 13 OF US, HAVE -- THROW US UP IN THE AIR AND THROW US DOWN IN DIFFERENT SEATS AND YOU WOULD HAVE A MARKUP AND IT WOULD BE HARD PRESSED TO FIND THE PARTY EACH PERSON REPRESENTED. TODAY, LAMENTABLY, MR. SPEAKER, IT WOULD TAKE YOU ABOUT A MINUTE TO DETERMINE THOSE DIFFERENCES. OUR SPEAKER SAID ON OCTOBER 29, 2015, WE WILL ADVANCE MAJOR LEGISLATION ONE ISSUE AT A TIME . MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE ABOUT TO CONSIDER A SO-CALLED MINIBUS. THE FORMER CHAIRMAN, MY REPUBLICAN FRIEND, MR. ROGERS IS SEATED HERE IN THIS CHAMBER WITH US. HE AND I BOTH RECALL A TIME WHEN WE CONSIDERED ONE BILL AT A TIME. WE BROUGHT IT TO THE FLOOR. WE AMENDED IT. WE DEBATED IT. AND WE VOTED ON IT. ONE BILL AT A TIME. THAT'S WHAT SPEAKER RYAN WAS REFERRING TO WHEN HE SAID WE WILL ADVANCE MAJOR LEGISLATION ONE ISSUE AT A TIME. APPARENTLY, MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S BECOME INCONVENIENT OR IMPOSSIBLE, BUT IT IS NOT THE REGULAR ORDER THAT WE ARE PURSUING. SPEAKER RYAN WENT ON TO SAY WE WILL NOT DUCK THE TOUGH ISSUES. WE WILL TAKE THEM HEAD ON. MR. SPEAKER, WE WILL ADOPT A RULE THAT WILL DUCK THE ISSUE, THAT WILL PRECLUDE FULL DEBATE AND IT DEALS WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP'S PROPOSAL TO BUILD A WALL THAT MANY IN HIS ADMINISTRATION BELIEVE WILL BE INEFFECTIVE. IN ACCOMPLISHING THE OBJECTIVE WE ALL SUPPORT AND THAT IS KEEPING OUR COUNTRY SECURE AND MAKING SURE THAT THOSE WHO COME INTO THIS COUNTRY ARE KNOWN TO US AND DON'T SNEAK IN TO THE COUNTRY, BUT THE WALL WILL NOT WORK AND WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO DEBATE THAT FULLY BECAUSE IT WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE RULE. AND I SUGGEST, MR. SPEAKER, THAT IS DUCKING THE ISSUE. IT WILL BE DEEMED PASSED. WE WON'T VOTE ON IT. WE WILL VOTE FOR THE RULE OR AGAINST THE RULE. AND THE WALL AND $1.6 BILLION WILL BE DEEMED PASSED. MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S NOT HOW OUR SYSTEM IS SUPPOSED TO WORK. NEITHER SIDE OUGHT TO LET THE PERFECT BECOME THE ENEMY OF THE GOOD. NEITHER SIDE CAN CLAIM CREDIT FOR ALL THE BEST INTERESTS. THAT'S WHY WORKING TOGETHER IS IMPERATIVE. THAT WAS MY EXPERIENCE WHEN I SERVED FOR 23 YEARS ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. THAT'S WHY REGULAR ORDER IS SO IMPORTANT. IT PROTECTS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT PROTECTS EACH MEMBER WHO IS HERE REPRESENTING SOME 700,000 PEOPLE GIVE OR TAKE. THAT'S WHY REGULAR ORDER IS SO IMPORTANT. IT FACILITATES DIALOGUE AND DEBATE. IT BRINGS OUT EVERY VIEW AND IDEA AND PROVIDES THE FRAMEWORK FOR COMPROMISE. COMPROMISE IS THE ESSENCE OF DEMOCRACY, AND I SUGGEST IT'S THE ESSENCE OF SUCCESSFUL FAMILIES, WHETHER THEY BE COUNTRIES OR MOM AND DAD AND KIDS. THEY COME TOGETHER AND THEY AGREE, NOT BECAUSE THEY GET EVERYTHING THEY WANT OR THE OTHER SIDE GETS NOTHING THEY WANT, BUT BECAUSE BOTH SIDES COMPROMISE. MR. SPEAKER, I AGREE WITH SENATOR MCCAIN. WE NEED TO RETURN TO REGULAR ORDER. SPEAKER RYAN, AS I'VE SAID, TOLD US SHORTLY AFTER HIS ELEVATION THAT HE WANTS AND I QUOTE, THE HOUSE TO WORK ITS WILL. MINIBUSES DON'T ALLOW THAT, OMNIBUSES DON'T ALLOW THAT, FRANKLY, C.R.'S DON'T ALLOW THAT. THE SPEAKER ADOPTED IN PRINCIPLE AN OPEN AND TRANSPARENT PROCESS. SADLY, MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVEN'T ALWAYS SEEN THAT, BUT THERE'S STILL AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE 115TH CONGRESS TO REFLECT THAT VISION. THAT'S WHAT SENATOR MCCAIN WAS TALKING ABOUT YESTERDAY. HE WAS APPEALING TO THE BEST OF US. THE AMERICAN IN US, NOT THE PARTISAN IN US, NOT THE CONFRONTATIONALISTS IN US, BUT THE SEEKER OF PRODUCTIVE COMPROMISE IN A DEMOCRACY. THE CONGRESS AND OUR COUNTRY WILL BE BETTER IF WE RETURN TO REGULAR ORDER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:21:32 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. JONES, FOR…

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

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    • 10:21:36 AM

      MR. JONES

      MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. ON JULY 8 -- 18, I WROTE TO PRESIDENT…

      MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. ON JULY 8 -- 18, I WROTE TO PRESIDENT TRUMP ABOUT MY CONCERN ABOUT THE FACT THAT HE AND SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MATTIS ARE DISCUSSING HOW MANY MORE AMERICAN TROOPS MUST BE SENT TO AFGHANISTAN. MR. SPEAKER, YOU BEING A MARINE, YOU KNOW THAT I REPRESENT CAMP LEJEUNE MARINE BASE AND CHERRY POINT MARINE STATION. WE'VE BEEN THERE 16 YEARS. NOTHING HAS CHANGED. IN FACT, IT'S GOTTEN WORSE. I WOULD LIKE TO READ A FEW SENTENCES, AGAIN, FROM MY LETTER. THIS WAS DELIVERED TO THE WHITE HOUSE ON JULY 18. I'M GOING TO READ JUST SENTENCES VERY QUICKLY. DISAPPOINTED BECAUSE AFTER 16 YEARS IN AFGHANISTAN, CONGRESS DESERVES ANOTHER VOTE ON THIS CONFLICT. DISAPPOINTED BECAUSE ALMOST $1 TRILLION OF TAXPAYERS' MONEY HAS BEEN SPENT WITH NO DIRECT GOAL OR STRATEGY. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, I AM DISAPPOINTED BECAUSE WE CONTINUE TO LOSE AMERICAN LIVES. SIR, I'M WRITING TODAY BECAUSE YOU SEEM TO HAVE CHANGED HEART ON THIS ISSUE. I GAVE FOUR EXAMPLES OF POSITIONS HE'S TAKEN AND TWEETS HE'S SENT OUT. I AM JUST GOING TO READ TWO OF THEM, MR. SPEAKER. IN AUGUST OF 2011, YOU AGREE WITH RON PAUL AND SAID THE UNITED STATES WAS WASTING LIVES AND MONEY IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. ANOTHER TWEET, THE NEXT YEAR YOU SAID, DO NOT ALLOW OUR VERY STUPID LEADERS TO SIGN A DEAL THAT KEEPS US IN AFGHANISTAN THROUGH 2024 WITH ALL COSTS BY U.S.A. AND THE LAST I WOULD LIKE TO READ, YOU ALSO TWEETED THAT YOU, LET'S GET OUT OF AFGHANISTAN. OUR TROOPS ARE BEING KILLED BY THE AFGHANI THAT WE TRAIN AND WE WASTE BILLIONS THERE, NONSENSE, REBUILD THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I FURTHER STATED TO MR. PRESIDENT, I AGREE WITH THESE REMARKS AND SO DOES THE 31ST COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS, MY FRIEND AND UNOFFICIAL ADVISOR, GENERAL KRULAT, AND HE SAID IN A RECENT EMAIL TO ME, NO ONE HAS EVER CONQUERED AFGHANISTAN AND MANY HAVE TRIED. WE WILL JOIN THE LIST OF NATIONS THAT HAVE TRIED AND FAILED. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY THIS CONGRESS AND THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS HOUSE WILL NOT LET US HAVE ANOTHER DEBATE. I PUT A BILL IN WITH JOHN GARAMENDI, 1666, FOR THE ONLY REASON THAT AFTER 16 YEARS WE HAVE NOT DEBATED THE FUTURE OF AFGHANISTAN. REPORT WAS OUT LAST NIGHT THAT THE RUSSIANS ARE SENDING SOPHISTICATED WEAPONS TO THE TALIBAN IN AFGHANISTAN WHO WILL BE FIGHTING AND KILLING AMERICANS. I CONTINUE TO CALL ON THE HOUSE LEADERSHIP TO PLEASE LET US MEET OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND DEBATE. I HAVE SAID WITH THE 1666 THAT JOHN GARAMENDI AND I HAVE PUT IN, JOIN US IN FORCING A DEBATE IN THE HOUSE AND THEN VOTE AGAINST US, BUT GIVE US A DEBATE. I FURTHER SAID TO THE PRESIDENT THAT ONCE YOU COME TO A CONSENSUS -- AND THIS IS RAISING THE TROOP LEVELS -- I ENCOURAGE YOU TO GO BEFORE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND EXPLAIN WHY WE'RE GOING TO SEND MORE AMERICANS TO FIGHT AND DIE IN AFGHANISTAN AND ALSO GIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AN IDEA, AN IDEA OF WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO ACHIEVE BECAUSE FOR 16 YEARS, VERY FEW OF THE MARINES IN MY DISTRICT WHO'VE BEEN THERE THREE, FOUR, FIVE TIMES, AND I WILL SAY TO THEM, WHAT HAVE WE ACCOMPLISHED, THEY WILL SAY BACK TO ME, VERY LITTLE. VERY LITTLE. AND YET WE SIT HERE IN CONGRESS AND WE FUND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. WE WILL HAVE A VOTE IN TWO DAYS TO SPEND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO AFGHANISTAN AND THERE'S VERY LITTLE ACCOUNTABILITY. THIS IS NOT WHAT THIS HOUSE NEEDS TO BE DOING, ESPECIALLY WHEN WE'RE SENDING OUR YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN TO GIVE THEIR LIFE FOR THIS COUNTRY. SO MR. SPEAKER, WITH THAT I WOULD LIKE TO SUBMIT THIS LETTER FOR THE RECORD TO THE PRESIDENT, PRESIDENT TRUMP, AND ASK PRESIDENT TRUMP TO PLEASE STAY STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS THAT IT IS A WASTE OF MONEY, LIFE AND TIME TO BE IN AFGHANISTAN. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I CLOSE BY WANTING TO SHOW THE FACES OF A LITTLE GIRL WHO IS STANDING THERE WITH HER MOTHER AND WONDERING WHY HER DADDY IS IN A FLAG-DRAPED COFFIN, AND I CANNOT -- I CANNOT EXPLAIN TO HER. HE DIED IN AFGHANISTAN. I DON'T KNOW WHY HE IS DEAD IN A FLAG-DRAPED COFFIN. GOD BLESS OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AND GOD BLESS AMERICA. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:26:39 AM

      TEMPORE WITHOUT

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN'S LETTER WILL APPEAR IN THE RECORD. THE…

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN'S LETTER WILL APPEAR IN THE RECORD. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO, MS. KAPTUR, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:26:51 AM

      MS. KAPTUR

      THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEK THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION RELEASED ITS…

      THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEK THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION RELEASED ITS NAFTA RENEGOTIATING OBJECTIVES WHICH LAID OUT ITS PLAN FOR HOW TO FIX THAT BAD TRADE DEAL FOR AMERICA'S WORKERS, BUT IT LACKS SPECIFICS. YES, AMERICA NEEDS A BETTER DEAL, BETTER JOBS, BETTER WAGES FOR A BETTER FUTURE FOR OUR PEOPLE AND THE PEOPLE OF OUR CONTINENT. AS RENEGOTIATIONS BEGIN IN AUGUST, LET US REMEMBER THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS. THE PRESIDENT'S RHETORIC ALONE IS NOT ENOUGH. ACTION IS WHAT CREATES JOBS. NEARLY 30 YEARS AGO, NAFTA WAS SOLD AS THE EPITOME OF A MODERN TRADE AGREEMENT. ITS SUPPORTERS PROMISED U.S. JOB GROWTH. THEY GUARANTEED TRADE BALANCES AND EVEN SURPLUSES. THEY SAID THERE WOULD BE INCREASED ECONOMIC TRADE FLEXIBILITY FOR NORTH AMERICAN INDUSTRIES AND NEW BUYERS OF AMERICAN GOODS, BUT GUESS WHAT, THOSE PROMISES DIDN'T MATERIALIZE. INSTEAD, U.S. WORKERS FACED ENORMOUS JOB LOSS, DECLINING WAGES, SUBLEVEL WAGE COMPETITION FROM DESPERATE MILLIONS IN MEXICO WHOSE WORKERS HAVE NO RIGHTS. THE RECENT TRAGEDY IN SAN ANTONIO WITH ALL THOSE DESPERATE WORKERS IN THAT TRUCK IS THE TIP OF AN ICEBERG OF LABOR EXPLOITATION ON THIS CONTINENT THAT WAS CAUSED BY NAFTA, ENHANCED BY NAFTA. IT IS SO UGLY. THE COLD, CRITICAL MEASURE OF THE JOB HEMORRHAGING TRUTH THIS COUNTRY HAS FACED SINCE NAFTA'S BALANCE IS OUR TRADE BALANCE. THAT IS HOW MANY MORE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES OUR COUNTRY EXPORTS RATHER THAN IMPORTS FROM OFF-SHORE SWEATSHOPS. THAT TRANSLATES INTO JOBS. SINCE THE INCEPTION OF NAFTA, OUR TRADE DEFICIT HAS BALLOONED TO UNPRECEDENTED LEVELS. THIS CHART BASICALLY GOES THROUGH WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING RECENTLY EACH MONTH, EACH YEAR WE GO DEEPER AND DEEPER INTO TRADE DEFICIT, NOT JUST WITH MEXICO BUT WITH A NUMBER OF OTHER COUNTRIES, BUT THERE'S NOT BEEN A SINGLE YEAR OF TRADE BALANCE WITH MEXICO SINCE NAFTA'S PASSAGE. JUST MORE JOB DISLOCATION AND JOB LOSS. JUST IN MAY, THE UNITED STATES EXPERIENCED AN OVERALL $46 BILLION TRADE DEFICIT WITH THE WORLD WHICH NAFTA IS A PART, BUT SINCE NAFTA'S PASSAGE, GET THIS, OUR COUNTRY HAS ACCUMULATED NEARLY $2 TRILLION NET NEGATIVE BALANCE WITH MEXICO AND CANADA, AND THAT TRANSLATES INTO LOST JOBS HERE AT HOME AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW IT. THIS IMPORT DEFICIT SUPPORTS MILLIONS OF JOBS ABROAD, NOT U.S. WORKERS. IT MEANS LESS MONEY LEFT IN THE WALL ETC. OF HARDWORKING AMERICANS -- WALLETS OF HARDWORKING AMERICANS. CORPORATE INTERESTS FEED ON DESPERATE WORKERS. LOOK AT NAFTA'S JOB NUMBERS. BETWEEN 1997 AND 2010, OUR COUNTRY BLED OVER 696,000 MANUFACTURING JOBS TO MEXICO ALONE. YOU'D RECOGNIZE THE NAMES OF THE FIRMS. IT'S AN ALPHABET SOUP OF COMPANIES. ALLIED SIGNAL, LOUISENT, U.T.C. AEROSPACE SYSTEMS, WIREHOUSER. THE MIDWEST HAS SUFFERED THE MOST. FOR OHIO THE TRADE DEFICIT FOR MEXICO ALONE RESULTED IN TENS OF THOUSANDS OF LOST JOBS. OHIO WORKERS HAVE HAD THEIR NET INCOMES GO DOWN BY $7,000 PER FAMILY SINCE NAFTA'S PASSAGE. NEIGHBORING MICHIGAN LOST OVER 300,000 JOBS. SINCE 2000 ALONE TO MEXICO. THERE IS LITTLE DOUBT THE ORIGINAL NAFTA AGREEMENT FAILED TO CREATE A MODERN OPPORTUNITY FOR AMERICA'S WORKERS. IT UNDERCUT THEM. TODAY, THE TRURP TODAY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS A CHANCE TO CHANGE THIS. PRESIDENT TRUMP CAMPAIGNED AND PROMISED TO BRING HIGH QUALITY JOBS BACK TO THE UNITED STATES. HOW CAN A RENEGOTIATED NAFTA DO THAT? IT MUST INCLUDE THE MOST MODEND LABOR AGREEMENTS TO YIELD RISING STANDARDS OF LIVING, THE WAGES AND JOB TRAINING ACROSS BORDERS IS EQUALLYIZED. IF NAST WHY WERE WORKING MORE U.S. JOBS COULD BE CREATED OUTNUMBER BE JOB LOSSES. MR. TRUMP PROMISED A GOOD DEAL FOR AMERICANS AS A CANDIDATE. NOW HE HAS TO DELIVER ON THAT PROMISE. THE OLD EXPRESSION, DON'T TELL ME WHAT THEY SAY, SHOW ME WHAT THEY DO, WILL BE THE TRUE TEST OF THIS ADMINISTRATION'S RENEGOTIATION. -- RENEGOTIATION OF NAFTA. THE PRESIDENT HAWES TAKE BOLD ACTION IN RENEGOTIATING NAFTA AND IT MUST RESULT IN REVERSING THESE NEGATIVE BALANCES AND MAKING THEM POSITIVE. HE MUST STAND UP FOR AMERICA'S WORKERS, FOR THEIR JOBS, NOT JUST FOR GLOBAL, CORPORATE INTEREST WHOSE SHAREHOLDERS HAVE BEEN MAKING A FORTUNE OFF THE BACKS OF DESPERATE LABOR. MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN WAS MORE THAN A SLOGAN TO THE PEOPLE IN OHIO AND THE GREATER MIDWEST. LOOKING TO SHAKE UP WHAT WAS CALLED THE SWAMP. WE NEED A BETTER DEAL FOR AMERICA. BETTER JOBS. BETTER WAGES FOR A BETTER FUTURE. WE CAN START BY RENEGOTIATING NAFTA. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:32:10 AM

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      THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. . THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. HOLDING, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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      MR. HOLING

      MINUTES.

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      BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:34:35 AM

      MR. BLUMENAUER

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS REALLY AN AMAZING TIME ON CAPITOL HILL.…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS REALLY AN AMAZING TIME ON CAPITOL HILL. THE REPUBLICAN INTERNAL BATTLES AND INABILITY TO DELIVER A COHERENT, EFFECTIVE, ALTERNATIVE TO FULFILL ALL THEIR COUNTER PARTICULARTRY CAMPAIGN PROMISES ON HEALTH CARE HAS DONE MORE THAN JUST EXPOSE THEIR POLITICAL AND POLICY DYSFUNCTION. THEY ARE OBVIOUSLY FLIRTING WITH A SERIOUS POLITICAL BACKLASH. THEY HAVE MANAGED TO MAKE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, OBAMACARE, WITH ALL ITS SHORTCOMINGS, POPULAR WITH THE MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER. WITH INCLUDING SO MANY SMALL BUSINESSPEOPLE. -- SMALL BUSINESS PEOPLE. THEY MADE THE PUBLIC MORE AWARE AND CONCERNED ABOUT MEDICAID THAT HAS EXPANDED AND MADE SUCH A DIFFERENCE IN KENTUCKY, IN OREGON, IN STATES ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY PROVIDING CARE FOR PEOPLE OTHERWISE WHO HAD NOT HAD IT. THEY MANAGED TO ACCELERATE THE MOVE TOWARDS SINGLE PAYER BY MORE THAN A DECADE. MEDICARE FOR ALL, MEDICAID FOR MORE. I DON'T KNOW THE EXACT FORM, BUT WE'LL MOVE IN THAT DIRECTION AND THE REPUBLICANS HAVE HELPED RAISE THE AWARENESS AND ACCELERATE THAT PROGRESS. BUT I HOPE THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO TAKE A STEP BACK. TAKE A STEP BACK. IN THE MEANTIME, I SUSPECT THAT THE AMERICAN -- THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT THE CORE REFORMS AND STRUCTURE ARE GOING TO, IN FACT, STAY IN PLACE. BECAUSE THERE AREN'T THE VOTES IN THE SENATE TO DO ANYTHING MORE. FRANKLY, IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE THERE ARE VOTES TO DO THAT IN THE HOUSE. SO-CALLED SKINNY BILL NOTWITHSTANDING. BUT I HOPE THAT WE CAN PIVOT TOWARDS MODEST, BIPARTISAN ACTIONS THAT ARE CONSISTENT WITH THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT BUT DON'T DEPEND ON IT. WE HAVE A NUMBER OF BIPARTISAN INITIATIVES THAT ARE TEED UP AND READY TO GO. I HAVE WORKED FOR YEARS WITH CONGRESSWOMAN BLACK BIPARTISAN FROM TENNESSEE ON VALUE BASED INSURANCE DESIGN. BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT WOULD REWARD VALUE OVER VOLUME. AND MAKE INSURANCE MUCH MORE EFFECTIVE IN PAYING FOR WHAT WE NEED. I HAVE AN INITIATIVE WITH CONGRESSMAN JASON SMITH AND WITH SENATOR TODD YOUNG DEALING WITH KIDNEY HEALTH. TO BE ABLE TO LEVERAGE THAT WEEKLY -- THOSE WEEKLY SESSIONS FOR DIALYSIS FOR SOME OF OUR MOST VULNERABLE AMERICANS IN TERMS OF THEIR HEALTH. AND IT COSTS 1% OF THE ENTIRE FEDERAL BUDGET TO BE ABLE TO USE THAT TIME AND ATTENTION TO DELIVER WRAP AROUND SERVICES. MORE CARE AND LESS STRAIN ON PEOPLE WITH MULTIPLE HEALTH NEEDS. WE OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO ACT ON EMPOWERING OUR CITIZENS AND THEIR FAMILIES TO KNOW WHAT THEY ARE FACING AT END OF LIFE. I HAVE BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION WITH MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN ROE FROM TENNESSEE, ALONG THAT LINE. CONGRESS OUGHT TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP TO DEAL MEANINGFULLY WITH PRESCRIPTION DRUG COSTS. THERE'S SUPPORT ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. WE CAN SAVE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR AMERICANS AND THE TAXPAYERS AND WE CAN PROVIDE BETTER CARE. MENTAL HEALTH INITIATIVES WITH OUR FRIEND TIM MURPHY, BIPARTISAN PROGRESS WAS MADE IN THE LAST CONGRESS. THERE'S MUCH MORE THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. IN FACT, WE CAN WORK TOGETHER TO OVERCOME THE OPPOSITION OF CHAIRMAN SESSIONS AND THE RULES COMMITTEE DENYING THE HOUSE THE RIGHT TO VOTE ON EXTENDING TO OUR VETERANS ACCESS TO CONSULTATION ABOUT MEDICAL MARIJUANA. NO ONE CAN LISTEN TO THE HEARTBREAKING STORIES OF VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES ABOUT WHAT THAT HAS DONE TO SUFFERERS OF PTSD, CHRONIC PAIN, TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY. IT'S LEGAL IN 29 STATES. BUT THE RULES COMMITTEE DENIED THE RIGHT OF THE HOUSE TO VOTE ON EXTENDING THAT SERVICE TO OUR VETERANS AND THEIR DOCTORS. DESPITE THE HORRIBLE RECORD THAT THE V.A. THAT HAS IN PREVENTING VETERAN SUICIDE, AND THE OPIOID ADDICTION RATE IS TWICE THE GENERAL POPULATION. THESE ARE THINGS WE CAN DO TOMORROW, NOT DEALING WITH DENYING MILLIONS OF PEOPLE CARE THROUGH THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND THE VARIOUS PERMUTATIONS THAT ARE SPINNING AROUND NOW. DO OUR JOB, WORK TOGETHER, FOLLOW REGULAR ORDER, DEAL WITH BIPARTISAN ARE SPINNING AROUND INITIATIVES THAT WILL BENEFIT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, SAVE THE TAXPAYER MONEY, AND IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF ALL INITIATIVES THAT WILL BENEFIT AMERICANS.

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      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. ROGERS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:39:46 AM

      MR. ROGERS

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE AMERICANS. TODAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO MY LONG TIME…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE AMERICANS. TODAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO MY LONG TIME ADVISOR AND EXPERT CASE WORKER, SARAH, UPON HER MUCH DESERVED RETIREMENT. AFTER DEDICATING MORE THAN 40 YEARS OF SERVICE BY MY SIDE. WHEN I REFLECT UPON SARAH'S CAREER, I STAND IN AWE OF HER LOYALTY, HER UNWAVERING PATIENCE, PERFECT HER PERSISTENT ADVOCACY AND UNDYING COMPASSION FOR THOSE IN NEED. AS CONGRESSMAN I HAVE THE DUTY AND THE PRIVILEGE OF ASSISTING THE PEOPLE OF ADVOCACY AND EASTERN KENTUCKY AS THEY GRAPPLE WITH FEDERAL AGENCIES. AT THE HEART OF THOSE COICES HAS STOOD SARAH, PROVIDING SOUTHERN AND EXPERT ADVICE AND STAUNCH SUPPORT FOR INDIVIDUALS IN OUR REGION WHO NEED HELP WITH SOCIAL SECURITY, DISABILITY, AND RETIREMENT CLAIMS. AMONG MANY OTHER ISSUES. IN FACT, OVER REGION WHO NEED HELP WITH SOCIAL SECURITY, THE LAST 36 YEARS SARAH HAS WORKED ON APPROXIMATELY 150,000 CASES. REPRESENTING AN UNMATCHED RECORD OF ASSISTANCE FOR MORE THAN 4,000 INDIVIDUALS EACH YEAR. SIR A HAS GAINED SO MUCH NOTORIETY IN HER FIELD THE LAST 36 THAT STAFF FROM OTHER CONGRESSIONAL OFFICES AND OFFICIALS EVEN FROM THE ADMINISTRATION CONTACT HER FOR GUIDANCE IN CASEWORK. IN THIS LINE OF WORK THERE ARE VERY FEW, IF ANY MEDALS OR CERTIFICATES OF HONOR. TO HONOR THOSE WORTHY OF RECOGNITION TWIKE SARAH. NONETHELESS, HER DRIVE AND CONSISTENCY HAS NEVER FAILED. DAY IN AND DAY OUT SARAH HAS ANSWERED COUNTLESS PHONE CALLS, SET UP PERSONAL MEETINGS, LISTENED TO SOME OF THE MOST HEARTBREAKING STORIES FROM FAMILIES WHO WERE DENIED BENEFITS ON MULTIPLE OCCASIONS. HER DRIVE AND CONSISTENCY HAS NEVER FAILED. THOSE IN DESPERATE NEED OF RECOUPING BENEFITS. OTHERS WHO LOST HOPE IN A MOUNTAIN OF FEDERAL PAPERWORK. SARAH'S REWARD HAS BEEN THE SIMPLE WORDS OF APPRECIATION FROM THE THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS OF INDIVIDUALS THAT SHE'S HELPED OVER THE YEARS. IN MY EYES SHE DESERVES SO MUCH MORE. WHILE I WISH SARAH THE BEST IN HER YEARS OF RETIREMENT, THE ABSENCE OF HER DAILY PRESENCE IN THE OFFICE WILL BE INSURMOUNTABLE. WHEN I WAS ELECTED COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY FOR PULASKI AND ROCK CASTLE COUNTIES IN 1969, SARAH WAS THERE. WHEN I WAS THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR IN 1979, SARAH WAS THERE. WHEN I WAS ELECTED TO CONGRESS IN 1980, SARAH WAS THERE. IN FACT, SHE'S BEEN WITH ME EVERY DAY SINCE, EVEN VOLUNTEERING HER PERSONAL TIME FOR CAMPAIGN WORK ALONG THE WAY. ENSURING WE BOTH COULD CONTINUE SERVING THE PUBLIC FOR ANOTHER TWO YEARS. DURING HER TENURE SARAH WELCOMED U.S. PRESIDENTS AND VICE PRESIDENTS TO OUR REGION ON, BEFRIENDED EIGHT KENTUCKY GOVERNORS AND THEIR STAFFS, AND ASSISTED HUNDREDS OF LOCAL LEADERS ACROSS SOUTHERN AND EASTERN KENTUCKY AS THEY NAVIGATED THROUGH FEDERAL ISSUES. HOWEVER, IT'S THE PEOPLE LIVING IN THE HILLS AND HOLLERS OF KENTUCKY'S FIFTH CONAL OF KENTUCKY'S FIFTH CONAL -- CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT THAT HAVE DRIVEN HER PUBLIC SERVICE W EVERY CALL AND PERSONAL VISIT, SARAH OFFERED AN ENCOURAGING WORD OF HOPE TO OUR CONSTITUENTS. VERY FEW PEOPLE CAN FIND THE SILVER LINING IN EVERY CLOUD, LIKE SARAH DOES. OR BRING A SMILE AND LAUGH TO A BROKEN HEART. HER COMICAL CANNEDER AND -- CANDOR AND STORYTELLING HAVE BEEN A BRIGHT SPOT IN EVERYONE'S DAY. I AM FOREVER GRATEFUL TO HAVE SUCH A GREAT FRIEND AND LOYAL ADVISOR OVER THESE LAST FOUR DECADES. SARAH'S LIFE'S WORK HAS GIVEN COUNTLESS FAMILIES HOPE IN THEIR DARKEST HOUR AND COMFORTED THEM THROUGH LENGTHY AND COMPLEX FEDERAL ISSUES. SIMPLY PUT, SARAH IS IRREPLACEABLE. BOTH HER INSTITUTIONAL KNOWLEDGE OF FEDERAL CASEWORK AND HER KIND ENDURING SPIRIT. MR. SPEAKER, IF EVERY CONGRESSIONAL OFFICE AND FEDERAL AGENCY HAD A SARAH, OUR NATION WOULD OPERATE MUCH BETTER. SHE'S BEEN THE JEWEL OF MY CONGRESSIONAL OPERATIONS AND THE TRUEST FRIEND TO THE PEOPLE OF SOUTHERN AND EASTERN KENTUCKY. MY WIFE AND I WISH SARAH AND HER HUSBAND MANY JOYFUL AND RESTFUL YEARS OF RETIREMENT WITH HER CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. I YIELD BACK.

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      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. KENNEDY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:44:58 AM

      MR. KENNEDY

      MR. SPEAKER, WHEN OUR BRAVEST MEN AND WOMEN RAISE THEIR HAND AND VOLUNTEER…

      MR. SPEAKER, WHEN OUR BRAVEST MEN AND WOMEN RAISE THEIR HAND AND VOLUNTEER TO DEFEND OUR NATION, THEY DEFEND ALL OF HER PEOPLE. . RICH AND POOR, YOUNG AND OLD, DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN, GAY AND STRAIGHT. AMERICANS OF ALL RACES, RELIGIONS, ETHNICITIES, GENDER IDENTITIES. OUR SOLDIERS DO NOT DISCRIMINATE. THEY DON'T OFFER TO PAY THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR SOME AMERICANS AND NOT FOR OTHERS. THEIR GOVERNMENT OWES THEM THAT SAME COURTESY, THAT SAME DECENCY IN RETURN. INSTEAD, THIS MORNING OUR PRESIDENT HAS TOLD THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN SOLDIERS THAT THEY WILL FIGHT FOR US BUT WE WILL NOT FIGHT FOR THEM, THAT THEIR DEEPLY PERSONAL MEDICAL DECISIONS ARE SOMEHOW THE PUBLIC'S BUSINESS, THAT ALTHOUGH THEY ARE WILLING TO SACRIFICE THEIR LIFE TO PROTECT OUR FREEDOM, WE WILL NOT OFFER THEM THE MOST BASIC FREEDOM IN RETURN. TODAY, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES LOOKED AMERICAN SOLDIERS IN THE EYE AND DARED TO QUESTION THEIR PATRIOTISM, THEIR COURAGE. HE DOUBTED THEIR COMMITMENT TO THE BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN UNIFORM. HE SAID THAT OUR MILITARY COULDN'T OR WOULDN'T STAND FOR ALL OF US. TO THE THOUSANDS OF BRAVE TRANSGENDER MEN AND WOMEN SERVING TODAY IN UNIFORM, PLEASE KNOW THAT A GRATEFUL NATION DOES NOT TAKE YOUR SERVICE, YOUR PATRIOTISM FOR GRANTED. YOU DESERVE BETTER FROM YOUR PRESIDENT, YOU DESERVE BETTER FROM YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOU DESERVE BETTER FROM YOUR COUNTRY. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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    • 10:47:17 AM

      MR. POE

      MR. SPEAKER, DURING THE LONG DARK LAMENTABLE DAYS OF WORLD WAR II,…

      MR. SPEAKER, DURING THE LONG DARK LAMENTABLE DAYS OF WORLD WAR II, SERBIANS AND AMERICANS FORGED A BOND IN A SECRET MISSION THAT REMAINED CLASSIFIED FOR ALMOST 60 YEARS. WHAT WAS KNOWN AS OPERATION HALYARD, IT BECAME THE LARGEST RESCUE MISSION OF AMERICAN AIRMEN IN HISTORY. IT WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE COURAGE OF THE SERBIAN PEOPLE. IN 1944, AS THE ALLIES ADVANCED INTO FORTRESS EUROPE, AMERICAN BOMBERS BASED IN SOUTHERN ITALY BEGAN TO STRIKE GERMANY'S VITAL OIL SUPPLIES IN ROMANIA. THE 15TH AIR FORCE LAUNCHED NEARLY 20,000 SORDIS INTO EASTERN EUROPE. TO DO THIS THEY HAD TO FLY OVER NAZI-OCCUPIED YUGOSLAVIA. AS MANY AS 1,500 PILOTS AND AIRMEN WERE SHOT DOWN DURING THE DANGEROUS FLIGHTS. SERBIANS WHO HAD BEEN RESISTING GERMAN FORCES SINCE 1941 RISKED THEIR OWN LIVES TO RESCUE AMERICAN AIRCREWS, HIDE THEM FROM PATROLING NAZIS. ONE OF THEM WAS GEORGE, THE FATHER OF ELAINE, MY CHIEF OF STAFF, WHEN I WAS A JUDGE IN TEXAS. FOR MONTHS, GEORGE AND THE OTHER SERBIANS AIDED DOWN AMERICANS, CARRYING AND PROTECTING THE PILOTS AND THEN SMUGGLING THE AIRCREWS BACK TO ALLIED LINES. BY AUGUST, 1944, HUNDREDS OF OTHER DOWNED AIRCREWS WERE BEING SHELTERED BY THE SERBIAN GUERILLAS, THE O.S.S., THE PREDECESSOR TO THE C.I.A., DEVISED A PLAN IN A DARING MISSION COORDINATED WITH THE SERBIAN RESISTANCE. ON AUGUST 10, UNARMED AMERICAN C-47'S FLEW DEEP INTO ENEMY TERRITORY AND LANDED AT AN IMPROVISED AIR FIELD BUILT AND PROTECTED BY SERBIANS. BY THE 18TH, MORE THAN 500 ALLIED AIRMEN HAD BEEN SECRETLY RESCUED AND FLOWN BACK TO ITALY. HERE ON THE POSTER YOU SEE THE SERBIAN RESISTANCE ALONG WITH THE AIRMEN THAT HAD BEEN DOWNED RUNNING FROM THE HIDING NAZIS THAT HAD BEEN PATROLING THE AREA. FOR OVER 60 YEARS, THIS BOLD, UNBELIEVABLE OPERATION WAS KEPT CLASSIFIED. OUR RELATIONSHIP GOES BACK FURTHER TO THE FIRST WORLD WAR. 100 YEARS AGO, SERBIA STOOD UP FROM THE AGGRESSION OF LARGER AUSTRIAN EMPIRE. WE SHOULD ADMIRE SUCH DEFIANCE OVER ODDS. SERBIA'S STANCE AGAINSTTY RANNE WOULD LEAD THE U.S. TO TAKE UP THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM IN WORLD WAR I. THAT COMMON DEVOTION TO LIBERTY AND THE SPIRIT OF THE HALYARD LIVES TODAY WITH THE CLOSE TIES BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND SERBIA. AS WAS THE CASE IN BOTH WARS, SERBIA AND THE UNITED STATES STILL FACE SHARED THREATS. WE WORK TOGETHER NOW TO PRESERVE EACH OTHER'S SECURITY. SERBIAN SOLDIERS SERVE ALONG -- WITH U.S. FORCES IN FIGHTING TERRORISM IN AFGHANISTAN, AND SERBIA IS A PARTNER IN KEEPING TERRORISM FROM SPREADING IN SERBIA AND IN EUROPE. HOWEVER, RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA EFFORTS IN THE COUNTRY ARE PARTICULARLY STRONG AND ANTI-WESTERN. WE MUST BE VIGILANT TO THWART THE KREMLIN'S EFFORTS TO POISON OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH SERBIA. FORTUNATELY, SERBIA'S INTEGRATION INTO THE WEST HAS CONTINUED TO MOVE IN SPITE OF RUSSIAN DISINFORMATION. IN 2006, SERBIA JOINED NATO'S PARTNERSHIP FOR PEACE, AND IN 2015 SIGNED AN INDIVIDUAL PARTNERSHIP ACTION PLAN WITH THE ALLIANCE TO STRENGTHEN COOPERATION. SERBIA HAS NO STRONGER A SUPPORTER FOR INCREASED INTEGRATION WITH THE EURO-ATLANTIC COMMUNITY THAN WITH THE UNITED STATES. FOR MORE THAN 100 YEARS WE HAVE BEEN FRIENDS OF THE SERBIAN PEOPLE, AND AS CO-CHAIR OF THE SERBIAN CAUCUS ALONG WITH EMANUEL CLEAVER FROM MISSOURI, I WANT TO WELCOME THE SERBIAN AMBASSADOR AND HIS STAFF TO THE HOUSE CHAMBER TODAY. WITH OUR SHARED EVENTS IN THE HALYARD OPERATION AND OUR COMBINED HISTORY AND OUR FIGHT FOR FREEDOM, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE FOREVER GRATEFUL FOR THOSE SERBS WHO CAME TO AMERICA'S RESCUE DURING THOSE BLEAK DAYS OF WORLD WAR II. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I'LL YIELD BACK.

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      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. COHEN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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      MR. COHEN

      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1927, WHICH IS ON…

      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1927, WHICH IS ON THE FLOOR THIS AFTERNOON. THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS NETWORK ACT. THIS IS TO HONOR THE SAD YET HEROIC STRUGGLE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS IN AMERICA. A STRUGGLE FOR THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. A STRUGGLE FOR PEOPLE WHO WERE IN FACT SOLDIERS, SOLDIERS IN A WAR FOR JUSTICE AND DEMOCRACY. WE APPROPRIATELY AND REGULARLY HONOR THE SOLDIERS WHO WORE UNIFORMS AND WENT TO EUROPE AND ASIA TO DEFEND OUR COUNTRY, AND WE APPROPRIATELY AND PROPERLY GIVE THEM BENEFITS THAT THEY DESERVE FOR WHAT THEY DID TO PROTECT DEMOCRACY AND JUSTICE. BUT WHAT WE FORGET IS THOSE CITIZENS IN AMERICA WHO HAD TO FIGHT THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT AND THEIR OWN COUNTRY FOR THOSE SAME RIGHTS, JUSTICE AND DEMOCRACY. ENSLAVED FOR OVER 250 YEARS AND THEN TREATED IN ANOTHER WORLD OF SEGREGATION FOR 100 YEARS AND THEN SLOWLY CREEPING IN AFTER BOARD -- BROWN VS. BOARD OF EDUCATION IN 1954 AND THE VOTING RIGHTS ACTS AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT IN THE 1960'S AND TODAY, THOSE DESERVE TO BE RECOGNIZE AS SOLDIERS FOR DEMOCRACY. AND THIS BILL WILL DO THAT. THEY USE PROTEST TO GAIN PUBLIC ATTENTION AND EVENTUALLY TO SPUR JUDICIAL AND LEGISLATIVE ACTION. IT GOES ALL THE WAY BACK TO W.B. DUBOIS AND OTHERS WHO FOUGHT WHEN THEY WEREN'T SO POPULAR AND ON TELEVISION. H.R. 1927 WOULD ESTABLISH THE CIVIL RIGHTS NETWORK TO COMMEMORATE AND HONOR THE HISTORY OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT, AND I WOULD ENCOURAGE THE PROPOSED SITES INCLUDE THE MEMPHIS HERITAGE TRAIL WHICH HAS APPLIED FOR FUNDING PART OF THAT HISTORICAL EFFORT. IT WAS IN MEMPHIS, UNFORTUNATELY IN APRIL, 1968, WHERE DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING WAS SLAINED. DR. KING GAVE HIS LAST SPEECH IN MEMPHIS THE NIGHT BEFORE, THE MASON TEMPLE. THE "I HAVE BEEN TO THE MOUNTAIN TOP" SPEECH. AND IT WAS IN MEMPHIS WHERE HE STARTED HIS LAST MARCH ABOUT A WEEK EARLIER MARCHING FROM HISTORIC CLAY BURN TEMPLE WITH THE AMERICAN FEDERATION GARBAGE WORKERS NOT RECOGNIZED AS A UNION AND NOT RECOGNIZED AS MEN. I AM A MAN. AND DR. KING CAME TO MEMPHIS AS PART OF HIS FIGHT FOR JUSTICE AND FREEDOM. THE CLAY BURN TEMPLE HAS RISEN FROM THE ASHES -- CLAYBURN TEMPLE HAS RISEN FROM THE ASHES AS A PLACE FOR EVENTS, WORSHIP, CONCERTS AND PROTEST. AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM HAS RISEN AT THE LORRAINE MOTEL WHERE DR. KING WAS SLAIN, THE NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM WHICH IS OUTSTANDING AND NEXT YEAR WE'LL COMMEMORATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ASSASSINATION. OUR OWN JOHN LEWIS WILL BE THERE. H.R. 1927 WOULD HELP TO MEMORIALIZE THESE EVENTS AND THESE PLACES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES AND OTHERS, FROM NORTH CAROLINA WHERE THE SIT-IN STARTED, NASHVILLE, THE VOTING RIGHTS MARCH IN SELMA, THE ATROCITIES IN BIRMINGHAM AND ROSA PARKS AND THE BOYCOTT IN MONTGOMERY. ROSA PARKS, VIOLA, IDA B. WELLS, JOSEPH LOWRY, ROY WILKINS AND OTHERS WILL BE RECOGNIZED. I LOOK FORWARD TO VOTING FOR H.R. 1927 AND SAYING MORE APPROPRIATELY REPRESENTS AND REMEMBERS HEROES, FIGHTERS FOR JUSTICE, DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM, NOT RECOGNIZED AS SUCH BUT IN FACT SUCH. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI, MS. WAG -- MRS. WAGNER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:56:27 AM

      MS. WASER IN

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IT --

    • 10:56:32 AM

      MRS. WAGNER

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RUSSIA, NORTH KOREA AND…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RUSSIA, NORTH KOREA AND IRON SANCTIONS ACT. THEY THREATEN THE FREEDOMS WE ENJOY IN THE UNITED STATES. YESTERDAY, CONGRESS ACTED SWIFTLY, VOTING 419-3, TO DEFEND THE INTERESTS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I COMMEND THE LEADERSHIP OF THE HOUSE, FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN ROYCE AND MAJORITY LEADER MCCARTHY FOR MOVING FORWARD STRONG, MEANINGFUL LEGISLATION TARGETING THE REGIMES, TEARING OUT -- CARRYING OUT BRUTAL HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AGAINST VULNERABLE PEOPLE ACROSS THE GLOBE AND THREATENING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TIME AND AGAIN FAILED TO HOLD THESE REGIMES ACCOUNTABLE, AND OUTCOMES OF THAT INACTION HAVE HAD LASTING RAMIFICATIONS ON GLOBAL STABILITY AND SECURITY. U.S. OFFICIALS ARE WARNING THAT NORTH KOREA WILL SOON BE ABLE TO LAUNCH -- EXCUSE ME -- A NUCLEAR-CAPABLE INTERCONTINENTAL BALLISTIC MISSILE AND TO BE CLEAR, NORTH KOREA WILL SOON HAVE THE CAPACITY TO KILL AMERICAN CITIZENS ON AMERICAN SOIL. THESE ARE ALARMING DEVELOPMENTS, AND THE UNITED STATES MUST ACT AGGRESSIVELY TO STRENGTHEN OUR OWN MISSILE DEFENSE AND IMMEDIATELY RESTRICT NORTH KOREA'S ACCESS TO CASH. MURDEROUS, TYRANNICAL REGIMES HAVE NO PLACE IN THE WORLD, AND I'M CONFIDENT THAT THESE BILLS WILL HOLD CORRUPT DICTATORS ACCOUNTABLE AND ADVANCE JUSTICE FOR SOME OF THE WORLD'S MOST REPRESSED POPULATIONS. I THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:58:23 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 10:58:33 AM

      MR. EMMER

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN CELEBRATION OF THE ELK RIVER…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN CELEBRATION OF THE ELK RIVER MUNICIPAL UTILITIES COMMISSION'S RECENT 70TH ANNIVERSARY. THE ELK RIVER MUNICIPAL UTILITIES COMMISSION WAS CREATED OR ESTABLISHED IN 1915 WHEN A PRIVATE CITIZEN STARTED ELK RIVER POWER AND LIGHT. THE BUSINESS WAS EVENTUALLY PURCHASED BY THE VILLAGE OF ELK RIVER AND OPERATED BY THE CITY COUNCIL. THE COUNCIL CREATE -- THROUGHOUT THE YEARS, THIS ORGANIZATION HAS NOT ONLY SEEN THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES EXPAND BUT THEIR JURISDICTION EXPAND AS WELL. IN FACT, TODAY THE COMMISSION COVERS DAYTON, BIG LAKE IN ADDITION TO THE ELK RIVER AREA, PROVIDING SERVICES TO MORE THAN 11,000 MINNESOTA CUSTOMERS. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE THAT MAKES THE ELK RIVER UTILITIES WORK AND CONGRATULATIONS ON 70 YEARS OF GREAT SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITIES. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE 160TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ANOKA FIRE DEPARTMENT. THIS FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN DEDICATED TO PROTECTING LIVES AND PROPERTIES IN OUR COMMUNITIES. TO GIVE A LITTLE PERSPECTIVE ON THE HISTORY OF THE ORGANIZATION, THE FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN SERVING THE GREAT STATE OF MINNESOTA SINCE IT WAS STILL A TERRITORY AND BEFORE THE CIVIL WAR. DUE TO THEIR HARD WORK AND OFTEN LIFESAVING EFFORTS, THEY HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO GROW INTO THRIVING COMMUNITIES. I WANT TO THANK THE CITIES OF ANOKA AND CHAMPLAIN. THANK YOU TO YOU AND THEIR CITIZENS. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ANNIVERSARY AND UPCOMING CELEBRATION. IT IS WELL DESERVED. . STEVE BEGAN TO SUFFER A CARDIAN EVENT WHIPE GOLFING. INSTEAD OF PANICKING TWO DOCTORS PERFORMED LIFESAVING EFFORTS. AND THEIR EFFORTS WERE SUCCESSFUL IN SAVING STEVE'S LIFE. AS A RESULT OF THEIR ACTIONS, DR. CRESSE AND DR. SCHWGLER WERE RECENTLY PRESENTED WITH AWARDS AT THE STEARNS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MEETING. THANK YOU, TOM, AND THE AL MANNY FIRE DEPARTMENT FOR YOUR HEROIC ACTIONS. WE APPRECIATE YOUR SERVICE. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE A STUDENT IN MY DISTRICT FOR AN INCREDIBLE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT. TIE TYLER WILSON RECEIVED A PERFECT SCORE ON HIS A.C.T. THIS YEAR MAKING HIM NO DOUBT A VALUABLE CANDIDATE FOR MOST COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. TO GIVE AN IDEA ON HOW EXTRAORDINARY THIS ACHIEVEMENT IS, ONLY.1% OF ALL INDIVIDUALS WHO TAKE THE A.C.T. RECEIVE A PERFECT SCORE. TYLER IS GOING INTO HIS SENIOR YEAR AT ANDOVER HIGH SCHOOL. HE HOPES TO ATTEND EITHER DRAKE UNIVERSITY OR THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA IN THE TWIN CITIES WITH A GOAL OF PURSUING A CAREER AS A FARM SIFMENTS WE WESH HIM THE BEST OF LUCK ON HIS SENIOR YEAR IN HIGH SCHOOL AND EXCITED TO SEE WHAT THIS SCHOLAR WILL ACCOMPLISH IN THE FUTURE. CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN, TYLER, WE'RE ALL SO PROUD OF YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 11:02:14 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. THOMPSON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 11:02:27 AM

      MR. THOMPSON

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

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATION THE NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR -- ON INDEPENDENT LIVING FOR CELEBRATING ITS 35TH ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR. THEIR PERSISTENT ADVOCACY HAS HAD A TREMENDOUS IMPACT ON THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY AND NOT GONE UNNOTICED. AS YOU MAY KNOW BEFORE I WAS ELECTED TO SERVE IN CONGRESS I WORKED FOR MANY YEARS AS A THERAPIST, REHAB SERVICES MANAGER, WORKED IN THE COMMUNITY WITH INDIVIDUALS LIVING WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES. AS A LICENSED UNNOTICED. AS YOU MAY KNOW BEFORE I WAS ELECTED TO SERVE NURSING HOME ADMINISTRATOR. WORKING WITH INDIVIDUALS FACING LIFE CHANGING DISEASE AND DISABILITY HAS BEEN ONE OF THE GREATEST JOYS OF MY LIFE AFTER MY WIFE AND CHILDREN AND TWO GRANDSONS. THERE IS NOTHING EXTRAORDINARY. -- THERE IS SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY ABOUT SUPPORTING AN INDIVIDUAL AS THEY SET OUT ON CHALLENGING JOURNEYS TOWARDS REHABILITATION AND AUTONOMY. MY PASSION FOR IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF CARE FOR MY PATIENTS AND HELPING THEM ACHIEVE INDEPENDENCE IS WHAT BROUGHT ME HERE TO CONGRESS. LAST YEAR I WAS PROUD TO TURN MY EXPERIENCE INTO ADVOCACY BY GUIDING THE SPECIAL NEEDS TRUST FAIRNESS ACT THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS. THIS COMMONSENSE BILL EMPOWER THOSE LIVING WITH DISABILITIES TO SET UP THEIR OWN SPECIAL NEEDS TRUST, AN ACTION BARRED BY PREVIOUS LAW. AFTER RECEIVING OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE, LANGUAGE THOSE LIVING WITH DISABILITIES TO SET UP THEIR OWN SPECIAL NEEDS FROM THE BILL WAS INCLUDED FROM THE BILL WAS INCLUDED IN THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT WHICH WAS SIGNED INTO LAW ON DECEMBER 13, 2016. MR. SPEAKER, SAFEGUARDING THE RIGHTS OF AMERICANS LIVING WITH DISABILITIES IS A CAUSE I'M HONORED TO FIGHT FOR AND I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING MY EFFORTS. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE A MEMBER OF THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY WHO WE RECENTLY LOST. TODAY I HONOR THE LIFE AND MEMORY OF DR. HOWARD KIRK LAPD WHO PASSED AWAY LAST WEEK AFTER YEARS OF SELFLESS SERVICE TO HIS COMMUNITY AND EMPLOYEES THROUGH HIS PACK TERRORIST -- PRACTICE. IF HE WAS WELL-KNOWN FOR HIS KINDNESS, HIS AGAIN ROSSITY THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY. THOSE CLOSEST TO HOME WILL BE -- CLOSEST TO HIM WILL BE DEEPLY IMPACTED BY THE LOSS OF A MAN WHO WAS LOVED FOR HIS MENTORSHIPS, SELFLESSNESS, INCREDIBLE WORK ETHIC. HE FOUNDED THE KIRKLAND CANCER FOUNDATION WITH HIS PERSONAL RESOURCES. TO FINANCIALLY ASSIST CANCER PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES, AS WELL AS PROVIDING SCHOLARSHIP MONEY TO STUDENTS AFFECTED BY THE DISEASE. HE WAS BORN IN SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, AND RAISED IN PAKIP I ASK -- PEW KIP I ASK, NEW YORK, DURING HIS RESIDENCECY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA HE LEFT SCHOOL TO JOIN THE ARMY. ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF PENNSYLVANIA I RECOGNIZE AND HONOR DR. KIRKLAND FOR HIS INCREDIBLE LIFE OF SERVICE TO THOSE AROUND HIM. HE'LL BE GREATLY MISSED. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 11:05:28 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. FITZPATRICK, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 11:05:36 AM

      MR. FITZPATRICK

      MR. SPEAKER, AS A F.B.I. AGENT MY JOB WAS TO KEEP AMERICA SAFE FROM ALL…

      MR. SPEAKER, AS A F.B.I. AGENT MY JOB WAS TO KEEP AMERICA SAFE FROM ALL ENEMY, BOTH FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC. ON THE NATIONAL SECURITY FRONT, THOSE COMPONENTS INCLUDE A SOUND TERRORISM STREANL, A SOUND COUNTERINTELLIGENCE STRATEGY, A SOUND CYBERSECURITY STRATEGY, A SOUND FOREIGN POLCY, AND A SOUND BORDER SECURITY STRATEGY. BEFORE US TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, IS THE ISSUE OF BORDER SECURITY. AN ISSUE THAT, QUITE FRANKLY, HAS BEEN LARGELY IGNORED OVER THE PAST SEVERAL DECADES BY BOTH PARTIES. AND AS A BORDER SECURITY. RESULT, OUR NATIONAL SECURITY REMAINS COMPROMISED AT A POINT IN TIME WHERE WE LIVE IN A MORE DANGEROUS WORLD NOW THAN WE EVER HAVE. WHEN YOU COMBINE THE FACT THAT OUR ENEMIES ARE NOW BOTH MORE SOPHISTICATED AND BERT FUNDED, COUPLED WITH OUR BORDER SECURITY -- BETTER FUNDED, AND COUPLED WITH OUR BORDER SECURITY APPARATUS, THIS IS AN EMBARRASSMENT FOR OUR NATION. THE TIME IS NOW TO PROTECT OUR BORDER, ALL ITS COMPONENTS IN ALL THE REGIONS. AS A MEFMENT HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE I SPENT TIME ON THE BOARDER WITH OUR BRAVE WOMEN AND MEN ON THE FRONTLINES WORKING AS C.B.P. OFFICERS AND BORDER PATROL AGENTS. I SPENT TIME BOTH ON THE OCEAN AND IN THE SKY WITH THE BRAVE WOMEN AND MEN IN OUR COAST GUARD. MR. SPEAKER, THEY ARE PLEAING FOR OUR HELP AND SHAME ON US IF WE DO NOT DELIVER FOR THEM. THEIR REQUESTS ARE SIMPLE. INCREASE THEIR MANPOWER TO PROVIDE THEM WITH A SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF AGENTS TO INTERDICT NOT JUST DRUGS AND GUNS FROM CARTELS BUT ALSO CRIMINALS AND TERRORISTS WHO SEEK TO DO US HARM. INVEST IN THE TECHNOLOGY THAT THEY NEED TO DO THEIR JOB, TO INCLUDE DROUGHNS AND AERIAL SURVEILLANCE. INFRARED TECHNOLOGY, HEAT SENSORS, MOTION DETECTORS BOTH ABOVE AND BELOW THE GROUND, AND AN ARRAY OF 21ST CENTURY HIGH-TECH OPTIONS THAT SERVE AS FORCE MULTIPLY ON THE BORDER. THEY NEED PHYSICAL BARRIERS ON VARIOUS FORMS ALONG VARIOUS STRETCHES OF THE BORDER IN ORDER TO SLOW DOWN THE CARTELS AND ALLOW FOR SUFFICIENT RESPONSE TIME 21ST CENTURY FOR THE AGENTS TO INTERDICT. MOREOVER, WE MUST INVEST IN A HEAVILY -- INVEST IN A ROBUST HUMAN INTELLIGENCE PROGRAM, GIVING OUR AGENTS THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO RECRUIT HUMAN SOURCES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BORDER. TO PROVIDE OUR AGENTS WITH ADVANCE NOTICE OF BOTH THE SOURCES AND THE METHODS OF CRIMINAL CONSPIRACIES THAT ARE FORMING ALONG THE BORDER. IN ADDITION, WE MUST BOLSTER THE OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL TO CRACK DOWN ONBOARDER CORRUPTION. THROUGH THE USE OF DRUG TESTING, FINANCIAL SCREENING, AND POLYGRAPH EXAMINATIONS. MR. SPEAKER, THE CONCEPT OF BORDER SECURITY IS A MULTI-PRONG CHALLENGE THAT REQUIRES ACTION ON ALL FRONTS. NOT JUST ONE OR TWO. AND I URGE MY FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDE OF THE AISLE, PLEASE DO NOT POLITICIZE THIS ISSUE. SECURING OPERATIONAL CONTROL OF OUR BORDER IS A NATIONAL SECURITY EMERGENCY. MY FORMER LAW ENFORCEMENT COLLEAGUES WHO ARE PUTTING THEIR LIFE ON THE LINE EVERY DAY WHILE PROTECTING OUR BORDERS ARE ASKING FOR OUR HELP. LET US NOT LET THEM DOWN.

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    • 11:08:56 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. NOW RECOGNIZES WHILE…

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. NOW RECOGNIZES WHILE PROTECTING THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. CURBELO, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 11:09:03 AM

      MR. CURBEO

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1164, THE TAYLOR FORCE AGENT.…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1164, THE TAYLOR FORCE AGENT. THIS LEGISLATION CONDITIONS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM THE UNITED STATES ON THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY'S TERMINATION OF SUPPORT FOR TERROR COMMITTED BY INDIVIDUALS UNDER ITS JURISDICTIONAL CONTROL. IN ORDER FOR THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY TO RECEIVE AID, IT WOULD ALSO BE REQUIRED TO CONDEMN ACTS OF TERROR AND CEASE PROVIDING PAYMENTS TO THOSE WHO HAVE COMMITTED SUCH ACTS. THE BILL IS NAMED AFTER TAYLOR FORCE, A FORMER U.S. ARMY OFFICER WHO WAS STABBED TO DEATH DURING A TERRORIST ATTACK IN TEL AVIV. THIS LEGISLATION IS A COMMONSENSE SOLUTION THAT WE MUST ADDRESS. THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY UPPED THE LEADERSHIP OF ABBAS HAS CONTINUED TO SUPPORT EFFORTS THAT UNDERMINE ATTEMPTS AT PEACE BETWEEN THE PALESTINIANS AND OUR GREAT ALLY, ISRAEL. THE BLATANT ENCOURAGEMENT OF TERRORIST ACTIVITY BY THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY MUST END. WHY SHOULD WE BE REWARDING THIS KIND OF BEHAVIOR? THE BALANCE BALANCE THORN -- PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY PERFECT PETS WAITS TERRORISM. DERDER PET PET WAITS TERRORISM. THOSE INCREASE THE LONGER THEY ARE IN JAIL THOSE ENCOURAGING THE TERRORISTS TO COMMIT MORE VIOLENT ACTS. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE, THE UNITED STATES MUST DO SOMETHING TO END THIS CONDUCT BECAUSE THE REALITY IS IT'S COSTING INNOCENT TERRORISM. THOSE LIVES. GOALS OF H.R. 1164, THE TAYLOR FORCE ACT, ARE A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN GOALS OF H.R. 1164, THE TAYLOR FORCE ACT, ARE A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN CALLING FOR ITS CONSIDERATION AND PASSAGE IN THE HOUSE. AMERICAN'S ABILITY TO PROVIDE FOOD. MY HOMETOWN IN FLORIDA IS PARTICULARLY HARD HIT. IN MY DISTRICT, THE FLORIDA KEYS CONTINUE TO FACE AN AFFORDABLE HOUSING CRISIS THAT HAS MADE IT DIFFICULT FOR THE WORKERS AND ENTREPRENEURS OF ITS EVER-GROWING ECONOMY. AFFORDABLE HOUSING CRISIS THAT'S WHY EARLIER THIS YEAR I ATTENDED THE OPENING OF THE FIRST EVER AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECT FOR LOW-INCOME SENIORS OUTSIDE OF KEY WEST. I HAVE ALSO BEEN WORKING TO ENSURE NAVAL AIR STATION KEY WEST, WHICH CURRENTLY HAS 166 UNITS ON BASE THAT HAVE SAT VACANT FOR SEVERAL YEARS, ARE PUT TO BETTER USE. WHILE THE PROCESS IS SLOW, I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE NAVY'S ASSISTANCE AS WE WORK TO EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITY OF OPENING THESE UNITS FOR MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN THE KEYS. MR. SPEAKER, FINDING SOLUTIONS TO MAKING HOUSING MORE AFFORDABLE FOR OUR CONSTITUENTS, ESPECIALLY THE MOST VULNERABLE, IS A PRIORITY OF MINE HERE IN CONGRESS. I AM PROUD TO STAND WITH MR. TIBERI OF OHIO AND OVER 70 BIPARTISAN MEVERTS -- MEMBERS TO SUPPORT HIS EFFORTS TO STRENGTHEN LOW-INCOME HOUSING TAX CREDITS. IT'S TIME FOR CONGRESS TO WORK TOWARDS RESPONSIBLE SOLUTIONS AND MAKE THE RENTAL AFFORDABILITY CRISIS A PRIORITY. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE PASSAGE OF SANCTIONS AGAINST THE IRANIAN, RUSSIAN, AND NORTH KOREAN REGIMES. THIS PACKAGE OF SANCTIONS SENDS A STRONG MESSAGE TO THESE REGIMES THAT THE UNITED STATES WILL NOT TOLERATE THEIR ROGUE ACTIONS. THESE SANCTIONS I RISE TODAY TO WILL HOLD ACCOUNTABLE THOSE INVOLVED IN THE IRANIAN REGIME'S BALLISTIC MISSILE PROGRAM. THOSE WHO ATTEMPT TO DESTABILIZE THE REGION AND THREATEN ISRAEL, AS WELL AS THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR IRAN'S ONGOING HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES. THE LEGISLATION ALSO SETS US ON A PATH TO DETER CONVENTIONAL IRANIAN ACTIVITIES IN THE REGION AND IMPOSES SANCTIONS ON ANY INDIVIDUAL THAT CONTRIBUTES TO IRAN'S BALLISTIC MISSILES OR TERRORISM. THE SANCTIONS AGAINST NORTH KOREA WERE RESPONSE TO ITS INCREASINGLY HOSTILE THREATS AGAINST THE UNITED STATES AND ALLIES IN ASIA. BY INCREASING THE PRESIDENT'S AUTHORITY TO IMPOSE SANCTIONS ON PERSONS IN VIOLATION OF U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS REGARDING NORTH KOREA WE ENSURE ACTIONS WILL BE TAKEN SWIFTLY WHEN NECESSARY. LAST BUT NOT LEAST WE HAVE STRENGTHENED SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA IN RESPONSE TO CYBERATTACKS AND INTERFERENCE IN UKRAINE. WE'RE INCREASING SANCTIONS ON HUMAN RIGHTS ABUERS. THOSE WHO APPLY WEAPONS TO ASSAD'S REGIME IN SYRIA AND THOSE CONDUCTING CYBERACTIVITY ON BEHALF OF THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT. GIVEN THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE AGGRESSION, WE'RE STRENGTHENING THE EXISTING SANCTIONS CONTAINED IN EXECUTIVE ORDERS ON RUSSIA AND MANDATING A CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW IF ANY SANCTIONS ARE RELAXED, BUNDED, OR TERMINATED. I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE THE PRESIDENT TO SIGN THIS BILL INTO LAW AND WILL CONTINUE TO IMPRESS UPON ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES THE NEED TO NOT TREAT RUSSIA LIGHTLY. THESE THREATS POSED TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY BY IRAN, RUSSIA, AND NORTH KOREA CANNOT BE UNDERSTATED. WITH THIS PASSAGE OF SANCTIONS PACKAGE, CONGRESS IS DOING ITS JOB TO ENSURE THEY WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 11:14:17 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN…

      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 11:14:28 AM

      MR. MCCLINTOCK

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO BEGIN BY SALUTING THE MORE THAN 5,000…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO BEGIN BY SALUTING THE MORE THAN 5,000 FIREFIGHTERS FROM 40 COOPERATING AGENCIES THAT ASSEMBLED UNDER THE COORDINATION OF CALFIRE TO BATTLE THE FIRE THAT THREATENED YOSEMITE VALLEY AND GATEWAY COMMUNITIES. I SPENT SATURDAY AT THE COMMAND CENTERS AND WHAT I SAW IS WHAT I HAVE SEEN TIME AND AGAIN AT SO MANY FIRES WE'RE HAVING THESE DAYS IN THE SIERRA. COOL, CALM, PROFESSIONALISM, SELFLESSNESS, AND DEVOTION TO DUTY. CAFMENTFIRE IS AN AGENCY THAT WORKS -- CALFIRE AN AGENCY THAT WORKS. I WANT TO PARTICULARLY SALUTE AND THANK NANCY, THE UNIT FIRE CHIEF FOR MERCED. SHE AND HER OPERATION LITERALLY SAVED SEVERAL TOWNS, CLUEING MAREA POSEA, FROM ANNIHILATION LAST WEEK. . THE FIRE BORE DOWN UPON THE CITY OF MARIPOSA. YOU CAN SEE HOW THE FIRE BURNED UP TO THE TOWN EAGES. I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MANY HOMES I SAW WHERE FIREFIGHTERS STOPPED LITERALLY WITHIN A FEW FEET OF THEIR FRONT DOORS. CAL FIRE BATTALION CHIEF TOLD ME THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SAVING AND LOSING SO MANY HOMES WAS DEFENSIBLE SPACE. CAL FIRE'S PRODUCED A SUPERB PHONE APP TO ASSIST HOMEOWNERS IN PREPARING THEIR HOMES SO THAT IF, GOD FORBID THE NEED ARISES, FIREFIGHTERS WILL BE ABLE TO DEFEND THEM. IT PROVIDES FIRE ALERTS AND ANYONE IN THE MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY SHOULD HAVE IT. IT'S FREE FOR DOWNLOADING AT YOUR PHONE'S APP STORE. I CANNOT SAY ENOUGH ABOUT THE FIREFIGHTERS WHO HAVE BEEN WORKING IN TRIPLE DIGIT HEAT IN 24-HOUR SHIFTS TO BATTLE THE FLAMES OR THE AIRCREWS THAT DROPPED A STAGGERING 500,000 GALLONS OF FIRE RETARDANT IN A SINGLE DAY AT THE HEIGHT OF THE CONFLIGRATION. FIRE RETARDANT SEPARATE THE BLACK AND GROUND ON ONE SIDE FROM THE LANDSCAPE THEY SAVED FROM THE OTHER. THEY NOT ONLY SAVED THESE COMMUNITIES AND HUNDREDS OF HOMES, THEY ALSO STOPPED THE FIRE WITHIN JUST A FEW MILES OF A FOREST THAT IS DYING BECAUSE OF FEDERAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESTRICTIONS ON FOREST MANAGEMENT. THE FIREFIGHTERS WARNED THAT IF THE FIRE HAD REACHED THESE VAST STANDS OF DEAD TREES, THE FIRE WOULD HAVE EXPLODED WITH ATOMIC FORCE. AND THAT'S THE FINE POINT OF THE MATTER. I SPOKE WITH MARIPOSA COUNTY SUPERVISOR MARSHALL LONG AND MANY FIREFIGHTERS AT THE MARIPOSA COMMAND CENTER, AND THE ONE THING THEY STRESSED TIME AND AGAIN IS THEY NEED RELIEF FROM THE REGULATIONS THAT ARE MAKING IT ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO CREATE FIRE BREAKS, THIN THE FORESTS OR REMOVE THE EXCESS FUELS. THESE POLICIES IMPOSED 45 YEARS AGO THROUGH LEGISLATION LIKE THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT AND THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT PROMISED TO IMPROVE THE FOREST ENVIRONMENT. AFTER 45 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE WITH THESE LAWS, I THINK WE'RE ENTITLED TO ASK, HOW IS THE FOREST ENVIRONMENT DOING, AND THE ANSWER IS DAMNING. THESE LAWS HAVE MADE IT VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO KEEP OUR FORESTS PROPERLY MANAGED AND THE RESULT HAS BEEN SEVERE TREE OVERCROWDING, THE SIERRA NEVADA NORMALLY SUPPORT BETWEEN 20 AND 100 TREES PER ACRE. THE AVERAGE TREE DENSITY IS NOW 266 TREES PER ACRE. THIS EXTREME OVERCROWDING HAS STRESSED THE TREES TO THE POINT THEY CAN NO LONGER RESIST DROUGHT AND BEETLE INFESTATION AND DISEASE. THIS HAS CAUSED A MASSIVE TREE DIEOFF AND WE HAVE ENTIRE NATIONAL FORESTS NOW JUST WAITING TO EXPLODE WITH OVER 100 MILLION DEAD TREES. THE HEROIC FIREFIGHTERS HAVE KEPT THEM OUT OF THE HAZARD ZONES BUT THE HAZARD ZONES ARE STILL THERE. WE ARE ONLY AT THE BEGINNING OF THE FIRE SEASON THAT COMBINES FRESH BRUSH AND THOSE THAT DIDN'T SURVIVE THE DROUGHT. THE FIREFIGHTERS I SPOKE WITH ON SATURDAY BITTERLY COMPLAIN THEY CAN'T CUT FIRE BREAKS TO ISOLATE THESE ZONES BECAUSE OF THE SAME SO-CALLED ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS. THE HOUSE HAS PENDING BEFORE IT THE RESILIENT FEDERAL FOREST ACT OF 2017 THAT WOULD ALLOW US TO RESTORE GOOD FOREST MANAGEMENT, BUT WE MAY ALREADY HAVE RUN AFOUL OF WHAT CHURCHILL CALLED HISTORY'S TERRIBLE, CHILLING WORDS, TOO LATE. MR. SPEAKER, I CALL FOR EXPEDITIOUS CONSIDERATION OF THE RESILIENT FEDERAL FOREST ACT AND OTHER LEGISLATION AIMED AT RESTORING MANAGEMENT TO OUR FORESTS IN THE HOPE FIREFIGHTERS CAN HOLD THESE FIRES AT BAY UNTIL WE RESTORE GOOD MANAGEMENT TO OUR PUBLIC LANDS. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 11:19:33 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE…

      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS UNTIL NOON

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  • 11:19:55 AM

    Recess

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

    • 12:00:04 PM

      Reconvened

      The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of July 26.

      • 12:00:06 PM

        Today's prayer was offered by Reverend William D. Johnson, Jr., Harbour Lake Baptist Church, Goose Creek, South Carolina

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          THE SPEAKER

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

          THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY THE GUEST CHAPLAIN, REVEREND WILLIAM D. JOHNSON JUNIOR, HARBOUR LAKE BAPTIST CHURCH, GOOSE CREEK, SOUTH CAROLINA.

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        • 12:00:24 PM

          REVEREND JOHNSON

          WE THANK YOU FOR THE DAY YOU HAVE BESTOWED UPON US. WE HUMBLY REQUEST THAT…

          WE THANK YOU FOR THE DAY YOU HAVE BESTOWED UPON US. WE HUMBLY REQUEST THAT YOU PUT YOUR HAND IN PROTECTION OF EVERY MEMBER, THEIR FAMILIES AND THOSE WHO GUARD AND PROTECT THIS CHAMBER. REMIND US DAILY WHILE WE ARE HERE TO REPRESENT THE PEOPLE, OUR AUTHORITY COMES FROM YOU WHERE THERE IS NO AUTHORITY EXCEPT FROM GOD AND THOSE THAT EXIST ARE ESTABLISHED BY GOD. MAY THERE BE RENEWAL OF PRAYER ACROSS THE UNITED STATES AND GOD PLACE A BURDEN UPON US SO WE MAY SEEK YOU BEFORE UNDERTAKING ANY ENDEAVOR. GOD BLESS THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND GOD BLESS AMERICA. I ASK THIS IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST.

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        • 12:01:10 PM

          THE SPEAKER

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

          THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1, RULE 1. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY MR. LOWENTHAL.

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        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. Lowenthal to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

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          MR. LOWENTHAL

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

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

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        • 12:01:44 PM

          THE SPEAKER

          ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE…

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

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      • 12:01:44 PM

        ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

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

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

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          THE SPEAKER

          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

        • 12:01:59 PM

          MR. POE

          MR. SPEAKER, SITTING A MERE 20 FEET AWAY FROM THE MAN THAT RAPED AND…

          MR. SPEAKER, SITTING A MERE 20 FEET AWAY FROM THE MAN THAT RAPED AND TRAFFICKED HER DAUGHTER, JENNIFER WAITED ANXIOUSLY IN THE COURTROOM AS THE JUDGE PREPARED TO ANNOUNCE THE SENTENCE. THE AMOUNT OF PAIN AND TURMOIL THIS CRIMINAL INFLICTED ON HER FAMILY COULD NEVER BE UNDONE. A FEW YEARS AGO THE MAN PULLED UP ALONGSIDE JENNIFER'S DAUGHTER AS SHE WALKED DOWN THE STREET. HE LURED THE 15-YEAR-OLD INTO HIS CAR AND HE SEXUALLY ASSAULTED HER. HE THEN TOOK HER TO A MOTEL AND AGAIN FORCING HER TO HAVE SEX WITH NUMEROUS MEN FOR MONEY. HE POSTED AN AD ON HER -- ABOUT HER ONLINE OFFERING BUYERS A CHANCE TO, QUOTE, PLAY WITH THE INCENSE. HE LITERALLY STOLE HER YOUTH, HER HAPPINESS, AND HE STOLE -- SOLD HER TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER. WHEN JENNIFER FINALLY HEARD THE JUDGE'S SENTENCE, SHE WEPT WITH TEARS OF JOY. 180 YEARS IN PRISON FOR THE TRAFFICKER. FROM THE RIGHT THINKING JUDGE. WEPT WITH TEARS LET THE WORD GET OUT TO DEVIANTS TO TRAFFICKERS AND BUYERS OUR CHILDREN ARE NOT FOR SALE. THERE IS A PRICE TO PAY ON THE TRAFFICKER WHO SELLS OUR KIDS. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BUYERS OUR CHILDREN ARE BACK.

