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House Session - November 15, 2017

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

Speakers:
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  • 10:00:14 AM

    The Speaker designated the Honorable Mike Bost to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

    • 10:00:22 AM

      THE CLERK

      THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., NOVEMBER 15, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT…

      THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., NOVEMBER 15, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE MIKE BOST TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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  • 10:00:24 AM

    MORNING-HOUR DEBATE

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

    • 10:00:39 AM

      TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

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

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    • 10:01:19 AM

      MR. ROHRABACHER

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I ASK PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE AND TO…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I ASK PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    • 10:01:30 AM

      EMPORE WITHOUT

      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

    • 10:01:31 AM

      MR. ROHRABACHER

      MR. SPEAKER, ON HIS RECENT TRIP TO ASIA, PRESIDENT TRUMP REMINDED US AND…

      MR. SPEAKER, ON HIS RECENT TRIP TO ASIA, PRESIDENT TRUMP REMINDED US AND OUR INTERNATIONAL TRADING PARTNERS THAT OUR COMMERCIAL AGREEMENTS MUST BE HONEST, FAIR AND RECIPROCAL. THIS ADMONITION -- WITH THIS ADMONITION HE CALLED ON OUR ASIAN FRIENDS TO BUILD AUTOMOBILE PLANTS THAT WOULD EMPLOY AMERICAN WORKERS. THREE CHEERS FOR HIM DOING THAT. THE UNITED STATES ALREADY HAS EXPERIENCED THE BENEFITS AND THE LIABILITIES OF FOREIGN-CONTROLLED MULTINATIONAL AUTOMOBILE COMPANIES MANUFACTURING IN OUR COUNTRY. THESE COMPANIES HAVE PROVIDED GOOD JOBS FOR AMERICA'S WORKING PEOPLE. BUT HAVING THESE FOREIGN COMPANIES HERE HASN'T ALWAYS WORKED. A FEW YEARS AGO WE DISCOVERED THAT ONE OF THE WORLD'S PREEMINENT CAR MANUFACTURERS, VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, HAD ENGAGED IN AN ILLEGAL STRATEGY TO CIRCUMVENT U.S. EMISSIONS LAWS. VOKES WAGAN HAS A LONG STANDING RELATIONSHIP WITH UNITED STATES. MY FIRST CAR WAS A VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE. DESPITE THAT, VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA INTENTIONALLY DID US WRONG. VOLKSWAGEN INTENTIONALLY VIOLATED OUR EMISSIONS REGULATIONS, AND BY MANY ACCOUNTS THEY EVEN ENGINEERED THEIR SYSTEMS TO FALSELY INDICATE THAT THEY WERE COMPLYING WITH THE EMISSIONS STANDARDS. WITH THIS -- THIS WAS NOTHING MORE THAN PURE ARROGANCE AND A HOSTILE INTENT AND AN EGREGIOUS VIOLATION OF OUR BEST LEGISLATIVE EFFORTS TO REGULATE OUR WAY TO CLEAN AIR. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS ISSUE WITH VOLKSWAGEN HAS NOT BEEN TOTALLY DEALT WITH AND PUT BEHIND US. THE DEAL WITH THE GERMAN GOVERNMENT THAT GOT THEM OFF THE HOOK REMAINS CLOAKED IN MYSTERY AND LEFT MANY QUESTIONS UNANSWERED. WE DO NOT KNOW YET, FOR EXAMPLE, WHETHER VOLKSWAGEN WILL COMPENSATE AMERICANS IN A FULL AND JUST MANNER. THOSE UNCOMPENSATED AMERICANS MAY INCLUDE THE OWNERS OF THE BOGUSLY ENGINEERED CARS AS WELL AS AUTO IMPORTERS AS WELL AS PERHAPS SERVICE STATIONS WHO OFFICIALLY ARE AUTHORIZED TO REPAIR VOLKSWAGEN. THE DEAL BETWEEN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND THE MERKEL GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO BE REVISITED WITH A FULL ERRING OF THE DETAILS. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT VOLKSWAGEN -- WOLFGANG PORSCHE, THE FAMILY THAT OWNS 52% OF VOLKSWAGEN AND HE WAS CHAIRMAN DURING THIS TIME OF THE EMISSIONS SCANDAL AS WELL AS MULLER, C.E.O. OF VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, THEY NEED TO BE PUT ON THE RECORD WHAT THE DETAILS OF THIS SUBTER HUGE OF AMERICAN LAW WAS -- SUBTERFUGE OF LAW MEARN LAW WAS ALL ABOUT. WE NEED TO SEND A MESSAGE TO ALL THE MULTINATIONAL CORPORATION EXECUTIVES WHEN THEY DO BUSINESS IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THEY HAVE TO PLAY BY OUR RULES. AND I APPLAUD THE PRESIDENT FOR TRYING TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO INVEST IN BUILDING FACTORIES HERE BUT THAT MEANS ALL OF US MUST MAKE SURE THAT WORKS OUT FOR THE BEST FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:05:04 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON,…

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:05:08 AM

      MR. BLUMENAUER

      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AFTER SPENDING A BIZARRE WEEK IN WAYS…

      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AFTER SPENDING A BIZARRE WEEK IN WAYS AND MEANS WITH A MOVING TARGET FROM THE REPUBLICAN TAX PLAN, WE FIND OUT AMAZINGLY THAT IT'S ACTUALLY GETTING WORSE AND WORSE. WE'VE JUST DISCOVERED THAT THE SENATE IS GOING TO REPEAL THE INDIVIDUAL HEALTH CARE MANDATE TO TRY AND PROVIDE FUNDING FOR MORE TAX CUTS FOR AMERICA'S WEALTHY. AND THE COST OF THAT, THERE WILL BE 13 MILLION ADDITIONAL UNINSURED AMERICANS, AND EVERYBODY IN THE INDIVIDUAL MARKET WILL SEE THEIR PREMIUMS INCREASE ANOTHER 10% NEXT YEAR. WELL, TOMORROW TRUMP IS GOING TO COME TO CAPITOL HILL TO HOLD A RALLY WITH REPUBLICAN MEMBERS TO TRY AND MAKE SOME OF THESE NERVOUS PEOPLE FEEL A LITTLE MORE COMFORTABLE. AND NO WONDER DONALD TRUMP IS EAGER TO SEE THIS BILL PASS. IT IS DESIGNED FOR DONALD TRUMP. FIRST, HE'S THE SELF-PROCLAIMED KING OF DEBT. WELL, YOU GOT IT IN SPADES WITH THIS BILL BECAUSE THE REPUBLICANS HAVE RAISED THE DEBT CEILING $1.5 TRILLION TO FINANCE THESE TAX CUTS FOR PEOPLE WHO FRANKLY DON'T NEED THEM. AND BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO PAY INTEREST ON THAT, IT'S $2.3 TRILLION ADDITIONAL BURDEN ON OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. IT ELIMINATES THE ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX. EVEN THOUGH TRUMP REFUSED TO HONOR HIS COMMITMENT TO RELEASE HIS TAX RETURNS, ONE WAS LEAKED TO DAVID K. JOHNSON AND IT SHOWED THE ONLY REASON HE PAID SUBSTANTIAL TAXES IN 2005 WAS BECAUSE OF THE ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX. GETTING RID OF THAT WOULD SAVE HIM $31 MILLION. THERE'S A SPECIAL BREAK FOR PASS-THROUGH ENTITIES. IT'S THEORETICALLY FOR SMALL BUSINESSES, BUT MANY OF THE PASS-THROUGH ENTITIES ARE NOT SMALL BUSINESSES. THEY'RE HEDGE FUNDS. DONALD TRUMP'S DISCLOSURE FORM LISTS HUNDREDS OF PASS-THROUGH ENTITIES. THAT'S HOW HE DOES BUSINESS. AND, OF COURSE, THE BIGGEST AND MOST OUTRAGEOUS LOOPHOLE IS TO COMPLETELY ELIMINATE THE INHERENTANS TAX OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. -- INHERITANCE TAX OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. THIS WILL SAVE EXTRAORDINARILY WEALTHY PEOPLE FROM $172 BILLION THAT WOULD OTHERWISE COME TO THE GOVERNMENT TO BE ABLE TO FUND PROGRAMS FOR OUR VETERANS, DEAL WITH THE OPIOID CRISIS. DONALD TRUMP WILL BE ABLE TO PASS OFF HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS, MAYBE A BILLION OR TWO TAX-FREE, AND REMEMBER MOST OF THAT MONEY HAD NEVER BEEN TAXED IN THE FIRST PLACE. YOU DON'T BECOME A BILLIONAIRE ON W-2 INCOME. THE IS ALL APPRECIATED UNTAXED CAPITAL. WELL, IT'S ALSO SHATTERS A BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT FOR ALTERNATIVE ENERGY. DONALD TRUMP IS DOUBLING DOWN ON ENERGY IN THE PAST TRYING TO BREATHE LIFE INTO A FAILING COAL INDUSTRY, AND THEIR BILL WOULD BREAK A BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT FOR WIND ENERGY, WHICH WE CAREFULLY NEGOTIATED ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS AND THE INDUSTRY HAS GONE AHEAD AND PLEDGED BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. ELIMINATING THAT AGREEMENT, THE ONLY RETROACTIVE PROVISION IN THE BILL, PUTS AT JEOPARDY BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF INVESTMENT AND TENS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS. SCORE ONE FOR DONALD TRUMP. BUT THE WORST ELEMENT OF THIS BILL, I THINK, AND THAT'S A LOT TO CHOOSE FROM, IS ITS ALZHEIMER'S TAX. IT WOULD DENY THE MEDICAL EXEMPTION TO OVER NINE MILLION MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES TO BE ABLE TO DEDUCT EXTRAORDINARY MEDICAL EXPENSES. THINK OF A FAMILY THAT'S TRYING TO COPE WITH THE CHALLENGES OF A MEMBER WITH ALZHEIMER'S. THIS COSTS THEM TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS, SOMETIMES HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN A YEAR. IT TAKES AWAY THE TAX DEDUCTION FROM THEM. THIS IS AN OUTRAGE. IT IS MADE FOR DONALD TRUMP AND LARGE CORPORATIONS, BUT SADLY IT INCREASES TAXES ON MANY MIDDLE-INCOME AMERICANS, ESPECIALLY WITH THE ALZHEIMER'S TAX, DENYING SOME OF THE MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES IN THE MOST DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES A LITTLE TAX RELIEF. IT IS INEXCUSABLE. THEY COULDN'T DEFEND IT IN COMMITTEE. LET'S SEE HOW THE REPUBLICANS DEFEND IT ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. BUT MORE IMPORTANT, LET'S SEE HOW THEY DEFEND THAT TO NINE MILLION AMERICAN FAMILIES. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:10:06 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. BOST, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:10:11 AM

      MR. BOST

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO LEND MY SUPPORT TO THE FLOOD…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO LEND MY SUPPORT TO THE FLOOD INSURANCE REFORM LEGISLATION THAT WE CONSIDERED ON THIS FLOOR YESTERDAY AND PASSED. LET ME TELL YOU THE REASONS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF THAT PARTICULAR LEGISLATION. ONE IS IS THE PROBLEMS THAT IT DEALS WITH IS FEMA'S FLOODPLAIN MAPS CAN BE INACCURATE AND ARE BASED ON OLD TECHNOLOGY. PROPERTY OWNERS IN THE INSURANCE FLOODPLAIN PLAN ARE REQUIRED TO PAY FLOOD INSURANCE PREMIUMS EVEN THOUGH THEY MAY NOT BE AT RISK UNDER THE OLD MAPS WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT. FOR EXAMPLE, TODAY, I BROUGHT A MAP FROM MY DISTRICT, ONE OF THE PLACES IN MY DISTRICT WHERE THESE MAPS ARE WRONG. THIS IS ACTUALLY CARTERVILLE, ILLINOIS, AND IF YOU NOTICE AS THE FLOODPLAIN COMES DOWN HERE FROM THE NORTH, ACTUALLY THAT'S REALLY UNIQUE BECAUSE IF YOU'LL NOTICE RIGHT BESIDE IT OUT OF THE FLOODPLAIN IS THE CREEK THAT ACTUALLY FLOWS AND THE DITCH THAT IS THE CREEK AND THE FLOODPLAIN IS NOT IN THAT BUT YET IT'S OVER IN THE OTHER AREA HERE WHERE IT EFFECTS HOMES THAT ARE ACTUALLY CHARGED LARGER AMOUNTS OF MONEY ON THEIR FLOOD INSURANCE WHEN THEY'RE NOT EVEN IN THE FLOODPLAIN. YET, IT NEVER EVEN CONTINUES TO FLOW ON DOWN TO CRAB ORCHARD LAKE WHERE THE NATURAL WATER FLOW GOES. ACCORDING TO THIS MAPPING. YOU KNOW, THE FLOOD ZONE MAPS -- HERE'S THE PROBLEM. PROPERTY OWNERS CAN CHALLENGE THE MAP UNDER EXISTING LAW BEFORE WE SENT THIS OVER, AND YOU CAN CHALLENGE IT BUT IT WOULD COST YOU $2,000 TO CHALLENGE THAT. OR IF YOU WANTED TO PARTICIPATE WITH YOUR CITY, THE CITY TAXES WOULD THEN BE CHARGED $17,000 TO CHALLENGE THE MAP. FLOOD INSURANCE IS VITALLY IMPORTANT AND NECESSARY TO THE PEOPLE AROUND THIS NATION AND THE SECURITY THAT IT GIVES TO OTHERS THAT ARE NOT IN FLOODPLAINS FOR NOT HAVING THE COST DROPPED ON THEM. BUT THE ACCURACY OF THESE MAPS ARE VITALLY IMPORTANT. ONE THING THAT THE LEGISLATION -- THE TWO THINGS THE LEGISLATION DID THAT WERE VITALLY IMPORTANT -- IT'S EASIER AND MORE AFFORDABLE TO APPEAL FEMA ABOUT THEIR MAPS AND WHETHER OR NOT SOMETHING'S IN A FLOODPLAIN. IT ALSO USES ITS HIGHER TECHNOLOGY TO TRULY DRAFT THE FLOODPLAIN MAPS IN A WAY THAT THEY'RE FAIRER AND THE COSTS ARE NOT UNBEARABLE TO MANY HOMEOWNERS. MR. SPEAKER, WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:12:48 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. ESHOO, FOR FIVE MINUTES. WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    • 10:13:05 AM

