The House Will Convene At 10:00 AM Today
House Session - November 14, 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.

    • 10:00:13 AM

      The Speaker designated the Honorable Jody B. Hice to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

      • 10:00:19 AM

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  • 10:00:35 AM

    MORNING-HOUR DEBATE

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

    • 10:01:10 AM

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      MR. SPE I S HE ECRATS AND REPUBLICAN CAMEGETHER TO ENACT B TAFORM IN 86.…

      MR. SPE I S HE ECRATS AND REPUBLICAN CAMEGETHER TO ENACT B TAFORM IN 86. WED FOR OU T OVEHA AND NENCE D FUTURE GENATIONSO FOOE PRESIDT TRSAID IJULY AT REFOS, AND I QUOTOINGTO BSY ILTY' MIT S LIKE T GVERNMENT HAT WHE EV I19 MAIN HNDGHT APPE TO HA BEEN EASY. IT WASN'T. IT WAS DIFFICULT BECAUSE IT REQUIRED COMPROMISE. IT WAS DIFFICULT BECAUSE IT REQUIRED TRUST. AND IT WAS DIFFICULT BECAUSE IT REQUIRED BOTH PARTIES TO MAKE TOUGH CHOICES AND SHARE THE BURDEN OF TAKING RESPONSIBILITY ALONG WITH THE BENEFIT OF CLAIMING VICKTRY. SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY -- VICTORY. SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY, MR. SPEAKER, IT SEEMS MANY IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY LOST SIGHT OF THIS TRUTH. FIRST ON HEALTH CARE AND NOW ON TAXES, THEY HAVE DECIDED THAT IT WOULD BE FAR EASIER NOT TO WORK SHARE THE BURDEN OF TAKING RESPONSIBILITY ALONG WITH WITH DEMOCRATS AT ALL. SO THEY HAVE CHOSEN A PARTISAN PATH WHERE THE ONLY ONE WAS WHOM THEY HAVE TO COMPROMISE ARE THEMSELVES. IT'S GOING TO BE EASY. THEY SAID. AND THE RESULT? WE NOW EXPECT ON THIS FLOOR A BILL SO DANGEROUS AND SO REPREHENSIBLE TO THE TAXPAYERS OF THIS COUNTRY THAT NEARLY EVERY MAJOR ORGANIZATION REPRESENTING TAXPAYERS, SMALL BUSINESSES, WORKERS, FARMERS, SENIORS, HOME BUILDERS, REALTORS, TEACHERS, AND I COULD GO ON THIS FLOOR A OPPOSE THIS BILL. THERE ARE MORE SERIOUS PROBLEMS WITH THE REPUBLICAN TAX BILL THAN TIME TO ADDRESS THEM ON THIS FLOOR. SO I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THE THREE THAT MAKE IT SO UTTERLY DANGEROUS TO OUR ECONOMY AND TO THE MIDDLE CLASS. FIRST, MOST OF THE BENEFITS OF THE TAX CUTS REPUBLICANS ARE PROPOSING WILL BENEFIT ONLY THOSE AT THE VERY TOP 1%, THE 99% LEFT BEHIND, ACCORDING TO THE NONPARTISAN TAX POLICY CENTER LATEST ANALYSIS, UNDER THE REPUBLICAN PLAN, 47% OF THE TAX CUTS WILL BENEFIT THAT TOP 1%. JUST 1.2 MILLION HOUSEHOLDS. MAKING MORE THAN $900,000 A YEAR. LET ME REPEAT. THE TOP 1% WILL GET NEARLY HALF OF ALL THE TAX CUTS IN THIS BILL. AND 50% FOR THE 99%. SECOND, THE REPUBLICAN PLAN RAISES TAXES ON 36 MILLION MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES. THAT'S NOT WHAT THE SPEAKER SAID IT WAS GOING TO DO. HE SAID IT WOULD GIVE EVERYBODY A TAX CUT. THAT WAS NOT TRUE AND IS NOT TRUE. 36 MILLION MIDDLE CLASS AMERICAN HOUSEHOLDS WILL SEE THEIR TAXES GO UP OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS AS A RESULT OF THIS REPUBLICAN PLAN. AND THIRD, THE REPUBLICAN PLAN WILL EXPLODE THE DEBT BY MORE THAN $1.7 TRILLION OVER THE NEXT DECADE. THIS BILL IS THE GRANDDADDY OF ALL DEBT CREATORS. THIS MEANS THAT THOSE TAX CUTS, MORE THAN HALF OF WHICH BENEFIT ONLY THE TOP 1 1/2 PERCENT, WILL BE PAID FOR BY A HUGE TAX INCREASE ON OUR CHILDREN AND ON OUR GRANDCHILDREN. THE LATE SENATOR RUSSELL LONG OF LOUISIANA LIKED TO SAY AN OLD DIDDY ABOUT WHO GETS STUCK WITH THE PAIN OF TAX INCREASE. HE SAID DON'T TAX YOU. DON'T TAX ME. TAX THAT FELLOW BEHIND THE FREE -- TREE. MEANING OF COURSE THAT NONE OF THE VOTERS WANT A TAX INCREASE. IF YOU RAISE TAXES, MAKE SURE IT'S SOMEONE ELSE WHO IS OUT OF SIGHT AND OUT OF MIND. IN THIS CASE, SADLY, MR. SPEAKER, THAT FELLOW BEHIND THE TREE IS A CHILD. THIS IS A TAX INCREASE ON ALL THOSE CHILDREN. IT'S A CHILD WHO CAN'T VOTE AND DOESN'T HAVE A VOICE IN THIS DEBATE. THE REPUBLICAN PLAN ASKS MEMBERS TO PILE $1.7 TRILLION OR MORE OF DEBT ON TO OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN AND PUT THE FISCAL SUSTAINABILITY OF OUR COUNTRY AT FURTHER RISK. WHEN CONFRONTED WITH THIS FACT, WE HEAR ONLY THE SAME ARGUMENTS WE HEAR IN 2001 AND 2003 BEFORE THE LAST MAJOR REPUBLICAN EFFORT TO CUT TAXES PRECIPITATED THE WORST RECESSION IN OUR MEMORY. AND A PERIOD OF SEVERE BUDGET TIGHTENING THAT LED TO DISINVESTMENT IN OUR COUNTRY UNDER THE THREAT OF SEQUESTRATION. AND THAT ARGUMENT, FLAWED AND FALSE, IS THAT THESE TAX CUTS WILL GROW THE ECONOMY SO MUCH THAT THE ENSUING GROWTH WILL MAGICALLY ERASE ALL THE DEFICITS WE KNOW THEIR PLAN WILL ACCRUE. SO EASY, MR. SPEAKER. SO EASY. THE CUTS WILL SIMPLY PAY FOR THEMSELVES, WE'RE TOLD. WE HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT BEFORE, OF COURSE. THE CYCLE REPEATS, REPUBLICAN PROMISES THAT TAX CUTS WILL PAY FOR THEMSELVES FOLLOWED BY MASSIVE DEFICITS. 189% INCREASE IN THE DEFICIT UNDER RONALD REAGAN. FOLLOWED BY REPUBLICANS INSISTING THAT WE RESPOND WITH AUSTERE CUTS TO INVESTMENTS IN OUR PEOPLE AND IN OPPORTUNITY. SO EASILY THEY FORGET. BUT MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS WILL NOT FORGET WHO IS RESPONSIBLE WHEN THEIR TAXES GO UP. WHEN THEIR TAX INCREASES PAY FOR TAX CUTS FOR THE TOP 1%. AND WHEN IN THE YEARS AHEAD MORE AND MORE INVESTMENTS NEED TO BE CUT TO PAY THE INTEREST ON THE DEBT UNDER WHICH THIS PLAN WILL BURY THE CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN OF AMERICA. AND ALL BECAUSE MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE WANTED TO SKIP OUT ON DOING WHAT THEY KNEW WOULD BE HARD, JUST AS THEY DID WHEN FORMER WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, DAVE CAMP, INTRODUCED HIS COMPREHENSIVE TAX REFORM THAT WAS RESPONSIBLY BUT THEY DISMISSED IT. DISMISSED IT OUT OF HAND BECAUSE IT WOULD HAVE REQUIRED HASHING OUT A DIFFICULT COMPROMISE. BUT EASY IS NO SIN COME -- SYNONYM FOR SUCCESSFUL. PRESIDENT KENNEDY TOLD US WE DO THESE THINGS -- WE CHOOSE THESE THINGS, THAT IS, TACKLING OUR GREATEST CHALLENGES, NOT BECAUSE THEY ARE EASY BUT BECAUSE THEY ARE HARD. SO I ASK MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS, NO, I URGE THEM, SETASIDE THIS DANGEROUS, RECKLESS, AND IRRESPONSIBLE BILL. INSTEAD, LET'S CHOOSE THE HARD PATH THAT INVOLVES HARD CHOICES AND TRUST AND ALL OF THOSE THINGS THAT MAKE TAX REFORM SUCCESSFUL IN 1986. WHICH ARE THE MISSING ELEMENTS IN THIS FLAWED BILL. MR. SPEAKER, DEMOCRATS ARE READY TO SIT DOWN WITH YOU AND WORK ON THIS CHALLENGE. TOGETHER. IT WON'T BE EASY. MR. SPEAKER, DEMOCRATS THAT'S A PROMISE. BUT IF WE DO IT TOGETHER, IF WE DO IT IN A WAY THAT DOESN'T BALLOON THE DEBT OR RAISE TAXES ON THE MIDDLE CLASS, WE HAVE A CHANCE TO DO IT RIGHT. LET'S TAKE THAT CHANCE.

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    • 10:09:15 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. THOMPSON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:09:21 AM

      MR. THOMPSON

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK IS RURAL HEALTH WEEK IN THE…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK IS RURAL HEALTH WEEK IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA. IT'S A TIME TO PROMOTE AWARENESS OF THE FULL RANGE OF ISSUES THAT IMPACT RURAL HEALTH THROUGHOUT THE STATE AND THE HEALTH STATUS OF RURAL PENNSYLVANIANS. NATIONALLY PENNSYLVANIA RANKS AS ONE OF THE STATES WITH THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF RURAL RESIDENTS WITH 23% OF PENNSYLVANIANS RESIDING IN RURAL AREAS. RURAL COMMUNITIES ALSO FACE UNIQUE HEALTH CARE CONCERNS. LACK OF PROVIDERS. ACCESSIBILITY ISSUES THE, PARTICULARLY IN TERMS OF TRANSPORTATION AND TECHNOLOGY. HEALTH CARE CONCERNS. LACK OF PROVIDERS. ACCESSIBILITY ISSUES THE, PARTICULARLY IN TERMS OF TRANSPORTATION AND TECHNOLOGY. AND AFFORDABILITY ISSUES AS A RESULT OF LARGER PERCENTAGES OF UNINSURED AND UNDERINSURED CITIZENS AND GREATER OUT-OF-POCKET HEALTH COSTS. MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE I WAS ELECTED TO SERVE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, I SPENT NEARLY HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, I SPENT NEARLY 30 YEARS IN A NONPROFIT HEALTH CARE FIELD ASSISTING THOSE WITH LIFE CHANGING DISEASES AND DISABILITY. I'M ACUTELY AWARE OF THE CHALLENGES MANY FACE WHEN IT COMES TO OBTAINING REASONABLY PRICED HEALTH CARE. IT'S ESPECIALLY CRITICAL FOR RURAL AMERICA LIKE MUCH OF THE FIFTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA. WE'RE FACING A HEALTH CARE CRISIS IN OUR NATION'S RURAL AREAS. THESE OFTEN DISADVANTAGED POPULATIONS ARE STILL STRUGGLING TO ACCESS AFFORDABLE, QUALITY CARE. MANY REMAIN ON SHORE. MOST -- REMAIN INSURED. MOST ARE UNDERINSURED. EVEN WHEN PEOPLE GAIN ACCESS TO HEALTH INSURANCE, IT DOESN'T EQUAL ACCESS TO CARE. RURAL HOSPITALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE CLOSING, LEAVING PATIENTS WITHOUT ACCESS TO THEIR EMERGENCY ROOMS AND LONG-TERM HEALTH CARE FACILITIES. 80 RURAL HOSPITALS IN THE UNITED STATES HAVE CLOSED SINCE 2010. ONE IN THREE RURAL HOSPITALS ARE FINANCIALLY VULNERABLE. AT THE CURRENT CLOSURE RATE, MORE THAN 25% OF RURAL HOSPITALS WILL CLOSE IN LESS THAN A DECADE. IN ADDITION TO HOSPITAL CLOSURES, A WORK FORCE SHORTAGE PLAGUES RURAL AMERICA. 77% OF MORE THAN 2,000 RURAL COUNTIES IN THE UNITED STATES ARE DESIGNATED AS HAVING A SHORTAGE OF HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS. RECRUITMENT, RETENTION OF EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONALS INCLUDING PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIANS IS AN ONGOING CHALLENGE. FURTHERMORE, THE OPIOID CRISIS THAT IS SWEEPING THE NATION HAS RAVAGED OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES, LEAVING EVEN MORE OF THE POPULATION IN NEED OF CRUCIAL HEALTH SERVICES. ADOLESCENCE AND YOUNG ADULTS LIVING IN LAUREL AREAS -- RURAL AREAS ARE MORE VULNERABLE TO OPIOID ABUSE. THE OVERDOSES HAS SKYROCKETED IN RURAL AREAS. HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT AND GREATER RATE OF THE TYPES OF INJURIES THAT RESULT IN PRESCRIPTIONS FOR OPIOID MEDICATIONS HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THIS. WHERE THERE ARE WAYS TOWN CREASE TREATMENT OPTIONS, LAST WEEK THE HOUSE APPROVED A BILL INTRODUCED THAT WOULD EXPAND HEALTH CARE ACCESS FOR OUR VETERANS THROUGH TELLY MEDICINE -- TELEMEDICINE. IT ALLOWS V.A. HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS TO PRACTICE MEDICINE ACROSS STATE LINES. OUR VETERANS SHOULD RECEIVE THE BEST CARE POSSIBLE NO MATTER WHERE THEY ARE LOCATED. WITH ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY, WE SEE NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR VETERANS TO OBTAIN COVERAGE THROUGH TELEMEDICINE, ESPECIALLY IN SOME OF OUR MOST RURAL AREAS. AS WE CELEBRATE NATIONAL RURAL HEALTH DAY, THIS THURSDAY, IT IS MY HOPE THAT WE CONTINUE TO STRIVE FOR 21ST CENTURY HEALTH CARE SYSTEM THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONE IN AMERICA. WITH TECHNOLOGY TODAY, WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPAND SERVICES REGARDLESS OF WHERE ONE RESIDES. PARTICULARLY FOR THOSE IN RURAL REGIONS WHERE THE NEED IS GREAT AND THE SERVICES ARE SCARCE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:13:00 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS,…

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. QUIGLEY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:13:04 AM

      MR. QUIGLEY

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEK THE PRESIDENT VISITED ASIA…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEK THE PRESIDENT VISITED ASIA FOR THE FIRST TIME AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF AND TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY WHILE ON FOREIGN SOIL TO REITERATE HIS AMERICA FIRST DOCTRINE. I RISE TODAY BECAUSE AN AMERICAN FIRST DOCTRINE AND THE MENTALITY WILL NOT LEAD TO SUCCESS FOR THE UNITED STATES OR THE WORLD THIS. WAY OF THINKING IS AN OUTDATED, OBSOLETE, AND DANGEROUS FORM OF ISOLATIONISM. IT WILL NOT KEEP US SAFE. IT WILL NOT MAKE US STRONGER ECONOMICALLY. IRONICALLY THIS PHRASE PAINTS A PICTURE THAT IS BLATANTLY UN-AMERICAN. AMERICA FIRST SENDS A SIGNAL TO THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY THAT THE UNITED STATES NO LONGER WANTS TO CARRY THE TORCH OF FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY, WHICH SHINES BRIGHTER THROUGH INCLUSION AND COLLABORATION. ON THE NATIONAL SECURITY FRONT, THE UNITED STATES IS THE STRONG LESS ON THE NATIONAL SECURITY FRONT, THE UNITED STATES IS THE STRONG LESS MILITARY THE WORLD HAS KNOWN. FOR DECADES, ALLIES HAVE COUNTED ON THE U.S. TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE TO WORK WITH THEM TO PROTECT THE SHARED VALUES WE HOLD DEAR. AS WE FACE NUMEROUS INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGES, BOTH OLD AND NEW, WE NEED TO PUT MORE FAITH AND INVESTMENT IN OUR INTERNATIONAL AND DIPLOMATIC INSTITUTIONS, NOT WEAKEN THEM. THE UNITED STATES DID NOT EARN ITS REPUTATION AS LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD BY STANDING BACK AND ALLOWING DARKER FORCES TO PREVAIL. AS A OPPRESSIVE AS LEADER REGIMES LIKE RUSSIA SEEK TO UNDERMINE DEMOCRACIES, INCLUDING OUR OWN, AMERICA'S COMMITMENT TO DEMOCRACY MUST BE STRONGER THAN EVER. THE PRESIDENT'S THREATS TO NATO ANTI-U.N. HAVE CAUSED OUR TRUSTED ALLIES TO QUESTION OUR COMMITMENTS TO COLLECTIVE DEFENSE. WE KNOW WHEN COUNTRIES WORK IN CONCERT, A CHANCE OF CONFLICT DECREASES. DESPITE ITS CHALLENGES, GLOBALIZATION HAS LED TO ONE OF THE MOST PEACEFUL AND PRODUCTIVE TIMES IN WORLD HISTORY. ADOPTING PROTECTIONIST POLICIES WHICH STIFLE THIS PROGRESS AND CERTAINLY WON'T PUT AMERICA FIRST. OUR EFFORTS TO ADDRESS DIFFICULT DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGES ARE NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE. IN FACT, THEY CAN AND SHOULD HAPPEN SIMULTANEOUSLY. WE DEFEATED COMMUNISM IN PART BY SHOWING THE WORLD THAT A COMMITMENT TO DEMOCRACY AND EXPANDING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY MAKES PEOPLE'S LIVES BETTER AND NATIONS MORE SECURE, MEANING OUR COMMITMENTS OVERSEAS ALSO MAKES US STRONGER AND SAFER HERE AT HOME. STANDING UP AGAINST THE ISOLATIONIST TIDE SWEEPING THE GLOBE IS CRITICAL TO PRESERVING OUR LEADERSHIP ROLE. . BY ABANDONING OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH EVERY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, THE PRESIDENT HAS PUT OUR CREDIBILITY AND OUR EARTH AT RISK. WE ARE NOW THE ONLY NATION NOT PARTICIPATING IN THIS HISTORIC CLIMATE PATH. WE MUST LEAD BY EXAMPLE. THIS INCLUDES RECALLING LESSONS LEARNED FROM EARLIER PERIODS OF ISOLATIONISM. RELINQUISHING GROUND IN THIS AREA CREATES A VACUUM WHERE LESS DEMOCRATIC ACTORS ARE PREPARED AND CAPABLE TO FULFILL. AND INDICATING GLOBAL LEADERSHIP, PRAISING AUTHORITARIAN REGIMES AND BELITTLING ALLIES HAS BEEN A HALLMARK OF THIS PRESIDENCY. THIS DOES NOT PUT AMERICA OR OUR INTERESTS FIRST. OUR U.N. AND NATO PARTNERSHIPS SHOULD BE STRENGTHENED. WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT TAKING ON TERRORISM, CYBERSECURITY THREATS AND OTHER DANGERS THAT JEOPARDIZE THE PEACE OF OUR PLANET. INSTEAD OF DISTINGUISHING BETWEEN WINNERS AND LOSERS AND SEWING DIVISION WHERE IT NEED NOT EXIST, WE MUST ACKNOWLEDGE OUR SHARED GOALS AND VALUES WITH OUR ALLIES AROUND THE WORLD. BECAUSE OUR COMMITMENT TO DEMOCRACY AND DIPLOMACY IS WHAT HAS ALWAYS MADE OUR NATION GREAT. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:17:09 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA,…

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. ABRAHAM, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:17:15 AM

      MR. ABRAHAM

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

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO THANK THE EMERGENCY CONTRIBUTION OF THE CIVIL AIR PATROL. IN THE NEAR FUTURE, I HOPE TO ALSO TALK ABOUT TWO OTHER PRIMARY MISSION TO THE C.A.P., YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND AEROSPACE AND STEM EDUCATION. LITERALLY EVERY DAY THEY RESPOND TO LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCIES, HOMELAND SECURITY REQUESTS AND A WIDE RANGE OF MISSIONS FOR STATES AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WITH OVER 500 SINGLE ENGINE AIRCRAFT IN EVERY STATE AND IN PUERTO RICO. AS AN ACTIVE MEMBER SINCE 2004, I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF FLYING MANY OF THESE MISSIONS, SO I SPEAK FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE. OVER THE PAST 15 MONTHS, C.A.P. HAS RESPONDED TO FOUR HURRICANES, MAJOR WILDFIRES IN THE WEST, DOZENS OF OTHER EMERGENCIES, INCLUDING SEARCH AND RESCUES IN ADDITION TO VITAL MILITARY MISSIONS ON A DAILY BASIS. THE HIGH OPERATIONAL TEMPO HAS HELPED ENSURE THAT C.A.P. FOR A SECOND YEAR IN A ROJAS FLOWN OVER 100,000 HOURS -- ROW HAS FLOWN OVER 100,000 HOURS. ONE CONSIDERS THESE MISSIONS ARE FLOWN BY VOLUNTEER PROFESSIONALS WHO PAYS DUES TO BELONG TO C.A.P. AND THEY MUST TAKE TIME FROM THEIR WORK, USE THEIR VACATION TIMES TO ACTUALLY FLY THESE MISSIONS. VITAL FOR MANY COMMUNITIES IN EVERY STATE ARE C.A.P. OPERATIONS. C.A.P.'S MASSIVE VOLUNTEER RESPONSE TO THE THREE RECENT RAPID FIRE HURRICANES, HARVEY, IRMA AND MARIA, THAT MADE U.S. LANDFALL FROM TEXAS TO THE VIRGIN ISLANDS. WHILE ADDITIONAL FLIGHT HOURS ARE STILL EXPECTED, 2,800 HOURS HAVE ALREADY BEEN FLOWN AND NEARLY HALF A MILLION PHOTOGRAPHS HAVE BEEN TAKEN FOR FEMA, TEXAS, LOUISIANA, FLORIDA, PUERTO RICO AND THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. THESE PHOTOS ARE BEING USED TO ASSESS DAMAGE AND TO FOCUS ON RECOVERY EFFORTS. TO DO THIS, C.A.P. HAS USED 118 AIRCRAFT AND OVER 1,000 PERSONNEL FROM 44 WINGS. THERE'S A WING FOR EVERY STATE AND PUERTO RICO AND D.C., AND HEADQUARTERS ACROSS THE NATION. FOR EVERY LARGE-SCALE OPERATION, HURRICANE SUPPORT FOR C.A.P. OFTEN DEPENDS ON THE ASSISTANCE OF THESE ADJACENT WINGS IN DIFFERENT STATES AND DIFFERENT REGIONS OF THE COUNTRY. I WAS ABLE TO VIEW UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL HURRICANE RECOVERY OPERATIONS WHEN I FLEW SEVERAL SORTIES DURING HURRICANE HARVEY. ON ONE MISSION I WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR TAKING FULL MOTION VIDEO OF THREE DAMS ALONG THE TEXAS-LOUISIANA BORDER TO HELP ESTABLISH THAT THEY WERE IN GOOD CONDITION AND SAFE FOR THOSE LIVING IN THE SURROUNDING AREA, AND THOSE ASSESSMENTS COULD MEAN THE DIFFERENCE OF LIFE AND DEATH IN MANY COMMUNITIES. IN CALIFORNIA, WHERE FAST-MOVING WILDFIRES DESTROYED OVER 8,900 HOMES, C.A.P. CONTINUES TO FLY MISSIONS FOR THEM. 13,586 PHOTOS WERE TAKEN. THESE FOTE REST ARE BEING USED TO HELP -- PHOTOS ARE BEING USED TO HELP TO ANALYZE THE DAMAGE AND ASSESS THE ASSISTANCE NEEDED BY THOSE WHOSE HOMES AND BUSINESSES HAVE BEEN DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. IN ADDITION TO CONVENTIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER, C.A.P.'S CALIFORNIA OPERATIONS HAVE INCLUDED TESTING A NEW IMAGERY SYSTEM WHICH HELPS ELIMINATION DISTORTION IN PHOTOS, MAKING IT EASIER FOR FEMA TO ANALYZE THE DATA AND MAKING THEM A MORE EFFECTIVE TOOL FOR DAMAGES ASSESSMENT. C.A.P. IS PLEASED TO BE PART OF THIS TEST PROGRAM AND IT IS SUPPOSED TO IMPROVE WILDFIRE DAMAGE ASSESSMENT. OPERATIONAL MISSIONS FOR THE AIR FORCE AND OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES OCCUR DAILY AND WITHOUT FANFARE. THESE INCLUDE AMONG OTHERS, BEING A TARGET FOR AIR FORCE INTERCEPTORS, HELPING TRAIN COMBAT GROUND FORCES, ESCORTING MILITARY AIRCRAFT FOR TRAINING, AIR COMBAT COMMANDS FIRST AIR FORCE PROVIDES OPERATIONAL AND COORDINATION FOR THESE C.A.P. MISSIONS WHICH COMPROMISE ABOUT 80% OF THE FIRST AIR FORCE WEEKLY OPERATIONAL FLYING. I WAS PRIVILEGED RECENTLY TO FLY WITH THE C.A.P.'S CONGRESSIONAL SQUADRON ON A FERTILE KEY NOTE MISSION. THIS MISSION IS UNUSUAL AS IT PROVIDES C.A.P. AIRCRAFT AS A SLOW-MOVING TARGET FOR ITS AIR FORCE PILOTS TO PRACTICE INTERCEPTION TECHNIQUES. THE CONGRESSIONAL SQUADRON IS UNIQUE AS IT INCLUDES MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND CONGRESSIONAL STAFF WHO FLY WITH C.A.P. AIRMEN. OUR MISSION THAT DAY WAS TO SIMULATE A GENERAL AVIATION AIRCRAFT THAT WAS IN CONTROL OF AIRSPACE WITHOUT PERMISSION. TWO F-16 VIPERS SCRAMBLED FROM JOINT BASE ANDREWS FOUND US. THIS COST WAS A FRACTION TO THE GOVERNMENT AND THEY ARE VALUABLE IN TRAINING TO OUR GREAT MEN AND WOMEN IN AIR FORCE UNIFORMS. OUR KEY MISSION IS TO HELP TRAIN GROUND COMBAT SOLDIERS WHO ARE ABOUT TO DEPLOY OVERSEAS. TWO C.A.P. SQUADRONS WILL HAVE THIS SUPPORT AND I WILL CERTAINLY CONTINUE THIS DISCUSSION LATER. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:27:09 AM

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      THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA,…

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

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    • 10:27:20 AM

      MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO RECOGNIZE TRANSGENDER AWARENESS WEEK TO…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO RECOGNIZE TRANSGENDER AWARENESS WEEK TO BRING ATTENTION TO THE CHALLENGES THAT TRANSGENDER INDIVIDUALS STILL FACE TODAY. OUR GREAT COUNTRY WAS FOUNDED ON THE VALUES OF OPPORTUNITY AND FREEDOM, BUT UNFORTUNATELY WE HEAR ABOUT BILLS AND A PUBLIC DISCOURSE THAT ONLY SEEKS TO DIVIDE AND TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST THIS VULNERABLE POPULATION. TRANSGENDER INDIVIDUALS ARE ACTIVE MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY. THEY ARE OUR FRIENDS, OUR NEIGHBORS AND OUR CHILDREN. AS THE MOTHER TO A TRANSGENDER SON, I KNOW THAT THERE'S A GREAT NEED FOR A PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF GENDER IDENTITY. THESE ARE AMERICANS WHO HAVE THE SAME HOPES, THE SAME DREAMS AS EVERYBODY ELSE AND SHOULD NOT BE TREATED DIFFERENTLY FROM THEIR PEERS. MR. SPEAKER, THE REALITY IS THAT TRANSGENDER AMERICANS AROUND THE COUNTRY WORK HARD AND WANT TO SUCCEED AND PROVIDE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES. THEY DESERVE TO BE FULLY PROTECTED UNDER OUR LAWS. WE MUST COME TOGETHER AS A COUNTRY TO SAY NO TO PREJUDICE, NO TO DISCRIMINATION AND NO TO HARASSMENT. THAT BEGINS BY RESPECTING, BY ACCEPTING AND BY EMBRACING EACH INDIVIDUAL. THANK YOU.

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    • 10:28:35 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS.

    • 10:28:39 AM

      MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

      SORRY, MR. SPEAKER. I WAS PAUSING.

    • 10:28:42 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      I APOLOGIZE. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

    • 10:28:45 AM

      MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

      MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO CONGRATULATE DR. PADRON ON BEING SELECTED TO THE…

      MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO CONGRATULATE DR. PADRON ON BEING SELECTED TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE URBAN INSTITUTE. THE URBAN INSTITUTE IS AMONGST OUR NATION'S LEADING PUBLIC POLICY THINK TANKS WITH A MISSION TO OPEN MINDS, TO SHAPE DECISIONS, AND TO OFFER SOLUTIONS. SO IT IS NOT HARD TO SEE WHY IT SELECTED DR. PADRON AS ITS BOARD. THE DOCTOR SERVES AS THE PRESIDENT OF MY ALMA MATER MIAMI-DADE COLLEGE AND HAS DEDICATED HIS LIFE AND HIS CAREER TO ADVOCATE ON BEHALF OF UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS. THROUGHOUT HIS PRESIDENCY, M.D.C. HAS BEEN PROPELLED INTO A POSITION OF NATIONAL PROMINENCE AND A SHINING EXAMPLE FOR HOW A COLLEGE CAN BRING ABOUT REAL AND POSITIVE CHANGE IN A COMMUNITY. DR. PADRON'S EFFORTS AND STRONG RECORD OF SERVICE HAVE HELPED TRANSFORM THE LIVES OF MANY IN MY COMMUNITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA, AND I'M CONFIDENT THAT HIS TENURE AT THE URBAN INSTITUTE WILL BE A SUCCESSFUL ONE. SO ONCE AGAIN, DR. PADRON, FELICIDADES, CONGRATULATIONS. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO PAY RECOGNITION TO A TRUE FLORIDA ICON, MR. STANLEY TATE. HAILING FROM MIAMI, STANLEY IS A MAN COMMITTED TO PUBLIC SERVICE AND HELPING THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST. HE HAS DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO SERVING AS A VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS, AND HAS NEVER CEASED TO PUT THE NEEDS OF OTHERS BEFORE HIS OWN. I AM PROUD TO HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK EXTENSIVELY WITH MR. TATE THROUGHOUT MY TIME IN THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE. TOGETHER WE PIONEERED MANY GREAT INITIATIVES, INCLUDING THE CREATION OF THE FLORIDA PREPAID COLLEGE PROGRAM THAT IS OUR NATION'S PREMIERE SAVINGS PLAN TO IMPROVE OPPORTUNITIES IN THE SUNSHINE STATE AND ADVANCE HIGHER EDUCATION. IN ADDITION TO HIS MANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS, STANLEY HAS REMAINED A STRONG ADVOCATE FOR OUR NATION'S LEADING AND CLOSEST ALLY, THE DEMOCRATIC JEWISH STATE OF ISRAEL. HE HAS REMAINED STEADFAST IN HIS COMMITMENT TO FIGHT ISSUES LIKE B.D.S. AND ANTI-SEMITISM AND I JOIN HIM IN HIS FIGHT TOWARD EQUALITY AND ACCEPTANCE FOR ALL. I WISH STANLEY TATE THE BEST IN HIS FUTURE ENDEAVORS, AND I THANK HIM FOR HIS TIRELESS SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY. . MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RENEW MY COMMITMENT TO ADDRESSING THE MANY ISSUES BIPARTISAN CLIMATE SOLUTIONS CAUCUS. MY HOME DISTRICT OF MIAMI HAS EXPERIENCED THE IMPACT ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH CLIMATE CHANGE AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO HELP BE PART OF THE ANSWER BY JOINING THE OF CLIMATE CHANGE FIRSTHAND. IN MIAMI BEACH, MY CONSTITUENTS EXPERIENCE EVER MORE FREQUENT PINK TIDES THAT FLOOD THE STREETS WITH SALTWATER. ACROSS ALL OF SOUTH FLORIDA BEACHES AND COASTLINES CONTINUE TO ERODE AWAY. THESE ARE A FEW OF THE EXAMPLES OF REAL CONSEQUENCES OF SEA LEVEL RISE WHICH IS A DIRECT CONSEQUENCE OF CLIMATE CHANGE. THESE FACTS CANNOT BE IGNORED. I'D LIKE TO THANK OUR COLLEAGUES, CONGRESSMAN CARLOS CAR BELLOW, AND TED DEUTCH THE FOUNDERS AND CO-CHAIRS OF THIS IMPORTANT CAUCUS FOR RECOGNIZING WE CANNOT AFFORD TO IGNORE CLIMATE CHANGE ANY LONGER. IT'S NOT JUST A FLORIDA ISSUE. TIM PACTS OUR ENTIRE COUNTRY. I'M PROUD TO BE A PRODUCT OF THIS GROUP OF MEMBERS SEEKING TO CO-CHAIRS OF DIFFICULT QUESTIONS ASSOCIATED WITH CLIMATE CHANGE AND WORK ON PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS TO MITIGATE ITS EFFECT AND BUILD A MORE RESILIENT NATION. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:32:11 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR.…

      THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. DOGGETT, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:32:15 AM

      MR. DOGGETT

      FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. TURNER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:37:39 AM

      MR. TURNER

      TODAY I RISE TO THANK AND HONOR AN INTEGRAL MEMBER OF MY COMMUNITY,…

      TODAY I RISE TO THANK AND HONOR AN INTEGRAL MEMBER OF MY COMMUNITY, DIRECTOR GLEN COSTY, OF THE DAYTON V.A. MEDICAL CENTER AND CONGRATULATE HIM ON HIS RETIREMENT. HE TURNED THE DAYTON V.A. INTO ONE OF THE TOP MEDICAL FACILITIES FOR OUR VETERANS IN THE COUNTRY. THE DIRECTOR'S SUCCESS AS DIRECTOR OF THE CENTER IN DAYTON HAS GAINED HIM NATIONAL RECOGNITION. HE HAS BEEN SENT THROUGHOUT FACILITIES FOR OUR VETERANS IN THE COUNTRY. THE THE COUNTRY TO SAVE MULTIPLE V.A. MEDICAL FACILITIES PLAGUED WITH ISSUES, PARTICULARLY INCLUDING VETERAN--- VETERAN PATIENT BACKLOGS. HE'S WORKED TIRELESSLY TOINT GREAT THE V.A. IN OUR COMMUNITY TO SERVE OUR VETERANS IN A WAY IT HASN'T FOR DECADES. IT HAS BEEN DEDICATED TO BETTERING THE LIVES 67 OUR VETERANS. I WAS HONORED TO WORK WITH THE DIRECTOR ON THE ISSUE ON BRINGING CREATIVE HOUSING OPTIONS FOR DAYTON'S VETERANS, A PLACE KNOWN AS LION'S PLACE 2. WE ALSO WORKED TOGETHER ON THE SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGN TO BRING THE V.A. NATIONAL ARCHIVES TO DAYTON. HIS LEADERSHIP AND EXPERTISE WILL BE DEEPLY MISSED AT THE DAYTON V.A. I WISH TO THANK HIM, GIVE HIM ALL THE BEST, AND LOOK FORWARD TO WHAT HE'LL BE DOING WITH HIS LEADERSHIP AND THANK HIM AGAIN FOR EVERYTHING HE'S DONE FOR DAYTON VETERANS. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:39:02 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO, MS. KAPTUR, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:39:07 AM

      MS. KAPTUR

      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE.

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      TEMPORE WITHOUT

      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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      MS. KAPTUR

      MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO A FREEDOM FIGHTER. A BELOVED…

      MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO A FREEDOM FIGHTER. A BELOVED MOTHER OF HER EMBATTLED COUNTRY, UKRAINE. AMINA WAS KILLED ON OCTOBER 30 IN A COWARDLY ACT. HITMEN FIRED ON AMINA AND HER HUSBAND, ADAM, FROM BEHIND BUSHES AS THEY DROVE BY. SHE WAS FATALLY STRUCK IN THE HEAD. THE WORLD LOST A BRAVE AND BEAUTIFUL SOUL, BUT HER LOSS WILL NOT BE IN VAIN. BORN IN THE SOUTHERN UKRAINIAN CITY OF ODESSA, AMINA WAS A MOTHER, MEDICAL SURGEON, A UKRAINIAN POLICE LIEUTENANT, AND A MUSLIM ACTIVIST KNOWN FOR HER STANCE ON EQUAL RIGHTS FOR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. SHE WAS A BORN LEADER. AT THE START OF THEUREO-MIDON MOVEMENT, AMINA JOINED THE PEACEFUL PROTESTS IN UKRAINE IN THE BITTER COLD. A PROTEST AGAINST REPRESSION. TO SHOW SOLIDARITY, SHE LIVED WITH HER HUSBAND ON THE STREET IN A TENT. WHEN RUSSIA ILLEGALLY INVADED CRIMEA IN EASTERN UKRAINE, ARMENIA -- AMINA WAS THE FIRST WOMAN TO JOIN THE VOLUNTEER BATTALION. SHE WAS AWARDED THE HERO OF UKRAINE MEDAL TO HONOR HER BRAVERY AT THE -- AT A BATTLE. AND THE GRIZZLY FIGHT AGAINST RUSSIAN AGGRESSION. SHE FOUGHT VALIANTLY. TOWARDS PROGRESS AND AGAINST OPPRESSION. HER BRAVERY SYMBOLIZES THE EXTRAORDINARY STRENGTH OF UKRAINIAN WOMEN AS THE FOUNTAIN HEAD OF THAT SOCIETY, HOLDING THE COUNTRY TOGETHER DURING SIGNIFICANT DURESS. WITH HER ASSASSINATION, THE WORLD HAS YET AGAIN WITNESSED HOW THE ENEMY OF DEMOCRACY WILL STOP AT NOTHING TO SILENCE THOSE WHO STAND FOR FREEDOM AND JUSTICE. AMINA HAD BEEN A TARGET BEFORE DUE TO HER UNYIELDING PATRIOTISM. A FAILED ATTEMPT OCCURRED IN JUNE WHEN AN ASSASSIN, PRETENDING TO BE A MONDAY, OCTOBER 30, IT SUCCEEDED IN SNUFFING OUT THE BEAUTY OF AMINA AND WOUNDED HER PRETENDING TO BE A JOURNALIST, SHOT AT HER. TRAGICALLY EVIL PERSISTED AND ON HUSBAND. BUT HER SPIRIT ENDURES LARGER THAN LIFE ITSELF. AMINA IS ONE OF MANY FALLEN VICTIMS TO RUSSIA'S ILLEGAL INVASION OF UKRAINE AND ITS CLANDESTINE EFFORTS TO SNUFF OUT CHAMPIONS OF FREEDOM. THE LIST INCLUDES NICKO LIE -- NICK HE LIE -- NICK LIE, DENNIS, AND NUMEROUS OTHER VALIANT SOULS WHO PLACED THEIR LIVES FORWARD IN LIBERTY'S STRUGGLE. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT INTO THE RECORD AN EXTENSIVE LIST OF LIVES PURGED BY KREMLIN-RELATED ASSASSINATIONS.

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    • 10:43:01 AM

      TEMPORE WITHOUT

      WITHOUT OBJECTION. EXTENSIVE LIST OF LIVES PURGED BY KREMLIN-RELATED…

      WITHOUT OBJECTION. EXTENSIVE LIST OF LIVES PURGED BY KREMLIN-RELATED ASSASSINATIONS.

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    • 10:43:05 AM

      TEMPORE WITHOUT

      IT IS HARD FOR PEOPLE OF GOOD WILL TO IMAGINE THE DEPTH OF DEPRAVITY THAT…

      IT IS HARD FOR PEOPLE OF GOOD WILL TO IMAGINE THE DEPTH OF DEPRAVITY THAT RUSSIA'S MALEVOLENT DICTATORS WILL STOOP TO TO SERVE THE NARROW PECK CUEARY AND POLITICAL INTERESTS OF THE FEW AT THE PRICE OF THE MANY. DR. SNYDER AND HIS EXTRAORDINARY BOOK, "BLOOD LANDS" RECOUNTS THE HUMAN TRAGEDY WROUGHT BY RUSSIAN DICTATORS, CITING THE 14 MILLION CIVILIANS, CIVILIANS WOMEN, CHILDREN, FAMILIES WHO WERE MURDERED AT RUSSIA'S HAND IN EASTERN AND CENTRAL EUROPE. PUTIN IS THE LATEST DICTATOR IN A LONG LINE OF THEM, AND SADLY THIS DARK HISTORY FROM STALIN TO PUTIN CONTINUES TODAY. IT IS INSTRUCTIVE THAT PUTIN HIMSELF HAS WRITTEN THAT HIS GRANDFATHER WAS A TRUSTED COOK FOR JOSEPH STALIN HIMSELF, WORKING INSIDE THE BELLY OF THE BEAST OF TYRANNY. THAT IS THE COCOON FOR JOSEPH STALIN FROM WHICH RUSSIA'S PUTIN HAS EMERGED, AND NOW ADD TO THOSE MILLIONS OF DEATHS, OVER 10,000 UKRAINIAN SOLDIERS KILLED BY RUSSIA WITH THOUSANDS UPON TENS OF THOUSANDS MORE WOUNDED. AND OVER TWO MILLION PEOPLE DISPLACED INSIDE UKRAINE. A COUNTRY THAT SIMPLY WANTS TO BE FREE. AS CO-CHAIR OF THE BIPARTISAN HOUSE UKRAINIAN CAUCUS, I CAN ATTEST OUR MEMBERS ARE COMMITTED TO HOLD RUSSIA ACCOUNTABLE FOR TYRANNICAL AND MALEVOLENT ACTIVITY. IN UKRAINE, AND EVEN HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN PURSUIT OF JUSTICE FOR AMINA AND SOLIDARITY WITH OTHER FREEDOM FIGHTERS IN UKRAINE. LET HER BRAVERY IN LIFE SERVE AS AN INSPIRATION TO US ALL AND LET THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY STAND WITH UKRAINE SHOULDER TO SHOULDER AS WE CONTINUE TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST RUSSIA'S INVASION OF A SOVEREIGN NATION. FIGHTING FOR A FUTURE, FREE OF STATE SPONSORED MURDER AND OCCUPATION. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:45:03 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI, MRS. HARTZLER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:45:10 AM

      MRS. HARTZLER

      FIVE MINUTES.

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      THIS ILL LITTLE BOY

      THIS ILL LITTLE BOY: AND HERE'S -- THIS LITTLE BOY -- AND HERE'S HIS…

      THIS ILL LITTLE BOY: AND HERE'S -- THIS LITTLE BOY -- AND HERE'S HIS PICTURE -- PRECIOUS. HE TALKED ABOUT THE URGENCY OF THIS LEGISLATION. WE MUST ACT NOW. I WANT CONGRESS TO HELP ZACH'S FAMILY AND OTHER FAMILIES WHO HAVE NO OTHER OPTIONS. WASHINGTON SHOULD NOT STAND IN THE WAY OF AMERICANS WITH LIFE-ENDING ILLNESSES WHO WANT TO TRY TO SAVE THEMSELVES AND HAVE NO OTHER AVAILABLE OPTIONS. THAT'S WHY I'M A PROUD CO-SPONSOR OF THE RIGHT TO TRY ACT AND WAS GLAD TO SEE THE SENATE PASS THEIR VERSION OF THIS BILL. IT IS NOW TIME FOR THE HOUSE TO ACT, AND I CALL ON MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS POTENTIALLY LIFE-SAVING LEGISLATION. PLEASE JOIN ME SO THAT WE CAN GIVE FAMILIES LIKE ZACH'S MORE OPTIONS AND HOPEFULLY MORE TIME. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:47:41 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 10:47:47 AM

      MR. GREEN

      THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, IT IS ALWAYS AN HONOR TO SPEAK…

      THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, IT IS ALWAYS AN HONOR TO SPEAK HERE IN THE WELL OF THE HOUSE OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I DO WANT TO COMPLIMENT YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I HEARD YOUR STATEMENTS EARLIER, AND I'D LIKE TO ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH THE PORTION OF YOUR STATEMENT THAT DEALT WITH TRANSGENDER PERSONS. MADAM SPEAKER, I STAND BEFORE THE WORLD TODAY WITH AN IMPEACHMENT UPDATE. I HAVE PREVIOUSLY INDICATED THAT THERE WILL BE A VOTE ON AN IMPEACHMENT RESOLUTION BEFORE CHRISTMAS. I STAND BY THIS, AND TO THIS END I WILL BE MEETING WITH APPROPRIATE MEMBERS OF HOUSE LEADERSHIP THIS WEEK TO DISCUSS THE NOTIFICATION PROCESS. I WANT PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND HOW THIS PROCESS WORKS. I WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO READ THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT FROM THE WELL OF THE HOUSE. AFTER THIS IS DONE, THERE WILL BE A TIME SET FOR ME TO PRESENT THEM AGAIN BEFORE THE HOUSE. MUST BE DONE TWICE. AND WHEN THAT TIME IS SET, I WILL HAVE TO BE NOTIFIED OF THE TIME. I DON'T SET THE TIME. I HAVE TO RESPOND AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME. FOR ME TO RESPOND AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME, APPROPRIATE NOTICE HAS TO BE GIVEN TO ME. THIS IS WHY I WILL BE MEETING WITH HOUSE LEADERSHIP SO THAT WE CAN DISCUSS THE MEANS BY WHICH APPROPRIATE NOTICE WILL BE GIVEN TO ME. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THERE'S NO CONFUSION ABOUT THIS PROCESS, NO CONFUSION AS TO HOW THE NOTICE IS TO BE ACCORDED ME. I WILL MEET WITH LEADERSHIP TO ASCERTAIN HOW THE APPROPRIATE NOTICE WILL BE ACCORDED ME SO THAT I MAY PRESENT THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT A SECOND TIME SO THAT THEREAFTER THERE WILL BE A VOTE ON THESE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT. BECAUSE THE SYSTEM IS SUCH THAT IT CAN BE DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND HOW PEOPLE HAVE ACTUALLY VOTED, I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THOSE WHO VOTE WITH ME AND THOSE WHO ARE SUPPORTIVE OF ADVANCING THE CAUSE OF IMPEACHMENT, I WILL BE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE WHO THEY ARE. AND I WILL GIVE YOU FURTHER UPDATES AS TO HOW THIS WILL TAKE PLACE. BUT I WANT TO ASSURE EVERY AMERICAN THAT THIS VOTE ON ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT WILL TAKE PLACE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, AND THAT THIS VOTE WILL BE ABOUT THE INCITEMENT OF HATE, ABOUT HOW THE COUNTRY IS BEING PUSHED BACK, HOW AMERICA IS BETTER THAN THE DIRECTION THAT SOMEONE SEEKS TO PUSH US FORWARD INTO. THIS IS A GREAT COUNTRY, AND WE CANNOT TOLERATE HATE. AND THIS MAY BE A FEW TIMES IN THE HISTORY OF THE COUNTRY THAT PERSONS WILL BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE A STAND AGAINST HATE BY CASTING THE APPROPRIATE VOTE IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I WILL GIVE FUTURE UPDATES ON IMPEACHMENT FROM THIS PODIUM. I AM HONORED TO ALWAYS STAND IN THE WELL OF THE HOUSE OF THE UNITED STATES OF REPRESENTATIVES. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:51:20 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 10:51:30 AM

      MR. FITZPATRICK

      MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE FIRST LIEUTENANT PATRICK J.…

      MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE FIRST LIEUTENANT PATRICK J. MCNULTY JR., ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS, WHO ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, RECEIVED THE SILVER STAR MEDAL WHICH IS OUR NATION'S THIRD HIGHEST AWARD FOR HEROISM IN COMBAT DURING THE VIETNAM WAR. ON NOVEMBER 7, 1967, LIEUTENANT MCNULTY WAS SERVING AS AN ARTILLERY FORWARD OBSERVER WHEN HIS UNIT WAS ATTACKED. LIEUTENANT MCNULTY CALLED IN ACCURATE FIRE ON MULTIPLE ENEMY POSITIONS WHILE ALSO DIRECTING FRIENDLY UNITS. EVEN AFTER BEING SERIOUSLY WOUNDED, LIEUTENANT MCNULTY CONTINUED TO FIGHT. AS THE ENEMY BEGAN TO RETREAT, HE ORGANIZED THE EFFORT TO PROVIDE AID TO HIS WOUNDED COMRADES. LIEUTENANT MCNULTY'S ACTIONS SAVED LIVES. HE RETURNED HOME TO HIS WIFE AND PURCHASED A HOME. EARNED AN M.B.A. FROM TEMPLE UNIVERSITY. WORKED FOR THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY AND HAS BEEN AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF OUR COMMUNITY. HIS STORY SHALL INSPIRE US ALL. MADAM SPEAKER, I OFFER TO THIS BODY PATRICK'S PERSONAL MOTTO, THE STATEMENT IS THE NAVY'S SEE BEEBEES. THE IMPOSSIBLE TAKES A LITTLE BIT LONGER TO DO. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND MEMORY OF BERNIE LENCE WHO PASSED AWAY IN MAY. HE HAD A LIFE THAT IMPACTED A GREAT NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY. TODAY, MONTHS AFTER HIS PASSING, HIS IMPACT IS STILL FELT. IN 1939, BERNIE ENLISTED IN THE ARMY TO FIGHT THE WAR IN EUROPE. DURING HIS TIME THERE, SERVING IN PATTON'S THIRD ARMY, HE HELPED LIBERATE A CONCENTRATION CAMP. AFTER THE WAR, HE RETURNED HOME AND WENT ABOUT HIS LIFE, RARELY TALKING ABOUT WHAT HE HAD SEEN UNTIL ONE DAY HE BEGAN TO SHARE HIS STORY. HE WAS KNOWN IN OUR COMMUNITY FOR HIS TALKS WITH STUDENTS AND SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY CENTERS, WORKING TO ENSURE THE HORRORS WHAT HE SAW WERE NOT FORGOTTEN AND WOULD NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN. PEOPLE GRAVITATED TOWARDS HIM. DUE TO HIS QUICK WIT AND HIS WARM DEMEANOR. HE WORKED CLOSELY WITH THE HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE PROGRAM OF POST 697 OF THE JEWISH WAR VETERANS IN BUCKS COUNTY WHICH CONTINUES HIS WORK TODAY. BERNIE FOUND INCREDIBLE PURPOSE FROM A DARK EXPERIENCE IN HIS LIFE. A LESSON THAT WE CAN ALL BENEFIT FROM. MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:54:14 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      YIELD BACK.

  • 10:54:22 AM

    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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  • 12:00:04 PM

    Reconvened

    The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of November 14.

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      THE SPEAKER

      THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY REVEREND DOCTOR…

      THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY REVEREND DOCTOR ANTHONY K.R. GIBSON, AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA.

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    • 12:00:23 PM

      Today's prayer was offered by Rev. Dr. Anthony K.R. Gibson, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Indianapolis, Indiana.

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        REVEREND DR. GIBSON

        ON THIS DAY BEFORE THIS AUGUST BODY, WE ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR PRESENCE IN THIS…

        ON THIS DAY BEFORE THIS AUGUST BODY, WE ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR PRESENCE IN THIS PLACE AS THE LIVING GOD. THERE IS NONE LIKE YOU, YOUR DOMINION WILL NEVER RECESS AND YOUR

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      • 12:00:45 PM

        MR. WILLIAMS

        NEVER END. ON THIS DAY, SATURATE YOUR PLACE WITH YOUR PRESENCE AND FILL…

        NEVER END. ON THIS DAY, SATURATE YOUR PLACE WITH YOUR PRESENCE AND FILL THIS HOUSE WITH YOUR SPIRIT. YOU HAVE NOT GIVEN US THE SPIRIT OF FEAR, BUT GIVEN US THE SPIRIT OF LOVE, THE SPIRIT OF COMPASSIONATE AUTHORITY AND THE SPIRIT OF GODLY JUDGMENT. HOLY SPIRIT, TOUCH THE HEARTS OF OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS. LET EVERYTHING DONE IN THIS CHAMBER BE FOR YOUR GLORY AND FOR YOUR PRAISE. WE PLEAS YOU IN ADVANCE FOR THE MERCY AND TRUTH THAT WILL COME FROM THIS HOUSE ON THIS DAY AND REACH ALL AREAS OF THESE UNITED STATES AND INDEED THE UTTER MOST PART OF THE WORLD. IN JESUS' NAME WE PRAY. AMEN.

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      • 12:01:35 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 HIS APPROVAL. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 12:01:44 PM

    SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL

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

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      MR. WILSON

      A VOTE ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S AJOURNAL.

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      SPEAKER THOSE

      THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE JOURNAL…

      THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED.

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    • 12:02:02 PM

      MR. WILSON

      MR. SPEAKER, I DEMAND THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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      THE SPEAKER

      YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS…

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

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  • 12:02:13 PM

    PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

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      MR. SCHRADER

      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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    • 12:02:37 PM

      THE SPEAKER

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. CARTON, IS RECOGNIZED…

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. CARTON, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 12:02:37 PM

    ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

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

    • 12:02:43 PM

      MR. CARSON

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO WELCOME MY CONSTITUENT…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO WELCOME MY CONSTITUENT AS OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN TODAY. YOU, MR. SPEAKER, MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO WELCOME MY CONSTITUENT AS OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN TODAY. REVEREND DR. ANTHONY GIBSON. HE'S A LIFELONG HOOSIER AND BRIGHT YOUNG LEADER FROM INDIANA'S FAITH COMMUNITY. REVEREND GIBSON IS THE PRESIDING ELDER OF THE INDIAN CONFERENCE OF THE AFRICAN METHODIST EDISPOSSIBLY ZION CHURCH AND FORMER PASTOR OF THE ST. MARK TEMPLE A.M.E. ZION CHURCH IN INDIANAPOLIS, YEN. IT'S A 221-YEAR DENOMINATION FOUNDED IN NEW YORK CITY IN 1796 AND SPREAD ACROSS THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING THE INDIANA CHURCH THAT WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1907. DR. GIBSON WAS BORN IN GARY, INDIANA. LATER ATTENDED INDIANA UNIVERSITY IN BLOOMINGTON WHERE HE COMPLETED A DOUBLE MAJOR IN JOURNALISM AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES. HE FURTHERED HIS EDUCATION AT THE PRESBYTERIAN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY IN LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, WITH A MASTERS OF DIVINITY DEGREEN AND EARNED HIS DOCTORATE OF THEOLOGY FROM TRINITY BIBLE COLLEGE AND SEMINARY. HE GRADUATED FROM STRAYER UNIVERSITY IN HUMAN MANAGEMENT WITH SPECIALATION IN ORGANIZAL DEVELOPMENT. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK HIM FOR HIS WILLINGNESS TO TRAVEL TO D.C. GRADUATED. I PRAY, MR. SPEAKER, THAT HIS WORDS WARM TO SHARE HIS SPIRITUAL LOVE AND GUIDANCE WITH THE HOUSE TODAY THE HEARTS OF MY COLLEAGUES AS WE WORK TOGETHER TO CARRY OUT THE PEOPLE'S BUSINESS WITH COMPASSION AND COURAGE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 FURTHER…

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE MR. BRIAN LACEFIELD, RECENTLY…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE MR. BRIAN LACEFIELD, RECENTLY CONFIRMED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP AS KENTUCKY'S NEW FARM SERVICE AGENCY DIRECTOR. I AM THRILLED TO RECOGNIZE SUCH A PROLIFIC MEMBER OF THE AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY AS KENTUCKY'S NEW F.S.A. DIRECTOR. BRIAN LACEFIELD WAS A SUCCESSFUL AREA AGRICULTURAL BANKER AND BUSINESS LEADER. MOST RECENTLY SERVING AS MARKET PRESIDENT OF F.N.B. BANK. HOPKINSVILLE, NATIVE, HE PREVIOUSLY SERVED AS DIRECTOR OF COMMONWEALTH AGRI FINANCE AND CURRENTLY SERVES ON THE CONNECTICUT CORN GROWERS BOARD OF DIRECTORS, AND THE KENTUCKY AG LEADERSHIP PROGRAM.

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    • 12:05:13 PM

      MR. COMB COMER

      COMMUNITY. THANK YOU,

    • 12:05:17 PM

      MR. COMER

      TRILLION IN NEW DEFICIT

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      STILL HOPE FOR DEMOCRATIC REFORM IN RUSSIA, WHICH, WITH ITS EXTRAORDINARY…

      STILL HOPE FOR DEMOCRATIC REFORM IN RUSSIA, WHICH, WITH ITS EXTRAORDINARY CULTURE AND LIMITLESS RESOURCE, SHOULD BE ONE OF THE

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    • 12:06:00 PM

      MR. HIGGINS

      WHICH, WITH ITS EXTRAORDINARY CULTURE AND LIMITLESS RESOURCE, SHOULD BE…

      WHICH, WITH ITS EXTRAORDINARY CULTURE AND LIMITLESS RESOURCE, SHOULD BE ONE OF THE

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      WHICH, WITH ITS EXTRAORDINARY CULTURE AND LIMITLESS RESOURCE, SHOULD BE…

      WHICH, WITH ITS EXTRAORDINARY CULTURE AND LIMITLESS RESOURCE, SHOULD BE ONE OF THE

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    • 12:07:22 PM

      MR. WILSON

      WHICH, WITH ITS EXTRAORDINARY CULTURE AND LIMITLESS RESOURCE, SHOULD BE…

      WHICH, WITH ITS EXTRAORDINARY CULTURE AND LIMITLESS RESOURCE, SHOULD BE ONE OF THE WEALTHIEST NATIONS ON EARTH. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS EXTRAORDINARY AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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    • 12:08:40 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. A $1.5 TRILLION. IT'S ACTUALLY CLOSER TO $2.3 TRILLION WITH INTEREST. THAT'S THE AMOUNT THIS PARTISAN TAX REFORM PLAN PLANS TO ADD TO OUR DEBT AND DEFICIT.

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      MR. SCHRADER

      I HAVE HAD A FEW FOLKS SAY WE HAVE HAD $10 TRILLION ADDED TO THE DEBT OVER…

      I HAVE HAD A FEW FOLKS SAY WE HAVE HAD $10 TRILLION ADDED TO THE DEBT OVER THE LAST EIGHT YEARS. WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, REPUBLICANS CONTROLLED CONGRESS DURING SIX OF THOSE EIGHT YEARS. WHERE ARE MY CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN FRIENDS WHO RAILED FOR EIGHT YEARS ON THE DEFICITS? WAS THAT JUST WHILE A DEMOCRAT WAS IN THE WHITE HOUSE? ARE WE SUCH SHALLOW POLITICAL HYPOCRITICAL PEOPLE WE IGNORE THE GREATEST THREAT TO OUR COUNTRY, OUR NATIONAL DEBT AND DEFICIT JUST A REPUBLICAN'S IN THE OVAL OFFICE? FURTHERMORE, THE IDEA WE'LL GROW OUR WAY OUT OF THAT $2 TRILLION HOLE IS FANTACY. LOOK AT THE GROWTH RATE AFTER THE LAST BIG TAX CUT AT THE END OF 2015. SINCE WE PASSED THAT TAX CUT, THE GROWTH RATE REMAINS STEADY AT 1 1/2 TO 2%. NO CHANGE. THAT HUGE TAX CUT FINANCED WITH $650 BILLION IN DEBT TO OUR KIDS. THE WHARTON SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, NOT EXACTLY A LIBERAL BASTION OF THEOLOGY, LOOKS AT IT TO BE LESS THAN 1%. VOTE AGAINST THIS PACKAGE. DO REAL TAX REFORM THAT'S DEFICIT NEUTRAL AT LEAST FOR OUR KIDS' SAKE.

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      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, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. TAX REFORM THAT'S DEFICIT NEUTRAL AT LEAST FOR OUR

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    • 12:10:24 PM

      MR. FITZPATRICK

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MCLOUGHLIN, THE MIDDLE ATLANTIC…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MCLOUGHLIN, THE MIDDLE ATLANTIC GREAT LAKES ORGANIZED CRIME LAW ENFORCEMENT NETWORK AND THE REACHAL INFORMATION SHARING SYSTEMS PROGRAM. LAST MONTH I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TOUR THE SITE IN MY DISTRICT IN NEW TOWN, BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. AS ONE OF SIX REGIONAL CENTERS, THEY SERVE DELAWARE, INDIANA, MARYLAND, MICHIGAN, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, OHIO, THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, AND PENNSYLVANIA. AS WELL AS ENGLAND AND PARTS OF CANADA THEIR WORK IS INTEGRAL IN KEEPING LOCAL, STATE, AND FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES INFORMED AND EQUIPPED WITH THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO DO THEIR JOBS AND KEEP US SAFE. THE REGIONAL INFORMATION SHARING SYSTEMS HAVE SUPPORTED LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES FOR A COMBINED AGENCIES FOR A COMBINED 40 YEARS. IN 2016 ALONE, IN PENNSYLVANIA, MCLOCK LYNN SAW 2,099 REQUESTS FOR CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIVE HE RESEARCH ASSISTANCE. THEIR HOLISIC APPROACH EMBODIES THE BEST OF WHAT A SYSTEM CAN OFFER TO OUR LOCAL, STATE, AND FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES. MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE PROUD OF THE WORK THEY DO OPERATING ON BEHALF OF THE REGIONAL INFORMATION SHARING SYSTEMS PROGRAM IN MY DISTRICT. WE'RE HERE TO SUPPORT THEM AND THEIR MISSION TO SUPPORT OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:11:36 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION? WROID, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE -- WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    • 12:11:49 PM

      MR. PITTENGER

      ON SATURDAY I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF HONORING SIX WORLD WAR II HEROES V.F.W.…

      ON SATURDAY I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF HONORING SIX WORLD WAR II HEROES V.F.W. BOAST 2423 IN INDIAN TRAIL, NORTH CAROLINA. EACH HERO WAS AWARDED THE FRENCH LEGION HONOR. THEY WERE CHARLES RICHARDSON WHO FLEW 35 COMBAT MISSIONS ABOARD A B-17 OVER FRANCE, NETHERLANDS, AND GERMANY. ANDREW, RECEIVED A PURPLE HEART WHILE TRYING TO LIBERATE FRANCE. WILMER, HELP LIBERATE ROME. JAMES LANDED AT OMAHA BEACH ON D-DAY AND RECEIVED TWO BRONZE STARS AND THREE PURPLE HEARTS. AS TORE LANDED ON OMAHA BEACH ON D-DAY. HE WAS ONE OF ONLY A HANDFUL OF SOLDIERS TO SURVIVE. HAROLD LANDED ON UTAH BEACH ON D-DAY HELPED SAVED LIVES BICE DISARMING LAND MINES. I ASK ALL MY COLLEAGUES IN JOIN ME IN THANKING THESE BRAVE PATRIOTS FOR THEIR SERVICE TO THE UNITED STATES AND THE CAUSE OF LIBERTY. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK…

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

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      TODAY I RISE FOR THE PEOPLE OF NORTH CAROLINA'S 12TH CONGRESSIONAL…

      TODAY I RISE FOR THE PEOPLE OF NORTH CAROLINA'S 12TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT.

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    • 12:13:06 PM

      MS. ADAMS

      STAND UP FOR THE OPPORTUNITIES OUR COMMUNITY NEEDS AND REJECT THE…

      STAND UP FOR THE OPPORTUNITIES OUR COMMUNITY NEEDS AND REJECT THE BILLIONAIRES' FIRST REPUBLICAN TAX PLAN. THIS TAX PLAN FAILS TO HEAR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE T GIVES TAX CUTS TO CORGSES ON THE BACK OF THE MIDDLE CLASS. LAST WEEK I SENT A LETTER TO THE WAYS AND MEANS CHAIR AND TO SPEAKER RYAN OUTLINING THE 12 DISTRICT TAX PRIORITIES AND URGING THE INCLUSION OF EDUCATION RELATED DEDUCTIONS. REPUBLICANS REFUSE TO HEAR THE CALLS SO THIS WEEK I ANNOUNCE MY EDUCATION TAX PACKAGE. THIS SERIES OF AMENDMENTS INCLUDES REINSTATING THE TAX EXEMPT STATUS OF PRIVATE USE BONDS. USED TO BUILD INFRASTRUCTURE AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING. REINSTATING THE STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION AND PROTECT THE FUNDS USED TO PAY FOR SCHOOLS, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, AND PUBLIC SAFETY. REINSTATE THE STUDENT LOAN INTEREST TAX REDEE DUCKS. REPEALING THE TAX ON TUITION WAIVERS, INCENTIVIZING INVESTMENTS AND STEM EDUCATION. COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE NATION NEED THE INCREASED ACCESS TO UPWARD MOBILITY. AND EDUCATION THE GREAT EQUALIZER IS THE PLACE TO START. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY AMENDMENTS TO MAKE EDUCATION ACCESSIBLE FOR ALL STUDENTS. I YIELD BACK.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 12:14:26 PM

      MR. THOMPSON

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

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      TEMPORE WITHOUT

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. FOR…

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK MR. SPEAKER.

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      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY THOMPSON

      THANK YOU, TO RECOGNIZE TRACY BECKER ON BEING AWARDED THE 2017 KEYSTONE…

      THANK YOU, TO RECOGNIZE TRACY BECKER ON BEING AWARDED THE 2017 KEYSTONE AWARD WHICH IS THE HIGHEST HONOR BESTOWED BY THE PENNSYLVANIA ASSOCIATION OF CHAMBER PROFESSIONALS. TRACY IS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE CLARION AREA CHAMBER OF BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY. THE KEYSTONE AWARD WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1963 TO RECOGNIZE OUTSTANDING SERVICE IN AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PROFESSION OF CHAMBER MANAGEMENT IN PENNSYLVANIA. THE AWARD IS NOT PRESENTED ANNUALLY. BUT ONLY WHEN AN INDIVIDUAL HAS MERITED SUCH RECOGNITION. TRACY IS JUST THE 24TH PERSON TO RECEIVE THIS AWARD SINCE ITS INCEPTION 54 YEARS AGO. SHE WAS DOMINATE NEATHED BY HER STAFF, THE BOARD MEMBERS, AND FELL MEMBERS OF THE -- FELLOW MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION. SHE BEGAN HER CHAMBER CAREER IN 1987. SHE HAS DEDICATED HER LIFE TO THE BETTERMENT OF THE COMMUNITY. SHE HAS BEEN WITH THE CLARION AREA CHAMBER BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS. 13 OF THOSE AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. MR. SPEAKER, I WHOLEHEARTEDLY CONGRATULATE TRACY ON THIS PRESTIGIOUS HONOR AND THANK HER FOR MAKING HER COMMUNITY A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE AND WORK. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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      MR. SMITH

      POST" UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND POLL ASKED AMERICANS WHOM THEY BLAME FOR…

      POST" UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND POLL ASKED AMERICANS WHOM THEY BLAME FOR CAUSING DISFUNCTION IN THE U.S. POLITICAL SYSTEM. IT'S NO SURPRISE THAT 88% OF RESPONDENTS SAID THE NEWS MEDIA CAUSED SOME OR A LOT OF THE DISFUNCTION. THE LIBERAL MEDIA BLAMES PRESIDENT TRUMP OF ALL THE PROBLEMS, THEY BEAR THE BURDEN OF THIS DISFUNCTION. MONTHS OF REPORTING HAVE SHREDDED THE CREDIBILITY. THE MEDIA SHOULD REPORT THE FACTS OBJECTIVELY AND THAT IS FAIR COVERAGE OF THE PRESIDENT AND HIS ADMINISTRATION. THE MEDIA HAS BEEN ANYTHING BUT FAIR. ACCORDING TO A NEW HARVARD STUDY, MEDIA COVERAGE OF THE PRESIDENT'S FIRST 100 DAYS WAS 80% RECORD, A NEW RECORD. UNTIL THE MEDIA BECOMES LESS SLANTED THEY WILL CONTINUE TO BE A SOURCE OF DISFUNCTION IN OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM.

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    • 12:18:13 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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      THE CLERK

      THE HONORABLE, PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN THE RULES OF THE U.S.…

      THE HONORABLE, PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CLERK RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE ON NOVEMBER 14, 2017 AT 9:39 A.M., THAT THE SENATE PASSED WITHOUT AMENDMENT H.R. 1679. WITH BEST WISHES, I AM SIGNED SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS.

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    • 12:18:31 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 14, 2017 at 9:39 a.m.: That the Senate passed H.R. 1679, without amendment.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        MR. BYRNE

        I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 616 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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        THE CLERK

        CONSIDERATION.

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      Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 616 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2874) to achieve reforms to improve the financial stability of the National Flood Insurance Program, to enhance the development of more accurate estimates of flood risk through new technology and better maps, to increase the role of private markets in the management of flood insurance risks, and to provide for alternative methods to insure against flood peril, and for other purposes, and providing for consideration of the conference report to accompany the bill (H.R. 2810) to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2018 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes."

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        INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT

        WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT: (1) ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED…

        WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT: (1) ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES; AND (2) ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS. SECTION 2. UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO ACCOMPANY THE BILL, H.R. 2810, TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018 FOR MILITARY ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, AND FOR DEFENSE ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, TO PRESCRIBE MILITARY PERSONNEL STRENGTHS FOR SUCH FISCAL YEAR, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST THE CONFERENCE REPORT AND AGAINST ITS CONSIDERATION ARE WAIVED. THE CONFERENCE REPORT SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO ITS ADOPTION WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT: (1) ONE HOUR OF DEBATE; AND (2) ONE MOTION

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        EXCEPT ONE

        ADOPTION WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT: (1) ONE HOUR OF DEBATE; AND…

        ADOPTION WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT: (1) ONE HOUR OF DEBATE; AND (2) ONE MOTION

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  • 12:20:22 PM

    DEBATE

    The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 616.

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      MOTION EXCEPT

      (1) ONE HOUR OF DEBATE; AND (2) ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT IF APPLICABLE.…

      (1) ONE HOUR OF DEBATE; AND (2) ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT IF APPLICABLE. SECTION 3. THE CLERK SHALL NOT TRANSMIT TO THE SENATE A MESSAGE THAT THE HOUSE HAS ADOPTED THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO ACCOMPANY H.R. 2810 UNTIL NOTIFIED BY THE SPEAKER OR BY MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE THAT THE SENATE HAS PASSED H.R. 437 4 WITHOUT AMENDMENT.

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    • 12:21:25 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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      MR. BYRNE

      DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION ALL TIME IS YIELDED FOR PURPOSE OF…

      DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION ALL TIME IS YIELDED FOR PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY. I YIELD 30 MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MRS. SLAUGHTER, PENDING WHICH I MAY CONSUME. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS. THIS PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2874, THE 21ST CENTURY FLOOD REFORM ACT AND CONFERENCE REPORT ON THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZE AGE ACT FOR 2018. H.R. 2874, THE 21ST CENTURY FLOOD REFORM ACT RE-AUTHORIZES THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM FOR FIVE YEARS AND INTRODUCES GREAT PRIVATE MARKET COMPETITION AND PROVIDES ADDITIONAL REFORMS TO BENEFIT POLICY HOLDERS AND TAXPAYERS. THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET SAID THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM IS NOT SUSTAINABLE IN ITS CURRENT FORM. THE 21ST CENTURY FLOOD REFORM ACT HELPS SUSTAIN IT. THE BILL WILL FOSTER A PRIVATE MARKET FOR FLOOD INSURANCE WHICH ALLOWS PRIVATE INSURERS TO COMPETE AND IN TURN DIVING DOWN THE PIES OF POLICIES. THIS IS A WIN FOR POLICY HOLDERS AND TAXPAYERS ALIKE. REPRESENTING ALABAMA'S GULF COAST, IT IS IMPORTANT TO ME AND MY CONSTITUENTS THAT THEY HAVE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE FLOOD INSURANCE THROUGH THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM OR A PRIVATE INSURER. I APPRECIATE THE INCLUSION OF PROVISIONS IN THE ACT TO PROTECT CURRENT POLICY HOLDERS WHILE MAKING THE PROGRAM SUSTAINABLE. I APPRECIATE THE CHAIRMAN TO WORK WITH MEMBERS WHOSE CONSTITUENTS SUCH AS MIND REMINE ON THE NFIP TO RAISE CONCERNS ABOUT THE INITIAL BILL THAT PASSED OUT OF COMMITTEE. THIS BILL IS A POSITIVE STEP TOWARD RE-AUTHORIZING OUR NATION'S FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM WHICH IS SET TO EXPIRE ON DECEMBER 8. WE MUST TAKE ACTION TO ENSURE OWNERS IN FLOOD-PRONE AREAS HAVE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE INSURANCE. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE SENATE TO GET A LONG-TERM RE-AUTHORIZATION AND SIGNED INTO LAW BY PRESIDENT TRUMP. HOUSE RESOLUTION 616 ALLOWS FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE FINAL VERSION OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT THAT WAS CONFERENCED BETWEEN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE RECONCILING THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN TWO DIFFERENT VERSIONS. MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE I GO INTO THE SUBSTANCE OF THE BILL I COMMEND THE OPEN AP REGULAR ORDER PROCESS THAT HAS TAKEN PLACE FROM START TO FINISH. AS A MEMBER OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE AND THE RULES COMMITTEE, I HAVE FOLLOWED THIS BILL THROUGHOUT THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS AND THINK WE SHOULD BE PROUD OF THE REGULAR ORDER AND THE FACT THAT A WIDE RANGE OF MEMBERS PLAYED A ROLE IN CRAFTING THE FINAL PRODUCT. I APPLAUD CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY AND RANKING MEMBER SMITH AND THE STAFF FOR THEIR DEDICATION TO AN OPEN PROCESS. AND I APPRECIATE THE COUNTLESS AREAS THEY POURED INTO THE CONFERENCE REPORT. JUST AS A REMINDER, WE CONSIDERED 275 AMENDMENTS DURING THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE BACK IN JUNE AND 210 AMENDMENTS WHEN IT WAS CONSIDERED BY THE FULL HOUSE IN JULY. 485 AMENDMENTS WERE CONSIDERED IN THE HOUSE AND JUST AS IMPORTANT, THERE WAS A CLEAR BIPARTISAN SPLIT BETWEEN THE NUMBER OF MAJORITY AND MINORITY AMENDMENTS. THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE CONTINUED THIS BIPARTISAN AND COLLABORATIVE PROCESS UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF FOUR CHAIRMEN AND RANKING MEMBERS. THIS IS A BILL THAT PROVIDES THE BEST FOR OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. MR. SPEAKER, THIS NDAA FOLLOWS THROUGH ON OUR PROMISE TO OUR MEN AND WOMEN TO PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE OF THE UNITED STATES AMERICA. F.Y. 2018 NDAA AUTHORIZES A 10% INCREASE IN TOTAL MILITARY SPENDING, AND THE BILL AUTHORIZES $626 BILLION FOR BASE REQUIREMENTS AND $66 BILLION FOR OVERSEES CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS. THAT ADDS UP TO A TOTAL NATIONAL DEFENSE TOP LINE OF $700 BILLION. I AM INCREDIBLY PROUD TO SUPPORT A TOP-LINE NUMBER HIGH ENOUGH TO BEGIN REVERSING THE READINESS CRISIS THAT HAS ENDANGERED THE LIVES OF OUR SERVICE MEMBERS AND MADE IT HARD TO DEFEND OUR COUNTRY. UNDER THE PAST EIGHT YEARS, OUR MILITARY HAS SUFFERED. WE HAVE PLANES THAT CAN'T FLY, SHIPS THAT CAN'T SAIL AND SOLDIERS WHO CAN'T DEPLOY ALL WHILE THE NUMBER OF THREATS AROUND THE WORLD KEEP RISING. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THIS TOP-LINE NUMBER IS SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER THAN THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT ON DEFENSE. I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUE DIALOGUE TO RAISE THIS CAP THAT HAS CRIPPLED DEFENSE SPENDING IN RECENT YEARS. EVERY DAY WE OPERATE UNDER A CONTINUING RESOLUTION IS ANOTHER DAY WE ARE FAILING OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. F.Y. 2018 NDAA FULFILLS THAT SIDE OF THE EQUATION. THE F.Y. 2018 INCREASES THE SIZE OF THE NAVY, ARMY, AIR FORCE, AND AIR GUARD TO REPAIR AND RESTORE READINESS AND AUTHORIZES CONSTRUCTION OF 13 NEW NAVY SHIPS AND LITTORAL COMBAT SHIPS AS WE GO TO A 355 SHIP FLEET. IT PROVIDES FOR 2.4% PAY INCREASE FOR SERVICE MEMBERS WHICH IS THE AMOUNT OUR TROOPS ARE ENTITLED TO. ANOTHER SMALL BUT IMPORTANT PROVISION IS IT ELIMINATE EIGHTHS THE WIDO'S TAX AND FORFEIT THE PENSION ANEWT. THIS IS SOMETHING OUR MILITARY FAMILIES SHOULD NOT BEAR. THE BILL CONTINUES TO ADVANCE CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY'S PRIORITY OF REFORMING AND STRENGTHENING THE ACK WHICH SITUATION PROCESS. AND IMPORTANTLY, THE LEGISLATION TAKES INTO ACCOUNT THE TRUMP'S ADMINISTRATION BUDGET AMENDMENT TO AUTHORIZE MORE FUNDING FOR MISSILE DEFENSE THREATS AGAINST NORTH KOREA, NAVY SHIP PREPARERS AND MORE TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN. OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM ALL OVER THE WORLD ARE ON A MISSION TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THE FREEDOMS WE HOLD DEAR. OUR MISSION IN CONGRESS IS TO GIVE THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN THE RESOURCES TO SUCCEED. THIS DOES EXACTLY THAT AND ANOTHER STEP IN A MULTI YEAR PROCESS OF RESTORING OUR MILITARY STRENGTH TO FURTHER PROTECT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. THIS BILL IS ABOUT KEEPING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAFE AND SECURE. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT HOUSE RESOLUTION 616 AND VOTE FOR THE UNDERLYING BILLS AND I RESERVE.

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      MS. SLAUGHTER

      GOOD AFTERNOON, MR. SPEAKER AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA FOR…

      GOOD AFTERNOON, MR. SPEAKER AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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      MS. SLAUGHTER

      FISCAL 2018 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT TAKES IMPORTANT STEPS…

      FISCAL 2018 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT TAKES IMPORTANT STEPS TOWARDS STRENGTHENING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND SUPPORTING OUR TROOPS. THE CONFERENCE REPORT AUTHORIZES A TOTAL OF $692 BILLION IN DISCRETIONARY AUTHORITY. AND I'M PLEASED IT RAISES MILITARY PAY BY 2.4%, AN INCREASE OF THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST OF 2.1%. TO UNDERMINE OUR DEMOCRACY BY FULLY FUNDING CYBERSECURITY AT $8 BILLION AND DROPS HARMFUL RESTRICTIONS ON FUNDING THE NEW STRATEGIC ARMS TREATY EXTENSION BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND RUSSIA. THIS TREATY CONTINUES THE BIPARTISAN TRADITION THAT BEGAN UNDER PRESIDENT REAGAN OF VERIFYBLY REDUCING BOTH COUNTRIES' NUCLEAR ARSENAL. THERE IS ONE GLARING PROBLEM WITH THIS MEASURE AND THAT IS THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT IMPOSES A $549 BILLION CAP ON DEFENSE SPENDING FOR F.Y. 2018. THIS BILL GOES PAST THAT BY 143 BILLION. UNLESS THE HOUSE, SENATE AND THE PRESIDENT COME TO AN AGREEMENT ON MODIFYING THE BUDGET CAPS, THERE IS NO WAY THESE SPENDING LEVELS CAN BECOME LAW. I IT IS PAST TIME FOR A BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE ON REALISTIC SPENDING LEVELS FOR DEFENSE AND NONDEFENSE SPENDING ALIKE. . WHILE AIM GLAD TO SEE THIS PAY INCREASE FOR OUR TROOPS, LEGISLATION DOES NOT EXIST IN A VACUUM. LATER THIS WEEK THE REPUBLICANS PLAN TO BRING TO THE FLOOR A DISASTROUS TAX BILL THAT WOULD FORCE MILITARY FAMILIES AND VETERANS TO FINANCE TAX CUTS FOR CORPORATIONS AND SUPER WEALTHY. THEIR BILL REPEALS TAX CREDITS THAT HELP VETERANS FIND EMPLOYMENT. IT MAKES EDUCATION MORE EXPENSIVE FOR VETERANS AND UNDERMINES THE G.I. BILL. IT MAKES IT MORE EXPENSIVE FOR MILITARY FAMILIES TO SELL THEIR HOMES. AND MAKES TAX RELIEF FOR VETERANS SUFFERING FROM CHRONIC ILLNESSES. VETERANS DAY WAS JUST A FEW DAYS AGO, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S NO WAY FOR THE MAJORITY TO THANK THEM FOR THEIR SERVICE. AND ALSO BEFORE US TODAY IS H.R. 2874, WHICH IS KNOWN AS THE 21ST CENTURY FLOOD REFORM ACT. EVERYBODY IN THIS CHAMBER RECOGNIZES THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM IS BADLY IN DEBT TO THE TUNE OF $25 BILLION. THE HURRICANES THIS YEAR TOGETHER WITH THE FLOODING ACROSS LOUISIANA LAST YEAR HAVE STRETCHED THE PROGRAM BEYOND ITS BREAKING POINT. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS PACKAGE WILL CAUSE MORE HARM THAN GOOD FOR THE COMMUNITIES ALREADY STRUGGLING TO REBUILD. IT WILL MAKE FLOOD INSURANCE MORE EXPENSIVE FOR FAMILIES BY INCREASING PREMIUMS. IT ALSO IS AGAINST BUSINESSES FROM THE REQUIREMENT TO PURCHASE FLOOD INSURANCE EVEN THOUGH THE VAST MAJORITY OF POLICYHOLDERS WITH THIS INSURANCE ONLY PURCHASE IT BECAUSE THEY ARE REQUIRED TO BY LAW. REQUIREMENT TO PURCHASE THIS CHANGE WOULD TAKE EFFECT BEGINNING JANUARY, 2019. THE INDEPENDENT COMMUNITY BANKERS AND A NUMBER OF OTHER GROUPS OPPOSE THIS PROVISION. AS BUSINESSES PULL OUT OF THE INSURANCE MARKET, AND THE NUMBER PARTICIPATING DWINDLES, RESPONSIBLE BUSINESSES THAT STAY IN THE MARKET WILL BE FORCED TO BEAR THE BURDEN OF GREATLY INCREASED PREMIUMS. I THINK THESE ARE SHORTSIGHTED CHANGES THAT WILL BE FELT ALL ACROSS THE INSURANCE MARKET. ADDITIONALLY, THE LEGISLATION DOESN'T DO ENOUGH TO UPDATE THE OFTEN OUT-OF-DATE FLOOD INSURANCE RATE MAPS BEING USED IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND IN MY DISTRICT. ACCURATE FLOOD INSURANCE MAPS PREPARED WITH THE MOST RECENT MAPPING TECHNOLOGIES, WOULD HELP CONSTITUENTS IN ALL OF OUR DISTRICTS BETTER PREPARE AND PROTECT THEMSELVES AGAINST FLOODING. SOME CURRENT MAPS ARE SO OUTDATED THAT THE MAPS DON'T REFLECT CHANGING LANDSCAPES AND CRITICAL FLOOD MITIGATION IMPROVEMENTS. THIS BILL SIMPLY FALLS SHORT IN HELPING HOMEOWNERS WHO WANT TO DO THE RIGHT THING BASED OFF THE BEST AVAILABLE INFORMATION. WE ARE IN THE WAKE OF SOME OF THE WORST HURRICANES OUR NATION HAS EVER EXPERIENCED. AND MORE OF THEM. WE'RE SEEING HOW VITAL, AFFORDABLE, AND READILY AVAILABLE FLOOD INSURANCE IS TO SO MANY COMMUNITIES. IT IS UNCONSCIONABLE THE MAJORITY'S MOVING FORWARD WITH THIS PARTISAN PACKAGE OF BILLS UNLIKELY TO EVER PASS THE SENATE. BECAUSE THIS WILL ONLY FURTHER DELAY THE EXTENSION OF THE PROGRAM WITH ONE MONTH LEFT BEFORE IT EXPIRES. AS THE MAJORITY LURCHES THIS PARTISAN PACKAGE OF BILLS UNLIKELY TO EVER PASS THE SENATE. BECAUSE FROM CRISIS TO CRISIS AND FORFEITERS AWAY PRECIOUS LEGISLATIVE TIME, AND WITH THIS PARTISAN APPROACH, WE WILL LIKELY FIND OURSELVES RIGHT BACK HERE DOING THIS OVER AGAIN IN DECEMBER. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, THE…

      MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. DUFFY.

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      MR. DUFFY

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

      THANK FROM CRISIS TO YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA FOR YIELDING. FIRST WANT TO MAKE A COMMENT ABOUT HOW THIS PROCESS HAS GONE AND IN COMING UP WITH THIS COMPROMISE WITH THE AMENDMENT ON THE FLOOD INSURANCE PACKAGE. WE HAVE WORKED, FINANCIAL SERVICES, WITH OUTSIDE GROUPS, WHETHER IT WAS THE HOME BUILDERS OR REALTORS, THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY, WE HAVE WORKED WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS FROM THE GULF STATES AND FROM THE EAST COAST AND WEST COAST. WE WORKED WITH DEMOCRATS. A NUMBER MEETINGS WITH THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE. ALL TAKING IN THEIR CONSIDERATION WHICH HAS BROUGHT US TO A COMPROMISE THAT I DON'T KNOW THAT ANYBODY LOVES BUT EVERYONE SAYS IS A PRETTY DARN GOOD BILL. THAT STRIVES TO MAKE NEEDED REFORMS IN A PROGRAM THAT HASN'T BEEN WORKING WELL. WHEN WE HAVE PROGRAMS THAT DON'T WORK WELL, LET'S TRY TO FIX THEM. WE HAVE A PROGRAM THAT WILL JUST MENTIONED $25 BILLION IN DEBT, BUT THAT DOESN'T INCLUDE THE $16 BILLION WE JUST GAVE THE PROGRAM AND FORGAVE. SO REALLY IT'S $41 BILLION IN DEBT. SO WHEN DO WE THINK THROUGH THE POLICIES OF A PROGRAM THAT CONTINUES TO RUN DEFICITS, NUMBER ONE. BUT NUMBER TWO, CONTINUES TO INCENTIVIZE PEOPLE TO LIVE IN HARM'S WAY? I WAS DOWN IN HOUSTON. I GOT TO SEE A FAMILY WHO WAS TALKING ABOUT THEIR NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR. THE NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR'S HOUSE WAS BURNED DOWN. HE WAS TELLING THE STORY ABOUT THE NEIGHBOR AS THE HOUSE WAS ON FIRE, HE SENT THE KIDS OUTSIDE, LIKE YOU WOULD, BECAUSE YOUR HOUSE IS BURNING AS THE FLOODWATERS ARE RISING. AND HE WENT, THE DAD WENT TO PUT OUT THE FIRE. AND AS HE PUT OUT THE FIRE HE LOOKED OUT THE WINDOW AND SAW HIS KIDS WERE BEING SWEPT AWAY BY A FLOOD. THE CURRENT WAS TOO STRONG. HE RAN OUTSIDE THE HOUSE TO SAVE HIS KIDS. LET HIS HOUSE BURN. WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO IN THAT NEIGHBORHOOD THAT HAS BEEN FLOODED THREE TIMES IN THE LAST 10 YEARS? WE'RE GOING TO REBUILD HOUSES IN THE SAME FLOOD PLAIN. THIS DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. LET'S THINK ABOUT REFORM THAT'S GOING TO IMPROVE THE PROGRAM TO HELP PEOPLE GET OUT OF DANGEROUS AREAS AND GET INTO BETTER AREAS THAT DON'T FLOOD. FLOODING IS NOT -- HAVING A HOUSE FLOODED ISN'T A PLEASANT PLACE TO LIVE. NOT ONLY THAT, FIRST RESPONDERS RISKED THEIR LIVES TO GO SAVE PEOPLE. AND THEY DIE. THEY DIE. AND WE'RE INCENTIVIZING THROUGH THIS POLICY TO ALLOW PEOPLE TO LIVE IN THESE DANGEROUS AREAS. AND SO I DON'T HAVE A LOT OF TIME LEFT, BUT THE REFORMS ARE GOING TO, YES, GENTLY INCREASE SOME OF THE PREMIUMS FOR THE MOST HIGHLY SUBSIDIZED PROPERTIES, WE OFFER OVER $1 BILLION IN MITIGATION TO HELP FAMILIES FLOOD PROOF THEIR HOME OR GET OUT OF THEIR HOME AND GET TO A BERT PLACE TO LIVE. BECAUSE -- BETTER PLACE TOLY. BECAUSE THIS IMPROVES THE SOLVENCY OF FLOOD INSURANCE. WE'RE HELPING WITH MITIGATION. WE'RE HELPING WITH MAPPING. ALLOWING COMMUNITIES THAT HAVEN'T BEEN MAPPED TO ACTUALLY MAP THEMSELVES TO PAY FOR IT. TO TAKE CONTROL OF THEIR OWN FUTURE AND DESTINY INSTEAD OF WAITING FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. WE ALLOW FOR A PRIVATE MARKET TO COME IN AND OFFER YOU A PREMIUM THAT MIGHT BE LOWER THAN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. GOD FORBID WE OFFER A FAMILY CHOICE TO LET THE PRIVATE SECTOR COMPETE WITH A PUBLIC OFFERING. MY GOD, IF YOU GET A LOWER PRICE, THAT'S GREAT. IF YOU DON'T, YOU CAN STAY. YOU CAN STAY IN THE FEDERAL PLAN. BUT MY GOODNESS, I'M GOING TO HAVE SOME PEOPLE COME UP IN SECOND BUT YOU COULD CHERRY PICK. THAT COULD JEOPARDIZE THE SOLVENCY OF THE PROGRAM. THE PROGRAM IS INSOLVENT. IT'S $25 BILLION IN DEBT. ACTUALLY $41 IF YOU INCLUDE THAT $16 BILLION. IT'S NOT A SOLVENT PROGRAM. JUST THINK, IN HOUSTON AND FLORIDA, WE HAD PEOPLE WHO HAD BOUGHT INSURANCE IN THE PRIVATE MARKET, IS INSOLVENT. IT'S WE WOULD BE SAVING TAXPAYERS' MONEY. THIS IS A COMMONSENSE BILL. THAT MAKES THE PROGRAM BETTER. THAT HELPS FAMILIES. THAT EMPOWERS COMMUNITIES. LET'S STAND TOGETHER AND GO A LITTLE BIT OF REFORM MIGHT GO A LONG WAY IN MAKING GOVERNMENT ACTUALLY WORK. I WOULD ENCOURAGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO VOTE YES FOR COMMON SENSE. I YIELD BACK.

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      MS. SLAUGHTER

      MR. SPEAKER, IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, WILL I OFFER AN AMENDMENT…

      MR. SPEAKER, IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, WILL I 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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      THANK YOU. TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO…

      THANK YOU. TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ESPAILLAT.