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        • 12:03:11 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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          UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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          TEMPORE WITHOUT

          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

        • 12:03:21 PM

          MR. HIGGINS

          MR. SPEAKER, ACCORDING TO NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICIALS, FOR THE FIRST…

          MR. SPEAKER, ACCORDING TO NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICIALS, FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS YEAR TOXIC ALGAE BLOOMS HAVE FORMED ON THE SHORES OF LAKE ERIE. THIS TOXIC ACCUMULATION OF ALGAE REPRESENTS A DIRECT THREAT TO THE PEOPLE OF WESTERN NEW YORK. BUT THEY ALSO THREATEN THE SURROUNDING GREAT LAKES COMMUNITIES REPRESENTING 20% OF THE WORLD'S FRESH WATER DRINKING SUPPLY. THIS PAST YEAR TOXIC BLOOMS HAVE BEEN SO EXTREME THAT THEY HAVE INFILTRATED CLEAN DRINKLING WATER SOURCES, TURNING ONE'S CLEAN WATERS INTO TOXIC SWAMPS. THESE HAZARDOUS BLOOMS THREATEN THE LOCAL ECONOMY, WHICH IS DEPENDENT ON FISHING, RECREATION, AND TOURISM. FURTHERMORE, THEY REPRESENT A CRITICAL DANGER TO WILDLIFE PRESENT ON LAKE ERIE. AT A TIME WHEN THE HOUSE IS CONSIDERING DEFUNDING ENVIRONMENTAL EFFORTS, I WOULD REMIND MY COLLEAGUES OF THE TREMENDOUS PROGRESS THAT WE HAVE MADE TO THE GREAT LAKES RESTORATION INITIATIVE TO CLEAN UP OUR NATION'S LAKES AND RIVERS. THIS IS NO TIME TO TURN BACK. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        • 12:04:21 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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          UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

        • 12:04:28 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF ED IN A HARVEY TURMAN, CELEBRATING…

          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF ED IN A HARVEY TURMAN, CELEBRATING HER 100TH BIRTHDAY ON AUGUST 15 OF THIS YEAR. SHE WAS BORN IN 1917 AND GREW UP JUST SOUTH IN JONESBORO. SHE BEGAN WORKING AT HARVEY'S GROCERY STORE AND AFTERWARDS SHE MET A MAN. THEY MARRIED IN 1936 AND FARMED AND RAISED CATTLE TOGETHER. THEY FARMED FOR THE GOVERNMENT. SOLD SOYBEANS, COTTON, AND BUTTER. THEY HAD FIVE CHILDREN, MARY, BARBARA, BILLY RAY, AND RONNIE. SHE ALSO HAS NINE GRANDCHILDREN, 12 GREAT GRANDCHILDREN, AND EIGHT GREAT GREAT GRANDCHILDREN. WORKING AT HARVEY'S GROCERY STORE AND AFTERWARDS AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF HER COMMUNITY AND COUNTY, SHE WAS -- IS VERY FASHION GNAT ABOUT HER CHURCH.

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        • 12:05:13 PM

          MR. CRAWFORD

          HELPED RUN THE VOTING LOCATION FOR SEVERAL YEARS. TODAY BESIDES BEING A…

          HELPED RUN THE VOTING LOCATION FOR SEVERAL YEARS. TODAY BESIDES BEING A HAPPY GRANDMOTHER, GREAT GRANDMOTHER, AND GREAT GREAT GRANDMOTHER, SHE STILL LIVES ON THE OLD HOMESTEAD. SHE TRULY IS A MEMBER OF THE GREATEST GENERATION OF AMERICANS BY WHICH ALL THE FOLLOWING GENERATIONS ARE MEASURED. WHETHER WE REALIZE IT OR NOT IT IS PEOPLE LIKE HER THAT BUILT OUR COMMUNITIES AND CONTINUE TO SHAPE THE AMERICA WE LIVE IN TODAY.

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        • 12:05:39 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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

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

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        • 12:05:49 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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          MR. LOWENTHAL

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IRRESPONSIBLE, RECKLESS, DUPLICITOUS. ALL WORDS…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IRRESPONSIBLE, RECKLESS, DUPLICITOUS. ALL WORDS USED TO DESCRIBE IRAN DURING THE JCPOA NEGOTIATIONS. SOON IF THIS ADMINISTRATION ABROGATES THE JCPOA, THOSE WORDS WILL APPLY TO US. IRRESPONSIBLE FOR SHREDDING AN AGREEMENT THAT MAKES THE WORLD A SAFER PLACE. RECKLESS IN GIVING IRAN AN EXCUSE TO IMMEDIATELY RESTART THEIR NUCLEAR PROGRAM. AND DUPLICITOUS IN BREAKING AN INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT FOR NO LEGITIMATE REASON BUT TO FULFILL A CAMPAIGN PROMISE. MAKE NO MISTAKE, IRAN IS STILL A BAD FACTOR. IT DESTABILIZES THE REGION. IT FUNDS TERRORIST ACTIVITIES. THAT'S WHY WE VOTED TO INCREASE NONNUCLEAR SANCTIONS ON IRAN YESTERDAY. BUT THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT IS BEING ADHERED TO AND IT IS WORKING. UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION ARE WE AS A NATION NO LONGER AS GOOD AS OUR WORD? THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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        • 12:06:59 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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          ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE…

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK

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          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF CURRY HAYNES A…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF CURRY HAYNES A LONG TIME GEORGIA RESIDENT AND BRAVE HERO OF THE VIETNAM WAR WHO JOINED OUR HEAVENLY FATHER ON JULY 16 AFTER A LONG BATTLE WITH CANCER. HE WAS ONE OF THE MOST DECORATED SOLDIERS IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY. EARNING 10 PURPLE HEART AWARDS FOR HIS BRAVERY IN COMBAT IN THE JUNGLES OF VIETNAM. HE REMAINED AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY AFTER RETURNING FROM DUTY BY LAUNCHING THE NEWTON COUNTY E.M.T. SERVICES.

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        • 12:07:42 PM

          MR. HICE

          TO FLY AND SKY DIVE, SERVING AS A V.A. COUNSELOR TO HIS FELLOW SERVICE…

          TO FLY AND SKY DIVE, SERVING AS A V.A. COUNSELOR TO HIS FELLOW SERVICE MEMBERS. MR. SPEAKER, WHILE SERVING IN VIETNAM AS PART OF THE U.S. ARMY 173RD AIRBORNE BRIGADE, COMPANY C, HE WAS WOUNDED MULTIPLE TIMES. HE WAS SHOT IN THE ARM, THE THIGHS, HAND. LOST TWO FINGERS IN ONE ENEMY AMBUSH ALONE. YET DESPITE THE MULTIPLE INJURIES HE NEVER QUIT FIGHTING. IN 2015 HE A WAS PRESENTED WITH A SPECIAL LETTER OF PROCLAMATION ISSUED BY GEORGIA GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL DURING A SPECIAL CEREMONY RECOGNIZING HIS SACRIFICE. WHEN ASKED HOW HE SURVIVED COMBAT WITH HIS NUMEROUS INJURIES, HE SIMPLY REPLIED, I DON'T BELIEVE IN LUCK. I OWE IT ALL TO JESUS CHRIST. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO PLEASE STAND WITH ME AND JOIN ME IN A MOMENT OF SILENCE TO HONOR THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF THIS AMERICAN HERO WHO DESERVES THE RESPECT OF ALL AMERICANS. I YIELD BACK.

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        • 12:09:01 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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        • 12:09:13 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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          THE INCLUSION OF $1.6 BILLION TO FUND AN INEFFECTIVE DIVISIVE BORDER WALL…

          THE INCLUSION OF $1.6 BILLION TO FUND AN INEFFECTIVE DIVISIVE BORDER WALL IS A DIRECT ATTACK ON IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES ACROSS OUR FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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          THE NATION.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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        • 12:10:30 PM

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

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

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        • 12:10:34 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ON AUGUST 21, A TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE WILL STRETCH…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ON AUGUST 21, A TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE WILL STRETCH FROM COAST TO COAST IN THE UNITED STATES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 99 YEARS. AND I AM PROUD TO SAY THAT MY DISTRICT IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS IS THE PRIME VIEWING SPOT. IN FACT, MY HOME COUNTY OF JACKSON COUNTY NEAR CARBONDALE AND ALSO MY FRONT YARD IS WHERE THE ECLIPSE WILL BE AT ITS EPIC. FOR TWO MINUTES AND 38 SECONDS IT WILL BE LIKE TOTAL DARKNESS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY. THE CITY POPULATION OF 26,000 IS EXPECTED TO MULTIPLY MANY TIMES OVER FROM VISITORS AROUND THE WORLD COMING FOR TOURISM AND TO SEE THIS ASTROTOMEKAL SUPER BOWL.

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        • 12:11:24 PM

          MR. BOST

          I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO VISIT. FOR SOME WORLD…

          I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO VISIT. FOR SOME WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SOUTHERN ILLINOIS BARBECUE, A BEAUTIFUL OUTDOORS, THE WONDERFUL WINERIES, AND WELCOME PEOPLE -- AND ONE AND ALL FOR THE BEST VIEWING MOMENTS OF THIS SOLAR ECLIPSE W THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS YIELD BACK HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS YIELD BACK HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        • 12:11:51 PM

          MR. KILDEE

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

        • 12:11:54 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

        • 12:11:57 PM

          MR. KILDEE

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WELL, THE SENATE IS MOVING FORWARD THIS WEEK ON…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WELL, THE SENATE IS MOVING FORWARD THIS WEEK ON THEIR DEEPLY FLAWED AND REALLY UNPOPULAR HEALTH CARE BILL. MILLIONS OF AMERICANS KNOW THAT THEY WILL LOSE HEALTH CARE UNDER TRUMPCARE. IT THEY'LL FACE SKYROCKETING COSTS. PREMIUMS WILL GO UP. PRESCRIPTION DRUGS PRICES WILL GO UP. REPUBLICANS NEED TO DROP THIS OBSESSION WITH REPEAL. AND WORK WITH DEMOCRATS TO FIX THE PROBLEMS THAT WE KNOW EXIST IN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. NO LAW IS PERFECT. AT LEAST NO LAW THAT'S EVER BEEN WRITTEN HERE IS PERFECT. AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AT LEAST THE FOLKS I TALK TO BACK HOME, THEY ARE EXHAUSTED, THEY ARE SICK OF THIS PARTISANSHIP. WE HAVE SOME IDEAS YOU MIGHT LIKE. YOU HAVE SOME IDEAS THAT MAYBE WE COULD ACKSEFMENT WE OUGHT TO GET TOGETHER AND FIGURE OUT A WAY TO MAKE HEALTH CARE WORK FOR EVERY AMERICAN. AND NOT OBSESS ABOUT THE NOTION THAT ANYTHING SIGNED BY THE PREVIOUS PRESIDENT, BY DEFINITION, IS BAD LAW. LET'S DO WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SENT US HERE TO DO. I YIELD BACK.

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        • 12:13:14 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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        • 12:13:20 PM

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

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

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        • 12:13:23 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

        • 12:13:26 PM

          MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

          THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO RECOGNIZE LIEUTENANT COMMANDER…

          THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO RECOGNIZE LIEUTENANT COMMANDER MIGUEL WHO IS RECEIVING THE U.S. NAVY'S NOMINATION TO BE COMMANDER. HAVING FLED CASTRO'S REGIME AT A YOUNG AGE, HE MOVED WITH HIS FAMILY TO SOUTH FLORIDA. DRIVEN BY HIS DESIRE TO SERVE OUR GREAT COUNTRY, HE JOINED THE NAVY IN 1989. WHILE STATIONED IN JAPAN AS A DECK SEAMAN, HE WAS ONE OF THE FEW SELECTED TO ATTEND THE HOSPITAL CORPSMAN A SCHOOL. HE EARNED A MASTER'S DEGREE IN HEALTH CARE SERVICE ADMINISTRATION AT MY ALMA MATER, FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY. HE WAS COMMISSIONED IN 2001 AND COMPLETED HIS FIRST DUTY ASSIGNMENT AT THE U.S. NAVAL HOSPITAL IN GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA. HE'S CURRENTLY AN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AT THE U.S. NAVY BUREAU OF MEDICINE AND SURGERY. HE HAS EARNED MANY COMMISSIONED IN 2001 AND COMPLETED HIS FIRST ACCOLADES, INCLUDING THE DEFENSE MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL, THE NATO MEDAL, ANTI-NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL SEVERAL TIMES. MIGUEL LIVES THE NAVY'S CORE VALUES OF HONOR, COURAGE, COMMITMENT. I JOIN LIEUTENANT COMMANDER MIGUEL'S FAMILY AND FRIENDS IN CONGRATULATING HIM ON THIS WELL DESERVED NOMINATION. WE'RE SO PROUD OF YOU MIGUEL.

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        • 12:14:46 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

          THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        • 12:14:51 PM

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

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

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        • 12:14:56 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE IS RECOGNIZED.

        • 12:14:59 PM

          MS. KUSTER

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY BECAUSE IT'S LONG PAST TIME THAT THE…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY BECAUSE IT'S LONG PAST TIME THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE GOT A BETTER DEAL. ALL AMERICANS WANT THE SAME THING. A FAIR CHANCE TO GET AHEAD AND A BETTER DEAL THAN THE RAW DEAL THAT MANY HAVE RIGHT NOW. GRANITE STATERS IN MY DISTRICT WANT TO HAVE THE SKILLS TO GET AHEAD IN THE 21ST CENTURY ECONOMY. WE WANT BETTER PAY AND BETTER JOBS. . YOU CARING FOR YOUNG CHILDREN AND AGING RELATIVES OFTEN AT THE SAME TIME. THAT'S WHY WE NEED PAID FAMILY LEAVE AND SICK LEAVE. WE NEED TO EXPAND OUR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM AND SKILLS TRAINING FOR ALL TYPES OF OPPORTUNITIES. JUST THIS WEEK THE GIRL SCOUTS OF AMERICA ANNOUNCED 23 NEW MERIT BADGES IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATHEMATICS. THIS IS SYMBOLIC OF WHAT WE NEED TO DO AS A NATION. ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE, BOYS AND GIRLS, TO PURSUE THEIR INTERESTS IN THE FIELDS THAT WILL BE THE CORNERSTONE OF THE 21ST CENTURY ECONOMY. AMERICA DESERVES A BETTER DEAL. AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE OFFERING. I YIELD BACK.

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        • 12:16:20 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

          THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? .AS CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMERCE JUSTICE COMMITTEE, OUR FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT HAVE ALL THE TO TRACK DOWN WHO ARE EXPLOITING YOUNG WOMEN COMING ACROSS OUR BORDERS. WE HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER TO PROVIDE JUSTICE AND RELIEF AND CONGRESS HAS PASSED 16 BIPARTISAN BILLS TO COMBAT THIS EPIDEMIC. THESE BILLS ENSURE ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AT THE STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL LEVEL HAVE THE RESOURCES THEY NEED AND THE SUPPORT THEY NEED TO FIGHT THIS OVERWHELMING CRISIS. I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT THESE MEASURES AND I WILL ENSURE WE CRACK DOWN AND DROP THE HAMMER ON HUMAN TRAFFICKERS.

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        • 12:17:30 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

        • 12:17:36 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

        • 12:17:43 PM

          MRS. LAWRENCE

          I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE BORDER WALL FUNDING INSTEAD OF WASTING…

          I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE BORDER WALL FUNDING INSTEAD OF WASTING $1.6 BILLION ON AN UNNECESSARY BORDER BALL, D.H.S. SHOULD FOCUS LIMITED RESOURCES ON MORE IMPORTANT BORDER SECURITY PRIORITIES. THIS INCLUDES UPGRADING AND HIRING MORE PERSONNEL. THE MAIN PATH FOR ILLEGAL DRUGS. THIS COULD INCLUDE BETTER TECHNOLOGY SO THAT BORDER SECURITY AGENTS COULD HAVE A BETTER IDEA OF WHAT'S HAPPENING. THE BORDER WALL WILL BE DANGEROUS. MY GRANTS WILL CONTINUE THE COME. WE NEED TO DO OUR JOB, MR. SPEAKER AND COME TO TOGETHER AS A CONGRESS FOR A COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION PLAN. AT THE LEAST, REFORM OF OUR IMMIGRATION POLICIES, BUILDING A WALL SENDS A TOXIC MESSAGE TO ONE OF OUR CLOSEST NEIGHBORS, A COUNTRY OF WHICH WE, THE UNITED STATES DEPENDS ON. I YIELD BACK.

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        • 12:18:59 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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        • 12:19:04 PM

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

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

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        • 12:19:08 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR A YOUNG MAN WHOSE THOUGHTFULNESS AND…

          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR A YOUNG MAN WHOSE THOUGHTFULNESS AND GENEROSITY HAS STIRRED THE HEARTS, SOULS AND PATRIOTIC SPIRITS OF PEOPLE ACROSS MY DISTRICT IN ARKANSAS. SIX-YEAR-OLD STARTED HUCK STARTED HUCK'S PROJECT. IT IS PUTTING CARE PACKAGES FOR MEMBERS OF THE ARKANSAS NATIONAL GUARD CURRENTLY DEPLOYED TO THE HORN OF AFRICA. IT INCLUDES NONPERISHABLE SNACKS, LIP BAUM, PERSONAL HYGIENE PRODUCTS, SOCKS AND MORE. WHEN ASKED WHY HE DECIDED TO START THIS PROJECT, HE SAID WE DO THIS BECAUSE THEY HELP US. THIS BOY IS WISE BEYOND HIS YEARS. HE HAS COLLECTED ENOUGH DONATED ITEMS TO SEND OVER 50 BOXES TO OUR TROOPS THUS FAR. MR. SPEAKER, HUCK'S KINDNESS BRINGS HONOR TO HIMSELF AND HIS PARENTS AND THE PEOPLE OF MY DISTRICT. I COMMEND AND THANK HUCK FOR HIS HARD WORK AND COMMITMENT TO OUR MILITARY MEMBERS SERVING OVERSEAS. MEN AND WOMEN LIKE HUCK GIVE ME HOPE FOR THE FUTURE, HOPE THAT THE GIVING AND CARING SPIRIT IS ALIVE AND WELL IN OUR YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY. I YIELD BACK.

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        • 12:20:41 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

        • 12:20:45 PM

          MR. CICILLINE

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

        • 12:20:49 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

        • 12:20:51 PM

          MR. CICILLINE

          EARLIER THIS WEEK, DEMOCRATS UNVEILED A BETTER DEAL, AN ECONOMIC AGENDA…

          EARLIER THIS WEEK, DEMOCRATS UNVEILED A BETTER DEAL, AN ECONOMIC AGENDA THAT WILL CREATE FULL-TIME JOBS, RAISE PAY, LOWER COSTS AND GIVE WORKERS THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO GET AHEAD. A JOB IS MUCH MORE THAN A PAYCHECK, IT'S ABOUT BEING TREATED WITH THE DIGNITY AND RESPECT THAT EVERY HUMAN BEING DESERVES. WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH OF THAT. PEOPLE IN MY STATE AND ALL ACROSS AMERICA FEEL THAT THE SYSTEM IS STACKED AGAINST THEM. YOU KNOW WHAT? THEY ARE RIGHT. MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES DON'T PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE. SPECIAL INTERESTS SPEND MONEY. IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY. WE ARE GOING TO INVEST IN OUR INFRASTRUCTURE. DOUBLE INVESTMENTS IN APPRENTICESHIPS AND MAKE SURE WORKING FAMILIES ARE VALID AGAIN. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE HAD ENOUGH BROKEN PROMISES. THE DEMOCRATS ARE GOING TO DELIVER REAL RESULTS. BETTER DEAL WITH BETTER JOBS, BETTER WAGES FOR A BETTER FUTURE. I YIELD BACK.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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          MR. KINZINGER

          I CONGRATULATE A COUPLE ON THEIR GOLD ENWEDDING ANNIVERSARY. JACK SERVED…

          I CONGRATULATE A COUPLE ON THEIR GOLD ENWEDDING ANNIVERSARY. JACK SERVED FOR CHIEF OF STAFF FOR BARRY GOLD WATER AND I MET HIM WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL. I HAVE DONE QUITE A BIT OF AGING, JACK AND MARY ANNE HAVE NOT. JACK WAS THE CHIEF OF STAFF AND ONE STEP BEHIND BARRY AND WHISPERING NAMES IN HIS EARS. JACK WAS ONE OF THE MOVING FORCES BEHIND CREATION OF THE REPUBLICAN STUDY COMMITTEE AND HE MARRIED AND RAISED A FAMILY AND MORE SURPRISINGLY, MARY ANNE PUT UP WITH IT. JACK AND HIS WIFE HAVE RETIRED AND I EXTEND TO THEM CONGRATULATIONS OF THIS FAMILY MILESTONE.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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          MRS. MALONEY

          MR. SPEAKER, EVEN AS OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE TRY ONCE AGAIN TO TAKE…

          MR. SPEAKER, EVEN AS OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE TRY ONCE AGAIN TO TAKE HEALTH CARE FROM MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, I FIND THAT THERE IS REASON TO HOPE AND TO HAVE FAITH. NOT IN THIS CONGRESS WHERE THE WORK OF COOL INDIFFERENCE TO SUFFERING PRECEDES ONCE AGAIN, BUT RATHER IN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN THE EFFORTS OF ORDINARY CITIZENS WHOSE CALL AND LETTERS AND PROTESTS HAVE BEEN MAKING ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THIS ISSUE. IT HAS BEEN THE COLLECTIVE VOICES OF PEOPLE TELLING THEIR STORIES OF STRUGGLE AND SURVIVAL, WHO HAVE SLOWED THE STEAM ROLLER OF REPEAL. I SALUTE THEM, EACH AND EVERY ONE. YOUR VOICES COUNT. YOUR STORIES ARE IMPORTANT. KEEP THEM COMING, BECAUSE YOU, YOUR HEALTH AND YOUR HEALTH CARE MATTER.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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        • 12:24:29 PM

          MR. THOMPSON

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

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

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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          MR. THOMPSON

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

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE OUTSTANDING SERVICE OF MRS. LOUISE JOHNSON. MRS. JOHNSON HAS DEDICATED HERSELF TO THE PEOPLE OF CLINTON COUNTY, PARTICULARLY THE CLINTON COUNTY FAIR. AND SERVED AS CHAIR OF THE HERSHEY BAKING CONTEST FOR 22 YEARS. AND CREATED THE SIZZLING SENIOR TALENT SHOW IN 2010. BEYOND HER INVOLVEMENT AT THE FAIR, SHE HAS SERVED AT THE MONUMENT CHURCH OF CHRIST TEACHING SUNDAY SCHOOL, PLAYING THE PIANO AND SERVING AS TREASURER AND ENRICHED THE COMMUNITY BY TEACHING CROCHET CLASSES AND ASSISTING AT LOCK HAVEN HOSPITAL. THE TIME AND DEDICATION MRS. JOHNSON HAS GIVEN TO HER COMMUNITY IS INSPIRING. I'M PROUD HER TO CONGRATULATE HER ON THIS WELL DESERVED AWARD AND THANK HER FOR ALL SHE HAS GIVEN IN CLINT COUNTY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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          ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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          >>

          THANK YOU MR. SPEAKER. AFTER MORE THAN SIX MONTHS OF FAILING TO PASS ANY…

          THANK YOU MR. SPEAKER. AFTER MORE THAN SIX MONTHS OF FAILING TO PASS ANY MAJOR LEGISLATIVE BILLS, HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE BECOMING DESPERATE FOR A WIN, SO DESPERATE THEY DECIDED TO SNEAK IN $1.6 BILLION INTO A FUNDING BILL TO START CONSTRUCTION ON AN UNWORKABLE WALL. LIKE THE REAL BORDER SECURITY, THIS STUNT IS A FAR CRY FROM THAT. I BELIEVE IN INVESTING OUR FEDERAL DOLLARS WISELY. INSTEAD OF BUILDING A SOLUTION THAT WILL NOT WORK, WHY NOT BUILD A JOBS PACKAGE OR INFRASTRUCTURE THROUGHOUT THIS COUNTRY OR TO ENSURE OUR CHILDREN CAN ACCESS HIGHER EDUCATION AND JOB TRAINING, HEALTH CARE AND HOUSING. INSTEAD MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE DISTRACTING US FROM THEIR FAILURES BYPASSING THIS BILL. YOU THINK WITH THEIR BACK AGAINST THE WALL, THEY WOULDN'T BE EAGER TO BUILD ANOTHER ONE.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO CONGRATULATE THE SERGEANT ANDREW BOUCHER VETERAN OF…

          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO CONGRATULATE THE SERGEANT ANDREW BOUCHER VETERAN OF FOREIGN WARS POST WHICH WILL BE CELEBRATING ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY. THE POST WILL HONOR TWO VERY SPECIAL PEOPLE, MRS. MABEL BROUCHER, A GOLD STAR MOTHER WHOSE SON THE POST IS NAMED AND A VETERAN OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND FOUNDING MEMBER. HONORING THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED OUR NATION SHOULD BE A TOP PRIORITY FOR ALL AMERICANS AND THE V.F.W. IS AN ORGANIZATION THAT FOSTERS COMRADERY AND ADVOCATES ON THEIR BEHALF. CONGRATULATIONS TO POST 5499. I WILL BE WITH MEMBERS OF THE POST THIS WEEKEND. I YIELD BACK.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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          PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE MY REMARKS.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO OPPOSE THE INCLUSION OF $1.6 BILLION…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO OPPOSE THE INCLUSION OF $1.6 BILLION THAT WOULD BE A WASTE OF TAXPAYER MONEY ON THIS USELESS WALL. THE FUNDS WILL GO TO AN UNNECESSARY WALL ALONG THE SOUTHERN BORDER. THIS WALL THAT THE PRESIDENT PROMISED THAT MEXICO WOULD BE PAID FOR IS NOW BEING PUT ON THE TAXPAYERS' BACK. IT CAN BE USED FOR BETTER THINGS. IT CAN PAY FOR THOUSANDS OF JOBS . AND ONE OTHER THING, AGENTS PROTECTING OUR BORDER DON'T EVEN WANT IT. THEY DO NOT SEE THEMSELVES AS DEFENDERS OF A WALL. MR. PRESIDENT, PLEASE COME BACK TO REALITY. THIS IS NOT "GAME OF THRONES." THIS ADMINISTRATION NEEDS TO STOP DEMONIZING PEOPLE OUTSIDE OUR BORDERS. WE CAN PROTECT OUR BORDERS IN A WAY THAT WILL SUPERCHARGE OUR ECONOMY AND ACTUALLY CREATE AMERICAN JOBS. I YIELD BACK.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          MEMBERS ARE TO ADDRESS THEIR COMMENTS TO THE CHAIR AND NOT TO THE…

          MEMBERS ARE TO ADDRESS THEIR COMMENTS TO THE CHAIR AND NOT TO THE PRESIDENT. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE THE HOUSE.

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          AS THE HOUSE CO-CHAIR OF THE BIPARTISAN PAPER AND PACK ACKNOWLEDGING…

          AS THE HOUSE CO-CHAIR OF THE BIPARTISAN PAPER AND PACK ACKNOWLEDGING CAUCUS, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE AND INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO AN INDUSTRY THAT IS THE LIFE BLOOD OF A RURAL COMMUNITY IN ANY STATE. I'M TALKING ABOUT BRIAN BERG. AFTER 401 YEARS WITH GEORGIA PACIFIC WILL BE RETIRING. G.P. HAS BEEN PART OF LINCOLN COUNTY. FOR OVER 41 YEARS, BRIAN HAS BEEN A LEADER IN HELPING ENSURE THAT THE MAIL CONTINUES TO THRIVE AND BE SUCCESSFUL AND PROVIDE FOR THIS COMMUNITY NOW AND INTO THE FUTURE. I THANK BRIAN FOR HIS COMMITMENT TO AN INDUSTRY THAT HAS BEEN CRITICAL TO MY DISTRICT AND MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS. I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST AND HOPE YOU GET TO ENJOY SOME TIME WITH YOUR LOVELY LIFE AND YOUR CHILDREN. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK. .

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

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          THAPPING YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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          MR. BLUMENAUER

          THE OBAMA ERA DECISION AND DENY TRANSGENDER PEOPLE THE RIGHT TO OPENLY…

          THE OBAMA ERA DECISION AND DENY TRANSGENDER PEOPLE THE RIGHT TO OPENLY SERVE IN OUR MILITARY. I THINK IT'S SHAMEFUL TO DIVIDE AMERICANS IN THE FACE OF WHO THEIR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE FOR HIS POLITICAL GAIN. THIS IS NOT ABOUT NATIONAL SECURITY. IT'S NOT ABOUT SAVING MONEY. IT'S NOT ABOUT FABRICATED CLAIMS OF DISRUPTION. WHAT IS DISRUPTIVE IS DISCRIMINATION AGAINST AN ENTIRE CLASS OF AMERICANS WHO ARE OR WHO WANT TO PROTECT AND DEFEND AMERICA. THAT'S THE SAME ARGUMENT THAT WAS USED AGAINST WOMEN IN THE SERVICE. AGAINST GAYS AND LESBIANS. WE OUGHT TO WELCOME ANY AMERICAN WHO IS QUALIFIED AND WILLING TO SERVE TO PROTECT OUR GREAT COUNTRY. TO PROTECT AMERICA AND OUR VALUES. EVEN AS THE PRESIDENT UNDERMINES BOTH.

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          TO PROTECT AMERICA THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

          TO PROTECT AMERICA THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        • 12:32:11 PM

          MR. COLE

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

          MR. SPEAKER, BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 473 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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        • 12:32:12 PM

          Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 473 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3219) making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes."

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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            THE CLERK

            HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 68. HOUSE RESOLUTION 473. RESOLVED, THAT AT ANY TIME…

            HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 68. HOUSE RESOLUTION 473. RESOLVED, THAT AT ANY TIME AFTER ADOPTION OF THIS

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          • 12:32:30 PM

            THE CLERK

            HOUSE RESOLUTION THE SPEAKER MAY, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-B OF RULE 18,…

            HOUSE RESOLUTION THE SPEAKER MAY, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-B OF RULE 18, DECLARE THE HOUSE RESOLVED INTO THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 3219, MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2018, AND FOR OTHER RESOLUTION THE SPEAKER MAY, PURPOSES. THE FIRST READING OF THE BILL SHALL BE DISPENSED WITH. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. GENERAL DEBATE SHALL BE CONFINED TO THE BILL AND SHALL NOT EXCEED TWO HOURS EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS. AFTER GENERAL DEBATE THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-30 SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED IN THE HOUSE AND IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. THE BILL, AS AMENDED, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS THE ORIGINAL BILL FOR THE PURPOSE OF FURTHER AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE AND SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL, AS AMENDED, FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH CLAUSE 2 OF RULE 21 ARE WAIVED. SECTION 2-A, NO FURTHER AMENDMENT TO THE BILL SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION, AMENDMENTS EN BLOC DESCRIBED IN SECTION 3 OF THIS RESOLUTION, AND PRO FORMA AMENDMENTS DESCRIBED IN SECTION 4 OF THIS RESOLUTION. B, EACH FURTHER AMENDMENT PRINTED IN THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES SHALL BE CONSIDERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT, MAY BE OFFERED ONLY BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, MAY BE WITHDRAWN BY THE PROPONENT AT ANY TIME BEFORE ACTION THEREON, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT EXCEPT AS PROVIDED BY SECTION 4 OF THIS RESOLUTION, AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION IN THE THEREON, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT HOUSE OR IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. C, ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST FURTHER AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES OR AGAINST AMENDMENTS EN BLOC DESCRIBED IN SECTION 3 OF THIS RESOLUTION ARE WAIVED. SECTION 3, IT SHALL BE IN ORDER AT ANY TIME FOR THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS OR HIS DESIGNEE TO OFFER AMENDMENTS EN BLOC CONSISTING OF FURTHER AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION NOT EARLIER DISPOSED OF. AMENDMENTS EN BLOC OFFERED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR 20 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS OR THEIR RESPECTIVE DESIGNEES, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT EXCEPT AS PROVIDED BY SECTION 4 OF THIS RESOLUTION, AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION IN THE HOUSE OR IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. SECTION 4, DURING CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL FOR AMENDMENT, THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS OR THEIR RESPECTIVE DESIGNEES MAY OFFER UP TO 20 PRO FORMA AMENDMENTS EACH AT ANY POINT FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE. SECTION 5, AT THE CONCLUSION OF CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL FOR AMENDMENT PURSUANT TO THIS RESOLUTION, THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE SHALL RISE WITHOUT MOTION. NO FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT PURSUANT TO A SUBSEQUENT ORDER OF THE HOUSE. SECTION 6-A, DURING CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3219, IT SHALL NOT BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AN AMENDMENT PROPOSING BOTH A DECREASE IN AN APPROPRIATION DESIGNATED PURSUANT TO SECTION 251-B-2-A-II OF THE BALANCED BUDGET AND EMERGENCY DEFICIT CONTROL ACT OF 1985 AND AN INCREASE IN AN APPROPRIATION NOT SO DESIGNATED, OR VICE VERSA. B, THIS PARAGRAPH SHALL NOT APPLY TO AN AMENDMENT BETWEEN THE HOUSES.

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      • 12:36:21 PM

        DEBATE

        The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 473.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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          MR. COLE

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

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

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        • 12:36:39 PM

          TEMPORE W

          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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          MR. MCGOVERN

          DURING CONSIDERATION --

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          MR. COLE

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

          DURING CONSIDERATION -- THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS .

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        • 12:36:57 PM

          TEMPORE WITHOUT

          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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          MR. COLE

          MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY THE RULES COMMITTEE MET AND REPORTED A RULE FOR…

          MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY THE RULES COMMITTEE MET AND REPORTED A RULE FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3219, THE MAKE AMERICA SECURE APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2018. THE RULE PROVIDES FOR TWO HOURS OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. MR. SPEAKER, THE APPROPRIATIONS PACKAGE IN FRONT OF US REPRESENTS THE END PRODUCT OF MANY MONTHS OF WORK BY THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. IN THIS PACKAGE WE WILL BE CONSIDERING FOUR APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. DEFENSE, ENERGY AND WATER, LEGISLATIVE BRANCH, AND MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND VETERANS' AFFAIRS. TOGETHER THE FOUR PARTS OF THE BILL MAKE UP THE MAKE AMERICA SECURE APPROPRIATIONS ACT FOR F.Y. 2018. THE LEGISLATION ENSURES THAT OUR MOST IMPORTANT GOVERNMENT SERVICES WILL BE FUNDED RESPONSIBLY AND APPROPRIATELY AND THAT WE WILL FULFILL OUR MOST IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITIES AS LEGISLATORS. FUNDING THE GOVERNMENT AND KEEPING IT OPENED TO SERVE OUR CONSTITUENTS. THE BILL PROVIDES A TOTAL OF $658.1 BILLION FOR DEFENSE. AN INCREASE OF $68.1 BILLION IN DISCRETIONARY FUNDING ABOVE THE F.Y. 2017 LEVELS. AND AN INCREASE OF $28.3 BILLION OVER THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST. IT ALSO INCLUDES $73.9 BILLION IN OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS AND GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM FUNDING. THESE FUNDS WILL HELP US ENHANCE OUR MILITARY READINESS AND THE SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE MARKS AN END TO THE ONGOING EROSION OF OUR NATIONAL MILITARY STRENGTH THAT OCCURRED DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. IMPORTANTLY, THIS BILL ALSO PROVIDES AN INCREASE IN FUNDING FOR VETERANS. OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS THE HOUSE HAS WORKED TO IMPROVE THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS AND TO ENSURE THAT ALL VETERANS RECEIVE THE CARE AND BENEFITS TO WHICH THEY ARE ENTITLED. THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS WILL RECEIVE A 5% INCREASE IN THIS BILL, INCLUDING $74 BILLION FOR THE VETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION. THE INCREASED FUNDING REPRESENTS AN IMPORTANT STEP TOWARD FULFILLING OUR PROMISE TOM PROVE CARE, REDUCE WAIT TIMES AT THE V.A., AND ENHANCE BENEFITS FOR OUR NATION'S VETERANS. THE ENERGY AND WATER PORTION OF THIS APPROPRIATIONS BILL PROVIDES $37.6 BILLION IN FUNDING FOR F.Y. 2018. A DECREASE OF $209 MILLION FROM F.Y. 2017. THE BILL INCLUDES AN INCREASE IN FUND FOR THE NATIONAL NUCLEAR SECURITY ADMINISTRATION THAT INCLUDES FUNDS TO RESTART THE LICENSING PROCESS FOR YUCCA MOUNTAIN, THE NATIONAL DISPOSAL REPOSITORY FOR SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL. IT ALSO PROVIDES $6.16 BILLION FOR THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, A $10 MILLION INCREASE OVER F.Y. 2017. H.R. 3219 ALSO PROVIDES $3.58 BILLION FOR THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH. IT DOES NOT RECOMMEND FUNDING LEVELS FOR THE SENATE AS PER OUR LONG-STANDING TRADITION. THE BILL INCLUDES A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN FUNDING FOR U.S. CAPITOL POLICE AND ADDS ADDITIONAL FUNDS FOR SECURING OFFICES IN WASHINGTON AND IN CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS. IMPORTANTLY, IT CONTINUES THE FREEZE ON MEMBER PAY. THE PACKAGE BEFORE US REPRESENTS THE HOUSE FULFILLING ITS PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY. TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT. THIS PACKAGE FUNDS HUNDREDS IF NOT THOUSANDS OF MEMBER PRIORITIES, PARTICULARLY ON THE DEFENSE SIDE. I APPLAUD MY COLLEAGUES ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE FOR THEIR MONTHS OF WORKING AND MAKING THIS BILL A REALITY. IT SHOWS WHAT THE HOUSE CAN DO AS WE MOVE FORWARD TOWARD COMPLETION OF THE F.Y. APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE SUPPORT OF THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        • 12:40:40 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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        • 12:40:43 PM

          MR. MCGOVERN

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

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

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        • 12:40:56 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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          MR. MCGOVERN

          MR. SPEAKER, IT'S HARD TO KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN BECAUSE THIS PROCESS IS SO…

          MR. SPEAKER, IT'S HARD TO KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN BECAUSE THIS PROCESS IS SO LOUSY. I WANT TO RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE ANTI-SO-CALLED UNDERLYING BILL, THE -- H.R. 3219, THE G.O.P. F.Y. 2018 SO-CALLED SECURITY MINI BUS APPROPRIATIONS BILL. THIS RULE MAKES IN ORDER 72 AMENDMENTS FOR DEBATE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. BLOCKING 100 AMENDMENTS. IT CONTINUES THE TERRIBLE CLOSED PROCESS THAT THIS REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS USED SINCE THEY TOOK CONTROL OF THE HOUSE IN 2011. WHEN SPEAKER RYAN TOOK THE GAVEL, HE PROMISED A FAIR AND OPEN PROCESS WITH REGULAR ORDER WHERE BOTH THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY WOULD HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THEIR VOICES HEARD. I'M HAPPY TO PROVIDE THE FULL TEXT OF THAT SPEECH TO MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS. I GUESS WE WERE MISINFORMED. BECAUSE OUR COLLECTIVE VOICES ARE REPEATEDLY SILENCED IN THIS CHAMBER. NOT JUST DEMOCRATS. ABOUT REPUBLICANS AS WELL. SPEAKER IN RYAN'S BROKEN PROMISE WAS CLEARLY ON DISPLAY LAST WEEK WHEN WE WAITED UNTIL THE DEAD OF NIGHT TO STRIP OUT OF THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL A PROVISION REQUIRING CONGRESS TO DEBATE THE ISSUE OF THE 2001 AUMF. THAT PROVISION WAS ADOPTED BY THE FULL HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS AS AN AMENDMENT OFFERED BY OUR RESPECTED COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE BARBARA LEE. THE BIPARTISAN LEE AMENDMENT WOULD SUNSET THE OUTDATED 2001 AUMF AND GIVE CONGRESS EIGHT MONTHS, EIGHT MONTHS TO ENACT A NEW ONE. ENSURING THAT CONGRESS FINALLY DEBATE AND VOTE ON THE MANY, MANY WARS IN WHICH THE UNITED STATES IS ENGAGED IN. IF THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP DOESN'T LIKE THE LEE PROVISION, THEN THE RULES COMMITTEE COULD HAVE MADE IN ORDER AN AMENDMENT TO STRIKE IT FROM THE BILL. THAT WOULD HAVE GIVEN MEMBERS THE CHANCE TO VOTE UP OR DOWN EITHER TO KEEP OR REMOVE THE PROVISION. THAT WOULD HAVE EITHER TO KEEP OR REMOVE THE PROVISION. THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN REGULAR ORDER. THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN FAIR. THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN OPEN. BUT INSTEAD HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP TOOK IT UPON THEMSELVES TO REPLACE MS. LEE'S PROVISION WITH ALTERNATIVE LANGUAGE CALLING UPON THE ADMINISTRATION INSTEAD HOUSE REPUBLICAN TO PRODUCE A REPORT. REPUBLICANS ON THE RULES COMMITTEE DEFENDED THIS ACTION SAYING THAT THE LEE AMENDMENT LEGISLATED ON AN APPROPRIATIONS BILL. THE TROUBLE WITH THAT LOGIC, MR. SPEAKER, IS THAT THE LANGUAGE THAT REPLACED MS. LEE'S AMENDMENT ALSO LEGISLATES ON AN APPROPRIATIONS BILL. THAT'S RIGHT, HOUSE REPUBLICANS PUT IN AN AMENDMENT THAT VIOLATES THE SAME RULE. WELL, IF THIS LEADERSHIP IS GOING TO SILENCE MEMBERS ON FLIMSY PROCEDURAL GROUNDS, THEY PROBABLY SHOULDN'T BREAK THOSE SAME RULES THAT'S RIGHT, HOUSE REPUBLICANS PUT IN ON THE SAME DAY. EVEN MORE SHAMEFUL, THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP'S CONTINUED ACTIONS TO BLOCK EVERY EFFORT AND REFUSE TO ALLOW CONGRESS TO DEBATE AND VOTE ON THESE WARS I BELIEVE IS AN INSULT TO THE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM WHO PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE EVERY DAY TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY AND TO THEIR FAMILIES. ON THE SAME DAY. AMERICANS DESERVE BETTER AND THE BIPARTISAN VOICES CALLING FOR ACTION WILL NOT BE SILENCED. BUT THIS IS JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF REGULAR ORDER BEING ABANDONED IN ORDER TO ADVANCE AN EXTREME AGENDA. TOMORROW HOUSE REPUBLICANS WILL USE ANOTHER LEGISLATIVE TRICK, THE SELF-EXECUTING RULE TO STICK TAXPAYERS WITH A $1.6 BILLION BILL FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP'S RECKLESS AND INEFFECTIVE BORDER WALL WITH MEXICO. NOW, INSTEAD OF BRINGING THAT MEASURE TO THE FLOOR FOR AN UP OR DOWN VOTE AND AN OPEN PROCESS WHERE ALL VOICES COULD BE HEARD, THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IS STICKING THIS PROVISION INTO THE RULE SO THAT AS SOON AS THE RULE IS APPROVED, THE MEASURE WILL AUTOMATICALLY BECOME PART OF THE BILL. PRESIDENT TRUMP AS YOU MAY RECALL PROMISED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT HE WOULD MAKE MEXICO PAY FOR THIS WALL. REPEATED OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN DURING THE CAMPAIGN. BUT NOW HOUSE REPUBLICANS WANT TO TAKE $1.6 BILLION OF HARD-EARNED TAX DOLLARS FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS TO FUND IT. LET ME POINT OUT, MR. SPEAKER, THIS $1.6 BILLION IS ONLY TARGETED AT 74 MILES OF BORDER -- OF THE BORDER. TWO SMALL TRACKS IN TEXAS AND ONE SMALL TRACK IN CALIFORNIA. AND HOW DID THIS PROVISION ON THE BORDER WALL MAKE ITS WAY INTO THIS MINI BUS OF APPROPRIATIONS BILLS? . IT WAS LIFTED OUT OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY BILL AND AIR DROPPED INTO THIS PACKAGE. WHERE'S THE REST OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY BILL? SITTING IN LIMBO. I GUESS THERE WEREN'T ANOTHER HOMELAND SECURITY THAT MERITED THE SPECIAL TREATMENT THAT THE 74 MILES OF THIS LOUSY WALL SEEMS TO BE GETTING. I SEE THE ONLY PRIORITY THAT MATTERS FROM MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS ARE WHEN IT COMES TO THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS 74 MILES OF WALL COSTING $1.6 BILLION. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A DISGRACE. THIS IS JUST A DISGRACE. AND THEN BECAUSE IT WILL BE PART OF A SELF-EXECUTING RULE, REPUBLICANS WILL NOT VOTE ON THIS, JUST VOTE ON THE RULE. THERE WILL BE NO SEPARATE VOTE ON THIS. YOU GET THE FUNDING FOR THE WALL BUT NOTHING ON RECORD THAT SAYS YOU VOTED TO WASTE $1.6 BILLION ON 74 MILES OF BORDER WALL. REPUBLICANS CAN SAY THEY DELIVERED ON THE WALL. I GUESS THEY BETTER HOPE THAT CONSTITUENTS DON'T ASK THEM TO SHOW THE VOTE. THIS IS A DISGRACE ON FUNDING, ON FUNDING PRIORITIES AND REAL DISGRACE ON PROCESS. WE SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THE PROCESS IN WHICH THIS BILL IS BEING BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR. I WISH I COULD SAY I'M SURPRISED BY ALL OF THIS, BUT THE FACT IS THAT HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR QUITE SOME TIME NOW. KELLYANNE CONWAY THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS SOMETHING THAT IS NOT TRUE, IT'S NOT A LIE IF HE BELIEVES IT. I GUESS YOU COULD MAKE EVERYTHING UP. IT SEEMS CLEAR THAT THIS WARPED LOGIC HAS INFECTED THIS CHAMBER WITH THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP EMPLOYING THIS SAME KIND OF THINKING AND UNDERHANDED METHODS. THEY DEFEND A PROCESS THAT IS INDEFENSIBLE, PLAIN AND SIMPLE. YOU KNOW, THIS IS A RIGID PROCESS, LET'S BE HONEST. THIS IS A RIGID PROCESS. IS THIS REALLY HOW WE WANT THE HOUSE TO CONDUCT THE BUSINESS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? IS THIS HOW WE WILL CONDUCT THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS, NOT ONLY NOW BUT IN THE FUTURE? NO DEBATE ON INDIVIDUAL APPROPRIATIONS BILL AND LIMITING AMENDMENTS OVERALL? NO REGULAR ORDER AND SUBVERSION OF THE COMMITTEE PROCESS? SOON, MAYBE THERE WILL BE NO AMENDMENTS ON APPROPRIATIONS BILLS AT ALL. THIS IS A SLIPPERY SLOPE. I URGE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO CONSIDER THE DANGEROUS ROAD THAT WE'RE GOING DOWN. AMERICANS DESERVE BETTER FROM THEIR LEADERS IN CONGRESS ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO HOW TAX DOLLARS WILL BE SPENT. REPUBLICANS TALK ABOUT FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, BUT WHAT I SEE IS ANOTHER RECKLESS AND BLOATED BUDGET PROPOSAL THAT EMPTIES THE TREASURY VAULTS FOR WASTEFUL MILITARY SPENDING WHEN WE HAVE SO MANY CRITICAL PRIORITIES HERE AT HOME. HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH SPENDING $1.6 BILLION ON PRESIDENT TRUMP'S BORDER WALL WITH MEXICO, BUT WHEN IT COMES TO INVESTING IN OUR OWN COMMUNITIES HERE AT HOME, THEY CAN'T BE BOTHERED. HOW ABOUT INVESTING IN OUR KIDS' SCHOOLS. WHY AREN'T WE ENSURING THAT THE YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE THE SUPPORT THEY NEED TO GET ADDITIONAL EDUCATION, MAKE COLLEGE MORE AFFORDABLE. REPUBLICANS LOVE TO TALK ABOUT PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND NEED FOR AMERICANS TO WORK, WHY AREN'T WE INVESTING $1.6 BILLION IN JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS AND INCREASING WAGES. WE SHOULD MAKE SURE THAT FAMILIES HAVE GOOD JOBS AND THOSE WHO WORK FULL-TIME DON'T RAISE THEIR FAMILY IN POVERTY. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD COUNTLESS INFRASTRUCTURE WEEKS, BUT WE HAVE YET TO SEE REPUBLICANS PROPOSE ANY LEGISLATION TO MAKE GOOD ON THEIR PROMISE TO INVEST IN OUR NATION'S INFRASTRUCTURE. INSTEAD OF MAKING ANY OF THESE POLICIES THE TOP PRIORITIES THAT THEY SHOULD BE IN THIS CONGRESS, REPUBLICANS ARE JUST OFFERING MORE OF THE SAME, EMPTY RHETORIC AND BROKEN PROMISES. NOW, TO BE CLEAR, THE LEGISLATION WE WILL CONSIDER TODAY, H.R. 3219 DOES FUND SOME IMPORTANT PRIORITIES. OUR NATIONAL SECURITY MUST BE OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY WITH POLICIES THAT ARE BOTH STRONG AND SMART. I STRONGLY SUPPORT OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFROM AND BELIEVE THAT CONGRESS SHOULD PROVIDE OUR TROOPS EVERYTHING THAT THEY NEED. YET REPUBLICANS HAVE CREATED A SECURITY BILL THAT RAISES SERIOUS CONCERNS. LET'S RECAP FOR A SECOND. THE FINAL VERSION OF THIS BILL WILL INCLUDE $1.6 BILLION FOR THE PRESIDENT'S USELESS AND IMMORAL BORDER WALL AND STRIPS OUT THE BIPARTISAN LEE AMENDMENT THAT WOULD HAVE ENSURED THAT WE GRAPPLE WITH THE WARS INSTEAD OF WRITING A SERIES OF BLANK CHECKS AND TO TOP IT ALL OFF, MR. SPEAKER, THE FOUR BILLS CONTAINED IN H.R. 3219 BLOW THROUGH THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT BY $72 BILLION THREATENING A 13% SEQUESTER ACCOUNTS. WHILE OBJECT LITERATING THE SPENDING CUTS AND REDUCING TO $5 BILLION ITS CAP. IT IS LEGISLATIVE MALPRACTICE THAT REPUBLICANS HAVE IGNORED THIS REALITY AND DID NOTHING TO WORK WITH DEMOCRATS TO RAISE THE BUDGET CAPS FOR DEFENSE AND NONDEFENSE SPENDING. REPUBLICANS ARE SETTING US UP FOR A TRAIN WRECK, GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN OR WORSE. THIS IS NOT GOOD, MR. SPEAKER. THIS SHOULD CONCERN EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF THIS CHAMBER, BOTH DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICANS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS RULE AND TAKE A STAND AGAINST THIS PROCESS, WHICH IS RIGID AND CLOSED AND RESTRICTIVE AND TO OPPOSE THE UNDERLYING BILL AND I RESERVE.

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        • 12:51:37 PM

          MR. COLE

          I WANT TO YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME BEFORE I GO TO MY FIRST…

          I WANT TO YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME BEFORE I GO TO MY FIRST SPEAKER IN ORDER TO RESPOND.

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        • 12:51:46 PM

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        • 12:51:48 PM

          MR. COLE

          I WANT TO BEGIN BY TALKING ABOUT THE AMENDMENT PROCESS JUST VERY QUICKLY.…

          I WANT TO BEGIN BY TALKING ABOUT THE AMENDMENT PROCESS JUST VERY QUICKLY. IT'S WHORT NOTING 72 AMENDMENTS ARE MADE IN ORDER AND 47 ARE DEMOCRAT AMENDMENTS. THE AMENDMENTS THAT WERE REFERRED TO THE RULES COMMITTEE, AT LEAST A THIRD OF THEM WERE KNOCKED OUT BECAUSE THEY WERE OUT OF ORDER. BUT MY FRIEND IS CORRECT. IT'S NOT AN OPEN RULE, BUT I DO REMIND HIM THAT THE FIRST PEOPLE TO ELIMINATE OPEN RULES ON APPROPRIATION BILLS WAS THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY IN 2009 THAT ENDED THE PRACTICE AND FOR TWO YEARS ALLOWED ALMOST NO AMENDMENTS ON ANY APPROPRIATION BILLS AND MOST APPROPRIATION BILLS NEVER CAME TO THE FLOOR. I THINK MY FRIEND BEARS A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF RESPONSIBILITY WHERE WE FIND OURSELVES TODAY. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT MY FRIEND'S COMMENTS ABOUT THE AUMF BECAUSE HE HAS BEEN A GOOD FRIEND AND CLOSE ALLY IN AN AREA WHERE WE HAVE SIMILAR CONCERN. I AGREE WITH MY FRIEND. WE NEED TO DEBATE THIS AND WE NEED TO HAVE AN AUMF THAT IS MORE IN TUNE WITH THE TIMES AND RE-INTRODUCES CONGRESSIONAL POWER AND CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT. I HAVE WORKED WITH MY FRIEND IN THE PAST AND I WILL WORK WITH HIM GOING FORWARD. IN THE CASE OF THE LEE AMENDMENT WHICH IN FULL DISCLOSURE I SUPPORTED IN THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE OF JURISDICTION, WHICH IS NOT THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE MADE IT KNOWN THAT HE WOULD LODGE A POINT OF ORDER. IN OTHER WORDS, THAT WOULD NEVER GET TO THE FLOOR. IN PLACE, WE PUT SOMETHING THAT FRANKLY WILL AT LEAST REQUIRE THE ADMINISTRATION ON THE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL OR THE DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT, WHICH IS ALSO FOUND, TO SUBMIT A REPORT THAT JUSTIFIES WHERE THE ADMINISTRATION IS LEGALLY, LAYS OUT THEIR STRATEGY, LAYS OUT THEIR COSTS AND GIVES US A CHANCE TO BEGIN THE DEBATE. AS A SIGN OF GOOD FAITH, I'M HAPPY TO REPORT THAT THE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE WHICH DOES HAVE JURISDICTION, ACTUALLY HAD THEIR FIRST HEARING ON A NEW AUMF EARLIER THIS WEEK. WE ARE TRYING TO GET TO THE SAME PLACE. MY FRIEND MAY HAVE A DIFFERENT WAY TO GET THERE. BUT WE NEED TO RE-EXAMPLE AND RE-ENACT A NEW AUMF. WE ARE TRYING TO GET THERE STEP BY STEP. WHILE MY FRIEND IS CONCERNED WHERE WE WILL END UP IN THIS PROCESS AND I THINK LEGITIMATELY SO, WE HAVE ACTUALLY MANAGED TO COME TOGETHER HERE THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS AND I SUSPECT WILL AGAIN. IN FISCAL YEAR 2016, WE HAD THE SAME SERIES OF EVENTS AND YET CONGRESS CAME TO AN AGREEMENT ON FULL FUNDING THAT WAS BIPARTISAN AND PASSED BY SUBSTANTIAL NUMBERS OF BOTH PARTIES PARTICIPATING. THE SAME THING WAS TRUE IN FISCAL YEAR 20717. MY HOPE IS IT WILL BE TRUE AGAIN IN FISCAL YEAR 2018. BUT THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE PROCESS AND WE NEED TO GO THROUGH THIS. BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY AND I TELL THIS TO MY FRIENDS ON THE RIGHT AND LEFT, WE WILL END UP WITH A BICAMERAL BIPARTISAN APPROPRIATIONS BILL. THERE IS NO OTHER WAY TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND WE PLEDGE TO WORK TOWARDS THAT. I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MIGRATE FRIEND FROM ALABAMA, A MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE AND A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA.

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        • 12:55:15 PM

          MR. BYRNE

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

          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL, THE MAKE AMERICA SECURE APPROPRIATIONS ACT, IT'S ALL ABOUT PROTECTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND SECURING OUR HOMELAND, UNFORTUNATELY YEARS OF UNDERFUNDING HAVE SEVERELY HURT OUR MILITARY. WITH THIS BILL, WE CAN MAKE PROGRESS TOWARD REBUILDING THE MILITARY AND ADDING MORE TROOPS, SAILORS, AIRMEN AND MARINES TO THE FORCE. BUILDING OUR PLEDGE TO A 355-SHIP FLEET, THE BILL INCLUDES 11 NEW SHIPS AND THE INDEPENDENCE CLASS VESSEL IS BUILT BY A FANTASTIC WORK FORCE IN SOUTHWEST ALABAMA. HAVING STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITIES AND RESOURCES IS VITAL TO THE SUCCESS OF OUR MILITARY TO REPAIR AGING INFRASTRUCTURE. THE BILL PROVIDES 25% INCREASE IN MILITARY CONSTRUCTION FUNDING. SUPPORTING OUR SERVICE MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES IS A HIGH PRIORITY IN THIS BILL AS IT PROVIDES FOR THE LARGEST MILITARY PAY RAISE IN EIGHT YEARS. THAT'S NOT ALL IT DOES. IT PROVIDES FOR OUR NATION'S VETERANS, THE GREAT PEOPLE WHO DEVOTED THEIR LIVES TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY AND THE VALUES WE HOLD SO DEAR. THIS BILL PROVIDES THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF FUNDING FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN AFFAIRS. THIS WILL CUT DOWN ON THE CLAIMS BACKLOG AND MOVE FORWARD WITH THE NEW ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORDS SYSTEM. THIS WILL INCREASE OUR NATION'S BORDER SECURITY IN AN EFFORT TO KEEP BAD ACTORS OF OUR COUNTRY. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SENT A STRONG MESSAGE THAT THEY WANTED A WALL SECURING OUR SOUTHERN BORDER. THIS BILL WILL PROVIDE OVER $1.5 BILLION REQUESTED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR PHYSICAL BARRIER CONSTRUCTION ALONG THE SOUTHERN BORDER. OVER THE LAST WEEK, PEOPLE IN AMERICA PEOPLE WENT TO SEE A MOVIE "DUNKIRK". PRIME MINISTER CHURCHILL WAS IN OFFICE ONLY A COUPLE OF WEEKS BUT HE PREDICTED THAT THAT DAY WAS COMING AND PUT IT IN A BOOK CALLED "WHILE ENGLAND SLEPT." WE ARE SENDING A STRONG MESSAGE TO THE WORLD THAT AMERICA IS NOT ASLEEP. AND I YIELD BACK.

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          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA RESERVES AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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        • 12:57:51 PM

          MR. MCGOVERN

          LET ME REMIND MY COLLEAGUES THIS IS ABOUT PROCESS. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

          LET ME REMIND MY COLLEAGUES THIS IS ABOUT PROCESS. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA TALKED ABOUT WAIVERS AND THAT THE LEE AUMF LANGUAGE WOULD BE SUBJECT TO A POINT OF ORDER. WELL, THE LANGUAGE THAT MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS REPLACED THE LEE AMENDMENT WITH IS PROTECTED BY A WAIVER OF ALL POINTS OF ORDER, BECAUSE IT WAS LEGISLATING ON AN APPROPRIATIONS BILL. AS I POINTED OUT LAST NIGHT IN THE RULES COMMITTEE, YOU MADE IN ORDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 19 BY MR. GRIFFITH WHICH VIOLATES SECTION 306 OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET ACT AND YOU PROVIDED A WAIVER FOR THAT. AND MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS ROUTINELY GRANT WAIVERS IN BILLS THAT COME BEFORE THE RULES COMMITTEE. THE PROBLEM IS THAT THE WAIVERS ARE ONLY GRANTED FOR YOUR AMENDMENTS AND NOT OUR AMENDMENTS AND THAT'S NOT FAIR. AND THAT'S NOT RIGHT. SO IF YOUR POLICY IS GOING TO BE WE ARE GOING TO GRANT NO WAIVERS, IT OUGHT TO APPLY TO REPUBLICANS, TOO. BUT THERE IS A DOUBLE STANDARD HERE. AND VOICES THAT YOU DISAGREE WITH ALWAYS SEEM TO END UP, YOU KNOW, BEING CUT OFF. AND SO, ANY WAY, MR. SPEAKER, I JUST POINT THAT OUT, BECAUSE YOU KNOW, THIS PROCESS AND THE REASON WHY SO MANY OF US ARE ANGRY IS THAT IT IS SO BLATANTLY UNFAIR. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA TALKED ABOUT HOW WE WANT TO COMMIT TO UPHOLDING THE NATIONAL SECURITY OF THIS NATION, I AGREE WITH HIM. BUT I WOULD SAY WE'RE NOT DOING OUR JOBS IF THIS FLOOR IS NOT A PLACE WHERE WE CAN HAVE FREE-FLOWING DEBATE WHERE MEMBERS CAN OFFER DIFFERENT IDEAS AND BE ABLE TO HAVE A VOTE ON THEM. I WOULD SAY WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES, YOU DO NOT HAVE A MONOPOLY ON ALL GOOD IDEAS. WE HAVE A COUPLE OF GOOD IDEAS, TOO. AND MAYBE SOME OF YOUR MEMBERS AGREE WITH THAT AS WELL. AND THE OTHER THING WE OBJECT TO IS THE WAY MY REPUBLIC KAREN FRIENDS SELF-EXECUTE CONTROVERSIAL MEASURES LIKE THIS BORDER WALL AT $1.6 BILLION, DENYING AN UP OR DOWN VOTE, MAYBE IT'S TO PROTECT YOUR MEMBERS IN SWING DISTRICTS. IF YOU DON'T HAVE THE VOTES TO DO IT, IT OUGHT NOT TO BE IN THIS BILL. THAT'S JUST, TO ME, A SOUND WAY TO APPROACH LEGISLATING. AND ALL THE NORMAL RULES SEEM TO BE THROWN OUT THE WINDOW HERE. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MINNESOTA, THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR. . .

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        • 01:00:44 PM

          MS. MCCOLLUM

          I RISE IN OPPOSITION OF THE MAKE AMERICA SECURE APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF…

          I RISE IN OPPOSITION OF THE MAKE AMERICA SECURE APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 2017. MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE IN A CONSTRAINT FISCAL ENVIRONMENT AND WE NEED TO MAKE SMART CHOICES ABOUT THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY. SO I'M DISAPPOINTED TO SEE THAT MANY OF THE CHOICES THAT THE REPUBLICANS MADE IN THIS BILL ARE COMPLETELY OUT OF BALANCE WITH THE NEEDS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. REPUBLICANS HAVE CHOSEN TO EXCLUDE EIGHT OF THE APPROPRIATION BILLS FROM THIS LEGISLATION. FUNDING FOR ROADS AND BRIDGES TO DRIVE ON, QUALITY HEALTH CARE FOR OUR FAMILY, PROTECTING OUR CLEAN AIR AND OUR DRINKING WATER AND THE EDUCATION OF FUTURE GENERATIONS. THESE CRITICAL INVESTMENTS THAT ALL AMERICANS DEPEND UPON ARE LEFT BY THE WAYSIDE WITH NO PATH FORWARD. REPUBLICANS HAVE CHOSEN TO PUT FORWARD A BILL THAT EXCEEDS THE DEFENSE CAPS BY $72 BILLION WITH NO BUDGET AGREEMENT IN SIGHT. THIS BILL WOULD TRIGGER SEQUESTRATION CUTS THAT OUR MILITARY LEADERS HAVE WARNED US WOULD BE CATASTROPHIC FOR OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. REPUBLICANS HAVE DECLINED TO MAKE COMMONSENSE CUTS TO DEFENSE SPENDING BY DENYING THE PENTAGON'S REQUEST FOR A NEW BRAC ROUND. MAKE NO MISTAKE, THIS WILL WASTE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OVER THE NEXT DECADE. AT A TIME WHEN COUNTRIES LIKE CHINA ARE DEALING WITH -- WE ARE DOING GREAT HARM TO AMERICA'S GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS IN ADVANCED RESEARCH INDUSTRIES. MR. SPEAKER, THESE CHOICES ARE SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE TO MY CONSTITUENTS AND TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND I URGE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO WORK WITH DEMOCRATS TO PUT FORWARD APPROPRIATE FUNDING BILLS THAT WILL ADVANCE THE APPROPRIATION BILLS FOR ALL OF AMERICA AND TO MAKE AMERICA THE STRONG COUNTRY IT SHOULD BE. I YIELD BACK.

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        • 01:02:42 PM

          MR. COLE

          THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. BEFORE I GO TO MY NEXT SPEAKER, I YIELD…

          THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. BEFORE I GO TO MY NEXT SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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        • 01:02:50 PM

          MR. COLE

          TO RESPOND TO MY FRIENDS. FIRST, TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS, I…

          TO RESPOND TO MY FRIENDS. FIRST, TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS, I USED TO COME UP IN THE RULES COMMITTEE AS A FORMER MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE AND I ALWAYS GOT THE MOST WARMEST, MOST GRACIOUS RECEPTION BUT I DON'T THINK I EVER GOT AN AMENDMENT APPROVED. YOU KNOW, YOU CAN LEGISLATE ON APPROPRIATIONS BILLS IF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE AUTHORIZING COMMITTEE CAN ALLOW YOU TO DO IT. I HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF SYMPATHY WITH MY FRIEND'S POSITION ON MS. LEE'S AMENDMENT. I ACTUALLY SUPPORTED THAT AMENDMENT IN SUBCOMMITTEE. BUT I RECOGNIZE THAT WE'RE NOT THE APPROPRIATE COMMITTEE AND IF A DIFFERENT AUTHORIZING CHAIRMAN WANTED TO DO SOMETHING, HE COULD. AND FINALLY, WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO MY FRIEND, WE'RE NOT THE ONES THAT BEGAN THIS PROCESS OF ELIMINATING OPENING RULES ON APPROPRIATIONS. MY FRIEND'S PARTY IS. WE ACTUALLY TRIED TO RESTORE IT. I REGRET WE DID NOT SUCCEED IN THAT. THIS IS NOT SOMETHING I LIKE DOING BUT FRANKLY PEOPLE ARE MORE WANTING GOT YOU AMENDMENTS. I HOPE WE CAN REVISIT THAT SOMEDAY AND GO BACK TO THE TRADITIONAL WAY OF DOING THIS. FINALLY, MY GOOD FRIEND FROM MINNESOTA, I WANT TO MAKE A PLEDGE TO HER AND SHE KNOWS IT'S SINCERE, WE WILL WORK TOGETHER. I DON'T THINK THIS BILL ULTIMATELY WILL BE PASSED WITHOUT BIPARTISAN COOPERATION, AND I LOOK AT THE 15, 16, 17 BILLS THAT ALL DID END UP AS COOPERATIVE MEASURES. JUST TO REFRESH MY FRIEND'S MEMORY, IT WAS BACK IN APRIL THAT WE PASSED A TRILLION DOLLAR-PLUS SPENDING BILL FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017 THAT WAS EXTREMELY BIPARTISAN. THE MAJORITY OF MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE VOTED FOR IT. THE MAJORITY OF MY FRIENDS VOTED FOR IT, AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES SIGNED. SO THIS IS A LONG AND LENGTHY PROCESS TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT, AND I SUSPECT AT THE END OF IT WE WILL COME TOGETHER AND THAT'S CERTAINLY WHAT I AM GOING TO TRY TO DO AS I WORK THROUGH THE PROCESS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED MEMBER FROM OHIO, A MEMBER OF THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE, TWO MINUTES.

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        • 01:05:12 PM

          MR. GIBBS

          WITH THE MAKE AMERICA SECURE APPROPRIATION ACT AS WE ARE MAKING SURE THAT…

          WITH THE MAKE AMERICA SECURE APPROPRIATION ACT AS WE ARE MAKING SURE THAT THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO PROTECT AND DEFEND OUR COUNTRY HAVE THE BEST EQUIPMENT AND TRAINING IN THE WORLD AND THEY GET THE PAY RAISE THEY DESERVE. ADDITIONALLY, I'M PLEASED TO SEE MY PROVISIONS WERE INCLUDED IN THIS LEGISLATION TO PROTECT LAKE ERIE BY PREVENTING THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERING FROM USING OPEN LAKE PLACEMENT AS A METHOD OF DISPOSAL OF DREDGE MATERIAL UNLESS A QUALITY CERTIFICATION IS PROVIDED. THIS IS ENSURING THAT LAKE ERIE REMAINS ON THE PATH TOWARDS A HEALTHIER NATURAL RESOURCE. THE BILL ALSO GIVES THE E.P.A. ADMINISTRATOR AND THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY FURTHER AUTHORIZATION TO WITHDRAW THE WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES RULE. FINALLY, THIS LEGISLATION PROVIDES THE RESOURCES TO BETTER SECURE OUR BORDER, PROTECT OUR CITIZENS AND OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. WE ARE MAKING GOOD ON OUR PROMISE TO BUILD A WALL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. I THANK YOU AND YIELD BACK.

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        • 01:06:10 PM

          MR. MCGOVERN

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

          MR. SPEAKER, I'M HAPPY TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER.

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          MR. BLUMENAUER

          I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S COURTESY. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS…

          I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S COURTESY. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE. I HAD A REAL BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT THAT HAD BEEN IN ORDER REPEATEDLY IN RECENT SESSIONS, GAINING BIPARTISAN SUPPORT TO BE ABLE TO DEAL WITH THE CRISIS THAT OUR VETERANS FACE IN TERMS OF ADDICTION, OPIOIDS, THE D.E.A. SADLY HAS A HORRIBLE RECORD IN TERMS OF HOW THEY DEAL WITH THESE VETERANS. THEY SUFFER SUICIDE 50% HIGHER THAN THE GENERAL PUBLIC. THE OPIOID ADDICTION RATE IS TWICE THE GENERAL POP SIGNIFICANCE. MR. SPEAKER, I'VE BEEN WORKING FOR YEARS IN THE AREA OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA. 29 STATES HAVE NOW LEGALIZED IT, AND I WISH MY FRIENDS ON THE RULES COMMITTEE HAD TAKEN THE TIME TO LISTEN TO THE STORIES OF VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES ABOUT WHAT DIFFERENCE IT MADE FOR PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM PTSD, CHRONIC PAIN, TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY. MEDICAL MARIJUANA HAS HELPED CHANGE THEIR LIVES, AND IT'S NOT ADDICTIVE AND DOESN'T KILL THEM THE WAY THE ABUSE OF OPIOIDS HAD. YET, THE V.A. IN ITS INFINITY WISDOM, DOESN'T EVEN -- INFINITE WISDOM, DOESN'T EVEN ALLOW DOCTORS TO TALK TO VETERANS IN THE STATES THAT ARE LEGAL. MY AMENDMENT IS SIMPLE. IT WOULDN'T DISPENSE MARIJUANA -- IT ALLOWED THE V.A. DOCTOR TO WORK WITH THE PATIENTS. THE PEOPLE WHO KNOW THEM BEST. IT PASSED LAST YEAR WITH 40 VOTES ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS. THERE WERE 18 BIPARTISAN CO-SPONSORS, NINE AND NINE, REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT. IT'S ALREADY PASSED THE SENATE BY A 2-1 MARGIN IN COMMITTEE. IT WAS ACTUALLY ENACTED INTO LAW -- EXCUSE ME -- IT WAS ACTUALLY APPROVED BY THE HOUSE LAST CONGRESS, BUT IN CONFERENCE COMMITTEE IT WAS STRIPPED OUT, LED BY FORMER SENATOR KIRK. AND I SINCERELY BELIEVE ONE OF THE REASONS HE'S A FORMER SENATOR IS BECAUSE ILLINOIS VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES WERE OUTRAGED ABOUT THAT ACTION TO REVERSE WHAT CONGRESS DID. AND NOW WE'RE NOT EVEN ALLOWED TO VOTE ON IT. I THINK THAT'S INCOMPREHENSIBLE. I DON'T THINK IT'S FAIR TO OUR VETERANS. MY FRIENDS ON THE RULES COMMITTEE ARE ON THE WRONG SIDE OF HISTORY. IN FLORIDA LAST NOVEMBER, 71% OF THE PEOPLE VOTED FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA. OUR VETERANS DESERVE THE RIGHT TO WORK WITH THEIR V.A. PHYSICIANS TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT FOR THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES AND HOPEFULLY AVOID THE EPIDEMIC OF OPIOID OVERDOSES, OVERPRESCRIPTIONS AND NOT BEING ABLE TO TREAT THEM A METHODOLOGY THAT'S NOT HIGHLY ADDICTIVE AND NOT DANGEROUS. THERE'S NO REASON ON GOD'S GREEN EARTH THAT WE SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO AT LEAST VOTE ON THIS BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT TO PROTECT OUR VETERANS.

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        • 01:09:28 PM

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

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        • 01:09:32 PM

          MR. COLE

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

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

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        • 01:09:37 PM

          MR. COLE

          PROCEED.

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          MR. BLUMENAUER

          WITH THAT I YIELD BACK -- OR RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER

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          MR. COLE

          WITH THAT I YIELD BACK -- OR RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER

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          WITH THAT I YI

          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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          MR. MCGOVERN

          MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON TO RESPOND.

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          MR. BLUMENAUER

          THIS WAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO BRING US TOGETHER. IT PASSED LAST CONGRESS ON…

          THIS WAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO BRING US TOGETHER. IT PASSED LAST CONGRESS ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE WITH OVER -- WITH A 40-VOTE MARGIN AND THERE'S MORE SUPPORT NOW TODAY IN THE PUBLIC, IN THE OTHER BODY. THIS WAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO AVOID UNNECESSARY CONTROVERSY, TO SEND THE SIGNAL TO OUR VETERANS, TO CHANGE A DESTRUCTIVE POLICY FROM THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION THAT IS OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORTED BY THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. AND IF YOU WOULD HAVE ALLOWED US TO VOTE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE, I'LL GUARANTEE YOU WE WOULD HAVE HAD EVEN MORE VOTES THIS TIME. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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          MR. MCGOVERN

          MR. SPEAKER, WHEN SPEAKER RYAN TOOK THE GAVEL, HE PROMISED TO HAVE A, AND…

          MR. SPEAKER, WHEN SPEAKER RYAN TOOK THE GAVEL, HE PROMISED TO HAVE A, AND I QUOTE, A PROCESS THAT'S MORE OPEN, MORE INCLUSIVE, MORE DELIBERATIVE AND MORE PARTICIPATORY, END QUOTE. AND MY FRIENDS LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT THE NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS. MR. SPEAKER, RATHER THAN TAKING ONE ISSUE AT A TIME, THIS IS AN ISSUE FOR THREE APPROPRIATIONS BUSINESS. I SAY TO MY GUYS, YOU GUYS ARE WORSE THAN YOU USED TO BE. THERE ARE 10 AMENDMENTS. LAST YEAR YOU MADE IN ORDER 13. SO WE HAVE LESS AMENDMENT THIS IS YEAR. FOR THE MILITARY CONSTRUCTION-VETERANS BILL, THERE ARE 16 AMENDMENTS. JUST A SHORT TIME AGO, IN F.Y. 2016 WE HAD A MODIFIED OPEN RULE, SO THIS RULE IS CLEARLY MUCH WORSE. WE HAVE THE SAME SITUATION WITH THE ENERGY AND WATER BILL. WE HAVE A STRUCTURED RULE THIS YEAR WHILE WE HAD A MODIFIED OPEN RULE A YEAR AGO. THE PROCESS IN THE HOUSE IS GETTING WORSE. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY WE HAVE A SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE WHO HAS NEVER ALLOWED TRULY AN OPEN RULE. WE WERE NOT PERFECT, MR. SPEAKER. BUT SPEAKER PELOSI ALLOWED RULES -- THE RULES COMMITTEE TO REPORT OPEN RULES. SPEAKER BOEHNER ALLOWED OPEN RULES. EVERY SPEAKER IN MODERN HISTORY ALLOWED SOME OPEN RULES. BUT WE DON'T EVEN GET MODIFIED OPEN RULES ANYMORE. MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE SEEING AN ALARMING RISE IN THE NUMBER OF SELF-EXECUTING RULES, WHAT REPUBLICANS USED TO CALL DEEM AND PASS RULES. NOW, LET ME EXPLAIN WHAT THAT IS. IN HIS BOOK "YOUNG GUNS: A NEW GENERATION OF CONSERVATIVE LEADERS," OUR DEAR SPEAKER, MR. RYAN, DESCRIBED THE SELF-EXECUTION PROCESS -- THIS IS ON PAGE 98 IF YOU'RE FOLLOWING ALONG -- BUT HE DESCRIBED IT AS -- HE CALLED THIS PROCESS AND I QUOTE, QUOTE, LEGISLATIVE TRICKERY TO ENACT LEGISLATION THAT DOES NOT HAVE MAJORITY BACKING, END QUOTE. NOW, SOMETIME TODAY WE HAVE TO GO BACK UP TO THE RULES COMMITTEE TO DO A LITTLE LEGISLATIVE TRICKERY TO FUND THE PRESIDENT'S BORDER WALL. NEWS FLASH -- MEXICO IS NOT PAYING FOR THE WALL. THE LANGUAGE THAT THE SPEAKER INTENDS TO DEEM PASSED WITHOUT A VOTE USES GOOD OLD-FASHIONED AMERICAN GREENBACKS TO PAY FOR TRUMP'S WALL. THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER ARE GOING TO BE STUCK WITH THIS BILL FOR THIS RIDICULOUS WALL. MR. SPEAKER, THIS PROCESS IS NOT GOOD. IT IS NOT A BETTER WAY. IT'S ROTTEN, AND THE RULE THE MAJORITY WILL PUT ON THIS FLOOR TOMORROW WILL BE EVEN WORSE. WE ARE JAMMING THROUGH THESE IMPORTANT APPROPRIATIONS BILLS TOGETHER, LIMITING DEBATE AND MOVING FURTHER AWAY FROM REGULAR ORDER. WE DON'T NEED THIS RULE AND WE DON'T NEED A SELF-EXECUTING RULE TOMORROW. NOW, IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THIS RULE, I WILL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO OPEN UP THIS PROCESS AND CONSIDER THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND VETERANS AFFAIRS AND ENERGY AND WATER APPROPRIATIONS BILLS EACH UNDER AN OPEN RULE. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE TEXT OF MY AMENDMENT IN THE RECORD ALONG WITH EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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        • 01:13:25 PM

          IN HIS BOOK "YOUNG GUNS

          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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          MR. MCGOVERN

          AND LET ME JUST CONCLUDE BEFORE I YIELD TO MRS. LOVE GREEN, LET ME JUST…

          AND LET ME JUST CONCLUDE BEFORE I YIELD TO MRS. LOVE GREEN, LET ME JUST CONCLUDE WITH THIS, MR. SPEAKER, MEMBERS HAVE A CHANCE TO VOTE FOR AN OPEN AMENDMENT PROCESS ON THESE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. THAT IS WHAT THIS P.Q. VOTE IS ABOUT. REPUBLICANS WILL NOT CONTROL THIS HOUSE FOREVER, AND I HOPE THAT NO MEMBER WHO VOTES AGAINST THIS OPEN RULE AMENDMENT TODAY WILL HAVE THE AUDACITY TO CRITICIZE ANY FUTURE DEMOCRATIC JORTS. IF THEY DO, MR. SPEAKER, -- DEMOCRATIC MAJORITIES. IF THEY DO, MR. SPEAKER, WE WILL ASSURE THEM OF THIS VOTE. TO DISCUSS THIS PROPOSAL, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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          MS. LOFGREN

          NOT REALLY A SURPRISE BECAUSE IT'S USED TO SET UP SOME ISSUES AND IT'S A…

          NOT REALLY A SURPRISE BECAUSE IT'S USED TO SET UP SOME ISSUES AND IT'S A PARTY-LINE VOTE, BUT THIS IS DIFFERENT. THIS IS DIFFERENT, BECAUSE THIS WOULD ALLOW AMENDMENTS TO BE OFFERED TO THESE APPROPRIATION BILLS. NOW, THE AMENDMENT PROCESS AND APPROACH IS ONE OF THE FEW TIMES THAT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT. AND IT'S NOT JUST DEMOCRATS, IT'S REPUBLICANS, TOO. I RECALL VERY WELL -- YOU KNOW, I'M A CO-CHAIR OF THE 4TH AMENDMENT CAUCUS. CONGRESSMAN TED POE AND MYSELF AND WHAT MEMBERS OF THE 4TH AMENDMENT CAUCUS DID IS WE PUT TOGETHER AN AMENDMENT THAT REFORMED SECTION 702 OF THE PATRIOT ACT WHICH SAYS YOU CAN'T QUEERY THE DATA BASE ACCUMULATED UNDER SECTION 702 WITHOUT A WARRANT. PRETTY OBVIOUS TA THE 4TH AMENDMENT PROTECTS AMERICANS. THAT PASSED BY A HUGE BIPARTISAN VOTE, TWICE. WE DON'T GET TO OFFER THAT AMENDMENT THIS TIME BECAUSE IT'S NOT AN OPEN RULE. SO I'M JUST ASKING THAT WE TREAT THIS PREVIOUS QUESTION VOTE VERY DIFFERENT THAN THE USUAL GARDEN VARIETY VOTE. THIS IS DIFFERENT. THIS ISN'T ABOUT IDEOLOGY OR ABOUT 30-SECOND ADS THAT WE BOTH DO. NO, THIS IS ABOUT HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HAVING AN OPPORTUNITY TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT IN IMPORTANT AREAS ESPECIALLY, THE 4TH AMENDMENT. SO PLEASE VOTE YES ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION THIS TIME AND LET'S HAVE OPEN RULES. LET'S HAVE DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA. I YIELD BACK.