      MS. ESHOO

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE TAX BILL BEING CONSIDERED, H.R. 1, IS A…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE TAX BILL BEING CONSIDERED, H.R. 1, IS A FRONTAL ASSAULT ON THE MIDDLE CLASS AND IT WILL DO LASTING DAMAGE TO OUR COUNTRY. THE BILL IS A DISHONEST BAIT AND SWITCH FOR THE 36 MILLION MIDDLE AND LOWER MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES WHO WILL SEE THEIR TAXES INCREASE UNDER THIS PLAN TO PAY FOR TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHIEST 1% OF AMERICANS AND LARGE MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS. IT'S PAID FOR BY ELIMINATING THE FEW REMAINING BENEFITS IN OUR TAX CODE FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS AND CHARGING $1.7 TRILLION TO THE NATIONAL CREDIT CARD, LEAVING OUR CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN TO PAY FOR IT. THIS BILL LETS THE MIDDLE CLASS DOWN AT EVERY TURN, AND IT SHOULD BE DEFEATED. IT ELIMINATES THE DEDUCTION FOR MEDICAL EXPENSES, WHICH OVER NINE MILLION MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS CLAIMED IN 2015, INCLUDING OVER ONE MILLION TAXPAYERS IN MY HOME STATE OF CALIFORNIA. THIS IS ESPECIALLY HARMFUL TO OLDER AMERICANS STRUGGLING WITH HIGH MEDICAL COSTS AND SERIOUS ILLNESSES LIKE CANCER AND ALZHEIMER'S AND AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES. IT TAKES DIRECT AIM AT COLLEGE STUDENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, RAISING THE FUTURE COSTS OF HIGHER EDUCATION BY $65 BILLION OVER 10 YEARS BY ELIMINATING THE DEDUCTIBILITY OF INTEREST ON STUDENT LOANS. IT TAXES EMPLOYER TUITION ASSISTANCE BENEFITS FOR STUDENTS, AND TUITION WAIVERS FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS BY TREATING THIS AS INCOME, MAKING IT MORE EXPENSIVE FOR FUTURE SCIENTISTS, MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS, EDUCATORS AND OTHER LEADERS TO GET AN EDUCATION. IT ELIMINATES THE LIFETIME LEARNING CREDIT AND THE DEDUCTIBILITY OF INTEREST OF STUDENT LOANS AT A TIME WHEN STUDENT LOAN DEBT IN THE UNITED STATES JUST REACHED $1.5 TRILLION. THIS IS A BITTER BILL TO ASK OUR NATION'S STUDENT BORROWERS TO SWALLOW. VERY IMPORTANTLY FOR MY CONSTITUENTS, THIS BILL BULLDOZES THE STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION. ALMOST 200 OF MY -- 200,000 OF MY CONSTITUENTS CLAIMED AN AVERAGE STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION OF $31,193 IN 2015. . UNDER THIS PLAN BUSINESSES CAN STILL CLAIM THIS DEDUCTION. FOR EXAMPLE, THE NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION ESTIMATES ARE THAT 250,000 EDUCATION JOBS WILL BE PUT AT RISK BECAUSE OF THIS LACK OF DEDUCTIBILITY. AND JUST YESTERDAY THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE SPOKE OUT IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL'S DISMANTLING OF THIS DEDUCTION NOTING THAT THEIR SALARIES AND THE EQUIPMENT THAT THEY USE ARE PAID FOR BY STATE AND LOCAL TAXES ON PROPERTY SALES AND INCOME. THE INSTITUTE ON TAXATION AND ECONOMIC POLICY FOUND THAT CALIFORNIA STANDS TO BE THE BIGGEST OVERALL LOSER IN THIS PLAN. AND FACES A $12.1 BILL TAX INCREASE IN 2017 ALONE. THE BILL ALSO TAKES AIM AT THE MOST VAL IT VALUABLE ASSET OF THE -- MOST VALUABLE ASSET OF THE MIDDLE CLASS. THEIR HOME. THEY TAKEWAY THE MOM HOUSE REPORT DEDUCTION AND THESE UNFAIR. CALIFORNIANS JUST EXPERIENCED THE WORST WILDFIRES IN OUR STATE'S HISTORY WITH OVER TAKEWAY THE MOM HOUSE REPORT DEDUCTION AND THESE 14,000 HOMES LOST. WAS THIS BILL -- WHAT DOES THIS BILL DO? IT REMOVES THE DEDUCTIBILITY FOR PROPERTY LOSSES DUE TO NATURAL DISASTERS. DISASTERS. I FIND THIS TO BE ESPECIALLY CRUEL. WHAT THE BILL DOES DO IS TAKE SPECIAL CARE OF THE 14,000 WEALTHIEST 5,500 ESTATES IN THIS COUNTRY BY DOUBLING THE ESTATE TAX EXEMPTION TO $22 MILLION AND THEN REPEALING IT, REMOVING THE WHOLE THING, BY 2024. FINALLY, THE BILL HAS TERRIBLE IMPLICATIONS FOR THE FUTURE OF MEDICARE AND THE GUARANTEE IT PROVIDED FOR AMERICANS OVER 50 YEARS. WITHOUT BUDGET CHANGES TO OFFSET THE $1.2 TRILLION INCREASE TO DEFICITS OVER 10 YEARS, THE BILL WILL TRIGGER AUTOMATIC SPENDING CUTS UNDER THE STATUTORY PAY-AS-YOU-GO. THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY AND THE ADMINISTRATION CLAIM THAT THIS TAX PLAN PEOPLE. IN EDUCATION. IN JOB CREATION. IN INFRASTRUCTURE. THESE ARE CRITICAL AREAS THAT ALWAYS EXPAND OUR ECONOMY. THIS HOUSE SHOULD REJECT THIS UNFAIR, UNBALANCED FISCALLY IRRESPONSIBLE PLAN THAT DIMS THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY BY ATTACKING THE MIDDLE CLASS.

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    • 10:18:50 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. THOMPSON, FOR…

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

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    • 10:18:54 AM

      MR. THOMPSON

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A PRETTY INCREDIBLE WEEK HERE…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A PRETTY INCREDIBLE WEEK HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. INCREDIBLE WEEK FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE THINGS THAT WE ACCOMPLISHED THIS WEEK. WE HAVE HISTORIC TAX REFORM. LONG OVERDUE. THIS IS A BREAK FOR HARDWORKING MIDDLE CLASS AMERICAN FAMILIES. THE FACTS ARE JUST -- ENCOURAGE FOLKS TO CHECK OUT THE FACTS ABOUT -- FOR THEMSELVES ON EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENS. IT'S NOT JUST THE ONLY THING THAT'S DONE. ALREADY THIS WEEK WE PASSED A CONFERENCE REPORT ON THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION. LARGEST RAISE FOR OUR MILITARY IN OVER 10 YEARS. PROVIDING THEM THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO BE SAFE, TO BE EFFECTIVE. YES, TO BE LETHAL. AND TO BE ABLE TO RETURN HOME AT THE END OF THE DAY. AND TO HAVE THEIR NEEDS MET. THEN WE DID SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT FOR A STATE LIKE PENNSYLVANIA WHERE WE HAVE ALMOST 90,000 MILES OF STREAMS, WE DID HISTORIC FLOOD INSURANCE REFORM WHERE WE REALLY SEPARATED AND LOOKED AT INLAND, THE NEEDS THERE, VERSUS MIXING THINGS TOGETHER. ALLOWING LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES, TO BE ABLE, AS LONG AS THEY COMPLY WITH THE FEMA PROCESSES, TO BE ABLE TO DETERMINE WHERE THE ACTUAL FLOOD RISK IS. WE HAVEN'T HAD THAT IN THE PAST. IT'S ALL BEEN DONE FROM WASHINGTON. BEEN DONE RATHER POORLY. BUT IT'S MORE THAN THAT. THIS WEEK IS ALSO NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP WASHINGTON. BEEN DONE RATHER WEEK, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HIGHLIGHT THE APPRENTICESHIPS AND APPRENTICESHIPS IS A PART OF CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION, A PATHWAY TO FAMILY-SUSTAINING CAREERS AND WAGES. APPRENTICESHIPS PROVIDE AN ALTERNATIVE PATH TO A HIGH-PAYING JOB BY PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES TO GAIN REAL WORLD SKILLS WHILE EARNING A PAYCHECK. MR. SPEAKER, AS CO-CHAIR OF THE CURRENT TECHNICAL EDUCATION CAUCUS, I KNOW A HUGE GAP EXISTS NATIONWIDE. THERE ARE GOOD-PAYING JOBS OUT THERE, BUT THE UNEMPLOYED ARE EITHER ILL PREPARED OR LACK THE APPROPRIATE EDUCATION TO FILL THESE VACANCIES. THAT'S WHY I'M PROUD THE HOUSE DID PASS MY LEGISLATION, THE STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ACT EARLIER THIS YEAR. TO PASS UNANIMOUSLY OUT OF THIS CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FOR BODY. THE BILL AIMS TO CLOSE THE SKILLS GAP BY MODERNIZING FEDERAL INVESTMENTS IN CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS BY CONNECTING EDUCATORS WITH INDUSTRY STAKEHOLDERS. CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS OPEN THE DOOR FOR SO MANY EDUCATORS AMERICANS. PROUDLY PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER EARLIER THIS YEAR TO EXPAND APPRENTICESHIPS AND SKILLS-BASED EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND PUT MORE AMERICANS BACK TO WORK IN THE TRADE. WE HAVE SEEN TOO MANY STUDENTS PUSH DOWN THE COLLEGE FOR ALL PATHWAY THAT JUST DOESN'T WORK FOR SOME PEOPLE. OBTAINING APPRENTICESHIP OR CAREER IN TECHNICAL EDUCATION IS A VIABLE PATH THAT MANY HIGH ACHIEVING STUDENTS CAN CHOOSE AND PURSUE INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS AND HANDS-OBJECT SKILLS THAT THEY USE -- HANDS-ON SKILLS THAT THEY USE RIGHT OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE ALL MET YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVEN'T BEEN INSPIRED IN A TRADITIONAL CLASSROOM SETTING. WE ALL KNOW PEOPLE WHO HAVE LOST JOBS WHO ARE UNDEREMPLOYED WORKING MULTIPLE PART-TIME JOBS. AND THEY ARE LOOKING, DESPERATELY, FOR A GOOD-PAYING, FAMILY SUSTAINING JOB. WE ALL KNOW PEOPLE ASPIRING FOR A PROMOTION BUT KEEP FALLING SHORT YEAR AFTER YEAR. MR. SPEAKER, I THINK WE ALL KNOW FAMILIES THAT HAVE BEEN TRAPPED IN POVERTY FOR GENERATIONS. BUT AN APPRENTICESHIP CAN CHANGE THAT. A CAREER IN TECHNICAL JOB. WE ALL KNOW PEOPLE ASPIRING FOR A EDUCATION CAN CHANGE THAT. MR. SPEAKER. BY THE YEAR 2020 IT'S ESTIMATED MORE THAN SIX MILLION JOBS WILL GO UNFILLED BECAUSE OF THAT SKILLS GAP OF NOT HAVING INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE QUALIFIED AND TRAINED TO FILL THOSE POSITIONS. MR. SPEAKER, THE LEGISLATION WILL BE PASSED OFF THIS FLOOR TOMORROW. SPEAK OF THAT WITH CONFIDENCE. THAT'S ESTIMATED TO LEAD TO CREATING A RESULT THAT'S BEEN ESTIMATED A MILLION JOBS TO BE CREATED. THROUGH MAJORS WITH CAREER IN TECHNICAL EDUCATION, WE AND MAJORS SUCH AS APPRENTICESHIPS, WE CAN GROW -- HELP AMERICANS TO BE ABLE TO ENTER THE WORK FORCE TO FIND THAT ON-RAMP TO OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE EVERYONE THE OPPORTUNITY TO EARN A GOOD FAMILY SUSTAINING WAGE. AND TO HAVE THAT SECURITY. MR. SPEAKER, AMERICANS DESERVE NO LESS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:23:52 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. CARTWRIGHT, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:24:03 AM

