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House Session - September 12, 2017

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

Speakers:
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  • 10:00:40 AM

    MORNING-HOUR DEBATE

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

    • 10:01:18 AM

      MR. POE

      THAPPING YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU FOR THE TIME. MR. SPEAKER, AS THE…

      THAPPING YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU FOR THE TIME. MR. SPEAKER, AS THE COUNTRY IS RECOVERING FROM NATURAL DISASTERS THAT ARE TAKING PLACE ALL OVER OUR LAND, IN THE WEST COAST, NORTHWEST, WE HAVE THE WILDFIRES. OVER THE WEEKEND WE HAVE HURRICANE IRMA GOING THROUGH FLORIDA AND NOW THROUGH THE SOUTHEASTERN STATES CAUSING HAVOC. AND THEN OF COURSE WE'RE STILL REELING FROM THE HAMMERING THAT WE RECEIVED IN HOUSTON AND OTHER AREAS BECAUSE OF HURRICANE HARVEY WHERE THOUSANDS HAVE LOST THEIR HOME OVER A MILLION CARS ARE DESTROYED. NATURAL DISASTERS SEPTEMBER 11, 2001. ALL OF US WHO ARE OLD ENOUGH REMEMBER EXACTLY WHAT WE WERE DOING AS WE SHOULD ALWAYS REMEMBER WHAT WE WERE DOING THAT DAY. A DEFINING HOMETOWN IN OUR PERSONAL LIVES. I WAS A JUDGE IN TEXAS AT THAT TIME. I'M DRIVING MY JEEP, OLD, RED, BEAT UP JEEP TO THE COURTHOUSE AND LISTENING TO KILT RADIO, IN THE MORNING. COUNTRY WESTERN STATION. ROBERT B. MCINTYRE THE NEWSCASTER COMES ON AND SAYS THAT A PLANE HAS HIT ONE OF THE TOWERS IN NEW YORK CITY. LIKE MOST FOLKS DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO MAKE OF THAT. THOUGHT MAYBE MAYBE IT WAS AN ACCIDENT. A FEW MINUTES LATER HE'S BACK ON THE AIR TALKING ABOUT SECOND PLANE CRASHING INTO THE OTHER TOWER IN NEW YORK CITY. I PULLED OVER TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD AS OTHER PEOPLE WERE DOING AND LISTENING TO WHAT WAS TAKING PLACE IN AMERICA WHEN WE WERE ATTACKED. AND WE ALL KNOW THE REST OF THE STORY ABOUT SOME WONDERFUL PEOPLE THAT WERE HYDROGENED -- HIJACKED IN A PLANE IN PENNSYLVANIA. TOOK THAT PLANE DOWN THAT APPARENTLY WAS HEADED FOR WASHINGTON, D.C. PROBABLY THIS BUILDING. SAVE THE LIVES OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND PEOPLE WHO WORK IN WASHINGTON. AND THE FOURTH PLANE THAT CRASHED INTO THE PENTAGON. I JUST LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THAT FOURTH PLANE. THAT PLANE, AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT NUMBER 77, TAKES OFF FROM DULLES, TAKES TO THE AIR IN LESS THAN 30 MINUTES, TURNS AROUND, AND IS HEADED BACK TO THE PENTAGON. AS YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, THE PENTAGON IS RIGHT NEXT TO ARLINGTON CEMENTARY. -- CEMENT TARRY. THE TOO MANY OF THE UNKNOWN, I CALL IT THE TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER. IT'S GUARDED 24 HOURS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, ALL THE TIME BY THE UNITED STATES ARMY, THIRD INFANTRY DIVISION. THE OLDEST INFANTRY DIVISION IN THE UNITED STATES. HAS THE HONOR, DUTY, AND PRIVILEGE TO GUARD THE TOMB OF AMERICA'S UNKNOWN. WHO DIED FOR US. SO WHAT HAPPENED ON SEPTEMBER 11? WHEN THE TWO PLANES CRASHED INTO THE WORLD TRADE CENTER AND THE OTHER PLANE IS HEADED TOWARD THE PENTAGON? YES, THE SOLDIERS ARE ON GUARD. AND DID THEY LEAVE THEIR POST? ABSOLUTELY NOT. IN FACT, NOT ONLY THEY DID NOT LEAVE THEIR POST, MR. SPEAKER, THEY CALLED FOR RE-ENFORCEMENTS. THEY HAD 30 OTHER SOLDIERS, CREATE A PERIMETER AROUND THE TOMB TO GUARD IT FROM WHATEVER MAY OCCUR. FROM THE TERROR THAT HIT IN THE SKIES, THEY WERE THERE ON DUTY. I ASSUME AND I DON'T KNOW THIS, BUT I ASSUME THEY KNEW THOSE GUARDS THAT DAY ABOUT THE FIRST TWO PLANES AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER. AND SERGEANT MAJOR ON DUTY DID NOT WANT THOSE SOLDIERS TO LEAVE THE POST. HE CALLED FOR REINFORCEMENTS TO PROTECT FROM THAT TERROR IN THE SKIES. REMARKABLE STORIES THAT TOOK PLACE THAT DAY, MR. SPEAKER. STORIES ABOUT AMERICANS HELPING OTHER AMERICANS JUST LIKE AMERICANS ARE HELPING AMERICANS TODAY WITH THE WILDFIRES, HURRICANES. AND MANY STORIES THAT WE WILL NEVER KNOW ABOUT. BUT WE KNOW THAT ON THAT DAY AS THE SMOKE WAS BURNING IN NEW YORK AND PENNSYLVANIA AND THE PENTAGON, OUR FIRST RESPONDERS, WHEN THAT TERROR CAME TO AMERICA, THEY DIDN'T RUN. THEY RAN TOWARD THAT TERROR IN THE SKIES. THOSE MEN AND WOMEN IN OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, OUR FIRE DEPARTMENTS, EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS, AND THOUSANDS OF OTHERS RAN TO HELP OTHER PEOPLE , STRANGERS, WHEN THOSE SKIES. THOSE PLANES, THOSE TERRORISTS, ATTACK AMERICA. AND WE KNOW THAT RIGHT DOWN THE STREET HERE AT THE TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN WHERE ARLINGTON CEMETERY IS, BURY OUR WAR DEAD, WE KNEW THAT TOMB STAYED GUARDED, PROTECTING FROM THAT TERROR IN THE SKIES. REMARKABLE PEOPLE THESE AMERICANS. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:06:45 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. ABRAHAM, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:06:55 AM

      MR. ABRAHAM

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HIGHLIGHT THE INCREDIBLE WORK PERFORMED BY…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HIGHLIGHT THE INCREDIBLE WORK PERFORMED BY THOSE RUNNING THE ALEXANDER MEGASHELTER IN MY DISTRICT DURING THE HURRICANE HARVEY EVACUATION. IN LOUISIANA WE KNOW TOO WELL HOW DEVASTATING HURRICANES AND FLOODING CAN BE. WHEN OUR NEIGHBORS IN TEXAS NEEDED HELP, LOUISIANA ANSWERED THE CALL. AT ITS PEAK THE ALEXANDRIA MEGASHELTER HOUSED 1,800 PEOPLE DISPLACED BY HURRICANE HARVEY. I VISITED WITH SOME OF THE VICTIMS AND THE WORKERS AND I WANTED TO SHARE WITH YOU SOME OF THE AMAZING WORK THAT WENT ON THERE. THE SHELTER PROVIDED A ROOF AND BED BY PEOPLE WHOSE HOMES WERE FLOOD AND DESTROYED, BUT AS A PHYSICIAN, I WAS MOST IMPRESSED WITH THE MEDICAL RESPONSE THAT I SAW AT THE SHELTER. ON SHORT NOTICE LOCAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS BANDED TOGETHER TO SET UP A CLINIC TO MEET THE HEALTH NEEDS OF THESE DISPLACED PEOPLE, INCLUDING DIALYSIS PATIENTS WHO COULD NOT MISS TREATMENTS. IF THEY DID THEY COULD DIE. THE CLINIC ALLOWED MOST PATIENTS TO BE TREATED IN HOUSE, RIGHT THERE IN THE MEGASHELTER. MAKING THEIR STAY IN THE SHELTER EASIER THAN IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN OTHERWISE. ADDITIONALLY, THE SHELTER WAS ABLE TO SEND 1,800 POUNDS OF DONATED MEDICATIONS AND MEDICAL SUPPLIES TO PATIENTS IN BEAUMONT, TEXAS, WHOSE PEOPLE WERE STRUGGLING IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE STORM JUST TO GET THE MEDICINES THEY NEEDED TO SURVIVE THEMSELVES. LOCAL PILOTS AND AVIATORS DONATED THEIR TIME AND RESOURCES TO FLY THESE MEDICINES AND THESE BADLY NEEDED SUPPLIES TO BEAUMONT WHERE THEY COULD HELP THESE GOOD PEOPLE. I WANT TO SPECIFICALLY MENTION THE EFFORTS OF THE LOUISIANA NATIONAL GUARD, THE LOUISIANA STATE POLICE, INCLUDING SUPERINTENDENT KEVIN REEVES AND HIS TROOPERS, SHERIFF HILTON AND HIS DEPUTIES, AND THE STAFF AT THE LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY FOR THEIR ROLE IN ASSISTING THE PEOPLE AT THE SHELTER. ALSO DEPUTIES, AND THE STAFF AT THE WANT TO MENTION DR. SPENCER TUCKER. DR. EMILY, LAURA PICKETT, BELINDA SANDERS, NICKI ENGLISH, DR. DAVID HOLE COUPLE, AND ALL THOSE WITH THE WANT TO MENTION LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH EMERGENCY AND LOCAL PHARMACIES WHO HELPED MEET THE MEDICAL NEEDS OF ALL THESE PEOPLE DISPLACED AT THIS ONE SHELTER. RECOVERY FROM HARVEY WILL BE DIFFICULT AND OUR PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS ARE ALSO WITH OUR FRIENDS IN FLORIDA WHO ARE DEALING WITH THE EFFECTS OF HURRICANE IRMA THAT JUST PASSED. AND AS TRAGIC AS THESE STORMS CAN BE, THEY ALSO TEND TO PRAY BRING OUT THE BEST IN WE AS AMERICANS. WHO ALWAYS, ALWAYS ANSWER THE CALL TO SERVE AND HELP THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING. WE'RE ALL ONE BIG FAMILY WHEN THESE DISASTERS HIT. THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE AT THE ALEXANDRIA MEGASHELTER WHO WELCOMED THESE DISPLACED PEOPLE IN THEIR TIME OF NEED AND HOPEFULLY MADE THEIR ORDEAL A LITTLE BETTER. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:10:09 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PALLONE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:10:16 AM

      MR. PALLONE

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST WEEK I WAS OUTRAGED WHEN PRESIDENT TRUMP…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST WEEK I WAS OUTRAGED WHEN PRESIDENT TRUMP ANNOUNCED THAT HE WOULD BE ENDING THE DACA PROGRAM. DACA RECIPIENTS ARE CONTRIBUTING MEMBERS OF OUR SOCIETY, HAVE NO CRIMINAL RECORD, AND HAVE KNOWN ONLY THIS COUNTRY AS HOME. THEY WORK AT LEADING AMERICAN COMPANIES, THEY HAVE SERVED OUR COUNTRY IN THE MILITARY. ON THE DAY OF THE PRESIDENT'S DECISION, I MET WITH SEVERAL YOUNG PEOPLE LEADING AMERICAN COMPANIES, THEY HAVE SERVED OUR COUNTRY IN THE MILITARY. ON THE DAY OF THE PRESIDENT'S DECISION, I MET WITH SEVERAL YOUNG PEOPLE AT RUTGERS UNIVERSITY IN MY DISTRICT WHO MAY NOW FACE DEPORTATION. I WAS IMPRESSED BY THEIR COURAGE IN COMING FORWARD TO TELL THEIR STORIES LEADING AMERICAN COMPANIES, THEY HAVE AND TO CHALLENGE THE PRESIDENT'S RECKLESS ACTION. SOME EXAMPLES, A 17-YEAR-OLD FROM FREE HOLD, LEFT MEXICO WHEN SHE WAS 1 YEAR OLD. SHE SAID AT THE MEETING I HAD, QUOTE, I DO WANT TO BECOME SOMETHING IN LIFE BECAUSE THAT'S WHY I'M HERE. DO I NOT WANT THIS DREAM TO BE SHATTERED BECAUSE DACA APPARENTLY IS GOING TO BE KILLED. AND THEN THERE IS ALMA, A 23-YEAR-OLD FROM PERTH AMBOY IN MY DISTRICT WHO ADDED, I QUOTE, DACA HAS OPENED DOORS FOR ME THAT I NEVER NEW EXISTED. THE ELIMINATION OF THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER WITHOUT AN APPROPRIATE REPLACEMENT WOULD NOT ONLY BE DEVASTATING FOR DREERMS BUT TO THE COUNTRY AS A HOLE. I AGREE WITH HER. MR. SPEAKER, THESE NEW JERSEYANS EMED ABOUTY -- NEW JERSEYANS EMBODY THE BEST OF AMERICA. AND I STAND BY THEIR SIDE AS WE WORK TOGETHER TO PROTECT THEIR DACA STATUS AND WE NEED TO PASS THE DREAM ACT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:11:47 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR ROW N.O.W. RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN…

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR ROW N.O.W. RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. ERM, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:11:55 AM

      MR. EMMER

      I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE AN ED TATOR IN MY DISTRICT WHOSE DEDICATION TO…

      I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE AN ED TATOR IN MY DISTRICT WHOSE DEDICATION TO HER STUDENTS HAS EARNED HER AN IMPORTANT AWARD. JOLENE, WHO SERVES AS THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT ST. MICHAEL ALBERTVILLE, HIGH SCHOOL, WAS NAMED VICE PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR BY THE MINNESOTA ASSOCIATION OF SECONDARY SCHOOL PRINCIPALS. SHE SERVED AS AN ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT ST. MICHAEL ALBERT HIGH SCHOOL FOR NINE YEARS. SHE'S KNOWN FOR HER STRONG LEADERSHIP AND COMMITMENT TO PROVIDING STUDENTS A GREAT ENVIRONMENT TO LEARN AND TOPNOTCH EDUCATION. SHE'S SHOWN HER COMMITMENT BY CONSISTENTLY IMPROVING CURRICULUM AND IMPLEMENTING MANY DIFFERENT PROGRAMS DESIGNED TO ASSIST HER STUDENTS. ONE PROGRAM SHE CREATED IS CALLED FRESHMAN CONNECTIONS WHICH HELPS BUILD RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN INCOMING FRESHMEN STUDENTS AND THEIR UPPER CLASSMEN PEERS. SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS ARE THE KEY TO OUR FUTURE SO IT'S IMPORTANT WE RECOGNIZE EDUCATORS LIKE JOLENE GUIDING OUR STUDENTS ON THE PATH TO SUCCESS. CONGRATULATIONS ON BEING NAMED THE VICE PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR. YOU DESERVE IT. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A ST. CLOUD HOSPITAL FOR BEING RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE MOST DIGITALLY CONNECTED HOSPITALS IN THE NATION. THIS IS NOT ST. CLOUD HOSPITAL'S FIRST MAJOR AWARD. IN FACT, JUST LAST YEAR THEY WERE NAMED ONE OF THE TOP 100 HOSPITALS IN THE COUNTRY. AS TECHNOLOGY CONTINUES TO DEVELOP AND ADVANCE, OUR NATION'S HOSPITALS ARE BETTER SUITED TO PROVIDE THEIR PATIENTS WITH A VERY BEST CARE POSSIBLE. WHICH SECTION ACTLY WHAT THE ST. CLOUD HOSPITAL DOES EACH AND EVERY DAY. WE'RE PROUD THAT THE ST. CLOUD HOSPITAL IS A LEADER IN THIS HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY AND IN UTILIZING USEFUL TECHNOLOGY. ALLOWING PATIENTS TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH THEIR DOCTORS AND NURSES, RENEW PRESCRIPTIONS, GAIN ACCESS TO THEIR RECORDS, THIS HEALTH CARE AND EVEN TAKE PART IN VIRTUAL PHYSICIAN EXAMS. THIS HIGH DISTINCTION IS THE RESULT OF THE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND THE INFORMATION SYSTEMS STAFF WORKING FOR CENTER CARE HEALTH IN THE ST. CLOUD HOSPITAL. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND THANK YOU FOR MAKING THE ST. CLOUD HOSPITAL A LEADER IN 21ST CENTURY HEALTH CARE. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE RANDALL AND CHERYL, THE OWNERS OF THE PIZZA RANCH IN ANDOVER ON BEING RECOGNIZE AS THE FRANCHISEE OF THE YEAR. THEY RECEIVED THE AWARD BECAUSE OF THEIR COMMITMENT TO THE COMMUNITY. THEY HAVE OWNED THE PIZZA RANCH FOR THE PAST FOUR YEARS AND AS A DIRECT RESULT OF ITS SUCCESS NOT ONLY HAVE THEN THEY BEEN NAMED FRANCHISEE OF THE YEAR, BUT ALSO AWARDED THE COMMUNITY IMPACT AWARD LAST YEAR. OPENING AND OPERATING A FRANCHISE BUSINESS NOT AN EASY JOFPBLET WE APPRECIATE THE JOBS PEOPLE LIKE RANDALL AND CHERYL CREATE ANTI-COMMERCE THEY BRING TO OUR COMMUNITIES. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR AWARD AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO MINNESOTA'S SIXTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT AND THE ANDOVER COMMUNITY. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE NATIONAL POW-MIA DAY AND REMEMBER THE BRAVE AMERICANS WHO BECAME PRISONERS OF WAR DURING THEIR SERVICE AND THOSE STILL MISSING IN ACTION. SINCE AMERICA'S FOUNDING, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS HAVE BEEN HELD AS PRISONERS OF WAR. TO THIS DAY MORE THAN DURING THEIR SERVICE AND 80,000 AMERICANS REMAIN MISSING IN ACTION. THESE PATRIOTS ANSWERED THE CALL OF DUTY DURING SOME OUR NATION'S DARKEST TIMES. THEIR SERVICE AND ENORMOUS SACRIFICE MUST NEVER BE FORGOTTEN OR TAKEN FOR GRANTED SO I STAND HERE TODAY REAFFIRMING OUR NATION'S COMMITMENT TO THESE AMERICANS. THEY DESERVE TO RETURN HOME AND THEIR FAMILIES DESERVE ANSWERS. THAT'S WHY EVERY THIRD FRIDAY IN SEPTEMBER WE NOT ONLY HONOR THESE AMERICANS, BUT WE RECOMMIT TO OUR PROMISE TO SEARCH UNTIL EVERY MISSING SOLDIER IS ACCOUNTED FOR. . IF THEY ARE STILL MISSING, PRAY FOR THEIR HOMECOMING. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:15:50 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MS. FOXX, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:15:58 AM

      MS. FOXX

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE NEARLY 3,000 SOULS THAT…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE NEARLY 3,000 SOULS THAT WERE TAKEN FROM US MUCH TOO SOON ON SEPTEMBER 11, 16 YEARS AGO. LIKE MANY OTHERS, THE EVENTS OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, ARE FOREVER ETCHED IN MY MEMORY. ON THAT DAY I WAS IN RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA, SERVING IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE AND RECALL AN AIDE COMING IN TO SHARE THE NEWS. NATURALLY WHEN HEARING ABOUT THE FIRST PLANE HITTING THE WORLD TRADE CENTER WE ALL THOUGHT IT WAS A TERRIBLE ACCIDENT THAT HAD OCCURRED. MY COLLEAGUES AND I WERE IN A STATE OF SHOCK AND GRIEF WHEN WE HEARD ABOUT THE SECOND PLANE AND THE SUBSEQUENT ATTACKS THAT FOLLOWED. WHAT I REMEMBER MOST IS THE FEELING OF ABJECT HORROR AND DISBELIEF WE EXPERIENCED ON THAT DAY. THAT HORROR STILL FELT BY THE FAMILY MEMBERS WHO WERE LEFT BEHIND, ROBBED OF THEIR LOVED ONES WHO WERE VIOLENTLY TAKEN TOO SOON. I OFTEN THINK OF THE BRAVE FIRST RESPONDERS WHO RAN TOWARDS DANGER WITH THOUGHT OF LITTLE ELSE OTHER THAN TO SAVE THEIR FELLOW AMERICANS. THE TERROR ATTACKS SEEMED SURREAL AND YET THE AFTERMATH HAS A FINALITY WHICH DOES NOT DISSIPATE WITH TIME. AS YEARS PAST, THE SHOCK OF THE ATTACK HAVE -- HAS DIMINISHED, BUT THE MEMORY OF THE FEELING OF HOPE THAT AROSE FROM THE ACT OF SELFLESS AMERICANS IS STRONGER. IN MY MIND, ONE OF THE VERY WORST EVENTS IN HUMAN HISTORY BECAME OVERSHADOWED AS THE VERY BEST IN US AS EIGHT PEOPLE WAS MADE EVIDENT THROUGH COUNTLESS ACTS OF KINDNESS AND DIGNITY. IT IS THIS DIGNITY WE MUST HOLD ONTO IN ORDER TO HONOR THE FALLEN. FROM THE FIRST RESPONDERS, CITIZENS, VOLUNTEERS AND FINALLY THE DEVOTED SOULS ONBOARD FLIGHT 93, I REMEMBER THE MOMENTS IN WHICH THE VERY BEST PARTS OF AMERICANS SHOWN BRIGHTEST. THESE MOMENTS INCLUDE WHEN OUR CITIZENS WERE NO LONGER CATEGORIZED BY THEIR DIFFERENCES BUT WERE DEFINED BY THEIR SHARED DETERMINATION, NOT ONLY TO SURVIVE BUT ALSO TO OVERCOME AN UNTHINKABLE TRAGEDY. I ALWAYS TELL PEOPLE HONESTLY OF THE HORROR I FELT AND I TELL THEM OF THE HOPE THAT EMERGED AS OUR PEOPLE DID THEIR LEVEL BEST TO TURN EVIL INTO GOOD. WHILE I WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, AND THE LIVES THAT WERE FOREVER LOST TO US ON THAT DAY 16 YEARS AGO, I TAKE SOME COMFORT IN KNOWING THAT A LOVING AND NEVER-CHANGING GOD CALLED THEM TO HEAVEN TO LIVE IN HIS PRESENCE FOREVER. NOW MORE THAN EVER BEFORE, WE MUST RECALL THE SACRIFICES MADE BY SO MANY IN THE AFTERMATH OF SEPTEMBER 11, AND RECALL THAT FREEDOM IS NEVER TRULY FREELY GIVEN. IT IS EARNED, IT IS HARD FOUGHT FOR AND IT'S SOMETHING WE MUST ALL WORK TOGETHER TO CONTINUE TO ACHIEVE. MAY GOD BLESS ALL OF THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES ON SEPTEMBER 11, THOSE WHO WERE LEFT BEHIND AND THOSE WHO CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR OUR FREEDOM. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:19:33 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. COMER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:19:41 AM

      MR. COMER

      AT THE BEGINNING OF AUGUST, I WAS ABLE TO JOIN THE MAJORITY LEADER AND A…

      AT THE BEGINNING OF AUGUST, I WAS ABLE TO JOIN THE MAJORITY LEADER AND A NUMBER OF MY FELLOW FRESHMEN ON AN EIGHT-DAY TRIP TO ISRAEL. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK LEADER MCCARTHY FOR ORGANIZING THIS INFORMATIVE AND MEMORABLE VISIT WHICH TAUGHT ME SO MUCH ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THE U.S.-ISRAEL RELATIONSHIP AND THE NUMEROUS CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FACING OUR TWO COUNTRIES AND OUR OTHER ALLIES IN THE REGION. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO VISIT ISRAEL WITHOUT FEELING THE WEIGHT OF HISTORY, FROM BIBLICAL TIMES TO MODERN DAY. STAYING IN JERUSALEM, SEEING BETHLEHEM UP CLOSE, VIEWING ISRAEL ATOP THE GOLAN HEIGHTS AND TRAVELING ALONG THE JORDAN RIVER ALL MADE A LASTING IMPRESSION. MY TIME IN ISRAEL ALSO IMPRESSED ME ON ISRAEL'S UNDENIABLE SECURITY NEEDS IN THE FACE OF THE PERSISTENT THREAT FROM IRAN AND ITS PROXIES IN SYRIA AND LEBANON AS WELL AS THE INSTABILITY AND VIOLENCE STEMMING FROM THE LONG-RUNNING CONFLICT WITH THE PALESTINIANS. LISTING THE ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU'S PRESENTATION TO OUR CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION GREATLY ENHANCED MY LEVEL OF SUPPORT FOR ISRAELI FOREIGN AID. JUST AS LISTENING TO THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY'S PRESENTATION GREATLY ENHANCED MY OPPOSITION TO FOREIGN AID FOR PALESTINE. FOR THESE REASONS I BELIEVE U.S. SECURITY ASSISTANCE TO ISRAEL SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE A HIGH PRIORITY, AND I AM PROUD THAT DEFENSE COLLABORATION BETWEEN OUR TWO COUNTRIES HAS YIELDED MANY IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENTS, INCLUDING THE ARROW ANTIBALLISTIC MISSILE SYSTEM, WHICH IS AMONG THE TOP MISSILE SHIELD TECHNOLOGIES IN THE WORLD. CONSIDERING THE GROWING THREAT OF NORTH KOREA'S NUCLEAR MISSILE PROGRAM AND IRAN'S BALLISTIC MISSILE DEVELOPMENT, IT IS CLEAR THAT OUR EFFORTS IN THIS FIELD ARE MORE IMPORTANT NOW THAN EVER. IN ADDITION TO OUR SUCCESSFUL COOPERATION ON DEFENSE, THE U.S. AND ISRAEL ALSO WORK TOGETHER ON MANY OTHER ISSUES. ONE OF ISSUES THAT'S OF PARTICULAR IMPORTANT TO ME IS AGRICULTURE. I NEVER DREAMED THAT ISRAEL'S AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY WOULD BE AS ADVANCED AS IT WAS. DESPITE A VERY CHALLENGING ECOSYSTEM, ISRAEL PRODUCES ENOUGH FOOD TO FEED THEIR ENTIRE COUNTRY AS WELL AS BOASTS A VERY IMPRESSIVE AGRICULTURE EXPORT MARKET. IN CONCLUSION, I BELIEVE THE CLOSE WORKING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN OUR TWO GOVERNMENTS WILL REMAIN CRITICALLY IMPORTANT FOR MANY YEARS TO COME, AND I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADVANCE THESE TIES IN ONE SMALL WAY THROUGH MY VISIT LAST MONTH. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:22:32 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      BACK.

  • 10:22:59 AM

    Recess

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

    • 12:00:03 PM

      Reconvened

      The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of September 12.

      • 12:00:05 PM

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

        • 12:01:23 PM

          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. PUSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVE THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MCGOVERN.

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      • 12:01:25 PM

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

      • 12:01:27 PM

        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

        • 12:01:38 PM

          MR. MCGOVERN

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

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

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      • 12:01:45 PM

        ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

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

        • 12:01:51 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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        • 12:01:58 PM

          MR. SMITH

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

        • 12:02:02 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

        • 12:02:11 PM

          MR. SMITH

        • 12:03:02 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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        • 12:03:06 PM

          MR. MCGOVERN

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

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

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        • 12:03:09 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

        • 12:03:12 PM

          MR. MCGOVERN

          MR. SPEAKER, AS KIDS WE WERE TAUGHT THAT BREAKFAST IS THE MOST IMPORTANT…

          MR. SPEAKER, AS KIDS WE WERE TAUGHT THAT BREAKFAST IS THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY. STILL, FAR TOO MANY STUDENTS, ESPECIALLY THOSE LIVING IN POVERTY, ARRIVE AT SCHOOL HUNGRY EACH DAY. CONGRESS CAN AND MUST DO MORE TO BOLSTER OUR SCHOOL BREAKFAST PROGRAMS SO THAT ALL STUDENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE ACCESS TO A NUTRITIOUS BREAKFAST TO START THE HUNGRY EACH DAY. DAY. I'M JOINED BY MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUE ON THE HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE, CONGRESSMAN RODNEY DAVIS, ON A BILL TO EXPAND COMMODITIES SUPPORT TO THE SCHOOL BREAKFAST PROGRAM. THE BIPARTISAN HEALTHY BREAKFAST HELP KIDS LEN ACT WOULD PROVIDE SCHOOLS WITH NUTRITIONAL SCHOOL TO ENSURE NO CHILD STARTS SCHOOL HUNGRY T WILL ALLOW SCHOOLS TO EXPAND THEIR BREAKFAST PROGRAMS, AND SERVE SCHOOLS NUTRITIOUS AMERICAN GROWN FOODS. SCHOOL MEALS ARE JUST AS ESSENTIAL AS A TEXTBOOK. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH MY COLLEAGUES TO ADVANCE THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT COMBINED WITH OTHER ANTI-HUNGER SAFETY NET PROGRAMS WILL WORK TO END HUNGER NOW.

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          MR. THOMPSON

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

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

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        • 12:04:22 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          MR. THOMPSON

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

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE OUTSTANDING WORK OF THE ALLIANCE FOR A HEALTHIER GENERATION AND ITS MISSION ALLIANCE FOR A HEALTHIER GENERATION AND ITS MISSION TO HELP OUR SCHOOL CHILDREN LEAD HEALTHIER LIVES. THE ALLIANCE WORKS CLOSELY WITH SCHOOLS IN PENNSYLVANIA AND NATIONWIDE TO IMPROVE STUDENT HEALTH AND WELL-BEING. OVER THE PAST DECADE HEALTHIER GENERATION'S GROUNDBREAKING WORK A SCHOOLS, COMMUNITIES, AND BUSINESSES HAVE BENEFITED MORE THAN 25 MILLION CHILDREN ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. MORE THAN 950 PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOLS HAVE TEAMED WITH HEALTHIER GENERATION HELPING CHILDREN IN THE COMMONWEALTH MAKE HEALTHIER CHOICES. SINCE 20 2007, 18 PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN RECOGNIZED WITH NATIONAL HEALTHY SCHOOL WORKS FOR THEIR EXCEPTIONAL WORK. THE HEALTHY OUT OF SCHOOL TIME PROGRAM HAS HELPED MORE THAN 11,000 PENNSYLVANIA CHILDREN HAVE ACCESS TO HEALTHIER FOODS AND FOCUS ON MORE ACTIVE COMMUNITY PROGRAMS OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM. MR. SPEAKER, AS CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON NUTRITION, I'M SO PROUD OF OUR SCHOOLS, STUDENTS WHO WORK TO SERVE HEALTHIER MEALS AND SNACKS, GET STUDENTS TO MOVE MORE, OFFER HIGH QUALITY PHYSICAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION, AND EMPOWER SCHOOL LEADERS TO BECOME HEALTHY ROLL MODELS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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

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        • 12:05:44 PM

          MR. KILDEE

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

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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          MR. KILDEE

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, CONGRESS CAN AND ACTUALLY CONGRESS…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, CONGRESS CAN AND ACTUALLY CONGRESS TODAY SHOULD ACT TO PASS THE DREAM ACT. HOUSE DEMOCRATS ARE WORKING TO PASS A PERMANENT SOLUTION TO PROTECT 800,000 DREAMERS. CHILDREN WHO WERE BROUGHT HERE TO THE UNITED STATES BY THEIR PARENTS THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN, MANY OF THEM AS VER YOUNG CHILDREN. AMERICA IS THE ONLY COUNTRY THEY KNOW. THEY HAVE REGISTERED WITH THE GOVERNMENT. THEY HAVE PAID THEIR TAXES. THEY MAKE GREAT CONTRIBUTIONS TO O SOCIETY. WE HAVE TO ASK OURSELVES, DO WE WANT TO DEPORT THESE YOUNGSTERS FROM THE ONLY COUNTRY THEY HAVE EVER KNOWN? IS THAT THE MORALLY RIGHT QUESTION? WE CAN ARGUE THE ECONOMICS, AND CAN I ARGUE IT'S AN ONOMIC MISTAKE TO LOSE THESE INDIVIDUALS, BUT IT'S ESSENTIALLY A RAL QUESTION. IF A MEMBER OF CONGRESS BELIEVES THAT WE SHOULD DEPORT 800,000 PRODUCTIVE PEOPLE WHO ONLY KNOW THIS COUNTRY, WHARE BROUGHT HERE AS CHILDREN, THEN COME TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE AND PUT THATS ESSENTIALLY A MORAL QUESTION. IF A MBER OF CONGRESS BELIEVES ON THE RECORD. OTE YES OR NO BUT BRING UP THE DREAM ACT. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT QUESTION AND IT'SHE WORK OF CONGRESS AND WE SHOULD DO IT NOW. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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          SK UNANIMOUS CONSENT T ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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          MRS. HARTZLER

          I RISE TODAY TO HONOR AND THANK THE AIRMEN OF THE 442ND MISSION SUPPORT…

          I RISE TODAY TO HONOR AND THANK THE AIRMEN OF THE 442ND MISSION SUPPORT GROUP WHO RETURNED HOME TO ON THE WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE LAST MTH AFTER A SIX-MONTH DEPLOYMENT. THESE DEDICATED RESERVISTS WERE DEPLOYED ACROSS SIX BASES IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION RESOLUTE SUPPORT AND PROVIDED VITAL BASE FUNCTIONING FOR OUR MILITARY OVERSEAS. THE RESERVISTS OF THE 442ND LEFT THEIR HOMES, JOBS, FAMILIES, AND FRIENDS TO TRAVEL OVERSEAS TO SUPPORT OUR MILITARY'S MISSION. I ADMIRE THEIR COMMITMENT, THEIR SACRIFICE, AND KAHEAKU-ENHADA DEAD CASE TO OUR NATION. -- AND DEDICATION TO OUR NATION. I'M GLAD TO WELCOME THEM HOME AND THANK THEM FOR THEIR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. I'D ALSO LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT TO THANK THEIR FAMILIES FOR THEIR COMMITMENT TO OUR COUNTRY. AMERICA'S MILITARY FAMILIES SAY GOODBYE TO THEIR SPOUSES, PARENTS, CHILDREN, AND SIBLINGS FOR EXTENDED PERIODS OF TIME FOR THE GOOD OF OUR NATION. THEY ARE UNSUNG HEROES AND THEY, TOO, DESERVE OUR RECOGNITION FOR THEIR SACRIFICE. TO THE AIRMEN OF THE 442ND, YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES HAVE OUR UNDYING GRATITUDE. YOU ARE TRULY HEROES. WELCOME HOME. AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR THE PATHS FEW WEEKS THE COUNTRY HAS TUNED IN…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR THE PATHS FEW WEEKS THE COUNTRY HAS TUNED IN TO WATCH AS CATASTROPHIC HURRICANES MUM PUMMLE TEXAS AND FLORIDA. OUT WEST WE HAVE BEEN FACING OUR OWN NATURAL DISASTER, ONE THAT DOESN'T GET NEARLY AS MUCH ATTENTION BUT EQUALLY DEVASTATING AND DESTRUCTIVE, TALKING ABOUT WILDFIRES.

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        • 12:09:11 PM

          MR. SCHRADER

          ACROSS THE WEST WE HAVE 137 WILD FAIRS RAGING, BURNING A TOTAL OF 7.8…

          ACROSS THE WEST WE HAVE 137 WILD FAIRS RAGING, BURNING A TOTAL OF 7.8 MILLION ACRES. MY HOME STATE WE CURRENTLY HAVE 26 ACKIVE FIRES. AS A MEMBER -- ACTIVE FIRES. AS A MEMBER OF THIS BODY I HAVE SUPPORTED EMERGENCY APPROPRIATION PACKAGE WHEN NATURAL DISASTERS IF HIT THIS COUNTRY. I SUPPORTED FUNDING FOR HURRICANE HARVEY AND I WILL SUPPORT IT FOR HURRICANE IRMA. I HAVE DONE THIS AS A AN AMERICAN AND MEMBER OF CONGRESS IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. I CALL ON MY COLLEAGUES NOW TO ALSO SUPPORT US IN THE WEST. WE NEED TO CHANGE THE WAY WE PAY TO FIGHT FOR THESE WILDFIRES. MY GOOD FRIEND FROM IDAHO, MIKE SIMPSON AND I HAVE ONCE ONCE AGAIN INTRODUCED BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION, H.R. 2062RK THE WILDFIRE DISASTER FUNDING ACT, THAT WILL BEGIN TO TREAT WILDFIRES LIKE THE NATURAL DISASTER THEY ARE. THE BILL WILL CREATE A FUND DEDICATED TO THE COST OF FIGHTING WILDFIRES SO THE FOREST SERVICE AND B.L.M. WILL NO LONGER HAVE TO SPEND 50% OF THEIR BUDGET ON FIGHTING FIRES THAT SHOULD BE SPENT ON MANAGING OUR FORESTS AND SUSTAINABLE HEALTH. COMMON SENSE, MY FRIENDS. TIME TO ACT. TIME TO RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS ISSUE, ESPECIALLY TO THOSE OF US OUT WEST WHO FACE THESE INFERNOS EVERY YEAR. I YIELD BACK.

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        • 12:10:26 PM

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          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 PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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          MR. FITZPATRICK

          MR. SPEAKER, SEPTEMBER IS HUNGER ACTION MONTH. A MONTH WHERE PEOPLE ALL…

          MR. SPEAKER, SEPTEMBER IS HUNGER ACTION MONTH. A MONTH WHERE PEOPLE ALL OVER AMERICA STAND TOGETHER WITH A NATIONWIDE NETWORK OF FOOD BANKS TO FIGHT HUNGER. HUNGER CAN AFFECT PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE. TOO MANY AMERICANS ARE ONE JOB LOSS OR ONE MEDICAL CRISIS AWAY FROM FOOD INSECURITY. AND SOME PEOPLE, LIKE CHILDREN AND SENIORS, STAND A GREATER RISK OF FACING HUNGER. THAT'S WHY I'M PROUD OF THE BUCKS COUNTY FRESH CONNECT PROGRAM. A FREE FARMER'S MARKET BRINGING FRESH AND HEALTHY FOOD TO OUR HUNGRY NEIGHBORS. THE PROGRAM PROVIDES RELIABLE AND NEEDED FOOD TO THE 57,000 RESIDENTS OF BUCKS COUNTY FACING HUNGER. ABOUT A THIRD OF WHICH ARE CHILDREN. THIS MONTH I PARTICIPATED IN THE FRESH CONNECT PROGRAM IN IVYLAND WHERE FRESH PRODUCE WAS COLLECTED AND DELIVERED TO THE BUCKS COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOR DISTRIBUTION. I WANT TO THANK PHIL, THE BUCKS COUNTY OPPORTUNITY COUNCIL, GREATER PHILADELPHIA COALITION AGAINST HUNGER, ST. MARY MEDICAL CENTER, UNITED WAY OF BUCKS COUNTY, ROLLING HARVEST FOOD RESCUE, AND SULLY FARM FOR ALL THEIR HARD WORK IN MAKING THIS PROGRAM POSSIBLE. MR. SPEAKER, THESE ORGANIZATIONS AND ALL THEIR GENEROUS VOLUNTEERS ARE A TRIBUTE TO OUR COMMUNITY AND TO OUR NATION. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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        • 12:11:58 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK CHINGT -- BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK CHINGT -- BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILL KNOW SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. REVISE AND EXTEND.

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          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

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

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          TODAY TO HONOR SCHOOL NUTRITION PROFESSIONAL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. FROM…

          TODAY TO HONOR SCHOOL NUTRITION PROFESSIONAL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. FROM WASHINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO ST. BONAFICE CATHOLIC SCHOOL I HAVE SEEN FIRSTHAND THE GREAT WORK THEY DO IN SCHOOLS ACROSS MY DISTRICT.

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        • 12:12:30 PM

          MR. DAVIS

          AS SUMMER COMES TO AN END AND CHILDREN HEAD BACK TO SCHOOL, THEY'LL BE…

          AS SUMMER COMES TO AN END AND CHILDREN HEAD BACK TO SCHOOL, THEY'LL BE WORKING HARD TO ENSURE STUDENTS RECEIVE HEALTHY AND APPEALING MEALS. WHICH IS NOT AN EASY STASK. EACH SCHOOL DAY NEARLY 14U7BD,000 SCHOOLS SERVE LUNCHES TO 30.4 MILLION STUDENTS. NUTRITIOUS MEALS AT SCHOOL ARE AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THE DAY AND HELP TO NOURISH CHILDREN, ENABLING THEM TO LEARN. THIS COULD NEVER BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT DEDICATED SCHOOL NUTRITION PROFESSIONALS. SCHOOL NUTRITION PROFESSIONALS ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT ENSURING THAT STUDENTS HAVE ACCESS TO THE NUTRITION THEY NEED TO SUCCEED. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO HONOR SCHOOL NUTRITION PROFESSIONALS WHO SHOULD TAKE PRIDE IN THE WORK THEY DO EVERY SINGLE DAY. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK. I YIELD BACK.

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        • 12:13:14 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE COMMUNICATIONS.

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          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 2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CLERK RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MEMBER FROM THE SECOND OF THE SENATE ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2017, AT 7:58 P.M. THAT THE SENATE PASSED WITHOUT AMENDMENT H.R. 3732. SIGNED, SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS.

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        • 12:13:47 PM

          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 11, 2017 at 7:58 p.m.: That the Senate passed H.R. 3732.

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            TEMPORE PURSUANT

            PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 4 OF RULE 1, THE FOLLOWING ENROLLED BILL WAS SIGNED BY…

            PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 4 OF RULE 1, THE FOLLOWING ENROLLED BILL WAS SIGNED BY THE SPEAKER ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2017.

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          • 12:13:55 PM

            THE CLERK

            H.R. 3732, A BILL-TO-MEND SECTION 1113 OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT TO…

            H.R. 3732, A BILL-TO-MEND SECTION 1113 OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT TO PROVIDE AUTHORITY FOR INCREASE FISCAL YEAR 2017 AND 2018 PAYMENTS FOR TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE TO UNITED STATES CITIZENS RETURNED FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES.

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        • 12:14:14 PM

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

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            TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

            PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. OR VOTES OBJECTED TO UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. THE HOUSE WILL RESUME PROCEEDSINGS ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS AT LATER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        • 12:14:37 PM

          Mr. Fitzpatrick moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3284 — "To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish a Joint Counterterrorism Awareness Workshop Series, and for other purposes."

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            MR. FITZPATRICK

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

            MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 3284, THE JOINT COUNTERTERRORISM AWARENESS WORKSHOP SERIES ACT OF 2017, AS AMENDED.

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          • 12:14:47 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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            THE CLERK

            H.R. 3284, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO ESTABLISH…

            H.R. 3284, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO ESTABLISH A JOINT COUNTERTERRORISM AWARENESS WORKSHOP SERIES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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        • 12:14:52 PM

          Considered under suspension of the rules.

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          DEBATE

          The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3284.

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            TEMPORE PURSUANT

            PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. FITZPATRICK,…

            PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. FITZPATRICK, AND THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. BARRAGAN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA. .

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          • 12:15:25 PM

            MR. FITZPATRICK

            I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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            MR. FITZPATRICK

            AS WE GATHER THIS WEEK TO MARK THE ANNIVERSARY OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, WE…

            AS WE GATHER THIS WEEK TO MARK THE ANNIVERSARY OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, WE REMEMBER THE NEARLY 3,000 PEOPLE LOST IN THAT HEINOUS ACT, INCLUDING 18 FROM MY HOME IN BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, AND WE HONOR THE FIRST RESPONDERS WHO PERISHED AND THE COUNTLESS OTHERS WHOSE HEALTH WERE IMPACTED. WE HAVE HEARD THE STORIES OF THOSE BRAVE FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE OFFICERS, AND E.M.T.'S WHO RAN TOWARD THE DANGER AND CHAOS ON THAT TUESDAY MORNING AND MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR COMMUNITY AND COUNTRY. TODAY WE REMEMBER THEM AND WE RECOMMIT TO RECOGNIZE THEIR EFFORTS. AND TO THOSE EFFORTS OF ALL FIRST RESPONDERS AROUND OUR NATION. MR. SPEAKER, SINCE 9/11, WE'VE SEEN THE DEVASTATING IMPACT OF COORDINATED TERRORIST ATTACKS ON CIVILIAN TARGETS. IN THESE CASES, FIRST RESPONDERS, INCLUDE LOG CALL POLICE, FIRE, AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL PERSONNEL ARE THE MAIN RESPONSE FORCE. IT IS CRITICAL. THESE MEN AND WOMEN HAVE THE TRAINING AND TOOLS TO OPERATE IN THESE PLANNED ATTACKS. THAT IS WHY I INTRODUCED H.R. 3284, THE JOINT COUNTERTERRORISM AWARENESS WORKSHOP SERIES ACT OF 2017, TO AUTHORIZE A VITAL WORKSHOP SERIES, ALLOWING STATE AND LOCAL JURISDICTIONS TO PREPARE FOR COORDINATED TERROR ATTACKS. H.R. 3284, AS AMENDED, AUTHORIZES THE JOINT COUNTERTERRORISM AWARENESS WORKSHOP SERIES FOR PHI YEARS AND DELINEATES THE ACTIVITIES REQUIRED TO BE PART OF EACH WORKSHOP, INCLUDE REGULAR VIEW OF CURRENT PLANS, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES AND AN EXAMINATION OF THE ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF EACH PARTICIPATING AGENCY. H.R. 3284 ENSURES THAT THE WHOLE COMMUNITY, FROM GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIRE, E.M.S., PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS, TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR, PARTICIPATE IN THESE WORKSHOPS. ADDITIONALLY, MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL ALLOWS THE FEMA ADMINISTRATOR TO SELECT JURISDICTIONS TO PARTICIPATE IN SUCH WORKSHOPS. FROM JURISDICTIONS THAT CURRENTLY RECEIVE OR PREVIOUSLY RECEIVED URBAN AREA SECURITY INITIATIVE FUNDING AND HAVE REQUESTED TO HOST A WORK SHOVEP. FINALLY, H.R. 32 4 REQUIRES THE PARTICIPANTS TO DEVELOP A SUMMARY REPORT AFTER EACH WORKSHOP THAT INCLUDES KEY FINDINGS AND STRATEGIES TO MITIGATE THE IDENTIFIED GAPS. I INTRODUCE THIS BILL WITH BURN SUPPORT AND I'M PROUD OF THE BACKING OF TWO FIRST RESPONDER ORGANIZATIONS WHOM I TRUST WHEN WORKING ON THIS TYPE OF LEGISLATION. I WOULD LIKE TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD A LETTER OF SUPPORT THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE CHIEFS, AND A LETTER OF SUPPORT FROM THE FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ASSOCIATION.

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          • 12:18:07 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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            MR. FITZPATRICK

            THROUGHOUT OUR NATION'S HISTORY, OUR FIRST RESPONDERS HAVE STOOD FOR…

            THROUGHOUT OUR NATION'S HISTORY, OUR FIRST RESPONDERS HAVE STOOD FOR PEACE, SECURITY, AND LIBERTY TO MAKE OUR COMMUNITIES GREAT AND OUR COUNTRIES STRONG. FOR THIS, WE ARE ETERNALLY GRATEFUL. AND AS WE REMEMBER THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES ON SEPTEMBER 11, WE UNFORTUNATELY RECALL THAT THE THREATS -- THREAT OF A COORDINATED TERROR ATTACK ARE NOT GOING AWAY. TODAY IT REMAINS CRITICAL THAT OUR FIRST RESPOND VERSE THE TOOLS AND RESOURCES NEEDED TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES. THE JOINT COUNTERTERRORISM WORKSHOP SERIES IS ONE OF THESE VITAL TOOLS. MR. SPEAKER, AS A FIRST RESPONDERS MYSELF I'M PROUD TO WORK WITH THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY, EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS RESPONSE ON MOVING THIS MEANINGFUL LEGISLATION AND I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING OUR FIRST RESPONDERS BY VOTING YES. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 12:18:57 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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            MS. BARRAGAN

            I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3284, THE JOINT COUNTERTERRORISM AWARENESS…

            I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3284, THE JOINT COUNTERTERRORISM AWARENESS WORKSHOP ACT OF 017 AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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          • 12:19:14 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 12:19:16 PM

            MS. BARRAGAN

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN A CRISIS LIKE THE ATK ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001,…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN A CRISIS LIKE THE ATK ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, OUR NATION'S FIRST RESPONDERS, POLICE OFFICERS, FIREFIGHTERS AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL PERSONNEL, TAKE ON ENORMOUS RESPONSE BLETS. THEY TAKE ON THE SITUATION AND KEEP PEOPLE SAFE WHILE PUTTING THEIR OWN LIVES AT RISK. THESE WEIGHTY RESPONSIBILITIES ARE CENTRAL IN TERRORISM RELATED CRISIS. TODAY, THERE'S AN APPRECIATION OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THE WHOLE OF NATION RESPONSE FOR EFFORTS AAMONG DIVERSE TAKE HOLDERS, INCLUDING NONTRADITIONAL FIRST RESPONDERS, ARE WELL-COORDNAILTED AND THOROUGHLY PLAN THE JOINT COUNTERTERRORISM AWARENESS WORKSHOP SERIES IS A PROGRAM WHERE ONE-DAY EVENTS ARE HOSTED ACROSS THE DROINT BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER WHO PLAY A CRITICAL ROLE IN KEEPING THEIR CITIES -- -- THEIR CITY'S RESIDENTS SAFE IN A TERRORIST ATTACK TAVEPLS COLLABORATIVE EFFORT AMONG FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL AND PRIVATE SECTOR ENTITIES TO ENSURE CITIES PROVIDE THE BEST RESPONSE TO AN ORGANIZED TERRORIST ATTACK. ONE OF THESE WORKSHOPS WAS CONDUCTED IN LOS ANGELES NEAR MY DISTRICT. I REPRESENT THE PORT OF LOS ANGELES. AMERICA'S PORT. IT TOUCHES EVERY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT AND FACES A VARIETY OF THREATS THAT REQUIRE COORDINATED PREPARATION AND RESPONSE FROM FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL AGENCIES. ENACTMENT OF H.R. 3 84, THE JOINT COUNTERTERRORISM AWARENESS WORKSHOP SERIES ACT, WOULD CODIFY THIS IMPORTANT PROGRAM IN LAW. SPECIFICALLY, H.R. 3284 REQUIRES FEMA ADMINISTRATOR, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE DIRECTORS OF THE NATIONAL COUNTERTERRORISM CENTER, AND THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION TO ESTABLISH A JOINT COUNTERTERRORISM WORKSHOP SERIES. IMPORTANTLY, THE BILL REQUIRES THAT AT THE CONCLUSION OF EACH EVENT, THE FEMA ADMINISTRATOR IN CONSULTUATION THE NEPC AND F.B.I. DIRECTORS AND OFFICIALS FROM THE PARTICIPANT CITY HOSTING THE WORKSHOP SERIES PROVIDE ALL PARTICIPANTS WITH AN AFINOGENOV ACTION REPORT THAT INCLUDES KEY FINDINGS ABOUT LESSONS LEARNED AND BEST PRACTICES FROM THE EVENT AND POTENTIAL MITIGATION STRATEGIES AND RESOURCES TO ADDRESS GAPS IDENTIFIED DURING THE EVENT. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS COUNTERTERRORISM TRAINING PROGRAM AND BELIEVE THAT CONGRESS SHOULD SHOW ITS SUPPORT FOR THE PROGRAM BY ENACTING THIS LEGISLATION. WITH THAT, I URGE MY HOUSE COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 12:21:46 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 12:21:50 PM

            MR. FITZPATRICK

            I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLELADY HAS NO OTHER SPEAKERS I'M…

            I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLELADY HAS NO OTHER SPEAKERS I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE THE GENTLELADY DOES.

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          • 12:21:56 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 12:22:01 PM

            MS. BARRAGAN

            I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 3284 IS AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF…

            I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 3284 IS AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT HAS STRONG SUPPORT ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. IT EMPOWERS OFFICIALS AND INDIVIDUALS ON THE LOCAL LEVEL TO COME TOGETHER TO MAKE THEIR COMMUNITIES MORE SECURE. THIS WORKSHOP SERIES HELPS ADRESS NEW, EVOLVING TERRORIST THREATS. IT ALSO ENHANCES THE ABILITY OF STATE AND LOCAL JURISDICTIONS TO PREVENT, PROTECT AGAINST, RESPOND TO AND RECOVER FROM TERROR ATTACKS HERE IN THE HOMELAND. AS SUCH, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 3284 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 12:22:39 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 12:22:43 PM

            MR. FITZPATRICK

            I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 3284 AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY…

            I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 3284 AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 12:22:47 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE…

            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 32 4 AS AMENDED. -- 3284 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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          • 12:23:08 PM

            MR. FITZPATRICK

            I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

            THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. LE DOES THE GENTLEMAN IN -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          • 12:23:17 PM

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

            • 12:23:57 PM

              Mr. Gallagher moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 2453 — "To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish the Intelligence Rotational Assignment Program in the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes."

              • 12:24:13 PM

                Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                DEBATE

                The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2453.

                • 12:24:21 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. GALLAGHER, AND THE…

                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. GALLAGHER, AND THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. BARRAGAN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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                • 12:27:56 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN SE RESERVES. -- THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY IS…

                  THE GENTLEMAN SE RESERVES. -- THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                • 12:28:01 PM

                  MS. BARRAGAN

                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY FRIEND'S BILL, H.R. 2453, THE D.H.S. INTELLIGENCE…

                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY FRIEND'S BILL, H.R. 2453, THE D.H.S. INTELLIGENCE ROTATIONAL ASSIGNMENT PROGRAM ACT OF 2017, AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                • 12:28:14 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 12:28:16 PM

                  MS. BARRAGAN

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. 16 YEARS AGO, AMERICANS WERE JARRED BY THE…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. 16 YEARS AGO, AMERICANS WERE JARRED BY THE SPECTACLE OF THE -- SPECTACLE OF THE MIGHTY TWIN TOWERS COLLAPSING AND FIRES AT THE PENTAGON AND IN A PENNSYLVANIA FIELD. THE PERPETRATE YOFERSE -- PERPETRATE YOFFERS THE ATTACKS SUTH TO BRING THE UNITED STATES TO ITS KNEES. WHILE WITHOUT QUESTION A DEEP WOUND THAT MAY NEVER FULLY HEAL WAS INFLICTED ON THE HEART OF THE NATION ON THAT DAY, WE REMAIN STRONG AND RESOLUTION. -- RESOLUTE. WE EMERGED FROM THAT DEVASTATING EXPERIENCE MORE DETERMINED AND WITH LESSONS LEARNED ABOUT THE NEED FOR BETTER INFORMATION SHARING. INTEROPERABILITY, AND COORDINATION. ONE MAJOR REFORM WAS THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE DOTCHT HOMELAND SECURITY AS A MULTIMISSION AGENCY WHICH TODAY HAS 240,000 MEN AND WOMEN SERVING IN A RANGE OF CAPACITIES AT OUR LABS. AIR AND SEA PORTS AS WELL AS IN THE FIELD WORKING TO PROTECT CRIMINAL -- CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE FROM CYBERAND OTHER ATTACKS. THE D.H.S. INTELLIGENCE ROTATIONAL ASSIGNMENT ACT SEEKS TO PROVIDE D.H.S. EMPLOYEES WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO A ROTATIONAL ASSIGNMENT WITHIN D.H.S.'S INTELLIGENCE AND ANALYST DIVISION. BY ESTABLISHING THIS PROGRAM, OFFICERS AND ANALYSTS ACROSS D.H.S. WHO HAVE A PASSION FOR KEEPING OUR NATION SECURE WOULD BE PROVIDED THE OPPORTUNITY TO DEVELOP OR BROADEN THEIR INTELLIGENCE AND COUNTERTERRORISM SKILLS. IF ORGANIZATION -- ORGANIZATIONS WITH SUCH PROGRAMS FIND THEY YIELD BENEFITS FAR BEYOND WHAT INDIVIDUALS WHO PARTICIPATE LEARN. I URGE MY HOUSE COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 12:29:58 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 12:30:07 PM

                  MR. GALLAGHER

                  I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLELADY HAS NO OTHER SPEAKERS, I'M…

                  I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLELADY HAS NO OTHER SPEAKERS, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                • 12:30:13 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 12:30:18 PM

                  MS. GARE BEGUN

                  H.R. 2453 WAS OVERWHELMINGLY APPROVED BY THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND…

                  H.R. 2453 WAS OVERWHELMINGLY APPROVED BY THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY. THIS ROTATIONAL PROGRAM THAT IT AUTHORIZES AS THE POTENTIAL TO NOT ONLY PROVIDE DEDICATED D.H.S. EMPLOYEES A BOOST IN MORALE AND FRESH PERSPECTIVE ON THE MISSION BUT ALSO TO ENRICH D.H.S.'S CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE INTELLIGENCE ENTERPRISE. AS SUCH I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 2453 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. . .

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                • 12:30:48 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 12:30:51 PM

                  MR. GALLAGHER

                  I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HER HARD WORK AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT…

                  I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HER HARD WORK AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 2453RK TO BOLSTER THE ANALYST ROTATION PROGRAM AND STRENGTHEN THE INTELLIGENCE ENTERPRISE. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN NOONEST AND HOUSE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE FORK WORKING WITH THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY TO BRING MY BILL AS WELL AS H.R. 2468 OFFERED BY REPRESENTATIVE PERRY AND H.R. 2470, OFFERED BY REPRESENTATIVE ROGERS TO THE FLOOR. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD IN EXCHANGE BETWEEN THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 12:31:29 PM

                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE…

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2453. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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              • 12:31:46 PM

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

                • 12:31:48 PM

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

                  • 12:32:03 PM

                    >>

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

                    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS BILL H.R. 2427, THE PATHWAYS TO IMPROVING HOMELAND SECURITY AT THE LOCAL LEVEL ACT AS AMENDED.

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                • 12:32:09 PM

                  Mr. Gallagher moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2427 — "To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002, to direct the Assistant Secretary for State and Local Law Enforcement to produce and disseminate an annual catalog on Department of Homeland Security training, publications, programs, and services for State, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies, and for other purposes."

                  • 12:32:13 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                  • 12:32:18 PM

                    THE CLERK

                    SECRETARY FOR STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TO PRODUCE AND DISSEMINATE…

                    SECRETARY FOR STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TO PRODUCE AND DISSEMINATE AN ANNUAL CATALOG ON DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TRAINING, PUBLICATIONS, PROGRAMS, AND SERVICES FOR STATE, LOCAL, AND TRIBAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                • 12:32:21 PM

                  Considered under suspension of the rules.

                • 12:32:25 PM

                  DEBATE

                  The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2427.

                  • 12:32:39 PM

                    TEMPORE PURSUANT

                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. GALLAGHER, THE…

                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. GALLAGHER, THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. BARRAGAN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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                  • 12:32:49 PM

                    MR. GALLAGHER

                    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 ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                  • 12:32:57 PM

                    TEMPORE WITHOUT

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

                  • 12:32:59 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                  • 12:33:02 PM

                    MR. GALLAGHER

                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE PATHWAYS TO IMPROVING HOMELAND SECURITY AT THE…

                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE PATHWAYS TO IMPROVING HOMELAND SECURITY AT THE LOCAL LEVEL ACT SPONSORED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, MRS. DEMINGS, ENSURES THAT STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT WILL CONTINUE TO RECEIVE VALUABLE INFORMATION ON D.H.S. RESOURCES AND PROGRAMS AVAILABLE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT. THE BILL REQUIRES THE OFFICE OF STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TO PRODUCE AND DISSEMINATE AN ANNUAL CATALOG THAT SUMMARIZES OPPORTUNITIES FOR TRAINING, PUBLICATIONS, PROGRAMS, AND FOR TRAINING, PUBLICATIONS, PROGRAMS, AND SERVICES AVAILABLE TO NONFEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND TO DISSEMINATE THE CATALOG TO STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ENTITIES WITHIN 30 DAYS OF PRODUCTION. THIS ALSO REQUIRES D.H.S. TO SHARE THE CATALOG THROUGH THE HOMELAND SECURITY INFORMATION NETWORK BY REQUIRING THE OFFICE TO SHARE THIS CATALOG THROUGH THIS EXISTING INFORMATION SHARING PLATFORM, IT WILL EXPAND THE NUMBER OF STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT PARTNERS WHO RECEIVE IT. THIS BILL IS A COMMONSENSE MEASURE FOCUSED ON INCREASING TRANSPARENCY -- ON D.H.S. TOOLS AND RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT. I COMMEND THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, MRS. DEMINGS, FOR HER WORK ON THIS MEASURE. SHE'S UNABLE TO BE PRESENT TODAY BECAUSE OF HURRICANE IRMA. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH HER, HER DISTRICT, AND THE STATE OF FLORIDA AS RECOVERY EFFORTS CONTINUE. MR. SPEAKER, ON BEHALF OF THE COMMITTEE OF HOMELAND SECURITY, I WANT TO EXPRESS OUR APPRECIATION TO THE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY FOR WORKING WITH US AND ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT AN EXCHANGE OF LETTERS INSERT AN EXCHANGE OF LETTERS BETWEEN THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY AND THE CHAIRMAN ON HOMELAND SECURITY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  • 12:34:41 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.…

                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. MITTS BARRAGAN: MR. SPEAKER --

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                  • 12:34:45 PM

                    MITTS BARRAGAN

                  • 12:34:46 PM

                    MS. BARRAGAN

                    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2427, THE PATHWAYS TO IMPROVING HOMELAND…

                    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2427, THE PATHWAYS TO IMPROVING HOMELAND SECURITY AT THE LOCAL LEVEL ACT AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                  • 12:34:51 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                  • 12:34:52 PM

                    MS. BARRAGAN

                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. 16 YEARS AGO THE TERRORIST ATTACKS OF SEPTEMBER 11…

                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. 16 YEARS AGO THE TERRORIST ATTACKS OF SEPTEMBER 11 BROUGHT HOME THE REALITY THAT TERRORISM PREVENTION AND PREPAREDNESS IS A SHARED FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL RESPONSIBILITY. TODAY THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY'S TRAINING CATALOG IS A PRIMARY RESOURCE FOR STATE AND LOCAL JURISDICTIONS TO FIND OPPORTUNITIES TO ENHANCE THEIR COUNTERTERRORISM AND PREPAREDNESS CAPABILITIES.'S TRAINING CATALOG IS A PRIMARY RESOURCE FOR H.R. 27 -- 2427 SEEKS TO ENSURE THAT GOING FORWARD THIS VITAL RESOURCE REMAINS AVAILABLE TO THE FIRST RESPONDER COMMUNITY. SPECIFICALLY, H.R. 2427 DIRECTS D.H.S.'S OFFICE OF STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TO PRODUCE AND DISTRIBUTE AN ANNUAL CATALOG OF D.H.S.'S TRAINING, PROGRAMS, AND SERVICES FOR STATE, LOCAL, AND TRIBAL LAW ENFORCEMENT. FURTHER, TO ENSURE THAT THIS INFORMATION IS SHARED THROUGHOUT THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY, THE PATHWAY TO IMPROVING HOMELAND SECURITY AT THE LOCAL LEVEL ACT REQUIRES COMPETITIVE CATALOG BE POSTED ON THE D.H.S. WEBSITE AS WELL AS ON THE HOMELAND SECURITY INFORMATION NETWORK. MY DISTRICT IS HOME TO THE COAST GUARD. D.H.S. PERSONNEL, AND OFFICIALS FROM THE PORT OF LOS ANGELES WHO ALL HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER TO PREPARE AND RESPOND TO THREATS. THIS BILL WOULD PROVIDE THE INFORMATION THEY NEED TO WORK TOGETHER AND GET THE NECESSARY TRAINING. THIS MEASURE, WHICH WAS INTRODUCED BY MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUE ON THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE, REPRESENTATIVE VAL DEMINGS, HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE OF EEQUIPPING LAW ENFORCEMENT HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE, WITH NECESSARY TOOLS SO THEY CAN QUICK-L ADAPT AND DISCOVER NEW WAYS TO EVOLVE WITH THE CURRENT TERRORIST THREAT LANDSCAPE. ENACTMENT OF THIS BILL WILL FURTHER STRENGTHEN THE DEPARTMENT'S PARTNERSHIP WITH STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TO HELP WITH NECESSARY PROTECT THE WHOMLAND. WITH THAT, I URGE MY HOUSE COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  • 12:36:48 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN IS RECOGNIZED.