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      MR. ESPAILLAT

      I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE…

      I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE 2,400 DACA RECIPIENTS IN MY DISTRICT, 2,400 OF THEM. MOST JUVENILES. THERE ARE 30,000 DACA RECIPIENTS IN MY HOME STATE OF NEW YORK. AND THERE ARE 800,000 DACA RECIPIENTS IN THE COUNTRY. AND AS OF THIS YEAR, THERE WERE MORE THAN 10,000 NONCITIZENS SERVING IN THE U.S. MILITARY. AND AN ADDITIONAL 12,000 NONCITIZENS ON THE RESERVE STAY TUFMENTS WE'RE -- STATUS. WE'RE MILLIONS. DREAMERS ARE VETERANS, TEACHERS, NURSES, COLLEGE STUDENTS, AND DREAMERS ARE ALSO MACARTHUR GENIUS FELLOW. A POWERHOUSE CHAMPION FOR IMMIGRANT YOUTH. LIKE ME, SHE'S ALSO A CUNY ALUM AND GREW UP UNDOCUMENTED. THAT IS WHY I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO BRING A CLEAN DREAM ACT TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT, WOULD NOT PROVIDE AUTOMATIC AMNESTY. AS I HAVE HEARD SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES INCORRECTLY SAY. THE DREAM ACT HAS AN EIGHT-YEAR CONDITIONAL BASIS FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCY STATUS. YOU HAVE TO EITHER WORK FOR THREE YEARS, SERVE IN THE ARMED FORCES, OR STUDY. YOU HAVE TO KEEP A CLEAN RECORD. GET A BACKGROUND CHECK. AND A MEDICAL EXAM. THEN, AND THEN AND ONLY AFTER THEN FOR A FEW MORE YEARS YOU CAN APPLY FOR CITIZENSHIP. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO THAT WE CAN IMMEDIATELY BRING THE DREAM ACT TO THE FLOOR AND PROVIDE CERTAINTY, HOPE, AND OPPORTUNITY FOR 800,000 TALENTED YOUNG PEOPLE. OUR COUNTRY NEEDS THEM. AND WE CANNOT AFFORD TO WAIT ANOTHER DAY. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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      MR. BYRNE

      I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. NORMAN.

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      MR. NORMAN

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK IN FAVOR OF H.R. 2874, THE…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK IN FAVOR OF H.R. 2874, THE 21ST CENTURY FLOOD REFORM ACT. THIS ACT IS NEAR AND DEAR TO MY HEART. THAT'S HOW I MAKE MY LIVELIHOOD. I'M A REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER. WE BUILD HOUSES. WE BUILD COMMERCIAL PROJECTS. ALL THAT STOPS UNLESS REFORM IS MADE IN THE FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM. THIS BILL PROPOSES MAJOR REFORMS TO ONE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S MOST BROKEN PROGRAMS. THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM. THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE HAS LABELED THE NFIP A HIGH RISK PROGRAM, MAINLY BECAUSE POLICYHOLDERS OFTEN PAY PREMIUMS WELL BELOW THE ACTUAL RISK OF FLOODING ON THEIR PROPERTIES. H.R. 2874 REQUIRES FEMA TO CONDUCT AN ANNUAL ACTUARIAL REVIEW OF THE STATUS OF THE NFIP. THIS WAS-L ALLOW FEMA TO ADJUST RATES APPROPRIATELY AND HELP MAINTAIN THE PROGRAMS' FINANCIAL STABILITY. CURRENTLY THERE ARE 4.92 MILLION NFIP POLICIES PROVIDING 1.323 TRILLION IN COVERAGE TO AMERICANS. MANY OF THESE PROPERTIES ARE WHAT THIS BILL DEFINES AS MULTIPLE LOSS PROPERTIES WHERE NFIP CLAIMS HAVE BEEN FILED REPEATEDLY. THIS BILL REQUIRES FEMA TO RAISE PREMIUMS ON MULTIPLE LOSS PROPERTIES BY 15% ANNUALLY IF THE PREMIUMS DO NOT REFLECT THE FULL RISK. THIS IS JUST ANOTHER STEP TOWARD FEMA IMPROVING THE FINANCIAL STABILITY OF THE NFIP. OFTEN WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THERE ARE CHANGES AND AGREEMENTS MADE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS WITH LITTLE OR NO PUBLIC COMMENT. H.R. 2874 REQUIRES FEMA TO PUBLISH AND EXPLAIN AND HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS IN REGARDS TO ANY CHANGES TO PREMIUMS ON POLICIES. THIS IS AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF MAKING THE GOVERNMENT MORE TRANSPARENT AND HELPING HOLD POLICYHOLDERS MORE ACCOUNTABLE. LAST YEAR THE 21ST CENTURY FLOOD ACT REQUIRES THE G.A.O. FOR A STUDY HOW WE CAN SIMPLIFY THE NFIPW OUR COUNTRY BEING BATTERED BY HURRICANES AND HEAVY RAINFALL, WE NEED TO INSURE THAT THE NFIP IS PLAY PLACED IN SOUND FINANCIAL FOOTINGS FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS. FOR THESE REASONS I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS ALL IMPORTANT LEGISLATION.

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      MS. SLAUGHTER

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

      MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. NEW JERSEY, THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE, MR. PALLONE.

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      MR. PALLONE

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO ALSO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK,…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO ALSO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK, THE CHAIRWOMAN -- THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE. I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THE BILL AND ALSO TO THE RULE. JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO WE OBSERVED THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF SUPER STORM SANDY AND NEW JERSEY'S RECOVERY FROM THAT EVENT HAS BEEN PROLONGED IN PART BY ISSUES FACING THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM. TO MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS STILL DEALING WITH HIGH PREMIUMS, INACCURATE FLOOD MAPS, OR STILL WAITING FOR THEIR SANDY CLAIMS APPEALS TO BE DECIDED, AND WE NEED A LONG-TERM NFIP RE-AUTHORIZATION THAT FOCUSES ON INCREASING AFFORDABILITY, INVESTING IN MITIGATION, CAPPING THE PROFITS OF THE FLOOD INSURANCE COMPANIES, AND COMPETITIVELY RESTRUCTURING THE CLAIMS PROCESS AND THIS BILL FAILS THESE TESTS. H.R. 3823 WOULD UNDERMINE THE NFIP BY ALLOWING THE DEVELOPMENT OF A PRIVATE FLOOD INSURANCE MARKET, OPENING THE DOOR TO ALLOWING INSURANCE COMPANIES TO CHERRY PICCOLO-RISK PROPERTIES WHILE LEAVING HIGH-RISK ONES IN THE NFIP. THIS BILL ALSO DOES NOT DO ENOUGH TO ADDRESS AFFORDABILITY ISSUES AND INCREASES RATES FOR SOME POLICYHOLDERS. IT WILL ALLOW COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES TO OPT OUT OF MANDATORY COVERAGE EVEN IF THEY ARE IN A HIGH-RISK ZONE, WHICH WILL FURTHER DECREASE THE POOL AND WEAKEN THE PROGRAM. FINALLY, THIS BILL SIMPLY DOES NOT DO ENOUGH TO IMPROVE TRANSPARENCY AND REFORM THE CLAIMS PROCESS. ENACTMENT OF THIS LEGISLATION WOULD MAKE FLOOD INSURANCE MORE EXPENSIVE AND LESS AVAILABLE WHILE NOT ACTUALLY ADDRESS THE PROGRAM'S MANY PROBLEMS. . I HAVE INTRODUCED LEGISLATION TO TACKLE THE ISSUES. IT WOULD RE-AUTHORIZE THE PROGRAM, CAP PREMIUM RATE INCREASES AND AUTHORIZE MORE MONEY AND CAP THE COMPENSATION OF FLOOD INSURANCE COMPANIES. AND I ALSO OFFERED AMENDMENTS TO THE RULES COMMITTEE THAT WOULD HAVE IMPROVED THIS BILL, INCLUDING 10% CAP ON PREMIUM INCREASES AND CAPPING THE PROFITS OF FLOOD INSURANCE COMPANIES AND OTHER PRO-POLICY HOLDER PROVISIONS BUT NONE OF THESE AMENDMENTS WERE ACCEPTED BY THE RULES COMMITTEE. I HEAR MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TALK ABOUT TRANSPARENCY. THIS IS THE 50TH CLOSED RULE OF THE YEAR, ALL-TIME RECORD FOR CLOSED RULES. THEY BLOCKED REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC AMENDMENTS. THEY SAY IN THEIR REPORT THAT THIS IS A CLOSED RULE. IF IT'S A CLOSED RULE HOW CAN YOU TALK ABOUT TRANSPARENCY AND PROCESS? AND SOME OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES THAT OFFERED AMENDMENTS THAT WERE DENIED, MR. DONOVAN OF NEW YORK, MR. GRAVES, MYSELF AND MR. PASCRELL WHO WENT THROUGH THE SANDY SUPERSTORM. IT IS INCREDIBLE TO ME WE HAD A NUMBER OF DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS THAT WANTED TO REFORM THE FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM IN AN EFFECTIVE WAY BASED ON THEIR EXPERIENCES, NOT SOME IDEOLOGY BUT BASED ON THEIR EXPERIENCES ON THE STORMS THAT IMPACTED OUR DISTRICTS AND THE RULES COMMITTEE DENIED EVERY ONE OF THOSE AMENDMENTS. I YIELD BACK.

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      MR. BYRNE

      I WOULD POINT OUT TO THE GENTLEMAN THE DEMOCRATS HAVE HIGHLIGHTED A NUMBER…

      I WOULD POINT OUT TO THE GENTLEMAN THE DEMOCRATS HAVE HIGHLIGHTED A NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS MADE DURING THE FIRINGS FIRST SESSION OF THE 115TH CONGRESS. THEY BLOCKED 3,000 AMENDMENTS WITH 2,400 OCCURRING IN THE FIRST SESSION. SO FAR BE IT FROM THE CASE THAT REPUBLICANS ARE BLOCKED A NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS. WE BLOCK FAR LESS AMENDMENTS THAN OUR DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES DID WHEN THEY WERE IN CONTROL OF THE HOUSE. I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO A MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING, MS. CHENEY.

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    • 12:48:35 PM

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    • 12:48:37 PM

      MS. CHENEY

      I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. BYRNE FOR HIS HARD WORK ON THE ARMED SERVICES…

      I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. BYRNE FOR HIS HARD WORK ON THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE AND RULES COMMITTEE. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE RULE THAT WILL ALLOW FOR CONSIDERATION OF FISCAL YEAR 2018 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT. MR. SPEAKER, AS LEGITIMATED MEMBERS OF THIS BODY, WE HAVE NO HIGHER OBLIGATION OR RESPONSIBILITY THAN TO PROVIDE FOR THE SUPPORT OF OUR NATION. THE SUPPORT OF THE DEFENSE OF OUR NATION. NO MATTER WHAT ELSE WE DO IN THIS BODY AND WE DEBATE VERY BIG AND IMPORTANT ISSUES. WE DEBATE TAX CUTS, HEALTH CARE, THESE ARE CRUCIAL ISSUES BUT NONE OF THOSE MATTER IF WE FAIL TO GET THE RESOURCES NECESSARY TO DEFEND THIS NATION FROM OUR ADVERSARIES. FOR FAR TOO LONG WE HAVE FAILED TO DID THAT. OVER THE LAST EIGHT YEARS WE HAVE SEEN POLICIES THAT HAVE FAILED TO PROVIDE THE RESOURCES OUR DEFENSE DEPARTMENT NEEDS AND WE HAVE SEEN LEGISLATION FROM THIS BODY, PARTICULARLY THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT WHICH HAS CAUSED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO THE MILITARY. WE HAVE HEARD ON THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE WEEK AFTER WEEK BRIEFINGS FROM EVERY LAYER OF THE MILITARY, FROM THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, FROM THE COMBATANT COMMANDERS, BRIEFINGS ABOUT THE EXTENT TO WHICH THERE IS A GAP THAT IS GROWING BETWEEN OUR ABILITIES AND THE ABILITIES OF OUR ADVERSARIES. THIS IS A GAP THAT PEOPLE WANT TO IGNORE, MR. SPEAKER, BUT WE DO SO AT OUR OWN PERIL. WE NEED TO THINK VERY CAREFULLY ABOUT WHAT WE ARE GOING TO SAY TO OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN ONE DAY IF THEY SAY TO US WHY DIDN'T YOU DO ALL YOU COULD TO ENSURE TORE THE DEFENSE OF THIS NATION? WHY COULDN'T YOU DO ALL YOU COULD WHEN YOU WERE IN THE POSITION TO PROVIDE THE RESOURCES? ONE OF THE REASONS WE DON'T DO IS BECAUSE WE ENABLE THE SENATE RULES. WE HAVE GOTTEN INTO A SITUATION THE WAY WE DO BUDGETING IN THE HOUSE WHERE WE ENABLE THE DYSFUNCTION OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE AND LET THEM TO BE IN A POSITION WHERE THEY PREVENT US IN DOING WHAT IS RIGHT. I'M VERY PROUD OF THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION BECAUSE WHAT THIS DOES IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION IS BEGIN TO FIX THAT AND REMEDY THE SITUATION. IT BEGINS TO ALLOW OUR MILITARY TO GET OUT FROM THE HOLE THEY WERE IN THE LAST EIGHT YEARS. FUNDS AUTHORIZED IN THIS WILL ENSURE THAT WE ARE ABLE TO MODERNIZE OUR STRATEGIC FORCES AND ENSURE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WE ARE ABLE TO BEGIN TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR THE KIND OF MISSILE DEFENSE THAT WE KNOW THAT OUR ADVERSARIES HAVE GAINED TREMENDOUS GROUND. WHEN WE HAVE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS AND TELL US IN PUBLIC SESSION THAT IF WE CONTINUE ON THE PATH WE'RE ON WITHIN FIVE YEARS, WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PROJECT OUR POWER. EVERY MEMBER OF THIS BODY NEEDS TO STOP EVERYTHING ELSE THEY ARE DOING AND LISTEN TO THAT WARNING. IF WE CANNOT PROJECT OUR POWER, WE CANNOT DEFEND THIS NATION. THERE ARE MANY MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES WHO LIKE TO QUOTE A FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS -- COULD I ASK FOR 30 MORE SECONDS -- THAT THE DEBT IS THE BIGGEST NATIONAL SECURITY WE FACE. THAT IS ONLY HALF OF HIS QUOTE. THE SECOND HALF OF HIS QUOTE, IT PREVENTS US FROM BEING ABLE TO RESOURCE OUR MILITARY. I'M PROUD TO BE HERE TODAY TO STAND IN SUPPORT OF THIS RULE AND THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT AND THE IMPORTANT PROGRESS THAT IT ALLOWS US TO BEGIN TO MAKE TO UNDO THE DAMAGE OF THE LAST EIGHT YEARS. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:52:24 PM

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    • 12:52:29 PM

      MS. SLAUGHTER

      I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL.

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    • 12:52:36 PM

      MR. ENGEL

      I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS…

      I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RECORD-BREAKING COMBLOSED RULE, 50TH CLOSED RULE IN A YEAR WHICH IS MORE THAN ANY TIME IN A YEARLY PERIOD PREVIOUSLY. I THINK OUR RULES SHOULD BE OPEN. I THINK CLOSED RULES ARE NOT GOOD FOR THIS INSTITUTION REGARDLESS OF WHO DOES IT. AND I WOULD URGE THE MAJORITY PARTY TO THINK ABOUT OPEN RULES SO THE LEGISLATURE CAN WORK ITS WAY. THE LEGISLATION ITSELF INCLUDES A HANDFUL OF MEASURES I OFFERED TO REQUIRE RUSSIA'S REPORT ON THE BALKANS AND SERBIA'S RELATIONSHIP WITH RUSSIA, CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT TO POLICIES THAT GOVERN SECURITY OPERATIONS, A STRATEGY TO IMPOSITIVE TRANSPARENCY AND CIVILIAN PROTECTION IN NIGERIA AND REQUIREMENT FOR A DEFENSE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL TO PROTECT CULTURAL HERITAGE, TRAFFICKING WHICH IS A SOURCE OF FUNDING FOR TERRORISM. WE VOTED ON THAT HERE IN THE FLOOR AND I'M PLEASED WE INCLUDED SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL'S MISSILE DEFENSE. AND IT IS CRITICAL TO ITS SECURITY CONSIDERING THE THREATS THEY FACE FROM IRAN AND HEZBOLLAH. I'M RANKING MEMBER OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, I'M GLAD TO SEE THESE MEASURES IN THIS BILL BECAUSE THEY ARE RELATED TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND INDEED, I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE MEASURES IN THIS BILL THAT PROVIDE AUTHORITIES AND RESOURCES NECESSARY FOR OUR MILITARY TO CARRY OUT ITS MISSION. AS WE HAVE SEEN AGAIN AND AGAIN IN RECENT YEARS, THIS DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION CONTINUES AN UNSETTLING TREND TOWARD INVOLVING THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT IN ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE ITS CORE COMPETENCIES. IN MY VIEW, WE NEED TO STRENGTHEN THE IMPORTANT ROLES OF THE STATE DEPARTMENT AND USAID. WE WOULDN'T ASK OUR DIPLOMATS TO DO THE JOBS OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM SO WE SHOULDN'T BE ASKING OUR SERVICE MEMBERS TO DO THE WORK IN OUR FOREIGN POLICY AGENCIES. I WANT TO CAUTION ABOUT CONTINUING DOWN THIS ROAD, WE NEED TO SUPPORT OUR DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS IN THE SAME WAY WE SUPPORT OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE. AFTER ALL, AMERICA'S SECURITY DEPENDS --

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    • 12:54:56 PM

      MS. SLAUGHTER

      MAY I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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    • 12:55:03 PM

      MR. ENGEL

      I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR YIELDING FOR ME. IN THE YEARS AHEAD, I HOPE TO…

      I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR YIELDING FOR ME. IN THE YEARS AHEAD, I HOPE TO WORK WITH OUR DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS IN THE SAME WAY WE SUPPORT OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE. AMERICA'S SECURITY DEPENDS ON ALL OF THESE EFFORTS WORKING TOGETHER AND IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT. I AGAIN THANK THE RANKING MEMBER AND I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:55:28 PM

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

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

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    • 12:55:34 PM

      MR. BYRNE

      I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. GRAVES.

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      THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZE DOLLARS FOR THREE MINUTES. --…

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZE DOLLARS FOR THREE MINUTES. -- RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    • 12:55:47 PM

      MR. GRAVES

      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA FOR YIELDING. THERE ARE FUNDAMENTAL…

      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA FOR YIELDING. THERE ARE FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEMS WITH FLOOD INSURANCE. THE PROGRAM BY SOME ESTIMATES HAS A DEBT RECENTLY UP TO $24 BILLION AND GOING TO COMPOUNDED BY HURRICANES MARIA, NATE AND THE OTHER DISASTERS WE HAVE HAD THIS YEAR. AND HARVEY. AND WE HAD EXTRAORDINARY DAMAGES THIS YEAR. WHAT IS BEING MISSED, THIS LEGISLATION DOESN'T FIX THE PROBLEM. YOU CAN LOOK BACK OVER THE LAST 37 YEARS SINCE 1980, WE HAVE HAD 218 DISASTERS THAT EXCEEDED $1 BILLION AND SPENT $1.3 TRILLION RESPONDING TO THESE DISASTERS, THIS BILL IS PERHAPS TO SAVE $18 MILLION. WE SPENT $1.3 TRILLION SINCE 1980. THERE ARE FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEMS THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED. MR. SPEAKER, 40% OF THIS NATION'S POPULATION LIVES ON 10% OF THE LAND AREA ADJACENT TO THE COAST. AND WE HAVE TO GET GOOD AT RESILIENT LIVING. LET ME SHOW YOU SOMETHING AND THIS IS WHAT IS HAPPENING IN LOUISIANA. LOUISIANA DRAINS LITERALLY FROM MONTANA TO NEW YORK FROM THE CANADIAN PROVINCES. AS WE GET ADDITIONAL DEVELOPMENT, WHAT HAPPENS TO THAT WATER? IT COMES DOWN TO US. SOMEBODY BUILDS A HOME, A DREAM HOME OR SOMEONE STARTS A SMALL BUSINESS AND THEY FULLY COMPLY WITH THE REGULATIONS THAT ARE IN PLACE AT THE TIME, BUT THEY BUILD THEIR HOME OR BUSINESS EXACTLY WHERE IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE. THEY GET ADDITIONAL WATER FROM THE COAST OR THIS WATERSHED BECAUSE THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS HAS ALLOWED THE COAST OF THIS NATION TO ERODE. WE ARE GETTING MORE WATER COMING DOWN. WHY SHOULD OUR CITIZENS BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT? THEY HAVE NO CONTROL OVER WHAT'S HAPPENING. THEY COMPLIED WITH THE REGULATIONS AND COMPLIED WITH THE GUIDELINES AT THE TIME OF CONSTRUCTION. MR. SPEAKER, I VIEW THIS AS A TAX. IF OUR CITIZENS ARE BEING BURDENED WITH ADDITIONAL FEES OR EXPENSE AS A RESULT OF THE GOVERNMENT'S INABILITY TO DO ITS JOB TO PROPERLY MANAGE RESOURCES AND WATER, THAT'S NOT A PREMIUM INCREASE, THAT'S A TAX, MR. SPEAKER. THIS BILL, WHILE I COMMEND PEOPLE FOR WORKING ON THIS AND TRYING TO ADDRESS THIS, THE FUNDAMENTAL PREMISE OF THE BILL IS FLAWED. IT IS FUNNELLY FLAWED. YOU CAN'T CHARGE PEOPLE OVER THINGS THEY HAVE NO CONTROL OVER. WHEN THEY BUILT THEIR HOME OR BUSINESSES, THEY DID WHAT THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO DO. YOU CAN'T PICK UP A HOME AND SAY I'M GOING TO MOVE IT OR A BUSINESS. BUT THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL DOES, IT INCREASES THE PREMIUMS AND EVEN IN SOME CASES KICKS THEM OUT OF THEIR DREAM HOMES AND INVESTMENTS. I URGE OPPOSITION TO THE UNDERLYING BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:58:55 PM

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    • 12:59:00 PM

      MS. SLAUGHTER

      LET ME YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS BECAUSE I WAS IMPRESSED WITH MR. GRAVES AND…

      LET ME YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS BECAUSE I WAS IMPRESSED WITH MR. GRAVES AND THE THOUGHTFUL WORK HE HAD DONE AND I'M SORRY HIS AMENDMENTS WERE NOT MADE IN ORDER, BUT I APPRECIATE HIS HOMEWORK ON THIS BILL. AND AGREE WITH HIM. AND NOW I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER.

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    • 12:59:25 PM

      MR. BLUMENAUER

      I APPRECIATE THE GENTLELADY'S COURTESY. I WAS LISTENING TO OUR FRIEND FROM…

      I APPRECIATE THE GENTLELADY'S COURTESY. I WAS LISTENING TO OUR FRIEND FROM LOUISIANA AND I SYMPATHESIZE WITH MUCH OF WHAT HE HAS BEEN SAYING. I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON FLOOD INSURANCE REFORM FOR 20 YEARS. AND WE ARE CAUGHT IN A DYNAMIC HERE WHERE IT'S NEVER REALLY GOOD ENOUGH AND THERE ARE CHALLENGES FOR PEOPLE WHO PLAY BY THE RULES AT THE TIME, THE PROBLEM IS THAT WE ARE NOT DOING A GOOD JOB OF MOVING FORWARD OF MAKING THE CHANGES. IT IS TRUE THAT SOME OF THIS HAS EASTERN IMPACT ON LOUISIANA. I'M SENSITIVE TO THAT. BUT AT THE SAME TIME, THERE ARE POLICIES THAT HAVE BEEN RESISTED BY SOME OF THOSE SAME PEOPLE. WE'VE GOT TO SWALLOW HARD AND UNDERSTAND THAT WE ARE ON A PATH HERE THAT IMPACTS PEOPLE ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. WE DO NOT HAVE ACCURATE FLOOD MAPS AND PEOPLE RESIST UPDATING THEM. . WE HAVE MANY PEOPLE PAYING FAR LESS THAN THE ACTUARIAL COST OF FLOOD INSURANCE. THEY ARE PAYING UNFAIR PREMIUMS. WE DO NOT INVEST IN PREDISASTER MITIGATION. WE WILL SAVE $4 IN DISASTER RELIEF FOR EACH DOLLAR WE INVEST UPFRONT TO PROTECT PROPERTY, TO PROTECT LIVES. NOW, I AM PREPARED TO SUPPORT THE UNDERLYING BILL. IT'S NOT PERFECT. THERE ARE CHANGES THAT I WOULD MAKE, AND I UNDERSTAND SOME OF THE CHALLENGES THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SUGGEST IN TERMS OF THE IMPACT ON SOME LOWER-INCOME CITIZENS. I SYMPATHIZE WITH THAT, BUT THIS ANSWER IS NOT TO CONTINUE TO KEEP PEOPLE IN HARM'S WAY. THE ANSWER IS NOT TO REBUILD PEOPLE RIGHT BACK WHERE THEY'RE GOING TO BE PUTTING THEIR PROPERTY AND THEIR FAMILIES AT RISK. IT'S NOT TO CONTINUE TO RESIST REFORM BECAUSE IT'S HARD BECAUSE ULTIMATELY THAT ADDS TO THE PRICE TAG. IT ADDS TO THE DISLOCATION, AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO --

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    • 01:01:46 PM

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    • 01:01:48 PM

      MS. SLAUGHTER

      I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN ANOTHER MINUTE.

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    • 01:01:52 PM

      MS. SLAUGHTER

      OR TWO. ALL RIGHT.

    • 01:01:53 PM

      MR. BLUMENAUER

      YOU'RE BUSY AND YOU HAVE THINGS TO DO. BUT IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE DON'T…

      YOU'RE BUSY AND YOU HAVE THINGS TO DO. BUT IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE DON'T LOSE AN OPPORTUNITY TO START CHANGING THIS. WHEN THE FLOODS CAME IN HOUSTON, I GOT CALLS FROM SOME REPORTERS BECAUSE I'VE BEEN DEALING WITH PROBLEMS IN HOUSTON GOING BACK 20 YEARS. AS AN EXAMPLE OF WHERE WE FAILED TO DEAL WITH REPETITIVE FLOOD LOSS, WHERE WE HAVE WATCHED UNCHECKED SPRAWL PUT MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AT RISK FOR GREATER HARM. THIS BILL ISN'T PERFECT, BUT I HOPE THAT IT STARTS A PROCESS WHERE WE CAN COME TOGETHER AS IT GOES THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS, THAT WE CAN MAKE ADJUSTMENTS TO START US ALONG THAT PATH, THAT WE START SWALLOWING HARD, MAKING SURE EVERYBODY GIVES UP A LITTLE. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO INVEST MORE. PEOPLE NEED TO STOP BUILDING IN HARM'S WAY. WE NEED TO DO A BETTER JOB OF FLOOD RECOVERY, PREDISASTER MITIGATION. I THINK THIS BILL REPRESENTS A GOOD-FAITH START ALONG THAT PATH, AND I HOPE WE CAN USE IT AS A FOUNDATION FOR FURTHER PROGRESS.

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    • 01:03:08 PM

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      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    • 01:03:13 PM

      MR. BYRNE

      MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO A VERY HAPPY AUBURN TIGER FAN,…

      MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO A VERY HAPPY AUBURN TIGER FAN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. ROSS.

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    • 01:03:22 PM

      MR. ROSS

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL DEALING WITH FLOOD INSURANCE. HOMEOWNERS DESERVE CHOICE. THEY DESERVE COMPETITION AND ABOVE ALL THEY DESERVE TO KNOW THE TRUE RISK THEIR HOMES FACE FROM FLOODS, THE MOST COSTLY OF ALL NATURAL DISASTERS. I BELIEVE THE UNDERLYING BILL ALLOWS THE FREEDOM TO ENSURE AGAINST OBVIOUS DANGER. I AM PARTICULARLY ENTHUSIASTIC OF THE INCLUSION OF MY BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO FACILITATE THE DEVELOPMENT OF A ROBUST PRIVATE FLOOD INSURANCE MARKETPLACE. AFTER MONTHS AND EVEN YEARS OF NEGOTIATIONS, WE PRODUCED THE LEGISLATION THAT APPROPRIATELY BALANCES THE NEED FOR AFFORDABLE FLOOD INSURANCE AS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ACT AS FAITHFUL STEWARDS OF THE TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS. WE NEED TO ACT ACCORDINGLY. WE NEED TO FIX IT. BEFORE WE DO THAT WE MUST AGREE TO PROCEED. LESS THAN A MONTH AGO MANY OF US VOTED TO BAIL OUT THIS PROGRAM. WE KNEW IT WOULD BE IRRESPONSIBLE TO MERELY KICK THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD. THIS IS THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT. I BELIEVE WE NEED TO PROCEED WITH THE DEBATE BECAUSE WE NEED TO HAVE A REASONABLE AND RESPONSIBLE CONVERSATION ABOUT FIXING THIS PROBLEM BEFORE IT GETS WORSE. AMERICANS DESERVE BETTER THAN A BIG GOVERNMENT INSURANCE MONOPOLY THAT'S UNABLE TO PAY FOR THE RISK IT INSURES. THIS BILL WILL HAVE AFFORDABILITY BY EMPOWERING POLICYHOLDERS TO PURCHASE THEIR INSURANCE PRODUCTS THAT BEST MEETS THEIR NEEDS. WE ARE GETTING RID OF THE TOP-DOWN SINGLE PAYER APPROACH. GIVING CONSUMERS CHOICES IN A COMPETITIVE MARKETPLACE WILL NOT ONLY DRIVE DOWN COSTS BUT HELP US REDUCE THE UNACCEPTABLE NUMBER OF HOMES THAT ARE NOT PROTECTED BY FLOOD INSURANCE. THE NFIP CAN BE AN IMPORTANT TOOL FOR MITIGATING FLOOD RISK AND HELPING FAMILIES RECOVER FROM DISASTERS AFTER IT STRIKES. BUT IT CANNOT BE THE ONLY TOOL. A FEDERAL PROGRAM THAT HAS ARTIFICIALLY LOW RATES IS NEITHER COMPASSIONATE NOR RESPONSIBLE. PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW HOW AND WHEN THEY ARE IN DANGER. WE CANNOT EXPECT TO HAVE UNEDUCATED -- TO HAVE AN EDUCATED, THOUGHTFUL CONSUMERS IF WE DEPRIVE THEM OF THE MARKET INFORMATION THAT IS NEEDED TO MAKE SMART DECISIONS. BY PUTTING POLICYHOLDERS ON A SOUND PATH TO PREMIUM RATES, WE ARE ON A PATH THREATS ARE CONFRONTED BEFORE THEY ARE REAL EYESED. I THINK WE -- REALIZED. I THINK WE CAN TAKE THE FIRST STEPS BY ELIMINATING THE FALSE SECURITY THAT INOCULATES OUR SOCIETY WITH THE DANGERS OF FLOODING. LET'S GRADUALLY WALK BACK THE SUBSIDIES THAT CONCEALS THE HOMEOWNERS' RISK. WE NEED TO HAVE A CLEAR EYE AND VISION FOR THE FUTURE. THIS BILL IS THE RIGHT STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. I WANT TO THANK MR. HENSARLING AND MR. DUFFY FOR THEIR TENACITY FOR PAVING THE WAY FOR MANAGING FLOOD RISK TO THIS COUNTRY. FLOOD INSURANCE IS ONE OF THOSE RARE ISSUES THAT TRANSCENDS POLITICAL BOUNDARIES. IT IS A COMPLEX -- I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THE RULE AND ALSO THE UNDERLYING BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 01:06:45 PM

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      THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA…

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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    • 01:06:50 PM

      MS. SLAUGHTER

      MR. SPEAKER, MAY I INQUIRE OF MY COLLEAGUE IF HE HAS FURTHER SPEAKERS…

      MR. SPEAKER, MAY I INQUIRE OF MY COLLEAGUE IF HE HAS FURTHER SPEAKERS BECAUSE I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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    • 01:06:54 PM

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      THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA.

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      MR. BYRNE

      I AM READY TO CLOSE.

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      MS. SLAUGHTER

      ALL RIGHT. LET ME --

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    • 01:07:04 PM

      MS. SLAUGHTER

      MR. SPEAKER, THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT ISN'T PERFECT. MOST…

      MR. SPEAKER, THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT ISN'T PERFECT. MOST NOTABLY IT BLOWS PAST THE CAPS IMPLEMENTED UNDER THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT. BUT THERE ARE AREAS OF COMMON GROUND IN THIS BILL, INCLUDING A PAY RAISE FOR OUR MILITARY AND INVESTMENTS TO FILL GENUINE READINESS GAPS IN OUR ARMED FORCES. AND I WANT TO POINT OUT THEY ARE THE RESULT OF SOMETHING THAT'S ALL TOO OFTEN NONEXISTENT UNDER THE MAJORITY AND THAT IS REGULAR ORDER. I AGREE WITH WHAT MY COLLEAGUES SAID, TO SEE A BILL UNDER REGULAR ORDER IS A DOWNRIGHT JOY. I HOPE WE DO NOR OF IT. A HEARING AND A MARKUP FOR THIS BILL AND COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WERE CONSULTED. THAT'S HOW THE CHAMBER WAS DESIGNED TO FUNCTION, BUT TODAY IT HARDLY FUNCTIONS LIKE THAT AT ALL. IT'S A SHAME WE DON'T ALSO SEE THE MAJORITY PUT THIS MODEL TO USE FOR OTHER MAJOR LEGISLATION LIKE HEALTH CARE AND TAX REFORM, WHICH WE WILL BE RUSHING THROUGH TO GET TO TOMORROW. NOW, THIS IS A PROCESS THAT WE DIDN'T SEE FOR THE OTHER MEASURE BEFORE US TODAY. THAT'S H.R. 2874. NO HEARING WAS EVER HELD ON THE PACKAGE IN ITS ENTIRETY. IT WAS CHANGED RIGHT UP UNTIL IT WAS CONSIDERED BY THE RULES COMMITTEE EARLIER THIS WEEK IN AN EFFORT NOT TO GET DEMOCRAT SUPPORT BUT TO GET A MOTION FROM THE MAJORITY SO IT CAN PASS ON A PARTY LINE VOTE. THAT'S WHAT WE SEE UNDER THIS LEADERSHIP, NO HEARINGS AND RARELY ANY MARKUPS. LEGISLATION TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WHICH WOULD IMPACT 1/6 OF OUR ECONOMY WAS PASSED WITHOUT SO MUCH OF A SCORE FROM THE NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, OUTLINING ITS IMPACTS AND ITS COSTS. THIS CONGRESS HAS BROKEN THE RECORD FOR THE USE OF CLOSED RULES WHICH PREVENTS ANY AMENDMENTS FROM BEING OFFERED BY EITHER SIDE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. IT IS NOW THE MOST CLOSED CONGRESS EVER. IN FACT, ONE OF THE RULES BEFORE US RIGHT NOW IS CLOSED. WE ARE EVEN LIKELY TO CONSIDER THE MAJORITY'S BIPARTISAN TAX PLAN THIS WEEK -- ACTUALLY TOMORROW, WHICH WOULD INCREASE THE DEFICIT BY $1.5 TRILLION. YET, UNDER ANOTHER CLOSED RULE. AND YET, AGAIN, WITHOUT SCORING. THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS HAS BEEN CALLED THE GREATEST DELIBERATIVE BODY IN THE WORLD, AND I THINK IT'S TIME THE MAJORITY CHANGE COURSE AND ACTUALLY ALLOW THE GREAT DEBATES ABOUT THE ISSUES THAT WE FACE. THE LEGISLATION WE CONSIDER WOULD CERTAINLY BE BETTER FOR IT, AND SO I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, THE RULE AND THE BILL, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 01:09:53 PM

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      THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

      THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA.

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    • 01:09:56 PM

      MR. BYRNE

      MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU, SIR. I REPRESENT A COASTAL AREA OF ALABAMA, AND…

      MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU, SIR. I REPRESENT A COASTAL AREA OF ALABAMA, AND FLOOD INSURANCE IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS. IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO ME TO FULFILL MY JOB ON THEIR BEHALF TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE A FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM THAT'S THERE FOR MANY YEARS TO COME, BUT WE KNOW IT'S ACTUARIALLY INSOLVENT. SO WE HAVE TO MAKE CHANGES IN THE PROGRAM. AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON SAID, CHANGE IS HARD, REFORMS ARE HARD, BUT THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA AND BEFORE HIM THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, THE SPONSOR OF THE BILL, MADE VERY GOOD POINTS. REFORMS WE'RE MAKING IN THIS BILL FOR THE FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM WILL ALLOW IT TO BE SUCCESSFUL FOR YEARS TO COME AND ALSO PROTECT THE TAXPAYERS OF AMERICA. I THINK WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO DO THAT. THE OTHER BILL UNDER THIS RULE, THE CONFERENCE REPORT ON THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT, REPRESENTS A VERY IMPORTANT INFLEXION POINT. WE ARE NOW MOVING TO REPAIR THE DAMAGE WE'VE DONE TO THE MILITARY THESE LAST SEVERAL YEARS. THIS IS A 10% INCREASE FOR OUR MILITARY SO THAT WE CAN HELP THEM REBUILD THEIR READY, THE EQUIPMENT THEY NEED TO DEFEND US WITH THIS EVER-INCREASING MATRIX OF THREATS. NOT THE LEAST OF WHICH IS NORTH KOREA. WE PUT EVEN MORE MONEY IN THIS AUTHORIZATION TO DEFEND AGAINST A MISSILE ATTACK FROM NORTH KOREA. SO WE'RE AT THE BEGINNING OF SOMETHING HISTORIC HERE WITH THIS BILL, AND THAT IS REBUILDING THE UNITED STATES MILITARY, MUCH LIKE WHAT WAS DONE 30-PLUS YEARS AGO WHEN PRESIDENT REAGAN WAS IN OFFICE. SO I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT HOUSE RESOLUTION 616 AND THE UNDERLYING BILLS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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    • 01:11:41 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE…

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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    • 01:11:53 PM

      MS. SLAUGHTER

      MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

    • 01:11:54 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND…

      THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 AND CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THIS 15-MINUTE VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE-MINUTE VOTES ON ADOPTING THE RESOLUTION, IF ORDERED, AND AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. 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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    • 01:12:05 PM

      On ordering the previous question Roll Call 626 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

      • 01:37:54 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE --

      • 01:38:25 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE…

        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 GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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      • 01:38:35 PM

        MS. SLAUGHTER

        MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

      • 01:38:37 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND…

        THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE 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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  • 01:38:38 PM

    House Vote 626 - On Ordering the Previous Question

    Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2874) to achieve reforms to improve the financial stability of the National Flood Insurance Program, to enhance the development of more accurate estimates of flood risk through new technology and better maps, to increase the role of private markets in the management of flood insurance risks, and to provide for alternative methods to insure against flood peril, and for other purposes, and providing for consideration of the conference report to accompany the bill (H.R. 2810) to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2018 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.

    Passed (234 - 189)
    Yea
    Nay

    Vote Details: Yea - 233
    Republican - 233

    Vote Details: Nay - 189
    Democratic - 189

    Vote Details: Not Voting - 10
    Republican - 5
    Democratic - 5

    • 01:38:40 PM

      On agreeing to the resolution Roll Call 627 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

      • 01:45:15 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE YEAS ARE 233, THE NAYS ARE 187. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT…

        THE YEAS ARE 233, THE NAYS ARE 187. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON GEEG TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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  • 01:45:22 PM

    House Vote 627 - On Agreeing to the Resolution

    Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2874) to achieve reforms to improve the financial stability of the National Flood Insurance Program, to enhance the development of more accurate estimates of flood risk through new technology and better maps, to increase the role of private markets in the management of flood insurance risks, and to provide for alternative methods to insure against flood peril, and for other purposes, and providing for consideration of the conference report to accompany the bill (H.R. 2810) to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2018 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.

    Passed (233 - 187)
    Yea
    Nay

    Vote Details: Yea - 232
    Republican - 228
    Democratic - 4

    Vote Details: Nay - 187
    Democratic - 185
    Republican - 2

    Vote Details: Not Voting - 13
    Republican - 8
    Democratic - 5

    • 01:45:24 PM

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

    • 01:45:32 PM

      UNFINISHED BUSINESS

      The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on approving the Speaker's Approval of the Journal, which the yeas and nays had been demanded, and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

      • 01:45:35 PM

        On approving the Journal Roll Call 628 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE NAYS ARE 190. ONE VOTING PRESENT. THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED.

    • 01:51:37 PM

      House Vote 628 - On Approving the Journal

      Passed (224 - 190)
      Yea
      Nay

      Vote Details: Yea - 223
      Republican - 137
      Democratic - 86

      Vote Details: Nay - 190
      Democratic - 100
      Republican - 90

      Vote Details: Not Voting - 18
      Republican - 11
      Democratic - 7

      Vote Details: Present - 1
      Democratic - 1

      • 01:52:25 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS, TAKE…

        THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS, TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. MEMBERS, TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      • 01:53:10 PM

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        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEES ON TRANSPORTATION…

        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEES ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE, FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND HOUSE ADMINISTRATION BE DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.RES. 615 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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      • 01:53:14 PM

        Mr. Shuster asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.

        • 01:53:28 PM

          THE CLERK

          DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

      • 01:53:41 PM

        Considered by unanimous consent. H. Res. 615 — "Designating the Democratic Cloakroom in the Hall of the House of Representatives as the "Gabrielle Giffords-Leo J. Ryan Cloakroom"."

      • 01:53:42 PM

        On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.

        • 01:53:44 PM

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

          • 01:54:10 PM

            MR. THORNBERRY

            MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 616, I CALL UP THE CONFERENCE…

            MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 616, I CALL UP THE CONFERENCE REPORT ON THE BILL H.R. 2810 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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          • 01:54:23 PM

            TEMPORE PURSUANT --

            PURSUANT -- THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

          • 01:54:25 PM

            THE CLERK

            H.R. 2810 AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FOR MILITARY ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT…

            H.R. 2810 AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FOR MILITARY ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND FOR DEFENSE ACTIVITIES FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, TO PRESUBSCRIBE PERSONNEL STRENGTH AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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        • 01:54:27 PM

          Mr. Thornberry brought up conference report H. Rept. 115-404 for consideration under the provisions of H. Res. 616.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS IN THE BACK, PLEASE TAKE YOUR…

            THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS IN THE BACK, PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR.

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      • 01:54:59 PM

        DEBATE

        The House proceeded with 1 hour of debate on the Conference report to accompany H.R. 2810.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE CONFERENCE REPORT IS CONSIDERED READ. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR.…

          THE CONFERENCE REPORT IS CONSIDERED READ. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. THORNBERRY, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. SMITH WILL EACH CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. THORNBERRY.

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        • 01:55:21 PM

          MR. THORNBERRY

          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 ON THE CONFERENCE REPORT H.R. 2810.

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        • 01:55:35 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

        • 01:55:36 PM

          MR. THORNBERRY

          I YIELD MYSELF THREE MINUTES.

        • 01:55:38 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

        • 01:55:49 PM

          MR. THORNBERRY

          FOR --

        • 01:55:51 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE…

          THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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        • 01:56:14 PM

          MR. THORNBERRY

          FOR 55 STRAIGHT YEARS UNDER BOTH PARTIES, CONGRESS HAS COME TOGETHER TO…

          FOR 55 STRAIGHT YEARS UNDER BOTH PARTIES, CONGRESS HAS COME TOGETHER TO PASS A DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL TO SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND OUR COUNTRY'S SECURITY. ALONG WITH MY PARTNER ON THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR. SMITH, I'M PLEASED TO BRING A CONFERENCE REPORT THAT WILL DO SO AGAIN. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND THANK ALL THE MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THIS PRODUCT AND ESPECIALLY THE MEMBERS AND STAFF OF THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE CONFEREES FROM THE 14 OTHER COMMITTEES OF THE HOUSE WHO WERE APPOINTED TO THE CONFERENCE AND APPRECIATE THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS. AND FINALLY, I WANT TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH MR. SMITH AND WITH OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE, SENATOR MCCAIN AND SENATOR REED. LOOK, WE DO NOT ALWAYS AGREE AMONG THE FOUR OF US. IN FACT WE DISAGREE SOMETIMES ENER GETICALLY. BUT I HAVE NO DOUBT EACH OF THEM IS COMMITTED TO DOING THE RIGHT THING FOR OUR TROOPS AND THE RIGHT THING FOR OUR COUNTRY. EACH OF THEM IS A PATRIOT WHOM I ADMIRE AND I KNOW I SPEAK FOR ALL MEMBERS WHEN WE WISH SENATOR MCCAIN THE BEST IN DEALING WITH HIS CURRENT HEALTH CHALLENGES. MEMBERS AND THE PUBLIC WERE GIVEN A SUMMARY OF THIS CONFERENCE REPORT LAST WEEK, SO I WILL SIMPLY SAY THAT I BELIEVE THE PRIORITIES IN THIS BILLR NUMBER ONE, OUR PEOPLE, NUMBER TWO, OUR -- THE READINESS, NUMBER THREE, MISSILE DEFENSE. AND NUMBER FOUR, REFORM. TO SEE THAT WE ARE MORE CAPABLE OF MEETING THE SECURITY CHALLENGES OUR COUNTRY FACES IN THE FUTURE AND TODAY. IN THAT REGARD, I ESPECIALLY WANT TO COMMEND THE WORK OF MR. ROGERS AND MR. COOPER AND THE STRATEGIC FORCES SUBCOMMITTEE ON SPACE. THEY INITIATED DEEP FAR-REACHING REFORMS BASED ON A REAL SENSE OF URGENCY AND THEY ARE IN THIS BILL. THEIR WORK EXEMPLIFIES THE WORK OF OUR COMMITTEE, BIPARTISAN, REALLY NONPARTISAN ON THE NATIONAL SECURITY CHALLENGES THE U.S. FACES TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, UNFORTUNATELY AS THE WORLD GREW MORE DANGEROUS WE CUT OUR DEFENSE BUDGET AND WE ADDED TO THE BURDEN BORNE BY THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE US. NOW, WE WILL NOT REBUILD AND FIX OUR PROBLEMS IN ONE YEAR OR ONE BILL. EVEN WHEN IT'S MATCHED BY AN APPROPRIATION BILL, WHICH THIS WILL NEED TO BE. BUT WE CAN HEAD IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. THAT'S WHAT THIS CONFERENCE REPORT DOES AND I HOPE MEMBERS WILL SUPPORT IT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        • 01:59:12 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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        • 01:59:17 PM

          MR. SMITH

          I YIELD MYSELF FIVE MINUTES.

        • 01:59:20 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

        • 01:59:22 PM

          MR. SMITH

          I WANT TO CONCUR WITH THE REMARKS OF MR. THORNBERRY. WE HAVE HAD A GREAT…

          I WANT TO CONCUR WITH THE REMARKS OF MR. THORNBERRY. WE HAVE HAD A GREAT MANY PEOPLE WORK TOGETHER TO PRODUCE A VERY IMPORTANT PRODUCT AND THE STAFF, THE MEMBERS, HOUSE AND SENATE, HAVE ALL DONE AN OUTSTANDING JOB AND WE ARE VERY PROUD OF THE FACT THAT WE PRODUCE A LEGISLATIVE PRODUCT EVERY YEAR. WE ACTUALLY DO LEGISLATION THE WAY IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE DONE. WE WORK IT THROUGH COMMITTEE. CHAIRMAN OUTLINES THE NUMBER OF DIFFERENT POSITIONS THAT WERE ASKED TORE AT THE COMMITTEE LEVEL, SENATE LEVEL, REACHED COMPROMISE WHERE WE COULD AND PRODUCED A PRODUCT THAT IS TRULY A LEGISLATIVE PRODUCT AND THAT IS TESTIMONY OF THE GREAT WORK OF OUR STAFF AND THE HOUSE AND SENATE. DO AN OUTSTANDING JOB WITH HUNDREDS OF COMPLEX ISSUES. AND ALSO A TESTIMONY TO THE MEMBERS, BOTH HOUSE AND SENATE TO THEIR COMMITMENT TO MAKE SURE WE PASS THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZING ACT UNDERSTANDING HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO SUPPORT OUR TROOPS IN MEETING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY NEEDS. AND I WANT TO THANK OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE, MR. THORNBERRY AND I HAVE OUR CONTENTIOUS DEBATES BETWEEN US AND THE SENATE BUT THEY ARE HANDLED WITH GREAT DIGNITY AND INTELLIGENCE. AND I ENJOY WORKING WITH SENATOR MCCAIN AND SENATOR REED. THEY ARE GREAT PARTNERS IN THIS FINAL PRODUCT. I AM PROUD OF THIS FINAL PRODUCT. THERE IS A LOT OF GOOD POLICY IN HERE. MR. THORNBERRY MENTIONED ABOUT ACK WHICH SITUATION REFORM AND MAKING SURE THE SYSTEM WORKS BETTER. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN WHO HAS TAKEN THE LEAD ON THIS ISSUE. I THINK WE HAVE MADE SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS WHILE ACKNOWLEDGING THAT WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO TO GET THE EFFICIENCY OUT OF THE PENTAGON BUDGET. . I THINK THIS BILL DOES A GREAT JOB SUPPORTING THE TROOPS AND THEIR FAMILIES. IT'S BASICALLY THE CASE WE RECRUIT A SERVICE MEMBER BUT YOU RETAIN THE FAMILY, AND THAT MEANS YOU HAVE TO PROVIDE FOR THEM. WE SUPPORT THE 2.5% PAY RAISE IN THIS BILL AND SUPPORT THE TROOPS AND THEIR FAMILIES IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS. THIS IS A VERY GOOD PRODUCT. I ALSO WANT TO SAY, AND I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE LANGEVIN ON THIS ISSUE. THIS BILL STATES THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS A NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT. WE MAKE THAT THE POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO ACKNOWLEDGE CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE IMPACT THAT IT'S GOING TO HAVE ON OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. AND REPRESENTATIVE LANGEVIN WAS TIRELESS IN MAKING SURE THAT WAS PART OF THIS BILL. THIS IS A GOOD PRODUCT. I AM PROUD OF THE WORK WE HAVE DONE TOGETHER TO PRODUCE A LEGISLATIVE PRODUCT THAT MR. THORNBERRY SAID, NONE OF US LIKES EVERYTHING THAT'S IN IT BUT WE REACHED A COMPROMISE. THE CHALLENGE THAT WE HAVE GOING FORWARD IS WHAT THE CHAIRMAN MENTIONED AT THE END THERE. THIS BILL FUNDS -- I THINK IT'S RIGHT AROUND $696 BILLION IN DEFENSE SPENDING. IT GOES $80 BILLION, ROUGHLY, OVER THE BUDGET CAPS. AND THE BILL CAN'T DO THAT ON ITS OWN UNLESS THE BUDGET CAPS ARE LIFTED AND THE APPROPRIATORS PASS THE APPROPRIATIONS BILL, THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN. AND WE HAVEN'T MADE A LOT OF PROGRESS ON THAT. I WAS THINKING TODAY BACK TO 2011 IN AUGUST WHEN WE FIRST PASSED THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT. WE WERE ABOUT TWO DAYS SHORT OF NOT BEING ABLE TO MEET OUR DEBT CEILING OBLIGATIONS WHEN WE PASSED THAT, AND AT THE TIME THE HOPE WAS THAT WE COME TOGETHER ON A COMPROMISE TO DEAL WITH OUR DEFICIT AND OUR DEBT, TO GET US ON A FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE PATH. WELL, NEARLY SEVEN -- WELL, SORRY, OVER SIX YEARS LATER, I CAN'T SAY WE MADE AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF PROGRESS ON THAT AND THAT'S A HUGE THREAT TO OUR TROOPS AND OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. I'D ALSO SAY IT'S A THREAT TO THE NONDEFENSE DISCRETIONARY BUDGET AND THE REST OF THE BUDGET AS WELL, BUT WITHOUT QUESTION, ONE OF THE GREATEST CHALLENGES THE PENTAGON FACES, THEY DON'T KNOW FROM ONE MONTH TO THE NEXT HOW MUCH MONEY THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE. IS THIS GOING TO BE THE NUMBER, IS THIS BILL GOING TO WORK? I DON'T KNOW. I HOPE SO. WE HAVE TO RESOLVE THAT ISSUE. WE HAVE TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO HAVE A FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE BUDGET SO WE CAN PASS APPROPRIATIONS BILLS EVERY YEAR SO ALL ASPECTS OF THE DISCRETIONARY BUDGET CAN HAVE SOME PREDICTABILITY. IT'S ABSOLUTELY TRUE, AS THE CHAIRMAN AND OTHERS HAVE SAID, WE HAVE A READINESS SHORTFALL. WHAT THAT MEANS IS WE ARE NOT PROVIDING THE EQUIPMENT AND THE TRAINING TO OUR TROOPS NECESSARY TO FULLY PREPARE THEM TO DO THE MISSIONS WE ARE ASKING THEM TO DO. AND I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT PART OF THAT IS UNDERFUNDED. BUT ANOTHER PART OF IT IS WE HAVE A NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY THAT IS UNCLEAR AND AS IT IS PRESENTED IS FAR GREATER THAN WE WOULD EVER HAVE THE RESOURCES TO MATCH. I HAD A MEETING WITH A PENTAGON OFFICIAL WHO TOLD ME THEY WERE VERY CONCERNED BECAUSE THEY WERE WAY SHORT OF HAVING THE FUNDS NECESSARY TO MEET THEIR 2012 NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY. AND MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, AS BIG AND CONFUSING AS THE PENTAGON MAY LOOK, THEY HAVE A REASON FOR EVERYTHING THEY SPEND. THEY HAVE A PLAN IN PLACE. RIGHT NOW WE DON'T HAVE THE FUNDS TO MATCH THOSE PLANS. I YIELD MYSELF AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE. AND THAT'S A HUGE PROBLEM. SO GOING FORWARD, WHILE WE DO NEED TO PROVIDE MORE RESOURCES AND STABILITY, I ALSO THINK WE NEED TO TAKE A LOOK AT THAT NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY AND SAY, WHERE ARE WE SPENDING MONEY THAT WE SHOULDN'T BE? WHAT PART OF OUR STRATEGY DO WE NOT NEED? IF WE CAN'T DO THAT, IF WE CAN'T CUT BACK, WE ARE NEVER GOING TO BE IN A POSITION TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE FUNDS TO OUR TROOPS. AND TO ME THAT IS THE ABSOLUTE WORSE RESULT. WHATEVER THE STRATEGY IS, THE ONE THING THAT IT ABSOLUTELY OUGHT TO DO IS FUND OUR TROOPS SUFFICIENTLY TO MEET IT, TO HAVE A BIG IDEA WHAT WE OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO DO AND THEN TO UNDERFUND THE MEN AND WOMEN WE'RE ASKING TO DO IT, I BELIEVE THIS HAS LED TO SOME OF THE ACCIDENTS AND DEATHS WE HAD RECENTLY WITH OUR SHIPS AND WITH OUR PLANES. WE NEED TO ADEQUATELY FUND READINESS TO MEET A MISSION THAT IS ACHIEVABLE. THAT WE STILL NEED TO GET TO, BUT OVERALL THIS IS A GOOD POLICY BILL. AGAIN, I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. APPRECIATE THE PARTNERSHIP AND REALLY ENJOYED WORKING WITH HIM TO PRODUCE THE PRODUCT. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        • 02:05:41 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

        • 02:05:44 PM

          MR. THORNBERRY

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

          MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON READINESS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. WILSON.

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        • 02:05:50 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

        • 02:05:52 PM

          MR. WILSON

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN MAC THORNBERRY FOR YOUR…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN MAC THORNBERRY FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP, THE EXTRAORDINARY CONTROVERSIAL ISSUE THAT SHOULD BE ADDRESSED HAS BEEN SOLVED WITH YOUR LEADERSHIP AND WILL BE SO MEANINGFUL TO MILITARY FAMILIES. I AM GRATEFUL TO SUPPORT H.R. 2810, THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018. THROUGHOUT THIS PAST YEAR, AS CHAIRMAN OF THE READINESS SUBCOMMITTEE, WE HEARD TESTIMONY FROM EACH OF THE JOINT CHIEFS ABOUT THE CRITICAL NECESSITY TO ADDRESS THE MILITARY'S ALARMING READINESS SHORTFALLS ACROSS ALL DOMAINS, AIR, LAND, SEA, CYBER AND SPACE. SADLY, THE RECENT TRAGIC DEATHS IN THE INDO-PACIFIC SHOWED THAT READINESS HAS FALLEN TO A DANGEROUS LEVEL. WE CAN NO LONGER DELAY THE MAINTENANCE AND SUSTAINMENT PROBLEMS THAT PLAGUE THE MILITARY AND DEFER CRITICAL TRAINING AND MODERNIZATION THAT DIRECTLY IMPACTS THE ABILITY TO RESPOND RAPIDLY TO EMERGING THREATS WORLDWIDE. THERE ARE NUMEROUS IMPORTANT READINESS PROVISIONS IN THE BILL. I ALSO APPRECIATE MY FRIEND, COLLEAGUE AND READINESS SUBCOMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER MADELEINE BORDALLO OF GUAM. THE NDAA WAS BIPARTISAN AND SHOWS EMPHASIS FOR RECOVERY EFFORTS AND THE ENHANCED MISSION OF OUR NATION, PROTECTING MILITARY FAMILIES AS WE RECOGNIZE FREEDOM IS NOT FREE. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE NDAA FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018, AND ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE TO SUPPORT IT AS WELL. I YIELD BACK.

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        • 02:07:33 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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        • 02:07:37 PM

          MR. SMITH

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

          I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I AM NOW PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON READINESS, THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM,

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          MS. BORDALLO

          I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO ACCOMPANY THE FISCAL YEAR…

          I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO ACCOMPANY THE FISCAL YEAR 2018 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT. I COMMEND CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY, RANKING MEMBER SMITH, AND I WOULD LIKE TO ALSO THANK THE READINESS CHAIRMAN, MR. JOE WILSON, AND THE COMMITTEE STAFF WHO WORKED MANY, MANY LONG NIGHTS ON THIS BILL. I'M ESPECIALLY THANKFUL FOR THE SPIRIT OF COOPERATION THAT ENABLES US TO PASS AN ACT THAT DIRECTLY IMPACTS THE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WHO DEFEND OUR COUNTRY. THE CONFERENCE REPORT AUTHORIZES $3.6 BILLION IN ADDITIONAL OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE FUNDS TO INCREASE TRAINING, SPARE PARTS, FACILITY AND EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE AND OTHER READINESS ENABLERS. THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT STEP TO SUPPORT THE RECOVERY OF READINESS IN AREAS THAT HAVE BEEN ADVERSELY IMPACTED BY HIGH OPERATIONAL TEMPOS AND MADE WORSE BY NUMEROUS CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS AND THE EFFECTS OF SEQUESTRATION. HOWEVER, CONGRESS MUST GO FURTHER AND PROVIDE THE DEPARTMENT WITH BUDGET STABILITY BY REPEALING SEQUESTRATION SO THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE TRAINING, THE MAINTENANCE, AND THE MODERNIZATION NEEDS OF OUR FORCES. THE CONFERENCE AGREEMENT ALSO INCLUDES A NUMBER OF PROVISIONS TO SUPPORT MILITARY READINESS, SUCH AS PROVIDING AUTHORITIES AND FLEXIBILITY FOR INVESTMENTS IN INFRASTRUCTURE, EXTENDING DIRECT HIRING AUTHORITIES, PROTECTING TRAINING RANGES FROM ENCROACHMENT, AND CONTINUING TO SUPPORT THE ASIA PACIFIC REBALANCE. THE REBALANCE IS CRITICAL TO SECURITY AND STABILITY IN THE INDO-ASIA PACIFIC REGION, A MATTER OF MOST IMPORTANCE TO ME BECAUSE OF THE RECENT THREATS AGAINST THE UNITED STATES AND SPECIFICALLY MY HOME DISTRICT OF GUAM. CRITICALLY FOR MY CONSTITUENTS, THIS AGREEMENT PROVIDES AUTHORITY FOR U.S. CUSTOMS AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES TO APPROVE H 2-D-B VISAS FOR GUAM THAT SUPPORT CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS DIRECTLY CONNECTED TO AS WELL AS THOSE ASSOCIATED WITH THE REALIGNMENT OF MILITARY FORCES TO GUAM. ADDITIONALLY, THE AGREEMENT AUTHORIZES $354.6 MILLION FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN GUAM. AS GUAM'S REPRESENTATIVE, I WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THE D.O.D. AND THE U.S. C.I.S. TO PROVIDE RELIEF FOR HEALTH CARE AND OTHER INDUSTRIES THAT SUPPORT OUR MILITARY ON GUAM. WHILE I SUPPORT THE PROGRESS WE MADE IN THIS BILL, WITHOUT FURTHER RELIEF, OUR INADEQUATE WORK FORCE WILL NEGATIVELY IMPACT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. SO, AGAIN, MR. CHAIRMAN, I REITERATE MY APPRECIATION OF THE WORK BY OUR COMMITTEES AND OUR EXCEPTIONAL STAFF. THE F.Y. 2018 NDAA PROVIDES THE RESOURCES THAT OUR MILITARY REQUIRES FOR ITS MISSIONS IN THIS VERY, VERY DANGEROUS WORLD. SO I URGE SUPPORT FOR THE BILL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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          MR. THORNBERRY

          MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE TACTICAL AIR, LAND…

          MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE TACTICAL AIR, LAND FORCES SUBCOMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. TURNER.

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          MR. TURNER

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2810, THE…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2810, THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR 2018. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I WANT TO PERSONALLY THANK OUR CHAIRMAN MAC THORNBERRY FOR HIS WORK IN TRYING TO GET A HIGHER TOP LINE FOR DEFENSE. THIS BILL COMES IN HIGHER THAN THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET REQUEST, BUT IT IS IN LINE WITH BOTH THE APPROPRIATIONS AND THE BUDGET DOCUMENT THAT CAME OUT OF THE HOUSE. THIS BILL AUTHORIZES $634.2 BILLION IN THE BASE BUDGET, A MUCH-NEEDED INCREASE OVER THE ORIGINAL BUDGET REQUEST AND FULLY SUPPORTS MANY OF THE UNFUNDED REQUIREMENTS IDENTIFIED BY THE DEPARTMENT THAT TOTALED MORE THAN $30 BILLION. THE $634.2 BILLION IS ESSENTIAL. ANYTHING LESS HANDICAPS OUR ABILITY FOR READINESS, NEARLY A DECADE OF NEGLECT. THIS BEGINS THE LONG PROCESS TO REBUILD OUR MILITARY'S FULL SPECTRUM READINESS FROM YEARS OF DEFERRED MODERNIZATION BROUGHT ON THE FAILED ASSUMPTIONS FROM THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION'S BUDGET CONTROL ACT AND SEQUESTRATION. TACTICAL AIR, LAND FORCES SUBCOMMITTEE, THIS BILL AUTHORIZES $12 BILLION IN ADDITIONAL FUNDS TO ADDRESS UNFUNDED MODERNIZATION REQUIREMENTS AND CRITICAL CAPABILITY GAPS. IF WE DO NOT BEGIN WITH THIS BUDGET TO SET FAVORABLE CONDITIONS TO START TO REVERSE THE HIGH RISK DEFENSE POSTURE WE CURRENTLY HAVE, WE WILL SIGNIFICANTLY JEOPARDIZE OUR MILITARY'S ADVANTAGE THAT WE'VE TAKEN FOR GRANTED IN PAST CONFLICTS IN STEADY STATE OPERATIONS. AS SUCH, THE BILL RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF LAND FORCES AND AUTHORIZES OVER $2 BILLION TO ACCELERATE ARMORED BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM MODERNIZATION TO INCLUDE ADDITIONAL TANKS AND BRADLEY FIGHTING VEHICLES. THE BILL AUTHORIZES STRIKE FIGHTER CAPABILITY AND CAPACITY SHORTFALLS AND AUTHORIZES $3 BILLION IN ADDITIONAL FUNDING TO PROCURE FIFTH GENERATION AIRCRAFT AND MODERNIZE OUR FIFTH GENERATION FLEET. THESE PROJECTS ADDRESS UNFUNDED REQUIREMENTS FOR THE AIR FORCE, NAVY AND MARINE CORPS. THE BILL ALSO CONTINUE TO ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF THE NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE COMPONENTS BY AUTHORIZING AN ADDITIONAL $250 MILLION FOR THEIR EQUIPMENT AND MODERNIZATION. THIS PREVENTS THE AIR FORCE FROM REDUCING CRITICAL I.R.S. CAPABILITIES. I YIELD BACK.

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          MR. SMITH

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

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I AM NOW PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER ON EMERGING THREATS AND CAPABILITIES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM LONG ISLAND, MR. LANGEVIN.

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          MR. LANGEVIN

          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I FIRST LIKE TO BEGIN BY…

          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I FIRST LIKE TO BEGIN BY THANKING CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY AND RANKING MEMBER SMITH AND CHAIRWOMAN STEFANIK FOR THEIR TIRELESS WORK ON THIS BILL. IT'S A GOOD WORK PRODUCT AND I'M VERY PROUD TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH IT AND TO BE SUPPORTING IT. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE STAFF FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS FOR ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL AND BIPARTISAN NDAA, AND PARTICULAR, LINDSEY, PETE, KEVIN AND NEV. I WANT TO RECOGNIZE KATHRYN MITCHELL ON MY STAFF ALONG WITH MY TWO FELLOWS, SHAWN AND JOHN, FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTION AND SUPPORT. I AM STRONGLY SUPPORT OF THE EMERGING THREATS PORTION OF THE NDAA. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE CHAIRWOMAN STEFANIK. THIS IS HER FIRST NDAA AS CHAIRWOMAN. IT WAS A PLEASURE WORKING WITH HER IN A STRONG BIPARTISAN WAY. THE CONFERENCE AGREEMENT PRESERVES IMPORTANT STEPS FORWARD WHEN IT COMES TO CYBER, INFORMATION OPERATIONS AND ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES AND PROVIDES SUPPORT TO OUR SPECIAL OPERATORS AND THEIR FAMILIES. WHEN IT COMES TO CYBER, THE BILL AUTHORIZES THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO ENSURE WE HAVE APPROPRIATE AUTHORITIES AND POLICIES IN PLACE TO ALLOW OUR FORCES TO OPERATE SUCCESSFULLY IN CYBERSPACE. IT ALSO REINVIGORATES THE D.O.D. CYBER SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS WHICH PROVIDES SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANT OPPORTUNITIES AT THE UNIVERSITIES TO BRING THEIR EXPERTISE INTO THE DEPARTMENT AFTER THEY GRADUATE. ADDITIONALLY, THE FINALIZE LANGUAGE INCLUDES A PROVISION THAT I WROTE IN CONJUNCTION WITH CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY, RANKING MEMBER SMITH AND CHAIRWOMAN STEFANIK TO REQUIRE TIMELY NOTIFICATIONS FOR SENSITIVE SIGN BER MILITARY OPERATIONS OUT OF AREAS OF HOSTILITIES, ENSURING CONGRESS IS ABLE TO CONDUCT APPROPRIATE OVERSIGHT IN THIS NEW DOMAIN. AND THE BILL MAKES ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES FOR OUR WAR FIGHTERS, SUCH AS ELECTRIC MAG NEGLECTIC WAR GUN. WE DON'T WANT TO SEND OUR SERVICE MEMBERS INTO A UNFAIR FIGHT. THESE TECHNOLOGIES WILL ENSURE WE PROVIDE THEM WITH THE VERY BEST TOOLS AVAILABLE. FINALLY, I'M VERY PLEASED WITH THE FINAL CONFERENCE REPORT. PRESERVING MY AMENDMENT EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF CONGRESS THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS A NATIONAL SECURITY CHALLENGE AND REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT TO REPORT ITS EFFECTS. THIS IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN PROVISION REPRESENTS ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS CONGRESS HAS TAKEN ON THIS ISSUE, AND THIS SHIFT IN POLICY WILL BETTER PREPARE OUR ARMED FORCE, IMPROVE OUR READINESS TO FACE THE CHANGING CLIMATE. . AGAIN I WANT TO THANK THE COMMITTEE FOR THEIR EXCELLENT WORK ON THIS BILL. PARTICULARLY CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY, RANKING MEMBER SMITH, CHAIRWOMAN STEFANIK, AND THE COMMITTEE STAFF AND MY STAFF AS WANT TO THANK THE COMMITTEE WELL. IT WAS A PLEASURE WORKING ON THIS VERY BIPARTISAN BILL IN SUPPORT OF ALL OF OILER WAR FIGHTERS WHO WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE PROVIDE THE VERY BEST TOOLS THAT THEY NEED TO DO THEIR JOB SAFELY AND EFFECTIVELY. THANK THEM FOR ALL THAT THEY DO FOR OUR NATION. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          MR. THORNBERRY

          I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIR OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON…

          I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIR OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON STRATEGIC FORCE, THE CHAIRMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. ROGERS.

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          MR. ROGERS

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS YEAR'S NDAA AND…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS YEAR'S NDAA AND COMMEND THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP IN GETTING US TO THE POINT WE'RE TODAY. THIS YEAR'S BILL TAKES THE FIRST STEP IN FIXING THE BROKEN SPACE ENTERPRISE IN THE AIR FORCE. WE STREAMLINE THE LEADERSHIP STRUCTURE ELIMINATING OVER 20 UNNECESSARY INTERNAL AIR FORCE BOXES ON THE AIR FORCE ACQUISITION CHART. THE BILL EMPOWERS THE COMMANDER OF THE AIR FORCE SPACE COMMAND WITH SOLE AUTHORITY TO ORGANIZE, TRAIN, AND EQUIP SPACE FORCES. IT TERMINATES DUPLICATIVE OFFERS. THE DEFENSE SPACE COUNCIL AND AIR FORCE'S A-11 OFFICE. MOST IMPORTANTLY, IT'S A FIRST STEP IN A LONG PATH TO GETTING SPACE RIGHT FOR THE BETTERMENT OF OUR WAR FIGHTERS. HOPEFULLY OFERTE COMING YEAR THE SENATE WILL FOCUS ON THE CHRONIC PROBLEMS FACING NATIONAL SECURITY SPACE. AND WORK WITH US TO ESTABLISH A SEPARATE SPACE CORPS. ON MISSILE DEFENSE, THE BILL ENSURES THE WAY AHEAD OF THE THREAT -- THAT WE STAY AHEAD OF THE THREAT, WHICH AS WE HAVE SEEN OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS FROM NORTH KOREA AND THEIR DUE TUE DOZEN TESTS, MISSILE TESTS, THEY ARE ADVANCING RAPIDLY. ALSO IN THIS BILL WE'RE AUTHORIZING MORE INTERCEPTORS, ACCELERATING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR ADVANCE TECHNOLOGIES AND IMPROVING ACQUISITION AUTHORITIES FOR MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS. AND LET'S ALSO NOT FORGET ABOUT WHAT THE BILL DOES FOR OUR NUKE LEEAR DETERRENT. ALL THREE LEGS OF THE TRIADE WILL AGE OUT AND BEGIN RETIRING OVER THE NEXT DECADE. THIS BILL ENSURES THE REPLACEMENT PROGRAMS REMAIN ON LEGS OF THE SCHEDULE. ON SPACE LAUNCH WE CONTINUE THE COMMITTEE'S DEDICATION TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF DOMESTIC RELACE FOR THE RD-180 ENGINES. NINALLIRKS I'M VERY PLEASED WITH THE PROGRESS WE HAVE MADE TOWARD GETTING SOME OF THE SURPLUS 1911 PISTOLS INTO THE HANDS OF COLLECTORS AND OFF THE GOVERNMENT DIME FOR STORAGE COSTS. WITH STORAGE COSTS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. YIELD BACK.

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          MR. SMITH

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. COOPER, WHO IS THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON STRATEGIC FORCES.

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          MR. COOPER

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, RANKING MEMBER SMITH, CHAIRMAN…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, RANKING MEMBER SMITH, CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY, CHAIRMAN MCCAIN ON THE SENATE SIDE, AND RANKING MEMBER REED. IT'S IMPORTANT CONGRESS CONTINUE THIS GREAT TRADITION OF PASSING THE DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT. THIS WILL BE THE 57TH YEAR. MY CONSTITUENTS BACK HOME WANT NOTHING MORE THAN FOR US TO COOPERATE ON A BIPARTISAN FASHION FOR THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY. THIS BILL, H.R. 2810, DOES THAT. IN PARTICULAR, I'D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN OF THOSE STRATEGIC FORCES SUBCOMMITTEE, MIKE ROGERS, WHO HAS BEEN A GREAT PARTNER AS WE DO SEVERAL IMPORTANT THINGS. MODERNIZE OUR NUCLEAR FORCES AND KEEP THE EFFORT GOING ON NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION. WE FUND CRITICAL MISSILE DEFENSE NEEDS IN THE FACE OF RISING THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA AND OTHER COUNTRIES. WE SUPPORT U.S. US-ISRAELI MISSILE DEFENSE, AND ALSO STRENGTHEN DOCTOR MAT WILL I OUR CAPABILITIES IN SPACE. THIS DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL TAKES A DECISIVE FIRST STEP TO ADDRESS THE PRAGMENTATION AND LACK OF FOCUS ON NATIONAL SECURITY SPACE ISSUES. THAT THE AIR FORCE HAS SHOWN BY REORGANIZING SPACE WITHIN THE AIR FORCE AND WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. WHILE IT DOES NOT CREATE THE SPACE CORPS WE PREFERRED, IT ACHIEVES MANY OF THE GOALS WE SET OUT TO ACHIEVE. NOTABLY IT CONSOLIDATES ACQUISITION, OPERATIONS, AND TRAINING OF THE SPACE FORCES UNDER THE AIR FORCE SPACE COMMAND. AND ELIMINATES INEFFECTIVE OR REDUNDANT AUTHORITIES ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT. OUR ASSETS IN SPACE UNFORTUNATELY ARE INCREASINGLY VULNERABLELE TO ATTACK. THIS REORGANIZATION WILL BEGIN TO PROVIDE THE FOCUS AND COORDINATION NECESSARY TO EFFECTIVELY ADDRESS THESE GROWING THREATS. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE FOR HIS STRONG LEADERSHIP IN THIS EFFORT AND FOR MAKING THIS A BIPARTISAN PROCESS. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE DEPUTY SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR HIS ENGAGEMENT ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. WE'LL CONTINUE TO HOLD THE DEPARTMENT ACCOUNTABLE DURING THIS TRANSITION PERIOD. I'M ALSO PLEASED THAT THE BILL BEGINS TO COUNTER THE VULNERABILITY OF OUR G.P.S. SYSTEMS IN SPACE WHICH UNDERPIN MANY DEFENSE AND CIVILIAN SYSTEMS. WE INCREASE THE RESILIENCY AND I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE DEPUTY SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR HIS ENGAGEMENT ON ALTERNATIVES TO G.P.S. INCLUDING THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX BY RELYING ON OUR ALLIES AND PERHAPS EVEN EXPLOITING RUSSIA AND CHINESE SIGNALS AS A MEANS TO DETER ATTACK ON OUR SYSTEMS. THE CONFERENCE ALSO DROPPED RESTRICTIONS ON EXTENDING THE NEW START TREATY WHICH VERIFYABLY LIMITS THE NUMBER OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS THAT RUSSIA OR THE UNITED STATES CAN DEPLOY. ALTERNATIVES TO THE BILL HOLDS RUSSIA ACCOUNTABLE BY IMPOSING INCREASING SANCTIONS RELATED TO THOSE VIOLATIONS RATHER THAN PREMATURELY NULLIFYING THE TREATY. THE CONFERENCE REPORT ALSO ENCOURAGES A DIALOGUE WITH RUSSIA AND CHINA TO REDUCE RISKS OF MISCALCULATIONS THAT COULD LEAD TO AN UNINTENDED NUCLEAR WAR. PRESSURING RUSSIA WHILE AVOIDING AN UNNECESSARY NUCLEAR ARMS RACE OR PRECIPITOUS NUCLEAR WAR SHOULD BE TOP PRIORITIES FOR OUR DEFENSE AND CURRENT MORE VOLATILE ENVIRONMENT N THIS CONTEXT I SUPPORT INCREASED FOCUS ON MODERNIZING OUR NUCLEAR COMMAND CONTROL SYSTEM WHICH HAS BEEN TOO LONG OVER COST AND DELAYED. FINALLY, THE BILL ENDS YEARS OF WASTEFUL SPENDING ON THE UNAFFORDABLE FAILED M.O.X. PROJECT IN SOUTH CAROLINA BY ALLOWING THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO TERMINATE IT AND MOVE TO A SOLUTION AT A FRACTION OF THE COST. UNAFFORDABLE FAILED THANK YOU AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER. I SUPPORT THIS BILL.

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          THANK YOU AGAIN, THORNBERRY

          MR. THORN BURY -- MR. THANK YOU AGAIN, THORNBERRY: PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE…

          MR. THORN BURY -- MR. THANK YOU AGAIN, THORNBERRY: PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. WITTMAN.

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          MR. WITTMAN

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR F.Y. 18. THIS BILL FULLY FUNDS OUR ARMED FORCES SUPPORT OF THE AND INCREASES TROOP END STRENGTH AND SETS IN EARNEST THE MODERNIZATION OF OUR MILITARY AND ENSURES OUR SOLDIERS, SAILORS, AIRMEN, AND MARINES ARE PROPERLY COMPENSATED FOR THE SACRIFICES THEY MAKE FOUR A GRATEFUL NATION ON A DAILY BASIS. IN MY ROLE AS THE PROJECTION FORCES CHAIRMAN I VOWED MONTHS AGO TO SET THE CONDITIONS FOR THE NAVY TO GROW TO 355 SHIPS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE NAVY'S OWN FORCE STRUCTURE ASSESSMENT. I'M PROUD TO SAY THIS BILL SENDS THE SIGNAL TO OUR NAVY, INDUSTRIAL BASE, AND ADVERSARIES THAT THE A 355 SHIP NAVY IS NOT JUST A THEORETICAL IDEA BUT RATHER AN ACHIEVABLE REALITY. THE BILL EXPANDS ON THE EIGHT SHIPS REQUESTED BIED ADMINISTRATION BY ADDING AN ADDITIONAL FIVE SHIPS. THE LITTLE BILL ALSO RECOMMENDS ADVANCED PROCUREMENT FOR THE VIRGINIA CLASS ATTACK SUB MARINES. AS TO AIRCRAFT, THE BILL FULLY FUNDS THE B-21 RADAR BOMBER PROGRAM, A CRITICAL COMPONENT OF THE FUTURE NUKE LEEAR TRY ADD. IT ALSO RECOMMENDS AN EXPANSION OF AERIAL REFUELERS. C-130 J AIRLIFT, AND ANTI-SUBMARINE AIRCRAFT. FINALLY THE BILL DELIVERS EXTENDED AUTHORITIES THAT WOULD SAVET TAXPAYERS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. SOME OF OUR COLLEAGUES HAVE SUGGESTED OUR DEFENSE BUDGET IS EXCESSIVE AND ADDITIONAL MONEYS SHOULD BE PROVIDED TOWARDS OTHER EFFORTS. MY FRIENDS, THIS THOUGHT IS NOT ONLY MISGUIDED BUT IT IS DANGEROUS. WE HAVE A CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE OF OUR NATION. WE WILL NOT SHRINK FROM THAT RESPONSIBILITY. I HOPE NONE OF MY COLLEAGUES UNDERMINE THE EFFORTS TO DELIVER THE $634 BILLION BASE MONEYS REQUIRED FOR OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. FINALLY, I WANT TO RECOGNIZE RANKING MEMBER JOE COURTNEY. HE HAS BEEN AND CONTINUES TO BE A TRUE PARTNER IN ENSURING THE SEA POWER PROJECTION FORCES OF OUR NATION ARE PROPERLY RESOURCED. I DO NOT THINK THAT WE WOULD BE ANYWHERE REQUIRED FOR OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. FINALLY, I WANT DELIVERING THE 355-SHIP NAVY OR PROVIDING FOR OUR AIR FORCE'S DEEP CLOSE TO STRIKE CAPABILITIES WITHOUT HIS STEADFAST RESOLVE AND SINCERE EFFORTS TO REALIZE BIPARTISAN SOLUTIONS. I ALSO WANT TO REFLECT THAT WITH THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER AND THEIR LEADERSHIP AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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          MR. SMITH

          I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE…

          I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON SEA POWER AND SKPWROKES FORCE, GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MR. COURT NIFMENT

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          MR. COURTNEY

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2810 AND WANT TO…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2810 AND WANT TO BEGIN BY CONGRATULATING CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY AND RANKING MEMBER SMITH FOR THEIR SKILLFUL, BIPARTISAN GUIDANCE OF THIS MEASURE. THE VOTE THAT TOOK PLACE LAST SUMMER WHEN THE HOUSE PASSED FIRST TIME THROUGH WAS THE LARGEST BIPARTISAN VOTE SINCE 2008 FOR AN NDAA. THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN BY ACCIDENT. IT WAS BECAUSE OF THEIR GREAT WORK. I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. WITTMAN, ON THE SEA POWER COMMITTEE. AGAIN, IT IS A VERY BIPARTISAN EFFORT AND THE RESULT I THINK DEMONSTRATES THAT WHEN YOU DO IT THAT WAY YOU GET GOOD RESULTS. I ALSO WANT TO CONGRATULATE THE STAFF, DAVE, PHIL, AND ALSO LIEUTENANT COMMANDER DOMINICK, OUR NAVY FELLOW HERE TODAY, THEIR SUPPORT AND WORK WERE INVALUABLE IN TERMS OF GETTING THE SEA POWER PORTION OF THE BILL TO THE REALLY SOLID PLACE IT IS TODAY. AGAIN, LAST YEAR, 2016, THE NAVY CAME FORWARD WITH A FORCE STRUCTURE ASSESSMENT THAT SAID BASED ON NATIONAL SECURITY NEEDS AROUND THE WORLD THAT OUR FLEET SIZE NEEDS TO GROW. WHEN THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET CAME OVER LAST MAY, UNFORTUNATELY, THERE WAS ONLY EIGHT NEW SHIPS IN THAT BUDGET. BUT OUR COMMITTEE AGAIN SHOWING ITS INDEPENDENCE AS A CO-EQUAL BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT PRODUCED A SEA POWER MARK THAT BOOSTED THAT BUILD WORLD RATE TO 15 AND AGAIN HAS US NOW ON A PATHWAY TO ACHIEVE THE GOAL THE NAVY IDENTIFIED LAST YEAR. IN PARTICULAR, IN TERMS OF THE UNDERSEA FLEET, OUR COMBATANT COMMANDERS HAVE BEEN LOUDLY WARNING CONGRESS THAT WE COULD -- WE SHOULD NOT ALLOW THE DECLINE IN THE FLEET SIZE TO OCCUR. THIS BILL AGAIN AUTHORIZES $5.9 BILLION FOR THE VIRGINIA CLASS SUBMARINE PROGRAM AND PROVIDES MULTIYEAR PROCUREMENT AUTHORITY TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT FOR 13 VIRGINIA CLASS, ALLOWING FOR A BUILD RATE TO MOVE FROM TWO A YEAR TO THREE FAST ATTACK SUBMARINES IN 2020, 2022, AND 2023. THE NATIONAL SEA BASE DETERRENCE FUND WHICH OUR COMMITTEE CREATED IN 2014 EXTENDS CONTINUOUS PRODUCTION AUTHORITIES WHICH THE NAVY TOLD US WILL SAVE $383 MILLION IN THE COLUMBIA CLASS PROGRAM, WHICH AGAIN IS ABOUT SMART PROCUREMENT WHICH MR. SMITH REFERRED TO AT THE BEGINNING. AGAIN, THERE ARE OTHER PROVISIONS OF THE BILL THAT I WOULD JUST NOTE THERE WAS NO BRACK AUTHORIZED IN THIS -- [ AUTHORIZE -- BRACC AUTHORIZED IN THIS BILL. AGAIN A VERY SMART MOVE BY THE COMMITTEE. MR. SPEAKER, AS BEEN NOTED THIS IS THE 57TH YEAR IN A ROW THAT WE HAVE PRODUCED AN ND TAFMENT A. IT'S BECAUSE WE FOLLOW REGULAR ORDER. IT'S BECAUSE WE RESPECT BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE IN TERMS OF THE CONTRIBUTION THEY MAKE. WE STILL HAVE MEAT LEFT ON THE BONE TO GET THE 2018 SPENDING BILL DONE AND HOPEFULLY THE EXAMPLE THAT MR. THORNBERRY, MR. SMITH SET IN TERMS OF ALLOWING THE PROCESS TO BREATHE IS THE WAY WE'RE GOING TO GET TO A SUCCESSFUL RESULT JUST AS WE DID WITH 2017. AGAIN I WANT TO CONGRATULATE THE LEADERSHIP OF OUR COMMITTEE AND STRONGLY URGE ALL MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO SUPPORT PASSAGE OF THIS MEASURE. I YIELD BACK.

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          MR. THORNBERRY

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

          MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON MILITARY PERSONNEL, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO,

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          MR. COFFMAN

          SPREE, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2810, THE CONFERENCE REPORT FOR…

          SPREE, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2810, THE CONFERENCE REPORT FOR THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018. THE CONFERENCE REPORT CONTAINS SIGNIFICANT POLICY AND FUNDING INITIATIVES THAT CONTINUE OUR COMMITMENT TO OUR TROOPS AND THEIR FAMILIES. ALL WHILE MAINTAINING MILITARY READINESS AND ADDRESSING IMPORTANT MILITARY PERSONNEL ISSUES. THE PROVISIONS CONTAINED IN THIS BILL PROVIDE OUR WAR FIGHTERS, RETIREES, AND THEIR FAMILIES THE NECESSARY PAY AND BENEFITS TO SUSTAIN THEM IN-N TODAY'S HIGHLY STRESSED FORCE. TO THAT END, THIS BILL ESTABLISHES A FULLY FUNDED BY LAW PAY RAISE FOR ALL OUR SERVICE MEMBERS. AFTER YEARS OF LOWER THAN BY LAW PAY RAISE REQUESTS, IT'S CRITICAL THAT WE CONTINUE TO GIVE OUR TROOPS AND THEIR FAMILIES THE PAY INCREASES THEY HAVE EARNED. INCREASES THE END STRENGTHS OF THE ACTIVE NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE FORCES THEREBY INCREASING MISSION READINESS WHILE REDUCING THE STRESS AND STRAIN ON THE FORCE AND THEIR FAMILIES. PERMANENTLY PRESERVES SPECIAL SURVIVOR INDEMNITY ALLOWANCE PAYMENTS, CLOSING THE GAP IN THE WIDOWS TAX TO SURVIVING MILITARY SPOUSES. IT ALSO CONTINUES TO IMPROVE SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION AND RESPONSE BY ADDING A NEW PROVISION TO THE UNIFORM CODE OF MILITARY JUSTICE, SPECIFICALLY PROHIBITING NONCONSENSUAL SHARING OF INTIMATE IMAGE, EXPANDING SPECIAL VICTIMS COUNSEL TRAINING, AND EXPANDING THE ANNUAL SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION AND RESPONSE REPORT. FINALLY, SPOUSES OF SERVICE MEMBERS ARE CHALLENGED BY VARYING STATE WILL SURE AND CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS WHEN FORCED TO MOVE TO A NEW STATE BY MILITARY ORDERS. RATHER THAN IMPOSING A SINGLE FEDERAL STANDARD ON THE STATES, WE PROVIDE A $500 REIMBURSEMENT TO VARYING STATE WILL SURE AND CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS WHEN FORCED TO MOVE TO A NEW STATE BY MILITARY ORDERS. DEFRAY THESE COSTS. WE ASK STATES TO WORK WITH THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE TO DEVELOP COMMON STANDARDS WHERE POSSIBLE. IN CONCLUSION I WANT TO THANTH RANKING MEMBER, MISS SPIRE, AND THE -- MS. SPEIER AND THE STAFF FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS REPORT. WE WERE JOINED BY A DEDICATED GROUP OF SUBCOMMITTEE MEMBERS. THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS ARE REFLECTED IN THE CONFERENCE REPORT FOR THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018. I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE PASSAGE OF THIS CONFERENCE REPORT. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK. .

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          MR. SMITH

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

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M NOW PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MS. TSONGAS.

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          MS. TSONGAS

          I THANK YOU, RANKING MEMBER SMITH AND CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY. I APPRECIATE…

          I THANK YOU, RANKING MEMBER SMITH AND CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY. I APPRECIATE YOUR LEADERSHIP. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN TURNER FOR HIS PARTNERSHIP ON THE TACTICAL SUBCOMMITTEE AND FOR MAINTAINING THE SPIRIT OF BIPARTISANSHIP THAT IS THE TRADITION OF THIS COMMITTEE. THE FISCAL YEAR 2018 NDAA TAKES SIGNIFICANT STEPS TO SUPPORT AND PROTECT MILITARY MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES. HOWEVER, I SHARE RANKING MEMBER SMITH'S CONCERNS THAT THIS YEAR'S BILL AUTHORIZES A LEVEL OF DEFENSE SPENDING THAT IS WHOLLY UNREALISTIC. THE NUMBERS INCLUDED IN THIS BILL ARE WELL ABOVE CAPS PLACED ON DEFENSE SPENDING BY THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT, PRIORITIZE DEFENSE SPENDING AT A DEVASTATING COST TO IMPORTANT FEDERAL AGENCIES AND OTHER INVESTMENTS THAT ARE CRITICAL TO MAINTAINING OUR NATIONAL COMPETITIVENESS AND THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY AND THEY ARE BEING PUT FORWARD AT THE SAME TIME THAT WE ARE CONSIDERING A TAX REFORM BILL THAT WILL SIGNIFICANTLY CUT REVENUES AND BY THE LATEST ESTIMATE ADD $1.7 TRILLION TO THE FEDERAL DEFICIT. ACCORDINGLY, THE INCREASED SPENDING INCLUDED IN THIS BILL ARE HOLLOW NUMBERS AND WE ARE FAILING TO DELIVER A CRITICAL OR SENSIBLE LONG-TERM PLAN TO THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT. THROUGHOUT MY TENURE ON THIS COMMITTEE, I HAVE BEEN GUIDED BY OUR MORAL OBLIGATION TO ENSURE THE MEN AND WOMEN THAT WE SEND INTO HARM'S WAY ARE PROPERLY EQUIPPED AND THE BEST PROTECTED IN THE WORLD. I WOULD NEVER DENY THEM THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO DEFEND THEMSELVES AND OUR NATION WHICH IS WHY I WILL BE VOTING FOR THIS COMPROMISE. I UNDERSTAND THE NECESSITY OF MANY OF THE PROGRAMS THAT ARE FUNDED EACH YEAR IN THIS BILL AND BELIEVE ITS PASSAGE IS NEEDED TO MAINTAIN AMERICAN MILITARY SUPERIORITY AGAINST A VARIETY OF THREATS WHILE SUPPORTING OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. BUT ONGOING BUDGET NEGOTIATIONS NEED TO GET REALISTIC. WE OWE IT TO OUR SERVICE MEMBERS TO FIND A RESPONSIBLE BALANCED PATH FORWARD THAT WORKS FOR BOTH OUR NATIONAL AND ECONOMIC SECURITY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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        • 02:33:48 PM

          MR. THORNBERRY

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

          MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIR OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATIONS, THE GENTLELADY FROM MISSOURI, MRS. HARTZLER.