      MR. CARTWRIGHT

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO TELL YOU A TRUE STORY FROM…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO TELL YOU A TRUE STORY FROM SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA. WHEN MATTY GOT OUT OF THE ARMY IN 1970, HE WENT TO WORK FOR THE TV PLANT IN DUNNMOORE, PENNSYLVANIA, NORTH OF SCRANTON. AT THE TIME IT WAS OWNED BY R.C.A. AND LATER BECAME THOMPSON CONSUMER ELECTRONICS. MATTY WAS 19 AND THIS WAS A GREAT JOB. MANUFACTURING PICTURE TUBES WHERE A LOT OF GREAT PEOPLE WORKED. AS MANY AS 1,600 MEN AND WOMEN. THE PAY WAS GOOD. THE BENEFITS WERE EXCELLENT. THEY WERE UNION JOBS. AND THE PICTURE TUBES THEY PUT TOGETHER WERE SO GOOD THIS COMPANY WAS ABLE TO SELL THEM TO SONY IN JAPAN. PEOPLE WORKING AT THIS PLANT WERE A COMMUNITY. THEY HAD WONDERFUL COMPANY PICNICS. THEY HAD SOFTBALL LEAGUE. THEY ORGANIZED HOLIDAY PARTIES FOR THE KIDS AND FISHING WORKING AT THIS PLANT WERE A COMMUNITY. THEY HAD DERBIES . AND MATTY WORKED THERE FOR 30 YEARS. HE WAS ABLE TO RAISE FOUR CHILDREN ON HIS SALARY ALONE. TRUCK IS THE SAME AGE AS MATTY AND THEY ARE FRIENDS. CHUCK WENT TO WORK FOR THE R.C.A. PLANT IN 1972 WHEN HE WAS 21. HE STARTED IN PRODUCTION AND HE LOVED THAT JOB, TOO. HE SAYS, WE WERE MAKING THE CADILLAC OF AMERICAN TELEVISIONS. BY THE YEAR 2000, WE WERE ALREADY STARTING TO MAKE THE FIRST GENERATION OF FLAT SCREEN TV PANELS. AROUND THAT TIME, THOMPSON WON A WORLDWIDE AWARD FOR MAKING THE BEST 27-INCH TV'S IN THE WORLD AND EVERYBODY AT THE PLANT WAS SO PROUD. CHUCK SAYS, THAT WASN'T JUST A JOB. THAT WAS A WAY OF LIFE. JOHN, HE GOT OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL IN 1975. HE GOT A JOB AT THE TV PLANT RIGHT AWAY. HE WORKED PRODUCTION AT FIRST BUT THEN HE GOT BUMPED UP INTO THE MACHINE SHOP. HE MADE LIFELONG FRIENDS AT THAT FACTORY. IN 1994 NAFTA WENT INTO EFFECT. MATTY, CHUCK, AND JOHN THEY DIDN'T -- THEY KNEW ABOUT IT BUT DIDN'T THINK TOO MUCH ABOUT IT. JOHN REMEMBERS PEOPLE IN THE MACHINE SHOP THEY WERE INTERESTED IN POLITICS ARGUING OVER THE EFFECTS OF NAFTA. THROUGH THE 190'S THESE MEN AND WOMEN WERE WORKING THE FACTORY 24/7, THREE SHIFTS. PUTTING OUT OVER TWO MILLION PICTURE TUBES A YEAR. THEY USED TO SAY THEY'LL NEVER CLOSE US DOWN. WE MAKE THIS COMPANY TOO MUCH MONEY. THEN IT CAME. MAY OF 2001. MANAGEMENT CALLED EVERYBODY INTO THE PLANT. AND GAVE THEM THE NEWS. THE PLANT WAS CLOSING IN AUGUST, THREE MONTHS TO SAY THEY'LL NEVER CLOSE US DOWN. WE MAKE THIS COMPANY TOO MUCH MONEY. THEN IT FROM NOW, BECAUSE THEY WERE MOVING TO MEXICO. PEOPLE WERE SHOCKED. NOBODY SAW THIS COMING. THEY TRIED TO NEGOTIATE WITH THE COMPANY. AND MATTY AND CHUCK REMEMBER THE ANSWER. IT WAS, ARE YOU WILLING TO TAKE A $13 AN HOUR PAY CUT AND WORK FOR $3.25 AN HOUR? MATTY REMEMBERS THE PRIDE THAT THESE PEOPLE HAD AT THE PLANT WORKING THE LAST FEW MONTHS. THE PRIDE THAT THEY DID THEIR JOBS WITH. THERE WAS NO VANDALISM, NO WORK STOPPAGES, SLOWDOWNS, THEY FINISHED OUT THEIR JOBS SHOWING THE PRIDE IN THE WORK THEY HAD FOR A GENERATION. HE REMEMBERS THE TEARS ON THAT LAST DAY AND HOW PEOPLE PASSED OUT LISTS OF NAMES AND PHONE NUMBERS SO THEY COULD ALL STAY IN TUFMENT CHUCK REMEMBERS THE LAST DAY THAT TROPHY FOR THE BEST 27-INCH TV TUBE WAS STILL IN THE COMPANY LOBBY. AND ALL THREE OF THEM REMEMBER THE AFTERMATH. THEY REMEMBER THE DIVORCES. THEY REMEMBER THE SUICIDES. MATTY STILL HAD TWO DAUGHTERS IN PUBLIC SCHOOL. WENT THROUGH HIS FAMILY SAVINGS AND HAD TO CASH IN SOME OF HIS RETIREMENT MONEY, TAKE THE PENALTY. NOW HE WORKS AS A SECURITY GUARD MAKING $10 AN HOUR. HE'S 66 AND HE CAN'T AFFORD TO RETIRE. CHUCK WAS OUT OF WORK FOR A YEAR AND EVENTUALLY HE FOUND A JOB MAKING HALF THE MONEY. HE'S ALSO 66 AND HE CAN'T RETIRE. JOHN CAN'T FORGET HAVING TO TELL HIS DAUGHTER, LINDSAY, IN MAY OF 2001, HE WAS LOSING HIS JOB. SHE WAS IN TEARS. SHE WAS CAN'T FORGET HAVING TO GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL THE NEXT MONTH. SHE WANTED TO GO TO COLLEGE. WHEN CHUCK FOUND OUT THE CURRENT REPUBLICAN TAX PLAN IS TO DROP CORPORATE TAX TO 20% FOR COMPANIES 20% FOR COMPANIES DOING BUSINESS IN AMERICA, BUT TO 10% FOR AMERICAN COMPANIES DOING BUSINESS OVERSEAS, THIS IS WHAT HE SAID. HAVEN'T WE LOST ENOUGH ALREADY UNDER NAFTA? NOW YOU ARE GOING TO REWARD COMPANIES FOR SHIPPING MORE JOBS OVERSEAS. MR. SPEAKER, THIS TAX BILL WILL SHIP MORE JOBS OVERSEAS. THIS BILL STINKS AND I WON'T VOTE FOR IT. I YIELD BACK.

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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

      MR. SPEAKER, TODAY WE RECOGNIZE AN INDIVIDUAL WHO EMBODIES THE AMERICAN…

      MR. SPEAKER, TODAY WE RECOGNIZE AN INDIVIDUAL WHO EMBODIES THE AMERICAN DREAM AND THE GRIT AND DETERMINATION THAT DEFINES THE PEOPLE OF BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. PASCRELL WAS BORN IN NAPLES, ITALY, IN 1963. A RESILIENT WORKER AND PASSIONATE CHEF, HE WORKED IN THE RESTAURANT INDUSTRY IN ITALY BEFORE MARRYING HIS WIFE. THE GRIT AND DETERMINATION THAT DEFINES THE PEOPLE HAVING TWO CHILDREN, THEY DECIDED TO LEAVE ITALY WITH HIS YOUNG FAMILY AND COME TO THE UNITED STATES. HE SETTLED IN PENNSYLVANIA AND OPENED A RESTAURANT, PASTA ELDEN AT THIS. SOON AFTER HE WELCOMED HIS THIRD CHILD. AFTER SPENDING A SHORT WHILE BACK IN ITALY HE RETURNED TO THE UNITED STATES. A FAMILY MAN, HE HAD TWO MORE SONS. HE OPENED A RESTAURANT IN 2009 WHERE HIS INCREDIBLE TALENT LED TO GREAT SUCCESS AND ALLOWED HIM TO OPEN AQUA ELFARINA AN AUTHENTIC PIZZARIA IN 2017. HE CROSSED OCEANS TO PURSUE HIS DREAMS. HE WORKS TIRELESSLY TO PUT A SMILE ON PEOPLE'S FACES THROUGH THE FOOD HE MAKES. AND, MR. SPEAKER, OUR COMMUNITY AND OUR NATION ARE BETTER BECAUSE OF PEOPLE LIKE HIM. . PEOPLE LIKE HIM. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE FIRST RESPONDERS OF BUCKS COUNTY. RECENTLY I WAS PRIVILEGED TO SPEAK TO NEARLY 300 FIRST RESPONDERS AT THE 45TH CENTRAL BUCKS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EMERGENCY SERVICES AWARD DINNER AND OFFER THEM OUR HEART-FELT THANKS. AS AN E.M.T. MYSELF, I UNDERSTAND THE LOVE OF THE INDIVIDUALS HAVE FOR THEIR NEIGHBORS AND COMMUNITIES. I WAS PROUD TO RECOGNIZE THESE 20 INDIVIDUALS PICTURED HERE AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO HAVE EACH OF THEIR NAMES PLACED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD.

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      MR. SPEAKER, WE HONOR AND WE THANK EACH OF THESE BRAVE HEROES IN OUR COMMUNITY FOR PUTTING THEMSELVES IN HARM'S WAY TO PROTECT US IN BUCKS COUNTY. THEY ARE LIVING THEIR LIVES SERVING A CAUSE BIGGER THAN THEMSELVES. WHAT A NOBLE WAY TO SPEND THEIR LIFE. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. WALZ, FOR FIVE MINUTES. WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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      MR. WALZ

      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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      YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. WOODALL, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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      MR. WOODALL

      I THANK THE SPEAKER FOR THE TIME. I TELL FOLKS BACK HOME, MR. SPEAKER,…

      I THANK THE SPEAKER FOR THE TIME. I TELL FOLKS BACK HOME, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THEY SHOULD WATCH THIS TIME AT 10:00 IN THE MORNING WHERE ANY MEMBER CAN COME DOWN AND TALK ABOUT ANYTHING THEY WANT TO TALK ABOUT BECAUSE YOU CAN LEARN A LOT ABOUT WHAT ONE ANOTHER. THERE ARE FOLKS WHO COME TO THIS FLOOR EVERY SINGLE MORNING TO CELEBRATE SOMEBODY IN THEIR DISTRICT BACK HOME. TO BUILD UP THE COUNTRY WITH OPTIMISM AND WITH THE BELIEF THAT IF ONLY WE UNITE, IF ONLY WE WORK HARDER WE CAN MAKE TOMORROW BETTER THAN YESTERDAY WAS AND THERE ARE THOSE MEMBERS WHO COME TO THE FLOOR ON A REGULAR BASIS TO TEAR THINGS DOWN. I TELL YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I'VE BEEN IN THIS WORLD FOR 47 YEARS. I KNOW IT IS EASIER TO TEAR THINGS DOWN THAN IT IS TO BUILD THINGS UP. AND SOMETHING HAS HAPPENED IN THIS INSTITUTION WHERE THE CURRENCY IS HOW QUICKLY CAN YOU TEAR THE OTHER SIDE DOWN INSTEAD OF HOW QUICKLY CAN YOU PARTNER WITH THEM TO BUILD THINGS UP. TAX REFORM IS HARD. IT'S HARD. I HAVE A BILL FOR FOLKS WHO ARE UNCOMFORTABLE WITH THE ELIMINATION OF SPECIAL CARVEOUTS AND DEDUCTIONS AND EXEMPTIONS AND LOBBYIST LOOPHOLES, FOR FOLKS WHO ARE UNCOMFORTABLE FOR THOSE THINGS, I HAVE A BILL THAT REPEALS ABSOLUTELY EVERY ONE. IT'S CALLED THE FAIR TAX. IT'S H.R. 25. WE'RE NOT GOING TO VOTE ON THAT BILL TODAY BECAUSE THIS INSTITUTION'S NOT COMFORTABLE ELIMINATING ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING ALL AT ONCE. BUT THERE'S A DIFFERENCE OF OPINION, MR. SPEAKER, IN WHAT THE TAX CODE IS DESIGNED FOR. IS IT DESIGNED TO PUNISH PEOPLE THAT YOU DISLIKE AND REWARD PEOPLE THAT YOU DO LIKE OR IS IT DESIGNED SIMPLY TO RAISE THE REVENUE SO THE GOVERNMENT CAN DOT THINGS IT NEEDS TO DO? I BELIEVE THE LATTER. MY FRIENDS HAVE COME TO THE FLOOR TODAY AND THEY SAID, OH, WE ARE ELIMINATING THIS EXEMPTION AND THAT DEDUCTION AND THAT CARVEOUT AND THAT LOOPHOLE, AND THOSE THINGS HAPPEN WITH THE COST OF EDUCATION. WELL, I SAY TO MY FRIENDS, IF WE WANT TO HELP WITH THE COST OF EDUCATION, LET'S DEAL WITH EDUCATION. THE TAX CODE IS NOT THE SOLUTION TO EVERY PROBLEM. OFTENTIMES IT IS THE SOURCE OF THOSE PROBLEMS. FOR FOLKS WHO BELIEVE THE COST OF MEDICAL CARE IS TOO EXPENSIVE, I AGREE. ANOTHER CARVEOUT, ANOTHER LOOPHOLE, ANOTHER EXEMPTION IN THE TAX CODE WILL NOT SOLVE THAT PROBLEM. IT MAY MASK THAT PROBLEM BUT IT WILL NOT SOLVE IT. WE HAVE TO COME TOGETHER TO SOLVE THE HEALTH CARE INFLATION PROBLEM. I SAY TO MY FRIENDS WHO ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE MEDICAL COST DEDUCTION, I WORRY ABOUT THAT TOO I WORRIED ABOUT IT WHEN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT MADE IT 33% HARDER FOR AMERICANS TO CLAIM THAT. WHEN IT RAISED THAT BASE LEVEL FROM 7.5% TO 10%, MEANING SO MANY MORE AMERICANS COULDN'T CLAIM IT. THIS BILL, THIS BILL DOUBLES THE STANDARD DEDUCTION SO THAT FAMILIES DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE MAGNITUDE OF THEIR BURDEN. SIMPLY THE FACT THEY HAVE A BURDEN MEANS THEY WILL BE ABLE TO EXEMPT IT. MY FRIEND FROM PENNSYLVANIA CAME AND TOLD THE STORY OF TWO FAMILIES FROM PENNSYLVANIA WORKING IN A PICTURE TUBE FACT RY. IT WAS A POWERFUL -- FACTORY. IT WAS A POWERFUL STORY. IT WAS A POWERFUL STORY OF AMERICAN MANUFACTURING DISAPPEARING. IF I LOOK AROUND THIS INSTITUTION TO FIND THE MILLENNIAL HERE, THEY WOULDN'T EVEN KNOW WHAT A PICTURE TUBE IS. WOULDN'T EVEN KNOW WHAT A PICTURE TUBE IS. THAT FACTORY WAS GOING TO GO OUT OF BUSINESS BECAUSE TECHNOLOGY SURPASSED IT. WE ARE LOSING AMERICAN MANUFACTURING OVERSEAS EVERY SINGLE DAY. NOT BECAUSE WE'RE NOT THE HARDEST WORKING PEOPLE ON THE PLANET BUT BECAUSE WE HAVE THE MOST PUNITIVE TAX CODE ON THE PLANET AND EVERYONE HERE KNOWS IT. IN 1986, EVERYONE KNEW IT. AMERICA HAD THE LEAST COMPETITIVE TAX CODE ON THE PLANET, BUT DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS CAME TOGETHER. RONALD REAGAN, TIP O'NEILL, AND THEY TOOK AMERICA FROM WORST TO FIRST. AND DECADES OF ECONOMIC PROSPERITY ENSUED. WE ARE DOING THAT VERY SAME THING TODAY. WORST TO FIRST. WOULD BE THAT DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS TOGETHER THAT WE'RE DOING THAT BUT I TELL YOU, MR. SPEAKER, THE TIME IS NOT TOO LATE TO COME TOGETHER TO DO THAT. IT WAS A WORTHY GOAL IN 1986. IT IS A WORTHY GOAL TODAY. THE TAX CODE SHOULD NOT BE PICKING WINNERS AND LOSERS. IT SHOULD BE CREATING AN ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT WHERE THE AMERICAN WORKER CAN SUCCEED, WHERE THE AMERICAN WORKER AND ITS COMMITMENT IS NOT AT A DISADVANTAGE FOR THE REST OF THE WORLD BUT AT LEAST ON A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD AND ADVANTAGE TO THE REST OF THE WORLD. WE CAN DO THAT TOGETHER TODAY AND I HOPE IT WILL. IT IS ALWAYS EASIER TO TEAR THINGS DOWN THAN BUILD THINGS UP. I KNOW THE MEN AND WOMEN IN THIS CHAMBER ON A PERSONAL LEVEL AND I KNOW THEY DIDN'T COME TO TEAR THINGS DOWN. THEY CAME TO BUILD A BETTER TODAY TOMORROW FOR THEIR CHILDREN, GRANDCHILDREN AND THE CONSTITUENTS THEY REPRESENT. I HOPE WE WILL FULFILL THAT PROMISE TOGETHER. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GUAM, MS. BORDALLO, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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      MS. BORDALLO

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO EXPRESS MY OPPOSITION TO H.R. 1,…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO EXPRESS MY OPPOSITION TO H.R. 1, THE REPUBLICAN TAX PLAN, AND THE NEGATIVE IMPACTS IT WOULD HAVE ON MY CONSTITUENTS IN GUAM. THIS BILL IS AN ATTACK ON THE MIDDLE CLASS AND WOULD DO VERY LITTLE TO HELP THOSE WHO MOST NEED TAX RELIEF. I AM ESPECIALLY CONCERNED THAT H.R. 1 DOES NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE UNIQUE APPLICATION OF THE FEDERAL TAX CODE TO GUAM AND THE OTHER U.S. TERRITORIES. UNLIKE THE 50 STATES WHO HAVE CONTROL OF THEIR TAX SYSTEM, GUAM IS REQUIRED TO MIRROR THE INCOME TAX PORTION OF THE FEDERAL INTERNAL REVENUE CODE AND ANY CHANGES TO THE I.R.C. WOULD HAVE A DIRECT, A DIRECT IMPACT NOT ONLY ON TAXES PAID BY MY CONSTITUENTS BUT ALSO ON THE GENERAL FUND REVENUES COLLECTED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF GUAM. UNDER THE CURRENT FRAMEWORK, IT IS THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, NOT THE GUAM LEGISLATURE OR ANY OTHER ELECTED BODY ON GUAM, THAT SETS THE INCOME TAX PROVISIONS FOR OUR TERRITORY. ANY CHANGES, ANY CHANGES TO THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE IS AUTOMATICALLY MIRRORED AND ADOPTED AS CHANGES TO GUAM'S LOCAL TAX STRUCTURE. SO THIS DOES NOT GIVE GUAM THE ABILITY TO DECIDE FOR ITSELF THE BEST TAX STRUCTURE FOR THE PEOPLE OF GUAM AND IT CERTAINLY APPLIES DECISIONS MADE FOR THE NATION AS A WHOLE WITH MORE THAN 320 MILLION CITIZENS TO SIGNIFICANTLY DIFFERENT DEMOGRAPHICS ON OUR ISLAND OF JUST 170,000 AMERICANS. EVEN MORE OUTRAGEOUS, MR. SPEAKER, IS THAT REPUBLICANS WILL HAVE BROUGHT THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR WITHOUT ANY OPPORTUNITY FOR THE DELEGATES, FROM THE TERRITORIES TO AFFECT IT OR EXPRESS OUR SUPPORT OR OPPOSITION TO A RECORDED VOTE. AS YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, AS A DELEGATE FROM A TERRITORY, ALONG WITH THE OTHER FOUR TERRITORIES AND D.C., WE ARE NOT ABLE TO VOTE ON AMENDMENTS ON THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE. NOR WE'RE NOT ABLE TO CAST A VOTE ON THE FINAL PASSAGE OF A BILL. SOME ON THE OTHER SIDE WILL ARGUE, WELL, ESPECIALLY SINCE H.R. 1 IS A TAX BILL THAT THE DELEGATES AND THEREFORE THE MORE THAN FOUR MILLION AMERICAN CITIZENS WHO LIVE IN THE TERRITORIES SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO VOTE ON THE BILLS CONSIDERED BY THE HOUSE BECAUSE OUR CONSTITUENTS DO NOT PAY TAXES TO THE FEDERAL TREASURY. BUT THIS IGNORES THE SACRIFICES THAT THE SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF GUAM AND THE OTHER TERRITORIES MAKE TO DEFEND OUR COUNTRY THROUGH MILITARY SERVICE AS WELL AS THE FACT THAT MY CONSTITUENTS PAY OTHER FEDERAL TAXES THAT SUPPORT FEDERAL PROGRAMS LIKE SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE. AND IMPORTANTLY, MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 1 WILL HAVE A DIRECT IMPACT ON MY CONSTITUENTS BECAUSE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S REQUIREMENT FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF GUAM TO MIRROR THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE. THIS WILL DIRECTLY IMPACT THE RATES, DEDUCTIONS AND CREDITS PAID BY THE GUAM TAX FILERS. AND UNLIKE THE UNITED STATES, WILL ALSO DIRECTLY CORRESPOND TO THE REVENUES COLLECTED BY OUR TERRITORIAL GOVERNMENT. . THIS IS THE VERY DEFINITION OF TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION. I CANNOT SUPPORT THE REPUBLICAN TAX PLAN BECAUSE IT IGNORES THE IMPACTS IT WOULD HAVE ON MY CONSTITUENTS IN GUAM AND THE OTHER TERRITORIES. AND IT PREVENTS THE PEOPLE OF GUAM FROM HAVING A SAY THROUGH THEIR ONLY REPRESENTATIVE IN BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE IN ITS DEVELOPMENT. I OPPOSE, MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 1. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT IT. SAY NO. I YIELD BACK.

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

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      MR. GREEN

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, FOR FIVE MINUTES. I ALWAYS ACKNOWLEDGE THE PRE-EMINENT PRIVILEGE TO STAND IN THE WELL OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. IT IS A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY ACCORDED FEW IN A COUNTRY OF MILLIONS. SO I'M HONORED TO STAND HERE, MR. SPEAKER. AND I LOVE MY COUNTRY. BUT I MUST SAY, FEW IN MR. SPEAKER, I STAND HERE WITH PROFOUND DISBELIEF. PROFOUND DISBELIEF. BECAUSE I CANNOT BELIEVE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS CONSIDERING REMOVING 13 MILLION PEOPLE FROM INSURANCE IN A TAX BILL. THE SENATE IS PROPOSING IN A TAX BILL THAT CAN'T SOLVE ALL OF OUR PROBLEMS, BY THE WAY, IS PROPOSING IN A TAX BILL THAT 13 MILLION PEOPLE LOSE HEALTH CARE. 13 MILLION PEOPLE T WITHOUT A PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN. PERHAPS NOT ALL, BUT IT'S FAIR TO ASSUME THAT MILLIONS WILL NOT HAVE A PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN. MILLIONS WILL NO LONGER GET THE PREVENTIVE CARE THAT CAN SAVE DOLLARS AS WELL AS LIVES. MILLIONS WILL FIND THEMSELVES IN EMERGENCY ROOMS RECEIVING PRIMARY CARE. I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN A TAX BILL WOULD REMOVE 13 MILLION PEOPLE FROM THE INSURANCE ROLLS. AND IN SO DOING, AGUIRRE $338 BILLION -- ACQUIRE $338 BILLION. THAT MONEY WILL GO TO LINE THE POCKETS OF PEOPLE WHO CAN AFFORD THE BEST HEALTH CARE THAT THE WORLD CAN PROVIDE. IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE THAT IN THE RICHEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE ABOUT TO MOVE FROM HEALTH CARE TO SICKNESS CARE. HEALTH CARE PROVIDES PREVENTIVE CARE. SICKNESS CARE, MR. SPEAKER, MEANS THAT YOU SHOW UP AT AN EMERGENCY ROOM. BY THE WAY, THAT $338 BILLION THAT IS CLAIMED AS A SAVINGS, WE'LL SPEND MORE THAN THAT ON EMERGENCY ROOM SERVICES FOR THE 13 MILLION OR THE MILLIONS, WHATEVER THAT NUMBER MAY HAPPEN TO BE, WHO ARE GOING TO EMERGENCY ROOMS. WE'LL SPEND IT. PEOPLE ARE GOING TO GET CARE, THEY WON'T GET THE BEST CARE. WE HAVE IN THE RICHEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD CONCLUDED THAT WE CAN TAKE HEALTH CARE FROM THOSE WHO DEARLY NEED IT AND PROVIDE WEALTH CARE FOR THOSE WHO ALREADY HAVE IT. WHY WOULD WE PUT WEALTH CARE ABOVE HEALTH CARE IN TAKE HEALTH CARE IN THE WORLD? I CANNOT THE RICHEST COUNTRY BELIEVE THAT THIS IS HAPPENING IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AND BY THE WAY, MR. SPEAKER, YOU AND I KNOW THAT IF THE SENATE CAN DO THIS, THE HOUSE WILL FOLLOW SUIT. THE HOUSE WILL PICK UP THAT LANGUAGE. SOME VARIATION OF IT, IF NOT THE EXACT LANGUAGE, AND WE WILL FIND THAT IN THE HOUSE WE WILL BE VOTING TO ELIMINATE INSURANCE FOR 13 MILLION PEOPLE. MR. SPEAKER, OUR COUNTRY IS BETTER THAN THIS. OUR COUNTRY IS A COUNTRY THAT CARES FOR EVERY PERSON. YES, WE WILL CARE FOR THE WELL OFF, THE WELL HEALED, AND WELL-TO-DO, YES. BUT WE ALSO CARE FOR THE LEAST, LAST, AND LOST N THIS COUNTRY WE CARE ABOUT PEOPLE AND WE WANT EVERY PERSON TO HAVE THE BEST HEALTH CARE. SO I SUFFER FROM DISBELIEF. I WELL-TO-DO, YES. BUT AM THUNDER STRUCK. I CANNOT IMAGINE THE SENATE REMOVING 13 MILLION PEOPLE FROM HEALTH CARE TO PROVIDE WEALTH CARE FOR A FEW. 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 ILLINOIS, MR. RUSH, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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      MR. RUSH

      MR. SPEAKER, IN THIS SEASON OF TRYING AND TOUGH TIMES SUFFERING BY THE…

      MR. SPEAKER, IN THIS SEASON OF TRYING AND TOUGH TIMES SUFFERING BY THE REPUBLICAN AMENDMENTS OF THIS BODY, I RISE TODAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO MY PERSONAL HERO AND LONG TIME FRIEND, MISS JEWEL BARKER, WHO RECENTLY CELEBRATED HER 90TH BIRTHDAY. MOMMA JEWEL AS SHE IS AFFECTIONATELY KNOWN TO US FOR SO MANY WAS BORN IN 1927 IN TALLAHASSEE, ARKANSAS. SHE ATTENDED CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL IN MISSOURI. AND LATER SHE ATTENDED THE LINCOLN UNIVERSITY IN PENNSYLVANIA. MR. SPEAKER, MOMMA JEWEL ALWAYS FELT A STRONG DRIVE TO IMPROVE HER LIFE WHICH LED TO HER WORKING IN KANSAS CITY AND ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI BEFORE SETTLING INTO OUR HOMETOWN OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS IN 1966. THOUGH SHE WORKED SEVERAL JOBS, HER ASPIRATION WAS TO RETURN TO SCHOOL DURING HER TEACHING -- TO EARN HER TEACHING CREDENTIALS. SHE OBTAINED THIS ROLE BY RECEIVING A BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN EDUCATION FROM THE CHICAGO TEACHERS COLLEGE AND IN LATER YEARS A MASTER'S DEGREE FROM DEPAUL UNIVERSITY IN CHICAGO. HER LOVE OF JUSTICE FOR ALL PEOPLE DID NOT STOP THERE. HER SUPPORT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS AND EQUALITY CULMINATED IN HER SERVING AS, I QUOTE, MOMMA, END QUOTE, TO THE ILLINOIS CHAPTER OF THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY. DURING MOMMA JEWEL'S 38 YEARS AS AN EDUCATOR, SHE SERVED AS A TEACHER, MENTOR, AS A COUNSELOR, AS A ROLE MODEL, AND MOTHER FIGURE TO MANY. SHE WORKED TIRELESSLY, MR. SPEAKER, WITH STUDENTS AND FAMILY MEMBERS IN PROGRAMS THAT MET BEFORE SCHOOL, AS A TEACHER, MENTOR, AS A AFTER SCHOOL, AND EVEN ON WEEKENDS. SHE PROVIDED HOUSING AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR SEVERAL YOUNG PEOPLE SO THEY COULD FURTHER THEIR EDUCATION. MOMMA JEWEL'S PASSING HAS ALWAYS BEEN ON HELPING OTHERS AND ENCOURAGING PEOPLE REALIZE THEIR FULL POTENTIAL. THIS LED IN PART TO THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT, A ROLE SHE FIRST ACCEPTED WHEN SHE ORGANIZED A BOYCOTT IN MISSOURI IN THE 1950'S. AS THE BOARD OF EDUCATION FAILED TO USE MONEY ALLOCATED THERE FOR INDOOR TOILETS FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN SCHOOLS. MR. SPEAKER, HER PASSION FOR THIS CAUSE WAS SO GREAT THAT MOMMA JEWEL WENT DOOR-TO-DOOR ASKING PARENTS NOT TO SEND THEIR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL, A DECISION THAT ULTIMATELY LED TO AN INSTALLATION OF THOSE VERY SAME TOILETS. EVEN AFTER RETIRING IN 1994, SHE VOLUNTEERED HER TIME AND HER TALENTS AT HER FORMER SCHOOL AND OTHER SCHOOLS WHERE HER FORMER STUDENTS TAUGHT. STUDENTS TAUGHT. IN ADDITION TO HER LOVE FOR FAMILY AND HER LOVE FOR SERVICE, MOMMA JEWEL HAS ALWAYS BEEN A WELL WOUNDED ENTHUSIAST DISPLAYING MANY OF HER TALENTS AND INTERESTS WHICH INCLUDE SPORTS, THEATRICAL PERFORMANCE, COOKING, AND BAKING. TO THIS DAY, MR. SPEAKER, SHE REMAINS VERY ACTIVE IN HER CHURCH AND IN HER COMMUNITY. I KNOW I AM SO BLESSED TO KNOW MOMMA JEWEL. I'M SO BLESSED THAT MOMMA JEWEL POURED HER OWN INTO MY LATE SON'S LIFE. I'M SO BLESSED THAT SHE STILL IS THE MOVING MATRIARCH OF THE FAMILY AND OF THE MOVEMENT. SO ON BEHALF OF THE CITIZENS OF THE FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS, I WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE MY FRIEND, MOMMA JEWEL, ON THIS MILESTONE AND WISH HER MANY, MANY, MANY MORE BIRTHDAYS. MOMMA JEWEL, MAY THE LORD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU. MAY THE LORD CONTINUE TO SHINE HIS GLORY UPON YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS. AND UPON YOUR FAMILY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. 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 YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. ELLISON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:57:08 AM