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          THE GENTLELADY'S TIME IS EXPIRED. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO DIRECT THEIR…

          THE GENTLELADY'S TIME IS EXPIRED. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO DIRECT THEIR COMMENTS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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        • 01:18:06 PM

          MR. COLE

          I WANT TO RESPOND TO MY FRIENDS AND REMIND THEM IT WASN'T REPUBLICANS WHO…

          I WANT TO RESPOND TO MY FRIENDS AND REMIND THEM IT WASN'T REPUBLICANS WHO GOT RID OF OPEN RULES, IT WAS MY FRIENDS. YOU CAN'T SET ONE STANDARD FOR YOURSELF AND NOW SAY, WELL YOU HAVE TO GO BACK TO THE WAY IT WAS. I'M SORRY. THAT'S DIFFICULT. WE TRIED TO DO THAT FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS AND WE DID COME BACK TO OPEN RULES. AND I WOULD STILL PREFER THAT, TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH. I LOST THAT ARGUMENT IN MY OWN CONFERENCE. IF MY FRIENDS WILL RECALL LAST YEAR ON AN ENERGY AND WATER BILL, THEY SLIPPED AN AMENDMENT IN, PERFECTLY LEGITIMATE FOR THEM TO DO SO, THEY GOT IT ADOPTED, AND DID NOT VOTE FOR THE BILL EVEN THOUGH THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED AND WE LOST A LOT OF VOTES. THERE IS THAT CALCULUS. THERE IS DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN AMENDMENT THAT IS SUBSTANTIVE AND AN AMENDMENT THAT IS A POISON PILL AMENDMENT. OUR SIDE DECIDED THEY WEREN'T GOING TO SUBJECT THEMSELVES TO THAT ANY LONGER. I'M NOT SURE I AGREE BUT THAT'S THE REALITY OF WHERE WE ARE. WE ARE MOVING UNDER AN EXPEDITED SITUATION BECAUSE WE BEGAN THIS PROCESS LATE. I WANT TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THAT ON OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE. ALL OF THE APPROPRIATION BILLS SHOULD HAVE BEEN FINISHED OF 2017. INSTEAD WE ALLOWED THE NEW ADMINISTRATION TO HAVE INPUT, WE PUSHED THAT OFF AND DID A FOUR-MONTH CONTINUING RESOLUTION. AND WE FINALLY PASSED A BILL IN APRIL. WE ARE MOVING WITH EXCEPTIONAL SPEED. IT IS PRETTY REMARKABLE AT THIS POINT THAT ALL 12 APPROPRIATION BILLS HAVE BEEN REPORTED OUT OF COMMITTEE AND ARE PREPARING TO GO HERE. OUR LEADERSHIP MADE, I THINK, A SMART DECISION HERE'S FOUR THAT RELATE TO SECURITY FOR THE COUNTRY AND GET THOSE DONE, FIRST THINGS FIRST AND COME BACK AND DEAL WITH THE OTHER EIGHT IN SEPTEMBER. IT'S MY HOPE THAT'S WHAT WE WILL DO IN PACKAGES AGAIN. WE ARE TRYING TO MOVE QUICKLY. AND IT IS WORTH NOTING THAT THIS PROCESS COMPARED TO THE PROCESS MY DEMOCRATIC FRIENDS FOLLOWED IS FAR MORE OPEN. THERE ARE FAR MORE AMENDMENTS NOW EVEN UNDER A STRUCTURED RULE THAN THEY ALLOWED WHEN THEY WERE IN THE MAJORITY ON APPROPRIATION BILLS. WE CAN GET THE NUMBERS AND COUNT, BUT WE ARE TRYING TO GETTING BILLS TO THE FLOOR AND HAVING A PRETTY GENEROUS LATITUDE FOR SERIOUS AMENDMENTS. WE'LL DISAGREE OVER WHICH ONES WERE MADE IN ORDER. A LOT OF REPUBLICAN AMENDMENTS WEREN'T MADE IN ORDER. BUT 72 AMENDMENTS IS A LOT OF AMENDMENTS. HOPEFULLY THIS PROCESS CAN GET BETTER AS WE GO FORWARD. BUT I'M PROUD OF THE PRODUCT THAT WE ARE PRESENTING AND PROUD OF THE NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS THAT ARE BEING ALLOWED. WITH THAT, I RESERVE.

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        • 01:21:09 PM

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

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

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        • 01:21:13 PM

          MR. MCGOVERN

          I WOULD LIKE TO INSERT INTO A RECORD A LETTER SIGNED BY CIVIL RIGHTS…

          I WOULD LIKE TO INSERT INTO A RECORD A LETTER SIGNED BY CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS, EDUCATION GROUPS AND WOMEN'S GROUPS IN OPPOSITION TO THIS MINIBUS. AND I WOULD LIKE TO INSERT A LETTER AND UNANIMOUS CONSENT A LETTER FROM THE COALITION ON HUMAN NEEDS AGAINST THIS. I WOULD LIKE TO INSERT A LETTER TO MY COLLEAGUES FROM AFSCME AND A LETTER SENT BY THE UNION OF PROFESSIONALS. MR. SPEAKER, LET ME JUST SAY, I SAY TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM OKLAHOMA, THE REPUBLICANS PRESIDED OVER THE MOST CLOSED CONGRESS IN HISTORY. AND THIS WAY YOU ARE ON YOUR WAY TO BEATING THAT RECORD. THE GENTLEMAN TALKS ABOUT EXCEPTIONAL SPEED WE ARE MOVING THESE APPROPRIATION BILLS TO THE FLOOR, I'M NOT IMPRESSED WITH THE EXCEPTIONAL SPEED WHEN IT COMES TO THE SPENDING OF BILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS. I WANT TO GET IT RIGHT. THAT'S WHY WE ARE ASKING FOR AN OPEN PROCESS. LET ME GO BACK TO THE LEE AUMF AMENDMENT, IT WAS APPROVED IN THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AND THE GENTLEMAN VOTED FOR IT. SO WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MR. SHERMAN.

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          MR. SHERMAN

          VOTE AGAINST THE RULE, VOTE AGAINST THE BILL, THE BILL DOES CONTAIN ONE…

          VOTE AGAINST THE RULE, VOTE AGAINST THE BILL, THE BILL DOES CONTAIN ONE PROVISION THAT I WANT TO APPLAUD THE COMMITTEE FOR INCLUDING THAT IS SECTION 8109 NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED IN CONTRAVENTION OF THE WAR POWERS ACT. I FIRST PROPOSED THIS LANGUAGE IN 2011. IT FAILED AT FIRST, BUT NOW IT'S BEEN INCLUDED IN EVERY DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL SINCE F.Y. 2012. IT'S NECESSARY TO ENFORCE THE WAR POWERS ACT BECAUSE EVERY ATTORNEY GENERAL SINCE THE 1970'S HAS ADVISED PRESIDENTS THAT THE WAR POWERS ACT ISN'T BINDING ON THE PRESIDENT AND THE PRESIDENT CAN SEND UNLIMITED NUMBER OF TROOPS ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD WITHOUT A DECLARATION OF WAR. A REPUBLICAN ATTORNEY GENERAL TESTIFIED BEFORE THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE YESTERDAY THAT BY INCLUDING THIS LANGUAGE IN THE APPROPRIATIONS BILL, CONGRESS ENFORCES THE WAR POWERS ACT AND ITS PROPER ROLE IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS. I THANK THE COMMITTEE FOR INCLUDING THIS LANGUAGE.

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

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        • 01:24:07 PM

          MR. COLE

          I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I CERTAINLY WOULD NEVER EXPECT…

          I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I CERTAINLY WOULD NEVER EXPECT MY FRIEND TO VOTE FOR THE RULE. I DON'T THINK I EVER VOTED FOR A DEMOCRATIC RULE AND VERY FEW DEMOCRATS HAVE VOTED FOR OUR RULES. BUT THAT'S NORMAL PART OF THE CHAMBER. I COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FOR GETTING THAT LANGUAGE INTO THE BILL. I RESPECT THE GENTLEMAN'S RIGHT TO NOT VOTE FOR THE BILL. IT'S A BIG BILL AND LOTS OF DIFFERENT THINGS IN IT. I THINK HE MAKES AN IMPORTANT POINT THERE ARE LOTS OF OVERLAPPING THINGS WHERE WE DO AGREE INSIDE THIS BILL. MY FRIENDS ARE CERTAINLY FREE TO VOTE NO AND I SUSPECT MANY WILL. BUT THERE ARE MANY OCCASIONS IN A BILL LIKE THIS, PARTICULARLY RELATED TO DEFENSE AND PARTICULARLY RELATED TO VETERANS WHERE THE COMPONENT PARTS ACTUALLY HAVE ENORMOUS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. THAT'S TRUE IN THE VETERANS' ADMINISTRATION AND TRUE WITH THE GENTLEMAN'S PROVISION THAT HE HAS GOTTEN IN SUCCESSIVE BILLS EVEN UNDER REPUBLICAN CONGRESSES. I COMMEND HIM FOR HIS WORK AND I AGREE WITH HIS INTENTION. MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS MAY HAVE SOME DIFFERENCES ON THIS AND THAT PROCESS, BUT THAT'S ANOTHER PERSON I AGREE WITH IN TERMS OF WAR POWERS ACT AND TRYING TO GET A NEW AUMF AND RECLAIM CONGRESSIONAL POWER. EVEN THOUGH WE DISAGREE ON THIS, THIS BILL STARTS US MAYBE DOWN THAT ROAD AGAIN BY REQUIRING THE ADMINISTRATION TO SUBMIT A REPORT TO JUSTIFY LEGALLY WHERE WE'RE AT AND WHY, TO TELL US THE STRATEGY, TO LAY OUT THE COSTS. I COMMEND MY FRIEND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE, MR. ROYCE, FOR HOLDING A HEARING ON THAT. I SEE US MOVING BACK TOWARD REGULAR ORDER AND COMMON GROUND. I UNDERSTAND AND APPRECIATE MY FRIEND'S OBJECTIONS EVEN THOUGH I DON'T AGREE WITH HIM, BUT I THANK MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA THERE ARE PARTS THAT WE DO AGREE AND ARE IMPORTANT AND INCORPORATED IN THIS BILL. MAYBE WE CAN MAKE IT BETTER IN THE AMENDMENT PROCESS. I RESERVE.

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          MR. COLE

          I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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          MR. MCGOVERN

          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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          MR. MCGOVERN

          PROCESS MATTERS. AND I HAVE COME TO THE CONCLUSION AFTER HAVING SERVED…

          PROCESS MATTERS. AND I HAVE COME TO THE CONCLUSION AFTER HAVING SERVED HERE FOR SOME TIME NOW THAT A LOUSY PROCESS LEADS TO A LOUSY PRODUCT AND LOUSY LEGISLATION. AND MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES WERE MOVED YESTERDAY WHEN SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN APPEARED ON THE SENATE FLOOR AND NOT ONLY ENGAGED IN SENATE BUSINESS, BUT ACTUALLY GAVE A VERY ELOQUENT PASSIONED SPEECH. I WANT TO QUOTE SENATOR MCCAIN FROM YESTERDAY. HE SAID LET'S RETURN TO REGULAR ORDER. WE HAVE BEEN SPINNING OUR WHEELS ON TOO MANY IMPORTANT ISSUES BECAUSE WE KEEP TRYING TO FIND A WAY TO WIN WITH HELP FROM ACROSS THE AISLE. THAT'S AN APPROACH MANDATING LEGISLATION FROM THE TOP DOWN. WITHOUT ANY SUPPORT FROM THE OTHER SIDE. WITH ALL THE PARLIAMENTARY MANEUVERS THAT REQUIRES. WE ARE GETTING NOTHING DONE. I AGREE WITH SENATOR MCCAIN AND I BELIEVE A MAJORITY IN THIS HOUSE DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS AGREE WITH SENATOR MCCAIN. BUT WE HAVE TO STOP SAYING WE'LL GET BETTER. IT WILL BE BETTER NEXT TIME. BECAUSE WHAT IS HAPPENING, IT'S GETTING WORSE EACH TIME WE BRING LEGISLATION OR APPROPRIATIONS TO THE FLOOR. WE ARE GETTING MORE AND MORE RESTRICTIVE AND SHUTTING OUT MORE AND MORE VOICES, NOT JUST DEMOCRATIC VOICES BUT REPUBLICAN VOICES AS WELL. THIS IS A DELIBERATIVE BODY. WE OUGHT TO DELIBERATE A LITTLE BIT. AND BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS HAVE GOOD IDEAS. LET US USE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO CHANGE THINGS, TO GO BACK TO THE REGULAR ORDER THAT SENATOR MCCAIN TALKED ABOUT SO ELOQUENTLY YESTERDAY. THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT. IT DOESN'T STOP US CONSIDERING THE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS, BUT WHAT IT SAYS IS WE WILL DO SO UNDER AN OPEN RULE OR GO BACK TO THE WAY WE SAY WE WANT IT TO BE, AN OPEN PROCESS. IF YOU LIKE SOME OF THESE AMENDMENTS, YOU VOTE FOR THEM. IF YOU DON'T LIKE THE AMENDMENTS, THEN YOU VOTE AGAINST THEM. THAT'S THE WAY THIS BODY IS SUPPOSED TO OPERATE. NONE OF THIS UNDERHANDED SELF-EXECUTING OF CONTROVERSIAL PROVISIONS THAT MAY NOT HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE MAJORITY IN THIS HOUSE. LET'S GO BACK TO REGULAR ORDER. THIS IS THE MOMENT. THIS IS THE DEFINING MOMENT, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, IF YOU MEAN IT WHEN YOU SAY YOU WANT REGULAR ORDER, YOU HAVE TO VOTE FOR REGULAR ORDER ONCE IN A WHILE. CAN'T KEEP MAKING EXCUSES. THIS IS THE MOMENT THAT WE HAVE ON THESE APPROPRIATION BILLS TO SEND A MESSAGE TO THE LEADERSHIP THAT WE WANT THINGS DONE DIFFERENTLY HERE. WE WANT TO OPEN THINGS UP. I THINK THAT'S WHAT THE MAJORITY ON BOTH SIDES REALLY WANT. BUT THE QUESTION IS WHETHER OR NOT WE ALL HAVE THE GUTS TO VOTE FOR AN OPEN PROCESS. SO WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN BRING THIS LEGISLATION UP TODAY UNDER AN OPEN RULE. LET EVERYBODY OFFER THEIR AMENDMENTS. LET'S DO THIS TODAY. NO MORE EXCUSES. IF YOU MEAN WHAT YOU SAY WHEN YOU SAY YOU WANT REGULAR ORDER, THIS IS THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE FOR IT. VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND I OPPOSE THE UNDERLYING BILL -- MAYBE I WON'T IF WE CAN FIX IT THROUGH REGULAR ORDER AND MAYBE ADD SOME AMENDMENTS. LET'S GIVE IT A CHANCE AND WORK IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. LET'S GO BACK TO THE DAYS WHEN WE DID HAVE OPEN RULES IN APPROPRIATIONS. THIS IS THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO IT. VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. AND I YIELD BACK.

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          MR. COLE

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

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I WANT TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FOR SPARET AND THOUGHTFUL DEBATE. HE ALWAYS MAKES GOOD POINTS AND FRANKLY I ALWAYS FIND MYSELF MORE COMFORTABLE WHEN WE ARE ON THE SAME SIDE AS WE OCCASIONALLY ARE THAN WHEN WE ARE ON OPPOSITE SIDES. MY FRIEND HAS MADE MANY VALUABLE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS INSTITUTION, PARTICULARLY PUSHING US RELENTLESSLY OF RECLAIMING OUR WAR MAKING AUTHORITY. HAVING SAID THAT, IT'S ALWAYS GREAT TO CALL FOR A NEW SYSTEM, A NEW WAY OR RETURN TO OPEN, YOU KNOW, RULES WITHOUT ADMITTING YOU'RE THE ONES THAT ABANDONED THEM. WE ACTUALLY TRIED TO RESTORE THEM. I REGRET WE FAILED IN THAT, QUITE FRANKLY. BUT I HAVE TO SAY BOTH SIDES HAVE GOTTEN USED TO NOT DOING OPEN RULES BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT TO CAST TOUGH VOTES. THAT'S WHY MY FRIENDS ABANDONED THE OPEN RULE PROCESS WHEN THEY WERE IN THE MAJORITY IN 2009. HONESTLY, THAT'S WHY WE ABANDONED IT LAST YEAR. I REGRET THAT. I WILL WORK WITH MY FRIEND, PROBABLY NOT TODAY, BUT GOING FORWARD IN TRYING TO RECLAIM THAT BECAUSE I THINK WHEN WE LOST IT WE DIMINISHED THE POWER OF EVERY INDIVIDUAL MEMBER IN CONGRESS. WE THOUGHT WE WERE PROTECTING AND THE REALITY IS THEY CAN NO LONGER COME TO THE FLOOR AS AN INDIVIDUAL AND PRESENT THEIR OWN IDEA. IN THIS CASE THERE ARE 72 AMENDMENTS. THE MAJORITY OF THEM ARE FROM MY FRIEND'S SIDE OF THE AISLE, AND I WOULD HOPE GOING FORWARD, PARTICULARLY WHEN WE CONSIDER THE NEXT DAY, THE APPROPRIATIONS BILL, WE WILL CONTINUE TO BE VERY GENEROUS IN THAT REGARD. MR. SPEAKER, IN CLOSING I WANT TO ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THE RULE, H.R. 3219 REPRESENTS THE FIRST STEP TOWARD FULFILLING OUR FIRST OBLIGATION AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT. WE SHOULD ALL BE PROUD IN WHAT WE ACCOMPLISHED IN PUTTING THE BILL FORWARD. IT CONTAINS THE PROVISION OF THE FOUR BILLS PASSED OUT OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEES, RECOGNIZING DEFENSE, ENERGY AND WATER, LEGISLATIVE AND MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND VETERANS' AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEES. IT WILL INCREASE FUNDING FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE AND ENSURE THAT THE MEN AND WOMEN IN THE ARMED FORCES HAVE THE TOOLS THAT THEY NEED. WE ALSO INCREASED FUNDING FOR VETERANS TO ENSURE OUR FIGHTING MEN AND WOMEN WILL BE TAKEN CARE OF LONG AFTER THEY LEAVE THE SERVICE OF THIS COUNTRY. AND WE FUND KEY MEMBER PRIORITIES IN ENERGY AND WATER IN THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH. I APPLAUD MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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        • 01:33:20 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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        • 01:33:32 PM

          MR. MCGOVERN

          MR. SPEAKER.

        • 01:33:34 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

        • 01:33:36 PM

          MR. MCGOVERN

          ON THAT I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

        • 01:33:38 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. THOSE IN FAVOR OF THE VOTE WILL RISE. THERE WE GO. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO FIVE MINUTES ON THE QUESTION 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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        • 01:55:13 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 227, THE NAYS ARE 1889. -- 189.

        • 01:56:33 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE YEAS ARE 230 AND THE NAYS ARE 193. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED.…

          THE YEAS ARE 230 AND THE NAYS ARE 193. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE YEAS HAVE IT.

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      • 01:56:35 PM

        House Vote 414 - On Ordering the Previous Question

        Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3219) making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes.

        Passed (230 - 193)
        Yea
        Nay

        Vote Details: Yea - 230
        Republican - 230

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

        Vote Details: Not Voting - 10
        Republican - 7
        Democratic - 3

        • 01:56:51 PM

          MR. MCGOVERN

          I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

        • 01:56:53 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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        • 02:03:03 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 232. THE NAYS ARE 192. THE RESOLUTION IS…

          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 232. THE NAYS ARE 192. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      • 02:03:09 PM

        House Vote 415 - On Agreeing to the Resolution

        Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3219) making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes.

        Passed (232 - 192)
        Aye
        No

        Vote Details: Aye - 232
        Republican - 230
        Democratic - 2

        Vote Details: No - 192
        Democratic - 189
        Republican - 3

        Vote Details: Not Voting - 9
        Democratic - 3
        Republican - 6

        • 02:03:11 PM

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

          • 02:03:24 PM

            MR. COLE

            THE AMENDMENTS NUMBERED 60, 61 AND 66 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115- 259 BE…

            THE AMENDMENTS NUMBERED 60, 61 AND 66 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115- 259 BE MODIFIED BY STRIKING THE DIVISION AND INSERTING DIVISION D.

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          • 02:03:43 PM

            TEMPORE WITHOUT

            WITHOUT OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL…

            WITHOUT OBJECTION. 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 OF THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. OR VOTES OBJECTED TO UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. THE HOUSE WILL RESUME PROCEEDINGS ON THE POSTPONED QUESTIONS AT A LATER TIME.

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        • 02:03:48 PM

          Mr. Cole asked unanimous consent that the instructions in each amendments numbered 60, 61, and 66 printed in House Report 115-259 be modified by striking "the division" and inserting "division D". Agreed to without objection.

          • 02:04:14 PM

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

            • 02:05:25 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE TAKE ALL…

              THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE TAKE ALL CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. COULD MEMBERS PLEASE REMOVE ALL CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. CAN ALL MEMBERS REMOVE CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          • 02:06:17 PM

            Mr. Mitchell moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3210 — "To require the Director of the National Background Investigations Bureau to submit a report on the backlog of personnel security clearance investigations, and for other purposes."

            • 02:06:23 PM

              >>

              MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3210, THE…

              MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3210, THE SECRET ACT OF 2017, AS AMENDED.

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            • 02:06:30 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

          • 02:06:32 PM

            Considered under suspension of the rules.

            • 02:06:33 PM

              THE CLERK

              UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 188, H.R. 3210, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE DIRECTOR OF…

              UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 188, H.R. 3210, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS BUREAU TO SUBMIT A REPORT ON THE BACKLOG OF PERSONNEL SECURITY CLEARANCE INVESTIGATIONS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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        • 02:06:33 PM

          DEBATE

          The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3210.

          • 02:06:52 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. PLEASE REMOVE YOUR…

            THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. MITCHELL, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. CONNOLLY, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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          • 02:07:14 PM

            MR. MITCHELL

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

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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          • 02:07:27 PM

            RE WITHOUT

            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

          • 02:07:28 PM

            MR. MITCHELL

            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3210, THE SECRET ACT OF 2017,…

            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3210, THE SECRET ACT OF 2017, INTRODUCED BY MY COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE KNIGHT OF CALIFORNIA. MR. SPEAKER, THE BACKLOG OF SECURITY CLEARANCE INVESTIGATIONS CAUSES TREMENDOUS WASTE FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, CONTRACTORS AND JEOPARDIZES OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF JOBS WAITING TO BE FILLED AND IMPORTANT NATIONAL SECURITY POSITIONS AND AT LEAST A NUMBER OF QUALIFIED AMERICANS TO FILL THEM BUT THEY CAN'T BECAUSE THEY ARE WAITING ON THEIR BACKGROUND INFORMATION. AS OF JUNE --

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          • 02:08:07 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

          • 02:08:22 PM

            MR. MITCHELL

            H.R. 3210 WOULD REQUIRE

          • 02:10:17 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THEMSELVES, NOT PUNISH THEM WITH JOBS THEY DON'T WANT JUST BECAUSE…

            THEMSELVES, NOT PUNISH THEM WITH JOBS THEY DON'T WANT JUST BECAUSE BUREAUCRACIES CAN'T MOVE FAST ENOUGH.

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          • 02:10:20 PM

            MR. CONNOLLY

            WITH JOBS THEY DON'T WANT JUST BECAUSE BUREAUCRACIES CAN'T MOVE FAST…

            WITH JOBS THEY DON'T WANT JUST BECAUSE BUREAUCRACIES CAN'T MOVE FAST ENOUGH.

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          • 02:10:27 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WITH JOBS THEY DON'T WANT JUST BECAUSE BUREAUCRACIES CAN'T MOVE FAST…

            WITH JOBS THEY DON'T WANT JUST BECAUSE BUREAUCRACIES CAN'T MOVE FAST ENOUGH.

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          • 02:10:29 PM

            MR. CONNOLLY

            WITH JOBS THEY DON'T WANT JUST BECAUSE BUREAUCRACIES CAN'T MOVE FAST…

            WITH JOBS THEY DON'T WANT JUST BECAUSE BUREAUCRACIES CAN'T MOVE FAST ENOUGH.

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          • 02:13:21 PM

            MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

            WITH JOBS THEY DON'T WANT JUST BECAUSE BUREAUCRACIES CAN'T MOVE FAST…

            WITH JOBS THEY DON'T WANT JUST BECAUSE BUREAUCRACIES CAN'T MOVE FAST ENOUGH.

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          • 02:13:50 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WITH JOBS THEY DON'T WANT JUST BECAUSE BUREAUCRACIES CAN'T MOVE FAST…

            WITH JOBS THEY DON'T WANT JUST BECAUSE BUREAUCRACIES CAN'T MOVE FAST ENOUGH.

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          • 02:13:53 PM

            MR. MITCHELL

            WITH JOBS THEY DON'T WANT JUST BECAUSE BUREAUCRACIES CAN'T MOVE FAST…

            WITH JOBS THEY DON'T WANT JUST BECAUSE BUREAUCRACIES CAN'T MOVE FAST ENOUGH.

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          • 02:13:59 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WITH JOBS THEY DON'T WANT JUST BECAUSE BUREAUCRACIES CAN'T MOVE FAST…

            WITH JOBS THEY DON'T WANT JUST BECAUSE BUREAUCRACIES CAN'T MOVE FAST ENOUGH.

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          • 02:14:02 PM

            MR. KNIGHT

            WITH JOBS THEY DON'T WANT JUST BECAUSE BUREAUCRACIES CAN'T MOVE FAST…

            WITH JOBS THEY DON'T WANT JUST BECAUSE BUREAUCRACIES CAN'T MOVE FAST ENOUGH. I INTRODUCED THE SECRET ACT SO CONGRESS CAN DO ITS JOB OF OVERSIGHT BETTER. THE TRANSPARENCY AFFORDED IN THIS BILL WILL BETTER INFORM OF US HOW TO SUBSTANTIALLY CHECK THE SECURITY CLEARANCE BACKLOG AND HOW LONG IT TAKES FOR INVESTIGATIONS TO BE COMPLETED. . EQUIPPED WITH THAT INFORMATION, WE'LL HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE TO KEEP THE COUNTRY SAFE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES THEIR SUPPORT.

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          • 02:15:56 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS…

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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          • 02:15:59 PM

            MR. CONNOLLY

            MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND, MR. KNIGHT, FOR THIS…

            MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND, MR. KNIGHT, FOR THIS BILL, HIS LEADERSHIP REALLY CRITICAL. MY DISTRICT LIKE HIS THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF JOBS ARE OPENED BECAUSE OF THIS ISSUE. WE SIMPLY HAVEN'T GOTTEN THE SECURITY CLEARANCES DONE IN AN EXPEDITIOUS WAY. WE WANT THEM THOROUGH, BUT ALSO, FRANKLY, WANT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY BEING ADDRESSED AT FULL THROTTLE. THAT MEANS FULL EMPLOYMENT IN THESE JOBS. I COULDN'T AGREE MORE WITH HIS SENTIMENTS. I THANK HIM AGAIN THROTTLE. THAT MEANS FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. AT THIS POINT, MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO OUR FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, ONE OF THE UP AND COMING STARS OF THE OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE, MR. CHRIS AMORE THINK.

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          • 02:16:45 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THINK.

          • 02:16:47 PM

            RECOGNIZED FOR THREE

            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND MR. KNIGHT AND MR. MITCHELL FOR…

            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND MR. KNIGHT AND MR. MITCHELL FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THIS. I ALSO WANT TO THANK RANKING MEMBER ELIJAH CUMMINGS FOR ALL THAT HE'S DONE TO HELP US TRY TO GET TO ANSWERS ABOUT EXECUTIVE BRANCH BACKGROUND CHECKS. FOR OVER SIX MONTHS VARIOUS OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE MEMBERS HAVE BEEN WORKING TO GET BASIC ANSWERS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE ABOUT ITS PROCESS FOR GRANTING SECURITY CLEARANCES. IN A FEBRUARY, 2017 HEARING MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSWOMAN PLASKETT, ASKED THE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS BUREAU IF ANY SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS WITH ACCESS TO SENSITIVE MATERIAL WERE UNDER CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION. CHAIRMAN CHAFFETZ SPECIFICALLY ASKED THE OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT TO GET BACK TO REPRESENTATIVE PLASKETT ABOUT HER REQUEST. UNFORTUNATELY, NEITHER THE O.P.M. NOR NBIB HAVE ANSWERED THESE BASIC QUESTIONS. THAT'S WHY I'M PLEASED THAT THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTED MY AMENDMENT DURING CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3210 LAST WEEK. MY AMENDMENT IS VERY SIMPLE. IT REQUIRES THE NBIB TO REPORT TO CONGRESS ON THE PROCESS FOR CONDUCTING AND ADJUDICATING SECURITY CLEARANCES AT THE WHITE HOUSE. THIS BILL IS A NECESSARY FIRST STEP FOR CONGRESS TO CONDUCT THE OVERSIGHT NECESSARY TO ENSURE THAT ALL PERSONNEL IN THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, REGARDLESS OF ADMINISTRATION, REGARDLESS OF OFFICE, REGARDLESS OF THE PRESIDENT WHO HAPPENS TO BE IN OFFICE AT THE TIME, WILL BE THOROUGHLY VETTED AND WILL NOT POSE A THREAT TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. I ENSURGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS BILL, THIS BIPARTISAN BILL, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THANK YOU.

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          • 02:18:38 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM-VIRGINIA CONTINUES TO RESERVE. GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN…

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM-VIRGINIA CONTINUES TO RESERVE. GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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          • 02:18:44 PM

            MR. MITCHELL

            MR. SPEAKER, THIS ISSUE THAT MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI REFERS TO IS AN ISSUE THAT…

            MR. SPEAKER, THIS ISSUE THAT MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI REFERS TO IS AN ISSUE THAT SPANS ADMINISTRATIONS AND REQUIRES ATTENTION NOT FOR PARTISAN ENDS BUT THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF OUR COUNTRY. I AM PLEASED THE -- SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT IN COMMITTEE AND AS NOTED IT DID PASSED UNANIMOUSLY. THE REASON I SUPPORT THIS BILL IS BECAUSE IT PURSUES COMMONSENSE GOALS. THINK ABOUT IT, 650,000 OUTSTANDING REQUESTS AND THE ONLY WAY WE GET INFORMATION ON THAT IS WE GET A BRIEFING. NO ROUTINE REPORTING. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO MAKE CONGRESSMAN CONNOLLY AWARE I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE. I RESERVE.

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          • 02:19:20 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 02:19:24 PM

            MR. CONNOLLY

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN. AGAIN I THANK HIM…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN. AGAIN I THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. I THANK MR. KNIGHT FOR HIS. PLEASED TO BE AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR. PLEASED TO MAKE SURE THIS WAS SEPARATE THROUGH OUR COMMITTEE ON A UNANIMOUS VOTE. I THINK WE ALL RECOGNIZE THE CRITICALITY OF CLASSIFIED BACKGROUND CHECKING TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE TRUSTED WITH OUR NATION'S SECRETS, IN FACT, HAVE BEEN PROPERLY CHECKED AND VETTED. BUT ON THE OTHER HAND, BACKLOGS HURT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. SO EXPEDITING IT, ACCELERATING REPORTING ON IT REALLY CRITICAL IT SEEMS TO ME FOR BOTH INTELLIGENCE, HOMELAND SECURITY, AND DEFENSE WORK THAT PROTECTS OUR CITIZENS. SO THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD. I URGE ITS PASSAGE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 02:20:16 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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          • 02:20:21 PM

            MR. MITCHELL

          • 02:20:54 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

            THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 3210, 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 AND THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        • 02:21:25 PM

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

          • 02:21:28 PM

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

            • 02:22:03 PM

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              MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2370.

          • 02:22:03 PM

            Mr. McClintock moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 2370 — "To authorize Escambia County, Florida, to convey certain property that was formerly part of Santa Rosa Island National Monument and that was conveyed to Escambia County subject to restrictions on use and reconveyance."

            • 02:22:06 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

            • 02:22:09 PM

              THE CLERK

              UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 168. H.R. 2370, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE ESCAMBIA…

              UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 168. H.R. 2370, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE ESCAMBIA COUNTY FLORIDA TO CONVEY CERTAIN PROPERTY THAT WAS CONVEYED TO THE COUNTY SUBJECT TO RESTRICTIONS ON USE RECONVEYANCE.

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          • 02:22:18 PM

            Considered under suspension of the rules.

          • 02:22:20 PM

            DEBATE

            The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2370.

            • 02:22:28 PM

              TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. CLAY, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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            • 02:22:39 PM

              MR. MCCLINTOCK

              I UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS AND INCLUDE…

              I UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION. IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD SUCH TIME HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, THE AUTHOR OF THIS MEASURE, MR. GAETZ.

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            • 02:22:53 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:22:55 PM

              MR. GAETZ

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN MCCLINTOCK AS WELL…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN MCCLINTOCK AS WELL AS THE GREAT LEADERSHIP OF THE HOUSE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE. THIS LEGISLATION IMPACTS RESIDENTS ON NOVAR BEACH AND PENSACOLA BEACH IN FLORIDA'S FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. SOME THOSE RESIDENTS ARE BEING DOUBLE TAXED BECAUSE THEY ARE FORCED TO PAY PAYMENTS TO THE GOVERNMENT IN ADDITION TO LEASE PAYMENTS. THIS LEGISLATION WILL GRANT FEE SIMPLE TIGHTLE TO THOSE AFFECTED RESIDENTS SO THEY ARE NOT DOUBLE TAXED AND SIMPLY MAKE A PAYMENT LIKE ALL OTHER FLORIDIANS. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 02:23:28 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 02:23:36 PM

              MR. CLAY

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

            • 02:23:39 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:23:40 PM

              MR. CLAY

              MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 2370 INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE GATES SETTLES A…

              MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 2370 INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE GATES SETTLES A LONG-STANDING LAND MANAGEMENT ISSUE IN HIS FLORIDA DISTRICT. SPECIFICALLY THE BILL TRANSFERS LAND SOCIALATED WITH THE FORMER SANTA ROSA -- ASSOCIATED WITH THE FORMER SANTA ROSA ISLAND MONUMENT TO ESCAMBIA COUNTY. ONCE IT'S TRANSFERRED, THE BILL AUTHORIZES A SECOND TRANSFER TO SANTA ROSA COUNTY WITHOUT ANY CONDITIONS OR FURTHER RESTRICTIONS. THE LAND IN QUESTION WAS PROVIDED TO AUTHORIZES A THE COUNTY BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN 1947 UNDER THE CONDITION IT REMAIN IN USE FOR A PUBLIC PURPOSE. IT IN 1956, THE COUNTY DECIDED A 100-YEAR LEASE TO NEIGHBORING SANTA ROSA COUNTY WAS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST. IN THE 61 YEARS SINCE, THE COUNTIES HAVE GROWN AND PROSPERED BUT DUE TO THE TERMS OF THE ORIGINAL CONVEYANCE AND SUBSEQUENT LEASE, THERE IS SOME CONFUSION ABOUT SANTA ROSA COUNTY'S POWER TO TAX. THIS BILL WILL CLEAR UP SOME ADMINISTRATIVE CHALLENGES THAT HAVE ARISEN OUT OF THIS UNUSUAL ARRANGEMENT. A GOAL THAT WE SUPPORT. HOWEVER, IT WILL ALSO ALLOW FOR DEVELOPMENT THAT CONFLICT WITH THE TERMS OF THE ORIGINAL CONVEYANCE AS DRAFTED THIS BILL AUTHORIZES ACTIVITIES THAT WILL DO SIGNIFICANT ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE TO A FRAGILE COASTAL BARRIER ISLAND AND POTENTIALLY LEAD TO THE PRIVATIZATION OF LAND A FRAGILE ON SANTA ROSA ISLAND. NEITHER OF THESE RESULTS IS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST OR CONSISTENT WITH CONGRESSIONAL INTENT. CONGRESS GRANTED ESCAMBIA COUNTY THIS LAND WITH ONE CONDITION, WHICH THIS BILL COMPLETELY IGNORES. WE UNDERSTAND HOW IMPORTANT THIS BILL IS FOR ESCAMBIA AND SANTA ROSA COUNTY, BUT HONORING THE ORIGINAL INTENT OF THIS LAND GRANT IS AS IMPORTANT AS WELL. IT IS OUR HOPE THAT WE CAN WORK WITH OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS TO THIS LEGISLATION THAT WILL CONTINUE TO PROTECT THE INTEREST OF THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS IN THIS LAND DEAL. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:26:17 PM

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MOVEMENT RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS…

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MOVEMENT RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 02:26:21 PM

              MR. MCCLINTOCK

              THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO ASSUAGE THE CONCERNS BY MY FRIEND…

              THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO ASSUAGE THE CONCERNS BY MY FRIEND FROM MISSOURI. A PROVISION IN THE BILL, I'LL READ IT ANSWERS HIS CONCERNS RATHER CLEARLY. SAYS THE COUNTY SHALL PRESERVE IN PERPTTUTE THE AREAS OF THE NONFEDERAL LAND THAT, AS OF THE DATE OF ENACTMENT OF THIS ACT, ARE DEDICATED FOR CONSERVATION, PRESERVATION, PUBLIC RECREATION ACCESS, AND PUBLIC PARKING IN ACCORDANCE WITH ANY RESOLUTIONS TO THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE COUNTY. AS MY FRIEND HAS POINTED OUT, CONGRESS ESTABLISHED THE SANTA ROSA NATIONAL MONUMENT, IT DIRECTED THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR TO CONVEY FEDERAL LAND IN THE MONUMENT TO ESCANBIA COUNTY FLORIDA IN 1946. SIX MONTHS LATER THE LAND WAS DEEDED TO THE COUNTY. UNDER THE TERMS OF THE CONVEYANCE ESCAMBIA COUNTY WAS KITCHEN AUTHORITY TO LEASE THE PROPERTY ON SANTA ROSA ISLAND, HOWEVER THEY WERE NOT ALLOWED TO ISSUE TITLE ON THE PROPERTY OR OTHERWISE DISPOSE OF IT OR RECONVEY IT. IN THE INTERVENING YEARS SINCE THEN, SANTA ROSA ISLAND HAS EXPERIENCED TREMENDOUS ECONOMIC GROWTH. THIS GROWTH PROMPTED COUNTY LEADERS TO ASSESS PROPERTY TAXES ON THE LEASED LANDS. THE IMPOSITION OF TAXES LED TO SEVERAL LAWSUITS CENTERED ON THE QUESTION OF WHETHER ISLAND RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS OWNERS PAYING LEASE FEES FOR THEIR THE LEASED LANDS. THE IMPOSITION OF TAXES LED TO LAND COULD BE TAXED. DESPITE NOT HAVING OUTRIGHT OWNERSHIP OF THE PROPERTY. THE COURTS HAVE REACHED DIFFERENT CONCLUSIONS BASED ON DIFFERENCES IN THE LANGUAGE AND PARTICULAR LEASES WHICH HAS CREATED FAIRNESS ISSUES FOR THE COUNTY GOVERNMENTS OF THE SCAM BEA -- HE CAM MIA AND SANTA ROSA. ONE MAY BE SUBJECT TO TAXES WHILE ONE NEXT DOOR MAY NOT. THIS PROMPTED THE INTEREST IN REMOVING THE RESTRICTION WHICH ALLOWS THE COUNTY GOVERNMENTS TO CONVEY OWNERSHIP AND CREATE A UNIFORM TAX TREATMENT FOR ALL PROPERTIES ON THE BEACH. RECENTLY BOTH ESCAMBIA COUNTY AND NEIGHBORING SANTA ROSA COUNTY PASSED RESOLUTIONS ASKING FOR A SOLUTION FOR THE OPTION OF OBTAINING FEE SIMPLE TITLE WHILE PROTECTING PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE BEACHES IN CONSERVATION AREAS ON THE ISLAND. I COMMEND MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN GAETZ, FOR LISTENING TO HIS CONSTITUENTS AND WORKING TO FIND A SOLUTION. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:28:36 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS…

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 02:28:40 PM

              MR. CLAY

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND IN CLOSING, I WOULD JUST -- I APPRECIATE MY…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND IN CLOSING, I WOULD JUST -- I APPRECIATE MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA FOR THAT EXPLANATION. AND HOPEFULLY MY COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE GAETZ, WILL TRY TO STRIKE A BALANCE BETWEEN PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT, PROTECTING THE PRISTINE NATURE OF THAT ISLAND, AS WELL AS LOOKING OUT FOR THE BEST INTEREST OF HIS CONSTITUENTS WHEN THIS BILL GETS TO THE SENATE. SO THEREFORE WE WILL NOT OPPOSE. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:29:21 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI YIELDS. WITH THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI YIELDS. WITH THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 02:29:25 PM

              MR. ECONOMIC CLIN TOCK

              I --

            • 02:29:29 PM

              MR. MCCLINTOCK

              I SIMPLY ADD ONE OF THE OVERARCHING OBJECTIVES OF THE FEDERAL LAND…

              I SIMPLY ADD ONE OF THE OVERARCHING OBJECTIVES OF THE FEDERAL LAND SUBCOMMITTEE IS TO RESTORE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AS A GOOD NEIGHBOR TO THOSE COMMUNITIES IMPACTED BY PUBLIC LANDS. THIS BILL IS AN EXAMPLE OF THAT PRINCIPLE AT WORK. I URGE ADOPTION OF THE MEASURE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:29:46 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2370. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. . FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          • 02:30:09 PM

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

            • 02:30:12 PM

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

              • 02:30:18 PM

                Mr. McClintock moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1927 — "To amend title 54, United States Code, to establish within the National Park Service the African American Civil Rights Network, and for other purposes."

                • 02:30:21 PM

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                  MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS 1927 AS AMENDED.

                • 02:30:31 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                • 02:30:34 PM

                  THE CLERK

                  H.R. 1927, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 54, UNITED STATES CODE, TO ESTABLISH…

                  H.R. 1927, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 54, UNITED STATES CODE, TO ESTABLISH WITHIN THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS NETWORK, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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              • 02:30:36 PM

                Considered under suspension of the rules.

              • 02:30:38 PM

                DEBATE

                The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1927.

                • 02:30:44 PM

                  TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. CLAY, WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                • 02:30:50 PM

                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

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

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

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                • 02:30:58 PM

                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

                  AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                • 02:31:00 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 02:31:02 PM

                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

                  MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 1927, THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS NETWORK ACT,…

                  MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 1927, THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS NETWORK ACT, INTRODUCED BY OUR DISTINGUISHED COMMITTEE COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN LACY CLAY OF MISSOURI, DIRECTS THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE TO IDENTIFY AND CREATE A NATIONAL NETWORK OF HISTORIC SITES, RESEARCH FACILITIES AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS CONNECTED TO THE MODERN AFRICAN-AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. THE NETWORK WILL BE COMPRISED OF EXISTING UNITS AND PROGRAMS OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE RELATED TO THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT AS WELL AS THE PROPERTIES AND PROGRAMS OF OTHER FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL ENTITIES THAT JOIN THE NETWORK. ESTABLISHING THIS NETWORK OF HISTORIC SITES CONNECTED TO THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WILL HELP PRESERVE THE LEGACY AND THE STRUGGLE OF THE MANY COURAGEOUS INDIVIDUALS WHO RISKED THEIR LIVES TO SECURE RACIAL EQUALITY AND TO PUT THE FULL MEASURE OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE AND ITS SACRED PRINCIPLES INTO ACTION. I URGE ADOPTION OF THIS MEASURE AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 02:31:59 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS…

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED.

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                • 02:32:03 PM

                  MR. CLAY

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

                • 02:32:05 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 02:32:07 PM

                  MR. CLAY

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

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS NETWORK ACT OF 2017. UPDATED AND BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT I WAS PROUD TO INTRODUCE ALONG WITH MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE FROM MISSOURI'S EIGHTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, CONGRESSMAN JASON SMITH. I APPRECIATE HIS LEADERSHIP AND TRUE FRIENDSHIP AS WELL. OUR LEGISLATION, WHICH HAS ALREADY EARNED 72 CO-SPONSORS, WOULD AUTHORIZE THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE TO ESTABLISH A PROGRAM TO PRESERVE AND PROTECT THE MEMORY OF THE PEOPLE AND PLACES THAT WAS SIGNIFICANT IN THE STRUGGLE TO SECURING EQUAL RIGHTS FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS DURING THE 20TH CENTURY CIVIL RIGHTS ERA BETWEEN 1939 AND 1968. THE PURPOSE OF THIS LEGISLATION IS TO RECOGNIZE, PROTECT AND SHARE THE REMARKABLE AMERICAN STORY OF THE MODERN STRUGGLE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS. A UNIQUE NATIONAL EXPERIENCE THAT TOUCHES EVERY AMERICAN REGARDLESS OF THEIR AGE, REGION OR HERITAGE. AND YET THIS VERY AMERICAN STORY IS OFTEN LEFT UNTOLD. WITHOUT A LEVEL OF HONESTY AND ACCURACY THAT IT SURELY DESERVES. IN FACT, THE GENERATION NOW COMING OF AGE HAS ONLY SCANT KNOWLEDGE OF THE HISTORY OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS STRUGGLE. YOUNG AMERICANS FIND IT DIFFICULT TO BELIEVE THAT RACIAL SEGREGATION WAS ONCE CONSIDERED NORMAL AND NECESSARY IN THE UNITED STATES. I TRULY BELIEVE THAT THE HEALING POTENTIAL FOR THIS LEGISLATION IS ESSENTIAL TO BRINGING OUR NATION TOGETHER, THE HISTORIC NETWORK THAT H.R. 1927 WOULD CREATE WOULD OFFER TREMENDOUS EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES BY RECOGNIZING THOSE BRAVE SOULS FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE WHO FOUGHT TO MAKE THE PROMISES ENSHRINED IN OUR CONSTITUTION FINALLY RING TRUE FOR EVERY AMERICAN REGARDLESS OF THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN. ACROSS THIS GREAT COUNTRY, PRECIOUS HISTORIC WAIT POINTS ALONG THE ROUTES OF THAT STILL LARGELY UNTOLD STORY ARE AT RISK OF BEING LOST FOREVER. MY HOPE IS THAT THE HISTORIC CIVIL RIGHTS TRAILS AND THE PROGRAMS THAT WILL GROW FROM THIS ACT WILL HONESTLY TELL THE TRUE -- THE FULL AND SOMETIMES PAINFUL STORY OF THE STRUGGLE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS. NOT JUST FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS BUT TO FOSTER HEALING, TOLERANCE AND UNDERSTANDING AMONG ALL AMERICANS. THIS BILL IS SIMILAR TO LEGISLATION THAT CREATED THE NATIONAL UNDERGROUND RAILROAD NETWORK, THE FREEDOM ACT OF 1998 WHICH IS CURRENTLY ADMINISTERED BY THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE. IT DIRECTS THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO IDENTIFY AND CREATE A NATIONAL NETWORK OF HISTORIC SITES, STORIES, RESEARCH FACILITIES AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS CONNECTED TO THE MODERN AFRICAN-AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. THIS LEGISLATION HAS ALSO EARNED THE STRONG SUPPORT OF THE NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE, THE NATIONAL TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION, THE NATIONAL PARKS CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION AND THE NAACP. AND LET ME ALSO COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR HIS SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. IT CAME OUT OF HIS SUBCOMMITTEE. I APPRECIATE HIS HELP AND STRONG SUPPORT OF IT AND I LOOK AT THIS OPPORTUNITY AS SOMETHING THAT WE SHOULD ALL WANT TO EMBRACE. THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF THE REAL AMERICAN STORY. WE SHOULD SEIZE IT. THIS BILL ADVANCES THAT WORTHY GOAL FOR OUR NATION AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT ACT. MR. CHAIRMAN -- MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 02:36:24 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS…

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                • 02:36:28 PM

                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLELADY FROM UTAH, MRS. LOVE.

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                • 02:36:34 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLELADY FROM UTAH IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 02:36:37 PM

                  MRS. LOVE

                  THANK YOU, FOR -- MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR YIELDING. NEARLY A DECADE AGO, THE…

                  THANK YOU, FOR -- MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR YIELDING. NEARLY A DECADE AGO, THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, WITH THE HELP OF THE ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN HISTORIANS, COMPLETED A STUDY TO HELP IDENTIFY SIGNIFICANT SITES RELATED TO THE MODERN CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. THROUGH THIS EFFORT, THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE FOUND THAT MANY SITES, WITH THE CONNECTION TO THE MOVEMENT, HAD NOT BEEN FORMALLY RECOGNIZED AND THAT MANY WERE IN SEVERE DISREPAIR AND AT RISK OF BEING PERMANENTLY LOST. THIS LEGISLATION ESTABLISHES A NETWORK OF SITES TO INCLUDE ALL NATIONAL PARK SERVICES, UNITS AND PROGRAMS AS WELL AS OTHER FEDERAL, STATE AND PRIVATELY OWNED PROPERTIES FOR THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES. A SIMILAR NETWORK WAS CREATED PREVIOUSLY BY CONGRESS TO IDENTIFY AND COMMEMORATE THE SITES AND STORIES RELATED TO THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD. THIS BILL WOULD ALLOW THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE TO BUILD PARTNERSHIPS WITH OTHER PUBLIC AND PRIVATE ENTITIES TO HELP PRESERVE THE REMAINING SITE. AS PART OF MY RELIGIOUS BELIEFS, I BELIEVE THAT KNOWING WHO YOU ARE, WHERE YOU COME FROM IS A FOUNDATION OF KNOWING WHERE YOU ARE AND WHERE YOU WILL BE GOING. HISTORY TEACHES US IMPORTANT LESSONS THAT WE NEED TO LEARN AND GROW FROM. BECAUSE OF GREAT LEADERS LIKE MARTIN LUTHER KING, PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN, ROSA PARKS AND MANY UNSUNG HEROES, I AM HERE TODAY AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS REPRESENTING THE GREAT STATE OF UTAH AND WE CAN BE PROUD OF WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE BELIEVE IN THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL IN THE EYES OF GOD. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT HERE IN THE UNITED STATES THAT WE DON'T MAKE PEOPLE FEEL LIKE VICTIMS AND THAT ALL AMERICANS ARE NOT AFRAID OF BUT EMPOWERED BY THEIR HISTORY AND OUR FUTURE. I COMMEND REPRESENTATIVE CLAY FOR HIS SPONSORSHIP OF THIS BILL AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 1927. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 02:38:36 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA CONTINUES TO RESERVE.

                • 02:38:39 PM

                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

                  PREPARED TO CLOSE WHEN THE GENTLEMAN IS READY TO CLOSE.

                • 02:38:43 PM

                  MR. CLAY

                  I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE, MR. SPEAKER.

                • 02:38:46 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 02:38:48 PM

                  MR. CLAY

                  I'D LIKE TO COMMEND MY COLLEAGUE, MRS. LOVE OF UTAH . IT JUST GOES TO SHOW…

                  I'D LIKE TO COMMEND MY COLLEAGUE, MRS. LOVE OF UTAH . IT JUST GOES TO SHOW YOU THAT WE CAN REACH ACROSS THE AISLE AND FIND COMMON GROUND AND I APPRECIATE HER SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION AS WELL AS URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

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                • 02:39:08 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS…

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

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                • 02:39:12 PM

                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

                  MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO RECIPROCATE THE KIND WORDS OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO RECIPROCATE THE KIND WORDS OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI. IT'S BEEN A PLEASURE WORKING WITH HIM ON THIS BILL. SHAKESPEARE PUT IT BEST, THE STORY SHALL THE GOOD MAN TEACH HIS SON. THIS BILL TELLS THAT STORY HOW THE FULL MEASURE OF OUR NATION'S FOUNDING PRINCIPLES CAME TO FRUITION. I'D ASK FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND ADOPTION OF THIS MEASURE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 02:39:32 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1927, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES -- IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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              • 02:40:00 PM

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

                • 02:40:01 PM

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

                  • 02:41:24 PM

                    Mr. Royce (CA) moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended. H. Res. 317 — "Calling for the unconditional release of United States citizens and legal permanent resident aliens being held for political purposes by the Government of Iran."

                    • 02:41:26 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                    • 02:41:30 PM

                      MR. ROYCE

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

                      MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS HOUSE RESOLUTION 317, AS AMENDED.

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                    • 02:41:36 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

                    • 02:41:38 PM

                      THE CLERK

                      HOUSE RESOLUTION 317, RESOLUTION CALLING FOR THE UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE OF…

                      HOUSE RESOLUTION 317, RESOLUTION CALLING FOR THE UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE OF UNITED STATES CITIZENS AND LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENT ALIENS BEING HELD FOR POLITICAL PURPOSES BY THE GOVERNMENT OF IRAN.

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                  • 02:41:39 PM

                    Considered under suspension of the rules.

                  • 02:41:44 PM

                    DEBATE

                    The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 317.

                    • 02:41:50 PM

                      TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

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

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                    • 02:42:01 PM

                      MR. ROYCE

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

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

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                    • 02:42:12 PM

                      TEMPORE WITHOUT

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                    • 02:42:13 PM

                      MR. ROYCE

                      AND I THANK YOU. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                    • 02:42:17 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 02:42:19 PM

                      MR. ROYCE

                      RELEASE OF AMERICAN CITIZENS AND LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENTS THAT ARE BEING…

                      RELEASE OF AMERICAN CITIZENS AND LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENTS THAT ARE BEING HELD AS PRISONERS RIGHT NOW, BEING HELD IN JAIL BY THE IRANIAN REGIME. AND SO I'D LIKE TO BEGIN BY THANKING THE RANKING MEMBER AND THE CHAIR OF OUR MIDDLE EAST SUBCOMMITTEE AND THAT IS BOTH ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN, THE CHAIR WHO'S WITH US, AND MR. TED DEUTCH, FOR THEIR TIRELESS WORK ON BEHALF OF THESE VICTIMS AND ON BEHALF OF THE FAMILIES AND OF THIS' INTRODUCED THIS RESOLUTION ALONG WITH CONGRESSWOMAN NITA LOWEY AND JUDGE TED POE. AND THE REASON FOR IT, AS YOU ALL KNOW, IS THAT IRAN JUST CONTINUES TO ENGAGE IN THIS DESPICABLE PRACTICE OF DETAINING PEOPLE WHO WERE VISITING IRAN AND THEN THEY COME UP WITH FABRICATED CRIMINAL CHARGES AND THEN THESE INNOCENT PEOPLE ARE HELD CAPTIVE BUT NOT JUST HELD CAPTIVE. IT'S THE BRUTAL CONDITIONS WHICH THEY FIND THEMSELVES IN. AND WHEN WE'VE TALKED TO THOSE AND THEY'VE SHOWED US WHAT THEY'VE BEEN THROUGH, THESE FORMER PRISONERS IN IRAN, THESE AMERICANS, THEY DESCRIBE BEING SUBJECTED TO ELECTRIC SHOCK, TO FORCED DRUG WITHDRAWAL, THROUGH WHIPPINGS, SOLITARY CONFINEMENT. THEY'RE DENIED MEDICAL CARE OFTENTIMES AND ROUTINELY FORCED TO SLEEP ON THE FLOOR, IF THEY'RE PERMITTED TO SLEEP AT ALL. SO RIGHT NOW WE HAVE A NUMBER OF U.S. CITIZENS. SIAMAK AND BAQUER NAMAZI, AND NIZAR ZAKKA. THEY ARE IMPRISONED AFTER BEING FALSELY ACCUSED OF COLLABORATING WITH THE HOSTILE GOVERNMENT. THEIR FAMILIES ARE PARALYZED WITH FEAR HOW THEY ARE BEING TREATED. AND WHY IS IRAN SO INTENT ON HOLDING AMERICANS ON BOGUS POLITICIZED CHARGES? AND IT IS BECAUSE THE IRANIAN REGIME BELIEVES IT CAN USE DETAINED AMERICANS AS LEVERAGE TO DEMAND CONCESSIONS LIKE RANSOM OR SANCTIONS RELIEF IN VIOLATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION AGAINST THE TAKING OF HOSTAGES. U.S. CITIZEN ROBERT LEVINSON, HE'S STILL MISSING. THIS IS AFTER 10 YEARS. HE'S DISAPPEARED 10 YEARS AGO IN IRAN, AND IRAN HAS NOT REMOTELY FULFILLED ITS COMMITMENT TO TRY TO LOCATE HIM. OUR COMMITTEE HAS HELD MEETINGS WITH THESE FAMILY MEMBERS. WE THANKED THEM FOR THEIR BRIEFRY AND SHARING THEIR STORIES. -- BRAVERY AND SHARING THEIR WE STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH THESE FAMILIES AND CITIZENS AS WE CALL FOR THEIR RELEASE. WE CAN'T IIMAGINE THE HORROR ONE WOULD BE EXPERIENCING. BUT OUR HEARTS ARE WITH YOU AND WE'RE COMMITTED TO ADVOCATE ON BEHALF OF YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES. HOUSE RESOLUTION 317 CALLS ON IRAN TO LET THESE AMERICANS AND ALL INDIVIDUALS BEING UNJUSTLY DID HE TAINED BY IRAN TO COME HOME. IT ALSO CALLS ON IRAN TO FULFILL ITS MANY PROMISES TO HELP FIND BOB LEVINSON. IT ALSO URGES THE PRESIDENT TO PRIORITIZE RELEASE OF THESE CAPTIVES AND ENCOURAGES HIM TO TAKE MEANINGFUL ACTION TO SECURE THEIR RELEASE. LAST WEEK THE ADMINISTRATION CALLED ON IRAN TO RELEASE THESE UNJUSTLY DETAINED U.S. CITIZENS OR TO FACE NEW AND SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES. WE APPRECIATE THE ADMINISTRATION'S ACTIONS SO FAR. WITH THIS RESOLUTION URGE CONTINUAL ATTENTION TO THIS MATTER UNTIL ALL OF THESE PRISONERS HAVE BEEN SAFELY RETURNED TO THEIR FAMILIES. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      MR. ENGEL

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

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

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                      LET ME THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE BECAUSE HERE AGAIN IS ANOTHER PIECE OF…

                      LET ME THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE BECAUSE HERE AGAIN IS ANOTHER PIECE OF LEGISLATION FROM THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE THAT WE HAVE SHOWN WE CAN WORK TOGETHER WITHIN A BIPARTISAN MANNER. I'M PLEASED TO STAND WITH THE CHAIRMAN. I' ALSO PLEASED TO STAND WITH THE FORMER CHAIRMAN, MY GOOD FRIEND AS WELL, ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN. SHE'S NOW CHAIR OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE MIDDLE EAST. AND ALONG WITH THE RESOLUTIONS OTHER LEAD SPONSORS, MRS. LOWEY OF NEW YORK, MR. DEUTCH OF FLORIDA. . MIDDLE EAST SUBCOMMITTEE'S RANKING MEMBER. AND MR. POE OF TEXAS. WE'RE HERE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT AMERICANS ILLEGALLY DETAINED BY THE IRANIAN REGIME AND THOSE AMERICANS HAVE HAD NO STRONGER CHAMPIONS THAN THE MEMBERS I HAVE MENTIONED BEFORE THROUGH THE YEARS. IT'S ACTUALLY, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S JUST OUTRAGEOUS THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF IRAN CONTINUES TO HOLD AMERICAN CITIZENS AND RESIDENTS ON TRUMPED UP CHARGES . A MAN AND HIS 80-YEAR-OLD FATHER, A FORMER UNICEF OFFICIAL IN POOR HEALTH, KAREN, AN AMERICAN CITIZEN AND HIS WIFE, NISAR, WHO WAS DETAINED AFTER ATTENDING A CONFERENCE AT IRAN'S INVITATION. ANOTHER AMERICAN CITIZEN WHO HAS BEEN KEPT ANONYMOUS BY FAMILY FOR FEAR OF THAT PERSON'S WELL-BEING. AND OF COURSE ROBERT LEVINSON WHO DISAPPEARED IN IRAN MORE THAN 10 YEARS AGO. HOW CRUEL, 10 YEARS HIS FAMILY DOESN'T KNOW WHERE HE IS. HIS FAMILY DOESN'T KNOW HOW HE IS. THIS IS A REGIME, THE IRANIAN REGIME, WHICH TALKS ABOUT PIETY AND RELIGION AND THEY DON'T HAVE ANY FEELING OF HUMANKIND FROM ONE PERSON TO ANOTHER. THE DETAINMENT AND DISAPPEARANCE OF THESE PEOPLE AND CITIZENS OF AMERICA'S FRIENDS AND ALLIES, THE PAIN AND SUFFERING AND UNCERTAINTY THAT THEIR FAMILIES ENDURE EVERY SINGLE DAY. THE LACK OF COOPERATION AND INFORMATION COMING OUT OF TEHRAN IS A PRETTY CLEAR INDICATION OF HOW THIS REGIME OPERATES AND WHAT ITS VALUES ARE. THE MEASURE WE'RE CONSIDERING TODAY UNDERSCORES WHAT CONGRESS HAS SAID BEFORE. THIS BEHAVIOR IS UNACCEPTABLE. AND IT MUST STOP. WE CALL ON THE GOVERNMENT IN IRAN TO RELEASE THESE MEN AND WOMEN IMMEDIATELY WITHOUT PRECONDITION. THE PEOPLE OF IRAN ARE THE REAL CAPTIVES OF THIS REGIME, BUT THESE AMERICAN CITIZENS ARE OUR CITIZENS AND WE DEMAND THEIR RELEASE. THE GOVERNMENT OF IRAN MUST DO WHAT IT HAS LONG PROMISED BY PROVIDING INFORMATION ON THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ROBERT LEVINSON. WE URGE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO MAKE RESOLVING THIS ISSUE A TOP PRIORITY. SO I'M GLAD TO STAND WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE. AGAIN THANK MY FRIEND FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN, FOR, AS ALWAYS, OUTSTANDING STELLAR AND HEARTFELT WORK ON THESE ISSUES. I THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE AGAIN AND ALL THE PEOPLE I MENTIONED BEFORE. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      MR. ROYCE

                      I YIELD SIX MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN,…

                      I YIELD SIX MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN, WHO CHAIRS THE FOREIGN AFFAIR SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA. SHE IS THE AUTHOR OF THIS MEASURE.

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                      MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                      THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE AS WELL AS MY GOOD…

                      THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE AS WELL AS MY GOOD FRIEND, THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. ENGEL OF NEW YORK, FOR THEIR HELP IN BRINGING HOUSE RESOLUTION 317 TO THE FLOOR TODAY AND FOR THEIR TIRELESS EFFORTS TO HOLD THE IRANIAN REGIME ACCOUNTABLE FOR ALL OF ITS ILLICIT ACTIVITY, INCLUDING THE TAKING OF AMERICAN CITIZENS AND U.S. LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENTS AS HOSTAGES. THEY HAVE BEEN INCREDIBLE SUPPORTERS OF THIS MOVEMENT AND I THANK THEM FOR THEIR UNWAVERING SUPPORT. OF COURSE I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN -- RANKING MINORITY MEMBER NITA LOWEY, FOR HER HELP. I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY OF MEETING ONE OF THE FAMILY MEMBERS WITH HER BEFORE THIS PRESENTATION. AND JUDGE POE WHO IS ALWAYS AT OUR SIDE. AND MY SOUTH FLORIDA COLLEAGUE AND DEAR FRIEND, TED DEUTSCH, THE RANKING MEMBER ON OUR MIDDLE EAST SUBCOMMITTEE. WE HAVE ALL JOINED TOGETHER IN AUTHORING AND INTRODUCING THIS RESOLUTION AND THE RESOLUTION, MR. SPEAKER, IS IMPORTANT FOR ALL OF US. BUT FOR TED DEUTSCH, FOR MY FRIEND FROM SOUTH FLORIDA, I KNOW HOW VERY PERSONAL THIS IS FOR HIM BECAUSE IT IS HIS CONSTITUENT, BOB LEVINSON, WHO CONTINUES TO BE HELD BY IRAN 10 YEARS AFTER HIS DISAPPEARANCE. JUST YESTERDAY TED AND I CONVENED A HEARING IN OUR MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA SUBCOMMITTEE WITH SOME OF THE FAMILY MEMBERS THAT ARE NAMED, WHO ARE NAMED IN THIS VERY RESOLUTION. DOUG LEVINSON, FOR EXAMPLE, BOB'S THE YOUNGEST CHILD, TESTIFIED. A SON AND BROTHER TESTIFIED. OMAR SON OF NISAR TESTIFIED. ALL TESTIFIED BEFORE OUR SUBCOMMITTEE AND THEIR STORIES WERE MOVING. THEY WERE HEARTFELT AND HEARTBREAKING. EACH ONE ALONG WITH THEIR FAMILIES FORCED TO LIVE IN THEIR OWN PERSONAL HELL. IN DOUG LEVINSON'S CASE, MR. SPEAKER, HE PRESENTED PHOTOS, EMAILS, EVEN VIDEOS OF HIS FATHER WHO AFTER MORE THAN 10 YEARS IS THE NATION'S LONGEST HELD HOSTAGE IN OUR HISTORY. WHAT A SAD DISTINCTION. WE HEARD HOW IRAN HAS REPORTEDLY AND REPEATEDLY FAILED TO LIVE UP TO ITS PROMISE TO ASSIST IN BOB'S CASE AND HELP RETURN HIM TO HIS LOVED ONES, INCLUDING THE FIVE GRANDCHILDREN THAT BOB HAS YET TO MEET. WE HEARD OMAR PLEAD FOR HIS FATHER'S LIFE AS NISAR IS NOW ONE MONTH INTO HIS FIFTH HUNGER STRIKE. BUT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, HE HAS VOWED THERE WILL BE NO TURNING BACK. HE SAYS HE WILL CONTINUE WITH HIS HUNGER STRIKE FOR HIMSELF AND THE OTHERS WHO ARE UNJUSTRY HELD BY IRAN STATING IT IS, QUOTE, LIBERTY OR DEATH. THERE IS NO TURNING BACK, END QUOTE. CAN YOU IMAGINE, MR. SPEAKER, BEING 19 YEARS OLD, A TEENAGER, AND HE'S TESTIFYING IN FRONT OF US YESTERDAY, AND HE'S HEARING HIS FATHER SAY THAT HE IS WILLING TO DIE IN IRAN IN PURSUIT OF TRUTH AND JUSTICE. AND HIS THROAT WAS BREAKING AS HE'S TESTIFYING IN FRONT OF US. WE ALSO HEARD FROM DOUG OVER THE STRESS OF HIS FATHER AND BROTHER. TWO LOVED ONES. HIS FATHER HAS LOST MORE THAN 30 POUNDS IN IRAN'S NOTORIOUS PRISONS. HE'S 81. HE SUFFERS FROM A SEVERE HEART CONDITION. HE HAD TO BE HOSPITALIZED TWICE IN JUST THE PAST FEW MONTHS. HE FEARS HIS FATHER'S PHYSICAL AND MENTAL CONDITION, THEY ARE BOTH RAPIDLY DETERIORATING. HIS BROTHER, HE FEARS, HAS GIVEN UP HOPE BECAUSE OF THE HORRIFIC CONDITIONS HE HAS BEEN -- BEING HELD UN. HE'S KEPT IN ISOLATION. HE'S MENTALLY ABUSED. HE'S PHYSICALLY ABUSED. THAT IS HORRIFYING. THAT IS HEARTBREAKING. AND THOUGH WE HEARD THE SORROW IN THEIR VOICES, MR. SPEAKER, WE ALSO HEARD DEFIANCE AND DETERMINATION. DEFIANT IN ACCEPTING THE IRANIAN REGIME'S ABSURD CLAIMS AGAINST BOB, AGAINST CIAMAK, AGAINST NISAR, DEFIANT IN ACCEPTING THAT THEIR FATES ARE SEALED, THAT THERE IS NOTHING MORE THAT CAN BE DONE. DEFIANT IN REMAINING SILENT AS THE LOVED ONES SUFFER UNDER THE TERROR REGIME IN TEHRAN. AND WE SAW THEIR DETERMINATION, DETERMINATION AS EACH OF THE WITNESSES BEFORE US YESTERDAY VOWED THAT THEIR FIGHT IS NOT NEARLY OVER. THAT THEY REMAIN DETERMINED THAT THEY CAN FORCE THE RETURN OF THEIR LOVED ONES. AND THEY LOOK TO US, MR. SPEAKER, THEY LOOK TO US TO USE OUR POSITIONS AS MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO PRESSURE THE IRANIAN REGIME TO RELEASE ALL AMERICAN CITIZENS, ALL AMERICAN LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENTS UNCONDITIONALLY. THEY LOOK TO US TO DEMAND THAT IRAN BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR ITS TACTIC OF TAKING OUR PEOPLE HOSTAGE IN ORDER TO GET FINANCIAL OR POLITICAL CONCESSIONS. THEY LOOK TO US TO STAND UP AND TO DECRY THIS PRACTICE FOR WHAT IT IS, MORALLY CORRUPT, ETHICALLY CORRUPT, AND LEGALLY WRONG. AND THAT IS WHY NITA AND TED AND JUDGE POE AND CHAIRMAN ROYCE AND RANKING MEMBER ENGEL AND I INTRODUCED THIS RESOLUTION BEFORE US TODAY. AND THAT IS WHY TED AND I CONVENED OUR HEARING YESTERDAY. THAT IS WHY TODAY I AM URGING ALL OF OUR COLLEAGUES TO STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH US, WITH THE FAMILY MEMBERS, WITH THE HOSTAGES AND DEMAND THAT IRAN RELEASE ALL AMERICAN CITIZENS AND LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENTS THAT IT IS HOLDING HOSTAGE NEEDLY AND UNCONDITIONALLY. I HOPE OUR COLLEAGUES WILL STAND WITH US AND HOPE THIS SENDS --

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                      MR. ENGEL

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

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY ESTEEMED COLLEAGUE, FRIEND, RANKING MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, WE HAVE DISTRICTS THAT ARE ADJOINING, FELLOW NEW YORKER, MRS. NITA LOWEY, THREE MINUTES.

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                      MRS. LOWEY

                      MR. SPEAKER, I, TOO, WANT TO THANK MY VERY GOOD FRIENDS CHAIRMAN ED ROYCE,…

                      MR. SPEAKER, I, TOO, WANT TO THANK MY VERY GOOD FRIENDS CHAIRMAN ED ROYCE, RANKING MEMBER ELIOT ENGEL, MY FELLOW NEW YORKER, THE STRONG ADVOCATE, ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN, I WANT TO THANK YOU-ALL FOR ADVANCING THIS VERY IMPORTANT RESOLUTION. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 317, WHICH I INTRODUCED WITH MY FRIENDS, REPRESENTATIVE ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN, TED DEUTSCH, AND TED POE. THIS RESOLUTION CALLS FOR THE UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE OF U.S. CITIZENS AND LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENTS BEING HELD ON BASELESS CHARGES BY THE GOVERNMENT OF IRAN. TWO OF THESE PRISONERS, THE NAMAZIS WERE PREVIOUSLY MY CONSTITUENTS WHEN THEY LAST LIVED IN THE UNITED STATES. I HAVE HAD THE HONOR OF GETTING TO KNOW THE COURAGEOUS BROTHER AND SON OF THESE TWO PRISONERS WHO HAS TIRELESSLY WORKED TO FREE THEM FROM UNJUST IMPRISONMENT. WHILE THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO TRY AND EXACT CONCESSIONS WITH THESE PRISONERS FROM THE UNITED STATES, AN 80-YEAR-OLD FORMER UNICEF LEADER, SUFFERS FROM INCREASINGLY POOR HEALTH IN THE PRISON. A MAN WHO SPENT HIS ENTIRE LIFE SERVING THE WORLD'S MOST VULNERABLE SHOULD NOT, CANNOT SPEND HIS FINAL YEARS IN SUCH TERRIBLE CONDITION. BUT THIS IS JUST ONE PRISONER'S STORY. EACH OF THE UNITED STATES' CITIZEN AND LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENT PRISONERS IS SUFFERING WHILE IMPRISONED ON TRUMPED UP CHARGES. EACH HAS FAMILY MEMBERS WHO WORRY EVERY HOUR OF THE DAY WHETHER THEY WILL EVER SEE THEIR LOVED ONES AGAIN. THE UNITED STATES MUST DO ALL WE CAN TO ENSURE THESE PRISONERS RETURN HOME. THIS RESOLUTION SENDS A STRONG MESSAGE TO THE GOVERNMENT OF IRAN. THESE HEINOUS ATTEMPTS WILL NOT PAY ALL, ALL OF THE PRISONERS MUST BE RELEASED IMMEDIATELY AND IRAN MUST FULFILL ITS PREVIOUS PROMISES TO LOCATE AND RETURN REPRESENTATIVE DEUTSCH'S CONSTITUENT, ROBERT LEVINSON, A U.S. CITIZEN MISSING IN IRAN SINCE 2007. . I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO ADVANCED THIS RESOLUTION. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                      MR. ROYCE

                      I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, JUDGE TED POE AND…

                      I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, JUDGE TED POE AND CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE ON TERRORISM, NONPROLIFERATION AND TRADE.

