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House Session - October 31, 2017

The House met for Morning Hour, with members permitted to speak on any topic.

Speakers:
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  • 12:00:00 PM

    The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

    • 12:00:09 PM

      The Speaker designated the Honorable A. Drew Ferguson IV to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

      • 12:00:10 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 12:00:19 PM

        THE CLERK

        THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. OCTOBER 31, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT…

        THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. OCTOBER 31, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE DREW A. FERGUSON THE FOURTH TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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      • 12:00:38 PM

        TEMPORE PURSUANT

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  • 12:00:58 PM

    MORNING-HOUR DEBATE

    The House proceeded with Morning-Hour Debate. At the conclusion of Morning-Hour, the House will recess until 2:00 p.m. for the start of legislative business.

    • 12:01:16 PM

      BORDELLO MS.

      GUAM, MISS BORDELLO, MR. SPEAKER, I AM INDEED PROUD TO INTRODUCE THE LWCF…

      GUAM, MISS BORDELLO, MR. SPEAKER, I AM INDEED PROUD TO INTRODUCE THE LWCF PARITY FOR TERRITORIES AND D.C. ACT. WITH THE SUPPORT OF ALL SIX MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE REPRESENTING OUR U.S. TERRITORIES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AS ORIGINAL CO-SPONSORS. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BIPARTISAN BILL GIVES PARITY TO GUAM, THE OTHER TERRITORIES, AND D.C. IN ANNUAL FUNDING FROM THE FEDERAL LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND. THE CURRENT LAW REQUIRES THE TERRITORIES AND D.C. TO SPLIT SIX WAYS A SINGLE STATE'S ANNUAL LWCF ALLOCATION. THIS BILL FIXES THIS DISPARATE BY PROVIDING -- DISPARITY BY PROVIDING A FULL STATE'S ANNUAL LWCF ALLOCATION. THIS BILL STATE EQUIVALENT SHARE OF THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND FUNDING FOR EACH TERRITORY AND D.C. EVERY YEAR. THIS ADDITIONAL FUNDING IS NEEDED TO IMPROVE OUR PUBLIC PARKS, OUR OUTDOOR SPORTS FIELDS, AND COMMUNITY OPEN SPACES ON GUAM AND THE OTHER TERRITORIES. ESPECIALLY AS PUERTO RICO AND THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS REBUILD FROM RECENT HURRICANES. MR. SPEAKER, I ENCOURAGE OUR COLLEAGUES TO CO-SPONSOR THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION AND SUPPORT THE LWCF PARITY FOR THE TERRITORIES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. I THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 12:03:06 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR I ENCOURAGE OUR COLLEAGUES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE,…

      THE CHAIR I ENCOURAGE OUR COLLEAGUES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, FOR FIVE MINUTES. RECOGNIZES

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    • 12:03:23 PM

      MR. POE

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. GOVERNMENTS, MILITARIES, AND CIVILIZATIONS,…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. GOVERNMENTS, MILITARIES, AND CIVILIZATIONS, SOMETIMES

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    • 12:03:26 PM

      MR. POE

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. GOVERNMENTS, MILITARIES, AND CIVILIZATIONS,…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. GOVERNMENTS, MILITARIES, AND CIVILIZATIONS, SOMETIMES IGNORE HISTORY TO JUSTIFY THEIR ACTIONS AGAINST INDIVIDUALS. BIT OF HISTORY IS IMPORTANT HERE. WHEN THE BRITISH CONTROLLED THE COLONIES, THEY HEAVILY TAXED THE COLONIES. CITIZENS HAD TO PAY A TAX ON GOODS THEY BROUGHT IN TO THE COLONIES. THE COLONIES HAD NO SAY SO ON THE IMPOSITION OF THOSE TAXES. THAT'S ANOTHER ISSUE. THE KING ISSUED WRITS OF ASSISTANCE, WHAT THAT WAS WAS A PIECE OF PAPER ALLOWING THE BRITISH MILITARY TO GO INTO BUSINESSES AND HOMES UNREASONABLY TO JUST SEARCH TO SEE IF THE COLONIES WERE PAYING A TAX ON IMPORTED GOODS. FOR EXAMPLE, JOHN HANCOCK WAS A MERCHANT. THEY WOULD SEARCH HIS BUSINESS TO SEE IF HE HAD THE TAX STAMP ON THE RUM HE BROUGHT IN TO THE COLONIES. EXAMPLE, JOHN HANCOCK THE RIGHT OF PRIVACY AND THE RIGHT TO SAY SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR TAXES WERE TWO REASONS FOR THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION THAT CAME ABOUT. THE RIGHT OF PRIVACY IS A NATURAL RIGHT AS THOMAS JEFFERSON SAID. ONE OF THE RIGHTS GIVEN TO US BY OUR CREATOR. SO OUR ANCESTORS WROTE THE FOURTH AMENDMENT UNIQUE TO THE UNITED STATES. HERE'S WHAT IT SAYS. THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO BE SECURE IN THEIR PERSONS, HOUSES, PAPER, AND EFFECTS AGAINST UNREASONABLE SOICHTS AND SEIZURES SHALL NOT -- SEARCHES AND DESURE SHALL NOT BE VIOLATED AND NO WARRANTS SHALL BE ISSUED EXCEPT ON PROBABLE CAUSE SUPPORTED BY AN OATH, THAT MEANS THE OFFICER HAS TO SWEAR TO IT, DESCRIBING THE PLACE TO BE SEARCHED AND THE PERSONS OR THINGS TO BE SEIZED. FOURTH AMENDMENT. WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH US TODAY? I'LL EXPLAIN. CONGRESS HAS PASSED THE FISA LEGISLATION, THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT. WHICH ALLOWS GOVERNMENT TO GO AFTER TERRORISTS AND PEOPLE WHO ARE WORKING AS AN AGENT OF A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT AND SEARCH THEIR INFORMATION. AND THEY GO TO A SECRET COURT AND GET A SECRET WARRANT, CALLED A FISA WARRANT FROM A FISA JUDGE TO ALLOW THAT SEARCH OF ALL THAT INFORMATION. SEPARATE THE BAD GUY FROM AMERICANS WHO THEY MAY BE COMMUNICATING WITH UNRELATED TO TERRORISM. THEY MAY BE COUSINS TALKING ABOUT WHATEVER. AND GOVERNMENT, OUR GOVERNMENT, N.S.A., SEIZES THAT INFORMATION ON AMERICA-E AMERICANS, EMAILS, CONVERSATIONS -- ON AMERICANS, EMAILS, CONVERSATIONS, SEIZES THAT INFORMATION AND KEEPS IT FOREVER. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENS AND THE VIOLATION OF AMERICANS' RIGHT OF PRIVACY. GOVERNMENT THEN CAN GO BACK INTO THAT INFORMATION UNRELATED TO TERRORISM TO SEARCH TO SEE IF THOSE PEOPLE ARE PAYING THEIR TAXES. MAYBE SOMEBODY DIDN'T PAY THEIR TAXES ON IMPORTATION OF IRISH WHISKEY. SO THEN GOVERNMENT, I.R.S., FILES A CASE, A CRIMINAL CASE AGAINST THAT AMERICAN CITIZEN. REMEMBER, ALL OF THAT INFORMATION WAS BASED UPON NO PROBABLE CAUSE ISSUED BY A REAL JUDGE. WE'RE GETTING READY TO RE-AUTHORIZE, MAYBE, FISA, FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT. BEFORE WE DO THAT, WE NEED TO PROTECT AMERICANS' RIGHT OF PRIVACY IN A SECTION CALLED 702, IT GETS DOWN IN THE WEEDS, AND 702 HAS BEEN ABUSED BY GOVERNMENT TO SEIZE AMERICAN INFORMATION AND THEN KEEP FOREVER AND GOVERNMENT THEN PERUSES THAT BASED UPON THEIR HIGH-TECH GUYS IN THE N.S.A. TO SEE IF CRIMES WERE COMMITTED OR NOT. THEY HAVE NO WARRANT. NO PROBABLE CAUSE. NOBODY SWORN TO THE WARRANT. I USED TO BE A JUDGE. I SIGNED LOTS OF PROBABLE CAUSE WARRANTS. GOVERNMENT SAYS WELL WE GOT IT BECAUSE WE WERE LOOKING FOR A TERRORIST AND IT'S AN INCIDENTAL SEARCH AND WANT TO KEEP IT. THAT'S A VIOLATION OF THE CONSTITUTION. WE SHOULD MAKE SURE AMERICANS' RIGHT OF PRIVACY IS PROTECTED BEFORE WE RE-AUTHORIZE FISA. AND TO ILLUSTRATE, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT, MR. SPEAKER, TO INTRODUCE THIS ARTICLE, THE SECRET COURT REBUKES N.S.A. FOR FIVE-YEAR ILLEGAL SURVEILLANCE OF AMERICAN CITIZENS. ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INTRODUCE THIS.

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    • 12:07:45 PM

      TEMPORE WITHOUT

      MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST REMEMBER HISTORY. WE MUST NOT ABUSE THE FOURTH OF…

      MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST REMEMBER HISTORY. WE MUST NOT ABUSE THE FOURTH OF AMERICAN CITIZENS. AMENDMENT. AND IT'S CONGRESS' RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT THE NATURAL RIGHT OF CITIZENS, RIGHT OF PRIVACY, GET A WARRANT, OR AMENDMENT. AND DON'T MAKE A SEARCH. THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:08:04 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. COHEN, FOR FIVE…

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

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    • 12:08:08 PM

      MR. COHEN

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF A CONSTITUTIONAL…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT I INTRODUCED TODAY TO PREVENT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OR ANY FUTURE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES FROM PARDONING HIMSELF OR HERSELF, MEMBERS OF THEIR FAMILY, MEMBERS OF THEIR ADMINISTRATION, OR MEMBERS OF THEIR PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN. MONDAY'S INDICTMENT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN, PAUL MANNA FOR THE, AND GUILTY PLEA OF GUILTY PLEA OF ANOTHER CAMPAIGN STAFF MEMBER, DEMONSTRATE HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR CONGRESS TO ACT. THE PARDON POWER IS SUPPOSED TO BE A SAFETY VALVE AGAINST INJUSTICE. A VESTIGE FROM WHEN WE WERE PART OF BRITAIN AND THE KING HAD THIS POWER. WE'RE NO LONGER PART OF BRITAIN AND THE PARDON POWER IS BE AS COMPLETE AS IT IS. IT'S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE A WAY FOR PRESIDENTS TO PUT THEMSELVES, THEIR FAMILIES, AND MEMBERS THAT POWER SHOULD NOT OF THE LAW. THE LAW. TO OBSTRUCT JUSTCIES 'TIS THERE IS AN INVESTIGATION OF WRONGDOING. UNLESS WE CHANGE THE CONSTITUTION, THIS IS HOW IT CAN BE USED AND MAY BE USED. WE SHOULD STOP THIS CONFLICT OF INTEREST FROM EVER ARISING. THERE ARE ALREADY SERIOUS QUESTIONS THEIR ADMINISTRATION AND THEIR CAMPAIGN TEAM ABOVE SWIRLING AROUND THE CURRENT PRESIDENT, HIS FAMILY, MEMBERS OF HIS ADMINISTRATION, AND HIS CAMPAIGN STAFF. INCLUDING POSSIBLE COLLUSION WITH RUSSIA DURING THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, CURRENTLY BEING INVESTIGATED BY SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT MUELLER. TO ENSURE EVERYONE IS TREATED EQUALLY UNDER THE LAW, WE NEED TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION TO NARROW THE SCOPE OF THE PARDON POWER. FOR SOME WHO MAY SAY THIS IS BECAUSE -- ONLY BECAUSE OF THE CURRENT PRESIDENT, I WOULD SAY I OBJECTED TO THE PARDON OF A BROTHER OF A PRESIDENT IN THE PAST. AND IN 1977, I PROPOSED CHANGING THE PARDON POWER IN TENNESSEE THROUGH A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION ITEM THAT WOULD HAVE SENT FOUR SUPREME COURT JUSTICES WHO DISAPPROVE OF A GUBERNATORIAL PARDON. I ALSO PROPOSED IN 2007 AND THIS CONGRESS A CHANGE TO THE PARDON POWER WHERE THE SUPREME COURT OF OUR UNITED STATES BY A VOTE OF SIX MEMBERS COULD VETO A PARDON. THE PARDON POWERS' A VESTIGE FROM DAYS GONE BY. NOT SOMETHING WE SHOULD HAVE COMPLETE AND TOTAL ABILITY OF THE PRESIDENT TO USE TO PARDON WHOMEVER AND WHATEVER HE PLEASES AND TO OBSTRUCT JUSTICE. I ASK MY MEMBERS, FELLOW MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN THIS AMENDMENT TO PROTECT AMERICA, SEE THAT OUR CONSTITUTION IS CURRENT AND REFLECTS OUR VALUES. AND NOT TO BE COMPLICIT AMENDMENT TO IN ANY ACTIVITY THAT IS THIS PRESIDENT MAY USE WITH THE PARDON POWER TO FREE UP WRONGDOERS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 12:10:45 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. MARSHALL, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. MARSHALL, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 12:11:03 PM

      MARSHALL MR.

      MR. SPEAKER, GROWING UP IN KANSAS I HAD MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO VISIT THE…

      MR. SPEAKER, GROWING UP IN KANSAS I HAD MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO VISIT THE DWIGHT DAVID EISENHOWER PRESIDENTIAL MUSEUM LIBRARY, AND CHILDHOOD HOME. SOME OF MY GREATEST MEMORIES WOULD GO BACK TO VISITING IKE ON MY 10TH BIRTHDAY MY ENTIRE FAMILY DROVE UP TO ABILENE KANSAS TO VISIT THE MUSEUM. LATER ON IN ROTARY, MULTIPLE OPPORTUNITIES TO GO THERE TO THE MUSEUM AND TO HIS LIBRARY AND HONOR IKE. PERHAPS THE GREATEST MEMORY I HAVE WAS WHEN MY FATHER WAS ALLOWED TO REPRESENT KANSAS IN IKE'S HONOR GUARD DURING HIS FUNERAL PROCESSION FROM WASHINGTON, D.C., TO ABILENE, KANSAS. I FOUND IKE'S DEVOTION TO PUBLIC SERVICE, HIS LEADERSHIP AND INTEGRITY TO BE INSPIRING BOTH IN HIS ROLE AS SUPREME ALLIED COMMANDER DURING WORLD WAR II, AND TIME AS THE 34TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. IN OCTOBER OF 1999, THIS CONGRESS RECOGNIZED THE SIGNIFICANCE OF GENERAL EISENHOWER TO THE UNITED STATES AND PASSED LEGISLATION DIRECTING THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NATIONAL MEMORIAL IN HIS HONOR. THIS WEEK, THIS VERY WEEK, THIS FRIDAY, THE EISENHOWER MEMORIAL COMMISSION WILL FINALLY BREAK GROUND ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF THIS MEMORIAL TO COMMEMORATE THE FAVORITE SON OF KANSAS HERE IN OUR NATION'S CAPITOL CAPITAL. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE AND THANK THIS MEMORIAL SEVERAL OTHER KANSAS LEGENDS PART OF THIS COMMISSION. SENATORS BOB DOLE, PAT ROBBERS, AND SENATOR KASSEBAUM FOR THEIR WORK IN ACHIEVING THIS MILESTONE. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SHARING HIS LEGACY TO DOLE, PAT AGAIN RACIALS TO COME. MR. SPEAKER, NOVEMBER IS PREMATURITY AWARENESS MONTH. I RISE TODAY TO DISCUSS THE FIGHT TO PREVENT PREMATURE BIRTHS. I REMEMBER MY VERY FIRST NIGHT ALONE AT BAY FRONT MEDICAL CENTER AS A SECOND YEAR OB/GYN RESIDENT WHEN I WAS SUMMONED TO THE LABOR UNIT AT 2:00 IN THE MORE. THERE I FOUND A YOUNG LADY WHO WAS BLEEDING TO DEATH AS THE PLACENTA WAS TEARING AWAY FROM HER UTERUS. AS WE RUSHED HER BACK TO THE OPERATING ROOM,DY A QUICK SONOGRAM TO FIGURE OUT IF THESE BABIES WERE VIABLE. JUNS GLANCING AT HER SHE LOOKED LIKE SHE WAS 22 OR 23 WEEKS ALONG. I QUICKLY SAW NOT ONLY WAS THERE ONE BABY, BUT TWO BABIES. THOUGH WE GOT THE BABIES OUT IN LESS THAN 30 SECONDS, BOTH OF THOSE BABIES PERISHED FROM THEIR EXTREME PREMATURITY. THAT'S BEEN 25, 30 YEARS AGO, MR. SPEAKER. AND TO THIS DAY PREMATURITY IS STILL THE NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF DEATH FOR INFANTS. ONE OUT OF 10 BABIES ARE STILLBORN PREMATURE. AND ONE OUT OF THREE OF THOSE STILL DY. THOUGH WE HAVE DONE A GREAT JOB IN TREETH THESE PREMATURE BABIES, WE HAVE DONE VERY LITTLE TO LOWER THE INCIDENTS OF PREMATURE BIRTHS. THAT'S WHY I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THIS PROBLEM AND TO TELL EVERYONE THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT PREMATURE BIRTH IS EARLY PRENATAL CARE. THAT'S WHY WHEREVER I HAVE BEEN, WHETHER A RESIDENCY IN ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA, OR DELIVERING BABIES IN KANSAS, IN KANSAS, I MADE SURE THAT EVERY PATIENT REGARDLESS OF THEIR ABILITY TO PAY HAD EARLY ACCESS TO PRENATAL CARE EARLY ON IN THEIR PREGNANCY AND HOPEFULLY IDENTIFY THE RISK THAT MIGHT LEAD TO PREMATURE BIRTH. MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK IS NATIONAL VETERANS SMALL BUSINESS WEEK EARLY ON IN THEIR PREGNANCY AND HOPEFULLY IDENTIFY THE SO I RISE TODAY TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE CONTRIBUTION THAT THESE FOLKS HAVE GIVEN NOT ONLY TO THE SERVICE TO THEIR COUNTRY BUT ALSO TO THEIR COMMUNITIES AND BUSINESSES. VETERANS BRING A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP. TAKING LEADERSHIP SKILLS THEY DEVELOPED DURING THE MILITARY CAREERS AND APPLYING TO IT TO STARTING A GROWING BUSINESS. NEARLY ONE IN EVERY 10 BUSINESSES IN THIS COUNTRY IS OWNED BY A VETERAN, CREATING ANNUAL SALES OF OVER $1 TRILLION EACH OTHER AND EMPLOYING OVER FIVE MILLION AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THESE VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESSES ARE A PILLAR OF OUR COMMUNITIES. I APPLAUD THE SUCCESS OF THESE VETERAN ENTREPRENEURS BOTH IN KANSAS AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN CELEBRATING NATIONAL VETERANS SMALL BUSINESS WEEK. MR. SPEAKER, THERE'S SO MANY VETERAN BUSINESSES I CAN HONOR TODAY, BUT JUST A VERY FEW OF THEM LISTED. FROM OUR OWN FORT RILEY AREA, JUNCTION CITY. KYOITY BARB, DISABLED VETERANS ENGRAVING SERVICES. MOBILE GAMING. MASTER CUT LAWN AND LANDSCAPE, J.C. CROSS FIT, 360 KAYAKING, STUDIO PINK, CANDY BOUTIQUE. MR. SPEAKER, THOSE ARE JUST BUT A FEW OF THE VETERAN-LED BUSINESSES IN MY OWN DISTRICT AND WE'RE SO PROUD OF THEM AND SALUTE THEM ON THIS WEEK. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK. .