      MR. ELLISON

      MR. SPEAKER, I REALLY DO BELIEVE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT THE…

      MR. SPEAKER, I REALLY DO BELIEVE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE A TAX SYSTEM THAT INVESTS IN OUR PEOPLE AND OUR COMMUNITY. WE NEED TO HAVE ENOUGH INCOME, ENOUGH RESOURCES TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE FIXING OUR ROADS AND BRIDGES, TRANSIT. WE NEED RESOURCES TO INVEST IN SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH FOR FAMILIES WHO ARE WONDERING ABOUT WHAT THE ANSWERS JUST MIGHT BE FOR THEIR LOVED ONES WHO HAVE ALZHEIMER'S OR PARKINSON'S OR WHATEVER. WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO DEFEND OUR COUNTRY. WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO HELP PEOPLE GET A GOOD EDUCATION, HEALTH CARE, HOUSING. THESE ARE THINGS THAT I BELIEVE ARE WELL WORTH INVESTMENT -- OUR INVESTMENT IN AS A NATION. AND YET WHEN WE LOOK AT THE REPUBLICAN TAX BILL, WE DON'T SEE A BILL THAT REFLECTS THE NEEDS OF THE COUNTRY TO TAKE CARE OF OUR PEOPLE, BILL THAT REFLECTS WHAT WE SEE IS A MASS DISTRIBUTION FROM WORKING PEOPLE, MIDDLE CLASS PEOPLE TO THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS IN THE COUNTRY. WE NEED A TAX REFORM, A REAL TAX REFORM, WHAT WE THAT PROTECTS RETIREMENT SECURITY FOR TODAY'S SENIORS. THAT IN FUTURE GENERATIONS THAT PROVIDES A QUALITY EDUCATION, JOB TRAINING, RESEARCH, MEDICAL CURES, RENEWABLE FORMS OF ENERGY, AND SUPPORTS OUR NATION'S CHILDREN, MR. SPEAKER. WE NEED A TAX BILL THAT SUPPORTS AMERICA'S FAMILIES AND THAT CAN HELP US DO BETTER AND LIVE HIGHER QUALITY OF LIFES -- HIGHER QUALITY LIVES. BUT INSTEAD THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT, A BIZARRELY NAMED PIECE OF LEGISLATION BECAUSE IT DOESN'T DO ANYTHING FOR JOBS, IS IN FRONT OF US, IT'S WHAT REPUBLICANS OFFER AS TAX REFORM, BUT HERE'S WHAT IT DOES, MR. SPEAKER. IT MOVES MORE JOBS OVERSEAS. THIS BILL GIVES TAX BREAKS TO CORPORATIONS OFFSHORING JOBS. DRIVING DOWN AMERICAN WAGES. HOW MANY WORKERS LAY IN A BED AT NIGHT LOOKING AT THE CEILING HOPING AND PRAYING THAT THE DOESN'T CLOSE. HOW DOUGH DO WE EXPLAIN TO THEM THAT WE'RE GOING TO CUT THE TAXES FOR THESE BIG CORPORATIONS THAT WOULD INCENTIVIZE THEM TO OFFSHORE. HOW DO WE TELL THEM THAT? IS THAT MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN? I DON'T THINK SO. IT INCREASES TAXES FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. 38 MILLION MIDDLE CLASS HOUSEHOLDS WILL SEE AN IMMEDIATE TAX INCREASE RANGING $2,000 -- AVERAGING $2,000 BY 2026. IS THAT WHAT WE HAD IN MIND WHEN WE STARTED TALKING ABOUT TAX REFORM? ABSOLUTELY NOT. THIS REPUBLICAN TAX BILL DOUBLES TAXES ON AMERICAN FAMILIES. THE TAXES THEY PAY BY ABSOLUTELY MAKING FOLKS PAY FEDERAL TAXES ON TAXES YOU HAVE ALREADY PAID TO YOUR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT. IT'S A GOOD THING WHEN LOCAL COMMUNITIES SAY YOU KNOW WHAT, WE'RE GOING TO RAISE TAXES ON OURSELVES TO MEET LOCAL NEEDS. AND WHEN STATES AND CITIES DO THAT, THEY HAVE BEEN EXPECTING FOR LITERALLY OVER 100 YEARS THAT THAT WOULD BE DEDUCTIBLE. . UNDER THE REPUBLICAN TAX PLAN WANTS TO TAKE THAT DEDUCTION AWAY WHICH WOULD HAVE THE EFFECT OF PUTTING DOWNWARD PRESSURE ON WHAT LOCAL AND STATE GOVERNMENTS CAN RAISE TO MAKE THEIR CITIZENS' LIVES BETTER. BEGINNING A DOWNWARD SPIRAL AS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PAYS LESS THAN THE STATE AND CITIES WILL BE ABLE TO GET LESS AND YOU WILL SEE SERVICES FOR PEOPLE GO DOWN THE TOILET. AT THE SAME TIME, YOU'LL SEE MONEYS TRICKLE -- NOT TRIGGLE -- I -- NOT TRICKLE BUT I THINK GEYSER UP. DOUBLE TAXATION WILL DRIVE DOWN HOME VALUES AND YOU CAN'T FUND LAW ENFORCEMENT -- THAT'S POLICE, FOLKS, SCHOOLS, HEALTH SERVICES AND INFRASTRUCTURE. MEDICAL EXPENSES, MR. SPEAKER. THE G.O.P. TAX BILL RAISES TAXES ON FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN WITH EXPENSIVE DISABILITIES OR ADULTS WHO NEED EXPENSIVE LIFESAVING TREATMENT AND LONG STANDING DISABILITIES BECAUSE IT ELIMINATES THE MEDICAL EXPENSE DEDUCTION. I HAD A LADY NAMED CAROL WHO'S A SENIOR TELLING ME, LOOK, I DON'T KNOW HOW I CAN MAKE IT WITHOUT THIS, I NEED THIS. SHE PLEADED WITH ME TO FIGHT THIS REPUBLICAN TAX BILL. SPECIFICALLY BECAUSE OF MEDICAL EXPENSE, ELIMINATION OF THAT DEDUCTION. BUT WHAT ABOUT THE STUDENT LOANS? WE LIVE IN A COUNTRY WHERE THERE'S MASSIVE STUDENT DEBT, MR. SPEAKER. AND IF YOU ARE ONE OF THE 40 MILLION PEOPLE WITH STUDENT LOAN DEBT, YOU WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO DEDUCT THE INTEREST YOU PAY ON THESE STUDENT LOANS. PLUS, IT ELIMINATES LEARNING CREDITS WHICH MAKES YOUR TUITION MORE AFFORDABLE. NOW, AS WE ALL KNOW, IF YOU'RE RICH ALREADY, YOU DON'T WORRY ABOUT STUDENT LOAN INTEREST BECAUSE YOU DON'T BORROW THE MONEY. YOU JUST PAY IT. BUT WHAT ABOUT THE MIDDLE CLASS OF AMERICA? WHAT ABOUT THE WORKING CLASS PEOPLE OF AMERICA? WHAT ABOUT FOLKS WHO REALLY NEED IT? MR. SPEAKER, AS I WRAP UP, I JUST WANT TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS REPUBLICAN TAX BILL. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE TO HAVE REAL REFORM. WE'RE NOT GETTING IT. OUR ONLY OPTION IS TO ELIMINATE THIS PARTICULARLY SAD PIECE OF LEGISLATION.

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    • 11:02:36 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MISS RICE, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MISS RICE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 11:02:41 AM

      MISS RICE

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 1, A…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 1, A DEFICIT-EXPLODING TAX CUT FOR THE WEALTHY THAT WILL HURT MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES IN MY DISTRICT. I AM ALL FOR REAL BIPARTISAN TAX REFORM THAT PUTS THE MIDDLE CLASS FIRST, BUT THAT IS NOT WHAT THIS BILL IS. THIS IS A GIVEAWAY TO THE WEALTHY AND BIG CORPORATIONS. IT ADDS TRILLIONS TO THE DEBT AND PAYS FOR IT ON THE BACKS OF THE MIDDLE CLASS. HALF OF MY CONSTITUENTS ON LONG ISLAND DEDUCT THEIR STATE AND LOCAL TAXES. AN AVERAGE OF MORE THAN 23,000. UNDER THIS BILL THAT DISAPPEARS. UNDER THIS BILL CORPORATIONS CAN STILL DEDUCT THEIR STATE AND LOCAL TAXES BUT INDIVIDUALS AND COUPLES CANNOT. THAT MEANS MANY MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES WILL SEE THEIR TAXES GO UP WHILE THE VAST MAJORITY OF RELIEF GOES TO THE PEOPLE WHO DON'T NEED IT, THE WEALTHIEST INDIVIDUALS AND THE BIGGEST CORPORATIONS. THE NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION ALSO FOUND THAT ELIMINATING SALT COULD LEAD TO A $250 BILLION CUT IN EDUCATION FUNDING JUST IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK OVER THE NEXT DECADE. MAKE NO MISTAKE, THIS BILL WON'T HELP THE MIDDLE CLASS. IT WILL EXPLODE THE DEFICIT AND REPUBLICANS WILL TRY TO PAY FOR IT WITH BIG CUTS TO HEALTH CARE, EDUCATION, SOCIAL SECURITY, AND OTHER IMPORTANT LIFE-SAVING PROGRAMS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO GIVE UP THIS TRICKLE DOWN FANTASY AND WORK WITH DEMOCRATS ON REAL BIPARTISAN TAX REFORM THAT TRULY PUTS THE MIDDLE CLASS FIRST. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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    • 11:04:23 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. DOGGETT, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 11:04:29 AM

      MR. DOGGETT

      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. REPUBLICANS ARE BOUND AND DETERMINED TO…

      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. REPUBLICANS ARE BOUND AND DETERMINED TO RUSH THROUGH THIS CONGRESS AN IMMENSE TAX BILL BEFORE AMERICANS EVEN BEGIN TO KNOW WHAT HIT THEM. WE NEED TO SPEAK UP AND INFORM ABOUT THIS BILL AND ITS MANY, MANY BAD PARTS. YOU KNOW, I CAME HERE IN THE HOUSE A FEW WEEKS AGO AND I SAID, ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS TAX BILL IS THAT IT'S FOR DONALD TRUMP AND HIS BILLIONAIRE BUDDIES. IT'S TO REWARD THOSE MULTINATIONAL COMPANIES THAT HAVE BEEN SHIPPING JOBS OFF-SHORE FOR SO MANY YEARS AND SHIPPING PROFITS OFF-SHORE AND THINK THEY HAVE NO RESPONSIBILITY TO PAY FOR OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND OTHER VITAL PUBLIC SERVICES. WELL, I'M HERE TODAY TO ADMIT THAT I WAS IN ERROR. ALL OF THOSE THINGS ARE TRUE. IT IS ABOUT DONALD TRUMP AND HIS BILLIONAIRE BUDDIES AND ALL THE ADDITIONAL MONEY THEY WILL POCKET, AND IT IS ABOUT THE SHIPPING OF JOBS OFF-SHORE BY MULTINATIONALS WHO GET A NEW INCENTIVE, A GIANT NEW LOOPHOLE IN THIS BILL, BUT I WRONG -- WAS WRONG TO SAY THAT'S WHAT IT WAS ALL ABOUT BECAUSE IT ALSO BEGINS TO IMPACT ONE FAMILY AFTER ANOTHER ACROSS AMERICA IN THEIR HEALTH CARE. THE SAME FANATICISM THAT DROVE AMERICANS TO TRY TO TAKE AWAY HEALTH CARE 60-PLUS DIFFERENT TIMES IN THE LAST CONGRESS, THE SAME FANATICISM THAT HAS CAUSED THEM TO PUSH FORWARD REPEAL EFFORT AFTER REPEAL EFFORT, THE KIND OF FANATICISM THAT AMERICAN CITIZENS STOOD UP TO SO THAT IT WAS NOT ONLY THE COURAGEOUS VOTES OF JOHN MCCAIN AND SUSAN COLLINS AND OTHER MEMBERS IN THE SENATE WHO STOPPED THIS RETCHED HEALTH CARE BILL THAT PASSED THROUGH THE HOUSE, IT'S NOT ONLY THEM BUT THE FACT THAT AMERICANS KEPT SAYING NO, DON'T TAKE AWAY MY RIGHT THAT MY FAMILY HAS TO GET ACCESS TO A FAMILY PHYSICIAN. DON'T TAKE AWAY MY NEIGHBOR, MY CHURCH MEMBERS' RIGHT TO GET ACCESS TO PROTECT THEIR FAMILY WITH HEALTH CARE. AND SO TODAY WE LEARN THAT THIS NEW TAX BILL IS BEING CHANGED TO DO JUST THAT, ANOTHER ASSAULT ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. BUT THE FIRST STEP THAT REPUBLICANS TOOK HERE IN THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE THAT I SERVE ON THAT CONSIDERED THE TAX BILL LAST WEEK AND THE BEGINNING OF THE RUSH TO FORCE IT THROUGH THE HOUSE, FORCE IT THROUGH THE CONGRESS, LONG BEFORE THANKSGIVING, BEFORE AMERICANS EVEN GET TO GIVE IT ATTENTION, WAS WHAT WE CALL THE ALZHEIMER'S TAX. CURRENTLY AMERICAN CITIZENS HAVE A RIGHT THAT HAS LONG EXISTED IN OUR TAX LAW THAT IF YOU HAVE REALLY SERIOUS MEDICAL EXPENSES, OVER 10% OF YOUR INCOME, A FAMILY WHO EARNS $50,000, WHAT IS NOW TODAY A MODEST INCOME, AND THEY HAVE OVER $5,000 IN MEDICAL EXPENSES, THEY CAN DEDUCT THOSE FROM THEIR TAXES. IT'S CALLED THE ALZHEIMER'S TAX BECAUSE SO MANY OF THE FAMILIES THAT RELY ON THIS ABILITY TO DEDUCT MEDICAL EXPENSES ARE OLDER PEOPLE WHO HAVE A FAMILY MEMBER WITH ALZHEIMER'S AND THEY NEED LONG-TERM SPECIAL CARE OR THEY NEED SOMEONE WITH HOME HEALTH CARE TO COME AND HELP THEM WITH THIS VERY SERIOUS PROBLEM. AND THEY WILL BE DENIED UNDER THE BILL THAT IS BEFORE US TODAY ANY RIGHT TO CONTINUE TO DO THAT. THEY WILL GET AN OPPORTUNITY UNDER THIS BILL TO PAY A TAX ON THE DOLLARS THEY'RE HAVING TO EXPEND FOR ALZHEIMER'S CARE AND OF COURSE IT'S NOT JUST ALZHEIMER'S CARE. IT MIGHT BE A YOUNG FAMILY THAT HAS A CHILD WITH A SERIOUS DISABILITY THAT REQUIRES HOME HEALTH AIDES, THAT REQUIRES PHYSICAL THERAPY. OR IT MIGHT BE A WOMAN WITH BREAST CANCER WHOSE MEDICAL COVERAGE DOES NOT PROVIDE ALL OF THE TREATMENT THAT SHE NEEDS. AND ALL OF THESE KINDS OF MEDICAL EXPENSES, SERIOUS, BURDENSOME MEDICAL EXPENSES NO LONGER UNDER THIS REPUBLICAN BILL WILL YOU BE ABLE TO DEDUCT ONE CENT FOR THOSE BURDENSOME MEDICAL BILLS. NO. THEY WANT TO TAX YOU ON WHAT YOU PAID IN EXCESSIVE MEDICAL BILLS. AND NOW WE MOVED TODAY TO CHAPTER 2, BECAUSE THE BILL THAT THE HOUSE WILL CONSIDER WILL BE MERGED WITH THE SENATE BILL, AND THE SENATE HAS DECLARED THEY WILL END FOREVER THE INDEPENDENT -- THE INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY PORTIONS OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THOSE ARE THE PROVISIONS THAT ENSURE ALL AMERICANS WILL PARTICIPATE, THAT WE WILL HAVE THE LARGEST POSSIBLE RISK POOL AND THAT PEOPLE DON'T SIGN UP FOR THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT JUST AFTER THEY'RE SICK, AFTER THEY HAVE A PROBLEM, THAT EVERYONE IS THERE. JUST LIKE YOU DON'T SIGN UP FOR FIRE INSURANCE AFTER YOUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE. IT'S ESSENTIAL THAT EVERYONE PARTICIPATES. WE MUST REJECT THIS BILL. IT'S THE WRONG WAY FOR AMERICA TO GO TO DENY HEALTH CARE COVERAGE AND IMPOSE MORE TAXES ON TOO MANY AMERICANS AND I YIELD BACK.

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    • 11:09:49 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      BACK.

  • 11:09:51 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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      LABOR ISSUES AT C-SPAN.ORG. THE HOUSE IS GAVELING IN THIS AFTERNOON,…

      LABOR ISSUES AT C-SPAN.ORG. THE HOUSE IS GAVELING IN THIS AFTERNOON, TAKING UP NINE BILLS AND ALSO THE -- THEY'LL START WORK ON THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN TAX REFORM BILL, TAKING UP THE RULE THIS AFTERNOON AND HOUR OF DEBATE ON THE RULE AND THEY'LL BEGIN GENERAL DEBATE ON THE G.O.P. TAX REFORM PLAN LATER THIS AFTERNOON. LIVE NOW TO THE U.S. HOUSE HERE ON C-SPAN. [CAPTIONS COPYRIGHT NATIONAL CABLE SATELLITE CORP. 2017] [CAPTIONING PERFORMED BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS CAPTION CONTENT AND ACCURACY. VISIT NCICAP.ORG]

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    • 12:00:14 PM

      THE SPEAKER

      THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY DR. GLYNN STONE,…

      THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY DR. GLYNN STONE, MOBERLY BAM ACTIVITY CHURCH, LORNING VIEW, TEXT -- TEXAS.

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  • 12:00:18 PM

    Reconvened

    The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of November 15.

    • 12:00:21 PM

      Today's prayer was offered by Dr. Glynn Stone, Mobberly Baptist Church, Longview, Texas

      • 12:00:33 PM

        DR. STONE

        THANK YOU LORD, GOD, YOU ARE OUR HOPE FOR YEARS TO COME. YOU CAN SEE OUR…

        THANK YOU LORD, GOD, YOU ARE OUR HOPE FOR YEARS TO COME. YOU CAN SEE OUR TRUST IN YOU IS ENGRAVED IN THIS VERY BUILDING. BEFORE ANY SPEECHES ARE HEARD AND VOTES ARE CAST AND DECISIONS ARE MADE, OUR GREATNESS COMES ONLY FROM YOUR GRACE. I ASK YOU TO REMIND EACH OF THESE YOUR SERVANTS OF THEIR SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITY TO LEAD IN YOUR WAY, TO LEAN ON YOUR WORD AND TO LISTEN TO YOUR VOICE. AS THEY REPRESENT CONSTITUENTS, MAY THEY DEFEND THE DEFENSELESS, PROTECT THOSE IN DANGER AND PROMOTE GOOD SO ALL AMERICANS CAN REFLECT YOUR IMAGE AND BRING GLORY TO YOU AND ACCOMPLISH YOUR WILL. YOUR HAND HAS BROUGHT US TO THESE LOFTY POSITIONS. SO WE SUBMIT THIS DAY AND OURSELVES TO YOU, JESUS, OUR LORD, AMEN.

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      • 12:01:37 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 ANNOYANCES HIS APPROVAL. THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. HICE.

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    • 12:01:45 PM

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

    • 12:01:48 PM

      PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

      The Chair designated Mr. Jody B. Hice of GA to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

      • 12:01:54 PM

        MR. HICE

        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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      • 12:02:04 PM

        THE SPEAKER

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT, IS RECOGNIZED…

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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      • 12:02:08 PM

        MR. GOHMERT

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS WITH GREAT JOY THAT I WELCOME DR. GLYNN…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS WITH GREAT JOY THAT I WELCOME DR. GLYNN STONE TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TODAY TO SERVE AS OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN. DR. STONE SERVES MOBBERLY BAPTIST CHURCH IN LONGVIEW WHERE HE TAKES PART IN INFLUENCING PEOPLE TO CHRIST. HE'S HUSBAND TO WIFE ANGIE AND TOGETHER THEY HAVE THE JOY OF RAISING THREE AWESOME SONS. DR. STONE'S CALL TO MINISTRY BEGAN WHEN HE WAS 16 YEARS OLD, SERVING IN CHURCHES THROUGHOUT THE TENNESSEE VALLEY. UNDER DR. STONE'S INFLUENCE AT MOBBERLY BAPTIST, SEVERAL CHURCHES HAVE BEEN PLANTED ACROSS THE COUNTRY AS WELL AS NUMEROUS MISSION TRIPS ACROSS THE WORLD. APART FROM HIS PASTORIAL SERVICES, DR. STONE HAS HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF TEACHING SEVERAL COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, INCLUDING SOUTHWESTERN SEMINARY, DALLAS BAPTIST UNIVERSITY. KNOWING DR. STONE AS A FRIEND AND AS A CONFIDENT IS AN HONOR AND PRIVILEGE. HIS DEDICATION TO THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST IS SOMETHING TO BE GREATLY ADMIRED. JUST JUST AS THE VAST NUMBER OF OUR -- JUST AS THE VAST NUMBER OF OUR FOUNDERS DID. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:03:26 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR WILL HE WANT TAINT UP -- WILL…

        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR WILL HE WANT TAINT UP -- WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 FURTHER ONE MINUTE REQUESTS ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA RISE? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    • 12:03:33 PM

      ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

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

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        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR A TRUE SERVANT TO THE PEOPLE, DR.…

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR A TRUE SERVANT TO THE PEOPLE, DR. EUGENE E. WILLIAMS. HE'S A DEDICATED HUSBAND TO HIS WIFE DAISY, A WONDERFUL FATHER, GRANDFATHER, CHILDREN AND PASTOR. SUNDAY WILL BE DR. WILLIAMS' 59TH ANNIVERSARY AS PASTOR OF MOUTH BIOFUELA MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH IN LOUISIANA. OVER THE COST OF HIS 59-YEAR CAREER, HE'S MINISTERED TO FOUR OTHER CHURCHES ACROSS LOUISIANA WHICH INCLUDE MOUNT SINAI BAPTIST CHURCH, ST. MARK MISSIONARY CHURCH AND NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH. IN ADDITION TO HIS SERVICE AS A PASTOR, HE WAS A TEACHER, COMMUNITY ORGANIZER AND HEAD OF THE HEAD START PROGRAM FOR 28 YEARS. MR. SPEAKER, DR. WILLIAMS IS A MODEL CITIZEN FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE FIFTH DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA.

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      • 12:04:33 PM

        MR. ABRAHAM

        I'D LIKE TO THANK HIM FOR HIS SELFLESS SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY AND FOR…

        I'D LIKE TO THANK HIM FOR HIS SELFLESS SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY AND FOR MAKING MY STATE A BETTER PLACE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:04:42 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE…

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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      • 12:04:52 PM

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        MR. SPEAKER, YOU ARE WELL AWARE THAT REPUBLICANS VOTED OVER 50 TIMES TO…

        MR. SPEAKER, YOU ARE WELL AWARE THAT REPUBLICANS VOTED OVER 50 TIMES TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, ALL ATTEMPTS FAILED. BUT NOW A REPEAL OF THE MANDATE THAT ALL AMERICANS HAVE HEALTH CARE HAS MYSTERIOUSLY BEEN ADDED TO THE TAX BILL. IS IT POSSIBLE THAT TAX REFORM IS JUST A RUSE TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT? ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. MR. SPEAKER, I BELIEVE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE PAYING ATTENTION, AND I BELIEVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL HOLD THOSE ACCOUNTABLE WHO VOTE AGAINST THEM.

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      • 12:05:31 PM

        MRS. DEMINGS

        WILL HOLD THOSE ACCOUNTABLE WHO VOTE AGAINST THEM.

      • 12:06:02 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

      • 12:06:04 PM

        MRS. DEMINGS

        THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

        THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE?

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      • 12:06:09 PM

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

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        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A REMARKABLE INDIVIDUAL…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A REMARKABLE INDIVIDUAL FROM MY HOME DISTRICT, MR. EARNEST WALLS OF MONROE, 93-YEAR-OLD WORLD WAR II VETERAN WHO WAS RECENTLY INDUCTED INTO THE GEORGIA MILITARY VETERANS HALL OF FAME. FIRST, PRIVATE FIRST CLASS WALLS JOINED THE U.S. ARMY AT THE AGE OF 18 IN THE MIDST OF WORLD WAR II. DISPLAYING INCREDIBLE VALOR UNDER THE 22ND INFANTRY UNIT, HE WAS FIRST TO STORM UTAH BEACH, THE WESTERNMOST BEACH OF THE NORMANDY INVASION WHERE THEY FOUGHT THEIR WAY ACAUSE THE KILLING ZONE WITHOUT HESITATION.

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      • 12:06:51 PM

        MR. HICE

        FOREVER GRATEFUL. I YIELD BACK.

      • 12:07:39 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 12:07:44 PM

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

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        TEMPORE WI

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

      • 12:07:51 PM

        MR. GREEN

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE TAX BILL. AGAIN, WE FIND…

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE TAX BILL. AGAIN, WE FIND OURSELVES FACED WITH A BILL THAT WILL IMPACT EVERY AMERICAN BUT MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE RUSHING -- THAT MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE RUSHING THROUGH. THEY WON'T EVEN WAIT FOR THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE TO SHOW US WHAT COST IT WILL BE TO ASSESS WHAT THIS TAX BILL WILL TO DO TO OUR ECONOMY, TO OUR CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN. WHY THE HURRY, MR. SPEAKER? IS IT IN HOPES THAT AMERICANS WON'T NOTICE THE REPEAL OF THE ESTATE TAX, A TAX THAT ONLY APPLIES TO PEOPLE SO WEALTHY THAT ENTIRE STATES DON'T HAVE SOMEONE AFFECTED BY IT IN SOME YEARS? IS IT SO THAT AMERICANS WON'T NOTICE THAT THIS BILL REPEALS THE STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION FOR FAMILIES BUT NOT FOR BUSINESSES? OR IS IT SO AMERICANS WON'T NOTICE THAT IT WILL TAX BUSINESSES -- IT WON'T TAX BUSINESSES EARNING AN INCOME ABROAD BUT IT DOES TAX INDIVIDUALS WORKING ABROAD? 80% OF THE TAX CUTS IN THIS BILL GO TO THE TOP 1% AMERICANS. REPUBLICANS MAY PRETEND AND HOPE THE MONEY WILL TRICKLE DOWN TO THE AVERAGE AMERICAN, BUT WE KNOW IT WON'T WORK. TRICKLE DOWN DOES NOT WORK. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:08:54 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 12:09:04 PM

        MR. SMITH

        MR. SPEAKER, THE PEW RESEARCH CENTER RECENTLY STUDIED HOW THE MEDIA…

        MR. SPEAKER, THE PEW RESEARCH CENTER RECENTLY STUDIED HOW THE MEDIA COVERED THE FIRST 60 DAYS OF EACH RECENT ADMINISTRATION. NOT SURPRISINGLY, 62% OF THE MEDIA COVERAGE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS NEGATIVE COMPARED TO 20% FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA AND 28% FOR PRESIDENTS BUSH AND CLINTON. AS INVESTOR OF BUSINESS DAILY PUT IT, THEY DECIDED TRUMP WAS A BAD PRESIDENT BEFORE ANY OF HIS POLICIES HAD A CHANCE TO TAKE HOLD, END QUOTE. NOW HIS POLICIES HAVE TAKEN HOLD AND IMPROVED THE ECONOMY, THE MEDIA STILL DOES NOT WANT PRESIDENT TRUMP TO SUCCEED. YOU SELDOM HEARD OR READ A WORD ABOUT OUR STRONG ECONOMIC GROWTH, THE RECORD BREAKING STOCK MARKET, HIGH CONSUMER CONFIDENCE AND THE RECORD HIGH HOUSEHOLD INCOME. THE LIBERAL MEDIA SELDOM HIGHLIGHT THIS NEWS BECAUSE THEY WOULD HAVE TO CREDIT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S SUCCESSFUL POLICIES. WHEN THE LIBERAL MEDIA GIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE FACTS AND PRESENT THE NEWS OBJECTIVELY, THEY WILL HAVE EARNED OUR TRUST. UNTIL THEN, THEY JUST SERVE AS ANOTHER BIASED SOURCE OF INFORMATION.

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

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      • 12:10:17 PM

        MR. HIGGINS

        MR. SPEAKER, NEW YORK STATE CONTRIBUTES $41 BILLION ANNUALLY TO THE…

        MR. SPEAKER, NEW YORK STATE CONTRIBUTES $41 BILLION ANNUALLY TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN TAXATION. THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN CORPORATE TAX BILL CUT IS BEING FUNDED BY TAX INCREASES ON MIDDLE AMERICA AND ON WESTERN NEW YORK. THE ELIMINATION OF STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION WILL BE A MAJOR HIT ON LOCAL TAXPAYERS. IN ERIE COUNTY, 80% OF MIDDLE INCOME HOUSEHOLDS CLAIMED THE STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION IN 2016, DEDUCTING $1.6 BILLION IN ALREADY PAID LOCAL STAX TAXES. THE DEDUCTION IN ERIE COUNTY WAS $12,866. THIS CORPORATE TAX CUT SBG FUNDED BY TAX HIKES ON MIDDLE AMERICA AND ON WESTERN NEW YORKERS AND SHOULD BE REJECTED. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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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, AS NECESSARY.

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        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS A HISTORIC WEEK, ONE THAT HAS BEEN 31…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS A HISTORIC WEEK, ONE THAT HAS BEEN 31 YEARS IN THE MAKING. IN A ONCE IN A GENERATION VOTE WE WILL VOTE TO CUT TAXES FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS AND UNLEASH THE POWER OF THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. OUR TAX CODE IS MORE THAN 70 PAGES OF OPAQUE RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT COST THE AMERICANS MONEY. IN CRITICAL WAYS, OUR TAX CODE GIVES EXPLICIT ECONOMIC ADVANTAGE TO OUR FOREIGN COMPETITORS. THAT CHANGES WITH THIS BILL. TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT PUTS AMERICAN TAXPAYERS AND THE AMERICAN ECONOMY FIRST. THE BILL CUTS TAXES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES IN EVERY TAX BRACKET BY LOWERING RATES, DOUBLING THE STANDARD DEDUCTION AND INCREASING THE CHILD TAX CREDIT, HARDWORKING AMERICAN FAMILIES CAN KEEP MORE MONEY IN THEIR PAYCHECKS. THE AVERAGE FAMILY OF FOUR EARNING $55,000 WILL SEE A TAX CUT OF OVER $1,000. THIS BILL WILL SUPERCHARGE OUR ECONOMY BY MAKING EVERYONE PLAY BY THE SAME RULES. IT SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCES TAXES ON SMALL BUSINESSES AND MANUFACTURERS. THIS MEANS MORE JOBS, MORE MONEY AND MORE OPPORTUNITY FOR AMERICAN WORKERS. TAX REFORM IS THE SINGLE BEST THING WE CAN DO FOR OUR ECONOMY AND FOR OUR FUTURE. I URGE ALL COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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        MR. KILDEE

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WELL, JUST CALLING THIS TAX BILL A MIDDLE CLASS…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WELL, JUST CALLING THIS TAX BILL A MIDDLE CLASS TAX BILL DOES NOT MAKE IT SO. YOU ACTUALLY HAVE TO READ THE BILL, AND IF YOU DO YOU FIND THAT THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE BENEFITS GOES TO THE PEOPLE AT THE VERY TOP, THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS, MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS. THEY ARE THE BENEFICIARIES OF THIS REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM. SAYING IT BENEFITS THE MIDDLE CLASS DOES NOT MAKE IT SO. AND IN FACT, MANY IN THE MIDDLE CLASS, TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN THE MIDDLE CLASS WILL PAY MORE TAXES SO THAT WE CAN DO WHAT? GIVE HUGE TAX BREAKS TO THE PEOPLE AT THE VERY TOP. AND HOW DO THEY PAY FOR THAT? THEY BORROW MONEY. ALL THESE DEFICIT HAWKS, ALL THESE PEOPLE OVER HERE WHO HAVE SAID OVER AND OVER AGAIN THAT IT'S IMMORAL TO PASS DEBT ONTO OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WILL WALK TO THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE AND THEY WILL VOTE TO SEND $1.5 TRILLION IN DEBT TO THEIR KIDS AND GRANDKIDS TO GIVE CORPORATIONS AND THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS A TAX BREAK. IT'S IMMORAL. IT'S IMMORAL.

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

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      • 12:14:08 PM

        MR. THOMPSON

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

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

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      • 12:14:16 PM

        MR. THOMPSON

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HIGHLIGHT AN EXCITING EVENT AT PENN STATE…

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HIGHLIGHT AN EXCITING EVENT AT PENN STATE THAT RAISES AWARENESS ABOUT VETERANS WHO SUFFER FROM POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER. THE FREEDOM 5-K FOR PTSD IS THE BRAIN CHILD OF SOME OF PENN STATE'S CADETS, NICHOLAS ORGANIZED THE 2016 RUN. AND JOSHUA STEIN ORGANIZED THIS YEAR'S EVENT. MR. SPEAKER, THESE DEDICATED CADETS SAID THEY FELT IT WAS IMPORTANT TO TAKE CARE OF THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO FOUGHT FOR OUR COUNTRY AND ARE STILL FIGHTING FOR THE FREEDOMS THAT WE ENJOY TODAY. THE PROCEEDS FROM THE EVENTS SUPPORT THE LONE SURVIVOR FOUNDATION, WHICH PROVIDES SUPPORT FOR THE WOUNDED SERVICE MEMBERS, THEIR SPOUSES AND CHILDREN BY EMPOWERING THEM WITH HELPFUL INFORMATION ON HOW TO ADDRESS POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS. MILD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY, CHRONIC PAIN, MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA AND CARE PARTNER STRESS. THE FREEDOM 5-K ALSO HONORS THE SPIRIT OF NAVY SEAL LIEUTENANT MICHAEL MURPHY. A PENN STATE ALUMNI WHO MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE AS PART OF OPERATION RED WINGS. MR. SPEAKER, I COMMEND THESE CURRENT AND FUTURE SERVICE MEMBERS FOR NOT ONLY ORGANIZING THIS IMPACTFUL EVENT BUT FOR CARING ABOUT THEIR FELLOW MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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        PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE THE -- FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        WHILE HOUSE DEMOCRATS CONTINUE TO FOCUS ON BETTER JOBS AND BETTER WAGES…

        WHILE HOUSE DEMOCRATS CONTINUE TO FOCUS ON BETTER JOBS AND BETTER WAGES FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE PUT FORWARD A FAKE TAX REFORM PLAN. THE REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM WILL RAISE TAXES ON 36 MILLION MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES, UNDERMINE MEDICARE AND EXPLODE THE DEFICIT.

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        MR. JEFFRIES

        OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WITH MORE THAN A TRILLION DOLLARS IN…

        OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WITH MORE THAN A TRILLION DOLLARS IN ADDITIONAL DEBT SIMPLY TO PAY FOR MASSIVE TAX CUTS FOR WORKING FAMILIES, MASSIVE TAX CUTS FOR MILLIONAIRES, FOR BILLIONAIRES AND SPECIAL INTEREST CORPORATIONS AND FOR THE PRIVILEGED FEW. IT'S ALL BEING DONE SIMPLY TO SUBSIDIZE THE LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND SHAMELESS. IT'S A PONZI SCHEME. IT'S A HEAT-SINKING MISSILE AIMED DIRECTLY AT MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES. IT IS A INTERIM-FLAM AND MUST BE DEFEATED.

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

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      • 12:17:09 PM

        MR. GIANFORTE

        MR. SPEAKER FOR 110 YEARS THE LOWER YELLOWSTONE INTAKE PROJECT HAS APPLIED…

        MR. SPEAKER FOR 110 YEARS THE LOWER YELLOWSTONE INTAKE PROJECT HAS APPLIED WATER TO 58,000 ACRES OF FAMILY FARMS IN MONTANA AND NORTH DAKOTA AND CREATED 10,000 ACRES OF WILDLIFE HABITAT TO PROTECT THE STURGON, AND IMPROVEMENT SO THE FISH CAN CIRCUMVENT THE DIVERSION. THE PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION WOULD ALSO PROTECT REGIONAL GROUND WATER, THE ENVIRONMENT AND AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITIES. UNFORTUNATELY, A U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE BLOCKED THE PROJECT BECAUSE AS HE CLAIMS IT DOES NOTHING FOR THE FISH. HIS RULING TO HALT CONSTRUCTION DOES NOTHING TO HELP THE STURGON AND DOES NOTHING TO HELP THE COMMUNITIES. I URGE THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO WORK WITH THE WORK AND THE COMPLETION OF THIS PROJECT IS URGENT TO PROTECT HABITAT SPEAKSEES AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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        AND CONTINUE TO PUT THE DACA ACT. HIS ONLY MEMORY OF MEXICO IS SAYING…

        AND CONTINUE TO PUT THE DACA ACT. HIS ONLY MEMORY OF MEXICO IS SAYING GOOD-BYE TO HIS PARENTS AS A CHILD. IN HIGH SCHOOL, HUGO PLAYED FOOTBALL AND WAS A CADET AND FIREFIGHTER EXPLORER AND MOVED INTO HONORS CLASSES AND GRADUATED AT THE TOP OF HIS CLASS AND EARNED THE PRIVILEGE OF DELIVERING THE COMMENCEMENT SPEECH AT HIS GRADUATION. ALL OF THIS LED TO THE CITY OF SALEM RECOGNIZING HUGO AS YOUTH OF THE YEAR. AFTER LEAVING HIGH SCHOOL, HIS ONLY JOB WAS A FIELD HAND. THAT IS UNTIL DACA. HUGO WAS ABLE TO ENROLL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON WORKING MULTIPLE JOBS AND EARNED HIS BACHELORS' AGREE IN ECONOMICS AND VOLUNTEERS AS A BANKER AND LITERACY FOR FAMILIES. LET'S PROTECT 800,000 DACA RECIPIENTS LIKE HUGO. AND I YIELD BACK.

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        MR. SPEAKER, A WISE MAN SAID THAT IN DOING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER…

        MR. SPEAKER, A WISE MAN SAID THAT IN DOING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER EXPECTING A DIFFERENT RESULT. THE DEFINITION OF PUBLIC BANKRUPTCY DOES NOT HAVE ENOUGH PUBLIC TAXES TO PAY PUBLIC DEBTS.

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      • 12:20:25 PM

        MR. OLSON

        IS BOTH INSANE AND BANKRUPT. IT'S INSANE BECAUSE TAXPAYERS PAY WHEN OTHERS…

        IS BOTH INSANE AND BANKRUPT. IT'S INSANE BECAUSE TAXPAYERS PAY WHEN OTHERS HOMES ARE FLOODED AND PAY AGAIN WHEN THEY ARE FLOODED A SECOND TIME, THIRD TIME AND A FOURTH TIME. G.A.O. CONFIRMED THAT THE NATIONAL INSURANCE PROGRAM HAS CREATED TAXPAYER DEBT, $23 BILLION IN 2016. THREE RECENT MAJOR HURRICANES IN THE GULF COAST DOESN'T HELP BECAUSE TEXAS HAD RECORD FLOODS WHEN HURRICANE HARVEY HIT. I WAS PROUD TO VOTE FOR TO REFORM THE 21ST CENTURY FLOOD PROGRAM. GIVE CHRISTMAS PRESENT BEFORE SANTA CLAUS COMES TO TOWN.