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                      MR. POE

                      I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER FOR MOVING THIS LELLINGS FORWARD.…

                      I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER FOR MOVING THIS LELLINGS FORWARD. IRAN IS THE NUMBER ONE STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM IN THE WHOLE WORLD OUT OF 195 COUNTRIES . THEY ARE THE WORST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WHEN IT COMES TO EXPORTING TERRORISM. THE MULLAHS SUPPORT TERRORIST GROUPS, TERRORIST GROUPS THAT HAVE AMERICAN BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS, THEY RESORT TO TERRORIST TACTICS TO EXTORT AND BLACK MAIL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. FOR DECADES, IRAN HAS HELD AMERICAN CITIZENS IN PRISON UNLAWFULLY. THEY DETAINED THESE AMERICANS UNDER THE CHARGE OF ESPIONAGE. WE ALL KNOW THIS IS JUST A PLOY TO EXTRACT CONCESSIONS FROM THE UNITED STATES. EARLIER THIS MONTH, IRAN THROUGH ANOTHER AMERICAN CITIZEN IN JAIL LAST YEAR, THIS TIME IT WAS A PRINCETON STUDENT CONDUCTING RESEARCH IN IRAN. HE IS BEING HELD IN IRAN IN ITS MOST NOR TORE YOUSE PRISON. AND IF ANYONE THOUGHT IRAN WAS GOING TO MODERATE AS A RESULT OF THE NUCLEAR DEAL, THESE UNLAWFUL DETENTIONS ARE EVIDENCE TO THE CONTRARY. IRAN HAS BEEN EMBOLDEND AND THERE IS NO INDICATION THEY WILL STOP THIS TACTIC OF TERROR. WE NEED TO GET THE ATTENTION OF THE TERRORISTS WHO TAKE DELIGHT IN DETAINING AMERICANS AND IRANIAN CITIZENS FOR POLITICAL REASONS. IRAN IS NOT JUST CONTENT WITHHOLDING AMERICANS, THEY ARE ACTIVELY WORKING TO EXTRACT PAYMENTS AND CONCESSIONS FROM THE UNITED STATES. LIKE SANCTIONS RELIEF AS A CONDITION FOR THEIR RELEASE. THIS IS OLD-FASHIONED TEXTBOOK EXTORTION. THIS RESOLUTION WILL SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE TO THE MULLAHS, RELEASE THE AMERICANS AND RETURN THEM TO THEIR HOME. LET THE AMERICAN HOSTAGES GO. THE NEW SANCTIONS IMPOSED BY THE TREASURY, MORE PRESSURE IS NEEDED. SO I URGE THE ADMINISTRATION TO SPARE NO EFFORT TO SECURE THE RELEASE OF AMERICAN HOSTAGES. THESE HOSTAGES HAVE BEEN HELD BY IRAN TOO LONG AND IRAN HAS PROVEN THAT THEY DO NOT RESPOND VERY WELL TO CARROT SINCE WE GAVE AWAY THE COURTHOUSE AND THE MINERAL RIGHTS IN THE IRANIAN DEAL, MAYBE WE SHOULD PULL OUT THE STICK. TEDDY ROOSEVELT SAID SPEAK SOFTLY AND CARRY A BIG STICK. AND I YIELD BACK. THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS.

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                      I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. KILDEE WHO HAS…

                      I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. KILDEE WHO HAS WORKED TIRELESSLY TO FREE HIS CONSTITUENT FROM THE IRANIAN REGIME.

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                      MR. KILDEE

                      I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 317 CALLING FOR THE UNCONDITIONAL…

                      I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 317 CALLING FOR THE UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE OF UNITED STATES CITIZENS HELD BY IRAN. UNFORTUNATELY, I'M ALL TOO FAMILIAR WITH THIS ISSUE. MY CONSTITUENT AND NOW MY GOOD FRIEND, A MARINE VETERAN WAS HELD BY THE IRANIAN REGIME IN EVAN PRISON FOR 4 1/2 BRUTAL YEARS. THANKFULLY AFTER A LONG STRUGGLE WITH THE HELP OF MANY VOICES ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND ACROSS THE WORLD, INCLUDEING MY FRIEND, THE RANKING MEMBER AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THIS COMMITTEE, WHO BOTH USED THEIR GOOD OFFICES TO ADVANCE THE INTERESTS, ULTIMATELY HE WAS FREED ON JANUARY 16, 2016 HE CAME HOME. BUT IT'S LONG PAST TIME FOR IRAN TO RELEASE THOSE AMERICANS THAT THEY ARE HOLDING. PARTICULARLY, MR. LEVIN SON WHOSE FAMILY I CAME TO KNOW DURING THE PERIOD OF TIME THAT I SOUGHT FREEDOM FOR MR. HAKMADI. MR. LEVIN SON'S FAMILY HAS ENDURED 10 UNSPEAKABLE ANGUISH TRYING TO BRING THEIR HUSBAND AND FATHER HOME. IF IRAN EVER WANTS TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY IN THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY, IT HAS TO STOP THIS PRACTICE OF TAKING INNOCENT PEOPLE AS POLITICAL PRISONERS, PEOPLE LIKE AMIR, PEOPLE LIKE MR. LEVIN SON AND OTHER AMERICANS BEING HELD TODAY. IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT TO NOTE BOTH FOR US HERE THIS BODY AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY, PARTICULARLY THOSE ACROSS THE WORLD, THERE ARE TIMES WHEN WE HAVE DIVISIONS IN THIS COUNTRY AND TIMES WE HAVE DIVISIONS IN THIS GOVERNMENT EVEN HERE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THIS IS NOT ONE OF THEM. WE STAND UNITED AS DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS AND INDEPENDENTS AS AMERICANS SAYING TO THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT AND SPEAKING THROUGH THE IRANIAN PEOPLE, YOU CANNOT TAKE POLITICAL PRISONERS AND HOLD THEM AND EXPECT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY AS A MEMBER OF THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY. I ENCOURAGE DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS TO SEND THAT STRONG MESSAGE AND PASS THIS RESOLUTION. I THANK THE SPONSORS OF THIS RESOLUTION AND THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP AND NOW WHEN MY CONSTITUENT MOST NEEDED IT AND I PRAY FOR THE SAME SUCCESS FOR THOSE AMERICANS THAT ARE BEING HELD NOW. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                      MR. ROYCE

                      I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE.

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                      MR. ENGEL

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS HOUSE YESTERDAY SPOKE IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION…

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS HOUSE YESTERDAY SPOKE IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION ABOUT WHAT WE THINK IF IRAN'S DANGEROUS AND DESTABILIZING BEHAVIOR. OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN MAJORITY VOTED TO SLAP TOUGH NEW SANCTIONS ON IRAN FOR ITS BALLISTIC MISSILE PROGRAM FOR THE REGIME SUPPORT FOR TERRORISM AND AWFUL RECORD OF HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AGAINST THE IRANIAN PEOPLE. TEHRAN SHOULD KNOW WE MEAN BUSINESS. WE WILL NOT BACK DOWN ON ANY OF THESE ISSUES AND WE CERTAINLY WILL NOT FORGET THAT AMERICANS ARE BEING WRONGFULLY HELD. I'M GLAD TO GO ON RECORD ONCE AGAIN ALONG WITH MY COLLEAGUES, CHAIRMAN ROYCE, REPRESENTATIVE ROS-LEHTINEN, NITA LOWEY, EVERYONE WHO HAS SPOKEN TODAY, PUTTING A SHINING LINE ON THIS ABUSE AND PUT IT FRONT AND CENTER ON OUR FOREIGN POLICY AND CALL ON IRAN'S LEADERS TO RELEASE THESE PEOPLE AND TO SAY THEY WILL NOT BE FOR DELIFF GIVEN AS LONG AS THESE PEOPLE ARE UNLAWFULLY HELD. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES. I'M HAPPY THAT WE ARE BRINGING THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE TO THE FLOOR. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                      MR. ROYCE

                      WELL, 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. ROYCE

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE…

                      YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO THE HOUSE RESOLUTION 317 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE ULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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                  • 03:10:28 PM

                    On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, 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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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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

                        I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3219 AND INCLUDE TABULAR MATERIAL ON THE SAME.

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                      • 03:11:25 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 473 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR…

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 473 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3219. THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. BOAST TO PRECEDE OVER THE -- BOSTON TO PRESIDE OVER THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. .

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                    • 03:11:32 PM

                      Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 473. H.R. 3219 — "Making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes."

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                        Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 3219 with 2 hours of general debate. The resolution provides that an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115-30 shall be considered as adopted and the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read.

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                          House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 473 and Rule XVIII.

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                            The Speaker designated the Honorable Mike Bost to act as Chairman of the Committee.

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                            GENERAL DEBATE

                            The Committee of the Whole proceeded with two hours of general debate on H.R. 3219.

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                              CHAIR THE

                              JERSEY. MR.

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                              THE CLERK

                              AND CERTAINLY FROM

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                              THE CHAIR

                              IMPORTANCE, AS NORTH KOREA UNABATEDLY TRIES TO MARRY ITS

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                              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                              IMPORTANCE, AS NORTH KOREA UNABATEDLY TRIES TO MARRY ITS

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                              THE CHAIR

                              IMPORTANCE, AS NORTH KOREA UNABATEDLY TRIES TO MARRY ITS

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                              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                              IMPORTANCE, AS NORTH KOREA UNABATEDLY TRIES TO MARRY ITS NUCLEAR WARHEADS…

                              IMPORTANCE, AS NORTH KOREA UNABATEDLY TRIES TO MARRY ITS NUCLEAR WARHEADS WITH NEW BALLISTIC MISSILES. AND WE INCREASE FUNDING FOR THE VITAL TRAINING THAT PREPARES OUR WAR FIGHTERS FOR ANY CONTINGENCY. THIS LEGISLATION ALSO SUPPORTS OUR MILITARY FAMILIES, AFTER ALL THEY SERVE TOO. WE INCLUDED 2.4% PAY INCREASE FOR OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN, THE LARGEST SUCH INCREASE -- RAISE IN EIGHT YEARS, AND THEY DESERVE IT. WITHIN THE MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND VETERANS PORTION OF THIS BILL, AND I THANK CHAIRMAN DENT FOR HIS LEADERSHIP, MILITARY INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING IS INCREASED BY 25% ABOVE CURRENT LEVELS. CONTINUING OUR EFFORTS TO REBUILD OUR ARMED FORCES AND ENSURING THAT OUR WAR FIGHTERS HAVE THE SUPPORT THEY NEED. WE CANNOT FORGET THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED. THIS MEASURE INCREASES FUNDING FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS BY 5%, OVER CURRENT LEVELS, TO PROVIDE OUR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES WITH ACCESS TO MEDICAL CARE. AND OTHER BENEFITS THEY'VE EARNED AND DESERVE. WITHIN THE ENERGY AND WATER SECTION OF THIS LEGISLATION, I THANK CHAIRMAN SIMPSON FOR HIS LEADERSHIP, FUNDING IS PRIORITIZED FOR CRITICAL NUCLEAR PROGRAMS THAT WILL HELP STRENGTHEN OUR SECURITY AND DETER THREATS AROUND THE GLOBE. WE ALSO SUPPORT THE MAINTENANCE OF OUR NATION'S WATERWAYS AND SUPPORT THE WORK OF THE ARMY CORPS. AND TO ALSO ENSURE THE RESILIENCE AND SECURITY OF OUR ELECTRICITY INFRASTRUCTURE. WE RECOMMIT TO OPENING YUCCA MOUNTAIN AS A SAFE AND SECURE LOCATION TO PERMANENTLY STORE THE NATION'S NUCLEAR FUEL AND HIGH-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTE. AND PROMOTE BASIC SCIENCE PROGRAMS WHICH LAY THE FOUNDATION FOR NEW ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES. FINALLY, MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES FUNDING FOR IMPORTANT LEGISLATIVE BRANCH FUNCTIONS. I THANK CHAIRMAN YODER FOR HIS LEE: IN PROVING -- FOR HIS LEADERSHIP, IMPROVING SECURITY TO THIS WONDERFUL CAPITOL COMPLEX, MAKING

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                              LEE

                              LEADERSHIP, IMPROVING SECURITY TO THIS WONDERFUL CAPITOL COMPLEX, MAKING…

                              LEADERSHIP, IMPROVING SECURITY TO THIS WONDERFUL CAPITOL COMPLEX, MAKING SURE VISITORS ARE ALWAYS WELL PROTECTED. I OFFER THANKS TO MEMBERS OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND TOUGH DECISIONS OVER THE PAST 12 -- OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS. PRODUCING TWO APPROPRIATIONS BILLS, THIS YEAR, 2017, AND 2018, IN LESS THAN THREE MONTHS. AS YOU KNOW, WE RECEIVED THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET ON MAY 23, JUST OVER TWO MONTHS AGO. SINCE THEN, WE'VE WORKED NONSTOP TO PUT ALL 12 THROUGH -- BILLS THROUGH THE COMMITTEE IN RECORD TIME. EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THESE BILLS DESERVES TO BE SEPTEMBER TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK -- TO BE SENT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. I LOOK FORWARD TO COMPLETING OUR WORK ON ALL OF OUR BILLS. I'D ALSO LIKE TO EXTEND MY PERSONAL THANKS TO THE ENTIRE COMMITTEE AND TO OUR REMARKABLE STAFF FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON THESE BILLS AND THE EIGHT YET TO COME. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 03:18:23 PM

                              THE CHAIR

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

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

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                              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF FOUR MINUTES.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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                              >>

                              WE ALSO EXPECT $1.6 BILLION IN BORDER WALL FUNDING TO BE ADDED THROUGH A…

                              WE ALSO EXPECT $1.6 BILLION IN BORDER WALL FUNDING TO BE ADDED THROUGH A RULES GIMMICK MEANT TO PREVENT AN UP OR DOWN VOTE ON THE WALL. THE UNDEMOCRATIC MANEUVER BY THE RULES COMMITTEE TO UNILATERALLY REMOVE CONGRESSWOMAN BARBARA LEE'S AMENDMENT TO DEBATE A NEW AUMF, WHICH RECEIVED BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN THE COMMITTEE, IS SIMPLY OUTRAGEOUS. ALL THE PROMISES OF REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP, OF RETURNING TO REGULAR ORDER, HAVE BEEN BROKEN. I DO, HOWEVER, WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN FOR CONDUCTING BUSINESS IN THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE MARKUPS FAIRLY, AND COLLEGIALLY, AS THE MINORITY OFFERED AMENDMENTS LATE INTO THE NIGHT. ON TOP OF THE MANY PROCEDURAL INEQUITIES, HOWEVER, THE MAJORITY'S INCREASED DEFENSE SPENDING IS A MIRAGE. SHATTERING BUDGET CONTROL CAPS WOULD TRIGGER AUTOMATIC ACROSS-THE-BOARD CUT OF 13% TO EVERY DEFENSE ACCOUNT. YET THE MAJORITY PRETENDS THE SEQUESTER, WHICH WOULD CUT $72 BILLION IN DEFENSE FUNDING IN THIS BILL, ISN'T REAL. I WANT TO MAKE IT VERY CLEAR THAT DEMOCRATS ARE READY TO WORK WITH OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO RAISE THE CAPS ON DEFENSE. BUT WE MUST ALSO RAISE THE CAPS ON IMPORTANT DOMESTIC PRIORITIES. PLAYING POLITICS WITH THE BILL THAT FUNDS THE TROOPS BY INSERTING THE TOXIC BORDER WALL TO IT IS REALLY BEYOND THE PALE. WHY NOT INCLUDE THE F.B.I.? OR THE ENTIRE HOMELAND SECURITY BILL? IF THE INTENTION IS TO PASS SECURITY-RELATED BILLS, SECURING OUR HOMELAND GOES BEYOND THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND OUR OWN BUDGETS IN THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH. THE REPUBLICAN APPROACH TO FUNDING OUR GOVERNMENT FOR F.Y. 2018 ALL BUT GUARANTEES A SHORT-TERM, IF NOT A FULL-YEAR, CONTINUING RESOLUTION. JUST LIKE EVERY YEAR DEMOCRATIC VOTES WILL BE NEEDED TO ENACT APPROPRIATION LAW. AND I REALLY DO HOPE WE WILL SOON START TO WORK TOGETHER AGAIN TO INVEST RESPONSIBLY IN BOTH DEFENSE AND NONDEFENSE PRIORITIES, TO GROW THE ECONOMY, CREATE JOBS AND SECURE THE COUNTRY. AS I CONCLUDE, I WANT TO THANK OUR DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN, MR. FRELLING -- MR. FRELINGHUYSEN. HIS OUTSTANDING STAFF. AS WELL AS MY OUTSTANDING STAFF. CAN I HAVE AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE?

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                            • 03:19:19 PM

                              MRS. LOWEY

                              AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE?

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              LOWEY THE

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MRS. LOWEY

                              HOWEVER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS BILL WHICH WOULD WASTE…

                              HOWEVER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS BILL WHICH WOULD WASTE $1.6 BILLION ON TRUMP'S BORDER WALL, USE FRAUDULENT DEFENSE NUMBERS, GUTS CRITICAL INVESTMENTS IN CLEAN ENERGY,, INCLUDES POISON PILL RIDERS -- ENERGY, INCLUDES POISON PILL RIDERS, AND LEAVES THE REMAINING SPENDING BILLS WITH NO PATH FORWARD. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 03:23:28 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS…

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

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                            • 03:23:31 PM

                              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE FORMER CHAIRMAN AND NOW THE…

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE FORMER CHAIRMAN AND NOW THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN OPERATIONS COMMITTEE FOR FOUR MINUTES, MR. HAL ROGERS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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                              MR. ROGERS

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR YIELDING THE TIME.…

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR YIELDING THE TIME. AND CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU ON YOUR MAIDEN VOYAGE IN THIS ROLE THAT YOU'RE OCCUPYING. VERY EXPERTLY, I MIGHT ADD. THE FORCED MARCH THAT WE UNDERTOOK IN THE COMMITTEE FOR THE LAST THREE WEEKS, CLEARING ALL 12 BILLS THROUGH THE FULL COMMITTEE, IN A HISTORICALLY RECORD TIME, AND WE HAD A GOOD DRILL SERGEANT, MR. SERGEANT. FOR DOING A GREAT JOB. WE HELD 74 OVERSIGHT AND BUDGET HEARINGS, HEARD FROM OVER 400 WITNESSES, WITH THE OVERARCHING GOAL THAT EACH OF THE 12 BILLS WE PASS OUT OF OUR COMMITTEE ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF OUR CONSTITUENTS. I'M PROUD TO SAY THAT THESE BILLS DO JUST THAT. ADVANCE OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE AND SECURE OUR BORDERS. TAKE CARE OF OUR VETERAN, PROVIDE CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING, INCREASE RESOURCES TO COMBAT THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC, MAINTAIN OUR PRESENCE AS A LEADER IN GLOBAL DIPLOMACY. ALL THE WHILE MAINTAINING FISCAL DISCIPLINE. I'M DISAPPOINTED THAT WE WON'T CONSIDER ALL 12 OF THESE BILLS BEFORE THE AUGUST RECESS. BUT THIS SECURITY PACKAGE IS AN IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD. IT WILL ENSURE THAT WE AS THE CONGRESS UPHOLD OUR MOST SACRED RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE FOR OUR NATION'S COMMON DEFENSE. UNDER THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION, OUR DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FACED NEEDLESS UNCERTAINTY. I'M PROUD THAT WE ARE NOW TURNING THE TIDE, PROVIDING OUR TROOPS AND THEIR COMMANDERS WITH THE NECESSARY RESOURCES TO RESPOND TO THREATS FROM COUNTRIES LIKE RUSSIA, CHINA AND IRAN, AS WELL AS CRUSH THE VIOLENT EXTREMISTS WHO WISH TO DO US HARM. AS PROMISED TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WE'RE REBUILDING AND MODERNIZING OUR MILITARY AS AN INTERNATIONAL POWERHOUSE BY BETTER EQUIPPING OUR TROOPS, STRENGTHENING COUNTERTERRORISM EFFORTS, AND RE-ESTABLISHING CONFIDENCE WITH OUR ALLIES. AT A TIME WHEN OUR ENEMIES CONTINUE TO ADVANCE AROUND THE GLOBE, THE U.S. MUST REMAIN AT THE FOREFRONT OF MILITARY READINESS AND ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY TO STRENGTHEN NATIONAL DEFENSE AT HOME AND ABROAD. THIS BILL ALSO MAINTAINS OUR COMMITMENT TO THOSE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN AFTER THEIR SERVICE HAS COME TO A CLOSE. PROVIDING FOR GREATER OVERSIGHT AND ACCOUNTABILITY AT THE V.A.. AND MODERNIZING ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS TO HELP OUR VETERANS RECEIVE THE HIGH QUALITY OF CARE THEY DESERVE. I'M ALSO PLEASED THAT THIS LEGISLATION INCLUDES THE ENERGY AND WATER APPROPRIATIONS BILL. WHICH FUNDS MANY OF OUR NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS AND BUILDS UPON OUR COUNTRY'S ESSENTIAL INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS. IN PARTICULAR, THIS BILL PROTECTS THE APPALACHIAN REGIONAL COMMISSION, A.R.C., FROM PROPOSED ELIMINATION. AND ENSURES THAT ITS CRITICAL PROGRAMS WILL CONTINUE IN OUR HARDEST-HIT BE A LASHEAN COAL COMMUNITIES -- APPALACHIAN COAL COMMUNITIES. A.R.C. HAS LED EFFORTS TO INNOVATE, PARTNER AND INVEST IN THE REGION, TO BUILD COMMUNITY CAPACITY AND STRENGTHEN ECONOMIC GROWTH. THESE INVESTMENTS HAVE LED TO THE CREATIONS OF THOUSANDS OF NEW JOBS. IT HAS IMPROVED LOCAL WATER AND SEWER SYSTEMS, IMPROVED OUR SCHOOLS, INCREASED ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE, AND PROVIDED CRITICAL ASSISTANCE TO EMERGING BUSINESSES. AFTER EIGHT YEARS OF STRANGULATION BY REGULATION IN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S WAR ON COAL, APPALACHIA NEEDS THE A.R.C. NOW MORE THAN EVER. MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU AGAIN FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF THIS BILL. IS IT EVERYTHING WE WANTED? NO. IT IS CRITICAL THAT WE PRIORITIZE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL DOES. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE MOTTO OF OUR APPROPRIATIONSES COMMITTEE IS THIS -- APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE IS THIS, A VISION WITHOUT FUNDING IS A HALLUCINATION. WE'VE GOT A VISIONARY LEADER IN OUR CHAIRMAN, BUT WE'VE GOT TO PROVIDE THE FUNDING TO MAKE THE DREAMS THAT WE HAVE COME TRUE. THAT'S WHAT APPROPRIATIONS DOES. I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 03:28:11 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              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 JERSEY RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MRS. LOWEY

                              YIELD SIX MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, MS. KAPTUR.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED FOR SIX MINUTES.

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                              MS. KAPTUR

                              THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. I WANTED TO THANK RANKING MEMBER LOWEY FOR THE…

                              THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. I WANTED TO THANK RANKING MEMBER LOWEY FOR THE TIME AND ALSO THANK CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN ON HIS MAIDEN VOYAGE. NOT HIS FIRST VOYAGE, BUT HIS FIRST AS CHAIR OF THE FULL COMMITTEE. AND THE MEMBERS OF OUR FINE SUBCOMMITTEE, AND ESPECIALLY THE STAFF. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN SIMPSON FOR HIS FINE LEADERSHIP AND I VALUE THE HARD WORK YOU PUT INTO THIS BILL AND YOUR ATTITUDE THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE PROCESS. I WANT TO THANK OUR STAFF ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR THE MANY HOURS OF HARD WORK AND DEDICATION. TO TANYA ON OUR SIDE AND DONNA FOR THE MAJORITY. AND TO T.J. ON MY OWN STAFF. I APPRECIATE THAT THE CHAIRMAN HAS ALLOWED ROBUST FUNDING TO THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS, WHICH TRANSLATES INTO REAL JOBS FROM COAST-TO-COAST. AND I ALSO AM PLEASED THAT THIS BILL RESTORES THE MORE THAN $900 MILLION THAT THE ADMINISTRATION PROPOSED TO CUT FROM THE SCIENCE ACCOUNT. AND PROVIDES REASONABLE FUNDING FOR ENERGY SAVING WEATHERIZATION IN BOTH COLD AND HOT CLIMATES ACROSS OUR NATION. UNFORTUNATELY THE ARTIFICIALLY LOW ALLOCATION HAS FORCED THE CHAIRMAN TO MAKE DEEP CUTS TO SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PROGRAMS IN THE BILL, MOST NOTABLY THE OFFICE OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY. TOO MANY HERE IN WASHINGTON HAVE BEEN FOOLED BY THE RHETORIC THAT POSES A FALSE CHOICE BETWEEN THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE ECONOMY. BUT TODAY 288,000 AMERICANS WORK IN AUTO INDUSTRY SUPPLY CHAIN JOBS. IN MANUFACTURING THE PARTS THAT MAKE VEHICLES CLEANER AND MORE FUEL EFFICIENT. IN ADDITION, 360,000 PEOPLE WORK IN THE SOLAR ENERGY AND THE FASTEST GROWING JOB IN AMERICA IS WIND TURBINE TECHNOLOGY. INVESTMENT IN ENERGY IS AN INVESTMENT IN JOBS AND OUR FUTURE. 83% CUT FROM THE VEHICLE TECH NOLINGS' OFFICE, NOW THAT'S A BACKWARD MOVE, 60% CUT TO THE ADVANCED MANUFACTURING OFFICE AND THIS MEMBER IS UNWILLING TO SEE THAT GO TO THE CHINESE AND 57% CUT TO SOLAR ENERGY, ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING JOB SECTORS IN OUR COUNTRY. A 65% CUT TO WIND ENERGY AND ARPA E, THE MOST COMPLEX TECHNOLOGIES, ZERO, THE PROGRAM ELIMINATED. WHOA. THESE GO TO OFFSHORE COMPETITORS WHO ARE HACKING INTO OUR BANK ACCOUNTS BY FIRMS INVOLVED IN THESE INDUSTRIES HUNDREDS OF TIMES A MONTH, TRYING TO CO-OP AMERICAN TECHNOLOGY THAT AMERICAN TAXPAYERS HELPED TO DEVELOP IN AN ERA CHASES SHORT-TERM QUARTERLY PROFITS AND EVER IMPROVING EARNINGS REPORT, WE OWE IT TO OUR CONSTITUENTS TO PLAY THE LONG GAME, MAKING INVESTMENTS THAT MAY TAKE DECADES TO PAY OFF, BUT THEY WILL. THE LONG TIME HORIZON AND LARGE CAPITAL INVESTMENTS OF THE ENERGY SECTOR FOR AMERICA MEANS THAT MORE THAN ANY OTHER PATH-BREAKING ENERGY RESEARCH NEEDS FEDERAL SUPPORT UNTIL IT BECOMES COMMERCIALLY VIABLE, BECAUSE ENERGY RESEARCH IS COMPLEX. THOUGH ENERGY IS AN OVERLOOKED INGREDIENT IN ECONOMIC SPREEMSSI, THOSE MASTERS ARE LEADING IN AMERICA. PRESIDENTS HAVE TARGETED ENERGY INDEPENDENCE. THAT MAKES NATIONAL SECURITY SENSE. BUT THIS YEAR, THAT TARGET IS FINELY IN SIGHT. A RECENT REPORT EXPECTS THE UNITED STATES TO BE A NET ENERGY EXPORTER BY 2026. WOULD YOU. THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY DESERVES GREAT CREDIT FOR BRINGING US TO THIS POINT BEGINNING BACK IN THE OLD 1970'S AND 1980'S WHEN IT GOT STARTED. IT TOOK 30 YEARS OF DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY SUPPORT WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO UNLEASH THE FRACKING REVOLUTION THAT HAS CHANGED OUR WORLD AND WHERE WAS THAT TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPED? AT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND IT DIDN'T HAPPEN IN A YEAR OR TWO, IT TOOK YEARS. THE NEXT REVOLUTION WILL BE THE CLEAN ENERGY REVOLUTION. WE MUST NOT FORFEIT THAT GAIN. FINALLY, I WOULD LIKE TO RAISE MY CONCERNS OVER THE CONTROVERSIAL RIDERS THAT THREATEN THE ENACTMENT OF THIS BILL BUT OUR MOST PRECIOUS RESOURCE WATER. EXEMPTING THE RULE FROM THE ADMINISTRATIVE ACT CREEDS TOO MUCH AUTHORITY TO THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH AND SOMETHING I CANNOT SUPPORT. FOR THAT REASON AND THE DRACONIAN CUTS TO CLEAN ENERGY, I ASK MEMBERS TO OPPOSE THE CLEAN WATER AND ENERGY PACKAGE AND BUSTING THE SPENDING CAPS AND BUILDING A BORDER WALL THAT DOESN'T KEEP US SAFE. I BELIEVE THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR ANY DEMOCRAT TO SUPPORT THE OVERALL BILL BEFORE US. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 03:34:08 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                              I RECOGNIZE THE CHAIR OF THE DEFENSE SUBCOMMITTEE, CONGRESSWOMAN KAY…

                              I RECOGNIZE THE CHAIR OF THE DEFENSE SUBCOMMITTEE, CONGRESSWOMAN KAY GRANGER FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                            • 03:34:21 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                              MS. GRANGER

                              TODAY WE CONSIDER THE MAKE AMERICA SECURE APPROPRIATIONS ACT WHICH…

                              TODAY WE CONSIDER THE MAKE AMERICA SECURE APPROPRIATIONS ACT WHICH INCLUDES THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018. I ASK ALL MEMBERS FOR THEIR SUPPORT ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. CONGRESS' NUMBER ONE RESPONSIBILITY IS TO PROVIDE FOR THE DEFENSE OF THIS NATION. THIS BILL PROVIDES THAT CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY. THIS IS URGENT BECAUSE THE WORLD IS MORE DANGEROUS AND UNSTABLE. NORTH KOREA IS INCREASING THE MISSILE TESTS, THREATENING AMERICAN SOIL AND OUR ALLIES. ON THE 4TH OF JULY, THEY LAUNCHED AN INTERCONTINENTAL MISSILE. RUSSIA HAS INSTABILITY IN THE UKRAINE, BATTLICS AND THE BALL CANS. THEY PROTECT PRESIDENT ASSAD, THE TYRANT WHO HAS MURDERED MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN. CHINA IS MILITARIZING THE SOUTH CHINA SEA AND MODERNIZING THEIR MILITARY. CHINESE FIGHTER JETS FLEW CLOSELY TO A US AIR CRAFT IN A DANGEROUS MANNER. IRAN IS INCREASING ITS INFLUENCE IN IRAQ, SYRIA AND YEMEN. JUST YESTERDAY AN IRANIAN VESSEL PURSUED A U.S. NAVY VESSEL AT HIGH-SPEED FORCING OUR SHIP TO FIRE WARNING SHOTS. ISIS AND AL QAEDA TERRORISTS CONTINUE TO SPREAD PERVERTED VERSION OF ISLAM ACROSS THE WORLD. ALL OF OUR ADVERSARIES ARE ACTING IN A BOLD MANNER. THE U.S. MILITARY HAS TO CONFRONT ANYONE WHO THREATENS US. THIS CAN BE DONE BY REVERSING THE YEARS OF BUDGET INSTABILITY, SEQUESTRATION AND CONTINUOUS CUTS. SINCE BECOMING CHAIR, I HAVE MADE IT MY PRIORITY TO LISTEN TO OUR DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE EXPERTS AND THIS BILL BEFORE YOU REFLECTS THEIR EXPERT ADVICE. THIS PROVIDES SECRETARY MATTIS THE RESOURCES HE NEEDS TO REBUILD OUR MILITARY AND FORM A NEW NATIONAL DEFENSE STRATEGY. IT'S BEEN AN HONOR TO WORK WITH MR. VISCLOSKY, WHO HAS PLAYED A VALUABLE ROLE IN THIS PROCESS. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN, RANKING MEMBER LOWEY AND ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE DEFENSE SUBCOMMITTEE FOR THEIR INVOLVEMENT AND THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS. AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE STAFF OF THE DEFENSE SUBCOMMITTEE, JENNIFER, SHERRY, WALTER, B.J., KAREN ELL, AND MATT AND REBECCA, AND CHRIS ON THE MINORITY STAFF. JOHNNY, JASON, JOE AND ADAM. IN CLOSING, I MUST REMIND THE HOUSE OF SECRETARY MATTIS WHEN HE TOLD US THAT WITHOUT THE SAME SUFFICIENT AND PREDICTABLE FUNDING, I ASSESS WITHIN FIVE YEARS WE WILL LOSE OUR ABILITY TO PROJECT POWER. THE BASIS OF HOW WE DEFEND THE U.S. HOMELAND AND MEET OUR ALLIANCE COMMITMENTS. TO ENSURE THIS DOESN'T HAPPEN, THE BILL INCLUDES, $28.6 BILLION ABOVE THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE RESTORATION FUND. WE MUST KEEP THIS FUNDING INTACT. WE NEED TO HEED SECRETARY MATTIS' WARNING AND GIVE OUR MILITARY WHAT IT NEEDS, NO LESS. THIS IS NOT A PARTISAN ISSUE. I ASK ALL MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR SUPPORT. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY CONTINUES TO…

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 03:38:26 PM

                              MRS. LOWEY

                              SIX MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS.…

                              SIX MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. ROYBAL-ALLARD ALLARD, THE RANKING MEMBER MEMBER OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY.

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                            • 03:38:44 PM

                              MS. ROYBAL-ALLARD

                              SECURE MINIBUS DOES NOT INCLUDE THE BILL FOR DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND…

                              SECURE MINIBUS DOES NOT INCLUDE THE BILL FOR DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SECURITY AT OUR BORDERS, SECURITY IN THE COASTAL MARITIME ENVIRONMENT, SECURITY FOR SURFACE AND AIR TRANSPORTATION, SECURITY FOR CYBERNETWORKS AND CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND HELPING STATE AND LOCAL JURISDICTIONS PREPARE FOR, PREVENT AND RESPOND TO TERRORIST ATTACKS AND NATURAL DISASTERS. INSTEAD OF INCLUDING THE ENTIRE D.H.S. FUNDING BILL IN THE MINIBUS, THE MAJORITY IS EXPECTED TO USE A SECOND RULE TO INSERT JUST ONE PART OF THAT BILL. FUNDING FOR THE PRESIDENT'S BORDER WALL, IGNORING MUCH MORE PRESSING AND IMMEDIATE SECURITY NEEDS. BECAUSE THE DEPARTMENT HAS FAILED TO SUBMIT TO CONGRESS A REQUIRED REPORT LAYING OUT THE LONG-TERM PLANS AND JUSTIFICATION FOR BORDER INFRASTRUCTURE, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ARE UNABLE TO RESPONSIBLY EVALUATE THE LONG-TERM BORDER SECURITY STRATEGY AND COMPREHENSIVELY ASSESS ITS COSTS, BENEFITS AND TRADEOFFS. GIVEN THIS ENORMOUS $1.6 BILLION INITIAL PRICE TAG, MEMBERS SHOULD AT A MINIMUM HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE ON IT SEPARATELY AND IN THE CONTEXT OF THE ENTIRE HOMELAND SECURITY BILL. I SUBMITTED AN AMENDMENT TO PROHIBIT THE USE OF FUNDS FOR BORDER WALL CONSTRUCTION. AND I HOPE THE RULES COMMITTEE WILL MAKE IT IN ORDER. WHILE I DO NOT SUPPORT THE D.H.S. BILL IN ITS CURRENT FORM, I FIRMLY BELIEVE THE HOUSE WOULD BE IN A STRONGER POSITION TO MAKE A MORE INFORMED AND RESPONSIBLE DECISION ON HOW BEST TO INVEST THESE $1.6 BILLION IN THE CONTEXT OF DEBATING AND AMENDING THE ENTIRE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY FUNDING BILL. FOR EXAMPLE, INSTEAD OF USING $1.6 BILLION OF TAXPAYERS' MONEY FOR JUST 74 MILES OF BORDER WALL, WE COULD PAY FOR THE FIRST TWO HEAVY COAST GUARD ICE BREAKERS, WHICH ARE CRITICALLY NEEDED TO HELP THE UNITED STATES BETTER COUNTER THE EVER INCREASING RUSSIAN PRESENCE IN THE ARCTIC. OR WE COULD INVEST IN ADDITIONAL TECHNOLOGY AND HIRE THOUSANDS OF NEW CUSTOMS' OFFICERS AT EVERY LAND, AIR AND SEAPORT OF ENTRY IN THE UNITED STATES. WE DO SEE WAIT TIME FOR TRAVELERS, BETTER FACILITATING THE FLOW OF COMMERCE AND CONTRIBUTING TO ECONOMIC GROWTH. THIS WOULD ENHANCE OUR ABILITY TO INTERCEPT MORE ILLEGAL NARCOTICS AND OTHER CONTRABAND BECAUSE CONTRARY TO WHAT SOME MAY THINK, THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE WORST ILLICIT DRUGS FLOWING INTO OUR COUNTRY ARRIVE THROUGH THE PORTS OF ENTRY, NOT BETWEEN THE PORTS. IN 2016, 86% OF THE HERNAN 81% OF THE -- HEROIN, 81% OF THE COCAINE CAME THROUGH THE BORDER. IN ADDITION TO THE 654 MILES OF FENCING ALREADY IN PLACE IS A MISGUIDED AND INEFFECTIVE STRATEGY TO ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM. USING THIS $1.6 BILLION FOR MORE PRESSING SECURITY NEEDS, I AM CONCERNED THAT BY INCLUDING ONLY BORDER WALL FUNDING FROM THE D.H.S. APPROPRIATIONS BILL, WE WOULD BE SENDING A TERRIBLE MESSAGE TO FRONT LINE HOMELAND SECURITY PERSONNEL, MANY OF WHOM ROUTINELY PUT THEIR PERSONAL SAFETY AT RISK TO SERVE OUR COUNTRY. THAT THE PRESIDENT'S BORDER WALL IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN ALL THE WORK THEY DO. MR. CHAIRMAN, WHEN IT COMES TO THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WE, IN CONGRESS, HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO ACT IN THEIR BEST INTERESTS AND TO INVEST THEIR TAX DOLLARS WISELY. IF THE ONLY HOMELAND SECURITY ITEM IN THIS BILL IS FUNDING FOR 74 MILES OF BORDER WALL, WE WILL FAIL TO MEET THAT OBLIGATION. THIS BILL SHOULD NOT INCLUDE FUNDING FOR A BORDER WALL AND THE HOUSE SHOULD HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE ON THIS FUNDING IN THE CONTEXT OF THE ENTIRE HOMELAND SECURITY BILL. I URGE A NO VOTE ON THIS BILL. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 03:43:56 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. AND…

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 03:44:04 PM

                              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                              CHAIRMAN MIKE SIMPSON FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                              MR. SIMPSON

                              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 JERSEY CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 03:47:38 PM

                              MRS. LOWEY

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD SIX MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD SIX MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. RYAN, THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH.

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                            • 03:47:50 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED FOR SIX MINUTES.

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                              MR. RYAN

                              YOU TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. AND I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE…

                              YOU TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. AND I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. ALSO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE HOUSE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS. WHILE I RISE TO OPPOSE THIS APPROPRIATIONS PACKAGE, EVEN THOUGH THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH DIVISION OF THIS PACKAGE IS WORTHY OF OUR SUPPORT, I COMMEND CHAIRMAN YODER BOTH FOR THE PRODUCT AND FOR THE WAY HE REACHED ACROSS THE AISLE TO WORK WITH ME AND OTHER MEMBERS OF OUR COMMITTEE. AND THE MINORITY IN THIS PROCESS. FOR ALL OF THEIR HARD WORK I'D LIKE TO THANK LIZ ON THEIR TEAM, JEN AND TIM FROM THE LEG BRANCH MAJORITY STAFF. JOE FROM CHAIRMAN YODER'S OFFICE, ADAM ON THE MINORITY STAFF, AND ANNE AND RYAN ON MY TEAM. THIS YEAR'S LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS BILL WOULD, AMONG OTHER THINGS, ALLOW US TO CATCH UP ON SOME DEFERRED MAINTENANCE IN OUR BUILDINGS, INVEST IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY TO MODERNIZE THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE AND COPYRIGHT OFFICE. AND ADJUST TO THE NEW CYBERSECURITY ENVIRONMENT FACED HERE IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. I'M ALSO PLEASED TO SEE THAT THIS BILL PROVIDES ADDITIONAL FUNDS FOR THE SERGEANT AT ARMS AND THE CAPITOL POLICE, TO INCREASE CONGRESSIONAL SECURITY IN THE WAKE OF THE TRAGIC SHOOTING AT OUR CONGRESSIONAL BASEBALL PRACTICE SEVERAL MONTHS BACK. OUR GOAL IS TO GIVE THEM THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO MAINTAIN THE SECURITY ON THE CAPITOL CAMPUS, AND INCREASE THEIR COVERAGE OF MEMBERS IN GAGGET -- AND GATHERINGS OF MEMBERS THAT MIGHT BE TARGETED. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE HOUSE TO LOOK OUT FOR OUR SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF OUR CONSTITUENTS AND THE STAFF AND THE FUNDING INCLUDED IN THIS BILL IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. THERE ARE THINGS I HOPE WE CAN IMPROVE ON, AS THE BILL MOVES FORWARD -- CAN IMPROVE ON, AS THE BILL MOVES FORWARD. FOR EXAMPLE, I'D LIKE TO SEE MORE MONEY FOR PERSONNEL AT THE LIBRARY AND C.R.S. AND NOT JUST FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY. AND MORE FOR THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE, WHICH IS FLAT-FUNDED IN THIS BUDGET. BECAUSE OF INFLATION, G.A.O. WILL HAVE 200 FEWER EMPLOYEES THAN EXPECTED AT THE END OF THE YEAR. G.A.O.'S AUDITS AND INVESTIGATIONS ROOT OUT WASTE, FRAUD AND ABUSE IN GOVERNMENT. SOMETHING WE ALL AGREE UPON HERE SHOULD BE DONE. WITH THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION RESISTING ALL OF THIS OVERSIGHT, G.A.O. IS MORE IMPORTANT TODAY THAN IT EVER HAS BEEN. WHILE I WOULD SUPPORT THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH BILL, IF IT CAME TO THE FLOOR ON ITS OWN, UNFORTUNATELY WE'RE NOT CONSIDERING IT ON ITS OWN. I OPPOSE TYING $1.6 BILLION OF WASTED TAXPAYER MONEY FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP'S BORDER WALL TO THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH BILL. WE NEED BIPARTISAN, COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM WHICH WOULD INCLUDE SMARTER, MORE EFFECTIVE ENFORCEMENTS OF OUR LAWS. A FEW YEARS AGO, THE NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE SAID IMMIGRATION REFORM WOULD REDUCE OUR DEFICIT BY $900 BILLION AND INCREASE REAL G.D.P. GROWTH BY OVER 3%. BUT SIMPLY BUILDING A RIDICULOUS WALL THAT FACES OPPOSITION FROM BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, THIS WALL WON'T DO ANYTHING FOR OUR ECONOMY AND IT ISN'T EVEN A COST EFFECTIVE WAY TO STRENGTHEN ENFORCEMENT. BESIDES, WE WERE TOLD REPEATEDLY OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST 18 MONTHS THAT MEXICO WOULD PAY FOR THE WALL. HE WOULD ASK, THE PRESIDENT WOULD ASK, WHO'S GOING TO PAY FOR THE WALL? MEXICO'S GOING TO PAY FOR THE WALL. WHY IS THERE A SINGLE DIME OF AMERICAN TAXPAYER MONEY FOR A BORDER WALL THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP PROMISED MEXICO WOULD FINANCE? AND I OPPOSE THE REPUBLICANS' PARTISAN BUDGET STRATEGY. BY REFUSING TO WORK WITH DEMOCRATS ON A BIPARTISAN BUDGET DEAL THAT RAISES THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT CAPS, REPUBLICANS ARE SERIOUSLY RISKING SOME COMBINATION OF SEQUESTRATION, STOP GAP FUNDING BILLS, GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWNS AND A CATASTROPHIC DEFAULT ON OUR NATIONAL DEBT. NONDEFENSE DISCRETIONARY SPENDING IS 1/6 OF THE FEDERAL BUDGET. HAVING ALREADY CUT IT TO THE BONE, THEY'RE NOW SAWING OFF THE LIMBS. THE LABOR, HEALTH, HUMAN SERVICES AND EDUCATION APPROPRIATIONS BILL, THE TRANSPORTATION BILL, THE FINANCIAL SERVICES BILL THAT FUNDS CONSUMER PROTECTIONS AND REGULATION OF BIG BANKS, THEY WILL ALL SEE BIG CUT BECAUSE OF THE DRACONIAN SPENDING CAPS. TODAY'S PACKLAGE SQUEEZE OUT INVESTMENTS IN OUR INFRASTRUCTURE, JOBS PROGRAMS, EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND ALL THE THINGS THAT NEED TO BE PRIORITIES. WE ARE TURNING OUR BACKS ON WORKING FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO DEPEND ON THESE PROGRAMS EVERY DAY. WE ALL BELIEVE IN THE FREE MARKET SYSTEM. WE ALL BELIEVE IN CAPITALISM. WE ALL WANT TO REWARD RISK TAKERS AND PROVIDE A GOOD ENVIRONMENT FOR GROWTH FOR THOSE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WILL MAKE THE INVESTMENTS TO HIRE THE WORKERS. BUT CAPITALISM IS NOT A PERFECT SYSTEM. AND IT IS -- ARE THESE PROGRAMS IN THIS BILL THAT WE NEED TO FUND TO MAKE SURE THAT WE GROW THE ENTIRE ECONOMY, THAT WE HAVE SUSTAINED GROWTH, WE INVEST IN EDUCATION, WE INVEST IN RESEARCH, WE INVEST IN TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE IN ORDER FOR US TO GROW THE ECONOMY. AS FORMER APPROPRIATIONS CHAIRMAN DAVID OBEY USED TO SAY, THESE PROGRAMS ARE ABOUT KNOCKING OFF THE ROUGH EDGES OF CAPITALISM. ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE WE BELIEVE IN MAKING THOSE INVESTMENTS AND THAT THOSE INVESTMENTS ARE BEST FOR THE ECONOMY. THAT'S WHAT'S AT STAKE. SO WE MUST ADEQUATELY FUND DEFENSE, VETERANS' PROGRAMS AND THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT. BUT THAT CAN'T COME AT THE EXPENSE OF EVERYTHING ELSE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 03:54:17 PM

                              THE CHAIR

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

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 03:54:22 PM

                              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE CHAIRMAN CHARLIE DENT FROM…

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE CHAIRMAN CHARLIE DENT FROM PENNSYLVANIA, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND VETERANS' AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                            • 03:54:32 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                              MR. DENT

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE APPROPRIATIONS ACT BEFORE YOU TODAY INCLUDES…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE APPROPRIATIONS ACT BEFORE YOU TODAY INCLUDES DIVISION C APPROPRIATIONS FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, VETERANS' AFFAIRS, AND RELATED AGENCIES, FOR FISCAL YEAR 201. DIVISION C IS EXACTLY THE SAME AS THE MILCON V.A. BILL REPORTED FAVORABLY OUT OF THE FULL COMMITTEE ON JUNE 15. THANKS TO THE LEADERSHIP OF CHAIRMAN RODNEY FRELINGHUYSEN OF NEW JERSEY, RANKING MEMBER NITA LOWEY OF NEW YORK, AND THE PARTNERSHIP OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER, DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, THIS DIVISION WILL PROVIDE NECESSARY FUNDING FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS AND MILITARY CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS. WE WERE ABLE TO INCLUDE THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE'S OVER 1,000-MEMBER REQUESTS. THE DIVISION DEMONSTRATES OUR FIRM COMMITMENT TO FULLY SUPPORTING OUR NATION'S VETERANS AND SERVICE MEMBERS. THE TOTAL INVESTMENT IS $89 BILLION FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, V.A. AND RELATED AGENCIES. WHICH IS $6 BILLION ABOVE LAST YEAR'S LEVEL. THE DIVISION PROVIDES COMPREHENSIVE SUPPORT FOR SERVICE MEMBERS, MILITARY FAMILIES, AND VETERANS. WE MUST MAKE INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS IF WE VALUE READINESS. THIS BILL INCREASES MILITARY CONSTRUCTION BY 25% OVER LAST YEAR'S LEVEL. THAT'S RIGHT. 25% OVER LAST YEAR'S LEVEL. DELIVERING ON OUR PROMISE TO TROOPS IN LINE WITH THE PRESIDENT'S FOCUS ON NATIONAL DEFENSE. IT SUPPORTS OUR TROOPS WITH FACILITIES AND SERVICES NECESSARY TO MAINTAIN READINESS AND MORALE HERE IN THE STATES AND OVERSEAS. IT PROVIDES DEFENSE DEPARTMENT SCHOOLS AND HEALTH CLINICS TO TAKE CARE OF OUR MILITARY FAMILIES. THIS DIVISION FUNDS OUR VETERANS' HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS, TO ENSURE THAT OUR PROMISE TO CARE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE SACRIFICED IN DEFENSE OF THIS GREAT NATION CONTINUES AS THOSE MEN AND WOMEN RETURN HOME. WE OWE THIS TO OUR VETERAN AND OUR ARE COMMITTED TO SUSTAINED -- AND ARE COMMITTED TO SUSTAINED OVERSIGHT UNTIL PROGRAMS DELIVER WHAT THEY PROMISE AND TAXPAYERS ARE WELL SERVED BY THE INVESTMENTS WE MAKE. THE STAFF DESERVES CREDIT FOR SUSTAINED WORK AND VERY LONG HOURS. I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE SARA, TRACY, MAUREEN, AND MATT ON THE COMMITTEE'S STAFF. AND SEAN OF MY PERSONAL STAFF. MILITARY CONSTRUCTION PIECE THIS DIVISION PROVIDES A TOTAL OF $10.2 BILLION FOR MILITARY CRUCK PROJECTS AND FAMILY HOUSING -- CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS AND FAMILY HOUSING. INCLUDING BASE AND OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS FUNDING. AN INCREASE OF $2.1 BILLION OVER LAST YEAR'S LEVEL AND $197 MILLION BELOW THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST. THIS FUNDING MEETS D.O.D.'S MOST CRITICAL NEEDS, INCLUDING PRIORITY PROJECTS FOR COMBATANT COMMANDERS AND FUNDING NEW MISSION REQUIREMENTS. IT PROVIDES $737 MILLION FOR MILITARY MEDICAL FACILITIES. IT PROVIDES $249 MILLION FOR DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE EDUCATION ALPHA SILTS. FOR CONSTRUCTION -- EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES. FOR CONSTRUCTION, RENOVATION AND FOR SCHOOLS. IT SUPPORTS OUR GUARD AND RESERVE. THROUGH $575 MILLION FOR FACILITIES IN 22 STATES. IT FUNDS MILITARY FAMILY HOUSING AT $1.4 BILLION. AND IT PROVIDES FOR $178 MILLION FOR THE NATO SECURITY INVESTMENT PROGRAM, WHICH IS $24 MILLION OVER THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST, TO DEAL WITH INCREASING THREATS AND NECESSARY INVESTMENTS OVERSEAS. GIVEN ALL THAT'S HAPPENING BY RUSSIA'S VERY BAD BEHAVIOR AND EASTERN EUROPE AND ELSEWHERE, THIS INVESTMENT IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL. WE'RE ABLE TO ALSO INCLUDE AN ADDITIONAL $439 MILLION IN THE SERVICE'S UNFUNDED PRIORITY PROJECTS THAT WERE NOT INCLUDED IN THE BUDGET REQUEST. IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO MANY MEMBERS OF THIS BODY, ON THE V.A., VETERANS AFFAIRS, THE LEGISLATION INCLUDES A TOTAL OF $78.3 BILLION IN DISCRETIONARY FUNDING FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS. THAT'S A $3.9 BILLION INCREASE OR 5% ABOVE FISCAL YEAR 2017 LEVELS. IT'S THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF V.A. FUNDING EVER PROVIDED. V.A. MEDICAL CARE, THE BILL FUNDS V.A. MEDICAL CARE AT $69 BILLION. THAT'S THE FULL REQUEST. INCLUDING AN ADDITIONAL $2.6 BILLION BEYOND THE ADVANCED APPROPRIATION TO COVER UNANTICIPATED NEEDS. MANY MEMBERS EXPRESSED CONCERNS ABOUT MEDICAL CARE ISSUES AND WERE ABLE TO FULLY FUND THE BUDGET REQUEST FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AT $8.4 BILLION. SUICIDE PREVENTION OUTREACH AT $186 MILLION. HOMELESS VETERANS TREATMENT SERVICES, HOUSING AND JOB TRAINING AT $7.3 BILLION. OPIOID ABUSE PREVENTION AT $50 MILLION. AND WE BEGAN THAT IN THE OMNIBUS LAST YEAR. THE $50 MILLION IN OPIOID PREVENTION. OPIOID ABUSE PREVENTION. RURAL HEALTH INITIATIVES, $250 MILLION. CAREGIVERS' STIPENDS AT $604 MILLION. REPEAT LAST YEAR'S BILL LANGUAGE REGARDING IMPROVED STANDARDS FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE. FOR DISABILITY CLAIMS PROCESSING, AGAIN, ANOTHER ISSUE VERY IMPORTANT TO SO MANY MEMBERS IN THIS BODY. PARTICULARLY THROUGH OUR VETERANS WHO ARE SEEKING SERVICES FROM THE V.A. OR BENEFITS. WE PROVIDE $2.9 BILLION. WHICH IS $50 MILLION OVER THE REQUEST. WE NEED TO BE VIGILANT, TO BE SURE THAT THE CLAIMS BACKLOG DOESN'T -- MR. CHAIRMAN --

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                            • 04:00:03 PM

                              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                              I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN ANOTHER 30 SECONDS.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. DENT

                              THIS LEGISLATION ALSO CONTAINS $65 MILLION AS REQUESTED AS THE V.A.…

                              THIS LEGISLATION ALSO CONTAINS $65 MILLION AS REQUESTED AS THE V.A. SWITCHES GEARS AND MOVES FROM MODERNIZING ITS OWN AGING ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD TO ACQUIRING A RECORD D.O.D. IS USING. THE BILL CONTINUES TO INCLUDE LANGUAGE RESTRICTING THE MOST -- RESTRICTING MOST OF THE FUNDING UNTIL THE V.A. MEETS MILESTONES AND CERTIFIES STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS. OUR BILL INCREASES THE REQUEST FOR V.A. RESEARCH FUNDING BY $58 MILLION TO A TOTAL OF $698 MILLION, RECOGNIZING STRONG CONGRESSIONAL INTEREST IN THE V.A.'S RESEARCH TO COMBAT DEVASTATING CONDITIONS LIKE PTSD AND BRAIN AND ALSO TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY. MAJOR CONSTRUCTION. WE CONTINUE OVERSIGHT OVER THOSE PROJECTS, HOLDING BACK FUNDING UNTIL A THIRD PARTY IS BROUGHT. IN CLOSING I ASK MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF THE LEGISLATION. IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO OUR SERVICE MEMBERS, OUR VETERAN AND THEIR FAMILIES. THANK YOU.

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                            • 04:00:59 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS…

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

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                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M DELIGHTED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM…

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M DELIGHTED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER, MS. PELOSI.

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                            • 04:01:14 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                            • 04:01:18 PM

                              MS. PELOSI

                              I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF…

                              I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, FOR YIELDING AND MORE IMPORTANTLY FOR HER GREAT LEADERSHIP TO ADVANCE THE VALUES OF OUR COUNTRY IN THE ALLOCATION OF RESOURCES, AND I ALWAYS SQUAD MIRE THE WORK OF MR. FRELINGHUYSEN, THE DEPISS TING WISHED CHAIRMAN AS WELL. WE MAY HAVE A MATTER OF DISAGREEMENT HERE TODAY, THOUGH. MR. SPEAKER, ALL OF US, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, ALL ELECTED OFFICIAL, PEOPLE WHO SERVE IN ANY OFFICE, TAKE A SOLEMN OATH TO SUPPORT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION. THAT IS AN OATH TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. DEMOCRATS, INDEED, ALL AMERICAN, BELIEVE IN A STRONG NATIONAL DEFENSE. WE BELIEVE IN STRONG INVESTMENTS IN OUR DEFENSE AND IN OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM IN PARTICULAR. BUT FAR FROM STRENGTHENING OUR SECURITY, THIS -- THE FALSELY INFLATED NUMBERS IN THIS SPENDING BILL WILL CREATE UNCERTAINTY FOR OUR MILITARY AND HOLLOW OUT AMERICA'S COMMUNITIES AT HOME. WE FACE SERIOUS THREATS IN THE WORLD, WE KNOW THAT. THOSE THREATS DEMAND SERIOUS CONSIDERATION IN CONGRESS. WE SHOULD BE MAKING SERIOUS DECISIONS ABOUT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY MISSION. WHAT IS OUR MISSION? WHAT ARE THE RESOURCES THAT WE NEED? WE DON'T WANT TO SPEND MORE THAN WE NEED BUT WE DON'T WANT TO SPEND LESS. AND WE SHOULD NOT BE POSTURING IN THE DEFENSE BILL WITH FALSE NUMBERS AND NO REAL ANSWERS ABOUT THE MISSION OF THE -- THAT THESE DOLLARS WOULD FUND. WE DO NOT GIVE CERTAINTY TO OUR DEFENSE OR COMPETENCE TO OUR TROOPS WHEN WE LEGISLATE WITH PHONY NUMBERS, WHEN WE REFUSE TO MAKE HONEST CHOICES ABOUT OUR DEFENSE BUDGET. INSTEAD OF GIVING CERTAINTY TO OUR HEROES IN UNIFORM, THIS BILL WOULD BREACH THE SEQUESTER SPENDING LIMIT BY MORE THAN $70 BILLION. FORCING A MANDATORY 13% CUT TO ALL DEFENSE ACCOUNTS. THESE PHONY NUMBERS IN THIS BILL NOT ONLY DO VIOLENCE TO OUR DEFENSE BUDGET, THEY STARVE THE STRENGTH OF AMERICA BY RANSACKING OUR DOMESTIC INVESTMENTS. IN ORDER TO BE THE STRONGEST POSSIBLE AMERICA, WE MUST MEASURE OUR STRENGTH NOT ONLY IN OUR MILITARY MIGHT BUT IN THE HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND WELL BEING OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND THAT'S WHAT THE PROBLEM IS. WE ARE STEALING FROM THE DOMESTIC BUDGET WITH PHONY NUMBERS TO THE DEFENSE BUDGET WHICH WILL BE BECAUSE OF THE SEQUESTER CUT THE DEFENSE ACCOUNT BY 13% AS WE STARVE OUR DOMESTIC INVESTMENT. BESIDES THE DIRECT DANGER THIS BILL PROPOSES TO OUR MILITARY, IT IS LADEN WITH POISON PILLS. IT WOULD SQUANDER BILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS ON PRESIDENT TRUMP'S IMMORAL, INEFFECTIVE, AND EXPENSIVE BORDER WALL. THE PRESIDENT SAID DURING THE CAMPAIGN , HE SAID, I PROMISED A WALL. NO YOU PROMISED A WALL THAT MEXICO WOULD PAY FOR. HE SAID IT WOULD COST $4 BILLION TO $6 BILLION. THE FACT IS IT COULD COST AS MUCH AS $30 BILLION OR $40 BILLION. AND HE WANTS A DOWN PAYMENT FOR THAT WALL IN THIS BILL. ONE POISON PILL. IT ALSO ELIMINATES AR PA-E, THE ADVANCED ENERGY RESEARCH VITAL TO OUR ENERGY INDEPENDENCE, TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY, TO KEEP AMERICA, THE INNOVATION SUPERPOWER OF THE 21ST CENTURY. DEMOCRATS WILL CONTINUE TO DEMAND REAL LEADERSHIP TO STRENGTHEN OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE. MR. SPEAKER, ON THIS DAY, JULY 26, 1948, PRESIDENT HARRY TRUMAN SIGNED THE EXECUTIVE ORDER DESEGREGATING THE U.S. MILITARY. HOW GREAT THAT WAS FOR AMERICA. HOW GREAT IT IS FOR OUR COUNTRY TO BENEFIT FROM THE SERVICE OF SO MANY PEOPLE WHO HAD BEEN SERVING ALL ALONG, BUT NOW WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT, WHICH WAS JUSTIFIED. SO HOW SAD IS IT THAT ON THIS SAME DAY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, 69 YEARS AGO, RECOGNIZED THE VALUE OF RESPECTING OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM, THAT THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, FIRED 15,000 COURAGEOUS MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM IN A VILE, HATEFUL TWEET. HIS ACTIONS REGARDING TRANSGENDERS IN THE MILITARY WERE UNWORTHY OF THEIR BRAVERY AND UNWORTHY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. LET US BE THANK -- THANKFUL FOR THE BLESSINGS OF ALL OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AND OUR VETERANS WHO HAVE SERVED US AND OUR MILITARY FAMILIES TO WHOM WE OWE SO MUCH. THEIR COURAGE, THEIR SERVICE AND LEADERSHIP, THEIR SACRIFICE IS WHAT TRULY MAKES US THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE. AND IT INSISTS THAT WE BE SERIOUS AND REAL AND EVIDENCE-BASED AS WE MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT HOW WE INVEST IN THE SECURITY OF OUR COUNTRY. I URGE A NO VOTE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 04:06:54 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THIS EGENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES THIS…

                              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THIS EGENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES THIS GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 04:07:02 PM

                              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                              I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH SUBCOMMITTEE ON…

                              I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH SUBCOMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS CHAIR FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                              I RISE TO SPEAK IN FAVOR OF THE BILL BEFORE US, PAYING PARTICULAR…

                              I RISE TO SPEAK IN FAVOR OF THE BILL BEFORE US, PAYING PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH SUBCOMMITTEE. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES, CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN AND RAKING MEMBER LOWEY FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP AND RANKING MEMBER RYAN WHO HAS BEEN A GENTLEMAN AND A SCHOLAR FOR WORKING WITH ME TO DEVELOP TO PRODUCT, A REPRESENTATION OF HOW WE WAN CORK ACROSS THE LINE TO DEVELOP BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. OUR TOTAL FOR THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH IS $3.58 BILLION. WE FOCUSED ON BETTER SECURITY AND MORE ACCOUNTABILITY IN A RESPONSIBLE MANNER. FIRST AND FOREMOST THE HOUSE CONTINUES TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE IN ITS FRUGAL OPERATIONS.

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                            • 04:07:59 PM

                              MR. YODER

                              THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 04:12:22 PM

                              MRS. LOWEY

                              I AM PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, THE…

                              I AM PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, THE DEMOCRATIC WHIP, MR. HOYER.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE WHIP IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. HOYER

                              MADAM RANKING MEMBER, FOR YIELDING. MR. CHAIRMAN, MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE. I…

                              MADAM RANKING MEMBER, FOR YIELDING. MR. CHAIRMAN, MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE. I SERVED ACTIVELY ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE FOR 23 YEARS. I'M STILL A MEMBER ON LEAVE. NEVER IN THE 36 YEARS THAT I'VE BEEN HERE HAVE I SEEN AN OMNIBUS APPROPRIATION BILL OR A MINI BUS APPROPRIATION BILL BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR BEFORE THE AUGUST BREAK. REGULAR ORDER IS TO BRING EACH BILL TO THE FLOOR, DEBATE EACH BILL ON ITS MERIT, HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO OFFER AMENDMENTS, AND DEBATE THE HER PRETTIES OF THE AMENDMENTS AND OF THAT PARTICULAR BILL. HOWEVER, THE MAJORITY PARTY HAS NOT DONE ITS JOB. I DO NOT HOLD ACCOUNTABLE THE MEMBERS OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. I WANT TO MAKE THAT CLEAR. -- CLEAR. BUT FOR WHATEVER REASONS, REGULAR ORDER HAS NOT BEEN FOLLOWED. SO EACH MEMBER OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES IS CONFRONTED WITH EITHER VOTING FOR ALL OF THE BILL WITH COMPONENT PARTS, ALLEGED BILL, DEFENSE BILL, THAT THEY MAY NOT LIKE. BUT IF THEY VOTE NO THEY WILL BE ACCUSED OF BEING AGAINST THE SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES. THAT, MY FRIENDS IS BALONEY. IN HIS PLEDGE TO AMERICA, OR IN THEIR PLEDGE TO AMERICA, THE REPUBLICANS SAID, AND I QUOTE, WE WILL ADVANCE MAJOR LEGISLATION ONE ISSUE AT A TIME. THIS BELIES THAT REPRESENTATION. THE SPONSORS OF THIS MINI BUS PACKAGE, MR. SPEAKER, CLAIM IT WILL MAKE AMERICA MORE SECURE. I REJECT THAT ARGUMENT. SENIOR MILITARY LEADERS HAVE SAID THAT THE GREATEST LONG-TERM THREAT TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY IS THE GROWING NATIONAL DEBT AND THE IMPACT OF INTEREST PAYMENTS ON THE DEBT AS THEY CROWD OUT OUR ABILITY TO INVEST IN DEFENSE AND DOMESTIC PRIORITIES. IT IS INCUMBENT UPON US, MR. SPEAKER, TO WORK TOGETHER TO PASS A FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE BUDGET. AGREEMENT THAT LIFTS THE SEQUESTER CAPS IN A WAY CONSISTENT WITH THE PRINCIPLE OF PARITY BETWEEN DEFENSE AND NONDEFENSE SPENDING. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THIS HOUSE, WE WERE SUPPOSED TO PASS A BUDGET ON OR BEFORE APRIL 15. IT IS NOW JULY 26. WE HAVE PASSED NO BUDGET. THERE IS NO PLAN FOR OVERALL SPENDING. THIS, THEREFORE, IS A PIG AND A POKE AND NOBODY ON THIS HOUSE FLOOR OR IN THIS COUNTRY KNOWS THE RAMIFICATIONS ABOUT THE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL ON THE EIGHT DOMESTIC SPENDING BILLS THAT REMAIN UNTENDED. I THANK THE GENTLELADY TWO MINUTES.

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                            • 04:16:01 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                              MR. HOYER

                              IT'S INCUMBENT UPON US, MR. SPEAKER, TO WORK TOGETHER TO PASS A FISCALLY…

                              IT'S INCUMBENT UPON US, MR. SPEAKER, TO WORK TOGETHER TO PASS A FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE BUDGET AGREEMENT THAT LIFTS THE SEQUESTER CAPS. WE CANNOT SIMPLY SKIP TO APPROPRIATIONS WITHOUT DETERMINING WHAT OUR BUDGET PRIORITIES ARE FIRST. IT IS AS CRITICAL FOR OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE AS IT IS FOR OUR ABILITY TO SUPPORT ECONOMIC GROWTH. MOREOVER THIS IS THE EARLIEST, AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE, THAT I CAN EVER REMEMBER THAT THE HOUSE CONSIDERED EITHER AND OMNIBUS OR MINIBUS APPROPRIATION BILL. IT'S AN ACKNOWLEDGMENT BY THE HOUSE MAJORITY THAT THE HOUSE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO MOVE THESE BILLS THROUGH UNDER REGULAR ORDER GIVEN REPUBLICANS' INTERNAL DIVISIONS OVER SPENDING BILLS. SO INSTEAD OF WORKING WITH DEMOCRATS TO CRAFT INDIVIDUAL APPROPRIATION BILLS THAT CAN PASS THE HOUSE, THEY'RE RESORTING TO LEGISLATIVE TACTICS TO PUSH THEM THROUGH ON PARTISAN VOTES. I WILL REMIND MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE THAT THEY HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO ENACT A SINGLE FUNDING BILL IN THE PAST SEVEN YEARS WITHOUT ULTIMATELY APPEALING TO DEMOCRATIC VOTES. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS MINIBUS PACKAGE AND MAKE IT CLEAR THAT WE FIRST OUGHT TO NEGOTIATE A BUDGET AGREEMENT THAT PROVIDES CERTAINTY AND CLARITY TO THE ENTIRE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, NOT JUST A HANDFUL OF AGENCIES. AND WE OUGHT TO DO IT THROUGH AN OPEN AND TRANSPARENT PROCESS WITH MEMBERS PERMITTED TO OFFER AMENDMENTS THAT COULD SHAPE A BUDGET AND APPROPRIATION BILLS TRULY REFLECTIVE OF THE NATION'S PRIORITY AS A WHOLE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO SO THAT WE CAN GET ON WITH AN APPROPRIATION PROCESS THAT IS IN THE REGULAR ORDER, THAT MAKES COMMON SENSE, THAT IS TRANSPARENT AND THAT WILL GIVE THE AMERICAN PUBLIC THE BEST PRODUCT THAT WE CAN PRODUCE, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 04:18:01 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE…

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, THE…

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE INTERIOR SUBCOMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 3219, THE MAKE…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 3219, THE MAKE AMERICA SECURE APPROPRIATIONS ACT. I WOULD LIKE TO COMMEND CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN FOR HIS TIRELESS WORK TO REPORT ALL 12 APPROPRIATIONS OUT. HE DESERVES A GREAT DEAL OF CREDIT OF GETTING US TO THIS POINT TODAY. THE FOUR BILLS INCLUDED IN H.R. 3219 REFLECT HOURS OF HEARINGS, MEMBER INPUT, BIPARTISAN COOPERATION.

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                            • 04:18:46 PM

                              MR. CALVERT

                              OUR NATION. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              THE CHAIR

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

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 04:21:35 PM

                              MRS. LOWEY

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M DELIGHTED TO YIELD SIX MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM…

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M DELIGHTED TO YIELD SIX MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND VETERANS' AFFAIRS.

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                            • 04:21:49 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR SIX MINUTES.

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                              MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK THE DISTINGUISH RANKING MEMBER FOR…

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK THE DISTINGUISH RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN AND CHAIRMAN DENT FOR THEIR HARD WORK AS WELL. AS WE ALL KNOW, THE MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND VETERANS' AFFAIRS AND RELATED AGENCIES BILL HAS A STRONG REPUTATION FOR BIPARTISANSHIP. CHAIRMAN DENT SET A COOPERATIVE TONE AND WAS INCLUSIVE THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS. HE'S WORKED TIRELESSLY TO ADDRESS MANY MEMBERS' CONCERNS AND I JOINED HIM IN THAT EFFORT AS WELL AS CRITICAL ISSUES IMPACTING OUR VETERANS AND ACTIVE AND RESERVE SERVICE MEMBERS. THE MILITARY CONSTRUCTION PORTION OF THIS MINIBUS PROVIDES ADEQUATE FUNDING FOR BOTH THE ACTIVE AND RESERVE COMPONENTS. IN ADDITION, THE BILL FUNDS THE NATO SECURITY INVESTMENT PROGRAM AT THE FRMENT Y. 2017 LEVEL, SENDING -- F.Y. 2017 LEVEL, SENDING A STRONG MESSAGE TO OUR ALLIES THAT WE STAND WITH THEM AS WE FACE EVOLVING INTERNATIONAL THREATS. FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, THIS BILL PROVIDES $3.9 BILLION, WHICH IS A 3.5% INCREASE OVER 2015 -- OVER F.Y. 2017. AND IT WILL ADDRESS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS AND PREVENTION AND PROVIDES ALMOST $700 MILLION FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH WHICH WILL FUND ESSENTIAL EFFORTS TO ADDRESS T.B.I. AND PTSD, DEVELOP STATE-OF-THE-ART PROS THEYICS, CARE FOR THOSE OF SEXUAL MILITARY TRAUMA AND THOSE SUFFERING FROM MENTAL ILLNESS. THE BILL ALSO CONTINUES TO FUND IMPORTANT PROGRAMS TO COMBAT VETERAN HOMELESSNESS, PROVIDE OUR VETERANS WITH EFFECTIVE AND TIMELY HEALTH CARE AND IMPROVE THE VETERAN BENEFITS APPLICATION AND APPEALS PROCESS. AND I'M ALSO EXTREMELY GRATEFUL FOR CHAIRMAN DENT'S SUPPORT FOR IN VITRO FERTILIZATION AND COVERAGE FOR ASSISTED REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR VETERANS WHO SUSTAINED A SERVICE-CONNECTED INJURY THAT IMPACTS THEIR FERTILITY. THIS ISSUE IS BOTH VERY IMPORTANT TO ME AND TO SO MANY SERVICE MEMBERS. ALL VETERANS DESERVE TO BE ABLE TO START FAMILIES. MOREOVER, PROVIDING ACCESS TO I.V.F. IS CONSISTENT WITH THE V.A.'S GOAL TO SUPPORT VETERANS AND IMPROVE THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE. ON A PERSONAL NOTE, THIS BILL WILL ALSO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF BREAST CANCER AWARENESS AND PREVENTION. THIS PAST SPRING OUR SUBCOMMITTEE VISITED THE WASHINGTON V.A. MEDICAL CENTER. WE LEARNED THAT THE V.A. WAS RELYING ON THE CONTROVERSIAL USPF GUIDANCE FOR MADAMOGRAPHY FOR MAKING DECISIONS. WE BARRED PROVIDERS FROM MAKING THESE DECISIONS BASE ON THESE GUIDELINES THROUGH 2018. HOWEVER THE MORATORIUM DID NOT APPLY TO THE V.A., AND SO WOMEN IN THEIR 40'S WHO WERE VETERANS COULD BE DENIED COVERAGE FOR MADAMOGRAMS. TO ITS CREDIT, THE V.A. -- MAMOGRAMS. TO ITS CREDIT, LANGUAGE TO HOLD THE V.A. TO THIS BETTER STANDARD. AS I STATED IN MY TESTIMONY BEFORE THE RULES COMMITTEE, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S MY SINCERE BELIEF IF THE MILCON-VA WAS BEING CONSIDERED AS A STAND-ALONE AS IS TRADITION UNDER AN OPEN RULE, IT WOULD RECEIVE STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. BUT UNFORTUNATELY THAT'S NOT WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE TODAY. INSTEAD OF FOLLOWING REGULAR ORDER, WE INSTEAD ARE TAKING UP FOUR BILLS AT ONCE AND ADDING FUNDS TO BEGIN CONSTRUCTION ON PRESIDENT TRUMP'S IRRESPONSIBLE BORDER WALL THAT HE PROMISED MEXICO WOULD PAY FOR AND NOW TAXPAYERS ARE BEING STUCK WITH THE BILL. THIS FISCALLY AND MORALLY IRRESPONSIBLE EXPENDITURE LEAVES THE NONDEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS GROSSLY UNDERFUNDED. FURTHERMORE, CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF, THIS BILL ISN'T EVEN GREAT FOR DEFENSE. ALL THIS TALK ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT WE PROVIDE ADEQUATE RESOURCES FOR OUR DEFENSE AND OUR NATIONAL SECURITY IGNORES THE FACT THAT THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT PROVIDES ADDITIONAL FUNDS THAT WOULD ULTIMATELY BE SEQUESTERED WITHOUT A CAP ADJUSTMENT. THIS MINIBUS WOULD BREACH THIS CAP BY MORE THAN $72 BILLION, RESULTING IN A MANDATORY 13.2% SEQUESTER OF ALL DEFENSE ACCOUNTS, INCLUDING THE MILITARY CONSTRUCTION TITLE. AND BY THE WAY, I SAID THIS REPEATEDLY EACH TIME I HAVE SPOKEN ON THIS LEGISLATION AND NEVER ONCE DID ANYONE IN THE MAJORITY COUNTER WHAT I'M SUGGESTING. THAT IS DEEPLY TROUBLING. SO EVEN IF THIS BILL IS SIGNED INTO LAW, WHICH IT WILL NOT BE, D.O.D. WOULD NOT RECEIVE $1 OF THIS INCREASE. SECRETARY MATTIS TESTIFIED SEQUESTRATION AND THE CONTINUED USE OF CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS WOULD RESULT IN A STEADY EROSION OF MILITARY READINESS. THAT IS THE ONLY OUTCOME THIS BILL GUARANTEES. BY TAKING UP THIS MINIBUS TODAY WE ARE SETTING OURSELVES UP FOR FAILURE AND WE ARE SETTING OURSELVES UP FOR AN EARLY FALL WITH NO REAL PROGRESS TO BE MADE ON THE F.Y. 2018 APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. MR. SPEAKER, WE CONTINUE TO GOVERN IN THIS FASHION. I BELIEVE IT IS TIME WE STOP LISTENING TO THE MOST EXTREME VOICES AND GET PAST THESE UNREALISTIC BELIEFS THAT WE CAN CUT OUR WAY TO PROSPERITY. WE CANNOT. IF THIS FAILED PHILOSOPHY PERSISTS, OUR WORK WILL ONLY GET MORE DIFFICULT. IT IS CLEAR THAT PASSING ANY APPROPRIATIONS BILL THAT WILL BE SIGNED INTO LAW WILL REQUIRE A BIPARTISAN MAJORITY OF BOTH HOUSES. AS A RESULT OF THIS IRRESPONSIBLE POSTURE, I WILL SADLY BE VOTING AGAINST THE MINIBUS AND LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING TOWARDS AN APPROPRIATIONS PRODUCT THAT BOTH PARTIES CAN WORK ON TOGETHER IN TRUE BIPARTISAN TRADITION. AND MR. SPEAKER, I'D LASTLY BEFORE I CLOSE LIKE TO THANK OUR STAFF IN THE MILCON-VA BILL ON BOTH THE MAJORITY AND THE MINORITY SIDE. MAUREEN, SARAH, SUE, SHAWN, TRACY WITH THE MAJORITY AND MATT WASHINGTON, ROSELYN AND JONATHAN WITH THE MINORITY. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 04:27:35 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE…

                              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 04:27:41 PM

                              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                              MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR.…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. PALAZZO, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                            • 04:27:46 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                              MR. PALAZZO

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN. I RISE IN…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE MAKE AMERICA SECURE APPROPRIATIONS ACT. AS A MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, I HAVE WITNESSED FIRSTHAND THE HARD WORK THAT CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN AND HIS SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN HAVE PUT INTO CRAFTING THIS BILL. THEY ALL SHOULD BE CONGRATULATED FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION AND SO SHOULD THEIR STAFFS. I FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT THE NUMBER ONE CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY OF CONGRESS IS TO PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE OF THIS NATION AGAINST ALL ENEMIES BOTH DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN. THAT COMMITMENT BY INCREASING DEFENSE FUNDING AND RESTORING THE CUTS AND BUDGET SHORTFALLS THAT THREATEN OUR MILITARY READINESS AND OUR ABILITY TO PROJECT FORCE AROUND THE GLOBE IS HONORED HERE TODAY. OUR BILL ALSO HONORS THOSE WHO SERVE OUR COUNTRY IN THE ARMED FORCES BY GIVING THEM A MUCH-DESERVED 2.4% PAY RAISE AND MAKING CRITICAL INVESTMENTS IN EQUIPMENT AND TRAINING THAT HELP THEM PERFORM THE MISSIONS WE GIVE THEM AND MOST IMPORTANTLY HELP THEM RETURN HOME SAFELY TO THEIR LOVED ONES AND THEIR FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES. THIS INCLUDES 11 NAVY SHIPS INCLUDING TWO DESTROYERS FOR OUR NAVY AND A NEW L.H.A. FOR OUR MARINES AND I'M PROUD TO SAY THAT SOME OF THESE SHIPS WILL BE BUILT IN MY DISTRICT BY THE GREATEST SHIPBUILDERS ON EARTH. THE BILL ALSO HONORS THE SERVICE OF OUR VETERANS. OUR COMMITMENT DOESN'T STOP WHEN OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM STOPS SERVING. WE MUST CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THEM AFTER THEY LEAVE SERVICE AND THIS BILL DOES JUST THAT. FUNDING MENTAL HEALTH CARE, CARE FOR OUR HOMELESS VETERANS AND OTHER NATIONAL PRIORITIES. IN ADDITION, THIS BILL MAKES CRITICAL INVESTMENTS IN OUR NATION'S BORDER SECURITY, INCLUDING FULLY FUNDING THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST FOR PHYSICAL BARRIER CONSTRUCTION ALONG OUR SOUTHERN BORDER. THE PRESIDENT HAS PROMISED THIS FUNDING. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT THIS FUNDING, AND TODAY THE HOUSE IS MAKING GOOD ON THAT PROMISE. AFTER ALL, BORDER SECURITY IS NATIONAL SECURITY. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A SOLID BILL. IT HONORS OUR COMMITMENT TO KEEP AMERICANS SAFE AND FULFILLS OUR OBLIGATION TO ALL THOSE WHO SERVE THIS GREAT COUNTRY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 04:30:00 PM

                              THE CHAIR

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

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 04:30:04 PM

                              MRS. LOWEY

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I AM VERY PLEASED TO YIELD SIX MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I AM VERY PLEASED TO YIELD SIX MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. VISCLOSKY, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON DEFENSE.

