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House Session - September 6, 2017
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  • 10:00:15 AM

    The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

    • 10:00:20 AM

      The Speaker designated the Honorable Dennis A. Ross to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

      • 10:00:24 AM

        THE CLERK

        THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., SEPTEMBER 6, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT…

        THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., SEPTEMBER 6, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE DENNIS A. ROSS TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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      • 10:00:39 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE WILL BE -- THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY OUR CHAPLAIN, FATHER CONROY.

    • 10:00:39 AM

      Today's prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.

      • 10:00:45 AM

        THE CHAIR

        LET US PRAY. --

      • 10:02:08 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

        THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1 THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      • 10:02:22 AM

        MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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

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

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  • 10:02:25 AM

    SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL

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

    • 10:02:26 AM

      The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she had received the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on September 6, 2017 at 9:16 a.m.: That the Senate passed S. 1107.

      • 10:02:28 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL.…

        THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR,, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      • 10:02:45 AM

        MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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

      • 10:02:48 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER…

        THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION ARE POSTPONED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL NOW BE LED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. SIRES.

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  • 10:02:53 AM

    PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

    • 10:03:00 AM

      MR. SIRES

      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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  • 10:03:09 AM

    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.

    • 10:03:18 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR…

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

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    • 10:03:37 AM

      MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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

    • 10:03:40 AM

      TEMPORE WITHOUT

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

    • 10:03:42 AM

      MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

      AS EARLY AS MARCH 6, 2018, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF YOUNG IMMIGRANTS WHO…

      AS EARLY AS MARCH 6, 2018, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF YOUNG IMMIGRANTS WHO ARE AS AMERICAN AS YOU, MR. SPEAKER, COULD BE FORCED TO LEAVE OUR GREAT COUNTRY. THE UNITED STATES IS THEIR HOME, AND THE DACA PROGRAM HAS AFFORDED THESE DREAMERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME OUT OF THE SHADOWS, WORK LEGALLY AND PURSUE THEIR EDUCATIONAL GOALS. THEY ARE BUYING HOMES, CREATING BUSINESSES, WORKING IN OUR SCHOOLS AND HOSPITALS AND CONTRIBUTING TO OUR ECONOMY. SIMPLY PUT, THEY ARE ACTIVE MEMBERS OF OUR OPPORTUNITY. MR. SPEAKER, CONGRESS CAN SAVE THESE YOUNG AMERICANS FROM DEPORTATION AND SO I HAVE INTRODUCED, ALONG WITH MY FRIEND, CONGRESSWOMAN LUCILLE ROYBAL-ALLARD, TO ENSURE DREAMERS CAN CONTINUE TO FULLY PARTICIPATE IN THE AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE AND ONE DAY EVEN BECOME PROUD AMERICAN CITIZENS. THE LOVE FOR THIS COUNTRY IS ALREADY EMBEDDED IN THEIR HEARTS, BUT THERE ARE OTHER ALTERNATIVES THAT WE CAN PASS, SUCH AS THE RACK ACT, SPONSORED BY MY GOOD FRIEND AND FLORIDA COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN CURBELO, THE BRIDGE ACT SPONSORED BY MY FRIEND, CONGRESSMAN COFFMAN, THAT GIVES DREAMERS THE CHANCE TO BUILD THEIR FUTURE. CONGRESS HAS LESS THAN SIX MONTHS TO ACT. THE CLOCK IS TICKING, MR. SPEAKER. LET'S DO WHAT IS RIGHT AND VOTE ON THESE BILLS. THANK YOU, SIR.

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    • 10:04:54 AM

      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 NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    • 10:05:06 AM

      MR. SIRES

      THE CRUEL TERMINATION OF THE DACA PROGRAM. SINCE ITS LAUNCH IN 2012, DACA…

      THE CRUEL TERMINATION OF THE DACA PROGRAM. SINCE ITS LAUNCH IN 2012, DACA HAS HELPED THOUSANDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE COMING OUT OF THE SHADOWS WITHOUT FEAR OF BEING SENT AWAY FROM THE COUNTRY THEY CALL HOME. MANY OF THESE CHILDREN GREW UP IN THE SAME PLAYGROUNDS AND NEIGHBORHOODS AS OUR OWN KIDS. THIS PROGRAM TARGETS MILLIONS OF YOUNG CHILDREN WHO CONTRIBUTE EVERY DAY. IN NEW JERSEY ALONE, THERE ARE OVER 22,000 DACA RECIPIENT WHO IS PAY $66 MILLION IN STATE AND LOCAL TAXES EVERY YEAR. THE EMOTIONAL AND ECONOMIC IMPACT WILL BE DEVASTATING, AND NEW JERSEY COULD LOSE $1.5 BILLION ANNUALLY IN G.D.P. AMERICA WAS BUILT ON THE HARD WORK OF IMMIGRANTS. OUR DIVERSITY IS THE FOUNDATION OF OUR NATION. IT'S PAST DUFORT CONGRESS TO PROTECT MILLIONS OF FAMILIES THAT WILL BE TORN APART BECAUSE OF THIS INHUMANE DECISION. WE MUST PASS DACA AND FIX OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:06:15 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 10:06:19 AM

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      I SEEK PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

    • 10:06:23 AM

      TEMPORE WITHOUT

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

    • 10:06:24 AM

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      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE AN OUTSTANDING ATHLETE FROM MY…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE AN OUTSTANDING ATHLETE FROM MY DISTRICT WHO'S WAS RECENTLY NAMED MINNESOTA'S FEMALE FIELD AND TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR.

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    • 10:06:36 AM

      MR. EMMER

      A GRADUATE OF ST. MICHAEL HIGH SCHOOL WAS CHOSEN FOR THIS AWARD DUE TO…

      A GRADUATE OF ST. MICHAEL HIGH SCHOOL WAS CHOSEN FOR THIS AWARD DUE TO IMPRESSIVE ABILITY ON THE TRACK AND THE EXCELLENCE SHE EXUDES IN EVERY ASPECT OF HER LIFE. ANNA IS A SPRINTER AND JUMPER. HER ACCOLADES INCLUDE THREE INDIVIDUAL STATE TITLES AT THE MINNESOTA STATE HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE DOUBLE A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP MEET. SHE HOLDS THE ALL-TIME STATE RECORD IN THE LONG JUMP AND SHE ALSO HELPED BRING HOME A TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE, TRACK TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE TO ST. MICHAEL ALBERTVILLE AT THE 2017 STATE MEET. IN ADDITION TO RECOGNIZING ANNA WITH THIS AWARD, GATORADE ALSO DONATED A $1,000 GRANT IN ANNA'S NAME TO A NONPROFIT OF HER CHOICE. ANNA GAVE THE GRANT TO THE STMA STALLIONS, A LOCAL SPECIAL OLYMPICS TEAM, BECAUSE OF HER FRIENDSHIPS WITH SOME OF THE MEMBERS ON THE TEAM. SHE IS ATTENDING CHAPELE HILL THIS FALL AND PLANS TO COMPETE -- CHAPEL HILL THIS FALL AND PLANS TO COMPETE ON THE TRACK TEAM. WE CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT SHE ACCOMPLISHES NEXT. ANNA, ALL OF US IN MINNESOTA ARE SO PROUD OF YOU AND WE WISH YOU ALL THE BEST IN YOUR FUTURE. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:07:42 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT REASON DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON…

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

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    • 10:07:51 AM

      MR. BLUMENAUER

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE RETURN TO CAPITOL HILL AMIDST CHAOS, WILDFIRES…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE RETURN TO CAPITOL HILL AMIDST CHAOS, WILDFIRES IN THE WEST, CHOKING SMOKE IN MY COMMUNITY, THE CRUELTY OF 800,000 YOUNG PEOPLE OF YOUNG LIVES TURNED UPSIDE DOWN UNNECESSARY BY TRUMP NECESSARY AND WE'RE DANCING WITH THE DEBT CEILING CHAOS WITH THE WORLD ECONOMY. ALL ARE MADE UNNECESSARILY WORSE, EVEN HARVEY WAS PREDICTABLE DUE TO GOVERNMENT ACTION AND INACTION. CONGRESS SHOULD STOP PRETENDING THESE THINGS ARE BEYOND OUR CONTROL. A MAJORITY WOULD TREAT YOUNG DREAMERS FAIRLY IF GIVEN THE RIGHT TO VOTE FOR IT ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. WE SHOULD FUND DISASTER PREVENTION, INCLUDING FOREST FIRES, AND STOP SUBSIDIZING MORE FLOODS. AND NOT PLAY UNNECESSARY GAMES WITH THE WORLD ECONOMY, PRETENDING WE WON'T PAY FOR MONEY WE'VE ALREADY SPENT. IN THE END, WE'LL PROBABLY SPENCE SPEND THE NEXT THREE WEEKS -- SPEND THE NEXT THREE WEEKS SETTING UP THE NEXT CRISIS LATER IN THE YEAR. ISN'T IT TIME CONGRESS STOP PLAYING THE VICTIM AND TAKE CHARGE?

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    • 10:08:51 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 10:08:55 AM

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

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

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    • 10:09:00 AM

      TEMPORE WITHOUT

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

    • 10:09:02 AM

      MR. THOMPSON

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

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE OF PENNSYLVANIA'S CRITICAL ACCESS HOSPITALS. BEFORE I WAS ELECTED TO SERVE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, I SPENT NEARLY 30 YEARS IN THE HEALTH CARE FIELD. I AM MOST PROUD TO SEE PENNSYLVANIA RECOGNIZE IN THE TOP 10 STATES BY THE HEALTH RESOURCE AND SERVICES ADMINISTRATION FOR QUALITY PERFORMANCE. WITH THE HELP OF FUNDING FROM THE FEDERAL OFFICE OF RURAL HEALTH POLICY, PENNSYLVANIA'S CRITICAL ACCESS HOSPITALS ARE ABLE TO INVEST IN QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS AND NEW TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE RESOURCES TO BETTER CARE FOR THEIR PATIENTS. PENNSYLVANIA'S HOME TO 15 CRITICAL ACCESS HOSPITALS THAT PROVIDE SERVICES TO THE MOST RURAL AREAS IN OUR STATE. SINCE 1991, THE PENNSYLVANIA OFFICE OF RURAL HEALTH HAS DEDICATED ITS EFFORTS TO ENSURE THESE HOSPITALS CONSTANTLY IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF CARE THEY PROVIDE TO THEIR PATIENTS. RURAL HOSPITALS ARE CRITICALLY IMPORTANT TO OUR COMMUNITIES. THEY MAY BE LIMITED IN RESOURCES, BUT THEY ARE COMMITTED TO PROVIDING THE BEST CARE POSSIBLE TO PATIENTS. I'M PROUD OF OUR PENNSYLVANIA CRITICAL ACCESS HOSPITALS, AND I CONGRATULATE THEM ON THIS NATIONAL RECOGNITION. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:10:09 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 10:10:19 AM

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

      THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE DACA PROGRAM. SINCE THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE END OF THIS IMPORTANT PROGRAM, I HAVE HEARD FROM COUNTLESS DREAMERS WHO IN A WORD ARE TERRIFIED.

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    • 10:10:32 AM

      MRS. DAVIS

      THESE ARE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE BROUGHT TO OUR COUNTRY AS CHILDREN AND ARE…

      THESE ARE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE BROUGHT TO OUR COUNTRY AS CHILDREN AND ARE LIVING, STUDYING AND WORKING IN OUR COMMUNITIES. ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS' STORIES, PARTICULARLY, HAS STAYED WITH ME. THIS YOUNG WOMAN WAS BROUGHT TO OUR COUNTRY AT THE AGE OF 5. AMERICA IS THE ONLY HOME SHE HAS EVER KNOWN. SHE WAS RAISED IN SAN DIEGO, EDUCATED IN SAN DIEGO AND NOW WORKS IN SAN DIEGO HELPING OTHER IMMIGRANTS TRANSITION MORE SEAMLESSLY INTO OUR SOCIETY. THE ADMINISTRATION'S DECISION TO END DACA IS A BROKEN PROMISE TO HER, THE 40,000 DREAMERS IN SAN DIEGO AND THE 800,000 DREAMERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. BUT EVEN IN THE FACE OF THIS BETRAYAL, SHE CALLED ON US TO, QUOTE, ACT WITH LOVE AND LEAD WITH INCLUSION, UNQUOTE, BUT THIS CALL TO ACTION IN MIND, I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WILL COMMIT TO PROTECTING THE DACA PROGRAM AND DREAMERS.

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    • 10:11:34 AM

      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?

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    • 10:11:39 AM

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

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

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    • 10:11:44 AM

      TEMPORE WITHOUT

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

    • 10:11:55 AM

      MR. POE

      MR. SPEAKER, AS HURRICANE HARVEY RAMPAGED ACROSS TEXAS, THE HEAVENS OPENED…

      MR. SPEAKER, AS HURRICANE HARVEY RAMPAGED ACROSS TEXAS, THE HEAVENS OPENED UP AND 50 INCHES OF RAIN HAMMERED DOWN ON THE HOUSTON AREA. AFTER TWO DAYS OF HARD RAIN, ON AUGUST 27, 60-YEAR-OLD HOUSTON POLICE OFFICER SERGEANT STEVE PEREZ GOT UP AS HE DOES EVERY MORNING, PUT ON THE BADGE, THE SHIELD OVER HIS HEART AND BEGAN TO DRIVE TO WORK TO HELP RESCUE FLOOD VICTIMS. IT WAS DANGEROUS. THE FLOODWATERS WERE HIGH AND CONSTANTLY RISING. PEOPLE'S HOMES AND BUSINESSES WERE FLOODING. PEREZ'S WIFE EVEN ASKED HIM NOT TO GO THAT DAY, BUT, MR. SPEAKER, SERGEANT PEREZ KNEW THE PEOPLE OF HOUSTON WERE COUNTING ON HIM. HE MADE A WRONG TURN WHEN HE WAS HEADED TO WORK, FIGHTING THE FLOODED STREETS. BECAUSE OF THAT, 38-YEAR-OLD VETERAN OF THE FORCE, SERGEANT PEREZ DIED IN THE FLOODWATERS. HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR THE THIN BLUE LINE, THE LINE THAT PROTECTS AND SERVES THE REST OF US. OFFICERS LIKE SERGEANT PEREZ, THEY'RE JUST A CUT ABOVE THE REST OF US. THEY WILLINGLY PUT THEMSELVES INTO HARM'S WAY FOR THEIR COMMUNITIES AND THEIR MOTTO IS TO PROTECT AND TO SERVE. HOUSTON WILL REMEMBER TEXAS LAWMAN SERGEANT PEREZ AS ONE OF THEIR OWN, PUTTING HIS LIFE ON THE LINE DURING ONE OF THE WORST NATURAL DISASTERS IN TEXAS HISTORY. NEXT WEEK, AS HUNDREDS OF OFFICERS FROM ALL OVER THE STATE OF TEXAS AND OTHER STATES STAND IN SILENCE, TAPS WILL BE PLAYED FOR THE END OF WATCH FOR OFFICER PEREZ. OFFICER PEREZ IS ONE OF THE RARE BREED, THE TEXAS BREED OF LAW OFFICERS THAT SACRIFICE FOR THE REST OF US. WHILE WE MOURN THE LOSS OF SERGEANT PEREZ, WE THANK THE GOOD LORD THAT SUCH MEN EVER LIVED. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I'LL YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:13:47 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    • 10:13:59 AM

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      THE NATIONAL AUCTIONEERS ASSOCIATION STRIVE THE METHOD OF MARKETING AND…

      THE NATIONAL AUCTIONEERS ASSOCIATION STRIVE THE METHOD OF MARKETING AND SERVING THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. THESE PROFESSIONALS ARE PROUD BUSINESS OWNERS WHO SUPPORT THEIR COMMUNITIES. FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS, NATIONAL AUCTIONEERS DAY HAS BEEN SERVED BY STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS THE U.S. THE DESIGNATION OF NATIONAL AUCTIONEERS DAY AND NATIONAL AUCTIONEERS WEEK WILL HIGHLIGHT THE CONTRIBUTIONS MADE TO OUR HISTORY AND ECONOMY. MR. SPEAKER, I CALL UPON THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO SUPPORT THIS DESIGNATION AND AMERICA'S AUCTIONEERS AND I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:14:44 AM

      MR. DUNCAN

      AMERICA'S AUCTIONEERS AND I YIELD BACK.

    • 10:15:22 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN SEEK RECOGNITION? . WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    • 10:15:31 AM

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      FOR ONE MINUTE.

    • 10:16:50 AM

      SCOTT

      I YIELD. SCOTT: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

      I YIELD. SCOTT: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    • 10:17:06 AM

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      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TATE TO RECOGNIZE GIANA AND OLIVIA. THESE TWO…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TATE TO RECOGNIZE GIANA AND OLIVIA. THESE TWO 9-YEAR-OLD GIRLS SPEND THEIR FREE TIME RUNNING A LOCAL KOOL-AID STAND WHICH THEY CALL KOOL-AID FOR KENY. THE PROCEEDS FROM THEIR SALES BENEFIT THE KENNETH HOPKINS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND CREATED IN 2016 TO AWARD STUDENTS CURRENTLY PURSUING A CAREER IN EMERGENCY SERVICES. MR. SPEAKER, KEN HOPKINS WAS AN EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN WITH THE BUCKS COUNTY RESCUE SQUAD AND VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER WITH THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. HE PASSED AWAY IN JUNE IN 2016 AFTER STRUGGLING WITH POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER FROM HIS TIME SERVING OUR COMMUNITY AND SAVING LIVES AS A FIRST RESPONDER.

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    • 10:17:53 AM

      MR. FITZPATRICK

      A FIRST RESPONDER.

    • 10:18:15 AM

      SCOTT

      SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA IS…

      SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    • 10:18:27 AM

      MR. WILSON

    • 10:19:46 AM

      SCOTT

      TERRORISM. SCOTT: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

      TERRORISM. SCOTT: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    • 10:19:50 AM

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      RECOGNITION?

    • 10:19:53 AM

      SCOTT

      MY REMARKS. SCOTT: WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

      MY REMARKS. SCOTT: WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    • 10:19:57 AM

      MR. GREEN

      MINUTE.

    • 10:21:05 AM

      SCOTT

      RECOVERY. SCOTT: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS SEEK…

      RECOVERY. SCOTT: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    • 10:21:09 AM

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      IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

    • 10:21:27 AM

      SCOTT NONPROFIT

      NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR IN 2015. UNDER HER LEADERSHIP, OUR…

      NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR IN 2015. UNDER HER LEADERSHIP, OUR HOUSE HAS SEEN EXTRAORDINARY GROWTH AND PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN OUR COMMUNITY SERVING THOSE WHO FIND THEMSELVES HOMELESS OR NEAR HOMELESS WHILE PROVIDING LIFE SKILLS, RESOURCES, AND SERVICES TO OVERCOME THEIR SITUATION.

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    • 10:21:44 AM

      MR. HILL

      RESIDENTS TO SUCCEED IN THE WORK FORCE, IN SCHOOL, AND IN LIFE THROUGH…

      RESIDENTS TO SUCCEED IN THE WORK FORCE, IN SCHOOL, AND IN LIFE THROUGH HARD WORK, SMART CHOICES, AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT. OUR HOUSE WILL CONTINUE TO THRIVE. GEORGIA'S A PILLAR OF THE COMMUNITY. SHE'S A LOVING WIFE, MOM, FOSTER, AND ADOPTIVE PARENT OF THREE BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN. I'M PROUD TO CALL HER FRIEND AND I WISH HER THE BEST OF LUCK AS SHE RELOCATES FROM ARKANSAS TO SOUTH CAROLINA. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK. SCOTT: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT

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    • 10:22:12 AM

      SCOTT

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

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    • 10:22:21 AM

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      MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE LOST FAITH IN THE LIBERAL NATIONAL…

      MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE LOST FAITH IN THE LIBERAL NATIONAL MEDIA.

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    • 10:22:26 AM

      MR. SMITH

      NATIONAL MEDIA.

    • 10:23:28 AM

      SCOTT

      WITHOUT BIAS. SCOTT: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

      WITHOUT BIAS. SCOTT: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION? MEDIA'S ENDLESS DRUMBEAT OF NEGATIVE COVERAGE OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS COME WITH A COST. A LOSS

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    • 10:23:35 AM

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      A LOSS

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      SCOTT

      REMARKS. SCOTT: WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS…

      REMARKS. SCOTT: WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MIFPBLET

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    • 10:23:41 AM

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      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE SERVICE AND SACRIFICE OF PETTY…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE SERVICE AND SACRIFICE OF PETTY OFFICER LOGAN PALMER FROM DECATUR, ILLINOIS. HE KNEW EARLY ON HE WANTED TO SERVE HIS COUNTRY. HE WAS AN EAGLE SCOUT AND ACTIVE MEMBER OF LIFE FOURSQUARE CHURCH. AFTER HE GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE, HE ENLISTED IN THE NAVY AS AN INTERIOR COMMUNICATIONS ELECTRICIAN. HE EARNED THE NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL. ALTHOUGH I NEVER HAD THE HONOR OF MEETING HIM, HIS FAMILY REMEMBERS HIM AS A COMMITTED SAILOR, LOVING SON, AND A BROTHER.

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    • 10:24:14 AM

      MR. DAVIS

      PALMER DIED SERVING AND PROTECTING OUR COUNTRY. FOR THAT WE REMAIN…

      PALMER DIED SERVING AND PROTECTING OUR COUNTRY. FOR THAT WE REMAIN ETERNALLY GRATEFUL. THIS ACCIDENT IS A GRAVE REMINDER OF THE RISK OUR SERVICE MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES TAKE ON EACH DAY. I CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR LOGAN'S PARENTS, HIS BROTHERS, HIS SISTER, AND ALL THOSE WHO KNEW AND LOVED LOGAN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK MY TIME. SCOTT: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES

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    • 10:24:41 AM

      SCOTT

      I YIELD BACK MY TIME. SCOTT: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS…

      I YIELD BACK MY TIME. SCOTT: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    • 10:24:48 AM

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      RECOGNITION?

    • 10:24:51 AM

      SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    • 10:24:55 AM

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      I RISE TODAY IN TRIBUTE TO BOB SERVED MORE THAN 40 YEARS AS THE PRESIDENT.…

      I RISE TODAY IN TRIBUTE TO BOB SERVED MORE THAN 40 YEARS AS THE PRESIDENT. BOB PASSED AWAY IN DECEMBER OF LAST YEAR. BOB'S DEDICATION TO LIVE MUSIC RESULTED IN THIS EVENT WHICH IS ONE OF THE LONGEST RUNNING MUSIC FESTIVALS IN MUSIC HISTORY. FOR 46 YEARS PICKERS AND MUSIC LOVERS HAVE JOURNEYED TO THIS PLACE ON THE KANSAS PLAINS TO CELEBRATE LIFE WITH MUSIC. HE GAVE SO MUCH TO THE COMMUNITY AND DEDICATED YEARS OF SERVICE INTO LEADING AND PROMOTING THIS ICONIC PHYSICAL VAL THAT IS BECOME KNOWN AS PICKER'S PAIR PEAR DICE. THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE THIS FESTIVAL WHERE THOUSANDS RETURN YEAR AFTER YEAR TO EXPERIENCE OUTSTANDING LIVE MUSIC IN THE GRAND STANDS OF SERVICE INTO LEADING AND PROMOTING THIS WITH LEGENDARY PERFORMED BY WORLD FAMOUS MUSICIANS, ALONG CAMPGROUND JAMS. HIS LEGACY LIVES IN MUSICIANS AND MUSIC LOVERS AROUND THE WORLD WHO WILL GATHER NEXT WEEKEND ALONG THE WALNUT RIVER FOR THE 46TH AVENUE WALNUT VALLEY FESTIVAL. I YIELD BACK. SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN

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    • 10:26:04 AM

      SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      BACK. SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE CHAIR…

      BACK. SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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    • 10:26:12 AM

      THE CLERK

      THE HONORABLE, THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR. PURSUANT TO THE…

      THE HONORABLE, THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR. PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 4 OF RULE 2 OF THE U.S. RULES OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CLERK RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE ON SEPTEMBER 6, 2017, AT 9:16 A.M. THAT THE SENATE PASSED SENATE 1107. SIGNED, SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS.

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    • 10:26:43 AM

      MPORE PURSUANT

      PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE THE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POST OPPONENT FURTHER…

      PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE THE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POST OPPONENT FURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED OR VOTES OBJECTED TO UNDER INCLUDES SIX OF RULE 20. THE HOUSE WILL RESUME PROCEEDINGS ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS AT LATER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    • 10:26:49 AM

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

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

        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND ADOPT THE RESOLUTION, HOUSE RES. 502.

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    • 10:27:10 AM

      Mr. Frelinghuysen moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution. H. Res. 502 — "Providing for the concurrence by the House in the Senate amendments to H.R. 601, with an amendment."

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

      • 10:27:17 AM

        THE CLERK

        HOUSE RESOLUTION 502, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR THE CONCURRENCE BY THE…

        HOUSE RESOLUTION 502, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR THE CONCURRENCE BY THE HOUSE IN THE SENATE AMENDMENTS TO H.R. 601 WITH AN AMENDMENT.

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    • 10:27:19 AM

      Considered under suspension of the rules.

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      DEBATE

      The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 502.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. FRELINGHUYSEN,…

        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. FRELINGHUYSEN, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MRS. LOWEY, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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      • 10:27:37 AM

        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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

        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 502.

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      • 10:27:48 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

      • 10:27:52 AM

        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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

      • 10:27:56 AM

        THE SPEAKER PO TEMPORE

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

      • 10:27:59 AM

        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO PRESENT HOUSE RESOLUTION 502, A BILL MAKING…

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO PRESENT HOUSE RESOLUTION 502, A BILL MAKING EMERGENCY APPROPRIATIONS TO ALLOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO CONTINUE THE VITAL RESPONSE AND RECOVERY EFFORTS THAT ARE HELPING THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF VICTIMS OF HURRICANE HARVEY. OUR THOUGHTS GO OUT TO ALL THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS AND LOUISIANA THAT ARE COPING WITH THE AFTERMATH OF THIS STORM AND ITS CATASTROPHIC FLOODING. AS ONE OF THE NATION'S GREATEST NATURAL DISASTERS CONTINUES TO UNFOLD BEFORE OUR EYES, THIS CONGRESS MUST ENSURE THAT OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS ABLE TO MEET THE SHORT AND LONG-TERM NEEDS OF DISASTER VICTIMS. I BELIEVE THAT EVERY TIME OF RESOURCE OUGHT TO BE UTILIZE TO SUPPORT RESCUE, RELIEF, RECOVERY EFFORTS. I WANT TO REASSURE THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS AND LOUISIANA THAT WE'RE THERE FOR THEM IN THEIR TIME OF GREATEST NEED. THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE HAS ALREADY APPROVED A $1 BILLION REPROGRAMMING REQUEST FOR FEMA LAST WEEK WHICH HAS ALLOWED THE AGENCY TO CONTINUE TO MEET THE MOST IMMEDIATE NEEDS IN THE REGION. IT HAS BECOME CLEAR THAT IN THE FACE OF A DISASTER OF SUCH MAGNITUDE, MUCH MORE IS NEEDED TO ASSIST THESE STATES, LOCAL COMMUNITIES AS THEY RECOVER AND REBUILD. LAST FRIDAY WE RECEIVED THE ADMINISTRATION'S INITIAL REQUEST FOR SUPPLEMENTAL FUNDING FOR HURRICANE HARVEY. WE'RE GRATEFUL FOR THE SPEED OF THIS REQUEST AND RECOGNIZE THE URGENCY OF THE SITUATION WE BROUGHT THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR TAY. THE BILL CONTAINS $7.4 BILLION FOR FEMA'S DISASTER RELIEF FUND WHICH WILL ALLOW FEMA TO CONTINUE ITS EFFORTS RELATED TO HARVEY, AS WELL AS ANY ADDITIONAL DISASTERS THAT MAY STRIKE. THE BILL ALSO INCLUDES $450 MILLION TO SUPPORT THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION'S DISASTER LOAN PROGRAM THAT WILL HELP SMALL BUSINESSES SMALL BUSINESSES AND HOMEOWNERS COME BACK FROM THE DISASTERS. WE HAVE BEEN WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE TEXAS, LOUISIANA MEMBERS, OUR LEADERSHIP, AND THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE HAS DONE ITS DUE DILIGENCE TO GARNE TEETH FUND WILL GO MAKE BEST USE OF TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS. I WANT TO THANK ALL OF OUR FEDERAL AGENCIES, FIRST RESPONDERS AROUND THE NATION AND THE THOUSANDS OF VOLUNTEERS WHO IMMEDIATELY RESPONDED AND ALL THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN WORKING TIRELESSLY TO MAKE SURE THAT WE MEET THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS AND LOUISIANA. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 10:30:18 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM…

        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION? .

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      • 10:30:28 AM

        MRS. LOWEY

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

      • 10:30:32 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS SHE WISHES TO USE.

      • 10:30:35 AM

        MRS. LOWEY

        THE DEVASTATION IN TEXAS AND LOUISIANA FROM HURRICANE HARVEY WARRANTS…

        THE DEVASTATION IN TEXAS AND LOUISIANA FROM HURRICANE HARVEY WARRANTS SWIFT CONGRESSIONAL ACTION AND I AM PLEASED WE ARE HERE TODAY TO ENSURE THAT FEMA CAN CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE STATES AFFECTED BY THIS DISASTER. THE $7.4 BILLION FOR FEMA AND $450 MILLION FOR THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION IN THIS BILL ARE ONLY A FIRST STEP IN A LONG PROCESS THAT WILL REQUIRE A LONG-TERM FEDERAL PRESENCE. I REPRESENT AREAS, MR. SPEAKER, AFFECTED BY SUPERSTORM SANDY AND UNDERSTAND FIRSTHAND FOR THE NEED FOR FEDERAL INTERVENTION WHEN STORMS OVERWHELM STATE AND LOCAL CAPACITY. FOLLOWING SANDY, THE LAST ADMINISTRATION REQUESTED AND CONGRESS APPROVED FUNDING FOR RESILIENCY TO ENSURE THAT FUTURE GENERATIONS CAN MITIGATE THE DAMAGE FROM STORMS THAT HAVE GROWN IN INTENSITY. WE CAN ARGUE ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON STORMS, BUT WE MUST ALL AGREE THAT OUR COMMUNITIES MUST RECEIVE MUCH-NEEDED MITIGATION FUNDING TO PROTECT LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS IN FUTURE STORMS AND TO PREVENT MORE COSTLY DAMAGE. DESPITE THE FACT THAT SOME OF THE REPRESENTATIVES FOR AREAS AFFECTED BY HURRICANE HARVEY HEAVILY CRITICIZED AND VOTED AGAINST THE ASSISTANCE PROVIDED IN THE WAKE OF SUPERSTORM SANDY, I WHOLEHEARTEDLY SUPPORT THE FUNDING IN THIS BILL AND EXPECT A MUCH LARGER REQUEST FROM THE ADMINISTRATION, INCLUDING FUNDING TO MITIGATE DAMAGE FROM FUTURE STORMS. MR. SPEAKER, WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 10:32:34 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY RESERVES HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

      • 10:32:37 AM

        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

        MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE FOR TWO MINUTES THE CHAIRMAN OF THE…

        MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE FOR TWO MINUTES THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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      • 10:32:44 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CARTER, IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

      • 10:32:48 AM

        MR. CARTER

        I THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE SUPPLEMENTAL BILL FOR…

        I THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE SUPPLEMENTAL BILL FOR HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF. THIS BILL TOTALS $7.85 BILLION IN EMERGENCY FUNDING, INCLUDING $7.4 BILLION FOR FEMA DISASTER RELIEF FUND. THE SUPPLEMENTAL BILL IS A NECESSARY FIRST STEP TOWARDS ASSISTING OUR COMMUNITIES IN IMMEDIATE NEED. HOWEVER, REBUILDING AND RECOVERING FROM THE DEVASTATION OF HURRICANE HARVEY WILL CONTINUE TO REQUIRE FURTHER RESOURCES AND REALLY HARD WORK. I WILL CONTINUE TO WORK CLOSELY ALONGSIDE MY COLLEAGUES IN THE TEXAS DELEGATION, LOUISIANA DELEGATION AND THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE TO MEET THE NEEDS OF OUR NEIGHBORS IN THE SOUTHEASTERN PART OF OUR STATE. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL THOSE AFFECTED BY THIS DEVASTATING STORM. COLLEAGUES, I ENCOURAGE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU TO VOTE FOR THIS BILL. THIS BILL IS FOCUSED ON ADDRESSING THE IMMEDIATE NEEDS OF THOSE AFFECTED BY HURRICANE HARVEY. IT SENDS THEM A POWERFUL MESSAGE THAT WE'RE HERE AND WE'RE HERE FOR THEM AND WE'LL BE WORKING HARD FOR THEM THROUGHOUT THIS RECOVERY. THIS MORNING I SAW ANOTHER MAN STANDING WAIST DEEP IN WATER IN HOUSTON AS IT CONTINUES TO RECEDE. LET'S CAST OUR VOTE PROPERLY AND START THE RECOVERY FOR THE SOUTHEASTERN PART OF TEXAS AND THE WESTERN PART OF LOUISIANA. MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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      • 10:34:24 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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      • 10:34:29 AM

        MRS. LOWEY

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

        MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, A MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, MR. CUELLAR.

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      • 10:34:38 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CUELLAR, IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

      • 10:34:42 AM

        MR. CUELLAR

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN, I WANT TO THATH RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN, I WANT TO THATH RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING HER TIME AND -- I WANT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING HER TIME AND ALSO THE CHAIRMAN, ALSO, MR. FRELINGHUYSEN, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP, AND CHAIRMAN JOHN CARTER, ONE OF OUR TEXANS, FOR BRINGING THIS IMPORTANT BILL TO THE FLOOR. THIS FUNDING WILL HELP FEMA, WHO'S RUNNING OUT OF MONEY, PROVIDE IMMEDIATE RECOVERY AND RELIEF WE NEED IN TEXAS AND LOUISIANA. IT'S ONLY A DOWN PAYMENT. NORMALLY IN RAINY EVENTS WE MEASURE WATER IN INCHES. DURING HURRICANE HARVEY, WE MEASURED IT IN FEET. THERE WERE 13 TRILLION GALLONS OF WATER ON THE GROUND. HURRICANE HARVEY KILLED AT LEAST 60 PEOPLE, INCLUDING A DREAMER WHO DROVE OVER 100 MILES TO HELP RESCUE THOSE FIRST RESPONDERS. THOSE EVACUATED WOULD SOON COME TO FIND THEIR MEMORIES LEFT IN RUIN BY THE FLOODWATERS. THE COST OF THE TOTAL DAMAGES WILL BE IN THE BILLIONS, AND MANY LOSSES, HOWEVER, WILL BE PRICELESS. PICTURES OF FAMILY WEDDINGS, KIDS' SOCCER GAMES, CHILDREN'S FAVORITE TOY, A DAUGHTER'S PROM DRESS OR AN ANTIQUE THAT HAS BEEN PASSED THROUGH GENERATIONS. YET, MANY HEROES STEPPED UP TO OPEN UP THEIR HOMES, THEIR CHURCHES, THEIR BUSINESSES TO HOUSE THOSE EVACUEES. THOSE EFFORTS HIGHLIGHT THE FACT THAT THIS IS NOT A NATURAL DISASTER, BUT IT IS A NATURAL DISASTER AND IT REQUIRES A RESPONSE. I WANT TO QUICKLY WANT TO THANK THE FIRST RESPONDERS AND OTHERS AT THE LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL LEVEL WHO BRAVELY AND UNSELFISHLY HELPED, INCLUDING OUR FRIENDS TO THE SOUTH, MEXICO, THAT ARE SENDING TRUCKS OF ASSISTANCE. TODAY WE STAND TOGETHER, NOT AS DEMOCRATS OR REPUBLICANS, BUT AS AMERICANS. WE SPEAK IN ONE WORD AND WE STAND WITH HOUSTON, EAST TEXAS, LOUISIANA AS WE CONTINUE TO DO THE RESCUE AND RECOVERY. AS HURRICANE IRMA COMES OVER TO FLORIDA AND THE SOUTHEAST, WE AGAIN STAND TOGETHER AS AMERICANS ONE TEAM. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 10:36:50 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        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.

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      • 10:36:54 AM

        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

        I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, JODEY ARRINGTON.

      • 10:36:58 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

      • 10:37:01 AM

        MR. ARRINGTON

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. CHAIRMAN, IN LIGHT OF THIS UNPRECEDENTED…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. CHAIRMAN, IN LIGHT OF THIS UNPRECEDENTED NATURAL DISASTER IN HOUSTON AND LOUISIANA, ALONG THE GULF COAST, I WANT TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PROVIDE THE RESOURCES NECESSARY TO HELP THEM RECOVER, AND WE NEED TO MOVE QUICKLY AND WE NEED TO MOVE RESPONSIBLY AND I JUST URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO ACT AND ACT NOW. I'M VERY PROUD OF MY FELLOW TEXANS FOR THE WAY THEY'VE RESPONDED. I'M PROUD OF THE LEADERSHIP AT THE LOCAL LEVEL AND AT THE STATE LEVEL AND I'M PROUD MOSTLY OF THE OVERWHELMING LOVING RESPONSE OF REACHING OUT, NEIGHBOR HELPING NEIGHBOR, FRIENDS AND FOLKS IN THEIR COMMUNITY TAKING THIS RESPONSIBILITY HEAD ON, NOT WAITING ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. WE HAVE A ROLE AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OUGHT TO DO ALL THAT WE CAN TO HELP THOSE. TEXAS IS A SPECIAL PLACE, MR. CHAIRMAN, AS YOU KNOW. THESE FOLKS ARE SELF-RELIANT. THEY ARE COMMITTED TO THEIR COMMUNITIES AND THEY ARE COMMITTED TO LOVING THY NEIGHBOR. IT'S NOT JUST A MEMORY VERSE. IT'S A WAY OF LIFE IN TEXAS. AND SO AGAIN, OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH OUR FRIENDS BACK HOME. I KNOW MY COLLEAGUES AND NEIGHBORS IN WEST TEXAS, IN DISTRICT 19 HAVE SENT FIRST RESPONDER VEHICLES AND PERSONNEL, FOOD AND SUPPLIED THE AIR FORCE BASE IN ABILENE, TEXAS, HAS SENT, FOR EXAMPLE, 12 TONS OF SUPPLIES AND FOOD. SO WE'RE WITH YOU, GUYS, WE LOVE YOU. AS TRUMP SAID, TEXANS CAN HANDLE ANYTHING. HE'S RIGHT. GOD BLESS TEXAS AND GOD BLESS AMERICA. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 10:38:49 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

      • 10:38:52 AM

        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

        I RESERVE.

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        TEMPORE RESERVES

        RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

      • 10:38:56 AM

        MRS. LOWEY

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

        MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GENE GREEN.

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      • 10:39:05 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES --…

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

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      • 10:39:08 AM

        MR. GREEN

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK OUR RANKING MEMBER, NOT ONLY FOR…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK OUR RANKING MEMBER, NOT ONLY FOR YIELDING TO ME BUT ALSO YOUR CALL A COUPLE WEEKS AGO. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM LUBBOCK, TEXAS. WE HAVE A LOT OF WATER WE CAN SEND TO WEST TEXAS, BUT APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT, NOT JUST FROM TEXAS BUT ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. PEOPLE ARE COMING IN EVERYWHERE, AND I SEE MY COLLEAGUE, BRIAN BABIN, MY NEIGHBOR. WE'RE NOT DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS. WE'RE AMERICANS. AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE SEEING. OUR SPEAKER, THE HOUSE, IS A NEIGHBOR TO BOTH OF US. BUT I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF VICTIMS OF HURRICANE HARVEY IN HOUSTON AND HARRIS COUNTY AND THROUGHOUT TEXAS AND CALL ON CONGRESS TO IMMEDIATELY PASS EMERGENCY FUNDING TO HELP VICTIMS FROM THIS UNPRECEDENTED DISASTER. OUR DISTRICT IS NORTHEAST AND SOUTHEAST HOUSTON IN HARRIS COUNTY. WE'RE FAMILIAR WITH HURRICANES AND TROPICAL STORMS. WE WERE HIT BY TROPICAL STORM ALLISON IN 2001. HIT BY HURRICANE IKE IN 2008. HARVEY'S DISASTER AND DESTRUCTION IS BEYOND ANYTHING WITNESSED IN LIVING MEMORY IN TEXAS. FLOODING OVER 100,000 HOMES IN HARRIS COUNTY ALONE AND KILLING AT LEAST 60 PEOPLE, INCLUDING 12 INNOCENT VICTIMS IN OUR DISTRICT. COUNTLESS LIVES IN HOUSTON ALONG THE GULF COAST HAVE BEEN PUT ON HOLD. FAMILIES CANNOT RETURN TO THEIR FLOODED HOMES. CHILDREN WHOSE SCHOOLS WERE DAMAGED, MOTHERS AND FATHERS WHO CANNOT GO BACK TO WORK. I HAVE SHELDON I.S.D., THEY HAVE EIGHT SCHOOLS. FOUR OF THOSE SCHOOLS ARE SO DAMAGED THEY CAN'T BE REOPENED. HOUSTONIANS AND TEXANS ARE PROUD AND INDEPENDENT PEOPLE. WE TAKE PRIDE IN OUR CAN-DO ATTITUDE, AS WITNESSED BY OUR BRAVE FIRST RESPONDERS AND COUNTLESS VOLUNTEERS WHO RESCUED NEIGHBORS DURING THE WORST OF THE FLOODING. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THIS CRITICAL EMERGENCY FUNDING THAT WILL HELP PEOPLE OF HOUSTON AND TEXAS ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY, BUT THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME WE'LL NEED THIS EMERGENCY FUNDING AND I ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT, MR. SPEAKER, TO PUT INTO THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD MONDAY'S "HOUSTON CHRONICLE" ON THE DEDICATION OF OUR DOCTORS AND HEALTH WORKERS AT THE TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER IN HOUSTON DURING THE WORST OF HARVEY. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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      • 10:41:23 AM

        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

      • 10:41:31 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 10:41:33 AM

        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

        MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS,

      • 10:41:37 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

      • 10:41:40 AM

        MR. BABIN

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN. I REALLY…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN. I REALLY APPRECIATE THAT. I'D LIKE TO ECHO WHAT EVERYONE HAS SAID, ESPECIALLY MY COLLEAGUES, MR. GREEN AND OTHERS WHO ARE FROM TEXAS WHO MENTIONED HOW WE PULLED TOGETHER. I WANT TO RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS DISASTER RELIEF BILL FOR THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BY THIS TERRIBLE STORM. MY DISTRICT IS IN TEXAS 36, AND IT WAS TOTALLY DEVASTATED. ALL NINE COUNTIES HAVE BEEN DECLARED FEDERAL DISASTER AREAS. THE ENTIRE DISTRICT WAS UNDERWATER. A VAST LAKE FROM HOUSTON OVER TO THE LOUISIANA BORDER, THE DEVASTATION IS TRULY HEARTBREAKING. I'VE TRAVELED TO EACH COUNTY AND ASSISTED IN THE RECOVERY EFFORTS AND I MET WITH THE VICTIMS. THIS BILL PROVIDES DESPERATELY NEEDED RESOURCES AND HELP OUR FELLOW AMERICANS PUT THEIR LIVES BACK TOGETHER AGAIN AND PROVIDES A HAND-UP, NOT A HAND-OUT. IN THE MIDST OF THIS DEVASTATION, THE ENTIRE WORLD IS SEEING THE RESILIENCY, COMPASSION AND DETERMINATION OF THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS. I AM TRULY INSPIRED BY THE INCREDIBLE STORIES OF GOODNESS. WE HAVE HAD MULTIPLE DISASTERS, ESPECIALLY IN MY DISTRICT, MULTIPLE, EVEN THREE DISASTER DECLARATIONS FOR SOME OF MY COUNTIES OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS. I'VE MET AND TALKED TO SOME MY CONSTITUENTS WHO HAD JUST GOTTEN BACK INTO THEIR HOMES THREE -- TWO, THREE MONTHS AGO FROM A FLOOD THAT IMPACTED US LAST YEAR. SHE'S TOLD ME SHE STILL HAS THE PRICE TAGS ON HER FURNITURE WHEN SHE WOKE UP DURING THE NIGHT TO SEE WATER IN HER HOUSE. THESE ARE THE KINDS OF THINGS THAT WE ARE SEEING, BUT IN THE MIDST, I SAID, OUR CHURCHES, OUR FIRST RESPONDERS, OUR PRIVATE CITIZENS, BUSINESSES, PEOPLE FROM OUT OF STATE, AND I WANT TO ESPECIALLY COMMEND THE STATE OF LOUISIANA WHO CAME OVER AND PROVIDED HUNDREDS OF BOAT TEAMS FOR US. ALL AROUND THE DISTRICT PEOPLE ARE HELPING ONE ANOTHER. AND I JUST WANT TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS VERY, VERY MUCH-NEEDED BILL AND SHOWING OUR FELLOW AMERICANS THAT WE STAND WITH THEM IN THIS TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE TIME. I'VE BEEN AROUND A LONG TIME. I'VE SEEN STORMS, HURRICANE AUDREY IN THE 1950'S, 1950'S. THIS STORM, HURRICANE HARVEY, I'VE NEVER SEEN ONE LIKE THIS BEFORE. THANK YOU,

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      • 10:44:02 AM

        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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

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      • 10:44:11 AM

        MRS. LOWEY

        MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY…

        MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, WHO WE KNOW WAS STRUGGLING WITH HER FELLOW TEXANS AND TRYING TO BE AS HELPFUL AS SHE COULD DURING THIS HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE DISASTER, MS. JACKSON LEE.

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      • 10:44:40 AM

        MS. JACKSON LEE

        I THANK THE SPEAKER AND I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. HAVING KNOWN…

        I THANK THE SPEAKER AND I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. HAVING KNOWN THE DEVASTATION OF HURRICANES JUST A COUPLE YEARS AGO, I THANK HER AND ALONG WITH THE -- HER AS RANKING MEMBER AND THE CHAIRMAN AS WELL, BOTH COMING FROM THE REGION WHERE THEY FACED THE SAME DEVASTATION. WE COME TOGETHER UNITED. WE COME BIPARTISAN. WE COME AS FRIENDS, AND AS I SAID AT THE N.R.G. SHELTER JUST A FEW DAYS AGO, WE HAVE HOPE. WE HAVE HOPE. AND SO WE ARE GRATEFUL THAT WE ARE BEGINNING THE PROCESS OF RECOVERING WITH THE OVER $7 BILLION NOW BEING ALLOTTED FOR DISASTER RECOVERY, $400 MILLION OF THAT BEING FOR SMALL BUSINESSES. THE NEED IS GREAT. 12 DAYS AGO ON AUGUST 25, HURRICANE HARVEY HIT THIS COAST AND IT HIT TEXAS IN A VERY HARD WAY. TO PUT IN PERSPECTIVE, THE DEVASTATION BROUGHT BY HURRICANE HARVEY, THE VOLUME OF WATER THAT FELL ON HOUSTON AND OTHER AFFECTED AREAS OF TEXAS AND LOUISIANA CAN FILL MORE THAN 24,000 ASTRODOMES. HURRICANE HARVEY WAS 1,000-YEAR STORM. IT CLAIMED MANY, MANY LIVES. 21 TRILLION GALLONS OF RAINFALL FELL IN TEXAS. SUSTAINED WINDS EXCEEDED 130 MILES. I CANNOT THANK ENOUGH THOSE WHO GATHERED AND HELPED, FROM THE LOCAL OFFICIALS, FROM JUDGE EMMETT, TO MAYOR IN HUMBLE AND THE MAYOR FROM JACINTO CITY. MIGHT I THANK THE TEXAS NATIONAL GUARD. THEY WERE STANDING UP. THE MARINES, THE NAVY AND, OF COURSE, THE ARMY. WE TRAVELED WITH THEM, AND I THANK THE MUSEUM OF ARMED FORCES, MILITARY MUSEUM OF ARMED FORCES WHO TRAVELED WITH ME TO GIVE OUT FOOD. WE ARE STILL IN NEED. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WITHOUT APARTMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN EVICTED, BEEN TOLD TO GO. AS I WALKED THE STREETS OF HUMBLE, TEXAS, IN MY DISTRICT, PILES AND PILES AND PILES OF RUBBISH, PEOPLE'S HOMES AND POSSESSIONS, EVEN THOUGH THEY HAD THEIR FAMILY AND LIVES, ALL OF THEIR POSSESSIONS OUT ON THE FRONT. . THIS IS A TIME FOR US TO ENSURE THAT ALL PEOPLE CAN BE PROTECTED. I'D LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT THE DREAMER, ALONZO, WHO CAME ALL THE WAY FROM LUFTKIN, TEXAS, JUST TO BE ABLE TO SAVE THOSE WHO HE SAW WERE IN NEED. WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO ENSURE THAT HE IS NOT DISCRIMINATED. OR MY CONSTITUENTS IN CERTAIN PARTS OF MY DISTRICT THAT ARE SCARED TO SEEK HELP BECAUSE THEY ARE ON STATUS. MY FRIENDS, I KNOW WE CAN FIND A PATHWAY FORWARD. I KNOW WE CAN FIND A PATHWAY TO RE-AUTHORIZE DACA AND DO IT PATHWAY TO RE-AUTHORIZE DACA AND DO IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE IN TRIBUTE TO ALONZO WHO DIED WITH FRIENDS WHEN HE BROUGHT HIS BOAT OF HIS OWN ACCORD TO BE ABLE TO COME AND SAVE THOSE. LET ME TELL YOU WHAT WE NEED. WE NEED HOUSING RESOURCES. WE NEED TO HAVE -- TO ENSURE WITH HOUSING RESOURCES TO MAKE SURE THE PEOPLE WHO WERE EVICTED CAN MAKE SURE THEY HAVE A WAY TO HAVE A HOME. AND WE NEED SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR -- DOES SHE HAVE 30 SECONDS? I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HER TIME. I KNOW THAT WE'LL BE WORKING TOGETHER IN MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR THOSE WHO IMPACTED HURRICANE HARVEY. MY PRAYERS FOR THOSE IMPACTED BY HURRICANE IRMA.

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      • 10:52:03 AM

        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

        RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 10:52:10 AM

        MRS. LOWEY

        MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE I YIELD TO OUR NEXT SPEAKER, I WOULD JUST THANK MR.…

        MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE I YIELD TO OUR NEXT SPEAKER, I WOULD JUST THANK MR. CULBERSON. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY A WORD TO MR. CULBERSON. BEFORE I INTRODUCE OUR NEXT SPEAKER, I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU, MR. CULBERSON, BECAUSE OF COURSE WE'RE ALL TOTALLY SUPPORTIVE AS PART OF THIS AID PACKAGE, BUT I REMEMBER THAT YOU WERE THE ONLY MEMBER FROM THE MAJORITY IN TEXAS THAT SUPPORTED OUR SANDY PACKAGE. I JUST WANTED TO AT THIS TIME THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR AGAIN ROSSITY AND YOUR WARM HEART FOR EVERY AMERICAN.

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      • 10:52:58 AM

        MR. CULBERSON

        TODAY WE'RE ALL AMERICANS, ARM IN ARM.

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        MRS. LOWEY

        THANK YOU. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, I AM VERY PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO…

        THANK YOU. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, I AM VERY PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. AL GREEN.

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      • 10:53:13 AM

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      • 10:53:15 AM

        MR. GREEN

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ALSO THANK THE RANKING…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ALSO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR HER KIND WORDS. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRPERSON FOR BRINGING THIS TO THE FLOOR, BOTH OF THEM. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A SEMINAL MOMENT IN TIME. A MOMENT IN TIME THAT CAN SHAPE THE REST OF OUR TIME. THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THOSE OF US WHO CONTEND THAT WE'RE OUR BROTHER'S KEEPER TO, IN FACT, BECOME OUR BROTHER'S KEEPER. YOU SEE YOU CAN'T BE YOUR BROTHER'S KEEPER WITHOUT KEEPING YOUR BROTHER. THIS IS A CHANCE TO BE YOUR BROTHER'S KEEPER. THIS IS A CHANCE FOR THE UNITY THAT WE EXPRESS WHEN WE'RE BEFORE THE CAMERAS TO MANIFEST ITSELF IN THE VOTES THAT WE CAST HERE IN CONGRESS. THIS IS A SEMINAL MOMENT IN TIME. THIS IS A MOMENT IN TIME FOR US TO BROTHER'S KEEPER. CARE NOT ONLY ABOUT THOSE WHO LIVE IN THE SUITES OF LIFE BUT ALSO THOSE WHO DWELL IN THE STREETS OF LIFE. THOSE WHO LIVE ON BENCHES. THOSE WHO SLEEP ON THE BRIDGES. IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO CAST A VOTE THAT WILL SEND AID, SEND ASSISTANCE TO THOSE IN HOUSTON, TEXAS, AND ALL ACROSS THE AREA THAT'S BEEN DESIGNATED -- DEVASTATING BY THIS MONSTER IS A CHANCE FOR US TO HELP THEM. BUT THIS IS ONLY A DOWN PAYMENT. ONLY A DOWN PAYMENT. THERE MUST BE MUCH MORE. WE NEED HELP IN HOUSTON POST HASTE AS IS THE CASE WITH OTHER PLACES AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT HAVE BEEN DEVASTATED. WE NEED HELP FOR HOUSING NOT ONLY FOR THOSE WHO HAD HOMES BEFORE THE MONSTER HIT, BUT ALSO FOR THOSE WHO DIDN'T HAVE HOMES, WHO NEED TO TRANSITION TO A PLACE THAT THEY CAN CALL HOME. IF HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS, WHERE IS THE HEART OF THE HOMELESS? PEOPLE UNDER THE BRIDGES. WHERE IS THE HEART OF THE HOMELESS? THEY HAVE TO BE GIVEN PLACE THEY CAN CALL HOME AS WELL, WHICH MEANS WE AT SOME POINT WE HAVE GOT TO HAVE DOLLARS APPROPRIATED FOR THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT HELP THOSE WHO LIVE IN THE STREETS OF LIFE, THE HOMELESS. WE HAVE TO HELP THEM, TOO. IF WE CAN HELP THOSE IN THE SUITES, WE CAN HELP THOSE IN THE STREETS. I WOULD ALSO SAY TO MY COLLEAGUES, PLEASE UNDERSTAND, PEOPLE WHO ARE HERE AND UNDOCUMENTED HAVE NEEDS, TOO. THEY LIVE IN PLACES THAT ARE HORRIBLE. I HAVE BEEN IN THEIR HOMES. I HAVE SMELLED THE MOLD. I KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE TO SEE THE CONDITIONS THEY DWELL IN. IT IS TIME FOR US TO PUT ASIDE THE POLITICS THAT DIVIDE US FROM PEOPLE WHO NEED HELP AND HELP ARE HORRIBLE. I HAVE THOSE PEOPLE TOO. LET'S SEND SOME MORE PEOPLE -- MORE MONEY TO THE ORGANIZATION THAT IS HELP THEM. THIS IS A MOMENT IN TIME. THIS IS A SEMINAL MOMENT IN TIME AND IT'S TIME FOR US TO STEP UP AND HELP EVERYONE THAT'S HARMED, NOT BE SELECTIVE. IF YOU ARE IN THIS COUNTRY, YOU ARE HURTING, WE HAVE TO HELP YOU. GOD BLESS YOU. I THANK YOU MADAM LEADER ON MY SIDE, THE RANKING MEMBER, I THANK YOU AGAIN, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND I BEG THAT WE DO WHAT WE CAN TO MAKE SHIRE EVERY PERSON IN THIS COUNTRY RECEIVES THE HELP HE OR SHE DESERVES. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 10:56:41 AM

        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM TEXAS, JUDGE…

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

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      • 10:56:49 AM

        MR. POE

        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY FOR YIELDING TIME. MR. SPEAKER, MY…

        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY FOR YIELDING TIME. MR. SPEAKER, MY HOUSTON AREA HAS SUFFERED HISTORIC HURRICANE, ONE THAT REALLY CHANGES AND HAS CHANGED THE LIVES OF THE ALL THE PEOPLE THAT WERE AFFECTED. MY DISTRICT WAS HAMMERED BY THIS FLOOD. TO PUT IN PERSPECTIVE, 27 TRILLION GALLONS OF RAIN FELL OVER TEXAS AND PARTS OF LOUISIANA IN THE SIX DAYS OF THE FLOOD. THAT'S ENOUGH WATER TO FILL THE HOUSTON ASTRODOME 86,000 TIMES. AT THE HEIGHT OF THE FLOOD, 70% OF HARRIS COUNTY, WHICH IS THE HOUSTON AREA, WAS FLOODED. 70% WAS UNDER WATER. THE DEVASTATION IN TEXAS EQUALED, MR. CHAIRMAN, THE SIZE OF NEW JERSEY. YOU PLACE NEW JERSEY IN SOUTHEAST TEXAS, THAT'S HOW MUCH OF THE AREA WAS AFFECTED BY THIS FLOOD AND THE RAIN. PEOPLE HAD ANYWHERE BETWEEN 36 AND 52 INCHES OF RAIN. THE WEATHER SERVICE HAD TO CREATE A NEW COLOR, PURPLE, ON THEIR MAPS TO SHOW HOW MUCH RAIN HAD FALLEN. NOTHING LIKE THIS HAS EVER HAPPENED IN NORTH AMERICA. 72,000 PEOPLE WERE RESCUED BY FIRST RESPONDERS AND VOLUNTEERS FROM HIGH WATER. THIS IS THE LARGEST CIVILIAN WATER EVACUATIONS SINCE DUNN KIRK. THOUSANDS -- DUNKIRK. THOUSANDS OF VOLUNTEERS WORKED ALONG WITH CITY AND COUNTY FIRST RESPONDERS TO SAVE COUNTLESS LIVES. THE HEROES CAME FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE, FROM ALL PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. THE ATTITUDE OF THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS WAS ONE OF INSPIRATION. FLOODED VICTIMS WHO DIDN'T KNOW EACH OTHER, THEIR HOMES WERE FLOODED BUT THEY ARE WAS ONE OF INSPIRATION. FLOODED VICTIMS WHO DIDN'T KNOW EACH OTHER, THEIR HOMES WERE FLOODED BUT THEY ARE HELPING OTHER FLOODED VICTIMS GET TO SAFETY AND GET WHAT PROPERTY THEY COULD RECOVER. THIS HEROISM REMINDED ME OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A TEXAN AND AN AMERICAN. MR. SPEAKER, HARVEY WILL NOT DEFEAT THE HUMAN SPIRIT. THERE WERE TWO MEN IN BROWNWOOD, YOU KNOW WHERE BROWNWOOD TEXAS IS. PROBABLY NOBODY ELSE HEARD OF IT. THAT'S IN WAY WEST TEXAS. THEY DECIDED THEY WANTED TO HELP, GOT IN THEIR PICKUP TRUCKS, DROVE TO AUSTIN TEXAS, WHICH IS STILL 200 MILES AWAY FROM HOUSTON, THEY WENT TO A SPORTS PLACE THERE AND BOUGHT A BASS BOAT, A TRAILER, A MOTOR, FILLED IT UP WITH ALL KINDS OF STUFF, DROVE TO TEXAS, HOUSTON, TEXAS, AND KEPT WORKING FOR OTHERS. THAT'S ONE OF MANY STORIES. THIS SUPPLEMENTAL IS IMPORTANT TO SOUTHEAST TEXAS. LET THIS VOTE SHOW THAT WE WILL VOTE NOT FOR POLITICS BUT FOR PEOPLE. THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 10:59:48 AM

        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

        I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 11:00:06 AM

        MRS. LOWEY

        MR. SPEAKER, I AM DELIGHTED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE VERY DISTINGUISHED…

        MR. SPEAKER, I AM DELIGHTED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE VERY DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER FROM CALIFORNIA, OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY SUBCOMMITTEE OF APPROPRIATIONS,

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      • 11:00:16 AM

        MS. ROYBAL-ALLARD

        MR. SPEAKER, THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT THIS SUPPLEMENTAL FUNDING IS NEEDED…

        MR. SPEAKER, THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT THIS SUPPLEMENTAL FUNDING IS NEEDED AND NEEDED QUICKLY. . WHEN THE RESPONSE FROM HARVEY BEGAN IN LATE AUGUST, THE ACCOUNT OF THE DISASTER RELIEF FUND HAD APPROXIMATELY $2 BILLION AVAILABLE. THE RESPONSE TO THIS CATASTROPHE, HOWEVER, IS COSTING CLOSE TO $200 MILLION PER DAY. THIS MEANS THAT DESPITE THE RECENT $1 BILLION INCREASE INTO THIS ACCOUNT, FEMA COULD RUN OUT OF MONEY AT ANY TIME. THEREFORE, THE ENACTMENT OF THE ADDITIONAL $7.4 BILLION FOR THE DISASTER RELIEF FUND IN THIS SUPPLEMENTAL IS CRITICAL TO HELP MEET FEMA'S IMMEDIATE OPERATIONAL NEEDS FOR HURRICANE HARVEY AND TO ALLOW FOR THE RESUMPTION OF RECOVERY PAYMENTS FOR PRIOR DISASTERS, SUCH AS SANDY. THE SUPPLEMENTAL WILL PROVIDE A SMALL RESERVE TO ENSURE FEMA CAN BEGIN RESPONDING TO HURRICANE IRMA OR ANY OTHER NEW DISASTER THAT OCCURS BETWEEN NOW AND SEPTEMBER 30, 2017. IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE, HOWEVER, THAT IF THERE IS SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE FROM IRMA, FEMA WILL QUICKLY NEED EITHER AN ADDITIONAL REPROGRAMMING OF MONEY, A SECOND SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATION OR BOTH. I WANT TO APPLAUD THE MAJORITY FOR QUICKLY BRINGING THIS SUPPLEMENTAL PACKAGE TO THE FLOOR WITH EMERGENCY DESIGNATION, AND I NOW YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 11:01:57 AM

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

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      • 11:02:05 AM

        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

        I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS,

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      • 11:02:13 AM

        MR. FARENTHOLD

        MR. SPEAKER, I'M HERE TODAY TO ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT FUNDING FOR…

        MR. SPEAKER, I'M HERE TODAY TO ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT FUNDING FOR HURRICANE HARVEY DISASTER RELIEF. OFTEN THE TV NEWS GOES AROUND TAKING THEIR CAMERAS SEARCHING FOR THE WORST DAMAGE TO CREATE THE MOST DRAMATIC STORY. IN THE CASE OF HURRICANE HARVEY IN THE DISTRICT I REPRESENT YOU COULD DROP A CAMERA IN TOWNS LIE ROCKPORT, PORT ARAN SASS, REHUGIO, PORT LAVACA -- PORT ARANSAS, REFUGIO, PORT LAVACA AND HAVE THAT SHOT. MY FRIENDS AND FAMILIES' HOME FROM FLATTENED BY WINDS, BUSINESSES WERE DESTORED AND MUCH OF TOWNS WERE UNDERWATER LIKE IN WARDEN. FOLLOWING THE UNPRECEDENTED FLOODING LEFT BEHIND BY THIS STORM. IT'S THE WORST WE'VE SEEN IN DECADES. MANY PEOPLE, INCLUDING THE TOWN MAYOR OF PORT ARANSAS, SUFFERED AND LOST EVERYTHING. HE WAS WALKING AROUND THE EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTER WHEN THE MAYOR OF CORPUS CHRISTI WENT UP TO HIM SAYING, I'M JEALOUS, YOU GET TO WORK IN SHORTS, HAWAIIAN SHIRTS AND FLIP-FLOPS AND THE MAYOR OF PORT ARANSAS SAID, IT'S ALL I HAVE LEFT. THE GOOD NEWS FOR OUR COMMUNITY IS WE CAME TOGETHER DURING THIS DISASTER. GROUPS FRARNED THE STATE AND AROUND THE COUNTRY DONATED TO HELP AND MANY ASSISTED TO RESCUE AND CLEAN UP AND CAME DOWN AND COOKED FOOD FOR EVACUEES AND SURVIVORS. PEOPLE OPENED THEIR HOMES AND HEARTS TO STRANGERS, BUT THE VICTIMS OF THE STORM ALSO NEED FEMA'S HELP AS WELL WITH THINGS LIKE EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE AND HOUSING. OUR CITIES AND COUNTIES NEED HELP WITH CLEARING OUT BRUSH AND DEBRIS AND WE NEED TO MAKE INFRASTRUCTURE REPAIRS TO AREAS DECIMATED BY HARVEY. WITH PEOPLE USING THEIR SMARTPHONES GOING TO DISASTERASSISTANCE.GOV OR USING THE FEMA APP, FEMA WILL BE OUT OF MONEY IN JUST TWO OR THREE DAYS IF WE DON'T PASS THIS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPEN THEIR HEARTS, THE WAY SO MANY AMERICANS HAVE, AND PASS THIS BILL. AND I WANT TO SAY A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO DONATED, THOSE WHO CAME AND VOLUNTEERED AND TO EVERYBODY WHO HELPED OUT. WE'RE NOT ONLY TEXAS STRONG, WE'RE AMERICA STRONG. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 11:04:31 AM

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      • 11:04:36 AM

        MRS. LOWEY

        MR. SPEAKER, I AM VERY PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM…

        MR. SPEAKER, I AM VERY PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, MS. PLASKETT, WHO UNDERSTANDS THE IMPACT OF A DISASTER OF THIS KIND, NOT ONLY IN HER DISTRICT BUT IN OTHER AREAS WHERE THERE HAVE BEEN SO MUCH SUFFERING, MS. PLASKETT.

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      • 11:05:03 AM

        MS. PLASKETT

        THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE TIME. MR. SPEAKER, AT THE END OF THIS SUMMER,…

        THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE TIME. MR. SPEAKER, AT THE END OF THIS SUMMER, THE PEOPLE IN THE VIRGIN ISLANDS AND EVERY PLACE OF WORSHIP SAY THE HURRICANE PRAYER AT THE END OF THEIR SERVICE. AND PART OF THAT PRAYER SAYS AT THE END, BUT LORD, IF A HURRICANE SHOULD COME AND YOU LOOSEN THE GALE AND THE WINDS OPEN ON US, YOU WILL BE DONE. THE PEOPLE OF PUERTO RICO AND VIRGIN ISLANDS BECAUSE GOD'S WILL IS BEING DONE ON THOSE ISLANDS AS HURRICANE IRMA IS IMPACTING AND CRASHING AGAINST THE SHORES OF ST. THOMAS, ST. JOHN, ST. CROIX AND WATER ISLAND. THIS $7.8 BILLION IN EMERGENCY SUPPLEMENTAL FUNDS IS A CRUCIAL INSTALLATION -- INITIAL INSTALLMENT TO ADDRESS THE EFFECTS OF NOT ONLY HURRICANE HARVEY BUT THE AFFECT EXPECTED IN THE VIRGIN ISLANDS TODAY AS WE STAND IN A CATASTROPHIC PATH OF HURRICANE IRMA WHICH IS CURRENTLY AT WORST-CASE SCENARIO A CATEGORY FIVE HURRICANE, THE WORST HURRICANE IN THE ATLANTIC'S HISTORY. THIS WILL NEED -- NEEDED ASSISTANCE FROM FEMA TO PERFORM EMERGENCY PROTECTIVE MEASURES, THE REMOVAL OF DEBRIS, ACTIVITIES PERFORMED BY OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES AS ASSIGNED BY FEMA AND TO AID SMALL BUSINESSES AND HOMEOWNERS IN REBUILDING THEIR LIVES. RIGHT NOW THE PEOPLE OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS ARE PRAYING FOR THE LIVES OF THEMSELVES, THEIR FAMILIES AND ESPECIALLY FOR THE ROOF OVER THEIR HEAD. THIS FUNDING FOR INITIAL RESPONSE EFFORTS IS CRITICAL, AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THE EXPEDITIOUS MANNER WHICH THIS LEGISLATION WAS BROUGHT TO US FOR SWIFT PASSAGE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO APPROVE THIS MUCH-NEEDED LIFELINE AND WE ARE COVETED FOR -- COVETOUS FOR YOUR PRAYERS RIGHT NOW.

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      • 11:07:01 AM

        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

        I YIELD A MINUTE TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE, AND THANK HIM…

        I YIELD A MINUTE TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE, AND THANK HIM FOR HIS ASSISTANCE YEARS AGO ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY AND CONNECTICUT DURING SUPERSTORM SANDY.