                  • 12:36:52 PM

                    MR. GALLAGHER

                    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLELADY A FROM CALIFORNIA…

                    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLELADY A FROM CALIFORNIA HAS NO OTHER SPEAKERS, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                  • 12:36:58 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                  • 12:37:03 PM

                    MS. BARRAGAN

                    I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 2427 IS AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF…

                    I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 2427 IS AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT HAS STRONG SUPPORT ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. CONSIDERATION OF THIS MEASURE TODAY IS PARTICULARLY TIMELY AS THIS WEEK WE REMEMBER THOSE WHO SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES AND RAN TOWARD DANGER DURING THE WORST TERRORIST ATTACK ON U.S. SOIL. WE OWE IT TO THEIR MEMORY AND TO THE MEN AND WOMEN THAT TODAY STAND ON THE FRONTLINES TO ENSURE THAT THEY HAVE ACCESS TO THE TRAINING AND TOOLS THEY NEED TO KEEP THEIR COMMUNITIES SECURE. WITH THAT I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 2427 . I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  • 12:37:45 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WIGS WHICH IS VIRGINIA TECH.

                  • 12:37:53 PM

                    MR. GALLAGHER

                    MR. SPEAKER, I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 2427 TO…

                    MR. SPEAKER, I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 2427 TO ENSURE THAT STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT CONTINUE TO RECEIVE VALUABLE INFORMATION ON THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY SERVICES AND RESOURCES. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  • 12:38:02 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. --

                  • 12:38:10 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2427, AS AMENDED. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE.

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                  • 12:38:34 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN SEEK RECOGNITION?

                • 12:38:35 PM

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

                  • 12:38:36 PM

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

                    • 12:38:37 PM

                      MR. GALLAGHER

                      MR. SPEAKER, MORPH THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R.…

                      MR. SPEAKER, MORPH THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2470, THE HOMELAND SECURITY THREAT ASSESSMENT ACT.

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                  • 12:38:43 PM

                    Mr. Gallagher moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 2470 — "To require an annual homeland threat assessment, and for other purposes."

                    • 12:38:46 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                    • 12:38:48 PM

                      THE CLERK

                      AN ANNUAL HOMELAND THREAT ASSESSMENT, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

                  • 12:38:53 PM

                    Considered under suspension of the rules.

                  • 12:38:54 PM

                    DEBATE

                    The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2470.

                    • 12:38:55 PM

                      TEMPORE PURSUANT

                      PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. GALLAGHER, AND THE…

                      PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. GALLAGHER, AND THE GENTLELADY FROM VIRGINIA, MS. BARRAGAN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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                    • 12:39:06 PM

                      MR. GALLAGHER

                      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 BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                    • 12:39:16 PM

                      TEMPORE WITHOUT

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

                    • 12:39:19 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      MR. GALLAGHER

                      I'M PLEASED TO SPEAK IN FAVOR OF THIS BILL ON BEHALF OF CONGRESSMAN MIKE…

                      I'M PLEASED TO SPEAK IN FAVOR OF THIS BILL ON BEHALF OF CONGRESSMAN MIKE ROGERS. HE IS DEALING WITH THE AFTER EFFECTS OF HURRICANE IRMA RIGHT NOW WHICH IS A TROPICAL STORM AFFECTING HIS DISTRICT I WANT TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF H.R. 2470, WHICH RECEIVED BIPARTISAN SUPPORT WITH THE DURING CONSIDERATION BY THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON COUNTERTERRORISM AND INTELLIGENCE IN MAY AND WAS INCLUDED IN THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AUTHORIZATION BILL WHICH PASSED THE FLOOR IN JULY. H.R. 2470 REQUIRES THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY RELEASE AN ANNUAL COMPREHENSIVE HOMELAND SECURITY THREAT ASSESSMENT. THIS WILL PROVIDE A COMMON THREAT PICTURE ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT IN FOUR FEDERAL STATE AND LOCAL PARTNERS. THIS WEEK WE'RE RECOGNIZING 16 YEARS AFTER THE HORRIFIC EVENTS OF 9/11, 16 YEARS LATE OUR ABILITY TO ACCURATELY IDENTIFY AND EVALUATE THREATS TO THE HOMELAND REMAINS STUNTED IN MANY WAYS. TALENTED PROFESSIONALS ACROSS FEDERAL AGENCIES AND STATE AND LOCAL LEVEL ARE HARD AT WORK GATHERING AND ANALYZING THREAT INFORMATION, THERE IS STILL NOT A FORMALIZED PROCESS THAT EVALUATES HOMELAND THREATS IN A MEANINGFUL AND COMPREHENSIVE WAY. THE ASSESSMENT IN THIS BILL REQUIRES D.H.S. TO INCORPORATE AND ANALYZE DEPARTMENTAL DATA IN A STRATEGIC PICTURE. BY RELYING ON INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE ON THE GROUND PROFESSIONALS, INCLUDING STATE AND LOCAL POLICE AND THE DEPARTMENT'S OPERATIONAL COMPONENT, THIS THREAT ASSESSMENT WILL BE UNIQUE CONTRIBUTION TO THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY, POLICYMAKERS, AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS BY REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT TO CONSIDER SPECIFIC CYBER, TRANSPORTATION, AND BORDER SECURITY THREATS IN ADDITION TO TRADITIONAL TERRORISM THREATS. H.R. 247 O ENSURES D.H.S. WILL FOCUS ON CRITICAL MISSION AREA WHERE IT CAN PROVIDE REAL VALUE. ADDITIONALLY, THE THREAT ASSESSMENT REQUIRED BY H.R. 2470 CAN INFORM THE DEPARTMENT'S BUDGETING AND PLANNING BY CLARIFYING THE NATURE AND SCALE OF THE THREATS D.H.S. WAS CREATED TO COUNTER. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TRADITIONAL TERRORISM THREATS. H.R. 247 O ENSURES TO PASS H.R. 2470. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 12:41:21 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      MS. BARRAGAN

                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2470, THE HOMELAND THREAT…

                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2470, THE HOMELAND THREAT ASSESSMENT ACT OF 2017. AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                    • 12:41:29 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 12:41:30 PM

                      MS. BARRAGAN

                      AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER,

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      ITS ANALYTIC PRODUCTS. -- PRODUCTS

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                      MR. GALLAGHER

                      ITS ANALYTIC PRODUCTS. -- PRODUCTS

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      ITS ANALYTIC PRODUCTS. -- PRODUCTS

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                      MS. BARRAGAN

                      ITS ANALYTIC PRODUCTS. -- PRODUCTS

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      ITS ANALYTIC PRODUCTS. -- PRODUCTS

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                      MS. BARRAGAN

                      ITS ANALYTIC PRODUCTS. -- PRODUCTS

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      ITS ANALYTIC PRODUCTS. -- PRODUCTS

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                      MR. GALLAGHER

                      ITS ANALYTIC PRODUCTS. -- PRODUCTS

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      ITS ANALYTIC PRODUCTS. -- PRODUCTS

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

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

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        ITS ANALYTIC PRODUCTS. -- PRODUCTS

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                        ITS ANALYTIC PRODUCTS. -- PRODUCTS

                    • 12:45:48 PM

                      Mr. Perry moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2468 — "To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish a homeland intelligence doctrine for the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes."

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        ITS ANALYTIC PRODUCTS. -- PRODUCTS

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                      Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                        THE CLERK

                        ITS ANALYTIC PRODUCTS. -- PRODUCTS

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                    DEBATE

                    The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2468.

                    • 12:46:17 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      ITS ANALYTIC PRODUCTS. -- PRODUCTS

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                      MR. PERRY

                      ITS ANALYTIC PRODUCTS. -- PRODUCTS

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      ITS ANALYTIC PRODUCTS. -- PRODUCTS

                    • 12:46:35 PM

                      MR. PERRY

                      ITS ANALYTIC PRODUCTS. -- PRODUCTS

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      ITS ANALYTIC PRODUCTS. -- PRODUCTS

                    • 12:46:41 PM

                      MR. PERRY

                      ITS ANALYTIC PRODUCTS. -- PRODUCTS AND PROCESSES. H.R. 2468 ALSO TAKES…

                      ITS ANALYTIC PRODUCTS. -- PRODUCTS AND PROCESSES. H.R. 2468 ALSO TAKES ANOTHER STEP IN STRENGTHENING THE DEPARTMENT'S INTELLIGENCE ENTERPRISE BY FORMALIZING THE DEPARTMENT'S EXISTING SUPPORT FOR THE D. H S. CHIEF INTELLIGENCE OFFICER OR THE -- THOUGH THEY SERVE AS THE DEPARTMENT'S CHIEF INTELLIGENT INTELLIGENCE OFFICER, THEY CARRY DIFFERENT STATUTORY AUTHORITIES AND DISTING MISSIONS. CONGRESS SHOULD SUPPORT BOTH FUNCTIONS. THIS DOES NOT AUTHORIZE NEW HIRE BUG RE-AUTHORIZES THE EXISTING STAFF ASSIGN. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY MAKES THOSE ASSIGNMENTS PERMANENT. IT IS NOW TIME TO HOLD THE DEPARTMENT ACCOUNTABLE FOR DEVELOPING A COMMON FOUNDATION AMONG MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT'S INTELLIGENCE ENTERPRISE. BY REQUIRING D.H. STOMPLET PRODUCE THESE GUIDELINES AND ENSURING THE DEPARTMENT'S LEADERSHIP IS PROPERLY AND RELIABLY SUPPORTED, H R. 2468 HELPS US TO WORK TO FULFILL THE PROMISES MADE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE 16 YEARS AGO. NEVER AGAIN. I AM PLEASED, I AM VERY PLEASED, THE TEXT OF H.R. 2468 WAS INCLUDED IN THE LARGER D.H.S. AUTHORIZATION BILL WHICH PASSED THIS HOUSE IN JULY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE STANDALONE MEASURE TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF D.H.S. ANALYTICAL PRODUCTS AND HELP THE DEPARTMENT BET SERVE THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND ITS STATE AND LOCAL PARTNERS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE.

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                    • 12:49:58 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                      MISS RICE

                      I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2468, THE UNIFYING D.H.S. INTELLIGENCE…

                      I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2468, THE UNIFYING D.H.S. INTELLIGENCE ENTERPRISE ACT OF 2017 AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                    • 12:50:15 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 12:50:18 PM

                      MISS RICE

                      HELPS SAFEGUARD OUR NATION'S HOMELAND SECURITY INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION.…

                      HELPS SAFEGUARD OUR NATION'S HOMELAND SECURITY INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION. IT REQUIRES THEM TO DISTRIBUTE DEPARTMENT WIDE GUIDANCE ON INFORMATION RELATED TO HOMELAND SECURITY AND TERRORISM. 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT FOUND THE U.S. GOVERNMENT DID NOT FULLY SHARE OR POOL INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION PRIOR TO THE ATTACK. IN RESPONSE, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES WERE REFORMED AT ALL LEVELS TO ENSURE THE CRITICAL NATIONAL SECURITY INFORMATION IS PROPERLY SHARED. INTELLIGENCE SHARING IS CRITICAL TO TERRORISM PREVENT, BUT IT MUST BE CARRIED OUT IN A MANNER THAT ENSURES SENSITIVE INFORMATION IS PROPERLY HANDLED AND DISTRIBUTED. H.R. 2468 SEEKS TO DO JUST THAT. THE BILL REQUIRES THE ESTABLISHMENT OF RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR THE DISSEMINATION OF SUCH INFORMATION BOTH WITHIN D.H.S. AND WITH HOMELAND SECURITY STAKE HOLDERS AT THE STATE AND LOCAL LEVELS AS WELL AS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR. WITH THAT I URGE MY HOUSE COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION AND I RESERVE

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                    • 12:51:11 PM

                      BIPARTISAN LEGISL

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 12:51:18 PM

                      MR. PERRY

                      I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS, IF THE GENTLELADY MY FRIEND FROM NEW YORK, HAS…

                      I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS, IF THE GENTLELADY MY FRIEND FROM NEW YORK, HAS NO FURTHER SPEAKERS I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE THE GENTLELADY DOES.

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                    • 12:51:28 PM

                      THE SPEAKER

                      THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 12:51:31 PM

                      MISS RICE

                      HAS STRONG SUPPORT ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, EFFECTIVE SECURITY MEASURES…

                      HAS STRONG SUPPORT ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, EFFECTIVE SECURITY MEASURES TO IMPROVE OUR INTELLIGENCE MECHANISMS ARE CRITICAL TO THE IN ADDITION OF -- MISSION OF PROTECTING THE HOMELAND. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN, MR. PERRY, FOR HIS WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AN ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 12:51:48 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN IS…

                      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    • 12:51:52 PM

                      MR. PERRY

                      I ONE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 2468 AND YIELD BACK THE…

                      I ONE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 2468 AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF THE TIME.

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                    • 12:51:59 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE…

                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2468 AS AMENDED? THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE -- IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                  • 12:52:13 PM

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

                    • 12:52:14 PM

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

                      • 12:52:28 PM

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                        SO GOOD TO SEE YOU TODAY, MR. SPEAKER. I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE…

                        SO GOOD TO SEE YOU TODAY, MR. SPEAKER. I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2433, THE HOMELAND SECURITY ASSESSMENT OF TERRORIST USE OF VIRTUAL CURRENCIES ACT.

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                    • 12:52:34 PM

                      Mr. Perry moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 2433 — "To direct the Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Intelligence and Analysis to develop and disseminate a threat assessment regarding terrorist use of virtual currency."

                      • 12:52:39 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                    • 12:52:41 PM

                      Considered under suspension of the rules.

                      • 12:52:42 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        H.R. 2433, A BILL TO DIRECT THE UNDERSECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY FOR…

                        H.R. 2433, A BILL TO DIRECT THE UNDERSECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY FOR INTELLIGENCE AND ANALYSIS TO DEVELOP AND DISSEMINATE A THREAT ASSESSMENT REGARDING TERRORIST USE OF VIRTUAL CURRENCY.

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                  • 12:52:42 PM

                    DEBATE

                    The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2433.

                    • 12:52:55 PM

                      TEMPORE PURSUANT

                      PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. PERRY, AND THE…

                      PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. PERRY, AND THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MISS RICE, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                    • 12:53:04 PM

                      MR. PERRY

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

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

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                    • 12:53:13 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                    • 12:53:15 PM

                      MR. PERRY

                      I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                    • 12:53:17 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 12:53:19 PM

                      MR. PERRY

                      THE HOMELAND SECURITY ASSESSMENT OF TERRORIST USE OF VIRTUAL CURRENCIES…

                      THE HOMELAND SECURITY ASSESSMENT OF TERRORIST USE OF VIRTUAL CURRENCIES ACT, INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MISS RICE IS AN IMPORTANT MEASURE TARGETING NEW WAYS TERRORISTS MAY BE RAISING OR TRANSFERRING FUNDS. THROUGH THE USE OF VIRTUAL CURRENCIES. THE BILL DIRECTS THE D.H.S. UNDERSECRETARY FOR INTELLIGENCE AND ANALYSIS IN COORDINATION WITH FEDERAL PARTNERS TO DEVELOP AND SIS SEMI-- DISSEMINATE A THREAT ASSESSMENT REGARDING THE ACTUAL THREAT POSED BY INDIVIDUALS USING VIRTUAL CURRENCIES IN FURTHERANCE OF AN ACT OF TERRORISM INCLUDING PROVISION OF MATERIAL SUPPORT OR RESOURCES TO A FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATION. IT ALSO DIRECTS THE UNDERSECRETARY TO SHARE THIS THREAT ASSESSMENT WITH STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS THROUGH THE NATIONAL NETWORK OF FUSION CENTERS. AS THE THREAT OF TERRORISM EVOLVES, SO DO THE METHODS TO FIND THE ACTORS WHO PLOT TO ATHK THE UNITED STATES. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MUST EVOLVE AS WELL TO MEET THESE NOVEL AND TECHNOLOGICALLY BASED CHALLENGES. THIS BILL SUPPORTS METHODS THAT HAVE BEEN UTILIZED AND TO PREPARE FOR THOSE THAT ARE SOON TO FOLLOW. THIS MEASURE WAS CONSIDERED BY THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON COUNTERTERRORISM AND INTELLIGENCE AND INCLUDED IN THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY'S D.H.S. AUTHORIZATION BILL WHICH PASSED THIS VERY HOUSE IN JULY. I WANT TO TAKE THE TIME TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HER WORK AND FOR HER DILIGENCE ON THIS ISSUE AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT HER BILL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE.

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                    • 12:54:56 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NOORK IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 12:55:00 PM

                      MISS RICE

                      I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY LEGISLATION H.R. 2433, THE HOMELAND SECURITY…

                      I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY LEGISLATION H.R. 2433, THE HOMELAND SECURITY ASSESSMENT OF TERRORISTS USE OF VIRTUAL CURRENCIES ACT AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS AMAY CONSUME.

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                    • 12:55:13 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 12:55:15 PM

                      MISS RICE

                      YESTERDAY MARKS 16 YEARS SINCE THE 9/11 TERRORIST ATTACK, WHEN TERRORISTS…

                      YESTERDAY MARKS 16 YEARS SINCE THE 9/11 TERRORIST ATTACK, WHEN TERRORISTS HIJACKED FOUR PLANE TWO OF WHICH STRUCK THE WORLD TRADE CENTER IN MY HOME STATE OF NEW YORK. THE UNITED STATES HAS LED THE GLOBAL CAMPAIGN TO COMBAT TERRORISM, THWARTING PLOTS ON AMERICAN SHOIL, IDENTIFYING AND DISRUPTING TERRORIST NETWORKS AROUND THE WORLD, HUNTING DOWN TERRORISTS WHEREVER THEY HIDE AND PROVING THEY CAN AND WILL BE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE. WITH KNOW THE THREAT OF TERRORISM IS NOT THE SAME AS IT WAS 15 YEARS AGO. IT'S A THREAT THAT CONSTANTLY EVOLVES AND WE NEED TO EINVOLVE WITH IT. WE NEED TO EVOLVE AHEAD OF IT. THAT'S WHY I INTRODUCED H.R. 2433. IN RECENT YEARS WE'VE SEEN INSTANCES IN WHICH MEMBERS OF SOME TERRORIST GROUPS HAVE TURNED TO VIRTUAL CURRENCIES TO SUPPORT THEMSELVES AND FUND THEIR OPERATION. LAST YEAR, THE FOUNDATION FOR DEFENSE OF DEMOCRACIES INVESTIGATED A TERRORIST FUNDING CAMPAIGN IN WHICH A TERRORIST GROUP IN THE GAZA STRIP RECEIVED DONATIONS OF THE VIRTUAL CURRENCY BITCOIN. EARLIER THIS YEESH, INDONESIAN AUTHORITIES REPORTED A SYRIAN-BASE INDONESIAN USED VIRTUAL CURRENCY TO FUND ATTACKS IN INDONESIA. VIRTUAL CURRENCIES OFFER HIGH SPEED AND LOW CAST WAYS TO FUND ATTACKS. RESEARCH SUGGESTS TERRORISTS' USE OF VIRTUAL CURRENCIES HAS SO FAR BEEN LIMITED TO A HANDFUL OF INSTANCES, TWO OF WHICH I MENTIONED BUT WITH GROUPS LIKE ISIL BECOMING MORE TECHNOLOGICALLY SOPHISTICATED AND VIRTUAL CURRENCY BECOME MANAGER ACCESSIBLE, THE TABLE IS SET FOR THIS THREAT TO GROW SIGNIFICANTLY IN A SHORT PERIOD OF PART-TIME -- SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. MY BILL REQUIRES D.H.S.'S OFFICE OF INTELLIGENCE ANDAGE STOICE DEVELOP AND DISSEMINATE A THREAT ASSESSMENT OF THE USE OF VIRTUAL CURRENCIES TO SUPPORT TERRORIST ACTIVITY. FURTHER, TO ENSURE THIS INFORMATION IS SHARED THROUGHOUT THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY , MY BILL REQUIRES THE ASSESSMENT TO BE SHARED WITH STATE, LOCAL, AND TRIBAL LAW ENFORCEMENT, INCLUDING THOSE OFFICES THAT OPERATE WITHIN STATE, LOCAL AND REGIONAL FUSION CENTERS. ENACTING THIS BILL WILL GIVE COUNTERTERRORISM AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS AT ALL LEVELS THE INFORMATION THEY NEED TO EVOLVE AHEAD OF THIS THREAT AND HELP KEEP AMERICANS SAFE. WITH THAT, I URGE MY HOUSE COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 12:57:36 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 12:57:39 PM

                      MR. PERRY

                      MY FRIEND FROM NEW YORK HAS DONE AN EXCELLENT JOB AT OUTLINING, EXPLAIN,…

                      MY FRIEND FROM NEW YORK HAS DONE AN EXCELLENT JOB AT OUTLINING, EXPLAIN, ARTICULATING HER LEGISLATION, THEREFORE I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK HAS NO OTHER SPEAKERS I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE SHE DOES.

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                    • 12:57:52 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 12:57:55 PM

                      MISS RICE

                      MR. SPEAKER, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 2433 IS AN IMPORTANT…

                      MR. SPEAKER, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 2433 IS AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT RECEIVED OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY. ENACTMENT OF H.R. 2433 WILL ENSURE THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY CLOSELY MONITORING THIS EVOLVING THREAT SO WE'RE PREPARED TO PREVENT TERRORISTS FROM USING VIRTUAL CURRENCIES TO FINANCE ATOONS THE U.S. AND AROUND THE WORLD. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY LEGISLATION, H.R. 2433 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 12:58:23 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 12:58:27 PM

                      MR. PERRY

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT A GOOD,…

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT A GOOD, WELL THOUGHT OUT, MEANINGFUL, USEFUL BILL. H.R. 2433. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 12:58:39 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

                  • 12:58:47 PM

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

                    • 12:58:48 PM

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

                      • 12:59:09 PM

                        Mr. Hurd moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2454 — "To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish a data framework to provide access for appropriate personnel to law enforcement and other information of the Department, and for other purposes."

                        • 12:59:11 PM

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

                          MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2454, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY DATA FRAMEWORK ACT OF 2017 AS AMENDED.

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                      • 12:59:21 PM

                        Considered under suspension of the rules.

                        • 12:59:23 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                    • 12:59:23 PM

                      DEBATE

                      The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2454.

                      • 12:59:25 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        H.R. 2454 A BILL TO DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO PROVIDE A…

                        H.R. 2454 A BILL TO DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO PROVIDE A DATA FRAMEWORK TO PROVIDE ACCESS FOR APPROPRIATE PERSONNEL TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AND OTHER INFORMATION OF THE DEPARTMENT AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                      • 12:59:40 PM

                        TEMPORE PURSUANT

                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HURD A THND GENTLELADY…

                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HURD A THND GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MISS RICE,. WE -- EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES.

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                      • 12:59:49 PM

                        MR. HURD

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

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

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                      • 12:59:58 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                      • 12:59:59 PM

                        MR. HURD

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                      • 01:00:04 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 01:00:06 PM

                        MR. HURD

                        BY AL QAEDA TERRORISTS ON OUR HOMELAND, MOST AMERICANS WOULD BE DISMAYED…

                        BY AL QAEDA TERRORISTS ON OUR HOMELAND, MOST AMERICANS WOULD BE DISMAYED THAT INFORMATION SHARING STOVEPIPES STILL EXISTS. WHILE INFORMATION SHARING SINCE THAT FATEFUL TAI HAS IMPROVED DRAMATICALLY, WE STILL HAVE WORK TO DO AT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. WHEN D.H.S. WAS CREATED, 22 COMPONENT AGENCIES WERE BROUGHT TOGETHER WITH DIFFERENT MISSIONS, DATABASES AND LEGAL AUTHORITIES. D.H.S. PERSONNEL D.H.S. PERSONNEL HAVE TO SEARCH AND VET INFORMATION AGAINST A LARGE NUMBER OF DATABASES USING DIFFERENT LOG-IN PASSWORDS AND LEGAL RESTRICTIONS. THE D.H.S. DATA FRAMEWORK WAS DESIGNED TO BRING TOGETHER THESE VITAL D.H.S. DATA SETS, INCLUDING TRAVEL AND CARGO INFORMATION, INVESTIGATIVE DATA AND CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE DATA, AMONG OTHERS. THE OTHER IMPORTANT ELEMENT OF THE FRAMEWORK IS THROUGH REPLICATION OF THE PLATFORM ON A CLASSIFIED NETWORK TO ALLOW CLASSIFIED ANALYSIS AND VETTING OF LAW ENFORCEMENT DATA AGAINST INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION. GIVEN THE IMPORTANCE OF THE DATA FRAMEWORK INITIATIVE, THE NEED TO WEIGH SECURITY VERSUS CIVIL LIBERTIES AS WELL AS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S HISTORY OF DELAYS AND COST OVERRUNS ON I.T. PROJECTS, IT IS CRITICAL THAT THIS PROGRAM RECEIVE CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT. THIS BILL PROVIDES THE FIRST AUTHORIZATION FOR THE DATA FRAMEWORK, MANDATES PRIVACY AND SECURITY SAFEGUARDS AS WELL AS TRAINING FOR DEPARTMENTAL PERSONNEL WITH ACCESS TO THE SYSTEM. IN ADDITION TO THE PERSONNEL TRAINING AND PRIVACY SAFEGUARDS, THIS BILL ALSO REQUIRES THE SECRETARY TO ENSURE INFORMATION IN THE FRAMEWORK IS BOTH PROTECTED AND AUDITABLE. I WAS PLEASED THAT THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY INCLUDED THIS BILL IN THE D.H.S. AUTHORIZATION BILL WHICH PASSED THE FLOOR IN JULY, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO AGAIN SUPPORT THIS MEASURE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 01:02:09 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK…

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

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                        MISS RICE

                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2454, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2454, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY DATA FRAMEWORK ACT OF 2017, AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                      • 01:02:23 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 01:02:25 PM

                        MISS RICE

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY DATA FRAMEWORK…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY DATA FRAMEWORK ACT DIRECTS D.H.S. TO CONSOLIDATE DATABASES AND SYSTEMS AT THE DEPARTMENT IN ORDER TO ESTABLISH A DATA FRAMEWORK. SPECIFICALLY, H.R. 2454 REQUIRES D.H.S. TO ENSURE THAT THE DATA FRAMEWORK IS ACCESSIBLE TO D.H.S. EMPLOYEES WHO THE SECRETARY DETERMINES HAVE AN APPROPRIATE SECURITY CLEARANCE, HAVE RESPONSIBILITIES THAT REQUIRE ACCESS TO FRAMEWORK INFORMATION AND ARE TRAINED IN APPLICABLE STANDARDS FOR SAFEGUARDING AND USING SUCH INFORMATION. BY STRENGTHENING THE D.H.S. DATA FRAMEWORK, AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL FROM EACH OF THE COMPONENTS IN OFFICES OF THE DEPARTMENT WILL HAVE EASIER ACCESS TO THE DATA THEY NEED IN A TIMELY MANNER. ADDITIONALLY, THE D.H.S. SECURITY DATA FRAMEWORK ACT OF 2017 ALLOWS THE D.H.S. SECRETARY TO INCORPORATE INTO THE DATA FRAMEWORK SYSTEMS' CAPABILITIES FOR AUDITING AND ENSURING SECURITY OF INFORMATION WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK. SUCH INCLUDES MECHANISMS FOR IDENTIFYING INSIDER THREATS AND SECURITY RISKS AND SAFEGUARDS FOR PRIVACY, CIVIL RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES. THE ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11 IS A TIME FOR REFLECTION AND REMEMBRANCE BUT ALSO A TIME TO ENHANCE OUR DEFENSES. WE CANNOT ALLOW WEAK DATA INFRASTRUCTURE TO LEAVE THE HOMELAND VULNERABLE TO ATTACKS, AND I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS, MR. HURD, FOR INTRODUCING THIS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION. I URGE MY HOUSE COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 01:03:50 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

                      • 01:03:54 PM

                        MR. HURD

                        MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS, AND IF THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS, AND IF THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK HAS NO OTHER SPEAKERS, I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE SHE DOES.

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                      • 01:04:03 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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                        MISS RICE

                        MR. SPEAKER, I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS AN IMPORTANT…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS AN IMPORTANT BILL THAT HAS STRONG SUPPORT ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. IT MAINTAINS EFFECTIVE SECURITY MEASURES WHILE CONSOLIDATING SYSTEMS, CREATING A MORE FEASIBLE WAY FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN AT D.H.S. TO ACCESS THE DATA THAT THEY NEED TO FULFILL THEIR CRITICAL MISSION. I THANK MR. HURD FOR HIS DILIGENCE ON THIS BILL. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 2454, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 01:04:31 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE…

                        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                      • 01:04:36 PM

                        MR. HURD

                        MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK, CONGRESSWOMAN…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK, CONGRESSWOMAN RICE, FOR HER WORK ON THESE INITIATIVES, AND I'D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN MCCAUL AND THE RANKING MEMBER FOR THE BIPARTISAN WAY IN WHICH WE FOCUSED ON THESE IMPORTANT ISSUES OF HOMELAND SECURITY. AND I, AGAIN, WANT TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 2454, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 01:05:04 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2454, 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. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                    • 01:05:27 PM

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

                      • 01:05:28 PM

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

                        • 01:05:36 PM

                          Mr. Hurd moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2442 — "To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require an annual report on the Office for State and Local Law Enforcement."

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                            MR. HURD

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

                            MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2442, THE FEDERAL INFORMATION RESOURCE TO STRENGTHEN TIES WITH STATES AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ACT OF 2017, AS AMENDED.

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                        • 01:05:57 PM

                          Considered under suspension of the rules.

                        • 01:05:59 PM

                          DEBATE

                          The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2442.

                          • 01:06:00 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                            THE CLERK

                            H.R. 2442, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO REQUIRE AN…

                            H.R. 2442, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO REQUIRE AN ANNUAL REPORT ON THE OFFICE FOR STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT.

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                          • 01:06:14 PM

                            TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

                            PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HURD, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MISS RICE, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                          • 01:06:25 PM

                            MR. HURD

                            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 ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                          • 01:06:38 PM

                            TEMPORE WITHOUT

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

                          • 01:06:39 PM

                            MR. HURD

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

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MR. HURD

                            I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2442, THE OFFICE OF STATE AND LOCAL LAW…

                            I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2442, THE OFFICE OF STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT INFORMATION SHARING REVIEW ACT, INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE. THE OFFICE FOR STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT IS AUTHORIZED IN SECTION 2006-B OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT, AND IS LOCATED WITHIN THE D.H.S. OFFICE OF PARTNERSHIP AND ENGAGEMENT. THE OFFICE LARGELY SERVES AS A SOURCE OF INFORMATION ON D.H.S. RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT PARTNERS AS WELL AS A POINT OF CONTACT FOR QUESTIONS REGARDING D.H.S. POLICIES AND PROGRAMS. THIS BILL REQUIRES THE REPORT ON THE ACTIVITIES OF OFFICE OF STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. THE REPORT MUST INCLUDE HOW THE OFFICE IS WORKING TO IMPROVE INFORMATION SHARING BETWEEN D.H.S. AND LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, AN OVERVIEW OF THE PERFORMANCE METRICS USED BY THE OFFICE TO MEASURE SUCCESS, FEEDBACK FROM STATE AND LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS AND THEN OVERVIEW OF ONGOING ACTIVITIES. THIS REPORTING REQUIREMENT WILL ENSURE THE OFFICE IS CONTINUALLY IDENTIFYING AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT IN THE DEPARTMENT'S INFORMATION SHARING EFFORT AND CLOSE GAPS. I APPLAUD THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS FOR INCLUDING A SUNSET ON THE REPORTING REQUIREMENT AFTER FIVE YEARS, AND WHILE THE INFORMATION GATHERED THROUGH THIS REPORT WILL BE VALUABLE FOR CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE DO NOT CONTINUE TO REQUIRE NEVER-ENDING REPORTING REQUIREMENTS FROM THE DEPARTMENT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE, AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT AN EXCHANGE OF LETTERS BETWEEN THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY AND THE CHAIRMAN OF HOMELAND SECURITY.

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                          • 01:08:30 PM

                            TEMPORE WITHOUT

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

                          • 01:08:31 PM

                            MR. HURD

                            AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                          • 01:08:34 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK,…

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MISS RICE, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                          • 01:08:38 PM

                            MISS RICE

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2442, THE FEDERAL INFORMATION…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2442, THE FEDERAL INFORMATION RESOURCE TO STRENGTHEN TIES WITH STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ACT OF 2017, OR THE FIRST STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ACT, AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                          • 01:08:53 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 01:08:55 PM

                            MISS RICE

                            MR. SPEAKER, TODAY WE CONSIDER H.R. 2442, A BILL TO REQUIRE D.H.S. TO…

                            MR. SPEAKER, TODAY WE CONSIDER H.R. 2442, A BILL TO REQUIRE D.H.S. TO SUBMIT AN ANNUAL REPORT TO CONGRESS ON THE ACTIVITIES OF THE OFFICE OF STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT. THIS BILL, AUTHORED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, REPRESENTATIVE JACKSON LEE, SEEKS TO HIGHLIGHT THE ACTIVITIES OF THIS IMPORTANT OUTREACH TO STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT WITHIN D.H.S. THE REPORT IS TO INCLUDE DETAILED INFORMATION ON THOSE EFFORTS, INCLUDING STEPS TAKEN TO IMPROVE THEM AND PERFORMANCE METRICS TO EVALUATE THE EFFECTIVENESS AND FEEDBACK RECEIVED FROM STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES. YESTERDAY, THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY RELEASED A STAFF REPORT THAT LOOKED AT D.H.S.'S PROGRESS OVER THE PAST DECADE AT IMPLEMENTING THE 9/11 COMMISSION ACT. WITH RESPECT TO INFORMATION SHARING, IT FOUND THAT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES HAVE BEEN REFORMED AT ALL LEVELS TO ENSURE THE CRITICAL NATIONAL SECURITY INFORMATION IS SHARED AND RECOMMENDED THAT D.H.S. CONTINUE TO REFINE ITS CHANNELS FOR SHARING SUCH INFORMATION TO ENSURE THAT THEY EVOLVE TO ADDRESS THE THREAT, LANDSCAPE AND STAKEHOLDER NEEDS. CONSTRUCTIVE ENGAGEMENT THROUGH THE OFFICE OF STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT IS ESSENTIAL TO THIS EFFORT. 16 YEARS AFTER THE SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACKS, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE STAND TOGETHER AND RECOMMIT OURSELVES TO DOING ALL WE CAN TO PREVENT FUTURE TERRORIST ATTACKS. WITH THAT I URGE MY HOUSE COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 01:10:16 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLELADY RESERVES HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

                          • 01:10:19 PM

                            MR. HURD

                            MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS, AND IF THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS, AND IF THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK HAS NO OTHER SPEAKERS, I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE SHE DOES.

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                          • 01:10:26 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

                          • 01:10:27 PM

                            MISS RICE

                            MR. SPEAKER, I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE. THE FIRST STATE AND LOCAL LAW…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE. THE FIRST STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ACT SEEKS TO ENSURE THAT FOR YEARS TO COME STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT KNOW THAT D.H.S. IS A FULL PARTNER IN THEIR EFFORTS TO KEEP THEIR COMMUNITIES SECURE. AS SUCH, I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL, H.R. 2442, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 01:10:48 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

                          • 01:10:52 PM

                            MR. HURD

                            MR. SPEAKER, I JUST WANT TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES ONCE AGAIN TO SUPPORT H.R.…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I JUST WANT TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES ONCE AGAIN TO SUPPORT H.R. 2442, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 01:10:59 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2442, 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. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                        • 01:11:20 PM

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

                          • 01:11:22 PM

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

                            • 01:11:42 PM

                              Mr. Barletta moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2443 — "To require an inventory of all facilities certified by the Department of Homeland Security to host infrastructure or systems classified above the Secret level, and for other purposes."

                              • 01:11:46 PM

                                MR. BARLETTA

                                MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2442, THE…

                                MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2442, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY CLASSIFIED FACILITY INVENTORY ACT.

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                            • 01:11:52 PM

                              Considered under suspension of the rules.

                            • 01:11:53 PM

                              DEBATE

                              The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2443.

                              • 01:12:02 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                              • 01:12:05 PM

                                THE CLERK

                                H.R. 2442, TO REQUIRE AN INVENTORY OF ALL FACILITIES CERTIFIED BY THE TFS…

                                H.R. 2442, TO REQUIRE AN INVENTORY OF ALL FACILITIES CERTIFIED BY THE TFS D.H.S. TO HOST INFRASTRUCTURE OR SYSTEMS CLASSIFIED ABOVE THE SECRET LEVEL, FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                              • 01:12:17 PM

                                TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. BARLETTA, AND…

                                PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. BARLETTA, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MISS RICE, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                              • 01:12:24 PM

                                MR. BARLETTA

                                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 ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                              • 01:12:33 PM

                                TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                              • 01:12:36 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                              • 01:12:38 PM

                                MR. BARLETTA

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY WE ARE ADVANCING ANOTHER BILL TO SUPPORT THE…

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY WE ARE ADVANCING ANOTHER BILL TO SUPPORT THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO ANSWER THE CALL TO KEEP THEIR NEIGHBORS SAFE. YESTERDAY, WE HONORED THE FIRST RESPONDERS AND COUNTLESS OTHER AMERICANS WHO WERE MURDERED IN THE SEPTEMBER 11 TERRORIST ATTACKS. WE WILL NEVER FORGET THEM, NOR THEIR GREAT SACRIFICES ON THEIR FAMILIES -- OF THEIR FAMILIES AND LOVED ONES. I COME FROM PENNSYLVANIA, WHICH HAS A PROUD HISTORY OF SERVICE FROM THE NATIONAL GUARD TO POLICE TO FIRE HOUSES TO E.M.T.'S. EVEN ONE OF OUR FORMER GOVERNORS, TOM RIDGE, WAS A KEY PLAYER IN SETTING UP THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. TODAY, WE IN CONGRESS CONTINUE TO WORK TO REDUCE THE BLIND SPOTS THAT LED TO 9/11 AND ENSURE OUR NATION'S NEWEST DEPARTMENT IS ABLE TO GET LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS THE RESOURCES THAT THEY NEED TO KEEP OUR COMMUNITIES SAFE. HAVING SERVED AS MAYOR OF HAZELTON, PENNSYLVANIA, I HAVE LONG KNOWN THAT IT WILL BE THE POLICE OFFICER ON THE STREETS OF HAZELTON, SHIPENSBURG, NOT SOME ANALYST IN WASHINGTON, WHO WILL RECOGNIZE WHEN A MEMBER OF OUR COMMUNITY HAS RADICALIZED OR BEEN RECRUITED BY A GANG OR TERRORIST SECT. THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS WHY I WORKED WITH THE COMMITTEE TO INTRODUCE H.R. 2442, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY CLASSIFIED FACILITY INVENTORY ACT. MY BILL STRENGTHENS INFORMATION SHARING BETWEEN LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT BY REQUIRING D.H.S. TO MAINTAIN AN INVENTORY OF FACILITIES CERTIFIED TO STORE INFORMATION CLASSIFIED ABOVE THE SECRET LEVEL. THIS IS A FOLLOW-UP TO THE FUSION CENTER ENHANCEMENT ACT OF 2017, WHICH I FIRST INTRODUCED LAST CONGRESS AND HAS SUCCESSFULLY PASSED THE COMMITTEE IN THE HOUSE. I COME FROM A STATE WITH THREE FUSION CENTERS, THE PENNSYLVANIA CRIMINAL INTELLIGENCE CENTER, KNOWN AS PECIC, DELAWARE VALLEY IN PHILADELPHIA, SOUTHWESTERN P.A. REGION 13 IN PITTSBURGH. THIS BILL IS PART OF MY EFFORTS TO MAKE D.H.S. SHARE INFORMATION WITH ITS STATE AND LOCAL PARTNERS. MORE AND MORE STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS ARE NOW GETTING THE SECURITY CLEARNCES THEY NEED TO GET IMPOANT NATIONAL SECURITY INFORMATION THAT WILL HELP THEM. HOWEVER, GAPS REMAIN. THIS BILL WILL ENSURE THAT D.H.S. IS TRACKING THE SPECIFIC LOCATION OF ALL THE DEPARTMENT'S SECURED FACILITIES AND MAKE THIS INFORMATION AVAILABLE TO THE APPROPRIATE STATE AND LOCAL PERSONNEL AS WELL AS DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEES. TO BE HONEST, IT'S FRUSTRATING THIS LEGISLATION IS EVEN NEEDED. CONGRESS AND D.S. SHARE THE SAME GOAL OF KEEPING OUR COMMUNITIES SAFE. . WE MUST MAKE IT CLEAR THAT INFORMATION NEEDS TO BE SHARED TO ALLOW FOR PROPER OVERSIGHT BOTH NOW AND IN THE FUTURE. OUR STATE AND WILL CALL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS ARE PROFESSIONALS AND LEADERS OOUR COMMUNITIES. HOWEVER, FAR TOO OFTEN I HAVE HEARD COMPLAINTS THAT FEDERAL OFFICIALS DO NOT TAKE LOCAL INFORMATION SERIOUSLY SIMPLY BECAUSE SOMEONE HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO OBTAIN A CERTAIN SECURITY CLEARANCE. MY LEGISLATION WILL HELP ADDRESS THIS CONCERN. SPECIFICALLY, THIS BILL REQUIRES GREATER TRANSPARENCY AND INFORMATION SHARING ON THE LOCATIONS OF ALL FACILITIES CERTIFIED BY D.H.S. TO STORE CLASSIFD INFRASTRUCTURE OR SYSTEMS ABOVE THE SECRET LEVEL COMMONLY KNOWN AS SKIFS. THIS GIVES LAW ENFORCEMENT THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO PROTECT THEIR COMMUNITIES AND OUR NATION AS WHOLE. IT ALSO REQUIRES D.H.S. TO MAINTAIN A LIST OF THESE FACILITIES TO ENSURE THE DEPATMENT DOES NOT INFORMS IN NEW FACILITIES IN AREAS ALREADY COVERED. IN TURN REDUCING THE CHANCES OF WASTEFUL SPENDING. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SPORT THIS MEASURE WHICH PASSED THE HOE ONCE ALREADY AS PART OF THE LARGER D.H.S. AUTHORIZATION BILL IN JULY. I HOPE THAT MY COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE WILL REALIZE THE CRITICAL NEED FOR MY BILL AND WILL ACT QUICKLY SO PRTH TRUMP CAN SIGN IT INTO LAW. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              • 01:17:11 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                              • 01:17:16 PM

                                MISS RICE

                                RECOGNIZED.

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                                ACT AND Y

                                THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                              • 01:17:25 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                IMPORTANT TO MANY OF US IN THE INTELLIGENCE ARENA. D.H. IS IS

                              • 01:17:33 PM

                                MISS RICE

                                IMPORTANT TO MANY OF US IN THE INTELLIGENCE ARENA. D.H. IS IS THE THIRD…

                                IMPORTANT TO MANY OF US IN THE INTELLIGENCE ARENA. D.H. IS IS THE THIRD LARGEST FEDERAL AGENCY AND HAS A VAST FOOTPRINT. IF D.H.S. DOESN'T MAINTAIN A CENTRALIZED LIST OF ALL PLACES AROUND THE COUNTRY WHERE INDIVIDUALS WITH CLEARANCE CAN ACCESS CLASSIFIED INFORMATION. H.R. 2443 TACKLES THIS ISSUE BY REQUIRING D.H.S. TO MAINTAIN AN INVENTORY OF D.H.S. CERTIFIED FACILITIES THAT HOUSE CLASSIFIED INFORMATION ABOVE THE SECRET LEVEL ON A REGULAR BASIS. IT REQUIRES D.H.S. TO SHARE PART OF ALL THE INVENTORY IN ACCORDANCE WITH INFORMATION SHARING STANDARDS. THIS WILL ENHANCE CONGRESS' ABILITY TO ASSIST D. SHMPLET IN PROTECTING CLASSIFIED FACILITIES AND WITH THAT, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION AN RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              • 01:18:21 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLELADY RESERVES HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

                              • 01:18:27 PM

                                MR. BARLETTA

                                I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLELADY HAS NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, I…

                                I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLELADY HAS NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                              • 01:18:32 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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                                MR. RICE

                                I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. H.R. 2433 IS AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT…

                                I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. H.R. 2433 IS AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT HAS STRONG SUPPORT ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. GREAT STRIDES HAVE BEEN MADE TO SUPPORT THIS. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT ALL D.H.S. PARTNERS AT ALL LEVELS KNOW WHERE TO GO TO ACCESS TOP SECRET INFORMATION. AS SUCH I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 2443 AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              • 01:19:05 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

                              • 01:19:09 PM

                                MR. BARLETTA

                                I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 2443 AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY…

                                I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 2443 AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              • 01:19:15 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME HAS EXPIRE. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE…

                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME HAS EXPIRE. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2443 AS AMENDED? THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FRURN DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            • 01:19:33 PM

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

                              • 01:19:35 PM

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

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                                  I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BHILL H.R. 2471, THE…

                                  I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BHILL H.R. 2471, THE TERRORIST RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENTS TO COUNTERTERRORISM RECIDIVISM ACT OR TRACER ACT.

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                              • 01:20:00 PM

                                Mr. McCaul moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2471 — "To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to share with State, local, and regional fusion centers release information from a Federal correctional facility, including name, charging date, and expected place and date of release, of certain individuals who may pose a terrorist threat, and for other purposes."

                                • 01:20:10 PM

                                  Considered under suspension of the rules.

                                  • 01:20:11 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                              • 01:20:13 PM

                                DEBATE

                                The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2471.

                                • 01:20:14 PM

                                  THE CLERK

                                  H.R. 2471, A BILL TO DIRECT THE DIRECTOR OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO SHARE…

                                  H.R. 2471, A BILL TO DIRECT THE DIRECTOR OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO SHARE WITH STATE, LOCAL AND REGIONAL FUSION CENTERS RELEASED INFORMATION FROM A FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL FACILITY, INCLUDING NAME, CHARGING DATE AND EXPECTED DATE AND PLACE OF RELEASE OF CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS WHO MAY POSE A TERRORIST THREAT AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                • 01:20:35 PM

                                  TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. MCCAUL, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MISS RICE, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                • 01:20:43 PM

                                  MR. MCCAUL

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

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

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                                • 01:20:54 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. MC--

                                • 01:20:57 PM

                                  MR. MCCAUL

                                  I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                                • 01:21:01 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                • 01:21:03 PM

                                  MR. MCCAUL

                                  I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE VICTIMS OF THE 9/11 ATTACK AND VOICE MY SUPPORT…

                                  I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE VICTIMS OF THE 9/11 ATTACK AND VOICE MY SUPPORT FOR THE TRACER ACT. 16 YEARS AGO, 19 COWARDLY TERRORISTS HAYEKED FOUR AIRPLANES AND USED THEM AS MISSILES TO KILL 3,000 INNOCENT PEOPLE. SOULS THAT WERE CLOST BELONGED TO MOMS AN TADS, BROTHERS AND SISTERS, SONS AND DAUGHTERS. IT WAS A DAY THAT WE WILL NEVER FORGET. EACH YEAR, AS WE LOOK BACK, WE ALL REMEMBER SOMETHING DIFFERENT ABOUT THAT MORNING. THERE ARE THOSE WHO REMEMBER GETTING A PHONE CALL AND LISTENING TO A FRANTIC VOICE ON THE OTHER END. SOME REMEMBER RUNNING INTO THE STREETS AS THE TWIN TOWERS FELL IN FEAR FOR THEIR LIVES. OTHERS SAW THE PENTAGON IN FLAMES. AND WONDERED WHO DID THIS AND WHY? THERE ARE MANY OF THE IMAGES AND THOUGHTS THAT ARE SEAR INTO OUR MINDS. HOWEVER, WE CAN ALSO REMEMBER THE HEROISM OF OUR FIRST RESPONDERS. THE BRAVE FIREFIGHTERS AND POLICE OFFICERS WHO RACED TO THE SCENE AND CHARGED UP THE STAIRS OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTER TO SAVE THEIR FELLOW COUNTRYMEN. WE CAN PICTURE STRANGERS HELPING STRANGERS NAVIGATE THROUGH THE DUST AND DEBRIS IN DOWNTOWN NEW YORK AND CAN BE GRATEFUL FOR THE COURAGEOUS PASSENGERS ON THE -- ON UNITED FLIGHT 93 WHO SAVED AN UNTOLD NUMBER OF LIVES AND PERHAPS THIS VERY BUILDING THAT WE STAND IN HERE TODAY. YESTERDAY MORNING, I STOOD AT GROUND ZERO IN NEW YORK AND LISTENED TO THE -- TO EACH OF THE VICTIM'S NAMES THAT WERE READ. I REMEMBERED A NATION THAT CAME TOGETHER AND STOOD BY ONE ANOTHER AS WE RECOVERED FROM THIS HEINOUS ATTACK. SEPTEMBER 11 SHOWED THE ENTIRE WORLD THAT TERRORISTS COULD NOT -- COULD KNOCK OUR BUILDINGS DOWN BUT THEY COULD NOT DENT THE AMERICAN SPIRIT. IN THE AFTERMATH, WE PLEDGED TO WORK WITH ONE ANOTHER AND PREVENT SUCH A TRAGEDY FROM EVER HAPPENING AGAIN. TODAY, WE ARE STILL ENGAGED IN A GENERATIONAL FIGHT TO DEFEAT ISLAMIST TERRORISM. BUT I BELIEVE WE WILL EVENTUALLY WIN THAT FIGHT AS LONG AS WE PURSUE POLICIES THAT WILL MAKE IT EASIER TO PROTECT OUR HOMELAND AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. ONE OF THE LESSONS WE LEARNED FROM 9/11 WAS THE NEED TO STRENGTHEN INFORMATION SHARING AMONG FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES. AND WHILE WE HAVE TAKEN STEPS TO ADDRESS THIS IN THE PAST, WE NEED TO DO MORE. THIS ACT, THE TRACER ACT, INTRODUCED BY CONGRESSMAN RUTHERFORD, WOULD REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO SHARE WITH LOCAL AND REGIONAL FUSION CENTERS IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING POTENTIAL RISKS POSED BY INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE PREVIOUSLY CONVICTED ON CHARGES RELATED TO TERRORISM. MORE SPECIFICALLY, IT WOULD ALLOW D.H.S. TO SHARE THE EXPECTED PLACE AND DATE OF RELEASE OF THESE INCARCERATED TERRORISTS. PRVIDING LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS WITH THIS INFORMATION WILL ALLOW THEM TO MINIMIZE POTENTIAL RISKS TO THEIR COMMUNITIES BY COUNTERING EXTREMIST RECIDIVISM. THIS LEGISLATION IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO STRENGTHEN COORDINATION BETWEEN ALL LEVELS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AND HELP KEEP AMERICANS SAFE. AGAIN, I'D LIKE TO THANK CONGRESSMAN RUTHERFORD FOR ALL HIS HARD WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION AND I HOPE THAT HIS CONSTITUENTS AND THE ENTIRE STATE OF FLORIDA MAKE A STRONG RECOVERY IN THE AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE IRMA. AS SOMEONE WHO HAS PERSONALLY TOURED DEVASTATED COMMUNITIES BACK HOME IN MY HOME STATE OF TEXAS AS A RESULT OF HURRICANE HARVEY, IT'S CLEAR THAT THERE ARE STILL MANY LONG DAYS AHEAD. HOWEVER, WE CAN BE VERY THANKFUL FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN AT D.H.S., INCLUDING FEMA AND THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD AS WELL AS THOUSANDS OF LOCAL FIRST RESPONDERS AND VOLUNTEERS WHO HAVE BEEN CALLED TO ACTION. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE TO KNOW THAT ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO KEEP OUR HOMELAND SAFE AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN BILL. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 01:25:17 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                • 01:25:22 PM

                                  MISS RICE

                                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2471, THE TERRORIST RELIEF ANNOUNCEMENT TO…

                                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2471, THE TERRORIST RELIEF ANNOUNCEMENT TO COUNTERER EXTREMEISM RECIDIVISM ACT OR TRACER ACT, AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                • 01:25:34 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                                • 01:25:37 PM

                                  MISS RICE

                                  TODAY WE CONSIDER H.R. 2471, A NARROWLY TAILORED BILL WHICH SEEKS TO…

                                  TODAY WE CONSIDER H.R. 2471, A NARROWLY TAILORED BILL WHICH SEEKS TO ENSURE THAT CERTAIN OFFICIALS ARE NOTIFIED WHEN CONVICTED TERRORISTS COMPLETED THEIR TERM AND ARE EXPECTED TO BE RELOOSED BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY. THE BILL REQUIRES D.H.S., IN COORDINATION WITH APPROPRIATE FEDERAL PARTNERS AS WELL AS STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT, TO CONDUCT PREEREDIC THREAT ASSESSMENTS REGARDING THE OVERALL THREAT FROM KNOWN OR SUSPECTED TERRORISTS CURRENTLY INCARCERATED IN A FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL FACILITY. IT IS OUR HOPE THAT THOSE WHO WERE QUICKED OF PROVIDING MATERIAL SUPPORT TO FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS OR TAKING OTHER ACTIONS IN SUPPORT OF ISIL OR AN AL QAEDA AFFILIATE HAVE TURNED AWAY FROM THEIR TERRORIST PAST. HOWEVER IN AN AGE WHERE LONE WOLF TERROR ATTACKS ARE MORE COMMON IT MAKES SENSE TO LET LAW ENFORCEMENT KNOW WHEN A FORMER TERRORIST IS RETURNING TO THE COMMUNITY THEY ARE ENTRUSTED TO SAFEGUARD. I SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION THAT SEEKS TO IMPROVE SITUATIONAL AWARENESS AT ALL LEVELS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT ABOUT POTENTIAL TERRORIST THREATS. I SUPPORT PATSAGE OF H.R. 2471 AND RESERVE MY TIME.

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                                • 01:26:50 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

                                • 01:26:56 PM

                                  MR. MCCAUL

                                  I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE THE GENTLELADY DOES.

                                • 01:27:00 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

                                • 01:27:02 PM

                                  MISS RICE

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. H.R. 2471 WILL ENHANCE THE ABILITY OF LAW…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. H.R. 2471 WILL ENHANCE THE ABILITY OF LAW ENFORCEMENT, PARTICULARLY THOSE PARTICIPATING IN THE NATIONAL FLETWORG OF FUSION CENTERS, PREPT TERRORIST ATTACKS. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                                • 01:27:19 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THEY HAVE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

                                • 01:27:21 PM

                                  MR. MCCAUL

                                  TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION, IT'S BIPARTISAN, ENSURES THAT STATE AND LOCAL…

                                  TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION, IT'S BIPARTISAN, ENSURES THAT STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT HAVE GREATER ACCESS TO FEDERAL COUNTERTERRORISM INFORMATION AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, NEIGHBORHOODS WHEN TERRORISTS ARE RELEASED BACK INTO COMMUNITIES, THEY AT LEAST KNOW WHO THEY HAVE IN THEIR NEIGHBORS. IN NEIGHBORHOODS. I ALSO WANT TO APPLAUD CONGRESSMAN RUTHERFORD WHO CANNOT BE HERE TODAY BECAUSE OF HURRICANE IRMA. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE STATE OF FLORIDA AS THEY CONTINUE TO RESPOND AND RECOVER FROM THAT DEVASTATING HURRICANE. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 01:27:56 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE H.R. 2471 AS AMENDED? THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION IS RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. PM FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              • 01:28:11 PM

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

                                • 01:28:12 PM

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

                                  • 01:28:48 PM

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                                    I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 931 AS…

                                    I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 931 AS AMENDED.

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                                  • 01:28:53 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITE OF THE BILL.

                                  • 01:28:56 PM

                                    THE CLERK

                                    H.R. 9 1, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO…

                                    H.R. 9 1, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO DEVELOP A VOLUNTARY REGISTRY TO COLLECT DATA ON CANCER INCIDENTS AMONG FIREFIGHTERS.

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                                • 01:29:01 PM

                                  Mr. Walden moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 931 — "To require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop a voluntary registry to collect data on cancer incidence among firefighters."

                                  • 01:29:08 PM

                                    TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. WALDEN, AND THE…

                                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. WALDEN, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON.

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                                • 01:29:15 PM

                                  Considered under suspension of the rules.

                                  • 01:29:17 PM

                                    MR. WALDEN

                                    I THANK THE SPEAKER AND ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE…

                                    I THANK THE SPEAKER AND ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL INTO THE RECORD ON THE BILL.

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                              • 01:29:19 PM

                                DEBATE

                                The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 931.

                                • 01:29:28 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                • 01:29:29 PM

                                  MR. WALDEN

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. H.R. 931, THE…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. H.R. 931, THE FIREFIGHTER CANCER REGISTRY ACT OF 2017, INTRODUCED BY MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, REPRESENTATIVE CHRIS COLLINS OF NEW YORK, WHO WE'LL HEAR FROM SHORTLY, WILL CREATE A NATIONAL REGISTRY TO COLLECT INFORMATION TO BETTER UNDERSTAND CANCER INCIDENTS IN FIREFIGHTERS. THESE HEROIC FIRST RESPONDERS EXPERIENCE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH RISKS EVERY DAY. IN MY DISTRICT IT'S OFTENTIMES FROM FOREST FIRES LIKE WE'RE HAVING ALL SUMMER LONG. THIS PAST WEEKEND, I SAW FIRSTHAND WHAT OUR FIREFIGHTERS FACE AS THEY BATTLE A NUMBER OF FIRES RAGING IN OREGON, PUTTING THEMSELVES IN HARM'S WAY TO SAVE PROPERTY, INFRASTRUCTURE, LIVES, WATER SHEDS, HABITATS AND OUR FORESTS. I WAS DEEPLY REMINDED YESTERDAY MORNING AS AWATCH -- AS I WATCHED SOME OF THE NEWS CONFERENCE THAT TOOK US BACK 16 YEARS AGO TO 9/11. SEING THE SCENES OF THE BUILDINGS COLLAPSING AND BURNING AND THE PEOPLE EMERGING, INDIVIDUAL CITIZENS, FIRST RESPONDERS, CAKED IN DUST AND TOXINS AND DEALING WITH SMOKE, YOU REALIZE JUST THE PERIL THAT OUR FIRST RESPONDERS OFTEN FIND THEMSELVES IN AND THEY RUSH INTO BUILDINGS TO SAVE LIVES AND WE DEEPLY APPRECIATE WHAT THEY DO. AND THAT'S WHY THIS LEGISLATION IS AN IMPORTANT STEP TO HELP THEM. . NATIONWIDE WE HAVE THIS PROBLEM WITH OUR FIREFIGHTERS. THEY CAME TO US AND SAID WE NEED THIS REGISTRY AND, AGAIN, GOING BACK TO THE WEST AND WHAT WE FACE AND I SAW WHEN I FLEW ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO COME HERE, NOT ONLY ARE THERE FIRES AND SMOKE THROUGHOUT OREGON BUT ALSO ALL ACROSS THE WEST. COLORADO, MONTANA, WYOMING, CHOKED WITH SMOKE. CLOSE TO EIGHT MILLION ACRES HAVE BURNED FROM WILDFIRES THIS YEAR. MORE THAN HALF A MILLION IN OREGON IN BOTH PUBLIC AND MOSTLY PRIVATE LANDS. THOUSANDS OF RESIDENTS HAD TO BE EVACUATED. FIREFIGHTERS, OF COURSE, STAYED BEHIND. THEY DO WHAT THEY DO. MULTIPLE STUDIES HAVE SHOWN A CORRELATION BETWEEN FIREFIGHTING AND CANCER. THE REASONS BEHIND THIS ARE NOT FULLY UNDERSTOOD. WE OWE IT TO THESE FIRST RESPONDERS TO UNDERSTAND THE LINK TO CANCER AND HAVING BETTER DATA TO IDENTIFY WHY FIREFIGHTERS ARE AT AN INCREASE RISK FOR SOME CANCERS WILL HOPEFULLY LEAD TO BETTER PROTECTIVE MEASURES AND ULTIMATELY REDUCE SOME OF THE HAZARDS THAT THEY FACE WHEN PUTTING THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE. SO I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK, MR. COLLINS, FOR HIS GOOD WORK ON THIS MEASURE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 01:32:09 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED,

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                                • 01:32:14 PM

                                  MR. GREEN

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

                                • 01:32:19 PM

                                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                • 01:32:20 PM

                                  MR. GREEN

                                  MR. SPEAKER, MEMBERS, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 941, THE FIREFIGHTER…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, MEMBERS, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 941, THE FIREFIGHTER CANCER REGISTRATION ACT OF 2017. YESTERDAY, WE RECOGNIZED THE 16TH ANNIVERSARY OF SEPTEMBER 11 TERROR ATTACKS. THE TRAGIC EVENTS ON THAT DAY EXHIBITED THE HEROISM OF FIREFIGHTERS AND OTHER FIRST RESPONDERS RUN TOWARD DISASTER WHILE THE REST OF US RUN AWAY. THE LONG-TERM HEALTH CONSEQUENCES OF SEPTEMBER 11, INCLUDING SEVERAL FORMS OF CANCER AND CHRONIC RESPIRATORY CONDITIONS AMONG FIRST RESPONDERS ALSO SERVES THE REMINDER OF THE UNIQUE HEALTH RISK FIREFIGHTERS FACE. AS THEY RUN INTO BURNING BUILDINGS AND OTHER ENVIRONMENTS THEY DON'T KNOW WHETHER CARCINOGENS OR HAZARDOUS MATERIALS ARE PRESENT. SUCH EXPOSURES WILL CAUSE CANCER, THE LEADING AMONG OF DEATH AMONG FIREFIGHTERS. MY GRANDFATHER WAS A CAPTAIN IN THE HOUSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT AND DIED FROM CANCER. WE DON'T FULLY UNDERSTAND THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FIREFIGHTERS AND CANCER RISKS. THAT'S WHY A MORE COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH IS NEEDED TO UNDERSTAND THIS RELATIONSHIP. H.R. 931, THE FIREFIGHTER CANCER REGISTRATION ACT, WILL EVALUATE A VOLUNTARY CANCER REGISTRATION OF FIREFIGHTERS TO COLLECT DATA ON THEIR CANCER RISKS AND OUTCOME RELATED TO THEIR JOB EXPOSURES. THIS REGISTRY WILL INFORM RESEARCH INTO THE HEALTH RISK FACING FIREFIGHTERS AS WELL AS WAYS TO MITIGATE SUCH RISK. THAT EVIDENCE WILL ALLOW US TO IMPLEMENT NEW PRACTICES AND DEVELOP NEW TOOLS TO PREVENT -- PROTECT THE HEALTH OF INDIVIDUALS WHO COURAGEOUSLY PUT THEIR LIVES AT RISK AND TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 01:34:01 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON.

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                                • 01:34:05 PM

                                  MR. WALDEN

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I HAD YOU A NOW LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I HAD YOU A NOW LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE AUTHOR OF THIS VERY IMPORTANT LEGISLATION, IMPORTANT MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. COLLINS.

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                                • 01:34:14 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                • 01:34:16 PM

                                  MR. COLLINS

                                  I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I COME BEFORE YOU IN SUPPORT OF…

                                  I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I COME BEFORE YOU IN SUPPORT OF MY BILL H.R. 931, THE FIREFIGHTER CANCER REGISTRY ACT. 16 YEARS AGO YESTERDAY ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, WE WITNESSED A HORRIBLE TRAGEDY THAT WILL LEAVE AN IMPRESSION ON GENERATIONS OF AMERICANS FOREVER. THROUGH THIS TRAGEDY WE WITNESSED THE HEROIC ACTIONS OF AMERICA'S BRAVE FIRST RESPONDERS WORKING AND VOLUNTEERING IN THE DAYS AND WEEKS THAT FOLLOWED. WE LOST MANY FIRST RESPONDERS DURING THOSE ATTACKS OF 9/11, AND WE CONTINUE TO LOSE MORE EVERY YEAR FROM ONGOING HEALTH EFFECTS. ALL FIREFIGHTERS ACROSS OUR NATION SACRIFICE THEIR HEALTH EVERY DAY TO FACE THE DANGERS OF SMOKE INHALATION AND TOXIC CHEMICALS. THESE DANGERS CANNOT BE ENTIRELY AVOIDED, WHICH IS WHY THIS BILL, H.R. 931, IS SO IMPORTANT. THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TAKES AN IMPORTANT FIRST STEP TOWARDS ADDRESSING THE DETRIMENTAL HEALTH IMPACT FACED BY OUR NATION'S FIREFIGHTERS. THE CAREER OF FIREFIGHTING IS A DANGEROUS ONE. THERE ARE NEARLY 1.2 MILLION MEN AND WOMEN SERVING AS FIREFIGHTERS IN THE UNITED STATES, AND WITH EVERY SINGLE FIRE THEY FIGHT, THESE HEROES TAKE THEIR LIVES INTO THEIR OWN HANDS. FIREFIGHTERS BRAVELY RISK THEIR SAFETY TO PROTECT OUR FAMILIES, HOMES AND OUR COMMUNITIES. UNFORTUNATELY, THE RISKS OF FIREFIGHTING SURPASS THE SCENE OF THE FIRE. THESE MEN AND WOMEN EXPOSED TO DANGEROUS SMOKE AND CHEMICALS THAT OFTEN RESULT IN A LIFETIME OF HEALTH TROUBLE. WE SEE FIREFIGHTERS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES WITH HIGHER RATES OF CANCER THAN THE GENERAL POPULATION, AND IT IS VITAL WE LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS CORRELATION. THAT IS Y I, ALONG WITH MY COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE BILL PASCRELL, INTRODUCED THE FIREFIGHTER CANCER REGISTRY ACT. THIS BILL WILL REQUIRE THE C.D.C. TO ESTABLISH A REGISTRY TO TRACK CANCER INCIDENTS IN THE FIREFIGHTING COMMUNITY. THIS COMPREHENSIVE REGISTRY WILL WORK WITH FIRE DEPARTMENTS ACROSS OUR NATION TO INCLUDE THE IMPORTANT VARIABLES OF THE FIREFIGHTER'S CAREER, INCLUDING YEARS OF SERVICE, NUMBER OF FIGHTS ATTENDED AND THE TYPES OF FIRES ATTENDED. THIS INFORMATION IS ESSENTIAL TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF PROTOCOLS, EQUIPMENT. FIREFIGHTERS PUT THEIR LIVES AT RISK EVERY DAY AND CONGRESS SHOULD DO ALL IT CAN TO SHED LIGHT AND REDUCE THE HEALTH HAZARDS THEY FACE. I'D LIKE TO COMMEND CHAIRMAN WALDEN AND RANKING MEMBER PALLONE OF THE FULL COMMITTEE AND CHAIRMAN BURGESS AND RANKING MEMBER GREEN OF THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE FOR A BIPARTISAN SHOWING OF SUPPORT DURING BOTH MARKUPS OF THIS LEGISLATION. AND I CANNOT THINK OF A MORRELL VANT WEEK TO BRING THIS LEGISLATION -- MORE RELEVANT WEEK TO BRING THIS LEGISLATION TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE FIREFIGHTER CANCER REGISTRY AS WE HONOR THE TRAGIC LOSSES OF SEPTEMBER 11. I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 01:37:12 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                  MR. GREEN

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I AM PRUDE TO YEAR FOR AS MUCH -- I AM PRIDE TO YIELD FOR AS…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I AM PRUDE TO YEAR FOR AS MUCH -- I AM PRIDE TO YIELD FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME THE CO-SPONSOR OF THE BILL, MR. PASCRELL.

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                                • 01:37:26 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  MR. PASCRELL

                                  I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 931, THE FIREFIGHTER CANCER REGISTRY ACT.…

                                  I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 931, THE FIREFIGHTER CANCER REGISTRY ACT. I WANT TO THANK MY PARTNER, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. COLLINS, FOR INTRODUCING THIS BILL AND THANKS AS WELL TO CHAIRMAN WALDEN, RANKING MEMBER PALLONE, DR. BURGESS, MR. GREEN FOR HELPING TO SHEPHERD OUR BILL THROUGH THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE ONTO THE FLOOR TODAY. AS CO-CHAIR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL FIRE SERVICES CAUCUS AND LEAD DEMOCRATIC SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, I AM PROUD TO STAND UP FOR THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR FIRE SERVICE. IT IS THESE INDIVIDUALS WHO PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE DAY IN AND DAY OUT TO KEEP OUR COMMUNITIES SAFE. IN ADDITION TO ENSURING THAT OUR FIRST RESPONDERS ARE PREPARED IN ADVANCE OF DISASTERS IN OTHER EMERGENCIES, WE MUST ALSO ENSURE THAT THEY RECEIVE THE NECESSARY MEDICAL CARE AND SERVICES AFTER ANSWERING THE CALL OF DUTY. WHEN THE COURAGEOUS MEN AND WOMEN IN THE FIRE SERVICES ENTER DANGEROUS SITUATIONS, THEY DID NOT STOP TO ASK WHETHER THEY SUBJECT THEMSELVES TO LONG-TERM HEALTH RISKS. YESTERDAY, ACROSS THIS NATION, WE HONOR THE FIRST RESPONDERS THAT ANSWERED THE CALL OF DUTY AFTER THE TERRORIST ATTACKED US ON SEPTEMBER 11. MANY OF THOSE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN GAVE THEIR LIVES, AND MANY MORE ARE LIVING WITH LONG-TERM HEALTH PROBLEMS STEMMING FROM THE TIME THEY SPENT AT TOXIC GROUND ZERO. AS EVIDENCE ON THAT DAY, MANY BEFORE AND SINCE, OUR FIRST RESPONDERS DO WHATEVER IS NECESSARY TO KEEP OUR COMMUNITIES SAFE. THAT IS WHY WE MUST HAVE THEIR BACKS. WHILE WE KNOW THAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE ROUTINELY EXPOSED TO A VARIETY OF KNOWN CARCINOGENS AND CHAOTIC -- IN CHAOTIC AND UNCONTROLLED ENVIRONMENTS, WE DO NOT HAVE A GOOD SENSE OF THE FULL PICTURE OF THE NEGATIVE IMPACTS OF THE EXPOSURE. ACCORDING TO THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION AND THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH, FIREFIGHTERS ARE AT HIGHER RISK FOR CERTAIN KINDS OF CANCERS, INCLUDING BRAIN CANCER, LEUKEMIA, LUNG, KIDNEY CANCER WHEN COMPARED WITH THE GENERAL POPULATION. DESPITE THE KNOWLEDGE WE'VE GAINED THROUGH THESE STUDIES, MANY HAVE LIMITED BY SMALL SAMPLE SIZES IN AN UNDERREPRESENTATION OF KEY DEMOGRAPHIC GROUPS. THE FIRST STEP TO FINDING A SOLUTION IS UNDERSTANDING THE NATURE OF THE PROBLEM. FURTHER PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ON THIS TOPIC IS NEEDED SO WE CAN START WORKING TO FIND WAYS TO ALLEVIATE THE RISK. I AM PLEASED H.R. 931 IS ON THE FLOOR TODAY. IT WOULD CREATE A NATIONAL CANCER REGISTRY FOR FIREFIGHTERS DIAGNOSED WITH THIS DEADLY DISEASE. THE CREATION OF A SPECIALIZED FIREFIGHTER CANCER REGISTRY WILL PROVIDE SCIENTISTS AND MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS WITH THE DETAILED NATIONAL DATA THAT WILL ALLOW THEM TO STUDY THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN FIREFIGHTERS' EXPOSURE TO DANGEROUS FUMES AND HARMFUL TOXINS AND THE INCREASED RISK FOR SEVERAL MAJOR CANCERS. IN THE FUTURE, THIS INFORMATION COULD ALSO ALLOW FOR BETTER PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT AND PREVENTION TECHNIQUES TO BE DEVELOPED. THIS BILL ENJOYS STRONG SUPPORT FROM FIVE -- FROM MAJOR FIRE ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS OUR NATION INCLUDING INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIREFIGHTERS, THE CONGRESSIONAL FIRE SERVICES INSTITUTE, THE NATIONAL VOLUNTEER FIRE COUNCIL, THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE CHIEFS, THE NATIONAL FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS FOUNDATION, AND THE NEW JERSEY FIREFIGHTERS MUTUAL BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION AND THE INTERNATIONAL FIRE SERVICES ASSOCIATION. TAKING CARE OF THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE FIRE SERVICE IS AN IMPORTANT TASK. WE CANNOT DELAY IN GETTING THEM THE HELP THEY NEED. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE TO PASS THIS BILL SWIFTLY SO WE CAN WORK ON GETTING IT THROUGH THE SENATE AND ONTO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. I THANK YOU AND YIELD BACK. THANK YOU, SIR.

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                                • 01:41:44 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON.

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                                  MR. WALDEN

                                  NOW LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN WHO HELPED MOVE THIS…

                                  NOW LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN WHO HELPED MOVE THIS LEGISLATION FORWARD AND LEADS OUR COMMITTEE ON MATTERS OF HEALTH, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, DR. BURGESS.

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                                • 01:42:01 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                                • 01:42:03 PM

                                  MR. BURGESS

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

                                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 931, THE FIREFIGHTER CANCER REGISTRY ACT. IN 2015, A FIVE-YEAR STUDY OF NEARLY 30,000 FIREFIGHTERS FOUND THAT THESE INDIVIDUALS HAD A GREATER NUMBER OF CANCER DIAGNOSIS AND CANCER RELATED DEATHS THAN MATCH CONTROLS IN THE GENERAL POPULATION. WHILE THIS BUILD UPON PRIOR STUDIES BETWEEN FIREFIGHTING AND CANCER, THE CONNECTION IS STILL LIMITED. TO IMPROVE OUR ABILITY TO ALLEVIATE THE HEALTH RISKS THAT THESE PUBLIC SERVANTS FACE, REPRESENTATIVES COLLINS AND PASCRELL INTRODUCED H.R. 931. THIS WILL AUTHORIZE FUNDING FOR THE CENTERS OF DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION TO CREATE A NATIONAL REGISTRY FOR THE COLLECTION OF DATA PERTAINING TO CANCER INCIDENTS AMONG FIREFIGHTERS. THIS NATIONAL REGISTRY WILL FILL THE VOID IN OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE HEALTH RISKS THAT OUR FIREFIGHTERS FACE AND BETTER PREPARE US TO CARE FOR THEM. YESTERDAY DID MARK THE 16TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACKS. WE ARE REMINDED OF THE FIREFIGHTERS' WILLINGNESS TO RUN TOWARD DANGER TO HELP ANYONE WHO IS IN HARM'S WAY. ACROSS OUR COUNTRY, FIREFIGHTERS ANSWERING THE CALL WHENEVER OUR FAMILIES OR COMMUNITIES ARE IN NEED. SUPPORTING THESE IMPORTANT PUBLIC HEALTH BILLS IS ONE WAY WE CAN GIVE BACK TO THESE HEROES, AND I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING H.R. 931. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 01:43:31 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                  MR. GREEN

                                  MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE NO FURTHER AND I'LL RESERVE MY TIME.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON.

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                                  MR. WALDEN

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAD YOU A LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO -- I'D…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAD YOU A LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO -- I'D NOW LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO ANOTHER IMPORTANT MEMBER OF OUR ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, WHO I KNOW HAD MANY CONSTITUENTS HORRIBLY AFFECTED BY THE TRAGIC EVENTS OF 9/11, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE.

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                                • 01:43:57 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                  MR. LANCE

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY IN VERY…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY IN VERY STRONG SUPPORT OF THE FIREFIGHTER CANCER REGISTRY ACT, SPONSORED BY MY CLOSE FRIENDS CONGRESSMAN COLLINS AND CONGRESSMAN PASCRELL. CONGRESSMAN COLLINS HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN THIS -- ON THIS ISSUE FOR MANY YEARS. CONGRESSMAN PASCRELL HAS SPENT HIS ENTIRE PUBLIC CAREER IN DEFENSE OF FIREFIGHTERS. AS MAYOR PATERSON IS A MEMBER OF THE STATE LEGISLATURE AND MORE THAN TWO DECADES AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS. THIS WOULD HAVE THE C.D.C. COLLECT INCIDENTS OF CANCER AMONG FIREFIGHTERS. WE NEED THIS DATA TO HELP SAVE THE LIVES OF THE BRAVE HEROES WHO PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE EVERY DAY. THE C.D.C. WILL COMPILE CRITICAL INFORMATION LIKE RISK FACTORS AND THE DANGERS TO WHICH FIREFIGHTERS ARE EXPOSED. THIS INFORMATION COLLECTED ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS WILL HELP GET BETTER PROTECTIVE AND IT'S FITTING WE CONSIDER THIS LEGISLATION THIS WEEK AS OUR NATION MOURNS THE SOMBER ANNIVERSARY OF THE SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACKS. THIS COUNTRY CAN NEVER FORGET THE IMAGES OF FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE, E.M.S. AND OTHER FIRST RESPONDERS INITIATING RESCUES AND PUTTING THEMSELVES IN GRAVE DANGER BOTH DURING AND AFTER THE ATTACKS. MANY LIVES WERE LOST THAT DAY AND IN THE YEARS THAT HAVE FOLLOWED FROM THE RESCUE AND RECOVERY WORK. LET'S DO ALL WE CAN TO MAKE SURE THIS INFORMATION AND BEST PRACTICES ARE SHARED SO WE CAN PROTECT AS MANY LIVES AS POSSIBLE. I URGE A YES VOTE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 01:45:40 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. . .…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. . . THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON.

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                                • 01:45:57 PM

                                  MR. WALDEN

                                  I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK WHO HAD CONSTITUENTS AFFECTED BY…

                                  I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK WHO HAD CONSTITUENTS AFFECTED BY THE EVENTS OF 9/11, MR. FASO.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  MR. FASO

                                  I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S YIELDING -- YIELDING OF TIME. AS WE TAKE THIS…

                                  I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S YIELDING -- YIELDING OF TIME. AS WE TAKE THIS WEEK TO SOMBERLY REMEMBER THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVEPBS SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, IT'S EQUALLY IMPORTANT WE REMEMBER THE FIRST RESPONDERS WHO BRAVELY RAN TOWARD THE TRAGEDY OF 16 YEARS AGO, WHO WOKE UP ON THE NEXT DAY, ON SEPTEMBER 12, 2001, STILL BEATEN, TIRED, AND BRUISED, BUT AGAIN WALKED TOWARD THOSE TRAGEDIES. STILL TODAY, THOSE FIRST RESPONDERS WHO HEROICALLY RISKED LIFE AND LIMB RUN TOWARD TRAGEDIES. AS AMERICANS WE OWE OUR FIRST RESPONDERS A GREAT DEBT. NOR REASON, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MR. DOLL LINS' BILL, H.R. -- MR. COLLINS' BILL, H.R. 931 THE FIREFIGHTERS CANCER REGISTRY ACT WHICH MAKES IMPORTANT FIRST STEPS IN FUTURE CANCER RESEARCH FOR FIREFIGHTERS WHO ARE AT DISPROPORTIONATELY LARGER CANCER RISK. I URGE PASSAGE OF THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND THANK THE BIPARTISAN CO-SPONSORS OF THIS LEGISLATION AS WELL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 01:47:14 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON RESERVES.

                                • 01:47:18 PM

                                  MR. WALDEN

                                  WE HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS ON OUR SIDE EITHER.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  MR. GREEN

                                  I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF OUR TE.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON.

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                                  MR. WALDEN

                                  AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, WE ALL JOIN IN THANKING OUR FIRST RESPONDERS. THIS IS…

                                  AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, WE ALL JOIN IN THANKING OUR FIRST RESPONDERS. THIS IS THE BLEAST OF -- LEAST OF THE THINGS WE CAN DO TO SHOW HOW MUCH WE CARE ABOUT OUR FIREFIGHTERS AND I WOULD ENCOURAGE OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE TO SUPPORT THIS VERY IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 01:47:48 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 931. PAR TON DE-- PARDON ME. THE QUESTION IS TO PASS THE BILL H.R. 931 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSEDNO. THE AYES HAVE IT. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO. THE BILL IS PASSED. THE MOTION IS RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHATURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              • 01:48:11 PM

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

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

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                                    Mr. Bishop (UT) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 2611 — "To modify the boundary of the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, and for other purposes."

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                                      MR. BISHOP

                                      I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2611.

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                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      E CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                      THE CLERK

                                      UNION CALENDAR 209, H.R. 2611, A BILL TO MODIFY THE BOUNDARY OF THE LITTLE…

                                      UNION CALENDAR 209, H.R. 2611, A BILL TO MODIFY THE BOUNDARY OF THE LITTLE ROCK CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL HIS TORE TICK SITE AND FOR OTHER PURPOS.

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                                  • 01:51:09 PM

                                    Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                    DEBATE

                                    The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2611.

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                                      TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                      PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. BISHOP, AND THE…

                                      PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. BISHOP, AND THE GENTLELADY FROMHAWAII, . HANABUSA, WILL EACH CONTROL MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH.

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                                    • 01:51:29 PM

                                      MR. BISHOP

                                      I ASK THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND…

                                      I ASK THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER NSIDERATION. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPOREITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. BISHOP SPB I YIELD THE ONSOR OF THE LEGISLATION, REPRESENTATIVE HILL OFRKANSAS, FIVE MINUTES.

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                                    • 01:51:47 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

                                    • 01:51:51 PM

                                      MR. HILL

                                      I THANK T CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDIN MR. SPEAKER, 60 YEARS O TODAY ALL EYESERE…

                                      I THANK T CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDIN MR. SPEAKER, 60 YEARS O TODAY ALL EYESERE ON SOUTH PARK STREET, THAT FRONTS THE BEAUTIFUL FACADE OF CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL IN LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS. JUST DAYS BEFORE,RKANSAS GOVERNOR ORVILLE FALVAS HAD CALLED OUT THE TIONAL GUARD TO PREVENT NINE BLACK STUDENTS FROM ENTERING THE SCHOOL ON SEPTEMBER 789 CENTRAL HIGH AND ITS BEAUTIFUL NEIGHBORHOOD HAD BECOME GROUND ZERO IN THE MARCH TO END THE FIVE-DECADE LEGACY OF PLESSY VS. FERGON, SEPARATE BUT EQUAL. TO BRING IT TO REALITY. NOW JUST OVER THREE YEARS AFTER THE BROWN DECISN, IT WAS TIME FORCTION. IN A FEW DAYS, OTHE 25TH OF THIS MONTH, WE WILL CELEBRATE THE SUCCESSFUL INGRATION OF CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL. WHEN THE LITTLE ROCK NINE ENTERED THE SCHOO ESCORTED BY THE TROOPS OFTHE 101ST AIRBORNE. IT'S FITTING TODAY, MR. SPEAKER THAT WE PAY TRIBUTE TO THE LITTLE ROCK NINE, THEIR DEFENDERS, AND THE SUCCESSFUL ND TO SEPARATE BUT EQUAL. WE RECOGNIZE THIS IMPORTANT MILETONE TODAY ON THIS HOUSE FLOOR BY PASSING A BILL ON THE SUSPENSION CALENDAR THAT EXPANDS THE PARK BODY OF THE NIONAL HISTORIC SI AT LITTLE ROCK CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL. THIS IS A HISTORIC AND IMPORTANT TOUCHSTONE FOR ALL THOSE MODERN-DAY HISTORY TRAVELERS RETRACING THE STEPS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. THE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE VISITOR CENTER WAS OPENED IN 2007 ON THE OCCASION OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF INTEGRATION O CENTRAL GH. TODAY'S MEASURE, H R. 2611 IA SIMPLE ONE. EXTENDING THE PARK BOUIES TO TAKE INTO HE HOUSES AT FRONTED T SCHOOL ALONG BEAUTIFUL STH PARK STREET SO THAT FUTUREENERATIONS WILL BE ABLE TO PICTURE THIS TRANQUIL STREET AND A TECH -- AN ARCHITECTURALLY SIGNIFICANT FACADE OF CENTRAL HIGH D REFLECT BACK TO THOSE 21 DS OF TRAUMAN SEPTEMBER, 1957. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE WHO IS IN OUR CHAMBER TODAY, CIVIL RIGHTS PIONEER AND COURAGEOUS ACTOR JOHN LEWIS FOR HIS CO-SPSORSHIP. I THANK R MAJORITY LEADER, CHAIRMAN BISHOP, AND THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE, FOR THEIR EXPEDIOUS TREATMENT OF THIS IMPORTANT MEASURE. AND IALUTEENATOR COTTON F HIS LEERSHIPN ADVANCING THIS IN THE UNITED STATES SENAT. I LOOK FORWARD TO PRESINT TRUMP SIGNING THIS BILL AND AGAIN RECOGNIZING THAT WE HAVE TO EMBRACE OUR PATH AND LEARN FROM OUR HISTORY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISTION, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    • 01:54:51 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM HAYE. MS. -- FROM HAWAII.

                                    • 01:54:59 PM

                                      MS. HANABUSA

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IS MY HONOR AT THIS TIME TO YIELD TO THE CIVIL…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IS MY HONOR AT THIS TIME TO YIELD TO THE CIVIL RIGHTS PIONER AND LEGEND, REPRESENTATIVE LEWIS OF GEORGIA, FOR AS MUCHIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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                                    • 01:55:10 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      CONSUME.

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                                      THE SPEAKEPRTEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH.

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                                      MR. BIOP

                                      TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. WESTERMAN -- MR.S TRUP. --

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                                      SUPPORT OFY COLLEAGUE'S BILL THAT WILL MODIFY THE BARY OF THE LITTLE RK…

                                      SUPPORT OFY COLLEAGUE'S BILL THAT WILL MODIFY THE BARY OF THE LITTLE RK CENTRALIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL HIORIC SITE TO INCLUDE SEVEN RESIDENCES ON UTH PK STREETN LITTLE ROCK, ARKANS. WHI THIS BILL WOULD AUTHORIZE THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE WITH PRIVATE PRPERTY OWNERS, H.R. 2611 WILT DO MORE. AND EVEN PHYSICAL ABUSE TO DESEGREGATE LITTLE ROCK CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL. ON THAT HISTORIC DAY IN 1957, NINE YOUNG PEOPLE SHOWED THE UNITED STATES AND THE WORLD THAT WE WERE AND ARE BETTER THAN SEGREGATION, BETTER THAN RACISM AND INJUSTICE. THEY PROVED TO THE WORLD THAT AS AMERICANS WE REALLY DO BELIEVE THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE WHEN IT SAYS THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL. I BELIEVE THAT ALLOWING THE HISTORICAL RESIDENCESER IS ROUNDING THE LITTLE ROCK CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL TO SLIP INTO DISREPAIR OR OBLIVION WOULD BE A SEVERE INJUSTICE TO THOSE WHO GAVE OF THEMSELVES TO FURTHER THE CAUSE OF CIVIL RIGHTS AND EQUALITY. I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM REPRESENTATIVE, REPRESENTATIVE FRENCH HILL, AND CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM HAWAII.

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                                      MS. HANABUSA

                                      I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. THIS BILL AMENDS PUBLIC LAW 103-93…

                                      I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. THIS BILL AMENDS PUBLIC LAW 103-93 WHICH ESTABLISHED LITTLE ROCK NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL AS A HISTORIC SITE. THIS WILL MODIFY THE PARK'S BOUNDARY TO ENTER INTO COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS. THE PROPOSED BOUNDARY MODIFICATION WOULD INCLUDE SEVEN PRIVATELY OWNED RESIDENCES ON SOUTH PARK STREET CONTISTING OF 1.47 ACRES. THE COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT AUTHORITY PROVIDED BY THE BILL WILL ALLOW THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE TO GIVE FINANCIAL AND TECHNICAL AID TO THE PROPERTY OWNERS TO PRESERVE THE FACADES AND MAINTAIN THE AMBIANCE OF THE -- OF A 1957 HISTORIC SCENE. IMAGES OF THE SOUTH STREET PROPERTIES ARE INEXTRICABLY ASSOCIATED WITH THE 1957 EVENTS. AS IMAGES OF THE LITTLE ROCK NINE, CROWDS OF PROTESTERS, THE PUBLIC, THE NATIONAL GUARDSMEN APPEARED IN NEWSPAPERS ACROSS THE NATION AND WERE BROADCAST LIVE THROUGH THE EMERGING MEDIA OF TELEVISION, THE NEIGHBORHOOD BECAME AS RECOGNIZABLE AS THE HIGH SCHOOL ITSELF. BECAUSE SOUTH PARK STREET IN FRONT OF CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL RETAINS A HIGH DEGREE OF HISTORICAL INTEGRITY, THIS LEGISLATION WOULD PROVIDE A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO PRESERVE A SETTING THAT WILL ALLOW VISITORS TO MORE ACCURATELY VISUALLY THE EVENTS THAT OCCURRED THERE IN 1957 WHEN THE LITTLE ROCK NINE ATTEMPTED TO ATTEND CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL. IN 1996, THE SURROUNDING NEIGHBORHOOD, INCLUDING THESE SEVEN PRIVATELY OWNED HOMES, WERE LISTED ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES AS THE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL NEIGHBORHOOD HISTORIC DISTRICT. THE DESIGNATION RECOGNIZED THE NEIGHBORHOOD'S ASSOCIATION WITH THE SIGNIFICANT EVENTS OF 1957 AS WELL AS THE ARCHITECTURAL CHARACTERISTICS AND QUALITIES THAT REMAIN RELATIVELY UNCHANGED FROM THAT PERIOD. ALL THE PROPERTY OWNERS AND SEVERAL COMMUNITY MEMBERS HAVE EXPRESSED THEIR SUPPORT FOR THIS PROPOSAL, INCLUDING THE CENTRAL HIGH NEIGHBORHOOD, INC ., AND PRESERVE ARKANSAS. AS WE MOVE FORWARD IN THESE TURBULENT TIMES, IT'S IMPORTANT WE DON'T FORGET THE STRUGGLES OF LITTLE ROCK NINE AND THE NEIGHBORHOOD THAT MOVED AMERICA FORWARD TOWARDS AN INTEGRATED EDUCATION SYSTEM. I URGE THE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL, MR. SPEAKER, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH.

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                                      MR. BISHOP

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                      MR. BISHOP

                                      MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL TO ME IS AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT BILL. 60 YEARS AGO…

                                      MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL TO ME IS AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT BILL. 60 YEARS AGO DURING THIS MONTH, NINE EXTRAORDINARY STUDENTS ATTENDED LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS, CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL. THEY WERE KIDS PICKED FOR THEIR ACADEMIC ABILITY AND MATURITY LEVEL BECAUSE THEY WERE GOING TO GO THROUGH A YEAR THAT NO ONE HAD EVER SEEN BEFORE AND HOPEFULLY NO ONE WILL EVER SEE AGAIN. MR. SPEAKER, PERHAPS BECAUSE I TAUGHT HIGH SCHOOL FOR ALMOST 30 YEARS, I UNDERSTAND THE ENVIRONMENT THAT TOOK PLACE HERE AND I HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF EMPATHY FOR THESE NINE KIDS THAT WENT THERE. THEY COULD HAVE EASILY BEEN MY STUDENTS. THIS BECOMES A SIGNIFICANT CONCEPT THAT ON SEPTEMBER 4, 60 YEARS AGO, THE GOVERNOR OF ARKANSAS ORDERED THE NATIONAL GUARD TO BAR THESE NINE KIDS FROM ENTRANCE INTO CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL IN LITTLE ROCK. AND THEN AFTER SOME PRESSURE WITHDREW THE PROTECTIONS SO THE KIDS WERE SUBJECT TO THE MOBS AND THE VIOLENCE THAT TOOK PLACE THERE AT THAT TIME. ON SEPTEMBER 25, 60 YEARS AGO, DWIGHT EISENHOWER SHOWED THE COURAGE OF LEADERSHIP -- ONE OF THE REASONS I RESPECT HIM SO MUCH AS A PRESIDENT, TO ORDER THE 101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION TO GO DOWN TO LITTLE ROCK, TO CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL AND TO ESCORT THESE NINE KIDS THAT YEAR THROUGH THAT FIRST YEAR INTO A -- AND LEAD THEM TO A SCHOOL YEAR LIKE NONE OTHER HAS EVER BEEN. THIS SITUATION WAS IN MY ESTIMATION A PIVOTAL MOMENT IN OUR NATION'S CIVIL RIGHTS HISTORY AS WELL AS OUR EDUCATION HISTORY. WE HAVE OFTEN TALKED ABOUT HOW BUILDINGS AND MONUMENTS ARE USED TO INTERPRET HISTORY. THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT MR. HILL IS ATTEMPTING TO DO HERE WITH A SIGNIFICANT SITE IN AMERICANS' HISTORY TO MAKE SURE IT IS PRESERVED AND NOT JUST THE HIGH SCHOOL ITSELF BUT THE SEVEN RESIDENCES THAT ARE ACROSS THE STREET ON I THINK IT'S CALLED SOUTH PARK STREET. THOSE RESIDENCES THERE ARE PART OF THE HISTORICCAL LANDMARK WHICH WAS MADE -- HISTORICAL LANDMARK WHICH WAS MADE DESIGNATED IN THE REAGAN ADMINISTRATION. IT IS PART OF THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORICAL PLACES. IN 1998, THE HIGH SCHOOL AND SOME OF THE SURROUNDING AREAS WERE ESTABLISHED AS A NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE. THOSE BUILDINGS STILL HAVE SIGNIFICANT HISTORICAL INTEGRITY. THEY ADD TO THE DEFINITION AND STORY OF HISTORY WHICH MUST -- WHICH MUST BE REMEMBERED AT ALL TIMES. SO THE RESIDENCES -- THIS BILL EXPANDS THE BOUNDARIES OF THIS NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE TO INCLUDE THOSE RESIDENCES SO THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE CAN ENTER INTO COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS WITH THE RESIDENTS THAT STILL LIVE THERE, MAKE SURE THAT AREA WILL ALWAYS BE PRESERVED AS A PLACE THAT WILL INTERPRET AND IMPROVE AND PROVIDE THE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO MAKE SURE THIS STORY OF AMERICAN HISTORY IS NOT FORGOTTEN. IT'S PART OF THE -- AS THE GENTLELADY FROM HAWAII SAID, WHEN YOU SEE PICTURES OF THESE KIDS GIVING PRESS CONFERENCES, YOU SEE THESE HOMES IN THE BACKGROUND. IT'S PART AND PARCEL TO THE STORY. THE RESIDENTS WHO LIVE ACROSS THE STREET ARE CONNECTED TO THE LANDMARK EVENTS IN SEPTEMBER OF 1957 AND PROVIDE THE BACKDROP FOR THIS PARTICULAR ELEMENT. I AM APPRECIATIVE OF MR. HILL OF ARKANSAS FOR LEADING FORTHWITH THIS PARTICULAR BILL, REALIZING THE SIGNIFICANCE AND I AM HAPPY THAT TODAY ON THE VERY MONTH THIS WAS HAPPENING 60 YEARS AGO THAT WE ACTUALLY ARE TALKING ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR EVENT AND DESIRING TO SECURE THESE AREAS SO THAT THE HISTORY OF THIS COUNTRY WILL BE REMEMBERED IN ITS FULL AND -- TO THE FULL EXTENT. ONE OF OUR STAFFERS IN THE COMMITTEE WHO HELPED DRAFT THIS BILL HAD THE OPPORTUNITY OF HAVING LUNCH WITH ONE OF THOSE LITTLE ROCK NINE, WON AN ESSAY AND -- HAD A CHANCE TO MEET ONE OF THESE HEROIC YOUNG WOMEN WHO WENT TO -- WHO WENT TO LITTLE ROCK HIGH SCHOOL 60-PLUS YEARS AGO. THIS IS SIGNIFICANT AND I CANNOT THINK OF THIS STORY WITHOUT IN SOME WAY FEELING CHOKED UP INSIDE BECAUSE I KNOW WHAT IT MUST HAVE BEEN LIKE FOR THOSE KIDS TO GO THERE AND I KNOW WHAT IT MUST HAVE BEEN LIKE. THIS WAS HISTORIC. THEY WERE TRUE HEROES. THEY WERE TRULY BRAVE KIDS THAT TOOK THIS EVENT ON AND DID IT WITH SUCH A PLUMB. THEY NEED TO BE REMEMBERED. THAT'S WHY I AM HAPPY THIS BILL IS HERE SO WE CAN EXPAND THE SITE OF THIS HISTORIC SITE TO MAKE SURE THIS IS A PROTECTED AREA SO HISTORY IS NOT FORGOTTEN. SO WHAT THOSE KIDS DID IN THAT VERY HISTORIC YEAR IN 1957 AND 1958 IN LITTLE ROCK, THAT WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN AND THE SIGNIFICANCE AND THE CONVICTION THOSE KIDS HAD AND THE EXPERIENCE THEY HAD TO GO THROUGH CAN BE REMEMBERED AND THAT WE CAN NEVER AGAIN GO BACK THERE. AND WE COULD NEVER AGAIN REPLICATE THAT AREA. WE WILL MOVE FORWARD. AND IN THE AREA OF CIVIL RIGHTS AS WELL AS IN EDUCATION. I AM PLEASED TO BE HERE TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. I AM GOING TO ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL BECAUSE IT SAYS SO MUCH ABOUT US, ABOUT OUR COMMITMENTS, ABOUT OUR PRIORITIES, ABOUT WHAT WE WANT TO DO AND IT SAYS SO MUCH ABOUT WHAT IS GOOD IN THIS COUNTRY. THIS IS THE PRIMARY EXAMPLE OF WHAT WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO DO. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I WILL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM HAWAII.

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                                      MS. HANABUSA

                                      MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS, SO I WILL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE…

                                      MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS, SO I WILL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH.

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                                      MR. BISHOP

                                      WITH ONCE AGAIN -- ANYTHING MORE? WITH ONCE AGAIN OUR APPRECIATION FOR ALL…

                                      WITH ONCE AGAIN -- ANYTHING MORE? WITH ONCE AGAIN OUR APPRECIATION FOR ALL THOSE WHO HAVE SPOKEN ON BEHALF OF THIS PARTICULAR BILL, THOSE WHO HAVE WORKED ON THIS BILL, THOSE WHO SPONSORED THIS BILL, THIS BILL IS SOMETHING I THINK IS REALLY SIGNIFICANT AND SAYS SOMETHING THAT IS VERY POSITIVE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY AND HELPS US TO REMEMBER THAT WHICH IS POSITIVE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY. WITH THAT, I'M URGING ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE…

                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2611. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF

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                                      MR. BISHOP

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

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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 AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED.

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                                      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.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                                      Considered as unfinished business. 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."

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                                        TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                        RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE…

                                        RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3354. WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK, KINDLY TAKE THE CHAIR.

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

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                                        THE CHAIR

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

                                        THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3354 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BIT TITLE.

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                                        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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                                        THE CHAIR

                                        WHEN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ROSE ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2017, A…

                                        WHEN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ROSE ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2017, A REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 77 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. NORMAN, HAD BEEN POSTPONED.

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                                        THE CHAIR

                                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                        MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO SECTION 3 AS THE DESIGNEE OF CHAIRMAN…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO SECTION 3 AS THE DESIGNEE OF CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN, I RISE TO OFFER EN BLOC NUMBER 3 AS PART OF CONSIDERATION OF DIVISION C OF H.R. 3354. THE LIST OF AMENDMENTS INCLUDED IN THE EN BLOC, MR. CHAIRMAN, IS AT THE DESK AND HAS BEEN AGREED TO BY BOTH SIDES.

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                                        THE CHAIR

                                        THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENTS EN BLOC.

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                                      Amendments en bloc offered by Mr. Culberson, comprised of the following amendments offered as En Bloc No. 3: Amendments Nos. 81, 82, 84, 86, 88, 89, 90, 92, 93, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 102, 103, 107, 110, and 111 printed in House Report 115-297.

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                                        THE CLERK

                                        110 AND 111 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MR. CULBERSON OF…

                                        110 AND 111 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MR. CULBERSON OF TEXAS.

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                                    DEBATE

                                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 504, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 20 minutes of debate on the Culberson En Bloc amendment No. 3.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CULBERSON,…

                                      PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CULBERSON, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. SERRANO, WILL EACH CONTROL 10 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                      MR. CULBERSON

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

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS -- FROM NEW YORK IS…

                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS -- FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                      MR. SERRANO

                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, WE ARE IN SUPPORT OF THE EN BLOC AMENDMENTS. WE'VE WORKED ON…

                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, WE ARE IN SUPPORT OF THE EN BLOC AMENDMENTS. WE'VE WORKED ON IT JOINTLY AND SUPPORT ALL OF THE AMENDMENTS THAT ARE INCLUDED IN THE EN BLOC AND AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEVADA, MS. ROSEN, FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. . I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY…

                                      THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. . I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY COLLEAGUE CONGRESSWOMAN JULIA BROWNLEY'S AMENDMENT TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR VETERAN TREATMENT COURTS. THEY KEEP OUR HEROES WITH ADDICTION FROM GOING TO JAIL PROVIDING THEM WITH THE CARE THEY NEED AND SECOND CHANCE. OUR NATION'S MILITARY IS RETURNING HOME FROM A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST AND A HALF OF A WAR WITH INVISIBLE WOUNDS. PTSD, T.B.I., TRAUMA AND MORE. RESEARCHERS ARE CONTINUING TO FIND LINKS BETWEEN SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND COMBAT RELATED MENTAL HEALTH STRUGGLES. SPECIALIZED DRUG COURT PARTICIPANTS ARE SIGNIFICANTLY LESS LIKELY THAN NONPARTICIPANTS TO RELAPSE OR LATER COMMIT CRIMES. BY KEEPING VETERANS OUT OF PRISONS, FOCUSING ON REHABILITATION AND SOW BRIGHT, THESE PROGRAMS OFFER LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS RATHER THAN SHORTSIGHTED PUNISHMENTS. MR. CHAIRMAN, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN VOTING YES. I YIELD BACK.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                      MR. CULBERSON

                                      AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH…

                                      AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY TO SEEK SUPPORT FOR MY EN BLOC…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY TO SEEK SUPPORT FOR MY EN BLOC AMENDMENT TO H.R. 3354. AS WE ALL KNOW DRUG OVERDOSE DEATHS IN OUR COUNTRY HAVE DRAMATICALLY INCREASED SINCE THE TURN OF THE CENTURY. OVER THE PAST DECADE ALONE, OVERDOSE DEATHS HAVE INCREASED BY MORE THAN 400%. IN 2015, MORE AMERICANS DIED FROM OPIOIDS THAN IN THE VIETNAM WAR. MR. CHAIRMAN, THAT IS ASTONISHING. THIS IS A NATIONAL EMERGENCY. I HAVE SEEN THE EFFECTS FIRSTHAND IN MY DISTRICT. IN 2016, NEARLY ONE FIFTH OF ALL OPIOID RELATED DEATHS IN SOUTH CAROLINA TOOK PLACE IN MY DISTRICT. MY AMENDMENT WOULD PROVIDE MORE FUNDS TO OPIOID PREVENTION BY TRANSFORMING 7 MILLION FROM THE D.O.J. GENERAL ADMINISTRATION ACCOUNT TO THE OPIOID ABUSE REDUCTION ACTIVITIES.

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                                      MR. NORMAN

                                      MORE THAN EVER WE MUST PROVIDE AS MUCH FUNDING AS POSSIBLE TO DEFEAT THIS…

                                      MORE THAN EVER WE MUST PROVIDE AS MUCH FUNDING AS POSSIBLE TO DEFEAT THIS NATIONAL EPIDEMIC. LE MR. CHAIRMAN, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN COMBATING THIS CRISIS. I YIELD.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                                      MR. SERRANO

                                      I'D LIKE AT THIS TIME TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM OREGON,…

                                      I'D LIKE AT THIS TIME TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM OREGON, MISS BONNA BEACHY, ONE MINUTE.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                      MS. BONAMICI

                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU -- I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING.…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU -- I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE EN BLOC AMENDMENT WHICH INCLUDES MY AMENDMENTS TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR THE OCEAN ACIDFICATION PROGRAM. AND INCREASE COASTAL MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT OF HARMFUL AL GA BLOOMS. OREGON'S ECONOMIC VITALITY IS DEPENDENT ON THE OCEAN ECONOMY. OCEAN ACIDFICATION AND HARMFUL AL GA BLOOMS THREATEN OCEAN HEALTH, THE TOURISM INDUSTRY, AND OUR VALUABLE FISHERIES. COMMUNITIES ALONG THE COASTS ARE VULNERABLE TO THE EFFECTS OF OUR CHANGING CLIMATE. I APPLAUD NOAA'S FISHERIES. COMMUNITIES ALONG THE COASTS OCEAN ACIDFICATION PROGRAM AND COASTAL MONITORING AND ASSESS ITMENT PROGRAMS THAT GIVE OUR COASTAL COMMUNITIES THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO UNDERSTAND AND ADDRESS THESE THREATS. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER FOR INCLUDING THESE AMENDMENTS AND FOR YOUR HARD WORK ON THE BILL. AND I YIELD THE BALANCE -- YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                      MR. CULBERSON

                                      AT THIS TIME I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                      MR. CULL BER

                                      I WOULD LIKE TO ADDRESS --

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                                      MR. CULBERSON

                                      I WOULD LIKE TO ADDRESS THE GENTLELADY'S COMMENTS. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK…

                                      I WOULD LIKE TO ADDRESS THE GENTLELADY'S COMMENTS. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK HER FOR BRINGING THIS TO THE HOUSE'S ATTENTION. ALGAE BLOOMS, WE KNOW HOW DANGEROUS THEY ARE ANTI-TERRIBLE EFFECT THEY HAVE HAD ON OUR FRIENDS IN FLORIDA WHO ARE ALREADY SUFFERING FROM THE EFFECTS OF THIS HURRICANE. OUR PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS ARE WITH THEM. ALL OF US IN HOUSTON UNDERSTAND THE CEVAERITY OF THE PROBLEM THEY FACE -- SEVERITY PROBLEMS THEY FACE. AND WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH HER ON THE ISSUE. AT THIS TIME I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON STATE.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                      MR. REICHERT

                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR YIELDING AND YOUR HARD WORK AND WORKING…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR YIELDING AND YOUR HARD WORK AND WORKING TOGETHER WITH US TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF GUN CRIME IN THIS COUNTRY. AS EVERYONE KNOWS OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS ESPECIALLY HIGH PROFILE SHOOTINGS, VIOLENT CRIME, HAVE CAUGHT THE ATTENTION OF AMERICANS ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY AND SPARKED A DEBATE ABOUT WHAT SHOULD BE DONE TO REDUCE GANG VIOLENCE AND GUN CRIME IN THE UNITED STATES. WELL, THE TRUTH IS THERE IS AN ANSWER. A PROVEN SOLUTION THAT ACTUALLY WORKED FOR MANY YEARS WHEN I WAS THE SHERIFF IN KING COUNTY IN SEATTLE, WASHINGTON. A PROGRAM CALLED PROJECT SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS. WAS FIRST SAFE CITIES INITIATIVE BY THE CLINTON-GORE ADMINISTRATION AND THEN CHANGED TO PROJECT SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS UNDER GEORGE BUSH. THROUGH STRONG PARTNERSHIPS, FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS CREATE LOCAL GUN CRIME REDUCTION TASK FORCES AND FORM COALITIONS WITH OTHER AGENCIES, COMMUNITY GROUPS, AND CITIZENS COMMITTED TO REDUCING GUN CRIME. SO BETWEEN 2001 AND 2009, WHEN DATA WAS COLLECTED ON THE PROGRAM, CITIES THAT WERE FIRST TO IMPLEMENT THE PROGRAM ACHIEVED A SIGNIFICANT DECLINE IN VIOLENT CRIME. WE NEED TO FUND THIS PROGRAM. THE DATA CONNECTED WITH THIS PROGRAM, THE STATISTICS WE COLLECTED THAT SHOWS THIS IS A PROVEN SOLUTION WAS IGNORED BY THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION. DESPITE THE SUCCESS FOR CITIES THAT IMPLEMENTED THIS PROGRAM, FUNDING FOR THE PROGRAM HAS BEEN STEADILY DECREASED. MY AMENDMENT TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR PROJECT SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS IS FULLY OFFSET BY A REDUCTION TO THE GENERAL ADMINISTRATION ACCOUNT AT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                                      MR. SERRANO

                                      MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE I YIELD BACK, I JUST LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT TO SAY TO…

                                      MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE I YIELD BACK, I JUST LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT TO SAY TO MY FRIEND THAT MY PRAYERS AND MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU. YOUR FAMILY, YOUR CONSTITUENTS, THE STATE OF TEXAS, FLORIDA, THE CARIBBEAN, SOUTH CAROLINA. MY BIRTHPLACE OF PUERTO RICO AND ALT OTHER FOLKS WHO HAVE BEEN THROUGH THIS VERY DIFFICULT TIME. I INTEND TO USE WHATEVER MY VOTE ON APPROPRIATIONS CAN SERVE TO HELP THOSE COMMUNITIES AS THEY GET BACK ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY W THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                      MR. CULBERSON

                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE EN BLOC AMENDMENT. IT IS MADE UP OF…

                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE EN BLOC AMENDMENT. IT IS MADE UP OF NONCONTROVERSIAL ITEMS THAT WE HAVE WORKED OUT IN WITH THE MINORITY AND I URGE ITS ADOPTION.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      ADOPTION.

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                                    On agreeing to the Culberson amendments Agreed to by voice vote.

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                                      CULBERSON I

                                      1234 MR. CULBERSON: I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD IN ORDER TO ENTER INTO…

                                      1234 MR. CULBERSON: I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD IN ORDER TO ENTER INTO A COLLOQUY WITH MY GOOD FRIEND FROM WASHINGTON STATE.

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                                    • 02:23:33 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                      MR. CULBERSON

                                      I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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                                      I THANK THE CHAIRMAN.

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                                      MR. REICHERT

                                      COMMUNITIES THEY SERVE.

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                                      MR. CULBERSON

                                      I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM WASHINGTON, SHERIFF THANK YOU FOR YOUR…

                                      I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM WASHINGTON, SHERIFF THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO THE PEOPLE OF SEATTLE. THE PEOPLE OF YOUR STATE, SERVICE HERE. FOR YOUR DEVOTION TO THIS PROGRAM. ABSOLUTELY RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF THE COPS HIRING PROGRAM. IMPORTANT IMPACT IT'S HAD ON THE SAFETY OF LOCAL COMMUNITIES. WE'RE ESPECIALLY GRATEFUL TO OUR FIRST RESPONDERS IN SOUTHEAST TEXAS, SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA, PEOPLE OF FLORIDA. DON'T KNOW WHAT WE WOULD DO WITHOUT OUR FIRST RESPONDERS. THEY HAVE DONE A MAGNIFICENT JOB. OUR POLICE OFFICERS AND FIREMEN IN THE WAKE OF THESE TERRIBLE STORMS WE HAVE HAD. GIVEN THE STAFFING SHORTAGES AND CURRENT ISSUES FACING OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT, THE COPS PROGRAM IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT. AS YOU KNOW THE SENATE HAS FUNDED THE COPS PROGRAM IN ITS BILL AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU TO MAKE SURE THE COPS PROGRAM IS FUNDED IN CONFERENCE.

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                                      MR. REICHERT

                                      I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I JUST MENTION THAT I KNOW IN MY HEART YOUR…

                                      I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I JUST MENTION THAT I KNOW IN MY HEART YOUR COMPASSION AND PASSION AND DEDICATION TO THE MEN AND WOMEN THAT AIR WEAR THE UNIFORM ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU IN MAKING SURE THE COPS PROGRAM FUND ONCE AGAIN.

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                                      MR. CULBERSON

                                      WE'LL GET IT DONE.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. WITHDRAW THE AMENDMENT. THE AMENDMENT IS…

                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. WITHDRAW THE AMENDMENT. THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 83 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297. IT IS IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 85 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-297. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 87 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-297. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                      I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      AMENDMENT NUMBER 87, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-297, OFFERED BY…

                                      AMENDMENT NUMBER 87, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-297, OFFERED BY MRS. TORRES OF CALIFORNIA.

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                                      An amendment, offered by Mrs. Torres, numbered 87 printed in House Report 115-297 to increase funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership program which is offset by a reduction in funding for the General Administration Salaries and Expenses of the Department of Justice.

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                                        THE CHAIR

                                        PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MISS…

                                        PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MISS TORRES, AND A MEMBER POSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                    DEBATE

                                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 504, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Torres amendment No. 87.

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                                      MISS TORRES

                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TO OFFER MY AMENDMENT TO THIS…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TO OFFER MY AMENDMENT TO THIS APPROPRIATIONS BILL. MR. CHAIRMAN, SINCE I HAVE BEEN IN CONGRESS I HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH MANY PEOPLE IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT TO ENSURE WE'RE DOING ALL WE CAN IN CONGRESS TO SUPPORT THEM IN CREATING GOOD PAYING, HIGH-SKILLED JOBS RIGHT HERE AT HOME. LAST MONTH I TOOK A MADE IN THE 35TH TOUR AND TRAVELED ACROSS MY DISTRICT MEETING WITH MANUFACTURERS WHO ARE CREATING JOBS HERE IN THE U.S. THEY TOLD ME ABOUT HOW THEY ARE COMPETING WITH IMPORTERS FROM ASIA JOBS RIGHT HERE AND AN UNFAIR PLAYING FIELD CREATED BY HOW OUR TRADING PARTNERS SUPPORT THEIR MANUFACTURERS. I CONTINUED MY TOUR TO THE PORT OF LOS ANGELES WHERE IT BECAME CLEAR WHERE THIS UNFAIR PLAYING FIELD HAS LEFT US. SHIPS FROM ASIA COME IN FULL AND LEAVE EMPTY. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE SHIPS THAT LEAVE LOS ANGELES SHOULD BE FULL OF AMERICAN-MADE GOODS. THIS IS THE GOAL OF THE MANUFACTURER AND EXTENSION PARTNERSHIP. SUPPORTING AMERICAN BUSINESSES THROUGH EXPANDING MARKETS AND SUPPORTING INNOVATION. TWO OF THE NINE M.E.P. SUCCESS STORIES IN CALIFORNIA HAVE HAPPENED IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. INFOFOAM AND CHINO USED AN M.E.P. TO INCREASE PRODUCTION BY 20% WHILE REDUTION THEIR ENERGY COSTS BY MORE THAN 5%. DIAMOND WHITE, A VERY IMPRESSIVE COMPANY THAT I VISITED ON MY MADE IN THE 35TH TOUR, USED M.E.P. TO EXPAND THEIR BUSINESS TO MARKETS AROUND THE WORLD. . IT MEANT REAL WINS FOR THESE REAL AMERICAN BUSINESSES. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS AMENDMENT IS COMMON SENSE FOR EVERY DOLLAR OF M.E.P. INVESTMENT WE CAN GENERATE NEARLY $20 MILLION IN SALES GROWTH. AND $20 IN NEW CLIENT INVESTMENT. THAT'S A $100 MILLION RETURN ON MY AMENDMENT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT BECAUSE THAT INVESTMENT COULD END UP IN ONE OF YOUR COMMUNITIES. I LIKE NOW TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM CONNECTICUT, CONGRESSWOMANNESTY. -- CONGRESSWOMAN ESTY.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                      MS. ESTY

                                      I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR THE…

                                      I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR THE MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PARTNERSHIP, THE M.E.P., PROGRAM. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD RESTORE $5 MILLION TO M.E.P. WHICH HAS HELPED U.S. MANUFACTURERS CREATE AND RETAIN GOOD JOBS IN CONNECTICUT AND IN EVERY STATE IN THE COUNTRY OVER NEARLY 30 YEARS. CONNECTICUT'S M.E.P., THE CONNECTICUT STATE TECHNICAL EXTENSION PROGRAM, OR CONSTEP, WORKS WITH FACILITIES IN CONNECTICUT ADVISING THEM ON WAYS TO GROW THEIR BUSINESS. IN MY DISTRICT ALONE, METALAN HAS I CREASED NEW SALES BY NEARLY A HALF A MILLION DOLLARS. METALERGICAL PROCESS BY $10 MILLION. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BECAUSE PASSING A BUDGET THAT GROWS THE ECONOMY AND RETAINS AND BRINGS GOOD JOBS TO OUR COMMUNITIES IS EXACTLY WHAT WE WERE SENT HERE TO WASHINGTON, D.C., TO DO. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT REPRESENTATIVE TORESS' AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. -- TORRES' AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                      MR. CULBERSON

                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I CLAIM IN TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLELADY'S AMENDMENT.…

                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I CLAIM IN TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLELADY'S AMENDMENT. HOWEVER, NO PARTICULAR OBJECTION TO IT OTHER THAN I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THE OFFSET. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HAS ALL THE RESOURCES THEY NEED IN ORDER TO PROTECT THIS COUNTRY. I AM CONCERNED ABOUT TAKING IT OUT OF THE -- OUT OF GENERAL ADMINISTRATION. HOWEVER, I AM PREPARED TO LET THE AMENDMENT GO.

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                                    • 02:32:52 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES?

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                                      MR. CULBERSON

                                      RESERVE.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS HAS TWO MINUTES REMAINING.

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                                      MRS. TORRES

                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'LL YIELD BACK THE REST OF MY TIME TO THE…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'LL YIELD BACK THE REST OF MY TIME TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                      I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT AND COMMEND THE AUTHORS FOR OFFERING…

                                      I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT AND COMMEND THE AUTHORS FOR OFFERING IT.

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                                      MR. SERRANO

                                      TO DEVELOP NEW PRODUCTS, ATTRACT NEW CUSTOMERS AND REDUCE PRODUCTION…

                                      TO DEVELOP NEW PRODUCTS, ATTRACT NEW CUSTOMERS AND REDUCE PRODUCTION COSTS. BECAUSE THIS BILL RECEIVED AN INADEQUATE ALLOCATION, THE CHAIRMAN WAS FORCED TO PARTIALLY AGREE WITH THE PRESIDENT'S EFFORTS TO UNDERMINE OUR MANUFACTURING SECTOR, AND THE BILL CURRENTLY CONTAINS A CUT OF $30 MILLION FROM THE M.E.P. PROGRAM. THIS AMENDMENT PROVIDES AN IMPORTANT DOWN PAYMENT IN RESTORING FUNDING FOR THIS IMPORTANT PROGRAM. WE WILL HAVE TO DO BETTER DOWN THE LINE, BUT THIS IS A GOOD STARTER. I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES? THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                      MR. CULBERSON

                                      I YIELD BACK.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS.

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                                      MRS. TORRES

                                      I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS. I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. THANK YOU, MR.…

                                      I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS. I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS IS A $5 MILLION INVESTMENT FOR MANUFACTURERS IN THE U.S. I STRONGLY ASK FOR THE SUPPORT OF MY COLLEAGUES IN PASSING THIS AMENDMENT.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM…

                                      THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES APPEAR TO HAVE IT. THE NOES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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                                    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

                                    At the conclusion of debate on the Torres amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Torres 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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                                      MRS. TORRES

                                      I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                      THE CHAIR

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

                                      PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION? -- IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 91 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297. THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                      THE CLERK

                                      AMENDMENT NUMBER 91 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MR.…

                                      AMENDMENT NUMBER 91 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MR. MCKINLEY OF WEST VIRGINIA.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA, MR.…

                                      PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA, MR. MCKINLEY, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA.

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                                      MR. MCKINLEY

                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THE ENVIRONMENT SECURITY COMPUTING CENTER WITHIN…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THE ENVIRONMENT SECURITY COMPUTING CENTER WITHIN NOAA, THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION, UTILIZES HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING TECHNOLOGY TO QUICKLY PROCESS INFORMATION FROM WEATHER SATELLITES AND TO PREDICT THE PATH OF A HURRICANE OR THE EXTENT OF DAMAGES OF WILDFIRE CAN CREATE. AS RECENT EVENTS HAVE SHOWN, WEATHER EVENTS CAN HAVE A DEVASTATING IMPACT ON THE LIVES OF OUR FELLOW AMERICANS. IN LATE JULY, NORTHERN WEST VIRGINIA EXPERIENCED UNEXPECTED FLOODING THAT PLACED EIGHT COUNTIES UNDER THE STATE OF EMERGENCY. NEARLY 1,000 HOMES AND BUSINESSES WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED, AND TRAGICALLY TWO INDIVIDUALS LOST THEIR LIVES. THIS WAS AN UNEXPECTED FLOW OF WATER. RECENTLY HURRICANES HARVEY AND IRMA HAVE DESTROYED THOUSANDS OF HOMES IN COMMUNITIES WHICH WILL REQUIRE A MASSIVE INFLUX OF FEDERAL RESOURCES TO REBUILD. THIS CONGRESS HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THE ACCURACY AND VIABILITY OF THE WEATHER AND CLIMATE MONITORING WORK PERFORMED BY THE SECURITY CENTER. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT SYSTEMS NOAA USES TO PROCESS THIS DATA IS ITS HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTER ASSETS SUCH AS NOAA'S ENVIRONMENTAL SECURITY COMPUTING CENTER. MY AMENDMENT PROVIDES FUNDING TO COMPLETE THE BUILDOUT FOR THAT FACILITY THAT NOAA HAS INITIATED. COMPLETING THE BUILDOUT WILL SUPPORT THE SUPERCOMPUTER SYSTEMS THAT NOAA USES TO PROCESS AND REPORT THIS IMPORTANT AND CRITICAL WEATHER MODEL DATA. WHAT WE ARE WITNESSING DURING THIS HURRICANE SEASON, MR. CHAIRMAN, DEMONSTRATES JUST HOW IMPORTANT PASSAGE OF THIS AMENDMENT IS TO OUR NATION AND WHERE WE CAN HAVE RELIABLE INFORMATION PROVIDED TO US. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD -- I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      An amendment, offered by Mr. McKinley, numbered 91 printed in House Report 115-297 to provide funding for the NOAA Environmental Security Computing Center to support an increase in electrical capacity and completion of the build out.

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                                      DEBATE

                                      Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 504, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the McKinley amendment No. 91.

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                                        THE CHAIR

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

                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM OREGON SEEK RECOGNITION? NEVADA? DOES ANY MEMBER SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT? SEEING NONE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA.

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                                        MR. MCKINLEY

                                        I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        THE CHAIR

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

                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA. 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'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 94 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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                                        MS. ROSEN

                                        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 94 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MS. ROSEN…

                                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 94 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MS. ROSEN OF NEVADA.

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                                        An amendment, offered by Ms. Rosen, numbered 94 printed in House Report 115-297 to maintain FY17 funding level for National Science Foundation's Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE).

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA, MS. ROSEN,…

                                          PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA, MS. ROSEN, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA.

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                                      DEBATE

                                      Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 504, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Rosen amendment No. 94.

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                                        MS. ROSEN

                                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT TO INCREASE FUNDING TO THE…

                                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT TO INCREASE FUNDING TO THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION'S COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING RESEARCH DIRECTORATE, COMMONLY KNOWN AS CISE. CISE SUPPORTS RESEARCH IN COMPUTING, COMMUNICATIONS, INFORMATION, SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING. THROUGH THEIR N.S.F. SUPPORTED WORK OUR NATION'S SCIENTISTS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DEVELOP INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO ENERGY, ADVANCED MANUFACTURING, NATIONAL SECURITY, HEALTH CARE AND PERSONAL COMMUNICATION. CISE ALSO PROVIDES ADVANCED CYBERINFRASTRUCTURE FOR ALL AREAS OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING, AND IT CONTRIBUTES TO THE EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF COMPUTER ENGINEERS, ENSURING OUR FUTURE GENERATIONS ARE WELL-EQUIPPED WITH THE SKILLS THEY NEED IN AN INCREASINGLY COMPETITIVE GLOBAL MARKET. IN NEVADA AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WE'RE CONTINUING TO SEE A HUGE DEMAND FOR WORKERS IN THE TECH INDUSTRY, INCLUDING SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS, ANALYSTS, ENGINEERS AND COMPUTER PROGRAMMERS LIKE MYSELF. ACCORDING TO THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS, THE COMPUTING INDUSTRY'S RATE OF JOB CREATION IN THE U.S. IS NOW THREE TIMES THE NATIONAL AVERAGE. IN ORDER FOR OUR WORK FORCE TO CONTINUE TO PUSH THE BOUNDARIES, WE MUST INVEST IN RESEARCH AND TRAINING PROGRAMS AT N.S.F. CISE IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT PROVIDES FUNDING FOR CUTTING EDGE COMPUTING AND INFORMATION SCIENCE RESEARCH, WHICH IS CRITICAL TO INNOVATION IN NEARLY ALL LINES OF WORK FROM BUSINESS TO GOVERNMENT. SIMPLY PUT, THE 21ST CENTURY RUNS ON COMPUTERS AND CONSTANTLY EVOLVING TECHNOLOGIES. AS ONE OF THE FEW WOMEN IN CONGRESS TO BUILD HER CAREER IN STEM, I KNOW ALL TOO WELL THE DEMAND FOR CHALLENGE IN STEM IS REAL, AND WE MUST MAKE SMART INVESTMENTS NOW. CURRENT CISE PROJECTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY INCLUDE DEVELOPING UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY TO HELP REDUCE WILDFIRES, CREATING NEW CLINICAL MODELING TECHNIQUES TO USE ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS FOR PERSONALIZED PATIENT CARE AND STRENGTHENING OUR CYBERINFRASTRUCTURE. IN MY DISTRICT, THE UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA-LAS VEGAS IS USING CISE FUNDING FOR SEVERAL GROUNDBREAKING INITIATIVES. ONE OF THEIR PROJECTS FOCUSES ON INCREASING THE PARTICIPATION OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES IN COMPUTER SCIENCE COURSES BY CREATING ACCESSIBLE TOOLS AND CURRICULA FOR PAIRING -- PREPARING PROFESSORS FOR DIVERSED STUDENTS. UNLV IS PARTNERING WITH THE LOCAL CLARK SCHOOL DISTRICT TO HELP MENTOR TEACHERS ON CYBERSECURITY AND DIG DATA. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS MAINTAINS F.Y. 2017 LEVEL FOR N.S.F. RESEARCH AND RELATED ACTIVITIES WHICH CISE IS FUNDED THROUGH. THAT'S ADMIRABLE GIVEN THE FACT THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S PROPOSED BUDGET SLASHED N.S.F. RESEARCH. MAINTAINING LEVEL FUNDING SHOWS SHARED BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH RIGHT HERE IN CONGRESS. I THANK THE MAJORITY AND THE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN FOR RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF SUPPORTING COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCE. HOWEVER, EVEN WITH THIS FUNDING LEVEL, ACCORDING TO AGENCY LEADERSHIP, N.S.F. HAS HAD TO DENY OVER $2 BILLION WORTH OF EXCELLENT PROPOSALS EVERY YEAR, INDICATING THE FACT THAT IT IS UNDERFUNDED. IF WE'RE GOING TO BE SERIOUS ABOUT COMPETING IN THE ECONOMY OF TOMORROW AND THE ECONOMY OF TODAY, THEN WE MUST CONTINUE FUNDING PROGRAMS THAT HELP OUR COUNTRY TO REMAIN THE GLOBAL LEADER IN INNOVATION, PRODUCTIVITY, ECONOMIC GROWTH AND PROVIDE GOOD-PAYING JOBS FOR THE FUTURE. MY AMENDMENT WOULD INCREASE FUNDING TO CISE BY 2%, ALLOWING IT TO KEEP UP WITH YEAR-OVER-YEAR INFLATION AND FUND THE SAME NUMBER OF GRANTS AS PREVIOUS YEARS. THIS LEVEL FUNDING IN REAL DOLLARS IS THE LEAST WE CAN DO TO REMAIN GLOBALLY COMPETITIVE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING. MR. CHAIRMAN, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN VOTING YES FOR THIS AMENDMENT, AND I YIELD THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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                                        THE CHAIR

                                        THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. DOES ANY MEMBER CLAIM TIME IN…

                                        THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. DOES ANY MEMBER CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                        MR. CULBERSON

                                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT BECAUSE ALL THOUGH --

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                                        THE CHAIR

                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                        MR. CULBERSON

                                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. WE HAVE, AS YOU KNOW, AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. WE HAVE, AS YOU KNOW, AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT BUDGET YEAR. OUR CONSTITUENTS' HARD-EARNED TAX DOLLARS ARE BEING STRETCHED FARTHER AND THINNER THAN EVER. PARTICULARLY IN LIGHT OF THE DISASTERS THAT STRUCK TEXAS AND SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA AND NOW FLORIDA. WE HAVE IN OUR COMMERCE, JUSTICE, SCIENCE BILL PROTECTED AMERICA'S INVESTMENT IN BASIC RESEARCH THROUGH THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION, AND ITS MAIN GRANT ACCOUNT, THE RESEARCH AND RELATED ACTIVITIES ACCOUNT. WE HAVE FUNDED THE RESEARCH AND RELATED ACTIVITIES ACCOUNT FOR $600 MILLION THIS YEAR. WE RECOGNIZE THE LEADERSHIP AND THE WORLD IS GROUNDED IN LARGE PART ON THE INNOVATIONS, THE DISCOVERIES THAT ARE MADE BY UNRESTRAINED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH. I'M A VERY STRONG SUPPORTER OF THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH. WHILE WE LIKE TO SEE HIGHER LEVELS OF FUNDING FOR THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION, FOR NASA AND OTHER SCIENCE RELATED RESEARCH IN THIS BILL, UNTIL THE CONGRESS COMES TO AN OVERALL BUDGET AGREEMENT, MR. CHAIRMAN, WE SIMPLY DO NOT HAVE ADDITIONAL FUNDS. AND WE MUST LIVE WITHIN OUR MEANS. THE PROPOSED OFFSET THAT IS OFFERED BY THIS AMENDMENT WOULD SERIOUSLY HINDER PROGRAM AND FINANCIAL OVERSIGHT OVER AT THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND RESULT IN PROFESSIONALS LET GO. FURTHER, WITH RESPECT TO THE THE GENTLELADY'S STATEMENT, I BELIEVE IT'S -- RESPECT TO THE GENTLELADY'S STATEMENT, I BELIEVE IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE DEFER TO DISTRIBUTE FUNDS TO THE HIGHEST PRIORITY NEEDS BY THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY AND NOT DESIGNATE THEM FOR A SPECIFIC DIRECTORATE. SHOULD THE GENTLELADY'S AMENDMENT PASS, THE FUNDS WILL BE ADDED TO THE RESEARCH AND RELATED ACTIVITIES ACCOUNT IN GENERAL. IT WOULD THEN BE UP TO N.S.F. TO DETERMINE HOW THOSE ADDITIONAL FUNDS ARE SPENT, ACCORDING TO THE NEEDS OF THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY. THE OFFSET IS VERY DAMAGING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND THE IMPORTANT WORK THEY DO. IN FACT, THE CONSTITUTIONALLY MANDATED WORK THEY DO TO PROVIDE FOR THE CENSUS TO THE UNITED STATES SO I URGE MEMBERS TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        THE CHAIR

                                        THE TIME HAS EXPIRED. DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK? THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS…

                                        THE TIME HAS EXPIRED. DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK? THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. . IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 101 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-295. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                    • 02:45:30 PM

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

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                                        I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE CHAIR.

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                                        THE CHAIR

                                        THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                        THE CLERK

                                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 101, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-295, OFFERED BY…

                                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 101, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-295, OFFERED BY MR. COHEN OF TENNESSEE.

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                                        An amendment, offered by Mr. Cohen, numbered 101 printed in House Report 115-297 to increase funding for Legal Services Corporation by $10 million, offset by a $10 million reduction to the increased amount allocated in the bill to the U.S. Marshals Service.

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                                        DEBATE

                                        Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 504, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Cohen amendment No. 101.

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          TENNESSEE.

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                                          COHEN

                                          THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF BIPARTISAN…

                                          THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT WHICH WOULD INCREASE LEGAL SERVICES FUNDING BY $10 WOULD INCREASE LEGAL SERVICES FUNDING BY $10 MILLION. I AM WILLING TO WITHDRAW THIS AMENDMENT AFTER MY COLLEAGUES AND TAKE A BRIEF MOMENT TO SPEAK ABOUT LEGAL SERVICES. I KNOW THAT THE RANKING MEMBER, THE CHAIR, THE CHAIR AND THE RANKING MEMBER SUPPORT LEGAL SERVICES AND MAY BE ABLE TO HELP SOME TIME IN THE FUTURE. OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM IS THE ENVY OF THE WORLD. BUT IT TAKES A PROFESSIONAL HELP, ATTORNEY, TO NAVIGATE IT. AND WHEN YOU'RE POOR, WHICH MOST PEOPLE DON'T HAVE LEGAL TRAINING, THEY ARE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO SUCCESSFULLY COMPETE AGAINST A PRIVATE ATTORNEY. THEY NEED HELP. IF THEY DON'T NEED HELP, THE JUSTICE SYSTEM IS NOT FAIR. LEGAL SERVICES ENSURES EQUAL JUSTICE FOR THE LAW. HELPS ALL KIND OF FOLKS, MILITARY FAMILIES, HOMEOWNERS, RENTERS, FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN, DISABLED, ELDERLY, IT'S ALL OVER THE COUNTRY BUT PLACES LIKE HOUSTON, RESIDENTS STRUGGLE FROM THE HURRICANE HARVEY, LONE STAR LEGAL AID, PARTIALLY FUNDED BY LEGAL SERVICES, IS HELPING PEOPLE NAVIGATE THE LEGAL HURDLES WHEN THEY NEED THEM MOST. MR. KENNEDY HAS BEEN A STRONG SUPPORTER OF THIS AND WAS GOING TO BE HERE TODAY BUT I THINK HE'S BEEN DETAINED. I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MY REPUBLICAN CO-LEAD FOR ONE MINUTE AND YIELD A MINUTE TO MR. BRIAN FITZPATRICK OF PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                          MR. FITZPATRICK

                                          MR. SPEAKER, EVERY YEAR FOR 42 YEARS, CONGRESS HAS FUNDED THE LEGAL…

                                          MR. SPEAKER, EVERY YEAR FOR 42 YEARS, CONGRESS HAS FUNDED THE LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION SO THAT LOW-INCOME AMERICANS MIGHT REALIZE OUR COUNTRY'S SOLEMN PLEDGE OF JUSTICE FOR ALL. FOR MILITARY FAMILIES, HOMEOWNERS, AND RENTERS, FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN, DISAINLED, ELDERLY, AND NEARLY 115,000 VETERANS. INVESTMENT IN CIVIL LEGAL AID SOMEONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAYS TO HELP AMERICANS NAVIGATE THE JUSTICE SYSTEM OF THE THE LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION ALLOWS MILLIONS OF AMERICANS TO SAFEGUARD THEIR BASIC LEGAL RIGHTS AT A MINIMAL COST TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. AS THE LATE JUSTICE ANTONIN SCALIA EMPHASIZED IN 2014, THIS ORGANIZATION PURSUES THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL OF AMERICAN IDEALS AND PURSUES EQUAL JUSTICE IN THOSE AREAS OF LIFE MOST IMPORTANT TO THE LIVES OF OUR CITIZENS. THIS ORGANIZATION PROVIDES DIRECT GRANTS TO LEGAL AID PROVIDERS ACROSS OUR NATION, INCLUDING EIGHT ORGANIZATIONS IN MY HOME STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA. I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT THE LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION WHICH ALLOWS PEOPLE ACCESS TO JUSTICE EVEN WHEN THEY CANNOT AFFORD REPRESENTATION. WE MUST CONTINUE THIS PROGRAM. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD WHICH ALLOWS BACK.

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                                          MR. COHEN

                                          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR HIS HELP. AND I NOW WOULD LIKE…

                                          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR HIS HELP. AND I NOW WOULD LIKE TO YIELD A MINUTE TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE, A GENTLEMAN WHO HAS HELPED ME ON OTHER AMENDMENTS AS WELL AS THIS ONE.

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                                        • 02:48:54 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                          MR. SERRANO

                                          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH YOU WITHDRAWING YOUR…

                                          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH YOU WITHDRAWING YOUR AMENDMENT BECAUSE I KNOW THE CHAIRMAN, MR. CULBERSON, IS VERY SUPPORTIVE OF THIS PROGRAM. IT'S INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT THIS PROGRAM WAS BORN IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION WITH PRESIDENT NIXON AT THAT TIME BEING THE MAIN SUPPORTER OF IT. THE BILL ONLY PROVIDES $300 MILLION FOR SERVICES WHICH IS A CUT OF $85 MILLION FROM FISCAL 2017. THIS AMENDMENT PROVIDES A DOWN PAYMENT TOWARDS RESTORING THESE CUTS AND I COMMEND THE AUTHORS FOR OFFERING IT. WE SHOULD NOT BE CUTTING FUNDING AT A TIME WHEN MORE PEOPLE THAN EVER QUALIFY FOR THESE SERVICES. LEGAL AID PROVIDERS ALWAYS MUST TURN AWAY MORE THAN HALF OF ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS. THEY ALREADY DO THAT AND THESE CUTS WOULD ONLY CREATE A BIGGER PROBLEM. VERY BRIEFLY IN CLOSING, THERE ARE A LOT OF ISSUES THAT WE CAN DISCUSS THAT MAKE AMERICA GREAT. ONE OF THEM IS THE RIGHT TO A LEGAL REPRESENTATION. IF YOU CAN'T AFFORD IT, AND THIS IS WHERE PROGRAMS LIKELE LEGAL SERVICES COME IN AND SUPPORT.

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                                        • 02:50:10 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. ANY MEMBER CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION? FOR…

                                          THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. ANY MEMBER CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                          MR. CULBERSON

                                          I UNDERSTAND AND THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. APPRECIATE THE…

                                          I UNDERSTAND AND THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S WITHDRAWING THE AMENDMENT BUT I CLAIM THE TIME IN OPPOSITION SO I MIGHT YIELD A MINUTE TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM INDIANA.

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                                        • 02:50:28 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          THE GENTLELADY FROM INDIANA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                          IN SUPPORT OF THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. AS A DEMOCRACY FOUNDED ON BELIEF…

                                          IN SUPPORT OF THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. AS A DEMOCRACY FOUNDED ON BELIEF OF RULE OF LAW I'M PROUD CO-CHAIR OF THE HOUSE ACCESS TO CIVIL LEGAL SERVICES CAUCUS WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. KENNEDY. I BELIEVE WE HAVE LAW I'M AN OBLIGATION TO ENSURE THAT ALL AMERICANS HAVE AN ACCESS TO LEEM REPRESENTATION IN ORDER TO UPHOLD THE VALUES UPON WHICH OUR NATION WAS FOUNDED. EQUALITY AND JUSTICE UNDER OUR LAWS. THIS AMENDMENT WILL ENSURE THAT LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION CAN CONTINUE SUPPORTING AN OBLIGATION TO THOSE VALUES BY PROVIDING LEGAL SUPPORT TO THE MLTS OF AMERICANS WHO WOULD OTHERWISE GO WITHOUT IT WHENEVER THEY MIGHT FACE SERIOUS LEGAL CHALLENGES. I CHIANG THE GENTLEMAN, I YIELD BACK.

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                                        • 02:51:09 PM

                                          BACK. THE CHAIR

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                          MR. CULBERSON

                                          MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN WITHDRAWING THE AMENDMENT. I WANT…

                                          MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN WITHDRAWING THE AMENDMENT. I WANT TO EXPRESS MY SUPPORT FOR THE WORK THE LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION DOES WHEN WE EACH A BUDGET AGREEMENT THROUGHOUT THE CONGRESS. LEGAL SERVICES WE WILL WORK WITH YOU IN CONFERENCE TO HELP MAKE SURE THEY HAVE THE FUNDS THAT THEY NEED TO DO THEIR VITAL WORK TO DEFEND ABUSED WOMEN, VETERANS, MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY WHO NEED ASSISTANCE. THEY DO IMPORTANT WORK. AS SOON AS WE FIND EXTRA ROOM I'LL WORK WITH YOU IN CONFERENCE FIND THEM EXTRA SUPPORT. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN WITHDRAWING THE AMENDMENT. I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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                                        • 02:51:50 PM

                                          COHEN CONFERENCE

                                          CONFERENCE FIND THEM EXTRA I APPRECIATE YOUR HELP AND ALL OF YOUR…

                                          CONFERENCE FIND THEM EXTRA I APPRECIATE YOUR HELP AND ALL OF YOUR LEADERSHIP AND, MRS. BROOKS, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP. I WITHDRAW.

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                                        • 02:51:52 PM

                                          By unanimous consent, the Cohen amendment was withdrawn.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. THE CHAIR UNDERSTANDS…

                                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. THE CHAIR UNDERSTANDS AMENDMENT 104 WILL NOT BE OFFERED. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 105 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                        • 02:52:08 PM

                                          An amendment, offered by Mr. Grothman, numbered 105 printed in House Report 115-297 to reduce the funding level for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives by five percent.

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                                            MR. GROTHMAN

                                            I HAVE AN AMENDMENT.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                        DEBATE

                                        Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 504, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Grothman amendment No. 105.

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                                          THE CLERK

                                          AMENDMENT NUMBER 105, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-297, OFFERED BY…

                                          AMENDMENT NUMBER 105, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-297, OFFERED BY MR. GROTHMAN OF WISCONSIN.

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                                        • 02:52:20 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR.…

                                          PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. GROTHMAN, AND A MEMBER OWE OWESED, WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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                                        • 02:52:29 PM

                                          MR. GROTHMAN

                                          THANK YOU FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT TO H.R. 3354.…

                                          THANK YOU FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT TO H.R. 3354. SINCE WE LAST MET, WE BEGAN SPENDING A NEW $15 BILLION ON THE TRAGEDIES IN FLORIDA AND TEXAS. HAVEN'T HAD A CHANCE TO SEE ALL MY COLLEAGUES ARE DOING, BUT I SURE HOPE WE'RE GETTING NOTHING BUT AMENDMENTS DESIGNED TO REDUCE SPENDING TO MAKE UP FOR THE DIFFERENCE. I HOPE THAT'S SO. I'M LOOKING AT THE BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, AND FIREARMS AND EXPLOSIVES. I'M ON THE GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE. WE RECENTLY HAD ANOTHER HEARING ON FAST AND FURIOUS. I KNOW THERE'S BEEN ENOUGH CONTRITION THERE AT ALL. THIS WAS -- I THINK MAYBE THE BIGGEST SCANDAL IN MY LIFETIME. BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, AND FIREARMS HAS TO CONSIDER THEMSELF PART OF THAT SCANDAL. BEING FROM WISCONSIN I'M ALSO FAMILIAR WITH THE LOCAL SCANDAL WE HAD THERE. IF YOU GOOGLE A.T.F. AND MILWAUKEE, YOU'LL FIND A SITUATION IN WHICH THERE WERE SELLING GUNS THEY SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN SELLING AND BUYING GUNS THEY SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN BUYING. IF THERE IS ANOTHER REASON WHY WE SHOULD LOOK AT THE BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, AND FIRE AMPLETS DESPITE THESE SCANDALS THEIR FUNDING HAS GONE NOTHING BUT UP. WE'RE IN THIS BUDGET LOOKING TO BORROW BETWEEN 13% TO 14% OF THIS BUDGET AND THAT'S BEFORE WE BEGIN TO HAVE TO SPEND MONEY ON THE FLORIDA AND TEXAS HURRICANES. I AM INTRODUCED A BUILD WITH A MILD 5% ACROSS-THE-BOARD CUT TO A.T.F. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD WANTED A SMALLER INCREASE. THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE WENT $20 MILLION OVER WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WANTED. I DON'T THINK THAT'S RIGHT. I THINK THEY NEED A LITTLE BIT OF A SLAP DOWN HERE AND LOOKING TO REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF SPENDING ON THIS ORGANIZATION BY $64 MILLION. I THINK THAT'S VERY APPROPRIATE GIVEN THE SCANDALS THEY HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN. IT'S VERY APPROPRIATE GIVEN WE'RE BORROWING 14% OF OUR MONEY. THIS AGENCY BASED ON THEIR BEHAVIOR SEEMS IN FAVOR OF THAT. I KNOW SOME PEOPLE WILL PROBABLY WANT TO NOT CUT ANYTHING HERE. WE HEARD THE LAST AMENDMENT, APPEARS LIKE SOME PEOPLE WANT TO GO UP. BUT I THINK THIS IS A MODEST DECREASE AND I THINK THEY SHOULD HAVE NO PROBLEM FINDING THIS SMALL AMOUNT OF MONEY. THANK YOU. RESERVE.

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                                        • 02:54:59 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. DOES ANY MEMBER SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION?

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                                          MR. CULBERSON

                                          I RISE IN OPPOSITION.

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                          MR. CULBERSON

                                          I RISE IN OPPOSITION REMEMBERING FIRST AND FOREMOST THE APPROPRIATIONS…

                                          I RISE IN OPPOSITION REMEMBERING FIRST AND FOREMOST THE APPROPRIATIONS ANNUAL OPERATING BUDGET OF THE UNITED STATES REPRESENTS ONLY 30 CENTS OUT OF EVERY DOLLAR SPENT BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. I'M KEENLY AWARE OF HOW PRECIOUS AND HARD EARNED AND SCARCE EVERY DOLLAR EARNED BY OUR CONSTITUENTS S WE NEED TO FOCUS ON THE 70%. AUTOMATIC PILOT PROGRAMS. THE LOOMING INSOLVENCY OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. THAT'S HOW WE CAN REALLY GET OUR BUDGET BALANCED. WE HAVE DONE 70%. AUTOMATIC PILOT PROGRAMS. OUR PART ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE TO BRING DOWN THE ANNUAL SPENDING EVERY YEAR. THE A.T.F. IN PARTICULAR PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN PROTECTING AMERICA'S SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS. MUST REMEMBER THAT THE A.T.F. IS NOW UNDER THE DIRECTION OF ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS WHO SHARES WITH US A PASSION FOR PROTECTING AMERICANS' SECOND AMENDMENT OUR PART ON THE RIGHTS. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD CAUSE SERIOUS DAMAGE TO A.T.F.'S ABILITY TO END THE BACKLOGS. A.T.F. WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO SPEED UP THE PROCESSING OF NATIONAL FIREARMS ACT APPLICATIONS. THE A.T.F. WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO BEEF UP THE NATIONAL INTEGRATED BALLISTIC INFORMATION NETWORK WHICH IS SO VITAL ETHIOPIA POLICE OFFICERS IDENTIFY THE SOURCE OF THE BULLET USED IN A CRIME. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD INJURE AN AGENCY DOING GOOD WORK TODAY UNDER LEADERSHIP OF ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS TO PROTECT OUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS. I URGE MEMBERS TO OPPOSE IT. I WOULD BE HAPPY TO YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE, MY RANKING MEMBER, ON THE COMMERCE, JUSTICE, SCIENCE COMMITTEE.

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                                        • 02:56:33 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          MR. SERRANO

                                          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THIS REDUCTION WOULD HAVE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON…

                                          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THIS REDUCTION WOULD HAVE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON PUBLIC SAFETY. THE A.T.F. WOULD BE INVESTIGATING FEWER FIREARM TRAFFICKERS AND VIOLENT GANGS. THEY WOULD BE UNABLE TO RESPOND EFFECTIVELY TO THEFT BURGLARIES. THESE CUTS WILL WEAKEN THE A.T.F.'S ABILITY TO DO ITS PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES. COMBAT VIOLENT CRIME AND REGULATE THE FIREARMS AND EXPLOSIVE INDUSTRIES. NOT SURPRISINGLY A REDUCTION OF THIS MAGNITUDE WOULD RESULT IN APPROXIMATELY 400 EMPLOYEES BEING LAID OFF. ACCORDING TO THE A.T.F. THAT MEANS THEY WOULD HAVE TO ELIMINATE APPROXIMATELY 200 SPECIAL AGENTS, 65 INDUSTRY OPERATIONS INVESTIGATORS, AND 135 PROFESSIONAL, TECHNICAL POSITIONS. THE ELIMINATION OF THESE POSITIONS IN A.T.F. DIRECTLY DEGRADE THE DEPARTMENT'S CAPACITY TO COMBAT VIOLENT FIREARM CRIMES AND REGULATE THE FIREARMS AND EXPLOSIVE INDUSTRIES. I JUST THINK THAT THIS IS NOT THE PROPER AMENDMENT AT THIS TIME, OR FOR THAT MATTER AT ANY TIME. AND I JOIN THE CHAIRMAN IN AGREEING ON THIS.

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                                        • 02:57:53 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN HAS 2 1/2…

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN HAS 2 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING.

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                                        • 02:57:57 PM

                                          MR. GROTHMAN

                                          I'M GOING TO DISAGREE A LITTLE BIT. WE HEARD STATEMENT MADE BEHIND CLOSED…

                                          I'M GOING TO DISAGREE A LITTLE BIT. WE HEARD STATEMENT MADE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS BY A LOT OF PEOPLE AND THAT IS WE HAVE A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE -- I SAY AN INCREASE OF DISCRETIONARY SPENDING OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS. THIS IS A MILD CUT THIS YEARS, BUT OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS COLLECTIVELY IT'S AN INCREASE THREE OR FOUR YEARS. THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO FEEL WE SHOULDN'T SCRUTINIZE THAT SPENDING BECAUSE SO MUCH OF OUR BUDGET IS MANDATORY SPENDING. AND I DO FEEL THAT WE NEED A LARGER CUT IN MANDATORY SPENDING THAN THE RATHER MODEST CUT THAT CAME OUT OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE. BUDGET COMMITTEE. AND I HOPE EVERYBODY IN OUR CONFERENCE WILL DEMAND A MORE SIGNIFICANT CUT IN MANDATORY SPENDING. NEVERTHELESS, DISCRETIONARY SPENDING IS 30% OF THE BUDGET. COMMON SENSE WILL TELL YOU AS THINGS BECOME MORE TECHNOLOGY ORIENTED, IT SHOULD BE EASIER FOR AN AGENCY TO PROCESS DATA LIKE THE A.T.F. TO DO THEIR BUSINESS WITH A LITTLE BIT LESS MONEY. AND ONE MORE TIME I'LL EMPHASIZE THERE HAVEN'T BEEN CUTS TO REFLECT THESE SCANDALS IN THE A.T.F. I THINK IF WE'RE NOT GOING TO KIND OF SLAP THEM ON THE WRIST NOW, WHEN WILL WE? I YIELD THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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                                        • 02:59:15 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          OF MY TIME.

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                                          MILLION CULBERSON

                                          RECOGNIZED. MILLION CULBERSON: I URGE MEMBERS TO OPPOSE THIS A A.T.F. IS…

                                          RECOGNIZED. MILLION CULBERSON: I URGE MEMBERS TO OPPOSE THIS A A.T.F. IS DOING A GOOD JOB OF PROTECTING OUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS. I URGE MEMBERS TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                          THE CHAIR

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

                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN. SO MANY AS ARE 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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                                        • 02:59:42 PM

                                          MR. GROTHMAN

                                          I THINK I'LL ASK FOR A ROLL CALL.

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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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                                          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 106 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                        • 03:00:07 PM

                                          MR. GROTHMAN

                                          I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                          MR. GROTHMAN

                                          THIS IS BY THE WAY, JUST TO CLARIFY , MY GOOD FRIEND CONGRESSMAN BUCK IS…

                                          THIS IS BY THE WAY, JUST TO CLARIFY , MY GOOD FRIEND CONGRESSMAN BUCK IS NOT AVAILABLE NOW , HE ASKED ME TO INTRODUCE HIS AMENDMENT.

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                                        • 03:00:28 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          THE GENTLEMAN RISES AS A DESIGNEE FOR MR. BUCK. THE CLERK WILL PLEASE EGG…

                                          THE GENTLEMAN RISES AS A DESIGNEE FOR MR. BUCK. THE CLERK WILL PLEASE EGG DEGREE -- DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                          THE CLERK

                                          AMENDMENT NUMBER 106 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MR.…

                                          AMENDMENT NUMBER 106 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MR. GROTHMAN OF WISCONSIN.

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          PURSUANT TO RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. GROTHMAN AND…

                                          PURSUANT TO RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. GROTHMAN AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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                                        • 03:00:47 PM

                                          An amendment, offered by Mr. Grothman, numbered 106 printed in House Report 115-297 to strike language that currently prevents funds from being used to process applications for relief from personal firearms disabilities.

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                                          DEBATE

                                          Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 504, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Grothman amendment No. 106.

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                                            MR. GRTHMAN

                                            AS MENTION THIS WAS DRAFTED BY REPRESENTATIVE BUCK FROM COLORADO. I…

                                            AS MENTION THIS WAS DRAFTED BY REPRESENTATIVE BUCK FROM COLORADO. I UNDERSTAND IT PASSED ON A VOICE VOTE LAST TIMISM DO HAVE A NICE SPEECH REPRESENTATIVE BUCK'S OFFICE HAS PREPARED FOR ME BUT I'M NOT GOING TO READ A SPEECH THAT'S NOT MY SPEECH. I'M SURE IT'S A WONDERFUL SPEECH. I HOPE THE CHAIRMAN ALLOWS THIS IN THE RECORD. I YIELD THE REMAINEDMOIFER TIME.

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                                            THE CHAIR

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

                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                            MR. ENGEL

                                            I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS MISGUIDED AMENDMENT. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD…

                                            I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS MISGUIDED AMENDMENT. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD ALLOW FELONS AND OTHER DANGEROUS INDIVIDUALS TO TRY TO REGAIN THE ABILITY TO OWN GUNS. I SEND BUSH BY SENDING AN APPLICATION TO THE BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, FIREARMS AN EXPLOSIVES. I'M NOT SURE WHY SOMEONE WOULD OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO MAKE IT EASY FOR FELONS TO GET GUNS. MOST AMERICANS WOULD BE SHOCKED AT SUCH A PROPOSAL. EACH YEAR SINCE 1993, CONGRESS PROHIBITED A.T.F. FROM PROCESSING APLY CAGES FROM FELONS SEEKING TO HAVE THEIR GUN RIGHTS RESTORED AND WITH GOOD REASON. PRIOR TO 1993, THERE WERE NUMEROUS EXAMPLES OF FELONS WHO HAD THEIR GUN RIGHTS RESTORED BY A.T.F. ONLY TO GO ON TO COMMIT FURTHER CRIMES LATER. FOR EXAMPLE, IN 1977, MICHAEL PAUL DANARD OF WISCONSIN WAS CONVICTED OF BURGLARY. IN 1986 HE WAS GRANTED RELIEF AND ALLOWED TO ONCE AGAIN OWN FIREARMS. TWO MONTHS LATER, HE WAS REARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE SEXUAL ASSAULT AND FOUR COUNTS OF SECOND DEGREE SEXUAL ASSAULT FOR WHICH HE RECEIVED FIVE YEARS IN PRISON. IN 1977, JAMES MORGAN WAS CONVICTED OF PERJURY TO A GRAND JURY. IN 1988 HE WAS GRANTED RELIEF AND ALLOWED TO GAIN AND OWN FIREARMS. HE WAS ARRESTED THAT SAME YEAR FOR THE FIRST DEGREE WANTON ENDANGERMENT AND LATER SENTENCED TO SIX MONTHS CONFINEMENT AND TWO YEARS PROPATION. THESE ARE ONLY A FEW EXAMPLES. IT'S IMPORTANT TO POINT OUT THAT THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT MAKES NO DISTINCTION AS FAR AS THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE OFFENSE FOR WHICH THE INDIVIDUAL WAS INITIALLY DENIED A FIREARM. A.T.F. WOULD NEED TO INVESTIGATE ALL APPLICATIONS FOR GUN RIGHT RESTORATION. FURTHERMORE, SIMPLY PROCESSING THESE APPLICATIONS WOULD REQUIRE SIGNIFICANT A.T.F. AGENT RESOURCES AND WOULD DIVERT A.T.F. AWAY FROM ITS CORE LAW ENFORCEMENT MISSION OF FIGHTING FIREARM OFFENSES. SINCE 1998, WITH THE NATIONAL INSTANT CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK WAS PUT IN USE, WELL OVER ONE MILLION FIREARM TRANSFERS HAVE BEEN DENIED AFTER BACKGROUND CHECKS ESTABLISHED THAT THE INDIVIDUALS ATTEMPTING TO PURCHASE A FIREARM WERE PROHIBITED FROM PROCESS -- FROM POSSESSING FIREARMS. EVEN IF ONLY 20% OF THE DENIED INDIVIDUALS FILE AN APPLICATION WITH A.T.F. TO HAVE THEIR GUN RIGHTS RESTORED, THIS WOULD REQUIRE THE EFFORTS OF HUNDREDS OF FULL-TIME A.T.F. AGENTS TO PERFORM BACKGROUND CHECKS OF THESE INDIVIDUALS. THE AGENTS WOULD BE DIVERTED FROM THEIR PRIMARY LAW ENFORCEMENT INVESTIGATION. EVEN THOUGH A.T.F. IS REQUIRED TO ENSURE THAT THE APPLICANT, QUOTE, WILL NOT BE LIKELY TO ACT IN A MANNER DANGEROUS TO PUBLIC SAFETY, WE KNOW THAT THIS PROCESS IS NOT PERFECT AS EVIDENCED BY THE EXAMPLES I JUST GAVE. BOTTOM LINE IS THAT THIS AMENDMENT WOULD GIVE GUNS BACK TO FELONS AND AT THE SAME TIME SHARPLY REDUCE A.T.F.'S RESOURCES FOR PURSUING VIOLENT CRIME INVESTIGATION. BOTH OF THESE OUTCOMES WOULD SERIOUSLY HARM PUBLIC SAFETY AND FOR THESE REASONS, I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS AMENDMENT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 03:04:55 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            TIME.

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                                            PLLGROTHMAN

                                            TIME. PLLGROTHMAN: I WOULD JUST LIKE TO ASK THAT REPRESENTATIVE BUCK'S…

                                            TIME. PLLGROTHMAN: I WOULD JUST LIKE TO ASK THAT REPRESENTATIVE BUCK'S STATEMENT BE SUBMITTED FOR THE RECORD. HE DID A GOOD JOB.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST WILL BE COVERED UNDER GENERAL ORDERS. THE…

                                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST WILL BE COVERED UNDER GENERAL ORDERS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                                          • 03:05:21 PM

                                            MR. ENGEL

                                            I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                            THE CHAIR

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

                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES APPEAR TO HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 108 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                        • 03:05:33 PM

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

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                                            MR. CHAIRMAN, RISE AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE GENTLEWOMAN OF TEXAS, MS.…

                                            MR. CHAIRMAN, RISE AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE GENTLEWOMAN OF TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, AND HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THE GENTLEMAN RISES AS A DESIGNEE OF MS. JACKSON LEE. THE CLERK WILL…

                                            THE GENTLEMAN RISES AS A DESIGNEE OF MS. JACKSON LEE. THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                          • 03:05:57 PM

                                            An amendment, offered by Mr. Cohen, numbered 108 printed in House Report 115-297 to provide funds for the support of Juvenile Justice.

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                                              THE CLERK

                                              PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MR. COHEN OF TENNESSEE.

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                                          DEBATE

                                          Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 504, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Cohen amendment No. 108.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. COHEN…

                                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. COHEN AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CRIMINAL FIVE MINUTE. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

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                                            MR. COHEN

                                            THIS AMENDMENT WOULD REPROGRAM $10 MILLION FROM THE PRISON ACCOUNT AND PUT…

                                            THIS AMENDMENT WOULD REPROGRAM $10 MILLION FROM THE PRISON ACCOUNT AND PUT IT IN JUVENILE JUSTICE PROGRAM DESIGNED TO REDUCE RECIDIVISM, GUN VIOLENCE AND GANG CRIMES. MS. JACKSON LEE HAS BEEN A LEAD OWN THIS ISSUE AND SHE'S RIGHT IN HER APPROACH. UNDERSTANDING THAT WORKING GERNS JUVENILE EARLY WILL SAVE MONEY IN THE LONG RUN AND SEE THAT THEY DON'T GET INTO THE PRISON PIPELINE THAT SO OFTEN TAKES YOUNG PEOPLE AND RUINS THEIR LIVES AND COSTS OUR COMMUNITIES AND OUR TAXPAYERS A GREAT DEAL OF MONEY. OUR FEDERAL PRISONS ARE PRESENTLY $7 BILLION FOR ADMINISTRATION, OPERATION, AND MAINTENANCE. $20 MILLION OF THAT IS MADE UP FOR CONTRACT CONFINEMENT THIS AMENDMENT WOULD REDUCE THE ACCOUNT BY $10 MILLION AND PUT IT INTO JUVENILE JUSTICE PROGRAMS TO REDUCE RECIDIVISM, GANG VIOLENCE AND GUN CRIME. THESE JUVENILE JUSTICE PROGRAMS THAT WOULD GET THE BENEFIT OF THIS MONEY WOULD PROTECT OUR MOST VULNERABLE CHILDREN THROUGH TREATMENT MENTORING PROGRAMS. ACCORDING TO THE JUSTICE POLICY INSTITUTE, LOCKING UP JUVENILES COSTS AN AVERAGE OF $407 PER DAY AND $148,000 PER PERSON PER YEAR. A LOT OF CONSERVATIVE COALITIONS LIKE FREEDOM WORKS AND AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE UNION FOUNDATION AND TAXPAYERS PROTECTION ALLIANCE, AGREE MASS INCARCERATION IS EXTREMELY COSTLY TO TAXPAYERS. THIS VESTS OUR YOUTH WITH REWARDS ON THE BACK END AS THEY DON'T END UP IN THE PRISON SYSTEM. THESE PROGRAMS HAVE SHOWN CONSISTENT SUCCESS IN CURTAILING GANG VIOLENCE AND GUN VIOLENCE. WE MUST SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS THAT POSSESS PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE IN EPIDEMIC CONTROL FOR VIOLENCE PREVENTION WORKING WITH THE MOST VIOLENT AND AT-RISK YOUTH POPULATION. WITHIN THE OFFICE OF JUVENILE JUSTICE, THE FOLLOWING PROGRAMS FOCUS ON VIOLENCE PROPREVENTION. , AND DEFEND CHILDHOOD. CPBB SPECIFICALLY CALLS FOR AND SUPPORTS THE HEALTH APPROACH. THIS AMENDMENT PROVIDES FUNDING FOR ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS COMMUNITY-BASED VIOLENCE P PREVENTION PROGRAM THAT WAS SHOWN GREAT SUCCESS. AN ORGANIZATION OPERATING IN SEVERAL CITIES AND STATES HAS SHOWN GREAT SUCCESS. THEY'VE HAD 100% REDUCTION IN HOMICIDE RETALIATION IN CHICAGO, 41% TO 73% DROP IN SHOOTINGS AND -- AND IN HATE COMMUNITIES IN VIOLENCE AND 44% OTHER PLACES. THIS IS PUTTING MONEY IN A PLACE WHERE WE CAN SAVE MONEY, SAVE YOUTHS, SAVE LIVES. AND I WOULD ASK THAT WE SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND MS. JACKSON LEE HAS BROUGHT FORTH AND MAKES A LOT OF COMMON SENSE.

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                                          • 03:09:13 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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                                            MR. COHEN

                                            YES, SIR.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECK SNIGS?

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

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                            THIS AMENDMENT WOULD CUT THE BUREAU OF PRISON OPERATIONS BY 10%. BY $10…

                                            THIS AMENDMENT WOULD CUT THE BUREAU OF PRISON OPERATIONS BY 10%. BY $10 MILLION. THIS IS A SERIOUS CUT, THE BUREAU OF PRISONS PERFORMS AN ESSENTIAL FUNCTION IN KEEPING OUR STREETS SAFE.

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                                            MR. CULBERSON

                                            AND PROTECTING THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA. WE HAVE ALREADY FUND THELLING YOUTH…

                                            AND PROTECTING THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA. WE HAVE ALREADY FUND THELLING YOUTH MENTORING PROGRAMS IN OUR BILL TODAY AT $75 MILLION. THAT'S A 25% ABOVE THE REQUEST BECAUSE OF THE VALUE OF THESE PROGRAMS. I CERTAINLY AGREE WITH THE GENTLEMAN THAT THESE PROGRAMS ARE SUCCESSFUL, EFFECTIVE, BUT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IS NOT EVEN FINISHED AWARDING GRANS FROM FISCAL YEAR 2017 AND THIS PROGRAM IS VERY, VERY HEALTHY. THIS PROGRAM WOULD ALSO, MR. CHAIRMAN, ELIMINATE A LONG-STANDING AUTHORITY THE BUREAU OF PRISONS HAS -- HAD -- FOR CONTRACT FLEXIBILITY THAT ENABLES THE BUREAU OF PRISONS TO MANAGE ITS CONTRACTS IN A WAY THAT BENEFITS THE AGENCY AND THE TAXPAYERS. THIS INCLUDES CONTRACTS FOR HALFWAY HOUSE RERKS ENTRY FACILITIES AND JUVENILE DETENTION THIS BURDEN WOULD STRAP THE BUREAU OF PRISONS, CAUSING THEM TO PUT PRESSURE ON THEM TO -- PUTTING INMATES IN MORE DANGER, OFFICERS AND STAFF IN GREATER DANGER AND IF WE WANT PRISONERS TO GET HEALTH CARE AND REHABILITATION IN PRISON, PRISONERS AND STAFF TO BE SAFE, WE HAVE TO ADEQUATELY FUND THE BUREAU OF PRISONS. I URGE MEMBERS TO VOTE NO ON THIS AMENDMENT AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 03:10:51 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE HAS TWO MINUTES…

                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE HAS TWO MINUTES REMAINING.

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                                          • 03:10:55 PM

                                            MR. COHEN

                                            I'D LIKE TO HAVE THE STATEMENT OF MS. JACKSON LEE ENTERED INTO THE RECORD.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THE GENTLEMAN'S REQUEST IS COVERED UNDER GENERAL ORDERS.

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                                            By unanimous consent, the Cohen amendment was withdrawn.

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                                              MR. COHEN

                                              AND UNDERSTANDING MR. CULBERSON'S POSITION, I WITHDRAW THE AMENDMENT.

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                                              THE CHAIR

                                              THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

                                              THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                            • 03:11:24 PM

                                              MR. PASCRELL

                                              I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                            An amendment, offered by Mr. Pascrell, numbered 109 printed in House Report 115-297 to provide $100 million for the COPS Hiring Program.

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                                              THE CHAIR

                                              THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                          DEBATE

                                          Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 504, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Pascrell amendment No. 109.

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                                            THE CLERK

                                            AMENDMENT NUMBER 109 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297, OFFERED BY MR.…

                                            AMENDMENT NUMBER 109 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297, OFFERED BY MR. PASCRELL OF NEW JERSEY.

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                                          • 03:11:35 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR.…

                                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PASCRELL, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                                          • 03:11:46 PM

                                            MR. PASCRELL

                                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY ONCE AGAIN TO HIGHLIGHT THE HYPOCRISY REFLECTED…

                                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY ONCE AGAIN TO HIGHLIGHT THE HYPOCRISY REFLECTED HERE. THE PARTY THAT CLAIMS TO BE THE LAW AND ORDER PARTY. BECAUSE ONCE AGAIN THE COMMERCE JUSTICE -- COMMERCE, JUSTICE, SCIENCE APPROPRIATIONS BILL BEFORE US ZEROED OUT FUNDING FOR THE COPS HIRING PROGRAM THIS CRITICAL PROGRAM PROVIDES FEDERAL GRANTS TO LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS FOR THE HIRING AND RETENTION OF POLICE OFFICERS. DESPITE THE FACT THAT THIS VITAL PROGRAM HELPS ENSURE THAT WE HAVE ENOUGH COPS ON THE BEAT IN OUR COMMUNITIES. THE HOUSE COMMERCE, JUSTICE, SCIENCE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS HAVE CUT OR ELIMINATED FUNDING FOR THE COPS HIRING PROGRAM SINCE THE REPUBLICANS TOOK CONTROL OF THIS HOUSE IN 2011. SO EVERY REPRESENTATIVE, EVERY YEAR, REPRESENTATIVE DAVE REICHERT AND I CO-CHAIRS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT, COME TO THE FLOOR TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO SHIFT FUNDING BACK TO THE COPS HIRING PROGRAM TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR LOCAL POLICE HIRING PROGRAMS. WE DO THIS DANCE EVERY YEAR. BUT NO ONE SEEMS TO LEARN THEIR LESSON BECAUSE HERE WE ARE AGAIN WITH A BILL THAT ZEROS OUT FUNDING FOR THIS PROGRAM. OUR AMENDMENT PASSED WITH OVERWHELMING SUPPORT, OFTEN BY VOICE VOTE. THE SENATE SEES THIS STRONG SUPPORT AND ENDS UP FUNDING THE PROGRAM IN THE FINAL APPROPRIATIONS PACKAGE. IN FACT, BOTH THE SENATE AND PRESIDENT HAVE PROPOSED FUNDING THE COPS PROGRAM AT $207 MILLION. TYPICALLY HAVE REGULAR ORDER IN THE HOUSE WHEN CONSIDERING APPROPRIATIONS BILL. THAT MEANS WE'D HAVE AN OPEN RULE TO ALLOW US TO OFFER ANY AMENDMENT TO SHIFT FUNDS IN THIS BILL. HOWEVER THIS IS NOT THE CASE THIS YEAR, MR. CHAIRMAN. OUR DANCE WITH THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE WOULD HAVE CONTINUED THIS YEAR BUT THE RULES COMMITTEE PREVENTED ANY SHIFTS AMENDMENT TO BOOST FUNDING FOR COPS PROGRAM MOVING FORWARD. THIS AMENDMENT ENJOYED THE SUPPORT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS AMERICA. THE AMENDMENT BEFORE US ENJOYS THE SUPPORT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF POLICE ORGANIZATIONS, FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE AND A LETTER OF SUPPORT THEY WROTE THAT THEY WERE VERY CONCERNED THAT H.R. 3354 DID NOT PROVIDE FUNDING FOR COPS HIRING PROGRAM. THE F.O.B. WRITE WELL, MUST CONTINUE TO FUND THE COPS HIRING PROGRAM. MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER THIS LETTER INTO THE RECORD. HIDING BEHIND PROCEDURAL SHENANIGANS TO DODGE SUPPORT FOR OUR NATION'S LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND THEN PONTIFICATE WHENG YOU COME TO THE FLOOR THAT DOESN'T SETTLE RIGHT WITH ME OR A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE. YOU'VE DONE IT YEAR AFTER YEAR. YOU'RE NOT GOING TO DO IT THIS YEAR. I'M SORRY. YOU CAN'T HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT. I WANT TO SAY THIS, I WANT ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO REFLECT ON HOW ONE -- YOU CAN CLAIM SUPPORT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT WHILE AT THE SAME TIME CUT REGULAR SOURCES THEY NEED TO HIRE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN TO KEEP NEIGHBORHOODS SAFE. I DO NOT ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION AND I DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION, BUT I DO KNOW THAT DURING THIS YEAR'S NATIONAL POLICE WEEK, A WEEK WHERE WE HONOR THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO LOST THEIR LIVES WHILE SERVING IN THE LINE OF DUTY, MY FRIEND, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, I CONSIDER HIM A FRIEND, STOOD ON THE HOUSE FLOOR AND SAID, LET ME QUOTE YOU, AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE COMMERCE, JUSTICE, SCIENCE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, IT IS AND CONTINUES TO BE MY TOP PRIORITY TO ENSURE THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS HAVE THE RESOURCES THAT THEY NEED. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO CONGRESSMAN LANCE OF NEW JERSEY FOR THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 03:15:43 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            REQUEST WAS COVERED UNDER GENERAL LEAVE. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            MR. LANCE

                                            THANK YOU CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF MR. PASCRELL'S AMENDMENT…

                                            THANK YOU CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF MR. PASCRELL'S AMENDMENT TO INCREASE COPS FUNDING. THESE PROGRAMS WORK AND SAVE THE LIVES OF PEOPLE. THESE FUNDS OFTEN BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN THE POLICING SERVICES IN THE COMMUNITY AND REQUIRING THE CAPABILITIES OF THE EXISTING FORCE. THESE FUNDS ARE MERIT-BASED PRIORITIZING HIRING AND EQUIPMENT WHERE THEY ARE MOST NEEDED AND THE BEST USE OF THE TAX PAYING PUBLIC. THESE CHALLENGING TIMES FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, IT'S CRITICAL WE KEEP THIS PROGRAM OPERATIONAL FOR OUR NATION'S CRIME CHALLENGES. EARLIER TODAY, WE DISCUSSED LEGISLATION CRITICAL TO THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF OUR NATION'S FIREFIGHTERS AND NOW WE CONSIDER THIS IMPORTANT PRIORITY FOR OUR NATION POLICE OFFICERS. I COMMEND MR. PASCRELL AND MR. REICHERT, FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP IN THE LAW ENFORCEMENT CAUCUS. I'M PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF THE CAUCUS AND I JOIN IN THEIR EFFORTS TO PROVIDE CONTINUED SUPPORT FOR COPS FUNDING AND EXANDING THE CAPABILITIES OF LAW ENFORCEMENT TO DO THEIR JOBS AND PROTECT THE PUBLIC AND THEMSELVES, WHICH IS CRITICAL TO EVERY OFFICER IN THE NATION.

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                                          • 03:17:09 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            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 TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                          • 03:17:13 PM

                                            MR. CULBERSON

                                            I CLAIM THE TIME IN OPPOSITION, BUT I HAVE NO OBJECTION TO THIS AMENDMENT.…

                                            I CLAIM THE TIME IN OPPOSITION, BUT I HAVE NO OBJECTION TO THIS AMENDMENT. I SHARE MY COLLEAGUES' SUPPORT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND I HAVE NO OBJECTION TO THIS AMENDMENT AND WILL WORK WITH THE GENTLEMAN TO ENSURE THAT THE COPS PROGRAM IS FUNDED WHEN WE GET TO CONFERENCE. WE HAVE A BUDGET AGREEMENT ACROSS THE CONGRESS AND ADDITIONAL FUNDS ARE MADE AVAILABLE. THE COPS PROGRAM IS AN ESSENTIAL ONE AND WILL BE AT THE TOP OF THE LIST. MY SUPPORT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT IS REFLECTED IN THE $100 MILLION INCREASE IN THE PROGRAM, WHICH IS A VERY FLEXIBLE GRANT PROGRAM FOR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TO USE FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS INCLUDING HIRING POLICE OFFICERS AND FORENSIC WORK, LAB WORK, ELIMINATING THE BACKLOG OF RAPE KITS, WHICH IS SO IMPORTANT TO GET DANGEROUS. THE BURN-JAG GRANT PROGRAM IS INCREASINGLY POPULAR AND SUCCESSFUL AMONG THE MEN AND WOMEN OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AND INCREASED IT BY $100 MILLION TO KEEP THE MEN AND WOMEN OF AMERICA SAFE TO SUPPORT OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS OF WHOM WE COULD NOT BE PROUDER. WE ARE IMMENSELY GRATEFUL TO THE WORK OF OUR FIRST RESPONDERS, THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS, LOUISIANA AND FLORIDA HAVE RELIED ON THEM IN THESE TIME OF CRISES, THE FLOODS IN HOUSTON AND HURRICANE IN FLORIDA, I DON'T KNOW WHAT WE WOULD DO WITHOUT THEM AND THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY PROTECTING US EVERY DAY. SO I HAVE NO OBJECTION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

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                                          • 03:18:46 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

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

                                            THE THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. 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'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 112 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                        • 03:18:55 PM

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

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                                            MR. SMITH

                                            I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                            An amendment, offered by Mr. Smith (TX), numbered 112 printed in House Report 115-297 to increase basic research in the physical and biological sciences by 0.5% of the NSF Research budget.

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                                              THE CLERK

                                              AMENDMENT NUMBER 112 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MR. SMITH…

                                              AMENDMENT NUMBER 112 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MR. SMITH OF TEXAS.

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                                        • 03:19:12 PM

                                          DEBATE

                                          Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 504, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Smith (TX) amendment No. 112.

                                          • 03:19:17 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            OPPOSED WILL BE RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE NIESED.

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                                            MR. SMITH

                                            THIS IS THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE AUTHORIZATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN ENACTED INTO…

                                            THIS IS THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE AUTHORIZATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN ENACTED INTO LAW OR PASSED BY THE HOUSE. I OFFER THE AMENDMENT TO INCREASE PHYSICAL AND BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE RESEARCH BY ONE HALF OF 1% WITH $32.1 MILLION. TOTAL SPENDING IS NOT INCREASED. AS N.S.F. WILL ADJUST OTHER AREAS OF SPENDING ACCORDINGLY. I ASK MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND SUPPORT THIS INCREASE THAT PRODUCES THE SCIENTIFIC BREAK THROUGHS THAT FUEL INNOVATION, NEW INDUSTRIES, ECONOMIC GROWTH AND JOBS. I YIELD TO MR. CULBERSON.

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                                          • 03:20:20 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            MR. CULBERSON

                                            WILL FIGHT FOR IT IN CONFERENCE.

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                                            MR. SMITH

                                            I THANK CHAIRMAN CULBERSON FOR HIS SUPPORT AND I APPRECIATE HIS HELP ALONG…

                                            I THANK CHAIRMAN CULBERSON FOR HIS SUPPORT AND I APPRECIATE HIS HELP ALONG THE WAY. ON A SEPARATE MATTER, CAN THE CHAIRMAN ASSURE ME THAT THE FUNDING IS CONSISTENT WITH THE TSUNAMI WARNING AND RESEARCH AND EDUCATION ACT ENACTED INTO LAW EARLIER THIS YEAR.

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                                          • 03:20:46 PM

                                            MR. CULBERSON

                                            IT IS FULLY CONSISTENT WITH THE AUTHORIZATION.

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                                            MR. SMITH

                                            I THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE FOR HIS SUPPORT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                            THE CHAIR

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

                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANY MEMBER CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 113 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                            MR. SCOTT

                                            AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT AND I HAVE AN AMENDMENT…

                                            AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT AND I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                          • 03:21:30 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                          On agreeing to the Smith (TX) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

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                                            THE CLERK

                                            AMENDMENT NUMBER 113 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MR. SCOTT…

                                            AMENDMENT NUMBER 113 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MR. SCOTT OF VIRGINIA.

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                                            THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                          • 03:21:42 PM

                                            An amendment, offered by Mr. Scott (VA), numbered 113 printed in House Report 115-297 to strike section prohibiting the EEOC from using funds to implement pay data collection.

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                                            DEBATE

                                            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 504, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Scott (VA) amendment No. 113.

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                                              MR. SCOTT

                                              THE BILL THAT WOULD PROHIBIT THE EEOC FROM USING ITS FUNDS FOR PAY DATA…

                                              THE BILL THAT WOULD PROHIBIT THE EEOC FROM USING ITS FUNDS FOR PAY DATA COLLECTION. GENDER AND RACIAL PAY GAPS EXIST IN AMERICA. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION CREATED THE NATIONAL EQUAL PAY TASK FORCE WHICH RECOMMENDED THIS NEW DATA COLLECTION. THE EEO-1 FORM WHICH FOR THE FIRST TIME WOULD REQUIRE EMPLOYERS TO PROVIDE NOT JUST DATA ON WHO IS HIRED BY RACE, SEX AND ETHNICITY BUT TO INCLUDE PAY DATA. IT HAS INCLUDED EMPLOYEE DATA SINCE 1966 AND NO PROBLEM WITH CONFIDENTIALITY. AND SO FOR 50 YEARS WE HAVE GOTTEN INFORMATION ON THE RACE, SEX AND ETHNICITY OF THOSE EMPLOYED, BUT WE DO NOT HAVE THE PAY DATA AND IT WOULD EXPOSE THE PAY DISPARITIES WHERE ALL THE WOMEN ARE PAID LESS THAN MEN. YOU DON'T FIND THAT ON THE PRESENT EEO-1 FORM. THE O.M.B. WITHOUT WARNING OR TRANSPARENCY RESCINDED THE PLAN TO COLLECT THE DATA WHICH WAS TO BEGIN IN MARCH. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD MAKE IT CLEAR THAT CONGRESS SHOULD HONOR THE PURPOSE AND SPIRIT OF TITLE 7 AND PERMIT THE EEOC AND CARRY OUT ITS STATUTE TEAR DATA TO ENFORCE CIVIL RIGHTS LAWS. I WOULD HOPE WE ADOPT THIS AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE.

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                                            • 03:23:27 PM

                                              THE CHAIR

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

                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANY MEMBER SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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                                              RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT. EVERYONE HERE APPRECIATES CONCERNS…

                                              RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT. EVERYONE HERE APPRECIATES CONCERNS ABOUT WASTE AND DISCRIMINATION. BUT THE QUESTION IS HOW TO COLLECT THE DATA IN AN EFFICIENT WAY AND THIS THE NEW FORM IS NOT THE WAY TO COLLECT THAT DATA. WHAT DO I MEAN BY THAT? YOU HAVE TO COMPARE APPLES TO APPLES AND ORANGES TO ORANGES. THIS FORM GOES FROM 140 DATA POINTS. IT'S NOT LIKE WE DON'T COLLECT DATA ALREADY. WE HAVE 140 DATA POINTS ON THE EEOC-1 FORM AND THIS WOULD INCREASE THE NUMBER OF DATA POINTS TO 3,360 THAT AN EMPLOYER WOULD HAVE TO REPORT. IF WE HAD BETTER DATA, THAT'S RIGHT. BUT LET'S TAKE AN EXAMPLE. A LARGE HOSPITAL, THE NEW FORM GROUPS ALL PROFESSIONALS TOGETHER, SO A HOSPITAL WOULD HAVE TO REPORT WHAT IT PAYS ITS PROFESSIONALS IN THE SAME CATEGORY. WHAT IT PAYS ITS FEMALE AND MALE PROFESSIONALS BUT INCLUDES NURSES AND SURGEONS IN THE SAME CATEGORY. THEY ARE ALL PROFESSIONALS. BUT, IN FACT, IN THE UNITED STATES, FOR INSTANCE, AMONG REGISTERED NURSES, WE HAVE THREE MILLION, 89% ARE FEMALES. NOW IN THE UNITED STATES WE HAVE AN ESTIMATED OF PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS, 900,000. 65% OF MALES. ONLY 35% ARE FEMALES AND ALL GROUPED TOGETHER IN THE SAME CATEGORY. WHAT WOULD THE RESULT BE? IF YOU WERE IN THE HOSPITAL AND HAD NURSES AND EMPLOYEE SURGEONS, IT WOULD LOOK LIKE YOU ARE DISCRIMINATING AGAINST WOMEN BECAUSE THE NURSES GET PAID LESS. YOU HAVE GROUPED SURGEONS IN WITH NURSES. ONLY A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRAT COULD COME UP WITH AN IDEA LIKE THAT IN ORDER TO GAUGE IF WAGE DISCRIMINATION OCCURS. IT IS WORST, MR. CHAIRMAN, BECAUSE BASED ON THE REPORTING OF THESE RESULTS, EEOC CAN GO ON A FISHING EXPEDITION AGAINST WHATEVER INSTITUTION THAT FILES THIS. IF WE DON'T THINK THAT HAPPENS, MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M GOING TO SAY TWO WORDS. LOISLERNER. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR ATTACHING THIS TO OUR BILL. AND I YIELD A MINUTE.