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                            • 04:30:14 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA IS RECOGNIZED FOR SIX MINUTES. .

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                              MR. VISCLOSKY

                              I ASK UNANIMOUS COFFIN SENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. VIS CLSKY TEXAS I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING…

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. VIS CLSKY TEXAS I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING TO ME. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRWOMAN GRANGER, THIS IS HER FIRST TIME READING -- LEADING THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL ON THE FLOOR. SHE'S DONE SO UNDER DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES WITH A STEADFAST COMMITMENT TO MAINTAINING THE TRADITION OF COOPERATIVE BIPARTISANSHIP ON THE SUBCOMMITTEE, MAINTAINING TRANSPARENCY AND TAKING A THOUGHTFUL APPROACH TO SOLVING PROBLEMS. ALSO, I WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS MY IMMENSE GRATITUDE TO CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN, RANKING MEMBER LOWEY AND MEMBERS OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE AND OUR EXCEPTIONAL STAFF FOR ALL THEIR HARD WORK. WE HAVE A DUTY TO PROVIDE PREDICTABLE AND TIMELY APPROPRIATIONS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND THE REST OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THIS IS A CONSISTENT REQUEST BY OUR SENIOR DEFENSE LEADERS. HOWEVER, THE HOUSE BILLS EXCEED THE CAP OF FISCAL YEAR 2018 DEFENSE SPENDING ESTABLISHED UNDER THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT OF 2011 BY $72.5 BILLION. IF ENACTED AS WRITTEN AND THE BUDGET CONTROL CAPS REMAIN IN PLACE, THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE WOULD FACE A SEQUESTRATION OF ROUGHLY 13%. THE DEPARTMENT HAS STILL NOT RECOVERED FROM THE RASH OF PROBLEMS CAUSED THE LAST TIME IT WAS FORCED TO DEAL WITH SEQUESTRATION IN 2013. IN THE SECOND OF THAT -- IN THE SECOND HALF OF THAT FISCAL YEAR THE DEPARTMENT SAVERPBLGED ITS MAINTENANCE AND OTHER ACCOUNTS TO PROTECT MILITARY PERSONNEL ACCOUNTS THIS RESULTED IN THE NAVY IDLING AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER AT A PIER IN NORFOLKING THE ARMY CANCELING TRAIN ROGUEATIONS AND THE AIR FORCE REDUCING FLIGHT TIMES FOR COMBAT AIRCRAFT AND WIDESPREAD CIVILIAN FUR -- CIVILIAN FURLOUGHS. WE CANNOT ALLOW THAT TO HAPPEN AGAIN IN FISCAL YEAR 2018. WE HAVE AVOIDED SEQUESTRATION IN THE LAST FOUR FISCAL YEARS BY ADJUSTING THE BUDGET CAPS FOR BOTH DEFENSE AND NONDEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS. THOSE MODEST ADJUSTMENT, DONE IN A BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL FASHION, PROVIDED NEEDED FUNDING FOR OUR MILITARY BUT ALSO FOR OUR COUNTRY'S ECONOMIC AND PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE, SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH, AND VETERANS CARE. BESIDES MY FRUSTRATION WITH THE PROCESS, I HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT THE SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN FUNDING THAT THIS BILL WILL PROVIDE TO THE DEPARTMENT. $60 BILLION MORE THAN LAST YEAR AND $29 BILLION MORE THAN THAN REQUESTED BY THE ADMINISTRATION. I SUPPORT PROVIDING ADDITIONAL FUNDS TO THE DEPARTMENT. AS I BELIEVE WE ARE -- YET I BELIEVE -- AS I BELIEVE WE ARE ASKING TOO MUCH OUR -- OF OUR BRAVE SOLDIERS AND THEIR FAMILIES. BUT THE WORLD IS ALSO AN UNSETTLED PLACE AND NOT TRENDING TOWARD STABILITY. BUT THAT BEING SAID THE DEPARTMENT -- I BELIEVE DETHPT WILL HAVE GREAT DIFFICULTY SPENDING SO MUCH ADDITIONAL DOLLARS IN A TIMELY AND EFFICIENT MATTER. VACANCIES CONTINUE IN IMPORTANT LEADERSHIP POSITIONS. HIRING RESTRICTIONS ON CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES AND A HANDFUL OF ONGOING STRATEGIC REVIEWS WILL ALL SLOW THE DECISION MAKING PROCESS. IT IS ALSO UNLIKELY THAT CONGRESS WILL COMPLETE ITS WORK IN A TIMELY MANNER BY OCTOBER 1 AND THAT ANY DOLLARS PROVIDED WILL HAVE TO BE SPENT IN A COMPRESSED TIME PERIOD. ADDITIONALLY, I AM NOT CONVINCED THAT THE ADMINISTRATION EVALUATES DOLLARS BEING SPENT ON THE MILITARY WITH THE SAME CRITERIA AS IT DOES WITH THE REST OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. IN THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET'S MAJOR SAVINGS AND REFORM DOCUMENT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018, IT WAS A PAGE TURNER. FOR THE 150 PROPOSALS TO ALLEGEDLY CEY BILLIONS IN DISCRETIONARY PROGRAMS, THERE WAS ONLY ONE RECOMMENDATION IN 150, ONE, FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE WITH A POTENTIAL TO SAVE ONLY $2 BILLION BY NOW AND 027. WITH A BUDGET OF ROUGHLY $600 BILLION A YEAR, REPRESENTING NEARLY HALF OF THE DISCRETIONARY SPENDING, IT IS BEYOND THE PALE THAT O.M.B. COULD ONLY COME UP WITH A SINGLE SAVINGS POINT FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. AND ONE FINAL POINT BECAUSE I'M HIGHLY DISAPPOINTED THAT THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP HAS WATERED DOWN LANGUAGE THAT WAS ADDED DURING COMMITTEE MARKUP REGARDING THE AUTHORIZATION OF THE USE OF -- USE OF MILITARY FORCE. REPRESENTATIVE BARBARA LEE'S LANGUAGE WOULD HAVE ESTABLISH AND IMMINENTLY REASONABLE APPROACH TO UPDATING 2001 LEGISLATION AND AUTHORIZATION. CONGRESS MUST STOP HIDING FROM THE DEBATE AND CARRY OUT ITS CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES TO SUPPORT OUR TROOPS IN UNIFORM AND THE CIVILIAN SUPPORT STAFF THAT HELPS THEM OUT. IN CLOSING, I WOULD LIKE AGAIN SIMPLY TO REITERATE MY THANK YOU TO THE MEMBERS OF OUR SUBCOMMITTEE AND COMMITTEE AND FOR OUR STERLING STAFF WHO HAVE DONE A SUPERB JOB UNDER THE MOST DIFFICULT AND -- UNDER THE MOST DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES I COULD IMAGINE. WITH THAT, I YIELD BECOME MY TIME.

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                            • 04:35:55 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE…

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 04:36:02 PM

                              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                              I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE A COLLEAGUE FROM NEW JERSEY, CONGRESSMAN LANCE,…

                              I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE A COLLEAGUE FROM NEW JERSEY, CONGRESSMAN LANCE, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                              MR. LANCE

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN FOR YIELDING TO ME…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN FOR YIELDING TO ME AND THANK HIM FOR HIS TREMENDOUS LEADERSHIP AS CHAIRMAN OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. NEW JERSEY AND INDEED THE ENTIRE NATION ARE FORTUNATE TO HAVE MR. FRELINGHUYSEN AS CHAIRMAN OF THIS CRITICAL COMMITTEE. UNDER THE CHAIRMAN'S LEADERSHIP, ALL SPENDING BILLS HAVE ADVANCED OUT OF THE COMMITTEE AND NOW TODAY WE CONSIDER A PACKAGE THAT AFFIRMS ONE OF CONGRESS EAST MOST IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITIES, TO PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE. INCLUDED IN THIS LEGISLATIVE PACKAGE IS AN IMPORTANT MEASURE THAT OPENS REPORTS BY THE CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE AND OPENS THOSE REPORTS TO THE PUBLIC. I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THIS ISSUE FOR SOME TIME AND I THANK CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN AND SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN YODER FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE. AMERICAN TAXPAYERS SPEND MORE THAN $100 MILLION A YEAR SUPPORTING THE WORK OF THE CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE. THEIR FINDINGS, REPORTS ANDAGE CEASE SHOULD BE PUBLIC INFORMATION. IT IS GOOD PUBLIC POLICY TO ALLOW EDUCATORS, STUDENTS MEMBERS OF THE NEWS MEDIA AND EVERYDAY CITIZENS ACROSS THE NATION TO HAVE ACCESS TO C.R.S.'S NONPARTISAN TAXPAYER FUNDED REPORTS. BY PROVIDING PUBLIC ACCESS TO C.R.S. REPORTS WE CAN ELEVATE OUR NATIONAL DISCOURSE AND MAKE IT EASIER FOR CITIZENS TO CUT THROUGH THE MISINFORMATION THAT'S TOO OFTEN INVOLVED IN THE NATIONAL DEBATE. CITIZENS SHOULD HAVE FULL ACCESS TO THE SAME NEUTRAL, UNBIASED INFORMATION THAT MANY OF US IN CONGRESS USED TO HELP US MAKE IMPORTANT DECISIONS. IT IS GOVERNED BY REQUIREMENTS FOR ACCURACY, OBJECTIVITY AND NONPARTISANSHIP, THOSE VALUES SOUGHT BY ENGAGED CONSTITUENTS. I AGAIN COMMEND THE CHAIRMAN FOR INCLUDING THIS MEASURE IN THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH TITLE. THIS IS ONE OF MANY VICTORIES FOR TAXPAYERS IN THIS IMPORTANT BILL. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 04:38:03 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MRS. LOWEY

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I AM PLEASED TO YIELD -- TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE…

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I AM PLEASED TO YIELD -- TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT, MS. DELAURO, THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE SUBCOMMITTEE OF H.H.S.

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                            • 04:38:27 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

                            • 04:38:32 PM

                              MS. DELAURO

                              IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL. WHAT DOES IT DO? IT WOULD FORCE THE OFFICE OF…

                              IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL. WHAT DOES IT DO? IT WOULD FORCE THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET TO ISSUE AN ACROSS-THE-BOARD BUDGET CUT FOR DEFENSE SPENDING COME JANUARY. WHY? BECAUSE THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL EXCEED THE DEFENSE BUDGET SPENDING CAP. BY MORE THAN $72 BILLION. AND I MIGHT ADD THAT BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS VOTED FOR THE SPENDING CAPS FOR DEFENSE SPENDING AND FOR NONDEFENSE SPENDING. SO THE DEFENSE FUNDING IN THE BILL, THEIR NUMBERS ARE IN ESSENCE FAKE. THESE ARE FAKE NUMBERS. REPUBLICANS HAVE NO PLAN TO RAISE BOTH OUR NEED TO SUPPORT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND MILITARY READINESS AND OUR NEED TO SUPPORT HARDWORKING MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO GET BY. SO IF THESE BILLS ARE ENACTED, THE ONLY WAY TO AVOID THIS ACROSS-THE-BOARD DEFENSE SPENDING CUT IS IF WE HAD ANOTHER BUDGET DEAL TO REVISE THOSE BIPARTISAN BUDGET -- THE BURN BUDGET CONTROL ACT WHICH ESTABLISHED SPENDING CAPS FOR DEFENSE SPENDING AND FOR NONDEFENSE SPENDING. NOW ADD TO THAT, SINCE MILITARY PAY IS USUALLY EXEMPT FROM BUDGET CUTS, IF THIS BILL AND THE OTHER HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS ARE SIGNED INTO LAW, THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET, BY LAW, BY LAW, WOULD BE REQUIRED TO CUT DEFENSE SPENDING BY MORE THAN 13% OR $72 BILLION. WE WOULD NEED A NEW BUDGET AGREEMENT TO INCREASE BOTH DEFENSE SPENDING AND NONDEFENSE SPENDING TO MEET THE NEEDS OF OUR COUNTRY. MY FRIENDS, THIS IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. HARDLY LIKELY. THE BIGGEST ECONOMIC CHALLENGE OF OUR TIME IS THAT TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE IN JOBS THAT DO NOT PAY THEM ENOUGH TO LIVE ON. WE MUST INVEST IN PROGRAMS THAT PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR HARDWORKING AMERICANS TO BE ABLE TO IMPROVE THEMSELVES AND FOR OUR ECONOMY TO GROW. WE NEED A COUNTRY THAT WORKS FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS AND FOR THE VULNERABLE, NOT JUST THE WEALTHY AND THOSE WITH THE MOST LOBBYISTS. THIS BUDGET PROCESS IS IRRESPONSIBLE AND OUR MILITARY AND OUR HARDWORKING FAMILIES WILL ALL BE SHORTCHANGED. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. CONGRESS NEEDS TO NEGOTIATE ANOTHER BUDGET DEAL THAT INCREASES BOTH DEFENSE AND THE NONDEFENSE SPENDING CAPS. THE SPENDING LEVELS IN THE DEFENSE BILL ARE IMPOSSIBLE TO ACHIEVE UNLESS THERE IS A NEW BUDGET DEAL AND IT'S REACHED. SO AGAIN, THE NUMBERS ARE FAKE. IF YOU VOTE YES ON THIS, YOU ARE VOTING FOR A PIG IN A POKE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK. THANK YOU.

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                            • 04:41:51 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE…

                              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 04:41:59 PM

                              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                              I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO MR. SIMPSON FOR A COLLOQUY.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. IMPSON

                              AT THIS TIME I YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM ALASKA, MR. YOUNG, FOR THE…

                              AT THIS TIME I YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM ALASKA, MR. YOUNG, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A COLLOQUY.

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                            • 04:42:12 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. SIMPSON

                              I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN SIMPSON AND CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN FOR THEIR WORK…

                              I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN SIMPSON AND CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS. I WANT TO ASK ABOUT THE DENALI COMMISSION IN ALASKA. MY AMENDMENT WOULD HAVE RESTORED THE DENALI COMMISSION TO THEIR FUNDING LEVELS AND RESTORE THE FUNDING LEVEL OS THEY HAVE APPALACHIAN REGIONAL COMMISSION AND THE NORTHERN BORDER REGIONAL COMMISSION. THE DENALI COMMISSION, MR. SIMPSON, STARTED IN 1998 WITH SENATOR STEVENS. IT'S AN INDEPENDENT FEDERAL AGENCY DESIGNED TO PROVIDE CRITICAL UTILITIES, INFRASTRUCTURE AND ECONOMIC SUPPORT THROUGHOUT ALASKA. WITH THE CREATION OF THE DENALI COMMISSION, CONGRESS ACKNOWLEDGED THE NEED FOR INCREASED INTERAGENCY OPERATIONS THIS EDENALI COMMISSION OPERATES IN THE NORTHEAST GEOGRAPHICALLY DIVERSE AND CHALLENGING AREAS IN THE COUNTRY, TWICE THE SIZE OF TEXAS. THIS WOULD INCLUDE BOTH THE DELTA REGIONAL AUTHORITY AND THE APPALACHIA COMMISSION. THE COMMISSION HAS IMPROVED THE LIVING CONDITIONS IN AREAS OF ALASKA. I KNOW YOU'VE DONE THE BEST YOU CAN AND I CANNOT BELIEVE ALL THE PROGRAMS THE DENALI PROVIDES FOR THE STATE OF ALASKA AND MY CONSTITUENTS AND I WOULD APPRECIATE IF YOU WOULD LOOK AT A FUTURE TIME TO FUND THEM AT THE LEVEL THEY WERE IN 1917. SO MR. -- EXCUSE ME, 2017. I APOLOGIZE FOR THAT. MR. SIMPSON I DO URGE YOU AS THE CHAIRMAN TO UNDERSTAND HOW IMPORTANT THE DENALI COMMISSION IS TO ALASKA.

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                            • 04:43:52 PM

                              MR. SIMPSON

                              COLLEAGUE'S STATEMENT ON THE DENALI COMMISSION, THE HOUSE MARK THIS YEAR…

                              COLLEAGUE'S STATEMENT ON THE DENALI COMMISSION, THE HOUSE MARK THIS YEAR SUPPORTS THE DENALI COMMISSION IN ITS EFFORTS RATHER THAN THE ADMINISTRATION'S REQUEST TO TERMINATE THE AGENCY. THE COMMISSION WOULD HAVE DEPRIED MANY COMMUNITIES OF MANY INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS. IN A TIME OF ECONOMIC CHANGE THEY CAN SCARELY AFFORD TO LOSE THE PRIVATE INVESTMENTS LEVERAGED BY THE COMMISSION ANNUALLY. I'LL BE HAPPY TO WORK WITH MY COLLEAGUE TO ENSURE THE COMMISSION IS PROVIDED SUFFICIENT FUND TO SUPPORT THEIR EFFORTS IN HIS STATE.

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                            • 04:44:29 PM

                              MR. YOUNG

                              AGAIN, CHAIRMAN SIMPSON, I APPRECIATE THE FACT YOU JUST MENTIONED, IT WAS…

                              AGAIN, CHAIRMAN SIMPSON, I APPRECIATE THE FACT YOU JUST MENTIONED, IT WAS ELIMINATED BY THE ADMINISTRATION YOU DID RESTORE SOME OF THE MONEY, I'M JUST REQUESTING IF YOU GET ANY MORE MONEY IN THIS COMMISSION, WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE DENALI COMMISSION, THE WORK IT'S DONE IS WELL REWARDED. I THANK YOU BOTH YOU AND THE CHAIRMAN FOR THE WORK YOU HAVE DONE ESTABLISHING THE DENALI COMMISSION IN PAST YEARS.

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                            • 04:44:53 PM

                              MR. SIMPSON

                              I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU AND YIELD BACK.

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                              THE CHAIR

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

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                              MRS. LOWEY

                              GENTLEMAN, THE DISTINGUISHED VICE CHAIR OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE FROM…

                              GENTLEMAN, THE DISTINGUISHED VICE CHAIR OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE FROM WASHINGTON, MR. KILMER.

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                            • 04:45:10 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON STATE IS RECOGNIZED.

                            • 04:45:15 PM

                              MR. KILMER

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FROM NEW JERSEY AND…

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FROM NEW JERSEY AND OUR RANKING MEMBER. I HAVE GREAT RESPECT FOR BOTH OF THEM. . MR. CHAIR, THE MOST RESPONSIBILITY WE HAVE IS TO KEEP OUR NATION AND OUR CITIZENS SAFE. IN ORDER TO FULFILL THAT RESPONSIBILITY, WE HAVE A COMMITMENT TO THOSE WHO SERVE THAT THEY WILL HAVE THE TRAINING AND EQUIPMENT AND SUPPORT THAT THEY NEED TO BE THE MOST CAPABLE FIGHTING FORCE THE WORLD HAS EVER SEEN. WE ALSO HAVE A COMMITMENT TO THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE THAT WE WILL HAVE THEIR BACK, NOT ONLY WHEN THEY'RE ON DUTY BUT WHEN THEY COME HOME. THIS CONGRESS SHOULD SUPPORT A PAY RAISE FOR OUR NATION'S TROOPS. THIS CONGRESS SHOULD SUPPORT A CUTTING EDGE NAVAL FLEET. THIS CONGRESS SHOULD MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN SAY THAT EVERY VETERAN WILL GET THE CARE THAT HE OR SHE HAS EARNED, BUT THIS CONGRESS SHOULD ALSO BE OPPOSED TO A BILL THAT PUTS THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE RIGHT IN THE PATH OF THE ACROSS-THE-BOARD SPENDING CUTS KNOWN AS SEQUESTRATION. NOW, I ADMIT, I HAVE NOT HEARD ABOUT SEQUESTRATION UNTIL I FIRST RAN FOR THIS JOB. IT'S A LATIN WORD FOR STUPID BECAUSE WHEN YOU FACE OUR MILITARY LEADERS, EVEN IN MY DISTRICT, THEY HAVE IMPLORED THIS CONGRESS TO DO AWAY WITH THE BIND THAT SEQUESTRATION THREATENS TO PUT THEM IN. THEY THINK THIS IS A BAD IDEA, BUT WHAT WE'RE DOING THIS WEEK IGNORES THE ADVICE OF OUR TOP COMMANDERS AND OUR MILITARY EXPERTS. INSTEAD, IT WOULD PUT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ON A COLLISION COURSE WITH SEQUESTRATION. THAT WOULD MEAN HARMFUL CUTS, ACROSS THE BOARD CUTS TO OUR MILITARY. THE FAILURE OF THIS CONGRESS TO PASS A LEGITIMATE BUDGET IS A DISSERVICE TO OUR ARMED FORCES AND TO EVERY MAN AND WOMAN WHO SERVES IN IT. WE SHOULD BE GIVING THOSE IN UNIFORM CERTAINTY THAT THEIR PAYCHECKS WILL ARRIVE ON TIME, THAT THEIR GEAR WILL BE THE BEST, THAT THEY'LL GET THE TRAINING THAT THEY NEED, THAT CUTS WON'T HURT THEIR READINESS. LET'S VOTE DOWN THIS BILL AND DO BETTER. PASS A RESPONSIBLE BILL. LISTEN, A MAJORITY OF THE MEMBERS IN THIS CHAMBER ARE WILLING TO SUPPORT A PLAN THAT NOT ONLY FUNDS OUR MILITARY BUT ALSO MAKES SURE WE DON'T APPROACH YET ANOTHER GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. THAT'S WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SENT US HERE TO DO, MR. CHAIR. LET'S LISTEN TO THEIR VOICES, AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 04:47:38 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE…

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 04:47:42 PM

                              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE DISTINGUISH CHAIRMAN OF THE…

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE DISTINGUISH CHAIRMAN OF THE SCIENCE, SPACE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE, LAMAR ALEXANDER OF TEXAS, FOUR MINUTES.

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                            • 04:47:58 PM

                              MR. SMITH

                              I AM VERY PLEASED TO SUPPORT H.R. 3219, THE MAKE AMERICA SECURE…

                              I AM VERY PLEASED TO SUPPORT H.R. 3219, THE MAKE AMERICA SECURE APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 2018, ESPECIALLY BECAUSE IT INCLUDES H.R. 3266, WHICH PROVIDES APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE ENERGY PROGRAMS WITHIN THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE'S JURISDICTION. CHAIRMAN SIMPSON, WHO IS ON THE FLOOR BEHIND ME, HAS WORKED CLOSELY WITH US ON THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE TO INCLUDE RESPONSIBLE, PRO-SCIENCE FUNDING LEVELS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY. CHAIRMAN SIMPSON, YOUR LEADERSHIP AND COOPERATION HAVE BEEN EXCEPTIONAL AND ARE MUCH APPRECIATED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP IN PASSING THIS LEGISLATION THAT SETS AMERICA ON A PATH TO REMAIN THE WORLD'S LEADER IN INNOVATION. THE APPROPRIATIONS INCLUDED IN THIS LEGISLATION ARE CONSISTENT WITH THE AMERICA COMPETES RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT WHICH PASSED THE HOUSE LAST CONGRESS. THIS BILL ALSO FUNDS PROGRAMS AUTHORIZED IN H.R. 589, THE D.O.E. RESEARCH AND INNOVATION ACT, WHICH PASSED THIS YEAR AND WHICH WAS THE PROJECT OVER THREE YEARS IN THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE WHICH SET CLEAR SCIENCE PRIORITIES FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY. AMERICAN INDUSTRY RELIES ON FEDERAL SUPPORT FOR BASIC RESEARCH TO PRODUCE THE SCIENTIFIC BREAKTHROUGHS THAT FUEL TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION, NEW INDUSTRIES, ECONOMIC GROWTH AND GOOD JOBS. AROUND THE COUNTRY, SCIENTISTS AT OUR NATIONAL LABS AND UNIVERSITIES ARE CONDUCTING GROUNDBREAKING BASIC SCIENCE RESEARCH THAT PROVIDES THE FOUNDATION FOR NEXT GENERATION TECHNOLOGY IN ENERGY, MEDICINE AND MANUFACTURING. THIS LEGISLATION PROVIDES STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S OFFICE OF SCIENCE AT $5.4 BILLION FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018. THE OFFICE OF SCIENCE WILL GET INCREASED FUNDING FOR RESEARCH IN BASIC ENERGY SCIENCES, HIGH-PERFORMANCE COMPUTING, NUCLEAR PHYSICS, HIGH-ENERGY PHYSICS AND FUSION ENERGY. THE STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE OFFICE OF SCIENCE IN THE APPROPRIATIONS BILL WILL PRIORITIZE THE BASIC RESEARCH PROGRAMS THAT ARE THE CORE MISSION OF THE DEPARTMENT AND THE NATIONAL LABS AND LEAD TO SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERIES THAT CAN PROVIDE BENEFITS ACROSS THE ECONOMY. THIS LEGISLATION ALSO INCLUDES RESPONSIBLE FUNDING FOR D.O.E.'S APPLIED PROGRAMS, PRIORITIZING EARLY STAGE RESEARCH IN ELECTRICITY, ENERGY EFFICIENCY, RENEWABLES, FOLLIL AND NUCLEAR. AN EXAMPLE OF SUCH -- FOSSIL AND NUCLEAR. AN EXAMPLE IS NUCLEAR ENERGY WHERE THE BILL'S FUNDING SUPPORT THE PRIORITIES OUTLINED IN THE NUCLEAR ENERGY CAPABILITIES ACT, WHICH PASSED THE HOUSE AS PART OF H.R. 589. THAT LEGISLATION, SPONSORED BY ENERGY SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN RANDY WEBER OF TEXAS, COMBINES THE STRENGTHS OF THE NATIONAL LABS, UNIVERSITIES AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO DEVELOP ADVANCED NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY. THIS TECHNOLOGY IS OUR BEST OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE RELIABLE AND EMISSION-FREE ELECTRICITY. THIS WILL BEGIN DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE REACTOR AUTHORIZED --

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                            • 04:51:08 PM

                              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                              I'D LIKE TO YIELD THE GENTLEMAN ANOTHER MINUTE. AND LET ME SAY WE'RE…

                              I'D LIKE TO YIELD THE GENTLEMAN ANOTHER MINUTE. AND LET ME SAY WE'RE LISTENING TO CONGRESSMAN LAMAR SMITH, FOR THE RECORD, VERY DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN.

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                            • 04:51:17 PM

                              MR. SMITH

                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                              MR. SMITH

                              I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING ME AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE. IT BEGINS…

                              I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING ME AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE. IT BEGINS DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION FOR THE RESEARCH REACTOR AUTHORIZED IN H.R. 589, WHICH WILL PROVIDE ACCESS TO THE FAST NEUTRONS NECESSARY TO ENABLE THE NEXT GENERATION OF NUCLEAR ENERGY TECHNOLOGY. AS WE SHAPE THE FUTURE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, OUR PRIORITY MUST BE BASIC AND EARLY STAGE RESEARCH THAT ONLY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS THE INCENTIVES AND RESOURCES TO SUPPORT AND PURSUE. THIS WILL EMPOWER PRIVATE SECTOR INNOVATORS TO DEVELOP AND DEMONSTRATE RESULTING NEW CAPABILITIES THAT WILL ATTRACT THE CAPITAL INVESTMENTS NEEDED TO TAKE ENERGY TECHNOLOGY TO THE MARKETPLACE, CREATING JOBS AND EXPANDING OUR ECONOMY. MR. CHAIRMAN, I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS PRO-SCIENCE BILL, PRO-ENERGY APPROPRIATIONS BILL AND I'LL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 04:52:10 PM

                              THE CHAIR

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

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 04:52:14 PM

                              MRS. LOWEY

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS,

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                            • 04:52:23 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

                            • 04:52:25 PM

                              MR. CUELLAR

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU TO THE RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING. I…

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU TO THE RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE APPROPRIATION CHAIR FROM NEW JERSEY AND THE STAFF AND ALSO THE RANKING YOUNG LADY FROM NEW YORK AND THE STAFF FOR BEING A BIPARTISAN COMMITTEE. THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE HAS BEEN BIPARTISAN. WHILE THIS BILL BEFORE US IS A STEP TOWARD GETTING THE JOB DONE OF PASSING THE APPROPRIATION BILL BEFORE THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR, WE KNOW THIS IS ONLY THE FIRST STEP. WE STILL NEED A LOT MORE WORK TO DO. AND I REGRET THAT RULE THAT WE WILL TAKE UP TOMORROW WILL LIKELY INCLUDE $1.6 BILLION FOR A WALL. WE WHO LIVE ON THE BORDER, WE UNDERSTAND AND WE BELIEVE THAT BORDER SECURITY, WE BELIEVE IN BORDER SECURITY. BORDER SECURITY THAT'S STRONG, SENSIBLE, COMMON SENSE AND EFFECTIVE FOR THE BORDER. THE WALL IS A 14TH CENTURY SOLUTION TO A 21ST CENTURY CHALLENGE THAT WE HAVE. THE BORDER WALL IS NOT THE RIGHT SOLUTION FOR BORDER SECURITY. WHY? NUMBER ONE, PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS. WE BELIEVE IN PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS. IN FACT, THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE THAT FOR GENERATIONS THAT HAVE OWNED LAND ALONG THE BORDER. I HAVE SEVERAL VETERANS THAT OWN LAND. IN FACT, THERE'S ONE VETERAN IN PARTICULAR THAT BURIED HIS FATHER. HIS FATHER WHO SERVED IN WORLD WAR II, AND HIS FAMILY RIGHT ALONG THE RIVER BANK. SO IF YOU PUT A WALL, WHAT IS HE GOING TO DO? ONCE YOU PUT THE WALL, HOW IS HE GOING TO GO VISIT THE CEMETERY, THE FAMILY'S CEMETERY ALONG THE BORDER? WHAT ABOUT CATTLE, LIVESTOCK? HOW ARE THEY GOING TO HAVE ACCESS TO WATER ALONG THE RIVER? NUMBER TWO, WE HAVE NATURAL BARRIERS ALONG THE TEXAS BORDER. WE HAVE THE RIVERS. YOU CAN SEE HOW THE RIVER SNAKES AROUND. AND WHAT ABOUT THE CLIFFS? ARE YOU GOING TO PUT A WALL ON TOP OF THIS CLIFF? IT JUST DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. NUMBER THREE, WHAT ABOUT TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS? MEXICO IS NOT GOING TO PAY FOR THIS WALL. WE KNOW THAT THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER IS GOING TO PAY FOR THIS. $1.6 BILLION FOR 74 MILES OUT OF THE 1,954 MILES THAT WE HAVE. THAT'S $21.2 MILLION PER MILE FOR THIS WALL. COMPARED TO $1 MILLION OF TECHNOLOGY WE WANTED TO PUT TECHNOLOGY CAMERAS, SENSORS FOR BORDER SECURITY. NUMBER FOUR -- OH, BY THE WAY, SO $1.6 BILLION, ALL I NEED IS $100, BUY MYSELF A GOOD LADDER AND WE'LL TAKE CARE OF THAT WALL. SO, AGAIN, WE GOT TO BE SMART ABOUT BORDER SECURITY. NUMBER FOUR, ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS. WILDLIFE REFUGE THAT WE HAVE CONCERNS. WHAT ABOUT THE 40% OF THE 11 MILLION PEOPLE THAT WE HAVE HERE THAT DID VISA OVERSTAYS? SO YOU CAN PUT THE BIGGEST WALL BUT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO FLY OR DRIVE ACROSS THE BRIDGE OR GET A BOAT INTO HOUSTON AND JUST STAY OVER THE TIME. WHAT ABOUT A CAP ANALYSIS SO WE KNOW WHAT ARE THE REAL NEEDS THAT WE HAVE? THAT'S NUMBER SIX. WHAT ABOUT NUMBER SEVEN? MEXICO IS AN ALLY. IT'S NOT AN ENEMY. EVERY DAY WE HAVE $1.3 BILLION OF TRADE WITH OUR FRIENDS TO THE SOUTH. EVERY DAY $1.3 BILLION. THAT'S OVER $1 MILLION OF TRADE EVERY SINGLE MINUTE. SIX MILLION AMERICAN JOBS THAT WE HAVE BECAUSE OF THE TRADE THAT WE HAVE WITH OUR FRIENDS TO THE SOUTH. WE NEED STRONG, COMMONSENSE BORDER SECURITY. AND I KNOW THIS BECAUSE I LIVE AT THE BORDER. I DRINK THE WATER. I BREATHE THE AIR. I UNDERSTAND THIS VERY WELL. THE BORDER AREA IS VERY SAFE. USE F.B.I. STATS, THE MURDER RATE IN MY HOMETOWN OF LAREDO IS THREE MURDERS PER 100,000. HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., IT'S 24.5 MURDERS PER 100,000. SO IF YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT DANGEROUS, WHEN I LIVE AT THE BORDER, TO FLY OVER WASHINGTON, THIS IS THE MOST THING ABOUT MY JOB. SO THE WALL IS A 14TH CENTURY TO A 21ST CENTURY PROBLEM. I ASK YOU TO VOTE NO ON THE BORDER WALL. AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE FOR BEING VERY BIPARTISAN. THIS IS ONLY THE FIRST STEP. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 04:56:43 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE…

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 04:56:48 PM

                              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE A VERY DISTINGUISHED REPRESENTATIVE…

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE A VERY DISTINGUISHED REPRESENTATIVE FROM TEXAS, MR. RANDY WEBER, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                            • 04:56:55 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                              R. WEBER

                              I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE MAKE AMERICA SECURE…

                              I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE MAKE AMERICA SECURE APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 2018. I'M PARTICULARLY PLEASED TO SUPPORT LANGUAGE FROM H.R. 3266, WHICH PROVIDES APPROPRIATIONS FOR ENERGY PROGRAMS WITHIN THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE'S JURISDICTION. FOR YEARS THE ENERGY SUBCOMMITTEE, WHICH I CHAIR, HAS LISTENED TO EXPERTS AND GATHERED DATA TO DETERMINE APPROPRIATE PRIORITIES FOR THE D.O.E. THE BILL BROUGHT BEFORE THE HOUSE FLOOR REFLECTS THE FINDINGS OF THE COMMITTEE. IT FUNDS BASIC AND EARLY STAGE RESEARCH AND IT DOES SO ALL THE WHILE REDUCING SPENDING. IMPORTANTLY, THIS BILL INCLUDES SPECIFIC APPROPRIATIONS FOR -- AUTHORIZATIONS FOR PROGRAMS AUTHORIZED IN MY BILL, THE NUCLEAR ENERGY INNOVATION CAPABILITIES ACT, WHICH ESTABLISHES A CLEAR TIMELINE AND PARAMETERS FOR D.O.E. TO COMPLETE A RESEARCH REACTOR. THIS TYPE OF RESEARCH REQUIRES ACCESS TO FAST NEUTRONS CURRENTLY ONLY AVAILABLE IN RUSSIA. TO COMPLETION OF OUR OWN RESEARCH REACTOR IS CRUCIAL, MR. SPEAKER, IN ENSURING MATERIALS AND NUCLEAR FUELS ARE INDEED TAKES PLACE IN THESE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THE VERSE TILE NEUTRON SOURCE AUTHORIZED IN MY LEGISLATION WILL PROVIDE THE UNITED STATES WITH THIS VITAL CAPABILITY. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN FOR SPECIFICALLY INCLUDING $32 MILLION IN FUNDING AND CHAIRMAN SIMPSON TO BEGIN THE DESIGN OF VITAL RESEARCH, INFRASTRUCTURE IN THIS APPROPRIATIONS BILL. AMERICA MUST MAINTAIN OUR NUCLEAR CAPABILITIES AND CONTINUE TO DEVELOP CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY HERE AT HOME. THIS BILL PROVIDES DIRECTION AND ROBUST FUNDING FOR EARLY STAGE NUCLEAR ENERGY RESEARCH. WITHOUT IT WE WILL FALL BEHIND. IT IS VITAL WE ENSURE THIS IMPORTANT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IS FULLY FUNDED. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO MISS THE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES PROVIDED BY NEXT GENERATION NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IN PRO-SCIENCE, FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE LEGISLATION, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 04:58:56 PM

                              THE CHAIR

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

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 04:59:00 PM

                              MRS. LOWEY

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN.

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                            • 04:59:06 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. GREEN

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK OUR RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING…

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK OUR RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING TO ME. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO FUNDING FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP'S BORDER WALL. I VISIT THE BORDER OF TEXAS AND MEXICO MANY TIMES. COMMUNITIES ALL ALONG AND BEYOND THE BOREDER IN MY HOME STATE OF TEXAS ARE OPPOSED TO THIS BORDER WALL. TEXAS HAS DEEP AND HISTORIC TIES WITH OUR NEIGHBOR TO THE SOUTH, MEXICO. THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS AND MEXICO SHARE A PRIDE, A CLEAR MAJORITY OF OUR COMMUNITIES BELIEVE THAT THE CLOSE TIES BETWEEN TEXAS AND MEXICO, CULTURE, ECONOMIC, LINGUISTIC BENEFIT BOTH TEXAS AND MEXICO. THE DESTRUCTION OF THE QUOTE, THIS BIG, FAT, BEAUTIFUL WALL, TO QUOTE PRESIDENT TRUMP, ALONG A 2,000-MILE LONG U.S.-MEXICO BORDER WOULD NOT ONLY BE UNNECESSARY BUT HARMFUL TO OUR NATURAL AND WILDLIFE HABITATS AND BECOME A SYMBOL OF SPITE AND DIVISION AT MEXICO AND ITS PEOPLE. MUCH OF THE BORDER BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND MEXICO IS ALREADY SEPARATED BY THE RIO GRANDE RIVER. A CLEAR NATURAL OBSTACLE BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES. HIGH TRAFFIC AREAS ALONG OUR SOUTHERN BORDER ARE FURTHER SEPARATED BY OVER 650 MILES OF PEDESTRIAN AND VEHICLE FENCING CURRENTLY ON THE BORDER. CONGRESS HAS PROVIDED THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY WITH ROBUST FUNDING SINCE THE DEPARTMENT'S CREATION TO SHARPLY INCREASE THE NUMBER OF BORDER PATROL OFFICERS INCLUDING AERIAL DRONES ALONG THE BORDER. AS A RESULT, THESE SUBSTANTIAL INVESTMENTS BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THE NUMBER OF IMMIGRANTS WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION HAS STEADIED DECLINED WHILE THE NUMBER OF BORDER APPREHENSIONS ARE NEAR A 40-YEAR LOW. THE $1.6 BILLION TAXPAYERS INCLUDED IN THIS LEGISLATION FOR THE PRESIDENT'S BORDER WALL SHOULD BE DIRECTED FOR GENUINE NEEDS LIKE EXPANDING EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR CHILDREN, REBUILDING OUR NATION'S AGING INFRASTRUCTURE. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES IF GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO AMEND THE LEGISLATION BEFORE THIS CHAMBER TO REMOVE THE BORDER WALL FUNDING. OTHERWISE I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO JOIN ME IN OPPOSING THE MINIBUS APPROPRIATIONS BILL. AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME. .

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                            • 05:01:20 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS…

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

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                            • 05:01:28 PM

                              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                              I RESERVE AND I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO MAKE SOME…

                              I RESERVE AND I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO MAKE SOME CLOSING COMMENTS.

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                            • 05:01:36 PM

                              THE CHAIR

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

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

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                              MRS. LOWEY

                              IN CLOSING, I WANT TO REITERATE IS A DEPARTURE FROM REGULAR ORDER, WASTES…

                              IN CLOSING, I WANT TO REITERATE IS A DEPARTURE FROM REGULAR ORDER, WASTES $1.6 BILLION ON TRUMP'S BORDER WALL AND USES FRAUDULENT DEFENSE NUMBERS, GUTS CLEAN ENERGY, INCLUDES POISON PILL RIDERS, LEAVES THE REMAINING SPENDING BILLS WITH NO PATH FORWARD. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE KNOW. AND NO. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 05:02:12 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                              I THANK THE STAFF. WHILE WE MAY DISAGREE STRONGLY ON SOME ISSUES, OUR…

                              I THANK THE STAFF. WHILE WE MAY DISAGREE STRONGLY ON SOME ISSUES, OUR COMMITTEE WORKS IN A VERY BIPARTISAN WAY TO GET OUR BILLS ACROSS THE FINISH LINE AND TO ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE AND REMARKABLE STAFF AND RANKING MEMBER, THANK YOU FOR THE A.M.ICABLE WAY ALL OF US CONDUCT BUSINESS AS PART OF THE HISTORY AND TRADITION OF OUR COMMITTEE. I WOULD BE HAPPY TO YIELD.

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                            • 05:02:51 PM

                              MRS. LOWEY

                              I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I THINK I CLOSED PREMATURELY WITHOUT THANKING YOU…

                              I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I THINK I CLOSED PREMATURELY WITHOUT THANKING YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP. IT'S BEEN A PLEASURE WORKING WITH YOU AND I DO HOPE THAT AS WE MOVE THE PROCESS FORWARD, WE WILL BE ABLE TO HAVE A FINAL PRODUCT THAT WE CAN ALL BE VERY PROUD OF. SO THANK YOU AGAIN. YOU HAVE BEEN A VERY DELIGHTFUL PERSON TO WORK WITH AND I THANK THE CHAIR AND MY STAFF THAT HAS BEEN SO HARDWORKING AND SO COOPERATIVE. WE COULDN'T DO THIS WITHOUT COOPERATION FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE.

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                            • 05:03:30 PM

                              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                              I WOULD REMIND THE HOUSE THAT JUST YESTERDAY, WE VOTED OVERWHELMINGLY IN A…

                              I WOULD REMIND THE HOUSE THAT JUST YESTERDAY, WE VOTED OVERWHELMINGLY IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO IMPOSE TOUGH NEW SANCTIONS ON THREE AGRESSOR NATIONS, RUSSIA, IRAN AND NORTH KOREA. EACH POSE THEIR UNIQUE THREATS TO OUR VITAL INTERESTS, THEIR NEIGHBORS AND TO GLOBAL STABILITY. WHAT LITTLE IN HISTORY WOULD PREDICT THAT SANCTIONS WOULD CHANGE THE MALIGNED BEHAVIOR OF THESE THREE REGIMES. WE NEED TO GET THIS BILL ACROSS THE FINISH LINE, TO GUARANTEE THAT OUR MILITARY IS ALWAYS PREPARED TO MEET ANY THREAT FROM ANYONE ANYWHERE, WHETHER IT BE CHINA AND THE PACIFIC AND TERRORIST GROUPS LIKE AL QAEDA, ISIS, HEZBOLLAH, HAMAS AND TRANSNATIONAL DRUG SMUGGLERS AND CRIMINAL GANGS. MR. CHAIRMAN, I REPEAT, CONGRESS' MOST IMPORTANT CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY IS TO PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE THIS APPROPRIATIONS PACKAGE BEFORE US ALLOWS US TO MEET THAT SOLEMN RESPONSIBILITY AND I URGE SUPPORT OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 05:04:44 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL…

                              ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF THE RULES COMMITTEE PRINT SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED AND THE BILL AS AMENDED SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS THE ORIGINAL BILL FOR THE PURPOSES OF FURTHER AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE AND SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. NO FURTHER AMENDMENT TO THE BILL SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259. AMENDMENTS EN BLOC DESCRIBED IN SECTION 3 OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 473 AND PRO FORMA AMENDMENTS DESCRIBED IN SECTION 4 OF THAT RESOLUTION. EACH FURTHER AMENDMENT PRINTED IN THE REPORT SHALL BE CONSIDERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT, I MAY BE OFFERED BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT AND SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT, EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND OPPONENT, MAY BE WITHDRAWN BY THE PROPONENT AT ANY TIME BEFORE THE ACTION THEREON, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT EXCEPT AS PROVIDED BY SECTION 4 OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 473 AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO DEMAND FOR ADDITION OF QUESTION. IT SHALL BE IN ORDER ANY TIME FOR THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS TO OFFER AMENDMENTS EN BLOC CONSISTING OF AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN THE REPORT NOT EARLIER DISPOSED OF. AMENDMENTS EN BLOC SHALL BE CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE OR APPROPRIATIONS OR THEIR RESPECTED DESIGNEES AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION. DURING CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL FOR AMENDMENT, THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER ON THE COMMITTEE OF APPROPRIATIONS OR THE RESPECTIVE DESIGNEES MAY OFFER UP TO 20 PRO FORMA AMENDMENTS FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER ONE PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            • 05:06:55 PM

                              An amendment, offered by Mr. Connolly, numbered 1 printed in House Report 115-259 to increase funding for the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

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                                MR. CONNOLLY

                                MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK PREVIOUSLY IDENTIFIED AS…

                                MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK PREVIOUSLY IDENTIFIED AS AMENDMENT NUMBER 18, CURRENTLY IDENTIFIED AS AMENDMENT NUMBER 1.

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                          • 05:07:02 PM

                            DEBATE

                            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Connolly amendment No. 1.

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                              THE CLERK

                              AMENDMENT NUMBER ONE PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259 OFFERED BY MR.…

                              AMENDMENT NUMBER ONE PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259 OFFERED BY MR. CONNELLLY OF VIRGINIA.

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                            • 05:07:19 PM

                              THE CHAIR

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

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

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                            • 05:07:29 PM

                              MR. CONNOLLY

                              I OFFER AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD INCREASE FUNDING FOR THE GOVERNMENT…

                              I OFFER AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD INCREASE FUNDING FOR THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE OFFSET BY A MINOR DECREASE IN THE FUNDING FOR THE ACCOUNTS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. I'M OFFERING THE AMENDMENT FOR THREE REASONS. FIRST, THE BIG SIGNIFICANTLY UNDERFUNDS THE G.A.O. AND THE ADMINISTRATION IS THWARTING CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT WHICH WE NEED MORE OF. AND TIMELY CONGRESS WHICH STRUCK AN AGGRESSIVE POSTURE OVER THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION SEEMS TO HAVE LOST ITS WAY A BIT IN ITS CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY. G.A.O. IS A VITAL RESOURCE NOT ONLY FOR CONGRESSIONAL OVERSEARS AND ANYONE INTERESTED IN STUDYING OR IMPROVING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF FEDERAL AGENCIES. G.A.O. IS THE CONGRESSIONAL WATCHDOG. I'M SURE EVERY MEMBER HAS REQUESTED A G.A.O. REPORT FOR THE PURPOSE OF EXAMINING OF EXECUTIVE OVERSIGHT. IT'S A VITAL INSTITUTION THAT SAVES TAXPAYER DOLLARS. EVERY DOLLAR WE INVEST IN G.A.O. GENERATES $112 RETURN FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND FOR THE TAXPAYER. THIS OVERSIGHT DIVIDEND AMOUNTED TO $63 BILLION IN FINANCIAL BENEFITS TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN FISCAL YEAR 2016 ALONE. UNFORTUNATELY, THE BILL PROVIDES US PROVIDES $46.2 MILLION LESS FOR THE BUDGET REQUEST FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD RESTORE ONE MILLION OF IT. THIS HAS BEEN A TOPIC OF DISCUSSION AND DEBATE. I WOULD NOTE THAT THE RANKING MEMBER RAISED THE ISSUE IN THE ADDITIONAL VIEWS SECTION OF THE COMMITTEE REPORT. IN THE REPORT, RANKING MEMBER LOWEY AND REPRESENTATIVE RYAN STATED IT IS IRRESPONSIBLE TO UNDERFND THE G.A.O. WHEN ADMINISTRATION FIRST HAVE BEEN ORDERED TO NOT COMPLY WITH OVERSIGHT REQUESTS. THE AMENDMENT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS DECIDED TO TAKE THE NORMAL ROUTINE CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT WORK. THE ADMINISTRATION HAS IGNORED THE SEVEN-MEMBER RULE AND AUTHORITY ENACTED INTO LAW IN 1928, WHICH DELEGATES AUTHORITY TO ANY SEVEN MEMBERS OF MY COMMITTEE, THE COMMITTEE OF OVERSIGHT TO REQUIRE AN AGENCY TO SUBMIT INFORMATION REQUESTED OF IT RELATED TO THE JURISDICTION OF OUR COMMITTEE. THE TRUMP ZRATION ARGUED THAT AGENCIES AND DEPARTMENTS COULD IGNORE REQUESTS FOR DOCUMENTS AND OTHER INFORMATION FROM MEMBERS OF THE MINORITY PARTY. ON JUNE 7, REPUBLICAN SENATOR CHUCK GRASSLEY, WHO KNEW THE BENEFIT OF GETTING INFORMATION REQUESTS IN THE MINORITY ANSWERED, WROTE A SCATHING LETTER TO PRESIDENT TRUMP URGING HIM TO REJECT THE OPINION SM THE OPINION STATED ONLY REQUESTS FROM COMMITTEES OR THEIR CHAIRS OR AUTHORIZED. SENATOR GRASSLEY, REPUBLICAN CHAIRMAN OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CALLED IT NONSENSE. HE SAID SIMPLE FACT EXPOSES IT TO A LACK OF PROFESSIONALISM AND OBJECTIVITY. HE SAID OVERSIGHT BRINGS TRAPS AND TRANSPARENCY BRINGS ACCOUNTABILITY. SHUTTING DOWN OVERSIGHT REQUESTS DOESN'T DRAIN THE SWAMP. THOSE ARE THE WORDS OF CHUCK GRASSLEY. I HAVE WITNESSED FIRSTHAND THE COMMITTEE'S ISSUES OF OVERSIGHT. WHEREAS DURING THE OWE BAUM AFTER ADMINISTRATION, ONE WOULD HAVE THOUGHT LIKE THE BRITISH EMPIRE, THE SUN NEVER SETS ON THE JURISDICTION OF OUR COMMITTEE. NOW SUDDENLY THEY HAVE A NARROW INTERPRETATION OF THE COMMITTEE'S ROLE OF THE PRIMARY OVERSIGHT BODY OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. IF THE ADMINISTRATION IS GOING TO IGNORE THE MINORITY IN CONGRESS AND THE MAJORITY IS ALLERGIC TO THE DEMANDS OF G.A.O. ARE GOING TO GROW AND WITH THAT SHOULD COME GREATER RESOURCES. AND THE HOUSE SHOULD JOIN SENATOR GRASSLEY AND DEMAND THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION NOT IMPEDE CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT ACTIVITIES. IN THE ABSENCE OF THE ADMINISTRATION ACK SEEDING TO THIS REQUEST, WE HAVE TO SEND AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH OF ACCOUNTABILITY BY BETTER FUNDING OF THE G.A.O. THIS WILL NOT SOLVE THE G.A.O. FUNDING BUT WOULD SEND A MESSAGE ABOUT THE PREMIUM WE PLACE ON THE PRINCIPLE OF ROBUST OVERSIGHT OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 05:12:27 PM

                              THE CHAIR

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

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT?

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                            • 05:12:32 PM

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                              I SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THANK THE GENTLEMAN…

                              I SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FROM VIRGINIA TO HIS AMENDMENT TO ADD A MILLION DOLLARS TO THE $445 MILLION THAT WE SPEND IN THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE.

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                              MR. GRAVES

                              THE G.A.O. IS THE GOVERNMENT WATCHDOG. THEY ARE THE WATCHDOG OF WHAT…

                              THE G.A.O. IS THE GOVERNMENT WATCHDOG. THEY ARE THE WATCHDOG OF WHAT HAPPENS IN THIS CITY AND WE ARE CONCERNED WHETHER IT IS A DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT WE WANT A G.A.O. TO ROOT OUT FRAUD, WASTE AND ABUSE AND PROVIDE ECONOMIC DATA AND DO OUR JOB HELP HOLDING THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE. AND THAT'S WHY WE WORK IN THIS BILL TO KEEP FUNDING STEADY FOR THE G.A.O. AND WE HAVE I.G. REPORTS TO MAKE THEM PUBLIC AND ONLINE BUT WE HAVE TIGHT CONSTRAINTS IN OUR BUDGET. WHILE WE WORK TO FUND ADDITIONAL SECURITY NEEDS AND CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS AND MUCH NEEDED CYBER SECURITY IMPROVEMENTS, REDUCING THE MONEY THAT GOES TO M.R.A.'S WOULD WEAKEN OUR ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE WITH OUR CONSTITUENTS AND I DON'T THINK THAT'S THE GENTLEMAN'S INTENT BUT THAT WOULD BE THE RESULT. WE ACTUALLY HAVE A SLIGHT INCREASE IN WHAT THE G.A.O. CAN SPEND IN OUR BUDGET. SO THERE IS A SLIGHT INCREASE AND AT A TIME WHEN BUDGETS ARE BEING DECREASED ACROSS CONGRESS. MANY OF OUR CONSTITUENTS ARE TIGHTENING THEIR BELTS AND LEARNING HOW TO DO MORE WITH LESS AND PUTTING FOOD ON THE TABLE AND WORKING IN A FAMILY BUDGET. WE HAVE TO DO THE SAME THING. THE G.A.O. GETS MORE MONEY THIS YEAR AND THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO CARRY OUT THEIR FUNCTION AT $445 MILLION. I DON'T BELIEVE GOING TO $446 MILLION IS GOING TO ACHIEVE THE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES THAT MAYBE MR. CONNOLLY WOULD LIKE TO SEE. SO WE AREN'T ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE THIS REQUEST. OUR MEMBER BUDGETS ARE AT 12% BELOW WHAT THEY WERE WHEN THE REPUBLICANS TOOK OVER THE HOUSE. WE ARE 12% BELOW AND MANY MEMBERS ARE CONCERNED THEY DON'T HAVE THE RESOURCES TO PROVIDE WHAT THEY NEED TO FOR THEIR CONSTITUENTS. THIS WOULD EXACERBATE PROBLEMS. WITH THAT, WE WOULD HAVE TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. WE WANT THE G.A.O. TO REMAIN STRONG AND WE SLIGHTLY INCREASED THEIR FUNDING BUT WE CAN'T ADD TO THE M.R.A. BUDGETS. SO WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, WE WOULD OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 05:15:11 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.…

                              THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM UTAH SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                          • 05:15:21 PM

                            On agreeing to the Connolly amendment; Failed by voice vote.

                            • 05:15:37 PM

                              An amendment, offered by Mrs. Love, numbered 2 printed in House Report 115-259 to expand the permissible uses of MRA funds that have been designated for Member security to include residential security systems that do not constitute structural improvements to Members' homes.

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                                MRS. LOVE

                                I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                          • 05:15:39 PM

                            DEBATE

                            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Love amendment No. 2.

                            • 05:15:40 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                            • 05:15:42 PM

                              THE CLERK

                              AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259 OFFERED BY MRS. LOVE OF…

                              AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259 OFFERED BY MRS. LOVE OF UTAH.

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                            • 05:15:50 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 473, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM UTAH, MRS. LOVE,…

                              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 473, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM UTAH, MRS. LOVE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM UTAH.

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                            • 05:16:01 PM

                              MRS. LOVE

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

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO MY PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS BILL. MY AMENDMENT WILL HAVE ZERO BUDGETARY IMPACT AND THE INTENT IS TO MERELY ADVOCATE FOR THE EXPANSION OF PERMISSIBLE USES OF THE M.R.A. FUNDS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN DESIGNATED FOR MEMBER SECURITY. CURRENTLY THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE HAS PROVIDED M.R.A. RESOURCES FOR PROVIDING MEMBER SECURITY AWAY FROM CAPITOL COMPLEX. HOWEVER, THIS MONEY MAY NOT BE CURRENTLY SPENT ON SECURITY OUT OF MEMBER -- AT A MEMBER'S PRIVATE RESIDENCE. IN THE CURRENT ENVIRONMENT, INCLUDING MYSELF, HAVE FACED THREATS THAT EXTENDS TO OUR HOMES AND FAMILIES. AND A PERSON PUT MY ADDRESS ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER WITH A STATEMENT THAT STATES, WE HAVE SIGNED YOUR DEATH CERTIFICATE. YOU WON'T SEE US COMING. IN FACT, IN RECOGNITION OF THIS DISTURBING TREND, A RECENT ADVISORY OPINION HELD THAT THE CAMPAIGN FUNDS MAY BE USED, QUOTE, TO INSTALL OR UPGRADE RESIDENTIAL SECURITY SYSTEMS THAT DO NOT CONSTITUTE CONSTRUCTIONUAL IMPROVEMENTS TO A MEMBER'S HOME. M.R.A. FUNDS FOR MEMBER SECURITY MAY BE USED IN THIS SAME WAY. WE DO NOT FACE THESE THREATS BECAUSE WE ARE CANDIDATES FOR OFFICE BUT BECAUSE WE ARE SITTING MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. AND I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM LOUISIANA'S SECOND DISTRICT, MR. CEDRIC RIMMED. -- CEDRIC RICHMOND.

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                            • 05:17:30 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED.

                            • 05:17:32 PM

                              MR. RICHMOND

                              I RISE TO SUPPORT THE GENTLELADY FROM UTAH'S AMENDMENT. I THINK IT'S VERY…

                              I RISE TO SUPPORT THE GENTLELADY FROM UTAH'S AMENDMENT. I THINK IT'S VERY APPROPRIATE AND UNFORTUNATELY WE FIND OURSELVES IN A TIME WHERE THIS IS NEEDED BUT WE HAVE THE AWESOME RESPONSIBILITY AND WE HAVE TO REMIND OURSELVES SOMETIMES THAT WE'RE THE ONLY 435 PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY THAT WILL VOTE ON THIS COUNTRY GOING TO WAR AND MAKING DECISIONS THAT IMPACT THIS COUNTRY. AND BECAUSE OF THAT, I THINK THAT WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE SAFEGUARD OURSELVES IN THIS RISING TIME OF NEW THREATS AND DANGERS. LOOK, WE ALL SIGNED UP FOR PUBLIC SERVICE AND TO SERVE OUR COUNTRY AND TO MAKE IT A MORE PERFECT UNION. HOWEVER, A LOT OF OUR FAMILIES AND OUR NEIGHBORS AND OUR CONSTITUENTS THAT SHOW UP AT OUR FUNCTIONS DIDN'T NECESSARILY SIGN UP FOR THAT. SO FOR THOSE REASONS I WOULD JUST ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. I THINK IT'S A VERY PRUDENT PIECE OF LEGISLATION -- AMENDMENT AT A VERY IMPORTANT TIME. SO WITH THAT I'LL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 05:18:32 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM UTAH IS RECOGNIZED.

                            • 05:18:36 PM

                              MRS. LOVE

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM…

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM OKLAHOMA'S FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, REPRESENTATIVE BRINDEN STEIN.

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                            • 05:18:46 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED.

                            • 05:18:54 PM

                              MR. BRIDENSTINE

                              I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HER IMPORTANT AMENDMENT. A LOT OF US…

                              I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HER IMPORTANT AMENDMENT. A LOT OF US RECEIVED THREATS AND I THINK THIS IS A GOOD AMENDMENT, AND I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA FOR STEPPING UP TO SUPPORT IT AS WELL. I'D LIKE TO REITERATE THE POINT THAT THIS AMENDMENT COULD SAVE LIVES AND IT DOESN'T ADD A SINGLE PENNY TO THE BUDGET, TO THE DEBT, TO THE DEFICIT. THIS DOESN'T ADD A SINGLE PENNY, AND YET IT COULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR SAVING THE LIVES OF OUR COLLEAGUES. SO I'D LIKE TO THANK JALT -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM UTAH FOR OFFERING IT AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA FOR SUPPORTING IT, AND I'D URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THIS AMENDMENT. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 05:19:37 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM UTAH IS…

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

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                            • 05:19:41 PM

                              MRS. LOVE

                              I'D LIKE TO GO AHEAD AND REITERATE MY THANKS TO THE APPROPRIATIONS…

                              I'D LIKE TO GO AHEAD AND REITERATE MY THANKS TO THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AND TO MY COLLEAGUES AND ALL OF THE SUPPORT ON THIS AMENDMENT AND WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO -- I YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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                            • 05:19:52 PM

                              THE CHAIR

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

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

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                            • 05:20:00 PM

                              MR. YODER

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION EVEN…

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION EVEN THOUGH I AM NOT OPPOSED TO THE GENTLELADY'S AMENDMENT.

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                            • 05:20:05 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                            • 05:20:08 PM

                              MR. YODER

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'D LIKE TO THANK MRS. LOVE FOR HER ELOQUENCE AND…

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'D LIKE TO THANK MRS. LOVE FOR HER ELOQUENCE AND LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. SHE'S PROVIDED A VERY SERIOUS PROPOSAL AT A TIME IN WHICH IN LIGHT OF THE RECENT TRAGEDY AT A BASEBALL PARK HERE IN THE SUBURBS OF VIRGINIA AND WHAT WE'VE SEEN ACROSS THE COUNTRY, THERE ARE THREATS MADE DAILY AGAINST MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, BOTH DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN. IN FACT, THREATS ARE UP THIS YEAR OVER WHAT THEY WERE ALL OF LAST YEAR COMBINED. AND WE KNOW MANY OF THESE THREATS ARE SIMPLY JUST HOT AIR OR ANGER BEING EXPRESSED IN AN BAD WAY AND WE'VE SEEN IT ON SOCIAL MEDIA, TWITTER, FACEBOOK PAGES THINGS THAT ARE JUST REALLY SHOCKING AND LACK THE DISCOURSE AND CIVILITY ON HOW WE RESOLVE DISCOURSE IN THIS COUNTRY. IT IS AT ANOTHER LEVEL WHEN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ARE PUT IN THREATENING SITUATIONS WHERE THEY AND THEIR FAMILIES LEGITIMATELY BELIEVE THAT SOMEONE MAY TRY TO HARM THEM. AND SO WE MUST ENSURE THAT WE DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO PROTECT THIS INSTITUTION, THAT WE PROTECT THIS GOVERNMENT, THAT WE PROTECT DEMOCRACY. AND THE IDEA THAT ANYONE IN THIS BODY COULD BE TARGETED BASED ON THEIR POLITICAL BELIEFS LIKE MY FRIEND AND OUR COLLEAGUE, OUR MAJORITY WHIP STEVE SCALISE WAS WHEN HE WAS SHOT AT A BASEBALL PRACTICE BY SOMEONE WHO WAS SPECIFICALLY TARGETING REPUBLICANS FOR THEIR BELIEFS. THAT'S SORT OF NEW IN THE WORLD OF THE SHOOTINGS THAT WE'VE SEEN AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT SOMEONE BE SPECIFICALLY TARGETED FOR THEIR BELIEFS. IT HAPPENED TO REPUBLICANS NOW. IT COULD HAPPEN TO DEMOCRATS THE NEXT TIME. I THINK WE STAND UNIFIED AS A CONGRESS THAT WE MUST IMPROVE THE SECURITY IN ORDER TO PROTECT THE DEMOCRACY. AND SO OUR -- WE SAW ENOUGH OF THIS, OF COURSE, AND AS MY COLLEAGUE, MR. RICHMOND SAID, OUR FAMILIES DIDN'T. HOME SECURITY RELATES TO OUR FAMILIES, MAKING IMPROVEMENTS THAT NEED TO BE MADE SO PEOPLE KNOW IF SOMEONE WERE TO TRY TO ATTACK THEM AT THEIR HOME THEY'D BE PROTECTED. WE HAVE -- IN THIS BILL WE ADDRESSED SECURITY HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. WE ADDRESSED SECURITY AT OUR DISTRICT OFFICES AT HOME. WE'VE EVEN ALLOWED PERSONAL SECURITY, BUT WE HAVEN'T DONE IS ALLOWED SOME SPORT FOR HOME SECURITY. WE'VE SEEN IN RECENT WEEKS THE S.E.C. SAID WE COULD SPEND CAMPAIGN DOLLARS FOR. OTHERS ARE STANDING UP FOR THE MMPLE R.A. TO BE UTE LIGHT -- FOR THE M.R.A. TO BE UTILIZED FOR THAT. THIS WILL HELP STEM REAL ATTACKS, LIMITED IN ITS SCOPE AND ULTIMATELY PROTECTS DEMOCRACY. MEMBERS OF CONGRESS SHOULD NOT BE INTIMIDATED OR INJURED OR WORSE BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY BELIEVE IN. AND SO I ASK THE BODY TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION, AND I'D LIKE TO YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. RYAN OF OHIO.

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                            • 05:22:59 PM

                              MR. RYAN

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'D LIKE TO MAKE IT UNANIMOUS HERE, I'D LIKE TO…

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'D LIKE TO MAKE IT UNANIMOUS HERE, I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM UTAH FOR OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT, MR. RICHMOND FOR COMING HERE TO SUPPORT IT. AGAIN, EVERYTHING'S BEEN SAID. THIS IS APPROPRIATE. WE ARE IN UNCHARTERED WATERS HERE. WE WERE AT THE BASEBALL PRACTICES, WE SAW WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR COLLEAGUE AND, YOU KNOW, WE GO OUT TO EVENTS. WE CAN HAVE SECURITY. WE GO TO OUR OFFICE, WE CAN HAVE SECURITY. YOU COME HOME AND, YOU KNOW, YOU CAN'T. AND SO I THINK THIS IS APPROPRIATE. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR TAKING THIS ISSUE UP ON BEHALF OF THE BODY. WE HAVE SO MANY MEMBERS TODAY THAT WILL TAKE OPPORTUNITIES TO DIMINISH THIS BODY AND YOU STOOD UP AND SHOWED SOME LEADERSHIP IN ENHANCING THIS BODY AND I WANT TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. AND THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR ALLOWING THIS TO HAPPEN. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 05:23:50 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS.

                            • 05:23:53 PM

                              MR. YODER

                              I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                            • 05:23:55 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT…

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM UTAH. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                          • 05:24:02 PM

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

                            • 05:24:18 PM

                              An amendment, offered by Mr. Kildee, numbered 3 printed in House Report 115-259 to increase the House Wounded Warrior Program by $250,000.

                            • 05:24:20 PM

                              DEBATE

                              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kildee amendment No. 3.

                              • 05:24:21 PM

                                MR. KILDEE

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

                              • 05:24:23 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                                THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                              • 05:24:25 PM

                                THE CLERK

                                AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259 OFFERED BY MR. KILDEE…

                                AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259 OFFERED BY MR. KILDEE OF MICHIGAN.

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                              • 05:24:31 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 473, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. KILDEE,…

                                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 473, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. KILDEE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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                              • 05:24:41 PM

                                MR. KILDEE

                                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS AMENDMENT IS ACTUALLY QUITE SIMPLE. IT WOULD…

                                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS AMENDMENT IS ACTUALLY QUITE SIMPLE. IT WOULD EXPAND THE HOUSE WOUNDED WARRIOR FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM TO ENSURE THAT EVEN MORE WOUNDED VETERANS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK HERE IN CONGRESS AND CONTRIBUTE THEIR TALENTS TO OUR WORK HERE. WE NEED MORE VETERANS IN PUBLIC SERVICE. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD PROVIDE ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR VETERANS TO CONTINUE TO SERVE THEIR COUNTRY HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AS LEGISLATIVE FELLOWS. I THINK WE KNOW THAT THESE VETERANS BRING A PARTICULAR PERSPECTIVE AND A PARTICULAR SET OF EXPERIENCES UNLIKE ANYTHING ELSE HERE. AND THIS PERSPECTIVE SHOULD INFORM THE CONVERSATIONS, THE DISCUSSIONS AND THE DELIBERATIONS WE HAVE ON ALL SUBJECTS BUT PARTICULARLY ON SUBJECTS RELATED TO THEIR EXPERIENCE AND THEIR PARTICULAR PERSPECTIVE. WE NEED THEIR VOICES ESPECIALLY NOW MORE THAN EVER. WE TALK ABOUT HOW VETERANS TRANSITION FROM THEIR SERVICE TO THE WORLD OF WORK FOLLOWING THEIR TIME IN THE MILITARY. THIS WOULD INCREASE THE NUMBER OF VETERANS THAT ARE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY RIGHT HERE WORK ALONGSIDE OF US AND TO PROVIDE US WITH THEIR PERSPECTIVE. THIS AMENDMENT IS BUDGET NEUTRAL, PROVIDES ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR VETERANS TO HELP US IN OUR WORK. I THINK IT'S THE RIGHT THING. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. AT THIS MOMENT I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MOMENT -- ONE MINUTE TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. RYAN FROM OHIO.

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                              • 05:26:25 PM

                                MR. RYAN

                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. JUST WANT TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. I THINK THE…

                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. JUST WANT TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. I THINK THE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT THAT WE HAVE GOING ON HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IS A GREAT PROJECT, GREAT OPPORTUNITY, AS YOU ARTICULATED, TO GET PEOPLE IN THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS BOTH IN OUR DISTRICT OFFICES AND HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., AND WANTED TO VOICE MY SUPPORT FOR THAT AND I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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                              • 05:26:47 PM

                                MR. KILDEE

                                THANK YOU. I RESERVE.

                              • 05:26:48 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. WHO SEEKS TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT? FOR…

                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. WHO SEEKS TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              • 05:26:56 PM

                                MR. YODER

                                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SEEK THE TIME IN…

                                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SEEK THE TIME IN OPPOSITION EVEN THOUGH I AM NOT OPPOSED TO THE AMENDMENT.