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        • 02:33:58 PM

          MRS. HARTZLER

          THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT…

          THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT FOR THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018. I'D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY, RANKING MEMBER SMITH, ALL THE CONFEREES AND THE COMMITTEE STAFF FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, IT'S OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM WHILE THEY SELFLESSLY SERVE OUR NATION. THIS BILL AUTHORIZES A MUCH-NEEDED $634 BILLION IN BASE BUDGET REQUIREMENTS FOR OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. THIS NUMBER IS THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENT NEEDED TO EVEN BEGIN THE PROCESS OF RESTORING OUR MILITARY'S READINESS. TRAGICALLY, THIS YEAR ALONE, WE HAVE HEARD REPORT AFTER REPORT OF DEADLY TRAINING ACCIDENTS. THESE ACCIDENTS DEMONSTRATE SEVERE READINESS SHORTFALLS ACROSS THE SERVICES. WE CANNOT STAND BY AS OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM CONTINUE TO SUFFER. NOW IS THE TIME TO INVEST, AND THIS BILL DOES JUST THAT. THE NDAA AUTHORIZES A 2.4% PAY INCREASE FOR OUR TROOPS, AUTHORIZING 24 ADDITIONAL F-18 SUPERHORNETS TO HELP FILL THE NAVY'S STRIKE FIGHTER SHORTFALL AND IT FULLY FUNDS THE B-21 BOMBER, A CRITICAL PLATFORM NEEDED TO DETER AND DEFEAT FUTURE AGGRESSION AROUND THE WORLD. I'M PROUD TO REPRESENT MISSOURI'S FOURTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, WHICH IS HOME TO WHITEMAN AIR FORCE SPACE. THIS BILL FUNDS MODERNIZATION PROGRAMS FOR THE B-2 BOMBERS, AUTHORIZES $50 MILLION IN D.O.D. IMPACT AID FOR MILITARY-CONNECTED SCHOOLS AND FULLY AUTHORIZES A NEW HOSPITAL FACILITY AND BLOOD PROCESSING CENTER AT FORT LEONARDWOOD. I'M PROUD OF THE PROVISIONS IN THE CONFERENCE REPORT THAT WILL IMPROVE THE FOREIGN MILITARY SALES PROCESS AND PROVIDE THE NATIONAL NUCLEAR SECURITY ADMINISTRATION WITH MUCH-NEEDED FLEXIBILITY TO ADDRESS THE CRIPPLING INFRASTRUCTURE OF THE U.S. NUCLEAR SECURITY ENTERPRISE. I WANT TO THANK RANKING MEMBER SETH MOULTON FOR HIS SUPPORT AND WORKING ON THESE IMPORTANT ISSUES IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION. MR. SPEAKER, OUR TROOPS DESERVE THIS BILL, AND THEY DESERVE THE FUNDING THAT THIS BILL AUTHORIZES. THANKS TO THE LEADERSHIP OF CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY, THIS CONFERENCE REPORT INCREASES DEFENSE SPENDING TO MEET THE NEED OF TODAY'S WAR FIGHTER. I'M PROUD OF THIS CRITICAL BILL, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT ITS PASSAGE. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD BACK.

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        • 02:36:27 PM

          MR. SMITH

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

          I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M NOW PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MOULTON.

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          MR. MOULTON

          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ON THE NATIONAL…

          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ON THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT. I MUST SAY I'M SO PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF A COMMITTEE SO KNOWN FOR ITS BIPARTISANSHIP. I'M PARTICULARLY PROUD TO SERVE ON THE OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE WITH MY COLLEAGUE MS. HARSLER FROM MISSOURI. I AM -- MRS. HARTZLER FROM MISSOURI. I AM CONCERNED THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION IS FAILING TO CONFRONT THE THREATS OUR COUNTRY FACES LIKE RUSSIA, SO I'M ENCOURAGE THIS BILL INCLUDES PACKAGE TO DETER RUSSIA, INCLUDING U.S. TRAINING AND SUPPORT FOR OUR EUROPEAN ALLIES, A PLAN FOR SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA LINKED TO TREATY VIOLATIONS AS WELL AS THE REQUIREMENT FOR THE ADMINISTRATION TO DEVELOP A STRATEGY TO COUNTER RUSSIA OVER THE LONG TERM. THE BILL ALSO FORCES THE SAME TYPE OF ACCOUNTABILITY THAT I'VE BEEN PUSHING FOR ON SYRIA POLICY FOR A LONG TIME. REQUIRING THE PRESIDENT TO SUBMIT A COMPREHENSIVE SYRIA STRATEGY, INCLUDING DIPLOMATIC, MILITARY AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE INITIATIVES. TOO OFTEN BIG BILLS LIKE THIS FORGET THE TROOPS ON THE GROUND, BUT THIS BILL RAISES MILITARY PAY BY 2.5% AND TAKES ACTION ON SPECIFIC CONCERNS RAISED TO ME AND MY TEAM BY REQUIRING A STUDY ON IMPROVING OPIOID PRESCRIPTION PRACTICES AS WELL AS ADDITIONAL MENTAL HEALTH CARE FOR THOSE TRANSITIONING OUT OF ACTIVE DUTY. THE BILL INCLUDES A PROVISION I SUPPORTED FOR OUR CRITICAL ALLIES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TERROR. THE AFGHAN SPECIAL IMMIGRANT VISA PROGRAM AFFORDS AFGHAN INTERPRETERS WHO HAVE RISKED THEIR LIVES NOT ONLY FOR THEIR COUNTRY BUT FOR OURS. THE ABILITY TO RESETTLE IN THE U.S. DUE TO THREATS THEY AND THEIR FAMILIES FACE ON A DAILY BASIS BECAUSE THEY WORK WITH U.S. TROOPS. HERE AT HOME, OUR MILITARY FAMILIES SELFLESSLY SUPPORT OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN HARM'S WAY AND PROVIDE THE BACKBONE SO IMPORTANT TO MILITARY COMMUNITIES ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. THAT'S WHY I LED AN EFFORT TO INCLUDE A REQUIREMENT FOR D.O.D. TO EXAMINE A NEW MILITARY FAMILY SERVICE CORPS TO SUPPORT VOLUNTEER EFFORTS INVOLVING CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE, COMMUNITY INTEGRATION FOR MILITARY FAMILIES, SUPPORT FOR LIAISON PROGRAMS FOR SCHOOLS AS WELL AS FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. BY BUILDING ON THESE EFFORTS, WE CAN ENSURE OUR SERVICE MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES ARE GETTING THE SUPPORT THEY NEED. THIS BILL COMES AT A TIME WHEN WE IN CONGRESS HAVE FORCED THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO OPERATE UNDER YET ANOTHER CONTINUING RESOLUTION. IN THE ABSENCE OF A FULL YEAR BUDGET. AND WE ARE AUTHORIZING AN UNPRECEDENTED $692 BILLION IN DEFENSE SPENDING, MORE THAN THE BUDGET CAPS. ALL THE WHILE REPUBLICANS ARE PUSHING ONE OF THE MOST AGGRESSIVE TAX CUT PACKAGES IN HISTORY SET TO COST OUR COUNTRY AT LEAST $1.7 TRILLION. SIMPLY PUT, REPUBLICANS DON'T KNOW HOW TO BALANCE A CHECKBOOK AND ULTIMATELY IT IS OUR SERVICE MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES WHO WILL PAY THE PRICE. AS ADMIRAL MIKE MULLEN SAID IN 2010 AND AGAIN IN 2016, OUR NATION'S LONG-TERM DEBT IS THE SINGLE GREATEST THREAT TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. WE OUGHT TO BALANCE THE BUDGET BECAUSE IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO FOR THE TROOPS. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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        • 02:39:59 PM

          MR. THORNBERRY

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

          MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIR OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON EMERGING THREATS AND CAPABILITIES, THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MS. STEFANIK.

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          MS. STEFANIK

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

          THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT FOR THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018. I STRONGLY BELIEVE THIS BIPARTISAN BILL PUTS US ON A COURSE TOWARDS READINESS RECOVERY, ENSURING OUR MILITARY IS FULLY EQUIPPED, TRAINED AND SUPPORTED. AS THE CHAIRWOMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON EMERGING THREATS AND CAPABILITIES, I'M ESPECIALLY PROUD OF OUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO ENSURE PROPER RESOURCING AND AUTHORITIES FOR CYBER WARFARE, SAFEGUARDING OUR TECHNOLOGICAL SUPERIORITY AND DEFENSE INNOVATION, ENABLING FORCES TO COUNTERTERRORISM AND WARFARE THREATS AROUND THE WORLD AND ENERGIZING PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES THAT COUNTER THE SPREAD OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. I WOULD SPECIFICALLY LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT WHAT OUR SUBCOMMITTEE HAS ACHIEVED THIS YEAR IN THE AREAS OF CYBER WARFARE AND CYBER OPERATIONS. OUR EMPHASIS ON CYBER HAS THREE BROAD THEMES. FIRST, WE INCREASE CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT OF CYBER OPERATIONS BY INCLUDING H.R. 2807, A BILL INTRODUCED BY MYSELF, RANKING MEMBER LANGEVIN, CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY AND RANKING MEMBER SMITH THAT WILL ENSURE CONGRESS IS KEPT FULLY INFORMED OF SENSITIVE MILITARY CYBER OPERATIONS. WE ALSO REQUIRE A CYBER POSTURE REVIEW TO CLARIFY U.S. CYBER DETERRENCE POLICY AND STRATEGY. SECOND, WE BOLSTER INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS FOR CYBER WARFARE TO COUNTER ADVERSARIES SUCH AS RUSSIA, CHINA AND NORTH KOREA. THIS INCLUDES SUPPORT FOR OUR NATO PARTNERS AND THOSE WITHIN THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION TO ENHANCE PARTNERED CYBER CAPABILITIES AND INFORMATION SHARING AND TO COUNTER AND MITIGATE ADVERSARIAL PROPAGANDA EFFORTS AND WARFARE CAMPAIGN. AND THIRD, THE BILL CONTINUES TO BUILD AND ENHANCE OUR U.S. CYBER WARFARE CAPABILITIES AND ACTIVITIES. PRINCIPALLY WITHIN U.S. CYBER COMMAND BUT ALSO ACROSS OUR GOVERNMENT WITH THE SERVICES AND WITHIN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. THIS INCLUDES RESILIENCY OF DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE NETWORKS, WEAPON SYSTEMS AND SUPPLY CHAINS. FURTHERMORE, MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL REINFORCES COUNTERTERRORISM AND UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE CAPABILITIES BY FULLY RESOURCING U.S.-BACKED SPECIAL OPERATION COMMAND AND ACTIVITIES INCLUDING ONGOING EFFORTS IN IRAQ, SYRIA, AFGHANISTAN, YEMEN, SOMALIA AND EASTERN EUROPE. WE ALSO INCLUDE A NEW TWO-YEAR AUTHORITY --

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          MR. THORNBERRY

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

        • 02:42:33 PM

          MS. STEFANIK

          SUCH AS THOSE BEING POSED BY RUSSIA AND OTHER ADVERSARIES. BEFORE I…

          SUCH AS THOSE BEING POSED BY RUSSIA AND OTHER ADVERSARIES. BEFORE I CONCLUDE, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN MAC THORNBERRY FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AS WELL AS MY SUBCOMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER, JIM LANGEVIN OF RHODE ISLAND, FOR HIS CONSISTENT BIPARTISAN LEADERSHIP ON ALL OF THESE ISSUES AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND VOTE YES ON THE CONFERENCE REPORT. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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        • 02:42:57 PM

          MR. SMITH

          THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I NOW AM PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE…

          THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I NOW AM PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. CARBAJAL, A MEMBER OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE.

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          MR. CARBAJAL

          MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK RANKING MEMBER SMITH, CHAIRMAN…

          MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK RANKING MEMBER SMITH, CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY, AND THE COMMITTEE STAFF FOR WORKING WITH ME TO INCLUDE LANGUAGE THAT BRINGS ATTENTION TO THE THREAT OF NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION. CURRENTLY, NINE COUNTRIES POSSESS OVER 15,000 NUCLEAR WEAPONS, AND THE UNITED STATES PLANS TO SPEND $1.2 TRILLION OVER THE NEXT 30 YEARS TO UPGRADE AND EXPAND ITS NUCLEAR STOCKPILE. AS WE BUILD UP OUR NUCLEAR ARSENAL, WE ARE INCREASING THE RISK OF THESE DESTRUCTIVE WEAPONS ENDING UP IN THE HANDS OF TERRORISTS. THE LANGUAGE I INCLUDED IN THIS BILL STRESSES THE IMPORTANCE OF ADDRESSING THIS DANGER AND REQUIRES THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE TO EXPLAIN HOW THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IS RESPONDING TO THIS THREAT. WHEN SECRETARY MATTIS TESTIFIED BEFORE OUR COMMITTEE, I ASKED HIM ABOUT THIS ONGOING THREAT, AND HE TOLD ME THAT NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION HAS NOT RECEIVED ENOUGH ATTENTION OVER QUITE A FEW YEARS. THIS AMENDMENT IS A WELCOMED FIRST STEP IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A ROBUST STRATEGY AGAINST NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION. I YIELD BACK.

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        • 02:44:21 PM

          MR. THORNBERRY

          MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A VERY VALUED MEMBER OF…

          MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A VERY VALUED MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, DR. WENSTRUP.

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          MR. WENSTRUP

          THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, PROVIDING FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE, THAT'S A…

          THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, PROVIDING FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE, THAT'S A CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY THAT THIS GOVERNING BODY WAS TASKED WITH. BY PASSING THE NDAA, WE'RE WORKING TO ENSURE THAT OUR COUNTRY KEEPS FAITH WITH THOSE WHO BRAVELY SERVE AND THEIR FAMILIES. WHILE THE WORLD HAS GROWN MORE DANGEROUS, OUR MILITARY HAS GROWN SMALLER, OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AND THEIR EQUIPMENT HAVE BEEN STRETCHED THIN AFTER YEARS OF WAR, BILLIONS IN BUDGET CUTS, DOWNSIZING AND CONTINUED FUNDING UNCERTAINTY. THE 2018 NDAA REVERSES THESE TREND LINES. PASSING THIS BILL FULLY FUNDS THE 2.4% PAY RAISE OUR TROOPS HAVE EARNED SO WE CAN SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND THEY CAN SUPPORT THEIR FAMILIES. THIS LEGISLATION BRINGS ATTENTION TO MAXIMIZING OUR MILITARY HEALTH SYSTEMS AND INCLUDES A STUDY ON SAFE OPIOID PRESCRIBING PRACTICES FOR OUR TROOPS SO OUR WAR FIGHTERS RECEIVE THE BEST POSSIBLE TREATMENT. REBUILDING OUR READINESS ALONG WITH ACQUISITION REFORM, EQUIPMENT MODERNIZATION AND INCREASED END STRENGTH WILL BETTER PREPARE OUR MEN AND WOMEN AS THEY PUT ON THE UNIFORM AND FIGHT FOR US. OUR TROOPS SERVE SO WE CAN SLEEP WELL AT NIGHT, AND THEY ASK NOTHING IN RETURN. I URGE THE FULL HOUSE TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF THE NDAA, AND I YIELD BACK.

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        • 02:45:52 PM

          MR. SMITH

          MAY I INQUIRE MOUCHHOICH TIME EACH SIDE HAS?

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          MR. SMITH

          I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. VEASEY A. MEMBER OF…

          I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. VEASEY A. MEMBER OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE.

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          MR. VEASEY

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE HOUSE AND SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEES…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE HOUSE AND SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEES HAVE DEMONSTRATED ADMIRAL BIPARTISANSHIP IN COMPLETING THIS YEAR'S NDAA. THIS PAST WEEKEND AS I CELEBRATED VETERANS DAY IN THE DALLAS-FORT WORTH AREA, WE SPOKE ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF TAKING CARE OF OUR SERVICE MEMBERS. I THINK THIS YEAR'S NDAA DOES A GOOD JOB IN DOING THAT. I'M VERY PROUD OF THE ASSISTANCE TO LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENTS THAT SERVE IN OUR ARMED FORCES AND UNDERSTANDING THEIR NATURALIZATION OPTIONS. I'M ALSO VERY HAPPY IN THE INVESTMENT WE MADE IN IMPROVING DIVERSITY SUCH AS THE D.O.D. CYBERSCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM, AND FUNDING FOR HBCU'S. I THINK THESE INVESTMENTS MR. YIELD A DIVERSE AND STRORNINGE NATIONAL DEFENSE WORK FORCE FOR OUR COUNTRY'S FUTURE. I'M ALSO HAPPY THAT WE HAVE CONTINUED SUPPORT FOR THE TACTICAL AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURED IN THE DALLAS-FORT WORTH AREA WHICH IS VERY CRITICAL TO OUR LOCAL ECONOMY AND NATION'S DEFENSE. I'M VERY HAPPY TO HAVE BEEN A CONFEREE AND VERY PROUD OF THE HARD WORK THAT THE COMMITTEE STAFF HAS DONE TO HELP COMPLETE THIS VITAL PIECE OF LEGISLATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THIS CONFERENCE REPORT. I WANT TO RESPECTFULLY REMIND MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE HOW CRITICAL THIS FUNDING IS TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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          MR. THORNBERRY

          MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO ANOTHER VAL USUAL MEMBER…

          MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO ANOTHER VAL USUAL MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. KELLY.

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          MR. KELLY

          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN THORN BERRY, FOR…

          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN THORN BERRY, FOR YOUR CONTINUED LEADERSHIP IN REBUILDING AND REFORMING THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. TODAY I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2810, THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018. AS A 32-YEAR VETERAN OF THE MISSISSIPPI ARMY NATIONAL GUARD AND TWO IRAQ DEPLOYMENTS, I KNOW THE CHALLENGES FACING OUR COUNTRY FIRSTHAND. THIS YEAR'S NDAA MAKES IMPORTANT STRIDES TOWARDS ACHIEVING EQUIPMENT AND BENEFITS PARITY FOR OUR ARMED SERVICES. THE ENEMIES OF THIS COUNTRY DO NOT DISTINGUISH BETWEEN THE ACTIVE COMPONEN AND RESERVE COMPONENTS OF OUR MILITARY AND NEITHER SHOULD WE. I'M HAPPY TO REPORT THIS YEAR'S NDAA INCREASES THE SIZE OF BOTH OUR ACTIVE COMPONENT AND RESERVE. IT ALSO INCREASES BENEFITS PAID TO OUR RESERVE COMPONENT SOLDIERS BY AUTHORIZING THOSE DEPLOYED ON TITLE X ORDERS TO RECEIVE PREACTIVATION AND POST ACTIVATION TRICARE COVERAGE. ADDITIONALLY THE F.Y. 18 NDAA WILL ALLOW FOR THE PROCUREMENT OF MUCH NEEDED EQUIPMENT FOR OUR RESERVE COMPONENT. FINALLY, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR. COFFMAN, MR. WILSON, AND MR. TURNER FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP AND HARD WORK THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        • 02:48:57 PM

          MR. SMITH

          THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF…

          THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON READINESS, THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM, MISS BOW DAYO, FOR THE PURPOSES OF A COLLOQUY -- MISS BOW DIEO, FOR THE PURPOSES OF A COLLOQUY.

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          MS. BORDALLO

          I WISH TO ENGAGE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IN A KOHL EQUIPMENT LET ME FIRST…

          I WISH TO ENGAGE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IN A KOHL EQUIPMENT LET ME FIRST START BY THANKING CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY, RANKING MEMBER SMITH, AND THE COMMITTEE STAFF FOR WORKING DILIGENTLY WITH US TO ADDRESS THE WORK FORCE ISSUES IMPACTING THE MILITARY REALIGNMENT ON GUAM. THE CONFERENCE AGREEMENT INCLUDES A PROVISION TO REMEDY THE VISA DENIAL ISSUE, PARTICULARLY AFFECTING CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS ON GUAM BY GRANTING U.S. CIS THE AUTHORITY TO APPROVE TEMPORARY WORKERS ISSUE, PARTICULARLY AFFECTING CONSTRUCTION FOR CONSTRUCTION WORK DIRECTLY CONNECTED TO OR ASSOCIATED WITH THE MILITARY REALIGNMENT OCCURRING ON GUAM THROUGH 2023. PROVIDING FOR THIS TEMPORARY WORK FORCE IS VERY IMPORTANT GIVEN THE STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE OF GUAM AS THE SOLE U.S. TERRITORY IN THE WESTERN PACIFIC CAPABLE OF BASING SIGNIFICANT JOINT FORCE CAPABILITIES AND THE REALITY THAT EXCEEDINGLY FEW U.S. MAINLAND WORKERS ARE WILLING TO TRAVEL TO GUAM TO PERFORM THIS TEMPORARY WORK. SO MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THE INTENT BEHIND THE INCLUSION OF THE PHRASE, ASSOCIATED WITH, IS TO ALLOW FOR APPROVAL OF VISAS FOR INDIVIDUALS PERFORMING WORK NOT ONLY ON MILITARY FUNDED FACILITIES AND INFRASTRUCTURE, BUT ALSO FOR CIVILIAN INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS OUTSIDE THE GATE. FOR EXAMPLE, INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS FUNDED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, THE GOVERNMENT OF GUAM, OR NONGOVERNMENTAL SOURCES THAT ARE BEING DONE IN PART BECAUSE OF THE INCREASED NUMBER OF MILITARY PERSONNEL AND MILITARY FAMILIES MOVING TO GUAM. IS THAT THE CHAIRMAN'S UNDERSTANDING OF THE INTENT BEHIND THE PROVISION?

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        • 02:51:02 PM

          MR. THORNBERRY

          IF THE GENTLELADY WOULD YIELD. I WANT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER MILITARY…

          IF THE GENTLELADY WOULD YIELD. I WANT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER MILITARY PERSONNEL OF THE READINESS SUBCOMMITTEE OF HER WORK. FROM MY VISIT TO GUAM LAST YEAR I HAVE SEEN THE TREMENDOUS BUILDUP AND MILITARY VALUE OF GUAM AND I UNDERSTAND THAT MORE IS NEEDED AS GUAM REMAINS A STRATEGIC FIXTURE IN ENSURING PEACE AND STABILITY IN THE INDO ASIA PACIFIC REGION. MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM IF SHE WOULD CONTINUE TO YIELD TO ME.

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          MR. THORNBERRY

          IF THE GENTLELADY WOULD CONTINUE TO YIELD. I AGREE WITH THE GENTLELADY'S…

          IF THE GENTLELADY WOULD CONTINUE TO YIELD. I AGREE WITH THE GENTLELADY'S UNDERSTANDING OF THE PROVISION. I FURTHER SUPPORT EFFORTS I FURTHER SUPPORT EFFORTS TO ENSURE THAT GUAM HAS THE WORK FORCE NEEDED TO MAINTAIN ITS STRATEGIC POSTURE AND MILITARY PRESENCE NECESSARY FOR THE NATIONAL SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES. I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK WITH THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM TOWARD THAT END. I YIELD BACK.

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        • 02:51:53 PM

          MS. BORDALLO

          I THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND APPRECIATE YOUR GREAT SUPPORT AND…

          I THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND APPRECIATE YOUR GREAT SUPPORT AND LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK WITH YOU ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS PROVISION AND ADDRESS THE FUTURE WORK FORCE NEEDS ON GUAM IN THE SUPPORT OF THE MILITARY REALIGNMENT. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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        • 02:52:12 PM

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

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        • 02:52:18 PM

          MR. THORNBERRY

          MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A VALUABLE MEMBER OF OUR…

          MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A VALUABLE MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. BANKS.

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          MR. BANKS

          00 THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. IT IS A GREAT HONOR OF MY TIME IN CONGRESS TO…

          00 THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. IT IS A GREAT HONOR OF MY TIME IN CONGRESS TO SERVE ON THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE WITH YOU, I'M GRATEFUL FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2018 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT CONFERENCE REPORT. AS THE MOST RECENTLY DEPLOYED VETERANS SERVING IN CONGRESS I HAVE SEEN THE NATIONAL SECURITY CHALLENGES FACING OUR COUNTRY FIRSTHAND. WHILE THESE CHALLENGES ARE NOT EASILY SOLVED, THIS LEGISLATION REPRESENTS A SIGNIFICANT STEP FORWARD. WHETHER IT'S GIVING OUR TROOPS A WELL DESERVED RAISE, SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASING END STRENGTH NUMBERS FOR EACH OF THE SERVICES, ALLOWING FOR THE CONTINUED TRANSFER OF EXCESS ARTICLES TO ALLIES APRODUCT WHO ARE IN NEED OR FUNDING OUR VITAL MISSILE DEFENSE PROGRAMS, THIS LEGISLATION BEGINS THE LONG PROCESS OF REBUILDING AND REFORMING OUR MILITARY SO WE'RE READY FOR WHATEVER COMES NEXT. MY GRATITUDE GOES OUT TO THOSE SERVING BOTH HERE AT HOME AND ABROAD, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. WITH THAT, THANK YOU. MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD BACK.

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        • 02:53:31 PM

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          THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES HIS TIME. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. VEASEY, WILL CONTROL THE TIME ON THE MINORITY SIDE.

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        • 02:53:43 PM

          MR. VEASEY

          MR. SPEAKER, CONTINUE TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          MR. THORNBERRY

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A VALUABLE…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A VALUABLE MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, MR. GENERAL BACON.

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          MR. BACON

          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE 2018 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION…

          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE 2018 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT AND COMMEND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        • 02:54:06 PM

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          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY FOR EXEMPLARY LEADERSHIP ON NATIONAL DEFENSE. I JOIN MY HOUSE COLLEAGUES IN SETTING A STRONG BIPARTISAN MESSAGE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT NATIONAL SECURITY MUST BE AND WILL BE A NATIONAL PRIORITY FOR THIS CONGRESS. AS A MEMBER OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE AND A CONFEREE, I'M PROUD OF THE STRONG BIPARTISAN CONSENSUS WE FORGED IN BOTH CHAMBERS REVERSING OUR DANGEROUS DECLINE IN MILITARY READINESS. YET, WE MUST TEMPER ANY PRIDE WE FEEL WITH THE SOBER REALITY OF THE STATE WE'RE IN TODAY. DEFENSE SPENDING AS A PERCENT OF G.D.P. IS AT HISTORIC LOWS. THREATS ARE GROWING MORE STARK. 31 C.R.'S IN 10 YEARS, WHICH IS A DISGRACE. A DECADE OF DEFERRED MAINTENANCE AND MODERNIZATION. AIRCRAFT THAT DON'T FLY. VEHICLES THAT CAN'T MOVE. SHOOT OR COMMUNICATE ON THE MODERN BATTLEFIELD FATALITIES RISING AND TRAINING AT AN ALL TIME LOW. WE HAVE TO FIX THIS. DESPITE THE LOSSES OF HISTORY, WE'RE SIMPLY UNPREPARED TO FIGHT A MODERN WAR IN SPACE, CYBERSPACE, AIR, LAND, AND SEA. I SERVED IN THE UNIFORM UNDER THE LAST PRESIDENTS AND WITNESSED THIS EROSION CYBERSPACE, FIRSTHAND. FOR ME THIS IS PERSONAL. THIS NDAA REPAIRS THE DAMAGE. THE ADDITIONAL AUTHORIZES A DOWN PAYMENT AND SENDS A MESSAGE TO BOTH OUR ADVERSARIES OF PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THIS CONFERENCE REPORT. I YIELD BACK.

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          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS MR. VEASEY.

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        • 02:55:39 PM

          MR. VEASEY

          I CONTINUE TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        • 02:55:44 PM

          MR. THORNBERRY

          I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO ANOTHER VALUABLE MEMBER OF OUR…

          I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO ANOTHER VALUABLE MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, DR. GALLAGHER.

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        • 02:55:49 PM

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          MR. GALLAGHER

          I RISE TODAY TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE TO SUPPORT THE 2018 NDAA…

          I RISE TODAY TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE TO SUPPORT THE 2018 NDAA CONFERENCE REPORT THIS. BODY HAS NO HIGHER OR MORE URGENT PRIORITY THAN PROVIDING FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE AND RESTORING OUR MILITARY READINESS. I'M PROUD OF THE FINAL TEXT MY COLLEAGUES HAVE WORKED ON. NOT ONLY DOES IT AUTHORIZE A TEEFLT $700 BILLION IN DEFENSE SPENDING, $26 BILLION INCREASE ABOVE THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST, IT PROADVISE THE LARGEST PAY RAISE FOR OUR TROOPS IN EIGHT YEARS. IT GETS US CLOSETORY THE CRITICAL GOAL OF THE 355 SHIP NAVY. INCLUDES FUNDING FOR THREE COMBAT SHIPS. HELPING TO MEET THE NAVY'S URGENT AND ENDURING REQUIREMENT FOR MORE SMALL SURFACE COMBATANTS. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE WHO FOUGHT TOOTH AND NAIL TO GIVE OUR WAR FIGHTERS THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO DETER THREATS, SUPPORT OUR ALLIES, AND ABOVE ALL, KEEP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAFE. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. THORNBERRY, RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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        • 02:56:51 PM

          MR. P SMITH

          CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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          MR. THORNBERRY

          I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A STRONG POE BONENT OF A STRONG…

          I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A STRONG POE BONENT OF A STRONG NATIONAL DEFENSE MR. ROTHFUS.

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        • 02:57:06 PM

          MR. ROTHFUS

          I THANK THE CHAIRMAN, MR. THORNBERRY FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. I…

          I THANK THE CHAIRMAN, MR. THORNBERRY FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS REPORT. I APPLAUD THE GOAL TO IMPROVE THE READINESS LEVEL OF OUR MILITARY WHICH HAS BEEN DECLEATED OF CRITICAL RESOURCES AFTER MANY YEARS OF DEFENDING THIS COUNTRY. NOT ONLY DOES THIS LEGISLATION BEGIN TO REBUILD OUR FORCES, IT INCLUDES A LONG OVERDUE PAY RAISE FOUR OR TROOPS. I APPLAUD THE BILL'S REFORMS TO APPROVE THE MILITARY HEALTH SYSTEM AND MAKE SURE THE RESOURCES ARE USED APPROPRIATELY. I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THE CURRENT SITUATION IN AFGHANISTAN. WHICH NEEDS DRASTIC IMPROVEMENT. SHORING UP AFGHANI SECURITY FORCES IS ONLY PART OF A SHORT-TERM SOLUTION. WE NEED A LONG-TERM STHRADGESTRAG THAT BRINGS -- STRATEGIC. THE NDAA DIRECT THE SECRETARY TO DEVELOP SUCH A STRATEGY. I URGE THE MILITARY TO CONTINUE THINKING LONG TEMPLET I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS REPORT. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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        • 02:58:08 PM

          MR. SMITH

          MY UNDERSTANDING IS YOU STILL HAVE ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS. CONTINUE TO…

          MY UNDERSTANDING IS YOU STILL HAVE ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS. CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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        • 02:58:12 PM

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        • 02:58:14 PM

          MR. THORNBERRY

          MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A VALUABLE MEMBER OF OUR…

          MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A VALUABLE MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. LAMBORN.

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          MR. LAMBORN

          MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS GREAT WORK THROUGHOUT…

          MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS GREAT WORK THROUGHOUT THIS WHOLE PROCESS LEADING THE COMMITTEE AND GETTING THIS TO THE FINISH LINE. WE NEED TO PUSH IT OFERTE FINISH LINE. FOR 56 YEARS THIS BILL HAS BEEN THE PRIMARY WAY THIS CONGRESS EXECUTES ITS CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY TO PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE. THIS YEAR'S BILL FINALLY BEGINS TO REBUILD OUR MILITARY AFTER A HALF DECADE OF CUTS WHICH SLASHED NEARLY A QUARTER OF THE DEFENSE BUDGET. FOR SIX YEARS WE HAVE JUST BEEN BARELY GETTING BY. CUTTING RESOURCES AS THE WORLD BECOMES MORE DANGEROUS, ASKING MORE AND MORE OF THOSE WHO SERVE AND PUTTING OFF TOUGH CHOICES. WE'RE AT A KEY DECISION POINT. SO THIS BILL WILL CONTINUE TO SAVE BILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS WHILE CUTTING WASTEFUL BUREAUCRACY AND STREAMLINING ACQUISITION, BUT WILL ALSO STRENGTHEN MISSILE DEFENSE AND MANY WAYS MAKE OUR MILITARY MORE FOCUSED ON ITS CORE MISSION OF PREPARING TO FIGHT AND WIN WARS. THERE ARE SO MANY GOOD THINGS IN THE BILL I CAN'T GO OVER ALL OF THEM. I WOULD ASK MY FELL -- FELLOW MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS NDAA. MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        • 02:59:27 PM

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          THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

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        • 02:59:31 PM

          MR. SMITH

          THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I BELIEVE WE'RE PREPARED TO CLOSE. THANK YOU. I…

          THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I BELIEVE WE'RE PREPARED TO CLOSE. THANK YOU. I YIELD MY SOUTHWEST BALANCE OF THE TIME.

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        • 02:59:38 PM

          MR. SMITH

          AS HAS BEEN MENTIONED THIS IS AN EXCELLENT BILL THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE DID…

          AS HAS BEEN MENTIONED THIS IS AN EXCELLENT BILL THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE DID VERY GOOD WORK ON. I THANK THEM FOR THAT. THE ONLY ISSUE I WANT TO RAISE IN CLOSING IS THE MONEY. THAT IS THE STICKING POINT IN THE DIFFICULTY THAT WE HAVE. THIS BILL AS IT'S CURRENTLY CONSTRUCTED IS $80 BILLION ABOVE THE BUDGET CAPS. SIX YEARS SINCE THE BUDGET CAPS PASSED WE HAVE BEEN UNWILLING TO RAISE THOSE. BUT WE HAVE A LARGER PROBLEM, WE HAVE A $20 TRILLION DEBT. OUR DEFICIT IS CLOSE TO $700 BILLION. HAS NO PROSPECT OF GOING DOWN SOON. AND AT THE SAME TIME WE HAVE OTHER NEEDS. DURING THIS DEBATE WE FOCUSED LIKE A LASER ON ARMED SERVICES AND THE NEEDS OF NATIONAL SECURITY AND OUR TROOPS, AS WELL WE SHOULD. THEY ARE INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT. DON'T DOUBT THAT FOR A SECOND. . THE AMOUNT OF REVENUE THAT WE TAKE IN AS A COUNTRY, UNSURPRISINGLY, IMPACTS OR SHOULD IMPACT THE AMOUNT OF MONEY WE CAN SPEND. WE ARE HAVING THIS DEBATE NOW AND TALKING ABOUT HOW UNDERFUNDED THE MILITARY IS AND HOW BAD WE NEED TO SHORE UP OUR READINESS AND THE REST OF THE WEEK, WE WILL MAKE SURE HOW OUR GOVERNMENT TAKES IN TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS WITH LESS MONEY. THAT IS WILDLY INCONSISTENT. IF WE BELIEVE WE HAVE THESE NEEDS, WE OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO PAY FOR THEM. THERE ARE OTHER ASPECTS OF THE BUDGET, BUT THE NEEDS FOR INFRASTRUCTURE, THE NEEDS FOR EDUCATION, THESE ARE THINGS THAT MAKE OUR COUNT INDUSTRY -- COUNTRY STRONG. IT IS ALL PART OF THE SAME WHOLE. IF WE ARE GOING TO GET TO A RESPONSIBLE PLACE, WE CAN'T JUST SAY DEFENSE GETS WHATEVER IT WANTS AND LET THE CHIPS FALL WHERE THEY MAY ELSEWHERE. IF WE TRULY CARE ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT OUR TROOPS HAVE ENOUGH MONEY, WE NEED TO DO TWO MORE THINGS IN ADDITION TO THIS BILL, NUMBER ONE, WE NEED TO ARGUE THAT WE SHOULDN'T DO A MASSIVE TAX CUT TO UNDERMINE OUR ABILITY TO FUND DEFENSE AND NATIONAL SECURITY. AND NUMBER TWO, WE NEED TO TAKE A HARD LOOK AT OUR STRATEGY AND FIGURE OUT WHERE WE CAN SAVE MONEY. IF WE LOOK AT EVERY SESSION, AND SAY WE DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH MONEY, EVEN THOUGH WE HAD DECIDED TO MAKE CUTS AND RAISE REVENUE INSTEAD OF CUTTING IT, EVEN IF WE DID THAT, WE ARE STILL LOOKING AT NEEDS WITHIN THE NATIONAL SECURITY BUDGET WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE PROGRAMS THAT PEOPLE WANT TO FUND, THAT ARE WILDLY BEYOND THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT WE HAVE. WE NEED A NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY THAT HAS AN HONEST LOOK , AND THE COMEBACK IS HOW CAN YOU PUT A PRICE ON NATIONAL SECURITY AND SHOULD GET WHATEVER THEY NEED. THE ONLY WITH THAT IS, THEY DON'T. IF WE HAVE A NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY THAT EXCEEDS THE AMOUNT OF MONEY WE HAVE, THE ONES LEFT HOLDING THE BAG ARE OUR TROOPS. THEY ARE THE ONES THAT ARE ASKED TO DO MISSIONS THAT THEY ARE NOT ADEQUATELY TO PERFORM AND ASKED TO TRAIN WITHOUT THE ADEQUATE RESOURCES. THAT IS WHAT WE MUST FUND. TO DO THAT, WE NEED TO DO MORE THAN JUST PASS THIS BILL, WE NEED AN OVERALL APPROACH. I YIELD BACK.

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          THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES FROM TEXAS TO CLOSE DEBATE FOR THE MAJORITY.

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        • 03:03:30 PM

          MR. THORNBERRY

          MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBERS WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THIS…

          MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBERS WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THIS DEBATE AND ALL THE MEMBERS WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THIS PRODUCT, ESPECIALLY THE MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE BUT MEMBERS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO IT. WE SPENT SEVERAL MOMENTS TALKING ABOUT THE DETAILS THAT ARE IN THIS BILL. AND MR. SPEAKER, IT IS A RATHER LARGE BILL. IT COVERS EVERYTHING FROM HOW MUCH WE PAY OUR TROOPS TO HOW MANY SHIPS AND TANKS AND PLANES AND BULLETS WE BUY AS WELL AS WHAT WE RESEARCH AND VARIOUS POLICIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. SO THERE IS A LOT IN HERE. LET ME TAKE A MOMENT TO STEP BACK AND REMIND EVERYBODY WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT. OUR CONSTITUTION SAYS ONE OF THE REASONS WE HAVE A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS TO PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE. AS A MATTER OF FACT, I THINK THAT'S THE FIRST JOB OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS TO DEFEND THE COUNTRY, TO DEFEND OUR LIVES AND DEFEND OUR FREEDOMS. AS A MATTER OF FACT, ARTICLE 1, SECTION 8 OF THE CONSTITUTION SAYS SPECIFICALLY IT'S THIS CONGRESS' RESPONSIBILITY TO BUILD AND SUPPORT, PROVIDE AND MAINTAIN THE MILITARY FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THAT'S OUR JOB. AND THAT -- BYPASSING THIS BILL, THAT'S HOW WE FULFILL THAT JOB. BUT AS WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT, WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN RECENT YEARS, THE WORLD HAS GROWN MORE DANGEROUS AND YET WE HAVE CUT THE DEFENSE BUDGET. AS A MATTER OF FACT, WE ARE SPENDING 18% LESS NOW ON DEFENSE THAN WAS SPENT IN 2010, IF YOU MEASURE IT IN REAL TERMS, APPLES, TO APPLES. I CANNOT THINK OF A SIGNIFICANT PROGRAM THAT HAS BEEN CUT BY 20% OVER THE LAST SEVEN YEARS. WHAT HAS HAPPENED? OUR TROOPS HAVE BORNE THE BURDEN. WE ARE 2,000 PILOTS SHORTE IN THE AIR FORCE. 60% OF THE F-18 CANNOT FLY TODAY. AS MR. WILSON SAID, WE HAVE SEEN TRAGIC ACCIDENTS IN THE PACIFIC WHERE 17 SOLDIERS HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES. WE HAVE HAD OTHER ACCIDENTS WHERE OTHERS HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES AND OTHER ACCIDENTS WHERE THEY HAVE NOT. THE POINT I'M TRYING TO MAKE IS, PART OF THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR ALL OF THAT HAPPENING RESTS HERE WITH THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES NOT FULFILLING ADEQUATELY IN MY VIEW OUR JOB UNDER THE CONSTITUTION. I AGREE WITH MUCH OF WHAT THE RANKING MEMBER -- VIRTUALLY OF WHAT THE RANKING MEMBER SAID ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A STRATEGY AND THEN RESOURCES -- RESOURCING THAT STRATEGY. IT IS TRUE, WE HAVE NOT AND SOME RESPONSIBILITY WITH ADMINISTRATIONS OF BOTH PARTIES, WE HAVE NOT HAD A COHERENT STRATEGY THAT WILL HOLDS TOGETHER AND RESOURCES THAT FLOW FROM THAT. WE SHOULD. BUT THE FUNDAMENTAL ISSUE IS, IT IS MORALLY WRONG TO SEND MEN AND WOMEN OUT OMISSIONS FOR WHICH THEY ARE NOT FULLY SUPPORTED, FULLY TRAINED, EQUIPPED WITH THE BEST EQUIPMENT OUR COUNTRY CAN PROVIDE. IT'S WRONG FOR US TO DO IT AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING. WE ARE NOT GOING TO TURN THIS AROUND IN A SINGLE BILL OR IN A SINGLE YEAR, BUT WE CAN MAKE A START AND THIS BILL MAKES A START. BUT I WILL ABSOLUTELY AGREE WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON AND OTHERS THAT WE CAN'T REALLY START TO TURN THIS AROUND WITHOUT AN APPROPRIATION BILL THAT FOLLOWS IT, THAT MATCHES IT, THERE REALLY DOES REPAIR OUR SHIPS AND PLANES AND PROVIDES THE TRAINING THAT I BELIEVE WE DESERVE TO GIVE TO THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE. FINALLY, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD JUST REMIND EVERYONE THAT THERE IS REALLY TWO REASONS WE DO THIS BILL, ONE IS IT WE OWE IT TO THE PEOPLE WHO RISK THEIR LIVES TO DEFEND US AND SECONDLY, TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES. THE CHALLENGES TO OUR NATION'S SECURITY HAVE GROWN MORE OMINOUS IN RECENT YEARS AND CERTAINLY MORE COMPLEX THAN AT ANY TIME IN OUR LIFETIMES. THIS IS A REAL OPPORTUNITY UNDER A BIPARTISAN BASIS TO SHOW THE TROOPS THAT WE SUPPORT THEM AND TO SHOW ADVERSE AREAS AND ALLIES ALIKE THAT THE UNITED STATES IS GOING TO STAND UP AND DEFEND OURSELVES BY PASSING THIS LEGISLATION AND FOLLOWING IT UP WITH A BUDGET AGREEMENT AND APPROPRIATION BILL THAT FOLLOWS. THAT'S WHAT I THINK THE CONSTITUTION REQUIRES OF US. I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WILL AGREE AND SUPPORT THIS CONFERENCE REPORT. AND I YIELD BACK.

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        • 03:08:23 PM

          The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

        • 03:08:46 PM

          POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

          At the conclusion of debate on the Conference Report to accompany H.R. 2810, the Chair put the question on agreeing to the Conference Report and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Thornberry demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the Conference Report until later in the legislative day.

          • 03:08:47 PM

            MR. THORNBERRY

            ON THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

          • 03:08:51 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND…

            THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8, RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS PLRKS HENSARLING, SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          • 03:09:23 PM

            Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 616. H.R. 2874 — "To achieve reforms to improve the financial stability of the National Flood Insurance Program, to enhance the development of more accurate estimates of flood risk through new technology and better maps, to increase the role of private markets in the management of flood insurance risks, and to provide for alternative methods to insure against flood peril, and for other purposes."

            • 03:09:28 PM

              The resolution provides for one hour of general debate and closed rule for H.R. 2874. Also, the resolution provides for consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R. 2810.

              • 03:09:34 PM

                MR. HENSARLING

                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 616, I CALL UP H.R. 2874 AND ASK FOR ITS…

                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 616, I CALL UP H.R. 2874 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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              • 03:09:44 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

              • 03:09:48 PM

                THE CLERK

                H.R. 2874, A BILL TO ACHIEVE REFORMS TO IMPROVE THE FINANCIAL STABILITY OF…

                H.R. 2874, A BILL TO ACHIEVE REFORMS TO IMPROVE THE FINANCIAL STABILITY OF THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM TO ENHANCE A DEVELOPMENT OF MORE ACCURATE ESTIMATES OF FLOOD RISK THROUGH NEW TECHNOLOGY AND BETTER MAPS, TO INCREASE THE ROLE OF PRIVATE MARKETS IN THE MANAGEMENT OF FLOOD INSURANCE RISK AND TO PROVIDE FOR ALTERNATIVE METHODS TO ENSURE AGAINST FLOOD PERIL AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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              • 03:10:15 PM

                TEMPORE PURSUAN

                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 616 IN LIEU OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF…

                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 616 IN LIEU OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES PRINTED IN THE BILL, THE AMENDMENT PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 115-408 MODIFIED BY THE AMENDMENT PRINTED IN PART B IN THE REPORT IS ADOPTED AND THE BILL AS ADOPTED IS CONSIDERED READ. THE BILL SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR ONE HOUR BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HENSARLING, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WATERS, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HENSARLING.

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          • 03:10:50 PM

            DEBATE

            The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 2874.

            • 03:11:01 PM

              MR. HENSARLING

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

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

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            • 03:11:10 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

            • 03:11:12 PM

              MR. HENSARLING

              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

            • 03:11:16 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 03:11:18 PM

              MR. HENSARLING

              HARVEY, IRMA, MARIA, THE IMAGES OF THE HUMAN MISERY AND THE ECONOMIC…

              HARVEY, IRMA, MARIA, THE IMAGES OF THE HUMAN MISERY AND THE ECONOMIC DEVASTATION ARE STILL CLEARLY IMPRINTED ON OUR MINDS. UNFORTUNATELY WE KNOW THAT PART OF THIS IS AS A RESULT OF A FAILED NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM, WHICH, MR. SPEAKER, FACED THREE IMPORTANT CHALLENGES. NUMBER ONE, IT IS A BANKRUPT PROGRAM. IT IS UNSUSTAINABLE. TAXPAYERS ON THE HOOK FOR $1.2 TRILLION. LENDING AN ACTUAL DEFICIT OF A BILLION AND A HALF. TWO DIFFERENT BAILOUTS FOR A COMBINED TOTAL OF $25 BILLION AND IT SUBSIDIZES PEOPLE TO ACTUALLY LIVE IN HARM'S WAY. AND FINALLY, MR. SPEAKER, IT IS A GOVERNMENT MONOPOLY THAT NOTWITHSTANDING SUBSIDIZED RATES STILL UNFORTUNATELY HAS UNAFFORDABLE SUPREME MUMS. BUT TODAY IS A GOOD DAY, MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE TODAY, THE HOUSE GETS TO VOTE ON THE 21ST CENTURY FLOOD REFORM ACT. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI ON THE MAPPING REFORMS AND REINSURANCE. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. ROSS, FOR HIS REFORMS ON OPENING UP THE MARKET. AND I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. DUFFY FOR HIS EFFORT AND LEADERSHIP FOR BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. THERE'S A LOT OF GOOD REFORMS IN THIS BILL, MR. SPEAKER, FOR BOTH TAXPAYERS AND RATEPAYERS. LET ME BRIEFLY TOUCH UPON TWO. IT IS ABSOLUTELY REVOLUTIONARY REFORM, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WE CAN BREAK OPEN THE GOVERNMENT MONOPOLY AND BRING IN MARKET COMPETITION, INNOVATION, COMPETITION, MORE AFFORDABLE RATES FOR SO MANY. ONE OF THE ACKTUREL EXPERTS RELEASED A STUDY THAT SAID BASED ON OUR ESTIMATES, TALKING ABOUT MARKET COMPETITION, BASED ON OUR ESTIMATES, THIS WOULD HOLD FOR 77% OF ALL SINGLE FAMILIES IN FLORIDA, 69% IN LOUISIANA, 92% IN TEXAS. ALL WOULD SEE CHEAPER PREMIUMS. YET WE KNOW THAT'S NOT THEORY, IT IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING IN THE MARKET TODAY. AND THE NACENT PART OF THE MARKET THAT IS OPEN, PEOPLE ARE SEEING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN SAVINGS. ONE OF THE GREAT TRAGEDIES THAT I SAW IN HOUSTON WAS HOW FAR PEOPLE ACTUALLY TOOK UP FLOOD INSURANCE. AND THINK IF WE HAD COMPETITION AND HAD ADVERTISING, IF PEOPLE COULD ROLL THAT INTO THEIR HOMEOWNERS' RATES, HOW MANY MORE PEOPLE WOULD HAVE BEEN PROTECTED BY THE RAVAGES OF THESE HURRICANES. ONE MORE REFORM BRIEFLY. THESE REPETITIVE LOSS PROPERTIES WHERE PEOPLE LIVE IN AREAS THAT FLOOD IN AREAS THAT FLOOD OVER AND OVER AND OVER. I MET A FAMILY, THREE FLOODS IN EIGHT YEARS. THIS BILL PROVIDES MORE MONEY FOR RELOCATION FOR MITIGATION THAN ANY OTHER FLOOD REFORM BILL, ALL THIS BY 25%. WE WOULD REPRIORITIZE THESE AREAS BUT WE ARE GOING TO REALIZE IF WE MAKE THIS PROGRAM SUSTAINABLE WE CAN'T HAVE 1% OF THE PROPERTIES CAUSING 25% OF THE LOSSES. ULTIMATELY, IF ALL WE REDO THE SAME PROPERTIES IN THE SAME FASHION IN THE SAME LOCATION, THAT IS NEITHER WISE NOR COMPASSION NATURE. SO WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENACT HISTORIC REFORMS AND WE SHOULD DO IT TODAY. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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            • 03:15:13 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 03:15:15 PM

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              THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE…

              THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 2874, LEGISLATION THAT WILL MAKE FLOOD INSURANCE MORE EXPENSIVE, LESS AVAILABLE, AND LESS FAIR FOR CONSUMERS.

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            • 03:15:30 PM

              MS. WATERS

              OUTSET, LET ME JUST SAY THAT I APPRECIATE THE TIME AND EFFORT THAT…

              OUTSET, LET ME JUST SAY THAT I APPRECIATE THE TIME AND EFFORT THAT CHAIRMAN HENSARLING AND MR. DUFFY SPENT AND TO RESPONDING TO MY CALLS FOR BIPARTISANSHIP. WE SAT DOWN MULTIPLE TIMES TO DISCUSS AREAS WHERE WE COULD FIND COMPROMISE AND A PATH FORWARD. ALTHOUGH OUR DISCUSSIONS WERE ULTIMATELY NOT SUCCESSFUL, AND I STRONGLY OPPOSE THIS BILL, I CONTINUE TO BELIEVE THAT FLOOD INSURANCE REALLY CAN BE A BIPARTISAN ISSUE. IN FACT, I HAVE A LONG HISTORY OF WORKING ACROSS THE AISLE ON THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM. IN 2012 I CO-AUTHORED THE BIGGERT-WATERS ACT WITH FORMER REPRESENTATIVE JUDY BIGGERT. AND IN 2014, WHEN FEMA'S BOTCHED IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PREMIUM INCREASES CALLED FOR IN THAT LAW LED TO UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES, LAWMAKERS FROM ACROSS THE AISLE JOINED ME ONCE AGAIN TO PASS THE HOMEOWNER FLOOD INSURANCE AFFORDABILITY ACT. UNFORTUNATELY DESPITE THE BEST EFFORTS OF MEMBERS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, I CANNOT SUPPORT H.R. 2874, BECAUSE IT CONTAINS MANY PROVISIONS THAT WILL HARM AMERICAN FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES. FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE BILL MAKES FLOOD INSURANCE MORE EXPENSIVE. THIS BILL WILL PUNISH LOW AND MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS WITH INCREASED PREMIUMS, SURCHARGES AND RESERVE FUND ASSESSMENTS. IN THE WAKE OF A HISTORIC HURRICANE SEASON THAT DEVASTATED SO MANY COMMUNITIES, IT IS UNCONSCIONABLE THAT WE ARE CONSIDERING A BILL THAT WOULD MAKE FLOOD INSURANCE LESS AFFORDABLE. WE SHOULD BE FOCUSING ON PROVIDING ADDITIONAL DISASTER RELIEF AND RECOVERY AFTER THESE DEVASTATING STORMS, NOT PUNISHING THESE COMMUNITIES WITH HIGHER PREMIUMS AND SURCHARGE. IT IS CLEAR THAT THERE ARE THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO LIVE NEAR THE COAST AS A LUXURY, BUT THERE ARE ALSO THOSE WHO LIVE IN FLOOD PLANES WHO ARE LOW AND MIDDLE INCOME FAMILIES WITH MODEST HOMES, INCLUDING SOME NEIGHBORHOODS THAT ARE PREDOMINANTLY MINORITY. THIS IS BECAUSE OF THE SAD HISTORY OF GOVERNMENT-ENDORSED RACISM AND ACCESS TO CREDIT AND NEIGHBORHOOD PLANNING THAT PUSHED MINORITIES INTO THE BAD PARTS OF TOWN. WHICH IN SOME CASES WERE BAD BECAUSE THEY WERE PRONE TO FLOODING. THESE COMMUNITIES ALSO OFTEN LACK THE RESOURCES TO MAKE UPGRADES TO THEIR HOMES AND INFRASTRUCTURE TO GUARD AGAINST FUTURE FLOOD RISK, AND ARE THE LEAST ABLE TO RECOVER AFTER A FLOOD. THE LOWER NINTH WARD IN NEW ORLEANS IS A PRIME EXAMPLE. ANOTHER EXAMPLE IS GREENS POINT, A BUSINESS DISTRICT IN HOUSTON THAT WAS ONE OF THE HARDEST HIT BY HARVEY. ONE IN THREE RESIDENTS -- RESIDENCE IN GREENS -- RESIDENTS IN GREENS POINT LIVES BELOW THE POVERTY LINE. FAMILIES IN GREENS POINT WERE STILL LIVING IN WATER-DAMAGED AND MOLDY UNITS FROM FLOODING LAST YEAR, WHEN THEY WERE HIT AGAIN BY HARVEY. THERE'S NO SIMPLE ANSWER TO OUR NATION'S FLOODING PROBLEMS. BUT I DO KNOW THAT RAISING THE PREMIUMS AND RACKING UP FEES ON POLICYHOLDERS WILL ONLY HURT FAMILIES, AS WELL AS OUR ECONOMY. SECOND, THE BILL MAKES FLOOD INSURANCE LESS AVAILABLE BY ALLOWING BUSINESSES TO OPT OUT OF THE REQUIREMENT TO PURCHASE FLOOD INSURANCE AND EVEN IF THEY ARE A HIGH-RISK PROBLEM IN A FLOOD ZONE. WHAT'S MORE, THE BILL KICKS OUT CERTAIN LOW-VALUE HOMES FROM THE NFIP BY PROHIBITING COVERAGE FOR ANY HOME WITH CLAIMS THAT OVER THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF THE PROPERTY FOLLOWING ENACTMENT, EVEN IF IT CHANGES HANDS, EXCEED THREEZE TIMES THE REPLACEMENT VALUE OF THE STRUCTURE. THIS PROVISION IS SO ILL-CON RECEIVED THAT THE AMERICAN -- ILL-CONCEIVED THAT THE AMERICAN BANKERS ASSOCIATION WROTE, AND I QUOTE, CUTTING OFF SUCH PROPERTIES FROM NFIP COVERAGE WILL LIKELY LEAD TO SIGNIFICANT HARDSHIP FOR HOMEOWNERS, LENDERS AND COMMUNITIES. AS BORROWERS LOSE NFIP COVERAGE, AND ESPECIALLY IF ALTERNATIVE PRIVATE COVERAGE IS NOT AVAILABLE OR AFFORDABLE, THESE PROPERTIES WILL LOSE VALUE AND THE RISK OF ABANDONMENT AND/OR FORECLOSURE INCREASES DRAMATICALLY. IN SOME FLOOD-PRONE COMMUNITIES, THIS COULD LEAD TO A LOCAL OR REGIONAL FORECLOSURE CRISIS. THIRD, THE BILL MAKES FLOOD INSURANCE LESS FAIR FOR POLICYHOLDERS. IN THE WAKE OF THIS HISTORIC HURRICANE SEASON, IT IS ASTOUNDING TO ME THAT THE BILL DOES NOTHING TO FUND FLOOD MAPS. SO THAT WE CAN BETTER PROTECT FAMILIES. OFTENTIMES COMMUNITIES ARE UNAWARE OF THEIR TRUE FLOOD RISK AND BY NOT PROVIDING ANY FUNDING FOR FLOOD MAPS, BUILDING IN AREAS WITH NO INFORMATION ABOUT FLOOD RISK WILL ONLY CONTINUE. CLIMATE CHANGE WILL ONLY MAKE THESE STORMS MORE FREQUENT, STRONGER AND MORE DEVASTATINGING THAN EVER BEFORE. AND WE MUST MAKE SURE -- DEVASTATING THAN EVER BEFORE. AND WE MUST MAKE SURE THAT THE NFIP REMAINS AVAILABLE AND AFFORDABLE TO ALL AMERICANS, NOT MAKE IT WORSE. FOR ALL OF THESE REASONS, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE H.R. 2874 AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 03:21:28 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS…

              THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 03:21:33 PM

              MR. HENSARLING

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

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, THE RESPECTED MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR. ROYCE.

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            • 03:21:41 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

            • 03:21:44 PM

              MR. ROYCE

              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT HERE OF THE 21ST CENTURY FLOOD…

              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT HERE OF THE 21ST CENTURY FLOOD REFORM ACT. AND I THINK WHAT CHAIRMAN JEFF HENSARLING WAS ABLE -- JEB HENSARLING WAS ABLE TO DO HERE AND CHAIRMAN DUFFY IS PUT FORWARD A BILL THAT'S REALLY BROUGHT TOGETHER THE MONTEGUES AND THE CAP LETS. WHEN YOU THINK YOU HAVE THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNITY SUPPORTING THIS AND TAXPAYER ADVOCATES, YOU'VE GOT CONSERVATIVE THINK TANKS AND YOU'VE GOT AFFORDABLE HOUSING GROUPS, YOU HAVE THE REINSURERS AND THE SHURES. WE TALKED ABOUT TWO PRIORITIES -- SURES -- INSURERS. WE TALKED ABOUT TWO PRIORITIES. ONE OF THOSE WAS TO PROVIDE BETTER DISCLOSURE TO CONSUMERS ABOUT FLOOD RISK. WE WANTED THEM TO KNOW. AND THE SECOND WAS TO DECREASE THE NUMBER OF REPEATEDLY FLOODED PROPERTIES. THIS BILL ACCOMPLISHES BOTH OF THOSE THINGS. SECTION 108 OF THE BILL INCLUDES LANGUAGE THAT I AUTHORED WHICH WILL PROVIDE INFORMATION TO HOMEBUYERS ABOUT PAST FLOOD EVENTS, ABOUT THE DAMAGE, ABOUT INSURANCE CLAIMS, ABOUT ANY OBLIGATION THEY MIGHT HAVE TO CARRY FLOOD INSURANCE. AND THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS SUPPORTS THIS COMMONSENSE APPROACH. SECTION 402 OF THE BILL INCLUDES THE BIPARTISAN REPEAT LID FLOODED COMMUNITIES -- REPEATEDLY FLOODED COMMUNITIES PREPARATION ACT, SPONSORED BY REPRESENTATIVE BLUMENAUER AND BY MYSELF. THIS MEANS THAT PREETED FLOODED PROPERTIES -- REPEATED FLOODED PROPERTIES WHICH COMPRISE LESS THAN 2% OF NFIP POLICIES, BUT ACCOUNT FOR 1/3, 1/3 OF ALL CLAIMS, ARE DEALT WITH. RESPONSIBLE COMMUNITY-DRIVEN MITIGATION IS A WIN-WIN PROPOSAL . ONE WHICH WILL HELP OUR NEIGHBORHOODS BECOME STRONGER IN THE FACE OF FLOODS, AND ADDRESS THE FISCAL FOOTING OF THE OVERALL PROGRAM BY DECREASING THE COST AS THIS IS ADDRESSED AT THE COMMUNITY LEVEL. AND FINALLY, MR. SPEAKER, I PARTICULARLY WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE PEW CHARITABLE TRUST. THEIR FLOOD PREPARED COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE, THANK YOU. I URGE PASSAGE.

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            • 03:24:04 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS…

              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 03:24:08 PM

              MS. WATERS

              I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, THE RANKING MEMBER…

              I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE HOUSING AND INSURANCE SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE.

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            • 03:24:18 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

            • 03:24:21 PM

              >>

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 287 4RKS THE 21ST…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 287 4RKS THE 21ST CENTURY FLOOD REFORM ACT. WHEN THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE BEGAN THE PROCESS TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM, I WAS VERY HOPEFUL THAT WE COULD WORK ACROSS THE AISLE IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER. UNFORTUNATELY THE BILL WE SEE HERE TODAY IS NOT REFLECTIVE OF THAT APPROACH. THOUGH A NUMBER OF CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE TO H.R. 2874 SINCE LEAVING COMMITTEE, THE NEW PROVISIONS STILL FAIL TO INCORPORATE MANY OF OUR PRIORITIES FOR RE-AUTHORIZATION OR ADDRESS OUR CONCERNS WITH THE NFIP.

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            • 03:25:01 PM

              MR. CLEAVER

              MITIGATION. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

            • 03:27:40 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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            • 03:27:44 PM

              MR. HENSARLING

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD 3 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD 3 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND CONSUMER CREDIT SUBCOMMITTEE, AND ONE OF THE CO-AUTHORS OF H.R. 2874,

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            • 03:28:00 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED FOR 3 1/2 MINUTES.

            • 03:28:03 PM

              MR. LUETKEMEYER

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE 21ST CENTURY FLOOD…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE 21ST CENTURY FLOOD REFORM ACT. CHAIRMAN HENSARLING AND CHAIRMAN DUFFY HAVE CRAFTED A GREAT SUBSTITUTE AMENDMENT THAT WILL BRING ABOUT MEANINGFUL REFORM OF THE NFIP AND PROTECT TAXPAYERS AND POLICYHOLDERS ALIKE. THE AMENDMENT INCLUDES H.R. 2246, MY TAXPAYER EXPOSURE MITIGATION ACTIVE 2017. INCLUDED IN THIS THAT BILL IS A REQUIREMENT THAT FEMA ADMINISTRATOR PURCHASE REINSURANCE OR A CAPITAL MARKET ALTERNATIVE, AN EFFORT TO GUARD TAXPAYERS AGAINST LOSSES. I KNOW OF NO MAJOR INSURANCE COMPANY IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR THAT DOES NOT PURCHASE COVERAGE TO PROTECT ITSELF AGAINST LOSS OF THIS KIND. THESE PRODUCTS FUNCTION WELL. THERE'S NO REASON THAT FEMA SHOULD NOT BE FOLLOWING THIS BEST PRACTICE AS WELL. THE AMENDMENT ALSO GRANTS STATES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND OUR CONSTITUENTS THE ABILITY TO PLAY A MORE PROACTIVE ROLE IN THE FEMA FLOOD PLANE MAPPING PROCESS. I REPRESENT THE LAKE OF THE OZARKS WITH ITS 20,000 -- EXCUSE ME, 27,000 PIECES OF PROPERTY ALONG ITS SHORE LINE. WHICH HAS DEALT WITH TREMENDOUS MAPPING ISSUES OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS. HUNDREDS OF MAPS -- EXCUSE ME, HUNDREDS OF LETTERS OF MAP AMENDMENTS WERE GRANTED TO MY CONSTITUENTS AND THERE WERE MULTIPLE ATTEMPTS BY THE COMMUNITY TO ENGAGE WITH FEMA TO FIX THEIR MAPPING PROCESS. MY CONSTITUENTS NEVER FELT THEIR CONCERNS WERE TAKEN SERIOUSLY. LAKE OF THE OZARKS IS NOT UNIQUE. FEMA PROCESS -- FEMA PROCESSES 25,000 LOAMA LETTERS EACH YEAR AT A COST OF $13 MILLION. THIS SHOULD TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT THE MAP PRAGUE SESS. THUNDERSTORM BILL, AREAS LIKE LAKE OF THE OZARKS WOULD BE ABLE TO PROVE -- IMPROVE THE ACCURACY OF THE MAPS THEMSELVES, NO LONGER BEHOLDEN TO WASHINGTON, D.C. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD ALSO CREATE AN OPT-OUT OF MANDATORY COVERAGE REQUIRED FOR COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES, ALLOWING BANKS AND BUSINESSES MORE FLEXIBILITY TO SECURE PRIVATE FLOOD INSURANCE COVERAGE THAT MEETS AN ENTITY'S UNIQUE RISKS AND NEEDS. IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THIS LEGISLATION DOES NOT PRECLUDE ANY BUSINESS FROM SECURING AN NFIP POLICY. POLICY REMAINS AVAILABLE TO ALL BUSINESSES. ALSO, THIS PROVISION NUDNOBT MISCONSTRUED AS A CAVEAT TO AVOID THE PURCHASE OF FLOOD INSURANCE. BUSINESSES OPERATING IN FLOOD PLANES SHOULD HAVE FLOOD INSURANCE. AND I'M CONFIDENT THAT LENDERS WILL INSIST UPON REASONABLE COVERAGE AND I BELIEVE THIS SHOULD BE A BUSINESS DECISION BETWEEN THE LENDER AND BUSINESS CUSTOMER THEMSELVES. . IN DETERMINING PREMIUM RATES FOR NFIP POLICIES. LANGUAGE I PREVIOUSLY INCLUDED. PRICING FOR PRIOR POLICIES TAKES INTO ACCOUNT THE REPLACEMENT COSTS. IT MAKES SENSE. THEY SHOULD FACTOR IN THE AMOUNT OF THAT. FEMA DOESN'T ADHERE TO THAT BUT USES A FIXED NATIONAL AVERAGE FOR INSURED VALUE AND REPLACEMENT COSTS. THE RESULT OF FEMA'S CURRENT PROCESS LOWER INCOME POLICY HOLDERS SUBSIDIZE WEALTHIER HOMEOWNERS. THE SUBSTITUTE GIVES FEMA THE FLEXIBILITY TO STOP THIS PRACTICE. ALSO I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM WISCONSIN. I'M CONFIDENT THIS PACKAGE WILL ALLOW THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO FLOURISH AND TAKE RISKS OFF THE BACKS OF TAXPAYERS AND PROTECTING NFIP POLICY HOLDERS. I YIELD BACK.

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              MS. WATERS

              I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, THE RANKING MEMBER OF…

              I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON CAPITAL MARKETS ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MRS. MALONEY.

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              MRS. MALONEY

              I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HER LEADERSHIP. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN…

              I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HER LEADERSHIP. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 2874. THERE ARE SOME GOOD THINGS IN THIS BILL, INCLUDING THE ZELDIN-MALONEY BILL, THAT WOULD ALLOW POLICY HOLDERS TO RECEIVE MITIGATION CREDIT FR BOILERS AND OTHER MECHANICAL SECTORS, WHICH IS A HUGE DEAL FOR THE CITY OF NEW YORK AND OTHER BIG CITIES. BUT THERE ARE TOO MANY PROVISIONS THAT WOULD MAKE FLOOD INSURANCE IN MY DISTRICT EITHER UNAVAILABLE OR UNAFFORDABLE. FOR THIS REASON, THE CITY OF NEW YORK OPPOSES THIS BILL. THE BILL WOULD RAISE PREMIUMS ON HOMEOWNERS BY INCREASING THE FLOOR ON PREMIUM INCREASES THAT CONGRESS JUST SET THREE YEARS AGO. CURRENTLY FEMA -- TO INCREASE PREMIUMS BY A MINIMUM OF 5% PER YEAR. UNDER THIS BILL, FEMA WOULD HAVE TO INCREASE PREMIUMS BY A MINIMUM OF 6.5% A YEAR. AND WHEN YOU ADD UP THE MANDATORY INCREASES IN PREMIUMS REQUIRED TO FUND FEMA'S RESERVE FUND AND ALL THE OTHER SURCHARGES IN THE BILL, THE EFFECT WOULD BE TO SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE FLOOD INSURANCE PREMIUMS FOR HOMEOWNERS. FINALLY I'M CONCERNED ABOUT ELIMINATING THE NONCOMPETE CLAUSE FOR SO-CALLED WRITE YOUR OWN PRIVATE INSURERS. THIS WOULD ALLOW THE PRIVATE INSURERS THAT ADMINISTER THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM TO EXPLOIT THEIR ACCESS TO FEMA'S DATA BASE IN ORDER TO CHERRY-PICK THE SAFEST PROPERTY. THIS WOULD LEAVE FEMA WITH ONLY THE RISKIEST PROPERTIES AND UNDERMINE THE SOLVENCY OF THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM. WHILE THERE ARE MANY THOUGHTFUL GOOD PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL, THERE ARE TOO MANY PROVISIONS THAT WOULD DRAMATICALLY INCREASE PREMIUMS FOR MY CONSTITUENTS. I URGE A NO VOTE ON THIS BILL. AND I YIELD BACK.

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              MR. HENSARLING

              TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF…

              TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSING AND INSURANCE SUBCOMMITTEE AND THE AUTHOR OF THE PRO-CONSUMER COMPETITION TITLE OF THE BILL, FROM ROSS.

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              MR. ROSS

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE ACT THAT WILL GIVE…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE ACT THAT WILL GIVE COMMUNITIES IN THE TAMPA BAY AREA THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM THAT SERVES AS A LIFEBOAT. THE NFIP IS LIKE AN ANCHOR AROUND OUR NEXT DRAGGING US INTO DEEPER DEBT. WITH THE ANNUAL DEFICIT AND DEBT THAT CONTINUES TO GROW, THIS PROGRAM NEEDS THE REFORMS AND H.R. 2874 IS OUR OPPORTUNITY. WE SHOULD ALL RECOGNIZE THAT NFIP IS AN INSURANCE PROGRAM AND ENSURE AGAINST LOSSES WHICH ENTAILS FAR MORE THAN PAYING FOR DAMAGES. INSURANCE IS NOT ABOUT RELIEF BUT ABOUT MANAGING RISK. INSURANCE NEEDS TO MITIGATE RISK MAKING EFFECTS AND TELLING PEOPLE WHEN THE RISKS THEY FACE ARE TOO GREAT AND PROVIDING SERVICE THAT MAKES PEOPLE THANKFUL FOR CHOOSING YOUR PRODUCT. NO ONE KNOWS THIS BETTER THAN THE PROFESSIONALS WHO HELP AMERICANS TO PROTECT THEIR LIVES AND LOVED ONES AGAINST CAR CRASHES, AND WILDFIRES AND FEDERAL POLICY HAS MADE IT DIFFICULT FOR INSURERS TO WRITE POLICIES. WE CREATED A MONOPOLY AT THE EXPENSE OF POLICY HOLDERS AND STILL $30 BILLION IN DEBT. THIS INCLUDES MY ACT WILL ALLOW THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO HELP HOMEOWNERS MANAGE AGAINST FLOODS AND PROVIDE MORE AFFORDABLE OPTIONS FOR CONSUMERS AND REDUCE THE UNACCEPTABLE NUMBER OF UNINSURED HOMES BY HELPING PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THEIR RISK. THE NFIP IS IN THE WORST OF ALL WORLDS. IT IS TOO BIG TO FAIL AND IT IS ALSO BOUND TO FAIL. WITH THIS LEGISLATION WE CAN HAVE A PROGRAM THAT FOUND ITSELF ON THE G.A.O.'S HIGH LIST. CONSUMERS WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SELECT A PLAN THAT WOULD FIT THEIR NEEDS AND MORE LIKELY TO BUY INSURANCE THAN EVER BEFORE. THAT'S NOT THE CASE TODAY WITH THE NFIP. OUR CONSTITUENTS ARE SEVERELY LIMITED. $250,000 MAXIMUM COVERAGE. IF YOU OWN A BUSINESS, YOU AREN'T GOING TO GET BUSINESS INTERRUPTION. THE THEY CAN PROVIDE FOR MITIGATION AND RESILIENCEY. THIS INCREASED EMPHASIS WILL BENEFIT HOMEOWNERS AND TAXPAYERS AND END THE ABSURD PRACTICE. FURTHER IT STRENGTHENS THE NFIP TO SPREAD THE RISKS INTO THE GLOBAL MARKETPLACE. THIS BILL CONTAINS MORE FUNDING FOR MITIGATION AND RECOVERY THAN EVER AUTHORIZED. OVER $1 BILLION WILL HELP MANAGE OUR CONSTITUENTS' EXPOSURE TO FLOODS AND IMPROVE THE SAFETY OF A HOME AFTER CATASTROPHE. LET'S ENSURE THIS AND LET'S SUPPORT INFORMED DECISION MAKING AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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            • 03:37:38 PM

              MS. WATERS

              I RECOGNIZE A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MS.…

              I RECOGNIZE A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MS. VELAZQUEZ.

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              MS. VELAZQUEZ

              I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 2874.…

              I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 2874. THIS BILL MAKES FLOOD INSURANCE MORE EXPENSIVE, LESS AVAILABLE AND LESS FAIR FOR MILLIONS OF WORKING FAMILIES. AND THIS BILL ALL BUT ABANDONS HURRICANE SANDY VICTIMS. SANDY MADE LAND FALL IN NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY FIVE YEARS AGO COSTING $60 BILLION IN DAMAGE, MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE LOST THEIR LIVES. TODAY, HALF A DECADE LATER, MORE THAN 1,000 HOMEOWNERS STILL HAVE NOT OBTAINED PROPER RESOLUTION OF THEIR FLOOD INSURANCE CLAIM. THAT IS WHY I WORKED FOR ALMOST A YEAR AND A HALF ON LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE FEMA'S CLAIMS SYSTEM AND TO BRING PROPER OVERSIGHT AND MANAGEMENT TO THE WRITE YOUR OWN PROGRAM. SOME OF MY RECOMMENDED CHANGES WERE INCLUDED IN THIS BILL, LANGUAGE WAS ALSO INCLUDED THAT BLOWS A DIRECT HOLE IN THIS REFORM. THIS BILL REQUIRES POLICY HOLDERS TO EXHAUST ALL ADMINISTRATIVE REMEDIES ON ANY DISPUTED CLAIM BEFORE HAVING THEIR DAY IN COURT. HOWEVER, WE HAVE ALREADY SEEN THAT FEMA ADMINISTRATOR SYSTEM IS BROKEN AND THIS BILL WILL ENABLE THE INSURANCE PROVIDERS TO CONTINUE HIDING BEHIND AND UNREACHABLE THRESHOLD MEANING POLICY HOLDERS WILL NEVER BE MADE WHOLE. AFTER MORE THAN FIVE YEARS AND MORE THAN 1,000 FAMILIES STILL WAITING RESOLUTION OF THEIR SANDY CLAIM WE MUST REFORM THE CLAIMS PROCESS, NOT MAKE IT HARDER FOR FAMILIES TO RETURN TO THEIR HOME. A VOTE TO THIS BILL IS TO ABANDON SANDY VICTIMS. VOTE NO. I YIELD BACK.

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              MR. ROTHFUS

              CENTURY FLOOD REFORM ACT. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND I…

              CENTURY FLOOD REFORM ACT. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT ITS PASSAGE. THIS HURRICANE SEASON BROUGHT FLOODING. HURRICANES HARVEY, IRMA AND MARIA ADDED MORE DEBT LEADING TO A TAXPAYER BAILOUT OF $16 BILLION, 16 BILLION TAKEN FROM THE POCKETS OF HARD WORKING AMERICANS. UNLESS CONGRESS PASSES IT, WE WILL ONCE AGAIN HAVE TO BAIL OUT THIS PROGRAM. THE NFIP IS STRUCTURALLY UNSOUND. THIS WILL AUTHORIZE THE NF IP TO BUILDUP ITS RESERVES AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO ENGAGE IN SOUND PRACTICES. OF COURSE THIS EFFORT IS NOT FOCUSED ON TAXPAYER PROTECTION. HOMEOWNERS WILL BENEFIT FROM THE ACT. THIS BILL FOSTERS THE DEVELOPMENT OF A MARKET FOR FLOOD INSURANCE AND WILL HAVE BETTER OPTIONS AND MORE COMPETITIVE PRICES. MY OWN COMMISSIONER OF OUR STATE TESTIFIED IN SUPPORT. THE COMMISSIONER SAID IN PENNSYLVANIA, COMPETITION IS PROVEN TO BE GOOD FOR CONSUMERS. WE ARE FINDING IN MANY CASES THAT PRIVATE CAR YEARS ARE OFFERING LOWER COSTS. THIS IS GOOD FOR THE PEOPLE OF WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA AND RIGHT POLICY FOR HOMEOWNERS. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR CONCERNING AMISH. THEY HAVE A TRADITION OF PAYING FOR COMMUNITY LOSSES THROUGH MUTUAL AID SOCIETIES. MY AMENDMENT TO THIS BILL ACOME DATES THOSE COMMUNITIES AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

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              MS. WATERS

              I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE…

              I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR. SCOTT.

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              MR. SCOTT

              THANK YOU RANKING MEMBER WATERS. FIRST, FLOODING, MR. SPEAKER, IS NO…

              THANK YOU RANKING MEMBER WATERS. FIRST, FLOODING, MR. SPEAKER, IS NO LONGER JUST A COASTAL LAWMAKER'S PROBLEM. FLOODING IS RUN INGRAM PANT IN EVERY PART OF OUR COUNTRY. SO I THINK THAT EVERY MEMBER ON THE FLOOR TODAY, EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS NEEDS TO ASK THEMSELVES A QUESTION AND THAT IS, ARE THEY REALLY WILLING TO PUT THEIR NAME ON THIS BILL? ARE YOU REALLY WILLING TO VOTE FOR THIS BILL THAT WILL DRASTICALLY RAISE PREMIUMS ON THEIR CONSTITUENTS WITHOUT PUTTING THE NECESSARY GUARDRAILS IN PLACE SO THOSE WHO CAN'T AFFORD THE HIGH COSTS CAN STILL BUY FLOOD INSURANCE. ONE EXAMPLE I'M TALKING ABOUT, MR. SPEAKER, I HOPE THERE ARE LISTENERS ON C-SPAN, CALL YOUR NEIGHBORS SO YOU LISTEN TO THIS. IN THIS BILL, H.R. 2874, IT WILL REQUIRE POLICY HOLDERS TO PAY FOR ANY ASSISTANCE THEY GET WHEN THEIR STATES CREATE AFFORDABILITY PROGRAMS. HERE'S AN EXAMPLE. MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. DUFFY'S BILL, ALLOWS FOR THE CREATION OF A VOLUNTARY STATE-RUN AFFORDABILITY PROGRAM, BUT HERE'S THE CATCH, MR. SPEAKER, THERE ISN'T WUNG DIME -- ONE DIME OF FUNDING PROVIDED IN THIS BILL TO SET UP AND IMPLEMENT THIS PROGRAM. INSTEAD, MR. DUFFY'S BILL SAYS, THE COST OF ANY DISCOUNT GIVEN TO POLICY HOLDERS WILL HAVE TO BE OFFSET BY INCREASES ON OTHER POLICY HOLDERS WITHIN THE SAME STATE. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS THE ACHILLEES' HEEL IN THIS FLOOD INSURANCE BUSINESS. I CAN GUARANTEE YOU THIS WOULD HAVE A GRATEFUL NEGATIVE IMPACT -- GRATEFULLY NEGATIVE IMPACT ON ALL OF US. I MADE IT CLEAR TO OUR CHAIRMAN THAT WE ARE WILLING TO WORK ACROSS PARTY LINES.

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              MS. WATERS

              I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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              MR. SCOTT

              THANK YOU SO MUCH MADAM RANKING MEMBER. BUT WE OFFERED THIS AS THE RANKING…

              THANK YOU SO MUCH MADAM RANKING MEMBER. BUT WE OFFERED THIS AS THE RANKING MEMBER SAID AND AN EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY WHERE WE SPENT WEEK AFTER WEEK ON THIS BILL SO WE COULD MOVE THIS BILL FORWARD IN A WAY THAT WOULD ADDRESS AFFORDABILITY, WHICH WAS A MAJOR CONCERN OF MINE AND THE RANKING MEMBER AND THOSE OF US ON OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE. SO THERE IS NO AFFORDABILITY IN HERE. AND IT'S VERY IMPORTANT FOR US TO POINT OUT THAT THIS PLAN WILL PUT AN OVERBURDEN ON THE STATES AND THEN THEY HAVE TO PASS IT ON TO THE OTHERS.

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              MR. HENSARLING

              I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS.

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              MR. HILL

              I THANK THE SPEAKER AND THE CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS…

              I THANK THE SPEAKER AND THE CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS BILL SPONSORED BY MY FRIEND, REPRESENTATIVE SEAN DUFFY. HE'S WORKED TIRELESSLY IN CRAFTING A SLUREKS HERE ALONG WITH REPRESENTATIVE LUETKEMEYER, REPRESENTATIVE ROSS AND OUR FULL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR. HEBSARLING. WHILE THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM PROVIDES NEEDED INSURANCE COVERAGE, IT HAS NUMEROUS PROBLEMS. AS CURRENTLY CONSTRUCTED. AND THE 21ST CENTURY FLOOD REFORM ACT SEEKS TO IMPLEMENT MUCH-NEEDED REFORMS IN THIS PROGRAM. IN ADDITION TO RE-AUTHORIZING THE FLOOD PROGRAM FOR FIVE YEARS, THIS BILL PROVIDES INCREASED TRANSPARENCY TO THE PUBLIC, MORE INFORMATION TO PEOPLE LIVING IN HARM'S WAY ABOUT PAST DAMAGES AND THE RISK OF FLOODING, ENSURES MAP SOMETHING TIMING AND ACCURATE, TIES RATES TO RISK, GIVES CONSUMERS GREATER CHOICE IN FLOOD INSURANCE OPTIONS AND INCENTIVIZES MITIGATION AND RISK REDUCTION. CURRENTLY IN ARKANSAS WE HAVE ONE PRIVATE INSURER THAT OFFERS FLOOD INSURANCE. A SECOND UNDERWRITER IS NEAR APPROVAL BY OUR INSURANCE COMMISSIONER. THE BENEFITS TO THE CONSUMER THROUGH PRIVATE INSURANCE ARE SIGNIFICANT. AS NOTED BY THE MILLMAN STUDY. FOR EXAMPLE, ONE PRIVATE INSURER IN ARKANSAS COVERS UP TO 2DS MILLION IN COVERAGE FOR -- $2 MILLION IN COVERAGE AS OPPOSED TO NFIP. ACROSS ALL RATING CATEGORIES, PREMIUMS SUBSTANTIALLY BELOW THE NFIP. FURTHER THIS PRIVATE INSURER CAN OFFER REPLACEMENT VALUE, REIMBURSEMENT FOR LIVING EXPENSES, IF AN INDIVIDUAL OR FAMILY IS DISPLACED BY A FLOOD. THE NFIP DOES NOT. FOR ALMOST 50 YEARS THE EXPERIMENT IN GOVERNMENT-PROVIDED FLOOD INSURANCE HAS PROVEN TO BE INEFFECTIVE, INEFFICIENT AND INDISPUTABLY COSTLY TO HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS. THE TIME FOR ACTION IS NOW. MAY I HAVE 30 SECONDS? I YIELD BACK.

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              MS. WATERS

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              I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR. GREEN.

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              MR. GREEN

              I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER AND THANK THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE AS WELL.…

              I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER AND THANK THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE AS WELL. MR. SPEAKER, I AM OPPOSED TO THE LEGISLATION. I'M OWES TO -- OPPOSED TO IT BECAUSE IT DOES NOT GIVE HARDWORKING AMERICANS THE SAME CONSIDERATION THAT WE WILL ACCORD PERSONS WHO ARE MAKING BILLIONS AND WE WILL ACCORD CORPORATIONS. CORPORATIONS ARE GOING TO GET GREAT TAX CUTS. BILLIONAIRES ARE GOING TO GET TAX CUTS. WE WILL ELIMINATE THE ESTATE TAX. WE WILL ELIMINATE THE A.M.T. FOR BILLIONAIRES. BUT WE ARE NOT GOING TO GIVE HARDWORKING AMERICANS THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET THE RELIEF THAT THEY NEED WITH REFERENCE TO THE 20DS BILLION WORTH OF DEBT -- $20 BILLION WORTH OF DEBT THAT THE NFIP CURRENTLY HAS. IF WE DON'T ELIMINATE THAT DEBT NOW, PREMIUMS WILL GO UP ON HARDWORKING AMERICANS. HARDWORKING AMERICANS WON'T BE ABLE TO AFFORD PREMIUMS AND MANY OF THEM WON'T BE ABLE TO AFFORD HOMES. THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO TREAT PEOPLE WHO WORK HARD AND PAY THEIR TAXES. IF WE CAN GIVE TAX BREAKS TO CORPORATIONS AND BILLIONAIRES, WE CAN AFFORD TO REDUCE THIS DEBT ON THE NFIP SO THAT HARDWORKING AMERICANS CAN AFFORD HOMES. IT REALLY IS THAT SIMPLE. FIVE YEARS WITHOUT ANOTHER BILL, THIS IS OUR LAST CHANCE. WE CAN'T PASS THIS CHANCE UP SO THAT WE CAN TAKE CARE OF BILLION AIRS AND CORPORATIONS -- BILLIONAIRES AND CORPORATIONS AT THE EXPENSE OF HARDWORKING AMERICANS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              MR. HENSARLING

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M HAPPY TO YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M HAPPY TO YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, HARDWORKING MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE,

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              MRS. EMERSON

              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE --

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              MR. EMMER

              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE 21ST CENTURY FLOOD INSURANCE REFORM…

              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE 21ST CENTURY FLOOD INSURANCE REFORM ACT, WHICH WILL RE-AUTHORIZE AND REFORM OUR NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM. THE NFIP PROVIDES IMPORTANT RELIEF. MILLIONS OF AMERICANS RELY ON THIS PROGRAM TO PROVIDE COVERAGE WHEN DISASTER STRIKES. THE NEARLY 50-YEAR-OLD NFIP PROGRAM, HOWEVER, IS IN DESPERATE NEED OF REFORM. TODAY'S LEGISLATION WILL NOT ONLY RE-AUTHORIZE THE PROGRAM FOR FIVE YEARS, IT WILL TAKE STEPS TO BETTER ALIGN PREMIUM RATES TO RISK, IMPROVE FEMA'S MAPPING AND APPEALS PROCESS, AND BEGIN TO CORRECT THE WAY THE NFIP MANAGES WHAT ARE KNOWN AS REPETITIVE LOSS PROPERTIES. MOST IMPORTANTLY, H.R. 2874 LAYS THE GROUNDWORK FOR A PRIVATE FLOOD INSURANCE MARKETPLACE TO TAKE HOLD. WHICH WILL IMPROVE THE FISCAL STABILITY AND SOLVENCY OF THE NFIP FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS TO COME. THIS BILL IS A GOOD START. BUT THESE REFORMS MUST CONTINUE TO BE BUILT UPON IN THE YEARS AHEAD. I'M THANKFUL FOR THE HARD WORK OF CHAIRMAN HENSARLING AND HOUSING AND INSURANCE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN DUFFY, AND THE ENTIRE STAFF FOR WORKING TO GET THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR TODAY. AS MANY CONTINUE TO REBUILD THEIR LIVES FOLLOWING THE DEVASTATION OF HARVEY, IRMA, SANDY AND OTHERS, WE NEED A NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM THAT STIMULATES CHOICE AND ENCOURAGES PROACTIVE BEHAVIORS TO BETTER PROTECT OUR CITIZENS. AGAIN, THIS LEGISLATION IS A GOOD START. I ENCOURAGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 03:51:25 PM

              MS. WATERS

              INSURANCE AND CLIMATE ISSUES, AND A MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES…

              INSURANCE AND CLIMATE ISSUES, AND A MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE.

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            • 03:51:35 PM

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              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I WANT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR HER…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I WANT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR HER LEADERSHIP. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL. WE MUST GET FLOOD INSURANCE RIGHT AND THAT STARTS WITH AFFORDABILITY. IF FAMILIES CAN'T AFFORD INSURANCE, THEY SIMPLY WILL NOT BUY IT. IN MY HOME STATE OF FLORIDA, THE NUMBER OF NFIP POLICIES HAS DROPPED 15% SINCE TWELVE.

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              MR. CRIST

              WHEN CONGRESS STARTED RAISING PREMIUMS. IF YOU DON'T THINK THE GOVERNMENT…

              WHEN CONGRESS STARTED RAISING PREMIUMS. IF YOU DON'T THINK THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE INVOLVED IN FLOOD INSURANCE, MAYBE THAT'S GOOD NEWS. MAYBE THAT'S THE GOAL HERE. BUT NOT FOR THE GOOD OF THE TAXPAYER. WHEN FAMILIES WHO CAN'T AFFORD COVERAGE MUST TURN TO FEMA AFTER A DISASTER, THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT UNAFFORDABLE INSURANCE WILL FAIL. AND THIS BILL MAKES FLOOD INSURANCE LESS AFFORDABLE. HIKING PREMIUMS, SURCHARGES, AS WELL AS FEES. BEYOND THAT, THIS BILL WOULD DECREASE ACCESS TO COVERAGE FOR VULNERABLE FAMILIES. FORCING THEM INTO A PRIVATE MARKET THAT DOES NOT EXIST. YES, WE ABSOLUTELY NEED 21ST CENTURY FLOOD REFORM. OUR CLIMATE IS CHANGING. SEA LEVELS ARE RISING. FLOODS ARE GETTING WORSE. AND STICKING OUR HEADS IN THE SAND WILL ONLY MAKE SOLUTIONS THAT MUCH MORE DIFFICULT. THIS BILL LEAVES BEHIND THE BEST REFORM IDEAS FROM BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES. LIKE BETTER MAPPING, AS WELL AS MITIGATION. THOSE WHO HAVE LIVED THROUGH NATURAL DISASTERS KNOW YOU CAN'T STOP THE CATASTROPHIC FORCE OF MOTHER NATURE. BUT YOU CAN PREPARE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES, REJECT THIS IDEOLOGICAL EXERCISE AND PUT PEOPLE OVER POLITICS. LET US COME TOGETHER AND PASS REAL SUSTAINABLE REFORM FOR A STRONG, AFFORDABLE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              MR. HENSARLING

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE…

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, A MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE,

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              MR. ZELDIN

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

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION, WHICH CONTAINS CRITICAL REFORMS THAT PROTECT ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE INSURANCE, IMPROVES THE WAY POLICYHOLDERS ARE TREATED WHEN FILING A CLAIM, AND PLACES THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM ON THE PATH TOWARD FISCAL SOLVENCY. INCLUDED IN THIS LEGISLATION IS THE BIPARTISAN BILL I INTRODUCED WITH CONGRESSWOMAN MALONEY THAT PROVIDES A CREDIT TO NFIP POLICYHOLDERS WHO REDUCE THEIR FLOOD RISK THROUGH MITIGATION. HOME OWNERS WHO DO THE RIGHT THING AND INVEST IN MITIGATION ACTIVITIES DESERVE A STRONG RETURN ON THEIR INVESTMENT IN THE FORM OF LOWER NFIP PREMIUMS. WHERE THE COASTAL ECONOMY IS OUR MAIN ECONOMY, PROTECTING LIFE AND PROPERTY FROM FLOOD DAMAGE IS A TOP PRIORITY. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES IN CONGRESS TO GET THIS BILL PASSED IN THE SENATE, AND SENT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK WITHOUT DELAY. I'M PROUD TO BE A CO-SPONSOR OF THIS ESSENTIAL LEGISLATION, GRATEFUL OF CHAIRMAN HENSARLING AND DUFFY'S LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE, AND I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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              MS. WATERS

              I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, THE CHAIR OF THE…

              I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, THE CHAIR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS AND LONG-TIME LEADER ON FLOOD INSURANCE ISSUES, MR. RICHMOND.