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                                              MR. CULBERSON

                                              EEOC UNDER THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION CREATED A BURDEN ON SMALL…

                                              EEOC UNDER THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION CREATED A BURDEN ON SMALL BUSINESSES AND THEY DID SUCH A POOR JOB OF THAT THAT THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET PUT THE REQUIREMENT UNDER REVIEW AND SUSPENDED IT. I STRONGLY OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. I JOIN THE GENTLEMAN IN SEEKING TO PROTECT SMALL BUSINESSES FROM THIS UNNECESSARY AND BURDENSOME REQUIREMENT. EEOC ALREADY HAS A HUGE BACKLOG OF CASES INVOLVING ACTUAL COMPLAINTS OF DISCRIMINATION THAT NEED TO BE RESOLVED THAT PEOPLE WHO NEED TO BE PROTECTED AND EEOC SHOULD FOCUS ON DOING THEIR JOB, CLEARING UP THE BACKLOG AND PROTECTING PEOPLE FROM DISCRIMINATION WHERE THEY HAVE A REAL COMPLAINT AND NOT LOOKING FOR NEEDLES IN HAYSTACKS. I URGE OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT.

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                                            • 03:27:10 PM

                                              MR. HARRIS

                                              I RESERVE.

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                                              MR. SCOTT

                                              I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, MS. FRANKEL.

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                                              MS. FRANKEL

                                              MY, MY, MY, MR. CHAIRMAN, HERE WE GO AGAIN, ANOTHER BILL TO PROTECT THE…

                                              MY, MY, MY, MR. CHAIRMAN, HERE WE GO AGAIN, ANOTHER BILL TO PROTECT THE BIG BUSINESSES, ALLOWING THEM TO HIDE CRUCIAL DATA FROM PUBLIC SCRUTINY, INFORMATION THAT WOULD DISCLOSE PAY DISPARITIES IN THE WORKPLACE. IT IS A LAW, MR. CHAIRMAN, THAT BUSINESSES MUST PAY EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK. SO WHY IS IT THAT WOMEN AND MINORITIES MAKE MUCH LESS MONEY THAN THEIR MALE COUNTERPARTS? LET'S PASS THIS AMENDMENT, ROOT OUT PAY DISCRIMINATION BECAUSE IT IS TIME THAT ALL AMERICANS ARE PAID FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND NOT FOR THEIR GENDER OR THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                              THE CHAIR

                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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                                              MR. HARRIS

                                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD JUST SAY IT'S ABSOLUTELY TRUE, IF WE WERE LOOKING AT…

                                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD JUST SAY IT'S ABSOLUTELY TRUE, IF WE WERE LOOKING AT SIMILAR WORK, BUT THE BILL DOES NOT LOOK AT SIMILAR WORK BUT HUGE CATEGORIES, LIKE FOR INSTANCE, NEUROSURGEONS AND NURSES. IT'S NOT SIMILAR WORK. THIS IS DATA GATHERING AND WORST KIND OF DATA GATHERING BECAUSE THEY USE THIS TO GO AFTER EMPLOYERS THAT THEY WANT TO GO AFTER. 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…

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

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                                            • 03:28:48 PM

                                              MR. SCOTT

                                              I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. SERRANO.

                                            • 03:28:52 PM

                                              THE CHAIR

                                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              MR. SERRANO

                                              IF YOU HEAR THE OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT YOU WOULD THINK THAT…

                                              IF YOU HEAR THE OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT YOU WOULD THINK THAT DISCRIMINATION DOES NOT EXIST IN THIS COUNTRY. HOW I WISH THAT WERE THE CASE. I SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD STRIKE THE HARMFUL EEOC RIDERS WHICH BLOCKS EEOC ON THE EXTENDED EEO-1 FORM. THIS DATA COLLECTION WOULD ALLOW EEOC TO EXAMINE PAY PATTERNS BY GEOGRAPHIC REGION OR AN EMPLOYER OR ESTABLISHMENT AND CONDUCT PHYSICAL ANALYSIS AND EVALUATE THE CONTEXT OF THE DISCRIMINATION ALLEGATIONS. THE EEOC WILL USE THE DATA FOR EARLY ASSESSMENT OF ALLEGATIONS OF DISCRIMINATION BASED ON SEX, ETHNICITY OR RACE. IN SHORT, THE NULL EXPANDED FORM WILL BE CRITICAL TO CLOSING GENDER AND RACIAL WAGE GAPS. COLLECTING THIS INFORMATION WILL RESULT IN LESS OVERSIGHT AND MORE WAGE DISCRIMINATION. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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                                              THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                            • 03:30:09 PM

                                              MR. HARRIS

                                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. NO ONE IS NAIVE TO THINK THAT…

                                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. NO ONE IS NAIVE TO THINK THAT DISCRIMINATION DOESN'T EXIST, THE QUESTION IS WHAT TOOLS SHOULD THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT USE AND THIS CERTAINLY IS NOT THE TOOL THAT IS HELPFUL. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                            • 03:30:26 PM

                                              MR. SCOTT

                                              GENTLEMAN PREPARED TO CLOSE?

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                                              MR. HARRIS

                                              I AM.

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                                              THE CHAIR

                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED. .

                                            • 03:30:39 PM

                                              MR. SCOTT

                                              EEOC TO NOTICE GRUESOME PROBLEMS AND DISPAIRS AND ADDRESS THEM WHERE…

                                              EEOC TO NOTICE GRUESOME PROBLEMS AND DISPAIRS AND ADDRESS THEM WHERE APPROPRIATE THEY FEEL HOSPITAL SITUATION IS A SITUATION THAT'S NOT APPROPRIATE BUT WE DO KNOW THAT PAY DISPARITIES EXIST AND THIS WOULD BE INFORMATION THAT WOULD ALLOW THE EEOC TO ADDRESS THEM. I WOULD HOPE THAT WE WOULD ALLOW THE EEOC TO DO ITS JOB AND SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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                                            • 03:31:06 PM

                                              THE CHAIR

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

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                                              MR. HARRIS

                                              WITH THE GENTLEMAN, PAY DISPARITIES EXIST. BUT WE NEED A PRECISE TOOL. IF…

                                              WITH THE GENTLEMAN, PAY DISPARITIES EXIST. BUT WE NEED A PRECISE TOOL. IF WE'RE GOING TO GIVE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT A TOOL WITH WHICH TO INVESTIGATE AND PUNISH EMPLOYERS, IT SHOULD BE A SURGICAL TOOL. THIS IS NOT A SURGICAL TOOL. THIS IS AN IMPRECISE TOOL THE EEOC WON AGAIN. 3,360 DATA POINTS. IT GROUPS HIGH WAGE PROFESSIONALS WITH LOW WAGE PROFESSIONALS, HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH DISCRIMINATION, WE SHOULD RETAIN THE LANGUAGE IN THE BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                            • 03:31:45 PM

                                              THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                          • 03:31:56 PM

                                            POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

                                            At the conclusion of debate on the Scott (VA) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Scott (VA) demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.

                                            • 03:32:00 PM

                                              MR. SCOTT

                                              I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                              THE CHAIR

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

                                              PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA WILL BE POSTPONED. THE CHAIR UNDERSTANDS THAT AMENDMENT NUMBER 114 WILL NOT BE OFFERED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 115 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                              MR. ZELDIN

                                              I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK, ZELDIN NUMBER 115.

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                                              An amendment, offered by Mr. Zeldin, numbered 115 printed in House Report 115-297 to lift the ban on striped bass fishing in the Block Island Transit Zone between Montauk, NY and Block Island, RI.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                            DEBATE

                                            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 504, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Zeldin amendment No. 115.

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                                              THE CLERK

                                              AMENDMENT NUMBER 115, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297, OFFERED BY MR.…

                                              AMENDMENT NUMBER 115, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297, OFFERED BY MR. ZELDIN OF NEW YORK.

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                                            • 03:32:43 PM

                                              THE CHAIR

                                              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ZELDIN,…

                                              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ZELDIN, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTEFUL THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE -- MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                                            • 03:32:55 PM

                                              MR. ZELDIN

                                              I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT TO H.R. 3354 ON BEHALF OF THE HARD…

                                              I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT TO H.R. 3354 ON BEHALF OF THE HARD WORKING FISHERMEN OF LISTENING LONG ISLAND AND OUR ENTIRE REGION WHO ARE SUFFERING MORE THAN EVER UNDER CONFUSING AND UNFAIR REGULATIONS THAT ARE THREATENING TO -- THREATENING TO PUT THEM OUT OF BUSINESS. THIS AMENDMENT IS NEARLY IDENTICAL TO ONE I OFFERED TO THE D.H.S. DIVISION OF THIS BILL THAT UNANIMOUSLY PASSED BY VOICE VOTE LAST WEEK THAT RELATED TO THE COAST GUARD. TODAY'S AMENDMENT WOULD BAR THE NATIONAL MARINE FISHERY SERVICE FROM ENFORCING THE BAN ON FISHING ON A STRETCH OF WATER BETWEEN MONTAUK, NEW YORK AND BLOCK ISLAND. NO OTHER SPECIES OF SPEECH ARE SUBJECT TO AN ARBITRARY BAN IN THIS SOVEKS THE SOUND, FAMOUS FOR FISHING AND RECK RAGAL VOTING. THE FACT THAT THE TRANSIT ZONE IS CONSIDERED PART OF THIS MEANS THE BAN ON STRIPED BASS FISHING MEANS THE BAN EXPANDS INTO THIS LOCAL WATER WAY. THIS MEANS CHARTER BOAT CAPTAINS AND OTHERS ENJOYING THE DAY ON THE WATER WITH THEIR FAMILY COULD GO FROM FISH FOR STRIPED BASS LEGALLY INTO COMMITTING A CRIME BECAUSE THEY DRIFTED OVER THE THREE-MILE LINE. THIS BAN WAS MEANT FOR THE HIGH SEAS. ARBITRARILY DECLARED TO BE PART OF THE E.E.Z. BECAUSE OF A BOUNDARY DRAWN ON A MAP BY SOMEBODY IN WASHINGTON. ALL THE OTHER FISH IN THIS AREA ARE NOT SUBJECT TO AN UNFAIR BAN IN THIS AREA. JUST LIKE THEY CAN LEGALLY IN ADJACENT STATE WATERS, LOCAL FISHERMEN SHOULD BE ABLE TO FISH FOR STRIPED BASS IN THIS AREA WHERE THE TRANSIT ZONE BEGINS. THE COASTAL ECONOMY SOUR ECONOMY. SO AN UNFAIR REGULATIONS IMPACT FISHERMEN, THAT HURTS THE OTHER LOCAL BUSINESSES LIKE TACKLE SHOPS, RESTAURANTS, GAS STATIONS AND HOTELS. NO ONE IS MORE INVESTED IN PROTECTING THIS IMPORTANT FISHERY TO ENSURE IT IS THERE FOR THE NEXT SEASON AND THE NEXT GENERATION THAN THE HARDWORKING MEN AND WOMEN FROM MY DISTRICT WHO RELY ON FISHING AS A WAY OF LIFE. THIS AMENDMENT DOES NOT CREATE OPEN SEASON ON STRIPERS OR LIFT THE NEED FOR QUOTA ALLEGATIONS OR PERMITS. IN ADDITION TO A NEARLY IDENTICAL AMENDMENT PASS ON A VOICE VOTE LAST WEEK, LAST CONGRESS, MY STANDALONE BILL TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE, THE CLARIFICATION ACT, PASSED THE HOUSE WITH ANOTHER UNANIMOUS VOICE VOTE. THIS AMENDMENT IS SUPPORTED BY THE RECREATIONAL FISHING ALLIANCE, LONG ISLAND COMMERCIAL FISHING ASSOCIATION AND MONTAUK BOATMAN AND CAPTAIN'S ASSOCIATION. I URGE ADOPTION OF THIS AMENDMENT AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                            • 03:35:52 PM

                                              THE CHAIR

                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. DOES ANY MEMBER WISH TO SPEAK IN OPPOSITION?

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                                              MR. ENGEL

                                              YES. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. THIS IS NOT AN…

                                              YES. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. THIS IS NOT AN APPROPRIATE AMENDMENT -- I'M SORRY. FOR INCLUSION IN AN ANNUAL SPENDING BILL. CONGRESS SHOULD NOT BE IN THE BUSINESS OF MICROMANAGING FISH CONSERVATION IN THIS MANNER. THE ATLANTIC STATE MAS REIN FISHERIES COMMISSION IS AN INTERSTATE COMPACT ESTABLISHED IN 1942 AS A MECHANISM TO ALLOW ATLANTIC COASTAL STATES TO JOIN FORCES IN MANAGING THEIR SHARED FISHERY RESOURCES. FOR OVER 75 YEARS, THIS COMMISSION HAS SERVED AS A BODY FOR THE ATLANTIC COASTAL STATE COORDINATING THE CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT OF 27 NEAR-SHORE FISH SPECIES. EACH STATE IS REPRESENTED ON THE COMMISSION BY THREE COMMISSIONERS WHO PARTICIPATE IN DELIBERATIONS AND INTERSTATE FISHERY MANAGEMENT, FISHERY SCIENCE, HABITAT CONSERVATION AND LAW ENFORCEMENT. THROUGH THESE ACTIVITIES, THE STATES COLLECTIVELY ENSURE THE SOUND CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT OF THEIR SHARED COASTAL FISHERY RESOURCES. WE SHOULD ALLOW THE ATLANTIC STATE MARINE FISHERIES TO DO ITS JOB IN MANAGING FISH STOCKS. WE MUST NOT ALLOW THE HOUSE TO BE IN THE BUSINESS OF SECOND-GUESSING THEM AND MICROMANAGING FISH REGULATIONS IN PARTICULAR LOCATIONS. THERE IS A PROCESS CURRENTLY IN PLACE FOR ADDRESSING THESE ISSUES AT THE REGIONAL LEVEL AND WE SHOULD ALLOW THAT PROCESS TO WORK. STOCK ASSESSMENT FOR STRIPED BASS IS PLANNED FOR NEXT YEAR. THE ATLANTIC STATE MAS REIN FISHERIES COMMISSION CAN MAKE A DETERMINATION AS TO WHETHER IT INTENDS TO ASK THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO OPEN UP THE BLOCK ISLAND TRANSIT ZONE TO STRIPED PASS FISHING. -- STRIPED BASS FISHING. CURRENTLY THE CONSENSUS DECISION OF THE COMMISSION IS THAT THE FISHING RESTRICTION SHOULD REMAIN IN PLACE. I BELIEVE THAT THIS IS A BAD PRECEDENT FOR CONGRESS TO ININTERFERE WITH THIS STATE-DRIVEN PROCESS. FOR THAT REASON, I OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND I RESTEMB THE -- RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                            • 03:38:21 PM

                                              THE CHAIR

                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              MR. ZELDIN

                                              I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                              THE CHAIR

                                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              MR. CULBERSON

                                              I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. I HAVE NO OBJECTION TO THE…

                                              I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. I HAVE NO OBJECTION TO THE AMENDMENT AND URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT IT.

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                                              THE CHAIR

                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS…

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

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                                              I WISH TO SPEAK IN FAVOR OF THE AMENDMENT. HOW MUCH TIME IS REMAINING?

                                            • 03:38:53 PM

                                              THE CHAIR

                                              THE GENTLEMAN HAS ONE MINUTE AND 30 SECONDS.

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                                              MR. ZELDIN

                                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY COLLEAGUE ON THE OTHER SIDE SPEAKING IN…

                                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY COLLEAGUE ON THE OTHER SIDE SPEAKING IN OPPOSITION ACTUALLY MADE A GREAT ARGUMENT FOR WHY THE AMENDMENT NEEDS TO PASS. I COMPLETELY AGREE WE SHOULD NOT BE MICROMANAGING THE LOCAL FISHERY. AND THE BEST WAY TO ENSURE THAT WE ARE NOT MICROMANAGING THE LOCAL FISHERY IS TO PASS THIS AMENDMENT. THE AMENDMENT IS EMPOWERING THE LOCAL REGIONAL COUNCIL TO BE ABLE TO MANAGE THE STRIPED PASS FISHERY. IF WE DON'T PASS THE AMENDMENT, THEN WE ARE MICROMANAGING AND WE ARE TAKING AWAY POWER FROM THE LOCAL COUNCIL MANAGING THE FISHERY. SO BY PASSING THIS AMENDMENT, WE ARE ENCOURAGING THAT REGIONAL COUNCIL TO MANAGE THE STRIPED PASS FISHERY IN THAT AREA WITHOUT PASSING THE AMENDMENT, WHEN MICROMANAGE, WE'RE NOT ALLOWING ANY STRIPED PASS FISH -- STRIPED BASS FISHING AT ALL. I RESERVE.

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                                            • 03:39:54 PM

                                              THE CHAIR

                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

                                            • 03:39:59 PM

                                              MR. ENGEL

                                              I YIELD BACK.

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                                              THE CHAIR

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

                                            • 03:40:04 PM

                                              MR. ZELDIN

                                              MR. CHAIRMAN, THE HARDWORKING FISHERMEN OF LONG ISLAND'S EAST END, OUR…

                                              MR. CHAIRMAN, THE HARDWORKING FISHERMEN OF LONG ISLAND'S EAST END, OUR ENTIRE REGION, AND OUR ENTIRE COUNTRY ARE STRUGGLING. SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS NO NOTHING ABOUT EAST END. FISH DO NOT ADHERE TO ARBITRARY, MANMADE BOUNDARIES DRAWN BY BUREAUCRATS THIS AMENDMENT BY NO MEANS REMOVES MANAGEMENT OF THE SMEE CEASE, INCLUDING QUOTAS OR ALLEGATIONS -- ALLOCATIONS MEANT TO PROTECT AGAINST OVERFISHING. NOW MORE THAN EVER WE SHOULD BE TAKING COMMON SENSE STEPS TO HELP OUR FISHERMEN GET BACK TO WORK. IT ALLOWS FOR FISHERMEN NOT TO BE TREATED LIKE CRIMINALS WHEN THEY DRIFT ACROSS AN ARBITRARY THREE-MILE LINE. I YIELD BACK AND URGE SUPPORT FOR THE AMENDMENT.

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                                            • 03:40:50 PM

                                              THE CHAIR

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

                                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE -- THE CHAIR UNDERSTANDS THAT AMENDMENT NUMBER 116 WILL NOT BE OFFERED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 117 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN -- THE GENTLEWOMAN, EXCUSE ME, FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                          • 03:41:02 PM

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

                                            • 03:41:27 PM

                                              MS. NORTON HOLMES

                                              I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                                            • 03:41:28 PM

                                              An amendment, offered by Ms. Norton, numbered 117 printed in House Report 115-297 to prohibit the Federal Bureau of Prisons from requiring individuals in halfway houses or on home confinement to pay a subsistence fee.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                            DEBATE

                                            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 504, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Norton amendment No. 117.

                                            • 03:41:34 PM

                                              THE CLERK

                                              AMENDMENT NUMBER 117 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297, OFFERED BY MS.…

                                              AMENDMENT NUMBER 117 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297, OFFERED BY MS. NORTON OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.

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                                            • 03:41:46 PM

                                              THE CHAIR

                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH…

                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.

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                                              MS. NORTON

                                              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MY AMENDMENT PROHIBITS THE…

                                              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MY AMENDMENT PROHIBITS THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS FROM USING FEDERAL FUNDS FROM CARRYING OUT -- REQUIRING PEOPLE IN HALFWAY HOUSES PAYING A SUBSISTENCE FEE. CURRENTLY THE SUBSISTENCE FEE FOR RESIDENTS OF HALFWAY HOUSES IS 25% OF INCOME THIS WOULD IMPROVE REENTRY AND REDUCE RECIDIVISM AMONG THE NATION'S RETURNING CITIZENS. OUT OF PRISON AND ALMOST ALWAYS WITHOUT A JOB, OR ABILITY TO SUPPORT THEMSELVES, RETURNING CITIZENS HAVE NO ABILITY TO PAY COUNTERPRODUCTIVE SUBSISTENCE FEES WHILE IN HALFWAY HOUSES OR ON HOME CONFINEMENT ANY MORE THAN THEY COULD HAVE PAID FOR THEIR SUBSISTENCE WHILE IN PRISON. FOR A LIMITED TIME, INDIVIDUALS IN HALFWAY HOUSES, UP TO 12 MONTHS, HOME CONFINEMENT UP TO SIX MONTHS, THE SUBSISTENCE FEE REQUIREMENT IS A SUBSTANTIAL BURDEN ON THEM AND DE MINIMUS ON D.O.P. THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE CONCLUSION THAT THIS AMENDMENT WOULD HAVE NO BUDGETARY EFFECT. IF RETURNING CITIZENS ARE LUCKY ENOUGH TO FIND WORK AT ALL, IT WOULD ALMOST CERTAINLY BE IN MINIMUM WAGE JOBS SO THE LOSS OF 25% OF THEIR PAYCHECKS TO SUBSISTENCE FEES WOULD BE A SIGNIFICANT HURDLE TO SUCCESSFUL REENTRY WHICH IS WHAT WE'RE AFTER. MAKING IT EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO PAY RENT, CHILD SUPPORT, OR FINES AND FEES ASSOCIATED WITH THEIR CONVICTION SUCH AS RESTITUTION. FAR FROM PROMOTING FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, SUBSISTENCE FEES WHILE IN CUSTODY ACTUALLY PREVENT RETURNING CITIZENS FROM MEETING THEIR FINANCIAL OBLIGATION. CONGRESS SURELY DID NOT MEAN TO IMPOSE ADDITIONAL BURDENS ON RETURNING CITIZENS. SETTING THEM UP TO FAIL. JOBS AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING ARE CRUCIAL TO REENTRY AND RARE FOR RETURNING CITIZENS. CHARGING SUBSISTENCE FEES IS ANTITHETICAL TO THESE GOALS. THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ITSELF HAS RECOMMENDED ELIMINATING THIS FEE. A NOVEMBER, 2016, D.O.J. MEMORANDUM RECOMMENDED DEVELOPING A PLAN TO LIMIT THE USE OF COUNTERPRODUCTIVE, AND HERE I'M QUOTE, COUNTERPRODUCT I SUBSISTENCE FEES IMPOSED ON INDIGENT RESIDENTS. IT FURTHER STATED THE BUREAU OF PRISONS PROCESS FOR COLLECTING THESE SUBSISTENCE FEES IS KANSASLY AND ADMINISTRATIVELY BURDENSOME. ON BOTH HALFWAY HOUSE AND THE BUREAU AND MAKE IT DIFFICULT FOR RESIDENTS WHO TYPICALLY EARN MINIMUM WAGE, IF ANYTHING, TO MEET THEIR OTHER FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS INCLUDING RESTITUTION, FINES AND CHILD SUPPORT, END QUOTE. THE B.O.P. ELIMINATED SUBSISTENCE FEES FOR VOIGS HOME CONFINEMENT BUT THAT'S ONLY BY REGULATION BUT IT WAS -- IT IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. MY MY AMENDMENT WOULD ELIMINATE THE FEES FOR THOSE IN HALFWAY HOUSES AS WELL. MY AMENDMENT PROVIDES CRITICAL REFORM THAT WOULD HELP IMPROVE RE-ENTRY. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                              THE CHAIR

                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. DOES ANY MEMBER WISH TO SPEAK IN OPPOSITION.

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                                              MR. CULBERSON

                                              I CLAIM THE TIME IN OPPOSITION. I THINK IT IS EPTIRLE APPROPRIATE TO MAKE…

                                              I CLAIM THE TIME IN OPPOSITION. I THINK IT IS EPTIRLE APPROPRIATE TO MAKE INMATES PAY TO SOME OF THE COSTS FOR THEIR TIME IN A HALFWAY HOUSE. THIS PROGRAM HELPS MAKE RE-ENTRY INTO THE COMMUNITY AS SEAMLESS AS POSSIBLE. IT HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL AND WANT TO REDUCE OBSTACLES WITHOUT UNNECESSARY BURDENS. THIS WOULD CUT THE BUREAU OF PRISONS' OPERATIONS BY $20 MILLION AND FORCED TO BE ABSORBED BY THE BUREAU PRISONS MONEY THAT THEY ARE NOW RECEIVING FROM REIMBURSEMENT. RESOURCES ARE ALREADY STRETCHED THIN AND THIS WOULD COME OUT OF OTHER PROGRAMS SUCH AS COUNSELING, INMATE HELP AND SAFETY THAT ARE NEEDED FOR INMATE WELFARE AND A SUCCESSFUL TRANSITION TO SOCIETY. WHILE I APPRECIATE THE INTENT, IF THE BUREAU OF PRISONS WERE TO HAVE A CUT OF $30 MILLION, PRISON SAFETY WOULD BE COMPROMISED AND WOULDN'T HELP INMATES OR OFFICERS. AND I URGE A NO VOTE AND RESERVE.

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                                              THE CHAIR

                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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                                              MS. NORTON

                                              HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE REMAINING?

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                                              THE CHAIR

                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS 1 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING.

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                                              MS. NORTON

                                              MR. SPEAKER, MY FRIEND SUGGESTS THAT THE B.O.P. ACTUALLY COLLECTS THIS $20…

                                              MR. SPEAKER, MY FRIEND SUGGESTS THAT THE B.O.P. ACTUALLY COLLECTS THIS $20 MILLION. I WOULD SUBMIT TO HIM AND CHALLENGE HIM TO SHOW ME THAT THE BURDEN OF TRYING TO COLLECT IT DOES NOT OUTWEIGH THE ACTUAL REIMBURSEMENT. THESE PEOPLE HAVE NO JOBS. THESE PEOPLE, IF THEY HAD ONE WOULD HAVE MINIMUM WAGE JOBS. AND I WANT TO ASK MY FRIEND, IF HE WOULD RATHER THAT THE B.O.P. BE PAID A COST THAT THEY HARDLY EVER COLLECT, OR RATHER HAVE THIS MONEY TO GO TO CHILD SUPPORT OR SUBSISTENCE FEES. THIS IS A CRUEL THING TO DO TO PEOPLE GETTING OUT OF PRISON WHEN THE CRIME RATE IS LOW AND SENDS INMATES BACK TO THE STREETS WHICH IS THE ONLY RECOURSE THEY HAVE FOR IMAGINING MONEY. I YIELD BACK.

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                                              THE CHAIR

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

                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO -- THE NOES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO.

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                                            POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

                                            At the conclusion of debate on the Norton amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Norton 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. NORTON

                                              I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                              THE CHAIR

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

                                              TO CLAUSE 6, RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 18. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                              MR. LATTA

                                              I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                              THE CLERK

                                              AMENDMENT NUMBER 118 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297.

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                                              An amendment, offered by Mr. Latta, numbered 118 printed in House Report 115-297 to prohibit the ATF from reclassifying the M855 ammunition as armor piercing ammunition.

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                                              DEBATE

                                              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 504, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Latta amendment No. 118.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM HOY, MR. LATTA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL…

                                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM HOY, MR. LATTA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                MR. LATTA

                                                AMENDMENT FROM THE GOVERNMENT INFRINGING ON THE SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS.…

                                                AMENDMENT FROM THE GOVERNMENT INFRINGING ON THE SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS. UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, THE BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, FIREARMS AND EXPLOSIVES PROPOSED A NEW FRAMEWORK FOR INTERPRETING A GUN CONTROL ACT AND DETERMINING WHICH PROJECT TILES SHOULD BE QUALIFIED. THIS FRAMEWORK WOULD HAVE WITHDRAWN THE EXEMPTION OF AMMUNITION INCLUDING THE M 855 BECAUSE THEY FELT IT SHOULD BE CLASSIFIED AS ARM OUR PIERCING AMMUNITION. IT IS ONE OF THE MOST COMMONLY USED AND USED BY TARGET SHOOTERS AND HUNTERS. DUE TO THE OVERWHELMING PUBLIC OPPOSITION, THE A. ATME WITHDREW ITS PROPOSAL. I'M OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT TO PREVENT THE AGENCY TO RECLASSIFY THIS AMMUNITION. THIS AMENDMENT IS CODIFYING THE ATFE STANCE. I FULLY SUPPORT OUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS AND OPPOSE ANY EFFORTS TO INTRUDE ON THESE RIGHTS. THAT IS WHAT THE ATFE ATTEMPTED TO DO IN 2015. I THANK CHAIRMAN FROM TEXAS FOR HIS WORK ON THIS ISSUE. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF SUPPORTS MEN AND WOMEN AND I RESERVE.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                ANY MEMBER WISHING TO SPEAK IN OPPOSITION?

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                                                MR. SERRANO

                                                I CLAIM THE TIME IN OPPOSITION. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS…

                                                I CLAIM THE TIME IN OPPOSITION. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. THIS AMENDMENT IS VERY INAPPROPRIATE FOR THIS BILL AND SETS A BAD PRECEDENT. WE SHOULD NOT BE TYING THE HANDS OF A.T.F. AS IT ATTEMPTS TO KEEP OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS SAFE. THE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS PROTECTION ACT ESTABLISHED A PROCESS TO ENSURE THAT POLICE OFFICERS DO NOT FACE THE THREAT OF ARM OUR-PIERCING BULLETS CAPABLE OF BEING FIRED FROM CONCEALED SEMI-AUTOMATIC HANDGUNS. THIS LAW PASSED THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES BY A VOTE OF 400-21 AND LATER PASSED THE SENATE BY A VOTE OF 97-1. FOR FAR TOO LONG WE HAVE DEALT WITH IRRESPONSIBLE RIDERS ON APPROPRIATIONS BILLS THAT LIMITS OUR ABILITY TOP KEEP OUR COMMUNITIES AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS SAFE. THIS IS JUST ONE MORE EXAMPLE. I URGE THE DEFEAT OF THIS AMENDMENT. AND I MAY SAY TO MY COLLEAGUES THAT THIS IS ONE OF THE ISSUES THAT BAFFLES ME THE MOST. I DON'T HUNT AND I RESPECT PEOPLE WHO DO. I DON'T TARGET PRACTICE OTHERS SHOOT AND I RESPECT PEOPLE WHO DO. IT SEEMS MORE AND MORE EVERY DAY AS WE HAVE MORE AP MORE VIOLENCE, WE WANT MORE AND MORE STRONGER WEAPONS BECAUSE OTHERWISE WE ARE GOING TO LOSE OUR RIGHTS IF WE DON'T DO SO. MY FRIEND, OUR RIGHTS ARE AT THE BALLOT BOX AND MANY OTHER PLACES AND NOT JUST IN A HOLES TER. AND I THINK WE CONTINUE TO DO THIS, FIRST OF ALL, IT'S THE WRONG PLACE TO DO IT AND SECONDLY, IT'S THE WRONG THING TO DO. I RESERVE.

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                                                THE CHAIR

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

                                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                MR. LATTA

                                                I YIELD TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE.

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                                                MR. CULBERSON

                                                I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. WITHIN TWO MONTHS OF MY…

                                                I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. WITHIN TWO MONTHS OF MY BECOMING CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, A.T.F. DID ATTEMPT TO BAN THIS COMMONLY USED AMMUNITION. MR. LATTA IS EXACTLY RIGHT. I MET AT THE TIME WITH THE DIRECTOR -- THE DIRECTOR OF A.T.F. AND I'M GRATEFUL THEY WERE DREW THE PROPOSED BAN. THE DIRECTOR OF A.T.F. IS DOING A GOOD JOB OF PROTECTING AMERICAN'S' SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS AND I'LL CONTINUE TO MAKE SURE THIS RULE IS NOT PUT BACK IN PLACE. AS LONG AS I'M CHAIRMAN, I WILL ALWAYS ZEALOUSLY PROTECT THE SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS OF EVERY AMERICAN TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS. AND I SUPPORT THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT AND URGE ITS ADOPTION.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                                                MR. SERRANO

                                                I USUALLY DON'T GET UP A SECOND TIME AND TO MY FRIEND, AND HE IS MY FRIEND…

                                                I USUALLY DON'T GET UP A SECOND TIME AND TO MY FRIEND, AND HE IS MY FRIEND -- THERE IS A CONFUSION IN THIS COUNTRY. THIS IS NOT ABOUT PROTECTING THE SECOND AMENDMENT. IT'S ABOUT COMMON SENSE AND SAYING WHERE DOES THIS STOP, HOW DO WE KEEP IT FROM GROWING AND GROWING AND GROWING? HOW VIOLENT CAN WE GET? HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN WE SHOOT? THIS IS WHAT THIS IS ABOUT. IT'S NOT ABOUT THE SECOND AMENDMENT. THE SECOND AMENDMENT IS WELL PROTECTED, TRUST ME. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK YIELDS BACK.

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                                                MR. LATTA

                                                THE A.T.F. RECEIVED 80,000 COMMENTS ON THEIR PROPOSAL AND THE VAST…

                                                THE A.T.F. RECEIVED 80,000 COMMENTS ON THEIR PROPOSAL AND THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE COMMENTS WERE CRITICAL OF THE FRAMEWORK AND INCLUDE ISSUES THAT DESERVE FURTHER STUDY. THIS AMENDMENT IS ONLY CODIFYING THEIR OWN STANCE. AND AGAIN, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF OUR SPORTSMEN AND WOMEN. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO. THOSE…

                                                THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE CHAIR UNDERSTANDS THAT AMENDMENT NUMBER 119 WILL NOT BE OFFERED. THE CHAIR UNDERSTANDS THAT AMENDMENT NUMBER 120 WILL NOT BE OFFERED. THE CHAIR UNDERSTANDS THAT AMENDMENT NUMBER 121 WILL NOT BE OFFERED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 122 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                            • 03:55:15 PM

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

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                                                I'M HERE TO OFFER MR. DEUTCH'S AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                THE CLERK

                                                AMENDMENT NUMBER 122 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MR. GAETZ…

                                                AMENDMENT NUMBER 122 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MR. GAETZ OF FLORIDA.

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                                                An amendment, offered by Mr. Gaetz, numbered 122 printed in House Report 115-297 to prohibit NOAA from using funds to relocate the Southeast Fisheries Science Center located in Virginia Key, Florida.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA AND A MEMBER…

                                                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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                                              DEBATE

                                              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 504, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gaetz amendment No. 122.

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                                                MR. GAETZ

                                                I OFFER THIS ON BEHALF OF SEVERAL OF MY COLLEAGUES WHO ARE STILL…

                                                I OFFER THIS ON BEHALF OF SEVERAL OF MY COLLEAGUES WHO ARE STILL RESPONDING TO THE DEVASTATION OF HURRICANE IRMA. CONGRESSMAN DEUTCH AND THE CO-SPONSORS, CONGRESSWOMAN ROS-LEHTINEN, CONGRESSMAN HASTINGS AND CONGRESSMAN WASSERMAN SCHULTZ ALL REPRESENT DISTRICTS THAT RECEIVED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE. AND DUE TO THE DAMAGE, THESE MEMBERS HAVE STRONG INTEREST IN THIS AMENDMENT AND UNABLE TO RETURN TO D.C. IN TIME TO DEBATE THE ISSUE ON THE FLOOR. RECENTLY, THERE HAVE BEEN REPORTS THAT THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC FISHERIES HEADQUARTERS LOCATED ON VIRGINIA KEY IN SOUTH FLORIDA MAY MOVE TO ANOTHER LOCATION. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD PROHIBIT THAT MOVE. SUCH A MOVE WOULD BE DEVASTATING TO THE RESEARCH RELATIONSHIPS THAT THE NOAA FACILITY HAS WITH LOCAL UNIVERSITIES, THE LOCAL BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND THE MARINE INDUSTRIES OF SOUTH FLORIDA. THE RESEARCH FACILITY ON VIRGINIA KEY HAS MAINTAINED A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI AND THE SOUTH FLORIDA COMMUNITY SINCE 194. OVER THE YEARS, THE NOA ARCH FACILITY AND RESEARCH TEAMS HAVE WORKED CLOSELY AND COLLABORATED ON CRITICAL RESEARCH PROJECTS AND SCIENTIFIC BREAKTHROUGHS WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI, FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY, NOFEO UNIVERSITY, FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY, THE PALM BEACH COUNTY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT BOARD, THE GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE, THE MARINE FISHERIES ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH FLORIDA AND OTHER SOUTH FLORIDA UNIVERSITIES AND BUSINESS COALITIONS. THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI'S ROSENTHAL SCHOOL IS LOCATED ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE NO ARCH A FACILITY ON VIRGINIA KEY. THESE SOUTH FLORIDA UNIVERSITIES AND BUSINESS COUNCILS SIGNED A FORMAL MEMBER RAPID UMH OF UNDERSTANDING THAT ENCOURAGES COLLABORATION AMONG RESEARCH, EDUCATION AND BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATIONS. SOME RESEARCH PROJECTS THAT THE FACILITIES HAVE WORKED ON WITH SOUTH FLORIDA UNIVERSITIES AND BUSINESS COUNCILS ARE THE FLORIDA KEYS AND MARINE SANCTUARY AND SOMETHING NEAR AND DEAR TO MY HEART, THE ISSUE OF EVERGLADSE RESTORATION, MOVING IT FROM VIRGINIA KEY WOULD SEVERE THE BONDS FROM THE RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES IN THE COMMUNITY THAT CREATE SO MUCH PROGRESS AND SO MANY JOBS. I THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO INTRODUCE THIS AMENDMENT ON BEHALF OF MY COLLEAGUES. AND I RESERVE.

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                                              • 03:58:55 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                                RECOGNITION?

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

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                                                An amendment, offered by Mr. Serrano, numbered 123 printed in House Report 115-297 to prohibit funds in the bill for private prisons.

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                                                  MR. SERRANO

                                                  I RISE AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. CROWLEY AND…

                                                  I RISE AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. CROWLEY AND HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                • 03:59:36 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                  THE CLERK

                                                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 123 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MR.…

                                                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 123 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MR. SERRANO OF NEW YORK.

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                                                • 03:59:50 PM

                                                  MR. SERRANO

                                                  IS VERY STRAIGHTFORWARD --

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE…

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. SERRANO, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                  MR. SERRANO

                                                  SORRY FOR INTERRUPTING YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT IS VERY…

                                                  SORRY FOR INTERRUPTING YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT IS VERY STRAIGHTFORWARD AND PROHIBIT FUNDS ALLOCATED IN THE BILL BEING USED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION OF PRIVATE FOR-PROFIT PRISONS. THE USE OF PRIVATE THE USE OF PRIVATE PRISONS IN OUR COUNTRY IS IN A CRISES. PEOPLE ARE BEING LOCKED UP IN A FACILITY THAT DOESN'T RESPECT BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS. ONE IN FOUR PEOPLE BEHIND BARS WORLDWIDE IS IN A UNITED STATES JAIL. THAT'S RIGHT. THE COUNTRY WITH LESS THAN 5% OF THE WORLD'S POPULATION ACCOUNTS FOR A QUARTER OF ALL THE WORLD'S PRISONERS. IN FACT, OUR PRISON POPULATION HAS CONTINUED TO INCREASE OVER THE PAST FEW DECADES EVEN AS STATISTICS HAVE SHOWN A DECREASE IN CRIME. ACCORDING TO THE F.B.I., VIOLENT AND MAJOR PROPERTY CRIMES ARE AT A HISTORIC LOW. NEVERTHELESS, MORE AND MORE AMERICANS ARE GETTING LOCKED UP. THERE ARE SEVERAL REASONS FOR THIS. FROM OVERLY PUNITIVE MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCES TO THE CYCLE OF POVERTY AND THE SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE, BUT ONE THING IS FOR SURE, SO LONG AS THERE IS AN INCENTIVE TO FULL PRISON CELLS FOR PROFIT, THERE WILL BE MORE AMERICANS UNNECESSARILY BEHIND BARS. SO LONG AS WE PERPETUATE THE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX, WE WILL FIND IT HARDER AND HARDER TO REDUCE OUR BLOATED PRISON POPULATION AND MAKE MEANINGFUL REFORMS TO OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. LAST YEAR, AN INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER FOR THE NATION UNCOVERED HORRIBLE CONDITIONS AT PRIVATE CORRECTION FACILITIES. INMATES WERE NOT RECEIVING BASIC MEDICAL CARE. EVEN ITEMS REQUIRED BY THE BUREAU OF PRISONS. IN COUNTRY CASE THEY WERE KEPT IN ROWS OF BUNK BEDS IN UNAIR-CONDITIONED ZONES BAKING IN THE HEAT AND THE SUN. IN ANOTHER CASE, POOR CONDITIONS SPARKED RIOTS BY THE INMATES. NOW, DON'T GET ME WRONG. I FEEL NO SYMPATHY FOR VIOLENT CRIMINALS WHO HAVE NO REMORSE FOR WHAT THEY DID AND DESERVE TO BE LOCKED AWAY FOR THEIR CRIMES, BUT OUR FOUNDERS KNEW THAT WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO MAINTAIN RESPECT FOR HUMAN LIFE AND THEY ENSHRINED IN OUR CONSTITUTION BY PROTECTING AGAINST CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT. WHEN THIS REPORT CAME TO LIGHT, PRESIDENT OBAMA'S ATTORNEY GENERAL LORETTA LYNCH CHOSE TO ACT. THE PRESIDENT ISSUED A MEMORANDUM SAYING WE WOULD PHASE OUT THE USE OF PRIVATE PRISONS PARTIALLY BY SEEKING TO REDUCE OUR PRISON POPULATION. BUT IN FEBRUARY, IN KEEPING WITH THIS ADMINISTRATION POLICY SIMPLY OF REVERSING EVERYTHING PRESIDENT OBAMA DID, ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS RESCINDED THE ORDER. IT HAS SINCE INDICATED WE WON'T CONTINUE TO USE PRIVATE PRISONS. WE WILL USE MORE OF THEM. AND WE WILL LOCK UP MORE PEOPLE TO FILL THEM. WHAT A DISGRACE. IT'S A WASTE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS, AND IT'S A WASTE OF COUNTLESS AMERICAN LIVES THAT COULD BE TURNED AROUND AND MADE INTO SUCCESSFUL CITIZENS. I AM PROUD THAT MY HOME CITY OF NEW YORK WE HAVE DECIDED TO DIVEST OUR PENSION SYSTEM FROM THE FOR-PROFIT PRISON INDUSTRY. NOW IT'S TIME FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO DIVEST ITSELF AS WELL. WE MUST CONTINUE TO WORK ON COMPREHENSIVE CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM, SEEK TO REFORM MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCES AND CURB THE FAILED WAR ON DRUGS AND FOCUS ON RE-ENTRY AND RESBEGATION SO -- INTEGRATION SO THAT THOSE WHO SERVE TIME CAN BECOME PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS OF SOCIETY RATHER THAN LIFE-LONG INMATES. TONIGHT WE CAN START WITH THIS AMENDMENT AND SEND A MESSAGE TO THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. WE CAN TELL HIM NOT TO REVERSE THE PROGRESS MADE UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA AND ATTORNEY GENERAL LORETTA LYNCH. TONIGHT WE CAN SAY THAT MAKING MONEY OFF INCARCERATING INDIVIDUALS IS SIMPLY INCONSISTENT WITH AMERICAN VALUES. THANK YOU AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                              DEBATE

                                              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 504, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Serrano amendment No. 123.

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                                                THE CHAIR

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

                                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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                                              • 04:04:34 PM

                                                MR. CULBERSON

                                                I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                MR. CULBERSON

                                                I KNOW THAT MR.ER IS ANO IS OFFERING THIS ON BEHALF OF SOMEONE THAT…

                                                I KNOW THAT MR.ER IS ANO IS OFFERING THIS ON BEHALF OF SOMEONE THAT COULDN'T BE HERE TODAY. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. LET ME MAKE SURE I READ IT SO PEOPLE UNDERSTAND. NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED FOR THE OPERATION OF A CORRECTIONAL FACILITY BY A PRIVATE PARTY OR CONTRACTOR, PERIOD. THIS WOULD SHUT DOWN EVERY PRIVATELY PRISON AND HALFWAY HOUSE IN THE UNITED STATES. WHERE ARE THOSE 34,000 CRIMINALS GOING TO GO? YOU HAVE TO TURN THEM LOOSE ON THE STREETS OR PACK THEM IN LIKE SAR DEANS IN EXASING -- SAR DEANS IN EXASING PRISON CELLS OR SPEND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS TO HOUSE THEM. THIS BILL IS DANGEROUS, IRRESPONSIBLE AND RISKS THE SAFETY OF THE PUBLIC. BY CUTTING OFF IMMEDIATELY ALL MONEY TO PRISONS THESE 34,000 INMATES WOULD HAVE TO BE RELEASED ON THE STREETS OF AMERICA. I CAN'T IMAGINE WHAT KIND OF DISASTER THAT WOULD RESULT IN. FURTHERMORE, I ALWAYS BELIEVED IN THE YELLOW PAGES TEST. IF YOU CAN FIND A GOVERNMENT SERVICE IN THE YELLOW PAGES, YOU OUGHT TO TRY TO PRIVATIZE IT BECAUSE AS THE GENERAL RULE THE PRIVATE SECTOR WILL FIND A WAY TO DO IT MORE EFFICIENTLY, LESS EXPENSIVELY AND A WAY THAT WILL SAVE TAXPAYER MONEY. MY EXPERIENCE HAS BEEN WITH THE PRIVATE PRISONS THAT OPERATED IN THE STATE OF TEXAS QUITE SUCCESSFULLY, THOSE OPERATING THROUGHOUT THE BUREAU OF PRISONS IS THEY ARE PROVIDING BETTER SECURITY, BETTER FOOD, BETTER HEALTH CARE, BETTER TRANSPORTATION, BETTER HOUSING, BETTER FACILITIES FOR BOTH THE INMATES AND THE STAFF. THEY HAVE BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL ACROSS THE COUNTRY, AND THESE 34,000 INMATES WILL HAVE NOWHERE ELSE TO GO. THIS AMENDMENT IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS, DESTRUCTIVE AND IRRESPONSIBLE AND I URGE MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN OPPOSING THIS AMENDMENT NOT ONLY TO THE RISK OF PUBLIC SAFETY BUT THE DAMAGES IT WILL DO TO THE HARDWORKING PEOPLE OF AMERICA. I URGE MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN VOTING NO. AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS ONE MINUTE…

                                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS ONE MINUTE REMAINING.

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                                                MR. SERRANO

                                                I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THAT TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                                THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO OFFER MY STRONG SUPPORT…

                                                THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO OFFER MY STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT TO END THE PROLIFERATION OF PRIVATE PRISONS IN OUR FEDERAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. FOLLOWING THE ADMINISTRATION'S REVERSING PRESIDENT OBAMA'S BAN ON THE USE OF PRIVATE PRISONS FOR FEDERAL PRISONERS, THE FOR-PROFIT PRISON INDUSTRY HAS NOT ONLY BEEN REJUVENATED BUT EXPANDING. THE ONLY PURPOSE IS TO EDUCATE AND REHABILITATE INDIVIDUALS WHO MADE MISTAKES AND ARE SERVING THEIR SENTENCE. NO ONE SHOULD PROFIT FROM OUR PRISON SYSTEM. THAT'S WHY I PLAN TO REINTRODUCE THE END FOR-PROFIT PRISONS ACT, LEGISLATION THAT WOULD REQUIRE THE BUREAU OF PRISONS AND U.S. MARSHAL TO END ITS CONTRACTS WITH FOR-PRIVATE FACILITIES AND MAKE CRITICAL CHANGES TO THE RE-ENTRY PROCESS FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE BEEN RELEASED FROM FEDERAL PRISONS. WITH THAT I CALL FOR THE IMMEDIATE PASSAGE OF THIS AMENDMENT. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                              • 04:07:52 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                                MR. CULBERSON

                                                RESERVE. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS THE ONLY TIME REMAINING.

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                                                MR. CULBERSON

                                                MR. CHAIRMAN, I URGE MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN OPPOSING THIS AMENDMENT TO…

                                                MR. CHAIRMAN, I URGE MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN OPPOSING THIS AMENDMENT TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC SAFETY OF THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES, TO ENSURE OUR TAX DOLLARS ARE EFFICIENTLY USED. BUT ABOVE ALL, TO MAKE SURE THESE 34,000 INMATES ARE NOT RELEASED ONTO THE STREETS OF AMERICA. I URGE A NO VOTE ON THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                THE CHAIR

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

                                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES -- IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 124 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                            • 04:08:32 PM

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

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                                                MR. FLORES

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

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                MR. BYRNE FROM ALABAMA.

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                                                MR. FLORES

                                                MR. BYRNE FROM ALABAMA.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                THE CLERK

                                                AMENDMENT NUMBER 124 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MR. FLORES…

                                                AMENDMENT NUMBER 124 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MR. FLORES OF TEXAS.

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                                                An amendment, offered by Mr. Flores, numbered 124 printed in House Report 115-297 to state that none of the funds made available by this Act may be used to implement, administer, or enforce Executive Order No. 13547 (75 Fed. Reg. 43023, relating to the stewardship of oceans, coasts, and the Great Lakes), including the National Ocean Policy developed under such Executive Order.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. FLORES,…

                                                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. FLORES, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                                  MR. FLORES

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. I RISE TODAY TO OFTEN AMENDMENT WITH MY GOOD FRIEND…

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. I RISE TODAY TO OFTEN AMENDMENT WITH MY GOOD FRIEND FROM ALABAMA, MR. BYRNE, TO ADDRESS AN ONGOING BUREAUCRATIC OVERREACH OF OUR OCEAN -- OUR COUNTRY'S OCEAN AND INLAND ECONOMIES. OUR AMENDMENT BANS THE USE OF FEDERAL FUNDS FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION'S NATIONAL OCEAN POLICY. EXECUTIVE ORDER 13547, SIGNED BY THEN-PRESIDENT OBAMA IN 2010, REQUIRES THAT 60-PLUS BUREAUCRACIES ESSENTIALLY ZONE THE OCEANS AND THE SOURCES THEREOF. THE NATIONAL OCEAN POLICY'S ARE AN ENCROACHMENT. THESE ACTIVITIES HAVE NOT BEEN AUTHORIZED BY CONGRESS NOR HAVE ANY APPROPRIATIONS EVER BEEN MADE BY CONGRESS TO FUND THOSE ACTIVITIES. YET, THE BUREAUCRACIES CONTINUE TO ACT AS IF THOSE ARE IRRELEVANT PROHIBITIONS AGAINST THEIR ACTIVITIES. MR. CHAIR, SINCE 2010, THIS BODY HAS VOTED EIGHT TIMES IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER. THIS LANGUAGE ALSO WAS INCLUDED IN THE BASE TEXT OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2018 INTERIOR AND AG APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. WE'RE LOOKING TO GET IT IN THE C.J.S. BILL NOW. WE'RE OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT AGAIN BECAUSE CONCERNS REMAIN THE NATIONAL OCEAN POLICY EXTENDS FAR BEYOND RESTRICTING OCEAN ACTIVITIES AND IT MAY SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACT INLAND ACTIVITIES AS WELL. THIS AMENDMENT SIMPLY STOPS THE FUNDING OF UNAUTHORIZED BUREAUCRATIC OVERREACH. IT DOES NOT HAVE ANY IMPACT ON THE COORDINATION, PLANNING OR CONGRESSIONALLY AUTHORIZED ACTIVITIES TO TAKE CARE OF OUR NATION'S IMPORTANT OCEANS. I URGE -- EXCUSE ME -- I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                            • 04:09:53 PM

                                              DEBATE

                                              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 504, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Flores amendment No. 124.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

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                                                MR. SERRANO

                                                I RISE TO CLAIM THE TIME IN OPPOSITION.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                MR. SERRANO

                                                I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER WAS SIGNED BY…

                                                I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER WAS SIGNED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA IN JULY, 2010. THE NATIONAL OCEAN POLICY IS DESIGNED TO IMPROVE STEWARDSHIP OF OUR OCEANS, COASTS, ISLANDS AND GREAT LAKES BY DIRECTING GOVERNMENT AGENCIES WITH DIFFERING MANDATES TO COORDINATE AND WORK TOGETHER. THE NATIONAL OCEAN POLICY CREATES NO NEW AUTHORITIES. THE RESULT OF INCREASED COORDINATION IS BETTER STEWARDSHIP OF OUR NATURAL HERITAGE THROUGH IMPROVED GOVERNMENT EFFICIENCY, BETTER DEVELOPMENT AND USE OF DATA AND INFORMATION AND A PROCESS OF TRANSPARENT STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT THAT INFORMS DECISIONMAKING. THIS INCREASED COORDINATION BETWEEN AGENCIES NEEDS TO TAKE PLACE ON A FEDERAL LEVEL TO REDUCE INEFFICIENCY, WASTE AND REDUNDANCY BETWEEN AGENCIES. THE NATIONAL OCEAN COUNCIL BRINGS TOGETHER STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS AND ALL OF THE OCEANS' USERS, INCLUDING RECREATIONAL AND COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN, BOATERS, INDUSTRY, SCIENTISTS AND THE PUBLIC TO BETTER PLAN FOR, MANAGE, HARMONIZE AND SUSTAIN USES OF OCEAN AND COASTAL RESOURCES. THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT THE NATIONAL OCEAN POLICY OFFERS AN AVENUE FOR THOUGHTFUL PLANNING AROUND ISSUES AFFECTING OCEAN, COASTAL AND GREAT LAKES AREAS. IT'S THE BEST CHOICE FOR STAKEHOLDERS LOOKING TO BE INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS. FOR AWFUL THESE REASONS, I URGE THE DEFEAT OF THIS AMENDMENT. AND BEFORE I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, ON A PERSONAL NOTE, IT'S AMAZING HOW MUCH WORK WE'VE DONE IN THE SOUTH BRONX WITH WHAT LITTLE BODIES OF WATER WE HAVE AND LITTLE GREEN SPACE WE HAVE AND HOW MUCH WE CHERISH IT AND HOW MUCH WE FEEL THAT IT'S BEEN A GIFT THAT WE CONTINUE TO WORK ON IT. WE NO LONGER HAVE EARMARKS, BUT WHEN WE DID, IT DID A GREAT JOB IN RESTORING A LOT OF AREAS. THEN I SEE HOW IN OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY AND AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL WE WANT TO UNDO YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS OF PROGRESS. I KEEP THINKING OF REPUBLICAN LEADERS WHO TOOK A DIFFERENT VIEW. TEDDY ROOSEVELT, HE SAW THE WORLD IN A DIFFERENT WAY, AND THANK GOD THAT HE WAS OUR PRESIDENT FOR THAT PERIOD OF TIME. WHEN WE NEEDED HIM. FOR THAT PARTICULAR ISSUE. SO JUST ON A PERSONAL NOTE THAT I UNDERSTAND THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE SEE THE WORLD DIFFERENTLY THAN I DO. WHERE I COME FROM, TONIGHT, PEOPLE KNOW THAT THEY NOW HAVE PLACES WHERE THEY CAN ROWBOAT, WHERE THEY CAN EVENTUALLY SWIM, WHERE THEY CAN FISH AND WHERE A BEAVER NAMED JOSE HAS RETURNED.

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                                              • 04:14:41 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                                I DO, SIR, YES.

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                                                MR. SERRANO

                                                I DO, SIR, YES.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, FOR WHAT PURPOSE DO YOU…

                                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, FOR WHAT PURPOSE DO YOU RISE?

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                                              • 04:14:51 PM

                                                MR. FLORES

                                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS TO THE OTHER GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                YIELDS TO THE OTHER GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                                MR. CULBERSON

                                                I SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. WE HAD IT IN PREVIOUS BILLS. I HOPE THE HOUSE…

                                                I SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. WE HAD IT IN PREVIOUS BILLS. I HOPE THE HOUSE WILL ADOPT IT IN THIS BILL.

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                                              • 04:15:05 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. FLORES.

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                                                MR. FLORES

                                                YES, IN CLOSING, THE ISSUE IS NOT WHETHER OR NOT WE WANT TO TAKE CARE OF…

                                                YES, IN CLOSING, THE ISSUE IS NOT WHETHER OR NOT WE WANT TO TAKE CARE OF OCEANS. WE ALL AGREE WE SHOULD TAKE CARE OF OUR OCEANS. WE ALL BELIEVE IN BEING GOOD STEWARDS OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC INTERESTS IN OUR OCEANS. BUT, MR. CHAIR, WE ALSO BELIEVE IN TRYING TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE A GOVERNMENT THAT ADHERES TO THE CONSTITUTION. UNDER ARTICLE 1 OF THE CONSTITUTION, ALL LEGISLATIVE POWERS SHALL BE RETURNED TO CONGRESS, NOT SOME. ALL. THAT'S THE ISSUE AT STAKE HERE. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S NATIONAL OCEAN POLICY OVERSTEPPED CONSTITUTIONAL STATUTORY BOUNDS. CONGRESS DID PASS A BILL IN THE 106TH CONGRESS TO CREATE AN OCEAN COMMISSION TO REVIEW AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS. SINCE THEN, THE 108TH, 109TH, 110TH, 111TH CONGRESSES EACH LOOKED AT THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS AND DECIDED TO TAKE NO LEGISLATIVE ACTION. THIS MUST HAVE BEEN WHAT CAUSED THEN-PRESIDENT OBAMA TO MOVE FORWARD WITH HIS EXECUTIVE ORDER AND TO TRY TO GO AROUND CONGRESS. THERE HAVE BEEN NO APPROPRIATIONS FOR THESE ACTIVITIES. ADDITIONALLY, 81 GROUPS HAVE SIGNED A LETTER ASKING THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE TO INCLUDE THIS LANGUAGE TO ADDRESS THIS UNCONSTITUTIONAL BUREAUCRATIC OVERREACH IN THEIR ANNUAL APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. AGAIN, THIS IS A SIMPLE AMENDMENT THAT STANDS UP FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF THIS BODY TO CREATE THE STATUTES UNDER WHICH ACTIVITY CAN BE CONDUCTED AND TO TRANSPARENTLY APPROPRIATE THE FUNDS FOR WHICH AUTHORIZED ACTIVITIES SHOULD IT SO CHOOSE. . WE ARE NOT AGAINST OCEAN PLANNING. WHAT WE ARE FOR IS THE CONSTITUTION. AGAIN, THIS AMENDMENT HAS BEEN ADOPTED WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN THIS BODY EIGHT TIMES SINCE 2010. I WANT TO THANK MR. BYRNE OF ALABAMA FOR HIS WORK ON THIS AMENDMENT. AS WELL AS TO THANK CHAIRMAN CULBERSON FOR HIS CONSIDERATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS STRAIGHTFORWARD AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                              • 04:17:02 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                                DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE OR YIELD BACK?

                                              • 04:17:04 PM

                                                MR. FLORES

                                                I'LL RESERVE.

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                                                THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                              • 04:17:12 PM

                                                MR. FLORES

                                                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 TEXAS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS REQUESTS A ROLL CALL VOTE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS WILL BE POSTPONED. -- IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 125. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                            • 04:17:39 PM

                                              POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

                                              At the conclusion of debate on the Flores amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Culberson 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. BUCK

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

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                                                An amendment, offered by Mr. Buck, numbered 125 printed in House Report 115-297 to require that localities receiving State Criminal Alien Assistance Program funds comply with federal immigration law.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                  THE CLERK

                                                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 125 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MR. BUCK…

                                                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 125 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MR. BUCK OF COLORADO.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK,…

                                                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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                                                  MR. BUCK

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

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ABOUT MY AMENDMENT TO THE COMMERCE, JUSTICE, SCIENCE AND RELATED AGENCIES DIVISION OF H.R. 3354. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE STATE CRIMINAL ALIEN ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OR THE SCAP PROGRAM IS INTENDED TO FURTHER LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT'S ABILITY TO ADHERE TO FEDERAL IMMIGRATION LAW. THE SCAAP PROGRAM PROVIDES STATES AND LOCALITIES WITH FEDERAL FUNDS TO HELP OFFSET CORRECTIONAL COSTS RELATING TO INCARCERATING UNDOCUMENTED CRIMINAL ALIENS WITH AT LEAST ONE FELONY OR TWO MISDEMEANOR CONVICTIONS. HOWEVER IN RECENT YEARS A NUMBER OF JURISDICTIONS RECEIVING FUNDING THAT HAVE ADOPTED SANCTUARY POLICIES, ALLOWING VIOLENT CRIMINAL ALIENS TO GO FREE, HAS SKYROCKETED. MY AMENDMENT WOULD CUT OFF SCAAP MONEY FOR CITIES THAT VIOLATE THE INTENT OF THESE FUNDS. THESE SANCTUARY CITIES MUST NOT CONTINUE USING TAXPAYER MONEY TO FLAGRANTLY VIOLATE FEDERAL IMMIGRATION LAW AND PUT AMERICAN CITIZENS AT RISK. LOOK NO FURTHER THAN MY HOME STATE IN COLORADO AND THE CASE OF MR. EVAN VALEZ. HE WAS PICKED UP ON CHARGES, INCLUDING POSSESSION OF A WEAPON, VEHICLE THEFT, AND ALLUDING. HE ALSO HAD A HISTORY OF GANG INVOLVEMENT. I.C.E. PLACED A DETAINER ON HIM BUT DENVER OFFICIALS FAILED TO HONOR THE FEDERAL DETAINER, RELEASING HIM WITHOUT PROVIDING THE PROPER NOTICE TO. I C.E. OFFICIALS. UPON HIS RELEASE, HE TOOK PART IN ROBBING AND SHOOTING 32-YEAR-OLD TIM CRUISE AT AN R.T.D. TRAIN STATION. HE'S BEEN CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE MURDER. SANCTUARY POLICIES JUST DON'T BREAK THE LAW, THEY PLACE PEOPLE'S LIVES IN DANGER. WE CANNOT CONTINUE ALLOWING THESE JURISDICTIONS' SANCTUARY CITIES TO USE TAXPAYER MONEY TO FURTHER THESE MISGUIDED POLICIES. THE OFFICE OF JUSTICE PROGRAM'S OWN WEBSITE STATES THAT APPLICANTS FOR SCAAP FUNDS ARE REQUIRED TO CERTIFY COMPLIANCE WITH ALL FEDERAL LAWS AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION. IT GOESEN TO SAY THAT IF THEY RECEIVE INFORMATION INDICATING AN APPLICANT VIOLATED THE STATUTE RELATED TO SANCTUARY POLICY, THE APPLICANT WILL BE INVESTIGATED BY THE INSPECTOR GENERAL AND COULD BE SUBJECT TO CRIMINAL AND CIVIL PENALTIES. A RECENT U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT AGENCY REPORT IDENTIFIED THE TOP 10 JURISDICTIONS WITH THE HIGHEST VOLUME OF DETAINERS ISSUED THAT RESTRICT COOPERATION WITH I.C.E. NOT SURPRISINGLY, EVERY ONE OF THOSE SANCTUARY CITIES RECEIVED SCAAP AWARDS IN FISCAL YEAR 2016. MR. CHAIRMAN, SANCTUARY CITIES STAND AGAINST THE RULE OF LAW. THESE JURISDICTIONS SUPPORT ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AND ALLOW INDIVIDUALS WHO VIOLATE THE LAW TO REMAIN FREE. WE CANNOT ALLOW THESE JURISDICTIONS TO CONTINUE THESE HARMFUL POLICIES ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE'S DIME. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                            • 04:18:33 PM

                                              DEBATE

                                              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 504, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Buck amendment No. 125.

                                              • 04:21:02 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

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

                                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, FOR WHAT PURPOSE DO YOU RISE?

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                                              • 04:21:07 PM

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                                                I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT. CLAIM THE TIME.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                I OPPOSE THIS UNNECESSARY AMENDMENT. ALL THIS AMENDMENT DOES IS PROHIBIT…

                                                I OPPOSE THIS UNNECESSARY AMENDMENT. ALL THIS AMENDMENT DOES IS PROHIBIT USE OF FUNDING TO VIOLATE CURRENT LAW. AS WE ALL KNOW, FEDERAL GRANT RECIPIENTS OF THE STATE CRIMINAL ALIEN ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OR SCAAP ARE NOT USING FEDERAL FUNDS IN CONTRAVENTION OF FEDERAL LAW. SERSER THE AMENDMENT IS REALLY ABOUT --

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                                                MR. SERRANO

                                                THE AMENDMENT IS REALLY ABOUT SO-CALLED SANCTUARY CITIES. THIS AND OTHER…

                                                THE AMENDMENT IS REALLY ABOUT SO-CALLED SANCTUARY CITIES. THIS AND OTHER AMENDMENTS LIKE THIS SEEK TO EFFECTIVELY OVERTHROW COMMUNITY POLICING BY DIVERTING STATE AND LOCAL POLICE FROM THEIR CORE MISSION OF PROTECTING PUBLIC SAFETY. IMPOSING THIS ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL APPROACH WITH THE GREAT TRUST BETWEEN IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES AND LOCAL POLICE, THEREBY UNDERMINING PUBLIC SAFETY IN ALL COMMUNITIES AND FOR ALL RESIDENTS. WE SHOULD NOT BE ATTEMPTING BY WORD OR DEED TO TURN OUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT INTO AN ARM OF FEDERAL IMMIGRATION EFFORTS. I LIVE IN A SANCTUARY CITY. AND I CAN TELL YOU WITH GREAT CERTAINTY THAT AMENDMENTS LIKE THIS ONE WILL MAKE MY HOMETOWN LESS SAFE. PEOPLE WILL BE LESS LIKELY TO REPORT CRIMES AND COOPERATE WITH INVESTIGATIONS SIMPLY BECAUSE OF THE CONCERN THAT THEY WILL BE DEPORTED FOR INTERACTING WITH LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT. WHAT WE NEED IS BROAD AND HUMANE IMMIGRATION REFORM, WHICH WOULD PLACE UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS ON A WORKABLE AND EARNED PATH TO CITIZENSHIP. THEREBY ALLOWING THEM TO CONTRIBUTE EVEN MORE TO THEIR FAMILIES, COMMUNITIES AND OUR COUNTRY. OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM IS BROKEN. BUT THIS AMENDMENT DOES NOTHING TO FIX IT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT THIS AMENDMENT AND I MUST SAY, THE SANCTUARY CITIES, AS THEY ARE CALLED, HAVE A LOT OF SUPPORT FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT THROUGHOUT THE NATION. BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT THEY NEED TO SPEAK TO PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY AND GET INFORMATION ON WHO THE BAD GUYS ARE. OR WHO THE BAD GALS ARE. NUMBER ONE. NUMBER TWO, THIS IS GOING TO BE A BOONE FOR THE LEGAL PROFESSION , BECAUSE JUST ABOUT EVERY CITY AND EVERY STATE IS GOING TO SUE IF THIS EVER BECAME LAW. AND WE ACTUALLY STARTED HOLDING MONEYS BACK BECAUSE THEY KNOW HOW MUCH HELP IS BROUGHT TO THEIR COMMUNITY AND HOW MUCH THEY WANT TO KEEP IT IN PLACE. I RESERVE.

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                                              • 04:23:45 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

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

                                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK.

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                                              • 04:23:49 PM

                                                MR. BUCK

                                                HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE?

                                              • 04:23:52 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLEMAN HAS 2 1/2 MINUTES.

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                                                MR. BUCK

                                                I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

                                              • 04:23:58 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                MR. CULBERSON

                                                MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. WHEN…

                                                MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. WHEN KATE STEINLE WAS MURDERED, I WAS A NEW CHAIRMAN OF THIS SUBCOMMITTEE AND I SWORE THAT I WOULD FIND WAY TO CUT OFF FEDERAL FUNDING TO THESE SANCTUARY CITIES. THAT YOUNG LADY'S MURDER COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED HAD THE CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO SIMPLY COOPERATED WITH FEDERAL IMMIGRATION AUTHORITIES AND HANDED THAT CRIMINAL OVER TO BE DEPORT IMMEDIATELY. THAT'S ALL WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HERE. WHEN THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION , ATTORNEY GENERAL LYNCH, I MET WITH HER, AS THE C.F.O. SO TO SPEAK OF THE D.O.J. I USED THE POWER OF THE PURSE AND THE CONGRESS WAS ENTRUSTED WITH BY THE FOUNDSERS OF OUR CONSTITUENTS TO PERSUADE THE PREVIOUS ATTORNEY GENERAL TO ADOPT PRECISELY THE POLICY THAT MR. BUCK IS ATTEMPTING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CONTINUE TO FOLLOW. I KNOW UNDER ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS' LEADERSHIP, SANCTUARY CITIES ARE NOT GOING TO RECEIVE FEDERAL MONEY. THAT POLICY WAS FIRST PUT IN PLACE LAST SUMMER AT MY INSISTENCE. CURRENT LAW, CURRENT GUIDELINES IN THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE GRANT POLICIES ARE THAT A LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY HAS TO CERTIFY THAT THEY ARE COOPERATING 100% OF THE TIME WITH FEDERAL IMMIGRATION AUTHORITIES ABOUT INDIVIDUALS IN LOCAL JAILS OR STATE PRISONS. THAT'S ALL THIS IS. IF A STATE PRISON OR LOCAL JAIL IS HOUSING SOMEONE WHO WAS IN THE COUNTRY ILLEGALLY WHEN THEY COMMIT THE D THE CRIME AND WAS -- COMMITTED THE CRIME AND WAS SENTENCED BEFORE THEY WERE RELEASED, CURRENT DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE POLICY ADOPTED LAST SUMMER BEING ENFORCED TODAY BY ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS SAYS YOU HAVE TO TELL FEDERAL AUTHORITIES YOU'RE ABOUT TO RELEASE THIS PERSON SO THEY CAN BE IMMEDIATELY DEPORTED. THAT'S COMMONSENSE, IT PROTECTS PUBLIC SAFETY AND IT'S A WISE USE OF OUR TAX DOLLARS. ANOTHER 30 SECONDS?

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                                                MR. BUCK

                                                ANOTHER 20 SECONDS. I'LL HAVE 10 TO CLOSE.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                MR. CULBERSON

                                                THE DAYS OF SANCTUARY CITIES ACCEPTING FEDERAL MONEY AND IGNORING FEDERAL…

                                                THE DAYS OF SANCTUARY CITIES ACCEPTING FEDERAL MONEY AND IGNORING FEDERAL LAW ARE OVER. THE POLICY UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION, THE POLICY I INSISTED BE ADOPTED LAST SUMMER IS, IF YOU WANT FEDERAL MONEY, FOLLOW FEDERAL LAW. DON'T ASK. I SUPPORT THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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                                                MR. BUCK

                                                I REFRESH -- I RESERVE.

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                                                THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                              • 04:26:11 PM

                                                MR. SERRANO

                                                I YIELD BACK.

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                                                THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                                MR. BUCK

                                                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I ASK NYE COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT --…

                                                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I ASK NYE COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT -- MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT AND THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE FOR HIS SUPPORT.

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                                              • 04:26:21 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                                MR. SERRANO

                                                I'D LIKE A RECORDED VOTE ON THIS.

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                                              POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

                                              At the conclusion of debate on the Buck amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Serrano 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 NEW YORK HAS REQUESTED A RECORDED VOTE. PURSUANT TO…

                                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS REQUESTED A RECORDED VOTE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 126 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                An amendment, offered by Mr. Amash, numbered 126 printed in House Report 115-297 to restrict the federal government's use of adoptive forfeiture.

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                                                  MR. AMASH

                                                  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 126 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MR. AMASH…

                                                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 126 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MR. AMASH OF MICHIGAN.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 50 HAD 4, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN AND A…

                                                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 50 HAD 4, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN AND A MEMBER -- 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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                                                  MR. AMASH

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

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. EACH YEAR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TAKES BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF PROPERTY FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE NOT BEEN CHARGED WITH ANY CRIME. IT'S AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL PRACTICE THAT IS USED TO VIOLATE THE DUE PROCESS RIGHTS OF INNOCENT PEOPLE. FORTUNATELY SOME STATES HAVE PASSED LAWS TO LIMIT ASSET FORFEITURE. BUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HELPS STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT EVADE THESE REQUIREMENTS BY DOING ADOPTIVE FORFEITURES, WHERE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ACCEPTS PROPERTY SEIZED BY THE STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT, FOR FITS IT UNDER FEDERAL LAW -- FORFEITS IT UNDER FEDERAL LAW, AND GIVES THE STATE AGENCY A CUT OF THE PROCEEDS. MR. CHAIRMAN THIS PRACTICE IS OUTRAGEOUS -- MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS PRACTICE IS OUTRAGEOUS. IT IS YOU BLUNTS THE AUTHORITY OF STATES TO REGULATE ITS OWN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND IT -- IN 2015 THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE PLACED LIMITS ON ADOPTIVE FORFEITURE, PROHIBITTING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FROM ACCEPTING PROPERTY SEIZED BY LOCAL POLICE WHEN THERE IS NO INVOLVEMENT BY FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE PROPERTY DOES NOT RELATE TO PUBLIC SAFETY. THESE ARE COMMONSENSE RESTRICTIONSES THAT PREVENT THE MOST EGREGIOUS SEIZURES. UNFORTUNATELY THESE RESTRICTIONSES WERE REVOKED IN JUNE OF THIS -- RESTRICTIONS WERE REVOKE IN JUNE OF THIS YEAR. -- REVOKED IN JUNE OF THIS YEAR. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                              DEBATE

                                              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 504, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Amash amendment No. 126.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ANYONE SEEKING TIME IN…

                                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ANYONE SEEKING TIME IN OPPOSITION? SEEING NONE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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                                                MR. AMASH

                                                MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. DAVIDSON.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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                                                MR. DAVIDSON

                                                MR. CHAIRMAN, I STAND IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT. THE AMENDMENT DOES A…

                                                MR. CHAIRMAN, I STAND IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT. THE AMENDMENT DOES A GREAT DEAL TO RESTORE OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO DUE PROCESS AND PROTECTS THE INSTITUTION OF FEDERALISM. THE EQUITABLE SHARING PROGRAM INCENTIVIZES LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO IGNORE STATE LAWS REGARDING CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE IN FAVOR OF FEDERAL LAW. AFTER OHIO REFORMED CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE LAWS, LOCAL AGENCIES HAVE BEEN ABLE TO BYPASS, JUST AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN DESCRIBED. D.O.J. ALLOWS THIS EVEN WHEN FEDERAL OFFICIALS PLAY NO ROLE IN THE INVESTIGATION OR THE ARREST. CONGRESSMAN AMASH'S AMENDMENT WOULD END THIS POLICY. THIS PROGRAM VIOLATES THE INDEPENDENCE OF STATE POLICE POWERS AND UNDERMINES DUE PROCESS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD.

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                                              • 04:29:48 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                                MR. AMASH

                                                MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAWAII, MS.…

                                                MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAWAII, MS. GABBARD.

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                                                MS. GABBARD

                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                MS. GABBARD

                                                I URGE MY COLLEAGUES STRONGLY TO ADOPT THIS AMENDMENT. ATTORNEY GENERAL…

                                                I URGE MY COLLEAGUES STRONGLY TO ADOPT THIS AMENDMENT. ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS' RECENT ANNOUNCEMENT TO EXPAND CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE REALLY ALLOWS LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TO BYPASS STATE LAWS AND SEIZE PRORLT FROM PEOPLE WITH THE LOWEST -- PROPERTY FROM PEOPLE WITH THE LOWEST POSSIBLE BURDEN OF EVIDENCE. AND WITHOUT CONCERN FOR WHETHER THE PERSON IS EVENTUALLY CHARGED OR CONVICTED. WHILE SOME WILL TELL YOU THIS IS NECESSARY TO GO AFTER BIG DRUG CARTELS, THE REALITY IS THE MEDIAN VALUE OF THE ADOPTIVE FORFEITURE SEIZURES HAS BEEN AROUND $9,000. NOT EXACT THE SIGN OF ANY MAJOR DRUG TRAFFICKING OPERATION. . THEY TEND TO TARGET POOR NEIGHBORHOODS. BETWEEN 2012 AND 2017, THE MEDIAN VALUE OF ASSETS SEIZED BY COOK COUNTY POLICE WAS JUST OVER $1,000. IN PHILADELPHIA IN 2015, THE MEDIAN VALUE WAS $192. THIS POLICY DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE BETWEEN THE INNOCENT AND THE GUILTY. THE RESPONSIBILITY ON PRIVATE CITIZENS TO PROVE THEY'RE INNOCENT RATHER THAN LAW ENFORCEMENT TO PROVE GUILT, INNOCENT PEOPLE WITHOUT LEGAL REPRESENTATION OFTEN NEVER SEE THEIR MONEY OR PROPERTY AGAIN AND EVEN THOSE WHO ARE PROVEN INNOCENT HAVE NO PROMISE THEIR PROPERTY WILL BE RETURNED. MAY I HAVE 15 SECONDS?

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                                                MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD ANOTHER 15 SECONDS.

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                                                MS. GABBARD

                                                THE FOURTH AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION EXISTS TO PROTECT THE CITIZENS OF…

                                                THE FOURTH AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION EXISTS TO PROTECT THE CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY FROM BEING DEPRIVED OF LIFE, LIBERTY OR PROPERTY WITHOUT DUE PROCESS OF LAW. IN PRACTICE AND IN PRINCIPLE, ADOPTIVE FORFEITURE IS A VIOLATION OF THAT FOURTH AMENDMENT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. THANK YOU.

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                                              • 04:31:42 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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                                                MR. AMASH

                                                I YIELD 45 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROHRABACHER.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                MR. ROHRABACHER

                                                IS A CRIME AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE COMMITTED BY THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT.…

                                                IS A CRIME AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE COMMITTED BY THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT. THIS IS OPPOSITE WHAT THE PEOPLE WHO WROTE THE CONSTITUTION HAD IN MIND. PEOPLE TO TAKE AWAY -- THE GOVERNMENT TO TAKE AWAY SOMEONE'S PROPERTY AND THEN SAY YOU HAVE TO PROVE YOU'RE INNOCENT TO GET IT BACK, THAT IS TOTALLY IN CONTRAST TO THE LIMITED GOVERNMENT, INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY, INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM, PROPERTY RIGHTS, CONCEPTS THAT OUR FOUNDING FATHERS HAD IN MIND. IF WE BELIEVE IN FREEDOM, IF WE BELIEVE IN LIBERTY, LET'S NOT OPEN UP THE GOVERNMENT TO BE ABLE TO STEAL OUR PROPERTY AND THEN WE HAVE TO GO TO COURT. WE'VE LOST ALL OF OUR DUE PROCESS. WE -- IT'S NOW OUR OBLIGATION TO PROVE THAT WE ARE INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY. THAT IS RIDICULOUS. VOTE FOR THIS AMENDMENT. PROTECT THE FREEDOM OF OUR PEOPLE.

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                                              • 04:32:52 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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                                                MR. AMASH

                                                MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD 45 SECONDS TO --

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

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                                                MR. AMASH

                                                I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                I STAND TO EXPRESS MY STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE AMASH AMENDMENT. CIVIL ASSETS…

                                                I STAND TO EXPRESS MY STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE AMASH AMENDMENT. CIVIL ASSETS FORFEITURE PRESENTS ONE OF THE STRONGEST THREATS TO OUR CIVIL, PROPERTY AND CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. I ENCOURAGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS GREAT AMENDMENT. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR.

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                                              • 04:33:27 PM

                                                MR. AMASH

                                                MR. CHAIRMAN, IS THERE ANY TIME?

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLEMAN HAS 10 SECONDS.

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                                                MR. AMASH

                                                MR. CHAIRMAN, I WANT TO ENCOURAGE SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. WE MUST…

                                                MR. CHAIRMAN, I WANT TO ENCOURAGE SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. WE MUST DEFEND PROPERTY RIGHTS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                THE CHAIR

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

                                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 127 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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                                                MR. ROSKAM

                                                MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME ON AMENDMENT 127.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                IS THE GENTLEMAN OFFERING AN AMENDMENT?

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                                                MR. ROSKAM

                                                YES, SIR.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                An amendment, offered by Mr. Roskam, numbered 127 printed in House Report 115-297 to prohibit bonuses to the Money Laundering and Asset Forfeiture division of DOJ until they make decisions on the backlog of petitions of remission or mitigation on civil asset forfeiture cases.

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                                                  THE CLERK

                                                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 127 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MR. ROSKAM…

                                                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 127 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MR. ROSKAM OF ILLINOIS.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. ROSKAM,…

                                                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. ROSKAM, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. EXCUSE ME -- THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                                                  MR. ROSKAM

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

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. LET ME TELL YOU A QUICK STORY. ANDREW CLYDE SERVED THREE COMBAT TOURS IN IRAQ AND AFTER WHICH HE RETURNED HOME AND OPENED A STORE IN GEORGIA. MR. CLYDE HAD AN INSURANCE POLICY THAT ONLY COVERED UP TO $10,000 IN OFFPREMISES LOSSES. SO LIKE ANY REASONABLE PERSON, HE NEVER BROUGHT MORE THAN $10,000 WITH CASH WITH HIM WHEN HE WAS MAKING HIS NIGHTLY DEPOSITS. YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE NOTICED HE WAS DEPOSITING JUST UNDER $10,000 IN CASH REGULARLY SO THEY TOOK ALL OF HIS CASH. THAT IS $950,000. IF YOU ARE LIKE MOST PEOPLE, YOU'RE CONFUSED WHEN YOU FIRST HEAR ABOUT THIS. AS IT TURNS OUT, MR. CLYDE WAS IN VIOLATION OF A FEDERAL LAW KNOWN AS STRUCTURING WHICH IS THE INTENTIONAL AVOIDANCE OF FEDERAL REPORTING REQUIREMENTS BY STAYING BELOW $10,000 IN CASH DEPOSITS. THIS LAW WAS INTENDED TO CATCH LARGE-SCALE CRIMINAL ENTERPRISES, MOBSTERS, TERRORISTS, HUMAN TRAFFICKERS, NOT VETERANS LIKE MR. CLYDE. WHEN STRUCTURING HIS BELIEVE TO HAVE OCCURRED, THE I.R.S. CAN USE THE CIVIL ASSETS FORFEITTURE, FORCE THE OWNER THAT THE MONEY WAS PROVED LEGALLY. IN THIS INSTANCE, ANDREW CLYDE EARNED THE MONEY LEGALLY AND HAD A LEGITIMATE REASON FOR DEPOSITING LESS THAN $10,000. SO YOU WOULD ASSUME THAT MR. CLYDE WOULD HAVE ENDED THIS WITH THE I.R.S. TALKING TO HIM SAYING, OH, WE MADE A MISTAKE, CLEARLY YOU ARE NOT A MOBSTER OR TERRORIST, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, HERE'S YOUR LIFE SAVINGS BACK BUT, NO, THAT'S NOT WHAT HAPPENED, MR. CHAIRMAN. THAT'S NOT HOW THE STORY ENDED. INSTEAD, THE I.R.S. THREATENED HIM WITH CRIMINAL STRUCTURING CHARGES UNTIL HE AGREED TO SETTLE WITH THE AGENCY AND GIVE THEM $50,000 AFTER HE'D ALREADY SPENT $100,000 IN LEGAL FEES. HE LOST $150,000 SIMPLY BECAUSE HE WANTED TO MAKE SURE HIS CASH DEPOSITS WERE LOW ENOUGH TO BE INSURED. IF THAT'S SOUNDS MESSED UP TO YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, THAT'S BECAUSE IT IS. NOW, HERE'S THE GOOD NEWS. THE HOUSE RECENTLY PASSED UNANIMOUSLY H.R. 1843, THE RESPECT ACT, AND THIS BILL PROHIBITS THE I.R.S. FROM SEIZING FUNDS FROM INDIVIDUALS UNLESS THERE'S A PROBABLE CAUSE THAT THE MONEY WAS EARNED ILLEGALLY OR CONNECTED TO AN ILLEGAL ACTIVITY. BUT THERE'S STILL THE PROBLEM OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE ALREADY VICTIMS OF THIS ABUSE BY OUR GOVERNMENT IN CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE. NOW, SINCE WE BEGAN THIS ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS INVESTIGATING THIS, THE I.R.S. CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE PRACTICES A COUPLE YEARS AGO, THE I.R.S. HAS APOLOGIZED FOR PAST BEHAVIOR WHICH IS GOOD. THEY WORKED QUICKLY TO WORK OUT POSSIBLE -- REACH OUT TO POSSIBLE VICTIMS, WHICH IS GOOD. SUBSEQUENTLY RESPONDED TO THE 545 PETITIONS THEY RECEIVED. AS OF MARCH 1, THE I.R.S. RETURNED OVER $6 MILLION IN SEIZED FUNDS. GOOD NEWS. SO FAR SO GOOD. BUT THE PLOT CONTINUES. HERE'S WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW. IT TURNS OUT THAT A MAJORITY OF THE PETITIONS WERE ACTUALLY REFERRED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. THE I.R.S. REFERRED D.O.J. 255 CASES AND HAS RECOMMENDED THAT THE D.O.J. RETURN $16 MILLION TO TAXPAYERS WHOM THEY DO NOT SUSPECT TO BE CONNECTED IN ANY WAY TO ILLEGAL ACTIVITY. UNFORTUNATELY, THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HAS NOT BEEN AS NEARLY INTERESTED IN CORRECTING THESE PAST WRONGDOINGS. AS OF JULY, THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ONLY RESPONDED TO 73 OF THE OUTSTANDING 255 CASES. THIS IS COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TOOK LEGALLY EARNED MONEY FROM TAXPAYERS AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HASN'T GIVEN THE TIME OF DAY TO THE MAJORITY OF THOSE PEOPLE, INCLUDING A RESPONSE, INCLUDING ANDREW CLYDE. SO THE ROSKAM-NEAL AMENDMENT, OFFERED BY MYSELF AND MR. NEAL, THE RANKING MEMBER FROM MASSACHUSETTS ON THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, IS VERY SIMPLE. IT SIMPLY SAYS THIS. NO ONE IN THE RELEVANT SECTION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE CAN GET A PERFORMANCE BONUS UNTIL THEY FINISH REVIEWING THE BACKLOG OF CASES THAT THE I.R.S. HAS SENT THEM. WE'RE NOT ASKING THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO DO ANYTHING EXTRAORDINARY, MR. CHAIRMAN. WE'RE SIMPLY ASKING THEM TO DO THEIR JOB. AND UNTIL THEY DO THEIR JOB, THE BARE MINIMUM TAXPAYERS CAN EXPECT IS WE LEAST DON'T REWARD THESE PEOPLE WITH BONUSES. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                              DEBATE

                                              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 504, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Roskam amendment No. 127.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ANYONE SEEKING TIME IN…

                                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ANYONE SEEKING TIME IN OPPOSITION? SEEING NONE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                                MR. CULBERSON

                                                MR. CHAIRMAN, I'D LIKE TO CLAIM THE TIME IN OPPOSITION BUT I STRONGLY…

                                                MR. CHAIRMAN, I'D LIKE TO CLAIM THE TIME IN OPPOSITION BUT I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                MR. CULBERSON

                                                I STRONGLY SUPPORT YOUR AMENDMENT. I WILL WORK WITH YOU AS THE C.F.O. OF…

                                                I STRONGLY SUPPORT YOUR AMENDMENT. I WILL WORK WITH YOU AS THE C.F.O. OF THE D.O.J. AND HELP MAKE SURE THEY REVIEW THESE CASES RAPIDLY AND RETURN PEOPLE'S MONEY TO THEIR RIGHTFUL OWNERS. ONCE AGAIN, MR. ROSKAM HAS BROUGHT A GREAT AMENDMENT TO THE HOUSE FLOOR AND I LOOK FORWARD WORKING WITH HIM. AND I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK?

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                                                MR. CULBERSON

                                                I YIELD BACK.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                                                MR. ROSKAM

                                                GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                                                CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED…

                                                THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 128 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 129 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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                                                An amendment, offered by Mr. Walberg, numbered 129 printed in House Report 115-297 to limit funds to carry out Department of Justice Policy Directive 17-1, which reinstates the adoptive seizure policy and circumvents state limitations on civil asset forfeiture.

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                                                  MR. SPEAKER, 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 129 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MR.…

                                                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 129 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MR. WALBERG OF MICHIGAN.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR.…

                                                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. WALBERG, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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                                                  MR. WALBERG

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN RECENT YEARS WE'VE SEEN A GROWING NUMBER OF…

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN RECENT YEARS WE'VE SEEN A GROWING NUMBER OF INSTANCES WHERE THE GOVERNMENT HAS CONFISCATED PRIVATE PROPERTY FROM CITIZENS AND SMALL BUSINESSES WITHOUT ANY CRIMINAL CONVICTION OR EVEN CRIMINAL CHARGES. UNDER CURRENT CIVIL FORFEITURE LAW, THE SYSTEM IS RIPE FOR ABUSE AND HAS UNDERMINED THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF FAR TOO MANY AMERICANS. IN RESPONSE, 24 STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HAVE ADOPTED REFORMS TO THEIR FORFEITURE LAWS. HOWEVER, THROUGH A PRACTICE KNOWN AS ADOPTIVE SEIZURES, FEDERAL AGENCIES LIKE THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE CAN CIRCUMVENT STATE AND LOCAL LAWS TO CONTINUE THIS PRACTICE. IN JULY, THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ANNOUNCED THE CONTINUATION AND EXPANSION OF CIVIL FORFEITURE, REVERSING A PREVIOUS BAN ON ADOPTIVE SEIZURES. MY BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT, INTRODUCED WITH REPRESENTATIVE COHEN, MCCLINTOCK AND ELLISON, WOULD PROHIBIT FUNDS FOR D.O.J. TO IMPLEMENT THIS EXPANSION. OUR AMENDMENT IS ALSO SUPPORTED BY A BROAD AND DIVERSE COALITION OF ORGANIZATIONS, INCLUDING THE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE UNION, THE INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE, THE NAACP, AND THE ACLU. TODAY'S VOTE TAKES AN IMPORTANT STEP IN HALTING THE PRACTICE OF ADOPTIVE SEIZURES. PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF STATES AND LOCALITIES AND LIMITING SOME FUTURE ABUSES. ULTIMATELY, THIS AMENDMENT IS THE STARTING POINT, AND WE CAN'T STOP HERE. CONGRESS MUST SUBMIT MORE COMPREHENSIVE CHANGES INTO LAW, CHANGES LIKE THOSE INCLUDED IN THE FIFTH AMENDMENT, INTEGRITY RESTORATION ACT, MY BIPARTISAN BILL THAT CALLS FOR SWEEPING REFORMS TO CURVE CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE ABUSE. AMERICA WAS FOUNDED ON THE PRINCIPLES OF DUE PROCESS AND PROPERTY RIGHTS, AND THESE PRINCIPLES MUST BE VIGOROUSLY DEFENDED. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT, AND I RESERVE.

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                                              DEBATE

                                              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 504, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Walberg amendment No. 129.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. IS THERE ANYONE WISHING TO SPEAK FROM OPPOSITION?

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                                                MR. COHEN

                                                I'D LIKE TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                MR. COHEN

                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO THANK MR. WALBERG FOR BRINGING THIS…

                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO THANK MR. WALBERG FOR BRINGING THIS AMENDMENT AND FOR THE BILL HE'S PROPOSED AND SENATOR PAUL AS WELL. I THINK CRIMINAL ASSET FORFEITURE IS ONE THE MOST WORST, MOST HEINOUS, MOST DESPECKABLE, VIAL LAWS WE EVER PUT ON THE BOOKS. IT'S AN ASSAULT ON HUMAN BEINGS AND STATE GOVERNMENTS, ON STATES' SOVEREIGNTY AND ON INDIVIDUALS HAVING A RIGHT TO THEIR PROPERTY AND HAVING A RIGHT TO A HEARING AND BEING FOUND GUILTY OF SOMETHING BEFORE THEIR PROPERTY IS TAKEN. THE WAY IT IS TODAY, THE GOVERNMENT CAN COME IN AND THEY DON'T HAVE TO CHARGE YOU WITH A CRIME AND THEY CAN TAKE YOUR CAR OR YOUR MONEY OR WHATEVER ELSE THEY FIND. IT IS UN-AMERICAN A THING THAT EVER EXISTED. MR. WALBERG LAID OUT SOME OF THE SUPPORTERS. ACLU AND NAACP AND THEN IT GOES AROUND TO SOME CONSERVATIVE WORLDS. THERE ARE MANY TIMES I FOUND YOU GET 360 DEGREES WHERE THE LIBERALS AND CONSERVATIVES COME TOGETHER AND AGREEING IN LIBERTARIAN PRINCIPLES THAT SOMETHING NEEDS TO HAPPEN. WE HAVE RAND PAUL, KEITH ELLISON AND MYSELF, SOMETHING NEEDS TO HAPPEN SO WE NEED TO PASS IT NOW AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. WALBERG.

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                                                MR. WALBERG

                                                I THANK MR. COHEN, AND I THINK THAT'S ABSOLUTELY TRUE. WHEN YOU DO A…

                                                I THANK MR. COHEN, AND I THINK THAT'S ABSOLUTELY TRUE. WHEN YOU DO A COMPLETE CIRCLE, YOU COME TO A POINT OF UNDERSTANDING THAT SOMETHING IS AMISS, IN GOOD WILL WE WORK TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION TO FIX IT, THERE CAN BE USEFUL ISSUES RELATIVE TO CIVIL ASSETS, BUT IT NEEDS TO FOLLOW DUE PROCESS. OUR CIVIL LIBERTIES MUST BE PROTECTED. WE WANT TO SUPPORT LAW ENFORCEMENT. IT'S A TOUGH JOB. BUT NONETHELESS, IN OUR GREAT COUNTRY, LIBERTY IS STILL THE MOST IMPORTANT IDEAL THAT WE HAVE AND THE FREEDOM THAT MAKES US DIFFERENT FROM OTHER NATIONS. SO I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FOR HIS SUPPORT AND WOULD ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                                                THE CHAIR

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

                                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 130 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND SEEK RECOGNITION? RASSRASS MR. CHAIR, I HAVE --

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

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                                                MR. RASKIN

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

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                                                An amendment, offered by Mr. Raskin, numbered 130 printed in House Report 115-297 to prohibit funds from being used to implement Order Number 3946-2017 allowing Department of Justice components and agencies to forfeit assets seized by State or local law enforcement agencies.

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                                                  THE CLERK

                                                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 130 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MR. RASKIN…

                                                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 130 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MR. RASKIN OF MARYLAND.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. RASKIN,…

                                                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. RASKIN, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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                                                  MR. RASKIN

                                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES, MR.…

                                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES, MR. SENSENBRENNER, MR. CONYERS AND MR. MOONEY, FOR CO-SPONSORING AND SUPPORTING THIS AMENDMENT. IT'S A BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT AND I THINK A NATURAL ECONOMYMENT TO THE EXCELLENT AMENDMENTS JUST ADDED -- COMPLIMENTS TO THE EXCELLENT AMENDMENTS JUST ADDED. IT WOULD PROHIBIT FUNDING MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS ACT TO BE USED TO IMPLEMENT THE RECENT D.O.J. POLICY CHANGE WHICH DRAMATICALLY EXPANDS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE PROGRAM. THE NEW POLICY REVIVES A CONTROVERSIAL AND I THINK UNCONSTITUTIONAL PRACTICE THAT HAS BEEN DECRIED BY AMERICANS AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ACROSS POLITICAL SPECTRUM WHO HOLD DEAR THE IDEA OF DUE PROCESS AND THE PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE AS IT APPLIES NOT JUST TO US AS PEOPLE, BUT ALSO TO OUR PRIVATE PROPERTY AS WELL. THE NEW POLICY ALLOWS STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TO CIRCUMVENT STATE LAWS, LIMITING CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE, BUT BY HAVING FEDERAL AGENCIES ADOPT STATE AND LOCAL CASES. UNDER THIS PRACTICE, LAW ENFORCEMENT MAY SEIZE A CITIZEN'S CASH AND PROPERTY SIMPLY BECAUSE SOMEONE SUSPECTS IT OF BEING CONNECTED TO CRIMINAL ACTIVITY, WITHOUT CONVICTING, INDICTING, ARRESTING OR EVEN CHARGING THE PROPERTY OWNER WITH HAVING COMMITTED A CRIME AND WITHOUT PROVING OR EVEN ALLEGING IN COURT THAT THE PROPERTY IS SOMEHOW CONNECTED TO CRIMINAL ACTIVITY. HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORLTE OF PROPERTY HAVE BEEN SEIZED -- WORTH OF PROPERTY HAVE BEEN SEIZED IN THIS WAY BUT LAW ENFORCEMENT ON AN OFFICER'S MERE SUSPICION. IN ORDER TO GET YOUR PROPERTY BACK, YOU HAVE TO GO OUT AND HIRE A LAWYER. YOU HAVE TO GO TO COURT AND YOU HAVE TO PROVE THAT YOUR PROPERTY WAS OBTAINED THROUGH INNOCENT MEANS, COMPLETELY REVERSING THE CONSTITUTIONAL PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE THAT'S AT THE HEART OF DUE PROCESS. THIS PRACTICE IS AN OUTRAGEOUS VIOLATION OF PROPERTY RIGHTS, OF CIVIL LIBERTIES, AND OF THE DUE PROCESS PRINCIPLE THAT WE ARE ALL PRESUMED TO BE INNOCENT AS AMERICAN CITIZENS AND IT RAISES PROFOUND QUESTIONS ALSO UNDER THE TAKINGS CLAUSE WHICH FOR BIDS THE TAKING OF -- FORBIDS THE TAKING OF PRIVATE PROPERTY WITHOUT JUST COMPENSATION BY THE GOVERNMENT. ALTHOUGH THE RESURRECTED POLICY CONTAINS A FEW NEW SAFEGUARDS THEY WILL NOT REMOTELY PREVENT ABUSIVE SEIZURES OR ELIMINATE THE PROFIT INCENTIVES TO ENCOURAGE RAMPANT CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE. THE POLICY WILL LEAD TO THE SAFE ABUSES UNCOVERED IN 2014. A "THE WASHINGTON POST" INVESTIGATION FOUND THAT SINCE 2001, STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT HAD MADE MORE THAN 55,000 SEIZURES OF CASH AND PROPERTY WORTH NEARLY $2.5 BILLION UNDER THE CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE PROGRAM. ONE STRIKING CASE DISCUSSED BY "THE NEW YORK TIMES" WAS OF AN OWNER OF A RESTAURANT IN ARNOLD'S PARK, IOWA. WHO DEPOSITED HER CASH EARNINGS IN THE BANK ON A WEEKLY BASIS. AND IT WAS ALWAYS UNDER $10,000. SHE WAS SUSPECTED OF ILLEGALLY STRUCTURING HER DEPOSITS, ALTHOUGH THEY WERE PERFECTLY INNOCENT, AND THE I.R.S. SIMPLY SEIZED $33,000 FROM HER, CAUSING HUGE PROBLEMS FOR HER BILLS. ANOTHER CASE THAT CAUGHT MY EYE WAS OF A CHINESE AMERICAN RESTAURATEUR WHO WAS TRAVELING WITH A LARGE SUM OF MONEY BECAUSE HE WAS ABOUT TO BUY A BUILDING FOR HIS NEW RESTAURANT. HE'D BEEN SAVING FOR DECADES TO BUY HIS OWN RESTAURANT. HE WAS STOPPED BY THE POLICE AND BECAME UNDERSTANDABLY VERY ANXIOUS DURING THE ENCOUNTER. THE POLICE SAID THAT THEY FOUND A LARGE SUM OF CASH MONEY HE HAD WITH HIM, SUSPICIOUS, AND HIS NERVOUS DEMEANOR ALSO TELLING, AND THEY SIMPLY SEIZED HIS MONEY. THEY DETAINED HIM FOR TWO HOURS, LET HIM GO. THEY DIDN'T CHARGE HIM WITH ANYTHING BUT THEY SEIZED HIS MONEY. HIS LIFE SAVINGS HE PLANNED TO USE THE PURCHASE FOR THE BUILDING OF HIS RESTAURANT. HE WAS LUCKY IN THAT HE WAS ABLE EVENTUALLY, YEARS LATER, TO GET HIS MONEY BACK. BUT HE LOST THE BUSINESS DEAL AND HIS DEPOSIT IN THE PROCESS. IN 2014 THE VALUE OF MONEY AND PROPERTY SEIZED UNDER CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE BY FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT EXCEEDED THE TOTAL OF LOSSES IN MONEY AND PROPERTY FROMBERGLARIES IN OUR COUNTRY. THAT MEANS OUR PEOPLE LOST MORE MONEY AT THE HANDS OF THE GOVERNMENT THROUGH CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE THAN FROM BEING BURGLARIZED. BECAUSE OF THE ABUSES REVEALED IN 2015, D.O.J. IMPOSED RESTRICTIONS TO LIMIT WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COULD ADOPT FORFEITURE CASES AND BAN STATE AND LOCAL POLICE FROM USING FEDERAL LAW TO SEIZE CASH AND PROPERTY WITHOUT CRIMINAL CHARGES OR WARRANTS. BUT THE NEW POLICY LIFTS THESE RESTRICTIONS AND PLACES THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BACK ON THE SIDE OF THE TRAMPLING OF PEOPLE'S CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. WITH CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE, PEOPLE CANNOT ONLY LOSE THEIR PROPERTY WITHOUT BEING CHARGED FOR A CRIME, THEY CAN ALSO LOSE THEIR PROPERTY WHEN SOMEBODY ELSE ALLEGEDLY USES THEIR PROPERTY IN COMMISSION OF A CRIME. A MICHIGAN WOMAN LOST A CAR SHE CO-OWNED WITH HER HUSBAND BECAUSE HE WAS CAUGHT SOLICITING PROSTITUTION WHILE DRIVING HER CAR. THIS POLICY RUNS ROUGH SHOD OVER THE PROPERTY RIGHTS OF THE INNOCENT AND BURDENS OUR CITIZENS WITH ONEROUS COSTS TO GET THEIR PROPERTY BACK, THAT THEY NEVER SHOULD HAVE LOST IN THE FIRST PLACE. MR. CHAIR, DEMOCRATS, REPUBLICANS AND INDEPENDENTS ALL AGREE THAT CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE IS A SERIOUS THREAT TO OUR CONSTITUTIONAL VALUES. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I URGE ALL OF US TO VOTE FOR THIS IMPORTANT AMENDMENT.

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                                              DEBATE

                                              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 504, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Raskin amendment No. 130.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                IS ANYONE CLAIMING TIME KNOPPSITION? SEEING NONE, THE QUESTION IS ON THE…

                                                IS ANYONE CLAIMING TIME KNOPPSITION? SEEING NONE, THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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                                                MR. CHAIRMAN, PURSUANT TO SECTION 36 HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, AS A DESIGNEE…

                                                MR. CHAIRMAN, PURSUANT TO SECTION 36 HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, AS A DESIGNEE OF CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN, I RISE TO OFFER EN BLOC 4 AS PART OF THE CONSIDERATION OF DIVISION F OF H.R. 3354, THE LIST OF AMENDMENTS INCLUDED IN EN BLOC IS AT THE DESK AND HAS BEEN AGREED TO BY BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE.

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                                                Amendments en bloc offered by Mr. Cole, comprised of the following amendments offered as En Bloc No. 4: Amendments Nos. 132, 140, 143, 144, 146, 147, 148, 151, 153, 157, 159, 162, 163, 166, 177, 181 and 185.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENTS EN BLOC.

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                                                  THE CLERK

                                                  EN BLOC NUMBER 4 CONSISTING OF AMENDMENTS NUMBERED 132, 140, 143, 144,…

                                                  EN BLOC NUMBER 4 CONSISTING OF AMENDMENTS NUMBERED 132, 140, 143, 144, 146, 147, 148, 151, 153, 157, 159, 162, 163, 166, 177, 181 AND 185. PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MR. COLE OF OKLAHOMA.

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                                              DEBATE

                                              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 504, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 20 minutes of debate on the Cole En Bloc amendment No. 4.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. COLE,…

                                                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. COLE, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MRS. LOWEY, EACH WILL CONTROL 10 MINUTES. CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

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                                                MR. COLE

                                                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT,…

                                                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MS. DELAURO, WHO IS THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AND EDUCATION, APPROVED THIS LIST OF AMENDMENTS LAST WEEK, ALONG WITH MYSELF. AND WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO DISCUSSING THEM AND OTHERS WITH ALL OF US HERE TODAY. UNFORTUNATELY THE GENTLELADY IS NOT ABLE TO BE HERE THIS WEEK DUE TO THE DEATH OF HER BELOVED MOTHER, LOUISA DELAURO, WHO PASSED AWAY OVER THE WEEKEND AT AGE OF 103. THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT AND I HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON ON THIS POINT. NEITHER OF US WOULD LIKELY BE A MEMBER OF THIS BODY TODAY WERE IT NOT FOR THE INSPIRATION AND ROLE MODEL OF OUR MOTHERS. BOTH OF WHOM WERE ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN LOCAL POLITICS. LIKE MY OWN LATE MOTHER, HELEN COLE, WHO SERVED IN THE OKLAHOMA HOUSE AND SENATE AND AS MAYOR OF OUR HOMETOWN OF MOORE, OKLAHOMA, LOUISA DELAURO SERVED 35 YEARS AS THE MEMBER OF THE NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT, BOARD OF ALDERMAN. THE LONGEST TENURE IN THE CITY'S HISTORY. SHE SERVED WITH SIX DIFFERENT MAYORS AND DEDICATED HER TIME TO IMPROVING THE LIVES OF SENIORS AND THE WORKING POOR. HER DAUGHTER HAS MOST CERTAINLY FOLLOWED IN HER FOOTSTEPS, BRINGING HER PASSION, DEDICATION AND TIRELESSNESS FOR THESE SAME CAUSES TO THE HALLS OF CONGRESS. WE'RE SORRY THE GENTLELADY CANNOT BE WITH US TODAY. WE KNOW SHE'S HONORING HER MOTHER AND HER MOTHER'S LEGACY AND MAKING HER MOTHER PROUD OF HER WORK HERE. MR. CHAIRMAN, WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                THE CHAIR

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

                                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MRS. LOWEY.

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                                                MRS. LOWEY

                                                MR. CHAIRMAN, FIRST I WOULD LIKE TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUE IN SENDING OUR…

                                                MR. CHAIRMAN, FIRST I WOULD LIKE TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUE IN SENDING OUR THOUGHTS AND CONDOLENCES TO THE DELAURO FAMILY. RANKING MEMBER DELAURO'S MOTHER, LUISA, PASSED AWAY THIS -- LOUISA, PASSED AWAY THIS WEEKEND AT THE AGE OF 103. THE FAMILY IS TOGETHER THIS WEEK IN NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT. LOUISA DELAURO WAS AN INSPIRATION TO HER DAUGHTER, ROSA. TO THE CITY OF NEW HAVEN, AND TO US ALL. LOUISA WAS THE LONGEST SERVING MEMBER OF THE NEW HAVEN BOARD OF ALDERMEN IN THE CITY'S HISTORY. SERVING 35 YEARS. SHE SET AN EXAMPLE FOR WOMEN EVERYWHERE, AS SHE FOUGHT TO ENSURE THAT WOMEN'S VOICES WERE HEARD IN MALE-DOMINATED ARENA OF POLITICS. AS ROSA HAS SAID, HER MOTHER UNDERSTOOD THAT POLITICS WAS AN AVENUE FOR CHANGE, A WAY TO HELP PEOPLE WHO WERE STRUGGLING. AND SHE DEDICATED HER SERVICE TO ISSUES INVOLVING SENIORS, THE WORKING POOR AND HER BELOVED NEIGHBORHOOD OF WORCESTER SQUARE. WHICH SHE HELPED TO DESIGNATE AS NEW HAVEN'S FIRST HISTORIC DISTRICT. LOUISA WAS A BELOVED LOCAL LEADER WITH AN OPEN DOOR POLICY, WHO DEVELOPED FRIENDSHIPS THAT LASTED A LIFETIME. BUT SHE WAS ALSO WELL KNOWN AS A STRONG-WILLED FIGHTER FOR ISSUES SHE BELIEVED IN. AND IT'S CLEAR THAT HER DEDICATION AND FIERCE PASSION WILL LIVE ON IN HER DAUGHTER, OUR FRIEND, ROSA. EVEN THOUGH LOUISA DELAURO PASSED AWAY AT 103, FOR ROSA AND HER FAMILY IT STILL FEELS LIKE SHE WAS TAKEN TOO SOON. MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH MY GOOD FRIEND, ROSA DELAURO, AND THE ENTIRE DELAURO FAMILY. MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM OREGON, MS. BONAMICI.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                MS. BONAMICI

                                                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY IN…

                                                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE EN BLOC AMENDMENT WHICH INCLUDES MY BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT TO HIGHLIGHT THE NEED TO FULLY FUND STUDENT SUPPORT AND ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT GRANTS. THESE GRANTS ARE CRITICAL TO THE SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF TITLE 4 OF THE EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT. SCHOOLS ACROSS THE COUNTRY CAN USE THE STUDENT SUPPORT GRANTS TO GIVE ALL STUDENTS ACCESS TO A WELL-ROUNDED EDUCATION. THE GRANT PROGRAM IS ALSO IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT WAS CREATED TO ALLOCATE FUNDING BY FORMULA, WHICH LEVELS THE PLAYING FIELD SO SMALL SCHOOL DISTRICTSES CAN GET THEIR FAIR SHARE OF FUNDING. I'M DISAPPOINTED THAT THIS BILL FUNDS STUDENT SUPPORT GRANTS SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER THAN THE ORIGINAL $1.65 BILLION AUTHORIZED IN THE EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT. AND I HOPE THERE WILL BE AN OPPORTUNITY IN THE SENATE TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR THESE CRITICAL STUDENT SUPPORT GRANTS. THANK YOU TO THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER FOR INCLUDING MY AMENDMENTS IN AN EN BLOC PASSAGE. AND -- PACKAGE, AND FOR YOUR HARD WORK ON THIS BILL. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                              • 04:59:22 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

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                                                MR. COLE

                                                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM THE…

                                                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM THE GREAT STATE OF CALIFORNIA, MR. DENHAM.

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                                              • 04:59:33 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                MR. DENHAM

                                                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS EN BLOC WHICH INCLUDES…

                                                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS EN BLOC WHICH INCLUDES MY AMENDMENT TO PREVENT HOMELESS YOUTH AND YOUNG MOTHERS FROM SEEING A LAPSE IN SERVICE FROM THEIR RUNAWAY YOUTH PROGRAMS AND MATERNITY GROUP HOMES. SPECIFICALLY THIS AMENDMENT ALLOWS H.H.S. TO OFFER TRANSITIONAL LIVING PROGRAM AND MATERNITY GROUP HOME GRANTS FOR CENTERS THAT WOULD OTHERWISE SEE A LAPSE IN FUNDING IN FISCAL YEAR 2018. THIS AMENDMENT DOES NOT INCREASE FUNDING FOR THE PROGRAM. THIS AMENDMENT SIMPLY PREVENTS SENTERS FROM FACING A GAP IN -- CENTERS IN FROM FACING A GAP IN GRANT ELIGIBILITY. THIS AMENDMENT DOES NOT INCREASE -- THIS -- FAILURE TO ACT WILL CAUSE RUNAWAY AND HOMELESS YOUTH IN MATERNITY GROUP HOME CENTERS ACROSS THE COUNTY TO DOWNGRADE, DISCONTINUE OR EVENTUALLY CLOSE. . THEY PROVIDE A TEMPORARY USE OF SHELTERS. THEY PROVIDE TRANSITIONAL HELP TO PARENTAL YOUTH, HOMELESS TO ENSURE THEIR WELL-BEING. THIS ISSUE WAS FIRST BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION BY THE MODESTO CENTER FOR HUMAN SERVICES WHICH SUPPORTS INDIVIDUALS IN STANISLAS COUNTY, CALIFORNIA. IT PROVIDES YOUTH SERVICES, SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT, FAMILY RESOURCE CENTERS, SHELTER SERVICES AND COMMUNITY PROJECTS. THE CENTER RELIES ON EXISTING TRANSITIONAL LIVING PROGRAM GRANT, THE T.O.P. GRANTS ARE CRITICAL TO HELPING HOMELESS YOUTH FIND EMPLOYMENT AND TRANSITION BACK IN THE COMMUNITY. THE MODESTO CENTER, ALONG WITH OTHER SHELTERS ARE IN JEOPARDY OF LOSING FUNDING DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES OUTSIDE OF THEIR CONTROL. THESE GRANTS ACCOUNT FOR A SIGNIFICANCE PORTION OF THEIR ANNUAL BUDGETS AND A GAP OF THIS LENGTH WILL DRASTICALLY REDUCE THE SERVICES OR FORCE PROGRAMS TO SHUT DOWN COMPLETELY. MY AMENDMENT IMPLORES THE ADMINISTRATION TO AUTHORIZE BRIDGE FUNDING TO CLOSE THIS GAP AND GRANT ELIGIBILITY ALLOWING SERVICES TO CONTINUE UNTIL THE GRANT IS REALIGNED WITH APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS. FOR THE AREA I REPRESENT, LOSING THESE GRANTS WOULD HAVE A MUCH WIDER RAMIFICATIONS TO THE OVERALL HOMELESS POPULATION AND COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS TO IMPROVE HOMELESS CARE. M.G.H. GRANTS HELP BREAK THE CRIPPLING CYCLE OF HOMELESSNESS. I CALL ON MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND ALLOW HOMELESS YOUTH AND PARENTING YOUNG PEOPLE ACCESS TO LIFE-CHANGING SERVICES. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THANK YOU.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK,

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                                                MRS. LOWEY

                                                MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. KILDEE.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                MR. KILDEE

                                                I THANK MY RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING AND FOR HER LEADERSHIP AND WORK ON…

                                                I THANK MY RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING AND FOR HER LEADERSHIP AND WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. I SUPPORT AND APPRECIATE MY AMENDMENT BEING INCLUDING IN THIS EN BLOC AMENDMENT. MY AMENDMENT INCREASES FUNDING FOR THREE VERY IMPORTANT AND SUCCESSFUL PROGRAMS TO PROVIDE LEAD PREVENTION RESOURCES IN SUPPORT TO THOSE ALREADY EXPOSED TO HIGH LEVELS OF LEAD. LEAD IS A DANGEROUS NEAROTOXIN. THE EFFECTS CAN BE PERMANENT. ESPECIALLY NEUROTOXIN. THE AFFECTS CAN BE PERMANENT. ACCORDING TO THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY, THERE'S NO SAFE LEVEL FOR LEAD. AND AS YOU KNOW, I COME FROM FLINT, MICHIGAN, WHERE WE HAVE EXPERIENCED THE MOST SIGNIFICANT LEAD CRISIS. IT'S ONE WE ARE STILL WORKING TO OVERCOME. SO EVEN THOUGH THAT CRISIS IN FLINT IS NO LONGER IN THE HEADLINES, FLINT AND MANY OTHER COMMUNITIES ARE STILL DEALING WITH ISSUES CAUSED BY EXPOSURE TO LEAD. THERE'S NO CURE TO LEAD EXPOSURE, SO WE HAVE TO WORK ON PREVENTION AND DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO SUPPORT THOSE LIKE THOSE PEOPLE IN FLINT AND OTHERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT HAVE BEEN EXPOSED SO THEY CAN GROW INTO HEALTHY AND SUCCESSFUL ADULTS. THIS AMENDMENT WILL DO JUST THAT. I APPRECIATE THE RANKING MEMBER, ROSA DELAURO, AND I SHARE IN MY COLLEAGUE'S EXPRESS OF GRIEF OF HER LOSS. I THANK RANKING MEMBER LOWEY AND THANK CHAIRMAN COLE FOR WORKING TO INCLUDE THIS IN THE EN BLOC AMENDMENT AND I URGE ITS PASSAGE. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLE, MR. COLE.

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                                                MR. COLE

                                                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE DISTINGUISHED…

                                                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MY FRIEND, MR. COSTELLO.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                MR. COSTELLO

                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS EN BLOC…

                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS EN BLOC AMENDMENT. SPECIFICALLY THE AMENDMENT I OFFERED WITH CONGRESSWOMAN BONAMICI. OUR AMENDMENT WOULD HELP ENSURE ADEQUATE FUNDING FOR A GRANT PROGRAM AVAILABLE TO STATES, INCLUDING MY HOME STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA, TO TAILOR ASSESSMENT SYSTEMS TO WORK FOR TEACHERS, PARENTS AND STUDENTS. THE AMENDMENT WOULD PROVIDE $378 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR STATE ASSESSMENT GRANTS. THE AMOUNT AUTHORIZED FOR THESE GRANTS IN THE EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT BUT NOTABLY $8.9 MILLION MORE THAN THAT WHICH WAS INCLUDED IN THE LEGISLATION WE ARE CURRENTLY DEBATING. INCLUDING FULL FUNDING FOR STATE ASSESSMENT GRANTS IS A CRITICAL WAY FOR CONGRESS TO FULFILL OUR PROMISE UNDER ESSA THAT WE WOULD STREAMLINE TESTING SO THE HIGH STAKES TESTING CULTURE THAT'S BURDENED SCHOOLS AND STUDENTS FOR TOO LONG IS ROLLED BACK. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO OFFER THIS AMENDMENT AND URGE THE ADOPTION OF THE EN BLOC AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MRS. LOWEY.

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                                                MRS. LOWEY

                                                MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLE, MR. COLE.

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                                                MR. COLE

                                                MR. CHAIRMAN, I ALSO YIELD BACK.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENTS EN BLOC…

                                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENTS EN BLOC OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE EN BLOC AMENDMENTS ARE AGREED TO. THE COMMITTEE WILL RISE INFORMALLY TO RECEIVE A MESSAGE.

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                                              On agreeing to the Cole amendments; Agreed to by voice vote.

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                                                The Committee of the Whole rose informally to receive a message from the Senate.

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                                                  The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed S.J. Res. 49, S. 416, S. 327, S. 444, S. 462, S. 484, S. 488, S. 102, S. 1311, and S. 1312.

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                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    MESSAGE.

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                                                    THE MESSENGER

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

                                                    A MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER. THE

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                                                    THE SECRETARY

                                                    SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER.

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                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER.

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                                                    THE SECRETARY

                                                    I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY THE SENATE TO INFORM THE HOUSE THAT THE SENATE HAS…

                                                    I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY THE SENATE TO INFORM THE HOUSE THAT THE SENATE HAS PASSED S. 1311, CITED AS THE ABOLISH HUMAN TRAFFICKING ACT OF 2017, IN WHICH THE CONCURRENCE OF THE HOUSE IS REQUESTED.

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                                                  The House received a message from the Senate. Senate passed S.J. Res. 49, S. 416, S. 327, S. 444, S. 462, S. 484, S. 488, S. 102, S. 1311, and S. 1312.

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                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    THE COMMITTEE WILL RESUME ITS SITTING.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT…

                                                    THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 131 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                  Subsequently, the Committee resume its sitting.

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                                                    MR. KILMER

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

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                                                  An amendment, offered by Mr. Kildee, numbered 131 printed in House Report 115-297 to increase funding for Youth Employment Activities by $10 million and reduces Department of Labor Salaries and Expenses by the same amount.

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                                                    MR. KILDEE

                                                    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 31 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MR. KILDEE…

                                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 31 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MR. KILDEE OF MICHIGAN.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. KILDEE,…

                                                    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, 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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                                                    MR. KILDEE

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT THAT WOULD…

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT THAT WOULD INCREASE FUNDING FOR YOUTH EMPLOYMENT INITIATIVES BY $10 MILLION. MICHIGAN'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS 4.7%, BUT FOR YOUTH AGED 16 TO 24, IT'S MORE THAN DOUBLE THAT, OVER 11%. YOUNG PEOPLE FACE HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT AND THE LACK OF OPPORTUNITY TO FIND MEANING IN THE WORLD OF WORK AS IMPLICATIONS THAT GO FAR BEYOND JUST THOSE YEARS THAT THEY MIGHT FIND MEANINGFUL EMPLOYMENT. INVESTING IN THOSE YOUNG AMERICANS ENSURES THEY ALL DO BETTER. PROVIDING THOSE IMPORTANT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES BUILDS A STRONG FOUNDATION AROUND THE CONCEPT OF HARD WORK, AND I KNOW MANY MEMBERS SUPPORT THIS EFFORT. WE JUST NEED TO MAKE SURE WE FIND EVERY OPPORTUNITY THAT WE CAN TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERY YOUNG PERSON LOOKING FOR AN OPPORTUNITY TO EARN A FEW DOLLARS BUT ESPECIALLY TO UNDERSTAND THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THEIR FOCUS ON WORK AND THE BENEFITS THAT THEY WILL REALIZE FROM IT, NOT ONLY IN TERMS OF THEIR OWN WELL-BEING, BUT THE CONTRIBUTIONS THEY CAN MAKE TO THEIR COMMUNITY. JUST LAST MONTH, I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT A REALLY GREAT EXAMPLE OF HOW YOUTH EMPLOYMENT CAN MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT IN MY HOME COMMUNITY. I VISITED A COMMUNITY GARDEN RUN BY GREG GAINES WHO EMPLOYS FLINT AREA YOUTH IN SUMMER JOBS. THEY LEARN TO GROW CROPS. THEY LEARN THAT HARD WORK PAYS OFF. OVER TIME THEY SEE THESE CROPS COME IN, THEY SELL AT THE LOCAL FARMERS' MARKET. VERY FEW WILL WORK IN AGRICULTURE, BUT THEY COME TO UNDERSTAND THAT WITH SOME PATIENCE AND SOME EFFORT AND THE FOCUS OF SHOWING UP ON TIME AND DOING A GOOD DAY'S GOOD WORK WILL LITERALLY AND FIGURETIVELY PRODUCE FRUITS THEY CAN BENEFIT FROM. 14-24-YEAR-OLDS IN THIS PROGRAM. OBVIOUSLY WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN TERMS OF THE WAY THEIR LIVES AND THEIR LIFE TRAJECTORY GOES FORWARD BUT ALSO SETS A GREAT EXAMPLE FOR THEIR PEERS. THIS IS JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS THAT WE DO IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT IS AN INVESTMENT IN OUR FUTURE. IT'S AN INVESTMENT IN THE LIVES OF THESE KIDS. IT PAYS US BACK 10-FOLD. WE SHOULD SUPPORT IT WITH EVERY DOLLAR WE CAN FIND, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT AND WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                DEBATE

                                                Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 504, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kildee amendment No. 131.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                                  MR. COLE

                                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  MR. COLE

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO BEGIN BY SAYING HOW MUCH I FRANKLY…

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO BEGIN BY SAYING HOW MUCH I FRANKLY APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. ANY PROGRAMS IN THIS BILL FRANKLY WERE ELIMINATED OR SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCED TO STAY WITHIN THE ALLOCATION WHICH AS MY GOOD FRIEND KNOWS WAS $5 BILLION BELOW THE F.Y. 2017 ENACTED LEVEL. SOME OTHER PROGRAMS, INCLUDING JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH, WERE REDUCED BY RELATIVELY MODEST AMOUNTS, AGAIN, TO STAY WITHIN THE ALLOCATION. THE TOTAL AMOUNT IN THE BILL FOR YOUTH JOB TRAINING GRANTS IS $832 MILLION. A REDUCTION OVER LAST YEAR OF JUST 4.5%. WHILE I SUPPORT THE JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS, GRANTS AND PROGRAMS IN QUESTION, I OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT OUT OF CONCERN THAT THE OFFSET OF THE DATABASE OF LABOR'S ADMINISTRATION ACCOUNT WILL BE HARD TO ABSORB, INCLUDING THE REDUCTIONS INCLUDED IN THE BILL. I'LL COMMIT TO MY FRIEND, WE WILL WORK THROUGH THE PROCESS AND SEE IF THERE ARE SOME WAY TO GET THESE FUNDS RESTORED GOING FORWARD. WITH THAT I RESERVE.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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                                                  MR. KILDEE

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE MY FRIEND'S COMMENTS. I UNDERSTAND…

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE MY FRIEND'S COMMENTS. I UNDERSTAND THE POSITION HE HOLDS AND I DO HOPE WE CAN WORK TOGETHER EVENTUALLY TO MAKE SURE THIS PROGRAM IS MORE FULLY FUNDED. I'D YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE FULL COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS,

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  MRS. LOWEY

                                                  CHAIRMAN, I, TOO, APPRECIATE THE CHAIRMAN'S COMMENTS AND I DO HOPE DURING…

                                                  CHAIRMAN, I, TOO, APPRECIATE THE CHAIRMAN'S COMMENTS AND I DO HOPE DURING THIS PROCESS WE WILL RESPOND TO THIS IMPORTANT REQUEST, AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. THE UNDERLYING BILL CUTS THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM, WHICH PROVIDES FUNDING TO ALL 50 STATES BY $42 MILLION. A SHORTSIGHTED PROPOSAL THAT IGNORES THE NEEDS OF MILLIONS OF YOUNG PEOPLE. IN THE UNITED STATES, THERE ARE ROUGHLY 5.5 MILLION TEENAGERS AND YOUNG ADULTS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 16 AND 24 WHO ARE NEITHER WORKING NOR IN SCHOOL. THIS TRANSLATES TO ONE IN SEVEN TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS. THE YOUTH PROGRAM HELPS PREPARE OUT OF SCHOOL AND LOW-INCOME YOUTH IN OUR COMMUNITIES FOR EMPLOYMENT AND POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION. THESE YOUTH REPRESENT EXTRAORDINARY POTENTIAL FOR OUR NATION'S ECONOMY. INVESTING IN THEM HAS A RIPPLE EFFECT ON FUTURE GENERATIONS OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN AND FAMILIES AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN…

                                                  THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

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                                                  MR. COLE

                                                  I RESERVE, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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                                                  MR. KILDEE

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. I HAD YOU A LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO -- I'D LIKE…

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. I HAD YOU A LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO -- I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE, A CHAMPION FOR THIS AND OTHERS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA,

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  MR. SCOTT

                                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT WHICH WOULD INCREASE…

                                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT WHICH WOULD INCREASE FUNDING FOR YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ACTIVITIES UNDER THE WORK FORCE INVESTMENT AND OPPORTUNITY ACT. AS HAS BEEN STATED, ABOUT FIVE MILLION OF OUR NATION'S YOUTH ARE BOTH OUT OF SCHOOL AND OUT OF WORK, SO WE HAVE A CHOICE. DO WE INVEST TO HELP OUR YOUTH GET ON A GOOD PATH OR DO WE PAY CONSIDERABLY MORE LATER? WE HAVE TO CHOOSE TO INVEST NOW. THIS INCLUDES INCREASED FUNDING FOR YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ACTIVITIES THAT HELP OUT-OF-SCHOOL AND OUT-OF-WORK YOUTH. IT HELPS FUND SUMMER JOBS, ON-THE-JOB TRAINING, APRESENTISHSHIPS AND OTHERS. WE WILL PAY LATER IN INCARCERATION, TEEN PREGNANCY AND PUBLIC ASSISTANCE. IF WE MAKE INVESTMENTS NOW, WE MAKE INVESTMENTS IN OUR COMMUNITIES, IN OUR NATION AND OUR SHARED FUTURE AND WE SAVE MONEY IN THE FUTURE. I SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND URGE ITS ADOPTION. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK.

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                                                  MR. KILDEE

                                                  I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

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                                                  MR. COLE

                                                  CONTINUE TO RESERVE BUT I'M WILLING TO YIELD WHENEVER MY FRIEND IS.

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                                                  MR. KILDEE

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I SIMPLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS. THE…

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I SIMPLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS. THE LIFE OF A YOUNG PERSON IS CHANGED PERMANENTLY BECAUSE OF AN EXPERIENCE THEY HAD FINDING MEANING IN WORK, AGAIN, AS I SAID AT THE OUTSET, MY VIEW IS WE SHOULD FIND EVERY WAY WE CAN TO SUPPORT INCLUDING AS MANY YOUNG PEOPLE ON THAT EXPERIENCE AS POSSIBLE. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD DO THAT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

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                                                  MR. COLE

                                                  I YIELD BACK MY TIME, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                                POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

                                                At the conclusion of debate on the Kildee amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Kildee 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. KILDEE

                                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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

                                                  PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN WILL BE POSTPONED. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 133 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                  MR. MITCHELL

                                                  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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                                                  An amendment, offered by Mr. Mitchell, numbered 133 printed in House Report 115-297 to reduce by 10% general administrative and departmental salary and expense accounts in Division F, and transfers the savings to the Spending Reduction Account.

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                                                    THE CLERK

                                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 133 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MR.…

                                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 133 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MR. MITCHELL OF MICHIGAN.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR.…

                                                    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. MITCHELL, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. .

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                                                    MR. MITCHELL

                                                    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 AND DETERMINING HOW TO CONTROL SPENDING WHILE FUNDING NECESSARY PROGRAMS. 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 TOO LATE. THE REALITY IS, WE CAN MAKE CUTS TO THE SIZE AND COSTS OF OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WITHOUT IMPACTING ESSENTIAL PROGRAMS. IN FACT, THE RIGHT CUTS WILL ALLOW OUR ECONOMY TO GROW BY STOPPING OVER-EAGER BUREAUCRATS WHO SEEM TO BELIEVE EVERYTHING SHOULD BE REGULATED UNTIL IT NO LONGER FUNCTIONS. WE IN CONGRESS NEED TO BE FOCUSED ON GROWING AND PROTECTING MAIN STREET, NOT PROTECTING AN ALREADY-BLOATED FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND BUREAUCRACY. THE AMENDMENT I PROPOSE TODAY IS SIMPLE. IT MAKES CUTS TO THE BUREAUCRACY OF SEVERAL OFFICES OF DIVISION F RELATING TO LABOR AND HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. IT CUTS FUNDS FOR THE SAME DEPARTMENT OF LABOR THAT GAVE US THE OVERTIME RULE THE PERSUADER RULE. THIS IS AN AGENT SOIF BUREAUCRATS THAT WISH TO LEGISLATE THROUGH REGULATION MY AMENDMENT PUTS FORTH A MODEST 10% REDUCTION OF ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES WHICH WOULD SAVE TAXPAYERS $351 MILLION ANNUALLY ON LABOR AND H.L.S. ALONE. LET ME RESTATE THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY SAVE $351 MILLION ANNUALLY BY JUST CUTTING ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS. IN FACT, THEY WILL FIND THE MONEY, AN ADDITIONAL $10 MILLION , IN THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SERVICE, WE CUT OUR BURACHCISM I COME FROM THE WORLD OF PRIVATE BUSINESS. I UNDERSTAND THAT FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY STARTS ON A SMALL SCALE AND REQUIRES COMMITMENT TO CHANGING THE TREND. MY AMENDMENT, WHEN COMBINED WITH SIMILAR MEASURES ACROSS ALL APPROPRIATIONS WILL YIELD BIG SAVINGS TO TAXPAYERS AND WILL DO SO WITHOUT CUTTING PROJECTS OR ESSENTIAL PROGRAMS WE HOLD DEAR. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SERIOUSLY CONSIDER MY AMENDMENT EAS WE WORK TO SECURE OUR FISCAL FUTURE. THANK YOU AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                DEBATE

                                                Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 504, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Mitchell amendment No. 133.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA RISE?

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                                                  I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED NOR OPPOSITION.

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                                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO BEGIN BY THANKING MY FRIEND FOR THE…

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO BEGIN BY THANKING MY FRIEND FOR THE AMENDMENT, QUITE FRANKLY. WHILE I UNDERSTAND AND SHARE MANY OF THE GENTLEMAN'S CONCERNS, MOST OF THE ACCOUNTS THIS AMENDMENT REDUCES HAVE BEEN REDUCED IN THE BILL. THE ALLOCATIONS WE ARE WORKING ON REQUIRED US TO FIND SAVINGS WHEREVER POSSIBLE.

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                                                  MR. COLE

                                                  UNNECESSARY DISRUPTIONS IN SERVICES THE AGENCIES IN THIS BILL ARE CHARGED…

                                                  UNNECESSARY DISRUPTIONS IN SERVICES THE AGENCIES IN THIS BILL ARE CHARGED WITH. WHILE I OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT FOR THESE REASONS, I PLEDGE TO MY FRIEND I'LL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH HIM AND OTHERS TO IDENTIFY SPECIFIC AREAS FOR ADDITIONAL EFFICIENCIES AND SAVINGS CAN BE REALIZED AND I KNOW MY FRIEND FEELS STRONGLY ABOUT ENTITLEMENT REFORM, WHERE THE REAL MONEY IS AT, I WANT TO LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH HIM ON THAT AS WELL. BUT FOR THE TIME, MR. CHAIRMAN, I MUST URGE THE REJECTION OF THE AMENDMENT AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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                                                  MR. MITCHELL

                                                  I APPRECIATE THE EFFORTS OF THE CHAIRMAN AND ALL THE APPROPRIATIONS…

                                                  I APPRECIATE THE EFFORTS OF THE CHAIRMAN AND ALL THE APPROPRIATIONS EFFORTS. IN FACT THIS WEEK WILL PASS -- WE'LL PASS A FULL SENSE OF -- FULL SET OF APPROPRIATIONS BILLS OUT OF THE HOUSE AND TO THE SENATE, THE FIRST TIME THIS A LONG TIME. I WORK FOR THE PRIVATE SECTOR WHERE A BUDGET CUT MEANT YOU SPENT LESS REAL DOLLARS. I BELIEVE THERE ARE A NUMBER OF PROGRAMS WE NEED TO BE CAREFUL. ITEM BY ITEM WOULD BE THE BEST WAY. AT SOME POINT IN TIME WE NEED TO DRAW A LINE. WE CAN'T CONTINUE SPENDING WHAT WE ARE SPENDING AND HOPE THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE DOWN THE ROAD. SO I APPRECIATE THE CHAIRMAN'S COMMENTS AND I WORK -- I'LL WORK CAREFULLY WITH HIM AND I AGREE, ENTITLEMENT REFORM IS A HUGE ISSUE AND WE'VE GOT TO TAKE IT ON. WE'VE GOT TO AMEND THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT. I'M GOING TO SUPPORT OUR APPROPRIATIONS PACKAGE AND CONTINUE TRYING TO WORK TO TWEAK THOSE SO WE ACTUALLY SAVE MONEY AND WE'RE EFFICIENT AND WE SAVE PROGRAMS THAT WE HOLD DEAR THAT ARE PRODUCTIVE. THANK YOU AND ON THAT I WILL YIELD BACK. THANK YOU, SIR.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

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                                                  MR. COLE

                                                  I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MY GOOD FRIEND, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN --…

                                                  I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MY GOOD FRIEND, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN -- DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, THESE RANKING MEMBER OF THE FULL APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, FOR A MINUTE.

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                                                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD TRULY TESS…

                                                  I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD TRULY TESS MATE THE ABILITY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF -- DEPARTMENTS OF LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, AND EDUCATION TO MEET THE NEEDS OF AMERICANS BY INDISCRIMINATELY TRANSFERRING $351 MILLION TO THE SPEND REGULAR DUCKS ACCOUNT.

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                                                  MRS. LOWEY

                                                  THIS DOES NOTHING TO IMPROVE THE BILL WHICH IS ALREADY UNDERFUNDED. THE…

                                                  THIS DOES NOTHING TO IMPROVE THE BILL WHICH IS ALREADY UNDERFUNDED. THE MAJORITY HAS IMPOSED MORE THAN A $5 BILLION CUT TO THE LABOR-HHS BILL BELOW THE 2017 OMNIBUS LEVEL. FURTHER CUTS ARE COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY AND THAT'S NOT ALL. THE COMMITTEE'S ALLOCATION WAS APPROXIMATELY $5 BILLION BELOW THE NONDEFENSE LEVEL ALLOWED UNDER THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT. WE HAVE THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE, YET THE MAJORITY REFUSES TO ALLOCATE THEM TO THE ESSENTIAL PROGRAMS FUNDED THROUGH THIS BILL. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD NOT ENCOURAGE THE AGENCIES TO DO MORE WITH LESS. SIMPLY PUT, IT WOULD FORCE THE AGENCIES IN OUR -- AND OUR CONSTITUENTS TO DO LESS WITH LESS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN OPPOSING THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

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                                                  MR. COLE

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MY GOOD FRIEND, THE…

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MY GOOD FRIEND, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                                                  MR. SCOTT

                                                  THIS AMENDMENT WOULD REDUCE FUNDERING BY 10% FOR PROGRAMS ADMINISTERED BY…

                                                  THIS AMENDMENT WOULD REDUCE FUNDERING BY 10% FOR PROGRAMS ADMINISTERED BY ALL ACCOUNTS IN THE LABOR-HHS APPROPRIATIONS BILL. BY MAKING IT ACROSS THE BOARD IT MAKES IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR THE AGENCIES TO ADMINISTER THEIR PROGRAMS, MAKING IT HARDER, IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE , FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT ITS CITIZENS BY ENFORCING WAGE AND PROTECTION LAWS. THE -- ENSURING SAFE WORKPLACES, ENSURING EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES, SUPPORTING -- SUPPORT FOR THOSE WITH DRUG ADDICTIONS, THE BILL, AS THE GENTLELADY INDICATED, IS ALREADY UNDERFUNDED AND THIS WILL JUST MAKE MATTERS WORSE. MR. CHAIRMAN, I HOPE WE WOULD DEFEAT THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                • 05:22:10 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

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                                                  MR. COLE

                                                  I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE SQUE ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE…

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE SQUE 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 134 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                              • 05:22:29 PM

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

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                                                  I RISE AS A DESIGNEE OF THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, I HAVE AN…

                                                  I RISE AS A DESIGNEE OF THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                • 05:22:55 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                  An amendment, offered by Mr. Pocan, numbered 134 printed in House Report 115-297 to restore funding to worker protection agencies, offset with DOL/HHS/ED program administration funds.

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                                                    THE CLERK

                                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 134 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297, OFFERED BY MR. POCAN…

                                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 134 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297, OFFERED BY MR. POCAN OF WISCONSIN.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. POCAN,…

                                                    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. POCAN, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                    MR. POCAN

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS AMENDMENT I'M DOING ON BEHALF OF MS. DELAURO…

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS AMENDMENT I'M DOING ON BEHALF OF MS. DELAURO WHO AS WE KNOW HER MOTHER PASSED THIS WEEKEND, SHE'S IN OUR THOUGHTS. IT ALSO INCORPORATES TWO OTHER AMENDMENTS THAT WE WOULD HAVE TAKEN UP SEPARATELY UNDER MY NAME BUT THEY'RE ALL INCLUSIVE IN HERE SO LET ME TALK ABOUT WHAT THE AMENDMENT DOES THIS AMENDMENT WOULD RESTORE TUND FUNDING TO WORKING PROTECTION PROGRAMS IN THEIR CURRENT -- IN THE FISCAL YEAR -- TO THE FISCAL YEAR 2017 LEVELS THE BILL AS IT STANDS HAS A CUT OF $59 MILLION TO WORKER PROTECTION AGENCIES, INCLUDING A CUT OF $21 MILLION TO OSHA, THE ELIMINATION OF THE SUSAN HARWOOD TRADING GRANTS AND A CUT OF $13 MILLION TO THE MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION. S THE LOWEST BUDGET OSHA HAS SEEN SINCE 2009. WE NEED OSHA. IT SAVES LIVES. SINCE 1970, OCCUPATIONAL DEATHS HAVE BEEN CUT IN HALF, SAVING OVER 80 MILLION LIVES. BUT THERE'S PLENTY OF WORK LEFT TO DO. LAST YEAR ALONE, 4,800 WORKERS WERE KILLED ON THE JOB AND OVER THREE MILLION WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED. AN AVERAGE OF 15 WORKERS DIE EVERY DAY FROM JOB INJURIES COSTING U.S. BUSINESSES OVER $170 BILLION. THE PROPOSED BUDGET WOULD FURTHER REDUCE ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL BY 140 INVESTIGATORS. THAT'S 2,318 FEWER WORKPLACE INVESTIGATIONS. IN ADDITION, IN THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION, SAFETY TRAINING GRANTS TO REACH WORKERS IN THE HIGHEST RISK JOBS ARE ELIMINATED DESPITE BEING A CORE OSHA PROGRAM THROUGH EVERY ADMINISTRATION, REPUBLICAN AN DEMOCRAT, SINCE 1978. OSHA IS ONLY ENOUGH FUNDING TO INSPECT EVERY WORKPLACE UNDER ITS JURISDICTION EVERY 159 YEARS. WHY WOULD THIS BILL ELIMINATE FUNDING FOR SUSAN HARWOOD TRAINING GRANTS THAT PROTECT AND EDUCATE WORKERS IN THE MOST DANGEROUS JOBS? THIS PROGRAM COSTS LESS THAN ONE TENTH OF 1% OF THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S BUDGET THIS CUT IS IRRESPONSIBLE AND RECKLESS. WE CANNOT CUT OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH RESEARCH, THE PRIMARY FEDERAL AGENCIES THAT CONDUCTS RESEARCH TO PREVENT WORK-RELATED ILLNESS AND INJURY THIS RESEARCH IS A CRITICAL DEFENSE AGAINST TRAGEDY. WE MUST FUND EMSHA TO KEEP OUR NATION'S MINES SAFE. THERE'S TOO MUCH ON THE LINE TO NEGLECT THIS SECTOR. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD RESTORE FUNDING TO THE BUREAU OF INTERNATIONAL LABOR AFFAIRS WHICH IS TASKED WITH ENFORCING LABOR PROVISIONS OF FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS THAT ARE INTENDED TO PROTECT AMERICAN WORKERS AND FINALLY, THIS AMENDMENT WOULD RESTORE FUNDING TO THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD WHICH PROTECTS THE RIGHTS OF WORKERS UNDER THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT. I RESERVE MY TIME.

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                                                DEBATE

                                                Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 504, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Pocan amendment No. 134.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA RISE IN

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                                                  MR. COLE

                                                  I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  MR. COMBE

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. --

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                                                  MR. COLE

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO SAY HOW MUCH I REGRET AND I KNOW MY…

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO SAY HOW MUCH I REGRET AND I KNOW MY FRIEND REGRETS OUR GOOD FRENT WASN'T HERE TO OFFER HER AMENDMENT. I APPRECIATE MY GOOD FRIEND FROM WISCONSIN STEPPING UP AND DOING THAT HE'S A VALUED MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE AND ONE WHO CONTRIBUTES MIGHTILY TO ITS DELIBERATIONS. I UNDERSTAND THE CONCERN OF SOME WITH THE RELATIVE MODEST REDUCTIONS IN THIS BILL OF LABOR ENFORCEMENT AGECIES. IT'S BEEN THE SUBCOMMITTEE'S POLICY FOR MANY YEARS TO PROTECT WORKS' HEALTH AND SAFETY BY INCREASING FUNDING FOR COMPLIANCE ASSISTANCE AND REDUCING ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES. THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THIS BILL ACTUALLY DOES. I APPRECIATE THAT THE SUBCOMMITTEE HAS HAD TO REDUCE FUNDING FOR MANY PROGRAMS IN THE BILL TO WORK WITHIN ITS ALLOCATION. MY CONCERN WITH THIS AMENDMENT IS THE SUBSTANTIAL OFFSOAST THE DEPARTMENT MANAGEMENT FUNDS AT THE DEPARTMENTS OF LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, AND EDUCATION. FOR THAT REASON, I OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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                                                  MR. POCAN

                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I'LL JUST CLOSE IN SAYING, YOU KNOW, I'VE BEEN AN EMPLOYER…

                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I'LL JUST CLOSE IN SAYING, YOU KNOW, I'VE BEEN AN EMPLOYER FOR NEARLY 30 YEARS AND ON BEHALF OF THE VAST MAJORITY OF EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE VERY RESPONSIBLE WORKPLACES AND CARE FOR THEIR WORKERS, AND TAKE CARE OF THEIR WORKERS, IT'S THE IRRESPONSIBLE BUSINESSES THAT HURT ALL THE OTHER BUSINESSES. AND WHEN WE DON'T INSPECT COMPANIES THAT CAN HAVE WORKPLACE VIOLATIONS, WHEN WE CAN ONLY GET AROUND EVERY 159 YEARS TO EVERY WORKPLACE THAT'S UNDER THE JURISDICTION, WHEN WE DON'T ENFORCE WAGE LAWS, WE HURT THE RESPONSIBLE BUSINESSES IN THIS COUNTRY AND THAT'S WHY IT'S IMPORTANT TO DO THIS. I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

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                                                  MR. COLE

                                                  I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM 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 Pocan amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Pocan 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. POCAN

                                                  I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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

                                                  PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN WILL BE POSTPONED. THE CHAIR UNDERSTANDS AMENDMENT NUMBER 135 WILL NOT BE OFFERED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 136, PLINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                  MR. SABLAN

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

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                                                • 05:28:49 PM

                                                  THE CLERK

                                                  AMENDMENT NUMBER -- AMENDMENT NUMBER 136 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297,…

                                                  AMENDMENT NUMBER -- AMENDMENT NUMBER 136 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297, OFFERED BY MR. SABLAN OF THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS.

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                                                  An amendment, offered by Mr. Sablan, numbered 136 printed in House Report 115-297 to transfer funds from OSHA-Salaries and Expenses-Compliance Assistance-Federal Assistance to OSHA-Salaries and Expenses-Federal Enforcement to fund a Full Time Employment position to increase OSHA enforcement presence in the Pacific as a result of recent worker fatalities and numerous injuries at construction and other work sites.

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                                                  DEBATE

                                                  Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 504, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Sablan amendment No. 136.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE NORTHERN MAREA -- MARIANA ISLANDS AND A MEMBER…

                                                    504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE NORTHERN MAREA -- MARIANA ISLANDS AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS.

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                                                  • 05:29:13 PM

                                                    MR. SABLAN

                                                    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                    MR. SABLAN

                                                    I WILL BE BRIEF MY AMENDMENT MOVES A SMALL AMOUNT OF MONEY WITHIN THE OSHA…

                                                    I WILL BE BRIEF MY AMENDMENT MOVES A SMALL AMOUNT OF MONEY WITHIN THE OSHA BUREAUCRACY IN ORDER TO PUT ENFORCEMENT FEDERAL BOOTS ON THE GROUND IN THE PACIFIC REGION WHERE MY DISTRICT. THE MARE -- WHERE MY DISTRICT, THE MARE WRA IN A ISLANDS, IS. SOME OF YOU KNOW THE MARIANAS IS IN A TRANSITION FROM OVER-RELIANCE ON FOREIGN WORKERS TO A -- TO AN ECONOMY THAT'S PREDOMINANTLY UNITED STATES WORKERS. LAST MONTH THE HOUSE PASSED AND THE PRESIDENT SIGNED INTO LAW AN INCREASE IN THE FEE USED TO TRAIN U.S. WORKERS TO REPLACE FOREIGN WORKERS. AT THE END OF THIS MONTH, MINIMUM WAGE GOES UP, BRINGING US WITHIN 20 CENTS OF THE U.S. MINIMUM WAGE, $7.05 AN HOUR. THESE CHANGES ARE ALL PART OF THE GENTLEMAN -- STRATEGY TO MAKE THE WORKPLACE MORE ACCESSIBLE AND ATTRACTIVE TO U.S. WORKERS WHO ARE STILL ON THE SIDELINES, UNEMPLOYED. THERE IS ONE MORE SMALL, BUT IMPORTANT, MOVE WE CAN MAKE. ASSURE THIS POTENTIAL U.S. WORKERS THEY THE JOB SITES ARE SAFE. WE'RE FORTUNATE TO HAVE LOTS OF INVESTMENTS IN THE RESORT INDUSTRY RIGHT NOW. HOTELS ARE GOING UP, WATER -- I IMAGINE SOME OF YOU HAVE HAD A FIRST JOB WORKING CONSTRUCTION. SO YOU KNOW THERE ARE INHERENT DANGERS ON A CONSTRUCTION SITE AND FRANKLY WE HAVE ALREADY HAD ACCIDENTS. . THERE IS AN OSHA OFFICE IN HONOLULU BUT THAT IS 4,000 MILES AWAY. WE NEED A REAL FEDERAL PRESENCE. BOOTS ON THE GROUND THAT WE ASSURE U.S. WORKERS IF THEY GET A JOB WORKING CONSTRUCTION, THE WORKPLACE IS SAFE. AS I SAY, THERE IS ONE MORE ELEMENT -- THIS IS ONE MORE ELEMENT IN THE STRATEGY TO PUT U.S. WORKERS INTO JOBS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

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

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA RISE?

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                                                    MR. COLE

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

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                    MR. COLE

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S…

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT AND I AGREE THAT WORKERS' SAFETY IS ONE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S MOST IMPORTANT FUNCTIONS. I THINK, HOWEVER, WE JUST DISAGREE ON THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAYS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN HELP WITH THAT EFFORT. THIS BILL ACTUALLY INCREASES COMPLIANCE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS AT THE -- AT OSHA TO DO JUST THAT. SO I WILL OPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT WHICH WILL OFFSET THE INCREASES TO OSHA ENFORCEMENT BY REDUCING CRITICAL COMPLIANCE ASSISTANCE EFFORTS THAT MANY OF OUR MEMBERS STRONGLY SUPPORT. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER -- MR. CHAIRMAN, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.

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                                                    MR. SABLAN

                                                    MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS IS MOVING MONEY. WE HAVE ENOUGH MONEY FOR COMPLIANCE…

                                                    MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS IS MOVING MONEY. WE HAVE ENOUGH MONEY FOR COMPLIANCE EDUCATION. THE PROBLEM IS IT'S LIKE HAVING A CAR DRIVING -- YOU KNOW, EDUCATION, KNOWING THE NEXT SHERIFF IS 4,000 MILES AWAY. YOU ARE NOT GOING TO GET CAUGHT DRIVING. WE NEED FEDERAL BOOTS ON THE GROUND. AT THIS TIME I YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM NEW YORK, THE GENTLELADY, MRS. LOWEY.

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                                                  • 05:32:46 PM

                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                    MRS. LOWEY

                                                    MR. CHAIRMAN, I AM VERY PLEASED TO RISE IN SUPPORT OF MR. SABLAN'S…

                                                    MR. CHAIRMAN, I AM VERY PLEASED TO RISE IN SUPPORT OF MR. SABLAN'S AMENDMENT WHICH WOULD IMPROVE ENFORCEMENT OF WORKPLACE SAFETY STANDARDS IN THE TERRITORIES. I WOULD NOTE THAT ADJUSTED FOR INFLATION, OSHA'S ENFORCEMENT BUDGET HAS BEEN CUT BY MORE THAN 20% SINCE 2010 AND OSHA'S SAFETY INSPECTIONS DECLINED BY MORE THAN 20% DURING THAT TIME. IT'S A SAD COMMENTARY THAT WE ARE PLACING LESS VALUE ON AN AMERICAN WORKER'S SAFETY AT THE WORKPLACE THAN WE DID A DECADE AGO. WE SHOULD BE SUPPORTING WORKPLACE SAFETY IN THE TERRITORIES, AND WE SHOULD BE SUPPORTING WORKPLACE SAFETY IN THE 50 STATES AS WELL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MR. SABLAN'S AMENDMENT, AND I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                  • 05:33:45 PM

                                                    MR. SABLAN

                                                    I RESERVE.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

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                                                    MR. COLE

                                                    MR. CHAIRMAN, WE VERVE.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN --

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                                                    MR. COLE

                                                    MR. CHAIRMAN, WE RESERVE.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE MARIN ANA ISLANDS --…

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE MARIN ANA ISLANDS -- MARIANA ISLANDS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                    MR. SABLAN

                                                    I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LIFESAVING AMENDMENT. I'LL YIELD BACK…

                                                    I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LIFESAVING AMENDMENT. I'LL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

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

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                                                    MR. COLE

                                                    MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

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

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. THE CHAIR UNDERSTANDS AMENDMENT NUMBER 137 WILL NOT BE OFFERED. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 138 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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                                                    An amendment, offered by Ms. Meng, numbered 138 printed in House Report 115-297 to increase funding for the Women's Bureau within the Department of Labor by $1.064 million, and decrease funding by the same amount for the Bureau of Labor Statistics Prices and Cost of Living Division.

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                                                      MS. MENG

                                                      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 138 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MS. MENG…

                                                      AMENDMENT NUMBER 138 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MS. MENG OF NEW YORK.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MS. MENG,…

                                                      PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MS. MENG, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                                                      MS. MENG

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. THIS AMENDMENT INCREASES FUNDING FOR THE WOMEN'S…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. THIS AMENDMENT INCREASES FUNDING FOR THE WOMEN'S BUREAU WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR BY SLIGHTLY MORE THAN $1 MILLION AND WOULD DECREASE THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS PRICES AND COST OF LIVING DIVISION BY THE SAME AMOUNT. IT WOULD RESTORE THE PROPOSED CUT THEY WILL MAKE TO D.O.L. WOMEN'S BUREAU WHILE ALLOWING THE B.L.S. PRICES AND COST OF LIVING DIVISION TO BE FUNDED AT $3.5 MILLION ABOVE THE CURRENT ENACTED FUNDING LEVEL AND MORE THAN HALF A MILLION DOLLARS OVER THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST FOR THE COMING FISCAL YEAR. FOR THOSE WHO MIGHT BE UNAWARE, THE WOMEN'S BUREAU WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR CONDUCTS RESEARCH TO HELP DEPARTMENTAL AGENCIES DEVELOP POLICIES THAT ADVANCE THE INTERESTS OF WORKING WOMEN. IT PLANS AND EXECUTES RESEARCH AND ADVISES OTHER AGENCIES ON THE STRUCTURE AND IMPLEMENTATION OF A WIDE RANGE OF WORKER PROGRAMS. UNFORTUNATELY, THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET REQUEST FOR NEXT FISCAL YEAR SOUGHT TO CUT MORE THAN 3/4 OF THE EXISTING STAFF WITHIN THE BUREAU AS WELL AS ALMOST $9 MILLION. THANKFULLY, THIS BILL DOES BETTER THAN THE REQUEST. MY SIMPLE HOPE IS WE CAN GO ONE SMALL STEP FURTHER AND FUND THIS PROGRAM NEXT YEAR AT THE LEVEL IT IS CURRENTLY FUNDED AT. THAT IS ALL MY AMENDMENT SEEKS TO DO. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT FUNDING FOR THE WOMEN'S BUREAU WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AT EXISTING FUNDING LEVELS WHILE OFFSETTING THIS CHANGE WOULD FUNDS IN A MANNER THAT STILL PERMITS THE B.L.S. PRICES AND COST OF LIVING DIVISION TO BE FUNDED ALMOST $3.5 MILLION ABOVE THE CURRENT ENACTED LEVEL. AND ALMOST HALF A MILLION ABOVE THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST. I URGE SUPPORT FOR THIS AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                  DEBATE

                                                  Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 504, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Meng amendment No. 138.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. DOES ANYONE WISH TO SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION?

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                                                    MR. COLE

                                                    MR. CHAIRMAN, I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                    MR. COLE

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE THE GENTLELADY'S…

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE THE GENTLELADY'S AMENDMENT, AND I CERTAINLY SUPPORT THE WOMEN'S BUREAU AT THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR. MANY PROGRAMS IN THIS BILL WERE ELIMINATED OR SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCED TO STAY WITHIN OUR ALLOCATION. IN CONTRAST, THE WOMEN'S BUREAU WAS REDUCED BY A RELATIVELY MODEST $1 MILLION. THE ADMINISTRATION BUDGET REQUEST PROPOSED REDUCING THE WOMEN'S BUREAU BY $8.5 MILLION. CLEARLY A REDUCTION THAT THE COMMITTEE DID NOT AGREE WITH IN THE BILL. I UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF MANY OF THESE PROGRAMS, AND THESE ARE SOME OF THE DIFFICULT DECISIONS THAT HAVE TO BE MADE TO FUND BIPARTISAN PRIORITIES IN THIS BILL LIKE INCREASES IN FUNDING TO THE N.I.H. AND YET STILL STAY WITHIN OUR ALLOCATION. I EXPECT AND HOPE AS THE PROCESS MOVES FORWARD AND WE NEGOTIATE A BIPARTISAN FUNDING AGREEMENT WE WILL HAVE FURTHER DISCUSSIONS REGARDING THE FUNDING OF THE WOMEN'S BUREAU AND I REGRET HAVING TO OPPOSE THE GENTLELADY'S AMENDMENT AT THIS TIME. WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I RESERVE MY TIME.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

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

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                                                    MS. MENG

                                                    I WANT TO REITERATE THE IMPORTANCE OF THE WOMEN'S BUREAU. I BELIEVE THE…

                                                    I WANT TO REITERATE THE IMPORTANCE OF THE WOMEN'S BUREAU. I BELIEVE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, TO HAVE WHATEVER ADVICE, SUGGESTIONS AND RESEARCH THAT IS NEEDED TO HELP ALL DEPARTMENTAL AGENCIES DEVELOP POLICIES THAT FURTHER ADVANCE THE INTERESTS OF WORKING WOMEN. WOMEN CURRENTLY IN OUR COUNTRY MAKE ON AVERAGE 77 CENTS TO EVERY DOLLAR THAT A MAN MAKES. AND THAT AMOUNT IS EVEN LOWER FOR WOMEN OF COLOR. THIS DEPARTMENT WOULD WORK ON -- THIS BUREAU WOULD WORK ON ISSUE SURROUNDING EQUAL PAY, EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS OF PREGNANT WOMEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE BREAST-FEEDING IN THE WORKPLACE, PAID FAMILY LEAVE, APRESENTISHSHIPS FOR WOMEN AND WOMEN -- APPRENTICESHIPS FOR WOMEN AND WOMEN OF COLOR. OUR GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO DO BETTER, AND I BELIEVE MEMBERS OF BOTH PARTIES SHOULD CARE ABOUT THIS ISSUE. RIGHT NOW I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                    MRS. LOWEY

                                                    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF MY FRIEND, MS. MENG'S AMENDMENT…

                                                    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF MY FRIEND, MS. MENG'S AMENDMENT WHICH WOULD RESTORE THE WOMEN'S BUREAU TO ITS F.Y. 2017 FUNDING LEVEL. WOMEN NOW COMPRISE ALMOST HALF OF THE NATION'S WORK FORCE, AND THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS ARE VITAL TO THE COUNTRY'S ECONOMIC PROSPERITY. BUT THEY CONTINUE TO BE BARRIERS TO WOMEN'S FULL AND EQUAL PARTICIPATION IN MANY CAREERS AND INDUSTRIES. WOMEN CONTINUE TO EARN LESS THAN MEN IN THE SAME POSITION, WHICH MEANS THE RESEARCH AND POLICY ADVOCACY SUPPORTED BY THE WOMEN'S BUREAU CONTINUES TO BE AS IMPORTANT AS EVER. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MS. MENG'S AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

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

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                                                    MS. MENG

                                                    I URGE SUPPORT FOR THIS AMENDMENT. MY AMENDMENT SIMPLY SEEKS TO FUND THIS…

                                                    I URGE SUPPORT FOR THIS AMENDMENT. MY AMENDMENT SIMPLY SEEKS TO FUND THIS PROGRAM NEXT YEAR AT THE LEVEL IT IS CURRENTLY FUNDED AT. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

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

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                                                    MR. COLE

                                                    MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    THE GENTLELADY YIELD IT'S -- YIELDS BACK -- THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE…

                                                    THE GENTLELADY YIELD IT'S -- YIELDS BACK -- THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES -- THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO.

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                                                  POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

                                                  At the conclusion of debate on the Meng amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Meng 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. MENG

                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I ASKED PREVIOUSLY FOR A VOTED 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 GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK WILL BE POSTPONED. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TORE CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 139 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                    An amendment, offered by Mr. Foster, numbered 139 printed in House Report 115-297 to require the Bureau of Labor Statistics to submit an estimate of the resources needed to model for various changes in the workforce composition because of technological displacement

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                                                      MR. FOSTER

                                                      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

                                                      139 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MR. FOSTER OF ILLINOIS.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. FOSTER,…

                                                      PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. FOSTER, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                                                      MR. FOSTER

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. MY AMENDMENT HIGHLIGHTS THE NEED TO THINK ABOUT OUR…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. MY AMENDMENT HIGHLIGHTS THE NEED TO THINK ABOUT OUR FUTURE WORK FORCE AND HOW IT WILL CHANGE BECAUSE OF TECHNOLOGY. AND TO ENCOURAGE THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS TO ACCEPT A WIDER AND MORE FORWARD-LOOKING RANGE OF INPUTS INTO ITS RANGE OF PROJECTIONS FOR THE WORK FORCE OF THE FUTURE. I CO-CHAIR THE NEW DEMOCRAT COALITION'S FUTURE OF WORK TASK FORCE WITH MY COLLEAGUES, CONGRESSMAN SETH MOULTON AND JARED POLIS. MR. HYMES JOINS ME IN CO-SPONSORING THIS AMENDMENT TODAY. OVER THE -- MR. HIMES JOINS ME IN CO-SPONSORING THIS AMENDMENT TODAY. WE HAD FORUMS TO HEAR FROM VARIOUS EXPERTES THAT WOULD REQUIRE THIS BODY'S ATTENTION IN THE COMING YEARS AND TECH DECLARATION AIDS. WE HEARD FROM HISTORIANS, POLICY EXPERTS ABOUT HOW TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTIONS OF THE PAST HAVE IMPACTED SOCIAL AND POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS AND HOW LESSONS FROM THOSE EXPERIENCES AND FROM CURRENT CONDITIONS CAN HELP US PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE. WE'VE ALSO HEARD FROM LABOR AND BUSINESS LEADERS THAT ARE PIONEERING THE WAY THEY ATTRACT TALENT, RETAIN THEIR SERVICES AND DEVELOP SKILLS FOR THE INCREASINGLY RAPIDLY CHANGING ECONOMY. IT'S NEARLY UNANIMOUS AMONG OUR EXPERTS THAT THE ECONOMY WILL CHANGE SIGNIFICANTLY AND CHANGE FASTER, BUT IT'S LESS CLEAR HOW QUICKLY THE WORK FORCE WILL NEED TO ADAPT. FOR DECADES, THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS HAS BEEN DOING EXCELLENT AND INVALUABLE WORK TO TRACK OUR LABOR TRENDS AND ITS PROJECTIONS HAVE PROVEN VERY RELIABLE AND USEFUL TO BUSINESS, TO OUR EDUCATORS IN TIMES OF SLOWER AND RARELY PREDICTABLE PROJECTIONS. IT IS BASED ON HISTORICAL DATA AND HISTORICAL CHANGES AND SOME OF THE CHANGES IN TECHNOLOGY SUCH AS ROBOTICS, SELF-DRIVING VEHICLES AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE COULD FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGE OUR ECONOMY IN WAYS THAT HAVEN'T BEEN SEEN BEFORE. SO IN ITS CURRENT FORM, THE WAY THE BUREAU CALCULATES AND ESTIMATES FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF THE WORK FORCE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO CAPTURE THE DRAMATIC CHANGES THAT OUR FUTURE HOLDS. ONE PANEL CONVENED BY THE TAX FORCE SUGGESTED IT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE TO DO PROJECTIONS IN ANY SINGLE WAY TO PREDICT THE WORK FORCE BUT THAT WITH ADDITIONAL RESOURCES THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS COULD MODEL FOR A VARIETY OF SCENARIOS OF DIFFERENT RATES OF TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE IN DIFFERENT AREAS. MY AMENDMENT INCREASES THE B.L.S. AMOUNT BY A DOLLAR AND DECREASES IT BY A DOLLAR AND I INTEND IT TO MEAN THAT THE B.L.S. SHOULD SUBMIT TO CONGRESS AN ESTIMATE FOR THE RESOURCES IT WOULD NEED TO MAKE A RANGE OF FORWARD-LOOKING ESTIMATES. INCLUDING CONSULTATION WITH THOSE INDUSTRIES THAT ARE DRIVING THIS RAPID TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE AND THOSE THAT WILL BE AFFECTED BY THAT CHANGE, TO ACCOUNT FOR THE INCREASING RATE OF TECHNOLOGICAL JOB DISPLACEMENT. IT IS HARD TO ESTIMATE BY BACKWARD-LOOKING EXTRAPOLATIONS HOW THE CHANGES FROM SELF-DRIVING CARS AND VEHICLES OR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE WILL AFFECT THE REAL JOBS OF THE FUTURE. TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGES IN THE WORK FORCE ARE NOT NEW. THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION AND THE AUTOMATION OF AGRICULTURE TRANSFORMED THE WAY WORK WAS PERFORMED IN OUR COUNTRY, AND SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVED ON THE WHOLE OUR STANDARD OF LIVING OVER TIME. BUT THE RESULTS HAVE NOT BEEN UNIFORM FOR ALL COMMUNITIES AND ALL POPULATIONS. THOSE TRANSFORMATIONS TYPICALLY PLAYED OUT OVER GENERATIONS SO OUR SOCIAL AND POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS HAD AMPLE TIME TO RESPOND, BUT TODAY, DEVELOPMENT AND DEPLOYMENT OF TECHNOLOGY IS FAR MORE RAPID AND CONGRESS, BUSINESS AND OUR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS NEED THE BEST POSSIBLE DATA TO EVALUATE POLICY PROPOSALS, TO PRODUCE THE WORK FORCE TRAINING NEEDED FOR THEIR FUTURE EMPLOYEES AND TO DEVELOP EDUCATIONAL CURRICULUM TO ENSURE OUR ECONOMY WORKS FOR EVERYONE. LIKE IN THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION, IT PRESENTS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR AN IMPROVED STANDARD OF LIVE BUG IT WILL BRING CHANGES TO OUR WORK FORCE AND BUSINESS COMMUNITIES AND GOVERNMENT MUST WORK TOGETHER. ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS WILL HELP CONGRESS TO ANTICIPATE THESE CHANGES AND TO WEIGH PROPOSED SOLUTIONS. OBJECTIVE PROJECTIONS BASED ON EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE ARE CRUCIAL TO DEBATE THAT WHICH WILL BE BASED ON DIFFERENT VIEWS OF THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT AND ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH MARKET FORCES. THOSE ARE THE DIFFERENCES THAT SHOULD SHAPE OUR IDEAS FOR HELPING AMERICANS ENJOY PROSPEROUS AND FULL LIVES IN THE FUTURE SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME AND VOTE YES ON MY AMENDMENT TO BEGIN TO ESTABLISH A RANGE OF SCENARIOS FOR THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS AND THE FUTURE WORLD WE WILL INHABIT. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                                                  DEBATE

                                                  Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 504, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Foster amendment No. 139.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.

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                                                    MR. FOSTER

                                                    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

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

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA RISE IN OPPOSITION IN

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                                                    MR. COLE

                                                    MR. CHAIRMAN, THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT HAS NO NET IMPACT ON THE FUND OG…

                                                    MR. CHAIRMAN, THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT HAS NO NET IMPACT ON THE FUND OG THEY HAVE BILL SO I DO NOT OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    DOES ANYBODY WISH TO RISE IN OPPOSITION? SEEING NONE, THE QUESTION IS ON…

                                                    DOES ANYBODY WISH TO RISE IN OPPOSITION? SEEING NONE, THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED. -- IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 141 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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                                                    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                    THE CLERK

                                                    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MS.…

                                                    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MS. MENTION, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH -- MS. PENTAGON AND A MEMBER OPPOSED -- MS. MENG AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                    An amendment, offered by Ms. Meng, numbered 141 printed in House Report 115-297 to increase funding for the Behavioral Health Workforce and Training program by $5 million.

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                                                      MS. MENG

                                                      I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT WHICH INCREASES FUNDING FOR…

                                                      I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT WHICH INCREASES FUNDING FOR THE WORK FORCE PROGRAM BY $5 MILLION. THIS PROGRAM SAW FUNDING CUT IN HALF IN THIS BILL. THE BEHAVIORAL WORK FORCE AND TRAINING PROGRAM SUPPORTS EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR CAREERS IN BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AT INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND THROUGH PROFESSIONAL AND PARAPROFESSIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMS WITH A FOE COUNS RURAL AND MEDICALLY UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES. THIS PROGRAM WAS CREATED AS PART OF THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT IN RESPONSE TO THE SIGNIFICANT NATIONWIDE SHORTAGE OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROVIDERS. 55% OF U.S. COUNTIES DO NOT HAVE A PRACTICING BEHAVE YRL HEALTH PROVIDER AND 77% OF COUNTIES REPORTED UNMET BEHAVIORAL HEALTH NEEDS. THESE STATISTICS WOULD BE ALARMING AT ANY TIME, BUT THEY ARE PARTICULARLY CONCERNING IN THE MIDST OF A NATIONAL OPIOID EPIDEMIC. A 2016 SURGEON GENERAL'S REPORT FOUND ONLY ABOUT 10% OF PEOPLE WITH A SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDER RECEIVED ANY TYPE OF SPECIALTY TREATMENT. ADDITIONALLY, 60% OF ADULTS WITH A MENTAL ILLNESS DIDN'T RECEIVE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR. THIS LACK OF ACCESS TO SERVICES HAS SEVERE CONSEQUENCES FOR THE INDIVIDUALS SEEKING TREATMENT, THEIR FAMILY, AN OUR COMMUNITIES. WHEN THEY DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO TREATMENT, INDIVIDUALS WITH BEHAVIORAL HEALTH NEEDS RECEIVE A WHOLE DIFFERENT SET OF SERVICES. JAILS AND SOMETIMES EMERGENCY ROOMS BECOME THE DE FACTO BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SYSTEM. MR. CHAIRMAN, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO MAKE THIS IMPORTANT INVESTMENT IN THE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH WORK FORCE AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  DEBATE

                                                  Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 504, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Meng amendment No. 141.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA RISE IN OPPOSITION?

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                                                    MR. COLE

                                                    YES, MR. CHAIRMAN, I DO.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                    MR. COLE

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, REPRESENTING THE…

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, REPRESENTING THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW MEXICO, RAISES A VERY IMPORTANT POINT. THE AMENDMENT OFFERED IS FOR AN INCREASE TO A WORK FORCE TRAINING PROGRAM. OUR COMMITTEE UNDERSTANDS THE VALUE OF THIS PROGRAM, WHICH IS WHY WE DID NOT ACCEPT THE ADMINISTRATION BUDGET REQUEST WHICH ACTUALLY TERMINATED THE PROGRAM. WE WERE ABLE TO FUND IT, THOUGH BELOW LAST YEAR'S LEVEL. OUR COMMITTEE RECEIVED AN ALLOCATION THAT WAS LOWER THAN FISCAL YEAR 2017 AND AS I'VE EXPLAINED SEVERAL TIMES BEFORE AND DOUBTLESS WILL AGAIN, WE HAD TO MAKE SOME VERY TOUGH DECISIONS. BUT I DO PLEDGE TO WORK WITH THE GENTLELADY AS WE WORK TOWARD THE FISCAL YEAR 2018 FINAL BILL. AT THIS TIME, THOUGH, I MUST OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND URGE ITS REJECTION.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK? THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF…

                                                    DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK? THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. 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 142 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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                                                    MS. MENG

                                                    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    THE CLERK WILL DEZ EGG NATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                    THE CLERK

                                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 142 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MS. MENG…

                                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 142 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MS. MENG OF NEW YORK.

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                                                    An amendment, offered by Ms. Meng, numbered 142 printed in House Report 115-297 to Increases funding for HRSA's Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program by $4 million, consistent with the current enacted level of funding, and decreases funding for the Office of the Secretary of the HHS by the same amount.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 50 , THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MS. MENG…

                                                      PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 50 , THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MS. MENG AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTE. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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                                                      MS. MENG

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS AMENDMENT SEEKS TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS AMENDMENT SEEKS TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR H.R.S.A.'S JERYATIC WORK FORCE ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM BY $4 MILLION, RESTORING FUNDING TO THE CURRENT ENACTED LEVEL. I'M THANKFUL FOR THE AMOUNT ALREADY PROVIDED FOR THIS IN BILL BUT I'M HOPEFUL WE CAN GO ONE STEP FURTHER AND FULLY FUND THIS PROGRAM AGAIN IN THE COMING FISCAL YEAR. THE GERIATRICS WORK FORCE ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM IMPROVES HEALTH CARE FOR OLDER AMERICANS BY PROVIDING CLINICAL TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES TO STUDENTS, MEDICAL FACULTY, AND PROVIDERS, DIRECT SERVICE WORKERS, PATIENTS, FAMILIES AND CARE GIVERS TO INTEGRATE GERIATRIC AND PRIMARY CARE DELIVERY SYSTEMS. IN THE 2015-2016 ACADEMIC YEAR, GRANTEES PROVIDED TRAINING TO 18,451 STUDENTS AND FELLOWS PARTICIPATING IN A VARIETY OF GERIATRICS-FOCUSED DEGREE PROGRAMS, PLACEMENTS AND FELLOWSHIPS. OF THESE TRAINEES, 11,824 GLADGE WAITED OR COMPLETED THEIR TRAIN -- GRADUATED OR COMPLETED THEIR TRAINING IN THE MOST RECENT ACADEMICIC YEAR AND GRANTEES PARTNERED WITH 355 HOSPITALS, LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES AND INSTITUTIONS TO PROVIDE CLINICAL EXPERIENCE TO TRAINEES. AMERICA'S POPULATION IS AGING AND IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT NEW GENERATIONS OF HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS AND PROVIDERS HAVE THE SKILLS NEEDED TO CARE FOR OLDER AMERICANS. EVERY PERSON IN THIS CHAMBER AT SOME POINT IN THEIR LIFE WILL WISH THEIR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER HAS THIS TRAINING AN I HOPE WE WILL ALL RECOGNIZE THAT FACT TODAY AND DO WHAT IS PRUDENT. I HOPE WE WILL UNANIMOUSLY SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT, PLAN FOR THE FUTURE HEALTH CARE OF OUR NATION, AN RESTORE FUNDING TO THE HLSA GERIATRIC WORK FORCE ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM ACCOUNT. I URGE SUPPORT FOR THIS AMENDMENT AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                  DEBATE

                                                  Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 504, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Meng amendment No. 142.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA RISE IN OPPOSITION?

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                                                    MR. COLE

                                                    YES, I DO

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                    MR. COLE

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THE GENTLELADY FRANKLY, THERE'S CONSIDERABLE…

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THE GENTLELADY FRANKLY, THERE'S CONSIDERABLE MERIT IN THE AMENDMENT THAT SHE'S SUGGESTING. THE AMENDMENT OFFERED IS TO INCREASE -- FOR AN INCREASE TO WORK FORCE TRAINING PROGRAM. OUR COMMITTEE UNDERSTANDS THE VALUE OF THIS PROGRAM, WHICH IS WHY WE DID NOT ACCEPT THE ADMINISTRATION'S BUDGET REQUEST WHICH TERMINATED THE PROGRAM. WE WERE ABLE TO FUND IT, THOUGH BELOW LAST YEAR'S LEVEL. HOWEVER, I WILL CERTAINLY COMMIT TO MY FRIEND THAT WE'LL WORK WITH HER AS WE GO THROUGH THE FISCAL PROCESS TOWARD THE FINAL BILL AND HOPEFULLY WE CAN FIND A WAY TO INCREASE THIS AT A LATER TIME. AT THIS TIME, HOWEVER, MR. CHAIRMAN, I MUST OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED. MERCHANDISE MENG:…

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED. MERCHANDISE MENG: AGAIN, THIS AMENDMENT --

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                                                    MERCHANDISE MENG

                                                    MERCHANDISE MENG: AGAIN, THIS AMENDMENT --

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                                                    MS. MENG

                                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK.

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                                                    MR. KELL

                                                    I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.…

                                                    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE NOES VISIT, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREE -- THE NOES HAVE IT, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 145 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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                                                    An amendment, offered by Mr. Kildee, numbered 145 printed in House Report 115-297 to increase funding for the Healthy Start Program by $24.8 million and decrease General Departmental Management in the Office of the Secretary by the same amount.

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                                                      I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                      THE CLERK

                                                      AMENDMENT NUMBER 145 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297, OFFERED BY MR.…

                                                      AMENDMENT NUMBER 145 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297, OFFERED BY MR. KILDEE OF MICHIGAN.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. KILDEE,…

                                                      PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, 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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                                                      MR. KILDEE

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT THAT I'VE OFFERED…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT THAT I'VE OFFERED TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR THE VERY SUCCESSFUL HEALTHY START PROGRAM. ADD $24. MILLION TO MATCH THE PRESIDENT'S FUNDING REQUEST. THE HEALTHY START PROGRAM HELPS INFANTS START OUT LIFE WITH THE SUPPORT THEY NEED TO GROW INTO SUCCESSFUL ADULTS. IT PROVIDES PRENATAL CARE, BASE EXHEALTH NEEDS, PROMOTES POSITIVE PARENTING, PRACTICES FOR THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN. IT'S ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT TO THE PEOPLE IN MY HOMETOWN, AS I MENTIONED BEFORE, AND MANY OTHER COMMUNITIES, TRYING TO WORK THROUGH EXPOSURE TO HIGH LEVELS OF LEAD, WHICH IS A NEUROTOXIN AND OF COURSE WHAT WE KNOW IS THERE'S NO CURE BUT THE WAY WE TREAT, THE SUPPORT WE PR PROVIDE THESE YOUNGSTERS OFTEN GIVES THEM A CHANCE TO OVERCOME THESE SORTS OF DEVELOPMENTAL HURDLES. HEALTHY START IS A CRITICAL WAY TO DO THAT. HELPING INFANTS AND THEIR FAMILIES MITIGATE THE EFFECTS OF THAT LEAD EXPOSURE. FLINT'S ONGOING CRISIS BROUGHT TO LIGHT THE NATIONWIDE ISSUES THAT WE FACE IN DRINKING WATER. PEOPLE ARE MORE AWARE OF THESE ISSUES AND THE IMPACT THAT THEY CAN HAVE ON FAMILIES. SO IT IS INCUMBENT ON US TO DO EVERYTHING WE CANNOT JUST TO REPAIR THE DAMAGE, NOT JUST TO PREVENT FURTHER DAMAGE BUT TO HELP THOSE WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO GET THROUGH THESE SORTS OF DEVELOPMENTAL CHALLENGES. HEALTHY START IS A PROVEN PROGRAM. IT DOES THAT. IT'S ONE OF THE REASONS THAT I ESSENTIALLY TAKE THE SAME POSITION PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS TAKEN THAT WE SHOULD HAVE A GREATER INVESTMENT IN HEALTHY START. I DON'T OFTEN FIND MYSELF IN THAT POSITION BUT IN THIS CASE, I'M WILLING TO ASSERT THAT ON THIS FLOOR. EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION GIVES KIDS REGARDLESS OF THEIR SOSE YO ECONOMIC BACKGROUND, A CHANCE. AND I THINK IT'S OUR DUTY TO GIVE EVERY CHILD A FAIR CHANCE TO SUCCEED. THAT'S WHAT THIS AMENDMENT IS INTENDED TO DO. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                  DEBATE

                                                  Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 504, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kildee amendment No. 145.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE -- DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE -- DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA WISH TO RISE IN OPPOSITION?

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                                                  • 05:57:39 PM

                                                    MR. COLE

                                                    I DO.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                    MR. COLE

                                                    I THANK MY FRIEND FOR THE AMENDMENT. I WISH I COULD SUPPORT IT, FRANKLY. I…

                                                    I THANK MY FRIEND FOR THE AMENDMENT. I WISH I COULD SUPPORT IT, FRANKLY. I VERY MUCH SUPPORT HEALTHY START. AND VERY MUCH APPRECIATE HIS SUPPORT FOR THAT PROGRAM. AS THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS, AGAIN, OUR SUBCOMMITTEE RECEIVED AN ALLOCATION BELOW LAST YEAR'S LEVEL AND AS A RESULT DID NOT HAVE THE ABILITY TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR SOME PROGRAMS, THIS ONE INCLUDED. THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT OFFSETS THE INCREASE WITH A REDUCTION IN THE RESOURCES FOR THE SEC RETEAR OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO CARRY OUT HIS RESPONSIBILITIES. THIS WOULD HINDER THE SECRETARY'S ABILITY TO ADMINISTER THE PROGRAM EFFECTIVELY. I OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. BUT I WANT TO SHARE WITH MY FRIEND, AS WE WORK OUR WAY THROUGH THE PROCESS, I'LL WORK WITH HIM TO SEE IF KE WE CAN FIND A WAY TO INCREASE THOSE FUNDS. BUT AT THIS POINT WE DON'T HAVE THEM AVAILABLE. FOR THAT REASON, MR. CHAIRMAN, I MUST OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                    MR. KILDEE

                                                    I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS EAFMENT I DO APPRECIATE VERY MUCH MY…

                                                    I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS EAFMENT I DO APPRECIATE VERY MUCH MY FRIEND FROM OKLAHOMA'S SINCERE SUPPORT FOR THE EFFORT. LET'S HOPE THAT THE AMENDMENT PASSES, IF IT DOES NOT, I DO LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT EVERY CHILD COULD POTENTIALLY BENEFIT FROM THIS PROGRAM DOES IN FACT HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY. WITH THAT, I AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

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

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                                                    MR. COLE

                                                    I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

                                                  At the conclusion of debate on the Kildee amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Kildee 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. KILDEE

                                                    I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18,…

                                                    A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 149 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                    THE CLERK

                                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 149 PRINTED IN THE HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MR.…

                                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 149 PRINTED IN THE HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MR. FLORES OF TEXAS.

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                                                    An amendment, offered by Mr. Flores, numbered 149 printed in House Report 115-297 to increase CDC funding by $40 million for an opioid drug overdose prevention program, increases National Cancer Institute funding by $40 million for pediatric cancer research, increases National Institute on Aging funding by $40 million for Alzheimer's research, decreases CMS Program Management by $120 million.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, IN FLORES, AND…

                                                      PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, IN FLORES, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                      MR. FLORES

                                                      I RISE TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT THAT REDIRECTS $120 MILLION FROM C.M.S.…

                                                      I RISE TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT THAT REDIRECTS $120 MILLION FROM C.M.S. OVERHEAD SPENDING, A 3.5% REDUCTION, TOWARD INCREASING FUNDING IN THREE SPECIFIC AREAS. $40 MILLION FOR PEDIATRIC CANCER RESEARCH, $40 MILLION FOR ALZHEIMER'S RESEARCH, AND $40 MILLION TO ADDRESS THE COUNTRY'S OPEN YODE CRISIS. THE APPROVAL OF THIS AMENDMENT WILL MOTIVATE C.M.S. TO MODIFY ITS PUNITIVE BUREAUCRATIC CULTURE. HARDWORKING AMERICAN C.M.S.' FAILURE TO TAKING ESSENTIAL STEPS IS A NOTABLE EXAMPLE OF BUREAUCRATIC INCOMPETENCE. AMERICAN FAMILIES EXPECT THEM TO WORK WITH HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS TO ENSURE THE EFFICIENT DELIVERY OF HEALTH CARE. IN 2012, THE ACT WAS PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW DUE TO THE MANDATORY AND HARSH SANCTIONS THAT C.M.S. WAS POSING ON HOSPITALS AND LABS. CLEA REGULATIONS ARE NECESSARY IN SOME INSTANCES, THE SANCTIONS THAT C.M.S. IMPOSED AGAINST HOSPITALS AND LABORATORIES THAT VIOLATED THE STATUTE WERE FOUND TO BE DRACONIAN AND AT ODDS WITH THE EFFICIENT DELIVERY OF HEALTH CARE. AT THE TIME THE TEST ACT WAS CONSIDERED, CONGRESS DETERMINED THERE WERE INSTANCES WHERE A HOSPITAL OR LABORATORY'S VIOLATIONS WERE ACCIDENTAL, UNINTENTIONAL AND RESULTED IN NO PATIENT HARM. C.M.S. DIDN'T LIFT THE SANCTIONS AND RESULTING IN NEEDLESS PUNITIVE PUNISHMENTS. THE TEST ACT WAS PASSED IN 2012. AND TO SUBSTITUTE ALTERNATIVE REASONABLE VIOLATIONS. THE TEST ACT ALLOWED MORE APPROPRIATE REMEDIES LIKE ONSITE MONITORING AND/OR MODEST MONETARY PENALTIES. DESPITE BEING GIVEN THIS MANDATE AND THIS FLEX BUILT, C.M.S. HAS WRITTEN ITS REGULATIONS AND INTERPRETS THE UNDERLYING STATUTE IN A WAY THAT IS AT ODDS WITH CONGRESS' INTENT. THERE ARE SERIOUS IMPACT TO USE THEIR DISCRETIONARY AUTHORITY. HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS ARE FORCED TO DIVERT SCARES RESOURCES. THESE WOULD NOT BE NEEDED IF C.M.S. PROPERLY IMPLEMENTED THE TEST ACT. THIS DIVERTS RESOURCES TO DEALING WITH AN OUT OF CONTROL C.M.S. AND NEGATIVELY IMPACTS HEALTH CARE. A NONPROFIT FAITH-BASED COMMUNITY HOSPITAL COMMITTED AN UNINTENTIONAL CLEA VIOLATION. THE HOSPITAL SELF-REPORTED THAT VIOLATION AS WE EXPECT THEM TO DO. THIS HOSPITAL IS MY COMMUNITY'S ONLY LEVEL TWO TRAUMA CENTER AND PROVIDES UNCOMPENSATED CARE TO LOW-INCOME POPULATIONS. RATHER THAN WORKING WITH THE HOSPITAL, C.M.S. IGNORED THE TEST ACT AND INSTALLED CRIPPLING OPERATIONS. AND THIS ARBITRARY ACTION BY C.M.S. HAD THE HOUSE TO DIVERT RESOURCES INSTEAD OF TAKING CARE OF PARETS. C.M.S. NEEDS TO CHANGE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE TEST ACT TO FOLLOW THE LAW. MY AMENDMENT SENDS A MESSAGE THAT THIS IS NOT HOW WE EXPECT OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WHEN WE ARE TRYING TO BUILD A BETTER HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. THIS AMENDMENT DOES THIS BY REDUCING SPENDING BY $120 MILLION AND DIRECTING THOSE FUNDS TO TRUE SOLUTIONS FOR BETTER HEALTH CARE BY FINDING CURES. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. I RESERVE.

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                                                  DEBATE

                                                  Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 504, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Flores amendment No. 149.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANYONE WISH TO RISE…

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANYONE WISH TO RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT? THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

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                                                    MR. COLE

                                                    I HAVE SYMPATHY WITH MY FRIEND'S CONCERNS AND I THINK HE HAS EVERY RIGHT…

                                                    I HAVE SYMPATHY WITH MY FRIEND'S CONCERNS AND I THINK HE HAS EVERY RIGHT TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT A HOSPITAL IN HIS DISTRICT. AND I CERTAINLY AGREE WITH AN EFFORT TO PUT ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC AND PEDIATRIC CANCER AND ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE. I MUST OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. THE BILL INCLUDES $126 MILLION WITHIN C.D.C. FOR SURVEILLANCE WHICH CONTINUES THE LARGE INCREASE PROVIDED IN FISCAL YEAR 2017. THE BILL PROVIDES $1.1 BILLION INCREASE FOR THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH WHICH INCLUDES A TARGETED INCREASE OF $400 MILLION FOR RESEARCH ON ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AS WELL AS WELL AS THE NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE. FURTHERMORE, THE BILL ALSO CONTINUES TO PROVIDE FUNDS AUTHORIZED IN THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT, INCLUDING $300 MILLION FOR CANCER AND OPIOIDS FUNDING. THIS WOULD WEAKEN THE AGENCY'S ABILITY TO MANAGE AND ADMINISTER MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. FOR THAT REASON, I MUST OPPOSE MY FRIEND'S AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

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

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                    MR. FLORES

                                                    HARDWORKING AMERICAN FAMILIES ARE TIRED OF HAVING BUREAUCRATS IMPLEMENTING…

                                                    HARDWORKING AMERICAN FAMILIES ARE TIRED OF HAVING BUREAUCRATS IMPLEMENTING LEGISLATION. WE MUST SEND A MESSAGE TO C.M.S. TODAY. NOW IS THE TIME TO RIGHT THIS WRONG. IN THE MEANTIME, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT TO CUT C.M.S. BY 3.5%. $120 MILLION AND INCREASE RESEARCH FUNDING FOR PEDIATRIC CANCER, ALZHEIMER'S AND OPIOIDS TREATMENT. THIS AMENDMENT IS A WIN-WIN AMENDMENT FOR AMERICAN HEALTH CARE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                                    MR. COLE

                                                    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                    MR. POCAN

                                                    I SUPPORT ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR THE C.D.C. AND NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON…

                                                    I SUPPORT ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR THE C.D.C. AND NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING AND SPENT MY TIME FIGHTING FOR THOSE AGENCIES. OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS, DEMOCRATS ON THE LABOR-H.H.S. SUBCOMMITTEE HAVE WORKED WITH TOM COLE TO INCREASE THE BUDGETS BY $2 BILLION. BUT THIS AMENDMENT IS FUNDAMENTALLY FLAWED BECAUSE IT SLASHES $120 MILLION FROM THE C.M.S. PROGRAM MANAGEMENT. KEEP IN MIND, THE C.M.S. PROGRAM MANAGEMENT ACCOUNT IS ALREADY CUT BY $524 MILLION. THAT'S A 13% CUT. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD INCREASE THAT CUT TO MORE THAN 16%. ACCORDING TO H.H.S., OVER 14 MILLION AMERICANS WILL RELY ON PROGRAMS ADMINISTERED BY C.M.S., MEDICARE, MEDICAID, CHIP AND THE EXCHANGES. WHY WOULD YOU SUPPORT MORE THAN $600 MILLION IN CUTS TO THE MEDICARE, MEDICAID AND CHIP PROGRAM. SLASHING THEIR BUDGETS IS CERTAIN TO HARM AMERICANS ON A DAILY BASIS. THIS WILL HARM THE SENIORS, THE BLIND, LOW AND MIDDLE-INCOME FAMILIES, CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES LIKE END-STAGE REENAL DISEASE. THESE PROGRAMS FACE HISTORIC GROWTH, A CUT OF $644 MILLION TO ITS ADMINISTRATIVE BUDGET WOULD OPEN UP THE PROGRAM TO MISMANAGEMENT FRAUD AND ABUSE. I URGE MEMBERS TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    MR. COLE

                                                    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 TEXAS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. AND THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO.

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                                                  • 06:09:16 PM

                                                    MR. FLORES

                                                    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 GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                  POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

                                                  At the conclusion of debate on the Flores amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Flores 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. TENNEY

                                                    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    IS NOW IN ORT TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 150. THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE…

                                                    IS NOW IN ORT TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 150. THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                  • 06:09:53 PM

                                                    An amendment, offered by Ms. Tenney, numbered 150 printed in House Report 115-297 to increase $10 million to Community Services Block Grants and reduces funding for Global Health by $14 million

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                                                      THE CLERK

                                                      AMENDMENT NUMBER 150 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MS. TENNEY…

                                                      AMENDMENT NUMBER 150 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MS. TENNEY OF NEW YORK.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      NEW YORK AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR…

                                                      NEW YORK AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                                                    • 06:10:12 PM

                                                      MS. TENNEY

                                                      SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT AND I'M PROUD TO REPRESENT THE 22ND DISTRICT OF…

                                                      SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT AND I'M PROUD TO REPRESENT THE 22ND DISTRICT OF NEW YORK A HUB OF INNOVATION AND MANUFACTURING. MY DISTRICT HAS SUFFERED THE FATE OF TOO MANY RUST BELT COMMUNITIES. CRUSHING TAXES AND SOARING COSTS, IT IS HARD TO FIND GOOD PAYING JOBS THAT MATCH SKILLS. THIS LACK OF OPPORTUNITY HAS BEEN INCREASING POVERTY, ESPECIALLY AMONG OUR MOST VULNERABLE POPULATION. IN ADDITION TO SUPPORTING COMMONSENSE PRO-GROWTH POLICIES IN CONGRESS TO REDUCE REGULATIONS AND ENCOURAGE RENOVATION, COMMUNITY SERVICES BLOCK GRANT PLAY A ROLE IN FILLING THE NEEDS OF OUR AMERICANS. AND IT ASSISTS LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUALS, THE HOMELESS AND THE ELDERLY AND ALLOWS STATES AND COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCIES IN EACH OF OUR DISTRICTS THE FLEXIBILITY TO IMPROVE LIVING CONDITIONS, INCREASE SELF-SUFFICIENCY. IN MY DISTRICT, THE MOHAWK VALLEY HAS RECEIVED $463,000 WHICH THEY USED TO SUPPORT HEAD START PROGRAMMING AND THE HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM WHICH HELPS SENIORS. AL TOLD, THE PROGRAM ACCOUNTS FOR MORE THAN $55 MILLION IN FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, FUNDING WHICH TOUCHES THE LIVES OF 705,000 NEW YORKERS. THIS NUMBER INCLUDES MORE THAN 46,000 INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES AND MORE THAN 317,000 CHILDREN IN MY DISTRICT. THIS WILL HAVE A DISPROPORTIONATE IMPACT AT THE MOST RISK. I'M GRATEFUL THAT THIS COMMITTEE HAS RECOGNIZED THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS PROGRAM AND I'M THANKFUL FOR CHAIRMAN COLE'S LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. THE COMMITTEE HAS EXPRESSED A WILLINGNESS TO WORK WITH ME TO MAKE SURE THE FINAL APPROPRIATIONS BILL WORKED OUT IN CONFERENCE INCLUDES FUNDING FOR THIS PROGRAM.

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                                                  DEBATE

                                                  Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 504, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Tenney amendment No. 150.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    THE GENTLELADY RESERVE?

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                                                    MS. TENNEY

                                                    THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERING THIS AND I HOPE YOU CONSIDER AS WE GO FORWARD. I…

                                                    THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERING THIS AND I HOPE YOU CONSIDER AS WE GO FORWARD. I YIELD A MINUTE TO THE CHAIRMAN.

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                                                    MR. COLE

                                                    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR WORKING WITH US ON THIS AND I WANT TO ASSURE WE…

                                                    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR WORKING WITH US ON THIS AND I WANT TO ASSURE WE WILL WORK WITH HER. I APPRECIATE HER CONCERN FOR THE COMMUNITY SERVICES BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM AS MY GOOD FRIEND FROM NEW YORK KNOWS, THAT WAS ZEROED OUT IN THE BUDGET TO REPLACE THE 515 MILLION. BUT THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PROGRAM TO MANY MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AND HAS A SUPERB REPUTATION AND GOING TO DO WE POSSIBLY CAN TO BUILD UPON THAT AND GET BACK TO AT LEAST THE F.Y. 2017 LEVELS. BUT THE GENTLELADY'S LEADERSHIP ON THIS IS DEBATELY APPRECIATED AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH HER AS WE GO FORWARD.

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                                                    MS. TENNEY

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. BECAUSE OF YOUR GREAT WILLINGNESS TO HELP THE…

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. BECAUSE OF YOUR GREAT WILLINGNESS TO HELP THE TRULY NEEDED PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITIES, I WILL BE WITHDRAWING MY AMENDMENT AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU AS WE MOVE FORWARD IN THIS PROCESS. I SAY THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  • 06:13:35 PM

                                                    By unanimous consent, the Tenney amendment was withdrawn.

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                                                      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 152 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                    • 06:13:58 PM

                                                      MR. NOLAN

                                                      I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                    An amendment, offered by Mr. Nolan, numbered 152 printed in House Report 115-297 to increase National Cancer Institute funding by $3,819,000, offset with a reduction to the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Secretary account.

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                                                      THE CLERK

                                                      PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MR. NOLAN OF MINNESOTA.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. NOLAN, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL…

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. NOLAN, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                    • 06:14:18 PM

                                                      MR. NOLAN

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

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                                                  DEBATE

                                                  Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 504, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Nolan amendment No. 152.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                    MR. NOLAN

                                                    CO-CHAIRMAN OF THE BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL LUNG CANCER CAUCUS, I WANT TO…

                                                    CO-CHAIRMAN OF THE BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL LUNG CANCER CAUCUS, I WANT TO FIRST EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION FOR ALLOWING MY AMENDMENT TO BE MADE IN ORDER AND FOR THE WORK OF THE COMMITTEE. MAKE NO MISTAKE, THESE EXTRA FUNDS THAT ARE IN MY MEASURE, THE $3.8 MILLION FOR CANCER RESEARCH AT THE CANCER INSTITUTE URGING THAT BE SPENT ON LUNG CANCER IN PARTICULAR, THOSE EXTRA FUNDS WILL MAKE AN ENORMOUS DIFFERENCE IN BATTLING LUNG CANCER. WHICH IS, AS YOU ALL KNOW THE MOST DEADLY OF ALL THE CANCERS. MY DAUGHTER KATHERINE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH STAGE 4, NONSMOKING SMALL CELL LUNG CANCER ALMOST TWO YEARS AGO. THANKS TO MEDICAL RESEARCH AND THE DAILY PRAYERS, SO MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES HERE IN THE HOUSE, KATHERINE IS STILL WITH US. BUT LIKE SO MANY THOUSANDS OF OTHERS, SHE IS STILL COURAGEOUSLY AND DESPERATELY FIGHTING FOR HER FUTURE. AND WE CAN PROVIDE THOSE PEOPLE WITH SOME REAL HOPE AND SUPPORT FOR THEIR DETERMINATION THROUGH ADDITIONAL RESEARCH DOLLARS THAT ARE SO DESPERATELY NEEDED. . WE HAVE MADE LITTLE OR NO PROGRESS IN 20 YEARS IN COMBATING LUNG CANCER. THERE'S STILL A SURVIVAL RATE OF SOMETHING LESS THAN 1% OR 2%. BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE, THE MONEY THAT THIS COMMITTEE AND THIS CONGRESS AND THIS HOUSE HAS PROVIDED FOR RESEARCH, NOT JUST IN CANCER, BUT MANY OF THE OTHER FIELDS, HAVE PLAYED A CRITICALLY IMPORTANT ROLE IN INCREASING OUR LIFE EXPECTANCIES. PLAYED THE LEAD ROLE IN INCREASING OUR LIFE EXPECTANCIES IN THIS COUNTRY FROM -- IN MY GRANDFATHER'S TIME, OUR GRANDFATHERS' TIME, 47. NOW IT'S ALMOST 80. ONE OF THE AREAS WHERE WE JUST HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO MAKE ANY PROGRESS AT ALL IS IN LUNG CANCER RESEARCH. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MODEST REQUEST. FOR A MODEST AMOUNT OF MONEY TO BE ADDED TO HELPING US MAKE SOME PROGRESS IN LUNG CANCER RESEARCH , IN THE WAY THAT WE HAVE DONE FOR SO MANY OTHER FORMS OF THE DISEASE. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

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

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA WISH TO RISE IN OPPOSITION?

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                                                    MR. COLE

                                                    NO, MR. CHAIRMAN, I DO NOT. BUT I WISH TO ADVISE MY FRIEND, WE CERTAINLY…

                                                    NO, MR. CHAIRMAN, I DO NOT. BUT I WISH TO ADVISE MY FRIEND, WE CERTAINLY INTEND TO ACCEPT HIS AMENDMENT AND LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH HIM AS WE GO FORWARD ON THE BILL. WE THINK THERE'S SOME OTHER AREAS WHERE WE CAN INCREASE FUNDING AS WELL, THAT WOULD FIT WITH MY FRIEND'S OBJECTIVE. SO WITH THAT I WANT TO ADVISE MY FRIEND WE INTEND TO ACCEPT HIS AMENDMENT.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    DOES THE GENTLEMAN WISH TO YIELD BACK?

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                                                    MR. NOLAN

                                                    MR. CHAIRMAN, I EXPRESS MY THANKS AND GRATITUDE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE…

                                                    MR. CHAIRMAN, I EXPRESS MY THANKS AND GRATITUDE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

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

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA. 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 154 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM MASSACHUSETTS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                • 06:17:46 PM

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

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                                                    MR. CHAIR, I RISE AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT AND I…

                                                    MR. CHAIR, I RISE AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT AND I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                  • 06:18:28 PM

                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                    THE CLRK

                                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 154 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MS. CLARK…

                                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 154 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MS. CLARK OF MASSACHUSETTS.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLELADY FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MS.…

                                                    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLELADY FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MS. CLARK, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHA -- THE GENTLELADY FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                    MS. CLARK

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD RESTORE FUNDING FOR THE…

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD RESTORE FUNDING FOR THE MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS CUT IN THIS BILL. SPECIFICALLY IT WOULD REVERLS THE $142 MILLION IN CUT TO THE MENTAL HEALTH BLOCK GRANT AND RESTORE FUNDING FOR PROJECT AWARE STATE GRANTS AND HEALTHY TRANSITIONS. WHICH WERE BOTH ELIMINATED IN THE UNDERLYING BILL. FOR SO LONG MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES WERE RELEGATED TO THE SHADOWS. APPROACHED WITH SHAME AND MISUNDERSTANDING THAT ONLY EXACERBATES THE PAIN FOR PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES. BUT TODAY WE KNOW HOW WIDESPREAD THESE ISSUES ARE. WE NEED TO APPROACH THEM WITHOUT STIGMA AND TREAT THEM THE SAME WAY WE WOULD TREAT OTHER ILLNESSES. ACCORDING TO MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA, ONE IN FIVE ADULTS HAS A MENTAL HEALTH CONDITION. YET MORE THAN HALF OF AMERICANS WITH A MENTAL ILLNESS RECEIVE NO TREATMENT. MANY FAMILIES WITHOUT HEALTH COVERAGE OR WHOSE COVERAGE WILL NOT COVER MENTAL HEALTH OR RECOVERY PROGRAMS RELY ON SERVICES FUNDED BY THE MENTAL HEALTH BLOCK GRANT. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD RESTORE THOSE FUNDS. THIS AMENDMENT ALSO RESTORES FUNDING FOR PROJECT AWARE AND THE HEALTHY TRANSITION GRANT PROGRAM, WHICH WERE CREATED IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE SANDY HOOK SCHOOL SHOOTING. IN RESPONSE TO THIS TRAGEDY, THE ADMINISTRATION AND CONGRESS CAME TOGETHER TO SUPPORT SEVERAL NEW PROGRAMS TO HELP COMMUNITIES IDENTIFY AND TREAT BEHAVIORAL DISORDERS. THE PROJECT AWARE PROGRAM OFTEN REFERRED TO AS A MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID SEEKS TO INCREASE AWARENESS OF MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AMONG OUR CHILDREN, TRAIN TEACHERS AND OTHER SCHOOL STAFF TO IDENTIFY AND RESPOND TO MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES, AND CONNECT CHILDREN TO THE APPROPRIATE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES. THE HEALTHY TRANSITIONS PROGRAM IMPROVES ACCESS TO TREATMENT AND SUPPORTS SERVICES FOR YOUNG ADULTS WITH SERIOUS MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS. TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE OUR COMMUNITIES MORE WELCOMING, COMPASSIONATE AND SAFE FOR EVERYONE. AND RESTORING THIS FUNDING IS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THAT EFFORT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT.

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                                                  • 06:18:55 PM

                                                    An amendment, offered by Ms. Clark (MA), numbered 154 printed in House Report 115-297 to restore funding to SAMHSA's mental health programs, offset with HHS program administration funds.

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                                                    DEBATE

                                                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 504, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Clark (MA) amendment No. 154.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                      THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA WISH TO RISE IN OPPOSITION?

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                                                    • 06:21:29 PM

                                                      MR. COLE

                                                      I DO, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                      MR. COLE

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLELADY'S CONCERNS. SHE'S A…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLELADY'S CONCERNS. SHE'S A VERY VALUABLE MEMBER OF THIS SUBCOMMITTEE. AND THIS IS AN AREA WHICH SHE NOT ONLY HAS CONSIDERABLE PASSION BUT CONSIDERABLE EXPERTISE. HOWEVER, AS THE GENTLELADY ALSO KNOWS, WE HAVE AN ALLOCATION WELL BELOW LAST YEAR'S LEVEL AND WE HAD TO MAKE, AGAIN, DIFFICULT DECISIONS. REDUCTION OF THIS MAGNITUDE TO THE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICE ADMINISTRATIVE FUNCTIONS WOULD MORE THAN SIGNIFICANTLY HINDER THE SECRETARY'S ABILITY TO ADMINISTER HIS AGENCY. LITERALLY WOULD ELIMINATE THE CORE FUNDING FOR HIS OFFICE COMPLETELY. FOR THAT REASON I WOULD OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. HOWEVER, I WANT THE GENTLELADY AND CERTAINLY OUR GOOD, MUTUAL FRIEND FROM CONNECTICUT, FOR WHO SHE'S REPRESENTING TONIGHT, TO KNOW WE WORK WITH OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE SENATE ON A BILL THAT REACHES THE PRESIDENT'S DESK, I INTEND TO WORK ON THESE ISSUES WITH HER AND WITH MY FRIENDS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. TO ADDRESS THE CONCERNS THAT YOU RAISED IN YOUR REMARKS. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                                    • 06:22:36 PM

                                                      MS. CLARK

                                                      I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

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

                                                      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                    • 06:22:42 PM

                                                      MR. COLE

                                                      I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                                    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

                                                    At the conclusion of debate on the Clark (MA) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Clark (MA) 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. CLARK

                                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

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

                                                      PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM MASSACHUSETTS WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                    • 06:23:22 PM

                                                      Mr. Cole moved that the committee rise.

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                                                        MR. COLE

                                                        I MOVE THAT THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE.

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                                                        THE CHAIR

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

                                                        THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE COMMITTEE RISE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY, THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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                                                  • 06:23:38 PM

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

                                                    • 06:23:45 PM

                                                      Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 3354 as unfinished business.

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                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                        MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                                                        THE CHAIR

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

                                                        MR. SPEAKER, THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION, HAVING HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 3354, DIRECTS ME TO REPORT THAT IT HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON.

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                                                    UNFINISHED BUSINESS

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

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                      THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 3354 AND IT HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. BISHOP, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2611, ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE BILL.

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                                                      THE CLERK

                                                      UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 209, H.R. 2611, A BILL TO MODIFY THE BOUNDARY OF THE…

                                                      UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 209, H.R. 2611, A BILL TO MODIFY THE BOUNDARY OF THE LITTLE ROCK CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                      THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A 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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                                                    • 06:25:24 PM

                                                      Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 2611 — "To modify the boundary of the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, and for other purposes."

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                                                        On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Roll Call 485 - 2/3 Yea and Nay vote pending.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 390, THE NAYS ARE ZERO. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING…

                                                          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 390, THE NAYS ARE ZERO. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES -- THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS ARE ADVISED TO REMOVE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. AND THE AISLES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                    • 06:53:06 PM

                                                      House Vote 485 - On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass

                                                      Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site Boundary Modification Act

                                                      Passed (390 - 0)
                                                      Yea

                                                      Vote Details: Yea - 390
                                                      Republican - 214
                                                      Democratic - 176

                                                      Vote Details: Not Voting - 43
                                                      Republican - 25
                                                      Democratic - 18

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

                                                        • 06:53:34 PM

                                                          Mr. Harper asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.

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                                                            Considered by unanimous consent. S. Con. Res. 23 — "Authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for a ceremony to present the Congressional Gold Medal to the Filipino Veterans of World War II."

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION.

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                                                              THE CLERK

                                                              SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 23. CONCURRENT RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE USE…

                                                              SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 23. CONCURRENT RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE USE OF EMANCIPATION HALL IN THE CAPITOL VISITORS CENTER FOR A CEREMONY TO PRESENT THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL TO THE FILIPINO VETERANS OF WORLD WAR II.

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                                                            • 06:53:57 PM

                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              IS THERE OBJECTION TO CONSIDERATION OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION? WITHOUT…

                                                              IS THERE OBJECTION TO CONSIDERATION OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                        • 06:53:59 PM

                                                          On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.

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

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                                                              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLES…

                                                              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLES SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 49 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                                                          • 06:54:21 PM

                                                            Considered by unanimous consent. S.J. Res. 49 — "Condemning the violence and domestic terrorist attack that took place during events between August 11 and August 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia, recognizing the first responders who lost their lives while monitoring the events, offering deepest condolences to the families and friends of those individuals who were killed and deepest sympathies and support to those individuals who were injured by the violence, expressing support for the Charlottesville community, rejecting White nationalists, White supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups, and urging the President and the President's Cabinet to use all available resources to address the threats posed by those groups."

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                                                              Mr. Goodlatte asked unanimous consent to take from the Speaker's table and consider.

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                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION.

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                                                                THE CLERK

                                                                SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 49. JOINT RESOLUTION CONDEMNING THE VIOLENCE AND…

                                                                SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 49. JOINT RESOLUTION CONDEMNING THE VIOLENCE AND DOMESTIC TERRORIST ATTACK THAT TOOK PLACE DURING EVENTS BETWEEN AUGUST 11 AND AUGUST 12, 2017, IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA. RECOGNIZING FIRST RESPONDERS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES WHILE MONITORING THE EVENTS, OFFERING DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILIES AND FRIENDS OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE KILLED. AND DEEPEST SYMPATHIES AND SUPPORT TO THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE INJURED BY THE VIOLENCE, EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR THE CHARLOTTESVILLE COMMUNITY. REJECTING WHITE NATIONALISTS, WHITE SUPREMACISTS, THE KU KLUX KLAN, NEO-NAZIS AND OTHER HATE GROUPS. AND URGING THE PRESIDENT AND THE PRESIDENT'S CABINET TO USE ALL AVAILABLE RESOURCES TO ADDRESS THE THREATS POSED BY THOSE GROUPS.

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                                                              • 06:55:14 PM

                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE CONSIDERATION OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION? WITHOUT…

                                                                IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE CONSIDERATION OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE JOINT RESOLUTION IS READ A THIRD TIME AND PASSED AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3354. WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS, KINDLY RESUME THE CHAIR.

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                                                          • 06:55:22 PM

                                                            On passage Passed without objection.

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

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                                                                Considered as unfinished business. 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."

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

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                                                                    THE CHAIR

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

                                                                    THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3354, WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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                                                                    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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                                                                  • 06:56:35 PM

                                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                                    WHEN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ROSE EARLIER TODAY, A REQUEST FOR A…

                                                                    WHEN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ROSE EARLIER TODAY, A REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 154 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MS. CLARK, HAD BEEN POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 155 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                  • 06:57:05 PM

                                                                    MR. MURPHY

                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, ON MY AMENDMENT.

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                                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                                    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                                    THE CLERK

                                                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 155 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MR. MURPHY…

                                                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 155 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MR. MURPHY OF PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                                    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR.…

                                                                    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. MURPHY, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                                                    MR. MURPHY

                                                                    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO SPEAK ON THIS AMENDMENT WHICH PROVIDES…

                                                                    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO SPEAK ON THIS AMENDMENT WHICH PROVIDES SOME ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR ASSISTED OUTPATIENT TREATMENT. THE UNDERLYING BILL HAS IN IT $15 MILLION AND WE ARE ASKING FOR IT TO BE RAISED TO $20 MILLION. FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO SAY WHERE THE MONEY'S COMING FROM. THIS IS WITHIN THE BUDGET OF SAMHSA. THIS IS NOT NEW SPENDING. IT IS NOT ADDITIONAL SPENDING. BUT OVER MY YEARS OF INVESTIGATING MENTAL HEALTH IN THE UNITED STATES, THAT LED TO THE INTRODUCTION OF MY HELPING FAMILIES OF MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS ACT, WHICH BY THE WAY THIS HOUSE PASSED 442-2, THIS LEVEL OF FUNDING WAS AUTHORIZED IN THE BILL. SO IT'S ALREADY AUTHORIZED. AND IT'S TO COME FROM THE SAMHSA ACCOUNT, NOT NEW SPENDING. LET ME DESCRIBE WHAT ASSISTED OUTPATIENT TREATMENT IS. UNDERSTANDING THAT THERE'S ABOUT 60 MILLION AMERICANS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS AND THAT 10 MILLION HAVE SEVERE MENTAL ILLNESS, IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT OUR PRISONS ARE FILLED WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVE MENTAL ILLNESS. ON SOME LEVELS, 60% TO 80% OF PEOPLE IN JAIL HAVE A MENTAL ILLNESS. THAT IS NO PLACE TO BE TREATING SOMEONE. BUT UNFORTUNATELY THEY MAY HAVE A CRIME THEY COMMITTED AND IN MANY CASES IS IT COULD BE VAGUE RANSY, IT COULD BE OTHER ISSUES -- VAGRANCY, IT COULD BE OTHER ISSUES TOO. BUT A PERSON WITH MENTAL ILLNESS IS 10 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE IN PRISON THAN TO BE IN A HOSPITAL BED. WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH HOSPITAL BED BEDS. 90% -- BEDS. 90% OF THE PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL BEDS IN THIS COUNTRY HAVE BEEN CLOSED DOWN SINCE THE 1950'S. NOW WE NEED 100,000 MORE. INSTEAD WHAT WE DO AS A SOCIETY, WE THROW THEM IN PRISON. A FEW YEARS AGO WHEN NEW YORK PASSED KENDRA'S LAW WHEN A YOUNG WOMAN WAS KILLED BY A MENTALLY ILL PERSON, THEY REALIZED, HAD HE BEEN IN TREATMENT, IT LIKELY NEVER WOULD HAVE HAPPENED. SO RATHER THAN HAVING SOMEONE, IF WE CAN'T PUT THEM IN A HOSPITAL, CAN'T GET THEM TREATMENT, THE IDEA IS ASSISTED OUTPATIENT TREATMENT IS WHEN A PERSON CAN BE STABILIZED BY REMAINING ON THEIR MEDICATION, BY HAVING THEIR COUNSELING, PERHAPS SUPPORTIVE HOUSING, SUPPORTIVE EDUCATION, SUPPORTIVE EMPLOYMENT. THEIR LIFE CAN TURN AROUND. SO WHAT HAPPENS IS, A JUDGE, PROTECTING THIS PERSON'S OWN RIGHTS, CIVIL RIGHTS ON EVERY LEVEL, WILL SAY TO THIS PERSON, I'M NOT GOING TO INVOLUNTARY COMMIT YOU TO A HOSPITAL. YOUR CRIME DOESN'T RISE TO THE LEVEL, IT'S NOT A FELONY OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, IT DOESN'T RISE TO THE LEVEL OF PRISON. BUT WHAT THEY SAY IS, WE ARE GOING TO REQUIRE, HOWEVER, THAT YOU STAY IN TREATMENT, REQUIRE THAT YOU TAKE YOUR MEDICATION, THAT YOU STAY IN COUNSELING AND DO YOU OTHER THINGS AS PRESCRIBED BY THE COURT. NOW MOST STATES ALLOW THIS, BUT HERE'S THE PROBLEM. IN MANY COUNTIES IN AMERICA, THEY DON'T HAVE THE ABILITY TO PAY THE ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS TO HANDLE THIS. SO THIS AMENDMENT PROVIDES A MECHANISM WHEREBY PEOPLE CAN DO THIS. THE ASSISTED OUTPATIENT TREATMENT IS A CIVIL LEGAL PROCEDURE WHEREBY A JUDGE CAN ORDER AN INDIVIDUAL WITH A SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS TO FOLLOW A COURT ORDER TREATMENT PLAN IN THE COMMUNITY. HERE'S ANOTHER THING ABOUT THIS. DOES IT WORK? AND THE ANSWER IS YES. IN A DUKE UNIVERSITY A DUKE UNIVERSITY, 90% SAID THEY WILL TAKE MEDICATION. 88% AND THEIR CASE MANAGER AGREED WHAT IS IMPORTANT. 87% SAID THEY WERE COMPETENT OF THEIR CASE MANAGERS AND FEWER INCARCERATIONS, 83% HAD FEWER ARRESTS AND INCREASED NUMBER OF ARRESTS PRIOR TO BEING IN THE PROGRAM. 81% SAID A.T.E. SAID GOT THEM WELL. AND 75% REPORTED THAT A.T.E. REGAINED THEIR LIVES. 55%, FEWER EXPERIENCED SUICIDE ATTEMPTS. 49%% ABUSED ALCOHOL OR DRUGS AND 46% FEWER DAMAGED AND DESTROYED PROPERTY AND COSTS WERE CUT IN HALF. THIS SMALL AMOUNT OF MONEY AND BELIEVE ME, IT COSTS 10 OR 20 TIMES MORE, IT'S THERE TO HELP PEOPLE IN MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS. WE CAN CONTINUE TO THROW PEOPLE IN SQUAIL AND SEE CRIMES HAPPEN -- AND WHEN A MENTALLY ILL PERSON IS IN PRISON, THEY DON'T GET TREATMENT. THIS CAME OUT OF COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY. WE DON'T WANT TO READ MORE STATISTICS OF A PERSON WHO HARMS SOMEONE BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT IN TREATMENT. THIS IS OUR OPPORTUNITY TO SAVE LIVES AND OUR OPPORTUNITY TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS AND I DO ASK THAT THE HOUSE PASS THIS SMALL AMENDMENT. NO NEW SPENDING TO PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL $5 MILLION FOR ASSISTED OUTPATIENT TREATMENT. I YIELD.

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                                                                • 06:57:33 PM

                                                                  An amendment, offered by Mr. Murphy (PA), numbered 155 printed in House Report 115-297 to increase court-ordered Assisted Outpatient Treatment by $5 million to support the severely mentally ill, allowing them to get treatment in the community without incarceration or hospitalization.

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                                                                  DEBATE

                                                                  Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 504, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Murphy (PA) amendment No. 155.

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                                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?…

                                                                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WHO SEEKS TIME IN OPPOSITION?

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                                                                  • 07:02:49 PM

                                                                    MR. COLE

                                                                    MADAM CHAIRMAN, I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.

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                                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                    MR. COLE

                                                                    VERY GOOD FRIEND IS A RECOGNIZED EXPERT IN THIS HOUSE ON ALL MATTERS…

                                                                    VERY GOOD FRIEND IS A RECOGNIZED EXPERT IN THIS HOUSE ON ALL MATTERS RELATED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DONE MORE ON BEHALF OF HIS CAUSE . SO IT'S WITH GREAT RELUCTANCE THAT I OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. BUT THE AMENDMENT INCREASES FUNDING FOR PROGRAMS CURRENTLY FUNDED AT $15 MILLION, THE SAME AS LAST YEAR. AS MY FRIEND KNOWS, OUR COMMITTEE RECEIVED AN ALLOCATION THAT WAS LOWER THAN LAST YEAR AND LIMITED RESOURCES TO PROVIDE INCREASES. IN RECOGNITION TO THE IMPORTANCE OF THE ASSISTED OUTPATIENT PROGRAM, MY COMMITTEE MAINTAINS FUNDING AT CURRENT LEVELS. I INTEND TO WORK WITH HIM DURING THE PROCESS AS WE NEGOTIATE WITH THE SENATE. WE WILL HAVE A DIFFERENT ALLOCATION AND MAY BE ABLE TO REVISIT THIS ISSUE AND I WOULD HOPE WE CAN AND WORK WITH MY FRIEND. AT THIS TIME, I MUST OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT SO WE CAN STAY WITHIN OUR CURRENT ALLATION AND I RESERVE.

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                                                                  • 07:04:10 PM

                                                                    THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                                                  • 07:04:19 PM

                                                                    MS. LEE

                                                                    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT.

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                                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                                    THE TIME IN OPPOSITION HAS ALREADY BEEN CLAIMED. DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN MOVE…

                                                                    THE TIME IN OPPOSITION HAS ALREADY BEEN CLAIMED. DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD?

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                                                                  • 07:04:34 PM

                                                                    MS. LEE

                                                                    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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                                                                    MR. COLE

                                                                    I WOULD ACTUALLY YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA YIELDS TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                    MS. LEE

                                                                    OUR CONDOLENCES TO RECOGNIZE CONGRESSWOMAN DELAURO'S MOTHER. SHE WAS A…

                                                                    OUR CONDOLENCES TO RECOGNIZE CONGRESSWOMAN DELAURO'S MOTHER. SHE WAS A CHAMPION FOR WOMEN'S EQUALITY AND THINK ABOUT HER FAMILY AND MOTHER AND OFFER OUR SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO HER. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT WHICH WOULD SHIFT AN ADDITIONAL 5 MILLION AWAY FROM EXISTING MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS. SAM SA AND THAT IS A 20% CUT. AND UNFORM THIS AMENDMENT WOULD FURTHER REDUCE PROGRAM FOR MENTAL HEALTH, FIRST AID AND SUICIDE PREVENTION AND NATIONAL CHILD TRAUMATIC STRESS NETWORK. WE NEED TO BE INCREASING AND NOT SHIFTING FUNDS BY ONE PROGRAM. I'M A PSYCHIATRIC SOCIAL WORKER. I PERSONALLY KNOW THE IMPACT AND THE UNMET NEED FOR ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES. THE ALLOCATIONS APPROVED BY THE COMMITTEE ARE APPROXIMATELY $5 BILLION ALLOWED UNDER THE ACT. WE HAVE THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE, YET THE MAJORITY REFUSES THEM TO FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES. THIS IS $5 BILLION BELOW THE FUNDING LEVELS. THAT'S WHY MEMBERS ARE FORCED TO ROB CRITICAL PROGRAMS. WE NEED TO NEGOTIATE A BIPARTISAN BUDGET DEAL THAT LIFTS THE SEQUESTRATION CAP AND PROVIDES SIGNIFICANT FUNDING FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE PROGRAMS FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO NEED THEM. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME.

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                                                                  • 07:06:56 PM

                                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA HAS 158 SECONDS REMAINING.

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                                                                    MR. MURPHY

                                                                    I DIDN'T KNOW THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS WAS GOING TO SPEAK. I'M INQUIRING…

                                                                    I DIDN'T KNOW THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS WAS GOING TO SPEAK. I'M INQUIRING OF THAT.

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                                                                  • 07:07:12 PM

                                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RESERVES.

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                                                                    MR. MURPHY

                                                                    I RESERVE.

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                                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES --

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                                                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                                    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                                    MS. JOHNSON

                                                                    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF AMENDMENT 155 BILL ASSISTING OUTPARBLETE…

                                                                    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF AMENDMENT 155 BILL ASSISTING OUTPARBLETE TREATMENT $5 MILLION INCREASE. AS THE ORANGE CO-SPONSOR OF H.R. 2646 THE HELPING FAMILIES OF MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS ACT OF 2016, I RECOGNIZE THE FUNDING OF TREATMENT. AS A FORMER NURSE AT THE V.A. NURSE IN DALLAS, TEXAS, I WITNESSED THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF THE DEINSTULE AYESATION PROCESS AND PATIENTS WERE DISCHARGED WITH 30 DAYS OF PRESCRIPTION MEDICINES AND DID NOT HAVE STABLE HOUSING. ONCE THEY RAN OUT, THEIR CONDITION WORSENED AND SUFFERED PSYCHOTIC BREAKS AND THEN BECAME HOMELESS OR INCARCERATED. INDIVIDUALS WITH UNTREATED ILLNESSES MAKE UP ONE-THIRD OF THE HOMELESS POPULATION THAT TOTAL 600,000. IN TEXAS, THERE ARE 35,000 INCARCERATED INDIVIDUALS WITH A SEVERE MENTAL ILLNESS BUT ONLY 45,000 PSYCHIATRIC BEDS ARE AVAILABLE. THIS AMENDMENT INCREASE ESCORT-ORDERED ASSISTED OUTPATIENT TREATMENT TO MEET THE $20 MILLION IN SUPPORT OF THE SEVERELY MENTALLY ILL AND ALLOWING THEM TO GET TREATMENT IN THE COMMUNITY WITHOUT INCARCERATION OR HOSPITALIZATION. THIS OUTPATIENT TREATMENT REDUCES INCARCERATION, HOMELESSNESS AND EMERGENCY ROOM VISITS BY UPWARDS OF 70%. I WOULD URGE SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. YOU KNOW, THIS COUNTRY HAS NEGLECTED THE MENTALLY ILL AND THIS COUNTRY IS SUFFERING BECAUSE OF IT. WE'VE GOT TO RECOGNIZE THE NEED. AND I WOULD URGE EVERYONE TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                  • 07:09:49 PM

                                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA HAS 15…

                                                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA HAS 15 SECONDS REMAINING.

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                                                                  • 07:09:56 PM

                                                                    MR. MURPHY

                                                                    CONGRESS MAKES SURE THAT THE VULNERABLE AMONG US HAVE THE TREATMENT. THIS…

                                                                    CONGRESS MAKES SURE THAT THE VULNERABLE AMONG US HAVE THE TREATMENT. THIS PILOT IS IMPORTANT, IT SAVES MONEY AND SAVES LIVES. I HOPE THEY WOULD RATHER SAY I HELPED TO FUND A PROGRAM. THIS SAVES LIVES. I URGE PEOPLE TO VOTE FOR THIS AMENDMENT.

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                                                                  • 07:10:22 PM

                                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                                    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA HAS --

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                                                                    MR. COLE

                                                                    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 PENNSYLVANIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 156 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                  • 07:11:12 PM

                                                                    MR. KELLY

                                                                    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 156 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MR. KELLY…

                                                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 156 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MR. KELLY OF PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                                                  • 07:11:24 PM

                                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                                    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. KELLY, AND A…

                                                                    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. KELLY, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                                                  • 07:11:38 PM

                                                                    MR. KELLY

                                                                    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT. OVER THE PAST 26 YEARS, INFANT…

                                                                    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT. OVER THE PAST 26 YEARS, INFANT ADOPTIONS HAVE DECREASED. WHILE THERE ARE TWO MILLION COUPLES WAITING TO ADOPT IN THE UNITED STATES, THERE WERE ONLY 18,329 DOMESTIC INFANT ADOPTIONS IN 2014. UNFORTUNATELY, TOO MANY WOMEN WHO HAVE ENCOUNTERD UNWANTED PREGNANCIES DIDN'T RECEIVE INFORMATION ABOUT ADOPTION. THEY SHOULD HAVE ACCESS TO TIMELY, ACCURATE INFORMATION ABOUT ADOPTION THAT HELPS THEM MAKE THEIR OWN FULLY INFORMED DECISION. IN 2000, CONGRESS AUTHORIZED THE INFANT ADOPTION AWARENESS PROGRAM. THIS AWARDS GRANTS TO ADOPTION ORGANIZATIONS TO TRAIN HEALTH CARE WORKERS WHO OFFER HEALTH CARE TO EXPECTANT MOTHERS AND PROVIDE ADOPTION INFORMATION AND REFERRAL. THE PROGRAM ANNUALLY DELIVERED TRAINING TO AN ESTIMATED 10,000 HEALTH CARE WORKERS NATIONWIDE. THIS PROGRAM WAS PHASED OUT IN 2010. THIS BILL FUNDS ADOPTION AWARENESS PROGRAMS AT 39.1 MILLION. MY AMENDMENT DESIGNATES $5 MILLION OF THAT FUNDING TO RESTART THE INFANT ADOPTION AWARENESS TRAINING PROGRAM WITH THE GOAL OF ASSURING THAT EXPECT TANT MOTHERS HAVE ACCESS TO INFORMATION ABOUT ADOPTIONS. I SUPPORT THE ADMINISTRATIONS EFFORT TO FUND ACTIVITIES TO APPROVE HOSPITAL-BASED SERVICES FOR OUR EXPECT TANT MOTHERS. I URGE THEM TO CONTINUE THIS PROGRAM TO ENSURE THAT MOTHERS HAVE ACCESS TO COMPREHENSIVE SUPPORT THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE ADOPTION PROCESS. THIS IS A BIPARTISAN ISSUE AND INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE PROVIDING HEALTH SERVICES ARE TRAINED TO PROPERLY PROVIDE ADOPTION INFORMATION AND REFERRAL. AND I URGE ADOPTION OF THIS AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE.

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                                                                  • 07:13:49 PM

                                                                    THE CHAIR

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

                                                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                  • 07:13:55 PM

                                                                    MR. COLE

                                                                    AND I COMMEND MY FRIEND AND HIGHLIGHTING ITS IMPORTANCE. WOULD THE…

                                                                    AND I COMMEND MY FRIEND AND HIGHLIGHTING ITS IMPORTANCE. WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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                                                                  • 07:14:06 PM

                                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                    MR. COLE

                                                                    TRYING TO DO AND ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT AND LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH HIM…

                                                                    TRYING TO DO AND ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT AND LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH HIM THROUGH THE PROCESS TO ACHIEVE THE OBJECTIVES THAT HE STATED. YIELD BACK.

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                                                                  • 07:14:20 PM

                                                                    MR. KELLY

                                                                    I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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                                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                    MS. LEE

                                                                    I RISE TIME TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT.

                                                                  • 07:14:32 PM

                                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                    MS. LEE

                                                                    THIS CUTS FUNDS FROM HEAD START AND RUN AWAY AND YOUTH GRANTS AMONG OTHER…

                                                                    THIS CUTS FUNDS FROM HEAD START AND RUN AWAY AND YOUTH GRANTS AMONG OTHER CRITICAL PROGRAMS AND USES IT TO PROVIDE $5 MILLION FOR THE INFANT ADOPTION AWARENESS TRAINING PROGRAM. THIS PROGRAM DID NOT RECEIVE FUNDING IN FISCAL YEAR 2017. WOMEN SHOULD HAVE DECISIONS TO ALL OPTIONS. BUT WE SHOULD NOT IGNORE THE ROLE OF PREVENTING UNINTENDED PREGNANCY BY PROVIDING HEALTH SERVICES. THE BILL PROHIBITS FUNDING TO THE TITLE 10 FAMILY FAMILY PROGRAM A PROGRAM SPECIFICALLY CREATED TO ENSURE THAT WOMEN HAVE ACCESS TO HIGH QUALITY FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES TO PREVENT UNINTENDED PREGNANCY SERVICES. BY DENYING WOMEN TO FAMILY PLANNING, THE BILL WOULD HAVE A DEVASTATING IMPACT ON WOMEN AND FAMILIES ESPECIALLY LOW-INCOME WOMEN AND WOMEN IN RURAL COMMUNITIES. IN 2014, TITLE 10 FAMILY PLANNING CENTERS HELPED WOMEN AVERT 904,000, THAT'S 904,000 UNINTENDED PREGNANCIES. THE RATES OF UNINTENDED PREGNANCIES IN THE UNITED STATES, UNPLANNED BIRTH AND ABORTION EACH WOULD HAVE BEEN 33% HIGHER AND THE TEEN PREGNANCY RATE WOULD HAVE BEEN 30% HIRE. TITLE 10 PRIORS ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE INFORMATION AND COUNSELING REGARDLESS OF -- REGARDING ALL OF THEIR OPTIONS, THAT'S ALL OF THEIR OPTIONS IN A NEUTRAL AND FACTUAL MANNER INCLUDING ADOPTIONS. FOR. SO WOMEN, ADOPTION SERVICE AND COUNSELING MAY BE THE BEST OPTION, BUT WE MUST ENSURE THAT EVERY WOMAN HAS ACCESS TO ALL OPTIONS AND IS ABLE TO MAKE THE BEST CHOICE FOR HER AND HER FAMILY THIS BILL REPRESENTS YET ANOTHER MISSED OPPORTUNITY TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND PREVENT UNINTENDED PREGNANCY IN THIS COUNTRY THIS AMENDMENT USES FUNTING FROM OTHER PROGRAMS IN THE CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICE ACCOUNT THAT ARE CRITICAL TO THE WELL BEING OF CHILDREN, WOMEN, AND FAMILIES AS AN OFFSET FOR THIS NEW PROGRAM. FUNDING FOR HEAD START, THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE, PROGRAMS THAT HELP SERVE AND PROTECT RUNAWAY AND HOMELESS YOUTH AMONG OTHERS ARE AT RISK. I OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                    An amendment, offered by Mr. Murphy (PA), numbered 155 printed in House Report 115-297 to increase court-ordered Assisted Outpatient Treatment by $5 million to support the severely mentally ill, allowing them to get treatment in the community without incarceration or hospitalization.

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                                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                      I THANK THE GENTLELADY. I DO SHARE HER CONCERN. THAT'S WHY WE'RE ASKING…

                                                                      I THANK THE GENTLELADY. I DO SHARE HER CONCERN. THAT'S WHY WE'RE ASKING FOR $5 MILLION OF THE $39 PPT MILLION BE USED TO GIVE EXPECTANT MOTHERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN FULLY AND MAKE A DECISION BASED ON WHAT THEY WANT TO DO. IT IS ABOUT EDUCATION. IT IS ABOUT MAKING THEM FULLY AWARE. BUT THIS IS ABOUT ADOPTION. THIS IS NOT ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE. THIS IS NOT ABOUT TAKING ANYTHING AWAY FROM ANYBODY. THIS IS ABOUT GIVING THEM THE OPPORTUNITY UNDERSTAND THE OPTIONS THAT THEY DO HAVE IN AN UNPLANNED PREGNANCY. SO I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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                                                                  DEBATE

                                                                  Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 504, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Murphy (PA) amendment No. 155.

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                                                                    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

                                                                    At the conclusion of debate on the Murphy (PA) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Murphy (PA) 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 RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                      An amendment, offered by Mr. Kelly (PA), numbered 156 printed in House Report 115-297 to support funding of the Infant Adoption Awareness Training Program to train pregnancy and health counselors regarding how to offer adoption as an option to women with unplanned pregnancies.

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                                                                        MS. LEE

                                                                        THANK YOU. WHILE THIS AMENDMENT, AS I CLOSE, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOCUSES ON…

                                                                        THANK YOU. WHILE THIS AMENDMENT, AS I CLOSE, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOCUSES ON ADOPTION SERVICES, WE CANNOT IGNORE WHAT IS MISSING FROM THIS BILL AND THIS PROCESS. THAT'S AN OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT TO FUND TITLE X FAMILY PLANNING. WE MUST RESTORE FUNDING FOR FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES, INFORMS IN A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH THAT PRIORITIZES HEALTH PROMOTION EDUCATIONER ISES AS -- SERVICES AND CARE, AN APPROACH THAT INCLUDES SEX EDUCATION PROGRAMS, BETTER ACCESS TO BIRTH CONTROL AND REPRODUCT I HEALTH SERVICES. I'M EXTREMELY CONCERNED ABOUT THE CUT THIS AMENDMENT PROPOSES ON THE CHILDREN AND FAMILY ACCOUNT AT H.H.S. I OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT, THIS IS CUTTING FUNDS FROM HEAD START, RUNAWAY AND HOMELESS YOUTH GRANTS, COMMUNITY SERVICES BLACK GRANT AMONG OTHER CRITICAL PROGRAMS. THANK YOU AND I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                    DEBATE

                                                                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 504, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kelly (PA) amendment No. 156.

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                                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                      MR. KELLY

                                                                      I APPRECIATE THE GENTLELADY'S COMMENTS. WHAT THIS IS ABOUT IS ABOUT TWO…

                                                                      I APPRECIATE THE GENTLELADY'S COMMENTS. WHAT THIS IS ABOUT IS ABOUT TWO MILLION COUPLES WILLING TO ADOPT CHILDREN IN THE UNITED STATES. IT'S HARD FOR KNOW STAND HERE TODAY AND SAY IT WOULD BE A MUCH DIFFERENT WORLD IF PEOPLE WERE REALLY GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THEIR OPTIONS ARE AND BE ABLE TO FULFILL THE WISHES OF OVER TWO MILLION COUPLES IN THE UNITED STATES THAT ARE LOOKING TO ADOPT A CHILD. I THINK THAT'S INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT. AND I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY WE COULDN'T LOOK AT SOMETHING LIKE THIS AND SAY, THIS IS ABOUT ADOPTION. THAT'S ALL THIS IS ABOUT. THIS IS FULLY ENDORSED BY THE NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR ADOPTION. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO OFFER MY CONDOLENCES TO MS. DELAURO FOR THE LOSS OF HER MOTHER. SHE'S A WONDERFUL LADY AND I'M SURE SHE'LL LOOK BACK ON HER TIME WITH HER MOTHER WITH INJURY.

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                                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE AYES HAVE IT.…

                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                    On agreeing to the Kelly (PA) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

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                                                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, --

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                                                                      THE CHAIR

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

                                                                      THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE COMMITTEE RISE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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                                                                      Mr. Cole moved that the Committee now rise.

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                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                        MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                                        THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION, HAVING HAD…

                                                                        THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION, HAVING HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 3354, DIRECTS ME TO REPORT IT HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON.

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

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                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                      THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION REPORTS THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 3354 AND HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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                                                                    • 07:21:09 PM

                                                                      Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 3354 as unfinished business.

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                                                                        I SEND TO THE DESK A PRIVILEGE RED PORT FROM THE COMMITTEE ON RULES FOR…

                                                                        I SEND TO THE DESK A PRIVILEGE RED PORT FROM THE COMMITTEE ON RULES FOR FILING UNDER THE RULE.

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                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

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                                                                      Mr. Collins (GA) filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 513.

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                                                                        THE CLERK

                                                                        RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 369 , TO AMEND THE…

                                                                        RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 369 , TO AMEND THE IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY ACT WITH RESPECT TO ALIENS ASSOCIATED WITH CRIMINAL GANGS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES AND PROVIDING FOR PROCEEDINGS DURING THE PERIOD FROM SEPTEMBER 15, 2017, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 22, 2017.

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                                                                        TEMPORE REFERRED

                                                                        REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR ANDED ORED PRINTED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE…

                                                                        REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR ANDED ORED PRINTED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 504 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE -- COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION. WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. MITCHELL, KINDLY RESUME THE CHAIR.

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                                                                    • 07:21:44 PM

                                                                      Considered as unfinished business. 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."

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

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                                                                          THE CHAIR

                                                                          COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER…

                                                                          COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3354 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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                                                                          THE CHAIR

                                                                          APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, ENVIRONMENT AND RELATED…

                                                                          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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                                                                          THE CHAIR

                                                                          WHEN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ROSE EARLIER TODAY, AMENDMENT NUMBER 156,…

                                                                          WHEN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ROSE EARLIER TODAY, AMENDMENT NUMBER 156, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. KELLY, HAD BEEN DISPOSED OF. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 158 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OREGON SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                          I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                                          THE CHAIR

                                                                          THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                                        An amendment, offered by Ms. Bonamici, numbered 158 printed in House Report 115-297 to increase Aging and Disability Services by $51,000,000 and reduces General Departmental Management by $64,000,000 to provide additional funding for Older Americans Act Title III, parts B, C, and E nutrition programs.

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                                                                          THE CLERK

                                                                          AMENDMENT NUMBER 158 PRINTED IN ULOUS POE -- HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED…

                                                                          AMENDMENT NUMBER 158 PRINTED IN ULOUS POE -- HOUSE REPORT 115-297 OFFERED BY MS. BONAMICI OF OREGON.

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                                                                      DEBATE

                                                                      Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 504, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Bonamici amendment No. 158.

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                                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OREGON, MS. BONAMICI AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL…

                                                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OREGON, MS. BONAMICI AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OREGON.

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                                                                        MS. BONAMICI

                                                                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO INCREASE FUNDING…

                                                                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR SENIOR NUTRITION PROGRAMS UNDER TITLE III THEY HAVE OLDER AMERICANS ACTS. MY AMENDMENT FUNDS THESE LEVELS AT -- FUNDS THESE PROGRAMS AT LEVELS AUTHORIZED BY THE HOUSE LAST YEAR. WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF AN UNPRECEDENTED DEMOGRAPHIC SHIFT AS THIS COUNTRY AGES. THE POPULATION OF OLDER ADULTS IS GROWING FASTER THAN AT ANY TIME IN HISTORY. AS WE GO OLDER, WE ALL WANT PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO BE ABLE TO AGE WITH DIGNITY, HELL, AND INDEPENDENCE, IN THEIR OWN COMMUNITIES, FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE. FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS, THE OLDER AMERICANS ACT SUPPORTED COMMUNITY BASED PROVIDERS THAT REACH MORE THAN 11 MILLION SENIORS AN CARE GIVERS ANNUALLY. IN EACH AND EVERY ONE OF OUR DISTRICTS, PROVIDING PERSON-CENTERED ASSISTANCE TO HELP PEOPLE AGE IN PLACE.

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

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                                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. IS THERE A MEMBER SEEKING TIME IN OPPOSITION IN…

                                                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. IS THERE A MEMBER SEEKING TIME IN OPPOSITION IN THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                      • 07:26:39 PM

                                                                        MR. COLE

                                                                        I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN OPPOSITION.

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                                                                        MR. COLE

                                                                        I APPRECIATE THE GENTLELADY'S CONCERN FOR PROGRAMS THAT SUPPORT VULNERABLE…

                                                                        I APPRECIATE THE GENTLELADY'S CONCERN FOR PROGRAMS THAT SUPPORT VULNERABLE SENIORS. I FEEL MY COMMITTEES HAS PROVIDED INCREASES FOR THESE PROGRAMS IN PRIOR YEARS BECAUSE WE UNDERSTAND HOW VALUABLE AND IMPORTANT THEY ARE FOR KEEPING SENIORS IN IN THEIR HOMES. AS THE GENTLELADY KNOWS, OUR SUBCOMMITTEE RECEIVED AN ALLEGATION BELOW LAST YEAR'S LEVEL AND WE WERE NOT ABLE TO PRIDE AN INCREASE LEVEL. THE AMENDMENT REDUCES THE ADMINISTRATION FUNDS AVAILABLE TO HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. THIS WOULD HINDER THE SECRETARY'S ABILITY TO ADMINISTER THE AGENCY. NOR REASON, I OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. I RESERVE THE PLANS OF MY TIME.

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                                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                        MS. BONAMICI

                                                                        THANK YOU, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE…

                                                                        THANK YOU, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION AN WORK FORCE COMMITTEE, MR. SCOTT OF VIRGINIA.

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                                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                        MR. SCOTT

                                                                        I'D LIKE TO THANK THE VICE RANKING MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE…

                                                                        I'D LIKE TO THANK THE VICE RANKING MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE, MS. BONAMICI, FOR OFFERING THE AMENDMENT AND HER LEADERSHIP IN ISSUES AFFECTING OLDER AMERICANS. THE OLDER AMERICANS ACT WAS PASSED 50 YEARS AGO AS PART OF LYNDON JOHNSON'S WAR ON POVERTY. IT HELPS OLDER MORE THANS LIVE IN DIGNITY AND STAY IN THEIR COMMUNS. I'M PROUD THAT LAST YEAR WE WERE ABLE TO PASS A THREE-YEAR RE-AUTHORIZATION THAT INCREASED FUNDING FOR THE PROGRAMS BUT HAD OUR INVESTMENTS IN THESE PROGRAMS KEPT UP WITH INFLATION AND GROWING MOPLATION, THE AUTHORIZATION LEVELS WOULD HAVE BEEN EVEN MUCH MORE. BUT THANKFULLY, THE RE-AUTHORIZATION MOVED US IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION THIS AMENDMENT WILL BRING FUNDING FOR SUPPORT OF SERVICE, NUTRITION PROGRAMS AND CAREGIVER SUPPORT IN LINE WITH THE AUTHORIZED LEVELS EVEN THOUGH THESE ARE NOT FULLY ADEQUATE TO ADDRESS THE TOTAL NEED, IT'S ANOTHER STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. SO I SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND OUR COMMITMENT TO OLDER AMERICANS. WE CAN MAINTAIN THAT COMMITMENT BY ADOPTING THIS AMENDMENT. SO I THANK THE GENTLELADY AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                        MR. COLE

                                                                        I RESERVE.

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                                                                        MS. BONAMICI

                                                                        CAN I INQUIRE THE REMAINING TIME?

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                                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                                        ONE MINUTE.

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                                                                        MS. BONAMICI

                                                                        I YIELD 45 SECONDS TO CONGRESSWOMAN LEE FROM THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE.

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                                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                        MS. LEE

                                                                        LET ME THANK YOU SO MUCH MORE, CONGRESSWOMAN, FOR INTRODUCING THIS…

                                                                        LET ME THANK YOU SO MUCH MORE, CONGRESSWOMAN, FOR INTRODUCING THIS AMENDMENT. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF IT. WE HAVE TO REALLY LET OUR SENIORS KNOW THAT WE CARE ABOUT THEM. MY MOTHER PASSED AWAY A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, SHE WAS 90 YEARS OLD. I RECOGNIZE PERSONALLY THE IMPORTANCE OF COMPREHENSIVE SERVICES TO ENSURE THAT OUR SENIORS HAVE QUALITY OF LIFE THAT THEY SO DESERVE IN THEIR SENIOR YEARS. THEY ALSO -- THIS ALSO HELPS TAXPAYERS AND FAMILIES AVOID PAYING FOR MORE EXPENSIVE HEALTH CARE AND LONG-TERM CARE SERVICES. SO THANK YOU AGAIN, THANK YOU ON BHF OF MY CONSTITUENTS, THIS WILL STRENGTHEN OUR COMMUNITIES AND I ASK FOR AN AYE VOTE.

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                                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                        MR. COLE

                                                                        CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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                                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                        MS. BONAMICI

                                                                        I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT THAT IS A GOOD INVESTMENT…

                                                                        I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT THAT IS A GOOD INVESTMENT TO SAVE IN THE LONG-TERM AND TAKE CARE OF OUR SENIORS AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                      • 07:30:06 PM

                                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK.

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                                                                        MR. COLE

                                                                        I YIELD BACK. CHOI THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE…

                                                                        I YIELD BACK. CHOI THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OREGON. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. . THE NOES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 160 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-297. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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