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                              • 05:27:02 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                                WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                              • 05:27:04 PM

                                MR. YODER

                                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK MR. KILDEE FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN…

                                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK MR. KILDEE FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN BRINGING THIS TO THE BODY'S ATTENTION. I THINK, YOU KNOW, THE WORK OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN SERVICE DEFENDING OUR NATION IS THE HIGHEST PRIORITY FOR THIS CONGRESS AND OUR SUPPORT FOR THEM AND SERVICES AND HEALTH CARE AND HELPING THEM FIND WORK AND EDUCATION AND TRAINING, ALL THE THINGS THEY NEED WHEN THEY COME HOME. I THINK WE'RE UNIFIED IN OUR SUPPORT THEY SHOULD BE RECOGNIZED AS THE HEROES THEY ARE WHEN THEY COME BACK AND LEAVE SERVICE. SO SOME OF THESE MEN AND WOMEN IN PUTTING THEMSELVES IN THE FIELD OF BATTLE HAVE BECOME WOUNDED, AND SOMETIMES VERY SEVERELY. THEY STOOD ON THE FIELD OF BATTLE. THEY STOOD UP TO OUR ENEMIES. THEY PROTECTED FREEDOM AROUND THE GLOBE AND HERE AT HOME, KEEPING US AND OUR ALLIES, OUR CHILDREN, OUR FAMILIES SAFE, KEEPING FREEDOM SAFE AND DEMOCRACY. YET, WHEN THEY COME HOME, ALL TOO OFTEN THEY DON'T HAVE EVERYTHING THEY NEED. ALL TOO OFTEN THEY DON'T FEEL THAT THEY ARE -- THE PROMISES HAVE BEEN KEPT THIS GOVERNMENT HAS MADE. EACH AND EVERY DAY WE ARE WORKING ON LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE THAT. WE'VE PASSED BILLS TO IMPROVE VETERANS' PROGRAMS, BUT THE HOUSE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROGRAM IS A GREAT EXAMPLE HOW THIS CONGRESS IS LEADING BY EXAMPLE BY CREATING TWO-YEAR FELLOWSHIPS FOR DISABLED VETERANS. THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS HIGHER FOR THESE MEN AND WOMEN THAN IT IS FOR NONVETERANS AND DISABLED VETERANS, IN PARTICULAR, AND SO THIS FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM PROVIDES A VALUABLE JOB, A VALUABLE EXPERIENCE, AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THESE MEN AND WOMEN TO HELP SERVE THEIR COUNTRY WHICH IS PART OF THEIR -- IN THEIR D.N.A. IT'S WHO THEY ARE. WHEN THEY'RE DONE SERVING ON THE BATTLEFIELD THEY CAN SERVE IN OUR CONGRESSIONAL OFFICES AND IT PROVIDES A GREAT SERVICE TO US. THEY PROVIDE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO HAVE AN EXPERT ON VETERANS' ISSUES AND MILITARY ISSUES BUT MANY ISSUES. THEY CAN COVER A WHOLE RANGE OF THINGS, PROVIDING BETTER SERVICES FOR US AND OUR CONSTITUENTS. IN OUR LEGISLATION, THE UNDERLYING BILL, WE INCREASED THE TOTAL OF NUMBER OF FELLOWSHIPS TO 85 FROM 54 BECAUSE THERE IS A WAITING LIST. THIS IS A 57% INCREASE OVER THE PREVIOUS NUMBER AND 79-MEMBER OFFICES ARE ON THE WAITING LIST TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM. SO THE DEMAND IS THERE. WE CERTAINLY KNOW THERE ARE MANY VETERANS WHO WOULD LOVE TO SERVE IN THIS CAPACITY, AND SO WE'RE GOING TO -- WE'RE EXCITED TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT, PUTTING MORE RESOURCE NOOSE THIS PROGRAM AND WE'RE GOING TO WORK WITH -- RESOURCES INTO THIS PROGRAM AND WE'RE GOING TO WORK WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SO WE CAN OPEN UP SLOTS IN A TIMELY MANNER TO MAKE SURE WE GET THE MEN AND WOMEN IN THE OFFICES SO THEY CAN SERVE. WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, WE SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I WOULD YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              • 05:29:36 PM

                                THE CHAIR

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

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

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                              • 05:29:39 PM

                                MR. KILDEE

                                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'D JUST LIKE TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION TO…

                                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'D JUST LIKE TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION TO CHAIRMAN YODER FOR HIS SUPPORT AND FOR RANKING MEMBER RYAN FOR THEIR BIPARTISAN SUPPORT OF THIS EFFORT. IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. IT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORK THAT WE DO, AND ESPECIALLY WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR THOSE RETURNING WOUNDED WARRIORS TO GIVE THEM A CHANCE TO START A CAREER, PERHAPS. SO WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              • 05:30:05 PM

                                THE CHAIR

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

                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. .

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                            • 05:30:12 PM

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

                              • 05:30:25 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                                PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT OF 115-259. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

                                PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT OF 115-259. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              • 05:30:30 PM

                                An amendment, offered by Mr. Perry, numbered 4 printed in House Report 115-259 to reduce the appropriation to the Congressional Budget Office.

                              • 05:30:33 PM

                                DEBATE

                                Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Perry amendment No. 4.

                                • 05:30:37 PM

                                  MR. PERRY

                                  I HAVE AN AMENDMENT HE AT THE DESK.

                                • 05:30:39 PM

                                  THE CLERK

                                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 473, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR.…

                                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 473, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. PERRY, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                • 05:35:04 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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                                  >>

                                  RISE TIME TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.

                                • 05:35:11 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

                                • 05:35:13 PM

                                  MR. RYAN

                                  RECOGNIZE THAT AT TIMES THE MAJORITY PARTY WILL COME TO SOME LEVEL OF…

                                  RECOGNIZE THAT AT TIMES THE MAJORITY PARTY WILL COME TO SOME LEVEL OF DISAGREEMENT WITH THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE. WE WERE HERE DURING THE HEALTH CARE DEBATE AND WE WERE HERE DURING TAX CUTS AND ALL KINDS OF THINGS THAT HAPPENED IN THE LAST 15 YEARS THAT I HAVE BEEN HERE. THEY'RE NOT PERFECT AND THEY SOMETIMES ANNOY US. AND AS I CAN TELL FROM MY GOOD FRIEND ON THE OTHER SIDE, HE IS IN THE ANNOYMENT PERIOD WITH THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, BUT THIS IS AN ESSENTIAL COMPONENT TO WHAT WE DO HERE. THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE SINCERELY ATTEMPTS TO GIVE US THE BEST, MOST ACCURATE INFORMATION THAT THEY COULD POSSIBLY PROVIDE US. AND THOSE ESTIMATES CHANGE OVER TIME AS CIRCUMSTANCES CHANGE OVER TIME. AND WHEN YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT 1/6 OF THE ENTIRE UNITED STATES' ECONOMY, IT'S GOING TO BE DIFFICULT TO GIVE YOU ENTIRELY ACCURATE INFORMATION. BUT NOT HAVING THIS ESSENTIAL SERVICE HERE, I THINK, WOULD BE DETRIMENT TALL TO THIS CONGRESS AND OUR ABILITY TO GAUGE AND FORECAST INTO THE FUTURE. I OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT STRONGLY AND VIGOROUSLY AND I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD FOR THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY WHO I KNOW ALSO HAS A STRONG OPINION ON THIS MATTER.

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                                • 05:36:45 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY IS RECOGNIZED.

                                • 05:36:48 PM

                                  MR. YARMUTH

                                  I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. SOME REPUBLICANS IN…

                                  I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. SOME REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS AND THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ARE ENGAGED IN A STEADILY ESCALATING CAMPAIGN TO TEAR DOWN THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE AND ANYONE ELSE WHO DOESN'T TELL THEM WHAT THEY WANT TO HEAR. THIS ELIMINATES HALF OF C.B.O.'S BUDGET. C.B.O. IS OUR IMPARTIAL REFEREE AND THEIR WORK IS INDISPENSEABLE TO CONGRESS. THIS AMENDMENT IS NOT GOOD FOR DEMOCRACY AND NOT CONSISTENT WITH THE PRINCIPLES OF GOOD GOVERNMENT. REPUBLICANS CLAIM TO CARE ABOUT FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, BUT THIS AMENDMENT WOULD DESTROY THE OFFICE WE RELY ON TO HELP US MEET THAT STANDARD. MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE WILLING TO COMPROMISE THE INTEGRITY OF THIS HOUSE SOLELY BECAUSE THEY CAN'T DEFEND THE BILL REPEALING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THEY CANNOT EXPLAIN TO THEIR CONSTITUENTS WHY THEY VOTED TO LEAVE 20 MILLION AMERICANS UNSHURD AND INCREASE THE COST OF INSURANCE FOR MILLIONS MORE. THEY ARE UNABLE TO JUSTIFY CUTTING A TRILLION DOLLARS FROM MEDICAID AND JEOPARDIZING CARE FOR SENIORS AND NURSING HOMES AND CHILDREN AND FAMILIES STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET. AND THEY ARE PROVIDING CUTS TORE THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS. THIS AMENDMENT IS A CLEAR ATTEMPT TO DIVERT ATTENTION FROM THAT REALITY, TO HIDE THE TRUTH FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND IT WILL SET A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT. AS STUDENTS WE WOULD LIKE TO GRADE OUR OWN PAPERS, BUT WE CAN'T DO THAT IN CONGRESS. WE HAVE TO HAVE SOMEBODY IMPARTIAL WHO WILL GRADE THEM FOR US AND TELL US WHAT THIS MEANS TO OUR BUDGET AND TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. CONGRESS CREATED C.B.O. TO GIVE US OUR OWN SENSE OF BUDGETARY INFORMATION AND EXPERTISE SO WE WOULD NOT HAVE TO RELY ON ADMINISTRATION ESTIMATES. C.B.O. IMPROVES OUR ABILITY TO PROTECT THE POWER OF THE PURSE. AND FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS, THE C.B.O. HAS DONE ITS MISSION INFORMING OUR DECISION MAKING. THE DIRECTOR ARE APOINTED TO THEIR POSITIONS WITH REGARD TO POLITICAL AFFILIATION SOLELY BASED ON ABILITY AND QUALIFICATIONS AND SHOW NO ALLEGIANCE TO ANY IDEOLOGY OR PARTY WHEN PREPARING THEIR ANALYSIS. IT IS ALL TOO EASY THESE DAYS TO TAKE REFUGE IN INFORMATION THAT TELLS US WHAT WE WANT TO HEAR, BUT THAT DOES NOT LEAD TO SOUND POLICY. C.B.O. DOES NOT EXIST TO GIVE US INFORMATION WE WANT TO HEAR, ITS JOB IS TO GIVE US THE INFORMATION WE NEED TO MAKE INFORMED AND RESPONSIBLE DECISIONS. IT IS ONE OF FEW INSTITUTIONS IN WASHINGTON THAT SERVES THAT ROLE. IT IS BENEATH CONGRESS TO ATTACK ITS ROLE AND SHOULD BE EMBARRASSING TO MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES THEY ARE LAUNCHING THESE ATTACKS BECAUSE THEY CAN'T DEFEND THEIR DAMAGING EFFECTS OF REPEALING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THIS NEEDS TO STOP. I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 05:39:56 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

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

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                                  MR. RYAN

                                  I YIELD BACK.

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                                  MR. PERRY

                                  CAN I INQUIRE THE TIME REMAINING?

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  YOU HAVE ONE MINUTE. I DON'T DISAGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE…

                                  YOU HAVE ONE MINUTE. I DON'T DISAGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE AND I SAID THAT. WE NEED THE C.B.O. WE CREATED THE C.B.O. THE PROBLEM IS IT'S NOT RELIABLE. IT'S NOT RELIABLE IN THE TESTIMONY THAT WAS JUST GIVEN AGAINST THIS AMENDMENT. THAT'S THE PROBLEM. I MEAN, THE C.B.O. RIGHT NOW WHERE THERE ARE 10.4 ENROLLEES IN TWO YEARS THERE WILL BE 25 MILLION ENROLLEES AND THERE ARE LEPS EXCHANGES OPEN AND FEWER INSURERS -- IT'S NOT GOING UP, IT'S GOING DOWN. THE C.B.O. WHEN THEY SAY THEY REFLECT THE CURRENT TIME, THEY DON'T. THEY DON'T EVEN REFLECT REALITY. THE C.B.O. NEEDS TO WAKE UP. WHO AMONG US WORKS FOR HALF THE TIME AND GETS IT DOUBLY WRONG AND GETS THE SAME PAYCHECK. THE C.B.O. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THIS AMENDMENT.

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                                  THE CHAIR

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

                                  THE THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. . IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE AYES HAVE IT. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 5 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-25. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

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                                  An amendment, offered by Mr. Griffith, numbered 5 printed in House Report 115-259 to eliminate the Budget Analysis Division of the Congressional Budget Office and transfer the duties of that division to the Office of the Director of CBO.

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                                    MR. GRIFFITH

                                    I RISE TO DISCUSS THAT AMENDMENT.

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                                DEBATE

                                Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Griffith amendment No. 5.

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                                  THE CLERK

                                  PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259 OFFERED BY MR. GRIFFITH OF VIRGINIA.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 473, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR.…

                                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 473, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GRIFFITH, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                                  MR. GRIFFITH

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

                                  I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER -- MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD LIKE TO READ THE AMENDMENT BECAUSE I THINK THERE MUST BE SOME CONFUSION ON THIS AND IT WILL BE IMPORTANT. THE BUDGET ANALYSIS DIVISION OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE COMPRISING 89 EMPLOYEES WITH ANNUAL SALARIES AGGREGATING $15 MILLION IS HEREBY ABOLISHED. THE DUTIES, I UNDERLINE DUTIES, IMPOSED BY LAW ON REGULATION OF EMPLOYEES ARE HEREBY TRANSFERRED TO THE DIRECTOR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE. THAT'S THE SIMPLE AMENDMENT. AT THIS POINT IN TIME, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. MEADOWS.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  MR. MEADOWS

                                  AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR RAISING THE ISSUE, BUT IT IS MORE AN ISSUE…

                                  AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR RAISING THE ISSUE, BUT IT IS MORE AN ISSUE OF ACCURACY THAN ANYTHING ELSE. AS WE LOOK AT THIS, MR. CHAIRMAN, IT'S REAL EASY TO LOOK AT C.B.O. AND REALIZE THAT THEY ARE THE ONE GROUP THAT MAKES A WEATHER MAN'S 10-DAY FORECAST LOOK ACCURATE. THEY CONSISTENTLY MISS IT ALL THE TIME. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE 2002 FARM BILL, THEY MISSED IT BY $137 BILLION. THE 2008 FARM BILL, THEY MISSED BY $309 BILLION AND EVENTUALLY IT ADDS UP TO REAL MONEY. EVEN WITH THAT, LET'S LOOK AT THE SALE OF 64 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL FROM THE STRATEGIC OIL PRESERVE. THEY ACTUALLY SAID THERE'S NO INCOME FROM THAT, THAT IT COSTS THE GOVERNMENT TO GET RID OF 64 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL. WHAT KIND OF ANALYSIS DOES THAT? SO IF MY FRIEND OPPOSITE WANTS TO DEBATE THIS OVER THE ACCURACY, I WELCOME IT. AND IT IS TIME WE DEAL WITH THIS. I THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                  THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                  MR. GRIFFITH

                                  I YIELD MYSELF TWO MINUTES. MR. CHAIRMAN, WE HAVE HEARD SOME OF THE…

                                  I YIELD MYSELF TWO MINUTES. MR. CHAIRMAN, WE HAVE HEARD SOME OF THE PROBLEMS WITH C.B.O. FROM MR. MEADOWS, WE HEARD FROM MR. PERRY IMMEDIATELY BEFORE ON HIS AMENDMENT. THE C.B.O. IS TO HELP CONGRESS WITH LEGISLATION. I DON'T BELIEVE THE AGENCY CURRENTLY CONSTITUTED HAS OR CAN DO SO EFFECTIVELY. TOO OFTEN PREDICTIONS MADE BY C.B.O. TURN OUT TO BE FAR OFF THE MARK. NOW WE HEARD ABOUT THE 2002 FARM BILL AND THE 2008 FARM BILL BEING OFFERED BY MR. MEADOWS, THAT'S TRUE. PEOPLE BACK AT HOME MAY NOT REALIZE, WE DON'T DO A FARM BILL EVERY YEAR, BUT ROUGHLY EVERY FIVE YEARS, SO THERE HAVEN'T BEEN THAT MANY FARM BILLS TO SCORE WHERE THEY HAVE GOTTEN IT WRONG. ONE OF OUR FAVORITES ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, IN 2015 WE DECIDED TO PUSH FORWARD AND SELL SOME BROADBAND SPECTRUM. C.B.O. SAID ZERO DOLLARS WOULD BE YIELDED FROM THAT SALE. I USE THIS ALL THE TIME WHEN TALKING TO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS BECAUSE YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A C.B.O. PERSON THAT BROADBAND SPECTRUM HAS PRICE AND ZERO IS NOT THE RIGHT SCORE. IN THE END IT BROUGHT IN $44 BILLION AND C.B.O. WAS WRONG. . MR. PERRY TALKED ABOUT OBAMACARE. BUT IT'S TIME AFTER TIME AFTER TIME THEY'VE GOTTEN THINGS WRONG. THEY SAID IT COST MORE OR DIDN'T SAVE AS MUCH. IN FACT, I JUST SAW TODAY A REPORT PUT OUT BY ONE THAT THE PER PATIENT ONCOLOGY DRUG COSTS WERE.6 TO 2.3 TIMES LOWER THAN WHAT C.B.O. SAID THEY WERE GOING TO BE FROM ROUGHLY 2003 TO 2013, ACCORDING TO THAT STUDY. NOW, HERE'S WHERE WE GET SOME INTEREST -- I WANT MY COLLEAGUES -- HOW MANY? OH, MY TIME'S EXPIRED. THEN I WILL SAVE THAT LOVELY POINT LATER. I RESERVE.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.

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                                  MR. RYAN

                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                  MR. RYAN

                                  AND IT'S COMPLETELY OVERT VINDICTIVENESS. SOME MEMBERS DON'T LIKE THE…

                                  AND IT'S COMPLETELY OVERT VINDICTIVENESS. SOME MEMBERS DON'T LIKE THE CALLS REFS MAKE IN GAMES AND YOU CAN HAVE YOUR OPPOSITION AND YOUR OWN OPINION. HERE WE'RE TRYING TO GET THE REFEREE FIRED. AND WE COULD NOT FUNCTION AS A GROUP HERE IF WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO TRY TO DEMEAN AND CRITICIZE THIS VERY GROUP THAT'S TRYING TO HELP US DO OUR JOB. AS I SAID A FEW MINUTES AGO, THE DEMOCRATS HAVE HAD A LONG LIST OF FRUSTRATIONS WITH THE C.B.O., BUT DID WE HAVE THE PRESIDENT, THE LEADER OF OUR PARTY AND A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS START BADMOUTHING THE C.B.O., WE DID NOT. WE HAD OUR COMPLAINTS, IN ALL FAIRNESS, BUT WE THINK THAT THIS GROUP OF PROFESSIONALS IS ESSENTIAL TO HOW THIS BODY FUNCTIONS. AND I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY, IF YOU ARE NOT JUST GOING TO BELIEVE DEMOCRATS ON THIS ISSUE, TO YIELD SO -- TO YIELD TO THE VERY DISTINGUISHED CHAIRWOMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, MRS. BLACK. TWO MINUTES, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                  MRS. BLACK

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

                                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO VOICE MY CONCERNS ABOUT THIS AMENDMENT AND I THINK EVERYONE IN THIS HOUSE HAS A LOT OF ISSUES, AS ALREADY BEEN TALKED ABOUT, WITH THE CURRENT MODELING THAT'S USED BY THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE AND I'M CERTAINLY ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE. BUT THIS AMENDMENT IS NOT THE BEST WAY TO ACCOMPLISH OUR GOAL OF OBTAINING BETTER INFORMATION AND ANALYSIS FROM THE C.B.O. THE C.B.O. IS AN IMPORTANT ORGANIZATION. IT PROVIDES VITAL INFORMATION THAT CONGRESS DOES NEED TO MAKE OUR BEST DECISIONS. HOWEVER, THE MODELING AND THE SCORING METHODS THEY CURRENTLY ARE USING NEED TO BE SCRUTINIZED, ESPECIALLY THEIR BEHAVIORAL PREDICTIONS. FOR EXAMPLE, IN 2010, THE C.B.O. PROJECTED THAT 21 MILLION AMERICANS WOULD BE COVERED BY OBAMACARE IN 2016. WHEN IN REALITY LESS THAN 13 MILLION AMERICANS HAVE ACTUALLY OBTAINED COVERAGE. IN FACT, DURING THEIR SCORING OF THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN HEALTH CARE PLAN, C.B.O. DESCRIBED THEIR OWN ESTIMATES WHICH RELY ON BEHAVIORAL PREDICTIONS AS EXTREMELY UNCERTAIN. AND THAT'S WHY THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE PLANS TO HOLD A SERIES OF HEARINGS THIS FALL ON C.B.O. TO GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THEIR METHODS AND HOW WE CAN WORK TO IMPROVE THEIR ABILITY TO GIVE CONGRESS BETTER INFORMATION WHICH WE OBVIOUSLY NEED. AND AS CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, I TAKE THIS RESPONSIBILITY VERY SERIOUSLY AND WILL APPROACH THESE HEARINGS IN THE PURSUIT OF TRUTH AND ACCURACY SO WE CAN MAKE LAWS THAT BETTER SERVE OUR COMMUNITY. WE ALL REALIZE THAT C.B.O. HAS ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT, BUT THIS AMENDMENT BEING OFFERED TONIGHT IS NOT THE BEST WAY TO ACHIEVE THAT. INSTEAD, WE NEED TO HAVE A DELIBERATIVE DISCUSSION IN THE BUDGET COMMITTEE AND AMONGST EVERYONE IN THE HOUSE AND I LOOK FORWARD TO DOING EXACTLY THAT IN THE COMING WEEKS AND MONTHS AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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                                  MR. RYAN

                                  I THANK THE GENTLELADY. CAN I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME WE HAVE LEFT?

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN HAS TWO MINUTES REMAINING.

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                                  MR. RYAN

                                  I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, A DISTINGUISHED…

                                  I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER ON THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE.

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                                  THANK YOU, MR. RYAN. PREVIOUS SPEAKERS SAID HOW COULD A GROUP SO FAR OFF…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. RYAN. PREVIOUS SPEAKERS SAID HOW COULD A GROUP SO FAR OFF IN THEIR ANALYSIS?

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                                  MR. NEAL

                                  WELL, THEY WERE THAT FAR OFF WITH THE BUSH TAX CUTS IN 2001 AND 2003 AND…

                                  WELL, THEY WERE THAT FAR OFF WITH THE BUSH TAX CUTS IN 2001 AND 2003 AND ALAN GREENSPAN WAS CERTAINLY OFF. AND WE HAD THE SLOWEST GROWTH SINCE HOOVER WAS PRESIDENT BASED ON $2.3 TRILLION WORTH OF TAX CUTS. SO THIS IS ANALYSIS. IT'S AN ECONOMIC FORECAST. IT'S NOT AN ALGORITHM WHERE YOU PICK UP THE COMPUTER, YOU PUSH A BUTTON AND ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU GET A SCORE. SO I'M IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT BECAUSE THEY PLAY A VITAL ROLE EVERY SINGLE DAY EVEN WHEN THEY ARE NOT ENTIRELY ACCURATE IN KEEPING A SCORECARD. MEMBERS AND STAFF ON BOTH SIDES, PARTICULARLY AT THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, RELY ON THEIR HARDWORKING AND NONPARTISAN ANALYSIS FOR WHAT THEY DO EVERY DAY. I HAVE NEVER IN 29 YEARS IN THIS HOUSE SAID TO A MEMBER OF C.B.O., ARE YOU A REPUBLICAN OR ARE YOU A DEMOCRAT? WHEN WE DEMEAN PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT FROM ECONOMISTS WHO TRY AND STRIVE EVERY SINGLE DAY TO COME UP WITH AN ACCURATE FORECAST, WE DO THIS INSTITUTION NO GOOD. WE SHOULD HAVE A HIGH REGARD FOR WHAT THESE PEOPLE DO EVERY SINGLE DAY, AND LET ME SAY THIS, BY THE WAY, MORE ACCURATE THAN THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET, DURING MY RECOLLECTIONS, WHO WORKED FOR PRESIDENTS WHO GENERALLY DIDN'T COME UP WITH FORECASTS THAT PRESIDENTS MIGHT OR MIGHT NOT LIKE. THE C.B.O. IS AN INDEPENDENT AGENCY AND WE NEED TO KEEP IT HERE. CONGRESS COULD NOT DO ITS WORK WITHOUT THE C.B.O., AND AS TIM RYAN SAID A FEW MINUTES AGO, THIS IS THE EQUIVALENT OF LET'S BEAT UP THE REFEREE AFTER WE DON'T LIKE THE OUTCOME OF THE SOCCER GAME. LET'S JUMP THE REFEREE AND TELL THEM, YOU BETTER GO BACK IN AND CHANGE THE SCORE SO THAT WE MIGHT MEET PERHAPS POPULAR POLLING FORECAST, WHICH I MIGHT TELL YOU WHAT HAPPENED IN NOVEMBER, WEREN'T SO GOOD EITHER FOR ALL OF US. NOW, REGARDLESS WHAT POLITICAL PARTY WE ARE MEMBERS OF WE SHOULD HAVE REGARD FOR THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE INDEPENDENT ROLE THAT C.B.O. OFFERS. AND CHAIRMAN KEVIN BRADY STANDS WITH ME ON THIS, LEAVE THE C.B.O. ALONE.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                  MR. RYAN

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

                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. COSTA.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN MAY NOT YIELD BLOCKS OF TIME.

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                                  MR. RYAN

                                  I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                  MR. COSTA

                                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AS ONE OF THE THREE CO-CHAIRS OF THE…

                                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AS ONE OF THE THREE CO-CHAIRS OF THE BLUE DOG COALITION, A GROUP OF DEMOCRATS WHO ARE COMMITTED TO BRINGING OUR NATION'S DEFICIT AND DEBT UNDER CONTROL, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD IN FACT ELIMINATE THE DIVISION IN THE C.B.O. AREA. AND FRANKLY, IT SERVES, WE ALL KNOW, AS A VALUABLE ROLE AS A NONPARTISAN ADVISOR TO CONGRESS ON THE COSTS AND TRADEOFFS OF THE LEGISLATION AND THE BUDGET OF THE UNITED STATES. ALTHOUGH YOU DON'T SEE THESE FOLKS ON TV EVERY DAY, THE C.B.O. STAFF HAVE STAFFS -- STAFF, THEIR ESTIMATE WILL NEVER BE PERFECT. THE C.B.O. IS TRANSPARENT ABOUT THAT. AND THAT SAID, ESTIMATES PROVIDED BY THE C.B.O. ARE OBJECTIVE. THEY'RE BASED ON FACTS AND TRANSPARENT CALCULATIONS. THE STAFF WHO MAKE UP THESE ESTIMATES AREN'T SWAYED BY THE POLITICAL RHETORIC ON EITHER SIDE OF THIS SPECTRUM ON THE HOUSE FLOOR AND WHAT LAWMAKERS NEED IN ORDER TO GOVERN RESPONSIBILITY. WITHOUT THE C.B.O., THE LAWMAKERS IN WASHINGTON WOULD BE FLYING BLIND, DEVELOPING MAJOR LEGISLATION WITHOUT KNOWING WHAT THE REAL CONSEQUENCES ARE. JUST LIKE YOU WOULDN'T DRIVE A CAR WHILE BLINDFOLDED, YOU SHOULDN'T BE VOTING ON LEGISLATION WITHOUT KNOWING WHAT THE REAL COSTS, INTENDED OR UNINTENDED. AFTER ALL, THESE ARE TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS. THIS AMENDMENT IS DANGEROUS FOR OUR NATION AND THERE'S NO OTHER WAY TO DESCRIBE IT. AS A SOCIETY, ONE MUST ACCEPT FACTS WHAT THEY ARE, WHETHER IN OUR FAVOR OR NOT. FACTS ARE FACTS. I GUESS YOU BELIEVE IN ALTERNATIVE FACTS. IN FACT, C.B.O. ACTS AS AN UMPIRE FOR US HERE IN CONGRESS, CALLING BALLS AND STRIKES AS BEST YOU CAN. YOU MAY NOT LIKE THE CALL. YOU MAY NOT LIKE THE STRIKE ZONE. YOU MAY THINK IT'S SIMPLY WRONG, BUT YOU DON'T ATTACK THE UMPIRE. AND THAT'S WHAT THIS IS. IT'S AN ATTACK, ATTACK THE UMPIRE BECAUSE YOU DON'T LIKE THE CALL. IF YOU DON'T -- IF YOU ATTACK THE UMPIRE, WHY DON'T YOU IMPROVE YOUR GAME? AT THE END OF THE DAY, WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HERE IS TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS. WE NEED TO KEEP THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE INTACT, AND I OPPOSE THIS LEGISLATION, AS DO ALL OF THE BLUE DOGS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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                                  MR. RYAN

                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. BEYER.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  MR. BEYER

                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND I, TOO, RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND I, TOO, RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS MEAN-SPIRITED AMENDMENT. THIS ATTACK ON THE INTEGRITY AND PROFESSIONALISM OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE IS SHAMEFUL AND PART OF A STRATEGIC ASSAULT ON THE OBJECTIVITY AND EXPERTISE OF OUR CIVIL SERVICE. WITH THIS AMENDMENT, THE REPUBLICANS ARE SEEKING TO PUNISH THE NONPARTISAN C.B.O. BECAUSE THEY DON'T AGREE WITH THEIR FINDING REGARDING THE REPUBLICAN PLAN TO REPLACE OBAMACARE. I UNDERSTAND THAT FOR THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IT'S AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH THAT 22 MILLION AMERICANS WILL LOSE COVERAGE UNDER THEIR PLAN. BUT JUST BECAUSE YOU LOSE IN THE GAME DOESN'T MEAN YOU CAN FIRE THE REF. PARTISAN TALKING POINTS CANNOT REPLACE UNBIASED ANALYSIS. LET'S NOT FORGET THAT C.B.O.'S DIRECTOR WAS APPOINTED BY A REPUBLICAN SPEAKER AND PRAISED BY THEN-BUDGET CHAIRMAN AND CURRENT SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TOM PRICE. MR. CHAIR, I REPRESENT MORE FEDERAL EMPLOYEES THAN ANY OTHER MEMBER OF THE HOUSE, AND MANY -- MOST OF THESE 89 POSITIONS AT THE C.B.O. THAT THIS AMENDMENT SEEKS TO ELIMINATE ARE MY CONSTITUENTS. IT'S SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE THAT WE SOMEHOW SUGGEST THAT THEY AND OTHERS IN THE CIVIL SERVICE ARE NOT HONEST. THE SO-CALLED HOLMAN RULE SHOULD CONCERN EVERY MEMBER BACK IN CONGRESS. IT ENABLED MEMBERS TO TARGET INDIVIDUAL FEDERAL EMPLOYEES AND THEIR PAY. I WARNED THAT THE RULE WOULD BE ABUSED AND USED AS A WAY TO POLITICALLY TARGET CIVIL SERVANTS AND THAT'S WHAT WE ARE SEEING HERE TODAY. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                  THE CHAIR

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

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                                  MR. RYAN

                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, LET ME JUST SAY QUICKLY, AGAIN, AND REITERATE, WE'RE LIVING…

                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, LET ME JUST SAY QUICKLY, AGAIN, AND REITERATE, WE'RE LIVING IN A WORLD NOW WHERE FACTS ARE TRYING TO BE DIMINISHED, SCIENCE IS TRYING TO BE DIMINISH AND WE LIE ON THESE PROFESSIONALS TO GIVE AS ACCURATE OF INFORMATION WE CAN POSSIBLY ATTAIN AT THE TIME FROM PROFESSIONALS THAT ARE IN THIS OFFICE. WE RELY ON THIS OFFICE VERY MUCH TO MAKE THE DECISIONS THAT WE MAKE HERE THAT HAVE SUCH GREAT IMPORTANCE. WHILE THEY ARE NOT ALWAYS PERFECT, I THINK THEY ALWAYS PUT FORTH A GOOD PRODUCT FOR US AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  THE CHAIR

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

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                                  MR. GRIFFITH

                                  MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. LET'S LOOK AT THIS AMENDMENT BECAUSE…

                                  MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. LET'S LOOK AT THIS AMENDMENT BECAUSE THE C.B.O. SCORED IT AND THEY SAID, C.B.O. ESTIMATES THAT YOUR AMENDMENT WOULD HAVE NO NET EFFECT ON BUDGET AUTHORITY OR OUTLAYS. NO NET EFFECT. WHO HERE ACTUALLY BELIEVES THAT ELIMINATING 89 POSITIONS, AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MY FRIEND, JUST SAID, IT'S GOING TO AFFECT HIS PEOPLE. WHO BELIEVES 89 PEOPLE BEING ELIMINATED AND $15 MILLION IN AGGREGATE SALARIES HAS NO NET EFFECT ON BUDGET AUTHORITY OR OUTLAYS? I DON'T THINK ANY OF US BELIEVE THAT. HERE'S THE CONUNDRUM THAT MY FRIENDS HAVE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS ISSUE. A YES VOTE MEANS YOU AGREE WITH ME THAT SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE REFORMED AT C.B.O. A NO VOTE AGREES YOU AGREE WITH C.B.O.'S ASSESSMENT THAT THIS AMENDMENT ABOLISHING 89 EMPLOYEES WILL HAVE NO EFFECT. THEREFORE, I WOULD SUBMIT TO YOU THAT THE C.B.O. IN EFFECT HAS DETERMINED THAT THEIR BUDGET ANALYSIS DIVISION HAS NO VALUE. THEREFORE, IF YOU ACTUALLY SUPPORT C.B.O. YOU MUST VOTE PRESENT. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME WITH A YES AND LET'S START THE REFORM AT C.B.O. SO WE CAN GET ACCURATE NUMBERS. AND IF YOU DON'T AGREE WITH THIS REFORM, I ASK THAT YOU VOTE PRESENT OR ELSE YOU, TOO, ARE AGREEING WITH THE C.B.O. THAT THE BUDGET ANALYSIS DIVISION HAS NO VALUE. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 05:58:57 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

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                                  MR. GRIFFITH

                                  MR. CHAIR, I RESPECTFULLY REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                  THE CHAIR

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

                                  PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA WILL BE POSTPONED. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 6 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                • 05:59:28 PM

                                  An amendment, offered by Mr. Cicilline, numbered 6 printed in House Report 115-259 to increase funds in order to provide designated baby changing stations for members of the public who visit publicly accessible buildings controlled by the Architect of the Capitol, including in both male and female publicly accessible bathrooms

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                                  DEBATE

                                  Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Cicilline amendment No. 6.

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                                    MR. CICILLINE

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

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                    THE CLERK

                                    NUMBER 6 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259 OFFERED BY MR. CICILLINE OF RHODE…

                                    NUMBER 6 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259 OFFERED BY MR. CICILLINE OF RHODE ISLAND.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    RESOLUTION 473, THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. CICILLINE, AND A…

                                    RESOLUTION 473, THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. CICILLINE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND.

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                                  • 05:59:57 PM

                                    MR. CICILLINE

                                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT TO H.R. 3219 WOULD HELP ENSURE THAT…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT TO H.R. 3219 WOULD HELP ENSURE THAT BUILDINGS SUCH AS THE CAPITOL AND THE HOUSE AND SENATE OFFICE BUILDINGS HAVE ADEQUATE BABY CHANGING TABLES. LAST YEAR THIS CONGRESS PASSED INTO LAW MY LEGISLATION CALLED THE BABIES ACT, REQUIRING BOTH MALE AND FEMALE REST ROOMS IN MANY PUBLIC BATHROOMS HAVE BABY CHANGING FACILITIES THAT ARE SAFE, SANTORY AND APPROPRIATE. THIS LEGISLATION ENSURES THERE ARE APPROPRIATE AND SANITARY BUILDINGS FOR PARENTS AND CARETAKERS TO CHANGE DIAPERS IN FEDERAL BUILDINGS. IN THE SAME VAIN, I WAS PLEASED THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH SUBCOMMITTEE INCLUDED REPORT LANGUAGE IN ITS FISCAL YEAR 2017 BILL RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF PROVIDING DESIGNATED BABY CHANGING STATIONS FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO VISIT THE CAPITOL COMPLEX AND TAKE STEPS PROVIDE BABY CHANGING STATIONS AT EVERY SITE. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN YODER FOR THEIR SUPPORT. MY AMENDMENT TODAY TO H.R. 3219 WOULD SIMILARLY ENCOURAGE THE CONSTRUCTION OF SAFE, APPROPRIATE AND SANITARY BABY CHANGING STATIONS IN FEDERAL PUBLIC BUILDINGS CONTROLLED BY THE ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL SUCH AS THE CAPITOL COMPLEX, THE HOUSE AND SENATE OFFICE BUILDINGS, THE BOTANIC GARDENS AND THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS. WITH MORE THAN 20 MILLION VISITORS COMING TO WASHINGTON, D.C., EACH YEAR, FAMILIES ARE OFTEN SURPRISED BY THE LACK OF ADEQUATE BABY CHANGING FACILITIES AND PUBLIC -- IN PUBLIC BUILDINGS. CURRENTLY THERE ARE ONLY NINE BABY CHANGING STATIONS IN THE HOUSE OFFICE BUILDINGS, NONE IN THE RAYBURN BUILDING WHERE MY OFFICE IS LOCATED. THAT MEANS RHODE ISLAND FAMILIES WHO COME TO VISIT MY OFFICE HAVE TO TRY TO FIND A CHANGING STATION ALL THE WAY IN CANNON OR LONGWORTH OR HAVE TO DECIDE TO CHANGE THEIR BABY ON A BATHROOM FLOOR WHICH IS A TERRIBLE OPTION. IT'S NOT SANITARY EITHER FOR THE PARENTS OR FOR THE CHILDREN. ACCESS TO THESE CHANGING STATIONS IN REST ROOMS IN FEDERAL BUILDINGS WILL HELP IN PROTECTING THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF CHILDREN AT A VERY DE MINIMIS COST OF ABOUT $200 PER CHANGING STATION. THIS NOMINAL AMOUNT WILL GO A VERY LONG WAY TO ENCOURAGING A FAMILY FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT AND ENSURING THE SAFETY AND COMFORT OF OUR CONSTITUENTS WHO VISIT US. AND I WANT TO, AGAIN, THANK CHAIRMAN YODER AND RANKING MEMBER RYAN FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT AND LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THEM TO MAKE SURE OUR CONSTITUENTS HAVE A SAFE AND ENJOYABLE VISIT TO OUR BEAUTIFUL CAPITOL BUILDING AND WITH THAT I YIELD TO THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. RYAN. .

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                                    MR. RYAN

                                    I SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. MAKING BUILDINGS MORE FAMILY FRIENDLY IS AN…

                                    I SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. MAKING BUILDINGS MORE FAMILY FRIENDLY IS AN IMPORTANT PRIORITY. PEOPLE COME HERE FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. TO MEET WITH US. TO SEE THE SITES. AND TO WITNESS DEMOCRACY IN ACTION. IF YOU'VE TRAVELED FAR AND WIDE WITH YOUR FAMILY LIKE I HAVE, YOU KNOW HOW MUCH OF A DIFFERENCE IT WOULD MAKE, EVEN FOR A BRIEF PART OF YOUR DAY, LIKE THE INEVITABILITY OF HAVING TO CHANGE A DIAPER. THIS AMENDMENT WILL MAKE IT A LITTLE BIT EASIER. SO THIS IS JUST A VERY THOUGHTFUL, PRACTICAL, PRO-FAMILY AMENDMENT. I ENCOURAGE ALL OF OUR COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND.

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                                    MR. CICILLINE

                                    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I YIELD BACK. I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO MR. YODER IF HE…

                                    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I YIELD BACK. I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO MR. YODER IF HE --

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                                  • 06:03:13 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                  • 06:03:17 PM

                                    MR. YODER

                                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND. I TOO…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND. I TOO SUPPORT THE GENTLEMAN'S EFFORTS HERE. AS A SUPPORTER OF THE BABIES ACT, LAST YEAR, 5147, I'M HAPPY TO REPORT BECAUSE OF THE LANGUAGE WE INCLUDED WITH THE ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL LAST YEAR, THEY PRESENTED A PLAN WHICH THEY'RE GOING MOVE FORWARD WITH, WHICH WILL INSTALL ADDITIONAL BABY CHANGING STATIONS AROUND CAMPUS. 54 WHICH WILL BE GOING INTO HOUSE OFFICE BUILDINGS. AS A FATHER OF TWO LITTLE GIRLS, I'VE USED THESE CHANGING TABLES MYSELF, BATHROOMS FROM TIME TO TIME. AS MR. RYAN I KNOW HAS A YOUNG SON. SO WE KNOW HOW IMPORTANT THESE ARE. AND HOW FAMILIES, WHEN THEY NEED TO MAKE A CHANGE, THEY NEED TO MAKE A CHANGE. THEY NEED TO HAVE A SPACE TO DO THAT. WE NEED TO BE FAMILY FRIENDLY HERE IN THE U.S. CAPITOL AND IN OUR HOUSE OFFICE BUILDINGS. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR RAISING THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. IT DESERVES ATTENTION. AND I'LL BE HAPPY TO CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THE GENTLEMAN AS WELL AS THE ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL TO ENSURE THAT ADEQUATE NUMBER OF CHANGES -- CHANGING STATIONS ARE INSTALLED AROUND THE CAPITOL CAMPUS FOR THE FAMILIES, FOR THE NINE MILLION VISITS THAT ARE COME TO THIS CAPITOL EVERY YEAR -- VISITORS THAT COME TO THIS CAPITOL EVERY YEAR. THAT VISITORS AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO HAVE YOUNG CHILDREN THAT HAVE TO USE THESE CHANGING STATIONS AS WELL. I YIELD BACK THE TIME THAT'S BEEN ALLOCATED.

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                                  • 06:04:28 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

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

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND.

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                                  • 06:04:32 PM

                                    MR. CICILLINE

                                    I YIELD BACK, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANY MEMBER SEEK…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANY MEMBER SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION? THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? TACK TACK

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                                • 06:04:46 PM

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

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                                    MR. TAKANO

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

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                                    THE CLERK

                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259 OFFERED BY MR. TAKANO…

                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259 OFFERED BY MR. TAKANO OF CALIFORNIA.

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                                  • 06:05:05 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 473, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

                                    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 473, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. TAKANO, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                  • 06:05:06 PM

                                    An amendment, offered by Mr. Takano, numbered 7 printed in House Report 115-259 to appropriate $2.5 million to re-institute the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), offset from funds from the Architect of the Capitol's Capital Construction and Operations Account.

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                                    DEBATE

                                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Takano amendment No. 7.

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                                      MR. TAKANO

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

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                      MR. TAKANO

                                      I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT, WHICH WOULD RESTORE FUNDING TO…

                                      I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT, WHICH WOULD RESTORE FUNDING TO THE OFFICE OF TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT, OR OTHERWISE KNOWN AS O.T.A. I'D LIKE TO THANK MY CO-SPONSORS, REPRESENTATIVES ESTY, FOSTER, LANGEVIN, LU AND LUJAN. THE FOUNDATION FOR GOOD POLICY IS ACCURATE AND OBJECTIVE ANALYSIS. AND FOR MORE THAN TWO DECADES, THE O.T.A. SET THAT FOUNDATION BY PROVIDING RELEVANT, UNBIASED TECHNICAL AND SCIENTIFIC ASSESSMENTS FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND STAFF. BY THE -- BUT IN 1995, THE ORMENT IT T. -- THE O.T.A. WAS DEFUNDED. STRIPPING CONGRESS OF A VALUABLE RESOURCE TO UNDERSTAND BOTH EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES, AS WELL AS THE NUANCES OF THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS. IN ITS ABSENCE, THE NEED FOR O.T.A. HAS ONLY GROWN. MANY OF THE ISSUES O.T.A. STUDIED 20 YEARS AGO ARE EVEN MORE PRESSING TODAY. ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANT BACTERIA, ELECTRONIC SURVEILLANCE IN A DIGITAL AGE, AND TESTING IN AMERICA'S SCHOOLS. THESE ARE THE COMPLEX CHALLENGES OUR NATION WILL CONTINUE TO FACE, AND CONGRESS SHOULD HAVE ACCESS TO THE THOROUGH AND INSIGHTFUL ANALYSIS, O. -- ANALYSIS O.T.A. CAN PROVIDE. INVESTING IN THE O.T.A. NOW WILL ACTUALLY SAVE US MONEY IN THE FUTURE. IN THE LAST YEAR IT OPERATED, THE O.T.A.'S BUDGET WAS $23 MILLION. BUT ITS STUDIES ON THE SYNTHETIC FUELS CORPORATION SAVED TAXPAYERS TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. OUR AMENDMENT RESTORES A MODEST $2.5 MILLION TO THE O.T.A. ACCOUNT FOR SALARIES AND EXPENSES, TO BEGIN REBUILDING THE OFFICE. THE COST IS OFFSET BY A REDUCTION TO THE ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL'S CAPITOL CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATIONS ACCOUNT. THIS ADMINISTRATIVE ACCOUNT WILL NOT TAKE RESOURCES FROM SPECIFIC CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS. MR. CHAIR, A GREAT SURGEON DOES NOT OPERATE WITHOUT MODERN TOOLS. A MASTER CHEF DOES NOT COOK WITHOUT FRESH INGREDIENTS. AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS SHOULD NOT MAKE POLICY DECISIONS WITHOUT RELEVANT AND UNBIASED INFORMATION. WITH THAT IN MIND, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THIS AMENDMENT, TO RESTORE FUNDING TO THE OFFICE OF TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    • 06:07:49 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

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

                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS RISE?

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                                    • 06:07:55 PM

                                      MR. YODER

                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.

                                    • 06:07:57 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                    • 06:07:59 PM

                                      MR. YODER

                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE AND…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE AND CO-CHAIR OF THE DEATH CAUCUS, MR. TAKANO FROM CALIFORNIA, BRINGING THIS AMENDMENT. UNFORTUNATELY I CANNOT SUPPORT IT. WE'D ASK THAT THE BODY REJECT IT. CONGRESS TERMINATED FUNDING FOR THE OFFICE OF TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT IN 1995. SO SOME 22 YEARS AGO. BUT IT'S BACK FROM THE DEAD TO BE HERE ON THE FLOOR TODAY, TO BE RE-ESTABLISHED. AT ONE POINT PEAK FUNDING TOTALED OVER $20 MILLION FOR THE OFFICE. BUT CONGRESS DID ONE OF THE THINGS IT HAS ATTEMPTED TO DO IN MANY AREAS WHICH IS TRY TO CON DOLL SOL DATE GOVERNMENT, -- CONSOLIDATE GOVERNMENT, SO THEY TRANSFERRED THE FUNCTIONS FROM THE O.T.A. TO THE G.A.O. WE HEARD DEBATE ON THIS FLOOR WITHIN THE LAST HOUR ABOUT THE VALUE OF THE G.A.O. AND THE GREAT WORK THEY DO AND HOW THE G.A.O. IS A TRUSTWORTHY ORGANIZATION AND HOW IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE CONTINUE TO FUND THEM. YET IN THIS INSTANCE, WE WANT TO TAKE THESE RESPONSIBILITIES AWAY FROM THE G.A.O. IN FACT, IN F.Y. 2008, A PERMANENT TECHNOLOGY AELSE ISMENT WITHIN THE G.A.O. WAS ESTABLISHED BY A RECOMMENDATION FROM THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS. THEY ALLOCATE AT LEAST $2.5 PER YEAR TO TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT AND THEY'VE PRODUCED TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENTS IN MANY AREAS. THEY'VE HIRED SCIENTISTS, ENGINEERS AND OTHER TECHNICAL SPECIALISTS TO RESPOND TO CONGRESSIONAL REQUESTS. THEY PRODUCE THREE TO FOUR REPORTS EACH YEAR. THE G.A.O. USES ITS TECHNICAL STAFF TO SUPPORT OTHER REPORTS FOR CONGRESS THAT HAVE TECHNOLOGY IMPLICATIONS SUCH AS PRIVACY AND VULLNERNLT OF COMPUTER COMPONENTS IN CARS -- VULNERABILITY OF COMPUTER COMPONENTS IN CARS. MANY OTHERS HAVE A TECHNOLOGY AS ANAN ASPECT. THEY'VE BEEN ABLE TO -- AS AN ASPECT. THEY'VE BEEN ABLE TO TESTIFY ON THESE THINGS. THEY PROVIDE THOROUGH AND BALANCED ANALYSIS OF INNOVATIONS THAT AFFECT OUR SOCIETY, THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE ECONOMY. SO, CREATING ANOTHER FEDERAL AGENCY THAT'S GOING TO REQUIRE ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND TO HAVE IT OFFSET FROM INVESTMENT IN CAPITOL PROJECTS TO ME IS THE WRONG DIRECTION. I THINK IN CURRENT LAW WE HAVE MORE THAN ENOUGH RESOURCES HEADING IN THIS DIRECTION. TAXPAYERS ARE COUNTING ON US TO FIND WAYS TO SPEND LESS MONEY, TO KEEP PROGRAMS EFFICIENT. THE IDEA THAT WE'D CREATE A NEW AGENCY THAT'S BEEN GONER TO 20 YEARS TODAY AND FUND IT WITH MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO ME IS INCONSISTENT WITH THE VALUES WE ALL, I THINK, ESPOUSE ABOUT MAKING GOVERNMENT MORE EFFICIENT, MORE EFFECTIVE. WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    • 06:10:34 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                    • 06:10:38 PM

                                      MR. TAKANO

                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, HOW MUCH TIME IS REMAINING?

                                    • 06:10:40 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN HAS 2 1/2 MINUTES.

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                                      MR. TAKANO

                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I WISH TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS,…

                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I WISH TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, A MEMBER OF THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE AND ALSO A PHYSICIST, REPRESENTATIVE FOSTER.

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                                    • 06:10:53 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                      MR. FOSTER

                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. AND THANK YOU TO MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. AND THANK YOU TO MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. TAKANO. AND MY COLLEAGUES, REPRESENTATIVES ESTY, LANGEVIN, LIEU AND LUJAN, FOR CO-SPONSORING THIS AMENDMENT. OUR AMENDMENT WOULD PROVIDE $2.5 MILLION TO REVIVE THE OFFICE OF TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT, TO PROVIDE CONGRESS WITH UNBIASED, TIMELY AND NONPARTISAN REPORTS ON A WIDE RANGE OF ISSUES IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. THIS OFFICE IS NO LESS NECESSARY TODAY THAN WHEN IT WAS FIRST STARTED IN 1972. OR WHEN IT WAS DEFUNDED IN 1995. AS TECHNOLOGY CONTINUES TO ADVANCE AT AN INCREASINGLY RAPID PACE, AND OUR PARTISAN DIVIDE SEEMS TO GROW DEEPER, CONGRESS NEEDS THIS NOW MORE THAN EVER. THE O.T.A. DID IMPORTANT WORK IN A NUMBER OF AREAS. BUT I'D LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT JUST ONE OF THOSE AREAS IN PARTICULAR. ONE OF THE LAST RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE O.T.A. WAS THAT THE U.S. SHOULD MOVE RAPIDLY TO COMPUTERIZE HEALTH RECORDS AND THAT STANDARDS SHOULD BE PUT IN PLACE TO ENSURE WHAT WE NOW CALL INTEROPERABILITY. HAD WE HEEDED THIS ADVICE RATHER THAN DEFUNDING THE O.T.A., WE COULD HAVE SAVED HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF TAXPAYER MONEY AND SAVED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN LIVES. BY ENSURING ACCURATE, UP TO DATE, PATIENT DATA THAT WAS ACCESSIBLE, REGARDLESS OF WHERE THE PATIENT TURNED UP FOR CARE. THIS ALSO COULD HAVE HELPED SLOW OR PREVENT THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC BY ENSURING THAT PATIENTS WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO DOCTOR SHOP TO ACQUIRE NUMEROUS OPIOID PRESCRIPTIONS. WE CANNOT SLOW DOWN THE RAPID PACE OF TECHNOLOGY, WE CAN GIVE OUR COUNTRY BACK AN IMPORTANT AND PROVEN TOOL. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS AMENDMENT, TO RESTORE THIS VITAL SOURCE OF CREDIBLE, NONPARTISAN, SCIENTIFIC EXPERTISE TO THE U.S. CONGRESS. THANK YOU. AND I YIELD BACK TO

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                                    • 06:12:50 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                    • 06:12:53 PM

                                      MR. TAKANO

                                      MR. CHAIR, I REITERATE MY SUPPORT FOR THE OFFICE OF TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT.…

                                      MR. CHAIR, I REITERATE MY SUPPORT FOR THE OFFICE OF TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT. CONGRESS DOES NOT SUFFER FROM A LACK OF INFORMATION, BUT IT DOES SUFFER FROM A LACK OF TRUSTED INFORMATION TO HELP MAKE WISE POLICY DECISIONS. TODAY WE DO NEED THE OFFICE OF TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT MORE THAN EVER. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    • 06:13:11 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

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                                      MR. TAKANO

                                      MR. CHAIR, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                      THE CHAIR

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

                                      PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 8 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                    • 06:13:52 PM

                                      An amendment, offered by Ms. Shea-Porter, numbered 8 printed in House Report 115-259 to prohibit the use of funds from Members Representational Allowances to mail any unsolicited mass mailing larger than the size of a standard US postcard.

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                                        MS. SHEA-PORTER

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

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                                    DEBATE

                                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Shea-Porter amendment No. 8.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                                    • 06:13:58 PM

                                      THE CLERK

                                      AMENDMENT NUMBER 8 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259 OFFERED BY MS.…

                                      AMENDMENT NUMBER 8 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259 OFFERED BY MS. SHEA-PORTER OF NEW HAMPSHIRE.

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                                    • 06:14:04 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      RESOLUTION 473, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE, MS. SHEA-PORTER, AND A…

                                      RESOLUTION 473, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE, MS. SHEA-PORTER, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE.

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                                    • 06:14:24 PM

                                      MS. SHEA-PORTER

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

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                      MS. SHEA-PORTER

                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. MY AMENDMENT IS SIMPLE AND STRAIGHTFORWARD. IT WOULD…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. MY AMENDMENT IS SIMPLE AND STRAIGHTFORWARD. IT WOULD CHANGE THE WAY OUR OFFICIAL TAXPAYER FUNDED MASS MAILINGS TO CONSTITUENTS LOOK BY LIMITING THE MAILER TO THE SIZE OF A STANDARD POSTCARD. AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, IT'S OUR JOB TO SET THE STANDARD FOR RESPONSIBLE STEWARDSHIP OF TAXPAYER FUNDS. AND PUBLIC RESOURCES SHOULD NOT BE SPENT ON EXCESSIVE CAMPAIGN STYLE MAILERS. A SIGNIFICANT PART OF OUR DUTIES AS ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES IS TO KEEP OUR CONSTITUENTS INFORMED ABOUT WHAT WE ARE DOING IN OUR OFFICES. I SUPPORT MASS MAILINGS TO OUR CONSTITUENTS, BUT WE CAN KEEP THEM INFORMED BY SENDING A SIMPLE POSTCARD WITHOUT ALL OF THE GLITZ AND GLOSS. ALSO, WHEN OFFICIAL MAIL LOOKS LIKE CAMPAIGN MAILERS, PEOPLE ARE MORE LIKELY TO TOSS IT OUT. THEREBY DEFEATING THE VERY PURPOSE OF INFORMING OUR CONSTITUENTS. OUR OFFICIAL MAIL SHOULD NOT LOOK LIKE CAMPAIGN ADS OR JUNK MAIL. OUR CONSTITUENTS DON'T WANT LARGE MAILERS, THEY JUST WANT INFORMATION. THIS AMENDMENT DELIVERS. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    • 06:15:30 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS…

                                      THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    • 06:15:34 PM

                                      MR. YODER

                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. .

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                                      MR. YODER

                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                      MR. DAVIS

                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THE FRANKING COMMISSION, OF WHICH I'M THE…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THE FRANKING COMMISSION, OF WHICH I'M THE CHAIRMAN IS A BIPARTISAN COMMISSION MADE UP OF AN EQUAL NUMBER OF MEMBERS FROM BOTH PARTIES THAT IMPROVE -- THAT APPROVE ALL THE FRANKING AND MAILING MATERIALS THAT GO OUT. WE WERE NOT CONTACTED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE ABOUT THIS AMENDMENT. THAT'S WHY -- ONE REASON THAT I'M OPPOSED. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF REASONS I'M OPPOSED TO THE AMENDMENT. THE CHIEF OF WHICH, THIS AMENDMENT WILL NEGATIVELY IMPACT TWO CONSTITUENCIES, PEOPLE IN RURAL AMERICA THAT I SERVE, MANY OF US SERVE, AND ALSO AREAS WHERE THERE'S NOT READY ACCESS TO ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS. MANY AMERICANS WHO DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO ELECTRON EXCOMMUNICATIONS WILL BE THE MOST AFFECTED BY THE FACT THAT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS CANNOT CONTACT THEIR CONSTITUENTS VIA MAIL. BY LIMITING HOW MEMBERS CAN COMMUNICATION WITH THEIR CONSTITUENTS, MEMBERS MAY BE MORE LIKELY TO MAKE MISTAKES AND VIOLATE THE FRANKING RULES. EWITH -- WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THE FRANKING RULES WORK. CURRENTLY, POST-CARDS, COMMUNICATIONS THAT ARE 4 1/2 BY 6, MANDATED BY THIS AMENDMENT, AS CHAIRMAN YODER SAID, MAKE UP ONLY 10% OF ALL POSTAL MAIL COMMUNICATIONS. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD SEVERELY LIMB WHAT MANY MEMBERS, REPUBLICANS AN DEMOCRATS ARE ABLE TO DO. BY REDUCING THE SIZE OF ANY MAILER TO A POSTCARD, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS OF BOTH PARTIES WOULDN'T EVEN BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE VIA LETTERHEAD IN A MASS MAILING. THIS IS AN AMENDMENT I OPPOSE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    • 06:18:30 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                      MR. YODER

                                      WE RESERVE.

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                                      THE CHAIR

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

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                                      MS. SHEA-PORTER

                                      WHILE I RECOGNIZE MY COLLEAGUE'S OPINION OS ON THIS AND I RECOGNIZE IT'S…

                                      WHILE I RECOGNIZE MY COLLEAGUE'S OPINION OS ON THIS AND I RECOGNIZE IT'S NOT A PERFECT SOLUTION, I DON'T THINK THIS IS A SURPRISE. WE HAVE HEARD FROM OUR CONSTITUENTS PRETTY MUCH EVERY ELECTION CYCLE WHEN THEY TALK ABOUT ALL THE MASS MAILINGS THEY'RE RECEIVING WITH MANY PICTURES AND LOTS OF IDEA OF WHAT'S BEEN ACCOMPLISHED BY THE INCUMBENT IN OFFICE. SO IT HAS BEEN AROUND FOR A WHILE. AND LIKE I SAID, I DO APPRECIATE IT, BUT THEY'RE STILL ABLE TO MAIL DIRECT THROW A RESPONSE FROM THEIR COLLEAGUES, OR FROM ANY OF THEIR CONSTITUENTS AND THE REALITY IS THAT MOST PEOPLE ARE NOT LOOKING AT JUST A POSTCARD IN THIS WORLD. THEY DO LOOK ONLINE. I UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT, I HAVE RURAL AREAS AS WELL, BUT THEY LOOK ONLINE AND ALSO THEY CAN RECEIVE A NUMBER OF OTHER CORRESPONDENCE FROM US. IT DOES NOT IN ANY WAY IMPACT THE CORRESPONDENCE WHEN THEY WRITE TO US. I APPRECIATE THAT, THANK YOU AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    • 06:19:43 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

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

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                                      MR. YODER

                                      I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                      MR. DAIS

                                      HAD COME TO THE FRANKING COMMISSION, WE WOULD BE GLAD TO TAKE YOUR IDEAS…

                                      HAD COME TO THE FRANKING COMMISSION, WE WOULD BE GLAD TO TAKE YOUR IDEAS INTO CONSIDERATION BUT THIS SEVERELY LIMITS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO REACH OUT TO THEIR CONSTITUENTS. MEMBERS WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO SEND A MAILER ON LETTERHEAD. MEMBERS WHO BUDGETED WELL AND PRINTED ON POST-CARDS BUT NOT THIS SIZE, THEY WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO USE THOSE. AND MANY END OF YEAR COMMUNICATION MISCOLLEAGUE HAS SENT FROM HER OFFICE HERSELF WOULD NOT BE ELIGIBLE UNDER THIS AMENDMENT RIGHT NOW. LET'S MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE A DISCUSSION AT THE FRANKING COMMISSION LEVEL. WE WOULD ENJOY DEBATING THIS ISSUE WITH MEMBERS, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, WHO EQUALLY MAKE UP THE FRANKING COMMISSION, WOULD LIKE TO TAKE YOUR CONCERN INTO CONSIDERATION. BUT GIVE US A CHANCE TO DO THAT. I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THAT IN THE FUTURE AND AGAIN, I OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    • 06:21:02 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                      MR. YODER

                                      I YIELD BACK OUR TIME.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW…

                                      THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE NOES VISIT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 9 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. RUSSELL SPKS --

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                                  • 06:21:12 PM

                                    On agreeing to the Shea-Porter amendment; Failed by voice vote.

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                                      An amendment, offered by Mr. Russell, numbered 9 printed in House Report 115-259 to prohibit the printed distribution of the Federal Register to House offices, unless an office requests a printed copy.

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                                      DEBATE

                                      Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Russell amendment No. 9.

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                                        MR. RUSSELL

                                        I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                        THE CHAIR

                                        THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                        THE CLERK

                                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 9 PRINTED IF HOUSE REPORT 115-259, OFFERED BY MR. RUSSELL…

                                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 9 PRINTED IF HOUSE REPORT 115-259, OFFERED BY MR. RUSSELL OF OKLAHOMA.

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                                      • 06:21:53 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. RUSSELL AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL…

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. RUSSELL AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

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                                      • 06:22:01 PM

                                        MR. RUSSELL

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

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                                        THE CHAIR

                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. RUSS --

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                                        MR. RUSSELL

                                        MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS AMENDMENT WHICH AFFECTS THE WAY THE FEDERAL REGISTER IS…

                                        MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS AMENDMENT WHICH AFFECTS THE WAY THE FEDERAL REGISTER IS DISTRIBUTED TO MEMBERS' OFFICES WILL SAVE $1 MILLION ANNUALLY. THE FEDERAL REGISTER CONTAINS A LARGE AMOUNT OF INFORMATION INCLUDING PROPOSED RULES AND PUBLIC NOTICE , REGULATIONS, EXECUTIVED ORERS AND PRESIDENT DOCUMENTS. THIS INFORMATION IS COMPILED BY THE GREAT FOLKS AT THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES, PUBLISHED DAILY BY THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE OR G.P.O. SINCE 1994, THE G.P.O. BEGAN PUBLISHING THE FEDERAL REGISTER ON LINE. TO IMPROVE THE USER EXPERIENCE, THE DIGITAL VERSION HAS BEEN ENHANCED OVER TIME AND IS NOW FULLY SEARCHABLE AND DOWNLOADABLE AND IS THE PREFERRED METHOD THAT STAFFS AND MEMBERS USE THE REGISTER FOR QUICK ACCESS TO ANY DOCUMENT. SADLY DESPITE THESE ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS STILL RECEIVE PRINTED COPIES OF THE REGISTER EVERY DAY. THIS RESULTS IN THOUSANDS OF COPIES GOING DIRECTLY INTO THE TRASH. COSTING TAXPAYERS $1 MILLION ANNUALLY. PUT ANOTHER WAY, MR. CHAIRMAN THIS MEANS THAT APPROXIMATELY 96 AMERICANS HAVE TO WORK ALL YEAR LONG AND PAY THEIR TAXES SO THAT WE CAN PUT THESE REGISTERS IN THE TRASH. THIS AMENDMENT SIMPLY PREVENTS THE DISTRIBUTION OF PRINTED COPIES TO MEMBERS' OFFICES UNLESS THE MEMBER OPTS IN TO RECEIVING A COPY. DIGITAL COPIES ARE ALREADY DAILY DISTRIBUTED. THIS AMENDMENT IS IN LINE WITH H.R. 195, A BILL I INTRODUCED WHICH PASSED THIS HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY WITHOUT ANY OPPOSITION AND WAS CO-SPONSORED BY MR. CONNOLLY OF VIRGINIA. MR. CHAIRMAN, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT SO THAT WE CAN NOW MAKE IT LAW AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      • 06:24:03 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.

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                                        MR. RUSSELL

                                        I RESERVE.

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                                        THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                      • 06:24:13 PM

                                        MR. YESTERDAYER

                                        I SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO CLAIM THE TIME IN OPPOSITION EVEN THOUGH I'M…

                                        I SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO CLAIM THE TIME IN OPPOSITION EVEN THOUGH I'M NOT OPPOSED TO THE AMENDMENT.

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                                      • 06:24:20 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                        MR. YODER

                                        I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. RUSSELL, FOR CONTINUING A…

                                        I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. RUSSELL, FOR CONTINUING A TRADITION HE AND OVERS, PARTICULARLY IN OKLAHOMA FOR SOME REASON, HAVE FOCUSED ON CUTTING OUT GOVERNMENT WASTE, FINDING SOMETIMES SMALL THINGS, SOMETIMES BIG THINGS AND ALL THINGS IN BETWEEN THAT WE CAN REDUCE, CUT, ELIMINATE THAT SAVES TAXPAYERS MONEY. $1 MILLION IS BIG MONEY IN STATES LIKE KANSAS AND OKLAHOMA AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IT'S REAL DOLLARS FOR PEOPLE WHO GET UP AND PAY THEIR TAXES TO THIS COUNTRY. THERE ARE TOO MANY MILLION DOLLAR EXPENDITURES THAT HAPPEN IN THIS GOVERNMENT THAT ARE OVERLOOKED AND UNNECESSARY. BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT MAYBE BIG ENOUGH FOR FOLKS HERE TO TAKE TIME TO PAY ATTENTION TO. SO WHAT MR. RUSS SELL DOING TODAY IS STANDING UP FOR FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, FOR EFFICIENCY OF GOVERNMENT, FOR HELPING THE ENVIRONMENT. THIS IS WASTED PRINTED PAPER THAT'S UNNECESSARY. IT'S A GOOD -- I THINK IT'S A GOOD GOVERNMENT MEASURE THAT WILL HELP MAKE -- MODERNIZE AND MAKE OUR GOVERNMENT MORE EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE. IT'S CONSTITUENT -- IT'S CONSISTENT WITH WHAT THIS HOUSE HAS ALREADY DONE WHEN IT PASSED H.R. 195 WHICH BARS THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE REGISTER TO FEDERAL OFFICES AND THAT'S IN THE SENATE BEING HARK MARKED UP, MAYBE EVEN TODAY. S THAT SMART AMENDMENT. IT'S THE KIND OF THING WE NEED TO KEEP DOING MORE OF TO SAVE MUST BE FOR TAXPAYERS. I'D THANK MR. RUSSELL FOR HIS WORK, ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      • 06:25:49 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

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

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                                        MR. RUSSELL

                                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUE FROM KANSAS FOR HIS…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUE FROM KANSAS FOR HIS KIND REMARKS. I ALSO APPRECIATE COLLEAGUES FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO HAVE SHOWN CONTINUED SUPPORT FOR THIS AMENDMENT. WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD BACK.

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                                      • 06:26:05 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.…

                                        THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 11 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                    • 06:26:06 PM

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

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                                        An amendment, offered by Mr. Bergman, numbered 11 printed in House Report 115-259 to reduce the Veterans Benefits Administrations General Operating Expenses account by $30,000,000 and increase the Information Technology Systems Development, Modernization, and Enhancement account by the same amount.

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                                        DEBATE

                                        Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Bergman amendment No. 11.

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                                          MR. BERGMAN

                                          I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                          THE CLERK

                                          PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259, OFFERED BY MR. BERGMAN OF MICHIGAN.

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 473, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. BERGMAN, AND A…

                                          TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 473, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. BERGMAN, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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                                        • 06:27:29 PM

                                          MR. BERGMAN

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY HAVE GIVEN US THE…

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY HAVE GIVEN US THE OPPORTUNITY TO INCREASE ACCESS AND STREAMLINE PROCESSES FOR VETERANS NOT ONLY IN THE FIRST DISTRICT AND ACROSS MICHIGAN BUT ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THAT SAID, WE MUST ENSURE THE TECHNOLOGY IS AN ASSET AND NOT AN ADDED BURDEN TO VETERANS AS IT HAS BEEN WITHIN THE V.A. THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS I.T. LANDSCAPE HAS BEEN THE PRIMARY TOPICING OF HEARINGS WITHIN THE HOUSE VETERANS -- VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE DUE TO ITS EVER-EXPANDING MODERNIZATION TIMELINE FOR OUTDATED SYSTEMS AND LACK OF INTEROPERABILITY WITHIN AND OUTSIDE THE DEPARTMENT. THE SOLUTION IS UNDISPUTED. THE V.A. MUST MODERNIZE ITS I.T. SYSTEMS OR CONTINUE TO FACE UPHILL STRUGGLES IN TIMELY CLAIMS AND APPEALS PROCESSING, COMMUNITY CARE, SCHEDULING AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT. EARLIER THIS WEEK, THE HOUSE VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE RECEIVED AN UPDATE FROM SECRETARY SHULKIN THAT SHOWS A CONTINUED LACK OF PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION OF ITS DATA CENTER OPTMYIZATION PROGRAM. AN ISSUE WHICH, AS INITIALLY POINTED OUT -- WHICH WAS INITIALLY POINTED OUT BY THE G.A.O. IN A HEARING BACK IN FEBRUARY. WITH ALL THIS IN MIND, I WAS UNDERSTANDABLY TROUBLED WHEN I SAW THE UNDERLYING BILL PROVIDED $52 MILLION LESS FOR I.T. DEVELOPMENT AN MODERNIZATION THAN LAST YEAR'S APPROPRIATION. I UNDERSTAND THAT CUTS NEED TO BE MADE AND THAT THIS BILL AIMS TO ADDRESS OTHER ISSUES PLAGUING THE V.A., BUT IT IS IMPERATIVE I MAKE THIS POINT TO THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER. OUR VETERANS DESERVE IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO CARE AND TIMELY ADJUDICATION OF THEIR DISABILITY CLAIMS FROM AN EFFICIENT, EFFECTIVE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS. THIS SIMPLY CANNOT HAPPEN UNTIL THE V.A. ADDRESSES THE WOEFUL STATE OF ITS I.T. SYSTEM. I ASK THAT THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER WORK WITH ME AND THE REST OF THE HOUSE VETERANS AFAIRS COMMITTEE TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE GOING FORWARD. THANK YOU, AND I MOVE TO WITHDRAW THIS AMENDMENT.

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                                        • 06:29:49 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT…

                                          THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 12 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                        • 06:29:58 PM

                                          By unanimous consent, the Bergman amendment was withdrawn.

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                                            I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN, MR. POCAN, FROM WISCONSIN.

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                                            MR. POCAN

                                            GREAT. THANK YOU. WOULD THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, THE CHAIRMAN OF…

                                            GREAT. THANK YOU. WOULD THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE MILCON V.A. COMMITTEE, YIELD FOR A QUESTION ABOUT THE LANGUAGE IN HIS COMMITTEE REPORT REGARDING COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENING IN THE V.A.?

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                                            I'D BE HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN, SURE.

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                                            MR. POCAN

                                            THANK YOU. IN YOUR REPORT, YOU ENCOURAGED THE V.A. TO INCREASE COLORECTAL…

                                            THANK YOU. IN YOUR REPORT, YOU ENCOURAGED THE V.A. TO INCREASE COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENING IN THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS. IN THE OTHER BODY, THEY HAVE LANGUAGE THAT DIRECTED THE V.A. TO OFFER EACH ONE OF THE SEVEN APPROACH FOR SCREENING THAT ARE CURRENTLY APPROVED BY THE UNITED STATES PREVENTIVE SERVICES TASK FORCE AND ARE MORE CLOSELY ALIGNED WITH OTHER FEDERAL HEALTH PROGRAMS. CAN I ASSUME THAT YOUR INTENTION IS THE SAME AND YOUR EFFORTS ARE AIMED AT URGING THE V.A. TO OFFER ALL OF THE APPROVED METHODS OF SCREENING?

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                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN'S CORRECT. IT IS OUR INTENTION TO URGE THE…

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN'S CORRECT. IT IS OUR INTENTION TO URGE THE V.A. TO OFFER ALL OF THE APPROVED METHODS OF SCREENING.

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                                            MR. POCAN

                                            GREAT. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THAT CLAIRE OF COURSE. AND I YIELD --…

                                            GREAT. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THAT CLAIRE OF COURSE. AND I YIELD -- CLARIFICATION. AND I YIELD.

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                                            I YIELD BACK.

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                                            THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                            PURSUANT TO SECTION 3 OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 473, AS A DESIGNEE OF THE…

                                            PURSUANT TO SECTION 3 OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 473, AS A DESIGNEE OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. FRELINGHUYSEN, I OFFER AMENDMENTS EN BLOC.

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                                          • 06:31:56 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT EZZEN -- THE AMENDMENTS EN BLOC.

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                                            THE CLERK

                                            CONSISTING OF AMENDMENTS NUMBERED 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 25, 26…

                                            CONSISTING OF AMENDMENTS NUMBERED 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 25, 26 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259, OFFERED BY MR. DENT OF PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                        • 06:32:05 PM

                                          Amendments en bloc offered by Mr. Dent, comprised of the following amendments printed in House Report 115-259 as en bloc No. 1: 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 25, and 26.

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                                          DEBATE

                                          Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 20 minutes of debate on the Dent en bloc amendment No. 1.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 473, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR.…

                                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 473, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. DENT, AND THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, EACH WILL CONTROL 10 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                          • 06:32:29 PM

                                            MR. DENT

                                            THESE AMENDMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE IN ORDER BY THE RULE, ALLOWING…

                                            THESE AMENDMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE IN ORDER BY THE RULE, ALLOWING CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3219, AND THEIR INCLUSION IN THE EN BLOC HAS BEEN AGREED TO BETTING BIBOTH SIDES. I SUPPORT THE A-- BY BOTH SIDES. I SUPPORT THE AMENDMENTS IN THE EN BLOC PACKAGE AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 06:32:47 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                          • 06:32:51 PM

                                            MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. AND SUPPORT…

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. AND SUPPORT THE EN BLOC AMENDMENT AND APPRECIATE THE CHAIRMAN'S INCLUSION OF AMENDMENTS FROM DEMOCRATIC MEMBERS. THE AMENDMENTS INCLUDED RANGE FROM THERAPY GRANTS TO COMBATING OPIOID ABUSE. THESE AMENDMENTS WILL HAVE -- WILL DELIVER BETTER CARE TO OUR VETERAN. THE MINORITY HAS NO OBJECTION TO THIS AMENDMENT AND I URGE A YES VOTE ON THE EN BLOC AMENDMENT. AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                            THE CHAIR

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

                                            THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            MR. DENT

                                            I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS ON THE EN BLOC AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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                                            THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                            MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. BEYER.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                            MR. BEYER

                                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT WOULD DIRECT THE VET CENTERS TO USE…

                                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT WOULD DIRECT THE VET CENTERS TO USE -- CENTERS TO USE $2.5 MILLION OF ADDITIONAL FUNDING TO PROVIDE OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES FOR VETERANS AS PART OF THEIR CONTINUING OF CARE. THIS PROGRAM WOULD SUPPORT VETERANS IN COFLING A COMMUNITY OF SUPPORT TO -- DEVELOPING A COMMUNITY OF SUPPORT TO THEIR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH. VET CENTERS ARE UNIQUE LIE POSITIONED FOR THE COLLABORATION -- ARE UNIQUELY POSITIONED FOR THE DELAB RATION OF SERVICESES -- COLLABORATION OF SERVICES. A 2014 UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS STUDY FOUND THAT JUST A ONE-WEEK-LONG OUTWARD BOUND VETERANS WILDERNESS EXHIBITIONS, THOSE VETERANS WHO W.H.O. PARTICIPATED SHOWED -- WHO PARTICIPATED SHOWED IMPROVEMENTS IN SENSE OF SOCIAL CONNECTION AND ATTITUDES TOWARD SEEKING PSYCHOLOGICAL HELP. THEY ALSO SHOWED IMPORTANT DECREASES IN DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY. THE CENTER APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE HAS ALREADY INCLUDED THE SAME LANGUAGE IN THEIR VERSION OF THE MILCON V.A. APPROPRIATIONSES BILL. SO I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. I'M VERY GRATEFUL TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, TO INCLUDE THIS IN THE EN BLOC AMENDMENTS. IT WOULD ENABLE VET CENTERS TO EXPLORE ALTERNATIVE AVENUES FOR ENGAGING VETERANS IN A SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT TO HELP WITH BOTH MENTAL HEALTH AND READJUSTMENT TO CIVILIAN LIFE. MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD BACK.