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              MR. RICHMOND

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSWOMAN WATERS, RANKING…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSWOMAN WATERS, RANKING MEMBER, WHO -- YOU KNOW, OFTENTIMES IN THIS BODY WE TALK ABOUT LEADERSHIP. LEADERSHIP IS WHAT CONGRESSWOMAN WATERS DID AFTER HURRICANES KATRINA AND RITA. BUT MORE IMPORTANT LIRKS FOUR YEARS AGO -- MORE IMPORTANTLY, FOUR YEARS AGO WHEN THE THREAT OF NEW FLOOD POLICY WERE GOING TO MAKE PEOPLE PAY THE COST OF THEIR HOME EVERY FIVE YEARS. WE WERE TALKING ABOUT PAYING $20 -- 20% OF THE VALUE OF YOUR HOME IN FLOOD INSURANCE EVERY YEAR. SHE CAME DOWN TO LOUISIANA AND MET WITH LOUISIANA CITIZENS. SHE DIDN'T COME TO THE URBAN AREAS. ALTHOUGH SHE PASSED THROUGH. BUT SHE WENT TO THE RURAL AREAS, TALKED TO MIDDLE INCOME FAMILIES TO FIGURE OUT HOW FLOOD INSURANCE REFORM WOULD HURT THEM. AND WHAT SHE FOUND OUT IS THAT IT WAS GOING TO CAUSE MORE FAMILIES TO JUST TURN IN THE KEYS TO THEIR HOUSE AND GIVE THEIR HOMES BACK TO THE MORTGAGE COMPANY OR DECLARE BANKRUPTCY SO THAT THEY CAN JUST GET BY. THIS BILL IS A LOT BETTER THAN THE BILL THAT WAS IN COMMITTEE. AND I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND MY COLLEAGUES FROM LOUISIANA, SCALISE AND GRAVES, FOR MAKING IT A BETTER BILL. BUT WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HOMEOWNERS, THE MOST RESPONSIBLE PEOPLE IN SOCIETY WHO HAVE NOW PURCHASED THEIR PIECE OF THE AMERICAN DREAM, WHEN YOU HAVE PEOPLE WHO PLAYED BY THE RULES, BOUGHT THE HOME OF THEIR DREAMS, YOU DON'T CHANGE THE RULES HALFWAY TO SAY, HEY, WE KNOW THIS WAS THE RULE WHEN YOU BOUGHT THE HOUSE, BUT NOW IT'S CHANGED AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THAT $500 IN INSURANCE YOU PAY A MONTH IS NOW $1,500. THAT'S NOT RESPONSIBLE, IT'S NOT FAIR. AND WE'RE PICKING ON HOMEOWNERS. SO I WOULD JUST SAY TO MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, THE BILL IS BETTER BUT IT'S NOT WORTHY OF THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER OR THE AMERICAN HOMEOWNER. AND WE KEEP TALKING ABOUT THE PRIVATE MARKET. THEY'RE GOING TO PICK AND CHOOSE WHERE THEY WANT TO INSURE. THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU'RE LEFT WITH A HIGH-RISK POOL WHERE HOME OWNERS WHO WORK EVERY DAY ARE STUCK WITH COSTS THAT THEY JUST CAN'T AFFORD. AND I WOULD SIMPLY SAY THAT THIS IS SOMETHING WE REALLY COULD DO IN THIS ATMOSPHERE, IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. BECAUSE IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. AND WITH ALL THE GOOD THINGS IN THE BILL, THE PROBLEMS, THE BAD OUTWEIGHS THE GOOD. I WOULD JUST REMIND MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, THE COMMUNITY THAT YOU SAVE MAY BE YOUR OWN. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              MR. HENSARLING

              I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. NOW A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT MESSAGE FROM THE SAFETY…

              I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. NOW A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT MESSAGE FROM THE SAFETY LOUISIANA. I AM VERY PLEASED -- STATE OF LOUISIANA. I AM VERY PLEASED TO YIELD TO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED MAJORITY WHIP, MR. SCALISE.

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              MR. SCALISE

              THANK YOU MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS, CHAIRMAN…

              THANK YOU MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS, CHAIRMAN HENSARLING, FOR YIELDING. AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL THAT REALLY, IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO ACHIEVE HERE, IT'S A FEW THINGS. BUT THE MAIN TWO THINGS ARE TO GIVE FURTHER REFORMS AND PROTECTIONS TO THE TAXPAYERS OF THIS COUNTRY, WHILE ALSO MAKING SURE THAT WE'RE PROTECTING AND GIVING CERTAINTY TO THE POLICYHOLDERS OF THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM. THE FACT THAT THIS IS A FIVE-YEAR RE-AUTHORIZATION, THE FACT THAT WE WERE ABLE TO PROTECT THE GRANDFATHERING PROVISIONS THAT ARE SO IMPORTANT TO FAMILIES WHO HAVE PLAYED BY THE RULES, AND IF THE RULES ARE GOING TO CHANGE, IT'S NOT FAIR THAT YOU WOULD HOLD SOMETHING AGAINST SOMEBODY THAT WAS LEGAL IN THE PAST. AND SO THE FACT THAT THIS BILL HAS IMPORTANT REFORMS, LIKE ROSS CASTOR. WE ALL TALK ABOUT THE FACT THAT NFIP IS THE ONLY PLACE FOR MOST FAMILIES TO GO THAT WANT TO BUY FLOOD INSURANCE. WE NEED TO DEVELOP A PRIVATE MARKETPLACE, MR. SPEAKER. FRANKLY, FOR MOST FAMILIES, IT JUST DOESN'T EXIST. THOSE ROSS CASTOR PROVISIONS ARE SO IMPORTANT TO FINALLY HELP JUMP-START THAT PROCESS. THIS PROGRAM HAS HAD ITS OWN FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES AND THIS BILL HELPS STRENGTHEN THE PROGRAM. HELPS GIVE SOME CERTAINTY AND FRANKLY IT GIVES SOME PROVISIONS IN THE BILL THAT ARE GOING TO MAKE IT BETTER FOR FAMILIES WHO RELY ON THIS PROGRAM AND THE TAXPAYERS OF THIS COUNTRY WHO HELP MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE A STABLE ECONOMY. SO IT'S IMPORTANT FOR HOME OWNERSHIP, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE MAINTAIN THOSE PROVISIONS ON GRANDFATHERING THAT WERE SO IMPORTANT TO OUR COMMUNITIES. AND IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE PASS THIS BILL AND I'M GLAD THAT THE HOUSE HAS TAKEN THIS ACTION TODAY. AGAIN, COMMEND CHAIRMAN HENSARLING, CONGRESSMAN DUFFY, FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND ALL THE OTHER MEMBERS WHO PLAYED SUCH AN IMPORTANT ROLE OF GETTING TO US THIS POINT. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              MS. WATERS

              THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE…

              THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE, AND SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN WORKING HARD TO TRY AND HAVE A BIPARTISAN EFFORT ON THIS BILL,

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              MR. LOBIONDO

              THANK YOU, CONGRESSWOMAN WATERS. TO MY COLLEAGUES, MR. HENSARLING AND MR.…

              THANK YOU, CONGRESSWOMAN WATERS. TO MY COLLEAGUES, MR. HENSARLING AND MR. DUFFY, THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK ON THIS BILL AND ESPECIALLY TO MY GOOD FRIEND, STEVE SCALISE. I KNOW THERE WAS AN I KNOW THERE WAS AN EFFORT TO DO THIS THE RIGHT WAY. I RISE IN OPPOSITION FOR A COUPLE OF REASONS. FIRST, I'M DISAPPOINTED. I'M DISAPPOINTED BECAUSE WE IN THIS BODY HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT WOULD HAVE PROBABLY GENERATED MORE THAN 400 VOTES. WE WOULD HAVE HAD A BIG HIGH FIVE MOMENT AND WE COULD HAVE MOVED FORWARD, THE SENATE WOULD HAVE TAKEN IT, THE PRESIDENT WOULD HAVE TAKEN IT. NOW WE HAVE A SITUATION THAT MAKES ME ANGRY. ANGRY BECAUSE WE'RE PICKING WINNERS AND LOSERS. ANGRY BECAUSE THE MISERY INDEX FOR SOME MEMBERS IS MORE IMPORTANT FOR THE MISERY INDEX IN MY DISTRICT OR THE NORTHEAST. FIVE YEARS AGO, WE WERE ABOUT A MONTH OF -- MONTH AFTER SUPERSTORM SANDY. WE HAD POLITICAL HAND-TO-HAND COMBAT TO GET WHAT THE REST OF THE NATION HAS GOTTEN ALMOST AUTOMATICALLY WITH EVERY NATURAL DISASTER IN THE WHOLE COURSE OF OUR NATION'S HISTORY. BUT NO, SUPERSTORM SANDY, THERE HAD TO BE AN OFFSET. WE BARELY GOT THE HELP WE NEEDED. AND THIS IS ALL TIED IN TOGETHER BECAUSE WE STILL HAVE PEOPLE SUFFERING IN NEW JERSEY AND NEW YORK AND THE NORTHEAST FROM THE AFTERMATH OF SANDY. IT'S TIED TO THIS, FEDERAL FLOOD INSURANCE. IT'S CRITICALLY IMPORTANT. WHY SHOULD IT BE THAT THE CONCERNS OF MY DISTRICT AND THE PEOPLE THAT I REPRESENT HAVE ANY LESS OF AN INFLUENCE ON WHAT HAPPENS HERE? I'M ANGRY AND I'M DISAPPOINTED THAT I HAVE TO FIGHT WITH MY OWN PARTY ON THESE ISSUES. I'M NOT AT ALL SORRY TO STAND UP AS STRONGLY AS I CAN FOR THE CONSTITUENT WHO DESERVE THIS, HARD WORKING PEOPLE WHO ARE TRYING TO STAY IN THEIR HOMES. I KNOW THE PROGRAM HAS PROBLEMS. I KNOW WE HAVE TO DO THIS IN A DIFFERENT WAY. AND WE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO IT IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. WHERE ALL OF OUR CONSTITUENTS SHOULD HAVE BEEN HELPED. INSTEAD OF PICKING WINNERS AND LOSERS. I'M SICK AND TIRED OF HAVING TO DEFEND THE PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT AND THE PEOPLE INFORM NORTHEAST FROM POLICIES THAT DON'T MEAN THE RIGHT THING FOR US. PLEASE DO THE RIGHT THING. VOTE NO. LET'S COME BACK WITH A BILL THAT MAKES SENSE. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 04:02:48 PM

              MR. HENSARLING

              I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE AND A HALF MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA,…

              I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE AND A HALF MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, ANOTHER RESPECTED MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, MR. LAUDER MILK.

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              MR. LOUDERMILK

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MR. HENSARLING AND MR. DUFFY FOR…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MR. HENSARLING AND MR. DUFFY FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS BILL. THEY HAVE LABORED ENDLESS HOURS TO BRING THIS TO THE FLOOR AND WE ARE APPRECIATIVE OF THAT. THE FACT THAT WE ARE HERE TODAY SHOW OURS LEGISLATIVE PROCESS IS WORKING AND WE ARE DOING THE CHALLENGING WORK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SENSE US HERE TO DO, WORK THAT ISN'T ALWAYS EASY. QUITE OFTEN IT'S HARD. BUT IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. AFTER MONTHS OF HARD WORK, THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE PASSED A PACKAGE OF BILLS IN JUNE TO REFORM AND RE-AUTHORIZE THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM. MR. SPEAKER, MANY OF THESE BILLS IN THAT PACKAGE PASSED WITH UNANIMOUS SUPPORT. YOU ONLY HAVE UNANIMOUS SUPPORT WITH STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. NOW AFTER LENGTHY NEGOTIATIONS, WE ARE TAKING UP THIS COMPROMISED BILL THAT WILL SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVE THE NFIP AND PROTECT AMERICA'S TAXPAYERS. THE 21ST CENTURY FLOOD REFORM ACT WILL MAKE MAJOR STRIDES TO GROW THE PRIVATE FLOOD INSURANCE MARKET AND START TO PUT THE NFIP ON A FISCALLY SUSTAINABLE PATH. IT WILL ALSO IMPLEMENT FLOOD MAPPING IMPROVEMENTS AND INCREASED TRANSPARENCY ANDTIES CLOSURE SO POLICY HELDERS -- HOLDERS KNOW THE TRUE RISK OF FLOODS AT THEIR PROPERTY. THE BILL ALSO INCLUDES AN AMENDMENT I INTRODUCED WITH MY GOOD COLLEAGUE AND DEAR FRIEND FROM GEORGIA, REPRESENTATIVE DAVID SCOTT. THE NFIP IS FAR TOO COMPLICATED FOR POLICYHOLDERS, INSURERS AND MORTGAGE LEND SOURCE THIS AMENDMENT THAT PASSED WITH UNANIMOUS SUPPORT CALL FARCE G.A.O. STUDY ON HOW THE PROGRAM MAY BE SIMPLIFIED AND STREAMLINED. THE NFIP AUTHORIZATION EXPIRES DECEMBER 8. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS WORTHY PROGRAM.

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            • 04:04:47 PM

              MS. WATERS

              I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE…

              I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICE COMMITTEES WHO HAS WORKED A LONG TIME FOR BIPARTISANSHIP ON RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM.

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              I THANK THE GENTLELADY. I ASKED MY SIDE FOR TIME, THEY HAD NO TIME…

              I THANK THE GENTLELADY. I ASKED MY SIDE FOR TIME, THEY HAD NO TIME AVAILABLE, I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR COMING TO MY RESCUE ON THIS I FEEL STRONGLY ABOUT THIS AND ECHO THE COMMENTS OF MR. LOBIONDO.

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              MR. KING

              WITHOUT GRANDFATHERING WE COULD SEE PREMIUM SKIES ROCKET. WHEN MR.…

              WITHOUT GRANDFATHERING WE COULD SEE PREMIUM SKIES ROCKET. WHEN MR. LOBIONDO AND I TRIED TO AMELIORATE THIS BY SUGGESTING A COMPROMISE BY PUTTING A $5,000 CAP ON DREAM YUMS, WE REJECTED IT. WHEN MR. LOBIONDO TALKED ABOUT THE BIAS AGAINST THE NORTHEAST, THAT BIAS CONTINUES. LOUISIANA, TEXAS, FLORIDA, PUERTO RICO, ALL RECEIVE TAX RELIEF FOLLOWING THEIR STORMS. TO THIS DAY, VOTERS IN MY DISTRICT HAVE NOT RECEIVED THAT TAX RELIEF. MR. LOBIONDO'S DISTRICT IS THE SAME. WE IN THE NORTHEASTING GET TREATED, WE DO NOT GET A FAIR SHAKE. MAYBE WE DON'T -- THEY DON'T NEED OUR VOTES. I URGE A VOTE IN OPPOSITION. I YIELD BACK.

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              I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY A HARDWORKING…

              I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY A HARDWORKING MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR. MCARTHUR.

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              MR. MCARTHUR

              I ALSO AM FROM THE NORTHEAST AND I'M FROM NEW JERSEY AND I RISE IN SUPPORT…

              I ALSO AM FROM THE NORTHEAST AND I'M FROM NEW JERSEY AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL TODAY. FIVE YEARS AGO, SUPERSTORM SANDY DEVASTATED BY DISTRICT. OCEAN COUNTY, MY HOME, WAS THE EPICENTER OF THE STORM. YOU MIGHT REMEMBER THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE ICONIC JETSTAR ROLLER COASTER SITTING IN THE OCEAN. THAT WAS MY DISTRICT. EVEN TODAY I HAVE THOUSANDS OF CONSTITUENTS STILL OUT OF THEIR HOMES. NOW THOUSANDS MORE ARE EXPERIENCING THE SAME THING BECAUSE OF HURRICANES HARVEY, IRMA, AND MARIA. 140 MILLION AMERICANS LIVE IN COASTAL COUNTIES AN THE NFIP HAS DONE A LOT TO HELP WITH ZONING STANDARDS, BUILDING STANDARDS, FLOODPLAIN MANAGEMENT STANDARDS. IT HASN'T BEEN RUN PERFECTLY BUT THIS PROGRAM IS DESPERATELY NEEDED BY PEOPLE IN AREAS LIKE MINE. THE NFIP HAS FISCAL ISSUES THAN BILL SEEKS TO ADDRESS THEM. IT IS THE ONLY FEDERAL DISASTER PROGRAM THAT ACTUALLY COLLECTS MONEY IN ADVANCE OF A DISASTER. WHEN I GOT ON THIS COMMITTEE, A YEAR AGO, I SET OUT ON THIS ISSUE TO DO FOUR THINGS. A LONG-TERM RE-AUTHORIZATION, IMPROVE AFFORDABILITY, INCREASE ACCOUNTABILITY, AND ENHANCE MITIGATION EFFORTS. THIS IS A FIVE-YEAR RE-AUTHORIZATION. IT REDUCES THE MANDATORY ANNUAL CAP ON PREMIUM INCREASES. IT BRINGS MORE ACCOUNTABILITY INCLUDING MY LANGUAGE TO FORBID NFIP FROM HIRING DISBARRED LAWYERS, AND IT DOUBLES THE MITIGATION COVERAGE FROM $30,000 TO $60,000. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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              MS. WATERS

              I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS A SENIOR MEMBER OF…

              I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES AND A STRONG PROGRESS I LEADER, MR. CAPUANO.

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              MR CAPUANO

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. I DON'T KNOW…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. I DON'T KNOW IF I NEED TWO MINUTES. THIS BILL HAS SOME GOOD THINGS IN IT. EVERYBODY ADMITS THAT. IT DOES. LIKE EVERY BILL I'VE EVER VOTED ON, THERE'S SOME GOOD, THERE'S SOME BAD. BUT THIS BILL HAS MORE BAD IN IT THAN GOOD. IT HAS SOME GOOD FLSFI I WON'T AGREE WITH THE DETAILS, I AGREE WE SHOULD DO SOMETHING ABOUT REPET TY LOSS PROFITS. I THINK EVERYBODY AGREES WITH THAT. BUT NOT THE DRACONIAN MEASURES TAKEN IN THIS BILL. WE ALL AGREE THAT WE NEED TO HELP MAKE IT A STABLE FISCAL PLATFORM. BUT NOT WITH THIS BILL DOES. THAT'S THE PROBLEM HERE. THIS IS NOT A -- I'VE SEEN WORSE BILLS. I'VE SEEN WORSE FLOOD INSURANCE BILLS. SO THIS I WILL HAVE TO ADMIT, IT IS AN IMPROVEMENT OVER THE LAST HORRENDOUS FLOOD INSURANCE BILL. BUT IT'S NOT EVEN CLOSE YET. AND THIS IS A MISSED OPPORTUNITY. FLOOD INSURANCE DOESN'T NEED TO BE PARTISAN. IT DOESN'T NEED TO BE BASED ON PHILOSOPHICAL PURITY. THIS IS A NECESSITY TO MANY AMERICANS, MANY MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS, AND THERE IS NO DOUBT WITHOUT WINNING OR LOSING ANY VOTES AT HOME WE COULD WORK THIS OUT IF THE MAJORITY WANTED TO. BUT YOU DON'T. YOU DON'T WANT ANY DEMOCRATIC VOTES. APPARENTLY YOU DON'T WANT ALL THE REPUBLICAN VOTES. WHY? I DON'T KNOW. MAYBE LIGHTING CANDLES AT THE ALTAR OF CERTAIN PHILOSOPHIES. WHEN THIS BILL, NOT IF, BUT WHEN THIS BILL FAILS IN THE SENATE YOU'RE GOING TO FIND A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO CONTINUE TO WANT TO WORK WITH YOU TO COME UP WITH A BILL WE CAN ALL EMBRACE. I KNOW THAT WILL HAPPEN AND I LOOK FORWARD TO THAT DAY. THIS BILL ISN'T IT. AND EVERYBODY HERE KNOWS IT. WITH THAT, I WILL THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING AND I WILL YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIMEFUL

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              MR. HENSARLING

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

              I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, AS SENIOR DEMOCRAT AND LEADER OF ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES IN THE HOUSE.

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            • 04:10:34 PM

              MR. BLUMENAUER

              I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S COURTESY. I'VE ENJOYED LISTENING TO THE…

              I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S COURTESY. I'VE ENJOYED LISTENING TO THE DEBATE BACK AND FORTH. THERE'S NO AREA IN CONGRESS I'VE SPENT MORE TIME ON OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST 20 YEARS THAN DEALING WITH FLOOD INSURANCE. I WAS AUTHOR OF THE LAST MAJOR PIECE WITH OUR FORMER COLLEAGUE. I AGREE WITH MUCH OF WHAT WAS SAID ON BOTH SIDES THERE IS REMAINING SIGNIFICANT PROBLEMS. INSURANCE IS NOT PRICED PROPERLY. IT'S NOT THAT IT'S TOO EXPENSIVE OR TOO CHEAP. IT'S NOT PRICED PROPERLY. WE HAVE SOME WINNERS AND LOSERS NOW. BUT TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE SUBSIDIZED BY THE MAJORITY. WE'RE NOT DOING ALL THAT WE CAN. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ENDS UP HOLDING THE BAG FOR BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR UNNECESSARY FLOOD DAMAGE WITH STORM AFTER STORM AFTER STORM AND BY THE WAY, THERE ARE MORE ON THE WAY. IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY. PART OF THE PROBLEM IS THAT BECAUSE INEVITABLY, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT REFORM, IT COSTS MONEY. AND THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO END UP PAYING MORE. AND IT'S EASY NOT TO UPDATE THE MAPS. IT'S EASY NOT TO HAVE PEOPLE PAY ACTUARIAL RATES. IT'S EASY NOT TO FORCE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO DO THEIR JOB AND NOT ALLOW BUILDING IN HARM'S WAY. I STRONGLY AGREE THAT IN TIMES PAST, LOW INCOME AND MINORITY PEOPLE WERE SUBJECTED TO REAL PROBLEMS AND MORE FLOODING THAN ONE WOULD -- THAN THEY SHOULD HAVE. BUT NOW IS THE TIME TO TRY AND PIVOT AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. MR. CHAIRMAN, I'D LIKE TO SUBMIT A LIST OF GROUPS THAT ARE SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION AND IT'S AN INTERESTING COLLECTION.

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            • 04:12:17 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

            • 04:12:18 PM

              MR. BLUMENAUER

              IT INCLUDES ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS, CONSUMER GROUP, HOUSING ADVOCATES,…

              IT INCLUDES ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS, CONSUMER GROUP, HOUSING ADVOCATES, BUSINESS, FISCAL WATCHDOGS AND TAXPAYER ADVOCATES. ALL OF THEM DON'T AGREE WITH EVERY DETAIL. MANY OF THEM WOULD IDENTIFY WITH SOME OF THE DEBATES. BUT THEY AGREE THIS BILL IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND WE SHOULD USE IT. WHAT WE VOTE ON TODAY AND I HOPE IT PASS, I'M GOING TO VOTE FOR IT, IS NOT THE LAST WORD. IT WEDNESDAY ITS WAY THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS. IF WE ALL DO OUR JOB, MAKING IT BETTER, WE CAN HAVE THAT HIGH FIVE MOMENT THAT I THINK WE ALL LOOK FORWARD TO. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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            • 04:12:54 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES -- I'M SORRY, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES, THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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            • 04:13:03 PM

              MS. WATERS

              I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

            • 04:13:05 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 04:13:08 PM

              MR. HENSARLING

              I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE AND A HALF MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

              I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE AND A HALF MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSING AND INSURANCE SUBCOMMITTEE, AND THE SPONSOR OF THE LEGISLATION, THE 21ST CENTURY FLOOD REFORM ACT, MR. DUFFY.

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            • 04:13:22 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 3 1/2 MINUTES.

            • 04:13:25 PM

              MR. DUFFY

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN HENSARLING FOR ALL HIS…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN HENSARLING FOR ALL HIS GOOD AND RELENTLESS HARD WORK ON THIS BILL. I APPRECIATE HIS TENACITY. I WANT TO THANK MR. BLUMENAUER FOR THE COMMENT HE IS JUST MADE. NOW THE TWO OF US HAVE NOT WORKED TOGETHER ON A LOT OF ISSUES BUT THIS IS ONE WE SAW EYE-TO-EYE IN. THROUGH FLOOD, I THINK WE'VE SEEN A LOT OF COMMON GROUND AND WORKED TOGETHER, I ACTUALLY PROMISED I'D WEAR A BIKE TODAY AND I FORGOT, I'LL WEAR IT LATE . THIS HAS BEEN AN EFFORT ON BIPARTISANSHIP. I'VE WORKED WITH GRAVES AND SCALISE AND KING AND LOBIONDO AND MACARTHUR. ON THE DEMOCRAT SIDE I WORKED WITH MR. SCOTT, MRS. MALONEY, MS. VELAZQUEZ, ALL CONCERNED ABOUT THE NORTHEAST AND THE SANDY REFORMS NECESSARY TO LEARN THE LESSONS. WE'VE INCLUDED THOSE REFORMS IN THIS BILL. I SAT DOWN COUNTLESS HOURS WITH THE RANKING MEMBER, SHE SHARED HER PHONE NUMBER WITH ME, LEFT ME AT THE DANCE THOUGH BECAUSE BEFORE THIS THING WAS DONE SHE WALKED AWAY. WE TRIED TO GET A BIPARTISAN BILL. WE WORKED ON THIS THING TOGETHER. SO TO SAY SOMETHING OTHER THAN THAT IS NOT FAIR, IT'S NOT RIGHT. WE HAVE TRIED YOU MIGHT NOT LIKE THE END PRODUCT BUT WE HAVE GONE A GREAT DISTANCE TO GET A BILL THAT EVERYBODY CAN AGREE ON. AND I THINK WE'RE GOING TO GET THAT TODAY. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT A FEW THINGS. WE'RE $25 BILLION IN DEBT. A DEFICIT OF $1.5 BILLION A YEAR THIS PROGRAM IS NOT SUSTAINABLE. WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO ARE BUILDING HOMES IN HARM'S WAY. THEY GET FLOODED. MULTIPLE TIMES. THE CHAIRMAN AND I SAW A HOMEOWNER THAT WAS FLOODED THREE TIMES IN 10 YEARS. ONE HOMEOWNER LET HIS HOUSE -- LEFT HIS HOUSE TO GET HIS KIDS WHO WERE SWEPT AWAY IN FLOOD WATERS, WE REBUILD THOSE HOMES AND RISK THE LIVES OF FIREFIGHTERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS TO SAVE THEM. THIS POLICY IS UNACCEPTABLE, IT'S NOT COMPASSIONATE. I HEAR MY FRIENDS SAY YOU'RE GOING TO HURT HOMEOWNERS, RATES ARE GOING TO SKYROCKET. WHAT? ON AVERAGE, FOR A YEAR, THE PRICE OF FLOOD INSURANCE, ON AVERAGE, WILL GO UP $20. . LESS THAN $2 A MONTH AND THEY'RE SCREAMING BLOODY MURDER ABOUT THAT? I GOT A LIST OF 30 THINGS OF GREAT REFORM WE GET IN THIS BILL TO HELP HOMEOWNERS. YES, HIGHLY SUBSIDIZED PROPERTIES WILL PAY A LITTLE MORE, A LITTLE HIGHER ESCALATOR. BUT WE SPEND $1 BILLION ON MITIGATION, HELPING PEOPLE FLOOD-PROOF THEIR HOMES, HELPING PEOPLE GET BOUGHT OUT OF THEIR HOME AND GET TO HIGHER GROUND SO THEY DON'T HAVE TO LIVE IN A HOME THAT CONTINUELY IS FLOODED. I DON'T KNOW IF YOU HAVE LIVED IN A FLOOD HOME BUT IT AIN'T FUN. IT'S HORRIBLE. GET THEM OUT. $1 BILLION FOR THAT PROGRAM. WE HELP COMMUNITIES WITH THEIR MAPPING. WE GIVE THEM OPTIONS TO MAP, AND WE GIVE THEM AN APPEALS PROCESS IN THEIR MAPPING. GREAT REFORM. WE SET UP A PRIVATE MARKET. NOW, YOU DON'T HAVE TO TAKE THE PRIVATE MARKET, BUT YOU HAVE AN OPTION TO GET A PRIVATE PLAN THAT MIGHT HAVE A BETTER RATE THAN THE GOVERNMENT OFFERS YOU. YOU HAVE A CHOICE. A CHOICE. GOD FORBID A CHOICE. THAT GIVES YOU A BETTER PRICE. AND BY THE WAY, WHEN WE GET THE PRIVATE MARKET IN, WE ALL FLOWED OUR RISK TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR. WHEN A DISASTER HITS TEXAS OR FLORIDA, IT'S NOT JUST THE TAXPAYERS THAT BEAR ALL THE BURDEN. WE HAVE PRIVATE COMPANIES IN PLAY. THAT'S A GREAT THING. THIS IS A GOOD BILL. THIS IS A BIPARTISAN BILL. LET'S STAND TOGETHER AND REFORM A PROGRAM TO HELP THE HOMEOWNER AND OUR NATIONAL DEBT. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 04:17:15 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE…

              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 04:17:20 PM

              MS. WATERS

              THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME. AND I AM…

              THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME. AND I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE AND I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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            • 04:17:28 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 04:17:29 PM

              MS. WATERS

              AND LET ME SAY TO MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE, MY…

              AND LET ME SAY TO MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE, MY CHAIRMAN, MR. HENSARLING AND MR. DUFFY, WE DID WORK VERY HARD TO TRY TO GET A VERY BIPARTISAN BILL. AS I NEGOTIATED WITH THEM, EVERY TIME I REACHED AN IMPASSE I THOUGHT ABOUT SANDY AND HOW HARD DEMOCRATS HAD TO WORK TO PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR AN AREA THAT SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN THE SUPPORT FOR EVERY ONE -- EVERYONE IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. HOWEVER, THERE WAS A DEMAND FROM THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT IT HAD TO BE PAID FOR. AND SO WE WORKED VERY HARD TO GIVE THEM ASSISTANCE, AND THEY STILL HAVE NOT BEEN MADE WHOLE. AND EVERY TIME I REACHED AN IMPASSE, I THOUGHT ABOUT LOUISIANA AND THE WORK THAT I HAD DONE AFTER KATRINA AND THE VISITS I MADE THERE, THE PEOPLE THAT I GOT TO KNOW AND WHAT I REALLY HAVE LEARNED TO UNDERSTAND ABOUT AFFORDABILITY. AND EVERY TIME I REACHED AN IMPASSE, I THOUGHT ABOUT FLORIDA. I THOUGHT ABOUT TEXAS AND WHAT HAS HAPPENED RECENTLY FROM THESE STORMS. AND SO HAVING WORKED IN THIS WAY AND HAVING BEEN A CO-AUTHOR OF BIGGERT-WATERS, AND HAVING BEEN THE AUTHOR OF THE HOMEOWNER INSURANCE FLOOD AFFORDABILITY, I THINK I KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT STORMS, SOMETHING ABOUT THE DEVASTATION THAT HAD BEEN CAUSED TO THE FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES AND I INSIST ON AFFORDABILITY. MR. CHAIRMAN, AS DEMOCRATS AND SOME REPUBLICANS HAVE MADE CLEAR, THIS IS A COMPREHENSIVELY BAD BILL THAT IS HARMFUL FOR FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES. IN THE WAKE OF ONE OF THE MOST DISASTROUS HURRICANE SEASONS IN HISTORY, THIS BILL WILL MAKE FLOOD INSURANCE MORE EXPENSIVE, LESS AVAILABLE FOR AMERICANS. I HAVE REPEATEDLY STATED THAT AFFORDABILITY IS MY TOP PRIORITY WHICH IS MADE WORSE BY THIS BILL EVEN WITH THE SLIGHT REINVESTIGATIONS THAT THE CHAIRMAN HAS MADE, COVERAGE WILL STILL BE LESS AVAILABLE AND CHERRY-PICKING BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR WILL BE ENCOURAGED. PUTTING THE GOVERNMENT ON THE HOOK FOR THE RISKIEST OF POLICIES. AND IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE TO THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM IS ITS MASSIVE DEBT WITH THE BILL ONLY ADDRESSES BY CHARGING HARDWORKING AMERICANS MORE FOR THEIR FLOOD INSURANCE. THAT'S JUST NOT FAIR. AND SO WE HAVE COMPREHENSIVE SUPPORT FOR THIS BILL FROM BOTH THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND FROM OUR NONPROFITS. I DON'T KNOW ABOUT ANY CONSUMER ORGANIZATIONS THAT SUPPORTS THIS BILL, BUT I DO KNOW THIS. I KNOW THAT I WORKED VERY HARD TO TALK ABOUT MITIGATION AND HOW I THOUGHT IT COULD BE A PROGRAM THAT THE LOCALS COULD BE INVOLVED WITH WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. I KNOW I WORKED VERY HARD DEALING WITH THE REPETITIVE OCCURRENCES THAT THE CHAIRMAN WAS CONCERNED ABOUT. BUT I ALSO OFFERED ALTERNATIVES TO WHAT HE'S ADVOCATING. I TALKED ABOUT OUTREACH AND EDUCATION TO THOSE ABOUT -- A BUYOUT PROGRAM THAT THEY MAY JOIN WITH AND ACCEPT VOLUNTARILY. I KNOW THAT I TRIED EVERYTHING THAT I COULD. I LISTENED TO MEMBERS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, AND I KNOW THAT WE BOTH WANTED TO HAVE A COMPREHENSIVE BILL THAT WAS BIPARTISAN. IT'S UNFORTUNATE THAT WE END UP WITH THIS BAD BILL. I ASK FOR A NO VOTE ON THIS BILL.

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            • 04:21:13 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED…

              THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE TO CLOSE.

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            • 04:21:22 PM

              MR. HENSARLING

              MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE A LOT OF HORRIFIC IMAGES FROM HURRICANE HARVEY. WE…

              MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE A LOT OF HORRIFIC IMAGES FROM HURRICANE HARVEY. WE SHOULD NEVER FORGET THEM. AND WE SHOULD LOOK AT THIS IMAGE AND SAY NEVER AGAIN, AND YET I HEAR FROM MY COLLEAGUES, LET'S PRESERVE THE STATUS QUO. LET'S AGAIN SUBSIDIZE PEOPLE TO LIVE IN HARM'S WAY. I SAY, NO, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS TIME TO GET THESE PEOPLE OUT OF THESE NEIGHBORHOODS. LET'S HELP THEM. THAT'S WHY THIS BILL HAS MORE MONEY FOR MITIGATION AND RELOCATION THAN HAS EVER BEEN IN ANY FLOOD INSURANCE REFORM BILL. I HEAR MY RANKING MEMBER SAY THAT SHE CARES ABOUT AFFORDABILITY. THEN, LET'S GIVE PEOPLE OPTIONS. I HEAR FROM PEOPLE SAY NFIP INSURANCE WOULD HAVE COST ME $2,700 A YEAR, BUT I WAS ABLE TO FIND PRIVATE COVERAGE FOR $718. I BENEFITED SWITCHING FROM PRIVATE MARKET FLOOD INSURANCE FROM FEMA. I SAVE ABOUT $1,000 A YEAR. LET'S SAVE MONEY. LET'S SAVE PREMIUMS. LET'S SAVE LIVES. LET'S VOTE AYE ON THE 21ST CENTURY REFORM ACT.

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            • 04:22:37 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 616, THE…

              ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 616, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE BILL, AS AMENDED. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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            • 04:22:48 PM

              The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

              • 04:22:51 PM

                THE CLERK

                A BILL TO ACHIEVE REFORMS TO IMPROVE THE FINANCIAL STABILITY OF THE…

                A BILL TO ACHIEVE REFORMS TO IMPROVE THE FINANCIAL STABILITY OF THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM, TO ENHANCE THE DEVELOPMENT OF MORE ACCURATE ESTIMATES OF FLOOD RISK THROUGH NEW TECHNOLOGY AND BETTER MAPS, TO INCREASE THE ROLE OF PRIVATE MARKETS IN THE MANAGEMENT OF FLOOD INSURANCE RISKS, AND TO PROVIDE FOR ALTERNATIVE METHODS TO INSURE AGAINST FLOOD PERIL, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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              • 04:23:12 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

            • 04:23:13 PM

              Mr. Pascrell moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Financial Services.

              • 04:23:16 PM

                MR. PASCRELL

                I HAVE A MOTION TO RECOMMIT, MR. SPEAKER, AT THE DESK.

              • 04:23:18 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                IS THE GENTLEMAN OPPOSED TO THE BILL?

              • 04:23:20 PM

                MR. PASCRELL

                UNDER THIS FORM, YES.

              • 04:23:22 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MOTION.

              • 04:23:24 PM

                THE CLERK

                MR. PASCRELL OF NEW JERSEY MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE BILL H.R. --

              • 04:23:27 PM

                MR. PASCRELL

                I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING.

              • 04:23:31 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                IS THERE OBJECTION TO DISPENSING WITH THE READING OF THE MOTION? WITHOUT…

                IS THERE OBJECTION TO DISPENSING WITH THE READING OF THE MOTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READING IS SUSPENDED. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS MOTION.

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              • 04:23:41 PM

                MR. PSCRELL

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS THE FINAL AMENDMENT TO THE BILL WHICH WILL…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS THE FINAL AMENDMENT TO THE BILL WHICH WILL NOT KILL THE BILL OR SEND IT BACK TO THE COMMITTEE. IF ADOPTED, THE BILL WILL IMMEDIATELY PROCEED TO FINAL PASSAGE, AS AMENDED. MR. SPEAKER, THIS AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE FEMA ADMINISTRATOR AND THE D.H.S. INSPECTOR GENERAL TO CERTIFY THAT ALL CLAIMS FOR VICTIMS OF SUPERSTORM SANDY ARE ADDRESSED BEFORE THIS BILL TAKES EFFECT. MANY IN THIS CHAMBER SHOULD RECALL FIVE YEARS AGO SUPERSTORM SANDY CAUSED WIDESPREAD DESTRUCTION THROUGHOUT NEW JERSEY AND MANY STATES IN THE NORTHEAST. SUPERSTORM SANDY WENT UP THE EAST COAST, BRINGING DEATH AND DESTRUCTION. OVER 200 PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES AND THE CARIBBEAN DIED, AND THE STORM CAUSED MORE THAN $71 BILLION IN DAMAGE. SANDY SWAMPED COASTLINE COMMUNITIES. IT KNOCKED OUT POWER FOR MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES, FLOODED PUBLIC TRANSIT SYSTEMS AND SET NEIGHBORHOODS ABLAZE. MANY SANDY VICTIMS HAVE BEGUN DOWN THE ROAD OF RECOVERY, BUT FIVE YEARS LATER, MANY VICTIMS AND COMMUNITIES ARE STILL WAITING FOR RELIEF. THEY ARE STILL STRUGGLING TO REBUILD THEIR HOMES AND THEIR BUSINESSES. IT TOOK YEARS FOR THE HARDEST HIT COMMUNITIES IN MY DISTRICT TO RECEIVE THE RELIEF TO BUILD KEY PIECES OF PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE. IN NEW JERSEY, OVER 1,200 PROPERTY OWNERS ARE STILL MOVING THROUGH THE RECOVERY PROGRAMS. APPROXIMATELY 900 ARE STILL NOT BACK IN THEIR HOMES. IN ALL, SANDY VICTIMS THERE ARE OVER 2,000 PEOPLE STILL AWAITING FINAL REVIEW OF THEIR FLOOD INSURANCE CLAIMS. AFTER VICTIMS FACED DELAY AFTER DELAY TO START THE CLAIMS PROCESS WITH FEMA, THEY THEN STRUGGLED WITH INSURANCE COMPANIES WHICH WERE AND CONTINUE TO BE A MAJOR SOURCE OF STRIVE FOR SANDY VICTIMS. MANY OF THE RESIDENTS OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY SAW INSURERS INTENTIONALLY PAYING OUT TOO LITTLE ON THEIR CLAIMS, WHICH IN MANY CASES WERE NOT ENOUGH TO COVER THE COST OF REPAIRING THE DAMAGE. WE HEARD STORIES OF INSURANCE ADJUSTERS MAKING SIGNIFICANT ERRORS ON REPORTS BECAUSE THEY MISUNDERSTOOD TECHNICAL DEFINITIONS, UNDERESTIMATED THE EXTENT OF THE DAMAGE DONE OR INTENTIONALLY MISREPRESENTED THE CAUSE OF THE DAMAGE. THIS IS ALL DOCUMENTED. THE PROBLEMS WERE SO SIGNIFICANT WE HAD TO FORCE FEMA TO REOPEN THE CLAIMS PROCESS FOR THOUSANDS OF HOMEOWNERS. SOME ENDED UP GETTING ADDITIONAL MONEY. I HEARD FROM MANY WHO SAY THAT IT IS STILL NOT ENOUGH TO COVER THEIR RECOVERY COSTS. MR. SPEAKER, ON THE HEELS OF HURRICANES HARVEY AND MARIA, WE ARE NOW TASKED WITH RE-AUTHORIZING THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM. ENSURE THESE VICTIMS DO NOT FACE THE SAME TROUBLES OF THOSE IN MY STATE. WE NEED TO APPLY THE LESSONS LEARNED FROM SUPERSTORM SANDY IN THIS RE-AUTHORIZATION. TRAGICALLY THIS BILL DOES NOT. WE SHOULD NOT ALLOW COMPANIES WHO PROFITED OFF SUPERSANDY VICTIMS WHILE COMMITTING WIDESPREAD FRAUD AND FAILED TO MEET THEIR BASIC OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM TO SELL THEIR OWN FLOOD INSURANCE. WE SHOULD NOT RE-AUTHORIZE THE PROGRAM WITHOUT REFORMING THE CLAIMS PROCESS, TO ENSURE TECHNICAL DEFINITIONS OF EARTH MOVEMENT, BASEMENT, MOLD DAMAGE DO NOT CAUSE DELAY FOR VICTIMS IN RECEIVING THEIR FAIR SHARE. THIS BILL SHOULD ENSURE VICTIMS HAVE THE TIME THEY NEED TO FILE AN APPEAL AND REQUIRE FEMA TO RESPOND SO VICTIMS ARE ABLE TO MOVE THE CLAIMS PROCESS FORWARD. I SUBMITTED SEVERAL AMENDMENTS TO THE RULES COMMITTEE WITH MY COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE FRANK PALLONE OF NEW JERSEY, TO ADDRESS THESE ISSUES AND THE LESSONS WE LEARNED FROM SANDY. WE WERE DENIED A VOTE. AT THE VERY LEAST, MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST ENSURE THAT FEMA CERTIFIES THAT ALL VICTIMS FROM SUPERSTORM SANDY HAVE HAD ACTION TAKEN ON THEIR CASE BEFORE WE MAKE MORE CHANGES TO THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM. THAT IS WHAT A VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS RECOMMIT WOULD DO. SIMPLY PUT, IT WOULD DELAY THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE BILL UNTIL THE FEMA ADMINISTRATOR AND THE D.H.S. INSPECTOR GENERAL CERTIFY THAT ALL CLAIMS FOR SUPERSTORM SANDY HAVE BEEN ADDRESSED. IN ORDER TO SUPPORT SUPERSTORM SANDY VICTIMS, I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THIS RECOMMIT BECAUSE A NO VOTE IS A VOTE AGAINST THE VICTIMS OF SUPERSTORM SANDY, NO DOUBT ABOUT IT, FOR FIVE YEARS STILL HAVE NOT BEEN MADE WHOLE. I YIELD BACK TO YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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          • 04:23:44 PM

            DEBATE

            The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the 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 to establish the effective date to take place after the first day that the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Inspector General of the Federal Emergency Management Agency have certified that final resolution has been reached on all claims for losses resulting from Hurricane Sandy in 2012 that were covered by flood insurance made available under the National Flood Insurance Program.

            • 04:28:30 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR…

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

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            • 04:28:35 PM

              MR. HENSARLING

              MR. SPEAKER, I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.

            • 04:28:38 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN OPPOSITION.

            • 04:28:41 PM

              MR. HENSARLING

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST, I HAVE SOME GOOD NEWS FOR MY FRIEND ON THE…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST, I HAVE SOME GOOD NEWS FOR MY FRIEND ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. I WOULD HAVE HIM PAY VERY CAREFUL ATTENTION TO TITLE 6 OF THE 21ST CENTURY FLOOD REFORM ACT. IT HAS EVERYTHING TO DO WITH THE WHOLE SANDY APPEALS PROCESS. WE HAVE 25 PAGES OF REFORMS DEALING WITH WHAT THE GENTLEMAN WAS DESCRIBING, INCLUDING SECTION 601 -- PENALTIES FOR FRAUD AND FALSE STATEMENTS IN THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM. AND INDEED, AFTER SANDY MANY OF THE POLICYHOLDERS WERE WRONG, AND THERE WAS MUCH THAT WE LEARNED FROM THAT EXPERIENCE AND WE TRIED TO LISTEN VERY CAREFULLY TO A NUMBER OF OUR COLLEAGUES FROM NEW JERSEY AND NEW YORK AND INDEED TOOK MANY, MANY OF THE PROVISIONS WHICH THEY HAVE SUGGESTED. AND SO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY INDEED HAS SOME VERY LEGITIMATE ISSUES AND CONCERNS, MANY OF THEM, MANY OF THEM I HOPE IN TRUST HAVE BEEN ADDRESSED IN THIS BILL AND IT'S NOT TOO LATE, I WOULD URGE THE GENTLEMAN TO LOOK AT THAT TITLE 6 OF THE BILL, AND PERHAPS HE WOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO SUPPORT IT. OTHERWISE, MR. SPEAKER, I MUST URGE REJECTION OF THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT BECAUSE AS YOU HEARD FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, HE SAYS ALL -- IT'S ALL ABOUT DELAY, DELAY, DELAY. WELL, WE CAN'T DELAY GETTING PEOPLE OUT OF HARM'S WAY. WE CAN'T DELAY GETTING PEOPLE OUT OF NEIGHBORHOODS THAT HAVE FLOODED FOUR, FIVE, SIX, SEVEN TIMES IN THE LAST EIGHT YEARS. FOR THOSE WHO CAN'T AFFORD FLOOD INSURANCE, WE CAN'T DELAY GETTING THEM MARKET ALTERNATIVES. . % OF THE MARKET THAT EXISTS TODAY THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT JUST SAVING HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS, MR. SPEAKER BUT EVEN THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS. WE CAN'T DELAY. WE KNOW THIS IS A PROGRAM THAT IS UNSUSTAINABLE. IT IS A BANKRUPT PROGRAM THAT'S BEING FUNDED, REGRETTABLY, BY A BANKRUPT NATION. TAXPAYERS ON THE HOOK FOR $1. TRILLION. ANNUAL DEAF SOIST $1.5 BILLION ACTUARIAL DEFICIT A YEAR. THIS THING ISN'T JUST BROKE, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S BAILOUT BROKE. WE CAN'T DELAY. WE CAN'T DELAY TRYING TO PUT THIS BACK ON A PATH OF SUSTAINABILITY SO THE NEXT TIME WE HAVE A SERIOUS OR SUPERSTORM, WE WANT THERE TO BE FUNDS AVAILABLE TO ACTUALLY PAY CLAIMS. SO NO, MR. SPEAKER, WE CANNOT DELAY. WE CANNOT DELAY AND WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO DO WHAT WE'VE DONE IN THE PAST IN THESE REPETITIVE LOSS AREAS AND HAVE OUR HANDS UNCLEAN BY PUTTING PEOPLE BACK IN THE EXACT SAME NEIGHBORHOODS THAT HAVEN'T JUST CAUSED THE LOSS OF THEIR PROPERTY, BUT ONE DAY MAY VERY WELL COST THE LOSS OF THEIR LIVES. WE CANNOT DELAY. I URGE A REJECTION OF THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 04:31:50 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ISED OR…

              ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ISED OR THORNEDE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE NOES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS NOT AGREED TO.

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            • 04:32:05 PM

              MR. PASCRELL

              CAN WE HAVE THE YEAS AND NAYS ON THAT VOTE.

            • 04:32:09 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN REQUESTS THE YEAS AND NAYS. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE…

              THE GENTLEMAN REQUESTS THE YEAS AND NAYS. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS 15-MINUTE BILL WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE MINUTE VOTES ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL, IF ORDERED, AND A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE ON PASSAGE OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO ACOMPMY H.R. 2810. 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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            • 04:32:11 PM

              On motion to recommit with instructions Roll Call 629 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

              • 04:57:32 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 190. THE NAYS ARE 236. THE MOTION IS NOT…

                ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 190. THE NAYS ARE 236. THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPTED. THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE BILL IS PASSED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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          • 04:57:39 PM

            House Vote 629 - On Motion to Recommit with Instructions

            21st Century Flood Reform Act

            Failed (190 - 236)
            Yea
            Nay

            Vote Details: Yea - 190
            Democratic - 190

            Vote Details: Nay - 235
            Republican - 235

            Vote Details: Not Voting - 7
            Republican - 3
            Democratic - 4

            • 04:57:42 PM

              On passage Roll Call 630 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

              • 04:57:49 PM

                MR. HENSARLING

                I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

              • 04:57:51 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND…

                THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE 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.] EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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              • 05:04:38 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                H.R. 2810 AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018 FOR…

                H.R. 2810 AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018 FOR MILITARY ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION TO PRESCRIBE MILITARY PER SONG ELL STRENGTHS FOR SUCH FISCAL YEAR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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          • 05:04:43 PM

            House Vote 630 - On Passage

            21st Century Flood Reform Act

            Passed (237 - 189)
            Yea
            Nay

            Vote Details: Yea - 236
            Republican - 221
            Democratic - 15

            Vote Details: Nay - 189
            Republican - 14
            Democratic - 175

            Vote Details: Not Voting - 7
            Republican - 3
            Democratic - 4

            • 05:04:45 PM

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

            • 05:04:47 PM

              UNFINISHED BUSINESS

              The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on agreeing to the conference report accompanying H.R. 2810, which was debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

              • 05:05:04 PM

                The House proceeded to consider the conference report H. Rept. 115-404 as unfinished business.

                • 05:05:07 PM

                  On agreeing to the conference report Roll Call 631 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

                  • 05:05:14 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT. MEMBERS WILL RECORD…

                    THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT. 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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                  • 05:12:03 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 356, THE NAYS ARE 70 WITH ZERO ANSWERING…

                    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 356, THE NAYS ARE 70 WITH ZERO ANSWERING PRESENT. THE CONFERENCE REPORT IS ADOPTED. AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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              • 05:12:14 PM

                House Vote 631 - On Agreeing to the Conference Report

                Short Titles on Conference report for portions of this bill

                Passed (356 - 70)
                Yea

                Vote Details: Yea - 355
                Republican - 228
                Democratic - 127

                Vote Details: Nay - 70
                Republican - 7
                Democratic - 63

                Vote Details: Not Voting - 7
                Republican - 3
                Democratic - 4

                • 05:12:15 PM

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

                  • 05:12:51 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE AN ENROLLED BILL.

                  • 05:12:56 PM

                    THE CLERK

                    H.R. 1679 AN ACT TO ENSURE THAT THE FEMA TO MODERNIZE ITS GRANT MANAGEMENT…

                    H.R. 1679 AN ACT TO ENSURE THAT THE FEMA TO MODERNIZE ITS GRANT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM INCLUDES ACCESSIBILITY AND TRANSPARENCY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                  • 05:13:26 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                    THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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              • 05:13:26 PM

                ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

                The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

                • 05:14:30 PM

                  MR. CARTER

                  PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND MY…

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

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                • 05:14:36 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO…

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR.

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                • 05:15:02 PM

                  MR. CARTER

                  CHAMPION JOSH REDDICK AND GIVE BACK. BASEBALL FANS KNOW HIM AS THE HUBE…

                  CHAMPION JOSH REDDICK AND GIVE BACK. BASEBALL FANS KNOW HIM AS THE HUBE ASTROS' RIGHT FIELDER. HE IS A FRIEND AND VOLUNTEER WHO WORKS TO IMPROVE EVERY CORNER OF THE COMMUNITY. NAMELY, HE FOUNDED THE FOUNDATION WITH HIS MOST RECENT PROJECT TO BUILD AN ARTIFICIAL TURF BASEBALL FIELD FOR CHILDREN FOR SPECIAL NEEDS AND DONATED $1 MILLION FOR THE PROJECT AND IT WILL HAVE A DUGOUT FOR EASY ACCESS AND FIRST-CLASS EASY STADIUM SEATING AND MORE. GROUNDBREAKING FOR THE FIELD WILL BEGIN ON NOVEMBER 18. I'M PROUD THAT WORLD SERIES CHAMPION IS FROM THE 1ST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF GEORGIA AND I'M PROUD TO SEE HOW THIS FINE YOUNG MAN IS GIVING BACK TO HIS COMMUNITY. I YIELD BACK. .

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                • 05:16:10 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                • 05:16:29 PM

                  MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                  REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO SELL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE A DREAM THAT WILL NOT…

                  REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO SELL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE A DREAM THAT WILL NOT BECOME A REALITY. IN ADDITION TO RUNNING UP THE DEFICIT, LINING THE POCKETS OF THE VERY WEALTHY AND ELIMINATING CRITICAL DEDUCTIONS THAT NEW JERSEYIANS RELY ON, THIS TAX SCHEME DISMANTLES THE LADDER OF OPPORTUNITY THAT ALLOWS AMERICANS TO GROW AND THRIVE. ELIMINATING THE MEDICAL EXPENSES DEDUCTION WOULD DEVASTATE HOUSEHOLDS NATIONWIDE STRUGGLING TO RECOVER FROM HIGH HEALTH CARE COSTS. REMOVING THE STUDENT LOAN INTEREST DEDUCTION WILL COST RECENT COLLEGE GRADUATES HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS A YEAR, SIGNIFICANT TO YOUNG AMERICANS TRYING TO GET ON THEIR FEET. OUR TAX SYSTEM WORKS BEST WHEN IT IS FAIR, RESPONSIBLE AND SUPPORTIVE OF THE TRUE DRIVERS OF OUR ECONOMY -- FAMILIES, WORKERS AND SMALL BUSINESSES. I REFUSE TO LET CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS TRY TO SELL AMERICA A DREAM THAT NEVER WILL BE REALITY AND DEFINITELY NOT ON THE BACKS OF THE MOST VULNERABLE. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 05:17:28 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                  THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                • 05:17:37 PM

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                  CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WAYZATA GIRLS AND BOYS CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS WHO BOTH…

                  CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WAYZATA GIRLS AND BOYS CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS WHO BOTH ONE MINNESOTA STATE HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS SEASON.

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                • 05:17:47 PM

                  MR. PAULSEN

                  THE WAYZATA GIRLS TEAM FINISHED IN THIRD PLACE. THREE OF THE RUNNERS…

                  THE WAYZATA GIRLS TEAM FINISHED IN THIRD PLACE. THREE OF THE RUNNERS PLACED IN THE TOP 10 WHICH HELPED THEM BEAT THE SECOND PLACE TEAM BY TWO POINTS. THE COACH DID AN OUTSTANDING JOB LEADING THE TROJAN GIRLS TEAM. ON THE BOYS SIDE, KHALID LED THE BOYS TO VICTORY AFTER COMING IN FIRST PLACE AT STATE. SIX OF WAYZATA'S RUNNERS PLACED IN THE TOP 25. THIS WAS THE TROJANS' 10TH STATE CHAMPIONSHIP IN 25 YEARS AND HEAD COACH MARK POPP HAS LED THEM TO VICTORY IN TWO OF THE LAST THREE SEASONS COACHING. CROSS COUNTRY TAKES AN IMMENSE AMOUNT OF DEDICATION. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE RUNNERS, THE COACHES AND THE FAMILIES FOR YOUR SUCCESS THIS YEAR. THE WAYZATA CROSS COUNTRY BOYS AND GIRLS TEAMS FOR BECOMING STATE CHAMPS. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 05:18:47 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 05:19:02 PM

                  MR. PAYNE

                  MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY I ROSE TO HONOR OUR NATION'S PUBLIC SCHOOLS. TODAY…

                  MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY I ROSE TO HONOR OUR NATION'S PUBLIC SCHOOLS. TODAY I RISE TO HONOR MS. EVELYN, A LADY WHO EMBODIES THE SAYING, IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO LEARN. AFTER GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL IN 1943, SHE THOUGHT APPROXIMATE GOING TO COLLEGE. BUT HER MOM TOLD HER THAT NO MAN WOULD MARRY A WOMAN SMARTER THAN HE IS, SO SHE FOUND SUCCESS ELSEWHERE. SHE MARRIED, RAISED A FAMILY AND HAD A CAREER AS A LEGAL SECRETARY. SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY, SHE CONCLUDED THAT SHE HAD MADE A MISTAKE. SHE STARTED TAKING COLLEGE COURSES ONE SEMESTER. A FEW YEARS AGO AT THE YOUNG AGE OF 84, SHE GRADUATED FROM NEW JERSEY CITY UNIVERSITY WITH A BACHELORS DEGREE IN CREATIVE WRITING. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN CELEBRATING EVELYN, A LADY WHOSE REMARKABLE STORY PROVES HOW VALUABLE THE NATION'S PUBLIC EDUCATION SYSTEM IS TO OUR PEOPLE. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                • 05:20:21 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 05:20:26 PM

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

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

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                • 05:20:31 PM

                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                • 05:21:18 PM

                  MR. ALLEN

                  OUR SAILORS, AIRMEN ARE EQUIPPED WITH THE FACILITIES AND RESOURCES THEY…

                  OUR SAILORS, AIRMEN ARE EQUIPPED WITH THE FACILITIES AND RESOURCES THEY NEED TO FIGHT THE BATTLES OF TODAY AND TOMORROW IS CRUCIAL TO OUR NATION'S SAFETY AND SECURITY. DAYS AFTER CELEBRATING THE MOST -- ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT DAYS OF THE YEAR, HONORING OUR VETERANS, I AM HAPPY TO SAY THAT THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 2810, WE HAVE PROVIDED FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE, SUPPORTED OUR SERVICE MEMBERS AND WORKED TO CLOSE THE CRITICAL READINESS GAP. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                • 05:21:46 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK ANYTHING? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                • 05:21:58 PM

                  MR. LOWENTHAL

                  MR. SPEAKER, MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TELL ME THAT THIS TAX PLAN WILL GROW…

                  MR. SPEAKER, MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TELL ME THAT THIS TAX PLAN WILL GROW THE ECONOMY AND MAKE AMERICAN WORKERS MORE COMPETITIVE. BUT IN REALITY, THE PLAN WOULD BANKRUPT OUR FUTURE. IT THREATENS PROVISIONS THAT DIRECTLY SUPPORT OUR SCHOOLS AND OUR STUDENTS. BY ELIMINATING THE STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTIONS, IT PENALIZES STATES AND SCHOOL DISTRICT THAT HAVE CHOSEN TO INVEST IN OUR YOUNG PEOPLE. IN MY HOME STATE OF CALIFORNIA, THAT THREATENS $750 IN STATE FUNDING PER PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENT EACH AND EVERY YEAR. AND FOR AMERICANS WITH STUDENT LOAN DEBT, THIS PLAN ELIMINATES THE STUDENT LOAN INTEREST DEDUCTION. IN MY DISTRICT, OVER 21,000 PEOPLE CLAIM THIS DEDUCTION EACH YEAR. AS A FORMER COLLEGE PROFESSOR, I KNOW THE SACRIFICES THAT MANY OF OUR STUDENTS HAVE TO MAKE TO PURSUE AN EDUCATION. THIS TAX PLAN ASKS THEM TO PAY EVEN MORE. THESE PRIORITIES ARE OUT OF SYNC. THIS IS NOT TAX REFORM THAT PUTS MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES FIRST. WE CAN DO BETTER. THANK YOU AND I YIELD.

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                • 05:23:16 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                • 05:23:30 PM

                  MRS. HANDEL

                  THE LAST TIME WE HAD REAL TAX REFORM IN THIS COUNTRY WAS 1986. TO ACHIEVE…

                  THE LAST TIME WE HAD REAL TAX REFORM IN THIS COUNTRY WAS 1986. TO ACHIEVE ECONOMIC GROWTH IN THE 21ST CENTURY, WE NEED A TAX CODE DESIGNED FOR THE 21ST CENTURY. THE STATUS QUO IS SIMPLY NOT GETTING IT DONE. IT IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH. THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IS A BOLD, TRANSFORMATIVE STEP THAT SIMPLIFIES OUR TAX CODE AND REDUCES THE TAX BURDEN ON WORKING AMERICANS AND MIDDLE-INCOME FAMILIES. THIS BILL REDUCES THE FEDERAL TAX RATE FOR THE MAJORITY OF LOW AND MIDDLE-INCOME AMERICANS WHILE DOUBLING THE STANDARD DEDUCTION. MORE THAN 65% OF FILERS IN GEORGIA'S SIXTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT USE THAT STANDARD DEDUCTION. WHAT DOES IT MEAN? IT MEANS THAT A MARRIED COUPLE WILL PAY NOT A DIME OF TAX ON THEIR FIRST $24,000 OF INCOME EVERY YEAR. THE BILL WILL ALSO FUEL ECONOMIC GROWTH AND JOB CREATION. SMALL BUSINESSES WILL BE AT THE LOWEST TAX RATE SINCE WORLD WAR II. THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT CONTAINS REAL TANGIBLE BENEFITS FOR THE MAJORITY OF AMERICAN TAXPAYERS. I SUPPORT THIS BILL ENTHUSE ASSICALLY AND URGE -- ENTHUSIASTICALLY AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 05:24:39 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                  THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                • 05:24:51 PM

                  MS. JACKSON LEE

                  MR. SPEAKER, THIS TAX BILL IS NOT ABOUT THE FUTURE. IT IS ABOUT OUR PAST.…

                  MR. SPEAKER, THIS TAX BILL IS NOT ABOUT THE FUTURE. IT IS ABOUT OUR PAST. MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES WILL HAVE INCREASED TAXES UNDER THIS TAX SCAM. IN FACT, IN THE STATE OF TEXAS 230,000-PLUS TEXANS WILL PAY AN AVERAGE OF OVER $6,000 MORE IN TAXES. THAT'S A TAX SCAM. IN ADDITION, MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS NOT A FUTURISTIC TAX BILL. THIS IS NOT A TAX BILL FOR OUR TIMES. THIS IS A TAX BILL THAT IMPLODES HIGHER EDUCATION. FOR INSTANCE, IT DOES NOT ALLOW THE DEDUCTION OF STUDENT LOANS OR INTEREST PAYMENTS ON THOSE LOANS OR TUITION OR EXPENSES. ELIMINATING THE OPPORTUNITY FOR EDUCATIONAL GROWTH. IT ELIMINATES THE TAX CREDIT FOR RESEARCH AND INNOVATION. AGAIN, STYMIING THE GROWTH OF THE UNITED STATES AS IT RELATES TO RESEARCH AND INNOVATION. AND THEN TO THE LARGE UNIVERSITY, THE ENDOWMENTS THAT ARE USED TO HELP OUR STUDENTS TO BUILD COMPLEXES TO EDUCATE THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST, THAT IS ELIMINATED. THIS IS A TAX SCAM. IT'S A TAX SCAM ON HIGHER EDUCATION. IT'S A TAX SCAM ON HARDWORKING MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS. IT DESERVES A RESOUNDING NO VOTE BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT TO GO BACK. WE WANT TO GO TOWARD THE FUTURE. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 05:26:12 PM

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                  THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA SEEK…

                  THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                • 05:26:26 PM

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                  MR. SPEAKER, THE ONLY TIME I HEAR SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES EXPRESS THEIR…

                  MR. SPEAKER, THE ONLY TIME I HEAR SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES EXPRESS THEIR CONCERN ABOUT THE DEFICIT IS WHEN THIS BODY IS CONSIDERING POLICIES TO LET HARDWORKING AMERICAN FAMILIES KEEP MORE OF THEIR HARD-EARNED MONEY. THIS IS NOT THE GOVERNMENT'S MONEY, IT'S THE PEOPLE'S MONEY. THEY EARNED IT. AND IF TAX REVENUES TO THE GOVERNMENT ARE A CONCERN, THEN CERTAINLY WE SHOULD PASS FAX CUTS. AFTER PRESIDENT KENNEDY CUT TAX RATES, REVENUES TO THE GOVERNMENT INCREASED FROM $95 BILLION TO $280 BILLION. AFTER PRESIDENT REAGAN CUT TAX RATES, REVENUES TO THE GOVERNMENT INCREASED FROM $600 BILLION TO $1.35 TRILLION. FURTHERMORE, ANNUAL G.D.P. GROWTH RATES INCREASED INTO THE 4% TO 5% RANGE FOLLOWING THESE TAX CUTS AND WE ARE GOING TO WITNESS THIS INCREASE IN ECONOMIC GROWTH AGAIN UNDER PRESIDENT TRUMP WITH A TAX BILL THIS HOUSE WILL CONSIDER LATER THIS WEEK.

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                • 05:27:23 PM

                  MR. BLUM

                  AS RONALD REAGAN SAID, WE DON'T HAVE A TRILLION DOLLAR DEBT BECAUSE WE…

                  AS RONALD REAGAN SAID, WE DON'T HAVE A TRILLION DOLLAR DEBT BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T TAXED ENOUGH. WE HAVE A TRILLION DOLLAR DEBT BECAUSE WE SPEND TOO MUCH. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 05:27:35 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                • 05:27:45 PM

                  MS. JOHNSON

                  THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, THE REPUBLICAN TAX REFORM BILL COMING TO…

                  THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, THE REPUBLICAN TAX REFORM BILL COMING TO THE FLOOR THIS WEEK RAISES SERIOUS QUESTIONS ABOUT THE IMPACT THAT THIS LEGISLATION WILL HAVE ON MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES. OUR ABILITY TO INVEST IN OUR TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE AND STUDENTS' ABILITY TO ATTEND COLLEGE. MY HOME TOWN, DALLAS, TEXAS, AND EVERY MUNICIPALITY IN THE REGION, HAS WRITTEN OBJECTIONS TO HOW THEY ARE AFFECTED. FOR ONE, THE G.O.P. TAX PLAN ELIMINATES MANY TAX DEDUCTIONS THAT ARE FAVORABLE TO MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS, SUCH AS THE MEDICAL EXPENSE DEDUCTION AND STATE AND LOCAL INCOME AND SALES TAX DEDUCTIONS. THESE IMPORTANT DEDUCTIONS HELP MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES LOWER THEIR TAX LIABILITY AND PUT MORE MONEY IN THEIR POCKETS FOR EVERYDAY NEEDS OF HARDWORKING AMERICANS. THE PLAN ALSO LOOKS TO AN ESTIMATED $2.6 TRILLION STOCKPILED OVERSEAS FOR U.S. CORPORATIONS. THE PLAN SEEKS TO ALLOW REPATRIATION OF THESE FUNDS FOR AS LITTLE AS 5% TAX BREAK -- BRICK AND MORTAR ASSETS. 12% ON CASH KEPT OVERSEAS. IS IT TIME, MR. SPEAKER?

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                • 05:29:06 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

                • 05:29:09 PM

                  MS. JOHNSON

                  I ASK THAT MY ENTIRE STATEMENT BE PUT IN THE RECORD.

                • 05:29:13 PM

                  E WITHOUT

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

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

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                • 05:29:27 PM

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                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO SUPPORT 76 YEARS OF CELEBRATING GOD'S WORD DURING…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO SUPPORT 76 YEARS OF CELEBRATING GOD'S WORD DURING NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK. NO OTHER BOOK HAS SOLD MORE COPIES OR CHANGED MORE LIVES THAN THE BIBLE. ABRAHAM LINCOLN SAID IN REGARD FOR THIS GREAT BOOK I HAVE THIS TO SAY, IT IS THE BEST GIFT GOD HAS GIVEN TO MAN. ALL THAT THE GOOD SAVIOR GAVE TO THE WORLD WAS COMMUNICATED THROUGH THIS BOOK.

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                • 05:29:55 PM

                  MR. ARRINGTON

                  MAY WE ALWAYS REMEMBER THE IMPACT THE BIBLE HAS HAD ON THIS COUNTRY AND ON…

                  MAY WE ALWAYS REMEMBER THE IMPACT THE BIBLE HAS HAD ON THIS COUNTRY AND ON OUR DEMOCRACY. MAY WE GOVERN ACCORDING TO ITS TIMELESS PERCEPTS AND PRINCIPLES, AND MAY GOD BLESS THESE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK. .

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                • 05:30:14 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                • 05:30:19 PM

                  >>

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

                • 05:30:26 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                • 05:30:27 PM

                  >>

                  I RISE IN OBJECTION TO THE G.O.P. TAX BILL H.R. 1, WHICH CONSIDERING WHO…

                  I RISE IN OBJECTION TO THE G.O.P. TAX BILL H.R. 1, WHICH CONSIDERING WHO IT REALLY HELPS SHOULD BE LABELED H.R. 1%. AS A MEMBER OF WAYS AND MEANS I OFFERED AMENDMENTS TO ENSURE THE MIDDLE-CLASS BENEFITS BUT REPUBLICANS REJECTED BOTH PROPOSALS TO GIVE AWAY TAX PROPOSALS TO THE TOP 1%. INSTEAD H.R. 1% REPEALS THE DEDUCTIONS FOR ESTATE AND LOCAL TAXES AND RAISING TAXES ON CALIFORNIA TAXES WHO PAY MORE TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAN WE RECEIVE BACK. IN FACT, THE AVERAGE MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILY WHO OWNS A HOME WILL SEE AN INCREASE OF 26.4%. IT IS OUTRAGEOUS. THE SALT DEDUCTION ENABLES COMMUNITIES TO FUND IMPORTANT SERVICES THAT IMPROVES OUR QUALITY OF LIFE. BUT REPEALING IT FORCES CONSTITUENTS IN MY STATE TO EITHER ACCEPT HIGHER TAXES OR LOWER STANDARD OF LIVING ALL TO PAY FOR TAX CUTS FOR CORPORATIONS AND THE WEALTHIEST FEW. I URGE YOU TO VOTE NO ON THE G.O.P. TAX SCAM. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 05:31:48 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                  PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                  MR. LUJAN

                  MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LOVE TO VOTE FOR A BIPARTISAN TAX REFORM --

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                  THAT THEY PAY FOR THEIR FAIR SHARE AND PROTECTS SMALL BUSINESSES. HOWEVER,…

                  THAT THEY PAY FOR THEIR FAIR SHARE AND PROTECTS SMALL BUSINESSES. HOWEVER, I CAN'T VOTE FOR LEGISLATION THAT WOULD RAISE TAXES FOR 13 MILLION HOUSEHOLDS OR GIVE THE TOP ONE% OF AMERICANS OF $23,000 WHILE RAISING TAXES.

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                • 05:32:38 PM

                  MS. LUJAN GRISHAM

                  GRISHAM: OR PROVIDE MORE TAX BENEFITS TO THE ONE% TO THE LOWER 5% OF…

                  GRISHAM: OR PROVIDE MORE TAX BENEFITS TO THE ONE% TO THE LOWER 5% OF AMERICANS COMBINED. SADLY, THE NEXT GENERATION WITH $1.7 TRILLION IN DEBT WHILE PRIVATIZING MILLIONAIRES AT THE EXPENSE OF EVERYBODY ELSE IS IRRESPONSIBLE AND CRUEL. MR. SPEAKER, I COULD SPEND COUNTLESS HOURS DESCRIBING HOW THIS BILL HARMS EVERYONE IN MY HOME STATE OF NEW MEXICO. BUT SINCE I ONLY HAVE A MINUTE TO ADDRESS THE FLOOR TODAY I WILL BE BACK TOMORROW TO HOW THIS BILL DEFICIENT STATES JOB CREATION IN THE RENEWABLE ENERGY IN ANY HOME STATE OF NEW MEXICO. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 05:33:24 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. ARE THERE ANY FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE…

                  THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. ARE THERE ANY FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES? UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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              • 05:33:43 PM

                SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES

                The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.

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                  MR. GARAMENDI

                  MR. SPEAKER, A MOMENT AGO, YOU HEARD FROM MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA,…

                  MR. SPEAKER, A MOMENT AGO, YOU HEARD FROM MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA, JUDY CHU, ABOUT THE TAX BILL. AND SHE PUT THIS FIRST PAGE OF H.R. 1 UP AND SHE ADDED THIS LITTLE PERCENTAGE, H.R. 1%. I THOUGHT THAT WAS NOT ONLY ACCURATE, BUT IT REALLY DOES REFLECT WHAT I WAS GOING TO SHOW A MOMENT AGO AND THEN I DECIDED TO USE HERS. H.R. 1 IS REALLY ABOUT THE 1%. THE TOP 1% WEALTHY AMERICANS WILL GET 50% OF OUR $1.5 TRILLION GIFT FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WHICH REALLY AMOUNTS TO AN ENORMOUS TRANSFER OF WEALTH FROM THE WORKING MEN AND WOMEN IN AMERICA WHO DEPENDS ON PROGRAM IN EDUCATION, DEPEND UPON MEDICAL SERVICES FROM MEDICARE, MEDICAID AND IN CALIFORNIA WE CALL IT MEDICAL. BUT WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN WITH THIS $1.5 TRILLION TAX CUT AND BASICALLY $2.3 TRILLION BOGUS FIELD THAT OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE PUTTING FORTH. IT'S WHAT I CALL THE TEXAN TWO-STEP. MR. BRADY AND HIS PROGRAM TO DO A TWO-STEP TOGETHER WITH THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, MR. RYAN. IT WAS LAID OUT IN THE BUDGET BILL. AND THE TWO-STEP IS THIS. MAKE A MONUMENTAL TAX CUT THAT REALLY IS FOR THE SUPERWEALTHY AND THEN AS SOON AS YOU GET THAT SIGNED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP, YOU THEN DO THE SECOND STEP, WHICH IS TO DO MASSIVE CUTS SO THAT YOU CAN DEAL WITH THE DEFICIT. SO WHY I BRING UP THE ISSUE OF THE DEFICIT FOR JUST A MOMENT. AND I DON'T EXPECT YOU TO REALLY LOOK AT ALL THESE NUMBERS, BUT THIS IS THE STRUCTURAL DEFICIT THAT EXISTS TODAY. $563 BILLION STRUCTURAL DEFICIT, EVERY YEAR THIS YEAR AND IN THE PAST YEARS, WE ARE RUNNING A SERIOUS DEFICIT. 10 YEARS FROM NOW IT'S GOING TO BE OVER A TRILLION DOLLAR A YEAR STRUCTURAL DEFICIT. WHAT DOES THE 1% BILL DO FOR YOU? IT ADDS TO THE STRUCTURAL DEFICIT THIS YEAR. $115 BILLION AND IN 2027, IT WILL ADD $155 BILLION. LOOK AT IT THIS WAY AND PERHAPS IT'S EASIER TO UNDERSTAND. IT'S ABOUT THE DEFICIT AND THIS IS WHY THE TWO-STEP IS GOING TO HAPPEN. OH, BY THE WAY, THE DEFICIT HAWKS THAT ONCE OCCUPIED THAT ENTIRE ARRAY ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THIS CONGRESSIONAL HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THEY DISAPPEARED. THEY MIGRATED SOUTH OF THIS. BUT AS SOON AS THIS H.R. 1% PASSES, THE DEFICIT HAWKS WILL RETURN. THE MIGHTY FORCE TO MAKE CUTS. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENS TO THE DEFICIT. STARTS DOWN HERE, NOT THE TOTAL DEFICIT AND RISES TO THIS IN 2027. THIS LITTLE ORANGE ACROSS THE TOP IS WHAT WILL BE ADDED. WE DON'T DEAL WITH THE DEFICIT DIRECTLY. HERE'S THE DEAL, FOLKS. CUT TAXES NOW SO THE SUPERWEALTHY, FIVE OF WHICH ARE IN PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ADMINISTRATION, BOOM. YES, ELIMINATE THE ESTATE TAX. DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS TO THE TRUMP FAMILY? IF HIS WEALTHIEST $10 BILLION, WHAT IT MEANS IS SOMEWHERE AROUND $4 BILLION TAX AVOIDANCE. ELIMINATE THE ESTATE TAX, THE TRUMP FAMILY IMMEDIATELY SAVES $4 BILLION. MAYBE HIS NET WORTH IS ONLY $4 BILLION AND MAYBE JUST A BILLION IN TAX SAVINGS AND THAT IS JUST IN THE ESTATE TAX ALONE. THIS IS A BAD DEAL FOR AMERICANS. IT WILL INCREASE THE DEFICIT AND WILL CREATE THE TEXAS TWO-STEP. LET ME INTRODUCE A COUPLE OF MY COLLEAGUES FROM THE STATE OF NEW YORK AND IF YOU WOULD LIKE TORE COMMENT ON THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION.

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                  UNFAIRNESS OF THE REPUBLICAN TAX BILL THAT IS DEVASTATING TO MIDDLE-CLASS…

                  UNFAIRNESS OF THE REPUBLICAN TAX BILL THAT IS DEVASTATING TO MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES. THE U.S. CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS HAVE SAID, QUOTE, THIS PROPOSAL APPEARS TO BE THE FIRST FEDERAL INCOME TAX MODIFICATION IN AMERICAN HISTORY THAT WILL RAISE INCOME TAXES ON THE WORKING POOR WHILE AT THE SAME TIME PROVIDING A LARGE TAX CUT TO THE WEALTHY, CLOSED QUOTE. THIS BILL IS FLAWED ON MANY LEVELS.

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                • 05:40:13 PM

                  MR. SUOZZI

                  HOW VERY DIFFERENT THE REGIONS OF THIS COUNTRY ARE. IT'S DIFFERENT FROM…

                  HOW VERY DIFFERENT THE REGIONS OF THIS COUNTRY ARE. IT'S DIFFERENT FROM STATE TO STATE AND DIFFERENT FROM PLACE TO PLACE. AND THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THEY MAKE. THE COST OF LIVING IS DIFFERENT, PROPERTY TAX BILLS ARE DIFFERENT AND STATE INCOME TAXES ARE DIFFERENT AS NIGHT AND DAY. THERE ARE 105 MILLION FULL-TIME JOBS. 105 MILLION FULL-TIME JOBS. 5 MILLION OF THOSE JOBS PAY LESS THAN $50,000 A YEAR. 86 MILLION OF THOSE 105 MILLION JOBS PAY LESS THAN $75,000 PER YEAR. MY DISTRICT, THE AVERAGE SALARY IS HIGHER THAN THAT, BUT SO ARE THEIR PROPERTY TAXES AND INCOME TAXES, SO IS THEIR COST OF LIVING. WHILE THIS BILL COULD BE A NET POSITIVE FOR SOME AMERICANS IN MANY REGIONS, IN MY REGION AND IN MANY OTHER REGIONS AND IN MY STATE AND MY DISTRICT SPECIFICALLY, THIS BILL IS A HUGE NET NEGATIVE FOR MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES. ONE PARTICULARLY DEVASTATING ELEMENT OF THIS PROPOSAL IS THE ELIMINATION OF THE LOCAL AND STATE TAX DEDUCTION. AND WOULD BE UNFAIR THAT 250,000 FAMILIES IN MY DISTRICT RELY ON ON THAT DEDUCTION. THEY CLAIM THAT DEDUCTION MORE THAN ANY OTHER STATE. AND IN MY DISTRICT WE HAVE MORE THAN ANY TO CLAIM THAT DEDUCTION. LET'S LOOK AT SOME OF THE SPECIFICS OF WHAT HAPPENS IN MY DISTRICT. PEOPLE MAKING BETWEEN 50,000 AND $70,000 IN MY HOMETOWN OF GLEN COVE WILL SEE A 36% INCREASE. A FAMILY WHO MAKES BETWEEN $100,000 AND 200,000 WILL PAY MORE IN TAXES UNDER THIS PLAY. IN HUNTINGTON, EVERY SINGLE FAMILY MAKING OVER $50,000 A YEAR WILL SEE A TAX INCREASE. EVERY FAMILY MAKING BETWEEN $75,000 AND 100,000 A YEAR WILL SEE A 135% INCREASE ON WHAT THEY PAY. EVERY FAMILY MAKING BETWEEN $100,000 AND $200,000. IN WHITESTONE EVERY INDIVIDUAL TAX FILER MAKING $50,000 OR MORE WILL SEE A TAX INCREASE REGARDLESS OF THEIR INCOME. THE EVIDENCE IS CLEAR, IT'S CRYSTAL CLEAR FOR PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT AND IN MANY PLACES THROUGHOUT THIS COUNTRY. THIS TAX REFORM PLAN AS IT'S CALLED IS A PUNCH IN THE GUT FOR MIDDLE-CLASS PLAYERS. THEY NEED TO BE LIFTED UP AND NOT SLAPPED DOWN. HOW COULD ANYONE SUPPORT A BILL THAT TARGETS OUR MIDDLE CLASS IN SUCH A WAY IS UNFATHOMABLE. I CAME HERE READY AND WILLING TO WORK AND STILL TO WORK TO GET THINGS DONE. EVEN TAX REFORM. I WANT TO SEE TAX REFORM IN THIS COUNTRY, BUT I CAN'T COMPROMISE MY VALUES OR THE FAMILIES THAT ARE GOING TO BE HURT FROM THIS PLAN. I'M URGING MY COLLEAGUES TO TRY AND DO WHAT'S RIGHT. PROTECT THE HARD WORKING AMERICANS WHO PLAY BY THE RULES AND ASK FOR LITTLE IN RETURN AGAINST THIS ILL CONCEIVED LEGISLATION AND PROTECT THE STATE AND LOCAL DEDUCTIONS FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS.

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                • 05:44:07 PM

                  MR. GARAMENDI

                  THANK YOU FOR BRINGING TO OUR ATTENTION, SALT TAX, STATE AND LOCAL TAX.…

                  THANK YOU FOR BRINGING TO OUR ATTENTION, SALT TAX, STATE AND LOCAL TAX. THE REPUBLICANS ARE PUTTING SALT ONTO THE WOUND AND CAUSING AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF PAIN FOR AMERICANS, CERTAINLY IN CALIFORNIA AND ILLINOIS, NEW JERSEY, MASSACHUSETTS. SO THIS IS A PROBLEM IN ABOUT 50% OF THE POPULATION OF THIS NATION THAT ARE GOING TO SEE IT. MY OWN STATE, 120,000, NOT 250,000 AS IN YOUR STATE. BUT 120,000 LOOKING AT A LOSS DEDUCTION.

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                  IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK, THERE ARE MANY REPUBLICANS THAT HAVE COME OUT…

                  IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK, THERE ARE MANY REPUBLICANS THAT HAVE COME OUT AGAINST THIS TAX BILL BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT IT WILL HURT SO MANY MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES. THIS IS COMPLETELY AND PATENTLY UNFAIR. THIS SALT DEDUCTION HAS BEEN IN PLACE FOR OVER 100 YEARS. WHY SHOULD SOMEONE PAY TAXES ON TAXES THEY HAVE ALREADY PAID ON THEIR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS? . . IN OUR STATE OF CALIFORNIA WE PAY FAR MORE TAXES, EVEN WITH THIS DEDUCTION, FAR MORE TAX REVENUE FLOWING TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REVENUE COMING BACK TO THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA. IT'S PROBABLY IN THE 15% TO 20% NET LOSS TO THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA AND I THINK IN NEW YORK IT'S SIMILAR.

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                  MR. SUOZZI

                  THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THAT UP, JOHN. IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK WE SEND $48…

                  THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THAT UP, JOHN. IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK WE SEND $48 BILLION TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MORE. WE ARE THE LARGEST NET DONOR TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. AND WE ARE CONTRIBUTING THIS MONEY TO SUBSIDIZE MANY PROGRAMS THAT OUR COLLEAGUES DON'T WANT TO SUPPORT BUT WE ARE' ALSO SUPPORTING THEIR STATES. WE'RE SUPPORTING MANY OF THE BLUE STATES IN AMERICA, QUITE FRANKLY, ARE HUGE NET DONORS TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. AND MANY OF THE RED STATES ARE HUGE NET TAKERS FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THIS IS JUST ANOTHER SLAP IN THE FACE TO STATES LIKE OURS.

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                • 05:46:23 PM

                  MR. GARAMENDI

                  WE COULD PROBABLY SPEND A COUPLE HOURS BACK AND FORTH. I WANT TO YIELD TO…

                  WE COULD PROBABLY SPEND A COUPLE HOURS BACK AND FORTH. I WANT TO YIELD TO MS. JAYAPAL FROM WASHINGTON STATE IF SHE CAN JOIN US IN THIS CONVERSATION.

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                  MS. JAYAPAL

                  THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON SO MANY CRITICAL ISSUES LIKE JOBS AND…

                  THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON SO MANY CRITICAL ISSUES LIKE JOBS AND INFRASTRUCTURE AND OF COURSE FOR PULLING TOGETHER THE SPECIAL ORDER HOUR TONIGHT ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT SUBJECT BECAUSE I THINK THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS ARE TRYING TO LITERALLY REWRITE THE U.S. ECONOMY WITH NO HEARINGS, A COUPLE OF MARKUPS BUT THOSE ARE NOT HEARINGS. WE ONLY JUST HAVE BEEN RECEIVING SOME OF THE INFORMATION OF WHAT'S EVEN IN THE BILL TO BE ABLE TO THEN SEE WHAT THE AFFECTS ARE. AND THE REALITY IS THAT WE OWE IT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO SHARE HOW THIS BILL WILL AFFECT THEIR WALL ETC., THEIR HOUSING, -- WALLETS, THEIR HOUSING, THEIR EDUCATION, THEIR HEALTH CARE. AND, YOU KNOW, CONTRARY TO WHAT THE MAJORITY WOULD HAVE YOU BELIEVE, THIS TAX BILL IS YET ANOTHER VEHICLE FOR REPUBLICANS TO RAISE TAXES ON MILLIONS OF MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES. AND REWARD THE WEALTHIEST AND THE LARGEST CORPORATIONS BY HANDING THEM TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF TAXES. YOU KNOW, I THINK DEMOCRATS CERTAINLY WOULD LOVE TO SEE AS MY COLLEAGUES SAID, REAL TAX REFORM AND BY THAT I MEAN TAX REFORM THAT BENEFITS THE MIDDLE CLASS AND TAX REFORM THAT WOULD ALLOW US DOLLARS TO INVEST IN JOBS, IN INFRASTRUCTURE, IN EDUCATION AND HEALTH CARE. BUT THE TWIST THIS TIME THAT I FIND INTERESTING IS THAT THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS MYSTERIOUSLY JETTISON ITS DOG MATIC FIDELITY TO REDUCING DEFICITS. BECAUSE THIS BILL, MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, HOWEVER YOU SLICE IT, THIS REPUBLICAN TAX BILL WILL EXPLODE THE BUDGET DEFICITS. NOW, YOU TALKED ABOUT THE TWO STEP EARLIER, REPRESENTATIVE GARAMENDI. THAT'S RIGHT. WE ARE ALL GOING TO BE DANCING A TWO-STEP BECAUSE WHAT THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE LITERALLY JUST RELEASED IS AN ANALYSIS THAT SAID THIS TAX BILL WILL LEAD TO AN IMMEDIATE $25 BILLION CUT IN MEDICARE. $25 BILLION CUT IN MEDICARE. NOW, THIS BILL HAS MANY PROVISIONS IN IT AND WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THE STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION ELIMINATION AND THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO MY HOME STATE OF WASHINGTON. WE HAVE ABOUT 800,000 PEOPLE WHO WERE ABLE TO UTILIZE THAT DEDUCTION AND WERE ABLE TO REDUCE THEIR TAX LIABILITY BY MORE THAN $2,600. AND REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC DISTRICTS -- IN REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC DISTRICTS ACROSS THIS STATE, THIS DEDUCTION IS SIGNIFICANT TO OUR COMMUNITIES BECAUSE REALLY IT GUARDS AGAINST DOUBLE TAXATION. NOW, THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE JUST CAME OUT AGAINST WHAT I'M CALLING THE REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM AND THE SALT DEDUCTION ELIMINATION IN PARTICULAR, STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION ELIMINATION IN PARTICULAR. AND WHY DID THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE COME OUT AGAINST THIS? BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTAND THE TWO STEP THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE DANCING. THEY KNOW THAT THIS TAX BILL AND THOSE KINDS OF DEDUCTIONS ARE ULTIMATELY GOING TO LEAD TO -- AND THIS IS THEIR WORDS -- ENDANGER THE ABILITY TO FUND THESE ESSENTIAL AND LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES THAT ACTUALLY KEEP OUR COMMUNITIES SAFE. NOW, ANOTHER CRUCIAL MISTAKE THAT REPUBLICAN TAX BILL MAKES IS ELIMINATING TAX-EXEMPT BONDS. AND FOR FOLKS WHO ARE OUT THERE WHO ARE LISTENING, THE WAY TO THINK ABOUT THIS, IF YOU HAVE AN AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROBLEM IN YOUR COMMUNITY, IF YOU HAVE A SHORTAGE OF HOUSING WHICH IS HAPPENING ACROSS THE COUNTRY, THEN THESE TAX-EXEMPT BONDS ARE THE WAY THAT WE HELP ENCOURAGE AND LEVERAGE LOCAL AND STATE DOLLARS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING WITH THESE TAX-EXEMPT BONDS. THEY ADVANCE ALSO VITAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS AND THEY SUPPORT INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS AND HOSPITALS AND COLLEGES AND CHARITIES. SO FOR EXAMPLE, IN MY DISTRICT, SEATTLE PACIFIC UNIVERSITY HAS BEEN ABLE TO USE THESE PRIVATE ACTIVITY BONDS TO FINANCE NEARLY $42 MILLION IN CONSTRUCTION AND RENOVATIONS TO THE LIBRARY AND TO THE SCHOOL OF LAW AND SIMILARLY THE U.W. MEDICAL CENTER HAS BEEN ABLE TO USE THESE BONDS TO FINANCE CRITICAL MEDICAL RESEARCH THAT HAS BEEN BENEFICIAL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW, IN ELIMINATING SEVERAL EDUCATION-RELATED TAX DEDUCTIONS, THE REPUBLICAN TAX BILL IS ALSO CUTTING OFF VALUABLE PASS -- TO JOIN A WORK FORCE THAT DEPENDS ON 21ST CENTURY SKILLS. I KNOW, MR. GARAMENDI, YOU SPENT A LOT OF TIME ON THIS, BUT REPEALING THE STUDENT LOAN INTEREST DEDUCTION IS IN THIS BILL, IT WOULD REPEAL THE STUDENT LOAN INTEREST DEDUCTION. LET ME JUST REMIND PEOPLE THAT WE HAVE $1.4 TRILLION IN STUDENT LOAN DEBT ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THAT'S ACTUALLY MORE THAN CREDIT CARD DEBT IN THIS COUNTRY, BUT THIS BILL, IN ORDER TO GET TAX CUTS TO THE LARGEST CORPORATIONS AND WEALTHIEST 1% OF INDIVIDUALS, IT WOULD REPEAL THAT INTEREST DEDUCTION FOR STUDENT LOANS. NOW, IN WASHINGTON STATE, THAT WOULD HARM MORE THAN 275,000 TAXPAYERS IN WASHINGTON STATE WHO CLAIM THAT BENEFIT AND IT WOULD RAISE THEIR YEARLY TAXES BY MORE THAN $1,000 A YEAR ON AVERAGE. AND THIS BILL ALSO HURTS OUR RESPONSIBLE EMPLOYERS WHO PROVIDE TUITION ASSISTANCE TO HELP WORKERS CONTINUE THEIR STUDIES AT ASSOCIATES OR UNDERGRADUATE OR GRADUATE LEVELS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS IN WASHINGTON STATE HAVE BENEFITED FROM THIS DEDUCTION AND THAT'S TRUE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NATIONWIDE, IT'S ESTIMATED THAT 70% OF ALL COMPANIES OFFER TUITION ASSISTANCE. THERE'S ANOTHER PROVISION IN THIS BILL THAT EVERYONE SHOULD BE CONCERNED WITH AND THAT IS ELIMINATING THE MEDICAL EXPENSE DEDUCTION. THAT DEDUCTION BASICALLY SAYS THAT IF YOU ARE SUFFERING FROM A LONG-TERM, VERY EXPENSIVE DISEASE, IF YOU HAVE SOMEBODY IN A NURSING HOME AND IF YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR EXPENSIVE LONG-TERM CARE FOR PEOPLE OR MAYBE CANCER, SOMEBODY WHO HAS CANCER, THAT YOU CAN DEDUCT MEDICAL EXPENSES FOR THOSE KINDS OF ILLNESSES. AND THIS BILL SAYS NO MORE. SO ONCE AGAIN IN ORDER TO PROVIDE, FOR EXAMPLE, REPEALING THE ESTATE TAX WHICH BENEFITS 5,400 OF THE WEALTHIEST FAMILIES IN THIS COUNTRY, IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THAT TAX BENEFIT WE'RE ACTUALLY GOING TO TAKE AWAY THIS CRITICAL TAX DEDUCTION FROM REGULAR WORKING FAMILIES AROUND MEDICAL EXPENSES. AND FINALLY, MR. SPEAKER, THE REPUBLICAN TAX BILL REPEALS THE NEW MARKETS TAX CREDIT WHICH, AGAIN, WAS CREATED REALLY TO INCENTIVIZE INVESTMENT IN LOW-INCOME AND RURAL AREAS. AND THAT TAX CREDIT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR CREATING MORE THAN 12,000 CONSTRUCTION JOBS AND ADDITIONAL 11,500 JOBS IN RELATED INDUSTRIES ACROSS MY STATE, JUST AS AN EXAMPLE. SO EXTREMELY SHORTSIGHTED TO REPEAL THAT, ESPECIALLY FOR AN ADMINISTRATION AND A PARTY THAT SAYS THAT THEY CARE ABOUT INVESTING IN JOBS AND INFRASTRUCTURE. WE HAVEN'T SEEN ANY PACKAGE FOR JOBS IN INFRASTRUCTURE. I DON'T KNOW IF YOU HAVE BUT I CERTAINLY HAVEN'T, AND THE REALITY IS THIS BILL, BECAUSE OF THIS TWO STEP THAT YOU DESCRIBED, WHICH LET ME JUST REMIND PEOPLE WHAT THAT IS -- TRANSFER TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN WEALTH FROM THE MIDDLE CLASS TO THE LARGEST CORPORATIONS AND THE TOP 1%, AND THEN THROUGH EXPLODING THE DEFICIT, WHICH THIS BILL DOES, SUDDENLY TRIGGER AUTOMATIC CUTS AS WELL AS THE RATIONALE FOR CUTTING MORE FROM MEDICARE, FROM HEALTH CARE, FROM ALL -- FROM EDUCATION, FROM TRANSPORTATION. THAT IS WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT. AND EARLY WORD ON THE SENATE REPUBLICAN TAX BILL SEEMS TO BE JUST AS BAD BECAUSE I JUST HEARD BEFORE COMING ONTO THE FLOOR THAT SENATE REPUBLICANS ARE NOW SAYING THAT ONCE GUENTHER GOING TO TRY TO STRIP HEALTH CARE -- ONCE AGAIN THEY ARE GOING TO TRY TO STRIP HEALTH CARE, THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT INDIVIDUAL MANDATE. WE HAD A SITUATION LIKE THAT ABOUT A DECADE AGO AND WE HAD TO DIG OUR WAY OUT OF THAT BECAUSE WHAT IT MEANT IS ESSENTIALLY HEALTH CARE BECAME WAY TOO EXPENSIVE FOR EVERYBODY. THERE WAS -- THERE WERE TOO MANY PEOPLE WHO WERE NOT BUYING HEALTH CARE SO YOU WERE STUCK WITH ALL THE PEOPLE WHO NEEDED HEALTH CARE, WHO WERE VERY SICK, IT EXPLODED COSTS, AND LITERALLY AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ENDED UP SUFFERING BECAUSE OF THAT. AND NOW THEY WEREN'T ABLE TO GET RID OF HEALTH CARE THREE TIMES WE HAVE BEATEN BACK, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS IN URBAN AND RURAL DISTRICTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY SAID, NO, WE WANT OUR HEALTH CARE. DO NOT TAKE OUR HEALTH CARE AWAY FROM US. ONCE AGAIN, THE REPUBLICANS' PLAN TO INCORPORATE THIS PROVISION AND TRY TO ONCE AGAIN STRIP HEALTH CARE. SO MR. SPEAKER, INSANITY IS SAID TO BE DOING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND EXPECTING A DIFFERENT RESULT. AND I REALLY FEAR FOR THE THRESHOLD THAT WE'RE CROSSING. I FEAR FOR OUR ECONOMY. I FEAR FOR OUR MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES. I FEAR FOR OUR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES. AND I FEAR FOR THE FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY AND FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR CHILDREN BECAUSE THE REALITY IS WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING, IF WE WERE GOING TO RAISE MONEY THROUGH TAX CUTS -- OR THROUGH, YOU KNOW, TAXING PEOPLE MORE, WE SHOULD BE INVESTING THAT MONEY INTO INFRASTRUCTURE, JOBS, HEALTH CARE. BUT NOT ONLY ARE WE NOT TAXING -- NOT CUTTING THE TAXES FOR PEOPLE WHO NEED IT THE MOST, WE'RE INCREASING THEIR TAXES TO GIVE A TAX BREAK TO THE WEALIEST AND WE'RE DESTROYING ALL -- WEALTHIEST AND WE'RE DESTROYING ALL OF THE INVESTMENTS WE NEED TO MAKE INTO THE U.S. ECONOMY AND INTO OUR COMMUNITIES AND INTO OUR MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES. SO THIS IS I THINK AN INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT ISSUE. I DON'T THINK PEOPLE REALIZE THAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO PUSH THROUGH A VOTE ON THIS BILL THIS THURSDAY, AS EARLY AS THIS THURSDAY, AND I REALLY BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE SOME REPUBLICANS ACROSS THE AISLE WHO HAVE COME OUT ALREADY AND SAID THAT THIS IS NOT A BILL THAT HELPS OUR FAMILIES, THAT HELPS OUR MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES AND OUR COMMUNITIES, AND THEY'VE BEEN COURAGEOUS TO SAY THAT AND I WANT TO THANK THEM FOR DOING THAT AND I WANT TO URGE OTHER REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE TO DO THE SAME THING SO THAT WE CAN PROTECT THE LIVELIHOODS OF OUR CHILDREN AND OUR FAMILIES INTO THE FUTURE. AND I THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP, REPRESENTATIVE GARAMENDI, AND FOR YOUR CONSTANT SPEAKING OUT ON THE NEED TO INVEST IN INFRASTRUCTURE AND JOBS AND I YIELD BACK.

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                • 05:57:32 PM

                  MR. GARAMENDI

                  THANK YOU VERY MUCH, REPRESENTATIVE JAYAPAL. YOU BROUGHT TO OUR ATTENTION…

                  THANK YOU VERY MUCH, REPRESENTATIVE JAYAPAL. YOU BROUGHT TO OUR ATTENTION THE INCONSISTENCIES THAT ARE IN THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. EVERYONE WHERE I GO AND PEOPLE TALK ABOUT THIS THEY SAY, I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY THEY WANT TO DO THAT. I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY WITH A GROWING ECONOMY AND THE ECONOMY ACTUALLY MOVING ALONG PRETTY GOOD, FOUR PERCENT-PLUS UNEMPLOYMENT, WHY YOU WANT TO TURN THE AMERICAN ECONOMY UPSIDE DOWN IN A WAY THATENT DOES NOT CREATE GROWTH. I WANT TO BOUNCE BACK ACROSS THE CONTINENT AND PICK UP ONCE AGAIN NEW YORK, REPRESENTATIVE -- THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING US, JERRY. WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR WORDS AND THE WISDOM THAT YOU BRING US FROM MANHATTAN.

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                • 05:58:23 PM

                  MR. NADLER

                  GARAMENDI BY HAVING THIS SPECIAL ORDER ON THE TAX SCAM. THIS WILL LINE THE…

                  GARAMENDI BY HAVING THIS SPECIAL ORDER ON THE TAX SCAM. THIS WILL LINE THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS AND CORPORATIONS AT THE EXPENSE OF THE MIDDLE CLASS. AND FOR WHAT? WE ARE TOLD THE CORPORATE AND UPPER INCOME TAX CUTS WILL RESULT IN MORE INVESTMENT AND GREATER ECONOMIC GROWTH WHICH WILL YIELD MORE JOBS AND MORE REVENUE FOR THE COUNTRY AND HIGHER WAGES FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS BUT THAT IS BULL. THEY HAVE RUN THIS SCAM TWICE BEFORE. RONALD REAGAN PASSED SIMILAR UPPER CLASS TAX CUTS AND TOLD US THEY WOULD GENERATE SUCH ECONOMIC GROWTH THEY WOULD PAY FOR THEMSELVES. GEORGE W. BUSH PULLED THE SAME SCHEME. WHAT HAPPENED? REAGAN'S CUTS SENT THE NATIONAL DEBT -- THE NATIONAL DEBT ACCUMULATED FROM GEORGE WASHINGTON THROUGH JIMMY CARTER, WHICH WAS $800 -- LITTLE LESS THAN $800 BILLION IN 1980. IT SENT THAT TO $4.3 TRILLION 12 YEARS LATER. BUSH'S TAX CUTS TURNED A PROJECTED 10-YEAR, $5.65 TRILLION SURPLUS -- REMEMBER AT THE END OF THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION WE WERE HAVING SURPLUSES. AND THE PROJECTED SURPLUS OVER 10 YEARS WAS $5.65 TRILLION. HIS TAX CUTS TURNED THAT IN EIGHT YEARS INTO $10.63 TRILLION DEBT. TURNED AN $5.65 TRILLION SURPLUS INTO $10.63 TRILLION DEBT. THERE IS NOTHING IN THIS -- SO THE ARGUMENT THESE KINDS OF TAX CUTS FOR THE UPPER -- FOR THE UPPER INCOME PEOPLE AND FOR CORPORATIONS GENERATE GREATER ECONOMIC GROWTH, GENERATE MORE TAX REVENUES HAS BEEN TRIED TWICE. NOT TO MENTION IN KANSAS RECENTLY. IT DOESN'T WORK. THERE'S NOTHING IN THIS BILL TO ARGUE THAT THIS TAX SCAM WILL HAVE A DIFFERENT IMPACT ON THE ECONOMY THAN REAGAN'S OR BUSH'S. IN FACT, THIS SCAM IS SO SKEWED TOWARD THE RICH AND CORPORATIONS IT COULD ACTUALLY BE WORSE. . IT WOULD ELIMINATE THE ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX. IN 2005, THE ONLY YEAR FOR WHICH WE HAVE AT LEAST A SUMMARY PAGE OF DONALD TRUMP'S TAX RETURNS, IN THAT YEAR DONALD TRUMP PAID $38 MILLION IN TAXES. OF THAT $31 MILLION WAS THE ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX. THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO ELIMINATE THE ONLY TAX THAT WE ACTUALLY KNOW THAT DONALD TRUMP HAS EVER PAID. HIS TAXES WOULD HAVE BEEN $5 MILLION, NOT $38 MILLION, IF IT WEREN'T FOR THE ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX. OF COURSE HE WANTS TO ELIMINATE IT. REPUBLICANS WHO REPEAL THE ESTATE TAX, DESPITE THE FACT THAT THAT, THE ESTATE TAX IS PAID BY ONLY THE WEALTHIEST 5,000 STATES IN THE COUNTRY -- ESTATES IN THE COUNTRY EVERY YEAR. WEALTHY AMERICANS WOULD ALSO SEE IMMEDIATE PERSONAL BENEFITS FROM CUTS TO CORPORATE TAXES. THIS BILL IMMEDIATELY AND PERMANENTLY CUTS THE CORPORATE TAX RATE TO 20% FROM 35%. IT ALSO CUTS RATES FOR PASS-THROUGH CORPORATIONS FROM 39% TO 25%. ONCE AGAIN, REPUBLICANS CLAIM THIS WILL HELP SMALL BUSINESSES. BUT IT SIMPLY ISN'T TRUE. THESE PASS-THROUGH CORPORATIONS ARE EXTREMELY WEALTHY PARTNERSHIPS AND PRIVATE COMPANIES. IF YOU NEED A GOOD EXAMPLE, I HAVE A GREAT ONE. JUST OUTSIDE MY DISTRICT. IT'S CALLED THE TRUMP ORGANIZATION. WHICH IS ORGANIZED AS A PASS-THROUGH CORPORATION. NOW, THEY TELL US THAT MIDDLE INCOME BUSINESSMEN WILL PROFIT BY THIS. BUT MIDDLE INCOME BUSINESSMEN ARE NOT PAYING MORE THAN 25% TO START WITH. THIS WILL ONLY BENEFIT THE RICH. AGAIN. WHILE BILLIONAIRES AND CORPORATIONS WILL ENJOY ALL THESE BENEFITS, THE REPUBLICAN BILL HANDS WORKING FAMILIES TICK TIME BOMBS -- TICKING TIME BOMBS. UNLIKE THE CORPORATE TAX CHANGES WHICH ARE PERMANENT AND INDEXED TO INFLATION, EVERY BENEFIT IN THE REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS SUNSETS AFTER FIVE YEARS OR IS INDEXED TO A SLOWER RATE OF INFLATION. SPEAKER RYAN BRAGS ABOUT A FAMILY EARNING $59,000 A YEAR GETTING A $1,500 BREAK IN THEIR TAX BURDEN NEXT YEAR. EVEN IN HIS EXAMPLE, BY 2023 THAT FAMILY IS RIGHT BACK WHERE THEY STARTED AND BY 2027 THEY WILL BE PAYING $500 MORE THAN THEY WERE THIS YEAR. THIS BILL WIPES OUT NEARLY EVERY DEDUCTION AND CREDIT THAT HELPS WORKING FAMILIES MAKE ENDS MEET. THE DEDUCTION OF STATE AND LOCAL INCOME TAXES, WHICH HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF MIDDLE INCOME NEW YORKERS RELY ON EACH YEAR. WHEN THE INCOME TAX WAS FIRST ENACTED TO FINANCE THE CIVIL WAR , AND WHEN IT WAS REIMPOSED TO FINANCE WORLD WAR I, WE'VE HAD IS INS -- IT SINCE THEN, WE'VE ALWAYS HAD A DEDUCTION FOR STATE AND LOCAL TAXES. WHY? BECAUSE YOU SHOULDN'T BE TAXED ON A TAX. YOU SHOULDN'T BE TAXED DOUBLY. IT'S UNFAIR. BUT NOW WE WILL BE. THE MEDICAL EXPENSE DEDUCTION, WHICH FAMILIES USE TO PAY FOR EVERYTHING FROM FERTILITY TREATMENTS TO NURSING HOME CARE, THIS DEDUCTION SAYS IF YOU'RE A MIDDLE INCOME FAMILY AND YOUR OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES BEYOND YOUR INSURANCE, IF YOU HAVE INSURANCE, BEYOND YOUR MEDICARE, IF YOU'RE A SENIOR CITIZEN, TOTAL MORE THAN 10% OF YOUR TOTAL GROSS INCOME, YOU CAN DEDUCT YOUR MEDICAL EXPENSES TO THE EXTENT THAT IT EXCEEDS 10% OF YOUR TOTAL GROSS INCOME. SO IT'S GOT TO BE LARGE. IF YOUR INCOME IS $75,000 A YEAR , YOU CAN ONLY DEDUCT THE MEDICAL EXPENSES THAT EXCEED $7,500. NOT THE FIRST $7,500. THIS WILL BE GONE TOO. NOW, IF YOU'VE GOT PARENTS IN NURSING HOMES, YOU DEPEND ON THIS. IF YOU'VE GOT A CHILD WITH CEREBRAL PALSY, GOD FORBID, IF YOU HAVE A KID WITH CANCER, YOU DEPEND ON THIS. BUT IT'S GOING TO BE GONE. THE STUDENT LOAN INTEREST DEDUCTION WILL BE GONE. SO PEOPLE GO TO SCHOOL, THEY GO TO COLLEGE, THEY COME OUT WITH THESE TERRIBLE HUGE DEBTS, THEY HAVE TO REPAY THE STUDENT LOANS. AT LEAST THEY CAN DEDUCT THE INTEREST ON THE STUDENT LOANS. NOT ANYMORE. THE ADOPTION TAX CREDIT. CHILD CARE SPENDING ACCOUNTS. EVEN DEDUCTIONS FOR TEACHERS WHO BUY SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR THEIR CLASSROOMS. ALL GONE. AND WHY? TO PAY FOR TAX BREAKS FOR BILLIONAIRES AND CORPORATIONS. IT'S BEEN POINTED OUT, UNDER THIS SCAM CORPORATIONS KEEP THESE DEDUCTIONS FOR THEIR INCOME. THEY KEEP THE STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION. BUT INDIVIDUALS DON'T. HOW CAN REPUBLICANS CLAIM THIS BILL HELPS THE AVERAGE AMERICAN WHEN FAMILIES ARE DENIED THE DEDUCTIONS THAT CORPORATIONS GET TO KEEP? IF THIS BILL IS SO BLATANTLY HARMFUL TO WORKING FAMILIES, WHY AM ARE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES SO CRAZY ABOUT IT? -- WHY ARE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES SO CRAZY ABOUT IT? DOES IT CREATE JOBS AND GIVE THE ECONOMY A BOOST? NO. AS I SAID WE'VE TRIED THAT TWICE BEFORE WITH DISASTROUS RESULTS. KANSAS, BROWNBACKISTAN AS IT WAS CALLED AFTER GOVERNOR BROWN TRIED THAT. GETTING OUT FROM A FOUR-DAY SCHOOL WEEKS. UNDER THIS PLAN, REPUBLICANS WITH TAX COMPANIES -- WOULD TAX COMPANIES LESS WHEN THEY PRODUCE GOODS OVERSEAS THAN WHEN THEY PRODUCE THEM HERE IN THE U.S. IT'S A GIANT INCENTIVE TO LARGE CORPORATIONS TO SEND JOBS OVERSEAS. AND IF YOU EVER DOUPTED -- DOUBTED THE REPUBLICANS WHO ARE DOING THIS AT THE BIDDING OF CORPORATE DON'T, JUST LAST WEEK CHAIRMAN BRADY -- DONORS, CHAIRMAN BRADY TWEET MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS OPPOSED AND GAVE THOSE CORPORATIONS BACK $100 BILLION IN REVENUE. NO SUCH CHANGES WERE MADE FOR WORKING FAMILIES. NOW, WE KNOW, WE KNOW FROM EXPERIENCE, THAT A FEW YEARS FROM NOW THE REPUBLICANS WILL USE THE $1.7 TRILLION DEFICIT TO SCAM -- THIS SCAM CREATES TO SAY, OH, MY GOD, LOOK AT THIS MASSIVE DEFICIT. WE HAVE TO MAKE TERRIBLE CUTS TO SOCIAL SECURITY, TO MEDICARE, TO EDUCATION, TO INFRASTRUCTURE. NOT THAT WE WANT TO. WE LOVE MEDICARE, WE LOVE SOCIAL SECURITY. BUT WE'VE GOT TO SAVAGE THEM IN ORDER TO PAY FOR THESE TERRIBLE DEFICITS WHICH WE CREATED. THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE BUILDING IN NOW. THAT'S WHAT THIS TAX BILL IS DESIGNED TO PRODUCE. THE REPUBLICANS ARE SCAMMING AMERICA, THEY'RE OFFERING A FACADE OF LOWER TAXES THAT MOST AMERICANS WILL NEVER SEE. IN EXCHANGE FOR MASSIVE AND PERMANENT TAX BREAKS FOR THE WEALTHY AND CORPORATIONS AND GUARANTEED CUTS DOWN THE ROAD. IN FACT, SOME OF THEM RIGHT AWAY, TO SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICAID, MEDICARE, EDUCATION, INFRASTRUCTURE. I DO NOT ACCEPT THAT DEAL. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SHOULDN'T HAVE TO EITHER. WE CAN FIND BIPARTISAN COMMON GROUND THAT ALLOWS US TO SUPPORT WORKING FAMILIES, CREATE JOBS AND SEE EVERY AMERICAN PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE. AMERICAN CORPORATIONS, HUGE CORPORATIONS HAVE $2.4 TRILLION STASHED ABROAD WHICH THEY DON'T PAY TAXES ON UNTIL THEY BRING IT HOME. WE DON'T HAVE TO ALLOW THAT. WE CAN MAKE THEM PAY TAXES ON IT RIGHT AWAY, WHETHER THEY BRING THE MONEY HOME OR NOT. WHY SHOULD WE ENCOURAGE THEM TO KEEP THE MONEY ABROAD, TO CREATE JOBS ABROAD, BY TELL THEM THEY DON'T PAY TAXES IF THE MONEY IS ABROAD? AND THE REPUBLICAN BILL JUST MAKES THAT WORSE. THIS REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM IS NOT A FAIR PLAN, IT'S NOT A PLAN TO INCREASE THE ECONOMY, IT'S NOT A PLAN FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH. IT'S NOT A PLAN FOR FAIRNESS FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. LET ME JUST SAY ONE OTHER THEN. A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO -- ME SAY ANOTHER THING. A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO WE WERE TOLD BY THE REPUBLICAN LEADERS THAT THE ECONOMIC GROWTH FROM THIS BILL WILL PRODUCE HUGE GAINS FOR THE AVERAGE FAMILY. NEVER MIND THE TAX CUT THAT THE AVERAGE FAMILY WILL OR WON'T GET. BECAUSE OF THE ECONOMIC GROWTH FROM THIS TAX PLAN, WAGES WILL GO UP AND THE AVERAGE PERSON WILL GET $,500 OR $2,000, DEPENDING WHO YOU'RE LISTENING TO IN EXTRA WAGES. WELL, A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO WE WERE TOLD THE SAME THING ABOUT A BANKRUPTCY BILL. THIS BANKRUPTCY BILL THAT THE BIG BANKS PUSHED AND ALL THE REPUBLICANS PUSHED, WE WERE TOLD THAT IF WE PASS THIS BILL, THE BANKS WILL SAVE SO MUCH MONEY FROM CERTAIN DEAD BEATS THAT THE AVERAGE AMERICAN WOULD SAVE $400 A YEAR IN LOWER INTEREST RATES. I OFFERED BE A AMENDMENT TO SAY, FINE, MANDATE THAT THE INTEREST RATES BE LOWERED. AND OF COURSE THE REPUBLICANS VOTED THAT DOWN. WELL, WE PASSED THAT BILL. WE PASSED THAT BILL 12 YEARS AGO. YOU HAVE SEEN THE INTEREST RATES GO DOWN? THE INTEREST RATES ARE STILL SKY-HIGH. THE BANKS RAKED IN THE MONEY HAND OVER FOOT. THE LOBBYISTS DID VERY WELL. THE REPUBLICANS COLLECTED THE CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DID NOT BENEFIT. SAME THING HERE. THERE WILL BE NO INCREASE IN ECONOMIC GROWTH AS A RESULT OF THIS BILL. THERE WILL BE NO INCREASE IN THE -- IN BENEFITS. THERE WILL SIMPLY BE A HUGE SUCKING SOUND AS THE MONEY IS TAKEN FROM THE MIDDLE CLASS AND LOW-INCOME PEOPLE AND GIVEN TO THE SUPER RICH. THIS BILL IS DISGUSTING. IT OUGHT TO BE REJECTED. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 06:09:39 PM

                  MR. GARAMENDI

                  MR. NADLER, THANK YOU SO MUCH. BRINGING YOUR VIEW FROM NEW YORK. YOU'RE…

                  MR. NADLER, THANK YOU SO MUCH. BRINGING YOUR VIEW FROM NEW YORK. YOU'RE QUITE CORRECT ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED DURING THE GREAT CRISIS IN 2008-2009. THE AMERICAN PUBLIC PROBABLY TO THE TUNE OF ABOUT $1 TRILLION BAILED OUT WALL STREET. AND HERE WE GO AGAIN. MAJOR SUPPORT FOR THE AMERICAN CORPORATIONS WHO ARE HIDING TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS OVERSEAS. LET ME JUST GIVE YOU ONE OTHER EXAMPLE. THERE'S A LOT OF TALK AROUND HERE FROM OUR REPUBLICAN FRIENDS THAT SOMEHOW IF WE REDUCE THE CORPORATE TAX RATE, WE WILL SEE JOBS BEING GENERATED AND SOME $4,000 A YEAR OF NEW MONEY IN THE POCKETS OF AMERICAN WORKERS. REALLY? YOU THINK SO? LET ME GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE OF ONE OF AMERICA'S GREAT CORPORATIONS, AT&T. I THINK WE ALL KNOW AT&T. WE PROBABLY HAVE THEM ON OUR SMARTPHONE. IN THE LAST DECADE AT&T WAS CAPABLE, USING VARIOUS TAX LOOPHOLES AND DEDUCKS, TO LOWER ITS EFFECTIVE CORPORATE TAX RATE, NOT TO 20%, BUT TO 8%. SO OVER THAT PERIOD OF TIME, WHILE THEY WERE REDUCING THEIR EFFECTIVE TAX RATE, THAT'S THEIR REAL TAX RATE, FROM WHATEVER IT WAS TO 8% DURING THAT DECADE, THEY -- DID THEY CREATE NEW JOBS? NO. WHAT THEY DID WAS TO LAY OFF 80,000 WORKERS. 80,000 WORKS. AND AT THE SAME TIME GUESS WHAT? THE C.E.O., HE RAKED IN $124 MILLION. SO WHAT'S GOING ON HERE? THE AMERICAN CORPORATIONS BACK IN THE 1970'S AND 1960'S INVESTED MORE THAN 50%, ALMOST 60% OF THEIR AFTER-TAX PROFITS IN EXPANDING THEIR BUSINESS. INVESTMENTS IN PLANT AND EQUIPMENT AND WAGES AND HIRING PEOPLE. TODAY IT'S LESS THAN 10% IS SPENT ON EXPANDING THEIR BUSINESS. INSTEAD THEY ARE PUMPING UP THEIR STOCK PRICES WITH BUYBACKS AND WITH DIVIDENDS. SO WHAT'S GOING DOWN? TELL ME THAT THIS IS GOING TO SOMEHOW CREATE JOBS. AND BY THE WAY, YOU DIDN'T QUITE PICK THIS ONE UP, SO LET ME ADD TO THE WEIGHT OF THIS TERRIBLE BILL. THEY USE WHAT IS CALLED TERRITORIAL TAX SYSTEM. TERRIFIC. CORPORATIONS WILL NOT BE TAXED FOR THEIR PROFITS GLOBALLY, BUT RATHER THEY WILL ONLY BE TAXED FOR THEIR PROFITS WITHIN THE UNITED STATES. SO IT'S EVEN A FURTHER INCENTIVE TO OFFSHORE YOUR JOBS TO THE LOWEST TAX PLACE IN THE WORLD, BAHAMAS. USED TO BE IRELAND. BUT THE E.U. ZDED THAT IRELAND WAS CHEATING THE -- DECIDED THAT IRELAND WAS CHEATING THE REST OF THE EUROPEAN COUNTRIES, PUT A STOP TO THAT. SO NOW THEY'RE OFF AND APPLE, GREAT CALIFORNIA COMPANY, ABANDONED IRELAND AND IS NOW I THINK LOCATED IN THE JERSEY ISLANDS OFF THE COAST OF GREAT BRITAIN. SCHEME SCAM, THE AMERICAN PUBLIC IS GOING TO BE THE BENEFICIARY? NO. IS GOING TO BE THE VICTIM. IS GOING TO BE THE VICTIM OF THIS GREAT TRANSFER OF WEALTH. MR. NADLER, YOU HAD ONE MORE POINT TO MAKE. THEN I'D LIKE TO GO TO MY COLLEAGUE, ALSO FROM NEW YORK, AND WHAT WE STILL CALL THE EAST-WEST SHOW.

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                • 06:12:58 PM

                  MR. NADLER

                  THANK YOU. DO I HAVE ONE MORE POINT TO MAKE AND YOU REMINDED ME OF IT. IN…

                  THANK YOU. DO I HAVE ONE MORE POINT TO MAKE AND YOU REMINDED ME OF IT. IN 2004 WHEN WE HAD THE REPATRIATION, WE TOLD THE BIG CORPORATIONS THEY COULD BRING ALL THE OFFSHORE MONEY HOME AND PAY ONLY A FRACTIONAL TAX ON IT, THEY WERE GOING TO CREATE JOBS AND SO FORTH AND WHAT HAPPENED, THEY DIDN'T CREATE JOBS. THEY HAD BUYBACKS, THEY ENRICHED THEIR EXECUTIVES, THEY DIDN'T CREATE JOBS. THE FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEM TODAY IS NOT THAT CORPORATIONS -- THE FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEM WITH THIS ANALYSIS IS NOT THAT CORPORATIONS DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO INVEST. AND THEREFORE IF WE GIVE THEM LOWER TAXES THEY'LL HAVE MORE MONEY TO INVEST. THEY HAVE PLENTY OF MONEY TO INVEST. THEY DON'T SEE THE INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES. AND THAT'S A DIFFERENT PROBLEM. THERE'S PLENTY OF MONEY TO INVEST. THEY ARE ROLLING IN CASH. THERE'S NOT A DEARTH OF INVESTMENT CASH. IF GIVE THEM MORE CASH, THEY'LL PAY THEIR C.E.O.'S HIGHER, THEY'LL PUT MORE MONEY INTO STOCK BUYBACKS. THE SHAREHOLDERS MAY BENEFIT. BUT THEY WON'T HIRE MORE WORKERS. THE ECONOMY WON'T BENEFIT. AND WE WILL BE TAKING MONEY AWAY FROM THE MIDDLE CLASS AND LOWER PEOPLE -- LOWER-INCOME PEOPLE, AND WE'LL BE TAKING MONEY AWAY FROM THE GOVERNMENT, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, THAT HAVE TO SPEND THE MONEY ON SCHOOLS AND HOUSING AND HEALTH AND ROADS AND BRIDGES AND SO FORTH TO BUILD UP THIS COUNTRY.

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                • 06:14:18 PM

                  MR. GARAMENDI

                  IT'S WHAT I'D LIKE TO CALL -- THANK YOU, MR. NADLER. APPRECIATE YOUR…

                  IT'S WHAT I'D LIKE TO CALL -- THANK YOU, MR. NADLER. APPRECIATE YOUR PRECIPITATION IN THIS. I'D LIKE NOW TO TURN DOCTOR PARTICIPATION IN THIS. I'D LIKE TO TURN NOW TO MR. TONKO.

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                • 06:14:30 PM

                  MR. TONKO

                  THANK YOU FOR LEADING US IN THIS SPECIAL ORDER. IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT…

                  THANK YOU FOR LEADING US IN THIS SPECIAL ORDER. IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT THE PUBLIC UNDERSTAND WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE WITH THIS ISSUE. THE FIRST RESPONSE OUGHT TO BE, HERE WE GO AGAIN. TRICKLE-DOWN HAS NOT WORKED IN THE PAST. THE FAR PAST, THE RECENT PAST. IT'S NOT GOING TO WORK AGAIN. SO, WHEN DOES TRICKLE-DOWN BECOME TRICKLE-UP? WELL, THE NAME OF THIS -- TO SUGGEST THAT THIS IS A TAX REFORM ACT IS REALLY PULLING A TRICK ON THE PUBLIC. THIS IS ABOUT A TAX CUT AND A TAX CUT FOR CORPORATIONS, A TAX CUT FOR THE WEALTHIEST AMONGST US. . THE TRICKLE DOWN THEORY BECOMES TRICKLE UP BECAUSE YOU'RE TAKE AND RAISING THE TAXES TO SOME 36 MILLION FAMILIES. THOSE THAT WOULD BE CLASSIFIED AS MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES, THOSE WHO WORK DAY IN AND DAY OUT AND DON'T EVEN EARN A MINIMUM WAGE. BUT THEY'RE WORKING. AND THE POOREST AMONGST US, THE LOWEST BRACKET, FWETS AN INCREASE NITS RATES. HOW IS THIS FAIR? HOW IS THIS ECONOMIC OR SOCIAL JUSTICE? BOTH MEASUREMENTS PROVE THAT IT'S FALSE. IT'S NOT ECONOMICALLY SOUND. IT'S NOT SOCIALLY JUST. WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE IS PLAYING A GAME WITH THE ECONOMY. AND WE'RE PUTTING THE ECONOMY, THE AMERICAN ECONOMY, AT GREAT RISK. WE HAVE SEEN MAJOR EFFORTS MADE SINCE JANUARY OF 2009 TO GROW THE ECONOMY AND NOW WE HAVE THIS SCAM, THIS TRICKERY, TO GO AND DO A TRICKLE UP. TAKE FROM THE WORKING FAMILIES, DENY THEIR PURCHASING POWER, WEAKEN THEIR PURCHASING POWER AND GIVE IT TO CORPORATIONS, GIVE IT TO THE UPPER INCOME STRATA IN THIS COUNTRY. THAT IS THE FORMULA FOR DISASTER. AND WE'RE GOING TO PAY WICKEDLY FOR THIS EFFORT. WE HAVE ALWAYS HEARD ABOUT DEFICIT SITUATIONS. WHEN PRESIDENT CLINTON WAS IN OFFICE. WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS IN OFFICE. THE REPUBLICANS WOULD TALK ABOUT A DEFICIT SITUATION. THERE SEEMS TO BE NO CONSIDER ABOUT DEFICIT HERE. A DEAF EAR TO THE DEFICIT. GROWING, WERE ROWING, TO SPEND. BORROWING TO SPEND. BORROWING $1.5 TRILLION, WHICH PROBABLY AMASSES TO $1.1 TRILLION TO $2.3 TRILLION WITH THE COST OF BORROWING, AND USING THAT BORROWING TO SPEND ON THE WEALTHIEST AMONGST US. BE THEY FAMILIES, INDIVIDUALS, OR CORPORATIONS. HOW DOES THAT MAKE ECONOMIC SENSE? HOW DOES THAT HELP THE ECONOMY? WHEN WE LOOK AT THIS SITUATION, WE'RE GOING TO IMPACT YOUR AVERAGE FAMILY IN ANY OF OUR DISTRICTS, THOSE WHO ARE WORKING TO MAINTAIN A HOUSEHOLD, TO PERHAPS PUT ASIDE SOME SAVINGS FOR IMPROVEMENTS OF THAT HOUSEHOLD OR TO ASSIST THEIR CHILDREN IN THEIR PURSUITS OF A CAREER. BE IT APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS OR COLLEGE PROGRAMS, WE ARE GOING TO HURT THESE FAMILIES. STUDENTS WILL REALIZE LAIR -- REALIZE THAT THEIR TUITION DEDUCTION SE LIMB NATED. WE WILL REALIZE, STUDENTS WILL REALIZE, FORMER STUDENTS, WILL REALIZE THEIR LOAN INTEREST DEDUCTION WILL BE ELIMINATED. FAMILIES WHO, AND I HEARD A LOT ABOUT THIS REPRESENTATIVE GARAMENDI, WHEN I WAS HOME OVER THE LAST TWO WEEKENDS. WE HAVE ALWAYS DEDUCTED EXORBITANT MEDICAL EXPENSES WHEN WE DID OUR TAXES. WE PREPARED THAT FOR OUR ACCOUNTANT BECAUSE WE HAD EXORBITANT MEDICAL FEES. MEDICAL EXPENDITURES. BE THEY FOR FAMILIES WALKING THROUGH LIFE WITH ALZHEIMER'S OR FIGHTING CANCER OR WHO HAVE CHRONIC ILLNESSES. THEY DESERVE TO HAVE THAT DEDUCTION. I'M TOLD ON AVERAGE IT'S $9,000. IT AFFECTS 73% OF PEOPLE WHO MAKE THAT DEDUCTION ARE EARNING LESS THAN $75,000. THIS IS A BRUTAL RESPONSE TO AMERICA'S WORKING FAMILIES. IT'S A HARSHNESS TOSSED AGAINST THIS ECONOMY THAT HAS FINALLY STARTED TO CHURN OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS. NOW WE STEP UP AND WANT TO WRECK ALL OF THAT. WE HAVE ALL SORTS OF EFFORTS THAT DENY VARIOUS PROFESSIONALS. TEACHERS, FOR ONE. THAT WILL NOT BE ABLE TO DEDUCT FOR CLASSROOM EXPENSES. WHERE THEY WILL OUT OF THEIR OWN POCKET PROVIDE FOR GREATER RESOURCES FOR THE CHILDREN WHO ARE THEIR CLASSES THAT THEY TEACH. THEY'RE FACILITATING THIS DISCOVERY, SELF-DISCOVERY WITH THESE CHILDREN. THEY ARE DIGGING INTO THEIR POCKET TOTS MAKE THAT EXPERIENCE ALL THE MORE REAL, ALL THE MORE MAGICAL, ALL THE MORE IMPORTANT. AND HERE WE'RE GOING TO DENY TEACHERS. TO DEDUCT THOSE EXPENSES. BUT WE WON'T DO THAT FOR THE BUSINESSES THAT WANT TO REACH INTO THEIR OWN POCKETS AND SPEND. WE LOOK AT THIS SITUATION AND WE UNDERSTAND WHO GETS A FAIR SHAKE IN THIS DEAL. IN THIS DANCE. AND IT IS REGRETTABLE. AND NOW THE TALK OF A SENATE VERSION BRINGING IN THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE? DOLLARS THAT ARE MADE AVAILABLE FOR FAMILIES TO REALIZE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE AND WE'RE GOING TO PENALIZE THEM AND USE THAT TO HELP PAY FOR THIS BORROWING? THIS IS A DISASTER. AND AMERICA NEEDS TO SEE THIS WITH ITS EYES WIDE OPEN. AND TO CALL YOUR INDIVIDUAL REPRESENTATIVES AND ASK THEM TO TELL YOU HOW YOU'RE GOING TO BENEFIT FROM THIS PACKAGE. SOMEBODY TODAY ONCE TOLD ME IT'S A ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY FOR TAX REFORM. TAX REFORM. IS THERE REFORM? THERE ARE THE SAME OLD LOOPHOLE WELL, GROW MORE LOOPHOLES. AND THEY'RE GETTING A TAX BREAK IN ADDITION. WHAT ARE WE DOING TO OUR ECONOMY HERE? THIS IS A TERRIBLE BILL. WHEN IT COMES TO THE SALT DEDUCTION, THE STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION, YOU WILL DESTROY STATES BY REQUIRING DOUBLE TAXATION ON THE INVESTMENTS THEY MAKE IN THEIR OWN PROGRAMS IN THEIR STATE. THAT WILL SEVERELY IMPACT UPON PEOPLE IN MY HOME STATE OF NEW YORK. AND I THINK IT'S A DISASTER THAT THIS HOUSE, MAJORITY, THE ENTIRE MAJORITY WOULD ALLOW THIS BILL TO COME TO THE FLOOR. BEFORE YOU TELL ME HOW YOU'RE GOING TO VOTE ON THIS BILL, TELL ME HOW YOU TRIED TO STOP IT FROM COMING TO THE FLOOR BECAUSE IT HURTS SO MANY AMERICANS. 36 MILLION FAMILIES WILL BE IMPACTED. THEY WILL SEE A TAX INCREASE. THAT'S NOT MY WORDS, IT'S NOT REPRESENTATIVE GARAMENDI'S WORDS, IT'S COMING FROM THE TAX POLICY CENTER. PEOPLE ARE -- PUTTING THIS ONE UNDER THE MICROSCOPE AND THEY'RE DETAILING WHAT'S IN HERE AND WHAT'S NOT IN HERE. AND THIS IS A SCAM. IT'S BRINGING DOWN AN ECONOMY. IT'S TAKING IT IN THE WRONG DIRECTION. IT GIVES TAX BREAKS TO CORPORATIONS THAT WANT TO GROW THEIR PROSPERITY OFFSHORE. AND MAKING IT MORE PRODUCTIVE FOR THEM TO TAKE JOBS OVERSEAS. HOW CAN WE TOLERATE THIS? NO WONDER THEY'RE TRYING TO RUSH THE BILL NOW. GET IT DONE IN A DAY OR TWO. BEFORE AMERICA FINDS OUT WHAT'S IN IT. THIS IS THE TAX DISASTER. NOT A TAX REFORM. IT'S A TAX CUT FOR THE WEALTHY AT THE EXPENSE OF WORKING FAMILIES AND THOSE WHO WORK BELOW MINIMUM WAGE IN THIS COUNTRY. PEOPLE WHO MAKE IT THEIR GOAL TO BE SELF-SUFFICIENT AND NOW THIS IS HOW THEY'RE REWARDED.

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                • 06:22:59 PM

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                  WOULD MY COLLEAGUE YIELD.

                • 06:23:03 PM

                  MR. TONKO

                  ABSOLUTELY, I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN.

                • 06:23:06 PM

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                  I THANK MR. GARAMENDI FOR BRINGING THIS MEASURE. I JUST WANT TO TELL YOU…

                  I THANK MR. GARAMENDI FOR BRINGING THIS MEASURE. I JUST WANT TO TELL YOU IN SEVEN MINUTES, I ALONG WITH OTHER MEMBERS OF THE RULES COMMITTEE WILL BE MEETING ON WHAT IS DESCRIBED AS AN EMERGENCY MEETING. THAT EMERGENCY IS WHAT YOU ALL HAVE BEEN DESCRIBING. WE WERE ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED TO MEET AT RULES ON TOMORROW AND NOW IN AN EFFORT TO JAM THIS MEASURE THROUGH, WE ARE MEETING IN AN EMERGENCY CAPACITY. WHAT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC NEEDS TO KNOW IS THE SUBSTANCE OF WHAT YOU TWO GENTLEMEN AND OTHERS HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT, BUT PLEASE KNOW THIS. EVERY MEMBER DESERVES THE RIGHT TO CONTRIBUTE TO THESE BILLS WHEN THEY ARE -- WHEN THEY AFFECT ALL OUR CONSTITUENTS AND WILL LEAD TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS PAYING MORE IN TAXES.

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                • 06:24:04 PM

                  MR. HASTINGS

                  YOU ALL WILL HAND THEY WILL SUBSTANCE BUT I THOUGHT I WOULD ADD THAT IN…

                  YOU ALL WILL HAND THEY WILL SUBSTANCE BUT I THOUGHT I WOULD ADD THAT IN WITH MY THANKS TO YOU, MR. GARAMENDI. IT IS JUST ATROCIOUS WHAT'S GOING ON AND NOT JUST DEMOCRATS OR REPUBLICANS, BUT MANY PERSONS WHO SET THEIR REPRESENTATIVE -- SENT THEIR REPRESENTATIVES HERE ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE THEIR REPRESENTATIVES BE HEARD.

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                • 06:24:27 PM

                  MR. GARAMENDI

                  IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD, AS AN ESTEEMED MEMBER OF THE RULE…

                  IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD, AS AN ESTEEMED MEMBER OF THE RULE COMMITTEES, THERE'S AN EMERGENCY MEETING TO PUSH THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR WITHOUT ANY PUBLIC HEARINGS. IS THAT CORRECT?

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                • 06:24:43 PM

                  MR. HASTINGS

                  NO HEARINGS WHATSOEVER. YET THE SPEAKER STOOD UP AND SAID WE ARE FOLLOWING…

                  NO HEARINGS WHATSOEVER. YET THE SPEAKER STOOD UP AND SAID WE ARE FOLLOWING REGULAR ORDER. WE ARE NOT FOLLOWING REGULAR ORDER AT ALL.

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                • 06:24:53 PM

                  MR. GARAMENDI

                  MY RECOLLECTION IN THE 1986 REAGAN TAX REFORM, IT TOOK TWO YEARS OF PUBLIC…

                  MY RECOLLECTION IN THE 1986 REAGAN TAX REFORM, IT TOOK TWO YEARS OF PUBLIC HEARINGS ALL AROUND THE COUNTRY AND SOME 30 HEARINGS IN THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, PROBABLY A SIMILAR NUMBER ON THE SENATE SIDE, BEFORE THE BILL CAME TO THE FLOOR. THERE WERE MANY, MANY AMENDMENTS THAT WERE OFFERED WITHIN THE RULE.

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                • 06:25:14 PM

                  MR. HASTINGS

                  IN ADDITION TO HEARING FROM EXPERTS AND FROM AFFECTED ENTITIES AROUND THE…

                  IN ADDITION TO HEARING FROM EXPERTS AND FROM AFFECTED ENTITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY AND NOW WE'RE DOING IT IN TWO WEEKS. I HAVE TO GO TO THE RULE COMMITTEES BUT I THANK YOU ALL FOR WHAT YOU'RE DOING.

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                • 06:25:28 PM

                  MR. GARAMENDI

                  DO, TRYING TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC FROM THIS HASTY THING, MR.…

                  DO, TRYING TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC FROM THIS HASTY THING, MR. HASTINGS, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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                • 06:25:38 PM

                  MR. TONKO

                  REPRESENTATIVE GARAMENDI, IF I COULD, I WOULD LOVE TO POINT OUT, I WOULD…

                  REPRESENTATIVE GARAMENDI, IF I COULD, I WOULD LOVE TO POINT OUT, I WOULD ENCOURAGE MIDDLE CLASS AMERICA TO RAISE ITS VOICE. RAISE YOUR VOICE BECAUSE WHEN WE LOOK AT THE REPEAL OF THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE THAT'S BEING SUGGESTED HERE, YOU'RE GOING TO RIP AWAY HEALTH CARE FOR SOME 13 MILLION AMERICANS. AND THAT, ALONGSIDE THE 36 MILLION FAMILIES IN THIS COUNTRY THAT ARE GOING TO SEE A TAX INCREASE. BEFORE THAT HITS HOME, STAND UP AND SPEAK OUT. AND IF YOU'RE NOT GOING TO GET A TAX INCREASE, IF YOU MIGHT GET CRUMBS OFF THE TABLE, REMEMBER, IF YOU WEREN'T AT THE TABLE AND THIS WAS DEN IN VEILED SECRECY IF YOU'RE NOT AT THE TABLE YOU'RE PROBABLY ON THE MENU. SO HERE YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE THESE FAMILIES, 36 MILLION THAT WILL GET A TAX INCREASE BUT IF YOU'RE GOING TO GET MAYBE A CRUMB OFF THE TABLE, THAT'S SUNSET. AND THE OTHER -- THAT SUNSETS. AND THE OTHER BENEFITS WILL GO FOREVER. SO THIS IS A MONUMENTAL CHANGE IN A TAX CUT POLICY. IT'S NOT REFORM. IT'S CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY AND CORPORATIONS AT THE EXPENSE OF WORKING FAMILIES AND FINALLY, I WOULD JUST MAKE MENTION THAT THERE WOULD BE AN IMMEDIATE $25 BILLION CUT IN MEDICARE. THE EFFORTS THAT WERE MADE UNDER THE PREVIOUS, UNDER THE LAST ADMINISTRATION, TO BRING FORTH STABILITY, TO MEDICARE, TO MAKE CERTAIN IT HAD A LONGER LIFE OUT THERE, ARE NOW GOING TO BE WIPED AWAY. AND THAT IS A VERY IMPORTANT -- THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT PROGRAM TO AMERICANS. VERY IMPORTANT PROGRAM. AND SO WE CANNOT AFFORD TO HAVE THIS GO THROUGH IN VEILED SECRECY, ON A RUSH, IN THE NEXT DIOR TWO, WITHOUT AMERICA KNOWING WHAT'S ON THE TABLE.

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                • 06:27:28 PM

                  MR. GARAMENDI

                  MR. TONKO, THANK YOU SO VERY -- THANK YOU SO VERY, VERY MUCH. WE'RE GOING…

                  MR. TONKO, THANK YOU SO VERY -- THANK YOU SO VERY, VERY MUCH. WE'RE GOING TO BE YIELDING THIS FLOOR TO OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES, ALL OF WHOM WHEN I SEE THEM BEGINNING TO ASSEMBLE, ALL OF THEM WHO JUST THREE WEEKS AGO WERE DEFICIT HAWKS. I'M GOING TO POINT THIS OUT AND LEAVE'9" HERE FOR MY COLLEAGUES WHO WILL BE TALKING ABOUT WHY WE OUGHT TO INCREASE THE DEFICIT. THE CURRENT STRUCTURAL DEFICIT IS ABOUT $500 BILLION. WE'RE GOING TO ADD JUST THIS YEAR $115 BILLION ON TOP OF THAT. YOU CAN SEE THAT. BUT OVER THE NEXT DECADE THAT PRESENT STRUCTURAL DEFICIT WILL GROW TO NEARLY $1 TRILLION A YEAR AND WE WILL ADD TO IT ANOTHER CUP -- ANOTHER COUPLE HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS. SO THE DEFICIT HAWKS HAVE A CHOICE. THEY CAN LIVE WITH THE DEFICIT, FORGET WERE DEFICIT HAWKS, AND JUST INCREASE THE DEFICIT WITH THIS 1% TAX BILL, H.R. 1, OR THEY CAN DO WHAT I CALL THE TEXAS TWO-STEP. KEEP IN MIND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE IS A TEXAN. THE TEXAN TWO-STEP IS FIRST YOU SERIOUSLY CUT THE REVENUES. WITH THIS TAX BILL THAT THIS -- THAT IS NOT A REFORM BUT RATHER A TPWHAIL ACTUALLY 50% OF THE TRILLION -- OF THE $1,500 BILLION GOES TO THE CORPORATIONS IN THE TOP 1% O. FORGET ABOUT THE DEFICIT OR DO THE TEXAS TWO-STEP. CUT THE REVENUES AND THEN CUT THE PROGRAMS. WHAT ARE THE PROGRAMS? YOU MENTIONED MEDICARE. ALREADY IN THE BUDGET THAT PASSED THIS HOUSE WITH MR. RYAN AS SPEAKER WAS A $500 BILLION REDUCTION TO MEDICARE AND A $700 BILLION OR $00 BILLION REDUCTION TO MEDICAID. 60% OF WHICH GO TO THE ELDERLY IN NURSING HOMES. THAT'S WHAT THEY HAVE IN MIND. SECONDLY, THEY'LL TALK ABOUT A TRILLION DOLLAR INFRASTRUCTURE. NO WAY. THE MONEY IS GONE. THERE WILL BE NO INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM NO ROADS NEW YORK TRAINS NEW YORK BUSES. NO LEVEES. NO REPAIR.

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                • 06:29:44 PM

                  MR. TONKO

                  AND MR. GARAMENDI, I WOULD POINT OUT, TINKERING WITH THE PUBLIC UTILITY…

                  AND MR. GARAMENDI, I WOULD POINT OUT, TINKERING WITH THE PUBLIC UTILITY BONDS, THAT PUBLIC UTILITY FINANCING THAT WILL BE DEVASTATED BY THIS BILL, ADDS TO THE FURTHER WOES FOR BUILDING OUR INVESTMENTS IN INFRASTRUCTURE OF ALL KINDS.

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                • 06:30:00 PM

                  MR. GARAMENDI

                  AND YOU MIGHT ADD EDUCATION TO THAT. SO WHAT DO YOU DO? STUDENT LOANS, OF…

                  AND YOU MIGHT ADD EDUCATION TO THAT. SO WHAT DO YOU DO? STUDENT LOANS, OF WHICH $1.4 TRILLION AND NEARLY $1 TRILLION OF THAT IS OWNED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THESE STUDENTS ARE PAYING INTEREST TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND TO ADD TO THAT WE'RE GOING TO DENY THEM THE ABILITY TO DEDUCT THE STUDENT INTEREST -- THE LOAN INTEREST THAT THEY'RE PAYING. THIS IS JUST REALLY HYPOCRITICAL AND IT IS VERY, VERY HARMFUL TO THE ECONOMY. WE WANT TO DO JOB TRAINING. FORGET IT THIS EMONEY IS GONE. THE TEXAS TWO-STEP WILL DENY US THE MONEY WE NEED FOR EDUCATION. REDUCE THE REVENUES. AND THEN CUT THE PROGRAMS TO ATTEMPT TO BRING BACK UNDER CRIMINAL THE DEFICIT. IT DID NOT LOOK -- IT DID NOT WORK, IT WILL NOT WORK, WHAT IT MEANS IS THE AMERICAN ECONOMY THAT IS RECOVERING, IS RECOVERING, IS GOING TO BE GIVEN A WALLOP ON THE SIDE OF ITS HEAD AND WE'RE GOING TO SEE SOME REAL SERIOUS PROBLEMS AS WE ATTEMPT TO BUILD A FOUNDATION FOR FUTURE ECONOMIC GROWTH. THE MONEY WILL NOT BE THERE. AND I SUSPECT AT THAT -- THAT THAT EMERGENCY MEETING OF THE RULE COMMITTEES IS TO SPECIFICALLY DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM ANNOUNCED BY THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE THREE HOURS AGO THAT SAID THIS TAX BILL WILL CREATE AN -- TPWHIFES SEQUESTRATION LAW, IT'S A LAW, WILL CREATE AN AUTOMATIC $25 BILLION REDUCTION IN MEDICAID, EXCUSE ME, MEDICARE IMMEDIATELY AND ANOTHER $111 BILLION REDUCTION IN PROGRAMS NOT TO BE DETERMINED BY THE REPRESENTATIVINGS OF THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES -- REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES BUT RATHER BY MICK MULVANEY, THE HEAD OF THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET WHO IS KNOWN TO BE REALLY WEIRD IN HIS BUDGET PROPOSAL. HE WILL MAKE $111 BILLION REDUCTION ALL ON HIS OWN IF THIS TAX BILL TASSES AS IT IS WRITTEN TODAY. THIS IS SERIOUS BUSINESS, AMERICANS. THIS IS ABOUT YOUR FUTURE. THIS IS ABOUT YOUR ABILITY TO HAVE A DECENT JOB IN AMERICA, A DECENT INFRASTRUCTURE, DECENT EDUCATION SYSTEM AND MEDICAL SERVICES. WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH PROGRAM WHICH IS NOT YET IN PLACE. . IT IS UNBELIEVABLE THAT WITHOUT ONE PUBLIC HEARING, THE REPUBLICANS ARE DETERMINED TO PASS $1.5 TRILLION TAX CUT OF WHICH 50% OF THE BENEFIT GOES TO THE TOP 1% AND AMERICA'S CORPORATIONS WHO ARE GIVEN YET ANOTHER REASON TO OFFSHORE THEIR JOBS WITH WHAT IS CALLED TERRITORIAL PRICING. THIS IS WHERE WE ARE, FOLKS. WRAP IT UP, IF YOU WILL.

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                • 06:32:49 PM

                  MR. TONKO

                  I WOULD JUST SAY, LET'S DO THIS WITH OUR EYES WIDE OPEN. TRICKLE-DOWN…

                  I WOULD JUST SAY, LET'S DO THIS WITH OUR EYES WIDE OPEN. TRICKLE-DOWN ISN'T GOING TO HAPPEN. TAX REFORM, THIS IS NOT TAX REFORM. AND CERTAINLY TAX CUTS, WHERE YOU AID THE UPPER INCOME STRATA AND CORPORATIONS AT THE EXPENSE OF AN INCREASE OF TAXES TO THE MIDDLE CLASS IS WHAT THIS IS ABOUT. IT'S PATHETIC. IT'S DEVASTATING. IT'S DISASTROUS. AND IT OUGHT TO BE DENIED.

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                • 06:33:17 PM

                  MR. GARAMENDI

                  EXACTLY RIGHT. FINALLY AS WE TURN THIS FLOOR OVER TO OUR REPUBLICAN…

                  EXACTLY RIGHT. FINALLY AS WE TURN THIS FLOOR OVER TO OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES, I REALLY AM INTERESTED IN HEARING WHY, AND I SEE ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES FROM OUR AREA, WHY IN THE CENTRAL VALUEY OF CALIFORNIA, WHERE ANYWHERE FROM 110,000 TO 150,000 FAMILIES WHO PAY TAXES ARE GOING TO LOSE THEIR STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION, THEY WILL LOSE SOMEWHERE BETWEEN $7,000 AND $12,000 OF DEDUCTIONS. AND THAT AMOUNTS TO AN INCREASE IN TAXES ANYWHERE FROM $1,500 TO $2,000. I WANT TO HEAR THEM EXPLAIN WHY THAT IS GOOD TAX POLICY. WE'LL SEE WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY. THEY'LL BE ON THE FLOOR IN A FEW MOMENTS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, WE YIELD BACK.

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                • 06:34:00 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE CHAIR WOULD REMIND MEMBERS TO DIRECT ALL REMARKS TO THE CHAIR AND TO…

                  THE CHAIR WOULD REMIND MEMBERS TO DIRECT ALL REMARKS TO THE CHAIR AND TO FORMALLY YIELD AND RECLAIM TIME WHEN UNDER RECOGNITION. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. LAMBORN, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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                • 06:34:17 PM

                  MR. LAMBORN

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. BEFORE I BEGIN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. BEFORE I BEGIN, 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 MY SPECIAL ORDER.

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                • 06:34:27 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                • 06:34:28 PM

                  MR. LAMBORN

                  IT'S A GREAT HONOR FOR ME TO COME TO THE HOUSE FLOOR TONIGHT TO CELEBRATE…

                  IT'S A GREAT HONOR FOR ME TO COME TO THE HOUSE FLOOR TONIGHT TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK. THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE NEXT HOUR TO CELEBRATE THE TREMENDOUS INFLUENCE OF THE BIBLE ON THE FREEDOMS WE ENJOY TODAY IN AMERICA. WE ARE TRULY BLESSED TO LIVE IN A NATION WHERE WE ARE FREE TO WORSHIP AND READ THE HOLY SCRIPTURES WITHOUT FEAR OF PERSECUTION. THERE ARE MANY PLACES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, UNFORTUNATELY, WHERE SUCH FREEDOMS DO NOT EXIST. AMERICANS HAVE THE RIGHT UNDER OUR WONDERFUL SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT TO RESPECT AND STUDY THE BIBLE, OR ANY OTHER SYSTEM OF BELIEF IF THEY SO CHOOSE. OR EVEN NO BELIEF AT ALL. THAT IS THE BEAUTY OF THE AMERICAN WAY AND I BELIEVE IT IS FOUNDED AND GOES BACK TO THE BIBLE. IN 1941 PRESIDENT FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT DECLADE -- DECLARED THE WEEK OF THANKSGIVING TO BE NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK. EVERY U.S. PRESIDENT SINCE HAS FOLLOWED THIS TRADITION BY DECLARING THIS TIME OF YEAR TO BE NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK. THE NATIONAL BIBLE ASSOCIATION AND THE U.S. CONFERENCE OF BISHOPS HAVE DESIGNATED THE SPECIFIC DAYS OF NOVEMBER 12 AND 18 THIS YEAR AS NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK. THIS IS THE WEEK SET ASIDE TO RECOGNIZE THE BIBLE AS A FOUNDATIONAL BUILDING BLOCK OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION, THE JUDEO-CHRISTIAN HERITAGE, AND THE LEGACY THAT MOTIVATED AND SHAPED THE FOUNDING OF THE UNITED STATES. IN THIS HOUR, WE WILL HEAR FROM MEMBERS OF CONGRESS FROM VARIOUS FAITH TRADITIONS AND DENOMINATIONS SPEAK ABOUT WHAT THE BIBLE MEANS TO THEM AND WHAT IT MEANS TO THE COUNTRY. WE ARE HERE IN KEEPING WITH TRADITION TO RECOGNIZE NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK. I'M JUST GOING TO SPEAK FOR A COUPLE MOMENTS ABOUT MY OWN PERSONAL EXPERIENCE AND TURN IT OVER TO SOME MEMBERS WHO WANT TO SHARE SOME THOUGHTS THAT I THINK ARE WELL WORTH LISTENING. WHEN I WAS A FRESHMAN AT THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS FOUR DECADES AGO, SOMEONE ASKED ME IF I KNEW WHAT THE BIBLE WAS ABOUT. I SAID, YES, I KNEW WHAT IT WAS ALL ABOUT. I REALIZED MY ANSWER WAS ACTUALLY PRETTY PRESUMP WHITE HOUSE BECAUSE I'D NEVER ACTUALLY READ ANY OF IT. MR. SPEAKER, I WONDER IF THIS MIGHT BE TRUE FOR OTHERS WHO MIGHT BE LISTENING TONIGHT. THE ONLY HONEST THING I COULD DO AT THAT POINT WAS TO READ THE BIBLE FOR MYSELF. I STARTED BY READING THE GOSPEL OF JOHN IN THE NEW TESTAMENT. WHEN I READ IT, I DISCOVERED THAT I HADN'T KNOWN AT ALL WHAT THE BIBLE WAS ABOUT. IN THIS THAT GOSPEL, JESUS SAYS, I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE, NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER BUT THROUGH ME. AND I ENDED UP DISCOVERING A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST WHO BECAME MY LORD AND SAVIOR. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS WHAT I KNOW FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE. IT IS BETTER TO READ THE BIBLE FOR ONE'S SELF AND NOT JUST TO TAKE SOMEONE ELSE'S WORD FOR WHAT IT -- FOR WHAT IS IN IT. FOR ME IT MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD. MY LIFE HAS BEEN TOTALLY DIFFERENT SINCE THEN AS A RESULT. AS KING DAVID SAYS IN THE SAUMS, THE UNFOLDING OF YOUR WORDS GIVES LIGHT, IT GIVES UNDERSTANDING TO THE SIMPLE. AS WE CELEBRATE NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK, WE REMEMBER THE IMPORTANCE OF FAITH IN BOTH OUR PRIVATE AND PUBLIC LIVES. WE RECOGNIZE THE BIBLE'S POWERFUL MESSAGE OF HOPE. WE CHERISH THE WISDOM OF THE BIBLE AND WE THANK GOD FOR PROVIDING THIS HOLY BOOK THAT HAS TRULY BEEN IN THE WORDS OF SCRIPTURE A LAMPEN TO OUR FEET AND A LIGHT UNTO OUR PATH. AT THIS POINT I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE FOR FIVE MINUTES THE GENTLELADY FROM MISSOURI, MRS. HARTZLER.

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                • 06:37:52 PM

                  MRS. HARTZLER

                  THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I HAVE A RIDDLE FOR EVERYONE. WHAT IS THE MOST…

                  THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I HAVE A RIDDLE FOR EVERYONE. WHAT IS THE MOST DANGEROUS BOOK EVER PUBLISHED? WHAT IS THE MOST POWERFUL BOOK EVER WRITTEN? WHAT IS THE MOST CITED BOOK BY PRESIDENTS AND OUR NATION'S FOUNDERS? AND WHAT IS THE MOST PRIZED POSSESSION THAT I OWN? MY BIBLE. IT'S A CONTROVERSIAL BOOK. MANY PEOPLE HAVE IT ON THEIR SHELF AT HOME OR IT GARTHS DUST ON SOME END TABLE AND -- GATHERS DUST ON SOME END TABLE AND PEOPLE THINK IT'S A PRETTY INNOCUOUS BOOK. BUT MORE PEOPLE HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES OVER THIS BOOK THAN ANY OTHER BOOK EVER WRITTEN. MANY RULERS HAVE ORDERED THE GATHERING AND BURNING OF ALL BIBLES IN THE COUNTRY AND EVEN TODAY IN CHRIS LIKE NORTH KOREA, TO SEFFINGS A BIBLE -- POSSESSION OF A BIBLE RESULTS IN DEATH. OR A SENTENCE TO A LABOR CAMP. WHY? WELL, BECAUSE IT IS MORE THAN A HISTORIC BOOK. ALTHOUGH IT IS. AND IT'S MORE THAN A COLLECTION OF WISE ADVICE AND SPELL-BOUNDING STORIES, WHICH IT IS. IT HAS THE AUDACITY TO CLAIM SOMETHING RADICAL AND AWE-INSPIRING AT THE SAME TIME. IT CLAIMS TO BE THE WORD OF GOD. NOW, AS A RESULT IT CHANGES LIVES. THE BIBLE REVEALS A PLAN. IT STARTS RIGHT OUT WITH THESE WORDS -- IN THE BEGINNING GOD MADE. AND THAT CHANGES EVERYTHING. THAT SETS THE STAGE SAYING, WE ARE NOT HERE BY CHANCE. THAT THERE'S A LOVING GOD WHO HAS A DESIGN AND WE'RE A PART OF IT. IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE IF WE HAVE A PLAN. IT REVEALS THAT PLAN. IT ALSO GIVES US A PURPOSE. PART OF THE PSALMS SAYS, WE ARE FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE BY A LOVE GOD. WE'RE NOT HERE BY CHANCE -- LOVING GOD. WE'RE NOT HERE BY CHANCE. AND IT GOES ON TO SAY, FOR I KNOW, AND THIS IS GOD SPEAKING, FOR I KNOW THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU, SAYS THE LORD. PLANS FOR GOOD AND NOT FOR EVIL. TO GIVE YOU A FUTURE AND A HOPE. THAT'S EXCITING. THE BIBLE ALSO GIVES US POWER. GIVES US POWER TO OVERCOME EVIL AND HARDSHIP AND TRIALS OF LIFE. BY REVEALING HOW GOD SENT HIS SON, JESUS, TO INTRODUCE US TO GOD AND MAKE A WAY FOR US TO HAVE A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LIVING GOD WHO MADE US AND LOVES US. IT'S INCREDIBLE. AND THE BIBLE ALSO GIVES US PEACE AND HOPE AS A RESULT. NOT JUST FOR TODAY, BUT FOR THE FUTURE. I START EACH DAY READING FROM MY BIBLE AND I AM SO THANKFUL FOR IT. IT HAS MADE A DIFFERENCE IN MY LIFE. AND I WANT TO INVITE ANYONE WHO HAS NEVER READ IT TO READ IT. AND TO DISCOVER GOD'S PLAN AND PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE, WHICH WILL GIVE YOU POWER AND PEACE. SO LET THIS MOST RADICAL BOOK EVER WRITTEN TOUCH AND BLESS YOUR LIFE. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 06:41:14 PM

                  MR. LAMBORN

                  I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM MISSOURI FOR HER WISE WORDS. AND…

                  I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM MISSOURI FOR HER WISE WORDS. AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING WORDS OF AND I WOULD NOW LIKE TO YIELD -- WORD. AND I WOULD NOW LIKE TO YIELD -- WORDS. AND I WOULD NOW LIKE TO YIELD TO MRS. NOEM.

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                • 06:41:33 PM

                  MRS. NOEM

                  THANK YOU. I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK. AS I…

                  THANK YOU. I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK. AS I REFLECTED ON WHAT I WOULD SHARE WITH EVERYONE TONIGHT, I COULDN'T GET AWAY FROM MY BACKGROUND AND MY FAMILY HERITAGE OF BEING RAISED BY CHRISTIAN PARENTS THAT WERE RAISED BY CHRISTIAN GRANDPARENTS, THAT WORKED HARD AND BELIEVED THAT THE INSTRUCTION BOOK FOR LIFE WAS THE WORD OF GOD. BRIAN AND I HAVE CHOSEN TO RAISE OUR CHILDREN IN MUCH THAT SAME WAY. IN FACT, WHEN I WAS TELLING MY FAMILY, WE HAVE A GROUP TEXT THAT WE TEXT IN ALL THE TIME WITH MY KID AND MY HUSBAND AND I WAS TELLING THEM THAT IT WAS NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK. HE SAID TO THEM, DO YOU KIDS REMEMBER WHAT THE JUNIOR BIBLE QUIZ ANSWER IS? FOR THE VERY FIRST QUESTION IN THE JUNIOR BIBLE QUIZ BOOK IS WHAT IS THE BIBLE? AND MY MIDDLE DAUGHTER, KENNEDY, WHO IS 20 YEARS OLD, IMMEDIATELY TEXTED BACK AND SHE SAID, THE BIBLE IS THE INSPIRED WORD OF GOD AND IS HIS REVELATION TO ALL PEOPLE OF HIMSELF AND HIS PLAN FOR SALVATION. I SAID, GOOD JOB, KENERS. YOU SEE, BECAUSE WE -- KENNERS. YOU SEE, BECAUSE WE, MY GRANDPARENTS GREW UP GOING TO CHURCH AND BECAME VERY FRUSTRATED THAT IT WAS RELIGIOUS. THAT IT WASN'T A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD. IN FACT, SO MUCH SO THAT THEY DECIDED THAT THEY WOULD PLANT THEIR OWN CHURCH. IT'S THE CHURCH THAT I GO TO TODAY. THAT OUR ENTIRE FAMILY STILL GOES TO TODAY. BUT FOR A YEAR THEY HELD BIBLE STUDIES IN HOMES SEEKING GOD'S WILL FOR THEIR LIVES AND WHAT IT MEANT TO HAVE A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM AND TO SPREAD IT TO THAT YOU ARE COMMUNITY. THEY WERE VERY POOR BUT THEY KNEW THAT EVERYTHING IN THEIR LIFE AND THEIR SUCCESS AND THEIR FAMILY'S HOPE AND FUTURE RELIED ON THE LORD'S WILL AND THEM BEING OBEDIENT TO IT. I GREW UP AS A YOUNG GIRL COMING DOWNSTAIRS IN THE MIDDLE NEIST FOR A DRINK OF WATER TO -- MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT FOR A DRINK OF WATER FINDING MY DAD ON HIS KNEES READING BIBLE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE LIVING ROOM. HE HAD A BAD BACK, HE WORKED HARD, HE WAS ALWAYS IN PAIN. AND WHENEVER HE HAD A DIFFICULT TIME ON THE FARNL OR COULDN'T SLEEP BECAUSE OF THE PAIN THAT WAS IN HIS BODY, THE FIRST THING HE WOULD DO WOULD BE READING HIS BIBLE. AND OFTENTIMES WE DIDN'T REALIZE HOW MUCH TIME HE REALLY DID SPEND WORSHIPING GOD AND READING HIS WORDS TO FIND COMFORT AND RELEASE THROUGH SOME OF THE DIFFICULT TIMES THAT HE HAD GONE THROUGH. I REMEMBER BEING 13 YEARS OLD AND BEING VERY INSECURE. IN FACT, MY MOM SAID SHE WORRIED ABOUT ME. SHE WONDERED IF I WAS GOING TO BE A YOUNG GIRL THAT WOULD GROW UP PROUD. I DIDN'T HAVE MANY FRIENDS. I DIDN'T THINK I WAS ATTRACTIVE. I DIDN'T THINK I HAD ANY GIFTS. AND SHE SAT ME DOWN AT THE KITCHEN TABLE AND SHE READ TO ME SCRIPTURES OUT OF BIBLE THAT TOLD ME HOW GOD SAW ME. THAT GOD SAW ME ABOVE AND NOT BENEATH. THAT HE SAW SWUB WHO HAD PLANS FOR ME -- SOMEONE WHO HAD PLANS FOR ME FROM THE TIME I WAS IN THE WOMB. AND BOUGHT IT. I COMPLETELY CHANGED MY ATTITUDE AND MY PERSPECTIVE OF MYSELF THAT DAY. BECAUSE OF GOD'S WORD THAT WAS SPOKEN OVER ME BY MY MOTHER. SO WE AS A FAMILY FROM THE TIME I WAS LITTLE WENT TO CHURCH SUNDAY MORNINGS, WE WENT SUNDAY NIGHTS WE WENT WEDNESDAY EVENING . WE KNEW IF THE DOORS WERE OPEN AT CHURCH, WE WERE TO BE THERE AND WE WERE TO BE MEDITATING ON GOD'S WORDS IN OUR LIVES. THAT'S HOW BRIAN AND I HAVE CHOSEN TO RAISE OUR KIDS AS WELL. WE PUT THEM IN JUNIOR BIBLE QUIZ BECAUSE WE WANTED GOD'S WORD HIDDEN IN THEIR HEART AND I'M THANKFUL THAT TODAY THEY STILL HAVE GOD'S WORD HIDDEN IN THEIR HEART. MR. SPEAKER, JESUS TELLS US IN MATTHEW 7 THAT ANYONE WHO LISTENS TO MY TEACHING AND FOLS IT IS WISE. LIKE A PERSON WHO BUILDS A HOUSE ON SOLID ROCK. THOUGH THE RAIN COMES AND THE FLOOD WATERS RISE AND THE WINDS BEAT AGAINST THAT HOUSE, IT WON'T COLLAPSE BECAUSE IT WAS BUILT ON ROCK. HOW OFTEN DOES IT FEEL LIKE WE ARE STUCK IN THAT STORM? AS IF THE FLOOD WATERS ARE RISING AROUND US AND AROUND PEOPLE OF FAITH, AS THOUGH THE WINDS ARE BEATING ON OUR DOOR. IT'S DURING THESE TIMES THAT WE MUST LEAN ON OUR FOUNDATION. THE BIBLE. OUR INSTRUCTION BOOK. IT'S IN THAT BIBLE THAT GOD REVEALS HOW HE WOULD LIKE TO USE US AS INSTRUMENTS OF FAITH, AS DEFENDERS OF FREEDOM, THAT SHOW CHRIST'S LOVE AND COMPASSION TO OUR COMMUNITY, NATION AND WORLD. ALLOWING HIM TO GUIDE US THROUGH HIS WORD IS THE SUREST WAY TO NAVIGATE ANY STORM. . SO MANY TIMES IN THIS CHAMBER PEOPLE FIGHT TO CHANGE ONE ANOTHER'S MIND. I'M CONVINCED WHAT WE OUGHT TO BE DOING IS SEEKING GOD TO CHANGE THEIR HEARTS. GHIRING HEARTS TOWARD HIM. THAT TAKES TRUST, IT TAKES FAITH, BUT THAT'S WHAT WE'RE DIRECTED TO DO IT'S WRITTEN IN PROVERBS, TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND IN ALL YOUR WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE HIM AND HE WILL MAKE YOUR PATH STRAIGHT. I PRAY THAT WE'RE BEING SERVANTS FOR GOD'S GOOD THAT WE ALLOW HIM TO LIGHT OUR PATH. WE HUMBLE OURSELVES ENOUGH TO BUILD OUR HOUSE ON HIS FIRM, BIBLICAL FOUNDATION. IN THIS DAY, WHATEVER WE DO WE DO TO THE GLORY OF GOD. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 06:46:23 PM

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                  I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HER HEART FELT REMARKS. MANY EARLY SETTLERS…

                  I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HER HEART FELT REMARKS. MANY EARLY SETTLERS CAME TO THE UNITED STATES WITH THE IDEA TO FOLLOW THE BIBLE AND THEIR OWN ACTS OF CONSCIENCE.

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                • 06:46:40 PM

                  MR. LAMBORN

                  ITEMS WAS THE PUBLISHING OF AN AMERICAN BIBLE. THE WAR WITH THE BRITISH…

                  ITEMS WAS THE PUBLISHING OF AN AMERICAN BIBLE. THE WAR WITH THE BRITISH CUT OFF BIBLES. SO IN 1782, CONGRESS APPROVED THE FIRST ENGLISH LANGUAGE BIBLE TO BE PRINTED IN AMERICA. AT THIS POINT I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. JOHNSON, FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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                • 06:47:08 PM

                  MR. JOHNSON

                  THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I'M GRATE TO FEEL MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE,…

                  THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I'M GRATE TO FEEL MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN DOUG LAMB BORN, FOR ORDERING THIS SPECIAL ORDER SERIES IN RECOGNITION OF THE 6TH ANNIVERSARY OF NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK. I'M DELIGHTED TO STAND WITH OTHER MEMBERS TO SHARE OUR PERSPECTIVES ON WHY THE BIBLE IS SO IMPORTANT TO US AND OUR COUNTRY. AS WE APPROACH THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY THERE'S NO BETTER TIME TO PRESENT THESE REFLECTIONS. IN THE SHORT-TERM TIME I HAVE TONIGHT I WANT TO SHARE THE PREFACE TO THE TEXT I HAVE IN MY COLLECTION. WHAT I'M HOLDING IS A COPY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT BIBLE STUDY COURSE APPROVED BY AND PUBLISHED FOR THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF DALLAS, TEXAS IN SEPTEMBER OF 1946. PREFACE WAS WRITTEN BY HENRY VAN DYKE, IT'S A WONDERFUL SUMMARY OF WHAT THE BIBLE MEANS TO US AND THE WORLD. LET ME READ YOU THE SUMMARY HERE. BORN IN THE EAST AND CLOTHED IN THAT FOREIGN IMAGERY, THE BIBLE WALKS THE WAYS OF THE WORLD WITH FAMILIAR FEET AND ENTERS LAND AFTER LAND TO FIND ITS OWN EVERYWHERE. IT'S LEARNED TO SPEAK IN HUNDREDS OF LANGUAGES TO THE HEART OS MEN. IT COME INTO THE PALACE TO TELL THE MONARCH HE'S A SERVANT OF THE MOST HIGH AND INTO THE COTTAGE TO ASSURE THE PEASANT HE'S A SON OF GOD. CHILDREN LISTEN TO ITS STORIES WITH WONDER AND DELIGHT AND WISE MEN PONDER THEM AS PARABLES OF LIFE. IT HAS WORDS FOR TIME OF PER ILL, A WORD OF LIGHT FOR THE HOUR OF DARKNESS. ITS ORACLES ARE REPEATED IN THE ASSEMBLY OF THE PEOPLE AND ITS COUNSEL IS WHISPERED IN THE EAR OF THE LONELY. THE WICKED AND PROUD TREMBLE AT ITS WARNINGS BUT TO THE WOUNDED AND PENITENT IT HAS A MOTHER'S VOICE. THE WOUNDED HAVE BEEN MADE GLAD BY IT. IT'S WOVEN ITSELF INTO OUR DEAREST DREAMS SO THAT LOVE, FRIENDSHIP, SYMPATHY, DEVOTION, MEMORY, AND HOPE PUT ON THE BEAUTIFUL GARMENTS OF ITS TREASURED SPEECH, BREATHING OF FRANKINCENSE AND MYRRH. NO MAN IS POOR OR TESSLALT WHO HAS THIS FOR HIS OWN. WHEN THE PILGRIM COMES TO THE VALLEY HE'S NOT AFRAID TO ENTER. HE TAKES THE ROD AND STAFF OF SCRIPTURE IN HIS HAND , HE STODSE FRIEND AND COMRADE, GOOD-BYE, WE'LL MEET AGAIN AND COMFORTED BY THAT SUPPORT HE GOES TOWARD THE LONELY PASS AS ONE WHO WALKS THROUGH THE DARKNESS INTO LIGHTISM LOVE THOSE WORDS AND THE WORDS INSCRIBED ABOVE YOUR HEAD THERE WHERE IT SAYS IN THE MARBLE, IN GOD WE TRUST THRAVEPLS REASON FOR THAT. THE FOUNDERS UNDERSTOOD THAT THIS IS OUR FAUNDATION -- FOUNDATION. GEORGE WASHINGTON SAID IN HIS FARE WELL ADDRESS, OF ALL THE DISPOSITIONS AND HABITS THAT LEAD TO POWER RELIGION. JOHN ADAMS SAID OUR CONSTITUTION IS MADE ONLY FOR A MORAL AND RELIGIOUS PEOPLE. IT IS WHOLLY INADEQUATE TO THE GOVERNMENT OF ANY OTHER. I CLOSE WITH THE GOURDS OF THE GIPPER. IF WE EVER FORGET WE ARE ONE NATION UNDER GOD WE'LL BE ONE NATION GONE UNDER. I'M GRATEFUL FOR BIBLE WEEK AND FOR MY COLLEAGUES HERE I'M HAPPY TO YIELD BACK. THANK YOU AGAIN.

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                  MR. LAMBORN

                  THANK YOU. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA FOR HIS WONDERFUL…

                  THANK YOU. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA FOR HIS WONDERFUL THOUGHTS. HE QUOTED SOME OF THE PRESIDENT'S -- SOME OF THE PRESIDENTS IN OUR GREAT COUNTRY'S HISTORY. I HAVE TWO MORE QUOTES ALONG THAT SAME LINE. YOU MENTIONED RONALD REAGAN, THE GIPPER, IN HIS OWN NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK DECLARATION HE WROTE WHEN HE WAS IN OFFICE, QUOTE, WHEN I TOOK THE OATH OF OFFICE I REQUESTED THE BIBLE WITH OPENED TO SEBLINGD CHRONICLES 14 WHICH READS IF THE PEOPLE WHO CALL MY NAME SHALL SEEK MY FACE AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS I WILL HEAR FROM HEAVEN AND WILL FORGIVE THEIR SIN AND HEAL THEIR LAND. THIS PASSAGE, THE PRESIDENT SAID, EXPRESSES MY HOPE FOR THE FUTURE OF THIS NATION AND THE WORLD. AND ONE LAST QUOTE ALONG THIS LINE, PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN SAID, I HAVE TO SAY IT IS THE BEST GIFT GOD HAS GIVEN TO MAN. ALL THE GOOD THE SAVIOR HAD GIVEN TO THE WORLD WAS GIVEN THROUGH THIS BOOK. BUT FOR IT WE COULD NOT KNOW RIGHT FROM WRONG. ALL THINGS MOST DESIRABLE FOR MEN'S WELFARE HERE AND HEREAFTER ARE TO BE FOUND PORTRAYED IN IT. AT THIS POINT I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN FOR FOUR MINUTE,000,000 GOOD FRIEND REPRESENTATIVE WALBERG.

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                  MR. WALBERG

                  I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM COLORADO. MR. SPEAKER, I…

                  I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM COLORADO. MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE SO MUCH TONIGHT THE OPPORTUNITY SPEAK HERE IN THIS SPECIAL ORDER SO WE CAN TALK ABOUT THE PRINCIPLES OF CHARITY FROM THE SCRIPTURES. WE COULD TALK ABOUT THE PRINCIPLES OF SCIENCE. WE COULD TALK ON PRINCIPLES OF EDUCATION. WE COULD EVEN TALK ABOUT THE PRINCIPLES OF TAXATION. AND BE VERY UP TO DATE AS WE DEAL WITH THAT HERE BUT TONIGHT AS WE DISCUSS THE ISSUES OF THE BIBLE IN THIS NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK, I WANT TO GO BACK TO MY EARLIEST DAYS IN MY CHILDHOOD HOME AND I THANK GOD I HAD A MOTHER AND FATHER THAT WOULD SPEAK TO ME ABOUT GOD'S WORD AND FROM GOD'S WORD AND IMPART GOD'S WORD IN MY LIFE. EVEN WHEN I DIDN'T WANT IT OR DIDN'T UNDERSTAND IT. I REMEMBER FROM MY EARLIEST DAYS BEING TAUGHT TO MEMORIZE PSALM 119-11. IT -- THY WORD HAVE I TREASURED IN HI HEART, WHY THAT I MIGHT NOT SIN AGAINST YOU. AS A YOUNG MAN, THOUGHTS OF SIN IN SOME CASES WERE ENTICING BUT I'M GLAD THAT I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO PUT SCRIPTURES IN MY LIFE BECAUSE ULTIMATELY, DURING THE COURSE OF TIME, IT TRULY DID CHANGE MY LIFE. IT BROUGHT ME TO THE BOOK OF ROMANS, WHERE ROMANS, THIRD CHAPTER, VERSE 23, IT SAYS, FOR ALL HAVE SINNED AND FALL SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD. WITH THAT VERSE 10, MY MOTHER WOULD SAY, TIM, THIS BOOK WILL KEEP YOU FROM SIN OR SIN WILL KEEP YOU FROM THIS BOOK. I FOUND THE TRUTH OF BOTH OF THOSE STATEMENTS. WHAT I FOUND THERE IN ROMANS 3:23, THAT WE'VE ALL SINNED, I IDENTIFIED WITH THAT. BUT IT DIDN'T END THERE. I WENT OVER A FEW PAGES TO ROMANS 5:8 WHERE IT SAID, BUT GOD DEMONSTRATED HIS OWN LOVE TOWARD US IN THAT WHILE WE WERE YET SINNERS, CHRIST DIED FOR US. THOSE ARE WORDS OF SCRIPTURE, THE BIBLE IMPACTED MY LIFE. AS A YOUNG MAN I ULTIMATELY HAD TO SAY IS THAT TRUE? AND I'M SO THANKFUL I ADMITTED THE TRUTH AND CAME TO ROMANS AGAIN VERSE -- CHAPTER 10, VERSES 13, WHERE IT SAYS, FOR WHO IS OVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF -- FOR WHOSOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVE. MY FRIEND FROM COLORADO INDICATED HOW THAT CHANGED HIS LIFE AND IT CHANGE MIDLIFE AS WELL. ADMITTING I NEEDED A SAVIOR. SOME MIGHT REJECT THAT, THAT'S OK. BUT MOST WHO SEEK THE TRUTH OF THE BIBLE ARE NOT DISAPPOINTED. IT TRULY CHANGES LIVES AND ADMITTEDLY I'M NOT PERFECT AND MY COLLEAGUES COULD IDENTIFY WITH THAT, BUT I AM FORGIVEN. I'M FORGIVEN. EVERY DAY I HAVE A PURPOSE BEYOND MYSELF TO LIVE IN A WAY THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE BECAUSE OF NOT WHO I AM, BUT WHO THIS BOOK AND MY SAVIOR MADE ME BE. SO ARMED WITH THIS, MR. SPEAKER , IN SECOND TIMOTHY, MY NAMESAKE, SECOND TIMOTHY, CHAPTER 2, VERSE 11, IT SAYS, IT SAYS TO ME SPECIFICALLY, STUDY TO SHOW THYSELF APPROVED UNDO GOD A WORKMAN THAT DOESN'T NEED TO BE ASHAMED, ACCURATELY HANDLING THE WORD OF TRUTH. AT THE END OF EACH DAY, MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE OF THIS PASSAGE, I ASK FIRST OF ALL, IS GOD PLEASED? SECONDLY, HAS THE WORK BEEN DONE WELL? AND THIRDLY, HAS THE WORD, THE TRUTH, BEEN USED WELL IN MY LIFE? IF I CAN ANSWER IN THE AFFIRMATIVE EACH OF THOSE BASED UPON THIS BOOK, THE BIBLE, I KNOW FOR WHATEVER REASON MY GOD HAS BEEN SERVED WELL AND I'VE DEN THE WORK WELL. THANK YOU FOR LEADING THIS TIME TONIGHT TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING SO SIGNIFICANT AS THE BIBLE. I PRAY THAT IT IMPARTS WISDOM TO ALL WE DO HERE. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 06:55:48 PM

                  MR. LAMBORN

                  THANK YOU FOR THOSE PROFOUND WORDS AND HEART FELT WORDS YOU HAVE JUST…

                  THANK YOU FOR THOSE PROFOUND WORDS AND HEART FELT WORDS YOU HAVE JUST SHARED WITH US. AT THIS POINT, MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE FOR FOUR MINUTES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CON NO WAY. -- MR. CON NOWAY.

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                • 06:56:07 PM

                  MR. CONWAY

                  THIS YEAR WE CELEBRATED THE -- MR. KOHN NOHWAY: WE --

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                  MR. KOHN NOHWAY

                  MR. KOHN NOHWAY: WE --

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                  MR. CONAWAY

                  WE CELEBRATED THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CONSTITUTION. THEY SAID THE…

                  WE CELEBRATED THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CONSTITUTION. THEY SAID THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION WERE NOT GOVERNING THE COUNTRY PROPERLY. SO THEY SENT SOME REALLY, REALLY SMART MEN TO TWEAK THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION. JAMES MADISON AND OTHERS HAD A DIFFERENT IDEA THEY LOCKED THE DOORS, WENT INTO CLOSED SESSION, AND CAME UP WITH A CONSTITUTION WE HAVE LIVED WITH FOR 200 YEARS. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN EMERGED FROM THAT EXPERIENCE AND WAS ASKED BY A WOMAN, WHAT HAVE YOU GIVEN US, A MONARCHY OR A REPUBLIC? HE SAID, A REPUBLIC IF YOU CAN KEEP IT. IT NEVER ENDS, IT'S NOT A ONE AND DONE CIRCUMSTANCE. SO THE QUESTION IS HOW DO WE KEEP A REPUBLIC? MR. SPEAKER ONLY A FREE, SELF-GOVERNING PEOPLE COULD KEEP A REPUBLIC AND AS PREVIOUSLY QUOTED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM LOUISIANA, JOHN ADAMS WROTE THAT ONLY A MORAL AND RELIGIOUS PEOPLE CAN SELF-GOVERN. MR. SPEAKER, AS I LOOK AT OUR NATION TODAY I'M DEEPLY CONCERNED THAT WE'RE LOSING THAT MORAL HIGH GROUND TO BE ABLE TO MAINTAIN THE MORAL AUTHORITY TO SELF-GOVERN. WE EACH SAY THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE OFTEN. THERE'S A LINE IN THE PLEDGE THAT SAYS ONE NATION UNDER GOD, WITH NO COMMA. THINK ABOUT THAT JUXTAPOSITION. ONE NATION UNDER GOD. WHAT DOES GOD SEE WHEN HE SEES OUR NATION TODAY? WHAT DOES HE SEE IN AMERICA THAT CAN PLEASE HIM? HE SEES A NATION THAT'S COME TO ACCEPT THE KILLING OF 57 MILLION BABIES IN THE LAST 44 YEARS HSM HE'S -- HE'S SEEN A NATION WHOSE FAMILY UNITS ARE BREAKING UP AND THE IMPACT IT HAS ON THE MORAL GUIDANCE OF CHILDREN. HE'S SEEN A COARSENING OF SOCIETY, LANGUAGE THAT'S UNSUITABLE, A FILTHINESS AND COMMONNESS THAT OFFENDS HIM. MR. SPEAKER YOU AND OTHERS LISTENING TO ME HAS A LIST OF THINGS GOD CANNOT BLESS. HOW DO WE TURN THAT AROUND? HOW DO WE RECLAIM THE MORAL HIGH GROUND? THAT'S AN INDIVIDUAL JOB. I DON'T THINK ANY OF US WOULD ARGUE WE CAN LEGISLATE THIS WORK BECAUSE THIS IS THE WORK OF EACH AND EVERY PERSON'S HEARTS. I THINK YOU RECLAIM THE MORAL HIGH GROUND BY LIVING A MORAL CODE. I LIVE THE JUDEO CHRISTIAN MODEL, JESUS CHRIST IS MY PERSONAL SAVIOR. I TRY TO LIVE HIS TENETS EVERY SINGLE DAY, SOME DAYS I'M BETTER THAN OTHERS. EACH OF THOSE DAYS I'M A SINNER SAVED BY GRACE. THE GRACE OF GOD IS PROVIDED, THE STORY OF THAT IS PROVIDED IN THE BIBLE WE CELEBRATE TONIGHT. EACH ONE OF US HAVE TO LIVE A CODE THAT IN FACT CAN CREATE THAT MORAL AND RELIGIOUS PEOPLE. EACH OF NUSS THIS BODY TAKE AN OATH EVERY TWO YEARS. THOSE OF US FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO GET RE-ELECTED, TO DEFEND AND PROTECT THE CONSTITUTION AGAINST THREATS FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC. WE HAVE GOOD MEN AND WOMEN PUTTING THEIR LIVES BETWEEN US AND SOME REALLY BAD GUYS AS A RESULT OF THAT OATH OF OFFICE. I'M GOING TO ASK EACH OF MY COLLEAGUES HERE TONIGHT TO THINK ABOUT WHAT THEY'RE WILLING TO PUT ON THE LINE TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION, TO HELP CREATE THAT MORAL FIBER, TO RECLAIM THAT MORAL HIGH GROUND THAT WILL IN FACT ALLOW US TO CONTINUE SELF-GOVERNANCE AND BY EXTENSION PROTECTING THIS REPUBLIC. THAT USED TO BE THE EASIEST THING TO DO, BUT THE VOICES AGAINST US, THE VOICES OF INTOLERANCE ARE GROWING LOUDER AND LOUDER EVERY SINGLE DAY. IT WILL COME AT A RISK TO STAND UP FOR BIBLICAL TRUTHS ON WHICH THE COUNTRY IS FOUNDED AND WHICH SUSTAINED HER FOR SOME 230 YEARS. ARE YOU AND I WILLING TO TAKE THOSE RISKS, TO TAKE THE RISK OF BEING OSTRACIZED, BEING RIDICULED, BEING MADE FUN OF BECAUSE WE STAND UP FOR THE TRUTH ALL OF US KNOW TO HELP SUSTAIN THIS COUNTRY? I HOPE WE ARE BECAUSE WE'VE GOT YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN IN WRUNE FORM WHO PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE AND I'M GOING TO ASK YOU TO PUT YOUR REPUTATION, MY REPUTATION ON THE LINE TO HELP CREATE AND MAINTAIN THIS REPUBLIC. AS BENJAMIN FRANKLIN SID, IT IS A REPUBLIC, MADAM IF YOU CAN KEEP IT. STRONG WORDS FOR A STRONG-HEARTED PEOPLE THAT MUST RECLAIM THE MORAL HIGH GROUND THAT GOD CONTINUES TO BLESS. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK THAT GOD BLESS EACH ONE OF US. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS TEXAS AND GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 07:00:26 PM

                  MR. LAMBORN

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR HIS WORDS AND FOCUSING OUR ATTENTION…

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR HIS WORDS AND FOCUSING OUR ATTENTION ON THE U.S. CONSTITUTION AND SOME OTHER GREAT THINGS AS WELL. I'D LIKE TO NOW RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS WHO HAS WITHIN A SPECIAL ELECTION AND IS ONE OF OUR MOST RECENTLY ELECTED MEMBERS, ONE OF OUR NEWEST MEMBERS OF CONGRESS THAT I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING HIM DOING GOOD THINGS HERE FOR A LONG TIME TO COME. REPRESENTATIVE ESTES.

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                • 07:00:53 PM

                  MR. ESTES

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE YOU HOLDING THIS SPECIAL ORDER…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE YOU HOLDING THIS SPECIAL ORDER TONIGHT. REPRESENTING MY FELLOW KANSANS FOR THE LAST SIX MONTHS HAS BEEN A HUMBLING EXPERIENCE. I'M OFTEN REMINDED OF JESUS' WORDS, ANYONE WHO WANTS TO BE FIRST MUST BE VERY LAST AND SERVANT OF ALL THIS VERSE TOUCHES ON WHY COACH OF US SHOULD BE HERE NOT FOR OUR OWN GAIN BUT IN SERVICE TO OTHERS. THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTRY TONIGHT, PEOPLE ARE IN BIBLE STUDY CLASSES. WE ALL ARE ATTEMPTING TO SEEK, HOW DO WE HUMBLE OURSELVES BEFORE THE LORD? WHEN I CONSIDER OUR FOUNDING FATHERS' VISION FOR THE REPUBLIC, I THINK THEY SET IN MOTION WITH A SERVANT HEART. THE FOUNDERS MADE CLEAR THAT RELIGIOUS LIBERTY WAS TO BE CHERISHED SO THEY ENSHRINED IT IN OUR CONSTITUTION FROM THE TIME OF THE PURITANS CROSSING THE ATLANTA NICK SEARCH OF FREEDOM TO PRACTICE THEIR FAITH, TO TODAY, MILLIONS OF AMERICANS HAVE TAKE THEN BIBLE AS THEIR CORNERSTONE OF THEIR FAITH. OUR PRESIDENTS HAVE CHOSEN TO TAKE THE OATH OF OFFICE ON THEIR BIBLE. PRESIDENT LINCOLN CHOSE THE BIBLE TO BE OPEN TO MATTHEW 7:1, JUDGE NOT THAT YE BE NOT JUDGED. PRESIDENT REAGAN CHOSE SECOND CHRONICLE 7:14, IF MY PEOPLE CALLED BY MY NAME HUMBLE THEMSELVES AND PRAY AND SEEK MY FACE. WITH THE BIBLE AS THEIR GUIDING COMPASS, THESE LEADERS CHOSE TO SERVE THEIR FELLOW AMERICANS WITH HUMILITY AND STRENGTH. AS WE HN NOR NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK, I HOPE THAT INDIVIDUALS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, REGARDLESS OF THEIR FAITH BACKGROUND, WILL TAKE A MOMENT TO REFLECT ON THE GIFT OF RELIGIOUS LIBERTY AND CONSIDER THEIR ROLE TO SERVE OTHERS AROUND THEM. THE FUTURE OF OUR GREAT NATION RESTS ON THE SERVANT HEARTS OF THEIR PEOPLE. THANK YOU, I YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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                • 07:02:42 PM

                  MR. LAMBORN

                  I

                • 07:02:44 PM

                  MR. LAMBORN

                  THANK YOU. AS MR. LAMALFA COMES TO THE PODIUM, I'M GOING TO MENTION…

                  THANK YOU. AS MR. LAMALFA COMES TO THE PODIUM, I'M GOING TO MENTION SOMETHING ABOUT FULFILLED PROPHECY. THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY WE CAN BELIEVE IN AND TRUST THE BIBLE. YOU KNOW, PEOPLE COME HERE TO CONGRESS WITH ALL DIFFERENT KINDS OF BACKGROUNDS, INCLUDING PASTORS. AND THIS DIVERSITY OF BACKGROUND ADD AS VALUABLE THREAD OF EXPERIENCE AND THOUGHT THAT HELPS US ALL -- ADDS A VALUABLE THREAD OF EXPERIENCE AND THOUGHT THAT HELPS US ALL. THE REASON SO MANY PEOPLE RESPECT THE BIBLE IS THAT SO MANY PROPHECIES FOR TELLING FUTURE EVENTS HAVE COME TRUE EXACTLY AS FORETOLD. IN THE OLD TESTAMENT THERE WERE MANY PREDICTIONS GIVEN TO PROVE THAT IN A SPEAKER WERE DIVINELY INSPIRED, THOSE THINGS THAT HE PREDICTED WOULD COME TRUE. IT WOULD VALIDATE THE WORDS OF THAT PROPHET. THE BOOK OF DANIEL, FOR INSTANCE, CONTAINS SCORES OF DETAILED PROPHECIES THAT WERE LITERALLY FULFILLED. SKEPTICS HAVE FALLEN BACK TO THE POSITION THAT, WELL, DANIEL MUST HAVE BEEN WRITTEN AFTER THE FACT AND IS THEREFORE NOT BEING HONEST. IN FACT, THE BOOK OF DANIEL IS FOUND IN ITS ENTIRETY IN THE GREEKS AND DEAD SEA SCROLS. BOTH OF WHICH WE KNOW -- SCROLLS. BOTH OF WHICH WE KNOW PREDATED THE EVENTS THAT WERE PROPHECIED. SO THAT MEANS THAT THE CRITICS OF THE DATING OF THE BOOK OF DANIEL ARE THE ONES WHO ARE NOT BEING HONEST. SO THE RISE AND FALL OF EMPIRES, THE CAPTURE AND DESTRUCTION OF CITIES, THE DESTINY OF KINGS ALL WERE PROPHECIED IN MINUTE DETAIL. AND ARCHEOLOGY AND HISTORY HAVE LITERALLY CONFIRMED HUNDREDS OF SUCH PROPHECIES AS HAVING COME TRUE. AT THIS POINT I WOULD LIKE TO LISTEN TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, REPRESENTATIVE LAMALFA.

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                • 07:04:30 PM

                  MR. LAMALFA

                  THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM COLORADO. MR. LAMBORN. FOR LEADING THIS…

                  THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM COLORADO. MR. LAMBORN. FOR LEADING THIS SPECIAL ORDER TONIGHT. ON THIS NATIONAL WEEK OF THE BIBLE, NOVEMBER 12 THROUGH 18. LAST NIGHT SEVERAL OF US HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO DO A PREVIEW OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE BIBLE. VERY IMPRESSIVE IT WAS. I WOULD URGE EVERYBODY WATCHING TONIGHT AND WHAT HEARS ABOUT IT TO TOUR THAT WHEN YOU GET THE CHANCE HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT STRUCK ME VERY EARLY ON IN THAT TOUR WAS A BANNER HANGING INSIDE THE MUSEUM THAT SAID THE LAW OF THE LORD IS PERFECT, REFRESHING TO THE SOUL, THE DECREE OF THE LORD IS TRUSTWORTHY, GIVING WISDOM TO THE SIMPLE. PSALM 19:8. THAT ALSO APPLIES TO THE BIBLE ITSELF. THE INFALLIBLE WORD OF GOD. JESUS HIMSELF USED SCRIPTURE THAT WAS WRITTEN BEFORE HIM, JESUS NEVER BELITTLED THE SCRIPTURE. AS SOME MODERN CRITICS DO. OR SET IT ASIDE. OR DID HE CRITICIZE IT, ALTHOUGH HE CRITICIZED THOSE WHO MISUSED IT. OR CONTRADICTED IT. ALTHOUGH HE REJECTED MANY INTERPRETATIONS OF IT. WHEN WE HEAR THE SON OF GOD'S QUOTE -- SON OF GOD QUOTE THE SCRIPTURE, WE NEED NO FURTHER TESTIMONY. HE BELIEVED EVERY WORD OF SCRIPTURE. ALL THE PROPHECIES CONCERNING HIMSELF WERE FULFILLED. AS MY COLLEAGUE, MR. LAMBORN, SAID. TIME AND TIME AND TIME AGAIN. THE TIMELINES PROVE WHAT THE WORD OF GOD PROPHECIED. MATTHEW 19: 4 AND 5 WAS ONE OF THOSE. THAT JESUS SPOKE OF. DOCUMENTED IN NEW TESTAMENT ACCOUNTS BY THOSE THAT WERE THERE WITH JESUS AT THE TIME. WE KNOW MOSES WROTE THE PENTATUKE. JONAH WROTE JONAH. DANIEL WROTE DANIEL. JESUS ATTESTED TO THAT. HE BELIEVED THE OLD TESTAMENT WAS SPOKEN BY GOD HIMSELF. WRITTEN BY THE HOLY SPIRIT'S INSPIRATION, EVEN THOUGH THE PEN WAS HELD BY MEN AND THAT'S AN IMPORTANT POINT. FOR THOSE THAT ASK, HOW ACCOUNT BIBLE BE REAL SINCE IT WAS WRITTEN -- HOW ACCOUNT BIBLE BE REAL SINCE IT WAS WRITTEN DOWN BY MEN? BECAUSE THE COMMITTED TASK OF ALL WRITING OF THE WORD OF GOD, THOUGH THEY WERE MEN, WERE GUIDED BY THE INFALLIBLE HOLY SPIRIT. THAT IS A FAITH WE HAVE AND HOLD. IT DOES TAKE SOME FAITH, YES. JUST AS IT TAKES FAITH TO GET ON THAT AIRLINER AND FLY BACK EAST EACH WEEK FOR ME. THAT THE AIRLINER WILL HOLD. BUT THE FAITH IN THE BIBLE IS MUCH STRONGER. IT'S NEVER BEEN PROVEN WRONG. ALL THE PROPHECIES THAT WERE MADE THAT HAVE OCCURRED ALREADY HAVE BEEN PROVEN TRUE. THE FOUNDERS THOUGHT IT WAS A KEY ELEMENT IN THE FOUNDING OF THIS NATION. OBVIOUSLY. RIGHT IN THIS ROOM BEHIND ME AT THE -- ABOVE THE SPEAKER'S DIAS IS THE ENDESCRIPTION IN GOD WE TRUST. FACING RIGHT AT ME RIGHT NOW IS THE ONLY FORWARD-FACING IMAGE IN HERE OF MOSES LOOKING OVER THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. LASTLY, I WOULD LEAVE WITH THIS, IS THAT AS YOU WATCH THE MACHINATIONS OF CONGRESS, OF THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, I THINK ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT GUIDELINES WE WOULD HAVE I FIND IN PROVERBS . SO THAT WE UPHOLD THE HONOR NOT ONLY OF THIS INSTITUTION, BUT OUR FAMILIES, BUT THOSE THAT WALK WITH GOD. THAT WALK WITH JESUS. IN PROVERBS YOU SEE, LET YOUR EYES LOOK STRAIGHT AHEAD, FIX YOUR GAZE DIRECTLY BEFORE YOU. KEEP STRAIGHT THE PATHS OF YOUR FEET AND BE STEADFAST IN ALL YOUR WAYS. DO NOT TURN TO THE RIGHT OR THE LEFT, KEEP YOUR FEET FROM EVIL. THAT'S WHAT THE BIBLE INSPIRED. -- INSPIRES. AS I READ IT ON THE PLANE COMING BACK AND FORTH, READ IT AT HOME OR AT THE BEDSIDE, THIS IS WHAT TRUE FAITH IS ALL ABOUT. PROVEN TIME AND TIME AGAIN. SO I URGE EVERYBODY TO NOT JUST HAVE THE BIBLE AT YOUR HOME, A STATISTIC SAYS EVERY HOME HAS 2.2 BIBLES ON AVERAGE. IT ISN'T THAT THERE AREN'T ENOUGH BIBLES. IT'S THAT PEOPLE DON'T CRACK IT OPEN OFTEN ENOUGH. MR. LAMBORN, THANK YOU. AND YIELD BACK.

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                • 07:09:14 PM

                  MR. LAMBORN

                  LEE LAMALFA, FOR HIS SINCERE WORDS. WHEN NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK WAS STARTED…

                  LEE LAMALFA, FOR HIS SINCERE WORDS. WHEN NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK WAS STARTED IN 1941, EVEN THOUGH THAT'S ONLY BEEN 76 YEARS, THE BIBLE ITSELF HAS BEEN CELEBRATED BY AMERICANS SINCE THE BEGINNING OF OUR COUNTRY. IN FACT, BEFORE WE WERE A COUNTRY. AND OUR PRESIDENTS HAVE BEEN VERY VOCAL IN THEIR AC KNOCKMENT OF THE BIBLE AND THE -- ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF THE BIBLE AND THE D.N.A. OF WHO WE ARE AS AMERICANS. SEVERAL HAVE BEEN QUOTED. LISTEN TO WHAT CIVIL WAR HERO AND PRESIDENT ULYSSES GRANT GAVE AS ADVICE TO SUNDAY SCHOOLCHILDREN. QUOTE, HOLD FAST TO THE BIBLE AS THE SHEET ANCHOR OF YOUR LIBERTIES. WRITE ITS PRECEPTS IN YOUR HEARTS AND PRACTICE THEM IN YOUR LIVES. TO THE FLINS OF THIS BOOK, WE ARE INDEBTED FOR ALL THE PROGRESS MADE IN TRUE CIVILIZATION. AND TO THIS WE MUST LOOK AS OUR GUIDE IN THE FUTURE. AND THEN HE FINISHED WITH THIS QUOTE FROM THE BIBLE. RIGHTEOUSNESS EXALT ETH THE NATION BUT SIN IS A REPROACH TO ANY PEOPLE. AT THIS POINT I WOULD LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE FOR FOUR MINUTES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. RICK ALLEN.

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                • 07:10:28 PM

                  MR. ALLEN

                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE WITH GREAT PRIVILEGE TO CELEBRATE TODAY, NATIONAL…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE WITH GREAT PRIVILEGE TO CELEBRATE TODAY, NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK. AS STATED, IT HAS BEEN 76 YEARS SINCE PRESIDENT FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT DECLARED THIS NATIONAL BIKE WEEK. AND CONGRESSMAN LAMBORN, I THANK YOU FOR RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF HONORING GOD'S WORD HERE TONIGHT. JUST 16 SHORT YEARS AGO I LEARNED THE MOST VALUABLE LESSON OF MY LIFE. I REALIZED I HAD TO CHANGE MY PRIORITIES. PART OF THAT CHANGE TWOOSE PUT GOD FIRST -- WAS TO PUT GOD FIRST. A BIG PART OF THAT COMMITMENT WAS THE READING AND STUDYING OF HIS WORD THROUGH PRAYER AND MEDITATION. EASY TO SAY, BUT DIFFICULT TO DO. BUT I HAD COME TO A POINT IN MY LIFE WHERE I MADE A COVENANT WITH GOD ON MY KNEES. WHICH REMINDS ME OF GOD'S INSTRUCTIONS TO JOSHUA. THIS BOOK OF LAW SHALL NOT DEPART FROM YOUR LIPS, BUT YOU SHALL MEDITATE ON IT DAY AND NIGHT SO THAT YOU MAY BE CAREFUL TO DO ACCORDING TO ALL THAT IS WRITTEN IN IT. FOR THEN YOU WILL MAKE YOUR WAY PROSPEROUS AND THEN YOU WILL HAVE TRUE SUCCESS. I LEARNED TO GRADUALLY BELIEVE ALL THE WONDERFUL PROMISES GOD MADE THROUGH HIS WORD. AND HE CREDITED TO ME AS RIGHTEOUSNESS. JUST AS DID HE OUR SPIRITUAL FATHER, ABRAHAM, IN GENESIS. I LEARNED IT WAS NOT MY WILL BE DONE, BUT HIS WILL BE DONE. I LEARN WHAT HAD JESUS CHRIST HAD DONE FOR ME. AND THE ENTIRE WORLD. AND HOW HE LEADS ME IN ALL MY ENDEAVORS AND HAS CALLED KNOW PLACES I NEVER IMAGINED I WOULD GO. ONE OF THOSE IS RIGHT HERE. YEARS AGO I -- YEARS AGO I COULD NEVER HAVE IMAGINED MYSELF HERE TONIGHT SPEAKING ON THIS FLOOR IN THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, REPRESENTING THE GREAT PEOPLE OF GEORGIA'S 12TH DISTRICT. BUT HERE I AM BY THE GRACE OF GOD. IN THIS ENDEAVOR I MEDITATE OFTEN, DO NOTHING OUT OF SELFISH AMBITION OR VAIN CONCEIT, BUT IN HUMILITY, CONSIDER OTHERS MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOURSELF. EACH OF YOU SHOULD LOOK NOT ONLY TO YOUR OWN INTEREST, BUT LOOK TO THE INTERESTS OF OTHERS. AT A TIME WHEN MANY AMERICANS ARE INCREASINGLY DIVIDED, I OFTEN REMIND MYSELF OF THOSE AROUND ME, TO HAVE FAITH IN HIM AND TO REMEMBER OUR JUDEO-CHRISTIAN VALUES OUR NATION WAS FOUNDED ON. THE BIBLE'S INFLUENCE ON OUR FOUNDING DOCUMENTS CAN STILL BE SEEN HERE TODAY AND WAS MENTIONED TONIGHT. AGAIN, WHEN THE CONSTITUTION OF -- CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION, WHEN THEY REACHED AN IMPASSE, BEN FRANKLIN ASKED CLERGYMEN TO COME IN AND PRAY AND READ THE SCRIPTURES AND THEY UNITED AROUND THE GREATEST CONSTITUTIONAL DOCUMENT CREATED IN THE HISTORY OF MAN KIND. AMERICANS ARE LOOKING TO CONGRESS TO COME TOGETHER TO FIND SOLUTIONS FOR RISING HEALTH CARE COSTS, A SIMPLER, FAIRER TAX CODE. AND LET'S GET OUR GOOD FOLKS BACK TO WORK AGAIN. IT IS TIME TO PUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE'S INTERESTS ABOVE POLITICAL WILL. THE DIVISION IN THIS NATION IS REAL. THEY ARE EVIDENT RIGHT HERE IN THIS BODY. HOW COULD OUR BEHAVIOR EVER SHOW THE WORLD TO BELIEVE THAT GOD SENT HIS SON TO SAVE THE WORLD? THIS IS WHEN WE SHOULD LOOK TO GOD'S PROVISION, THE TRUTH CAN ALWAYS BE FOUND THROUGH FAITH IN HIM. JESUS SUMMED IT UP WHEN HE PRAYED FOR US IN JOHN 17: 21. THAT ALL OF THEM MAY BE ONE, FATHER, JUST AS YOU ARE IN ME AND I AM IN YOU. MAY THEY ALSO BE US IN SO THAT THE WORLD MAY BELIEVE THAT YOU SENT ME. MY INSPIRATION IS FOUND IN SAUMS 51 -- PSALMS. CREATE IN ME A PURE HEART, O GOD, AND RENEW A STEADFAST SPIRIT WITHIN ME. DO NOT CAST ME FROM YOUR PRESENCE OR TAKE YOUR HOLY SPIRIT FROM ME. RESTORE TO ME THE JOY OF YOUR VALUEVATION -- SALVATION AND GRANT ME A WILLING SPIRIT TO SUSTAIN ME. AS WE ENTER THE CHRISTMAS SEASON, ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT SEASONS OF THE YEAR, WE ALL MUST REMEMBER TO KEEP HIS WORD CLOSE AND LET IT LEAD US IN ALL THAT WE DO. I AM GRATEFUL THAT WE HAVE A PRESIDENT THAT ACTUALLY WILL WISH US MERRY CHRISTMAS, AS WE ALL CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD. GOD BLESS AND I YIELD BACK. .

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                • 07:15:16 PM

                  MR. LAMBORN

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA FOR THOSE THOUGHT-PROVOKING AND…

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA FOR THOSE THOUGHT-PROVOKING AND WELL-INTENDED WORDS. LET ME MENTION THE ISSUE OF ARCHEOLOGY. THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS WE CAN'T HAVE TRUST IN WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS IS TRUE. THERE ARE DISCOVERIES GIVING TRUST WORTH WORTHYNESS TO THE BIBLE. TIME AND TIME AGAIN, WE HAVE SHOWN THAT BIBLICAL LOCALITIES ACTUALLY EXISTED IN TIME AND SPACE. CLAIMS THAT WERE MADE UP WERE DEBUNKED BUT DISCOVERIES MORE TIMES THAN WE SAY. IT MAY BE STATED THAT NO ARCHEOLOGICAL HAS EVER CONTRADICTED A BIBLICAL REFERENCE, UNQUOTE. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES OR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WOULD LIKE TO CONSUME, MR. ROUSER. ROUSE ROUSE I APPRECIATE YOU HAVE OUR INSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC. BIBLICAL VALUES WERE THE BASIS OF OUR REPUBLIC AND THIS COUNTRY WOULD BE DESTROYED. JOHN ADAMS WROTE DEMOCRACY WILL DEGENERATE TO AN AND ARC KI AND WHAT IS RIGHT IN THEIR OWN EYES AND EVERY ONE OF THEZZ WOULD MOLD ITSELF INTO A SYSTEM OF SUBORDINATION AND THE VIRTUES AND THE POWERS OF WEALTH, BEAUTY, WITT AND SCIENCE THE CA APPRECIATEOUS WILL AND WILL OF ONE OR A VERY FEW AND IN A SIMPLER LANGUAGE, THAT MEANS TYRANNY. WHEN TOE TOKEVILLE HE WROTE IN "DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA" IT WAS THE FIRST THING THAT STRUCK ME. HE BELIEVE THAT WAS INDISPENSE I BELIEVE FOR THE PRESERVATION OF LIBERTY. MR. SPEAKER, HE WAS CORRECT IN THIS ASSESSMENT AND THIS BRINGS ME TO ONE OF MY OWN FAVORITE PASSAGES IN THE BIBLE AND CHAPTER THREE 16 TO CHAPTER FOUR, VERSUS FIVE. AND I FIND THIS PASSAGE TO BE MORE RECEIVE LANT TO OUR TIMES WITH EACH AND EVERY PASSING DAY, IT READS, ALL SCRIPTURE IS INSPIRED BY GOD AND PROFITABLE FOR TEACHING. FOR REBUKE, FOR CORRECTION, FOR TRAINING AND RIGHTEOUSNESS SO THAT THE MAN OF GOD MAY BE ADEQUATE AND EQUIPPED FOR EVERY GOOD WORK. I SOLEMNLY CHARGE YOU IN THE GOD TO JUDGE THE LIVING AND THE GOD AND BY HIS KINGDOM PREACH THE WORD, BE READY IN SEASON AND OUT OF SEASON, REBUKE, EXHORT WITH GREAT PASHEENS AND INSTRUCTION. FOR THE TIME WILL COME WHERE THEY WILL NOT HAVE THEIR INDOCTRINE AND WILL ARTICULATE TEACHERS OF THEIR OWN DESIRES AND TURN AWAY THEIR DESIRES AND TURN ASIDE THE MYTH, BE SOBER IN ALL THINGS, ENDURE HARDSHIP, DO THE WORK OF THE EVANGELIST AND FULFILL YOUR MINISTRY. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                • 07:19:53 PM

                  MR. LAMBORN

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS WORDS. IT IS GREAT THAT WE HAVE BEEN HEARING…

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS WORDS. IT IS GREAT THAT WE HAVE BEEN HEARING TODAY FROM REPRESENTATIVES FROM ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES, FROM NORTH CAROLINA ON THE ATLANTIC COAST IN GEORGIA TO CALIFORNIA, IN THE PACIFIC COAST, FROM MICHIGAN AND TO TEXAS AND WE HAVE BEEN HEARING AMERICA SPEAK TONIGHT. I THINK THAT'S VERY SPECIAL. NOW THERE ARE SOME WHO WOULD PREFER TO GLOSS OVER THE VITAL ROLE THAT THE BIBLE HAS HAD OVER OUR UNIQUE FOUNDATION OF OUR GOVERNMENT, BUT BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES WERE NOT ACTED UPON. BUT LISTEN TO WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMAN SAID DURING HIS ADDRESS TO THE TORPE'S COUNSEL. THE NATION'S LAW WAS GIVEN TO MOSES ON THE MOUNT. THE COMES FROM THE TEACHINGS AND ST. MATTHEW FROM ISAIAH AND ST. PAUL. I DON'T THINK WE EMPHASIZE. IF WE DON'T HAVE THE PROPER BACKGROUND WE WILL END UP WITH A GOVERNMENT THAT DOES NOT BELIEVE IN RIGHTS FOR ANYBODY EXCEPT THE STATE. SO, MR. SPEAKER, IT HAS BEEN AN HONOR AND PLEASURE TO COMMEMORATE NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK. WE HEARD FROM COLLEAGUES FROM ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES. I'M GREATFUL TO THESE COLLEAGUES TO HONOR THE WORD OF GOD AND I'M GRATEFUL FOR NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK AND OUR ENCOURAGEMENT. THE PROPHET ISAIAH SAID THE FLOWERS FALL BUT THE WORD OF OUR GOD ENDURES FOREVER, END QUOTE. CIVILIZATIONS HAVE RISEN AND FALLEN. GENERATIONS HAVE COME AND GONE HERE TODAY ON NOVEMBER 14, 017, WE ARE STILL CELEBRATING THE ENDURING WORD OF GOD. WE CELEBRATE NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER AND I YIELD BACK.

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              • 10:00:19 AM

                E CRK

                SPEAKER. E CRK: THE EAR'OMS, INGTO C. NOVEMBER4 2017. REBYAPIN HABLE ODYIS…

                SPEAKER. E CRK: THE EAR'OMS, INGTO C. NOVEMBER4 2017. REBYAPIN HABLE ODYIS TO ACT ASPEAR PRO TEMRE OHIS DA SI PAUL D. RYANSPEAKE OF THE HOUSE OF RIVES. THKER TEMP RSUATOHERDERTHE UJUA 3 201 E CHRILW COE EMRSROM STS BMITTEBY TAJORI A MINDERS IN NEVLL BATE CONTUEOND :50 A. EAEMBER OTHER AN TH JORITY AORITERS AND MITY WHIHA BE LIT TO FIV MINUTES. THE CHR RECOGN T GENTLEFROM MAN MR. YER, FOR FIVE MINUS. HE GELEMAN ISECOGNIZ

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              • 10:01:10 AM

                MR. Y

                MR. SPE I S HE ECRATS AND REPUBLICAN CAMEGETHER TO ENACT B TAFORM IN 86.…

                MR. SPE I S HE ECRATS AND REPUBLICAN CAMEGETHER TO ENACT B TAFORM IN 86. WED FOR OU T OVEHA AND NENCE D FUTURE GENATIONSO FOOE PRESIDT TRSAID IJULY AT REFOS, AND I QUOTOINGTO BSY ILTY' MIT S LIKE T GVERNMENT HAT WHE EV I19 MAIN HNDGHT APPE TO HA BEEN EASY. IT WASN'T. IT WAS DIFFICULT BECAUSE IT REQUIRED COMPROMISE. IT WAS DIFFICULT BECAUSE IT REQUIRED TRUST. AND IT WAS DIFFICULT BECAUSE IT REQUIRED BOTH PARTIES TO MAKE TOUGH CHOICES AND SHARE THE BURDEN OF TAKING RESPONSIBILITY ALONG WITH THE BENEFIT OF CLAIMING VICKTRY. SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY -- VICTORY. SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY, MR. SPEAKER, IT SEEMS MANY IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY LOST SIGHT OF THIS TRUTH. FIRST ON HEALTH CARE AND NOW ON TAXES, THEY HAVE DECIDED THAT IT WOULD BE FAR EASIER NOT TO WORK SHARE THE BURDEN OF TAKING RESPONSIBILITY ALONG WITH WITH DEMOCRATS AT ALL. SO THEY HAVE CHOSEN A PARTISAN PATH WHERE THE ONLY ONE WAS WHOM THEY HAVE TO COMPROMISE ARE THEMSELVES. IT'S GOING TO BE EASY. THEY SAID. AND THE RESULT? WE NOW EXPECT ON THIS FLOOR A BILL SO DANGEROUS AND SO REPREHENSIBLE TO THE TAXPAYERS OF THIS COUNTRY THAT NEARLY EVERY MAJOR ORGANIZATION REPRESENTING TAXPAYERS, SMALL BUSINESSES, WORKERS, FARMERS, SENIORS, HOME BUILDERS, REALTORS, TEACHERS, AND I COULD GO ON THIS FLOOR A OPPOSE THIS BILL. THERE ARE MORE SERIOUS PROBLEMS WITH THE REPUBLICAN TAX BILL THAN TIME TO ADDRESS THEM ON THIS FLOOR. SO I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THE THREE THAT MAKE IT SO UTTERLY DANGEROUS TO OUR ECONOMY AND TO THE MIDDLE CLASS. FIRST, MOST OF THE BENEFITS OF THE TAX CUTS REPUBLICANS ARE PROPOSING WILL BENEFIT ONLY THOSE AT THE VERY TOP 1%, THE 99% LEFT BEHIND, ACCORDING TO THE NONPARTISAN TAX POLICY CENTER LATEST ANALYSIS, UNDER THE REPUBLICAN PLAN, 47% OF THE TAX CUTS WILL BENEFIT THAT TOP 1%. JUST 1.2 MILLION HOUSEHOLDS. MAKING MORE THAN $900,000 A YEAR. LET ME REPEAT. THE TOP 1% WILL GET NEARLY HALF OF ALL THE TAX CUTS IN THIS BILL. AND 50% FOR THE 99%. SECOND, THE REPUBLICAN PLAN RAISES TAXES ON 36 MILLION MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES. THAT'S NOT WHAT THE SPEAKER SAID IT WAS GOING TO DO. HE SAID IT WOULD GIVE EVERYBODY A TAX CUT. THAT WAS NOT TRUE AND IS NOT TRUE. 36 MILLION MIDDLE CLASS AMERICAN HOUSEHOLDS WILL SEE THEIR TAXES GO UP OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS AS A RESULT OF THIS REPUBLICAN PLAN. AND THIRD, THE REPUBLICAN PLAN WILL EXPLODE THE DEBT BY MORE THAN $1.7 TRILLION OVER THE NEXT DECADE. THIS BILL IS THE GRANDDADDY OF ALL DEBT CREATORS. THIS MEANS THAT THOSE TAX CUTS, MORE THAN HALF OF WHICH BENEFIT ONLY THE TOP 1 1/2 PERCENT, WILL BE PAID FOR BY A HUGE TAX INCREASE ON OUR CHILDREN AND ON OUR GRANDCHILDREN. THE LATE SENATOR RUSSELL LONG OF LOUISIANA LIKED TO SAY AN OLD DIDDY ABOUT WHO GETS STUCK WITH THE PAIN OF TAX INCREASE. HE SAID DON'T TAX YOU. DON'T TAX ME. TAX THAT FELLOW BEHIND THE FREE -- TREE. MEANING OF COURSE THAT NONE OF THE VOTERS WANT A TAX INCREASE. IF YOU RAISE TAXES, MAKE SURE IT'S SOMEONE ELSE WHO IS OUT OF SIGHT AND OUT OF MIND. IN THIS CASE, SADLY, MR. SPEAKER, THAT FELLOW BEHIND THE TREE IS A CHILD. THIS IS A TAX INCREASE ON ALL THOSE CHILDREN. IT'S A CHILD WHO CAN'T VOTE AND DOESN'T HAVE A VOICE IN THIS DEBATE. THE REPUBLICAN PLAN ASKS MEMBERS TO PILE $1.7 TRILLION OR MORE OF DEBT ON TO OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN AND PUT THE FISCAL SUSTAINABILITY OF OUR COUNTRY AT FURTHER RISK. WHEN CONFRONTED WITH THIS FACT, WE HEAR ONLY THE SAME ARGUMENTS WE HEAR IN 2001 AND 2003 BEFORE THE LAST MAJOR REPUBLICAN EFFORT TO CUT TAXES PRECIPITATED THE WORST RECESSION IN OUR MEMORY. AND A PERIOD OF SEVERE BUDGET TIGHTENING THAT LED TO DISINVESTMENT IN OUR COUNTRY UNDER THE THREAT OF SEQUESTRATION. AND THAT ARGUMENT, FLAWED AND FALSE, IS THAT THESE TAX CUTS WILL GROW THE ECONOMY SO MUCH THAT THE ENSUING GROWTH WILL MAGICALLY ERASE ALL THE DEFICITS WE KNOW THEIR PLAN WILL ACCRUE. SO EASY, MR. SPEAKER. SO EASY. THE CUTS WILL SIMPLY PAY FOR THEMSELVES, WE'RE TOLD. WE HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT BEFORE, OF COURSE. THE CYCLE REPEATS, REPUBLICAN PROMISES THAT TAX CUTS WILL PAY FOR THEMSELVES FOLLOWED BY MASSIVE DEFICITS. 189% INCREASE IN THE DEFICIT UNDER RONALD REAGAN. FOLLOWED BY REPUBLICANS INSISTING THAT WE RESPOND WITH AUSTERE CUTS TO INVESTMENTS IN OUR PEOPLE AND IN OPPORTUNITY. SO EASILY THEY FORGET. BUT MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS WILL NOT FORGET WHO IS RESPONSIBLE WHEN THEIR TAXES GO UP. WHEN THEIR TAX INCREASES PAY FOR TAX CUTS FOR THE TOP 1%. AND WHEN IN THE YEARS AHEAD MORE AND MORE INVESTMENTS NEED TO BE CUT TO PAY THE INTEREST ON THE DEBT UNDER WHICH THIS PLAN WILL BURY THE CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN OF AMERICA. AND ALL BECAUSE MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE WANTED TO SKIP OUT ON DOING WHAT THEY KNEW WOULD BE HARD, JUST AS THEY DID WHEN FORMER WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, DAVE CAMP, INTRODUCED HIS COMPREHENSIVE TAX REFORM THAT WAS RESPONSIBLY BUT THEY DISMISSED IT. DISMISSED IT OUT OF HAND BECAUSE IT WOULD HAVE REQUIRED HASHING OUT A DIFFICULT COMPROMISE. BUT EASY IS NO SIN COME -- SYNONYM FOR SUCCESSFUL. PRESIDENT KENNEDY TOLD US WE DO THESE THINGS -- WE CHOOSE THESE THINGS, THAT IS, TACKLING OUR GREATEST CHALLENGES, NOT BECAUSE THEY ARE EASY BUT BECAUSE THEY ARE HARD. SO I ASK MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS, NO, I URGE THEM, SETASIDE THIS DANGEROUS, RECKLESS, AND IRRESPONSIBLE BILL. INSTEAD, LET'S CHOOSE THE HARD PATH THAT INVOLVES HARD CHOICES AND TRUST AND ALL OF THOSE THINGS THAT MAKE TAX REFORM SUCCESSFUL IN 1986. WHICH ARE THE MISSING ELEMENTS IN THIS FLAWED BILL. MR. SPEAKER, DEMOCRATS ARE READY TO SIT DOWN WITH YOU AND WORK ON THIS CHALLENGE. TOGETHER. IT WON'T BE EASY. MR. SPEAKER, DEMOCRATS THAT'S A PROMISE. BUT IF WE DO IT TOGETHER, IF WE DO IT IN A WAY THAT DOESN'T BALLOON THE DEBT OR RAISE TAXES ON THE MIDDLE CLASS, WE HAVE A CHANCE TO DO IT RIGHT. LET'S TAKE THAT CHANCE.

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              • 10:09:15 AM

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                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. THOMPSON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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              • 10:09:21 AM

                MR. THOMPSON

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK IS RURAL HEALTH WEEK IN THE…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK IS RURAL HEALTH WEEK IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA. IT'S A TIME TO PROMOTE AWARENESS OF THE FULL RANGE OF ISSUES THAT IMPACT RURAL HEALTH THROUGHOUT THE STATE AND THE HEALTH STATUS OF RURAL PENNSYLVANIANS. NATIONALLY PENNSYLVANIA RANKS AS ONE OF THE STATES WITH THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF RURAL RESIDENTS WITH 23% OF PENNSYLVANIANS RESIDING IN RURAL AREAS. RURAL COMMUNITIES ALSO FACE UNIQUE HEALTH CARE CONCERNS. LACK OF PROVIDERS. ACCESSIBILITY ISSUES THE, PARTICULARLY IN TERMS OF TRANSPORTATION AND TECHNOLOGY. HEALTH CARE CONCERNS. LACK OF PROVIDERS. ACCESSIBILITY ISSUES THE, PARTICULARLY IN TERMS OF TRANSPORTATION AND TECHNOLOGY. AND AFFORDABILITY ISSUES AS A RESULT OF LARGER PERCENTAGES OF UNINSURED AND UNDERINSURED CITIZENS AND GREATER OUT-OF-POCKET HEALTH COSTS. MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE I WAS ELECTED TO SERVE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, I SPENT NEARLY HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, I SPENT NEARLY 30 YEARS IN A NONPROFIT HEALTH CARE FIELD ASSISTING THOSE WITH LIFE CHANGING DISEASES AND DISABILITY. I'M ACUTELY AWARE OF THE CHALLENGES MANY FACE WHEN IT COMES TO OBTAINING REASONABLY PRICED HEALTH CARE. IT'S ESPECIALLY CRITICAL FOR RURAL AMERICA LIKE MUCH OF THE FIFTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA. WE'RE FACING A HEALTH CARE CRISIS IN OUR NATION'S RURAL AREAS. THESE OFTEN DISADVANTAGED POPULATIONS ARE STILL STRUGGLING TO ACCESS AFFORDABLE, QUALITY CARE. MANY REMAIN ON SHORE. MOST -- REMAIN INSURED. MOST ARE UNDERINSURED. EVEN WHEN PEOPLE GAIN ACCESS TO HEALTH INSURANCE, IT DOESN'T EQUAL ACCESS TO CARE. RURAL HOSPITALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE CLOSING, LEAVING PATIENTS WITHOUT ACCESS TO THEIR EMERGENCY ROOMS AND LONG-TERM HEALTH CARE FACILITIES. 80 RURAL HOSPITALS IN THE UNITED STATES HAVE CLOSED SINCE 2010. ONE IN THREE RURAL HOSPITALS ARE FINANCIALLY VULNERABLE. AT THE CURRENT CLOSURE RATE, MORE THAN 25% OF RURAL HOSPITALS WILL CLOSE IN LESS THAN A DECADE. IN ADDITION TO HOSPITAL CLOSURES, A WORK FORCE SHORTAGE PLAGUES RURAL AMERICA. 77% OF MORE THAN 2,000 RURAL COUNTIES IN THE UNITED STATES ARE DESIGNATED AS HAVING A SHORTAGE OF HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS. RECRUITMENT, RETENTION OF EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONALS INCLUDING PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIANS IS AN ONGOING CHALLENGE. FURTHERMORE, THE OPIOID CRISIS THAT IS SWEEPING THE NATION HAS RAVAGED OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES, LEAVING EVEN MORE OF THE POPULATION IN NEED OF CRUCIAL HEALTH SERVICES. ADOLESCENCE AND YOUNG ADULTS LIVING IN LAUREL AREAS -- RURAL AREAS ARE MORE VULNERABLE TO OPIOID ABUSE. THE OVERDOSES HAS SKYROCKETED IN RURAL AREAS. HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT AND GREATER RATE OF THE TYPES OF INJURIES THAT RESULT IN PRESCRIPTIONS FOR OPIOID MEDICATIONS HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THIS. WHERE THERE ARE WAYS TOWN CREASE TREATMENT OPTIONS, LAST WEEK THE HOUSE APPROVED A BILL INTRODUCED THAT WOULD EXPAND HEALTH CARE ACCESS FOR OUR VETERANS THROUGH TELLY MEDICINE -- TELEMEDICINE. IT ALLOWS V.A. HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS TO PRACTICE MEDICINE ACROSS STATE LINES. OUR VETERANS SHOULD RECEIVE THE BEST CARE POSSIBLE NO MATTER WHERE THEY ARE LOCATED. WITH ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY, WE SEE NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR VETERANS TO OBTAIN COVERAGE THROUGH TELEMEDICINE, ESPECIALLY IN SOME OF OUR MOST RURAL AREAS. AS WE CELEBRATE NATIONAL RURAL HEALTH DAY, THIS THURSDAY, IT IS MY HOPE THAT WE CONTINUE TO STRIVE FOR 21ST CENTURY HEALTH CARE SYSTEM THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONE IN AMERICA. WITH TECHNOLOGY TODAY, WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPAND SERVICES REGARDLESS OF WHERE ONE RESIDES. PARTICULARLY FOR THOSE IN RURAL REGIONS WHERE THE NEED IS GREAT AND THE SERVICES ARE SCARCE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. QUIGLEY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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              • 10:13:04 AM

                MR. QUIGLEY

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEK THE PRESIDENT VISITED ASIA…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEK THE PRESIDENT VISITED ASIA FOR THE FIRST TIME AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF AND TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY WHILE ON FOREIGN SOIL TO REITERATE HIS AMERICA FIRST DOCTRINE. I RISE TODAY BECAUSE AN AMERICAN FIRST DOCTRINE AND THE MENTALITY WILL NOT LEAD TO SUCCESS FOR THE UNITED STATES OR THE WORLD THIS. WAY OF THINKING IS AN OUTDATED, OBSOLETE, AND DANGEROUS FORM OF ISOLATIONISM. IT WILL NOT KEEP US SAFE. IT WILL NOT MAKE US STRONGER ECONOMICALLY. IRONICALLY THIS PHRASE PAINTS A PICTURE THAT IS BLATANTLY UN-AMERICAN. AMERICA FIRST SENDS A SIGNAL TO THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY THAT THE UNITED STATES NO LONGER WANTS TO CARRY THE TORCH OF FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY, WHICH SHINES BRIGHTER THROUGH INCLUSION AND COLLABORATION. ON THE NATIONAL SECURITY FRONT, THE UNITED STATES IS THE STRONG LESS ON THE NATIONAL SECURITY FRONT, THE UNITED STATES IS THE STRONG LESS MILITARY THE WORLD HAS KNOWN. FOR DECADES, ALLIES HAVE COUNTED ON THE U.S. TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE TO WORK WITH THEM TO PROTECT THE SHARED VALUES WE HOLD DEAR. AS WE FACE NUMEROUS INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGES, BOTH OLD AND NEW, WE NEED TO PUT MORE FAITH AND INVESTMENT IN OUR INTERNATIONAL AND DIPLOMATIC INSTITUTIONS, NOT WEAKEN THEM. THE UNITED STATES DID NOT EARN ITS REPUTATION AS LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD BY STANDING BACK AND ALLOWING DARKER FORCES TO PREVAIL. AS A OPPRESSIVE AS LEADER REGIMES LIKE RUSSIA SEEK TO UNDERMINE DEMOCRACIES, INCLUDING OUR OWN, AMERICA'S COMMITMENT TO DEMOCRACY MUST BE STRONGER THAN EVER. THE PRESIDENT'S THREATS TO NATO ANTI-U.N. HAVE CAUSED OUR TRUSTED ALLIES TO QUESTION OUR COMMITMENTS TO COLLECTIVE DEFENSE. WE KNOW WHEN COUNTRIES WORK IN CONCERT, A CHANCE OF CONFLICT DECREASES. DESPITE ITS CHALLENGES, GLOBALIZATION HAS LED TO ONE OF THE MOST PEACEFUL AND PRODUCTIVE TIMES IN WORLD HISTORY. ADOPTING PROTECTIONIST POLICIES WHICH STIFLE THIS PROGRESS AND CERTAINLY WON'T PUT AMERICA FIRST. OUR EFFORTS TO ADDRESS DIFFICULT DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGES ARE NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE. IN FACT, THEY CAN AND SHOULD HAPPEN SIMULTANEOUSLY. WE DEFEATED COMMUNISM IN PART BY SHOWING THE WORLD THAT A COMMITMENT TO DEMOCRACY AND EXPANDING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY MAKES PEOPLE'S LIVES BETTER AND NATIONS MORE SECURE, MEANING OUR COMMITMENTS OVERSEAS ALSO MAKES US STRONGER AND SAFER HERE AT HOME. STANDING UP AGAINST THE ISOLATIONIST TIDE SWEEPING THE GLOBE IS CRITICAL TO PRESERVING OUR LEADERSHIP ROLE. . BY ABANDONING OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH EVERY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, THE PRESIDENT HAS PUT OUR CREDIBILITY AND OUR EARTH AT RISK. WE ARE NOW THE ONLY NATION NOT PARTICIPATING IN THIS HISTORIC CLIMATE PATH. WE MUST LEAD BY EXAMPLE. THIS INCLUDES RECALLING LESSONS LEARNED FROM EARLIER PERIODS OF ISOLATIONISM. RELINQUISHING GROUND IN THIS AREA CREATES A VACUUM WHERE LESS DEMOCRATIC ACTORS ARE PREPARED AND CAPABLE TO FULFILL. AND INDICATING GLOBAL LEADERSHIP, PRAISING AUTHORITARIAN REGIMES AND BELITTLING ALLIES HAS BEEN A HALLMARK OF THIS PRESIDENCY. THIS DOES NOT PUT AMERICA OR OUR INTERESTS FIRST. OUR U.N. AND NATO PARTNERSHIPS SHOULD BE STRENGTHENED. WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT TAKING ON TERRORISM, CYBERSECURITY THREATS AND OTHER DANGERS THAT JEOPARDIZE THE PEACE OF OUR PLANET. INSTEAD OF DISTINGUISHING BETWEEN WINNERS AND LOSERS AND SEWING DIVISION WHERE IT NEED NOT EXIST, WE MUST ACKNOWLEDGE OUR SHARED GOALS AND VALUES WITH OUR ALLIES AROUND THE WORLD. BECAUSE OUR COMMITMENT TO DEMOCRACY AND DIPLOMACY IS WHAT HAS ALWAYS MADE OUR NATION GREAT. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. ABRAHAM, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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              • 10:17:15 AM

                MR. ABRAHAM

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

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO THANK THE EMERGENCY CONTRIBUTION OF THE CIVIL AIR PATROL. IN THE NEAR FUTURE, I HOPE TO ALSO TALK ABOUT TWO OTHER PRIMARY MISSION TO THE C.A.P., YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND AEROSPACE AND STEM EDUCATION. LITERALLY EVERY DAY THEY RESPOND TO LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCIES, HOMELAND SECURITY REQUESTS AND A WIDE RANGE OF MISSIONS FOR STATES AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WITH OVER 500 SINGLE ENGINE AIRCRAFT IN EVERY STATE AND IN PUERTO RICO. AS AN ACTIVE MEMBER SINCE 2004, I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF FLYING MANY OF THESE MISSIONS, SO I SPEAK FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE. OVER THE PAST 15 MONTHS, C.A.P. HAS RESPONDED TO FOUR HURRICANES, MAJOR WILDFIRES IN THE WEST, DOZENS OF OTHER EMERGENCIES, INCLUDING SEARCH AND RESCUES IN ADDITION TO VITAL MILITARY MISSIONS ON A DAILY BASIS. THE HIGH OPERATIONAL TEMPO HAS HELPED ENSURE THAT C.A.P. FOR A SECOND YEAR IN A ROJAS FLOWN OVER 100,000 HOURS -- ROW HAS FLOWN OVER 100,000 HOURS. ONE CONSIDERS THESE MISSIONS ARE FLOWN BY VOLUNTEER PROFESSIONALS WHO PAYS DUES TO BELONG TO C.A.P. AND THEY MUST TAKE TIME FROM THEIR WORK, USE THEIR VACATION TIMES TO ACTUALLY FLY THESE MISSIONS. VITAL FOR MANY COMMUNITIES IN EVERY STATE ARE C.A.P. OPERATIONS. C.A.P.'S MASSIVE VOLUNTEER RESPONSE TO THE THREE RECENT RAPID FIRE HURRICANES, HARVEY, IRMA AND MARIA, THAT MADE U.S. LANDFALL FROM TEXAS TO THE VIRGIN ISLANDS. WHILE ADDITIONAL FLIGHT HOURS ARE STILL EXPECTED, 2,800 HOURS HAVE ALREADY BEEN FLOWN AND NEARLY HALF A MILLION PHOTOGRAPHS HAVE BEEN TAKEN FOR FEMA, TEXAS, LOUISIANA, FLORIDA, PUERTO RICO AND THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. THESE PHOTOS ARE BEING USED TO ASSESS DAMAGE AND TO FOCUS ON RECOVERY EFFORTS. TO DO THIS, C.A.P. HAS USED 118 AIRCRAFT AND OVER 1,000 PERSONNEL FROM 44 WINGS. THERE'S A WING FOR EVERY STATE AND PUERTO RICO AND D.C., AND HEADQUARTERS ACROSS THE NATION. FOR EVERY LARGE-SCALE OPERATION, HURRICANE SUPPORT FOR C.A.P. OFTEN DEPENDS ON THE ASSISTANCE OF THESE ADJACENT WINGS IN DIFFERENT STATES AND DIFFERENT REGIONS OF THE COUNTRY. I WAS ABLE TO VIEW UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL HURRICANE RECOVERY OPERATIONS WHEN I FLEW SEVERAL SORTIES DURING HURRICANE HARVEY. ON ONE MISSION I WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR TAKING FULL MOTION VIDEO OF THREE DAMS ALONG THE TEXAS-LOUISIANA BORDER TO HELP ESTABLISH THAT THEY WERE IN GOOD CONDITION AND SAFE FOR THOSE LIVING IN THE SURROUNDING AREA, AND THOSE ASSESSMENTS COULD MEAN THE DIFFERENCE OF LIFE AND DEATH IN MANY COMMUNITIES. IN CALIFORNIA, WHERE FAST-MOVING WILDFIRES DESTROYED OVER 8,900 HOMES, C.A.P. CONTINUES TO FLY MISSIONS FOR THEM. 13,586 PHOTOS WERE TAKEN. THESE FOTE REST ARE BEING USED TO HELP -- PHOTOS ARE BEING USED TO HELP TO ANALYZE THE DAMAGE AND ASSESS THE ASSISTANCE NEEDED BY THOSE WHOSE HOMES AND BUSINESSES HAVE BEEN DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. IN ADDITION TO CONVENTIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER, C.A.P.'S CALIFORNIA OPERATIONS HAVE INCLUDED TESTING A NEW IMAGERY SYSTEM WHICH HELPS ELIMINATION DISTORTION IN PHOTOS, MAKING IT EASIER FOR FEMA TO ANALYZE THE DATA AND MAKING THEM A MORE EFFECTIVE TOOL FOR DAMAGES ASSESSMENT. C.A.P. IS PLEASED TO BE PART OF THIS TEST PROGRAM AND IT IS SUPPOSED TO IMPROVE WILDFIRE DAMAGE ASSESSMENT. OPERATIONAL MISSIONS FOR THE AIR FORCE AND OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES OCCUR DAILY AND WITHOUT FANFARE. THESE INCLUDE AMONG OTHERS, BEING A TARGET FOR AIR FORCE INTERCEPTORS, HELPING TRAIN COMBAT GROUND FORCES, ESCORTING MILITARY AIRCRAFT FOR TRAINING, AIR COMBAT COMMANDS FIRST AIR FORCE PROVIDES OPERATIONAL AND COORDINATION FOR THESE C.A.P. MISSIONS WHICH COMPROMISE ABOUT 80% OF THE FIRST AIR FORCE WEEKLY OPERATIONAL FLYING. I WAS PRIVILEGED RECENTLY TO FLY WITH THE C.A.P.'S CONGRESSIONAL SQUADRON ON A FERTILE KEY NOTE MISSION. THIS MISSION IS UNUSUAL AS IT PROVIDES C.A.P. AIRCRAFT AS A SLOW-MOVING TARGET FOR ITS AIR FORCE PILOTS TO PRACTICE INTERCEPTION TECHNIQUES. THE CONGRESSIONAL SQUADRON IS UNIQUE AS IT INCLUDES MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND CONGRESSIONAL STAFF WHO FLY WITH C.A.P. AIRMEN. OUR MISSION THAT DAY WAS TO SIMULATE A GENERAL AVIATION AIRCRAFT THAT WAS IN CONTROL OF AIRSPACE WITHOUT PERMISSION. TWO F-16 VIPERS SCRAMBLED FROM JOINT BASE ANDREWS FOUND US. THIS COST WAS A FRACTION TO THE GOVERNMENT AND THEY ARE VALUABLE IN TRAINING TO OUR GREAT MEN AND WOMEN IN AIR FORCE UNIFORMS. OUR KEY MISSION IS TO HELP TRAIN GROUND COMBAT SOLDIERS WHO ARE ABOUT TO DEPLOY OVERSEAS. TWO C.A.P. SQUADRONS WILL HAVE THIS SUPPORT AND I WILL CERTAINLY CONTINUE THIS DISCUSSION LATER. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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

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                MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO RECOGNIZE TRANSGENDER AWARENESS WEEK TO…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO RECOGNIZE TRANSGENDER AWARENESS WEEK TO BRING ATTENTION TO THE CHALLENGES THAT TRANSGENDER INDIVIDUALS STILL FACE TODAY. OUR GREAT COUNTRY WAS FOUNDED ON THE VALUES OF OPPORTUNITY AND FREEDOM, BUT UNFORTUNATELY WE HEAR ABOUT BILLS AND A PUBLIC DISCOURSE THAT ONLY SEEKS TO DIVIDE AND TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST THIS VULNERABLE POPULATION. TRANSGENDER INDIVIDUALS ARE ACTIVE MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY. THEY ARE OUR FRIENDS, OUR NEIGHBORS AND OUR CHILDREN. AS THE MOTHER TO A TRANSGENDER SON, I KNOW THAT THERE'S A GREAT NEED FOR A PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF GENDER IDENTITY. THESE ARE AMERICANS WHO HAVE THE SAME HOPES, THE SAME DREAMS AS EVERYBODY ELSE AND SHOULD NOT BE TREATED DIFFERENTLY FROM THEIR PEERS. MR. SPEAKER, THE REALITY IS THAT TRANSGENDER AMERICANS AROUND THE COUNTRY WORK HARD AND WANT TO SUCCEED AND PROVIDE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES. THEY DESERVE TO BE FULLY PROTECTED UNDER OUR LAWS. WE MUST COME TOGETHER AS A COUNTRY TO SAY NO TO PREJUDICE, NO TO DISCRIMINATION AND NO TO HARASSMENT. THAT BEGINS BY RESPECTING, BY ACCEPTING AND BY EMBRACING EACH INDIVIDUAL. THANK YOU.

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                MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                SORRY, MR. SPEAKER. I WAS PAUSING.

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                I APOLOGIZE. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO CONGRATULATE DR. PADRON ON BEING SELECTED TO THE…

                MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO CONGRATULATE DR. PADRON ON BEING SELECTED TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE URBAN INSTITUTE. THE URBAN INSTITUTE IS AMONGST OUR NATION'S LEADING PUBLIC POLICY THINK TANKS WITH A MISSION TO OPEN MINDS, TO SHAPE DECISIONS, AND TO OFFER SOLUTIONS. SO IT IS NOT HARD TO SEE WHY IT SELECTED DR. PADRON AS ITS BOARD. THE DOCTOR SERVES AS THE PRESIDENT OF MY ALMA MATER MIAMI-DADE COLLEGE AND HAS DEDICATED HIS LIFE AND HIS CAREER TO ADVOCATE ON BEHALF OF UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS. THROUGHOUT HIS PRESIDENCY, M.D.C. HAS BEEN PROPELLED INTO A POSITION OF NATIONAL PROMINENCE AND A SHINING EXAMPLE FOR HOW A COLLEGE CAN BRING ABOUT REAL AND POSITIVE CHANGE IN A COMMUNITY. DR. PADRON'S EFFORTS AND STRONG RECORD OF SERVICE HAVE HELPED TRANSFORM THE LIVES OF MANY IN MY COMMUNITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA, AND I'M CONFIDENT THAT HIS TENURE AT THE URBAN INSTITUTE WILL BE A SUCCESSFUL ONE. SO ONCE AGAIN, DR. PADRON, FELICIDADES, CONGRATULATIONS. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO PAY RECOGNITION TO A TRUE FLORIDA ICON, MR. STANLEY TATE. HAILING FROM MIAMI, STANLEY IS A MAN COMMITTED TO PUBLIC SERVICE AND HELPING THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST. HE HAS DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO SERVING AS A VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS, AND HAS NEVER CEASED TO PUT THE NEEDS OF OTHERS BEFORE HIS OWN. I AM PROUD TO HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK EXTENSIVELY WITH MR. TATE THROUGHOUT MY TIME IN THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE. TOGETHER WE PIONEERED MANY GREAT INITIATIVES, INCLUDING THE CREATION OF THE FLORIDA PREPAID COLLEGE PROGRAM THAT IS OUR NATION'S PREMIERE SAVINGS PLAN TO IMPROVE OPPORTUNITIES IN THE SUNSHINE STATE AND ADVANCE HIGHER EDUCATION. IN ADDITION TO HIS MANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS, STANLEY HAS REMAINED A STRONG ADVOCATE FOR OUR NATION'S LEADING AND CLOSEST ALLY, THE DEMOCRATIC JEWISH STATE OF ISRAEL. HE HAS REMAINED STEADFAST IN HIS COMMITMENT TO FIGHT ISSUES LIKE B.D.S. AND ANTI-SEMITISM AND I JOIN HIM IN HIS FIGHT TOWARD EQUALITY AND ACCEPTANCE FOR ALL. I WISH STANLEY TATE THE BEST IN HIS FUTURE ENDEAVORS, AND I THANK HIM FOR HIS TIRELESS SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY. . MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RENEW MY COMMITMENT TO ADDRESSING THE MANY ISSUES BIPARTISAN CLIMATE SOLUTIONS CAUCUS. MY HOME DISTRICT OF MIAMI HAS EXPERIENCED THE IMPACT ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH CLIMATE CHANGE AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO HELP BE PART OF THE ANSWER BY JOINING THE OF CLIMATE CHANGE FIRSTHAND. IN MIAMI BEACH, MY CONSTITUENTS EXPERIENCE EVER MORE FREQUENT PINK TIDES THAT FLOOD THE STREETS WITH SALTWATER. ACROSS ALL OF SOUTH FLORIDA BEACHES AND COASTLINES CONTINUE TO ERODE AWAY. THESE ARE A FEW OF THE EXAMPLES OF REAL CONSEQUENCES OF SEA LEVEL RISE WHICH IS A DIRECT CONSEQUENCE OF CLIMATE CHANGE. THESE FACTS CANNOT BE IGNORED. I'D LIKE TO THANK OUR COLLEAGUES, CONGRESSMAN CARLOS CAR BELLOW, AND TED DEUTCH THE FOUNDERS AND CO-CHAIRS OF THIS IMPORTANT CAUCUS FOR RECOGNIZING WE CANNOT AFFORD TO IGNORE CLIMATE CHANGE ANY LONGER. IT'S NOT JUST A FLORIDA ISSUE. TIM PACTS OUR ENTIRE COUNTRY. I'M PROUD TO BE A PRODUCT OF THIS GROUP OF MEMBERS SEEKING TO CO-CHAIRS OF DIFFICULT QUESTIONS ASSOCIATED WITH CLIMATE CHANGE AND WORK ON PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS TO MITIGATE ITS EFFECT AND BUILD A MORE RESILIENT NATION. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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                THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. DOGGETT, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                MR. DOGGETT

                FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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

                YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. TURNER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                MR. TURNER

                TODAY I RISE TO THANK AND HONOR AN INTEGRAL MEMBER OF MY COMMUNITY,…

                TODAY I RISE TO THANK AND HONOR AN INTEGRAL MEMBER OF MY COMMUNITY, DIRECTOR GLEN COSTY, OF THE DAYTON V.A. MEDICAL CENTER AND CONGRATULATE HIM ON HIS RETIREMENT. HE TURNED THE DAYTON V.A. INTO ONE OF THE TOP MEDICAL FACILITIES FOR OUR VETERANS IN THE COUNTRY. THE DIRECTOR'S SUCCESS AS DIRECTOR OF THE CENTER IN DAYTON HAS GAINED HIM NATIONAL RECOGNITION. HE HAS BEEN SENT THROUGHOUT FACILITIES FOR OUR VETERANS IN THE COUNTRY. THE THE COUNTRY TO SAVE MULTIPLE V.A. MEDICAL FACILITIES PLAGUED WITH ISSUES, PARTICULARLY INCLUDING VETERAN--- VETERAN PATIENT BACKLOGS. HE'S WORKED TIRELESSLY TOINT GREAT THE V.A. IN OUR COMMUNITY TO SERVE OUR VETERANS IN A WAY IT HASN'T FOR DECADES. IT HAS BEEN DEDICATED TO BETTERING THE LIVES 67 OUR VETERANS. I WAS HONORED TO WORK WITH THE DIRECTOR ON THE ISSUE ON BRINGING CREATIVE HOUSING OPTIONS FOR DAYTON'S VETERANS, A PLACE KNOWN AS LION'S PLACE 2. WE ALSO WORKED TOGETHER ON THE SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGN TO BRING THE V.A. NATIONAL ARCHIVES TO DAYTON. HIS LEADERSHIP AND EXPERTISE WILL BE DEEPLY MISSED AT THE DAYTON V.A. I WISH TO THANK HIM, GIVE HIM ALL THE BEST, AND LOOK FORWARD TO WHAT HE'LL BE DOING WITH HIS LEADERSHIP AND THANK HIM AGAIN FOR EVERYTHING HE'S DONE FOR DAYTON VETERANS. I YIELD BACK.

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                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO, MS. KAPTUR, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                MS. KAPTUR

                I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE.

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                MS. KAPTUR

                MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO A FREEDOM FIGHTER. A BELOVED…

                MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO A FREEDOM FIGHTER. A BELOVED MOTHER OF HER EMBATTLED COUNTRY, UKRAINE. AMINA WAS KILLED ON OCTOBER 30 IN A COWARDLY ACT. HITMEN FIRED ON AMINA AND HER HUSBAND, ADAM, FROM BEHIND BUSHES AS THEY DROVE BY. SHE WAS FATALLY STRUCK IN THE HEAD. THE WORLD LOST A BRAVE AND BEAUTIFUL SOUL, BUT HER LOSS WILL NOT BE IN VAIN. BORN IN THE SOUTHERN UKRAINIAN CITY OF ODESSA, AMINA WAS A MOTHER, MEDICAL SURGEON, A UKRAINIAN POLICE LIEUTENANT, AND A MUSLIM ACTIVIST KNOWN FOR HER STANCE ON EQUAL RIGHTS FOR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. SHE WAS A BORN LEADER. AT THE START OF THEUREO-MIDON MOVEMENT, AMINA JOINED THE PEACEFUL PROTESTS IN UKRAINE IN THE BITTER COLD. A PROTEST AGAINST REPRESSION. TO SHOW SOLIDARITY, SHE LIVED WITH HER HUSBAND ON THE STREET IN A TENT. WHEN RUSSIA ILLEGALLY INVADED CRIMEA IN EASTERN UKRAINE, ARMENIA -- AMINA WAS THE FIRST WOMAN TO JOIN THE VOLUNTEER BATTALION. SHE WAS AWARDED THE HERO OF UKRAINE MEDAL TO HONOR HER BRAVERY AT THE -- AT A BATTLE. AND THE GRIZZLY FIGHT AGAINST RUSSIAN AGGRESSION. SHE FOUGHT VALIANTLY. TOWARDS PROGRESS AND AGAINST OPPRESSION. HER BRAVERY SYMBOLIZES THE EXTRAORDINARY STRENGTH OF UKRAINIAN WOMEN AS THE FOUNTAIN HEAD OF THAT SOCIETY, HOLDING THE COUNTRY TOGETHER DURING SIGNIFICANT DURESS. WITH HER ASSASSINATION, THE WORLD HAS YET AGAIN WITNESSED HOW THE ENEMY OF DEMOCRACY WILL STOP AT NOTHING TO SILENCE THOSE WHO STAND FOR FREEDOM AND JUSTICE. AMINA HAD BEEN A TARGET BEFORE DUE TO HER UNYIELDING PATRIOTISM. A FAILED ATTEMPT OCCURRED IN JUNE WHEN AN ASSASSIN, PRETENDING TO BE A MONDAY, OCTOBER 30, IT SUCCEEDED IN SNUFFING OUT THE BEAUTY OF AMINA AND WOUNDED HER PRETENDING TO BE A JOURNALIST, SHOT AT HER. TRAGICALLY EVIL PERSISTED AND ON HUSBAND. BUT HER SPIRIT ENDURES LARGER THAN LIFE ITSELF. AMINA IS ONE OF MANY FALLEN VICTIMS TO RUSSIA'S ILLEGAL INVASION OF UKRAINE AND ITS CLANDESTINE EFFORTS TO SNUFF OUT CHAMPIONS OF FREEDOM. THE LIST INCLUDES NICKO LIE -- NICK HE LIE -- NICK LIE, DENNIS, AND NUMEROUS OTHER VALIANT SOULS WHO PLACED THEIR LIVES FORWARD IN LIBERTY'S STRUGGLE. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT INTO THE RECORD AN EXTENSIVE LIST OF LIVES PURGED BY KREMLIN-RELATED ASSASSINATIONS.

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                WITHOUT OBJECTION. EXTENSIVE LIST OF LIVES PURGED BY KREMLIN-RELATED ASSASSINATIONS.

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                IT IS HARD FOR PEOPLE OF GOOD WILL TO IMAGINE THE DEPTH OF DEPRAVITY THAT…

                IT IS HARD FOR PEOPLE OF GOOD WILL TO IMAGINE THE DEPTH OF DEPRAVITY THAT RUSSIA'S MALEVOLENT DICTATORS WILL STOOP TO TO SERVE THE NARROW PECK CUEARY AND POLITICAL INTERESTS OF THE FEW AT THE PRICE OF THE MANY. DR. SNYDER AND HIS EXTRAORDINARY BOOK, "BLOOD LANDS" RECOUNTS THE HUMAN TRAGEDY WROUGHT BY RUSSIAN DICTATORS, CITING THE 14 MILLION CIVILIANS, CIVILIANS WOMEN, CHILDREN, FAMILIES WHO WERE MURDERED AT RUSSIA'S HAND IN EASTERN AND CENTRAL EUROPE. PUTIN IS THE LATEST DICTATOR IN A LONG LINE OF THEM, AND SADLY THIS DARK HISTORY FROM STALIN TO PUTIN CONTINUES TODAY. IT IS INSTRUCTIVE THAT PUTIN HIMSELF HAS WRITTEN THAT HIS GRANDFATHER WAS A TRUSTED COOK FOR JOSEPH STALIN HIMSELF, WORKING INSIDE THE BELLY OF THE BEAST OF TYRANNY. THAT IS THE COCOON FOR JOSEPH STALIN FROM WHICH RUSSIA'S PUTIN HAS EMERGED, AND NOW ADD TO THOSE MILLIONS OF DEATHS, OVER 10,000 UKRAINIAN SOLDIERS KILLED BY RUSSIA WITH THOUSANDS UPON TENS OF THOUSANDS MORE WOUNDED. AND OVER TWO MILLION PEOPLE DISPLACED INSIDE UKRAINE. A COUNTRY THAT SIMPLY WANTS TO BE FREE. AS CO-CHAIR OF THE BIPARTISAN HOUSE UKRAINIAN CAUCUS, I CAN ATTEST OUR MEMBERS ARE COMMITTED TO HOLD RUSSIA ACCOUNTABLE FOR TYRANNICAL AND MALEVOLENT ACTIVITY. IN UKRAINE, AND EVEN HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN PURSUIT OF JUSTICE FOR AMINA AND SOLIDARITY WITH OTHER FREEDOM FIGHTERS IN UKRAINE. LET HER BRAVERY IN LIFE SERVE AS AN INSPIRATION TO US ALL AND LET THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY STAND WITH UKRAINE SHOULDER TO SHOULDER AS WE CONTINUE TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST RUSSIA'S INVASION OF A SOVEREIGN NATION. FIGHTING FOR A FUTURE, FREE OF STATE SPONSORED MURDER AND OCCUPATION. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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                THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI, MRS. HARTZLER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                MRS. HARTZLER

                FIVE MINUTES.

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                THIS ILL LITTLE BOY

                THIS ILL LITTLE BOY: AND HERE'S -- THIS LITTLE BOY -- AND HERE'S HIS…

                THIS ILL LITTLE BOY: AND HERE'S -- THIS LITTLE BOY -- AND HERE'S HIS PICTURE -- PRECIOUS. HE TALKED ABOUT THE URGENCY OF THIS LEGISLATION. WE MUST ACT NOW. I WANT CONGRESS TO HELP ZACH'S FAMILY AND OTHER FAMILIES WHO HAVE NO OTHER OPTIONS. WASHINGTON SHOULD NOT STAND IN THE WAY OF AMERICANS WITH LIFE-ENDING ILLNESSES WHO WANT TO TRY TO SAVE THEMSELVES AND HAVE NO OTHER AVAILABLE OPTIONS. THAT'S WHY I'M A PROUD CO-SPONSOR OF THE RIGHT TO TRY ACT AND WAS GLAD TO SEE THE SENATE PASS THEIR VERSION OF THIS BILL. IT IS NOW TIME FOR THE HOUSE TO ACT, AND I CALL ON MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS POTENTIALLY LIFE-SAVING LEGISLATION. PLEASE JOIN ME SO THAT WE CAN GIVE FAMILIES LIKE ZACH'S MORE OPTIONS AND HOPEFULLY MORE TIME. I YIELD BACK.

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

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                MR. GREEN

                THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, IT IS ALWAYS AN HONOR TO SPEAK…

                THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, IT IS ALWAYS AN HONOR TO SPEAK HERE IN THE WELL OF THE HOUSE OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I DO WANT TO COMPLIMENT YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I HEARD YOUR STATEMENTS EARLIER, AND I'D LIKE TO ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH THE PORTION OF YOUR STATEMENT THAT DEALT WITH TRANSGENDER PERSONS. MADAM SPEAKER, I STAND BEFORE THE WORLD TODAY WITH AN IMPEACHMENT UPDATE. I HAVE PREVIOUSLY INDICATED THAT THERE WILL BE A VOTE ON AN IMPEACHMENT RESOLUTION BEFORE CHRISTMAS. I STAND BY THIS, AND TO THIS END I WILL BE MEETING WITH APPROPRIATE MEMBERS OF HOUSE LEADERSHIP THIS WEEK TO DISCUSS THE NOTIFICATION PROCESS. I WANT PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND HOW THIS PROCESS WORKS. I WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO READ THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT FROM THE WELL OF THE HOUSE. AFTER THIS IS DONE, THERE WILL BE A TIME SET FOR ME TO PRESENT THEM AGAIN BEFORE THE HOUSE. MUST BE DONE TWICE. AND WHEN THAT TIME IS SET, I WILL HAVE TO BE NOTIFIED OF THE TIME. I DON'T SET THE TIME. I HAVE TO RESPOND AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME. FOR ME TO RESPOND AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME, APPROPRIATE NOTICE HAS TO BE GIVEN TO ME. THIS IS WHY I WILL BE MEETING WITH HOUSE LEADERSHIP SO THAT WE CAN DISCUSS THE MEANS BY WHICH APPROPRIATE NOTICE WILL BE GIVEN TO ME. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THERE'S NO CONFUSION ABOUT THIS PROCESS, NO CONFUSION AS TO HOW THE NOTICE IS TO BE ACCORDED ME. I WILL MEET WITH LEADERSHIP TO ASCERTAIN HOW THE APPROPRIATE NOTICE WILL BE ACCORDED ME SO THAT I MAY PRESENT THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT A SECOND TIME SO THAT THEREAFTER THERE WILL BE A VOTE ON THESE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT. BECAUSE THE SYSTEM IS SUCH THAT IT CAN BE DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND HOW PEOPLE HAVE ACTUALLY VOTED, I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THOSE WHO VOTE WITH ME AND THOSE WHO ARE SUPPORTIVE OF ADVANCING THE CAUSE OF IMPEACHMENT, I WILL BE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE WHO THEY ARE. AND I WILL GIVE YOU FURTHER UPDATES AS TO HOW THIS WILL TAKE PLACE. BUT I WANT TO ASSURE EVERY AMERICAN THAT THIS VOTE ON ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT WILL TAKE PLACE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, AND THAT THIS VOTE WILL BE ABOUT THE INCITEMENT OF HATE, ABOUT HOW THE COUNTRY IS BEING PUSHED BACK, HOW AMERICA IS BETTER THAN THE DIRECTION THAT SOMEONE SEEKS TO PUSH US FORWARD INTO. THIS IS A GREAT COUNTRY, AND WE CANNOT TOLERATE HATE. AND THIS MAY BE A FEW TIMES IN THE HISTORY OF THE COUNTRY THAT PERSONS WILL BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE A STAND AGAINST HATE BY CASTING THE APPROPRIATE VOTE IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I WILL GIVE FUTURE UPDATES ON IMPEACHMENT FROM THIS PODIUM. I AM HONORED TO ALWAYS STAND IN THE WELL OF THE HOUSE OF THE UNITED STATES OF REPRESENTATIVES. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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                MR. FITZPATRICK

                MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE FIRST LIEUTENANT PATRICK J.…

                MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE FIRST LIEUTENANT PATRICK J. MCNULTY JR., ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS, WHO ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, RECEIVED THE SILVER STAR MEDAL WHICH IS OUR NATION'S THIRD HIGHEST AWARD FOR HEROISM IN COMBAT DURING THE VIETNAM WAR. ON NOVEMBER 7, 1967, LIEUTENANT MCNULTY WAS SERVING AS AN ARTILLERY FORWARD OBSERVER WHEN HIS UNIT WAS ATTACKED. LIEUTENANT MCNULTY CALLED IN ACCURATE FIRE ON MULTIPLE ENEMY POSITIONS WHILE ALSO DIRECTING FRIENDLY UNITS. EVEN AFTER BEING SERIOUSLY WOUNDED, LIEUTENANT MCNULTY CONTINUED TO FIGHT. AS THE ENEMY BEGAN TO RETREAT, HE ORGANIZED THE EFFORT TO PROVIDE AID TO HIS WOUNDED COMRADES. LIEUTENANT MCNULTY'S ACTIONS SAVED LIVES. HE RETURNED HOME TO HIS WIFE AND PURCHASED A HOME. EARNED AN M.B.A. FROM TEMPLE UNIVERSITY. WORKED FOR THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY AND HAS BEEN AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF OUR COMMUNITY. HIS STORY SHALL INSPIRE US ALL. MADAM SPEAKER, I OFFER TO THIS BODY PATRICK'S PERSONAL MOTTO, THE STATEMENT IS THE NAVY'S SEE BEEBEES. THE IMPOSSIBLE TAKES A LITTLE BIT LONGER TO DO. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND MEMORY OF BERNIE LENCE WHO PASSED AWAY IN MAY. HE HAD A LIFE THAT IMPACTED A GREAT NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY. TODAY, MONTHS AFTER HIS PASSING, HIS IMPACT IS STILL FELT. IN 1939, BERNIE ENLISTED IN THE ARMY TO FIGHT THE WAR IN EUROPE. DURING HIS TIME THERE, SERVING IN PATTON'S THIRD ARMY, HE HELPED LIBERATE A CONCENTRATION CAMP. AFTER THE WAR, HE RETURNED HOME AND WENT ABOUT HIS LIFE, RARELY TALKING ABOUT WHAT HE HAD SEEN UNTIL ONE DAY HE BEGAN TO SHARE HIS STORY. HE WAS KNOWN IN OUR COMMUNITY FOR HIS TALKS WITH STUDENTS AND SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY CENTERS, WORKING TO ENSURE THE HORRORS WHAT HE SAW WERE NOT FORGOTTEN AND WOULD NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN. PEOPLE GRAVITATED TOWARDS HIM. DUE TO HIS QUICK WIT AND HIS WARM DEMEANOR. HE WORKED CLOSELY WITH THE HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE PROGRAM OF POST 697 OF THE JEWISH WAR VETERANS IN BUCKS COUNTY WHICH CONTINUES HIS WORK TODAY. BERNIE FOUND INCREDIBLE PURPOSE FROM A DARK EXPERIENCE IN HIS LIFE. A LESSON THAT WE CAN ALL BENEFIT FROM. MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                YIELD BACK.

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              • 12:00:13 PM

                THE SPEAKER

                THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY REVEREND DOCTOR…

                THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY REVEREND DOCTOR ANTHONY K.R. GIBSON, AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA.

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                REVEREND DR. GIBSON

                ON THIS DAY BEFORE THIS AUGUST BODY, WE ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR PRESENCE IN THIS…

                ON THIS DAY BEFORE THIS AUGUST BODY, WE ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR PRESENCE IN THIS PLACE AS THE LIVING GOD. THERE IS NONE LIKE YOU, YOUR DOMINION WILL NEVER RECESS AND YOUR

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              • 12:00:45 PM

                MR. WILLIAMS

                NEVER END. ON THIS DAY, SATURATE YOUR PLACE WITH YOUR PRESENCE AND FILL…

                NEVER END. ON THIS DAY, SATURATE YOUR PLACE WITH YOUR PRESENCE AND FILL THIS HOUSE WITH YOUR SPIRIT. YOU HAVE NOT GIVEN US THE SPIRIT OF FEAR, BUT GIVEN US THE SPIRIT OF LOVE, THE SPIRIT OF COMPASSIONATE AUTHORITY AND THE SPIRIT OF GODLY JUDGMENT. HOLY SPIRIT, TOUCH THE HEARTS OF OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS. LET EVERYTHING DONE IN THIS CHAMBER BE FOR YOUR GLORY AND FOR YOUR PRAISE. WE PLEAS YOU IN ADVANCE FOR THE MERCY AND TRUTH THAT WILL COME FROM THIS HOUSE ON THIS DAY AND REACH ALL AREAS OF THESE UNITED STATES AND INDEED THE UTTER MOST PART OF THE WORLD. IN JESUS' NAME WE PRAY. AMEN.

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              • 12:01:35 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 HIS APPROVAL. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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              • 12:01:48 PM

                MR. WILSON

                A VOTE ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S AJOURNAL.

              • 12:01:56 PM

                SPEAKER THOSE

                THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE JOURNAL…

                THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED.

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              • 12:02:02 PM

                MR. WILSON

                MR. SPEAKER, I DEMAND THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                THE SPEAKER

                YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS…

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

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              • 12:02:28 PM

                MR. SCHRADER

                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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              • 12:02:37 PM

                THE SPEAKER

                WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. CARTON, IS RECOGNIZED…

                WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. CARTON, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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              • 12:02:43 PM

                MR. CARSON

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO WELCOME MY CONSTITUENT…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO WELCOME MY CONSTITUENT AS OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN TODAY. YOU, MR. SPEAKER, MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO WELCOME MY CONSTITUENT AS OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN TODAY. REVEREND DR. ANTHONY GIBSON. HE'S A LIFELONG HOOSIER AND BRIGHT YOUNG LEADER FROM INDIANA'S FAITH COMMUNITY. REVEREND GIBSON IS THE PRESIDING ELDER OF THE INDIAN CONFERENCE OF THE AFRICAN METHODIST EDISPOSSIBLY ZION CHURCH AND FORMER PASTOR OF THE ST. MARK TEMPLE A.M.E. ZION CHURCH IN INDIANAPOLIS, YEN. IT'S A 221-YEAR DENOMINATION FOUNDED IN NEW YORK CITY IN 1796 AND SPREAD ACROSS THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING THE INDIANA CHURCH THAT WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1907. DR. GIBSON WAS BORN IN GARY, INDIANA. LATER ATTENDED INDIANA UNIVERSITY IN BLOOMINGTON WHERE HE COMPLETED A DOUBLE MAJOR IN JOURNALISM AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES. HE FURTHERED HIS EDUCATION AT THE PRESBYTERIAN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY IN LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, WITH A MASTERS OF DIVINITY DEGREEN AND EARNED HIS DOCTORATE OF THEOLOGY FROM TRINITY BIBLE COLLEGE AND SEMINARY. HE GRADUATED FROM STRAYER UNIVERSITY IN HUMAN MANAGEMENT WITH SPECIALATION IN ORGANIZAL DEVELOPMENT. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK HIM FOR HIS WILLINGNESS TO TRAVEL TO D.C. GRADUATED. I PRAY, MR. SPEAKER, THAT HIS WORDS WARM TO SHARE HIS SPIRITUAL LOVE AND GUIDANCE WITH THE HOUSE TODAY THE HEARTS OF MY COLLEAGUES AS WE WORK TOGETHER TO CARRY OUT THE PEOPLE'S BUSINESS WITH COMPASSION AND COURAGE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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              • 12:04:15 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 FURTHER…

                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE MR. BRIAN LACEFIELD, RECENTLY…

                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE MR. BRIAN LACEFIELD, RECENTLY CONFIRMED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP AS KENTUCKY'S NEW FARM SERVICE AGENCY DIRECTOR. I AM THRILLED TO RECOGNIZE SUCH A PROLIFIC MEMBER OF THE AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY AS KENTUCKY'S NEW F.S.A. DIRECTOR. BRIAN LACEFIELD WAS A SUCCESSFUL AREA AGRICULTURAL BANKER AND BUSINESS LEADER. MOST RECENTLY SERVING AS MARKET PRESIDENT OF F.N.B. BANK. HOPKINSVILLE, NATIVE, HE PREVIOUSLY SERVED AS DIRECTOR OF COMMONWEALTH AGRI FINANCE AND CURRENTLY SERVES ON THE CONNECTICUT CORN GROWERS BOARD OF DIRECTORS, AND THE KENTUCKY AG LEADERSHIP PROGRAM.

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              • 12:05:13 PM

                MR. COMB COMER

                COMMUNITY. THANK YOU,

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                MR. COMER

                TRILLION IN NEW DEFICIT

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                STILL HOPE FOR DEMOCRATIC REFORM IN RUSSIA, WHICH, WITH ITS EXTRAORDINARY…

                STILL HOPE FOR DEMOCRATIC REFORM IN RUSSIA, WHICH, WITH ITS EXTRAORDINARY CULTURE AND LIMITLESS RESOURCE, SHOULD BE ONE OF THE

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              • 12:06:00 PM

                MR. HIGGINS

                WHICH, WITH ITS EXTRAORDINARY CULTURE AND LIMITLESS RESOURCE, SHOULD BE…

                WHICH, WITH ITS EXTRAORDINARY CULTURE AND LIMITLESS RESOURCE, SHOULD BE ONE OF THE

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              • 12:07:14 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                WHICH, WITH ITS EXTRAORDINARY CULTURE AND LIMITLESS RESOURCE, SHOULD BE…

                WHICH, WITH ITS EXTRAORDINARY CULTURE AND LIMITLESS RESOURCE, SHOULD BE ONE OF THE

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              • 12:07:22 PM

                MR. WILSON

                WHICH, WITH ITS EXTRAORDINARY CULTURE AND LIMITLESS RESOURCE, SHOULD BE…

                WHICH, WITH ITS EXTRAORDINARY CULTURE AND LIMITLESS RESOURCE, SHOULD BE ONE OF THE WEALTHIEST NATIONS ON EARTH. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS EXTRAORDINARY AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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              • 12:08:40 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. A $1.5 TRILLION. IT'S ACTUALLY CLOSER TO $2.3 TRILLION WITH INTEREST. THAT'S THE AMOUNT THIS PARTISAN TAX REFORM PLAN PLANS TO ADD TO OUR DEBT AND DEFICIT.

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                MR. SCHRADER

                I HAVE HAD A FEW FOLKS SAY WE HAVE HAD $10 TRILLION ADDED TO THE DEBT OVER…

                I HAVE HAD A FEW FOLKS SAY WE HAVE HAD $10 TRILLION ADDED TO THE DEBT OVER THE LAST EIGHT YEARS. WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, REPUBLICANS CONTROLLED CONGRESS DURING SIX OF THOSE EIGHT YEARS. WHERE ARE MY CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN FRIENDS WHO RAILED FOR EIGHT YEARS ON THE DEFICITS? WAS THAT JUST WHILE A DEMOCRAT WAS IN THE WHITE HOUSE? ARE WE SUCH SHALLOW POLITICAL HYPOCRITICAL PEOPLE WE IGNORE THE GREATEST THREAT TO OUR COUNTRY, OUR NATIONAL DEBT AND DEFICIT JUST A REPUBLICAN'S IN THE OVAL OFFICE? FURTHERMORE, THE IDEA WE'LL GROW OUR WAY OUT OF THAT $2 TRILLION HOLE IS FANTACY. LOOK AT THE GROWTH RATE AFTER THE LAST BIG TAX CUT AT THE END OF 2015. SINCE WE PASSED THAT TAX CUT, THE GROWTH RATE REMAINS STEADY AT 1 1/2 TO 2%. NO CHANGE. THAT HUGE TAX CUT FINANCED WITH $650 BILLION IN DEBT TO OUR KIDS. THE WHARTON SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, NOT EXACTLY A LIBERAL BASTION OF THEOLOGY, LOOKS AT IT TO BE LESS THAN 1%. VOTE AGAINST THIS PACKAGE. DO REAL TAX REFORM THAT'S DEFICIT NEUTRAL AT LEAST FOR OUR KIDS' SAKE.

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              • 12:10:17 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, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. TAX REFORM THAT'S DEFICIT NEUTRAL AT LEAST FOR OUR

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              • 12:10:24 PM

                MR. FITZPATRICK

                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MCLOUGHLIN, THE MIDDLE ATLANTIC…

                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MCLOUGHLIN, THE MIDDLE ATLANTIC GREAT LAKES ORGANIZED CRIME LAW ENFORCEMENT NETWORK AND THE REACHAL INFORMATION SHARING SYSTEMS PROGRAM. LAST MONTH I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TOUR THE SITE IN MY DISTRICT IN NEW TOWN, BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. AS ONE OF SIX REGIONAL CENTERS, THEY SERVE DELAWARE, INDIANA, MARYLAND, MICHIGAN, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, OHIO, THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, AND PENNSYLVANIA. AS WELL AS ENGLAND AND PARTS OF CANADA THEIR WORK IS INTEGRAL IN KEEPING LOCAL, STATE, AND FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES INFORMED AND EQUIPPED WITH THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO DO THEIR JOBS AND KEEP US SAFE. THE REGIONAL INFORMATION SHARING SYSTEMS HAVE SUPPORTED LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES FOR A COMBINED AGENCIES FOR A COMBINED 40 YEARS. IN 2016 ALONE, IN PENNSYLVANIA, MCLOCK LYNN SAW 2,099 REQUESTS FOR CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIVE HE RESEARCH ASSISTANCE. THEIR HOLISIC APPROACH EMBODIES THE BEST OF WHAT A SYSTEM CAN OFFER TO OUR LOCAL, STATE, AND FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES. MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE PROUD OF THE WORK THEY DO OPERATING ON BEHALF OF THE REGIONAL INFORMATION SHARING SYSTEMS PROGRAM IN MY DISTRICT. WE'RE HERE TO SUPPORT THEM AND THEIR MISSION TO SUPPORT OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY. I YIELD BACK.

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              • 12:11:36 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION? WROID, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE -- WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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              • 12:11:49 PM

                MR. PITTENGER

                ON SATURDAY I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF HONORING SIX WORLD WAR II HEROES V.F.W.…

                ON SATURDAY I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF HONORING SIX WORLD WAR II HEROES V.F.W. BOAST 2423 IN INDIAN TRAIL, NORTH CAROLINA. EACH HERO WAS AWARDED THE FRENCH LEGION HONOR. THEY WERE CHARLES RICHARDSON WHO FLEW 35 COMBAT MISSIONS ABOARD A B-17 OVER FRANCE, NETHERLANDS, AND GERMANY. ANDREW, RECEIVED A PURPLE HEART WHILE TRYING TO LIBERATE FRANCE. WILMER, HELP LIBERATE ROME. JAMES LANDED AT OMAHA BEACH ON D-DAY AND RECEIVED TWO BRONZE STARS AND THREE PURPLE HEARTS. AS TORE LANDED ON OMAHA BEACH ON D-DAY. HE WAS ONE OF ONLY A HANDFUL OF SOLDIERS TO SURVIVE. HAROLD LANDED ON UTAH BEACH ON D-DAY HELPED SAVED LIVES BICE DISARMING LAND MINES. I ASK ALL MY COLLEAGUES IN JOIN ME IN THANKING THESE BRAVE PATRIOTS FOR THEIR SERVICE TO THE UNITED STATES AND THE CAUSE OF LIBERTY. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK…

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

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                TODAY I RISE FOR THE PEOPLE OF NORTH CAROLINA'S 12TH CONGRESSIONAL…

                TODAY I RISE FOR THE PEOPLE OF NORTH CAROLINA'S 12TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT.

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              • 12:13:06 PM

                MS. ADAMS

                STAND UP FOR THE OPPORTUNITIES OUR COMMUNITY NEEDS AND REJECT THE…

                STAND UP FOR THE OPPORTUNITIES OUR COMMUNITY NEEDS AND REJECT THE BILLIONAIRES' FIRST REPUBLICAN TAX PLAN. THIS TAX PLAN FAILS TO HEAR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE T GIVES TAX CUTS TO CORGSES ON THE BACK OF THE MIDDLE CLASS. LAST WEEK I SENT A LETTER TO THE WAYS AND MEANS CHAIR AND TO SPEAKER RYAN OUTLINING THE 12 DISTRICT TAX PRIORITIES AND URGING THE INCLUSION OF EDUCATION RELATED DEDUCTIONS. REPUBLICANS REFUSE TO HEAR THE CALLS SO THIS WEEK I ANNOUNCE MY EDUCATION TAX PACKAGE. THIS SERIES OF AMENDMENTS INCLUDES REINSTATING THE TAX EXEMPT STATUS OF PRIVATE USE BONDS. USED TO BUILD INFRASTRUCTURE AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING. REINSTATING THE STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION AND PROTECT THE FUNDS USED TO PAY FOR SCHOOLS, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, AND PUBLIC SAFETY. REINSTATE THE STUDENT LOAN INTEREST TAX REDEE DUCKS. REPEALING THE TAX ON TUITION WAIVERS, INCENTIVIZING INVESTMENTS AND STEM EDUCATION. COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE NATION NEED THE INCREASED ACCESS TO UPWARD MOBILITY. AND EDUCATION THE GREAT EQUALIZER IS THE PLACE TO START. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY AMENDMENTS TO MAKE EDUCATION ACCESSIBLE FOR ALL STUDENTS. I YIELD BACK.

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              • 12:14:16 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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              • 12:14:26 PM

                MR. THOMPSON

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

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                TEMPORE WITHOUT

                WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. FOR…

                WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK MR. SPEAKER.

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              • 12:14:34 PM

                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY THOMPSON

                THANK YOU, TO RECOGNIZE TRACY BECKER ON BEING AWARDED THE 2017 KEYSTONE…

                THANK YOU, TO RECOGNIZE TRACY BECKER ON BEING AWARDED THE 2017 KEYSTONE AWARD WHICH IS THE HIGHEST HONOR BESTOWED BY THE PENNSYLVANIA ASSOCIATION OF CHAMBER PROFESSIONALS. TRACY IS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE CLARION AREA CHAMBER OF BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY. THE KEYSTONE AWARD WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1963 TO RECOGNIZE OUTSTANDING SERVICE IN AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PROFESSION OF CHAMBER MANAGEMENT IN PENNSYLVANIA. THE AWARD IS NOT PRESENTED ANNUALLY. BUT ONLY WHEN AN INDIVIDUAL HAS MERITED SUCH RECOGNITION. TRACY IS JUST THE 24TH PERSON TO RECEIVE THIS AWARD SINCE ITS INCEPTION 54 YEARS AGO. SHE WAS DOMINATE NEATHED BY HER STAFF, THE BOARD MEMBERS, AND FELL MEMBERS OF THE -- FELLOW MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION. SHE BEGAN HER CHAMBER CAREER IN 1987. SHE HAS DEDICATED HER LIFE TO THE BETTERMENT OF THE COMMUNITY. SHE HAS BEEN WITH THE CLARION AREA CHAMBER BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS. 13 OF THOSE AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. MR. SPEAKER, I WHOLEHEARTEDLY CONGRATULATE TRACY ON THIS PRESTIGIOUS HONOR AND THANK HER FOR MAKING HER COMMUNITY A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE AND WORK. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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              • 12:15:42 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                WITHOUT OBJECTION.

              • 12:17:13 PM

                MR. SMITH

                POST" UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND POLL ASKED AMERICANS WHOM THEY BLAME FOR…

                POST" UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND POLL ASKED AMERICANS WHOM THEY BLAME FOR CAUSING DISFUNCTION IN THE U.S. POLITICAL SYSTEM. IT'S NO SURPRISE THAT 88% OF RESPONDENTS SAID THE NEWS MEDIA CAUSED SOME OR A LOT OF THE DISFUNCTION. THE LIBERAL MEDIA BLAMES PRESIDENT TRUMP OF ALL THE PROBLEMS, THEY BEAR THE BURDEN OF THIS DISFUNCTION. MONTHS OF REPORTING HAVE SHREDDED THE CREDIBILITY. THE MEDIA SHOULD REPORT THE FACTS OBJECTIVELY AND THAT IS FAIR COVERAGE OF THE PRESIDENT AND HIS ADMINISTRATION. THE MEDIA HAS BEEN ANYTHING BUT FAIR. ACCORDING TO A NEW HARVARD STUDY, MEDIA COVERAGE OF THE PRESIDENT'S FIRST 100 DAYS WAS 80% RECORD, A NEW RECORD. UNTIL THE MEDIA BECOMES LESS SLANTED THEY WILL CONTINUE TO BE A SOURCE OF DISFUNCTION IN OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM.

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              • 12:18:13 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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                THE CLERK

                THE HONORABLE, PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN THE RULES OF THE U.S.…

                THE HONORABLE, PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CLERK RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE ON NOVEMBER 14, 2017 AT 9:39 A.M., THAT THE SENATE PASSED WITHOUT AMENDMENT H.R. 1679. WITH BEST WISHES, I AM SIGNED SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS.

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              • 12:18:45 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

              • 12:18:49 PM

                MR. BYRNE

                I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 616 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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                THE CLERK

                CONSIDERATION.

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                INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT

                WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT: (1) ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED…

                WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT: (1) ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES; AND (2) ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS. SECTION 2. UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO ACCOMPANY THE BILL, H.R. 2810, TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018 FOR MILITARY ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, AND FOR DEFENSE ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, TO PRESCRIBE MILITARY PERSONNEL STRENGTHS FOR SUCH FISCAL YEAR, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST THE CONFERENCE REPORT AND AGAINST ITS CONSIDERATION ARE WAIVED. THE CONFERENCE REPORT SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO ITS ADOPTION WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT: (1) ONE HOUR OF DEBATE; AND (2) ONE MOTION

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                EXCEPT ONE

                ADOPTION WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT: (1) ONE HOUR OF DEBATE; AND…

                ADOPTION WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT: (1) ONE HOUR OF DEBATE; AND (2) ONE MOTION

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                MOTION EXCEPT

                (1) ONE HOUR OF DEBATE; AND (2) ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT IF APPLICABLE.…

                (1) ONE HOUR OF DEBATE; AND (2) ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT IF APPLICABLE. SECTION 3. THE CLERK SHALL NOT TRANSMIT TO THE SENATE A MESSAGE THAT THE HOUSE HAS ADOPTED THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO ACCOMPANY H.R. 2810 UNTIL NOTIFIED BY THE SPEAKER OR BY MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE THAT THE SENATE HAS PASSED H.R. 437 4 WITHOUT AMENDMENT.

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              • 12:21:25 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                MR. BYRNE

                DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION ALL TIME IS YIELDED FOR PURPOSE OF…

                DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION ALL TIME IS YIELDED FOR PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY. I YIELD 30 MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MRS. SLAUGHTER, PENDING WHICH I MAY CONSUME. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS. THIS PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2874, THE 21ST CENTURY FLOOD REFORM ACT AND CONFERENCE REPORT ON THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZE AGE ACT FOR 2018. H.R. 2874, THE 21ST CENTURY FLOOD REFORM ACT RE-AUTHORIZES THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM FOR FIVE YEARS AND INTRODUCES GREAT PRIVATE MARKET COMPETITION AND PROVIDES ADDITIONAL REFORMS TO BENEFIT POLICY HOLDERS AND TAXPAYERS. THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET SAID THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM IS NOT SUSTAINABLE IN ITS CURRENT FORM. THE 21ST CENTURY FLOOD REFORM ACT HELPS SUSTAIN IT. THE BILL WILL FOSTER A PRIVATE MARKET FOR FLOOD INSURANCE WHICH ALLOWS PRIVATE INSURERS TO COMPETE AND IN TURN DIVING DOWN THE PIES OF POLICIES. THIS IS A WIN FOR POLICY HOLDERS AND TAXPAYERS ALIKE. REPRESENTING ALABAMA'S GULF COAST, IT IS IMPORTANT TO ME AND MY CONSTITUENTS THAT THEY HAVE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE FLOOD INSURANCE THROUGH THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM OR A PRIVATE INSURER. I APPRECIATE THE INCLUSION OF PROVISIONS IN THE ACT TO PROTECT CURRENT POLICY HOLDERS WHILE MAKING THE PROGRAM SUSTAINABLE. I APPRECIATE THE CHAIRMAN TO WORK WITH MEMBERS WHOSE CONSTITUENTS SUCH AS MIND REMINE ON THE NFIP TO RAISE CONCERNS ABOUT THE INITIAL BILL THAT PASSED OUT OF COMMITTEE. THIS BILL IS A POSITIVE STEP TOWARD RE-AUTHORIZING OUR NATION'S FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM WHICH IS SET TO EXPIRE ON DECEMBER 8. WE MUST TAKE ACTION TO ENSURE OWNERS IN FLOOD-PRONE AREAS HAVE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE INSURANCE. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE SENATE TO GET A LONG-TERM RE-AUTHORIZATION AND SIGNED INTO LAW BY PRESIDENT TRUMP. HOUSE RESOLUTION 616 ALLOWS FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE FINAL VERSION OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT THAT WAS CONFERENCED BETWEEN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE RECONCILING THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN TWO DIFFERENT VERSIONS. MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE I GO INTO THE SUBSTANCE OF THE BILL I COMMEND THE OPEN AP REGULAR ORDER PROCESS THAT HAS TAKEN PLACE FROM START TO FINISH. AS A MEMBER OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE AND THE RULES COMMITTEE, I HAVE FOLLOWED THIS BILL THROUGHOUT THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS AND THINK WE SHOULD BE PROUD OF THE REGULAR ORDER AND THE FACT THAT A WIDE RANGE OF MEMBERS PLAYED A ROLE IN CRAFTING THE FINAL PRODUCT. I APPLAUD CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY AND RANKING MEMBER SMITH AND THE STAFF FOR THEIR DEDICATION TO AN OPEN PROCESS. AND I APPRECIATE THE COUNTLESS AREAS THEY POURED INTO THE CONFERENCE REPORT. JUST AS A REMINDER, WE CONSIDERED 275 AMENDMENTS DURING THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE BACK IN JUNE AND 210 AMENDMENTS WHEN IT WAS CONSIDERED BY THE FULL HOUSE IN JULY. 485 AMENDMENTS WERE CONSIDERED IN THE HOUSE AND JUST AS IMPORTANT, THERE WAS A CLEAR BIPARTISAN SPLIT BETWEEN THE NUMBER OF MAJORITY AND MINORITY AMENDMENTS. THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE CONTINUED THIS BIPARTISAN AND COLLABORATIVE PROCESS UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF FOUR CHAIRMEN AND RANKING MEMBERS. THIS IS A BILL THAT PROVIDES THE BEST FOR OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. MR. SPEAKER, THIS NDAA FOLLOWS THROUGH ON OUR PROMISE TO OUR MEN AND WOMEN TO PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE OF THE UNITED STATES AMERICA. F.Y. 2018 NDAA AUTHORIZES A 10% INCREASE IN TOTAL MILITARY SPENDING, AND THE BILL AUTHORIZES $626 BILLION FOR BASE REQUIREMENTS AND $66 BILLION FOR OVERSEES CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS. THAT ADDS UP TO A TOTAL NATIONAL DEFENSE TOP LINE OF $700 BILLION. I AM INCREDIBLY PROUD TO SUPPORT A TOP-LINE NUMBER HIGH ENOUGH TO BEGIN REVERSING THE READINESS CRISIS THAT HAS ENDANGERED THE LIVES OF OUR SERVICE MEMBERS AND MADE IT HARD TO DEFEND OUR COUNTRY. UNDER THE PAST EIGHT YEARS, OUR MILITARY HAS SUFFERED. WE HAVE PLANES THAT CAN'T FLY, SHIPS THAT CAN'T SAIL AND SOLDIERS WHO CAN'T DEPLOY ALL WHILE THE NUMBER OF THREATS AROUND THE WORLD KEEP RISING. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THIS TOP-LINE NUMBER IS SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER THAN THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT ON DEFENSE. I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUE DIALOGUE TO RAISE THIS CAP THAT HAS CRIPPLED DEFENSE SPENDING IN RECENT YEARS. EVERY DAY WE OPERATE UNDER A CONTINUING RESOLUTION IS ANOTHER DAY WE ARE FAILING OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. F.Y. 2018 NDAA FULFILLS THAT SIDE OF THE EQUATION. THE F.Y. 2018 INCREASES THE SIZE OF THE NAVY, ARMY, AIR FORCE, AND AIR GUARD TO REPAIR AND RESTORE READINESS AND AUTHORIZES CONSTRUCTION OF 13 NEW NAVY SHIPS AND LITTORAL COMBAT SHIPS AS WE GO TO A 355 SHIP FLEET. IT PROVIDES FOR 2.4% PAY INCREASE FOR SERVICE MEMBERS WHICH IS THE AMOUNT OUR TROOPS ARE ENTITLED TO. ANOTHER SMALL BUT IMPORTANT PROVISION IS IT ELIMINATE EIGHTHS THE WIDO'S TAX AND FORFEIT THE PENSION ANEWT. THIS IS SOMETHING OUR MILITARY FAMILIES SHOULD NOT BEAR. THE BILL CONTINUES TO ADVANCE CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY'S PRIORITY OF REFORMING AND STRENGTHENING THE ACK WHICH SITUATION PROCESS. AND IMPORTANTLY, THE LEGISLATION TAKES INTO ACCOUNT THE TRUMP'S ADMINISTRATION BUDGET AMENDMENT TO AUTHORIZE MORE FUNDING FOR MISSILE DEFENSE THREATS AGAINST NORTH KOREA, NAVY SHIP PREPARERS AND MORE TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN. OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM ALL OVER THE WORLD ARE ON A MISSION TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THE FREEDOMS WE HOLD DEAR. OUR MISSION IN CONGRESS IS TO GIVE THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN THE RESOURCES TO SUCCEED. THIS DOES EXACTLY THAT AND ANOTHER STEP IN A MULTI YEAR PROCESS OF RESTORING OUR MILITARY STRENGTH TO FURTHER PROTECT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. THIS BILL IS ABOUT KEEPING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAFE AND SECURE. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT HOUSE RESOLUTION 616 AND VOTE FOR THE UNDERLYING BILLS AND I RESERVE.

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                MS. SLAUGHTER

                GOOD AFTERNOON, MR. SPEAKER AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA FOR…

                GOOD AFTERNOON, MR. SPEAKER AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                MS. SLAUGHTER

                FISCAL 2018 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT TAKES IMPORTANT STEPS…

                FISCAL 2018 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT TAKES IMPORTANT STEPS TOWARDS STRENGTHENING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND SUPPORTING OUR TROOPS. THE CONFERENCE REPORT AUTHORIZES A TOTAL OF $692 BILLION IN DISCRETIONARY AUTHORITY. AND I'M PLEASED IT RAISES MILITARY PAY BY 2.4%, AN INCREASE OF THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST OF 2.1%. TO UNDERMINE OUR DEMOCRACY BY FULLY FUNDING CYBERSECURITY AT $8 BILLION AND DROPS HARMFUL RESTRICTIONS ON FUNDING THE NEW STRATEGIC ARMS TREATY EXTENSION BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND RUSSIA. THIS TREATY CONTINUES THE BIPARTISAN TRADITION THAT BEGAN UNDER PRESIDENT REAGAN OF VERIFYBLY REDUCING BOTH COUNTRIES' NUCLEAR ARSENAL. THERE IS ONE GLARING PROBLEM WITH THIS MEASURE AND THAT IS THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT IMPOSES A $549 BILLION CAP ON DEFENSE SPENDING FOR F.Y. 2018. THIS BILL GOES PAST THAT BY 143 BILLION. UNLESS THE HOUSE, SENATE AND THE PRESIDENT COME TO AN AGREEMENT ON MODIFYING THE BUDGET CAPS, THERE IS NO WAY THESE SPENDING LEVELS CAN BECOME LAW. I IT IS PAST TIME FOR A BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE ON REALISTIC SPENDING LEVELS FOR DEFENSE AND NONDEFENSE SPENDING ALIKE. . WHILE AIM GLAD TO SEE THIS PAY INCREASE FOR OUR TROOPS, LEGISLATION DOES NOT EXIST IN A VACUUM. LATER THIS WEEK THE REPUBLICANS PLAN TO BRING TO THE FLOOR A DISASTROUS TAX BILL THAT WOULD FORCE MILITARY FAMILIES AND VETERANS TO FINANCE TAX CUTS FOR CORPORATIONS AND SUPER WEALTHY. THEIR BILL REPEALS TAX CREDITS THAT HELP VETERANS FIND EMPLOYMENT. IT MAKES EDUCATION MORE EXPENSIVE FOR VETERANS AND UNDERMINES THE G.I. BILL. IT MAKES IT MORE EXPENSIVE FOR MILITARY FAMILIES TO SELL THEIR HOMES. AND MAKES TAX RELIEF FOR VETERANS SUFFERING FROM CHRONIC ILLNESSES. VETERANS DAY WAS JUST A FEW DAYS AGO, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S NO WAY FOR THE MAJORITY TO THANK THEM FOR THEIR SERVICE. AND ALSO BEFORE US TODAY IS H.R. 2874, WHICH IS KNOWN AS THE 21ST CENTURY FLOOD REFORM ACT. EVERYBODY IN THIS CHAMBER RECOGNIZES THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM IS BADLY IN DEBT TO THE TUNE OF $25 BILLION. THE HURRICANES THIS YEAR TOGETHER WITH THE FLOODING ACROSS LOUISIANA LAST YEAR HAVE STRETCHED THE PROGRAM BEYOND ITS BREAKING POINT. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS PACKAGE WILL CAUSE MORE HARM THAN GOOD FOR THE COMMUNITIES ALREADY STRUGGLING TO REBUILD. IT WILL MAKE FLOOD INSURANCE MORE EXPENSIVE FOR FAMILIES BY INCREASING PREMIUMS. IT ALSO IS AGAINST BUSINESSES FROM THE REQUIREMENT TO PURCHASE FLOOD INSURANCE EVEN THOUGH THE VAST MAJORITY OF POLICYHOLDERS WITH THIS INSURANCE ONLY PURCHASE IT BECAUSE THEY ARE REQUIRED TO BY LAW. REQUIREMENT TO PURCHASE THIS CHANGE WOULD TAKE EFFECT BEGINNING JANUARY, 2019. THE INDEPENDENT COMMUNITY BANKERS AND A NUMBER OF OTHER GROUPS OPPOSE THIS PROVISION. AS BUSINESSES PULL OUT OF THE INSURANCE MARKET, AND THE NUMBER PARTICIPATING DWINDLES, RESPONSIBLE BUSINESSES THAT STAY IN THE MARKET WILL BE FORCED TO BEAR THE BURDEN OF GREATLY INCREASED PREMIUMS. I THINK THESE ARE SHORTSIGHTED CHANGES THAT WILL BE FELT ALL ACROSS THE INSURANCE MARKET. ADDITIONALLY, THE LEGISLATION DOESN'T DO ENOUGH TO UPDATE THE OFTEN OUT-OF-DATE FLOOD INSURANCE RATE MAPS BEING USED IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND IN MY DISTRICT. ACCURATE FLOOD INSURANCE MAPS PREPARED WITH THE MOST RECENT MAPPING TECHNOLOGIES, WOULD HELP CONSTITUENTS IN ALL OF OUR DISTRICTS BETTER PREPARE AND PROTECT THEMSELVES AGAINST FLOODING. SOME CURRENT MAPS ARE SO OUTDATED THAT THE MAPS DON'T REFLECT CHANGING LANDSCAPES AND CRITICAL FLOOD MITIGATION IMPROVEMENTS. THIS BILL SIMPLY FALLS SHORT IN HELPING HOMEOWNERS WHO WANT TO DO THE RIGHT THING BASED OFF THE BEST AVAILABLE INFORMATION. WE ARE IN THE WAKE OF SOME OF THE WORST HURRICANES OUR NATION HAS EVER EXPERIENCED. AND MORE OF THEM. WE'RE SEEING HOW VITAL, AFFORDABLE, AND READILY AVAILABLE FLOOD INSURANCE IS TO SO MANY COMMUNITIES. IT IS UNCONSCIONABLE THE MAJORITY'S MOVING FORWARD WITH THIS PARTISAN PACKAGE OF BILLS UNLIKELY TO EVER PASS THE SENATE. BECAUSE THIS WILL ONLY FURTHER DELAY THE EXTENSION OF THE PROGRAM WITH ONE MONTH LEFT BEFORE IT EXPIRES. AS THE MAJORITY LURCHES THIS PARTISAN PACKAGE OF BILLS UNLIKELY TO EVER PASS THE SENATE. BECAUSE FROM CRISIS TO CRISIS AND FORFEITERS AWAY PRECIOUS LEGISLATIVE TIME, AND WITH THIS PARTISAN APPROACH, WE WILL LIKELY FIND OURSELVES RIGHT BACK HERE DOING THIS OVER AGAIN IN DECEMBER. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                MR. BYRNE

                MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, THE…

                MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. DUFFY.

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                MR. DUFFY

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

                THANK FROM CRISIS TO YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA FOR YIELDING. FIRST WANT TO MAKE A COMMENT ABOUT HOW THIS PROCESS HAS GONE AND IN COMING UP WITH THIS COMPROMISE WITH THE AMENDMENT ON THE FLOOD INSURANCE PACKAGE. WE HAVE WORKED, FINANCIAL SERVICES, WITH OUTSIDE GROUPS, WHETHER IT WAS THE HOME BUILDERS OR REALTORS, THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY, WE HAVE WORKED WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS FROM THE GULF STATES AND FROM THE EAST COAST AND WEST COAST. WE WORKED WITH DEMOCRATS. A NUMBER MEETINGS WITH THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE. ALL TAKING IN THEIR CONSIDERATION WHICH HAS BROUGHT US TO A COMPROMISE THAT I DON'T KNOW THAT ANYBODY LOVES BUT EVERYONE SAYS IS A PRETTY DARN GOOD BILL. THAT STRIVES TO MAKE NEEDED REFORMS IN A PROGRAM THAT HASN'T BEEN WORKING WELL. WHEN WE HAVE PROGRAMS THAT DON'T WORK WELL, LET'S TRY TO FIX THEM. WE HAVE A PROGRAM THAT WILL JUST MENTIONED $25 BILLION IN DEBT, BUT THAT DOESN'T INCLUDE THE $16 BILLION WE JUST GAVE THE PROGRAM AND FORGAVE. SO REALLY IT'S $41 BILLION IN DEBT. SO WHEN DO WE THINK THROUGH THE POLICIES OF A PROGRAM THAT CONTINUES TO RUN DEFICITS, NUMBER ONE. BUT NUMBER TWO, CONTINUES TO INCENTIVIZE PEOPLE TO LIVE IN HARM'S WAY? I WAS DOWN IN HOUSTON. I GOT TO SEE A FAMILY WHO WAS TALKING ABOUT THEIR NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR. THE NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR'S HOUSE WAS BURNED DOWN. HE WAS TELLING THE STORY ABOUT THE NEIGHBOR AS THE HOUSE WAS ON FIRE, HE SENT THE KIDS OUTSIDE, LIKE YOU WOULD, BECAUSE YOUR HOUSE IS BURNING AS THE FLOODWATERS ARE RISING. AND HE WENT, THE DAD WENT TO PUT OUT THE FIRE. AND AS HE PUT OUT THE FIRE HE LOOKED OUT THE WINDOW AND SAW HIS KIDS WERE BEING SWEPT AWAY BY A FLOOD. THE CURRENT WAS TOO STRONG. HE RAN OUTSIDE THE HOUSE TO SAVE HIS KIDS. LET HIS HOUSE BURN. WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO IN THAT NEIGHBORHOOD THAT HAS BEEN FLOODED THREE TIMES IN THE LAST 10 YEARS? WE'RE GOING TO REBUILD HOUSES IN THE SAME FLOOD PLAIN. THIS DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. LET'S THINK ABOUT REFORM THAT'S GOING TO IMPROVE THE PROGRAM TO HELP PEOPLE GET OUT OF DANGEROUS AREAS AND GET INTO BETTER AREAS THAT DON'T FLOOD. FLOODING IS NOT -- HAVING A HOUSE FLOODED ISN'T A PLEASANT PLACE TO LIVE. NOT ONLY THAT, FIRST RESPONDERS RISKED THEIR LIVES TO GO SAVE PEOPLE. AND THEY DIE. THEY DIE. AND WE'RE INCENTIVIZING THROUGH THIS POLICY TO ALLOW PEOPLE TO LIVE IN THESE DANGEROUS AREAS. AND SO I DON'T HAVE A LOT OF TIME LEFT, BUT THE REFORMS ARE GOING TO, YES, GENTLY INCREASE SOME OF THE PREMIUMS FOR THE MOST HIGHLY SUBSIDIZED PROPERTIES, WE OFFER OVER $1 BILLION IN MITIGATION TO HELP FAMILIES FLOOD PROOF THEIR HOME OR GET OUT OF THEIR HOME AND GET TO A BERT PLACE TO LIVE. BECAUSE -- BETTER PLACE TOLY. BECAUSE THIS IMPROVES THE SOLVENCY OF FLOOD INSURANCE. WE'RE HELPING WITH MITIGATION. WE'RE HELPING WITH MAPPING. ALLOWING COMMUNITIES THAT HAVEN'T BEEN MAPPED TO ACTUALLY MAP THEMSELVES TO PAY FOR IT. TO TAKE CONTROL OF THEIR OWN FUTURE AND DESTINY INSTEAD OF WAITING FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. WE ALLOW FOR A PRIVATE MARKET TO COME IN AND OFFER YOU A PREMIUM THAT MIGHT BE LOWER THAN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. GOD FORBID WE OFFER A FAMILY CHOICE TO LET THE PRIVATE SECTOR COMPETE WITH A PUBLIC OFFERING. MY GOD, IF YOU GET A LOWER PRICE, THAT'S GREAT. IF YOU DON'T, YOU CAN STAY. YOU CAN STAY IN THE FEDERAL PLAN. BUT MY GOODNESS, I'M GOING TO HAVE SOME PEOPLE COME UP IN SECOND BUT YOU COULD CHERRY PICK. THAT COULD JEOPARDIZE THE SOLVENCY OF THE PROGRAM. THE PROGRAM IS INSOLVENT. IT'S $25 BILLION IN DEBT. ACTUALLY $41 IF YOU INCLUDE THAT $16 BILLION. IT'S NOT A SOLVENT PROGRAM. JUST THINK, IN HOUSTON AND FLORIDA, WE HAD PEOPLE WHO HAD BOUGHT INSURANCE IN THE PRIVATE MARKET, IS INSOLVENT. IT'S WE WOULD BE SAVING TAXPAYERS' MONEY. THIS IS A COMMONSENSE BILL. THAT MAKES THE PROGRAM BETTER. THAT HELPS FAMILIES. THAT EMPOWERS COMMUNITIES. LET'S STAND TOGETHER AND GO A LITTLE BIT OF REFORM MIGHT GO A LONG WAY IN MAKING GOVERNMENT ACTUALLY WORK. I WOULD ENCOURAGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO VOTE YES FOR COMMON SENSE. I YIELD BACK.

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                MS. SLAUGHTER

                MR. SPEAKER, IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, WILL I OFFER AN AMENDMENT…

                MR. SPEAKER, IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, WILL I 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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                MS. SLAUGHTER

                THANK YOU. TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO…

                THANK YOU. TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ESPAILLAT.

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                MR. ESPAILLAT

                I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE…

                I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE 2,400 DACA RECIPIENTS IN MY DISTRICT, 2,400 OF THEM. MOST JUVENILES. THERE ARE 30,000 DACA RECIPIENTS IN MY HOME STATE OF NEW YORK. AND THERE ARE 800,000 DACA RECIPIENTS IN THE COUNTRY. AND AS OF THIS YEAR, THERE WERE MORE THAN 10,000 NONCITIZENS SERVING IN THE U.S. MILITARY. AND AN ADDITIONAL 12,000 NONCITIZENS ON THE RESERVE STAY TUFMENTS WE'RE -- STATUS. WE'RE MILLIONS. DREAMERS ARE VETERANS, TEACHERS, NURSES, COLLEGE STUDENTS, AND DREAMERS ARE ALSO MACARTHUR GENIUS FELLOW. A POWERHOUSE CHAMPION FOR IMMIGRANT YOUTH. LIKE ME, SHE'S ALSO A CUNY ALUM AND GREW UP UNDOCUMENTED. THAT IS WHY I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO BRING A CLEAN DREAM ACT TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT, WOULD NOT PROVIDE AUTOMATIC AMNESTY. AS I HAVE HEARD SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES INCORRECTLY SAY. THE DREAM ACT HAS AN EIGHT-YEAR CONDITIONAL BASIS FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCY STATUS. YOU HAVE TO EITHER WORK FOR THREE YEARS, SERVE IN THE ARMED FORCES, OR STUDY. YOU HAVE TO KEEP A CLEAN RECORD. GET A BACKGROUND CHECK. AND A MEDICAL EXAM. THEN, AND THEN AND ONLY AFTER THEN FOR A FEW MORE YEARS YOU CAN APPLY FOR CITIZENSHIP. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO THAT WE CAN IMMEDIATELY BRING THE DREAM ACT TO THE FLOOR AND PROVIDE CERTAINTY, HOPE, AND OPPORTUNITY FOR 800,000 TALENTED YOUNG PEOPLE. OUR COUNTRY NEEDS THEM. AND WE CANNOT AFFORD TO WAIT ANOTHER DAY. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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                MR. BYRNE

                I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. NORMAN.

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                MR. NORMAN

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK IN FAVOR OF H.R. 2874, THE…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK IN FAVOR OF H.R. 2874, THE 21ST CENTURY FLOOD REFORM ACT. THIS ACT IS NEAR AND DEAR TO MY HEART. THAT'S HOW I MAKE MY LIVELIHOOD. I'M A REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER. WE BUILD HOUSES. WE BUILD COMMERCIAL PROJECTS. ALL THAT STOPS UNLESS REFORM IS MADE IN THE FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM. THIS BILL PROPOSES MAJOR REFORMS TO ONE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S MOST BROKEN PROGRAMS. THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM. THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE HAS LABELED THE NFIP A HIGH RISK PROGRAM, MAINLY BECAUSE POLICYHOLDERS OFTEN PAY PREMIUMS WELL BELOW THE ACTUAL RISK OF FLOODING ON THEIR PROPERTIES. H.R. 2874 REQUIRES FEMA TO CONDUCT AN ANNUAL ACTUARIAL REVIEW OF THE STATUS OF THE NFIP. THIS WAS-L ALLOW FEMA TO ADJUST RATES APPROPRIATELY AND HELP MAINTAIN THE PROGRAMS' FINANCIAL STABILITY. CURRENTLY THERE ARE 4.92 MILLION NFIP POLICIES PROVIDING 1.323 TRILLION IN COVERAGE TO AMERICANS. MANY OF THESE PROPERTIES ARE WHAT THIS BILL DEFINES AS MULTIPLE LOSS PROPERTIES WHERE NFIP CLAIMS HAVE BEEN FILED REPEATEDLY. THIS BILL REQUIRES FEMA TO RAISE PREMIUMS ON MULTIPLE LOSS PROPERTIES BY 15% ANNUALLY IF THE PREMIUMS DO NOT REFLECT THE FULL RISK. THIS IS JUST ANOTHER STEP TOWARD FEMA IMPROVING THE FINANCIAL STABILITY OF THE NFIP. OFTEN WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THERE ARE CHANGES AND AGREEMENTS MADE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS WITH LITTLE OR NO PUBLIC COMMENT. H.R. 2874 REQUIRES FEMA TO PUBLISH AND EXPLAIN AND HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS IN REGARDS TO ANY CHANGES TO PREMIUMS ON POLICIES. THIS IS AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF MAKING THE GOVERNMENT MORE TRANSPARENT AND HELPING HOLD POLICYHOLDERS MORE ACCOUNTABLE. LAST YEAR THE 21ST CENTURY FLOOD ACT REQUIRES THE G.A.O. FOR A STUDY HOW WE CAN SIMPLIFY THE NFIPW OUR COUNTRY BEING BATTERED BY HURRICANES AND HEAVY RAINFALL, WE NEED TO INSURE THAT THE NFIP IS PLAY PLACED IN SOUND FINANCIAL FOOTINGS FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS. FOR THESE REASONS I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS ALL IMPORTANT LEGISLATION.

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                MS. SLAUGHTER

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

                MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. NEW JERSEY, THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE, MR. PALLONE.

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                MR. PALLONE

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO ALSO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK,…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO ALSO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK, THE CHAIRWOMAN -- THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE. I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THE BILL AND ALSO TO THE RULE. JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO WE OBSERVED THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF SUPER STORM SANDY AND NEW JERSEY'S RECOVERY FROM THAT EVENT HAS BEEN PROLONGED IN PART BY ISSUES FACING THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM. TO MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS STILL DEALING WITH HIGH PREMIUMS, INACCURATE FLOOD MAPS, OR STILL WAITING FOR THEIR SANDY CLAIMS APPEALS TO BE DECIDED, AND WE NEED A LONG-TERM NFIP RE-AUTHORIZATION THAT FOCUSES ON INCREASING AFFORDABILITY, INVESTING IN MITIGATION, CAPPING THE PROFITS OF THE FLOOD INSURANCE COMPANIES, AND COMPETITIVELY RESTRUCTURING THE CLAIMS PROCESS AND THIS BILL FAILS THESE TESTS. H.R. 3823 WOULD UNDERMINE THE NFIP BY ALLOWING THE DEVELOPMENT OF A PRIVATE FLOOD INSURANCE MARKET, OPENING THE DOOR TO ALLOWING INSURANCE COMPANIES TO CHERRY PICCOLO-RISK PROPERTIES WHILE LEAVING HIGH-RISK ONES IN THE NFIP. THIS BILL ALSO DOES NOT DO ENOUGH TO ADDRESS AFFORDABILITY ISSUES AND INCREASES RATES FOR SOME POLICYHOLDERS. IT WILL ALLOW COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES TO OPT OUT OF MANDATORY COVERAGE EVEN IF THEY ARE IN A HIGH-RISK ZONE, WHICH WILL FURTHER DECREASE THE POOL AND WEAKEN THE PROGRAM. FINALLY, THIS BILL SIMPLY DOES NOT DO ENOUGH TO IMPROVE TRANSPARENCY AND REFORM THE CLAIMS PROCESS. ENACTMENT OF THIS LEGISLATION WOULD MAKE FLOOD INSURANCE MORE EXPENSIVE AND LESS AVAILABLE WHILE NOT ACTUALLY ADDRESS THE PROGRAM'S MANY PROBLEMS. . I HAVE INTRODUCED LEGISLATION TO TACKLE THE ISSUES. IT WOULD RE-AUTHORIZE THE PROGRAM, CAP PREMIUM RATE INCREASES AND AUTHORIZE MORE MONEY AND CAP THE COMPENSATION OF FLOOD INSURANCE COMPANIES. AND I ALSO OFFERED AMENDMENTS TO THE RULES COMMITTEE THAT WOULD HAVE IMPROVED THIS BILL, INCLUDING 10% CAP ON PREMIUM INCREASES AND CAPPING THE PROFITS OF FLOOD INSURANCE COMPANIES AND OTHER PRO-POLICY HOLDER PROVISIONS BUT NONE OF THESE AMENDMENTS WERE ACCEPTED BY THE RULES COMMITTEE. I HEAR MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TALK ABOUT TRANSPARENCY. THIS IS THE 50TH CLOSED RULE OF THE YEAR, ALL-TIME RECORD FOR CLOSED RULES. THEY BLOCKED REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC AMENDMENTS. THEY SAY IN THEIR REPORT THAT THIS IS A CLOSED RULE. IF IT'S A CLOSED RULE HOW CAN YOU TALK ABOUT TRANSPARENCY AND PROCESS? AND SOME OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES THAT OFFERED AMENDMENTS THAT WERE DENIED, MR. DONOVAN OF NEW YORK, MR. GRAVES, MYSELF AND MR. PASCRELL WHO WENT THROUGH THE SANDY SUPERSTORM. IT IS INCREDIBLE TO ME WE HAD A NUMBER OF DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS THAT WANTED TO REFORM THE FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM IN AN EFFECTIVE WAY BASED ON THEIR EXPERIENCES, NOT SOME IDEOLOGY BUT BASED ON THEIR EXPERIENCES ON THE STORMS THAT IMPACTED OUR DISTRICTS AND THE RULES COMMITTEE DENIED EVERY ONE OF THOSE AMENDMENTS. I YIELD BACK.

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              • 12:47:54 PM

                MR. BYRNE

                I WOULD POINT OUT TO THE GENTLEMAN THE DEMOCRATS HAVE HIGHLIGHTED A NUMBER…

                I WOULD POINT OUT TO THE GENTLEMAN THE DEMOCRATS HAVE HIGHLIGHTED A NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS MADE DURING THE FIRINGS FIRST SESSION OF THE 115TH CONGRESS. THEY BLOCKED 3,000 AMENDMENTS WITH 2,400 OCCURRING IN THE FIRST SESSION. SO FAR BE IT FROM THE CASE THAT REPUBLICANS ARE BLOCKED A NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS. WE BLOCK FAR LESS AMENDMENTS THAN OUR DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES DID WHEN THEY WERE IN CONTROL OF THE HOUSE. I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO A MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING, MS. CHENEY.

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              • 12:48:37 PM

                MS. CHENEY

                I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. BYRNE FOR HIS HARD WORK ON THE ARMED SERVICES…

                I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. BYRNE FOR HIS HARD WORK ON THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE AND RULES COMMITTEE. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE RULE THAT WILL ALLOW FOR CONSIDERATION OF FISCAL YEAR 2018 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT. MR. SPEAKER, AS LEGITIMATED MEMBERS OF THIS BODY, WE HAVE NO HIGHER OBLIGATION OR RESPONSIBILITY THAN TO PROVIDE FOR THE SUPPORT OF OUR NATION. THE SUPPORT OF THE DEFENSE OF OUR NATION. NO MATTER WHAT ELSE WE DO IN THIS BODY AND WE DEBATE VERY BIG AND IMPORTANT ISSUES. WE DEBATE TAX CUTS, HEALTH CARE, THESE ARE CRUCIAL ISSUES BUT NONE OF THOSE MATTER IF WE FAIL TO GET THE RESOURCES NECESSARY TO DEFEND THIS NATION FROM OUR ADVERSARIES. FOR FAR TOO LONG WE HAVE FAILED TO DID THAT. OVER THE LAST EIGHT YEARS WE HAVE SEEN POLICIES THAT HAVE FAILED TO PROVIDE THE RESOURCES OUR DEFENSE DEPARTMENT NEEDS AND WE HAVE SEEN LEGISLATION FROM THIS BODY, PARTICULARLY THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT WHICH HAS CAUSED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO THE MILITARY. WE HAVE HEARD ON THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE WEEK AFTER WEEK BRIEFINGS FROM EVERY LAYER OF THE MILITARY, FROM THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, FROM THE COMBATANT COMMANDERS, BRIEFINGS ABOUT THE EXTENT TO WHICH THERE IS A GAP THAT IS GROWING BETWEEN OUR ABILITIES AND THE ABILITIES OF OUR ADVERSARIES. THIS IS A GAP THAT PEOPLE WANT TO IGNORE, MR. SPEAKER, BUT WE DO SO AT OUR OWN PERIL. WE NEED TO THINK VERY CAREFULLY ABOUT WHAT WE ARE GOING TO SAY TO OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN ONE DAY IF THEY SAY TO US WHY DIDN'T YOU DO ALL YOU COULD TO ENSURE TORE THE DEFENSE OF THIS NATION? WHY COULDN'T YOU DO ALL YOU COULD WHEN YOU WERE IN THE POSITION TO PROVIDE THE RESOURCES? ONE OF THE REASONS WE DON'T DO IS BECAUSE WE ENABLE THE SENATE RULES. WE HAVE GOTTEN INTO A SITUATION THE WAY WE DO BUDGETING IN THE HOUSE WHERE WE ENABLE THE DYSFUNCTION OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE AND LET THEM TO BE IN A POSITION WHERE THEY PREVENT US IN DOING WHAT IS RIGHT. I'M VERY PROUD OF THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION BECAUSE WHAT THIS DOES IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION IS BEGIN TO FIX THAT AND REMEDY THE SITUATION. IT BEGINS TO ALLOW OUR MILITARY TO GET OUT FROM THE HOLE THEY WERE IN THE LAST EIGHT YEARS. FUNDS AUTHORIZED IN THIS WILL ENSURE THAT WE ARE ABLE TO MODERNIZE OUR STRATEGIC FORCES AND ENSURE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WE ARE ABLE TO BEGIN TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR THE KIND OF MISSILE DEFENSE THAT WE KNOW THAT OUR ADVERSARIES HAVE GAINED TREMENDOUS GROUND. WHEN WE HAVE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS AND TELL US IN PUBLIC SESSION THAT IF WE CONTINUE ON THE PATH WE'RE ON WITHIN FIVE YEARS, WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PROJECT OUR POWER. EVERY MEMBER OF THIS BODY NEEDS TO STOP EVERYTHING ELSE THEY ARE DOING AND LISTEN TO THAT WARNING. IF WE CANNOT PROJECT OUR POWER, WE CANNOT DEFEND THIS NATION. THERE ARE MANY MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES WHO LIKE TO QUOTE A FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS -- COULD I ASK FOR 30 MORE SECONDS -- THAT THE DEBT IS THE BIGGEST NATIONAL SECURITY WE FACE. THAT IS ONLY HALF OF HIS QUOTE. THE SECOND HALF OF HIS QUOTE, IT PREVENTS US FROM BEING ABLE TO RESOURCE OUR MILITARY. I'M PROUD TO BE HERE TODAY TO STAND IN SUPPORT OF THIS RULE AND THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT AND THE IMPORTANT PROGRESS THAT IT ALLOWS US TO BEGIN TO MAKE TO UNDO THE DAMAGE OF THE LAST EIGHT YEARS. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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              • 12:52:29 PM

                MS. SLAUGHTER

                I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL.

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              • 12:52:36 PM

                MR. ENGEL

                I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS…

                I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RECORD-BREAKING COMBLOSED RULE, 50TH CLOSED RULE IN A YEAR WHICH IS MORE THAN ANY TIME IN A YEARLY PERIOD PREVIOUSLY. I THINK OUR RULES SHOULD BE OPEN. I THINK CLOSED RULES ARE NOT GOOD FOR THIS INSTITUTION REGARDLESS OF WHO DOES IT. AND I WOULD URGE THE MAJORITY PARTY TO THINK ABOUT OPEN RULES SO THE LEGISLATURE CAN WORK ITS WAY. THE LEGISLATION ITSELF INCLUDES A HANDFUL OF MEASURES I OFFERED TO REQUIRE RUSSIA'S REPORT ON THE BALKANS AND SERBIA'S RELATIONSHIP WITH RUSSIA, CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT TO POLICIES THAT GOVERN SECURITY OPERATIONS, A STRATEGY TO IMPOSITIVE TRANSPARENCY AND CIVILIAN PROTECTION IN NIGERIA AND REQUIREMENT FOR A DEFENSE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL TO PROTECT CULTURAL HERITAGE, TRAFFICKING WHICH IS A SOURCE OF FUNDING FOR TERRORISM. WE VOTED ON THAT HERE IN THE FLOOR AND I'M PLEASED WE INCLUDED SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL'S MISSILE DEFENSE. AND IT IS CRITICAL TO ITS SECURITY CONSIDERING THE THREATS THEY FACE FROM IRAN AND HEZBOLLAH. I'M RANKING MEMBER OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, I'M GLAD TO SEE THESE MEASURES IN THIS BILL BECAUSE THEY ARE RELATED TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND INDEED, I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE MEASURES IN THIS BILL THAT PROVIDE AUTHORITIES AND RESOURCES NECESSARY FOR OUR MILITARY TO CARRY OUT ITS MISSION. AS WE HAVE SEEN AGAIN AND AGAIN IN RECENT YEARS, THIS DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION CONTINUES AN UNSETTLING TREND TOWARD INVOLVING THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT IN ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE ITS CORE COMPETENCIES. IN MY VIEW, WE NEED TO STRENGTHEN THE IMPORTANT ROLES OF THE STATE DEPARTMENT AND USAID. WE WOULDN'T ASK OUR DIPLOMATS TO DO THE JOBS OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM SO WE SHOULDN'T BE ASKING OUR SERVICE MEMBERS TO DO THE WORK IN OUR FOREIGN POLICY AGENCIES. I WANT TO CAUTION ABOUT CONTINUING DOWN THIS ROAD, WE NEED TO SUPPORT OUR DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS IN THE SAME WAY WE SUPPORT OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE. AFTER ALL, AMERICA'S SECURITY DEPENDS --

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              • 12:54:56 PM

                MS. SLAUGHTER

                MAY I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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              • 12:55:03 PM

                MR. ENGEL

                I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR YIELDING FOR ME. IN THE YEARS AHEAD, I HOPE TO…

                I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR YIELDING FOR ME. IN THE YEARS AHEAD, I HOPE TO WORK WITH OUR DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS IN THE SAME WAY WE SUPPORT OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE. AMERICA'S SECURITY DEPENDS ON ALL OF THESE EFFORTS WORKING TOGETHER AND IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT. I AGAIN THANK THE RANKING MEMBER AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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              • 12:55:34 PM

                MR. BYRNE

                I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. GRAVES.

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                THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZE DOLLARS FOR THREE MINUTES. -- RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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              • 12:55:47 PM

                MR. GRAVES

                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA FOR YIELDING. THERE ARE FUNDAMENTAL…

                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA FOR YIELDING. THERE ARE FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEMS WITH FLOOD INSURANCE. THE PROGRAM BY SOME ESTIMATES HAS A DEBT RECENTLY UP TO $24 BILLION AND GOING TO COMPOUNDED BY HURRICANES MARIA, NATE AND THE OTHER DISASTERS WE HAVE HAD THIS YEAR. AND HARVEY. AND WE HAD EXTRAORDINARY DAMAGES THIS YEAR. WHAT IS BEING MISSED, THIS LEGISLATION DOESN'T FIX THE PROBLEM. YOU CAN LOOK BACK OVER THE LAST 37 YEARS SINCE 1980, WE HAVE HAD 218 DISASTERS THAT EXCEEDED $1 BILLION AND SPENT $1.3 TRILLION RESPONDING TO THESE DISASTERS, THIS BILL IS PERHAPS TO SAVE $18 MILLION. WE SPENT $1.3 TRILLION SINCE 1980. THERE ARE FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEMS THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED. MR. SPEAKER, 40% OF THIS NATION'S POPULATION LIVES ON 10% OF THE LAND AREA ADJACENT TO THE COAST. AND WE HAVE TO GET GOOD AT RESILIENT LIVING. LET ME SHOW YOU SOMETHING AND THIS IS WHAT IS HAPPENING IN LOUISIANA. LOUISIANA DRAINS LITERALLY FROM MONTANA TO NEW YORK FROM THE CANADIAN PROVINCES. AS WE GET ADDITIONAL DEVELOPMENT, WHAT HAPPENS TO THAT WATER? IT COMES DOWN TO US. SOMEBODY BUILDS A HOME, A DREAM HOME OR SOMEONE STARTS A SMALL BUSINESS AND THEY FULLY COMPLY WITH THE REGULATIONS THAT ARE IN PLACE AT THE TIME, BUT THEY BUILD THEIR HOME OR BUSINESS EXACTLY WHERE IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE. THEY GET ADDITIONAL WATER FROM THE COAST OR THIS WATERSHED BECAUSE THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS HAS ALLOWED THE COAST OF THIS NATION TO ERODE. WE ARE GETTING MORE WATER COMING DOWN. WHY SHOULD OUR CITIZENS BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT? THEY HAVE NO CONTROL OVER WHAT'S HAPPENING. THEY COMPLIED WITH THE REGULATIONS AND COMPLIED WITH THE GUIDELINES AT THE TIME OF CONSTRUCTION. MR. SPEAKER, I VIEW THIS AS A TAX. IF OUR CITIZENS ARE BEING BURDENED WITH ADDITIONAL FEES OR EXPENSE AS A RESULT OF THE GOVERNMENT'S INABILITY TO DO ITS JOB TO PROPERLY MANAGE RESOURCES AND WATER, THAT'S NOT A PREMIUM INCREASE, THAT'S A TAX, MR. SPEAKER. THIS BILL, WHILE I COMMEND PEOPLE FOR WORKING ON THIS AND TRYING TO ADDRESS THIS, THE FUNDAMENTAL PREMISE OF THE BILL IS FLAWED. IT IS FUNNELLY FLAWED. YOU CAN'T CHARGE PEOPLE OVER THINGS THEY HAVE NO CONTROL OVER. WHEN THEY BUILT THEIR HOME OR BUSINESSES, THEY DID WHAT THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO DO. YOU CAN'T PICK UP A HOME AND SAY I'M GOING TO MOVE IT OR A BUSINESS. BUT THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL DOES, IT INCREASES THE PREMIUMS AND EVEN IN SOME CASES KICKS THEM OUT OF THEIR DREAM HOMES AND INVESTMENTS. I URGE OPPOSITION TO THE UNDERLYING BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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              • 12:59:00 PM

                MS. SLAUGHTER

                LET ME YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS BECAUSE I WAS IMPRESSED WITH MR. GRAVES AND…

                LET ME YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS BECAUSE I WAS IMPRESSED WITH MR. GRAVES AND THE THOUGHTFUL WORK HE HAD DONE AND I'M SORRY HIS AMENDMENTS WERE NOT MADE IN ORDER, BUT I APPRECIATE HIS HOMEWORK ON THIS BILL. AND AGREE WITH HIM. AND NOW I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER.

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              • 12:59:25 PM

                MR. BLUMENAUER

                I APPRECIATE THE GENTLELADY'S COURTESY. I WAS LISTENING TO OUR FRIEND FROM…

                I APPRECIATE THE GENTLELADY'S COURTESY. I WAS LISTENING TO OUR FRIEND FROM LOUISIANA AND I SYMPATHESIZE WITH MUCH OF WHAT HE HAS BEEN SAYING. I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON FLOOD INSURANCE REFORM FOR 20 YEARS. AND WE ARE CAUGHT IN A DYNAMIC HERE WHERE IT'S NEVER REALLY GOOD ENOUGH AND THERE ARE CHALLENGES FOR PEOPLE WHO PLAY BY THE RULES AT THE TIME, THE PROBLEM IS THAT WE ARE NOT DOING A GOOD JOB OF MOVING FORWARD OF MAKING THE CHANGES. IT IS TRUE THAT SOME OF THIS HAS EASTERN IMPACT ON LOUISIANA. I'M SENSITIVE TO THAT. BUT AT THE SAME TIME, THERE ARE POLICIES THAT HAVE BEEN RESISTED BY SOME OF THOSE SAME PEOPLE. WE'VE GOT TO SWALLOW HARD AND UNDERSTAND THAT WE ARE ON A PATH HERE THAT IMPACTS PEOPLE ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. WE DO NOT HAVE ACCURATE FLOOD MAPS AND PEOPLE RESIST UPDATING THEM. . WE HAVE MANY PEOPLE PAYING FAR LESS THAN THE ACTUARIAL COST OF FLOOD INSURANCE. THEY ARE PAYING UNFAIR PREMIUMS. WE DO NOT INVEST IN PREDISASTER MITIGATION. WE WILL SAVE $4 IN DISASTER RELIEF FOR EACH DOLLAR WE INVEST UPFRONT TO PROTECT PROPERTY, TO PROTECT LIVES. NOW, I AM PREPARED TO SUPPORT THE UNDERLYING BILL. IT'S NOT PERFECT. THERE ARE CHANGES THAT I WOULD MAKE, AND I UNDERSTAND SOME OF THE CHALLENGES THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SUGGEST IN TERMS OF THE IMPACT ON SOME LOWER-INCOME CITIZENS. I SYMPATHIZE WITH THAT, BUT THIS ANSWER IS NOT TO CONTINUE TO KEEP PEOPLE IN HARM'S WAY. THE ANSWER IS NOT TO REBUILD PEOPLE RIGHT BACK WHERE THEY'RE GOING TO BE PUTTING THEIR PROPERTY AND THEIR FAMILIES AT RISK. IT'S NOT TO CONTINUE TO RESIST REFORM BECAUSE IT'S HARD BECAUSE ULTIMATELY THAT ADDS TO THE PRICE TAG. IT ADDS TO THE DISLOCATION, AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO --

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                MS. SLAUGHTER

                I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN ANOTHER MINUTE.

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              • 01:01:52 PM

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                OR TWO. ALL RIGHT.

              • 01:01:53 PM

                MR. BLUMENAUER

                YOU'RE BUSY AND YOU HAVE THINGS TO DO. BUT IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE DON'T…

                YOU'RE BUSY AND YOU HAVE THINGS TO DO. BUT IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE DON'T LOSE AN OPPORTUNITY TO START CHANGING THIS. WHEN THE FLOODS CAME IN HOUSTON, I GOT CALLS FROM SOME REPORTERS BECAUSE I'VE BEEN DEALING WITH PROBLEMS IN HOUSTON GOING BACK 20 YEARS. AS AN EXAMPLE OF WHERE WE FAILED TO DEAL WITH REPETITIVE FLOOD LOSS, WHERE WE HAVE WATCHED UNCHECKED SPRAWL PUT MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AT RISK FOR GREATER HARM. THIS BILL ISN'T PERFECT, BUT I HOPE THAT IT STARTS A PROCESS WHERE WE CAN COME TOGETHER AS IT GOES THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS, THAT WE CAN MAKE ADJUSTMENTS TO START US ALONG THAT PATH, THAT WE START SWALLOWING HARD, MAKING SURE EVERYBODY GIVES UP A LITTLE. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO INVEST MORE. PEOPLE NEED TO STOP BUILDING IN HARM'S WAY. WE NEED TO DO A BETTER JOB OF FLOOD RECOVERY, PREDISASTER MITIGATION. I THINK THIS BILL REPRESENTS A GOOD-FAITH START ALONG THAT PATH, AND I HOPE WE CAN USE IT AS A FOUNDATION FOR FURTHER PROGRESS.

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              • 01:03:13 PM

                MR. BYRNE

                MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO A VERY HAPPY AUBURN TIGER FAN,…

                MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO A VERY HAPPY AUBURN TIGER FAN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. ROSS.

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                MR. ROSS

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL DEALING WITH FLOOD INSURANCE. HOMEOWNERS DESERVE CHOICE. THEY DESERVE COMPETITION AND ABOVE ALL THEY DESERVE TO KNOW THE TRUE RISK THEIR HOMES FACE FROM FLOODS, THE MOST COSTLY OF ALL NATURAL DISASTERS. I BELIEVE THE UNDERLYING BILL ALLOWS THE FREEDOM TO ENSURE AGAINST OBVIOUS DANGER. I AM PARTICULARLY ENTHUSIASTIC OF THE INCLUSION OF MY BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO FACILITATE THE DEVELOPMENT OF A ROBUST PRIVATE FLOOD INSURANCE MARKETPLACE. AFTER MONTHS AND EVEN YEARS OF NEGOTIATIONS, WE PRODUCED THE LEGISLATION THAT APPROPRIATELY BALANCES THE NEED FOR AFFORDABLE FLOOD INSURANCE AS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ACT AS FAITHFUL STEWARDS OF THE TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS. WE NEED TO ACT ACCORDINGLY. WE NEED TO FIX IT. BEFORE WE DO THAT WE MUST AGREE TO PROCEED. LESS THAN A MONTH AGO MANY OF US VOTED TO BAIL OUT THIS PROGRAM. WE KNEW IT WOULD BE IRRESPONSIBLE TO MERELY KICK THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD. THIS IS THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT. I BELIEVE WE NEED TO PROCEED WITH THE DEBATE BECAUSE WE NEED TO HAVE A REASONABLE AND RESPONSIBLE CONVERSATION ABOUT FIXING THIS PROBLEM BEFORE IT GETS WORSE. AMERICANS DESERVE BETTER THAN A BIG GOVERNMENT INSURANCE MONOPOLY THAT'S UNABLE TO PAY FOR THE RISK IT INSURES. THIS BILL WILL HAVE AFFORDABILITY BY EMPOWERING POLICYHOLDERS TO PURCHASE THEIR INSURANCE PRODUCTS THAT BEST MEETS THEIR NEEDS. WE ARE GETTING RID OF THE TOP-DOWN SINGLE PAYER APPROACH. GIVING CONSUMERS CHOICES IN A COMPETITIVE MARKETPLACE WILL NOT ONLY DRIVE DOWN COSTS BUT HELP US REDUCE THE UNACCEPTABLE NUMBER OF HOMES THAT ARE NOT PROTECTED BY FLOOD INSURANCE. THE NFIP CAN BE AN IMPORTANT TOOL FOR MITIGATING FLOOD RISK AND HELPING FAMILIES RECOVER FROM DISASTERS AFTER IT STRIKES. BUT IT CANNOT BE THE ONLY TOOL. A FEDERAL PROGRAM THAT HAS ARTIFICIALLY LOW RATES IS NEITHER COMPASSIONATE NOR RESPONSIBLE. PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW HOW AND WHEN THEY ARE IN DANGER. WE CANNOT EXPECT TO HAVE UNEDUCATED -- TO HAVE AN EDUCATED, THOUGHTFUL CONSUMERS IF WE DEPRIVE THEM OF THE MARKET INFORMATION THAT IS NEEDED TO MAKE SMART DECISIONS. BY PUTTING POLICYHOLDERS ON A SOUND PATH TO PREMIUM RATES, WE ARE ON A PATH THREATS ARE CONFRONTED BEFORE THEY ARE REAL EYESED. I THINK WE -- REALIZED. I THINK WE CAN TAKE THE FIRST STEPS BY ELIMINATING THE FALSE SECURITY THAT INOCULATES OUR SOCIETY WITH THE DANGERS OF FLOODING. LET'S GRADUALLY WALK BACK THE SUBSIDIES THAT CONCEALS THE HOMEOWNERS' RISK. WE NEED TO HAVE A CLEAR EYE AND VISION FOR THE FUTURE. THIS BILL IS THE RIGHT STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. I WANT TO THANK MR. HENSARLING AND MR. DUFFY FOR THEIR TENACITY FOR PAVING THE WAY FOR MANAGING FLOOD RISK TO THIS COUNTRY. FLOOD INSURANCE IS ONE OF THOSE RARE ISSUES THAT TRANSCENDS POLITICAL BOUNDARIES. IT IS A COMPLEX -- I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THE RULE AND ALSO THE UNDERLYING BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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                THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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              • 01:06:50 PM

                MS. SLAUGHTER

                MR. SPEAKER, MAY I INQUIRE OF MY COLLEAGUE IF HE HAS FURTHER SPEAKERS…

                MR. SPEAKER, MAY I INQUIRE OF MY COLLEAGUE IF HE HAS FURTHER SPEAKERS BECAUSE I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                MR. BYRNE

                I AM READY TO CLOSE.

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                MS. SLAUGHTER

                ALL RIGHT. LET ME --

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              • 01:07:04 PM

                MS. SLAUGHTER

                MR. SPEAKER, THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT ISN'T PERFECT. MOST…

                MR. SPEAKER, THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT ISN'T PERFECT. MOST NOTABLY IT BLOWS PAST THE CAPS IMPLEMENTED UNDER THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT. BUT THERE ARE AREAS OF COMMON GROUND IN THIS BILL, INCLUDING A PAY RAISE FOR OUR MILITARY AND INVESTMENTS TO FILL GENUINE READINESS GAPS IN OUR ARMED FORCES. AND I WANT TO POINT OUT THEY ARE THE RESULT OF SOMETHING THAT'S ALL TOO OFTEN NONEXISTENT UNDER THE MAJORITY AND THAT IS REGULAR ORDER. I AGREE WITH WHAT MY COLLEAGUES SAID, TO SEE A BILL UNDER REGULAR ORDER IS A DOWNRIGHT JOY. I HOPE WE DO NOR OF IT. A HEARING AND A MARKUP FOR THIS BILL AND COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WERE CONSULTED. THAT'S HOW THE CHAMBER WAS DESIGNED TO FUNCTION, BUT TODAY IT HARDLY FUNCTIONS LIKE THAT AT ALL. IT'S A SHAME WE DON'T ALSO SEE THE MAJORITY PUT THIS MODEL TO USE FOR OTHER MAJOR LEGISLATION LIKE HEALTH CARE AND TAX REFORM, WHICH WE WILL BE RUSHING THROUGH TO GET TO TOMORROW. NOW, THIS IS A PROCESS THAT WE DIDN'T SEE FOR THE OTHER MEASURE BEFORE US TODAY. THAT'S H.R. 2874. NO HEARING WAS EVER HELD ON THE PACKAGE IN ITS ENTIRETY. IT WAS CHANGED RIGHT UP UNTIL IT WAS CONSIDERED BY THE RULES COMMITTEE EARLIER THIS WEEK IN AN EFFORT NOT TO GET DEMOCRAT SUPPORT BUT TO GET A MOTION FROM THE MAJORITY SO IT CAN PASS ON A PARTY LINE VOTE. THAT'S WHAT WE SEE UNDER THIS LEADERSHIP, NO HEARINGS AND RARELY ANY MARKUPS. LEGISLATION TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WHICH WOULD IMPACT 1/6 OF OUR ECONOMY WAS PASSED WITHOUT SO MUCH OF A SCORE FROM THE NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, OUTLINING ITS IMPACTS AND ITS COSTS. THIS CONGRESS HAS BROKEN THE RECORD FOR THE USE OF CLOSED RULES WHICH PREVENTS ANY AMENDMENTS FROM BEING OFFERED BY EITHER SIDE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. IT IS NOW THE MOST CLOSED CONGRESS EVER. IN FACT, ONE OF THE RULES BEFORE US RIGHT NOW IS CLOSED. WE ARE EVEN LIKELY TO CONSIDER THE MAJORITY'S BIPARTISAN TAX PLAN THIS WEEK -- ACTUALLY TOMORROW, WHICH WOULD INCREASE THE DEFICIT BY $1.5 TRILLION. YET, UNDER ANOTHER CLOSED RULE. AND YET, AGAIN, WITHOUT SCORING. THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS HAS BEEN CALLED THE GREATEST DELIBERATIVE BODY IN THE WORLD, AND I THINK IT'S TIME THE MAJORITY CHANGE COURSE AND ACTUALLY ALLOW THE GREAT DEBATES ABOUT THE ISSUES THAT WE FACE. THE LEGISLATION WE CONSIDER WOULD CERTAINLY BE BETTER FOR IT, AND SO I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, THE RULE AND THE BILL, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 01:09:53 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA.

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              • 01:09:56 PM

                MR. BYRNE

                MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU, SIR. I REPRESENT A COASTAL AREA OF ALABAMA, AND…

                MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU, SIR. I REPRESENT A COASTAL AREA OF ALABAMA, AND FLOOD INSURANCE IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS. IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO ME TO FULFILL MY JOB ON THEIR BEHALF TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE A FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM THAT'S THERE FOR MANY YEARS TO COME, BUT WE KNOW IT'S ACTUARIALLY INSOLVENT. SO WE HAVE TO MAKE CHANGES IN THE PROGRAM. AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON SAID, CHANGE IS HARD, REFORMS ARE HARD, BUT THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA AND BEFORE HIM THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, THE SPONSOR OF THE BILL, MADE VERY GOOD POINTS. REFORMS WE'RE MAKING IN THIS BILL FOR THE FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM WILL ALLOW IT TO BE SUCCESSFUL FOR YEARS TO COME AND ALSO PROTECT THE TAXPAYERS OF AMERICA. I THINK WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO DO THAT. THE OTHER BILL UNDER THIS RULE, THE CONFERENCE REPORT ON THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT, REPRESENTS A VERY IMPORTANT INFLEXION POINT. WE ARE NOW MOVING TO REPAIR THE DAMAGE WE'VE DONE TO THE MILITARY THESE LAST SEVERAL YEARS. THIS IS A 10% INCREASE FOR OUR MILITARY SO THAT WE CAN HELP THEM REBUILD THEIR READY, THE EQUIPMENT THEY NEED TO DEFEND US WITH THIS EVER-INCREASING MATRIX OF THREATS. NOT THE LEAST OF WHICH IS NORTH KOREA. WE PUT EVEN MORE MONEY IN THIS AUTHORIZATION TO DEFEND AGAINST A MISSILE ATTACK FROM NORTH KOREA. SO WE'RE AT THE BEGINNING OF SOMETHING HISTORIC HERE WITH THIS BILL, AND THAT IS REBUILDING THE UNITED STATES MILITARY, MUCH LIKE WHAT WAS DONE 30-PLUS YEARS AGO WHEN PRESIDENT REAGAN WAS IN OFFICE. SO I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT HOUSE RESOLUTION 616 AND THE UNDERLYING BILLS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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              • 01:11:41 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE…

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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              • 01:11:53 PM

                MS. SLAUGHTER

                MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

              • 01:11:54 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND…

                THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 AND CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THIS 15-MINUTE VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE-MINUTE VOTES ON ADOPTING THE RESOLUTION, IF ORDERED, AND AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. 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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              • 01:37:54 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE --

              • 01:38:25 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE…

                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 GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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              • 01:38:35 PM

                MS. SLAUGHTER

                MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

              • 01:38:37 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND…

                THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE 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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              • 01:45:15 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE YEAS ARE 233, THE NAYS ARE 187. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT…

                THE YEAS ARE 233, THE NAYS ARE 187. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON GEEG TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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              • 01:51:25 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE NAYS ARE 190. ONE VOTING PRESENT. THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED.

              • 01:52:25 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS, TAKE…

                THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS, TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. MEMBERS, TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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              • 01:53:10 PM

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                MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEES ON TRANSPORTATION…

                MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEES ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE, FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND HOUSE ADMINISTRATION BE DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.RES. 615 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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              • 01:53:28 PM

                THE CLERK

                DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

              • 01:54:10 PM

                MR. THORNBERRY

                MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 616, I CALL UP THE CONFERENCE…

                MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 616, I CALL UP THE CONFERENCE REPORT ON THE BILL H.R. 2810 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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              • 01:54:23 PM

                TEMPORE PURSUANT --

                PURSUANT -- THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

              • 01:54:25 PM

                THE CLERK

                H.R. 2810 AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FOR MILITARY ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT…

                H.R. 2810 AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FOR MILITARY ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND FOR DEFENSE ACTIVITIES FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, TO PRESUBSCRIBE PERSONNEL STRENGTH AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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              • 01:54:47 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS IN THE BACK, PLEASE TAKE YOUR…

                THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS IN THE BACK, PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR.

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              • 01:55:08 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE CONFERENCE REPORT IS CONSIDERED READ. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR.…

                THE CONFERENCE REPORT IS CONSIDERED READ. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. THORNBERRY, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. SMITH WILL EACH CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. THORNBERRY.

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              • 01:55:21 PM

                MR. THORNBERRY

                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 ON THE CONFERENCE REPORT H.R. 2810.

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              • 01:55:35 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                WITHOUT OBJECTION.

              • 01:55:36 PM

                MR. THORNBERRY

                I YIELD MYSELF THREE MINUTES.

              • 01:55:38 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

              • 01:55:49 PM

                MR. THORNBERRY

                FOR --

              • 01:55:51 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE…

                THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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              • 01:56:14 PM

                MR. THORNBERRY

                FOR 55 STRAIGHT YEARS UNDER BOTH PARTIES, CONGRESS HAS COME TOGETHER TO…

                FOR 55 STRAIGHT YEARS UNDER BOTH PARTIES, CONGRESS HAS COME TOGETHER TO PASS A DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL TO SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND OUR COUNTRY'S SECURITY. ALONG WITH MY PARTNER ON THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR. SMITH, I'M PLEASED TO BRING A CONFERENCE REPORT THAT WILL DO SO AGAIN. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND THANK ALL THE MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THIS PRODUCT AND ESPECIALLY THE MEMBERS AND STAFF OF THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE CONFEREES FROM THE 14 OTHER COMMITTEES OF THE HOUSE WHO WERE APPOINTED TO THE CONFERENCE AND APPRECIATE THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS. AND FINALLY, I WANT TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH MR. SMITH AND WITH OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE, SENATOR MCCAIN AND SENATOR REED. LOOK, WE DO NOT ALWAYS AGREE AMONG THE FOUR OF US. IN FACT WE DISAGREE SOMETIMES ENER GETICALLY. BUT I HAVE NO DOUBT EACH OF THEM IS COMMITTED TO DOING THE RIGHT THING FOR OUR TROOPS AND THE RIGHT THING FOR OUR COUNTRY. EACH OF THEM IS A PATRIOT WHOM I ADMIRE AND I KNOW I SPEAK FOR ALL MEMBERS WHEN WE WISH SENATOR MCCAIN THE BEST IN DEALING WITH HIS CURRENT HEALTH CHALLENGES. MEMBERS AND THE PUBLIC WERE GIVEN A SUMMARY OF THIS CONFERENCE REPORT LAST WEEK, SO I WILL SIMPLY SAY THAT I BELIEVE THE PRIORITIES IN THIS BILLR NUMBER ONE, OUR PEOPLE, NUMBER TWO, OUR -- THE READINESS, NUMBER THREE, MISSILE DEFENSE. AND NUMBER FOUR, REFORM. TO SEE THAT WE ARE MORE CAPABLE OF MEETING THE SECURITY CHALLENGES OUR COUNTRY FACES IN THE FUTURE AND TODAY. IN THAT REGARD, I ESPECIALLY WANT TO COMMEND THE WORK OF MR. ROGERS AND MR. COOPER AND THE STRATEGIC FORCES SUBCOMMITTEE ON SPACE. THEY INITIATED DEEP FAR-REACHING REFORMS BASED ON A REAL SENSE OF URGENCY AND THEY ARE IN THIS BILL. THEIR WORK EXEMPLIFIES THE WORK OF OUR COMMITTEE, BIPARTISAN, REALLY NONPARTISAN ON THE NATIONAL SECURITY CHALLENGES THE U.S. FACES TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, UNFORTUNATELY AS THE WORLD GREW MORE DANGEROUS WE CUT OUR DEFENSE BUDGET AND WE ADDED TO THE BURDEN BORNE BY THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE US. NOW, WE WILL NOT REBUILD AND FIX OUR PROBLEMS IN ONE YEAR OR ONE BILL. EVEN WHEN IT'S MATCHED BY AN APPROPRIATION BILL, WHICH THIS WILL NEED TO BE. BUT WE CAN HEAD IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. THAT'S WHAT THIS CONFERENCE REPORT DOES AND I HOPE MEMBERS WILL SUPPORT IT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 01:59:12 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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              • 01:59:17 PM

                MR. SMITH

                I YIELD MYSELF FIVE MINUTES.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 01:59:22 PM

                MR. SMITH

                I WANT TO CONCUR WITH THE REMARKS OF MR. THORNBERRY. WE HAVE HAD A GREAT…

                I WANT TO CONCUR WITH THE REMARKS OF MR. THORNBERRY. WE HAVE HAD A GREAT MANY PEOPLE WORK TOGETHER TO PRODUCE A VERY IMPORTANT PRODUCT AND THE STAFF, THE MEMBERS, HOUSE AND SENATE, HAVE ALL DONE AN OUTSTANDING JOB AND WE ARE VERY PROUD OF THE FACT THAT WE PRODUCE A LEGISLATIVE PRODUCT EVERY YEAR. WE ACTUALLY DO LEGISLATION THE WAY IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE DONE. WE WORK IT THROUGH COMMITTEE. CHAIRMAN OUTLINES THE NUMBER OF DIFFERENT POSITIONS THAT WERE ASKED TORE AT THE COMMITTEE LEVEL, SENATE LEVEL, REACHED COMPROMISE WHERE WE COULD AND PRODUCED A PRODUCT THAT IS TRULY A LEGISLATIVE PRODUCT AND THAT IS TESTIMONY OF THE GREAT WORK OF OUR STAFF AND THE HOUSE AND SENATE. DO AN OUTSTANDING JOB WITH HUNDREDS OF COMPLEX ISSUES. AND ALSO A TESTIMONY TO THE MEMBERS, BOTH HOUSE AND SENATE TO THEIR COMMITMENT TO MAKE SURE WE PASS THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZING ACT UNDERSTANDING HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO SUPPORT OUR TROOPS IN MEETING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY NEEDS. AND I WANT TO THANK OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE, MR. THORNBERRY AND I HAVE OUR CONTENTIOUS DEBATES BETWEEN US AND THE SENATE BUT THEY ARE HANDLED WITH GREAT DIGNITY AND INTELLIGENCE. AND I ENJOY WORKING WITH SENATOR MCCAIN AND SENATOR REED. THEY ARE GREAT PARTNERS IN THIS FINAL PRODUCT. I AM PROUD OF THIS FINAL PRODUCT. THERE IS A LOT OF GOOD POLICY IN HERE. MR. THORNBERRY MENTIONED ABOUT ACK WHICH SITUATION REFORM AND MAKING SURE THE SYSTEM WORKS BETTER. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN WHO HAS TAKEN THE LEAD ON THIS ISSUE. I THINK WE HAVE MADE SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS WHILE ACKNOWLEDGING THAT WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO TO GET THE EFFICIENCY OUT OF THE PENTAGON BUDGET. . I THINK THIS BILL DOES A GREAT JOB SUPPORTING THE TROOPS AND THEIR FAMILIES. IT'S BASICALLY THE CASE WE RECRUIT A SERVICE MEMBER BUT YOU RETAIN THE FAMILY, AND THAT MEANS YOU HAVE TO PROVIDE FOR THEM. WE SUPPORT THE 2.5% PAY RAISE IN THIS BILL AND SUPPORT THE TROOPS AND THEIR FAMILIES IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS. THIS IS A VERY GOOD PRODUCT. I ALSO WANT TO SAY, AND I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE LANGEVIN ON THIS ISSUE. THIS BILL STATES THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS A NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT. WE MAKE THAT THE POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO ACKNOWLEDGE CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE IMPACT THAT IT'S GOING TO HAVE ON OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. AND REPRESENTATIVE LANGEVIN WAS TIRELESS IN MAKING SURE THAT WAS PART OF THIS BILL. THIS IS A GOOD PRODUCT. I AM PROUD OF THE WORK WE HAVE DONE TOGETHER TO PRODUCE A LEGISLATIVE PRODUCT THAT MR. THORNBERRY SAID, NONE OF US LIKES EVERYTHING THAT'S IN IT BUT WE REACHED A COMPROMISE. THE CHALLENGE THAT WE HAVE GOING FORWARD IS WHAT THE CHAIRMAN MENTIONED AT THE END THERE. THIS BILL FUNDS -- I THINK IT'S RIGHT AROUND $696 BILLION IN DEFENSE SPENDING. IT GOES $80 BILLION, ROUGHLY, OVER THE BUDGET CAPS. AND THE BILL CAN'T DO THAT ON ITS OWN UNLESS THE BUDGET CAPS ARE LIFTED AND THE APPROPRIATORS PASS THE APPROPRIATIONS BILL, THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN. AND WE HAVEN'T MADE A LOT OF PROGRESS ON THAT. I WAS THINKING TODAY BACK TO 2011 IN AUGUST WHEN WE FIRST PASSED THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT. WE WERE ABOUT TWO DAYS SHORT OF NOT BEING ABLE TO MEET OUR DEBT CEILING OBLIGATIONS WHEN WE PASSED THAT, AND AT THE TIME THE HOPE WAS THAT WE COME TOGETHER ON A COMPROMISE TO DEAL WITH OUR DEFICIT AND OUR DEBT, TO GET US ON A FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE PATH. WELL, NEARLY SEVEN -- WELL, SORRY, OVER SIX YEARS LATER, I CAN'T SAY WE MADE AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF PROGRESS ON THAT AND THAT'S A HUGE THREAT TO OUR TROOPS AND OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. I'D ALSO SAY IT'S A THREAT TO THE NONDEFENSE DISCRETIONARY BUDGET AND THE REST OF THE BUDGET AS WELL, BUT WITHOUT QUESTION, ONE OF THE GREATEST CHALLENGES THE PENTAGON FACES, THEY DON'T KNOW FROM ONE MONTH TO THE NEXT HOW MUCH MONEY THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE. IS THIS GOING TO BE THE NUMBER, IS THIS BILL GOING TO WORK? I DON'T KNOW. I HOPE SO. WE HAVE TO RESOLVE THAT ISSUE. WE HAVE TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO HAVE A FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE BUDGET SO WE CAN PASS APPROPRIATIONS BILLS EVERY YEAR SO ALL ASPECTS OF THE DISCRETIONARY BUDGET CAN HAVE SOME PREDICTABILITY. IT'S ABSOLUTELY TRUE, AS THE CHAIRMAN AND OTHERS HAVE SAID, WE HAVE A READINESS SHORTFALL. WHAT THAT MEANS IS WE ARE NOT PROVIDING THE EQUIPMENT AND THE TRAINING TO OUR TROOPS NECESSARY TO FULLY PREPARE THEM TO DO THE MISSIONS WE ARE ASKING THEM TO DO. AND I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT PART OF THAT IS UNDERFUNDED. BUT ANOTHER PART OF IT IS WE HAVE A NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY THAT IS UNCLEAR AND AS IT IS PRESENTED IS FAR GREATER THAN WE WOULD EVER HAVE THE RESOURCES TO MATCH. I HAD A MEETING WITH A PENTAGON OFFICIAL WHO TOLD ME THEY WERE VERY CONCERNED BECAUSE THEY WERE WAY SHORT OF HAVING THE FUNDS NECESSARY TO MEET THEIR 2012 NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY. AND MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, AS BIG AND CONFUSING AS THE PENTAGON MAY LOOK, THEY HAVE A REASON FOR EVERYTHING THEY SPEND. THEY HAVE A PLAN IN PLACE. RIGHT NOW WE DON'T HAVE THE FUNDS TO MATCH THOSE PLANS. I YIELD MYSELF AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE. AND THAT'S A HUGE PROBLEM. SO GOING FORWARD, WHILE WE DO NEED TO PROVIDE MORE RESOURCES AND STABILITY, I ALSO THINK WE NEED TO TAKE A LOOK AT THAT NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY AND SAY, WHERE ARE WE SPENDING MONEY THAT WE SHOULDN'T BE? WHAT PART OF OUR STRATEGY DO WE NOT NEED? IF WE CAN'T DO THAT, IF WE CAN'T CUT BACK, WE ARE NEVER GOING TO BE IN A POSITION TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE FUNDS TO OUR TROOPS. AND TO ME THAT IS THE ABSOLUTE WORSE RESULT. WHATEVER THE STRATEGY IS, THE ONE THING THAT IT ABSOLUTELY OUGHT TO DO IS FUND OUR TROOPS SUFFICIENTLY TO MEET IT, TO HAVE A BIG IDEA WHAT WE OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO DO AND THEN TO UNDERFUND THE MEN AND WOMEN WE'RE ASKING TO DO IT, I BELIEVE THIS HAS LED TO SOME OF THE ACCIDENTS AND DEATHS WE HAD RECENTLY WITH OUR SHIPS AND WITH OUR PLANES. WE NEED TO ADEQUATELY FUND READINESS TO MEET A MISSION THAT IS ACHIEVABLE. THAT WE STILL NEED TO GET TO, BUT OVERALL THIS IS A GOOD POLICY BILL. AGAIN, I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. APPRECIATE THE PARTNERSHIP AND REALLY ENJOYED WORKING WITH HIM TO PRODUCE THE PRODUCT. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 02:05:41 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

              • 02:05:44 PM

                MR. THORNBERRY

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

                MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON READINESS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. WILSON.

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              • 02:05:50 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

              • 02:05:52 PM

                MR. WILSON

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN MAC THORNBERRY FOR YOUR…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN MAC THORNBERRY FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP, THE EXTRAORDINARY CONTROVERSIAL ISSUE THAT SHOULD BE ADDRESSED HAS BEEN SOLVED WITH YOUR LEADERSHIP AND WILL BE SO MEANINGFUL TO MILITARY FAMILIES. I AM GRATEFUL TO SUPPORT H.R. 2810, THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018. THROUGHOUT THIS PAST YEAR, AS CHAIRMAN OF THE READINESS SUBCOMMITTEE, WE HEARD TESTIMONY FROM EACH OF THE JOINT CHIEFS ABOUT THE CRITICAL NECESSITY TO ADDRESS THE MILITARY'S ALARMING READINESS SHORTFALLS ACROSS ALL DOMAINS, AIR, LAND, SEA, CYBER AND SPACE. SADLY, THE RECENT TRAGIC DEATHS IN THE INDO-PACIFIC SHOWED THAT READINESS HAS FALLEN TO A DANGEROUS LEVEL. WE CAN NO LONGER DELAY THE MAINTENANCE AND SUSTAINMENT PROBLEMS THAT PLAGUE THE MILITARY AND DEFER CRITICAL TRAINING AND MODERNIZATION THAT DIRECTLY IMPACTS THE ABILITY TO RESPOND RAPIDLY TO EMERGING THREATS WORLDWIDE. THERE ARE NUMEROUS IMPORTANT READINESS PROVISIONS IN THE BILL. I ALSO APPRECIATE MY FRIEND, COLLEAGUE AND READINESS SUBCOMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER MADELEINE BORDALLO OF GUAM. THE NDAA WAS BIPARTISAN AND SHOWS EMPHASIS FOR RECOVERY EFFORTS AND THE ENHANCED MISSION OF OUR NATION, PROTECTING MILITARY FAMILIES AS WE RECOGNIZE FREEDOM IS NOT FREE. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE NDAA FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018, AND ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE TO SUPPORT IT AS WELL. I YIELD BACK.

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              • 02:07:33 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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              • 02:07:37 PM

                MR. SMITH

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

                I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I AM NOW PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON READINESS, THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM,

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              • 02:07:48 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 02:07:49 PM

                MS. BORDALLO

                I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO ACCOMPANY THE FISCAL YEAR…

                I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO ACCOMPANY THE FISCAL YEAR 2018 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT. I COMMEND CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY, RANKING MEMBER SMITH, AND I WOULD LIKE TO ALSO THANK THE READINESS CHAIRMAN, MR. JOE WILSON, AND THE COMMITTEE STAFF WHO WORKED MANY, MANY LONG NIGHTS ON THIS BILL. I'M ESPECIALLY THANKFUL FOR THE SPIRIT OF COOPERATION THAT ENABLES US TO PASS AN ACT THAT DIRECTLY IMPACTS THE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WHO DEFEND OUR COUNTRY. THE CONFERENCE REPORT AUTHORIZES $3.6 BILLION IN ADDITIONAL OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE FUNDS TO INCREASE TRAINING, SPARE PARTS, FACILITY AND EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE AND OTHER READINESS ENABLERS. THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT STEP TO SUPPORT THE RECOVERY OF READINESS IN AREAS THAT HAVE BEEN ADVERSELY IMPACTED BY HIGH OPERATIONAL TEMPOS AND MADE WORSE BY NUMEROUS CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS AND THE EFFECTS OF SEQUESTRATION. HOWEVER, CONGRESS MUST GO FURTHER AND PROVIDE THE DEPARTMENT WITH BUDGET STABILITY BY REPEALING SEQUESTRATION SO THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE TRAINING, THE MAINTENANCE, AND THE MODERNIZATION NEEDS OF OUR FORCES. THE CONFERENCE AGREEMENT ALSO INCLUDES A NUMBER OF PROVISIONS TO SUPPORT MILITARY READINESS, SUCH AS PROVIDING AUTHORITIES AND FLEXIBILITY FOR INVESTMENTS IN INFRASTRUCTURE, EXTENDING DIRECT HIRING AUTHORITIES, PROTECTING TRAINING RANGES FROM ENCROACHMENT, AND CONTINUING TO SUPPORT THE ASIA PACIFIC REBALANCE. THE REBALANCE IS CRITICAL TO SECURITY AND STABILITY IN THE INDO-ASIA PACIFIC REGION, A MATTER OF MOST IMPORTANCE TO ME BECAUSE OF THE RECENT THREATS AGAINST THE UNITED STATES AND SPECIFICALLY MY HOME DISTRICT OF GUAM. CRITICALLY FOR MY CONSTITUENTS, THIS AGREEMENT PROVIDES AUTHORITY FOR U.S. CUSTOMS AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES TO APPROVE H 2-D-B VISAS FOR GUAM THAT SUPPORT CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS DIRECTLY CONNECTED TO AS WELL AS THOSE ASSOCIATED WITH THE REALIGNMENT OF MILITARY FORCES TO GUAM. ADDITIONALLY, THE AGREEMENT AUTHORIZES $354.6 MILLION FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN GUAM. AS GUAM'S REPRESENTATIVE, I WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THE D.O.D. AND THE U.S. C.I.S. TO PROVIDE RELIEF FOR HEALTH CARE AND OTHER INDUSTRIES THAT SUPPORT OUR MILITARY ON GUAM. WHILE I SUPPORT THE PROGRESS WE MADE IN THIS BILL, WITHOUT FURTHER RELIEF, OUR INADEQUATE WORK FORCE WILL NEGATIVELY IMPACT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. SO, AGAIN, MR. CHAIRMAN, I REITERATE MY APPRECIATION OF THE WORK BY OUR COMMITTEES AND OUR EXCEPTIONAL STAFF. THE F.Y. 2018 NDAA PROVIDES THE RESOURCES THAT OUR MILITARY REQUIRES FOR ITS MISSIONS IN THIS VERY, VERY DANGEROUS WORLD. SO I URGE SUPPORT FOR THE BILL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                MR. THORNBERRY

                MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE TACTICAL AIR, LAND…

                MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE TACTICAL AIR, LAND FORCES SUBCOMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. TURNER.

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                MR. TURNER

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2810, THE…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2810, THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR 2018. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I WANT TO PERSONALLY THANK OUR CHAIRMAN MAC THORNBERRY FOR HIS WORK IN TRYING TO GET A HIGHER TOP LINE FOR DEFENSE. THIS BILL COMES IN HIGHER THAN THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET REQUEST, BUT IT IS IN LINE WITH BOTH THE APPROPRIATIONS AND THE BUDGET DOCUMENT THAT CAME OUT OF THE HOUSE. THIS BILL AUTHORIZES $634.2 BILLION IN THE BASE BUDGET, A MUCH-NEEDED INCREASE OVER THE ORIGINAL BUDGET REQUEST AND FULLY SUPPORTS MANY OF THE UNFUNDED REQUIREMENTS IDENTIFIED BY THE DEPARTMENT THAT TOTALED MORE THAN $30 BILLION. THE $634.2 BILLION IS ESSENTIAL. ANYTHING LESS HANDICAPS OUR ABILITY FOR READINESS, NEARLY A DECADE OF NEGLECT. THIS BEGINS THE LONG PROCESS TO REBUILD OUR MILITARY'S FULL SPECTRUM READINESS FROM YEARS OF DEFERRED MODERNIZATION BROUGHT ON THE FAILED ASSUMPTIONS FROM THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION'S BUDGET CONTROL ACT AND SEQUESTRATION. TACTICAL AIR, LAND FORCES SUBCOMMITTEE, THIS BILL AUTHORIZES $12 BILLION IN ADDITIONAL FUNDS TO ADDRESS UNFUNDED MODERNIZATION REQUIREMENTS AND CRITICAL CAPABILITY GAPS. IF WE DO NOT BEGIN WITH THIS BUDGET TO SET FAVORABLE CONDITIONS TO START TO REVERSE THE HIGH RISK DEFENSE POSTURE WE CURRENTLY HAVE, WE WILL SIGNIFICANTLY JEOPARDIZE OUR MILITARY'S ADVANTAGE THAT WE'VE TAKEN FOR GRANTED IN PAST CONFLICTS IN STEADY STATE OPERATIONS. AS SUCH, THE BILL RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF LAND FORCES AND AUTHORIZES OVER $2 BILLION TO ACCELERATE ARMORED BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM MODERNIZATION TO INCLUDE ADDITIONAL TANKS AND BRADLEY FIGHTING VEHICLES. THE BILL AUTHORIZES STRIKE FIGHTER CAPABILITY AND CAPACITY SHORTFALLS AND AUTHORIZES $3 BILLION IN ADDITIONAL FUNDING TO PROCURE FIFTH GENERATION AIRCRAFT AND MODERNIZE OUR FIFTH GENERATION FLEET. THESE PROJECTS ADDRESS UNFUNDED REQUIREMENTS FOR THE AIR FORCE, NAVY AND MARINE CORPS. THE BILL ALSO CONTINUE TO ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF THE NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE COMPONENTS BY AUTHORIZING AN ADDITIONAL $250 MILLION FOR THEIR EQUIPMENT AND MODERNIZATION. THIS PREVENTS THE AIR FORCE FROM REDUCING CRITICAL I.R.S. CAPABILITIES. I YIELD BACK.

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                MR. SMITH

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

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I AM NOW PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER ON EMERGING THREATS AND CAPABILITIES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM LONG ISLAND, MR. LANGEVIN.

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                MR. LANGEVIN

                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I FIRST LIKE TO BEGIN BY…

                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I FIRST LIKE TO BEGIN BY THANKING CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY AND RANKING MEMBER SMITH AND CHAIRWOMAN STEFANIK FOR THEIR TIRELESS WORK ON THIS BILL. IT'S A GOOD WORK PRODUCT AND I'M VERY PROUD TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH IT AND TO BE SUPPORTING IT. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE STAFF FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS FOR ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL AND BIPARTISAN NDAA, AND PARTICULAR, LINDSEY, PETE, KEVIN AND NEV. I WANT TO RECOGNIZE KATHRYN MITCHELL ON MY STAFF ALONG WITH MY TWO FELLOWS, SHAWN AND JOHN, FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTION AND SUPPORT. I AM STRONGLY SUPPORT OF THE EMERGING THREATS PORTION OF THE NDAA. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE CHAIRWOMAN STEFANIK. THIS IS HER FIRST NDAA AS CHAIRWOMAN. IT WAS A PLEASURE WORKING WITH HER IN A STRONG BIPARTISAN WAY. THE CONFERENCE AGREEMENT PRESERVES IMPORTANT STEPS FORWARD WHEN IT COMES TO CYBER, INFORMATION OPERATIONS AND ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES AND PROVIDES SUPPORT TO OUR SPECIAL OPERATORS AND THEIR FAMILIES. WHEN IT COMES TO CYBER, THE BILL AUTHORIZES THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO ENSURE WE HAVE APPROPRIATE AUTHORITIES AND POLICIES IN PLACE TO ALLOW OUR FORCES TO OPERATE SUCCESSFULLY IN CYBERSPACE. IT ALSO REINVIGORATES THE D.O.D. CYBER SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS WHICH PROVIDES SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANT OPPORTUNITIES AT THE UNIVERSITIES TO BRING THEIR EXPERTISE INTO THE DEPARTMENT AFTER THEY GRADUATE. ADDITIONALLY, THE FINALIZE LANGUAGE INCLUDES A PROVISION THAT I WROTE IN CONJUNCTION WITH CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY, RANKING MEMBER SMITH AND CHAIRWOMAN STEFANIK TO REQUIRE TIMELY NOTIFICATIONS FOR SENSITIVE SIGN BER MILITARY OPERATIONS OUT OF AREAS OF HOSTILITIES, ENSURING CONGRESS IS ABLE TO CONDUCT APPROPRIATE OVERSIGHT IN THIS NEW DOMAIN. AND THE BILL MAKES ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES FOR OUR WAR FIGHTERS, SUCH AS ELECTRIC MAG NEGLECTIC WAR GUN. WE DON'T WANT TO SEND OUR SERVICE MEMBERS INTO A UNFAIR FIGHT. THESE TECHNOLOGIES WILL ENSURE WE PROVIDE THEM WITH THE VERY BEST TOOLS AVAILABLE. FINALLY, I'M VERY PLEASED WITH THE FINAL CONFERENCE REPORT. PRESERVING MY AMENDMENT EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF CONGRESS THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS A NATIONAL SECURITY CHALLENGE AND REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT TO REPORT ITS EFFECTS. THIS IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN PROVISION REPRESENTS ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS CONGRESS HAS TAKEN ON THIS ISSUE, AND THIS SHIFT IN POLICY WILL BETTER PREPARE OUR ARMED FORCE, IMPROVE OUR READINESS TO FACE THE CHANGING CLIMATE. . AGAIN I WANT TO THANK THE COMMITTEE FOR THEIR EXCELLENT WORK ON THIS BILL. PARTICULARLY CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY, RANKING MEMBER SMITH, CHAIRWOMAN STEFANIK, AND THE COMMITTEE STAFF AND MY STAFF AS WANT TO THANK THE COMMITTEE WELL. IT WAS A PLEASURE WORKING ON THIS VERY BIPARTISAN BILL IN SUPPORT OF ALL OF OILER WAR FIGHTERS WHO WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE PROVIDE THE VERY BEST TOOLS THAT THEY NEED TO DO THEIR JOB SAFELY AND EFFECTIVELY. THANK THEM FOR ALL THAT THEY DO FOR OUR NATION. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                MR. THORNBERRY

                I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIR OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON…

                I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIR OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON STRATEGIC FORCE, THE CHAIRMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. ROGERS.

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                MR. ROGERS

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS YEAR'S NDAA AND…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS YEAR'S NDAA AND COMMEND THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP IN GETTING US TO THE POINT WE'RE TODAY. THIS YEAR'S BILL TAKES THE FIRST STEP IN FIXING THE BROKEN SPACE ENTERPRISE IN THE AIR FORCE. WE STREAMLINE THE LEADERSHIP STRUCTURE ELIMINATING OVER 20 UNNECESSARY INTERNAL AIR FORCE BOXES ON THE AIR FORCE ACQUISITION CHART. THE BILL EMPOWERS THE COMMANDER OF THE AIR FORCE SPACE COMMAND WITH SOLE AUTHORITY TO ORGANIZE, TRAIN, AND EQUIP SPACE FORCES. IT TERMINATES DUPLICATIVE OFFERS. THE DEFENSE SPACE COUNCIL AND AIR FORCE'S A-11 OFFICE. MOST IMPORTANTLY, IT'S A FIRST STEP IN A LONG PATH TO GETTING SPACE RIGHT FOR THE BETTERMENT OF OUR WAR FIGHTERS. HOPEFULLY OFERTE COMING YEAR THE SENATE WILL FOCUS ON THE CHRONIC PROBLEMS FACING NATIONAL SECURITY SPACE. AND WORK WITH US TO ESTABLISH A SEPARATE SPACE CORPS. ON MISSILE DEFENSE, THE BILL ENSURES THE WAY AHEAD OF THE THREAT -- THAT WE STAY AHEAD OF THE THREAT, WHICH AS WE HAVE SEEN OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS FROM NORTH KOREA AND THEIR DUE TUE DOZEN TESTS, MISSILE TESTS, THEY ARE ADVANCING RAPIDLY. ALSO IN THIS BILL WE'RE AUTHORIZING MORE INTERCEPTORS, ACCELERATING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR ADVANCE TECHNOLOGIES AND IMPROVING ACQUISITION AUTHORITIES FOR MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS. AND LET'S ALSO NOT FORGET ABOUT WHAT THE BILL DOES FOR OUR NUKE LEEAR DETERRENT. ALL THREE LEGS OF THE TRIADE WILL AGE OUT AND BEGIN RETIRING OVER THE NEXT DECADE. THIS BILL ENSURES THE REPLACEMENT PROGRAMS REMAIN ON LEGS OF THE SCHEDULE. ON SPACE LAUNCH WE CONTINUE THE COMMITTEE'S DEDICATION TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF DOMESTIC RELACE FOR THE RD-180 ENGINES. NINALLIRKS I'M VERY PLEASED WITH THE PROGRESS WE HAVE MADE TOWARD GETTING SOME OF THE SURPLUS 1911 PISTOLS INTO THE HANDS OF COLLECTORS AND OFF THE GOVERNMENT DIME FOR STORAGE COSTS. WITH STORAGE COSTS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. YIELD BACK.

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                MR. SMITH

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. COOPER, WHO IS THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON STRATEGIC FORCES.

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                MR. COOPER

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, RANKING MEMBER SMITH, CHAIRMAN…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, RANKING MEMBER SMITH, CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY, CHAIRMAN MCCAIN ON THE SENATE SIDE, AND RANKING MEMBER REED. IT'S IMPORTANT CONGRESS CONTINUE THIS GREAT TRADITION OF PASSING THE DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT. THIS WILL BE THE 57TH YEAR. MY CONSTITUENTS BACK HOME WANT NOTHING MORE THAN FOR US TO COOPERATE ON A BIPARTISAN FASHION FOR THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY. THIS BILL, H.R. 2810, DOES THAT. IN PARTICULAR, I'D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN OF THOSE STRATEGIC FORCES SUBCOMMITTEE, MIKE ROGERS, WHO HAS BEEN A GREAT PARTNER AS WE DO SEVERAL IMPORTANT THINGS. MODERNIZE OUR NUCLEAR FORCES AND KEEP THE EFFORT GOING ON NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION. WE FUND CRITICAL MISSILE DEFENSE NEEDS IN THE FACE OF RISING THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA AND OTHER COUNTRIES. WE SUPPORT U.S. US-ISRAELI MISSILE DEFENSE, AND ALSO STRENGTHEN DOCTOR MAT WILL I OUR CAPABILITIES IN SPACE. THIS DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL TAKES A DECISIVE FIRST STEP TO ADDRESS THE PRAGMENTATION AND LACK OF FOCUS ON NATIONAL SECURITY SPACE ISSUES. THAT THE AIR FORCE HAS SHOWN BY REORGANIZING SPACE WITHIN THE AIR FORCE AND WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. WHILE IT DOES NOT CREATE THE SPACE CORPS WE PREFERRED, IT ACHIEVES MANY OF THE GOALS WE SET OUT TO ACHIEVE. NOTABLY IT CONSOLIDATES ACQUISITION, OPERATIONS, AND TRAINING OF THE SPACE FORCES UNDER THE AIR FORCE SPACE COMMAND. AND ELIMINATES INEFFECTIVE OR REDUNDANT AUTHORITIES ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT. OUR ASSETS IN SPACE UNFORTUNATELY ARE INCREASINGLY VULNERABLELE TO ATTACK. THIS REORGANIZATION WILL BEGIN TO PROVIDE THE FOCUS AND COORDINATION NECESSARY TO EFFECTIVELY ADDRESS THESE GROWING THREATS. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE FOR HIS STRONG LEADERSHIP IN THIS EFFORT AND FOR MAKING THIS A BIPARTISAN PROCESS. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE DEPUTY SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR HIS ENGAGEMENT ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. WE'LL CONTINUE TO HOLD THE DEPARTMENT ACCOUNTABLE DURING THIS TRANSITION PERIOD. I'M ALSO PLEASED THAT THE BILL BEGINS TO COUNTER THE VULNERABILITY OF OUR G.P.S. SYSTEMS IN SPACE WHICH UNDERPIN MANY DEFENSE AND CIVILIAN SYSTEMS. WE INCREASE THE RESILIENCY AND I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE DEPUTY SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR HIS ENGAGEMENT ON ALTERNATIVES TO G.P.S. INCLUDING THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX BY RELYING ON OUR ALLIES AND PERHAPS EVEN EXPLOITING RUSSIA AND CHINESE SIGNALS AS A MEANS TO DETER ATTACK ON OUR SYSTEMS. THE CONFERENCE ALSO DROPPED RESTRICTIONS ON EXTENDING THE NEW START TREATY WHICH VERIFYABLY LIMITS THE NUMBER OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS THAT RUSSIA OR THE UNITED STATES CAN DEPLOY. ALTERNATIVES TO THE BILL HOLDS RUSSIA ACCOUNTABLE BY IMPOSING INCREASING SANCTIONS RELATED TO THOSE VIOLATIONS RATHER THAN PREMATURELY NULLIFYING THE TREATY. THE CONFERENCE REPORT ALSO ENCOURAGES A DIALOGUE WITH RUSSIA AND CHINA TO REDUCE RISKS OF MISCALCULATIONS THAT COULD LEAD TO AN UNINTENDED NUCLEAR WAR. PRESSURING RUSSIA WHILE AVOIDING AN UNNECESSARY NUCLEAR ARMS RACE OR PRECIPITOUS NUCLEAR WAR SHOULD BE TOP PRIORITIES FOR OUR DEFENSE AND CURRENT MORE VOLATILE ENVIRONMENT N THIS CONTEXT I SUPPORT INCREASED FOCUS ON MODERNIZING OUR NUCLEAR COMMAND CONTROL SYSTEM WHICH HAS BEEN TOO LONG OVER COST AND DELAYED. FINALLY, THE BILL ENDS YEARS OF WASTEFUL SPENDING ON THE UNAFFORDABLE FAILED M.O.X. PROJECT IN SOUTH CAROLINA BY ALLOWING THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO TERMINATE IT AND MOVE TO A SOLUTION AT A FRACTION OF THE COST. UNAFFORDABLE FAILED THANK YOU AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER. I SUPPORT THIS BILL.

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                THANK YOU AGAIN, THORNBERRY

                MR. THORN BURY -- MR. THANK YOU AGAIN, THORNBERRY: PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE…

                MR. THORN BURY -- MR. THANK YOU AGAIN, THORNBERRY: PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. WITTMAN.

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                MR. WITTMAN

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR F.Y. 18. THIS BILL FULLY FUNDS OUR ARMED FORCES SUPPORT OF THE AND INCREASES TROOP END STRENGTH AND SETS IN EARNEST THE MODERNIZATION OF OUR MILITARY AND ENSURES OUR SOLDIERS, SAILORS, AIRMEN, AND MARINES ARE PROPERLY COMPENSATED FOR THE SACRIFICES THEY MAKE FOUR A GRATEFUL NATION ON A DAILY BASIS. IN MY ROLE AS THE PROJECTION FORCES CHAIRMAN I VOWED MONTHS AGO TO SET THE CONDITIONS FOR THE NAVY TO GROW TO 355 SHIPS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE NAVY'S OWN FORCE STRUCTURE ASSESSMENT. I'M PROUD TO SAY THIS BILL SENDS THE SIGNAL TO OUR NAVY, INDUSTRIAL BASE, AND ADVERSARIES THAT THE A 355 SHIP NAVY IS NOT JUST A THEORETICAL IDEA BUT RATHER AN ACHIEVABLE REALITY. THE BILL EXPANDS ON THE EIGHT SHIPS REQUESTED BIED ADMINISTRATION BY ADDING AN ADDITIONAL FIVE SHIPS. THE LITTLE BILL ALSO RECOMMENDS ADVANCED PROCUREMENT FOR THE VIRGINIA CLASS ATTACK SUB MARINES. AS TO AIRCRAFT, THE BILL FULLY FUNDS THE B-21 RADAR BOMBER PROGRAM, A CRITICAL COMPONENT OF THE FUTURE NUKE LEEAR TRY ADD. IT ALSO RECOMMENDS AN EXPANSION OF AERIAL REFUELERS. C-130 J AIRLIFT, AND ANTI-SUBMARINE AIRCRAFT. FINALLY THE BILL DELIVERS EXTENDED AUTHORITIES THAT WOULD SAVET TAXPAYERS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. SOME OF OUR COLLEAGUES HAVE SUGGESTED OUR DEFENSE BUDGET IS EXCESSIVE AND ADDITIONAL MONEYS SHOULD BE PROVIDED TOWARDS OTHER EFFORTS. MY FRIENDS, THIS THOUGHT IS NOT ONLY MISGUIDED BUT IT IS DANGEROUS. WE HAVE A CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE OF OUR NATION. WE WILL NOT SHRINK FROM THAT RESPONSIBILITY. I HOPE NONE OF MY COLLEAGUES UNDERMINE THE EFFORTS TO DELIVER THE $634 BILLION BASE MONEYS REQUIRED FOR OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. FINALLY, I WANT TO RECOGNIZE RANKING MEMBER JOE COURTNEY. HE HAS BEEN AND CONTINUES TO BE A TRUE PARTNER IN ENSURING THE SEA POWER PROJECTION FORCES OF OUR NATION ARE PROPERLY RESOURCED. I DO NOT THINK THAT WE WOULD BE ANYWHERE REQUIRED FOR OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. FINALLY, I WANT DELIVERING THE 355-SHIP NAVY OR PROVIDING FOR OUR AIR FORCE'S DEEP CLOSE TO STRIKE CAPABILITIES WITHOUT HIS STEADFAST RESOLVE AND SINCERE EFFORTS TO REALIZE BIPARTISAN SOLUTIONS. I ALSO WANT TO REFLECT THAT WITH THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER AND THEIR LEADERSHIP AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                MR. SMITH

                I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE…

                I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON SEA POWER AND SKPWROKES FORCE, GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MR. COURT NIFMENT

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                MR. COURTNEY

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2810 AND WANT TO…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2810 AND WANT TO BEGIN BY CONGRATULATING CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY AND RANKING MEMBER SMITH FOR THEIR SKILLFUL, BIPARTISAN GUIDANCE OF THIS MEASURE. THE VOTE THAT TOOK PLACE LAST SUMMER WHEN THE HOUSE PASSED FIRST TIME THROUGH WAS THE LARGEST BIPARTISAN VOTE SINCE 2008 FOR AN NDAA. THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN BY ACCIDENT. IT WAS BECAUSE OF THEIR GREAT WORK. I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. WITTMAN, ON THE SEA POWER COMMITTEE. AGAIN, IT IS A VERY BIPARTISAN EFFORT AND THE RESULT I THINK DEMONSTRATES THAT WHEN YOU DO IT THAT WAY YOU GET GOOD RESULTS. I ALSO WANT TO CONGRATULATE THE STAFF, DAVE, PHIL, AND ALSO LIEUTENANT COMMANDER DOMINICK, OUR NAVY FELLOW HERE TODAY, THEIR SUPPORT AND WORK WERE INVALUABLE IN TERMS OF GETTING THE SEA POWER PORTION OF THE BILL TO THE REALLY SOLID PLACE IT IS TODAY. AGAIN, LAST YEAR, 2016, THE NAVY CAME FORWARD WITH A FORCE STRUCTURE ASSESSMENT THAT SAID BASED ON NATIONAL SECURITY NEEDS AROUND THE WORLD THAT OUR FLEET SIZE NEEDS TO GROW. WHEN THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET CAME OVER LAST MAY, UNFORTUNATELY, THERE WAS ONLY EIGHT NEW SHIPS IN THAT BUDGET. BUT OUR COMMITTEE AGAIN SHOWING ITS INDEPENDENCE AS A CO-EQUAL BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT PRODUCED A SEA POWER MARK THAT BOOSTED THAT BUILD WORLD RATE TO 15 AND AGAIN HAS US NOW ON A PATHWAY TO ACHIEVE THE GOAL THE NAVY IDENTIFIED LAST YEAR. IN PARTICULAR, IN TERMS OF THE UNDERSEA FLEET, OUR COMBATANT COMMANDERS HAVE BEEN LOUDLY WARNING CONGRESS THAT WE COULD -- WE SHOULD NOT ALLOW THE DECLINE IN THE FLEET SIZE TO OCCUR. THIS BILL AGAIN AUTHORIZES $5.9 BILLION FOR THE VIRGINIA CLASS SUBMARINE PROGRAM AND PROVIDES MULTIYEAR PROCUREMENT AUTHORITY TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT FOR 13 VIRGINIA CLASS, ALLOWING FOR A BUILD RATE TO MOVE FROM TWO A YEAR TO THREE FAST ATTACK SUBMARINES IN 2020, 2022, AND 2023. THE NATIONAL SEA BASE DETERRENCE FUND WHICH OUR COMMITTEE CREATED IN 2014 EXTENDS CONTINUOUS PRODUCTION AUTHORITIES WHICH THE NAVY TOLD US WILL SAVE $383 MILLION IN THE COLUMBIA CLASS PROGRAM, WHICH AGAIN IS ABOUT SMART PROCUREMENT WHICH MR. SMITH REFERRED TO AT THE BEGINNING. AGAIN, THERE ARE OTHER PROVISIONS OF THE BILL THAT I WOULD JUST NOTE THERE WAS NO BRACK AUTHORIZED IN THIS -- [ AUTHORIZE -- BRACC AUTHORIZED IN THIS BILL. AGAIN A VERY SMART MOVE BY THE COMMITTEE. MR. SPEAKER, AS BEEN NOTED THIS IS THE 57TH YEAR IN A ROW THAT WE HAVE PRODUCED AN ND TAFMENT A. IT'S BECAUSE WE FOLLOW REGULAR ORDER. IT'S BECAUSE WE RESPECT BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE IN TERMS OF THE CONTRIBUTION THEY MAKE. WE STILL HAVE MEAT LEFT ON THE BONE TO GET THE 2018 SPENDING BILL DONE AND HOPEFULLY THE EXAMPLE THAT MR. THORNBERRY, MR. SMITH SET IN TERMS OF ALLOWING THE PROCESS TO BREATHE IS THE WAY WE'RE GOING TO GET TO A SUCCESSFUL RESULT JUST AS WE DID WITH 2017. AGAIN I WANT TO CONGRATULATE THE LEADERSHIP OF OUR COMMITTEE AND STRONGLY URGE ALL MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO SUPPORT PASSAGE OF THIS MEASURE. I YIELD BACK.

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              • 02:28:45 PM

                MR. THORNBERRY

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

                MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON MILITARY PERSONNEL, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO,

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              • 02:28:53 PM

                MR. COFFMAN

                SPREE, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2810, THE CONFERENCE REPORT FOR…

                SPREE, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2810, THE CONFERENCE REPORT FOR THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018. THE CONFERENCE REPORT CONTAINS SIGNIFICANT POLICY AND FUNDING INITIATIVES THAT CONTINUE OUR COMMITMENT TO OUR TROOPS AND THEIR FAMILIES. ALL WHILE MAINTAINING MILITARY READINESS AND ADDRESSING IMPORTANT MILITARY PERSONNEL ISSUES. THE PROVISIONS CONTAINED IN THIS BILL PROVIDE OUR WAR FIGHTERS, RETIREES, AND THEIR FAMILIES THE NECESSARY PAY AND BENEFITS TO SUSTAIN THEM IN-N TODAY'S HIGHLY STRESSED FORCE. TO THAT END, THIS BILL ESTABLISHES A FULLY FUNDED BY LAW PAY RAISE FOR ALL OUR SERVICE MEMBERS. AFTER YEARS OF LOWER THAN BY LAW PAY RAISE REQUESTS, IT'S CRITICAL THAT WE CONTINUE TO GIVE OUR TROOPS AND THEIR FAMILIES THE PAY INCREASES THEY HAVE EARNED. INCREASES THE END STRENGTHS OF THE ACTIVE NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE FORCES THEREBY INCREASING MISSION READINESS WHILE REDUCING THE STRESS AND STRAIN ON THE FORCE AND THEIR FAMILIES. PERMANENTLY PRESERVES SPECIAL SURVIVOR INDEMNITY ALLOWANCE PAYMENTS, CLOSING THE GAP IN THE WIDOWS TAX TO SURVIVING MILITARY SPOUSES. IT ALSO CONTINUES TO IMPROVE SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION AND RESPONSE BY ADDING A NEW PROVISION TO THE UNIFORM CODE OF MILITARY JUSTICE, SPECIFICALLY PROHIBITING NONCONSENSUAL SHARING OF INTIMATE IMAGE, EXPANDING SPECIAL VICTIMS COUNSEL TRAINING, AND EXPANDING THE ANNUAL SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION AND RESPONSE REPORT. FINALLY, SPOUSES OF SERVICE MEMBERS ARE CHALLENGED BY VARYING STATE WILL SURE AND CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS WHEN FORCED TO MOVE TO A NEW STATE BY MILITARY ORDERS. RATHER THAN IMPOSING A SINGLE FEDERAL STANDARD ON THE STATES, WE PROVIDE A $500 REIMBURSEMENT TO VARYING STATE WILL SURE AND CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS WHEN FORCED TO MOVE TO A NEW STATE BY MILITARY ORDERS. DEFRAY THESE COSTS. WE ASK STATES TO WORK WITH THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE TO DEVELOP COMMON STANDARDS WHERE POSSIBLE. IN CONCLUSION I WANT TO THANTH RANKING MEMBER, MISS SPIRE, AND THE -- MS. SPEIER AND THE STAFF FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS REPORT. WE WERE JOINED BY A DEDICATED GROUP OF SUBCOMMITTEE MEMBERS. THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS ARE REFLECTED IN THE CONFERENCE REPORT FOR THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018. I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE PASSAGE OF THIS CONFERENCE REPORT. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK. .

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              • 02:31:22 PM

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                MR. SMITH

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

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M NOW PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MS. TSONGAS.

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              • 02:31:36 PM

                MS. TSONGAS

                I THANK YOU, RANKING MEMBER SMITH AND CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY. I APPRECIATE…

                I THANK YOU, RANKING MEMBER SMITH AND CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY. I APPRECIATE YOUR LEADERSHIP. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN TURNER FOR HIS PARTNERSHIP ON THE TACTICAL SUBCOMMITTEE AND FOR MAINTAINING THE SPIRIT OF BIPARTISANSHIP THAT IS THE TRADITION OF THIS COMMITTEE. THE FISCAL YEAR 2018 NDAA TAKES SIGNIFICANT STEPS TO SUPPORT AND PROTECT MILITARY MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES. HOWEVER, I SHARE RANKING MEMBER SMITH'S CONCERNS THAT THIS YEAR'S BILL AUTHORIZES A LEVEL OF DEFENSE SPENDING THAT IS WHOLLY UNREALISTIC. THE NUMBERS INCLUDED IN THIS BILL ARE WELL ABOVE CAPS PLACED ON DEFENSE SPENDING BY THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT, PRIORITIZE DEFENSE SPENDING AT A DEVASTATING COST TO IMPORTANT FEDERAL AGENCIES AND OTHER INVESTMENTS THAT ARE CRITICAL TO MAINTAINING OUR NATIONAL COMPETITIVENESS AND THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY AND THEY ARE BEING PUT FORWARD AT THE SAME TIME THAT WE ARE CONSIDERING A TAX REFORM BILL THAT WILL SIGNIFICANTLY CUT REVENUES AND BY THE LATEST ESTIMATE ADD $1.7 TRILLION TO THE FEDERAL DEFICIT. ACCORDINGLY, THE INCREASED SPENDING INCLUDED IN THIS BILL ARE HOLLOW NUMBERS AND WE ARE FAILING TO DELIVER A CRITICAL OR SENSIBLE LONG-TERM PLAN TO THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT. THROUGHOUT MY TENURE ON THIS COMMITTEE, I HAVE BEEN GUIDED BY OUR MORAL OBLIGATION TO ENSURE THE MEN AND WOMEN THAT WE SEND INTO HARM'S WAY ARE PROPERLY EQUIPPED AND THE BEST PROTECTED IN THE WORLD. I WOULD NEVER DENY THEM THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO DEFEND THEMSELVES AND OUR NATION WHICH IS WHY I WILL BE VOTING FOR THIS COMPROMISE. I UNDERSTAND THE NECESSITY OF MANY OF THE PROGRAMS THAT ARE FUNDED EACH YEAR IN THIS BILL AND BELIEVE ITS PASSAGE IS NEEDED TO MAINTAIN AMERICAN MILITARY SUPERIORITY AGAINST A VARIETY OF THREATS WHILE SUPPORTING OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. BUT ONGOING BUDGET NEGOTIATIONS NEED TO GET REALISTIC. WE OWE IT TO OUR SERVICE MEMBERS TO FIND A RESPONSIBLE BALANCED PATH FORWARD THAT WORKS FOR BOTH OUR NATIONAL AND ECONOMIC SECURITY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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              • 02:33:48 PM

                MR. THORNBERRY

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

                MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIR OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATIONS, THE GENTLELADY FROM MISSOURI, MRS. HARTZLER.

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              • 02:33:58 PM

                MRS. HARTZLER

                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT…

                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT FOR THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018. I'D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY, RANKING MEMBER SMITH, ALL THE CONFEREES AND THE COMMITTEE STAFF FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, IT'S OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM WHILE THEY SELFLESSLY SERVE OUR NATION. THIS BILL AUTHORIZES A MUCH-NEEDED $634 BILLION IN BASE BUDGET REQUIREMENTS FOR OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. THIS NUMBER IS THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENT NEEDED TO EVEN BEGIN THE PROCESS OF RESTORING OUR MILITARY'S READINESS. TRAGICALLY, THIS YEAR ALONE, WE HAVE HEARD REPORT AFTER REPORT OF DEADLY TRAINING ACCIDENTS. THESE ACCIDENTS DEMONSTRATE SEVERE READINESS SHORTFALLS ACROSS THE SERVICES. WE CANNOT STAND BY AS OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM CONTINUE TO SUFFER. NOW IS THE TIME TO INVEST, AND THIS BILL DOES JUST THAT. THE NDAA AUTHORIZES A 2.4% PAY INCREASE FOR OUR TROOPS, AUTHORIZING 24 ADDITIONAL F-18 SUPERHORNETS TO HELP FILL THE NAVY'S STRIKE FIGHTER SHORTFALL AND IT FULLY FUNDS THE B-21 BOMBER, A CRITICAL PLATFORM NEEDED TO DETER AND DEFEAT FUTURE AGGRESSION AROUND THE WORLD. I'M PROUD TO REPRESENT MISSOURI'S FOURTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, WHICH IS HOME TO WHITEMAN AIR FORCE SPACE. THIS BILL FUNDS MODERNIZATION PROGRAMS FOR THE B-2 BOMBERS, AUTHORIZES $50 MILLION IN D.O.D. IMPACT AID FOR MILITARY-CONNECTED SCHOOLS AND FULLY AUTHORIZES A NEW HOSPITAL FACILITY AND BLOOD PROCESSING CENTER AT FORT LEONARDWOOD. I'M PROUD OF THE PROVISIONS IN THE CONFERENCE REPORT THAT WILL IMPROVE THE FOREIGN MILITARY SALES PROCESS AND PROVIDE THE NATIONAL NUCLEAR SECURITY ADMINISTRATION WITH MUCH-NEEDED FLEXIBILITY TO ADDRESS THE CRIPPLING INFRASTRUCTURE OF THE U.S. NUCLEAR SECURITY ENTERPRISE. I WANT TO THANK RANKING MEMBER SETH MOULTON FOR HIS SUPPORT AND WORKING ON THESE IMPORTANT ISSUES IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION. MR. SPEAKER, OUR TROOPS DESERVE THIS BILL, AND THEY DESERVE THE FUNDING THAT THIS BILL AUTHORIZES. THANKS TO THE LEADERSHIP OF CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY, THIS CONFERENCE REPORT INCREASES DEFENSE SPENDING TO MEET THE NEED OF TODAY'S WAR FIGHTER. I'M PROUD OF THIS CRITICAL BILL, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT ITS PASSAGE. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD BACK.

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              • 02:36:27 PM

                MR. SMITH

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

                I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M NOW PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MOULTON.

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                MR. MOULTON

                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ON THE NATIONAL…

                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ON THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT. I MUST SAY I'M SO PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF A COMMITTEE SO KNOWN FOR ITS BIPARTISANSHIP. I'M PARTICULARLY PROUD TO SERVE ON THE OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE WITH MY COLLEAGUE MS. HARSLER FROM MISSOURI. I AM -- MRS. HARTZLER FROM MISSOURI. I AM CONCERNED THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION IS FAILING TO CONFRONT THE THREATS OUR COUNTRY FACES LIKE RUSSIA, SO I'M ENCOURAGE THIS BILL INCLUDES PACKAGE TO DETER RUSSIA, INCLUDING U.S. TRAINING AND SUPPORT FOR OUR EUROPEAN ALLIES, A PLAN FOR SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA LINKED TO TREATY VIOLATIONS AS WELL AS THE REQUIREMENT FOR THE ADMINISTRATION TO DEVELOP A STRATEGY TO COUNTER RUSSIA OVER THE LONG TERM. THE BILL ALSO FORCES THE SAME TYPE OF ACCOUNTABILITY THAT I'VE BEEN PUSHING FOR ON SYRIA POLICY FOR A LONG TIME. REQUIRING THE PRESIDENT TO SUBMIT A COMPREHENSIVE SYRIA STRATEGY, INCLUDING DIPLOMATIC, MILITARY AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE INITIATIVES. TOO OFTEN BIG BILLS LIKE THIS FORGET THE TROOPS ON THE GROUND, BUT THIS BILL RAISES MILITARY PAY BY 2.5% AND TAKES ACTION ON SPECIFIC CONCERNS RAISED TO ME AND MY TEAM BY REQUIRING A STUDY ON IMPROVING OPIOID PRESCRIPTION PRACTICES AS WELL AS ADDITIONAL MENTAL HEALTH CARE FOR THOSE TRANSITIONING OUT OF ACTIVE DUTY. THE BILL INCLUDES A PROVISION I SUPPORTED FOR OUR CRITICAL ALLIES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TERROR. THE AFGHAN SPECIAL IMMIGRANT VISA PROGRAM AFFORDS AFGHAN INTERPRETERS WHO HAVE RISKED THEIR LIVES NOT ONLY FOR THEIR COUNTRY BUT FOR OURS. THE ABILITY TO RESETTLE IN THE U.S. DUE TO THREATS THEY AND THEIR FAMILIES FACE ON A DAILY BASIS BECAUSE THEY WORK WITH U.S. TROOPS. HERE AT HOME, OUR MILITARY FAMILIES SELFLESSLY SUPPORT OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN HARM'S WAY AND PROVIDE THE BACKBONE SO IMPORTANT TO MILITARY COMMUNITIES ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. THAT'S WHY I LED AN EFFORT TO INCLUDE A REQUIREMENT FOR D.O.D. TO EXAMINE A NEW MILITARY FAMILY SERVICE CORPS TO SUPPORT VOLUNTEER EFFORTS INVOLVING CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE, COMMUNITY INTEGRATION FOR MILITARY FAMILIES, SUPPORT FOR LIAISON PROGRAMS FOR SCHOOLS AS WELL AS FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. BY BUILDING ON THESE EFFORTS, WE CAN ENSURE OUR SERVICE MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES ARE GETTING THE SUPPORT THEY NEED. THIS BILL COMES AT A TIME WHEN WE IN CONGRESS HAVE FORCED THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO OPERATE UNDER YET ANOTHER CONTINUING RESOLUTION. IN THE ABSENCE OF A FULL YEAR BUDGET. AND WE ARE AUTHORIZING AN UNPRECEDENTED $692 BILLION IN DEFENSE SPENDING, MORE THAN THE BUDGET CAPS. ALL THE WHILE REPUBLICANS ARE PUSHING ONE OF THE MOST AGGRESSIVE TAX CUT PACKAGES IN HISTORY SET TO COST OUR COUNTRY AT LEAST $1.7 TRILLION. SIMPLY PUT, REPUBLICANS DON'T KNOW HOW TO BALANCE A CHECKBOOK AND ULTIMATELY IT IS OUR SERVICE MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES WHO WILL PAY THE PRICE. AS ADMIRAL MIKE MULLEN SAID IN 2010 AND AGAIN IN 2016, OUR NATION'S LONG-TERM DEBT IS THE SINGLE GREATEST THREAT TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. WE OUGHT TO BALANCE THE BUDGET BECAUSE IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO FOR THE TROOPS. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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              • 02:39:59 PM

                MR. THORNBERRY

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

                MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIR OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON EMERGING THREATS AND CAPABILITIES, THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MS. STEFANIK.

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                MS. STEFANIK

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

                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT FOR THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018. I STRONGLY BELIEVE THIS BIPARTISAN BILL PUTS US ON A COURSE TOWARDS READINESS RECOVERY, ENSURING OUR MILITARY IS FULLY EQUIPPED, TRAINED AND SUPPORTED. AS THE CHAIRWOMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON EMERGING THREATS AND CAPABILITIES, I'M ESPECIALLY PROUD OF OUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO ENSURE PROPER RESOURCING AND AUTHORITIES FOR CYBER WARFARE, SAFEGUARDING OUR TECHNOLOGICAL SUPERIORITY AND DEFENSE INNOVATION, ENABLING FORCES TO COUNTERTERRORISM AND WARFARE THREATS AROUND THE WORLD AND ENERGIZING PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES THAT COUNTER THE SPREAD OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. I WOULD SPECIFICALLY LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT WHAT OUR SUBCOMMITTEE HAS ACHIEVED THIS YEAR IN THE AREAS OF CYBER WARFARE AND CYBER OPERATIONS. OUR EMPHASIS ON CYBER HAS THREE BROAD THEMES. FIRST, WE INCREASE CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT OF CYBER OPERATIONS BY INCLUDING H.R. 2807, A BILL INTRODUCED BY MYSELF, RANKING MEMBER LANGEVIN, CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY AND RANKING MEMBER SMITH THAT WILL ENSURE CONGRESS IS KEPT FULLY INFORMED OF SENSITIVE MILITARY CYBER OPERATIONS. WE ALSO REQUIRE A CYBER POSTURE REVIEW TO CLARIFY U.S. CYBER DETERRENCE POLICY AND STRATEGY. SECOND, WE BOLSTER INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS FOR CYBER WARFARE TO COUNTER ADVERSARIES SUCH AS RUSSIA, CHINA AND NORTH KOREA. THIS INCLUDES SUPPORT FOR OUR NATO PARTNERS AND THOSE WITHIN THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION TO ENHANCE PARTNERED CYBER CAPABILITIES AND INFORMATION SHARING AND TO COUNTER AND MITIGATE ADVERSARIAL PROPAGANDA EFFORTS AND WARFARE CAMPAIGN. AND THIRD, THE BILL CONTINUES TO BUILD AND ENHANCE OUR U.S. CYBER WARFARE CAPABILITIES AND ACTIVITIES. PRINCIPALLY WITHIN U.S. CYBER COMMAND BUT ALSO ACROSS OUR GOVERNMENT WITH THE SERVICES AND WITHIN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. THIS INCLUDES RESILIENCY OF DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE NETWORKS, WEAPON SYSTEMS AND SUPPLY CHAINS. FURTHERMORE, MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL REINFORCES COUNTERTERRORISM AND UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE CAPABILITIES BY FULLY RESOURCING U.S.-BACKED SPECIAL OPERATION COMMAND AND ACTIVITIES INCLUDING ONGOING EFFORTS IN IRAQ, SYRIA, AFGHANISTAN, YEMEN, SOMALIA AND EASTERN EUROPE. WE ALSO INCLUDE A NEW TWO-YEAR AUTHORITY --

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              • 02:42:26 PM

                MR. THORNBERRY

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

              • 02:42:33 PM

                MS. STEFANIK

                SUCH AS THOSE BEING POSED BY RUSSIA AND OTHER ADVERSARIES. BEFORE I…

                SUCH AS THOSE BEING POSED BY RUSSIA AND OTHER ADVERSARIES. BEFORE I CONCLUDE, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN MAC THORNBERRY FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AS WELL AS MY SUBCOMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER, JIM LANGEVIN OF RHODE ISLAND, FOR HIS CONSISTENT BIPARTISAN LEADERSHIP ON ALL OF THESE ISSUES AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND VOTE YES ON THE CONFERENCE REPORT. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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              • 02:42:57 PM

                MR. SMITH

                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I NOW AM PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE…

                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I NOW AM PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. CARBAJAL, A MEMBER OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE.

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                MR. CARBAJAL

                MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK RANKING MEMBER SMITH, CHAIRMAN…

                MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK RANKING MEMBER SMITH, CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY, AND THE COMMITTEE STAFF FOR WORKING WITH ME TO INCLUDE LANGUAGE THAT BRINGS ATTENTION TO THE THREAT OF NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION. CURRENTLY, NINE COUNTRIES POSSESS OVER 15,000 NUCLEAR WEAPONS, AND THE UNITED STATES PLANS TO SPEND $1.2 TRILLION OVER THE NEXT 30 YEARS TO UPGRADE AND EXPAND ITS NUCLEAR STOCKPILE. AS WE BUILD UP OUR NUCLEAR ARSENAL, WE ARE INCREASING THE RISK OF THESE DESTRUCTIVE WEAPONS ENDING UP IN THE HANDS OF TERRORISTS. THE LANGUAGE I INCLUDED IN THIS BILL STRESSES THE IMPORTANCE OF ADDRESSING THIS DANGER AND REQUIRES THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE TO EXPLAIN HOW THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IS RESPONDING TO THIS THREAT. WHEN SECRETARY MATTIS TESTIFIED BEFORE OUR COMMITTEE, I ASKED HIM ABOUT THIS ONGOING THREAT, AND HE TOLD ME THAT NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION HAS NOT RECEIVED ENOUGH ATTENTION OVER QUITE A FEW YEARS. THIS AMENDMENT IS A WELCOMED FIRST STEP IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A ROBUST STRATEGY AGAINST NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION. I YIELD BACK.

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              • 02:44:21 PM

                MR. THORNBERRY

                MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A VERY VALUED MEMBER OF…

                MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A VERY VALUED MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, DR. WENSTRUP.

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                MR. WENSTRUP

                THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, PROVIDING FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE, THAT'S A…

                THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, PROVIDING FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE, THAT'S A CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY THAT THIS GOVERNING BODY WAS TASKED WITH. BY PASSING THE NDAA, WE'RE WORKING TO ENSURE THAT OUR COUNTRY KEEPS FAITH WITH THOSE WHO BRAVELY SERVE AND THEIR FAMILIES. WHILE THE WORLD HAS GROWN MORE DANGEROUS, OUR MILITARY HAS GROWN SMALLER, OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AND THEIR EQUIPMENT HAVE BEEN STRETCHED THIN AFTER YEARS OF WAR, BILLIONS IN BUDGET CUTS, DOWNSIZING AND CONTINUED FUNDING UNCERTAINTY. THE 2018 NDAA REVERSES THESE TREND LINES. PASSING THIS BILL FULLY FUNDS THE 2.4% PAY RAISE OUR TROOPS HAVE EARNED SO WE CAN SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND THEY CAN SUPPORT THEIR FAMILIES. THIS LEGISLATION BRINGS ATTENTION TO MAXIMIZING OUR MILITARY HEALTH SYSTEMS AND INCLUDES A STUDY ON SAFE OPIOID PRESCRIBING PRACTICES FOR OUR TROOPS SO OUR WAR FIGHTERS RECEIVE THE BEST POSSIBLE TREATMENT. REBUILDING OUR READINESS ALONG WITH ACQUISITION REFORM, EQUIPMENT MODERNIZATION AND INCREASED END STRENGTH WILL BETTER PREPARE OUR MEN AND WOMEN AS THEY PUT ON THE UNIFORM AND FIGHT FOR US. OUR TROOPS SERVE SO WE CAN SLEEP WELL AT NIGHT, AND THEY ASK NOTHING IN RETURN. I URGE THE FULL HOUSE TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF THE NDAA, AND I YIELD BACK.

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              • 02:45:52 PM

                MR. SMITH

                MAY I INQUIRE MOUCHHOICH TIME EACH SIDE HAS?

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                MR. SMITH

                I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. VEASEY A. MEMBER OF…

                I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. VEASEY A. MEMBER OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE.

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                MR. VEASEY

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE HOUSE AND SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEES…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE HOUSE AND SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEES HAVE DEMONSTRATED ADMIRAL BIPARTISANSHIP IN COMPLETING THIS YEAR'S NDAA. THIS PAST WEEKEND AS I CELEBRATED VETERANS DAY IN THE DALLAS-FORT WORTH AREA, WE SPOKE ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF TAKING CARE OF OUR SERVICE MEMBERS. I THINK THIS YEAR'S NDAA DOES A GOOD JOB IN DOING THAT. I'M VERY PROUD OF THE ASSISTANCE TO LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENTS THAT SERVE IN OUR ARMED FORCES AND UNDERSTANDING THEIR NATURALIZATION OPTIONS. I'M ALSO VERY HAPPY IN THE INVESTMENT WE MADE IN IMPROVING DIVERSITY SUCH AS THE D.O.D. CYBERSCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM, AND FUNDING FOR HBCU'S. I THINK THESE INVESTMENTS MR. YIELD A DIVERSE AND STRORNINGE NATIONAL DEFENSE WORK FORCE FOR OUR COUNTRY'S FUTURE. I'M ALSO HAPPY THAT WE HAVE CONTINUED SUPPORT FOR THE TACTICAL AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURED IN THE DALLAS-FORT WORTH AREA WHICH IS VERY CRITICAL TO OUR LOCAL ECONOMY AND NATION'S DEFENSE. I'M VERY HAPPY TO HAVE BEEN A CONFEREE AND VERY PROUD OF THE HARD WORK THAT THE COMMITTEE STAFF HAS DONE TO HELP COMPLETE THIS VITAL PIECE OF LEGISLATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THIS CONFERENCE REPORT. I WANT TO RESPECTFULLY REMIND MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE HOW CRITICAL THIS FUNDING IS TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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              • 02:47:30 PM

                MR. THORNBERRY

                MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO ANOTHER VAL USUAL MEMBER…

                MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO ANOTHER VAL USUAL MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. KELLY.

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              • 02:47:38 PM

                MR. KELLY

                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN THORN BERRY, FOR…

                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN THORN BERRY, FOR YOUR CONTINUED LEADERSHIP IN REBUILDING AND REFORMING THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. TODAY I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2810, THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018. AS A 32-YEAR VETERAN OF THE MISSISSIPPI ARMY NATIONAL GUARD AND TWO IRAQ DEPLOYMENTS, I KNOW THE CHALLENGES FACING OUR COUNTRY FIRSTHAND. THIS YEAR'S NDAA MAKES IMPORTANT STRIDES TOWARDS ACHIEVING EQUIPMENT AND BENEFITS PARITY FOR OUR ARMED SERVICES. THE ENEMIES OF THIS COUNTRY DO NOT DISTINGUISH BETWEEN THE ACTIVE COMPONEN AND RESERVE COMPONENTS OF OUR MILITARY AND NEITHER SHOULD WE. I'M HAPPY TO REPORT THIS YEAR'S NDAA INCREASES THE SIZE OF BOTH OUR ACTIVE COMPONENT AND RESERVE. IT ALSO INCREASES BENEFITS PAID TO OUR RESERVE COMPONENT SOLDIERS BY AUTHORIZING THOSE DEPLOYED ON TITLE X ORDERS TO RECEIVE PREACTIVATION AND POST ACTIVATION TRICARE COVERAGE. ADDITIONALLY THE F.Y. 18 NDAA WILL ALLOW FOR THE PROCUREMENT OF MUCH NEEDED EQUIPMENT FOR OUR RESERVE COMPONENT. FINALLY, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR. COFFMAN, MR. WILSON, AND MR. TURNER FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP AND HARD WORK THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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              • 02:48:57 PM

                MR. SMITH

                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF…

                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON READINESS, THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM, MISS BOW DAYO, FOR THE PURPOSES OF A COLLOQUY -- MISS BOW DIEO, FOR THE PURPOSES OF A COLLOQUY.

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              • 02:49:15 PM

                MS. BORDALLO

                I WISH TO ENGAGE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IN A KOHL EQUIPMENT LET ME FIRST…

                I WISH TO ENGAGE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IN A KOHL EQUIPMENT LET ME FIRST START BY THANKING CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY, RANKING MEMBER SMITH, AND THE COMMITTEE STAFF FOR WORKING DILIGENTLY WITH US TO ADDRESS THE WORK FORCE ISSUES IMPACTING THE MILITARY REALIGNMENT ON GUAM. THE CONFERENCE AGREEMENT INCLUDES A PROVISION TO REMEDY THE VISA DENIAL ISSUE, PARTICULARLY AFFECTING CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS ON GUAM BY GRANTING U.S. CIS THE AUTHORITY TO APPROVE TEMPORARY WORKERS ISSUE, PARTICULARLY AFFECTING CONSTRUCTION FOR CONSTRUCTION WORK DIRECTLY CONNECTED TO OR ASSOCIATED WITH THE MILITARY REALIGNMENT OCCURRING ON GUAM THROUGH 2023. PROVIDING FOR THIS TEMPORARY WORK FORCE IS VERY IMPORTANT GIVEN THE STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE OF GUAM AS THE SOLE U.S. TERRITORY IN THE WESTERN PACIFIC CAPABLE OF BASING SIGNIFICANT JOINT FORCE CAPABILITIES AND THE REALITY THAT EXCEEDINGLY FEW U.S. MAINLAND WORKERS ARE WILLING TO TRAVEL TO GUAM TO PERFORM THIS TEMPORARY WORK. SO MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THE INTENT BEHIND THE INCLUSION OF THE PHRASE, ASSOCIATED WITH, IS TO ALLOW FOR APPROVAL OF VISAS FOR INDIVIDUALS PERFORMING WORK NOT ONLY ON MILITARY FUNDED FACILITIES AND INFRASTRUCTURE, BUT ALSO FOR CIVILIAN INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS OUTSIDE THE GATE. FOR EXAMPLE, INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS FUNDED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, THE GOVERNMENT OF GUAM, OR NONGOVERNMENTAL SOURCES THAT ARE BEING DONE IN PART BECAUSE OF THE INCREASED NUMBER OF MILITARY PERSONNEL AND MILITARY FAMILIES MOVING TO GUAM. IS THAT THE CHAIRMAN'S UNDERSTANDING OF THE INTENT BEHIND THE PROVISION?

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              • 02:51:02 PM

                MR. THORNBERRY

                IF THE GENTLELADY WOULD YIELD. I WANT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER MILITARY…

                IF THE GENTLELADY WOULD YIELD. I WANT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER MILITARY PERSONNEL OF THE READINESS SUBCOMMITTEE OF HER WORK. FROM MY VISIT TO GUAM LAST YEAR I HAVE SEEN THE TREMENDOUS BUILDUP AND MILITARY VALUE OF GUAM AND I UNDERSTAND THAT MORE IS NEEDED AS GUAM REMAINS A STRATEGIC FIXTURE IN ENSURING PEACE AND STABILITY IN THE INDO ASIA PACIFIC REGION. MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM IF SHE WOULD CONTINUE TO YIELD TO ME.

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              • 02:51:32 PM

                MR. THORNBERRY

                IF THE GENTLELADY WOULD CONTINUE TO YIELD. I AGREE WITH THE GENTLELADY'S…

                IF THE GENTLELADY WOULD CONTINUE TO YIELD. I AGREE WITH THE GENTLELADY'S UNDERSTANDING OF THE PROVISION. I FURTHER SUPPORT EFFORTS I FURTHER SUPPORT EFFORTS TO ENSURE THAT GUAM HAS THE WORK FORCE NEEDED TO MAINTAIN ITS STRATEGIC POSTURE AND MILITARY PRESENCE NECESSARY FOR THE NATIONAL SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES. I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK WITH THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM TOWARD THAT END. I YIELD BACK.

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              • 02:51:53 PM

                MS. BORDALLO

                I THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND APPRECIATE YOUR GREAT SUPPORT AND…

                I THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND APPRECIATE YOUR GREAT SUPPORT AND LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK WITH YOU ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS PROVISION AND ADDRESS THE FUTURE WORK FORCE NEEDS ON GUAM IN THE SUPPORT OF THE MILITARY REALIGNMENT. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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              • 02:52:12 PM

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

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              • 02:52:18 PM

                MR. THORNBERRY

                MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A VALUABLE MEMBER OF OUR…

                MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A VALUABLE MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. BANKS.

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                MR. BANKS

                00 THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. IT IS A GREAT HONOR OF MY TIME IN CONGRESS TO…

                00 THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. IT IS A GREAT HONOR OF MY TIME IN CONGRESS TO SERVE ON THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE WITH YOU, I'M GRATEFUL FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2018 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT CONFERENCE REPORT. AS THE MOST RECENTLY DEPLOYED VETERANS SERVING IN CONGRESS I HAVE SEEN THE NATIONAL SECURITY CHALLENGES FACING OUR COUNTRY FIRSTHAND. WHILE THESE CHALLENGES ARE NOT EASILY SOLVED, THIS LEGISLATION REPRESENTS A SIGNIFICANT STEP FORWARD. WHETHER IT'S GIVING OUR TROOPS A WELL DESERVED RAISE, SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASING END STRENGTH NUMBERS FOR EACH OF THE SERVICES, ALLOWING FOR THE CONTINUED TRANSFER OF EXCESS ARTICLES TO ALLIES APRODUCT WHO ARE IN NEED OR FUNDING OUR VITAL MISSILE DEFENSE PROGRAMS, THIS LEGISLATION BEGINS THE LONG PROCESS OF REBUILDING AND REFORMING OUR MILITARY SO WE'RE READY FOR WHATEVER COMES NEXT. MY GRATITUDE GOES OUT TO THOSE SERVING BOTH HERE AT HOME AND ABROAD, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. WITH THAT, THANK YOU. MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD BACK.

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              • 02:53:31 PM

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                THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES HIS…

                THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES HIS TIME. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. VEASEY, WILL CONTROL THE TIME ON THE MINORITY SIDE.

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              • 02:53:43 PM

                MR. VEASEY

                MR. SPEAKER, CONTINUE TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 02:53:55 PM

                MR. THORNBERRY

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A VALUABLE…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A VALUABLE MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, MR. GENERAL BACON.

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                MR. BACON

                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE 2018 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION…

                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE 2018 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT AND COMMEND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 02:54:06 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 CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY FOR EXEMPLARY LEADERSHIP ON NATIONAL DEFENSE. I JOIN MY HOUSE COLLEAGUES IN SETTING A STRONG BIPARTISAN MESSAGE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT NATIONAL SECURITY MUST BE AND WILL BE A NATIONAL PRIORITY FOR THIS CONGRESS. AS A MEMBER OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE AND A CONFEREE, I'M PROUD OF THE STRONG BIPARTISAN CONSENSUS WE FORGED IN BOTH CHAMBERS REVERSING OUR DANGEROUS DECLINE IN MILITARY READINESS. YET, WE MUST TEMPER ANY PRIDE WE FEEL WITH THE SOBER REALITY OF THE STATE WE'RE IN TODAY. DEFENSE SPENDING AS A PERCENT OF G.D.P. IS AT HISTORIC LOWS. THREATS ARE GROWING MORE STARK. 31 C.R.'S IN 10 YEARS, WHICH IS A DISGRACE. A DECADE OF DEFERRED MAINTENANCE AND MODERNIZATION. AIRCRAFT THAT DON'T FLY. VEHICLES THAT CAN'T MOVE. SHOOT OR COMMUNICATE ON THE MODERN BATTLEFIELD FATALITIES RISING AND TRAINING AT AN ALL TIME LOW. WE HAVE TO FIX THIS. DESPITE THE LOSSES OF HISTORY, WE'RE SIMPLY UNPREPARED TO FIGHT A MODERN WAR IN SPACE, CYBERSPACE, AIR, LAND, AND SEA. I SERVED IN THE UNIFORM UNDER THE LAST PRESIDENTS AND WITNESSED THIS EROSION CYBERSPACE, FIRSTHAND. FOR ME THIS IS PERSONAL. THIS NDAA REPAIRS THE DAMAGE. THE ADDITIONAL AUTHORIZES A DOWN PAYMENT AND SENDS A MESSAGE TO BOTH OUR ADVERSARIES OF PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THIS CONFERENCE REPORT. I YIELD BACK.

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                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS MR. VEASEY.

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              • 02:55:39 PM

                MR. VEASEY

                I CONTINUE TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 02:55:44 PM

                MR. THORNBERRY

                I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO ANOTHER VALUABLE MEMBER OF OUR…

                I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO ANOTHER VALUABLE MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, DR. GALLAGHER.

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              • 02:55:49 PM

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                MR. GALLAGHER

                I RISE TODAY TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE TO SUPPORT THE 2018 NDAA…

                I RISE TODAY TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE TO SUPPORT THE 2018 NDAA CONFERENCE REPORT THIS. BODY HAS NO HIGHER OR MORE URGENT PRIORITY THAN PROVIDING FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE AND RESTORING OUR MILITARY READINESS. I'M PROUD OF THE FINAL TEXT MY COLLEAGUES HAVE WORKED ON. NOT ONLY DOES IT AUTHORIZE A TEEFLT $700 BILLION IN DEFENSE SPENDING, $26 BILLION INCREASE ABOVE THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST, IT PROADVISE THE LARGEST PAY RAISE FOR OUR TROOPS IN EIGHT YEARS. IT GETS US CLOSETORY THE CRITICAL GOAL OF THE 355 SHIP NAVY. INCLUDES FUNDING FOR THREE COMBAT SHIPS. HELPING TO MEET THE NAVY'S URGENT AND ENDURING REQUIREMENT FOR MORE SMALL SURFACE COMBATANTS. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE WHO FOUGHT TOOTH AND NAIL TO GIVE OUR WAR FIGHTERS THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO DETER THREATS, SUPPORT OUR ALLIES, AND ABOVE ALL, KEEP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAFE. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. THORNBERRY, RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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              • 02:56:51 PM

                MR. P SMITH

                CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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                THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

              • 02:56:55 PM

                MR. THORNBERRY

                I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A STRONG POE BONENT OF A STRONG…

                I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A STRONG POE BONENT OF A STRONG NATIONAL DEFENSE MR. ROTHFUS.

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              • 02:57:06 PM

                MR. ROTHFUS

                I THANK THE CHAIRMAN, MR. THORNBERRY FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. I…

                I THANK THE CHAIRMAN, MR. THORNBERRY FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS REPORT. I APPLAUD THE GOAL TO IMPROVE THE READINESS LEVEL OF OUR MILITARY WHICH HAS BEEN DECLEATED OF CRITICAL RESOURCES AFTER MANY YEARS OF DEFENDING THIS COUNTRY. NOT ONLY DOES THIS LEGISLATION BEGIN TO REBUILD OUR FORCES, IT INCLUDES A LONG OVERDUE PAY RAISE FOUR OR TROOPS. I APPLAUD THE BILL'S REFORMS TO APPROVE THE MILITARY HEALTH SYSTEM AND MAKE SURE THE RESOURCES ARE USED APPROPRIATELY. I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THE CURRENT SITUATION IN AFGHANISTAN. WHICH NEEDS DRASTIC IMPROVEMENT. SHORING UP AFGHANI SECURITY FORCES IS ONLY PART OF A SHORT-TERM SOLUTION. WE NEED A LONG-TERM STHRADGESTRAG THAT BRINGS -- STRATEGIC. THE NDAA DIRECT THE SECRETARY TO DEVELOP SUCH A STRATEGY. I URGE THE MILITARY TO CONTINUE THINKING LONG TEMPLET I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS REPORT. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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

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              • 02:58:08 PM

                MR. SMITH

                MY UNDERSTANDING IS YOU STILL HAVE ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS. CONTINUE TO…

                MY UNDERSTANDING IS YOU STILL HAVE ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS. CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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              • 02:58:12 PM

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                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

              • 02:58:14 PM

                MR. THORNBERRY

                MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A VALUABLE MEMBER OF OUR…

                MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A VALUABLE MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. LAMBORN.

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              • 02:58:27 PM

                MR. LAMBORN

                MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS GREAT WORK THROUGHOUT…

                MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS GREAT WORK THROUGHOUT THIS WHOLE PROCESS LEADING THE COMMITTEE AND GETTING THIS TO THE FINISH LINE. WE NEED TO PUSH IT OFERTE FINISH LINE. FOR 56 YEARS THIS BILL HAS BEEN THE PRIMARY WAY THIS CONGRESS EXECUTES ITS CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY TO PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE. THIS YEAR'S BILL FINALLY BEGINS TO REBUILD OUR MILITARY AFTER A HALF DECADE OF CUTS WHICH SLASHED NEARLY A QUARTER OF THE DEFENSE BUDGET. FOR SIX YEARS WE HAVE JUST BEEN BARELY GETTING BY. CUTTING RESOURCES AS THE WORLD BECOMES MORE DANGEROUS, ASKING MORE AND MORE OF THOSE WHO SERVE AND PUTTING OFF TOUGH CHOICES. WE'RE AT A KEY DECISION POINT. SO THIS BILL WILL CONTINUE TO SAVE BILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS WHILE CUTTING WASTEFUL BUREAUCRACY AND STREAMLINING ACQUISITION, BUT WILL ALSO STRENGTHEN MISSILE DEFENSE AND MANY WAYS MAKE OUR MILITARY MORE FOCUSED ON ITS CORE MISSION OF PREPARING TO FIGHT AND WIN WARS. THERE ARE SO MANY GOOD THINGS IN THE BILL I CAN'T GO OVER ALL OF THEM. I WOULD ASK MY FELL -- FELLOW MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS NDAA. MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 02:59:27 PM

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                THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS…

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

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              • 02:59:31 PM

                MR. SMITH

                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I BELIEVE WE'RE PREPARED TO CLOSE. THANK YOU. I…

                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I BELIEVE WE'RE PREPARED TO CLOSE. THANK YOU. I YIELD MY SOUTHWEST BALANCE OF THE TIME.

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              • 02:59:36 PM

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              • 02:59:38 PM

                MR. SMITH

                AS HAS BEEN MENTIONED THIS IS AN EXCELLENT BILL THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE DID…

                AS HAS BEEN MENTIONED THIS IS AN EXCELLENT BILL THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE DID VERY GOOD WORK ON. I THANK THEM FOR THAT. THE ONLY ISSUE I WANT TO RAISE IN CLOSING IS THE MONEY. THAT IS THE STICKING POINT IN THE DIFFICULTY THAT WE HAVE. THIS BILL AS IT'S CURRENTLY CONSTRUCTED IS $80 BILLION ABOVE THE BUDGET CAPS. SIX YEARS SINCE THE BUDGET CAPS PASSED WE HAVE BEEN UNWILLING TO RAISE THOSE. BUT WE HAVE A LARGER PROBLEM, WE HAVE A $20 TRILLION DEBT. OUR DEFICIT IS CLOSE TO $700 BILLION. HAS NO PROSPECT OF GOING DOWN SOON. AND AT THE SAME TIME WE HAVE OTHER NEEDS. DURING THIS DEBATE WE FOCUSED LIKE A LASER ON ARMED SERVICES AND THE NEEDS OF NATIONAL SECURITY AND OUR TROOPS, AS WELL WE SHOULD. THEY ARE INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT. DON'T DOUBT THAT FOR A SECOND. . THE AMOUNT OF REVENUE THAT WE TAKE IN AS A COUNTRY, UNSURPRISINGLY, IMPACTS OR SHOULD IMPACT THE AMOUNT OF MONEY WE CAN SPEND. WE ARE HAVING THIS DEBATE NOW AND TALKING ABOUT HOW UNDERFUNDED THE MILITARY IS AND HOW BAD WE NEED TO SHORE UP OUR READINESS AND THE REST OF THE WEEK, WE WILL MAKE SURE HOW OUR GOVERNMENT TAKES IN TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS WITH LESS MONEY. THAT IS WILDLY INCONSISTENT. IF WE BELIEVE WE HAVE THESE NEEDS, WE OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO PAY FOR THEM. THERE ARE OTHER ASPECTS OF THE BUDGET, BUT THE NEEDS FOR INFRASTRUCTURE, THE NEEDS FOR EDUCATION, THESE ARE THINGS THAT MAKE OUR COUNT INDUSTRY -- COUNTRY STRONG. IT IS ALL PART OF THE SAME WHOLE. IF WE ARE GOING TO GET TO A RESPONSIBLE PLACE, WE CAN'T JUST SAY DEFENSE GETS WHATEVER IT WANTS AND LET THE CHIPS FALL WHERE THEY MAY ELSEWHERE. IF WE TRULY CARE ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT OUR TROOPS HAVE ENOUGH MONEY, WE NEED TO DO TWO MORE THINGS IN ADDITION TO THIS BILL, NUMBER ONE, WE NEED TO ARGUE THAT WE SHOULDN'T DO A MASSIVE TAX CUT TO UNDERMINE OUR ABILITY TO FUND DEFENSE AND NATIONAL SECURITY. AND NUMBER TWO, WE NEED TO TAKE A HARD LOOK AT OUR STRATEGY AND FIGURE OUT WHERE WE CAN SAVE MONEY. IF WE LOOK AT EVERY SESSION, AND SAY WE DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH MONEY, EVEN THOUGH WE HAD DECIDED TO MAKE CUTS AND RAISE REVENUE INSTEAD OF CUTTING IT, EVEN IF WE DID THAT, WE ARE STILL LOOKING AT NEEDS WITHIN THE NATIONAL SECURITY BUDGET WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE PROGRAMS THAT PEOPLE WANT TO FUND, THAT ARE WILDLY BEYOND THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT WE HAVE. WE NEED A NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY THAT HAS AN HONEST LOOK , AND THE COMEBACK IS HOW CAN YOU PUT A PRICE ON NATIONAL SECURITY AND SHOULD GET WHATEVER THEY NEED. THE ONLY WITH THAT IS, THEY DON'T. IF WE HAVE A NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY THAT EXCEEDS THE AMOUNT OF MONEY WE HAVE, THE ONES LEFT HOLDING THE BAG ARE OUR TROOPS. THEY ARE THE ONES THAT ARE ASKED TO DO MISSIONS THAT THEY ARE NOT ADEQUATELY TO PERFORM AND ASKED TO TRAIN WITHOUT THE ADEQUATE RESOURCES. THAT IS WHAT WE MUST FUND. TO DO THAT, WE NEED TO DO MORE THAN JUST PASS THIS BILL, WE NEED AN OVERALL APPROACH. I YIELD BACK.

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                THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES FROM TEXAS TO…

                THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES FROM TEXAS TO CLOSE DEBATE FOR THE MAJORITY.

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              • 03:03:30 PM

                MR. THORNBERRY

                MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBERS WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THIS…

                MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBERS WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THIS DEBATE AND ALL THE MEMBERS WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THIS PRODUCT, ESPECIALLY THE MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE BUT MEMBERS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO IT. WE SPENT SEVERAL MOMENTS TALKING ABOUT THE DETAILS THAT ARE IN THIS BILL. AND MR. SPEAKER, IT IS A RATHER LARGE BILL. IT COVERS EVERYTHING FROM HOW MUCH WE PAY OUR TROOPS TO HOW MANY SHIPS AND TANKS AND PLANES AND BULLETS WE BUY AS WELL AS WHAT WE RESEARCH AND VARIOUS POLICIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. SO THERE IS A LOT IN HERE. LET ME TAKE A MOMENT TO STEP BACK AND REMIND EVERYBODY WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT. OUR CONSTITUTION SAYS ONE OF THE REASONS WE HAVE A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS TO PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE. AS A MATTER OF FACT, I THINK THAT'S THE FIRST JOB OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS TO DEFEND THE COUNTRY, TO DEFEND OUR LIVES AND DEFEND OUR FREEDOMS. AS A MATTER OF FACT, ARTICLE 1, SECTION 8 OF THE CONSTITUTION SAYS SPECIFICALLY IT'S THIS CONGRESS' RESPONSIBILITY TO BUILD AND SUPPORT, PROVIDE AND MAINTAIN THE MILITARY FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THAT'S OUR JOB. AND THAT -- BYPASSING THIS BILL, THAT'S HOW WE FULFILL THAT JOB. BUT AS WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT, WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN RECENT YEARS, THE WORLD HAS GROWN MORE DANGEROUS AND YET WE HAVE CUT THE DEFENSE BUDGET. AS A MATTER OF FACT, WE ARE SPENDING 18% LESS NOW ON DEFENSE THAN WAS SPENT IN 2010, IF YOU MEASURE IT IN REAL TERMS, APPLES, TO APPLES. I CANNOT THINK OF A SIGNIFICANT PROGRAM THAT HAS BEEN CUT BY 20% OVER THE LAST SEVEN YEARS. WHAT HAS HAPPENED? OUR TROOPS HAVE BORNE THE BURDEN. WE ARE 2,000 PILOTS SHORTE IN THE AIR FORCE. 60% OF THE F-18 CANNOT FLY TODAY. AS MR. WILSON SAID, WE HAVE SEEN TRAGIC ACCIDENTS IN THE PACIFIC WHERE 17 SOLDIERS HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES. WE HAVE HAD OTHER ACCIDENTS WHERE OTHERS HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES AND OTHER ACCIDENTS WHERE THEY HAVE NOT. THE POINT I'M TRYING TO MAKE IS, PART OF THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR ALL OF THAT HAPPENING RESTS HERE WITH THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES NOT FULFILLING ADEQUATELY IN MY VIEW OUR JOB UNDER THE CONSTITUTION. I AGREE WITH MUCH OF WHAT THE RANKING MEMBER -- VIRTUALLY OF WHAT THE RANKING MEMBER SAID ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A STRATEGY AND THEN RESOURCES -- RESOURCING THAT STRATEGY. IT IS TRUE, WE HAVE NOT AND SOME RESPONSIBILITY WITH ADMINISTRATIONS OF BOTH PARTIES, WE HAVE NOT HAD A COHERENT STRATEGY THAT WILL HOLDS TOGETHER AND RESOURCES THAT FLOW FROM THAT. WE SHOULD. BUT THE FUNDAMENTAL ISSUE IS, IT IS MORALLY WRONG TO SEND MEN AND WOMEN OUT OMISSIONS FOR WHICH THEY ARE NOT FULLY SUPPORTED, FULLY TRAINED, EQUIPPED WITH THE BEST EQUIPMENT OUR COUNTRY CAN PROVIDE. IT'S WRONG FOR US TO DO IT AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING. WE ARE NOT GOING TO TURN THIS AROUND IN A SINGLE BILL OR IN A SINGLE YEAR, BUT WE CAN MAKE A START AND THIS BILL MAKES A START. BUT I WILL ABSOLUTELY AGREE WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON AND OTHERS THAT WE CAN'T REALLY START TO TURN THIS AROUND WITHOUT AN APPROPRIATION BILL THAT FOLLOWS IT, THAT MATCHES IT, THERE REALLY DOES REPAIR OUR SHIPS AND PLANES AND PROVIDES THE TRAINING THAT I BELIEVE WE DESERVE TO GIVE TO THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE. FINALLY, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD JUST REMIND EVERYONE THAT THERE IS REALLY TWO REASONS WE DO THIS BILL, ONE IS IT WE OWE IT TO THE PEOPLE WHO RISK THEIR LIVES TO DEFEND US AND SECONDLY, TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES. THE CHALLENGES TO OUR NATION'S SECURITY HAVE GROWN MORE OMINOUS IN RECENT YEARS AND CERTAINLY MORE COMPLEX THAN AT ANY TIME IN OUR LIFETIMES. THIS IS A REAL OPPORTUNITY UNDER A BIPARTISAN BASIS TO SHOW THE TROOPS THAT WE SUPPORT THEM AND TO SHOW ADVERSE AREAS AND ALLIES ALIKE THAT THE UNITED STATES IS GOING TO STAND UP AND DEFEND OURSELVES BY PASSING THIS LEGISLATION AND FOLLOWING IT UP WITH A BUDGET AGREEMENT AND APPROPRIATION BILL THAT FOLLOWS. THAT'S WHAT I THINK THE CONSTITUTION REQUIRES OF US. I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WILL AGREE AND SUPPORT THIS CONFERENCE REPORT. AND I YIELD BACK.

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              • 03:08:47 PM

                MR. THORNBERRY

                ON THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

              • 03:08:51 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND…

                THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8, RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS PLRKS HENSARLING, SEEK RECOGNITION?

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              • 03:09:34 PM

                MR. HENSARLING

                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 616, I CALL UP H.R. 2874 AND ASK FOR ITS…

                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 616, I CALL UP H.R. 2874 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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              • 03:09:44 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

              • 03:09:48 PM

                THE CLERK

                H.R. 2874, A BILL TO ACHIEVE REFORMS TO IMPROVE THE FINANCIAL STABILITY OF…

                H.R. 2874, A BILL TO ACHIEVE REFORMS TO IMPROVE THE FINANCIAL STABILITY OF THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM TO ENHANCE A DEVELOPMENT OF MORE ACCURATE ESTIMATES OF FLOOD RISK THROUGH NEW TECHNOLOGY AND BETTER MAPS, TO INCREASE THE ROLE OF PRIVATE MARKETS IN THE MANAGEMENT OF FLOOD INSURANCE RISK AND TO PROVIDE FOR ALTERNATIVE METHODS TO ENSURE AGAINST FLOOD PERIL AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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              • 03:10:15 PM

                TEMPORE PURSUAN

                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 616 IN LIEU OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF…

                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 616 IN LIEU OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES PRINTED IN THE BILL, THE AMENDMENT PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 115-408 MODIFIED BY THE AMENDMENT PRINTED IN PART B IN THE REPORT IS ADOPTED AND THE BILL AS ADOPTED IS CONSIDERED READ. THE BILL SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR ONE HOUR BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HENSARLING, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WATERS, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HENSARLING.

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              • 03:11:01 PM

                MR. HENSARLING

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

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

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              • 03:11:10 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

              • 03:11:12 PM

                MR. HENSARLING

                I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

              • 03:11:16 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 03:11:18 PM

                MR. HENSARLING

                HARVEY, IRMA, MARIA, THE IMAGES OF THE HUMAN MISERY AND THE ECONOMIC…

                HARVEY, IRMA, MARIA, THE IMAGES OF THE HUMAN MISERY AND THE ECONOMIC DEVASTATION ARE STILL CLEARLY IMPRINTED ON OUR MINDS. UNFORTUNATELY WE KNOW THAT PART OF THIS IS AS A RESULT OF A FAILED NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM, WHICH, MR. SPEAKER, FACED THREE IMPORTANT CHALLENGES. NUMBER ONE, IT IS A BANKRUPT PROGRAM. IT IS UNSUSTAINABLE. TAXPAYERS ON THE HOOK FOR $1.2 TRILLION. LENDING AN ACTUAL DEFICIT OF A BILLION AND A HALF. TWO DIFFERENT BAILOUTS FOR A COMBINED TOTAL OF $25 BILLION AND IT SUBSIDIZES PEOPLE TO ACTUALLY LIVE IN HARM'S WAY. AND FINALLY, MR. SPEAKER, IT IS A GOVERNMENT MONOPOLY THAT NOTWITHSTANDING SUBSIDIZED RATES STILL UNFORTUNATELY HAS UNAFFORDABLE SUPREME MUMS. BUT TODAY IS A GOOD DAY, MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE TODAY, THE HOUSE GETS TO VOTE ON THE 21ST CENTURY FLOOD REFORM ACT. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI ON THE MAPPING REFORMS AND REINSURANCE. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. ROSS, FOR HIS REFORMS ON OPENING UP THE MARKET. AND I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. DUFFY FOR HIS EFFORT AND LEADERSHIP FOR BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. THERE'S A LOT OF GOOD REFORMS IN THIS BILL, MR. SPEAKER, FOR BOTH TAXPAYERS AND RATEPAYERS. LET ME BRIEFLY TOUCH UPON TWO. IT IS ABSOLUTELY REVOLUTIONARY REFORM, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WE CAN BREAK OPEN THE GOVERNMENT MONOPOLY AND BRING IN MARKET COMPETITION, INNOVATION, COMPETITION, MORE AFFORDABLE RATES FOR SO MANY. ONE OF THE ACKTUREL EXPERTS RELEASED A STUDY THAT SAID BASED ON OUR ESTIMATES, TALKING ABOUT MARKET COMPETITION, BASED ON OUR ESTIMATES, THIS WOULD HOLD FOR 77% OF ALL SINGLE FAMILIES IN FLORIDA, 69% IN LOUISIANA, 92% IN TEXAS. ALL WOULD SEE CHEAPER PREMIUMS. YET WE KNOW THAT'S NOT THEORY, IT IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING IN THE MARKET TODAY. AND THE NACENT PART OF THE MARKET THAT IS OPEN, PEOPLE ARE SEEING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN SAVINGS. ONE OF THE GREAT TRAGEDIES THAT I SAW IN HOUSTON WAS HOW FAR PEOPLE ACTUALLY TOOK UP FLOOD INSURANCE. AND THINK IF WE HAD COMPETITION AND HAD ADVERTISING, IF PEOPLE COULD ROLL THAT INTO THEIR HOMEOWNERS' RATES, HOW MANY MORE PEOPLE WOULD HAVE BEEN PROTECTED BY THE RAVAGES OF THESE HURRICANES. ONE MORE REFORM BRIEFLY. THESE REPETITIVE LOSS PROPERTIES WHERE PEOPLE LIVE IN AREAS THAT FLOOD IN AREAS THAT FLOOD OVER AND OVER AND OVER. I MET A FAMILY, THREE FLOODS IN EIGHT YEARS. THIS BILL PROVIDES MORE MONEY FOR RELOCATION FOR MITIGATION THAN ANY OTHER FLOOD REFORM BILL, ALL THIS BY 25%. WE WOULD REPRIORITIZE THESE AREAS BUT WE ARE GOING TO REALIZE IF WE MAKE THIS PROGRAM SUSTAINABLE WE CAN'T HAVE 1% OF THE PROPERTIES CAUSING 25% OF THE LOSSES. ULTIMATELY, IF ALL WE REDO THE SAME PROPERTIES IN THE SAME FASHION IN THE SAME LOCATION, THAT IS NEITHER WISE NOR COMPASSION NATURE. SO WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENACT HISTORIC REFORMS AND WE SHOULD DO IT TODAY. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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              • 03:15:13 PM

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                THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 03:15:15 PM

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                THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE…

                THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 2874, LEGISLATION THAT WILL MAKE FLOOD INSURANCE MORE EXPENSIVE, LESS AVAILABLE, AND LESS FAIR FOR CONSUMERS.

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              • 03:15:30 PM

                MS. WATERS

                OUTSET, LET ME JUST SAY THAT I APPRECIATE THE TIME AND EFFORT THAT…

                OUTSET, LET ME JUST SAY THAT I APPRECIATE THE TIME AND EFFORT THAT CHAIRMAN HENSARLING AND MR. DUFFY SPENT AND TO RESPONDING TO MY CALLS FOR BIPARTISANSHIP. WE SAT DOWN MULTIPLE TIMES TO DISCUSS AREAS WHERE WE COULD FIND COMPROMISE AND A PATH FORWARD. ALTHOUGH OUR DISCUSSIONS WERE ULTIMATELY NOT SUCCESSFUL, AND I STRONGLY OPPOSE THIS BILL, I CONTINUE TO BELIEVE THAT FLOOD INSURANCE REALLY CAN BE A BIPARTISAN ISSUE. IN FACT, I HAVE A LONG HISTORY OF WORKING ACROSS THE AISLE ON THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM. IN 2012 I CO-AUTHORED THE BIGGERT-WATERS ACT WITH FORMER REPRESENTATIVE JUDY BIGGERT. AND IN 2014, WHEN FEMA'S BOTCHED IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PREMIUM INCREASES CALLED FOR IN THAT LAW LED TO UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES, LAWMAKERS FROM ACROSS THE AISLE JOINED ME ONCE AGAIN TO PASS THE HOMEOWNER FLOOD INSURANCE AFFORDABILITY ACT. UNFORTUNATELY DESPITE THE BEST EFFORTS OF MEMBERS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, I CANNOT SUPPORT H.R. 2874, BECAUSE IT CONTAINS MANY PROVISIONS THAT WILL HARM AMERICAN FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES. FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE BILL MAKES FLOOD INSURANCE MORE EXPENSIVE. THIS BILL WILL PUNISH LOW AND MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS WITH INCREASED PREMIUMS, SURCHARGES AND RESERVE FUND ASSESSMENTS. IN THE WAKE OF A HISTORIC HURRICANE SEASON THAT DEVASTATED SO MANY COMMUNITIES, IT IS UNCONSCIONABLE THAT WE ARE CONSIDERING A BILL THAT WOULD MAKE FLOOD INSURANCE LESS AFFORDABLE. WE SHOULD BE FOCUSING ON PROVIDING ADDITIONAL DISASTER RELIEF AND RECOVERY AFTER THESE DEVASTATING STORMS, NOT PUNISHING THESE COMMUNITIES WITH HIGHER PREMIUMS AND SURCHARGE. IT IS CLEAR THAT THERE ARE THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO LIVE NEAR THE COAST AS A LUXURY, BUT THERE ARE ALSO THOSE WHO LIVE IN FLOOD PLANES WHO ARE LOW AND MIDDLE INCOME FAMILIES WITH MODEST HOMES, INCLUDING SOME NEIGHBORHOODS THAT ARE PREDOMINANTLY MINORITY. THIS IS BECAUSE OF THE SAD HISTORY OF GOVERNMENT-ENDORSED RACISM AND ACCESS TO CREDIT AND NEIGHBORHOOD PLANNING THAT PUSHED MINORITIES INTO THE BAD PARTS OF TOWN. WHICH IN SOME CASES WERE BAD BECAUSE THEY WERE PRONE TO FLOODING. THESE COMMUNITIES ALSO OFTEN LACK THE RESOURCES TO MAKE UPGRADES TO THEIR HOMES AND INFRASTRUCTURE TO GUARD AGAINST FUTURE FLOOD RISK, AND ARE THE LEAST ABLE TO RECOVER AFTER A FLOOD. THE LOWER NINTH WARD IN NEW ORLEANS IS A PRIME EXAMPLE. ANOTHER EXAMPLE IS GREENS POINT, A BUSINESS DISTRICT IN HOUSTON THAT WAS ONE OF THE HARDEST HIT BY HARVEY. ONE IN THREE RESIDENTS -- RESIDENCE IN GREENS -- RESIDENTS IN GREENS POINT LIVES BELOW THE POVERTY LINE. FAMILIES IN GREENS POINT WERE STILL LIVING IN WATER-DAMAGED AND MOLDY UNITS FROM FLOODING LAST YEAR, WHEN THEY WERE HIT AGAIN BY HARVEY. THERE'S NO SIMPLE ANSWER TO OUR NATION'S FLOODING PROBLEMS. BUT I DO KNOW THAT RAISING THE PREMIUMS AND RACKING UP FEES ON POLICYHOLDERS WILL ONLY HURT FAMILIES, AS WELL AS OUR ECONOMY. SECOND, THE BILL MAKES FLOOD INSURANCE LESS AVAILABLE BY ALLOWING BUSINESSES TO OPT OUT OF THE REQUIREMENT TO PURCHASE FLOOD INSURANCE AND EVEN IF THEY ARE A HIGH-RISK PROBLEM IN A FLOOD ZONE. WHAT'S MORE, THE BILL KICKS OUT CERTAIN LOW-VALUE HOMES FROM THE NFIP BY PROHIBITING COVERAGE FOR ANY HOME WITH CLAIMS THAT OVER THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF THE PROPERTY FOLLOWING ENACTMENT, EVEN IF IT CHANGES HANDS, EXCEED THREEZE TIMES THE REPLACEMENT VALUE OF THE STRUCTURE. THIS PROVISION IS SO ILL-CON RECEIVED THAT THE AMERICAN -- ILL-CONCEIVED THAT THE AMERICAN BANKERS ASSOCIATION WROTE, AND I QUOTE, CUTTING OFF SUCH PROPERTIES FROM NFIP COVERAGE WILL LIKELY LEAD TO SIGNIFICANT HARDSHIP FOR HOMEOWNERS, LENDERS AND COMMUNITIES. AS BORROWERS LOSE NFIP COVERAGE, AND ESPECIALLY IF ALTERNATIVE PRIVATE COVERAGE IS NOT AVAILABLE OR AFFORDABLE, THESE PROPERTIES WILL LOSE VALUE AND THE RISK OF ABANDONMENT AND/OR FORECLOSURE INCREASES DRAMATICALLY. IN SOME FLOOD-PRONE COMMUNITIES, THIS COULD LEAD TO A LOCAL OR REGIONAL FORECLOSURE CRISIS. THIRD, THE BILL MAKES FLOOD INSURANCE LESS FAIR FOR POLICYHOLDERS. IN THE WAKE OF THIS HISTORIC HURRICANE SEASON, IT IS ASTOUNDING TO ME THAT THE BILL DOES NOTHING TO FUND FLOOD MAPS. SO THAT WE CAN BETTER PROTECT FAMILIES. OFTENTIMES COMMUNITIES ARE UNAWARE OF THEIR TRUE FLOOD RISK AND BY NOT PROVIDING ANY FUNDING FOR FLOOD MAPS, BUILDING IN AREAS WITH NO INFORMATION ABOUT FLOOD RISK WILL ONLY CONTINUE. CLIMATE CHANGE WILL ONLY MAKE THESE STORMS MORE FREQUENT, STRONGER AND MORE DEVASTATINGING THAN EVER BEFORE. AND WE MUST MAKE SURE -- DEVASTATING THAN EVER BEFORE. AND WE MUST MAKE SURE THAT THE NFIP REMAINS AVAILABLE AND AFFORDABLE TO ALL AMERICANS, NOT MAKE IT WORSE. FOR ALL OF THESE REASONS, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE H.R. 2874 AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 03:21:28 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS…

                THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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              • 03:21:33 PM

                MR. HENSARLING

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

                MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, THE RESPECTED MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR. ROYCE.

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              • 03:21:41 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

              • 03:21:44 PM

                MR. ROYCE

                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT HERE OF THE 21ST CENTURY FLOOD…

                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT HERE OF THE 21ST CENTURY FLOOD REFORM ACT. AND I THINK WHAT CHAIRMAN JEFF HENSARLING WAS ABLE -- JEB HENSARLING WAS ABLE TO DO HERE AND CHAIRMAN DUFFY IS PUT FORWARD A BILL THAT'S REALLY BROUGHT TOGETHER THE MONTEGUES AND THE CAP LETS. WHEN YOU THINK YOU HAVE THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNITY SUPPORTING THIS AND TAXPAYER ADVOCATES, YOU'VE GOT CONSERVATIVE THINK TANKS AND YOU'VE GOT AFFORDABLE HOUSING GROUPS, YOU HAVE THE REINSURERS AND THE SHURES. WE TALKED ABOUT TWO PRIORITIES -- SURES -- INSURERS. WE TALKED ABOUT TWO PRIORITIES. ONE OF THOSE WAS TO PROVIDE BETTER DISCLOSURE TO CONSUMERS ABOUT FLOOD RISK. WE WANTED THEM TO KNOW. AND THE SECOND WAS TO DECREASE THE NUMBER OF REPEATEDLY FLOODED PROPERTIES. THIS BILL ACCOMPLISHES BOTH OF THOSE THINGS. SECTION 108 OF THE BILL INCLUDES LANGUAGE THAT I AUTHORED WHICH WILL PROVIDE INFORMATION TO HOMEBUYERS ABOUT PAST FLOOD EVENTS, ABOUT THE DAMAGE, ABOUT INSURANCE CLAIMS, ABOUT ANY OBLIGATION THEY MIGHT HAVE TO CARRY FLOOD INSURANCE. AND THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS SUPPORTS THIS COMMONSENSE APPROACH. SECTION 402 OF THE BILL INCLUDES THE BIPARTISAN REPEAT LID FLOODED COMMUNITIES -- REPEATEDLY FLOODED COMMUNITIES PREPARATION ACT, SPONSORED BY REPRESENTATIVE BLUMENAUER AND BY MYSELF. THIS MEANS THAT PREETED FLOODED PROPERTIES -- REPEATED FLOODED PROPERTIES WHICH COMPRISE LESS THAN 2% OF NFIP POLICIES, BUT ACCOUNT FOR 1/3, 1/3 OF ALL CLAIMS, ARE DEALT WITH. RESPONSIBLE COMMUNITY-DRIVEN MITIGATION IS A WIN-WIN PROPOSAL . ONE WHICH WILL HELP OUR NEIGHBORHOODS BECOME STRONGER IN THE FACE OF FLOODS, AND ADDRESS THE FISCAL FOOTING OF THE OVERALL PROGRAM BY DECREASING THE COST AS THIS IS ADDRESSED AT THE COMMUNITY LEVEL. AND FINALLY, MR. SPEAKER, I PARTICULARLY WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE PEW CHARITABLE TRUST. THEIR FLOOD PREPARED COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE, THANK YOU. I URGE PASSAGE.

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              • 03:24:04 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS…

                THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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              • 03:24:08 PM

                MS. WATERS

                I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, THE RANKING MEMBER…

                I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE HOUSING AND INSURANCE SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE.

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              • 03:24:18 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

              • 03:24:21 PM

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                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 287 4RKS THE 21ST…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 287 4RKS THE 21ST CENTURY FLOOD REFORM ACT. WHEN THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE BEGAN THE PROCESS TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM, I WAS VERY HOPEFUL THAT WE COULD WORK ACROSS THE AISLE IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER. UNFORTUNATELY THE BILL WE SEE HERE TODAY IS NOT REFLECTIVE OF THAT APPROACH. THOUGH A NUMBER OF CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE TO H.R. 2874 SINCE LEAVING COMMITTEE, THE NEW PROVISIONS STILL FAIL TO INCORPORATE MANY OF OUR PRIORITIES FOR RE-AUTHORIZATION OR ADDRESS OUR CONCERNS WITH THE NFIP.

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              • 03:25:01 PM

                MR. CLEAVER

                MITIGATION. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

              • 03:27:40 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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              • 03:27:44 PM

                MR. HENSARLING

                MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD 3 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD 3 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND CONSUMER CREDIT SUBCOMMITTEE, AND ONE OF THE CO-AUTHORS OF H.R. 2874,

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              • 03:28:00 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED FOR 3 1/2 MINUTES.

              • 03:28:03 PM

                MR. LUETKEMEYER

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE 21ST CENTURY FLOOD…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE 21ST CENTURY FLOOD REFORM ACT. CHAIRMAN HENSARLING AND CHAIRMAN DUFFY HAVE CRAFTED A GREAT SUBSTITUTE AMENDMENT THAT WILL BRING ABOUT MEANINGFUL REFORM OF THE NFIP AND PROTECT TAXPAYERS AND POLICYHOLDERS ALIKE. THE AMENDMENT INCLUDES H.R. 2246, MY TAXPAYER EXPOSURE MITIGATION ACTIVE 2017. INCLUDED IN THIS THAT BILL IS A REQUIREMENT THAT FEMA ADMINISTRATOR PURCHASE REINSURANCE OR A CAPITAL MARKET ALTERNATIVE, AN EFFORT TO GUARD TAXPAYERS AGAINST LOSSES. I KNOW OF NO MAJOR INSURANCE COMPANY IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR THAT DOES NOT PURCHASE COVERAGE TO PROTECT ITSELF AGAINST LOSS OF THIS KIND. THESE PRODUCTS FUNCTION WELL. THERE'S NO REASON THAT FEMA SHOULD NOT BE FOLLOWING THIS BEST PRACTICE AS WELL. THE AMENDMENT ALSO GRANTS STATES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND OUR CONSTITUENTS THE ABILITY TO PLAY A MORE PROACTIVE ROLE IN THE FEMA FLOOD PLANE MAPPING PROCESS. I REPRESENT THE LAKE OF THE OZARKS WITH ITS 20,000 -- EXCUSE ME, 27,000 PIECES OF PROPERTY ALONG ITS SHORE LINE. WHICH HAS DEALT WITH TREMENDOUS MAPPING ISSUES OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS. HUNDREDS OF MAPS -- EXCUSE ME, HUNDREDS OF LETTERS OF MAP AMENDMENTS WERE GRANTED TO MY CONSTITUENTS AND THERE WERE MULTIPLE ATTEMPTS BY THE COMMUNITY TO ENGAGE WITH FEMA TO FIX THEIR MAPPING PROCESS. MY CONSTITUENTS NEVER FELT THEIR CONCERNS WERE TAKEN SERIOUSLY. LAKE OF THE OZARKS IS NOT UNIQUE. FEMA PROCESS -- FEMA PROCESSES 25,000 LOAMA LETTERS EACH YEAR AT A COST OF $13 MILLION. THIS SHOULD TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT THE MAP PRAGUE SESS. THUNDERSTORM BILL, AREAS LIKE LAKE OF THE OZARKS WOULD BE ABLE TO PROVE -- IMPROVE THE ACCURACY OF THE MAPS THEMSELVES, NO LONGER BEHOLDEN TO WASHINGTON, D.C. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD ALSO CREATE AN OPT-OUT OF MANDATORY COVERAGE REQUIRED FOR COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES, ALLOWING BANKS AND BUSINESSES MORE FLEXIBILITY TO SECURE PRIVATE FLOOD INSURANCE COVERAGE THAT MEETS AN ENTITY'S UNIQUE RISKS AND NEEDS. IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THIS LEGISLATION DOES NOT PRECLUDE ANY BUSINESS FROM SECURING AN NFIP POLICY. POLICY REMAINS AVAILABLE TO ALL BUSINESSES. ALSO, THIS PROVISION NUDNOBT MISCONSTRUED AS A CAVEAT TO AVOID THE PURCHASE OF FLOOD INSURANCE. BUSINESSES OPERATING IN FLOOD PLANES SHOULD HAVE FLOOD INSURANCE. AND I'M CONFIDENT THAT LENDERS WILL INSIST UPON REASONABLE COVERAGE AND I BELIEVE THIS SHOULD BE A BUSINESS DECISION BETWEEN THE LENDER AND BUSINESS CUSTOMER THEMSELVES. . IN DETERMINING PREMIUM RATES FOR NFIP POLICIES. LANGUAGE I PREVIOUSLY INCLUDED. PRICING FOR PRIOR POLICIES TAKES INTO ACCOUNT THE REPLACEMENT COSTS. IT MAKES SENSE. THEY SHOULD FACTOR IN THE AMOUNT OF THAT. FEMA DOESN'T ADHERE TO THAT BUT USES A FIXED NATIONAL AVERAGE FOR INSURED VALUE AND REPLACEMENT COSTS. THE RESULT OF FEMA'S CURRENT PROCESS LOWER INCOME POLICY HOLDERS SUBSIDIZE WEALTHIER HOMEOWNERS. THE SUBSTITUTE GIVES FEMA THE FLEXIBILITY TO STOP THIS PRACTICE. ALSO I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM WISCONSIN. I'M CONFIDENT THIS PACKAGE WILL ALLOW THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO FLOURISH AND TAKE RISKS OFF THE BACKS OF TAXPAYERS AND PROTECTING NFIP POLICY HOLDERS. I YIELD BACK.

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                MS. WATERS

                I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, THE RANKING MEMBER OF…

                I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON CAPITAL MARKETS ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MRS. MALONEY.

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                MRS. MALONEY

                I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HER LEADERSHIP. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN…

                I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HER LEADERSHIP. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 2874. THERE ARE SOME GOOD THINGS IN THIS BILL, INCLUDING THE ZELDIN-MALONEY BILL, THAT WOULD ALLOW POLICY HOLDERS TO RECEIVE MITIGATION CREDIT FR BOILERS AND OTHER MECHANICAL SECTORS, WHICH IS A HUGE DEAL FOR THE CITY OF NEW YORK AND OTHER BIG CITIES. BUT THERE ARE TOO MANY PROVISIONS THAT WOULD MAKE FLOOD INSURANCE IN MY DISTRICT EITHER UNAVAILABLE OR UNAFFORDABLE. FOR THIS REASON, THE CITY OF NEW YORK OPPOSES THIS BILL. THE BILL WOULD RAISE PREMIUMS ON HOMEOWNERS BY INCREASING THE FLOOR ON PREMIUM INCREASES THAT CONGRESS JUST SET THREE YEARS AGO. CURRENTLY FEMA -- TO INCREASE PREMIUMS BY A MINIMUM OF 5% PER YEAR. UNDER THIS BILL, FEMA WOULD HAVE TO INCREASE PREMIUMS BY A MINIMUM OF 6.5% A YEAR. AND WHEN YOU ADD UP THE MANDATORY INCREASES IN PREMIUMS REQUIRED TO FUND FEMA'S RESERVE FUND AND ALL THE OTHER SURCHARGES IN THE BILL, THE EFFECT WOULD BE TO SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE FLOOD INSURANCE PREMIUMS FOR HOMEOWNERS. FINALLY I'M CONCERNED ABOUT ELIMINATING THE NONCOMPETE CLAUSE FOR SO-CALLED WRITE YOUR OWN PRIVATE INSURERS. THIS WOULD ALLOW THE PRIVATE INSURERS THAT ADMINISTER THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM TO EXPLOIT THEIR ACCESS TO FEMA'S DATA BASE IN ORDER TO CHERRY-PICK THE SAFEST PROPERTY. THIS WOULD LEAVE FEMA WITH ONLY THE RISKIEST PROPERTIES AND UNDERMINE THE SOLVENCY OF THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM. WHILE THERE ARE MANY THOUGHTFUL GOOD PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL, THERE ARE TOO MANY PROVISIONS THAT WOULD DRAMATICALLY INCREASE PREMIUMS FOR MY CONSTITUENTS. I URGE A NO VOTE ON THIS BILL. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                MR. HENSARLING

                TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF…

                TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSING AND INSURANCE SUBCOMMITTEE AND THE AUTHOR OF THE PRO-CONSUMER COMPETITION TITLE OF THE BILL, FROM ROSS.

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                MR. ROSS

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE ACT THAT WILL GIVE…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE ACT THAT WILL GIVE COMMUNITIES IN THE TAMPA BAY AREA THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM THAT SERVES AS A LIFEBOAT. THE NFIP IS LIKE AN ANCHOR AROUND OUR NEXT DRAGGING US INTO DEEPER DEBT. WITH THE ANNUAL DEFICIT AND DEBT THAT CONTINUES TO GROW, THIS PROGRAM NEEDS THE REFORMS AND H.R. 2874 IS OUR OPPORTUNITY. WE SHOULD ALL RECOGNIZE THAT NFIP IS AN INSURANCE PROGRAM AND ENSURE AGAINST LOSSES WHICH ENTAILS FAR MORE THAN PAYING FOR DAMAGES. INSURANCE IS NOT ABOUT RELIEF BUT ABOUT MANAGING RISK. INSURANCE NEEDS TO MITIGATE RISK MAKING EFFECTS AND TELLING PEOPLE WHEN THE RISKS THEY FACE ARE TOO GREAT AND PROVIDING SERVICE THAT MAKES PEOPLE THANKFUL FOR CHOOSING YOUR PRODUCT. NO ONE KNOWS THIS BETTER THAN THE PROFESSIONALS WHO HELP AMERICANS TO PROTECT THEIR LIVES AND LOVED ONES AGAINST CAR CRASHES, AND WILDFIRES AND FEDERAL POLICY HAS MADE IT DIFFICULT FOR INSURERS TO WRITE POLICIES. WE CREATED A MONOPOLY AT THE EXPENSE OF POLICY HOLDERS AND STILL $30 BILLION IN DEBT. THIS INCLUDES MY ACT WILL ALLOW THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO HELP HOMEOWNERS MANAGE AGAINST FLOODS AND PROVIDE MORE AFFORDABLE OPTIONS FOR CONSUMERS AND REDUCE THE UNACCEPTABLE NUMBER OF UNINSURED HOMES BY HELPING PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THEIR RISK. THE NFIP IS IN THE WORST OF ALL WORLDS. IT IS TOO BIG TO FAIL AND IT IS ALSO BOUND TO FAIL. WITH THIS LEGISLATION WE CAN HAVE A PROGRAM THAT FOUND ITSELF ON THE G.A.O.'S HIGH LIST. CONSUMERS WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SELECT A PLAN THAT WOULD FIT THEIR NEEDS AND MORE LIKELY TO BUY INSURANCE THAN EVER BEFORE. THAT'S NOT THE CASE TODAY WITH THE NFIP. OUR CONSTITUENTS ARE SEVERELY LIMITED. $250,000 MAXIMUM COVERAGE. IF YOU OWN A BUSINESS, YOU AREN'T GOING TO GET BUSINESS INTERRUPTION. THE THEY CAN PROVIDE FOR MITIGATION AND RESILIENCEY. THIS INCREASED EMPHASIS WILL BENEFIT HOMEOWNERS AND TAXPAYERS AND END THE ABSURD PRACTICE. FURTHER IT STRENGTHENS THE NFIP TO SPREAD THE RISKS INTO THE GLOBAL MARKETPLACE. THIS BILL CONTAINS MORE FUNDING FOR MITIGATION AND RECOVERY THAN EVER AUTHORIZED. OVER $1 BILLION WILL HELP MANAGE OUR CONSTITUENTS' EXPOSURE TO FLOODS AND IMPROVE THE SAFETY OF A HOME AFTER CATASTROPHE. LET'S ENSURE THIS AND LET'S SUPPORT INFORMED DECISION MAKING AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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