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      • 11:07:20 AM

        MR. LANCE

        SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE TO ALLOCATE FUNDS TO URGENT RESCUE AND RECOVERY…

        SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE TO ALLOCATE FUNDS TO URGENT RESCUE AND RECOVERY OPERATIONS CURRENTLY UNDER WAY IN THE AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE HARVEY. THE DESTRUCTION OF HURRICANE HARVEY IS HORRIFIC, AND THE LOSS OF LIFE IS HEARTBREAKING. FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY'S HELPING TO LEAD THE DISASTER RESPONSE. FEMA NEED IMMEDIATE RESOURCES FROM CONGRESS. NATURAL DISASTERS CAN STRIKE ANY PART OF THE NATION AT ANY TIME. NO STATE IS IMMUNE FROM THE FORCES OF NATURE AND STATES AND LOCALITIES SHOULD NEVER HAVE TO QUESTION IF AID IS ON THE WAY. OUR EXCELLENT FEDERAL OFFICIALS HAVE THE RESOURCES AND EXPERIENCE TO MITIGATE HARM. THEY NEED TO CONTINUE PUTTING THAT EXPERIENCE TO USE, HELPING OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED, PROTECT CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE, CONTAIN HAZARDOUS SITES AND SAVE LIVES. I THANK CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN ASSEMBLING THIS IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE FOR THOSE IN NEED. I URGE A YES VOTE.

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      • 11:08:25 AM

        MRS. LOWEY

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      • 11:08:39 AM

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        THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

      • 11:08:41 AM

        MR. CROWLEY

        I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. I LOOK AT THE PICTURES…

        I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. I LOOK AT THE PICTURES OF HOUSTON AND GALVESTON AND PARTS OF TEXAS AND LOUISIANA AND ELSEWHERE AND HEARKEN BACK TO THE SAME IMAGES I SAW IN NEW JERSEY AND NEW YORK AND THROUGHOUT NEW ENGLAND AND OTHER PARTS OF THE NORTHEAST AFTER SANDY. AND I WANT TO ALSO NOTE THAT THE NYPD, THE FDNY WAS AMONG THE FIRST RESPONDERS TO HEAD DOWN TO TEXAS TO HELP FELLOW AMERICANS IN A TIME OF CRISIS AND NEED. I'D ALSO LIKE TO POINT OUT, I HAVE NO CLUE WHERE THE TOWN IS WHERE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, MENTIONED, AND I MAY NEVER GO THERE, I MAY NEVER GO TO THAT TOWN BUT I WILL TELL YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T NEED TO GO TO THAT TOWN TO HELP THOSE PEOPLE. THEY ARE AMERICANS, AND I WILL HELP THEM AT ANY OPPORTUNITY I GET WHEN THEY HAVE A STORM LIKE THIS THAT HITS THEM. I DON'T ASK QUESTIONS. I DIDN'T ASK YOU IF YOU KNEW WERE EDGECALS WATER IN THE BRONX WAS. I WAS PREPARED TO HELP MY IMMEDIATE CONSTITUENTS IN SANDY. I WASN'T GOING TO HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL NEXT WEEK OR 30 DAYS FROM NOW OR 60 DAYS FROM NOW OR 90 DAYS FROM NOW. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT WE HAVE TO POINT OUT THE HYPOCRISY. IT'S NOT GOING TO STOP THIS FUNDING FROM GOING THROUGH. WE NEED TO POINT IT OUT. 20 MEMBERS OF THE REPUBLICAN CAUCUS, SOME TEXAS, ONE, MR. CULBERSON, VOTED AGAINST SANDY RELIEF. IT MUST BE UNDERSTOOD THAT WE ARE ALL AMERICANS, AND I WILL STAND TO HELP EVERY AMERICAN WHO IS IN NEED OF HELP. WILL THE GENTLELADY YIELD ME 30 SECONDS?

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      • 11:10:17 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN IS NOT RECOGNIZED. THE…

        THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN IS NOT RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY -- NEW YORK RESERVES, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY --

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      • 11:10:24 AM

        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

        I RESERVE.

      • 11:10:25 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 11:10:30 AM

        MRS. LOWEY

        MR. SPEAKER, I AM VERY PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

        MR. SPEAKER, I AM VERY PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL.

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      • 11:10:38 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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      • 11:10:43 AM

        MR. ENGEL

        I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR YIELDING TO ME. I AM FOR THIS AID. I'M FOR…

        I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR YIELDING TO ME. I AM FOR THIS AID. I'M FOR THIS AID 100%. WE SHOULD HELP THESE PEOPLE. AS AMERICANS WE SHOULD HELP PEOPLE ALL OVER OUR COUNTRY. BUT IT REALLY HURTS THAT THOSE OF US IN NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY WHEN SUPERSTORM SANDY CAME AND WE WERE BEGGING FOR HELP, WE HAD TO WAIT TWO MONTHS FOR HELP AND OUR FRIENDS FROM TEXAS ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE OF THE AISLE EXCEPT FOR ONE VOTED AGAINST AID FOR NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY AND CONNECTICUT. AND NOW THEY'RE ASKING AID FOR TEXAS, WHICH I SUPPORT, BUT IT JUST GOES TO SHOW WE NEVER KNOW WHERE THESE DISASTERS ARE GOING TO FALL. AND ALL OF US HAVE -- ARE INCUMBENT TO SUPPORT OUR FELLOW AMERICANS NO MATTER WHERE THEY ARE. I SAY TO THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS, MY HEART GOES OUT FOR YOU. I WANT TO SAY TO MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS IN TEXAS, WHAT YOU DID TO US DURING SUPERSTORM SANDY SHOULD NOT STAND, SHOULD NOT BE DONE TO ANY OTHER PEOPLE ANYPLACE IN THE COUNTRY. WE'RE ONE COUNTRY. WE'RE AMERICANS. WE NEED TO HELP THOSE THAT NEED HELP. I'M FOR THIS 100%. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 11:11:51 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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      • 11:11:55 AM

        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

        I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

      • 11:11:59 AM

        MRS. LOWEY

        MR. SPEAKER, WITH THE ONE MINUTE REMAINING, I AM VERY PLEASED TO YIELD TO…

        MR. SPEAKER, WITH THE ONE MINUTE REMAINING, I AM VERY PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, WHO'S BEEN RIGHT THERE HELPING REACHING OUT TO ALL THOSE FAMILIES WHO ARE IN DESPERATE NEED, MS. JACKSON LEE.

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      • 11:12:25 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

      • 11:12:29 AM

        MS. JACKSON LEE

        TO THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLELADY, I COME NOUN -- DISTINGUISHED…

        TO THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLELADY, I COME NOUN -- DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY, I COME NOW TO JUST STAND ON BEHALF OF OUR DELEGATION, TO BE ABLE TO SAY AS I SAID I ACKNOWLEDGE THE PAIN OF SANDY BUT I NOW COME TO MAKE SURE WE ALL UNDERSTAND THIS FIRST CRUNCH IS ONLY THE BEGINNING. WE'RE GOING TO PUT IN LEGISLATION THAT ASKS FOR $180 BILLION, RECOGNIZING THE HARD WORK OF APPROPRIATORS BUT LETTING YOU KNOW THAT PEOPLE'S LIVES, AS WE WALK THROUGH THE DEBRIS, THIS IS IN FRONT OF EVERY HOUSE. IT IS PAINFUL. IT IS LONG LASTING. SO I JUST WANTED TO COME TO ADD MY THANKS BUT TO SAY, WILL YOU PLEASE STAND WITH ME FOR THE LONG JOURNEY THAT IS GOING TO BE NEEDED, FOR THE INFRASTRUCTURE WE BUILD, NEW DAMS THAT ARE 30 YEARS OLD AND HOUSING ISSUES THAT WILL NOT END TODAY AND THE MASSIVE EVICTIONS OF PEOPLE IN APARTMENTS NOT CRUELLY, I HOPE, BUT THEY'RE GETTING EVICTION NOTICES WITH NO PLACE TO GO? AND SO I ASK AS WE AS AMERICANS JOIN FOR THE LONG HAUL, THE LONG DESTINY WITH PRAYERS FOR ALL. THANK YOU, MADAM LOWEY, FOR YIELDING TO ME TO TALK ABOUT THE LONG HAUL. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. GOD BLESS AMERICA. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 11:13:53 AM

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      • 11:13:56 AM

        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

        I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

      • 11:13:58 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY HAS THE ONLY REMAINING TIME. AND HE HAS 2…

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY HAS THE ONLY REMAINING TIME. AND HE HAS 2 1/2 MINUTES.

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      • 11:14:03 AM

        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

        I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

      • 11:14:07 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 2 1/2 MINUTES.

      • 11:14:09 AM

        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

        FIRST OF ALL, THIS MORNING WE SALUTE THE COURAGE OF ALL TEXANS AND PEOPLE…

        FIRST OF ALL, THIS MORNING WE SALUTE THE COURAGE OF ALL TEXANS AND PEOPLE FROM LOUISIANA. WE SALUTE THEIR COURAGE AND THEIR RESILIENCE. AND ONCE AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK ALL OF OUR FEDERAL AGENCIES. OBVIOUSLY THE GOVERNOR OF TEXAS, THE GOVERNOR OF LOUISIANA AND ALL THOSE AGENCIES THAT HAVE BEEN MEETING THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE AND, AGAIN, THE THOUSANDS OF VOLUNTEERS WHO IMMEDIATELY RESPONDED WHO HAVE BEEN WORKING TIRELESSLY DAY IN AND DAY OUT TO HELP HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE AFFECTED BY THIS STORM AND SAVE, I MAY SAY, COUNTLESS LIVES. THEY HAVE HOUSED THE DISPLACED, MET CRITICAL MEDICAL NEEDS, PROVIDED TRANSPORTATION AND MOST IMPORTANTLY GAVE FAITH TO THOSE WHO HAVE LOST LITERALLY EVERYTHING. THESE ARE AMERICAN HEROES THAT ARE SHOWING THE BEST SIDE OF OUR NATION. WE'RE GRATEFUL FOR THEIR SERVICE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. LET'S GET THE MONEY OUT THE DOOR AND HELP THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS AND LOUISIANA AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 11:15:17 AM

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      • 11:15:20 AM

        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE RESOLUTION BE NOW ADOPTED AND I REQUEST THE YEAS…

        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE RESOLUTION BE NOW ADOPTED AND I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS. . THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:

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      • 11:15:35 AM

        TEMPORE THE

        THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE…

        THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 502. THOSE IN SAFER AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYE VS. IT. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE --

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      • 11:15:50 AM

        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

        ROLL CALL, PLEASE.

      • 11:15:51 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

        YES, MR. SPEAKER.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

        THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE, STAND AND BE COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. 502.

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      • 11:15:54 AM

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

        • 11:16:13 AM

          Mr. Latta moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3388 — "To provide for information on highly automated driving systems to be made available to prospective buyers."

          • 11:17:45 AM

            THE CLERK

            212, H.R. 3388, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR INFORMATION ON HIGHLY AUTOMATED…

            212, H.R. 3388, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR INFORMATION ON HIGHLY AUTOMATED DRIVING SYSTEMS TO BE MADE AVAILABLE TO PROSPECTIVE BUYERS.

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          • 11:17:57 AM

            TEMPORE PURSUANT

            PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. LATTA, AND THE…

            PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. LATTA, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MS. SCHAKOWSKY, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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        • 11:18:00 AM

          Considered under suspension of the rules.

        • 11:18:02 AM

          DEBATE

          The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3388.

          • 11:18:09 AM

            MR. LATTA

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

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS IN THE RECORD ON THE BILL.

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          • 11:18:19 AM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

          • 11:18:31 AM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

          • 11:18:34 AM

            MR. WALDEN

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WHO PUT ENORMOUS WORK INTO THAT AND ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE, AND ESPECIALLY MR. LATTA FOR HIS GREAT LEADERSHIP BECAUSE TODAY MARKS A REALLY IMPORTANT MILESTONE IN THE PURSUIT TO MAKE OUR ROADWAYS SAFER AND SUPPORT AMERICAN LEADERSHIP IN SELF-DRIVING INNOVATION. THE SELF-DRIVE ACT, H.R. 3388, SOMETHING WE CAN ALL SUPPORT. SIMPLY PUT, THE RAPIDLY ADVANCING TECHNOLOGY BEHIND HIGHLY AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES IS STUNNING. I SPEAK FROM SOME EXPERIENCE BECAUSE A FEW MONTHS AGO I GOT THE OPPORTUNITY TO RIDE IN A SELF-DRIVING CAR WITH ENGINEERS AND EXPERIENCED A VEHICLE PERFORM WITHOUT ANY NEED FOR HUMAN INTERVENTION. THOUGH WE CAN LOOK TO A FUTURE THAT FULFILLS THE PROMISE OF THESE INNOVATIONS, WE CANNOT IGNORE THE CURRENT TROUBLING TREND AND NUMBER OF LIVES LOST ON OUR ROADWAYS IN AMERICA. GIVEN THE LATEST ROADWAY FATALITY NUMBERS, THIS TECHNOLOGY IS ESPECIALLY NEEDED TODAY. ALMOST 40,000 PEOPLE LOST THEIR LIVES ON OUR ROADS LAST YEAR. THAT REPRESENTS ANOTHER YEARLY INCREASE IN TRAFFIC RELATED FATALITIES. IN MY OWN STATE OF OREGON, TRAFFIC FATALITIES WERE THE HIGHEST THEY HAVE SEEN IN 14 YEARS, UP 20% FROM THE PRIOR YEAR. STATISTICS TELL US 94% OF ACCIDENTS RELATE TO HUMAN BEHAVIOR. DURING OUR MORNING COMMUTE INTO WORK, JUST LOOK AROUND. WE SEE FOLKS ON THEIR PHONES, THE CARS NEXT TO US, DOING OTHER THINGS. WHILE THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION CAN'T WRITE A SAFETY STANDARD TO MAKE US PERFECT DRIVERS, IT CAN WORK TO TOWARDS LIFESAVING TECHNOLOGIES TO AVOID COLLISIONS. THAT'S WHAT THIS LEGISLATION WILL PUT IN PLACE. THIS BILL IS ALSO ABOUT ENSURE AMERICA STAYS AS A GLOBAL LEADER IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF SELF-DRIVING TECHNOLOGY. AFTER ALL, THE AUTO INDUSTRY'S RESPONSIBLE FOR MORE THAN SEVEN MILLION AMERICAN JOBS AS A GLOBAL LEADER IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF SELF-DRIVING TECHNOLOGY. AFTER NATIONWIDE AND DRIVES MORE THAN $900 BILLION INTO THE ECONOMY EACH YEAR. WE WANT TO SEE THESE NUMBERS GROW. WE WANT THIS INNOVATION TO OCCUR HERE. WE WANT TO BRING GREATER TRAFFIC SAFETY TO OUR ROADWAYS. ADDITIONALLY, SELF-DRIVING CARS HOLD THE PROMISE OF BETTER ACCESS TO TRANSPORTATION FOR OUR NATION'S 47 MILLION CITIZENS. SENIOR CITIZENS. 27 MILLION AMERICANS WITH SEVERE DISABILITIES, AND MANY COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY UNDERSERVED BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. FOR AMERICANS TO ENJOY ALL THESE BENEFITS, WE NEED TO PUT TOGETHER A FRAMEWORK THAT'S NATIONAL AND WILL DRIVE T THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL DOES. I WANT TO COMMEND MR. LATTA, MS. SCHAKOWSKY, MR. UPTON, MRS. DINGELL, AND MY FRIEND, FRANK PALLONE, THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE COMMITTEE FOR ALL THEIR GREAT WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. WE CAN BE PROUD OF THE PRODUCT THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE HAS BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR. I URGE PEOPLE TO SUPPORT H.R. 3388. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 11:21:17 AM

            HE 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 OHIO. MR. LATTA, RESERVES HIS TIME OF THE THE GENTLELADY FROM ILL NOY.

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          • 11:21:32 AM

            MS. SCHAKOWSKY

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

          • 11:21:34 AM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 11:21:36 AM

            MS. SCHAKOWSKY

            I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE BIPARTISAN APPROACH NOY. TO AUTONOMOUS…

            I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE BIPARTISAN APPROACH NOY. TO AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES REFLECTED IN THE SELF-DRIVE ACT. AS RANKING MEMBER OF THE DIGITAL COMMERCE AND CONSUMER PROTECTION SUBCOMMITTEE, I HAVE BEEN SO PLEASED TO BE ABLE TO WORK WITH CHAIRMAN LATTA TO REACH AGREEMENT ON THE LEGISLATION BEFORE THE HOUSE TODAY. IT IS NOT THE BILL I THINK THAT EITHER ONE OF US MIGHT HAVE WRITTEN ON OUR OWN, BUT IT DOES REFLECT A BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT THAT WE REACHED AFTER MONTHS OF NEGOTIATION. I APPRECIATE THAT VERY MUCH. APPRECIATE THAT VERY MUCH. AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES HAVE GREAT POTENTIAL TO IMPROVE SAFETY ON OUR ROADS BY REDUCING ACCIDENTS CAUSED BY HUMAN ERROR, WHICH MOST ACCIDENTS ARE. MY GOAL THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS HAS BEEN TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS TECHNOLOGY IS DEPLOYED SAFELY AND THAT WE ADVANCE EXISTING SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES. THE SELF-DRIVE ACT LAYS OUT A FRAMEWORK FOR THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION, NHTSA, TO PROVIDE SAFE ADOPTION OF MANDATORY SAFETY ASSESSMENT CERTIFICATES WILL ENSURE THAT NHTSA RECEIVES THAT DATA, THAT IT NEEDS TO EVALUATE SAFETY AS AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES APPEAR ON OUR ROADS. WITHIN A YEAR OF ENACTMENT, NHTSA WILL LAY OUT A PRIORITY PLAN FOR WHAT NEW SAFETY STANDARDS NEED TO BE WRITTEN AND WHICH EXISTING STANDARDS MUST BE UPDATED. IN ADDITION, THE BILL REQUIRES MANUFACTURERS TO WRITE CYBERSECURITY AND CONSUMER PRIVACY PLANS AS THEY DEVELOP THE TECHNOLOGY. WHILE THE LEGISLATION ALLOWS FOUR EXEMPTIONS TO EXISTING VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARDS, FOR EXAMPLE THERE MAY BE SOME VEHICLES THAT REALLY DON'T NEED A STARING WHEEL, HARD TO IMAGINE NOW, BUT WE ENSURE THAT NHTSA EXPLAINS ITS PROCESS FOR GRANTING ANY SAFETY EXEMPTIONS. THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF EXEMPTIONS PER AUTOMOBILE WILL SCALE UP INCREMENTALLY. TO RECEIVE AN EXEMPTION, A MANUFACTURER MUST SHOW EQUIVALENT SAFETY. A MANUFACTURER MUST REPORT CRASHES INVOLVING EXEMPTION -- EXEMPTED VEHICLES, AND EXEMPTED VEHICLES MUST BE LISTED IN A PUBLIC DATABASE. THIS BILL ALSO HAS SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS THAT GO BEYOND AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES. NHTSA WILL WORK TO IMPROVE THE PERFORMANCE OF HEAD LAMPS AND IN TWO YEARS NHTSA WILL ISSUE A RULE REQUIRING ALERT SYSTEM TO WARN DRIVERS IF A CHILD OR PET IS LEFT IN THE BACK SEAT. ALREADY THIS YEAR 37 CHILDREN HAVE DIED FROM HEAT STROKE AFTER BEING LEFT IN HOT CARS. THIS HOT CARS PROVISION WHICH CONGRESSMAN TIM RYAN, CONGRESSMAN PETER KING, AND I INTRODUCED AS A STAND ALONE BILL WILL SAVE LIVES. A BROAD RANGE OF STAKEHOLDERS HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE -- HAVE BEEN INVOLVED AND WILL BE INVOLVED IN THE FUTURE OF SELF-DRIVING WORKERS. THAT'S WHY WE SET UP AN ADVISORY COUNCIL WHICH WILL INCLUDE INDUSTRY, ACADEMICS, LABOR, STATE, AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND CONSUMER ADVOCATES AND ENVIRONMENTAL EXPERTS. AS SAFE DRIVERS -- AS SAFE DRIVING CARS ARE DEVELOPED, WE MUST EXAMINE CRITICAL ISSUES. WILL SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES SHARE IN THE BENEFITS OF AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES? ENSURING ACCESSIBILITY MAY REQUIRE FURTHER POLICY CHANGES. WE ALSO NEED TO GRAPPLE WITH THE DISRUPTION OF SELF-SERVING -- SELF-DRIVING CARS MAY CAUSE IN EMPLOYMENT, EVEN THOUGH THIS LEGISLATION GENERALLY EXCLUDES COMMERCIAL VEHICLES AND ADDITIONAL EXCLUDES COMMERCIAL VEHICLES AND ADDITIONAL CLARITY MAY BE NEEDED. SELF-DRIVING CARS MAY DISPLACE WORKERS WHO MAKE THEIR LIVELIHOODS BEHIND THE WHEELS. ONCE THE HOUSE PASSES THIS BILL, PASSES THIS BILL, I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH STAKEHOLDERS AND OUR SENATE COLLEAGUES TO SEND CONSENSUS LEGISLATION TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. I BELIEVE WE COULD GO FURTHER TO IMPROVE CONSUMER SAFETY AND STRENGTHEN PROTECTIONS TO PUT CONSUMERS IN CONTROL OF THEIR DATA. WE MUST ALSO KEEP WORKING TO REFINE THE FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL ROLES IN ENSURE SAFE ROADS AND PROTECTING ACCESS TO COURTS WHEN NECESSARY. TODAY'S VOTE IS THE NEXT STEP IN THAT PROCESS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF THE SELF-DRIVING ACT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 11:26:19 AM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

          • 11:26:27 AM

            MR. LATTA

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

          • 11:26:30 AM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 11:26:31 AM

            MR. LATTA

            THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST LET ME JUST THANK THE GENTLELADY…

            THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST LET ME JUST THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS, THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE SUBCOMMITTEE FOR HER HARD WORK ON THE LEGISLATION. I GREATLY APPRECIATE IT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED TO RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3388, THE SELF-DRIVE ACT, WHICH WE ADVANCED OUT OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE ON A UNANIMOUS BIPARTISAN VOTE OF 54-0 IN JULY. THIS COMPROMISE LEGISLATION AIMS TO IMPROVE CONSUMER SAFETY BY REDUCING TRAFFIC RELATED FATALITIES AND INJURIES, CLARIFY THE FEDERAL AND STATE ROLES, AND STIMULATE JOB GROWTH AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES. MANY OF YOU HAVE HEARD THESE ROADWAY SAFETY STATISTICS, BUT THEY AGAIN BEAR REPEATING. EACH YEAR APPROXIMATELY SIX MILLION AMERICANS ARE INVOLVED IN CAR ACCIDENTS RESULTING IN NEARLY TWO MILLION INJURIES. 94% OF THE ACCIDENTS ARE ATTRIBUTED TO HUMAN ERRORS OR DECISIONS. IN 2016 APPROXIMATELY 40,000 PEOPLE LOST THEIR LIVES ON U.S. HIGHWAYS. SADLY IN MY HOME STATE OF OHIO, TRAFFIC DEATHS HAVE BEEN ON THE RISE OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS. WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TODAY TO SUPPORT AND PROMOTE THE SAFE TESTING AND DEPLOYING OF THIS LIFESAVING TECHNOLOGY. U.S. COMPANIES ARE INVESTING MAJOR RESOURCES IN THE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF THIS TECHNOLOGY AND SHOULD NOT BE HELD UP BY REGULATORY BARRIERS THAT WERE CREATED WHEN SELF-DRIVING CARS WERE JUST SCIENCE FICTION. WE MUST ACT AND WE MUST ACT NOW. THE SELF-DRIVE ACT ESTABLISHES A STREAMLINE PATH FOR TESTING, DEVELOPMENT, AND DEPLOYMENT OF SELF-DRIVING CARS IN THE UNITED STATES. WHILE THIS TECHNOLOGY IS CURRENTLY BEING TESTED IN CERTAIN PARTS OF THE COUNTRY, THERE ARE LIMITS TO WHO CAN TESTIFY AND WHAT TECHNOLOGY CAN BE USED IN CARS TODAY.CHNOLOGY IS CURRENTLY BEING FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARDS NEED TO BE UPDATED BECAUSE SELF-DRIVING CARS WILL NOT HAVE THE TRADITIONAL STEERING WHEELS AND BREAK PEDALS ALL CARS HAVE TODAY. ADDITIONALLY, THIS LEGISLATION MAXIMIZES OPPORTUNITIES FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT HERE IN THE UNITED STATES TO CREATE JOBS AND GROW ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES SO THAT THE UNITED STATES COULD REMAIN A GLOBAL LEADER IN THIS INDUSTRY. WITH THIS LEGISLATION, INNOVATION CAN FLOURISH WITHOUT THE HEAVY HAND OF GOVERNMENT. FINALLY, THIS LEGISLATION WILL ENHANCE THE ABILITY OF OUR SENIOR CITIZENS, THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY, AND INDIVIDUALS IN UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES ENJOY MORE MOBILITY AND LIVE MORE INDEPENDENTLY. THIS LEGISLATION IS A FIRST OF ITS KIND, FOCUSED ON THE CAR OF THE FUTURE THAT IS MORE OF A SUPER COMPUTER ON WHEELS. THIS ISSUE STARTED WITH OUR GAD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, DR. BURGESS, WHO HELD THE FIRST DISRUPTOR HEARINGS ON SELF-DRIVING CARS LAST CONGRESS. AGAIN WE WOULD ALSO NOT BE WHERE WE'RE TODAY IF IT WEREN'T FOR LEADERSHIP OF CHAIRMAN WALDEN AND A GREAT WORKING RELATIONSHIP AND COOPERATION OF RANKING MEMBER PALLONE, RANKING MEMBER SCHAKOWSKY, AND REPRESENTATIVE DINGELL, AS WELL AS THE MANY CO-SPONSORS. I APPRECIATED YOUR COMMENTS, SUGGESTIONS, AND INPUT. WE HAVE HELD MULTIPLE HEARINGS, TECHNOLOGY A GREAT WORKING SHOWCASES, AND REAL LIFE DEMONSTRATIONS FOR OUR COMMITTEE MEMBERS TO LEARN ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY AND CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY SELF-DRIVING CARS. I ALSO WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE STAKEHOLDERS HAVE BEEN WILLING TO WORK WITH US, THE AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY IS A COMPETITIVE AND VIBRANT MARKETPLACE AND TOUCHES EVERY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN THE CONTRY. IN THE PROCESS -- COUNTRY. IN THE PROCESS OF DRAFTING AND MARKING UP THIS LEGISLATION, WE HAD OVER 300 MEETINGS WITH AUTO MAKERS, TECH COMPANIES, SUPPLIERS, TRADE ASSOCIATION, DISABILITY COMMUNITY, SENIOR STATE TRANSPORTATION LEADERS, AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION. . SAFETY SHOULD AND ALWAYS BE OUR PRIORITY. SAFETY FIRST, SAFETY LAST, SAFETY ALWAYS. I TRULY BELIEVE THIS BILL WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN EVERYDAY AMERICANS. I WANT TO THANK OUR STAFF TO GET US TO WHERE WE ARE TO THIS HISTORIC VOTE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 11:30:43 AM

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            MS. SCHAKOWSKY

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            MR. PALLONE

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, MS. SCHAKOWSKY. I RISE IN SUPPORT…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, MS. SCHAKOWSKY. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3388, THE SELF-DRIVE ACT, AND I WANT TO THANK BY THANKING CHAIRMAN WALDEN AND LATTA AND, OF COURSE, OUR RANKING MEMBER SCHAKOWSKY AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE FOR THEIR WORK TO REACH A BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT ON THIS BILL. SOISKS HAVE THE POTENTIAL IN THE -- SOISKS -- SELF-DRIVING CARS HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO HELP WITH CRASHES. IT WILL HELP THE UNITED STATES REACH THAT POTENTIAL SOONER. THIS LEGISLATION ALSO INCLUDES IMPORTANT PROVISIONS THAT ENSURE SAFETY IS THE TOP PRIORITY AS SELF-DRIVING CARS ARE DEVELOPED. FOR EXAMPLE, THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY SAFETY TRAFFIC ASSOCIATION WILL REQUIRE TO ISSUE NEW RULES FOR AUTOMATED VEHICLES. THE AUTO INDUSTRY WILL BE REQUIRED TO ISSUE CERTIFICATIONS TO DETAIL HOW THEIR VEHICLES ARE TESTED AND FUNCTION ON THE ROAD. AND WE AINSIST EVERY MANUFACTURE HAS CYBERSECURITY AND PRIVACY PRACTICES IN PLACE BEFORE THEIR CARS ARE SOLD. SELF-DRIVING CARS WILL NOT COME ALL AT ONCE. HUMAN DRIVERS WILL BE ON THE ROADS FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE, SO THIS BILL ALSO CONTAINS LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVES GEARED TOWARDS PROTECTING DRIVERS AND PASSENGERS, INCLUDING REQUIREMENTS TO ENSURE KIDS ARE NOT FORGOTTEN IN HOT CARS AND ALL NEW CARS HAVE THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY IN THEIR HEAD LAMPS. IT ALSO ENSURES NHTSA IS ABLE TO CONSIDER WHETHER A CAR FUNCTIONS AS INTENDED, NOT JUST WHETHER IT MEETS A SPECIFIC STANDARD. AND WE ALSO ENCOURAGE NHTSA TO COME ONE A PLAN HOW IT CAN ALTER TESTING USING RANGES THAT CARS CANNOT BE BUILT JUST TO MEET A PARTICULAR TEST. NOW, THIS BILL IS NOT PERFECT. IT'S A BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE AND A PRODUCT OF WHAT WE CAN ACCOMPLISH WHEN WE WORK TOGETHER. AS THIS BILL MOVES TO THE SENATE, I WILL ADDRESS ANY ISSUES AND ENSURE THAT SAFETY IS NOT CAPRI MIZED. I WANT TO THANK, AGAIN, -- NOT COMPROMISED. I WANT TO THANK THE KEY LEADERS ON BOTH THE REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC SIDE FOR MAKING THIS HAPPEN TODAY. I YIELD BACK.

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          • 11:33:14 AM

            MR. LATTA

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE CHAIRMAN OF…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY SUBCOMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, FOR ONE -- 1 1/2 MINUTES.

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          • 11:33:29 AM

            MR. UPTON

            I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL, H.R. 3388, THE SELF-DRIVE ACT. THIS…

            I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL, H.R. 3388, THE SELF-DRIVE ACT. THIS LEGISLATION AND TECHNOLOGY IS INDEED GOING TO PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN IMPROVING MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY AND ADDRESSING THE RISING NUMBER OF TRAFFIC-RELATED FAY TAILTS. AS THE BIRTHPLACE OF THE AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY, MY HOME STATE OF MICHIGAN IS WELL-KNOWN TO INNOVATIVE SUPPLIERS AND MANUFACTURERS THAT MAKE OUR CARS AND TRUCKS SAFER, MORE EFFICIENT AND, YES, MORE AFFORDABLE, AND IT IS ALSO A NEXUS OF ENGINEERING AND RESEARCH TALENT WHICH MAKES IT PERFECT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEXT PHASE OF VEHICULAR MOBILITY, AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES. IT'S HERE. IN 2015, MORE THAN 35,000 FOLKS LOST THEIR LIVES ON U.S. HIGHWAYS. EARLY ESTIMATES THAT MAYBE MORE THAN 40,000 LAST YEAR. IN MICHIGAN THERE WERE 1,064 TRAFFIC FATALITIES, A 7% INCREASE OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR. NHTSA HAS FOUND THAT 94% OF THESE FATALITIES ARE RELATED TO HUMAN ERROR. THIS LEGISLATION ON AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES, WHICH INCLUDES THE PAVE ACT, AUTHORED BY MYSELF AND MY GOOD FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN, DEBBIE DINGLE, WILL GO A LONG WAY -- DEBBIE DINGELL, WILL GO A LONG WAY TO MAKING ROADS SAFER. FORGET ABOUT THE JETSONS, IT'S OVER. THE FUTURE OF THE AUTOMOBILE IS HERE, AND THIS BILL WILL GIVE THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY THE TOOLS THAT IT NEEDS TO COMPLETELY REVOLUTIONIZE HOW WE'RE GOING TO GET AROUND FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 11:35:10 AM

            MS. SCHAKOWSKY

            TO A MEMBER OF THE DIGITAL COMMERCE AND CONSUMER PROTECTION SUBCOMMITTEE…

            TO A MEMBER OF THE DIGITAL COMMERCE AND CONSUMER PROTECTION SUBCOMMITTEE AND A MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR TO THIS LEGISLATION, CONGRESSWOMAN DORIS MATSUI FROM CALIFORNIA.

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            MS. MATSUI

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE SELF DRIVE ACT.…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE SELF DRIVE ACT. WITH THIS LEGISLATION -- SELF-DRIVE ACT. WITH THIS LEGISLATION WE HAVE AN UNIT TO UNLOCK AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE LEGISLATION AND HELP IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR MILLIONS. TODAY, SO MANY OF OUR NEIGHBORS, FRIENDS AND FAMILY FACE MOBILITY CHALLENGES. MANY SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES ARE NOT ABLE TO USE A CAR TO DO ERRANDS, GO TO DOCTORS' APPOINTMENTS AND VISIT LOVED ONES. FOR MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO TRAVEL OUR ROADS, THIS TECHNOLOGY HAS THE POTENTIAL TO PREVENT ACCIDENTS AND SAVE LIVES. THAT'S WHY WE MUST ACT TO PUT POLICIES IN PLACE THAT ALLOW A.V.'S TO BE TESTED AND DEPLOYED WITH THE EMPHASIS ON CONSUMERS -- CONSUMER PROTECTIONS. WE ARE DEVELOPING A PATHWAY FOR SAFE TESTING AND DEPLOYMENT. SACRAMENTO'S LAB AIMS TO FOSTER A PUBLIC-PRIVATE CONSORTIUM OF GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND A.V. COMPANIES BY LEVERAGING SACRAMENTOS A 5-G NETWORK AND IDEAL LOCATION. THE LEGISLATION WE'RE CONSIDERING TODAY ALLOWS CALIFORNIA TO CONTINUE TO LEAD WHILE PROTECTING ROADWAY SAFETY. WITH THE SELF-DRIVE ACT, PRESERVING THE IMPORTANT A.V. WORK AT THE LOCAL FOUNDATION AND A STRONG FEDERAL FRAMEWORK TO BUILD OUR PROGRESS AND PROTECT DRIVERS AND PEDESTRIANS. I'M ALSO PLEASED THIS BILL CONTAINS LANGUAGE FOR LEGISLATION I INTRODUCED WHICH ENSURES TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES, AUTO MANUFACTURERS AND NEW MARKET ENTRANCE ARE ON A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD FOR TESTING A.V.'S. JUST AS THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE PERSONAL COMPUTER HAS REVOLUTIONIZED OUR DAFLE LIVES SO, TOO, WILL THE DEPLOYMENT OF AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY. THIS LEGISLATION, WHICH PASSED THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY, PUTS US ON A PATH TOWARDS INNOVATION WHICH UP UNTIL RECENTLY SEEMED UNIMAGINABLE. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AS WE WORK TOGETHER TO MOVE THIS LEGISLATION FORWARD. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK.

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          • 11:37:41 AM

            MR. LATTA

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE.

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            MR. BURGESS

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

            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND, MR. SPEAKER, TO YOU I DO WANT TO SAY THE COUNTRY HAS STOOD IN FIRST IN AWE OF THE POWER THAT WAS UNLEASHED ON THE TEXAS-LOUISIANA COAST AND THEN ADMIRATION FOR YOUR CONSTITUENTS AND CONSTITUENTS UP AND DOWN THE TEXAS COAST, LOUISIANA COAST AS YOU FACE THIS DIFFICULTY AND WORK TOGETHER TO GET THROUGH IT. NOW, THIS BILL, TODAY, IS ALSO A PRODUCT OF PEOPLE WORKING TOGETHER AND THROUGH AT LEAST TWO SESSIONS OF CONGRESS WE HAVE NOW COME WITH SELF-DRIVING VEHICLE LEGISLATION THAT IS GOING TO CHANGE OUR ECONOMY. THIS BILL WILL ALLOW DEVELOPERS ROOM TO GROW WHILE MAKING CERTAIN THAT THE TECHNOLOGY IS SAFE FOR CONSUMERS. THIS ACT WILL CREATE JOBS AND ENSURE WE REMAIN THE GLOBAL LEADER IN INNOVATION. MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE SELF-DRIVING VEHICLE LEGISLATION HAS THE ABILITY TO SAVE LIVES. SO THROUGHOUT MY LIFE, I'VE SEEN THE LIFE-SAVING EFFECTS OF ADVANCEMENTS IN VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY STARTING WITH THE SEAT BELT TO THE AIR BAG TO THE ANTI-LOCK BRAKE. SELF-DRIVING VEHICLES ARE THE NEXT STEP IN THIS TRAJECTORY. THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE HAS DEDICATED A LOT TO THIS TECHNOLOGY AND THE ABILITY TO SAVE LIVES. CERTAINLY LAST TERM OF CONGRESS AND THE -- IN THE COMMERCE SUBCOMMITTEE, AND THE COMMITTEE THAT MR. LATTA NOW CHAIRS. I YIELD BACK.

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          • 11:39:33 AM

            MS. SCHAKOWSKY

            I AM PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE…

            I AM PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE AND THAT'S ANNA ESHOO FROM CALIFORNIA.

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            MS. ESHOO

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS FOR…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS FOR RECOGNIZING ME AND HER LEADERSHIP AND WORK ON THE GREAT ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE IN THE HOUSE. MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IS HOME TO THE ENGINEERS, INNOVATORS AND DEVELOPERS WHO ARE PIONEERING THE TECHNOLOGIES THAT ARE TRANSITIONING US TO A DRIVERLESS WORLD. THAT'S WHY I SUPPORT H.R. 3388, AND IT'S MY HOPE THIS REGULATORY FRAMEWORK ESTABLISHED BY THIS BILL IS GOING TO ENSURE THAT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS THE LEADER IN THE WORLD'S NEXT GREAT REVOLUTION IN TRANSPORTATION AND I BELIEVE THAT WE ARE AND WE WILL BE AND THAT THIS BILL BOOSTS THE EFFORT. THROUGHOUT COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION OF THIS BILL, I STRESSED THE NEED FOR BIPARTISAN ON THE ISSUE SO THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WOULD HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THE STEPS THAT WE WERE TAKING. AND SO IT IS. AND IT IS, I THINK, IN THE SPIRIT OF THE ORIGINAL AUTOMOTIVE SAFETY STANDARDS, WHICH PASSED CONGRESS NEARLY UNANIMOUSLY IN 1966. SO THIS BILL SIGNIFICANTLY WAS IMPROVED IN THE COMMITTEE, AND THE FINAL BILL VERY IMPORTANTLY PRESERVES THE ROLE THAT STATES HAVE PLAYED TO REGULATE MATTERS SUCH AS VEHICLE REGISTRATION, LICENSING, INSURANCE AND LIABILITY WHILE AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL THERE IS THE ENSURING MANUFACTURERS SUBMIT SAFETY CERTIFICATIONS TO NHTSA, PLACING THE AGENCY ON THE PATH TOWARD ISSUING FULL SAFETY STANDARDS FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES. THE BILL ALSO INCLUDES MY LANGUAGE TO REQUIRE STUDY OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES AS WELL AS THE INTERSECTION BETWEEN AUTONOMOUS AND ELECTRIC VEHICLES. THE A.V. REVOLUTION IS HAPPENING ON TOP OF THE ONGOING ELECTRIFICATION REVOLUTION, AND I THINK THE A.V. ADVISORY COUNCIL CAN PROVIDE IMPORTANT INSIGHT TO CONGRESS, TO STATES, TO LOCALITIES ABOUT HOW TO SUPPORT GROWING THESE FLEETS. SO FOR ALL THESE REASONS AND MORE, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ALL HOUSE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT H.R. 3388. I THINK IT DESERVES UNANIMOUS SUPPORT AS IT DID IN OUR COMMITTEE AND THAT THIS WILL BE GOOD FOR AMERICA AND KEEP US IN THE LEADERSHIP POSITION ON THE ALL-IMPORTANT ISSUES THAT ARE ESTABLISHED BY THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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          • 11:42:39 AM

            MR. LATTA

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE VICE…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE DIGITAL COMMERCE AND CONSUMER PROTECTION COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI.

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            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3388, THE SELF-DRIVE ACT. THE…

            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3388, THE SELF-DRIVE ACT. THE BIPARTISAN BILL WE'RE CONSIDERING TODAY IS VITAL NOT ONLY TO ALL AMERICANS BUT ESPECIALLY INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES. MY WIFE SIDNEY AND I HAVE AN ADULT SON WHO HAS SPECIAL NEEDS, WHO WANTS TO GO EVERYWHERE. HE HAS A JOB MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY BUT CAN'T DRIVE SO HE'S DEPENDENT UPON HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO GET HIM AROUND.

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          • 11:43:16 AM

            MR. HARPER

            IN THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY, THAT LACK OF TRANSPORTATION IS THE NUMBER ONE…

            IN THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY, THAT LACK OF TRANSPORTATION IS THE NUMBER ONE OBSTACLE TO EMPLOYMENT AND SECURITY IN SOCIETY. I PREVIOUSLY INTRODUCED THE DISABILITY MOBILITY ADVISORY COUNCIL ACT WHICH CREATES A FORUM FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES TO WORK WITH MANUFACTURERS, SUPPLIERS AND REGULATORS TO IDENTIFY IMPEDIMENTS AND WAYS IN WHICH THE NEEDS OF THIS COMMUNITY CAN BEST BE MET BY SELF-DRIVING CAR TECHNOLOGY. I APPRECIATE THE CHAIRMAN, INCLUDING MY BILL IN THE SELF-DRIVE ACT. SELF-DRIVING VEHICLES CAN OPEN THE DOORS FOR THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY TO ACCESS NEW JOB MARKETS AND OPPORTUNITIES AND TO HAVE AN EVEN MORE ACTIVE ROLE IN OUR SOCIETY. I URGE SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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          • 11:44:09 AM

            MS. SCHAKOWSKY

            YES, I AM PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A MEMBER OF THE DIGITAL COMMERCE…

            YES, I AM PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A MEMBER OF THE DIGITAL COMMERCE AND CONSUMER PROTECTION SUBCOMMITTEE, SOMEONE WHO HAS PUT IN A LOT OF TIME AND EFFORT ON THIS LEGISLATION, THE CONGRESSWOMAN FROM DEERBORN, MICHIGAN, DEBBIE DINGELL.

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            MRS. DINGELL

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSWOMAN JAN…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSWOMAN JAN SCHAKOWSKY, FOR YIELDING ME TIME AND HER LEADERSHIP ON MAKING THIS HAPPEN AS WELL AS THANKING CHAIRMAN LATTA, CHAIRMAN WALDEN, CHAIRMAN -- RANKING MEMBER PALLONE AND MY GOOD FRIEND, FRED UPTON FROM MICHIGAN, WHOSE ALL OF THE HARD WORK HAS GOTTEN US TO THE IMPORTANT WHERE WE ARE TODAY. THE SELF-DRIVE ACT IS GOING TO IMPROVE OUR ECONOMY AND IT'S GOING TO SAVE LIVES ON THE ROAD. PASSING THIS BILL TODAY MEANS WE'RE ONE STEP CLOSER TO SIGNING A RESPONSIBLE FRAMEWORK FOR THE DEPLOYMENT OF HIGHLY AUTOMATED VEHICLES INTO LAW. IT MEANS WE'RE GOING TO IMPROVE MOBILITY FOR SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. WE ARE GOING TO REDUCE CONGESTION ON THE ROAD, IMPROVE ENERGY CONSUMPTION AND AS EVERYONE HAS SAID, WE'RE ACTUALLY GOING TO IMPROVE SAFETY ON THE ROAD. . MORE THAN 35,000 PEOPLE DIED ON OUR ROADWAYS. WE'RE HEARING 40,000. SELF-DRIVING CARS HAS THE PROMISE TO SAVE LIVES WHEN 90% OF THOSE ARE BY HUMAN ERROR. ONLY IF WE GET IT RIGHT. THAT'S WHY IT'S SO IMPORTANT THAT WE STUDY THESE ISSUES AND DO THIS THE RIGHT WAY. OUR LEGISLATION ENSURES THAT SAFETY IS AT THE FOREFRONT BY REQUIRING MANUFACTURERS TO SUBMIT SAFETY ASSESSMENT CERTIFICATIONS BEFORE ONE SELF-DRIVING VEHICLE HITS THE ROAD. IT ALSO REQUIRES THAT MANUFACTURERS FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME SUBMIT A PLAN FOR HOW WE WILL IT ALSO REQUIRES ADDRESS BOTH CYBERSECURITY AND DATA PRIVACY. IT'S MOVING THE NEEDLE FORWARD ON SAFETY WHILE PROVIDING A REACTIVE AND FLEXIBLE FRAMEWORK FOR THE REGULATION OF SELF-DRIVING CARS. TODAY WHILE PROVIDING A WE'RE ONE STEP CLOSER TO RESHAPING AMERICAN INNOVATION FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. WE CANNOT LET THIS OPPORTUNITY SLIP US BY. IT'S ESSENTIAL TO ENSURE THAT THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN INNOVATION BECAUSE THIS IS SUDDENLY AN ISSUE OF AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS. AUTOMATED VEHICLES WILL BE DEVELOPED WHETHER WE WANT IT OR NOT. IT'S A QUESTION ABOUT WHETHER WE'RE GOING TO REMAIN IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT AND NOT SECEDE IT TO CHINA, INDIA, OR WESTERN EUROPE. THE SELF-DRIVE ACT STEERS US IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION ON THESE IMPORTANT ISSUES. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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            MR. LATTA

            MR. SPEAKER, I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY FOR ONE MINUTE.

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

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE SELF-DRIVE AFPBLGT

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            LANCE

            THIS GROUNDBREAKING WORK OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE IS THE FIRST…

            THIS GROUNDBREAKING WORK OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE IS THE FIRST MAJOR STEP TOWARD ESTABLISHING A CLEAR, LEGAL, AND REGULATORY FRAMEWORK FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE DEPLOYMENT. SELF-DRIVING CARS ARE GOING TO TRANSFORM MANY ASPECTS OF AMERICAN LIFE AND OUR ECONOMY. AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY WILL SPUR JOB CREATION WHILE INCREASING PRODUCTIVITY, ACCESSIBILITY, AND SAFETY FOR CONSUMERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THE POTENTIAL BENEFITS ARE TREMENDOUS. THOSE WITH LIMITED MOBILITY WILL HAVE NEW TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS. SELF-DRIVING CARS CAN REVERSE THE RISING TREND OF DISTRACTED AND IMPAIRED DRIVERS, ROAD ACCIDENTS, AND HIGHWAY FATALITIES. AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES CAN HELP TURN THE TIDE. INNOVATORS ARE WAITING TO JUMP INTO THIS EXCITING NEW MARKET. WE NEED TO BE AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES CAN THEIR PARTNERS IN THIS 21ST CENTURY GROUNDBREAKING ACHIEVEMENT. I THANK CHAIRMAN LATTA AND RANKING MEMBER SCHAKOWSKY FOR LEADING THIS BIPARTISAN EFFORT THROUGH THE U.S. HOUSE. LET'S DRIVE INTO THE FUTURE. I URGE A YES VOTE.

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            MS. SCHAKOWSKY

            I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A MEMBER OF OUR SUBCOMMITTEE,Y VEST…

            I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A MEMBER OF OUR SUBCOMMITTEE,Y VEST --Y VET CLARK FROM THE GREAT STATE OF NEW YORK.

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            MS. CLARKE

            I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER. I THANK OUR CHAIRMAN, MR. LATTA. MR. SPEAKER,…

            I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER. I THANK OUR CHAIRMAN, MR. LATTA. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO SUPPORT H.R. 3388, THE SELF-DRIVE ACT. AS YOU MAY KNOW, AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES ARE THE WAVE OF THE FUTURE AND THEY ARE HERE NOW. AS INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR THESE VEHICLES DEVELOP, OUR NATION'S TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM WILL BE TRANSFORMED. DECREASING THE NUMBER OF TRAFFIC COLLISIONS, ENHANCING MOBILITY FOR THE ELDERLY, DISABLED, AND POOR, AND LOWERING FUEL CONSUMPTION. MY CONSTITUENTS IN THE NINTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF NEW YORK WILL BENEFIT GREATLY FROM AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES WHICH WILL ALLOW FOR SMARTER, FASTER, AND MORE FUEL EFFICIENT TRAVEL. I AM PLEASED THAT PROPER CYBERSECURITY PROTECTIONS ARE INCLUDED IN THE LEGISLATION. AS YOU MAY KNOW, CYBERSECURITY OF NEW YORK WILL BENEFIT GREATLY FROM PROTECTIONS FOR SELF-DRIVING VEHICLES IS OF GREAT INTEREST. PARTICULARLY IN TODAY'S ENVIRONMENT. TO ENSURE THAT THESE VEHICLES NOT ONLY MEET TECHNOLOGY -- TECHNOLOGICAL CHALLENGES, BUT THERE IS A PLAN IN PLACE TO MEET PUBLIC SAFETY STANDARDS AND PREVENT AND TACKLE POTENTIAL HACKS AND/OR TERRORISM. I AM SO PLEASED THAT H.R. 3407, THE LEGISLATION I INTRODUCED WITH CONGRESSMAN DAMN KINZINGER OF ILLINOIS, IS INCLUDED IN H.R. 3388. THE CYBERSECURITY PORTION OF THE BILL REQUIRES MANUFACTURERS TO DEVELOP A WRITTEN CYBERSECURITY POLICY WITHIN THE CYBERSECURITY POLICY MANUFACTURERS WOULD ADDRESS THE FOLLOWING. ONE, A PROCESS FOR IDENTIFYING, ASSESSING, AND MITIGATING REASONABLE FORESEEABLE VULNERABILITIES FROM SISHE ATTACKS OR UNAUTHORIZED INTRUSIONS. TWO, A PROCESS FOR TAKING PREVENTIVE AND CORRECTIVE ACTION TO MITIGATE AGAINST THESE VULNERABILITIES, INCLUDING INCIDENT RESPONSE PLANS, INTRUSION DETERKS AND PREVENTION SYSTEMS THAT SAFEGUARD KEY CONTROLS THROUGH TESTING AND/OR MONITORING. THIS LEGISLATION REQUIRES COMPANIES TO DEVELOP A MORE COMPREHENSIVE CYBERSECURITY PLAN WHICH CAN MITIGATE, CORRECT, INTERSECRETARY, AND IDENTIFY IMMINENT THREAT. FOSTERING CONSUMER CONFIDENCE WILL INCLUDE ENSURING AN ESTABLISHED SYSTEM BUILT TO PROTECT SENSITIVE INFORMATION IN OUR TECHNOLOGICAL AGE. I'M PLEASED TO BE A MEMBER OF THIS COMMITTEE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. IMMINENT THREAT. FOSTERING CONSUMER CONFIDENCE WILL INCLUDE ENSURING AN

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          • 11:51:14 AM

            MR. LATTA

            THANK YOU MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN…

            THANK YOU MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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            MR. BILIRAKIS

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, YOU DID AN OUTSTANDING…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, YOU DID AN OUTSTANDING JOB WITH THIS BILL. I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT OF THE SELF-DRIVE ACT WHICH WILL IMPROVE TRANSPORTATION SAFETY, STIMULATE ECONOMIC GROWTH, AND ENSURE WE'RE EMBRACING THE FULL POTENTIAL OF TECHNOLOGY ADVANCES IN THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY WITH RESPECT TO AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES. I'M ESPECIALLY PROUD THAT MY BILL, THE ACCESS ACT, HAS BEEN INCLUDED IN THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATIVE PACKAGE WHICH ENSURES THE SELF-DRIVING CARS ARE DEVELOPED WITH SENIORS AND THE UNDERSERVED IN MIND. APPROXIMATELY 20% OF FLORIDIANS ARE OVER THE AGE OF 65. MANY STRUGGLE WITH SIMPLE TASKS, MOST MAYBE THAT WE TAKE FOR GRANTED. SUCH AS GETTING TO WORK, GOING TO THE DOCTOR, TAKING A TRIP TO THE GROCERY STORE, OR ACROSS-TOWN TO VISIT FAMILY. SELF-DRIVING CARS HOLD THE POWER TO SAFELY PUT SENIORS AND OUR CONSTITUENTS BACK IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT OF THEIR LIVES. PROVIDING THEM WITH GREATER INDEPENDENCE AND MOBILITY. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE PASSAGE OF THIS VERY IMPORTANT BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            MS. SCHAKOWSKY

            THANK YOU. I AM PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE ON THE ENERGY…

            THANK YOU. I AM PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, CONGRESSMAN MCNERNEY.

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            MR. MCNERNEY

            I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THIS COMMITTEE. THIS HAS…

            I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THIS COMMITTEE. THIS HAS BEEN A BIPARTISAN EVIDENT. IT'S BEEN GOOD. WE MADE SOME PROGRESS. I WANT TO SAY A FEW THINGS. I'M PROUD TO BE A CO-SPONSOR OF THIS ACT. THIS LEGISLATION PUTS A PATH TOWARDS SAFETY, DEPLOYING AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES. I'M GLAD TO SEE THAT IT HAS STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES OFFER MANY BENEFITS, INCLUDING TREMENDOUS LIFESAVING POTENTIAL. APPROXIMATELY 40,000 PEOPLE ARE KILLED ON OUR HIGHWAYS EVERY YEAR IN DEADLY AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS. ABOUT 3,600 OF THOSE ACCIDENTS TOOK PLACE IN MY HOME STATE OF CALIFORNIA. A.V.'S CAN ALSO TRANSFORM MOBILITY FOR MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO OTHERWISE FACE DIFFICULTY DRIVING. SUCH AS SENIORS AND THOSE WITH DISABILITIES, INCLUDING 3.8 MILLION VETERANS IN OUR COUNTRY LIVING WITH SERVICE CONNECTED 40,000 PEOPLE ARE KILLED ON OUR HIGHWAYS EVERY YEAR DISABILITIES. THAT'S MORE THAN 17% OF THE VETERANS IN THIS COUNTRY. A.V.'S CAN HELP CONNECT UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES AS WELL AS REDUCE TRAFFIC CONGESTION ON OUR ROADS AND INCREASE OILER NATION'S PRODUCTIVITY AND COMPETITIVE -- INCREASE OUR NATION'S PRODUCTIVITY AND COMPETITIVENESS. WHILE I'M GLAD WE'RE TAKING THESE STEPS IN THIS LEGISLATION TODAY. OUR WORK CANNOT STOP HEEMPLET AS THE TECHNOLOGY EVOLVES, WE MUST ENSURE THAT THE BENEFITS ARE BEING MAXIMIZED FOR CONSUMERS. THIS MEANS MAKING SURE THE VEHICLES ARE SAFELY AND APPROPRIATELY TESTED. THE STRONG CONSUMER PRIVACY AND SISHE SECURITY PROTECTIONS ARE IN PLACE AND THAT WE'RE FULLY PREPARING AMERICANS FOR THE NEW EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES THAT THIS INDUSTRY WILL CREATE. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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            MS. SCHAKOWSKY

            MAY I ASK HOW MUCH TIME WE HAVE?

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            MR. LATTA

            MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN…

            MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA.

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            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SELF-DRIVING CARS ONCE A PROVIDENCE OF SCIENCE…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SELF-DRIVING CARS ONCE A PROVIDENCE OF SCIENCE FICTION ARE QUICKLY BECOMING A REALITY. SELF-DRIVING VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY HAS THE POTENTIAL TO INVEES ACCESS TO TRANSPORTATION IN OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES, FREEDOM FOR THOSE UNABLE TO DRIVE TODAY, AND IMPROVED SAFETY FOR THOUSANDS OF HOOSIERS AND OTHER CITIZENS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. FURTHERMORE, DEVELOPMENT OF THIS INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY MAINTAINS AMERICA'S TECHNOLOGICAL LEADERSHIP IN THE WORLD AND PRESENTS NEW ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR CITIZENS. THE SELF-DRIVE ACT CREATES A REGULATORY FRAMEWORK TO ALLOW FOR SELF-DRIVING VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY TO CONTINUE MOVING FORWARD WHILE ALSO ENSURING CONSUMERS ARE PROTECTED.

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            MR. BUCSHON

            TO JOIN ME TODAY AND VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS BIPARTISAN PACKAGE. I YIELD…

            TO JOIN ME TODAY AND VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS BIPARTISAN PACKAGE. I YIELD BACK.

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          • 11:55:42 AM

            MS. SCHAKOWSKY

            I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO CONGRESSMAN EARL BLUMENAUER OF OREGON.

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            MR. BLUMENAUER

            THANK YOU. I AM PLEASED TO JOIN YOU ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. I THINK…

            THANK YOU. I AM PLEASED TO JOIN YOU ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. I THINK THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES THAT NOBODY'S REALLY FOCUSED ON. I WISH IT WERE NOT ON A SUSPENSION CALENDAR AND WE HAD A CHANCE TO SPEND SEVERAL HOURS HERE. WHAT YOU HAVE DONE, FORGING A BIPARTISAN COALITION TO BE ABLE TO LEAPFROG GOING FORWARD, TO BE ABLE NOT JUST FOCUSING ON SAFETY, BUT AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO RESHAPE THE AMERICAN LANDSCAPE. DEALING WITH RECOVERING RIGHT OF WAY. BEING ABLE TO HAVE NEW ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES, BUT IF IT'S NOT DONE RIGHT, THE FACT THE DRIVER IS THE WHAT YOU HAVE DONE, FORGING A NUMBER ONE CATEGORY OF EMPLOYMENT FOR MEN WITHOUT A COLLEGE EDUCATION, THERE ARE SOME PROBLEMS HERE. IF WE DON'T DO IT RIGHT, WE CAN ACTUALLY INCREASE CONGESTION RATHER THAN DECREASE IT. I THINK YOU HAVE ESTABLISHED A FRAMEWORK TO ALLOW US TO GO FORWARD. TO BE ABLE TO CAPITALIZE ON THIS. TO BE ABLE TO ACCELERATE AMERICAN LEADERSHIP AND AVOID THE PROBLEM WE HAD WITH DRONES WHERE THE F.A.A. WAS NOT REALLY CAPABLE OF DEALING WITH FLYING CELL PHONES WHEN THEY DEAL WITH JETS. YOU'RE TRYING TO LAY A FOUNDATION THAT I THINK IS GOING TO HELP US AVOID THAT PROBLEM AND IT'S GOING TO PAY DIFFICULT DENSDZ FOR YEARS TO COME. -- DIVIDENDS FOR YEARS TO COFMENT

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            MR. LATTA

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

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            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE HOUSE TODAY WILL VOTE ON AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE HOUSE TODAY WILL VOTE ON AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF FEDERAL LEGISLATION REGARDING SELF-DRIVING VEHICLES. THAT MANY IN THIS BODY ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE HAVE WORKED ON. THIS LEGISLATION PROMISES TO MAKE ROADS SAFER BY REDUCING TRAFFIC RELATED FATALITIES AND UNLOCK NEW ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES AND JOBS IN THE U.S. IT'S ALSO VITAL IN OUR EFFORTS TO PROMOTE INNOVATION. INDUSTRY IS DRIVING THE DEVELOPMENT OF SELF-DRIVING VEHICLES, BUT IN CERTAIN SITUATIONS COMPANIES BUILDING AND TESTING THE CAR OF THE FUTURE MAY NEED SOME FLEXIBILITY OR CERTAINTY. WITH THIS LEGISLATION I HOPE THE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AND TESTING THAT IS UNLEASHED WILL STIMULATE ADDITIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND INNOVATION FOR PASSENGER MOTOR SAFETY. WE AS A GOVERNMENT NEED TO MAKE SURE THE SAFETY IS FIRST AND FOREMOST IN OUR CONSIDERATION. PASSING THIS LEGISLATION WILL HELP GET LIFESAVING TECHNOLOGY TO THE PUBLIC, PERHAPS PREVENTING DEATHS IN THE NOT SO NEAR FUMPLETE I STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. I YIELD BACK.

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            MS. SCHAKOWSKY

            I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SCIENCE,…

            I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SCIENCE, SPACE, AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE, CONGRESSWOMAN EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON.

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          • 11:58:36 AM

            MS. JOHNSON

            THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME THANK THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY…

            THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME THANK THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE FOR BRINGING THIS UNANIMOUS LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR. ON SELF-DRIVING VEHICLES WHICH ARE REVOLUTIONIZING THE WAY WE CONCEPTUALIZE TRAVEL. SELF-DRIVING CARS HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO LOWER OUR INFRASTRUCTURE AND MOBILITY COSTS, ENHANCE SAFETY ON OUR ROADS, AND MOBILITY IN OUR CITIES. HOWEVER LIKE ANY COMPLEX TECHNOLOGY, SELF-DRIVING CARS POSE NEW CHALLENGES. WHILE THE REGULATORY LANDSCAPE IN OUR LABOR MARKET. THAT IS WHY I'M PLEASED TO SUPPORT H.R. 3388, THE SELF-DRIVE ACT, WHICH SEEKS TO FORCE INNOVATION IN THIS SPACE WHILE OFFERING PROTECTION FOR CONSUMERS. THE SELF-DRIVE ACT ACT, IS ONE OF THE MANY IMPORTANT BILLS THAT WILL NEED TO BE CONSIDERED BY CONGRESS IN ORDER TO DEFINE FEDERAL AND STATE REGULATORY ROLES, PROVIDE THE U.S. GOVERNMENT OF TRANSPORTATION THE TOOLS IT NEEDS TO UPDATE SAFETY STANDARDS AND ENSURE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE NOT LEFT BEHIND AS WE TRANSITION TO A 21ST CENTURY WORK FORCE. IN PARTICULARLY, I'M PLEASED TO SEE THAT H.R. 3388 ALLOWS THE CREATION OF THE HIGHLY AUTOMATED VEHICLE ADVISORY COUNCIL 3388 ALLOWS THE. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PUT MY ENTIRE STATEMENT IN THE I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PUT MY ENTIRE STATEMENT IN THE RECORD.

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            MR. LATTA

            I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3388, THE SELF-DRIVE ACT,…

            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3388, THE SELF-DRIVE ACT, WHICH WILL HELP ADVANCE THE DEPLOYMENT OF SELF-DRIVING VEHICLES BY ALLOWING TESTING OF THIS LIFE-CHANGING TECHNOLOGY.

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            MS. WATERS

            SADLY, TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS OFTEN FATAL ARE ALSO A DAILY CURNS IN MY DISTRICT…

            SADLY, TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS OFTEN FATAL ARE ALSO A DAILY CURNS IN MY DISTRICT AND -- OCCURRENCE IN MY DISTRICT AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY. SOME PREDICT SELF-DRIVING CARS COULD SAVE 300,000 LIVES EACH DECADE. IN ORANGE COUNTY ALONE, IT COULD SAVE THE LIVES OF 150 PEOPLE EVERY YEAR. I AM ESPECIALLY PROUD THAT A PIECE OF LEGISLATION I DRAFTED, THE MORE ACT, IS INCLUDED IN THE SELF-DRIVE ACT. THE MORE ACT WILL HELP ADVANCE SELF-DRIVING VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY BECAUSE IT ALLOWS MORE ENTRANCE IN THE AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRIES, SUCH AZTEC COMPANIES, TO TEST THIS LIFE-SAVING TECHNOLOGY ON PUBLIC ROADS. THE SELF-DRIVE ACT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO MAKE OUR ROADS SAFER, ALLEVIATE CONGESTION AND IMPROVE MOBILITY FOR SENIORS AND THOSE WITH DISABILITIES. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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            MS. SCHAKOWSKY

            I AM PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE SPONSOR AND MY PARTNER ON THE CARS…

            I AM PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE SPONSOR AND MY PARTNER ON THE CARS ACT, INCLUDED IN THIS LEGISLATION, CONGRESSMAN TIM RYAN OF OHIO.

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            MR. RYAN

            I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FROM…

            I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FROM BOWLING GREEN, OHIO, THE HARVARD OF THE MIDWEST, BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY, AND THE RANKING MEMBER SCHAKOWSKY FOR INCLUDING THE LANGUAGE, AS SHE SAID, FOR THE HOT CAR ACT. WE LOSE ABOUT 37 CHILDREN A YEAR WHO ACCIDENTALLY GET LEFT IN THE BACKSEAT OF A CAR WHEN A PARENT OR GRANDPARENT ACCIDENTALLY FORGETS THAT THEY'RE THERE. THEY CHANGE THEIR ROUTINE. AND 37 KIDS A YEAR PASS AWAY. IT IS ONE OF THE MOST TRAGIC CIRCUMSTANCES WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH IN THIS COUNTRY. MS. SCHAKOWSKY AND I, ALONG WITH PETER KING FROM NEW YORK, HAVE CHAMPIONED THIS BILL. I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR INCLUDING IT IN HERE. THESE CARS GET HOT FAST. UP TO 125 DEGREES, AND THIS ALLOWS THE LANGUAGE -- ALLOWS THE COMPANIES NOW TO PUT SENSORS IN THERE. WE KNOW WHEN WE LEAVE OUR KEYS IN THE CAR, WE KNOW WHEN WE LEAVE OUR LIGHTS ON. WE GET A DING, WE GET A BELL. NOW WE'LL KNOW IF SOMETHING, SOMEONE IS IN THE BACKSEAT, THERE WILL BE AN ALERT THAT THE CAR COMPANIES WILL PUT INTO THE CARS TO ALLOW US TO RECOGNIZE AND PREVENT 37 DEATHS A YEAR. MR. CHAIRMAN, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR WORKING IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. RANKING MEMBER SCHAKOWSKY, THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP. YOU'VE BEEN CHAMPIONING THIS FOR A LONG TIME. I YIELD BACK.

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            MR. LATTA

            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE…

            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR ONE MINUTE.

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            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE SELF-DRIVE ACT.…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE SELF-DRIVE ACT. WITH OVER 127,000 VEHICLE CRASHES IN PENNSYLVANIA IN 2015, ADVANCES IN DEPLOYING SELF-DRIVING TECHNOLOGY ARE CRITICAL TO HELPING MAKE OUR ROADS SAFER. IMPORTANTLY, SELF-DRIVING CARS CAN INCREASE MOBILITY FOR SENIORS AND THOSE WITH DISABILITIES AND CAN REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS. AS WITH MANY INNOVATIONS, WE MUST RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF SAFETY, INCLUDING CYBERSECURITY VILLE NERBLETS WHEN IT COMES TO -- VULNERABILITIES WHEN IT COMES TO SELF-DRIVING CARS. MY BILL WHICH IS PART OF WHAT WE ARE VOTING ON TODAY DIRECTS THE SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION TO CREATE A FEDERAL ADVISORY COUNCIL ON CYBERSECURITY. THE COUNCIL WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR GATHERING INFORMATION AND PROVIDING ADVICE RELATED TO THE CYBERSECURITY OF SELF-DRIVING CARS. AND IT WILL ENSURE BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE STAKEHOLDERS ARE TELLING US ABOUT IT BEFORE IT BECOMES A CRISIS. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN LATTA AND THE STAFF FOR WORKING ON THIS YILED BACK.

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            MS. SCHAKOWSKY

            I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. DO YOU HAVE OTHER SPEAKERS?

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            MR. LATTA

            NO. I'M PREPARED TO LOWS.

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            MS. SCHAKOWSKY

            SO LET ME SAY SOME THANK YOU. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF OUR…

            SO LET ME SAY SOME THANK YOU. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF OUR SUBCOMMITTEE, CHAIRMAN LATTA, FOR HIS GREAT WORK. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN WALDEN AND, OF COURSE, ALL THE STAFF ON YOUR SIDE OF THE AISLE FOR THE WORK TO HELP US REACH THIS BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT. I ESPECIALLY WANT TO THANK THE -- FOR THE INCLUSION OF THE HOT CARS LEGISLATION. I WANT TO THANK RANKING MEMBER PALLONE ON OUR SIDE. I WANT TO THANK MICHELLE ASHE, LISA GOODMAN, CAROLYN, AND MY STAFF, MATT HAYWARD, FOR THEIR GREAT WORK ON THE SUBCOMMITTEE AND ON THIS LEGISLATION. WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER TO SEND CONSENSUS LEGISLATION AND I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH YOU, CHAIRMAN LATTA, AND TO GET THIS TO THE FLOOR TODAY AS A SUSPENSION BILL. THANK YOU.