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                                            THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                            MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

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

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                            MR. NORCROSS

                                            THANK YOU FOR YIELDING AND TO MY COLLEAGUES FOR INCLUDING THIS AMENDMENT…

                                            THANK YOU FOR YIELDING AND TO MY COLLEAGUES FOR INCLUDING THIS AMENDMENT EN BLOC. THIS AMENDMENT ADDRESSES THE ONGOING AND UNFORTUNATELY GROWING OPIOID EPIDEMIC IN OUR COMMUNITIES. THERE ARE 60,000 OVERDOSE DEATHS EACH YEAR. I'M VICE CHAIR OF THE BIPARTISAN TASK FORCE TO COMBAT THE HER WIN EPIDEMIC. WE'RE LOOKING FOR WAYS TO -- HER WIN EPIDEMIC. WE'RE -- HEROINE EPIDEMIC. WE'RE LOOKING FOR WAYS TO DEAL WITH THIS ISSUE. IT'S A COMPLEX ISSUE. THOSE WITH POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER, PTSD, ARE AT AN INCREASED RISK OF ABUSING OPIOIDS. ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION. MANY BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE COME BACK, WHICH IS DESCRIBED AS INVISIBLE WOUNDS. WE KNOW THEY'RE NOT INVISIBLE. WE SEE IT EVERY DAY. I'VE SPOKEN TO THOSE VETERANS WHO LIVE IN MY COMMUNITY. WHO SUFFER FROM PTSD AND UNFORTUNATELY FROM THE DISEASE OF ADDICTION. MY AMENDMENT WOULD SET ASIDE $5 MILLION FOR THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR PTSD TO STUDY THE CONNECTION BETWEEN ADDICTION AND PTSD. OUR VETERAN ARE SUFFERING AND THIS INVESTMENT WILL HELP THEM. LET'S GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THE CONNECTION BETWEEN PTSD AND OPIOID OVERDOSE. IT'S A SIMPLE BUT NECESSARY WAY TO ADDRESS THE EPIDEMIC AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 06:36:36 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

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

                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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                                            MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

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

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA WHO HAS BEEN A PASSIONATE ADVOCATE TO IMPROVE SERVICES TO HIS RURAL COMMUNITIES, MR. KIHUEN.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA IS RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE AND A HALF.

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                                            MR. KIHUEN

                                            THANK YOU SO MUCH TO THE RANKING MEMBER AND THE CHAIRMAN FOR ACCEPTING MY…

                                            THANK YOU SO MUCH TO THE RANKING MEMBER AND THE CHAIRMAN FOR ACCEPTING MY AMENDMENT. MR. CHAIRMAN, VETERANS HAVE MADE AN INCREDIBLE SACRIFICE FOR OUR COUNTRY AND THEY DESERVE THE HIGHEST QUALITY TREATMENT AND CARE WHEN THEY RETURN TO THEIR CIVILIAN LIVES. THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS HAS THE OBLIGATION TO PROVIDE CRITICAL SERVICES TO VETERANS AND ENSURE THAT AMERICA'S VETERANS HAVE ACCESS TO HIGH QUALITY AND AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. RECENTLY THE V.A. DECIDED NOT TO RENEW ITS CONTRACT WITH THE COMMUNITY CLINIC IN MY DISTRICT. AND IT'S FORCING VETERANS THERE TO RELY SOLELY ON THE CHOICE PROGRAM TO ACCESS CARE. WE OWE IT TO OUR VETERAN NOT TO USE THE CHOICE PROGRAM AS A CRUTCH, BUT TO MAKE THE PROPER INVESTMENT IN THE HEALTH CARE OF OUR VETERANS AND THE HEALTH CARE THAT THEY DESERVE. VETERANS HAVE ALREADY FOUGHT FOR THEIR COUNTRY. THEY SHOULDN'T HAVE TO FIGHT TO KEEP THEIR V.A. CLINIC IN ELY. THE INTENTION BEHIND MY AMENDMENT IS TO REMIND THE V.A. THAT THEY HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO CONTINUE OPERATING THE HEALTH CARE CLINIC IN ELY, NEVADA, AND TO EMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF CONTINUING TO PROVIDE CARE IN RURAL COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THE CHOICE PROGRAM WAS NOT INTENDED TO ALLOW THE V.A. TO SHIRK ITS RESPONSIBILITY FOR CERTAIN VETERANS. INSTEAD IT WAS SUPPOSED TO HELP VETERANS WHO HAVE NOWHERE ELSE TO TURN. I WAS SENT TO CONGRESS BY THE PEOPLE OF THE FOURTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT TO FIGHT FOR NEVADA'S VETERANS AND I WILL CONTINUE FIGHTING TO ENSURE THAT VETERANS IN RURAL NEVADA AND COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY DO NOT LOSE ACCESS TO THE V.A. AND MAKE SURE THAT THEY RECEIVE THE HEALTH CARE THAT THEY HAVE EARNED AND DESERVE. THANK YOU AGAIN TO THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 06:38:36 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA IS…

                                            THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

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

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE…

                                            THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT S EN BLOC OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE EN BLOC AMENDMENTS ARE DEPREED TO. -- AGREED TO. IT IS -- IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 13 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                          On agreeing to the Dent amendments; Agreed to by voice vote.

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                                            An amendment, offered by Mr. Green, Al, numbered 13 printed in House Report 115-259 to increase Homeless Veteran Treatment by $70 million, and decrease General expenses account by $70 million.

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                                              MR. GREEN

                                              I SEEK RECOGNITION BECAUSE I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                          DEBATE

                                          Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Al Green amendment No. 13.

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                                            THE CLERK

                                            THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                            THE CLERK

                                            AMENDMENT NUMBER 13 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259 OFFERED BY MR. AL…

                                            AMENDMENT NUMBER 13 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259 OFFERED BY MR. AL GREEN OF TEXAS.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 473, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. AL GREEN,…

                                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 473, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. AL GREEN, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                          • 06:39:47 PM

                                            MR. GREEN

                                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I WILL BE WITHDRAWING MY AMENDMENT.…

                                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I WILL BE WITHDRAWING MY AMENDMENT. BUT I DO DESIRE TO MAKE SOME POINTS. I AM GRATEFUL TO THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE COMMITTEE AND THE RANKING MEMBER AS WELL. I KNOW THEM TO BE ADMIRABLE PERSONS WHO DESIRE TO DO THE VERY BEST FOR OUR VETERAN. I WOULD LIKE TO STATE, MR. CHAIRMAN, THAT WE HAVE MANY PEOPLE WHO ON THE FRONT -- WHO ARE ON THE FRONT LINE OF DEMOCRACY. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO GO TO DISTANT PLACES. AND A GOOD MANY OF THEM DON'T ALWAYS RETURN THE SAME WAY THEY'VE LEFT. MR. CHAIRMAN, AS A RESULT OF THIS, THEY NEED SPECIAL ATTENTION. THEY NEED MEDICAL ATTENTION. WE HAVE A CIRCUMSTANCE IN OUR COUNTRY THAT BREAKS THE HEARTS OF A GOOD MANY AMERICANS EACH AND EVERY DAY, WHEN THEY SEE PERSONS STANDING ON THE STREETS WITH SIGNS INDICATING THAT THEY ARE VETERANS AND THAT THEY NEED HELP. MR. CHAIRMAN, WHAT WE PROPOSE TO DO WITH THIS AMENDMENT IS TO PROVIDE THAT ADDITIONAL HELP THAT THEY NEED. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD ACCORD AN ADDITIONAL $70 MILLION TO MEDICAL SERVICES FOR HOMELESS VETERANS. THE VETERANS THAT WE SEE LIVING IN THE STREETS OF LIFE. THE VETERANS WHO ARE APPEALING TO US FOR HELP. A GOOD MANY OF THEM NEED HELP THAT GOES BEYOND SOMETHING THAT IS PHYSICALLY WRONG WITH THEM. A GOOD MANY OF THEM MAY NEED SOME HELP BECAUSE OF SOME MENTAL ILLNESS THAT THEY MAY HAVE. SO, MR. CHAIRMAN, IN TEXAS WE HAVE ON ANY GIVEN NIGHT ABOUT 1,768 VETERANS WHO ARE LIVING ON THE STREETS. ACCORDING TO THE V.A., ABOUT 40,000 VETERAN WERE HOMELESS ON A SINGLE NIGHT IN JANUARY OF TWICK. -- TWICK. THIS IS A DECREASEY -- 2006. THANKS DECREASE FROM -- 2016. THIS IS A DECREASE FROM WHERE WE'VE BEEN. MY BELIEF IS WE CAN STILL DO BETTER AND WE CAN STILL HELP THOSE WHO ARE NEEDING SOME SERVICES. SO THIS AMENDMENT WOULD ACCORD THE $70 MILLION AND BRING US BACK TO OUR 2017 LEVELS. I WOULD ASK THAT THE CHAIRPERSON AND THE RANKING MEMBER PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT MY DESIRE IS TO BE OF SERVICE TO OUR VETERANS AND WOULD ENGAGE IN A COLLOQUY AT THIS TIME. MR. CHAIRMAN. MAY I IN-- ENGAGE YOU IN A COLLOQUY AT THIS TIME? YOU'VE HEARD MY APPEAL. MY HOPE IS THAT WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO WORK TOGETHER TO DO WHAT WE CAN TO ENHANCE THE SERVICES THAT ARE NEEDED TO PROVIDE MEDICAL ATTENTION FOR HOMELESS VETERANS. I'M SURE THAT YOU'VE SEEN THE EVIDENCE OF IT AND THE EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE IS AVAILABLE FOR US TO REVIEW IF WE'D LIKE TO. BUT I WOULD LIKE AS MUCH ASSISTANCE AS WE CAN GET.

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                                            THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS GENUINE CONCERN AND THOUGHTFULNESS WITH…

                                            THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS GENUINE CONCERN AND THOUGHTFULNESS WITH RESPECT TO VETERANS' HOMELESSNESS. IT IS INDEED A VERY SEVERE PROBLEM.

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                                            MR. DENT

                                            I DO LOOK FORWARD TO WORK TWHOUNGE ISSUE. I ALSO WANT TO MENTION --…

                                            I DO LOOK FORWARD TO WORK TWHOUNGE ISSUE. I ALSO WANT TO MENTION -- WORKING WITH YOU ON THIS ISSUE. I ALSO WANT TO MENTION, I DO THINK OUR BILL RESPONDS QUITE ADMIRABLY TO THE HOMELESSNESS CHALLENGE. WE SUPPORT MORE THAN $7.3 BILLION IN MEDICAL CARE, HOUSING, SOCIAL SERVICES AND JOB TRAINING ASSISTANCE FOR HOME ST VETERANS. THAT'S ABOUT $197 MILLION MORE THIS YEAR THAN IN THE F.Y. 2017 AND ALMOST $450 MILLION MORE THAN TWO YEARS AGO. BUT YOU'RE CORRECT. WE CAN ALWAYS DO MORE. AND THIS CHALLENGE CONTINUES TO PLAGUE US. WE'VE MADE GREAT PROGRESS IN THIS COUNTRY. BUT I PLEDGE TO WORK WITH YOU,

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                                            MR. GREEN

                                            I THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. IF I MAY JUST SAY TO MY -- THE RANKING MEMBER…

                                            I THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. IF I MAY JUST SAY TO MY -- THE RANKING MEMBER ON OUR SIDE, I GREATLY APPRECIATE YOUR HAVING HELPED US TO BRING THIS TO THE FLOOR, TO THIS EXTENT. AND WOULD LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU AS WELL. THE NEED TO HELP PEOPLE WHO ARE WILLING TO GIVE IT ALL FOR US IS SOMETHING THAT WE CAN NEVER OVERLOOK. AND I'M GRATEFUL. I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 06:43:44 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            DOES THE GENTLEMAN WITHDRAW THE AMENDMENT?

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                                            MR. GREEN

                                            I WITHDRAW THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK ANY ADDITIONAL TIME.

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                                            By unanimous consent, the Green, Al amendment was withdrawn.

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                                              THE CHAIR

                                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME AND THE AMENDMENT IS…

                                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME AND THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                              MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

                                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE AS THE DESIGNEE OF RANKING MEMBER LOWEY TO STRIKE THE…

                                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE AS THE DESIGNEE OF RANKING MEMBER LOWEY TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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                                              THE CHAIR

                                              THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                              MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

                                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, PRESIDENT TRUMP, THE COMMANDER IN…

                                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, PRESIDENT TRUMP, THE COMMANDER IN TWEET, TWEETED THIS MORNING, ANNOUNCING BAN ON TRANSGENDER MILITARY SERVICE, WHICH WAS A COMPLETELY BASELESS AND HATEFUL ASSAULT ON TRANSGENDER AMERICANS. MAKE NO MISTAKE, THIS WAS NOT JUST A MIDNIGHT TWEET. THIS WAS A STATEMENT OF THIS ADMINISTRATION'S DISCRIMINATORY POLICIES AND A STEP BACKWARDS FOR OUR NATION. WHILE THE PRESIDENT TWEETED THAT HIS DECISION CAME AFTER CONSULTING SUPPOSEDLY WITH OUR NATION'S TOP GENERALS, THAT WAS APPARENTLY NEWS TO THEM. AS IT WAS MET WITH UTTER SURPRISE AND SILENCE FROM PENTAGON LEADERS. ADDITIONALLY, THE PRESIDENT MAY WANT TO SPEAK TO HIS V.A. SECRETARY, AS THE V.A. HAS UNEQUIVOCALLY STATED, V.A.'S POLICY HAS NOT CHANGED. THE V.A. PROVIDES CARE, BENEFITS AND OTHER V.A. SERVICES TO ALL VETERANS, INCLUDING TRANSGENDER VETERANS. THE PRESIDENT'S POLICY REVERSAL COMES AFTER OUR MILITARY HAS UNDERTAKEN A MEASURED AND THOUGHTFUL PROCESS TO MAKE OUR MILITARY OPEN TO LGBT AMERICANS TO SERVE THEIR NATION WITH PRIDE AND PATRIOTISM. THIS THOUGHTFUL PROCESS INCLUDED THE SUCCESSFUL REPEAL OF DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL. WHICH HAD THE SUPPORT OF CIVILIAN AND MILITARY DEFENSE LEADERS AND AN OVERWHELMING NUMBER OF AMERICANS. . UNLIKE THE PRESIDENT'S TWEET, THE DECISION TO REPEAL DON'T ASK -- THE ORIGINAL DECISION WAS NOT MADE -- IT WOULD BE RECKLESS AND CRUEL TO REMOVE PEOPLE FROM THEIR ROLES. IT IS RECKLESS AND DANGEROUS TO LEAVE VACANT POSITIONS THAT ARE SO VITAL TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. IT WOULD BE CRUEL TO PERNICIOUSLY DISCHARGE THESE SERVICE MEMBERS LESS THAN HONORABLY, AN ACT THAT COULD GRAVELY IMPACT WHETHER THEY ARE ELIGIBLE FOR V.A. BENEFITS. TIME AND AGAIN WE SEE DRAMATIC AND UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF THE PRESIDENT'S THOUGHTLESS ACTIONS. AS WE FIGHT FOR AN OPEN MILITARY, WE WILL ALSO FIGHT TO PROVIDE THE PROPER CARE AND RESOURCES TO THE OVER 130,000 TRANSGENDER VETERANS THAT FOUGHT TO DEFEND THIS NATION. ADDITIONALLY, WHATEVER MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE MAY SAY, THIS DECISION WAS NOT BASED ON A FINANCIAL COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS. ALLOWING TRANSGENDER PEOPLE TO SERVE IN THE MILITARY WOULD RAISE DEFENSE HEALTH SPEND BIG LESS THAN.1% ANNUALLY, INCLUDING FUNDS FOR GENDER REASSIGNMENT SURGERY. THAT'S JUST $2.4 MILLION TO $4. MILLION DOLLARS. IN COMPARISON, THE PENTAGON SPENDS $84.24 MILLION ANNUALLY ON ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION PRESCRIPTIONFUL OF THAT $41.6 MILLION WAS SPECIFICALLY SPENT ON VIAGRA. MOREOVER, RESEARCH HAS SHOWN GREATER INCLUSION HAS LITTLE TO NO IMPACT ON OPERATIONAL READINESS. COMMANDERS NOTED THAT THIS BENEFITED ALL SERVICE MEMBERS BY CREATING A MORE INCLUSIVE AND DIVERSE FORCE. SEVERAL THINGS ARE CLEAR. THIS IS NOT A DECISION BASED ON FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY. THIS IS NOT A DECISION BASED ON MILITARY REALLYNESS THIS DECISION WAS APPARENTLY MADE TO SAVE THE PRESIDENT'S IMPORL -- IMMORAL, IRRESPONSIBLE BORDER WALL BECAUSE SOME REPUBLICANS THREATENED TO BRING DOWN THE ENTIRE MIN NE -- MINI BUS APPROPRIATIONS BILL WE ARE DEBATING TODAY OVER TRANSGENDER MEDICAL TREATMENTS IN THE MILITARY THIS DECISION WAS BASED PURELY ON BIGOTRY AND HATE AND IT IS ONE WE WILL VEHEMENTLY OPPOSE. THANK YOU, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                              THE CHAIR

                                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER…

                                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 19 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 20 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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                                          • 06:48:46 PM

                                            An amendment, offered by Mr. Ratcliffe, numbered 20 printed in House Report 115-259 to prohibit funds from being used to propose, plan, or execute a new round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC).

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                                            DEBATE

                                            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Ratcliffe amendment No. 20.

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                                              MR. RAT CLIR

                                              CLIR: I HAVE AN AMENDMENT -- AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                              THE CHAIR

                                              THE CLERK WIZ DEGREE IT NATE -- DEZ EGG NATE. CLIP AMENDMENT NUMBER 20…

                                              THE CLERK WIZ DEGREE IT NATE -- DEZ EGG NATE. CLIP AMENDMENT NUMBER 20 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259, OFFERED BY MR. RATCLIFFE.

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                                              THE CHAIR

                                              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS AND A MEMBER OPPOSE EACH…

                                              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS AND A MEMBER OPPOSE EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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                                              MR. RATCLIFFE

                                              I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON…

                                              I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON BEHALF OF THE 63,000 VETERANS IN MY DISTRICT AS WELL AS SERVICE MEMBERS AND VETERANS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND I'M GREATFUL FOR THE SUPPORT OF CONGRESSMAN SHUSTER IN THIS AMENDMENT, WHICH WOULD PROHIBIT ANY FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE IN THIS DIVISION BEING USED TO PROPOSE, PLAN FOR, OR EXECUTE A NEW OR ADDITIONAL ROUND OF BASE REALIGNMENT CLOSURE OR BRAC. I'M HONORED TO REPRESENT THE FOURTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF TEXAS, HOME TO THE RED RIVER ARMY DEPOT, WHICH HAS SUPPORTED THE MILITARY SINCE 191. ON THE PLA CARDS INSIDE EACH VEHICLE THERE ARE THE WORDS, WE BUILD IT AS IF OUR LIVES DEPEND ON IT. THEIRS DO. THE RED RIVER ARMY DEPOT IS A CRITICAL OPPONENT TO OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE. AS WE CONTINUE OUR CONSTITUTIONAL OBLIGATION TO APPROPRIATE MONEY, WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL STEWARDS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS AND OUR FOCUS ON LIMITED RESOURCES ADDRESSING THE CRITICAL NATIONAL SECURITY OBJECTIVES AND MILITARY READINESS. HAVING ANOTHER ROUND OF BRAC, MR. CHAIRMAN, WON'T HELP US ACHIEVE THIS GOAL. ACCORDING TO THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE, THE LAST ROUND OF BRAC IN 2005 ACTUALLY COST THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS $35.1 BILLION WHICH IS 67% MORE THAN THE ORIGINAL COST ESTIMATE. AT THE SAME TIME, THE EXPECTED SAVE FRGS THE LAST ROUND OF BRAC HAVE BEEN REDUCED BY 73%. STARTING ANOTHER BRAC WOULD WEAKEN OUR CAPABILITIES AND IT WOULD INCREASE OUR AS A RULE -- OUR VULNERABILITY IN THE FACE OF COMMITAL THREATS TO FACE THIS NATION RIGHT NOW. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES WHO HAVE SUPPORTED THIS IMPORTANT AMENDMENT IN THE PAST FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING THIS AMENDMENT INCLUDED IN THIS YEAR'S MILITARY CON -- CONSTRUCTION AND V.A. APPROPRIATIONS BILL. I WILL YIELD.

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                                              I WANTED TO SAY FOR THE RECORD THAT I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S CONCERN…

                                              I WANTED TO SAY FOR THE RECORD THAT I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S CONCERN FOR HIS DISTRICT. BUT I'M NOT GOING TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT BUT I WANT TO SAY THAT AT SOME POINT THERE WILL NEED TO BE A BRAC, THERE'S A LOT OF EXCESS CAPACITY IN THE ARMY AND AIR FORCE. FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018 I CAN ACCEPT THIS AMENDMENT. BUT DOWN THE ROAD -- I YIELD BACK.

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                                            • 06:52:04 PM

                                              THE CHAIR

                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN RISE.

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                                              MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

                                              I AM OPPOSED TO THE AMENDMENT. I LIKE MANY MEMBERS HAVE CONCERNS AROUND…

                                              I AM OPPOSED TO THE AMENDMENT. I LIKE MANY MEMBERS HAVE CONCERNS AROUND ANOTHER ROUND OF BRAC. THIS IS A COMPLICATED ISSUE FOR ALL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, ESPECIALLY THOSE WITH MILL TEAR FACILITIES IN THEIR DISTRICT. I HAVE HAD THIS CONVERSATION WITH MY CHAIRMAN, MR. DENT, SEVERAL TIMES AND WHILE WE BOTH SHARE THE CONCERNS OF THOSE MEMBERS, -- OF THOSE MEMBERS WITH MILITARY BASES IN THEIR DISTRICT AND OTHER MILITARY FACILITY THE GENTLEMAN IS RIGHT. WE ARE GOING TO NEED TO ADDRESS THAT WE HAVE FACILITIES ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT REALLY NEED TO BE EVALUATED BECAUSE THEY ARE ESSENTIALLY MAINTAINING INFRASTRUCTURE THAT IS NO LONGER NEEDED. FOR EXAMPLE, THE ESTIMATE OF EXCESS CAPACITY TO THE SEARM 22%. THE AIR FORCE'S ESTIMATE OF EXCESS CAPACITY IS RALPHLY 30%. BOTH THE ARMY AND AIR FORCE ARE STRONG SUPPORTERS OF ANOTHER BRAC ROUND. WHILE THIS AMENDMENT REALLY HAS NO EFFECT BECAUSE WE DON'T ACTUALLY HAVE ANY FUNDING IN THIS BILL FOR ANOTHER BRAC ROUND, IT DOES SEND A MESSAGE THAT CONGRESS IS UNWILLING TO TACKLE WHAT IS ARGUABLY A TOUGH ISSUE. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD BE ESSENTIALLY AN ABDICATION OF OUR DUTIES AS MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE TO ENSURE THAT TAXPAYER RESOURCES ARE BEING USED IN A WISE AND FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE WAY. THAT'S SOMETHING WE HEAR FROM OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE REGULARLY AND GIVEN THAT WE HAVE A VERY, VERY SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL, WHEN WE HAVE RESOURCES THAT WE ARE EXPENDING, OR ESSENTIALLY WASTING BY NOT HAVING A BRAC ROUND, THEN WE ARE ESSENTIALLY LEAVING THAT MONEY ON THE TABLE WHEN WE COULD PROVIDE IT FOR OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND I RECOGNIZE THAT THE CHAIRMAN IS WILLING TO ACCEPT IT BUT WE SHOULD UNDERSCORE THAT THERE ARE NO FUNDS IN THIS BILL FOR A ROUND OF BRAC. ESSENTIALLY THE ACCEPTANCE OF THIS AMENDMENT DOTCHTS THE SAME POSTURE THAT THIS BILL ALREADY HOLDS. THANK YOU, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                            • 06:54:16 PM

                                              THE CHAIR

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

                                              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO.

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                                          • 06:54:28 PM

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

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                                              MR. CHAIRMAN I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                              THE CHAIR

                                              IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 21 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT…

                                              IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 21 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259. THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                              An amendment, offered by Mr. Brat, numbered 21 printed in House Report 115-259 to prohibit the Department of Veterans Affairs from spending money on a study that causes significant pain or distress to dogs. Amendment also clarifies that training programs or studies of service dogs are not included in the ban on funding.

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                                              DEBATE

                                              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Brat amendment No. 21.

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                                                THE CLERK

                                                AMENDMENT NUMBER 21 PRINTED IN 40US RE-- HOUSE REPORT 115-259 OFFERED BY…

                                                AMENDMENT NUMBER 21 PRINTED IN 40US RE-- HOUSE REPORT 115-259 OFFERED BY MR. BRAT OF VIRGINIA.

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                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                MR. BRAT

                                                I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 473, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. BRAT,…

                                                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 473, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. BRAT, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                                                MR. BRAT

                                                THANK YOU. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT TO THE…

                                                THANK YOU. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT TO THE BILL H.R. 3219. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK DINA TITUS, TED POE, RO KHANNA, RYAN MAST AND TED LIEU FOR SUPPORTING THIS AMENDMENT. IT WILL STOP FUNDING FOR PAINFUL DOG EXPERIMENTS AT THE V.A. IT ALSO INCLUDES PROTECTIONS TO ENSURE SERVICE DOGS CAN CONTINUE UNENCUMBERED SO VETERANS CAN RECEIVE HELP THEY NEED. MY AMENDMENT COMBINES THREE BIPARTISAN ISSUE. PUPPIES, VETERANS AND GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY. EARLIER THIS YEAR, WHEN MY WIFE AND I READ THE NEWS ABOUT THE V.A.'S DOG TESTING PROGRAM AT THE RICHMOND R.A. MEDICAL CENTER, WE WERE DISTURBED BY THE TYPES OF EXPERIMENTS CONDUCTED ON THE PUPPIES. FROM WHAT I READ IT WAS ON THE LEVEL OF TORTURE. IN RICHMOND THIS INCLUDED INDUCING HEART ATTACKS. AT OTHER LABS THEY WERE GIVING METHAMPHETAMINE TO NARC LEAPTIC DOBERMAN. MY FAMILY HAD A DOBERMAN AND HE WAS PART OF OUR FAMILY YEARS BACK. I BELIEVE OUR VETERANS DESERVE TO RECEIVE THE HIGHEST QUALITY OF HEALTH CARE. THE RICHMOND V.A. HOSPITAL IS STAFFED BY TALENTED HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS. HOWEVER THE EXPERIMENTS BEING CONDUCTED A AT THE RICHMOND DOG RESEARCH LAB HAVE QUESTIONABLE MEDICAL BENEFIT. THE RESOURCES, MONEY, TIME, AND SPACE BEING USED TO CONDUCT THESE EX-PEMS WOULD BE BETTER UTILIZED TO DELIVER HIGH QUALITY HEALTH CARE TO RICHMOND VETERANS. THE V. AMPLE'S FIRST PRIORITY SHOULD BE CARE FURG OUR VETERANS. A RECENT REPORT BY THE V.A. OFFICE OF RESEARCH OVERSIGHT FOUND WIDESPREAD LAPSES IN ADHERING TO PROTOCOL. FAILURE TO FOLLOW ANIMAL WELFARE REGULATIONS. AND THE LACK OF SUFFICIENT DOCUMENTATION TO JUSTIFY THE SEVERITY OF THESE DISTURBING EXPERIMENTS. FEDERAL TAXPAYER DOLLARS ARE BETTER SPENT DIRECTLY CARING FOR OUR NAILINGS' VETERANS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT TO DEFOUND THESE HARMFUL EXPERIMENTS ON MAN'S BEST FRIEND AND I YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN POE.

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                                              • 06:57:32 PM

                                                MR. POE

                                                THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA.

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                                                MS. TITUS

                                                THANK YOU. I TOO RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT AND I THANK…

                                                THANK YOU. I TOO RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUES, MR. BRAT AND MR. POE AND MR. KHANNA FOR INTRODUCING IT. WE WANT TO PROHIBIT FUNDS FROM BEING USED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF V.A. ON STUDIES THAT CAUSE SIGNIFICANT PAIN AND DISTRESS TO DOGS. AS A FORMER MEMBER OF THE HOUSE VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE AND A LONGTIME ADVOCATE OF ANIMAL PROTECTION, I FIRMLY BELIEVE WE SHOULD NOT BE USING TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO FUND PAINFUL AND UNNECESSARY EXPERIMENTAL PROCEDURES WHEN TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES THAT CAN -- TOWARD ALTERNATIVE METHODS. WE HAVE SEEN THE M. IN -- N.I.H. IN THEIR CHAME OPINION DR CHIMPANZEE RESEARCH THEY SAID TECHNOLOGIES ARE MORE ACCURATE AND LESS EXPENSIVE THAN ANIMAL TESTING. THE U.S. MILITARY IS MOVING AWAY FROM USING LIVE ANIMALS FOR TRAINING. THE LOS ANGELES V.A. ANNOUNCED IT'S SUSPENDING CONTROVERSIAL AND GRUESOME EXPERIMENTS ON A COLONY OF DOBERMANS. IT'S TIME FOR THE ROVES THE V.A. TO DO THE SAME THING. THIS AMENDMENT IS SUPPORTED BY THE HUMANE SOCIETY, THE ANIMAL WELFARE INSTITUTE AND THE WHITE COAT WASTE PROJECT. IT'S ESTIMATED THAT 44% OF ALL HOUSEHOLDS, YOU HEARD MY COLLEAGUES MENTION THIS, IN THE UNITED STATES HAVE A DOG. THEY ARE -- IN OUR CULTURE THEY ARE CONSIDERED CHERISHED PETS AND THEY'RE A MEMBER OF THE FAMILY, THEY'RE NOT TO BE USED FOR EXPERIMENTS. EVEN VETERANS THEMSELVES DEPEND ON DOGS ON THE BATTLE FEEL AND AT HOME FOR THERAPY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK.

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                                                MR. POE

                                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                                MR. POE

                                                THEN I'LL YIELD IT BACK.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                DOES ANY MEMBER SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION?

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                                                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT, BUT I DO…

                                                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT, BUT I DO NOT PLAN TO OPPOSE IT. AT THIS TIME I'D BE HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE RANKING MEMBER.

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                                              • 07:01:35 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                                WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. AND YIELDS TO THE…

                                                WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. AND YIELDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA. THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA.

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                                                MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

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

                                                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE V.A. CONDUCTS ANIMAL RESEARCH AT 74 OF ITS FACILITIES AND ONLY THREE OF THESE, CLEVELAND, MILWAUKEE AND RICHMOND, ARE STILL CONDUCTING EXPERIMENTS ON DOGS THAT INVOLVE INFLICTING SIGNIFICANT PAIN AND DISTRESS. JUST YESTERDAY ANOTHER WHISTLEBLOWER WENT PUBLIC WITH GRAPHIC PHOTOS OF MUTILATED DOGS AND OTHER TROUBLING INFORMATION ABOUT DOG TESTING AT THAT FACILITY. IN ADDITION, A RECENT V.A. OFFICE OF RESEARCH OVERSIGHT INVESTIGATION FOUND THAT THE V.A. FAILED TO KEEP ADEQUATE RECORDS ABOUT SICK AND SUFFERING DOGS. AND HAS CONSISTENTLY UNDERREPORTED OF NUMBER OF DOGS USED IN EXPERIMENTS TO FEDERAL AUTHORITIES. I WANT TO BE CLEAR THAT THIS AMENDMENT UNFORTUNATELY DOES NOT STOP ALL ANIMAL RESEARCH AT THE V.A. AND IT DOESN'T EVEN STOP ALL DOG RESEARCH AT THE V.A. AGAIN, UNFORTUNATELY. FAR FROM IT, IN FACT. THIS AMENDMENT RIGHTLY AND SIMPLY PROHIBITS TAXPAYER DOLLARS FROM BEING SPENT ON RESEARCH THAT CAUSES DOGS SIGNIFICANT PAIN AND DISTRESS. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT ON BEHALF OF BAILEY, DEMI, KOKI, MINI AND MATTY SCHULTZ. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLEMAN HAS THE ONLY TIME REMAINING.

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                                                I YIELD BACK.

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                                                THE CHAIR

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

                                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 23 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                            • 07:03:01 PM

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

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                                                MR. KING

                                                MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK MADE IN ORDER BY THE RULE.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                An amendment, offered by Mr. King (IA), numbered 23 printed in House Report 115-259 to ensure that no funds are used to implement, administer, or enforce the Davis-Bacon Act.

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                                                DEBATE

                                                Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the King (IA) amendment No. 23.

                                                • 07:03:39 PM

                                                  THE CLERK

                                                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 23 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259 OFFERED BY MR. KING OF…

                                                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 23 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259 OFFERED BY MR. KING OF IOWA.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 473, THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. KING, AND A…

                                                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 473, THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. KING, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA.

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                                                • 07:03:55 PM

                                                  MR. KING

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS IS A DAVIS-BACON AMENDMENT THAT ADDRESSES…

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS IS A DAVIS-BACON AMENDMENT THAT ADDRESSES THE MILCON COMPONENT OF THE LEGISLATION THAT IS BEFORE US. AND THIS CONGRESS HAS HAD THIS DEBATE A NUMBER OF TIMES OVER THE PAST YEARS. BUT THE HISTORY OF DAVIS-BACON ACT GOES BACK TO A COUPLE OF REPUBLICANS THAT GOT TOGETHER AND DECIDED THEY DIDN'T WANT THE CONSTRUCTION MARKET TO HAVE TO FACE COMPETITION OUT OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS COMING OUT OF ALABAMA TO BUILD A FEDERAL BUILDING IN NEW YORK CITY. IT TOOK SUCH GREAT OFFENSE AT THAT THAT THEY WROTE LEGISLATION THAT'S KNOWN AS THE DAVIS-BACON ACT THAT REQUIRES THAT THE LANG -- REQUIRES A PREVAILING WAGE. I HAVE SPENT 42 YEARS IN THE CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS. IF I COUNT THE WORK MY SON DOES AS HE OWNS THAT COMPANY TODAY. AND WE'VE DEALT THAT THAT, I WOULD SAY, -- DEALT WITH THAT, I WOULD SAY NEARLY EVERY YEAR. WE HAVE A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT'S INTERFERING IN THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE EMPLOYER AND THE EMPLOYEE AND SETTING A WAGE SCALE. IT'S CALLED PREVAILING WAGE. BUT THAT'S SET BY FOLKS SITTING INSIDE A ROOM WITH A CLOSED DOOR AND THEY COME OUT OF THERE WITH THE EQUIVALENT OF UNION WAGE MANDATED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THAT'S THE NET EFFECT. SO AS WE'VE KEPT RECORDS OVER THE YEARS, THE INCREASE IN THE COST OF THE PROJECTS FOR US HAS BEEN BETWEEN 8% AND 35%. DEPENDING ON HOW MUCH IS LABOR AND HOW MUCH IS MATERIALS AND THE NATURE OF THE JOB. THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION HAS STUD DONE A STUDIER -- HAS DONE A STUDY OR TWO. THEY COME WITH A NUMBER IN THAT AREA. I BOIL IT DOWN TO 20%. IT'S A 20% INCREASE OVER THE OTHERWISE COST OF A PROJECT. AND THAT MEANS THIS. WITHOUT DAVIS-BACON WAGE SCALE IMPOSED UPON IT BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, THE MERIT SHOT EMPLOYEES WHO MEET PLANS AND SPECS AND DO HIGH QUALITY WORK AND THERE'S NOTHING IN OUR 42 YEARS OF HISTORY THAT WOULD INDICATE OTHERWISE, THAT WE CAN BUILD FIVE MILES OF ROAD INSTEAD OF FOUR, WE CAN BUILD FIVE BARRACKS INSTEAD OF FOUR. WE CAN BUILD FIVE BRIDGES INSTEAD OF FOUR. THIS IS AN UNNECESSARY COST TO THE TAXPAYER. IT BRINGS EFFICIENCY TO THE EXPENDITURES OF THE TAXPAYERS' MONEY. AND IT DOES A LOT BETTER JOB OF TAKING CARE OF OUR MILITARY. I URGE THE ADOPTION OF MY AMENDMENT, WHICH SIMPLY DOES THIS. IT SAYS THAT NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED TO IMPLEMENT, ADMINISTER OR ENFORCE PREVAILING WAGE REQUIREMENTS, THAT'S REFERENCED TO DAVIS-BACON. I URGE ITS ADOPTION AND I WOULD RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                • 07:06:17 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

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

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                • 07:06:24 PM

                                                  MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

                                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

                                                  AND I AM OPPOSED TO THE AMENDMENT. MR. CHAIRMAN, DAVIS BAKE SEASON A…

                                                  AND I AM OPPOSED TO THE AMENDMENT. MR. CHAIRMAN, DAVIS BAKE SEASON A PRETTY SIMPLE CONCEPT AND -- DAVIS-BACON IS A PRETTY SIMPLE CONCEPT AND A FAIR ONE AT THAT. IT PROTECTS THE GOVERNMENT AND WORKERS IN CARRYING OUT THE POLICY THAT IS VERY SIMPLE AND VERY STRAIGHTFORWARD -- PAYING DECENT WAGES ON GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS. THE DAVIS-BACON ACT REQUIRES THAT WORKERS ON FEDERALLY FUNDED CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS BE PAID NO LESS THAN THE WAGES PAID IN THE COMMUNITY FOR SIMILAR WORK. IT REQUIRES THAT EVERY CONTRACTOR CONSTRUCTION OF WHICH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS A PARTY IN EXCESS OF $2,000 CONTAIN A PROVISION DEFINING THE MINIMUM WAGES PAID TO VARIOUS CLASSES OF LABORERS AND MECHANICS. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE HOUSE HAS TAKEN NUMEROUS AND REPEATED VOTES ON THIS ISSUE AND ON EVERY VOTE THIS BODY HAS VOTED TO MAINTAIN DAVIS-BACON REQUIREMENTS. IN FACT, MOST RECENTLY DURING CONSIDERATION OF THE F.Y. 2018 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT, IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION, THE HOUSE FIRMLY REJECTED A SIMILAR AMENDMENT 242-183. LAST YEAR WE AVOIDED INCLUDING DIVISIVE LANGUAGE LIKE THIS IN THIS BILL AND IT'S MY HOPE WE STOP ATTACKING THE WORKING CLASS AND DEFEAT THE AMENDMENT BEFORE US TODAY AND MOVE ON TO MORE IMPORTANT MATTERS AS WE SURELY HAVE IN FRONT OF US. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO VOTE NO AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                • 07:07:47 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA…

                                                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  MR. KING

                                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, AS I LISTEN TO THAT REBUTTAL, I'D LIKE TO BRING BACK A…

                                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, AS I LISTEN TO THAT REBUTTAL, I'D LIKE TO BRING BACK A LITTLE MORE OF THE HISTORY OF THIS. IT IS THIS. THAT DAVIS-BACON, I'VE BEEN LOOKING AT THIS A LONG TIME. AS FAR AS I KNOW AND I BELIEVE IT'S TRUE, IS THE LAST REMAINING JIM CROW LAW THAT EXISTS IN FEDERAL STATUTE TODAY. WE SHOULD TAKE CARE TO PULL IT OUT OF THE FEDERAL CODE. ITS LEGACY IS BADLY TAINTED. IT WAS BUILT AS A RACIST LAW. AND THAT NEEDS TO BE ELIMINATED. AND WE NEED TO HAVE A MERIT SHOP SOCIETY WHERE PEOPLE CAN COMPETE RATHER THAN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DECIDING WITH A BOARD OR COMMISSION BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. LET'S BUILD MORE ROADS, MORE BRIDGES, MORE BARRACKS, MORE AIR STRIPS, LET'S PUT OUR MONEY TO THE BEST USE WE CAN. THAT'S IN KEEPING WITH DONALD TRUMP'S PHILOSOPHY. GET MORE FOR LESS. THAT'S WHAT YOU GET WITH THE KING AMENDMENT. MORE FOR LELLS. AND WE GET TO -- LESS. AND WE GET TO ELIMINATE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THIS JIM CROW LAW ON OUR MILCON AS A STARTER. IF WE DO THIS HERE, WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO GO FORWARD WITH THIS AND FINALLY ONE DAY COMPLETELY REPEAL THE DAVIS-BACON. SO I'D RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                                • 07:09:00 PM

                                                  MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

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

                                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. NORCROSS, WHO HAS BEEN A PASSIONATE ADVOCATE AND FIGHTER FOR WORKING MEN AND WOMEN OF THIS COUNTRY.

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                                                • 07:09:10 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                • 07:09:12 PM

                                                  MR. NORCROSS

                                                  I THANK THE CONGRESSWOMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO…

                                                  I THANK THE CONGRESSWOMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS MISGUIDED DAVIS-BACON AMENDMENT. WHY WOULD ANYBODY COME TO THIS FLOOR AND SAY, I WANT TO LOWER THE WAGES FOR THE PEOPLE I REPRESENT? WHY WOULD ANYBODY WANT TO DO THAT? WE'RE HERE TO HELP PEOPLE RAISE THEIR LOCAL STANDARDS OF LIVING. BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT THIS AMENDMENT WOULD DO. IT WOULD LOWER THE WAGES OF WORKING CONDITIONS, OF THOSE VERY MEN AND WOMEN THAT WE WERE ELECTED TO SERVE. IT WOULD HURT THE LOCAL ECONOMY, DEVAL THE WORKERS' PAY -- DEVALUE THE WORKERS' PAY. ALMOST 100 YEARS AGO, TWO REPUBLICANS REALIZED THERE WAS A PROBLEM WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND CONTRACTS. THE CONTRACTS WERE UNFAIR TO THOSE LOCAL ECONOMIES. SO IN 1931, UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED DAVIS-BACON PREVAILING WAGE. ENSURED CONSTRUCTION WORKERS COMING IN ARE PAID THE SAME AS LOCAL LABOR. AS LOCAL LABOR. IT LEVELS THE PLAYING FIELD. ENSURES WORKERS GET PAID A FAIR DAY'S PAY FOR A HARD DAY'S WORK. EASY ANSWERS. VERY EASY ANSWERS. FOR MY COLLEAGUES SUPPORTING THIS AMENDMENT, I HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS OF YOU. YOU WANT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO MAKE BAD INVESTMENTS? YOU WANT TO CUT THOSE WAGES FOR THE VERY PEOPLE WHO ELECTED YOU? DO YOU WANT LOCAL WORKERS TO SUFFER? PEOPLE COME INTO YOUR TOWN AND YOUR COMMUNITY AND CUT THE WAGES ? I DON'T THINK SO. WE'RE NOT HERE TO LOWER THE STANDARDS. WE'RE HERE TO RAISE THE STANDARDS. AND SPEAKING OF PRESIDENT TRUMP, GUESS WHO USED AND PAID FOR -- PAID PREVAILING WAGE? YOU GUESSED IT. DONALD TRUMP IN ATLANTIC CITY. HE DIDN'T HAVE TO BUT HE UNDERSTOOD HE HAD TO HELP THE PEOPLE IN THAT ECONOMY BUILD A GOOD PRODUCT. THIS IS WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT. QUALITY WAGES TO PEOPLE WHO GO TO WORK EACH AND EVERY DAY AND PLAY HARD AND WORK HARD. FOLLOW THE RULES. THAT'S WHAT PREVAILING WAGE IS. GIVING LOCAL COMMUNITIES A SAY IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO…

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO DIRECT THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR, NOT TO THE CHAMBER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                • 07:11:22 PM

                                                  MR. KING

                                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, MAY I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME IS REMAINING ON EACH SIDE?

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  BOTH SIDES HAVE 1 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING.

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                                                  MR. KING

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'D RECOGNIZE MYSELF, YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF…

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'D RECOGNIZE MYSELF, YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. AS I LISTEN TO THE GENTLEMAN, UNFAIR, THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS UNFAIR WHEN YOU HAVE SOMEONE WHO APPLIES FOR A JOB AND THEY'RE WILLING TO WORK FOR A WAGE AND WE WANT TO HIRE THE BEST PEOPLE WE CAN HIRE. WE WANT TO KEEP THE BEST PEOPLE WE CAN HIRE AND WE WANT TO PAY THE BEST BENEFITS WE CAN. BUT WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS INTERFERING WITH THE EFFICIENTSY OF OUR OPERATIONS AND DECIDING THAT -- EFFICIENCY OF OUR OPERATIONS AND DECIDING THAT THIS MACHINE PAYS $25 AN HOUR THIS MACHINE PAYS $35 AN HOUR, AND THIS SHOVEL PAYS $20, WHO IS GOING TO CLIMB INTO WHICH MACHINE AND DO WHAT? THE EFFICIENCIES OF OUR OPERATIONS GO DOWNHILL WHEN YOU'VE GOT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SETTING THOSE KINDS OF THINGS. WE HAD A PROJECT YEARS AGO WHERE THE CENTERLINE OF THE HIGHWAY, WE WORKED ON BOTH SIDES OF THE HIGHWAY, THE CENTERLINE OF THE HIGHWAY WAS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TWO DIFFERENT REGIONS, WITH DIFFERENT PREVAILING WAGE SCALES. IT WAS ALMOST TWICE AS MUCH MONEY ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY AS IT WAS ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY. WHERE DO YOU THINK MY CREWS WANTED TO WORK? THEY WANTED TO WORK ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY. YOU'VE GOT TO FIGHT THAT CONSTANTLY. WE DON'T NEED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INTERFERING. I USED -- THERE USED TO BE A GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS THAT WOULD SAY, WE SHOULD NOT HAVE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INTERFERING BETWEEN ANY RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TWO CONSENTING ADULTS. THAT'S WHAT AN EMPLOYMENT IS. TWO CONSENTING ADULTS. IT'S A CONTRACT. WE DON'T NEED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THERE. WE NEED TO BUILD MORE PROJECTS FOR LESS MONEY, FOR THE SAME STANDARD OF WORK. IT'S NOT UNFAIR. IT'S HIGH QUALITY WORK COMING OUT OF ALL THE RECORDS OF MERIT SHOP EMPLOYEES AND IT'S CONSISTENT WITH WHAT AMERICA NEEDS TO DO TO COMPETE WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD. I URGE THAT THE BODY COME FORWARD AND VOTE FOR THIS AMENDMENT AND BLOCK THE DAVIS-BACON WAGE SCALES AND END UP WITH AN EFFICIENT FORM OF CONSTRUCTION FOR MILCON. AND I'D YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA IS…

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. YOU KNOW, IT'S UNFORTUNATE THAT THE GENTLEMAN…

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. YOU KNOW, IT'S UNFORTUNATE THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA REPEATEDLY ENGAGES IN REVISIONIST HISTORY WHEN IT COMES TO WALKING THE CHAMBER THROUGH THE HISTORY OF WHY WE HAVE DAVIS-BACON. IT WAS ACTUALLY IN 1927 THAT A CONTRACTOR WHO WAS EMPLOYED -- EMPLOYING AFRICAN-AMERICAN WORKERS WAS BUILDING A VETERANS' BUREAU HOSPITAL, FITTING THAT WE'RE DEBY AING THIS ON THIS BILL, IN THE DISTRICT OF CONGRESSMAN BACON. WHAT CONGRESSMAN BACON FOUND WAS THAT THERE WERE VERY SERIOUS ISSUES RELATED TO LOW WAGES BEING PAID, COMPETITIVE PRESSURE TOWARDS THOSE LOWER WAGES, DISCRIMINATION AGAINST THE MIGRANT WORKERS. SO I INTRODUCED DAVIS-BACON INITIALLY TO BE ABLE TO MAKE SURE THAT WORKERS ON CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS WOULD BE ABLE TO BE PAID THE PREVAILING WAGES IN THE COMMUNITY. THESE WORKERS HAPPENED TO BE AFRICAN-AMERICAN. SO THAT'S ABOUT THE ONLY THING THAT IS AT ALL RELATED TO THE SO-CALLED JIM CROW REFERENCE THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA MADE. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT NO MATTER WHERE YOU WORK, ON FEDERAL PROJECT, THAT CONSTRUCTION WORKERS, WORKING PEOPLE WHO ARE TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY PRODUCE QUALITY WORK, ARE ABLE TO PRODUCE THAT QUALITY WORK BY BEING PAID THE PREVAILING WAGE IN A COMMUNITY BASED ON THOSE STANDARDS. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                • 07:14:47 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE…

                                                  THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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                                              • 07:14:48 PM

                                                POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

                                                At the conclusion of debate on the King (IA) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Ms. Wasserman Schultz demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.

                                                • 07:15:04 PM

                                                  MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

                                                  MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA.

                                                • 07:15:07 PM

                                                  MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

                                                  I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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

                                                  PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA WILL BE POSTPONED. .

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                                                • 07:16:28 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 24 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT…

                                                  IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 24 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259. NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 27 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                • 07:17:01 PM

                                                  MR. BERGMAN

                                                  I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                                                • 07:17:02 PM

                                                  An amendment, offered by Mr. Bergman, numbered 27 printed in House Report 115-259 to increase the Investigations account under the Army Corps of Engineers by $1,000,000 and reduces Army Corps Expenses by the same amount.

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                                                    THE CLERK

                                                    NUMBER 27 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259 OFFERED BY MR. BERGMAN OF…

                                                    NUMBER 27 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259 OFFERED BY MR. BERGMAN OF MICHIGAN.

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                                              • 07:17:03 PM

                                                DEBATE

                                                Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Bergman amendment No. 27.

                                                • 07:17:12 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. BERGMAN AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL…

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. BERGMAN AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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                                                  MR. BERGMAN

                                                  I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT TO THE MAKE AMERICA SECURE…

                                                  I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT TO THE MAKE AMERICA SECURE APPROPRIATIONS BILL. MY AMENDMENT SIMPLY ADDS $1 MILLION TO THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS INVESTIGATIONS ACCOUNT TO ASSIST WITH PROJECTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT THE ARMY CORPS IS IN CHARGE OF OVERSEEING. PROJECTS LIKE MODERNIZING THE SUE LOCHS WHICH CONNECTS LAKE SUPERIOR THROUGH THE ST. MARY'S RIVER. THIS IS A PROJECT THAT HAS BEEN AROUND FOR A LONG TIME ON THE BOOKS. PROJECTS LIKE THIS THAT HAVE MORE THAN 4,500 VESSELS AND 80 MILLION TONS OF CARGO MOVING THROUGH THE LOCHS EACH YEAR, THIS PLAYS A CRITICAL ROW IN TRANSPORTING GOODS THROUGH THE GREAT LAKES REGION THROUGH PORTS AROUND THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. AND CURRENTRY, THE CONSTRUCTION WHICH IS INTEGRAL NOT ONLY TO MY DISTRICT BUT THE ENTIRE UNITED STATES IS CAUGHT IN A MEYER OF UNCERTAINTY AND IT ALL COMES DOWN TO ONE THING, FUNDING. I THINK IT'S APPROPRIATE THAT WE ARE CONSIDERING THIS AMENDMENT IN THE CONTEXT OF MAKING AMERICA SECURE. BECAUSE IT MIGHT BE A SURPRISE TO SOME TO LEARN THAT MODERNIZING THE SIOUXLOHS IS A MATTER OF NATIONAL SECURITY. AN UNEXPECTED INTERRUPTION TO THE LARGEST LO CRMPHMP IN THE SYSTEM WOULD HAVE DISASTROUS IMPACTS ACROSS THE NATION TO INCRUDE $1.1 TRILLION FALL IN GROSS DOMESTIC NATIONAL PRODUCT AND SPIKE IN NATIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT TO A RATE OF 11.3%. AGAIN, THIS IS THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY SAYING THIS. AND WHILE CONGRESS HAS AUTHORIZED THE CONSTRUCTION TWICE NOW OVER THE SEVERAL YEARS, IT HAS BEEN TIED UP IN ECONOMIC RE-EVALUATIONS AND STUDIES THAT HAVE KEPT CONGRESS AND THE CORPS FROM SPENDING THE NECESSARY FUNDS TO COMPLETE THE PROJECT. THIS AMENDMENT SENDS A MESSAGE TO THE ARMY CORPS AND REMIND CONGRESS THAT PROGRESS LIKE THIS PROJECT MUST BE A PRIORITY. DURING THE TIME WHEN INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS AND NATIONAL SECURITY ARE AT THE FOREFRONT OF OUR POLICY CONVERSATIONS, CONVERSATIONS LIKE THE SIOUX LOCKS SHOULD NOT BE LIMITED OR THE ARMY CORPS TO DO ITS DUE DILIGENCE IN CONDUCTING THE STUDIES. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR WORKING WITH ME AND UNDERSTANDING HOW SIGNIFICANT THE MODERNIZATION IS AND PROJECTS LIKE THIS AROUND THE COUNTRY ARE -- THEY ARE SO IMPORTANT TO OUR ECONOMY AND OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                • 07:20:58 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

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

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                • 07:21:05 PM

                                                  MS. KAPTUR

                                                  I SEEK TO RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT. I RISE IN VERY, VERY, VERY…

                                                  I SEEK TO RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT. I RISE IN VERY, VERY, VERY RELUCTANT OPPOSITION. I AGREE WITH THE GOAL. AND I AGREE WITH THE FINE CONGRESSMAN'S GOAL OF GETTING THAT MODERNIZED AND IMPROVING THE EXCESS IN SECURING THE GREAT LAKES REGION FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. MY PROBLEM LIES IN THE OFFSET. COMING OUT OF THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY ACCOUNT. AND SO I WOULD ONLY ASK THE GENTLEMAN TO CONSIDER ADVISING HIS COLLEAGUES WHO WILL GO INTO CONFERENCE TO FIND A DIFFERENT OFFSET, IT WOULD BE A LOT MORE COMFORTABLE ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE. I CONGRATULATE HIM FOR HIS AMENDMENT AND RELUCT APTLY RISE IN OPPOSITION AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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                                                  MR. BERGMAN

                                                  THE OFFSET DOES NOT COME OUT OF E.R.A.

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                                                  MS. KAPTUR

                                                  MAY I INQUIRE, WHERE DOES THE OFFSET COME FROM?

                                                • 07:22:20 PM

                                                  MR. SIMPSON

                                                  IT COMES FROM CORE EXPENSES IN THE ADMINISTRATION.

                                                • 07:22:25 PM

                                                  MS. KAPTUR

                                                  THAT CHANGES MY POSITION.

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                                                  MR. SIMPSON

                                                  LET ME SAY, I RISE -- I UNDERSTAND THE PROJECT OF GREAT IMPORTANCE TO MY…

                                                  LET ME SAY, I RISE -- I UNDERSTAND THE PROJECT OF GREAT IMPORTANCE TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM MICHIGAN. I WOULD BE HAPPY TO WORK WITH THEM TO SEE IF WE CAN ADVANCE THIS PROJECT TO ENSURE NAVIGATION ON THE GREAT LAKES. THE AMENDMENT INCREASES THE FUNDING LEVEL OF AN ACCOUNT AND DOES NOT DIRECT THAT FUNDING LEVEL TO A PARTICULAR ACTIVITY. AND FOR THAT REASON, THE AMENDMENT DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A MAJOR SHIFT IN ACCOUNTS AND I SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY…

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO.

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                                              • 07:23:07 PM

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

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 28 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT…

                                                  IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 28 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                • 07:25:43 PM

                                                  MR. SIMPSON

                                                  I RISE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

                                                • 07:25:45 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

                                                • 07:25:47 PM

                                                  MR. SIMPSON

                                                  I YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK, MR. FASO, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A…

                                                  I YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK, MR. FASO, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A COLLOQUY.

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                                                • 07:25:54 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                • 07:25:56 PM

                                                  MR. FASO

                                                  THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN SIMPSON FOR THE TIME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3219.…

                                                  THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN SIMPSON FOR THE TIME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3219. SPECIFICALLY, I WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS DIVISION V OF THE BILL WHICH PROPERTIES ADDITIONAL FUNDING TO THE ARMY CORPS' OF ENGINEERS. THIS BILL ALLOCATES TO FUND PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES TOLL FUND THE NATION'S ECONOMIC GROWTH. A DAM IN MY DISTRICT WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO COMPETE FOR THESE FUND AND IS AUTHORIZED TO SECTION 500 OF THE DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 2007. ORIGINALLY BUILT IN THE MID-1800'S, THE DAM IS IN CRITICAL NEED OF REPAIR. IT FEEDS A STREAM NECESSARY TO THE MOVEMENT OF TREATED WASTEWATER FROM MULTIPLE WASTE WATER TREATMENT FACILITIES. THE TOWN IS HOME TO NEARLY 9,000 RESIDENTS AND 500 HOMES INCLUDED ON THE LAKE. COULD THE CHAIRMAN PLEASE CONFIRM THAT THE LAKE DAM PROJECT COULD COMPETE FOR FUNDING INCLUDED IN THE BILL?

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                                                  MR. SIMPSON

                                                  I THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. PROJECTS…

                                                  I THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. PROJECTS AUTHORIZED UNDER SECTION 5003 OF THE 2007 WRRDA BILL ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS ADDITIONAL FUNDING. THIS IS REFLECTED IN REPORT LANGUAGE.

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                                                  MR. FASO

                                                  I THANK CHAIRMAN SIMPSON FOR HIS CONFIRMATION. I URGE SUPPORT AND I YIELD…

                                                  I THANK CHAIRMAN SIMPSON FOR HIS CONFIRMATION. I URGE SUPPORT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                • 07:27:41 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

                                                • 07:28:10 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO SEEK RESOLUTION.

                                                • 07:28:15 PM

                                                  MR. SIMPSON

                                                  AS DESIGNEE OF THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY I OFFER AMENDMENTS EN…

                                                  AS DESIGNEE OF THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY I OFFER AMENDMENTS EN BLOC.

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                                                  Amendments en bloc offered by Mr. Simpson, comprised of the following amendments printed in House Report 115-259 as en bloc No 2: 29, 30, 33, 34, 45, 47, 48, 66, 67, 68, and 69.

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                                                    THE CLERK

                                                    67, 68 AND 69 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 1-259 OFFERED BY MR. SIMPSON OF…

                                                    67, 68 AND 69 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 1-259 OFFERED BY MR. SIMPSON OF IDAHO.

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                                                DEBATE

                                                Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 20 minutes of debate on the Simpson en bloc amendment No. 2.

                                                • 07:28:42 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO AND GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, EACH WILL CONTROL 10…

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO AND GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, EACH WILL CONTROL 10 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO.

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                                                • 07:28:56 PM

                                                  MR. SIMPSON

                                                  THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO.

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                                                  MS. KAPTUR

                                                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE ENOLYMPIC AMENDMENTS AND YIELD A MINUTE AND A…

                                                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE ENOLYMPIC AMENDMENTS AND YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, CONGRESSMAN MARK TAKANO.

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                                                  MR. TAKANO

                                                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT WHICH ASSURES THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY…

                                                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT WHICH ASSURES THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY CONTINUES TO FUND ENERGY INNOVATION HUBS IN THE OFFICE OF SCIENCE, ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND NUCLEAR ENERGY. THE CURRENT LANGUAGE ACCOMPANYING H.R. 3256 WHICH IS THE APPROPRIATIONS BILL DIRECTS D.O.E. NOT TO FUND THESE CENTERS. BYPASSING THIS AMENDMENT WE WILL EXPRESS CONTENT TO CONTINUE FUNDING THESE HUBS AND THE FINAL REPORT LANGUAGE BE EDITED TO REFLECT OUR INTENT. THIS THEY CONDUCT RESEARCH INCLUDING NUCLEAR, STORAGE AND ENERGY SUPPLY CHAINS. THEY ARE MODELED OFF THE ICONIC BELL LABORATORIES WHERE PRIVATE INDUSTRY NO LONGER HAS INCREASING PRESSURE. THAT IS WHY IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT THE GOVERNMENT CONDUCT THIS RESEARCH. MR. CHAIRMAN. I ENCOURAGE MY SUPPORT OF THE EN BLOC AND AMEND THE FINAL REPORT LANGUAGE SO THESE HUBS CONTINUE TO RECEIVE FUNDING. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                • 07:30:33 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

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

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. . . THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO.

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                                                • 07:30:40 PM

                                                  MS. KAPTUR

                                                  I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                                                • 07:30:42 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

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

                                                  THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO.

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                                                • 07:30:45 PM

                                                  MR. SIMPSON

                                                  I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENTS EN BLOC OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE EN BLOC AMENDMENTS ARE AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                  MR. SIMPSON

                                                  I RISE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

                                              • 07:31:05 PM

                                                On agreeing to the Simpson amendments; Agreed to by voice vote.

                                                • 07:31:06 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                • 07:31:08 PM

                                                  MR. SIMPSON

                                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE, FOR THE…

                                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE, FOR THE PURPOSES OF A COLLOQUY.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                • 07:31:14 PM

                                                  MR. LANCE

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. FIRST, I THANK YOU FOR THE COMMITTEE'S CONTINUED…

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. FIRST, I THANK YOU FOR THE COMMITTEE'S CONTINUED SUPPORT OF THE RIVER FLOOD CONTROL PROJECT IN THE DISTRICT I SERVE. THIS PROJECT IS ESSENTIAL TO THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF COMMUNITIES IN THE DISTRICT. THESE COMMUNITIES HAVE WORKED EXTENSIVELY WITH THE DISTRICT OFFICE OF THE ARMY CORPS, WHICH, TOGETHER WITH THEIR COLLEAGUES AT CORPS HEADQUARTERS IN WASHINGTON, PREPARED A TENTATIVELY SELECTED PLAN AND WERE WAITING FOR CORPS HEADQUARTERS TO SCHEDULE AN AGENCY MILESTONE MEETING TO FINALIZE THE DETAILS AND BEGIN THE PROCESS OF COMPILING A CHIEFS REPORT. IS IT THE COMMITTEE'S INTENT IN PROVIDING FUNDING THAT THE CORPS SHOULD COMPLETE THE RIVER FEASIBILITY STUDY?

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                                                  MR. SIMPSON

                                                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS QUESTION. YES, IT HAS BEEN THE COMMITTEE'S…

                                                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS QUESTION. YES, IT HAS BEEN THE COMMITTEE'S INTENT THAT FUNDS PROVIDED TO DATE WERE TO BE USED TO COMPLETE THE FEASIBILITY STUDY ISSUE -- AND ISSUE A CHIEFS REPORT. THERE IS ADDITIONAL FUNDING PROVIDED IN THIS BILL THAT COULD BE ALLOCATED FOR THE RIVER STUDY IF NECESSARY.

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                                                • 07:32:19 PM

                                                  MR. LANCE

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WOULD FURTHER ASK YOUR ASSISTANCE TO ENSURE…

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WOULD FURTHER ASK YOUR ASSISTANCE TO ENSURE THAT THE EXTENSIVE WORK, EXPERTISE AND PLANNING AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL AND THE EX TENSIVE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IS -- EXTENSIVE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IS ALSO FOLLOWED BY THE ARMY CORPS HEADQUARTERS. THERE'S GROWING CONCERN IN COMMUNITIES I SERVE THAT ARMY CORPS HEADQUARTERS MIGHT SHELF THIS PROJECT -- SHELVE THIS PROJECT. AS RECENTLY AS THE 2016 WRDA BILL, AND THE ONGOING FUNDING FROM YOUR SUBCOMMITTEE. THIS WOULD REPRESENT THE WORST KIND OF DISCONNECT BETWEEN THE NEEDS OF COMMUNITIES IN NEED AND THE BUREAUCRACY OF WASHINGTON. DOING NOTHING, WASTING TAXPAYER TIME AND MONEY, AND ALLOWING THE CURRENT HAZARDS TO ENDURE ARE NOT AN ACCEPTABLE OUTCOME. I WOULD RESPECTFULLY ASK THE FULL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN AND SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN TO ASSIST IN CONVENING A MEETING WITH THE AFFECTED MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND THE CORPS, TO ENSURE WE CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS CHOSEN ALTERNATIVE AND PROCEED WITH THE PROJECT NOW.

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                                                  MR. SIMPSON

                                                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS COMMENTS AND WE WOULD BE PLEASED TO WORK…

                                                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS COMMENTS AND WE WOULD BE PLEASED TO WORK WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY ON SUCH A MEETING AND TO ENSURE A SUCCESSFUL COLLUSION -- CONCLUSION OF THIS FEASIBILITY STUDY.

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                                                • 07:33:32 PM

                                                  MR. LANCE

                                                  THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

                                                • 07:33:37 PM

                                                  MR. SIMPSON

                                                  I DON'T WANT TO USE THAT COLLUSION WORD TOO MUCH.

                                                • 07:34:32 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE CHAIR UNDERSTANDS THAT AMENDMENT NUMBER 31 WILL NOT BE OFFERED. FOR…

                                                  THE CHAIR UNDERSTANDS THAT AMENDMENT NUMBER 31 WILL NOT BE OFFERED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                  MS. KAPTUR

                                                  I JUST RISE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD AND WANT TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION TO…

                                                  I JUST RISE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD AND WANT TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION TO CONGRESSMAN MIKE SIMPSON AND ALL THE MEMBERS OF OUR SUBCOMMITTEE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR COMPLETING OUR WORK ON TIME. AND FOR REACHING AGREEMENT ON MANY OF THESE AMENDMENTS THAT WILL SAVE THE MEMBERS ANGST TONIGHT. AND HOPEFULLY WE WON'T HAVE TO WORK BEYOND MIDNIGHT. BUT TO SAY THAT WITH THE MARK THAT WE RECEIVED, WE CONTINUE TO MOVE AMERICA FORWARD ON ENERGY INDEPENDENCE. WE KNOW THAT BY -- OH, IN ABOUT EIGHT YEARS, NINE YEARS, AS PROJECT -- IT'S PROJECTED THAT AMERICA WILL FINALLY BE EXPORTING MORE ENERGY THAN WE ARE IMPORTING. AND WE WILL BE 100% ENERGY EFFICIENT AND ENERGY INDEPENDENT HERE AT HOME. THAT IS QUITE AN ACCOMPLISHMENT. THINKING BACK TO THE PERIOD OF TIME IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY IN THE LAST CENTURY WHEN WE AS A NATION WERE SUBJECTED TO RISING OIL PRICES BECAUSE OF EMBARGOS. PARTICULARLY IN THE MIDDLE EAST. AND WE FELL INTO DEEP RECESSION HERE IN OUR COUNTRY. BACK IN THE 1970'S AND SUBSEQUENT TO THAT, EVERY TIME GASOLINE WENT OVER $4 A GALLON. SO WHEN WE CONSIDER THE ENERGY AND WATER BILL, I THINK WE ALL HAVE TO PAT AMERICA ON THE BACK FOR HAVING HAD CONSISTENT ENLIGHTENED LEADERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WHO UNDERSTOOD WHAT WAS IMPORTANT IN THE NATION'S BEST INTEREST. SO AS WE CONSIDER THIS BILL TODAY, THOUGH THERE ARE PARTICULAR AMENDMENTS ON SUBJECTS THAT RANGE AS FAR AFIELD AS THE SIOUX LOCKS AND THE ENERGY INFORMATION AGENCY, WHICH WE WILL GET INTO IN A MOMENT, WATER PROJECTS THAT ARE SOME OF THE BIGGEST JOB CREATORS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, LET'S NOT LOSE SIGHT OF THE BIG FRAME. AND THE BIG FRAME REALLY IS THAT THIS IS A BILL THAT MAKES AMERICA MORE SECURE AND THAT ALLOWS US -- THAT ALLOWS US TO MAKE PROGRESS HERE AT HOME FROM COAST-TO-COAST. ALL OF OUR PORTS, ALL -- FROM COAST TO COAST. ALL OF OUR PORTS, ALL OF OUR WATER INFRASTRUCTURE THAT IS SO VITAL, THE GREAT LAKES REGION AND OUR COASTS, THE CHALLENGES IN THE EVERGLADE, THESE ARE ISSUES THAT ALL OF AMERICA CARES ABOUT, PARTICULARLY WHEN IT'S IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD. SO THIS IS A REALLY IMPORTANT BILL FOR THE COUNTRY. IT'S NOT THE LARGEST BILL THAT IS CONSIDERED AS PART OF THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS, BUT IT IS ONE THAT IS EXTRAORDINARILY IMPORTANT. AND OF COURSE OVER HALF OF OUR BUDGET DEALS WITH OUR NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND MAKING SURE THAT THAT GREAT ASSET THAT WE HAVE IS MAINTAINED AND IS FINEST IN THE WORLD AND IS THE BEST MANAGED. SO THIS SUBCOMMITTEE HAS QUITE A JURISDICTION FROM COAST TO COAST. AND I REALLY WANT TO COMPLIMENT THE MEMBERS WHO WORKED SO VERY HARD TO BRING OUR BILL TO THE FLOOR ON TIME. WITHIN THE MARK THAT WE WERE GIVEN. AND TO THANK STAFFS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AS WE PROCEED FORWARD HERE. I KNOW THAT THE EFFORTS IN THIS BILL TO FUND THE FUTURE AND NEW ENERGY SOURCES THAT ARE COMING FORWARD ARE IN AMERICA'S NATIONAL INTEREST. WE LOOK AT THE FIELD OF SOLAR, FOR EXAMPLE. WE HAVE OVER 300,000 PEOPLE WORKING IN THE SOLAR ENERGY FIELD, ACTUALLY MORE THAN WORK IN THE COAL FIELDS NOW, AND SOME OF THOSE SOLAR COMPANIES ARE IN THE DISTRICTS I REPRESENT. THANKS NEW INDUSTRY. RENEWABLES NOW COMPRISE 10% OF ALL THE ENERGY THAT THE COUNTRY PRODUCES. AND THIS HAS BEEN A MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENT IN JUST THE LAST FEW DECADES. A LOT OF RESEARCH GOING BACK TO THE 1980'S. AND WE'RE NOW LOOKING AT WIND ENERGY. THE FASTEST GROWING JOB SECTOR IN AMERICA IS REALLY FOR WIND TECHNICIANS. I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBERS OF OUR COMMITTEE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR APPRECIATING THE OPPORTUNITY TO GROW THIS MASSIVE INDUSTRY, INCLUDING WITH INVESTMENTS SUCH AS LEADCO IN THE STATE OF OHIO, CAPTURING THE SAUDI ARABIA OF WIND, WHICH IS LAKE ERIE. LAKE ERIE'S COMPLIMENT. SO WE ARE VERY -- I THINK WE FEEL A SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT TONIGHT. AS WE BRING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. AND WE LOOK AT THE HORIZONS AHEAD. WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE OTHER BODY. WE HAVE TO COMPROMISE OUT ANY OF OUR DIFFERENCES. BUT I HAVE A HUNCH THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT VERY, VERY WELL. I WANT TO THANK ALL THOSE WHO MAY BE LISTENING THIS EVENING, PARTICULARLY THOSE WHO ARE WORKING IN OUR NATIONAL LABS, THE FINEST LABS IN THE WORLD, THAT ARE INVENTING THE FUTURE, OVER A DOZEN AND A HALF OF THOSE LABS HAVE AMERICA'S BEST SCIENTISTS WORKING ON NOT JUST ENERGY RESEARCH, BUT DERIVATIVE SPINOFFS IN THE COMMERCIAL SECTOR THAT EVENTUALLY BENEFIT THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. AS I MENTIONED, THE NATURAL GAS DISCOVERY THAT HAS REALLY BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR LEADING US TOWARD ENERGY INDEPENDENCE WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE FRACKING TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPED OVER MANY YEARS AT THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY. AS YOU LOOK AT GAS PRICES GOING DOWN AT THE PUMP, AND YOU LOOK AT THE COMPETITION IN THE ENERGY INDUSTRY, WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE, MANY UNSUNG HEROESES, THAT ARE OUT THERE ACROSS OUR -- HEROES, THAT ARE OUT THERE ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN THESE LABS, WHO WORK TIRELESSLY ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. SOME ARE RETIRED. SOME ARE STILL IN PLACE. BUT WE OWE THEM A DEEP DEBT OF GRATITUDE FOR SERVING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SO NOBLY. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE SEVERAL OTHER AMENDMENTS THAT COME BEFORE US TONIGHT AND I WOULD YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN AT THIS POINT. IF HE WISHES TO MAKE A STATEMENT.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. SIMP SIMPLE --

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                                                  MR. SIMPSON

                                                  I THANK THE GOOD LADY. IT'S WONDERFUL TO HAVE SOMEONE WHO CAN TALK WITH…

                                                  I THANK THE GOOD LADY. IT'S WONDERFUL TO HAVE SOMEONE WHO CAN TALK WITH SOME INTELLIGENCE ABOUT WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE AND KEEP THE ATTENTION OF THE BODY AS WE'RE WAITING FOR MEMBERS TO COME.

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                                                • 07:41:18 PM

                                                  MS. KAPTUR

                                                  I THINK IT'S FAIR TO SAY, MR. CHAIRMAN, THAT YOU DO SUCH A FINE JOB AND…

                                                  I THINK IT'S FAIR TO SAY, MR. CHAIRMAN, THAT YOU DO SUCH A FINE JOB AND MOVE THE BILL ALONG THAT PEOPLE WERE ANTICIPATING THAT THEIR AMENDMENTS WOULD COME UP LATER. IN THE ECO-- LATER IN THE EVENING. BUT AS USUAL, THIS IS NOT JUST AN ENERGY EFFICIENT COMMITTEE BUT A VERY EFFICIENT COMMITTEE.

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                                                • 07:41:35 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                                  MR. SIMPSON

                                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I MOVE THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE.

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                                                  Mr. Simpson moved that the Committee rise.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN WILL JUST SUSPEND FOR A MOMENT. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN WILL JUST SUSPEND FOR A MOMENT. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                    MR. SIMPSON

                                                    MR. CHAIRMAN, I MOVE THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

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

                                                    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE COMMITTEE RISE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY, THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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                                              • 07:43:54 PM

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

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                                                  Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 3219 as unfinished business.

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                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE OF THE STATE OF THE UNION, HAVING HAD…

                                                    THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE OF THE STATE OF THE UNION, HAVING HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 3219, DIRECTS ME TO REPORT THAT IT HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON.

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                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                    THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER ITS CONSIDERATION H.R. 3219 AND HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                ORDER OF PROCEDURE

                                                Mr. Simpson asked unanimous consent that during further consideration of H.R. 3219, pursuant to H. Res. 473, amendments numbered 32 and 35 printed in House Report 115-259 may be offered out of sequence. Agreed to without objection.

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                                                  MR. SIMPSON

                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT DURING FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF…

                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT DURING FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3219, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 473, AMENDMENTS NUMBER 32 AND NUMBER 35 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259 MAY BE OFFERED OUT OF SEQUENCE.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  WECK.

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                                                  Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3219 — "Making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes."

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                                                    TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                                    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 47 , THE CHAIR DECLARES THE COMMITTEE IN THE…

                                                    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 47 , THE CHAIR DECLARES THE COMMITTEE IN THE STATE OF THE WHOLE FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION. WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN KINDLY RESUME THE CHAIR. THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 3219 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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                                                • 07:45:23 PM

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

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                                                    THE CLERK

                                                    YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2018 AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    TODAY, EN BLOC NUMBER 2 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO, MR. SIMPSON,…

                                                    TODAY, EN BLOC NUMBER 2 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO, MR. SIMPSON, HAD BEEN DISPOSED OF. AMENDMENT NUMBER 36 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION.

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                                                  An amendment, offered by Mr. Mitchell, numbered 36 printed in House Report 115-259 to reduce by 10% the general administrative expense accounts of the USACE, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Department of the Interior, and Department of Energy. Amendment also transfers the savings to the Spending Reduction Account.

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                                                  DEBATE

                                                  Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Mitchell amendment No. 36.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 47 , THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR.…

                                                    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 47 , THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. MITCHELL, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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                                                    MR. MITCHELL

                                                    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT THAT IS ONE STEP IN SECURING AMERICA'S…

                                                    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT THAT IS ONE STEP IN SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE. MY AMENDMENT IS SIMPLE, 10% CUTS FOR ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES OF U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR AND DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY. THIS WILL REDUCE THE DEFICIT. OUR DEFICIT STANDS AT $20 TRILLION. OUR UNFUNDED LIABILITIES ADD $2 TRILLION. OUR DEFICIT LAST YEAR WAS OVER $5 BILLION. THIS IS NOT SUSTAINABLE. THIS MUST BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY. TALK IS CHEAP. WE MUST NOW BE RESPONSIBLE. I COME FROM THE WRRDA PRIVATE BUSINESS AND I KNOW THAT BEING FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE MAKE A BIG IMPACT. I WORKED AT CHRYSLER AND WENT THROUGH THE FIRST LOAN GUARANTEE, HIS FOCUS HELPED SAVE CHRYSLER THAT WAS DESTINED TO BANKRUPTCY. IF NOT FOR HIM, A GREAT MICHIGAN COMPANY WOULD HAVE BEEN LOST. LEE UNDER STOOD IT STARTS ON A SMALL SCALE. AND IF HE SAID IF HE COULDN'T CUT 10%. THAT'S WHAT I PROPOSE TODAY, A 10% OF GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, A SMALL STEP THAT WHEN COMBIPED WITH OTHERS LIKE IT COULD YIELD BIG SAVINGS FOR TAXPAYERS. THESE CUTS WOULD RESTRAIN AN OVERACTIVE BUREAUCRACY. AND ANOTHER SOLUTION IS TO HAVE FEWER REGULATORS PASSING ON REGULATIONS AND MAKING IT HARDER FOR BUSINESSES TO SURVIVE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO CHOOSE FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY TO SECURE THE MODEST CUT AND SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

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

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO.