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    • 12:15:30 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. FITZPATRICK,…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. FITZPATRICK, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 12:15:40 PM

      MR. FITZPATRICK

      MR. SPEAKER, SEVERAL ECONOMIC INDICATORS SHOW US THAT OUR ECONOMY IS…

      MR. SPEAKER, SEVERAL ECONOMIC INDICATORS SHOW US THAT OUR ECONOMY IS GROWING. THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS DOWN. THE STOCK MARKET IS UP. CONSUMER CONFIDENCE IS AT ITS HIGHEST LEVEL IN OVER A DECADE AND BUSINESSES ARE STARTING TO INVEST IN THEIR FUTURE AGAIN. HOWEVER, WE CANNOT REST ON THIS SHORT-TERM SNAPSHOT. FOR TOO LONG TOP-DOWN POLICIES FROM WASHINGTON HAVE BUILT A SYSTEM THAT'S BASED ON PROTECTING THE STATUS QUO RATHER THAN HELPING SMALL BUSINESSES AND MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES. WE NEED TO EMBRACE THE GOVERNING VISION THAT ADVANCES THE AMERICAN DREAM AND PUTS JOBS AND ECONOMIC GROWTH ABOVE THE PARTISANSHIP THAT TOO OFTEN DIVIDES US. AND THIS STARTS WITH TAX REFORM. IF THIS CONGRESS IS SERIOUS ABOUT STANDING UP FOR MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES AND UNLEASING THE POWER OF THE AMERICAN ECONOMY, TAX REFORM IS THE NATURAL STARTING POINT. THE MODEL IS STRAIGHTFORWARD. WE NEED TO SIMPLIFY THE RIDICULOUSLY COMPLEX INTERNAL REVENUE CODE, ELIMINATE THE LOOPHOLES THAT ALLOW CORPORATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS TO AVOID PAYING THEIR FAIR SHARE, LOWER THE RATES FOR MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES AND FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND TO BROADEN THE TAX BASE. WE HAD THE CHANCE TO MAKE REAL LASTING CHANGES TO OUR BROKEN AND BLOATED TAX SYSTEM AND WE NEED TO ACT NOW. AS A C.P.A. AND A MEMBER OF THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE AND AS A CONCERNED TAXPAYER, I'M COMMITTED TO FIGHTING FOR REAL TAX REFORM BASED ON THREE CORE PRINCIPLES -- ENCOURAGING GROWTH, SIMPLIFYING THE TAX CODE ITSELF AND INCREASING SERVICE FOR THE TAXPAYERS. THE TIME IS NOW TO ACT. MR. SPEAKER, EARLIER THIS YEAR BRISTOL WON THE SMALL BUSINESS REVOLUTION EARNING A GRANT THROUGH SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP. INTEGRAL TO THIS EFFORT WITH A BILL, AN INDIVIDUAL WHO DEFINES EVERYTHING THAT'S GREAT ABOUT BUCKS COUNTY AND EVERYTHING THAT'S GREAT ABOUT BRISTOL BOROUGH. BILL IS A LIFE-LONG RESIDENT TO BRISTOL. HE HAS SERVED THE COMMUNITY AS AN EDUCATOR ON THE COUNCIL, AS A MEMBER OF THE SCHOOL BOARD AND AS A COMMUNITY ACTIVIST. HE CHAMPIONED LOCAL BUSINESSES, CREATING AN ORGANIZATION CALLED RAISING THE BAR, A PROGRAM WHICH BROUGHT COMMUNITY LEADERS AND BUSINESS OWNERS TOGETHER TO SUPPORT THE LOCAL BRISTOL BOROUGH COMMUNITY. FOCUSED ON DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNITY PRESERVATION, HE CONTINUES TO FIND NEW WAYS TO SERVE THE BRISTOL COMMUNITY TODAY. BILL WOULD BE THE FIRST ONE TO TELL YOU THAT THE MANY RECOGNITIONS HE HAS EARNED THROUGHOUT THE YEARS BELONG TO THE COMMUNITY AND NOT JUST TO HIM WHICH IS A TRUE SIGN OF HIS CHARACTER. HOWEVER, MR. SPEAKER, IT IS MY HONOR TO RECOGNIZE BILL TODAY FOR BEING NAMED PERSON OF THE YEAR AT THIS YEAR'S BRISTOL FALL CLASSIC. I AM DEEPLY GRATEFUL TO BILL FOR THE POSITIVE IMPACT ON OUR COMMUNITY AND I CONGRATULATE HIM, HIS WIFE, KAREN, AND HIS ENTIRE FAMILY FOR THIS MUCH-DESERVED RECOGNITION. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:19:04 PM

      TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

      PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS UNTIL 2:00 P.M.

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    • 12:19:08 PM

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      2:00 P.M.

  • 12:19:19 PM

    Recess

    The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 P.M. today.

    • 01:59:45 PM

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      THE START OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS. LIVE COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE HERE ON…

      THE START OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS. LIVE COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE HERE ON C-SPAN. [CAPTIONS COPYRIGHT NATIONAL CABLE SATELLITE CORP. 2017] [CAPTIONING PERFORMED BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS CAPTION CONTENT AND ACCURACY. VISIT NCICAP.ORG]

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  • 02:00:19 PM

    Reconvened

    The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of October 31.

    • 02:00:23 PM

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

      • 02:00:26 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE

      • 02:00:30 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        ALL RISE. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRASHEPRABE WILL BE OFFERED BY…

        ALL RISE. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRASHEPRABE WILL BE OFFERED BY OUR FATHER, CHAPLAIN CONROY.

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      • 02:01:39 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. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1 THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. . THE PLEDGE PLEBLING WILL BE LED BY GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. WILSON.

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    • 02:01:43 PM

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

    • 02:01:44 PM

      PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

      • 02:01:52 PM

        MR. WILSON

        EVERYONE, INCLUDING OUR GUESTS IN THE GALLERY, PLEASE JOIN N I PLEDGE…

        EVERYONE, INCLUDING OUR GUESTS IN THE GALLERY, PLEASE JOIN N 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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      • 02:02:01 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 October 27, 2017 at 9:48 a.m.: That the Senate agreed to the House amendment to S. 782 and the Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 28.

        • 02:02:12 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        • 02:02:14 PM

          THE MESSENGER

          MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. THE…

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

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        • 02:02:17 PM

          THE SECRETARY

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        • 02:02:19 PM

          THE SECRETARY

          SECRETARY. THE SECRETARY: I AM DIRECTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED…

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

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        • 02:02:26 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

        • 02:02:31 PM

          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 MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE ON OCTOBER 27, 2017, AT 9: 48 A.M. THAT THE SENATE CONCURS IN THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO THE BILL SENATE 782. THAT THE SENATE AGREED TO SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 28. WITH BEST WISHES I AM, SIGNED SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS.

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    • 02:03:00 PM

      ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

      The House proceeded with one minute speeches.

      • 02:03:03 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

        THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      • 02:03:12 PM

        MR. WILSON

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

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

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      • 02:03:17 PM

        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

      • 02:03:19 PM

        MR. WILSON

        MR. SPEAKER, I AM GRATEFUL TO RECOGNIZE THE STATEWIDE CONSORTIUM OF 10…

        MR. SPEAKER, I AM GRATEFUL TO RECOGNIZE THE STATEWIDE CONSORTIUM OF 10 INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN SOUTH CAROLINA FOR RECEIVING A FIVE-YEAR RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT TRACK 1 GRANT FROM THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION'S ESTABLISHED PROGRAM TO STIMULATE COMPETITIVE RESEARCH. THIS GRANT LED TO THE CREATION OF THE MATERIALS ASSEMBLY AND DESIGN IN SOUTH CAROLINA INITIATIVE OR, MADE IN SOUTH CAROLINA. TO CREATE JOBS. THIS GRANT ENCOURAGES SMALL BUSINESSES TO GROW BY PROVIDING SEED MONEY THROUGHOUT SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION RESEARCH AND SMALL BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AWARDS TO BUSINESSES AND MATERIALS RELATED PROJECTS. THIS CONSORTIUM WILL FURTHER FOSTER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE STATE BY FOCUSING ON ADVANCED MATERIALS DISCOVERY AND OPT MIIZATIONAL EFFORTS THAT ARE IN HIGH DEMAND. MADE IN S.C. WILL BOOST THE MANUFACTURING MATERIALS SCIENCE WORK FORCE BY ADDING NEW UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS AND EXPANDING CURRENT COURSE WORK WHICH WILL PROVIDE AND INCREASE THE SKILL LABOR WORK FORCE. AS A PROPONENT OF CREATING JOBS AND ENCOURAGING MANUFACTURING ACROSS SOUTH CAROLINA, LIKE FORWARD TO SEEING THESE HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS UTILIZING THE GRANT TO STIMULATE SMALL BUSINESS GROWTH, JOBS, AND VALUABLE RESEARCH. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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    • 02:04:51 PM

      Recess

      The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for approximately 5:00 P.M. today.

      • 02:04:57 PM

        TEMPORE PURSUANT

      • 05:00:29 PM

        >>

        LIVE ON C-SPAN3 AND ONLINE AT C-SPAN.ORG. LIVE NOW TO THE U.S. HOUSE WHERE…

        LIVE ON C-SPAN3 AND ONLINE AT C-SPAN.ORG. LIVE NOW TO THE U.S. HOUSE WHERE MEMBERS PLAN TO DEBATE FOUR BILLS FROM THE AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT. VOTES AND SPEECHES AT 6:30 P.M. EASTERN. QUESTIONS AT A LATER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    • 05:00:31 PM

      Reconvened

      The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of October 31.

      • 05:00:41 PM

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

        • 05:00:48 PM

          >>

          MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2921.

        • 05:00:54 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

        • 05:00:57 PM

          THE CLERK

          H.R. 2921, A BILL TO ESTABLISH A VEGETATION MANAGEMENT PILOT PROGRAM ON…

          H.R. 2921, A BILL TO ESTABLISH A VEGETATION MANAGEMENT PILOT PROGRAM ON NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM LAND TO BETTER PROTECT UTILITY INFRASTRUCTURE FROM PASSING WILDFIRE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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      • 05:01:07 PM

        Mr. Crawford moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 2921 — "To establish a vegetation management pilot program on National Forest System land to better protect utility infrastructure from passing wildfire, and for other purposes."

        • 05:01:09 PM

          Considered under suspension of the rules.

        • 05:01:10 PM

          DEBATE

          The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2921.

          • 05:01:12 PM

            TEMPORE PURSUANT

            PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. CRAWFORD, AND THE…

            PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. CRAWFORD, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO, MS. FUNNEL, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. -- MS. FUDGE, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS.

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          • 05:01:27 PM

            MR. CRAWFORD

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

          • 05:01:30 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 05:01:32 PM

            MR. CRAWFORD

            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 BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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          • 05:01:38 PM

            TEMPORE WITHOUT

            WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

          • 05:01:39 PM

            MR. CRAWFOR

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2921, THE NATIONAL…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2921, THE NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM VEGETATION MANAGEMENT PILOT PROGRAM ACT OF 2017. THIS LEGISLATION AUTHORIZES THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE TO CREATE A PILOT PROGRAM TO ASSIST IN THE MANAGEMENT OF OUR FEDERAL FORESTS TO REDUCE WILDFIRE RISK AND ASSOCIATED COSTS. THESE MANAGEMENT PILOT PROJECTS ARE APPROVED BY THE FOREST SERVICE BUT WILL BE CONDUCTED AND PAID FOR BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR. THIS COLLABORATIVE APPROACH WILL ENSURE A MORE STABLE POWER GRID. FOREST HEALTH IS A PROBLEM FELT ACROSS THE UNITED STATES PARTICULARLY IN THE WEST. THIS HAS RESULTED IN INCREASED FIRE THREATS TO THE ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION AND ASSOCIATED UTILITY INFRASTRUCTURE ACROSS FOREST SERVICE LAND. THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE HAS FOUND THAT FUEL REDUCTION TREATMENT PROJECTS REDUCED FLAMMABLE VEGETATION, MINIMIZES SEVERITY OF WILDLAND FIRES AND CREATES LANDSCAPE RESILIENCY TO FIRE AND PROVIDE FIREFIGHTER ACCESS. THIS IS COSTLY TO REPAIR AND REPLACE AND OUTAGES CAN RESULT IN ECONOMIC COSTS TO HOMES AND BUSINESSES. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION TO ALLOW UTILITIES TO COLLABORATE WITH THE FOREST SERVICE TO KEEP THE RIGHTS ON IN RURAL COMMUNITIES AND WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 05:02:52 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO.

          • 05:02:55 PM

            MS. FUDGE

            I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2921, THE…

            I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2921, THE NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM VEGETATION MANAGEMENT PILOT SYSTEM ACT OF 2017 AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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          • 05:03:07 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

          • 05:03:10 PM

            MS. FOUGE

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

          • 05:03:14 PM

            MS. FUDGE

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS BILL WILL HELP PROTECT TRANSMISSION LINES…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS BILL WILL HELP PROTECT TRANSMISSION LINES FROM FOREST FIRES AND OTHER FOREST MANAGEMENT ISSUES. THE BILL CREATES VOLUNTARY PILOT PROJECT AUTHORITY FOR THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE TO PARTNER WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO PROACTIVELY UNDERTAKE LIMITED AND SELECTIVE VEGETATION MANAGEMENT PROJECTS NEAR UTILITY INFRASTRUCTURE. THESE PILOT PROJECTS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO THINGS LIKE TREE THINNING AND FUEL REDUCTION WHICH WOULD HELP TO ALLEVIATE SOME OF THE RISK OF FOREST FIRES AND ENHANCE ELECTRIC RELIABILITY. H.R. 2921 REQUIRES THAT ALL PROJECTS COMPLY WITH EXISTING ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 05:03:58 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS…

            THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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          • 05:04:01 PM

            MR. CRAWFORD

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

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH DAKOTA,

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          • 05:04:06 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH DAKOTA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

          • 05:04:08 PM

            MR. CRAMER

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

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S NO SECRET THAT A RELYABLE SUPPLY OF ELECTRICITY IS IMPORTANT TO US ON MANY LEVELS, FROM HUMAN HEALTH AND, OF COURSE, TO COMMERCIAL PRODUCTIVITY. AS A FORMER PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSIONER, I CAN TELL YOU ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS FOR LARGE OUTAGES IS TREES GROWING IN POWERLINES. ONE OF THE REASONS FOR FOREST FIRES IS POWERLINES FALLING IN THE FORESTS. POWERLINES CREATE FIRES AND THIS BILL I THINK HELPS ALLEVIATES SOME OF THAT. WITH CONSUMERS AND REGULATORS OF COURSE DEMANDING RELYABLE SERVICES, UTILITY COMPANIES TO KEEP ELECTRONS FLOWING, VEGETATION HAS IMPROVED TREMENDOUSLY OVER THE YEARS. HOWEVER, DEEP IN THE LANDS MANAGED BY OUR FEDERAL AGENCIES, THE POTENTIAL FOR PROBLEMS PERSISTS. MY BILL CREATES A PILOT PROGRAM, AS THE CHAIRMAN DESCRIBED, FOR UTILITY COMPANIES TO PARTNER WITH THE FOREST SERVICE TO VOLUNTARILY PERFORM VEGETATION MANAGEMENT PROACTIVELY. UNDER FOREST SERVICE APPROVAL, UTILITIES CAN PROPOSE A PLAN TO SELECTIVELY MANAGE VEGETATION WITHIN 75 FEET OF THEIR RIGHT OF WAY WITH THE LEAST AMOUNT OF DISTURBANCES AS REASONABLY POSSIBLE AND OUTSIDE OF DESIGNATED WILDERNESS AREAS, A VERY IMPORTANT POINT. ALL OF THAT WORK WOULD BE PAID FOR BY THE UTILITY COMPANY, NOT BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. CURRENTLY, THIS RIGHT OF WAY WORK IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE GOVERNMENT AND WITH A STRICT LIABILITY STANDARD, MR. SPEAKER, TO ANY UTILITY COMPANY TO STEP IN AND HELP. THERE'S NOT AN INCENTIVE. IN FACT, THERE IS A DISINCENTIVE TO DO SO. UNDER THE PILOT PROGRAM THIS WOULD BE A MORE APPROPRIATE STANDARD ALONG WITH ANY SPECIFIC SAFETY REQUIREMENTS IN THE AGREEMENT WITH THE FOREST SERVICE. IT REMOVES THE BARRIER FOR UTILITY COMPANIES TO CARRY OUT THIS IMPORTANT WORK NOT CURRENTLY BEING DONE BY THEM, TO REDUCE DIRECT IMPACTS TO DAMAGE TO UTILITY INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE AMOUNT OF FUEL FOR FORESTS. THERE'S A LOT OF BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR THIS. I APPRECIATE MY FRIENDS AND MORE MOUNTAINOUS AND PRAIRIES IN NORTH CAROLINA AND THOSE ACROSS THE AISLE AND I KNOW THERE'S BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN THE SENATE. I THANK YOU AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 05:06:19 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

          • 05:06:22 PM

            MR. CRAWFORD

            I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

          • 05:06:24 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            GENTLELADY FROM OHIO HAS YIELDED BACK ALL OF HER TIME. SO THE GENTLEMAN…

            GENTLELADY FROM OHIO HAS YIELDED BACK ALL OF HER TIME. SO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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          • 05:06:31 PM

            MR. CRAWFORD

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THE PASSAGE OF H.R.…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 2921, AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 05:06:37 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            BOTH SIDES HAVE YIELDED BACK ALL THE TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE…

            BOTH SIDES HAVE YIELDED BACK ALL THE TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2921, 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 ARKANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          • 05:07:08 PM

            MR. CRAWFORD

            MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2941.

          • 05:07:13 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

        • 05:07:13 PM

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

          • 05:07:14 PM

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

            • 05:07:15 PM

              THE CLERK

              UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 257. H.R. 2941, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE CONVEYANCE…

              UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 257. H.R. 2941, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE CONVEYANCE OF CERTAIN NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM LAND WITHIN KISATCHIE NATIONAL FOREST IN THE STATE OF LOUISIANA.

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          • 05:07:26 PM

            Mr. Crawford moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 2941 — "To provide for the conveyance of certain National Forest System land within Kisatchie National Forest in the State of Louisiana."

            • 05:07:29 PM

              TEMPORE PURSUANT

              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. CRAWFORD, AND THE…

              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. CRAWFORD, AND THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, MS. FUDGE, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS.

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          • 05:07:38 PM

            Considered under suspension of the rules.

            • 05:07:39 PM

              MR. CRAWFORD

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

        • 05:07:39 PM

          DEBATE

          The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2941.

          • 05:07:43 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

          • 05:07:46 PM

            MR. CRAWFORD

            WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

          • 05:07:53 PM

            TEMPORE WITH

            WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

          • 05:07:54 PM

            MR. CRAWFORD

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2941, THE…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2941, THE KISATCHIE NATIONAL FOREST LAND CONVEYANCE ACT. THIS MEASURE INTRODUCED BY OUR CLIQUE, MR. ABRAHAM, ALLOWS THEM TO SELL LAND IN THE PARISH. THIS TRANSFER WOULD ELIMINATE UNNECESSARY, BOUNDARY MAINTENANCE COST ON THE ALREADY FOREST SERVICE. THE KISATCHIE NATIONAL FOREST IS RICH IN RESOURCES. AND THIS TRANSFER SUPPORTED BY THE FOREST SERVICE WILL ALLOW THE FOREST TO BE MANAGED AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF STEWARDSHIP WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 05:08:35 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM…

            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO.

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          • 05:08:45 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS SHE WISHES TO…

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

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          • 05:08:49 PM

            MS. FUDGE

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 2941 PERMITS THE SALE OF TWO…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 2941 PERMITS THE SALE OF TWO ISOLATED PARCELS OF KISATCHIE NATIONAL FOREST LAND TOTALING APPROXIMATELY 50 ACRES. THESE PARCEL ARE ISOLATED FROM THE FOREST CORE LANDS AND ARE INTERMIXED WITH PRIVATE LAND AND RESIDENCES LEAVING IT INCOMPATIBLE WITH NATIONAL FOREST MANAGEMENT. THE PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THESE PARCELS WOULD BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR THE ACQUISITION OF LANDS AND INTEREST IN THE KISATCHIE NATIONAL FOREST. UNDER H.R. 2941, THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE IS REQUIRED TO FIRST CONVEY A PORTION OF THE LAND TO COLLINS CAMP PROPERTIES. COLLINS CAMP PROPERTIES MUST PAY REASONABLE APPRAISAL COST AND COST OF ANY ADMINISTRATIVE AND ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS. H.R. 2941 ALLOWS THE KISATCHIE NATIONAL FOREST TO CONSOLIDATE OWNERSHIP OF LANDS AND CONTINUES THE STRONG TRADITION OF THE NATIONAL FOREST SERVICE ACTING AS STEWARDS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 05:09:50 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS.

          • 05:09:55 PM

            MR. CAWFORD

            RESERVE.

          • 05:09:59 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS HAS ALL THE TIME.

          • 05:10:01 PM

            MR. CRAWFORD

            I ASK MY COLLEAGUES SUPPORT H.R. 2941. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO…

            I ASK MY COLLEAGUES SUPPORT H.R. 2941. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO FOR HER SUPPORT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 05:10:10 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            BOTH SIDES HAVE YIELDED ALL OF THEIR TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE…

            BOTH SIDES HAVE YIELDED ALL OF THEIR TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2941. 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 ARKANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        • 05:10:29 PM

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

          • 05:10:31 PM

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

            • 05:10:45 PM

              Mr. Crawford moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 3567 — "To authorize the purchase of a small parcel of Natural Resources Conservation Service property in Riverside, California, by the Riverside Corona Resource Conservation District, and for other purposes."