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            MR. LATTA

            WELL, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN, I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLELADY, THE…

            WELL, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN, I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLELADY, THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE SUBCOMMITTEE, FOR ALL OF HER HARD WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. AGAIN, WE WOULDN'T BE HERE WITHOUT THE BIPARTISANSHIP THAT WE HAD ON THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. ALSO, AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK OUR STAFF BECAUSE, AGAIN, THERE WERE A LOT OF WEEKS AND NIGHTS THEY PUT IN -- WEEKENDS AND NIGHTS THEY PUT IN TO MAKE SURE WE GET THE BILL WE HAVE TODAY. WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT WHAT THIS LEGISLATION IS GOING TO DO. WE'RE LOOKING AT SAFETY, CYBERSECURITY, PRIVACY, MAKING SURE THAT SOME FOLKS IN THE COMMUNITY RIGHT NOW THAT AREN'T ABLE TO GET OUT, SOME OF OUR SENIOR POPULATION, THOSE WITH DISABILITIES, HAVE THE ABILITY TO GET AROUND, GO TO JOBS, GO TO THE GROCERY STORE. SO THE LEGISLATION HAS BEEN THE CULMINATION OF A LOT OF WORK OVER TWO SESSIONS. AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK DR. BURGESS FOR HIS HARD WORK THAT HE DID IN THE LAST CONGRESS AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE AND WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 12:06:48 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL THE TIME HAS BEEN YIELDED BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 3388, 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 ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS. THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE IS AMENDED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. FRELINGHUYSEN, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 502 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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        • 12:07:14 PM

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

          • 12:07:16 PM

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

            • 12:07:20 PM

              The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.

              • 12:07:46 PM

                THE CLERK

                HOUSE RESOLUTION 502, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR THE CONCURRENCE BY THE…

                HOUSE RESOLUTION 502, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR THE CONCURRENCE BY THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE AMENDMENTS TO H.R. 601 WITH AN AMENDMENT.

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            • 12:07:46 PM

              Considered as unfinished business. H. Res. 502 — "Providing for the concurrence by the House in the Senate amendments to H.R. 601, with an amendment."

              • 12:07:54 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO THE…

                THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO THE RESOLUTION. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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              • 12:34:58 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 419. THE NAYS ARE THREE. 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN…

                ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 419. THE NAYS ARE THREE. 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS UNTIL APPROXIMATELY 2:15

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          • 12:35:09 PM

            House Vote 441 - On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Agree

            Providing for the concurrence by the House in the Senate amendments to H.R. 601, with an amendment.

            Passed (419 - 3)
            Yea

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

            Vote Details: Nay - 3
            Republican - 3

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

            • 12:35:21 PM

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

              • 12:35:32 PM

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                APPROXIMATELY 2:15

          • 12:35:55 PM

            Recess

            The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:15 P.M. today.

            • 02:15:08 PM

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              HOUSE IS ABOUT TO GAVEL BACK IN AFTER MEMBERS ATTENDED A CLOSED DOOR…

              HOUSE IS ABOUT TO GAVEL BACK IN AFTER MEMBERS ATTENDED A CLOSED DOOR BRIEFING ON NORTH KOREA. THEY WILL START 2018 FEDERAL SPENDING. LIVE COVERAGE OF THE U.S. HOUSE. THE HOUSE WILL BE NORD. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SOOK RECOGNITION?

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            • 02:15:26 PM

              MR. COLE

              BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 500 AN…

              BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 500 AN ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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          • 02:15:28 PM

            Reconvened

            The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of September 6.

            • 02:15:29 PM

              Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 500 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3354) making appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules; and waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules."

              • 02:15:33 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

              • 02:15:35 PM

                THE CLERK

                HOUSE CALENDAR 79, HOUSE RESOLUTION 500. RESOLVED, THAT AT ANY TIME AFTER…

                HOUSE CALENDAR 79, HOUSE RESOLUTION 500. RESOLVED, THAT AT ANY TIME AFTER ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION THE SPEAKER MAY, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-B OF RULE 18, DECLARE THE HOUSE RESOLVED INTO THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 3354, MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, ENVIRONMENT, AND RELATED AGENCIES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2018, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE FIRST READING OF THE BILL SHALL BE DISPENSED WITH. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. GENERAL DEBATE SHALL BE CONFINED TO THE BILL AND SHALL NOT EXCEED 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 115-31, MODIFIED BY RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-32 AND THE AMENDMENT PRINTED IN PART A OF THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION, 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 OR CLAUSE 5-A OF RULE 21 ARE WAIVED EXCEPT AS FOLLOWS -- BEGINNING WITH THE COLON ON PAGE 327, LINE 22, THROUGH "CRIME" ON PAGE 328, LINE 2, BEGINNING WITH THE SEMICOLON ON PAGE 535, LINE 12, THROUGH "12 UNITED STATES CODE 3907-B-2." ON PAGE 536, LINE 14, AND SECTION 7080. WHERE POINTS OF ORDER ARE WAIVED AGAINST PART OF A SECTION, POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST A PROVISION IN ANOTHER PART OF SUCH SECTION MAY BE MADE ONLY AGAINST SUCH PROVISION AND NOT AGAINST THE ENTIRE SECTION. SECTION 2-A, NO FURTHER AMENDMENT TO THE BILL SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN PART B OF 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 PART B OF 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 HOUSE OR IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. C, ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST FURTHER AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN PART B OF 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 PART B OF 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. 3354, 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. SECTION 7, IT SHALL BE IN ORDER AT ANY TIME THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE DAY OF SEPTEMBER 9, 2017, FOR THE SPEAKER TO ENTERTAIN MOTIONS THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AS THOUGH UNDER CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 15. THE SPEAKER OR HIS DESIGNEE SHALL CONSULT WITH THE MINORITY LEADER OR HER DESIGNEE ON THE DESIGNATION OF ANY MATTER FOR CONSIDERATION PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION. SECTION 8, THE REQUIREMENT OF CLAUSE 6-A OF RULE 13 FOR A 2/3 VOTE TO CONSIDER A REPORT FROM THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ON THE SAME DAY IT IS PRESENTED TO THE HOUSE IS WAIVED WITH RESPECT TO ANY RESOLUTION REPORTED THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE DAY OF SEPTEMBER 9, 2017.

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              • 02:21:07 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

          • 02:21:07 PM

            DEBATE

            The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 500.

            • 02:21:10 PM

              MR. COLE

              HOUR.

            • 02:21:20 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION.

            • 02:21:23 PM

              MR. COLE

              DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR THE…

              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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            • 02:21:35 PM

              TEMPORE WITHOUT

              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

            • 02:21:36 PM

              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. 3354, THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, ENVIRONMENT AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 2018, ALSO KNOWN AS THE MAKE AMERICA SECURE AND PROSPEROUS APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 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 IS THE SECOND INSTALLMENT OF THE HOUSE'S EFFORT TO PASS ALL 12 APPROPRIATIONS BILLS ON THE FLOOR FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2016. THE OVERALL PACKAGE -- 2006. THE OVERALL PACKAGE WILL COVER $416 BILLION IN TOTAL SPENDING. IT REPRESENTS MANY MONTHS OF WORK FROM THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. THIS REPRESENTS FOUR DIVISIONS OF THE BILL, THE AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT, FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION AND RELATED AGENCIESES APPROPRIATIONS ACT. THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS ACT, THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE, FOREIGN OPERATIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS APPROPRIATIONS ACT, AND THE TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED AGENCIESES APPROPRIATIONS ACT. TOGETHER -- AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT. TOGETHER THEY ENCOMPASS $600 BILLION OF DISCRETIONARY SPENDING. THIS REPRESENTS A DECREASE OF $7.8 BILLION IN F.Y. 2017 AS CONGRESS SEEKS TO FULFILL ITS OBLIGATIONS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO BE FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE STEWARDS OF THE TAXPAYERS' HARD EARNED MONEY. MOST IMPORTANTLY, IT REPRESENTS THE NEXT STEP IN FULFILLING THE GREATEST RESPONSIBILITY WE HAVE AS LEGISLATORS -- TO FUND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND KEEP IT OPEN EACH YEAR TO PROVIDE OUR CONSTITUENTS THE SERVICES THEY DESERVE WHILE ENSURING WE APPROPRIATELY PRIORITIZE WHERE AND HOW TO SPEND TAXPAYER DOLLARS. MR. SPEAKER, THE AGRICULTURAL, RURAL DEVELOPMENT, FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION AND RELATED AGENCIES DIVISION WILL PROVIDE APPROXIMATELY $20 BILLION IN APPROPRIATIONS, A DECREASE OF $870 MILLION FROM F.Y. 2017. THE DIVISION WILL FUND CRITICAL PROGRAMS FOR FARMERS AND RANCHERS, WHICH IS OF CRITICAL IMPORTANCE TO MY HOME STATE OF OKLAHOMA. THE BILL ALSO SUPPORTS CONSERVATIVE PRIORITIES, INCLUDING LANGUAGE ROLLING BACK REGULATIONS THAT HARM BUSINESSES, INDUSTRIES, FARMING AND RANCHING OPERATIONS AND RURAL AND URBAN COMMUNITIES ALIKE. IN PARTICULAR, THE BILL INCLUDES LANGUAGE ALLOWING SCHOOLS TO GET WAIVERS FROM PARTICULARLY PROBLEMATIC OBAMA ADMINISTRATION REGULATIONS GOVERNING SCHOOL LUNCHES AND PREVENTS THE COMMODITIES FUTURE TRADING COMMISSION FROM OPPOSING -- IMPOSING HARMFUL TRADING ACTIVITY THAT WOULD FORCE THOUSANDS OF END USERS TO COMPLY WITH ONEROUS REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS. THE BILL ALSO INCLUDES LANGUAGE CHANGING THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION'S PREDICATE DATE RULES FOR PREMIUM CIGARS, E-CIGARETTES AND VAPING AND THEREBY REGULATING THESE INDUSTRIES OUT OF EXISTENCE. THERE IS MUCH TO LIKE IN THE AGRICULTURE DIVISION. ON THE SECURITIES SIDE OF THE LEDGER, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE PROVIDES $44.3 BILLION, AN INCREASE OF $1.9 BILLION OVER F.Y. 2017. OF IMPORTANCE THE BILL PROVIDES $7 BILLION FOR IMMIGRATION CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT, AN INCREASE OF $620 MILLION. THESE FUNDS WILL BE USED TO ENFORCE IMMIGRATION LAWS AND COMBAT ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION WHICH OUR CONSTITUENTS HAVE REPEATEDLY TOLD US THEY OPPOSE. THE BILL PROVIDES $13.8 BILLION FOR CUSTOMS AND BORDER PATROL, AN INCREASE OF $1.6 BILLION, TO ENSURE THAT CONTINUED SUPPORT -- SECURITY OF OUR BORDER. IT ALSO PROVIDES $1.6 BILLION FOR PHYSICAL BARRIER CONSTRUCTION ON THE SOUTHERN BORDER, THUS FULFILLING THE FIRST STEP OF ONE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S KEY PROMISES. IT PROADVISE $10.5 -- IT PROVIDES $10.5 BILLION FOR THE COAST GUARD AND SUPPORTS FEMA'S DISASTER RELIEF FUND AT $7.3 BILLION. AS WITH THE EARLIER SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS PACKAGE THE HOUSE PASSED AT THE END OF JULY, THE FUNDS IN THIS DIVISION WILL HELP ENSURE AMERICA'S NATIONAL SECURITY AND GO A LONG WAY TOWARDS FUNDING KEY MEMBER PRIORITIES. THE STATE AND FOREIGN OPERATIONS APPROPRIATIONS DIVISION PROVIDES $47.4 BILLION, A DECREASE OF $10 BILLION FROM F.Y. 2017. EVEN WITH THIS DECREASE, THE COMMITTEE HAS FUNDED KEY PRIORITIES. SECURITY ASSISTANCE IS FUNDED AT $8.8 BILLION. AND FULL FUNDING IS PROVIDED FOR BATTLING INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZED CRIME ANTI-TERRORISM PROGRAMS AND COMBATING CYBERCRIME. THE BILL ALSO FULLY FUNDS THE $3.1 BILLION MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH ISRAEL. THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE HAS PRIORITIZED PROGRAMS OF IMPORTANCE AND DEPRIORITIZED PROGRAMS OF IMPORTANCE THAT'S NOT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE UNITED STATES, SUCH AS REDUCING FUNDING OF THE U.N. BY $939 MILLION, ELIMINATING ALL FUNDING FOR UNESCO AND ELIMINATING FUNDING FOR THE GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE INITIATIVE. IN PRODUCING THESE -- THIS DIVISION, APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE HAS A DIFFICULT CHOICES ABOUT THE NATION'S PRIORITIES. AND MADE THEM WELL. AND ENSURED TAXPAYER DOLLARS ARE GOING TO THE MOST IMPORTANT CRITICAL AND EFFICIENT PROGRAMS. FINALLY, THE TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATION DIVISION PROVIDES $56.5 BILLION, AN INCREASE OF $1.1 BILLION OVER F.Y. 2017. THAT NUMBER DOES NOT INCLUDE $45 BILLION ALSO AUTHORIZED TO BE SPENT BY THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND FOR AMERICA'S HIGHWAYS. OF NOTE, THE BILL PROVIDES $16.6 BILLION FOR THE FEDERAL AVIATION AGENCY, AN INCREASE OF $153 MILLION TO MAINTAIN AND PROMOTE AIR TRAVEL AND SECURITY. THIS SUM INCLUDES $1 BILLION FOR SO-CALLED NEXTGEN FOR MORE EFFICIENT AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL AND $162 MILLION FOR THE CONTRACT TOWER PROGRAM, A CRUCIAL SAFETY NET THAT COVERS MANY DISTRICTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING FACILITIES LIKE WEST TIMER AIRPORT IN NORMAN, OKLAHOMA, AS WELL AS TOWERS IN LAWSUITON AND ARDMORE IN MY -- LAWTON AND ARDMORE IN MY OWN HOME DISTRICT. CRITICALLY, IT SUSTAINS SECTION 8 AND PUBLIC AND NATIVE AMERICAN HOUSING PROGRAMS AT $27.5 BILLION. IT ALSO INCLUDES INCREASES IN FUNDING FOR PROGRAMS BENEFITING VULNERABLE CITIZENS, INCLUDING $573 MILLION FOR HOUSING FOR THE ELDERLY, AN INCREASE OF $70.6 MILLION OVER F.Y. 2017, AND $47 MILLION FOR HOUSING FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, AN INCREASE OF $800,000 OVER F.Y. 2017. IN ALL, H.U.D. APPROPRIATIONS COVERS IMPORTANT PRIORITIES AND ENSURES OUR NATION'S HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE WILL BE ADEQUATELY FUNDED TO MEET OUR NEEDS. MR. SPEAKER, I ENCOURAGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. THE PACKAGE BEFORE US REPRESENTS A FULFILLMENT OF OUR MOST IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITIES AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND PROVIDES APPROPRIATE FUNDING IN FOUR AREAS -- AGRICULTURE, STATE AND FOREIGN OPERATIONS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND TRANSPORTATION AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT. I APPLAUD MY COLLEAGUES IN THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE FOR THEIR MONTHS OF WORK IN MAKING THIS BILL A REALITY AND I LOOK FORWARD TO THE COMPLETION OF THE F.Y. 2018 APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE SUPPORT OF THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION AND WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:29:49 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:29:52 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

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

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

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            • 02:30:04 PM

              TEMPORE WITHOUT

              WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:30:05 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              I HAVE NOTHING BUT THE HIGHEST RESPECT FOR MY COLLEAGUE FROM OKLAHOMA, MR.…

              I HAVE NOTHING BUT THE HIGHEST RESPECT FOR MY COLLEAGUE FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. COLE, AND I KNOW HE WANTS THIS HOUSE TO RUN BETTER. BUT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS I FEEL BAD THAT HE HAS TO DEFEND THIS LOUSY RESTRICTIVE AND INDEFENSIBLE PROCESS. AS I SAID LAST NIGHT IN THE RULES COMMITTEE, REGULAR ORDER IN THIS HOUSE IS DEAD. THE CURRENT REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP HAS MADE IT VERY CLEAR THAT THEY HAVE NOTHING BUT CONTEMPT FOR REGULAR ORDER. TODAY'S APPROPRIATIONS PACKAGE IS ONLY ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THAT FACT. INSTEAD OF CONSIDERING BILLS ONE BY ONE AND ALLOWING THOUGHTFUL DEBATE AND MEMBER INPUT, REPUBLICAN LEADERS DECIDED TO CALL UP EIGHT APPROPRIATION BILLS ALL AT ONCE THIS WEEK, AND EVEN SET AMENDMENT DEADLINES WHILE MEMBERS WERE BACK IN THEIR DISTRICTS FOR THE AUGUST WORK PERIOD. . IN THE RULES COMMITTEE REPUBLICANS CLOCKED 229 AMENDMENTS FOR EVEN COMING TO THE FLOOR ON THE FOUR BILLS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TODAY ALONE. THOSE ARE DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN IDEAS THAT WON'T BE HEARD AND WON'T BE DEBATED. WHO KNOWS HOW MANY MORE THEY WILL BLOCK ON THE NEXT SET OF APPROPRIATION BILLS. THAT'S NOT THE OPEN PROMISE WE WERE PROMISED -- THAT'S NOT THE OPEN PROCESS WE WERE PROMISED BY SPEAKER RYAN. THAT'S NOT REGULAR ORDER, MY FRIENDS. WHAT'S EVEN WORSE THAN THIS TERRIBLE PROCESS IS THE SUBSTANCE OF THE BILLS BEING BROUGHT BEFORE US. THEY ARE FILLED WITH FUNDING CUTS AND POISON PILL RIDERS THAT ATTACK WOMEN'S HEALTH. ATTACK POOR PEOPLE, ATTACK HEALTH CARE RIGHTS, REPEAL IMPORTANT FINANCIAL REFORMS, UNDERMINE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, MAKE OUR LAND, AIR, AND WATER DIRTIER, MAKE OUR ROADS LESS SAFE, AND UNDERMINE IMPORTANT CIVIL RIGHTS PROTECTIONS. I COULD GO ON AND ON AND ON. THESE BILLS ARE POLITICAL DOCUMENTS, MR. SPEAKER. THEY ARE READ MEAT FOR THE REPUBLICAN BASE WHICH -- RED MEAT FOR THE REPUBLICAN BASE WHICH THINK IS AROUND 15% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THAT'S RIGHT, MR. SPEAKER, THE MAJORITY'S IDEAS ARE SO UNPOPULAR THAT OVER 3/4 OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DISAPPROVE WHAT THEY ARE DOING HERE TODAY. THAT'S NOT COMING FROM ANY LIBERAL OR LEFT WING SOURCE, THAT POLL WAS RELEASED LAST WEEK BY FOX NEWS, YOU KNOW THE NETWORK YOU GUYS ALWAYS WATCH. WE ALL KNOW WE WILL NEED A CONTINUING RESOLUTION TO AVOID A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN ON OCTOBER 1. WHY ARE WE WASTING THE HOUSE'S TIME ON THIS PARTISAN EXERCISE WHEN WE SHOULD DEAL WITH THE C.R. OH, YES, WE NEED TO RAISE THE DEBT CEILING, PASS A BUDGET, TEN TO FUND HURRICANE RELIEF AND SO MUCH MORE. MR. SPEAKER, I AM SICK AND TIRED OF PLAYING TO THE EXTREMES. I'M SICK AND TIRED WITH THIS PRESIDENT PICKING A FIGHT WITH A GROUP OF DIFFERENT PEOPLE EVERY WEEK CONSTANTLY TRYING TO DIVIDE AMERICANS RATHER THAN UNITE US FOR THE COMMON GOOD. THE LATEST TARGET ARE THE DREAMERS. DREAMERS ARE OUR CO-WORKERS, OUR RELATIVES, OUR NEIGHBORS, AND OUR CHILDREN'S CLASSMATES. THEY HAVE LIVED NEARLY THEIR ENTIRE LIVES IN AMERICA. THEY ARE PART OF THE VERY FABRIC OF OUR COUNTRY. THE DECISION TO END DACA IS A CRUEL BETRAYAL OF THEIR TRUST IN THE UNITED STATES. IT NEEDLESSLY AND STUPIDLY ROBS US OF THE ENORMOUS TALENT, HARD WORK, AND INGENUITY OF THESE 800,000 YOUNG PEOPLE. ENDING DACA IS A LOSE-LOSE PROPOSITION FOR AMERICA AND FOR US ALL. PRESIDENT TRUMP VOWED TO SHOW GREAT HEART IN HIS DECISION AND DECLARED THE DREAMERS COULD REST EASY. THAT'S A LIE AND THAT'S A BETRAYAL. AND SHAME ON THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP OF THIS HOUSE THAT HAS AVOIDED MAKING DACA A PERMANENT PROGRAM FOR AND SHAME ON THE NEARLY SEVEN YEARS. SHAME ON THE REPUBLICAN PARTY FOR VOTING AGAINST THE DREAM ACT IN 2010, EVEN THOUGH IT ULTIMATELY PASSED THE HOUSE. SHAME ON THE REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE FOR BLOCKING CLOTURE IN 2010 WHEN NEARLY SEVEN YEARS. SHAME IT WAS CLEAR THERE WERE PLENTY OF VOTES TO PASS THE DREAM ACT THEN. SHAME ON THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP OF THIS HOUSE FOR NOT MAKING DACA A PERMANENT LAW WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA FIRST INITIATED THE PROGRAM IN 2012, SHAME ON THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADER FOR FAILING TO TAKE THE SENATE-PASSED COMME IMMIGRATION BILL FOR THE LAST FOUR YEARS AND INCLUDED DACA AND A PATHWAY TO RESIDENCY AND CITIZENSHIP FOR SO MANY IMMIGRANTS CAUGHT IN LEGAL LIMBO. SHAME ON THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP FOR BEING SUCH POLITICAL COWARDS THEY HAVE FAILED TIME AND TIME AGAIN TO DEMONSTRATE LEADERSHIP AND RESOLVE THESE PROBLEMS. 800,000 YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE TOTALLY AMERICAN IN EVERY WAY THAT MATTERS PUT THEIR TRUST IN THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND IN US HERE IN THIS CONGRESS NOT JUST TO PROTECT THEM, BUT TO BE PROUD OF THEM. THEY HAVE BEEN CRUELLY BETRAYED. THE MEMO ISSUED YESTERDAY BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY EVEN SAYS THAT THEY SHOULD BE PREPARED TO PACK THEIR BAGS AND BE DEPORTED TO THEIR COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN. MR. SPEAKER, THE SIMPLE TRUTH IS AMERICA IS THEIR HOME. IT IS UNCONSCIONABLE THAT THE PRESIDENT PARDONED RADICAL RACIST SHARE REF APAIO WHO IS A CRIMINAL WHILE PUNISHING 00,000 LAW-ABIDING DREERMS. I STAND WITH THE C.E.O. OF MICROSOFT AND HUNDREDS OF OTHER BUSINESS LEADERS WHO SAID TO THE PRESIDENT TO DEPORT A DREAMER YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH US. I STAND WITH THE THOUSANDS OF RELIGIOUS LEADERS, COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY PRESIDENTS, MAYORS, STATE ATTORNEYS GENERAL AND CIVIC LEADERS WHO DEMAND THAT WE REJECT THE PRESIDENT'S DECISION AND HAVE CONGRESS PASS THE DREAM ACT IMMEDIATELY. THIS CONGRESS CANNOT AND MUST NOT CONTINUE TO FAIL THESE 800,000 YOUNG PEOPLE. THIS MORNING THIS HOUSE PASSED EMERGENCY AID FOR HURRICANE HARVEY, A DREAMER DIED IN HOUSTON ATTEMPTING TO RESCUE VICK TIFMENTS FLOODWATERS. ANOTHER DREAMER WHO WAS A HOUSTON PARAMEDIC AND WHO WORKED NIGHT AND DAY IN RESCUE AND RELIEF EFFORTS, JUST FOUND OUT YESTERDAY THAT HIS COUNTRY, THE ONLY COUNTRY HE HAS EVER KNOWN, HAS TURNED ITS BACK ON HIM. I REFUSE TO TURN MY BACK. MR. SPEAKER, WE ALL KNOW THAT THE DREAMERS NEED A PERMANENT LEGISLATIVE FIX. WE CAN DO THAT THIS VERY DAY. IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I WILL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE TO BRING UP REPRESENTATIVE ROYBAL-ALLARD'S BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL BILL, THE DREAM ACT. IT'S TIME TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT. EARLIER TODAY SPEAKER RYAN SAID, WE HAVE TIME TO WORK THIS OUT. REALLY? THE SPEAKER SEEMS TOTALLY CONTENT TO HAVE 800,000 PEOPLE CONTINUE TO LIVE WITH UNCERTAINTY AND FEAR. I THINK THAT THAT'S SAD AND CRUEL. HE ALSO SAID WE NEED TO DEVELOP SOME SOFERT COMPROMISE. I DON'T KNOW WHAT HE'S THINKING ABOUT. MAYBE HE'S THINKING ABOUT TRYING TO ADD MORE BORDER SECURITY MONEY OR THIS STUPID WALL THE PRESIDENT KEEPS TALKING ABOUT. HERE'S THE DEAL, THERE IS NOTHING TO COMPROMISE ON. YOU EITHER SUPPORT THE DREAMERS OR YOU DON'T. THEY ARE NOT POLITICAL PAWNS. THEY ARE PEOPLE LIKE YOU AND ME AND OUR KIDS, THEY DESERVE BETTER FROM US. STOP SCREWING AROUND WITH THEIR LIVES. DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. WE CAN PASS THE DREAM ACT TODAY. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MANY BEFORE THAT, MEMBERS…

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MANY BEFORE THAT, MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARDS THE PRESIDENT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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              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. I WANT TO BEGIN BY DISCUSSING PROCESS WITH MY GOOD FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS. WHERE I THINK HE MADE SOME GOOD POINTS. BUT I THINK HE FAILS TO RECOGNIZE THE PROGRESS THAT THIS BILL REPRESENTS. MY GOOD FRIEND KNOWS, BECAUSE WE HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF WORKING TOGETHER ON THE RULES COMMITTEE, I THOUGHT FOR MANY YEARS, FRANKLY, THAT WE NEEDED TO GET BACK TO REGULAR ORDER. I REMIND THIS HOUSE THE LAST TIME WE ACTUALLY OPERATED UNDER AN APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS WAS IN 2006. MY FRIENDS WERE ACTUALLY IN THE MAJORITY WHEN WE GOT RID OF OPEN RULES ON APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. MY FRIENDS NEVER BROUGHT ALL 12 APPROPRIATIONS BILLS TO THE FLOOR WHERE THEY WERE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENTS BY VARIOUS MEMBERS. I WOULD AGREE WITH MY FRIEND THIS IS NOT A PERFECT PROCESS THAT WE HAVE. IF I HAD MY WAY, WE WOULD GO BACK TO THE WAY WE OPERATED IN 2006 BEFORE THE LAST DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY ACTUALLY BRING THE BILLS DOWN INDIVIDUALLY AND FRANKLY GIVE EVERY MEMBER AN OPEN SHOT AT AMENDMENT. I THINK THAT'S THE APPROPRIATE WAY TO PROCEED. AGAIN, MY FRIENDS THOUGHT DIFFERENTLY WHEN THEY WERE IN THE MAJORITY AND NEVER MADE A MOVE TO RESTORE REGULAR ORDER. QUITE THE OPPOSITE. WE HAVE ACTUALLY FOUGHT TO DO THAT. WE DID HAVE A PERIOD OF OPEN RULES ON APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. WE CAN GET EVERY BILL DOWN HERE, I REGRET TO SAY, BUT WE GOT QUITE A FEW. BUT MY FRIENDS DECIDED THEY WOULD ENGAGE IN POISON PILL TACTICS. I REGRET, PERSONALLY, THAT MY CONFERENCE GAVE INTO THAT. WE'RE MORE WORRIED ABOUT CASTING TOUGH VOTES. I THINK YOU'RE SENT HERE TO CAST TOUGH VOTES. I'LL MAKE THIS COMMITMENT TO MY FRIEND, I'LL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH HIM AND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT WOULD LIKE TO RETURN TO THAT PROCESS. HOWEVER, I DO RECOGNIZE THIS IS SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS TOWARDS DOING THAT. LIKE TO RETURN THIS IS THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2006 THAT ALL 12 BILLS IN ONE FORM OR ANOTHER WILL REACH THIS FLOOR. AND FRANKLY EVERY SINGLE MEMBER HAS BEEN FREE TO OFFER AMENDMENTS ON ANY PORTION OF THOSE 12 BILLS THAT THEY CARE TO. NOT ALL OF THEM WERE MADE IN ORDER BY THE RULES COMMITTEE. AND I WOULD HOPE WE GET PAST THAT AGAIN SOMEDAY. BEFORE MY FRIENDS DECRY THAT TOO MUCH, THEY NE OF THEM WERE MADE IN ORDER BY THE RULES COMMITTEE. ANDED TO REMEMBER THE ROLE THEY PLAYED IN ACTUALLY GETTING US OUT OF THAT PROCESS. I ALSO WOULD LIKE TO TALK JUST BRIEFLY TO MY FRIEND ABOUT HIS THOUGHTS ABOUT DACA. AND I'M SURE WE'LL HAVE A GOOD DISCUSSION ON THAT IN THE COURSE OF THE DAY. I HONESTLY THINK THE DISCUSSION IS HELPFUL. I THINK THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES DID THE RIGHT THING , WHEN NUMBER ONE, HE RECOGNIZED THAT HE DOES NOT HAVE THE CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY, SOMETHING EVEN HIS PREDECESSOR WONDERED ABOUT, TO ENGAGE IN THIS LAW. AND PUT THIS ISSUE BACK IN THE HANDS OF THE CONGRESS. THE CONGRESS NOW HAS SIX MONTHS TO DEAL WITH IT. THE SPEAKER ASSURED US WE WILL DO THAT. I THINK THE APPROPRIATE WAY TO PROCEED IS TO HAVE THE COMMITTEE OF JURISDICTION ACTUALLY HOLD HEARINGS AND MOVE FORWARD, BUT WE'LL SEE WHICH WAY WE GO. BUT I THINK THERE'S A BETTER CHANCE FOR A LONG-TERM SOLUTION, AS EVEN MY FRIEND AGREES IF WE HAVE A LEGISLATIVE FIX TO THE PROBLEM. I THINK THAT WILL INVOLVE SOME GIVE AND TAKE, BUT MY HOPE IS WE'LL END UP AT A PLACE WHERE ALL PARTIES ARE SATISFIED. WE'LL SEE. THAT'S WHAT THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS IS ALL ABOUT. FINAL THING TO POINT -- POINT TO MAKE, MR. SPEAKER, I THINK WE NEED TO RECOGNIZE WHAT WE'RE DEBATING ON HERE TODAY IN TERMS OF THESE FOUR APPROPRIATIONS BILLS, AND WE'LL HAVE ANOTHER TRAUNS OF APPROPRIATIONS BILLS LATER, IS ACTUALLY A PROCESS. WHAT POINT -- WE'RE REALLY DOING TODAY IS DEFINING THE POSITION OF THE MAJORITY PARTY AS TO WHERE IT STANDS ON FUNDING THE GOVERNMENT. I DON'T EXPECT MY FRIENDS TO AGREE WITH THAT. THERE WILL BE ELEMENTS OF THESE BILLS THEY AGREE WITH WITHOUT A DOUBT. I DON'T THINK THEY'LL OPPOSE A LOT OF THINGS THAT WE DO IN REGARD TO H.U.D. -- THUD OR IN REGARD TO SOME OF THESE OTHER VARIOUS PROGRAMS. BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, MY SIDE NEEDS TO RECOGNIZE THIS, WE'RE GOING TO END UP IN AN NEGOTIATION WITH THE UNITED STATES SENATE AND THE ADMINISTRATION SOMETIME PROBABLY AFTER THE FIRST OF OCTOBER. AND THAT NEGOTIATION HAS TO BE BIPARTISAN. AS MY FRIENDS KNOW, THE OTHER BODY REQUIRES 60 VOTES THAT. WOULD MEAN THERE HAS TO BE DEMOCRATIC PARTICIPATION. QUITE FRANKLY THE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS THAT HAVE MOVED ACROSS THE FLOOR HERE IN FISCAL YEAR 2015, FISCAL YEAR 2016, FISCAL YEAR 2017 HAVE ALL BEEN BIPARTISAN. THEY HAVE ALL BEEN THE PRODUCT OF NEGOTIATION. AT THE END OF THE DAY, I REMIND MY FRIENDS IN MAY A MAJORITY OF THEM ACTUALLY VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE OMNIBUS SPENDING BILL FOR F.Y. 2017 IN THE HOUSE AND IN THE SENATE AS DID, BY THE WAY, A MAJORITY OF REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE, AND PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNED IT. SO WE KNOW HOW THIS PROCESS ENDS. WE KNOW HOW TO MAKE IT WORK APPROPRIATELY. THIS IS SIMPLY ANOTHER STEP IN THE PROCESS. IT'S MY HOPE AT THE END OF THE DAY WE ARRIVE AT A BICAMERAL, BIPARTISAN PROCESS THAT ACTUALLY FUNDS THE GOVERNMENT AND WE'RE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH IN CONCERT WITH ONE ANOTHER THINGS THAT WE THINK ARE IMPORTANT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF CONFIDENCE WE'LL GET THERE BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE DONE THE LAST THREE YEARS. WE'RE DOING IT A LITTLE BETTER THIS YEAR. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:43:23 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO SAY TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM OKLAHOMA,…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO SAY TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM OKLAHOMA, WHOM I RESPECT A GREAT DEAL, IF HE WANTS TO DEFEND THIS PROCESS, CAN HE GO RIGHT AHEAD AND DO SOW. I THINK MOST PEOPLE WATCHING THIS, THE FACT THAT 2/3 OF ALL DISCRETIONARY FEDERAL SPENDING IS GOING TO BE DECIDED IN A WEEK'S TIME, I DON'T THINK IS A GOOD PROCESS. I DON'T THINK IT'S ONE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE MUCH CONFIDENCE IN. I DON'T THINK IT'S REASONABLE TO EXPECT ANY MEMBER HAS READ ALL 1,305 PAGES OF THE EIGHT BILLS THAT MY FRIEND IS BRINGING TO THE FLOOR. AND I'M NOT SURE EVERYBODY'S HAD TIME TO READ ALL THE 970 AMENDMENTS THAT WERE PROPOSED, MANY OF THEM NOT MADE IN ORDER BY THE RULES COMMITTEE. THIS IS NOT A PROS SESS I THINK ANYBODY WANTS TO DEFEND. THE FINAL POINT I'M GOING TO MAKE WITH REGARD TO THE PRESIDENT'S DECISION ON DACA, THE GENTLEMAN -- AS THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS, THIS CONGRESS, AND THE PREVIOUS CONGRESSES, COULD HAVE ACTED ON THIS ANY TIME THEY WANTED TO. WHEN THE DEMOCRATS WERE IN CONTROL HERE IN THE HOUSE WE DID. WE PASSED THE DREAM ACT. UNFORTUNATELY, MANY OF YOU WOULDN'T SUPPORT IT BUT IT PASSED THE HOUSE. WE HAD REPUBLICAN OBSTRUCTIONISM IN THE SENATE. IF YOU WANT A LEGISLATIVE FIX, WE HAVE THE SOLUTION FOR YOU. VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND WE'LL BRING UP MS. ROYBAL-ALLARD'S BILL TO PASS THE DREAM ACT. GET THIS DONE TODAY, WE'LL HAVE A DAY OF CONSEQUENCE WHERE WE'RE DOING SOMETHING TO HELP PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY. SO, MR. SPEAKER, AS I SAID I'M GOING TO ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. WE'LL OFFER REPRESENTATIVE ROYBAL-ALLARD'S BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL BILL H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT. THE LEGISLATION WOULD HELP THOUSANDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE LIKE THE ONES WHOSE HEROIC STORIES MY COLLEAGUES WILL HIGHLIGHT TODAY AND AMERICANS IN EVERY DAY EXCEPT ON PAPER. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE TEXT OF MY AMENDMENT IN THE RECORD ALONG WITH EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. AND TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I'M HAPPY TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. ROYBAL-ALLARD ALLARD, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE. .

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. HE

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              MS. ROYBAL-ALLARD

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

            • 02:48:25 PM

              MR. COLE

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

            • 02:48:29 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:48:32 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS.…

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. LOFGREN, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:48:43 PM

              MS. LOFGREN

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT,…

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT DREAMERS LIKE ADAM, A STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-SANTA CRUZ, MAJORING IN MATHEMATICS.

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            • 02:48:56 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE CHAIR WOULD ADVISE THAT ALL TIME HAS BEEN YIELDED FOR THE PURPOSE OF…

              THE CHAIR WOULD ADVISE THAT ALL TIME HAS BEEN YIELDED FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA YIELD FOR PURPOSES OF THIS UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST?

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            • 02:49:04 PM

              MR. COLE

              I DO NOT YIELD.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA DOES NOT YIELD. THEREFORE, THE UNANIMOUS…

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA DOES NOT YIELD. THEREFORE, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. RUIZ, FOR THE…

              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. RUIZ, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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              MR. RUIZ

              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT…

              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT DREAMERS LIKE MISSY, WHO ATTENDS THE DAVID GIFFIN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AT UCLA AND DREAMS OF SAVING THOUSANDS OF LIVES.

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            • 02:49:34 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA YIELD FOR THE…

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA YIELD FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST?

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            • 02:49:40 PM

              MR. COLE

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M REITERATING MY EARLIER ANNOUNCEMENT THAT ALL TIME YIELDED…

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M REITERATING MY EARLIER ANNOUNCEMENT THAT ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY AND I WILL NOT YIELD FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA DOES NOT YIELD AND THEREFORE THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT…

              GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA DOES NOT YIELD AND THEREFORE THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MS.…

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MS. VELAZQUEZ, FOR THE PURPOSE OF UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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              MS. VELAZQUEZ

              THANK YOU, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT,…

              THANK YOU, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT CRYSTAL, AN ATTORNEY WHO CAME TO THIS COUNTRY WHEN SHE WAS ONLY 9 YEARS OLD.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE CHAIR UNDERSTANDS THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH -- EXCUSE ME -- FROM…

              THE CHAIR UNDERSTANDS THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH -- EXCUSE ME -- FROM OKLAHOMA HAS NOT YIELDED FOR THAT PURPOSE. THEREFORE, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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            • 02:50:26 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, I AM PROUD TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM HAWAII, MS.…

              MR. SPEAKER, I AM PROUD TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM HAWAII, MS. GABBARD, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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            • 02:50:33 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAWAII.

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              MS. GABBARD

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT DREAMERS LIKE SHANGAI, WHO CAME TO THE U.S. AT 13, GRADUATED WITH A POLITICAL SCIENCE DEGREE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AND PUTTING THAT DEGREE INTO PURPOSE TODAY.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE CHAIR UNDERSTANDS THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA HAS NOT YIELDED FOR…

              THE CHAIR UNDERSTANDS THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA HAS NOT YIELDED FOR THAT PURPOSE. THEREFORE, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED. FOVEGOVE MR. SPEAKER, I'M HAPPEN --

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            • 02:51:00 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

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

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GRIJALVA, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT QUFMENT

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            • 02:51:07 PM

              MR. GRIJALVA

              I AM PROUD TO BRING UP H.R. 3440 TO PROTECT DREAMERS LIKE JUAN WHO…

              I AM PROUD TO BRING UP H.R. 3440 TO PROTECT DREAMERS LIKE JUAN WHO GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING.

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              THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT CANNOT BE ENTER TAPED.

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              MR. MCGOVERN

              I AM PROUD TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS,…

              I AM PROUD TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS, MR. SABLAN, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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            • 02:51:32 PM

              MR. SABLAN

              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT…

              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT DREAMERS LIKE MARIA WHO GREW UP PLEDGING ALLEGIANCE TO OUR FLAG AND HAS WORKED FOR TWO MEMBERS OF THIS CONGRESS. I YIELD BACK.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE CHAIR UNDERSTANDS THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA HAS NOT YIELDED FOR…

              THE CHAIR UNDERSTANDS THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA HAS NOT YIELDED FOR THAT PURPOSE. THEREFORE, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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            • 02:51:57 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, I AM PROUD TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

              MR. SPEAKER, I AM PROUD TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. CORREA, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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              MR. CORREA

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP 3440, THE DREAMER ACT, IN…

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP 3440, THE DREAMER ACT, IN HONOR OF DREAMER MARINE CORPORAL ANGEL, THE FIRST TO BE KILLED IN THE IRAQ DESERT.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE CHAIR UNDERSTANDS THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA HAS NOT YIELDED FOR…

              THE CHAIR UNDERSTANDS THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA HAS NOT YIELDED FOR THAT PURPOSE AND THEREFORE THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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            • 02:52:25 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR.…

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ESPYATE, FOR THE PURPOSE OF --ESS PAT, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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            • 02:52:40 PM

              MR. ESPIALLAT

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP 3440, THE DREAM ACT.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE CHAIR UNDERSTANDS THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA HAS NOT YIELDED FOR…

              THE CHAIR UNDERSTANDS THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA HAS NOT YIELDED FOR THAT PURPOSE. THEREFORE, UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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            • 02:52:52 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

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

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. CARBAJAL, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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            • 02:52:58 PM

              MR. CARBAJAL

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT,…

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT DACA RECIPIENTS LIKE GIRARDEAU, A COMPUTER PROGRAMMER IN SANTA BARBARA, WHO HAS GROWN UP, GONE TO SCHOOL AND WORKED IN THE UNITED STATES FOR THE LAST 13 YEARS.

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              MR. MCGOVERN

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

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. THOMPSON, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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              MR. THOMPSON

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT,…

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT DREAMERS LIKE FERNANDO, WHO IS A DRRTAL STUDENT AT UC-SAN FRANCISCO, UNDER DACA.

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              MR. MCGOVERN

              I'M PROUD TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. PANETTA, FOR THE…

              I'M PROUD TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. PANETTA, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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              MR. PANETTA

              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT…

              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT THE 20,000 DREAMERS IN MY DISTRICT ON THE CENTRAL COAST OF CALIFORNIA LIKE ADAM, A STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-SANTA CRUZ, MAJORING IN MATHEMATICS. THANK YOU.

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              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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              MR. MCGOVERN

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

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCNERNEY, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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              MR. MCNERNEY

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT,…

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT DREAMERS LIKE PHILIPPEA, WHO WORKS AT MICROSOFT, BING, SKYPE AND AT A STARTUP.

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              MR. MCGOVERN

              I'M PROUD TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. MATTEAU SEE, FOR…

              I'M PROUD TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. MATTEAU SEE, FOR THE PURPOSES OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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              MS. MATSUI

              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT…

              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT DREERMS LIKE EDUARDO, A STUDENT AT UC-DAVIS.

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              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY, MRS. WATSON…

              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY, MRS. WATSON COLEMAN, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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              MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT NEW JERSEY DREAMERS LIKE CHRISTIAN, WHO ARRIVED WHEN HE WAS 7 YEARS OLD AND IS A RESEARCHER AT THE ICAN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE.

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              MR. MCGOVERN

              I AM HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, FOR THE…

              I AM HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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              MR. GREEN

              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT…

              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT DREAMERS LIKE JOSE CONTRERAS WHO IS A PARAMEDIC WHO WORKED SIX STRAIGHT DAYS DURING HURRICANE HARVEY. HE RESCUED PEOPLE FROM FLOODWATERS AND TRANSPORTED THEM TO LOCAL HOSPITALS. JESUS NEEDS TO BE SUPPORTED.

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              THE CHAIR ADVISED ON JANUARY 15, 2014, AND MARCH 26, 2014, EVEN THOUGH…

              THE CHAIR ADVISED ON JANUARY 15, 2014, AND MARCH 26, 2014, EVEN THOUGH UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUESTS TO CONSIDER A MEASURE IS NOT ENTERTAINED, EMBELLISHMENTS CONSTITUTES DEBATE AND WILL BE PART OF THE TIME ON THE PART OF THE MEMBER YIELDED FOR THAT PURPOSE.

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              MR. MCGOVERN

              I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. NADLER, FOR THE…

              I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. NADLER, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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              MR. NADLER

              THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE…

              THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT DREAMERS LIKE JESSICA WHO HAS BEEN IN THIS COUNTRY SINCE HE HAD WAS 2 AND HOPES TO BECOME A DOCTOR.

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              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M HOOPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- I'M HAPPY TO…

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M HOOPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. AGUILAR, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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              MR. AGUILAR

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT,…

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT DREAMERS LIKE MARIA, WHO IS THE COORDINATOR OF THE DREAMERS RESOURCE SUCCESS CENTER AT CAL STATE-SAN BERNARDINO.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT CANNOT CANNOT BE…

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT CANNOT CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, I AM PROUD TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM, MS.…

              MR. SPEAKER, I AM PROUD TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM, MS. BORDALLO, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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              THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM.

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              MS. BORDALLO

              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT…

              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT DREAMERS LIKE CHRISTINE, WHO ARRIVED IN MY HOME DISTRICT OF THE TERRITORY OF GUAM AS A CHILD AND IS NOW A REGISTERED NURSE SAVING LIVES AND CARING FOR OUR COMMUNITY ON GUAM. THANKS TO DACA.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              ME, AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE…

              ME, AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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            • 02:57:18 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM MICHIGAN, MRS.…

              MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM MICHIGAN, MRS. LAWRENCE, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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              MRS. LAWRENCE

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT,…

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT DREAMERS LIKE OLA, A UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN PREMED STUDENT WHO ASPIRES TO BE A SURGICAL ONCOLOGIST.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE…

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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            • 02:57:43 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM THE DISTRICT OF…

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WHO DESERVES A VOTE IN THIS HOUSE FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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            • 02:57:53 PM

              MS. NORTON

              I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440,…

              I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT RICARDO, WHO ARRIVED WHEN HE WAS 4 AND IS STUDYING TO BE A PROSECUTOR TO HELP FIGHT CRIME.

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            • 02:58:08 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE…

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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            • 02:58:11 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, I AM NOW HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR.…

              MR. SPEAKER, I AM NOW HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. SOTO, TORE THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT -- FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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            • 02:58:20 PM

              MR. SOTO

              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT…

              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT DREAMERS LIKE JUAN WHO OBTAINED A MASTERS DEGREE FROM OUR FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY AND WORKS IN DIGITAL ADVOCACY.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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            • 02:58:35 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS.…

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. BROWNLEY, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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              THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

            • 02:58:43 PM

              MS. BROWNLEY

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT,…

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT DREAMERS LIKE MARTHA, WHO GRADUATED FROM CAL STATE UNIVERSITY-CHANNEL ISLANDS, AND NOW IS ON STAFF SUPPORTING STUDENTS.

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            • 02:58:57 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE…

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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            • 02:59:00 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, I AM HAPPY TO YIELD -- I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY…

              MR. SPEAKER, I AM HAPPY TO YIELD -- I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. TORRES, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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            • 02:59:11 PM

              MRS. TORRES

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT DREAMERS LIKE MY FORMER INTERN, LUIS, WHO CAME TO THIS COUNTRY WHEN HE WAS 6 YEARS OLD.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE…

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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            • 02:59:25 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM…

              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. TAKANO, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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            • 02:59:34 PM

              MR. TAKANO

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT,…

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT CALIFORNIA DREAMERS LIKE LUCIDA WHO AT AGE 31 HASN'T BEEN HOME TO MEXICO IN 27 YEARS BECAUSE THIS IS HER HOME.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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            • 02:59:51 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              ENTERTAINED.

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              MS. LUJAN GRISHAM

              HISPANIC CAUCUS. MS. LUJAN GRISHAM: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP…

              HISPANIC CAUCUS. MS. LUJAN GRISHAM: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT VANESSA, A DREAMER FROM NEW MEXICO WHO DREAMS OF BECOMING A DOCTOR.

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              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE…

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED. .

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            • 03:00:18 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              I'M PROUD TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA FOR THE PURPOSE OF A…

              I'M PROUD TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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              MR. SANFORD

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT --

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              MS. SANCHEZ

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT…

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT DREAMERS LIKE NADIA, WHO RECEIVED A MASTER'S DEGREE IN PUBLIC HEALTH FROM U.C. DAVIS.

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              ANOUNLSD, UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA FOR THE…

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

            • 03:00:47 PM

              MR. GALLEGLY

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT --

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              MR. GALLEGO

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT…

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT DREAMERS LIKE VSA -- VASTHTI. SFOIP THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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            • 03:01:02 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              I'M PROUD TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA FOR THE PURPOSE OF A…

              I'M PROUD TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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              MS. CHU

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT,…

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT DREAMERS LIKE ALFONSO, WHO IS IN HIS THIRD YEAR AT WESTERN STATE COLLEGE OF LAW IN ORANGE COUNTY.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

            • 03:01:24 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M NOW HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS FOR THE…

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M NOW HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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              THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS.

            • 03:01:31 PM

              MS. JACKSON LEE

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CON SENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM…

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CON SENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT. TO PROTECT A DACA RECIPIENT WHO IS IN MY STATE, WHO IS MAJORING IN NEURO SCIENCE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT.

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              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE…

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, I AM PROUD TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, FOR…

              MR. SPEAKER, I AM PROUD TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA. BARGBARG MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR UNANIMOUS…

              THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA. BARGBARG MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR UNANIMOUS -- DARING

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            • 03:02:03 PM

              MS. BARRAGAN

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT…

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT DREAMERS LIKE ELAINE, WHO IS STUDYING FOR HER MASTER'S IN PUBLIC HEALTH AT UCLA.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE…

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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            • 03:02:23 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR THE…

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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              THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

            • 03:02:29 PM

              MRS. NAPOLITANO

              3440, THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT DREAMERS LIKE SAIDA FROM CALIFORNIA WHO IS…

              3440, THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT DREAMERS LIKE SAIDA FROM CALIFORNIA WHO IS PURSUING HER M.B.A.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE…

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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            • 03:02:50 PM

              MS. PELOSI

              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT, TO…

              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT CALIFORNIA DREAMERS LIKE MONICA, A COLLEGE STUDENT WHO STARTED HER OWN BUSINESS.

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              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LOWENTHAL,…

              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LOWENTHAL, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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            • 03:03:11 PM

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              MR. LOWENTHAL

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT DREAMERS LIKE EDUARDO, A UCLA STUDENT AND AN ANTI-BULLYING ACTIVIST. THANK YOU.

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              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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            • 03:03:30 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M NOW HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR…

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M NOW HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONCEPT REQUEST.

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            • 03:03:36 PM

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              MR. CARTWRIGHT

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT,…

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT PENNSYLVANIA DREAMERS LIKE JASMINE HERE WHO ASPIRES TO BECOME AN ATTORNEY.

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            • 03:03:53 PM

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              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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            • 03:03:56 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE THAT I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

              MR. SPEAKER, IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE THAT I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. TONKO, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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            • 03:04:02 PM

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            • 03:04:04 PM

              MR. TONKO

              THANK YOU. I ASK UNANIMOUS KWON SENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440RK THE DREAM ACT…

              THANK YOU. I ASK UNANIMOUS KWON SENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440RK THE DREAM ACT TORQUE PROTECT DREAMERS LIKE DANIEL, A FIRST GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENT.

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              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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            • 03:04:18 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,…

              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN.

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              MR. HUFFMAN

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT.…

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT. TO PROTECT CALIFORNIA DREAMERS LIKE OSCAR, WHO SAYS THAT DACA HAS ALLOWED HIM TO GO TO SCHOOL, TO WORK AND HAS MADE HIM FEEL FREE.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE…

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, IT'S WITH GREAT PLEASURE THAT I YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM…

              MR. SPEAKER, IT'S WITH GREAT PLEASURE THAT I YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS, MS. SCHAKOWSKY, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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              MS. SCHAKOWSKY

              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT. TO PROTECT…

              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT. TO PROTECT MONICA, AN ILLINOIS DREAMER WITH A NURSING DEGREE WHO HAS DEDICATED HER LIFE TO TAKING CARE OF OTHERS.

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              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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            • 03:05:19 PM

              MS. TSONGAS

              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP THE DREAM ACT. TO PROTECT…

              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP THE DREAM ACT. TO PROTECT MASSACHUSETTS DREAMERS LIKE ANDRE, WHO IS WORKING AS AN ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES CONSULT ABILITY.

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              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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            • 03:05:32 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW AM HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW AM HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LIEU,ER TO THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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            • 03:05:37 PM

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            • 03:05:39 PM

              MR. LUJAN

              THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE…

              THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT.D, TO PROTECT DREAMERS LIKE KARINA FROM MY HOME STATE OF CALIFORNIA. SHE CURRENTLY WORKS IN THE BIOTECH INDUSTRY.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE…

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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            • 03:06:04 PM

              >>

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT,…

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT RICKY, MAR OF TWO, WHO -- A MOTHER OF TWO, WHO WAS RECENTLY ARRESTED AND DETAINED DESPITE HAVING DAKOTA AVEMENT

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              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE…

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED..

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            • 03:06:20 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT, MS. DELAURO, FOR…

              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT, MS. DELAURO, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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              THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT.

            • 03:06:26 PM

              MS. DELAURO

              THANK YOU. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT.…

              THANK YOU. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT. WHICH WOULD PROTECT DREAMERS LIKE GLADYS. SHE'S BEEN ABLE TO BUY A HOME AND A CAR WITH HER HEALTH CARE JOB.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE…

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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            • 03:06:41 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. KILDEE, FOR…

              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. KILDEE, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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            • 03:06:45 PM

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

            • 03:06:47 PM

              MR. KILDEE

              MR. SPEAKER, I RESPECTFULLY REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R.…

              MR. SPEAKER, I RESPECTFULLY REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT. TO PROTECT MICHIGAN DREAMERS LIKE JONATHAN, WHO ASPIRES ONE DAY TO HELP THE SPACEX AND NASA SPACE PROGRAMS.

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            • 03:07:02 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE…

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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            • 03:07:05 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MY COLLEAGUE ON…

              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MY COLLEAGUE ON THE RULES COMMITTEE, MR. POLIS, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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            • 03:07:12 PM

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

            • 03:07:14 PM

              MR. POLIS

              MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM…

              MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT. FOR JOHANA. SHE GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AND WENT ON TO MEDICAL SCHOOL AND WE NEED TO BRING THIS BILL UP FOR HER.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE…

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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            • 03:07:30 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, IT IS WITH GREAT PRIDE THAT I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

              MR. SPEAKER, IT IS WITH GREAT PRIDE THAT I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. RASKIN, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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            • 03:07:38 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND. RASSRASS THANK YOU VERY MUCH,

            • 03:07:41 PM

              MR. RASKIN

              THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R.…

              THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT. TO PROTECT FATIMA. WHOSE YOUNG BROTHER'S -- BROTHERS WERE DEPORTED LAST MONTH.

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            • 03:07:54 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE…

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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            • 03:07:58 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. NOLAN, FOR THE PURPOSE OF…

              I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. NOLAN, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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            • 03:08:02 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

            • 03:08:04 PM

              MR. KNOLLENBERG

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I --

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              MR. NOLAN

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT. TO PROTECT THE YOUNG WOMAN FROM THE MIDWEST LIKE AMY, WHO WORKS AS A USER EXPERIENCE DESIGNER IN A TECHNOLOGY COMPANY IN ILLINOIS.

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            • 03:08:21 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE…

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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            • 03:08:24 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR THE…

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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            • 03:08:30 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

            • 03:08:32 PM

              MR. CASTRO

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT.…

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT. TO PROTECT JULIA, WHO JOINED TEACH FOR AMERICA AND IS A MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER IN SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, MY HOMETOWN.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE…

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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            • 03:08:47 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, I KNOW WE HAVE A NEW MANAGER ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE, MAYBE…

              MR. SPEAKER, I KNOW WE HAVE A NEW MANAGER ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE, MAYBE HE'LL YIELD FOR A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST. I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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            • 03:09:00 PM

              >>

              I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN. I WAS NOT HERE FOR OPENING STATEMENTS.

            • 03:09:03 PM

              MR. WOODALL

              I IMAGINE THAT ALL TIME WAS YIELDED FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY.

            • 03:09:09 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              -- SO WE CAN RESOLVE THIS ISSUE TODAY. I WAS HOPING YOU'D BE MORE…

              -- SO WE CAN RESOLVE THIS ISSUE TODAY. I WAS HOPING YOU'D BE MORE FAVORABLE THAN YOUR PREDECESSOR. I'D NOW LIKE --

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            • 03:09:17 PM

              TEMPORE WITHOUT

              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA WILL CONTROL THE TIME FOR…

              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA WILL CONTROL THE TIME FOR THE MAJORITY SIDE.

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            • 03:09:22 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              I WANT TO YIELD NOW TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK FOR THE PURPOSE OF A…

              I WANT TO YIELD NOW TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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            • 03:09:28 PM

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              THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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              MRS. MALONEY

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP…

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT. TO PROTECT YOUNG PEOPLE LIKE ISABEL, A DREAMER WHO GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE IN NEW YORK AND NOW WORKS TO HELP LOW-INCOME VETERANS RECUPERATE AND GET BETTER THANKS TO DACA -- BETTER. THANKS TO DACA SHE WAS ABLE TO DO THIS. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE…

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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            • 03:10:00 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, FOR THE…

              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE TIME WILL BE DEDUCTED FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

            • 03:10:08 PM

              MR. GREEN

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT.…

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT. TO PROTECT DREAMERS LIKE DANIEL, WHO ARRIVED AT THE AGE OF 2 AND GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE…

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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            • 03:10:26 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY…

              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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            • 03:10:34 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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              MS. SPEIER

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP…

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT. TO PROTECT DREAMERS LIKE MARELLA. SHE IS A PH.D. STUDENT AT U.C.-IRVINE. IT'S TIME. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 03:10:51 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE…

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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            • 03:10:55 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR.…

              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. SERRANO, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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            • 03:11:02 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. SERSER THANK YOU FOR YIELDING --

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              MR. SERRANO

              THANK YOU FOR YIELDING. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE…

              THANK YOU FOR YIELDING. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT. TO PROTECT NEW YORK DREAMERS LIKE MILA, WHO WAS ABLE TO GO TO COLLEGE, GET A JOB AND GET A DRIVER'S LICENSE THANKS TO DACA.

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            • 03:11:17 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE…

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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            • 03:11:21 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, I'D NOW LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA FOR THE…

              MR. SPEAKER, I'D NOW LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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            • 03:11:27 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

            • 03:11:29 PM

              MR. JOHNSON

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT. TO PROTECT DREAMERS LIKE RAY, A CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE KING IN ATLANTA.

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            • 03:11:42 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE…

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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            • 03:11:47 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA FOR…

              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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            • 03:11:54 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA.

            • 03:11:56 PM

              MS. TITUS

              THANK YOU. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT.…

              THANK YOU. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT. TO PROTECT DREAMERS LIKE VICTOR WHO ARRIVED WHEN HE WAS 7 YEARS OLD AND NOW WORKS AS AN I.T. SUPPORT ANALYST.

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            • 03:12:08 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE…

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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            • 03:12:13 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, IT'S NOW MY PRIVILEGE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

              MR. SPEAKER, IT'S NOW MY PRIVILEGE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, DISTINGUISHED WHIP, MR. HOYER, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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            • 03:12:21 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

            • 03:12:22 PM

              MR. HOYER

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP…

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT. IN ORDER TO CARRY OUT THE SPEAKER'S EXPRESSED INTENT. TO PROTECT DREAMERS LIKE GENE. AS GENE STUDIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND AND IS A CREDIT TO THAT INSTITUTION, A CREDIT TO OUR STATE, AND A CREDIT TO OUR COUNTRY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 03:12:56 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE…

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED. THE TIME WILL BE DEDUCTED FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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            • 03:13:01 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT INTO THE RECORD A…

              MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT INTO THE RECORD A LETTER FROM 18 EVANGELICAL RELIGIOUS LEADERS AND OTHER RELIGIOUS LEADERS IN OPPOSITION TO THE PRESIDENT -- TO PRESIDENT TRUMP'S DECISION TO END DACA.

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            • 03:13:10 PM

              TEMPORE WITHOUT

              WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

            • 03:13:11 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              I'D ALSO LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT INTO THE RECORD LETTERS…

              I'D ALSO LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT INTO THE RECORD LETTERS FROM -- A LETTER SIGNED BY 20 STATE ATTORNEY GENERALS IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO WHAT THE PRESIDENT HAS DONE.

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            • 03:13:21 PM

              TEMPORE WITHOUT

              WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

            • 03:13:22 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              AND, MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS MOMENT I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO…

              AND, MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS MOMENT I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. GUTIERREZ.

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            • 03:13:29 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 03:13:32 PM

              MR. GUTIERREZ

              HOW DID WE GET HERE? THE HOUSE PASSED THE DREAM ACT RIGHT HERE ON THIS…

              HOW DID WE GET HERE? THE HOUSE PASSED THE DREAM ACT RIGHT HERE ON THIS FLOOR. ALMOST ALL THE DEMOCRATS VOTED FOR IT AND A HANDFUL OF REPUBLICANS TOO. THE GOAL WAS TO LEGALIZE IMMIGRANTS WHO HAD GROWN UP IN THE U.S., ACHIEVED EDUCATION, AND HAD NO WAY OF GETTING LEGALIZATION STATUS UNLESS CONGRESS TOOK ACTION. WAY BACK IN 2001 I HAD INTRODUCED THE FIRST BILL TO LEGALIZE IMMIGRANT YOUTH THAT TOOK ALMOST 10 YEARS AND PASSED IN THE HOUSE IN 2010. LATE THAT ARE SAME WEEK, THERE WAS A VOTE IN THE SENATE, 55 OUT OF 100 SENATORS VOTED FOR CLOTURE ON THE DREAM ACT, TO LEGALIZE THE STATUS OF UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT YOUTH. AND WE KNOW YOU NEED 60 VOTES IN THE SENATE TO MOVE SOMETHING FORWARD SO THE DREAM ACT WAS BLOCKED. EVEN THOUGH IT HAD A MAJORITY OF VOTES OF THE SENATOR. BECAUSE OF A FILIBUSTER LED BY REPUBLICANS. AND NOT JUST ANY REPUBLICAN LED THE FILIBUSTER. BUT THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION TO THE DREAM ACT WAS NONE OTHER THAN THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES, JEFF SESSIONSES. SO YESTERDAY THE PRESIDENT -- SESSIONS. SO YESTERDAY THE PRESIDENT, UNWILLING TO GO OUT TO THE CAMERAS AND ANNOUNCE HE WAS KILLING DACA HIMSELF, SENT JEFF SESSIONS OUT TO TELL 800,000 IMMIGRANTS, WE DON'T WANT YOU HERE ANYMORE. INCLUDING IN THAT ANNOUNCEMENT WAS WAS A HALF-HEARTED SALES PITCH FOR CONGRESS TO PASS LEGISLATION. BUT REMEMBER, WHEN SESSIONS HAD A CHANCE TO DO EXACTLY THAT, HE LED THE FIGHT TO STOP IT. THAT'S HYPOCRISY ON STEROIDS. SO, PRESIDENT OBAMA FINALLY TOOK THE ONLY ACTION HE COULD TAKE TWO YEARS LATER, AND CRAFTED A NARROWLY DEFINED PROGRAM CALLED DACA THAT HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL -- THAT HAS NEVER BEEN SUCCESSFULLY CHALLENGED IN COURT. DACA RECIPIENTS ARE TEACHERS, NURSES. ONE IS EVEN A CHICAGO POLICEMAN WHO STRAPS ON HISES GUN AND A BADGE TO PROTECT PEOPLE EVERY DAY IN MY CITY OF CHICAGO. DURING HURRICANE HARVEY, DREAMERS WERE DACA, WERE FIRST RESPONDERS AND VOLUNTEER AND THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES TO SAVE OTHERS LIKE ALONSO OF TEXAS. LOOK. WE WANT A CLEAN DREAM ACT. UP OR DOWN VOTE. AND DEMOCRATS, LET'S BE CLEAR. THIS IS A CRISIS THAT REQUIRES SWIFT ACTION OF LEGISLATION TO FIX IT. AS BIG A PRIORITY AS ANYTHING ELSE WE NEED TO PASS THIS MONTH , OUR VOTES ARE NEEDED ON THE DEBT CEILING, DEMOCRATS. ON THIS BILL, ON THE C.R., AND WHAT ARE WE GETTING FOR OUR VOTES, DEMOCRATS? WHEN THE C.E.O. OF MICROSOFT SAYS YOU CAN ONLY TAKE MY DREAMERS WITH DACA BY COMING FIRST THROUGH ME, THAT IS A CHALLENGE TO EVERY POLICYMAKER IN THIS CHAMBER AND ESPECIALLY TO MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES. . WHEN WILL WE THROW DOWN AND SAY NO, YOU CAN ONLY HAVE OUR VOTES UNLESS YOU GIVE US THE DREAM ACT? WHEN WILL WE SAY, YOU CANNOT HAVE OUR VOTES UNLESS YOU BRING 800,000 YOUNG LIVES WITH US? LET'S DEMAND A VOTE ON THE DREAM ACT AND WE CAN PASS IT RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW AND GIVE OUR YOUNG PEOPLE THE FUTURE OF OUR NARKSE SAFETY AND SECURITY THEY NEED AND DESERVE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THE ONLY COUNTRY THEY HAVE KNOWN. THEY ARE AMERICAN IN EVERYTHING BUT A PIECE OF PAPER. AND WE SHOULD ALL BE ASHAMED OF OURSELVES BY NOT ALLOWING A VOTE. 800,000 YOUNG PEOPLE, ONCE, TWICE, THREE-TIMES REGISTERED WITH THE GOVERNMENT. AND WHAT DO THEY GET? SIX MONTHS, PACK YOUR BAGS AND LEE. THEY ARE PLEDGED ALLEGIANCE TO ONLY ONE FLAG, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND THIS COUNTRY, AND THIS COWARDLY ACTION TURNS ITS BACK ON THEM. I SAY NO C.R. I SAY NO DEBT CEILING. LET'S HAVE A VOTE FIRST ON THE DREAM ACT.

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            • 03:17:33 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS -- RESERVES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA…

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

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            • 03:17:40 PM

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              I DON'T THINK MY COLLEAGUE IS CONFUSED ABOUT WHERE HE IS ON THIS ISSUE AND…

              I DON'T THINK MY COLLEAGUE IS CONFUSED ABOUT WHERE HE IS ON THIS ISSUE AND I DON'T THINK ANY AMOUNT OF TALKING ON THE FLOOR IS GOING TO CHANGE HIS MIND ON THIS ISSUE. I WOULD SAY THAT THE UNDERLYING BILL WHICH MAKES IN ORDER OVER 100 UNDERLYING AMENDMENTS SO WE CONDITION CAN HAVE A CONVERSATION ABOUT DIFFERENT IDEAS, DIFFERENT OUTCOMES IS THE RIGHT WAY TO CRAFT LEGISLATION AND WITH THE SUPPORT OF THIS BODY AND THIS BILL, WE WILL MOVE ON TO THAT UNDERLYING DEBATE AND WE WILL HAVE THAT VOICE HEARD. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 03:18:14 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 03:18:19 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              IT'S INTEREST, THE GENTLEMAN NEGLECTED TO MENTION THE 227 AMENDMENTS…

              IT'S INTEREST, THE GENTLEMAN NEGLECTED TO MENTION THE 227 AMENDMENTS DENIED YESTERDAY AND THE FRUSTRATION THAT WE HAVE OVER HERE IS THAT WE'RE GOING THROUGH AN EXERCISE WITH THESE APPROPRIATION BILLS KNOWING THEY'RE GOING NOWHERE AND WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO DEAL WITH A SHORT-TERM CONTINUING RESOLUTION AND THERE'LL PROBABLY BE A BIG OMNIBUS PASSED AT THE END THAT MAY NOT IN ANY WAY REFLECT THE LIBERATIONS WE'RE DOING ON THE APPROPRIATIONS MATTERS IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS TAVEPLS LITTLE FRUSTRATING BECAUSE WE HAVE OTHER THINGS TO DO. AND WHAT WE'RE SAYING IS, LET'S MAKE THIS WEAKER CONSEQUENCE AND LET US -- MAKE THIS WEEK A WEEK OF CONSEQUENCE AND BRING UP THE DREAM ACT. PRESIDENT TRUMP DID SOMETHING HORRIBLE YESTERDAY , HE PULLED THE RUG OUT FROM UNDERNEATH 800,000 GOOD, DECENT, LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS IN THIS COUNTRY, WHO ARE AMERICAN IN EVERY WAY EXCEPT THEY DON'T HAVE A PIECE OF PAPER. WHO WERE BROUGHT HERE IN MANY INSTANCES AS INFANTS. THEY SERVE IN OUR MILITARY. HE PULLED THE RUG RIGHT FROM UNDERNEATH THEM. IT'S A CRUEL, AWFUL, NASTY THING TO DO. LISTENING TO THE RATIONALE OF THIS WHITE HOUSE, I MEAN, THIS KIND OF SCHIZOPHRENIC TIRADE WE HAVE SEEN UNFOLD WHERE ONE MINUTE HE'S AGAINST THE DREAMERS, THEN HE LOVES THE DREAMERS, THEN HE'S AGAINST THE DREAMERS, THEN HE LOVES THE DREAMERS. ALL OF THIS KIND OF RAMBLING WE HAVE SEEN OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE HASN'T CHANGED THE FACT THAT HE HAS THROWN 800,000 LIVES IN TURMOIL. PEOPLE NOW HAVE TO LIVE IN FEAR AND UNCERTAINTY AND IT'S A ROTTEN THING TO DO. WHAT WE'RE SAYING IS, LET'S FIX IT. MY FRIENDS SAY THEY DIDN'T LIKE WHAT PRESIDENT OBAMA DID THROUGH EXECUTIVE ORDER. WE TRIED TO LEGISLATION, WE DID IN -- WE TRIED TO LEGISLATE, WE DID IN 2010, THE REPUBLICANS MADE SURE WE COULDN'T BRING IT TO THE FLOOR OF THE SENATE. PRESIDENT OBAMA STEPPED FORWARD AND PUT FORTH AN EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT PROTECTED 800,000 PEOPLE MY FRIENDS SAY THEY LIKE THE DREAMERS, WANT TO HELP THEM. LET'S HELP THEM. YOU GUYS ARE IN CHARGE. YOU CAN DO ANYTHING YOU WANT. ALL WE'RE ASKING FOR IS A VOTE. THAT IS IT. A VOTE. THE WAY WE CAN ENSURE A VOTE IS TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND BRING UP THE DREAM ACT. IF YOU DON'T HAVE THE COURAGE TO BRING IT UP YOURSELF, DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, WE'LL BRING IT TO THE FLOOR.

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            • 03:20:51 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARDS THE…

              MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARDS THE PRESIDENT AND TO DIRECT THEIR COMMENTS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 03:21:03 PM

              MR. WOODALL

              I THANK YOU FOR THAT ADMONITION. THESE ARE IMPORTANT ISSUES. MY FRIENDS…

              I THANK YOU FOR THAT ADMONITION. THESE ARE IMPORTANT ISSUES. MY FRIENDS HAVE A LEGITIMATE CONCERN ABOUT AN IMMIGRATION ISSUE. CHARACTERIZED WITH TERMS LIKE CRUEL. AND NASTY. AND ROTTEN. AND NO COURAGE. I WOULD SAY TO MY FRIENDS, WE CAN TRY TO BELITTLE EACH OTHER INTO A COMPROMISE. I'VE NOT SEEN THAT WORK BEFORE. WE CAN TRY TO INSULT EACH OTHER INTO A SOLUTION. I HAVE NOT SEEN THAT WORK BEFORE. I SEE MY COLLEAGUES COMING DOWN THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, MR. SPEAKER, ONE AFTER THE OTHER, TO TELL A COMPELLING STORY ABOUT A MAN OR WOMAN THEY KNOW THAT THEY BELIEVE WOULD MAKE AN AMAZING UNITED STATES CITIZEN. THEY THEY THEY -- THAT THEY BELIEVE WOULD ADD VALUE TO OUR COMMUNITIES. THAT THEY BELIEVE IS SERVING ADMIRABLY IN OUR CHURCH. IS WORKING ADMIRABLY IN OUR COMMUNITY. THEY HAVE A STORY TO TELL AND THEY SHOULD TELL IT. GUESS WHAT? I'VE GOT A FEW OF THOSE STORIES TO TELL MYSELF. BUT I WOULD SAY TO MY FRIENDS, I DON'T THINK, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THE INSULTS AND THE ACRIMONY ARE GOING TO GET US WHERE ANY OF US WANT TO BE, AND FOR MY FRIENDS WHO BELIEVE DIFFERENTLY, I WOULD TELL YOU, I THINK WE HAVE TRIED THAT PATH BEFORE. AND IT DIDN'T TAKE US WHERE WE WANT TO GO. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 03:22:39 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 03:22:43 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              I'M SORRY MY FRIEND DOESN'T LIKE WORDS LIKE CRUEL WHEN IT COMES TO THE…

              I'M SORRY MY FRIEND DOESN'T LIKE WORDS LIKE CRUEL WHEN IT COMES TO THE PRESIDENT'S ACTIONS WITH REGARD TO DREAMERS. I WANT TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN THE RECORD AN ARTICLE ABOUT A MAN NAMED JESUS CON TERRACE, FROM HOUSTON, TEXAS WHO HELPED RESCUE FLOOD VICTIMS, AND NOW FACES DEPORTATION IF STRIPPED OF HIS DACA STATUS. I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU CALL THAT. I CALL IT CRUEL. I CAN'T IMAGINE WHY ANYBODY WOULD WANT TO TAKE AWAY THIS MAN'S ABILITY TO LIVE HIS LIFE IN THE ONLY COUNTRY HE KNOWS. A MAN WHO IS SAVING LIVES. WE'RE TELLING THESE STORIES BECAUSE WE'RE HOPING MAYBE IT MIGHT MOVE SOME OF MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. MAYBE IT MIGHT MOVE THE LEADERSHIP TO ALLOW US TO SCHEDULE A VOTE AND ACTUALLY FIX THIS, YOU KNOW. AND REMOVE THE LEVEL OF UNCERTAINTY AND FEAR THAT NOW 800,000 PEOPLE HAVE TO DEAL WITH BECAUSE OF WHAT THE PRESIDENT DID YESTERDAY, BECAUSE OF THE INACTION OVER THE YEARS OF THE CONGRESS. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO NEW YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. LEE, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT QUFMENT

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            • 03:23:48 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED THEY FEEL GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS…

              WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED THEY FEEL GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 03:23:52 PM

              MS. LEE

              THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440 THE…

              THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 3440 THE DREAM ACT, TO PROTECT DREAMERS LIKE LAURA WHO ARE JUST AS AMERICAN AS YOU AND ME.

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            • 03:24:04 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE…

              AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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            • 03:24:10 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, I'D ALSO LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, MS.…

              MR. SPEAKER, I'D ALSO LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, MS. KAPTUR, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT QUSM

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            • 03:24:16 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO.

            • 03:24:18 PM

              MS. KAPTUR

              DENY DREAMERS LEGAL STATUS IN THIS COUNTRY AND TO SUPPORT HIS EXECUTIVED…

              DENY DREAMERS LEGAL STATUS IN THIS COUNTRY AND TO SUPPORT HIS EXECUTIVED OFFER AFFIRMING DACA FOR SO MANY YOUNG PEOPLE ACROSS THIS NATION, 4,400 IN OHIO, FOR EXAMPLE. WHO ARE FOLLOWING THE RULES, WHO CAME HERE AS CHILDREN, WHO ARE AS AMERICAN AS APPLE PIE AND ONLY WANT A CHANCE TO SUCCEED IN OUR COUNTRY, LIKE LINDA, WHO WAS BROUGHT HERE FROM PALESTINE WHEN SHE WAS 8 YEARS OLD, SHE'S STUDYING NOW IN OUR AREA IN A VERY DIFFICULT STEM PROGRAM AND IS WORKING HER WAY THROUGH COLLEGE THROUGH WORK STUDY IN ORDER TO MAKE A FIRM CONTRIBUTION TO OUR NATION IN THE FUTURE AND TO THE FUTURE OF WHATEVER FAMILY SHE ESTABLISHES. WHY SHOULD THEY BE DENIED THIS OPPORTUNITY AND MADE TO FEEL SO PUT UPON BY THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES? SO WITH THIS UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST, I STAND ON BEHALF OF THOSE 4,400 HIIANS AS WELL AS 800,000 YOUNG AMERICANS WHO ARE DREAMERS AND WILL INJECT NEW ENERGY, NEW POSSIBILITY INTO OUR COUNTRY, TO HELP FUND PROGRAMS LIKE SOCIAL SECURITY WHICH THEY'RE PAYING INTO IF THEY'RE WORKING AND MAKE THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR COUNTRY'S FUTURE. IT'S AN HONOR TO RISE ON HER BEHALF AND ASK FOR CONGRESS TO ACT IMMEDIATELY TO PASS LEGISLATION TO PROTECT THESE YOUNG PEOPLE WHOSE ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL CONTRIBUTIONS WILL ONLY MAKE OUR NATION STRONGER AND THEY WILL NOT DISPLACE ANYONE, ANY PERSON WHO HAS AN APPLICATION CURRENTLY SPENDING FOR OUR IMMIGRATION SERVICE. BUT THEY WILL WAIT IN LINE LIKE EVERYONE ELSE BECAUSE THEY'RE FAIR PEOPLE AND DESERVE TO BE TREATED FAIRLY BY THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 03:26:13 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REMARKS WILL BE INSERTED INTO THE RECORD. TIME WILL…

              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REMARKS WILL BE INSERTED INTO THE RECORD. TIME WILL BE DELETED FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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            • 03:26:21 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              I'D ALSO LIKE UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT INTO THE RECORD A LETTER TO…

              I'D ALSO LIKE UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT INTO THE RECORD A LETTER TO MEMBERS OF THE CONGRESS FROM THE UNITED STATES CONFERENCE OF MAYORS STRONGLY OBJECTING TO WHAT THE PRESIDENT DID. I'D LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN THE RECORD AN ARTICLE THAT APPEARED ON THE NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO WEBPAGE ENTITLED MICROSOFT PRESIDENT TO TRUMP, TO DEPORT A DREAM YOU'LL HAVE TO GO THROUGH US. I'D ALSO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN THE RECORD A LIST OF OVER 500 BUSINESS LEADERS IN SUPPORT OF DACA WHO OPPOSE WHAT THE PRESIDENT DID YESTERDAY AND WHO ARE UPSET FOR CONGRESS FOR ITS INACTION AND I'D LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN THE RECORD A STATEMENT DINED BY -- SIGNED BY OVER 1,00 CATHOLIC EDUCATORS WHO CALL ON PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIS ADMINISTRATION TO SAVE DACA AND PROTECT THE DREAMERS. I RESERVE MY TIME.

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            • 03:27:13 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 03:27:17 PM

              MR. WOODALL

              I WOULD SAY TO MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS, I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE WHEN…

              I WOULD SAY TO MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS, I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE WHEN HE IS. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 03:27:23 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 03:27:29 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              MAY I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE REMAINING?

            • 03:27:33 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              7 1/2 MINUTES.

            • 03:27:35 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINING TIME, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST OF ALL, WITH REGARD…

              I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINING TIME, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST OF ALL, WITH REGARD TO THE UNDERLYING BILL THAT IS BEING BROUGHT BEFORE THE HOUSE TODAY, A WHOLE BUNCH OF APPROPRIATIONS BILLS, BUNCHED TOGETHER IN AN UNPRECEDENTED WAY, I WOULD SAY IN AN UNDEMOCRATIC WAY AS WELL. NOBODY WAS -- NOBODY HAS HAD A CHANCE TO READ THESE BILLS. OVER 1,300 PAGES. I DON'T THINK ANYBODY IN THIS CHAMBER HAS READ THEM ALL. CLOSE TO 1,000 AMENDMENTS WERE SUBMITTED. THEY WERE ALL ASKED TO BE SUBMITTED BEFORE WE CAME BACK INTO SESSION. WHILE PEOPLE WERE STILL ON WORK RECESS. I DON'T THINK MEMBERS HAVE HAD A CHANCE TO REVIEW ALL THE AMENDMENTS. AS I SAID, HUNDREDS OF GOOD AMENDMENTS HAVE BEEN REJECTED. AND I -- I SAID LAST NIGHT IN THE RULES COMMITTEE, I INVOKED SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN'S NAME, HE WROTE A PIECE IN WHICH HE CALLED ON CONGRESS TO GO BACK TO REGULAR ORDER. I AGREE WITH HIM. WE OUGHT TO GO BACK TO REGULAR ORDER. THAT'S WHAT THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE PROMISED WHEN THE TOOK THE GAVEL. WE WOULD HAVE REGULAR ORDER. THIS IS NOT REGULAR ORDER. THIS IS NOT THE WAY WE SHOULD DECIDE SPENDING MATTERS. AND I WILL TELL YOU RIGHT NOW THAT THERE'LL BE LOTS OF MISTAKES IN THIS LEGISLATION THAT IS BEING RUSHED THROUGH. IF IT EVEN GOES ANYWHERE. BECAUSE WE'RE NOW BEING TOLD WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO A CONTINUING RESOLUTION AN CHANCES ARE WE'LL END UP STROG DO A LONG-TERM SPENDING BILL. BUT PROCESS MATTERS. WHEN YOU BUNCH THINGS TOGETHER, WHEN YOU RUSH THINGS LIKE THIS, MISTAKES ARE MADE. BUT AS I SAID, IN MY OPEN, WE ARE GOING TO ASK FOR PEOPLE TO VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. IF YOU VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I WILL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO BRING UP REPRESENTATIVE ROYBAL-ALLARD'S BILL WHICH IS THE DREAM ACT. WHICH WOULD ACTUALLY SOLVE THE DILEMMA WE FACE. IT WILL SOOVE THE DILEMMA THAT 800,000 GOOD PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY ARE NOW FACING AS A RESULT OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CRUEL DECISION YESTERDAY TO REPEAL DACA. TO END DACA. THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO AS YOU'VE HEARD FROM ALL MY COLLEAGUES -- THEY'VE TOLD THEIR STORIES. THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE WORKING IN THIS COUNTRY, THEY'RE LEADING EFFORTS TO RESCUE PEOPLE AND -- IN HURRICANE-RAVAGED TEXAS, THEY'RE PARAMEDIC, THEY SERVE IN OUR MILITARY, THESE ARE GOOD PEOPLE. THIS IS THEIR COUNTRY. THEY WERE BROUGHT HERE AS INFANTS AND THIS IS THE ONLY COUNTRY THEY KNOW. AND THE FACT THAT AND THE FACT THAT WE ARE TREATING THESE GOOD PEOPLE IN SUCH A TERRIBLE WAY, EVERY ONE OF US SHOULD BE ASHAMED. THAT'S NOT WHO WE ARE. WE KEEP ON SAYING THAT EVERY TIME THE WHITE HOUSE DOES SOMETHING ELSE THAT WE FIND OFFENSIVE, WE KEEP SAYING, THAT'S NOT WHO WE ARE, THAT'S NOT WHO WE ARE. WELL, AT SOME POINT WE HAVE TO PROVE IT. WE HAVE TO SHOW IT. AND IF WE BELIEVE THAT DREAMERS ARE A VALUABLE PART OF OUR COMMUNITY, THEN WE NEED TO PROTECT THEM. AND THIS IS A WAY TO DO IT TODAY. THERE'S NO NEED FOR COMPROMISE AND MORE DISCUSSION. IT'S A VERY SIMPLE QUESTION. YOU EITHER SUPPORT THE DREAMERS OR YOU DON'T. THAT'S IT. THAT'S THE ONLY QUESTION AT HAND. IF YOU WANT TO LOAD IT UP WITH ALL KIND OF OTHER EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL, THAT'S NOT A FAIR THING TO DO. THAT'S NOT THE WAY -- THAT'S NOT WHAT THESE PEOPLE DESERVE. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, I MEAN, I KNOW YOU'RE HEARING FROM YOUR CONSTITUENTS. I KNOW YOU'RE HEARING FROM YOUR TEACHERS AND SYNAGOGUES AND MOSQUES THAT WE NEED TO PROTECT THESE PEOPLE. WELL, LET'S DO IT. THE DREAMERS DON'T NEED YOUR WORDS, THEY DON'T NEED YOUR SYMPATHY. THEY DON'T NEED YOUR EMPATHY. THEY NEED YOUR VOTE. WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TODAY, BY VOTING NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, TO HAVE A VOTE. TODAY. ON WHETHER TO PROTECT THE DREAMERS. IT IS THAT SIMPLE. SO I ASK MY COLLEAGUES, IF YOU TRULY -- MANY OF YOU -- SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE HAVE SPOKEN VERY ELOQUENTLY ABOUT THE DREAMERS. IF YOU MEAN IT, THEN GIVE US YOUR VOTE. IF YOU MEAN IT, DO LESS TALKING AND GIVE US THE VOTE. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE ASKING FOR TODAY. SO VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. LET US HELP THESE GREAT PEOPLE. LET US HELP THESE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN SUCH A VALUABLE PART OF OUR COMMUNITY. LET US TREAT THEM WITH THE DIGNITY AND RESPECT THAT THEY DESERVE. LET US RECOGNIZE THAT THEY VIEW THIS COUNTRY AS THEIR HOME AND WE SHOULD VIEW THIS COUNTRY AS THEIR HOME AS WELL. SO WITH THAT, VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. AND IF THAT DOESN'T WORK, THEN VOTE NO ON THIS LOUSY RULE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 03:32:15 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              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 REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE PRESIDENT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 03:32:23 PM

              MR. WOODALL

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              PREVIOUS QUESTION. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE…

              PREVIOUS QUESTION. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING 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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            • 03:42:23 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, ON THAT I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

            • 03:42:25 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

              THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 AND 9 OF RULE 20, THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE-MINUTE VOTES ON ADOPTING THE RESOLUTION IF ORDERED, AND AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S JOURNAL IF ORDERED. 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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            • 03:42:42 PM

              On ordering the previous question Roll Call 442 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

              • 04:09:11 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                ARE 233 AND THE NAYS ARE 187. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE…

                ARE 233 AND THE NAYS ARE 187. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE.

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          • 04:09:23 PM

            House Vote 442 - On Ordering the Previous Question

            Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3354) making appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules; and waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules.

            Passed (233 - 187)
            Yea
            Nay

            Vote Details: Yea - 233
            Republican - 233

            Vote Details: Nay - 187
            Democratic - 187

            Vote Details: Not Voting - 13
            Republican - 6
            Democratic - 7

            • 04:09:25 PM

              On agreeing to the resolution Roll Call 443 - Recorded vote pending.

              • 04:09:34 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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              • 04:17:34 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 230 AND THE NAYS ARE 191. THE RESOLUTION IS…

                ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 230 AND THE NAYS ARE 191. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. 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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          • 04:17:37 PM

            House Vote 443 - On Agreeing to the Resolution

            Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3354) making appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules; and waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules.

            Passed (230 - 191)
            Aye
            No

            Vote Details: Aye - 230
            Republican - 230

            Vote Details: No - 191
            Democratic - 188
            Republican - 3

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

            • 04:17:39 PM

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

            • 04:17:54 PM

              UNFINISHED BUSINESS

              The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of the Speaker's Approval of the Journal which further proceedings had been postponed.

              • 04:17:58 PM

                On approving the Journal Roll Call 444 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

              • 04:24:15 PM

                House Vote 444 - On Approving the Journal

                Passed (230 - 182)
                Yea
                Nay

                Vote Details: Yea - 230
                Republican - 145
                Democratic - 85

                Vote Details: Nay - 182
                Democratic - 97
                Republican - 85

                Vote Details: Not Voting - 19
                Republican - 8
                Democratic - 11

                Vote Details: Present - 2
                Republican - 1
                Democratic - 1

                • 04:24:16 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 230. THE NAYS 182 WITH TWO ANSWERING PRESENT.…

                  ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 230. THE NAYS 182 WITH TWO ANSWERING PRESENT. THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                • 04:24:47 PM

                  MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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

                  MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3354, AND I MAY INCLUDE TABULAR MATERIAL ON THE SAME.

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                • 04:25:06 PM

                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 500 AND RULE…

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 500 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3350 -- 3354. THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. COLLINS, TO PRESIDE OVER THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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                • 04:25:12 PM

                  Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 500. H.R. 3354 — "Making appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes."

                  • 04:25:17 PM

                    Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 3354 with 2 hours of general debate. Measure will be considered read. Specified amendments are in order. The rule also provides that it shall be in order at any time through the legislative day of September 9, 2017, for the Speaker to entertain motions that the House suspend the rules.

                    • 04:25:36 PM

                      House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 500 and Rule XVIII.

                      • 04:25:38 PM

                        The Speaker designated the Honorable Chris Collins to act as Chairman of the Committee.

                        • 04:25:44 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE COMMITTEE WILL PLEASE BE IN ORDER. PLEASE…

                          THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE COMMITTEE WILL PLEASE BE IN ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE SOONER WE'RE QUIET THE SOONER WE CAN BEGIN. THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATION OFF THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. OR IT WON'T. WILL THE MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATION OFF THE HOUSE FLOOR SO WE CAN BEGIN DEBATE. THE SOONER WE BEGIN DEBATE THE SOONER WE'LL VOTE LATER TONIGHT. MEMBERS, TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 3354 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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                        • 04:27:28 PM

                          THE CLERK

                          A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,…

                          A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, ENVIRONMENT, AND RELATED AGENCIES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2018, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                    • 04:27:37 PM

                      GENERAL DEBATE

                      The Committee of the Whole proceeded with two hours of general debate on H.R. 3354.

                      • 04:27:38 PM

                        THE CHAIR

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

                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL IS CONSIDERED AS READ THE FIRST TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. FRELINGHUYSEN, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MRS. LOWEY, EACH WILL CONTROL ONE HOUR. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                      • 04:27:54 PM

                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                        MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

                      • 04:27:57 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT AND WILL SUSPEND. WILL THE HOUSE PLEASE COME TO…

                        THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT AND WILL SUSPEND. WILL THE HOUSE PLEASE COME TO ORDER. PLEASE, MEMBERS, TAKE YOUR CONVERSATION OFF THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED.

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                      • 04:28:15 PM

                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO PRESENT H.R. 3354, THE MAKE AMERICA SECURE…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO PRESENT H.R. 3354, THE MAKE AMERICA SECURE AND PROSPEROUS APPROPRIATIONS ACT. THIS LEGISLATION MOVES CONGRESS ONE STEP CLOSER TO COMPLETING ITS CRITICAL WORK ON OUR FISCAL YEAR 2018 APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. THE HEAD OF THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR -- AHEAD OF THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR ON SEPTEMBER 30. OUR BILL RESPECTS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THEIR PRIORITIES FOR OUR NATION AND THEIR HARD-EARNED TAX DOLLARS. IT WILL HELP MOVE OUR GREAT COUNTRY FORWARD IN A MORE STABLE AND PROS PRESS FUTURE. THIS SUPPORTS DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS TO KEEP OUR PEOPLE SAFE. IT HELPS OUR ECONOMY GROW AND THRIVE AND PROTECTS US FROM TERRORISTS AND THOSE WHO WANT TO DO US HARM. AND ENSURES AMERICA HAS A CRITICAL ROLE ACROSS THE GLOBE, BOTH MILITARILY AND DIPLOMATICALLY. MOST IMPORTANTLY, THIS BILL CONTINUES THE WORK STARTED WITH THE NATIONAL SECURITY FUNDING PACKAGE THAT PASSED THE HOUSE IN JULY, THE MAKE AMERICA SECURE ACT, AND PRIORITIZES THE SAFETY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, TARGETING FUNDING TOWARDS CRITICAL LAW ENFORCEMENT PROGRAMS, SECURING OUR BORDERS AND OUR CYBER NETWORKS, FIGHTING TERRORISTS, COMBATING OPIOID ABUSE AND STEMMING THE FLOW OF ILLEGAL DRUGS AND GOODS. OUR FUNDS ARE DIRECTED TO PROGRAMS THAT PROVIDE THE GREATEST NATIONAL BENEFIT, INCLUDING THOSE THAT KEEP OUR FOOD AND DRUG SUPPLY SAFE, SUPPORTS PUBLIC HEALTH PREPAREDNESS, FIGHT DEVASTATING WILDFIRES, INVESTS IN CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND OTHERWISE PROTECTS AND SUPPORTS OUR ECONOMY AND ECONOMIC FREEDOM. ALL OF THESE ARE MADE RESPONSIBLY IN EACH OF OUR BILLS WITHIN THIS PACKAGE. WE FOUND SAVINGS, GOTTEN RID OF FRAUD, WASTE AND DUPLICATION AND INCREASED OVERSIGHT TO ENSURE NO TAXPAYER DOLLARS MISSPENT. BUT WE STILL HAVE MORE WORK TO DO. THIS IS THE NEXT STEP IN THE PROCESS BUT IT'S NOT THE END. WE MUST ALSO ADDRESS NEW NEEDS ARISING FROM TERRIBLE FLOODING AND DAMAGE INFLICTED BY HURRICANE HARVEY WHICH IS AFFECTING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ACROSS TEXAS AND LOUISIANA AS WELL AS CONTINUAL GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS UNTIL THE FINAL APPROPRIATIONS PACKAGE CAN BE CONFERENCED WITH THE SENATE AND SIGNED INTO LAW. . THIS LEGISLATION REPRESENTS THE HOUSE PRIORITIES AND SHOWS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT THIS CHAMBER IS MOVING FORWARD GOVERNING EFFECTIVELY ACKNOWLEDGE R AND GETTING THINGS DONE HERE IN WASHINGTON. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE MEMBERS OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AND THE STAFF AND ALLOWS US TO CONSIDER THIS BILL TODAY, ESPECIALLY THE 12 CHAIRS OF THE SUBCOMMITTEES. THE COMMITTEE DRAFTED AND CONSIDERED AND MARKED UP ALL 12 APPROPRIATIONS BILLS IN UNDER TWO MONTHS, A RECORD-BREAKING PACE. AND AS A RESULT, WE HAVE A FINAL FINE PACKAGE OF SOLID BILLS ON THE FLOOR THIS AFTERNOON. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRS AND RANKING MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE BILLS WE ARE CONSIDERING TODAY, AS WELL AS RANKING MEMBER LOWEY, FOR HER PARTNERSHIP AND FRIENDSHIP THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS. I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND MY PERSONAL THANKS TO OUR STAFF ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR THEIR EFFORTS ON THESE BILLS. THIS PACKAGE IS THE PRODUCT NOT ONLY OF THE COMMITTEE'S WORK, BUT ALSO OF THE CONTRIBUTION OF ALL MEMBERS OF THIS BODY. WHILE DRAFTING THESE BILLS THAT PROPOSE THIS PACKAGE WE TOOK THE MISSIONS SERIOUSLY CREATING A MORE REPRESENTATIVE BILL THAT REFLECTS THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN BILL. IN JULY, THE HOUSE TOOK THE FIRST RESPONSIBLE STEP OF PROVIDING FUNDING FOR CRITICAL NATIONAL SECURITY PRIORITIES. WITH THIS BILL, WE COMPLETE OUR WORK ON ALL 12 OF OUR APPROPRIATIONS BILLS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR. THIS MORNING, THE HOUSE CAME TOGETHER ON AN OVERWHELMINGLY BIPARTISAN BASIS THAT PASSED DESPERATELY NEEDED EMERGENCY FUNDING FOR THE VICTIMS IN TEXAS AND LOUISIANA, WHOSE LIVES WERE DESTROYED BY HURRICANE HARVEY. FUNDING THESE IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND OUR CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY TO THE PEOPLE WE SERVE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THIS BILL. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 04:32:54 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

                      • 04:33:01 PM

                        MRS. LOWEY

                        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF EIGHT MINUTES. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF EIGHT MINUTES. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL, WHICH WOULD TURN BACK THE CLOCK ON AMERICAN EXCELLENCE FOLLOWING PRESIDENT TRUMP'S LEAD ON DIVESTING FROM EDUCATION, HEALTH CLIMATE ASSISTANCE AND INFRASTRUCTURE. THE PROCESS FOR THIS BILL HAS BEEN OUTRAGEOUS AND THIS DEBATE FRANKLY IS AN UTTER WASTE OF TIME. JUST HOURS AGO, CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP AND THE PRESIDENT AGREED TO PASS A PACKAGE INCLUDING HURRICANE HARVEY ASSISTANCE AS WELL AS THE DEBT LIMIT EXTENSION AND A CONTINUING RESOLUTION TO KEEP GOVERNMENT RUNNING UNTIL DECEMBER 15. WE SHOULD BE WORKING TO PASS THAT MEASURE NOW SO THAT WE CAN WORK THAT WE CAN WORK TOWARD A BIPARTISAN BUDGET AGREEMENT INSTEAD OF WASTING DAYS ON A BILL THAT UNDERCUTS ECONOMIC GROWTH AND PRIORITIES AND ON WHICH FAMILIES RELY AND SO HYPER PARTISAN, IT NEVER EARN THE DEMOCRATIC SUPPORT TO BE ENACTED. BREAKING FROM LONG STANDING FOR MEMBERS TO ADVANCE AMENDMENTS, THE RULES COMMITTEE REQUIRED THAT AMENDMENTS BE SUBMITTED 12 DAYS AGO DURING THE WORK PERIOD AND REPORTED A RESTRICTIVE RULE FOR RELATIVELY FEW OF THEM SO FAR. THE MAJORITY DENIED CONSIDERATION OF MANY AMENDMENTS THAT WOULD ADDRESS TIMELY HIGH-PROFILE CHALLENGES, SOME OF WHICH CUTS TO THE CORE OF OUR DEMOCRACY AND WOULD HAVE BEEN ALLOWED UNDER AN OPEN RULE. IN RULE. IN ONE OF THE MOST EGREGIOUS EXAMPLES, THE MAJORITY BLOCKED AN AMENDMENT TO PROVIDE WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO PASS THE DREAM ACT NOW. IT IS ABSURD THAT AFTER YEARS OF RECEIVING MAJORITY SUPPORT, REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP HAS REFUSED TO ALLOW A VOTE. THE RULES COMMITTEE SHOULD MAKE IN ORDER AMENDMENTS TO PROTECT THE INTEGRITY OF OUR ELECTIONS AND THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE SPECIAL COUNSEL'S RUSSIA INVESTIGATION. THIS BILL ALSO FAILS ON THE MERITS. THE NONDEFENSE BILLS ARE BELOW SEQUESTRATION LEVELS SET IN LAW, SLASHING FUNDING FOR TEACHING TRAINING, APPRENTICESHIP GRANTS TO HELP YOUNG STUDENTS, LAW ENFORCEMENT GRANTS THAT HELP KEEP OUR COMMUNITIES SAFE, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS THAT ENSURE WE DRINK CLEAN WATER, BREATHE CLEAN AIR, HIGHWAY AND TRANSIT GRANTS THAT IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR OUR CONSTITUENTS AND A NUMBER OF SCIENTIFIC AND RESEARCH PROGRAMS THAT ARE IMPORTANT FOR GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS. THIS BILL IS LITERED WITH RIDERS WITH DEEP-ROOTED OPPOSITION LIKE CUTTING FUNDING FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD. IF THE MAJORITY IS SERIOUS ABOUT GOVERNING, LOADING MUST-PASS SPENDING BILLS WITH THESE POLICY BILLS IS A SURE-FIRE TO FAIL. TURN TO THE FOREIGN AND STATE OPERATIONS OF THE BILL, I WANT TO THANK STEVE, ELLEN, MATT WITH THE SUBCOMMITTEE, DEAN FROM MY OFFICE, CRAIG, SUSAN, DAVID, WINEY CHANK, MEGAN AND ALEX WITH THE MAJORITY. DIPLOMACY AND DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS ARE CRITICAL TO PROTECTING OUR COUNTRY'S NATIONAL SECURITY AND BUILDING STRONGER AND MORE STABLE COMMUNITIES AROUND THE WORLD. THAT IS WHY CUTS IN THIS DIVISION ARE SO DEEPLY TROUBLING. AS DEMONSTRATED THROUGH BOTH THE PRESIDENT'S UNWORKABLE REQUEST AND THE SUBCOMMITTEES UNSUSTAINABLE ALLOCATION, THE MAJORITY DOES NOT FULLY EMBRACE THE VITAL ROLE DIPLOMATIC ACTIVITIES ADD TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND ECONOMIC INTERESTS ABROAD. ON THE POSITIVE SIDE, IT SUSTAINS OUR UNWAVERING SUPPORT FOR OUR CLOSE PARTNER ISRAEL AS WELL AS JORDAN. AND I DO APPRECIATE CHAIRMAN ROGERS PROTECTING RESOURCES FOR BASIC EDUCATION, WATER, SANITATION, DEMOCRACY AND SOME VITAL WOMEN'S PROGRAMS WHICH PROVIDE COMMUNITIES THE FOUNDATIONS FOR INCLUSIVE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND POVERTY REDUCTION. WHILE HE REJECTED THE MOST EXTREME PROPOSALS IN THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET, THE ALLOCATION IS INSUFFICIENT TO RESPOND TO GLOBAL CHALLENGES. WE MUST REVERSE DANGEROUS AND SHORT-SIDED CUTS SUCH SUCH AS MULTI LATERAL COOPERATION, INTERNATIONAL FAMILY PLANNING AND CLIMATE CHANGE AS WELL AS THE WE ARE AT RISK THAT WILL VOID BEING FILLED BY THOSE WHO OPPOSE OUR VALUES AND INTEREST. LEAVING THE WORLD FAR DIFFERENT THAN WHAT WE WANT FOR OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. IT'S TIME FOR THE MAJORITY TO SET ASIDE ITS MOST EXTREME PROPOSALS, INCLUDING THE BORDER WALL AND INTERIOR IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENTS AND WORK WITH DEMOCRATS TO WRITE BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT COULD ACTUALLY BE ENACTED. I URGE A NO VOTE AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 04:40:23 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

                        THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                      • 04:40:30 PM

                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                        I RECOGNIZE MR. ROGERS OF KENTUCKY FOR THREE MINUTES, MY PREDECESSOR AS…

                        I RECOGNIZE MR. ROGERS OF KENTUCKY FOR THREE MINUTES, MY PREDECESSOR AS FULL CHAIRMAN.

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                      • 04:40:38 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

                      • 04:40:40 PM

                        MR. ROGERS

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE FISCAL OF THE FISCAL…

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE FISCAL OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2018 APPROPRIATIONS MEASURE BEFORE US TODAY. THE COMMITTEE, AS THE CHAIRMAN I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT, MR. CHAIRMAN, THE FUNDING PROVIDED FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE AND FOREIGN OPERATIONS. THIS PORTION OF THE BILL REDUCES INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMATIC AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS BY $10 BILLION, 17% REDUCTION FROM FISCAL 2017. IN A TOUGH BUDGET ENVIRONMENT, THE BILL STRIKES A DELICATE BALANCE BETWEEN FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY AND SUPPORT FOR CONTINUED U.S. LEADERSHIP AND FOREIGN AID. FIRST AND FOREMOST, OVER $6 BILLION IS ALLOCATED FOR EMBASSY SECURITY, WHICH WILL ENABLE THE STATE DEPARTMENT TO SAFEGUARD AMERICAN DIPLOMATIC FACILITIES OVERSEAS IN LINE WITH THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE BENGHAZI ACCOUNTABILITY REVIEW BOARD. SECOND, IT CONTAINS $8.4 BILLION FOR SECURITY ASSISTANCE TO SUPPORT KEY U.S. ALLIES AND PARTNERS. THE U.S.-ISRAEL MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING IS FULLY FUNDED AT $3.1 BILLION. THE BILL MAINTAINS FOREIGN MILITARY FINANCING FOR EGYPT, JORDAN, TUNISIA AND INCREASES SECURITY ASSISTANCE FOR UKRAINE AND PROVIDES EXTRA SUPPORT FOR OTHER COUNTRIES FACING RUSSIAN AGGRESSION. IN OUR OWN HEMISPHERE, IT WILL HELP COUNTER TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS AND THE FLOW OF ILLEGAL DRUGS BY SUPPORTING OUR PARTNERSHIPS WITH COLOMBIA, CENTRAL AMERICA AND MEXICO. THIRD, THE BILL PROMOTES AMERICAN VALUES AROUND THE WORLD BY MAINTAINING FUNDING FOR KEY DEMOCRACY PROGRAMS. FOURTH, THE BILL CONTINUES OUR COUNTRY'S STRONG TRADITION ON HELPING THE MOST VULNERABLE, PROVIDING $8.3 BILLION FOR GLOBAL HEALTH PROGRAMS AND $5.9 BILLION FOR HEALTH HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE. IT PROTECTS AND PRESERVES LIFE BY EXPANDING A MEXICO CITY POLICY PROHIBITING FUNDING FOR THE U.N. POPULATION FUND AND CONTINUING ALL PRO-LIFE RIDERS CARRIED IN PRIOR HOUSE BILLS. AND FINALLY AT A TIME WHEN WE MUST REMAIN FOCUSED ON BALANCING FEDERAL SPENDING, THIS BILL ELIMINATES MANY PROGRAMS AND IMPROVES OVERSIGHT AND MANAGEMENT AND MAKES OUR GOVERNMENT MORE ACCOUNTABLE. NO FUNDS ARE PROVIDED FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA'S GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE INITIATIVE. FUNDING FOR THE U.N. IS REDUCED BY $900 MILLION AND INTERNATIONAL BANKS CUT BY OVER $800 MILLION. I THANK THE CHAMPLEE. FUNDING BY THE U.N. IS REDUCED AND FINANCIAL BANKS ARE CUT BY OVER $800 MILLION. THIS LEGISLATION ADVANCES BOTH OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND ECONOMIC INTERESTS AND I URGE SUPPORT FOR THE BILL. AND MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 04:44:26 PM

                        THE CHAIR

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

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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                      • 04:44:35 PM

                        MRS. LWEY

                        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 NEW YORK, MR. SERRANO, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON COMMERCE, JUSTICE AND SCIENCE.

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                      • 04:44:49 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

                      • 04:44:51 PM

                        MR. SERRANO

                        THANK YOU, RANKING MEMBER LOWEY. I WISH WE COULD BE HERE IN OTHER…

                        THANK YOU, RANKING MEMBER LOWEY. I WISH WE COULD BE HERE IN OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES. THE PROCESS TO CONSIDER THE T.J.S. PORTION OF THIS BILL AS PART OF AN OMNIBUS PACKAGE IS NOT IN KEEPING OF HOW THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS SHOULD WORK. EACH BILL SHOULD BE GIVEN INDIVIDUAL CONSIDERATION UNDER AN OPEN RULE. SOME ON THE OTHER SIDE ARE CHEERING THIS FLOOR PROCESS, WHICH IS IRONIC GIVEN THE YEARS OF OPPOSITION OF SUCH A LUM-TOGETHER PACKAGE. I'M NOT SURE WHAT HAS CHANGED THEIR MINDS TODAY AND AT THIS POINT, WE DON'T KNOW IF MEMBERS WILL BE ALLOWED TO OFFER AMENDMENTS THAT ARE NECESSARY TO IMPROVE HALF OF THE BILL AND REIGN IN THIS OUT OF CONTROL ADMINISTRATION BECAUSE THE RULES COMMITTEE HAS NOT YET PROVIDED US WITH THAT INFORMATION. I ALSO WISH THAT THE SUBSTANCE OF WHAT WE ARE CONSIDERING THIS WEEK WERE BETTER. AS THE RANKING MEMBER OF T.J.S. SUBCOMMITTEE, I CAN SAY THE T.J.S. PORTION OF THIS BILL RECEIVED AN INADEQUATE ALLOCATION. THE BILL INCLUDES AN APPROXIMATELY 1% CUT BELOW PHYSICIAN CAT YEAR 20717. THIS IS FAR BELOW THE LEVEL NEEDED TO ADEQUATELY FUND THE PROGRAM IN THIS BILL, WHICH ARE CRUCIAL TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, SCIENTIFIC INNOVATION AND PROTECTING OUR NATION'S SHERIFFS' CONSTITUTIONAL VALUES. . LET ME MENTION SOME AREAS WHERE BOTH SIDES AGREE. I DO WANT TO COMMEND CHAIRMAN CULBERSON FOR REJECTING SEVERAL OF THE WORST IDEAS IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S BUDGET. THIS INCLUDES REBUFFING PROPOSALS THAT WOULD HAVE REDUCED RESEARCH FUNDING AT THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION AND ELIMINATED THE MINORITY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AGENCY. THIS BILL ALSO REJECTS CUTS TO EDUCATIONAL EFFORTS IN THE -- IN NASA AND PROPOSED CUTS FOR THE F.B.I. FAR TOO MANY OF THE PRESIDENT'S TERRIBLE PROPOSALS ARE GIVEN CREDENCE BY THIS LEGISLATION. THE LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION, THE MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM AND THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION ALL SAW SIGNIFICANT CUTS BEFORE THE CURRENT FUNDING LEVEL. THE CENSUS BUREAU IS GREATLY UNDERFUNDED AND WILL BE UNABLE TO COMPLETE THE IMPORTANT AND NECESSARY WORK THAT MUST BE DONE NOW TO PREPARE FOR THE 2020 CENSUS. A NUMBER OF OTHER PROGRAMS ARE SHORTCHANGED INCLUDING CLIMATE CHANGE, RESEARCH PROGRAMS AT N.S.F. AND NOAA. SEVERAL NATIONAL WHETHER SERVICE INITIATIVES AND A NUMBER OF D.O.J. GRANT PROGRAMS LIKE THE COPS HIRING PROGRAM AND SEVERAL POLICE REFORM GRANT PROGRAMS. DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ALIKE SUPPORT MOST IF NOT ALL OF THESE PROGRAMS BUT WE SIMPLY CANNOT FIX THESE PROBLEMS UNDER THIS ALLOCATION. I AM ALSO TROUBLED THAT THIS BILL ALLOWS MANY OF THE ADMINISTRATION'S MOST DISTURBING PRIORITIES AND INITIATIVES RELATED TO IMMIGRATION AND CIVIL RIGHTS TO MOVE FORWARD WITHOUT THE NECESSARY CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT. IN THE WAKE OF CHARLOTTESVILLE AND TUESDAY'S DACA DECISION, THERE ARE MANY IN THIS COUNTRY WHO ARE JUSTIFIABLELY QUESTIONING THE PRESIDENT'S -- JUSTIFIABLY QUESTIONING THE PRESIDENT'S TOLERANCE AND INCLUSIVENESS. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S BUDGET REQUEST FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE RAISES THOSE QUESTIONS AS WELL. A PROPOSAL TO HARM IMMIGRANTS BY INCREASING CRIMINAL ENFORCEMENT IS FUNDED IN THIS BILL. THERE IS NO ATTEMPT TO LIMIT THE DEPARTMENT'S ACTIONS TO UNDERMINE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, SUPPORT VOTER RESTRICTION THAT THIS -- AND IGNORE LGBT PROTECTIONS. MANY OF THESE HAVE BEEN REJECTED BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BUT THE PRESIDENT AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL CONTINUE TO GIVE THEM CREDIBILITY. DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS HAVE OFFERED AMENDMENTS TO LIMIT THE REACH OF THESE DRASTIC POLICY CHANGES, BUT AT THIS POINT IT IS UNCLEAR WHETHER ANY OF THESE AMENDMENTS WILL BE MADE IN ORDER. I HOPE WE WILL HAVE A SERIOUS OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE CHANGES TO THIS BILL, BUT THAT SEEMS UNLIKELY. IN ITS CURRENT FORM, I CANNOT SUPPORT THIS PORTION OF THE BILL OR THE BILL AS A WHOLE. THANK YOU.

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                      • 04:49:41 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                        MR. SPEAKER, PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON…

                        MR. SPEAKER, PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, MR. ADERHOLT OF ALABAMA, THREE MINUTES.

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                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                        MR. ADERHOLT

                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, IT'S MY DISTINCT HONOR TO BRING THE…

                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, IT'S MY DISTINCT HONOR TO BRING THE FISCAL YEAR 2018 AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT, FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION AND RELATED AGENCIES BILL BEFORE YOU TODAY AS PART OF THE MAKE AMERICA SECURE AND PROSPEROUS APPROPRIATIONS ACT. I DO WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN FOR HIS COMMITMENT TO THE ANNUAL APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS. UNDER HIS STEADFAST LEADERSHIP, THE HOUSE IS SCHEDULED TO VOTE ON ALL 2 APPROPRIATIONS BILLS WHICH IS AN EXTRAORDINARY ACHIEVEMENT. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK RANKING MEMBER LOWEY AND RANKING MEMBER BISHOP FOR THEIR COOPERATIVE SPIRIT. MR. BISHOP IS THE NEW RANKING MEMBER FOR THE AGRICULTURE SUBCOMMITTEE AND I HAVE ENJOYED WORKING WITH HIM OVER THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS AS WE HAVE MOVED FORWARD TO TRY TO HELP RURAL AMERICA AND RURAL COMMUNITIES. THE AG APPROPRIATIONS BILL RESPONSIBLY TARGETS FUNDS TO NATIONAL PROGRAMS THAT PROVIDE THE MOST BENEFIT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND TO THE UNITED STATES ECONOMY. THE BILL RECEIVED BIPARTISAN SUPPORT THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS, EVEN THOUGH MUCH OF THE FUNDING AND POLICIES REFLECT A CONSERVATIVE POLICY. THE OVERALL TOTAL FOR BOTH DISCRETIONARY AND MANDATORY SPENDING IN THIS BILL EQUALS $144.9 BILLION. THAT IS 4.1 BILLION DOLLARS ABOVE THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST AND $8.6 BILLION BELOW THE F.Y. 2017 ENACTED LEVEL. THE BILL INCLUDES $20 BILLION IN DISCRETIONARY BUDGET AUTHORITY WHICH IS $1.1 BILLION BELOW F.Y. 2017 ENACTED LEVEL WHEN ADJUSTING FOR THE COMMODITIES FUTURE TRADING COMMISSION. THE MANDATORY FUNDS IN THIS BILL SUPPORT USDA'S FARM PRODUCTION, CONSERVATION, CROP INSURANCE AND NUTRITION PROGRAMS. I'D LIKE TO THANK ALL THE MEMBERS WHO SUBMITTED REQUESTS AND GAVE INPUT AS WE HAVE MOVED FORWARD IN CRAFTING THIS LEGISLATION. KNOWING WHAT PROGRAMS MEMBERS ARE INTERESTED IN HAS HELPED US DIRECT FUNDING TO SUPPORT RURAL COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND ALSO COMBAT ANIMAL AND PLANT PESTS AND DISEASE THREATS, PROMOTE U.S. AGRICULTURE EXPORTS, SUPPORT FOOD LEVEL SAFETY AND MEDICAL PRODUCT LEVEL SAFETY, PROVIDE U.S. COMMODITIES TO THOSE IN NEED OVERSEAS AND ADDRESS THE CRITICAL NEEDS OF RESEARCH. WE PROTECTED OUR MOST VULNERABLE POPULATIONS IN THIS BILL BY PROVIDING FUNDING FOR ALL USDA'S NUTRITION PROGRAMS AT LEVELS THAT ENSURE ALL ELIGIBLE PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE THE NUTRITION ASSISTANCE THAT THEY NEED. WE MADE SURE THAT THE FARM LOAN PROGRAMS WILL MEET ESTIMATES OF DEMAND DURING THE CURRENT ECONOMIC DOWNTURN AND SEVERAL -- IN SEVERAL AREAS OF THE ECONOMY. FURTHERMORE, THE BILL PROVIDES $5.2 BILLION TO THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, INCLUDING THE PRESERVATION OF NEARLY $2.8 BILLION IN DISCRETIONARY RESOURCES TO ASSIST F.D.A. IN PROTECTING AND PROMOTING PUBLIC HEALTH. THE BILL CONTINUES THE SUPPORT -- CONTINUES TO SUPPORT THE FOOD SAFETY ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE FOOD SAFETY MODERNIZATION ACT AND PROVIDES $60 MILLION IN NEW FUNDS TO THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT. IN CLOSING, I'D LIKE TO ESPECIALLY THANK THE STAFF ON THE AGRICULTURE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, MY PERSONAL STAFF, THE MINORITY STAFF ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE.

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                      • 04:53:27 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MR. ADERHOLT -- AND --

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                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                        I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL 15 SECONDS TO THANK THE STAFF FOR…

                        I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL 15 SECONDS TO THANK THE STAFF FOR WHICH WE ARE GRATEFUL.

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                      • 04:53:36 PM

                        MR. ADERHOLT

                        WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL. AGAIN, I APPRECIATE THE BIPARTISAN COOPERATION THAT…

                        WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL. AGAIN, I APPRECIATE THE BIPARTISAN COOPERATION THAT WENT INTO CRAFTING THIS BILL. IT'S VERY IMPORTANT, AND I'D ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 04:53:46 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE RESERVES. THE…

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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                      • 04:53:54 PM

                        MRS. LOWEY

                        CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO,…

                        CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO, MS. KAPTUR, WHO IS THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND WATER.

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                      • 04:54:06 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                        MS. KAPTUR

                        I WANT TO THANK YOU, RANKING MEMBER LOWEY, FOR YIELDING AND THANK YOU TO…

                        I WANT TO THANK YOU, RANKING MEMBER LOWEY, FOR YIELDING AND THANK YOU TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE FOR THE LONG HOURS YOU DEDICATED TO THESE BILLS. CERTAINLY OUR CHAIRMAN RODNEY FRELINGHUYSEN. THE ARTIFICIALLY LOW ALLOCATIONS YOU WERE GIVEN HAVE RESULTED IN A PACKAGE THAT I CANNOT SUPPORT, BUT I WANT TO NOTE YOUR EFFORTS TO FIND COMPROMISE WHERE IT WAS POSSIBLE. THOUGH THE HOUSE PASSED THE ENERGY AND WATER BILL AS PART OF JULY'S CHRISTMAS TREE MINI BUS, I AM BACK DOWN HERE -- MINIBUS, I AM BACK DOWN HERE TODAY BECAUSE THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS HARMED THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S FUNDING FOR THE ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY VEHICLES MANUFACTURING LOAN PROGRAM, OR THEY CALL IT THE ATVM. IT'S BEEN GUTTED AS A PAY-FOR TO COVER ANOTHER SHORTSIGHTED REPUBLICAN CUT TO A FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM. TODAY'S RULE ALLOWED THIS BONEHEADED REPUBLICAN ACTION PLOTTED JUST WEEKS AGO BEFORE MOTHER NATURE'S CATASTROPHIC FURY HIT TEXAS WITH HURRICANE HARVEY. IT DOESN'T LOOK GOOD TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHEN THE MAJORITY CUTS PROGRAMS THAT ARE DESPERATELY NEEDED. IT DOESN'T SERVE AMERICA'S FUTURE IF MONEY IS PULLED FROM DEVELOPING ENGINE TECHNOLOGIES TO INCREASE FUEL ECONOMY OF CARS, EXPAND DOMESTIC MANUFACTURING AND CREATE GOOD-PAYING AMERICAN JOBS. UNLESS YOU LIVE UNDER A ROCK, YOU KNOW THESE INITIATIVES ARE BOTH POPULAR AND EFFECTIVE AND NECESSARY. 61% OF REPUBLICANS IN OHIO SUPPORT THE REQUIREMENT OF GETTING TO AN AVERAGE OF 40 MILES PER GALLON IN NEW CARS BY 2025 WITH 73% OF THE PUBLIC OVERALL SUPPORTING THAT. THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY VEHICLE PROGRAM SUPPORTED FOR ITS DEVELOPMENT OF THE ECOBOOST ENGINE WHICH IS BUILT IN OHIO AT BROOK PARK IN MY OWN DISTRICT. ADVANCED VEHICLE RESEARCH SUPPORTED THE DEVELOPMENT OF ALL-ELECTRIC VEHICLES FROM NISSAN'S LEASE IN TENNESSEE AND TESLA SESS MODEL S IN CALIFORNIA. IT SUPPORTS AMERICA'S COMPETITIVENESS IN A FIERCELY COMPETITIVE AND TOUGH GLOBAL MARKETPLACE THAT IS MANY TIMES NOT ON THE LEVEL. WE SHOULD SUPPORT INNOVATION AND COLLABORATION, NOT ELIMINATE JOB-CREATING PROGRAMS. I'LL FIGHT TO PRESERVE THIS PROGRAM IN THE FINAL SPENDING PACKAGE AND THUS ENCOURAGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES -- MIGHT I HAVE AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS?

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                      • 04:56:35 PM

                        MRS. LOWEY

                        YOU CAN HAVE A MINUTE.

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                        MS. KAPTUR

                        I THANK THE GENTLELADY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, RANKING MEMBER LOWEY. THUS, I…

                        I THANK THE GENTLELADY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, RANKING MEMBER LOWEY. THUS, I ENCOURAGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS SORT OF BACKWARD MANEUVER AND OPPOSE THE FINAL BILL. IN CLOSING, I'D LIKE TO SAY AND TO ACKNOWLEDGE PUBLICLY A VERY BIG THANK YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS TO TONYA ON HER UPCOMING RETIREMENT FROM CONGRESS. I KNOW SHE'LL HAVE A BRIGHT FUTURE AHEAD. AFTER HER DISTINGUISHED AND EXEMPLARY SERVICE WITH THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, INCLUDING IN IRAQ, SHE DEDICATED OVER A DECADE OF HER BRILLIANT LIFE AND MIND TO THE IMPORTANT TASK OF MANAGING THE APPROPRIATIONS ENERGY AND WATER SUBCOMMITTEE ACCOUNTS DURING MY TENURE AS RANKING MEMBER AS WELL AS HER REPRESENTATIVE PETER VISCLOSKY BEFORE ME. TONYA'S HIGH-MINDED COMMITMENT TO DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES ARE UNYIELDING. OUR COMMITTEE'S LOSING A TRUSTED AND HONORABLE ADVISOR, HER EXPERTISE AND NO-NONSENSE APPROACH SERVED OUR MEMBERS, THE STAFF AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXTRAORDINARILY WELL. TONYA, YOU WILL BE MISSED AND YOU CAN LEAVE WITH KNOWING THAT YOU MADE A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE FOR AMERICA'S FUTURE IN NUCLEAR READINESS, IN OUR ENERGY FUTURE SECURITY AND IN VITAL ARMY CORPS DEVELOPMENT FROM COAST TO COAST. WE THANK YOU. AND I YIELD BACK MY REMAINING TIME.

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                      • 04:57:59 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES.…

                        THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                      • 04:58:04 PM

                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, BEFORE I RECOGNIZE MR. CULBERSON, LET ME ASSOCIATE MYSELF…

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, BEFORE I RECOGNIZE MR. CULBERSON, LET ME ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH THE REMARKS OF MS. KAPTUR. TONYA, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR NATION. YOUR HELP TO BOTH THE REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS AND TO THE NATION, WE ARE INDEBTED TO YOU. GOOD LUCK TO YOU. MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMERCE, JUSTICE, SCIENCE SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. CULBERSON, WHO SPOKE SO ELOQUENTLY THIS MORNING, FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                      • 04:58:32 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

                      • 04:58:35 PM

                        MR. CULBERSON

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                        CHAD

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                        CHAD

                        THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED --

                      • 05:02:58 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY YIELDS.…

                        THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY YIELDS. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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                      • 05:03:05 PM

                        MRS. LOWEY

                        I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO MR. HOYER.

                      • 05:03:09 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                      • 05:03:11 PM

                        MR. HOYER

                        I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. INITIALLY I WANT TO SAY THAT I HOPE…

                        I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. INITIALLY I WANT TO SAY THAT I HOPE THAT VERY SOON IN A BIPARTISAN WAY WE'LL BRING A DACA BILL TO THIS FLOOR. LET ME QUOTE WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID LAST NIGHT. TRUMP SAID THAT HE WANTED TO, QUOTE, LEGALIZE DACA, FURTHER ACTION MUDDLED WITH THE ADMINISTRATION SAYING WHAT IT WOULD DO. HE SAID, WE NEED TO COME TOGETHER AND DO THIS AND WE REALLY HAVE NO CHOICE. NOW, LEANING, I WANT TO SPEAK ABOUT THIS -- LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I WANT TO SPEAK ABOUT THIS BILL. AS THE CHAIRMAN KNOWS, AND AS THE RANKING MEMBER KNOWS, I SERVED ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE FOR 23 YEARS. I'VE TAKEN LEAVE OF ABSENCE BECAUSE I'M ONE OF THE LEADERS ON OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR MOST OF THOSE YEARS WE WORKED IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION. THIS IS A PARTISAN BILL. SAD. AND IT IS NOT REGULAR ORDER AT ALL. REGULAR ORDER IS DOING ONE BILL AFTER ANOTHER UNTIL YOU'VE PASSED THE 12 BILLS. IN FACT, I DON'T THINK I'VE EVER SEEN THIS PROCESS DONE IN THIS FASHION. WHEN I WAS THE MAJORITY LEADER, THE FIRST YEAR WE PASSED ALL 12 BILLS INDIVIDUALLY, DISCRETELY, SEPARATELY AND SENT THEM TO THE SENATE. BEFORE THE AUGUST BREAK. HAL ROGERS SAID OF THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET, WHILE WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO REDUCE OUR FEDERAL DEFICIT, I AM DISAPPOINTED THAT MANY OF THE REDUCTIONS AND ELIMINATIONS PROPOSED IN THE PRESIDENT'S SKINNY BUDGET ARE DRACONIAN, AND COUNTERPRODUCTIVE. I THINK THE SAME COULD BE APPLIED TO THE BUDGET THAT IS BEFORE US. THE OMNIBUS APPROPRIATION PACKAGE THE HOUSE IS CONSIDERING THIS WEEK IS, AS ALL OF US HERE RECOGNIZE, ALL OF US RECOGNIZE, THE CHAIRMAN I HAVE GREAT RESPECT FOR. AND I'M NOT GOING TO ASK HIM PUBLICLY WHETHER HE THINKS THE SENATE'S GOING TO ADOPT ANY ONE OF THESE BILLS. BUT I KNOW HIS ANSWER. MAY I HAVE ONE ADDITIONAL MINUTE? LET ME SAY TO MY COLLEAGUES, THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO DO IT. JOHN MCCAIN GAVE A TWELLING SPEECH ON THE FLOOR OF THE -- COMPELLING SPEECH ON THE FLOOR OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE AS HE WAS CHALLENGED WITH A BRAIN TUMOR. THINKING DEEPLY ABOUT WHAT WE OUGHT TO DO AND HE SAID, WE NEED TO ACT TOGETHER. WE NEED TO BE BIPARTISAN. WE NEED TO DO THE PEOPLE'S WORK IN A WAY THEY EXPECT US TO DO IT -- TOGETHER. MR. CHAIRMAN THRK BILL IS NOT GOING TO GET -- MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS BILL IS NOT GOING TO GET A DEMOCRATIC VOTE. THAT'S SAD. IT'S SAD THAT THE HOUSE -- FOR THE HOUSE, IT'S SAD FOR THE COUNTRY AND IT'S SAD FOR THE PEOPLE WHO WILL BE SHORTCHANGED BY THIS BILL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO . AND I URGE THE MAJORITY PARTY TO RETURN TO THE TABLE AS SURELY WE WILL, TO WORK IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION TO CONSTRUCT BILLS THAT WE CAN ALL BE PROUD OF. THERE WILL BE COMPROMISES. WE WON'T GET ALL THAT WE WANT. BUT THEY WILL BE BILLS THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN BE PROUD OF AND THAT THIS HOUSE CAN BE PROUD OF. LET US RETURN TO THE BIPARTISAN AND RESPECT FOR ONE ANOTHER THAT SO LONG PREVAILED IN THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. HOW SAD WE HAVE FALLEN TO THIS PLACE. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 05:07:00 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES.…

                        THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                      • 05:07:05 PM

                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY SUBCOMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, MR. CARTER, JUDGE CARTER OF TEXAS, FOR THREE MINUTES. AS I LEARNED THIS MORNING, A TRUE SON OF HOUSTON WHORKS ELOQUENCE WE HEARD -- HOUSTON, WHOSE ELOQUENCE WE HEARD AND COMPASSION THIS MORNING.

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                      • 05:07:23 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                        MR. CARTER

                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND I WANT TO THANK MR. FRELINGHUYSEN AND MRS.…

                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND I WANT TO THANK MR. FRELINGHUYSEN AND MRS. LOWEY FOR ALL THAT WE'VE WORKED TOGETHER ON THIS BILL. THE WHOLE BILL'S A GOOD BILL, IT DESERVES THIS HOUSE'S SUPPORT. I'M HERE TO PRESENT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS BILL FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018, WHICH IN TURN DESERVES YOUR SUPPORT. THIS IS A GOOD BILL THAT IS ESSENTIALLY FOR THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION. IT'S NOT ONLY -- IT ONLY FUNDS VITAL SECURITY -- IT NOT ONLY FUNDS VITAL SECURITY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT CAPABILITIES, IT ALSO RESTORES FUNDING FOR CRITICAL FEDERAL ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAMS AND DISASTER RELIEF. AND IMPORTANTLY, IT PROVIDES AN OVERSIGHT ESSENTIAL TO ENSURE THE DEPARTMENT'S ACTIONS ARE IN ACCORDANCE WITH CONGRESSIONAL INTENT. LET'S LOOK AT IT. FOR C.B.P., $1.6 BILLION. FOR 74 MILE OF BORDER WALL CRUCK THAT WAS PREVIOUSLY -- CONSTRUCTION THAT WAS PREVIOUSLY INCLUDED IN THE MAKE AMERICA SECURE PROPINGS ACT PASSED IN JULY -- APPROPRIATIONS ACT PASSED IN JULY. IN ADDITION TO THE FUNDING FOR THE WALL CONSTRUCTION, THIS BILL WILL FUND ADDITIONAL BORDER PATROL AGENTS AND VIRTUALLY ALL OF THE TECHNOLOGY , INFRASTRUCTURE AND ASSETS NEEDED FOR THE SECURITY OF OUR BORDERS. FOR I.C.E. THIS BILL FUNDS $44 -- 44,000 DETENG BEDS, 10,000 MORE -- DETENG BEDS, 10,000 MORE -- DETENTION BEDS, 10,000 MORE BEDS THAN IN 2014. THIS BILL WILL ENSURE I.C.E.'S ABILITY TO ENFORCE IMMIGRATION LAWS AND CONDUCT INVESTIGATIONS INTO HUMAN TRAFFICKING, CHILD EXPLOITATION AND TRANSNATIONAL CRIME. FOR T.S.A., ALTHOUGH THE BILL DOES NOT INCLUDE THE PROPOSED INCREASE IN AVIATION SECURITY FEES, IT FULLY FUNDS REQUIRED TRANSPORTATION SECURITY SCREENERS. FOR THE COAST GUARD. ALL MAJOR ACQUISITION PROGRAMS ARE FUNDED AT THE REQUIRED LEVEL. THE POLAR ICEBREAKER, THE OFFSHORE PATROL CUTTER, AND THE FAST RESPONSE CUTTER. FOR FEMA, THE BILL FULLY FUNDS THE REQUEST FOR DISASTER ASSISTANCE, RESTORES NEARLY $940 MILLION TO THE FEDERAL ASSISTANCE FOR FIRST RESPONDERS GRANTS, AND EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXERCISES. ADDITIONALLY, THE BILL FULLY FUNDS ALL CYBERSECURITY ACQUISITION REQUIREMENTS AT THE REQUESTED LEVELS, IT FULL REQUESTY FUNDS THE SECRET -- FULLY FUNDS THE SECRET SERVICE, FULLY FUNDS E-VERIFY. IN CONCLUSION, MY COLLEAGUES THIS BILL STRENGTHENS THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION, IS ALSO A POWERFUL MESSAGE THAT IF YOU BREAK OUR NATION'S LAWS AND CROSS THE BORDER ILLEGALLY, YOU WILL SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES, APPREHENSION AND A GUARANTEED STAY IN DETENTION. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 05:10:35 PM

                        THE CHAIR

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

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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                      • 05:10:41 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 NORTH CAROLINA, MR. PRICE, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT.

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                      • 05:10:55 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTE. --…

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTE. -- MINUTES.

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                      • 05:11:00 PM

                        MR. PRICE

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I THANK RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING AND THANK HER AND OUR…

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I THANK RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING AND THANK HER AND OUR CHAIRMAN FOR THE GOOD WORK. I MUST RISE, THOUGH, IN OPPOSITION TO THE FISCAL 2018 TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT APPROPRIATIONS BILL AND THE REPUBLICAN OMNIBUS BILL. I WANT TO STRESS, MR. CHAIRMAN, HOWEVER, THAT I AM HEART ED AS I IMAGINE -- HEARTENED AS I IMAGINE EVERY MEMBER OF THIS BODY IS HEARTENED BY THE BIPARTISAN COOPERATION WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO MUSTER TO REACH OUT TO OUR NEIGHBORS IN TEXAS AND LOUISIANA WHO HAVE SBON DEVASTATED. AND IT'S THE -- WHO HAVE BEEN SO DEVASTATED. AND IT'S THE SAME KIND OF SOLIDARITY AND COOPERATION I KNOW WE WILL MUSTER, WHATEVER THE VERDICT IS AFTER IRMA REACHES OUR SHORES. AND WE ANTICIPATE THAT WITH A GREAT DEAL OF CONCERN AND APP REHENG. WE DO HAVE A HISTORY -- APPREHENSION. WE DO HAVE A HISTORY IN THIS BODY OF PULLING TOGETHER WHEN IT MATTERS FOR OUR NEIGHBORS, WHENEVER DISASTERS STRIKE. THE KIND OF COOPERATION IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL TO WHO WE ARE AS A COUNTRY AND WHO WE ARE AS AN INSTITUTION. AND I WANT TO URGE THAT WE BRING THAT SAME SPIRIT OF COOPERATION, THAT SAME UNDERSTANDING OF THE HISTORIC COOPERATION THAT HAS CHARACTERIZED APPROPRIATIONS. AFTER ALL, THIS IS THE POWER OF THE PURSE. THIS IS OUR MAIN INSTITUTIONAL POWER. AND HISTORY SHOWS IT WORKS BEST WHEN IT'S EXERCISED COOPERATIVELY. IT DOESN'T MATTER WHO THE PRESIDENT IS OR WHAT THE PARTY DIVISION IS. THIS IS THE POWER OF THE PURSE OF THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. AND WE NEED TO WORK IN A COOPERATIVE FASHION TO MAKE SURE THAT POWER IS JUST AS EFFECTIVELY AND RESPONSIBLY EXERCISED AS IT POSSIBLY CAN BE . AND WHILE THIS EXERCISE, THIS EIGHT-BILL EXERCISE TODAY, I BELIEVE IS A DEEPLY FLAWED PROCESS, WE NEED TO OVERCOME THIS. AND I BELIEVE EVENTUALLY WE WILL. WITH A BIPARTISAN BUDGET AGREEMENT SUCH AS WE'VE HAD THE LAST FOUR YEARS, THAT WILL LET US WRITE COOPERATIVELY APPROPRIATIONS BILLS THAT ADDRESS OUR COUNTRY'S NEEDS. BUT THAT'S NOT WHERE WE ARE TODAY, MR. CHAIRMAN. I DO WANT TO GIVE THE CHAIRMAN OF OUR SUBCOMMITTEE CREDIT FOR AN OPEN AND COLLABORATIVE PROCESS. BUT HE AND THE SUBCOMMITTEE HAVE SIMPLY BEEN DEALT AN INADEQUATE HAND. WE SIMPLY CAN'T DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE WITH THIS ALLOCATION. IN THE CASE OF THE T H.U.D. BILL, IT INCLUDES ONLY -- T HUD BILL, IT INCLUDES OVER -- T-H.U.D. BILL, IT PROVIDES $1.1 BILLION LESS COMPARED TO THE ENACTED LEVEL. WE'VE GOT TO DO BETTER THAN THIS. WE'VE GOT TO DO RIGHT BY OUR COUNTRY'S INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS. ONE OF THE MOST EGREGIOUS OMISSIONS IN THIS BILL IS FUNDING FOR THE TIGER PROGRAM. A SO-CALLED TIGER PROGRAM. THIS IS A PROGRAM THAT HAS ADDRESSED INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS TO ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. ESTIMATES ARE THAT WE'RE ADDRESSING ONLY 5% OF THE MERITORIOUS PROJECTS PUT FORWARD UNDER TIGER. I CAN TELL YOU ONE WE ARE FUNDING. I VISITED IT LAST WEEK. UNION STATION IN RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA. A BEAUTIFUL MULTIMODELE FACILITY THAT'S GOING TO FACILITATE PASSENGER RAIL, TRANSIT, BUSES, INTERMODELE TRANSPORTATION. AND IT'S GOING TO REVITALIZE THE DOWNTOWN DISTRICT. THAT'S AN IDEAL USE OF TIGER FUNDS. COMMUNITIES ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY NEED THAT SORT OF INVESTMENT. AND YET THIS BILL ZEROS THAT PROGRAM OUT COMPLETELY. IT ALSO CUTS NEW STARTS FOR TRANSIT. SO-CALLED CAPITAL INVESTMENT GRANTS. CUTS THEM BY $659 MILLION. NOW, I DO GIVE THE CHAIRMAN CREDIT FOR INCLUDING BILL LANGUAGE TO ENSURE THAT THE F.D.A. CONTINUES TO RATE AND REVIEW PROJECTS FOR THE NEW STARTS PIPELINE. BUT THIS FUNDING LEVEL WILL MEAN THAT ONLY A FEW OF THOSE PROJECTS CAN ACTUALLY BE FUNDED . OUR OUR CITIES WANT TO INSTITUTE TRANSIT PROGRAMS. THEY'VE GONE THROUGH ALL THE STAGES TO DO THIS RESPONSIBLY, AND WE NEED TO KEEP FAITH WITH THOSE COMMUNITIES BY IMPROVING ON THIS ASPECT OF OUR BILL. OVER AT H.U.D., THE CHOICE NEIGHBORHOODS PROGRAM, THAT WAS FORMERLY CALLED HOPE SIX, THAT'S TRANSFORMED DOZENS OF HOUSING PUBLIC DEVELOPMENTS INTO THRIVING MIXED INCOME COMMUNITIES, RECEIVES OVER $20 MILLION IN THIS BILL COMPARED TO $137 MILLION IN THE FISCAL 2017 BILL. NOW, I RECOGNIZE THIS IS A PLACEHOLDER AMOUNT, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO IMPROVING THIS NUMBER MOVING FORWARD. ADDITIONALLY, THE COMMUNITY HOUSING DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT -- MAY I HAVE ONE ADDITIONAL MINUTE? THANK YOU. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT AND HOME PROGRAMS ARE EACH CUT BY $100 MILLION IN THIS BILL. DESPITE CALLS, BIPARTISAN CALLS FROM LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO PRESERVE THESE FUNDING STREAMS. WE'RE IN THE MIDST OF A HOUSING CRISIS NATIONALLY. ONLY ONE IN FOUR PEOPLE ELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL RENTAL ASSISTANCE CAN RECEIVE IT. WE HAVE A HUGE PUBLIC HOUSING CAPITAL BACKLOG. OUR INFRASTRUCTURE CONTINUES TO CRUMBLE, RESULTING IN DECAYING HIGHWAYS, BRIDGEWAYS, CONGESTED ROADS. WE SHOULD BE INCREASING OUR COMMITMENT TO MEET THESE NEEDS, NOT SHORTCHANGING THEM, AND WE'VE DONE THIS FOR FAR TOO LONG ALREADY. WE'VE RETURNED AGAIN AND AGAIN TO APPROPRIATIONS, ESPECIALLY DOMESTIC APPROPRIATIONS, TO BEAR THE WHOLE BRUNT OF DEFICIT REDUCTION. THE RESULTS ARE A DISASTER FOR OUR ECONOMY. WE ARE NOT ADDRESSING THE MAIN DRIVERS OF THE DEFICIT, AND YET WE'RE DOING UNTOLD DAMAGE TO CRITICAL NATIONAL INVESTMENTS. STRONGLY OBJECT, ALSO, TO SEVERAL POLICY RIDERS IN THIS BILL. THEY UNNECESSARILY ATTACK HIGH-SPEED RAIL. THEY ROLL BACK TRANSPORTATION SAFETY. THEY HARM LABOR RIGHTS. NO AMENDMENTS, NO AMOUNT OF AMENDMENTS OFFERED TODAY CAN FIX THIS BILL. I REMAIN HOPEFUL THAT WE CAN GET THAT BUDGET AGREEMENT. IN THE MEANTIME, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS OMNIBUS BILL.

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                      • 05:17:54 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN…

                        THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                      • 05:17:57 PM

                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE, INTERIOR SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. CALVERT OF CALIFORNIA, FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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                      • 05:18:06 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

                      • 05:18:09 PM

                        MR. CALVERT

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, IT'S MY DISTINCT HONOR TO BRING TO THE HOUSE FLOOR THE…

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, IT'S MY DISTINCT HONOR TO BRING TO THE HOUSE FLOOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2018 INTERIOR, ENVIRONMENT AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATION BILL. BEFORE I GO INTO DETAILS OF THE BILL, I'D LIKE TO COMMEND CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN FOR HIS COMMIT SCOMBRMENT TO THE -- COMMITMENT TO THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS. UNDER HIS LEADERSHIP, THE COMMITTEE HAS MOVED ITS BILLS THROUGH THE FULL COMMITTEE AND IS BRINGING ALL 12 FISCAL YEAR 2018 BILLS TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. AS REPORTED BY THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, THE FISCAL YEAR 2018 INTERIOR, ENVIRONMENT BILL IS FUNDED AT $31.456 BILLION, WHICH IS $824 MILLION BELOW FISCAL YEAR 2017, ENACTED LEVEL AND $3.4 MILLION ABOVE THE BUDGET REQUEST. THIS LEGISLATION MAKES A CONCERTED EFFORT TO PRIORITIZE CRITICAL NEEDS WITHIN OUR ALLOCATION WHILE ALSO ADDRESSING SPECIFIC INTERESTS AND CONCERNS BROUGHT TO OUR ATTENTION THROUGH MORE THAN 5,000 INDIVIDUAL MEMBER REQUESTS. IN THE INTEREST OF TIME, I WON'T OUTLINE ALL PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES IN THIS BILL BUT WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT A FEW HIGHLIGHT. THE COMMITTEE HAS PROVIDED ROBUST WILDFIRE FUNDING IN THIS BILL. FIRE SUPPRESSION ACCOUNTS ARE FULLY FUNDED AT THE 10-YEAR AVERAGE LEVEL, AND THE BILL INCREASES FUNDING FOR HAZARDOUS FUEL REDUCTION. THE BILL FUNDS THE PAYMENTS IN LIEU OF TAXES, PILT PROGRAM, AT THE FISCAL YEAR 2017 ENACTED LEVEL. RURAL COUNTIES IN 49 OF THE 50 STATES RELY ON THESE FUNDS TO MAKE UP FOR LOST TAX REVENUE. OVERALL, FUNDING FOR E.P.A. IS REDUCED BY $534 MILLION OR 6.5% FROM LAST YEAR. THIS LEGISLATION PROVIDES $5 BILLION WORTH OF INVESTMENT IN WATER INFRASTRUCTURE THROUGH FUNDING IN THE PROGRAM AND THE CLEAN WATER AND DRINKING AURORA REVOLVING LOAN FUNDS. THIS PROVIDES INCREASE OF CLEANUP OF SUPERFUND AND BROWN FIELD SITES. THESE PROGRAMS HELP CREATE JOBS, SPUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THE BILL PROVIDES $2.9 BILLION FOR THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE. INCREASES THE CONSTRUCTION ACCOUNT BY $10 MILLION. AND MAINTAINS INCREASES PROVIDED LAST YEAR TO ADDRESS LONG STANDING PARK OPERATION AND DEFERRED MAINTENANCE NEEDS. WE'VE ALSO ADDRESSED A NUMBER OF CONCERNS WITH THE FISH AND WILDLIFE ACCOUNTS. THIS BILL RESTORES CORPS PROGRAMS, POPULAR GRANT PROGRAMS TO THE FISCAL YEAR 2017 ENACTED LEVEL AND COMBAT INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING AND FIGHTS INVASIVE MUSCLES AND ASIAN CARP, SPECIES RECOVERED BUT NOT YET DELISTED. THE BILL PROVIDES $275 MILLION FOR LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND, PROGRAMS THAT EP JOY BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. THE -- ENJOY BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. THE WEST COAST, INSIDE HOME STATE OF CALIFORNIA IN PARTICULAR, IS COUNTING ON THE EXPERTISE TO MAKE EARTHQUAKE WARNING SYSTEM OPERATIONAL. THIS PROVIDES $10.2 MILLION FOR THIS PUBLIC SAFETY PROGRAM THAT WILL SAVE MILLIONS OF -- PROTECT MILLIONS OF LIVES AND PROTECT CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE. THIS BILL ALSO MAKES CRITICAL INVESTMENTS IN INDIAN COUNTRY. A TOP PRIORITY OF THE COMMITTEE. IT HONORS OUR COMMITMENT TO NATIVE AMERICANS WITH PARTICULAR EMPHASIS ON INDIAN HEALTH, LAW ENFORCEMENT, EDUCATION AND WATER SETTLEMENTS. IN CLOSING, I'D LIKE TO THANK THE STAFF ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WHO WORKED LONG HOURS ON THIS LEGISLATION, ON THE MINORITY SIDE, I'D LIKE TO THANK RITA, JOCELYN, REBECCA. ON THE MAJORITY SIDE I'D LIKE TO THANK DARREN BEN GENTLEMAN MIFFER, BETSY, JASON, JACKIE, CHRISTIAN AND DAVE, OUR CHIEF CLERK, FROM THE COMMITTEE STAFF AS WELL AS ON MY PERSONAL STAFF, IAN FOLEY, REBECCA, TRISHA AND DAVE FOR A JOB WELL DONE. LASTLY, I'D LIKE THOO MY GOOD FRIEND -- I'D LIKE TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, BETTY, FOR ADDRESSING CRITICAL NEEDS IN THE BILL. WE ARE NEVER DISAGREEABLE WITH EACH OTHER AND CONTINUE TO WORK WELL WITH EACH OTHER. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS IS A GOOD BILL. I URGE ITS ADOPTION. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 05:22:16 PM

                        THE CHAIR

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

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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                      • 05:22:23 PM

                        MRS. LOWEY

                        YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT, MS. DELAURO, THE…

                        YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT, MS. DELAURO, THE OUTSTANDING RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.

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                      • 05:22:35 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

                      • 05:22:38 PM

                        MS. DELAURO

                        THANKS. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL, AND WHILE I AM GLAD TO SEE THE…

                        THANKS. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL, AND WHILE I AM GLAD TO SEE THE LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, EDUCATION BILL ON THE FLOOR, THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IT'S BEEN CONSIDERED WITH AMENDMENTS SINCE THE 2010 APPROPRIATIONS CYCLE. BUT EVEN WITH THAT I CANNOT SUPPORT THE UNDERLYING BILL. I WILL BE BLUNT. THIS PROCESS IS A SHAM. THE COMBINED OMNIBUS WOULD VIOLATE THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT TAX. IT TRIGGERS A SEQUESTER OF $72 BILLION FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. I AM TROUBLED TO SEE THE LABOR-HHS ONCE AGAIN BEARING THE BRUNT OF REPUBLICAN BUDGET CUTS. THE OVERALL CUTS TO NONDEFENSE DISCRETIONARY SPENDING IS $8 BILLION. AND THE LABOR-HHS BILL IS CUT BY MORE THAN $5 BILLION. THIS CUT, BY THE WAY, IS COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY BECAUSE THE ALLOCATIONS THAT WE APPROVE ARE APPROXIMATELY $5 BILLION BELOW WHAT THEY'VE SAID WE NEED FOR NONDEFENSE SPENDING, WHICH IS ALLOWED UNDER THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT. WE HAVE THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE, AND YET THE MAJORITY REFUSES TO ALLOCATE THEM TO THE ESSENTIAL PROGRAMS FUNDING THROUGH THIS BILL. I WILL ALSO NOTE THAT WHEN ADJUSTING FOR INFLATION, THE LABOR-HHS BILL IS APPROXIMATELY $30 BILLION BELOW WHAT IT WAS IN 2010. INSTEAD OF MOVING THIS BILL, WE OUGHT TO BE NEGOTIATING A BIPARTISAN BUDGET DEAL TO LIFT THE SEQUESTRATION CAPS ON BOTH DEFENSE AND NONDEFENSE PROGRAMS. THEN, WE COULD BEGIN WORKING IN A BIPARTISAN BASIS TO DRAFT A REASONABLE LABOR-HHS BILL THAT ADEQUATELY FUNDS THE PROGRAMS THAT SUPPORT THE MIDDLE CLASS. THE BIGGEST ECONOMIC CHALLENGE OF OUR TIME IS THAT TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE IN JOBS THAT JUST DON'T PAY THEM ENOUGH TO LIVE ON. THE PROGRAMS IN THIS BILL PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR HARDWORKING AMERICANS TO IMPROVE THEMSELVES AND FOR OUR ECONOMY TO GROW. WE NEED A COUNTRY THAT WORKS FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS AND THE VULNERABLE, NOT JUST THE WEALTHY AND THOSE WITH THE MOST LOBBYISTS. RIGHT NOW WE GROW JOBS BUT NOT INCOME. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS LONG PLAYED A KEY ROLE IN AMERICAN WORKERS LEARN AND GROW THROUGH WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT AND CONNECTING BUSINESSES WITH TALENT. BUT THE PROGRAMS THAT HELP GROW OUR ECONOMY, EDUCATE OUR STUDENTS, PROTECT OUR WOMEN AND SENIORS CANNOT OPERATE IF THE LABOR-HHS BILL IS STARVED OF FUNDING WHICH IS WHY I OPPOSE THE UNDERLYING BILL. I ADMIT THAT THERE ARE FEW BRIGHT SPOTS. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE INCREASES FOR N.I.H. RESEARCH, EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, SPECIAL EDUCATION, THE TRIO AND GEARUP PROGRAM. UNFORTUNATELY, THE MODEST INCREASE IN THIS BILL ARE FAR OUTWEIGHED BY DISAMATING CUTS TO PROGRAMS THAT OUGHT TO BE SEEING INCREASES. THE BILL FAILS OUR STUDENTS, FUNDAMENTALLY ANTI-TEACHER, FAILS TO MAKE NEW INVESTMENTS IN TITLE 1, ELIMINATES $2 BILLION FOR SUPPORTING EFFECTIVE INSTRUCTION GRANTS. WHAT THAT IS IS TEACHER TRAINING. THIS BILL'S APPROACH TO WOMEN'S HEALTH PUSHES A DANGEROUS AND HARMFUL IDEOLOGICAL AGENDA, ELIMINATES FUNDING FOR TITLE 10 FAMILY PLANNING. IT ALSO ELIMINATES THE TEEN PREGNANCY PREVENTION PROGRAM. IT INCLUDES IDEOLOGICAL RIDERS THAT BLOCKS FUNDING FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD, EFFECTIVELY BLOCK LIFESAVING RESEARCH THAT USES STEM CELLS FROM FETAL TISSUE. THE BILL CUTS ACCESS TO THE MENTAL HEALTH BLOCK GRANTS, THE SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION PROGRAM. IT CUTS NURSES' TRAINING, BACKUP PREVENTION AND COMPLETELY ELIMINATES THE MINORITY HIV-AIDS INITIATIVE. IT HURTS WORKERS BY ELIMINATING THE EMPLOYMENT SERVICE WHICH HELPS NEARLY SIX MILLION UNEMPLOYED WORKERS, INCLUDING VETERANS, FIND JOBS IN 2015. IT ELIMINATES GRANTS, EXPANDING THE HIGHLY EFFECTIVE REGISTERED APRESENTISHSHIP MODEL THAT CONNECTS JOB SEEKERS WITH GOOD-PAYING JOBS, THAT EMPLOYERS ARE DESPERATE TO FILL. IT CUTS FUNDING FOR OTHER JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS, JOB CORPS, DISLOCATED WORKER PROGRAMS. WHY? WHY WOULD WE ELIMINATE PROGRAMS THAT FOR SO LONG HAVE BEEN ABOUT ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AND A LADDER TO THE MIDDLE CLASS? THERE ARE THE RIDERS WHICH I MENTIONED. THIS BLOCKS FUNDING FOR THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. IT CONTINUES TO PREHIBT FUNDING FOR GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION WHICH HAS HAD A CHILLING EFFECT ON GUN VIOLENCE RESEARCH. IT PROHIBITS THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR FROM ENSURING THAT FINANCIAL ADVISORS ACT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THEIR CLIENTS. AND THIS WEEK WE EXPECT TO SEE SEVERAL MORE HARMFUL RIDERS ADDED TO THE BILL. AT FULL COMMITTEE MARKUP, WE PROPOSE MORE THAN 40 AMENDMENTS TO STRENGTHEN AND IMPROVE THE BILL BUT THE MAJORITY REJECTED ALL OF THEM. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS MINIBUS BECAUSE THE FUNDING IN THIS BILL FAILS TO MEET OUR COUNTRY'S NEEDS, AND IT BREAKS OUR PROMISES TO WOMEN, TO SENIORS, TO STUDENTS AND TO OUR WORK FORCE. BEFORE I YIELD BACK AND WHILE I AM OPPOSED AND STRONGLY OPPOSED TO THIS BILL, I DO WANT TO SAY A THANK YOU TO THE COMMITTEE STAFF, MAJORITY AND MINORITY, TO THE RANKING MEMBER AND THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE AND THE CHAIR OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THANK YOU.

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                      • 05:28:02 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN…

                        THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                      • 05:28:07 PM

                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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

                        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, CHAIRMAN CALVERT, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A COLLOQUY.

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                      • 05:28:12 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                      • 05:28:15 PM

                        MR. CALVERT

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA FOR THE PURPOSE…

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA FOR THE PURPOSE OF A COLLOQUY.

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                      • 05:28:20 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 05:28:21 PM

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                        THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN CALVERT. I'D LIKE TO BEGIN BY EXPRESSING MY…

                        THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN CALVERT. I'D LIKE TO BEGIN BY EXPRESSING MY APPRECIATION TO CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN AND INTERIOR SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN CALVERT FOR THEIR STRONG LEADERSHIP AND GOOD WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION AND THANK THEM FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TODAY. I RISE TODAY TO ADVOCATE ON BEHALF OF THE U.S. NATIONAL FOREST AND THEIR UPKEEP. SPECIFICALLY THROUGH THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAM. THIS PROGRAM PROVIDES FUNDING TO PAVE OR NATIONAL FOREST ROADS, SUCH AS THOSE IN THE FOREST LOCATED IN MY DISTRICT.

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                      • 05:28:50 PM

                        MR. HUDSON

                        EACH YEAR THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE IS GIVEN FUNDING TO MAINTAIN ROADWAYS…

                        EACH YEAR THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE IS GIVEN FUNDING TO MAINTAIN ROADWAYS ACROSS OUR NATION. WHILE THEY DO THEIR BEST TO SUSTAIN ROADWAYS AND TRAIL ACCESS POINTS, THEY CAN ONLY DO SO MUCH WITH THE RESOURCES THEY'RE GIVEN. THESE ROADWAYS ARE AN INTEGRAL PART OF ENSURING CRITICAL PUBLIC ACCESS TO U.S. FOREST LANDS. UNFORTUNATELY, MANY OF OUR NATIONAL FOREST ROADWAYS HAVE BECOME SEVERELY ERODED, FROM TRAVEL, AGE AND THE ELEMENTS. THE EROSION HAS CREATED PROBLEMS FOR THOSE WHO VISIT THE NATIONAL FOREST AS WELL AS THOSE WHO ACCESS THESE ROADS TO TRAVEL TO AND FROM THEIR HOMES. FIRST RESPONDERS HAVE ALSO NOT BEEN ABLE TO REACH RESIDENTS IN EMERGENCIES DUE TO ROAD CONDITIONS IN RECENT YEARS, CAUSING MAJOR SAFETY RISKS FOR PEOPLE WHO LIVE ALONG THESE ROADS. AND I EMPHASIZE THIS IS MORE THAN JUST HEADACHE FOR THESE RESIDENTS. IT'S A REAL SAFETY ISSUE. I'VE SEEN THESE ROADS FIRSTHAND AFTER STORMS AND THERE'S NO WAY FIRE TRUCKS AND AMBULANCES CAN ACCESS THESE ROADS IN THEIR CURRENT CONDITION. I BELIEVE IT'S COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE. I'VE BEEN ADVOCATING ON BEHALF OF THE NATIONAL FOREST SINCE MY FIRST TERM IN CONGRESS AND CONTINUE TO ENGAGE WITH LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS ON THIS ISSUE. I APPRECIATE CHAIRMAN CALVERT'S ATTENTION ON THIS ISSUE AND HIS SUPPORT FOR THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS MAINTENANCE PROGRAM. MR. CHAIRMAN, I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING TOGETHER TO FIND A LONG-TERM SOLUTION TO THIS ISSUE.

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                      • 05:30:07 PM

                        MR. CALVERT

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, RECLAIMING MY TIME. I THANK YOU FOR DRAWING THE HEWS…

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, RECLAIMING MY TIME. I THANK YOU FOR DRAWING THE HEWS STEANINGS TO THE MAINTENANCE NEEDS OF THE FOREST SERVICE. I WILL BE PLEASED TO WORK WITH HIM AND ANYONE ELSE AS WE MOVE THROUGH FRMENT Y. 2018 SPENDING PROCESS AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 05:30:23 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 CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. .

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                      • 05:30:29 PM

                        MRS. LOWEY

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED…

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM -- OH. OH. TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. VISCLOSKY, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON DEFENSE.

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                      • 05:30:48 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. VISA VISA MR.…

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. VISA VISA MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK UNANIMOUS --

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                      • 05:30:53 PM

                        MR. VISCLOSKY

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

                      • 05:30:57 PM

                        TEMPORE W

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                      • 05:30:58 PM

                        MR. VISCLOSKY

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                      • 05:32:41 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 CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                      • 05:32:46 PM

                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. COLE OF OKLAHOMA, FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                      • 05:32:54 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

                      • 05:32:58 PM

                        MR. COLE

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO BEGIN BY THANKING THE CHAIRMAN OF THE…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO BEGIN BY THANKING THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FULL COMMITTEE, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE FULL COMMITTEE, AND CERTAINLY THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE AND STAFF FOR TREMENDOUS ASSISTANCE THEY PROVIDED IN PUTTING TOGETHER THIS RATHER LARGE AND COMPLEX PIECE OF LEGISLATION. IT'S FAIR TO NOTE FOR THE RECORD THAT THE ALLOCATION WE RECEIVED, $156 BILLION, IS $5 BILLION LESS THAN WE HAD LAST YEAR. WHILE OUR LOWER ALLOCATION THIS YEAR FORCED TO US MAKE DIFFICULT DECISIONS, I WANT TO REMIND MY COLLEAGUES THAT THE CUTS WE'RE MAKING TODAY AMOUNT TO BARELY $3% OF WHAT WE SPENT LAST YEAR AND IS ESSENTIALLY WHAT WE SPENT IN FISCAL YEAR 2016. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY FOCUSES ON KEY NATIONAL PRIORITIES, INVESTING IN BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH, TO FIND CURIOUS FOR DISEASES LIKE -- CURES FOR DISEASES LIKE ALZHEIMER'S AND CANCER, ENSURING OUR COUNTRY'S FULLY PREPARED AND ABLE TO PROTECT OUR CITIZENS FROM DISEASE, OUTBREAKS OR BIOTERRORISM. CONTINUING TO SUPPORT EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, PARTICULARLY FOR THOSE AT RISK, HELPING FIRST GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENTS PREPARE FOR, ACCESS AND COMPLETE A POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION, AND CONTINUING TO SUPPORT PEOPLE WITH -- LIVING WITH DISABILITIES. THE BILL ALSO PRESERVES FUNDING FOR POPULAR PROGRAMS LIKE CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION, SUPPORT FOR HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, PROGRAMS TO HELP NATIVE AMERICANS, THE AMERICORPS PROGRAM, LIHEAP AND THE CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING. THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH, OUR NATION'S PREMIER BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH AGENCY, IS FUNDED AT $1.1 BILLION ABOVE LAST YEAR. N.I. SHMPLET WORKING TO FIND -- N.I.H. IS WORKING TO FIND CURIOUS FOR ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE, CANCER AND -- CURES FOR ALZHEIMER'S, CANCER AND FINDING MEDICAL TREATMENT THROUGH PRECISION MEDICAL TECHNIQUES. WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO BUILD UPON THE INCREASE PROVIDED IN THE OMNIBUS LAST YEAR AND I VIEW THIS PROPOSAL AS THE FLOOR, NOT A CEILING, FOR BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH FUNDING AND I'M HOPEFUL THAT THIS NUMBER CAN INCREASE AS THE PROCESS MOVES FORWARD. BIODEFENSE AND PREPAREDNESS PROGRAMS, INCLUDING NEW FUNDING TO PREVENT PANDEMIC FLU FROM OCCURRING, ARE INCREASED ACROSS THE BILL. WE'RE ALL AWARE OF THE TERRIBLE TOLL THAT PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AND OPIOID ABUSE ARE TAKING ON OUR NATION. I'M PROUD TO SAY THIS BILL INCLUDES ANOTHER $500 MILLION TO CONTINUE COMPREHENSIVE GRANT PROGRAMS, TO ENABLE STATES, LOCALITIES AND TRIBES TO DEVELOP ANTI-OPIOID INITIATIVES FOCUSED ON PREVENTION, EDUCATION, TREATMENT AND RECOVERY. HEAD START RECEIVED A $22 MILLION INCREASE IN THE BILL. PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS ARE CONTINUING TO D 250 MILLION. THE CHILD CARE PROGRAMS RECEIVE A $4 MILLION INCREASE. SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES ARE INCREASED BY $24U7B MILLION. WHICH WILL HELP LOCAL -- $200 MILLION. WHICH WILL HELP LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS EASE THE FINANCIAL BURDEN OF PROVIDING SPECIALIZED EDUCATIONAL SERVICES. TRIO AND GEAR-UP WHICH HELP DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS PREPARE FOR AND REACH COLLEGE RECEIVE INCREASES OVER LAST YEAR. THE BILL ALSO INCLUDES $500 MILLION FOR THE STUDENT SUPPORT AND ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT PROGRAM. THESE FUNDS CAN BE USED FLEXIBLY BY SCHOOL DISTRICTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WHETHER THE NEED IS IN THE AREA OF COUBLING, COMPUTER SCIENCE -- AND ARCH PROGRAMS. PELL GRANTS ARE MAINTAINED AT A MAXIMUM OF $5,920.

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                      • 05:36:14 PM

                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                        I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN ANOTHER MINUTE.

                      • 05:36:17 PM

                        MR. COLE

                        I ALSO NOTE THAT THE INITIAL ALLOCATION AT THE BEGINNING OF THE…

                        I ALSO NOTE THAT THE INITIAL ALLOCATION AT THE BEGINNING OF THE CONGRESSIONAL FUNDING IS ALWAYS -- I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH OUR COUNTERPARTS IN THE SENATE, MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE, TO SEE IF THERE'S ADDITIONAL AREAS WHERE WE CAN COOPERATE. FINALLY I WANT TO NOTE THAT THE BILL PROTECTS HUMAN LIFE BY CONTINUING LONG STANDING PROHIBITIONS AGAINST FEDERAL TAX DOLLARS BEING USED TO PAY FOR ABORTIONS. AND INCLUDING NEW PROVISIONS TO ENSURE NO TAX DOLLARS ARE USED FOR RESEARCH ON HUMAN FETAL TISSUE OBTAINED BY AN ABORTION. THIS BILL REPRESENTS A BALANCED APPROACH THAT WILL BENEFIT EVERY AMERICAN AND MAINTAIN THE APPROPRIATE STEWARDSHIP OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS THAT WE'VE BEEN ENTRUSTED WITH AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. SO, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 05:36:58 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 CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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                      • 05:37:06 PM

                        MRS. LOWEY

                        THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. ROYBAL-ALLARD, WHO IS…

                        THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. ROYBAL-ALLARD, WHO IS THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY SUBCOMMITTEE OF APPROPRIATIONS.

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                      • 05:37:19 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

                      • 05:37:21 PM

                        MS. ROYBAL-ALLARD

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, THE F.Y. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY FUNDING BILL…

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, THE F.Y. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY FUNDING BILL ADDRESSES MANY BIPARTISAN PRIORITIES, INCLUDING MAINTAINING FUNDING FOR FIRST RESPONDER AND ANTI-TERRORISM GRANTS, AND THE EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER PROGRAM. IT PROVIDES INCREASES ABOVE THE REQUEST FOR THE OFFICE OF CIVIL RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES, FOR NONPROFIT SECURITY GRANTS, NEW COAST GUARD ASSETS AND I.C.E. CHILD EX EMPLOYEETATION -- EXPLOITATION INVESTIGATIONS. IT ALSO RESTORES FUNDING FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE. BILL RESTORES FUNDING FOR FLOOD MAPPING GRANTS, WHICH THE ADMINISTRATION PROPOSED TO ELIMINATE. AND FUNDING FOR PRE-DISASTER MITIGATION GRANTS, FOR WHICH THE ADMINISTRATION PROPOSED A 60% CUT. THESE GRANTS SUPPORT PRECISELY THE KINDS OF PROGRAMS THAT HELP COMMUNITIES MITIGATE AND PREPARE FOR THE IMPACTS OF NATURAL DISASTERS LIKE HURRICANE HARVEY AND WE SHOULD BE INVESTING IN THEM. EVEN MORE. THE BILL ALSO PROVIDES THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST FOR THE DISASTER RELIEF FUND. WE WILL, HOWEVER, NEED TO APPROPRIATE MORE MONEY BEYOND THAT APPROVED BY THE HOUSE EARLIER TODAY IN ORDER TO ADDRESS THE DAMAGE CAUSED BY HARVEY AND POTENTIALLY IRMA. WHILE THERE IS MUCH IN THIS BILL DEMOCRATS CAN SUPPORT, UNFORTUNATELY FOR SEVERAL REASONS WE CANNOT SUPPORT THIS BILL. FOR EXAMPLE, WE CANNOT SUPPORT THE BILL'S $705 MILLION INCREASE FOR INTERIOR IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT. THIS INCLUDES AN INCREASE OF 4,676 DETENTION BEDS, WHICH IS 10,000 ABOVE FISCAL YEAR 2016. OR THE HIRING OF 1,000 ADDITIONAL I.C.E. OFFICERS AND AGENTS. THE ADMINISTRATION SAYS IT'S MORE AGRESS -- ITS MORE AGGRESSIVE ENFORCEMENT APPROACH IS CRITICAL TO NATIONAL SECURITY AND PUBLIC SAFETY. BUT IN FACT I.C.E. IS NOW ARRESTING PEOPLE WITH NO CRIMINAL INFRANKS, WHO HAVE LIVED, WORKED -- INFRACTIONSES, WHO HAVE LIVED, WORKED AND PAID TAXESES IN THIS COUNTRY FOR YEARS AND EVEN DECADES. THESE ARRESTS ARE NOT REQUIRED FOR NATIONAL SECURITY OR PUBLIC SAFETY. AND THEY HAVE TRAGIC CONSEQUENCES FOR FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY. THE TRAUMA BEING INFLICTED ON THEM CANNOT BE OVERSTATED. MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE DEALING WITH A MORAL QUESTION, AS MUCH AS A LEGAL ONE. I.C.E. HAS THE DISCRETION TO ENFORCE OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS FAIRLY AND JUSTLY. AND CONGRESS HAS THE DISCRETION TO PRIORITIZE HOW WE SPEND TAXPAYER DOLLARS. INSTEAD OF OVERLY AGGRESSIVE IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT, WE SHOULD BE INVESTING MORE IN REAL SECURITY VULNERABILITIES. THESE INCLUDE CYBERSECURITY, HUMAN TRAFFICKING INVESTIGATIONS, COAST GUARD VESSELS AND AIRCRAFT, FLOOD MAPPING AND PRE-DISASTER MITIGATION. WE SHOULD INVEST IN MORE CUSTOM OFFICERS, WE SHOULD RESTORE FUNDING FOR RESEARCH IN LABORATORY FACILITIES AT THE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY DIRECTORATE. AND FOR T.S.A.'S LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM. UNFORTUNATELY WE ARE NOT DOING ANY OF THIS. HOWEVER, BEFORE CONCLUDING, I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT TO TALK ABOUT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S ANNOUNCEMENT YESTERDAY ON ENDING THE DACA PROGRAM. AN AMENDMENT I OFFERED IN COMMITTEE TO CLARIFY THE BASIC AUTHORITY OF D.H.S. TO CONTINUE THE PROGRAM FAILED ON A PARTY LINE VOTE. IT WOULD HAVE GIVEN CONGRESS TIME TO ENACT A MORE FORMAL AUTHORIZATION AND GIVEN DREAMERS THE PEACE OF MIND OF KNOWING THEY WOULD NOT HAVE TO GO BACK INTO THE SHADOWS. WITH THE ADMINISTRATION'S ANNOUNCEMENT YESTERDAY, THAT PEACE OF MIND HAS BEEN CRUELLY SNATCHED AWAY. WE SHOULDN'T WAIT SIX MONTHS TO FIX THIS PROBLEM. THE MAJORITY SHOULD BRING MY BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL BILL, THE DREAM ACT, TO THE FLOOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. SO DREAMERS CAN CONTINUE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THIS COUNTRY, FREE OF THE FEAR OF BEING DEPORTED TO -- OR BEING DEPORTED FROM THE ONLY HOME THEY KNOW. IN CLOSING, MR. CHAIRMAN, I WANT TO EXTEND MY APPRECIATION FOR THE EFFORTS OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, CHAIRMAN CARTER, AND HIS STAFF, WHO WORK WITH THE MINORITY THROUGHOUT THE BILL. CONSISTENT WITH PRIOR YEARS, CHAIRMAN CARTER HAS CARRIED OUT HIS RESPONSIBILITIES HONORABLY, FAIRLY AND COLLABORATIVELY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 05:42:31 PM

                        THE CHAIR

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

                        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                      • 05:42:37 PM

                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TRANSPORTATION AND HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT SUBCOMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, MR. DIAZ-BALART ABOUT A LART OF FLORIDA. -- MR. DIAZ-BALART OF FLORIDA.

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                      • 05:42:47 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                        MR. DIAZ-BALART

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, BEFORE I BEGIN, I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN, OUR MEMBERS,…

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, BEFORE I BEGIN, I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN, OUR MEMBERS, OUR COLLEAGUES, THE LEADERSHIP FOR BEING SO UNDERSTANDING. I TOMORROW WILL BE HEADING BACK TO SOUTH FLORIDA TO BE THERE IN CASE THIS HORRIBLE STORM DOES HEAD OUR WAY. AGAIN, EVERYBODY HAS BEEN INCREDIBLY SUPPORTIVE AND HAS SHOWN GREAT SOLIDARITY AND I'M COMPETE EXEEDINGLY GRATEFUL FOR. THAT -- AND I'M EXCEEDINGLY GRATEFUL FOR THAT. I RISE TODAY TO EXPRESS THE STRONGEST POSSIBLE SUPPORT FOR THIS BILL. I NEED TO APPLAUD THE LEADERSHIP OF CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN IN MAKING IT POSSIBLE TO CONSIDER IT ON THE FLOOR TODAY. I'D LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THE VITAL ISSUES IN THIS BILL. THE TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT DIVISION PROVIDES $56.5 BILLION IN DISCRETIONARY BUDGET AUTHORITY. THAT'S $1.1 BILLION BELOW FISCAL YEAR 2017 ENABILITIED LEVEL. BUT THE $8.6 BILLION ABOVE THE BUDGET REQUEST. WE HAVE TARGETED TRANSPORTATION AND HOUSING FUNDING TO ESSENTIAL INVESTMENTS IN SAFETY AND INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE ASSISTANCE FOR OUR MOST VULNERABLE CITIZENS. THE ELDERLY, THE DISABLED AND, YES, AMERICA'S HERO, OUR VETERANS. WE ALSO HAVE TO PRIORITIZE, BY REDUCING OUR ELIMINATING NONESSENTIAL PROGRAMS AND SCALING BACK ADMINISTRATIVE ACCOUNTS. FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, THE BILL INCLUDES $17.8 BILLION IN DISCRETIONARY APPROPRIATIONS. AND $76.7 BILLION IN TOTAL RESOURCES. THAT INCLUDES SUPPORT FOR THE FAST ACT OBLIGATION LIMITATIONS. FOR THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION, THAT'S FUNDED AT $16.6 BILLION. WE PROVIDE THIS INCREASE TO KEEP ADVANCING NEXTGEN PROGRAMS , WITH OVER $1 BILLION, AND TO CONTINUE TO HAVE, AGAIN, OPERATE THE SAFEST, THE MOST COMPLEX, THE MOST ADVANCED AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEM IN THE WORLD. THE BILL REFLECTS FAST ACT PRIORITIES FOR HIGHWAYS AND RAIL AND TRANSIT. IT INCLUDES $45 BILLION IN ROAD AND BRIDGE FUNDING FROM THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND, WHICH IS ALMOST $1 BILLION, $1 BILLION, ABOVE FISCAL YEAR 2017 LEVELS. THIS FUND WILLING PROVIDE MUCH-NEEDED -- FUNDING WILL PROVIDE MUCH-NEEDED IMPROSMS TO AMERICA'S HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGES. IT PROVIDES $2.2 BILLION TO THE FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION TO CONTINUE OUR COMMITMENT TO RAIL SAFETY. AND TO MAKE CRITICAL, CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS. THIS INCLUDES FAST ACT RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS TO ADDRESS THE STATE OF GOOD REPAIR BACKLOG WHICH WE REALLY NEED TO ADDRESS. AS A REFLECTION OF TOUGH CHOICES, MR. CHAIRMAN, OUR FUNDING LEVEL FOR TRANSIT CAPITAL INVESTMENT GRANTS IS $600 MILLION BELOW THE 2017 LEVEL. BUT WE HAVE, AND THIS IS IMPORTANT, BUT WE HAVE INCLUDED FUNDING AND DIRECTION TO KEEP UPCOMING PROJECTS IN THE PIPELINE. . FOR US HOG PROGRAM, WE CONTINUE -- FOR OUR HOUSING PROGRAM, WE CONTINUE THE ASSISTANCE TO OUR MOST VULNERABLE POPULATION. IT INCLUDES $4.3 BILLION FOR THE HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT. IT INCLUDES INCREASES INCREASES TO KEEP PACE WITH INFLATION. ALMOST $1 BILLION FOR DIRECT RENTAL ASSISTANCE TO MAINTAIN, AGAIN, HOUSING FOR THOSE WHO ARE CURRENTLY SERVED. HOMELESS ASSISTANCE REMAINS A TOP PRIORITY IN THIS BILL. WE INCLUDED FUNDING AT THE ENACTED LEVEL, AND WELL ABOVE THE BUDGET REQUEST.

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                      • 05:46:07 PM

                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                        I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

                      • 05:46:09 PM

                        MR. DIAZ-BALART

                        THE BILL RESTORES -- THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. IT RESTORES A NUMBER OF…

                        THE BILL RESTORES -- THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. IT RESTORES A NUMBER OF COMMUNITY PROGRAMS THAT MEMBERS, FRANKLY FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, MADE SURE THAT WE WERE AWARE OF. THE BILL RESTORES A NUMBER OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS THAT WERE PROPOSED FOR ELIMINATION IN THE BUDGET REQUEST, INCLUDING CBGP AND HOME. WE LISTENED TO MEMBERS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AND WE MADE SURE THAT WAS A PRIORITY IN THIS BILL. THESE PROGRAMS, AGAIN, SUPPORT DECISIONMAKING AT THE LOCAL LEVEL WHERE IT SHOULD BE. BEFORE I CLOSE, I WANT TO THANK THE HARDWORKING AND TALENTED STAFF THAT HELPED PUT THIS TOGETHER, THE SUBCOMMITTEE STAFF. I WAS GOING TO READ THEIR NAMES. AGAIN, I KNOW I AM RUNNING OUT OF TIME. BUT I THINK THIS IS THE BEST STAFF ANYWHERE IN CONGRESS. I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY PERSONAL STAFF, CHIEF OF STAFF, MIGUEL MENDOZA WHO IS DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF, AS WELL. FROM THE MINORITY STAFF, DZHOKHAR LYLE AND ANGELA AND SO MANY -- JOE CARLISLE AND ANGELA AND SO MANY OTHERS. I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DID NOT PARTICULARLY THANK MR. PRICE, THE RANKING MEMBER. HE HAS BEEN GREAT TO WORK WITH. WE WORK COOPERATIVELY. I ASK FOR YOUR FAVORABLE SUPPORT OF THIS BILL, AND I YIELD BACK THE REMAINING PART OF MY TIME.

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                      • 05:47:26 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES.…

                        THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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                      • 05:47:31 PM

                        MRS. LOWEY

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

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I AM VERY PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. BISHOP, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE.

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                      • 05:47:42 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

                      • 05:47:44 PM

                        MR. BISHOP

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I FIRST WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING ME…

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I FIRST WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING ME TIME. LET ME JUST SAY, I BELIEVE WE ARE MISSING OUT ON THE OPPORTUNITY TO EFFECTIVELY DO OUR JOBS. AS ELECTED MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, WE'RE HERE TO FIGHT FOR WHAT IS RIGHT, WHAT IS FAIR AND WHAT IS JUST. WE ARE PRESENTED WITH THE ADMINISTRATION'S BUDGET. IT IS CONGRESS THAT'S CHARGED TO SERVE AS THE FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE OF THE NEEDS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND THE AGRICULTURE BILL BEFORE US, AS PART OF THIS OMNIBUS, IS OUR ATTEMPT TO DO JUST THAT. HOWEVER, THE PROGRESS MADE IN THE AGRICULTURE BILL WILL END HERE BECAUSE WE DO NOT HAVE A BUDGET RESOLUTION TO CONFERENCE, AND IT'S BEEN TANGLED WITH VERY OTHER CONTENTIOUS BILLS. THAT'S MOST UNFORTUNATE. IN LIGHT OF THE DRACONIAN BUDGET REQUESTS PRESENTED BY THE PRESIDENT, CONGRESSMAN ADERHOLT AND I, ALONG WITH OUR AGRICULTURE SUBCOMMITTEE COLLEAGUES, WORKED DILIGENTLY TO PROTECT AS MUCH OF OUR COUNTRY'S AGRICULTURE AND FOOD AND DRUG SAFETY SYSTEMS AS WE COULD. IN ORDER TO INFLICT THE LEAST AMOUNT OF DAMAGE, THE FUNDING REDUCTIONS WERE SPREAD ACROSS SEVERAL PROGRAMS, BUT LET ME BE CLEAR. THE COMMUNITIES THAT MAKE UP THIS GREAT NATION NEED THESE PROGRAMS TO BE ROBUSTLY FUNDED IN ORDER TO KEEP US COMPETITIVE IN THE GLOBAL MARKETPLACE. THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WILL NOT CONTINUE TO BE THE NATION THAT PRODUCES THE SAFEST, MOST ABUNDANT, HIGHEST QUALITY, MOST ECONOMICAL FOOD AND FIBER ANYWHERE IN THE INDUSTRIALIZED WORLD IF SUFFICIENT RESOURCES ARE NOT MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS CONGRESS. WHILE WE WERE ABLE TO MAINTAIN MCGOVERN-DOLE AT THE 2017 LEVEL, THE FOOD FOR PEACE PROGRAM WAS REDUCED. THIS BILL PROVIDES $830.4 MILLION FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATION ACTIVITIES, WHICH INCLUDES APPROXIMATELY $161 MILLION IN FUNDING TO ASSIST FOR F.Y. 2017 FOR LAND GRANT INSTITUTIONS. THESE FUNDS WILL ASSIST IN INCREASING MINORITY REPRESENTATION AND PARTICIPATION IN THE MULTIDISCIPLINARY AGRICULTURE COMMUNITY IN FIELDS SUCH AS AGRICULTURE RESEARCH, AGRIBUSINESS AS WELL AS FARMING AND RANCHING. AT THE SAME TIME, THE COMMODITIES FUTURE TRADE COMMISSION WAS DEPRIVED OF THE $2 MILLION OF FUNDS THAT IT NEEDS TO PROTECT U.S. CUSTOMERS FROM NEY VARIOUS ACTIVITY. -- NEFARIOUS ACTIVITY. UNPRECEDENTED LANGUAGE WAS PUT IN THE BILL TO ALLOW THE CFTC CHAIRMAN TO -- WHETHER OR NOT IT ESTABLISHED COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS. AND UNFORTUNATELY THE AMENDMENT I SUBMITTED TO STRIKE THAT PROVISION WAS NOT MADE IN ORDER BY THE HOUSE RULES COMMITTEE. FUNDING FOR THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION REMAINS FLAT, WHICH IS IN STARK CONTRAST TO THE TRUMP BUDGET THAT SOUGHT TO CUT IT BY MORE THAN $900 MILLION, AND STILL FUNDING FOR THIS AGENCY THAT OVERSEES THE SAFETY OF OUR FOOD, DRUGS AND MEDICAL DEVICES, WILL NOT GROW DESPITE OUR SIGNIFICANT DEPENDENCE ON THEIR ACTIVITIES AND THE INCREASING WORKLOAD EACH AND EVERY YEAR. F.D.A. IS BEING FORCED TO DO MORE WITH LESS RESOURCES, AND THAT LIMITS ITS ABILITY TO ADEQUATELY PROTECT THE HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. NUTRITION, MANDATORY FUNDING FOR SNAP AND CHILD NUTRITION WERE FUNDED CONSISTENT WITH THE CURRENT ESTIMATES. THAT'S GOOD. ADDITIONALLY, SCHOOL KITCHEN GRANTS ARE FUNDED AT $25 MILLION WHICH THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION REQUESTED BE ZEROED OUT. I THANK THE COMMITTEE FOR THIS. NOW, WE JUST VOTED FOR A BILL TO PROVIDE AID FOR THE VICTIMS OF HURRICANE HARVEY JUST AS THE POTENTIAL IMPACT OF HIRM -- HURRICANE IRMA LOOMS OVER US. INSTEAD OF BEING PROACT OF TO ENSURE OUR CITIZENS THAT WILL BE IMPACTED BY IMPENDED NATURAL DISASTERS ARE PROTECTED, WE ARE GOING TO THE FLOOR WITH A PACKAGE INADEQUATELY FUNDS OR FEDERAL AGENCIES AND DOES NOT COMPLETELY MEET THE NEEDS OF THE CITIZENS OF THIS GREAT NATION. THIS APPROACH TO FUNDING OUR GOVERNMENT FOR F.Y. 2018 ALL BUT GUARANTEES A SHORT-TERM IF NOT A FULL-YEAR CONTINUING RESOLUTION. BUT JUST LIKE EVERY YEAR, DEMOCRATIC VOTES WILL BE NEEDED TO ENACT AN APPROPRIATIONS LAW. WORKING TOGETHER ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS WILL BE ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY FOR IT TO MOVE FORWARD. MR. CHAIRMAN, WE STILL HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO TO DISCHARGE OUR OBLIGATIONS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. REGRETFULLY -- WILL THE GENTLELADY YIELD 30 SECONDS?

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                      • 05:53:06 PM

                        MRS. LOWEY

                        YES.

                      • 05:53:07 PM

                        MR. BISHOP

                        REGRETFULLY, THIS BILL FALLS SHORT. I'D LIKE TO THANK MR. ADERHOLT FOR HIS…

                        REGRETFULLY, THIS BILL FALLS SHORT. I'D LIKE TO THANK MR. ADERHOLT FOR HIS WORK AS CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN AND BOTH OF THEM FOR CONDUCTING THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE MARKUP FAIRLY AND COLLEGIATELY. AND MRS. LOWEY, THE FULL COMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER, FOR HER ASPIRING LEADERSHIP. LET ME THANK THE STAFFS ON THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY SIDES FOR ALL OF THEIR COOPERATION. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 05:53:39 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 CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                      • 05:53:43 PM

                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I AM PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL…

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I AM PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES SUBCOMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, MR. GRAVES OF GEORGIA, FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                      • 05:53:51 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

                      • 05:53:54 PM

                        MR. GRAVES

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

                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN FOR HIS SUPPORT AND HIS TEAM FOR BRINGING US TO THIS POINT TODAY AND THIS WEEK TO DO WHAT MANY THOUGHT COULDN'T BE DONE AND THAT'S GETTING ALL 12 OF OUR APPROPRIATIONS BILLS DONE IN A TIMELY FASHION. BUT TODAY'S A PRIVILEGE FOR ME TO PRESENT THE FINANCIAL SERVICES AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT ACT AND THIS WOULDN'T BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT CONGRESSMAN QUIGLEY AND HIS TEAM AND I APPRECIATE THEIR WORK AS WE'VE BEEN THROUGH MANY MONTHS OF EFFORT TOGETHER. BUT I BELIEVE THIS IS THE PROSPEROUS PART OF MAKING AMERICA SECURE AND PROS PRESS ACT BECAUSE THIS BILL INCLUDES MANY OF THE REFORMS FOUND IN THE CHOICE ACT WHICH WE PASSED EARLIER THIS SPRING WHICH ELIMINATED MANY OF THE DODD-FRANK REGULATIONS, REINING IN THOSE ROGUE AGENCIES THAT WE HEARD SO MUCH ABOUT. WHILE ALLOWING THE ECONOMY AND MARKETS TO BEGIN WORKING FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES AND WILL ALSO RESTORE THE FINANCIAL FREEDOMS THAT HELP AMERICANS EARN A LIVING AND ACHIEVE THEIR AMERICAN DREAM OF WHICH WE HAVE ALL BEEN HEARING ABOUT OVER THESE LAST WEEKS IN AUGUST. BUT THIS BILL ALSO INVESTS IN SMALL BUSINESSES AND INVESTS IN THE SMALL BUSINESSES THROUGH THE S.B.A. BY $1 BILLION, NEARLY $1 BILLION OF NEW INVESTMENT TO THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION WITH SIGNIFICANT FUNDING FOR SMALL BUSINESS LOANS AND PARTICULARLY TO THOSE VETERANS OF OURS WHO ARE OUT THERE WORKING HARD AND STARTING THEIR OWN BUSINESSES. BUT THIS BILL ALSO CARRIES THE ENTIRE FINANCIAL INSTITUTION BANKRUPTCY ACT, WHICH PASSED THIS HOUSE EARLIER THIS YEAR AS WELL ON A BIPARTISAN VOTE. BUT I.R.S. FUNDING AGAIN IS KEPT AT A 2009 LEVEL. ACTUALLY A LITTLE BIT BELOW THAT. BUT ALLOWING TARGETED INVESTMENTS IN CONSUMER SERVICE AND CYBERSECURITY. BUT THIS BILL MAINTAINS OUR COMMITMENT TO THE I.R.S. OVERSIGHT THAT WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON SO HARD OVER THE LAST COUPLE YEARS BY PROHIBITING THE HARMFUL REGULATIONS THAT WE'VE SEEN FROM THEM THAT HAVE IMPACTED OUR 501-C-4 ORGANIZATIONS. IT PROHIBITS THEM FROM TARGETING THESE GROUPS BASED ON THEIR POLITICAL BELIEFS OR THEIR EXERCISING OF THEIR FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS BUT IT ALSO ALLOWS FOR MANY OF THE OTHER PROTECTIONS FOR TAXPAYERS THAT WE HAVE BEEN LONGING TO DO. TO COMBAT THE OPIOID CRISIS, WE INCLUDE MORE THAN $360 MILLION TO AID FEDERAL DRUG CONTROL PROGRAMS LIKE DRUG COURTS AND DRUG-FREE COMMUNITIES. BUT IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT WE CARRY THE PRO-LIFE PROVISIONS THAT HAVE BEEN SOMETHING -- A PATTERN AND A CUSTOM AND A PRIVILEGE THAT THIS HOUSE HAS DONE FOR SO MANY YEARS OVER THE PAST, BUT WE'VE ADDED TO THAT. WE EXPANDED BY INCLUDING THE HARRIS AMENDMENT THAT PROHIBITS FUNDING FOR BEING PROVIDED THROUGH MULTISTATE PLANS THAT COVER ABORTION, AND WE ALSO INCLUDED A PROVISION THAT REPEALS THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA'S ASSISTED SUICIDE MEASURE. NOW, THIS BILL COMES IN AT ABOUT $20 BILLION, AND THAT IS A BIG NUMBER, BUT LET ME POINT OUT THAT IS OVER 6% LESS, THAT'S A 6% CUT JUST FROM LAST YEAR. SO WE'RE MAKING A DIFFERENCE. NOW WHEN CRAFTING THIS BILL, I TOOK MY DIRECTION STRAIGHT FROM THE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE, REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT. THIS IS THE RESULT OF YOUR INTEREST, INTERESTS OF YOUR CONSTITUENTEDS IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION -- CONSTITUENTS IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION. NOW, MANY TOUGH DECISIONS WERE MADE, BUT WITH A STRONG FOCUS --

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                      • 05:57:19 PM

                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                        I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN ANOTHER MINUTE.

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                        MR. GRAVES

                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. NOW, MANY, MANY TOUGH DECISIONS HAVE BEEN MADE…

                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. NOW, MANY, MANY TOUGH DECISIONS HAVE BEEN MADE ACROSS THIS BILL BUT THIS ONE AS WELL WITH A STRONG FOCUS ON FINANCIAL FREEDOM FOR ALL AMERICANS. NOW, I BELIEVE THIS BILL WILL MAKE AMERICA PROSPEROUS AGAIN. SO I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN, ALL THE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRS, THE FULL COMMITTEE STAFF, THE MINORITY STAFF AND RANKING MEMBERS, THIS WHOLE TEAM HAS BEEN GREAT TO WORK WITH. BUT IT'S IMPORTANT FOR -- TO THANK MY SUBCOMMITTEE. THEY HAVE BEEN THROUGH A LOT OF HARD WORK WITH ME, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND THEY'VE DONE A GREAT JOB WORKING WITH ME AND THE MANY HARD -- MANY WEEKENDS. MR. CHAIRMAN, PRIOR TO YIELDING, I'D LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD A COLLOQUY THAT'S BEEN PREPARED BY CONGRESSMAN AMODEI ON A FUTURE DISCUSSION, FIVE-MEMBER BOARD COMMISSION WITH THE CFPB.

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                      • 05:58:14 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        A COLLOQUY CANNOT BE INSERTED. IT MUST BE SPOKEN.

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                        MR. GRAVES

                        I GUESS IT'S A STATEMENT FOR THE RECORD. MAYBE I MISSPOKE IN MY STATEMENT…

                        I GUESS IT'S A STATEMENT FOR THE RECORD. MAYBE I MISSPOKE IN MY STATEMENT THERE.

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                      • 05:58:28 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THAT WOULD BE COVERED UNDER GENERAL LEAVE.

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                        MR. GRAVES

                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

                      • 05:58:33 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 CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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                      • 05:58:39 PM

                        MRS. LOWEY

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

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM MINNESOTA, MS. MCCOLLUM, RANKING MEMBER OF THE INTERIOR AND ENVIRONMENT SUBCOMMITTEE.

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                      • 05:58:49 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLELADY FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                        MS. MCCOLLUM

                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. AND I ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND…

                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. AND I ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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                      • 05:58:57 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                        MS. MCCOLLUM

                        I WOULD LIKE TO JUST TAKE A BRIEF SECOND AND THANK THE FULL COMMITTEE…

                        I WOULD LIKE TO JUST TAKE A BRIEF SECOND AND THANK THE FULL COMMITTEE CHAIR AND THE FULL COMMITTEE RANKING CHAIR FOR THEIR SUPPORT AS WE MOVE FORWARD IN THIS PROGRESS. AND A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO ALL THE GREAT STAFF ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, THE DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN STAFF. BUT MY VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO CHAIRMAN CALVERT AND ONCE AGAIN FOR HIS STAFF AND OUR STAFF FOR THEIR WORK IN AN OPEN AND COLLABORATIVE APPROACH. THIS COMMITTEE HAS A CHALLENGING PORTFOLIO OF ISSUES, AND I COMMEND THE CHAIRMAN'S EFFORT TO FIND SOLUTIONS IN YET ANOTHER DIFFICULT BUDGET YEAR. UNFORTUNATELY, THE 2118 -- 2018 INTERIOR ALLOCATION IS $824 MILLION LESS THAN LAST YEAR'S ENACTED LEVEL. THESE DEVASTATING CUTS TO THE ALLOCATION SHORTAGES, THE PROTECTION OF OUR NATURAL RESOURCES AND CULTURAL RESOURCES HAS REAL CONSEQUENCES FOR AMERICANS, THEIR FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES. ADEQUATE FUNDING FOR THE INTERIOR, ENVIRONMENT DIVISION AT A CRITICAL TIME WHEN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS ATTACKING THE SCIENCE BEHIND CLIMATE CHANGE AND ROLLING BACK REGULATIONS THAT PROTECT THE WATER WE DRINK AND THE AIR WE BREATHE. WE ARE AT A DEFINING MOMENT IN HISTORY. OUR LACK OF ACTIONS TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE WILL NOW IMPACT THE WORLD AS WE PASS IT ONTO OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. WE CAN NO LONGER AFFORD TO DISREGARD THE OVERWHELMING SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE THAT THE PLANET IS WARMING, SEA LEVELS ARE RISING AND GLACIERS ARE MELTING. WE HAVE ALL SEEN THE DESTRUCTION INFLICTED BY HURRICANE HARVEY. AS THE WATERS RECEDE, THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY IS PLAYING A KEY ROLE IN KEEPING AMERICANS SAFE. ONCE AGAIN, WE ARE REMINDED OF THE IMPORTANCE OF AGENCIES LIKE THE E.P.A., BOTH IN TIMES OF CRISIS AND ON A DAILY BASIS. . UNNRNLT, THE E.P.A. RECEIVES THE MOST CUTS, SLASHING IT BY $4454 MILLION WILL DAMAGE THEIR ABILITY TO PROTECT HUMAN HEALTH AND SAFETY AND ENSURE CLEAN AIR AND WATER FOR ALL AMERICANS. THE AGENCY'S INTUDGET $2.2 BILLION BELOW F.Y. 2010 LEVELS. IT IS IRRESPONSIBLE TO CUT THE E.P.A. EARTH FARTHER. IT ALSO CUTS PROGRAMS CRITICAL TO MANAGING PUBLIC LANDS AND CUTS FUNDING FOR ENDANGERED SPECIES LISTING PROTECTION. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT US TO BE GOOD STEWARDS OF OUR PUBLIC LANDS AND WILDLIFE BUT THIS BILL FALLS FAR SHORT OF THAT COMMITMENT. DESPITE THE BILL'S SHORTCOMINGS AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION, I WANT TO EXPRESS HOW VERY PROUD I AM OF OUR SUBCOMMITTEE'S NONPARTISAN, NONPARTISAN APPROACH TO ADDRESSING ISSUES FACING OUR NATIVE AMERICAN BROTHER AND SISTERS. I AM PLEASED THAT THIS BILL RECOMMENDS AN INCREASE OF $10 MILLION OVER FISCAL YEAR 2017 ENACTED LEVELS FOR PROGRAMS CRITICAL TO INDIAN COUNTRY. THE HEALTH, THE EDUCATION, THE SAFETY OF OUR TRAVEL COMMUNITIES IS A FEDERAL RESPONSIBILITY THAT OUR SUBCOMMITTEE TAKES VERY SERIOUSLY. AND THAT'S THE ONE BRIGHT SPOT IN THIS BILL. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS BILL FALLS FAR TOO SHORT IN MANY OTHER AREAS AS BOTH A RESULT OF OUR LOW ALLOCATION AND AS A RESULT OF WILDFIRE SUPPRESSION COSTS THAT ARE BURNING A HOLE IN THIS BILL. SINCE THE START OF THIS YEAR, MORE THAN.1 MILLION ACRES HAVE BURN. AS A RESULT THE U.S. FORESTER IS VESS DOESN'T HAVE ADEQUATE FUNDING TO COMBAT THESE DISASTERS. THEY WILL NEED TO BORROW FUNDS FROM NONFIRE ACCOUNTS, MAKING IT HARDER FOR THE SERVICE TO CONDUCT PREPAREDNESS ACTIVITIES TO REDUCE THE SEVERITY OF WILD FIRES. THAT'S WHY EVERY MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE IS A A CO-SPONSOR OF CHAIRMAN SIMPSON'S WILD FIRE FUNDING ACT. I'M DISAPPOINTED THAT THE MAJORITY'S LEADERSHIP HAS MISSED THE OPPORTUNITY TO INCLUDE THOSE COMMONSENSE REFORMS IN THIS LEGISLATION AND THAT'S WHY I'VE CALLED ON EMERGENCY FUNDING OF WILD FIRE SUPPRESSION ACTIVITIES IN THE NEXT DISASTER SUPPLEMENTAL. FINALLY, IN ADDITION TO THE IRRESPONSIBLE CUTS TO THE E.P.A. AND NATIONAL INSURANCE PROGRAM, I MUST EXPRESS MY CONCERN WITH PARTISAN RIDERS IN THIS BILL. THESE RIDERS JEOPARDIZE PROTECTION AND RECOVERY FOR VULNERABLE SPECIES, RESTRICT PROTECTIONS OF OUR OCEANS, UNDERMINE CLEAN WATER AND CLEAN AIR SAFEGUARDS AND EVEN PREVENT THE DEVELOPMENT OF RENEWABLE ENERGY. MR. SPEAKER THIS BILL IS NOT SUFFICIENT TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I KNOW WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THAT. CONGRESS NEEDS A BIPARTISAN BUDGET AGREEMENT THAT INCREASES NONDEFENSE DISCRETIONARY SPENDING LEVELS. DESPITE MY CURRENT OPPOSITION, I WANT TO BE CLEAR THAT I WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH CHAIRMAN CALVERT THROUGH THIS YEAR'S APPROPRIATION PROCESS AND PRODUCE A RESPONSIBLE BILL THAT BOTH PARTIES CAN SUPPORT AND I YIELD BACK, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                      • 06:04:19 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                        I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE REPRESENTATIVE LAMAR SMITH OF THE SCIENCE…

                        I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE REPRESENTATIVE LAMAR SMITH OF THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE.

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                      • 06:04:29 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZE. MR. -- IS RECOGNIZED.

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                        MR. SMITH

                        I'M PLEASED TO SUPPORT THE MAKE AMERICA SECURE AND PROSPEROUS…

                        I'M PLEASED TO SUPPORT THE MAKE AMERICA SECURE AND PROSPEROUS APPROPRIATIONS ACT 2018, WHICH INCLUDES THE COMMERCE, JUSTICE, SCIENCE FUNDING BILL WHICH PROVIDES APPROPRIATIONS FOR MANY OF THE PROGRAMS WITHIN THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE'S JURISDICTION. CHAIRMAN CULBERSON HAS WORKED CLOSELY WITH US ON THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE TO INCLUDE RESPONSIBLE, PRO SCIENCE FUNDING LEVELS FOR IN A, IS A THE SCIENCE FOUNDATION, NOAA AND THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY. HIS CONSULTATION AND COOPERATION ARE MUCH APPRECIATE. I THANK HIM AND HIS CLERK, JOHN MARTENS FOR THEIR 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 SCOINT WITH -- CONSISTENT WITH THE NASA TRANSITION AUTHORIZATION ACT, THE AMERICAN INNOVATION AND COMPETITIVENESS ACT, AND THE WEATHER RESEARCH AND FORECASTING INNOVATION ACT, ALL THREE OF WHICH WERE ENACTED INTO LAW EARLIER THIS YEAR. THE C.J.S. BILL FULLY FUNDS THE PLANETARY SCIENCE AND EXPLORATION PROGRAMS, IMPLEMENTS A STANDARD FOR EVERY N.S.F. GRANT TO IMPROVE FORECASTING TO SAVE LIVES AND PROPERTY, WHICH IS ESPECIALLY TIMELY TODAY. LATER I'LL OFFER AN AMENDMENT WHICH CHAIRMAN CULBERSON'S SUPPORT TOIN CREASE BASIC RESEARCH IN THE PHYSICAL AND BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES AT THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATIONISM STRONGLY ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS PRO-SCIENCE, FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE APPROPRIATIONS BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 06:06:13 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK.

                      • 06:06:19 PM

                        MRS. LOWEY

                        I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR.…

                        I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. QUIGLEY, RANKING MEMBER ON THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES.

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                      • 06:06:27 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        SERVICES.

                      • 06:06:33 PM

                        PLL QUIGLEY

                        MINUTES. PLL QUIGLEY: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK THE RANKING…

                        MINUTES. PLL QUIGLEY: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING AND THANK HER AND THE CHAIRMAN FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP THROUGHOUT THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS. AS RANKING MEMBER, I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN GRAVES WHO I'VE GOTTEN TO KNOW AND WORKED MORE CLOSELY WITH OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS. OUR DISCUSSIONS HAVE BEEN BOTH PASSIONATE AND PRODUCTIVE AND I THANK HIM FOR HIS WILLINGNESS TO COMPROMISE ON SHARED PRIORITIES. OF COURSE I'D LIKE TO THANK DEANA, KELLY, ARIANNA, MARY EL LA AND BRAD ON THE MAJORITY SIDE AND OUR TALENTED DIRECTOR, LISA ON THE MINORITY SIDE, FOR ALL THE TIME THEY SPENT PUTTING TOGETHER THIS PORTION OF THE BILL AND ON MY OPEN STAFF, DOUG, WRITES THESE THINGS, DOESN'T PUT HIS OWN NAME IN THERE BUT I WANT TO THANK HIM ANYWAY. UNFORTUNATELY THE PORTION OF THE BILL BEFORE US WILL MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR US TO GROW SMALL BUSINESSES, ENFORCE CONSUMER PROTECTIONS AND PROMOTE GOOD GOVERNANCE. WITH $1.6 BILLION IN CUTS FROM FISCAL YEAR 2017, MANY SUCCESSFUL AND ESTABLISHED PROGRAMS WILL SUFFER. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION IS CUT BY $39 MILLION WITH MOST COMING FROM REDUCTIONS TO ENTREPRENEURIAL PROGRAMS THAT ASSIST MILLIONS OF SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS. THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTION FUND IS CUT BY $5 MILLION OR 28% WHICH MEANS FEWER RESOURCES TO SPUR ECONOMIC GROWTH AND REVITALIZE OUR MOST UNDERSERVED AND NEGLECTED COMMUNITIES. G.S.A. HAS ZERO FUNDS TO START NEW CONSTRUCTION AND COMPLETELY RESCINDS THE MONEY PROVIDED IN THE F.Y. 2017 OMNIBUS FOR THE NEW F.B.I. HEADQUARTERS. COMPROMISING NATIONAL SECURITY. THE I.R.S. WHICH HAS ALREADY LOST OVER $1 BILLION IN FUNDING AND 18,000 IN STAFF OVER THE PAST SEVEN YEAR IS FURTHER WEAKENED BY ADDITIONAL CUTS THAT WEAKEN THE AGENCY'S ABILITY TO CLOSE THE TAX GAP, CATCH TAX CHEETS, AND PROVIDE SUFFICIENT SERVICES FOR HONEST TAXPAYERS. IN ADDITION, THE BILL CONTAINS A LONG LIST OF POLICY RIDERS THAT WILL UNDERMINE ENFORCE OFMENT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, RESTRICT THE ABILITY FOR A WOMAN TO MAKE PERSONAL HEALTH DECISIONS, AND BLOCK THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA FROM USING LOCAL FUNDS TO MAKE LOCAL DECISIONS. FURTHERMORE THIS BILL PROVIDES 88 PAGES OF AUTHORIZING TEXTS TO REPEAL KEY PROVISIONS OF DODD FRANK AND WEAKEN THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU. LESS THAN A DECADE AGO, THE FINANCIAL CRISIS SPARKED THE BIGGEST RECESSION SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION AND PUSHED OUR ECONOMY TO THE BRINK OF COLLAPSE. NO SERIOUS PERSON WOULD ARGUE THAT THE STATUS QUO WHICH ALMOST CRIPPLED OUR ECONOMY, WAS WORKING BEFORE THE CRISIS. WE NEED TO MAKE OUR FINANCIAL MARKETS SAFER, MORE TRANSPARENT AND MORE ACCOUNTABLE AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT DODD-FRANK DID LASTLY, AS I MENTIONED, MY TESTIMONY BEFORE THE RULE COMMITTEES IS WORTH MENTIONING AGAIN HOW DISAPOINT I AM THAT THE RULES DECIDED TO UNILATERALLY STRIP A PROVILLINGS AGREED TO BY THE COMMITTEE. CONGRESSMAN AGUILAR'S LANGUAGE WHICH PASSED BY VOICE VOTE WAS ADOPTED, ACCORDING TO ORDER. THE PROVISION IS STRAIGHTFORWARD, IT SIMPLY CLARIFIES THAT DACA RECIPIENTS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT. YET WITHOUT EXPLANATION THE SECTION HAD DISAPPEARED AS IF IT NEVER EXISTED. GIVEN THE ADMINISTRATION'S SHAMEFUL DECISION TO RESCIND THE DACA PROGRAM, I ANTICIPATE WE'LL RIGOROUSLY DEBATE THIS ISSUE OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. AGAIN, WHILE I CANNOT SUPPORT THIS BILL, I REMAIN COMMITTED TO WORKING WITH MY DELEENGS MAJORITY SIDE TO STRENGTHEN FUNDING AND REMOVE HARMFUL AND UNNECESSARY RIDERS. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 06:10:20 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

                      • 06:10:24 PM

                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                        I'D LIKE TO YIELD SIX MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA, CHAIRMAN…

                        I'D LIKE TO YIELD SIX MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA, CHAIRMAN COLE, FOR THE PURPOSE OF THREE COLLOQUIES.

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                      • 06:10:30 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SIX MINUTES.

                      • 06:10:33 PM

                        MR. COLE

                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AT THIS TIME I YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM…

                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AT THIS TIME I YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA, MR. COLLINS, FOR TWO MINUTES FOR THE PURPOSE OF A COLLOQUY.

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                      • 06:10:40 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 06:10:42 PM

                        MR. COLLINS

                        THANK YOU. I HAVE BECOME INCREASINGLY AWARE OF THE PROBLEM WITH…

                        THANK YOU. I HAVE BECOME INCREASINGLY AWARE OF THE PROBLEM WITH HOSPITAL-ACQUIRED PRESSURE ULCERS. RESEARCH SHOWS THAT MILLIONS OF PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM THIS CONDITION AND 60,000 HOSPITAL PATIENTS A YEAR DIE BECAUSE OF THIS PAINFUL AILMENT. 11% OF THOSE AFFECTED ARE OUR VETERANS. THEY ARE SUFFERING -- THEIR SUFFERING IS TREMENDOUS AND THE COST TO THE HEALTH IS SYSTEM COULD BE AS HIGH AS $25 BILLION. HOWEVER THE PROPER COMMONSENSE PREVENTION THE NUMBERS OF THOSE SUFFERING AND THE COST OF TREATMENT CAN BE GREATLY REDUCED. I HAVE REACHED OUT TO C.M.S. ABOUT DOING A PILOT PROGRAM TO PROMOTE BETTER PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT METHODS AND DISCUSSED THE PROBLEM WITH INNOVATIVE GEORGIA COMPANIES. I RISE TO MAKE OTHER MEMBERS AWARE OF THIS ISSUE AND ASK FOR YOUR SUPPORT IN THIS PROCESS.

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                      • 06:11:30 PM

                        MR. COLE

                        THANK YOU FOR RAISING THE ISSUE. YOU ALONG WITH CONGRESSMAN WOODALL AND…

                        THANK YOU FOR RAISING THE ISSUE. YOU ALONG WITH CONGRESSMAN WOODALL AND HANDLE HAVE BEEN LEADERS ON THIS EFFORT. I APPRECIATE YOUR EFFORT AND WILL STAY IN TOUCH WITH THE PROGRESS MADE.

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                      • 06:11:43 PM

                        MR. COLLINS

                        I APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT AND YIELD BACK MY TIME.

                      • 06:11:47 PM

                        MR. COLE

                        AT THIS TIME I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM MINNESOTA, MS.…

                        AT THIS TIME I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM MINNESOTA, MS. MCCOLLUM FOR THE PURPOSE OF A COLLOQUY.

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                      • 06:11:55 PM

                        MS. MCCOLLUM

                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THE WORK ON THIS BILL…

                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THE WORK ON THIS BILL PROVIDING CRITICAL PROGRAMS. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY SERVICE BLOCK GRANTS. THIS PROGRAM FUNDS COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCIES THAT ADDRESS POVERTY, ASSIST SENIORS AND OTHER VULNERABLE POPULATIONS IN BECOMING SELF-SUFFICIENT. I HAVE SEEN IN MY DISTRICT THE VALUE USUAL SERVICES THESE GROUPS HELP IN PROVIDING PEOPLE THE OPPORTUNITY TO FIND JOBS.

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                      • 06:12:25 PM

                        MR. COLE

                        I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM MINNESOTA FOR SPEAKING ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF…

                        I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM MINNESOTA FOR SPEAKING ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS PROGRAM IN HER DISTRICT. I AGREE THAT THE COMMUNITY SERVICE BLOCK GRANT PROVIDES IMPORTANT SERVICES TO HELP PEOPLE ESCAPE FROM POVERTY. THE PROGRAM HAS BROAD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. AS THE GENTLELADY KNOWS, SEVERAL CHALLENGING DECISIONS HAVE TO BE MADE TO MEET THE OVERALL SPENDING PRIORITIES AND ALLOCATION. I TAKE TO HEART THE CONCERN EXPRESSED BY THE GENTLELADY AND AS WE MOVE FORWARD, I WILL WORK TO ENSURE FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE BLOCK GRANTS REFLECTS THE PRIORITY OF OUR MEMBERS.

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                      • 06:12:59 PM

                        MS. MCCOLLUM

                        I THANK THE CHAIRMAN, MY FRIEND, FOR HIS RESPONSE AND COMMITMENT TO…

                        I THANK THE CHAIRMAN, MY FRIEND, FOR HIS RESPONSE AND COMMITMENT TO ROBUSTLY FUNDING THE COMMUNITY SERVICE BLOCK GRANT. I KNOW THIS PROGRAM HELPS PEOPLE ACROSS THE NATION AND BRINGS GREATER VALUE TO THE COMMUNITY IT SERVES. THANK YOU.

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                      • 06:13:12 PM

                        MR. COLE

                        THANK YOU. AT THIS TIME I YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR.…

                        THANK YOU. AT THIS TIME I YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. NORMAN, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A COLLOQUY, TWO MINUTES.

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                      • 06:13:20 PM

                        MR. NORMAN

                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK ON THIS BILL WHICH…

                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK ON THIS BILL WHICH PROVIDES FUNDING TO CRITICAL PROGRAMS WITHIN A DIFFICULT BUT FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE ALLOCATION. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CLARIFY ON THE RECORD A QUESTION I HAVE ON FUNDING FOR THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY GRANT PROGRAM. THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY GRANT PROGRAM PROVIDES CRITICAL JOB TRAINING AND RE-EMPLOYMENT FUNDING FOR WORKERS THAT HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS AS A RESULT OF PLANT CLOSURES OR MASS LAYOFFS. DOES THIS BILL FULLY FUND THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY GRANT PROGRAM?

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                      • 06:13:54 PM

                        MR. COLE

                        I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM SOUTH CAROLINA FOR RAISING THIS IMPORTANT…

                        I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM SOUTH CAROLINA FOR RAISING THIS IMPORTANT QUESTION. I AGREE THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY GRANT PROGRAM IS AN IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN PROGRAM TO TRAIN WORKERS AND HELP THEM FIND NEW CAREERS. CURRENT YEAR FUNDS FOR THE DISLOCATED WORKERS NATIONAL RESERVE ARE INCREASED BY $109 MILLION AND ADVANCE APPROPRIATIONS FOR 2019 ARE ELIMINATED FOR A TOTAL OF $130 MILLION. WITHIN THAT TOTAL, THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY GRANT PROGRAM IS APPROXIMATELY $70 MILLION EACH YEAR. IT IS EXPECTED THAT AFTER FULLY FUNDING THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY GRANTS, THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR WILL USE ADDITIONAL FUNDS FROM THE DISLOCATED WORKERS' NATIONAL RESERVE FOR OTHER AUTHORIZED PURPOSES SUCH AS TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND GRANTS TO HELP WORKERS DISLOCATED FROM THE COAL INDUSTRY FIND NEW EMPLOYMENT. SO THE SHORT ANSWER TO THE QUESTION IS, YES. THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY GRANT PROGRAM IS FULLY FUNDED IN THIS BILL.

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                      • 06:14:51 PM

                        MR. NORMAN

                        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                      • 06:15:24 PM

                        MR. COLE

                        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                      • 06:15:27 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

                      • 06:15:35 PM

                        MRS. LOWEY

                        RESERVE.

                      • 06:15:36 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. THE GENTLELADY…

                        THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES.

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                      • 06:15:44 PM

                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                        MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR THE…

                        MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR THE PURPOSE OF A COLLOQUY.

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                      • 06:15:52 PM

                        MR. CALVERT

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. KILMER, FOR…

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. KILMER, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A COLLOQUY.

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                      • 06:16:01 PM

                        MR. KILMER

                        I THANK FOR SUPPORTING IMPORTANT POLICIES AND PROGRAMS FOR THE UNIQUE…

                        I THANK FOR SUPPORTING IMPORTANT POLICIES AND PROGRAMS FOR THE UNIQUE LANDSCAPES. OUR REGION VALUES FEDERAL LANDS AND WE ARE PROUD TO HOST ALL BRANCHES OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY. PEOPLE COME TO HIKE AND TRAVEL THROUGH OUR FORESTS AND WATERWAYS AND WANT TO MAKE SURE SCIENCETIVE AREAS ARE PROTECTED. THE ENVIRONMENT RELIES ON IT ARE NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE. I HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH MANY AGENCIES TO UNDERSTAND THEIR MISSIONS, CONCERNS AND INTERESTS WITH REGARD TO THE IMPACT OF LOCAL MILITARY JET NOISE. AT THE SAME TIME, I HAVE WORKED TO ENSURE THEY CAN GO THE EXTRA MILE WHEN IT COMES TO PUBLIC OUTREACH. THROUGH THIS EFFORT I LEARNED THE PARK SERVICE AND THE NAVY MEASURE NOISE DIFFERENTLY. THIS IS DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND THE IMPACT OF NOISE IN THE MISSIONS OF OTHER AGENCIES AND FEDERAL LANDS. IT COMPLICATES ANY BASIS TO EXAMINE POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS. IN ORDER TO HAVE A FACT-BASED CONVERSATION, I WROTE TO THE COUNCIL OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY IN MARCH ASKING THAT THEY WORK WITH BOTH AGENCIES TO FIND AN AGREEABLE METHOD OF MEASURING AND REPORTING THE SOUND OF MILITARY AVIATION. WHILE I HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED THEY ARE LOOKING INTO THE MATTER, I LOOKED TO CHAIRMAN CALVERT TO ENSURE THAT THE PARTIES COOPERATE AND RESOLVE THIS ISSUE.

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                      • 06:17:32 PM

                        MR. CALVERT

                        MOVE FORWARD IN THE PROCESS AND MY COLLEAGUE AND I CAN CONTINUE TO WORK…

                        MOVE FORWARD IN THE PROCESS AND MY COLLEAGUE AND I CAN CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER WITH THE RELEVANT AGENCIES TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE SO HIS CONSTITUENTS AND OTHERS AROUND THE NATION CAN CONTINUE TO ENJOY THAT THE PARK SERVICE AND INTERIOR LANDS HAVE TO OFFER WITHOUT COMPROMISING MILITARY READINESS.

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                      • 06:17:55 PM

                        MR. KILMER

                        HAVING GROWN UP ON THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA, I UNDERSTAND US TO BE STEWARDS…

                        HAVING GROWN UP ON THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA, I UNDERSTAND US TO BE STEWARDS OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE NAVY IS A GOOD NEIGHBOR. I LOOK TO WORK WITH ALL TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE AND I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 06:18:08 PM

                        MR. CALVERT

                        I YIELD BACK.

                      • 06:18:11 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK.

                      • 06:18:14 PM

                        MRS. LOWEY

                        I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA,…

                        I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, RANKING MEMBER ON FINANCIAL SERVICES.

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                      • 06:18:22 PM

                        MS. WATERS

                        THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, I STRONGLY OPPOSE H.R. 3354, A BILL THAT…

                        THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, I STRONGLY OPPOSE H.R. 3354, A BILL THAT NOT ONLY FAILS TO MAKE CRITICAL INVESTMENTS IN OUR NATION'S FUTURE BUT ELIMINATES IMPORTANT PROTECTIONS FOR EVERY DAY AMERICANS. AS RANKING MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, I'M PARTICULARLY CONCERNED THAT H.R. 3354 IMPOSES SUCH SEVERE CUTS ON THE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND USUAL AND DEVELOPMENT THAT IT WILL RESULT IN FAMILIES LOSING THEIR HOUSING ASSISTANCE AND PUTTING THEM AT RISK FOR HOMELESSNESS. THE BILL TAKES SOME OF THE WORST PROVISIONS FROM THE REPUBLICANS WRONG CHOICE ACT THAT WOULD RETURN OUR ECONOMY TO THE RECKLESS PRACTICES THAT CAUSED THE FINANCIAL CRISIS. ONE PROVISION TAKES AWAY THE AUTHORITY OF THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU TO STOP ABUSIVE PRACTICES BY BANKS LIKE WELLS FARGO, WHICH RIPPED OFF MORE THAN 3.5 MILLION OF ITS CUSTOMERS. ANOTHER PROVISION REPEALS THE LABOR DEPARTMENT'S COMMONSENSE RULE THAT PROTECTS SENIORS FROM CONFLICTED RETIREMENT ADVICE FROM UNSCRUPULOUS FINANCIAL ADVISERS. THERE ARE SO MANY GIFTS TO WALL STREET, ONE WOULD THINK CHRISTMAS CAME EARLY. BUT IT ISN'T CHRISTMAS, MR. SPEAKER, BUT IT IS SEPTEMBER AND WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF HURRICANE SEASON. OUR CITIES ARE UNDER WATER AND THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP HAS DONE NOTHING TO PREVENT THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM FROM EXPIRING AT THE END OF THE MONTH. REPUBLICANS HAVE LET US COME CLOSE TO DEFAULTING ON OUR DEBT AND THE OBLIGATIONS OWED TO SERVICE MEMBERS, VETERANS, SENIORS AND THE MOST VULNERABLE AMONG US. AND JUST YESTERDAY, 800,000 YOUNG DEMOCRATS WERE TOLD THAT THEIR FUTURE ARE IN THE HANDS OF A HOSTILE CONGRESS. WE MUST OPPOSE THIS BILL AND GET TO WORK WHAT CONGRESS SHOULD BE DOING. I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 06:20:26 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

                      • 06:20:29 PM

                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, CHAIRMAN CARTER, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A COLLOQUY.

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                      • 06:20:37 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 06:20:40 PM

                        MR. CARTER

                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AT THIS TIME, I YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE MR.…

                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AT THIS TIME, I YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE MR. PITTINGER FOR THE PURPOSE OF COLLOQUY.

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                      • 06:20:53 PM

                        MR. PITTENGER

                        PACKAGE TO FUND THE IMMEDIATE NEEDS. SIMILAR TO HURRICANE HARVEY, THE…

                        PACKAGE TO FUND THE IMMEDIATE NEEDS. SIMILAR TO HURRICANE HARVEY, THE EASTERN PART OF NORTH CAROLINA WAS DEVASTATED BY HURRICANE MATTHEW. WE SUFFERED BILLIONS IN DAMAGE INCLUDING 98,000 HOMES AND 19,000 BUSINESSES. 82,000 PEOPLE HAVE MADE APPLICATION TO FEMA. MR. CHAIRMAN, ALTHOUGH THE PACKAGE PASSED BY THE HOUSE THIS MORNING WAS FOR HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF, CAN YOU EXPLAIN HOW IT WILL BE ALSO HELPFUL FOR HURRICANE MATTHEW VICTIMS. I WOULD LIKE TO ASSURE MY CONSTITUENTS THAT CONGRESS WILL SUPPORT THE LONG-TERM DISASTER RELIEF NEEDS. I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OF TEXAS AND CHAIRMAN OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY SUBCOMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS.

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                      • 06:21:47 PM

                        MR. CARTER

                        I THANK YOU FOR BRINGING UP THIS ISSUE. LAST WEEK FEMA WAS FORCED TO…

                        I THANK YOU FOR BRINGING UP THIS ISSUE. LAST WEEK FEMA WAS FORCED TO RESTRICT OBLIGATIONS FOR PAST DISASTERS AND PRIORITIZE FUNDING FOR IMMEDIATE LIFESAVING EFFORTS IN RESPONSE TO HURRICANE HARVEY. THE SUPPLEMENTAL FUNDING BILL THAT PASSED THE HOUSE THIS MORNING WILL ENABLE FEMA TO LIFT THESE RESTRICTIONS AND RESUME FUNDING FOR LONG-TERM RECOVERY EFFORTS SUCH AS THOSE IN NORTH CAROLINA AND OTHER PARTS OF OUR NATION. I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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                      • 06:22:23 PM

                        MR. PITTENGER

                        THE PLIGHT OF HURRICANE HARVEY, I OFFER MY THANKS FOR MY STATE'S…

                        THE PLIGHT OF HURRICANE HARVEY, I OFFER MY THANKS FOR MY STATE'S REQUIREMENTS THAT THEY RECEIVED FROM THE DEVASTATION OF HURRICANE MATTHEW. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND OFFER MY STATE GREAT SUPPORT AND CHAIRMAN CARTER. AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                      • 06:22:44 PM

                        MR. CARTER

                        I YIELD BACK.

                      • 06:22:48 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK.

                      • 06:22:50 PM

                        MRS. LOWEY

                        RESERVE.

                      • 06:22:52 PM

                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                        MINUTES TO CHAIRMAN ADERHOLT, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA FOR THE PURPOSE…

                        MINUTES TO CHAIRMAN ADERHOLT, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA FOR THE PURPOSE OF A COLLOQUY.

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                      • 06:23:01 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                      • 06:23:05 PM

                        MR. ADERHOLT

                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AT THIS TIME, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE…

                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AT THIS TIME, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- MR. YOUNG, FOR A COLLOQUY.

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                      • 06:23:22 PM

                        MR. YOUNG

                        THE SPENDING FOR THESE ENERGY PROGRAMS. THESE PROGRAMS ARE IMPORTANT TO MY…

                        THE SPENDING FOR THESE ENERGY PROGRAMS. THESE PROGRAMS ARE IMPORTANT TO MY STATE AND OTHER STATES AND USED TO HELP FARMERS TO PRODUCE OVERALL OPERATING COSTS. THESE PROGRAMS HAVE ENABLED RURAL BUSINESSES TO OBTAIN FINANCING ASSISTANCE ENSURING THAT IOWA HAS SIMILAR OPPORTUNITIES TO THRIVE AND DEVELOP. WE HAVE BUDGET CONSTRAINTS AND WE'RE FACING THEM AND THE CHAIRMAN HAD TO MAKE TOUGH DECISIONS AND HE TOOK AN OVERALL APPROACH TO THE APPROPRIATIONS BILL AND I'M THANKFUL TO BE ON THAT SUBCOMMITTEE. DURING THE MARKUP, THE CHAIRMAN COMMITTED TO WORK WITH ME TO FIND ALTERNATIVE OFFSETS TO REDUCE THESE SPENDING CHANGES. I APPRECIATE YOUR ATTENTION. I YIELD.

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                      • 06:24:27 PM

                        MR. ADERHOLT

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I AM VERY SYMPATHETIC TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA'S CONCERNS…

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I AM VERY SYMPATHETIC TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA'S CONCERNS CONCERNING THE REDUCTION IN THE MANDATORY ENERGY PROGRAMS IN THE FARM BILL, IN PARTICULAR THE RURAL ENERGY FOR AMERICA PROGRAM. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA IS A VALUED MEMBER OF OUR SUBCOMMITTEE AND HE WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN DEVELOPING PARTS OF THE OVERALL BILL AND I APPRECIATE HIS INPUT. A NUMBER OF FACTORS WENT INTO OUR DECISION FOR WHICH PROGRAMS TO ACHIEVE THE $1 BILLION REDUCTION. AS I DID MENTION, AS HE NOTED, IN OUR FULL COMMITTEE MARKUP, I COMMITTED TO WORKING WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA TO SEE WHERE WE COULD FIND ALTERNATIVE OFFSETS AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO THAT AS WE MOVE FORWARD. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR BRINGING THIS TO OUR ATTENTION AGAIN HERE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 06:25:28 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

                      • 06:25:31 PM

                        MRS. LOWEY

                        RESERVE.

                      • 06:25:32 PM

                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                        CONCLUDE GENERAL DEBATE, I RECOGNIZE REPRESENTATIVE YOHO FROM FLORIDA FOR…

                        CONCLUDE GENERAL DEBATE, I RECOGNIZE REPRESENTATIVE YOHO FROM FLORIDA FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                      • 06:25:42 PM

                        MR. YOHO

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN FOR THE WORK YOU…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN FOR THE WORK YOU HAVE DONE WITH THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. I RISE TO SPEAK ABOUT TWO IMPORTANT SECTIONS OF THE FUNDING BILL, THE AGRICULTURAL AND STATE FOREIGN OPERATIONS BILL. I SUPPORT THE COMMITTEE'S WORK IN ADDRESSING SEVERAL CRUCIAL ISSUES FACING AMERICA'S AGRICULTURAL COMMITTEE. I COMMEND THE COMMITTEE FOR EXPANDING THE FOOT AND MOUTH VACCINE SUPPLY THROUGH THE INSPECTION SERVICE AT THE USDA AND THE COMMITTEE'S RECOGNITION FOR THE CRITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS THAT IT MAKES IN RESPONDING TO EMERGENCY THREATS TO NATION'S AGRICULTURE. AND SUPPORTING PEST MANAGEMENT AND DISEASE RESEARCH. I RECOGNIZE THE CITRUS SCREENING WHICH IS VIABLE TO THE STATE OF FLORIDA'S ECONOMY. THIS VITAL PROGRAM, WE ARE SUPPORTING TODAY, WILL PROVIDE PROTECTION FROM PESTS AND DISEASE AND ENCOURAGE INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO AGRICULTURAL ISSUES IN THE FUTURE. IN REGARDS TO THE STATE AND FOREIGN OPERATIONS APPROPRIATIONS BUDGETS, I WANT TO THANK THE COMMITTEE FOR INCLUDING LANGUAGE THAT WILL MAKE THE INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTING FUNDS AT LEVELS NO LOWER THAN THE PREVIOUS YEAR. THIS WILL ENSURE THE ADMINISTRATION HAS THE ABILITY TO INCREASE THE TRANSMISSION TO INFORMATION INTO NORTH KOREA WHICH IS CRITICAL FOR ERODING SUPPORT FOR KIM JONG UN'S BRUTAL REGIME AND BREAKING THE STRONGHOLD ON INFORMATION. I WANT TO MENTION FOREIGN ASSISTANCE AND DEVELOPMENT. TODAY IS CONFRONTING UNPRECEDENTED INSTABILITY AND HUMANITARIAN CRISES AROUND THE WORLD WHICH HAS DIRECT IMPACT ON OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. THE U.S. GOVERNMENT MUST USE EVERY DOLLAR MORE EFFICIENTLY AND DIRECTLY. THIS APPROPRIATIONS BILL TAKES IMPORTANT STEPS IN MAKING IT MORE EFFECTIVE. THIS INVESTMENT IN FOREIGN AID CAN YIELD GREAT RETURNS AND INCREASE TRADE, TRADE THAT IS VITAL NOT ONLY TO MY STATE OF FLORIDA WHERE IT SUPPORTS OVER 2.5 MILLION JOBS BUT TO THE ENTIRE STATES. 11 OUT OF THE 15 SERVICES ARE COUNTRIES THAT GRADUATED FROM U.S. FOREIGN ASSISTANCE AND 12 OF THE 15 FASTEST GROWING MARKETS ARE FORMER RECIPIENTS OF OUR AID. THE STATE DEPARTMENT AND U.S. DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES WORK TO ADVANCE AMERICA'S ECONOMIC INTEREST THAT EXPORT THAT MAKE UP 13% OF AMERICA'S $18 TRILLION ECONOMY AND SUPPORTS ABOUT ONE IN FIVE AMERICAN JOBS. WE MUST LOOK TO CUT THE DUPE APPLY CATTIVE PROGRAMS WHILE EMPOWERING FOREIGN ASSISTANCE THAT WORK TO BECOME EVEN MORE EFFECTIVE. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                      • 06:28:39 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.

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                      • 06:28:44 PM

                        MRS. LOWEY

                        RESERVE.

                      • 06:28:45 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

                      • 06:28:46 PM

                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                        HOW MUCH TIME DO WE HAVE ON EACH SIDE. I'M PREPARED IF THE GENTLEWOMAN IS…

                        HOW MUCH TIME DO WE HAVE ON EACH SIDE. I'M PREPARED IF THE GENTLEWOMAN IS PREPARED TO YIELD BACK. HOW MUCH TIME DO WE HAVE?

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                      • 06:28:56 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY HAS 8 1/2 MINUTES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW…

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY HAS 8 1/2 MINUTES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK HAS EIGHT MINUTES.

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                      • 06:29:05 PM

                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                        DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELD BACK?

                      • 06:29:08 PM

                        MRS. LOWEY

                        I YIELD.

                      • 06:29:10 PM

                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                        I DO AS WELL.

                      • 06:29:13 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY YIELDS BACK. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL…

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY YIELDS BACK. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE AND THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTENT OF THE PRINT MODIFIED BY THE RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-32 AND THE AMENDMENT PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295 SHALL BE CONSIDERED ADOPTED AND CONSIDERED AS AN ORIGINAL BILL FOR THE PURPOSE OF FURTHER AMENDMENTS UNDER THE FIVE MINUTE RULE AND SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ARE THERE ANY POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST THE BILL? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                      • 06:29:51 PM

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                        I RAISE A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST THE PROVISION BEGINNING WITH THE COLON ON…

                        I RAISE A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST THE PROVISION BEGINNING WITH THE COLON ON PAGE 327 LINE 22 AND CONTINUING THROUGH THE WORD CRIME ON PAGE 328, LINE 2 OF THE RULES COMMITTEE PRINT BECAUSE IT VIOLATES CLAUSE 2 OF HOUSE RULE 21 UNDER CLAUSE 2-B OF RULE 21, A PROVISION THAT CHANGES EXISTING LAW MAY NOT BE REPORTED IN A GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS BILL. SECTION 510 OF DIVISION C PROVIDES 5% OF THE AMOUNTS AVAILABLE FOR OBLIGATION FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE CRIME VICTIMS' FUND BE MADE AVAILABLE TO INDIAN TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS. THIS PROVISION VIOLATES RULE 21 BECAUSE IT CHANGES EXISTING LAW. THE CRIME VICTIMS ACT PROVIDES A STATUTORY DISTRIBUTION FORMULA OF THE CRIME VICTIMS FUND FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018. SECTION 510 WOULD CHANGE THE FORMULA. THIS STATUTORY FORMULA IS SQUARELY IN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND WOULD ALTER A STATUTORY FORMULA. I THEREFORE INSIST ON MY POINT OF ORDER. .

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                      • 06:30:23 PM

                        Mr. Goodlatte raised a point of order against the content of the measure. Mr. Goodlatte stated that the measure sought to change existing law and constituted legislation in an appropriations bill The Chair sustained the point of order.

                        • 06:31:10 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          PROVISION -- PROVISION SUPERSEDES EXISTING LAW AND THE POINT OF ORDER IS…

                          PROVISION -- PROVISION SUPERSEDES EXISTING LAW AND THE POINT OF ORDER IS SUSTAIN AND THE PROVISION IS STRICKEN FROM THE BILL. ANY OTHER POINT OF ORDER AGAINST THE BILL? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                        • 06:31:29 PM

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                          MR. CHAIRMAN, I RAISE A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST THE FOLLOWING PROVISION OF…

                          MR. CHAIRMAN, I RAISE A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST THE FOLLOWING PROVISION OF H.R. 335 FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH CLAUSE 2 OF RULE 21. BEGINNING WITH THE SEMICOLON ON PAGE 535, LINE 12, THROUGH 12 U.S.C. 3907 SUBSECTION B-2. ON PAGES 536, LINE 14. THIS PROVISION PROPOSES TO CHANGE EXISTING LAW BY CHANGING THE TCHOISKET CAPITAL ANALYSIS AND REVIEW REGIME THIS CONSTITUTES LEGISLATION IN AN APPROPRIATIONS BILL IN VIOLATION OF CLAUSE OF RULE 21. I ASK FOR A RULING FROM THE CHAIR.

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                      • 06:31:49 PM

                        Mr. Hensarling raised a point of order against the content of the measure. Mr. Hensarling stated that the measure sought to change existing law and constituted legislation in an appropriations bill. The Chair sustained the point of order.

                        • 06:32:07 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          DOES ANY MEMBER WISH TO BE HEARD ON THIS POINT OF ORDER? THE CHAIR IS…

                          DOES ANY MEMBER WISH TO BE HEARD ON THIS POINT OF ORDER? THE CHAIR IS PREPARED TO RULE. THE CHAIR FINDS THE PROVISION AMENDS EXISTING LAW AND IS IN VIOLATION OF RULE 21. THE POINT OF ORDER IS SUSTAINED, THE PROVISION IS STRICKEN FROM THE BILL. ARE THERE ANY OTHER POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST THE BILL. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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                        • 06:32:32 PM

                          MR. HENSARLING

                          I RAISE A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST H.R. 7 FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH CLAUSE…

                          I RAISE A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST H.R. 7 FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH CLAUSE 2 OF RULE 21. THIS PROVISION PROPOSES TO CHANGE EXISTING LAW BY CHANGING THE QUORUM REQUIREMENT OF THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK. THIS IS IN VIOLATION OF CLAUSE 206 RULE 21. I ASK FOR A RULING FROM THE CHAIR.

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                        • 06:32:53 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          DOES ANY OTHER MEMBER WISH TO BE HEARD ON THE POINT OF ORDER? IF NOT, THE…

                          DOES ANY OTHER MEMBER WISH TO BE HEARD ON THE POINT OF ORDER? IF NOT, THE CHAIR IS PREPARED TO RULE. THE CHAIR FINDS THAT THE SECTION AMENDS EXISTING LAW AND CONSTITUTES LEGISLATION IN VIOLATION OF CLAUSE 2 OF RULE 21. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN SEEK RECOGNITION? LET ME FINISH THE RULING AND THEN WE'LL RECOGNIZE YOU FOR DEBATE ON THE RULE, NOT THE BILL. THE POIMPED IS SUSTAINED, THE SECTION IS STRICKEN FROM THE PILL. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA NOW RISE?

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                        • 06:33:29 PM

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                          I APPEAL THE RULING OF THE CHAIR AND I SEEK TIME TO DEBATE THE --

                        • 06:33:37 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          THE GENTLEMAN --

                        • 06:33:40 PM

                          MR. HENSARLING

                          MOVE TO LAY THE APPEALEN THE TABLE.

                        • 06:33:42 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          THE QUESTION IS SHALL THE DECISION OF THE CHAIR STAND AS THE JUDGMENT OF…

                          THE QUESTION IS SHALL THE DECISION OF THE CHAIR STAND AS THE JUDGMENT OF THE COMMITTEE? WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION ON THE APPEAL IN THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                        • 06:33:54 PM

                          MS. WATERS

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M DEEPLY DISAPOINTED BY THE SINISTER ATTEMPT…

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M DEEPLY DISAPOINTED BY THE SINISTER ATTEMPT BEING MADE HERE TODAY TO STRIP A CRITICAL REPUBLICAN-LED AMENDMENT FROM THIS APPROPRIATIONS BILL. THAT WOULD THWART THE WILL OF OVERWHELMING MAJORITIES IN BOTH HOUSES AND UNDERMINE THE WORK OF THE JOB CREATING EXPORT-IMPORT BANK. OOFS THE END OF 2016, AS MANY AS 50 MAJOR TRANSACTIONS WITH AN AGGREGATE VALUE OF NEARLY $40 BILLION HAVE PILED UP IN THE BANK'S APPROVAL PIPELINE AND ACCORDING TO THE EX-IM BANK IF APPROVED, THESE TRANSACTIONS WOULD SUPPORT MORE THAN 100,000 JOBS IN THE UNITED STATES. THE LONGER WE WAIT, THE GREATER THE RISK THAT THESE PENDING TRANSACTIONS WILL BE WITHDRAWN AND SOURCED BY OUR FOREIGN COMPETITORS AND THE GREATER THE LIKELIHOOD THAT JOBS WOULD HAVE OTHERWISE SUPPORTED HERE IN THE UNITED STATES WILL MOVE OFFSHORE. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE CLAIMS THAT STRIKING THIS AMENDMENT WOULD HAVE, QUOTE, NO BUDGETARY EFFECT, QUOTE-UNQUOTE, BUT THIS IS HARDLY THE CASE. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S OWN FUNDING YEAR 2018 BUDGET ESTIMATES THAT A FULLY FUNCTIONAL EXPORT-IMPORT BANK WOULD GENERATE $587.7 MILLION IN EXCESS FUNDS IN THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR.

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                      • 06:34:00 PM

                        Mr. Hensarling raised a point of order against the content of the measure. Mr. Hensarling stated that the measure sought to change existing law and constituted legislation in an appropriations bill. The Chair sustained the point of order.

                        • 06:35:15 PM

                          Ms. Waters, Maxine appealed the ruling of the Chair. The question was then put on sustaining the ruling of the Chair.

                          • 06:35:27 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEWOMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE DEBATE SON THE APPEAL AND MUST BE…

                            THE GENTLEWOMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE DEBATE SON THE APPEAL AND MUST BE CONFINED TO THE QUESTION OF THE CHAIR'S RULING WHETHER THAT SHOULD BE SUSTAINED OR NOT, NOT THE SUBSTANCE OF THE AMENDMENT ITSELF. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS STILL RECOGNIZED BUT CONFINE YOUR REMARKS SIMPLY TO THE SUSTAINMENT OF THE OBJECTION.

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                          • 06:35:45 PM

                            MS. WATERS

                            I WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE TO APPEAL THE RULE OF THE CHAIR, I HARDLY THINK…

                            I WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE TO APPEAL THE RULE OF THE CHAIR, I HARDLY THINK IT'S IN ORDER AND I WOULD ASK THE SPEAKER TO RULE THE REQUEST BY CHAIRMAN HENSARLING AS NOT IN VIOLATION.

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                          • 06:36:08 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE QUESTION IS SHALL THE DECISION OF THE CHAIR STAND AS THE JUDGMENT OF…

                            THE QUESTION IS SHALL THE DECISION OF THE CHAIR STAND AS THE JUDGMENT OF THE COMMITTEE? THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE DECISION OF THE CHAIR STANDS AS THE JUDGMENT OF THE COMMITTEE. NO FURTHER AMENDMENTS TO THE BILL AS AMENDMENTS SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN PART B HOFF HOUSE REPORT 115-295. AMENDMENTS EN BLOC DESCRIBED IN HOUSE RESOLUTION 500, AND PRO FORMA AMENDMENTS DESCRIBED IN SECTION 4 OF THAT RESOLUTION. EACH FURTHER AMENDMENT 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 IN THE TIME SPECIFIED AND -- MAY BE WITHDRAWN BY THE PROPONENT AT ANY TIME BEFORE ACTION THEREON. SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT EXCEPT AS PROVIDED BY SECTION 240E6 HOUSE RESOLUTION 500 AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO THE DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION. INTHAL IN ORDER AT ANY TIME FOR THE CHAIR TO -- CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS OR HIS DESIGNEE TO OFFER AMENDMENTS EN BLOC CONSISTING OF FURTHER AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN PART B OF THE REPORT NOT EARLIER DISPOSED OF. AMENDMENTS EN BLOC SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR 20 MINUTES, EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER ON THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENTS EXCEPT AS PROVIDED BY SECTION 4 OF THE HOUSE RESOLUTION 5000 AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO DEMAND FOR QUIGS OF THE QUESTION. 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. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT 1 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                        • 06:36:24 PM

                          On sustaining the ruling of the Chair. Agreed to by voice vote.

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                            MR. CHAIRMAN, PURSUANT TO SECTION 3 OF HOUSE RES. 500, AS A DESIGNEE OF…

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, PURSUANT TO SECTION 3 OF HOUSE RES. 500, AS A DESIGNEE OF CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN, I RISE TO OFFER EN BLOC NUMBER 1 AS PART OF THE CONSIDERATION OF DIVISION D OF H.R. 3354. THE LIST OF AMENDMENTS INCLUDED IN THE EN BLOC IS AT THE DESK AND HAS BEEN AGREED ON BY BOTH SIDES.

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                        • 06:38:34 PM

                          Amendments en bloc offered by Mr. Aderholt, comprised of the following amendments offered En bloc No. 1 : Amendments Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 19, and 20 printed in Part B of House Report 115-295.

                          • 06:38:56 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                          • 06:38:59 PM

                            THE CLERK

                            EN BLOC NUMBER 1 CONDITION CYSTING OF AMENDMENTS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,…

                            EN BLOC NUMBER 1 CONDITION CYSTING OF AMENDMENTS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 19, AND 20, PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-295 OFFERED BY MR. ADERHOLT OF ALABAMA.

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                          • 06:39:17 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            RESOLUTION 500, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. ADERHOLT AND THE GENTLEMAN…

                            RESOLUTION 500, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. ADERHOLT AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. BISHOP, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA.

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                          • 06:39:31 PM

                            MR. ADERHOLT

                            I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                          • 06:39:34 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

                          • 06:39:41 PM

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                            A FEW CONCERNS WITH ITEMS IN THE EN BLOC AMENDMENT. I'M NOT OPPOSING IT…

                            A FEW CONCERNS WITH ITEMS IN THE EN BLOC AMENDMENT. I'M NOT OPPOSING IT BUT I WANT TO LAY DOWN SOME MARKERS. ON THE AMENDMENT BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RELATING TO AG RESEARCH THE INTENT IS IN EFFECT TO EARMARK COMPETITIVE RESEARCH GRANTS.

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                          • 06:40:04 PM

                            MR. BISHOP

                            THAT REALLY IS A NO-NO. OUR USDA'S FOOD AND RESEARCH INITIATIVE IS ONE OF…

                            THAT REALLY IS A NO-NO. OUR USDA'S FOOD AND RESEARCH INITIATIVE IS ONE OF THE JEWELS IN OUR BILL. WE HAVE BUILT UP FUNDING FOR IT OVER TIME AND ZELLOUSLY PROTECTED ANY EFFORTS BY CONGRESS TO SAY WHAT RESEARCH IS AND IS NOT FUNDED. THE AGENCY IN CHARGE, THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR FOOD AND AGRICULTURE HAS A COMPLEX INTERNAL PROCESS AND DECIDED WHAT AREAS TO FOCUS ON AND THAT'S FREE FROM POLITICAL INTERFERENCE. FOR TO THE RETAIN CREDIBILITY WE MUST NOT START MICROMANAGING THAT PROCESS AND SPECIFYING RESEARCH AREAS AND AMOUNTS AS THE AMENDMENT DOES. MY OTHER CONCERN IS THAT CUTTING THE AGRICULTURE MARKETING SERVICE BY $2 MILLION IS NOT A WISE CHOICE. IN MANY WAYS, A.M.F. IS THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD. OF CRITICAL IMPORTANCE TO MANY MEMBER ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE IS THIS ROLE IN OVERSEING THE NATIONAL ORGANIC PROGRAM AND THE SPECIALTY CROP PROGRAM. SIMILARLY ON THE GENTLEMAN'S NRCS AMENDMENT, I WANT TO POINT OUT THAT CUTTING THE NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL STATISTIC SERS VIS AS THE AMENDMENT WOULD DO IS NOT A GOOD IDEA. IT'S USDA'S STATISTICS -- PREMIER STATISTICS AGENCY. STATISTICS ARE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO FARMERS, RANCHERS AND INDUSTRY. IT PRODUCES INFORMATION ON PRODUCTION AND PRICES FOR VIRTUALLY EVERY CROP GROWN IN THE UNITED STATES AND THE MAJOR LIVESTOCK CATEGORIES, HORTICULTURE, LAND VALS AND EVEN COMPUTER USAGE ON FARMS. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT AGENCY THAT NEEDS EVERY PEBNY THAT WE GIVE IT. -- PENNY THAT WE GIVE IT. THE AMENDMENTS RELATING TO WATERSHED AND FLOOD PREVENTION OPERATIONS AND SPECIALTY COPS, MEMBERS ON MY SIDES OF THE AISLE UNFORTUNATELY MAKE REDUCTIONS TO THE OFFICE OF GENERAL COUNCIL AND THE CHIEF ECONOMIST. BOTH VERY IMPORTANT PARTS OF USDA. AGAIN WHILE I DO NOT OPPOSE THE EN BLOC AMENDMENT, I DO WANT TO MAKE THESE POINTS. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 06:42:21 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA.

                          • 06:42:27 PM

                            MR. ADERHOLT

                            AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MR. GRAVES OF LOUISIANA.

                      • 06:42:32 PM

                        DEBATE

                        Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 500, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 20 minutes of debate on the Aderholt En Bloc amendment No. 1.

                        • 06:42:33 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          FOR HOW LONG?

                        • 06:42:36 PM

                          MR. ADERHOLT

                          FOR FIVE MINUTES.

                        • 06:42:37 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

                        • 06:42:41 PM

                          MR. FWRAVES

                          THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA AND…

                          THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY FOR THEIR HELP. THE COAST OF LOUISIANA HAS EXPERIENCED CHALLENGERS OF THE LAST SEVERAL DECADES, EVERYTHING FROM THE MOFINGT THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER SYSTEM THROUGH LEVEE THE B.P. OIL SPILL AND NOW INVASIVE INSECT OR SCALE ON SOME OF THE VEGETATION IN COASTAL LOUISIANA. WHEN YOU ADD UP THE CUMULATIVE IMPACT, OUR STATE LOST ABOUT 2,000 SQUARE MILES OF COAST. THAT'S 2,000 SQUARE MILES THAT THE GULF OF MEXICO HAS ENCROACHED UPON. THAT'S 2,000 SQUARE MILES WHERE OUR COMMUNITIES ARE MUCH MORE VULNERABLE TO HURRICANES AND WE ARE ALL SENSITIVE TO THAT WITH HURRICANE HARVEY JUST HITTING OUR STATE AND TEXAS AND HURRICANE IRMA CURRENTLY HEADED TOWARD THE MAINLAND OF THE UNITED STATES. AN AMENDMENT THAT WAS AGREED TO AS PART THIS EN BLOC PACKAGE TRANSFERS $400,000 FOR AN ADMINISTRATIVE ACCOUNT TO RESEARCH THROUGH AFISS TO STUDY THIS INVASIVE SCALE ON ROSACANE. THIS MAY SOUND LIKE A SMALL ISSUE, BUT IT'S CAUSING SQUARE MILES OF ADDITIONAL COASTAL LOSS IN LOUISIANA THAT MAKES OUR COMMUNITIES THAT MUCH MORE VULNERABLE. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE IN INCLUDING OUR AMENDMENT TODAY. THAT IS GOING TO ENSURE THAT WE CAN RESEARCH THIS, THAT WE CAN FIND A SOLUTION AND THAT WE CAN BE PROACTIVE AND PREVENT ADDITIONAL LOSS AND ADDITIONAL ASSAULT ON THE COAST OF LOUISIANA. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                        • 06:44:16 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

                        • 06:44:20 PM

                          MR. BISHOP

                          AT THIS TIME, MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO -- LET ME INQUIRE SHOUCH TIME…

                          AT THIS TIME, MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO -- LET ME INQUIRE SHOUCH TIME WE HAVE LEFT ON EACH SIDE?

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                        • 06:44:28 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA HAS 7 1/2 MINUTES.

                        • 06:44:32 PM

                          MR. BISHOP

                          THANK YOU. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY…

                          THANK YOU. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM WISCONSIN, MS. MOORE.

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                        • 06:44:37 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                        • 06:44:41 PM

                          MS. MOORE

                          THANK YOU, MR. BISHOP, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY AMENDMENT COULD PROTECT…

                          THANK YOU, MR. BISHOP, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY AMENDMENT COULD PROTECT THE NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH ACT'S LUNCH SHAMING. I KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE BOTH HUNGRY AND ASHAMED AT LUNCH TIME. BECAUSE I HAD NO LUNCH MONEY. I WOULD SIT AROUND, I COULDN'T WAIT UNTIL MOCK CHICKEN DAYING THAT WAS THE DAY THE KIDS DIDN'T LIKE IT AND WOULD LET ME EAT THEIR UNWANTED FOOD. I TODAY AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS I'M SPEAKING AGAINST LUNCH SHAMING, WHICH SHOULD NOT OCCUR IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AND CERTAINLY LUNCH SHAMING SHOULD NOT OCCUR WITH EMBARRASSING TACTICS THE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS LIKE MARKING THE CHILD WITH A LUNCH MONEY STAMP OR SERVING THEM A COLD CHEESE SANDWICH INSTEAD OF A HOT MALE OR REMARKABLY DENYING THEM FOOD BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO MONEY. DENYING CHILDREN FOOD IS DEFINITELY CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT IS DOING THEM WHILE CHILDREN ARE IN THEIR CUSTODY DURING SCHOOL HOURS. I COULDN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT THIS AS A CHILD BUT I'M PROUD TO BE SAYING THAT THIS PRACTICE MUST END. MY AMENDMENT REINFORCES CURRENT LAW THAT STATES, QUOTE, THERE SHALL BE NO PHYSICAL SEGREGATION OR DISCRIMINATION AGAINST ANY CHILD ELIGIBLE FOR A FREE LUNCH OR REDUCED PRICE LUNCH NOR SHALL THERE BE ANY OVERT IDENTIFICATION OF ANY CHILD BY SPECIAL TOKENS OR TICKETS. I WANT TO REINFORCE WHAT IS ALREADY ON THE BOOKS. I WOULD URGE ADOPTION OF THIS AMENDMENT AND IF ALLOWED, I THINK THIS BODY SHOULD GO FURTHER AND TAKE UP H.R. 2401 SPONSORED BY MY COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE LUJAN GRISHAM OF NEW MEXICO, WHICH HAS BEEN THE FIRST STATE TO BAN THE PRACTICE OF LUNCH SHAMING. PLEASE VOTE FOR THIS AMENDMENT.

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                        • 06:46:58 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA.

                        • 06:47:01 PM

                          MR. ADERHOLT

                          I YIELD BACK AT THIS TIME.

                        • 06:47:06 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

                        • 06:47:10 PM

                          MR. BISHOP

                          I YIELD TWO MINUTES AT THIS TIME TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS,

                        • 06:47:16 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                        • 06:47:21 PM

                          MS. JACKSON LEE

                          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FROM GEORGIA FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND MANAGER OF…

                          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FROM GEORGIA FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND MANAGER OF THIS APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS. I CANNOT START A DISCUSSION OF MY PARTICULAR AMENDMENT AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THE AMENDMENT BEING INCLUDED IN THE EN BLOC WITHOUT AGAIN MENTIONING THE DEVASTATION IN THE GULF COAST REGION AND THE NEED THAT WE HAVE ON ALL ASPECTS OF RECOVERY AND WILL LOOK FORWARD TO AN EFFECTIVE INVESTMENT FOR THE LONG HAUL. MY AMENDMENT CONTRIBUTES TO THAT ASPECT, AND THAT IS THAT THE AMENDMENT MAKES A MODEST $500,000 INCREASE TO THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE, RESEARCH AND EDUCATION ACTIVITIES ACCOUNT. THE INTENT OF THE AMENDMENT IS TO ENABLE THEM TO INCREASE FUNDING TO INSTITUTIONS WHICH ARE LAND-GRANT COLLEGES TO SUPPORT EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP. THE AMENDMENT IS PAID FOR BY AN OFFSET OF $944,000 IN THE CHIEF INFORMATION ACCOUNT. IT IS BUDGET NEUTRAL AND REDUCES OUTLAYS BY $1 MILLION. SO THIS PARTICULAR AMENDMENT SUPPORTS THE WORK OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE BY MAKING A MODEST INCREASE THAT WILL HELP OUR LAND GRANT COLLEGES AND WILL HELP THEM IN THE CONTEXT OF THEM CONTRIBUTING ONE, TO A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF FOOD DESERTS, BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF EXPANDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR RESEARCH, ECONOMIC ANALYSIS, EXTENSION IN HIGHER EDUCATION AND IT WILL BE SUPPORTIVE OF COLLEGES THAT IN MANY INSTANCES ARE IMPACTED BY NATURAL DISASTERS. THE HCBU'S HAVE BEEN LEADERS IN AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH. AND I KNOW SOME OF THE COLLEGES ARE SOME OF THE COLLEGES THAT I'M REPRESENTING --

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                        • 06:49:29 PM

                          MR. BISHOP

                          I YIELD ONE MINUTE.

                        • 06:49:31 PM

                          MS. JACKSON LEE

                          SOME OF THE COLLEGES WILL BE MAJOR CONTRIBUTORS IN THE CONCEPT OF EXPANDED…

                          SOME OF THE COLLEGES WILL BE MAJOR CONTRIBUTORS IN THE CONCEPT OF EXPANDED FOOD ACCESS FOR MANY OF OUR FOOD COMMUNITIES. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR EXTENDING THE TIME. THE AMENDMENT IS A GOOD AMENDMENT AND WOULD MAXIMIZE THE POTENTIAL FOR FARMING ACTIVITY IN THOSE AREAS WHERE GREENSPACE IS LIMITED OR LAND IS UNDERUSED. THE COMBINATION OF AGRICULTURE FIGHTING AGAINST FOOD DESERTS WHICH MY CONSTITUENTS ARE FACING AFTER HURRICANE HARVEY, IT IS AN IMPORTANT EXTENDED IMPACT THAT WILL BE HELPFUL AS I GO FORWARD. AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR MY COLLEAGUES' SUPPORT. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                        • 06:50:15 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

                        • 06:50:18 PM

                          MR. BISHOP

                          I YIELD BACK.

                        • 06:50:20 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENTS…

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENTS OFFERED EN BLOC. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE EN BLOC AMENDMENTS ARE AGREED. NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN PART B OF HORT REPORT 11-295.

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                      • 06:50:31 PM

                        On agreeing to the Aderholt amendments; Agreed to by voice vote.

                        • 06:50:48 PM

                          MR. CICILLINE

                          I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                        • 06:50:51 PM

                          THE CLERK

                          AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN PART REPORT OF 115-295 OFFERED BY MR.…

                          AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN PART REPORT OF 115-295 OFFERED BY MR. CICILLINE OF RHODE ISLAND.

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                        • 06:50:58 PM

                          An amendment, offered by Mr. Cicilline, numbered 10 printed in Part B of House Report 115-295 to strike language that restricts funding for Executive Order 13547, National Ocean Policy.

                          • 06:51:02 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. CICILLINE AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH…

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

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                          • 06:51:09 PM

                            MR. CICILLINE

                            MY COLLEAGUES WHO ARE CO-SPONSORS OF THIS AMENDMENT. THIS WOULD STRIKE THE…

                            MY COLLEAGUES WHO ARE CO-SPONSORS OF THIS AMENDMENT. THIS WOULD STRIKE THE HARMFUL PROVISION THAT PREVENTS IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NATIONAL OCEAN POLICY. IT HAS HELPED GUIDE OCEAN POLICY FOR SEVEN YEARS. IT DEVELOPS COMMONSENSE TOOLS. THE COUNCIL POOL RESOURCES AND STRENGTHEN THE VOICES OF BUSINESS OWNERS AND FACILITATE COORDINATION. THE NATIONAL OCEAN POLICY HELPS AGENCIES TO IMPLEMENT FEDERAL IMPLEMENTATION AND HAVE A SAY IN THE OCEAN PLANNING PROCESS. MY HOME STATE OF RHODE ISLAND, THE OCEAN STATE, HAS BENEFITED GREATLY AND I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE EXTRAORDINARY LEADERSHIP OF MY COLLEAGUE, SENATOR SHELDON WHITE HOUSE, WHO HAS CHAMPIONED THIS EFFORT. WITH HELP FROM THE NATIONAL OCEAN POLICY, THE BLOCK ISLAND WIND FARM PROJECT WAS COMPLETED AND IT IS POWERING 17,000 HOMES. THE NORTHEAST DEPENDS ON CLEAN WATER FOR FISHING, SHIPPING. NARRAGANSETT BAY, BUZZARD'S BAY AND LONG ISLAND SOUND NEED ACTION. IT IS A TERRIBLE IDEA TO UNDERMINE GOOD OCEAN POLICY. THE NATIONAL OCEAN POLICY DOES NOT CREATE ANY NEW REGULATIONS OR MODIFY ANY AGENCY'S ESTABLISHED MISSION, JURISDICTION OR AUTHORITY. IT HELPS TO COORDINATE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF CURRENT REGULATIONS BY FEDERAL AGENCIES TO ESTABLISH A MORE EFFECTIVE AND DECISION MAKING PROCESS. IT GIVES LIFE TO STEWARDSHIP TO THOUGHTFUL IMPLEMENTATION AND COORDINATION TO PROTECTING OUR TREASURED OCEANS. I ASK TO STRIKE THIS ILL-ADVISED PROVISION. AND I RESERVE.

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                      • 06:51:19 PM

                        DEBATE

                        Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 500, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Cicilline amendment No. 10.

                        • 06:53:14 PM

                          MR. ADERHOLT

                          I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT. THE EXECUTIVE ORDER ON NATIONAL…

                          I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT. THE EXECUTIVE ORDER ON NATIONAL OCEAN POLICY IS AN OBAMA ADMINISTRATION POLICY. IT LACKS CLEAR STATUTORY AUTHORITY. INSTEAD OF STREAMLINING FEDERAL MANAGEMENT, IT ADDS LAYERS OF ADDITIONAL BUREAUCRACY AND FEDERAL OVERREACH. THE NATIONAL OCEAN POLICY HAS THE POTENTIAL TO HARM BOTH ECONOMIC VALUES BY AFFECTING AGRICULTURE, FISHING, CONSTRUCTION, MANUFACTURING, OIL, GAS AND RENEWABLE ENERGY AMONG OTHERS. THIS BODY HAS TAKEN THE POSITION IN THE PAST TO PAUSE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE EXECUTIVE ORDER ON THE NATIONAL OCEAN POLICY. AS AN THIS UNCERTAINTY CONTINUES, HOW IT IS IMPLEMENTED AND THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES. THE POLICY WAS DEVELOPED BY THE PRIOR ADMINISTRATION WITHOUT INVOLVING OR CONSULTING WITH THE CONGRESS. THE NATIONAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE HAS EXPRESSED CONCERN ABOUT THE POLICY AS DID A LETTER SIGNED BY OVER 80 GROUPS SUPPORTING THE PROVISION IN THE UNDERLINING BILL. WE'RE NOT SAYING THAT OCEAN POLICY IN GENERAL DOES NOT MAKE SENSE OR IS SOMETHING THAT COULD NOT BE SUPPORTED. MY HOME STATE OF ALABAMA IS A COASTAL STATE. ALL I'M SAYING IS WE NEED TO REVISIT THIS POLICY AND TAKE A BOMBS-UP APPROACH BY WORKING WITH STAKEHOLDERS AND HAVE SOMETHING WORK ITS WAY THROUGH THE CONGRESS. WORKING TO RESOLVE OCEAN MANAGEMENT CHALLENGES SHOULD BE A NONPARTISAN AND SOMETHING THAT THIS CONGRESS COULD ACHIEVE. THEREFORE, I OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME.

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                        • 06:54:59 PM

                          THE CHAIR

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

                          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND.

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                        • 06:55:02 PM

                          MR. CICILLINE

                          MAY INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE?

                        • 06:55:11 PM

                          CICILLINE THE

                          THREE MINUTES.

                        • 06:55:16 PM

                          MR. CICILLINE

                          TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM RHODE ISLAND.

                        • 06:55:21 PM

                          MR. LANGEVIN

                          ONCE AGAIN, WE ARE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR DEBATING OCEAN PLANNING.…

                          ONCE AGAIN, WE ARE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR DEBATING OCEAN PLANNING. COMPREHENSIVE OCEAN PLANNING WORKS. WE HAVE DONE IT IN RHODE ISLAND AND WE HAVE DONE IT THROUGHOUT THE NORTHEAST REGION. OCEAN PLANNING IS A SUCCESS BECAUSE IT BRINGS EVERYONE TO THE TABLE, EVERYONE IS PART OF THE DIALOGUE AND THE CONVERSATION. THE PROCESS FORCES COOPERATION AND COMPROMISE BY OPENING DIALOGUE AMONG SCIENTISTS, FISHERMEN, BOTHERS AND OTHERS. THERE IS AN IMPRESSION THAT OCEAN PLANNING IS A FEDERAL LAND GRAB OF THE OCEAN, WHICH IT IS ANYTHING BUT. IT IS LOCAL CONTROL SOMETHING DONE AT THE REGIONAL AISLE. NOW, MR. CHAIRMAN, WE CAN'T TURN BACK THE CLOCK BY ALLOWING THIS RIDER TO REMAIN IN THE BILL. WE'VE COME TOO FAR. I COMMEND THE WORK OF THE SPONSORS OF THIS AMENDMENT. AND I ALSO WANT TO COMMEND MY COLLEAGUE SENATOR WHITEHOUSE WHO HAS DONE SO MUCH WORK TO PRESERVE THE OCEANS AND CREATING THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE OCEANS. MR. CHAIRMAN, IN THE PAST, WE HAVE DRIVEN SPECIES TO THE POINT OF EX TINCHING SHON AND DRIVEN OUR OCEANS TO THE BRINK. DO NOT TAKE US BACK TO THIS ERA. PLEASE SUPPORT OCEAN PLANNING. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I YIELD BACK.

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                        • 06:56:48 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA.

                        • 06:56:52 PM

                          MR. ADERHOLT

                          I RESERVE.

                        • 06:56:55 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND.

                        • 06:56:57 PM

                          MR. CICILLINE

                          I YIELD 45 SECONDS TO THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

                        • 06:57:02 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                        • 06:57:03 PM

                          >>

                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                        • 06:57:51 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RESERVES.

                        • 06:57:53 PM

                          MR. ADERHOLT

                          I RESERVE.

                        • 06:57:55 PM

                          MR. CICILLINE

                          BALANCE OF MY TIME TO DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

                        • 06:58:01 PM

                          MR. BISHOP

                          I FIND IT TROUBLING THAT CONGRESS ENACTED LAWS AND 11 DEPARTMENTS AND FOUR…

                          I FIND IT TROUBLING THAT CONGRESS ENACTED LAWS AND 11 DEPARTMENTS AND FOUR ENVIRONMENTAL AGENCIES NOW SEEMS TO OPPOSE ANY EFFORT TO BRING CONSISTENCY TO THAT PROCESS. USDA HAS AN EXTREMELY LIMITED ROLE AND I WONDER WHY THE MAJORITY WANTS TO STOP IT. WE WANT USDA'S VOICE TO BE EXCLUDED FROM ANY POLICIES. THE FARMERS AND RANCHERS BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION? I SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND I URGE A YES VOTE.

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                        • 06:58:41 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA.

                        • 06:58:45 PM

                          MR. ADERHOLT

                          I YIELD BACK.

                        • 06:58:47 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED, THE THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY…

                          ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED, THE 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. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 11 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-259 -- 11--295.

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                      • 06:58:59 PM

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

                        • 06:59:34 PM

                          >>

                          I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                        • 06:59:37 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND FOR A MOMENT. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER…

                          THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND FOR A MOMENT. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 12 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295. WE'RE GETTING THERE. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 14 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295. NOW, FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                        • 07:00:12 PM

                          MR. DAIS

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

                        • 07:00:12 PM

                          An amendment, offered by Mr. Davis, Rodney, numbered 14 printed in Part B of House Report 115-295 to prohibit the use of funds provided by the Act to be used to revoke exceptions made pursuant to the rule entitled "Exceptions to Geographic Areas for Official Agencies Under the USGSA" on a date before April 14, 2017.

                        • 07:00:15 PM

                          DEBATE

                          Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 500, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Rodney Davis amendment No. 14.

                          • 07:00:17 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                          • 07:00:19 PM

                            THE CLERK

                            AMENDMENT NUMBER 14 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-295, OFFERED BY MR. RODNEY…

                            AMENDMENT NUMBER 14 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-295, OFFERED BY MR. RODNEY DAVIS OF ILLINOIS.

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                          • 07:00:27 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            PURSUANT TOS RELOSE 500, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS, AND A…

                            PURSUANT TOS RELOSE 500, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                          • 07:00:37 PM

                            MR. DAVIS

                            I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE TODAY TO OFFER THIS…

                            I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE TODAY TO OFFER THIS AMENDMENT WHICH WOULD PREVENT THE INSPECTORS STOCKERS ADMINISTRATION TO USE ANY FUNDS TO REVOKE EXCEPTIONS IN PLACE BEFORE APRIL 14, 2017. AT ITS CORE THIS AMENDMENT, SUPPORTED BY MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSWOMAN SHEREE BUSTOS IS ABOUT REINFORCING -- SHERRI BUSTOS IS ABOUT REINFORCING CONGRESSIONAL ATTACK WHICH WE MUST MAKE DUE TO FAILURE. GREEN HANDLERS ARE ASSIGNED GSH GRAIN HANDLERS ARE ASSIGNED BASE ON GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION. TO UTILIZE OFFICIAL INSPECTION SERVICE THEY MUST GHO TO THEIR OFFICIAL INSPECTION AGENCY UNLESS THEY APPLY FOR AND RECEIVE AN EXCEPTION FROM GPSA. ONLY WITH AN EXCEPTION MAY THEY RECEIVE SERVICES FROM AN ALTERNATE INSPECTION AGENCY. TCHIRG DRAFTING OF THE 2015 AGRICULTURE RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT, ONE OF MY PRIORITIES WAS TO PROVIDE MORE OPPORTUNITY FOR THESE EXCEPTIONS TO BE CONSIDERED AND GRANTED. THAT LEGISLATION PASSED THIS CHAMBER BY A VOICE VOTE AND INCLUDED A PROVISION WHICH CREATED A NEW PROCESS BY WHICH GRAIN HANDLERS COULD PE FISSION FOR -- PETITION FOR AN EXCEPTION. WHEN IT WAS SIGNED INTO LAW, I THOUGHT IT PROVIDED THEM GREATER OPPORTUNITIES TO UTILIZE EXCEPTIONS. IN 2016, THEY REFIRM -- REAFFIRMED THIS WHEN IT STATED THAT GPSA HAS AGREEMENTS AND WILL CONTINUE TO HONOR THOSE AGREEMENTS. IMAGINE MY SURPRISE AND DISAPPOINTMENT WHEN IN APRIL OF THIS YEAR, THEY RELEASED A DIRECTOR OPENING A BACKDOOR FOR OFFICIAL GRAIN INSPECTION AGENCIES TO REVOKE THOSE 95 SERVICE AGREEMENTS. AS A RESULT OF THIS DIRECTIVE, AN OFFICIAL INSPECTION AGENCY CAN NOW UNILATERALLY REQUEST THAT THEY REVOKE A SERVICE AGREEMENT WITH NEITHER THE GRAIN HANDLER NOR THE ALTERNATE INSPECTION AGENCY HAVING A SAY IN THE PROCESS THIS RUNS CONTRARY TO THE ORIGINAL INTENT OF THE LEGISLATION WHICH WAS TO PROVIDE GRAIN HANDLERS WITH GREATER OPPORTUNITIES TO UTILIZE EXCEPTIONS, NOT LESS. BY SUPPORTING MY AMENDMENT TODAY, WE CAN TEMPORARILY HALT THIS MISINTERPRETATION. AS IT STANDS, THE INTERPRETATION OF THE LAW HAS CAUSE MARYLAND GRAIN HANDLERS TO LOSE THEIR SERVICE AGREEMENTS EVEN THOUGH THESE GRAIN HANDLERS HAVE OPERATED UNDER THESE EXCEPTIONS FOR YEAR. THIS INCLUDES MY CONSTITUENT, SCOTT COOKERITY WHO HAS BEEN USING THE SAME GRAIN INSPECTION SERVICE FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS WHEN G SPMBINGS A SENT HIM A NOTICE GIVING HIM LESS THAN 30 DAYS TO PREPARE FAR CHANGE IN SERVICE. THE ISSUE AT STAKE IS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF BUREAUCRATIC FAILURE. IN OUR CURRENT INSPECTION PROCESS, THE GRAIN HANDLERS ARE THE CUSTOMERS YET THEY ARE NOT GIVEN A SAY UNDER THE NEW DIRECTIVE, NOT GRANTED ENOUGH TIME TO PLAN THEY ARE DISRUPTION AND ARE THE LAST TO FIND OUT ABOUT THIS DRASTIC CHANGE IN SERVICE. THEY DESERVE BETTER, MR. CHAIRMAN. BY SUPPORTING THIS AMENDMENT, WE CAN RECLAIM CONGRESSIONAL INTENT, PREVENT GPSA FROM REVOKING THE AGREEMENTS IN PLACE, AN OUTCOME CONGRESS NEVER INTENDED. THEIR INTERPRETATION OF THE LAW MAY BE WRONG BUT I DO WANT TO THANK THE USDA FOR WORKING WITH ME TO ENSURE MY AMENDMENT IS NOT MISINTERPRETTED AND ACCOMPLISHES WHAT I SOUGHT TO DO. THAT IS TO PREVENT GPSA FROM REVOKE REGULAR MAIN SERG VIS AGREEMENTS. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THEM ON FINDING A MORE PERMANENT SOLUTION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THIS AMENDMENT AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 07:04:37 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            MY TIME.

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                            THE GENTLEMAN -- MR. DAVIS

                            I YIELD MY --

                          • 07:04:56 PM

                            MR. DAVIS

                            I YIELD MY COLLEAGUE SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

                          • 07:04:59 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 07:05:01 PM

                            >>

                            INSPECTIONS PACKERS AND STOCK FORWARDS ADMINISTRATION IS NOT CURRENTLY…

                            INSPECTIONS PACKERS AND STOCK FORWARDS ADMINISTRATION IS NOT CURRENTLY IMPLEMENTING A PROVISION IF THE 2015 GRAIN STANDARDS ACT RE-AUTHORIZATION. DESPITE THE EFFORTS OF MY COLLEAGUES TO TRY AND WORK WITH THE USDA TO CORRECT THIS INTERPRETATION, THE AGENCY CONTINUES DOWN A PATH OF UNRAVELING A LONG STANDING AGREEMENT THAT HAVE ALLOWED A DESIGNATED OFFICIAL GRAIN INSPECTOR TO CARRY OUT INSPECTIONS IN ANOTHER GEOGRAPHIC AREA. I HOPE THIS AMENDMENT SENDS A CLEAR MESSAGE TO THE DEPARTMENT THAT THEY ARE NOT FOLLOWING CONGRESSIONAL INTENT AND THEY SHOULD REVERSE COURSE. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS CONTINUOUS WORK ON THIS ISSUE AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT.

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                          • 07:05:51 PM

                            MR. DAVIS

                            I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN ADERHOLT FOR HIS SUPPORT AND YIELD BACK.

                        • 07:06:02 PM

                          On agreeing to the Davis, Rodney amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

                          • 07:06:25 PM

                            MR. KING

                            I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK MADE IN OORDER BY THE RULE.

                          • 07:06:27 PM

                            An amendment, offered by Mr. King (IA), numbered 15 printed in House Report 115-295 to ensure that no funds are used to implement, administer, or enforce the Davis-Bacon Act.

                            • 07:06:28 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                        • 07:06:28 PM

                          DEBATE

                          Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 500, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the King (IA) amendment No. 15.

                          • 07:06:30 PM

                            THE CLERK

                            EALT NUMBER 15 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295, OFFERED BY MR.…

                            EALT NUMBER 15 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295, OFFERED BY MR. KING OF IOWA.

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                          • 07:06:36 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 500, THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. KING AND A…

                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 500, 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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                          • 07:06:45 PM

                            MR. KING

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

                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WOULD YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. AND THIS IS THE AMENDMENT THAT DOESN'T A I LOU FEDERAL FUNDING TO SUPPORT ANY PROJECT THAT IS -- THAT ENFORCES DAVIS-BACON RULES. DAVIS-BACON RULES HAVE, ACTUALLY IT'S THE LAST REMAINING JIM CROW LAW LEFT ON THE BOOKS IN AMERICA. AND IT WAS ESTABLISHED BY A COUPLE OF REPUBLICANS IN NEW YORK BACK IN ABOUT 1932 OR 1933 WHEN THEY REALIZED THAT THERE WERE A FEW CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS GOING ON IN THE GREAT DEPRERKS THERE WAS AN ALABAMA CONTRACTOR THAT UNDERBIT -- UNDERED BY THE LOCAL UNIONS IN NEW YORK TO BUILD A BUILDING IN NEW YORK THAT CONTRACTOR THAT CAME OUT OF ALABAMA BROUGHT HIS LABOR OUT OF ALABAMA, AFRICAN-AMERICANS OOUT OF ALABAMA. SO THEY GOT TOGETHER AND DECIDED LET'S PASS A LAW TO HAVE TRADE PROTECTIONISM BETWEEN ALABAMA AND NEW YORK. WE'RE GOING TO CONTROL WHO IS IN THE UNION AND WE'LL CONTROL THE WAGES AND WE'LL CONTROL THE BENEFITS. I'VE BEEN IN THE CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS AS OF LAST MONDAY FOR 42 YEARS. WE PAID DAVIS-BACON WAGE SCALES MOST OF THOSE YEAR, IF NOT ALL OF THOSE YEARS, AND KING CONSTRUCTION UNDERSTAND WHAT IS THIS DOES. IT INFLATES WAGES. THE INFLATION OF WAGES IS DICTATED BY A LITTLE BOARD AND COMMITTEE THAT'S SUPPOSED TO BE EVALUATING WHAT'S DESCRIBED AS PREVAILING WAGE BUT IT'S NOT, IT'S UNION SCALE. IT'S A BUNCH OF GUYS SITTING AROUND A TABLE DECIDING THAT THEY'RE HAVING TROUBLE COMPETING WITH THE REST OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND SO THEY WANT TO RAISE THE WAGES OF THEIR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS SO THAT THEY CAN GET THEIR PICK, THE CREAM OF THE CROP OF THE CONSTRUCTION WORKERS TO GO TO WORK FOR THEM RATHER THAN THEIR COMPETITOR OR ANOTHER INDUSTRY. THAT'S HOW THIS HAS GONE ON FOR ALL THESE YEARS AND THE -- IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DECIDING WHAT WAGES AND WHAT BENEFITS SHOULD BE PAID AND NOW WE'RE SEEING BENEFITS THAT ARE BEING PAID IN THE FRINGE BENEFIT CATEGORY TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE A HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM THAT IS FUNDED BY THE TAXPAYERS, PREMIUMS FUNDED BY THE TAXPAYERS UNDER OBAMACARE. SO NOW DAVIS-BACON IS EVEN WORSE. IT PAYS WAGES AND PAYS BENEFIT TESS SINED TO PAY FOR HEALTH INSURANCE BENEFITS AND THEY'RE DOUBLE DO YOU THINK ON THAT AND ON THE OBAMACARE SUBSIDY OF THEIR PREMIUMS. SO THESE WAGES NO LONGER REFLECT PREVAILING WAGE. THEY HAVEN'T FOR A LONG TIME. THEY'VE LONG AND MAYBE ALWAYS BEEN UNION SCALE. THE UNION SITZ AT THE TABLE WITH A FEW CONTRACTORS AND THEY MAKE THE DEAL. I HAVE A PRIVATE CONTRACTOR, A MIRROR SHOP CONTRACTOR, WORKED WITH US FOR 42 YEARS, I'VE SEEN THE INEFFICIENCY IT'S CREATED IN OUR COMPANY AND COMPETING COMPANIES AS WELL. WE LIKE IT WHEN WE CAN PAY OUR LABOR THE HIGHEST RATES KNOWN TO MAN. IT MAKE OURS EMPLOYEES HAPPY. AND IF I CAN LOOK AT OUR COMPETITION AND WE CAN SIT DOWN AND SAY YOU KNOW WHAT, WE WOULD LIKE TO GIVE OUR EMPLOYEES A $5 AN HOUR RAISE OR $10 AN HOUR RAISE AND MAKE SURE ANY OTHER INDUSTRY CAN'T COMPETE WITH THE WAGES THEY'RE PLAYING -- PAYING BECAUSE IT DOESN'T COME OUT OF OUR POCKET AS CONTRACTORS, IT COMES OUT OF THE POCKET OF WAGE PAYERS. IF UTCHT TO BUILD FIVE BRIDGE RESHES PEEL DAVIS-BACON. IF YOU WANT TO BUILD FOUR BRIDGES, STICK WITH THE FEDERAL UNION SCALE, THE LEGACY OF JIM CROW. IF YOU WANT TO BUILD, LET'S JUST SAY A USDA BUILD THIS ESAME FORMULA APPLIES. YOU CAN BUILD FIVE I WOULDINGS OR -- BUILD ORGANIZATION FOUR. BUILD FOUR STORE ROIRS BUILD FIVE. BUT WE NEED TO HAVE COMPETITION IN THIS U.S. ECONOMY, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND I URGE ADOPTION OF MY AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 07:10:38 PM

                            THE CHAIR

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

                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE?

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                          • 07:10:43 PM

                            MR. BISHOP

                            I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

                          • 07:10:47 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 07:10:49 PM

                            MR. BISHOP

                            DAVIS-BACON IS A SIMPLE CONCEPT AND A FAIR ONE. THE DAVIS-BACON ACT DOES…

                            DAVIS-BACON IS A SIMPLE CONCEPT AND A FAIR ONE. THE DAVIS-BACON ACT DOES IS PROTECT THE GOVERNMENT AS WELL AS THE WORKERS IN CARRY OUGHT THE POLICY OF PAYING DECENT WAGES ON GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS. THE DAVIS-BACON ACT REQUIRES WORKERS ON FEDERALLY FUNDED CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS BE PAID NO LESS THAN THE WAGES PAID IN THE COMMUNITY FOR SIMILAR WORK. IT REQUIRES THAT EVERY CONTRACT FOR 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. THE HOUSE HAS TAKEN NUMEROUS 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 SECURITY OMNIBUS, THE HOUSE FIRMLY REJECTED A SIMILAR AMENDMENT 249-178. I HOPE THAT WE WILL DEFEAT THE AMENDMENT BEFORE US TODAY AND MOVE ON TO MORE SUBSTANTIVE MATTERS. I'D ALSO NOTE THAT IT'S SOMEWHAT IRONIC THAT THIS AMENDMENT IS BEING OFFERED ON THE AGRICULTURE APPROPRIATIONS BILL BECAUSE THE DAVIS-BACON ACT SPECIFICALLY PROTECTS RURAL COMMUNITY WORK FORCES. IT REQUIRES THAT PREVAILING WAGE DETERMINATIONS FOR RURAL COUNTIES BE BASED ON LOCAL WORK FORCE COST. WAGE DATA FROM URBAN AREAS MUST BE EXCLUDED. THIS REQUIREMENT, I WOULD NOTE, CAME INTO FORCE DURING THE PRESIDENCY OF RONALD REAGAN. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO VOTE NO. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 07:12:36 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA. HAS ONE MINUTE.

                          • 07:12:40 PM

                            MR. KING

                            I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND I'D LIKE TO NOW YIELD TO THE CHAME OF THE…

                            I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND I'D LIKE TO NOW YIELD TO THE CHAME OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. ADERHOLT.

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                          • 07:12:45 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE.

                          • 07:12:49 PM

                            MR. ADERHOLT

                            I RISE TO SUPPORT THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. EACH YEAR THE FEDERAL…

                            I RISE TO SUPPORT THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. EACH YEAR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REQUIRES DAVIS-BACON PROVISIONS ON ALL SORTS OF CONSTRUCTIONS. AS HAS BEEN MENTIONED, ROADS, BRIDGES, DAM, BUILDINGS, AND THE TAXPAYERS PAY MORE. YOU DO THE MATH. ACCORDING TO RECENT STUDY, DAVIS-BACON INFLATES COSTS BY 22% FOR CONSTRUCTION COST. THESE ADDED EXPENSES COME AT A TIME WHEN OUR NATION IS NEARLY BROKE. SO THEREFORE, I THINK IT'S TIME TO PUT THE TAXPAYERS FIRST AND I ENCOURAGE MY FELLOW MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT.

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                          • 07:13:23 PM

                            MR. KING

                            RECLAIMING MY TIME, MR. CHAIRMAN, EXPENDING THE BALANCE OF IT, I WOULD…

                            RECLAIMING MY TIME, MR. CHAIRMAN, EXPENDING THE BALANCE OF IT, I WOULD POINT OUT THE AGES TISSUE WAGES WE'RE LOOKING AT HERE, LABORERS IN INDIANA, $34 AN HOUR. ASBESTOS WORKER $46.35 AN HOUR. THERE ARE MANY MORE HERE INTO THE RECORDS. I DON'T THINK THESE ARE THE KIND OF NUMBERS THE GENTLEMAN IS TALKING ABOUT. I CONSTANTLY HEAR THE SCRIPT READ TO US FROM THE OTHER SIDE BUT NEVER A RESPONSE, I URGE ITS ADOPTION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                          • 07:13:54 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE TIME HAS EXPIRE THSMED ESQUONE THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN…

                            THE TIME HAS EXPIRE THSMED ESQUONE THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE.

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                        • 07:14:01 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. Mr. Bishop demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.

                          • 07:14:06 PM

                            MR. BISHOP

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I'D LIKE TO ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON CHA.

                          • 07:14:11 PM

                            THE CHAIR

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

                            PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN AWILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 16 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295678 FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                          • 07:14:33 PM

                            An amendment, offered by Mrs. Hartzler, numbered 16 printed in Part B of House Report 115-295 to prohibit the USDA from using funds to implement the Paid Lunch Equity provision in the National School Lunch Act.

                          • 07:14:34 PM

                            DEBATE

                            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 500, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Hartzler amendment No. 16.

                            • 07:14:37 PM

                              MRS. HARTZLER

                              I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                            • 07:14:39 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE CLERK WILL PORT THE AMENDMENT.

                            • 07:14:42 PM

                              THE CLERK

                              AMENDMENT NUMBER 16 POINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-295, OFFERED BY MRS.…

                              AMENDMENT NUMBER 16 POINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-295, OFFERED BY MRS. HARTZLER OF

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                            • 07:14:51 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM

                            • 07:14:55 PM

                              MRS. HARTZLER

                              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                            • 07:14:56 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                            • 07:14:58 PM

                              MS. HART LER

                              OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO RETURN LOCAL CONTROL TO THE NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH…

                              OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO RETURN LOCAL CONTROL TO THE NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM. FAR TOO LONG, WASHINGTON IMPOSED BURDENSOME AND UNNECESSARY MANDATES ON LOCAL SCHOOLS THIS MISGUIDED REGULATION CREATED A WIRE CONTRACTIC NIGHTMARE AND MOUNTAINS OF PAPERWORK FOR LOCAL SCHOOL LUNCH ADMINISTRATORS WHO WANT TO SPEND THEIR TIME FOCUSED ON PROVIDING HEALTHY MEALS FOR OUR CHILDREN MY SEAMENT SIMPLE. IT STOPS A FEDERALLY MANDATED FORMULA CALLED THE PAID LUNCH EQUITY PROGRAM THAT REQUIRES ALL SCHOOLS TO RAISE THEIR SCHOOL LUNCH PRICES TO AN ARBITRARY LEVEL SIT HERE IN WASHINGTON. THIS AMENDMENT DOES NOT ADDRESS THE ACTUAL NUTRITIONAL CONTENT OF LUNCHES, ALTHOUGH I BELIEVE THIS IS A POLICY AREA THAT SHOULD BE ADDRESSED. BUT THIS AMENDMENT ONLY STOPS REGULATIONS SET LOG CALL SCHOOL LUNCH PRICEFULS. LOCAL OFFICIALS KNOW THEIR SCHOOLS BEST AND SHOULD ULTIMATELY BE RESPONSIBLE FOR SETTING SCHOOL LUNCH PRICES IN THEIR CALF FEARAS. MANY SCHOOLS ARE FORCED TO RAISE SCHOOL LUNCH PRICES EACH YEAR JUST TO MEET THIS FEDERAL MANDATE THIS PUSHES FAMILIES STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET OFF THE SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM AND LEADS TO MORE HUNGRY STUDENTS AND HIGHER COSTS FOR HARDWORKING FAMILIES. IT'S TIME TO GET WASHINGTON OUT OF THE LOCAL SCHOOL LUNCH PRICING BUSINESS AND RETURN MORE CONTROL TO OUR LOCAL SCHOOLS. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME TODAY IN SUPPORTING THIS COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT TO RETURN MORE CONTROL TO LOCAL SCHOOLS. AGAIN I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                            • 07:16:36 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              DOES ANYONE CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION? IF NOT, THE GENTLELADY FROM…

                              DOES ANYONE CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION? IF NOT, THE GENTLELADY FROM MISSOURI. HARTS HART YES. I WOULD LIKE TO --

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                            • 07:16:42 PM

                              MRS. HARTZLER

                              YES. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO CHAIRMAN…

                              YES. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO CHAIRMAN ADERHOLT.

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                            • 07:16:46 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE CHAIRMAN FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED.

                            • 07:16:48 PM

                              MRS. ADAMS

                              THANK YOU. I RISE IN SUPPORT --

                            • 07:16:50 PM

                              MR. ADERHOLT

                              THANK YOU. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. INTELLECTUAL SCHOOLS…

                              THANK YOU. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. INTELLECTUAL SCHOOLS SHOULD HAVE MORE LOCAL CONTROL IN OPERATING THEIR MEAL PROGRAM, INCLUDING ESTABLISHING THE PRICE FAMILIES MUST PAY FOR THE SCHOOLS. SCHOOL MEAL PRICES DIFFER FROM ONE COMMUNITY TO THE NEXT. AND THEY TAKE INTO ACCOUNT LOCAL FOOD AND LABOR COSTS AND WHAT FAMILIES ARE WILLING AND ABLE TO PAY. I THINK IT'S ALWAYS BEST TO LET THE LOCAL SCHOOLS MAKE THOSE DECISIONS AND I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE GENTLELADY'S AMENDMENT.

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                            • 07:17:19 PM

                              MRS. HARTZLER

                              I RECLAIM MY TIME. SO THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT.…

                              I RECLAIM MY TIME. SO THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT. AND IN CLOSING I WOULD URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE MEASURE TO RESTORE LOCAL CONTROL OF OUR SCHOOL LUNCH PRICING. THIS EXACT LANGUAGE WAS PASSED IN THE HOUSE VERSION OF THE CHILD NUTRITION RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT LAST YEAR, BUT THAT BILL HAS NOT PASSED AND WE NEED TO ADDRESS THIS RIGHT NOW. SO, I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 07:17:45 PM

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

                            • 07:17:46 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 GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI. 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 REPORT AMENDMENT NUMBER 17 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            • 07:18:09 PM

                              MR. CARTER

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

                            • 07:18:11 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                            • 07:18:11 PM

                              An amendment, offered by Mr. Carter (GA), numbered 17 printed in House Report 115-295 to prohibit funds from being used by the Food and Drug Administration to finalize, implement, or enforce the draft standard memorandum of understanding made available for public comment on February 19, 2015, entitled "Draft Memorandum of Understanding Addressing Certain Distributions of Compounded Human Drug Products Between the State of [Insert State] and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration."

                              • 07:18:13 PM

                                THE CLERK

                                AMENDMENT NUMBER 17 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295 OFFERED BY…

                                AMENDMENT NUMBER 17 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295 OFFERED BY MR. CARTER OF GEORGIA.

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                          • 07:18:13 PM

                            DEBATE

                            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 500, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Carter (GA) amendment No. 17.

                            • 07:18:20 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 500, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA AND A MEMBER…

                              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 500, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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                            • 07:18:29 PM

                              MR. CARTER

                              I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT TO H.R. 3354RK THE FISCAL YEAR…

                              I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT TO H.R. 3354RK THE FISCAL YEAR 2018 APPROPRIATIONS BILL. MY AMENDMENT WOULD WITHHOLD FUNDING FROM THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION TO IMPLEMENT A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING THAT REDEFINES KEY TERMS IN THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY. DISTRIBUTE AND DISPENSE. DISTRIBUTING AND DISPENSING IN THE HEALTH CARE FIELD ARE COMMONLY UNDERSTOOD TO BE UNIQUE AND DISTINCT ACTIVITIES. DISTRIBUTING IS UNDERSTOOD TO MEAN THE SALE OR TRANSFER OF A DRUG WITHOUT A PRESCRIPTION. LIKE BETWEEN A WHOLESALER AND A MANUFACTURER. DISPENSE SOMETHING COMMONLY UNDERSTOOD TO MEAN A MEDICINE GOING SPECIFICALLY TOWARD A PATIENT. THE F.D.A.'S ATTEMPT TO REDEFINE THESE KEY TERMS WOULD BE ESPECIALLY DETRIMENTAL TO COMPOUNDING PHARMACIES. COMPOUNDING PHARMACIES ARE DESPERATELY NEEDED TO COMBINE OR MIX MEDICINES TO MEET THE UNIQUE NEEDS OF PARTICULAR PATIENTS. IN THE FOOD, DRUG AND COSMETICS ACT, THE F.D.A. HAS GIVEN LIMIT -- IS GIVEN LIMITED REGULATORY AUTHORITY OVER HOW MUCH A PHARMACY IS ALLOWED TO SHIP ACROSS STATE LINES. MORE SPECIFICALLY, OVER HOW MUCH A PHARMACY CAN DISTRIBUTE ACROSS STATE LINES. BUT SINCE THE F.D.A. IS NOW ATTEMPTING TO REDEFINE THE WORD DISPENSE, THE AGENCY IS ATTEMPTING TO GAIN MORE CONTROL OVER THESE PHARMACIES AND NOW LIMITING THE AMOUNT OF MEDICINE THAT CAN GO DIRECTLY TOWARD PATIENTS. WITH THE F.D.A. REDEFINING THE WORD DISPENSING, THE AGENCY IS NOW ALSO LIMITING HOW MUCH A STATE CAN DISPENSE ACROSS STATE LINES, CREATING AN UNNECESSARY PATIENT ACCESS PROBLEM. ESPECIALLY FOR PATIENTS SERVED BY PHARMACIES NEAR STATE LINES. THIS AMENDMENT IS NECESSARY TO CONVEY TO THE F.D.A. THAT THEY DO NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO GO AGAINST THE INTENT OF CONGRESS AND REDEFINE KEY TERMS IN AGENCY DOCUMENTS THAT ARE DIRECTLY AGAINST WHAT CONGRESS LAID OUT IN THE STATUTE, AND THE COMMONLY UNDERSTOOD MEANING OF THE INDUSTRY ITSELF. THE AMENDMENT WILL ALSO ENFORCE THE DREVETIVES IN CONGRESS' LAST TWO APPROPRIATIONS REPORTS THAT HAVE BEEN IGNORED BY THE F.D.A. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO REPEAT THAT. THE AMENDMENT WILL ALSO ENFORCE THE DIRECTIVES IN CONGRESS' LAST TWO APPROPRIATIONS REPORTS THAT HAVE BEEN IGNORED BY THE F.D.A. AS WELL AS LANGUAGE IN THE NEW F.Y. 2018 APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE REPORT. AS THE ONLY PHARMACIST IN CONGRESS, I HAVE SEEN FIRSTHAND HOW IMPORTANT ACCESS TO MEDICATIONS ARE FOR THE PEOPLE WHO NEED THEM. I'VE ALSO SEEN HOW IMPORTANT COMPOUNDED MEDICATIONS ARE FOR THE INDIVIDUALS WHO RELY ON UNIQUELY TAILORED MEDICINES. IT WOULD BE A TRAGEDY FOR THE F.D.A. TO LIMIT THESE PATIENTS' ACCESS TO MEDICATIONS BECAUSE THEY REDEFINED A TERM FOR WHICH THEY WOULD LIKE TO HAVE MORE CONTROL. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT THAT IS CRUCIAL FOR PATIENT ACCESS. TO IMPORTANT MEDICATIONS. AND STOP THE F.D.A. FROM OVERREACHING AND GOING AGAINST THE INTENT OF CONGRESS. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE.

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                            • 07:21:24 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANYONE CLAIM TIME IN…

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANYONE CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION? THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT.

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                            • 07:21:31 PM

                              MS. DELAURO

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TO CLAIM THE TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT.

                            • 07:21:34 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED. FIVE MINUTES.

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                              MS. DELAURO

                              THANK YOU. MR. CHAIRMAN, I OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT UNDERMINES THE…

                              THANK YOU. MR. CHAIRMAN, I OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT UNDERMINES THE DRUG QUALITY AND SECURITY ACT, WHICH WE PASSED HERE IN 2013. TO PROTECT PATIENTS FROM CONTAMINANTED COMPOUNDED MEDICATIONS WHICH ARE DRUGS THAT ARE TAILORED TO THE SPECIFIC NEEDS OF AN INDIVIDUAL PATIENT. BY THE WAY, I AM NOT THE -- THERE ARE -- THERE'S BIPARTISAN OPPOSITION TO THE CARTER AMENDMENT. MYSELF, CONGRESSMAN FRED UPTON, CONGRESSWOMAN DEBBIE DINGELL AND CONGRESSMAN MICHAEL BISHOP. THIS IS BIPARTISAN OPPOSITION. LET ME BE CLEAR. THE INTENT OF THE LAW WAS NOT TO GO AFTER LOCAL COMPOUNDING PHARMACIES, BUT RATHER THE LARGER COMPOUNDING PHARMACIES WHO ACT AS BIG DRUG COMPANIES. TRADITIONAL PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES THAT MAKE VAST QUANTITIES OF DRUGS ARE HELD TO ROBUST SAFETY STANDARDS. IF THESE LARGE COMPOUNDING PHARMACIES INTEND TO MANUFACTURE LARGE QUANTITIES OF DRUGS, LIKE A TRADITIONAL PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY, SHIP THEM ACROSS STATE LINES, THEN THEY SHOULD BE HELD TO A SIMILAR SAFETY STANDARD. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD CHANGE THE LAW. AND PUT PATIENTS AT RISK. SOME PEOPLE CAN POTENTIALLY DIE. THIS IS NOT HYPERBOLE. GIVEN THAT A MENINGITIS OUTBREAK IN 2012 WAS CAUSED BY UNSAFE COMPOUNDED DRUGS. THAT WAS LESS THAN FIVE YEARS AGO. AND I AM ASTONISHED THAT WE WOULD ENTERTAIN FURTHER UNDERMINING OF THE LAW. THE MENINGITIS OUTBREAK ASSOCIATED WITH THE NEW ENGLAND COMPOUND CENTER IN 2012 LED TO 64 DEATHS. AND MORE THAN 750 ILLENS ACROSS STATE LINES. -- ILLNESSES ACROSS STATE LINES. THERE ARE INHERENT RISKS WITH COMPOUNDED MEDICATIONS AND PARTICULARLY WITH MEDICATIONSES SHIPPED ACROSS STATE LINES -- MEDICATIONS SHIPPED ACROSS STATE LINES. THAT'S WHY WE PASSED THE DRUG QUALITY AND SECURITY ACT. BY PROHIBITING THE F.D.A. FROM IMPLEMENTING THIS LAW, THIS AMENDMENT EXPOSES PATIENTS TO A POTENTIALLY LIFE-THREATENING CATASTROPHE. AGAIN, AS WE SAW IN 2012. THIS AMENDMENT ALSO TAKES AWAY INCENTIVES FOR PHARMACIES TO REGISTER AS AN OUTSOURCING FACILITY, GIVES THESE FACILITIES NO REASON TO RAISE THEIR QUALITY AND SAFETY STANDARDS, AND TO SUBMIT THE -- TO THE F.D.A. FOR INSPECTION. WE OWE IT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO NOT PUT THEIR HEALTH AND THEIR SAFETY AT RISK. 64 PEOPLE DIED. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 07:24:38 PM

                              THE CHAIR

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

                              THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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                            • 07:24:43 PM

                              MR. CARTER

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA.

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                            • 07:24:47 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                              THANK YOU, ALL. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT WHICH HAS…

                              THANK YOU, ALL. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT WHICH HAS GAINED BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN OUR FULL COMMITTEE. I'M VERY SYMPATHETIC TO THE GENTLEMAN'S CONCERNS AND I TRUST HIS JUDGMENT AND HIS EXPERIENCE AS CURRENTLY THE ONLY PHARMACIST THAT IS SERVING IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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                            • 07:25:10 PM

                              MR. ADERHOLT

                              THIS BILL LANGUAGE IS SIMILAR TO THE LANGUAGE IN OUR HOUSE REPORT. WHILE…

                              THIS BILL LANGUAGE IS SIMILAR TO THE LANGUAGE IN OUR HOUSE REPORT. WHILE THE UNDERLYING BILL DID NOT GO AS FAR AS LIMITING FUNDS TO BE SPENT ON THE FINALIZATION, IMPLEMENTATION OR ENFORCEMENT OF THE PROPOSED MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE F.D.A. AND THE STATES, OUR COMMITTEE REPORT LANGUAGE IS CONDITIONAL IN THAT F.D.A. SHOULD NOT FINALIZE THE PROPOSED RULE IF IT FAILS TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN DISTRIBUTION AND DISPENSING A COMPOUNDED PRODUCT TO A SPECIFIC PATIENT. DISPENSING IS NOT DEFINED IN THE DRUG QUALITY AND SAFETY ACT, AND F.D.A. SHOULD NOT UNILATERALLY TAKE IT UPON THEMSELVES TO START REGULATING THE PRACTICE OF PHARMACY, SINCE THIS SFUNKS REGULATED BY THE STATE -- FUNCTION IS REGULATED BY THE STATES UNDER THE STATE LEGISLATURES. THEREFORE I SUPPORT THE INTENT OF THIS AMENDMENT, UNTIL F.D.A. CLARIFIES ITS POLICY, AND I RECOMMEND THE AMENDMENT'S APPROVAL. I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 07:26:10 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT.

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                              MS. DELAURO

                              YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES.

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                              MS. DELAURO

                              I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MRS. DINGELL.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE.

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                              MRS. DINGELL

                              THANK YOU. WHILE I HAVE GREAT RESPECT FOR MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM…

                              THANK YOU. WHILE I HAVE GREAT RESPECT FOR MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA, THIS MISGUIDED AMENDMENT WOULD UNDERMINE F.D.A.'S WORK TO ENFORCE CRITICAL PATIENT SAFETY PROTECTIONS THAT WERE PASSED IN THE DRUG QUALITY AND SECURITY ACT IN RESPONSE TO A DEADLY MENINGITIS OUTBREAK THAT KILLED 22 PEOPLE IN MY HOME STATE OF MICHIGAN. PASSING THIS AMENDMENT COULD ULTIMATELY LEAD TO ANOTHER CRISIS LIKE WHAT WE SAW. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD PROHIBIT THE F.D.A. FROM FINALIZING A DRAFT MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING THAT OUTLINES WHEN AND IN WHAT QUANTITY TRADITIONAL COMPOUNDING PHARMACIES CAN DISTRIBUTE A COMPOUNDED DRUG ACROSS STATE LINES. HAMSTRINGING F.D.A.'S ABILITY TO ENSURE THAT INTERSTATE SHIPMENTS ARE ONLY MADE FROM PHARMACIES AND STATES THAT ARE EXERCISING OVERSIGHT OVER THAT COULD CREATE A GAPING LOOPHOLE AND WOULD TURN BACK THE CLOCK TO THE DAYS WHEN BAD ACTORS WERE FREE TO SHIP PRODUCTS AND MURDER PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY WITHOUT OVERSIGHT. IT'S COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE. WE SHOULD BE STANDING UP FOR THE STRONG PATIENT PROTECTIONS AND DE-ACCESS RATHER THAN TURNING BACK THE CLOCK.

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                            • 07:27:39 PM

                              MR. CARTER

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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                            • 07:27:43 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

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                              IT'S FRUSTRATING UNDERSTAND EGREGIOUS THIS AMENDMENT IS -- AND EGREGIOUS…

                              IT'S FRUSTRATING UNDERSTAND EGREGIOUS THIS AMENDMENT IS -- AND EGREGIOUS THIS AMENDMENT IS ACTUALLY NECESSARY BUT IT IS. THE F.D.A. HAS IGNORED CONGRESSIONAL DIRECTION TO RESPECT THE STATUTORY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DISTRIBUTING AND DISPENSING OF COMPOUND MEDICATIONS. AS A DENTIST AND HEALTH CARE PROVIDER, I CAN TELL YOU FROM MY PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE HOW HARMFUL THIS OVERREACHING GUIDANCE FROM THE F.D.A. IS TO PATIENTS. I OFTEN USED SPECIALLY COMPOUNDED PATIENTS. I RELIED ON THE EXPERTISE OF MY PHARMACIST COLLEAGUES TO ENSURE THESE MEDICATIONS WERE AVAILABLE TO PATIENTS AS APPROPRIATE. AS A CONGRESSMAN, I SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT TO ENSURE THE F.D.A. FOLLOWS CONGRESSIONAL INTENT. AS A DOCTOR, I SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT MEANS BETTER CARE FOR PATIENTS. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND THAT'S DOCTOR'S ORDERS. I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 07:28:36 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT. THE…

                              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT.

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                            • 07:28:40 PM

                              MS. DELAURO

                              YES, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, WHY ARE WE AFRAID OF SAFETY STANDARDS? THE…

                              YES, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, WHY ARE WE AFRAID OF SAFETY STANDARDS? THE SAFETY CONCERNS WITH THIS AMENDMENT ARE ALSO EXACERBATED BY THE FACT THAT MANY STATES DO NOT EXERCISE APPROPRIATE OVERSIGHT OVER COMPOUNDING PHARMACIES. A RECENT STUDY REVEALED THAT NEARLY HALF OF ALL STATES SURVEYED DO NOT TRACK THE NUMBER OF PHARMACIES THAT PERFORM THE COMPOUNDING IN THEIR STATE. THEY MAKE PROACTIVE STATE OVERSIGHT IMPOSSIBLE. DO WE REALLY WANT TO ALLOW THESE FACILITIES TO GO UNCHECKED? THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THIS AMENDMENT ALLOWS. THE F.D.A. IS A REGULATORY AGENCY. IT NEEDS THE ABILITY TO REGULATE LARGE SCALE SHIPMENTS OF COMPOUNDED DRUGS ACROSS STATE LINES, ESPECIALLY IN CERTAIN STATES THAT HAVE MINIMAL IF ANY SAFEGUARDS FOR DRUGS COMPOUNDED IN PHARMACIES. I WAS CONCERNED THAT THIS LAW WAS WEAK TO BEGIN WITH. AND THIS AMENDMENT WOULD FURTHER WEAKEN AND THREATEN THE SAFETY OF PATIENTS. 64 PEOPLE DIED, 22 OF THEM IN MICHIGAN. WE SHOULD ENSURE THAT ANY LEGISLATION PASSED BY THIS BODY IS NOT WEAKENED. THE SAFETY OF AMERICAN CHILDREN AND OUR FAMILIES AND OUR KIDS ARE AT STAKE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. THIS IS NOT A ROAD, A BRIDGE, A HELICOPTER OR ANYTHING ELSE. THESE ARE PEOPLE'S LIVES. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 07:30:00 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED, HE THE…

                              THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED, HE THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT -- THE QUESTION IS ON AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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                          • 07:30:01 PM

                            POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

                            At the conclusion of debate on the Carter (GA) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Ms. DeLauro demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.

                            • 07:30:12 PM

                              MS. DELAURO

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK A ROLL CALL 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 GEORGIA WILL BE POSTPONED. . IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 18 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-295. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA RISE?

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                            • 07:30:38 PM

                              MR. KING

                              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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                              THE CLERK

                              AMENDMENT NUMBER 18 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-295RK -- 295, OFFERED BY…

                              AMENDMENT NUMBER 18 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-295RK -- 295, OFFERED BY MR. KING OF IOWA.

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                            • 07:30:57 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. KING

                              THIS IS THE AMENDMENT THAT REQUIRES THAT NEW HIRES UNDER THIS…

                              THIS IS THE AMENDMENT THAT REQUIRES THAT NEW HIRES UNDER THIS APPROPRIATION ACT ARE VERIFIED UNDER E-VERIFY BEFORE THEY CAN GO TO WORK. IT ENSURES THOSE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE IN THIS APPROPRIATIONS BILL WILL NOT BE USE FOR NEW HIRE UNLESS THEY USE THE E-VERIFY PROGRAM AS A RESPONSIBILITY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RELIES AS A MATTER OF LAW. THE FEDERAL REQUIRES E-VERIFY TO ENHANCE THE LAW. HOWEVER IT HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION IT IS NOT CONSISTENT ACROSS DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS. IT IS IN RESPONSE TO THOSE CONCERNS THAT I OFFER THIS AMENDMENT. TO DESCRIBE E-VERIFY, IT'S THAT EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE A PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYEE, CONDITIONAL TO THE HIRE, MAY GO ON BOARD THE FEDERAL INTERNET SITE WHICH IS THE E-VERIFY SITE, AND TYPE IN THE VALID INFORMATION OR PERHAPS THE PRESENTED INFORMATION OF THE PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYEE THAT'S BEEN OFFERED A JOB, SHOULD THEY CLEAR E-VERIFY, YOU PUNCH IN WHAT I JUST EUPHEMISTICALLY CALL NAME, RANK, AND SERIAL NUMBER, A SHORT PIECE OF DA TAI -- DATA THAT INCLUDES BIRTH DATE AND NAME AND OFTEN BIRTH PLACE. IT GO INTO THE INTERNET SITE. IT COMES BACK TO YOU AND LETS YOU KNOW IF YOU CAN LEGALLY HIRE THE INDIVIDUAL IDENTIFIED IN THIS DATA. THAT'S E-VERIFY. THE FROTH, HOPEFULLY IN THIS CONGRESS, WILL PASS AN E-VERIFY MANDATORY FOR PRIVATE SECTOR EMPLOYERS HOPEFULLY WE WILL CAN D THAT IN THIS CONGRESS. BUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO ADDRESS THIS AND DO SO WITH OUR OWN EMPLOYEES. THAT'S WHAT THE KING AMENDMENT DOES. IT ENSURES THAT E-VERIFY IS USED BY OUR OWN EMPLOYEES AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 07:31:06 PM

                              An amendment, offered by Mr. King (IA), numbered 18 printed in Part B House Report 115-295 to ensure that no funds may be used on new hires who have not been verified through the E-Verify program, except for an employee compensated under a local compensation plan established under section 408 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980.

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                              DEBATE

                              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 500, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the King (IA) amendment No. 18.

                              • 07:32:54 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                                DOES ANYONE CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION? FOR WHAT PURPOSE -- THE GENTLEMAN…

                                DOES ANYONE CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION? FOR WHAT PURPOSE -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              • 07:33:05 PM

                                MR. BISHOP

                                SINCE PRESIDENT BUSH ORDERED FEDERAL AGENCIES TO COMPLY WITH THIS IN 2007…

                                SINCE PRESIDENT BUSH ORDERED FEDERAL AGENCIES TO COMPLY WITH THIS IN 2007 THIS AMENDMENT IF IT ONLY APPLIES TO HIRING AT FEDERAL AGENCIES WILL DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. I'M NOT AWARE BY ANY EFFORT OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TOWN DO PRESIDENT BUSH'S ORDER SO IT'S A NEEDLESS USE OF THE HOUSE'S TIME. I BELIEVE THE GENTLEMAN'S LANGUAGE WOULD ALSO REQUIRE EVERY ONE OF THE LOCAL COUNTY EMPLOYEES, OUR LOCAL FOLKS, TO BE E-VERIFIED. WOULDN'T THIS ADD ANOTHER BURDEN ON F.S.A. WHEN IT HAS TO IMPLEMENT THE NEW FARM BILL? IF SO I'D LIKE TO ASK THE GENTLEMAN WHAT HE EXPECTS WOULD HAPPEN IN AN EMERGENCY SUCH AS THE EXPERIENCE FROM HURRICANE HARVEY WHEN US D DA MAY NEED TO BRING ON EMPLOYEES QUICKLY? THEY WOULD HAVE TO WAIT FOR E-VERIFY CLEARANCE. I'D ALSO SUBMIT THAT IT'S NOT CLEAR WHETHER THE LANGUAGE ALSO COVERS EVERY SINGLE PERSON WHO RECEIVES ANY OF THE FUNDS IN THIS BILL AS A GRANTEE. I THINK IT'S UNCLEAR AND WOULD RISK REQUIRING EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THE THOUSANDS OF GRANTEES TO GO THROUGH E-VERIFY. THEN YOU WOULD IMPOSE A TRULY UNDUE BURDEN ON MANY SMALL FARMERS AND RANCHERS AND BUSINESSES THAT RECEIVE GRANTS IN THIS BILL. I STRONGLY OPPOSE THAT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 07:34:30 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA.

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                                MR. KING

                                MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE…

                                MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEAM, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE.

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                              • 07:34:40 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                MR. ADERHOLT

                                I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT HERE. I SUPPORT WHAT THE…

                                I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT HERE. I SUPPORT WHAT THE GENTLEMAN IS DOING WITH THIS AMENDMENT. I ALSO APPRECIATE HIS WILLINGNESS TO MAKE A SLIGHT CHANGE TO THE AMENDMENT IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN SUPPORT FROM STAFF IN EMBASSIES ACROSS THE WORLD THAT HELP USDA STAFF OPEN MARKETS TO U.S. GOODS. SO WITH THAT BEING SAID, I WOULD LIKE TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT HIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 07:35:07 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA.

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                                MR. KING

                                RECLAIMING THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, THANKING THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, I…

                                RECLAIMING THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, THANKING THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, I WOULD ADD FOR CLARIFICATION THAT THE PROVISION THE GENTLEMAN REFERRED TO IS SECTION 40 , FOREIGN SERVICE ACT OF 19 0, WHICH EXEMPTS THOSE EMPLOYEES IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES THAT SURELY WOULD NOT WANT THEM ENCUMBERED UNDER E-VERIFY. IN RESPONSE TO THE GENTLEMAN'S OBJECTION I HAVE TRIED TO FOOL E-VERIFY BY PUNCHING DATA INTO IT. THE LONGEST DELAY I COULD CREATE IS SIX SECONDS. AS FAR AS UNDUE BURDEN, SIX SECONDS WAIT, I DON'T THINK IS EXTREME AT ALL. S THE RIGHT THING FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO AT LEAST EXERCISE THE LAWS WE PASS AND WANT TO IMPOSE ON THE REST OF THE COUNTRY AND UPON OURSELVES. SO IT'S A CLARIFICATION AMENDMENT, MR. CHAIRMAN. I URGE ITS ADOPTION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              • 07:35:56 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                                THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM YEA. THOSE…

                                THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM YEA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. CHAIRMAN, PURSUANT TO SECTION 3 OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 500, AS A DESIGNEE OF CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN, I RISE TO OFFER ENBLK NUMBER 2 AS PART OF THE CONSIDERATION OF DIVISION OF H.R. 3354. THE LIST OF THE AMENDMENTS INCLUDED IN THE EN BLOC IS AT THE DESK AND HAS BEEN AGREED TO BY BOTH SIDES.

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                            • 07:36:02 PM

                              On agreeing to the King (IA) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

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                                THE CHAIR

                                WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENTS EN BLOC.

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                                THE CLERK

                                EN BLOC NUMBER 2, CONSISTING OF AMENDMENTS NUMBER 22, 24, 40, 41, 42, 445,…

                                EN BLOC NUMBER 2, CONSISTING OF AMENDMENTS NUMBER 22, 24, 40, 41, 42, 445, 46 AND 0 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295, OFFERED BY MR. DIAZ-BALART OF FLORIDA.

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                              • 07:38:17 PM

                                Amendments en bloc offered by Mr. Diaz-Balart, offered by Mr. Diaz-Balart, comprised of the following amendments offered as En Bloc No. 2: 23, 24, 27, 30, 31, 34, 35, 40, 41, 42, 43, 45, 47, and 60 printed in Part B of House Report 115-295.

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                                DEBATE

                                Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 500, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 20 minutes of debate on the Diaz-Balart En Bloc amendment No. 2.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  I RESERVE.

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                                  MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                  I RESERVE.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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                                  MR. PRICE

                                  MR. CHAIRMAN. I WOULD YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA,…

                                  MR. CHAIRMAN. I WOULD YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. TORRES.

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                                • 07:39:05 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                                • 07:39:07 PM

                                  MS. FORES RE

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO OFFER TWO AMENDMENTS IN THIS EN BLOC…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO OFFER TWO AMENDMENTS IN THIS EN BLOC PACKAGE TO THIS APPROPRIATIONS BILL. THESE TWO AMENDMENTS WILL FINALLY PROVIDE THE AUTHORIZED FUNDING LEVELS OF $12 MILLION FOR THE REGIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE ACCELERATOR DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM. SECTION 1441 OF THE FAST ACT AND 10 MILLION FOR THE TRANSIT ORIENTED PILOT PROGRAM, SECTION 3016 OF THE FAST ACT. THIS FUNDING WILL FINALLY ALLOW THESE TWO IMPORTANT PROGRAMS TO MOVE FORWARD, IMPROVING INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS AND TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS IN MY DISTRICT IN THE INLAND EMPIRE AND THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTRY. I APPRECIATE, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND THE RANKING MEMBER'S SUPPORT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 07:39:55 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THANK YOU.

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                                  MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                  I RESERVE.

                                • 07:39:58 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  MR. PRICE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

                                • 07:40:05 PM

                                  MR. PRICE

                                  RESERVE.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  RESERVE. SOMEBODY ACTUALLY WANT TO TALK ABOUT THIS NOW? THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                  RESERVE. SOMEBODY ACTUALLY WANT TO TALK ABOUT THIS NOW? THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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                                • 07:40:11 PM

                                  MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                  I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA AT THIS TIME. FOR…

                                  I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA AT THIS TIME. FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                                • 07:40:23 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. MR. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER,…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. MR. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN --

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                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT. BACK HOME IN…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT. BACK HOME IN CALIFORNIA'S 25TH DISTRICT, CDBG FUNDS ARE AWARDED TO NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS THAT DO SIGNIFICANT AND FAR-REACHING WORK FOR OUR CONSTITUENTS. THEY REACH CITIZENS OF THE CITY OF SANTA CLARITA THROUGH PROGRAMS LIKE BRIDGE TO HOME, HOME REHABILITATION SERVICES AND SUMMER YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS. CDBG FUNDS ADDRESS COMMUNITY NEEDS FOR STREET MAINTENANCE IN LOW-INCOME NEIGHBORHOODS, EMERGENCY SHELTER FOR LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUALS AND OTHERS. MY CONSTITUENTS DRAMATICALLY BENEFIT FROM CDBG FUNDS AND I'M SURE MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES CAN ATTEST TO THE SARME. THAT'S WHY I WAS ALARMED TO SEE THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET REQUEST UNFUNDED THIS PROGRAM. I'M THANKFUL TO CHAIRMAN DIAZ-BALART AND HIS STAFF FOR UNDERSTANDING THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS AND RESTORING IT TO THE BILL. MY AMENDMENT KEEPS THIS AMOUNT CONSISTENT WITH THE 2017 LEVEL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT AND YIELD BACK THE REMAINEDMOIFER TIME.

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                                • 07:41:44 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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                                  MR. PRICE

                                  I YIELD BACK.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

                                • 07:41:51 PM

                                  MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                  I ALSO YIELD BACK.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE QUESTION IS NOW ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED EN BLOC BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                  THE QUESTION IS NOW ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED EN BLOC BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA. 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 21 FINGERPRINTED -- PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295678 FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              • 07:42:06 PM

                                On agreeing to the Diaz-Balart amendments; Agreed to by voice vote.

                                • 07:42:19 PM

                                  MR. LIPINSKI

                                  I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  NUMBER 21 OFFERED BY MR. LIPINSKI

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                                  An amendment, offered by Mr. Lipinski, numbered 21 printed in Part B of House Report 115-295 to decrease the Office of the Secretary of Transportation Salaries and Expenses account by $9,000,000 and increase the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Salaries and Expenses account by the same amount for the purpose of expanding NHTSA's connected and automated vehicles oversight and regulatory capabilities.

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                                    THE CLERK

                                    NUMBER 21 OFFERED BY MR. LIPINSKI OF ILLINOIS.

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                                DEBATE

                                Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 500, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Lipinski amendment No. 21.

                                • 07:42:31 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                                  MR. LIPINSKI

                                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT THAT WILL PROVIDE THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY…

                                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT THAT WILL PROVIDE THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION $9 MILLION IN ORDER TO DO CRITICAL WORK ON SELF-TRIING CARS. EARLIER TODAY WE PASSED THE SELF-DRIVE ACT WHICH EXPANDED NHTSA'S AUTHORITIES IN THIS AREA. THIS AMENDMENT SUPPLIES THE INITIAL FINANCIAL RESOURCES NEEDED TO CARRY OUT THE DIRECT I OF THIS BILL. THIS INCLUDES VALIDATING THE SAFETY OF SELF-DRIVING CARS, DEFINING NEW TESTING PROTOCOLS AS THE TECHNOLOGY ADVANCES AND PARTNERS WITH -- PARTNERING WITH INDUSTRY ALONG WITH STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO CONDUCT OVERSIGHT OF THESE NEW VEHICLES. NHTSA WILL PLAY A KEY ROLE IN ADOPTING THIS TECHNOLOGY THAT PROMISES SO MUCH. EXPANDED MOBILITY, SAFER ROADS, DECREASED ENERGY USAGE AND EMISSIONS AND LESS CONGESTION. I WILL YIELD.

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                                  IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD BE ALL RIGHT, I'D BE WILLING TO AGREE TO HIS…

                                  IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD BE ALL RIGHT, I'D BE WILLING TO AGREE TO HIS AMENDMENT AS LONG AS WE CAN MOVE THE PROCESS QUICKLY I WOULD RIGHT NOW AGREE TO MOVE -- TO AGREE WITH THE AMENDMENT.

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                                • 07:43:49 PM

                                  MR. LIPINSKI

                                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR SUPPORTING IT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA YIELDS BACK?

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                                  MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                  I YIELD.

                                • 07:43:57 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. THOSE…

                                  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 AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 22 PRINTED IN PART BMBING OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

                                • 07:44:25 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE AN AMENDMENT?

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                                  MR. MITCHELL

                                  I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                                • 07:44:32 PM

                                  THE CLERK

                                  HOUSE REPORT 115-295, OFFERED BY MR. MITCHELL OF MICHIGAN.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 500, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR.…

                                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 500, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. MITCHELL, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              • 07:44:44 PM

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

                                • 07:44:50 PM

                                  MR. MITCHELL

                                  OUR NATION FACES A DIRE FISCAL SITUATION. WE HAVE REACHED OUR DEBT CEILING…

                                  OUR NATION FACES A DIRE FISCAL SITUATION. WE HAVE REACHED OUR DEBT CEILING ONCE AGAIN. THE PATH WE'RE ON IS NOT SUSTAINABLE. IT JEOPARDIZES OUR FUTURE, OUR CHILDREN'S FUTURE AND OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. WE MUST GET OUR FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER AND TAKE THIS PROBLEM SERIOUSLY. PAYING LIP SERVICE TO THE PROBLEM WILL NOT SOLVE IT. WE MUST BE RESPONSIBLE NOW BEFORE IT'S FAR TOO LATE. THE REALITY IS THAT WE CAN MAKE CUTS TO OUR GOVERNMENT WITHOUT IMPACTING ESSENTIAL PROGRAM. THE RIGHT CUTS WILL GROW OUR ECONOMY BY STOPPING OVER-EAGER BURECRATS WHO OFTEN SEEM DEDICATED TO FEDERAL MANDATES AND MASSIVE REGULATIONS. WE NEED TO BE FOCUS ODD ON GROWING AND PROTECTING MAIN STREET, NOT AN ALREADY-BLOATED FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THE AMENDMENT I PROPOSE TODAY MAKES A CUT TO THE BUREAUCRACY, THE ADMINISTRATIVE COST TO THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT. THE CUTS FOCUS ON ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES SALARIES. THIS MODEST 10% CUT SAVES TAXPAYERS $2222 MILLION AND AD-- SAVES TAXPAYERS $222 MILLION AND ADMITLY IS A SMALL STEP. I UNDERSTAND THAT ACCOUNTABILITY REQUIRES ONGOING SMALL STEPS. MY AMENDMENT COMBINED WITH OTHERS WILL YIELD BIG SAVINGS FOR TAXPAYERS WITHOUT CUTTING PROJECTS OR ESSENTIAL PROGRAMS. I URBLING MY COLLEAGUES TO SERIOUSLY CONSIDER MY AMENDMENT AS WE WORK TO SECURE OUR FISCAL FUTURE. THANK YOU AND I RESERVE.

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                                  An amendment, offered by Mr. Mitchell, numbered 22 printed in Part B of House Report 115-295 to reduce by 10% general administrative and departmental salary and expense accounts in Division H, and transfer the savings to the Spending Reduction Account.

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                                  DEBATE

                                  Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 500, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Mitchell amendment No. 22.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. IS THERE ANYONE WHO CLAIMS TIME IN OPPOSITION?

                                  • 07:46:24 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA. .

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                                    MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                    LET ME THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS HARD WORK. I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.…

                                    LET ME THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS HARD WORK. I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. I APOLOGIZE. LET ME THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR BRINGING UP THIS AMENDMENT. HE'S WORKED AWFULLY HARD AND I'M A HUGE ADMIRER OF HIS. HERE'S A PROBLEM. IN THE COMMITTEE WE HAVE ACTUALLY GONE LINE BY LINE TO IDENTIFY CUTS IN SALARIES AND EXPENSES AT H.U.D. AND D.O.T. AND AS A RESULT MOST ADMINISTRATIVE ACCOUNTS ARE AT OR BELOW THE 2017 LEVELS. AND SO BY THE WAY, THAT'S ONE OF THE WAYS WE ACHIEVED $1.1 BILLION IN SAVINGS. AGAIN, BELOW THE 2017 BUDGET. WHEN YOU DO IT ACROSS THE BOARD, IT COULD EFFECT SAFETY PROGRAMS, IT COULD ACTUALLY HURT -- HAVE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES. SO WHY -- WHILE I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE CHAIRMAN'S HARD WORK, I WOULD URGE A NO VOTE AT THIS TIME. AND I WILL LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK WITH THE GENTLEMAN TO MAKE SURE THAT HIS CONCERNS ARE ADDRESSED IN THIS BILL AND IN FUTURE BILLS.

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                                  • 07:47:27 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    MR. MITCHELL. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

                                  • 07:47:31 PM

                                    MR. MITCHELL

                                    MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU, SIR. I RESPECT THE WORK OF THE COMMITTEE,…

                                    MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU, SIR. I RESPECT THE WORK OF THE COMMITTEE, CERTAINLY THE CHAIRMAN. AS I SAID EARLIER, I COME FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR. WHERE FRANKLY, A 10% CUT IN ADMINISTRATION IS NOT UNCOMMON. I WORKED AT CHRYSLER CORPORATION BACK IN THE ORIGINAL LOAN GUARANTEE DAYS. IF YOU CAN'T CUT 10% OF YOUR BUDGET, FIND A NEW MANAGER. WE HAD MADE CUTS. WE MADE MORE SUBSTANTIAL CUTS THAN MANY OTHER AGENCIES. WE MADE SIGNIFICANT CUTS IN, FOR EXAMPLE, THE E.P.A. BACK TO LEVELS OF TWIVEB-2016 -- 2005-2006. I BELIEVE WE CAN MAKE THESE CUTS AND STILL MAINTAIN THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF OUR NATION, MAINTAIN OPERATIONS AND PROGRAMS AND WHILE WE MAY DISAGREE, I'LL WORK WITH THE CHAIRMAN AND THE COMMITTEE TO CONTINUE WORKING ON GETTING OUR HOUSE IN FISCAL ORDER. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK. THANK YOU.

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                                  • 07:48:17 PM

                                    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 NORTH CAROLINA RISE?

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                                    I RISE TO JOIN THE CHAIRMAN IN OPPOSITION.

                                  • 07:48:24 PM

                                    MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA YIELDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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                                    THANK YOU. THE AMENDMENT WOULD DECIMATE THE SALARIES AND EXPENSE ACCOUNTS…

                                    THANK YOU. THE AMENDMENT WOULD DECIMATE THE SALARIES AND EXPENSE ACCOUNTS AT THE DEPARTMENTS OF TRANSPORTATION AND HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT. THERE ARE BROAD CONSEQUENCES FOR THIS BUT I WANT TO FOCUS ON ONE CONSEQUENCE. CYBERSECURITY.

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                                    MR. PRICE

                                    GENERAL OF BOTH DEMOCRATICS HAVE INDICATED THAT BOTH AGENCIES HAVE A LOT…

                                    GENERAL OF BOTH DEMOCRATICS HAVE INDICATED THAT BOTH AGENCIES HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO IN ADDRESSING CYBERTHREATS. THE C.I.O.'S AT D.O.T. AND H.U.D. HAVE BEEN WORKING TO ADDRESS THESE CHALLENGES. THEY HAVE HAD ISSUES IN HIRING AND STAFFING CYBERSECURITY PROFESSIONALS IN WHAT'S A VERY COMPETITIVE LABOR MARKET. THE BILL WOULD MAKE THESE CHALLENGES EVEN MORE DIFFICULT, BY REDUCING THE SALARIES AND EXPENSES OF THE C.I.O. OFFICES BY 10%. WE OWE IT TO OUR CONSTITUENTS TO HAVE A SAFE AND SECURE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM AND TO SAFEGUARD PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE NFING. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD MAKE IT HARDER -- INFORMATION. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD MAKE IT HARDER FOR THESE DEPARTMENTS TO DO THIS AND I URGE ITS DEFEAT. I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 07:49:25 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 FLORIDA.

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                                  • 07:49:31 PM

                                    MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                    I YIELD BACK.

                                  • 07:49:32 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME YIELDED BACK.…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME YIELDED BACK. 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. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 25 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                • 07:49:38 PM

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

                                  • 07:49:59 PM

                                    MR. MCCLINTOCK

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

                                  • 07:50:01 PM

                                    THE CLERK

                                    THE --

                                  • 07:50:01 PM

                                    An amendment, offered by Mr. McClintock, numbered 25 printed in Part B of House Report 115-295 to reduce funding for the Essential Air Service program by $150 million and appily the savings to the spending reduction account.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                                    • 07:50:04 PM

                                      THE CLERK

                                      AMENDMENT NUMBER 25 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-295 OFFERED BY MR.…

                                      AMENDMENT NUMBER 25 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-295 OFFERED BY MR. MCCLINTOCK OF CALIFORNIA.

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                                • 07:50:05 PM

                                  DEBATE

                                  Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 500, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the McClintock amendment No. 25.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED…

                                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                    MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS AMENDMENT ELIMINATES THE $15 MILLION OF…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS AMENDMENT ELIMINATES THE $15 MILLION OF DIS-- $150 MILLION OF DISCRETIONARY SPENDING WASTED ON ONE OF THE LEAST ESSENTIAL PROGRAMS IN THE ENTIRE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT. THE SO-CALLED ESSENTIAL AIR SERVICE. THAT'S THE PROGRAM THAT SUBSIDIZES EMPTY AND NEAR-EMPTY PLANES TO FLY FROM SMALL AIRPORTS TO REGIONAL HUBS THAT ARE USUALLY JUST A FEW HOURS AWAY OR LESS BY CAR. THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A TEMPORARY PROGRAM TO ALLOW LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND AIRPORTS TO READJUST TO AIRLINE DEREGULATION BACK IN 1978. LAST YEAR THE ESSENTIAL AIR SERVICE COST A TOTAL OF NEARLY $300 MILLION BETWEEN DIRECT TAXPAYER SUBSIDIES AND FEES, TO FLY NEAR-EMPTY PLANES TO UNDERUSED AIRPORTS. $150 MILLION OF THAT IS IN OUR CONTROL AND THIS AMENDMENT ZEROS IT OUT AND PUTS IT TOWARD DEFICIT REDUCTION. WE'RE OFTEN TOLD THAT WE NOW HAVE A $200 PER PERSON CAP ON THE SUBSIDIES, AS IF THAT WASN'T BAD ENOUGH. THAT'S ONLY FOR FLIGHTS UNDER 210 MILES. IT CONTINUES UNLIMITED SUBSIDIES OVER THAT DISTANCE, AND ACTUAL SUBSIDIES PER PASSENGER CAN BE OVER D 1,000 PER SEAT. YEAR AFTER YEAR WE'RE PROMISED REFORM AND YEAR AFTER YEAR THE COST GOES UP. BY THE WAY, ESSENTIAL AIR SERVICE FLIGHTS ARE FLOWN OUT OF MERCED AIRPORT THAT SERVES MY DISTRICT. A TINY NUMBER OF PEOPLE ACTUALLY USE THEM. AND THE ALTERNATIVE IS HARDLY CATASTROPHIC. THEY'RE LESS THAN AN HOUR'S DRIVE FROM FRESNO AIR TERMINAL. BUT I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT EVERY PERSON IN MY DISTRICT WHO HEARS ABOUT THIS WASTE OF THEIR MONEY IS OUTRAGED BY IT. RURAL LIFE HAS GREAT ADVANTAGES AND GREAT DISADVANTAGES. AND IT'S NOT THE JOB OF TAXPAYERS WHO CHOOSE TO LIVE ELSEWHERE TO LEVEL OUT THE DIFFERENCES. APOLOGISTS FOR THIS WASTEFUL SPENDING TELL US IT'S AN IMPORTANT ECONOMIC DRIVER FOR THESE SMALL AIRPORTS AND I'M SURE THERE'S SO. WHENEVER YOU GO -- THAT'S SO. WHENEVER YOU GIVE AWAY MONEY, THE FOLKS YOU'RE GIVING IT TO ARE ALWAYS BETTER OFF. BUT THE FOLKS YOU'RE TAKING IT FROM ARE ALWAYS WORSE OFF TO EXACTLY THE SAME EXTENT. INDEED IT'S ECONOMIC DRIVERS LIKE THIS THAT HAVE DRIVEN EUROPE'S ECONOMY RIGHT OFF A CLIFF. FOUR YEARS AGO ONE MEMBER RUSHED TO THE MICROPHONE TO SUGGEST THIS WAS ESSENTIAL FOR EMERGENCY MEDICAL EVACUATIONS. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THAT. THIS PROGRAM SUBSIDIZES REGULAR SCHEDULED COMMERCIAL SERVICE THAT PRACTICALLY NOBODY USES. IF IT ACTUALLY HAD A PASSENGER BASE, WE WOULDN'T NEED AN EFFECT TO HAND OUT WADS OF $100 BILLS TO THE FEW PASSENGERS WHO USE IT, WOULD WE? THE SAME PRESENT HOLDS TRUE FOR GOVERNMENTS. "THE WASHINGTON POST" IS NOT KNOWN AS A BASTION OF FISCAL CONSERVATISM, BUT I CANNOT IMPROVE UPON AN EDITORIAL A FEW YEARS AGO WHEN IT SAID, IDEALLY E.A.S. SHOULD BE ZEROED OUT. AND THE $200 MILLION WE WASTE ON IT DEVOTED TO A TRULY GOOD PURPOSE, PERHAPS DEBT REDUCTION, MILITARY READINESS OR THE SOCIAL SAFETY NET. IF CONGRESS AND THE WHITE HOUSE WERE CAPABLE OF MAKING SUCH CHOICES WE PROBABLY NEVER WOULD HAVE HAD SEQUESTRATION IN THE FIRST PLACE, END QUOTE. THERE ARE MANY TOUGH CALLS IN SETTING FISCAL PRIORITIES, BUT THIS ISN'T ONE OF THEM. IF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WERE ALL APPROPRIATION --, -- REPRESENTATIVES, WHERE ALL APPROPRIATIONS BEGIN, WHERE THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY PLEDGED TO STOP WASTING MONEY, CAN'T EVEN AGREE TO CUT OFF THIS WASTEFUL PROGRAM, HOW CAN IT BE EXPECTED TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY ON THE MUCH TOUGHER CHOICES THAT LAY AHEAD? I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 07:53:59 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

                                  • 07:54:01 PM

                                    MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                    CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. THIS ESSENTIAL AIR SERVICE PROGRAM ENSURES THAT SMALL AND RURAL COMMUNITIES HAVE ACCESS TO THE NATIONAL AIR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM. THE PROGRAM IS VITAL TO SMALL BUSINESSES AND FARMING COMMUNITIES AND RURAL COMMUNITIES AND RURAL ENTREPRENEURS. SO AMENDMENT WOULD CUT OFF AIR SERVICE TO MANY RURAL COMMUNITIESES. AND WOULD PUT ECONOMIES -- COMMUNITIES. AND WOULD PUT ECONOMIES OF MANY OF OUR SMALL TOWNS POTENTIALLY AT RISK. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS PASSION BUT I URGE A NO VOTE AND I WOULD RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 07:54:37 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                  • 07:54:40 PM

                                    MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT, IT WOULD CUT OFF AIR SERVICE TO COMMUNITIES THAT…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT, IT WOULD CUT OFF AIR SERVICE TO COMMUNITIES THAT ARE USUALLY JUST AN HOUR OR SO DRIVE FROM A MAJOR REGIONAL AIRPORT WHERE THEY CAN OBTAIN AIR SERVICE. THIS IS THE KIND OF CUT OF ALL, ELIMINATING A TEMPORARY PROGRAM ESTABLISHED 39 YEARS AGO THAT'S BECOME A POSTER CHILD FOR WASTEFUL FEDERAL SPENDING. OUR NATIONAL DEBT'S NEARLY DOUBLED IN EIGHT YEARS. AMERICAN TAXPAYERS WHO PAY $269 BILLION THIS YEAR JUST IN INTEREST COSTS ON THAT DEBT. YOU'RE AN AVERAGE FAMILY PAYING AVERAGE TAXES, IT MEANS $2,200 OF YOUR TAXES THIS YEAR WILL ACCOMPLISH NOTHING MORE THAN RENTING THE MONEY WE'VE ALREADY SPENT. CONTINUING TO PAY FOR THIS OBSOLETE AND WASTEFUL PROGRAM WITH MONEY WE DON'T HAVE IS SIMPLY OBSCENE. IT MAKES A MOCK RIFF ANY CLAIM THAT WE'VE CUT SPEND -- MOCKERY OF ANY CLAIM THAT WE'VE CUT SPENDING TO THE BONE. I URGE ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 07:55:38 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 YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  • 07:55:45 PM

                                    MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                    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 CALIFORNIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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                                • 07:55:53 PM

                                  POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

                                  At the conclusion of debate on the McClintock amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. McClintock demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.

                                  • 07:55:58 PM

                                    MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                    MR. CHAIRMAN, ON THAT I'D ASK FOR A ROLL CALL 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 -- PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                  • 07:56:31 PM

                                    MR. KILDEE

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

                                  • 07:56:33 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                                  • 07:56:35 PM

                                    THE CLERK

                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 26 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295 OFFERED BY…

                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 26 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295 OFFERED BY MR. KILDEE OF MICHIGAN.

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                                  • 07:56:41 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 500, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. KILDEE,…

                                    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 500, 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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                                  • 07:56:42 PM

                                    An amendment, offered by Mr. Kildee, numbered 26 printed in Part B of House Report 115-295 to increase funding for the HOME Investment Partnerships Program by $100 million, reduce FAA Operations/Air Traffic Control by the same amount.

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                                    DEBATE

                                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 500, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kildee amendment No. 26.

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                                      MR. KILDEE

                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT'S QUITE SIMPLE. IT WOULD ADD $100…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT'S QUITE SIMPLE. IT WOULD ADD $100 MILLION TO THE HOME INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM, WHICH IS A REALLY IMPORTANT INITIATIVE THAT SUPPORTS HOME OWNERSHIP, SUPPORTS HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE LIVING IN AMERICA'S COMMUNITIES. IT LITERALLY PUT A ROOF OVER THE HEAD OF MANY AMERICANSES. 35% -- AMERICANS. 35% OF LOW INCOME RENTERS RIGHT NOW ARE UNABLE TO FIND AFFORDABLE HOUSING. THIS IS NOT A TIME TO CUT THIS ESENG PROGRAM. SINCE 2004, CONGRESS HAS CUT THIS PROGRAM IN HALF. CUTTING OVER $1 BILLION. WE REALLY NEED TO FOCUS MORE OF OUR ATTENTION ON HOW WE CREATE MORE STABLE COMMUNITIES, MORE STABLE NEIGHBORHOODS AND HOUSING IS ESSENTIAL TO THAT AND THE HOME PROGRAM IS ESSENTIAL TO HOUSING. TOO MANY COMMUNITIES, TOO MANY CITIES AND TOWNS ARE STRUGGLING TO HELD THEMSELVES TOGETHER. THIS IS ONE REALLY TANGIBLE WAY THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN HELP THOSE COMMUNITIES. I'VE SPOKEN TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. DIAZ-BALART ABOUT A LART, AND I KNOW HE -- MR. DIAZ-BALART, AND I KNOW HE SUPPORT THE HOME PROGRAM AND HE'S AGREED TO WORK WITH ME TO ENSURE THAT THE FINAL BILL HAS ROBUST FUNDING FOR THE HOME PROGRAM. SO I GREATLY APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH HIM AND WOULD YIELD TO MR. DIAZ-BALART FOR ANY REMARKS THAT HE MIGHT HAVE.

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                                    • 07:58:10 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

                                    • 07:58:11 PM

                                      MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                      I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR BRINGING UP THIS. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT…

                                      I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR BRINGING UP THIS. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT I HAVE TO GIVE A LOT OF CREDIT TO THE RANKING MEMBER AS WELL. THIS IS A PROGRAM THAT WE ARE VERY FAMILIAR WITH. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE CHAIRMANWORK THE MEMBER FROM MICHIGAN, ON A PROGRAM THAT I THINK A LOT OF US SUPPORT. CLEARLY I SUPPORT. THE RANKING MEMBER SUPPORTS. I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR BRINGING IT UP.

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                                    • 07:58:31 PM

                                      MR. KILDEE

                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I'LL CLOSE. I KNOW THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER…

                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I'LL CLOSE. I KNOW THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER SUPPORT THIS. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES WHEN THIS EVENTUALLY COMES BACK BEFORE US TO SUPPORT ROBUST FUNDING. WITH THAT, I WILL WITHDRAW MY AMENDMENT AND COUNT ON THE FACT THAT WE WILL WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS PROGRAM IS FULLY SUPPORTED. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                    • 07:58:49 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO…

                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 28 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                    • 07:59:09 PM

                                      MR. WOODALL

                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK. TCHOIP THE CLERK WILL…

                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK. TCHOIP THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE -- CHOIM THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT --

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                                    • 07:59:14 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                      THE CLERK

                                      AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. WOODALL OF GEORGIA.

                                    • 07:59:19 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 500, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. WOODALL,…

                                      PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 500, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. WOODALL, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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                                    • 07:59:27 PM

                                      MR. WOODALL

                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS IS AN AMENDMENT TO PROVIDE MAXIMUM…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS IS AN AMENDMENT TO PROVIDE MAXIMUM FLEXIBILITY TO STATES THAT ARE BEING ASKED UNDER THIS BILL TO RESCIND $800 MILLION IN UNOBLIGATED BUDGET AUTHORITY. AS YOU KNOW, MR. CHAIRMAN, WE PUT MONEY IN A LOT OF DIFFERENT POTS AND SEND IT OUT TO A LOT OF DIFFERENT PLACES TO DO A WHOLE LOT OF GOOD FOR A WHOLE LOT OF PEOPLE. BUT WHEN YOU HAVE A BILL THAT'S GOING TO ASK THE STATES TO PULL BACK SOME OF THAT MONEY, HISTORICALLY WE HAVE LIMITED THE ABILITY OF STATES TO MAKE THOSE DECISIONS. WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, ANYONE'S HOMETOWN TEAM, I WILL TELL YOU NO ONE KNOWS MORE ABOUT HOW TO TAKE CARE OF THE SAFETY OF THE CITIZENS OF GEORGIA THAN DO THE CITIZENS OF GEORGIA AND OUR LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS. WHAT THIS AMENDMENT WOULD DO IS ALLOW OUR LOCAL DEPARTMENTS OF TRANSPORTATION, OUR STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, MAXIMUM FLEXIBILITY IN MEETING THIS FEDERAL MANDATE, TO RESCIND THOSE $800 MILLION WORTH OF UNOBLIGATED FUNDS. . I ASK MY COLLEAGUES FOR SUPPORT TO PROVIDE THAT FLEXIBILITY. AND I RESERVE.

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                                    • 07:59:38 PM

                                      By unanimous consent, the Kildee amendment was withdrawn.

                                      • 07:59:43 PM

                                        An amendment, offered by Mr. Woodall, numbered 28 printed in Part B of House Report 115-295 to ensure greater flexibility for state departments of transportation to make targeted recissions.

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                                        DEBATE

                                        Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 500, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Woodall amendment No. 28.

                                        • 08:00:38 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          ANY MEMBER SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION?

                                        • 08:00:42 PM

                                          MR. PRICE

                                          I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.

                                        • 08:00:45 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

                                        • 08:00:48 PM

                                          MR. PRICE

                                          I COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FOR OFFERING THE AMENDMENT AND I'M COMPELED TO…

                                          I COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FOR OFFERING THE AMENDMENT AND I'M COMPELED TO OPPOSE IT BECAUSE OUR AUTHORIZERS HAVE EXPRESSED RESERVATIONS ON OUR SIDE ABOUT THIS AMENDMENT. AND NO ONE DISAGREES WITH GIVING THE STATES FLEXIBILITY. BUT WE AND THE AUTHORIZERS IN PARTICULAR HAVE SOME SERIOUS QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT WOULD GO ABOUT PROVIDING THAT FLEXIBILITY. THE SET-ASIDES HAVE -- IN THE BILL DO REFLECT THE AGREEMENT IN THE FAST ACT AND THEREFORE, WE NEED FLOOR LEGISLATING ON THIS. WE NEED TO BE CLEAR ABOUT HOW THIS WOULD WORK AND WHETHER IT DOES VIOLATE THE PREMISES OF THE FAST ACT AND OTHER QUESTIONS BASED BY OUR COLLEAGUES. I SUGGEST WE RETURN TO THIS AND DEAL WITH IT LATER ONCE SOME OF THESE QUESTIONS MIGHT BE CLEARED UP. WITH THAT, I YIELD.

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                                        • 08:01:49 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 GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                        • 08:01:53 PM

                                          MR. WOODALL

                                          SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I WILL MAKE MYSELF AVAILABLE FOR ANYONE WHO…

                                          SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I WILL MAKE MYSELF AVAILABLE FOR ANYONE WHO ASKS QUESTIONS ON THAT COMMITTEE AND I YIELD TO MY CARDINAL.

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                                        • 08:02:09 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

                                        • 08:02:12 PM

                                          MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                          THIS IS SOMETHING HE HAS DONE A LOT OF WORK ON AND HE KNOWS THIS ISSUE…

                                          THIS IS SOMETHING HE HAS DONE A LOT OF WORK ON AND HE KNOWS THIS ISSUE VERY, VERY WELL. THIS IS A WELL WRITTEN AMENDMENT. AND I WELCOME THE AMENDMENT. AND I SUPPORT IT.

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                                        • 08:02:24 PM

                                          MR. WOODALL

                                          I THANK MY FRIEND AGAIN. I WANT TO PROVIDE MAXIMUM FLEXIBILITY ON WHAT IS…

                                          I THANK MY FRIEND AGAIN. I WANT TO PROVIDE MAXIMUM FLEXIBILITY ON WHAT IS A VERY DIFFICULT JOB AND THAT IS CLAIMING THOSE OBLIGATED FUNDS FROM EACH ONE OF OUR DISTRICTS BACK HOME. THE QUESTION IS WILL WE TRUST OUR LOCAL FIRST TO MAKE THE BEST DECISIONS OR WILL WE STRUCTURE HOW THOSE DECISIONS ARE MADE HERE. I TRUST OUR LOCAL ENGINEERS, LOCAL BUILDERS, FOLKS IN CHARGE OF OUR PUBLIC SAFETY. WITH THAT, I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                        • 08:02:57 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          B 115-295.

                                      • 08:03:22 PM

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

                                        • 08:03:46 PM

                                          THE CLERK

                                          AMENDMENT NUMBER 32 PRINTED IN PART BMP OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295 OFFERED BY…

                                          AMENDMENT NUMBER 32 PRINTED IN PART BMP OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295 OFFERED BY MR. BUDD OF NORTH CAROLINA.

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                                        • 08:03:46 PM

                                          An amendment, offered by Mr. Budd, numbered 32 printed in Part B of House Report 115-295 to eliminate a $900 million allocation for the upgrade of an Amtrak rail line between Newark and New York City by increasing funding for national New Starts Projects by $400 million and applying savings from the elimination of the TIGER Grant program to deficit reduction.

                                        • 08:03:47 PM

                                          DEBATE

                                          Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 500, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Budd amendment No. 32.

                                          • 08:03:54 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 500, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR.…

                                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 500, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. BUDD, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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                                          • 08:04:05 PM

                                            MR. BUDD

                                            I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE TODAY TO OPPOSE A $900…

                                            I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE TODAY TO OPPOSE A $900 MILLION EARMARK TO THE TUNNEL BETWEEN NEWARK AND NEW YORK CITY. THIS EARMARK IS A DOWNPAYMENT. THE PROJECT IS SUPPOSED TO BE $29.5 BILLION. MY AMENDMENT WOULD DO TWO THINGS. IT WOULD CUT SPENDING BY $474 MILLION AND WOULD TAKE $400 MILLION AND WOULD ADD IT TO NATIONAL TRANSIT FUNDING. MR. CHAIRMAN, NEW JERSEY CANCELED A PROJECT DUE -- DOING THE SAME THING IN 2010 AND THAT'S WHEN IT COST $8.7 BILLION. NOW THE FEDERAL VERSION OF THIS COSTS $13 BILLION. THIS IS WHAT THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE SAID TO DEFEND THE DECISION IN REFERENCE TO COMMENTS MADE BY SENATOR LAUTENBERG. PERHAPS HE CAN EXPLAIN TO TOLL PAYERS FUND 70% OF A PROJECT WHILE BILLIONS IN FEDERAL FUNDING POUR OUT OF WASHINGTON FOR HIGH-SPEED RAIL LINES WHICH WILL PAY 20% OF THE PROJECT COSTS. HERE WE ARE, BILLIONS ARE ABOUT TO POUR OUT OF WASHINGTON. IF THIS EARMARK STANDS, WE SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE TO THE STATES AND THAT IS SHORT CHANGE YOUR INFRASTRUCTURE AND WASHINGTON WILL BAIL YOU OUT. I URGE SUPPORT. AND I RESERVE.

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                                          • 08:05:32 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            IN RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

                                          • 08:05:39 PM

                                            MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                            I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT. LET'S FIRST GET ONE THING…

                                            I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT. LET'S FIRST GET ONE THING STRAIGHT. THIS IS A CUT IN INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT. AUTHORIZED BY THE FAST ACT, WHICH WAS PASSED BY THIS BODY BY A VOTE OF 359-65. IT IS AN AUTHORIZED PROGRAM IN THE FAST ACT. THIS IS NOT ANY STRETCH OF THE IMAGINATION AN EARMARK. THIS AMENDMENT PROPOSES A CUT FROM THE FEDERAL RAIL ADMINISTRATION OF GOOD REPAIR PROGRAM. THIS PROGRAM WAS CREATED TO ADDRESS THE STATE OF GOOD REPAIR BACKLOG IN OUR INNER CITY RAIL --

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                                          • 08:06:23 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                          • 08:06:27 PM

                                            MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                          • 08:07:48 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                          • 08:07:57 PM

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                                            I WOULD ALLOCATE TO THE CHAIRMAN AS MUCH TIMES AS HE MAY CONSUME.

                                          • 08:08:04 PM

                                            MR. PRICE

                                            I JOIN HIM IN OPPOSING THIS AMENDMENT. IT WOULD REDUCE $474 MILLION. THE…

                                            I JOIN HIM IN OPPOSING THIS AMENDMENT. IT WOULD REDUCE $474 MILLION. THE MAIN CRITICISM OF THIS BILL IS THAT WE OUGHT TO BE DOING MORE INVESTMENT IN INFRASTRUCTURE, NOT LESS. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD MAKE THE BILL SHORTCOMINGS EVEN WORSE. THE FEDERAL-STATE PARTNERSHIP CAN BE USED FOR GRANTS ALONG THE NORTHEAST CORRIDOR, THE CHICAGO TO DETROIT CORRIDOR AND PUBLICLY OWNED RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE THROUGHOUT THE NATION. THESE INCLUDE MANY OF THE PASSENGER RAIL BOTTLE NEXT AND THIS WOULD TAKE AWAY DEDICATED FUNDS FROM PASSENGER RAIL SERVICE. WE SHOULD BE FINDING WAYS TO INVEST IN INFRASTRUCTURE, WORTHY NEW PROJECTS, EXPAND MOBILITY AND OPPORTUNITY. THIS AMENDMENT MOVES IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION. I URGE ITS DEFEAT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 08:09:00 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES?

                                          • 08:09:02 PM

                                            MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                            RESERVE.

                                          • 08:09:05 PM

                                            MR. BUDD

                                            MR. CHAIRMAN, A COUPLE OF THINGS, I LOOK AT THIS AND THIS STILL ALLOWS…

                                            MR. CHAIRMAN, A COUPLE OF THINGS, I LOOK AT THIS AND THIS STILL ALLOWS FUNDING OF EXISTING PROJECTS AND REDUCES THE DEFICIT TOORKS. IT IS OBVIOUS FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE TIME LINE THAT THE NEW HOD SON RIVER TUNNEL PROJECT WAS A WAY OF GETTING AROUND GOVERNOR CHRIS AT THE'S PROJECT. AND THE NEW TUNNEL WOULD BE UNDER THE AEGIS OF AMTRAK. THIS IS ABOUT FUNDING FOR A SINGLE PROJECT IN NEW JERSEY THAT THE STATE WOULDN'T FUND IN 2010. AMTRAK FUNDING FOR THE NORTHEAST CORRIDOR, IT REMAINS UNTOUCHED. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT AMTRAK FUNDING FOR A SINGLE PROJECT. AS THE CHAIRMAN HAS SAID, A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF THE $328 MILLION IN THE NORTHEAST CORRIDOR ACCOUNT WILL GO TO AMTRAK. THIS IS 300 TIMES THE SIZE OF AN AVERAGE EARMARK WHEN WE HAD EARMARKS. WE HAVE AN EARMARK BAN IN PLACE AND THERE IS DEBATE OVER THIS BUT IT'S NOT FAIR THAT CHAMPLEE GETS HUGE EARMARKS AND THE REST OF US ARE BANNED. THERE SHOULD BE ONE RULE THAT APPLIES TO EVERYONE. 1/6 OF THE NONAVIATION D.O.T. BILL IS GOING TO GATEWAY. AND I RESERVE.

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                                          • 08:10:36 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RESERVES.

                                          • 08:10:40 PM

                                            MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                            HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE LEFT, MR. CHAIRMAN.

                                          • 08:10:46 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            TWO MINUTES REMAINING IN OPPOSITION.

                                          • 08:10:54 PM

                                            MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                            I RECOGNIZE MR. LANCE FOR TWO MINUTES.

                                          • 08:10:58 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                          • 08:10:59 PM

                                            MR. LANCE

                                            I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR PERMITTING US TO SPEAK. THIS IS NOT AN EARMARK.…

                                            I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR PERMITTING US TO SPEAK. THIS IS NOT AN EARMARK. THE NORTHEAST CORRIDOR IS AN ECONOMIC POWERHOUSE AND IS HOME TO 20% OF THE NATION'S GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT, MORE THAN 51 MILLION PEOPLE AND FOUR OF THE 10 LARGEST METRO AREAS IN THE UNITED STATES. IT'S A MONEY MAKER FOR AMTRAK AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, SERVING MORE THAN 750,000 PEOPLE EVERY DAY. IN INNER CITY TRAINS. PASSENGERS AND FREIGHT IS CRITICAL TO THE ECONOMY OF THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. IF ONE OF THESE TUNNELS WERE TO FAIL, THE NEGATIVE IMPLICATIONS WOULD RIPPLE TO CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, GEORGIA, MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA, NORTH CAROLINA, VERMONT, VIRGINIA AND WEST VIRGINIA. ACCORDING TO THE NORTHEAST CORRIDOR COMMISSION UNDERINVESTMENT ALREADY COST THE ECONOMY $500 MILLION ANNUALLY. AND THE GATEWAY PROJECT IS A MALL PRIORITY. I URGE A NO VOTE ON THIS AMENDMENT.

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                                          • 08:12:17 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                          • 08:12:22 PM

                                            MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                            PURSUANT TO SECTION 3 OF RESOLUTION 500, I MOVE TO OFFER A PRO FORMA…

                                            PURSUANT TO SECTION 3 OF RESOLUTION 500, I MOVE TO OFFER A PRO FORMA AMENDMENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE.

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                                          • 08:12:35 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

                                          • 08:12:40 PM

                                            MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                            MR. NADLER IS HERE AND HE IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                                          • 08:12:47 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA MAY NOT YIELD A…

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA MAY NOT YIELD A BLOCK OF TIME.

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                                          • 08:12:56 PM

                                            MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                            EXCUSE ME, MR. CHAIRMAN.

                                          • 08:13:01 PM

                                            MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                            I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

                                          • 08:13:04 PM

                                            MR. NADLER

                                            I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT WHICH WOULD ELIMINATE FUNDING FOR…

                                            I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT WHICH WOULD ELIMINATE FUNDING FOR THE GATEWAY PROJECT. IT INCLUDES WORK ON THE PORTAL BRIDGE IS WIDELY RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE HIGHEST PRIORITY PROJECTS IN THE COUNTRY. WE SHOULD HAVE EXPANDED IN THE NORTHEAST CORRIDOR LONG AGO, BUT THE DAMAGE TO THE EXISTING TUNNELS HAS BROUGHT A NEW URGENCY. IF THE TUNNELS WERE TO GO DOWN AS THEY WILL IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS, WUTE THE PROJECT THERE WILL BE NO RAIL BETWEEN NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY IT WOULD DISRUPT THE CORRIDOR. 20% OF THE ECONOMY WOULD BE DISRUPTED. THIS AMENDMENT CUTS FUNDING FOR THE PROJECT AND ELIMINATES $500 MILLION SENDING IT TO THE ACCOUNT. IT DOES NOT RESTORE FUNDING AND REDUCES NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS EXTREMELY SHORTSIDED AND PUNITIVE MEASURE. I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 08:14:10 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

                                          • 08:14:13 PM

                                            MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                            I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KING.

                                          • 08:14:18 PM

                                            MR. KING

                                            THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING, THE GATEWAY PROGRAM WILL HAVE GREATER…

                                            THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING, THE GATEWAY PROGRAM WILL HAVE GREATER RESILIENCY AGAINST FUTURE POTENTIAL STORMS AND DISASTERS WHILE ENABLING REPAIR CAPACITY AND RELIABILITY INVESTMENTS FOR THE OPERATIONS FOR THE NEXT 30 TO 50 YEARS. WITHOUT REPAIRS SERVICE RELIABILITY IS LIKELY TO DETERIORATE DUE TO THE ONGOING DAMAGE FROM SALT WATER INCURSION FROM SUPERSTORM SANDY. EVENTUALLY FORCING A SHUTDOWN OF ONE OF TWO TUNNELS. MR. LANCE POINTED OUT, THE NORTHEAST CORRIDOR IS NOT JUST THE NORTHEAST AND SERVES THE ENTIRE NATION AND SERVES AN ECONOMIC PURPOSE AND ESSENTIAL WE STAND THIS. THIS IS ESSENTIAL INFRASTRUCTURE SPENDING. I SUPPORT MR. FRELINGHUYSEN AND THE RANKING MEMBER AND THIS IS A BIPARTISAN EFFORT, SOMETHING THAT IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL. AND I URGE DEFEAT OF THE AMENDMENT. .

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                                          • 08:15:29 PM

                                            MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                            I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA.

                                          • 08:15:32 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            I APPRECIATE THE CHAIRMAN YIELDING AND I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE…

                                            I APPRECIATE THE CHAIRMAN YIELDING AND I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT AND WOULD ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH THE CHAIRMAN'S REMARKS. THE GENTLEMAN INDICATED THAT THERE IS DEFICIT REDUCTION INVOLVED IN HIS AMENDMENT. I WOULD EMPHASIZE TO ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES IN THIS CHAMBER THAT THIS ACCOUNT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018 HAS ALREADY REDUCED BY HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS HOW MUCH -- DOLLARS.

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                                          • 08:16:07 PM

                                            MR. VISCLOSKY

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

                                          • 08:17:05 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

                                          • 08:17:06 PM

                                            MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD NOW RECOGNIZE MR. PAYNE.

                                          • 08:17:10 PM

                                            MR. PAYNE

                                            MR. CHAIR.

                                          • 08:17:11 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                          • 08:17:14 PM

                                            MR. PAYNE

                                            I RISE AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE RANKING MEMBER LOWEY, AND RISE TO STRIKE THE…

                                            I RISE AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE RANKING MEMBER LOWEY, AND RISE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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                                          • 08:17:19 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            MR. PAYNE

                                            MR. SPEAKER --

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            DID THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA YIELD BACK? THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA MAY…

                                            DID THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA YIELD BACK? THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA MAY NOT RESERVE. HE MAY YIELD.

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                                          • 08:17:34 PM

                                            MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                            I YIELD, YES, SIR.

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                                            MR. PAYNE

                                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            MR. PAYNE

                                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT. TO COIN IT…

                                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT. TO COIN IT AN EARMARK IS UNFORTUNATE. THE AMENDMENT WOULD STRIKE THE LANGUAGE PASSED OUT OF APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE THAT SUPPORTS TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS OF NATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE. THE COMMITTEE VOTED TO APPROPRIATE $900 MILLION TO RAIL PROGRAMS ALREADY AUTHORIZED BY CONGRESS IN THE FAST ACT. FOR THE LAST EIGHT WEEKS, MILLIONS OF COMMUTERS IN THE NEW YORK METROPOLITAN AREA SUFFERED THROUGH A SUMMER OF HELL AFTER AMTRAK ANNOUNCED EMERGENCY TRACK WORK AT PENN STATION. THE BUSIEST IN NORTH AMERICA. BECAUSE OF THE THREE DERAILMENTS IN THE SPAN OF A FEW WEEKS. THIS WAS JUST AN INKLING OF THE TURMOIL THAT WOULD BE BROUGHT IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES NOT LIVE UP TO ITS PROMISE TO FUND MUCH-NEEDED REPAIRS ON THE NORTHEAST CORRIDOR. I MUST EMPHASIZE, MONEYS APPROVED BY THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE ARE FOR PROGRAMS ALREADY AUTHORIZED BY THE FAST ACT, WHICH WAS PASSED WITH OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN SUPPORT . I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THE BUDD AMENDMENT AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 08:19:04 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS…

                                            THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            MR. BUDD

                                            MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS IS A LOT OF MONEY. AS I MENTIONED EARLIER. THE STATE OF…

                                            MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS IS A LOT OF MONEY. AS I MENTIONED EARLIER. THE STATE OF GOOD REPAIR ACCOUNT IS FUNDING AT $-- AT 18 TIMES LAST YEAR'S PROMOTED LEVEL. LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN. 18 TIMES LAST YEAR'S LEVEL. AND THE BUDGET REQUEST. I'LL CLOSE WITH ONE MORE QUOTE FROM GOVERNOR CHRISTIE REGARDING THE DECISION TO CANCELLE THE ORIGINAL VERSION OF THIS PROJECT -- CANCEL THE ORIGINAL VERSION OF THIS PROJECT. HE SAID, I DON'T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT THE JOBS IT WILL CREATE. IF I DON'T HAVE MONEY FOR THE PAYROLL, IT WILL NOT CREATE THE JOBS. THIS IS NOT A DIFFICULT DECISION FOR ME. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOESN'T HAVE THE MONEY FOR THE PAYROLL EITHER, MR. CHAIRMAN. WE'RE $20 TRILLION IN DEBT. HERITAGE ACTION, CLUB FOR GROWTH, FREEDOMWORKS, NATIONAL TAXPAYERS UNION, CITIZENS AGAINST GOVERNMENT WASTE ARE SCORING YES ON MY AMENDMENT. MR. CHAIRMAN, I URGE A YES VOTE. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 08:20:07 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA…

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          • 08:20:11 PM

                                            MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I THINK WE KNOW THIS ISSUE. I STRONGLY OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT…

                                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I THINK WE KNOW THIS ISSUE. I STRONGLY OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND I WOULD URGE A NO VOTE. AND WITH THAT I WOULD YIELD BACK.

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                                          POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

                                          At the conclusion of debate on the Budd amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Budd demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.

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                                            THE CHAIR

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

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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                                          • 08:20:32 PM

                                            MR. BUDD

                                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH…

                                            FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 33 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                            An amendment, offered by Mr. Brooks (AL), numbered 33 printed in Part B of House Report 115-295 to defund Amtrak.

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                                            DEBATE

                                            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 500, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Brooks (AL) amendment No. 33.

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                                              MR. BROOKS

                                              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

                                              AMENDMENT NUMBER 33 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295 OFFERED BY…

                                              AMENDMENT NUMBER 33 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295 OFFERED BY MR. BROOKS OF ALABAMA.

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                                              THE CHAIR

                                              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 500, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. BROOKS,…

                                              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 500, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. BROOKS, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA.

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                                              MR. BROOKS

                                              MR. CHAIRMAN, AMERICA SUFFERED FOUR CONSECUTIVE TRILLION-DOLLAR PER YEAR…

                                              MR. CHAIRMAN, AMERICA SUFFERED FOUR CONSECUTIVE TRILLION-DOLLAR PER YEAR DEFICITS DURING THE OBAMA AND BUSH ADMINISTRATIONS. THE ELECTION OF A REPUBLICAN HOUSE IN 2010 BROUGHT PROGRESS. THE TRILLION-DOLLAR PER YEAR DEFICITS WERE CUT TO BELOW $439 BILLION IN 2013. A $439 BILLION DEFICIT IS STILL HORRIBLE. BUT IT IS A WHOLE LOT BETTER THAN $1 TRILLION DEFICIT. UNFORTUNATELY AMERICA'S SOLVENCY HAS DETERIORATED SINCE 2015. IN FISCAL YEAR 2016 AMERICA'S DEFICIT EXPLODED TO $587 BILLION. $148 BILLION WORSE THAN THE PREVIOUS YEAR. IN FISCAL YEAR 2017, THIS FISCAL YEAR, THE NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE PROJECTS THE DEFICIT WILL AGAIN EXPLODE TO $693 BILLION, $145 BILLION WORSE THIS YEAR THAN LAST YEAR. AND THAT IS BEFORE THE BILL COMES DUE FOR THE HURRICANE HARVEY DESTRUCTION IN LOUISIANA AND TICK. CONGRESS WILL SOON RAISE -- TEXAS. CONGRESS WILL SOON RAISE AMERICA'S DEBT CEILING AS A RESULT AND WITHIN DAYS THEREAFTER, AMERICA'S DEBT WILL BLOW THROUGH THE $20 TRILLION MARK. AS A RESULT OF AMERICA'S $20 TRILLION DEBT, WE PAY OVER $250 BILLION PER YEAR IN DEBT SERVICE. HOW MUCH IS $250 BILLION? THE ROUGHLY FIVE TIMES WHAT WE SPEND ON TRANSPORTATION FOR THINGS LIKE HIGHWAYS, BRIDGES AND INTERSTATES EACH YEAR. THAT DEBT SERVICE MONEY IS GONE, NO LONGER ABLE TO PROVIDE SERVICES TO AMERICANS. RATHER IT IS SPENT TO MAKE 'MENDS FOR PAST GOVERNMENT EXCESSES AND IRRESPONSIBLE SPENDING. WORSE YET, THE NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE PROJECTS THAT IS AMERICA'S DEBT SERVICE COST WILL INCREASE BY ANOTHER $600 BILLION WITHIN A DECADE TO MORE THAN $800 BILLION PER YEAR. THE QUESTION IS THEN ASKED, WHERE IS THAT MONEY GOING TO COME INTEREST? WHAT'S GOING TO BE CUT? WILL IT BE SOCIAL SECURITY? WILL IT BE MEDICARE, MEDICAID, NATIONAL DEFENSE? WHAT? THE C.B.O., AMERICA'S COMPTROLLER GENERAL, AND THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE HAVE ALL WARNED CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT IN WRITING THAT AMERICA'S DEFICITS AND DEBT ARE UNSUSTAINABLE. TO BE CLEAR, IN THE ACCOUNTING FIELD, THE WORD UNSUSTAINABLE IS BAD. REALLY BAD. IT IS THE EQUIVALENT OF A BANKRUPTCY WARNING. IT IS A WARNING THAT AMERICA'S HEADED TO A DEBILITATING INSOLVENCY AND BANKRUPTCY IF WE DON'T DO BETTER. IN SUM, WASHINGTON'S FINANCIAL IRRESPONSIBILITY IS A BETRAYAL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, IT'S PUSHING AMERICA INTO A DEBILITATING BANKRUPTCY AND INSOLVENCY WILL THANK WILL DESTROY THE AMERICAN -- THAT WILL DESTROY THE AMERICAN DREAM FOR OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. IT IS IN THIS SETTING THAT I BESEECH THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO BE FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE. PLEASE SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT THAT ELIMINATES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OPERATING SUBSIDIES OF AMTRAK, THUS FORCING AMTRAK PASSENGERS TO PAY THEIR ACTUAL COST OF RIDING ON AMTRAK TRAINS. STATED DIFFERENTLY, WHAT POLICY JUSTIFICATION IS THERE FOR FORCING AMERICANS WHO DON'T USE AMTRAK TO SUBSIDIZE THE TRAVEL OF AMERICANS WHO DO USE AMTRAK? I KNOW OF NONE. HOW BAD IS THE AMTRAK SUBSIDY PROBLEM? THE CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE REPORTS THAT FROM 1971 TO 2015, FEDERAL AMTRAK SUBSIDIES TOTALED $78 BILLION IN CONSTANT 2015 DOLLARS. IN FISCAL YEAR 2014, AMTRAK HAD A NET LOSS OF $1.1 BILLION. WHO WILL PAY FOR THAT LOSS? AMERICA'S CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. THAT IS WHO. BECAUSE THAT'S MONEY WE DON'T HAVE, HAVE TO BORROW TO GET, AND CANNOT AFFORD TO PAY BACK. INSTEAD OF ALLOWING AMTRAK TO CONTINUE TO RUN UP DEBTS AND ADD TO OUR NATIONAL DEBT, WE SHOULD FORCE AMTRAK TO BE SELF-SUFFICIENT, WE SHOULD FORCE AMTRAK PASSENGERS TO PAY THEIR OWN TRAVEL COSTS. WE MUST CUT AMTRAK FROM THE GOVERNMENT DOLE. WE DON'T GIVE THESE KIND OF SUBSIDIES TO PEOPLE WHO RIDE IN AIRPLANES. WE DON'T GIVE THESE KIND OF SUBSIDIES IN A LOT OF OTHER MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR A YES VOTE. BE FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE. MAKE AMTRAK PAY ITS OWN WAY. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                            • 08:25:50 PM

                                              THE CHAIR

                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES A MEMBER SEEK TIME IN…

                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES A MEMBER SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN OPPOSITION.

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                                              MR. DIAZ-BALART

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

                                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD SHUT DOWN, AS WE'VE HEARD, ALL 15 OF AMTRAK'S LONG DISTANCE ROUTES AND ALL 28 STATE-SUPPORTED ROUTES. LET ME TELL YOU. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS ABSOLUTELY, AND HE'S VERY CONSISTENT, HE'S SINCERE ABOUT TRYING TO REDUCE THE FEDERAL DEFICIT. AND I COMMEND HIM FOR THAT. HERE'S THE PROBLEM. THIS AMENDMENT RESULTS NOT IN SAVINGS, BUT IN INCREASED COSTS OF $423 MILLION. I WANT TO REPEAT THAT. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD HAVE THE EFFECT OF INCREASING COSTS BY $423 MILLION. IT WOULD STOP ALL REVENUES ASSOCIATED WITH THE NATIONAL NETWORK IMMEDIATELY, BUT COSTS WOULD CONTINUE TO ACCRUE FOR YEARS. AND IN ADDITION, SOME COSTS THAT WERE PAID FOR FROM THE NATIONAL NETWORK ACCOUNT WOULD NOW SIMPLY SHIFT TO THE NORTHEAST CORRIDOR ACCOUNT. SO, FOR INSTANCE, AS ETS THAT ARE SHARED BY BOTH LONG DISTANCE AND NORTHEAST CORRIDOR, LIKE STATIONS OR TRACKS, ARE FUNDED UNDER EACH ACCOUNT PROPORTIONLY. THESE COSTS THAT WERE FORMERLY PAID BY THE NATIONAL NETWORK WOULD STILL NEED TO BE PAID. THIS BILL, AGAIN, -- SO AGAIN THIS AMENDMENT ACTUALLY COULDS MORE MONEY. I KNOW THAT OBVIOUSLY -- COSTS MORE MONEY. I KNOW THAT'S OBVIOUSLY NOT THE INTENT BECAUSE I KNOW THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS ABSOLUTELY SINCERE. THIS IS SOMETHING WE HAVE TO REALIZE. THIS BILL DOES NOT JUST -- IS NOT JUST ARBITRARY DECISIONS. WE HELD HEARINGS AND WE CAREFULLY SCRUBBED EACH ACCOUNT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE REDUCTIONS THAT WE MADE WERE RESPONSIBLE, AND THAT THEY WERE ACTUALLY GOING TO RESULT IN REDUCTIONS. SO AGAIN, THIS IS NOT THE RIGHT WAY TO DO IT. THIS WOULD ACTUALLY INCREASE COSTS. IT IS NOT PRUDENT TO ELIMINATE AN ENTIRE TRANSPORTATION OPTION. BY THE WAY, FURTHERMORE. AND IN THIS CASE, AS I MENTIONED BEFORE, IT WOULD ACTUALLY COST EVEN MORE SO TO DO SO. SO I RESPECTFULLY WOULD URGE A NO VOTE AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                              THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                              MR. BROOKS

                                              MR. CHAIRMAN, ONLY IN THE HALL OFS OF CONGRESS DOES A $1.1 BILLION CUT IN…

                                              MR. CHAIRMAN, ONLY IN THE HALL OFS OF CONGRESS DOES A $1.1 BILLION CUT IN SUBSIDIES FOR A MODE OF TRANSPORTATION ALLEGEDLY RESULT IN HIGHER COSTS TO TAXPAYERS. I WOULD SUBMIT THAT THERE IS ZERO, ZERO EVIDENCE THAT AMTRAK PASSENGERS CANNOT ABSORB HIGHER FARES TO PAIR THAT I OWN WAY. MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE -- PAY THEIR OWN WAY. MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT $1.1 BILLION OUT OF A $700 BILLION DEFICIT FOR THIS FISCAL YEAR. WE HAVE TO BE RESPONSIBLE. WE HAVE TO PROTECT THE FUTURE OF OUR CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN. AND I URGE THE ADOPTION OF MY AMENDMENT TO DO JUST THAT.

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                                            • 08:28:27 PM

                                              THE CHAIR

                                              DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE?

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                                              MR. BROOKS

                                              IF I HAVE ANY TIME LEFT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I DO RESERVE.

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                                              THE CHAIR

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

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                                              MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                              I WOULD RECOGNIZE MR. PRICE FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WOULD CONSUME.

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                                              MR. PRICE

                                              I APPRECIATE THE CHAIRMAN IN YIELDING AND JOIN HIM IN OPPOSING THIS…

                                              I APPRECIATE THE CHAIRMAN IN YIELDING AND JOIN HIM IN OPPOSING THIS AMENDMENT. AMTRAK SERVES MORE THAN 500 DESTINATIONS IN 46 STATES. IT IS A MORE AND MORE CRITICAL COMPONENT OF OUR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM IN NORTH CAROLINA. AND MANY, MANY STATES LIKE IT ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IT CONNECTS SMALL COMMUNITIES THAT OTHERWISE WOULDN'T HAVE ACCESS TO AIR SERVICE OR OTHER FIRST-RATE TRANSPORTATION. IN THE PAST 11 YEARS, AM TRASS HAS HAD 10 CONSECUTIVE -- AMTRAK HAS HAD 10 CONSECUTIVE YEARS OF RIDERSHIP. SO THIS IS AN IRRESPONSIBLE AMENDMENT. IT WOULD ELIMINATE THOUSANDS OF JOBS FOR AMTRAK WORKERS, IT WOULD HURT THE LOCAL ECONOMIES THAT BENEFIT FROM AMTRAK ROUTES . ELIMINATING THIS NATIONAL NETWORK SERVICE WOULD ALSO HARM STATE-SUPPORTED ROUTES. WE IN NORTH CAROLINA AND OTHER STATES TAKE NOTICE WHEN THAT IS CHARGED. IT'S AN ACCURATE CHARGE. THEY FEED INTO THESE LONG DISTANCE ROUTES. IT COSTS THE GOVERNMENT BILLIONS OF DOLLARS DUE TO THE VIOLATION OF LABOR AGREEMENTS. SO IT WOULD BE A VERY COSTLY AMENDMENT. THERE'S NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. SUPPORT FOR A ROBUST NATIONAL RAIL SYSTEM HAS BEEN REAFFIRMED BY MEMBERS OF BOTH PARTIES AND WE CAN REAFFIRM IT HERE TONIGHT BY VOTING AGAINST THIS AMENDMENT.

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                                              THE CHAIR

                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                              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 ALABAMA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. BROOK BROOKS MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK FOR A --

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                                            POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

                                            At the conclusion of debate on the Brooks (AL) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Brooks (AL) demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.

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                                              MR. BROOKS

                                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                              THE CHAIR

                                              IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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                                              MR. BROOKS

                                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                              THE CHAIR

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

                                              PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS AND THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA WILL BE POSTPONED. .

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                                              THE CHAIR

                                              NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 36 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE…

                                              NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 36 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                              An amendment, offered by Mr. Soto, numbered 36 printed in Part B of House Report 115-295 to increase funding for the Small Starts program by $48 million.

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                                              DEBATE

                                              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 500, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Soto amendment No. 36.

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                                                I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                THE CLERK

                                                AMENDMENT NUMBER 36 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295 OFFERED BY…

                                                AMENDMENT NUMBER 36 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295 OFFERED BY MR. SOTO OF FLORIDA.

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                                              • 08:30:56 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                                A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

                                                A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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                                                MR. SOTO

                                                SUN RAIL A CONSTITUENT PEARNING TRAIN IN MY DISTRICT WOULD NEED TO BEGIN…

                                                SUN RAIL A CONSTITUENT PEARNING TRAIN IN MY DISTRICT WOULD NEED TO BEGIN PHASE THREE. PHASE THREE WOULD CONNECT THE COMMUTER RAIL SYSTEM TO THE ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND THE TUNNELS UNDER CRUX THAT WOULD CREATE BRIGHT LINE AND SUN RAIL WHICH ARE DIVIDED BY A FEW MILES AND FEDERAL FUNDING WILL BE KEY TO CONNECT THIS INTERMODAL SYSTEM. CENTRAL FLORIDA NEEDS TO BE MORE MOBILE AND I URGE IN THE FUTURE WE LOOK AS WE GO FORWARD WITH PHASE THREE AND STAND READY TO HELP. WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD BACK. AND I WITHDRAW MY AMENDMENT.

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                                              • 08:31:54 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 37 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                              • 08:32:15 PM

                                                By unanimous consent, the Soto amendment was withdrawn.

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                                                  MR. CARBAJAL

                                                  I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                  THE CLERK

                                                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 37 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295 OFFERED BY…

                                                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 37 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295 OFFERED BY MR. CASHA HALL OF CALIFORNIA.

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                                              • 08:32:27 PM

                                                An amendment, offered by Mr. Carbajal, numbered 37 printed in Part B of House Report 115-295 to provide $1,000,000 to PHMSA for the finalization of an automatic valve shut-off safety rule.

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                                                DEBATE

                                                Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 500, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Carbajal amendment No. 37.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE…

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                  MR. CARBAJAL

                                                  I'M OFFERING EASTERN AMENDMENT TO ENSURE WE ARE TAKING THE APPROPRIATE…

                                                  I'M OFFERING EASTERN AMENDMENT TO ENSURE WE ARE TAKING THE APPROPRIATE STEPS TO IMPROVE PIPELINE SAFETY TO MITIGATE SOME OF THE DEVASTATING IMPACTS OF OIL SPILLS THROUGHOUT OUR NATION. THIS IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT ISSUE FOR MY CONSTITUENTS ON THE CENTRAL COAST WHERE WE HAVE SEEN THE DAMAGE OF OIL SPILLS WRECK OUR COMMUNITIES AND LOCAL ECONOMY. DURING THE 1969 SANTA BARBARA OIL SPILL, OVER 100,000 BARRELS OF CRUDE OIL SPILLED INTO THE SANTA BARBARA CHANNEL. THIS WAS THE LARGEST OIL SPILL IN CALIFORNIA'S HISTORY THAT SIGNIFICANTLY HARMED SANTA BARBARA'S UNIQUE UNIQUE ECOSYSTEM AND WILDLIFE. RECREATIONAL INTERESTS AND COMMERCIAL FISHING. PAIRED WITH THE 2015 OIL SPILL ALSO IN SANTA BARBARA COUNTY WHERE CLEANUP COSTS HIT $92 MILLION, THESE INCIDENTS SHOW US THAT WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO DRAG OUR FEET. WE NEED TO IMPLEMENT PIPELINE SAFETY AND MITIGATION RULES THAT CONGRESS PASSED SIX YEARS AGO. IN 2011, THE HOUSE WORKED IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO PASS THE PIPELINE SAFETY REGULATORY CERTAINTY AND JOB CREATION ACT. THIS LAW, WHICH PASSED THE HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY, DIRECTED THE PIPELINE AND HAZARDOUS MATERIAL ADMINISTRATION TO UPDATE AND STRENGTHEN KEY PIPELINE SAFETY STANDARDS. THE LAW CALLED ON THEM TO ISSUE A RULE REQUIRING AUTOMATIC SHUTOFF VALVES ON NEW PIPELINES AND STRENGTHEN REQUIREMENTS FOR THE INCLUSION OF LEAK DETECTION TECHNOLOGIES ON PIPELINES. MY AMENDMENT IS STRAIGHTFORWARD. IT SETS $1 MILLION OWN BUDGET FOR THE FINALIZATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF SECTION 4 AND 8 OF THE BIPARTISAN 2011 PIPELINE SAFETY LAW SO THAT OUR FEDERAL GUIDELINES ARE UP TO DATE. SECTION 4 REQUIRES NEW PIPELINES TO INSTALL AUTOMATIC SHUTOFF VALVES --

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                                                • 08:35:04 PM

                                                  MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                                  WE ARE READY TO ACCEPT HIS AMENDMENT. SO IF HE WOULD JUST YIELD BACK,…

                                                  WE ARE READY TO ACCEPT HIS AMENDMENT. SO IF HE WOULD JUST YIELD BACK, WE'LL ACCEPT HIS AMENDMENT AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR BRINGING IT UP.

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                                                • 08:35:14 PM

                                                  MR. CARBAJAL

                                                  I WILL YIELD BACK IF THE AMENDMENT IS IN ORDER TO BE ACCEPTED. THANK YOU…

                                                  I WILL YIELD BACK IF THE AMENDMENT IS IN ORDER TO BE ACCEPTED. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

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                                                • 08:35:20 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE…

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. 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 AYES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TORE CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 38 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEVADA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                              • 08:35:21 PM

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

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                                                  An amendment, offered by Ms. Rosen, numbered 38 printed in Part B of House Report 115-295 to increase funding for the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation (NeighborWorks America) by $35M, bringing total NeighborWorks appropriations to the same level as FY16.

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                                                  DEBATE

                                                  Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 500, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Rosen amendment No. 38.

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                                                    MS. ROSEN

                                                    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                    THE CLERK

                                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 38 PRINTED IN PART BMP OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295 OFFERED BY…

                                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 38 PRINTED IN PART BMP OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295 OFFERED BY MS. ROSEN OF NEVADA.

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                                                    THE CAIR

                                                    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 500, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEVADA, AND A…

                                                    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 500, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEVADA, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEVADA.

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                                                    MS. ROSEN

                                                    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT TO INCREASE FUNDING BY $35…

                                                    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT TO INCREASE FUNDING BY $35 MILLION FOR THE NEIGHBORHOOD RE INVESTMENT CORPORATION. FOR THE PAST 40 YEARS, NEIGHBOR WORKS AMERICA PROVIDED FINANCIAL SUPPORT, TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND TRAINING FOR COMMUNITY-BASED DEVELOPMENT RIGHT HERE IN THE U.S.A. IT PARTNERS WITH MORE THAN 240 ORGANIZATIONS FOCUSED ON PROVIDING ACCESS TO HOME OWNERSHIP AND TO SAFE AND AFFORDABLE RENTAL HOUSING. THESE ORGANIZATIONS ARE PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS PROVIDING ACCOUNTABILITY AND STEWARDSHIP OF SCARES FEDERAL DOLLARS. IN 2016, NEIGHBOR WORKS AMERICA DEVELOPED 13,000 AFFORDABLE HOMES AND CREATED MORE THAN 21,000 NEW HOMEOWNERS AND ASSISTED OVER 360,000 FAMILIES WITH AFFORDABLE HOUSING. NEIGHBOR WORKS HAS DEMONSTRATED THE ABILITY TO ATTRACT AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECTS LEVERAGING PRIVATE DOLLARS FOR EVERY 1 DOLLAR APPROPRIATED. OUR COUNTRY IS RECOVERING FROM THE CRIPPLING HOUSING CRISIS. MY HOME STATE WAS HIT THE HARDEST WHEN THE HOUSING BUBBLE BURST AND WE EXPERIENCED THE HIGHEST RATES OF FOSHE CLOSURE. MY DISTRICT HAS THE LOWEST AVAILABILITY. IN FACT, THERE ARE ONLY 15 AFFORDABLE AND RENTAL HOMES. NEIGHBOR WORKS HAS PLAYED A CRITICAL ROLE IN HELPING DEVELOP AFFORDABLE HOUSING, REVITALIZE AND CREATE JOBS. LAST YEAR, THE NEVADA HOUSING ORGANIZATIONS AND NEVADA HAND, RECEIVED OVER $600,000 IN GRANTS PROVIDING HOME OWNERSHIP COUNSELING AND EDUCATION TO OVER 6,500 HOUSEHOLD CREATING NEW HOMEOWNERS AND PRESERVING HOME OWNERSHIP FOR OVER 250 INDIVIDUALS. CONGRESS NEEDS TO STRENGTHEN PROGRAMS AND ALLOW LOW-INCOME FAMILIES TO HAVE A ROOF OVER THEIR HEAD. NEIGHBOR WORKS OFFERS HOME BUYER AND FORECLOSURE COUNSELING AND HAS A MITIGATION COUNSELING PROGRAM. CREATED IN TWEMP TO ADDRESS THE FORECLOSURE CRISIS, THIS PROGRAM HAS COUNSELED MORE THAN TWO MILLION HOMEOWNERS FACING FORECLOSURE IN RESPONSE TO THE HOUSING CRISIS. YOU MAY HEAR FROM MY FRIENDS THAT THERE IS NO LONGER A NEED FOR COUNSELING BECAUSE RATES ARE DECREASING AND I'M GLAD TO SEE THE RATES DECREASE. AS FORECLOSURES PLAGUE MANY PARTS OF OUR COUNTRY. STATISTICS SHOW THAT A FORECLOSED HOME REDUCES APPRAISAL VALUES BY NEARLY 9%, PREVENTING ONE FORECLOSURE HELPS EVERY HOUSEHOLD IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. IT PLAYS A CRUCIAL ROLE IN REDUCING A HOMEOWNER WILL NOT GO BACK IN FORECLOSURE. THEY WORK WITH HOMEOWNERS ON THEIR BUDGETS TO FIND THE BEST OPTION FOR THEIR SITUATION. ACCORDING TO A STUDY COUNSELED HOMEOWNERS ARE TWICE AS LIKELY TO RECEIVE A CURE FOR THEIR FORECLOSURE AS HOMEOWNERS NOT COUNSELED THROUGH THE NEIGHBOR WORKS PROGRAM. NEIGHBOR WORKS ALSO OFFERS DISASTER PREPAREDNESS AND RECOVERY FOR ECONOMIES, INCLUDING TRAINING, RESOURCES AND ASSISTANCE. ORGANIZATIONS IN AND AROUND THE IMPACT ZONE OF HURRICANE HARVEY ARE READY TO OFFER DISASTER RECOVERY AND WE KNOW IRMA IS ON ITS WAY TO FLORIDA. ON THE HEELS OF ONE OF THE WORST NATURAL DISASTERS, NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO ROLL BACK OUR INVESTMENTS IN NEIGHBOR WORKS AND THE ORGANIZATIONS IT SUPPORTS. DESPITE THE CONTINUED NEED FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND REVITALIZING COMMUNITIES, THE UNDERLYING BILL WOULD SLASH ITS FUNDING. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO REVERSE OUR PROGRESS MADE IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING. WE SHOULD CONTINUE CRITICAL INVESTMENTS IN PROGRAMS LIKE NEIGHBOR WORKS. MR. CHAIRMAN, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN VOTING YES FOR THIS AMENDMENT.

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                                                  • 08:41:04 PM

                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVE?

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                                                    MS. ROSEN

                                                    I RESERVE.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN OPPOSITION.

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                                                    MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                                    I SUPPORT THE MISSION OF NEIGHBORHOOD INVESTMENT CORPORATION. THIS BILL…

                                                    I SUPPORT THE MISSION OF NEIGHBORHOOD INVESTMENT CORPORATION. THIS BILL THAT WE'RE ON PROVIDES WITH $140 MILLION, THE SAME AMOUNT THAT WAS PROVIDED IN 2017. WE ARE NOT ROLLING THAT BACK AT ALL. THE REDUCTION FROM F.Y. 2016 REFLECTS THE ELIMINATION OF THE NATIONAL FORECLOSURE AND HIT OCCASION COUNSELING PROGRAM. THIS WAS TO BE A ONE-YEAR PROGRAM WHEN IT BEGAN IN 2007 AND IN RESPONSE TO THE FORECLOSURE CRISIS AT THE TIME. THIS ONE-YEAR PROGRAM CONTINUED ON FOR NINE YEARS. NOW RECOGNIZING THAT THE ECONOMY IMPROVED OBVIOUSLY SIGNIFICANTLY AND FORECLOSURE NUMBERS CONTINUE TO DECLINE, CONGRESS DISCONTINUED THE MFMC PROGRAM IN 2017. IN FACT, THE PRIOR ADMINISTRATION PROPOSED ELIMINATION IN ITS BUDGET REQUEST FOR THE VERY SAME REASON. IN 2016, PUT THIS IN PERSPECTIVE, FORECLOSURE FILINGS WERE AT A 10-YEAR LOW AND 14% BELOW THAN THE 2015 LEVELS. AND HAS STAYED FOR A NORMAL RANGE. N.R.C. HAS INTEGRATED FORECLOSURE MITIGATION COUNSELING IN WHICH OTHER COUNSELING PROGRAMS ELIMINATING THE NEED FOR A SEPARATE PROGRAM. WE SCRUB THESE ACCOUNTS AND FOR THOSE REASONS I RESPECTFULLY URGE A NO VOTE. THANK YOU. AND I RESERVE.

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                                                  • 08:42:44 PM

                                                    THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                                  • 08:42:51 PM

                                                    MS. ROSEN

                                                    I YIELD TO MR. PRICE.

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                                                    MR. PRICE

                                                    I SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. I HAVE SEEN THE DIFFERENCE TO NEIGHBOR WORKS…

                                                    I SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. I HAVE SEEN THE DIFFERENCE TO NEIGHBOR WORKS MAKING AVAILABLE HUNDREDS OF AFFORDABLE APARTMENTS FOR VETERANS AND FAMILIES. THE ADMINISTRATION PROPOSED SLASHING NEIGHBOR WORKS BY $113 MILLION. SO I COMMEND THE COMMITTEE, OUR SUBCOMMITTEE FOR REFUSING THAT PROPOSAL. BUT WE NEED TO BRING IT BACK TO THE FISCAL 2016 LEVEL AND THAT'S WHAT OUR COLLEAGUE IS PROPOSING. THAT WOULD BE $35 MILLION AND BRING IT TO THAT 2016 LEVEL OF FUNDING AND LET NEIGHBOR WORKS TO DO EVEN MORE GOOD WORK. I URGE ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  • 08:43:34 PM

                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    THE TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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                                                    MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                                    I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEVADA.…

                                                    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEVADA. 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 Rosen amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Rosen demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.

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                                                    MS. ROSEN

                                                    MR. CHAIRMAN, I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

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

                                                    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6, RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEVADA WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 39 PRINTED IN PART BMP OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                    An amendment, offered by Mr. Grothman, numbered 39 printed in Part B of House Report 115-295 to decrease the funding for the Public and Indian Housing Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Program by $177,362,500, excluding veterans, elderly, and the disabled.

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                                                    DEBATE

                                                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 500, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Grothman amendment No. 39.

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                                                      MR. GROTHMAN

                                                      WE ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT AMENDMENT NUMBER 39.

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                                                      THE CLERK

                                                      PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-295 OFFERED BY MR. GROTHMAN OF WISCONSIN.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE…

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                      MR. GROTHMAN

                                                      THIS AMENDMENT REDUCES THE TOTAL FUNDING FOR PUBLIC HOUSING EXCLUDING…

                                                      THIS AMENDMENT REDUCES THE TOTAL FUNDING FOR PUBLIC HOUSING EXCLUDING VETERANS, ELDERLY AND THE DISABLED BY $177 MILLION. OUR PRESIDENT IS TRYING TO BALANCE THE BUDGET HAD LESS FUNDING FOR THIS PROGRAM THAN WHAT THERE WAS LAST YEAR. BECAUSE I'M A PERSON WHO BELIEVES IN GETTING THINGS DONE THROUGH COMPROMISE, I'M REDUCING THE INCREASE IN THIS PROGRAM TO ONLY 2% FROM THE 4%. I ALWAYS HAD PROBLEMS WITH THIS PROGRAM, LIKE A LOT OF THESE PROGRAMS THAT KIND OF DISCOURAGES WORK AND THE MORE YOU WORK, THE MORE YOUR RENT GOES UP. IT DISCOURAGES MARRIAGE BECAUSE IF YOU ARE MARRIED TO SOMEBODY WITH A GOOD JOB, YOU COULD LOSE YOUR APARTMENT. AND FINALLY, LIKE A LOT OF THESE PROGRAMS, IF YOU LOOK AT SOME OF THESE PROJECTS, I TALKED TO SOME OF THE PEOPLE IN MY AREA WHO ADMINISTER THEM, THE APARTMENTS, RENTAL UNITS GIVEN TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE SECTION 8 ARE BETTER THAN A LOT OF WORKING PEOPLE, WHICH DOESN'T SEEM RIGHT. . . AT THAT TIME WE ALREADY KNEW WE WERE LOOKING AT BLOWING THROUGH A $20 TRILLION DEFICIT. SINCE THAT TIME WE'VE HAD A COUPLE MAJOR HURRICANES OUT THERE, WHICH I THINK WOULD CAUSE EVERYBODY TO LOOK FOR WAYS TO REDUCE THE SPENDING THAT WAS PUT IN THESE BILLS IN JULY. SO, I'M GOING ASK THAT AMENDMENT NUMBER 39 PASS. I'M GOING TO ASK THAT WE RESTRICT THE INCREASE TO 2%. I CAN'T BELIEVE I COMPROMISED SO MUCH ON THAT. BUT WE'LL GO FOR A 2% INCREASE INSTEAD OF A 4% INCREASE AND HOPE YOU'LL ALL BE GLAD. CONSIDERED A DOWN PAYMENT TO HELP THE STRUGGLING PEOPLE IN TEXAS AND FLORIDA.

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                                                    • 08:46:43 PM

                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      RESERVE?

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                                                      MR. GROTHMAN

                                                      I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      DOES A MEMBER SEEK RECOGNITION IN OPPOSITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA…

                                                      DOES A MEMBER SEEK RECOGNITION IN OPPOSITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN OPPOSITION.

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                                                      MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. LOOK, WE'VE SCRUBBED THIS BILL FOR SAVINGS IN…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. LOOK, WE'VE SCRUBBED THIS BILL FOR SAVINGS IN OVERHEAD AND ADMINISTRATION AND I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR ALWAYS BRINGING UP THESE IMPORTANT ISSUES. WE HAVE FUBBLEDED VOUCHERS AT A LEVEL THAT MEETS H.U.D.'S COMMITMENT TO THOSE CURRENTLY RECEIVING ASSISTANCE, MANY OF THEM WHO ARE ELDERLY AND DISABLED. I KNOW THAT'S NOT WHAT THE GENTLEMAN'S GOING AFTER. BUT WE SCRUBBED THIS BILL AND WE THINK THE FUNDING IS WHERE IT NEEDS TO BE AT THIS STAGE. SO I WOULD RESPECTFULLY URGE A NO VOTE ON THIS AMENDMENT AND WITH THAT I WOULD RESERVE.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                                    • 08:47:24 PM

                                                      MR. GROTHMAN

                                                      I DON'T SEE HOW IN OUR CURRENT POSITION WE CAN A4% INCREASES ON ANYTHING…

                                                      I DON'T SEE HOW IN OUR CURRENT POSITION WE CAN A4% INCREASES ON ANYTHING -- CAN AFFORD 4% INCREASES ON ANYTHING. LIKE I SAID, I THINK THERE'S KIND OF AN INFOR INSTANCE HERE THAT THIS IS OVERALL A GOOD PROGRAM AND PEOPLE OUGHT TO BE LOOK AT THIS PROGRAM, LIKE SO MANY OF THESE MEANS-BASED PROGRAMS THAT KIND OF CREATE A SITUATION WHICH BOTH DISCOURAGE WORK AND DISCOURAGE MARRIAGE. AND I'M DISAPPOINTED THAT THERE BE ANY ALLIANCE IN THIS BUDGET THAT PEOPLE WOULD FEEL A 4% UPPER WAS APPROPRIATE.

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                                                    • 08:47:55 PM

                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE?

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                                                      MR. GROTHMAN

                                                      YEP.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS…

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                      MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                                      I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA FOR AS MUCH TIME…

                                                      I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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                                                    • 08:48:04 PM

                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                      MR. PRICE

                                                      I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING AND I JOIN HIM IN OPPOSITION TO THIS…

                                                      I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING AND I JOIN HIM IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. THERE ARE SOME CONFLICTING ACCOUNTS ABOUT WHAT THE UNDERLYING BILL WOULD DO. CERTAINLY THERE'S BEEN AN ATTEMPT TO CONTAIN THE DAMAGE IN THE BILL. SOME GROUPS, LIKE THE NATIONAL LOW INCOME HOUSING COALITION, HOWEVER, ESTIMATE, THAT HOUSING VOUCH -- ESTIMATE THAT HOUSING VOUCHERS WILL BE LOST UNDER THE CURRENT BILL. THEN WE HAVE THIS AMENDMENT? THIS AMENDMENT WOULD COMPOUND MANY TIMES WHATEVER PROBLEMS ARE INVOLVED IN THIS LEGISLATION. AND HAVE A HORRIBLE IMPACT ON LOW INCOME FAMILIES. THE GENTLEMAN HAS ASSERTED HERE TONIGHT THAT VETERANS WOULDN'T BE HARMED, THE DISABLED WOULDN'T BE HARMED, THE ELDERLY WOULDN'T BE HARMED. READ THE AMENDMENT. READ THE AMENDMENT. WHERE IS ANY OF THIS STATED? HOW CAN HE MAKE SUCH A STATEMENT? ALL THESE GROUPS AND MORE WOULD BE HARMED. I URGE THIS AMENDMENT'S REJECTION.

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                                                    • 08:49:08 PM

                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVE?

                                                    • 08:49:10 PM

                                                      MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                                      I RESERVE. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                                      MR. GROTHMAN

                                                      ONE MORE TIME I'LL POINT OUT, IT'S ALL FINE AND GOOD TO SAVE THE FEDERAL…

                                                      ONE MORE TIME I'LL POINT OUT, IT'S ALL FINE AND GOOD TO SAVE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FROM SPENDING MONEY. WE ARE BROKE AND WE HAVE A LOT -- WE GOT A LOT MORE BROKE IN AUGUST WHEN THOSE HURRICANES HIT. I THINK IT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE FOR EVERYBODY AROUND HERE TO REMEMBER THAT THE DAY WILL COME WHEN WE CAN NO LONGER BORROW MONEY AND THAT WILL BE A VERY UGLY DAY INDEED. LIKE I SAID, WE COULD HAVE INTRODUCED THE AMENDMENT TO GO BACK WHERE DONALD TRUMP WANTED. I KNOW HE'S A WARRIOR AND CARES A LOT ABOUT THIS COUNTRY'S CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. I PUT A 2% UPPER IN THERE. AND I THINK IT'S SAD WHEN PEOPLE FEEL A 2% INCREASE IS BEING DIFFICULT ON PEOPLE. IF THERE ARE PROBLEMS BACK HOME, THERE'S NOTHING THAT PREVENTS LOCAL STATES OR COUNTIES OR INDIVIDUALS OUT OF THEIR OWN POCKETBOOK TO PUT MORE MONEY IN THIS SORT OF PROGRAM. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME IF THERE'S ANY LEFT.

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                                                    • 08:50:14 PM

                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      YOU'RE THE ONLY TIME REMAINING, SIR.

                                                    • 08:50:18 PM

                                                      MR. GROTHMAN

                                                      YEP.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

                                                    • 08:50:21 PM

                                                      MR. GROTHMAN

                                                      YEP, YIELD BACK.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE QUESTION SON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN --…

                                                      THE QUESTION SON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN -- IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN. 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 Grothman amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Grothman demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.

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                                                      MR. GROTHMAN

                                                      WE'LL ASK FOR A ROLL CALL.

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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 WISCONSIN WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 44 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                    • 08:51:01 PM

                                                      MR. COURTNEY

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

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                                                    • 08:51:06 PM

                                                      THE CLERK

                                                      AMENDMENT NUMBER 44 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295 OFFERED BY…

                                                      AMENDMENT NUMBER 44 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295 OFFERED BY MR. COURTNEY OF CONNECTICUT.

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                                                    • 08:51:13 PM

                                                      An amendment, offered by Mr. Courtney, numbered 20 printed in Part B of House Report 115-295 to provide funding in the Community Development Block Grant program to examine the application of grant funds to mitigating and remediating the effects of pyrrhotite-related residential damage.

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                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                        PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 500, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MR.…

                                                        PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 500, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MR. COURTNEY, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT.

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                                                        MR. COURTNEY

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS AMENDMENT, WHICH I INTRODUCED…

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS AMENDMENT, WHICH I INTRODUCED WITH MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN JOHN LARSON, ALSO OF CONNECTICUT, WILL ADDRESS THE SERIOUS ESCALATING PROBLEM IN NORTH CENTRAL AND EASTERN CONNECTICUT. THOUSANDS OF HOMES THERE ARE CURRENTLY AT RISK OF COLLAPSE DUE TO CRUMBLING CONCRETE FOUNDATIONS. A MINERAL IDENTIFIED AS PYROTITE WAS FOUND IN A QUARRY AND USED IN CONCRETE TO POUR HOME FOUNDATIONS IN AT LEAST 36 TOWNS IN THE REGION FROM THE 1980'S THROUGH THE EARLY 2000'S. EXPOSURE TO MOISTURE CAUSES THE TO RUST IN THE FOUNDATION OVER TIME, CAUSING THE FOUNDATION WALLS TO BOW AND CRACK, EVENTUALLY DETERIORATING TO THE POINT WHERE HOMEOWNERS CAN LITERALLY SEE THROUGH THE CRACKS AND EVEN REMOVE CHUNKS OF THE FOUNDATION BY HAND. THANKS COMPLEX ISSUE AND OUR AMENDMENT IS A CRITICAL STEP TO BRING ASSISTANCE TO THE REGION. IT DIRECTS H.U.D. TO DEVELOP APPLICATION OF CONNECTICUT'S COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANTS TO PYROTITE RELATED RESIDENTIAL DAMAGE UNDER ITS ANTI-BLIGHT PROGRAMS AND PROCEDURES. IT IS OUR BELIEF THAT H.U.D., STATE, LOCAL AND PRIVATE SECTOR STAKEHOLDERS CAN FIND SOLUTIONS TO EASE THE BURDENS OF HOMEOWNERS AND PREVENT DAMAGE TO THE BROADER REAL ESTATE MARKET AND ECONOMY OF THE REGION. I URGE PASSAGE OF THIS AMENDMENT AND WITH THAT I WOULD RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                    DEBATE

                                                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 500, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Courtney amendment No. 44.

                                                    • 08:52:38 PM

                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      DOES A MEMBER SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT? THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                      DOES A MEMBER SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT? THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                    • 08:52:47 PM

                                                      MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S CONCERN. I LOOK FORWARD TO…

                                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S CONCERN. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH HIM AND ALSO WITH H.U.D. TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE AND WANT TO THANK HIM FOR BRINGING THIS UP. I YIELD BACK. I ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK.

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                                                    • 08:53:04 PM

                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                      MR. COURTNEY

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS REMARKS AND I…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS REMARKS AND I AGAIN JUST WANT TO BRIEFLY YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM CONNECTICUT, MR. LARSON, AND WITH THAT I'M SURE WE'LL CONCLUDE.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                      MR. LARSON

                                                      LESS THAN A MINUTE. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND ALSO THANK THE…

                                                      LESS THAN A MINUTE. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND ALSO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR SUPPORT IN WHAT A CRITICAL ISSUE. THE CITIZENS IN THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT. I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE COURTNEY FOR SPEAR HEADING THIS EFFORT IN THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT, ALONG WITH A YOUNG STATE SENATOR NAMED TIMOTHY D. LARSON. THANK YOU SO MUCH. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      DOES MR. COURTNEY YIELD BACK? THANK YOU. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT…

                                                      DOES MR. COURTNEY YIELD BACK? THANK YOU. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT. 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 46 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295 FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                      MR. GROTHMAN

                                                      I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                      TE CHAIR

                                                      THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                      THE CLERK

                                                      AMENDMENT NUMBER 46 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295 OFFERED BY…

                                                      AMENDMENT NUMBER 46 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295 OFFERED BY MR. GROTHMAN OF WISCONSIN.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 500, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN AND A…

                                                      PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 500, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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                                                      MR. GROTHMAN

                                                      THANK YOU. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR…

                                                      THANK YOU. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR COLLABORATIVE EFFORT TO BRING THIS BILL FORWARD. I DO RISE IN SUPPORT OF AMENDMENT -- MY AMENDMENT TO H.R. 3354, WHICH SHOULD BE AMENDMENT 46. THIS AMENDMENT DEALS WITH PROJECT-BASED RENTAL ASSISTANCE RATHER THAN TENANT-BASED RENTAL ASSISTANCE. IT SUFFERSES FROM THE SAME PROBLEMS, HOWEVER. ONE MORE TIME, OUR PRESIDENT WHEN HE INTRODUCED HIS BUDGET LOOKING AT THE $20 TRILLION DEFICIT DECIDED TO REDUCE THIS PROGRAM A LITTLE BIT. IT WOULD PROBABLY BE GOOD TO REDUCE THE PROGRAM A LITTLE BIT. BECAUSE LIKE MANY OF THESE PROGRAMS, IT'S FUNDAMENTALLY FLAWED AND IT DISCOURAGES WORK. AND ALSO DISCOURAGES MARRIAGE. I HAVE LOOKED AT SOME OF THESE HOUSING PROJECTS IN MY DISTRICT AND THE IRRITATING THAT PEOPLE ARE GETTING FREE HOUSING, SOMETIMES HAVE BETTER HOUSING THAN PEOPLE PAYING FOYER THAT ARE OWN HOUSING. THEREFORE I MAKE THE MODEST REQUEST TO GET RID OF THE INCREASE IN THE CURRENT BUDGET. I'M NOT GOING AS FAR AS OUR PRESIDENT, WHO ACTUALLY DECREASED THIS LINE. BUT I THINK THE FAIR TO REDUCE THE CURRENT BILL BY $266 MILLION. WHICH IS THE INCREASE IN THE CURRENT YEAR. AGAIN, I THINK, AS OPPOSED TO WHEN THIS BILL WAS ORIGINALLY PUT TOGETHER, WE'VE GOT A COUPLE HURRICANES I THINK WOULD CAUSE EVERYBODY IN THIS BUILDING TO REALIZE THAT IN SO FAR AS WE CAN SPEND ANY MORE MONEY ON THIS BUDGET, SHOULD BE FOCUSED A LITTLE BIT MORE ON THE PEOPLE IN TEXAS AND FLORIDA AND WE SHOULD NOT BE INCREASING OTHER PROGRAMS. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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                                                      An amendment, offered by Mr. Grothman, numbered 46 printed in Part B of House Report 115-295 to decrease funding for the Project-Based Rental Assistance Housing Program by $266,000,000.

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                                                      DEBATE

                                                      Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 500, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Grothman amendment No. 46.

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                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES A MEMBER SEEK TIME IN…

                                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES A MEMBER SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION?

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                                                        MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                                        YES, I DO, SIR.

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                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN OPPOSITION.

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                                                        MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD CUT FUNDING, AS WAS…

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD CUT FUNDING, AS WAS EXPLAINED, TO WHAT I BELIEVE IS A VITAL H.U.D. PROGRAM THAT HOUSES 1.2 MILLION LOW AND VERY LOW INCOME HOUSEHOLDS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. A MAJORITY OF THOSE HOUSEHOLDS INCLUDE FOLKS WITH EITHER DISABILITIES OR FRANKLY WHO ARE ELDERLY. THE AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD INCOME IS LESS THAN 12DS,000. THIS FUNDING LEVEL WOULD NOT ALLOW H.U.D. TO RENEW ALL EXPIRING HOUSING CONTRACTS WITH PRIVATE OWNERS. BUT WOULD ALSO CAUSE OTHER ISSUES OF INSTABILITY IN THE PROGRAM, THAT PLATFORM, AND CAN CAUSE HOUSING PROVIDERS TO LEAVE THE PROGRAM. THE GENTLEMAN HAS I THINK SOME VERY VALID POINTS ABOUT SOME OF HIS CONCERNS. WITH SOME OF -- ALL OF THESE GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS. I JUST DON'T THINK THIS ISES THE RIGHT WAY TO DO IT. I WOULD URGE -- THIS IS THE RIGHT WAY TO DO IT. I WOULD URGE A NO VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                        MR. GROTHMAN

                                                        I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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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 FLORIDA VOIDS.

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                                                        MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                                        ALSO WOULD YIELD.

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                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT…

                                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN. 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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                                                        MR. GROTHMAN

                                                        I'LL ASK FOR A ROLL CALL. MAYBE I'LL HAVE A BETTER SHOT TOMORROW.

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                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                        PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT…

                                                        PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 48 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                        MR. STIVERS

                                                        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

                                                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 48 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295 OFFERED BY…

                                                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 48 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-295 OFFERED BY MR. STIVINGERS OF OHIO -- STIVERS OF OHIO.

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                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. STIVERS, AND A MEMBER…

                                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. STIVERS, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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                                                      POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

                                                      At the conclusion of debate on the Grothman amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Grothman demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.

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                                                        MR. STIVERS

                                                        MR. CHAIRMAN, MY AMENDMENT WOULD TRANSFER FUNDING FOR THE PRIVATE…

                                                        MR. CHAIRMAN, MY AMENDMENT WOULD TRANSFER FUNDING FOR THE PRIVATE ENFORCEMENT INITIATIVE AT H.U.D. TO THE ADMINISTRATIVE ENFORCEMENT INITIATIVE. THE AMENDMENT DOES NOT CHANGE THE TOP LINE APPROPRIATION. I BELIEVE THE FAIR HOUSING ACT MUST BE STRONGLY ENFORCED AND I BELIEVE THIS IS BEST ACCOMPLISHED BY STRENGTHENING H.U.D.'S ADMINISTRATIVE ENFORCEMENT INITIATIVE AND ENHANCING THE ROLE OF STATE AND LOCAL AGENCIES IN FINDING AND PUNISHING BAD ACTORS. THE PRIVATE ENFORCEMENT INITIATIVE HAS BEEN ABUSED BY SOME NONPROFITS THAT ARE MORE INTERESTED IN WINNING ATTORNEYS' FEES THAN FINDING AND PUNIS