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                                                    MR. SIMPSON

                                                    CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION OF THE AMENDMENT. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS…

                                                    CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION OF THE AMENDMENT. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. I UNDERSTAND REDUCING THE SIZE OF BUREAUCRACY IS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE FOR MANY MEMBERS. AS CHAIRMAN, I'M OPEN TO HEARING FROM MY COLLEAGUES IF THEY HAVE PARTICULAR CONCERNS. I COULD BE SUPPORTIVE OF THOUGHTFUL STRATEGIES FOR REDUCING THE SIZE OF GOVERNMENT BY MAKING AGENCIES MORE EFFICIENT AND CARRYING OUT THEIR STATUTORY GOALS. THIS AMENDMENT SLASHES 10% FROM EACH ADMINISTRATIVE ACCOUNT IN THE BILL. MOST OF THESE ACCOUNTS HAVE BEEN HELD FLAT OR SLIGHTLY DECREASED. REDUCING THEM AN ADDITIONAL ON 10% WITH NO HOW IDEA IS NOT THE RIGHT WAY TO ADDRESS THE SIZE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. IT COULD TAKE LONGER TO REVIEW IMPORTANT RESOURCE PROJECTS. I HEAR ABOUT IT ALL THE TIME OR ISSUE GRANTS, I HEAR ABOUT THAT ALL THE TIME OR TO RESPOND TO CONGRESSIONAL INFORMATION REQUESTS, I HEAR ABOUT THAT. THESE CUTS WOULD PUT AT RISK THE CYBERSECURITY RISKS. I DON'T THINK THAT'S WHAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN INTENDED BUT THAT IS A POSSIBLE RESULT OF THIS AMENDMENT. FOR THOSE REASONS, I MUST URGE A NO VOTE. I YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY OF OHIO.

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                                                    MS. KAPTUR

                                                    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS…

                                                    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. I RESPECT THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN BECAUSE YOU ARE FROM THE GREAT LAKES' REGION AND WE NEED YOU AS A STRONG VOICE BUT CUTS TO THESE PARTICULAR ACCOUNTS ARE COUNTERPRODUCTIVE FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS. FIRST OF ALL, THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP ANY COUNTRY CAN TAKE IS TO GROW THE ECONOMY. AND THIS PARTICULAR BUDGET, THIS PARTICULAR SET OF ACCOUNTS, PARTICULARLY THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS HAS THE TYPE OF CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING ACCOUNTS THAT PRODUCE INCOME. THEY PRODUCE INCOME FOR PEOPLE WHO DO THE WORK, BUT THEY IMPROVE OUR PORTS. IF YOU LOOK ALL AROUND MICHIGAN AND LOOK AT THE LOCHS AND OUR ASSETS IN OUR REGION OF THE COUNTRY, THE PROGRESS THAT A REGION CAN MAKE BECAUSE IT IMPROVES ITS PORTS AND ATTENDANT ROADS AND AIRPORTS. WE JUST HAD A PHENOMENAL ANNOUNCEMENT IN THE CITY OF TOLEDO, BY THE CLEVELAND CLIFF COMPANY, WE HAVE BEEN WORKING FOR 0 YEARS TO IMPROVE THE PORT TO CONNECT RAIL, TO THE NORTHEAST -- EXCUSE ME, EAST TO WEST, NORTH TO SOUTH IMPROVEMENTS AND BY GOLLY IT WORKED. AND THE PRIVATE SECT OR ARE EXCITING TO BRING ORE FROM MICHIGAN AND MINNESOTA INTO THE LOWER LAKES. IT WAS QUITE INCREDIBLE. THESE DOLLARS YIELD RESULTS. THEY DON'T HAPPEN IN ONE YEAR AND TAKE A WHILE TO HAPPEN. I OPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT, BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, THERE ARE $62 BILLION OF BACK LOGGED PROJECTS AT THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS ALONE. PEOPLE ARE LINED UP TO GET INTO THE NATIONAL PARKS AND THROUGH THOSE TURNSTYLES AND TRYING TO GET INTO THE NATIONAL PARKS, WE NEED TO IMPROVE THOSE NATIONAL PARKS AND MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE DOING THINGS LIKE DEALING WITH THE FOREST SERVICE SO THE UNDERBRUSH IS CUT UP AND OUR FORESTS AREN'T BURNING UP. WE HAVE SO MUCH BACKLOG ACROSS THIS NATION AND WITH BUDGETS OF THIS SIZE WE DON'T WANT TO UNDERACCOUNT FOR THE FUNDS THAT ARE BEING SPENT. SO TO REDUCE THE FUNDING FOR CRITICAL OVERSIGHT IN THE ADMINISTRATIVE DEPARTMENT, THESE VERY LARGE AGENCIES, I THINK IS NOT WISE. IN FACT IT'S PENNY-WISE AND POUND-FOOLISH. FOR ALL OF THOSE REASONS, THE SECURITY OF TAXPAYER FUNDS AND FOR THE SAKE OF THE FUTURE, I OPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                                    I DID NOT INTEND THE ADVERSE IMPACTS THAT ARE OUTLINED BY THE CHAIRMAN OR…

                                                    I DID NOT INTEND THE ADVERSE IMPACTS THAT ARE OUTLINED BY THE CHAIRMAN OR THE RANKING MEMBER NOR DO I BELIEVE IT WILL ARISE. MY EXPERIENCE IN YEARS OF MANAGEMENT IS RATHER DETAIL AND ALLOWED THE AGENCIES TO DETERMINE WHERE THEY CAN BE MORE EFFICIENT. I CAN'T IMAGINE THAT WE CAN'T BE MORE EFFICIENT IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. MY EXPERIENCE IS SOMEWHAT MORE BREFF THAN MANY, BUT I'M SHOCKED SOME DAYS. I URGE SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT. IT MAY NOT BE POPULAR. BUT WE NEED TO START TO CUT THE OVERALL COSTS OF THIS GOVERNMENT. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

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

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF TODAY, IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 32, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                  On agreeing to the Mitchell amendment; Failed by voice vote.

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                                                    An amendment, offered by Mr. Mast, numbered 32 printed in House Report 115-259 to increase Aquatic Plant Control Research Program by $500,000.00 and aims to (1) provide science-based guidance on developing or using new technologies for managing, preventing, and monitoring aquatic invasive species; (2) improve the efficacy and diversity of available management options; (3) reduce the impacts of aquatic invasive species on federally listed (threatened and endangered) species; (4) reduce operations and maintenance costs associated with aquatic invasive species management; and (5) develop solutions regarding these species based on field needs.

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                                                    Pursuant to a previous special order of the House, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Mast amendment No. 32.

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                                                      I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                      THE CLERK

                                                      AMENDMENT NUMBER 32 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259 OFFERED BY MR. MAST OF…

                                                      AMENDMENT NUMBER 32 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259 OFFERED BY MR. MAST OF FLORIDA.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. MAST, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL…

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. MAST, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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                                                    • 07:55:30 PM

                                                      MR. MAST

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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                                                      MR. SIMPSON

                                                      I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION ALTHOUGH I'M NOT OPPOSED TO THE AMENDMENT. I…

                                                      I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION ALTHOUGH I'M NOT OPPOSED TO THE AMENDMENT. I JUST -- I UNDERSTAND WHAT THE GENTLEMAN'S CONCERN IS. IN FACT, FLORIDA IS A CONCERN ALL OVER THE COUNTRY AND CONCERN IN OHIO AND IDAHO, BUT THEY ARE HAVING PROBLEMS IN IDAHO WITH ALGAE BLOOMS, SO IT IS SOMETHING WE NEED TO GET ON TOP IT. THE AMENDMENT DOES NOT DIRECT FUND TO ANY PARTICULAR ACTIVITY. THAT DOES PRESIDENT MEAN THIS WILL GET DONE BUT I UNDERSTAND WHAT THE GENTLEMAN IS TRYING TO DO. AND DOESN'T UPSET THE BALANCE OF THE BILL. I WANT TO WORK WITH HIM AND THE RANKING MEMBER WANTS TO WORK WITH HIM. AND I APPRECIATE HIM BRINGING THIS MATTER TO OUR -- AND THIS ISSUE TO OUR ATTENTION SO WE CAN TALK ABOUT IT.

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                                                      MS. KAPTUR

                                                      WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD? I JUST WANT TO ADD A BIT TO THAT. I THANK THE…

                                                      WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD? I JUST WANT TO ADD A BIT TO THAT. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND I THANK CONGRESSMAN MAST FOR OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT AND WE NEED TO WORK WITH THE CORPS. OBVIOUSLY, THIS IS A GROWING PROBLEM, WE HAVE HAD HEARD FROM FLORIDA COLLEAGUES AND COLLEAGUES IN NEVADA, THROUGHOUT THE GREAT LAKES' REGION. THESE ALGAE BLOOMS ARE FRIGHTENING AND A MAJOR WATER SYSTEM WAS SHUT DOWN FOR THREE DAYS DENYING WATER TO PEOPLE FOR THREE DAYS. IT'S QUITE FRIGHTENING AND AT THE MOMENT THERE ARE NO -- AND I SAY THIS FOR THE CORPS' BENEFIT BECAUSE IT WOULD REQUIRE COOPERATION. THERE IS NO MAPPING OR DRONE TECHNOLOGY CURRENTLY WHICH IS ABLE TO PHOTO LARGE REGIONS AND HONE IN ON WHERE THE NUTRIENTS ARE THAT ARE CAUSING THE PROBLEM. AS I HAVE GOTTEN INTO THIS MORE DEEPLY, WE NEED HIGH SENSE, OR WHATEVER WE USE, WE DO NOT HAVE THE ABILITY TO HONE IN ON WHERE THE CAUSES ARE COMING AND THEN TARGET THE TOXIC PORTIONS OF THOSE ALGEEP BLOOMS. A LOT OF WORK IS NEEDED AND I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN RISING TONIGHT AND I KNOW YOU HAVE GOTTEN THE CORPS' ATTENTION AS YOU HAVE GOTTEN OUR ATTENTION AND WE WILL WORK WITH THE CHAIRMAN. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      MR. SIMPSON

                                                      I APPRECIATE THE GENTLELADY'S COMMENTS. WE NEED TO WORK WITH THE E.P.A. IN…

                                                      I APPRECIATE THE GENTLELADY'S COMMENTS. WE NEED TO WORK WITH THE E.P.A. IN TRYING TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE BECAUSE IT IS A LOT BROADER THAN MOST PEOPLE THINK. SO I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

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

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. . PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF TODAY, IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 35 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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                                                      An amendment, offered by Mr. Heck, numbered 35 printed in House Report 115-259 to provide funding for a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study on the extent to which the agency has used low impact development to comply with Sec. 438 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

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                                                        MR. PECK

                                                        I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                        THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                        THE CLERK

                                                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 35 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259, OFFERED BY MR. HECK…

                                                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 35 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259, OFFERED BY MR. HECK OF WASHINGTON.

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                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                        HOUSE RESOLUTION 473, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. HECK, AND A…

                                                        HOUSE RESOLUTION 473, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. HECK, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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                                                    DEBATE

                                                    Pursuant to a previous special order of the House, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Heck amendment No. 35.

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                                                      MR. HECK

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT IS ABOUT TACKLING A PROBLEM THAT…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT IS ABOUT TACKLING A PROBLEM THAT AFFECTS EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US IN EVERY SINGLE ONE OF OUR DISTRICT, AND THAT IS STORM WATER. MOST OF US DON'T THINK ABOUT IT MUCH BUT FRANKLY WHEN RAIN FALLS, IT DOES A LOT OF THAT IN THE NORTHWEST, AND CLOSE TO OUR STREETS, OFF THE SHOULDERS OF OUR HIGHWAYS IT PICKS UP ALL SORTS OF POLLUTANTS AND WE'RE TALKING ABOUT NASTY STUFF. TOXIC CHEMICALS LIKE CARS NICK AND FLAME RETARDANTS AND OILS AN PESTICIDES. STOP AND THINK. THE SINGLE LARGEST CONTRIBUTOR OF WATER POLLUTION IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS STORM WATER RUNOFF. UP TO 8 0% IN SOME PLACES. TOXIC STORM WATER RUNOFF HARM OURS RIVERS AND LAKES AND WATER WAYS. IT NOT ONLY HARM OURS ENVIRONMENT, IT HARM OURS BUSINESSES THAT DEPEND ON CLEAN WATER. LIKE THE SHELLFISH INDUSTRY OF WASHINGTON STATE WHICH EMPLOYS THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE. IN PUGET SOUND, THE LARGEST ESTUARY IN AMERICA, STORM WATER RUNOFF LITERALLY CAN KILL A SALMON IN A FEW HOURS. SALMON AND OTHER FISH ARE A WAY OF LIFE IN WASHINGTON, TO THE TUNE OF A $30 BILLION, WITH A B, DOLLAR ECONOMY. SALMON ALSO SERVE AS A VITAL RESOURCE OF IMMEASURABLE VALUE FOR THE 19 FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED TRIBES IN THE PUGET SOUND, SALMON IS THE WAY OF LIFE. THEY ARE CALLED THE SALMON PEOPLE. IF WE FAIL TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM POSED BY STORM WATER, THESE RESOURCES WILL CONTINUE TO DECLINE AND OUR COMMUNITIES WILL CONTINUE TO PAY AN AVOIDABLE PRICE. SO WHAT ARE WE DOING RIGHT NOW TO STOP THIS FROM HAPPENING? THE ANSWER IS A FEW THINGS BUT NOWHERE NEAR ENOUGH. IF WE ARE GOING TO TRULY ADDRESS THE PROBLEM, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO DO THE BASICS. AND THAT'S SET AN EXAMPLE. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT CONGRESS HAS RECOGNIZED THIS IN THE PAST. BECAUSE ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO, THIS BODY PASSED A LAW WHICH REQUIRES FEDERAL AGENCIES TO REDUCE STORMWATER RUNOFF WHEN THEY DEVELOP OR REDEVELOP PROPERTY. THAT'S A COMMONSENSE REQUIREMENT. BUT WE CAN'T STOP THERE. RESEARCH SHOWS THAT THE MOST COST EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT WAY TO REDUCE STORMWATER RUNOFF IS THROUGH WHAT'S CALLED GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE OR LOW-IMPACT DEVELOPMENT. THINGS LIKE GARDENS AND PERMEABLE PAVEMENT AND GREEN ROOFS. YOU PROBABLY WON'T BE SURPRISED WHEN I SHARE THAT THE LARGEST STORMWATER RESEARCH CENTER IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS IN MY DISTRICT. AT OUR LAND GRANT UNIVERSITY, WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY'S EXTENSION CAMPUS IN PUYALLUP. SO I'M A WITNESS TO THE PROMISE AND POTENTIAL OF THIS APPROACH. THIS AMENDMENT SIMPLY PROVIDES FUNDING FOR THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO DETERMINE TO WHAT EXTENT THEY'RE USING THESE TECHNOLOGIES AND TECHNIQUES TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS ALREADY IMPOSED BY CONGRESS. MR. CHAIRMAN, IF WE'RE GOING TO HELP COMMUNITIES AND BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY TOXIC STORMWATER RUNOFF, IT'S CRUCIAL THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SET THE EXAMPLE AND LEAD THE WAY. SO I ASK YOU TO JOIN ME AS RESPONSIBLE STEWARDS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS AND ENSURE THAT FEDERAL AGENCIES ARE USING THE LATEST AND MOST EFFICIENT TECHNOLOGY TO MANAGE STORMWATER RUNOFF. FINALLY, I WANT TO EXTEND MY DEEPEST APPRECIATION TO THE CHIR OF THE COMMITTEE, MY FRIEND FROM IDAHO AND THE RANKING MEMBER FROM OHIO, VERY, VERY MUCH. I URGE ADOPTION OF THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO.

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                                                      MR. SIMPSON

                                                      I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION THOUGH I'M NOT OPPOSED TO THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

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

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED. TO -- IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 37 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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                                                      MS. KAPTUR

                                                      I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT. IS THE GENTLEWOMAN THE DESIGNEE.

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                                                      MS. KAPTUR

                                                      AS THE DESIGNEE OF CONGRESSMAN BEYER.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE CLERIC WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                      An amendment, offered by Ms. Kaptur, numbered 37 printed in House Report 115-259 to strike section 108 on page 277, line 12, which authorizes the Administr ator of the EPA and the Secretary of the Army to withdraw the WOTUS rule without regard to any provision of statue or regulation that establishes a requirement for such withdrawal.

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                                                        THE CLERK

                                                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 35 OFFERED BY MS. KAPTUR OF OHIO.

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                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO, MS. KAPTUR AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL…

                                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO, MS. KAPTUR AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO.

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                                                        MS. KAPTUR

                                                        YES. MY AMENDMENT WOULD ESSENTIALLY STRIKE THE PROVISION RELATED TO THE…

                                                        YES. MY AMENDMENT WOULD ESSENTIALLY STRIKE THE PROVISION RELATED TO THE WATTS -- WATTS OF THE UNITED STATES, SECTION 108. UNFORTUNATELY, REPUBLICAN INSISTENCE ON THE INCLUSION OF POISON PILL RIDERS LIKE THIS ONE HAS DERAILED SEVERAL IMPORTANT PIECES OF LEGISLATION OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS, ESPECIALLY CLEAN WATER RULE RIDERS. HOWEVER, LET ME BE PLAIN. THIS RIDER IS WORSE THAN ANY OF THOSE PREVIOUS VERSIONS AND IT WILL NOT GAIN THE DEMOCRATIC VOTES NECESSARY TO BECOME LAW. IT ACTUALLY IS A ROADBLOCK IN THE WAY OF US MOVING OUR BILLS FORWARD. THIS RIDER WOULD EXEMPT THE REPEAL OF THE CLEAN WATER RULE FROM LAWS THAT WOULD OTHERWISE APPLY, INCLUDING THE ADMINISTRATIONIVE PREET YOURS ACT ESSENTIALLY ALLOWING THE PRESIDENT TO ACT UNILATERALLY. THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH TO ACT UNILATERALLY WITHOUT ANY INPUT FROM THE PUBLIC. THAT DOESN'T SOUND LIKE AMERICA TO ME. THE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES ACT WAS A REPUBLICAN IDEA TO MAKE SURE THAT GOVERNMENT IS ACCOUNTABLE TO ITS CITIZENS AND THAT THEIR INPUT BE CONSIDERED. PEOPLE HAVE COME TO EXPECT THIS IN THEIR OWN COMMUNITY. EXEMPTING THIS ACTION ON CLEAN WATER IS A VERY SLIPPERY SLOPE TOWARD GOVERNMENT BY FIAT, BY AN ADMINISTRATION WHICH DESERVES MORE SCRUTINY, I MIGHT ADD, ON THAT FRONT THAN ANY IN OUR HISTORY. SO I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE KAPTUR-BEYER AMENDMENT. I RESERVE MY TIME.

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                                                    DEBATE

                                                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kaptur amendment No. 37.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO.

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                                                      MR. SIMPSON

                                                      I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                      MR. SIMPSON

                                                      THIS IS GOING TO BE SOMETHING THE RANKING MEMBER AND I HAPPEN TO DISAGREE…

                                                      THIS IS GOING TO BE SOMETHING THE RANKING MEMBER AND I HAPPEN TO DISAGREE ON. POISON PILL RIDERS, I ALWAYS LIKE THAT TERM, POISON PILL RIDERS, WHAT THEY ARE IS POLICY CHANGES. AND IF THEY ARE POLICY CHANGES YOU LIKE, THEY ARE POLICY CHANGES. IF YOU DON'T LIKE THEM THEY ARE POISON PILL RIDERS. WHEN THEY HAD THE MAJORITY THEY PUT WHAT WE CONSIDER POISON PILL RIDERS IN THEIR BILL BUT THEY WERE POLICY CHANGES. THAT'S WHAT WE DO IN SOME APPROPRIATION BILLS. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. I HAVE BEEN DEBATING THIS ISSUE FOR, I DON'T KNOW, PROBABLY 10 YEARS. WHILE THE CHANGE IN ADMINISTRATION MEANS WE'RE GOING TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF ISSUES WE NEED TO ADDRESS IN THIS BILL SOME ISSUES WARRANT CONTINUED CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT. LOTUS IS ONE OF THEM. THE SUPREME COURT HAS TWICE RULED THAT THE DEFINITION USED UNDER THE CLEAN WATER ACT OF NAVIGABLE WATERS WAS HARD TO DEFINE. AND TOLD THEM THEY NEED A NEW DEFINITION. THE E.P.A.'S DESIGN ON A NEW DEFINITION IS OK WE'LL JUST CONTROL EVERYTHING. EVERYBODY THINKS THOSE WATERS THAT WERE -- THAT ARE NOW UNDER CONTROL OF THE CLEAN WATER -- OF THE WOTUS RULE WRITTEN BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WERE UNREGULATED BEFORE. THEY WERE NOT. THEY WERE REGULATED BY THE STATES AND THE STATES DID A GOOD JOB OF REGULATING THOSE THINGS. NOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS COME IN AND TAKEN CONTROL OF ALL THOSE STATE. WE THINK, AND THE COURTS HAVE RULED, THAT THIS IS TOO BROAD A DEFINITION OF WHAT THEY INTENDED AND WHAT THE CLEAN WATER RULE STATES. NOBODY WANTS DIRTY WATER. NOBODY. BUT WHAT WE WANT IS A RULE THAT SEPARATES WHAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS THE AUTHORITY TO CONTROL AND WHAT THE STATES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO CONTROL. PRESIDENT TRUMP MOVES QUICKLY ON THIS ISSUE BY ISSUING AN EXECUTIVE ORDER IN FEBRUARY AND A FEW WEEKS AGO THE E.P.A. AND THE CORPS ANNOUNCED THE FIRST STEPS IN A TWO-STEP PROCESS A PROPOSED RULE TO RESEND THE WOTUS RULE AND RECODIFY THE PREVIOUS REGULATORY TEXT. THE SECOND STEP WILL BE A SECOND RULE MAKING TO RE-EVALUATE THE DEFINITION OF WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES IN A MANNER CONSISTENT WITH THE SUPREME COURT DECISION. THE PROVISION IN THIS BILL IS SUPPORTIVE OF THESE EFFORTS. FIRST IT PROVIDES CLEAR AUTHORIZATION TO WITHDRAW THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S RULE. SECOND, IT CLARIFIES WHAT RULE WILL BE IN EFFECT IF THE WOTUS RULE IS WITHDRAWN, SPECIFICALLY THE SAME RULES IN EFFECT IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE MOM ALL GATION OF THE FINAL WOTUS RULE. THIRD, IT DOES NOT AFFECT THE TRUMP'S -- TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S ABILITY TO DEVELOP A NEW RULE, ONE THAT WILL PROVIDE MORE CLARITY AND CERTAINTY FOR THE REGULATED COMMUNITY WHILE STAYING IN THE LEGAL BOUNDS PROVIDED BY THE SUPREME COURT. FOR THESE REASONS, I HAVE TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND STRONGLY OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO.

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                                                      MS. KAPTUR

                                                      I WOULD LIKE TO COMMENT , IN ASKING MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS…

                                                      I WOULD LIKE TO COMMENT , IN ASKING MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT, THE AMENDMENT ITSELF IS INTENDED TO ADDRESS THE TWO SUPREME COURT DECISIONS. AND IN ADDITION, IF WE LEAVE THIS LANGUAGE IN THE BILL, THE CHAIRMAN WAS CORRECT, THIS IS AT THE POLICY LEVEL THIS DOESN'T BELONG IN AN APPROPRIATION BILL. LET THEM DEAL WITH THIS IN THE COURTS AND THE AUTHORIZING COMMITTEE. AND I THINK IT CREATES A VERY, VERY HIGH SPEED BUMP THAT THREATEN OURS BILL, OUR BILL'S PASSAGE AS WE MOVE FORWARD. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT US ON THE -- ON STRIKING THE PROVISION RELATE TO THE WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES, SECTION 108, OFFERED BY MYSELF AND MR. BEYER OF VIRGINIA. I YIELD BACK MY REMAINING TIME.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO.

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                                                      MR. SIMPSON

                                                      I YIELD THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                      THANK YOU MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE.…

                                                      THANK YOU MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. WOTUS, WATTS OF THE U.S., IT'S BEEN TALKED ABOUT FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, THIS IS A CLASSIC CASE OF BARACK OBAMA, THE ADMINISTRATION, PREVIOUS TO THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S OVERREACHING ITS AUTHORITY. THIS IS EXECUTIVE BRANCH TAKEOVER. WATTS OF THE U.S., SAYING THAT WE'VE GOT WHAT'S CALLED NAVIGABLE WATERS AND USING THE EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY TO REDEFINE WHAT NAVIGABLE WATERS ARE.

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                                                      MR. JENKINS

                                                      AND I CERTAINLY OPPOSE THIS PROPOSED AMENDMENT.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

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

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THIS GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED. TISSUE IS NOT AGREED TO -- THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 38 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                    On agreeing to the Kaptur amendment; Failed by voice vote.

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                                                      I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                      THE CLERK

                                                      38 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259 OFFERED BY MS. CASTOR OF FLORIDA.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 473, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS.…

                                                      PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 473, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. CASTOR, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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                                                      An amendment, offered by Ms. Castor (FL), numbered 38 printed in House Report 115-259 to increase funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $177,000,000 and reduce funding for Fossil Energy Research and Development by $355,000,000.

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                                                        MS. CASTOR

                                                        THANK YOU,

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                                                        MS. CASTOR

                                                        HELPS CREATE THE HIGHER PAYING JOBS. MY AMENDMENT CREATES AN INVESTMENT BY…

                                                        HELPS CREATE THE HIGHER PAYING JOBS. MY AMENDMENT CREATES AN INVESTMENT BY $177 MILLION AND REDUCES FOR THE FOSSIL ENERGY ACCOUNT. NOW ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE INITIATIVES HAVE A PROVEN RETURN ON INVESTMENTS FOR TAXPAYERS. THIS AMENDMENT IS PAID FOR BY REDUCING BUT NOT ELIMINATING ACCOUNTS THAT DO NOT HAVE THE SAME RETURN ON INVESTMENTS FOR TAXPAYERS. INVESTMENTS IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLES CREATE JOBS AND HELP MAKE OUR BUSINESSES MORE COMPETITIVE. ENERGY EFFICIENCIES REDUCES COSTS FOR CONSUMERS AND WOULDN'T THAT BE A POSITIVE DEVELOPMENT FOR TAXPAYERS BACK HOME THAT CONGRESS IS ASKING TO PUT MORE MONEY BACK IN THEIR POCKETS. THE AMOUNT PROPOSED IN THE REPUBLICAN BILL IS SO LOW THAT AMERICA WILL HAVE TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS THAT ARE SUPPORTED WITH INDUSTRY, WITH AT OUR GREAT NATIONAL LABORATORY, AT OUR FANTASTIC UNIVERSITIES. AND SEE, AMERICA SHOULD BE A LEADER IN INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGICAL INVESTMENTS BUT THE REPUBLICAN BILL SAYS AMERICA SHOULD TAKE A BACK SEAT. AMERICA SHOULD NOT TAKE A BACK SEAT TO ANYONE. WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF A TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION WHEN IT COMES TO ENERGY EFFICIENCY. LOOK WHAT IS HAPPENING ALL ACROSS AMERICA. WE HAVE A VERY DIVERSE ENERGY PORTFOLIO AND GROWING CLEAN ENERGY SECTOR. THIS IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT AS WE TACKLE THE COSTS AND CHANGES OF THE CLIMATE. LOOK AT WHERE WE ARE BECAUSE OF INVESTMENTS IN THE PAST DECADE. THE SOLAR INDUSTRY IS CREATING JOBS 12 TIMES FASTER THAN THE OVERALL U.S. WORK FORCE. ONE OUT OF 50 NEW JOBS WAS IN SOLAR ENERGY. THEY USED TO SAY THEY WERE ALL OF THE ABOVE. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE CEDING AMERICA'S LEADERSHIP ROLE IN THE WORLD BY FAILING TOLL INVEST IN TECHNOLOGIES THAT WILL SAVE MONEY. WE SHOULD WORK TOGETHER AND FACE THE CHALLENGES OF THE CHANGING CLIMATE HEAD ON AND NOT BURY OUR HEADS IN THE SAND, 15 OF THE 17 HOTTEST YEARS HAVE BEEN SINCE 2001. THE RISING COSTS OF THE CHANGING CLIMATE ARE A REAL THREAT TO E ESPECIALLY TO THE FAMILIES I REPRESENT BACK HOME IN FLORIDA, WHICH IS WHY I FILED ANOTHER AMENDMENT THAT WAS NOT RULED IN ORDER, AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD LIMIT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY FROM REMOVING THE TERM CLIMATE CHANGE FROM THEIR PUBLICATIONS. THAT'S RIGHT. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS ALREADY REMOVED MENTION OF CLIMATE CHANGE FROM GOVERNMENT WEB SITES AND DELETED THE SENTENCE TO SEA LEVEL RISE. IGNORING OR TRYING TO HIDE THE COST OF THE CHANGING CLIMATE WILL COST US MORE IN THE LONG RUN. WE SHOULD BE WORKING TOGETHER ON INVESTING IN A CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE BUT THAT SEEMS FARTHER AWAY TODAY UNLESS WE ADOPT AN AMENDMENT LIKE MINE AND BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND THE REALITIES THAT WE'RE FACING. IF WE DON'T UNLEASH AMERICAN INGENUITY NOW, OUR NEIGHBORS WILL FACE HIGHER FLOOD INSURANCE BILLS AND PUT MORE PROPERTY TAXES AND WASTE WATER INFRASTRUCTURE. SO I APPRECIATE RANKING MEMBER VISION. SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT OUR NATIONAL LABS. THE FACT THAT WE HAVE THE BEST SCIENTISTS IN THE WORLD, DON'T HAMSTRING BY CUTTING BACK ON INVESTMENTS ON CLEAN ENERGY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY. SHE UNDERSTANDS THIS IS OUR FUTURE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. I APPRECIATE HER WORK AND I URGE AN AYE VOTE ON THE CASTOR AMENDMENT.

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                                                    DEBATE

                                                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Castor (FL) amendment No. 38.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RISE IN?

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                                                      I RISE IN OPPOSITION IN OPPOSITION.

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                                                      LET'S STEP BACK ON THIS ISSUE. AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THIS CHART.

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                                                      MR. MCKINLEY

                                                      COAL, NATURAL GAS AND OIL, FOSSIL FUELS MAKE UP 81% OF THIS ENERGY'S…

                                                      COAL, NATURAL GAS AND OIL, FOSSIL FUELS MAKE UP 81% OF THIS ENERGY'S NATION'S CONSUMPTION. BUT THE PROPORTION OF R&D FUNDING IS ONLY 18%, WHICH IS FAR BELOW WHAT'S CURRENTLY BEING SPENT ON RENEWABLES AND NUCLEAR. IN REALITY, THE ENTIRE WORLD ARE GOING TO BE DEPENDENT ON FOSSIL FUELS TO COME. THE ESTIMATION IS THAT FOSSIL ENERGY WILL MAKE UP 70% OF THE ENERGY USED AROUND THE GLOBE. ARE MY FRIENDS, ARE THEY SERIOUS ABOUT ADDRESSING THESE EMISSIONS? SHOULDN'T AMERICA'S GOAL BE TO DEVELOP THE TECHNOLOGIES THAT WE CAN UTILIZE COAL, NATURAL GAS AROUND THE WORLD IN THE CLEANEST AND MOST EFFICIENT WAY POSSIBLE? SHOULDN'T AMERICA BE THAT GLOBAL LEADER THAT LEADERSHIP ON ENERGY TECHNOLOGY? YOU CAN'T DO THAT WITHOUT RESEARCH. SO, MR. SPEAKER, WE CAN'T -- WE CAN'T BE CUTTING RESEARCH ON FOSSIL FUELS AND TECHNOLOGY. WE SHOULD BE INCREASING IT. FOSSIL FUELS WILL BE AROUND FOR THE FOR SIEBEL FUTURE. WE HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE IT IS BURNED IN THE MOST CLEAN MANNER THAT WE CAN AND THIS REQUIRES RESEARCH. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS WILDLY DEFEATED SIMILAR AMENDMENTS IN THE PAST YEAR AFTER YEAR AND I HOPE THEY WILL DO SO, TOO. AND I ENCOURAGE ITS DEFEAT. I RESERVE.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      FROM IS RECOGNIZED FOR 15 SECONDS.

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                                                      MS. CASTOR

                                                      I APPRECIATE THE REMARKS OF THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA AND WELL…

                                                      I APPRECIATE THE REMARKS OF THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA AND WELL SPOKEN ADD VOW FOR HIS STATE. I'M NOT HEARING IT. WE HAVE TO LOOK TOWARDS THE FUTURE WHERE ARE THE JOBS BEING CREATED, THINGS THAT ARE GOING TO PUT MONEY BACK INTO THE POCKETS OF CONSUMERS AND UNLESH SO AMERICA CAN BE THE LEADERS. VOTE AYE.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA.

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                                                      MR. MCKINLEY

                                                      THE REALIZATION IS THAT FOSSIL FUELS ARE CONSUMED IN ALL 50 STATES. IT'S…

                                                      THE REALIZATION IS THAT FOSSIL FUELS ARE CONSUMED IN ALL 50 STATES. IT'S NOT WEST VIRGINIA WE ARE DEALING WITH. YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR STATE AND WATER QUALITY AND THAT'S WHAT THIS RESEARCH IS GOING TO TAKE CARE. WE HAVE TO MAXIMIZE THE MONEY. IN THE PAST WE HAD FAR MORE AMOUNT OF MONEY IN THIS. WE NEED TO PRESERVE WHAT WE HAVE AND I'M HOPING WE CAN PLUS IT UP A LITTLE BIT. AT THIS POINT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                                    • 08:24:06 PM

                                                      MS. CASTOR

                                                      I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                                    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

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                                                      THE CHAIR

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

                                                      PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 39 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                      MR. NORCROSS

                                                      I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                      An amendment, offered by Mr. Norcross, numbered 39 printed in House Report 115-259 to add $161.725 million to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for research and development to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

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                                                        THE CLERK

                                                        PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259 OFFERED BY MR. NORCROSS OF NEW JERSEY.

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                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                        PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 473, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY AND A…

                                                        PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 473, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                    DEBATE

                                                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Norcross amendment No. 39.

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                                                      MR. NORCROSS

                                                      THIS AMENDMENT LOOKS TO THE FUTURE AND ITS NEED FOR 21ST CENTURY CLEAN…

                                                      THIS AMENDMENT LOOKS TO THE FUTURE AND ITS NEED FOR 21ST CENTURY CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY AND REDIRECTS FUNDS WHERE WE ARE SUFFICIENTLY INVESTING IN RENEWABLE ENERGY AND JOBS OF TOMORROW. THE AMENDMENT SIMPLY MOVES $162 MILLION TO THE OFFICE OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY. IT LEAVES THE AMOUNT IN THAT ACCOUNT IN THE UNDERLYING BILL STILL EXCEEDS WHAT THE ADMINISTRATION REQUESTED. CERTAINLY MY COLLEAGUE FROM WEST VIRGINIA UNDERSTANDS THAT INVESTING IN FUTURE OF TECHNOLOGY IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. THIS MOVES $358 MILLION MORE FOR THE FOSSIL FUELS, BY PROVIDING THE ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY, WE CAN BETTER MEET THE NEEDS OF A FUTURE ECONOMY. I AGREE WE NEED TO INVEST IN ALL OF THE ABOVE, BUT WE MUST INVEST. NEW JERSEY IS SECOND IN THE NATION LEADICING IN SOLAR AND RENEWABLES. WE MUST SEEK THAT COST EFFECTIVE WAY FOR MANUFACTURING PLANTS AND OUR OFFICE BUILDING AND CERTAINLY OUR HOMES. WE SHOULDN'T UNDERFUND OUR ENERGY FUTURE. WE SHOULD INCREST IN IT THE WAY IN THIS BILL. THERE ARE FUTURE NEEDS FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY. TOMORROW MIGHT BE TOO LATE TO DO THE INVESTIGATION AND THAT RESEARCH. WE CAN DO IT TODAY BECAUSE WE NEED A LONG-TERM STRATEGY THAT TAKES THE BEST OF WHAT WE DO IN AMERICA AND CONTINUES THAT. IF IT'S CLEAN COAL, WE CAN DO THAT. IF IT'S SOLAR, WE CAN DO THAT. IF IT'S WIND, WE CAN DO THAT. AND ADD HIGH-PAYING JOBS. LET'S MAKE THE SIMPLE CHANGE AND ALLOCATE A SMALL PORTION OF THE FUND AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO EMBRACE THE CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE. AND I RESERVE.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

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

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA.

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                                                      MR. MCKINLEY

                                                      I SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

                                                      I SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY'S AMENDMENT. THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY FOSSIL ENERGY ACCOUNT ACTUALLY HELPS THE NATION USE THE FULL EXTENT OF OUR RESOURCES SAFELY. WISELY AND EFFICIENTLY. I ALWAYS HEAR MEMBERS SAY AND I HAVE HEARD IT SEVERAL TIMES TONIGHT ALREADY THAT THEY SUPPORT A QUOTE ALL OF THE ABOVE ENERGY STRATEGY. UNFORTUNATELY THIS AMENDMENT DOES JUST THE OPPOSITE. IT PICKS ENERGY WINNERS AND LOSERS. THE LEVEL OF FUNDING FOR FOSSIL ENERGY R&D IN THIS YEAR'S BILL RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANT ROLE FOSSIL ENERGY PLAYS IN OUR NATION'S FUTURE. AT A TIME WHEN FOSSIL-POWERED GENERATION IS ACTUALLY EXPANDING AROUND THE GLOBE. THE ACTIVITIES ADVANCE OUR NATION'S POSITION AS A LEADER IN FOSSIL ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES. I JUST HOSTED A CONFERENCE IN MY HOME STATE, WEST VIRGINIA, ON SOMETHING THAT'S GETTING A LOT OF ATTENTION LATELY, RARE EARTH LEMMINGTS. I WANT EVERYBODY JUST TO THINK ABOUT THAT PHONE THAT THEY HOLD IN THEIR HAND OR IF THEY'RE WATCHING ON TV, THAT TV IN THEIR HOME, GUESS WHAT? THESE PHONES AND THOSE TV'S HAVE WHAT'S CALLED RARE EARTH ELEMENTS. AND YOU THINK BY THE TERM RARE EARTH, IT MUST MEAN, GOSH, THEIR HARD TO FIND. RARE EARTH ELEMENTS ARE FOUND IN MANY PLACES AND AMAZINGLY COAL CONTAINS AN ABUNDANT SUPPLY OF RARE EARTH ELEMENTS. THIS IS IMPORTANT TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY BECAUSE CURRENTLY, CHINA HAS A MONOPOLY ON THE RARE EARTH ELEMENT MARKET, 90% OF ALL RARE EARTH ELEMENTS THAT ARE IN EVERY PHONE, EVERY TV, ARE CONTROLLED BY CHINA. BUT WE KNOW THAT COAL, THROUGH RESEARCH, CAN UNLOCK AN ABUNDANT SUPPLY OF THESE CRITICAL ELEMENTS THAT WE NEED FOR EVERY DAY TECHNOLOGY. SO THIS JUST ISN'T ABOUT ENERGY PRODUCTION, THIS IS ABOUT EVERY DAY ITEMS THAT IMPACT OUR LIFE. SO FOR OUR NATION'S SECURITY AND ELECTRIC GRID RELIABILITY AND USE OF OUR DOMESTIC FOSSIL FUEL RESOURCES, INVESTMENT IN FOSSIL R AND D IS CRITICAL. EACH OF THESE PROGRAMS REPRESENTS A PARTNERSHIP THAT PROVIDES A GREATER LEVERAGE TOLL FEDERAL FUNDS. THEREFORE, I URGE OUR MEMBERS TO VOTE AGAINST THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY'S AMENDMENT SO WE CAN SUPPORT FOSSIL ENERGY R&D FOR OUR COUNTRY AND FOR OUR FUTURE. I RESERVE.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

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

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                                                      IN MANY WAY, I THINK THE GENTLEMAN AGREES WITH ME. IT'S ABOUT BALANCE. THE…

                                                      IN MANY WAY, I THINK THE GENTLEMAN AGREES WITH ME. IT'S ABOUT BALANCE. THE DOLLARS IN THE UNDERLYING BILL EXCEEDED THAT -- WHAT THE ADMINISTRATION ASKED FOR.

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                                                      MR. NORCROSS

                                                      LET'S NOT PICK ONE WINNER, LET'S PICK THEM ALL AND SEE WHERE IT TAKES US.…

                                                      LET'S NOT PICK ONE WINNER, LET'S PICK THEM ALL AND SEE WHERE IT TAKES US. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CONGRESSWOMAN FROM MAINE, MS. PINGREE, FOR HER REMARKS.

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                                                      MS. PINGREE

                                                      THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. THANK YOU. I RISE…

                                                      THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. THANK YOU. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE NORCROSS AMENDMENT AND I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR CALLING ATTENTION TO THIS ISSUE AND THE IMPORTANCE OF EERE. I REPRESENT THE STATE OF MAINE AND WE HAVE OVER 3,000 MILES OF TIDAL COASTLINE AND MILLIONS OF ACRES OF FOREST. WE'RE FAMOUS FOR OUR NATURAL RESOURCES AND RECK REAGSAL OPPORTUNITIES THAT THEY PROVIDE. SO IT WOULD BE NO SURPRISE IF THESE RESOURCES ARE PROVIDING OUR RESIDENTS WITH AN ABUNDANCE OF RENEWABLE ENERGY RESOURCES. OUR STATE'S NATURAL RESOURCES AND OUR EFFORTS HAVE MADE US ONE OTHE LEADERS IN RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT FROM SOLAR TO WIND TO TITLE O-- TIDELE -- TIDAL TO BIOMASS, MAINE IS A LEADER IN RENEWABLE ENERGY. BECAUSE OUR STATE IS LARGELY A RURAL ONE WITH MANY DIVERSE NEEDS, WE'RE PARTICULARLY ATTENTIVE TO RISING ENERGY COSTS AND THE NEED TO HAVE MORE WAYS TO SOLVE THEM. THIS AMENDMENT TODAY WOULD RESTORE FUVENDS TO THE EERE ACCOUNT AND WILL HELP THE STATE OF MAINE, LIKE SO MANY OTHER STATES LIKE IT, THAT ARE WORKING HARD TO MOVE OUR ENERGY POLICY TO THE 21ST CENTURY. WE HAVE TRADITIONALLY BEEN ONE OF THE MOST OIL DEPENDENT STATES IN THE COUNTRY BUT THIS WILL HELP US ADDRESS RISING NRNING COSTS WITH MORE TOOLS AND TECHNOLOGIES AT OUR DISPOSAL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT RENEWABLE ENERGY AND I SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

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

                                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA.

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                                                      AGAIN, I STAND IN OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. BOTTOM LINE,…

                                                      AGAIN, I STAND IN OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. BOTTOM LINE, HIS AMENDMENT GUTS FOSSIL ENERGY R&D. IT TAKES OVER $300 MILLION OUT OF THE FOSSIL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, THE KINDS OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT THAT CAN GENERATE RARE EARTH ELEMENTS AND OTHER THINGS WE HAVE TALKED, IN ADDITION TO USE FOR POWER GENERATION.

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                                                      MR. JENKINS

                                                      I SIMPLY OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND ASK FOR ITS REJECTION.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      REJECTION.

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                                                      PLL NORCROSS

                                                      TIME I'VE HEARD GUTTING WHEN YOU'RE GIVE MANAGER THAN THE ADMINISTRATION.…

                                                      TIME I'VE HEARD GUTTING WHEN YOU'RE GIVE MANAGER THAN THE ADMINISTRATION. I'VE WORKED IN COAL-FIRED PLANTS AND GAS-FIRED AND OTHERS, THIS IS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF OUR ENERGY NEEDS. WE DON'T KNOW WHAT IT HOLDS BUT I DO KNOW INVESTING IN ENERGY DEVELOPMENT IS THE WAY TO GO. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.…

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

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                                                    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

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                                                      REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE, PLEASE.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18 FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE…

                                                      TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18 FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 40 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                      An amendment, offered by Mr. Quigley, numbered 40 printed in House Report 115-259 to cut $921 million from the Department of Energy nuclear weapons activities account and add $921 million to the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy.

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                                                        MR. QUIGLEY

                                                        I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                        THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                        THE CLERK

                                                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 40, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259, OFFERED BY

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                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. QUIGLEY, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL…

                                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. QUIGLEY, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                                                    DEBATE

                                                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Quigley amendment No. 40.

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                                                      MR. QUIGLEY

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. SOME OF US IN THIS ROOM ARE OLD ENOUGH TO…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. SOME OF US IN THIS ROOM ARE OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER DUCK AND COVER. AS KIDS, THE NOTION WAS THAT IF YOU HID UNDER A HALF INCH PLYWOOD PIECE OF DESK UNDER A THERMO NUCLEAR ATTACK YOU'D BE SAFE. NOT A PARTICULARLY RATIONAL IDEA BUT NOT MUCH MORE RATIONAL THAN OUR CURRENT NUCLEAR POSTURE. FOR DECADES, PRESIDENTS AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS FROM BOTH PARTIES HAVE WORKED TOGETHER TO PREVENT THE USE AND SPREAD OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND MATERIALS. STARTING WITH PRESIDENT REAGAN'S LEADERSHIP, AMERICAN PRESIDENTS HAVE REDUCED THE SIZE OF AMERICA'S NUCLEAR ARSENAL FROM ITS COLD WAR PEAK. IN FACT, REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTS HAVE CUT THE ARSENAL FAR MORE AGGRESSIVELY THAN THE DEMOCRATIC -- THAN THEIR DEMOCRATIC COUNTERPARTS. YET THIS YEAR'S ENERGY AND WATER BILL DOUBLES DOWN ON AN OUTDATED COLD WAR STRATEGY BY UNNECESSARILY DIVERTING PRESHT RESOURCES TO BUILD NEW NUKES. IT REMAINS UNCLEAR HOW THESE WEAPONS WILL SOLVE 21ST CENTURY NATIONAL SECURITY THREATS SUCH AS TERRORISM, CYBERATTACKS OR GLOBAL WARMING. RATHER THAN WASTING DOLLARS TO KEEP UP THE STATUS QUO, WE MUST FIND WAYS TO REPLACE THE U.S. NUCLEAR ARSENAL WHILE MAINTAINING A FORCE CAPABLE OF DETERRING NUCLEAR ATTACK AGAINST THE U.S. AND ITS ALLIES. IN 2013, THE PENTAGON DETERMINED THAT THE U.S. COULD REDUCE ITS DEPLOYED STRATEGIC NUCLEAR FORCE BY ONE THIRD BELOW ITS CURRENT LEVELS AND STILL MEET SECURITY REQUIREMENTS. ACCORDING TO FORMER VICE CHAIR OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF, THE MILITARY UTILITY OF U.S. TACTICAL NUCLEAR WEAPONS SUCH AS THE B-61 IS PRACTICALLY NIL. DEFENSE SECRETARY MATTIS HAS RAISED DOUBT ABOUT THE NEED FOR THE NEW ICBM AND THE NEED TO TAKE CLOSER LOOK AT NEW NUCLEAR ARMED CRUISE MISSILES. RATHER THAN WASTING TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO KEEP UP THE STATUS QUO WE MUST FIND WAYS TO REPLACE THE NUCLEAR FORCE WITH A DETERRENT THIS BILL PROPOSES TO ADD $1 BILLION TO THE NUCLEAR WEAPONS ACCOUNT BY GUTTING THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY OFFICE RESPONSIBLE FOR FINDING ENERGY EFFICIENCY. THE DEPARTMENT IS CRUCIAL TO RESEARCH AND COOPERATE IN CLEAN, RENEWBLE ENERGIES. ENERGY USE REDUCTION TECHNOLOGIES, VEHICLE ENGINES, GEOTHERMAL TECHNOLOGY AND ADVANCE BATTERIES. THIS A GOVERNMENT SUCCESS STORY. $12 BILLION INVESTED IN EERE YIELDED MORE THAN $32 BILLION RETURN. ENTIRE INDUSTRIES ARE BUILT ON THE BACK OF THE WORK EERE DOES SIMULATING A ROBUST DOMESTIC CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY. THE ROLE OF EERE IS ALSO CRITICAL TO FURTHERING THE TRANSITION TO A LOW CARBON ECONOMY AND CREATING SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH. THAT'S WHY IT WOULD TAKE $920 MILLION AND GIVE IT BACK TO EERE. THIS WOULD STILL BE A CUT TO THEIR OFFICE. THE CURRENT FUNDS THEM AT $986 MILLION LESS THAN THE CURRENT ENACTED LEVEL BUT IT WOULD GO A LONG WAY TOWARD FIXING THIS MISTAKE. I URGE COMMITTEE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO.

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                                                      MR. SIMPSON

                                                      I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT. CHOIM THE --

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                      MR. SIMPSON

                                                      I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT, NOT JUST OPPOSITION BUT STRONG…

                                                      I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT, NOT JUST OPPOSITION BUT STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT THIS BILL FULLY FUNDS THE REQUEST OF $10. BILLION FOR WEAPONS ACTIVITIES WHICH IS AS THE GENTLEMAN STATED AN INCREASE OF $921 MILLION OVER FISCAL YEAR 2017. AND I'VE GOT TO TELL YOU FROM HIS COMMENTS YOU WOULD THINK WE WERE GROWING THE NUCLEAR STOCKPILE. THE REALITY IS WE ARE DECREASING THE SIZE OF THE STOCKPILE CURRENTLY UNDER THE NEW START TREATY. BUT EVEN HAVING DONE THAT, WE HAVE TO FUND THE MODERNIZATION OF OUR NUCLEAR STOCKPILE AND IT'S ONE OF MY HIGHEST PRIORITIES IN THIS BILL. THE ACTIVITIES THE GENTLEMAN PROPOSES TO CUT ARE THE PRIMARY REASONS THE ENERGY AND WATER BILL IS BEING INCLUDED AS A DIVISION IN THE DEFENSE MINI BUS BECAUSE MAINTAINING NUCLEAR WEAPONS STOCKPILE IS ESSENTIAL TO OUR NATION'S NATIONAL SECURITY. THE INCREASE PROVIDED IN THIS BILL TO WEAPONS ACTIVITIES ARE NEEDED TO EXTEND THE LIFE OF FOUR NUCLEAR WAR HEADS AND TO ADDRESS THE CONTINUED DETERIORATION OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE AT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S NUCLEAR SITES. THESE INVESTMENTS ARE LONG OVERDUE AND MUST BE FUNDED IF OUR NATION IS TO HAVE A CREDIBLE NUCLEAR DETERRENT REGARDLESS OF THE SIZE OF THAT NUCLEAR DETERRENT. I WOULD SAY THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IS CARRYING OUT A NUCLEAR POSTURE REVIEW THAT WILL INFORM FUTURE FUNDING NEEDS. UNTIL THAT CONCLUDES THERE'S NO CHANGE IN OUR NATION'S NUCLEAR DEFENSE REQUIREMENTS AND CONGRESS, I BELIEVE, MUST FULLY FUND THOSE REQUIREMENTS IF OUR NATION IS TO HAVE A CREDIBLE NUCLEAR DETERRENT. INCREASES ARE ALSO NEEDED, AS I SAID, TO INCREASE THE AGING INFRASTRUCTURE AT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S NUCLEAR ENERGY SITE. I STRONGLY OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS OFFERING AND WOULD ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST IT AND I WOULD RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                                                      MR. QUIGLEY

                                                      RESPECTFULLY, WHAT THE GENTLEMAN IS TALKING ABOUT HAS BEEN DONE MANY…

                                                      RESPECTFULLY, WHAT THE GENTLEMAN IS TALKING ABOUT HAS BEEN DONE MANY TIMES. IN 2013, THE PENTAGON SAID WE CAN DO THIS WITH ONE THIRD OF THE WEAPONS WE HAVE NOW. THE COST OF RESTORING A WEAPON LIKE THE B-61 IS MORE THAN ITS WEIGHT IN GOLD. WE'VE ALREADY BEEN TOLD WE HAVE TOO MANY. SO THE PLAN HERE IS, LET'S RESTORE AS MANY AS POSSIBLE, BUILD AS MANY AS WE POSSIBLY CAN AND MAYBE IN THE FUTURE WE'LL BE TOLD AGAIN THAT WE DON'T NEED THIS MANY. IN THE MEANTIME WE'RE USING THOSE RESOURCES TO CUT NECESSARY PROGRAMS. I ASK FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE?…

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE? THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK.

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                                                      MR. SIMPSON

                                                      THE SECRETARY OF ENERGY IS REQUIRED TO REPORT TO THE PRESIDENT ON THE…

                                                      THE SECRETARY OF ENERGY IS REQUIRED TO REPORT TO THE PRESIDENT ON THE SAFETY AND RELIABILITY OF THE NUCLEAR STOCKPILE. THIS IS PART OF THAT REQUIREMENT BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY SO THEY CAN ASSURE THE PRESIDENT OUR NUCLEAR STOCKPILE IS SAFE AND RELIABLE. MODERNIZING THESE NUCLEAR WEAPONS MAKES SENSE. WE CAN SIT AND ARGUE WHETHER WE NEED ALL THESE NUCLEAR WEAPONS OR NOT, I THINK WE COULD GET BY ON QUITE A NUMBER FEWER OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS BUT WE STILL HAVE TO MAINTAIN THE NUCLEAR WEAPONS STOCKPILE WE CURRENTLY HAVE AND LET THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DO THEIR NUCLEAR POSTURE REVIEW AND MAKE A DETERMINATION OF WHAT OUGHT TO BE THE ULTIMATE -- THE ULTIMATE NUMBER OF KNEW CHEER WE HAVES WE HAVE. BUT AS LONG AS WE HAVE THIS, WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THEY'RE SAFE AND RELIABLE. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO YIELD BACK.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.…

                                                      THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE NOES HAVE IT. THE SEAMENT NOT AGREED. TO -- IS NOT AGREED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 41 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                    On agreeing to the Quigley amendment; Failed by voice vote.

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                                                      MR. POLIS

                                                      I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK. CHOI, THE -- THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE…

                                                      I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK. CHOI, THE -- THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                      THE CLERK

                                                      AMENDMENT NUMBER 41 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259, OFFERED BY MR. POLIS…

                                                      AMENDMENT NUMBER 41 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259, OFFERED BY MR. POLIS OF COLORADO.

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                                                      An amendment, offered by Mr. Polis, numbered 41 printed in House Report 115-259 to increase funds for the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy account by $986,292,000 and decrease funds for Fossil Energy Research and Development by $634,600,000 and reduce the National Nuclear Security Administration Weapons Activities account by $352,000,000.

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                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL…

                                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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                                                        MR. POLIS

                                                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                        MR. POLIS

                                                        MY AMENDMENT WOULD RESTORE THE FUNDING CUTS TO THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND…

                                                        MY AMENDMENT WOULD RESTORE THE FUNDING CUTS TO THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY ACCOUNT. JUST TO FUND AT THE SAME LEVELS TV FUNDED LAST YEAR. THAT'S $986 MILLION. I'LL TELL YOU WHERE WE FIND THOSE FUNDS AND TAKE IT FROM IN A MINUTE. IT TAKES THEM FROM TWO PROGRAMS, THE FOSSIL FUEL ENERGY AND RESEARCH ACCOUNT AND THE NUCLEAR WEAPONS ACCOUNT. WE SHOULD INVEST IN OUR FUTURE FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY RATHER THAN THROWING MORE MONEY AT THE PAST. AND INTO NUCLEAR WEAPONS. FOSSIL FUEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IS A DEAD END FOR AMERICA. FOR OUR ECONOMY. FOR THE CLEAN AIR THAT WE NEED. AND FOR OUR WATER. CONTINUING TO FUND FOSSIL FUEL, WHETHER IT MAKES THEM MARGINALLY CLEANER OR NOT IS SIMPLY THROWING MONEY AT THE PAST RATHER THAN THE FUTURE. REGARDLESS OF HOW CLEAN WE MAKE FOSSIL FUEL EXTRACTION IT'S NEVER AS CLEAN OR MORE IMPORTANTLY AS SUSTAINABLE AS RENEWABLE ENERGY AND DEFINITELY WON'T BE AS CHEAP OR SUSTAINABLE AS CLEAN ENERGY. I'M A PROUD SPONSOR OF A BILL TO -- FOR OUR COUNTRY TO REACH 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY BY 2050, BUT TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT WE NEED THE INVESTMENT IN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. FRANKLY, INVESTING IN NUCLEAR WEAPONS WHEN WE ALREADY HAVE ENOUGH NUCLEAR CAPABILITIES TO DESTROY EVERY MAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD ON THIS PLANET SEVEN TIMES OVER, IS SIMPLY WASTEFUL. NUCLEAR WEAPONS RECEIVE OVER $10 BILLION WHILE RENEWABLE ENERGY RECEIVES A MEASLY $986 MILLION. I WAS TALKING TO ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS A LITTLE WHILE AGO, NANCY FROM COLORADO, AND SHE AGREED THAT WE SIMPLY SPEND TOO MUCH ON TRYING TO DESTROY -- POTENTIALLY HAVE THE CAPABILITY TO DESTROY THE WORLD THROUGH NUCLEAR WEAPONS. WE DON'T LIVE IN COLD WARTIMES, WE DON'T NEED COLD WAR LEVEL SPENDING FOR FACILITIES THE MILITARY HASN'T USED IN YEARS. WE SHOULD BE FOLLOWING THE ADVICE IN THIS CASE ON FOCUSING ON RENEWABLE ENERGY ACCOUNT WHICH HELPS FUNDS LABS LIKE THE ONE IN GOLDEN. THE MOST REYENT STUDY OF THE NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY LABORATORY SHOWS ITS IMPACT ALONE IS $208 MILLION ANNUALLY. THERE'S ALSO THE RENEWABLE ENERGY INSTITUTE WHICH HELPS ADVANCE RENEWABLE ENERGY SCIENCE, ENGINEERING AND ANALYSIS. THAT'S FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY, MR. SPEAKER, AND THE FUTURE OF THE WORLD. AND BY UNDERCUTTING OUR INVESTMENT IN OUR FUTURE AND THROWING MONEY AT THE PAST AND IT BEING ABLE TO KILL EVERY MAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD SEVEN TIMES INSTEAD OF SIX TIMES, WE'RE LOSING THE FOREST THROUGH THE TREES AND MAKING OUR COUNTRY LESS SECURE, NOT MORE SECURE. THE BUILDING TECHNOLOGIES OFFICERS IN NRAL AND MANY OTHERS RECEIVING FUNDS UNDER THIS ACCOUNT DO AMAZING WORK. LIKE USING 3-D PRINTING FOR WING BLADES. NOT ONLY THAT THEIR WORK HELPS SAVE CONSUMERS MONEY BECAUSE OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY. THE WORK OF THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY PROGRAM HAS SAVED CONSUMERS MORE THAN $435 BILLION AND REDUCED CARBON POLLUTION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO ADOPT THIS AMENDMENT AND RESERVE.

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                                                    DEBATE

                                                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Polis amendment No. 41.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

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

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA.

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                                                      MR. SIMPSON

                                                      I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT. I'M NOT OPPOSED TO THIS, I…

                                                      I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT. I'M NOT OPPOSED TO THIS, I ACTUALLY LIKE THE PROGRAM BUT WE HAD TO MAKE DIFFICULT POSITIONS AND THAT IS MAINTAINING OUR NUCLEAR STOCKPILE. SECONDLY, IT WAS MAKING SURE THAT THE ARMY CORPS OF DEPERS WAS FUNDED AT THE WRRDA LEVEL THAT OUR COLLEAGUES INSIST ON. WE HAD TO MAKE DIFFICULT DECISIONS WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY. WE DID THE BEST WE COULD. WHEN THE GENTLEMAN SAYS WE AREN'T LIVING IN THE COLD WAR AND DON'T NEED THE WEAPONS AND FACILITIES, YOU ARE RIGHT, IT'S SCARIER TIMES THAN IT WAS IN THE COLD WAR AND YOU NEVER THOSE FACILITIES UNTIL YOU NEED THOSE FACILITIES. THAT'S THE PROBLEM. IT'S NOT LOOKING FORWARD. SO I OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT BECAUSE WE HAVE DONE OUR BEST WITHIN THE WEAPONS ACTIVITIES TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DO WHAT OUR NATION REQUIRES AND THAT IS TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE A SAFE, RELIABLE AP SECURE STOCKPILE AND LET THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT COME OUT WITH THEIR REVIEW AND WHAT THEY NEED AS A WEAPONS SYSTEM ALL TOGETHER WHEN THAT REVIEW COMES OUT. I OPPOSE IT ALSO BECAUSE IT TAKES MONEY OUT OF THE -- THE ARGUMENTS MADE BY MY FRIEND FROM WEST VIRGINIA, BECAUSE IT TAKES MONEY OUT OF THE FOSSIL ENERGY RESEARCH. EVERY TIME I ASKED THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, WHAT DO YOU THINK THE AMOUNT OF ENERGY WE ARE GOING TO CONSUME OVER THE NEXT 20 OR 30 YEARS COMES FROM HYDROCARBONS, COAL AND NATURAL GAS IS GOING TO BE IN THE FUTURE. IT'S A LARGER PART. I THINK ENRAL IS A GREAT LAB. AND WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY STAY OPEN AND DO THE JOB. BUT THIS AMENDMENT IS DIRECTLY IN THE WRONG DIRECTION TO GO AND I WOULD YIELD TO MY THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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                                                      BY MY CALCULATION THIS IS THE THIRD OR FOURTH AMENDMENT FROM THE MINORITY…

                                                      BY MY CALCULATION THIS IS THE THIRD OR FOURTH AMENDMENT FROM THE MINORITY TRYING TO TAKE MONEY OUT OF A VERY IMPORTANT FUTURE-LOOKING INITIATIVE, THE FOSSIL ENERGY R&D. THEY KEEP TRYING TO RAID THIS IMPORTANT FUNDING. I'M SITTING WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM WEST VIRGINIA THAT THERE IS NO STRONGER CHAMPION. THIS IS HUNDREDS OF JOBS IN OUR STATE, IN HIS DISTRICT, BUT THE IMPACT OF THEIR WORK REACHES ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND LITERALLY AROUND THE WORLD. I SPOKE ON A PREVIOUS ATTACK ON THIS PREVIOUS FUNDING. I DEFEND STRONGLY THE WORK OF THE FOSSIL ENERGY R&D AND TO SUGGEST THAT THIS IS JUST LOOKING TO YESTERDAY IS TALKING ABOUT RARE EARTH ELEMENTS AND UNLOCKING THE POTENTIAL THAT THESE FOSSIL RESOURCES HAVE IN SO MANY WAYS NOT JUST ENERGY PRODUCTION. THANK YOU TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE RECOGNIZING AND FOSSIL R&D WHO IS A STAUNCH SUPPORTER AND MY ABILITY TO WORK WITH HIM. I URGE TO REJECT. AND I RESERVE.

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                                                      MR. POLIS

                                                      I THANK THE CHAIR FOR RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF THE ACCOUNT. IT IS A…

                                                      I THANK THE CHAIR FOR RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF THE ACCOUNT. IT IS A HIGH PRIORITY FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND WE TALKED ABOUT THE JOB AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFERS THAT COME OUT OF THAT FUND AND HIS NEED FOR ENERGY INDEPENDENCE. I HOPE THE CHAIR IS WILLING TO WORK ON FINDING OTHER SOURCES TO PLUS IT UP. I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT OTHER IMPORTANT PROJECTS. ONE SIMPLE THE $500,000 AND MAKES ENORMOUS DIFFERENCE TO FOSTER THE COLORADO'S PLUG-IN ELECTRIC VEHICLES. THE CLEAN CITIES' PROJECT DEVELOPED A STRATDEPI INCLUDING IMPLEMENTATION. THE PROJECT HAS SAVED 7.5 GALLONS OF PETROLEUM. THESE ARE THE PROJECTS THAT WE SHOULD BE FOCUSED ON. RATHER THAN EXPANDING OUR NUCLEAR ARSENAL, WE CAN MOVE TOWARDS CLEANER AIR, CLEEPER WATER AND MORE JOBS AND ENERGY INDEPENDENCE THROUGH CLEAN RENEWABLE ENERGY. THAT'S WHY I ASK YOU TO SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT AND DECREASE FUNDING FOR FOSSIL FUEL RESEARCH AND UNNECESSARY AND DANGEROUS NUKES THAT WOULD DESTROY THE WORLD. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO ADOPT MY AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.…

                                                      THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 42 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                    On agreeing to the Polis amendment; Failed by voice vote.

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                                                      MR. MCKINLEY

                                                      I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                      An amendment, offered by Mr. McKinley, numbered 42 printed in House Report 115-259 to increases fossil energy funding to 2017 funding levels.

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                                                        THE CLERK

                                                        PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-259 OFFERED BY MR. MCKINLEY OF WEST VIRGINIA.

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                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA, MR. MCKINLEY, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH…

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

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                                                    DEBATE

                                                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 473, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the McKinley amendment No. 42.

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                                                      MR. MCKINLEY

                                                      PROGRAM BACK TO THE LEVELS OF 2017. MERELY BACK TO THE LEVEL OF 2017. BUT…

                                                      PROGRAM BACK TO THE LEVELS OF 2017. MERELY BACK TO THE LEVEL OF 2017. BUT THIS IS STILL A -- IT IS STILL $00 MILLION LESS THAN IT WAS UNDER PRESIDENT BUSH. IT'S ALSO PUT IT IN PERSPECTIVE. FOSSIL FUELS, THE CONSUMPTION OF FOSSIL FUELS MAKE UP 81% OF ALL THE COUNTRY'S ENERGY CONSUMPTION. 81% OF COAL, NATURAL GAS AND OIL. BUT THE LEVEL OF RESEARCH IS ONLY AT 18% OF THE MONEY THAT WE HAVE CURRENTLY. AND I JUST HEARD A MINUTE AGO SAYING THIS IS PRETTY BALANCED. I MAY BE APPEAR ENGINEER, BUT I DON'T THINK 18% IS EQUIVALENT OF 81%. THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH THAT. I'M NOT HERE TO ARGUE THAT AMERICA SHOULDN'T BE INVESTING IN RENEWABLES AND RENEWABLES. THAT WOULDN'T BE APPROPRIATE. BUT THE REALITY THAT AMERICA AND THE ENTIRE WORLD WOULD BE RELYING ON IT. BY 2040, THE FOSSIL ENERGY IS GOING TO MAKE UP 78% OF THE WORLD'S CONSUMPTION. SO SHOULDN'T IT BE AMERICA'S GOAL TO LEAD THE WORLD TO HAVE THAT LEADERSHIP TO DEVELOP THE TECHNOLOGIES THAT WE CAN EXPORT TO OTHER COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD THAT WILL CONTINUE TO USE COAL AND GAS AND OIL IN THE CLEANEST AND MOST EFFICIENT WAY? SHOULDN'T WE AGAIN BE THAT GLOBAL LEADER ON THIS, BUT WE CAN'T DO THIS WITHOUT LEADERSHIP. LET'S CONSIDER THE HISTORY OF THIS. FOSSIL RESEARCH FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. JUST REMEMBER THE THREAT YEARS AGO BACK IN THE 1980'S WE HAD ACID RAIN, IT WAS THE FEDERAL RESEARCH THAT REDUCED THE EMISSIONS OF GASES AND CLEANED UP ACID RAIN. THE REDUCTION OF CO-2 EMISSIONS HAVE COME AS A RESULT OF FOSSIL FUEL RESEARCH ON A PER CAPITA BASIS TODAY, WE ARE NOW EMITTING ON A PER CAPITA BASIS, THIS IS THE LOWEST LEVEL WE HAVE HAD IN OVER 50 YEARS THANKS TO FOSSIL FUEL RESEARCH. AND MADE IN AMERICA, THE BIGGEST PRODUCER OF GAS IN THE WORLD, IT ORIGINATED IN OUR FEDERAL LABORATORIES IN RESEARCH. THAT IS WHERE WE HAVE BEEN AND NOW GOING TO THE FUTURE. SOMEONE SAID THIS IS THE FUEL OF THE PAST, HOW CAN IT BE WHEN THE R&D MONEY -- LOOK AT WHAT THEY ARE WORKING ON IN OUR LABS, VIRTUALLY IN EVERY ONE OF OUR DISTRICTS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, CARBON CAPTURING AND STORAGE AND CHEMICAL LOOPING AND THEY ARE UNDERSTANDING METHANE HYDRATES AND RARE EARTHS ARE BEING DETECTED ACROSS AMERICA. WHAT ABOUT OXY COMBUSTION, THAT IS COMING OUT OF FRESH RESEARCH THAT WELL BE ABLE TO EXPORT SO OTHER COUNTRIES CAN BURN THEIR COAL MORE CLEANLY. CONGRESS SHOULD NOT BE IN THE WAY OF PICKING AND WINNERS AND LOSERS. IF WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT REDUCING EMISSIONS, CONGRESS SHOULD PUT MORE MONEY IN THIS PROGRAM, NOT REDUCING IT. THE FUNDING LEVEL SHOULD BE MUCH HIGHER. UNDER PRESIDENT BUSH, IT WAS $00 MILLION MORE THAN IT I IS TODAY. BUT I UNDERSTAND THE FISCAL CONSTRAINTS WE HAVE. LET'S UTILIZE OUR DOMESTIC ENERGY SOURCE AND SUPPLY IN THE MOST EFFICIENT AND CLEAN WAY POSSIBLE. AND WE DO THAT THROUGH OUR RESEARCH FROM OUR FEDERAL LABORATORIES. I URGE THE HOUSE TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                                                      THE CHAIR

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

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO.

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                                                      MS. KAPTUR

                                                      TO SPEAK IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT. I RESPECT HIS AMENDMENT AND HIS…

                                                      TO SPEAK IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT. I RESPECT HIS AMENDMENT AND HIS DESIRE TO HELP AMERICA AND HELP HIS OWN STATE AND FOR MY ENTIRE CAREER I VOTED FOR CLEAN COAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT BECAUSE SOUTHERN OHIO HAS A LOT OF BTU'S UNDERGROUND IN THE FORM OF COAL. I OBJECT TO THE GENTLEMAN TAKING THE FUNDS FROM THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND ENERGY ACCOUNT. I WOULD LIKE YOU TO KNOW THAT THAT ACCOUNT IS CUT $986 MILLION BELOW LAST YEAR'S LEVEL AND THAT IS A DEEP CONCERN BECAUSE THAT'S THE PART OF OUR ECONOMY THAT IS GROWING. 10% OF THE JOBS NOW ARE IN -- WAS PRODUCED IN THE ENERGY SECTOR ARE IN RENEWABLES AND WE EMPLOY MORE PEOPLE IN SOLAR AND MORE PEOPLE IN WIND ENERGY THAN WE DO IN COAL EXTRACTION. SO WE KNOW THAT A MAJOR PART OF OUR FUTURE LIES IN NEW ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES, THESE DEVELOPING TECHNOLOGIES WHICH HAVE BEEN PROVING THEMSELVES. AN ADDITIONAL CUT OF $ 3. MILLION WOULD FURTHER WEAKEN THESE NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND I WOULD GUARANTEE YOU THAT THE TECHNOLOGIES ARE SO VALUABLE THAT THE RUSSIANS AND THE CHINESE ARE HACKING INTO THESE COMPANIES REPEATEDLY BECAUSE OF THEIR IMPORTANCE TO THE FUTURE AND THEY RECOGNIZE WHERE THE FUTURE IS HEADED. AND WE'VE GOT A REAL JOB ON OUR HANDS TO HOLD ON TO THESE TECHNOLOGIES BECAUSE OF THAT AND ALSO BECAUSE OF THEIR MARKET MANIPULATION. CHINA IS A MARKET MANIPULATOR AND STATE-RUN ECONOMY AND IT'S NOT IF THEY CAN'T STEAL, IF YOU INVEST OVER THERE AND THEY STEAL YOUR I.T. THERE. JUST SINCE 2003, OUR COUNTRY HAS INTEREST SPENT $2.6 TRILLION IMPORTING PETROLEUM AND WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT AMERICA BEING ENERGY INDEPENDENT AT HOME, CLEAN COAL HAS A ROLE BUT THE NEW TECHNOLOGIES HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY AS WELL. AND WE SUPPORT THE PORTFOLIO TO ELIMINATE OUR RELIANCE ON IMPORTED ENERGY. SOME WOULD SAY ADDICTION TO IMPORTED ENERGY AND WE HAVE BREAKING THAT ADDICTION. WE SHOULD CLEAN UP FOSSIL ENERGY. AND THIS BILL ALREADY DOES THAT WITH SUFFICIENT FUNDING TO THE FOSSIL ENERGY ACCOUNT. OUR COUNTRY SHOULD BE LEADING NOT ONLY FOR OUR ENERGY SECURITY BUT FOR ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES AND THE JOBS THAT THIS EXPANDING MARKET IS ALREADY PROVIDING US. WE CAN'T AFFORD TO CEDE THIS MARKET TO ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. I OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK. . .

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA FOR 30 SECONDS.

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                                                      WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT WEST VIRGINIA. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT ALL ACROSS THE…

                                                      WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT WEST VIRGINIA. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY, THESE LABORATORIES ARE LOCATED IN COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES ALL ACROSS AMERICA. AND COAL IS SOMETHING THAT'S EXPANDING. OUR EXPORTS ARE UP 58%. PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD ARE GOING TO USE COAL. I THINK IT'S THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR US TO SHOW THEM HOW TO BURN IT CLEANLY.

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                                                      MR. MCKINLEY

                                                      CHINA IS GOING TO INCREASE THEIR USE BY 43%. INDIA'S GOING TO DOUBLE ITS…

                                                      CHINA IS GOING TO INCREASE THEIR USE BY 43%. INDIA'S GOING TO DOUBLE ITS CONSUMPTION IN THAT SAME TIME FRAME. SO WHEN YOU COMPARE THE AMOUNT OF RESEARCH, ONLY 18% CURRENTLY OF ALL THE FEDERAL DOLLARS FOR RESEARCH ARE IN FOSSIL FUEL. BUT 56% IS RENEWABLE. THAT'S NOT BALANCED. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

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

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO RISE?

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                                                  • 09:02:09 PM

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

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                                                      MR. SIMPSON

                                                      I MOVE THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE QUESTION SON THE MOTION THAT THE COMMITTEE RISE -- QUESTION IS ON THE…

                                                      THE QUESTION SON THE MOTION THAT THE COMMITTEE RISE -- QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE COMMITTEE RISE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY, THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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                                                      Mr. Simpson moved that the committee rise.

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                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                        MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                                                        THE CHAIR

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

                                                        MR. SPEAKER, THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 3219 AND DIRECTS ME TO REPORT THAT IT HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON.

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

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                      THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 3219 AND HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                    • 09:03:26 PM

                                                      Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 3219 as unfinished business.

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                                                        Mr. Sessions filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 478.

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

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

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                                                          THE CHAIR

                                                          THE CLERK --

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

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                                                          THE CLERK

                                                          REPORT COULD TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 478. RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR…

                                                          REPORT COULD TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 478. RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL, H.R. 3219, MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2018, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. AND PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES.

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                                                          TEMPORE REFERRED

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

                                                          REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 473 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3219. WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. DONOVAN, KINDLY RESUME THE CHAIR.

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                                                      • 09:04:21 PM

                                                        Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3219 — "Making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes."