House Defeats Goodlatte-McCaul Bill, 193-231
House Session - November 1, 2017

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

Speakers:
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  • 10:00:04 AM

    The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

    • 10:00:14 AM

      The Speaker designated the Honorable Roger W. Marshall to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

      • 10:00:16 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 10:00:21 AM

        THE CLERK

        THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., NOVEMBER 1, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT…

        THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., NOVEMBER 1, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE ROGER W. MARSHALL TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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  • 10:00:33 AM

    MORNING-HOUR DEBATE

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

    • 10:00:38 AM

      TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

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

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    • 10:01:14 AM

      MR. THOMPSON

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I CONGRATULATED MICHELLE BAUER FOR WINNING FIRST…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I CONGRATULATED MICHELLE BAUER FOR WINNING FIRST PLACE FROM THE PENNSYLVANIA MUNICIPAL LEAGUE ESSAY HIGH SCHOOL CONTEST. PARTICIPANTS WERE REFLECTED TO WRITE ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES IN THEIR COMMUNITY THAT ALLOW FOR THEIR CIVIC ENGAGEMENT, ENCOURAGE VOLUNTEERS TO HELP WITH LOCAL CHALLENGES. TODAY I'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH A PORTION OF MICHELLE'S ESSAY. WHEN I HEAR THE WORD CIVIC I THINK OF GOVERNMENTAL DUTIES. I UNDERSTAND MY DUTY AS AN AMERICAN CITIZEN TO VOTE, OBEY LAWS, PAY TAXES AND SERVE ON JURIES. THESE ACTIVITIES ALL INVOLVE ONE PERSON, YOURSELF. IT EXPANDS BEYOND A SINGLE INDIVIDUAL AND ENCOMPASSES ENTIRE COMMUNITIES. THE DEFINITION OF A CIVIC ENGAGEMENT IS AN ACTIVITY THAT INCLUDES BOTH PAID AND UNPAID FORMS OF POLITICAL ACTIVISMS, ENVIRONMENTALISM AND SERVICE. AS I LOOK AT MY COMMUNITY, WE HAVE A LOT OF CIVIC ENGAGEMENTS. AS WITH MOST TOWNS, MY -- MINE HAS A CITY COUNCIL. THESE ELECTIONS ARE OPEN TO EVERY MEMBER OF THE CITY AND ARE AN EXCELLENT WAY FOR CITIZENS TO HAVE A SAY IN THE POLITICS OF THE TOWN. JUST AS ELECTIONS ARE OPEN TO ALL CITIZENS, SO ARE THE WEEKLY MEETINGS. UNIQUE FEATURE ABOUT MY TOWN'S COUNCIL MEETINGS IS THAT THEY ARE TELEVISED ON A LOCAL CHANNEL FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE UNABLE TO PHYSICALLY BE PRESENT AT THE MEETING OR HAVE COMMITMENTS THAT REQUIRE ATTENTION. THESE TELEVISED VERSIONS PROVIDE A PERFECT SOLUTION TO KEEP PEOPLE ABREAST OF THE ISSUES. ALSO IS SAVEG INDIVIDUAL OF INDIVIDUALS TO VOTE AND PARTICIPATE AT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT LEVEL. ANYONE IS ABLE TO RUN FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD. IT'S A GREAT WAY FOR CIVIC INVOLVEMENT BECAUSE THE BOARD IS LOOKING FOR NEW OPPORTUNITIES THAT CAN BE INCORPORATED INTO THE EDUCATION OF OUR YOUTH. I ATTENDED A BOARD MEETING WHERE THE TOPICS OF ROBOTS WERE DISCUSSED. AS A MEMBER OF A SMALL COMPETITION GROUP WE WERE ABLE TO PRESENT OUR SUCCESS AND THE BENEFITS OF CURRICULUM THAT INCLUDES NEW TECHNOLOGY. ONE MONTH LATER IT WAS ANNOUNCED THAT A ROBOTICS CLASS WILL BE PROVIDED IN THE UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR. IT CAN PERHAPS ENCOURAGE NEW CAREER OPPORTUNITIES. ONE OF THE MOST PROMINENT FORMS OF ENGAGEMENT IN MY COMMUNITY IS NOT RELATED TO THE POLITICS IS THE PLACING OF WREATHS ON THE GRAVESTONES OF FALLEN SOLDIERS ON MEMORIAL DAY. CITIZENS COME TOGETHER THE WEEKEND BEFORE MEMORIAL DAY AND WALK THROUGH THE ENTIRE CEMETERY, ADORNING AND HONORING THE HEROS OF OUR COUNTRY. THIS EVENT IS NOT FOR PUBLICITY OR MONEY BUT INSTEAD IS FOR RESPECTING OUR VETERANS. ADDITIONALLY, IT IS FOR THE BETTERMENT OF OUR COMMUNITY BY PRESENTING A BEAUTIFUL SCENE TO THOSE PASSING BY. MICHELLE GOES ON TO WRITE, ONLOOKERS CAN BE MESMERIZED BY THE BEAUTY OF THE MOUNTAINOUS RURAL AREA. UNFORTUNATELY, GARBAGE AND LITTER ON THE SIDES OF THE ROADS AND HIGHWAYWAYS ARE COMMONPLACE -- HIGHWAYS ARE COMMONPLACE. THE HIGHWAY THROUGH MY TOWN IS AN INDIVIDUAL WHERE INDIVIDUALS THINK IT IS ACCEPTABLE TO THROW GARBAGE OUT OF THEIR VEHICLES OR LITTER THE SIDE OF THE ROAD FOR CIGARETTE BUTTS AND WRAPPERS. I HAVE BEEN PART OF THE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY HIGHWAY CLEANUP. EVERY SPRING AND FALL THEY WALK THE SIDES OF THE ROAD PICKING UP TRASH MAKING OUR TOWN LOOK BEAUTIFUL. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A POFFERINGS MICHELLE'S ESSAY. I -- PORTION OF MICHELLE'S ESSAY. I WILL ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT THE FULL ESSAY INTO THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD.

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    • 10:05:06 AM

      TEMPORE WITHOUT

      AND I WILL CLOSE WITH HER FINAL PARAGRAPH. CIVIC ENGAGEMENTS ARE ABUNDANT…

      AND I WILL CLOSE WITH HER FINAL PARAGRAPH. CIVIC ENGAGEMENTS ARE ABUNDANT IN OUR COMMUNITY. THE LOCAL FIREMAN'S PANCAKE BREAKFAST TO THE CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS, CIVIC ACTIVITIES ARE OCCURRING ALL AROUND US. IT'S THE OBLIGATION OF THE CITIZEN TO ENGAGE IN THESE ACTIVITIES, TO ASSIST WITH LOCAL CHALLENGES AND TO CREATE A BETTER COMMUNITY FOR ALL ITS MEMBERS. MR. SPEAKER, I COULDN'T AGREE MORE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:05:35 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. ROYBAL-ALLARD,…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. ROYBAL-ALLARD, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:05:41 AM

      MS. ROYBAL-ALLARD

      MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEK THE LABOR-HHS APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE HAD A…

      MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEK THE LABOR-HHS APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE HAD A MOST REMARKABLE HEARING ON DOWN SYNDROME WHICH MOVED US TO A NEW UNDERSTANDING OF THIS DISABILITY. D.S. IS A GENETIC DISORDER THAT EFFECTS OVER 300,000 MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN AMERICA. IT IS THE MOST COMMON CHROMOSOMAL DISORDER AND THE FREQUENT CAUSE OF LEARNING DISABILITY IN CHILDREN. APPROXIMATELY 6,000 BABIES IN THE UNITED STATES ARE BORN WITH DOWN SYNDROME, A CONDITION RESULTING FROM AN EXTRA 21ST CHROMOSOME. 60 YEARS AGO PEOPLE WITH D.S. HAD A LIFE EXPECTANCY WITH LESS THAN 20 YEARS AND MOST LIVED THEIR LIVES IN INSTITUTIONS. TODAY, DUE TO EARLY MEDICAL CARE AND BEING RAISED IN LOVING HOMES, THESE CHILDREN CAN EXPECT TO LIVE WELL INTO THEIR 60'S. LAST WEEK'S HEARING WAS ONE OF THE MOST EMOTIONALLY CHARGED AND INSPIRATIONAL HEARINGS I CAN RECALL AS A MEMBER OF THIS SUBCOMMITTEE. THE ROOM WAS FILLED WITH CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH D.S. AND THEIR FAMILIES, INCLUDING MY YOUNG CONSTITUENT, JOSE CISNARROWS. AMIDST THE TEARS, LAUGH -- JOSE CISNEROS. AMIDST THE TEARS, LAUGHSTERS, WE HEARD ABOUT D.S. WE LEARNED THEY ARE GRADUATING FROM HIGH SCHOOL, ATTENDING COLLEGES AND WORKING AT JOBS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY WE SAW HOW THESE YOUNG AMERICANS ARE TEACHING OUR COUNTRY ABOUT THE VALUE OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION WHILE AT THE SAME TIME INCREASING THE HAPPINESS OF THOSE LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE IN THEIR VERY WIDE CIRCLE OF FRIENDS. WE ALSO LEARNED SOME VERY SURPRISING AND AMAZING FACTS ABOUT DOWN SYNDROME. RESEARCHERS TOLD US THAT INDIVIDUALS WITH D.S. ARE MEDICALLY VERY SPECIAL. ON THE ONE HAND THEY ARE HIGHLY PREDISPOSED TO AUTOIMMUNE DISORDERS SUCH AS THYROID DISEASE AND RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS. CHILDREN WITH D.S. ARE 50 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DEVELOP CHILDHOOD LEUKEMIA AND VIRTUALLY ALL ADULTS WITH D.S. WILL DEVELOP THE BRAIN PATHOLOGY OF ALZHEIMER'S BY THE AGE OF 40. BUT THEY ALSO SAID THAT DUE TO A SMALL DIFFERENCE IN THEIR GENETIC MAKEUP, PERSONS WITH DOWN SYNDROME ARE NATURALLY PROTECTED FROM HEART DISEASE, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND MOST SOLID TISSUE CANCERS. RESEARCHERS SAID STUDYING THESE UNIQUE GENETICS COULD HELP DISCOVER WAYS TO PREVENT OR CURE DISEASES SUCH AS CANCER, AUTOIMMUNE DISORDERS AND ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE. WITH SUCH PROMISING POTENTIAL, ONE WOULD THINK THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOULD INVEST HEFLEY IN DOWN SYNDROME -- HEAVILY IN DOWN SYNDROME RESEARCH. UNFORTUNATELY, WHAT WE LEARNED IS OVER THE LAST TWO DECADES, D.S. HAS BEEN ONE OF THE LEAST FUNDED GENETIC CONDITIONS AT THE N.I.H. THIS HEARING LEFT NO DOUBT ABOUT THE NEED FOR A SIGNIFICANT AND SUSTAINED INVESTMENT IN DOWN SYNDROME RESEARCH. AN INITIATIVE COULD HELP NOT ONLY FIND ANSWERS AND CURES FOR D.S. BUT DISCOVER ITS MYSTERIES WHICH CAN ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT OTHER SERIOUS AND LIFE-THREATENING DISEASES. WHILE THE BENEFITS OF D.S. RESEARCH ARE UNQUESTIONABLE, IT WILL TAKE TIME TO REALIZE ITS FULL POTENTIAL. IN THE MEANTIME, WE MUST ENSURE THOSE LIVING WITH D.S. CAN ACCESS AND AFFORD HIGH-QUALITY, COORDINATED HEALTH CARE AND THE LONG-TERM SERVICES AND SUPPORT THEY NEED TO LIVE PRODUCTIVE LIVES IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. MEDICAID, LONG-TERM SUPPORTS AND MEDICAID COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES GIVE THEM THAT OPPORTUNITY BY ENABLING THEM TO MAINTAIN GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT AND STAY IN THEIR HOMES AND IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. SADLY, ACROSS OUR COUNTRY THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WITH DOWN SYNDROME ARE ON VERY LONG WAITING LISTS FOR THOSE SERVICES. AS LAWMAKERS, WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO FIND A BIPARTISAN WAY TO PROTECT AND EXPAND MEDICAID SERVICES SO ALL INDIVIDUALS WITH D.S. AND OTHER DEBILITATING DISEASES HAVE ACCESS TO THE LIFE-LONG INTERVENTION AND SUPPORT THEY NEED. THE TIME HAS COME FOR THIS COUNTRY TO EMBRACE THE GIFT AND POTENTIAL THAT DOWN SYNDROME BRINGS TO OUR SOCIETY. THE 300,000-PLUS AMERICANS LIVING WITH D.S. TODAY WANT AND DESERVE THE SAME OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TO ALL OF US, TO LIVE A FULL LIFE AND TO REACH THEIR TRUE POTENTIAL. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:10:46 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    • 10:10:50 AM

      MR. POE

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. EVER SINCE SHE WAS A LITTLE GIRL, SYLVANIA LOVED…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. EVER SINCE SHE WAS A LITTLE GIRL, SYLVANIA LOVED TO PLAY HOCKEY. IN MASSACHUSETTS, HOCKEY WAS MORE THAN A WAY OF LIFE THAN JUST A SPORT. HER PARENTS KNEW SHE WAS TALENTED AND SUPPORTED HER DREAM TO PLAY EVEN IN COLLEGE. WHEN SHE WAS OFFERED A SCHOLARSHIP IN 2011 TO BE A GOALIE FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT, SHE FELT LIKE ALL OF HER DREAMS HAD COME TRUE SO SHE EAGERLY ACCEPTED. SHE PULLED OUT OF HER DRIVEWAY WITH HER PACKED CLOTHES AND HOCKEY GEAR, BUT SHE WOULD HAVE NEVER KNOWN THAT IN A FEW DAYS HER LIFE WOULD CHANGE FOREVER. SHE COULD NOT HAVE FORESEEN HOW A LIFETIME OF HARD WORK AND AMBITION WOULD SUDDENLY DISAPPEAR TRAGICALLY. LIKE ALL NEW STUDENTS, SHE WAS EAGER TO IMMERSE HERSELF IN HER NEW COLLEGE LIFE SO ON THE THIRD DAY AT THE UNIVERSITY, SYLVANIA WENT TO A HOUSE PARTY WITH SOME NEW FRIENDS SHE MET. BUT AFTER TWO DRINKS SHE BECAME -- BEGAN TO FEEL DIZZY, NUMB AND LETHARGIC. SHE QUICKLY LOST THE ABILITY TO WALK AND SHE BECAME VERY ILL. AS SHE -- AS SHE DRIFTED OUT OF CONSCIOUSNESS, A MALE HOCKEY PLAYER AT THE PARTY INSTRUCTED OTHERS TO CARRY HER TO HIS BEDROOM. WHEN SHE WOKE UP SHE FOUND HIM ON TOP OF HER SEXUALLY ASSAULTING HER. SHE IMMEDIATELY TURNED TO THE UNIVERSITY FOR HELP AND REPORTED THE ASSAULT AT THE WOMEN'S CENTER, BUT THE COUNSELOR DID NOT TELL HER TO CALL THE POLICE OR ADVISE HER TO PRESS CHARGES OR HELP HER IN ANY WAY. SYLVANIA THEN WENT TO THE ON-CAMPUS DOCTOR BUT INSTEAD OF TREATING HER LIKE A VICTIM AND OFFER HER THE CARE AND SUPPORT SHE NEEDED, THE DOCTOR TOLD HER THAT HE DIDN'T WANT TO KNOW EVEN WHO ASSAULTED HER. GET THIS, MR. SPEAKER. THE DOCTOR TOLD HER THE REMEDY WAS FOR HER TO TRANSFER TO ANOTHER UNIVERSITY. THIS IS AWFUL. ONE IN FIVE WOMEN ON OUR UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES ARE SEXUALLY ASSAULTED. OF THOSE LESS THAN 25% EVEN REPORT THE RAPE. IT TOOK AN EXTRAORDINARY AMOUNT OF COURAGE FOR SYLVANIA TO REPORT THAT SEXUAL ASSAULT, EVEN TO MULTIPLE PEOPLE SHE DIDN'T KNOW, BUT SHE WAS OFFERED NO HELP, NO SUPPORT BY ANYONE. SHE WAS ALONE AND SHE FELT IT. THE DOCTOR WASN'T TRAINED TO DEAL WITH THE RAPE -- DEAL WITH RAPE VICTIMS AND MADE IT CLEAR HE WANTED NOTHING MORE TO DO WITH SYLVANIA. THE UNIVERSITY CLEERLED VIEWED HER AS A BURDEN, JUST ANOTHER STATISTIC THEY DIDN'T WANT TO DEAL WITH. MR. SPEAKER, UNIVERSITIES IN THE UNITED STATES SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO HAVE A VICTIM ADVOCATE ON STAFF, A SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIM ADVOCATE. ALSO, TO ENSURE THIS DOESN'T HAPPEN TO MORE VICTIMS AT HOSPITALS, I'VE INTRODUCED LEGISLATION THAT WOULD REQUIRE A HOSPITAL TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO A STAFFER -- IT'S CALLED A SAFE, SEXUAL ASSAULT FORENSIC EXAMINER, WHO IS TRAINED TO PROVIDE CARE AND BE SENSITIVE TO TRAUMA RAPE VICTIMS AND HAVE A PLAN QUICKLY TO -- OR A PLAN TO GET THAT VICTIM TO A NEARBY HOSPITAL THAT DOES. UNIVERSITIES AND NEARBY HOSPITALS NEED TO WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE THAT RAPE VICTIMS ARE TREATED APPROPRIATELY WHEN THEY ARE ASSAULTED. THE BILL THAT I JUST MENTIONED IS NAMED THE MEGAN RONDINI ACT, IT'S IN HONOR OF A COLLEGE SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS -- EXCUSE ME -- UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA CAMPUS THAT WAS A TEXAS STUDENT THAT WAS DENIED ACCESS TO POSTRAPE TREATMENT AT A HOSPITAL. THE UNIVERSITY DIDN'T HELP HER AND THE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT DIDN'T HELP HER. IN MEGAN'S CASE, BECAUSE SHE WAS ALONE AND ABANDONED BY ALL THREE OF THOSE ENTITIES SHE LATER WHEN SHE RETURNED TO TEXAS COMMITTED SUICIDE. ANYWAY, AFTER THE RAPE OF SYLVANIA, THE UNIVERSITY LET HER TO PICK UP THE PIECES OF HER SHATTERED LIFE. SHE WAS TRAUMATIZED AND DEPRESSED, CLAIMING SHE WASN'T STABLE ENOUGH, THE HOCKEY COACH REMOVED HER FROM THE TEAM. SHE NEVER PLAYED A SINGLE GAME OF HOCKEY IN COLLEGE. SHE WITHDREW FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT SHORTLY THEREAFTER, BUT HER RAPIST STAYED ON HIS HOCKEY TEAM AND PLAYED FOR THE UNIVERSITY. . SYLVAINA HAD TO SUE THE UNIVERSITY TO GET JUSTICE THAT. IS UNFORTUNATE SHE HAD TO TAKE THE MATTER TO COURT WHERE SOCIETY AND OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM SHOULD HAVE HELPEDER. MR. SPEAKER, RAPE IS NEVER THE FAULT OF THE VICTIM. YET SYLVANA FELT SHE WAS THE ONE BEING BLAMED FOR WHAT HAPPENED TO HER. WE AS A SOCIETY MUST DEMAND OUR UNIVERSITIES AND HOSPITALS PROTECT AND CARE FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS. NO LONGER SHOULD THEY BE ALLOWED TO SUFFER ALONE AND BE ABANDONED . NO MORE EXCUSES. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:16:10 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MS. MOORE, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MS. MOORE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:16:16 AM

      MS. MOORE

      SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY UNDER THE E PLURIBUS UNUM TO GIVE VOICE TO THE…

      SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY UNDER THE E PLURIBUS UNUM TO GIVE VOICE TO THE ELDERLY, TO THE CHILDREN, THE DISABLED, THE UNDER THE MOST VULNERABLE, MR. SPEAKER, WHO ARE ONCE AGAIN FACING YOUR PROPOSAL, MR. SPEAKER, MOST VULNERABLE RIP HEALTH CARE AND THE SAFETY NET FROM THEM. IS THIS THE BEST YOU CAN DO, MR. SPEAKER, TO ONCE AGAIN OVER TO AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN PROPOSE THIS LEGISLATION TO CUT TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM MEDICAID AND MEDICARE TO FUND TAX CUTS FOR CORPORATIONS AND FOR BILLIONAIRES? AND TO DO THIS, TO SLAM THIS THROUGH THE HOUSE WITHOUT TRANSPARENCY. MR. SPEAKER, REPUBLICANS LIKE TO CALL ME A TAX AND SPEND ME A TAX AND SPEND LIBERAL, BUT TODAY WE SEE THIS G.O.P. FISCAL PLAN AS ANOTHER BORROW AND SPEND TO PAY FOR BILLIONAIRE TAX CUTS. NOW, THE WHARTON SCHOOL AND THE GOLDMAN SACHS STUDIES STUDIES BOTH SHOW THAT AT BEST THIS FLAN WOULD PRODUCE A PALTRY NOW, THIS IS A GREAT PLAN IF YOU'RE RICH. IT'S DOLLARS FOR FOOL'S GOLD BUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE NOT FOOLS, MR. SPEAKER, AND THAT IS WHY THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO RUSH THIS THROUGH WITH MINIMUM TRANSPARENCY. THIS IS MADNESS. TRICKLED DOWN HAS NOT WORK, IT DOES NOT WORK AND WILL NEVER WORK. WE GOT DEFICITS UNDER REAGAN, UNDER GEORGE W. BUSH TO PROVE IT. THE TAX CUTS WILL NOT PAY FOR THEMSELVES, MR. SPEAKER. THE TAX CUTS WON'T MAGICALLY PRODUCE INCREASED SALARIES FOR WORKERS. THE TAX PLAN WILL NOT LEAD TO THESE CLAIMS IN ECONOMIC GROWTH. . CONGRESS SHOULD CONGRESS SHOULD NOT CONSIDER TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH AND OPENING UP MORE TAX LOOPHOLES. MR. SPEAKER, WE CANNOT SPEND GOLD -- SPIN GOLD OUT OF STRAW. 245 THAT IS WHAT WE HAVE HERE. THIS PLAN WILL MAKE MOST AMERICANS MORE POORER AND MORE SICKER IF NOT DEAD. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS BILL. INSTEAD, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO FORTIFY OUR ELECTION SYSTEM FROM RUSSIANS' FURTHER INTERFERENCE. BUILD NEW INFRASTRUCTURE. THAT'S WHAT CREATES JOBS. THE HEALTH PROGRAM THAT REPUBLICANS LET EXPIRE ENSURE THAT ALL 3.5 MILLION AMERICAN CITIZENS IN PUERTO RICO AND VIRGIN ISLANDS CAN HAVE ACCESS TO WATER, POWER, HEALTH CARE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. THAT'S WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:20:30 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. EMMER, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. EMMER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:20:33 AM

      MR. EMMER

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A LEADER IN OUR COMMUNITY WHO HAS…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A LEADER IN OUR COMMUNITY WHO HAS RECEIVED A GREAT HONOR. SKIP DOLAN, THE HEAD BOYS BASKETBALL COACH FOR THE ANNANDALE CARDINALS WAS INDUCTED INTO THE MINNESOTA BASKETBALL COACHES HALL OF FAME IN OCTOBER. I'M NOT GOING TO GO THROUGH ALL HIS STATISTICS, ALTHOUGH THEY ARE QUITE IMPRESSIVE. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE NOTE THAT A GOOD COACH CAN HAVE A MAJOR IMPACT ON A KIDS' LIFE. COACHES DON'T JUST TEACH A GAME TO OUR KIDS, THEY INGRAIN -- INGRAIN IMPORTANT LIFE SKILLS IN THEIR MINDS. THEY TEACH OUR KIDS HOW TO WORK WITH OTHERS AND HOW TO ACT AS A TEAM. THEY TEACH OUR CHILDREN THE VALUE OF PRACTICE AND PERSEVERANCE, AND THEY TEACH OUR KIDS HOW TO COMPETE WITH HONOR, DIGNITY, AND HOW TO WIN WITH GRACE. A GOOD COACH GUIDES OUR KIDS ALONG THE ROAD TO SUCCESS WHICH IS WHY I'M SO HAPPY THAT WE HAVE A COACH LIKE SKIP DOLAN IN OUR COMMUNITY. WE CAN NEVER THANK HIM ENOUGH FOR WORKING WITH AND TEACHING OUR KIDS. AND WE CONGRATULATE HIM ON THIS INCREDIBLE HONOR. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO THANK MONTICELLO PUBLIC SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT JIM JOHNSON FOR HIS WORK AND DEDICATION TO MINNESOTA'S CHILDREN. AFTER 18 YEARS SERVING MONTICELLO, 12 SPENT AS SUPERINTENDENT, JIM IS HEADING INTO A WELL DESERVED RETIREMENT. UNDER JIM'S CLOSE SUPERVISION, SCHOOLS WITHIN HIS DISTRICT HAVE PRODUCED OUTSTANDING TEST SCORES, INCREASED GRADUATION RATES, AND HIGHER ENROLLMENT IN A.P. CLASSES. HE ALSO PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN PROVING -- IMPROVING HIS DISTRICT'S ATHLETIC FACILITIES. NOT ONLY DID HE HELP BETTER ACADEMICS AT THE SCHOOLS UNDER HIS CAREFUL WATCH, HE ALSO HELPED ENSURE HIS DISTRICT STUDENTS HAD EVERYTHING THEY NEEDED TO SUCCEED IN LIFE. WE CAN'T THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR THE WORK YOU HAVE DONE TO EDUCATE OUR KIDS. OUR KIDS ARE OUR FUTURE AND BECAUSE OF YOU OUR FUTURE IS VERY BRIGHT. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THREE YOUNG WOMEN IN MY DISTRICT WHO HAVE EARNED AN EXCITING LEADERSHIP ROLE IN THE COMMUNITY. BETHLEHEM, BROOKLYN, AND MADELINE HAVE ALL BEEN NAMED THE 2017 RAPIDS COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS. THEY WILL PARTICIPATE IN A NINE WEEK PROGRAM THAT WILL HELP THEM DEVELOP THEIR LEADERSHIP SKILLS BY PARTICIPATING IN ACTIVITIES THAT ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY. THE PEOPLE WHO END UP MAKING THE MOST DIFFERENCE IN THIS WORLD ARE THE ONE WHO IS SHOW UP FOR OTHERS. WE WANT TO CONGRATULATE THESE YOUNG WOMEN ON THEIR NEW ROLES AND THANK THEM FOR THEIR INTEREST IN MAKING LIFE BETTER FOR THOSE AROUND THEM. THANK YOU, BETHLEHEM, BROOKLYN, AND MADELINE FOR SHOWING UP FOR S.O.C. RAPIDS. I KNOW YOU-ALL HAVE GREAT FUTURES AHEAD AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING WHAT YOU WILL ACCOMPLISH NEXT. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:23:22 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OREGON, MS. BONAMICI, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OREGON, MS. BONAMICI, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:23:27 AM

      MISS BONN MEACHY

      THANK YOU --

    • 10:23:30 AM

      MS. BONAMICI

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

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE RUBY AND CONHEY LGBT ELDER AMERICANS ACT, LEGISLATION I'M INTRODUCING TO SUPPORT OUR COUNTRY'S LGBT SENIORS. THE LGBT SENIOR POPULATION IS GROWING AND IT'S ESTIMATED TO INCLUDE NEARLY SIX MILLION AMERICANS BY 2030. UNFORTUNATELY, THE SAME GENERATION OF LGBT PEOPLE WHO FOUGHT FOR RIGHTS IN THE WORKPLACE EQUAL MARRIAGE, AND SOCIETAL RECOGNITION ARE ONCE AGAIN MARGINALIZED AS THEY AGE. LGBT SENIORS HAVE FEWER SUPPORT SERVICES, HIGHER POVERTY RATES, MORE SOCIAL ISOLATION, AND INADEQUATE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE SERVICES COMPARED TO THE REST OF OLDER AMERICANS. ONE OF THE PRIMARY BARRIERS TO PROVIDING SERVICES TO LGBT SENIORS IS A BASIC LACK OF INFORMATION. THE OLDER AMERICANS ACT, OR O.A.A. ALREADY REQUIRES THE ADMINISTRATION ON AGING TO COLLECT DATA ON THE INDIVIDUALS RECEIVING O.A.A. SERVICES AND THE EFFICACY OF O.A.A. PROGRAMS. BUT IF WE COLLECTED DATA ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY, WE COULD BETTER UNDERSTAND THIS POPULATION AND PROVIDE SERVICES THAT BEST FIT THEIR NEEDS. UNFORTUNATELY, THE DAY THAT WE DO HAVE SHOWS --ATE WE DO HAVE SHOWS THE POVERTY RATE IS HIGHER FOR LGBT SENIORS WHICH IS LIKELY MANY HAVE FACED DISCRIMINATION WHILE WORKING, HE THEY HAVE BEEN FORCED TOWN LEGALLY MARRY, AND GENDER INEQUALITY. WE ALSO KNOW THEY ARE LESS LIKELY THAN THEIR PEARCE TO HAVE COMMUTE SUPPORT AND CARETAKERS -- COMMUNITY SUPPORT AND CARETAKERS TO HELP THEM. WE ALSO KNOW WITH SPEAKING WITH THEM MANY FEAR DISCRIMINATION WHEN RECEIVING HOME HEALTH CARE SERVICES. THEY ARE TWICE AS LIKELY TO BE SINGLE AND FOUR TIMES MORE LIKELY TO NOT HAVE CHILDREN. THESE ARE COMPLEX AND IMPORTANT ISSUES THAT REQUIRE PERSONALIZED SOLUTIONS. THE BILL I'M INTRODUCED TO NOT HAVE CHILDREN. THESE TODAY WITH COLORADO SENATOR MICHAEL BENNETT AND FLORIDA REPRESENTATIVES TED DEUTCH AND CHARLIE CRIST WOULD HELP BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN LGBT SENIORS ANTI-SERVICES THEY NEED. THE BILL IS NAMED FOR RUTHIE BERMAN AND CONNIE KURTZ WHO SUED THE NEW YORK CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION YEARS AGO FOR DOMESTIC PARTNER BENEFITS AND WON THEIR LANDMARK CASE IN 1994. IN THE DECADE SINCE, RUTHIE AND CONNIE HAVE CONTINUED THEIR ADVOCACY AND FIGHT AS CHAMPIONS OF LGBT RIGHTS. OUR BILL WOULD AMEND THE OLDER AMERICANS ACT TO IMPROVE SERVICES FOR LGBT SENIORS AND REQUIRE DATA COLLECTION ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION SO BETTER DECISIONS CAN BE MADE. ADDITIONALLY, THE BILL WOULD PERMANENTLY ESTABLISH A NATIONAL RESOURCE CENTER ON LGBT AGING AND PROVIDE GRANTS FOR ORGANIZATIONS WORKING TO IMPROVE LGBT SERVICES, INCLUDING ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE AND LONG-TERM CARE. THE RESOURCE CENTERS ANTI-GRANTS WILL HELP STATES AND LOCALITIES REACH OUT TO LGBT OLDER ADULTS AND PROVIDE CULTURALLY COMPETENT SUPPORT. BY REQUIRING SPECIFIC CONSIDERATION FOR LGBT SENIORS IN THE OLDER AMERICANS ACT, WE CAN PROVIDE SUPPORT TO A VULNERABLE YET OVERLOOKED POPULATION. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE AND I HOPE MANY OTHERS WILL JOIN US IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL TO HELP OUR LGBT SENIOR COMMUNITIES. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      THE CHAIRMAN RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. RUTHERFORD, FOR…

      THE CHAIRMAN RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. RUTHERFORD, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:27:04 AM

      MR. RUTHERFORD

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ASK THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ASK THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO JOIN ME IN RECOGNIZING THE YOUNG -- ATLANTIC COAST YOUNG MARINES AND THEIR HARD WORK DURING RED RIBBON WEEK. THE YOUNG MARINES HAS PERFORMED MORE THAN 50,000 SERVICE HOURS SINCE LAST OCTOBER, WITH MORE THAN 35,000 HOURS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE DEDICATED TO OUR VETERANS. AS YOU CAN SEE THE ATLANTIC COAST YOUNG MARINES AND THEIR FELLOW YOUNG MARINES THROUGHOUT FLORIDA ARE VERY ACTIVE IN THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITIES. REDUCTION OF DRUG DEMAND IS A MAJOR ISSUE OF THE YOUNG MARINE PROGRAM, AND RED RIBBON WEEK IS AN EXCELLENT LENGTH OPPORTUNITY TO RECOGNIZE THE ATLANTIC COAST YOUNG MARINES EMPHASIS ON THIS MISSION. RED RIBBON WEEK IS THE OLDEST DRUG PREVENTION PROGRAM IN THE NATION. WE SEE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS DURING THE LAST WEEK OF OCTOBER EACH YEAR. BY WEARING RED RIBBONS AND PARTICIPATING IN COMMUNITY ANTI-DRUG EVENTS, YOUNG MA PLEDGE TO LIVE A DRUG-FREE LIFE AND PAY TRIBPUTE TO D.E.A. SPECIAL AGENT ENRIQUE. HE WAS A VETERAN OF THE D.E.A., ASSIGNED TO GAUT LA HARA, MEXICO, WHERE HE WAS ON THE TRAIL OF THE COUNTRY'S BIGGEST DRUG TRAFFICKERS. BECAUSE HE WAS SO CLOSE TO UNLOCKING $1 BILLION DRUG PIPELINE, HE WAS KIDNAPPED AND MURDERED BY DRUG TRAFFICERS -- TRAFFICKERS. THIS TRAGIC DEATH OPENSED EYES MUCH MANY AMERICANS TO THE DANGEROUS ILLICIT DRUG TRADE. RED RIBBON WEEK CELEBRATES HIS LIFE AND HIS VISION FOR A DRUG-FREE AMERICA. LAST WEEK, THE ATLANTIC COAST YOUNG MARINES HONORED HIS LIFE THROUGH EVENTS THAT HELPED REDUCE THE DEMAND FOR DRUGS THROUGHOUT NORTHEAST FLORIDA. THESE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WHO PARTICIPATE IN THIS EDUCATION AND SERVICE PROGRAM ARE KNOWN TO BE EXCELLENT LEADERS INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM. THE ATLANTA COAST YOUNG MARINES ARE A SHINING EXAMPLE OF OUR FIRST COAST YOUTH. THEY ALSO SERVE OUR VETERANS IN NUMEROUS WAYS BY CLEANING YARDS, MAKING HOSPITAL VISITS, AND SIMPLY WRITING CARDS. THEIR DEDICATION TO COMMUNITY SERVICE AND OUR VETERANS IS A SHINING EXAMPLE OF NOBLE SELF-LESSNESS. MR. SPEAKER I APPLAUD THE ATLANTIC COAST YOUNG MARINES FOR THEIR SERVICE TO FLORIDA'S FIRST COAST COMMUTE. I YIELD BACK. -- COMMUNITY. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:29:51 AM

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      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MS. JAYAPAL, FOR…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MS. JAYAPAL, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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      MS. JAYAPAL

      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE -- FIVE…

      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE -- FIVE MINUTES, EXCUSE ME.

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      MS. JAYAPAL

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY BECAUSE WE DO HAVE A GUN VIOLENCE EPIDEMIC IN…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY BECAUSE WE DO HAVE A GUN VIOLENCE EPIDEMIC IN THIS COUNTRY, AND THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW. EXACTLY ONE MONTH AGO TODAY WE WITNESSED ONE OF THE MOST HORRIFIC MASS SHOOTINGS IN OUR COUNTRY'S HISTORY, AND CONGRESS HAS DONE NOTHING. ONE MONTH LATER, LEGISLATION ON BUMP STOCKS HAS STALLED. THERE IS A DEAFENING SILENCE FROM THE MAJORITY ON ANY RESPONSIBLE ACTIONS ON THIS PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS. . EVEN THOUGH, MR. SPEAKER, A MAJORITY OF AMERICANS, INCLUDING RESPONSIBLE GUN OWNERS, SUPPORT RESPONSIBLE GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION. TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO SHARE A STATEMENT WRITTEN BY MY CONSTITUENT, ZACK ELLMORE, WHO IS HERE WITH US THIS MORNING. ZACK'S SISTER, ALICIA JOHNSON, WAS SHOT IN LAS VEGAS. THANKFULLY SHE SURVIVED AND THIS IS WHAT HE WROTE AS HE SAT NEXT TO HER HOSPITAL BED AS SHE RECOVERED. MY SISTER WAS SHOT IN LAS VEGAS. I'VE NEVER BEEN MORE AFRAID, MORE ANGRY IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. THE PROBLEM WITH SHOOTINGS AROUND THE COUNTRY IS THAT UNLESS YOU KNOW SOMEONE DIRECTLY AFFECTED, IT'S EASY TO SAY, WHAT A TRAGEDY, AND MOVE ON WITH YOUR DAILY LIFE. IT'S NOT SO EASY WHEN YOU'RE GETTING READY FOR BED AND ONE OF YOUR SISTER'S CALLS INCONSOLEABLY CRYING TO TELL YOU THAT ANOTHER ONE OF YOUR SISTER'S HAS BEEN SHOT. S NOT EASY TO CALL YOUR MOTHER AND SHE'S TERRIFIED AND CRYING AND ALL YOU CAN DO IS CALM HER DOWN WHILE YOU FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET TO YOUR SISTER AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. IT'S NOT SO EASY TO SEE YOUR BROTHER-IN-LAW WITH BLOOD STILL ON HIS HANDS FROM DOING WHATEVER HE COULD TO KEEP YOUR SISTER ALIVE. IT'S NOT SO EASY TO SEE YOUR SISTER IN A HOSPITAL BED UNABLE TO MOVE DUE TO A GUNSHOT WOUND IN HER BACK AND STAPLES IN HER STOMACH FROM SURGERY TO CHECK FOR ORGAN DAMAGE. AND WE'RE AMONG THE LUCKIEST ONES. I AM SICK AND TIRED OF THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. IF THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS HAD ANY EFFECT WHATSOEVER, THERE WOULD BE A LOT OF PEOPLE STILL ALIVE TODAY. ALL THESE THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS WOULD HAVE MIRACULOUSLY PULLED BULLETS OUT OF VICTIMS AND HEALED WOUNDS, WOULD HAVE STOPPED THESE MASSACRES BEFORE THEY STARTED. YOU KNOW WHAT'S BETTER THAN THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS AND LINES AROUND THE BLOCK AT BLOOD BANKS, CREATING A SOCIETY WHERE WE DON'T HAVE TO DO THESE THINGS MANY TIMES A YEAR. WE WAITED SO LONG TO DO ANYTHING AFTER COLUMBINE THAT VIRGINIA TECH HAPPENED. WE STILL COULDN'T TALK ABOUT IT WHEN THE AURORA THEATER SHOOTING HAPPENED. THAT DIDN'T CHANGE ANYTHING. AND THEN 20 CHILDREN WERE MURDERED AT SANDY HOOK. EVEN THAT WASN'T ENOUGH TO PROMOTE CHANGE WHEN DYLAN ROUGH HAPPENED. STILL COULDN'T TALK ABOUT IT AND SAN BERNARDINO HAPPENED. WE STILL COULDN'T BRING OURSELVES TO DISCUSS GUN CONTROL AND THE PULSE NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING HAPPENED. LORD KNOWS WE CAN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT GUNS AND THEN LAS VEGAS HAPPENED AND WE'RE STILL BEING TOLD THAT NOW IS NOT THE TIME. LET HEALING BEGIN. DON'T POLITICIZE TRAGEDY. BUT BY ALL MEANS, SEND THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO ALL AFFECTED BY INSERT MASSACRE HERE. THERE IS NO PLACE IN SOCIETY FOR ANY WEAPON WHICH HAS THE SINGULAR PURPOSE TO KILL PEOPLE. THE MAN WHO KILLED AND INJURED MORE THAN ANY MASSACRE IN AMERICA'S HISTORY BROKE THE MOLD FOR WHO COMMITS MASS SHOOTINGS. HE'D EASILY PASSED A BACKGROUND CHECK AND PSYCHE EVALUATION. HE WAS AFFLUENT. HE IS CERTAINLY A TERRORIST. THE SYSTEM WE HAVE IN PLACE ALLOWED HIM TO ACCUMULATE DOZENS OF ASSAULT WEAPONS AND THOUSANDS OF ROUNDS OF AMMUNITION BECAUSE FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES HE WAS NOT RAVEG TO SOCIETY. LET'S KEEP -- NOT A RISK TO SOCIETY. LET'S KEEP IN MIND THAT THE SECOND AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION WAS CREATED TWO CENTURIES. IT'S HARD FOR ME TO BELIEVE THE FOUNDING FATHERS ENVISIONED A WORLD WHERE ONE MAN COULD OR WOULD FIRE 400 ROUNDS A MINUTE INTO A CROWD OF PEOPLE. THIS SHOULD NOT BE DIFFICULT. HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE TO DIE BEFORE PEOPLE WILL APPLY A LITTLE LOGIC TO GUN LAWS? DO MORE CHILDREN NEED TO DIE? DOES A HOSPITAL NEED TO BE ATTACKED? WHAT IS YOUR LIMIT? DOES IT HAVE TO HAPPEN TO YOU OR A LOVED ONE BEFORE YOU START TO THINK DIFFERENTLY ABOUT GUN LAWS? THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY HAVE SO MUCH POWER. WE PROTESTED, PRESSURED OUR CONGRESS MEN AND WOMEN AND WE'VE SEEN THAT WORK. WHY CAN'T WE DO THE SAME TO REDUCE AND HOPEFULLY ELIMINATE THE INSANE AMOUNT OF GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA? EXCUSE ME FOR NOT BEING WILLING TO WAIT, TO LET HEALING BEGIN, FOR NOT ACCEPTING THAT NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO TALK ABOUT A MAJOR PROBLEM IN THIS COUNTRY. THERE IS NEVER A WRONG TIME TO STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU THINK IS RIGHT. MY SISTER WAS SHOT IN LAS VEGAS, AND THE LATEST OF A DEVASTATINGLY LONG LINE OF MASS SHOOTINGS IN THIS COUNTRY. WE'RE LUCKIER THAN 58 PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES AND LIKELY LUCKIER THAN MANY OF THE OVER 500 OTHER PEOPLE WHO WERE INJURED. IF I DON'T TALK ABOUT IT, IF WE DON'T TRULY TAKE STEPS TO EFFECT POSITIVE CHANGE, EVERYONE READING THIS WILL FORGET IT HAPPENED BECAUSE THEY'LL BE SENDING THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO THE VICTIMS OF THE NEXT MASS SHOOTING IN AMERICA. AND THAT IS THE END OF THE EXCERPT OF HIS LETTER, MR. SPEAKER. ZACK'S FAMILY' EXPERIENCE ILLUSTRATES --

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      MS. JAYAPAL

      MR. SPEAKER, I HOPE THAT WE WILL ACROSS THE AISLE IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION…

      MR. SPEAKER, I HOPE THAT WE WILL ACROSS THE AISLE IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION DO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND PROTECT FAMILIES LIKE ZACK'S ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:35:58 AM

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      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. COFFMAN, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. COFFMAN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:36:02 AM

      MR. COFFMAN

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

      MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    • 10:36:09 AM

      MR. COFFMAN

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CALL ATTENTION TO THE GOVERNMENT OF…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CALL ATTENTION TO THE GOVERNMENT OF ETHIOPIA'S CONTINUED REPRESSION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST ITS OWN PEOPLE AND I URGE THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO VOTE ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 128, THE SUPPORTING RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND ENCOURAGING INCLUSIVE GOVERNANCE IN ETHIOPIA RESOLUTION. THIS RESOLUTION CALLS ON THE GOVERNMENT OF ETHIOPIA TO TAKE CLEAR, DECISIVE STEPS TOWARDS BECOMING MORE INCLUSIVE, MORE DEMOCRATIC AND MORE RESPECTFUL THE BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS OF ITS OWN PEOPLE. THIS RESOLUTION HAS OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN SUPPORT WITH MORE THAN 70 CO-SPONSORS AND IT PASSED OUT OF THE HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY ON JULY 27. THE ONGOING HUMAN RIGHTS CRISIS IN ETHIOPIA IS EXTREMELY TROUBLING TO ME. TO THE RESOLUTIONS AND OTHER CO-SPONSORS, TO THE MANY AMERICANS OF ETHIOPIAN HERITAGE AND TO NUMEROUS HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS, I FIRMLY BELIEVE THE PASSAGE OF THIS RESOLUTION WILL ENCOURAGE THE ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT TO END ITS PRACTICE OF VIOLENCE AND REPRESSION AND PROVIDE A STRONG BASIS OF AN INCLUSIVE GOVERNMENT. SPECIFICALLY, THIS RESOLUTION CONDEMNS THE EXCESSIVE USE OF FORCE BY ETHIOPIAN SECURITY FORCES AND THE KILLING OF PEACEFUL PROTESTERS. OF THE ARRESTS AND DETENTION OF JOURNALISTS, STUDENTS, ACTIVISTS AND POLITICAL LEADERS. AND THE ETHIOPIAN'S GOVERNMENT ABUSE OF THE ANTI-TERRORISM PROCLAMATION TO STIFLE POLITICAL AND CIVIL DISSENT. THE RESOLUTION DOES NOT SIMPLY HIGHLIGHT THE ETHIOPIAN'S GOVERNMENT INCREASING AUTHORITARIAN ACTS BUT ALSO ENCOURAGES THE UNITED STATES TO SUPPORT EFFORTS TO IMPROVE DEMOCRACY AND GOVERNANCE IN ETHIOPIA. I BELIEVE THAT THE UNITED STATES CAN TAKE ACTIONS THAT WILL POSITIVELY INFLUENCE THE ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT AND USE OUR EXISTING INSTITUTIONS TO FURTHER DEMOCRACY AND EFFECTIVE GOVERNANCE IN ETHIOPIA. THE RESOLUTION CALLS ON THE ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT TO ADMIT U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS OBSERVERS SO THEY CAN CONDUCT AN INDEPENDENT AND THOROUGH EXAMINATION OF THE CURRENT STATE OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN ETHIOPIA. ON MARCH 9 OF THIS YEAR, THE HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE ON AFRICA, GLOBAL HEALTH, GLOBAL HUMAN RIGHTS AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS HELD A HEARING TO DISCUSS SPECIFIC STEPS THE UNITED STATES CAN TAKE TO BRING ABOUT POSITIVE CHANGES FOR THE ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT AND THEIR PEOPLE. AMONG THOSE WHO TESTIFIED WAS DEACON JOSEF TEFARI OF THE ST. MARY'S ORTHODOX CHURCH LOCATED IN AURORA, COLORADO. DEACON JOSEF WAS RAISED IN ETHIOPIA AND HAS EXPERIENCED THE DAILY STRUGGLES TO MANY -- TO MANY ETHIOPIANS HAVE FACED, LIVING IN ABJECT POVERTY AND UNDER AN OPPRESSIVE GOVERNMENT. DEACON JOSEF FLED FROM ETHIOPIA IN 1976 AND CAME TO THE UNITED STATES AS A REFUGEE. HE AND MANY OF THE MEMBERS OF THE ETHIOPIAN COMMUNITY IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF COLORADO, HAVE WORKED DILIGENTLY TO ORGANIZE AND ASSIST THOSE STILL SUFFERING FROM REPRESSION IN THEIR HOME COUNTRY. AROMO COMMUNITY PRESIDENT OF COLORADO, JAMAL, HAS ALSO SHARED HIS CONCERNS WITH ME, AND BOTH OF THESE GENTLEMEN HAVE NO MOTIVES OTHER THAN THE CONCERN OF THE SAFETY AND DEMOCRACY IN ETHIOPIA. THEY CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY IN THEIR HOMELAND. UNFORTUNATELY, STORIES LIKE THIS ARE NOT UNCOMMON IN MY DISTRICT, AND I AM DISAPPOINTED THAT THE HOUSE HAS NOT YET SCHEDULED A FLOOR VOTE ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 128. I NOTE THAT ON TWO PRIOR OCCASIONS, A VOTE WAS TENTIVELY SCHEDULED. IN BOTH OF THESE INSTANCES IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THE VOTE WAS POSTPONED DUE TO PRESSURE FROM THE ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT WHO CURBS HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AGAINST THEIR OWN PEOPLE BUT FAIL TO DELIVER. ADDITIONALLY, IT'S BEEN BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION THAT THE ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT HAS THREATENED TO CUT OFF SECURITY COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES SHOULD REPROCEED WITH HOUSE RESOLUTION 128. -- WE PROCEED WITH HOUSE RESOLUTION 128. I AM DISMAYED RATHER THAN SOLVING THEIR PROBLEMS AND MOVING TOWARDS BECOMING A MORE DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT, THE ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT HAS CHOSEN TO HIRE A D.C. LOBBYING FIRM TO, QUOTE, WORK WITH THE ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT TO DEVELOP AND EXECUTE A PUBLIC AFFAIRS PLAN TO ENHANCE THE DIALOGUE AND RELATIONSHIPS WITH POLICYMAKERS, MEDIA, OPINION LEADERS AND BUSINESS LEADERS, UNQUOTE. IN ADDITION TO, QUOTE, MEETINGS WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, THEIR STAFFS AND EXECUTIVE BRANCH OFFICIALS, UNQUOTE. THE ISSUE THE ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO ADDRESS IS THE REPRESSION OF DEMOCRACY AND ITS CITIZENS IN ETHIOPIA. THE SOLUTION TO WHATEVER NEGATIVE PERCEPTION IT HAS IN THE HALLS OF THE U.S. CONGRESS IS NOT A PUBLIC AFFAIRS ONE BUT RATHER WHAT CONCRETE STEPS ARE TAKEN -- ARE BEING TAKEN AGAINST DEMOCRACY IN ETHIOPIA. THAT IS WHY I REMAIN COMMITTED TO WORKING WITH HOUSE LEADERSHIP TO HAVE A VOTE ON -- TO HAVE A VOTE SCHEDULED ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 128. MR. SPEAKER, I ENCOURAGE LEADERSHIP TO SCHEDULE A VOTE AND I CALL ON MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR AND PASS HOUSE RESOLUTION 128. I WILL CONTINUE WORKING WITH LOCAL ETHIOPIAN COMMUNITY LEADERS IN COLORADO AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES OCCURRING IN ETHIOPIA AND TO BRING RELIEF FROM OPPRESSION TO THE ETHIOPIAN PEOPLE. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. CARDENAS, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. CARDENAS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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      MR. CARDENAS

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S A PRIVILEGE AND AN HONOR TO REPRESENT THE…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S A PRIVILEGE AND AN HONOR TO REPRESENT THE COMMUNITY OF THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY HERE IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, AND I THINK IT'S MY DUTY AND RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE THAT WHEN SOMETHING'S GOING ON IN WASHINGTON PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN TO THEM AND HOW IT AFFECTS THEM. I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR EVERYBODY TO UNDERSTAND RIGHT NOW IN THE WORKINGS, PROBABLY GOING TO COME TO THE FLOOR IN JUST A FEW DAYS, IS THE RYAN--- SPEAKER RYAN-MCCONNELL TAX GIVEAWAYS TO BIG CORPORATIONS WHICH WILL ACTUALLY INCREASE TAXES FOR WORKING FAMILIES, WORKING MOTHERS AND FATHERS. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT IS BEING SOLD AS A MIDDLE TAX -- MIDDLE-INCOME TAX CUT. ACTUALLY WHAT IT'S GOING TO DO IS CUT THE INCOME, THE TAKE-HOME INCOME TO MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES. WHAT IT'S GOING TO MEAN IF YOU ARE A POLICE OFFICER, A TEACHER, A WAITRESS, YOU'LL SEE LESS MONEY EVERY WEEK. IT MIGHT BE $5 LESS A WEEK. IT MIGHT BE $50 LESS A WEEK. IT MIGHT BE $100. LET ME TELL YOU THE OPPOSITE WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN SHOULD THIS BECOME LAW IS THAT THE BIGGEST CORPORATIONS IN AMERICA ARE GOING TO SEE $1 MILLION LESS IN TAXES A WEEK. MAYBE $50 MILLION LESS IN TAXES PAID A WEEK. MAYBE $100 MILLION LESS PER WEEK PAID IN TAXES. AND SOME PEOPLE ARE THINKING, WELL, THEY EARNED IT. THEY SHOULD KEEP IT. WELL, OK. I UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU'RE SEEING. SEE, THIS IS THE FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEM OF THIS $1.5 TRILLION REDUCTION IN THE ABILITY FOR OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO FUND THINGS LIKE MEDICAID AND MEDICARE BECAUSE WHEN WE SEE LESS MONEY YOU'RE GOING TO SEE MEMBERS ON THIS FLOOR, IN COMMITTEES THROUGHOUT THIS HOUSE AND IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE SAYING, WELL, WE DON'T HAVE THE MONEY. WHEN THEY SEE A MOTHER WHOSE CHILD HAS SHARE BALANCE PALSY AND SHE SAYS -- CEREBRAL PALSY AND SHE SAYS, I GO TO WORK EVERY DAY AND THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING MY CHILD TO BE IN A PROGRAM SO THAT HE OR SHE CAN BE SAFE WHILE I GO TO WORK. AND THEY'RE GOING TO SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT, I AGREE WITH YOU, MA'AM. WE SHOULD FUND THAT, BUT SINCE WE DON'T HAVE THE MONEY ANYMORE, WE'RE GOING TO STOP FUNDING THAT. THIS IS A WOMAN WHO JUST WANTS TO WORK FOR A LIVING. THIS IS A PERSON WHO JUST WANTS TO MAKE SURE THAT SHE CAN HAVE THE DIGNITY OF WORK AND HAVE HER CHILD IN A SAFE PLACE, BUT WE'RE GOING TO CUT THOSE PROGRAMS IF WE HAVE THIS TAX GIVEAWAY GO THROUGH THIS CONGRESS AND SIGNED BY THIS PRESIDENT. YOU SEE, IT'S A MULTISTEP PROCESS, AND WHAT SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES AND SO FAR THE ONLY ONES VOTING FOR THIS TAX GIVEAWAY ARE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES. I SAY THAT ACCURATELY. NOT TO BE PARTISAN BUT JUST TO BE HONEST AND ACCURATE. THEY SAY WE HAVE TO DO THIS. IT'S GOING TO STIMULATE THE ECONOMY. WELL, ALSO IN THIS PACKAGE, THIS PLAN THAT THEY WANT TO MAKE INTO A LAW, BASICALLY WHAT IT WILL DO, IT WILL ACTUALLY INCENTIVIZE THE BIGGEST CORPORATIONS IN AMERICA. AMERICAN CORPORATIONS. IT'S GOING TO INCENTIVIZE THEM TO GO AHEAD AND CLOSE UP SHOP IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD AND GO SET UP SHOP SOMEWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD AND THE ONLY CONNECTION THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE WITH YOU, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IS THEY ARE GOING TO WANT TO SELL THOSE PRODUCTS TO YOU BUILT BY OTHER THAN AMERICAN HANDS IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD. THE ONLY OTHER CONNECTION THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE IS THIS. THEY'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO BRING THEIR MONEY, THEIR PROFITS BACK TO THE UNITED STATES PRETTY MUCH FREE AND CLEAR AND JUST COUNT THEIR MONEY HERE WHERE THEY CALL THEMSELVES AN AMERICAN CORPORATION. . I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT IS WRONG, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT'S GOING TO HURT THE MIDDLE CLASS. THIS IS SOMETHING, AGAIN, IF YOU'RE A TEACHER, POLICE OFFICERS, BUS DRIVER THIS IS GOING TO HURT YOU. IF YOU'RE A SINGLE MOTHER WHO IS WORKING EVERY SINGLE DAY, PROUD TO DO THAT, YOU ARE GOING TO SEE YOU ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE THE SUPPORT YOU NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT CHILDCARE CONTINUES FOR YOUR CHILD. IF YOU'RE A FAMILY MEMBER THAT HAS A MOTHER OR FATHER WHOSE ONLY INCOME IS SOCIAL SECURITY, THEY PROBABLY DEPEND ON MEALS ON WHEELS. THEY PROBABLY DEPEND ON PROGRAMS LIKE THAT. SOME OF THAT COMES FROM YOUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. BUT WHEN THESE REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES CUT $1.5 TRILLION OUT OF THE UNITED STATES BUDGET, IT'S GOING TO COME OUT OF YOU, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. COLLEAGUES CUT THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE WORKED HARD, SENIORS WHO ARE FINALLY RETIRED AND SHOULD HAVE THE DIGNITY OF HAVING A DIGNIFIED LIFE AND HAVE AT LEAST ONE DARN MEAL A DAY. THAT'S WHERE IT'S GOING TO COME OUT OF. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I'M HERE TO WARN YOU, PLEASE CALL YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU LET THEM KNOW, I DON'T WANT THAT KIND OF GIVEAWAY.

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      MR. CARDENAS

      I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO DIRECT THEIR REMARKS TO THE CARE AND NOT TO THE A VIEWING AUDIENCE OF THE THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. ABRAHAM, FOR FIVE MINUTE.

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    • 10:47:32 AM

      MR. ABRAHAM

      THANK SHOULD HAVE THE DIGNITY OF HAVING A DIGNIFIED LIFE AND HAVE AT LEAST…

      THANK SHOULD HAVE THE DIGNITY OF HAVING A DIGNIFIED LIFE AND HAVE AT LEAST ONE DARN MEAL A YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE A MAP BESIDE ME. IT'S NOT A VERIZON OR AT&T MAP SHOWING ITS COVERAGE. WHAT THIS IS IS A SNAPSHOT, A MOMENT IN TIME, OF THE NUMBER OF AIRPLANES IN THE UNITED STATES AIRSPACE AT ANY MOMENT. OVER 90,000 FLIGHTS A DAY. THINK ABOUT THAT. THAT'S OVER 200,000 TAKEOFF AND LANDINGS. WE IN THE UNITED STATES HAVE THE SAFEST AND THE BUSIEST AIRSPACE IN THE WORLD. YET THERE ARE SOME IN CONGRESS THAT WANT TO PRIVATIZE THIS TO A BOARD MADE UP OF 13 MEMBERS ONLY. I PERSONALLY THINK IT IS MORE OF A MONOPOLIZATION NOT A PRIVATIZATION OF OUR MADE UP AIRSPACE. THIS IS THE TAXPAYERS' AIRSPACE. THIS IS NOT THE AIRSPACE THAT WE SHOULD BE GIVING AWAY TO A 13-MEMBER BOARD OR THE CONTROL OF. THOSE THAT WANT TO PASS THIS AIRR ACT, H.R. 2997, WANT US TO COMPARE IT TO CANADA I HAVE FLOWN IN CANADA LOOK AT THE MAP. BELOW THE LINE IN THE UNITED STATES, ABOVE THE LINE IN CANADA. IT'S NOT EVEN APPLES. IT'S NOT APPLES TO ORANGES. IT'S APPLES TO ELEPHANTS. YOU SAY THAT MAKES NO SEFPBLETS NO, IT DOESN'T. IT DOES NOT MAKE ANY SENSE TO GIVE CONTROL OF THIS AIRSPACE WHERE OUR WONDERFUL MEN IN UNIFORM, AND WOMEN, THAT FLY THE MILITARY AIRCRAFT, THE PILOTS LIKE MYSELF, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY THE CARRIERS WHO CARRY ALL OF US HERE HERE TO THERE, THE ABILITY TO CONTROL THIS AIRSPACE. I'M A SMALL GOVERNMENT GUY, MR. SPEAKER. BUT THERE ARE THREE INSTANCES WHERE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO BE INVOLVED IN THE LIVES OF OUR CITIZENS. NATIONAL DEFENSE, NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, AND NATIONAL AIRSPACE. I WOULD ARGUE THAT I HAVE PROBABLY BEEN IN MORE CONTROL TOWERS THAN ANY MEMBER OF CONGRESS. WHEN YOU WALK IN, THEY ARE WONDERFUL CONTROLLERS LOOKING AT MODERN EQUIPMENT OF COMPUTER SCREENS, DISPLAY LIGHTS THAT ARE MOVING AIRCRAFT HERE AND THERE, VERY PROFESSIONALLY. THERE ARE THOSE THAT HAVE STOOD IN THIS PODIUM, MR. SPEAKER, AND HELD UP PIECES OF PAPER LIKE THIS AND HAVE SCARED OUR PEOPLE INTO SAYING, THIS IS THE WAY CONTROLLERS TRANSFER CONTROL OF AIRPLANES FROM AIRSPACE TO AIRSPACE. THAT IS A GROSS MISCALCULATION, OR GROSS MISCHARACTERIZATION OF WHAT'S HAPPENING. THEY USE THIS AS A BACKUP IF A GRID GOES DOWN, BUT THEY DON'T USE IT TO MOVE TRAFFIC. THEY USE MODERN COMPUTERS. THE JECKS GEN, JECKS GENERATION OF MODERNIZATION OF -- THE NEXT GEN, NEXT GENERATION OF MODERN IZATION, ALLOWS SEPARATION OF AIRCRAFT TO COME MISCALCULATION, OR GROSS DOWN. IT HAS SAVE THE BILLIONS IN FUEL AND OTHER COSTS, YET WE WANT TO GIVE ALL THIS MODERN EQUIPMENT TO THE CONTROL OF A 13-MEMBER BOARD? I THINK NOT. WE HAVE ALL HAD DELAYS IN AIRPORTS. MOST OF THEM I WILL TELL YOU ARE WEATHER. HOW MANY OF US HAVE PULLED UP IN A PLANE AND WE'RE WAITING FOR ANOTHER PLANE TO BACK OUT OF A GATE. THAT'S NOT AN AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL ISSUE. THAT'S AN ISSUE WITH CONTROLLING THE GATES AT THE AIRPORT. THAT GOES BACK TO THE AIRLINES. HOW MANY OF US HAVE BEEN DELAYED BECAUSE THEY COME ON AND WHEN WE'RE JUST FIXING TO BOARD THE PLANE, OH, YOU HAVE A MAINTENANCE ISSUE. OR WE'RE WAITING FOR ANOTHER PILOT CREW TO GET OFF ONE AIRCRAFT TO PILOT YOUR AIRCRAFT. AGAIN, THOSE 245 WOULD -- THAT WOULD WANT TO PASS THIS ACT WOULD MAKE YOU BELIEVE THAT'S AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL'S FAULT. NO. IT DOESN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL. C.B.O. HAS SAID IF WE GIVE THIS AIRSPACE CONTROL TO A 13-MEMBER PRIVATE DOWN. IT HAS BOARD, IT WILL COST $100 BILLION DEFICIT ADDITION, $100 BILLION. THE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW SERVICE HAS SAID IF WE DO THAT, THAT AUTOMATICALLY ALLOWS SEQUESTER TO TAKE PLACE. WE DON'T NEED THAT. WE'RE TRYING TO GET OUT OF THAT NOW. OUR WONDERFUL MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM ARE HAVING HARD ENOUGH TIMES MEETING QUOTAS, MEETING EQUIPMENT, MEETING TRAINING. EVERYTHING BECAUSE OF SEQUESTER. THIS WOULD HURT MILITARY RETIREMENT FUNDING. THIS WOULD HURT OUR BORDER PATROL. MEN AND WOMEN THEY ARE PROTECTING US FROM TERRORIST ACTIVITY ON A DAILY BASIS. HURT MILITARY RETIREMENT MR. SPEAKER, WE NEED MODERNIZATION, BUT WE DON'T NEED PRIVATIZATION. IT'S A BAD IDEA ANY WAY YOU LOOK AT T WE DO NEED TO PASS A LONG-TERM F.A.A. RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT. I'M ALL FOR THAT. OUR F.A.A. NEEDS TO HAVE THE STABILITY OF FUNDING WHERE THEY CAN LOOK DOWN THE ROAD MORE THAN SIX MONTHS AT A TIME AND PLAN ON WHAT'S COMING DOWN AND WHAT THEY NEED TO DO TO A BAD IDEA ANY WAY YOU LOOK AT T WE DO NEED TO PASS A KEEP OUR AIRSPACE SAFE. MR. SPEAKER, WE DON'T NEED THIS H.R. 297 PASSED, WE NEED TO JUST FUND THE F.A.A. FOR A LONG TIME. I YIELD BACK. NEED THIS

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      MS. JACKSON LEE

      I THINK IT IS APPROPRIATE THIS MORNING TO RISE TO SHARE MY PASSION AND MY…

      I THINK IT IS APPROPRIATE THIS MORNING TO RISE TO SHARE MY PASSION AND MY LOVE FOR THIS COUNTRY, BUT ALSO MY FRUSTRATION. I WILL USE THIS GRAPHIC TO SET THE TONE FOR MY REMARKS THIS MORNING. ALTHOUGH THE REPUBLICAN TAX PROPOSAL WILL BE INTRODUCED TOMORROW, I BELIEVE IF YOU LOOK AT THIS GRAPHIC AND THE HEADLINES, IT SAYS THAT 80% OF THE TAX RELIEF WILL NOT GO TO YOU AND YOU AND YOU, TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, OR MAYBE EVEN STAFF AND MEMBERS WHO ARE HERE WHO ARE AMERICANS, SALARIED INDIVIDUALS, IT WILL GO TO 80% OF THE 1% OF AMERICANS. I'M NOT GOING TO TALK ABOUT THE TAX LEGISLATION THIS MORNING. I WANT THE AMERICAN THIS TO BE A SYMBOL OF THE WRONGNESS OF THE DIRECTION OF THIS COUNTRY AND THE LEADER THAT LEADS THIS NATION. WE'RE GOING DOWN A WRONG PATH. WHEN MANY OF US THOUGHT WE HAD COME TOGETHER IN UNITY, WE CAN OVERCOME DIVISIVENESS BECAUSE WE WERE DIFFERENT, WE RECOGNIZE THE BEAUTY OF ALL OF US, RURAL CITIZENS IN WEST VIRGINIA, OHIOANS IN THE MOUNTAINS OF THE APPALACHIAN AREA. MIDWESTERNERS, SOUTHERNERS, NORTHERNERS, WESTERNERS, FAR WEST. IMMIGRANT AND NONI AM GRANT. -- AND NONIMMIGRANT. UNFORTUNATELY IN 2016, ALTHOUGH SOME SOME LOST AND SOME WON, AS WE MOVE TOWARD A NEW ADMINISTRATION WITH THE HOPES AND DREAMS OF THOSE WHO HAD VOTED, WE LOOKED FOR THE UNIFYING OF WHAT I KNOW ALL PRESIDENTS HAVE DONE. IT'S BEEN A PRIVILEGE OF MINE TO WORK FOR PRESIDENT WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON WHO DIDN'T HAVE AN EASY TIME, BUT SOUGHT TO UNIFY THE COUNTRY. I WORKED WITH PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH, DID NOT VAN EASY TIME OR AN UNCONFLICTED ELECTION, BUT SOUGHT TO UNIFY THE COUNTRY. IN FACT WAS A ENTHUSIASTIC SIGNER OF THE RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT. OR PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA WHO RODE IN ON A SENSE OF HOPE AND UNITY. THAT IS A TASK OF A PRESIDENT. IN THE MIDST OF THIS I WANT TO AGAIN HAVING BEEN APPOINTED TO THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE IN THE ASHES OF 9/11, HAVING GONE TO GROUND ZERO, WHILE OUR BRAVE FIRST BRAVE FIRST RESPONDERS WERE RECOVERING, WERE STILL LOOKING FOR REMAINS, IT WILL BEN TRAIT MY SOUL FOREVER. -- PENETRATE MY SOUL FOREVER. UNITY IS WHAT WE SOUGHT IN SPITE OF OUR DIFFERENCE OF FINANCE. AND SO I RISE TO THANK THE FIRST RESPONDERS ANTI-QUICK RESPONSE OF THE BEN TRAIT NYPD AND FIRE DEPARTMENT ON YESTERDAY'S TERRORIST ACT. YES IT WAS A TERRORIST ACT. WE LIVE IN A DIFFERENT WORLD. BUT RATHER THAN RISE TO THE OCCASION, THIS MORNING THE WORDS COME FROM THE WHITE HOUSE. TERRORISTS CAME INTO OUR COUNTRY THROUGH WHAT IS CALLED THE DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY PROGRAM. A CHUCK SCHUMER BEAUTY. I WANT MERIT BASED IMMIGRATION. YOU TELL ME HOW MANY IMMIGRANTS, HOW MANY ITALIANS AND HOW MANY IRISH AND HOW MANY OF THOSE WHO ESCAPED THE POLHOL CAUSE WHO -- FROM THE HOLOCAUST WHO CAME BEFORE THAT, HOW MANY OF THEM WHO ESCAPED WOULD HAVE MET ANY TEST OF MERIT? DID THE SLAVES WHO WERE BROUGHT HERE SLAVES MEET A TEST OF MERIT? ALL OF THESE INDIVIDUALS HELPED BUILD THIS NATION. AND ON THE MORNING WHEN PEOPLE ARE MOURNING OF THEIR LOST LOVED ONES, RATHER THAN BRINGING THE COUNTRY TOGETHER, THERE IS A POLITICIZING, CALLING OUT NAMES OF MEMBERS, DOES IT EVEN UNDERSTAND WHAT MERIT-BASED IS? ABSOLUTELY NOT. TAKING AWAY FROM THE CONSPIRACY CHARGE AGAINST MANAFORT. TAKING AWAY FROM THE CONSPICUOUS COLLUSION WITH RUSSIANS THAT GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS HAS INDICATED, OH, HE'S WORRYING ABOUT HIM LYING. BUT I'M WORRYING ABOUT HIM TELLING THE TRUTH. AND HE IS. THEY WANTED DIRTY STUFF ON THE OPPONENT, THEY WANTED TO WORK WITH RUSSIA, THEY WANTED TO WORK WITH PUTIN, AND THEY WANTED TO CONSPIRE AGAINST THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

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      MS. JACKSON LEE

      AS WELL AS THE MISUNDERSTANDING OR THE DEVASTATING COMMENTS OF HIS CHIEF…

      AS WELL AS THE MISUNDERSTANDING OR THE DEVASTATING COMMENTS OF HIS CHIEF OF STAFF ABOUT THE CIVIL WAR. AND NFL PLAYERS BEING CALLED --

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      I AM FED UP WITH DIVIDING THIS NATION. WE'RE GOING DOWN THE WRONG…

      I AM FED UP WITH DIVIDING THIS NATION. WE'RE GOING DOWN THE WRONG DIRECTION AND I'M NOT GOING TO ACCEPT T

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      MS. JACKSON LEE

      ALL OF THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN JUSTICE AND WHAT IS RIGHT.

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      THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. ARRINGTON.

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    • 10:58:57 AM

      MR. ARRINGTON

      MR. SPEAKER, IF THE UNITED STATES IS GOING TO MAINTAIN THE ABILITY TO FEED…

      MR. SPEAKER, IF THE UNITED STATES IS GOING TO MAINTAIN THE ABILITY TO FEED AND CLOTHE OUR OWN PEOPLE AND FUEL THIS AMERICAN ECONOMY, WE NEED A STRONG AND SUSTAINABLE RURAL AMERICA LIKE THE DISTRICT I REPRESENT IN WEST TEXAS. WHAT WOULD THIS COUNTRY BE WITHOUT THE HARDWORKING ENERGY AND AGRICULTURE PRODUCERS IN SMALL TOWNS ACROSS THIS GREAT LAND? THE HEART OF SMALLTOWN SUSTAINABILITY IS ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE. THERE ARE OVER 5,000 HOSPITALS IN THE UNITED STATES AND ROUGHLY HALF OF THEM ARE IN RURAL AMERICA. SERVING ONE OUT OF EVERY FIVE AMERICANS. WITHOUT ACCESS TO BASIC MEDICAL SERVICES, COMMUNITIES IN AMERICA'S BREAD BASKET AND ENERGY BASIN WOULD NOT SURVIVE. HOSPITALS SERVING RURAL COMMUNITIES FACE UNIQUE CHALLENGES. AN AGING POPULATION, LOW PATIENT VOLUME, HIGHER PERCENTAGES OF MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES TO NAME A FEW. EACH TRANSLATES INTO A HIGHER PER PATIENT COST WHICH HAS LEFT 41% OF RURAL HOSPITALS OPERATING AT A LOSS. ON TOP OF THIS, PROBLEMATIC PATIENT VOLUME AND PATIENT MIX, OBAMACARE HAS HEAPED A BACK BREAKING, $54 BILLION IN ADDITIONAL REGULATORY BURDEN AND UNFUNDED MANDATES. SINCE 2010, THE YEAR OBAMACARE WAS ENACTED, 80 RURAL HOSPITALS HAVE SHUT DOWN, 11 OF WHICH WERE IN MY HOME STATE OF TEXAS. IF THIS RATE CONTINUES, IN LESS THAN 10 YEARS AN UNIMAGINABLE 25% OF OUR NATION'S RURAL HOSPITALS WILL CLOSE. THAT WOULD CRIPPLE RURAL COMMUNITIES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY AND DELIVER A DEVASTATING BLOW TO OUR AGRICULTURE AND ENERGY ECONOMY AFFECTING ALL AMERICANS, INCLUDING OUR NEIGHBORS IN URBAN AND SUBURBAN AMERICA. FOR SOME TEXANS, THE NEAREST HOSPITAL'S ALREADY 100 MILES AWAY IN AN EMERGENCY THIS DISTANCE CAN MEAN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH. POINT OF FACT, 60% OF MILES AWAY IN ALL TRAUMA DEATHS OCCUR IN RURALA. DESPITE THE FACT THAT RURAL AMERICA ONLY MAKES UP 20% OF THE COUNTRY'S POPULATION. HERE'S A STARTLING FACT AND SCARY SCENARIO, 1/3 OF RURAL HOSPITALS HAVE BEEN DEEMED VULNERABLE TO CLOSURE. IF ALL 673 OF THOSE HOSPITALS WERE TO CLOSE DOWN T. COULD RESULT IN OVER 130,000 JOBS LOST AND ALMOST $300 BILLION IN G.D.P. LOST. WHEN UNEMPLOYMENT GOES DOWN AND WAGES DOWN IN THESE SMALL TOWNS, FOLKS MOVE AWAY IN STEM CELL RESEARCH OF BETTER OPPORTUNITIES N ORDER TO SUSTAIN THE CRITICAL LIFELINE HOSPITALS PROVIDE FOR OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES, I HAVE INTRODUCED H.R. 4178, THE HEALTH CARE ENHANCEMENT FOR AMERICA'S RURAL TOWNS ACT, OR THE HEART ACT. WHY? . THEY ARE THE HEART OF OUR FOOD, FIBER PRODUCTION, THE HEART OF TRADITIONAL AMERICAN VALUES. THIS LEGISLATION EXTENDS TWO PROGRAMS VITAL TO THE SUSTAINABILITY OF RURAL HOSPITALS AND THE COMMUNITIES THEY SERVE -- THE LOW VOLUME ADJUSTMENT PROGRAM AND THE MEDICARE DEPENDENT HOSPITAL PROGRAM. THESE PROGRAMS ACCOUNT FOR LESS THAN.1% OF ALL MEDICARE EXPENDITURES BUT THEY GO A LONG WAY TO ENSURING THAT RURAL COMMUNITY HOSPITALS HAVE ADEQUATE FUNDING TO SERVE THE UNIQUE POPULATIONS. BY EXTENDING THE PROGRAM FOR TWO YEARS AND FOR THE FIRST TIME PERMANENTLY EXTENDING THE MEDICARE DEPEND EBT HOSPITAL PROGRAM WE CAN ENSURE THE CONTINUITY THAT YOU ARE OUR RURAL HOSPITALS DESPERATELY NEED TO SERVE OUR COMMUNITIES IN THE FUTURE. AND JUST AS IMPORTANTLY, WE DO THIS IN A WAY THAT'S BUDGET NEUTRAL AND WITHOUT SPENDING ANY ADDITIONAL TAXPAYER MONEYS. LET'S PASS THIS LEGISLATION. LET'S PROTECT THE HEART OF RURAL AMERICA AND GIVE OUR COMMUNITY HOSPITALS THE CERTAINTY THEY NEED TO KEEP OUR PEOPLE AND OUR COMMUNITIES HEALTHY. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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

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    • 11:03:03 AM

      MR. RASKIN

      MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I RISE TO TALK ABOUT A JOB-KILLER TAX…

      MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I RISE TO TALK ABOUT A JOB-KILLER TAX BILL THAT'S COMING TO CONGRESS THIS WEEK. AND IF YOU DON'T WATCH OUT, IT COULD BE COMING TO YOUR HOMETOWN SOON. UP UNTIL YESTERDAY, MR. SPEAKER, I THOUGHT THE NEW G.O.P. TAX PLAN WAS RUN-OF-THE-MILL UPSIDE DOWN CLASS WARFARE WAINLED BY THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN THE -- WAGED BY THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY. THE MAJORITY OF THE TAX CUT WOULD GO TO THOSE MAKING $900,000 OR MORE, THE RICHEST 1% OF THE COUNTRY. I KNEW IT WOULD REPEAL THE ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX. THE ONLY RUN DONALD TRUMP PAID ANY TAXES AT ALL IN THE ONE YEAR WE KNOW HE PAID TAXES IN THE LAST DECADE IN 2005. I KNEW IT WOULD REPEAL THE STATE AND LOCAL INCOME TAX DEDUCTION WHICH WOULD BE TERRIBLE NEWS FOR TENS OF MILLIONS OF MIDDLE CLASS PEOPLE IN STATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING MINE IN MARYLAND. I KNEW IT WOULD REPEAL THE ESTATE TAX WHICH AFFECTS THE WEALTHIEST.5% OF THE COUNTRY. ALL OF THESE PROVISIONS WOULD HELP TO CREATE A HEREDITARY ELITE LIKE THE HEREDITARY OLE GARRCAL ELITE LIKE IN RUSSIA. AND THIS SWEETHEART DEAL WOULD HAVE A $200 TRILLION HOLE IN PROGRAMS LIKE MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. I KNEW ALL OF THIS. PREDICTABLE ENOUGH. BUT THEN I NOTICED A PROVISION YESTERDAY THAT'S ABSOLUTELY SHOCKING, STARTLING, EYE POPPING, UNBELIEVABLE IN THE G.O.P. TAX BLUEPRINT. IT'S CALLED THE TERRITORIAL SYSTEM. AND WHAT IT MEANS IS SIMPLE. WE WILL TAX AMERICAN BUSINESSES ONLY WHEN THEIR OPERATIONS ARE HERE IN AMERICA. HERE'S WHAT THAT MEANS. IF I'M A BUSINESS MAN AND I AM GOING TO SET UP A MANUFACTURING PLANT ON MAIN STREET IN MY HOMETOWN I HAVE TO FULL FRASTE TAXES. I PAY EVERYTHING. IF I SEND MY NEW MANUFACTURING PLANT IN MEXICO OR BANGLADESH OR IRELAND, I PAY ZERO TAXES. LET ME WE PETE THAT. IF I DECIDE TO SET UP MY BUSINESS IN AMERICA, I PAY 100% OF THE TAXES I AM GOING TO OWE. IF I DECIDE TO RELOCATE MY BUSINESS AND ALL THE JOBS ABROAD, I WILL PAY ZERO TAXES. AND THAT WORKS EVEN IF I'VE ALREADY GOT THE BUSINESS IN PLACE HERE AND DECIDE TO SHIP EVERYTHING OVERSEAS. SUDDENLY I GET A 100% TAX BREAK FOR ALL THE PROFITS THAT I EARN OVERSEAS. MR. SPEAKER, PERHAPS I MISUNDERSTAND IT. I AM NOT A PROFESSOR OF TAX LAW. I'M A PROFESSOR OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW. SO MAYBE I AM NOT INTERPRETING RIGHT. I WOULD LOVE NOTHING MORE THAN ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO GET UP AND TELL ME IT'S NOT TRUE AND CORRECT ME AND EXPLAIN WHAT I'VE GOT WRONG. BUT IF I'VE GOT IT RIGHT, THIS SHOCKING PROVISION TUCKED INTO THE BILL WE ARE ABOUT TO SEE IS A JOB KILLER, A NATIONAL EMERGENCY AND A DAGGER POINTED AT THE HEART OF THE AMERICAN ECONOMY AND OUR JOBS. AND IT'S ONLY A FEW SMALL BIG BUSINESSES, A FEW BIG BUSINESSES THAT WILL BENEFIT. SMALL BUSINESSES ARE NOT GOING TO BE BENEFITED AT ALL. THEY DON'T SET UP TAX DODGE SUBSIDIARIES IN THE CAYMAN ISLANDS OR THE BAHAMAS OR IRELAND. THEY DON'T SHIP OVERSEAS. THIS IS THE TINY PERCENTAGE OF LARGE CORPORATIONS IN AMERICA LEAVING THE SMALL BUSINESSES BEHIND AND TAKING MILLIONS OF AMERICAN JOBS WITH THEM. WHY WOULD THE MAJORITY DO THIS TO US WHEN DONALD TRUMP CAMPAIGNED ON A PLATFORM OF PUTTING AMERICA FIRST AND PROMISING TO BRING AMERICAN JOBS BACK HOME, NOT EXPORT MILLIONS MORE WITH THE DEVASTATING TAX PLAN? AND NOW I SEE WHY THEY'RE HURDLING THIS THROUGH CONGRESS. IN 1986 WITH THE TAX REFORM PLAN, THERE WERE 63 DAYS OF HEARINGS AND MORE THAN 450 WITNESSES IN WAYS AND MEANS AND THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE. IT TOOK TWO YEARS AND 10 MONTHS. NOW THIS PLAN THEY WANT TO SLAM THROUGH CONGRESS IN LESS THAN TWO WEEKS WITH BARELY ANY WITNESSES, MAYBE NO HEARINGS, MAYBE ONE OR TWO HEARINGS AND YOU KNOW WHY, BECAUSE THEY'RE TUCKING THE MOST MASSIVE JOB-KILLING PROVISION ANYONE'S EVER SEEN INTO THIS BILL. IF ANYTHING, WE SHOULD BE IMPOSING HIGHER TAXES ON THOSE BUSINESSES THAT SHIP OUR JOBS OVERSEAS, NOT LOWER TAXES. OR THEY SHOULD PAY THE SAME. BUT THIS PLAN WOULD WIPE OUT ANY TAXES AT ALL, AND IT IS DUMBFOUNDING THEY WOULD THINK THIS IS SOMETHING THE CONGRESS WOULD PUT UP WITH. JUST LIKE THEY TRIED TO SLAM THROUGH CONGRESS THE A.C.A. REPEAL AND WE STOPPED IT WHEN PEOPLE GOT THE WORD. WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT EVERY AMERICAN UNDERSTANDS WHAT'S REALLY IN THIS TAX BILL COMING OUR WAY. I YIELD BACK.

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

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    • 11:08:01 AM

      MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

      MR. SPEAKER, I WISHED TO HIGHLIGHT THE STEP FORWARD TO CURE T.S.C. MIAMI…

      MR. SPEAKER, I WISHED TO HIGHLIGHT THE STEP FORWARD TO CURE T.S.C. MIAMI WALK WHICH TOOK PLACE LAST WEEKEND AT MY ALMA MATER, FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY. T.S.C. IS A RARE GENETIC DISEASE THAT CAUSES UNCONTROLLABLE TUMOR GROWTH ACROSS THE FACE, BODY, ORGANS OF IMPACTED INDIVIDUALS. UNFORTUNATELY THERE IS NO CURE FOR T.S.C. SOUTH FLORIDA'S OWN HERO, MAX LUCA, PICTURED RIGHT HERE, WAS DIAGNOSED WITH T.S.C. WHEN HE WAS ONLY 2 WEEKS OLD. NOW HE'S 9 YEARS OLD AND HE HAS THRIVED BECAUSE OF THE CONSTANT LOVE AND CARE PROVIDED BY HIS PARENTS, VANESSA AND MAX. THE T.S.C. MIAMI WALK BRINGS TOGETHER PATIENTS LIKE MAX LUCA AND THEIR FAMILIES WITH SUPPORTERS WHO ARE COMMITTED TO IMPROVING THEIR LIVES. EVERY YEAR THE WALK PLAYS AN ESSENTIAL ROLE IN ADVANCING LIFE-SAVING RESEARCH AND PROGRAMS TO INCREASE AWARENESS OF T.S.C. AND EXPANDING THE NETWORK OF RESOURCES THAT IMPROVE THE LIVES OF PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE WORK OF VANESSA VASQUEZ, HER HUSBAND, MAX, AND ALL OF THE OTHER ACTIVISTS WHO ARE SO NEEDED FROM THE TUBULAR SCLORE OWE CISCOMPLEX WALK A REALITY. AND I WANT TO THANK THOSE THAT CAME OUT TO F.I.U. AND MADE THIS EVENT A RESOUNDING SUCCESS. DUE TO YOUR EFFORTS, DUE TO YOUR COMMITMENT, I AM HOPING WE CAN FIND A CURE FOR THIS TRAGIC DISEASE. AND IN THE MEANWHILE, GO, MAX LUCA. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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      I'D ASK MY COLLEAGUE TO SUPPORT HOUSE RES. 593, A BIPARTISAN RESOLUTION…

      I'D ASK MY COLLEAGUE TO SUPPORT HOUSE RES. 593, A BIPARTISAN RESOLUTION REAFFIRMING OUR NATIONAL COMMITMENT TO ENDING PEDIATRIC HIV-AIDS WORLDWIDE. IT'S A RESOLUTION THAT I INTRODUCED WITH MY FRIEND, CONGRESSWOMAN BARBARA LEE. THE FIGHTING AGAINST PEDIATRIC AIDS IS A GREAT EXAMPLE HOW OUR COUNTRY IS A POSITIVE AND TRANSFORMATIVE FORCE IN THE LIVES OF MANY ACROSS THE WORLD. BECAUSE OF OUR LEADERSHIP HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, OVER THE PAST 12 YEARS THERE HAS BEEN A 62% INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF WOMEN RECEIVING MOTHER-TO-CHILD TRANSMISSION PREVENTION SERVICES. WOW. AND THANKS TO POSITIVE AMERICAN INVOLVEMENT THROUGH PROGRAMS LIKE PEPFAR, MORE THAN 11.5 MILLION EXPECTANT MOTHERS AROUND THE WORLD HAVE RECEIVED H.I.V. TESTING AND COUNSELING AND NEARLY TWO MILLION BABIES HAVE BEEN BORN H.I.V.-FREE. HOWEVER, EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE MADE GREAT STRIDES IN A FIGHT AGAINST PEDIATRIC AIDS OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS, WE CANNOT REST, MR. SPEAKER. WE CANNOT REST WHILE MORE THAN 400 CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD ARE BORN WITH H.I.V. EVERY DAY. 400. WE CANNOT REST WHEN LESS THAN HALF OF THE CHILDREN SUFFERING FROM H.I.V. HAVE ACCESS TO THE LIFESAVING TREATMENTS THEY SO DESPERATELY NEED. LESS THAN HALF. INDEED, WE MUST REDOUBLE OUR EFFORTS TO REACH EVERY SINGLE MOTHER AND CHILD IMPACTED BY THIS TERRIBLE DISEASE, AND FOR THIS REASON MY FRIEND, CONGRESSWOMAN BARBARA LEE AND I JUST REINTRODUCED HOUSE RESOLUTION 593, A BIPARTISAN RESOLUTION RECOMMITTING OUR COUNTRY, THE UNITED STATES, TO ERADICATING PEDIATRIC AIDS WORLDWIDE AND SUPPORTING THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BY THIS EPIDEMIC. OUR RESOLUTION ALSO SUPPORTS OUR NATIONAL EFFORTS TO PROVIDE WOMEN AND CHILDREN WITH H.I.V. COUNSELING, WITH H.I.V. TESTING SERVICES, AS WELL AS EXPANDING THEIR ACCESS TO LIFESAVING TREATMENTS. AMERICA'S ONGOING COMMITMENT HAS HELPED SAVE THE LIVES OF MANY, BUT SO MUCH MORE REMAINS TO BE DONE. WE ARE ONE OF THE GREATEST HOPES FOR A BETTER FUTURE FOR COUNTLESS OTHERS. NOW MORE THAN EVER IT IS ESSENTIAL TO ENSURE WE REMAIN COMMITTED AS A NATION TO CREATING A FUTURE WHERE NO CHILD SUFFERS FROM HIV-AIDS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS WORTHWHILE CAUSE AND CO-SPONSOR OUR RESOLUTION, HOUSE RESOLUTION 593. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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

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      MR. COHEN

      COHEN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF…

      BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1 SHALL THE CHAIR DECLARES

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    • 11:16:49 AM

      TEMPORE PURSUANT

      THE CHAIR DECLARES

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    Recess

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

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      DECLARES

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      SESSION.

  • 12:00:30 PM

    Reconvened

    The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of November 1.

    • 12:00:40 PM

      Today's prayer was offered by Rev. Dr. Michael W. Waters, Joy Tabernacle AME Church, Dallas, TX

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        THE SPEAKER

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

        THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY THE GUEST CHAPLAIN, THE REVEREND DR. MICHAEL W. WATERS, JOY TABERNACLE A.M.E. CHURCH, DALLAS, TEXAS.

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      • 12:01:00 PM

        THE CHAPLAIN

        IMMUTABLE GOD, GREATER THAT BE ALL THAT HAS OR EVER WILL BE CONCEIVED,…

        IMMUTABLE GOD, GREATER THAT BE ALL THAT HAS OR EVER WILL BE CONCEIVED, HEAR OUR PRAYER. FOR ANCESTORS THAT REST IN THE ABODE OF ANGELS, ACCOSTED AND ASSAULTED WHILE PRISON UPON THESE SHORES, ENDURING A.F.C. LARGES OF AN NEWS TO NEVER ATONE, FOR BABIES BOMBARDED BY BOMBS, BOUNTIES PLACED UPON THEIR BEAUTIFUL HEADS AT EARTH. FOR THE COULD CONGRESSIFY OF CRIMES CITING CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY. COUNTLESS CYCLES OF CRISIS, MISCASUALTIES COLORED IN CHALK. IN YOUR NAME, WE SHALL RESIST EVIL BY LOVING OUR NEIGHBORS AS OURSELVES. GRANT THAT WE BECOME DRUM MAJORS OF JUSTICE, PROMULGATERS OF PEACE, ARCHITECTS OF AMERICA FREED FROM AGREED, HATE -- GREED, HATE, OPPRESSION, RACISM, SUPPRESSION, INDEED THE VERY THREAT OF TYRANNY, REPEAT WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL -- REPLETE WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. UNTIL THAT GREAT DAY, THE LION SHALL LIE DOWN WITH LAMBS, AND WE STUDY WAR NO MORE, WHEN JUSTICE FLOWS LIKE WATERS AND RIGHTEOUSNESS LIKE A MIGHTY STREAM, AND ALL GOD'S CHILDREN ARE FINALLY FREE. AMEN.

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      • 12:02:35 PM

        THE SPEAKER

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

        THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1 THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. ROSKAM.

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    • 12:02:36 PM

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

    • 12:02:38 PM

      PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

      • 12:02:49 PM

        MR. ROSKAM

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

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

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      • 12:02:59 PM

        THE SPEAKER

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON,…

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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      • 12:03:08 PM

        MS. JOHNSON

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS MY HONOR TO HOST REVEREND MICHAEL WATERS AS…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS MY HONOR TO HOST REVEREND MICHAEL WATERS AS OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN FOR TODAY. REVEREND WATERS IS A TRUE COMMUNITY SERVANT AND A MAN OF GOD. HE IS THE FOUNDING PASTOR OF JOY TABERNACLE AFRICAN-AMERICAN -- AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, THE A.M.E. CHURCH OF DALLAS. HE'S A PASTOR, PROFESSOR, AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR, COMMUNITY LEADER AND SOCIAL COMMENTATOR. REVEREND WATERS' WORDS OF HOPE AND EMPOWERMENT INSPIRE NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCES. AS A NOTABLE FRIEND OF THE COMMUNITY, REVEREND WATERS SERVED AS THE KEY NOTE SPEAKER AT MY ANNUAL DALLAS PRAYER BREAKFAST THIS YEAR. HE -- HIS ENGAGING PERSONALITY AND PURPOSEFUL SPEECH CAPTIVATED THE ATTENTION OF ALL THOSE WHO ATTENDED. AS A STRONG LEADER, HE'S ABLE TO UNDERSTAND THE UNIQUE NEEDS OF OUR COMMUNITY. HE KNOWS NO STRANGER WHEN HE WALKS INTO THE ROOM. HIS CHARISMATIC NATURE ALLOWS HIM TO CONNECT WITH EVERYONE HE MEETS. IT IS MY PLEASURE THAT HE HAS COME TODAY TO BE OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS HIM AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:04:21 PM

      ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS ON EACH SIDE OF THE…

        THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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      • 12:04:42 PM

        MR. ROSKAM

        MR. SPEAKER, CRUELTY TO ANIMALS IS A SCOURGE AND THERE'S NO WORSE EXAMPLE…

        MR. SPEAKER, CRUELTY TO ANIMALS IS A SCOURGE AND THERE'S NO WORSE EXAMPLE THAN ANIMAL FIGHTING. THAT IS FOR SO-CALLED PLEASURE AND DEFINITE PROFIT. I'M PLEASED TODAY TO INTRODUCE THE ANIMAL CRUELTY ACT. IT'S ALLOWED IN SOME U.S. TERRITORIES. THIS IS IMPORTANT FOR US BECAUSE WHAT WE HAVE IS A SITUATION WHERE ANIMALS ARE MANIPULATED AND DRUGGED AND PUT IN SITUATIONS WHERE THEIR AGGRESSION IS HEIGHTENED AND IT'S DISGUSTING. I AM PLEASED TO JOIN WITH FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, MR. BLUMENAUER AND MR. NOLAN AND REPRESENTATIVES ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE, MR. DAVIS, MR. YODER AND MR. KNIGHT, TO COME TOGETHER ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS TO ADDRESS THIS TROUBLE. I ASK FOR CO-SPONSORS AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 12:05:32 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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        MR. KILDEE

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WELL, NOT SURPRISINGLY REPUBLICANS HAVE HAD TO…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WELL, NOT SURPRISINGLY REPUBLICANS HAVE HAD TO DELAY THE RELEASE OF THEIR TAX PLAN. SO DEEPLY UNPOPULAR. WE HAVEN'T SEEN ALL THE DETAILS YET BUT WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT IT IS THIS IS REALLY BAD FOR WORKING FAMILIES. THE NONPARTISAN TAX POLICY CENTER SAYS THAT THE REPUBLICAN PLAN RAISES TAXES ON MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES TO PAY FOR A MASSIVE TAX CUT FOR THE PEOPLE AT THE VERY TOP, THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS. THE DETAILS MATTER. A FAMILY OF FOUR EARNING $50,000 COULD SEE THEIR TAXES GO UP 380%. 80% OF THE BENEFITS OF THIS BILLIONAIRES-FIRST TAX PLAN GO TO THE RICHEST 1%. 80% OF THE BENEFITS TO THE RICHEST 1%. THAT'S NOT MIDDLE-CLASS TAX RELIEF. AND HOW DO WE PAY FOR THESE MASSIVE TAX CUTS TO THE WEALTHY? WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO? WE ARE GOING TO SEEK CUTS IN MEDICARE, MEDICAID, EDUCATION. IF ANYBODY THINKS WE CAN DO THIS AND GO BIG ON INFRASTRUCTURE AND REBUILD AMERICA'S CAPACITY TO PRODUCE, BETTER THINK TWICE. PLUS, SADDLING OUR GRANDKIDS WITH A HUGE DEBT. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE DEFICIT HAWKS IN THIS PLACE?

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      • 12:07:10 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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        MR. KILDEE

        THIS IS WRONG. WE OUGHT TO REJECT IT.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        MR. THOMPSON

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

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

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        TEMPORE WITHOUT

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

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2936, THE RESILIENT FEDERAL FORCE ACT OF 2017. IT WAS INTRODUCED BY CONGRESSMAN WESTERMAN. THE HOUSE WILL CONSIDER THIS BILL TODAY WHICH WILL IMPROVE FORESS MANAGEMENT AND CUT THE BUREAUCRATIC TAPE, RED TAPE THAT'S BEEN PREVENTING SOUND MANAGEMENT PRACTICES FOR THE FOREST SERVICE. MR. SPEAKER, DEVASTATING WILDFIRES HAVE RESULTED IN THE LOSS OF PROPERTY, LOSS OF PRISTINE LANDSCAPE AND MORE IMPORTANTLY LOSS OF LIFE. 2017 HAS BEEN THE COSTLIEST WILDFIRE SEASON ON RECORD WITH THE FOREST SERVING SPENDING MORE THAN $2 BILLION. THE GREATEST CAUSE IS THE SEVERE LACK OF FOREST MANAGEMENT. THIS BILL PROVIDES FEDERAL LAND MANAGEMENT AGENCIES WITH THE IMMEDIATE TOOLS TO EXPEDITE, INCREASE SCARE AND EFFICIENCY OF FOREST MANAGEMENT PROJECTS AND WITHOUT SACRIFICING ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS. MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO STOP THESE CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES AND ENCOURAGE BETTER LAND MANAGEMENT OF OUR FORESTS. TODAY'S BILL IS THE ONE STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 12:08:35 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        MR. GREEN

        REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

      • 12:08:42 PM

        MR. GREEN

        HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BUY OR CHANGE THEIR HEALTH CARE PLAN THROUGH THE…

        HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BUY OR CHANGE THEIR HEALTH CARE PLAN THROUGH THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT EXCHANGE. THE OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD ENDS DECEMBER 15, SO CONSUMERS NEED TO ACT NOW. WE ONLY HAVE 45 DAYS TO SHOP AROUND, RECEIVE ASSISTANCE FROM LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS AND MAKE A FINAL DECISION. BUT MANY PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW BECAUSE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS TAKEN SEVERAL ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS TO UNDERMINE THE A.C.A. CUTTING THE OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD IN HALF TO SLASHING ADVERTISING AND OUTREACH FUNDING BY 90% TO ANNOUNCING THE SHUTDOWN OF HEALTHCARE.GOV ON SUNDAYS DURING OPEN ENROLLMENT AND OTHER SABOTAGED EFFORTS. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAVE TRIED TO RESTRICT THE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE FOR AMERICANS. I ENCOURAGE EVERY AMERICAN WHO NEEDS HEALTH INSURANCE TO VISIT HEALTHCARE.GOV AND GET COVERED. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE AND ABOUT 80% OF THE ENROLLEES WHO PICK HEALTH INSURANCE ON HEALTHCARE.GOV WILL BE ABLE TO GET INSURANCE FOR $75 OR LESS AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 12:09:48 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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      • 12:09:55 PM

        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO CONGRATULATE OAK WOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR BEING…

        MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO CONGRATULATE OAK WOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR BEING RECOGNIZED AS A NEW BLAL RIBBON SCHOOL FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE.

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      • 12:10:02 PM

        MR. PAULSEN

        THIS IS A BIG HONOR. IT'S A BIG DEAL. I VISITED OAK WOOD MYSELF.…

        THIS IS A BIG HONOR. IT'S A BIG DEAL. I VISITED OAK WOOD MYSELF. EXEMPLARY, HIGH PERFORMING SCHOOLS LIKE OAK WOOD RANK WITH TOP SCORES IN STATE ASSESSMENTS. ONE IMPORTANT NOTE WORTH MENTIONING IS THE ELEMENTARY HAS DONE SIGNIFICANT WORK ADDRESSING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP IN THEIR COMMUNITY SO THAT EVERY ONE OF THEIR STUDENTS HAS WHAT THEY NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL. MR. SPEAKER, EVERY ONE OF OAK WOOD'S TEACHERS, STAFF, PARENTS SHOULD BE NAMED FOR THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENT.

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      • 12:10:45 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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      • 12:10:51 PM

        MR. HIGGINS

        MR. SPEAKER, NO FAMILY OR COMMUNITY SHOULD FEEL THE DEVASTATING LOSS WE…

        MR. SPEAKER, NO FAMILY OR COMMUNITY SHOULD FEEL THE DEVASTATING LOSS WE FELT THE DAY CONTINENTAL FLIGHT 3407 CRASHED IN WESTERN NEW YORK KILLING ALL ABOARD AND ONE ON THE GROUND. THANKS TO THE TIRELESS EFFORTS OF THE FLIGHT 3407 FAMILIES AND A BIPARTISAN COLLECTION OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, NEW FLIGHT SAFETY STANDARDS HAVE SAVED OTHER FAMILIES FROM SIMILAR PAIN, ACHIEVING SEVEN YEARS OF NO COMMERCIAL AIRLINE FATALITIES. YET, SOME, INCLUDING THE NEW NOMINEE TO THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD, QUESTIONING THE NEED FOR THESE HARD FOUGHT, COMMONSENSE FLIGHT TRAINING STANDARD. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW WHICH AIRLINE IS FLYING YOUR PLANE. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW IF YOUR PILOT IS WELL RESTED AND KNOW THE PILOT IS ADEQUATELY TRAINED TO HANDLE ANY CHALLENGES THAT MIGHT OCCUR IN FLIGHT. FOR THESE RIGHTS AND FOR ENHANCED SAFETY, YOU CAN THANK THE FAMILIES OF FLIGHT 3407 FOR THEIR WORK REACHING THESE STANDARDS AND YOU CAN JOIN ME IN FIGHTING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE KEEP THEM. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 12:11:57 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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      • 12:12:04 PM

        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

      • 12:12:17 PM

        MR. DENHAM

        WE MUST INCREASE ACCESS THROUGHOUT OUR COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. BY…

        WE MUST INCREASE ACCESS THROUGHOUT OUR COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. BY EXPANDING OUR RESIDENCY PROGRAM, WE WILL SEE NEW DOCTORS, ESPECIALLY IN THESE UNDERSERVED AREAS. EXPANDING OUR RESIDENCY PROGRAM WILL ALLOW OUR MEDICAL SCHOOLS TO HAVE PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITIES PRACTICING MEDICINE AND ULTIMATELY FILLING THIS DOCTOR SHORTAGE THAT WE HAVE TODAY. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE PASSING THE CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS ACT WHICH WILL AGAIN HELP OUR CHILDREN WITH THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM AND EXPAND OUR RESIDENCY PROGRAM AT A MUCH NEEDED TIME. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:12:54 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      • 12:12:57 PM

        MR. CICILLINE

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

      • 12:13:02 PM

        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        MR. SPEAKER, RIGHT NOW PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO…

        MR. SPEAKER, RIGHT NOW PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO PASS A MASSIVE TAX CUT FOR BILLIONAIRES, MILLIONAIRES AND WEALTHY CORPORATIONS AND REWARD COMPANIES THAT SHIP AMERICAN JOBS OVERSEAS. AND THE ONLY WAY THEY CAN PAY FOR IT IS BY RAISING TAXES ON WORKING PEOPLE AND CUTTING MORE THAN A TRILLION DOLLARS FROM MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. THIS IS NOT WHAT DONALD TRUMP, THE CANDIDATE, PROMISED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHEN HE RAN FOR PRESIDENT. HE PROMISED HE WOULD PROTECT SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. BUT IT TURNS OUT THAT WASN'T TRUE. WEALTHY AMERICANS ARE DOING BETTER THAN EVER. THE TOP 1% ARE EARNING THREE TIMES AS MUCH AS THEY DID 30 YEARS AGO, BUT WORKING PEOPLE HAVEN'T SEEN THEIR PAY GO UP AT ALL. LET'S GET SERIOUS. LET'S GET WORKING PEOPLE A BETTER DEAL THAT CUTS THEIR TAXES. LET'S GET THEM A BETTER DEAL THAT PROTECTS SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE AND LET'S NOT GIVE TAX BREAKS TO COMPANIES THAT SHIP AMERICAN JOBS OVERSEAS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE BEATER DEAL, NOT THIS RAW DEAL THAT HURTS WORKING FAMILIES. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:14:00 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        TO AADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

      • 12:14:08 PM

        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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        SATURDAY, OCTOBER FIRST, SAN DIEGO, THE SHIP WILL PROVIDE FOR…

        SATURDAY, OCTOBER FIRST, SAN DIEGO, THE SHIP WILL PROVIDE FOR ACCOMMODATIONS FOR UP TO 250 PERSONNEL, OFFER A 52,000 SQUARE FOOT FLIGHT DECK AND WILL SUPPORT HELICOPTERS AND TILT ROTOR AIRCRAFT. WILLIAMS GREW UP IN A DAIRY FARM IN WEST VIRGINIA AND ENLISTED IN THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS RESERVE IN 1943. WILLIAMS LANDED IN IWO JIMA ON FEBRUARY 21, 1945. WOODY FOUGHT THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF THE FIVE-WEEK BATTLE AND WAS WOUNDED FOR WHICH HE WAS AWARDED THE PURPLE HEART.

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      • 12:14:57 PM

        MR. MOONEY

        HE RECEIVED THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR FROM PRESIDENT TRUMAN. TODAY…

        HE RECEIVED THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR FROM PRESIDENT TRUMAN. TODAY AT 93 YEARS OLD HE'S THE LAST LIVING MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT FROM THAT BATTLE. I JOIN ALL WEST VIRGINIANS IN CONGRATULATING WOODY WILLIAMS FOR THIS INCREDIBLE HONOR. HE'S AN UNPARALLELED ADVOCATE FOR VETERANS AND A FINE EXAMPLE WHAT IT MEANS TO NOT BE A WEST VIRGINIAN BUT AN AMERICAN. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 12:15:23 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA SEEK RECOGNITION? .…

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA SEEK RECOGNITION? . WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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      • 12:15:36 PM

        MR. KIHUEN

        MR. SPEAKER, TODAY MARKS THE ONE-MONTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE TERRIBLE…

        MR. SPEAKER, TODAY MARKS THE ONE-MONTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE TERRIBLE SHOOTING THAT HAPPENED IN MY HOMETOWN, LAS VEGAS, ON OCTOBER 1. I RISE TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF HEATHER ALVARADO, A WOMAN WHO WAS KNOWN FOR HER HUSBAND HUGS, HER LOVE OF HOT PINK AND HER BEAUTIFUL GREEN EYES. SHE LIVED FOR HER KIDS AND HAD TRAVELED TO LAS VEGAS TO ATTEND A ROUTE 91 CONCERT WITH HER DAUGHTER. HEATHER LOVED GOING ON VACATION WITH HER FAMILY AND SPENDING TIME OUTDOORS. SHE LOVED PLANNING PARTIES FOR HER CHILDREN AND FRIENDS, INCLUDING HOSTING ELABORATE HALLOWEEN PARTIES EVERY YEAR. SHE WAS KNOWN FOR HER CARING NATURE AND KINDNESS. HEATHER'S HUSBAND, ALBERT, SAID THAT SHE SAW THE GOOD IN EVERYONE AND WOULD DO ALMOST ANYTHING TO HELP OTHERS. I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO HEATHER'S FRIENDS AND FAMILY. PLEASE KNOW THAT THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS AND THE STATE OF NEVADA AND THE WHOLE COUNTRY GRIEVE WITH YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 12:16:31 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 12:16:53 PM

        MR. OLSON

        MR. SPEAKER, THERE'S A GREAT TOWN BACK HOME IN TEXAS 22, WHICH SOME PEOPLE…

        MR. SPEAKER, THERE'S A GREAT TOWN BACK HOME IN TEXAS 22, WHICH SOME PEOPLE THINK HAS A STRANGE NAME. IT'S CALLED NEEDVILLE, TEXAS. THE FOLKS IN NEEDVILLE NEED NOTHING EXCEPT OPEN GROUND, CLEAR SKIES, WITH MILLIONS OF BRIGHT STARS VISIBLE AT NIGHT. ON THE THIRD WEEK IN OCTOBER, THE LAST 34 YEARS, THE WHOLE TOWN TURNS OUT FOR THE NEEDVILLE HARVEST FESTIVAL. THE HARVEST FEST IS ALL TEXAS. THERE'S A TALENT SHOW WITH TWILLERS, CLOG DANCERS, BARBEQUE COOKOFFS, CONTESTS FOR THE BEST IF A HITAS, THE BEST -- FAJITAS, THE BEST PORK LOIN, THE BEST CHICKEN AND THE BEST PORK RIBS. AND THEY GIVE AWAY A FOUR-BY-FOUR GATOR. CITY SLICKERS THINK THAT IS SOME SORT OF LIZARD. IT'S A BIG FARM TOOL, A FARM TRACTOR. THE BEST PART -- ALL THE MONEY THEY RAISE GOES TO THEIR CITY, TO IMPROVE THEIR 60-ACRE HARVEST PARK, AND THE NEEDVILLE SCHOOLS. I'LL CLOSE WITH THE MESSAGE FROM MAYOR ERNIE STEWART, HARVEST FESTIVAL PRESIDENT CHRIS JANISEK, AND MY GUEST AT PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SPEECH THIS UPCOMING FEBRUARY, KATIE BACKER. THEY ALL SAY, GO ASTROS. BEAT L.A. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:18:34 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        TO REVISE AND

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        DREAM ACT

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        COST HEALTH INSURANCE TO NEARLY NINE MILLION CHILDREN ACROSS

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        COST HEALTH INSURANCE TO NEARLY NINE MILLION CHILDREN ACROSS

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        MR. SCHRADER

        COST HEALTH INSURANCE TO NEARLY NINE MILLION CHILDREN ACROSS

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        COST HEALTH INSURANCE TO NEARLY NINE MILLION CHILDREN ACROSS

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        COST HEALTH INSURANCE TO NEARLY NINE MILLION CHILDREN ACROSS

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        MR. BIGGS

        COST HEALTH INSURANCE TO NEARLY NINE MILLION CHILDREN ACROSS

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        COST HEALTH INSURANCE TO NEARLY NINE MILLION CHILDREN ACROSS

      • 12:21:43 PM

        MS. GABBARD

        COST HEALTH INSURANCE TO NEARLY NINE MILLION CHILDREN ACROSS THE COUNTRY,…

        COST HEALTH INSURANCE TO NEARLY NINE MILLION CHILDREN ACROSS THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING 25,000 CHILDREN IN MY HOME STATE OF HAWAII. TOGETHER WITH MEDICAID THESE PROGRAMS HAVE REDUCED THE NATION'S UNINSURED RATE FOR CHILDREN TO A RECORD LOW OF 5%. REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS LET CHIP EXPIRE BACK IN SEPTEMBER. JEOPARDIZING THE HEALTH CARE OF MILLIONS OF CHILDREN. AT THE CURRENT PACE, MY HOME STATE OF HAWAII WILL EXHAUST ALL CURRENT CHIP FUNDING BY THE END OF THIS YEAR, LEAVING THOUSANDS OF OUR KIDS UNABLE TO VISIT A DOCTOR FOR ROUTINE CHECKUPS, RECEIVE IMMUNIZATIONS, PRESCRIPTIONS OR MORE. WE MUST ACT NOW TO RE-AUTHORIZE THIS CHIP PROGRAM, TO ENSURE THAT OUR CHILDREN HAVE ACCESS TO THE HEALTH CARE THAT THEY NEED. WE CANNOT NEGLECT THOSE WHO NEED HELP THE MOST BY FAILING TO ACT AND RE-AUTHORIZE THIS LEGISLATION. WE MUST ACT NOW. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:22:39 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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      • 12:22:48 PM

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        MR. SPEAKER, THIS YEAR MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE HAVE…

        MR. SPEAKER, THIS YEAR MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE HAVE WASTED MONTHS IN OFTEN MISGUIDED DEBATE OVER REPEALING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. WHILE THIS HAS RAGED WITHIN ONE POLITICAL PARTY, THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM HAS EXPIRED.

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      • 12:23:03 PM

        MR. EVERETT

        I SEEN A LETTER LAST NIGHT FROM --

      • 12:23:07 PM

        MR. EVANS

        I RECEIVED A LETTER LAST NIGHT FROM THE GOVERNOR OF PENNSYLVANIA. HE WANTS…

        I RECEIVED A LETTER LAST NIGHT FROM THE GOVERNOR OF PENNSYLVANIA. HE WANTS TO US ACT TO PROTECT THE CHILDREN IN OUR COMMONWEALTH. YET THE G.O.P. HAS FAILED TO RE-AUTHORIZE CHIP OVER ARGUMENTS OF HOW TO PAY FOR IT AND THE DISTRACTIONS OF A FAILED EFFORT TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THAT PUTS US IN A TOUGH SPOT IN PHILADELPHIA, AND THE COMMONWEALTH. BUT I'M CONVINCED THAT SOMETHING MUST BE DONE. BECAUSE TIME IS ESSENTIAL FOR OUR STATE AND NUMEROUS OTHERS. YET 300,000 KIDS ENROLLED IN CHIP, WHICH SOON WILL RUN OUT OF MONEY TO PAY, THE KIDS WHO RELY ON CHIP FUNDING ARE SOME OF THE MOST VULNERABLE IN OUR STATE AND FRANKLY THEY NEED ACTION NOW. THE SOLUTION DOESN'T HAVE TO BE PARTISAN. PROVIDING LOW-INCOME KIDS IN HOPTS THAT -- AND HOSPITALS THAT SERVE THEM ISN'T A DEMOCRATIC OR REPUBLICAN ISSUE IT'S A COMMONSENSE ISSUE. THE FAILURE TO ACT IS UNACCEPTABLE. SO I SAY NOW WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES AND THE G.O.P. TO GET TO WORK ON THE BIPARTISAN SOLUTION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THANK YOU.

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      • 12:24:11 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON SEEK RECOGNITION?

      • 12:24:12 PM

        Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 595 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2936) to expedite under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and improve forest management activities on National Forest System lands, on public lands under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management, and on Tribal lands to return resilience to overgrown, fire-prone forested lands, and for other purposes."

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

          MR. SPEAKER, BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 595 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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        • 12:24:22 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

        • 12:24:25 PM

          THE CLERK

          HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 95. HOUSE RESOLUTION 595. RESOLVED, THAT AT ANY TIME…

          HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 95. HOUSE RESOLUTION 595. RESOLVED, THAT AT ANY TIME AFTER ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION THE SPEAKER MAY, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-B OF RULE 18, DECLARE THE HOUSE RESOLVED INTO THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 2936, TO EXPEDITE UNDER THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT OF 1969 AND IMPROVE FOREST MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES ON NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM LANDS, ON PUBLIC LANDS UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT, AND ON TRIBAL LANDS TO RETURN RESILIENCE TO OVERGROWN, FIRE-PRONE FORESTED LANDS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE FIRST READING OF THE BILL SHALL BE DISPENSED WITH. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. GENERAL DEBATE SHALL BE CONFINED TO THE BILL AND AMENDMENTS SPECIFIED IN THIS RESOLUTION AND SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AMONG AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES. AFTER GENERAL DEBATE THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. IN LIEU OF THE AMENDMENTS IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEES ON AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES NOW PRINTED IN THE BILL, IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AS AN ORIGINAL BILL FOR THE PURPOSE OF AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-36. THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE ARE WAIVED. NO AMENDMENT TO THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT, MAY BE OFFERED ONLY BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT, AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION IN THE HOUSE OR IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST SUCH AMENDMENTS ARE WAIVED. AT THE CONCLUSION OF CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL FOR AMENDMENT THE COMMITTEE SHALL RISE AND REPORT THE BILL TO THE HOUSE WITH SUCH AMENDMENTS AS MAY HAVE BEEN ADOPTED. ANY MEMBER MAY DEMAND A SEPARATE VOTE IN THE HOUSE ON ANY AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE TO THE BILL OR TO THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE MADE IN ORDER AS ORIGINAL TEXT. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AND AMENDMENTS THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS.

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    • 12:26:59 PM

      DEBATE

      The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 595.

      • 12:27:05 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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        MR. SPEAKER, DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME YIELDED IS…

        MR. SPEAKER, DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY. I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS, PENDING WHICH I SHALL YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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      • 12:27:23 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 12:27:25 PM

        MR. NEWHOUSE

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

        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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      • 12:27:32 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

      • 12:27:34 PM

        MR. NEWHOUSE

        MR. SPEAKER, ON TUESDAY, JUST YESTERDAY, THE RULES COMMITTEE MET AND…

        MR. SPEAKER, ON TUESDAY, JUST YESTERDAY, THE RULES COMMITTEE MET AND REPORTED A RULE, HOUSE RESOLUTION 595, PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION, H.R. 2936, THE RESILIENT FEDERAL FOREST ACT OF -- FORESTS ACT OF 2017. THE RULE PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2936 UNDER A STRUCTURED RULE, WITH FOUR DEMOCRATIC AMENDMENTS MADE IN ORDER, TWO BIPARTISAN AMENDMENTS AND ONE REPUBLICAN-LED AMENDMENT MADE IN ORDER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS RULE PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2936, THE RESILIENT FEDERAL FORESTS ACT OF 2017, A BILL THAT IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT TO MY DISTRICT IN CENTRAL WASHINGTON STATE, AND TO RURAL FORESTED DISTRICTS LIKE IT ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. WHO CONTINUE TO FACE DEVASTATION FROM CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES. WE'VE SEEN JUST THIS LAST YEAR A GREAT EXAMPLE. THIS BIPARTISAN, COMPREHENSIVE LEGISLATION IS AIMED AT ADDRESSING THE DISASTROUS CONSEQUENCES OF WILDFIRES BY UTILIZING THE TOOLS THE FOREST SERVICE AND OTHER AGENCIES HAVE TO REDUCE THE THREATS POSED BY THESE WILDFIRES, BY INSECTS, BY DISEASE INFESTATION, AND DANGEROUS OLD FOREST OVERGROWTH THAT SERVES AS A LITERAL TINDER BOX FOR WILDFIRES. THIS LEGISLATION WILL EXPEDITE AND IMPROVE FOREST MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES IN FEDERAL FORESTS, TO COUNTERACT THESE THREATS. THIS LEGISLATION SPEARHEADED BY MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM ARKANSAS, REPRESENTATIVE BRUCE WESTERMAN, WHO IS A TRAINED FORESTER HIMSELF, IS COMPRISED OF A TRULY COMPREHENSIVE EFFORT DEVELOPED HERE, IN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. IT'S BIPARTISAN. THIS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT DEMONSTRATES THAT THREAT OF CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES DOES NOT JUST IMPACT A RED OR A BLUE DISTRICT, BUT RATHER IT POSES A THREAT TO COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. H.R. 2936 WOULD PROVIDE FEDERAL LAND MANAGEMENT AGENCIES IMMEDIATE TOOLS TO INCREASE THE PACE AND THE SCALE OF FOREST MANAGEMENT PROJECTS. TO DRAMATICALLY IMPROVE THE HEALTH AND RESILIENCY OF OUR NATIONAL FORESTS, ENSURING ROBUST PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT. ACTIVE MANAGEMENT LEADS TO HEALTHIER FORESTS. IT'S THAT SIMPLE. THE LEGISLATION -- THIS LEGISLATION WILL ALSO ALLOW EXPEDITED REVIEW FOR COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS IN FEDERAL FORESTS, AND REMOVES INCENTIVES FOR SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS TO FILE FRIVOLOUS LAWSUITS. . BY REQUIRING I WILL GANTS TO HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE OPTION, WE CAN INSTILL ACCOUNTABILITY INTO A SYSTEM THAT'S WROUGHT WITH LITIGATION. ADDITIONALLY, THE LEGISLATION BOLSTERS LOCALLY LED FOREST MANAGEMENT AND HAZARDOUS FUEL REDUCTION PROJECTS TO IMPROVE FOREST HEALTH. BY ENGAGING LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS, WE CAN LESSEN THE SEVERITY AND THE COSTS OF WILDFIRES WHILE PROTECTING THE COMMUNITIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT. MR. SPEAKER, ANOTHER MAJOR COMPONENT OF OUR NATION'S WILDFIRE CRISIS IS THE BROKEN SYSTEM WITH WHICH WE FUND FIREFIGHTING SUPPRESSION. WHEN THESE FIREFIGHTING COSTS EXCEED THE EXISTING BUDGET, THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE TRANSFERS FUBBEDS FROM OTHER VITAL FOR -- FUNDS FROM OTHER VITAL FOREST SERVICE ACCOUNTS IN ORDER TO PAY FOR WILDLIFE -- WILDFIRE SUPPRESSION. I AND A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE IN THIS CHAMBER HAVE BEEN OUTSPOKEN CRITICS OF THIS DANGEROUS BROKEN CYCLE KNOWN AS FIRE BORROWING. THAT ALSO IS A VERY BIPARTISAN POSITION THAT IS TAKEN. H.R. 2936 PROVIDES A MAJOR STEP FORWARD IN ENDING THIS CYCLE. BY RAIDING ACCOUNTS THAT PROVIDE FOR FOREST MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS WHICH HELP PREVENT WILDFIRES, WE TIE ONE HAND BEHIND OUR BACKS IN AN EFFORT TO BOTH PREVENT AND SUPPRESS THESE CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES. SO THIS LEGISLATION WILL HELP TO PUT AN END TO THIS LONG STANDING PROBLEM. MR. SPEAKER, MY CONSTITUENTS KNOW AS WELL AS ANYONE THE IMMENSE THREAT THAT WILDFIRES POSE TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES. IN JUST THE PAST FOUR YEARS, THE FOURTH DISTRICT OF MY STATE, MY DISTRICT HAS SEEN THE TWO LARGEST FIRES IN WASHINGTON STATE'S HISTORY. WE'VE LOST HUNDREDS OF HOMES AND BUSINESSES AND STRUCTURES. MY CONSTITUENTS ARE STILL STRUGGLING TO RECOVER FROM THE CARLTON COMPLEX FIRE OF 2014 AND ANOTHER COMPLEX FIRE OF 2015. WE LOST THREE FIREFIGHTERS THAT YEAR. THAT TRULY IS A HIGH COST. ACTIVE FOREST MANAGEMENT IS A MATTER OF SAVING LIVES AND LIVELYHOODS, PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITIES -- LIVELIHOODS, PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITIES, ENSURING OUR CONSTITUENTS' HEALTH AND SAFETY WHICH IS WHY I AM PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION IT REPRESENTS TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE AS I OFTEN SAID WE CAN'T LIMP FROM ONE DEVASTATING FIRE SEASON TO THE NEXT. WE MUST TAKE SIGNIFICANT STEPS TOWARD REFORESTATION, REHABILITATION AND OVERALL FOREST MANAGEMENT. THIS BILL, THIS LEGISLATION WILL ALLOW US TO DO JUST THAT. WE MUST BEGIN TO PREVENT TO SUPPRESS, TO MITIGATE THE THREAT OF CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES, AND THE CEAL CEAL OF 2017 WILL -- AND THE CEAL CEAL OF 2017 WILL BE -- THE RESILIENT FEDERAL FOREST ACTS OF 2017 WILL CHANGE THE CURRENT PAST OF FOREST MANAGEMENT ON PUBLIC LANDS. IT'S OUTDATED, UNSUSTAINABLE AND DANGEROUS. SO, MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A STRAIGHTFORWARD RULE ALLOWING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THIS CRITICAL PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WILL HELP PROTECT OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES AND ENSURE THAT WE ARE PREPARED TO RESPOND TO DEVASTATING AND CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES THAT HAVE PLAGUED MANY AREAS OF OUR COUNTRY THE LAST FEW YEARS. I SUPPORT THE RULE'S ADOPTION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT BOTH THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. BEFORE I YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA, MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO SHARE ONE LAST NOTE. JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO THE NEW CHIEF OF THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE, TONY TOOK, CAME TO CAPITOL HILL AND BRIEFED SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES, ME INCLUDED, REGARDING THIS YEAR'S DEVASTATING WILDFIRE SEASON. HE REPORTED TO US THAT OVER EIGHT MILLION ACRES JUST THIS YEAR HAVE BURNED. WE'VE ALSO LOST DOZENS OF LIVES, THOUSANDS OF HOMES. CHIEF TOOK LEFT US WITH THE STARK FACT THAT WHILE MORE THAN EIGHT MILLION ACRES BURNED THIS YEAR, ANOTHER 80 MILLION ACRES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES ARE AT A HIGH RISK OF CATCHING FIRE. 80 MILLION ACRES. SO MR. SPEAKER, IF THAT DOES NOT DEMONSTRATE, DOES NOT SHOW HOW DIRE THAT THIS PROBLEM IS, THEN I CERTAINLY CAN'T TELL YOU WHAT DOES. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 12:35:52 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      • 12:35:56 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

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

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

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      • 12:35:59 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 12:36:00 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

        MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE INDULGING MY REMARKS, I WOULD OFFER CONDOLENCES TO THE…

        MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE INDULGING MY REMARKS, I WOULD OFFER CONDOLENCES TO THE GRIEVING FAMILIES WHO LOST LOVED ONES IN YESTERDAY'S TERRORIST ATTACK IN NEW YORK CITY AND TO HAVE THE PEOPLE OF NEW YORK KNOW -- AND I KNOW I SPEAK FOR ALL OF US, AND THERE WILL BE A MORE APPROPRIATE RECOGNITION AT A TIME IN THE FUTURE, I'M SURE, BUT TO HAVE THEM KNOW THAT ALL OF US GRIEVE WITH THEM AND ARE CONCERNED NOT ONLY FOR THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES BUT TO ASSIST IN PREVENTING MEASURES OF THIS TYPE IN THE FUTURE. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM WASHINGTON FOR YIELDING TO ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES FOR DEBATE. THIS BILL IS A SWEEPING ATTACK ON RESPONSIBLE FOREST MANAGEMENT POLICY THAT UP-ENDS KEY ENVIRONMENTAL SAFEGUARDS, LIMITS PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AND LAND MANAGEMENT DECISIONS AND PRIORITIZES COMMERCIAL TIMBER HARVEST OVER TRANSPARENT SCIENCE-BASED MANAGEMENT. IN OTHER WORDS, THIS IS BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR THIS REPUBLICAN MAJORITY WHEN IT COMES TO PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT. FOOTNOTE RIGHT THERE. MY FRIEND FROM THE STATE OF WASHINGTON DOES HIGHLIGHT RIGHTLY CONCERNS NOT ONLY FOR HIS CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT BUT AREAS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY THAT HAVE EXPERIENCED WILDFIRES. MANY OF US HAVE TALKED ABOUT THIS IN CONJUNCTION WITH OTHER DISASTERS AND THE NEED FOR THIS CONGRESS TO BE ABLE TO ADDRESS THE SHORTFALL IN FUNDING FOR SUCH IMPORTANT MEASURES. DURING THIS CONGRESS ALONE, MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS HAVE BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR BILLS THAT UNDERMINE THE ABILITY OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY TO ISSUE INDEPENDENT AND OBJECTIVE SCIENTIFIC CONCLUSIONS, WEAKEN REGULATIONS OF PESTICIDES AND REPEAL RULEMAKINGS AIMED AT EFFECTIVE SCIENCE-BASED MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC LANDS, JUST TO NAME A FEW THINGS. REPEATEDLY, MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS IGNORE SCIENCE AND ATTACK ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS, ALL IN AN ALL-TOO-OBVIOUS ATTEMPT TO HELP COMMERCIAL INTERESTS OVER SOUND CONSERVATION POLICY. THIS FOCUS, NOT ONLY UNDERMINES OUR PUBLIC LANDS, BUT IT ALSO HARMS THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS BILL CONTINUES THE ASSAULT ON OUR NATION'S ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS AND IT MAY BE ONE OF THE MOST IRRESPONSIBLE EXAMPLES YET. UNDER THE GUISE OF RESPONDING TO THE RECENT TRAGIC WILDFIRES IN CALIFORNIA AND ELSEWHERE IN THIS NATION, THIS LEGISLATION ATTACKS THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT, KNOWN AS NEPA, WHICH REQUIRES FEDERAL AGENCIES TO ASSESS THE ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS OF THEIR ACTION. THE BILL ALSO ATTACKS THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT BY REQUIRING REDUNDANT AND UNNECESSARY REPORTING REQUIREMENTS. IT BLOCKS ACCESS TO THE COURTS AND LIMITS RECOVERY IN ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE CASES. AND JUST FOR GOOD MEASURE, THIS BILL EFFECTIVELY OVERTURNS PRESIDENT OBAMA'S ADMINISTRATION MONUMENT EXPANSION. THE BILL DOES LITTLE TO FIX THE TRUE PROBLEM OF WILDFIRE MANAGEMENT NAMELY, THE CHRONIC UNDERFUNDING OF WILDFIRE MANAGEMENT. ANY SERIOUS PROPOSAL MUST ADDRESS THE CONSTANT FUNDING SHORTAGES AT THE U.S. FIRE SERVICE BY INCREASING THE AMOUNT OF FEDERAL FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR WILDFIRE SUPPRESSION. A SUCCESSFUL SOLUTION NEEDS TO PROVIDE ADVANCED ACCESS TO EMERGENCY FUNDING. UNFORTUNATELY, TODAY'S LEGISLATION DOES NO SUCH THING. YESTERDAY, THE ADMINISTRATION OFFERED ITS STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY, AND AT BEST IT'S TEND. IT SAYS THED A -- IT'S TEPID. IT SAYS THE ADMINISTRATION APPRECIATES THE INTENT OF H.R. 2936 AND IS SUPPORTIVE OF LAND MANAGEMENT REFORMS LIKE THOSE OUTLINED IN THE LEGISLATION. AND THEN COMES THE HOWEVER. THE ADMINISTRATION, HOWEVER, HAS CONCERNS ABOUT THE LEGISLATION'S REVISIONS TO THE STAFFORD ACT WHICH WOULD FORCE COMPETITION FOR FUNDING BETWEEN WILDFIRES ON FEDERAL LAND AND OTHER DISASTERS ALREADY COVERED BY THE STAFFORD ACT, INCLUDING HURRICANES. IT GOES ON TO SAY, THE ADMINISTRATION SUPPORTS A SEPARATE ANNUAL CAP ADJUSTMENT FOR WILDFIRE SUPPRESSION OPERATIONS WHICH WILL RESOLVE CONCERNS ABOUT THE SUFFICIENCY OF FUNDS FOR WILDFIRE SUPPRESSION AND AVOID UNNECESSARY COMPETITION FOR STAFFORD ACT FUNDS. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY BE INCLUDED IN THE RECORD.

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      • 12:42:19 PM

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        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

      • 12:42:20 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

        THE TRUE PROBLEM OF WILDFIRE MANAGEMENT. ANY SERIOUS PROPOSAL, AS I SAID,…

        THE TRUE PROBLEM OF WILDFIRE MANAGEMENT. ANY SERIOUS PROPOSAL, AS I SAID, MUST ADDRESS THE CONSTANT FUNDING SHORTAGES AND THAT'S WHAT, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE ADMINISTRATION SUGGESTED. MR. SPEAKER, THIS YEAR HAS BEEN A WAKE-UP CALL. WE MUST DO MORE TO RESPOND TO THE NATURAL DISASTERS THAT FACE OUR NATION. AFTER THREE MAJOR HURRICANES AND DEVASTATING WILDFIRES -- AND MY FRIEND FROM WASHINGTON'S STATE, IN CALIFORNIA, IN MONEY TANA AND EVEN IN THE EVER -- MONTANA AND EVEN IN THE EVERGLADES OF FLORIDA, HAVE SEEN WILDFIRES ALBEIT NOT THE LOSS OF LIFE OR PROPERTY AS EXISTED IN SOME OF THE OTHERS, OUR RESOURCES AND AGENCIES ARE STRETCHED TO THE BRINK. WEEKS AFTER THE STORMS, MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ACROSS THE VIRGIN ISLANDS AND PUERTO RICO ARE WITHOUT POWER AND WITHOUT RELYABLE ACCESS TO CLEAN DRINKING WATER. FEMA ADMINISTRATION -- ADMINISTER BROCK LONG TESTIFIED YESTERDAY THAT THE RESPONSE TO THESE STORMS AND WILDFIRES AND OTHER DISASTERS, WE'VE HAD TORNADOES THAT HAVE COME ALONG AS WELL, IS COSTING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT $2 MONDAY MILLION A DAY. -- $200 MILLION A DAY. MR. SPEAKER, I UNDERSTAND THAT THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET IS CURRENTLY WORKING TO SEND A PROPOSAL TO CONGRESS FOR A THIRD SUPPLEMENTAL SPENDING PACKAGE TO ADDRESS THE RECOVERY NEEDS IN THE AFFECTED AREAS. I URGE THEM AND MY COLLEAGUES HERE IN CONGRESS TO ACT SWIFTLY TO PROVIDE THE RESOURCES THAT SO MANY PEOPLE DESPERATELY NEED. BUT IN THE MEANTIME, WHAT HAVE WE GOTTEN FROM REPUBLICANS? BIPARTISANSHIP, SOUND SCIENCE-BASED PROPOSALS? NO. INSTEAD, THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS IGNORED BIPARTISAN AND YESTERDAY IN THE RULES COMMITTEE A BIPARTISAN MEASURE WAS OFFERED THAT WAS A THOUGHTFUL PROPOSAL ON THIS TOPIC AND WAS REJECTED AND PRESENTED THIS BILL THAT WE HAVE HERE NOW THAT DOESN'T ADDRESS THE REAL ISSUES FACING PUBLIC LAND AND WILDFIRE MANAGEMENT BUT RATHER GUTS ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND OVERTURNS PRESIDENT OBAMA MONUMENT EXPANSION. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR HOUSE REPUBLICANS. . WE'RE GOING TO SERIOUSLY ADDRESS NATURAL DISASTERS AND HOW WE RESPOND TO THEM, I ENCOURAGE MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO PUT ASIDE THEIR PARTISANSHIP, RECONSIDER THEIR DENIAL OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND ITS EFFECTS ON OUR ENVIRONMENT, AND JOIN DEMOCRATS IN WORKING TOGETHER TO ADDRESS THIS AND OTHER IMPORTANT ISSUES FACED BY ALL AMERICANS. THERE WERE TWO AMENDMENTS THAT WERE OFFERED YESTERDAY BY MY COLLEAGUES FROM CALIFORNIA. BOTH OF THOSE EAMEDS -- AMENDMENTS WERE NOT MADE IN ORDER. AND I DON'T THINK IT'S RIGHT WHEN PEOPLE OFFER LEGISLATION, PARTICULARLY THOSE THAT HAVE JUST BEEN DAMAGED AS OUR COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN THOMPSON AND MATSUI AND OTHERS IN THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA REGION, THEY AT LEAST SHOULD HAVE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO OFFER UP THEIR AMENDMENT AND HAVE IT VOTED AGAINST, IF PEOPLE FELT SO HERE IN THIS BODY. AND I WOULD HOPE IN THE FUTURE WE WOULD MAKE A CORRECTION OF THAT KIND OF UNDERTAKING. I WOULD HOPE ALL MEMBERS OF THIS BODY WOULD HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT THEIR IDEAS ON ANY LEGISLATION AND SOMETHING AS IMPORTANT AS THIS COULD HAVE ALLOWED FOR AN OPEN RULE, RATHER THAN FOR PARTISAN ACTIVITY TO REIGN SUPREME. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 12:47:02 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 12:47:05 PM

        MR. NEWHOUSE

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD JUST NOTE THAT THE ADMONITION OF MY FRIEND…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD JUST NOTE THAT THE ADMONITION OF MY FRIEND FROM FLORIDA TO BRING BIPARTISAN PROPOSALS FORWARD, THIS ABSOLUTELY IS A BIPARTISAN BILL. SUPPORT FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. BECAUSE AS I SAID IN MY OPENING COMMENTS, THESE KIND OF FIRES KNOW NO POLITICAL BOUNDARIES, KNOW NO POLITICAL LINES. SO I'M VERY HAPPY TO REPORT THAT WE HAVE A STRONG, BIPARTISAN EFFORT RIGHT HERE IN FRONT OF US. I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES, MR. SPEAKER, TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM THE GREAT FORESTED STATE OF MAINE, MR. BRUCE POLIQUIN.

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      • 12:47:38 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

      • 12:47:41 PM

        MR. POLIQUIN

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, VERY MUCH. THANK YOU, MR. NEWHOUSE, VERY MUCH FOR…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, VERY MUCH. THANK YOU, MR. NEWHOUSE, VERY MUCH FOR THAT TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL, RESILL -- RESILIENT FEDERAL FORESTS ACT OF 2017. AND I DO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON STATE FOR THIS TIME AND I URGE ALL MEMBERS, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, TO SUPPORT THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO FOCUS MY REMARKS ON ONE SPECIFIC SECTION, ONE VERY IMPORTANT SECTION OF THE UNDERLYING BILL. THIS PERTAINS TO A LAW WHERE YOUNG MEN AND YOUNG WOMEN -- THAT ALLOW YOUNG MEN AND YOUNG OPPORTUNITY THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK AND LEARN THE FAMILY TRADE OF LOGGING. LOGGING IS A VERY BIG BUSINESS IN THE STATE OF MAINE. ABOUT 0% OF OUR STATE -- 90% OF OUR STATE, MR. SPEAKER, IS FORESTED. AND WE HAVE GENERATIONS AND TRADITIONS OF LOGGING IN THE STATE OF MAINE. LOGGING IS OFTEN A FAMILY-RUN BUSINESS, WHERE THE PRACTICE AND THE TECHNIQUE OF HARVESTING AND THEN TRANSPORTING LOGS TO MILLS ARE PASSED DOWN. FROM ONE GENERATION TO ANOTHER. NOW, H.R. 2936 BRINGS FEDERAL REGULATIONS IN LINE WITH THIS NEW TECHNOLOGY AND NEW STANDARDS OF SAFETY BY ALLOWING FAMILY-OWNED LOGGING BUSINESSES THE ABILITY TO TRAIN 16-YEAR-OLDS AND 17-YEAR-OLDS UNDER VERY CLOSE SUPERVISION OF THEIR PARENTS. WE NEED TO MAKE CERTAIN, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THE NEXT GENERATION OF LOGGERS ARE ABLE TO LEARN WHAT THEY NEED TO KNOW, HOW TO RUN THESE FAMILY-RUN BUSINESSES. INCLUDING THE OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF THEIR EQUIPMENT. AND WE DO THIS, PLEASE, BY SUPPORTING THE RESILIENT FEDERAL FORESTS ACT OF 2017. THIS BILL, MR. SPEAKER, AND MR. CHAIRMAN, WILL ENSURE THAT THE LONG-TERM HEALTH OF THE LOGGING INDUSTRY IS SUPPORTED AND CAN CONTINUE FROM ONE GENERATION TO ANOTHER. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, VERY MUCH. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR THIS TIME. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        MR. HASTINGS

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I'M GOING TO…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I'M GOING TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE TO BRING UP H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT. THIS BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL LEGISLATION WOULD HELP THOUSANDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE AMERICANS IN EVERY WAY EXCEPT ON PAPER. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE TEXT OF MY AMENDMENT IN THE RECORD, ALONG WITH EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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        MR. HASTINGS

        AND I MIGHT ADD A TENDER TO THIS. YESTERDAY, MY COLLEAGUE, ILEANA…

        AND I MIGHT ADD A TENDER TO THIS. YESTERDAY, MY COLLEAGUE, ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN, FREDERICA WILSON AND MYSELF INTRODUCED LEGISLATION CALLING FOR GIVING 300,000 MIGRANTS IN THIS COUNTRY FROM A VARIETY OF COUNTRIES AN OPPORTUNITY FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCE, THOSE FROM EL SALVADOR, HAITI, HONDURAS AND KNICK RAG WASHINGTON -- NICARAGUA. BUT FOR THE MOMENT WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE MY GOOD FRIEND, MS. LUJAN GRISHAM, SPEAK TO THE ISSUE THAT I JUST TALKED ABOUT, THE DREAM ACT, FOR THREE MINUTES.

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      • 12:51:08 PM

        MS. LUJAN GRISHAM

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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        MR. NEWHOUSE

        MR. SPEAKER, WE DO DEAL WITH A LOT OF IMPORTANT ISSUES ON THIS FLOOR.…

        MR. SPEAKER, WE DO DEAL WITH A LOT OF IMPORTANT ISSUES ON THIS FLOOR. TODAY WE'RE TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING THAT IN THIS COUNTRY PEOPLE ARE LOSING PROPERTY, WE'RE LOSING OUR NATURAL RESOURCES. AND CERTAINLY PEOPLE ARE LOSING THEIR LIVES. I'M VERY PROUD TO BE ABLE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE LADY FROM GRANDFATHER CORNER, NORTH CAROLINA, TO TALK FURTHER ON THIS IMPORTANT TOPIC.

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      • 12:54:54 PM

        MS. FOXX

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE RULES COMMITTEE FOR…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE RULES COMMITTEE FOR YIELDING TIME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE AND THE BILL FOR WHICH IT WAS MADE. THE RESILIENT FEDERAL FORESTS ACT. THE RULE MAKES IN ORDER SEVERAL NEEDED AMENDMENTS. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, IT ALLOWS FOR MUCH-NEEDED DEBATE AND CONSIDERATION OF A BIPARTISAN BILL TO ADDRESS THE GROWING ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL THREATS POSED BY CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES. THIS BILL WILL GIVE FEDERAL AGENCIES IMMEDIATE TOOLS TO INCREASE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF OUR FOREST MANAGEMENT PROJECTS, WHILE PRESERVING ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS. WHILE OF IMMENSE BENEFIT TO PRESERVING OUR NATIONAL PARKS, THE BILL ALSO SUPPORTS THE PRIVATE SECTOR BY ADDRESSING OBSTRUCTIONIST LITIGATION AGAINST MANAGEMENT ACTIVITY AND REWARDING COLLABORATION BY LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS WHEN THEY WORK TOGETHER TO FOSTER MORE EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT PROJECTS. MR. SPEAKER, NORTH CAROLINA'S FIFTH DISTRICT IS HOME TO PRISTINE NATIONAL PARKS, INCLUDING THE SCENIC BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS AMERICA'S FAVORITE DRIVE. I'M AN UNWAVERING SUPPORTER OF OUR NATION'S NATIONAL PARKS. AND I LOOK FORWARD TO EQUIPPING BETTER OUR PARK MANAGERS TO PROTECT OUR FORESTS FROM WILDFIRES AND OTHER THREATS TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL -- TO THEIR ENVIRONMENTAL INTEGRITY. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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        MR. HASTINGS

        MR. SPEAKER, THROUGH YOU I WOULD ADVISE MY GOOD FRIEND FROM WASHINGTON, I…

        MR. SPEAKER, THROUGH YOU I WOULD ADVISE MY GOOD FRIEND FROM WASHINGTON, I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS AND I'LL BE PREPARED TO CLOSE WHENEVER HE IS. AND UNTIL SUCH TIME, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 12:56:49 PM

        MR. NEWHOUSE

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, MR. HASTINGS. WE HAVE SEVERAL…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, MR. HASTINGS. WE HAVE SEVERAL MEMBERS THAT WOULD LIKE TO PROVIDE INPUT. I'M VERY PROUD TO BE ABLE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE PRIME SPONSOR OF THE BILL IN QUESTION TODAY, MR. BRUCE WESTERMAN FROM THE GREAT STATE OF ARKANSAS.

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      • 12:57:05 PM

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      • 12:57:08 PM

        MR. WESTERMAN

        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. LET ME THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON STATE…

        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. LET ME THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON STATE FOR NOT ONLY YIELDING ME THIS TIME AND FOR HIS GOOD WORK ON THE RULES COMMITTEE, BUT FOR HIS SUPPORT OF MY BILL, H.R. 2936, THE RESILIENT FEDERAL FORESTS ACT. MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK RIGHT NOW NOT ONLY AS A MEMBER OF THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, BUT ALSO AS A FORESTER EDUCATED AT THIS COUNTRY'S FIRST FORESTRY SCHOOL. LICENSED BY MY HOME STATE BY EXAM TO PRACTICE FORESTRY. AND IF THERE'S AN ISSUE THAT I UNDERSTAND THAT COMES BEFORE THIS CONGRESS, IT'S OUR FORESTS. AND AS I LISTENED TO ACCUSATIONS FROM ACROSS THE AISLE, I TRUST MY COLLEAGUES ARE NOT INTENTIONALLY TRYING TO MISLEAD, BUT THEY SEEM TO KNOW SO MUCH ABOUT WHAT JUST ISN'T. SO THIS IS A BIPARTISAN BILL WITH DEMOCRATIC CO-SPONSORS, AND IT'S BASED ON SOUND, SCIENTIFIC MANAGEMENT. MR. CHAIRMAN, WE ARE ON THE FLOOR TODAY TO DEBATE A RULE. AS YOU KNOW, THIS RULE IS PART OF THE PROCESS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT WILL CONCLUDE LATER THIS AFTERNOON WITH VOTES. VOTES NOT ONLY ON THIS RULE, BUT VEBLEY ON THE UNDERLYING LENLITION -- EVENTUALLY ON THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. THE PROCESS OF MOVING THIS BILL THROUGH THE HOUSE BEGAN EARLIER THIS YEAR, AND AS I AND A NUMBER OF MEMBERS REPRESENTING MULTIPLE COMMITTEES TALKED ABOUT AND DEBATED DIFFERENT IDEAS AND WHAT WE HOPED FOR IN A FINAL PIECE OF LEGISLATION. AFTER HUNDREDS MEETINGS WITH STAKEHOLDERS ON ALL SIDES OF THIS ISSUE, ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, AND COUNTLESS HOURS OF WORK BY MEMBERS AND STAFF ALIKE, I BELIEVE THAT THE HOUSE STANDS READY TO VOTE TO IMPROVE THE CONDITION OF OUR NATIONAL FORESTS LAND. HOWEVER, THE HARD WORK OF EVERYONE INVOLVED WILL BE FOR NAUGHT IF THE SENATE FAILS TO AFPBLGT FOR THAT REASON I ENCOURAGE -- TO ACT. FOR THAT REASON I URGE MY COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE TO TAKE UP THIS LEGISLATION, DEBATE IT AND ACT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE ON OUR NATIONAL FORESTS AND OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES. MR. CHAIRMAN, LET'S BE CLEAR. OUR NATIONAL FORESTS ARE IN THE POOREST CONDITION THIS NATION HAS EVER SEEN AND WILL CONTINUE TO DEGRADE IF WE FAIL TO ACT AND COMPLETE THE WORK THAT IS STARTED HERE. HOWEVER, I BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE REASON TO BE ENCOURAGED. THE SENATE E.P.W. COMMITTEE RECENTLY HELD A HEARING ON A DISCUSSION DRAFT THAT INCLUDES SIMILAR FOREST MANAGEMENT PROVISIONS AS H.R. 2936, AND I KNOW THE OTHER COMMITTEES OF JURISDICTION ARE WORKING ON FORESTRY REFORM LEGISLATION AS WELL. THIS IS NOT ONLY A FOREST HEALTH ISSUE, IT'S A PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE THAT DEMANDS ACTION. SHAME ON US IF WE CONTINUE TO STAND IDLY BY AND WATCH OUR TREASURED NATIONAL FORESTS GO UP IN SMOKE WHILE PEOPLE SUFFER AND DIE. I STAND HERE TODAY TO ENCOURAGE THE HOUSE TO ADOPT THIS RULE AND PASS THIS BILL, THEREFORE ALLOWING THE UNITED STATES SENATE TO TAKE UP THE LEGISLATION, OR AT THE VERY LEAST SOMETHING SIMILAR TO IT. PASS IT AND ALLOW US TO MEET AT CONFERENCE AND WORK OUT THE DIFFERENCES. LET US PRESENT A WORKABLE SOLUTION TO THE PRESIDENT FOR HIS SIGNATURE. THIS YEAR MORE THAN 8.8 MILLION ACRES OF WILDFIRE BURNED AND THERE'S AN ADDITIONAL 80 MILLION ACRES ON THE VERGE OF SPAWNING MORE CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES. HOW MANY MORE ACRES MUST BURN? HOW MANY MORE LIVES MUST BE LOST? WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD 30 SECONDS?

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      • 01:00:30 PM

        MR. NEWHOUSE

        I YIELD 30 MORE SECONDS TO MR. WESTERMAN.

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        MR. WESTERMAN

        HOW MANY MORE DREAMS RUINED BEFORE WE COME TOGETHER TO ADDRESS THIS…

        HOW MANY MORE DREAMS RUINED BEFORE WE COME TOGETHER TO ADDRESS THIS CRITICAL ISSUE? WITH THAT, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE RULE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 01:00:46 PM

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        MR. NEWHOUSE

        IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE LADY FROM WYOMING, MS. CHENEY.

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      • 01:00:59 PM

        MS. CHENEY

        I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. NEWHOUSE, FROM THE RULES COMMITTEE, AS WELL AS…

        I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. NEWHOUSE, FROM THE RULES COMMITTEE, AS WELL AS MR. WESTERMAN FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS BILL. I RISE IN SUPPORT, MR. SPEAKER, OF THE RULE FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2936, THE RESILIENT FEDERAL FOREST ACT. A BILL THAT WILL HELP ADDRESS THE WILDFIRE CRISIS PLAGUING OUR NATION, AS WELL AS BEGIN THE VERY IMPORTANT PROCESS OF RESTORING THE HEALTH OF OUR FORESTS. AS YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, THIS HAS BEEN ONE OF THE LARGEST WILDFIRE YEARS IN OUR YEARS IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY. WE HAVE SEEN LIVELIHOODS ACROSS THE WEST THREATENED AND PUTTING LIVES OF OUR BRAVE FIREFIGHTERS IN HARM'S WAY. THESE FIRES ARE DEADLY AND TRAGICALLY MORE THAN 40 PEOPLE LOST THEIR LIVES WHEN THESE FIRES ARE DEADLY AND TRAGICALLY MORE THAN 40 PEOPLE LOST THEIR LIVES WHEN FAST-MOVING WILDFIRES SWEPT THROUGH NORTHERN CALIFORNIA JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO. MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE HAVE PARTICULAR-L FELT THE EFFECTS IN MY STATE OF WYOMING WHERE WE FIND OURSELVES IN AN ABSOLUTELY INDEFENSIBLE SITUATION. FIRES ARE BEING CAUSED AND WORSENED BY FEDERAL MISMANAGEMENT. EIGHT YEARS OF FEDERAL POLICY OPPOSING PROVEN METHODS OF FOREST MANAGEMENT AND INSTEAD FOCUSING ON EFFORTS TO PREVENT ALL HUMAN USE OF OUR FORESTS, HAVE DONE SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE. THIS DAMAGE IS NOT JUST TO THE FOREST WE HAD TO WATCH BURN, BUT WE HAVE ALSO SEEN TREMENDOUS DAMAGE TO OUR WATER IN POST FIRE SITUATIONS WHERE THE WATER IS CONTAMINATED WITH ASH, SIGNIFICANT SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE. DAMAGE TO WILDLIFE HABITAT, THE HEALTH OF OUR FORESTS, TO PROPERTY, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, MR. SPEAKER, TO HUMAN LIFE. UNDER THE BAD POLICIES AND MISMANAGEMENT FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, WE HAVE SEEN OUR FORESTS BECOME OVERGROWN, ACCUMULATING UNSAFE LEVELS OF HAZARDOUS BIOFUELS THAT HAVE BECOME AN ABSOLUTE TINDERBOX FOR THESE FIRES. WE MUST TAKE ACTION NOW. THIS IS A BILL MY COLLEAGUES HAVE POINTED OUT IS A BIPARTISAN EFFORT TO BEGIN TO TAKE THE STEPS WE KNOW WILL HELP REDUCE HAZARDOUS FUELS AND IMPROVE THE MANAGEMENT OF OUR FORESTS. WE MUST ALSO ACT, MR. SPEAKER, AS A CONGRESS TO FIX THE FIRE BORROWING ISSUE. THE RESILIENT FEDERAL FOREST ACT TAKES A SIGNIFICANT STEP TOWARDS ENDING THE PRACTICE OF FIRE BOROUGHING AND SIMPLIFIES THE PROCESS FOR IMPLEMENTING PROPER EFFECTIVE FOREST MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE, THEREFORE, THE ADOPTION OF THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS…

        THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

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      • 01:03:29 PM

        MR. NEWHOUSE

        MR. SPEAKER, UNDERLYING BILL, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

      • 01:03:32 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY TO DEMONSTRATE THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS PARTICULAR PIECE OF…

        THE GENTLELADY TO DEMONSTRATE THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS PARTICULAR PIECE OF LEGISLATION TO THE WHOLE COUNTRY, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE OF APPROPRIATIONS INTERIOR SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. KEN CALVERT FROM CALIFORNIA.

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        MR. CALVERT

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

        THANK YOU. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THE TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE FOR H.R. 2936, THE RESILIENT FOREST ACT OF 2017. THIS BILL IS A COMMONSENSE, THOUGHTFUL APPROACH TO RESTORE OUR FORESTS AND MINIMIZE FOREST FIRE RISK. FIRST AND FOREMOST, I'D LIKE TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE WESTERMAN FOR UNDERSTANDING THE NEED FOR THESE VITAL REFORMS. THESE BEEN A GREAT PARTNER TO WORK WITH. HAS A KEEN UNDERSTANDING HOW TO RESTORE OUR FORESTS. THIS BILL CONTAINS A NUMBER OF NEEDED REFORMS, IN PARTICULAR H.R. 2936 WILL PUT AN END TO OBSTRUCTIONIST LITIGATION THAT HAS BEEN PARALYZING THE ABILITY OF THE FOREST SERVICE TO MANAGE THEIR OWN LAND FOR YEARS. THE LEGISLATION CREATES AN ARBITRATION PILOT PROGRAM THAT REQUIRES ANYONE SUING TO BLOCK A FOREST MANAGEMENT ACTIVITY TO PRODUCE AN ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION SOLUTION PROVIDING EFFECTIVE RESOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS RATHER THAN FRIVOLOUS LITIGATION ACTIVITY. THE BILL ALSO PUTS A LIMIT ON THE AMOUNT OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS THAT GO TO PAY LEGAL FEES OF OBSTRUCTIONIST GROUPS WHEN THEY SUE TO STOP MANAGEMENT. SEEMS THAT EVERY YEAR WE HAVE A LONGER, MORE DEVASTATING FIRE SEASON. MY HOME STATE OF CALIFORNIA THIS YEAR HAS BEEN PARTICULARLY DEVASTATING. BOTH LIVES AND LAND LOST. THESE FIRES DEMAND THAT WE ACT AND WE NEED TO ACT NOW TO FIX OUR FOREST MANAGEMENT. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. AND ONE LAST THING, GO DODGERS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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      • 01:05:32 PM

        MR. NEWHOUSE

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MOST ALL WESTERN STATES ARE IMPACTED ONE WAY OR…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MOST ALL WESTERN STATES ARE IMPACTED ONE WAY OR ANOTHER BY A CATASTROPHIC FIRE THIS SUMMER. IN PARTICULAR, THE HARD HIT WAS THE GREAT STATE OF OREGON. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO CHAIRMAN OF THE E.N.C. COMMITTEE, MR. GREG WALDEN.

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      • 01:05:41 PM

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        MR. WALDEN

        I THANK THE SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, MY…

        I THANK THE SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, MY COLLEAGUE FROM ACROSS THE RIVER IN WASHINGTON STATE. MY APOLOGIES TO WASHINGTONIANS, ONE OF OUR FIRES, EAGLE CREEK FIRE, SPOTTED ACROSS THE MIGHTY COLUMBIA RIVER AND SET FIRE TO PART OF THE FORESTS IN WASHINGTON STATE DOWN NEAR STEVENSON. FORTUNATELY THAT FIRE WAS EXTINGUISHED. ON THE OREGON SIDE WAS TERRIBLY DANGEROUS. MAN CAUSED, HUMAN CAUSED T BLEW OUT 14 MILES IN ONE NIGHT HEADED TOWARD PORTLAND. SHE'S ARE MONSTER FIRES. WE LOST 678,000 ACRES THIS YEAR FOREST FIRES IN MY GREAT STATE OF OREGON. THAT'S ABOUT 2/3 OF THE ENTIRE SIZE OF THE STATE OFRYRY. THE CONSEQUENCES ARE EXTRAORDINARY. -- STATE OF ROAD IDENTIFY LAN. THE CONSEQUENCES ARE EXTRAORDINARY. SCHOOLS LITERALLY HAD TO SHUT DOWN AND SEND KIDS HOME BECAUSE TOO SMOKEY TO HAVE THEM INSIDE THE SCHOOL. 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF CYCLE OREGON, CANCELED. A MAJOR BICYCLE RIDE THAT OCCURS, 30 YEARS. CANCELED. THEY COULDN'T FIND A WAY TO PULL IT OFF. SHAKE SPHERE FESTIVAL IN ASHLAND, NINE PERFORMANCES RIDE THAT OCCURS, 30 HAD TO BE CANCELED. $400,000, MR. SPEAKER, JUST IN TICT RECEIPTS THAT HAD TO BE FOREGONE. I'M TOLD THEY HAD 20 LAY OFF PEOPLE -- THEY HAD TO LAY OFF PEOPLE AS RAULT. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT NOT ONLY THE LOSS FOREST, THIS IS WHAT A FOREST LOOKS LIKE AFTER IT'S BURNED. THE GROUND IS OFTEN STERILIZED. YOU CAN'T EVEN GO BACK AND REPLANT FOR A YEAR OR TWO IN SOME CASES BECAUSE THERE IS NO SOIL LEFT. THE IMPACTS ARE ENORMOUS. OUR ENVIRONMENT, THOSE OF US CONCERNED ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT, ABOUT CARBON EMISSIONS INTO THE ATMOSPHERE, IN 25 -- 2015 WHEN A LIKE AMENDMENT WAS BURNED, THE FOREST SERVICE ESTIMATED THE BLAZE EMITTED MORE THAN 90,000 TONS OF FINE PARTICULATES, AND 14.2 MILLION TONS OF GREENHOUSE GASES INTO THE ATMOSPHERE. THAT'S EGIFFLENT TO MORE THAN THREE MILLION CARS. -- EQUIVALENT TO MORE THAN THREE MILLION CARS. CAUSE OF THESE INCREASINGLY CATASTROPHIC FIRES? DR. JOHN BAILEY, OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY'S COLLEGE OF FORESTY POINTED OUT DURING A HEARING EARLIER THIS MONTH IN OUR ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, THAT IN SOME CASES THE FORESTLAND SCAPES IN MY PART OF OREGON, EASTERN OREGON, WOULD HAVE HISTORICALLY HELD ABOUT 20 TREES PER ACRE HAVE MORE THAN 1,000 TREES GROWING THERE TODAY. YOU SEE, WE HAVE STOPPED MANAGEMENT, IN MANY CASES WE STOPPED FIRE, THE FORESTS CONTINUED TO GROW AND DIE AND BUILD AND GET MORE DENSE. WHEN FIRE DOES STRIKE, IT'S WITH DEVASTATING CONSEQUENCES. MY FRIEND FROM FLORIDA, HE IS WHEN FIRE MY FRIEND, WHEN YOU GET A LOT OF RAIN YOU GET A LOT OF RAIN WITH T. I BET. WE GET THUNDERSTORMS IN OREGON, WE DON'T GET THE RAIN. WE WENT NEARLY 90 DAYS WITHOUT ANY RAIN, BUT WE STILL GOT LIGHTNING. THE LIGHTNING TORCHES THESE FORESTS AND STARTS A LOFT THESE BLAZES. -- A LOT OF THESE BLAZES. 2014 STUDY FOUND THESE TYPES OF PROJECTS WHERE WE REDUCE THE INTENSITY --

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        MR. NEWHOUSE

        30 MORE SECONDS.

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      • 01:09:09 PM

        MR. WALDEN

        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MY INTENSITY OF THE ISSUE IS ALMOST THAT OF THE…

        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MY INTENSITY OF THE ISSUE IS ALMOST THAT OF THE FIRES WE FIGHT. WE CAN REDUCE THE SIZE AND INTENSITY OF THE FIRE BY 70% IF WE DO THE KINDS OF PROJECTS TO THIN OUT THE FORESTS TO BETTER MANAGEMENT AND BE BETTER STEWARDS OF OUR FORESTS CONTAMM TEM PLATED BY THIS LEGISLATION. IN OREGON THIS BILL WOULD TAKE AWAY AN ARBITRARY PROHIBITION ON HARVESTING TREES OVER 21 INCHES IN DIAMETER. TIED TO THE HANDS OF OUR FOREST MANAGERS. WE COULD CLARIFY TIMBER PRODUCTION MANDATES OF THE UNIQUE, OREGON LANDS TO LIVE WITH THE UNDERLYING STATUTE AND HAVE IT ENFORCED. WHEN FIRES DO HAPPEN, WE EXCHANGE THIS FOR A NEW HEALTHY FOREST THAT WOULD GROW GREEN TREES, SEQUESTER CARBON, AND RESTORE A LANDSCAPE THAT WE IN THE WEST SO ENJOY. IT'S LONG PAST TIME TO FIX OUR BROKEN FORESTPOLICY. I COMMEND THE RULES COMMITTEE FOR BRINGING THIS BILL FORWARD. COMMEND MR. WESTERMAN AND MR. TO FIX OUR BROKEN FORESTPOLICY. I COMMEND THE RULES COMMITTEE FOR BRINGING THIS BILL FORWARD. COMMEND MR. WESTERMAN AND MR. BISHOP AND OTHERS WHO HAVE WORKED ON THIS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO HELP US STOP THE FIRES THAT RAVAGE AND KILL AND DESTROY AND HELP US HAVE HEALTHY GREEN FORESTS. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 01:10:26 PM

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      • 01:10:29 PM

        MR. NEWHOUSE

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

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON FOR HIS PASSIONATE WORDS ABOUT THE IMPACT OF CATASTROPHIC FIRES IN HIS STATE. HE'S RIGHT. THE FIRE FROM OREGON DID JUMP THE COLUMBIA RIVER INTO WASHINGTON, BUT THAT'S NOT THE ONLY THING THAT THEY SHARED WITH US THIS SUMMER. MY OWN COMMUNITY WAS FILLED WITH SMOKE FOR PROBABLY SIX WEEKS THIS SUMMER CAUSING ALL KINDS OF HEALTH ISSUES FOR THE CITIZENS OF CENTRAL WASHINGTON. NOT JUST FROM OREGON BUT SMOKE ALSO FROM AS FAR AWAY AS MONTANA AND IDAHO AND PERFECT PARTS OF THE -- OTHER PARTS OF THE NORTHWEST I WAS JUST HAND ADD NEWS ARTICLE I WOULD LIKE TO NOTE FROM THE METAL VALLEY NEWS, BUT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT THE QUALITY OF AIR IN THE VALLEY AND THE COMMUNITY OF TWISP, THE AIR POLLUTION IS CONSIDERED AMONG THE WORST IN THIS STATE. IF YOU CAN IMAGINE THAT. SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL, CLEAN, PRISTINE AREAS THAT YOU CAN IMAGINE, THE AIR QUALITY, LARGELY DUE TO THESE CATASTROPHIC FIRES, YEAR-ROUND, HAS BEEN IMPACTED NEGATIVELY. THAT'S SOMETHING THAT THANKS TO THE VALLEY NEWS, THEY ARE MAKING VERY CLEAR TO ALL OF US THAT WE MUST NEED -- NEED TO DO SOMETHING TO ADDRESS THIS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT ISSUE. I'M VERY PLEASED TO HAVE MY NEIGHBOR TO THE EAST, THE CONGRESSPERSON FROM THE FIFTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, KATHY MY NEIGHBOR TO THE EAST MCMORRIS RODGERS HERE WITH US. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GOOD LADY FROM EASTERN WASHINGTON.

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      • 01:12:12 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

      • 01:12:15 PM

        MRS. MCMORRIS RODGERS

        THANK YOU. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND FOR HIS…

        THANK YOU. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. I AM PLEASED TO SEE THIS LEGISLATION, THE RESILIENT FOREST ACT, COMING TO THE FLOOR TAY. ALSO WANT TO EXPRESS APPRECIATION TO REPRESENTATIVE WESTERMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP THROUGH THE YEARS ON MCMORRIS RODGERS HERE WITH US. I THIS ISSUE. IN RECENT YEARS IN MY HOME STATE OF AS BEEN MENTIONED, WASHINGTON STATE, WE HAVE SEEN LARGER AND LARGER DEVASTATING WILDFIRES. BREAKING ALL THE RECORDS. IT SEEMS LIKE EVERY YEAR THEY JUST GET LARGER AND LARGER, MORE DEVASTATING. THEY IMPACT PEOPLE'S HEALTH. IT'S NOT UNUSUAL NOW FOR AIR QUALITY WARNINGS TO BE IN EASTERN WASHINGTON, NOT JUST FOR DAYS, BUT WEEKS AT AN END. WHERE IT REALLY DOES IMPACT PEOPLE'S HEALTH. IT JEOPARDIZES OUR SAFETY, THE STORIES OF PEOPLE WHO ARE CAUGHT IN THE MIDST OF THESE FIRES. IT'S DESTROYING OUR ENVIRONMENT. WE LIKE TO THINK OF IT'S NOT UNUSUAL NOW FOR AIR QUALITY WARNINGS TO BE OUR FOREST AS BEING GREEN AND HEALTHY STANDS OF TREES, BUT UNFORTUNATELY, TODAY WHEN YOU LOOK AT THEE FORESTS, MILLIONS OF ACRES, MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF ACRES WITHIN THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE ARE ACTUALLY DISEASED, DYING, BUG INFESTED TREES. I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO COMMITTEE MEAT WITH THE CHIEF OF THE FOREST SERVICE JUST LAST WEEK AND HE WAS -- HE SAID HE ESTIMATED 80 MILLION OUT OF THE 198 MILLION ACRES THAT THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE OWNS NEEDS TREATMENT. IT THE FOREST SERVICE HAS WARNED US FOR YEARS THAT THE FORESTS ARE IN TERRIBLE SHAPE. IT'S REALLY A RESULT OF DECADES OF OVERREGULATION, FRIVOLOUS LAWSUITS THAT HAVE HINDERED FOREST MANAGEMENT. WE'RE PAYING THE PRICE. I REPRESENT A FOREST, ABOUT A MILLION ACRES, IT'S THE ENGINE OF OUR ECONOMY IN THE NORTHWEST, BECAUSE WHAT HAPPENS THERE DETERMINES WHETHER OR NOT WE HAVE LOG TO LUMBER, OR THE SKI RESORT, OR THE BIOMASS FACILITY CONVERTING WOOD WASTE INTO THAT THE FORESTS ARE IN TERRIBLE SHAPE. IT'S REALLY A RESULT OF ELECTRICITY. THIS IS PROVIDING JOBS, ENERGY, RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES. YET MILLS HAVE BEEN CLOSED, JOBS HAVE BEEN LOST. IT'S UNACCEPTABLE. IT'S TIME TO PASS THE RESILIENT FOREST -- FEDERAL FOREST LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 01:14:30 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      • 01:14:33 PM

        MR. NEWHOUSE

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO THE GOOD LADY FROM…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO THE GOOD LADY FROM WASHINGTON STATE. MR. SPEAKER, HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE REMAINING?

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      • 01:14:46 PM

        -- MR. NEWHOUSE

        I WANTED TO QUICKLY SHOW. THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF SOME OF THE FIRE DAMAGE.…

        I WANTED TO QUICKLY SHOW. THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF SOME OF THE FIRE DAMAGE. FROM THE ARLTON COMPLEX FIRE THAT HAPPENED THREE YEARS AGO IN MY DISTRICT IN CENTRAL WASHINGTON. TAKEN JUST YESTERDAY. THE CARLTON COMPLEX BURNED THROUGH STATE, PRIVATE, AND FEDERAL LANDS. YOU CAN SEE THAT THESE DEAD, FIRE DAMAGED TREES, THEY HAVE NOT BEEN LOGGED, REMOVED, AND WHAT THEY DO IS PROVIDE THE KINDLING FOR THE NEXT CATASTROPHIC FIRE. SO THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HERE. NOT DISARMING LOCAL COMMUNITIES, BUT ACTUALLY ARMING THEM, GIVING THEM THE ABILITY AND THE TOOLS THAT THEY NEED IN ORDER TO PREVENT THESE CATASTROPHIC FIRES. I WOULD INVITE THE GOOD GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA TO COME WITH ME TO WITNESS FIRSTHAND THE DEVASTATION AND THE POTENTIAL DEVASTATION THAT WE HAVE AND TO REALLY UNDERSTAND THE NATURE OF THE ISSUE. I WOULD RECIPROCATE WITH A VISIT TO HIS STATE TO SEE THE DAMAGE DONE BY THE DEVASTATING HURRICANES AS WELL. . SO WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO RESERVE.

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      • 01:15:53 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA HAS TIME.

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      • 01:15:58 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

        MR. SPEAKER, I ADVISE MY FRIEND THAT I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. I HAVE NO…

        MR. SPEAKER, I ADVISE MY FRIEND THAT I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS AND I'LL GO FORWARD WITH YOUR PERMISSION.

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      • 01:16:05 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED. HASTE THASTE THANK YOU VERY…

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED. HASTE THASTE THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER --

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      • 01:16:09 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. IN THE WAKE OF THE WORST WILDFIRES, AS…

        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. IN THE WAKE OF THE WORST WILDFIRES, AS HAS BEEN MENTIONED HERE BY SO MANY OF OUR COLLEAGUES, WORST ONES THAT THE U.S. HAS EXPERIENCED IN QUITE A WHILE. HOUSE REPUBLICANS, HOWEVER, HAVE RESPONDED BY BRINGING TO THE FLOOR REALLY A TIRED BILL PASSED LAST CONGRESS THAT WENT NOWHERE IN THE SENATE. A BILL THAT DOES NOT FIX THE TRUE PROBLEM OF CHRONICALLY UNDERFUNDING WILDFIRE PREVENTION, BUT INSTEAD DOUBLES DOWN IN CREATING AN UNWORKABLE SYSTEM FOR WILDFIRE SUPPRESSION FUNDING. A BILL THAT ROLLS BACK ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND LIMITS ACCESS TO THE COURTS. IT IS DISMAYING TO SEE THE RESPONSE TO NATURAL DISASTERS IN THIS COUNTRY HINGE ON THE SAME THING SO MANY OTHER IMPORTANT DEBATES DO -- PARTISANSHIP AND IGNORING FACTS AND SCIENCE. DESPITE A YEAR IN WHICH WE HAVE SEEN HISTORIC HURRICANES AND WILDFIRES, MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE YET AGAIN RESORTED TO CONTINUING TO PUSH POLICIES THAT REPEAL ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS, ALL THE WHILE DENYING THE EFFECTS CLIMATE CHANGE IS HAVING ON OUR COMMUNITIES AND OUR COUNTRY'S ECONOMY. MY FRIEND FROM OREGON A MOMENT AGO SPOKE OF -- AND HE IS MY FRIEND -- SPOKE ABOUT THE THUNDERSTORMS THAT WE RECEIVED IN FLORIDA. IN HIS VERSION IT IS AKPPED BY RAIN -- IT IS AKPPED BY RAIN. AND THAT IS INTRODUCE -- ACCOMPANIED BY RAIN. AND THAT IS TRUE A LOT. BUT WE TOO HAVE DROUGHTS IN FLORIDA AND FLORIDA IS KNOWN AS THE LIGHTNING CAPITAL OF THE WORLD. AND VERY OCCASIONALLY, PARTICULARLY IN CENTRAL FLORIDA AND IN THE EVERGLADES, THOSE LIGHTNING STRIKES PRODUCE WILDFIRES IN THE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT I SERVE AND MANY ORLSE. OUR RESPONSE TO SHE'S -- OTHERS. OUR RESPONSE TO SHE'S EVENTS NEEDS TO IMPROVE AND -- THESE EVENTS NEED TO IMPROVE AND IT NEEDS TO HAPPEN QUICKLY. THESE DISASTERS DO NOT RECOGNIZE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS. THESE DISASTERS DO NOT TARGET ONE AREA OF OUR COUNTRY OVER ANOTHER. AND DO NOT CARE ABOUT REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRATIC PARTISAN GAMESMANSHIP. IF WE'RE GOING TO ADEQUATELY RESPOND TO THE NEEDS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICAN CITIZENS IN THE WAKE OF THESE FUTURE STORMS AND FUTURE WILDFIRES, WE NEED TO BE ADVOCATING FOR SOUND POLICIES BASED ON SCIENCE. THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO PROTECT FUTURE GENERATIONS. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 01:19:20 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS, YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE…

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS, YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE TIME.

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      • 01:19:27 PM

        MR. NEWHOUSE

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD THE…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD THE NEWSPAPER ARTICLE FROM THE NEWS DATED OCTOBER 27.

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      • 01:19:35 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION. GNU THU --

      • 01:19:38 PM

        MR. NEWHOUSE

        MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND FROM FLORIDA FOR TODAY'S DEBATE.…

        MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND FROM FLORIDA FOR TODAY'S DEBATE. THE ISSUE OF PROACTIVE MANAGEMENT OF OUR NATION'S FEDERAL FORESTS IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT TO THE FUTURE AND THE ECONOMIC WELL-BEING OF OUR WHOLE COUNTRY. AS WELL AS TO THE HEALTH OF OUR FEDERAL LANDS AND THE SAFETY OF OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES. AND LET ME SAY, IF YOU'VE NEVER BEEN THROUGH A RURAL COMMUNITY THAT HAS HAD THE FACE OF DEVASTATION OF A CATASTROPHIC FIRE, YOU'RE WELCOME TO COME TO THE STATE OF WASHINGTON AND SEE FIRSTHAND THE KIND OF DAMAGE THAT THESE FIRES CAN DO. THIS IS OF THE HIGHEST PRIORITY AND I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RULE, AS WELL AS THE UNDERLYING BILL, IN ORDER TO COMBAT THESE CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES AND REFORM THE WAY IN WHICH WE MANAGE OUR FORESTS. SO, THIS RULE PROVIDES FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2936, THE RESILIENT FEDERAL FORESTS ACT OF 2017. THIS IS BIPARTISAN, IT'S COMPREHENSIVE, IT AMES AT ADDRESSING -- AIMS AT ADDRESSING THE DISASTROUS CONSEQUENCES OF CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES BY UTILIZING THE TOOLS THE FOREST SERVICE AND OTHER AGENCIES HAVE TO REDUCE THE THREATS POSED BY THESE FIRES, BY INSECTS, BY DISEASE INFESTATION, AND DANGEROUS OLD FOREST OVERGROWTH. AS I SAID, MY DISTRICT IN CENTRAL WASHINGTON AND MILLIONS OF ACRES ACROSS OUR GREAT COUNTRY CONTINUE TO FACE THIS THREAT. WE MUST TAKE STEPS TO PREVENT AND ADDRESS THESE FIRES, WHICH THIS BILL WILL DO. BY REFORMING THE WAY WE PREPARE FOR, RESPOND TO, AND FUND WILDFIRE RESPONSE AND MITIGATION EFFORTS. THESE THREATS WILL ONLY CONTINUE TO WORSEN, NOT ONLY FOR MY CONSTITUENTS, BUT FOR PEOPLE ALL AROUND THE COUNTRY. SUSTAINED DROUGHT CONDITIONS, WE ARE RECOGNIZING THAT. MISMANAGEMENT, FAILURE TO CONDUCT MAINTENANCE OF OUR FORESTS ON FEDERAL LANDS WILL CONTINUE TO PLAGUE THIS ISSUE. THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION IS ESSENTIAL AND DESPERATELY NEEDED TO CHANGE THE OUTDATED UNSUSTAINABLE AND UNTIMELY, DANGEROUS SYSTEM OF FEDERAL FOREST MANAGEMENT ON THESE LANDS. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A STRAIGHTFORWARD RULE, ALLOWING FOR CONSIDERATION OF A CRITICAL PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WILL HELP PROTECT OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES AND ENSURE WE'RE PREPARED TO RESPOND TO THESE DEVASTATING CATASTROPHIC FIRES. I APPRECIATE THE DISCUSSION WE'VE HAD TODAY. I BELIEVE THAT THIS IS A CRITICAL MEASURE. AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT HOUSE RESOLUTION 595, UNDER THE UNDER-- AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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      • 01:22:28 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME HAVING…

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

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      • 01:22:35 PM

        On ordering the previous question Roll Call 592 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

        • 01:22:41 PM

          MR. HASTINGS

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

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

          THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO FIVE MINUTES THE MINIMUM TIME FOR ANY ELECTRONIC VOTE ON THE QUESTION OF ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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        • 01:46:12 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 232, THE NAYS ARE 184. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 232, THE NAYS ARE 184. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    • 01:46:12 PM

      House Vote 592 - On Ordering the Previous Question

      Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2936) to expedite under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and improve forest management activities on National Forest System lands, on public lands under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management, and on Tribal lands to return resilience to overgrown, fire-prone forested lands, and for other purposes.

      Passed (232 - 184)
      Yea
      Nay

      Vote Details: Yea - 232
      Republican - 232

      Vote Details: Nay - 184
      Democratic - 184

      Vote Details: Not Voting - 16
      Democratic - 10
      Republican - 6

      • 01:46:14 PM

        On agreeing to the resolution Roll Call 593 - Recorded vote pending.

        • 01:46:25 PM

          MR. HASTINGS

          I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A…

          A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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    • 01:54:24 PM

      House Vote 593 - On Agreeing to the Resolution

      Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2936) to expedite under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and improve forest management activities on National Forest System lands, on public lands under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management, and on Tribal lands to return resilience to overgrown, fire-prone forested lands, and for other purposes.

      Passed (232 - 184)
      Aye
      No

      Vote Details: Aye - 232
      Republican - 231
      Democratic - 1

      Vote Details: No - 184
      Democratic - 184

      Vote Details: Not Voting - 16
      Democratic - 9
      Republican - 7

      • 01:54:26 PM

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

      • 01:55:00 PM

        ORDER OF BUSINESS

        Mr. Newhouse asked unanimous consent that it be in order at any time to consider in the House, H. Res. 599; that the resolution be considered as read; that the previous question be considered as ordered on the resolution and the preamble to adoption without intervening motion or demand for division of the question except for one hour of debate; and that notwithstanding any previous order of the House, the provisions of section 7 of the War Powers Resolution (50 U.S.C. 1546) shall not apply to H. Con. Res. 81. Agreed to without objection.

        • 01:56:49 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 November 1, 2017, at 11:44 a.m.: Appointments: Virgin Islands of the United States Centennial Commission.

          • 01:57:40 PM

            TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

            PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED, OR VOTES OBJECTED TO UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 206789 THE HOUSE WILL RESUME PROCEED -- 20. THE HOUSE WILL RESUME PROCEEDINGS ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS AT A LATER TIME.

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        • 01:57:46 PM

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

          • 01:59:08 PM

            Mr. Huizenga moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3903 — "To amend the Securities Act of 1933 to expand the ability to use testing the waters and confidential draft registration submissions, and for other purposes."

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

              THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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            • 01:59:16 PM

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              MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 3903, AS…

              MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 3903, AS AMENDED. AND I'LL POINT OUT THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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            • 01:59:24 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

            • 01:59:26 PM

              THE CLERK

              UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 27 4RKS H.R. 3903. A BILL TO AMEND THE SECURITIES…

              UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 27 4RKS H.R. 3903. A BILL TO AMEND THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, TO EXPEND -- EXPAND THE ABILITY TO USE TESTING THE WATERS AND CONFIDENTIALITY DRAFT SUBMISSIONS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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          • 01:59:29 PM

            Considered under suspension of the rules.

          • 01:59:30 PM

            DEBATE

            The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3903.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE…

              THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. HUIZENGA, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. FOSTER, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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            • 02:00:23 PM

              MR. HUIZENGA

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK THE HOUSE COME TO ORDER.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. MEMBERS AND STAFF,…

              THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. MEMBERS AND STAFF, WILL TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. PLEASE. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 02:00:50 PM

              MR. HUIZENGA

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

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

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            • 02:01:04 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

            • 02:01:05 PM

              MR. HUIZENGA

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WITH THAT I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY…

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

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            • 02:01:08 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:01:10 PM

              MR. HUIZENGA

              MR. SPEAKER, OVER THE LAST TWO DECADES OUR NATION HAS EXPERIENCED A 37%…

              MR. SPEAKER, OVER THE LAST TWO DECADES OUR NATION HAS EXPERIENCED A 37% DECLINE IN THE NUMBER OF U.S. LISTED COMPANIES, PUBLIC COMPANIES, EQUALLY TROUBLING WE HAVE SEEN THE NUMBER OF PUBLICLY TRADED COMPANIES FALL TO AROUND 5,700. THESE STATISTICS ARE CONCERNING BECAUSE THEY ARE SIMILAR TO THE DATA WE SAW IN THE 1980'S WHEN OUR ECONOMY WAS LESS THAN HALF ITS CURRENT SIZE. MR. SPEAKER, MAY I ASK THAT THE HOUSE COME TO ORDER.

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            • 02:01:39 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL NOT…

              THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL NOT PROCEED UNTIL MEMBERS WHO WISH TO BE HEARD CAN BE HEARD. THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED.

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            • 02:01:57 PM

              MR. HUIZENGA

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I DO FEEL THIS VERY IMPORTANT LEGISLATION DOES…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I DO FEEL THIS VERY IMPORTANT LEGISLATION DOES NEED TO HAVE ITS JUST DESERTS TO BE HEARD BECAUSE SINCE 2000 THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF INITIAL PUBLIC OFFICIAL, OR I.P.O.'S, HAS FALLEN TO APPROXIMATELY 135 PER YEAR, WHICH PAILS -- PALES IN COMPARISON TO THE MORE THAN 450 I.P.O.'S FILED IN THE LITTLE 1990'S. NOTABLY THERE HAS NOT BEEN A DOWNWARD TREND IN THE CREATION OF NEW COMPANIES OVER THAT SAME PERIOD. THIS IN THE LITTLE DEMONSTRATES THAT THE REGULATORY COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH GOING PUBLIC IS DETERRING NEW AND EMERGING COMPANIES FROM MAKING THE DECISION TO GO PUBLIC. YOU MAY ASK, WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? FIRST OF ALL, IT IS PREVENTING OUR CAPITAL MARKETS FROM REACHING THEIR FULL POTENTIAL. SOUNDS VERY ACADEMIC AND PIE IN THE SKY, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN, THOUGH? WHAT IT REALLY MEANS IS THAT IT'S NOT ALLOWING MR. AND MRS. 401-K FROM PARTICIPATING IN THE ECONOMIC SUCCESS THAT IS WE HAVE SEEN LATELY. FEDERAL SECURITIES REGULATIONS ARE TYPICALLY WRITTEN FOR LARGE PUBLIC COMPANIES IN THIS ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL FRAMEWORK IMPOSES A DISPROPORTIONATE VERSION ON SMALL COMPANIES LOOKING TO GO PUBLIC. THE 2012 JUMP-START OUR BUSINESS START-UP ACT, OR JOBS ACT, WHICH WAS A BIPARTISAN BILL SIGNED INTO LAW BY PRESIDENT OBAMA, CREATED A NEW TYPE OF ISSUE CALLED AN EMERGING GROWTH COMPANY. WHICH ALLOWED THE SO-CALLED E.C.G. -- E.G.C.'S WITH LESS THAN $1 BILLION IN REVENUE TO BE ALLOWED TO COMMUNICATE WITH POTENTIAL INVESTORS BEFORE AN INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERING AND FILE CONFIDENTIAL DRAFT REGISTRATION STATEMENTS WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION. ON JUNE 29, 2017, THE S.E.C. EXTENDED TO ALL COMPANIES THE OPTION OF SUBMITTING IN ADVANCE DRAFT REGISTRATION STATEMENTS FOR I.P.O.'S AND FOLLOW-ON OFFICIAL WITHIN ONE YEAR OF AN I.P.O. WHILE H.R. 390 P. THE ENCOURAGING PUBLIC OFFICIAL ACT, WOULD ENSURE THAT THE ISSUES MAKING AN I.P.O. WOULD BE ALLOWED TO COMMUNICATE WITH POTENTIAL INVESTORS BEFORE OFFERING AND FILE CONFIDENTIAL DRAFT REGISTRATION STATEMENTS WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION. IN OTHER WORDS, WE'RE GOING TO CODIFY WHAT THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION HAS SAID THAT WE SHOULD BE DOING. H.R. 3903 SIMPLY CODIFIES THAT PRACTICE INTO LAW AND IT WILL ALLOW THESE COMPANIES TO FINALIZE THEIR REGISTRATION DOCUMENTS WITHOUT UNDUE EXPECTATION FROM OUTSIDE INFLUENCES AND ALLOWS COMPANIES TO TIME THEIR OFFERING WITH THE MARKET BEFORE MAKING THEIR FORM S. 1'S PUBLIC AND BEGINNING AN INVESTOR ROAD SHOW. WHILE I COMMEND THE BIPARTISAN WORKS OF REPRESENTATIVE BUDD AND MEEKS ON THIS IMPORTANT BILL TO ENSURE THAT H.R. 3903 APPLIES TO ALL COMPANIES, WITHOUT LOSING VALUABLE INVESTOR PROTECTIONS, A KEY ELEMENT IN THIS. THIS BILL WILL ALSO HELP ENCOURAGE COMPANIES TO GO PUBLIC AND I ENCOURAGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF H.R. 3903. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:04:59 PM

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              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. FOSTER.

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            • 02:05:06 PM

              MR. FOSTER

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3903. THIS BILL…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3903. THIS BILL WILL EXPAND THE ABILITY OF COMPANIES TO TEST THE WATERS PRIOR TO GOING PUBLIC AND TO SUBMIT CONFIDENTIAL FILINGS FOR FEEDBACK FROM THE S.E.C. STAFF PRIOR TO FILING OF AN I.P.O. THE JOBS ACT OF 2012 CREATED THESE MECHANISMS FOR EMERGING GROWTH COMPANIES. EMERGING GROWTH COMPANIES ARE THOSE WITH LESS THAN $1 BILLION IN REVENUE, $700 MILLION IN PUBLIC FLOAT, AND $1 BILLION IN NONCONVERTIBLE DEBT. THE JOBS ACT ENABLED THESE COMPANIES TO SPEAK TOWNS CONSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS PRIOR TO AN I.P.O. WITHOUT IT BEING CONSIDERED AN UNREGISTERED OFFERING FOR SALE OF ZURTS. -- SECURITIES. THE DEFINITION IS APPROPRIATELY BROAD TO PROTECT INVESTORS AND TO ENSURE TRANSPARENCY IN OUR MARKETS BY REQUIRING REGISTRATION AND SIGNIFICANT DISCLOSURES. HOWEVER, COMPANIES CONSIDERING A PUBLIC OFFERING SHOULD BE ABLE TO TALK TO THE MOST SOPHISTICATED INVESTORS IN THE MARKETS, LARGE INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS, TO GAUGE THE INTEREST IN THE OFFERING. HAVING THAT ABILITY WILL HELP ENCOURAGE PUBLIC OFFICIAL BECAUSE IT ENABLES COMPANIES TO REALIZE EFFICIENCIES IN ASSESSING DEMAND. RESEARCH AND FIRMS ARE MORE LIKELY TO TEST THE WATERS. THESE ARE THE FIRMS THAT DRIVE ECONOMIC GROWTH BY BRINGING NEW IDEAS TO MARKET. RESEARCH IS A PASSION OF MINE, HAVING FOUNDED A COMPANY THAT WAS BASED ON MY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND SUBSEQUENTLY DESIGNING PARTICAL ACCELERATORS AS A PHYSICIST. IT IS THE NEW IDEAS THAT GRE OUR G.D.P. AND IMPROVE THE STANDARD OF LIVING FOR ALL AMERICANS. MOREOVER, NEW BUSINESS WAS NEW IDEAS DO MORE TO GROW THE ECONOMY THAN INCUMBENTS. WITH NEW IDEAS JUST ACQUISITIONS. THE PUBLIC MARKET PRESENTS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR SMALL BUSINESSES TO BECOME BIG BUSINESSES WITHOUT BEING BOUGHT OUT. ADDITIONALLY, THIS BILL WOULD ALLOW COMPANIES OF ALL SIZES TO FILE CONFIDENTIAL FORMS WITH THE S.E.C. THIS ALLOWS THE FIRM TO RECEIVE FEEDBACK WITHOUT MAKING INAPPROPRIATE OR UNREQUIRED INFORMATION PUBLIC. DISCLOSING THE CORRECT INFORMATION HELPS THE MARKETS UNDERSTAND RISKS AND PRICE AND OFFERING APPROPRIATELY. THE BILL ALSO INCLUDES A PROVISION GIVING THE S.E.C. DISCRETION TO ENSURE THAT THESE MECHANISMS ARE USED IN A WAY THAT BENEFITS MARKETS AND INVESTORS. THE U.S. CAPITAL MARKETS ARE THE DEEPEST AND MOST LIQUID IN THE WORLD AND THIS BILL WILL HELP MORE COMPANIES TAP INTO THAT CAPITAL AND GROW OUR ECONOMY. I URGE BROAD SUPPORT FOR THIS BILL TODAY AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:07:47 PM

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

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

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            • 02:07:50 PM

              MR. HUIZENGA

              MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE SPONSOR…

              MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE SPONSOR OF THIS VERY IMPORTANT LEGISLATION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA,

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            • 02:08:04 PM

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              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:08:05 PM

              MR. BUDD

              GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RESERVES HIS…

              TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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            • 02:12:21 PM

              MR. FOSTER

              I WOULD LIKE TO FIRST OFF REITERATE MY SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. IT'S THE SORT…

              I WOULD LIKE TO FIRST OFF REITERATE MY SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. IT'S THE SORT OF COMMONSENSE BIPARTISAN FIX THAT WILL MAKE INCREMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS TO OUR PUBLIC MARKETS. HOWEVER I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO EMPHASIZE WHAT I BELIEVE IS THE REAL THREAT TO THE HEALTH OF OUR PUBLIC MARKETS, WHICH IS THE CONCENTRATION OF WEALTH AT THE VERY TOP. IT IS NO SECRET THAT THE COMPETITION TO OUR PUBLIC MARKETS ARE PRIVATE EQUITY AND VENTURE CAPITAL. AND THESE ARE INVESTMENT INSTRUMENTS LARGELY, ALMOST ENTHRIRE UNDER THE CONTROL OF VERY WEALTHY. WE'RE, THIS WEEK, GOING TO BEGIN DEBATE ON A TAX BILL THAT WILL DECIDE TO A LARGE EXTENT WHETHER WE ACCELERATE OR DECELERATE THE CONCENTRATION OF WEALTH AT THE VERY TOP. I JUST WANT TO EMPHASIZE THAT CONNECTION TO MAKE EVERYONE UNDERSTAND THAT THE CONTINUED HEALTH OF OUR PUBLIC MARKETS, WHICH HISTORICALLY HAVE BEEN SUCH AN IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTOR TO MIDDLE CLASS INVESTMENT IN GROWING BUSINESSES, AND SO I WANT PEOPLE TO CONSIDER THAT AS WE DEBATE THIS BILL, WHICH I FULLY SUPPORT. AND AS WELL AS WE DEBATE THE VARIETY OF IMPORTANT ISSUES THAT WE DEBATE THAT REALLY AFFECT THE DISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH IN THIS COUNTRY. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:13:45 PM

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

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

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            • 02:13:55 PM

              MR. HUIZENGA

              WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO,…

              WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR. DAVIDSON.

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            • 02:14:02 PM

              MR. DAVIDSON

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ACCESS TO CAPITAL IS CRUCIAL TO PROMOTING A…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ACCESS TO CAPITAL IS CRUCIAL TO PROMOTING A THRIVING U.S. ECONOMY. IT ALLOWS COMPANIES TO INVEST IN GROWTH AND DEVELOP NEW AND INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES. HISTORICALLY COMPANIES SEEKING A CONSIDERABLE A CAPITAL HAVE PREFERRED TO USE AN INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERING AND HAVE SHARES TRADED ON A NATIONAL SECURITIES EXCHANGE. HOWEVER, THE UNITED STATES HAS EXPERIENCED A 37% DECLINE IN THE NUMBER OF U.S. LISTED PUBLIC COMPANIES, WHICH IS CONSIDERABLY LOWER THAN IN THE 1980'S AND 1990'S. PUBLIC COMPANY COMPLIANCE COSTS HAVE GROWN SUFFICIENTLY LARGE THAT MANY SMALLER FIRMS STAY PRIVATE RATHER THAN SPEND THEIR PROFIT OVERCOMING THESE REGULATORY BURDENS. THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT, THE DODD-FRANK ACT AND OTHER ACTIONS HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THESE COSTS. TITLE 1 OF THE JOBS ACT CREATED A NEW CATEGORY OF ISSUERS KNOWN AS EMERGING GROWTH COMPANIES, OR E.G.C.'S. THESE ISSUERS MUST HAVE LESS THAN $1 BILLION IN ANNUAL REVENUE OR $700 MILLION IN PUBLIC FLOAT WHEN THEY REGISTER WITH THE S.E.C. WHILE THE JOBS ACT MADE IT EASIER FOR COMPANIES TO GO PUBLIC, IT WAS NOT ENOUGH TO OVERCOME CAPITAL FORMATION OBSTACLES, ENTREPRENEURS, AND SMALL BUSINESSES ARE PHASE FACING. H.R. OVERCOME 3903, THE ENCOURAGING PUBLIC OFFICIAL ACT OF 2017, WOULD ALLOW ANY COMPANY, REGARDLESS OF SIZE, OR E.G.C. STATUS TORQUES TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE POPULAR PROVISIONS OF TITLE 1 OF THE 2012 JOBS ACT. TIGHT 18 HAS PROVEN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE TO BE A REAL POLICY SUCCESS AND CONGRESS ANTI-S.E.C. SHOULD CONTINUE TO ADVANCE POLICY THAT WILL REDUCE OR ELIMINATE BARRIERS TO ECONOMIC GROWTH. . I WANT TO APPLAUD MR. BUDD AND MR. MEEKS FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS BILL. I WANT TO THANK MR. HUIZENGA AND CHAIRMAN HENSARLING FOR PROVIDING OVER IT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES, MR. SPEAKER. YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:16:06 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. MR. HUIZENGA?

            • 02:16:09 PM

              MR. HUIZENGA

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. JUST FOR CLARIFICATION I UNDERSTAND THE GENTLEMAN…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. JUST FOR CLARIFICATION I UNDERSTAND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS HAS YIELDED BACK HIS TIME, CORRECT? OK. SO WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, IN CLOSING, WE KNOW THAT TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS ARE INVESTED IN OUR ECONOMY TRUE I.R.A.'S, 401-K'S AND OTHER INVESTMENT TOOLS. OUFER, THESE COMPANIES NEED TO BE PUBLICLY TRADED -- HOWEVER, THESE COMPANIES NEED TO BE PUBLICLY TRADED FOR MR. AND MRS. I.R.A. OR MR. AND MRS. 401-K TO HAVE THE ABILITY TO INVEST IN THEM. THIS BILL MAKES SURE THOSE EMERGING COMPANIES, THOSE SMALL STARTUP KIND OF COMPANIES WHO MAY BE VERY INNOVATIVE OR FRANKLY MORE MUNDANE BUT THEY'RE SMALL AND LOOKING TO GROW THAT THEY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO AND WHO BENEFITS? EVERYONE. EVERYONE IS GOING TO BE ABLE TO TAKE A MUCH MORE BROADVIEW OF HOW THEY ARE GOING TO INVEST -- BROAD VIEW OF HOW THEY INVEST THEIR HARD-EARNED DOLLARS THEY HAVE WORKED SO LONG AND HARD FOR. SO THIS -- THIS IS ALSO I BELIEVE, MR. SPEAKER, IMPORTANT ASPECT BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT ECONOMIC GROWTH COMES FROM THE SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED BUSINESSES. THAT IS WHERE WE ARE GOING TO SEE THE -- REALLY THE ENGINE OF OUR ECONOMY REV UP. IT'S MAYBE NOT AS MUCH OF A HEADLINE GRABBER AS SOME OF THE COMPANIES ADDING 100, 200 OR THOUSANDS OF JOBS, BUT ALL OF THE SMALLER COMPANIES ADDING PEOPLE INTO THE WORK FORCE ADD UP TO FAR LARGER NUMBERS THAN THOSE NUMBERS ARE. WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO ASK ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING H.R. 3903, AND WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:17:56 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 3903, 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 --

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            • 02:18:17 PM

              MR. HUIZENGA

              I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS ON THIS BILL.

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              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, YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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            • 02:18:29 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.

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                MR. HUIZENGA

                MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 1585 AS…

                MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 1585 AS AMENDED.

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              • 02:18:56 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

              • 02:18:58 PM

                THE CLERK

                THE BILL.

            • 02:19:00 PM

              Mr. Huizenga moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1585 — "To amend the Securities Act of 1933 to codify certain qualifications of individuals as accredited investors for purposes of the securities laws."

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                Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                DEBATE

                The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1585.

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                  TEMPORE PURSUANT

                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. HUIZENGA, AND THE…

                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. HUIZENGA, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. FOSTER, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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                • 02:19:26 PM

                  MR. HUIZENGA

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

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

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                • 02:19:33 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                • 02:19:34 PM

                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                • 02:19:35 PM

                  MR. HUIZENGA

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND WITH THAT I'LL YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND WITH THAT I'LL YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                • 02:19:39 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 02:19:41 PM

                  MR. HUIZENGA

                  MR. SPEAKER, SMALL BUSINESSES, ENTREPRENEURS AND EMERGING COMPANIES ARE…

                  MR. SPEAKER, SMALL BUSINESSES, ENTREPRENEURS AND EMERGING COMPANIES ARE WHAT DRIVE THE AMERICAN COMPANY. WE MEET THEM IN OUR DISTRICTS AND SEE FIRSTHAND THE BENEFITS THAT THEIR DREAMS, THEIR INNOVATIONS AND THEIR HARD WORK PROVIDE TO OUR CONSTITUENTS AND TO OUR COMMUNITIES. THESE INNOVATORS, ENTREPRENEURS AND RISK TAKERS ARE CRITICAL TO OUR COUNTRY'S ECONOMIC GROWTH AND PROSPERITY. IN FACT, SMALL BUSINESSES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MORE THAN 60% OF THE NATION'S NET NEW JOBS OVER THE PAST TWO DECADES. 60% OF ALL OF THE NEW JOBS OVER THE PAST TWO DECADES COME FROM THESE SMALL EMERGING COMPANIES. THEIR ABILITY TO RAISE CAPITAL IN THE PRIVATE MARKETS IS CRITICAL TO ECONOMIC WELL-BEING OF THE UNITED STATES. SO IF OUR NATION IS GOING TO HAVE AN ECONOMY THAT PROVIDES OPPORTUNITIES FOR EVERY AMERICAN, THEN WE MUST PROMOTE AND ENCOURAGE THE SUCCESS AND GROWTH OF OUR SMALL BUSINESSES AND OUR STARTUPS. IT'S THIS NOTION THAT BRINGS US TO THIS LEGISLATION THAT WE ARE DISCUSSING TODAY. UNDER CURRENT LAW, ACCREDITED INVESTORS ARE ALLOWED TO PURCHASE SECURITIES THAT HAVEN'T BEEN REGISTERED WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION. THESE TYPES OF OFFERINGS CARRY MORE RISK THAN PUBLIC OFFERINGS. THE THOUGHT IS THAT INDIVIDUALS WITH ENOUGH FINANCIAL SOPHISTICATION OR NET WORTH CAN BEAR THE POTENTIAL LOSSES THAT MAY BE ASSOCIATED WITH THESE TYPES OF SECURITIES. HOW THE LAW WORKS TODAY IS THAT THIS DEFINITION OF AN ACCREDITED INVESTOR IS SOLELY BASED ON WEALTH. THE ABILITY TO PARTICIPATE IN A PRIVATE OFFERING SHOULD NOT BE LIMITED TO INDIVIDUALS THAT PASS SOME TYPE OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ASSETS TEST. INSTEAD, THE ABILITY TO PARTICIPATE SHOULD BE EXPANDED TO INCLUDE ALL INDIVIDUALS THAT DEMONSTRATE THEY HAVE SUFFICIENT UNDERSTANDING OF THE OFFERING. THAT MAY BE A DOCTOR WHO HAS GONE THROUGH TRAINING AND HAS AN IDEA OF A -- THAT A NEW PIECE OF EQUIPMENT MIGHT WORK FOR THEM OR A SCIENTIST WHO'S DONE RESEARCH IN THE LAB WHO SAYS, YOU KNOW WHAT, THIS MAKES SENSE TO ME AND THEY UNDERSTAND THE RISK THAT THEY ARE -- THAT THEY ARE ENTERING INTO. WHILE H.R. 1585, THE FAIR INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR PROFESSIONAL EXPERTS ACT, INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE SCHWEIKERT AND REPRESENTATIVE HILL, WILL EXPAND AN ACCREDITED INVESTOR THAT WILL APPROPRIATELY INCREASE THE POOL OF POTENTIAL INVESTORS, THEREBY PROVIDING ADDITIONAL INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR MORE AMERICANS AND ENABLE THE BUSINESSES THEY INVEST IN TO CREATE MORE JOBS. THE EXPANSION OF THE ACCREDITED INVESTOR DEFINITION WILL ENHANCE THE ABILITY OF MANY COMPANIES, PARTICULARLY SMALL AND EMERGING COMPANIES AND BUSINESSES, TO RAISE CAPITAL AND GROW BY INCREASING THE POOL OF POTENTIAL INVESTORS. THESE ARE INVESTORS, AGAIN, THAT ARE VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT THAT PARTICULAR AREA. THIS WILL BOTH PROVIDE GREATER INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR MORE AMERICANS AND WILL ENABLE THESE BUSINESSES TO BE -- BEGIN INVESTING TO CREATE MORE JOBS. H.R. 1585 IS A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT WILL HELP CREATE JOBS AND A HEALTHIER ECONOMY. IT PROVIDES AMERICANS MORE INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND ENHANCES SMALL COMPANIES' ABILITY TO RAISE CAPITAL. THIS LEGISLATION OVERWHELMINGLY PASSED THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE BY A BIPARTISAN VOTE OF 58-2, AND I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THIS PARTICULAR BILL TODAY. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 02:22:56 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. FOSTER, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                • 02:23:00 PM

                  MR. FOSTER

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1585. THIS BILL…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1585. THIS BILL WILL EXPAND THE DEFINITION OF ACCREDITED INVESTOR, A STATUS RESERVED FOR INVESTORS WHO POSSESS THE SOPHISTICATION AND FINANCIAL MEANS NECESSARY TO INVEST IN PRIVATE SECURITIES OFFERINGS. CURRENTLY, ACCREDITED INVESTORS ARE LIMITED TO PERSONS WHO HAVE AN ANNUAL INCOME MORE THAN $200,000 OR $300,000 TOGETHER WITH A SPOUSE OR A NET WORTH IN EXCESS OF $1 MILLION EXCLUDING A PRIMARY RESIDENCE. ASIDE FROM THE PRIMARY RESIDENCE EXCLUSION ADDED BY THE DODD-FRANK ACT, THE ACCREDITED INVESTOR DEFINITION HAS NOT BEEN UPDATED SINCE 1982. IN LIGHT OF THE GROWTH OF PRIVATE MARKETS AND INCREASING COMPLEXITY, THE S.E.C.'S INVESTOR ADVISORY COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED THE S.E.C. CONDUCT ADDITIONAL STUDY OF ADJUSTING THE CURRENT THRESHOLDS FOR INFLATION AND ESTABLISHING ALTERNATIVES BASED ON THE EXISTING CREDENTIALS, INVESTMENT EXPERIENCE AND LIMITS AN INVESTMENT. AN UPDATED DEFINITION IS LONG OVERDUE. CURRENT LAW SPEAKS ALMOST TO THE ABILITY TO BEAR A LOSS RATHER THAN THE SOPHISTICATION OF THE INVESTOR. THE BILL WE CONSIDER TODAY IS THE PRODUCT OF BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE. LAST CONGRESS IT WAS SIGNIFICANTLY NARROWED TO INCLUDE ONLY PERSONS WHO QUALIFY BASED ON CURRENT INCOME AND NET WORTH TESTS, REGISTERED BROKERS AND INVESTMENT ADVISORS AND THOSE THAT HAVE THE APPROPRIATE EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND AND JOB EXPERIENCE AS DETERMINED BY THE S.E.C. AND VERIFIED BY FEN ARE A. THESE CATEGORIES ARE IN LINE WITH THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE INVESTOR ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND EFFECTIVE PROXIES -- AND EFFECTIVE PROXIES FOR SOPHISTICATION, ACCESS TO INFORMATION AND ABILITY TO WITHSTAND LOSSES. THERE IS AN INHERENT TENSION BETWEEN DEMOCRATIZING MARKETS AND PROTECTING INVESTORS ON THEIR ABILITY TO BEAR FINANCIAL LOSSES. THIS BILL INCLUDES RANKING MEMBER WATERS' BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT TO REQUIRE THE S.E.C. TO ADJUST NET WORTH AND INCOME THRESHOLDS FOR INFLATION EVERY FIVE YEARS. THIS RULE ESTABLISHED THE ECONOMIC VALUE OF THE THRESHOLDS IN CURRENT LAW AND AS DOLLAR AMOUNTES THAT ARE INCREASED WITH THE GROWTH OF THE -- AMOUNTS THAT ARE INCREASED WITH THE GROWTH OF THE ECONOMY AND CHANGES IN VALUE OF THE DOLLAR. IT WILL PROVIDE ACCESS TO PRIVATE MARKETS FOR THOSE CURRENTLY INVESTING IN THEM. PRIVATE OFFERINGS CAN OFFER SOME OF THE BEST RETURNS IN THE MARKET, BUT THEY OBVIOUSLY CARRY DIFFERENT RISKS LIKE ILL LIQUIDITY THAN SECURITIES IN THE PUBLIC MARKETS. WHILE THERE CAN BE INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES THAT SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE A PERSON'S NET WORTH, THEY CANNOT BE IMMEDIATELY SOLD IF AN INVESTOR'S FINANCIAL CIRCUMSTANCES CHANGE. SO THIS BILL STRIKES A GOOD COMPROMISE BETWEEN GIVING ACCESS TO INVESTMENTS WITHOUT EXPOSING THE RETIREMENT ACCOUNTS OF WORKING FAMILIES TO EXCESSIVE RISK. I URGE BROAD SUPPORT FOR THE BILL TODAY AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 02:25:57 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. FOSTER, RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN…

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. FOSTER, RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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                • 02:26:02 PM

                  MR. HUIZENGA

                  MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE SPONSOR OF THIS…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. SCHWEIKERT.

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                • 02:26:09 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 02:26:11 PM

                  MR. SCHWEIKERT

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER AND CHAIRMAN HUIZENGA AND OUR FRIEND FROM ILLINOIS.…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER AND CHAIRMAN HUIZENGA AND OUR FRIEND FROM ILLINOIS. THANK YOU. THIS IS ACTUALLY A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY. THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION, THE UNDERLYING IDEA, ACTUALLY WAS FOSTERED ACTUALLY A FEW YEARS AGO. ONE OF MY CLOSEST FRIENDS IN ARIZONA IS FREAKY SMART. ELECTRICAL ENGINEER. OFF THE CHARTS I.Q. HE AND I WERE HAVING A CONVERSATION ABOUT COMPANY HE WAS REALLY INTERESTED IN THAT HAD BEEN STARTED BY A HANDFUL OF HIS OLD FRIENDS. WELL, TURNS OUT HIS OLD FRIENDS HAD GONE THROUGH ALL THIS PROCESS AND HE HAD JUST SORT HAVE BEEN WATCHING WHAT THEY WERE DOING. HE'S AN EXPERT ON THE TECHNOLOGY THAT THESE GENTLEMEN ARE PUTTING TOGETHER, BUT BECAUSE OF THE SERIES OF TIMING AND OTHER THINGS, HE WAS WALLED OFF FROM INVESTING IN A COMPANY THAT WAS USING A TECHNOLOGY HE WAS AN ABSOLUTE EXPERT IN BECAUSE HE DIDN'T MEET THE ACCREDITED INVESTOR STANDARDS. HE DIDN'T HAVE THE MILLION DOLLARS IN THE BANK. HE DIDN'T HAVE -- AND HIS ARGUMENT TO ME WAS, SHOULD MY KNOWLEDGE ON A COMPANY AND ITS PRODUCT, THEIR RISK PROFILE, ITS OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEED AND ITS POTENTIAL OF FAILURE IN THE MARKETPLACE BE BASED ON HIS BANK ACCOUNT OR SHOULD BE BASED ON HIS KNOWLEDGE? NOW, THE LEGISLATION HAS GONE THROUGH A COUPLE GENERATIONS OF COMPROMISE. I PERSONALLY PREFERRED THE ORIGINAL BILL BUT THIS IS A GOOD THING BECAUSE FOR OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE HERE, I THINK WE'RE EMBRACING THIS CONCEPT THAT WE ALL CARE ABOUT THE CURVE WHERE WE'RE SEEING THE WEALTHY GETTING WEALTHIER IN THE UNITED STATES AND MUCH OF OUR HARDWORKING MIDDLE HOLDING SORT OF FLAT AND THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS. WE'VE CREATED THESE DEFINITIONS WHERE ACCREDITED INVESTOR IS I THINK ONLY LIKE 600,000-SOME WHO HAVE GONE THROUGH THE PROCESS TO HOLD THAT DESIGNATION IN OUR SOCIETY. MEANING IT'S A TINY, TINY, TINY SLIVER OF OUR SOCIETY THAT'S ALLOWED TO INVEST IN THESE TYPES OF BUSINESSES. WE HAVE A BUREAUCRACY THAT FOR HOW MANY YEARS NOW HAS BASICALLY -- THE REGULATOR HAS SAID YOUR ABILITY TO INVEST IN THESE TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS IS BASED ON YOUR BANK ACCOUNT. AND TODAY WE TAKE THE SORT OF FIRST STEP IN A BIPARTISAN BASIS TO SAY, YEAH, BANK ACCOUNT IS ONE BUT HOW ABOUT YOUR RISK TOLERANCE, YOUR KNOWLEDGE, YOUR EXPERTISE AND YOUR UNDERSTANDING THAT MANY OF THESE FAIL AND MANY OF THESE BUSINESSES BECOME AMAZING SUCCESSES BUT ARE YOU ABLE TO PROCESS BOTH THE TECHNOLOGY, THE RISK AND THE INFORMATION? AND FOR MANY OF US, WE'RE HOPING THAT THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE PART OF THE INVESTOR CLASS STARTS TO BECOME MUCH MORE ACROSS OUR SOCIETY INSTEAD OF JUST BEING THE HALLMARK OF THE ULTRA-WEALTHY IN OUR COUNTRY. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK AND THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME A MOMENT AND THANK YOU FOR MOVING THIS BILL FORWARD.

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                • 02:29:24 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

                • 02:29:27 PM

                  MR. FOSTER

                  THANK YOU. I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUE'S HEART-FELT…

                  THANK YOU. I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUE'S HEART-FELT CONCERN FOR THE DIFFICULTY OF THE WEALTH PILING UP IN THE TOP OF OUR COUNTRY AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 02:29:39 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

                • 02:29:43 PM

                  MR. HUIZENGA

                  MR. SPEAKER, WITH THAT I AM PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE…

                  MR. SPEAKER, WITH THAT I AM PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, A MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE AND CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, MR. ROYCE.

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                • 02:29:56 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 02:29:59 PM

                  MR. ROYCE

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

                  WELL, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER AND COLLEAGUES. TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS FAIR INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR PROFESSIONAL EXPERTS ACT. THIS IS A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT EXPANDS ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR MANY, MANY AMERICANS. . TO DATE ONLY AN INDIVIDUAL'S WEALTH HAS BEEN TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION WHEN DEFINING WHETHER HE MEETS THE QUALIFICATIONS OR SHE MEETS THE QUALIFICATIONS OF AN ACCREDITED INVESTOR UNDER OUR SECURITIES LAWS. THE SIMPLE FIX PROPOSED BY THIS BILL WILL EMPOWER THOSE WITH FINANCIAL EXPERTISE AND THOSE WITH EXPERTISE TO JOIN THE RANKS OF THOSE WHO CAN INVEST IN PRIVATE, HIGH-GROWTH COMPANIES. IT WAS EXPLAINED VERY ELOQUENTLY HERE BY THE BILL'S AUTHOR AND I THINK THIS COMMONPLACE CHANGE IS GOING TO BROADEN THE POOL OF START-UP CAPITAL. THAT IS GOING TO HELP COMPANIES LOOKING TO GROW, COMPANIES LOOKING TO ADD JOBS. AT THE SAME TIME, IT PROVIDES AN INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY, ONE WITH GREATER UP SIDE AND MORE RISK, TO THOSE PREVIOUSLY LOCKED OUT OF THE PRIVATE PLACEMENT MARKET. SO THIS INCLUDES MANY EDUCATED, YOUNG AMERICANS WHO HAVE NOT YET HAD TIME TO GROW THEIR POCKETBOOKS BUT HAVE THE EXPERTISE. SO IN CLOSING, MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE SEEN FIRSTHAND THAT THE ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT IS CERTAINLY ALIVE AND WELL IN CALIFORNIA AND ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. AND THIS BILL BEFORE US TODAY ENSURES THAT MORE AMERICANS CAN PARTICIPATE IN BOTH THE RISK AND REWARD OF THE START-UP ECONOMY. SO I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT PASSAGE OF THIS HOUSE RESOLUTION 1585. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 1585. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 02:31:56 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. -- SORRY, THE…

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. -- SORRY, THE GENTLEMAN, MR. HIGH ZANGEA, RESERVES HIS TIME OF THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. FOSTER.

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                • 02:32:05 PM

                  MR. FOSTER

                  I RESERVE.

                • 02:32:07 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

                • 02:32:09 PM

                  MR. HUIZENGA

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WITH THAT I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WITH THAT I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE,

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                • 02:32:21 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                • 02:32:38 PM

                  START-UP COMPANIES OR DAVID

                  THANK SOMETIMES VERY BIG COMPANIES, BUT THEY ARE NOT YET PUBLICLY TRADED.…

                  THANK SOMETIMES VERY BIG COMPANIES, BUT THEY ARE NOT YET PUBLICLY TRADED. THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES ALL OVER TO DO THIS, BUT THERE ARE ONLY A SMALL NUMBER OF AMERICANS THAT CAN MAKE THE INVESTMENT. FOR MANY SMALLER COMPANIES, THEY ARE FACED WITH ADY LEMA. ONE OPTION IS NO OPTION. SO THEY MAY NOT HAVE THE NETWORK OF PROSPECTIVE HIGH NET WORTH ACCREDITED INVESTORS THAT CAN TAKE A LOOK AT THE KIND OF CAPITAL THAT WOULD HELP THAT COMPANY BECOME A THRIVING LARGER COMPANY. IT WOULD HELP GROW THE COMPANIES THAT DRIVE THE GROWTH IN OUR ECONOMY. AS INVESTORS, THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT WORK IN THIS INDUSTRY IN THE INVESTMENT INDUSTRY THAT ARE DOING THE CHARTER FINANCIAL ANALYST, WHETHER THEY ARE WORKING FOR A PRIVATE EQUITY GROUP, THEY ARE DOING THE WORK BUT DON'T YET HAVE THE NIGH NET WORTH. THEY HAVE TRUDEAU NAIN EXPERTISE. AND ECONOMY. AS IMAGINE THE SKILLED LABOR ACTUALLY DOING THE TECHNOLOGY, IMPLEMENTATION, THAT KNOWS EXACTLY EVERYTHING THAT IT WOULD TAKE IN A PROGRAM TO MAKE A PROGRAM BE THE WINNER IN THE MARKETPLACE. BUT ALSO WELL INFORMED ON THE REST OF THE RISKS, WELL EDUCATED ON THE MARKET, AND HE'S PREVENTED FROM PARTICIPATING. THIS ACT IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. I HOPE WE CAN ACCOMPLISH MORE TOGETHER. I'M CONFIDENT WE'LL SEE GREAT SUCCESS IF WE CAN PASS THIS AND BUILD ON IT BY TAKING A PITTSBURGH BITE AT THE APPLE SOON. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. SCHWEIKERT, FOR OFFERING THE BILL, MR. HILL FOR GETTING IT THROUGH, MR. HENSARLING AND MR. HUIZENGA. I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES BECAUSE IT IS REALLY NICE TO SEE SOMETHING GO THROUGH UNANIMOUSLY IN OUR COMMITTEE. MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD BACK.

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                • 02:34:21 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RESERVES HIS TIME…

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RESERVES HIS TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                • 02:34:26 PM

                  MR. FOSTER

                  I RESERVE.

                • 02:34:28 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

                • 02:34:31 PM

                  MR. HUIZENGA

                  MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

                • 02:34:38 PM

                  MR. FOSTER

                  I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                • 02:34:40 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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                • 02:34:46 PM

                  MR. HUIZENGA

                • 02:34:49 PM

                  PAST TWO DECADES HAS COME HUIZENGA

                  OF ALL JOB GROWTH OVER THE PAST TWO DECADES HAS COME HUIZENGA: THANK YOU,…

                  OF ALL JOB GROWTH OVER THE PAST TWO DECADES HAS COME HUIZENGA: THANK YOU, FROM SMALL AND MEERGING COMPANIES. THIS BILL TODAY RECOGNIZES THAT AND ENCOURAGES MORE OF THAT TO HAPPEN. IT ALLOWS KNOWLEDGEABLE BUT MAYBE NOT WEALTHY FOLKS TO INVEST IN AREAS OF THEIR EXPERTISE. AND IN AN ERA OF CROWD FUNDING AND FUND ME PAGES AND THOSE CAPITAL RAISES AND INVESTING, THIS BILL MAKES SENSE. AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MY FRIEND, MR. DAVIDSON, POINTED OUT, IT CAME THROUGH THE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY. NOW, FOLKS, I THINK WE CAN ALL LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT CONGRESS CAN WORK TOGETHER ACROSS PARTY LINES AND HAVE SOME COMMON GOALS THAT CAN BE ACHIEVED AND RECOGNIZE. IT I'M VERY PLEASED TO HAVE SUCH BROAD SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGE CONTINUED SUPPORT FOR THIS BILL 1585. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 02:35:45 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RESERVES -- YIELDS HIS TIME. ALL TIME HAS…

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RESERVES -- YIELDS HIS TIME. ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 1585 AS AMENDED. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, IT THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE.

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              • 02:36:12 PM

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

                • 02:36:15 PM

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

                  • 02:37:47 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                • 02:37:49 PM

                  Mr. Cook moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 3279 — "To amend the Mineral Leasing Act to provide that extraction of helium from gas produced under a Federal mineral lease shall maintain the lease as if the helium were oil and gas."

                  • 02:37:50 PM

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                    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3279. SEARCH THE…

                    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3279. SEARCH THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                • 02:37:51 PM

                  Considered under suspension of the rules.

                • 02:37:59 PM

                  DEBATE

                  The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3279.

                  • 02:38:01 PM

                    THE CLERK

                    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 267, H.R. 3279, A BILL TO AMEND THE MINERAL LEASING…

                    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 267, H.R. 3279, A BILL TO AMEND THE MINERAL LEASING ACT TO PROVIDE EXTRANGS OF HELIUM FROM GAS PRODUCED UNDER A FEDERAL MINERAL LEASE SHALL MAINTAIN THE LEASE AS IF THE HELIUM WERE OIL AND GAS.

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                  • 02:38:18 PM

                    TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. COOK, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MISS TORRES, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                  • 02:38:28 PM

                    MR. COOK

                    AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION. THE…

                    AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                  • 02:38:40 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                  • 02:38:44 PM

                    MR. COOK

                    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                  • 02:38:46 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                  • 02:38:48 PM

                    MR. COOK

                    I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 3279, THE HELIUM EXTRACTION ACT OF…

                    I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 3279, THE HELIUM EXTRACTION ACT OF 2017. THIS STRAIGHTFORWARD PIECE OF LEGISLATION WILL INCENTIVIZE HELIUM PRODUCTION ON FEDERAL LANDS TO HELP ENSURE THE FUTURE OF AMERICANS' HELIUM SUPPLY AND PROVIDE A FAIR RETURN TO THE TAXPAYER. UNDER EXISTSING LAW, THE MINERAL LEASING ACT ONLY PERMITS HELIUM EXTRACTION AS A BYPRODUCT OF AN EXISTING OIL OR NATURAL GAS LEASE. AS A RESULT, IF OIL AND GAS PRODUCTION ON A FEDERAL SITE IS NOT ECONOMICALLY VIABLE, THE LEASE WILL EXPIRE, REGARDLESS OF THE REVENUE BROUGHT IN BY HELIUM SALES. THE HELIUM EXTRACTION ACT OF 2017 WOULD CORRECT THIS ERROR AND AUTHORIZE HELIUM PRODUCTION ACTIVITIES WHERE ECONOMICALLY VIABLE. NOW HELIUM IS USED FOR MUCH MORE THAN BALLOONS. IT IS A RARE AND UNIQUE ELEMENT WHICH HAS BECOME AN INDISPENSABLE PART OF OUR MEDICAL, SPACE, AND DEFENSE INDUSTRIES SUCH AS ITS USE IN M.R.I. MACHINES, SEMICONDUCTORS, AND AIR-TO-AIR MISSILE GUIDANCE SYSTEMS. UNFORTUNATELY, THE FUTURE OF OUR DOMESTIC HELIUM SUPPLY IS UNCERTAIN. THE HELIUM STEWARDSHIP ASKET 2013, WHICH DETAILS A COMMONSENSE PRIVATIZATION PROCESS OF THE FEDERAL HELIUM RESERVE, ALSO SPECIFIES THAT ALL HELIUM IN THE FEDERAL RESERVE MUST BE AUCTIONED OFF BY 30 SEPTEMBER 2021. FEDERAL HELIUM AND THE FACILITY CLOSED. THIS CRUCIAL SOURCE OF HELIUM HAS BEEN RELIED UPON FOR ALMOST HALF A CENTURY. BUT IN A FEW SHORT YEARS IT WILL NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE. OUR COUNTRY NEEDS ANOTHER WAY TO ACCESS THIS CRITICAL NATURAL RESOURCES OTHERWISE WE'LL BE RELYING ON HOSTILE INTERESTS SUCH AS CAL TAR, ALGERIA, AND RUSSIA. EACH OF THESE COUNTRIES PRESENTS SECURITY AND GEOPOLITICAL CHALLENGES MADE EVEN MORE APPARENT BY RECENT UNREST AMONG QATAR AND REGIONAL AREAS. UNLESS SOMETHING CHANGES FOREIGN FACILITIES ARE PREDICTED TO BECOME OUR CHIEF SOURCE OF HELIUM BY THE END OF THE DECADE. IT THIS IS WHY H.R. 3279 IS SUCH A NECESSARY PIECE OF LEGISLATION. BY AUTHORIZING THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT TO LEASE LAND FOR THIS VALUABLE NONRENEWABLE RESOURCE, THIS LEGISLATION WILL RAISE $9 MILLION FOR THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER AND HELP SECURE OUR SUPPLY OF HELIUM FOR YEARS TO COME. I URGE ADOPTION OF THIS MEASURE AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  • 02:42:02 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. COOK, RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY…

                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. COOK, RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. TORRES, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                  • 02:42:10 PM

                    MRS. TORRES

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

                  • 02:42:15 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                  • 02:42:17 PM

                    MRS. TORRES

                    H.R. 3279 WOULD CORRECT A PROBLEM IN OUR FEDERAL OIL AND GAS LEASING LAWS…

                    H.R. 3279 WOULD CORRECT A PROBLEM IN OUR FEDERAL OIL AND GAS LEASING LAWS THAT MAKES IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR COMPANIES A PROBLEM IN OUR TO COMMERCIALIZE AND PRODUCE HELIUM FROM FEDERAL LANDS. HELIUM IS A CRITICAL ELEMENT FOR HIGH-TECH RESEARCH IN MODERN MEDICINE. BECAUSE OF ITS UNIQUE PROPERTIES, THERE ARE SIMPLY NO SUBSTITUTE. ON THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE, WE HAVE SPENT MANY YEARS OVERSEEING THE FEDERAL HELIUM PROGRAM, CULMINATING IN THE BIPARTISAN HELIUM STEWARDSHIP ACT SIGNED INTO LAW FOUR YEARS AGO. WHILE THE HELIUM STEWARDSHIP ACT IMPROVED THE MANAGEMENT AND SALE OF FEDERAL HELIUM, IT DIDN'T DO MUCH TO PROMOTE THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW SOURCES OF HE JULY -- HELIUM WHICH ARE IN HIGH DEMAND. BY ALLOWING COMPANIES TO HOLD ON TO FEDERAL OIL AND GAS LEASES IF THEY ARE PRODUCING COMMERCIAL QUANTITIES OF HELIUM, AND ONLY HELIUM, THEN THE PROBLEM THAT CAN POTENTIALLY VALUABLE HELIUM RESOURCES UNDER LOCK AND KEY IS RESOLVED. THIS IS ONLY ONE SMALL STEP, BUT IT IS A VERY USEFUL ONE. AND I THANK THE SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION FOR INTRODUCING IT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 3279. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  • 02:43:42 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                  • 02:43:46 PM

                    MR. COOK

                    I ADVISE THE SPEAKER I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS. AND I RESERVE THE…

                    I ADVISE THE SPEAKER I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  • 02:43:54 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

                  • 02:44:01 PM

                    MRS. TORRES

                    I YIELD BACK.

                  • 02:44:02 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

                  • 02:44:05 PM

                    MR. COOK

                    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                  • 02:44:06 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                    FROM THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 3279. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS THRAVENLT -- THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                • 02:44:25 PM

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

                  • 02:44:27 PM

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

                    • 02:44:36 PM

                      Mr. Cook moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 1074 — "To repeal the Act entitled "An Act to confer jurisdiction on the State of Iowa over offenses committed by or against Indians on the Sac and Fox Indian Reservation"."

                      • 02:44:37 PM

                        MR. COOK

                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1074.

                      • 02:44:42 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                      • 02:44:47 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 199, H.R. 1074, A BILL TO REPEAL THE ACT ENTITLED,…

                        UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 199, H.R. 1074, A BILL TO REPEAL THE ACT ENTITLED, AN ACT TO CONFER JURISDICTION ON THE STATE OF IOWA OVER OFFENSES COMMITTED BY OR AGAINST INDIANS ON THE SAC AND FOX INDIAN RESERVATION.

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                    • 02:44:50 PM

                      Considered under suspension of the rules.

                    • 02:44:55 PM

                      DEBATE

                      The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1074.

                      • 02:45:03 PM

                        TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. COOK, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. TORRES, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. COOK. .

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                      • 02:45:18 PM

                        MR. COOK

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

                        I ASK THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                      • 02:45:29 PM

                        TEMPORE WITHOUT

                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                      • 02:45:33 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 02:45:35 PM

                        MR. COOK

                        I RISE IN POUR OF H.R. 1074. THIS BILL WOULD RESCIND CRIMINAL JURISDICTION…

                        I RISE IN POUR OF H.R. 1074. THIS BILL WOULD RESCIND CRIMINAL JURISDICTION FROM THE STATE OF IOWA OVER CRIMES COMMITTED BY OR AGAINST THE MEMBERS OF THE SAC AND FOX TRIBE ON THEIR LANDS. IN DOING SO THE TRIBE OR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOULD EXERCISE EXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION UNDER THE MAJOR CRIMES ACT. THIS IS THE MOST COMMON LEGAL SITUATION FOR MOST TRIBES IN AMERICA TODAY. IN 1948, CONGRESS GRANTED JURISDICTION OVER ALL CRIMES COMMITTED BY OR AGAINST INDIANS ON THE SAC AND FOX RESERVATION TO THE STATE OF IOWA. IN 1949 THERE WAS NO MECHANISM IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONCERNING CRIMINAL JURISDICTION ON THE TRIBES' LAND AND UP UNTIL THAT TIME, THE TRIBE HAD LARGELY POLICED THEMSELVES. TODAY, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS CRIMINAL STATUTORY AUTHORITY ON INDIANS LANDS. THE TRIBE IS AGAIN READY TO POLICE ITSELF AND THE STATE OF IOWA HAS AGREED THAT FEDERAL GRANT OF CRIMINAL JURISDICTION CAN BE REPEALED. UNDER H.R. 1074, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL HAVE CRIMINAL JURISDICTION OVER CRIMES, ESPECIALLY MAJOR CRIMES BY OR AGAINST INDIANS ON THE TRIBE'S LANDS. THE TRIBE WOULD HAVE JURISDICTION OVER INDIAN OFFENDERS FOR CRIMES OVER WHICH IT EXERCISES JURISDICTION, AND THE STATE OF IOWA WOULD RETAIN EXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION OVER CRIMES WHERE BOTH OFFENDER AND VICTIM ARE NON-INDIANS. I THANK THE SPONSOR OF H.R. 1074, THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. BLUM, FOR HIS WORK ON THIS BILL AND URGE ADOPTION OF THE MEASURE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 02:47:42 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                      • 02:47:47 PM

                        MRS. TORRES

                        IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 02:47:51 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY IS…

                        TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      • 02:47:54 PM

                        MRS. TORRES

                        THERE ARE LAWS IN THE BOOKS THAT STAND IN THE WAY OF TRUE TRIBAL…

                        THERE ARE LAWS IN THE BOOKS THAT STAND IN THE WAY OF TRUE TRIBAL SELF-DETERMINATION AND SELF-GOVERNANCE. ONE OF THOSE LAWS IS PUBLIC LAW 80-846, KNOWN COMMONLY AS THE 1948 ACT. THE 1948 ACT TARGETED ONLY ONE TRIBE, THE SAC AND FOX TRIBE OF THE MISSISSIPPI IN IOWA. ALSO GAVE THEM JURISDICTION OVER THEIR TRIBAL LAND. IN 1948, THE NATION DIDN'T HAVE A FORMAL MECHANISM FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND WAS NOT IN A FINANCIAL POSITION TO CREATE ONE. THIS WAS USED AS THE RATIONALE FOR THE STRIPPING OF THESE JURISDICTIONAL RIGHTS BUT THIS HAS NOT BEEN THE CASE FOR MANY YEARS. THE TRIBE HAS A FULL-TIME POLICE DEPARTMENT AS WELL AS A FULL FUNCTIONING COURT SYSTEM. THE CONTINUED EXISTENCE OF THE 1948 ACT HAS RESULTED IN AN UNFAIR SYSTEM OF CRIMES COMMITTED ON THEIR LAND WHEREBY A NATIVE AMERICAN DEFENDANT MUST FACE THE POSSIBILITY OF TWO PROSECUTIONS. STATE AND TRIBAL. BUT A NONNATIVE DEFENDANT FACES ONLY STATE PROSECUTION. THAT IS WHY I JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN SUPPORTING H.R. 1074 BY PASSING THIS BILL AND REPEAL THE 1948 ACT, WE WILL REMOVE THE INEQUITY IT HAS CREATED AND BRING THE MESKWAKI BACK INTO COMPLIANCE AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 02:49:46 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

                      • 02:49:48 PM

                        MR. COOK

                        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. BLUM.

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 02:49:54 PM

                        MR. BLUM

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

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR YIELDING AND THANK HIM FOR HIS TIME MANAGING TODAY'S FLOOR DEBATE. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1074, THE BILL I FIRST INTRODUCED IN THE 114TH CONGRESS, WHICH WOULD REPEAL THE 1948 LAW THAT GRANTED THE STATE OF IOWA CRIMINAL JURISDICTION OF OFFENSES COMMITTED BY OR BY THE SAC AND FOX TRIBE OF THE MISSISSIPPI IN IOWA. PRIOR TO THIS 1948 LAW, THE TRIBE HAD LARGELY POLICED ITSELF AND THERE WAS LITTLE, IF ANY, FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ON THE TRIBE'S LAND. HISTORICALLY DETERMINING WHO MAY EXERCISE JURISDICTION OVER CRIME IN TRIBAL COMMUNITIES IS COMPLEX. GENERALLY, CRIMES COMMITTED BY OR AGAINST INDIANS IN INDIAN COUNTRY ARE UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE UNITED STATES PURSUANT TO VARIOUS FEDERAL STATUTES. THE 1948 ACT WAS PASSED AT A TIME WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WAS ATTEMPTING TO SHIFT ITS RESPONSIBILITY AND OBLIGATIONS FROM TRIBES TO THE RESPECTIVE STATES. IN 1953, CONGRESS PASSED THE LAW COMMONLY CALLED PUBLIC LAW 280, TRANSFERRING CRIMINAL JURISDICTION OVER ALL CRIMES REGARDLESS OF THE INDIAN STATUS OF THE OFFENDER OR VICTIM IN INDIAN COUNTRY OF SIX STATES FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO THOSE STATES. EVEN THOUGH IOWA WAS NOT ONE OF THOSE STATES, FOR YEARS IT'S BEEN TREATED AS IF IT WERE A PUBLIC 280 STATE. WITH RESPECT TO THE LAW ENFORCEMENT ON THE SETTLEMENT TODAY, A LOT HAS CHANGED SINCE 1948. TODAY THE TRIBE HAS A FULLY FUNCTIONAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM WHICH INCLUDES A FULL-TIME POLICE DEPARTMENT WHOSE OFFICERS ARE CERTIFIED BY THE STATE OF IOWA. THE TRIBE MAINTAINS AND EMPLOYS LAW-TRAINED JUDGES AND A PROSECUTOR WHO TOGETHER WITH A PROBATION DEPARTMENT HANDLE ALL CRIMINAL CASES WHICH ARISE ON TRIBAL LANDS. H.R. 1074 AND ITS SENATE COMPANION BILL HAVE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FROM THE ENTIRE IOWA DELEGATION AS WELL AS THE SUPPORT OF THE IOWA STATE LEGISLATURE WHICH PASSED LEGISLATION SIGNED BY THEN GOVERNOR TERRY BRANDSTADT IN 2016 WHICH BEGAN THE PROCESS OF CONFERING JUSTICE TO THE TRIBE AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. AS MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED, THE ENTIRETY OF THE MESKWAKI IS LOCATED IN MY DISTRICT. SINCE I'VE COME TO WASHINGTON, I'VE GOTTEN TO KNOW THE SAC AND FOX TRIBAL COUNCIL AND THEIR REPRESENTATIVES AND WAS HAPPY TO FIRST INTRODUCE THIS BILL IN 2016 AFTER ITS APPROVAL BY THEN GOVERNOR BRANDSTADT. I URGE ADOPTION OF THIS BILL AND HOPE IT CONTINUES TO MOVE THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS SO THE TRIBE MAY ONCE AGAIN HAVE JURISDICTION OVER MANY OF THE CRIMES COMMITTED AGAINST THEIR MEMBERS ON THEIR LAND AND RESTORE ANOTHER PORTION OF THE TRIBE'S SOVEREIGNTY WHICH HAS BEEN REMOVED SINCE 1948. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 02:53:01 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. COOK,…

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. COOK, RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                        MRS. TORRES

                        I YIELD BACK.

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                      • 02:53:14 PM

                        MR. COOK

                        I YIELD BACK.

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 1074. 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 MOST. -- AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                    • 02:53:33 PM

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

                      • 02:53:37 PM

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

                        • 02:53:54 PM

                          MR. COOK

                          SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2600, AS AMENDED.

                      • 02:54:00 PM

                        Mr. Cook moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2600 — "To provide for the conveyance to the State of Iowa of the reversionary interest held by the United States in certain land in Pottawattamie County, Iowa, and for other purposes."

                        • 02:54:01 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                        • 02:54:04 PM

                          THE CLERK

                          2600, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE CONVEYANCE TO THE STATE OF IOWA OF THE…

                          2600, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE CONVEYANCE TO THE STATE OF IOWA OF THE REVERSIONARY INTEREST HELD BY THE UNITED STATES IN CERTAIN LAND IN POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY, IOWA, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN

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                      • 02:54:16 PM

                        Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                          TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

                          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. COOK, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. TORRES, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                        • 02:54:31 PM

                          MR. COOK

                          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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                      DEBATE

                      The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2600.

                      • 02:54:45 PM

                        TEMPORE WITHOUT

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                        MR. COOK

                        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. COOK

                        I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2600, SPONSORED BY MY COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE…

                        I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2600, SPONSORED BY MY COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE DAVID YOUNG OF IOWA. THIS DIRECTS THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR TO CONVEY TO THE STATE OF IOWA THE REVERSIONARY INTEREST HELD BY THE UNITED STATES IN CERTAIN LAND IN POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY. BY THE WAY, THIS WILL BE A TEST AFTERWARDS ON THE PRONUNCIATION. IN 1989, CONGRESS AUTHORIZED SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO PROVIDE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE TRAILS INTERPRETIVE CENTER IN COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA. SIX YEARS LATER IN 1995, THE NATIONAL WESTERN TRAIL CENTER DONATED PROPERTY TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE LATER CONSTRUCTED A TRAIL CENTER ON THE PROPERTY TO INTERPRET THE HISTORY OF THE LOUIS AND CLARK NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL, THE MORMON PIONEER NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL AND THE OREGON NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL. IN 1998, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DONATED THE TRAILS CENTER AND SURROUNDING PROPERTY TO THE STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF IOWA. FEDERAL OWNERSHIP WAS TRANSFERRED TO THE STATE SUBJECT TO A CONDITION THAT IF THE TRAIL CENTER IS NOT BEING USED FOR THE PURPOSES SPECIFIED IN THE 1989 ACT, THE LAND AND THE CENTER WOULD REVERT TO THE UNITED STATES. SINCE 1998, THE STATE HAS OWNED AND OPERATED THE TRAIL CENTER. PRESENTLY VISITATION AT THE CENTER IS LOW. THE HOURS OF OPERATION ARE LIMITED AND MAINTENANCE IS FALLING BEHIND. THE STATE OF IOWA WOULD LIKE TO REMOVE THE TRAIL CENTER FROM ITS RESPONSIBILITY AND POSSIBLY TRANSFER THE PROPERTY TO THE CITY OF COUNCIL BLUFFS. THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE DOES NOT OWN OR DIRECTLY MANAGE ANY OF THE LAND ASSOCIATED WITH THE 1989 ACT. IT'S THE COMMITTEE'S UNDERSTANDING THAT THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE DOES NOT HAVE ANY INTEREST IN TAKING OVER OPERATION OF THE TRAIL CENTER OR OWNERSHIP OF THE PROPERTY. I COMMEND REPRESENTATIVE YOUNG FOR HIS OUTSTANDING WORK ON BEHALF OF HIS CONSTITUENTS. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE MINORITY FOR THEIR HELP AND COOPERATION MOVING THIS LEGISLATION FORWARD. I URGE ADOPTION OF THE MEASURE AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 02:57:35 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                      • 02:57:41 PM

                        MRS. TORRES

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

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 02:57:46 PM

                        MRS. TORRES

                        H.R. 2600 AUTHORIZES THE CONVEYANCE TO THE STATE OF IOWA THE REVERSIONARY…

                        H.R. 2600 AUTHORIZES THE CONVEYANCE TO THE STATE OF IOWA THE REVERSIONARY INTEREST ON THE WESTERN HISTORIC TRAIL CENTER IN COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA. IN 1989, CONGRESS AUTHORIZED THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR TO PARTNER WITH THE STATE OF IOWA TO CREATE A TRAILS INTERPRETIVE CENTER TO SUPPORT THREE NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAILS THAT CROSS THROUGH THE REGION. IN 1988, THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TRANSFERRED APPROXIMATELY 400 ACRES TO THE STATE OF IOWA FOR USE AS A VISITOR CENTER. OWNERSHIP WAS THEN TRANSFERRED TO THE STATE WITH A REVERSIONARY CLAUSE THAT LIMITS THE USE OF THE PROPERTY TO A VISITOR CENTER. THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE DOES NOT OPERATE OR MAINTAIN THE CURRENT VISITOR CENTER. HOWEVER, UNDER CURRENT LAW, IF THE STATE STOPS USING THE SITE FOR ITS INTENDED PURPOSE, OWNERSHIP WILL REVERT BACK TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT, THE TRAILS INTERPRETIVE CENTER HAS NOT LIVED TO ITS EXPECTATIONS. VISITATION IS LOW AND THE FACILITY IS IN NEED OF SIGNIFICANT MAINTENANCE. THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AND THE STATE OF IOWA HAVE DETERMINED THAT TERMINATION OF THE REVERSIONARY INTEREST MAKES BOTH FISCAL AND OPERATIONAL SENSE. THIS WILL ALLOW THE STATE TO SELL THE PROPERTY TO THE CITY OF COUNCIL BLUFFS, ALLOWING THE CITY TO MAINTAIN THE FACILITY. AS LONG AS THE STATE CONTINUES TO PROVIDE NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL INTERPRETIVE SERVICES, FOLLOWING THE TERMS OF THE ORIGINAL AGREEMENT, CONGRESS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO RELEASE THE REVERSIONARY INTEREST TO THIS PARTICULAR PROPERTY. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 02:59:39 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLELADY RESERVES HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

                      • 02:59:45 PM

                        MR. COOK

                        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. YOUNG.

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 02:59:51 PM

                        MR. YOUNG

                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK BOTH OF MY COLLEAGUES FROM…

                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK BOTH OF MY COLLEAGUES FROM CALIFORNIA. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP AND WORKING TOGETHER WITH ME, THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, THE STATE OF IOWA, POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY AND THE CITY OF COUNCIL BLUFFS ON THIS BILL. THE NATIONAL PARKS SERVICE HOLDS REVERSIONARY RIGHTS TO A SMALL PARCEL IN COUNCIL BLUFFS IN POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY WHICH HAS A VISITOR CENTER. HOWEVER, THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE HAS LIMITED RESOURCES AND A LIMITED DESIRE TO EFFECTIVELY OPERATE THIS PROPERTY WITH THE HUNDREDS OF PROPERTIES IT ALREADY MAINTAINS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. . SO BY LISTENING TO THE PARK SERVICE, STATE OF IOWA, POTAWATOMI COUNTY, THE CITY OF COUNCIL BLUFFS, AND LOCAL LEADERS AND RESIDENTS, A CONSENSUS AND COMMONSENSE SOLUTION EVOLVED TO ALLOW THE CITY OF COUNCIL BLUFFS TO ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PROPERTY IN DERMING ITS BEST USE WHILE STILL RECOGNIZING AND HIGHLIGHTS THE -- HIGHLIGHTING THE SPIRIT AND HISTORY OF THESE HISTORIC TRAILS. WITH THAT I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FROM CALIFORNIA, THE RANKING MEMBER AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 03:01:06 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. COOK, RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. TORSE. -- -- MRS. TORRES. TORRES TORRES I YIELD BACK --

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                      • 03:01:23 PM

                        MRS. TORRES

                        I YIELD BACK.

                      • 03:01:25 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE PASS THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE.…

                        THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE PASS THE BILL. 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 CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                    • 03:01:47 PM

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

                      • 03:01:48 PM

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

                        • 03:02:00 PM

                          Mr. Cook moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1488 — "To retitle Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as Indiana Dunes National Park, and for other purposes."

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                            MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1488 AS AMENDED.

                          • 03:02:10 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                        • 03:02:11 PM

                          Considered under suspension of the rules.

                          • 03:02:13 PM

                            THE CLERK

                            H.R. 1488, A BILL TO RETITLE INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKE SHORE AS INDIANA…

                            H.R. 1488, A BILL TO RETITLE INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKE SHORE AS INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL PARK AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                      • 03:02:15 PM

                        DEBATE

                        The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1488.

                        • 03:02:23 PM

                          TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

                          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. COOK, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. TORRES, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                        • 03:02:35 PM

                          MR. COOK

                          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 MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                        • 03:02:49 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                        • 03:02:50 PM

                          MR. COOK

                          I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                        • 03:02:53 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                        • 03:02:56 PM

                          MR. COOK

                          AS INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL PARK. INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKE SHORE WAS…

                          AS INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL PARK. INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKE SHORE WAS ESTABLISHED BY CONGRESS IN 1966. THE DESIGNATION OF THE NATIONAL LAKE SHORE AS A UNIT OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE WAS A CULMINATION OF DECADES OF WORK BY CONSERVATIONISTS, AREA RESIDENTS AND ELECTED OFFICIALS. THE ORIGINAL LAW INCLUDED 8,330 ACRES OF LAND AND WATER. THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AND CONSERVATION ADVOCATES CONTINUED TO SEEK EXPANSION OF THE BOUNDARIES AND FIVE SUBSEQUENT LAWS INCREASED THE SIZE OF THE NATIONAL LAKE SHORE TO MORE THAN 15,000 ACRES. IN OCTOBER, 1916, SHORTLY AFTER THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE WAS ESTABLISHED, N.P.S. DIRECTOR STEVEN MATHER HELD HEARINGS IN CHICAGO TO GAUGE PUBLIC SENTIMENT ON A SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK. IN A DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR REPORT PUBLISHED AFTER THE HEARINGS, DIRECTOR MATHERS STATED, -- MATHER STATED, NO NATIONAL PARK OR OTHER FEDERAL RESERVATION OFFERS THIS PHENOMENON FOR THE PLEASURE AND EDIFICATION OF THE PEOPLE AND NO NATIONAL PARK IS AS ACCESSIBLE. FURTHERMORE, THE DUNES OFFER TO THE VISITOR EXTRAORDINARY -- OFFERS TO THE VISITOR EXTRAORDINARY SCENERY AND A LARGE VARIETY OF PLANT LIFE, MAGNIFICENT BATHING BEACHES, AND SPLENDID OPPORTUNITIES TO CAMP AND LIVE IN THE WILD, CLOSE TO NATURE. DESPITE DIRECTOR MATHER'S SUPPORT, THE NATIONAL PARK PROPOSAL WAS ABANDONED AT THE ONSET OF WORLD WAR I, AND SEVERAL YEARS LATER IN 1925 INDIANA DUNES STATE PARK WAS ESTABLISHED. REDESIGNATION OF THE NATIONAL LAKESIDE AS A NATIONAL PARK WOULD MAKE INDIANA DUNES THE 60TH NATIONAL PARK IN THE UNITED STATES. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 03:05:23 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                        • 03:05:28 PM

                          MRS. TORRES

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

                        • 03:05:33 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                        • 03:05:35 PM

                          MRS. TORRES

                          I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ON H.R. 1488, THE INDIAN DUNES NATIONAL PARK ACT.…

                          I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ON H.R. 1488, THE INDIAN DUNES NATIONAL PARK ACT. THIS ACT SEEKS TO RENAME THE INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKE SHORE TO THE INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL PARK. ONE OF THE OVER 400 UNITS OF THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM. UPON SUCCESSFUL REDESIGNATION, THE INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL PARK WOULD BECOME THE 60TH NATIONAL PARK, AREAS WHICH ARE KNOWN FOR THEIR VARIETY OF RESOURCES, FOR ENCOMPASSING LARGE LAND AND WATER AREAS, AND FOR PROVIDING PROTECTION OF RESOURCES WITHIN THEIR BOUNDARIES. DESIGNATED IN 1966, THE INDIANA DUNES PROTECTS OVER 15,000 ACRES, 50 MILES OF TRACE, AND PROVIDES FOR BOTH SUMMER AND WINTER RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR OVER TWO MILLION VISITORS THAT TRACK TO THE LAKE SHORE -- TREK TO THE LAKE SHORE EACH YEAR. WHEN THE LAKE SHORE WAS ADMITTED INTO THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM IN 1966, IT WAS THROUGH THE WORK OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY IN 1963-1964, TO CREATE A COMPROMISE FOR THE NATIONAL LAKE SHORE AND A PORT TO PROMOTE THE INDUSTRIAL NEEDS OF THE AREA. SPONSORS OF THIS BILL, INCLUDING OUR ESTEEMED COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE MCCLOSKEY, BELIEVE THAT RENAMING THE LAKE SHORE WILL CAPTURE THE SPIRIT AND INTENT OF THE FIRST NATIONAL PARK SERVICE DIRECTOR, STEVEN MATHER. DIRECTOR MATHER VISITED THE AREA IN 1916 AND RECOMMENDED THE AREA BE INCLUDED AS A NATIONAL PARK WITHIN THE NEWLY DESIGNATED NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM. SADLY THE UNITED STATES' ENTRY INTO WORLD WAR I PRECLUDED ITS ADDITION. NOW, 101 YEARS LATER, THIS BILL SEEKS TO REDESIGNATE 15,000 ACRES AS THE INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL PARK. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 03:07:34 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                        • 03:07:39 PM

                          MR. COOK

                          I ADVISE THE SPEAKER I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS AND I RESERVE THE…

                          I ADVISE THE SPEAKER I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 03:07:44 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                        • 03:07:48 PM

                          MRS. TORRES

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

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA AND SPONSOR OF THE LEGISLATION, REPRESENTATIVE VISCLOSKY.

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                        • 03:07:56 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA IS RECOGNIZED.

                        • 03:07:58 PM

                          MR. VISCLOSKY

                          MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. I WOULD WANT TO…

                          MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. I WOULD WANT TO BEGIN BY THANKING CHAIRMAN BISHOP AND RANKING MEMBER GRIJALVA FOR ALL OF THEIR WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. AS WELL AS CHAIRMAN MCCLINTOCK, AS WELL AS RANKING MEMBER HANABUSA, AND MRS. TORRES, FOR THEIR DILIGENCE. MR. SPEAKER, THE LEGISLATURE WE ARE CONSIDERING TODAY REPRESENTS A VERY SMALL CHANGE. ONE WORD. BUT IT WOULD HAVE AN ENORMOUS BENEFIT OF RIGHTLY PLACING THE INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKE SHORE WHERE IT BELONGS, AS THE NATION'S 60TH NATIONAL PARK AND THE FIRST NATIONAL PARK IN THE STATE OF INDIANA. AS MENTIONED, AS LOCATED ALONG THE SOUTHERN SHORE OF LAKE MICHIGAN, THE INDIANA DUNES ARE A NATURAL WONDER AND HOME OF A VAST ARRAY OF RARE PLANTS. ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKE SHORE IS THE SEVENTH MOST BIOLOGICALLY DIVERSE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE UNIT. I BELIEVE THE CHAIRMAN AND MRS. TORRES ABLY DESCRIBED THE HISTORY OF THE DUNES AND ITS EVOLUTION. I THANK THEM FOR THAT. AND I WOULD THANK ALL OF THE CITIZENS OVER THAT HALF CENTURY AND MORE THAT PETITIONED FOR THE CREATION OF THIS GREAT PARK. THE LAKE SHORE CURRENTLY DOES ENCOMPASS ABOUT 15,000 ACRES OF WETLANDS AND MARSHES, BEACHES AND SAND DUNES. IT IS CLEAR THAT THE TITLE OF THE INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL PARK IS FITTING FOR SUCH A UNIQUE AND WONDERFUL NATURAL RESOURCE. THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS OVER A NUMBER OF GENERATIONS HAVE INVESTED IN THE PRESERVATION OF THE PARK. IT IS INCUMBENT THAT WE DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO ENCOURAGE CITIZENS AND TRAVELERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO VISIT IT, TO LEARN ABOUT IT, TO RECREATE AND TO SIMPLY ENJOY THE ENVIRONMENT OF NORTHWEST INDIANA'S LAKE SHORE. H.R. 1488 HELPS TO ACHIEVE THIS GOAL. MR. SPEAKER, I AM PROUD THAT THE ACT IS SUPPORTED IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION BY THE ENTIRE INDIANA DELEGATION. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK SENATORS DONNELLY AND YOUNG WHO HAVE INTRODUCED A COMPANION MEASURE IN THE SENATE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT PASSAGE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 03:10:09 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                        • 03:10:13 PM

                          MRS. TORRES

                          I YIELD BACK.

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                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

                        • 03:10:17 PM

                          MR. COOK

                          I YIELD BACK.

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                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED, THE…

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED, THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 1488. 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.

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                      • 03:10:42 PM

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

                        • 03:10:44 PM

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

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                          • 03:12:28 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECKINGNITION?…

                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECKINGNITION? -- SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                          • 03:12:32 PM

                            MR. THOMPSON

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

                            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS WITHIN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL H.R. 2936.

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                          • 03:12:46 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 595 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR…

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 595 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2936. THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. YOUNG, TO PRESIDE OVER THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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                        • 03:12:59 PM

                          Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 595. H.R. 2936 — "To expedite under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and improve forest management activities on National Forest System lands, on public lands under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management, and on Tribal lands to return resilience to overgrown, fire-prone forested lands, and for other purposes."

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                            Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 2936 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Specified amendments are in order.

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                              House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 595 and Rule XVIII.

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                                The Speaker designated the Honorable David Young to act as Chairman of the Committee.

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                                GENERAL DEBATE

                                The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 2936.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE HOUSE IS IN THE ACCOUNT -- IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ON THE…

                                  THE HOUSE IS IN THE ACCOUNT -- IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2936 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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                                  THE CLERK

                                  A BILL TO EXPEDITE UNDER THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT OF 1969 AN…

                                  A BILL TO EXPEDITE UNDER THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT OF 1969 AN IMPROVED FOREST MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES ON NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM LANDS, ON PUBLIC LANDS UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT, AND ON TRIBAL LANDS TO RETURN RESILIENCE TO OVERGROWN, FIRE-PRONE FORESTED LANDS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                • 03:13:57 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

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

                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL IS CONSIDERED READ THE FIRST TIME. GENERAL DEBATE SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR BY THE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. THOMPSON, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. PETERSON, THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. BISHOP, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GRIJALVA, WILL EACH CONTROL 15 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. THOMPSON.

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                                  MR. THOMPSON

                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2936, THE RESILIENT FEDERAL…

                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2936, THE RESILIENT FEDERAL FORESTS ACT OF 2017. AS I STATED LAST CONGRESS, OUR NATIONAL FORESTS ARE FACING AN EPIDEMIC OF DECLINING HEALTH. WHICH IS A DIRECT RESULT OF POLICIES THAT HAVE LED TO A DRAMATIC DECREASE IN MANAGED ACRES, CREATING CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES THAT VIN CREASED IN SIZE AND FREQUENCY -- THAT HAVE INCREASED IN SIZE AND FREQUENCY. THE PAST TWO FIRE SEASONS HAVE BEEN SOME OF THE MOST EXPENSIVE ON RECORD AND THIS YEAR APPEARS TO BE NO EXCEPTION. SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE RECENTLY ANNOUNCED THAT WILDLAND FIRE SUPPRESSION COSTS FOR THIS FISCAL YEAR HAVE EXCEEDED $2 BILLION, MAKING 2017 THE MOST EXPENSIVE YEAR ON RECORD. WHILE THE SUPPRESSION COSTS ARE STAGGERING, THESE FIRES COME AT A GREATER COST TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES. PRIVATE PROPERTY AND PRISTINE LANDSCAPES. MOST IMPORTANTLY, THEY ALSO RESULT IN THE LOSS OF LIFE. . OVER THE YEAR, THE PROBLEM HAS THESE FIRES HAVE CONSUMED MORE AND MORE OF THE BUDGET THAT WAS INTENDED FOR MANAGEMENT. THIS CYCLE HAS GONE ON FOR FAR TOO LONG. IN THE 2014 FARM BILL WE TOOK MEANINGFUL STEPS TO EMPOWER THE FOREST SERVICE TO CARRY OUT ITS MISSION. WITH THIS BILL, WE'LL PROVIDE THEM ANOTHER TOOL TO CARRY OUT THEIR DUTIES. THIS BILL BUILDS ON THE SUCCESS OF THE FARM BILL TO ALLOW THE FOREST SERVICE AND THEIR PARTNERS TO MANAGE THE FORESTS USING SOUND SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS WITHOUT FEAR OF LITIGATION. FURTHER, IT PROMOTES GOOD STEWARDSHIP THROUGH PROJECTS THAT PROTECT OUR WATER SHEDS AFTER CATASTROPHIC FIRES. AS FUEL LOADS INCREASE IN OUR NATIONAL FOREST THE COST OF INACTION INCREASES EVERY DAY. THIS LEGISLATION ALLOWS THE FOREST SERVICE TO ACCOUNT FOR THE FOREST SERVICE, EXPEDITING TREATMENTS FOR NEEDED. THIS ISSUE EXTENDS BEYOND JUST FIRE. WHILE THEY HAVE NOT COME UP IN SMOKE, SOME OF OUR NATIONAL FORESTS CONTINUE TO DETERIORATE AS A RESULT OF INSECT AND DISEASE INFESTATION, LEAVING WHAT WAS PRISTINE, PRODUCTIVE HABITAT SO MANY IN THIS CONGRESS SEEK TO PROTECT. FINALLY, I HAVE SEVERAL LETTERS IN EXCHANGE FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE I'D LIKE TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION AND RESERVE MY TIME.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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                                  MR. PETERSON

                                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY…

                                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                • 03:17:10 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                  MR. PETERSON

                                  H.R. 2936 ADDRESSES SOME VALID CONCERNS REGARDING FOREST MANAGEMENT. THE…

                                  H.R. 2936 ADDRESSES SOME VALID CONCERNS REGARDING FOREST MANAGEMENT. THE BILL WOULD SIMPLIFY FOREST MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES WHILE ALSO TAMPING DOWN ON OVERZELLOUS REGULATIONS AND PLCY DECISIONS MADE BY ACTIVISTS AND BUREAUCRAT WHO WAS ADOPTED A SUE AND SETTLE STRATEGY TO PURSUE THEIR AGENDA. THIS IS ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS WHY I'M A CO-SPONSOR OF 2936. WHILE THIS BILL ISN'T EXACTLY WHAT I WOULD DO IF I WAS IN CHARGE OF PUTTING THE BILL TOGETHER, WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING TO ADDRESS FOREST MANAGEMENT CONCERNS AND I BELIEVE THAT THIS BILL SEEKS TO DO THAT AND MOVES US IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. SO I'M SUPPORTIVE OF MOVING THE PROCESS ALONG SO WE CAN NEGOTIATE WITH OUR SENATE COLLEAGUES AND FIND A WORKABLE SOLUTION TO ADDRESS THESE ISSUES. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 03:18:03 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                  MR. THOMPSON

                                  CHAIRMAN, I'M NOW PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

                                  CHAIRMAN, I'M NOW PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. DENHAM, FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                • 03:18:17 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                  MR. DENHAM

                                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2936, THE RESILIENT FEDERAL FORESTS ACT. WHEN WE…

                                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2936, THE RESILIENT FEDERAL FORESTS ACT. WHEN WE FAIL TO MANAGE OUR FORESTS AND FEDERAL LANDS WE PUT OURSES AND OUR NEIGHBORS AT RISK. IT IS TIME TO BETTER MANAGE OUR FIRE-PRONE FORESTS AND FIX HUH WE PAY FOR WILDFIRE SUPPRESSION. CALIFORNIA JUST EXPERIENCED THE DEADLIEST WILDFIRE IN OUR HISTORY. 2017 IS ON TRACK TO BE THE WORST FIRE SEASON ON RECORD. WE CAN'T WAIT UNTIL NEXT SEASON. WE'VE GOT TO PUT THE RIGHT POLICIES IN PLACE NOW. THE RESILIENT FEDERAL FOREST ACT GIVES US THE TOOLS TO REDUCE THE THREAT OF CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES AND ALLOWS US TO EXPEDITE THE REMOVAL OF DEAD TREES AND RAPIDLY MITIGATE DISEASE-INFORMSED AREAS AND ENABLES US TO RESPONSIBLY MANAGE OUR FORESTS AND IMPROVE ECOSYSTEMS AND PERMANENTLY SOLVES THE FIRE BORROWING PROBLEM. NO LONGER WILL WE DEPLETE FIRE RESTORATION AND MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTS TO PAY FOR WILDFIRE SUPPRESSION THIS WILL GIVE FIREFIGHTERS THE RESOURCES THEY NEED WITHOUT INJURING PREVENTION EFFORTS. THIS BILL WILL HELP US TO MITT GATE FUTURE FIRES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PASS THIS BILL AND HELP IMPROVE THE HEALTH AND RESILL YEN SOIF OUR FEDERAL FORESTS. MR. CHAIRMAN, AT THIS TIME I WISH TO INCLUDE IN THE RECORD A LET ORE OF THE ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA WATER AGENCIES IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2936. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 03:19:48 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN'S REQUEST IS COVERED UNDER GENERAL LEAVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN'S REQUEST IS COVERED UNDER GENERAL LEAVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                • 03:19:52 PM

                                  MR. THOMPSON

                                  I RESERVE.

                                • 03:19:54 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

                                • 03:19:56 PM

                                  MR. PETERSON

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

                                  MR. CHAIRMAN I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. COSTA, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                  MR. COSTA

                                  FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM MINNESOTA, CONGRESSMAN PETERSON, FOR YIELDING…

                                  FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM MINNESOTA, CONGRESSMAN PETERSON, FOR YIELDING THIS TIME. IT IS CLEAR, I THINK, FOR EVERYBODY IN THIS CHAMBER TO KNOW HOW DEVASTATING THE FIRES HAVE BEEN NOT ONLY IN CALIFORNIA OVER THE LAST RECENT WEEKS BUT THROUGHOUT THE WEST. IT'S BEEN THIS WAY FOR SEVERAL YEARS. IT'S LONG OVERDUE FOR CONGRESS TO ADDRESS THE MANY ISSUES FACING OUR FORESTS UNDER FEDERAL MANAGEMENT. THAT'S WHAT THIS LEGISLATION ATTEMPTS TO DO. YEARS OF MISMANAGEMENT HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO A RISE OF CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES NOT ONLY IN MY HOME STATE OF CALIFORNIA BUT THROUGHOUT THE WEST. THE HEART OF THE POB IS SIMPLE. MONEY THAT CONGRESS HAS ALLOCATED TO PREVENT WILDFIRES HAS BEEN USED INSTEAD TO PUT THEM OUT. THERE ARE OTHER FACTORS INVOLVED AS WELL, TO BE SURE. BUT FOR YEARS, WHAT WE HAVE DONE WITH DENSELY OVERGROWN FORESTS THAT NEED MANAGING, WE HAVE SET OURSELVES UP TO ALLOW THESE DENSELY CREATED FORESTS TO BE THE SUBJECT OF VERY DESTRUCTIVE FIRES. IF SOMETHING SHOULD GO WRONG. AND OF COURSE WE HAVE LIGHTNING STRIKES, WE HAVE OTHER NATURAL CONDITIONS. THAT CAUSE THESE FIRES. THIS YEAR ALONE THE UNITED STATES FOREST SERVICE HAS SPENT ABOUT $2.4 BILLION ON PUTTING OUT FIRES. AND HAS TRANSFERRED NEARLY $576 MILLION FROM THE MANAGEMENT ACTIVITY, THEE MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES WOULD GO TO THINNING THE FORESTS AND ALLOW FOR BETTER OVERALL GROWTH. IT WOULD BE A PREVENTIVE MEANS TO CHANGE THE ABILITY OF THESE FIRES TO GROW. I HAVE CONCERNS WITH SOME OF THE PROVISIONS IN THIS LEGISLATION AND BELIEVE IT CAN BE IMPROVED WITH MODIFICATIONS. SPECIFICALLY, THE WAY WE DO THE FIRE BORROWING. AS ADDRESSED. AND THE SIZE OF CAT GORICAL EXEMPTIONS UNDER THE PUBLIC DISCLOSURE LAWS. BUT THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS AND WE CAN DEAL WITH THAT. WE MUST REFORM THE WAY OUR FEDERAL FORESTS ARE MANAGED, PARTICULARLY THE IMPACTS AS A RESULT OF CHANGING CLIMATE THAT WE HAVE AND AS IT BECOMES MORE DROUGHT -- MORE PRONOUNCED SUCH AS DROUGHT CONDITIONS. THE BENEFITS -- I ASK THE GENTLEMAN TO YIELD ME 30 SECONDS?

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                                • 03:22:30 PM

                                  MR. PETERSON

                                  I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN 30 SECONDS.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS 30 SECONDS.

                                • 03:22:34 PM

                                  MR. COSTA

                                  THE BENEFITS OF IMPROVED MANAGEMENT WILL NOT ONLY HELP WITH WILDFIRE…

                                  THE BENEFITS OF IMPROVED MANAGEMENT WILL NOT ONLY HELP WITH WILDFIRE SUPPRESSION BUT WILL BENEFIT THE ENVIRONMENT. MORE EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT, HEALTHIER HEADWATERS WILL PROVIDE ESTIMATED INCREASE OF WATER SUPPLY OVER 300,000 ACRE-FEET OF ADDITIONAL WATER. THAT'S SIGNIFICANT, CERTAINLY IN A STATE LIKE CALIFORNIA AND IMPROVE WATER QUALITY DOWNSTREAM. 10 IN CLOSE, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO WORK TOGETHER TO IMPROVE THIS LEGISLATION BEFORE IT'S SENT TO THE SENATE FOR CONSIDERATION BECAUSE IT'S CLEAR, IT'S VERY CLEAR, IN RECENT WEEKS AND RECENT MONTHS OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS THAT THE STATUS QUO IS UNSUSTAINABLE. WE MUST DO A BETTER JOB IN MANAGING OUR FORESTS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 03:23:17 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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                                  MR. PETERSON

                                  I RESERVE.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

                                • 03:23:26 PM

                                  MR. THOMPSON

                                  I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE SWRELT FROM FLORIDA, DR. DUNN, FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                  MR. DUNN

                                  THANK YOU TO MY FRIEND FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR YIELDING TIME. I RISE IN…

                                  THANK YOU TO MY FRIEND FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR YIELDING TIME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RESILIENT FOREST ACT OF 2017. THE NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM IS GOVERNED BY THE PRINCIPLE OF MULTIPLE USE, CONFERRING MAXIMUM SUSTAINABLE BENEFITS IN THE FORM OF HABITAT, RECREATION, CLEAN AIR AND WATER AND TIMBER HARVESTS. SADLY GOVERNMENT RED TAPE AND THE CONSTANT THREAT OF LITIGATION HAS CAUSED PARALYSIS BY ANALYSIS. AT THE FORESTER IS VESS. LEADING TO A DECREASE IN PUBLIC RECREATION OPPORTUNITIES AND REDUCTION IN TIMBER OUTPUT. IN THE AREA SURROUNDING THE FOREST IN FLORIDA'S SECOND DISTRICT, THE LACK OF TIMBER MANAGEMENT NOT ONLY MEANS FEWER JOB BUT IT CREATES A SMALLER TAX BASE WHICH MEANS FEWER RESOURCES TO PROVIDE BASIC SERVICES LIKE LAW ENFORCEMENT AND GOOD SCHOOLS. UNDER THE RESILIENT FEDERAL FOREST ACT OF 2017, FOREST MANAGEMENT WILL BE DRIVEN BY FOREST HEALTH AND NOT BY FEAR OF LITIGATION. THIS IMPROVES THE STEWARDSHIP AND STRENGTHENS COMMUNITIES. I ENCOURAGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK TO MR. THOMPSON.

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                                • 03:24:46 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RESERVES. THE…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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                                • 03:24:52 PM

                                  MR. PETERSON

                                  YIELD TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. BEYER.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                                • 03:25:02 PM

                                  MR. BEYER

                                  THANK YOU. I DON'T HAVE ANY STRONG OBJECTIONS TO THE PARTS OF THIS BILL…

                                  THANK YOU. I DON'T HAVE ANY STRONG OBJECTIONS TO THE PARTS OF THIS BILL THAT DEAL WITH FOREST RESILIENCE AND I YIELD TO PEOPLE WHO KNOW A LOT MORE ABOUT FORESTS THAN I DO BUT I AM CONCERNED THAT IT'S HARMFUL FOR ALL THE SPECIES THAT RELY ON FORESTS FOR HABITAT AND THAT THE BILL SPECIFICALLY INCLUDES PROVISIONS THAT ATTACK AND UNDERMINE THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT. THE BILL ALLOW THIS IS FOREST SERVICE AND BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT TO UNILATERALLY DETERMINE IF AUTHORIZED LOGGING OR FORESTRY MANAGEMENT ACTIONS WOULD ADVERSELY AFFECT LISTED SPECIES WITHOUT CONSULTING EXPERTS A AT THE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE AS REQUIRED BY THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT. FURTHERMORE IT DECLARES FOR PURPOSES OF E.S.A., ALL LOGGING AND OTHER ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT PURSUANT TO THE BILL ARE, QUOTE-UNQUOTE, NONDISCRETIONARY ACTIONS. DEEMING THEM NONDISCRETIONARY SERVES THEM AS A WAIVER OF THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT, ALLOWS THEM TO VIOLATE THE E.S.A. AND ENDANGERS SPECIES. ANOTHER PART ALLOWS THEM NOT TO TAKE E.S.A. INTO ACCOUNT WITH NEW AREAS. THIS COULD AFFECT ENDANGERS SPECIES. IT DISMANTLES INTERAGENCY CONSULTATION THAT'S INTEGRAL TO WILDLIFE PROTECTION UNDER THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT. AMERICA'S FORESTS ARE HOME TO OVER 400 ENDANGERED OR THREATENED SPECIES, INCLUDING THE PANTHER, THE BLACK FOOTED FERRET. WE CANNOT STRIP PROTECTION FOR THESE SPECIES AND ELIMINATE REVIEW PROCESSES. ON THIS BASIS, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO. I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 03:27:01 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK.

                                • 03:27:04 PM

                                  MR. PETERSON

                                  I RESERVE.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN.

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                                  MR. TOMP SOCK

                                  I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT.

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                                  MR. GOHMERT

                                  I'M GRATE TO FEEL MR. WESTERMAN, WE SHARE A GREAT DEAL OF INTERESTS. AS…

                                  I'M GRATE TO FEEL MR. WESTERMAN, WE SHARE A GREAT DEAL OF INTERESTS. AS FAR AS ENDANGERED SPECIES, I REMEMBER HEARING HOW THIS LITTLE SPOTTED OWL ONLY COULD MATE IN VIRGIN FORESTS, THEN IT TURNS OUT SOME PAIR WERE REPORT TO HAVE HAD MATED IN A KMART SIGN. BUT ENDANGERED SPECIES WILL DO BEST IN MANAGED FORESTS. WHERE WE CLEAR UNDERBRUSH. WHERE WE MAKE FIRE LANES. WHERE WE MANAGE THE FOREST. THE FORESTS DO BETTER, YOU STOP THE WILDFIRE YOU WANT TO JUST LEAVE IT TO NATURE, NATURE WILL DESTROY MASSIVE NUMBERS OF ACRES OF LAND. SO WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY. EVEN IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN WHEN THINGS WERE PERFECT, GOD SAID, TEND THE GARDEN. SO I APPRECIATE THE TIME AND ALSO APPRECIATE THE CHAIRMAN'S WILLINGNESS TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF THE STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM SO COUNTIES DON'T GET MESSED OVER AND WITH THATTERING I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 03:28:21 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

                                • 03:28:24 PM

                                  MR. TOMP SOCK

                                  RESERVE.

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                                  THE CHAIR

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                                  CHAIR MR.

                                  RESERVE.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

                                • 03:28:32 PM

                                  MR. PETERSON

                                  I RESERVE. I HAVE ONE MORE SPEAKER BUT HE'S ON HIS WAY.

                                • 03:28:36 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

                                • 03:28:39 PM

                                  MR. THOMPSON

                                  I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN FOR TWO MINUTES.

                                • 03:28:44 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2936, THE RESILIENT…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2936, THE RESILIENT FEDERAL FOREST ACT MY DISTRICT IS HOME TO THREE NATIONAL FOREST THE OTTAWA, HIAWATHA AND HUE RON.

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                                  MR. BERGMAN

                                  WHEN WE USE THE TERM , IN OUR NECK OF THE WOODS, WE MEAN IT. WE UNDERSTAND…

                                  WHEN WE USE THE TERM , IN OUR NECK OF THE WOODS, WE MEAN IT. WE UNDERSTAND HOW VITALLY IMPORTANT PROPER MANAGEMENT OF FORESTS IS FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT OUR ECONOMY AND OUR SPECIAL WAY OF LIFE IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN AND THE UPPER PENINSULA. I LIVE IN THE MIDDLE, RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE OTTAWA NATIONAL FOREST. SO THIS ISSUE REALLY DOES HIT CLOSE TO HOME FOR ME. AND NOW, AS WE HAVE SEEN THE DEVASTATION FROM FOREST FIRES IN THE WEST, IT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER TO HAVE THIS DEBATE. BUT IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO TALK ABOUT THE NEED FOR WILDLIFE SUPPRESSION -- EXCUSE ME. WILDFIRE SUPPRESSION. WITHOUT TALKING ABOUT PROPER FOREST MANAGEMENT. THESE TWO GO HAND IN HAND. OR AT LEAST THEY SHOULD. GO HAND IN HAND. ALL TOO OFTEN WE HEAR RHETORIC THAT MANAGING OUR FORESTS AND REMOVING DEAD OR DYING TREES IS A BAD THING. THIS CAN'T BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. WHEN WE LEAVE THESE DRIED, ARE THING TREES, LAYING ON THE FOREST FLOOR, THEY BECOME AN INCENDIARY BREEDING GROUND FOR FIRES. THOSE FIRES COST THE FOREST SERVICE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND COUNTLESS HOURS OF MANPOWER TO EXTINGUISH. LAST YEAR ALONE, WE SPENT $2.9 BILLION ON SUPPRESSION EFFORTS. THIS LEAVES BARELY ANY FINANCIAL RESOURCES TO ALLOCATE TOWARD ACTUALLY MANAGING OUR FORESTS. H.R. 2936 SEEKS TO END THIS CYCLE. LET'S GET AT THE PROBLEM NOW SO IT DOESN'T BECOME A DISASTER LATER. THIS IS NOT A PARTISAN ISSUE. THIS IS A COMMON SENSE SOLUTION FOR OUR FEDERALLY OWNED FORESTLAND. WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD LIKE ALSO TO INCLUDE THE FOREST PRODUCTS INDUSTRY NATIONAL LABOR MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE AND INTERTRIBAL TIMBER COUNCIL LETTERS INTO THE RECORD. I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 2936 AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 03:31:06 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE REQUEST WILL BE COVERED UNDER GENERAL LEAVE. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES?

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                                  MR. THOMPSON

                                  I RESERVE.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA. .

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                                  MR. PETERSON

                                  I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                                  MR. THOMPSON

                                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. CHAIRMAN, MANY OF OUR COLLEAGUES…

                                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. CHAIRMAN, MANY OF OUR COLLEAGUES HAVE ASKED, BECAUSE OF THE RECENT FIRES IN MY DISTRICT, HOW I'LL BE VOTING ON THIS MEASURE TODAY. WELL, I'M A NO. MY DISTRICT EXPERIENCED THE WORST WILDFIRES IN CALIFORNIA HISTORY. FIRES BURNED CLOSE TO 300,000 ACRES, KILLED 43 PEOPLE, FORCED MORE THAN 100,000 PEOPLE TO EVACUATE, DECIMATED SOME 7,000 HOMES, AND LEFT 10,000 PEOPLE HOMELESS IN THE CITY OF SANTA ROSA ALONE. BUT OUR FIRES DIDN'T BURN FOREST SERVICE LANDS AND THEY DIDN'T START ON PUBLIC LANDS. SO NOTHING IN THIS BILL THAT WE'RE DISCUSSING HERE TODAY COULD HAVE PREVENTED THE DEVASTATION IN MY DISTRICT. I AGREE THAT WE SHOULD BE DOING MORE TO PREPARE FOR CATASTROPHIC FIRE EVENTS, BUT THIS BILL DOESN'T ACHIEVE THAT GOAL. INSTEAD IT GUTS LONGSTANDING PROTECTIONS AND FAILS TO FIX THE BUDGETARY ISSUES THAT PLAGUE FIRE MANAGEMENT. IN FACT, THIS BILL COULD MAKE THINGS WORSE BY CREATING MORE RED TAPE FOR AGENCIES WHEN THEY ARE ACTIVELY RESPONDING TO WILDFIRES. THAT'S WHY I JOINED REPRESENTATIVE HUFFMAN TO INTRODUCE AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD HAVE MORE DIRECTLY ADDRESSED THE RISK OF WILDFIRES. WE INCORPORATED PROVISIONS BASED ON REPRESENTATIVES SIMPSON AND SCHRADER'S WILDFIRE DISASTER FUNDING ACT THAT GIVES LAND MANAGEMENT AGENCIES ACCESS TO FUNDING TO FIGHT WILDFIRES, WITHOUT JEOPARDIZING OTHER AGENCY PROGRAMS. AND LEGISLATION THAT I HAVE, THAT I'VE DROP -- THAT I DROPPED TODAY, THAT'S THE COMPANION BILL TO SENATORS CAN'T WELL AND -- CANTWELL AND RISH WILDFIRES ACT, IT TARGETS HIGH-RISK AREAS FOR PRESCRIBED BURNS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA, THE REPUBLICAN FROM NEVADA IS THE CO-AUTHOR OF THAT LEGISLATION. WE ALSO INCORPORATED REPRESENTATIVES LAMALFA AND SCHRADER'S ELECTRICITY RELIABILITY AND FOREST PROTECTION ACT WHICH PASSED THE HOUSE EARLIER THIS YEAR AND ALLOWS FOR HAZARDOUS VEGETATION MANAGEMENT ON FEDERAL LANDS THAT ABUTT ELECTRICAL TRANSMISSION LINES. AND WE ALSO INCORPORATED REPRESENTATIVE RUIZ'S WILDFIRE PREVENTION ACT THAT ALLOWS STATES TO APPLY FOR HAZARDOUS -- HAZARD MITIGATION GRANTS FOR WILDFIRE PREVENTION PROJECTS. INSTEAD OF CONSIDERING CONTROVERSIAL MEASURES THAT WILL MEET A DEAD END ONCE IT GETS TO THE SENATE, WE SHOULD PASS THESE BIPARTISAN, PRACTICAL AND EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS. THE FIRES THAT TORE ACROSS MY STATE MUST NOT BE USED AS AN EXCUSE TO UNDERMINE FUNDAMENTAL LAW -- ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS THAT PROTECT PUBLIC LANDS. THEY SHOULD MOTIVATE US TO WORK TOGETHER, TO PROTECT COMMUNITIES FROM THE DEVASTATION THAT MY CONSTITUENTS ARE FACING TODAY. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 03:34:26 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                • 03:34:31 PM

                                  MR. THOMPSON

                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE FOR ONE MINUTE THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE FOR ONE MINUTE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA, MR. GENE FOR TAFMENTE

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                                • 03:34:35 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                  MR. GIANFORTE

                                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, A…

                                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, A TRAINED FORESTER, FOR HIS EFFORTS TO REFORM HOW WE MANAGE OUR FORESTS. MONTANA FACED A DEVASTATING WILDFIRE SEASON. OVER ONE MILLION ACRES HAVE BURNED IN OUR STATE. LIVES WERE LOST. OUR LIVELIHOODS WERE THREATENED. WILDLIFE HABITATS WERE DESTROYED. WE BREATHED THE SMOKE AS THE CLOUDS HUNG IN THE AIR. EARLIER THIS WEEK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS AND I MET WITH CONSERVATIONISTS, THE FOREST SERVICE, LOCAL LEADERS AND KEY STAKEHOLDERS, INCLUDING THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELK FOUNDATION. THEY ALL AFFIRMED THAT LITIGATION AND AN INABILITY TO APPROPRIATELY MANAGE OUR FORESTS ARE THE PROBLEM AND LEAD TO SEVERE WILDFIRES. WHEN CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES STRIKE, WE KEEP TREATING THE SYMPTOMS, SUPPRESSING THE FIRES. AND SOMEHOW THINK THAT THE NEXT WILDFIRE WILL BE DIFFERENT. WE HAVE TO ADDRESS THE UNDERLYING ISSUES. WE HAVE TO REFORM HOW WE MANAGE OUR FORESTS. WE HAVE TO MAKE OUR FORESTS HEALTHIER AND OUR WILDFIRES LESS SEVERE. WE CAN BEGIN THAT PROCESS TODAY. THE PEOPLE OF MONTANA NEED RELIEF AND A LONG-TERM SOLUTION. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. I ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT --

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                                • 03:36:02 PM

                                  MR. THOMPSON

                                  I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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                                  MR. GIANFORTE

                                  THANK YOU. I ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD A LETTER…

                                  THANK YOU. I ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD A LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR THE LEGISLATION FROM THE NATIONAL LUMBER AND BUILDING MATERIALS ASSOCIATION, AND A STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FROM THE FORMER CHIEF OF THE FOREST SERVICE, TOM TIDWELL. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 03:36:21 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN'S REQUEST WILL BE COVERED UNDER GENERAL LEAVE. DOES THE…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN'S REQUEST WILL BE COVERED UNDER GENERAL LEAVE. DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE?

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                                • 03:36:24 PM

                                  MR. THOMPSON

                                  RESERVES.

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                                  THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                • 03:36:29 PM

                                  MR. PETERSON

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

                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. SCHRADER.

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                                • 03:36:33 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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                                  MR. SCHRADER

                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ON THIS BILL. THIS FIRE SEASON HAS PUT THE NEED FOR REAL FOREST MANAGEMENT IN PRETTY STARK RELIEF FOR THOSE OF US WHO LIVE OUT WEST. THE CURRENT FOREST POLICY WITH THESE RANDOM DESPERATE MEASURES TO FIGHT INCREASINGLY HORRIFIC FIRES THAT THREATEN AND DESTROY RURAL, AND NOW WE'VE SEEN IN CALIFORNIA, SUBURBAN, COMMUNITIES IS COMPLETELY INADEQUATE AND INCREASINGLY COSTLY TO THE TAXPAYER. THIS BILL, CONTRARY TO WHAT SOME HAVE SAID, REWARDS COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE PROACTIVE, COLLABORATIVE PROGRAMS, STEWARDSHIP PROGRAMS, RURAL ADVISORY COMMITTEES, AND WILDFIRE PROTECTION PLANS TO MANAGE THEIR FORESTS WITHOUT REDUNDANT NEPA PROCESSES. A FEW THOUSAND ACRES OUT OF THE MILLIONS OF ACRES OF FEDERAL FOREST LAND ARE NOW GOING TO BE ENABLED TO BE MANAGED FOR WILDLIFE FOREST HABITAT, REMOVAL OF DANGEROUS ROADSIDE AND INFRASTRUCTURE THREATENING VEGETATION, INSECT AND DISEASE INFESTATIONS, AND REDUCING HAZARDOUS FEERL IN THE FORESTS. FRANKLY, DO A LITTLE REFORESTING OF SALVAGE PROJECTS THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ALLOWED YEARS AGO. WE ALSO PILOT A FEW ARBITRATION PROJECTS, TO AVOID THE ENDLESS, FRIVOLOUS LITIGATION OF EVERY SINGLE FOREST MANAGEMENT PROJECT, A LEAST IN OREGON, AND I THINK ELSEWHERE. THE S.R.S. PAYMENTS CONTINUE TO RURAL COMMUNITIES WHOSE WAY OF LIFE HAVE BEEN BASICALLY TAKEN AWAY FROM THEM BY THE ENDLESS FRIVOLOUS LITIGATION OF OUR FEDERAL FORESTS. AND COUNTIES FOR THE FIRST TIME GET SOME REVENUE FROM THE VERY STEWARDSHIP CONTRACTS THAT WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE. BUT NOT AT THE EXPENSE OF RURAL COMMUNITIES' ECONOMIC HEALTH. MANY ARE STILL STUCK IN THE RECESSION. THAT BILL IS CRITICAL TO THEIR REVIRAL. OREGON COUNTIES AND THE OREGON AND CALIFORNIA RAILROAD AREAS ALSO GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE MADE WHOLE AGAIN, LIKE THE ORIGINAL STATUTE SAID. AND I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT NOTE FOR A LOT OF OUR FRIENDS OUT THERE, THE CURRENT FOREST PLANS, REGIONAL FOREST PLANS, STILL APPLY AND ARE NOT UNDERMINED. WE JUST GIVE FLEXIBILITY TO THE FOREST SERVICE FOLKS WITHIN THE REGIONS TO DO WHAT THEY THINK NEEDS TO BE DONE TO KEEP THOSE FORESTS HEALTHY. WE EMPOWER GOOD MANAGEMENT. AND FOR THOSE OF WHO YOU ARE INTERESTED IN INNOVATION, THIS BILL ACTUALLY CALLS OUT TIMBER AND OTHER THOUGHTFUL USES OF FOREST AND TIMBER THAT CAN BRING ENVIRONMENTAL AND TIMBER GROUPS TOGETHER. LIKE IT SHOULD BE. IN THE 21ST CENTURY. AND FINALLY, AND FINALLY, MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL, FOR SOME FOLKS, WE ACTUALLY GET WILDFIRE DISASTER FUNDING INCLUDED AS A REASONABLE TOPIC OF CONVERSATION. GET OUT OF THE CURRENT FIRE BORROWING POLICY, IT IS PREVENTING THE FOREST SERVICE AND B.L.M. FROM DOING GOOD FOREST MANAGEMENT TO PREVENT THOSE FIRES IN THE FIRST PLACE. ON BALANCE, FRANKLY, THIS IS A VERY GOOD BILL AND MUCH NEEDED THAT THE TIME. I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 03:39:38 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

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

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                • 03:39:45 PM

                                  MR. THOMPSON

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

                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO, MR. LABRADOR, FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                • 03:39:49 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                  MR. LABRADOR

                                  THANK YOU. THE RESILIENT FEDERAL FORESTS ACT CONTAINS MANY PROVISIONS THAT…

                                  THANK YOU. THE RESILIENT FEDERAL FORESTS ACT CONTAINS MANY PROVISIONS THAT WILL GIVE THE FOREST SERVICE ADDITIONAL TOOLS TO BETTER MANAGE OUR NATIONAL FORESTS. TO KEEP OUR FORESTS HEALTHY AND PRODUCTIVE WE MUST ENSURE WE HAVE SKILLED LOGGERS TO SAFELY WORK IN THOSE FORESTS. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE WESTERMAN FOR INCLUDING MY BILL, THE FUTURE LOGGING CAREERS ACT IN HIS BILL, WHICH IS ON THE FLOOR TODAY. MY BILL WILL ALLOW 16-YEAR-OLDS AND 17-YEAR-OLDS TO LEARN THE LOGGING BUSINESS, BY WORKING IN FAMILY-OWNED MECHANIZED LOGGING OPERATIONS UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THEIR PARENTS. THAT WILL ALLOW THE NEXT GENERATION OF LOGGERS TO LEARN VALUABLE SKILLS, PREPARE TO TAKE OVER FAMILY BUSINESSES, AND PROVIDE THE WOOD PRODUCTS NEEDED TO SUPPORT OUR ECONOMY. I LEARNED OF THE NEED FOR THIS BILL AFTER MEETING TWO IDAHO LOGGERS FROM THIRD GENERATION LOGGING FAMILIES. TIM OF IDAHO COUNTY AND TOM FROM ADAMS COUNTY. TOM'S 16-YEAR-OLD SON, J.T., WAS WORKING UNDER HIS FATHER'S SUPERVISION WHEN A FOREST SERVICE EMPLOYEE SENT HIM HOME. J.T. COULDN'T WORK IN THE WOODS BECAUSE LOGGING DOESN'T HAVE AN EXEMPTION THAT HAS LONG BEEN ENJOYED BY FAMILY FARMS UNDER THE FAIR LABOR --

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                                • 03:41:06 PM

                                  MR. THOMPSON

                                  I YIELD JAL THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  MR. LABRADOR

                                  THANK YOU. UNDER THE FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT. WITH HELP FROM THE FAMILIES…

                                  THANK YOU. UNDER THE FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT. WITH HELP FROM THE FAMILIES AND THE ASSOCIATED LOGGING CONTRACTORS OF IDAHO, WE CRAFTED A SOLUTION THAT IS GOOD FOR FAMILIES, GOOD FOR RURAL AMERICA, AND GOOD FOR THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE BIPARTISAN EFFORT ON THIS LEGISLATION. AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BILL. AT THIS TIME I WISH TO INCLUDE IN THE RECORD TWO LETTERS FROM THE NATIONAL FEDERATION AND THE SECOND FROM THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES IN WESTERN INTERSTATE REGION IN SPORT OF -- SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 03:41:41 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN'S REQUEST WILL BE COVERED UNDER GENERAL LEAVE. THE GENTLEMAN…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN'S REQUEST WILL BE COVERED UNDER GENERAL LEAVE. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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                                • 03:41:47 PM

                                  MR. PETERSON

                                  MAJORITY HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL -- MR.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  MAJORITY HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL --

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                                  MR. THOMPSON

                                  YES, I HAVE ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS. PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                  YES, I HAVE ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS. PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LAMALFA, FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                  MR. LAMALFA

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. CHAIRMAN, APPRECIATE IT. NATIONWIDE THIS…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. CHAIRMAN, APPRECIATE IT. NATIONWIDE THIS YEAR'S BEEN THE MOST EXPENSIVE YEAR ON RECORD WITH OVER 2DS BILLION SPENT TO COMBAT FIRES THAT HAVE BURNED ALMOST NINE MILLION ACRES OF LAND. AS OF OCTOBER 29, STATE AND FEDERAL FIREFIGHTERS THAT RESPONDED TO 8,300-PLUS FIRES COVERING ONLY 1.IS MILLION ACHERS IN CALIFORNIA ALONE. NEARLY DOUBLE AMMINGT OF ACRES BURNED IN 2016. COMPLETE LACK OF FOREST MANAGEMENT IN CALIFORNIA HAS LEFT OUR FORESTS MORE COMBUSTIBLE THAN EVER, LEADING TO ONE OF THE WORST WILDFIRE SEASONS IN STATE HIFTRIFMENT THAT'S WHY MR. WESTERMAN'S BILL IS VERY IMPORTANT. THE RESILIENT FOREST ACT INCLUDES WHAT I BELIEVE TO BE CRITICALLY IMPORTANT REFORMS TO FOREST MANAGEMENT, SUCH AS EXPEDITED ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS AND AVAILABILITY OF CATEGORICAL EXCLUSIONS FOR FOREST MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES TO HELP ACHIEVE THESE GOALS. OUR FEDERAL LANDS ARE HURTING, THEY'RE IN DESPERATE SHAPE TO BE MANAGED IN ORDER TO NOT HAVE THESE DISASTERS EACH AND EVERY YEAR. WE CAN EITHER THIN THE TREES AND THE BRUSH OUT OR WATCH THEM GO UP IN SMOKE EVERY YEAR AND BECOME PART OF OUR BROWN SKIES INSTEAD OF THE BLUE SKIES THAT WE WOULD NORMALLY ENJOY. CAN'T AFFORD THIS INACTION ANYMORE. WE NEED TO MOVE THIS LEGISLATION AND CLEAN UP CALIFORNIA'S FORESTS FOR ALL. I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 03:43:14 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR WOULD INFORM…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR WOULD INFORM BOTH SIDES HAVE 3 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE?

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                                • 03:43:20 PM

                                  MR. THOMPSON

                                  I RESERVE.

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                                  THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                • 03:43:24 PM

                                  MR. PETERSON

                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. IS THE GENTLEMAN PREPARED TO…

                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. IS THE GENTLEMAN PREPARED TO CLOSE?

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                                • 03:43:27 PM

                                  MR. THOMPSON

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE ONE ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS. ONE LAST SPEAKER.

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                                  THE CHAIR

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

                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED. IS THE GENTLEMAN PREPARED TO CLOSE NOW?

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                                • 03:43:51 PM

                                  MR. THOMPSON

                                  I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS PREPARED TO CLOSE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS PREPARED TO CLOSE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                • 03:43:55 PM

                                  MR. PETERSON

                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, AS I SAID EARLIER, THIS BILL IS NOT PERFECT BUT IT'S -- HAS…

                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, AS I SAID EARLIER, THIS BILL IS NOT PERFECT BUT IT'S -- HAS A LOT OF GOOD PROVISIONS. I URGE THE SUPPORT OF THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 03:44:06 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                • 03:44:09 PM

                                  MR. THOMPSON

                                  I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I ALSO THANK THE AGRICULTURE RANKING MEMBER FOR HIS…

                                  I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I ALSO THANK THE AGRICULTURE RANKING MEMBER FOR HIS SUPPORT WITH THIS. AND TO -- MR. WESTERMAN FROM ARKANSAS, THE AUTHOR OF THIS BILL, THE RESILIENT FEDERAL FORESTS ACT OF 2017. IT'S A BIPARTISAN SOLUTION TO ADDRESS THE GROWING ECONOMIC, ENVIRONMENTAL THREATS OF CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES. AS WE'VE HEARD ALREADY, 2017 HAS BEEN THE COSTLIEST WILDFIRES ON RECORD. THE FOREST SERVICE SPENDING OVER $2 BILLION, THE LOSS OF COMMUNITIES, LOSS OF HOMES, LOSS OF LIVES. AND THE GREATEST CAUSE OF THIS UPTICK IN WILDFIRES IS THE SEVERE LACK OF FOREST MANAGEMENT. THIS LEGISLATION PAIRS A RESPONSIBILITY BUDGET FIX WITH -- RESPONSIBLE BUDGET FIX WITH FOREST MANAGEMENT REFORMS TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH AND RESILIENCY OF OUR NATIONAL FORESTS AND PROVIDES FEDERAL LAND MANAGEMENT AGENCY TOOLS TO INCREASE THE PAY SCALE AND COST EFFICIENCY OF PROBABLIES WITHOUT SACRIFICING ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS. THE BILL PERMANENTLY SOLVES THE WILDFIRE BORROWING PROBLEM BY ALLOWING FEMA TO TRANSFER LIMITED FUNDS TO THE FOREST SERVICE OR B.L.M. WHEN THE REST OF THEIR WILDFIRE SUPPRESSION FUNDING HAS BEEN EXHAUSTED. . IT PROVIDES WILD FIRES -- IT PREVENTS WILDFIRES BUT YOU A -- BY AUTHORIZING THE TOOLS FOR THE FOREST SERVICE, TOOLS THEY'RE LOOKING FOR, AND THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT, THAT THEY CAN IMPLEMENT IMMEDIATELY TO MITIGATE INSECT AND DISEASE INFESTATION, PREVENT DAMAGE FROM WATERSHEDS AND CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE QUICKLY, HARVEST WILDFIRE KILL TREES TO PAY FOR THE REFORESTATION. . THE BILL ENCOURAGES QUICK REFORESTATION. THIS BILL DOES INCENTIVIZE COLLABORATION AND MODERNIZES THE SCHOOLS ACT AND MR. CHAIRMAN I WOULD JUST ASK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF H.R. 2936, THE RESILIENT FEDERAL FOREST ACT OF 2017 AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 03:46:10 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. BISHOP, AND THE…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. BISHOP, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GRIJALVA, WILL EACH CONTROL 15 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. BISHOP.

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                                • 03:47:22 PM

                                  MR. BISHOP

                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AS WE MAKE THIS TRANSITION, LET ME TRY AND SUM UP…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AS WE MAKE THIS TRANSITION, LET ME TRY AND SUM UP WHERE WE ARE AT THIS PARTICULAR TIME THIS PARTICULAR BILL WAS DONE IN COORDINATION WITH THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE UNDER BOTH THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. THIS HAS THE APPROVAL OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, TRIBES, SPORTSMAN GROUPS, LABOR UNIONS. LAST TIME WE HAD THIS BILL, IT HAD A GOOD, BIPARTISAN VOTE ON IT. BUT THESE ARE ISSUES THAT THE FOREST SERVICE NEEDS AND THEY CAN USE ON DAY ONE OF THEIR ISSUE. BY THE WAY, MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M YIELDING MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                • 03:47:58 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE EXPERTS IN THE FIELD. WITH

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                                  MR. BISHOP

                                  COMMUNITIES. BUT THIS

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  PIECE OF LEGISLATION

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                                  MR.INGLY HALL VA

                                  AUTHORIZED.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

                                • 03:50:35 PM

                                  MR. GRIJALVA

                                  LONG STANDING ISSUE OF FIRE BORROWING THAT HAS PLAGUED THE FIRE SERVICE.

                                • 03:55:26 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  OF FIRE BORROWING THAT HAS PLAGUED THE FIRE SERVICE.

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                                  MR. BISHOP

                                  OF FIRE BORROWING THAT HAS PLAGUED THE FIRE SERVICE.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  OF FIRE BORROWING THAT HAS PLAGUED THE FIRE SERVICE.

                                • 03:55:52 PM

                                  MR. GOSAR

                                  OF FIRE BORROWING THAT HAS PLAGUED THE FIRE SERVICE.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  OF FIRE BORROWING THAT HAS PLAGUED THE FIRE SERVICE.

                                • 03:57:54 PM

                                  MR. GOSAR

                                  OF FIRE BORROWING THAT HAS PLAGUED THE FIRE SERVICE.

                                • 03:58:05 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  OF FIRE BORROWING THAT HAS PLAGUED THE FIRE SERVICE.

                                • 03:58:10 PM

                                  MR. GRIJALVA

                                  OF FIRE BORROWING THAT HAS PLAGUED THE FIRE SERVICE.

                                • 03:58:14 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  OF FIRE BORROWING THAT HAS PLAGUED THE FIRE SERVICE.

                                • 03:58:18 PM

                                  MR. DEFAZIO

                                  OF FIRE BORROWING THAT HAS PLAGUED THE FIRE SERVICE.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  OF FIRE BORROWING THAT HAS PLAGUED THE FIRE SERVICE.

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                                  MR. BISHOP

                                  OF FIRE BORROWING THAT HAS PLAGUED THE FIRE SERVICE.

                                • 04:00:35 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  OF FIRE BORROWING THAT HAS PLAGUED THE FIRE SERVICE.

                                • 04:00:40 PM

                                  MR. GRIJALVA

                                  OF FIRE BORROWING THAT HAS PLAGUED THE FIRE SERVICE.

                                • 04:00:53 PM

                                  MR. MCEACHIN

                                  OF FIRE BORROWING THAT HAS PLAGUED THE FIRE SERVICE.

                                • 04:03:13 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  OF FIRE BORROWING THAT HAS PLAGUED THE FIRE SERVICE.

                                • 04:03:21 PM

                                  MR. BISHOP

                                  OF FIRE BORROWING THAT HAS PLAGUED THE FIRE SERVICE.

                                • 04:03:34 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  OF FIRE BORROWING THAT HAS PLAGUED THE FIRE SERVICE.

                                • 04:03:36 PM

                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                  OF FIRE BORROWING THAT HAS PLAGUED THE FIRE SERVICE.

                                • 04:06:26 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  OF FIRE BORROWING THAT HAS PLAGUED THE FIRE SERVICE.

                                • 04:06:32 PM

                                  MR. GRIJALVA

                                  OF FIRE BORROWING THAT HAS PLAGUED THE FIRE SERVICE.

                                • 04:06:42 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  OF FIRE BORROWING THAT HAS PLAGUED THE FIRE SERVICE.

                                • 04:06:43 PM

                                  MR. HUFFMAN

                                  OF FIRE BORROWING THAT HAS PLAGUED THE FIRE SERVICE. I REPRESENT A…

                                  OF FIRE BORROWING THAT HAS PLAGUED THE FIRE SERVICE. I REPRESENT A DISTRICT THAT HAS EXPERIENCED A LOT OF WILDFIRE. THE RECENT DEVASTATING FIRES IN THE NORTH BAY WERE NOT CAUSED BY THIS ISSUE AND DID NOT INVOLVE FEDERAL PUBLIC LANDS, HOWEVER, A LOT OF WILDFIRE IN MY DISTRICT OVER THE YEARS AND THIS IS A TOP PRIORITY FOR ME. UNFORTUNATELY AS IT IS CURRENTLY WRITTEN, THIS BILL INTRODUCES MORE PROBLEMS THAN SOLUTIONS ON THIS ISSUE. LET ME EXPLAIN. THE TITLE IN THE BILL PERTAINING TO FIRE BORROWING REPURPOSES THE STAFFORD ACT WHICH PROVIDES ASSISTANCE TO STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. THIS REQUIRES CONGRESS TO APPROPRIATE THE 10-YEAR AVERAGE FOR WILDFIRE SUPPRESSION BEFORE THE FOREST SERVICE CAN ACCESS EMERGENCY FUNDS. THAT'S NOT THE WAY TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM. I SAW YESTERDAY THE ADMINISTRATION SHOULD A S.A.P. IF CONGRESS IS SERIOUS ABOUT FIXING THE BUDGET ISSUE WE SHOULD BE MAKING FUNDS AHEAD OF AN EMERGENCY SITUATION AND REMOVE THE CATASTROPHIC FIRES. THAT WILL ENABLE TO INVEST IN PROACTIVE MEASURES TO MAKE OUR FORESTS MORE RESILIENT AND HEALTHY. THE RULES COMMITTEE ADDED TITLE 11 TO THIS BILL WHICH INCREASED THE OVERALL CAP FOR DISASTER SPENDING, THERE ARE ISSUES THAT STILL REMAIN. THIS BILL IS A GUTTING OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS AND ATTACK ON SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT THAT THREATENS EQUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE. TITLE 1 OF THIS BILL ALLOWS INTENSIVE LOGGING PROJECTS UP TO 30,000 ACRES EACH. THAT'S AS BIG AS THE ENTIRE CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO. PROJECTS OF THAT SIZE CAN PROCEED ON FEDERAL PUBLIC LAND WITHOUT ANY ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW, UNDER NEPA OR COMPLIANCE. TITLE 2 OF THE BILL ELIMINATES THE REQUIREMENT THAT THE FOREST SERVICE CONSULT WITH THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE AND LETS THE FOREST SERVICE DECIDE FOR ITSELF IF IT WANTS TO FOLLOW THE CONSULTATION REQUIREMENTS REGARDING ANY OF ITS PROJECTS ON PUBLIC LANDS. TITLE 3 FURTHER CHOKES JUDICIAL REVIEW BY PROHIBITING THE RECOVERY OF ATTORNEYS' FEES FOR ANY CHALLENGES TO FOREST MANAGEMENT ACTIVITY UNDER THE EQUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE ACT INCLUDING SUCCESSFUL CHALLENGES THAT SEVERELY LIMITS REVIEW OF LOGGING PROJECTS ON FEDERAL PUBLIC LANDS. HOW WOULD ANY OF THESE MEASURES PROMOTE FOREST HEALTH? IT WOULDN'T. LET'S CALL THIS BILL WHAT IT IS, IT IS AN ENVIRONMENTAL WRECKING BALL THAT WEAKENS STANDARDS AND PROTECTIONS, LIMITS PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN THE REVIEW OF FEDERAL REVIEW AGENCY ACTIONS AND WON'T MAKE OUR FORESTS ANY HEALTHIER OR SAFER. I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 04:09:54 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  MR. BISHOP

                                  I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LAMALFA, FOR…

                                  I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LAMALFA, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A COLLOQUY.

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                                • 04:10:07 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                • 04:10:09 PM

                                  MR. LAMALFA

                                  A COLLOQUY TO SEEK A QUALIFICATION TO THE POLITICS BUILT OF THE PROVISIONS…

                                  A COLLOQUY TO SEEK A QUALIFICATION TO THE POLITICS BUILT OF THE PROVISIONS OF TITLE 1 AND TITLE 2 TO NATIONAL FOREST LANDS. THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA HAS BEEN ON FIRE. WE HAVE ALL SEEN THE DEVASTATION ACROSS THE STATE. EVEN TODAY, THE FIRE PERSONNEL REPLAIN DEPLOYED ON FIRES ACROSS THE STATE. ENSURING THEY RETURN TO ACTIVE MANAGEMENT OF OUR FORESTS IS CRITICAL TO HELP REDUCE THE RISK AND THE LIKELYNESS OF CATASTROPHIC FIRES. THE RESILIENT FEDERAL FOREST ACT INCLUDES WHAT I BELIEVE TO BE CRITICALLY IMPORTANT REFORMS TO FOREST MANAGEMENT SUCH AS EXPEDITED REVIEWS, AVAILABILITY OF CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION TO HELP ACHIEVE THESE NEEDED GOALS. IN CALIFORNIA, THERE ARE SIX NATIONAL MONUMENTS MANAGED BETWEEN FOREST SERVICE AND B.L.M. MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES IN THESE AREAS ARE HIGHLY RESTRICTED WHICH LEADS TO HAZARDOUS FUELS BUILDUP AND INCREASE RISK OF HAZARDOUS FIRES. WE SEE THE RESULTS EVERY YEAR IN THE WEST. THIS CLEARLY IDENTIFIES NATIONAL FOREST LANDS THAT THESE PROVISIONS DO NOT APPLY TO. THIS INCLUDES NATIONAL-STATE INVENTORY AREAS OR WHERE TIMBER HARVESTING IS PROHIBITED BY STATUTE. IT IS MY BELIEF THAT PROVISIONS OF THIS BILL, MR. CHAIRMAN, BASED ON THE DEFINITION OF NATIONAL FOREST SERVICE LANDS IN THE BILL APPLY TO ALL OTHER FOREST SERVICE LANDS NOT SPECIFICALLY PROHIBITED IN THE BILL. I WOULD LIKE TO CLARIFY THAT ITS HIS INTENT THAT PROVISIONS IN TITLE 1 AND TITLE 2 APPLY TO ALL OTHER FEDERAL LANDS MANAGED BY THE UNITED STATES FOREST SERVICE. THIS INCLUDES NATIONAL MONUMENTS MANAGED BY THE FOREST SERVICE. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 04:12:09 PM

                                  MR. BISHOP

                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA FOR HIS WORK. I…

                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA FOR HIS WORK. I UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE THIS BILL HAS TO HIS STATE. IT IS MY INTENT AND ALL PROVISIONS OF H.R. 2936 INCLUDING TITLE 1 AND TITLE 2, UNLESS EXPLICITLY ARE EXCLUDED. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 04:12:40 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  MR. GRIJALVA

                                  HOW MUCH TIME DO WE HAVE ON BOTH SIDES AND THEN WOULD RESERVE.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA HAS THREE MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH HAS…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA HAS THREE MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH HAS FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, FIVE MINUTES.

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                                • 04:13:09 PM

                                  MR. BISHOP

                                  DID YOU JUST RESERVE?

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                                  MR. BISHOP

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

                                • 04:13:21 PM

                                  MR. TIPTON

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM KANSAS. IF HE…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM KANSAS. IF HE ACTUALLY CARED ABOUT HELPING OUR FORESTS, IF YOU CARE ABOUT OUR WATER SHEDS AND WILDLIFE HABITAT, IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE ABLE TO CARE ABOUT OUTDOOR RECREATION, IF YOU CARE ABOUT RESPONSIBLE JOB DEVELOPMENT, IF YOU CARE ABOUT BEING ABLE TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR OUR SCHOOLS, THIS IS A PIECE OF LEGISLATION TO ACHIEVE A WIN-WIN-WIN FOR OUR COMMUNITIES. WE HAVE SEEN SEVEN MILLION ACRES BURN IN THE WEST IN 2017. WE HAVE SEEN OUR FORESTS DEVASTATED AND SEEN OVER HALF OF THE BUDGET BEING USED TO FIGHT FOREST FIRES. IS THERE A BETTER WAY? A BETTER WAY CAN BE FOUND IN THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. TO BE ABLE TO NOT ONLY ADDRESS WHAT WE MUST ADDRESS IN TERMS OF FIGHTING FOREST FIRES WHEN THEY BREAK OUT, BUT ALSO TO HAVE A RESPONSIBLE PROACTIVE MANAGEMENT FORCE TO BE ABLE TO MAKE SURE WE ARE CREATING HEALTHY FORESTS. MR. SPEAKER, AS I TRAVEL THROUGHOUT MY DISTRICT, I'M NOW LOOKING AT FORESTS THAT MIGRATE-GRANDCHILDREN WILL NOT SEE THAT I SAW AS A YOUNG BOY GROWING UP. WE NEED LEGISLATION THAT ISN'T REACT I HAVE TO THE PROBLEMS WE FACE BUT BEING PROACTIVE. THIS LEGISLATION WILL ACHIEVE THAT GOAL AND I APPLAUD MR. WESTERMAN AND THE COMMITTEE OF NATURAL RESOURCES. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 04:15:01 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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                                • 04:15:07 PM

                                  MR. GRIJALVA

                                  CONTINUE TO RESERVE, MR. SPEAKER.

                                • 04:15:12 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

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

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                                  MR. BISHOP

                                  MAY I INQUIRE HOW MANY MORE SPEAKERS -- YOU ARE THE LAST ONE?

                                • 04:15:20 PM

                                  MR. BISHOP

                                  I RESERVE.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED. . GRINK GRIJALVA AS WE TALKED ABOUT --

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                                • 04:15:33 PM

                                  MR. GRIJALVA

                                  AS WE TALKED ABOUT H.R. -- THIS BILL, IT WENT NOWHERE IN TWO CONGRESSES.…

                                  AS WE TALKED ABOUT H.R. -- THIS BILL, IT WENT NOWHERE IN TWO CONGRESSES. AS A CONSEQUENT WE NOT CONFRONT THE ISSUE OF APPROPRIATE AND NECESSARY FUNDING FOR THE FOREST SERVICE TO CONDUCT WILDFIRE SUPPRESSION. THAT IS THE GAP IN THIS. IN THIS FLAWED ATTEMPT TO TRY TO FIX THAT -- FIX THE FUNDING ISSUE DOES NOT. IN FACT, CONGRESS HAS PROVIDED RESTORING ECOLOGICAL BALANCE ON LANDS. CONGRESS SHOULD FIX THE WILDFIRE BUDGET. THAT'S THE ISSUE. NOT USE THIS AS LEVERAGE TO SUBSIDIZE THE TIMBER INDUSTRY AND ALSO OVERTURN ESSENTIAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS. IT HAS AN TACK ON NEPA, -- AN ATTACK ON NEPA, THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT, THE ANTIQUITIES ATTACK AND CONTINUES THE PROCESS OF FIRE BORROWING. H.R. 2936 IS NOT ABOUT FOREST HEALTH OR REDUCING WILDFIRE RISK. IT IS INTENDED TO MAKE IT EASIER TO ADVANCE COMMERCIAL LOGGING AND SALES ON OUR NATIONAL FOREST AND PUBLIC LANDS. A FLAWED ATTEMPT TO FIX THE WILDFIRE FUNDING PROBLEM DOES NOTHING TO CHANGE -- IT DOES NOTHING TO CHANGE THE ANTI-ENVIRONMENTAL PROVISIONS IN THE UNDERLYING BILL. WE HAVE A SERIES ISSUE VALIDATED BECAUSE OF ALL THE STUDIES THAT HAVE BEEN DONE INCLUDING G.A.O. THAT FOUND THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS A CONTRIBUTOR, SCIENTISTS HAVE FOUND THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS A CONTRIBUTOR. THAT'S A HOAX MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES SAY WAS STARTED BY THE CHINESE. CLIMATE CHANGE HAS A MAJOR FACTOR TO THE INCREASING INTENSITY AND LENGTH OF WILDFIRES ACROSS OUR PUBLIC LANDS AND ACROSS PRIVATE AND STATE LANDS AS WELL. THIS LEGISLATION IS ABOUT UNDERMINING ENVIRONMENTAL LAW. IT DOES NOTHING ABOUT THE FUNDING NECESSARY TO FIGHT WILDFIRES IN THIS COUNTRY AND IT DOES NOTHING ABOUT INVOLVING THE STAKEHOLDERS IN PROACTIVE RESTORATION AND REDUCING THE THREAT OF WILDFIRE IN THIS COUNTRY. I URGE A NO VOTE ON 2936 AND YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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                                • 04:18:16 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH.

                                • 04:18:22 PM

                                  MR. BISHOP

                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I AM AMAZED HOW CRITICAL HAVE BEEN ABOUT THE…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I AM AMAZED HOW CRITICAL HAVE BEEN ABOUT THE EXPERTS OF THE FOREST SERVICE. AS PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE THESE PROVISIONS IN MR. WESTERMAN'S BILL WEREN'T COMING OUT OF THIN AIR. SOMEBODY TOLLS US THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO DEAL WITH AND THAT'S WHY I'M HAPPY TO YIELD MY REMAINING THREE MINUTES OR FOUR MINUTES -- REMAINING BALANCE OF OUR TIME TO THE AUTHOR OF THIS BILL, THE ONLY MEMBER ON THE FLOOR WHO HAS A DEGREE IN FORESTRY, MR. WESTERMAN OF ARKANSAS IS TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR THE REMAINDER OF OUR TIME AND MAY I ALSO ADD JUST BEFORE I GIVE YOU THAT TIME, THERE ARE OTHER ISSUES WE WILL WORK OUT WHEN WE GET TO THE SENATE ON THESE. SOME THAT MR. GOHMERT PRESENTED. WE WILL STILL WORK ON THOSE ISSUES. BUT I YIELD THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME TO THE SPONSOR, MR. WESTERMAN OF ARKANSAS.

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                                • 04:19:05 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                • 04:19:06 PM

                                  MR. WESTERMAN

                                  CHAIRMAN BISHOP, FOR YIELDING AND ALSO FOR YOUR TIRELESS EFFORTS TO SEE…

                                  CHAIRMAN BISHOP, FOR YIELDING AND ALSO FOR YOUR TIRELESS EFFORTS TO SEE OUR GOVERNMENT DO BETTER ON OUR FEDERAL LANDS. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RECENTLY MADE A TRIP OUT TO MONTANA TO VISIT SOME OF OUR NATIONAL FORESTS AND THE RURAL COMMUNITIES THEY BORDER. THESE FORESTS HAVE BEEN MISMANAGED FOR DECADES AND THE ONES THAT HAVE NOT ALREADY BEEN DESTROYED ARE RIPE TO BE DEVASTATED BY INSECTS, DISEASE OR CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRE, NOT BECAUSE OF SOME ACTION TAKEN BY THE FOREST SERVICE BUT JUST THE OPPOSITE. BECAUSE OF NO ACTIONS, OUR FORESTS ARE OVERSTOCKED, UNDERUTILIZED AND UNHEALTHY. WE'VE SEEN NEARLY NINE MILLION ACRES OF FOREST, AN AREA LARGER THAN THE STATE OF MARYLAND, TO GO UP IN FLAMES JUST THIS YEAR SPEWING TENS OF MILLIONS OF TONS OF CARBON AND THICK SMOKE INTO THE SPHERE. DON'T GET ME -- ATMOSPHERE. DON'T GET ME WRONG. 34,000 FULL-TIME SERVICEPERSON ELL ARE BUSY AND TRYING TO MANAGE THE 930 MILLION ACRES OF TIMBERLAND ACROSS OUR COUNTRY BUT THEY ARE SPINNING THEIR WHEELS AND MAKING LITTLE PROGRESS. MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S THE FOREST THE SIZE OF TEXAS AND SOUTH CAROLINA COMBINED. ACCORDING TO SCIENTISTS AT THE FOREST SERVICE, 80 MILLION ACRES OF THAT, AN AREA THE SIZE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO, IS SUBJECT TO CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES. THESE FIRES ARE NOT CREATING THE FOREST HEALTH CRISIS, THEY ARE A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS. THEY KILL TREES, WILDLIFE AND LIVESTOCK. THESE FIRES NOT ONLY KILL LIVELIHOODS, THEY CREATE UNBEARABLE LIVING CONDITIONS WITH THEIR THICK SMOKE AND ASH AND ON TOP OF ALL THAT, THEY ARE KILLING PEOPLE. IT SHOULDN'T BE THIS WAY AND IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY. THIS BILL SIMPLY ALLOWS SOUND SCIENTIFIC-BASED FORESTRY PRACTICES, LIKE THE ONES I LEARNED AT YALE'S FORESTRY SCHOOL, TO BE IMPLEMENTED ON OUR FEDERAL FORESTS. IT WILL RESULT IN CLEANER AIR, CLEANER WATER, BETTER WILDLIFE HABITAT, BETTER RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES, STRONGER ECONOMIES AND FEWER FIRES RESULTING IN LOWER FIRE COSTS. AS WE TRAVELED THROUGH THE BEAUTIFUL COUNTRYSIDE OF MONTANA, I SAW THE SYMBOL OF OUR NATION PERCHED MAJESTICALLY ATOP THE TREE BY THE BANK OF A CLEAR AND FLOWING STREAM. THIS BALD EAGLE DESCRIBED ME A FABEL BY ESOP. AN EAGLE WAS SOARING THROUGH THE SKY WHEN SUDDENLY IT HEARD THE WISDOM IN ARROW AND FELT ITSELF WOUNDED TO DEAD. IT FLUTTERED DOWN TO THE EARTH. LOOK AT THE ARROW. IT FOUND HALF OF THE ARROW HAD BEEN FEATHERED WITH ONE OF ITS OWN FEATHERS. WE OFTEN GIVE OUR ENEMIES THE MEANS FOR OUR OWN DESTRUCTION. MR. CHAIRMAN, OUR ENEMIES AREN'T OUR COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE. MANY SUPPORT THIS BILL AND SOME ARE CO-SPONSORS. OUR ENEMIES ARE NOT ENVIRONMENTAL EXTREMISTS THAT ARE IMPEDING SCIENCE AND CAUSING SOME PEOPLE TO LOVE OUR TREES TO DEATH. OUR ENEMY IS NOT EVEN THE UNITED STATES SENATE. MR. CHAIRMAN, OUR ENEMY IS CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRE THAT DESTROYS OUR FORESTS. OUR ENEMIES ARE INSECTS AND DISEASES THAT KILL OUR TREES, AND WE ARE FEATHERING THEIR ARROWS WITH INACTION. WE ARE FEATHERING THEIR ARROWS WITH BUREAUCRATIC RED TAPE. WE ARE FEATHERING THEIR ARROWS WITH POOR POLICY THAT'S KILLING OUR FORESTS, KILLING OUR COMMUNITIES AND KILLING US EVERY DAY. HOW MUCH LONGER WILL WE STAND BY AND DO NOTHING? I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO GET BEHIND THIS BILL, PASS IT OUT OF THE HOUSE AND JOIN ME IN RELENTLESSLY ENCOURAGING THE DESIGNATE TO ACTION ACTION. OUR FORESTRIES, OUR AREAS, URBAN AND RURAL ALIKE, THAT ARE BREATHING THE SMOKE AND ASH OF OUR ONCE MAG ANY SENT FOREST, NEED US TO ACT. EVERY DAY WE DELAY THE PROBLEMS GET WORSE. PLEASE JOIN ME IN THE FIGHT AND PASS THIS BILL. I WISH TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD TWO LETTERS, ONE FROM A GROUP -- EIGHT GROUPS INCLUDING THE ARCHERY TRADE ASSOCIATION AND SECOND FROM THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE FORESTERS IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2936. I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 04:23:12 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  REQUEST WILL BE COVERED UNDER GENERAL LEAVE. ALL TIME FOR HE GENERAL…

                                  REQUEST WILL BE COVERED UNDER GENERAL LEAVE. ALL TIME FOR HE GENERAL DEBATE HAS -- FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AS AN ORIGINAL BILL FOR THE PURPOSE OF AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES -- THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. NO AMENDMENT TO THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115- 378. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED BY A PROPONENT AND OPPONENT AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT FOR DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-378. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                • 04:24:35 PM

                                  MR. SCHRADER

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

                                • 04:24:38 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                  THE CLERK

                                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-378 OFFERED BY MR. SCHRADER…

                                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-378 OFFERED BY MR. SCHRADER OF OREGON.

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                                • 04:24:44 PM

                                  An amendment, offered by Mr. Schrader, numbered 1 printed in House Report 115-378 to strike "produce timber" as a forest management activity designated for Categorical Exclusion.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 595, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. SCHRADER,…

                                    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 595, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. SCHRADER, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON.

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                              • 04:25:04 PM

                                DEBATE

                                Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 595, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Schrader amendment No. 1.

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                                  MR. SCHRADER

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

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES, REPRESENTATIVES DEFAZIO AND PANETTA, FOR OFFERING ME THIS AMENDMENT WITH ME TODAY. I THINK IT'S ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT CHANGES WE CAN MAKE TO HELP THE ACT. MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES AND CATEGORICAL EXCLUSIONS ARE AN IMPORTANT TOOL IN THE FOREST MANAGEMENT AND DESIGNED TO HELP THE FOREST SERVICE AND B.L.M. SPEED THE ABILITY OF THOSE AGENCIES TO GET INTO AREAS MORE QUICKLY TO IMPROVE FOREST HEALTH. I BELIEVE THE USE OF CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION SHOULD BE RESERVED FOR REDUCING HAZARDOUS FUEL LOADS, ADDRESSING DISEASE AND INSECT INFESTATION, PROTECTING WATER REUSES OR INCREASING WATER YIELD AND MAINTAINING OR ENHANCING CRITICAL HABITAT. IT MAKES SENSE. ALL THESE ACTIVITIES ARE APPROPRIATE AS DESIGNATED ACTIVITIES FOR CATEGORICAL EXCLUSIONS. TIMBER PRODUCTION AS A DESIGNATED ACTIVITY I BELIEVE DOES NOT WORK IN THIS CONTEXT. TIMBER IS A BYPRODUCT OF ALL THOSE ACTIVITIES AND THEREFORE IT'S UNNECESSARY TO ACTUALLY INCLUDE IT AS A SPECIFIC DESIGNATED ACTIVITY. OUR AMENDMENT STRIKES TIMBER PRODUCTION AS A LIST OF ACTIVITIES UNDER SECTION 111. IT'S A PRETTY CLEAR CUT ISSUE IN MY BOOK. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 04:26:31 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH SEEK…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                • 04:26:36 PM

                                  MR. BISHOP

                                  I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION ALTHOUGH I AM NOT TOTALLY OPPOSED TO THE…

                                  I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION ALTHOUGH I AM NOT TOTALLY OPPOSED TO THE AMENDMENT.

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                                • 04:26:41 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                • 04:26:44 PM

                                  MR. BISHOP

                                  THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE THE AMENDMENT THAT'S BEEN PRESENTED BY THE…

                                  THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE THE AMENDMENT THAT'S BEEN PRESENTED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON. I THINK IT'S A WELL THOUGHT OUT AMENDMENT. I ALSO APPRECIATE THE COMMENTS HE MADE AS HE'S TRYING TO GET US PAST THE RHETORIC AND DOING MA AND TRY TO COME UP WITH -- DOGMA AND TRY TO COME UP WITH THE PROBLEMS THEY ARE DEALING WITH TRYING TO GIVE THEM THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO SOLVE THE PROBLEMS IN THE FUTURE. THE THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT, IF YOU GO THROUGH THE LIST OF THOSE IN CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION YOU CAN'T DO THOSE FUNCTIONS WITHOUT PRODUCING TIMBER. AT WORST, THE LANGUAGE THAT WAS PUT IN HERE IS REDUNDANCY. WE ARE STILL AFTER THE SAME GOAL. WE'RE STILL AFTER THE SAME GAME AND THAT IS WHY I ACTUALLY WILL ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON AND URGE ITS ADOPTION. WITH THAT I WILL REIS HE EVERYBODY.

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                                • 04:27:32 PM

                                  MR. SCHRADER

                                  I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND MR. WESTERMAN FOR A BIPARTISAN PIECE OF…

                                  I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND MR. WESTERMAN FOR A BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION WE DESPERATELY NEED. I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 04:27:44 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK.

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                                  MR. BISHOP

                                  WE YIELD BACK.

                                • 04:27:46 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

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

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOW AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-378. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              • 04:27:58 PM

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

                                • 04:28:24 PM

                                  MR. KHANNA

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

                                • 04:28:26 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                                • 04:28:27 PM

                                  THE CLERK

                                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-378 OFFERED BY MR. KHANNA…

                                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-378 OFFERED BY MR. KHANNA OF CALIFORNIA.

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                                • 04:28:32 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 595, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

                                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 595, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. KHANNA, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                • 04:28:32 PM

                                  An amendment, offered by Mr. Khanna, numbered 2 printed in House Report 115-378 to strike Subtitle B of Title III, the Forest Management Activity Arbitration Pilot Program, from the bill.

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                                    MR. KHANNA

                                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT STRIKES SECTION 311 FROM THE BILL.…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT STRIKES SECTION 311 FROM THE BILL. THIS SECTION WOULD CREATE A FORCED ARBITRATION PROGRAM FOR FORESTRY MANAGEMENT. THE SECTION OF THE BILL, IN MY VIEW, USURPS JUDICIAL OVERSIGHT. WHILE MANY AGENCIES CONDUCT QUASI--JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS, THERE ARE AGENCY ACTIONES THAT ARE APPEALABLE TO THE COURTS. JUDICIAL OVERSIGHT AND SEPARATION OF POWERS IS A CORE PRINCIPLE OF OUR DEMOCRACY. THE ARBITRATION WOULD BE BINDING, EFFECTIVELY MAKING THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE THE FINAL JUDGE AND DEPRIVING THE COURTS OF THEIR OVERSIGHT ROLE. WHILE THE BILL TERMS THIS AS DISCRETIONARY ARBITRATION, THE DISCRETION ULTIMATELY LIES ONLY WITH THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE. THE PUBLIC HAS NO DISCRETION WHETHER TO SUBMIT TO BINDING ARBITRATION OR NOT. THE PUBLIC'S RIGHT TO CHALLENGE AN ACTION OR INACTION IN COURT IS AN IMPORTANT CHECK ON THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH, SHIELDING AN AGENCY FROM REVIEW BY INDEPENDENT FEDERAL COURTS COULD HARM ACCESS TO JUSTICE. THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE CAN DESIGNATE ANY OBJECTION FOR BINDING ARBITRATION UP TO 10 TIMES PER YEAR IN EACH OF THE NINE FOREST SERVICE REGIONS AND EACH OF THE 14 STATE REGIONS. THIS ALLOWS THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE TO EFFECTIVELY DISMISS ABOUT 230 CASES EVERY YEAR. ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, IN 2016, THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF CIVIL MATTERS IN CASES BROUGHT AGAINST THE UNITED STATES WITH AN ENVIRONMENTAL OR LAND CLAUSE OF ACTION WAS ONLY 350. THIS OVERLY BROAD POWER WOULD ALLOW THE AGENCY TO DISMISS SOME OF THE MOST PROBLEMATIC CASES YEAR -- EVERY YEAR. . THE PROCESS VIOLATES THE CONSTITUTIONAL GIVEN TO A BRANCH OR NONGOVERNMENT PRIVATE PARTY. UNDER THE PROGRAM SET UP BY THIS BILL, A PRIVATE PARTY OBJECTING TO A MANAGEMENT PROPOSAL AND FORCED INTO ARBITRATION WOULD BE REQUIRED TO WRITE THEIR OWN PROPOSAL. THE APPOINTED ARBITRATOR COULD SELECT THAT AS A FINAL PLANNING TO BE CARRIED OUT BY THE AGENCY. THE ARBITRATOR IS NOT PERMITTED TO MODIFY THE PROPOSAL AND THE DECISION WOULD BE BINDING. I UNDERSTAND THE NEED TO STREAMLINE THE PROCESS, BUT I THINK THE FORCE THE ARBITRATION DEPRIVES PEOPLE OF THEIR ACCESS TO THE COURTS AND THAT'S WHY I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              • 04:28:54 PM

                                DEBATE

                                Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 595, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Khanna amendment No. 2.

                                • 04:31:22 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

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

                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES -- SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                • 04:31:29 PM

                                  MR. BISHOP

                                  I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. I HAVE TO STRENUOUSLY OPPOSE THIS PARTICULAR…

                                  I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. I HAVE TO STRENUOUSLY OPPOSE THIS PARTICULAR AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT STRIKES ONE OF THE CORE PROVISIONS OF THIS BILL. FROM 1898 TO 2008 THERE WERE 228 LAWSUITS. HALF OF THE ACTIVE MANAGEMENT LAWSUITS OF THE FEDERAL FOREST SERVICE ACCOUNT ARE SPENT AND 40% OF ALL LAWSUITS ARE BROUGHT BY THE FOREST -- ARE BROUGHT ON THIS SPECIFIC POINT. IN ADDITION TO THAT, THE FOREST SERVICE IN AN EFFORT TO TRY TO MITIGATE SIMPLY DELAYS THE PROCESS WHICH CREATES A CULTURE OF ANALYSIS AND ENDS UP GETTING SUED ANY WAY. THIS IS ONE OF THE FEW CREATIVE EFFORTS THAT DOES NOT IMPACT PEOPLE'S ACCESS TO JUSTICE BUT HAVING A BINDING ARBITRATION PILOT PROGRAM AND MOVES FORWARD QUICKLY. THIS IS WHAT THEY NEED. IF WE NEED TO ENDLESS LITIGATION THAT IMPEDE THE WORK OF OUR LAND MANAGERS AND COST TAXPAYERS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, THIS IS THE THING WE NEED TO START DOING. FOREST SERVICE RECOGNIZE THAT THEY NEED THIS. KEEP THIS CREATIVE APPROACH IN THE BILL. I RESERVE.

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                                • 04:32:50 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

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

                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. CHAUNCHAUN I THINK THE -- THE POINT THAT WE NEED TO STREAMLINE DECISIONS OR IF WE HAVE TO STREAMLINE COURTS TO GET RID OF FRIVOLOUS LAWSUITS, THAT WOULD BE FINE, BUT THE PROBLEM IS THAT THE POWER THAT IS BEING VESTED IN THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE WHERE IF THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE SHARES A VIEW THAT IS NOT SYMPATHETIC TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS, THEY CAN BASICALLY DISMISS THE LAWSUITS OF NUMEROUS ENVIRONMENTAL PLAINTIFFS, SO I THINK THIS IS REALLY ABOUT THE SEPARATION OF POWERS. AND IF THERE IS REFORM NEEDED IN THE JUDICIARY, THOSE REFORMS SHOULD BE IN OUR COURTS, BUT SHOULDN'T APPROPRIATE THE POWER TO THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE WHO MAY HAVE HIS OWN OR HER OWN VIEWS AND NOT GIVE A FAIR HEARING TO ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS. I YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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                                • 04:33:50 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

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

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                                  MR. BISHOP

                                  I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS.

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                                  MR. WESTERMAN

                                  FOREST MANAGEMENT PLANS ARE NOT BEING IMPLEMENTED. REGION ONE OF THE…

                                  FOREST MANAGEMENT PLANS ARE NOT BEING IMPLEMENTED. REGION ONE OF THE FOREST SERVICE, $1.3 MILLION, PAYING PLAINTIFFS TO SUE THE FOREST SERVICE RNINGS THAT IS SINCE JANUARY OF 2016. THIS IS AN AMENDMENT WITH A PILOT PROGRAM TO DO ARBITRATION MODELED AFTER BASEBALL ARBITRATION THAT KEEPS THE BALL MOVING FORWARD. THIS RESULTS IN SOME KIND OF ACTION TAKING PLACE. AND IF NOT THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE MAKING THE DECISION, BUT ONE OF A TEAM OF ARBITRATEORS THAT ARE PROFESSIONALS THAT COME TOGETHER TO WORK FOR SOLUTIONS AND THAT'S WHAT WE NEED IN OUR FOREST AND WE DON'T NEED TO INCLUDE THIS AMENDMENT IN THE BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 04:34:49 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH.

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                                  MR. BISHOP

                                  I UNDERSTAND YOU YIELDED BACK.

                                • 04:34:57 PM

                                  MR. WESTERMAN

                                  YES.

                                • 04:34:58 PM

                                  MR. BISHOP

                                  I WOULD ASK OUR MEMBERS TO REJECT THIS PARTICULAR AMENDMENT. IT'S A POOR…

                                  I WOULD ASK OUR MEMBERS TO REJECT THIS PARTICULAR AMENDMENT. IT'S A POOR PROVISION, -- CORE PROVISION AND ONLY A PILOT PROJECT TO FIND A SOLUTION. IT HAS RECEIVED BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. RECEIVED SUPPORT FROM A BROAD COALITION OF GROUPS. THOSE WHO RAISE MONEY AND PROFIT BY IT DON'T LIKE THIS PROVISION, BUT MOST OF THE PEOPLE RECOGNIZE THAT THE FOREST SERVICE NEEDS THIS TOOL. WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME.

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                                • 04:35:33 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

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

                                  THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. THEIR THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO.

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                                • 04:35:48 PM

                                  >>

                                  I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                              • 04:35:52 PM

                                POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

                                • 04:36:10 PM

                                  An amendment, offered by Mr. O'Halleran, numbered 3 printed in House Report 115-378 to strike sections 801, pertaining to forest plans not condsidered major Federal actions for purposes of section 102 of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, and 903, revision of extraordinary circumstances regulations in the bill.

                                  • 04:36:13 PM

                                    MR. O'HALLERAN

                                    MR. O'HALLERAN: I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                                  • 04:36:16 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                                  • 04:36:18 PM

                                    THE CLERK

                                    NUMBER 3 OFFERED BY MR. O'HALLERAN OF ARIZONA.

                                  • 04:36:25 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 595, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA AND A MEMBER…

                                    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 595, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA. MR. O'HALLERAN: MR. SPEAKER,

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                              • 04:36:29 PM

                                DEBATE

                                Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 595, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the O'Halleran amendment No. 3.

                                • 04:36:36 PM

                                  MR. O'HALLERAN

                                  ARIZONA. MR. O'HALLERAN: MR. SPEAKER, LOCAL COMMUNITIES WHO HAVE MOST AT…

                                  ARIZONA. MR. O'HALLERAN: MR. SPEAKER, LOCAL COMMUNITIES WHO HAVE MOST AT STAKE WHEN IT COMES TO THE FOREST IN THEIR BACK YARDS DID HE SERVE THEIR VOICES TO BE HEARD. SOMEONE WHO LIVES IN THE NATIONAL FOREST AND WORKS TO PROVIDE FEEDBACK ON PROPOSED FOREST PLANS, THESE DOCUMENTS THAT GUIDE THE DIRECTION OF INDIVIDUAL NATIONAL FORESTS FOR YEARSR IN FACT, A MAJOR FEDERAL ACTION. MY FIRSTHAND EXPERIENCE IS WHY I PROPOSE THAT WE STRIKE THE LANGUAGE OF SECTION 801 OF THE BILL BEFORE US. SECTION 801 PROPOSES THAT FOREST LANDS NOT BE CONSIDERED MAJOR FEDERAL ACTIONS UNDER THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT OF 1969. IF THIS WERE TO BECOME LAW, LOCAL INPUT WOULD BE REDUCED. WE SHOULD BE LOOKING FOR WAYS TO INCREASE LOCAL BUY-IN AND NOT UNDERMINE IT. IN ADDITION, SECTION 903 PROPOSES TO MODIFY THE DETERMINATION OF EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES SO WILDERNESS PROTECTIONS AND THE PROTECTION OF THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT DO NOT HAVE TO BE CONSIDERED. THIS IS A DANGEROUS PROVISION AND ALLOWS OUR BEDROCK ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS TO BE IGNORED. MY COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT WILL SIMPLY REMOVE THESE CONCERNING SECTIONS AND ALLOW BUREAUCRATS -- THAT ALLOW BUREAUCRATS TO MAKE MAJOR DECISIONS WITHOUT CONSIDERING ALL THE FACTS. I ENCOURAGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 04:38:17 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

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

                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                • 04:38:22 PM

                                  MR. BISHOP

                                  I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. LOOK, MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS IS ANOTHER ONE OF THE…

                                  I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. LOOK, MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS IS ANOTHER ONE OF THE AMENDMENTS THAT BASICALLY GUTS THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF THIS ENTIRE ACT, THIS ENTIRE BILL. THERE IS NOBODY THAT IS CUT OUT OF THE PROCESS. NONE OF THE PUBLIC IS CUT OUT OF THE PROCESS. WHAT IS CUT OUT IS REDUNDANT NEPA ANALYSIS, ALL OF WHICH CAN RESULT IN LITIGATION. IT SIMPLY SAYS YOU DO THE PROCESS THE FIRST TIME. YOU DON'T HAVE TO REDO IT AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN. AND THE FOREST SERVICE TO LITIGATION AGAIN AND AGAIN. 71% OF ALL THE LAWSUITS MENTION THIS TYPE OF PROVISION IN THERE. AS WE SAID BEFORE, THESE PROVISIONS WERE NOT COMING OUT OF THIN AIR BUT WHAT THE FOREST SERVICE TELLS US THEY NEED TO DO THEIR JOB, THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO TAKE THE RESOURCES THEY HAVE IT AND DO IT ONCE AND DO IT RIGHT AND NOT HAVE TO SPEND IT ON FRIVOLOUS LITIGATION. THE NEPA ANALYSIS IS NOT TAKEN AWAY. ALL YOU ARE DOING IS SAYING, YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO IT REPETITIVELY OR REDUNDANTLY. THIS IS WHAT THEY NEED DESPERATELY. AND I RESERVE.

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                                • 04:39:38 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  RESERVE.

                                • 04:39:43 PM

                                  MR. O'HALLERAN

                                  MR. O'HALLERAN: MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT THERE ARE MANY…

                                  MR. O'HALLERAN: MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT THERE ARE MANY ITEMS WITHIN THE BILL THAT DO ALLOW FOR THE ISSUES TO BE ADDRESSED, BUT TAKING THIS PART OF THE BILL AND UNDERSTANDING THAT WHEN OUR NATIONAL FOREST PLANS ARE PUT FORWARD, WE ARE PART OF IT. I LIVE IN THE NATIONAL FOREST. I HAVE WATCHED FIRES OUTSIDE MY FRONT WINDOW. I HAVE LIVED THROUGH WATCHING TIME AND TIME AGAIN THE RAMIFICATIONS OF NOT ADDRESSING THESE ISSUES APPROPRIATELY. AND I WAS CO-CHAIR OF THE ARIZONA FOREST HEALTH OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE FOR 3 1/2 YEARS AND ADDRESSING FORESTRY ISSUES FOR 20 YEARS AND I BELIEVE WHEN IT COMES TO WILDERNESS AREAS AND OTHER AREAS OF MAJOR CONCERN THAT WE SHOULD NOT DISREGARD AND I KNEELED BACK.

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                                • 04:40:50 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                • 04:40:53 PM

                                  MR. BISHOP

                                  I WILL SAY IT ONCE AGAIN, THE TOOLS THE FOREST SERVICE NEEDS TO DO THEIR…

                                  I WILL SAY IT ONCE AGAIN, THE TOOLS THE FOREST SERVICE NEEDS TO DO THEIR JOB ARE HARMED IF THESE SECTIONS DO NOT REMAIN IN THE BILL. IT IS NOT TALKING ABOUT PUBLIC INPUT, BUT TALKING ABOUT REDUNDANT, UNNECESSARY PUBLIC REVIEW THAT CREATES UNNECESSARY LITIGATION. YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO IT FOUR, FIVE, SIX TIMES JUST BECAUSE. WE HAVE AN ANALYSIS PARAL CYST. WE HAVE 70 MILLION ACRES THAT ARE IN A DESPERATE DIRE SITUATION READY TO EXPLODE. THE FOREST SERVICE CAN ONLY GET TO THREE MILLION ACRES AND PART OF IT IS BECAUSE OF THE PROHIBITIONS WE ARE TRYING TO REMOVE AND THE PROBLEMS WE HAVE THAT WE ARE TRYING TO REMOVE. WE DON'T GIVE THEM THESE TOOLS AND WE DON'T NEED TO DO THAT AND SHOULDN'T DO THAT. WE NEED TO DEFEAT THIS AMENDMENT. IT IS ESSENTIAL TO DEFEAT THIS AMENDMENT. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 04:41:59 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  BACK.

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                                  MR. O'HALLERAN

                                  IS RECOGNIZED. MR. O'HALLERAN: I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                                • 04:42:04 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  OF MY TIME.

                                • 04:42:20 PM

                                  MR. O'HALLERAN

                                  TO. MR. O'HALLERAN: MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

                              • 04:42:20 PM

                                POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

                                • 04:42:25 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

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

                                  PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6, RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-378. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                • 04:42:49 PM

                                  MR. CARDENAS

                                  THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                                • 04:42:51 PM

                                  An amendment, offered by Mr. Cardenas, numbered 4 printed in House Report 115-378 to require the Secretary of Agriculture, in consultation with other relevant Departments, to conduct a study to evaluate the feasibility, safety and cost effectiveness of using unmanned aerial vehicles for the purposes of supporting wildfire response and suppression as well as forest restoration and management.

                                  • 04:42:52 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                                  • 04:42:55 PM

                                    THE CLERK

                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-378 OFFERED BY MR. CAR DEN…

                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-378 OFFERED BY MR. CAR DEN ASOF -- CAR DEAN AS.

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                                  • 04:43:09 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

                                  • 04:43:14 PM

                                    MR. CARDENAS

                                    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIR. THIS YEAR, WILDFIRES HAVE DEVASTATED THE…

                                    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIR. THIS YEAR, WILDFIRES HAVE DEVASTATED THE AMERICAN WEST AND PARTICULARLY TRAGIC IN MY HOME STATE OF CALIFORNIA. ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOODS ARE GONE AND FAMILIES HAVE BEEN LEFT WITH NOTHING. WHILE WE KNOW THAT PROPER FOREST MANAGEMENT REQUIRING BURNING, WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO CONTAIN WILDFIRES THAT THREATEN COMMUNITIES. THIS MONTH, WILDFIRES KILLED 42 PEOPLE AND DESTROYED 8,900 STRUCTURES, MOST OF THEM PEOPLE'S HOMES. ACCORDING TO CALFIRE, THEY PRODUCE THICK SMOKE, TOXIC SMOKE AND DEBRIS THAT POSE RISKS. THESE WILDFIRES CONTINUE TO GROW. WE MUST ENSURE THAT WE ARE USING ALL OF THE AVAILABLE TOOLS TO PREVENT AND CONTAIN THESE FIRES. THAT'S WHY I ASK THIS AMENDMENT WHICH PROMOTES INNOVATION IN WILDFIRE MANAGEMENT BE ADOPTED. THE AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE TO CONDUCT A STUDY LOOKING AT THE COST EFFECTIVENESS OF USING UNMANNED VEHICLES OR DRONES FOR THE PURPOSES OF FIGHTING WILDFIRES AND STUDY THE USE OF DRONES FOR FOREST RESTORATION AND MANAGEMENT WHICH COULD BE EFFECTIVE FOR REPLANTING REMOTE AREAS OF FOREST. THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE WOULD HAVE TO WORK WITH SEVERAL OTHER AGENCIES THAT DEAL WITH WILDFIRE SUPPRESSION AND AVIATION. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE CONSULTATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION TO ENSURE SAFETY OF OUR AIRCRAFT AND PILOTS FLYING IN THE SAME AIRSPACE AND WOULD ASSESS THE IMPACT OF USING DRONES IN EMPLOYMENT IN THE U.S. INNOVATION WHICH WILL TAKE US INTO THE FUTURE. BUT WE NEED TO KNOW HOW THIS AFFECTS THE EMPLOYMENT LANDSCAPE OF OUR COMMUNITIES. AND THAT'S WHY THESE STUDIES ARE IMPORTANT. THE DEPARTMENT IS REQUIRED TO REPORT TO CONGRESS WITHIN TWO YEARS OF ENACTMENT. IF IMPLEMENTED, I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING THE RESULTS OF THIS STUDY. I BELIEVE IT WILL ADD ANOTHER TOOL TO THE TOOL KIT IN PROTECTING AMERICAN LIVES, HOMES, PROPERTY, BUSINESSES AND WILDLIFE FROM DEVASTATING FIRES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO ADOPT AMENDMENT NUMBER 4. I RESERVE.

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                              • 04:43:26 PM

                                DEBATE

                                Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 595, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Cardenas amendment No. 4.

                                • 04:45:39 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                • 04:45:44 PM

                                  MR. WESTERMAN

                                  I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT, ALTHOUGH I'M NOT OPPOSED. .…

                                  I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT, ALTHOUGH I'M NOT OPPOSED. . THIS DIRECTS THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE TO STUDY THE USE OF UNMANNED VEHICLES OR DRONES IN THE RESPONSIBLE FOREST MANAGEMENT, WILDLAND FIREFIGHTING AND FIRE SUPPRESSION. UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES ARE AN EMERGING TECHNOLOGY THAT SHOULD BE HARNESSED TO BENEFIT OUR FORESTS. THESE UNMANNED VEHICLES ARE BEING USED EXTENSIVELY BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO LOOK AT THEIR FORESTS, TO MANAGE THEM, TO EQUIP THEM WITH REMOTE SENSING EQUIPMENT SO THEY CAN COVER LARGE AREAS AT A LARGE TIME AND GATHER MUCH MORE ACCURATE DATA THAN YOU CAN ACTUALLY DO ON THE GROUND. ENSURING OUR LAND MANAGEMENT PRACTICES UTILIZE THE CUTTING EDGE OF AVAILABLE TECHNOLOGY, WE CAN ENSURE THE PROLONGED HEALTH OF OUR MANAGED FORESTS, AND WE CAN ACTUALLY USE THIS AS A TOOL TO CUT DOWN ON THE NUMBER OF FOREST FIRES AND A BETTER WAY TO RESPOND TO THOSE FIRES. I HOPE THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUPPORT THE FULL BILL AFTER WE ADD THIS AMENDMENT TO IT SO HE CAN ACTUALLY SEE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF HIS AMENDMENT IN PRACTICE. AGAIN, I SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT, AND I RESERVE.

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                                • 04:47:08 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA -- CALIFORNIA IS…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA -- CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                • 04:47:12 PM

                                  MR. CARDENAS

                                  WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIR. I'D LIKE THE KIND WORDS MY…

                                  WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIR. I'D LIKE THE KIND WORDS MY COLLEAGUES HAVE SAID ABOUT THIS AMENDMENT AND I HOPE IT GOES FORWARD AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 04:47:22 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                • 04:47:28 PM

                                  MR. WESTERMAN

                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, AGAIN, THIS AMENDMENT IS GOOD FOR THE BILL. I'M GLAD WE CAN…

                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, AGAIN, THIS AMENDMENT IS GOOD FOR THE BILL. I'M GLAD WE CAN WORK IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO INCLUDE IT IN THE BILL. I URGE SUPPORT, AND I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 04:47:39 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

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

                                  THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED SAY NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT 5 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-378. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON SEEK RECOGNITION? THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                              • 04:47:45 PM

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

                                • 04:47:58 PM

                                  An amendment, offered by Mr. DeFazio, numbered 5 printed in House Report 115-378 to add land exclusions to Sec. 913, including Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, Wilderness Act, lands managed under the National Trails System.

                                  • 04:48:12 PM

                                    THE CLERK

                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 5 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-378 OFFERED BY MR. DEFAZIO…

                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 5 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-378 OFFERED BY MR. DEFAZIO OF OREGON.

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                              • 04:48:14 PM

                                DEBATE

                                Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 595, the Committee of the Whole pro ceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the DeFazio amendment No. 5.

                                • 04:48:18 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 595, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. DEFAZIO,…

                                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 595, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. DEFAZIO, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON.

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                                • 04:48:28 PM

                                  MR. DEFAZIO

                                  THIS IS A BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT INTRODUCED BY MYSELF, GREG WALDEN AND KURT…

                                  THIS IS A BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT INTRODUCED BY MYSELF, GREG WALDEN AND KURT SCHRADER. SECTION 913 OF THE BILL REQUIRES ALL PUBLIC LANDS MANAGED BY THE B.L.M. IN FIVE WESTERN OREGON DISTRICTS TO BE MANAGED UNDER THE CALIFORNIA LANDS ACT OF 1937. THESE ARE STATUTORILY UNIQUE LANDS. THEY ARE ALL CONTAINED IN THE STATE OF OREGON. THERE ARE 2.6 MILLION ACRES IN 18 OREGON WESTERN COUNTIES. THE O.N.C. ACT DIRECTS THE B.L.M. TO MANAGE THOSE LANDS FOR MULTIPLE USES, INCLUDING TIMBER, PROTECTION AND WATER SHEDS. THEY ARE UNABLE TO COLLECT TAXES. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REALIZED IT PUT A TREMENDOUS BURDEN ON THE COUNTIES AND THE REVENUES ARE SHARED 50% WITH THE COUNTIES AND 50% WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THESE ARE CRITICAL REVENUES FOR MY COUNTIES. WE'VE BEEN TRYING TO ENHANCE MANAGEMENT ON THOSE LANDS TO HELP BOTH WITH EMPLOYMENT AND WITH THOSE REVENUES. BUT THIS PROVISION WOULD -- WITHOUT THIS PROVISION, THE BILL WOULD SEEM TO OPEN UP WILDERNESS, WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS, THE NATIONAL TRAIL SYSTEM AND OTHER STATUTORILY PROTECTED AREAS. IT A-- IT WILL PROTECT THE YAQUINA ON OREGON'S COAST. I BELIEVE THAT WAS AN OVERSIGHT IN THE DRAFTING OF THE BILL SINCE SIMILAR PROTECTIONS ARE PROVIDED ON FOREST SERVICE AREAS FOR STATUTORILY RESERVED AREAS. I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 04:50:13 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

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

                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                • 04:50:17 PM

                                  MR. WESTERMAN

                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE…

                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT ALTHOUGH, AGAIN, I AM NOT OPPOSED TO THE AMENDMENT.

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                                • 04:50:24 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  MR. WETERMAN

                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT AND I APPRECIATE THE…

                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT AND I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON CATCHING THIS AND POINTING IT OUT. IT HAS NEVER BEEN THE INTENT OF THIS BILL TO AFFECT WILDERNESS AREAS, WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS. I BELIEVE WE DO HAVE PROTECTIONS IN PLACE IN THE BILL, BUT THIS RE-EMPHASIZES THAT. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S WILLINGNESS TO WORK AS WE WORK THROUGH THE PROCESS ON THIS BILL. WE HAD SOME GOOD DISCUSSIONS ON IDEAS WE WERE ABLE TO AGREE ON SOME OF THOSE AND SOME OF THEM WE DIDN'T AGREE ON BUT THIS IS DEFINITELY ONE WE AGREE NEEDS TO BE IN THERE. AND ALTHOUGH H.R. 2936 INCLUDES THE IMPORTANT SIDEBOARDS THAT ENSURE APPROPRIATE LAND MANAGEMENT PRACTICES ARE IMPLEMENTED ON FEDERALLY PROTECTED AND SENSITIVE LANDS, THIS IS JUST PUTTING SOME SUSPENDERS ON WITH THE BILL. THIS AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MY COLLEAGUES FROM OREGON BUILD UPON THE SIDEBOARDS ALREADY INCLUDED IN THE BILL AND ENSURES THAT SPECIAL LANDSCAPES WITHIN OREGON'S O.N.C. LANDS ARE TREATED SIMILARLY TO OTHER LANDS THAT ARE CONTEMPLATED IN THE BILL. I SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND RESERVE.

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                                • 04:51:36 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

                                • 04:51:38 PM

                                  MR. DEFAZIO

                                  WELL, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS SUPPORT. I DO THANK HIM FOR THE…

                                  WELL, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS SUPPORT. I DO THANK HIM FOR THE CONVERSATION WE HAD ABOUT A NUMBER OF CONCERNS THAT I HAD WITH THE BILL AND THIS ADDRESSES ONE. THE SCHRADER AMENDMENT ADDRESSED ANOTHER. THERE ARE STILL OTHER CONCERNS. I'M HOPEFUL -- WE HAVE TWICE PASSED MANAGEMENT BILLS OUT OF THE HOUSE AND I DID SUPPORT LAST CONGRESS' VERSION INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEMAN, ONE OF 19 DEMOCRATS, I BELIEVE, AT THAT TIME AND I'M HOPEFUL IN DISCUSSIONS WITH THE SENATE WE MOVE BACK IN THE DIRECTION OF THE BILL THAT WE PASSED IN THE HOUSE TWO YEARS AGO. HOWEVER, THE SENATE TOTALLY STIFFED US ON THAT LEGISLATION, AND I FEAR THAT MOVING THE BILL TO A NUMBER OF THE PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL WHICH GO FURTHER THAN IN THE LAST BILL WILL MAKE IT LESS LIKELY THAT THE SENATE WILL NEGOTIATE BUT WHO KNOWS WHAT WORKS WITH THE SENATE. SO I WISH THE GENTLEMAN WELL IN THOSE DISCUSSIONS. WITH THAT I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS SUPPORT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 04:52:43 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

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

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                                  MR. WESTERMAN

                                  AND, AGAIN, MR. CHAIRMAN, I SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. AGAIN, I WANT TO SAY…

                                  AND, AGAIN, MR. CHAIRMAN, I SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. AGAIN, I WANT TO SAY HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S WORK AND HIS PASSION FOR THE FORESTS NOT ONLY IN HIS HOME STATE OF OREGON BUT ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. ALSO WANT TO ADD THAT AS AMERICANS WE'RE VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT OUR WILDERNESS AREAS, APPROXIMATE OUR WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS. I HAVE SOME OF THOSE IN MY STATE, AND THE LAST THING WE WANT TO DO IS DO ANYTHING TO JEOPARDIZE THOSE. I BELIEVE OVERALL THE BILL'S GOING TO BE GREAT FOR OUR FORESTS BUT I'M GLAD THE GENTLEMAN ADDED THIS AMENDMENT. HE HAS TIME TO CHANGE HIS MIND AND SUPPORT THE FULL BILL WHICH WILL BE GREAT FOR OREGON AND GREAT FOR OTHER STATES IN THE WEST. I ENCOURAGE A YES VOTE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 04:53:36 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

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

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. OK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED SAY NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 6 PRINTED IN THE HOUSE REPORT 115-378. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              • 04:54:12 PM

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

                                • 04:54:15 PM

                                  MR. LAMALFA

                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT MADE IN ORDER BY THE RULE.

                                • 04:54:19 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                                • 04:54:21 PM

                                  THE CLERK

                                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 6 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-378 OFFERED BY MR. LAMALFA…

                                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 6 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-378 OFFERED BY MR. LAMALFA OF CALIFORNIA.

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                                • 04:54:22 PM

                                  An amendment, offered by Mr. LaMalfa, numbered 6 printed in House Report 115-378 to direct OPM to create a "wildland firefighter" occupational series.

                                  • 04:54:28 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 595, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

                                    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 595, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LAMALFA, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                  • 04:54:37 PM

                                    MR. LAMALFA

                                    MR. CHAIRMAN, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, ACCORDING TO FEDERAL AREAS THE WILDLAND…

                                    MR. CHAIRMAN, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, ACCORDING TO FEDERAL AREAS THE WILDLAND FIREFIGHTER DOES NOT EXIST. THAT'S CORRECT. THERE ARE MEN AND WOMEN AROUND THIS NATION WHO WORK DAILY TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES FROM THE FIRES THAT DEVASTATE ESPECIALLY THE WESTERN UNITED STATES. BUT THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO CALL THEMSELVES FIRE FINDERS. THE FOREST SERVICE, B.L.M. AND OTHER AGENCIES USE BUREAUCRATIC TERMS LIKE FORESTRY TECHNICIAN, WHICH FAILS TO RECOGNIZE THE DANGERS THEY FACE AND THE SACRIFICES THEY MAKE TO PROTECT OTHERS. MY AMENDMENT, WHICH I AM PLEASED TO OFFER WITH MY COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE MARK DESAULINER FROM CALIFORNIA, REPRESENTS A BILL WE HAVE SPONSORED AS WELL, WHICH SIMPLY DESIGNATES THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN THE TITLE THEY HAVE EARNED BY DESIGNATING THE OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT TO CREATE EMPLOYEE CLASSES DESIGNATED AS WILDLAND FIREFIGHTERS. MR. CHAIRMAN, 15 TECHNICIANS HAVE PASSED AWAY THIS LAST YEAR FIGHTING WILDFIRES. SEVERAL ARE FROM CALIFORNIA. IT'S UNCONSCIONABLE WHILE THEY PERISH FIGHTING FIRES, THE AGENCIES THAT EMPLOY THEM REFUSE TO CALL THEM FIREFIGHTERS. WE SHOULD TAKE ACTION TO RECTIFY THAT FAILURE AND I ASK MEMBERS TO CONSIDER OUR BILL H.R. 3907 TO DO SO. HOWEVER, MR. CHAIRMAN, KNOWING THERE'S ADDITIONAL WORK TO BE DONE WITH THE VERY BUREAUCRACIES WHICH REFUSE TO USE THE TERM FIREFIGHTER WITH LAST-MINUTE CONCERNS AND CLARIFICATIONS NEEDED SO THAT THE FIREFIGHTERS INDEED DON'T LOSE BENEFITS, AND NOTING WE WILL BE BACK, I REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO WITHDRAW MY AMENDMENT FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION AT THIS TIME.

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                              • 04:54:44 PM

                                DEBATE

                                Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 595, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the LaMalfa amendment No. 6.

                                • 04:56:19 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO…

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-378. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                • 04:56:39 PM

                                  MR. PEARS

                                  I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                                • 04:56:40 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                                • 04:56:42 PM

                                  THE CLERK

                                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-378 AFFERED BY MR. PEARCE…

                                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-378 AFFERED BY MR. PEARCE OF NEW MEXICO.

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                                • 04:56:50 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 595, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO, MR. PEARCE, AND A…

                                  TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 595, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO, MR. PEARCE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO.

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                                • 04:56:59 PM

                                  MR. PEARCE

                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. OUR NATIONAL FORESTS ARE OVERGROWN AND THE THINNING…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. OUR NATIONAL FORESTS ARE OVERGROWN AND THE THINNING PROJECTS WHICH WOULD RESTORE THEM TO HEALTH ARE DELAYED BY LENGTHY AND COSTLY REGULATIONS AND LITIGATIONS. IN NEW MEXICO, IT LOOKS LIKE THIS. THE TOP PICTURE IS A PICTURE OF ONE OF OUR NATIONAL FORESTS, AND THE BOTTOM PICTURE IS A PICTURE FROM AN AREA THAT HAS BEEN THINNED. TAKE, FOR EXAMPLE, THE LINCOLN NATIONAL FOREST NEAR RUIDOSO. ANOTHER NATIONAL FOREST IS BUTTED AGAINST IT. TYPICALLY THE FORESTS IN THE WEST LOOK LIKE THIS. WIDELY SPACED TREES AND MOSTLY GRASS IN BETWEEN. SO WHEN THE FIRES CAME, THERE WERE GRASS FIRES. THE TREE RING SHOW US EVERY EIGHT YEARS A FIRE WOULD OCCUR AND IT WOULD KEEP THE SMALL DIAMETER TREES, THE SMALL UNHEALTHY ONES, WOULD BURN THOSE OUT AND, AGAIN, OUR FORESTS LOOK LIKE THIS. BECAUSE OF ALL OF THE THINNING PROJECTS AND TIMBER PROJECTS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED FOR DECADES NOW OUR FORESTS INSTEAD LOOK LIKE THIS. WHEN WILDFIRES HAPPEN THEY BURN CATASTROPHICALLY AND BURN EVERYTHING IN THEIR SIGHT. AND SO, MY AMENDMENT TODAY SIMPLELY ALLOWS THE FOREST SERVICE TO MOVE FORWARD ON BALANCED THINNING PROGRAMS IN LARGE SCALE. TYPICALLY THEY DO ALL OF THE PAPERWORK, ALL OF THE STUDIES FOR SMALL ACREAGES, MAYBE 30 ACRES OR 50 ACRES. SINCE THE FORESTS ARE ABOUT A MILLION ACRES, YOU NEVER GET THROUGH AND NEVER GET THE FOREST RESTORED TO ITS HEALTH AND THAT'S THE PROBLEM. THE FOREST SERVICE HAS BEEN WORKING WITH ME ON THE LANGUAGE FOR THIS AMENDMENT AND SUBMITTED ALMOST THE EXACT LANGUAGE WE PUT HERE ON THE FLOOR TODAY. THEY AGREE WITH US THAT THEY SHOULD RESTORE THE FOREST TO ITS HEALTH BUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS AND THE OUTSIDE LITIGATION HAVE STOPPED IT -- HAVE STOPPED THE PROGRAMS COMPLETELY. NOW, IN NEW MEXICO, THIS MEANS JOBS BUT IT ALSO MEANS THE HEALTH OF OUR ENVIRONMENT AND IT MEANS THE DESTRUCTION OF ENDANGERED SPECIES BECAUSE WHEN THE FIRES BURN THROUGH, WE GET THE EFFECT ON THE NEXT PAGE. AGAIN, THIS IS THAT SAME LINCOLN NATIONAL FOREST THAT WE WERE LOOKING AT JUST A SECOND AGO. THIS IS AFTER THE LITTLE BEAR FIRE WHICH BURNED 255 HOMES AND ALMOST 40,000 ACRES. WE ALMOST LOST THE ENTIRE TOWN OF RUIDOSO. IF THE FIRE CAPPED OVER THE MOUNTAIN IT WOULD HAVE BURN STRAIGHT DOWN. THE WIND WAS GOING WITH WHICH IT WOULD HAVE CAUSED IT. THE FOREST SERVICE IS AGREEING WE NEED TO DO SOME THINNING AND WE CAN'T DO IT WITHOUT LEGISLATIVE LANGUAGE SO THIS AMENDMENT IS BEING OFFERED HERE TODAY. NOW, WE USED TO HAVE 123 MILLS WORKING IN NEW MEXICO CLEARING TIMBER, PROCESSING IT. WE GOT VAST NATIONAL FORESTS AND ALL OF THOSE HAVE BEEN SHUT DOWN. THE SPOTTED OWL CAME ALONG IN 1993 AND THE FINDINGS FROM THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE WAS THAT LOGGING IS THE PROBLEM THAT THE SPOTTED OWL IS GOING EXTINCT. OVER 20 YEARS LATER, THE HEAD OF FISH AND WILDLIFE SAID, OOPS, WE MADE A MISTAKE AND WE BURNED DOWN THE WEST AND WE RUINED OUR FORESTS OVER A MISTAKE. THERE WAS ANOTHER PREDATOR OUT. WE STILL HAVE THE PROBLEM TO GO IN AND CLEAN UP THESE FORESTS BEFORE THEY BURN AND BEFORE THEY LOOK LIKE THIS. NOW, THE REAL PROBLEM -- ANOTHER REAL PROBLEM THAT EXISTS IS WHEN WE BURN OUR NATIONAL FOREST, THEN THE WATERSHEDS ARE GOING TO BE CHOKED UP WITH MUD, WITH ASH AND WITH EVERYTHING ELSE. THIS IS BENITA LAKE. IT PROVIDES THE DRINKING WATER FOR SEVERAL MAJOR COMMUNITIES IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE STATE. THAT LAKE WAS ABOUT 75 FEET DEEP, PRISTINE WATER, HAD FISH IN THERE, IT WAS A RECREATIONAL AREA RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NATIONAL FOREST. THE FOREST SERVICE WAS ALARMED HOW MUCH DAMAGE WAS GOING TO OCCUR TO THIS LAKE IF THEY DIDN'T LOG ABOVE IT SO THEY PUT IN A PROJECT. THEY WERE SUED IN GROUND TO HALT. THEY DID NOT GET TO THIN THE AREA ABOVE THE LAKE. A FIRE OCCURRED. THIS FIRE THAT YOU JUST SAW IN THE PREVIOUS SLIDE. NOW THAT 75 FEET DEEP LAKE IS FILLED WITH 50 FOOT OF MUD AND ASH, HAS KILLED ALL THE FISH. IT IS NOT SUITABLE FOR DRINKING. THE COMMUNITY DOES NOT HAVE THE MONEY IN ORDER TO DRAIN THAT LANGE AND TO REFILL IT SO -- THAT LAKE AND TO REFILL IT SO THAT'S WHAT WE FIND IN THE WEST BECAUSE THESE FOREST MANAGEMENT PROCESSES. BY MILE, MY AMENDMENT WOULD ALLOW THE FOREST SERVICE TO MOVE FORWARD ON LARGE-SCALE PROJECTS. THEY WOULD STILL HAVE TO DO ALL OF THE STUDIES, EVERYTHING. THEY WOULD BE EXPEDITED. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                                • 04:57:14 PM

                                  By unanimous consent, the LaMalfa amendment was withdrawn.

                                  • 04:57:20 PM

                                    An amendment, offered by Mr. Pearce, numbered 7 printed in House Report 115-378 to establishe a pilot program to demonstrate effective tools and techniques for safeguarding natural resources.

                                  • 04:57:37 PM

                                    DEBATE

                                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 595, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Pearce amendment No. 7.

                                    • 05:01:39 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

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

                                    • 05:01:46 PM

                                      MR. GRIJALVA

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

                                    • 05:01:48 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                    • 05:01:50 PM

                                      MR. GRIJALVA

                                      THANK YOU. THIS AMENDMENT DOUBLES DOWN ON THE BAD IDEAS THAT ARE IN THE…

                                      THANK YOU. THIS AMENDMENT DOUBLES DOWN ON THE BAD IDEAS THAT ARE IN THE UNDERLYING BILL. 150,000 AIRCRAFT CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION TO REMOVE TIMBER FROM NATIONAL FORESTS HAS THE POTENTIAL TO DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD AND CUTS THE AMERICAN PUBLIC OUT OF THE DECISION MAKING PROCESS. THE FOREST SERVICE DOESN'T NEED THIS WAIVER TO HARVEST TREES IN NEW MEXICO. LAST YEAR THE PROUD 12,000 METRIC BOARD FEET AND LINCOLN AND GILA EACH BETWEEN 5,000 AND 6,000 METRIC BOARD FEET. THESE ARE AVERAGE PRODUCTION NUMBERS ACROSS THE REGION. SO I'M NOT SURE WHAT PROBLEM THIS AMENDMENT IS TRYING TO ADDRESS OR HOW EXEMPTING 150,000 ACRES PROJECTS FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW HELPS THE FOREST SERVICE MEET THEIR MANDATE OF PROTECTING HABITAT, WATERSHEDS AND PROVIDING RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES. THIS AMENDMENT ALSO EXEMPTS THE FOREST SERVICE FROM THE CONSULTATION REQUIREMENTS IN THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT. LODGING PROJECTS UNTETHERED FROM THE BEDROCK ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS COULD IMPACT SEVERAL SPECIES WHICH DEPND ON THESE FORESTS FOR HABITAT, INCLUDING THE MEXICAN SPOTTED OWL AND THE GILA TROUT. ACTIVE FOREST MANAGEMENT IS NOT A BAD THING. IF IT IS DONE RESPONSIBLY. IF NEPA AND ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT ARE FOLLOWED, WE GET GOOD PROJECTS, SAFE HABITAT RESTORATION, NOT CLEAR CUTTING AND LOSS OF CRITICAL HABITAT. UNFORTUNATELY THIS AMENDMENT UNDERMINES BOTH OF THESE FUNDAMENTAL LAWS AND SHOULD BE REJECTED. I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    • 05:03:24 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

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

                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO IS RECOGNIZED. PEARCE PEARCE THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER --

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                                    • 05:03:32 PM

                                      MR. PEARCE

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE PROBLEM WE'RE TRYING TO SOLVE, THE GENTLEMAN…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE PROBLEM WE'RE TRYING TO SOLVE, THE GENTLEMAN ASKED THE QUESTION, IS THAT WE'RE BURNING OUR FORESTS DOWN, WE'RE BURNING UP THE HABITAT, WE'RE BURNING UP THE ENDANGERED SPECIES. THIS WAS 40,000 ACRES. WE HAD ANOTHER FIRE IN THE SECOND DISTRICT OF NEW MEXICO THAT WAS OVER 300,000 ACRES AND THEY BURNED WITHOUT REGARD. THEY BURNED HUMAN LIFE, THEY BURNED ANIMAL LIFE, THEY BURNED HABITAT, AND THEY CONTAMINATED OUR WATERWAYS. THOSE ARE THE PROBLEMS THAT WE'RE TRYING TO SOLVE. THE FOREST SERVICE AGREES WITH US THAT THE RESTRICTIONS ARE TOO GREAT AND THEY HAVE WORKED WITH US ON THE LANGUAGE, UNDERSTANDING THAT THEY MUST GO THROUGH THE STUDIES, THEY MUST DO THE WORK THAT'S REQUIRED, BUT WE WE CAN EXPEDITE THOSE NOORD TO DO LARGER SCALE THINNING PROJECTS. OTHERWISE WE WILL NEVER GET THE FORESTS IN THE WEST CLEARED UP. THIS AMENDMENT IS A GOOD AMENDMENT AND I WOULD URGE THE PASSAGE AND WOULD YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    • 05:04:26 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                    • 05:04:30 PM

                                      MR. GRIJALVA

                                      THANK YOU. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD NOT RESOLVE THE ISSUE THAT MY FRIEND FROM…

                                      THANK YOU. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD NOT RESOLVE THE ISSUE THAT MY FRIEND FROM NEW MEXICO HAS JUST BROUGHT UP. THE STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY FROM THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH RAISES THE CONCERNS OF H.R. 2936 , OF THE LAND MANAGEMENT REFORMS WHICH ARE IN THE LEGISLATION. THE ADMINISTRATION, HOWEVER, LET ME QUOTE, HAS CONCERNS ABOUT THE LEGISLATION'S REVISION OF THE STAFFORD ACT, WHICH WOULD FORCE COMPETITION FOR FUNDING BETWEEN WILDFIRES AND FEDERAL -- ON FEDERAL LAND AND OTHER DISASTERS ALREADY COVERED BY THE STAFFORD ACT, INCLUDING HURRICANES. IT ALSO SAYS THAT THE LEGISLATION DOESN'T REALLY ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF FIRE BORROWING, WHICH IS CENTRAL TO DEALING EFFECTIVELY AND PROACTIVELY WITH WILDFIRES, BOTH PREVENTION AND SUPPRESSION. THE RESOURCES NEEDED. I ASK FOR -- TO SUBMIT THIS FOR -- AS PART OF THE RECORD, THE STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY. AND ALSO GOING TO ANOTHER STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY, JULY 8, 2015, WHICH IS ON THE SAME LEGISLATION BUT PENNED BY THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT, THEN PRESIDENT OBAMA, WHICH MIRRORS AND REFLECTS THE SAME CONCERNS BROUGHT UP BY THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH OF PRESIDENT TRUMP. AND WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    • 05:06:05 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN HAS THE ONLY TIME REMAINING.

                                    • 05:06:08 PM

                                      MR. GRIJALVA

                                      I YIELD BACK. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.

                                    • 05:06:11 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                  • 05:06:21 PM

                                    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

                                    • 05:06:22 PM

                                      MR. GRIJALVA

                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, ON THAT I WOULD LIKE A RECORD VOTE.

                                    • 05:06:26 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

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

                                      PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                    • 05:06:41 PM

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                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I MOVE THAT THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE.

                                    • 05:06:43 PM

                                      Mr. Westerman moved that the committee rise.

                                      • 05:06:44 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE COMMITTEE RISE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY…

                                        THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE COMMITTEE RISE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY, THE COMMITTEE RISES. THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION, HAVING HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 2936 DIRECTS ME TO REPORT THAT IT HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON.

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                                  • 05:07:03 PM

                                    On motion that the committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.

                                    • 05:07:09 PM

                                      Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 2936 as unfinished business.

                                      • 05:07:20 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THEREON.

                                  • 05:07:44 PM

                                    Recess

                                    The Speaker announced that the House do now recess for a period of less than 15 minutes.

                                    • 05:16:21 PM

                                      Reconvened

                                      The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of November 1.

                                      • 05:16:22 PM

                                        Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 2936 — "To expedite under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and improve forest management activities on National Forest System lands, on public lands under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management, and on Tribal lands to return resilience to overgrown, fire-prone forested lands, and for other purposes."

                                        • 05:16:24 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          ORDER. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 595 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES…

                                          ORDER. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 595 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION [CAPTIONING PERFORMED BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS CAPTION CONTENT AND ACCURACY. VISIT NCICAP.ORG] [CAPTIONS COPYRIGHT NATIONAL CABLE SATELLITE CORP. 2017]

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                                          MORE HOUSE OF COMMONS AT CSPAN.ORG AS THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES…

                                          MORE HOUSE OF COMMONS AT CSPAN.ORG AS THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES GAVELS BACK IN. WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. ROTHFUS, KINDLY RESUME THE CHAIR.

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                                        • 05:16:52 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

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

                                          THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2936 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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                                        • 05:17:05 PM

                                          THE CLERK

                                          OF 1969 IMPROVE FOREST MANAGEMENT ACTIVITY ON NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM…

                                          OF 1969 IMPROVE FOREST MANAGEMENT ACTIVITY ON NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM LANDS, ON PUBLIC LANDS UNDER JURISDICTION OF THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT AND ON TRIBAL LANDS TO RETURN RESILIENCE TO OVERGROWN, FIRE-PRONE FORESTED LANDS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                      • 05:17:05 PM

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

                                        • 05:17:26 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          WHEN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ROSE EARLIER TODAY, A REQUEST FOR A…

                                          WHEN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ROSE EARLIER TODAY, A REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-378 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO, MR. PEARCE, HAD BEEN POSTPONED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, PROCEEDINGS WILL NOW RESUME ON THOSE AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-378 ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER. AMENDMENT NUMBER 2, MR. KHANNA OF CALIFORNIA. AMENDMENT NUMBER 3, MR. O'HALLERAN OF ARIZONA. AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 BY MR. PEARCE OF NEW MEXICO. THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO TWO MINUTES AFTER THE FIRST VOTE IN THE SERIES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-378 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. KHANNA, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                      • 05:18:29 PM

                                        On agreeing to the Khanna amendment (A002) Roll Call 594 - Recorded vote pending.

                                        • 05:18:31 PM

                                          THE CLERK

                                          AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-378 OFFERED BY MR. KHANNA…

                                          AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-378 OFFERED BY MR. KHANNA OF CALIFORNIA.

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                                        • 05:18:36 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A…

                                          A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                                        • 05:46:19 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 19 AND THE NAYS ARE 232. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

                                          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 19 AND THE NAYS ARE 232. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-378 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. O'HALLERAN, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE NAYS PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                      House Vote 594 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

                                      An amendment numbered 2 printed in House Report 115-378 to strike Subtitle B of Title III, the Forest Management Activity Arbitration Pilot Program, from the bill.

                                      Failed (189 - 232)
                                      Aye
                                      No

                                      Vote Details: Aye - 189
                                      Democratic - 184
                                      Republican - 5

                                      Vote Details: No - 232
                                      Republican - 227
                                      Democratic - 5

                                      Vote Details: Not Voting - 11
                                      Democratic - 5
                                      Republican - 6

                                      • 05:46:50 PM

                                        THE CLERK

                                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-378 BY MR. OLE HALERAN OF…

                                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-378 BY MR. OLE HALERAN OF ARIZONA.

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                                      • 05:47:01 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A…

                                        A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE A TWO-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                                      • 05:51:15 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 194 AND THE NAYS ARE 226. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

                                        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 194 AND THE NAYS ARE 226. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-378 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO, MR. PEARCE, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE AYES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                      House Vote 595 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

                                      An amendment numbered 3 printed in House Report 115-378 to strike sections 801, pertaining to forest plans not condsidered major Federal actions for purposes of section 102 of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, and 903, revision of extraordinary circumstances regulations in the bill.

                                      Failed (194 - 226)
                                      Aye
                                      No

                                      Vote Details: Aye - 194
                                      Democratic - 188
                                      Republican - 6

                                      Vote Details: No - 226
                                      Republican - 225
                                      Democratic - 1

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

                                      • 05:51:26 PM

                                        On agreeing to the Pearce amendment (A007) Roll Call 596 - Recorded vote pending.

                                        • 05:51:44 PM

                                          THE CLERK

                                          AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-378 OFFERED BY MR. PEARCE…

                                          AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-378 OFFERED BY MR. PEARCE OF NEW MEXICO.

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                                        • 05:51:50 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A…

                                          A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE A TWO-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                                        • 05:56:11 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 236. THE NAYS ARE 186. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED.…

                                          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 236. THE NAYS ARE 186. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY UNDER THE RULE THE COMMITTEE ARISES.

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                                      House Vote 596 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

                                      An amendment numbered 7 printed in House Report 115-378 to establishe a pilot program to demonstrate effective tools and techniques for safeguarding natural resources.

                                      Agreed to (236 - 184)
                                      Aye
                                      No

                                      Vote Details: Aye - 236
                                      Republican - 229
                                      Democratic - 7

                                      Vote Details: No - 184
                                      Democratic - 181
                                      Republican - 3

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

                                      • 05:56:33 PM

                                        The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 2936.

                                        • 05:56:48 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          MR. CHAIRMAN.

                                        • 05:56:50 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION HAS HAD UNDER…

                                          THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 2936 AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 595 I REPORT THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH AN AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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                                        • 05:57:03 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION…

                                          THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION HOUSE RESOLUTION 2936 AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 595 REPORTS THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH BE A AAMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. IS THERE A SEPARATE VOTE DEMANDED TO ANY AMENDMENT. IF NOT THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THIRD READING.

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                                      • 05:57:07 PM

                                        The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

                                        • 05:57:37 PM

                                          THE CLERK

                                          1959 AND IMPROVE FOREST MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES ON LANDS, ON PUBLIC LANDS…

                                          1959 AND IMPROVE FOREST MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES ON LANDS, ON PUBLIC LANDS UNDER THE JURISDICTION UNDER BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT AND ON TRIBAL LAND TO RETURN RESILIENCE TO FIRE-PRONE FOREST LANDS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                        • 05:58:02 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                          THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEATS. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS. PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATION FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                      • 05:58:44 PM

                                        Mr. O'Halleran moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Natural Resources.

                                        • 05:58:49 PM

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                                          I HAVE A MOTION TO RECOMMIT AT THE DESK.

                                        • 05:58:51 PM

                                          HE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          IS THE GENTLEMAN OPPOSED TO THE BILL?

                                        • 05:58:53 PM

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                                          I AM OPPOSED IN ITS CURRENT FORM.

                                        • 05:58:56 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE BILL.

                                    • 05:59:00 PM

                                      DEBATE

                                      The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the O'Halleran motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment adding a new section pertaining to Extension of Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000.

                                      • 05:59:02 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        MR. O'HALLERAN REPORTS --

                                      • 05:59:04 PM

                                        THE CLERK

                                        REPORTS --

                                      • 05:59:17 PM

                                        MR. O'HALLERAN

                                        THE CLERK WILL SUSPEND.

                                      • 05:59:23 PM

                                        MR. BISHOP

                                        I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING OF THE AMENDMENT.

                                      • 05:59:26 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READING IS SUSPENDED. THE HOUSE…

                                        IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READING IS SUSPENDED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                      • 05:59:55 PM

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                                        MINUTES.

                                      • 06:00:11 PM

                                        MR. O'HALLORAN

                                        MR. O'HALLORAN: IT HAS NOW BEEN OVER TWO YEARS SINCE CONGRESS HAS FAILED…

                                        MR. O'HALLORAN: IT HAS NOW BEEN OVER TWO YEARS SINCE CONGRESS HAS FAILED TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE SECURE RULES SCHOOL -- SECURE RURAL SCHOOLS PROGRAM. THIS IS BEYOND UNACCEPTABLE. SCHOOLS AND COUNTIES ACROSS RURAL AMERICA ARE FACING A FUNDING AND ECONOMIC CRISIS AND THE RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE SECURE RURAL SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY SELF-DETERMINATION ACT WILL GO A LONG WAY TO ENSURING CHILDREN GET THE EDUCATION THEY NEED TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS IN TODAY'S ECONOMY.

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                                      • 06:00:43 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        ECONOMY.

                                      • 06:01:01 PM

                                        MR. O'HALLERAN

                                        SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS TELL ME ABOUT THE DIRE STRAITS SCHOOLS WILL BE IN IF…

                                        SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS TELL ME ABOUT THE DIRE STRAITS SCHOOLS WILL BE IN IF S.R.S. IS NOT RE-AUTHORIZED. IN GREENLEE COUNTY IN EASTERN ARIZONA, THE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT SHARED WITH ME, IF THE COUNTY DOES SEE S.R.S. DOLLARS THEY'LL HAVE TO CLOSE THE SCHOOL THAT PROVIDES SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICE. THIS IS AFTER THE SCHOOL HAS GONE THROUGH MAJOR CHANGES TO SAVE MONEY. ACROSS RURAL ARIZONA, SCHOOLS FACE ISSUES WITH ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY AND EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES. THAT CAME FROM THEM. RE-AUTHORIZING SECURE RURAL SCHOOLS WILL ALLOW MORE SCHOOLS TO DEVELOP INNOVATIVE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES. YET IN ONE COUNTY WHERE THEY ARE USING DISTANCE LEARN, SCHOOLS CAN SHARE TEACHERS, MAKING SURE STUDENTS DON'T MISS OPPORTUNITIES BECAUSE THEY LIVE IN RURAL AMERICA IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO AND RE-AUTHORIZING S.R.S. WILL BETTER ENABLE COORDINATION AND SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS. MR. SPEAKER, THE PEOPLE OF RURAL ARIZONA AND AMERICA ARE TOUGH AND INNOVATIVE BUT THE SIMPLE FACT IS THAT THEY NEED RESOURCES TO KEEP SCHOOLS OPEN AND EDUCATE CHILDREN. IT IS PASTIME THAT WE RE-AUTHORIZE S.R.S. AND I CALL ON MY COLLEAGUES TO DO SO TODAY. ACROSS RURAL AMERICA AND RURAL ARIZONA THE NEED FOR INFRASTRUCTURE IS ONLY GROWING. IN HILA COUNTY, A BRIDGE IS NEEDED TO MAKE IT SAFER FOR PEOPLE TO CROSS A CREEK. S.R.S. FUNDING WOULD MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR THE COUNTY TO MAKE A GREATER CONTRIBUTION TO GET THAT COMPLETED. IF WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT PASSING A BIPARTISAN INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN IT'S CRITICAL WE MAKE SURE LOCAL COMMUNITIES CAN BEGIN PLANNING. RE-AUTHORIZATN OF S.R.S. WOULD ALLOW THAT TO HAPPEN. NATIONALLY, THERE ARE 720 COUNTIES AND 4 -- AND 4,400 SCHOOL DISTRICTS THAT THAT DEPEND ON SECURE RURAL SCHOOLS FOR EDUCATION AS WELL AS OTHER CRITICAL SERVICES AND PROGRAMS LIKE LAW ENFORCEMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE. RURAL AMERICA IS READY FOR A RENAISSANCE. BUT FOR IT TO HAPPEN, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT FOLKS HAVE EQUAL ACCESS TO OPPORTUNITIES IN SCHOOL AND IN THE WORK FORCE. THAT MEANS WE NEED TO GUARANTEE THAT SCHOOLS HAVE THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO EDUCATE OUR CHILDREN AND ACHIEVE THEIR POTENTIAL. THAT MEANS WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT COMMUNITIES HAVE INFRASTRUCTURE THAT SUPPORTS LOCAL ECONOMIES AND KEEPS PEOPLE SAFE. THAT MEANS WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT RURAL AMERICANS HAVE A FAIR SHOT. I CALL ON MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT ON BEHALF OF KIDS ACROSS RURAL AMERICA AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                      • 06:04:04 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                      • 06:04:10 PM

                                        MR. BISHOP

                                        I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.

                                      • 06:04:12 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

                                      • 06:04:17 PM

                                        OP THE

                                        THINK GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND FOR A MOMENT. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE…

                                        THINK GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND FOR A MOMENT. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                      • 06:04:28 PM

                                        MR. BISHOP

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IN PRESENTING THIS…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IN PRESENTING THIS ISSUE ABOUT SECURE RURAL SCHOOLS. I'M AN OLD SCHOOLTEACHER, I UNDERSTAND HOW SIGNIFICANT AND IMPORTANT IT IS. THE ISSUE FOR SECURE RURAL SCHOOLS IS NOT THE RE-AUTHORIZATION, IT'S FINDING A FUNDING SCREAM TO KEEP IT GOING. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS AMENDMENT OPPORTUNITY SOLVE THE PROBLEM. IT'S NOT RE-AUTHORIZATION IT'S THE FUNDING AND THIS PROVIDES NO FUNDING WHAT IS OVER. IT DOESN'T DO WHAT WE NEED TO DO. IT SIMPLY -- IT'S SIMPLY ANOTHER DELAY TACTIC. LET'S FACE IT, WE ARE DEALING WITH MORE SIGNIFICANT ISSUES IN THIS NATION LIKE WHO IS GOING TO WIN GAME SEVEN TONIGHT. THAT'S IMPORTANT STUFF. THAT'S WHAT WE SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT. AND IF YOU DON'T PASS THIS FOREST RESILIENCY ACT TODAY THERE WON'T BE ENOUGH TREES TO MAKE BATS FOR NEXT YEAR'S SEASON. PLEASE VOTE NO ON THIS AMENDMENT, VOTE YES ON THE UNDERLYING BILL, LET'S GO HOME.

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                                      • 06:05:20 PM

                                        The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.

                                        • 06:05:21 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          HOME.

                                      • 06:05:25 PM

                                        On motion to recommit with instructions Roll Call 597 - Recorded vote pending.

                                        • 06:05:36 PM

                                          MR. O'HALLERAN

                                          MR. O'HALLERAN: I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

                                        • 06:05:40 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED, THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED…

                                          RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED, THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDER. THIS FIVE-MINUTE VOTE ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE MINUTES VOTE ON THE RULE IF ORDERED, WILL BE A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                                        • 06:12:36 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 189, THE NAYS ARE 230. THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPT…

                                          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 189, THE NAYS ARE 230. THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPT THE QUESTION IS ON PASS OOGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE BILL IS PASSED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH SEEK RECOGNITION? OR THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA?

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                                    • 06:12:36 PM

                                      House Vote 597 - On Motion to Recommit with Instructions

                                      Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017

                                      Failed (189 - 230)
                                      Aye
                                      No

                                      Vote Details: Aye - 189
                                      Democratic - 187
                                      Republican - 2

                                      Vote Details: No - 230
                                      Republican - 230

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

                                      • 06:12:39 PM

                                        On passage Roll Call 598 - Recorded vote pending.

                                        • 06:12:56 PM

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                                          I'D LIKE A RECORDED VOTE.

                                        • 06:12:58 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A…

                                          A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                                    • 06:19:02 PM

                                      House Vote 598 - On Passage

                                      Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017

                                      Passed (232 - 188)
                                      Aye
                                      No

                                      Vote Details: Aye - 232
                                      Republican - 222
                                      Democratic - 10

                                      Vote Details: No - 188
                                      Democratic - 179
                                      Republican - 9

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

                                      • 06:19:06 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE YEAS ARE 232 AND THE NAYS ARE 188. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT…

                                        THE YEAS ARE 232 AND THE NAYS ARE 188. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS ON THE VOTE OF THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN TO PASS H.R. 3399. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                      • 06:19:06 PM

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

                                      • 06:19:07 PM

                                        UNFINISHED BUSINESS

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

                                        • 06:19:12 PM

                                          Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3903 — "To amend the Securities Act of 1933 to expand the ability to use testing the waters and confidential draft registration submissions, and for other purposes."

                                          • 06:19:27 PM

                                            THE CLERK

                                            WATERS SUBMISSIONS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

                                        • 06:19:31 PM

                                          On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Roll Call 599 - 2/3 Yea and Nay vote pending.

                                          • 06:19:41 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                      • 06:25:09 PM

                                        House Vote 599 - On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended

                                        Encouraging Public Offerings Act of 2017

                                        Passed (419 - 0)
                                        Yea

                                        Vote Details: Yea - 419
                                        Republican - 232
                                        Democratic - 187

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

                                        • 06:25:10 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE YEAS ARE 419 AND THE NAYS ARE ZERO. AND THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT…

                                          THE YEAS ARE 419 AND THE NAYS ARE ZERO. AND THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                        • 06:25:10 PM

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

                                          • 06:25:11 PM

                                            Mr. Burgess filed reports from the Committee on Rules, H. Res. 600 and H. Res. 601.

                                            • 06:25:22 PM

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                                              MR. SPEAKER, I SEND TO THE DESK TWO PRIVILEGED REPORTS FROM THE COMMITTEE…

                                              MR. SPEAKER, I SEND TO THE DESK TWO PRIVILEGED REPORTS FROM THE COMMITTEE ON RULES FOR FILING UNDER THE RULE.

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                                            • 06:25:29 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLES.

                                          • 06:25:30 PM

                                            The Clerk was authorized to correct section numbers, punctuation, and cross references, and to make other necessary technical and conforming corrections in the engrossment of H.R. 3903.

                                            • 06:25:32 PM

                                              THE CLERK

                                              REPORT TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 600, RESOLUTION TO REPEAL THE…

                                              REPORT TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 600, RESOLUTION TO REPEAL THE PROVISIONS OF THE PATIENT AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT PROVIDING FOR THE INDEPENDENT ADVISORY BOARD. REPORT TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 601, RESOLUTION FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 3 22 TO EXTEND FUNDING FOR CERTAIN PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAMS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                            • 06:26:01 PM

                                              TEMPORE REFERRED

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

                                              HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                        • 06:26:01 PM

                                          ASSUMING FIRST SPONSORSHIP

                                          Mr. Costello (PA) asked unanimous consent that he may hereafter be considered as the first sponsor of H. Res. 428, a bill originally introduced by Representative Murphy (PA), for the purpose of adding cosponsors and requesting reprintings pursuant to clause 7 of rule XII. Agreed to without objection.

                                          • 06:26:08 PM

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                                            THE ENGROSSMENT OF H.R. 390 , THE CLERK BE AUTHORIZED TO MAKE CHANGES AS…

                                            THE ENGROSSMENT OF H.R. 390 , THE CLERK BE AUTHORIZED TO MAKE CHANGES AS MAY BE NECESSARY TO REFLECT THE ACTIONS OF THE HOUSE IN AMENDING THE BILL.

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                                          • 06:26:20 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            WITHOUT OBJECTION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                            AS THE PRIMARY SPONSOR OF H.RES. 428, A RESOLUTION INTRODUCED BY MR. AND…

                                            AS THE PRIMARY SPONSOR OF H.RES. 428, A RESOLUTION INTRODUCED BY MR. AND REQUESTING REPRINTINGS UNDER CLAUSE 7 OF RULE 12.

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                                          • 06:26:44 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                                          • 06:26:48 PM

                                            MR. THOMPSON

                                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                          • 06:26:50 PM

                                            The Clerk was authorized to correct section numbers, punctuation, and cross references, and to make other necessary technical and conforming corrections in the engrossment of H.R. 2936.

                                            • 06:27:03 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                          • 06:27:06 PM

                                            Mr. Scott, Austin asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.

                                            • 06:27:15 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

                                          • 06:27:15 PM

                                            Considered by unanimous consent. H. Con. Res. 43 — "Providing official recognition of the massacre of 11 African-American soldiers of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion of the United States Army who had been captured in Wereth, Belgium, during the Battle of the Bulge on December 17, 1944."

                                            • 06:27:19 PM

                                              THE CLERK

                                              WHO HAD BEEN CAPTURED DURING THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE ON DECEMBER 17, 19 4.

                                        • 06:27:32 PM

                                          On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.

                                          • 06:27:34 PM

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

                                            • 06:27:38 PM

                                              THE SPEAKE PRO TEMPORE

                                              IS THERE OBJECTION TO CONCURRENT RESOLUTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE MOTION…

                                              IS THERE OBJECTION TO CONCURRENT RESOLUTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                            • 06:28:25 PM

                                              MR. POE

                                              I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES.

                                            • 06:28:30 PM

                                              THE CLERK

                                              H.R. 25

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. DOES THE GENTLEMAN MEAN 425?

                                            • 06:28:41 PM

                                              THE CLERK

                                              H.R. 425, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE DENIAL OF PASSPORTS TO INDIVIDUALS…

                                              H.R. 425, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE DENIAL OF PASSPORTS TO INDIVIDUALS AFFILIATED WITH FOREIGN AFFILIATIONS.

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                                          • 06:28:47 PM

                                            Mr. Poe (TX) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 425 — "To authorize the revocation or denial of passports to individuals affiliated with foreign terrorist organizations, and for other purposes."

                                            • 06:28:48 PM

                                              Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                              DEBATE

                                              The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 425.

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                                                TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                                THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

                                                THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                                              • 06:29:02 PM

                                                MR. POE

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

                                                I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE DAYS TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THIS MEASURE.

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                                              • 06:29:10 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                              • 06:29:11 PM

                                                MR. POE

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

                                              • 06:29:15 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

                                              • 06:29:19 PM

                                                MR. POE

                                                THE TERRORIST ATTACK LAST NIGHT IN NEW YORK CITY COMES AS A REMINDER THAT…

                                                THE TERRORIST ATTACK LAST NIGHT IN NEW YORK CITY COMES AS A REMINDER THAT THE ENEMIES WILL NOT CEASE. EIGHT PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN WHAT LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS ARE CALLING NEW YORK'S DEADLIEST ATTACK SINCE 9/11. HE WAS RADICALIZED DOMESTICALLY BY ISIS HIGHLIGHTING THE GRAVE THREAT. THE TERRORIST LAST NIGHT WAS A TERRORIST FROM UZBEKISTAN UZBEKISTAN. AND THERE ARE AMERICANS WHO THIES WITH THOSE WHO SEEK TO DESTROY OUR FREEDOM. AS MANY AS 250 AMERICAN CITIZENS HAVE SOUGHT TO TRAVEL TO SYRIA AND MORE THAN 1,000 AND THEY HAVE RECEIVED TERRORIST TRAINING. SOME ARE UNDER THE COMMAND AND CONTROL OF TERRORIST LEADERS WHO HAVE INSTRUCTED THEM TO ATTACK THE UNITED STATES WHENEVER. OTHERS ARE INSPIRED BY THE IDEOLOGY OF HATE THE TERRORISTS POST ON SOCIAL MEDIA SITES. MANY OF THESE ARE AMERICAN SOCIAL MEDIA SITES. THEY ARE A DIRECT THREAT MANY OF THESE ARE DIRECT THREATS TO OUR HOMELAND. OUR CURRENT SAFEGUARDS ARE INSUFFICIENT TO PROTECT US AGAINST THESE. A 22-YEAR-OLD FLORIDA NATE I BECAME THE FIRST AMERICAN TO CARRY OUT A SUICIDE BOMBING IN SYRIA. HE'D BATTLED AND BEEN TRAINED BY SYRIA'S AL QAEDA AFFILIATE FOR SAME TIME. HE WAS WAIVED THROUGH BORDER INSPECTIONS WHEN TRAVELING HOME TO FLORIDA A YEAR EARLIER. AFTER TRAVELING TO FLORIDA HE THEN TRAVELED BACK TO SYRIA. WHEN HE BLEW HIMSELF UP IN MAY OF 2014, AL QAEDA RELEASED A VIDEO OF HIS LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT, QUOTE, YOU THINK YOU ARE SAFE WHERE YOU ARE IN AMERICA, YOU ARE NOT SAFE, END OF QUOTE. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY WE ARE AT A DANGEROUS CROSSROADS AS ISIS LOSES MORE TERRITORY IN ITS SO-CALLED CALIPHATE AND IT COLLAPSES, THE THREAT TO OUR HOMELAND WILL REALLY GROW. AMERICANS WHO HAVE BEEN FIGHTING WITH ISIS WILL BE LOOKING FOR WAYS TO COME HOME TO STAGE DEADLY ATTACKS. IN RECENT WEEK A MAN FROM ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA, WAS CONVICTED ON TERRORISM CHARGES FOR JOINING ISIS. HE WAS SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS IN THE PENITENTIARY. THIS TERRORIST INDIVIDUAL TO OUR NATION BECAME -- NAMED FOUR OTHER WESTERNERS WHO HAD JOINED ISIS AND LEFT SYRIA WITH INTENTIONS TO DO HARM IN THEIR HOME COUNTRIES. LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS AND TERRORISM EXPERTS HAVE BEEN WARNING OF THIS FOREIGN FIGHTER THREAT FOR YEARS. THIS IS A SERIOUS THREAT AND WE MUST ADDRESS IT BEFORE IT BECOMES WORSE. HAVING BETRAYED OUR NATION WE MUST REVOKE THE PRIVILEGES THAT COME WITH AN AMERICAN PASSPORT. THAT IS WHY MY COLLEAGUE, MR. BILL KEATING FROM MASSACHUSETTS, AND I, INTRODUCED H.R. 425. THE FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATION PASSPORT REVOCATION ACT. IT AUTHORIZES THE SECRETARY OF STATE TO REVOKE PASSPORTS OF THOSE WHO HAVE JOINED FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS. AND I MIGHT ADD, MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A LEGAL TERM. WHAT A FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATION IS. SO IT'S ONLY THOSE ORGANIZATIONS. THESE INDIVIDUALS ARE U.S. CITIZENS BUT THEY BETRAYED OUR COUNTRY. THEY SHOULD CLEARLY NOT BE ALLOWED THE PRIVILEGE OF INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL WITH AN AMERICAN PASSPORT AND THEY SHOULD DEFINITELY NOT BE ABLE TO COME BACK INTO THE UNITED STATES WHEN THEY TRAVEL OVERSEAS SUCH AS IN SYRIA. THIS BIPARTISAN BILL WILL STOP BENEDICT ARNOLDS FROM USING THEIR PASSPORTS TO TRAVEL TO OTHER WAR ZONES TO ATTACK ANY OF OUR ALLIES. MR. SPEAKER, THERE'S NOTHING -- THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IN CURRENT REGULATIONS SPECIFICALLY TO SUPPORT FOREIGN TRYST ORGANIZATIONS. THE SECRETARY OF STATE DOES NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO REVOKE PASSPORTS ON A BROAD NATIONAL SECURITY BASIS. IT'S TIME OUR LAWS CHANGE AND CATCH UP WITH THE MODERN WORLD AND THE NEW AND REAL THREATS TO OUR NATION. LET ME BE CLEAR, MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL WOULD NOT STRIP AMERICANS OF THEIR CITIZENSHIP. IT WOULD DENY THOSE AMERICANS WHO HAVE SIDED WITH FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS THE PRIVILEGE OF TRAVEL INTERNATIONALLY. THE BILL WOULD ALSO NOT IMPINGE ON ANY AMERICANS' DUE PROCESS RIGHTS IF THEY WANT TO APPEAL THE DESIGNATION OR THE REVOCATION OF THEIR PASSPORT. ANYONE WHOSE PASSPORT IS REVOKED OR DENIED IS ELIGIBLE FOR DUE PROCESS HEARING WITHIN 60 DAYS. THE BILL WOULD ACTUALLY INCREASE OVERSIGHT ON THIS POSSESS BY REQUIRING THE STATE DEPARTMENT TO REPORT DIRECTLY TO CONGRESS WHENEVER THE SECRETARY MOVES TO REVOKE OR DENY AN AMERICAN'S PASSPORT ON THESE GROUNDS. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. KEATING, FOR WORKING WITH ME ON THIS BILL. WE BOTH SOINT THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE SUBCOMMITTEE ON TERRORISM AS THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER. WE HAVE BOTH BEEN WORKING ON THIS ISSUE OF FOREIGN FIGHTER THREATS FOR SOME TIME. AND WE BELIEVE THIS IS A GOOD FIRST STEP TO PROTECT OUR HOMELAND. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN ROYCE FOR HIS HELP IN GETTING THIS IMPORTANT BILL IN THE COMMITTEE PASSED AND ALSO THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. ENGEL FROM NEW YORK WHERE THIS UNFORTUNATE TRAGIC EVENT OCCURRED LAST NIGHT. MR. SPEAKER, THE POINT IS THIS. THE TRAITORS AMONG US WHO HAVE CHOSEN TO MAKE THEIR ALLEGIANCE TO A MURDEROUS IDEOLOGY INSTEAD OF THE COUNTRY THAT GAVE THEM LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS MUST FACE THE CONSEQUENCES. IF YOU TAKE UP ARMS WITH OUR ENEMY YOU DESERVE TO BE TREATED LIKE ONE. AND I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                              • 06:35:41 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                              • 06:35:47 PM

                                                MR. ENGEL

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

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

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                                              • 06:35:53 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                              • 06:35:55 PM

                                                MR. ENGEL

                                                AS A NEW YORKER, MY HEART ACHES TODAY. THE APPALLING LOSS OF LIFE ON THE…

                                                AS A NEW YORKER, MY HEART ACHES TODAY. THE APPALLING LOSS OF LIFE ON THE STREETS OF MANHATTAN YESTERDAY IS A REMINDER THAT TERRORISM REMAINS A THREAT THAT DEMANDS OUR FOCUS. CONFRONTING VIOLENT EXDREAMISM REQUIRES SOUND, REASONED POLICY, POLICY PROSS PORTIONAL TO THE THREAT. POLICIES BASE ONT GOOD INTELLIGENCE, CAREFUL ANALYSIS AND A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT WE'RE UP AGAINST. NOT POLICIES BASED ON HIS TERICAL REACTIONS OR BIASES AGAINST CERTAIN FAITHS OR NATIONALITIES. I SUPPORT THIS BILL BECAUSE IT WILL ENSURE THAT THE STATE DEPARTMENT HAS THE TOOLS TO PREVENT AMERICAN TERRORISTS FROM TRAVELING ABROAD OR RETURNING TO OUR COUNTRY. UNDER THIS LEGISLATION, THE SECRETARY OF STATE COULD REFUSE TO ISSUE A PASSPORT OR REVOKE A PASSPORT TO ANY AMERICAN WHO PROVIDED ASSISTANCE TO FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS. IMPORTANTLY, IT ALSO AFFORDS ANYONE AFFECTED THE RIGHT TO AN APPEALS PROCESS, HELPING TO ENSURE DUE PROCESS RIGHTS. THIS BILL IS JUST COMMON SENSE. IT'S ALSO A VITAL ASPECT OF THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM. WE DON'T WANT KNOWN THREATS CROSSING OUR BORDERS OR SLIPPING FROM COUNTRY TO COUNTRY ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. NOW THE BILL WE'RE CONSIDERING TODAY WOULD NOT HAVE OBVIOUSLY PREVENTED YESTERDAY'S ATTACK. BUT THIS IS IMPORTANT. THIS IS JUST A PIECE OF A LARGER STRATEGY. THE PRESIDENT YESTERDAY -- EXCUSE ME. THE PRESIDENT YESTERDAY CALLED ON JUDICIAL SYSTEM WHICH WOULD PROSECUTE THE PERPETRATOR OF YESTERDAY'S ATTACK A JOKE AND LAUGHING STOCK. I BEG TO DISAGREE. THAT'S OUR JUDICIAL SYSTEM WHICH SUCCESSFULLY PROSECUTED THE SHOE BOMBER RICHARD REED, THE WORLD TRADE CENTER BOSMER, AND OSAMA BIN LADEN'S SON-IN-LAW IN MARCH OF 2014. MR. SPEAKER, THE JUDICIAL BRVERAGE HAS DONE QUITE A GOOD JOB IN PROSECUTING TERRORISTS. LET'S SHOW THEM A LITTLE CONFIDENCE AND GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE. BUT FRIENDS, THIS IS DEADLY SERIOUS. THE MAN SUSPECTED IN YESTERDAY'S ATTACK WAS RADICALIZED AFTER HE ARRIVED IN THE UNITED STATES. WE'VE SEEN THIS BEFORE. IN SAN BERNARDINO AND ORLANDO. ISIS INSPIRES ITS ADHEREINS FROM THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY. THAT'S A PROBLEM. AND JUST AS THIS BILL GETS AT A NARROW, SPECIFIC VULNERABILITY, POLICIES TO DEAL WITH HOMEGROWN EXTREMISTS AND TERRORISTS SHOULD TAKE A HARD LOOK AT CAUSES AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION TO PREVENT THIS SORT OF RADICALIZATION ON AMERICAN SHORES. WE WON'T SOLVE THIS PROBLEM BY SLAMMING SHUT AMERICA'S FRONT DOOR AND CLAMPING DOWN ON IMMIGRATION. IN FACT, DOING SO JUST CONTRIBUTES TO THE TERRORIST IDEOLOGICAL AMMUNITION AND RECRUITMENT EFFORTS. THESE -- THERE ARE PROVEN WAYS TO COMBAT TERRORISM BUT DEMONIZING A RELIGION OR CHIPPING AWAY AT CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS WON'T WORK. THOSE APPROACHES PLAY RIGHT INTO THE TACTICS TERRORISTS USE TO RADICALIZE VULNERABLE AMERICANS MAKING US LESS SAFE AND LESS FREE. SO I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVES POE AND KEATING WHO LEADS OUR SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, SUBCOMMITTEE ON TERRORISM. THIS BIPARTISAN BILL GETS AT A REAL CONCERN IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM. I'M PLEASED TO SUPPORT IT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO MR. POE, THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS.

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                                              • 06:39:35 PM

                                                MR. POE

                                                WE HADN'T GOT THEREIN YET. I CONTINUE TO RESERVE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

                                              • 06:39:46 PM

                                                MR. ENGEL

                                                IT IS MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE…

                                                IT IS MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE TERRORISM SUBCOMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. BILL KEATING.

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                                              • 06:39:54 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                              • 06:39:56 PM

                                                MR. KEATING

                                                I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 425, THE FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATION…

                                                I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 425, THE FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATION PASSPORT REVOCATION ACT. MR. SPEAKER, I CAN'T SPEAK TO THE SUBJECT OF TERRORISM WITHOUT CONDEMNING THE SENSELESS AND HEINOUS ATTACK THAT TOOK PLACE YESTERDAY IN NEW YORK CITY. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL THE INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES THAT WERE AFFECTED. MY UTMOST RESPECT GOES TO THE NEW YORK CITY COMMUNITY THAT ONCE AGAIN STANDS STRONG, STANDS TOGETHER, UNINTIMIDATED. MR. SPEAKER, I INTRODUCED THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION, H.R. 425, TOGETHER WITH CHAIRMAN TED POE OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE AND TERRORISM NONPROLIFERATION AND TRADE. AS WE'VE DISCUSSED THIS LEGISLATION WORKS TO STRENGTHEN THE TOOLS WE HAVE AT OUR DISPOSAL FOR COMBATING TERRORISM. PUT SIMPLY, THE SECRETARY OF STATE CAN REFUSE TO ISSUE OR REVOKE THE PASSPORT TO ANY INDIVIDUAL THE SECRETARY DETERMINES IS AFFILIATED WITH OR IS AIDED, ASSISTED, OR ABETTED A DESIGNATED FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATION. THE TERRORIST THREATS WE FACE TODAY ARE COMPLEX. FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL AGENCIES ARE FIGHTING TERRORISM AT A TIME WHEN ISIS AND OTHER TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS ARE ABLE TO USE NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND MEANS OF COMMUNICATION TO CONNECT WITH INDIVIDUALS AROUND THE GLOBE TO FUND, TO DIRECT, AND INSPIRE ACTS OF TERROR. MODES OF INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL ARE MORE ACCESSIBLE AND AFFORDABLE THAN EVER. CROSS BORDER FLOFSE PEOPLE AND GOODS HAVE INCREASED AS WE'VE BECOME MORE CONNECTED IN THE GLOBAL WORLD. WHILE THESE ARE VERY POSITIVE DEVELOPMENTS FOR EXCHANGE, COMPETITIVENESS AND QUALITY OF LIFE, WE ALSO HAVE TO BE SURE WE ARE MANAGING THE RISKS THAT GO ALONG WITH THIS INCREASED CONNECTIVITY. WE HAVE TO MAKE IT HARDER FOR ANYONE SUPPORTING TERRORISM TO BENEFIT FROM THE INCREASED EASE OF GLOBAL MOVEMENT. THAT'S WHY OUR LEGISLATION IS IMPORTANT. WE MUST ENSURE THAT THE SECRETARY OF STATE HAS THE CLEAR AUTHORITY TO REFUSE A PASSPORT TO ANYONE AFFILIATED WITH OR SUPPORTING A DESIGNATED FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATION. THIS LEGISLATION PROVIDES THAT SPECIFIC STATUTORY AUTHORITY AS WELL AS IMPROVED CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT ARE IN PLACE. IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT THAT THERE ARE SAFEGUARDS IN PLACE IN ORDER TO -- IN ORDER FOR ANY LAW TO BE SUCCESSFUL. THAT'S WHY I'M PLEASED THAT H.R. 425 ALSO INCLUDES A RIGHT OF REVIEW FOR ANYONE WHOSE PASSPORT HAS BEEN REFUSED OR REVOKED. ABSOLUTELY POSSIBLE TO FIGHT TERRORISM WHILE STILL UPHOLDING PROTECTIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS' RIGHTS AND THE RULE OF LAW. AND IT'S CRITICAL THAT WE DO BOTH. IN FIGHTING TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES AND OUR DEMOCRACY, WE CANNOT COMPROMISE THESE VERY THINGS WE'RE FIGHTING TO PROTECT. I'D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN TED POE FOR JOINING ME IN INTRODUCING H R. 425, THE FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATION PASSPORT REVOCATION ACT, AND I'D LIKE TO ALSO THANK CHAIRMAN ED ROYCE AND RANKING MEMBER ELIOT ENGEL FOR THEIR SUPPORT FOR THIS BILL AS WELL. WITHIN THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE. I URGE IN CLOSING THAT ALL OUR COLLEAGUES JOIN TOGETHER IN SUPPORT OF THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                              • 06:43:42 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                              • 06:43:48 PM

                                                MR. ENGEL

                                                I ASK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IF HE HAS MORE SPEAKERS.

                                              • 06:43:53 PM

                                                MR. POE

                                                THERE ARE NONE EXCEPT ME.

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                                                MR. ENGEL

                                                OK THEN, I'LL CLOSE. THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, LET ME AGAIN THANK OUR…

                                                OK THEN, I'LL CLOSE. THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, LET ME AGAIN THANK OUR CHAIRMAN, ED ROYCE, OF CALIFORNIA, AS WELL AS REPRESENTATIVES POE AND KEATING. S THAT GOOD BILL. IT'S A COMMONSENSE BILL. IT'S A GOOD EXAMPLE OF HOW WE NEED TO LEGISLATE CHEN IT COMES TO TERRORISM. WE'RE ACTING OUT OF INNOVATION, OUT OF CAREFUL ANALYSIS, NOT OUT OF FEAR. WE ALL FEEL THE STING TODAY OF AN ATTACK ON AMERICAN SOIL YESTERDAY. AS LAWMAKERS, ONE OF OUR MOST IMPORTANT JOBS IS TO HELP KEEP AMERICANS SAFE AND THERE'S NO WORSE HEARTBREAK THAN WHEN WE SEE INNOCENT LIVES LOST. SO I'M GLAD WE'RE MOVING THIS BIPARTISAN MEASURE TODAY. I'M PLEASED TO SUPPORT IT. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO DO THE SAME. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                              • 06:44:41 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

                                              • 06:44:44 PM

                                                MR. POE

                                                FOR THE FOLKS IN NEW YORK CITY AND FOR THE APPRECIATION OF OUR FIRST…

                                                FOR THE FOLKS IN NEW YORK CITY AND FOR THE APPRECIATION OF OUR FIRST RESPONDERS WHO ARE ALWAYS THERE AS YOU PERSONALLY KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, AND NEW YORK TRANLCY -- TRAGEDY IS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW THEY RESPOND AND CHASE AND GO AFTER TERRORISTS. RATHER THAN RUN FROM TERROR. THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, WE WORK PRIMARILY BIPARTISAN, MR. SPEAKER. THAT SHOCKS A LOT OF FOLKS HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. AND IT SURE SHOCKS A LOT OF FOLKS BACK HOME. BUT MOST OF THE THINGS THAT COME BEFORE THE HOUSE FLOOR HAVE BEEN BIPARTISAN PIECES OF LEGISLATION. WE SPEND A LOT OF TIME ON LEGISLATION. AND ALMOST ALWAYS COMES TO THE HOUSE FLOOR WITH UNANIMOUS VOTES OR MOSTLY UNANIMOUS VOTES ON THE COMMITTEE LEVEL. AND WE WORK VERY WELL ON THESE ISSUES, BECAUSE THESE ARE NOT PARTISAN ISSUES BUT AMERICAN ISSUES WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE ABOUT 61 DESIGNATED FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS THAT OUR STATE DEPARTMENT HAS SAID ARE FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS. AND TO PREVENT INDIVIDUALS IN AMERICA WHO SIDE WITH THESE ORGANIZATIONS, WHO SUPPORT THESE ORGANIZATIONS, WHO ARE PART OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS, FROM TRAVELING AROUND THE WORLD AND COMING BACK HOME BASED UPON THEIR ACTIVITIES. THIS LEGISLATION, MR. KEATING HAS INTRODUCED, KEEP THEM FROM TRAVELING, BECAUSE WE KNOW WHO THESE PEOPLE ARE AND KEEP THEM FROM COMING BACK TO THE UNITED STATES. WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF A PASSPORT IS REVOKED AND SOME AMERICAN IS IN SYRIA AND IS RADICALIZED. HE TRIES TO GET ON A PLANE AND HE IS STOPPED AND TURNED OVER TO OUR JUSTICE DEPARTMENT. THERE ARE ONLY A FEW PLACES UNDER OUR LAW WHERE A PASSPORT IS REVOKED, NOT PAYING CHILD SUPPORT. SO WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT A LOT OF EXAMPLES BUT TALKING ABOUT THIS EXAMPLE. AND I'M A FORMER JUDGE AND MR. KEATING IS A FORMER PROSECUTOR, DUE PROCESS FOR AMERICANS IS ALWAYS IMPORTANT. AND THE SUPREME COURT HAS ALREADY RULED ON WHETHER OR NOT PASSPORTS CAN BE REVOKED UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES AND HAVE AFFFIRMED THE AUTHORITY OF THE STATE DEPARTMENT TO REVOKE PASSPORTS IN SPECIFIC CASES BASED UPON NATIONAL SECURITY REASONS. THIS BILL ALLOWS FOR DUE PROCESS OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE ALLOWED -- HAVE THEIR PASSPORTS REVOKED. THIS IS A GOOD STEP IN PROTECTING THE UNITED STATES. THIS IS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE TAKE THIS STEP. ONCE AGAIN, MY PRAYERS, OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH THOSE FOLKS IN NEW YORK. MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE NOT GOING TO ALLOW TERRORISTS TO HAVE THEIR DAY. WE ARE NOT GOING TO ALLOW THEM TO HAVE THEIR WAY. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I WILL YIELD BACK.

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                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 425 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                            • 06:49:07 PM

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

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

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

                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS HOUSE RESOLUTION 422 AS AMENDED.

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                                              • 06:49:23 PM

                                                Mr. Yoho moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended. H. Res. 422 — "Urging adherence to the "one country, two systems" policy as prescribed in the Joint Declaration between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and the Government of the People's Republic of China on the Question of the Hong Kong."

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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                                                  THE CLERK

                                                  THE UNITED KINGDOM ON THE QUESTION OF THE HONG KONG.

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                                                Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                DEBATE

                                                The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 422.

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                                                  TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. YOHO AND THE…

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

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                                                  MR. YOHO

                                                  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 THIS MEASURE.

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                                                • 06:50:13 PM

                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                  MR. YOHO

                                                  I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER RO TEMPORE

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  MR. YOHO

                                                  I WANT TO RECOGNIZE RANKING MEMBER ENGEL FOR AUTHORIZING THIS IMPORTANT…

                                                  I WANT TO RECOGNIZE RANKING MEMBER ENGEL FOR AUTHORIZING THIS IMPORTANT MEASURE ON HONG KONG, THE CITY KNOWN AS THE PEARL OF THE ORIENT. I COMMEND YOU FOR YOUR STRONG ADVOCATING TO ONE COUNTRY, TWO-SYSTEM POLICY THAT HAS ALLOWED HONG KONG'S PROSPERITY FOR SO LONG. I JOINED YOU AS AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR. DURING A RECENT TRIP, WE HEARD FIRSTHAND HOW MEASURES LIKE THIS ARE HELPFUL ON KEEPING THE PRESSURE ON BEIJING. 20 YEARS HAVE NOW PASSED SINCE THE HANDOVER TO THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA. THE CONGRESS PLAYED A VITAL ROLE BYPASSING THE HONG KONG POLICY ACT OF 1992. THIS ACT ACCOMPLISHED THAT THE U.S. WOULD TREAT HONG KONG AS A NONSOFFER SOVEREIGN ENTITY SO LONG AS IT REMAINED SUFFICIENTLY AUTONOMOUS. HONG KONG HAS CONTINUED TO BE A GLOBAL, ECONOMIC FORCE IN OUR FINANCIAL HUB. IN RECENT YEARS, IT HAS BEGUN TO INCREASE SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL CHALLENGES INCLUDING EXTERNAL PRESSURES. MR. SPEAKER, WE AWE THE UMBRELLAS MOVEMENT PROTEST IN 2014 WHICH WERE LED BY YOUTHS SEEKING TO LIBERALIZE THE ELECTORAL SYSTEM IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE DECLARATION. IN THE YEARS, WE HAVE WITNESSED BOOK SELLERS KIDNAPPED FROM HONG KONG, THOSE BEING JAILED. FOR MANY OF US HERE IN CONGRESS, THERE IS CONCERN ABOUT THE INCREASED ROLE. THEREFORE, MR. SPEAKER, IT IS IMPORTANT TO REITERATE THAT OUR SPECIAL TREATMENT OF HONG KONG IS DEPENDENT OF IT BEING AWE TON MOIST. AND WE HAVE RESPECT FOR INDIVIDUAL FREEDOMS REMAIN AS THE LIFE BLOOD OF HONG KONG AND ITS ECONOMIC PROSPERITY AS GUARANTEED AGAIN BY CHINA AND GREAT BRITAIN. PASSAGE OF THIS RESOLUTION DEMONSTRATES OUR SUPPORT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE AND I RESERVE.

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                                                • 06:53:09 PM

                                                  THE SPEAKE PRO TEMPORE

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

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

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                                                • 06:53:15 PM

                                                  MR. ENGEL

                                                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY…

                                                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. LET ME START BY THANKING OUR CHAIRMAN, ED ROYCE FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND WORKING WITH ME TO BRING THIS MEASURE FORWARD. I INTRODUCED THIS RESOLUTION WITH REPRESENTATIVES ARE CHABOT, YOHO AND SMITH AND I LISTENED INTENTLY TO MR. YOHO AND ALSO KNOW THAT WE MAKE PROGRESS ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE BECAUSE, AS MR. POE OF TEXAS SAID, WE WORK IN A BIPARTISAN MEASURE AND TRY TO AGREE ON THE LANGUAGE AND TRY TO MAKE SURE THAT THE U.S. CONGRESS SPEAKS WITH ONE VOICE SO OUR FRIENDS AND ADVERSARIES UNDERSTAND WE PUT PARTISANSHIP ASIDE AND LEAVE IT AT THE WATER'S EDGE AND I THINK THAT'S IMPORTANT. THE KIND OF PEOPLE THAT THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE ATTRACTS ARE THE KIND THAT KEEPS PERPETRATING THIS BIPARTISAN SPIRIT, BECAUSE WE HAVE DIFFERENCES IN POLICIES FOR SURE. WE ARE ALL AMERICANS AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE ARE SAFE AND AMERICA DOES THE RIGHT THING AND SO WHEN WE HAVE THE INCIDENT LIKE WE HAD YESTERDAY WITH THE TERRIBLE TERRORIST ATTACK IN MANHATTAN, IT MAKES US PAUSE AS A CONGRESS AND THINK ABOUT WHAT THIS ALL MEANS. PEOPLE IN HONG KONG WERE MADE PROMISES AS WELL. THEY WERE MADE PROMISES YEARS AGO THAT CHINA WOULD BE ONE COUNTRY INCLUDING HONG KONG AND HONG KONG WOULD BE AN INDEPENDENT SYSTEM. THE CHINESE OFFICIALS IN THE BEIJING REGIME HAS TRIED TO GO AFTER STUDENT PROTESTING, CURBING THE RIGHTS AND VALUES OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG. THIS RESOLUTION IS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT. SO I THANK AGAIN, MR. SMITH, CHAIRMAN YOHO AND REPRESENTATIVE CHABOT. I THANK THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS. AND JENNIFER ON MY STAFF. IT IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF BIPARTISANSHIP AND WE WORK TOGETHER AND WE PRODUCE SUPERIOR PRODUCTS THE. THE UNITED STATES HAS SHARED A UNIQUE RELATIONSHIP WITH HONG KONG. THAT RELATIONSHIP HAS BEEN BASED ON THEIR AUTONOMY. THIS UNDERSCORES OUR NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS IN SEEING HONG KONG REMAIN AUTONOMOUS AT A TIME WHEN WE HAVE SEEN TROUBLING TRENDS. 20 YEARS AGO, CHINA MADE A COMMITMENT THAT HONG KONG WOULD ENJOY ITS SPECIAL STATUS. TODAY CHINA CLAIMS THAT THE 1997 JOINT DECLARATION IS A SO-CALLED HISTORICAL DOCUMENT THAT HAS AGAIN NO PRACTICAL SIGNIFICANCE. BUT THE U.K. AND THE UNITED STATES BELIEVE IN INTERNATIONAL LAW AND WE ARE COMMITTED TO HOLDING CHINA TO ITS WORD AGAIN, I'LL QUOTE, ONE COUNTRY, TWO SYSTEMS OF GOVERNMENT. THIS APPROACH WAS EXPERIMENTED WITH WHEN THEY DEVISED IT. HONG KONG WAS A BRITISH COLONY. THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT SAID HONG KONG WOULD HAVE ITS OWN EXECUTIVE, JUDICIAL RIGHTS. AND THE PEOPLE WOULD ENJOY FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS GUARANTEED. BUT BEIJING IS BACKING AWAY. EVEN DECLARING THE JOINT DECLARATION A HISTORICAL DOCUMENT WITH NO RELEVANCE TODAY. MEDDLING IN HONG KONG'S ELECTION LED TO THE UMBRELLAS PROTESTS IN 2014. HONG KONG RESIDENTS CRITICAL OF THE PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF CHINA HAVE DISAPPEARED. WHILE THE ARMY HAS GROWN OF THE THE CREDIBILITY OF HONG KONG'S COURTS HAS SUFFERED TO SEND UMBRELLAS STUDENT LEADERS TO PRISON AFTER THEY SERVED THEIR PREVIOUS SENTENCES. AND JOURNALISTS FACE REGULAR HARASSMENT. WE ARE WORRIED MR. SPEAKER AND WORRIED ABOUT WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG AND CHINA'S POSTURE IS GOING TO AFFECT OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH HONG KONG IN THE FUTURE. 20 YEARS AFTER ACCEPTING THE SO-CALLED ONE COUNTRY, TWO SYSTEMS MODEL. CHINA'S OBJECTIVE IS MAKING THE MAIN LD, ONE COUNTRY, ONE SYSTEM. THIS IS NOT WHAT THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, THE UNITED STATES, GREAT BRITAIN OR THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG SIGNED UP FOR. THIS RAISES BIGGER QUESTIONS. TO WHAT DEGREE WILL THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT LIVE UP TO ITS INTERNATIONAL COMMITMENTS AS CHINA CONTINUES TO EXPAND ECONOMICALLY? THIS MEASURE SAYS ENOUGH. AND SENDS A MEASURE TO CHINA THAT WE IN THE UNITED STATES EXPECT BEIJING TO KEEP ITS WORD. IT REITERATES OUR SPECIAL BOND IS BASED ON OUR SHARED VALUES AND WE WANT TO SEE THAT RELATIONSHIP ENDURE FOR YEARS TO COME. I'M GRATEFUL FOR MY COLLEAGUES WORKING ON THIS MEASURE WITH ME. I ASK SUPPORT FROM ALL MEMBERS. AND I RESERVE.

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                                                • 06:59:13 PM

                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                • 06:59:17 PM

                                                  MR. YOHO

                                                  I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                • 06:59:24 PM

                                                  MR. ENGEL

                                                  IN CLOSING, MR. SPEAKER, LET HELP REMIND THAT HONG KONG IS SPECIAL BECAUSE…

                                                  IN CLOSING, MR. SPEAKER, LET HELP REMIND THAT HONG KONG IS SPECIAL BECAUSE OF ITS STRONG RULE OF LAW. THAT'S ALSO THE REASON WHY THE UNITED STATES SHARES SUCH A STRONG STRATEGIC RELATIONSHIP WITH HONG KONG. THIS RESOLUTION IS A REMINDER OF WHY OUR TIES OF HONG KONG ARE SO IMPORTANT AND CALL FOR ALL PARTIES TO RESPECT THE COMMITMENTS THAT HAVE UNDERPINNED HONG KONG'S AUTONOMY. WHEN CHINA IS GROWING MORE STRONGER, THE UNITED STATES CANNOT BE SEEN AS CREEDING GROUND. WE NEED TO STAND UP FOR OUR FRIENDS AND VALUES AND INTERESTS AND HOLD COUNTRIES TO THEIR COMMITMENTS JUST AS THE UNITED STATES LIVES UP TO THEIR OWN. I ASK OUR MEMBERS TO STAND UP FOR THIS. AND I YIELD BACK. . .

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                • 07:00:43 PM

                                                  MR. YOHO

                                                  I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I CHAIR THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON FOREIGN…

                                                  I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I CHAIR THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS, IT'S BEEN A BIPARTISAN COMMITTEE, TO SEE EVERYBODY COME TOGETHER TO WORK ON THESE DIFFERENT SITUATIONS AND DIFFERENT BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS IS SO IMPORTANT THAT WE PROJECT A UNIFIED BODY AND I WOULD THINK CHINA AS THEY MOVE FORWARD WOULD LOOK HARD TO HONOR THEIR COMMITMENT THAT THEY MADE BECAUSE IT'S NOT JUST HONG KONG THEY'RE INFLUENCING, IT'S ALL THE OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD AND IT'LL DETERMINE FUTURE NEGOTIATIONS ON HOW CHINA, BEIJING, HONORS THEIR COMMITMENT THAT THEY MADE WITH HONG KONG THAT THE OTHER NATIONS WILL LOOK AT. HONG KONG PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN TODAY'S REGIONAL AND WORLD ECONOMY. IT OPENS -- ITS OPEN MARKET AND STRONG RULE OF LAW SERVED AS A STRONG EXAMPLE OF HOW FREEDOM AND RULES BASED SOCIETY CAN FOSTER A POSITIVE ENVIRONMENT FOR ITS PEOPLES, HAPPINESS, AND PROSPERITY. THE U.S. HAS BENEFITED GREATLY FROM STRONG ECONOMIC CULTURAL TIES TO HONG KONG AND I'D VENTURE TO SAY THE WORLD HAS BENEFITED FROM THAT. WE WANT TO CONTINUE THIS RELATIONSHIP. BUT TO DO SO, HONG KONG MUST REMAIN SUFFICIENTLY AUTONOMOUS. OUR PRESIDENT IS HEADED ON A PHI-COUNTRY, 12-DAY TOUR OF THE ASIA AREA AT THE END THEY HAVE WEEK AND IT'LL BE HIS FIRST TIME VISITING CHINA AS PRESIDENT. WITH THIS RESOLUTION, WE SEND A STRONG MESSAGE FROM CONGRESS ABOUT OUR SUPPORT FOR HONG KONG'S CONTINUED PROSPERITY AND SPECIAL THAT THE STATUS. THUS WE URGE FAITHFULNESS TO THE ONE COUNTRY, TWO SYSTEM POLICY ESTABLISHED BY THE JOINT DECLARATION AND THE BASIC LAW WITH RESPECT TO HONG KONG'S AUTONOMY AND ITS ENJOYMENT OF THE LEGISLATIVE, EXECUTIVE AND JUDICIAL POWERS. HONG KONG'S INDEPENDENT JUDICIARY MUST BE SACROSANCT. I'D LIKE TO THANK RANKING MEMBER ENGEL AGAIN AND ORIGINAL CO-SPONSORS, MR. SMITH, MR. CHABOT, MR. SHERMAN AND MR. CONNOLLY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                • 07:02:53 PM

                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE AGREE TO HOUSE…

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 422 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE AMENDED. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              • 07:03:06 PM

                                                On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

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

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

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                                                    ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

                                                    The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

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                                                      MR. SPEAKER, IT'S WITH GREAT SADNESS I RISE TONIGHT TO HONOR THE PASSING…

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, IT'S WITH GREAT SADNESS I RISE TONIGHT TO HONOR THE PASSING OF STANLEY COOLIDGE AND HIS FIANCE -- AND HIS FIANCEE ROSEANN HANNAH.

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                                                      MR.LAMALFA

                                                      IN THEIR CALIFORNIA HOME AS IT WAS DESTROYED BY WILDFIRE. WHAT BEGAN WITH…

                                                      IN THEIR CALIFORNIA HOME AS IT WAS DESTROYED BY WILDFIRE. WHAT BEGAN WITH THE FAINT SMELL OF FIRE BECAME A TRAGEDY AS THE AREA AROUND THEIR HOME. THEIR HOUSE WAS ENGULFED BY FLAMES BEFORE THEY COULD ESCAPE. HE WAS A RETIRED ATTORNEY, BORN IN SAN FRANCISCO, LIVED HIS LAST 50 YEARS IN THE MOUNTAINS OF LOMBINGS MA RICA, CALIFORNIA. THEY WERE VERY VALUED MEMBERS OF THEIR COMMUNITIES. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITHHE COOLIDGE AND HANNAH FAMILIES AS WE ASK THE LORD'S BLESSINGS FOR COMFORT AND HEALING IN THIS VERY TRAGIC, VERY, VERY SAD TIME. AS WELL AS THE FAMILIES OF ALL WHWERE LOST AS A RESULT OF THE FIRE THE WEST. STAN AND ROSEANNE, YOU'LL BE MISSED. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN IS -- THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                      MS. KAPTUR

                                                      LET ME SAY TO MY BROTHER STEVE IN OHIO, I'M SO PROUD OF YOU, YOUR COAGE,…

                                                      LET ME SAY TO MY BROTHER STEVE IN OHIO, I'M SO PROUD OF YOU, YOUR COAGE, YOUR GOODNESS, AND YOUR HONOR. MR. SPEAKER, MEANWHILE, PRESIDENT TRUMP ANDHE REPUBLICANS ARE DOING EVERYTHING TO RAILROAD TAX BREAKS THROUGH THIS CONGRESS TO THE TOP 1% WITH NO OPEN HEARINGS WORK DEALS BEING CUT IN THE SPEAKER'S OFFICE, SO I SAY WHOA. IT'S WORTH TAKING A STEP BACK TO TALK ABOUT WHAT A GOOD TAX PLAN CONTAINS. A GOOD TAX PLAN PUTS MONEY BACK IN THE POCKETS OF MIDDLE CLASS WORKING FAMILIES. AND SML BUSINESS OWNERS. A GOOD TAX PLAN SPURS JOB CREATION RIGHT HERE IN THE U.S.A. YET EVERYTHING WE'VE SEEN AND ARD FROM THE REPUBLICANS DOES EXACTLYHE OPPOSITE. THE GOAL SHOULD BE TO CREATE MORE STABILITY IN OUR ECONOMY. NOT RAISE THE DEFICIT. AND WE'VE GOT TO STOP BUSINESSES FROM SHPING JOBS OVERSEAS. AS COMPANIES HOLD THEIR MONEY OFFSHORE. THEYHOULD BRING IT BACK HOME. TA REFORM SHOULDN'T BE NEGOTIATED IN SECRET. WHY SHOULD LOBBYISTS KNOW MORE ABOUT THE BILL THAN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS? A TAX BILL SHOULDN'T EXPLODE OUR DEFICIT OR THREAN YOUR 41 K PLAN OR HURT MEDICARE -- YOUR 401K PLAN OR HURT MEDICARE OR MEDICAID. IT'S TIME FOR REPUBLICANS TO DO THEIR JOBS, PUT FORWARD A BUDGET-BALANCING TAX PLAN THAT HELPS AMERICAN FAMILIES, NOT JUSTILLIONAIRES AND MULTIMILLIONAIRES AND BRING THE PLAN FORWARD IN SUNLIGHT, NOT BACKROOM DEALING. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    • 07:06:57 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                      MR. POE:

                                                      : MR. SPEAKER, SERGEO JOSE MARTINEZ WAS TROLLING A PARKING GARAGE IN…

                                                      : MR. SPEAKER, SERGEO JOSE MARTINEZ WAS TROLLING A PARKING GARAGE IN SANCTUARY CITY PORTLAND, OREGON, ARMED WITH A KNIFE HE SET HIS SIGHTS ON HIS PREY A DEFENSELESS 65-YEAR-OLD WOMAN AND ATTACKED HER. BUT THE WOMAN FOUGHT BACK AND PRESSED THE PANIC BUTTON ON HER CAR. MARTINEZ, THE COWARD, FLED THE SCENE BUT WAS CAUGHT. MARTINEZ, AFTER SERVING SEVERAL STINTS IN THE U.S. PENITENTIARY, HAS BEEN DEPORTED OVER 20 TIMES. BUT THE CRIMINAL DOES HIS TIME, GETS DEPORTED AND JUST COMES BACK INTO THE UNITED STATES. OUR BORDER PROTECTORS DO THE BEST THEY CAN BUT THEY ARE OUT MANNED, OUT GUNNED AND OUT FINANCED BY THE DRUG CARTELS, CRIMINAL GANGS AND OUTLAWS TRYING TO ENTER THE UNITED STATES. THE MORTGAGE SECURITY ACT FOR AMERICA AUTHORIZES A BORDER WALL BOTH PHYSICAL AND VIRTUAL, PUTS MORE BOOTS ON THE GROUND, MORE BOATS IN THE WATER AND GIVES MORE EQUIPMENT TO LAW ENFORCEMENT. WE MUST KEEP CRIMINALS LIKE MARTINEZ OUT OF THE UNITED STATES. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    • 07:08:19 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO MOURN THOSE LOST AND INJURED IN LAST YEAR'S -- IN…

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO MOURN THOSE LOST AND INJURED IN LAST YEAR'S -- IN YESTERDAY'S TERROR ATTACK IN NEW YORK CITY. THE NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT IS THE GREATEST POLICE FORCE IN THE WORLD AND THEY SHOWED US WHY YESTERDAY. IT'S THIS BODY'S -- BODY'S ONLY FWATION TO PURSUE POLICIES THAT HELP PREVENT AND RECOVER FROM TERRORIST ATTACKS. IT'S A RESPONSIBILITY I'M PRIVILEGED TO SHARE AS CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE ON EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, RESPONSE, AND COMMUNICATIONS THIS EALLEGED PERPETRATOR CAME TO OUR COUNTRY ILLEGALLY. EXCUSE ME. LEGALLY. USING THE DIVERSITY IMMIGRANT VISA PROGRAM.

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                                                      MR. DONOVAN

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                  • 07:09:50 PM

                                                    SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES

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

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                                                      MR. MITCHELL

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

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE TOPIC OF THIS SPECIAL ORDER.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                                    • 07:10:11 PM

                                                      MR. MITCHELL

                                                      TODAY IS THE ACTION DEADLINE FOR MANY COLLEGES IN THE UNITED STATES.…

                                                      TODAY IS THE ACTION DEADLINE FOR MANY COLLEGES IN THE UNITED STATES. THOUSANDS OF STUDENT ARE SUBMITTED APPLICATIONS, ANXIOUSLY HOPING FOR ENTRY INTO A COLLEGE, COMMUNITY COLLEGE OR POST-SECONDARY SCHOOL. STUDENTS TRY TO DETERMINE WHICH SCHOOLS ARE RIGHT FOR THEM IT'S CLEAR THEY'RE MISSING KEY INFORMATION, INFORMATION WE ALL WESTERN WE HAD FOR OUR CHIN HOW MUCH LIKELY ARE THEY TO GRADUATE? HOW LIKELY ARE THEY TO EARN A DEGREE OR CERTIFICATE? HOW LIKELY ARE THEY TO FIND A JOB IN HOW MUCH MONEY WILL THEY EARN IF THEY FIND A JOB? I KNOW THIS INFORMATION WOULD BE HELPFUL. THAT'S WHY I INTRODUCED THE COLLEGE TRANSPARENCY ACT. IT WOULD MAKE MEANING OUT OF THE DATA WE GATHER AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL TO ENABLE STUDENTS AND PARENTS TO MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS. I HAVE OVER 35 YEARS IN WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT AND POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION. I UNDERSTAND THE DIFFICULTIES THAT PEOPLE HAVE IN MAKING INFORMED DECISIONS ABOUT WHAT'S BEST FOR THEIR FUTURE CAREER. I ALSO UNDERSTAND THE REPORTING EXPECTATIONS FOR CAREER COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. I UNDERSTAND WHICH INSTITUTIONS HAVE THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE AND HOW THEY PROVIDE IT. I ALSO UNDERSTAND THE BURDENS THAT ARE -- THAT OCCUR IN PROVIDING THAT INFORMATION. DESPITE THE INCREDIBLE INVESTMENT INVOLVED AND THE RISK IN PURSUING A POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION, WE AND STUDENTS ARE LEFT WITH TOO LITTLE INFORMATION TO ANSWER THE MOST BASIC QUESTIONS. WHAT CAN STUDENTS EXPECT TO PAY OUT OF POCKET? CAN YOU IMAGINE THAT REALLY THEY CANNOT DETERMINE HOW MUCH IT WILL COST THEM TO COMPLETE A POST-SECONDARY PROGRAM. HOW DO IS STUDENTS FARE IN THE LABOR MARKET AFTER LEAVING COLLEGE? HOW LIKELY ARE THEY TO COMPLETE AND ENTER THE LABOR MARKET? HOW DO STUDENTS FARE ON METRICS OF SUCCESS WE ALL CONSIDER IMPORTANT, LIKE EARN, LOAN REPAYMENT? A PROSPECTIVE STUDENT OPPORTUNITY HAVE INFORMATION ABOUT WHICH INSTITUTIONS PROVIDE AND ADEQUATE RETURN ON THEIR INVESTMENT AND THEIR PARENTS' INVESTMENT. IT'S DIFFICULT FOR ME TO WRAP MY HEAD AROUND THE IDEA THAT AMERICANS HAVE SO LITTLE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL MAY HI WHAT MAY BE THE LARGEST INVESTMENT THEY MAKE IN THEIR LIVES. I'M THE FATHER OF SIX CHILDREN. WE'RE INVESTING IN PUTTING SIX CHILDREN THROUGH COLLEGE OR POST-SECONDARY PROGRAM. THINK ABOUT HOW MUCH MONEY GO INTO THAT. YET WE OPERATE IN A VACUUM ON INFORMATION. WHEN YOU SHOP ONLINE YOU'RE ABLE TO COMPARE PRODUCTS. YOU'RE ABLE TO COMPARE COSTS. YOU'RE ABLE TO COMPARE FEATURES. THE VALUE TO CONSUMER. AT THIS POINT IN TIME, TRY TO DO THAT ABOUT PROGRAMS AT A COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY, OR CAREER SCHOOL. TRY TO COMPARE ONE UNIVERSITY'S NURSING PROGRAM TO ANOTHER OR THE ARCHITECTURE PROGRAM OR HISTORY PROGRAM TO THE NURSING PROGRAM AT A COLLEGE. TRY TO FIND THAT INFORMATION. YOU WON'T FIND IT ONLINE. TRY TO CALL THE UNIVERSITY. GOOD LUCKEN THAT IT'S NOT THAT THEY DON'T PRY TRIE TO PROVIDE IT. THEY PROVIDE REAMS OF DATA. THEY ALSO TALK ABOUT THE REALITY IS THE CURRENT SYSTEM DOESN'T GATHER THAT DATA IN A MANNER THAT'S USEFUL TO CONSUMERS. THE PEOPLE THAT ULTIMATELY PAY THE BILL. THE COLLEGE TRANSPARENCY ACT WOULD ENABLE STUDENTS TO ANSWER CRUCIAL QUESTIONS SUCH AS HOW LIKELY THEY ARE TO ENTER THE WORK FORCE SUCCESSFULLY, WHETHER TO TRANSFER FROM A COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO A FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE AND GRADUATE. STUDENTS PAST AND PRESENT ARE OWNERS. THEY HOLD $1.4 TRILLION OF OUTSTANDING FEDERAL DEBT AND THE CLOCK IS TICKING. IT'S TIME FOR STUDENTS, FAMILIES AND GUIDANCE COUNSELORS INVOLVED IN THE COLLEGE DECISION MAKING PROCESS TO ASSIST STUDENTS AND HAVE ACCESS TO INFORMATION THAT WILL WILL MAKE HUGE INVESTMENT MAKE SENSE. ORSE WE LEAVE STUDENTS TO MAKE A DECISION ARE THE COLORS ON THE BAND UNIFORM ARE COOL. OR THEY HAVE A GOOD FOOTBALL TEAM. OR IT SEEMS LIKE THEY HAVE A NICE SOCIAL LIFE. BUT ULTIMATELY WHAT WE'RE MAKING IS AN INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE OF OUR CHILDREN AND THE FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY. THEY HAVE MASSIVE MONEY IN IT AND WE ALL DO AS TAXPAYERS AS WELL. WE HAVE A HUGE INVESTMENT IN THE PREPARATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE FOR THE WORK FORCE. IT'S TIME TO STREAMLINE AND UPDATE OUR HIGHER EDUCATION INFORMATION SYSTEM SO FAMILIES AND STUDENTS CAN MAKE BETTER DECISIONS ON THEIR PATH TO LONG-TERM SUCCESS. IT'S TIME TO UTILIZE AND MAKE MEANING OUT OF THE DATA WE CURRENTLY COLLECT TO ASSIST IN MAKING A CHOICE. QUESTIONS ARE ASKED, WHY DID I SUBMIT THE COLLEGE TRANSPARENCY ACT? I SPENT 35 YEARS OPERATING A PRIVATE CAREER SCHOOL GROUP AND WORKING IN WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT. I WORKED AT CHRYSLER CORPORATION. MOVED TO ANOTHER COMPANY AND ULTIMATELY RETIRED OUT OF THAT FIELD. THE POINT IS, I HAVE WORKED IN THE FEEL FOR 35 YEARS. I UNDERSTAND THE DATA THAT'S REPORTED. I UNDERSTAND THE CHALLENGES THAT PEOPLE HAVE IN TRYING TO SORT OUT WHAT IS THE BEST CAREER PATH FOR THEM. HOW LIKELY ARE THEY TO SUCCEED IN THAT CAREER PATH? WHAT'S IT GOING TO COST TO GO TO SCHOOL? THIS INFORMATION ALL EXISTS AND WE'LL TALK ABOUT THAT TONIGHT BUT IT ISN'T MADE AVAILABLE IN SOME COHERENT MANNER TO STUDENTS AND WE NEED TO FIX THAT. WE ALSO CAN'T TELL STUDENTS HOW LONG ON AVERAGE IT TAKES THEM TO COMPLETE THEIR PROGRAM. IT USED TO BE A DAY WHERE THEY CALLED THEM FOUR-YEAR COLLEGES. THE REALITY IS FOUR-YEAR COLLEGES ARE NOW A DREAM AND FIVE YEARS IS THE NORM AND SIX YEARS IS NOT UNCOMMON. YET WE DON'T TALK ABOUT THE COST IT TAKES TO DO THAT. AND AGAIN WE DON'T TALK ABOUT THE LIKELIHOOD OF COMPLETING IT. WE HAVE TO FIX THAT. AND MY -- IN MY 35 YEARS OF DEALING WITH THE SYSTEM, THE SYSTEM IS OUTDATED, IT'S BURDENSOME, IT'S UNHELPFUL, IT CONFLICTS. IT LED ME TO START WORKING ON THE COLLEGE TRANSPARENCY ACT AS SOON AS I CAME TO CONGRESS. IT WAS THE FIRST BILL THAT I DRAFTED AND SUBMITTED IN THE CONGRESS. IT IS THE ONE I SPENT THE MOST TIME ON. WHY? BECAUSE WE HAVE A HUGE INVESTMENT IN POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION AND EVEN MORE IMPORTANTLY WE HAVE A HUGE INVESTMENT PREPARING A LABOR FORCE. I HAVE NOT GONE TO AN EMPLOYER SINCE I WAS SWORN INTO OFFICE THAT HAS NOT SAID TO ME, WE CAN'T FIND PEOPLE WITH THE SKILLS TO GO TO WORK. YET WE HAVE PEOPLE THAT HAVE GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE THAT CAN'T FIND JOBS THAT RELATE TO THEIR DEGREE. WE HAVE PEOPLE THAT WILL GO TO COLLEGE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME OR A POSTSECONDARY PROGRAM, THAT DON'T COMPLETE, BUT THEY MEANDER THEIR WAY THROUGH. THEY GET LOST. THEY DON'T HAVE THE INFORMATION TO MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION AND THEN SOMEHOW, SOMETIMES FRANKLY WE BLAME THE CONSUMER. IT IS OUR FAULT. IT IS OUR FAULT HERE, IT IS OUR FAULT OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, WE'RE MAKING A HUGE INVESTMENT AND WE EXPECT EVERYBODY ELSE TO CURE THE PROBLEM. BETTER INFORMATION ON OUTCOMES AND STUDENT SUCCESS WILL CERTAINLY ASSIST IN CLOSING THE SCHOOLS GAP THAT WE TALK ABOUT NEARLY EVERY DAY HERE IN CONGRESS AND CERTAINLY EVERY DAY IN THE EDUCATION WORK FORCE COMMITTEE WHEN WE MEET. SENATOR HATCH, SENATORS HATCH, WARREN, CASSIDY AND WHITEHOUSE SHARE MY CONCERN, AND ON THE SENATE SIDE, THEY'VE INTRODUCED A SIMILAR BILL, ALMOST IDENTICAL, TO ADDRESS THIS CRITICAL ISSUE. I BELIEVE ON THIS ISSUE WE CAN GET BIPARTISAN SUPPORT TO MOVE FORWARD WITH AN APPROACH TO INFORM THE PUBLIC, THE CONSUMERS ABOUT THE DECISION THEY WILL MAKE WITH THEIR MONEY AND, TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, OUR INVESTMENT IN THEIR FUTURE. THE CURRENT SYSTEM IS MASSIVELY BROKEN. AND LET ME PUT UP A CHART THAT WILL SHOW THAT -- IT IS UP. MAGIC HERE. ON THE CURRENT SYSTEM. THIS IS THE CURRENT REPORTING SYSTEM FOR HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE UNITED STATES TODAY. IF YOU CAN POSSIBLY READ IT FROM THERE, AND WE'LL GET IT SUBMITTED FOR THE RECORD, THESE ARE ALL THE GROUPS THAT HAVE GATHERED DATA, ALL THE PLACES IT GO ALL THE INFORMATION THAT'S EXCHANGED ABOUT STUDENTS GOING TO POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION IN THE UNITED STATES. I ASK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, CAN YOU MAKE ANY SENSE OF THAT? I WORKED 35 YEARS IN THAT FIELD. I WILL TELL YOU THAT A STUDENT ENROLLMENT FOR ONE SYSTEM DOESN'T MATCH THE DEFINITION OF ENROLLMENT IN ANOTHER SYSTEM. DOESN'T MATCH THE DEFINITION IN THE STATE SYSTEM. YET WE ALL REPORT THAT INFORMATION. GRADUATE INFORMATION IS ALL DIFFERENT DEPENDING ON THE SYSTEM. NONE OF THE DEFINITIONS MATCH. NOW, IF WE CAN'T GET DEFINITIONS TO MATCH INTERNALLY IN A SYSTEM BETWEEN STATE ACCREDITING AGENCIES AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, HOW IS IT WE EXPECT STUDENTS, PARENTS TO UNDERSTAND WHETHER THEY'RE LIKELY TO COMPLETE THE PROGRAM? AND OH, BY THE WAY, NOTICE THE INFORMATION ADEQUATELY REPORTS STUDENT OUTCOMES IN TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT AND DOESN'T PROVIDE ANY INFORMATION ON WHAT THEY'RE LIKELY TO EARN. AND GUESS WHAT. EARNINGS MATTERS IN TERMS OF THE ABILITY TO PAY THEIR STUDENT LOANS BACK. NEWS FLASH TOMB. IT HELPS IF THEY KNOW WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO MAKE. A 2015 STUDY COMPLETED BY BOSTON CONSULTANT GROUP INDICATED 11.1 BILLION DOLLARS IS SPENT BY INSTITUTIONS TO COMPLY WITH REGULATIONS SPECIFIC TO COLLEGE UNIVERSITIES. WE DON'T NEED MORE REGULATIONS. GOOD GOD, HELP US. WE HAVE PLENTY. WE HAVE PLENTY OF REPORTING. ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT FINDINGS OF THIS STUDY WAS THE SMALL AND MEDIUM COLLEGES ARE DISPROPORTIONATELY IMPACTED BY THOSE FEDERAL REGULATIONS. WITH COMPLIANCE EATING UP A MUCH LARGER SHARE OF EXPENDITURES THAN THEIR WEALTHIER INSTITUTIONS. WHILE WE SAY WE NEED MORE OPTIONS FOR CONTINUING FOR POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION, FOR CURRENT TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND POSTSECONDARY LEVEL, WE'RE KILLING THOSE INSTITUTIONS WITH RULES, REGULATIONS AND REPORTING THAT GIVE US THAT -- IT ISN'T USEFUL TO THE PUBLIC THAT HAS TO MAKE A DECISION. IMAGINE THAT. WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO FIX THAT WITH THE HIGHER EDUCATION ACT. WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO FIX THAT WITH THE -- THIS PROPOSAL. THE COLLEGE TRANSPARENCY ACT. WE HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY NOW. THERE ARE THREE MAIN GOALS OF THE BILL. FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE GOAL IS TO PROVIDE ACCURATE AND COMPLETE INFORMATION THAT'S SEARCHABLE FOR STUDENTS AND CAN BE CUSTOMIZED. THINK ABOUT IT. HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE SHOPPED FOR AN AUTOMOBILE, THEY HAVE ON THE WEBSITE COMPARE WHATEVER VEHICLE TO OTHER SIMILAR VEHICLES. SOLD BY OTHER MANUFACTURERS. YOU CAN COMPARE THEM DEALER TO DEALER. YOU CAN GET AN IDEA OF WHAT FEATURES ARE THERE. SHOP FOR WHATEVER YOU WANT. AND THEN TELL ME IF YOU CAN FIND THAT ABOUT ANY EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM OFFERED BY POSTSECONDARY INSTITUTIONS. THIS ADDRESSES THAT ISSUE. WHILE REDUCING REPORTING BURDENS ON INSTITUTIONS. I THINK MOST OF OUR PARTY BELIEVES THAT MARKET COMPETITION WORKS BEST WHEN CONSUMERS CAN FINALLY FIND OUT INFORMATION AND MAKE RATIONAL DECISIONS. THEY CAN COMPARE COMPLETE INFORMATION. THEY CAN COMPARE THE OFFERINGS AND THE COSTS AND THE OUTCOMES. WITH THAT COMPETITION WE CAN IN FACT ADDRESS ONE OF THE OTHER CONCERNS WE HAVE, WHICH IS WHAT IS THE COST OF HIGHER EDUCATION? PEOPLE CAN COMPARE IT NOT JUST ON WHAT YOU PAY FOR TYING -- TUITION, ROOM AND BOARD, BUT THE RETURN OF INVESTMENT. WHAT DO THEY GET FOR THEIR TIME AND MONEY IN A POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION PROGRAM? MORE IMPORTANTLY, CHOICES WILL BE MADE BY CONSUMERS AND NOT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. WE'VE SEEN HOW THAT WORKS IN SO MANY WAYS. AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT BE MAKING CHOICES ABOUT THE FUTURE OF AMERICANS. IF WE ARM CONSUMERS WITH INFORMATION, WE CAN REMOVE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FROM THE BUSINESS OF DETERMINING QUALITY IN EDUCATION AND LET CONSUMERS AND ACCREDITING AGENCIES ADDRESS THAT. THE BILL ALSO REPLACES A NUMBER OF REPORTING REQUIREMENTS THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS. MOST NOTABLY WHAT'S CALLED THE IPED SURVEY. DID THEM FOR YEARS. ROUTINELY REGET QUESTIONS THAT DOESN'T MATCH THEIR DEFINITIONS. BECAUSE THEIR DEFINITIONS MADE NO SENSE FOR MANY INSTITUTIONS. AND THIRDLY THE BILL AIMS TO PROVIDE TRANSPARENCY TO ITS STUDENTS BY REQUIRING THEY BE POSTED IN A SEARCHABLE DATABASE AND THE COSTS WILL BE IDENTIFIED THERE. LET ME GO THROUGH REAL QUICKLY, THE CHART. THE INFORMATION THAT WOULD BE AVAILABLE, THAT'S NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE ON A SEARCHABLE BASIS. YOU CAN GET ENROLLMENT PATTERNS, YOU CAN GET PROGRESS TO COMPLETE. YOU CAN GET COMPLETION RATES. DO YOU GRADUATE FROM A PROGRAM? IMAGINE THAT. YOU CAN FIND THAT OUT AND IT'S THE SAME DEFINITION, WHETHER THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN OR MICHIGAN STATE, WHERE I ATTENDED. WOULDN'T THAT BE A GREAT IDEA? YOU CAN FIND OUT ABOUT THEIR POSTCOLLEGE EARNINGS. IT'S REALLY HELPFUL. MOST PEOPLE GO TO COLLEGE TO FIND A JOB OR POSTSECONDARY SCHOOL TO FIND A JOB, EARN SOME MONEY AND SUPPORT THEIR FAMILY. CAN THEY DO THAT? WHAT'S LIKELY TO BE THE OUTCOME? THE COST OF THE PROGRAM. I MENTIONED THAT A COUPLE OF TIMES. IT'S NOT JUST TUITION AND ROOM AND BOARD. THE REALITY IS IF DURING THE PROGRAM YOUR COSTS ARE SIGNIFICANTLY DIFFERENT. MY 18-YEAR-OLD, ALMOST 19-YEAR-OLD STEP-DAUGHTER ATTENDS AN ART SCHOOL. BEYOND TUITION, ROOM AND BOARD, THERE'S HUGE COSTS FOR ART SUPPLIES. NOW, WE KNEW. THAT I HAD EXPERIENCE EDUCATION. THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT START THESE PROGRAMS AND DON'T UNDERSTAND THERE ARE OTHER COSTS. THIS PROCESS REQUIRES REPORTING OF THAT FROM THE COLLEGES. ALSO INFORMATION ABOUT FINANCIAL AID THAT'S AVAILABLE FOR THOSE INSTITUTIONS. SO THEY CAN COMPARE PROGRAM TO PROGRAM, INSTITUTION TO INSTITUTION, AND MAKE A DECISION WHAT'S BEST FOR THEM AND THEIR FAMILY. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO ACHIEVE HERE. IT IS ACHIEVEABLE. AT THIS POINT IN TIME, I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MR. GARRETT WHO WISHES TO SPEAK FOR A FEW MOMENTS ON THE BILL AND ITS ADVANTAGES. I YIELD TIME.

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                                                    • 07:23:44 PM

                                                      MR. GARRETT

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO TAKE THE TIME TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE,…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO TAKE THE TIME TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN MITCHELL, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN THIS AMAZINGLY IMPORTANT AREA. AND ALSO TO POINT OUT THE BIPARTISAN NATURE OF THIS BILL, NOT ONLY, MR. SPEAKER, TO YOU, BUT TO THOSE PEOPLE WHO MIGHT BE WATCHING AT HOME, AT A TIME WHEN IT SEEMS THAT WE CAN'T AGREE ON ANYTHING, HERE WE HAVE AN AGREEMENT IN THE COLLEGE TRANSPATIENCESY -- TRANSPARENCY ACT, AND HOW TO ENSURE A BETTER INVESTMENT FOR THE FUTURES OF OUR CHILDREN. NOW, THERE ARE THOSE WHO HAVE OPPOSED THIS BILL AND I CAN'T REALLY WRAP MY BRAIN AROUND IT, MR. CHAIR. SOME HAVE SUGGESTED THIS MIGHT GROW GOVERNMENT. BUT THAT'S ABSOLUTELY NOT TRUE. IN FACT, THE DATA THAT WOULD BE MADE AVAILABLE IN THIS ACT IS ALREADY COLLECTED. BUT THE PROBLEM IS THAT THAT DATA IS COLLECTED AND THEN IT'S SILOED AND ACCESSIBLE ONLY TO INSTITUTIONS OR GOVERNMENT ENTITIES AND NOT TO THE END USER. THAT STRIKES ME AS ILLOGICAL AT BEST AND STUPID AT WORST. SOME WOULD SAY IT BURDENS COLLEGES WITH DATA COLLECTION REQUIREMENTS AND YET, AGAIN, THE DATA IS ALREADY BEING COLLECTED. WHAT ABOUT PERSONAL PRIVACY? DOES IT DISCLOSE INDIVIDUALS' PRIVATE INFORMATION? IF IT DID I WOULDN'T BE STANDING HERE TODAY EX TOLLING THE VIRTUES OF THIS BILL WHICH I CO-SPONSOR AND WHICH MR. MITCHELL SPONSORS, THAT'S SUPPORTED AGAIN ACROSS THE AISLE TO INCLUDE THE LIKES OF THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN, MR. POLIS FROM COLORADO. INSTEAD OF DISCLOSING PERSONAL DATA OF INDIVIDUALS, IT DISCLOSES METADATA OF GROUPS. SO WHAT WE WOULD LEARN, FOR EXAMPLE, IS THAT INDIVIDUALS WHO MAJORED IN X AT COLLEGE Y HAD AN EMPLOYMENT RATE OF Z. THAT THEIR EARNING POTENTIAL WAS A, AS OPPOSED TO ANOTHER UNIVERSITY, WHERE IT MIGHT BE B. AND WHAT MORE PRUDENT INFORMATION, MR. SPEAKER, COULD THERE BE TO YOUNG PEOPLE AS THEY SEEK TO CHOOSE AN AREA OF STUDY AND A PLACE TO ENGAGE IN THAT AREA OF STUDY, THAN THEIR LIKELIHOOD OF SUCCESS BASED ON THOSE WHO HAVE DONE THE SAME THING AT THE SAME COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY BEFORE THEM? SO WE'VE ADDRESSED SOME OF THE THINGS THAT THIS BILL DOESN'T DO. BUT LET'S SPEAK BRIEFLY ABOUT WHAT IT DOES DO. WITHOUT ANY ABILITY TO ARTICULATELY ARGUE, THIS BILL INCREASES TRANSPARENCY. WHEN YOU STEP ASIDE FROM THE REALM OF NATIONAL SECURITY, I CAN THINK OF NO REASON THAT THE FEDERAL OR STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE IN THE BUSINESS OF COLLECTING DATA THAT THEY DON'T SHARE WITH THE CITIZENS WHO PUT THEM IN OFFICE, OR THE PEOPLE WHO FUND THEIR ENDEFENSERS. INDEED THIS ISN'T NATIONAL SECURITY -- ENDEAVORS. INDEED THIS ISN'T NATIONAL SECURITY, UNLESS UCONN TEMPLATE THE FACT THAT RIGHT NOW OUR CHILDREN ATTEND UNIVERSITIES DEPRIVED OF INFORMATION THAT MIGHT HELP THEM MAKE BETTER CHOICES. SO THIS INCREASES TRANSPARENCY IT. CREATES INFORMED CONSUMERS IT. ALLOWS INDIVIDUALS TO DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES WHAT COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY MIGHT OFFER A PROGRAM THAT THEY'RE INTERESTED IN IS THE BEST INVESTMENT OF THEIR TIME AND PERHAPS THEIR OR THEIR PARENTS' OR OR THE GOVERNMENT'S MONEY. AND IT INFORMS PAYERS TO THAT VERY END, WHETHER THAT PAYER IS THE STUDENT, A FAMILY MEMBER, THE STATE OF WHICH THEY'RE A RESIDENT. IT GIVES US A RETURN ON INVESTMENT AND THE FACT THAT THIS DATA HAS BEEN COLLECTED LO THESE MANY YEARS AND IT TOOK THE LEADERSHIP OF MR. MITCHELL AND GOOD FOLKS LIKE JAROD POLIS WORKING ACROSS THE AISLE TO GET US TO THIS POINT IS LAMENTABLE. BUT WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY IN THE COLLEGE TRANSPARENCY ACT TO CORRECT THESE WRONGS. NOT TO REBURDEN OUR UNIVERSITIES WITH MORE DATA COLLECTION REQUIREMENTS. BUT TO TAKE THE DATA THAT'S ALREADY BEING COLLECTED AND GIVE IT TO THE END USERS, THE STUDENTS. SO IT'S WITH THAT THAT I AGAIN OFFER A HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS TO CONGRESSMAN MITCHELL, A BEGRUDGING I WISH I'D HAVE THOUGHT OF THAT, AND AN IMPLOREMENT TO MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE THAT WHILE WE ALREADY COLLECT THIS DATA, WE DON'T DISSEMINATE IT TO THE END USERS. AND I HOPE THAT ALL CAN FIND WAY TO JOIN US FROM BOTH PARTIES IN SUPPORTING THIS COMMONSENSE MEASURE, THE COLLEGE TRANSPARENCY ACT. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD ALSO ASK THAT THIS LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA IN MY DISTRICT BE ENTERED INTO THE RECORD AND I WOULD NOTE, I WOULD NOTE THAT INSTITUTIONS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA TO THE ENTIRE VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM HAVE ENDORSED THIS COMMONSENSE PIECE OF LEGISLATION. IT'S A SHAME WE HAVEN'T DONE IT SOONER. LET US NOT MISS THE OPPORTUNITY TO PASS THIS NOW. THANK YOU. I'D YIELD BACK. MICHELLE WILLIAMS I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUE --

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                                                    • 07:28:51 PM

                                                      MR. MITCHELL

                                                      I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUE NOTING BOTH THE BIPARTISAN NATURE OF THIS…

                                                      I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUE NOTING BOTH THE BIPARTISAN NATURE OF THIS LEGISLATION BOTH IN THE HOUSE AND THE UNITED STATES SENATE, WHICH AS YOU WELL KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, IS SOMETIMES HARD TO ACHIEVE. WE HAVE A LISTING WHICH I'LL PUT NOW AND I YIELD TIME OF THE INSTITUTIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT SUPPORT THE COLLEGE TRANSPARENCY ACT. WITH NOW OVER 90 GROUPS THAT HAVE INDICATED THEIR SUPPORT FOR THIS LEGISLATION. THE NEED FOR THIS LEGISLATION. I KNOW IT'S DIFFICULT -- DIFFICULT TO READ FROM THERE, BUT IN A MOMENT I'LL TALK MORE ABOUT SOME OF THESE INSTITUTIONS. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TIME TO MY COLLEAGUE AND GOOD FRIEND FROM OHIO, YES, FRIEZE OHIO, WORKS FOR OHIO STATE, I WENT TO MICHIGAN STATE, BUT I WILL CERTAINLY YIELD TO MR. STIVERS TO TALK FURTHER ABOUT THE COLLEGE TRANSPARENCY ACT.

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                                                    • 07:29:33 PM

                                                      MR. STIVERS

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2434, THE…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2434, THE COLLEGE TRANSPARENCY ACT. I WANT TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN, CONGRESSMAN MITCHELL, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND BIPARTISAN WORK ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT BILL. YOU KNOW, THIS TIME OF YEAR PARENTS AND STUDENTS ARE BEGINNING TO MAKE IMPORTANT DECISIONS ABOUT HIGHER EDUCATION FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR. UNFORTUNATELY THERE'S LITTLE INFORMATION AVAILABLE ABOUT WHAT CAN BE EXPECTED FROM THAT LARGE INVESTMENT IN A COLLEGE OR A UNIVERSITY. THIS LEGISLATION WILL ENABLE STUDENTS AND FAMILIES TO MAKE INFORMED CHOICES ABOUT THEIR EDUCATION AFTER HIGH SCHOOL. THE COLLEGE TRANSPARENCY ACT WILL PROVIDE ACTIONABLE, CUSTOMIZEABLE INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES AS THEY CONSIDER COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITIES BY ACCURATELY REPORTING ON STUDENT OUTCOMES SUCH AS ENROLLMENT, COMPLETION, POSTCOLLEGE SUCCESS, ACROSS COLLEGES AND MAJORS, MOST IMPORTANTLY THIS INFORMATION WILL TELL STUDENTS HOW OTHER PERSPECTIVE STUDENTS HAVE SUCCEEDED AT AN INSTITUTION AND HELP POINT THEM TOWARD SCHOOLS BEST SUITED FOR THEIR UNIQUE NEEDS AND DESIRED OUTCOMES. THE CURRENT SYSTEM IS OVER BY BURDENSOME ON INSTITUTIONS YET PROVIDES LITTLE PRACTICAL INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES DUE TO SIGNIFICANT GAPS IN COLLEGE DATA REPORTING. ADDITIONALLY, THE DATA COLLECTED ONLY REPORTS GRADUATION RATES FOR STUDENTS WHO BEGIN AS FULL-TIME STUDENTS AND FINISH AT THE SAME INSTITUTION, LEAVING OUT SUCCESSES OF PART-TIME STUDENTS AND ANY STUDENT WHO TRANSFERS AND COMPLETES A DEGREE AT AN INSTITUTION OTHER THAN WHERE THEY STARTED. WITH MORE THAN HALF OF BACHELOR DEGREE RECIPIENTS ATTENDING MORE THAN ONE SCHOOL AND NEARLY 2/3 OF COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS STARTING PART-TIME, WE HAVE TO ENSURE THAT THESE STUDENTS COUNT. ONE EXAMPLE OF THIS IMPACT FROM MY ALMA MATER, THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY IS A VETERAN NAMED TAMMY. TAMMY RETURNED TO SCHOOL TO COMPLETE HER SOCIAL WORK DEGREE AFTER HER MILITARY SERVICE. SHE COMPLETED AN ASSOCIATE OF ARTS DEGREE AT CLUMDUSS STATE A COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND TRANSFERREDED AND EVENTUALLY GRADUATED WITH A SOCIAL WORK DEGREE FROM THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY. HE SHAD A 3.9 GRADE POINT AVERAGE IN THE CLASSROOM AND EXCELLED IN HER TWO SEMESTER FIELD PLACEMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF MILITARY AND VETERAN SERVICE. UNDER THE -- UNDER THIS SYSTEM, TAMMY'S SUCCESS STORY WOULD NOT ONLY COUNT TOWARD OHIO STATE OR -- TOWARD OHIO STATE'S SUCCESS BUT UNDER THE NEW SYSTEM IT WILL. TODAY THE SYSTEM WOULD NOT COUNT TAMMY BECAUSE SHE STARTED AT ONE SCHOOL AND TRANSFERED TO ANOTHER SCHOOL. UNDER THE LEGISLATION THAT MR. MITCHELL IS WORKING ON AND THAT I'M TESTIFYING FOR BEFORE TODAY TAMMY WOULD COUNT AGAIN. WE NEED TO MAKE PEOPLE COUNT AGAIN. TAMMY SERVED OUR COUNTRY, TAMMY GOT OUT OF THE MILITARY, CAME BACK, WENT TO SCHOOL PART TIME, THEN TRANSFERRED SCHOOLS, WENT TO SCHOOL FULL-TIME, COMPLETED HER PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE. AND UNDER THE CURRENT REPORTING SYSTEM, TAMMY DOESN'T COUNT. LET'S FIX THAT. THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL WOULD DO. UNDER THE UPDATED SYSTEM, INSTITUTIONS WOULD SECURELY REPORT PRIVACY PROTECTED STUDENT LEVEL DATA TO THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR EDUCATIONAL STATISTICS. NCES. NCES WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR PRESENTING SUMMARY INFORMATION ON A USER FRIENDLY WEBSITE FOR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES WHILE SECURELY STORING STUDENT INFORMATION. THIS LEGISLATION WILL HELP COUNTLESS STUDENTS AND FAMILIES MAKE BETTER DECISIONS OF WHERE TO GO TO HIGHER EDUCATION. WHERE THEY SHOULD ATTEND. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN MITCHELL AGAIN AND CONGRESSMAN POLIS FOR INTRODUCING THIS IMPORTANT, BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT WILL HELP SO MANY STUDENTS AND FAMILIES, STUDENTS LIKE TAMMY. SO I HOPE WE CAN ROLL UP OUR SLEEVES, WORK TOGETHER, AND GET THIS BILL PASSED. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE MITCHELL AND REPRESENTATIVE POLIS AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                    • 07:34:17 PM

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                                                      THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE YOUR NOTATION OF THE GROUPS THAT SUPPORT THIS…

                                                      THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE YOUR NOTATION OF THE GROUPS THAT SUPPORT THIS BILL. I WAS SURPRISED ABOUT THE NUMBER OF GROUPS WHO STEPPED FORWARD TO SUPPORT THE COLLEGE TRANSPARENCY ACT. SOME I'D LIKE TO STRESS TODAY IS VETERANS GROUP.

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                                                    • 07:34:36 PM

                                                      MR. MITCHELL

                                                      SEVERAL HAVE ENDORSED THE BILL. IT HELPS VETERANS DETERMINE WHICH PROGRAMS…

                                                      SEVERAL HAVE ENDORSED THE BILL. IT HELPS VETERANS DETERMINE WHICH PROGRAMS HELP THEIR UNIQUE NEEDS AND PROVIDE PROGRESS TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN THE WORK FORCE, SOMETHING WE OWE THEM AS PART OF THEIR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. AS THE VICE PRESIDENT OF STUDENT VETERANS OF AMERICA, THE POST-9/11 G.I. BILL IS CLEAR, AS STUDENTS SUCCEED AT RATES HIGHER THAN TRADITIONAL STUDENTS YET DETERMINE THEEGS EFFORTS IS A SIGNIFICANT EFFORT AND NOT EASILY ACCOMPLISHED WITHOUT ABUNDANT RESOURCES. BASIC POLICY ON RESEARCH AND DATA AND SHOULD NOT TAKE AS MUCH EFFORT AS IT DOES TODAY. WE CURRENTLY COLLECT THE DATA PEOPLE ARE BEGGING TO GET TO MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS FOR THEMSELVES AND FRANKLY IN THIS CASE TO ASSIST VETERANS IN MAKING WISE DECISIONS FOR THE G.I. BILL SO THEY CAN BE SUCCESSFUL. LET ME TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT SOME OF THE GROUPS THAT SUPPORT THE BILL AND THEN I'M GOING TO YIELD TO ANOTHER COLLEAGUE OF MINE. COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITIES AND POST-SECOND REINSTITUTIONS SUPPORT THIS BILL WHICH SOMETIMES SURPRISED ME GIVEN WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO, MAKE TRANSPARENT THEIR PERFORMANCE. THINK ABOUT IT. THEY SUPPORT THE BILL WITHOUT EXCEPTION. THESE INSTITUTIONS WANT MORE INFORMATION ON STUDENT PROGRESS, COMPLETION OUTCOMES SO THEY CAN BETTER UNDERSTAND AND EVALUATE HOW THEY'RE SERVING THE STUDENTS AND IDENTIFY AREAS OF IMPROVEMENT. INSTITUTIONS ALSO KNOW BEST STUDENT LEVEL DATA WILL DECREASE THE REPORTING BURDEN TO COMPLETE THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, STATE GOVERNMENT AND ACCREDITING AGENCIES. ASSOCIATIONS REPRESENTING INSTITUTIONS SERVING THE MAJORITY OF COLLEGE STUDENTS SUPPORTING -- SUPPORT LIFTING THE BAN ON CONNECTING STUDENT LEVEL DATA TO HELP BUILD EVIDENCE AND IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF PROGRAM. AS MY COLLEAGUE, MR. STIVERS, INDICATED AS WELL AS OTHERS, THIS INFORMATION IS DISSEMINATED AND DEVELOPED ONLY AT THE MET A -- METADATA LEVEL. IT'S NOT LIKE WE'RE GOING TO SEND YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER OUT AND POST IT ON A FACEBOOK PAGE WITH YOUR EMPLOYMENT STATUS. ALTHOUGH IN YOUR CASE, MR. SPEAKER, EVERYONE KNOWS WELL YOUR EMPLOYMENT STATUS. ACCORDING TO THE MICHIGAN BOARD OF UNIVERSITY, WHICH SERVES AS THE COORDINATING BOARD FOR MICHIGAN PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES , MY HOME STATE, THE COLLEGE TRANSPARENCY ACT OF 2017 REPRESENTS A MUCH-NEEDED MODERNIZATION OF THE COLLEGE REPORTING SYSTEM FOR POST-SECONDARY DATA. THE CURRENT BAN ON HIGHER EDUCATION REPRESENTS A GROSS INJUSTICE TO STUDENTS AND FAMILIES WHO REQUIRE AND DESERVE MORE ACCURATE DATA ON POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS IN ORDER TO BECOME ADEQUATELY EQUIPPED TO MAKE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISIONS IN ONE'S LIFE. WHETHER AND WHERE TO ATTEND COLLEGE. BY PROVIDING MORE ACCURATE NFINGTS ABOUT INSTITUTIONAL GRADUATION RATE, SALARY LEVELS AND OTHER STUDENT OUTCOMES AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, THE COLLEGE TRANSPARENCY ACT WILL ENABLE THE CREATION OF INFORMATION. I WOULD LIKE TO ENTER THAT ENDORSEMENT LETTER FOR THE RECORD.

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                                                    • 07:37:49 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                                    • 07:37:51 PM

                                                      MR. MITCHELL

                                                      FOR SIMILAR REASONS THE ASSOCIATION OF PUBLIC AND LAND GRANT UNIVERSITY…

                                                      FOR SIMILAR REASONS THE ASSOCIATION OF PUBLIC AND LAND GRANT UNIVERSITY THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY COLLEGE THE ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGE -- COMMUNITY COLLEGE TRUSTEE THE DALLAS COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT, STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK SYSTEM, THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA, VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM, OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY, ST. CLAIR COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND MANY OTHERS SUPPORT THE BILL AND WE WILL SUBMIT THAT INFORMATION FOR THE RECORD AS WELL, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                                    • 07:38:18 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                    • 07:38:19 PM

                                                      MR. MITCHELL

                                                      AT THIS POINT I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TIME TO -- YIELD TIME TO MY COLLEAGUE…

                                                      AT THIS POINT I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TIME TO -- YIELD TIME TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. SMUCKER, TO TALK FURTHER ABOUT HIS STHRINES COLLEGE TRANDS PARAPHERNALIACY ACT.

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                                                      MR. SMUCKER

                                                      THANK YOU TO MY FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN, MR. MITCHELL, FOR HOSTING THIS…

                                                      THANK YOU TO MY FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN, MR. MITCHELL, FOR HOSTING THIS SPECIALED OR THORNE COLLEGE TRANSPARENCY ACT. MR. SPEAKER, I'VE SPOKE ON THE FLOOR A NUMBER OF TIMES ABOUT THE HOUSE'S WORK TO IMPROVE EDUCATION IN THE COUNTRY. WORKED WITH, BEEN PROUD TO WORK WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE IN THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE, TO IMPROVE CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION. I'VE ALSO SPOKEN ABOUT MY OWN EXPERIENCE WITH HIGHER EDUCATION AS A NONTRADITIONAL STUDENT TAKING CLASSES AT NIGHT WHILE I RAN A CONSTRUCTION COMPANY DURING THE DAY. TONIGHT, I'M HAPPY TO BE HERE TO TALK ABOUT ENSURING THAT STUDENTS, PARENTS, GUIDANCE COUNSELORS AND LEGISLATORS LIKE US HAVE ACCESS TO INFORMATION THAT CAN HELP STUDENTS MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS ABOUT WHAT COLLEGE TO ATTEND. SO POLICYMAKERS HAVE ACCESS TO RESEARCH AND DATA THAT WILL BETTER INFORM OUR WORK ON HIGHER EDUCATION POLICY. TODAY, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITYS REPORT DATA TO THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION THAT HAS BEEN COLLECTED BY A VOLUNTARY SURVEY AVAILABLE ONLY TO A LIMITED GROUP OF GRADUATES. THE SURVEY IS NOT OFFERED, IT'S NOT OFFERED, TO ANY STUDENT WHO IS ATTENDING COLLEGE PART-TIME, WHO IS NOT SEEKING A DEGREE, ANY STUDENT WHO IS -- WHO HAS TRANSFERRED FROM ANOTHER COLLEGE, OR ANY STUDENT WHO DOESN'T HAVE FEDERAL LOANS. IN TODAY'S ECONOMY, WE'RE TRYING TO MAKE HIGHER EDUCATION MORE AVAILABLE AND ACCESSIBLE TO NONTRADITIONAL STUDENTS. YET WE OMIT A LARGE GROUP OF NONTRADITIONAL STUDENTS FROM THIS DATA. THAT'S JUST ONE OF THE REASONS WHY WE NEED TO PASS THE COLLEGE TRANSPARENCY ACT. THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION SEEKS TO MODERNIZE HIGHER EDUCATION REPORTING SO THAT STUDENTS AND FAMILIES CAN MAKE RESPONSIBLE CHOICES ABOUT WHAT COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY TO ATTEND. IT WILL HELP EMPOWER STUDENTS AND FAMILIES TO DETERMINE HOW MUCH THEY IMMEDIATE TO TAKE OUT IN STUDENT LOANS. AND WHICH PROGRAMS -- WHICH PROGRAMS AT DIFFERENT SCHOOL PROSSVIDE THE BEST PATHS TOWARD THEIR DREAM JOB OR CAREER. TOO MANY STUDENTS TODAY ARE GRADUATING WITH MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF DEBT. TOO MANY STUDENTS GRADUATE WITH MAJORS OFFERING TOO FEW CAREER OPPORTUNITIES. AT THE VERY LEAST, STUDENTS NEED TO HAVE THIS DATA AVAILABLE TO THEM TO MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS. THIS BILL AS HAS BEEN POINTED OUT BY MR. MITCHELL IS ENDORSED BY MORE THAN 80, MORE THAN 80 EDUCATION AND BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS. INCLUDING ADVANCED C.T.E. AND THE ASSOCIATION FOR CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION. ORGANIZATIONS THAT REPRESENT GREAT SCHOOLS LIKE THADDEUS STEVENS COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY IN MY DISTRICT. THIS BILL HAS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN OUR COMMITTEE. IN THE SENATE, IN THE HOUSE. AND IS ESSENTIAL FOR TRABS FORMING OUR HIGHER -- FOR TRANSFORMING OUR HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEM TO MEET THE NEEDS OF A 21ST CENTURY ECONOMY. AGAIN, I'M HAPPY TO RISE TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THIS ACT. I'D LIKE TO THANK MY FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN FOR HOSTING THIS SPECIAL ORDER THIS EVENING. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO CONSIDER SUPPORTING THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION.

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                                                    • 07:42:18 PM

                                                      MR. MITCHELL

                                                      I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. SMUCKER, FOR TAKING TIME OUT OF HIS BUSY…

                                                      I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. SMUCKER, FOR TAKING TIME OUT OF HIS BUSY SCHEDULE TO COME HERE TONIGHT AND TALK ABOUT THE COLLEGE TRANSPARENCY ACT. HE MADE REFERENCE TO SOMETHING I WANT TO STRESS. ANNUALLY AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL WE SPEND $160 BILLION A YEAR ON STUDENT AID. AND WE CURRENTLY SPEND IT IN INTO A VACUUM. INTO A GIANT BLACK HOLE WHICH WE HOPE WE GET OUTCOMES. IN WHICH STUDENTS HOPE THEY GET OUTCOMES. THEY TAKE OUT LENS. CERTAINLY PARENTS HOPE THEY GET OUTCOMES SO THEY DON'T CONTINUE TO LIVE AT HOME WITH US. WE ALL HOPE WE CAN GET SUCCESS FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE AND WE DON'T HAVE THE INFORMATION TO DETERMINE THAT. LET ME ALSO STRESS THAT BEYOND EDUCATIONAL GROUP THE VETERANS, WE ALSO HAVE SUPPORT FROM THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND THE BUSINESS ROUND TABLE HAVE ENDORSED THIS BILL AS BEING CRITICAL TO THE SUCCESS OF OUR NATION GOING FORWARD. I WANT TO STRESS FOR YOU AND EVERYONE IN THIS CHAMBER, WHEN YOU GET THE LEVEL OF SUPPORT FROM SUCH A BROAD RANGE OF PEOPLE YOU HAVE TO ASK YOURSELVES WHY HAVE WE NOT ALREADY MOVED ON THIS? WHY IS IT NOT ALREADY TAKING PLACE? WE NEED TO MOVE ON THIS ISSUE SOONER THAN LATER. WE CAN'T AFFORD NOT TO. LET ME TALK ABOUT ONE OTHER GROUP THAT SUPPORTS THIS BILL PASSIONATELY. STUDENTS WANT TO KNOW WHICH SCHOOLS ARE BEST FIT FOR THEIR NEEDS. DECIDING WHERE TO SPEND THEIR TIME THEY PRECIOUS DOLLARS AND INCUR DEBT IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT TO THEM. SURPRISINGLY ENOUGH, FOLKS, STUDENTS WANT TO DO MORE THAN GO TO COLLEGE, MEET NEW FRIENDS AND HAVE A PARTY EVERY NOW AND THEN. THE VAST MAJORITY, 85% OF COLLEGE FRESHMEN, RATE GOING TO -- GETTING A BETTER JOB AS VERY IMPORTANT IN THEIR DECISION TO GO TO COLLEGE. YET THE DATA THEY NEED AS WE TALKED ABOUT WE PETEDLY TONIGHT TO DISCERN WHICH PROGRAMS AND INSTITUTIONS WILL BEST ADDRESS THAT OBJECTIVE IS LACKING. THE ABILITY TO PROVIDE THAT INFORMATION IS AT OUR HANDS. WE HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY. WE HAVE THE DATA. WE JUST DON'T PROVIDE IT IN A USABLE FORMAT. GROUPS THAT SUPPORT THIS BILL INCLUDE THE BIG TEN STUDENT ASSOCIATION. CAMPAIGN FOR COLLEGE OPPORTUNITY. YOUNG INVINCIBLES. INSTITUTE FOR COLLEGE ACTION AND SUCCESS. THE UNITED NEGRO COLLEGE FUND, ACHIEVING THE DREAM, STUDENT AFFAIRS ADMINISTRATORS, INSTITUTE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION POLICY, THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR COLLEGE ADMISSION COUNSELING, SUPPORT THE COLLEGE TRANSPARENCY ACT. I WOULD ASK, HOW MANY MORE GROUPS D WE NEED TO GATHER WHO SAY WE NEED TO DO THIS BEFORE WE DECIDE WE NEED TO ACT HERE IN CONGRESS? IN THE TIME I HAVE LEFT, I WANT TO ADDRESS SOME MYTHS AND IF MY COLLEAGUE, MR. SMUCKER, WHO IS STILL HERE, WANTS TO WEIGH IN, I INVITE HIM TO JOIN ANY POINT IN TIME HE WANTS TO WEIGH IN. WE'VE HEARD A NUMBER OF MYTHS PUT FORWARD ABOUT THE TERRIBLE THINGS THE COLLEGE TRANSPARENCY ACT MAY ARISE. WHILE THE BILL REQUIRES INSTITUTIONS COLLECT AND REPORT TONS OF NEW INFORMATION, CAN WE BRING THAT CHART UP OF WHAT WE ALREADY COLLECT? LET'S LOOK AT THAT GEM OF WHAT WE COLLECT CURRENTLY. WE'RE DOING THIS NOW. INSTITUTIONS ARE DOING THIS NOW. SO TELL ME HOW WE'RE GOING TO COLLECT TONS MORE. IN FACT, EVERY STUDENT THAT ATTENDS A POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION INSTITUTION IN THE UNITED STATES HAS INFORMATION REPORTED ON THEM NOW, WHETHER THEY TAKE STUDENT FINANCIAL AID OR NOT. BECAUSE OF 1098-T IS FILED WITH THE I.R.S. SO IF THEY CLAIM CREDIT FOR GOING TO SCHOOL, TUITION TAX CREDIT, THEY CAN CLAIM THAT. THERE IS NO INFORMATION THAT'S NOT CURRENTLY WITH ONE AGENCY OR ANOTHER. THE ASTONISHING THING IS THE DISCUSSION OF SOMEHOW IT'S A SECRET WHETHER SOMEONE IS ATTENDING A POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION. IT'S ASTONISHING. COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITIES ALSO, BECAUSE OF THIS REPORTING, HOLD THE STUDENT LEVEL DATA. THEY REPORT MUCH OF IT TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, TO NCAS, TO STATE DEPARTMENT EDUCATION, TO ACCREDITING AGENCIES, AND A VARIETY OF FORMATS. THE NUMBER OF FORMATS, THE ARRAY OF THOSE WOULD TOTALLY AMAZE YOU. IF YOU'D LIKE, I CAN GET THOSE REPORTS FOR YOU. YOU CAN SPEND THE AFTERNOON LOOKING THROUGH THE JOYS OF REPORTING ON EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY IN A POSTSECONDARY INSTITUTION AND NONE OF IT MAKES ANY SENSE TO ANYBODY THAT ISN'T ACTUALLY IN THE SYSTEM AND I'LL ADMIT THERE ARE DAYS IT DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE TO ME EITHER. COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES ALSO DON'T KNOW IF THEIR GRADUATES ACTUALLY GET A JOB, UNLESS THEY HAVE THE STUDENT COME BACK HAPPILY AND SAY THEY WENT TO WORK AND HOW MUCH THEY'RE MAKING. THEY DON'T GET THAT INFORMATION. THEY COULD ASSIST THE STWUENT THAT INFORMATION IF THEY TRIED. THEY DON'T TRY. THAT INFORMATION EXISTS. WHY? BECAUSE THE I.R.S. HAS A 108-T FOR EVERYONE WHO GOES TO COLLEGE OR POSTSECONDARY ED INSTITUTION. THEY CAN REPORT THAT, AS WAS NOTED EARLIER, THROUGH METADATA, TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION FOR DEVELOPMENTAL REPORTS WITHOUT REPORTING ANY INDIVIDUAL STUDENT'S INFORMATION. LET ME TALK BRIEFLY ABOUT ANOTHER MYTH THAT EXISTS. THAT SOMEHOW TRACKING STUDENT DATA WILL LEAD TO A FEDERAL RATING SYSTEM. FWRAL RATING SYSTEM FOR EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS OF INSTITUTIONS. WELL, FIRST, THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION HAS TRIED A NUMBER OF RATING SYSTEMS OVER THERE. ALL WITH MIXED SUCCESS AT BEST AND I'M TRYING TO BE POLITE. BUT THEY FAILED MISERABLY IN DOING SO. THEY TRIED TO RATE INSTITUTIONS BESTED ON DEFAULT RATES AND THOSE ARE BEING APEELED BY MANY AS BEING INACCURATE. THEY TRIED TO RATE INSTITUTIONS ON SOMETHING CALLED GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT. BUT GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT FOR CAREER SCHOOLS ONLY, BECAUSE NO ONE GOES TO UNIVERSITY FOR GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT. I ASSURE YOU, MY GUESS IS THE SPEAK ZR AS WELL, YOU WENT TO UNIVERSITY HOPING FOR GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT. I DOUBT THERE'S ANYONE IN THE ROOM THAT DIDN'T GO TO A COLLEGE UNIVERSITY IN HOPES OF GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT. THE REALITY IS THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION HAS TRIED TO CREATE THESE FEDERAL RATING SYSTEMS AND FAILED MISERABLY. SO WE DID SOMETHING UNIQUE. THE COLLEGE TRANSPARENCY ACT EXPLICITLY PROHIBITS THE CREATION OF A SINGLE DATABASE BY THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND EXPLICITLY PROHIBITS USING THAT DATABASE FOR A FEDERAL RATING SYSTEM. I GIVE UP. I DON'T WANT THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TELLING US WHAT A GOOD EDUCATION SYSTEM IS, BECAUSE LOOK HOW WELL THEY'VE DONE SO FAR. WE'LL LET CONSUMERS DECIDE. WE'LL GIVE THEM INFORMATION SO THEY CAN DECIDE. THEY CAN MAKE A WISE DECISION RATHER THAN THINKING THAT BIG BROTHER CAN MAKE THAT DECISION FOR THEM. AND IF THE GOVERNMENT WERE DOING SO WELL WITH IT, WHY IS IT THAT EVERY MEMBER IN THIS ROOM HAS HEARD FROM THEIR EMPLOYERS THE TERRIBLE SHORTAGE WE HAVE OF PEOPLE IN CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION, OF WORKERS? IF THEY WERE DOING SUCH A GREAT JOB OF RATINGS AND INFORMING PEOPLE WHAT THEIR OPPORTUNITIES WERE, WHY ARE WE CURRENTLY STRUGGLING WITH THE WORK FORCE WE ARE? IT'S A DISASTER. LET'S STOP THINKING WE CAN FIX IT. AND LET'S LET CONSUMERS HAVE THE FINANCIAL THEY NEED TO FIX IT. THE BILL ENABLES THE NCAS TO AGGREGATE STUDENT INFORMATION. FROM RELEVANT AGENCIES WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY THEY HAD TO PROTECT THAT DATA WHICH THEY'VE DONE FOR YEARS. SO NOW THEY'RE DOING NOT CREATE SOME MASSIVE FEDERAL DATABASE IN WHICH EVERYBODY'S NAME, SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS ARE ACCESSIBLE, SO WE CAN DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT YOU ARE A SUCCESSFUL STUDENT. DOESN'T DO THAT. NOT EVEN CLOSE TO THAT. NEVER HAS. IT PROVIDES INFORMATION BY PROGRAM INSTITUTION OF WHAT YOUR LIKELIHOOD OF SUCCESS IS. LAST BUT NOT LEAST, I TALKED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT IT, IS KEEPING PERSONAL INFORMATION PRIVATE. THE FEARS ARE ABOUT PRIVACY. AND THAT SOMEHOW WE CAN'T ACHIEVE THAT UNDER THE COLLEGE TRANSPARENCY ACT. COLLEGE TRANSPARENCY ACT REQUIRES THE DATA COLLECTION TO BE LED BY THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR EDUCATIONAL STATISTICS. I APOLOGIZE. I'VE BEEN USING THE ABREESKATION BECAUSE IT'S BEEN BURNED INTO MY MEMORY. IT'S A STATISTICAL AGENCY WITH STRONG PROTE COLE COLS FOR SECURE DAG AT THAT AND PROTECTING STUDENT PRIVESIFMENT -- PRIVACY. THEY CONSULT WITH PRIVATE SECTOR, PRETTY GOOD FOLKS, ABOUT HOW TO CONTINUE TO WORK ON STUDENT PRIVACY IN THAT DATA. IT'S ALREADY REQUIRED BY LAW TO DEVELOP AN ENFORCE STANDARDS TO PROTECT INDIVIDUAL DATA. AS ADDED PROTECTION, THE ACT REQUIRES COLLEGE TRANSPARENCY ACT REQUIRES THE INSTITUTE FOR THE LATEST SECURITY DATA CENTERS. WE REQUIRE THAT THEY IMPLEMENT THOSE ON AN ONGOING BASIS AND THEY MAINTAIN THOSE. I HAVE TO TELL YOU, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S NOT COMMONPLACE IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AT THIS POINT. WE'RE GOING A STEP BEYOND WHAT HAPPENS. EVERY DAY IN MANY AGENCIES. FURTHER, YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION, MR. SMUCKERS, OR ANYBODY ELSE, WILL NEVER BE AVAILABLE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OR TO THE PUBLIC. YOUR EMPLOYMENT STAT US WILL NEVER BE AVAILABLE. WHAT WILL BE AVAILABLE IS WHETHER ALL OF US THAT TOOK A PROGRAM AT MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY, WHETHER OR NOT YOU GRADUATED, GOT A JOB AND WHETHER URUGUAYANFULLY EMPLOYED AND MAKING MONEY -- YOU'RE GAINFULLY EMPLOYED AND MAKING MONEY. ONLY AGGREGATE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE ON THE PROGRAMS AND INSTITUTIONS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HERE. THE DATA DEVELOPED BY THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT ON INCOME AND EMPLOYMENT, ONCE IT'S TRANSMITTED TO NCES, IT IS LITERALLY BLOUB UP. THE FILE NO LONGER EXISTS. YOU CAN'T HACK WHAT ISN'T THERE. SO I'D ASK AT THIS POINT IN TIME, RATHER TO EX TOLL THE VIRTUAL UASI OF THE COLLEGE TRANSPARENCY ACT -- VIRTUES OF THE COLLEGE TRANSPARENCY ACT, I'D ASK ALL MEMBERS TO LOOK AT THE ACT. WE HAVE A NUMBER OF CO-SPONSORS AT THIS TIME. I'D ASK THEM TO LOOK AT THE ACT, LOOK AT WHAT IT'S ACHIEVING. IF THEY HAVE QUESTIONS, LET'S HEAR THOSE QUESTIONS AND LET'S MAKE AN EFFORT TO MOVE THIS FORWARD. WE'RE ALREADY WELL INTO THE DECISION MAKING PROCESS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO GO TO A POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION PROGRAM NEXT YEAR. IT'S TOO LATE FOR THEM TO GET THIS INFORMATION. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT, WE CAN'T GET IT THE FOLLOWING YEAR. AND THE QUESTION I WOULD ASK IS HOW LONG ARE WE GOING TO WAIT WHILE WE'RE SPENDING $160 BILLION OF DIRECT STUDENT AID ALONE, HOPING TO GET AN OUTCOME WHEN WE CAN DO BETTER AND THE ABILITY TO DO THAT IS AT OUR FINGERTIPS. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE.

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                                                    • 07:53:22 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S…

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. LIPINSKI, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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                                                      MR.LIPINSKI

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

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE TOPIC OF THIS SPECIAL ORDER.

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                                                    • 07:53:54 PM

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                                                    • 07:53:55 PM

                                                      MR. LIPINSKI

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY AS A MEMBER OF THE CLIMATE SOLUTIONS…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY AS A MEMBER OF THE CLIMATE SOLUTIONS CAUCUS, TO SPEAK ON THE ISSUE OF CLIMATE CHANGE. THE CAUCUS IS A BIPARTISAN GROUP OF MEMBERS COMMITTED TO IMPLEMENTING ECONOMICALLY VIABLE OPTIONS TO REDUCE CLIMATE RISK. THE CAUCUS HAS A NOAH'S, A MEMBERSHIP RULE. MEMBERS CAN ONLY JOIN -- NOAH'S ARC MEMBERSHIP RULE. MEMBERS CAN ONLY JOIN IN PAIRS. THE CAUCUS IS HELPING TO BREAK THE PARTISAN GRIDLOCK ON THIS ISSUE. AND SHOW THAT PROMOTING CLIMATE SOLUTIONS CAN BE TRULY BIPARTISAN. THE FORMATION AND RAPID GROWTH OF THE CLIMATE SOLUTIONS CAUCUS REPRESENTS A RECOGNITION OF BOTH THE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES AND HAS DEMONSTRATED THAT THERE IS BIPARTISAN WILL TO TAKE ACTION. IN RECOGNITION OF THE FACT THAT 60 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HAVE COME TOGETHER TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION, I ORGANIZED THIS TIME FOR MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME ON THE FLOOR, TO LET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW WHAT WE AS THEIR ELECTED LEADERS ARE DOING TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE. WE KNOW FROM SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE THAT OUR CLIMATE IS CHANGING. THE GLOBAL AVERAGE TEMPERATURE HAS INCREASED BY ABOUT 1.4 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT OVER THE LAST 100 YEARS. SEA LEVELS ARE RISING. THE OCEAN IS BECOMING MORE ACIDIC. PRECIPITATION PATTERNS ARE CHANGING. AND HEAT WAVES ARE BECOMING MORE FREQUENT AND LONGER IN DURATION. EACH OF THESE CHANGES PRODUCES A CASCADE OF EFFECTS THAT IMPACT OUR LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS. INCLUDING FLOODING, CHANGES IN CROP YIELDS, POWER SHORTAGES, DECLINES IN FISHERIES, AND INCREASES IN CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE. RECENT EVENTS IN OUR OWN COUNTRY SUCH AS DEVASTATING HURRICANES IN THE SOUTHEAST AND WILDFIRES IN THE WEST HAVE BROUGHT THIS ISSUE TO THE FOREFRONT OF EVERYONE'S MINDS. CLIMATE CHANGE CAN'T BE DIRECTLY BLAMED FOR ALL THESE PROBLEMS. BUT THE EVIDENCE STRONGLY SUGGESTS THAT IT CONTRIBUTES TO EACH OF THEM. AND THESE ARE THINGS WE CAN DO -- THERE ARE THINGS WE CAN DO TO LIMIT ITS EFFECTS. CLIMATE CHANGE ALSO HAS A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON PUBLIC HEALTH. A GROUNDBREAKING STUDY PUBLISHED JUST THIS WEEK IN A MEDICAL JOURNAL UNEQUIVOCALLY SHOWED THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS A SERIOUS PUBLIC HEALTH THREAT. THE STUDY INVOLVED 24 INSTITUTIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD, IT INCLUDES STAGGERING STATISTICS SUCH AS THE FACT THAT AIR POLLUTION CAUSED 1.9 MILLION PREMATURE DEATHS IN ASIA IN 2015 , AND THAT THE RANGE OF COMMON DISEASE TRANSMITTING MOSQUITOES INCREASED 9.5% SINCE 1950. WE KNOW THAT HIGH TEMPERATURES EXACERBATE HEALTH PROBLEMS AND THAT BURNING FOSSIL FUELS CREATES POLLUTION THAT CAUSES CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE. THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES ESTIMATE THAT AIR POLLUTION CAUSES AROUND $120 BILLION PER YEAR IN HEALTH-RELATED DAMAGES. INCLUDING HEALTH CARE COSTS, MISSED DAYS OF WORK AND SCHOOL, AND PREMATURE DEATH. WE ALSO KNOW THAT CHANGING CLIMATE HAS ALTERED THE RANGE AND IN SOME CASES ACCELERATED THE SPREAD OF VECTOR-BORNE DSES LIKE ZIKA AND WEST NILE VIRUS. RESPONSIBLY TRANSITIONING TO A CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY WILL NOT ONLY REDUCE THE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO CLIMATE CHANGE, IT WILL ALSO REDUCE AIR POLLUTION AND HELP ALL AMERICANS TO BREATHE EASIER. WHAT I WANT TO TALK ABOUT FOR A FEW MINUTES BEFORE I TURN TO SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES IS A VERY COMMON MISPERCEPTION ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN IMPLEMENTING CLIMATE SOLUTIONS AND GROWING JOBS. SOME PEOPLE THINK THAT THIS IS A ZERO-SUM GAME. THAT IS, THEY THINK IF YOU HAVE MORE OF ONE, YOU GET LESS OF THE OTHER. BUT THAT IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE. IMPLEMENTING CLIMATE SOLUTIONS CAN GROW JOBS. ESPECIALLY NEW, HIGH-PAYING JOBS. U.S. NEEDS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES. REGARDLESS OF WHAT WE DO HERE IN THE U.S., THE REST OF THE WORLD HAS COMMITTED TO REDUCING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS IN REACHING THE TARGETS LAID OUT IN THE PARIS AGREEMENT, AS HAVE MANY CITIES, STATES AND COMPANIES HERE AT HOME. TO ACHIEVE THAT GOAL, SIGNIFICANT TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION WILL BE NEEDED. AS WELL AS INFRASTRUCTURE, MARKETS AND DISTRIBUTION CHANNELS TO GET THAT TECHNOLOGY TO THE PEOPLE IN PLACES THAT NEED IT. THE NATIONAL ECONOMIES THAT PRODUCE THIS CLEAN ENERGY TECHNOLOGY WILL BENEFIT GREATLY. THE U.S. STILL LEADS THE WORLD IN TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION. COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD TRY TO RECREATE THE INNOVATION ETHOS THAT EXIST IN SILICON VALLEY AND IN OTHER PLACES ACROSS OUR NATION. THE UNITED STATES ALSO HAS THE WORKERS THAT ARE NEEDED TO BUILD THESE INNOVATIONS. SO WE HAVE WHAT IT TAKES AND IF WE SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITY TO INVEST IN CLEAN AND CLIMATE-RESILIENT TECHNOLOGIES, THEN OUR ECONOMY AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL BENEFIT, AS THE WORLD ADAPTS TO CLIMATE CHANGE AND AMERICA GROWS GOOD-PAYING JOBS ALL ACROSS OUR NATION. IF WE LET THIS OPPORTUNITY PASS US BY, THEN PROFITS AND JOBS WILL INSTEAD FLOW TO FOREIGN COUNTRIES THAT DEVELOP THE TECHNOLOGIES THE WORLD NEEDS. AND AMERICAN CITIES AND STATES WILL BE FORCED TO BUY FOREIGN PRODUCTS, AS THEY UPGRADE TO CLIMATE-RESILIENT INFRASTRUCTURE. I WILL BE INTRODUCING A BILL SOON. THIS BILL WILL ESTABLISH FIVE OR MORE PRICE CHALLENGES TO HARNESS THE INGENT IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO SOLVE BIG PROBLEMS. AND THERE ARE WIDE ARRANGING ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING THE X-DRIVE TO JUMP THE INDUSTRY. THIS INDUSTRY IS NOW FLOURISHING. I WAS IN CALIFORNIA AND SAW THEIR IMPRESSIVE FACILITY. U.S. IS RELYING ON SPACE-X TO BRING SUPPLIES UP TO THE SPACE STATION. THIS COMMERCIAL SPACE TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY BEGAN WITH THOSE WHO TRIED TO REACH THIS CHALLENGE. THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION USES THIS CHALLENGE TO HAVE THE ROW BOW OLYMPICING SERVICE, SOMETHING WE CAN APPRECIATE. THAT'S WHY WE ARE GOING IN THIS DIRECTION. CARBON RERUSE, ENERGY STORAGE AND RESILIENCEY. USING AUTHORITY FROM AMERICA COMPETES ACT, THE WORKING GROUPS FROM UNIVERSITIES, NONPROFITS TO HELP PLAN THE CHALLENGES AND EVEN TO CONTRIBUTE THE ENTERPRISES. THE GOAL IS NOT TO AWARD BUT TO BRING THE INNOVATIONS AND HELP SOCIETY ENVISION THE FUTURE. THIS BILL WILL SEE WHAT WE WILL LOOK LIKE AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. NOW WITH THAT, I WAN TO HEAR FROM THE CLIMATE LEADERS WHO HAVE JOINED ME HERE AND I WANT TO YIELD TO MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUE FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. FITZPATRICK.

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                                                      MR. FITZPATRICK

                                                      I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. SERVING AS…

                                                      I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. SERVING AS GOOD STEWARDS OF OUR ENVIRONMENT IS SOMETHING THAT EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US IS CALLED TO DO. IT IS CRITICAL TO PRESERVE PUBLIC HEALTH. CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL AND HUMANS ARE A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR. AS AN EAGLE SCOUT AND WHO GREW UP IN BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. WE HAVE IT ALL IN BUCKS COUNTY, PRESERVE FARMLAND, EXPANSIVE PARKS AND RIVERS AND WITH THESE NATURAL TREASURES WE NEED TO PROTECT OUR NATURAL RESOURCES. CLIMATE CHAPING AND THE IRRESPONSIBLE MANAGEMENT OF OUR RESOURCE IS PUT A STRAIN ON OUR COMMUNITIES. CLEAN AIR AND WATER ARE ESSENTIAL TO THE WELL-BEING. MR. SPEAKER, PROTECTING OUR NATION'S OPEN SPACES UNITS US. I JOIN HOUSE RESOLUTION 195 TO ENCLOURGE INNOVATION AND PROTECT AND SERVE AND BE GOOD STEWARDS. I WITH REPRESENTATIVE HUFFMAN. AND THIS DESIGNATES THE LAND OF THE ARCTIC NATURAL REFUGE AS THE COME PONT OF THE PRESERVATION SYSTEM TO PROTECT FROM DAMAGING ACTIVITIES. AND I HAVE NOTED AND VOTED TO PROTECT THE METHANE RULE. THE CAUCUS WILL CONTINUE TO BE THE GROUP TO HOW TO FOVER GO THE GAMESMANSHIP AND INCREASE INNOVATION WITH ANNE TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY. THIS CANNOT BE BIPARTISAN. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      YOUR LEADERSHIP IN YOUR FIRST TERM HERE IN THE HOUSE. AND COMING TO…

                                                      YOUR LEADERSHIP IN YOUR FIRST TERM HERE IN THE HOUSE. AND COMING TO SOLUTIONS ON CLIMATE CHANGE.

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                                                      MR. LIPINSKI

                                                      NOW, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO YIELD TO A COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA, WHO HAS…

                                                      NOW, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO YIELD TO A COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA, WHO HAS BEEN WORKING FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS HERE IN THE HOUSE, A DEDICATED MEMBER WHEN IT COMES TO ISSUES OF SCIENCE AND CLIMATE CHANGE, MR. MCNERNEY.

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                                                      MR. MCNERNEY

                                                      I WANT TO TALK ABOUT CLIMATE. WE KNOW THAT CLIMATE IS CHANGING. IN…

                                                      I WANT TO TALK ABOUT CLIMATE. WE KNOW THAT CLIMATE IS CHANGING. IN CALIFORNIA WE HAD THE WILDFIRES THAT CLAIMED 40 LIVES. AND WE SEE DEVASTATING AND MORE POWERFUL THAN EVER BEFORE. THE EFFECTS ARE THERE. NOW THE THING WE ARE FACED WITH IF THERE IS A GO SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF PEOPLE HOLE DENY CLIMATE CHANGE. SOMETHING THAT IS IN YOUR INTEREST, YOU WILL TALK INTO ANYTHING THAT IS EVERYTHING. WE CONTINUE TO USE FOSSIL FUEL. IF YOU ARE A COMPANY THAT PRODUCES FOSSIL FUELS, THIS IS WHAT YOU WANT. THE COST OF DENIAL IS CLEAR. WE TALKED ABOUT WEATHER AND HEALTH EFFECTS AND BOTH IN TERMS OF ELEVATED TEMPERATURES US CAUSING PEOPLE TO HAVE HEALTH PROBLEMS AND GOING FROM THE A KUWAITOR AND SIGNIFICANT INFRASTRUCTURE COSTS. THESE ARE REAL COSTS THAT WE ARE GOING TO PAY FOR THE DENIAL? THE SIGNIFICANT BENEFITS, WE HAVE BEEN SPENDING AMERICAN TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS. I WAS WORKING AT U.S. WIND POWER WITH SOME AMOUNT OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS WE DEVELOPED WIND POUR TECHNOLOGY. TAX CREDITS ENDED. AND THE THEY MADE A LOT OF MONEY BASED ON THAT AND WE PAID FOR THAT IN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. RENEWABLE PRODUCTION CREATES MORE JOBS AND FOSSIL FUEL PRODUCTION. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT CREATING MILLIONS OF JOBS IN THIS COUNTRY. BUT RENEWABLE ENERGY HAS THE MARKET FEATURE AND HIGHS AND LOWEST OVER AND THEY WILL BE PREDICTABLE, THIS IS A HAVE GOOD ARGUMENT. IF WE REDUCE FOSSIL FUELS AND GO TO TO HELP THE ENVIRMENTE. SO I THINK THE BENEFITS ARE CLEAR. WHERE ARE WE NOW? THERE ARE RESOURCES OUT THERE THAT ARE DETERMINED TO MUD CRY THE WATERS AND CONFUSE PEOPLE. I HAVE THREE PUBLICATIONS. PUBLICATION. ONE IS CALLED "ONE FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE." AND BECAUSE FOSSIL FUELS ARE WHAT WE NEED TO POWER THE FUTURE. ANOTHER ONE "THE MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD OF CLIMATISM. ." IT IS BIASED AND SEEMS TO BE PAID FOR BY OIL INTEREST AND ANOTHER ONE IS THE "NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC" AND COVERS THE WAR ON SCIENCE. SO I THINK WE HAVE A PRETTY GOOD CASE TO MAKE FOR MOVING FORWARD WITH ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE. THERE WILL BE SIGNIFICANT COSTS IF WE DON'T. RENEWABLE ENERGY IS MORE THAN. WE SEE WIND AND SOLAR BEING MORE THAN COST COME POSITIVE. SO WE HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY AND HAVE THE MEANS, WE HAVE THE DESIRE TO DO THIS AND YET WE A STILL HUNG UP HERE IN WASHINGTON IN TERMS OF FALLING THROUGH WITH GOVERNMENT SUPPORT THAT IS NEEDED WITH THE RIGHT SORT OF POLICIES THAT WILL ENCOURAGE TO REDUCE -- AND MR. LIPINSKI POINTED OUT THAT THERE IS A BIPARTISAN BIPARTISAN CAUCUS IN ORDER JOIN YOU HAVE TO HAVE A MEMBER OF THE OTHER PARTY. I HAVE A MEMBER OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY JOIN AND WHAT WE ARE DOING IN THAT CUCK CUSS IS CREATING LEGISLATION THAT WILL REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS. GOO THINGS HAVE A POTENTIAL TO HAPPEN. AND I ENCOURAGE THE CAUCUS AND I HOPE IT CONTINUES TO GROW. AND I YIELD BACK TO MR. LIPINSKI. RELATIONSHIP

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                                                      MR. LIPINSKI

                                                      THANK YOU FOR ALL THE WK YOU DO ON THIS ISSUE AND OTHER ISSUES THAT YOU DO…

                                                      THANK YOU FOR ALL THE WK YOU DO ON THIS ISSUE AND OTHER ISSUES THAT YOU DO IN E HOUSE. I'M GOING TO BACK TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, AND I YIELD TO MY COL AGO, THE GTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER AND THARPG YOU, CONGRESSMANLY OPINIONS KI TO…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER AND THARPG YOU, CONGRESSMANLY OPINIONS KI TO HIGHLIGHT THE IMPORTANT WORK BEING DONEY THE CLIMATE CAUCUS. CHANGING WEATHER PATTERNS AND THEY THREATEN EVERY ASPECT INCLUDING OUR AGRICULTURAL AND OUTDOOR SECTORS. IT GENERATES $ 2 BILLION IN CONSUMER SPENDING WHILE SUPPORTING JOBS. WHILE WE TRY TO ADDRESS, WE MUST EMPLOY TECHNIQUES THAT SUPPORT ECONOMIC GROWTH. I'M WORKING WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON CONSERVATION LEGISLATION FOR THE NEXT FARM BILL THAT WILL HAVE PROGRAMS AND OUTCOMES ALLOWING REGULATORS TO USE TAX DOLLARS TO ACHIEVE REAL CONSERVATION RESULTS. THESE INCENTIVE PROGRAMS SUPPORT PROGRAMS LIKE INCREASING YIELD AND LOWERING THE AMOUNT OF FERTILIZERS AND PUT WHOLE CARBON FROM THE AIR AND SEQUESTER IN THE SOIL. WE CAN WORK TO REDUCE EMISSIONS THROUGH GREATER EFFICIENCY AND THE TRANSPORTATION SECTOR IS ONE AREA WHERE CO-2 EMISSIONS HAVE RISEN AND ONE EASY FIX WOULD BE TO MODERNIZE THE AIR TROSK CONTROL SYSTEM ON GUIDED ROUTES BECAUSE DIRECT ROUTES SAVE FUEL. WHEN CAPPEDA SWITCHED, THE NATIONAL FLEET WAS ABLE TO REDUCE BY MILLIONS OF TONS BEER YEAR. THESE CHANGES ARE GREAT STEPS FORWARD IN COMBATTING CLIMATE CHANGE. WE MUST THE REAL I WILL PACTS AND EMPHASIZE THE NEED TO DEVELOP AND CREATE JOBS WITH THE GOAL OF PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT. WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER TO DEVELOP SMART SOLUTIONS AND PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES AND INFRASTRUCTURE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS. I'M PLEASED TO BE A MEMBER OF THE CAUCUS AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH MY COLLEAGUES AND I WANT TO APPLAUD MR. LIPINSKI FOR ORGANIZING THIS SPECIAL ORDER TONIGHT SO WE CAN ADDRESS THIS ISSUE AND FOR FOLKS TO UNDERSTAND THE WORK THAT IS BEING DONE HERE TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      MR. LIPINSKI

                                                      THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK AND UNDERSTANDING THAT WHICH ARE GOING TO MAKE…

                                                      THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK AND UNDERSTANDING THAT WHICH ARE GOING TO MAKE PROGRESS ON THIS THROUGH BIPARTISAN ACTION AND VERY HAPPY TO JOIN WORKING WITH YOU ON THE CAUCUS TO BRING THAT ACTION FORWARD. MY NEXT SPEAKER IS A WOMAN WHO I WORK WITH ON THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE, WHO HAS DONE FANTASTIC WORK ON THAT COMMITTEE WHEN IT COMES TO THE ISSUE OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND DEALING WITH CLIMATE CHANGE, ONE WHO -- THIS IS THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FROM OREGON, MS. BONAMICI.

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                                                      MS. BONAMICI

                                                      AND I WANT TO THANK THE FINDERS, CONGRESSMAN DEUTSCHE AND CONGRESSMAN CAR…

                                                      AND I WANT TO THANK THE FINDERS, CONGRESSMAN DEUTSCHE AND CONGRESSMAN CAR BELLOW. AND SEE THIS IS. . TO HIGHLIGHT THE IMPORTANCE OF TAKING ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE. SOMETHING THAT MATTERS SO MUCH TO MY CONSTITUENTS AT HOME IN OREGON, BUT ALSO TO THE COUNTRY AND TO THE PLANET. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE THAT REALLY IS A MORAL IMPERATIVE. THIS IS ABOUT PRESERVING OUR NATURAL RESOURCES, FOR OUR CHILDREN, OUR GRANDCHILDREN, AND FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. AND ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE IS ALSO VITAL TO OUR NATION'S ECONOMY. WE'VE HAD SOME DISCUSSION ABOUT THAT THIS EVENING. AND ALSO TO NATIONAL SECURITY. REALLY THE HEALTH OF THE PLANET. NOW THE DISTRICT I -- I'M HONORED TO REPRESENT OUT IN OREGONS BREATH TAKINGLY BLUFLE BEEN -- BREATHTAKING BEAUTIFUL. THE NORTHERN BOUNDARY OF THE DISTRICT AND THE RUGGED PACIFIC OCEAN IS ON THE WESTERN BOUNDARY. IT HAS A THRIVING OUTDOOR RECREATION ECONOMY. AND AS MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK MENTIONED, THAT'S AN IMPORTANT SECTOR THAT CARES A LOT ABOUT THE CHANGING CLIMATE. I ALSO HAVE IN MY DISTRICT THE HEART OF OREGON WINE COUNTRY. PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT FISH, THEY FISH IN OUR RIVERS, OUR LAKES AND OUR OCEAN. THEY HIKE IN OUR FORESTS. THEY SKI IN OUR BACK COUNTRY AND MOUNTAINS AND WE RELY ON THOSE NATURAL RESOURCES IN OUR BACKYARD TO SUPPORT A SIGNIFICANT PART OF OUR ECONOMY. BUT WE'RE VERY VULNERABLE TO THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE. MY CONSTITUENTS ARE ALREADY EXPERIENCING CHALLENGES, OUR WINE AND AGRICULTURE INDUSTRIES ARE CONCERNED ABOUT DROUGHT AS GLOBAL TEMPERATURES CONTINUE TO RISE. COASTAL COMMUNITIES ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE VITALITY OF THE COMMERCIAL FISHING AND SHELL FISH INDUSTRIES, AS HIGH LEVELS OF CARBON DIOXIDE IN THE ATMOSPHERE CHANGE OCEAN CHEMISTRY. AND I WAS REALLY THRILLED THAT WE HAD AN OREGONIAN FROM OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY COME TO THE CLIMATE SOLUTIONS CAUCUS AND TALK ABOUT ADAPTING TO OCEAN ACIDIFICATION. OUR REGION HAS FACED HIGHER SPRING AND SUMMER TEMPERATURES AND EARLIER SNOW MELT AND AS A RESULT, A SNOWBOARD SHOP IN MY DISTRICT IS NOW SELLING MORE SKATEBOARDS AND FEWER SNOWBOARDS. CLIMATE CHANGE IS NOT A PARTISAN ISSUE. NATIONWIDE FISHERS, FARMERS, SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS, OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN ARE CHANGING THE WAY THEY DO THEIR JOBS BECAUSE OF CLIMATE CHANGE. AND REGARDLESS OF THEIR POLITICAL AFFILIATION. THE ECONOMIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONSEQUENCES OF CLIMATE CHANGE ARE WELL KNOWN. AND OUR UNDERSTANDING ABOUT HOW TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE CONTINUES TO IMPROVE. PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES AND AROUND THE WORLD ARE FACING THREATS FROM RISING SEA LEVELS, FROM OCEAN ACIDIFICATION, FROM MORE FREQUENT AND SEVERE WEATHER EVENTS, FROM RECORD DROUGHTS AND FLOODING AND RISING GLOBAL TEMPERATURES. WE CAN NO LONGER SIT BACK AND DEBATE WHETHER WE SHOULD TAKE ACTION. THE TIME IS NOW. IT'S CRITICAL THAT WE SUPPORT SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ABOUT THE CLIMATE, AND THAT WE BUILD ON RATHER THAN BREAK DOWN DECADES WORTH OF PROGRESS ON THIS ISSUE. ONE IMPORTANT AREA OF RESEARCH IS THE CONNECTION BETWEEN EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS AND CLIMATE CHANGE. AND ALTHOUGH IT'S NOT POSSIBLE TO SAY THAT CLIMATE CHANGE CAUSES ONE PARTICULAR EXTREME WEATHER EVENT, IT'S CRITICAL THAT WE KNOW MORE ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE AND HOW IT INCREASES THE FREQUENCY AND THE SEVERITY OF THESE EVENTS. LEARNING MORE ABOUT THIS CORRELATION CAN HELP FAMILIES, COMMUNITIES AND BUSINESSES MAKE INFORMED CHOICE AND ADOPT A CLIMATE STRATEGY. THIS YEAR HAS BEEN A POIGNANT EXAMPLE AFTER EXAMPLE, WITH SO MANY DEVASTATING EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS. WE NEED TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO MAKE SURE OUR COMMUNITIES ARE PREPARED TO KEEP FAMILIES SAFE. SINCE THE MID 1980'S WE'VE HAD WILDFIRES IN THE WESTERN UNITED STATES, BUT THEY'VE BEEN INCREASING -- WE'VE HAD THEM FOR A LONG TIME, BUT SINCE THE MID 1980'S THEY'VE BIN CREASING IN FREQUENCY AND DURATION, THREATENING LIVE, THREATENING PUBLIC HEALTH AND PROPERTY. IT'S BEEN UNUSUALLY HOT AND VERY DRY IN THE NORTHWEST. FIRES AND SEVERE SMOKE CREATE DANGEROUS CONDITIONS FOR ALL POPULATIONS. IN PORTLAND, OREGON, ON LABOR DAY, THE SKY WAS GRAY, FULL OF SMOKE, FROM WILDFIRES. THIS IS ESPECIALLY PROBLEMATIC FOR PREGNANT WOMEN, FOR SENIORS, FOR CHILDREN, FOR ANYONE WITH CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS. LIKE ASTHMA. RESIDENTS AND COMMUNITIES MILES AWAY FROM THE WILDFIRES SAW ASH FALLING ON THEIR HOMES, THEIR CARS AND THROUGHOUT THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS. THIS YEAR'S HURRICANES HAVE DEVASTATED COMMUNITIES. OF COURSE ACROSS TEXAS, ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST. AND IN THE U.S. ISLANDS. ABOUT 70% OF OUR FELLOW CITIZENS IN PUERTO RICO ARE STILL WITHOUT POWER. 70%. THESE STORMS ARE INCREASING IN FREQUENCY AND SEVERITY AND LIVES ARE BEING LOST EVERY YEAR. COLLEAGUES, IT'S SO IMPORTANT THAT WE TAKE ACTION AND THAT'S WHY I'M SO PLEASED TO BE HERE TODAY, TO HELP HIGHLIGHT THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS ISSUE. AND IF REPRESENTATIVELY -- AS REPRESENTATIVE LIPINSKI NOTED AND OTHERS HAVE, WE CAN TAKE ACTION TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE AND GROW THE ECONOMY. IT'S NOT AN EXCUSE TO SAY THIS WILL BE BAD FOR THE ECONOMY, BECAUSE WE CAN GROW THOSE RENEWABLE ENERGY INDUSTRIES. THERE'S SO MUCH POTENTIAL IN WIND POWER, WAVE ENERGY, SOLAR ENERGY. THOSE ARE GOOD, HIGH-PAYING FAMILY-WAGE JOBS. WE CAN GROW THOSE ECONOMIES AND ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE AT THE SAME TIME. MR. SPEAKER, ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE IS GOING TO SAVE LIVES, IT'S GOING TO SAVE PROPERTY. I AM SO PLEASED TO BE PART OF THIS BIPARTISAN GROUP THAT IS WORKING TOGETHER IN EQUAL NUMBER OF DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS TO CALL ATTENTION TO THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. AND I WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THE CAUCUS TO EMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF CONGRESSIONAL ACTION. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE BIPARTISAN CLIMATES CAUCUS FOR THEIR DEDICATION TO THIS EFFORT. I KNOW IT'S QUITE A RELIEF TO MY CONSTITUENTS BACK HOME IN OREGON TO KNOW THAT THERE ARE BIPARTISAN MEMBERS WHO ARE COMMITTED TO ADDRESSING THIS CRITICAL ISSUE. AGAIN, I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR DEDICATION TO THIS EFFORT. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE PROGRESS THAT WE WILL MAKE TOGETHER ON BEHALF OF OUR CONSTITUENTS, OUR COMMUNITIES, OUR COUNTRY, AND OUR PLANET. THANK YOU, MR. LIPINSKI. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                      MR. LIPINSKI

                                                      TNK YOU SO MUCH, MR. DEUTCH, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP OF THE CLIMATE SOLUTIONS…

                                                      TNK YOU SO MUCH, MR. DEUTCH, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP OF THE CLIMATE SOLUTIONS CAUCUS. MR. SPEAKER, I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME WE HAVE REMAINING.

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                                                    • 08:28:49 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PROEMPORE

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN HAS 25 NUTES REMAINING.

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                                                      MR. LIPINSKI

                                                      THANK YOU, MR SPEAKER. WITH AT I WANT TO NEXT YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE, THE…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR SPEAKER. WITH AT I WANT TO NEXT YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. SUOZZI.

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                                                      MR. SOUZZI

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO APPLAUD MY COLLEAGUE, MR. LIPINSKI, FOR…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO APPLAUD MY COLLEAGUE, MR. LIPINSKI, FOR PULLING HIS EFFORT TOGETHER THIS EVENING. CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL AND I APPLAUD MY COLLEAGUES FOR WORKINGOGETHER IN A BIPARTIS EFFORT TTRY AND FIND COMMON GROUND AND TO SEEK TO WORK TOGETHER TO PASS LEGISLATION TO ADDRESS THIS VERY REAL THREAT. I BELIEVE THE GREATEST EFFORT WE HA RE ISO INCLUDE EFFORTS TO MOVE OUR NATIONS TOWARD A GREINER ECONOMYS PART OF A COMPREHENSIVE INFRASTRUCTURE BILL. THE EARTH IS PART OF THE DIVINE CREATION AND WE HE AN OBLIGATION TO PRESERVE AND PROTECT R PRECIOUS SECOND, MOVING TOWARD THE GREEN ECONOMY THAT RETROFITS HOMES AND BUILDINGS AND INSTALLS SOLAR AND WIND FARMS WILL CREATE GOOD JOBS AT GOOD WAGES THAT SIMPLY CANNOT BE EXPORTED. AND THIRD, THE MAIN TOPIC I WISH TO ADDRESS THIS EVENING IS MOVING TOWARDS A GREEN ECONOMY, REDUCING OUR DEPENDENCY ON FOREIGN OIL AND ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE IS ESSENTIAL TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. AMERICANS RARELY TALK ABOUT IT AND SOMETIMES FORGET, BUT WE SUPPORTED SADDAM HUSSEIN AGAINST THE RUSSIANS IN AFGHANISTAN -- OSAMA BIN LADEN AGAINST THE RUSSIANS IN AFGHANISTAN. WE SUPPORTED SADDAM HUSSEIN IN IRAQ AFTER THE IRANIAN REVOLUTION. WE SUPPORTED THE ASSADS IN SYRIA AND WE STILL MAINTAIN A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE SAUDIES, DESPITE THEIR SUPPORT FOR WITH A HABBYISM. WHY? BECAUSE OUR NATIONAL ECONOMIC STRATEGY AND SECURITY HAS RELIED FOR DECADES ON ACCESS TO FOREIGN OIL. OUR MEDDLING IN LOCAL THE OIL FLOWED FREELY THROUGHOUT THE MIDDLE EAST. BY MOVING TOWARDS A GREEN ECONOMY AND ELIMINATING OUR DEPENDENCE, WE CAN SEE, WE NEVER WANTED YOUR LAND OR MONEY OR OIL. ALL WE WANT IS FOR PEOPLE TO STOP KILLING EACH OTHER. AND MOVING INDEPENDENT OF FOREIGN OIL IS THE BEST WAY TO GET THERE. AND WAR AND VIOLENCE ARE EXACERBATED BY THE INSTABILITY OF CLIMATE CHANGE. THE INSTABILITY IN SYRIA BEGAN WITH DROUGHTS AND DESTROYED THE LIVELIHOODS AND RELIED ON AN ECONOMY. WHEN THEY LOST THEIR FARMS AND LOOK FOR WORK. AND LOOKED TO THE ASSAD GOVERNMENT BUT WERE IGNORED. THE THEY BEGAN TO REVOLT. THEY HAVE KILLED THEIR PEOPLE. THIS STORY IS BEING REPEATED. ALTHOUGH THE PEOPLE SUFFERING THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY, OUR NATIONAL SECURITY IS THREATENED BY THESE FAILING STATES. AND THE IMPACT OF WESTERN SECURITY. AND THOSE THOSE SEEKING REFORMS AND UNABLE TO RESPOND TO THE NEEDS OF A POP HATION. OUR ENMYSELF RUSSIA, IRAN, NORTH KOREA ARE AIDED BY THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE INSTABILITY IT CAUSES. WE MUST STOP THIS. THE GROWING BIPARTISAN THAT WE MUST ACT. THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE IN THE 2008 ACKNOWLEDGED THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS A DIRECT THREAT TO THE NEWT OF THE UNITED STATES AND THAT QUOTE, THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE MUST BE PREPARED TO CONDUCT OPERATIONS AND AND THREAT ASSESSMENTS AND RESOURCES. SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MALT TIES SAID IT CAN BE A DRIVE OF AND GENERATED BY THIS FENN NO, MA'AM ON. CLIMATE CHANGE AND RISING LEVELS POSE SERIOUS THRESS. AND ALONG WITH QUOTE, THE REQUIREMENT FOR HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE AND CIVILIAN RESPONSE. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THE WORK THEY HAVE DONE TO TRY AND PRI THE ISSUE OF CLIMATE AND FIND SOLUTIONS TO THIS REAL PROBLEM. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                                                      THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR WORK ON THIS AND OTHER ISSUES. I WANT TO KNOW YIELD…

                                                      THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR WORK ON THIS AND OTHER ISSUES. I WANT TO KNOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                      THANK YOU, MR. LIPINSKI AND THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE ARE OUT OF TIME TO…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. LIPINSKI AND THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE ARE OUT OF TIME TO DEBATE. THE EFFECTS ARE ALREADY HERE. RECENTLY EACH YEAR HAS BROUGHT WITH IT RECORD-BREAKING DROUGHTS, HURRICANES AND NATURAL DISASTERS, MY HOME STATE EXPERIENCED OUR DEADLIEST WILDFIRE THREATS. IT WILL COST $22 BILLION IN RECOVERY EFFORTS. THAT'S WHY I'M PROUD TO WORK WITH MY COLLEAGUE IN THE MR. OCCUR BELL OOVER TO INTRODUCE THE COASTAL STATE PREPAREDNESS ACT. H.R. 35 3 WHICH WILL HELP STATES TO PLAN FOR AND IMPLEMENT STRATEGY. WE CAN SAVE MILL ONS OF TAX DOLLARS TO PREPARE THEIR STROURK. AFTER SEVERE WEATHER EVENTS LIKE HURRICANES IRMA AND HARVEY, WE ARE EXPECTING IT. WE NEED TO INVEST IN DEVELOPING WE NUBLE RESOURCES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN THIS EFFORT. MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      THE DEMOCRATIC CO-CHAIR, OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS THE REPUBLICAN CO-CHAIR AND…

                                                      THE DEMOCRATIC CO-CHAIR, OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS THE REPUBLICAN CO-CHAIR AND THANK HIM FOR THE WORK HE HAS DONE INPUTTING THIS CAUCUS TOYING AND I YIELD TO MR. WAR DELL BOO.

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                                                      I THANK YOU FOR OWE LEADING THIS DISCUSSION TONIGHT AND GREAT YOU WILL TO…

                                                      I THANK YOU FOR OWE LEADING THIS DISCUSSION TONIGHT AND GREAT YOU WILL TO COME HERE FOR A FEW MINUTES AND MORE THAN ANYTHING THANK MY COLLEAGUES, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS WHO HAVE STEPPED UP AND SAID ENOUGH OF THE DEMAGOG GRABBINGRY, LET'S FOCUS ON WHAT IS ON THE WORLD AND HOW HUMAN KS ARE CONTRIBUTING. ON THIS CLIMATE ISSUE, NEAR THE DENIERS OR THE HAVE THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE WILLING TO SIT FEE TABLE AND HAVE A SOBER CONVERSATION THAT WITH CAN REALLY SOLVE THIS PROBLEM. SEA-LEVEL RICE IS A REALITY AND HAPPENING ALL OVER THE WORLD. AND MR. SPEAKER, YOU MIGHT UNDERSTAND WHY THIS IS PORE. PEOPLE ARE LIFPK NEAR THE SEA. THIS IS A REAL CONCERN. THE KETION AND ONE OF THE MOST DYNAMIC AREAS OF THE COUNTRY AND I HOPE WE CAN RECOVER AFTER HURRICANE IRMA. BUT THE FLORIDA KEYS AND MOTION OF SOUTH FLORIDA IS EXPOSED TO THIS CHALLENGE AND WE KNOW, AND WE KNOW THAT HUMAN ACTIVITY IS IN RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS DYNAMIC. AND THE CLIMATE SOLUTIONS CAUCUS IS NOT ABOUT POINTING THE FINGER BUT ABOUT COMING WITH SOLUTIONS. THERE ARE THREE FACES. THE FIRST PHASE WAG TO SIT AT THE TABLE AND HAVE A DISCUSSION AND INVITE SOME KEY WITNESSES AND WE HAVE DONE THAT. CAUCUS MEMBERS HAVE A GOOD RELATIONSHIP. THE NEXT PHASE HAS BEEN TO OLYMPIC ANTI-CLIMATE LEGISLATION AND WE HAVE DO DONE THAT WHERE THE CAUCUS SAID NO, WE AREN'T GOING TO PROHIBIT THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT WITH CLIMATE CHANGE. AND THIS IS CRITICAL. I REPRESENT KEY WEST WHERE THE MEN AND WOMEN WORK HARD TO TRAIN. AND THAT IS A FACILITY THAT IS EXPOSED TO THIS THREAT. WE CAME TOGETHER AND DEFEATED AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD HAVE PROHIBITED THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT FROM ASSESSING THESE RISKS. AND I THINK AND I'M EXCITED TOFFER THE NEXT PHASE OF THE COKE CAUSE WHICH IS TO FIND LEGISLATION THAT WE CAN ALL GET BEHIND AND SAY THESE ARE REASONABLE SOLUTIONS THAT NOT ONLY HELP THE ENVIRONMENT AND HELP GUARANTEE THAT WE ARE GO TO GO HANDOFF TO OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN THE SAME EARTH, BUT WE ARE GOING TO PROVIDE FOR GROWTH AND NEW, GOOD PAYING JOBS FOR YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN FROM ALL THIS COUNTRY. THAT IS GOING TO BE EXCITEING. AND WE ARE GO AND PROMOTE AN AAGENDA AFTER TO BRING REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS TOGETHER BEHIND A PRO-GROWTH POLICY THAT WILL SAFE THIS POLL COUNTRY. LEADING THE WORLD. THIS ISN'T AN ISSUE. WE SHOULD RISE TO THIS OCCASION. THIS IS THE COUNTRY THAT HAS LED THE ENTIRE WORLD OVER A HOST OF CHALLENGES. WE CAN DO IT. BUT I THINK WE CAN DO IT IF WE DO IT TOGETHER. I THANK ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES AND MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES WHO HAVE ORGANIZED THIS SPECIAL ORDER. AND I THINK WE ALL WOULD LIKE TO INVITE OUR COLLEAGUES FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO JOIN THE CAUCUS, ESPECIALLY ON MY SIDE, 30 DEMOCRATS AND 0 REPUBLICANS. I PRIDE -- ONLY TWO OR THREE REPUBLICANS WHO ARE WILLING TO DISCUSS THIS ISSUE. 0 ARE ON THE RECORD. LET'S KEEP THE CAUCUS WORKING AND KEEP THE WORLD FOR THE BETTER.

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                                                      MR. LIPINSKI

                                                      AS WE GROW THIS CAUCUS AND DO THE WORK THAT WE ARE HERE TO DO. WITH THAT,…

                                                      AS WE GROW THIS CAUCUS AND DO THE WORK THAT WE ARE HERE TO DO. WITH THAT, I WANT TO YIELD TO FRESHMAN MEMBER WHO IS MAKING A BIG SPLASH HERE WALKING IN A BIPARTISAN BASIS AND GETTING SOME GOOD THINGS DONE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, PANETTA.

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                                                      MR. PANETTA

                                                      WE UNDERSTAND WHAT IT TAKES TO GET THINGS DONE AND IT'S THE ABILITY TO GET…

                                                      WE UNDERSTAND WHAT IT TAKES TO GET THINGS DONE AND IT'S THE ABILITY TO GET THINGS TOGETHER. I'M PROUD TO STAND HERE TODAY WITH ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, AS YOU HAVE HEARD TONIGHT AND THE CLIMATE SOLUTIONS CAUCUS THAT GIVES DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLIC CAPS THE OPPORTUNITY TO SIT DOWN AND DISCUSS WAYS NOT ONLY TO PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT BUT OUR HOMES AND NATION'S SECURITY. YES, THIS CAUCUS CONSIST OF PEOPLE OF SEPARATE POLITICAL PARTIES BUT ALL OF US ARE UNITED THAT WE MUST HAVE THIS DIALOGUE TO DEFEND THIS FUTURE. BEING FROM THE CENTRAL COAST OF CALIFORNIA, WE UNDERSTAND THE VULNERABILITY THAT COMES WITH RISING SEA LEVELS, SOMETHING THAT CAN IMPACT OUR ECONOMY, OUR SECURITY AND DAILY LIVES. THE CO-CHAIRS, THEY UNDERSTAND AND THEY APPRECIATE THAT THREAT. EARLIER THIS YEAR, FLORIDA WAS PUMMELED BY HURRICANE IRMA. A STORM THAT AFFECTED THE LIVES OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS AND CLEANUP EFFORTS. WE HAVE SEEN THAT AT TIMES OF CRISIS, DESPITE THE DAMAGE AND OUR DIFFERENCES, OUR GOVERNMENT AND THIS CONGRESS CAN PUT BAT FERH BACK TOGETHERURE COMMUNITY. THAT IS OUR GOVERNMENT. AND AT TIMES WHERE THERE ARE STORMS AND DAMAGE, WE ARE MOTIVATED TO COME TOGETHER IN GOVERNMENT AND GOVERN. THIS YEAR, MY DISTRICT SAW THIS TYPE OF GOVERNING DURING THE MAJOR WINTER STORMS. EVERY COUNTY IN MY DISTRICT SAW DEVASTATION. ONE COUNTY SUFFERED AN EXTREME AMOUNT OF DAMAGE. BIG SUR, IN PARTICULAR. THE NORTHERN ROUTE OF HIGHWAY 1 SUFFERED A KNOCKOUT OF A MAJOR BRIDGE, A SOUTHERN ROUTE HAD A MAJOR LANDSLIDE. BUT I CAN TELL YOU TWO WEEKS AGO, I STOOD ON THE BRAND NEW BRIDGE. AND AS I WAS STANDING THERE, IT WAS THE STORY OF THE PEOPLE OF BIG SUR, VERY RESILIENT AND COMING BACK FROM THESE SITUATIONS BUT IT WAS THE STORY OF GOVERNMENT WORK NG, PEOPLE GETTING THINGS DONE TO HELP PEOPLE. . I READ AN EDITORIAL WHERE THE TITLE OF THE EDITORIAL WAS, WE USED TO BUILD THINGS. AND IT WAS BY DAVID BROOKS AND HE TALKED ABOUT THIS BIG FIRE CALLED THE BIG BURN BACK IN THE EARLY 1900'S. THAT STARTED IN WASHINGTON AND OREGON AND SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE UPPER WEST. ALL THE WAY INTO MONTANA. AND FROM THAT DEVASTATING FIRE AROSE SOMETHING. THAT WAS A U.S. FOREST SERVICE. WHEN I READ THAT ARTICLE, IT REMINDED ME THAT THROUGHOUT THE HISTORY OF THIS NATION, WE HAVE ALWAYS BUILT THINGS TO HELP PEOPLE. WE HAVE ENGINEERED INFRASTRUCTURE TO ENERGIZE OUR ECONOMY. AND WE HAVE EXPANDED AGENCIES TO EMBOLDEN AND TO EMPOWER OUR COMMUNITIES AND THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE THERE. SO NOW AFTER THE STORMS ON THE WEST COAST, AFTER THE FLOODING ON THE MIDWEST, AND AFTER THE HURRICANES ON THE EAST COAST, IT IS OUR TURN. IT IS TIME FOR THIS GENERATION, OUR GENERATION, TO BUILD THINGS. IN A SMART AND RESILIENT FASHION. SO THAT FUTURE GENERATIONS ARE SECURE AND SAFE IN THEIR HOMES AND IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. AND WE NEED TO START BY FOCUSING ON AND BUILDING INFRASTRUCTURE THAT IS STRONG AND STABLE, TO SUSTAIN THE INEVITABLE INTENSE STORMS OF THE FUTURE. WE KNOW AND WHAT HAS BEEN CONFIRMED BY THE NONPARTISAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE, THAT EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS ARE ALREADY COSTING U.S. TAXPAYERS BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS EACH YEAR. ACCORDING TO THAT G.A.O. REPORT, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SPENT MORE THAN $350 BILLION OVER THE LAST DECADE ON LOSSES TO PRIVATE PROPERTY AND DISASTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS FROM NATURAL DISASTERS. THAT AMOUNT DOESN'T EVEN INCLUDE THE MASSIVE PRICE TAG ON THE RECOVERY EFFORT FROM THIS YEAR'S HURRICANES AND FIRES. THAT ARE EXPECTED TO BE AMONGST THE COSTLIEST IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY. WE KNOW THAT IT'S GOING TO GET WORSE. AS STORMS ARE MORE INTENSE AND RECOVERY EFFORTS ARE GOING TO COST MORE. SO WE NEED TO RECOGNIZE AND WE NEED TO REALIZE THE NEED FOR SMART REBUILDING. AFTER THE 2012 HURRICANE UP IN NEW YORK, HURRICANE SANDY, THERE WAS A REBUILDING TASK FORCE THAT WAS PUT TOGETHER. AND IT RECOMMENDED THAT FEDERAL FLOOD PROTECTION MEASURES SHOULD ENTAIL, THAT PROJECTS RECEIVING FEDERAL DOLLARS, THEY SHOULD COMPLY WITH ELEVATION AND FLOOD-PROOFING MEASURES, TO AVOID REBUILDING THEM AFTER FUTURE STORMS. THE REPORT WANTED TO ENSURE THAT WE DO NOT NEED TO PAY MULTIPLE TIMES TO REPAIR FLOODING DAMAGES -- TO FLOODING DAMAGED AREAS. IN 2015 THE ADMINISTRATION PUT FORWARD THE FEDERAL FLOOD RISK MANAGEMENT STANDARD. THAT WAS A STANDARD THAT SET OUT THAT FEDERALLY FINANCED INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS MUST BE BUILT TO WITHSTAND FUTURE STORMS AND FLOODING. THAT STANDARD WAS MEANT TO ENSURE THAT TAXPAYER DOLLARS ARE SPENT WISELY AND COMMUNITIES ARE PROTECTED. HOWEVER, IN AUGUST, THIS ADMINISTRATION DECIDED TO ROLL BACK THE FEDERAL FLOOD RISK MANAGEMENT STANDARD. A DECISION THAT WAS COMPOUNDED BY ITS POOR TIMING. AS IT WAS ANNOUNCED TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE HURRICANES THAT RIPPED APART HOUSTON, FLORIDA AND PUERTO RICO. SO LAST MONTH CONGRESSMAN CUR BOHL AND I INTRODUCED -- CURBELO AND I INTRODUCED THE FEDERAL INFRASTRUCTURE FLOOD RESILIENCY ACT. A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT ENSURES THAT FEDERAL AGENCIES COMPLETE IMPLEMENTATION OF A FEDERAL FLOOD RISK MANAGEMENT STANDARD. SUCH A STANDARD THAT WILL NOT JUST BENEFIT OUR COASTAL COMMUNITIES, IT WILL HELP OUR GOVERNMENT AND IT WILL HELP OUR COUNTRY. BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT EVERY DOLLAR THAT'S INVESTED IN FLOOD MITIGATION EFFORTS RESULTS IN $4 IN SAVED FLOOD RECOVERY COSTS. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS UNDERSTAND. AFTER HURRICANE HARVEY THE GOVERNOR OF TEXAS, MR. ABBOTT, HE STATED, AS WE GO THROUGH AND BUILD -- IN THE BUILD-OUT PHASE AND REBUILD TEXAS, PART OF OUR FOCUS MUST BE ON REBUILDING IN A WAY THAT WILL PREVENT A DISASTER LIKE THIS FROM HAPPENING AGAIN. MR. SPEAKER, BY INVESTING IN MORE RESILIENT PROJECT DESIGNS, OUR COMMUNITIES WILL BE ABLE TO RECOVER QUICKLY AND THEY WILL BE PROTECTED AGAINST ANY FUTURE FLOODING. TAKING THESE PRUDENT STEPS WILL SAVE TAXPAYER DOLLARS AND PREVENT FUTURE LOSS OF LIFE AND PROPERTY. IT IS A COMMONSENSE STEP THAT WE CAN TAKE TOWARD RESPONSIBLE, BIPARTISAN GOVERNING. IT'S THIS TYPE OF GOVERNING THAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN ALL THE TIME. WHEN I STOOD ON THAT BRIDGE AND I WAS THERE CELEBRATING THE REOPENING OF THAT BRIDGE, THE REOPENING TO BIG SUR, I ALSO THOUGHT THAT THIS WAS GOVERNMENT AT ITS BEST. WHERE THE GOVERNMENT CAME TOGETHER, IT RESPONDED, IT REACTED IN RECORD FASHION, AND IT RECONSTRUCTED A MAJOR BRIDGE. SO, YES, IT MADE ME PROUD. BUT IT ALSO MADE ME REALIZE THAT WE NEED TO STOP JUST GOVERNING BY CRISIS. WE NEED TO START GOVERNING WITH LEADERSHIP. WE NEED TO COME TOGETHER TO GET THINGS DONE, NOT JUST IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS, NOT JUST FOR NATURAL DISASTERS OF TODAY, BUT WE NEED TO START GOVERNING FOR TOMORROW. THE CLIMATE SOLUTIONS CAUCUS UNDERSTANDS AND BELIEVES THAT WE IN CONGRESS NEED TO LEAD. WE NEED TO DO THAT BY COMING TOGETHER. WE DO THAT BY TALKING ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE. WE DO THAT WITH FLOOD RISK MANAGEMENT STANDARD LEGISLATION. AND WE DON'T NECESSARILY DO IT FOR US. WE DO IT FOR OUR CHILDREN. THAT IS LEADERSHIP AND THAT IS WHY I AM PROUD TO BE ON THE CLIMATE SOLUTIONS CAUCUS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    • 09:14:09 PM

                                                      Mr. Biggs moved that the House do now adjourn.

                                                    • 09:14:24 PM

                                                      On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.

                                                      • 09:14:25 PM

                                                        Adjourned

                                                        The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on November 2, 2017.

                                                        • 09:59:59 AM

                                                          HOST

                                                          NOW.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                        • 10:00:21 AM

                                                          THE CLERK

                                                          THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., NOVEMBER 1, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT…

                                                          THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., NOVEMBER 1, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE ROGER W. MARSHALL TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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                                                        • 10:00:38 AM

                                                          TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

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

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                                                        • 10:01:14 AM

                                                          MR. THOMPSON

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I CONGRATULATED MICHELLE BAUER FOR WINNING FIRST…

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I CONGRATULATED MICHELLE BAUER FOR WINNING FIRST PLACE FROM THE PENNSYLVANIA MUNICIPAL LEAGUE ESSAY HIGH SCHOOL CONTEST. PARTICIPANTS WERE REFLECTED TO WRITE ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES IN THEIR COMMUNITY THAT ALLOW FOR THEIR CIVIC ENGAGEMENT, ENCOURAGE VOLUNTEERS TO HELP WITH LOCAL CHALLENGES. TODAY I'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH A PORTION OF MICHELLE'S ESSAY. WHEN I HEAR THE WORD CIVIC I THINK OF GOVERNMENTAL DUTIES. I UNDERSTAND MY DUTY AS AN AMERICAN CITIZEN TO VOTE, OBEY LAWS, PAY TAXES AND SERVE ON JURIES. THESE ACTIVITIES ALL INVOLVE ONE PERSON, YOURSELF. IT EXPANDS BEYOND A SINGLE INDIVIDUAL AND ENCOMPASSES ENTIRE COMMUNITIES. THE DEFINITION OF A CIVIC ENGAGEMENT IS AN ACTIVITY THAT INCLUDES BOTH PAID AND UNPAID FORMS OF POLITICAL ACTIVISMS, ENVIRONMENTALISM AND SERVICE. AS I LOOK AT MY COMMUNITY, WE HAVE A LOT OF CIVIC ENGAGEMENTS. AS WITH MOST TOWNS, MY -- MINE HAS A CITY COUNCIL. THESE ELECTIONS ARE OPEN TO EVERY MEMBER OF THE CITY AND ARE AN EXCELLENT WAY FOR CITIZENS TO HAVE A SAY IN THE POLITICS OF THE TOWN. JUST AS ELECTIONS ARE OPEN TO ALL CITIZENS, SO ARE THE WEEKLY MEETINGS. UNIQUE FEATURE ABOUT MY TOWN'S COUNCIL MEETINGS IS THAT THEY ARE TELEVISED ON A LOCAL CHANNEL FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE UNABLE TO PHYSICALLY BE PRESENT AT THE MEETING OR HAVE COMMITMENTS THAT REQUIRE ATTENTION. THESE TELEVISED VERSIONS PROVIDE A PERFECT SOLUTION TO KEEP PEOPLE ABREAST OF THE ISSUES. ALSO IS SAVEG INDIVIDUAL OF INDIVIDUALS TO VOTE AND PARTICIPATE AT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT LEVEL. ANYONE IS ABLE TO RUN FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD. IT'S A GREAT WAY FOR CIVIC INVOLVEMENT BECAUSE THE BOARD IS LOOKING FOR NEW OPPORTUNITIES THAT CAN BE INCORPORATED INTO THE EDUCATION OF OUR YOUTH. I ATTENDED A BOARD MEETING WHERE THE TOPICS OF ROBOTS WERE DISCUSSED. AS A MEMBER OF A SMALL COMPETITION GROUP WE WERE ABLE TO PRESENT OUR SUCCESS AND THE BENEFITS OF CURRICULUM THAT INCLUDES NEW TECHNOLOGY. ONE MONTH LATER IT WAS ANNOUNCED THAT A ROBOTICS CLASS WILL BE PROVIDED IN THE UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR. IT CAN PERHAPS ENCOURAGE NEW CAREER OPPORTUNITIES. ONE OF THE MOST PROMINENT FORMS OF ENGAGEMENT IN MY COMMUNITY IS NOT RELATED TO THE POLITICS IS THE PLACING OF WREATHS ON THE GRAVESTONES OF FALLEN SOLDIERS ON MEMORIAL DAY. CITIZENS COME TOGETHER THE WEEKEND BEFORE MEMORIAL DAY AND WALK THROUGH THE ENTIRE CEMETERY, ADORNING AND HONORING THE HEROS OF OUR COUNTRY. THIS EVENT IS NOT FOR PUBLICITY OR MONEY BUT INSTEAD IS FOR RESPECTING OUR VETERANS. ADDITIONALLY, IT IS FOR THE BETTERMENT OF OUR COMMUNITY BY PRESENTING A BEAUTIFUL SCENE TO THOSE PASSING BY. MICHELLE GOES ON TO WRITE, ONLOOKERS CAN BE MESMERIZED BY THE BEAUTY OF THE MOUNTAINOUS RURAL AREA. UNFORTUNATELY, GARBAGE AND LITTER ON THE SIDES OF THE ROADS AND HIGHWAYWAYS ARE COMMONPLACE -- HIGHWAYS ARE COMMONPLACE. THE HIGHWAY THROUGH MY TOWN IS AN INDIVIDUAL WHERE INDIVIDUALS THINK IT IS ACCEPTABLE TO THROW GARBAGE OUT OF THEIR VEHICLES OR LITTER THE SIDE OF THE ROAD FOR CIGARETTE BUTTS AND WRAPPERS. I HAVE BEEN PART OF THE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY HIGHWAY CLEANUP. EVERY SPRING AND FALL THEY WALK THE SIDES OF THE ROAD PICKING UP TRASH MAKING OUR TOWN LOOK BEAUTIFUL. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A POFFERINGS MICHELLE'S ESSAY. I -- PORTION OF MICHELLE'S ESSAY. I WILL ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT THE FULL ESSAY INTO THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD.

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                                                        • 10:05:06 AM

                                                          TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                                          AND I WILL CLOSE WITH HER FINAL PARAGRAPH. CIVIC ENGAGEMENTS ARE ABUNDANT…

                                                          AND I WILL CLOSE WITH HER FINAL PARAGRAPH. CIVIC ENGAGEMENTS ARE ABUNDANT IN OUR COMMUNITY. THE LOCAL FIREMAN'S PANCAKE BREAKFAST TO THE CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS, CIVIC ACTIVITIES ARE OCCURRING ALL AROUND US. IT'S THE OBLIGATION OF THE CITIZEN TO ENGAGE IN THESE ACTIVITIES, TO ASSIST WITH LOCAL CHALLENGES AND TO CREATE A BETTER COMMUNITY FOR ALL ITS MEMBERS. MR. SPEAKER, I COULDN'T AGREE MORE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                        • 10:05:35 AM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. ROYBAL-ALLARD,…

                                                          THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. ROYBAL-ALLARD, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                        • 10:05:41 AM

                                                          MS. ROYBAL-ALLARD

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEK THE LABOR-HHS APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE HAD A…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEK THE LABOR-HHS APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE HAD A MOST REMARKABLE HEARING ON DOWN SYNDROME WHICH MOVED US TO A NEW UNDERSTANDING OF THIS DISABILITY. D.S. IS A GENETIC DISORDER THAT EFFECTS OVER 300,000 MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN AMERICA. IT IS THE MOST COMMON CHROMOSOMAL DISORDER AND THE FREQUENT CAUSE OF LEARNING DISABILITY IN CHILDREN. APPROXIMATELY 6,000 BABIES IN THE UNITED STATES ARE BORN WITH DOWN SYNDROME, A CONDITION RESULTING FROM AN EXTRA 21ST CHROMOSOME. 60 YEARS AGO PEOPLE WITH D.S. HAD A LIFE EXPECTANCY WITH LESS THAN 20 YEARS AND MOST LIVED THEIR LIVES IN INSTITUTIONS. TODAY, DUE TO EARLY MEDICAL CARE AND BEING RAISED IN LOVING HOMES, THESE CHILDREN CAN EXPECT TO LIVE WELL INTO THEIR 60'S. LAST WEEK'S HEARING WAS ONE OF THE MOST EMOTIONALLY CHARGED AND INSPIRATIONAL HEARINGS I CAN RECALL AS A MEMBER OF THIS SUBCOMMITTEE. THE ROOM WAS FILLED WITH CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH D.S. AND THEIR FAMILIES, INCLUDING MY YOUNG CONSTITUENT, JOSE CISNARROWS. AMIDST THE TEARS, LAUGH -- JOSE CISNEROS. AMIDST THE TEARS, LAUGHSTERS, WE HEARD ABOUT D.S. WE LEARNED THEY ARE GRADUATING FROM HIGH SCHOOL, ATTENDING COLLEGES AND WORKING AT JOBS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY WE SAW HOW THESE YOUNG AMERICANS ARE TEACHING OUR COUNTRY ABOUT THE VALUE OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION WHILE AT THE SAME TIME INCREASING THE HAPPINESS OF THOSE LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE IN THEIR VERY WIDE CIRCLE OF FRIENDS. WE ALSO LEARNED SOME VERY SURPRISING AND AMAZING FACTS ABOUT DOWN SYNDROME. RESEARCHERS TOLD US THAT INDIVIDUALS WITH D.S. ARE MEDICALLY VERY SPECIAL. ON THE ONE HAND THEY ARE HIGHLY PREDISPOSED TO AUTOIMMUNE DISORDERS SUCH AS THYROID DISEASE AND RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS. CHILDREN WITH D.S. ARE 50 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DEVELOP CHILDHOOD LEUKEMIA AND VIRTUALLY ALL ADULTS WITH D.S. WILL DEVELOP THE BRAIN PATHOLOGY OF ALZHEIMER'S BY THE AGE OF 40. BUT THEY ALSO SAID THAT DUE TO A SMALL DIFFERENCE IN THEIR GENETIC MAKEUP, PERSONS WITH DOWN SYNDROME ARE NATURALLY PROTECTED FROM HEART DISEASE, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND MOST SOLID TISSUE CANCERS. RESEARCHERS SAID STUDYING THESE UNIQUE GENETICS COULD HELP DISCOVER WAYS TO PREVENT OR CURE DISEASES SUCH AS CANCER, AUTOIMMUNE DISORDERS AND ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE. WITH SUCH PROMISING POTENTIAL, ONE WOULD THINK THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOULD INVEST HEFLEY IN DOWN SYNDROME -- HEAVILY IN DOWN SYNDROME RESEARCH. UNFORTUNATELY, WHAT WE LEARNED IS OVER THE LAST TWO DECADES, D.S. HAS BEEN ONE OF THE LEAST FUNDED GENETIC CONDITIONS AT THE N.I.H. THIS HEARING LEFT NO DOUBT ABOUT THE NEED FOR A SIGNIFICANT AND SUSTAINED INVESTMENT IN DOWN SYNDROME RESEARCH. AN INITIATIVE COULD HELP NOT ONLY FIND ANSWERS AND CURES FOR D.S. BUT DISCOVER ITS MYSTERIES WHICH CAN ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT OTHER SERIOUS AND LIFE-THREATENING DISEASES. WHILE THE BENEFITS OF D.S. RESEARCH ARE UNQUESTIONABLE, IT WILL TAKE TIME TO REALIZE ITS FULL POTENTIAL. IN THE MEANTIME, WE MUST ENSURE THOSE LIVING WITH D.S. CAN ACCESS AND AFFORD HIGH-QUALITY, COORDINATED HEALTH CARE AND THE LONG-TERM SERVICES AND SUPPORT THEY NEED TO LIVE PRODUCTIVE LIVES IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. MEDICAID, LONG-TERM SUPPORTS AND MEDICAID COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES GIVE THEM THAT OPPORTUNITY BY ENABLING THEM TO MAINTAIN GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT AND STAY IN THEIR HOMES AND IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. SADLY, ACROSS OUR COUNTRY THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WITH DOWN SYNDROME ARE ON VERY LONG WAITING LISTS FOR THOSE SERVICES. AS LAWMAKERS, WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO FIND A BIPARTISAN WAY TO PROTECT AND EXPAND MEDICAID SERVICES SO ALL INDIVIDUALS WITH D.S. AND OTHER DEBILITATING DISEASES HAVE ACCESS TO THE LIFE-LONG INTERVENTION AND SUPPORT THEY NEED. THE TIME HAS COME FOR THIS COUNTRY TO EMBRACE THE GIFT AND POTENTIAL THAT DOWN SYNDROME BRINGS TO OUR SOCIETY. THE 300,000-PLUS AMERICANS LIVING WITH D.S. TODAY WANT AND DESERVE THE SAME OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TO ALL OF US, TO LIVE A FULL LIFE AND TO REACH THEIR TRUE POTENTIAL. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                        • 10:10:46 AM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                        • 10:10:50 AM

                                                          MR. POE

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. EVER SINCE SHE WAS A LITTLE GIRL, SYLVANIA LOVED…

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. EVER SINCE SHE WAS A LITTLE GIRL, SYLVANIA LOVED TO PLAY HOCKEY. IN MASSACHUSETTS, HOCKEY WAS MORE THAN A WAY OF LIFE THAN JUST A SPORT. HER PARENTS KNEW SHE WAS TALENTED AND SUPPORTED HER DREAM TO PLAY EVEN IN COLLEGE. WHEN SHE WAS OFFERED A SCHOLARSHIP IN 2011 TO BE A GOALIE FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT, SHE FELT LIKE ALL OF HER DREAMS HAD COME TRUE SO SHE EAGERLY ACCEPTED. SHE PULLED OUT OF HER DRIVEWAY WITH HER PACKED CLOTHES AND HOCKEY GEAR, BUT SHE WOULD HAVE NEVER KNOWN THAT IN A FEW DAYS HER LIFE WOULD CHANGE FOREVER. SHE COULD NOT HAVE FORESEEN HOW A LIFETIME OF HARD WORK AND AMBITION WOULD SUDDENLY DISAPPEAR TRAGICALLY. LIKE ALL NEW STUDENTS, SHE WAS EAGER TO IMMERSE HERSELF IN HER NEW COLLEGE LIFE SO ON THE THIRD DAY AT THE UNIVERSITY, SYLVANIA WENT TO A HOUSE PARTY WITH SOME NEW FRIENDS SHE MET. BUT AFTER TWO DRINKS SHE BECAME -- BEGAN TO FEEL DIZZY, NUMB AND LETHARGIC. SHE QUICKLY LOST THE ABILITY TO WALK AND SHE BECAME VERY ILL. AS SHE -- AS SHE DRIFTED OUT OF CONSCIOUSNESS, A MALE HOCKEY PLAYER AT THE PARTY INSTRUCTED OTHERS TO CARRY HER TO HIS BEDROOM. WHEN SHE WOKE UP SHE FOUND HIM ON TOP OF HER SEXUALLY ASSAULTING HER. SHE IMMEDIATELY TURNED TO THE UNIVERSITY FOR HELP AND REPORTED THE ASSAULT AT THE WOMEN'S CENTER, BUT THE COUNSELOR DID NOT TELL HER TO CALL THE POLICE OR ADVISE HER TO PRESS CHARGES OR HELP HER IN ANY WAY. SYLVANIA THEN WENT TO THE ON-CAMPUS DOCTOR BUT INSTEAD OF TREATING HER LIKE A VICTIM AND OFFER HER THE CARE AND SUPPORT SHE NEEDED, THE DOCTOR TOLD HER THAT HE DIDN'T WANT TO KNOW EVEN WHO ASSAULTED HER. GET THIS, MR. SPEAKER. THE DOCTOR TOLD HER THE REMEDY WAS FOR HER TO TRANSFER TO ANOTHER UNIVERSITY. THIS IS AWFUL. ONE IN FIVE WOMEN ON OUR UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES ARE SEXUALLY ASSAULTED. OF THOSE LESS THAN 25% EVEN REPORT THE RAPE. IT TOOK AN EXTRAORDINARY AMOUNT OF COURAGE FOR SYLVANIA TO REPORT THAT SEXUAL ASSAULT, EVEN TO MULTIPLE PEOPLE SHE DIDN'T KNOW, BUT SHE WAS OFFERED NO HELP, NO SUPPORT BY ANYONE. SHE WAS ALONE AND SHE FELT IT. THE DOCTOR WASN'T TRAINED TO DEAL WITH THE RAPE -- DEAL WITH RAPE VICTIMS AND MADE IT CLEAR HE WANTED NOTHING MORE TO DO WITH SYLVANIA. THE UNIVERSITY CLEERLED VIEWED HER AS A BURDEN, JUST ANOTHER STATISTIC THEY DIDN'T WANT TO DEAL WITH. MR. SPEAKER, UNIVERSITIES IN THE UNITED STATES SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO HAVE A VICTIM ADVOCATE ON STAFF, A SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIM ADVOCATE. ALSO, TO ENSURE THIS DOESN'T HAPPEN TO MORE VICTIMS AT HOSPITALS, I'VE INTRODUCED LEGISLATION THAT WOULD REQUIRE A HOSPITAL TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO A STAFFER -- IT'S CALLED A SAFE, SEXUAL ASSAULT FORENSIC EXAMINER, WHO IS TRAINED TO PROVIDE CARE AND BE SENSITIVE TO TRAUMA RAPE VICTIMS AND HAVE A PLAN QUICKLY TO -- OR A PLAN TO GET THAT VICTIM TO A NEARBY HOSPITAL THAT DOES. UNIVERSITIES AND NEARBY HOSPITALS NEED TO WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE THAT RAPE VICTIMS ARE TREATED APPROPRIATELY WHEN THEY ARE ASSAULTED. THE BILL THAT I JUST MENTIONED IS NAMED THE MEGAN RONDINI ACT, IT'S IN HONOR OF A COLLEGE SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS -- EXCUSE ME -- UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA CAMPUS THAT WAS A TEXAS STUDENT THAT WAS DENIED ACCESS TO POSTRAPE TREATMENT AT A HOSPITAL. THE UNIVERSITY DIDN'T HELP HER AND THE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT DIDN'T HELP HER. IN MEGAN'S CASE, BECAUSE SHE WAS ALONE AND ABANDONED BY ALL THREE OF THOSE ENTITIES SHE LATER WHEN SHE RETURNED TO TEXAS COMMITTED SUICIDE. ANYWAY, AFTER THE RAPE OF SYLVANIA, THE UNIVERSITY LET HER TO PICK UP THE PIECES OF HER SHATTERED LIFE. SHE WAS TRAUMATIZED AND DEPRESSED, CLAIMING SHE WASN'T STABLE ENOUGH, THE HOCKEY COACH REMOVED HER FROM THE TEAM. SHE NEVER PLAYED A SINGLE GAME OF HOCKEY IN COLLEGE. SHE WITHDREW FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT SHORTLY THEREAFTER, BUT HER RAPIST STAYED ON HIS HOCKEY TEAM AND PLAYED FOR THE UNIVERSITY. . SYLVAINA HAD TO SUE THE UNIVERSITY TO GET JUSTICE THAT. IS UNFORTUNATE SHE HAD TO TAKE THE MATTER TO COURT WHERE SOCIETY AND OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM SHOULD HAVE HELPEDER. MR. SPEAKER, RAPE IS NEVER THE FAULT OF THE VICTIM. YET SYLVANA FELT SHE WAS THE ONE BEING BLAMED FOR WHAT HAPPENED TO HER. WE AS A SOCIETY MUST DEMAND OUR UNIVERSITIES AND HOSPITALS PROTECT AND CARE FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS. NO LONGER SHOULD THEY BE ALLOWED TO SUFFER ALONE AND BE ABANDONED . NO MORE EXCUSES. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                        • 10:16:10 AM

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                                                          THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MS. MOORE, FOR FIVE…

                                                          THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MS. MOORE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                          MS. MOORE

                                                          SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY UNDER THE E PLURIBUS UNUM TO GIVE VOICE TO THE…

                                                          SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY UNDER THE E PLURIBUS UNUM TO GIVE VOICE TO THE ELDERLY, TO THE CHILDREN, THE DISABLED, THE UNDER THE MOST VULNERABLE, MR. SPEAKER, WHO ARE ONCE AGAIN FACING YOUR PROPOSAL, MR. SPEAKER, MOST VULNERABLE RIP HEALTH CARE AND THE SAFETY NET FROM THEM. IS THIS THE BEST YOU CAN DO, MR. SPEAKER, TO ONCE AGAIN OVER TO AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN PROPOSE THIS LEGISLATION TO CUT TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM MEDICAID AND MEDICARE TO FUND TAX CUTS FOR CORPORATIONS AND FOR BILLIONAIRES? AND TO DO THIS, TO SLAM THIS THROUGH THE HOUSE WITHOUT TRANSPARENCY. MR. SPEAKER, REPUBLICANS LIKE TO CALL ME A TAX AND SPEND ME A TAX AND SPEND LIBERAL, BUT TODAY WE SEE THIS G.O.P. FISCAL PLAN AS ANOTHER BORROW AND SPEND TO PAY FOR BILLIONAIRE TAX CUTS. NOW, THE WHARTON SCHOOL AND THE GOLDMAN SACHS STUDIES STUDIES BOTH SHOW THAT AT BEST THIS FLAN WOULD PRODUCE A PALTRY NOW, THIS IS A GREAT PLAN IF YOU'RE RICH. IT'S DOLLARS FOR FOOL'S GOLD BUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE NOT FOOLS, MR. SPEAKER, AND THAT IS WHY THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO RUSH THIS THROUGH WITH MINIMUM TRANSPARENCY. THIS IS MADNESS. TRICKLED DOWN HAS NOT WORK, IT DOES NOT WORK AND WILL NEVER WORK. WE GOT DEFICITS UNDER REAGAN, UNDER GEORGE W. BUSH TO PROVE IT. THE TAX CUTS WILL NOT PAY FOR THEMSELVES, MR. SPEAKER. THE TAX CUTS WON'T MAGICALLY PRODUCE INCREASED SALARIES FOR WORKERS. THE TAX PLAN WILL NOT LEAD TO THESE CLAIMS IN ECONOMIC GROWTH. . CONGRESS SHOULD CONGRESS SHOULD NOT CONSIDER TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH AND OPENING UP MORE TAX LOOPHOLES. MR. SPEAKER, WE CANNOT SPEND GOLD -- SPIN GOLD OUT OF STRAW. 245 THAT IS WHAT WE HAVE HERE. THIS PLAN WILL MAKE MOST AMERICANS MORE POORER AND MORE SICKER IF NOT DEAD. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS BILL. INSTEAD, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO FORTIFY OUR ELECTION SYSTEM FROM RUSSIANS' FURTHER INTERFERENCE. BUILD NEW INFRASTRUCTURE. THAT'S WHAT CREATES JOBS. THE HEALTH PROGRAM THAT REPUBLICANS LET EXPIRE ENSURE THAT ALL 3.5 MILLION AMERICAN CITIZENS IN PUERTO RICO AND VIRGIN ISLANDS CAN HAVE ACCESS TO WATER, POWER, HEALTH CARE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. THAT'S WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                        • 10:20:30 AM

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                                                          THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. EMMER, FOR FIVE…

                                                          THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. EMMER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                        • 10:20:33 AM

                                                          MR. EMMER

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A LEADER IN OUR COMMUNITY WHO HAS…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A LEADER IN OUR COMMUNITY WHO HAS RECEIVED A GREAT HONOR. SKIP DOLAN, THE HEAD BOYS BASKETBALL COACH FOR THE ANNANDALE CARDINALS WAS INDUCTED INTO THE MINNESOTA BASKETBALL COACHES HALL OF FAME IN OCTOBER. I'M NOT GOING TO GO THROUGH ALL HIS STATISTICS, ALTHOUGH THEY ARE QUITE IMPRESSIVE. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE NOTE THAT A GOOD COACH CAN HAVE A MAJOR IMPACT ON A KIDS' LIFE. COACHES DON'T JUST TEACH A GAME TO OUR KIDS, THEY INGRAIN -- INGRAIN IMPORTANT LIFE SKILLS IN THEIR MINDS. THEY TEACH OUR KIDS HOW TO WORK WITH OTHERS AND HOW TO ACT AS A TEAM. THEY TEACH OUR CHILDREN THE VALUE OF PRACTICE AND PERSEVERANCE, AND THEY TEACH OUR KIDS HOW TO COMPETE WITH HONOR, DIGNITY, AND HOW TO WIN WITH GRACE. A GOOD COACH GUIDES OUR KIDS ALONG THE ROAD TO SUCCESS WHICH IS WHY I'M SO HAPPY THAT WE HAVE A COACH LIKE SKIP DOLAN IN OUR COMMUNITY. WE CAN NEVER THANK HIM ENOUGH FOR WORKING WITH AND TEACHING OUR KIDS. AND WE CONGRATULATE HIM ON THIS INCREDIBLE HONOR. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO THANK MONTICELLO PUBLIC SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT JIM JOHNSON FOR HIS WORK AND DEDICATION TO MINNESOTA'S CHILDREN. AFTER 18 YEARS SERVING MONTICELLO, 12 SPENT AS SUPERINTENDENT, JIM IS HEADING INTO A WELL DESERVED RETIREMENT. UNDER JIM'S CLOSE SUPERVISION, SCHOOLS WITHIN HIS DISTRICT HAVE PRODUCED OUTSTANDING TEST SCORES, INCREASED GRADUATION RATES, AND HIGHER ENROLLMENT IN A.P. CLASSES. HE ALSO PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN PROVING -- IMPROVING HIS DISTRICT'S ATHLETIC FACILITIES. NOT ONLY DID HE HELP BETTER ACADEMICS AT THE SCHOOLS UNDER HIS CAREFUL WATCH, HE ALSO HELPED ENSURE HIS DISTRICT STUDENTS HAD EVERYTHING THEY NEEDED TO SUCCEED IN LIFE. WE CAN'T THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR THE WORK YOU HAVE DONE TO EDUCATE OUR KIDS. OUR KIDS ARE OUR FUTURE AND BECAUSE OF YOU OUR FUTURE IS VERY BRIGHT. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THREE YOUNG WOMEN IN MY DISTRICT WHO HAVE EARNED AN EXCITING LEADERSHIP ROLE IN THE COMMUNITY. BETHLEHEM, BROOKLYN, AND MADELINE HAVE ALL BEEN NAMED THE 2017 RAPIDS COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS. THEY WILL PARTICIPATE IN A NINE WEEK PROGRAM THAT WILL HELP THEM DEVELOP THEIR LEADERSHIP SKILLS BY PARTICIPATING IN ACTIVITIES THAT ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY. THE PEOPLE WHO END UP MAKING THE MOST DIFFERENCE IN THIS WORLD ARE THE ONE WHO IS SHOW UP FOR OTHERS. WE WANT TO CONGRATULATE THESE YOUNG WOMEN ON THEIR NEW ROLES AND THANK THEM FOR THEIR INTEREST IN MAKING LIFE BETTER FOR THOSE AROUND THEM. THANK YOU, BETHLEHEM, BROOKLYN, AND MADELINE FOR SHOWING UP FOR S.O.C. RAPIDS. I KNOW YOU-ALL HAVE GREAT FUTURES AHEAD AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING WHAT YOU WILL ACCOMPLISH NEXT. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                        • 10:23:22 AM

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                                                          THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OREGON, MS. BONAMICI, FOR FIVE…

                                                          THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OREGON, MS. BONAMICI, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                        • 10:23:27 AM

                                                          MISS BONN MEACHY

                                                          THANK YOU --

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                                                          MS. BONAMICI

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

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE RUBY AND CONHEY LGBT ELDER AMERICANS ACT, LEGISLATION I'M INTRODUCING TO SUPPORT OUR COUNTRY'S LGBT SENIORS. THE LGBT SENIOR POPULATION IS GROWING AND IT'S ESTIMATED TO INCLUDE NEARLY SIX MILLION AMERICANS BY 2030. UNFORTUNATELY, THE SAME GENERATION OF LGBT PEOPLE WHO FOUGHT FOR RIGHTS IN THE WORKPLACE EQUAL MARRIAGE, AND SOCIETAL RECOGNITION ARE ONCE AGAIN MARGINALIZED AS THEY AGE. LGBT SENIORS HAVE FEWER SUPPORT SERVICES, HIGHER POVERTY RATES, MORE SOCIAL ISOLATION, AND INADEQUATE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE SERVICES COMPARED TO THE REST OF OLDER AMERICANS. ONE OF THE PRIMARY BARRIERS TO PROVIDING SERVICES TO LGBT SENIORS IS A BASIC LACK OF INFORMATION. THE OLDER AMERICANS ACT, OR O.A.A. ALREADY REQUIRES THE ADMINISTRATION ON AGING TO COLLECT DATA ON THE INDIVIDUALS RECEIVING O.A.A. SERVICES AND THE EFFICACY OF O.A.A. PROGRAMS. BUT IF WE COLLECTED DATA ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY, WE COULD BETTER UNDERSTAND THIS POPULATION AND PROVIDE SERVICES THAT BEST FIT THEIR NEEDS. UNFORTUNATELY, THE DAY THAT WE DO HAVE SHOWS --ATE WE DO HAVE SHOWS THE POVERTY RATE IS HIGHER FOR LGBT SENIORS WHICH IS LIKELY MANY HAVE FACED DISCRIMINATION WHILE WORKING, HE THEY HAVE BEEN FORCED TOWN LEGALLY MARRY, AND GENDER INEQUALITY. WE ALSO KNOW THEY ARE LESS LIKELY THAN THEIR PEARCE TO HAVE COMMUTE SUPPORT AND CARETAKERS -- COMMUNITY SUPPORT AND CARETAKERS TO HELP THEM. WE ALSO KNOW WITH SPEAKING WITH THEM MANY FEAR DISCRIMINATION WHEN RECEIVING HOME HEALTH CARE SERVICES. THEY ARE TWICE AS LIKELY TO BE SINGLE AND FOUR TIMES MORE LIKELY TO NOT HAVE CHILDREN. THESE ARE COMPLEX AND IMPORTANT ISSUES THAT REQUIRE PERSONALIZED SOLUTIONS. THE BILL I'M INTRODUCED TO NOT HAVE CHILDREN. THESE TODAY WITH COLORADO SENATOR MICHAEL BENNETT AND FLORIDA REPRESENTATIVES TED DEUTCH AND CHARLIE CRIST WOULD HELP BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN LGBT SENIORS ANTI-SERVICES THEY NEED. THE BILL IS NAMED FOR RUTHIE BERMAN AND CONNIE KURTZ WHO SUED THE NEW YORK CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION YEARS AGO FOR DOMESTIC PARTNER BENEFITS AND WON THEIR LANDMARK CASE IN 1994. IN THE DECADE SINCE, RUTHIE AND CONNIE HAVE CONTINUED THEIR ADVOCACY AND FIGHT AS CHAMPIONS OF LGBT RIGHTS. OUR BILL WOULD AMEND THE OLDER AMERICANS ACT TO IMPROVE SERVICES FOR LGBT SENIORS AND REQUIRE DATA COLLECTION ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION SO BETTER DECISIONS CAN BE MADE. ADDITIONALLY, THE BILL WOULD PERMANENTLY ESTABLISH A NATIONAL RESOURCE CENTER ON LGBT AGING AND PROVIDE GRANTS FOR ORGANIZATIONS WORKING TO IMPROVE LGBT SERVICES, INCLUDING ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE AND LONG-TERM CARE. THE RESOURCE CENTERS ANTI-GRANTS WILL HELP STATES AND LOCALITIES REACH OUT TO LGBT OLDER ADULTS AND PROVIDE CULTURALLY COMPETENT SUPPORT. BY REQUIRING SPECIFIC CONSIDERATION FOR LGBT SENIORS IN THE OLDER AMERICANS ACT, WE CAN PROVIDE SUPPORT TO A VULNERABLE YET OVERLOOKED POPULATION. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE AND I HOPE MANY OTHERS WILL JOIN US IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL TO HELP OUR LGBT SENIOR COMMUNITIES. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                          THE CHAIRMAN RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. RUTHERFORD, FOR…

                                                          THE CHAIRMAN RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. RUTHERFORD, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                        • 10:27:04 AM

                                                          MR. RUTHERFORD

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ASK THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ASK THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO JOIN ME IN RECOGNIZING THE YOUNG -- ATLANTIC COAST YOUNG MARINES AND THEIR HARD WORK DURING RED RIBBON WEEK. THE YOUNG MARINES HAS PERFORMED MORE THAN 50,000 SERVICE HOURS SINCE LAST OCTOBER, WITH MORE THAN 35,000 HOURS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE DEDICATED TO OUR VETERANS. AS YOU CAN SEE THE ATLANTIC COAST YOUNG MARINES AND THEIR FELLOW YOUNG MARINES THROUGHOUT FLORIDA ARE VERY ACTIVE IN THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITIES. REDUCTION OF DRUG DEMAND IS A MAJOR ISSUE OF THE YOUNG MARINE PROGRAM, AND RED RIBBON WEEK IS AN EXCELLENT LENGTH OPPORTUNITY TO RECOGNIZE THE ATLANTIC COAST YOUNG MARINES EMPHASIS ON THIS MISSION. RED RIBBON WEEK IS THE OLDEST DRUG PREVENTION PROGRAM IN THE NATION. WE SEE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS DURING THE LAST WEEK OF OCTOBER EACH YEAR. BY WEARING RED RIBBONS AND PARTICIPATING IN COMMUNITY ANTI-DRUG EVENTS, YOUNG MA PLEDGE TO LIVE A DRUG-FREE LIFE AND PAY TRIBPUTE TO D.E.A. SPECIAL AGENT ENRIQUE. HE WAS A VETERAN OF THE D.E.A., ASSIGNED TO GAUT LA HARA, MEXICO, WHERE HE WAS ON THE TRAIL OF THE COUNTRY'S BIGGEST DRUG TRAFFICKERS. BECAUSE HE WAS SO CLOSE TO UNLOCKING $1 BILLION DRUG PIPELINE, HE WAS KIDNAPPED AND MURDERED BY DRUG TRAFFICERS -- TRAFFICKERS. THIS TRAGIC DEATH OPENSED EYES MUCH MANY AMERICANS TO THE DANGEROUS ILLICIT DRUG TRADE. RED RIBBON WEEK CELEBRATES HIS LIFE AND HIS VISION FOR A DRUG-FREE AMERICA. LAST WEEK, THE ATLANTIC COAST YOUNG MARINES HONORED HIS LIFE THROUGH EVENTS THAT HELPED REDUCE THE DEMAND FOR DRUGS THROUGHOUT NORTHEAST FLORIDA. THESE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WHO PARTICIPATE IN THIS EDUCATION AND SERVICE PROGRAM ARE KNOWN TO BE EXCELLENT LEADERS INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM. THE ATLANTA COAST YOUNG MARINES ARE A SHINING EXAMPLE OF OUR FIRST COAST YOUTH. THEY ALSO SERVE OUR VETERANS IN NUMEROUS WAYS BY CLEANING YARDS, MAKING HOSPITAL VISITS, AND SIMPLY WRITING CARDS. THEIR DEDICATION TO COMMUNITY SERVICE AND OUR VETERANS IS A SHINING EXAMPLE OF NOBLE SELF-LESSNESS. MR. SPEAKER I APPLAUD THE ATLANTIC COAST YOUNG MARINES FOR THEIR SERVICE TO FLORIDA'S FIRST COAST COMMUTE. I YIELD BACK. -- COMMUNITY. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                        • 10:29:51 AM

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                                                          THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MS. JAYAPAL, FOR…

                                                          THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MS. JAYAPAL, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                          MS. JAYAPAL

                                                          I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE -- FIVE…

                                                          I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE -- FIVE MINUTES, EXCUSE ME.

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                                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                          MS. JAYAPAL

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY BECAUSE WE DO HAVE A GUN VIOLENCE EPIDEMIC IN…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY BECAUSE WE DO HAVE A GUN VIOLENCE EPIDEMIC IN THIS COUNTRY, AND THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW. EXACTLY ONE MONTH AGO TODAY WE WITNESSED ONE OF THE MOST HORRIFIC MASS SHOOTINGS IN OUR COUNTRY'S HISTORY, AND CONGRESS HAS DONE NOTHING. ONE MONTH LATER, LEGISLATION ON BUMP STOCKS HAS STALLED. THERE IS A DEAFENING SILENCE FROM THE MAJORITY ON ANY RESPONSIBLE ACTIONS ON THIS PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS. . EVEN THOUGH, MR. SPEAKER, A MAJORITY OF AMERICANS, INCLUDING RESPONSIBLE GUN OWNERS, SUPPORT RESPONSIBLE GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION. TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO SHARE A STATEMENT WRITTEN BY MY CONSTITUENT, ZACK ELLMORE, WHO IS HERE WITH US THIS MORNING. ZACK'S SISTER, ALICIA JOHNSON, WAS SHOT IN LAS VEGAS. THANKFULLY SHE SURVIVED AND THIS IS WHAT HE WROTE AS HE SAT NEXT TO HER HOSPITAL BED AS SHE RECOVERED. MY SISTER WAS SHOT IN LAS VEGAS. I'VE NEVER BEEN MORE AFRAID, MORE ANGRY IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. THE PROBLEM WITH SHOOTINGS AROUND THE COUNTRY IS THAT UNLESS YOU KNOW SOMEONE DIRECTLY AFFECTED, IT'S EASY TO SAY, WHAT A TRAGEDY, AND MOVE ON WITH YOUR DAILY LIFE. IT'S NOT SO EASY WHEN YOU'RE GETTING READY FOR BED AND ONE OF YOUR SISTER'S CALLS INCONSOLEABLY CRYING TO TELL YOU THAT ANOTHER ONE OF YOUR SISTER'S HAS BEEN SHOT. S NOT EASY TO CALL YOUR MOTHER AND SHE'S TERRIFIED AND CRYING AND ALL YOU CAN DO IS CALM HER DOWN WHILE YOU FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET TO YOUR SISTER AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. IT'S NOT SO EASY TO SEE YOUR BROTHER-IN-LAW WITH BLOOD STILL ON HIS HANDS FROM DOING WHATEVER HE COULD TO KEEP YOUR SISTER ALIVE. IT'S NOT SO EASY TO SEE YOUR SISTER IN A HOSPITAL BED UNABLE TO MOVE DUE TO A GUNSHOT WOUND IN HER BACK AND STAPLES IN HER STOMACH FROM SURGERY TO CHECK FOR ORGAN DAMAGE. AND WE'RE AMONG THE LUCKIEST ONES. I AM SICK AND TIRED OF THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. IF THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS HAD ANY EFFECT WHATSOEVER, THERE WOULD BE A LOT OF PEOPLE STILL ALIVE TODAY. ALL THESE THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS WOULD HAVE MIRACULOUSLY PULLED BULLETS OUT OF VICTIMS AND HEALED WOUNDS, WOULD HAVE STOPPED THESE MASSACRES BEFORE THEY STARTED. YOU KNOW WHAT'S BETTER THAN THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS AND LINES AROUND THE BLOCK AT BLOOD BANKS, CREATING A SOCIETY WHERE WE DON'T HAVE TO DO THESE THINGS MANY TIMES A YEAR. WE WAITED SO LONG TO DO ANYTHING AFTER COLUMBINE THAT VIRGINIA TECH HAPPENED. WE STILL COULDN'T TALK ABOUT IT WHEN THE AURORA THEATER SHOOTING HAPPENED. THAT DIDN'T CHANGE ANYTHING. AND THEN 20 CHILDREN WERE MURDERED AT SANDY HOOK. EVEN THAT WASN'T ENOUGH TO PROMOTE CHANGE WHEN DYLAN ROUGH HAPPENED. STILL COULDN'T TALK ABOUT IT AND SAN BERNARDINO HAPPENED. WE STILL COULDN'T BRING OURSELVES TO DISCUSS GUN CONTROL AND THE PULSE NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING HAPPENED. LORD KNOWS WE CAN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT GUNS AND THEN LAS VEGAS HAPPENED AND WE'RE STILL BEING TOLD THAT NOW IS NOT THE TIME. LET HEALING BEGIN. DON'T POLITICIZE TRAGEDY. BUT BY ALL MEANS, SEND THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO ALL AFFECTED BY INSERT MASSACRE HERE. THERE IS NO PLACE IN SOCIETY FOR ANY WEAPON WHICH HAS THE SINGULAR PURPOSE TO KILL PEOPLE. THE MAN WHO KILLED AND INJURED MORE THAN ANY MASSACRE IN AMERICA'S HISTORY BROKE THE MOLD FOR WHO COMMITS MASS SHOOTINGS. HE'D EASILY PASSED A BACKGROUND CHECK AND PSYCHE EVALUATION. HE WAS AFFLUENT. HE IS CERTAINLY A TERRORIST. THE SYSTEM WE HAVE IN PLACE ALLOWED HIM TO ACCUMULATE DOZENS OF ASSAULT WEAPONS AND THOUSANDS OF ROUNDS OF AMMUNITION BECAUSE FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES HE WAS NOT RAVEG TO SOCIETY. LET'S KEEP -- NOT A RISK TO SOCIETY. LET'S KEEP IN MIND THAT THE SECOND AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION WAS CREATED TWO CENTURIES. IT'S HARD FOR ME TO BELIEVE THE FOUNDING FATHERS ENVISIONED A WORLD WHERE ONE MAN COULD OR WOULD FIRE 400 ROUNDS A MINUTE INTO A CROWD OF PEOPLE. THIS SHOULD NOT BE DIFFICULT. HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE TO DIE BEFORE PEOPLE WILL APPLY A LITTLE LOGIC TO GUN LAWS? DO MORE CHILDREN NEED TO DIE? DOES A HOSPITAL NEED TO BE ATTACKED? WHAT IS YOUR LIMIT? DOES IT HAVE TO HAPPEN TO YOU OR A LOVED ONE BEFORE YOU START TO THINK DIFFERENTLY ABOUT GUN LAWS? THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY HAVE SO MUCH POWER. WE PROTESTED, PRESSURED OUR CONGRESS MEN AND WOMEN AND WE'VE SEEN THAT WORK. WHY CAN'T WE DO THE SAME TO REDUCE AND HOPEFULLY ELIMINATE THE INSANE AMOUNT OF GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA? EXCUSE ME FOR NOT BEING WILLING TO WAIT, TO LET HEALING BEGIN, FOR NOT ACCEPTING THAT NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO TALK ABOUT A MAJOR PROBLEM IN THIS COUNTRY. THERE IS NEVER A WRONG TIME TO STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU THINK IS RIGHT. MY SISTER WAS SHOT IN LAS VEGAS, AND THE LATEST OF A DEVASTATINGLY LONG LINE OF MASS SHOOTINGS IN THIS COUNTRY. WE'RE LUCKIER THAN 58 PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES AND LIKELY LUCKIER THAN MANY OF THE OVER 500 OTHER PEOPLE WHO WERE INJURED. IF I DON'T TALK ABOUT IT, IF WE DON'T TRULY TAKE STEPS TO EFFECT POSITIVE CHANGE, EVERYONE READING THIS WILL FORGET IT HAPPENED BECAUSE THEY'LL BE SENDING THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO THE VICTIMS OF THE NEXT MASS SHOOTING IN AMERICA. AND THAT IS THE END OF THE EXCERPT OF HIS LETTER, MR. SPEAKER. ZACK'S FAMILY' EXPERIENCE ILLUSTRATES --

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                                                          THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                                          MS. JAYAPAL

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I HOPE THAT WE WILL ACROSS THE AISLE IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I HOPE THAT WE WILL ACROSS THE AISLE IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION DO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND PROTECT FAMILIES LIKE ZACK'S ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                        • 10:35:58 AM

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                                                          THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. COFFMAN, FOR FIVE…

                                                          THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. COFFMAN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                          MR. COFFMAN

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

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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                                                          MR. COFFMAN

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CALL ATTENTION TO THE GOVERNMENT OF…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CALL ATTENTION TO THE GOVERNMENT OF ETHIOPIA'S CONTINUED REPRESSION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST ITS OWN PEOPLE AND I URGE THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO VOTE ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 128, THE SUPPORTING RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND ENCOURAGING INCLUSIVE GOVERNANCE IN ETHIOPIA RESOLUTION. THIS RESOLUTION CALLS ON THE GOVERNMENT OF ETHIOPIA TO TAKE CLEAR, DECISIVE STEPS TOWARDS BECOMING MORE INCLUSIVE, MORE DEMOCRATIC AND MORE RESPECTFUL THE BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS OF ITS OWN PEOPLE. THIS RESOLUTION HAS OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN SUPPORT WITH MORE THAN 70 CO-SPONSORS AND IT PASSED OUT OF THE HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY ON JULY 27. THE ONGOING HUMAN RIGHTS CRISIS IN ETHIOPIA IS EXTREMELY TROUBLING TO ME. TO THE RESOLUTIONS AND OTHER CO-SPONSORS, TO THE MANY AMERICANS OF ETHIOPIAN HERITAGE AND TO NUMEROUS HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS, I FIRMLY BELIEVE THE PASSAGE OF THIS RESOLUTION WILL ENCOURAGE THE ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT TO END ITS PRACTICE OF VIOLENCE AND REPRESSION AND PROVIDE A STRONG BASIS OF AN INCLUSIVE GOVERNMENT. SPECIFICALLY, THIS RESOLUTION CONDEMNS THE EXCESSIVE USE OF FORCE BY ETHIOPIAN SECURITY FORCES AND THE KILLING OF PEACEFUL PROTESTERS. OF THE ARRESTS AND DETENTION OF JOURNALISTS, STUDENTS, ACTIVISTS AND POLITICAL LEADERS. AND THE ETHIOPIAN'S GOVERNMENT ABUSE OF THE ANTI-TERRORISM PROCLAMATION TO STIFLE POLITICAL AND CIVIL DISSENT. THE RESOLUTION DOES NOT SIMPLY HIGHLIGHT THE ETHIOPIAN'S GOVERNMENT INCREASING AUTHORITARIAN ACTS BUT ALSO ENCOURAGES THE UNITED STATES TO SUPPORT EFFORTS TO IMPROVE DEMOCRACY AND GOVERNANCE IN ETHIOPIA. I BELIEVE THAT THE UNITED STATES CAN TAKE ACTIONS THAT WILL POSITIVELY INFLUENCE THE ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT AND USE OUR EXISTING INSTITUTIONS TO FURTHER DEMOCRACY AND EFFECTIVE GOVERNANCE IN ETHIOPIA. THE RESOLUTION CALLS ON THE ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT TO ADMIT U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS OBSERVERS SO THEY CAN CONDUCT AN INDEPENDENT AND THOROUGH EXAMINATION OF THE CURRENT STATE OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN ETHIOPIA. ON MARCH 9 OF THIS YEAR, THE HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE ON AFRICA, GLOBAL HEALTH, GLOBAL HUMAN RIGHTS AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS HELD A HEARING TO DISCUSS SPECIFIC STEPS THE UNITED STATES CAN TAKE TO BRING ABOUT POSITIVE CHANGES FOR THE ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT AND THEIR PEOPLE. AMONG THOSE WHO TESTIFIED WAS DEACON JOSEF TEFARI OF THE ST. MARY'S ORTHODOX CHURCH LOCATED IN AURORA, COLORADO. DEACON JOSEF WAS RAISED IN ETHIOPIA AND HAS EXPERIENCED THE DAILY STRUGGLES TO MANY -- TO MANY ETHIOPIANS HAVE FACED, LIVING IN ABJECT POVERTY AND UNDER AN OPPRESSIVE GOVERNMENT. DEACON JOSEF FLED FROM ETHIOPIA IN 1976 AND CAME TO THE UNITED STATES AS A REFUGEE. HE AND MANY OF THE MEMBERS OF THE ETHIOPIAN COMMUNITY IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF COLORADO, HAVE WORKED DILIGENTLY TO ORGANIZE AND ASSIST THOSE STILL SUFFERING FROM REPRESSION IN THEIR HOME COUNTRY. AROMO COMMUNITY PRESIDENT OF COLORADO, JAMAL, HAS ALSO SHARED HIS CONCERNS WITH ME, AND BOTH OF THESE GENTLEMEN HAVE NO MOTIVES OTHER THAN THE CONCERN OF THE SAFETY AND DEMOCRACY IN ETHIOPIA. THEY CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY IN THEIR HOMELAND. UNFORTUNATELY, STORIES LIKE THIS ARE NOT UNCOMMON IN MY DISTRICT, AND I AM DISAPPOINTED THAT THE HOUSE HAS NOT YET SCHEDULED A FLOOR VOTE ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 128. I NOTE THAT ON TWO PRIOR OCCASIONS, A VOTE WAS TENTIVELY SCHEDULED. IN BOTH OF THESE INSTANCES IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THE VOTE WAS POSTPONED DUE TO PRESSURE FROM THE ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT WHO CURBS HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AGAINST THEIR OWN PEOPLE BUT FAIL TO DELIVER. ADDITIONALLY, IT'S BEEN BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION THAT THE ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT HAS THREATENED TO CUT OFF SECURITY COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES SHOULD REPROCEED WITH HOUSE RESOLUTION 128. -- WE PROCEED WITH HOUSE RESOLUTION 128. I AM DISMAYED RATHER THAN SOLVING THEIR PROBLEMS AND MOVING TOWARDS BECOMING A MORE DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT, THE ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT HAS CHOSEN TO HIRE A D.C. LOBBYING FIRM TO, QUOTE, WORK WITH THE ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT TO DEVELOP AND EXECUTE A PUBLIC AFFAIRS PLAN TO ENHANCE THE DIALOGUE AND RELATIONSHIPS WITH POLICYMAKERS, MEDIA, OPINION LEADERS AND BUSINESS LEADERS, UNQUOTE. IN ADDITION TO, QUOTE, MEETINGS WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, THEIR STAFFS AND EXECUTIVE BRANCH OFFICIALS, UNQUOTE. THE ISSUE THE ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO ADDRESS IS THE REPRESSION OF DEMOCRACY AND ITS CITIZENS IN ETHIOPIA. THE SOLUTION TO WHATEVER NEGATIVE PERCEPTION IT HAS IN THE HALLS OF THE U.S. CONGRESS IS NOT A PUBLIC AFFAIRS ONE BUT RATHER WHAT CONCRETE STEPS ARE TAKEN -- ARE BEING TAKEN AGAINST DEMOCRACY IN ETHIOPIA. THAT IS WHY I REMAIN COMMITTED TO WORKING WITH HOUSE LEADERSHIP TO HAVE A VOTE ON -- TO HAVE A VOTE SCHEDULED ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 128. MR. SPEAKER, I ENCOURAGE LEADERSHIP TO SCHEDULE A VOTE AND I CALL ON MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR AND PASS HOUSE RESOLUTION 128. I WILL CONTINUE WORKING WITH LOCAL ETHIOPIAN COMMUNITY LEADERS IN COLORADO AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES OCCURRING IN ETHIOPIA AND TO BRING RELIEF FROM OPPRESSION TO THE ETHIOPIAN PEOPLE. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                          THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. CARDENAS, FOR FIVE…

                                                          THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. CARDENAS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                          MR. CARDENAS

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S A PRIVILEGE AND AN HONOR TO REPRESENT THE…

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S A PRIVILEGE AND AN HONOR TO REPRESENT THE COMMUNITY OF THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY HERE IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, AND I THINK IT'S MY DUTY AND RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE THAT WHEN SOMETHING'S GOING ON IN WASHINGTON PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN TO THEM AND HOW IT AFFECTS THEM. I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR EVERYBODY TO UNDERSTAND RIGHT NOW IN THE WORKINGS, PROBABLY GOING TO COME TO THE FLOOR IN JUST A FEW DAYS, IS THE RYAN--- SPEAKER RYAN-MCCONNELL TAX GIVEAWAYS TO BIG CORPORATIONS WHICH WILL ACTUALLY INCREASE TAXES FOR WORKING FAMILIES, WORKING MOTHERS AND FATHERS. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT IS BEING SOLD AS A MIDDLE TAX -- MIDDLE-INCOME TAX CUT. ACTUALLY WHAT IT'S GOING TO DO IS CUT THE INCOME, THE TAKE-HOME INCOME TO MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES. WHAT IT'S GOING TO MEAN IF YOU ARE A POLICE OFFICER, A TEACHER, A WAITRESS, YOU'LL SEE LESS MONEY EVERY WEEK. IT MIGHT BE $5 LESS A WEEK. IT MIGHT BE $50 LESS A WEEK. IT MIGHT BE $100. LET ME TELL YOU THE OPPOSITE WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN SHOULD THIS BECOME LAW IS THAT THE BIGGEST CORPORATIONS IN AMERICA ARE GOING TO SEE $1 MILLION LESS IN TAXES A WEEK. MAYBE $50 MILLION LESS IN TAXES PAID A WEEK. MAYBE $100 MILLION LESS PER WEEK PAID IN TAXES. AND SOME PEOPLE ARE THINKING, WELL, THEY EARNED IT. THEY SHOULD KEEP IT. WELL, OK. I UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU'RE SEEING. SEE, THIS IS THE FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEM OF THIS $1.5 TRILLION REDUCTION IN THE ABILITY FOR OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO FUND THINGS LIKE MEDICAID AND MEDICARE BECAUSE WHEN WE SEE LESS MONEY YOU'RE GOING TO SEE MEMBERS ON THIS FLOOR, IN COMMITTEES THROUGHOUT THIS HOUSE AND IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE SAYING, WELL, WE DON'T HAVE THE MONEY. WHEN THEY SEE A MOTHER WHOSE CHILD HAS SHARE BALANCE PALSY AND SHE SAYS -- CEREBRAL PALSY AND SHE SAYS, I GO TO WORK EVERY DAY AND THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING MY CHILD TO BE IN A PROGRAM SO THAT HE OR SHE CAN BE SAFE WHILE I GO TO WORK. AND THEY'RE GOING TO SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT, I AGREE WITH YOU, MA'AM. WE SHOULD FUND THAT, BUT SINCE WE DON'T HAVE THE MONEY ANYMORE, WE'RE GOING TO STOP FUNDING THAT. THIS IS A WOMAN WHO JUST WANTS TO WORK FOR A LIVING. THIS IS A PERSON WHO JUST WANTS TO MAKE SURE THAT SHE CAN HAVE THE DIGNITY OF WORK AND HAVE HER CHILD IN A SAFE PLACE, BUT WE'RE GOING TO CUT THOSE PROGRAMS IF WE HAVE THIS TAX GIVEAWAY GO THROUGH THIS CONGRESS AND SIGNED BY THIS PRESIDENT. YOU SEE, IT'S A MULTISTEP PROCESS, AND WHAT SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES AND SO FAR THE ONLY ONES VOTING FOR THIS TAX GIVEAWAY ARE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES. I SAY THAT ACCURATELY. NOT TO BE PARTISAN BUT JUST TO BE HONEST AND ACCURATE. THEY SAY WE HAVE TO DO THIS. IT'S GOING TO STIMULATE THE ECONOMY. WELL, ALSO IN THIS PACKAGE, THIS PLAN THAT THEY WANT TO MAKE INTO A LAW, BASICALLY WHAT IT WILL DO, IT WILL ACTUALLY INCENTIVIZE THE BIGGEST CORPORATIONS IN AMERICA. AMERICAN CORPORATIONS. IT'S GOING TO INCENTIVIZE THEM TO GO AHEAD AND CLOSE UP SHOP IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD AND GO SET UP SHOP SOMEWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD AND THE ONLY CONNECTION THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE WITH YOU, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IS THEY ARE GOING TO WANT TO SELL THOSE PRODUCTS TO YOU BUILT BY OTHER THAN AMERICAN HANDS IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD. THE ONLY OTHER CONNECTION THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE IS THIS. THEY'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO BRING THEIR MONEY, THEIR PROFITS BACK TO THE UNITED STATES PRETTY MUCH FREE AND CLEAR AND JUST COUNT THEIR MONEY HERE WHERE THEY CALL THEMSELVES AN AMERICAN CORPORATION. . I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT IS WRONG, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT'S GOING TO HURT THE MIDDLE CLASS. THIS IS SOMETHING, AGAIN, IF YOU'RE A TEACHER, POLICE OFFICERS, BUS DRIVER THIS IS GOING TO HURT YOU. IF YOU'RE A SINGLE MOTHER WHO IS WORKING EVERY SINGLE DAY, PROUD TO DO THAT, YOU ARE GOING TO SEE YOU ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE THE SUPPORT YOU NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT CHILDCARE CONTINUES FOR YOUR CHILD. IF YOU'RE A FAMILY MEMBER THAT HAS A MOTHER OR FATHER WHOSE ONLY INCOME IS SOCIAL SECURITY, THEY PROBABLY DEPEND ON MEALS ON WHEELS. THEY PROBABLY DEPEND ON PROGRAMS LIKE THAT. SOME OF THAT COMES FROM YOUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. BUT WHEN THESE REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES CUT $1.5 TRILLION OUT OF THE UNITED STATES BUDGET, IT'S GOING TO COME OUT OF YOU, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. COLLEAGUES CUT THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE WORKED HARD, SENIORS WHO ARE FINALLY RETIRED AND SHOULD HAVE THE DIGNITY OF HAVING A DIGNIFIED LIFE AND HAVE AT LEAST ONE DARN MEAL A DAY. THAT'S WHERE IT'S GOING TO COME OUT OF. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I'M HERE TO WARN YOU, PLEASE CALL YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU LET THEM KNOW, I DON'T WANT THAT KIND OF GIVEAWAY.

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                                                          MR. CARDENAS

                                                          I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                          MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO DIRECT THEIR REMARKS TO THE CARE AND NOT TO THE A…

                                                          MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO DIRECT THEIR REMARKS TO THE CARE AND NOT TO THE A VIEWING AUDIENCE OF THE THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. ABRAHAM, FOR FIVE MINUTE.

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                                                          MR. ABRAHAM

                                                          THANK SHOULD HAVE THE DIGNITY OF HAVING A DIGNIFIED LIFE AND HAVE AT LEAST…

                                                          THANK SHOULD HAVE THE DIGNITY OF HAVING A DIGNIFIED LIFE AND HAVE AT LEAST ONE DARN MEAL A YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE A MAP BESIDE ME. IT'S NOT A VERIZON OR AT&T MAP SHOWING ITS COVERAGE. WHAT THIS IS IS A SNAPSHOT, A MOMENT IN TIME, OF THE NUMBER OF AIRPLANES IN THE UNITED STATES AIRSPACE AT ANY MOMENT. OVER 90,000 FLIGHTS A DAY. THINK ABOUT THAT. THAT'S OVER 200,000 TAKEOFF AND LANDINGS. WE IN THE UNITED STATES HAVE THE SAFEST AND THE BUSIEST AIRSPACE IN THE WORLD. YET THERE ARE SOME IN CONGRESS THAT WANT TO PRIVATIZE THIS TO A BOARD MADE UP OF 13 MEMBERS ONLY. I PERSONALLY THINK IT IS MORE OF A MONOPOLIZATION NOT A PRIVATIZATION OF OUR MADE UP AIRSPACE. THIS IS THE TAXPAYERS' AIRSPACE. THIS IS NOT THE AIRSPACE THAT WE SHOULD BE GIVING AWAY TO A 13-MEMBER BOARD OR THE CONTROL OF. THOSE THAT WANT TO PASS THIS AIRR ACT, H.R. 2997, WANT US TO COMPARE IT TO CANADA I HAVE FLOWN IN CANADA LOOK AT THE MAP. BELOW THE LINE IN THE UNITED STATES, ABOVE THE LINE IN CANADA. IT'S NOT EVEN APPLES. IT'S NOT APPLES TO ORANGES. IT'S APPLES TO ELEPHANTS. YOU SAY THAT MAKES NO SEFPBLETS NO, IT DOESN'T. IT DOES NOT MAKE ANY SENSE TO GIVE CONTROL OF THIS AIRSPACE WHERE OUR WONDERFUL MEN IN UNIFORM, AND WOMEN, THAT FLY THE MILITARY AIRCRAFT, THE PILOTS LIKE MYSELF, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY THE CARRIERS WHO CARRY ALL OF US HERE HERE TO THERE, THE ABILITY TO CONTROL THIS AIRSPACE. I'M A SMALL GOVERNMENT GUY, MR. SPEAKER. BUT THERE ARE THREE INSTANCES WHERE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO BE INVOLVED IN THE LIVES OF OUR CITIZENS. NATIONAL DEFENSE, NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, AND NATIONAL AIRSPACE. I WOULD ARGUE THAT I HAVE PROBABLY BEEN IN MORE CONTROL TOWERS THAN ANY MEMBER OF CONGRESS. WHEN YOU WALK IN, THEY ARE WONDERFUL CONTROLLERS LOOKING AT MODERN EQUIPMENT OF COMPUTER SCREENS, DISPLAY LIGHTS THAT ARE MOVING AIRCRAFT HERE AND THERE, VERY PROFESSIONALLY. THERE ARE THOSE THAT HAVE STOOD IN THIS PODIUM, MR. SPEAKER, AND HELD UP PIECES OF PAPER LIKE THIS AND HAVE SCARED OUR PEOPLE INTO SAYING, THIS IS THE WAY CONTROLLERS TRANSFER CONTROL OF AIRPLANES FROM AIRSPACE TO AIRSPACE. THAT IS A GROSS MISCALCULATION, OR GROSS MISCHARACTERIZATION OF WHAT'S HAPPENING. THEY USE THIS AS A BACKUP IF A GRID GOES DOWN, BUT THEY DON'T USE IT TO MOVE TRAFFIC. THEY USE MODERN COMPUTERS. THE JECKS GEN, JECKS GENERATION OF MODERNIZATION OF -- THE NEXT GEN, NEXT GENERATION OF MODERN IZATION, ALLOWS SEPARATION OF AIRCRAFT TO COME MISCALCULATION, OR GROSS DOWN. IT HAS SAVE THE BILLIONS IN FUEL AND OTHER COSTS, YET WE WANT TO GIVE ALL THIS MODERN EQUIPMENT TO THE CONTROL OF A 13-MEMBER BOARD? I THINK NOT. WE HAVE ALL HAD DELAYS IN AIRPORTS. MOST OF THEM I WILL TELL YOU ARE WEATHER. HOW MANY OF US HAVE PULLED UP IN A PLANE AND WE'RE WAITING FOR ANOTHER PLANE TO BACK OUT OF A GATE. THAT'S NOT AN AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL ISSUE. THAT'S AN ISSUE WITH CONTROLLING THE GATES AT THE AIRPORT. THAT GOES BACK TO THE AIRLINES. HOW MANY OF US HAVE BEEN DELAYED BECAUSE THEY COME ON AND WHEN WE'RE JUST FIXING TO BOARD THE PLANE, OH, YOU HAVE A MAINTENANCE ISSUE. OR WE'RE WAITING FOR ANOTHER PILOT CREW TO GET OFF ONE AIRCRAFT TO PILOT YOUR AIRCRAFT. AGAIN, THOSE 245 WOULD -- THAT WOULD WANT TO PASS THIS ACT WOULD MAKE YOU BELIEVE THAT'S AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL'S FAULT. NO. IT DOESN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL. C.B.O. HAS SAID IF WE GIVE THIS AIRSPACE CONTROL TO A 13-MEMBER PRIVATE DOWN. IT HAS BOARD, IT WILL COST $100 BILLION DEFICIT ADDITION, $100 BILLION. THE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW SERVICE HAS SAID IF WE DO THAT, THAT AUTOMATICALLY ALLOWS SEQUESTER TO TAKE PLACE. WE DON'T NEED THAT. WE'RE TRYING TO GET OUT OF THAT NOW. OUR WONDERFUL MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM ARE HAVING HARD ENOUGH TIMES MEETING QUOTAS, MEETING EQUIPMENT, MEETING TRAINING. EVERYTHING BECAUSE OF SEQUESTER. THIS WOULD HURT MILITARY RETIREMENT FUNDING. THIS WOULD HURT OUR BORDER PATROL. MEN AND WOMEN THEY ARE PROTECTING US FROM TERRORIST ACTIVITY ON A DAILY BASIS. HURT MILITARY RETIREMENT MR. SPEAKER, WE NEED MODERNIZATION, BUT WE DON'T NEED PRIVATIZATION. IT'S A BAD IDEA ANY WAY YOU LOOK AT T WE DO NEED TO PASS A LONG-TERM F.A.A. RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT. I'M ALL FOR THAT. OUR F.A.A. NEEDS TO HAVE THE STABILITY OF FUNDING WHERE THEY CAN LOOK DOWN THE ROAD MORE THAN SIX MONTHS AT A TIME AND PLAN ON WHAT'S COMING DOWN AND WHAT THEY NEED TO DO TO A BAD IDEA ANY WAY YOU LOOK AT T WE DO NEED TO PASS A KEEP OUR AIRSPACE SAFE. MR. SPEAKER, WE DON'T NEED THIS H.R. 297 PASSED, WE NEED TO JUST FUND THE F.A.A. FOR A LONG TIME. I YIELD BACK. NEED THIS

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

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

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                                                          MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                          I THINK IT IS APPROPRIATE THIS MORNING TO RISE TO SHARE MY PASSION AND MY…

                                                          I THINK IT IS APPROPRIATE THIS MORNING TO RISE TO SHARE MY PASSION AND MY LOVE FOR THIS COUNTRY, BUT ALSO MY FRUSTRATION. I WILL USE THIS GRAPHIC TO SET THE TONE FOR MY REMARKS THIS MORNING. ALTHOUGH THE REPUBLICAN TAX PROPOSAL WILL BE INTRODUCED TOMORROW, I BELIEVE IF YOU LOOK AT THIS GRAPHIC AND THE HEADLINES, IT SAYS THAT 80% OF THE TAX RELIEF WILL NOT GO TO YOU AND YOU AND YOU, TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, OR MAYBE EVEN STAFF AND MEMBERS WHO ARE HERE WHO ARE AMERICANS, SALARIED INDIVIDUALS, IT WILL GO TO 80% OF THE 1% OF AMERICANS. I'M NOT GOING TO TALK ABOUT THE TAX LEGISLATION THIS MORNING. I WANT THE AMERICAN THIS TO BE A SYMBOL OF THE WRONGNESS OF THE DIRECTION OF THIS COUNTRY AND THE LEADER THAT LEADS THIS NATION. WE'RE GOING DOWN A WRONG PATH. WHEN MANY OF US THOUGHT WE HAD COME TOGETHER IN UNITY, WE CAN OVERCOME DIVISIVENESS BECAUSE WE WERE DIFFERENT, WE RECOGNIZE THE BEAUTY OF ALL OF US, RURAL CITIZENS IN WEST VIRGINIA, OHIOANS IN THE MOUNTAINS OF THE APPALACHIAN AREA. MIDWESTERNERS, SOUTHERNERS, NORTHERNERS, WESTERNERS, FAR WEST. IMMIGRANT AND NONI AM GRANT. -- AND NONIMMIGRANT. UNFORTUNATELY IN 2016, ALTHOUGH SOME SOME LOST AND SOME WON, AS WE MOVE TOWARD A NEW ADMINISTRATION WITH THE HOPES AND DREAMS OF THOSE WHO HAD VOTED, WE LOOKED FOR THE UNIFYING OF WHAT I KNOW ALL PRESIDENTS HAVE DONE. IT'S BEEN A PRIVILEGE OF MINE TO WORK FOR PRESIDENT WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON WHO DIDN'T HAVE AN EASY TIME, BUT SOUGHT TO UNIFY THE COUNTRY. I WORKED WITH PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH, DID NOT VAN EASY TIME OR AN UNCONFLICTED ELECTION, BUT SOUGHT TO UNIFY THE COUNTRY. IN FACT WAS A ENTHUSIASTIC SIGNER OF THE RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT. OR PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA WHO RODE IN ON A SENSE OF HOPE AND UNITY. THAT IS A TASK OF A PRESIDENT. IN THE MIDST OF THIS I WANT TO AGAIN HAVING BEEN APPOINTED TO THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE IN THE ASHES OF 9/11, HAVING GONE TO GROUND ZERO, WHILE OUR BRAVE FIRST BRAVE FIRST RESPONDERS WERE RECOVERING, WERE STILL LOOKING FOR REMAINS, IT WILL BEN TRAIT MY SOUL FOREVER. -- PENETRATE MY SOUL FOREVER. UNITY IS WHAT WE SOUGHT IN SPITE OF OUR DIFFERENCE OF FINANCE. AND SO I RISE TO THANK THE FIRST RESPONDERS ANTI-QUICK RESPONSE OF THE BEN TRAIT NYPD AND FIRE DEPARTMENT ON YESTERDAY'S TERRORIST ACT. YES IT WAS A TERRORIST ACT. WE LIVE IN A DIFFERENT WORLD. BUT RATHER THAN RISE TO THE OCCASION, THIS MORNING THE WORDS COME FROM THE WHITE HOUSE. TERRORISTS CAME INTO OUR COUNTRY THROUGH WHAT IS CALLED THE DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY PROGRAM. A CHUCK SCHUMER BEAUTY. I WANT MERIT BASED IMMIGRATION. YOU TELL ME HOW MANY IMMIGRANTS, HOW MANY ITALIANS AND HOW MANY IRISH AND HOW MANY OF THOSE WHO ESCAPED THE POLHOL CAUSE WHO -- FROM THE HOLOCAUST WHO CAME BEFORE THAT, HOW MANY OF THEM WHO ESCAPED WOULD HAVE MET ANY TEST OF MERIT? DID THE SLAVES WHO WERE BROUGHT HERE SLAVES MEET A TEST OF MERIT? ALL OF THESE INDIVIDUALS HELPED BUILD THIS NATION. AND ON THE MORNING WHEN PEOPLE ARE MOURNING OF THEIR LOST LOVED ONES, RATHER THAN BRINGING THE COUNTRY TOGETHER, THERE IS A POLITICIZING, CALLING OUT NAMES OF MEMBERS, DOES IT EVEN UNDERSTAND WHAT MERIT-BASED IS? ABSOLUTELY NOT. TAKING AWAY FROM THE CONSPIRACY CHARGE AGAINST MANAFORT. TAKING AWAY FROM THE CONSPICUOUS COLLUSION WITH RUSSIANS THAT GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS HAS INDICATED, OH, HE'S WORRYING ABOUT HIM LYING. BUT I'M WORRYING ABOUT HIM TELLING THE TRUTH. AND HE IS. THEY WANTED DIRTY STUFF ON THE OPPONENT, THEY WANTED TO WORK WITH RUSSIA, THEY WANTED TO WORK WITH PUTIN, AND THEY WANTED TO CONSPIRE AGAINST THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

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                                                          MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                          AS WELL AS THE MISUNDERSTANDING OR THE DEVASTATING COMMENTS OF HIS CHIEF…

                                                          AS WELL AS THE MISUNDERSTANDING OR THE DEVASTATING COMMENTS OF HIS CHIEF OF STAFF ABOUT THE CIVIL WAR. AND NFL PLAYERS BEING CALLED --

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                                                          MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                          I AM FED UP WITH DIVIDING THIS NATION. WE'RE GOING DOWN THE WRONG…

                                                          I AM FED UP WITH DIVIDING THIS NATION. WE'RE GOING DOWN THE WRONG DIRECTION AND I'M NOT GOING TO ACCEPT T

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                                                          MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                          ALL OF THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN JUSTICE AND WHAT IS RIGHT.

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                                                          MR. ARRINGTON

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, IF THE UNITED STATES IS GOING TO MAINTAIN THE ABILITY TO FEED…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, IF THE UNITED STATES IS GOING TO MAINTAIN THE ABILITY TO FEED AND CLOTHE OUR OWN PEOPLE AND FUEL THIS AMERICAN ECONOMY, WE NEED A STRONG AND SUSTAINABLE RURAL AMERICA LIKE THE DISTRICT I REPRESENT IN WEST TEXAS. WHAT WOULD THIS COUNTRY BE WITHOUT THE HARDWORKING ENERGY AND AGRICULTURE PRODUCERS IN SMALL TOWNS ACROSS THIS GREAT LAND? THE HEART OF SMALLTOWN SUSTAINABILITY IS ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE. THERE ARE OVER 5,000 HOSPITALS IN THE UNITED STATES AND ROUGHLY HALF OF THEM ARE IN RURAL AMERICA. SERVING ONE OUT OF EVERY FIVE AMERICANS. WITHOUT ACCESS TO BASIC MEDICAL SERVICES, COMMUNITIES IN AMERICA'S BREAD BASKET AND ENERGY BASIN WOULD NOT SURVIVE. HOSPITALS SERVING RURAL COMMUNITIES FACE UNIQUE CHALLENGES. AN AGING POPULATION, LOW PATIENT VOLUME, HIGHER PERCENTAGES OF MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES TO NAME A FEW. EACH TRANSLATES INTO A HIGHER PER PATIENT COST WHICH HAS LEFT 41% OF RURAL HOSPITALS OPERATING AT A LOSS. ON TOP OF THIS, PROBLEMATIC PATIENT VOLUME AND PATIENT MIX, OBAMACARE HAS HEAPED A BACK BREAKING, $54 BILLION IN ADDITIONAL REGULATORY BURDEN AND UNFUNDED MANDATES. SINCE 2010, THE YEAR OBAMACARE WAS ENACTED, 80 RURAL HOSPITALS HAVE SHUT DOWN, 11 OF WHICH WERE IN MY HOME STATE OF TEXAS. IF THIS RATE CONTINUES, IN LESS THAN 10 YEARS AN UNIMAGINABLE 25% OF OUR NATION'S RURAL HOSPITALS WILL CLOSE. THAT WOULD CRIPPLE RURAL COMMUNITIES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY AND DELIVER A DEVASTATING BLOW TO OUR AGRICULTURE AND ENERGY ECONOMY AFFECTING ALL AMERICANS, INCLUDING OUR NEIGHBORS IN URBAN AND SUBURBAN AMERICA. FOR SOME TEXANS, THE NEAREST HOSPITAL'S ALREADY 100 MILES AWAY IN AN EMERGENCY THIS DISTANCE CAN MEAN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH. POINT OF FACT, 60% OF MILES AWAY IN ALL TRAUMA DEATHS OCCUR IN RURALA. DESPITE THE FACT THAT RURAL AMERICA ONLY MAKES UP 20% OF THE COUNTRY'S POPULATION. HERE'S A STARTLING FACT AND SCARY SCENARIO, 1/3 OF RURAL HOSPITALS HAVE BEEN DEEMED VULNERABLE TO CLOSURE. IF ALL 673 OF THOSE HOSPITALS WERE TO CLOSE DOWN T. COULD RESULT IN OVER 130,000 JOBS LOST AND ALMOST $300 BILLION IN G.D.P. LOST. WHEN UNEMPLOYMENT GOES DOWN AND WAGES DOWN IN THESE SMALL TOWNS, FOLKS MOVE AWAY IN STEM CELL RESEARCH OF BETTER OPPORTUNITIES N ORDER TO SUSTAIN THE CRITICAL LIFELINE HOSPITALS PROVIDE FOR OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES, I HAVE INTRODUCED H.R. 4178, THE HEALTH CARE ENHANCEMENT FOR AMERICA'S RURAL TOWNS ACT, OR THE HEART ACT. WHY? . THEY ARE THE HEART OF OUR FOOD, FIBER PRODUCTION, THE HEART OF TRADITIONAL AMERICAN VALUES. THIS LEGISLATION EXTENDS TWO PROGRAMS VITAL TO THE SUSTAINABILITY OF RURAL HOSPITALS AND THE COMMUNITIES THEY SERVE -- THE LOW VOLUME ADJUSTMENT PROGRAM AND THE MEDICARE DEPENDENT HOSPITAL PROGRAM. THESE PROGRAMS ACCOUNT FOR LESS THAN.1% OF ALL MEDICARE EXPENDITURES BUT THEY GO A LONG WAY TO ENSURING THAT RURAL COMMUNITY HOSPITALS HAVE ADEQUATE FUNDING TO SERVE THE UNIQUE POPULATIONS. BY EXTENDING THE PROGRAM FOR TWO YEARS AND FOR THE FIRST TIME PERMANENTLY EXTENDING THE MEDICARE DEPEND EBT HOSPITAL PROGRAM WE CAN ENSURE THE CONTINUITY THAT YOU ARE OUR RURAL HOSPITALS DESPERATELY NEED TO SERVE OUR COMMUNITIES IN THE FUTURE. AND JUST AS IMPORTANTLY, WE DO THIS IN A WAY THAT'S BUDGET NEUTRAL AND WITHOUT SPENDING ANY ADDITIONAL TAXPAYER MONEYS. LET'S PASS THIS LEGISLATION. LET'S PROTECT THE HEART OF RURAL AMERICA AND GIVE OUR COMMUNITY HOSPITALS THE CERTAINTY THEY NEED TO KEEP OUR PEOPLE AND OUR COMMUNITIES HEALTHY. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                                                          MR. RASKIN

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I RISE TO TALK ABOUT A JOB-KILLER TAX…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I RISE TO TALK ABOUT A JOB-KILLER TAX BILL THAT'S COMING TO CONGRESS THIS WEEK. AND IF YOU DON'T WATCH OUT, IT COULD BE COMING TO YOUR HOMETOWN SOON. UP UNTIL YESTERDAY, MR. SPEAKER, I THOUGHT THE NEW G.O.P. TAX PLAN WAS RUN-OF-THE-MILL UPSIDE DOWN CLASS WARFARE WAINLED BY THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN THE -- WAGED BY THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY. THE MAJORITY OF THE TAX CUT WOULD GO TO THOSE MAKING $900,000 OR MORE, THE RICHEST 1% OF THE COUNTRY. I KNEW IT WOULD REPEAL THE ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX. THE ONLY RUN DONALD TRUMP PAID ANY TAXES AT ALL IN THE ONE YEAR WE KNOW HE PAID TAXES IN THE LAST DECADE IN 2005. I KNEW IT WOULD REPEAL THE STATE AND LOCAL INCOME TAX DEDUCTION WHICH WOULD BE TERRIBLE NEWS FOR TENS OF MILLIONS OF MIDDLE CLASS PEOPLE IN STATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING MINE IN MARYLAND. I KNEW IT WOULD REPEAL THE ESTATE TAX WHICH AFFECTS THE WEALTHIEST.5% OF THE COUNTRY. ALL OF THESE PROVISIONS WOULD HELP TO CREATE A HEREDITARY ELITE LIKE THE HEREDITARY OLE GARRCAL ELITE LIKE IN RUSSIA. AND THIS SWEETHEART DEAL WOULD HAVE A $200 TRILLION HOLE IN PROGRAMS LIKE MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. I KNEW ALL OF THIS. PREDICTABLE ENOUGH. BUT THEN I NOTICED A PROVISION YESTERDAY THAT'S ABSOLUTELY SHOCKING, STARTLING, EYE POPPING, UNBELIEVABLE IN THE G.O.P. TAX BLUEPRINT. IT'S CALLED THE TERRITORIAL SYSTEM. AND WHAT IT MEANS IS SIMPLE. WE WILL TAX AMERICAN BUSINESSES ONLY WHEN THEIR OPERATIONS ARE HERE IN AMERICA. HERE'S WHAT THAT MEANS. IF I'M A BUSINESS MAN AND I AM GOING TO SET UP A MANUFACTURING PLANT ON MAIN STREET IN MY HOMETOWN I HAVE TO FULL FRASTE TAXES. I PAY EVERYTHING. IF I SEND MY NEW MANUFACTURING PLANT IN MEXICO OR BANGLADESH OR IRELAND, I PAY ZERO TAXES. LET ME WE PETE THAT. IF I DECIDE TO SET UP MY BUSINESS IN AMERICA, I PAY 100% OF THE TAXES I AM GOING TO OWE. IF I DECIDE TO RELOCATE MY BUSINESS AND ALL THE JOBS ABROAD, I WILL PAY ZERO TAXES. AND THAT WORKS EVEN IF I'VE ALREADY GOT THE BUSINESS IN PLACE HERE AND DECIDE TO SHIP EVERYTHING OVERSEAS. SUDDENLY I GET A 100% TAX BREAK FOR ALL THE PROFITS THAT I EARN OVERSEAS. MR. SPEAKER, PERHAPS I MISUNDERSTAND IT. I AM NOT A PROFESSOR OF TAX LAW. I'M A PROFESSOR OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW. SO MAYBE I AM NOT INTERPRETING RIGHT. I WOULD LOVE NOTHING MORE THAN ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO GET UP AND TELL ME IT'S NOT TRUE AND CORRECT ME AND EXPLAIN WHAT I'VE GOT WRONG. BUT IF I'VE GOT IT RIGHT, THIS SHOCKING PROVISION TUCKED INTO THE BILL WE ARE ABOUT TO SEE IS A JOB KILLER, A NATIONAL EMERGENCY AND A DAGGER POINTED AT THE HEART OF THE AMERICAN ECONOMY AND OUR JOBS. AND IT'S ONLY A FEW SMALL BIG BUSINESSES, A FEW BIG BUSINESSES THAT WILL BENEFIT. SMALL BUSINESSES ARE NOT GOING TO BE BENEFITED AT ALL. THEY DON'T SET UP TAX DODGE SUBSIDIARIES IN THE CAYMAN ISLANDS OR THE BAHAMAS OR IRELAND. THEY DON'T SHIP OVERSEAS. THIS IS THE TINY PERCENTAGE OF LARGE CORPORATIONS IN AMERICA LEAVING THE SMALL BUSINESSES BEHIND AND TAKING MILLIONS OF AMERICAN JOBS WITH THEM. WHY WOULD THE MAJORITY DO THIS TO US WHEN DONALD TRUMP CAMPAIGNED ON A PLATFORM OF PUTTING AMERICA FIRST AND PROMISING TO BRING AMERICAN JOBS BACK HOME, NOT EXPORT MILLIONS MORE WITH THE DEVASTATING TAX PLAN? AND NOW I SEE WHY THEY'RE HURDLING THIS THROUGH CONGRESS. IN 1986 WITH THE TAX REFORM PLAN, THERE WERE 63 DAYS OF HEARINGS AND MORE THAN 450 WITNESSES IN WAYS AND MEANS AND THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE. IT TOOK TWO YEARS AND 10 MONTHS. NOW THIS PLAN THEY WANT TO SLAM THROUGH CONGRESS IN LESS THAN TWO WEEKS WITH BARELY ANY WITNESSES, MAYBE NO HEARINGS, MAYBE ONE OR TWO HEARINGS AND YOU KNOW WHY, BECAUSE THEY'RE TUCKING THE MOST MASSIVE JOB-KILLING PROVISION ANYONE'S EVER SEEN INTO THIS BILL. IF ANYTHING, WE SHOULD BE IMPOSING HIGHER TAXES ON THOSE BUSINESSES THAT SHIP OUR JOBS OVERSEAS, NOT LOWER TAXES. OR THEY SHOULD PAY THE SAME. BUT THIS PLAN WOULD WIPE OUT ANY TAXES AT ALL, AND IT IS DUMBFOUNDING THEY WOULD THINK THIS IS SOMETHING THE CONGRESS WOULD PUT UP WITH. JUST LIKE THEY TRIED TO SLAM THROUGH CONGRESS THE A.C.A. REPEAL AND WE STOPPED IT WHEN PEOPLE GOT THE WORD. WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT EVERY AMERICAN UNDERSTANDS WHAT'S REALLY IN THIS TAX BILL COMING OUR WAY. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                                                          MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I WISHED TO HIGHLIGHT THE STEP FORWARD TO CURE T.S.C. MIAMI…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I WISHED TO HIGHLIGHT THE STEP FORWARD TO CURE T.S.C. MIAMI WALK WHICH TOOK PLACE LAST WEEKEND AT MY ALMA MATER, FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY. T.S.C. IS A RARE GENETIC DISEASE THAT CAUSES UNCONTROLLABLE TUMOR GROWTH ACROSS THE FACE, BODY, ORGANS OF IMPACTED INDIVIDUALS. UNFORTUNATELY THERE IS NO CURE FOR T.S.C. SOUTH FLORIDA'S OWN HERO, MAX LUCA, PICTURED RIGHT HERE, WAS DIAGNOSED WITH T.S.C. WHEN HE WAS ONLY 2 WEEKS OLD. NOW HE'S 9 YEARS OLD AND HE HAS THRIVED BECAUSE OF THE CONSTANT LOVE AND CARE PROVIDED BY HIS PARENTS, VANESSA AND MAX. THE T.S.C. MIAMI WALK BRINGS TOGETHER PATIENTS LIKE MAX LUCA AND THEIR FAMILIES WITH SUPPORTERS WHO ARE COMMITTED TO IMPROVING THEIR LIVES. EVERY YEAR THE WALK PLAYS AN ESSENTIAL ROLE IN ADVANCING LIFE-SAVING RESEARCH AND PROGRAMS TO INCREASE AWARENESS OF T.S.C. AND EXPANDING THE NETWORK OF RESOURCES THAT IMPROVE THE LIVES OF PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE WORK OF VANESSA VASQUEZ, HER HUSBAND, MAX, AND ALL OF THE OTHER ACTIVISTS WHO ARE SO NEEDED FROM THE TUBULAR SCLORE OWE CISCOMPLEX WALK A REALITY. AND I WANT TO THANK THOSE THAT CAME OUT TO F.I.U. AND MADE THIS EVENT A RESOUNDING SUCCESS. DUE TO YOUR EFFORTS, DUE TO YOUR COMMITMENT, I AM HOPING WE CAN FIND A CURE FOR THIS TRAGIC DISEASE. AND IN THE MEANWHILE, GO, MAX LUCA. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                                        • 11:10:04 AM

                                                          FROM -- MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                                                          I'D ASK MY COLLEAGUE TO SUPPORT HOUSE RES. 593, A BIPARTISAN RESOLUTION…

                                                          I'D ASK MY COLLEAGUE TO SUPPORT HOUSE RES. 593, A BIPARTISAN RESOLUTION REAFFIRMING OUR NATIONAL COMMITMENT TO ENDING PEDIATRIC HIV-AIDS WORLDWIDE. IT'S A RESOLUTION THAT I INTRODUCED WITH MY FRIEND, CONGRESSWOMAN BARBARA LEE. THE FIGHTING AGAINST PEDIATRIC AIDS IS A GREAT EXAMPLE HOW OUR COUNTRY IS A POSITIVE AND TRANSFORMATIVE FORCE IN THE LIVES OF MANY ACROSS THE WORLD. BECAUSE OF OUR LEADERSHIP HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, OVER THE PAST 12 YEARS THERE HAS BEEN A 62% INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF WOMEN RECEIVING MOTHER-TO-CHILD TRANSMISSION PREVENTION SERVICES. WOW. AND THANKS TO POSITIVE AMERICAN INVOLVEMENT THROUGH PROGRAMS LIKE PEPFAR, MORE THAN 11.5 MILLION EXPECTANT MOTHERS AROUND THE WORLD HAVE RECEIVED H.I.V. TESTING AND COUNSELING AND NEARLY TWO MILLION BABIES HAVE BEEN BORN H.I.V.-FREE. HOWEVER, EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE MADE GREAT STRIDES IN A FIGHT AGAINST PEDIATRIC AIDS OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS, WE CANNOT REST, MR. SPEAKER. WE CANNOT REST WHILE MORE THAN 400 CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD ARE BORN WITH H.I.V. EVERY DAY. 400. WE CANNOT REST WHEN LESS THAN HALF OF THE CHILDREN SUFFERING FROM H.I.V. HAVE ACCESS TO THE LIFESAVING TREATMENTS THEY SO DESPERATELY NEED. LESS THAN HALF. INDEED, WE MUST REDOUBLE OUR EFFORTS TO REACH EVERY SINGLE MOTHER AND CHILD IMPACTED BY THIS TERRIBLE DISEASE, AND FOR THIS REASON MY FRIEND, CONGRESSWOMAN BARBARA LEE AND I JUST REINTRODUCED HOUSE RESOLUTION 593, A BIPARTISAN RESOLUTION RECOMMITTING OUR COUNTRY, THE UNITED STATES, TO ERADICATING PEDIATRIC AIDS WORLDWIDE AND SUPPORTING THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BY THIS EPIDEMIC. OUR RESOLUTION ALSO SUPPORTS OUR NATIONAL EFFORTS TO PROVIDE WOMEN AND CHILDREN WITH H.I.V. COUNSELING, WITH H.I.V. TESTING SERVICES, AS WELL AS EXPANDING THEIR ACCESS TO LIFESAVING TREATMENTS. AMERICA'S ONGOING COMMITMENT HAS HELPED SAVE THE LIVES OF MANY, BUT SO MUCH MORE REMAINS TO BE DONE. WE ARE ONE OF THE GREATEST HOPES FOR A BETTER FUTURE FOR COUNTLESS OTHERS. NOW MORE THAN EVER IT IS ESSENTIAL TO ENSURE WE REMAIN COMMITTED AS A NATION TO CREATING A FUTURE WHERE NO CHILD SUFFERS FROM HIV-AIDS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS WORTHWHILE CAUSE AND CO-SPONSOR OUR RESOLUTION, HOUSE RESOLUTION 593. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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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

                                                          COHEN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF…

                                                          BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1 SHALL THE CHAIR DECLARES

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                                                          TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                                          THE CHAIR DECLARES

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                                                          DECLARES

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                                                          THE SPEAKER

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

                                                          THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY THE GUEST CHAPLAIN, THE REVEREND DR. MICHAEL W. WATERS, JOY TABERNACLE A.M.E. CHURCH, DALLAS, TEXAS.

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                                                          THE CHAPLAIN

                                                          IMMUTABLE GOD, GREATER THAT BE ALL THAT HAS OR EVER WILL BE CONCEIVED,…

                                                          IMMUTABLE GOD, GREATER THAT BE ALL THAT HAS OR EVER WILL BE CONCEIVED, HEAR OUR PRAYER. FOR ANCESTORS THAT REST IN THE ABODE OF ANGELS, ACCOSTED AND ASSAULTED WHILE PRISON UPON THESE SHORES, ENDURING A.F.C. LARGES OF AN NEWS TO NEVER ATONE, FOR BABIES BOMBARDED BY BOMBS, BOUNTIES PLACED UPON THEIR BEAUTIFUL HEADS AT EARTH. FOR THE COULD CONGRESSIFY OF CRIMES CITING CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY. COUNTLESS CYCLES OF CRISIS, MISCASUALTIES COLORED IN CHALK. IN YOUR NAME, WE SHALL RESIST EVIL BY LOVING OUR NEIGHBORS AS OURSELVES. GRANT THAT WE BECOME DRUM MAJORS OF JUSTICE, PROMULGATERS OF PEACE, ARCHITECTS OF AMERICA FREED FROM AGREED, HATE -- GREED, HATE, OPPRESSION, RACISM, SUPPRESSION, INDEED THE VERY THREAT OF TYRANNY, REPEAT WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL -- REPLETE WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. UNTIL THAT GREAT DAY, THE LION SHALL LIE DOWN WITH LAMBS, AND WE STUDY WAR NO MORE, WHEN JUSTICE FLOWS LIKE WATERS AND RIGHTEOUSNESS LIKE A MIGHTY STREAM, AND ALL GOD'S CHILDREN ARE FINALLY FREE. AMEN.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER

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

                                                          THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1 THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. ROSKAM.

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                                                          MR. ROSKAM

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

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

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                                                        • 12:02:59 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER

                                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON,…

                                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                          MS. JOHNSON

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS MY HONOR TO HOST REVEREND MICHAEL WATERS AS…

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS MY HONOR TO HOST REVEREND MICHAEL WATERS AS OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN FOR TODAY. REVEREND WATERS IS A TRUE COMMUNITY SERVANT AND A MAN OF GOD. HE IS THE FOUNDING PASTOR OF JOY TABERNACLE AFRICAN-AMERICAN -- AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, THE A.M.E. CHURCH OF DALLAS. HE'S A PASTOR, PROFESSOR, AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR, COMMUNITY LEADER AND SOCIAL COMMENTATOR. REVEREND WATERS' WORDS OF HOPE AND EMPOWERMENT INSPIRE NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCES. AS A NOTABLE FRIEND OF THE COMMUNITY, REVEREND WATERS SERVED AS THE KEY NOTE SPEAKER AT MY ANNUAL DALLAS PRAYER BREAKFAST THIS YEAR. HE -- HIS ENGAGING PERSONALITY AND PURPOSEFUL SPEECH CAPTIVATED THE ATTENTION OF ALL THOSE WHO ATTENDED. AS A STRONG LEADER, HE'S ABLE TO UNDERSTAND THE UNIQUE NEEDS OF OUR COMMUNITY. HE KNOWS NO STRANGER WHEN HE WALKS INTO THE ROOM. HIS CHARISMATIC NATURE ALLOWS HIM TO CONNECT WITH EVERYONE HE MEETS. IT IS MY PLEASURE THAT HE HAS COME TODAY TO BE OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS HIM AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS ON EACH SIDE OF THE…

                                                          THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                        • 12:04:42 PM

                                                          MR. ROSKAM

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, CRUELTY TO ANIMALS IS A SCOURGE AND THERE'S NO WORSE EXAMPLE…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, CRUELTY TO ANIMALS IS A SCOURGE AND THERE'S NO WORSE EXAMPLE THAN ANIMAL FIGHTING. THAT IS FOR SO-CALLED PLEASURE AND DEFINITE PROFIT. I'M PLEASED TODAY TO INTRODUCE THE ANIMAL CRUELTY ACT. IT'S ALLOWED IN SOME U.S. TERRITORIES. THIS IS IMPORTANT FOR US BECAUSE WHAT WE HAVE IS A SITUATION WHERE ANIMALS ARE MANIPULATED AND DRUGGED AND PUT IN SITUATIONS WHERE THEIR AGGRESSION IS HEIGHTENED AND IT'S DISGUSTING. I AM PLEASED TO JOIN WITH FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, MR. BLUMENAUER AND MR. NOLAN AND REPRESENTATIVES ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE, MR. DAVIS, MR. YODER AND MR. KNIGHT, TO COME TOGETHER ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS TO ADDRESS THIS TROUBLE. I ASK FOR CO-SPONSORS AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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                                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                          MR. KILDEE

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WELL, NOT SURPRISINGLY REPUBLICANS HAVE HAD TO…

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WELL, NOT SURPRISINGLY REPUBLICANS HAVE HAD TO DELAY THE RELEASE OF THEIR TAX PLAN. SO DEEPLY UNPOPULAR. WE HAVEN'T SEEN ALL THE DETAILS YET BUT WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT IT IS THIS IS REALLY BAD FOR WORKING FAMILIES. THE NONPARTISAN TAX POLICY CENTER SAYS THAT THE REPUBLICAN PLAN RAISES TAXES ON MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES TO PAY FOR A MASSIVE TAX CUT FOR THE PEOPLE AT THE VERY TOP, THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS. THE DETAILS MATTER. A FAMILY OF FOUR EARNING $50,000 COULD SEE THEIR TAXES GO UP 380%. 80% OF THE BENEFITS OF THIS BILLIONAIRES-FIRST TAX PLAN GO TO THE RICHEST 1%. 80% OF THE BENEFITS TO THE RICHEST 1%. THAT'S NOT MIDDLE-CLASS TAX RELIEF. AND HOW DO WE PAY FOR THESE MASSIVE TAX CUTS TO THE WEALTHY? WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO? WE ARE GOING TO SEEK CUTS IN MEDICARE, MEDICAID, EDUCATION. IF ANYBODY THINKS WE CAN DO THIS AND GO BIG ON INFRASTRUCTURE AND REBUILD AMERICA'S CAPACITY TO PRODUCE, BETTER THINK TWICE. PLUS, SADDLING OUR GRANDKIDS WITH A HUGE DEBT. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE DEFICIT HAWKS IN THIS PLACE?

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                                                          THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                                          MR. KILDEE

                                                          THIS IS WRONG. WE OUGHT TO REJECT IT.

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                                                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                          MR. THOMPSON

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

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

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                                                          TEMPORE WITHOUT

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

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2936, THE RESILIENT FEDERAL FORCE ACT OF 2017. IT WAS INTRODUCED BY CONGRESSMAN WESTERMAN. THE HOUSE WILL CONSIDER THIS BILL TODAY WHICH WILL IMPROVE FORESS MANAGEMENT AND CUT THE BUREAUCRATIC TAPE, RED TAPE THAT'S BEEN PREVENTING SOUND MANAGEMENT PRACTICES FOR THE FOREST SERVICE. MR. SPEAKER, DEVASTATING WILDFIRES HAVE RESULTED IN THE LOSS OF PROPERTY, LOSS OF PRISTINE LANDSCAPE AND MORE IMPORTANTLY LOSS OF LIFE. 2017 HAS BEEN THE COSTLIEST WILDFIRE SEASON ON RECORD WITH THE FOREST SERVING SPENDING MORE THAN $2 BILLION. THE GREATEST CAUSE IS THE SEVERE LACK OF FOREST MANAGEMENT. THIS BILL PROVIDES FEDERAL LAND MANAGEMENT AGENCIES WITH THE IMMEDIATE TOOLS TO EXPEDITE, INCREASE SCARE AND EFFICIENCY OF FOREST MANAGEMENT PROJECTS AND WITHOUT SACRIFICING ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS. MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO STOP THESE CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES AND ENCOURAGE BETTER LAND MANAGEMENT OF OUR FORESTS. TODAY'S BILL IS THE ONE STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                          MR. GREEN

                                                          REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                          TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                          MR. GREEN

                                                          HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BUY OR CHANGE THEIR HEALTH CARE PLAN THROUGH THE…

                                                          HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BUY OR CHANGE THEIR HEALTH CARE PLAN THROUGH THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT EXCHANGE. THE OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD ENDS DECEMBER 15, SO CONSUMERS NEED TO ACT NOW. WE ONLY HAVE 45 DAYS TO SHOP AROUND, RECEIVE ASSISTANCE FROM LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS AND MAKE A FINAL DECISION. BUT MANY PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW BECAUSE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS TAKEN SEVERAL ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS TO UNDERMINE THE A.C.A. CUTTING THE OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD IN HALF TO SLASHING ADVERTISING AND OUTREACH FUNDING BY 90% TO ANNOUNCING THE SHUTDOWN OF HEALTHCARE.GOV ON SUNDAYS DURING OPEN ENROLLMENT AND OTHER SABOTAGED EFFORTS. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAVE TRIED TO RESTRICT THE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE FOR AMERICANS. I ENCOURAGE EVERY AMERICAN WHO NEEDS HEALTH INSURANCE TO VISIT HEALTHCARE.GOV AND GET COVERED. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE AND ABOUT 80% OF THE ENROLLEES WHO PICK HEALTH INSURANCE ON HEALTHCARE.GOV WILL BE ABLE TO GET INSURANCE FOR $75 OR LESS AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO CONGRATULATE OAK WOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR BEING…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO CONGRATULATE OAK WOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR BEING RECOGNIZED AS A NEW BLAL RIBBON SCHOOL FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE.

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                                                          MR. PAULSEN

                                                          THIS IS A BIG HONOR. IT'S A BIG DEAL. I VISITED OAK WOOD MYSELF.…

                                                          THIS IS A BIG HONOR. IT'S A BIG DEAL. I VISITED OAK WOOD MYSELF. EXEMPLARY, HIGH PERFORMING SCHOOLS LIKE OAK WOOD RANK WITH TOP SCORES IN STATE ASSESSMENTS. ONE IMPORTANT NOTE WORTH MENTIONING IS THE ELEMENTARY HAS DONE SIGNIFICANT WORK ADDRESSING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP IN THEIR COMMUNITY SO THAT EVERY ONE OF THEIR STUDENTS HAS WHAT THEY NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL. MR. SPEAKER, EVERY ONE OF OAK WOOD'S TEACHERS, STAFF, PARENTS SHOULD BE NAMED FOR THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENT.

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

                                                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                          MR. HIGGINS

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, NO FAMILY OR COMMUNITY SHOULD FEEL THE DEVASTATING LOSS WE…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, NO FAMILY OR COMMUNITY SHOULD FEEL THE DEVASTATING LOSS WE FELT THE DAY CONTINENTAL FLIGHT 3407 CRASHED IN WESTERN NEW YORK KILLING ALL ABOARD AND ONE ON THE GROUND. THANKS TO THE TIRELESS EFFORTS OF THE FLIGHT 3407 FAMILIES AND A BIPARTISAN COLLECTION OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, NEW FLIGHT SAFETY STANDARDS HAVE SAVED OTHER FAMILIES FROM SIMILAR PAIN, ACHIEVING SEVEN YEARS OF NO COMMERCIAL AIRLINE FATALITIES. YET, SOME, INCLUDING THE NEW NOMINEE TO THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD, QUESTIONING THE NEED FOR THESE HARD FOUGHT, COMMONSENSE FLIGHT TRAINING STANDARD. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW WHICH AIRLINE IS FLYING YOUR PLANE. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW IF YOUR PILOT IS WELL RESTED AND KNOW THE PILOT IS ADEQUATELY TRAINED TO HANDLE ANY CHALLENGES THAT MIGHT OCCUR IN FLIGHT. FOR THESE RIGHTS AND FOR ENHANCED SAFETY, YOU CAN THANK THE FAMILIES OF FLIGHT 3407 FOR THEIR WORK REACHING THESE STANDARDS AND YOU CAN JOIN ME IN FIGHTING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE KEEP THEM. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                          MR. DENHAM

                                                          WE MUST INCREASE ACCESS THROUGHOUT OUR COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. BY…

                                                          WE MUST INCREASE ACCESS THROUGHOUT OUR COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. BY EXPANDING OUR RESIDENCY PROGRAM, WE WILL SEE NEW DOCTORS, ESPECIALLY IN THESE UNDERSERVED AREAS. EXPANDING OUR RESIDENCY PROGRAM WILL ALLOW OUR MEDICAL SCHOOLS TO HAVE PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITIES PRACTICING MEDICINE AND ULTIMATELY FILLING THIS DOCTOR SHORTAGE THAT WE HAVE TODAY. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE PASSING THE CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS ACT WHICH WILL AGAIN HELP OUR CHILDREN WITH THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM AND EXPAND OUR RESIDENCY PROGRAM AT A MUCH NEEDED TIME. I YIELD BACK.

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

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                                                          MR. CICILLINE

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

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                                                          MR. SPEAKER, RIGHT NOW PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, RIGHT NOW PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO PASS A MASSIVE TAX CUT FOR BILLIONAIRES, MILLIONAIRES AND WEALTHY CORPORATIONS AND REWARD COMPANIES THAT SHIP AMERICAN JOBS OVERSEAS. AND THE ONLY WAY THEY CAN PAY FOR IT IS BY RAISING TAXES ON WORKING PEOPLE AND CUTTING MORE THAN A TRILLION DOLLARS FROM MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. THIS IS NOT WHAT DONALD TRUMP, THE CANDIDATE, PROMISED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHEN HE RAN FOR PRESIDENT. HE PROMISED HE WOULD PROTECT SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. BUT IT TURNS OUT THAT WASN'T TRUE. WEALTHY AMERICANS ARE DOING BETTER THAN EVER. THE TOP 1% ARE EARNING THREE TIMES AS MUCH AS THEY DID 30 YEARS AGO, BUT WORKING PEOPLE HAVEN'T SEEN THEIR PAY GO UP AT ALL. LET'S GET SERIOUS. LET'S GET WORKING PEOPLE A BETTER DEAL THAT CUTS THEIR TAXES. LET'S GET THEM A BETTER DEAL THAT PROTECTS SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE AND LET'S NOT GIVE TAX BREAKS TO COMPANIES THAT SHIP AMERICAN JOBS OVERSEAS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE BEATER DEAL, NOT THIS RAW DEAL THAT HURTS WORKING FAMILIES. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                                                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                          TO AADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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                                                          SATURDAY, OCTOBER FIRST, SAN DIEGO, THE SHIP WILL PROVIDE FOR…

                                                          SATURDAY, OCTOBER FIRST, SAN DIEGO, THE SHIP WILL PROVIDE FOR ACCOMMODATIONS FOR UP TO 250 PERSONNEL, OFFER A 52,000 SQUARE FOOT FLIGHT DECK AND WILL SUPPORT HELICOPTERS AND TILT ROTOR AIRCRAFT. WILLIAMS GREW UP IN A DAIRY FARM IN WEST VIRGINIA AND ENLISTED IN THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS RESERVE IN 1943. WILLIAMS LANDED IN IWO JIMA ON FEBRUARY 21, 1945. WOODY FOUGHT THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF THE FIVE-WEEK BATTLE AND WAS WOUNDED FOR WHICH HE WAS AWARDED THE PURPLE HEART.

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                                                          MR. MOONEY

                                                          HE RECEIVED THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR FROM PRESIDENT TRUMAN. TODAY…

                                                          HE RECEIVED THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR FROM PRESIDENT TRUMAN. TODAY AT 93 YEARS OLD HE'S THE LAST LIVING MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT FROM THAT BATTLE. I JOIN ALL WEST VIRGINIANS IN CONGRATULATING WOODY WILLIAMS FOR THIS INCREDIBLE HONOR. HE'S AN UNPARALLELED ADVOCATE FOR VETERANS AND A FINE EXAMPLE WHAT IT MEANS TO NOT BE A WEST VIRGINIAN BUT AN AMERICAN. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA SEEK RECOGNITION? .…

                                                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA SEEK RECOGNITION? . WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                          MR. KIHUEN

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, TODAY MARKS THE ONE-MONTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE TERRIBLE…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, TODAY MARKS THE ONE-MONTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE TERRIBLE SHOOTING THAT HAPPENED IN MY HOMETOWN, LAS VEGAS, ON OCTOBER 1. I RISE TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF HEATHER ALVARADO, A WOMAN WHO WAS KNOWN FOR HER HUSBAND HUGS, HER LOVE OF HOT PINK AND HER BEAUTIFUL GREEN EYES. SHE LIVED FOR HER KIDS AND HAD TRAVELED TO LAS VEGAS TO ATTEND A ROUTE 91 CONCERT WITH HER DAUGHTER. HEATHER LOVED GOING ON VACATION WITH HER FAMILY AND SPENDING TIME OUTDOORS. SHE LOVED PLANNING PARTIES FOR HER CHILDREN AND FRIENDS, INCLUDING HOSTING ELABORATE HALLOWEEN PARTIES EVERY YEAR. SHE WAS KNOWN FOR HER CARING NATURE AND KINDNESS. HEATHER'S HUSBAND, ALBERT, SAID THAT SHE SAW THE GOOD IN EVERYONE AND WOULD DO ALMOST ANYTHING TO HELP OTHERS. I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO HEATHER'S FRIENDS AND FAMILY. PLEASE KNOW THAT THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS AND THE STATE OF NEVADA AND THE WHOLE COUNTRY GRIEVE WITH YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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                                                          MR. OLSON

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, THERE'S A GREAT TOWN BACK HOME IN TEXAS 22, WHICH SOME PEOPLE…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, THERE'S A GREAT TOWN BACK HOME IN TEXAS 22, WHICH SOME PEOPLE THINK HAS A STRANGE NAME. IT'S CALLED NEEDVILLE, TEXAS. THE FOLKS IN NEEDVILLE NEED NOTHING EXCEPT OPEN GROUND, CLEAR SKIES, WITH MILLIONS OF BRIGHT STARS VISIBLE AT NIGHT. ON THE THIRD WEEK IN OCTOBER, THE LAST 34 YEARS, THE WHOLE TOWN TURNS OUT FOR THE NEEDVILLE HARVEST FESTIVAL. THE HARVEST FEST IS ALL TEXAS. THERE'S A TALENT SHOW WITH TWILLERS, CLOG DANCERS, BARBEQUE COOKOFFS, CONTESTS FOR THE BEST IF A HITAS, THE BEST -- FAJITAS, THE BEST PORK LOIN, THE BEST CHICKEN AND THE BEST PORK RIBS. AND THEY GIVE AWAY A FOUR-BY-FOUR GATOR. CITY SLICKERS THINK THAT IS SOME SORT OF LIZARD. IT'S A BIG FARM TOOL, A FARM TRACTOR. THE BEST PART -- ALL THE MONEY THEY RAISE GOES TO THEIR CITY, TO IMPROVE THEIR 60-ACRE HARVEST PARK, AND THE NEEDVILLE SCHOOLS. I'LL CLOSE WITH THE MESSAGE FROM MAYOR ERNIE STEWART, HARVEST FESTIVAL PRESIDENT CHRIS JANISEK, AND MY GUEST AT PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SPEECH THIS UPCOMING FEBRUARY, KATIE BACKER. THEY ALL SAY, GO ASTROS. BEAT L.A. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                          TO REVISE AND

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                                                          DREAM ACT

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                                                          COST HEALTH INSURANCE TO NEARLY NINE MILLION CHILDREN ACROSS

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                                                          COST HEALTH INSURANCE TO NEARLY NINE MILLION CHILDREN ACROSS

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                                                          MR. SCHRADER

                                                          COST HEALTH INSURANCE TO NEARLY NINE MILLION CHILDREN ACROSS

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                                                          COST HEALTH INSURANCE TO NEARLY NINE MILLION CHILDREN ACROSS

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                                                          COST HEALTH INSURANCE TO NEARLY NINE MILLION CHILDREN ACROSS

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                                                          MR. BIGGS

                                                          COST HEALTH INSURANCE TO NEARLY NINE MILLION CHILDREN ACROSS

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                                                          COST HEALTH INSURANCE TO NEARLY NINE MILLION CHILDREN ACROSS

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                                                          MS. GABBARD

                                                          COST HEALTH INSURANCE TO NEARLY NINE MILLION CHILDREN ACROSS THE COUNTRY,…

                                                          COST HEALTH INSURANCE TO NEARLY NINE MILLION CHILDREN ACROSS THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING 25,000 CHILDREN IN MY HOME STATE OF HAWAII. TOGETHER WITH MEDICAID THESE PROGRAMS HAVE REDUCED THE NATION'S UNINSURED RATE FOR CHILDREN TO A RECORD LOW OF 5%. REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS LET CHIP EXPIRE BACK IN SEPTEMBER. JEOPARDIZING THE HEALTH CARE OF MILLIONS OF CHILDREN. AT THE CURRENT PACE, MY HOME STATE OF HAWAII WILL EXHAUST ALL CURRENT CHIP FUNDING BY THE END OF THIS YEAR, LEAVING THOUSANDS OF OUR KIDS UNABLE TO VISIT A DOCTOR FOR ROUTINE CHECKUPS, RECEIVE IMMUNIZATIONS, PRESCRIPTIONS OR MORE. WE MUST ACT NOW TO RE-AUTHORIZE THIS CHIP PROGRAM, TO ENSURE THAT OUR CHILDREN HAVE ACCESS TO THE HEALTH CARE THAT THEY NEED. WE CANNOT NEGLECT THOSE WHO NEED HELP THE MOST BY FAILING TO ACT AND RE-AUTHORIZE THIS LEGISLATION. WE MUST ACT NOW. I YIELD BACK.

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

                                                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                          MR. SPEAKER, THIS YEAR MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE HAVE…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, THIS YEAR MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE HAVE WASTED MONTHS IN OFTEN MISGUIDED DEBATE OVER REPEALING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. WHILE THIS HAS RAGED WITHIN ONE POLITICAL PARTY, THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM HAS EXPIRED.

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                                                        • 12:23:03 PM

                                                          MR. EVERETT

                                                          I SEEN A LETTER LAST NIGHT FROM --

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                                                          MR. EVANS

                                                          I RECEIVED A LETTER LAST NIGHT FROM THE GOVERNOR OF PENNSYLVANIA. HE WANTS…

                                                          I RECEIVED A LETTER LAST NIGHT FROM THE GOVERNOR OF PENNSYLVANIA. HE WANTS TO US ACT TO PROTECT THE CHILDREN IN OUR COMMONWEALTH. YET THE G.O.P. HAS FAILED TO RE-AUTHORIZE CHIP OVER ARGUMENTS OF HOW TO PAY FOR IT AND THE DISTRACTIONS OF A FAILED EFFORT TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THAT PUTS US IN A TOUGH SPOT IN PHILADELPHIA, AND THE COMMONWEALTH. BUT I'M CONVINCED THAT SOMETHING MUST BE DONE. BECAUSE TIME IS ESSENTIAL FOR OUR STATE AND NUMEROUS OTHERS. YET 300,000 KIDS ENROLLED IN CHIP, WHICH SOON WILL RUN OUT OF MONEY TO PAY, THE KIDS WHO RELY ON CHIP FUNDING ARE SOME OF THE MOST VULNERABLE IN OUR STATE AND FRANKLY THEY NEED ACTION NOW. THE SOLUTION DOESN'T HAVE TO BE PARTISAN. PROVIDING LOW-INCOME KIDS IN HOPTS THAT -- AND HOSPITALS THAT SERVE THEM ISN'T A DEMOCRATIC OR REPUBLICAN ISSUE IT'S A COMMONSENSE ISSUE. THE FAILURE TO ACT IS UNACCEPTABLE. SO I SAY NOW WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES AND THE G.O.P. TO GET TO WORK ON THE BIPARTISAN SOLUTION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THANK YOU.

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                                                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 595 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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                                                          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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                                                          THE CLERK

                                                          HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 95. HOUSE RESOLUTION 595. RESOLVED, THAT AT ANY TIME…

                                                          HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 95. HOUSE RESOLUTION 595. RESOLVED, THAT AT ANY TIME AFTER ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION THE SPEAKER MAY, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-B OF RULE 18, DECLARE THE HOUSE RESOLVED INTO THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 2936, TO EXPEDITE UNDER THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT OF 1969 AND IMPROVE FOREST MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES ON NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM LANDS, ON PUBLIC LANDS UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT, AND ON TRIBAL LANDS TO RETURN RESILIENCE TO OVERGROWN, FIRE-PRONE FORESTED LANDS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE FIRST READING OF THE BILL SHALL BE DISPENSED WITH. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. GENERAL DEBATE SHALL BE CONFINED TO THE BILL AND AMENDMENTS SPECIFIED IN THIS RESOLUTION AND SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AMONG AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES. AFTER GENERAL DEBATE THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. IN LIEU OF THE AMENDMENTS IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEES ON AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES NOW PRINTED IN THE BILL, IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AS AN ORIGINAL BILL FOR THE PURPOSE OF AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-36. THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE ARE WAIVED. NO AMENDMENT TO THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT, MAY BE OFFERED ONLY BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT, AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION IN THE HOUSE OR IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST SUCH AMENDMENTS ARE WAIVED. AT THE CONCLUSION OF CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL FOR AMENDMENT THE COMMITTEE SHALL RISE AND REPORT THE BILL TO THE HOUSE WITH SUCH AMENDMENTS AS MAY HAVE BEEN ADOPTED. ANY MEMBER MAY DEMAND A SEPARATE VOTE IN THE HOUSE ON ANY AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE TO THE BILL OR TO THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE MADE IN ORDER AS ORIGINAL TEXT. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AND AMENDMENTS THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS.

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                                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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                                                          MR. SPEAKER, DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME YIELDED IS…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY. I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS, PENDING WHICH I SHALL YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                          MR. NEWHOUSE

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

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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                                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                          MR. NEWHOUSE

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, ON TUESDAY, JUST YESTERDAY, THE RULES COMMITTEE MET AND…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, ON TUESDAY, JUST YESTERDAY, THE RULES COMMITTEE MET AND REPORTED A RULE, HOUSE RESOLUTION 595, PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION, H.R. 2936, THE RESILIENT FEDERAL FOREST ACT OF -- FORESTS ACT OF 2017. THE RULE PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2936 UNDER A STRUCTURED RULE, WITH FOUR DEMOCRATIC AMENDMENTS MADE IN ORDER, TWO BIPARTISAN AMENDMENTS AND ONE REPUBLICAN-LED AMENDMENT MADE IN ORDER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS RULE PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2936, THE RESILIENT FEDERAL FORESTS ACT OF 2017, A BILL THAT IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT TO MY DISTRICT IN CENTRAL WASHINGTON STATE, AND TO RURAL FORESTED DISTRICTS LIKE IT ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. WHO CONTINUE TO FACE DEVASTATION FROM CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES. WE'VE SEEN JUST THIS LAST YEAR A GREAT EXAMPLE. THIS BIPARTISAN, COMPREHENSIVE LEGISLATION IS AIMED AT ADDRESSING THE DISASTROUS CONSEQUENCES OF WILDFIRES BY UTILIZING THE TOOLS THE FOREST SERVICE AND OTHER AGENCIES HAVE TO REDUCE THE THREATS POSED BY THESE WILDFIRES, BY INSECTS, BY DISEASE INFESTATION, AND DANGEROUS OLD FOREST OVERGROWTH THAT SERVES AS A LITERAL TINDER BOX FOR WILDFIRES. THIS LEGISLATION WILL EXPEDITE AND IMPROVE FOREST MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES IN FEDERAL FORESTS, TO COUNTERACT THESE THREATS. THIS LEGISLATION SPEARHEADED BY MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM ARKANSAS, REPRESENTATIVE BRUCE WESTERMAN, WHO IS A TRAINED FORESTER HIMSELF, IS COMPRISED OF A TRULY COMPREHENSIVE EFFORT DEVELOPED HERE, IN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. IT'S BIPARTISAN. THIS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT DEMONSTRATES THAT THREAT OF CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES DOES NOT JUST IMPACT A RED OR A BLUE DISTRICT, BUT RATHER IT POSES A THREAT TO COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. H.R. 2936 WOULD PROVIDE FEDERAL LAND MANAGEMENT AGENCIES IMMEDIATE TOOLS TO INCREASE THE PACE AND THE SCALE OF FOREST MANAGEMENT PROJECTS. TO DRAMATICALLY IMPROVE THE HEALTH AND RESILIENCY OF OUR NATIONAL FORESTS, ENSURING ROBUST PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT. ACTIVE MANAGEMENT LEADS TO HEALTHIER FORESTS. IT'S THAT SIMPLE. THE LEGISLATION -- THIS LEGISLATION WILL ALSO ALLOW EXPEDITED REVIEW FOR COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS IN FEDERAL FORESTS, AND REMOVES INCENTIVES FOR SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS TO FILE FRIVOLOUS LAWSUITS. . BY REQUIRING I WILL GANTS TO HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE OPTION, WE CAN INSTILL ACCOUNTABILITY INTO A SYSTEM THAT'S WROUGHT WITH LITIGATION. ADDITIONALLY, THE LEGISLATION BOLSTERS LOCALLY LED FOREST MANAGEMENT AND HAZARDOUS FUEL REDUCTION PROJECTS TO IMPROVE FOREST HEALTH. BY ENGAGING LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS, WE CAN LESSEN THE SEVERITY AND THE COSTS OF WILDFIRES WHILE PROTECTING THE COMMUNITIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT. MR. SPEAKER, ANOTHER MAJOR COMPONENT OF OUR NATION'S WILDFIRE CRISIS IS THE BROKEN SYSTEM WITH WHICH WE FUND FIREFIGHTING SUPPRESSION. WHEN THESE FIREFIGHTING COSTS EXCEED THE EXISTING BUDGET, THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE TRANSFERS FUBBEDS FROM OTHER VITAL FOR -- FUNDS FROM OTHER VITAL FOREST SERVICE ACCOUNTS IN ORDER TO PAY FOR WILDLIFE -- WILDFIRE SUPPRESSION. I AND A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE IN THIS CHAMBER HAVE BEEN OUTSPOKEN CRITICS OF THIS DANGEROUS BROKEN CYCLE KNOWN AS FIRE BORROWING. THAT ALSO IS A VERY BIPARTISAN POSITION THAT IS TAKEN. H.R. 2936 PROVIDES A MAJOR STEP FORWARD IN ENDING THIS CYCLE. BY RAIDING ACCOUNTS THAT PROVIDE FOR FOREST MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS WHICH HELP PREVENT WILDFIRES, WE TIE ONE HAND BEHIND OUR BACKS IN AN EFFORT TO BOTH PREVENT AND SUPPRESS THESE CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES. SO THIS LEGISLATION WILL HELP TO PUT AN END TO THIS LONG STANDING PROBLEM. MR. SPEAKER, MY CONSTITUENTS KNOW AS WELL AS ANYONE THE IMMENSE THREAT THAT WILDFIRES POSE TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES. IN JUST THE PAST FOUR YEARS, THE FOURTH DISTRICT OF MY STATE, MY DISTRICT HAS SEEN THE TWO LARGEST FIRES IN WASHINGTON STATE'S HISTORY. WE'VE LOST HUNDREDS OF HOMES AND BUSINESSES AND STRUCTURES. MY CONSTITUENTS ARE STILL STRUGGLING TO RECOVER FROM THE CARLTON COMPLEX FIRE OF 2014 AND ANOTHER COMPLEX FIRE OF 2015. WE LOST THREE FIREFIGHTERS THAT YEAR. THAT TRULY IS A HIGH COST. ACTIVE FOREST MANAGEMENT IS A MATTER OF SAVING LIVES AND LIVELYHOODS, PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITIES -- LIVELIHOODS, PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITIES, ENSURING OUR CONSTITUENTS' HEALTH AND SAFETY WHICH IS WHY I AM PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION IT REPRESENTS TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE AS I OFTEN SAID WE CAN'T LIMP FROM ONE DEVASTATING FIRE SEASON TO THE NEXT. WE MUST TAKE SIGNIFICANT STEPS TOWARD REFORESTATION, REHABILITATION AND OVERALL FOREST MANAGEMENT. THIS BILL, THIS LEGISLATION WILL ALLOW US TO DO JUST THAT. WE MUST BEGIN TO PREVENT TO SUPPRESS, TO MITIGATE THE THREAT OF CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES, AND THE CEAL CEAL OF 2017 WILL -- AND THE CEAL CEAL OF 2017 WILL BE -- THE RESILIENT FEDERAL FOREST ACTS OF 2017 WILL CHANGE THE CURRENT PAST OF FOREST MANAGEMENT ON PUBLIC LANDS. IT'S OUTDATED, UNSUSTAINABLE AND DANGEROUS. SO, MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A STRAIGHTFORWARD RULE ALLOWING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THIS CRITICAL PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WILL HELP PROTECT OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES AND ENSURE THAT WE ARE PREPARED TO RESPOND TO DEVASTATING AND CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES THAT HAVE PLAGUED MANY AREAS OF OUR COUNTRY THE LAST FEW YEARS. I SUPPORT THE RULE'S ADOPTION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT BOTH THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. BEFORE I YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA, MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO SHARE ONE LAST NOTE. JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO THE NEW CHIEF OF THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE, TONY TOOK, CAME TO CAPITOL HILL AND BRIEFED SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES, ME INCLUDED, REGARDING THIS YEAR'S DEVASTATING WILDFIRE SEASON. HE REPORTED TO US THAT OVER EIGHT MILLION ACRES JUST THIS YEAR HAVE BURNED. WE'VE ALSO LOST DOZENS OF LIVES, THOUSANDS OF HOMES. CHIEF TOOK LEFT US WITH THE STARK FACT THAT WHILE MORE THAN EIGHT MILLION ACRES BURNED THIS YEAR, ANOTHER 80 MILLION ACRES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES ARE AT A HIGH RISK OF CATCHING FIRE. 80 MILLION ACRES. SO MR. SPEAKER, IF THAT DOES NOT DEMONSTRATE, DOES NOT SHOW HOW DIRE THAT THIS PROBLEM IS, THEN I CERTAINLY CAN'T TELL YOU WHAT DOES. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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                                                          MR. HASTINGS

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

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

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                                                          MR. HASTINGS

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE INDULGING MY REMARKS, I WOULD OFFER CONDOLENCES TO THE…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE INDULGING MY REMARKS, I WOULD OFFER CONDOLENCES TO THE GRIEVING FAMILIES WHO LOST LOVED ONES IN YESTERDAY'S TERRORIST ATTACK IN NEW YORK CITY AND TO HAVE THE PEOPLE OF NEW YORK KNOW -- AND I KNOW I SPEAK FOR ALL OF US, AND THERE WILL BE A MORE APPROPRIATE RECOGNITION AT A TIME IN THE FUTURE, I'M SURE, BUT TO HAVE THEM KNOW THAT ALL OF US GRIEVE WITH THEM AND ARE CONCERNED NOT ONLY FOR THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES BUT TO ASSIST IN PREVENTING MEASURES OF THIS TYPE IN THE FUTURE. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM WASHINGTON FOR YIELDING TO ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES FOR DEBATE. THIS BILL IS A SWEEPING ATTACK ON RESPONSIBLE FOREST MANAGEMENT POLICY THAT UP-ENDS KEY ENVIRONMENTAL SAFEGUARDS, LIMITS PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AND LAND MANAGEMENT DECISIONS AND PRIORITIZES COMMERCIAL TIMBER HARVEST OVER TRANSPARENT SCIENCE-BASED MANAGEMENT. IN OTHER WORDS, THIS IS BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR THIS REPUBLICAN MAJORITY WHEN IT COMES TO PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT. FOOTNOTE RIGHT THERE. MY FRIEND FROM THE STATE OF WASHINGTON DOES HIGHLIGHT RIGHTLY CONCERNS NOT ONLY FOR HIS CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT BUT AREAS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY THAT HAVE EXPERIENCED WILDFIRES. MANY OF US HAVE TALKED ABOUT THIS IN CONJUNCTION WITH OTHER DISASTERS AND THE NEED FOR THIS CONGRESS TO BE ABLE TO ADDRESS THE SHORTFALL IN FUNDING FOR SUCH IMPORTANT MEASURES. DURING THIS CONGRESS ALONE, MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS HAVE BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR BILLS THAT UNDERMINE THE ABILITY OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY TO ISSUE INDEPENDENT AND OBJECTIVE SCIENTIFIC CONCLUSIONS, WEAKEN REGULATIONS OF PESTICIDES AND REPEAL RULEMAKINGS AIMED AT EFFECTIVE SCIENCE-BASED MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC LANDS, JUST TO NAME A FEW THINGS. REPEATEDLY, MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS IGNORE SCIENCE AND ATTACK ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS, ALL IN AN ALL-TOO-OBVIOUS ATTEMPT TO HELP COMMERCIAL INTERESTS OVER SOUND CONSERVATION POLICY. THIS FOCUS, NOT ONLY UNDERMINES OUR PUBLIC LANDS, BUT IT ALSO HARMS THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS BILL CONTINUES THE ASSAULT ON OUR NATION'S ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS AND IT MAY BE ONE OF THE MOST IRRESPONSIBLE EXAMPLES YET. UNDER THE GUISE OF RESPONDING TO THE RECENT TRAGIC WILDFIRES IN CALIFORNIA AND ELSEWHERE IN THIS NATION, THIS LEGISLATION ATTACKS THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT, KNOWN AS NEPA, WHICH REQUIRES FEDERAL AGENCIES TO ASSESS THE ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS OF THEIR ACTION. THE BILL ALSO ATTACKS THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT BY REQUIRING REDUNDANT AND UNNECESSARY REPORTING REQUIREMENTS. IT BLOCKS ACCESS TO THE COURTS AND LIMITS RECOVERY IN ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE CASES. AND JUST FOR GOOD MEASURE, THIS BILL EFFECTIVELY OVERTURNS PRESIDENT OBAMA'S ADMINISTRATION MONUMENT EXPANSION. THE BILL DOES LITTLE TO FIX THE TRUE PROBLEM OF WILDFIRE MANAGEMENT NAMELY, THE CHRONIC UNDERFUNDING OF WILDFIRE MANAGEMENT. ANY SERIOUS PROPOSAL MUST ADDRESS THE CONSTANT FUNDING SHORTAGES AT THE U.S. FIRE SERVICE BY INCREASING THE AMOUNT OF FEDERAL FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR WILDFIRE SUPPRESSION. A SUCCESSFUL SOLUTION NEEDS TO PROVIDE ADVANCED ACCESS TO EMERGENCY FUNDING. UNFORTUNATELY, TODAY'S LEGISLATION DOES NO SUCH THING. YESTERDAY, THE ADMINISTRATION OFFERED ITS STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY, AND AT BEST IT'S TEND. IT SAYS THED A -- IT'S TEPID. IT SAYS THE ADMINISTRATION APPRECIATES THE INTENT OF H.R. 2936 AND IS SUPPORTIVE OF LAND MANAGEMENT REFORMS LIKE THOSE OUTLINED IN THE LEGISLATION. AND THEN COMES THE HOWEVER. THE ADMINISTRATION, HOWEVER, HAS CONCERNS ABOUT THE LEGISLATION'S REVISIONS TO THE STAFFORD ACT WHICH WOULD FORCE COMPETITION FOR FUNDING BETWEEN WILDFIRES ON FEDERAL LAND AND OTHER DISASTERS ALREADY COVERED BY THE STAFFORD ACT, INCLUDING HURRICANES. IT GOES ON TO SAY, THE ADMINISTRATION SUPPORTS A SEPARATE ANNUAL CAP ADJUSTMENT FOR WILDFIRE SUPPRESSION OPERATIONS WHICH WILL RESOLVE CONCERNS ABOUT THE SUFFICIENCY OF FUNDS FOR WILDFIRE SUPPRESSION AND AVOID UNNECESSARY COMPETITION FOR STAFFORD ACT FUNDS. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY BE INCLUDED IN THE RECORD.

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                                                          MR. HASTINGS

                                                          THE TRUE PROBLEM OF WILDFIRE MANAGEMENT. ANY SERIOUS PROPOSAL, AS I SAID,…

                                                          THE TRUE PROBLEM OF WILDFIRE MANAGEMENT. ANY SERIOUS PROPOSAL, AS I SAID, MUST ADDRESS THE CONSTANT FUNDING SHORTAGES AND THAT'S WHAT, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE ADMINISTRATION SUGGESTED. MR. SPEAKER, THIS YEAR HAS BEEN A WAKE-UP CALL. WE MUST DO MORE TO RESPOND TO THE NATURAL DISASTERS THAT FACE OUR NATION. AFTER THREE MAJOR HURRICANES AND DEVASTATING WILDFIRES -- AND MY FRIEND FROM WASHINGTON'S STATE, IN CALIFORNIA, IN MONEY TANA AND EVEN IN THE EVER -- MONTANA AND EVEN IN THE EVERGLADES OF FLORIDA, HAVE SEEN WILDFIRES ALBEIT NOT THE LOSS OF LIFE OR PROPERTY AS EXISTED IN SOME OF THE OTHERS, OUR RESOURCES AND AGENCIES ARE STRETCHED TO THE BRINK. WEEKS AFTER THE STORMS, MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ACROSS THE VIRGIN ISLANDS AND PUERTO RICO ARE WITHOUT POWER AND WITHOUT RELYABLE ACCESS TO CLEAN DRINKING WATER. FEMA ADMINISTRATION -- ADMINISTER BROCK LONG TESTIFIED YESTERDAY THAT THE RESPONSE TO THESE STORMS AND WILDFIRES AND OTHER DISASTERS, WE'VE HAD TORNADOES THAT HAVE COME ALONG AS WELL, IS COSTING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT $2 MONDAY MILLION A DAY. -- $200 MILLION A DAY. MR. SPEAKER, I UNDERSTAND THAT THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET IS CURRENTLY WORKING TO SEND A PROPOSAL TO CONGRESS FOR A THIRD SUPPLEMENTAL SPENDING PACKAGE TO ADDRESS THE RECOVERY NEEDS IN THE AFFECTED AREAS. I URGE THEM AND MY COLLEAGUES HERE IN CONGRESS TO ACT SWIFTLY TO PROVIDE THE RESOURCES THAT SO MANY PEOPLE DESPERATELY NEED. BUT IN THE MEANTIME, WHAT HAVE WE GOTTEN FROM REPUBLICANS? BIPARTISANSHIP, SOUND SCIENCE-BASED PROPOSALS? NO. INSTEAD, THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS IGNORED BIPARTISAN AND YESTERDAY IN THE RULES COMMITTEE A BIPARTISAN MEASURE WAS OFFERED THAT WAS A THOUGHTFUL PROPOSAL ON THIS TOPIC AND WAS REJECTED AND PRESENTED THIS BILL THAT WE HAVE HERE NOW THAT DOESN'T ADDRESS THE REAL ISSUES FACING PUBLIC LAND AND WILDFIRE MANAGEMENT BUT RATHER GUTS ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND OVERTURNS PRESIDENT OBAMA MONUMENT EXPANSION. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR HOUSE REPUBLICANS. . WE'RE GOING TO SERIOUSLY ADDRESS NATURAL DISASTERS AND HOW WE RESPOND TO THEM, I ENCOURAGE MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO PUT ASIDE THEIR PARTISANSHIP, RECONSIDER THEIR DENIAL OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND ITS EFFECTS ON OUR ENVIRONMENT, AND JOIN DEMOCRATS IN WORKING TOGETHER TO ADDRESS THIS AND OTHER IMPORTANT ISSUES FACED BY ALL AMERICANS. THERE WERE TWO AMENDMENTS THAT WERE OFFERED YESTERDAY BY MY COLLEAGUES FROM CALIFORNIA. BOTH OF THOSE EAMEDS -- AMENDMENTS WERE NOT MADE IN ORDER. AND I DON'T THINK IT'S RIGHT WHEN PEOPLE OFFER LEGISLATION, PARTICULARLY THOSE THAT HAVE JUST BEEN DAMAGED AS OUR COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN THOMPSON AND MATSUI AND OTHERS IN THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA REGION, THEY AT LEAST SHOULD HAVE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO OFFER UP THEIR AMENDMENT AND HAVE IT VOTED AGAINST, IF PEOPLE FELT SO HERE IN THIS BODY. AND I WOULD HOPE IN THE FUTURE WE WOULD MAKE A CORRECTION OF THAT KIND OF UNDERTAKING. I WOULD HOPE ALL MEMBERS OF THIS BODY WOULD HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT THEIR IDEAS ON ANY LEGISLATION AND SOMETHING AS IMPORTANT AS THIS COULD HAVE ALLOWED FOR AN OPEN RULE, RATHER THAN FOR PARTISAN ACTIVITY TO REIGN SUPREME. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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                                                          MR. NEWHOUSE

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD JUST NOTE THA