              • 05:10:47 PM

                MR. CRAWFORD

                MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3567.

              • 05:10:52 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

              • 05:10:55 PM

                THE CLERK

                UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 272, H.R. 3567, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE PURCHASE OF…

                UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 272, H.R. 3567, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE PURCHASE OF A SMALL PARCEL OF NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE PROPERTY IN RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA, BY THE RIVERSIDE CORONA RESOURCE CONSERVATION DISTRICT AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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            • 05:10:57 PM

              Considered under suspension of the rules.

            • 05:10:58 PM

              DEBATE

              The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3567.

              • 05:11:13 PM

                TEMPORE PURSUANT

                PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. CRAWFORD, AND THE…

                PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. CRAWFORD, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO, MS. FUNNEL, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES -- MS. FUDGE, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS.

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              • 05:11:27 PM

                MR. CRAWFORD

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

              • 05:11:30 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

              • 05:11:33 PM

                MR. CRAWFORD

                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 BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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              • 05:11:39 PM

                TEMPORE WITHOUT

                WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

              • 05:11:40 PM

                MR. CRAWFORD

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3567, TO AUTHORIZE…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3567, TO AUTHORIZE THE TRANSFER OF THE TITLE OF LAND OWNED BY THE NRCS IN RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA, TO THE RIVERSIDE -CORONA CONSERVATION DISTRICT. THEY INVESTED $2.8 MILLION IN THE FACILITY WITH THE HOPE OF ACQUIRING THE PROPERTY AND WOULD LIKE TO INVEST IN FURTHER IMPROVEMENTS WHEN THE PROPERTY TITLE ISSUE IS RESOLVED. CONSERVATION DISTRICTS WORK CLOSELY WITH THEIR FEDERAL PARTNER, THE NRCS. THIS LEGISLATION IS A SIMPLE FIX TO ALLOW THE RIVERSIDE-CORONA DISTRICT TO UTILIZE THE FACILITY AND SERVE THE LOCAL FOLKS ON THE GROUND THROUGH VOLUNTARY, INCENTIVE-BASED CONSERVATION. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE AND WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 05:12:19 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO.

              • 05:12:22 PM

                MS. FUDGE

                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3567 AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME…

                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3567 AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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              • 05:12:30 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS SHE WISHES TO…

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

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              • 05:12:33 PM

                MS. FUDGE

                MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 3567 WILL ALLOW CALIFORNIA'S RIVERSIDE-CORONA RESOURCE…

                MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 3567 WILL ALLOW CALIFORNIA'S RIVERSIDE-CORONA RESOURCE CONSERVATION DISTRICT TO PURCHASE AT THE APPRAISED VALUE A PARCEL OF PROPERTY WHICH IT IS CURRENTLY LOW INDICATED WHICH IS THE FORMER U.S. LABORATORY. THE PROPERTY IS CURRENTLY ADMINISTERED BY USDA'S NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE AND IS BEING CO-MANAGED UNDER A COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT. THE COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT DATES BACK TO 1996. SINCE THAT TIME THE RIVERSIDE CORONA RESOURCE CONSERVATION DISTRICT HAS INVESTED $2.8 MILLION INTO THE PROPERTY WITH THE HOPES THAT NRCS WOULD TRANSFER THE OWNERSHIP. THIS PROVIDES NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION THROUGH EDUCATION, COLLABORATION AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. MR. SPEAKER, I SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS MEASURE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 05:13:31 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS.

              • 05:13:35 PM

                MR. CRAWFORD

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

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. CALVERT.

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              • 05:13:40 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

              • 05:13:43 PM

                MR. CALVERT

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

                THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO URGE THE HOUSE TO APPROVE H.R. 3567, A NECESSARY AND LONG OVERDUE PIECE OF LEGISLATION. THIS IS STRAIGHTFORWARD, COMMONSENSE BILL THAT AUTHORIZES THE PURCHASE OF A SMALL PARCEL OF NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION SERVICE PROPERTY IN RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA, BY THE RIVERSIDE CORONA RESOURCE CONSERVATION DISTRICT. SINCE 1996, THE CONSERVATION DISTRICT HAS PARTNERED WITH NRCS TO ACQUIRE, CO-LOCATE AND MANAGE WHAT WAS PREVIOUSLY THE USDA LABORATORY. FOLLOWING THE ACQUISITION OF THE PROPERTY, NRCS HAS NOT OBLIGATED ANY FEDERAL FUNDS FOR PLANT MATERIALS, RESEARCH AT THE RIVERSIDE LOCATION IN QUESTION. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE CONSERVATION DISTRICT AS MENTIONED HAS INVESTED $2.8 MILLION IN IMPROVEMENTS AND UPGRADES TO THE PROPERTY. ALL ALONG, THE CONSERVATION DISTRICT HAS AN UNDERSTANDING WITH NRCS THEY WOULD EVENTUALLY TRANSFER THE PROPERTY TO ITS OWNERSHIP. FOLLOWING A SERIES OF CHANGES IN PERSONNEL WITH NRCS, THE CONSERVATION DISTRICT WAS INFORMED THAT LEGISLATION AUTHORIZING SUCH A TRANSFER WOULD BE NECESSARY. H.R. 3567 AUTHORIZES USDA TO SELL THE PROPERTY IN RIVERSIDE THE CONSERVATION DISTRICT FOR AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO TO THE APPRAISED VALUE OF THE PROPERTY. LEGISLATION FURTHER STATES THAT THE CURRENT NRCS OPERATION AT THE PROPERTY WILL BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE AT NO COST TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. IN CLOSING, THIS LEGISLATION WILL PROVIDE LONG-TERM SECURITY FOR THE CONSERVATION DISTRICT AND THE INVESTMENT HAS -- IT HAS AND WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE IN THE PROPERTY. IT ALSO PROTECTS THE INTEREST OF THE NRCS AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR AS LONG AS THE LIMITED USE OF THE PROPERTY IS NEEDED. H.R. 3567 IS A WIN-WIN SOLUTION FOR ALL STAKEHOLDERS AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BILL AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 05:15:42 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE TIME.

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              • 05:15:46 PM

                MR. CRAWFORD

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR HIS…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR HIS REMARKS AND I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO FOR HER SUPPORT AND I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 3567 AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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              • 05:15:59 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                BOTH SIDES HAVE YIELDED BACK THEIR TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE…

                BOTH SIDES HAVE YIELDED BACK THEIR TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 3567. THOSE 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 ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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            • 05:16:21 PM

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

              • 05:16:23 PM

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

                • 05:16:26 PM

                  MR. CRAWFORD

                  MEERKS I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES -- MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE…

                  MEERKS I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES -- MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2521.

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                • 05:16:32 PM

                  THE CLERK

                  UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 256. H.R. 2521, A BILL TO AMEND THE FARM SECURITY…

                  UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 256. H.R. 2521, A BILL TO AMEND THE FARM SECURITY AND RURAL INVESTMENT ACT OF 2002, TO INCLUDE SOUTH CAROLINA AS A PART OF THE VIRGINIA, CAROLINA, PEANUT PRODUCING REGION, FOR THE PURPOSES OF APPOINTMENT TO THE PEANUT STANDARDS BOARD.

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              • 05:16:33 PM

                Mr. Crawford moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 3521 — "To require reimbursement for costs associated with Presidential travel, and for other purposes."

                • 05:16:52 PM

                  TEMPORE PURSUANT

                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. CRAWFORD, AND THE…

                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. CRAWFORD, AND THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, MS. FUDGE, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS.

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              • 05:16:52 PM

                Considered under suspension of the rules.

              • 05:16:53 PM

                DEBATE

                The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3521.

                • 05:17:02 PM

                  MR. CRAWFORD

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

                • 05:17:05 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                • 05:17:08 PM

                  MR. CRAWFORD

                  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 REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                • 05:17:17 PM

                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

                • 05:17:18 PM

                  MR. CRAWFORD

                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2521, THE SOUTH CAROLINA PEANUT…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2521, THE SOUTH CAROLINA PEANUT PARITY ACT OF 2017. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD ALLOW FOR A REPRESENTATIVE OF SOUTH CAROLINA PEANUT INDUSTRY TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR APPOINTMENT TO THE PEANUT STANDARDS BOARD WHICH IS TASKED WITH THE IMPORTANT ROLE OF ESTABLISHING QUALITY AND HANDLING STANDARDS FOR DOMESTIC AND IMPORTED PEANUTS. AT THE TIME THE PEANUT STANDARD BOARD WAS CREATED, SOUTH CAROLINA WAS NOT A MAJOR PEANUT PRODUCING STATE. HOWEVER NOW THEY ARE THE FOURTH LARGEST PEANUT GROWING STATE AND PRODUCE OVER 8% OF U.S.-GROWN PEANUTS THAT END DESERVE TO HAVE INPUT INTO THE ESTABLISHMENT OR ALTERATION OF INDUSTRY STANDARDS. THIS BILL WOULD ACCOMPLISH THAT BY INCLUDING SOUTH CAROLINA INTO THE VIRGINIA, CAROLINA PRODUCING REGION FOR THE PURPOSES OF APPOINTMENTS TO THE PEANUTS STANDARD BOARD. I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE WILSON AND THE ENTIRE SOUTH CAROLINA DELEGATION FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. THIS MEASURE IS BROADLY SUPPORTED BY THE U.S. PEANUT INDUSTRY AND THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORT OF THIS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION AND WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 05:18:17 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 05:18:21 PM

                  MS. FUDGE

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2521, THE…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2521, THE SOUTH CAROLINA PEANUT PARITY ACT OF 2017. AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                • 05:18:32 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEPORE

                  THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS SHE WISHES TO…

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

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                • 05:18:36 PM

                  MS. FUDGE

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE 2002 FARM BILL ESTABLISHED THE…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE 2002 FARM BILL ESTABLISHED THE PEANUT STANDARDS BOARD TO ADVISE THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE ON QUALITY AND HANDLING STANDARDS FOR DOMESTICALLY PRODUCED AND IMPORTED PEE NUTS. THE BOARD -- PEANUTS. THE BOARD CONSISTS OF 18 MEMBERS REPRESENTING THREE REGIONS. THE SOUTHEAST, THE SOUTHWEST AND THE VIRGINIA, NORTH CAROLINA REGION. DESPITE ITS STATUS AS THE NATION'S FOURTH LARGEST PEANUT-PRODUCING STATE, SOUTH CAROLINA IS NOT REPRESENTED ON THE PEANUT STANDARDS BOARD. H.R. 2521, OR THE SOUTH CAROLINA PEANUT PARITY ACT OF 2017, WOULD CORRECT THIS PROBLEM BY ADDING SOUTH CAROLINA TO THE VIRGINIA, NORTH CAROLINA REGION AND MAKING PEANUT FARMERS AND INDUSTRY REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE STATE ELIGIBLE FOR BOARD APPOINTMENTS. THE LEGISLATION HAS THE SUPPORT OF THE ENTIRE SOUTH CAROLINA DELEGATION, AS WELL AS THE SUPPORT OF SOUTH CAROLINA, VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA PEANUT GROWERS. IN CONCLUSION, H.R. 2521 GISKS SOUTH CAROLINIANS -- GIVES SOUTH CAROLINIANS A RIGHTFUL OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE ON THE PEANUT STANDARDS BOARD. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 05:19:37 PM

                  Mr. Crawford moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 2521 — "To amend the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 to include South Carolina as a part of the Virginia/Carolina peanut producing region for purposes of appointment to the Peanut Standards Board."

                  • 05:19:46 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 05:19:48 PM

                  Considered under suspension of the rules.

                • 05:19:49 PM

                  DEBATE

                  The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2521.

                  • 05:19:51 PM

                    MR. CRAWFORD

                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE…

                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. JOE WILSON.

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                  • 05:19:57 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. WILSON, IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE…

                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. WILSON, IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. RUSSELL WILSON MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK --

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                  • 05:20:06 PM

                    MR. WILSON

                    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN CRAWFORD FOR HIS LEADERSHIP…

                    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN CRAWFORD FOR HIS LEADERSHIP TODAY. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS ACT. H.R. 2521. THIS BIPARTISAN BILL IS CO-SPONSORED BY ALL SEVEN MEMBERS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA DELEGATION. IT DWIVES THE HARDWORKING PEE -- IT GIVES THE HARDWORKING PEANUT FARMERS OF SOUTH CAROLINA A VOICE AND SAY ON THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE PEANUT STANDARDS BOARD. SOUTH CAROLINA'S FORTUNATE TO HAVE AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER HUGH WEATHERS OF BOWMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. WHEN THE 2002 FARM BILL CREATED THE USDA PEANUT STANDARDS BOARD TO ADVISE ON STANDARDS FOR HANDLING AND QUALITY OF PEANUTS, SOUTH CAROLINA WAS NOT A SUBSTANTIAL PEANUT GROWER. SINCE THEN, SOUTH CAROLINA PEANUT PRODUCTION HAS INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY, AS IT NOW PRODUCES 8% OF THE UNITED STATES PEANUT CROP. MAKING THE STATE THE FOURTH LARGEST PEANUT PRODUCING STATE. AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE, SOUTH CAROLINA APPRECIATES PEANUTS SO MUCH THAT THE STATE LEGISLATURE HAS SELECTED THE PEANUT AS THE STATE'S OFFICIAL SNACK. EACH YEAR I LOOK FORWARD TO THE PEANUT PARTY FESTIVAL, WHICH CELEBRATES THE IMPORTANCE OF PEANUTS, WHICH IS HELD IN SOUTH CAROLINA, LED BY MAYOR BARBARA CAREY. SOUTH CAROLINA IS FORTUNATE TO HAVE ENTERPRISING ENTREPRENEURS PROMOTING PEANUTS WITH FARMS OF LEXINGTON, OWNED BY THE MATHIAS FAMILY AND THE PEANUTS OF COLUMBIA, HERALDED AS, QUOTE, GUARANTEED TO THE WORST IN TOWN, END OF QUOTE. THAT'S MEANT AS A COMPLIMENT. MY SOUTH CAROLINA COLLEAGUES AND I ARE GRATEFUL TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN THE PEANUT CROPS IN THE STATE AND TO ADVOCATE FOR THE INCREASE TO BE REFLECTED ON THE PEANUT STANDARDS BOARD. WE LOOK FORWARD TO ENCOURAGING PEANUT FARMERS IN SOUTH CAROLINA IN CREATING JOBS AND HAVING THEIR VALUABLE INPUT REFLECTED ON THE NATIONAL LEVEL. I URGE SUPPORT TODAY OF H.R. 2521. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  • 05:22:09 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS…

                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                  • 05:22:13 PM

                    MR. CRAWFORD

                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA FOR HIS…

                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. AND I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE HIS COLLEAGUE IN THE SOUTH CAROLINA DELEGATION, MR. NORMAN, FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                  • 05:22:22 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                  • 05:22:25 PM

                    MR. NORMAN

                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2521, THE SOUTH…

                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2521, THE SOUTH CAROLINA PEANUT PARITY ACT OF 2017. I'M PROUD TO JOIN REPRESENTATIVE JOE WILSON, WHO HAS BEEN A REAL LEADER IN THIS AREA, AND THE ENTIRE SOUTH CAROLINA DELEGATION AS A CO-SPONSOR OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA PEANUT PARITY ACT OF 2017. WHICH IS AN IMPORTANT BILL FOR SOUTH CAROLINA'S PEANUT FARMERS. I ALSO COMMEND HARRY OTT AT THE FARM BUREAU WHO HAS BEEN A GREAT LEADER OF THIS EFFORT. MR. CHAIRMAN, SOUTH CAROLINA HAS EXPERIENCED EXPLOSIVE GROWTH IN PEANUT FARMING IN THE RECENT YEARS, GOING FROM PRODUCING VERY FEW PEANUTS IN THE EARLY 2000'S TO BECOMING THE FOURTH LARGEST PEANUT PRODUCING STATE TODAY, LED BY BRENT COGLAND OF SUMP TER. THIS WILL GIVE SOUTH CAROLINA PEANUT FARMERS THE MUCH DEMBD REPRESENTATION ON THE PEANUT STANDARDS BOARD. MR. CHAIRMAN, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION FOR SOUTH CAROLINA'S PEANUT PRODUCERS, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  • 05:23:24 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS CONTROLS THE REMAINDER OF THE TIME.

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                  • 05:23:30 PM

                    MR. CRAWFORD

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

                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, TO MY FRIEND, THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO. IF ONLY THE FARM BILL WAS THIS EASY. AND WITH THAT I WILL YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  • 05:23:39 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    BOTH SIDES HAVING YIELDED BACK THEIR TIME, THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE…

                    BOTH SIDES HAVING YIELDED BACK THEIR TIME, THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 2521. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS.

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                  • 05:23:54 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.

                    • 05:23:55 PM

                      MR. CRAWFORD

                      ON THAT I WOULD REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE. THE YEAS AND NAYS, PLEASE.

                    • 05:24:00 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                      THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE.

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                    • 05:24:34 PM

                      THE CLERK

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

                      TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. SECTION 202-D OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCIES ACT PROVIDES FOR THE AUTOMATIC TERMINATION OF A NATIONAL EMERGENCY UNLESS WITHIN 90 DAYS BEFORE THE ANNIVERSARY DATE OF ITS DECLARATION THE PRESIDENT PUBLISHES IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER AND TRANSMITS TO THE CONGRESS A NOTICE STATING THAT THE EMERGENCY IS TO CONTINUE IN EFFECT BEYOND THE ANNIVERSARY DATE. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS PROVISION, VISANTHE TO THE FEDERAL REGISTER FOR PUBLICATION THE ENCLOSED NOTICE STATING THAT THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO SUDAN DECLARED IN EXECUTIVE ORDER 13067 OF NOVEMBER 3, 1997, IS TO CONTINUE IN EFFECT BEYOND NOVEMBER 3, 2017. IT DESPITE RECENT POSITIVE DEVELOPMENTS, THE CRISIS CONSTITUTED BY THE ACTIONS AND POLICIES OF THE GOVERNMENT OF SUDAN THAT LED TO THE DECLARATION OF A NATIONAL EMERGENCY IN EXECUTIVE ORDER 13067, THE EXPANSION OF THAT EMERGENCY IN EXECUTIVE ORDER 13400 OF APRIL 26, 2006, AND WITH RESPECT TO WHICH ADDITIONAL STEPS WERE TAKEN IN EXECUTIVE ORDER 13412 OF OCTOBER 13, 2006, EXECUTIVE ORDER 13761 OF JANUARY 13, 2017, AND EXECUTIVE ORDER 13804 OF JULY 11, 2017, HAS NOT BEEN RESOLVED. THESE ACTIONS AND POLICIES CONTINUE TO POSE AN UNUSUAL AND EXTRAORDINARY THREAT TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY AND FOREIGN POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES. I HAVE THEREFORE DETERMINED THAT IT IS NECESSARY TO CONTINUE THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARED IN EXECUTIVE ORDER 13067 AS EXPANDED BY EXECUTIVE ORDER 13400 WITH RESPECT TO SUDAN. SIGNED, DONALD J. TRUMP, THE WHITE HOUSE, OCTOBER 31, 2017.

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                • 05:24:35 PM

                  The Speaker laid before the House a message from the President transmitting a notification continuing the national emergency with respect to Sudan.

                  referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 115-75).

                  • 05:26:21 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THIS WILL BE REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND ORDER…

                    THIS WILL BE REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND ORDER PRINTED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE WHO CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RE-- THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS

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                • 05:26:47 PM

                  Recess

                  The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for approximately 6:30 p.m. today.

                  • 05:28:51 PM

                    >>

                  • 06:29:26 PM

                    REPORTER

                    THE HOUSE IS ABOUT TO GAVEL IN

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                    THE HOUSE IS ABOUT TO GAVEL IN FOR ONE VOTE AND GENERAL SPEECHES. THIS IS…

                    THE HOUSE IS ABOUT TO GAVEL IN FOR ONE VOTE AND GENERAL SPEECHES. THIS IS LIVE COVERAGE OR C-SPAN. ZPHOO ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                • 06:30:27 PM

                  Reconvened

                  The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of October 31.

                  • 06:30:42 PM

                    Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 2521 — "To amend the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 to include South Carolina as a part of the Virginia/Carolina peanut producing region for purposes of appointment to the Peanut Standards Board."

                    • 06:30:44 PM

                      THE CLERK

                      UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 256, H.R. 2521, A BILL TO AMEND THE FARM SECURITY…

                      UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 256, H.R. 2521, A BILL TO AMEND THE FARM SECURITY AND AGRICULTURE ACT TO INCLUDE SOUTH CAROLINA AS PART OF THE PEANUT PRODUCING REGION FOR PURPOSES OF APPOINTMENT TO THE PEANUT STANDARDS BOARD.

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                  • 06:30:57 PM

                    On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Roll Call 591 - 2/3 Yea and Nay vote pending.

                    • 06:31:02 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TRE

                      THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SPLULES AND PASS THE BILL -- WILL THE HOUSE…

                      THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SPLULES AND PASS THE BILL -- 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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                    • 06:56:25 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      RECORD AS PRESENT. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE BILL IS PASSED AND…

                      RECORD AS PRESENT. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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                • 06:56:29 PM

                  House Vote 591 - On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass

                  South Carolina Peanut Parity Act of 2017

                  Passed (394 - 1)
                  Yea

                  Vote Details: Yea - 394
                  Republican - 218
                  Democratic - 176

                  Vote Details: Nay - 1
                  Democratic - 1

                  Vote Details: Not Voting - 37
                  Democratic - 17
                  Republican - 20

                  • 06:56:30 PM

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

                    • 06:57:22 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                      I SEND TO THE DESK A PRIVILEGED REPORT ON THE COMMITTEE OF RULES FOR…

                      I SEND TO THE DESK A PRIVILEGED REPORT ON THE COMMITTEE OF RULES FOR FILING UNDER THE RULE.

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                  • 06:57:26 PM

                    Mr. Newhouse filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 595.

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                      THE SPEAKER

                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

                    • 06:57:36 PM

                      THE CLERK

                      HOUSE RESOLUTION, PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL TO EXPEDITE…

                      HOUSE RESOLUTION, PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL TO EXPEDITE UNDER THE NATIONAL POLL SILL ACT AND IMPROVE FOREST MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES ON LANDS ON PUBLIC LAND UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT AND TRIBAL LANDS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                    • 06:58:04 PM

                      THE SPEAKER

                      REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

                      REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                    • 06:58:19 PM

                      MR. RUSH

                      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BE REMOVED FROM H.R. 620.

                    • 06:58:28 PM

                      THE SPEAKER

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR…

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. THE STAFF WILL PLEASE CLEAR THE WELL. MEMBERS AND STAFF WILL PLEASE CLEAR THE WELL. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                • 06:58:57 PM

                  ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

                  The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

                  • 06:59:42 PM

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

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

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                  • 06:59:49 PM

                    THE SPEAKER

                    WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                  • 06:59:51 PM

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                    I RISE TO HONOR THE LIFE AND MEMORY OF LESLIE AMANSON OF MY HOMETOWN IN…

                    I RISE TO HONOR THE LIFE AND MEMORY OF LESLIE AMANSON OF MY HOMETOWN IN WASHINGTON.

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                  • 07:00:01 PM

                    MR. NEWHOUSE

                    HE WAS A SMALL BUSINESS AND FARMER AND TRULY A PILLAR OF THE COMMUNITY HE…

                    HE WAS A SMALL BUSINESS AND FARMER AND TRULY A PILLAR OF THE COMMUNITY HE SERVED HONORABLY AS AN ARMY AIR CORPS PILOT IN WORLD WAR II. HIS PLANE WAS SHOT DOWN OVER HOLLAND. HE AND HIS CREW SPENT A MONTH HIDING UNDERGROUND AND BEING CARED FOR BY THE DUTCH PEOPLE BEFORE BEING CAPTURED BY THE NAZIS. LES SERVED 18 MONTHS IN A PRISONER OF WAR CAMP AND EARNED A PURPLE HEART. HIS FAMILY ROOTS WERE ONLY STRENGTHENED WHEN HE BOUGHT A FARM AND -- IN SUNNYSIDE WHERE HE AND HIS WIFE, HELEN, RAISED THEIR CHILDREN. HE WOULD FIND WAYS TO CONTRIBUTE AND HELP THOSE AROUND HIM AND HIS APPRECIATION FOR THE COMMUNITY SHOWED IN HIS ACTIONS. LES LEAVES BEHIND A LEGACY OF DEVOTION FOR THE PEOPLE OF SUNNYSIDE AND TO OUR NATION. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH HIS FAMILY IN THIS DIFFICULT TIME AND I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO PLEASE JOIN ME IN REMEMBERING MY FRIEND, LES AMANDSON. I YIELD BACK.

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                  • 07:01:07 PM

                    THE SPEAKER

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

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

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                  • 07:01:22 PM

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                    MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY WE LEARNED THAT THE FIRST CHARGES OF SPECIAL…

                    MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY WE LEARNED THAT THE FIRST CHARGES OF SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER'S INVESTIGATION HAD BEEN FILED AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN PAUL MANAFORT AND HIS BUSINESS ASSOCIATE RICK GATES.

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                  • 07:01:42 PM

                    MR. KRISHNA MOOR THEE

                    BUT WE ALSO LEARNED THAT --

                  • 07:01:55 PM

                    MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

                    LEARNED THAT GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS WAS ALSO CHARGED. WE FIND THAT IN THE…

                    LEARNED THAT GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS WAS ALSO CHARGED. WE FIND THAT IN THE SENATE THEY REFUSED TO COMMIT FLOOR TIME TO LAWS TO PROTECT THE INVESTIGATION FROM OUTSIDE INTERFERENCE. IF THE SENATE REFUSES TO ACT THE HOUSE MUST. IT'S IMPERATIVE WE ALLOW THE INVESTIGATION INTO RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE INTO OUR DEMOCRACY TO CONTINUE UNIMPEDED AND UNHINDERED. YESTERDAY'S NEWS MAY BE THE FIRST REVELATION BUS THEY CANNOT BE THE LAST. THE ATTEMPTS TO SABOTAGE -- THE INVESTIGATION INTO ATTEMPTS TO SABOTAGE OUR DEMOCRACY MUST CONTINUE. I URGE SPEAKER RYAN AND THE HOUSE TO PROTECT THE INVESTIGATION.

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                  • 07:02:47 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                  • 07:03:00 PM

                    MR. POE

                    HE WAS PROTECTIVE, LOVE, ATTENTIVE. AFTER HE MOVED IN WITH SUZANNE, SHE…

                    HE WAS PROTECTIVE, LOVE, ATTENTIVE. AFTER HE MOVED IN WITH SUZANNE, SHE NOTICED HIS DARKER SIDE. HE BECAME OBSESSIVE, JEALOUS, ENRAGED HE FEEL BEGAN SHOVING AND STRIKING HER. ONCE HE PUSH HERD SO HARD HER HEAD SLAMMED AGAINST THE WALL. SHE MADE HIM LEAVE BUT HER SAFETY WAS SHORT LIVED. UP WITH NIGHT AS SUZANNE RETURNED HOME WITH FRIENDS, JASON AMBUSHED HER AND FORCED HER INTO THE HOUSE AT KNIFE POINT. HORRIFIED HER FRIENDS RAN INTO THE STREET AND FLAGGED DOWN THE POLICE. DESPITE SUZANNE'S PLEAS, JASON STOMPED ON HER FACE AND NECK UNTIL SHE WAS UNCONSCIOUS. THEN SHE LATER WOKE UP TO FIND HER POURING BOILING WATER OVER HER BODY. ABOUT THAT TIME THE POLICE BROKE IN AND SAVED HER LIFE. MR. SPEAKER, THIS MONTH IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS A HEALTH ISSUE AND IT'S ALSO A CRIMINAL MATTER. AS MY GRANDMOTHER USED TO SAY YOU NEVER HURT SOMEBODY YOU CLAIM YOU LOVE. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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                  • 07:04:08 PM

                    THE SPEAKER

                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS ARE ADVISED…

                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS ARE ADVISED TO TAKE THE CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE JERUSALEM IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                  • 07:04:27 PM

                    MS. LEE

                    IN TOTAL OPPOSITION TO THE REPUBLICANS' RIGGED TAX PLAN FOR BILLIONAIRES…

                    IN TOTAL OPPOSITION TO THE REPUBLICANS' RIGGED TAX PLAN FOR BILLIONAIRES AND CORPORATIONS. DESPITE HAVING ONE OF THE LARGEST ECONOMIES IN THE WORLD, ONE IN FIVE CALIFORNIANS LIVES IN POVERTY YET THE REPUBLICANS ARE PURSUING TAX BREAKS FOR BILLIONAIRES AND CORPORATIONS. THEIR TAX PACKAGE IS ROBIN HOOD IN REVERSE, STEALS FROM THE POOR AND GIVES TOTHS REST -- GIVES TO THE RICH AND WILL DECIMATE MEDICARE. IT WILL HARM THE EARNED INCOME TAX PLAN THIS BILLIONAIRE FIRST PLAN WILL DEVASTATE MANY STATES INCLUDING MY HOME STATE OF CALIFORNIA. IT WILL SUFFER TREMENDOUSLY. THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT AND CHILD TAX CREDIT REALLY HAVE SAVED MORE THAN ONE MILLION CALIFORNIANS FROM FALL BEG LOW THE POVERTY LINE. UNDERMINING THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT AND CHILD TAX CREDIT WOULD PUSH MILLIONS OF CALIFORNIANS EVEN DEEP ENTIRE POVERTY. AMERICANS SHOULD NOT BE FORCED TO PAY MORE THAN THEIR FAIR SHARE IN ORDER TO GET TAX BREAKS TO THE ULTRA RICH. ANY TAX PLAN THAT PUSHES EVEN ONE MORE AMERICAN DEEP ENTIRE POVERTY AND FORCES MIDDLE INCOME PEOPLE TO PAY MORE SHOULD NOT EVEN BE ON THE TABLE. MR. SPEAKER, WE NEED TO REJECT THIS PLAN THAT LAVISHES TAX BREAKS ON PRESIDENT TRUMP, HIS BILLIONAIRE BUDDIES AND GIANT MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS.

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                  • 07:05:47 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                  • 07:05:52 PM

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

                  • 07:05:56 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                  • 07:05:59 PM

                    MR. THOMPSON

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

                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE JEFFERSON COUNTY DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL FOR BEING NAMED PARTNER OF THE YEAR BY THE PENNSYLVANIA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION. THE JEFFERSON COUNTY DEVELOPMENT -- DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL DEMONSTRATED OUTSTANDING ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND OVER THE PAST YEAR HAS GONE ABOVE AND BEYOND TO CARRY OUT ITS MISSION TO SERVE EXISTING AND NEW BUSINESSING IN JEFFERSON COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. LED BY BRAD LASHINSKY, THE COUNCIL WORKS TO HELP NEW BUSINESSES START UP, RELOCATE OR EXPAND. THE JEFFERSON COUNTY DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL WAS NAMED PARTNER OF THE YEAR FOR UTILIZING VARIOUS FUNDING SERVICES TO COMPLETE A NUMBER OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS AND FACILITATED THE FORMATION OF THE JEFFERSON COUNTY RESOURCE PARTNERSHIP A COLLECTION OF PROFESSIONALS THAT MAKE UP THE DELIVERY SYSTEM IN THE COUNTY AND FOCUS ON PROVIDING ASSISTANCE TO BUSINESSES IN ALL STAGES OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH. MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD OF THE JEFFERSON COUNTY DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL FOR THE WORK IT DOES AND I WHOLE HEARTEDLY CONGRATULATE THEM ON THIS OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  • 07:07:09 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 FLORIDA SEEK RECK NIX -- RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN -- WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                  • 07:07:21 PM

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                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO HONOR THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF FORMER FLORIDA SENATOR…

                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO HONOR THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF FORMER FLORIDA SENATOR DR. INJURY RATHER DOE WHO PASS AID WAY LAST THURSDAY HE REPRESENTED FLORIDA IN THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE, ONE OF THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICANS TO SERVE IN THE FLORIDA SENATE AND THINK FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN TO SERVE AS THE SENATE'S PRESIDENT PRO TEM.

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                  • 07:07:48 PM

                    MR. LAWSON

                    FLORIDA LEGISLATURE , HE PROVIDED PRINCIPLED LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE TO OUR…

                    FLORIDA LEGISLATURE , HE PROVIDED PRINCIPLED LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE TO OUR STATE AND COUNTRY AN SERVED AS A ROLE MODEL OF EXCELLENCE TO MANY OF US WHO WOULD FOLLOW IN HIS FOOTSTEPS. AS A YOUNG LEGISLATOR, HE HELPED MENTOR ME AND MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES IN FLORIDA. HE WAS A FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE CONFERENCE OF FLORIDA CONFERENCE OF BLACK STATE LEGISLATORS. IN JACKSONVILLE. HE -- WE EXTEND MY CONDOLENCE TO HIS WIFE, CAROLYN, AND ESPECIALLY NOT ONLY TO HIS WIFE BUT TO HIS FAMILY, HE TRULY WAS AN OUTSTANDING LEADER AND TRAIL BLAZER IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                  • 07:08:36 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                  • 07:08:41 PM

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

                  • 07:08:45 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                  • 07:08:48 PM

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                    ONE MINUTE.

                  • 07:09:11 PM

                    MS. TEB NEE

                    MS. TEB NEE: SHE'S AN

                  • 07:09:14 PM

                    MS. TEN NEE

                    SHE'S AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY AND A GRANDMOTHER OF THREE. ONEIDA…

                    SHE'S AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY AND A GRANDMOTHER OF THREE. ONEIDA COUNTY HAS A RICH HISTORY AND IT'S THROUGH THE EFFORTS AND HARD WORK OF VOLUNTEERS LIKE MARY THAT ITS HERITAGE AND COLLECTIVE MEMORY IS PRESERVED. MARY SERVED AS A SHINING EXAMPLE OF WHAT IT MEANS TO GIVE BACK. JOIN ME TODAY IN THANKS MARY FOR HER COMMITMENT TO OUR COMMUNITY AND HER YEARS OF EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE. I YIELD BACK.

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                  • 07:09:41 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RIDE SEEK RECOGNITION? -- FROM RHODE ISLAND SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                  • 07:09:56 PM

                    MR. LANGEVIN

                    MR. SPEAKER, 15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK, CONGRESS PASSED THE HELP AMERICA VOTE…

                    MR. SPEAKER, 15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK, CONGRESS PASSED THE HELP AMERICA VOTE ACT WHICH PROVIDED MUCH NEEDED FEDERAL AID TO OVERHAUL OUR AGING ELECTION INFRASTRUCTURE. I WAS PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS INVESTMENT IN OUR ELECTIONS WHICH HELPED STATES TO EX-PABBED OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL AMERICANS TO CAST BALLOTS AND KNOW THEY WERE PROPERLY COUNTED. UNFORTUNATELY TODAY MUCH OF OUR ELECTION INFRASTRUCTURE IS IN NEED OF A REFRESH. AMONG MANY CHALLENGES, RUSSIA MOUNTED A DIRECT ATTACK ON OUR ELECTIONS AND IT'S IMPERATIVE WE SHORE UP OUR DEFENSES. I INTRODUCED THE PAPER ACT WITH CONGRESSMAN MEADOWS TO PRVIDE STATES WITH RESOURCES TO ASSESS THE SECURITY RISK POSED TO THEIR ELECTION SYSTEMS AND IMPLEMENT CYBERSECURITY BEST PRACTICES INCLUDING POST-ELECTION AUDITS OF PAPER BALLOTS. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS TIME TO RECOMMIT TO THIS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PASS THE PAPER ACT AND RESTORE THE INTEGRITY OF OUR ELECTIONS. I YIELD BACK.

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                  • 07:10:55 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                  • 07:11:05 PM

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                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE CHAMPION HEALTHY KIDS ACT. FOR…

                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE CHAMPION HEALTHY KIDS ACT. FOR YEARS, PROGRAMS SUCH AS CHIP AND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS HAVE BEEN LIFELINES TO UNDERSERVED AND RURAL COMMUNITIES. NINE MILLION --

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                  • 07:11:22 PM

                    MR. LAMALFA

                    NINE MILLION CHILDREN RELY ON CHIP. 700RES. TENDENCY SPOTS WERE CREATED TO…

                    NINE MILLION CHILDREN RELY ON CHIP. 700RES. TENDENCY SPOTS WERE CREATED TO HELP COMBAT THE DOCTOR SHORTAGE. DEMOCRATS CONTINUE TO STAAL THE RE-AUTHORIZATION. IT'S NOT UNFAIR TO ASK THOSE MAKING MORE TO PAY EXTRA PREMIUMS OR ROLL BACK LENGTHY ENROLLMENTS SO PEOPLE CAN'T GAME THE SYSTEM AN IT'S NOT UNREASONABLE TO ASK LOTTERY WINNERS WHO HIT THE JACKPOT NOT TO TAKE MEDICAID. I URGE MY CLIGES TO COME TOGETHER AND GET THIS BILL DONE THIS WEEK. I YIELD BACK.

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                  • 07:12:04 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                  • 07:12:09 PM

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

                  • 07:12:12 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                  • 07:12:14 PM

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                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF OCTOBER, WE HAVE…

                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF OCTOBER, WE HAVE CELEBRATED THE SMALL -- THE WOMEN'S SMALL BUSINESS MONTH. ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL WOMEN'S BUSINESS COUNCIL, THERE ARE AROUND 9,8 HURBLINGS,000 WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES IN OUR COUNTRY. COLLECTIVELY, WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES PRODUCE ABOUT $1.4 TRILLION IN ANNUAL RECEIPTS AND EMPLOY OVER EIGHT MILLION EMPLOYEES, THAT IS GRAPHIC SHOWS, THE LARGEST NUMBER OF WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES ARE IN MY HOME STATE OF CALIFORNIA.

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                  • 07:12:43 PM

                    MR. MCNERNEY

                    CALIFORNIA HAS ABOUT 1.3 MILLION WOMEN OWNED FIRMS. IN MY DISTRICT, THE…

                    CALIFORNIA HAS ABOUT 1.3 MILLION WOMEN OWNED FIRMS. IN MY DISTRICT, THE CITIES OF STOCKTON AND LODI WERE RANKED AS THE SECOND BEST PLACE FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS IN CALIFORNIA. DESPITE THE CHALLENGES WOMEN-OWNED FIRMS ENCOUNTER, WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS EMPLOY MANY RESIDENTS THAT MAKE UP THE VITALITY OF OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES. THAT'S WHY I STAND HERE TODAY TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND CELEBRATE WOMEN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESSES SUCH AS THE BREWING COMPANY IN STOCKTON, OWNED BY KELLY JACOBS A FRIEND OF MANY YEARS. LET'S SUPPORT AND THANK ALL THE WOMEN ENTREPRENEURED IN OUR COUNTRY AND HONOR THEIR BUSINESS. I YIELD BACK.

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                  • 07:13:23 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT…

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

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                  • 07:13:36 PM

                    MS. KAPTUR

                    SMART DEALMAKERS DON'T DIVULGE THEIR TACTICS. YET ACCORDING TO A REPORT…

                    SMART DEALMAKERS DON'T DIVULGE THEIR TACTICS. YET ACCORDING TO A REPORT FROM INSIDE TRADE, PRESIDENT TRUMP TOLD A GROUP OF SENATORS THAT HIS SO-CALLED THREATS TO WITHDRAW FROM NAFTA ARE JUST A NEGOTIATING TACTIC. PRESIDENT TRUMP, WORKERS IN OHIO WILL TELL YOU TOO MUCH IS AT STAKE IN NAFTA RENEGOTIATION TO BE PLAYING GAMES AND TELEGRAPHING EMPTY THREATS. I HOPE YOUR FOCUS IS ON BALANCING OUR BALLOONING NATIONAL TRADE DEFICIT WITH CANADA AND MEXICO WHICH CREATES MORE RED INK AND OUTSOURCED JOBS. WE NEED AN AGREEMENT THAT STOPS JOB OUTSOURCING AND CREATES A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD. IT SHOULD GIVE FAMPLERS AND LABORERS ON THIS CONTINENT EQUAL STATUS. AYE CALLED FOR REPRESENTATION FOR WORKERS IN ALL THREE NATIONS. NAFTA MUST ADDRESS FAIR LABOR STANDARDS AND ROBUST ENFORCEMENT OF RULES, INCLUDING FOR AGRICULTURAL LABOR, THE LARGEST SEGMENT OF OUR TRINATIONAL WORK FORCE. THIS IS A ONCE IN A LOIFTIME OPPORTUNITY TO BOOST FAIR OPPORTUNITY ACROSS NORTH AMERICA. LET'S NOT INDULGE IN PHONY BOARDROOM BRINKSMANSHIP, LET'S COME TOGETHER AND PUT OUR COMMUNITIES AND WORKERS FIRST. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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                  • 07:14:58 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT…

                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                  • 07:15:14 PM

                    MS. JACKSON LEE

                    MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE I START I'D LIKE TO EXPRESS MY SYMPATHY AND CONCERN…

                    MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE I START I'D LIKE TO EXPRESS MY SYMPATHY AND CONCERN FOR THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIFE IN NEW YORK TO AN ALLEGED TERRORIST ACT, AND TO PRAY FOR THEIR FAMILIES. LET ME ALSO MAKE MENTION OF THE FACT, MR. SPEAKER, THAT TOMORROW, NOVEMBER 1, BEGINS THE OPEN ENROLLMENT. WE KNOW THIS PRESIDENT HAS TRIED TO SABOTAGE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. BUT IN FACT YOU HAVE UNTIL DECEMBER 15. WE BELIEVE THAT MORE THAN 12 MILLION PEOPLE WILL REGISTER. THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT OPPORTUNITY BECAUSE IN MANY TIMES IN THE PAST, UNDER THE PREVIOUS HEALTH CARE STRUCTURE, YOU WOULDN'T HAVE THIS TIME TO APPLY. BUT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS STILL THE LAW OF THE LAND AND WE SHOULD EXTEND THAT LAW FOR EVERYONE TO BE ABLE TO ENROLL. FINALLY, LET ME THANK THE TEXANS FOR TAKING A KNEE IN RECOGNITION OF OPPOSING LANGUAGE, WHERE FOOTBALL PLAYERS WERE CALLED INMATES IN A PRISON. AND I FRANKLY BELIEVE, I WANTED TO COME TO THE FLOOR TO MAKE THAT POINT. LATE IN THE WEEKLEY TAKE A KNEE ON THIS FLOOR -- WEEK, I WILL TAKE A KNEE ON THIS FLOOR TO ACKNOWLEDGE THEM. FINALLY I'D LIKE TO INDICATE THAT I HOPE THERE WILL BE AN APOLOGY COMING FROM GENERAL KELLY FOR CONGRESSWOMAN WILSON. AND FINALLY, I WANT TO BE ABLE TO SAY SOMETHING GOOD.

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                  • 07:16:32 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

                  • 07:16:34 PM

                    MS. JACKSON LEE

                    WHICH IS, GO ASTROS. GREATEST TEAM IN THE WORLD. GO ASTROS. I YIELD BACK.

                  • 07:16:38 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE…

                    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS.

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                  • 07:16:46 PM

                    THE CLERK

                    LEAVES OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. GRIFFITH OF VIRGINIA FOR TODAY, MR.…

                    LEAVES OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. GRIFFITH OF VIRGINIA FOR TODAY, MR. HILL OF ARKANSAS FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW, AND MR. MOONEY OF WEST VIRGINIA FOR TODAY.

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                  • 07:16:56 PM

                    TEMPORE WITHOUT

                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUESTS ARE GRANTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUESTS ARE GRANTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                  • 07:17:04 PM

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                    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE DO NOW ADJOURN.

                  • 07:17:07 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  • 07:17:07 PM

                    Mr. Massie moved that the House do now adjourn.

                  • 07:17:18 PM

                    On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.

                    • 07:17:19 PM

                      Adjourned

                      The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on November 1, 2017.

                      • 11:59:55 AM

                        SENATOR DAINES

                        WE ARE LEAVING AT THIS POINT.

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                        WE ARE LEAVING AT THIS POINT.

                      • 12:00:10 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                      • 12:00:19 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. OCTOBER 31, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT…

                        THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. OCTOBER 31, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE DREW A. FERGUSON THE FOURTH TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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                      • 12:00:38 PM

                        TEMPORE PURSUANT

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                      • 12:01:16 PM

                        BORDELLO MS.

                        GUAM, MISS BORDELLO, MR. SPEAKER, I AM INDEED PROUD TO INTRODUCE THE LWCF…

                        GUAM, MISS BORDELLO, MR. SPEAKER, I AM INDEED PROUD TO INTRODUCE THE LWCF PARITY FOR TERRITORIES AND D.C. ACT. WITH THE SUPPORT OF ALL SIX MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE REPRESENTING OUR U.S. TERRITORIES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AS ORIGINAL CO-SPONSORS. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BIPARTISAN BILL GIVES PARITY TO GUAM, THE OTHER TERRITORIES, AND D.C. IN ANNUAL FUNDING FROM THE FEDERAL LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND. THE CURRENT LAW REQUIRES THE TERRITORIES AND D.C. TO SPLIT SIX WAYS A SINGLE STATE'S ANNUAL LWCF ALLOCATION. THIS BILL FIXES THIS DISPARATE BY PROVIDING -- DISPARITY BY PROVIDING A FULL STATE'S ANNUAL LWCF ALLOCATION. THIS BILL STATE EQUIVALENT SHARE OF THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND FUNDING FOR EACH TERRITORY AND D.C. EVERY YEAR. THIS ADDITIONAL FUNDING IS NEEDED TO IMPROVE OUR PUBLIC PARKS, OUR OUTDOOR SPORTS FIELDS, AND COMMUNITY OPEN SPACES ON GUAM AND THE OTHER TERRITORIES. ESPECIALLY AS PUERTO RICO AND THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS REBUILD FROM RECENT HURRICANES. MR. SPEAKER, I ENCOURAGE OUR COLLEAGUES TO CO-SPONSOR THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION AND SUPPORT THE LWCF PARITY FOR THE TERRITORIES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. I THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 12:03:06 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE CHAIR I ENCOURAGE OUR COLLEAGUES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE,…

                        THE CHAIR I ENCOURAGE OUR COLLEAGUES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, FOR FIVE MINUTES. RECOGNIZES

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                      • 12:03:23 PM

                        MR. POE

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. GOVERNMENTS, MILITARIES, AND CIVILIZATIONS,…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. GOVERNMENTS, MILITARIES, AND CIVILIZATIONS, SOMETIMES

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                      • 12:03:26 PM

                        MR. POE

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. GOVERNMENTS, MILITARIES, AND CIVILIZATIONS,…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. GOVERNMENTS, MILITARIES, AND CIVILIZATIONS, SOMETIMES IGNORE HISTORY TO JUSTIFY THEIR ACTIONS AGAINST INDIVIDUALS. BIT OF HISTORY IS IMPORTANT HERE. WHEN THE BRITISH CONTROLLED THE COLONIES, THEY HEAVILY TAXED THE COLONIES. CITIZENS HAD TO PAY A TAX ON GOODS THEY BROUGHT IN TO THE COLONIES. THE COLONIES HAD NO SAY SO ON THE IMPOSITION OF THOSE TAXES. THAT'S ANOTHER ISSUE. THE KING ISSUED WRITS OF ASSISTANCE, WHAT THAT WAS WAS A PIECE OF PAPER ALLOWING THE BRITISH MILITARY TO GO INTO BUSINESSES AND HOMES UNREASONABLY TO JUST SEARCH TO SEE IF THE COLONIES WERE PAYING A TAX ON IMPORTED GOODS. FOR EXAMPLE, JOHN HANCOCK WAS A MERCHANT. THEY WOULD SEARCH HIS BUSINESS TO SEE IF HE HAD THE TAX STAMP ON THE RUM HE BROUGHT IN TO THE COLONIES. EXAMPLE, JOHN HANCOCK THE RIGHT OF PRIVACY AND THE RIGHT TO SAY SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR TAXES WERE TWO REASONS FOR THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION THAT CAME ABOUT. THE RIGHT OF PRIVACY IS A NATURAL RIGHT AS THOMAS JEFFERSON SAID. ONE OF THE RIGHTS GIVEN TO US BY OUR CREATOR. SO OUR ANCESTORS WROTE THE FOURTH AMENDMENT UNIQUE TO THE UNITED STATES. HERE'S WHAT IT SAYS. THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO BE SECURE IN THEIR PERSONS, HOUSES, PAPER, AND EFFECTS AGAINST UNREASONABLE SOICHTS AND SEIZURES SHALL NOT -- SEARCHES AND DESURE SHALL NOT BE VIOLATED AND NO WARRANTS SHALL BE ISSUED EXCEPT ON PROBABLE CAUSE SUPPORTED BY AN OATH, THAT MEANS THE OFFICER HAS TO SWEAR TO IT, DESCRIBING THE PLACE TO BE SEARCHED AND THE PERSONS OR THINGS TO BE SEIZED. FOURTH AMENDMENT. WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH US TODAY? I'LL EXPLAIN. CONGRESS HAS PASSED THE FISA LEGISLATION, THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT. WHICH ALLOWS GOVERNMENT TO GO AFTER TERRORISTS AND PEOPLE WHO ARE WORKING AS AN AGENT OF A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT AND SEARCH THEIR INFORMATION. AND THEY GO TO A SECRET COURT AND GET A SECRET WARRANT, CALLED A FISA WARRANT FROM A FISA JUDGE TO ALLOW THAT SEARCH OF ALL THAT INFORMATION. SEPARATE THE BAD GUY FROM AMERICANS WHO THEY MAY BE COMMUNICATING WITH UNRELATED TO TERRORISM. THEY MAY BE COUSINS TALKING ABOUT WHATEVER. AND GOVERNMENT, OUR GOVERNMENT, N.S.A., SEIZES THAT INFORMATION ON AMERICA-E AMERICANS, EMAILS, CONVERSATIONS -- ON AMERICANS, EMAILS, CONVERSATIONS, SEIZES THAT INFORMATION AND KEEPS IT FOREVER. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENS AND THE VIOLATION OF AMERICANS' RIGHT OF PRIVACY. GOVERNMENT THEN CAN GO BACK INTO THAT INFORMATION UNRELATED TO TERRORISM TO SEARCH TO SEE IF THOSE PEOPLE ARE PAYING THEIR TAXES. MAYBE SOMEBODY DIDN'T PAY THEIR TAXES ON IMPORTATION OF IRISH WHISKEY. SO THEN GOVERNMENT, I.R.S., FILES A CASE, A CRIMINAL CASE AGAINST THAT AMERICAN CITIZEN. REMEMBER, ALL OF THAT INFORMATION WAS BASED UPON NO PROBABLE CAUSE ISSUED BY A REAL JUDGE. WE'RE GETTING READY TO RE-AUTHORIZE, MAYBE, FISA, FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT. BEFORE WE DO THAT, WE NEED TO PROTECT AMERICANS' RIGHT OF PRIVACY IN A SECTION CALLED 702, IT GETS DOWN IN THE WEEDS, AND 702 HAS BEEN ABUSED BY GOVERNMENT TO SEIZE AMERICAN INFORMATION AND THEN KEEP FOREVER AND GOVERNMENT THEN PERUSES THAT BASED UPON THEIR HIGH-TECH GUYS IN THE N.S.A. TO SEE IF CRIMES WERE COMMITTED OR NOT. THEY HAVE NO WARRANT. NO PROBABLE CAUSE. NOBODY SWORN TO THE WARRANT. I USED TO BE A JUDGE. I SIGNED LOTS OF PROBABLE CAUSE WARRANTS. GOVERNMENT SAYS WELL WE GOT IT BECAUSE WE WERE LOOKING FOR A TERRORIST AND IT'S AN INCIDENTAL SEARCH AND WANT TO KEEP IT. THAT'S A VIOLATION OF THE CONSTITUTION. WE SHOULD MAKE SURE AMERICANS' RIGHT OF PRIVACY IS PROTECTED BEFORE WE RE-AUTHORIZE FISA. AND TO ILLUSTRATE, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT, MR. SPEAKER, TO INTRODUCE THIS ARTICLE, THE SECRET COURT REBUKES N.S.A. FOR FIVE-YEAR ILLEGAL SURVEILLANCE OF AMERICAN CITIZENS. ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INTRODUCE THIS.

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                        MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST REMEMBER HISTORY. WE MUST NOT ABUSE THE FOURTH OF…

                        MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST REMEMBER HISTORY. WE MUST NOT ABUSE THE FOURTH OF AMERICAN CITIZENS. AMENDMENT. AND IT'S CONGRESS' RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT THE NATURAL RIGHT OF CITIZENS, RIGHT OF PRIVACY, GET A WARRANT, OR AMENDMENT. AND DON'T MAKE A SEARCH. THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. COHEN, FOR FIVE…

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

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                        MR. COHEN

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF A CONSTITUTIONAL…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT I INTRODUCED TODAY TO PREVENT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OR ANY FUTURE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES FROM PARDONING HIMSELF OR HERSELF, MEMBERS OF THEIR FAMILY, MEMBERS OF THEIR ADMINISTRATION, OR MEMBERS OF THEIR PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN. MONDAY'S INDICTMENT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN, PAUL MANNA FOR THE, AND GUILTY PLEA OF GUILTY PLEA OF ANOTHER CAMPAIGN STAFF MEMBER, DEMONSTRATE HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR CONGRESS TO ACT. THE PARDON POWER IS SUPPOSED TO BE A SAFETY VALVE AGAINST INJUSTICE. A VESTIGE FROM WHEN WE WERE PART OF BRITAIN AND THE KING HAD THIS POWER. WE'RE NO LONGER PART OF BRITAIN AND THE PARDON POWER IS BE AS COMPLETE AS IT IS. IT'S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE A WAY FOR PRESIDENTS TO PUT THEMSELVES, THEIR FAMILIES, AND MEMBERS THAT POWER SHOULD NOT OF THE LAW. THE LAW. TO OBSTRUCT JUSTCIES 'TIS THERE IS AN INVESTIGATION OF WRONGDOING. UNLESS WE CHANGE THE CONSTITUTION, THIS IS HOW IT CAN BE USED AND MAY BE USED. WE SHOULD STOP THIS CONFLICT OF INTEREST FROM EVER ARISING. THERE ARE ALREADY SERIOUS QUESTIONS THEIR ADMINISTRATION AND THEIR CAMPAIGN TEAM ABOVE SWIRLING AROUND THE CURRENT PRESIDENT, HIS FAMILY, MEMBERS OF HIS ADMINISTRATION, AND HIS CAMPAIGN STAFF. INCLUDING POSSIBLE COLLUSION WITH RUSSIA DURING THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, CURRENTLY BEING INVESTIGATED BY SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT MUELLER. TO ENSURE EVERYONE IS TREATED EQUALLY UNDER THE LAW, WE NEED TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION TO NARROW THE SCOPE OF THE PARDON POWER. FOR SOME WHO MAY SAY THIS IS BECAUSE -- ONLY BECAUSE OF THE CURRENT PRESIDENT, I WOULD SAY I OBJECTED TO THE PARDON OF A BROTHER OF A PRESIDENT IN THE PAST. AND IN 1977, I PROPOSED CHANGING THE PARDON POWER IN TENNESSEE THROUGH A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION ITEM THAT WOULD HAVE SENT FOUR SUPREME COURT JUSTICES WHO DISAPPROVE OF A GUBERNATORIAL PARDON. I ALSO PROPOSED IN 2007 AND THIS CONGRESS A CHANGE TO THE PARDON POWER WHERE THE SUPREME COURT OF OUR UNITED STATES BY A VOTE OF SIX MEMBERS COULD VETO A PARDON. THE PARDON POWERS' A VESTIGE FROM DAYS GONE BY. NOT SOMETHING WE SHOULD HAVE COMPLETE AND TOTAL ABILITY OF THE PRESIDENT TO USE TO PARDON WHOMEVER AND WHATEVER HE PLEASES AND TO OBSTRUCT JUSTICE. I ASK MY MEMBERS, FELLOW MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN THIS AMENDMENT TO PROTECT AMERICA, SEE THAT OUR CONSTITUTION IS CURRENT AND REFLECTS OUR VALUES. AND NOT TO BE COMPLICIT AMENDMENT TO IN ANY ACTIVITY THAT IS THIS PRESIDENT MAY USE WITH THE PARDON POWER TO FREE UP WRONGDOERS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. MARSHALL, FOR FIVE…

                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. MARSHALL, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                        MARSHALL MR.

                        MR. SPEAKER, GROWING UP IN KANSAS I HAD MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO VISIT THE…

                        MR. SPEAKER, GROWING UP IN KANSAS I HAD MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO VISIT THE DWIGHT DAVID EISENHOWER PRESIDENTIAL MUSEUM LIBRARY, AND CHILDHOOD HOME. SOME OF MY GREATEST MEMORIES WOULD GO BACK TO VISITING IKE ON MY 10TH BIRTHDAY MY ENTIRE FAMILY DROVE UP TO ABILENE KANSAS TO VISIT THE MUSEUM. LATER ON IN ROTARY, MULTIPLE OPPORTUNITIES TO GO THERE TO THE MUSEUM AND TO HIS LIBRARY AND HONOR IKE. PERHAPS THE GREATEST MEMORY I HAVE WAS WHEN MY FATHER WAS ALLOWED TO REPRESENT KANSAS IN IKE'S HONOR GUARD DURING HIS FUNERAL PROCESSION FROM WASHINGTON, D.C., TO ABILENE, KANSAS. I FOUND IKE'S DEVOTION TO PUBLIC SERVICE, HIS LEADERSHIP AND INTEGRITY TO BE INSPIRING BOTH IN HIS ROLE AS SUPREME ALLIED COMMANDER DURING WORLD WAR II, AND TIME AS THE 34TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. IN OCTOBER OF 1999, THIS CONGRESS RECOGNIZED THE SIGNIFICANCE OF GENERAL EISENHOWER TO THE UNITED STATES AND PASSED LEGISLATION DIRECTING THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NATIONAL MEMORIAL IN HIS HONOR. THIS WEEK, THIS VERY WEEK, THIS FRIDAY, THE EISENHOWER MEMORIAL COMMISSION WILL FINALLY BREAK GROUND ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF THIS MEMORIAL TO COMMEMORATE THE FAVORITE SON OF KANSAS HERE IN OUR NATION'S CAPITOL CAPITAL. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE AND THANK THIS MEMORIAL SEVERAL OTHER KANSAS LEGENDS PART OF THIS COMMISSION. SENATORS BOB DOLE, PAT ROBBERS, AND SENATOR KASSEBAUM FOR THEIR WORK IN ACHIEVING THIS MILESTONE. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SHARING HIS LEGACY TO DOLE, PAT AGAIN RACIALS TO COME. MR. SPEAKER, NOVEMBER IS PREMATURITY AWARENESS MONTH. I RISE TODAY TO DISCUSS THE FIGHT TO PREVENT PREMATURE BIRTHS. I REMEMBER MY VERY FIRST NIGHT ALONE AT BAY FRONT MEDICAL CENTER AS A SECOND YEAR OB/GYN RESIDENT WHEN I WAS SUMMONED TO THE LABOR UNIT AT 2:00 IN THE MORE. THERE I FOUND A YOUNG LADY WHO WAS BLEEDING TO DEATH AS THE PLACENTA WAS TEARING AWAY FROM HER UTERUS. AS WE RUSHED HER BACK TO THE OPERATING ROOM,DY A QUICK SONOGRAM TO FIGURE OUT IF THESE BABIES WERE VIABLE. JUNS GLANCING AT HER SHE LOOKED LIKE SHE WAS 22 OR 23 WEEKS ALONG. I QUICKLY SAW NOT ONLY WAS THERE ONE BABY, BUT TWO BABIES. THOUGH WE GOT THE BABIES OUT IN LESS THAN 30 SECONDS, BOTH OF THOSE BABIES PERISHED FROM THEIR EXTREME PREMATURITY. THAT'S BEEN 25, 30 YEARS AGO, MR. SPEAKER. AND TO THIS DAY PREMATURITY IS STILL THE NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF DEATH FOR INFANTS. ONE OUT OF 10 BABIES ARE STILLBORN PREMATURE. AND ONE OUT OF THREE OF THOSE STILL DY. THOUGH WE HAVE DONE A GREAT JOB IN TREETH THESE PREMATURE BABIES, WE HAVE DONE VERY LITTLE TO LOWER THE INCIDENTS OF PREMATURE BIRTHS. THAT'S WHY I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THIS PROBLEM AND TO TELL EVERYONE THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT PREMATURE BIRTH IS EARLY PRENATAL CARE. THAT'S WHY WHEREVER I HAVE BEEN, WHETHER A RESIDENCY IN ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA, OR DELIVERING BABIES IN KANSAS, IN KANSAS, I MADE SURE THAT EVERY PATIENT REGARDLESS OF THEIR ABILITY TO PAY HAD EARLY ACCESS TO PRENATAL CARE EARLY ON IN THEIR PREGNANCY AND HOPEFULLY IDENTIFY THE RISK THAT MIGHT LEAD TO PREMATURE BIRTH. MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK IS NATIONAL VETERANS SMALL BUSINESS WEEK EARLY ON IN THEIR PREGNANCY AND HOPEFULLY IDENTIFY THE SO I RISE TODAY TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE CONTRIBUTION THAT THESE FOLKS HAVE GIVEN NOT ONLY TO THE SERVICE TO THEIR COUNTRY BUT ALSO TO THEIR COMMUNITIES AND BUSINESSES. VETERANS BRING A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP. TAKING LEADERSHIP SKILLS THEY DEVELOPED DURING THE MILITARY CAREERS AND APPLYING TO IT TO STARTING A GROWING BUSINESS. NEARLY ONE IN EVERY 10 BUSINESSES IN THIS COUNTRY IS OWNED BY A VETERAN, CREATING ANNUAL SALES OF OVER $1 TRILLION EACH OTHER AND EMPLOYING OVER FIVE MILLION AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THESE VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESSES ARE A PILLAR OF OUR COMMUNITIES. I APPLAUD THE SUCCESS OF THESE VETERAN ENTREPRENEURS BOTH IN KANSAS AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN CELEBRATING NATIONAL VETERANS SMALL BUSINESS WEEK. MR. SPEAKER, THERE'S SO MANY VETERAN BUSINESSES I CAN HONOR TODAY, BUT JUST A VERY FEW OF THEM LISTED. FROM OUR OWN FORT RILEY AREA, JUNCTION CITY. KYOITY BARB, DISABLED VETERANS ENGRAVING SERVICES. MOBILE GAMING. MASTER CUT LAWN AND LANDSCAPE, J.C. CROSS FIT, 360 KAYAKING, STUDIO PINK, CANDY BOUTIQUE. MR. SPEAKER, THOSE ARE JUST BUT A FEW OF THE VETERAN-LED BUSINESSES IN MY OWN DISTRICT AND WE'RE SO PROUD OF THEM AND SALUTE THEM ON THIS WEEK. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK. .

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                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. FITZPATRICK,…

                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. FITZPATRICK, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                        MR. FITZPATRICK

                        MR. SPEAKER, SEVERAL ECONOMIC INDICATORS SHOW US THAT OUR ECONOMY IS…

                        MR. SPEAKER, SEVERAL ECONOMIC INDICATORS SHOW US THAT OUR ECONOMY IS GROWING. THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS DOWN. THE STOCK MARKET IS UP. CONSUMER CONFIDENCE IS AT ITS HIGHEST LEVEL IN OVER A DECADE AND BUSINESSES ARE STARTING TO INVEST IN THEIR FUTURE AGAIN. HOWEVER, WE CANNOT REST ON THIS SHORT-TERM SNAPSHOT. FOR TOO LONG TOP-DOWN POLICIES FROM WASHINGTON HAVE BUILT A SYSTEM THAT'S BASED ON PROTECTING THE STATUS QUO RATHER THAN HELPING SMALL BUSINESSES AND MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES. WE NEED TO EMBRACE THE GOVERNING VISION THAT ADVANCES THE AMERICAN DREAM AND PUTS JOBS AND ECONOMIC GROWTH ABOVE THE PARTISANSHIP THAT TOO OFTEN DIVIDES US. AND THIS STARTS WITH TAX REFORM. IF THIS CONGRESS IS SERIOUS ABOUT STANDING UP FOR MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES AND UNLEASING THE POWER OF THE AMERICAN ECONOMY, TAX REFORM IS THE NATURAL STARTING POINT. THE MODEL IS STRAIGHTFORWARD. WE NEED TO SIMPLIFY THE RIDICULOUSLY COMPLEX INTERNAL REVENUE CODE, ELIMINATE THE LOOPHOLES THAT ALLOW CORPORATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS TO AVOID PAYING THEIR FAIR SHARE, LOWER THE RATES FOR MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES AND FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND TO BROADEN THE TAX BASE. WE HAD THE CHANCE TO MAKE REAL LASTING CHANGES TO OUR BROKEN AND BLOATED TAX SYSTEM AND WE NEED TO ACT NOW. AS A C.P.A. AND A MEMBER OF THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE AND AS A CONCERNED TAXPAYER, I'M COMMITTED TO FIGHTING FOR REAL TAX REFORM BASED ON THREE CORE PRINCIPLES -- ENCOURAGING GROWTH, SIMPLIFYING THE TAX CODE ITSELF AND INCREASING SERVICE FOR THE TAXPAYERS. THE TIME IS NOW TO ACT. MR. SPEAKER, EARLIER THIS YEAR BRISTOL WON THE SMALL BUSINESS REVOLUTION EARNING A GRANT THROUGH SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP. INTEGRAL TO THIS EFFORT WITH A BILL, AN INDIVIDUAL WHO DEFINES EVERYTHING THAT'S GREAT ABOUT BUCKS COUNTY AND EVERYTHING THAT'S GREAT ABOUT BRISTOL BOROUGH. BILL IS A LIFE-LONG RESIDENT TO BRISTOL. HE HAS SERVED THE COMMUNITY AS AN EDUCATOR ON THE COUNCIL, AS A MEMBER OF THE SCHOOL BOARD AND AS A COMMUNITY ACTIVIST. HE CHAMPIONED LOCAL BUSINESSES, CREATING AN ORGANIZATION CALLED RAISING THE BAR, A PROGRAM WHICH BROUGHT COMMUNITY LEADERS AND BUSINESS OWNERS TOGETHER TO SUPPORT THE LOCAL BRISTOL BOROUGH COMMUNITY. FOCUSED ON DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNITY PRESERVATION, HE CONTINUES TO FIND NEW WAYS TO SERVE THE BRISTOL COMMUNITY TODAY. BILL WOULD BE THE FIRST ONE TO TELL YOU THAT THE MANY RECOGNITIONS HE HAS EARNED THROUGHOUT THE YEARS BELONG TO THE COMMUNITY AND NOT JUST TO HIM WHICH IS A TRUE SIGN OF HIS CHARACTER. HOWEVER, MR. SPEAKER, IT IS MY HONOR TO RECOGNIZE BILL TODAY FOR BEING NAMED PERSON OF THE YEAR AT THIS YEAR'S BRISTOL FALL CLASSIC. I AM DEEPLY GRATEFUL TO BILL FOR THE POSITIVE IMPACT ON OUR COMMUNITY AND I CONGRATULATE HIM, HIS WIFE, KAREN, AND HIS ENTIRE FAMILY FOR THIS MUCH-DESERVED RECOGNITION. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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

                        PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS UNTIL 2:00 P.M.

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                        2:00 P.M.

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                        THE START OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS. LIVE COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE HERE ON…

                        THE START OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS. LIVE COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE HERE ON C-SPAN. [CAPTIONS COPYRIGHT NATIONAL CABLE SATELLITE CORP. 2017] [CAPTIONING PERFORMED BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS CAPTION CONTENT AND ACCURACY. VISIT NCICAP.ORG]

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                        THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        ALL RISE. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRASHEPRABE WILL BE OFFERED BY…

                        ALL RISE. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRASHEPRABE WILL BE OFFERED BY OUR FATHER, CHAPLAIN CONROY.

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                      • 02:01:39 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. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1 THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. . THE PLEDGE PLEBLING WILL BE LED BY GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. WILSON.

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                        MR. WILSON

                        EVERYONE, INCLUDING OUR GUESTS IN THE GALLERY, PLEASE JOIN N I PLEDGE…

                        EVERYONE, INCLUDING OUR GUESTS IN THE GALLERY, PLEASE JOIN N 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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                      • 02:02:12 PM

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                        THE MESSENGER

                        MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. THE…

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

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                        THE SECRETARY

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                        THE SECRETARY

                        SECRETARY. THE SECRETARY: I AM DIRECTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED…

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

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                      • 02:02:26 PM

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                        THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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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 MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE ON OCTOBER 27, 2017, AT 9: 48 A.M. THAT THE SENATE CONCURS IN THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO THE BILL SENATE 782. THAT THE SENATE AGREED TO SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 28. WITH BEST WISHES I AM, SIGNED SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS.

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                        THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                        MR. WILSON

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

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

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                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                        MR. WILSON

                        MR. SPEAKER, I AM GRATEFUL TO RECOGNIZE THE STATEWIDE CONSORTIUM OF 10…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I AM GRATEFUL TO RECOGNIZE THE STATEWIDE CONSORTIUM OF 10 INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN SOUTH CAROLINA FOR RECEIVING A FIVE-YEAR RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT TRACK 1 GRANT FROM THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION'S ESTABLISHED PROGRAM TO STIMULATE COMPETITIVE RESEARCH. THIS GRANT LED TO THE CREATION OF THE MATERIALS ASSEMBLY AND DESIGN IN SOUTH CAROLINA INITIATIVE OR, MADE IN SOUTH CAROLINA. TO CREATE JOBS. THIS GRANT ENCOURAGES SMALL BUSINESSES TO GROW BY PROVIDING SEED MONEY THROUGHOUT SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION RESEARCH AND SMALL BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AWARDS TO BUSINESSES AND MATERIALS RELATED PROJECTS. THIS CONSORTIUM WILL FURTHER FOSTER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE STATE BY FOCUSING ON ADVANCED MATERIALS DISCOVERY AND OPT MIIZATIONAL EFFORTS THAT ARE IN HIGH DEMAND. MADE IN S.C. WILL BOOST THE MANUFACTURING MATERIALS SCIENCE WORK FORCE BY ADDING NEW UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS AND EXPANDING CURRENT COURSE WORK WHICH WILL PROVIDE AND INCREASE THE SKILL LABOR WORK FORCE. AS A PROPONENT OF CREATING JOBS AND ENCOURAGING MANUFACTURING ACROSS SOUTH CAROLINA, LIKE FORWARD TO SEEING THESE HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS UTILIZING THE GRANT TO STIMULATE SMALL BUSINESS GROWTH, JOBS, AND VALUABLE RESEARCH. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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                        LIVE ON C-SPAN3 AND ONLINE AT C-SPAN.ORG. LIVE NOW TO THE U.S. HOUSE WHERE…

                        LIVE ON C-SPAN3 AND ONLINE AT C-SPAN.ORG. LIVE NOW TO THE U.S. HOUSE WHERE MEMBERS PLAN TO DEBATE FOUR BILLS FROM THE AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT. VOTES AND SPEECHES AT 6:30 P.M. EASTERN. QUESTIONS AT A LATER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2921.

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                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                        THE CLERK

                        H.R. 2921, A BILL TO ESTABLISH A VEGETATION MANAGEMENT PILOT PROGRAM ON…

                        H.R. 2921, A BILL TO ESTABLISH A VEGETATION MANAGEMENT PILOT PROGRAM ON NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM LAND TO BETTER PROTECT UTILITY INFRASTRUCTURE FROM PASSING WILDFIRE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. CRAWFORD, AND THE…

                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. CRAWFORD, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO, MS. FUNNEL, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. -- MS. FUDGE, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS.

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                        MR. CRAWFORD

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

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                        MR. CRAWFORD

                        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 BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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                        MR. CRAWFOR

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2921, THE NATIONAL…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2921, THE NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM VEGETATION MANAGEMENT PILOT PROGRAM ACT OF 2017. THIS LEGISLATION AUTHORIZES THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE TO CREATE A PILOT PROGRAM TO ASSIST IN THE MANAGEMENT OF OUR FEDERAL FORESTS TO REDUCE WILDFIRE RISK AND ASSOCIATED COSTS. THESE MANAGEMENT PILOT PROJECTS ARE APPROVED BY THE FOREST SERVICE BUT WILL BE CONDUCTED AND PAID FOR BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR. THIS COLLABORATIVE APPROACH WILL ENSURE A MORE STABLE POWER GRID. FOREST HEALTH IS A PROBLEM FELT ACROSS THE UNITED STATES PARTICULARLY IN THE WEST. THIS HAS RESULTED IN INCREASED FIRE THREATS TO THE ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION AND ASSOCIATED UTILITY INFRASTRUCTURE ACROSS FOREST SERVICE LAND. THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE HAS FOUND THAT FUEL REDUCTION TREATMENT PROJECTS REDUCED FLAMMABLE VEGETATION, MINIMIZES SEVERITY OF WILDLAND FIRES AND CREATES LANDSCAPE RESILIENCY TO FIRE AND PROVIDE FIREFIGHTER ACCESS. THIS IS COSTLY TO REPAIR AND REPLACE AND OUTAGES CAN RESULT IN ECONOMIC COSTS TO HOMES AND BUSINESSES. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION TO ALLOW UTILITIES TO COLLABORATE WITH THE FOREST SERVICE TO KEEP THE RIGHTS ON IN RURAL COMMUNITIES AND WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO.

                      • 05:02:55 PM

                        MS. FUDGE

                        I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2921, THE…

                        I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2921, THE NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM VEGETATION MANAGEMENT PILOT SYSTEM ACT OF 2017 AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                      • 05:03:07 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                      • 05:03:10 PM

                        MS. FOUGE

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

                      • 05:03:14 PM

                        MS. FUDGE

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS BILL WILL HELP PROTECT TRANSMISSION LINES…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS BILL WILL HELP PROTECT TRANSMISSION LINES FROM FOREST FIRES AND OTHER FOREST MANAGEMENT ISSUES. THE BILL CREATES VOLUNTARY PILOT PROJECT AUTHORITY FOR THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE TO PARTNER WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO PROACTIVELY UNDERTAKE LIMITED AND SELECTIVE VEGETATION MANAGEMENT PROJECTS NEAR UTILITY INFRASTRUCTURE. THESE PILOT PROJECTS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO THINGS LIKE TREE THINNING AND FUEL REDUCTION WHICH WOULD HELP TO ALLEVIATE SOME OF THE RISK OF FOREST FIRES AND ENHANCE ELECTRIC RELIABILITY. H.R. 2921 REQUIRES THAT ALL PROJECTS COMPLY WITH EXISTING ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 05:03:58 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS…

                        THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                        MR. CRAWFORD

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

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH DAKOTA,

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                      • 05:04:06 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH DAKOTA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                      • 05:04:08 PM

                        MR. CRAMER

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

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S NO SECRET THAT A RELYABLE SUPPLY OF ELECTRICITY IS IMPORTANT TO US ON MANY LEVELS, FROM HUMAN HEALTH AND, OF COURSE, TO COMMERCIAL PRODUCTIVITY. AS A FORMER PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSIONER, I CAN TELL YOU ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS FOR LARGE OUTAGES IS TREES GROWING IN POWERLINES. ONE OF THE REASONS FOR FOREST FIRES IS POWERLINES FALLING IN THE FORESTS. POWERLINES CREATE FIRES AND THIS BILL I THINK HELPS ALLEVIATES SOME OF THAT. WITH CONSUMERS AND REGULATORS OF COURSE DEMANDING RELYABLE SERVICES, UTILITY COMPANIES TO KEEP ELECTRONS FLOWING, VEGETATION HAS IMPROVED TREMENDOUSLY OVER THE YEARS. HOWEVER, DEEP IN THE LANDS MANAGED BY OUR FEDERAL AGENCIES, THE POTENTIAL FOR PROBLEMS PERSISTS. MY BILL CREATES A PILOT PROGRAM, AS THE CHAIRMAN DESCRIBED, FOR UTILITY COMPANIES TO PARTNER WITH THE FOREST SERVICE TO VOLUNTARILY PERFORM VEGETATION MANAGEMENT PROACTIVELY. UNDER FOREST SERVICE APPROVAL, UTILITIES CAN PROPOSE A PLAN TO SELECTIVELY MANAGE VEGETATION WITHIN 75 FEET OF THEIR RIGHT OF WAY WITH THE LEAST AMOUNT OF DISTURBANCES AS REASONABLY POSSIBLE AND OUTSIDE OF DESIGNATED WILDERNESS AREAS, A VERY IMPORTANT POINT. ALL OF THAT WORK WOULD BE PAID FOR BY THE UTILITY COMPANY, NOT BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. CURRENTLY, THIS RIGHT OF WAY WORK IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE GOVERNMENT AND WITH A STRICT LIABILITY STANDARD, MR. SPEAKER, TO ANY UTILITY COMPANY TO STEP IN AND HELP. THERE'S NOT AN INCENTIVE. IN FACT, THERE IS A DISINCENTIVE TO DO SO. UNDER THE PILOT PROGRAM THIS WOULD BE A MORE APPROPRIATE STANDARD ALONG WITH ANY SPECIFIC SAFETY REQUIREMENTS IN THE AGREEMENT WITH THE FOREST SERVICE. IT REMOVES THE BARRIER FOR UTILITY COMPANIES TO CARRY OUT THIS IMPORTANT WORK NOT CURRENTLY BEING DONE BY THEM, TO REDUCE DIRECT IMPACTS TO DAMAGE TO UTILITY INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE AMOUNT OF FUEL FOR FORESTS. THERE'S A LOT OF BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR THIS. I APPRECIATE MY FRIENDS AND MORE MOUNTAINOUS AND PRAIRIES IN NORTH CAROLINA AND THOSE ACROSS THE AISLE AND I KNOW THERE'S BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN THE SENATE. I THANK YOU AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 05:06:19 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                      • 05:06:22 PM

                        MR. CRAWFORD

                        I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                      • 05:06:24 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        GENTLELADY FROM OHIO HAS YIELDED BACK ALL OF HER TIME. SO THE GENTLEMAN…

                        GENTLELADY FROM OHIO HAS YIELDED BACK ALL OF HER TIME. SO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      • 05:06:31 PM

                        MR. CRAWFORD

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THE PASSAGE OF H.R.…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 2921, AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 05:06:37 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        BOTH SIDES HAVE YIELDED BACK ALL THE TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE…

                        BOTH SIDES HAVE YIELDED BACK ALL THE TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2921, 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 ARKANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                      • 05:07:08 PM

                        MR. CRAWFORD

                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2941.

                      • 05:07:13 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                      • 05:07:15 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 257. H.R. 2941, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE CONVEYANCE…

                        UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 257. H.R. 2941, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE CONVEYANCE OF CERTAIN NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM LAND WITHIN KISATCHIE NATIONAL FOREST IN THE STATE OF LOUISIANA.

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                      • 05:07:29 PM

                        TEMPORE PURSUANT

                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. CRAWFORD, AND THE…

                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. CRAWFORD, AND THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, MS. FUDGE, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS.

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                      • 05:07:39 PM

                        MR. CRAWFORD

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

                      • 05:07:43 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                      • 05:07:46 PM

                        MR. CRAWFORD

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

                      • 05:07:53 PM

                        TEMPORE WITH

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

                      • 05:07:54 PM

                        MR. CRAWFORD

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2941, THE…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2941, THE KISATCHIE NATIONAL FOREST LAND CONVEYANCE ACT. THIS MEASURE INTRODUCED BY OUR CLIQUE, MR. ABRAHAM, ALLOWS THEM TO SELL LAND IN THE PARISH. THIS TRANSFER WOULD ELIMINATE UNNECESSARY, BOUNDARY MAINTENANCE COST ON THE ALREADY FOREST SERVICE. THE KISATCHIE NATIONAL FOREST IS RICH IN RESOURCES. AND THIS TRANSFER SUPPORTED BY THE FOREST SERVICE WILL ALLOW THE FOREST TO BE MANAGED AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF STEWARDSHIP WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 05:08:35 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM…

                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO.

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                      • 05:08:45 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS SHE WISHES TO…

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

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                      • 05:08:49 PM

                        MS. FUDGE

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 2941 PERMITS THE SALE OF TWO…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 2941 PERMITS THE SALE OF TWO ISOLATED PARCELS OF KISATCHIE NATIONAL FOREST LAND TOTALING APPROXIMATELY 50 ACRES. THESE PARCEL ARE ISOLATED FROM THE FOREST CORE LANDS AND ARE INTERMIXED WITH PRIVATE LAND AND RESIDENCES LEAVING IT INCOMPATIBLE WITH NATIONAL FOREST MANAGEMENT. THE PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THESE PARCELS WOULD BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR THE ACQUISITION OF LANDS AND INTEREST IN THE KISATCHIE NATIONAL FOREST. UNDER H.R. 2941, THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE IS REQUIRED TO FIRST CONVEY A PORTION OF THE LAND TO COLLINS CAMP PROPERTIES. COLLINS CAMP PROPERTIES MUST PAY REASONABLE APPRAISAL COST AND COST OF ANY ADMINISTRATIVE AND ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS. H.R. 2941 ALLOWS THE KISATCHIE NATIONAL FOREST TO CONSOLIDATE OWNERSHIP OF LANDS AND CONTINUES THE STRONG TRADITION OF THE NATIONAL FOREST SERVICE ACTING AS STEWARDS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 05:09:50 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS.

                      • 05:09:55 PM

                        MR. CAWFORD

                        RESERVE.

                      • 05:09:59 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS HAS ALL THE TIME.

                      • 05:10:01 PM

                        MR. CRAWFORD

                        I ASK MY COLLEAGUES SUPPORT H.R. 2941. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO…

                        I ASK MY COLLEAGUES SUPPORT H.R. 2941. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO FOR HER SUPPORT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 05:10:10 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        BOTH SIDES HAVE YIELDED ALL OF THEIR TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE…

                        BOTH SIDES HAVE YIELDED ALL OF THEIR TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2941. 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 ARKANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                      • 05:10:47 PM

                        MR. CRAWFORD

                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3567.

                      • 05:10:52 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                      • 05:10:55 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 272, H.R. 3567, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE PURCHASE OF…

                        UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 272, H.R. 3567, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE PURCHASE OF A SMALL PARCEL OF NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE PROPERTY IN RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA, BY THE RIVERSIDE CORONA RESOURCE CONSERVATION DISTRICT AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                      • 05:11:13 PM

                        TEMPORE PURSUANT

                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. CRAWFORD, AND THE…

                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. CRAWFORD, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO, MS. FUNNEL, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES -- MS. FUDGE, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS.

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                      • 05:11:27 PM

                        MR. CRAWFORD

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

                      • 05:11:30 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                      • 05:11:33 PM

                        MR. CRAWFORD

                        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 BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                      • 05:11:39 PM

                        TEMPORE WITHOUT

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

                      • 05:11:40 PM

                        MR. CRAWFORD

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3567, TO AUTHORIZE…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3567, TO AUTHORIZE THE TRANSFER OF THE TITLE OF LAND OWNED BY THE NRCS IN RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA, TO THE RIVERSIDE -CORONA CONSERVATION DISTRICT. THEY INVESTED $2.8 MILLION IN THE FACILITY WITH THE HOPE OF ACQUIRING THE PROPERTY AND WOULD LIKE TO INVEST IN FURTHER IMPROVEMENTS WHEN THE PROPERTY TITLE ISSUE IS RESOLVED. CONSERVATION DISTRICTS WORK CLOSELY WITH THEIR FEDERAL PARTNER, THE NRCS. THIS LEGISLATION IS A SIMPLE FIX TO ALLOW THE RIVERSIDE-CORONA DISTRICT TO UTILIZE THE FACILITY AND SERVE THE LOCAL FOLKS ON THE GROUND THROUGH VOLUNTARY, INCENTIVE-BASED CONSERVATION. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE AND WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 05:12:19 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO.

                      • 05:12:22 PM

                        MS. FUDGE

                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3567 AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3567 AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                      • 05:12:30 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS SHE WISHES TO…

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

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                      • 05:12:33 PM

                        MS. FUDGE

                        MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 3567 WILL ALLOW CALIFORNIA'S RIVERSIDE-CORONA RESOURCE…

                        MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 3567 WILL ALLOW CALIFORNIA'S RIVERSIDE-CORONA RESOURCE CONSERVATION DISTRICT TO PURCHASE AT THE APPRAISED VALUE A PARCEL OF PROPERTY WHICH IT IS CURRENTLY LOW INDICATED WHICH IS THE FORMER U.S. LABORATORY. THE PROPERTY IS CURRENTLY ADMINISTERED BY USDA'S NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE AND IS BEING CO-MANAGED UNDER A COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT. THE COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT DATES BACK TO 1996. SINCE THAT TIME THE RIVERSIDE CORONA RESOURCE CONSERVATION DISTRICT HAS INVESTED $2.8 MILLION INTO THE PROPERTY WITH THE HOPES THAT NRCS WOULD TRANSFER THE OWNERSHIP. THIS PROVIDES NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION THROUGH EDUCATION, COLLABORATION AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. MR. SPEAKER, I SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS MEASURE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 05:13:31 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS.

                      • 05:13:35 PM

                        MR. CRAWFORD

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

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. CALVERT.

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                      • 05:13:40 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                      • 05:13:43 PM

                        MR. CALVERT

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

                        THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO URGE THE HOUSE TO APPROVE H.R. 3567, A NECESSARY AND LONG OVERDUE PIECE OF LEGISLATION. THIS IS STRAIGHTFORWARD, COMMONSENSE BILL THAT AUTHORIZES THE PURCHASE OF A SMALL PARCEL OF NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION SERVICE PROPERTY IN RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA, BY THE RIVERSIDE CORONA RESOURCE CONSERVATION DISTRICT. SINCE 1996, THE CONSERVATION DISTRICT HAS PARTNERED WITH NRCS TO ACQUIRE, CO-LOCATE AND MANAGE WHAT WAS PREVIOUSLY THE USDA LABORATORY. FOLLOWING THE ACQUISITION OF THE PROPERTY, NRCS HAS NOT OBLIGATED ANY FEDERAL FUNDS FOR PLANT MATERIALS, RESEARCH AT THE RIVERSIDE LOCATION IN QUESTION. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE CONSERVATION DISTRICT AS MENTIONED HAS INVESTED $2.8 MILLION IN IMPROVEMENTS AND UPGRADES TO THE PROPERTY. ALL ALONG, THE CONSERVATION DISTRICT HAS AN UNDERSTANDING WITH NRCS THEY WOULD EVENTUALLY TRANSFER THE PROPERTY TO ITS OWNERSHIP. FOLLOWING A SERIES OF CHANGES IN PERSONNEL WITH NRCS, THE CONSERVATION DISTRICT WAS INFORMED THAT LEGISLATION AUTHORIZING SUCH A TRANSFER WOULD BE NECESSARY. H.R. 3567 AUTHORIZES USDA TO SELL THE PROPERTY IN RIVERSIDE THE CONSERVATION DISTRICT FOR AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO TO THE APPRAISED VALUE OF THE PROPERTY. LEGISLATION FURTHER STATES THAT THE CURRENT NRCS OPERATION AT THE PROPERTY WILL BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE AT NO COST TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. IN CLOSING, THIS LEGISLATION WILL PROVIDE LONG-TERM SECURITY FOR THE CONSERVATION DISTRICT AND THE INVESTMENT HAS -- IT HAS AND WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE IN THE PROPERTY. IT ALSO PROTECTS THE INTEREST OF THE NRCS AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR AS LONG AS THE LIMITED USE OF THE PROPERTY IS NEEDED. H.R. 3567 IS A WIN-WIN SOLUTION FOR ALL STAKEHOLDERS AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BILL AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 05:15:42 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE TIME.

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                      • 05:15:46 PM

                        MR. CRAWFORD

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR HIS…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR HIS REMARKS AND I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO FOR HER SUPPORT AND I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 3567 AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                      • 05:15:59 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        BOTH SIDES HAVE YIELDED BACK THEIR TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE…

                        BOTH SIDES HAVE YIELDED BACK THEIR TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 3567. THOSE 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 ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                      • 05:16:26 PM

                        MR. CRAWFORD

                        MEERKS I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES -- MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE…

                        MEERKS I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES -- MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2521.

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                      • 05:16:32 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 256. H.R. 2521, A BILL TO AMEND THE FARM SECURITY…

                        UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 256. H.R. 2521, A BILL TO AMEND THE FARM SECURITY AND RURAL INVESTMENT ACT OF 2002, TO INCLUDE SOUTH CAROLINA AS A PART OF THE VIRGINIA, CAROLINA, PEANUT PRODUCING REGION, FOR THE PURPOSES OF APPOINTMENT TO THE PEANUT STANDARDS BOARD.

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                      • 05:16:52 PM

                        TEMPORE PURSUANT

                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. CRAWFORD, AND THE…

                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. CRAWFORD, AND THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, MS. FUDGE, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS.

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                      • 05:17:02 PM

                        MR. CRAWFORD

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

                      • 05:17:05 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                      • 05:17:08 PM

                        MR. CRAWFORD

                        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 REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                      • 05:17:17 PM

                        TEMPORE WITHOUT

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

                      • 05:17:18 PM

                        MR. CRAWFORD

                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2521, THE SOUTH CAROLINA PEANUT…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2521, THE SOUTH CAROLINA PEANUT PARITY ACT OF 2017. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD ALLOW FOR A REPRESENTATIVE OF SOUTH CAROLINA PEANUT INDUSTRY TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR APPOINTMENT TO THE PEANUT STANDARDS BOARD WHICH IS TASKED WITH THE IMPORTANT ROLE OF ESTABLISHING QUALITY AND HANDLING STANDARDS FOR DOMESTIC AND IMPORTED PEANUTS. AT THE TIME THE PEANUT STANDARD BOARD WAS CREATED, SOUTH CAROLINA WAS NOT A MAJOR PEANUT PRODUCING STATE. HOWEVER NOW THEY ARE THE FOURTH LARGEST PEANUT GROWING STATE AND PRODUCE OVER 8% OF U.S.-GROWN PEANUTS THAT END DESERVE TO HAVE INPUT INTO THE ESTABLISHMENT OR ALTERATION OF INDUSTRY STANDARDS. THIS BILL WOULD ACCOMPLISH THAT BY INCLUDING SOUTH CAROLINA INTO THE VIRGINIA, CAROLINA PRODUCING REGION FOR THE PURPOSES OF APPOINTMENTS TO THE PEANUTS STANDARD BOARD. I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE WILSON AND THE ENTIRE SOUTH CAROLINA DELEGATION FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. THIS MEASURE IS BROADLY SUPPORTED BY THE U.S. PEANUT INDUSTRY AND THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORT OF THIS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION AND WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 05:18:17 PM

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

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

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                        MS. FUDGE

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2521, THE…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2521, THE SOUTH CAROLINA PEANUT PARITY ACT OF 2017. AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                      • 05:18:32 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEPORE

                        THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS SHE WISHES TO…

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

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                      • 05:18:36 PM

                        MS. FUDGE

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE 2002 FARM BILL ESTABLISHED THE…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE 2002 FARM BILL ESTABLISHED THE PEANUT STANDARDS BOARD TO ADVISE THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE ON QUALITY AND HANDLING STANDARDS FOR DOMESTICALLY PRODUCED AND IMPORTED PEE NUTS. THE BOARD -- PEANUTS. THE BOARD CONSISTS OF 18 MEMBERS REPRESENTING THREE REGIONS. THE SOUTHEAST, THE SOUTHWEST AND THE VIRGINIA, NORTH CAROLINA REGION. DESPITE ITS STATUS AS THE NATION'S FOURTH LARGEST PEANUT-PRODUCING STATE, SOUTH CAROLINA IS NOT REPRESENTED ON THE PEANUT STANDARDS BOARD. H.R. 2521, OR THE SOUTH CAROLINA PEANUT PARITY ACT OF 2017, WOULD CORRECT THIS PROBLEM BY ADDING SOUTH CAROLINA TO THE VIRGINIA, NORTH CAROLINA REGION AND MAKING PEANUT FARMERS AND INDUSTRY REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE STATE ELIGIBLE FOR BOARD APPOINTMENTS. THE LEGISLATION HAS THE SUPPORT OF THE ENTIRE SOUTH CAROLINA DELEGATION, AS WELL AS THE SUPPORT OF SOUTH CAROLINA, VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA PEANUT GROWERS. IN CONCLUSION, H.R. 2521 GISKS SOUTH CAROLINIANS -- GIVES SOUTH CAROLINIANS A RIGHTFUL OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE ON THE PEANUT STANDARDS BOARD. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 05:19:46 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                      • 05:19:51 PM

                        MR. CRAWFORD

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. JOE WILSON.

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                      • 05:19:57 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. WILSON, IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE…

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. WILSON, IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. RUSSELL WILSON MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK --

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                      • 05:20:06 PM

                        MR. WILSON

                        MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN CRAWFORD FOR HIS LEADERSHIP…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN CRAWFORD FOR HIS LEADERSHIP TODAY. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS ACT. H.R. 2521. THIS BIPARTISAN BILL IS CO-SPONSORED BY ALL SEVEN MEMBERS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA DELEGATION. IT DWIVES THE HARDWORKING PEE -- IT GIVES THE HARDWORKING PEANUT FARMERS OF SOUTH CAROLINA A VOICE AND SAY ON THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE PEANUT STANDARDS BOARD. SOUTH CAROLINA'S FORTUNATE TO HAVE AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER HUGH WEATHERS OF BOWMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. WHEN THE 2002 FARM BILL CREATED THE USDA PEANUT STANDARDS BOARD TO ADVISE ON STANDARDS FOR HANDLING AND QUALITY OF PEANUTS, SOUTH CAROLINA WAS NOT A SUBSTANTIAL PEANUT GROWER. SINCE THEN, SOUTH CAROLINA PEANUT PRODUCTION HAS INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY, AS IT NOW PRODUCES 8% OF THE UNITED STATES PEANUT CROP. MAKING THE STATE THE FOURTH LARGEST PEANUT PRODUCING STATE. AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE, SOUTH CAROLINA APPRECIATES PEANUTS SO MUCH THAT THE STATE LEGISLATURE HAS SELECTED THE PEANUT AS THE STATE'S OFFICIAL SNACK. EACH YEAR I LOOK FORWARD TO THE PEANUT PARTY FESTIVAL, WHICH CELEBRATES THE IMPORTANCE OF PEANUTS, WHICH IS HELD IN SOUTH CAROLINA, LED BY MAYOR BARBARA CAREY. SOUTH CAROLINA IS FORTUNATE TO HAVE ENTERPRISING ENTREPRENEURS PROMOTING PEANUTS WITH FARMS OF LEXINGTON, OWNED BY THE MATHIAS FAMILY AND THE PEANUTS OF COLUMBIA, HERALDED AS, QUOTE, GUARANTEED TO THE WORST IN TOWN, END OF QUOTE. THAT'S MEANT AS A COMPLIMENT. MY SOUTH CAROLINA COLLEAGUES AND I ARE GRATEFUL TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN THE PEANUT CROPS IN THE STATE AND TO ADVOCATE FOR THE INCREASE TO BE REFLECTED ON THE PEANUT STANDARDS BOARD. WE LOOK FORWARD TO ENCOURAGING PEANUT FARMERS IN SOUTH CAROLINA IN CREATING JOBS AND HAVING THEIR VALUABLE INPUT REFLECTED ON THE NATIONAL LEVEL. I URGE SUPPORT TODAY OF H.R. 2521. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 05:22:09 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS…

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      • 05:22:13 PM

                        MR. CRAWFORD

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA FOR HIS…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. AND I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE HIS COLLEAGUE IN THE SOUTH CAROLINA DELEGATION, MR. NORMAN, FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                      • 05:22:22 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                        MR. NORMAN

                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2521, THE SOUTH…

                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2521, THE SOUTH CAROLINA PEANUT PARITY ACT OF 2017. I'M PROUD TO JOIN REPRESENTATIVE JOE WILSON, WHO HAS BEEN A REAL LEADER IN THIS AREA, AND THE ENTIRE SOUTH CAROLINA DELEGATION AS A CO-SPONSOR OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA PEANUT PARITY ACT OF 2017. WHICH IS AN IMPORTANT BILL FOR SOUTH CAROLINA'S PEANUT FARMERS. I ALSO COMMEND HARRY OTT AT THE FARM BUREAU WHO HAS BEEN A GREAT LEADER OF THIS EFFORT. MR. CHAIRMAN, SOUTH CAROLINA HAS EXPERIENCED EXPLOSIVE GROWTH IN PEANUT FARMING IN THE RECENT YEARS, GOING FROM PRODUCING VERY FEW PEANUTS IN THE EARLY 2000'S TO BECOMING THE FOURTH LARGEST PEANUT PRODUCING STATE TODAY, LED BY BRENT COGLAND OF SUMP TER. THIS WILL GIVE SOUTH CAROLINA PEANUT FARMERS THE MUCH DEMBD REPRESENTATION ON THE PEANUT STANDARDS BOARD. MR. CHAIRMAN, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION FOR SOUTH CAROLINA'S PEANUT PRODUCERS, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 05:23:24 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS CONTROLS THE REMAINDER OF THE TIME.

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                      • 05:23:30 PM

                        MR. CRAWFORD

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

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, TO MY FRIEND, THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO. IF ONLY THE FARM BILL WAS THIS EASY. AND WITH THAT I WILL YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 05:23:39 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        BOTH SIDES HAVING YIELDED BACK THEIR TIME, THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE…

                        BOTH SIDES HAVING YIELDED BACK THEIR TIME, THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 2521. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS.

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                      • 05:23:55 PM

                        MR. CRAWFORD

                        ON THAT I WOULD REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE. THE YEAS AND NAYS, PLEASE.

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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 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE.

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                      • 05:24:34 PM

                        THE CLERK

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

                        TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. SECTION 202-D OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCIES ACT PROVIDES FOR THE AUTOMATIC TERMINATION OF A NATIONAL EMERGENCY UNLESS WITHIN 90 DAYS BEFORE THE ANNIVERSARY DATE OF ITS DECLARATION THE PRESIDENT PUBLISHES IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER AND TRANSMITS TO THE CONGRESS A NOTICE STATING THAT THE EMERGENCY IS TO CONTINUE IN EFFECT BEYOND THE ANNIVERSARY DATE. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS PROVISION, VISANTHE TO THE FEDERAL REGISTER FOR PUBLICATION THE ENCLOSED NOTICE STATING THAT THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO SUDAN DECLARED IN EXECUTIVE ORDER 13067 OF NOVEMBER 3, 1997, IS TO CONTINUE IN EFFECT BEYOND NOVEMBER 3, 2017. IT DESPITE RECENT POSITIVE DEVELOPMENTS, THE CRISIS CONSTITUTED BY THE ACTIONS AND POLICIES OF THE GOVERNMENT OF SUDAN THAT LED TO THE DECLARATION OF A NATIONAL EMERGENCY IN EXECUTIVE ORDER 13067, THE EXPANSION OF THAT EMERGENCY IN EXECUTIVE ORDER 13400 OF APRIL 26, 2006, AND WITH RESPECT TO WHICH ADDITIONAL STEPS WERE TAKEN IN EXECUTIVE ORDER 13412 OF OCTOBER 13, 2006, EXECUTIVE ORDER 13761 OF JANUARY 13, 2017, AND EXECUTIVE ORDER 13804 OF JULY 11, 2017, HAS NOT BEEN RESOLVED. THESE ACTIONS AND POLICIES CONTINUE TO POSE AN UNUSUAL AND EXTRAORDINARY THREAT TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY AND FOREIGN POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES. I HAVE THEREFORE DETERMINED THAT IT IS NECESSARY TO CONTINUE THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARED IN EXECUTIVE ORDER 13067 AS EXPANDED BY EXECUTIVE ORDER 13400 WITH RESPECT TO SUDAN. SIGNED, DONALD J. TRUMP, THE WHITE HOUSE, OCTOBER 31, 2017.

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                      • 05:26:21 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THIS WILL BE REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND ORDER…

                        THIS WILL BE REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND ORDER PRINTED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE WHO CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RE-- THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS

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                      • 05:28:51 PM

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                      • 06:29:26 PM

                        REPORTER

                        THE HOUSE IS ABOUT TO GAVEL IN

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                        THE HOUSE IS ABOUT TO GAVEL IN FOR ONE VOTE AND GENERAL SPEECHES. THIS IS…

                        THE HOUSE IS ABOUT TO GAVEL IN FOR ONE VOTE AND GENERAL SPEECHES. THIS IS LIVE COVERAGE OR C-SPAN. ZPHOO ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                      • 06:30:44 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 256, H.R. 2521, A BILL TO AMEND THE FARM SECURITY…

                        UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 256, H.R. 2521, A BILL TO AMEND THE FARM SECURITY AND AGRICULTURE ACT TO INCLUDE SOUTH CAROLINA AS PART OF THE PEANUT PRODUCING REGION FOR PURPOSES OF APPOINTMENT TO THE PEANUT STANDARDS BOARD.

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                      • 06:31:02 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TRE

                        THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SPLULES AND PASS THE BILL -- WILL THE HOUSE…

                        THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SPLULES AND PASS THE BILL -- 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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                      • 06:56:25 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        RECORD AS PRESENT. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE BILL IS PASSED AND…

                        RECORD AS PRESENT. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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                      • 06:57:22 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                        I SEND TO THE DESK A PRIVILEGED REPORT ON THE COMMITTEE OF RULES FOR…

                        I SEND TO THE DESK A PRIVILEGED REPORT ON THE COMMITTEE OF RULES FOR FILING UNDER THE RULE.

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                      • 06:57:33 PM

                        THE SPEAKER

                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

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                        THE CLERK

                        HOUSE RESOLUTION, PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL TO EXPEDITE…

                        HOUSE RESOLUTION, PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL TO EXPEDITE UNDER THE NATIONAL POLL SILL ACT AND IMPROVE FOREST MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES ON LANDS ON PUBLIC LAND UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT AND TRIBAL LANDS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                      • 06:58:04 PM

                        THE SPEAKER

                        REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

                        REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                      • 06:58:19 PM

                        MR. RUSH

                        I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BE REMOVED FROM H.R. 620.

                      • 06:58:28 PM

                        THE SPEAKER

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR…

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. THE STAFF WILL PLEASE CLEAR THE WELL. MEMBERS AND STAFF WILL PLEASE CLEAR THE WELL. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                      • 06:59:42 PM

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

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

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                      • 06:59:49 PM

                        THE SPEAKER

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                        I RISE TO HONOR THE LIFE AND MEMORY OF LESLIE AMANSON OF MY HOMETOWN IN…

                        I RISE TO HONOR THE LIFE AND MEMORY OF LESLIE AMANSON OF MY HOMETOWN IN WASHINGTON.

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                      • 07:00:01 PM

                        MR. NEWHOUSE

                        HE WAS A SMALL BUSINESS AND FARMER AND TRULY A PILLAR OF THE COMMUNITY HE…

                        HE WAS A SMALL BUSINESS AND FARMER AND TRULY A PILLAR OF THE COMMUNITY HE SERVED HONORABLY AS AN ARMY AIR CORPS PILOT IN WORLD WAR II. HIS PLANE WAS SHOT DOWN OVER HOLLAND. HE AND HIS CREW SPENT A MONTH HIDING UNDERGROUND AND BEING CARED FOR BY THE DUTCH PEOPLE BEFORE BEING CAPTURED BY THE NAZIS. LES SERVED 18 MONTHS IN A PRISONER OF WAR CAMP AND EARNED A PURPLE HEART. HIS FAMILY ROOTS WERE ONLY STRENGTHENED WHEN HE BOUGHT A FARM AND -- IN SUNNYSIDE WHERE HE AND HIS WIFE, HELEN, RAISED THEIR CHILDREN. HE WOULD FIND WAYS TO CONTRIBUTE AND HELP THOSE AROUND HIM AND HIS APPRECIATION FOR THE COMMUNITY SHOWED IN HIS ACTIONS. LES LEAVES BEHIND A LEGACY OF DEVOTION FOR THE PEOPLE OF SUNNYSIDE AND TO OUR NATION. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH HIS FAMILY IN THIS DIFFICULT TIME AND I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO PLEASE JOIN ME IN REMEMBERING MY FRIEND, LES AMANDSON. I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 07:01:07 PM

                        THE SPEAKER

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

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

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                      • 07:01:22 PM

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                        MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY WE LEARNED THAT THE FIRST CHARGES OF SPECIAL…

                        MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY WE LEARNED THAT THE FIRST CHARGES OF SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER'S INVESTIGATION HAD BEEN FILED AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN PAUL MANAFORT AND HIS BUSINESS ASSOCIATE RICK GATES.

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                      • 07:01:42 PM

                        MR. KRISHNA MOOR THEE

                        BUT WE ALSO LEARNED THAT --

                      • 07:01:55 PM

                        MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

                        LEARNED THAT GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS WAS ALSO CHARGED. WE FIND THAT IN THE…

                        LEARNED THAT GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS WAS ALSO CHARGED. WE FIND THAT IN THE SENATE THEY REFUSED TO COMMIT FLOOR TIME TO LAWS TO PROTECT THE INVESTIGATION FROM OUTSIDE INTERFERENCE. IF THE SENATE REFUSES TO ACT THE HOUSE MUST. IT'S IMPERATIVE WE ALLOW THE INVESTIGATION INTO RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE INTO OUR DEMOCRACY TO CONTINUE UNIMPEDED AND UNHINDERED. YESTERDAY'S NEWS MAY BE THE FIRST REVELATION BUS THEY CANNOT BE THE LAST. THE ATTEMPTS TO SABOTAGE -- THE INVESTIGATION INTO ATTEMPTS TO SABOTAGE OUR DEMOCRACY MUST CONTINUE. I URGE SPEAKER RYAN AND THE HOUSE TO PROTECT THE INVESTIGATION.

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                      • 07:02:47 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                      • 07:03:00 PM

                        MR. POE

                        HE WAS PROTECTIVE, LOVE, ATTENTIVE. AFTER HE MOVED IN WITH SUZANNE, SHE…

                        HE WAS PROTECTIVE, LOVE, ATTENTIVE. AFTER HE MOVED IN WITH SUZANNE, SHE NOTICED HIS DARKER SIDE. HE BECAME OBSESSIVE, JEALOUS, ENRAGED HE FEEL BEGAN SHOVING AND STRIKING HER. ONCE HE PUSH HERD SO HARD HER HEAD SLAMMED AGAINST THE WALL. SHE MADE HIM LEAVE BUT HER SAFETY WAS SHORT LIVED. UP WITH NIGHT AS SUZANNE RETURNED HOME WITH FRIENDS, JASON AMBUSHED HER AND FORCED HER INTO THE HOUSE AT KNIFE POINT. HORRIFIED HER FRIENDS RAN INTO THE STREET AND FLAGGED DOWN THE POLICE. DESPITE SUZANNE'S PLEAS, JASON STOMPED ON HER FACE AND NECK UNTIL SHE WAS UNCONSCIOUS. THEN SHE LATER WOKE UP TO FIND HER POURING BOILING WATER OVER HER BODY. ABOUT THAT TIME THE POLICE BROKE IN AND SAVED HER LIFE. MR. SPEAKER, THIS MONTH IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS A HEALTH ISSUE AND IT'S ALSO A CRIMINAL MATTER. AS MY GRANDMOTHER USED TO SAY YOU NEVER HURT SOMEBODY YOU CLAIM YOU LOVE. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 07:04:08 PM

                        THE SPEAKER

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS ARE ADVISED…

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS ARE ADVISED TO TAKE THE CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE JERUSALEM IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                      • 07:04:27 PM

                        MS. LEE

                        IN TOTAL OPPOSITION TO THE REPUBLICANS' RIGGED TAX PLAN FOR BILLIONAIRES…

                        IN TOTAL OPPOSITION TO THE REPUBLICANS' RIGGED TAX PLAN FOR BILLIONAIRES AND CORPORATIONS. DESPITE HAVING ONE OF THE LARGEST ECONOMIES IN THE WORLD, ONE IN FIVE CALIFORNIANS LIVES IN POVERTY YET THE REPUBLICANS ARE PURSUING TAX BREAKS FOR BILLIONAIRES AND CORPORATIONS. THEIR TAX PACKAGE IS ROBIN HOOD IN REVERSE, STEALS FROM THE POOR AND GIVES TOTHS REST -- GIVES TO THE RICH AND WILL DECIMATE MEDICARE. IT WILL HARM THE EARNED INCOME TAX PLAN THIS BILLIONAIRE FIRST PLAN WILL DEVASTATE MANY STATES INCLUDING MY HOME STATE OF CALIFORNIA. IT WILL SUFFER TREMENDOUSLY. THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT AND CHILD TAX CREDIT REALLY HAVE SAVED MORE THAN ONE MILLION CALIFORNIANS FROM FALL BEG LOW THE POVERTY LINE. UNDERMINING THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT AND CHILD TAX CREDIT WOULD PUSH MILLIONS OF CALIFORNIANS EVEN DEEP ENTIRE POVERTY. AMERICANS SHOULD NOT BE FORCED TO PAY MORE THAN THEIR FAIR SHARE IN ORDER TO GET TAX BREAKS TO THE ULTRA RICH. ANY TAX PLAN THAT PUSHES EVEN ONE MORE AMERICAN DEEP ENTIRE POVERTY AND FORCES MIDDLE INCOME PEOPLE TO PAY MORE SHOULD NOT EVEN BE ON THE TABLE. MR. SPEAKER, WE NEED TO REJECT THIS PLAN THAT LAVISHES TAX BREAKS ON PRESIDENT TRUMP, HIS BILLIONAIRE BUDDIES AND GIANT MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS.

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                      • 07:05:47 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                      • 07:05:52 PM

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

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                        MR. THOMPSON

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

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE JEFFERSON COUNTY DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL FOR BEING NAMED PARTNER OF THE YEAR BY THE PENNSYLVANIA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION. THE JEFFERSON COUNTY DEVELOPMENT -- DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL DEMONSTRATED OUTSTANDING ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND OVER THE PAST YEAR HAS GONE ABOVE AND BEYOND TO CARRY OUT ITS MISSION TO SERVE EXISTING AND NEW BUSINESSING IN JEFFERSON COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. LED BY BRAD LASHINSKY, THE COUNCIL WORKS TO HELP NEW BUSINESSES START UP, RELOCATE OR EXPAND. THE JEFFERSON COUNTY DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL WAS NAMED PARTNER OF THE YEAR FOR UTILIZING VARIOUS FUNDING SERVICES TO COMPLETE A NUMBER OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS AND FACILITATED THE FORMATION OF THE JEFFERSON COUNTY RESOURCE PARTNERSHIP A COLLECTION OF PROFESSIONALS THAT MAKE UP THE DELIVERY SYSTEM IN THE COUNTY AND FOCUS ON PROVIDING ASSISTANCE TO BUSINESSES IN ALL STAGES OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH. MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD OF THE JEFFERSON COUNTY DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL FOR THE WORK IT DOES AND I WHOLE HEARTEDLY CONGRATULATE THEM ON THIS OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 07:07:09 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 FLORIDA SEEK RECK NIX -- RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN -- WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO HONOR THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF FORMER FLORIDA SENATOR…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO HONOR THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF FORMER FLORIDA SENATOR DR. INJURY RATHER DOE WHO PASS AID WAY LAST THURSDAY HE REPRESENTED FLORIDA IN THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE, ONE OF THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICANS TO SERVE IN THE FLORIDA SENATE AND THINK FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN TO SERVE AS THE SENATE'S PRESIDENT PRO TEM.

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                      • 07:07:48 PM

                        MR. LAWSON

                        FLORIDA LEGISLATURE , HE PROVIDED PRINCIPLED LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE TO OUR…

                        FLORIDA LEGISLATURE , HE PROVIDED PRINCIPLED LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE TO OUR STATE AND COUNTRY AN SERVED AS A ROLE MODEL OF EXCELLENCE TO MANY OF US WHO WOULD FOLLOW IN HIS FOOTSTEPS. AS A YOUNG LEGISLATOR, HE HELPED MENTOR ME AND MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES IN FLORIDA. HE WAS A FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE CONFERENCE OF FLORIDA CONFERENCE OF BLACK STATE LEGISLATORS. IN JACKSONVILLE. HE -- WE EXTEND MY CONDOLENCE TO HIS WIFE, CAROLYN, AND ESPECIALLY NOT ONLY TO HIS WIFE BUT TO HIS FAMILY, HE TRULY WAS AN OUTSTANDING LEADER AND TRAIL BLAZER IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 07:08:36 PM

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

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

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                      • 07:08:41 PM

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

                      • 07:08:45 PM

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                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                        ONE MINUTE.

                      • 07:09:11 PM

                        MS. TEB NEE

                        MS. TEB NEE: SHE'S AN

                      • 07:09:14 PM

                        MS. TEN NEE

                        SHE'S AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY AND A GRANDMOTHER OF THREE. ONEIDA…

                        SHE'S AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY AND A GRANDMOTHER OF THREE. ONEIDA COUNTY HAS A RICH HISTORY AND IT'S THROUGH THE EFFORTS AND HARD WORK OF VOLUNTEERS LIKE MARY THAT ITS HERITAGE AND COLLECTIVE MEMORY IS PRESERVED. MARY SERVED AS A SHINING EXAMPLE OF WHAT IT MEANS TO GIVE BACK. JOIN ME TODAY IN THANKS MARY FOR HER COMMITMENT TO OUR COMMUNITY AND HER YEARS OF EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE. I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 07:09:41 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RIDE SEEK RECOGNITION? -- FROM RHODE ISLAND SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                      • 07:09:56 PM

                        MR. LANGEVIN

                        MR. SPEAKER, 15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK, CONGRESS PASSED THE HELP AMERICA VOTE…

                        MR. SPEAKER, 15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK, CONGRESS PASSED THE HELP AMERICA VOTE ACT WHICH PROVIDED MUCH NEEDED FEDERAL AID TO OVERHAUL OUR AGING ELECTION INFRASTRUCTURE. I WAS PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS INVESTMENT IN OUR ELECTIONS WHICH HELPED STATES TO EX-PABBED OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL AMERICANS TO CAST BALLOTS AND KNOW THEY WERE PROPERLY COUNTED. UNFORTUNATELY TODAY MUCH OF OUR ELECTION INFRASTRUCTURE IS IN NEED OF A REFRESH. AMONG MANY CHALLENGES, RUSSIA MOUNTED A DIRECT ATTACK ON OUR ELECTIONS AND IT'S IMPERATIVE WE SHORE UP OUR DEFENSES. I INTRODUCED THE PAPER ACT WITH CONGRESSMAN MEADOWS TO PRVIDE STATES WITH RESOURCES TO ASSESS THE SECURITY RISK POSED TO THEIR ELECTION SYSTEMS AND IMPLEMENT CYBERSECURITY BEST PRACTICES INCLUDING POST-ELECTION AUDITS OF PAPER BALLOTS. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS TIME TO RECOMMIT TO THIS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PASS THE PAPER ACT AND RESTORE THE INTEGRITY OF OUR ELECTIONS. I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 07:10:55 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE CHAMPION HEALTHY KIDS ACT. FOR…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE CHAMPION HEALTHY KIDS ACT. FOR YEARS, PROGRAMS SUCH AS CHIP AND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS HAVE BEEN LIFELINES TO UNDERSERVED AND RURAL COMMUNITIES. NINE MILLION --

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                        MR. LAMALFA

                        NINE MILLION CHILDREN RELY ON CHIP. 700RES. TENDENCY SPOTS WERE CREATED TO…

                        NINE MILLION CHILDREN RELY ON CHIP. 700RES. TENDENCY SPOTS WERE CREATED TO HELP COMBAT THE DOCTOR SHORTAGE. DEMOCRATS CONTINUE TO STAAL THE RE-AUTHORIZATION. IT'S NOT UNFAIR TO ASK THOSE MAKING MORE TO PAY EXTRA PREMIUMS OR ROLL BACK LENGTHY ENROLLMENTS SO PEOPLE CAN'T GAME THE SYSTEM AN IT'S NOT UNREASONABLE TO ASK LOTTERY WINNERS WHO HIT THE JACKPOT NOT TO TAKE MEDICAID. I URGE MY CLIGES TO COME TOGETHER AND GET THIS BILL DONE THIS WEEK. I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 07:12:04 PM

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

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

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

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                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF OCTOBER, WE HAVE…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF OCTOBER, WE HAVE CELEBRATED THE SMALL -- THE WOMEN'S SMALL BUSINESS MONTH. ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL WOMEN'S BUSINESS COUNCIL, THERE ARE AROUND 9,8 HURBLINGS,000 WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES IN OUR COUNTRY. COLLECTIVELY, WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES PRODUCE ABOUT $1.4 TRILLION IN ANNUAL RECEIPTS AND EMPLOY OVER EIGHT MILLION EMPLOYEES, THAT IS GRAPHIC SHOWS, THE LARGEST NUMBER OF WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES ARE IN MY HOME STATE OF CALIFORNIA.

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                      • 07:12:43 PM

                        MR. MCNERNEY

                        CALIFORNIA HAS ABOUT 1.3 MILLION WOMEN OWNED FIRMS. IN MY DISTRICT, THE…

                        CALIFORNIA HAS ABOUT 1.3 MILLION WOMEN OWNED FIRMS. IN MY DISTRICT, THE CITIES OF STOCKTON AND LODI WERE RANKED AS THE SECOND BEST PLACE FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS IN CALIFORNIA. DESPITE THE CHALLENGES WOMEN-OWNED FIRMS ENCOUNTER, WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS EMPLOY MANY RESIDENTS THAT MAKE UP THE VITALITY OF OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES. THAT'S WHY I STAND HERE TODAY TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND CELEBRATE WOMEN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESSES SUCH AS THE BREWING COMPANY IN STOCKTON, OWNED BY KELLY JACOBS A FRIEND OF MANY YEARS. LET'S SUPPORT AND THANK ALL THE WOMEN ENTREPRENEURED IN OUR COUNTRY AND HONOR THEIR BUSINESS. I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 07:13:23 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT…

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

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                      • 07:13:36 PM

                        MS. KAPTUR

                        SMART DEALMAKERS DON'T DIVULGE THEIR TACTICS. YET ACCORDING TO A REPORT…

                        SMART DEALMAKERS DON'T DIVULGE THEIR TACTICS. YET ACCORDING TO A REPORT FROM INSIDE TRADE, PRESIDENT TRUMP TOLD A GROUP OF SENATORS THAT HIS SO-CALLED THREATS TO WITHDRAW FROM NAFTA ARE JUST A NEGOTIATING TACTIC. PRESIDENT TRUMP, WORKERS IN OHIO WILL TELL YOU TOO MUCH IS AT STAKE IN NAFTA RENEGOTIATION TO BE PLAYING GAMES AND TELEGRAPHING EMPTY THREATS. I HOPE YOUR FOCUS IS ON BALANCING OUR BALLOONING NATIONAL TRADE DEFICIT WITH CANADA AND MEXICO WHICH CREATES MORE RED INK AND OUTSOURCED JOBS. WE NEED AN AGREEMENT THAT STOPS JOB OUTSOURCING AND CREATES A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD. IT SHOULD GIVE FAMPLERS AND LABORERS ON THIS CONTINENT EQUAL STATUS. AYE CALLED FOR REPRESENTATION FOR WORKERS IN ALL THREE NATIONS. NAFTA MUST ADDRESS FAIR LABOR STANDARDS AND ROBUST ENFORCEMENT OF RULES, INCLUDING FOR AGRICULTURAL LABOR, THE LARGEST SEGMENT OF OUR TRINATIONAL WORK FORCE. THIS IS A ONCE IN A LOIFTIME OPPORTUNITY TO BOOST FAIR OPPORTUNITY ACROSS NORTH AMERICA. LET'S NOT INDULGE IN PHONY BOARDROOM BRINKSMANSHIP, LET'S COME TOGETHER AND PUT OUR COMMUNITIES AND WORKERS FIRST. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 07:14:58 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT…

                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                      • 07:15:14 PM

                        MS. JACKSON LEE

                        MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE I START I'D LIKE TO EXPRESS MY SYMPATHY AND CONCERN…

                        MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE I START I'D LIKE TO EXPRESS MY SYMPATHY AND CONCERN FOR THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIFE IN NEW YORK TO AN ALLEGED TERRORIST ACT, AND TO PRAY FOR THEIR FAMILIES. LET ME ALSO MAKE MENTION OF THE FACT, MR. SPEAKER, THAT TOMORROW, NOVEMBER 1, BEGINS THE OPEN ENROLLMENT. WE KNOW THIS PRESIDENT HAS TRIED TO SABOTAGE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. BUT IN FACT YOU HAVE UNTIL DECEMBER 15. WE BELIEVE THAT MORE THAN 12 MILLION PEOPLE WILL REGISTER. THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT OPPORTUNITY BECAUSE IN MANY TIMES IN THE PAST, UNDER THE PREVIOUS HEALTH CARE STRUCTURE, YOU WOULDN'T HAVE THIS TIME TO APPLY. BUT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS STILL THE LAW OF THE LAND AND WE SHOULD EXTEND THAT LAW FOR EVERYONE TO BE ABLE TO ENROLL. FINALLY, LET ME THANK THE TEXANS FOR TAKING A KNEE IN RECOGNITION OF OPPOSING LANGUAGE, WHERE FOOTBALL PLAYERS WERE CALLED INMATES IN A PRISON. AND I FRANKLY BELIEVE, I WANTED TO COME TO THE FLOOR TO MAKE THAT POINT. LATE IN THE WEEKLEY TAKE A KNEE ON THIS FLOOR -- WEEK, I WILL TAKE A KNEE ON THIS FLOOR TO ACKNOWLEDGE THEM. FINALLY I'D LIKE TO INDICATE THAT I HOPE THERE WILL BE AN APOLOGY COMING FROM GENERAL KELLY FOR CONGRESSWOMAN WILSON. AND FINALLY, I WANT TO BE ABLE TO SAY SOMETHING GOOD.

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                      • 07:16:32 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

                      • 07:16:34 PM

                        MS. JACKSON LEE

                        WHICH IS, GO ASTROS. GREATEST TEAM IN THE WORLD. GO ASTROS. I YIELD BACK.

                      • 07:16:38 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE…

                        THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS.

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                      • 07:16:46 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        LEAVES OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. GRIFFITH OF VIRGINIA FOR TODAY, MR.…

                        LEAVES OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. GRIFFITH OF VIRGINIA FOR TODAY, MR. HILL OF ARKANSAS FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW, AND MR. MOONEY OF WEST VIRGINIA FOR TODAY.

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                      • 07:16:56 PM

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                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUESTS ARE GRANTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUESTS ARE GRANTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                      • 07:17:04 PM

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                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE DO NOW ADJOURN.

                      • 07:17:07 PM

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