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        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES GENTLELADY FROM MASSACHUSETTS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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        TOMORROW THE HOUSE WILL VOTE ON H.R. 1, SO-CALLED TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT.…

        TOMORROW THE HOUSE WILL VOTE ON H.R. 1, SO-CALLED TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. UNFORTUNATELY, THAT IS NOT THE CASE. MIDDLE-INCOME AMERICANS WILL RECEIVE ONE-FIFTH OF THE PROMISED BENEFIT.

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        MS. TSONGAS

        H.R. 1 WILL RAISE TAXES ON 36 MILLION HARD-WORKING, MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICAN…

        H.R. 1 WILL RAISE TAXES ON 36 MILLION HARD-WORKING, MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICAN HOUSEHOLDS AND SCRAPS BENEFITS OUR FAMILIES DEPEND ON LIKE THE STUDENT LOAN INTEREST AND MEDICAL EXPENSE DEDUCTIONS. IMAGINE AT A TIME WHEN ACCESS TO HIGHER EDUCATION IS CRITICAL TO A FAMILY'S ECONOMIC WELL-BEING MAKING IT EVEN MORE EXPENSIVE. AND THIS LEGISLATION WAS WRITTEN BEHIND CLOSED DOORS IN SECRET WITHOUT DEMOCRATIC INPUT AND WITHOUT ANY HEARINGS. MR. SPEAKER, A BILL TO OVERHAUL THE TAX CODES THE RESULTS OF WHICH WILL AFFECT EVERY AMERICAN FOR DECADES TO COME DESERVES OPEN AND TRANSPARENT CONSIDERATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO WORK TOGETHER TO CRAFT A TAX REFORM BILL THAT LIFTS UP THE MIDDLE CLASS.

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

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

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        WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

        WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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      • 12:23:05 PM

        MR. WILSON

        THANKFUL FOR THE CHANGE SINCE THE ELECTION IN 2016 AND THE POSITIVE…

        THANKFUL FOR THE CHANGE SINCE THE ELECTION IN 2016 AND THE POSITIVE SUCCESS OF THE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT TO CUT TAXES TO CREATE JOBS. THERE HAVE BEEN RECORD SETTINGS ON PRODUCTIVITY. THERE HAVE BEEN 458 BILLS PASSED OUT OF COMMITTEE. 407 BILLS PASSED OUT OF THE HOUSE MORE THAN THE LAST FIVE ADMINISTRATIONS AND 82 BILLS SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS RESTORED TRUST IN AMERICA AS THE BEACON FOR FREEDOM WITH HIS STRONG FRIENDSHIP WITH PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU AND PRIME MINISTER ABE AND PRESIDENT MACRON OF FRANCE. HE HAS CHAMPIONED WITH SAUDI ARABIA WITH STUNNING TRIBUTES IN WARSAW AND IN SEOUL THIS WEEK. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S SUCCESS IN CREATING JOBS IS CLEAR, WITH THE DOW JOHNS 50 NEW HIGHS, CONSUMER CONFIDENCE IS AT A RECORD HIGH ESTABLISHING 261,000 NEW JOBS IN OCTOBER ALONE.

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        THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES RHODE ISLAND SEEK…

        THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES RHODE ISLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      • 12:24:18 PM

        MR. CICILLINE

        I ASK QUKE TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        MR. CICILLINE

        MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE GONE TOO FAR, THEIR TAX SCAM GIVES TAX CUTS…

        MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE GONE TOO FAR, THEIR TAX SCAM GIVES TAX CUTS TO MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES AND RAISES TAXES ON 36 MILLION FAMILIES AND MAKE DEEP CUTS TO MEDICARE AND MEDICAID AND INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS AND CREATES MORE INCENTIVE TO SHIP JOBS OVERSEAS AND THEY ARE TO TARGET THE AAFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND 13 MILLION AMERICANS. THIS IS NOT A TAX REFORM PLAN, IT'S A TAX SCAM. DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS SHOULD BE WORKING TOGETHER TO FIX AN ECONOMY AND TAX CODE THAT IS RIGID AGAINST WORKING PEOPLE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED REAL TAX REFORM THAT INVESTS IN MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES AND PROTECTS MEDICARE AND MEDICAID AND OTHER VITAL INVESTMENTS LIKE HEALTH CARE, INFRASTRUCTURE AND EDUCATION. THIS BILL DOES THE OPPOSITE AND DESERVES TO BE DEFEATED AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE A BETTER DEAL.

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

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        PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        I'M HONORED TO BE HERE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THREE NATIONAL BLUE RIBBON…

        I'M HONORED TO BE HERE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THREE NATIONAL BLUE RIBBON SCHOOLS IN MY DISTRICT, EACH YEAR THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION RECOGNIZES SOME OF THE TOP SCHOOLS FROM ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. THE BLUE RIBBON AWARD IS AN ACHIEVEMENT THAT RECOGNIZES THE WORK DONE BY EDUCATORS AND THE HARD WORK OF DEDICATED STUDENTS. I LIKE TO CONGRATULATE HAM LYNN, BREWSTER AND ROCHESTER ADAMS HIGH SCHOOL AS BEING RECOGNIZED AS BEING SOME OF THE BEST EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS THERE IS TO OFFER. I KNOW THIS PERSONALLY AS TWO OF MY CHILDREN ATTEND ONE OF THOSE SCHOOLS. THE TEACHERS DON'T WAIT TO GENERATE ENTHUSIASM FOR LEARNING. EACH STUDENT IS EMPOWERED TO TAKE CHALLENGES TO PUSH THEIR MINDS AND TO THINK OF WAYS -- THINK OF THINGS IN DIFFERENT WAYS. ALL OF THESE SCHOOLS ARE EXCEPTIONAL AND FILLED WITH THE LOVE OF LEARNING AND DEVOTED TO THE PREPARATION OF STUDENTS FOR ALL STAGES OF LIFE. ALL THREE SCHOOLS SERVE MY COMMUNITY. CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE OUTSTANDING SCHOOLS, THEIR SELFLESS DEVOTION TO THEIR STUDENTS IS SOMETHING WE CAN ALL TAKE HEART. OUR CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE AND THEY ARE COMMITTED TO MAKING IT A BRIGHT ONE.

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        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 GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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        MR. SPEAKER, IN A NATIONWIDE COMPETITION ROLLINS COLLEGE HAD ONE OF THE…

        MR. SPEAKER, IN A NATIONWIDE COMPETITION ROLLINS COLLEGE HAD ONE OF THE HIGHEST VOTER TURNOUT RATES. I RECOGNIZE THE STUDENTS AND FACULTY FOR THIS ACCOMPLISHMENT WHICH REFLECTS THE SCHOOL'S COMMITMENT TO PREPARING THE NEXT GENERATION OF ENGAGED CITIZENS. AS JUSTICE BRANDEIS ONCE OBSERVED, THE ONLY TITLE IN OUR DEMOCRACY SUPERIOR TO THAT OF PRESIDENT IS THE TITLE OF CITIZEN. OUR DEMOCRACY WITHERS WHEN STUDENTS ARE CYNICAL ABOUT THE POLITICAL PROCESS. HOWEVER IT'S STRONGEST WHEN OUR CITIZENS ARE ENGAGED AND INFORMED. OUR CITIZENS USE THEIR VOICE AND THEIR VOTE AND THRIVES WHEN OUR CITIZENS UNDERSTAND WHEN THE RIGHT TO VOTE IS SACRED IT IS ONLY POWERFUL WHEN IT IS EXERCISED. WHAT THIS SCHOOL ACCOMPLISHED IS SO IMPORTANT AND I'M PROUD TO REPRESENT ROLLINS COLLEGE IN CONGRESS. I YIELD BACK.

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        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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        WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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        MAJOR TAX REFORM PLAN SINCE 1986. THE ACT WE ARE CONSIDERING IS GOING TO…

        MAJOR TAX REFORM PLAN SINCE 1986. THE ACT WE ARE CONSIDERING IS GOING TO DELIVER REAL TAX RELIEF TO MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESSES. THERE IS MORE WORK TO BE DONE. WE DON'T SETTLE FOR GOOD ENOUGH. WE CAN MAKE THE ACT EVEN BETTER BY INCLUDING REPEAL OF OBAMACARE'S INDIVIDUAL MANDATE. NO AMERICAN SHOULD EVER BE FORCED TO PURCHASE SOMETHING THAT THEY DON'T WANT. THAT'S NOT FREEDOM. THAT'S NOT THE AMERICAN WAY. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRATS FORCED AMERICANS TO PURCHASE INSURANCE THEY CAN'T AFFORD AND DON'T WANT. TIME FOR CONGRESS TO REPEAL THE INDIVIDUAL FORCED MANDATE.

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        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 CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

      • 12:29:26 PM

        MR. TAKANO

        MOST AMERICANS WOULD BE OUTRAGED TO LEARN THAT --

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        THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. WILL MEMBERS AND STAFF TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS…

        THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. WILL MEMBERS AND STAFF TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR.

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      • 12:29:37 PM

        MR. TAKANO

        MOST AMERICANS WOULD BE OUTRAGED TO LEARN THAT HUNDREDS IF NOT THOUSANDS…

        MOST AMERICANS WOULD BE OUTRAGED TO LEARN THAT HUNDREDS IF NOT THOUSANDS OF VETERANS HAVE BEEN DEPORTED AFTER SERVING HONORLY IN THE UNITED STATES MILITARY, BUT THIS IS THE SHOCKING TRUTH ABOUT OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. THESE UNJUST DEPORTATIONS OF VETERANS ARE STILL OCCURRING. LET ME CITE THE CASE OF A SOUTH KOREAN IMMIGRANT WHO HAS LIMBD IN THIS COUNTRY SINCE FIVE YEARS OLD. HE WAS DEPLOYED TO IRAQ. LEGAL PEMPLE IN THE EVENT RESIDENTS CAN QUALIFY FOR CITIZENSHIP IF THEY SERVE ON ACTIVE DUTY. SUFFERING FROM PTSD AND FACING THE SAME CHALLENGES THAT VETERANS FACE, KIM BROKE THE LAW AND BECAUSE HE NEVER COMPLETED THE POSSESS OF BECOMING A CITIZEN HE CURRENTLY AWAITS DEPORTATION. VETERANS LIKE KIM DESERVE BETTER. THEY DESERVE THE DIGNITY AND RESPECT. THANK YOU. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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      • 12:30:45 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      • 12:30:50 PM

        MS. FOXX

        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, MR. SPEAKER.

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      • 12:30:54 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        MS. FOXX

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO SALUTE A BRAVE DEDICATED NURSE OF…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO SALUTE A BRAVE DEDICATED NURSE OF NORTH CAROLINA, MS. MCNEIL. RECENTLY THE FIFTH DISTRICT OF CONGRESSIONAL EXPERIENCED TORRENTIAL DOWNPOURS AND FLOODING, CAUSING SEVERE DAMAGE TO MANY RESIDENTS AND THEIR PROPERTY. MRS. MCNEIL SCHEDULED FOR HER SHIFT AT ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA, FOUND HER CAR PATH BY FLOODWATERS AND A DOWNED TREE. UNDETERRED BY THIS DANGER, MS. MCNEIL WALKED UP A STEEP HILL TO HER FATHER TO GET HER TO THE HOSPITAL TO HELP DELIVER TWO BABIES. SHE UNDERSTOOD SHE WAS NEEDED AND SHE RISKED HERSELF TO GET TO HER PATIENTS. SHE EXEMPLIFIES THE BEST CHARACTERISTICS OF AMERICANS. MR. SPEAKER, I KNOW I SPEAK FOR MANY WHEN I SAY THAT FUTURE GENERATIONS OF THE ASH COUNTY COMMUNITY ARE BLESSED BY MRS. MCNEIL'S DEDICATION TO HER CALLING. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:31:53 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 12:32:07 PM

        MS. TITUS

        I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THE REPUBLICAN'S TAX SCAM THAT HAS BEEN…

        I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THE REPUBLICAN'S TAX SCAM THAT HAS BEEN JAMMED THROUGH THIS CHAMBER WITHOUT NORMAL ORDER, WITHOUT PUBLIC DEBATE AND WITHOUT CONSIDERATION FOR OUR NATION'S FUTURE. I REPRESENT THE HEART OF LAS VEGAS, A CITY THAT WAS ONE OF THE HARDEST HIT DURING THE FINANCIAL CRISIS. MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS ARE JUST BEGINNING TO RECOVER FROM THE WORST FINANCIAL CRISIS SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION, AND THIS TAX BILL WILL GREATLY HINDER THEIR PROGRESS. SOME 20% OF MY CONSTITUENTS ITEMIZE THEIR DEDUCTIONS. THE VAST MAJORITY OF WHOM EARN UNDER $75,000 A YEAR. THESE FAMILIES WILL ALL SEE A TAX HIKE IF THIS BILL BECOMES LAW BECAUSE THE DEDUCTIONS FOR STUDENT LOANS, MEDICAL EXPENSES, SALES TAX AND SOME MORTGAGES WILL ALL DISAPPEAR. THE SAD REALITY IS THEY WON'T JUST FEEL THE HIT ON APRIL 15, TAX DAY. THEY'LL FEEL IT EVERY SINGLE DAY. THE DEFICIT THAT THIS BILL WILL CREATE WILL LEAD TO STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS MISSING OUT ON NEEDED FEDERAL FUNDING, AND THEY'LL EITHER HAVE TO SLASH VITAL PROGRAMS OR RAISE TAXES AT THAT LEVEL. AND IF THE SENATE HAS ITS WAY, THEY'LL CUT MEDICARE BY $25 MILLION AND REPEAL THE A.C.A. THIS IS NOT A TAX REFORM. IT'S A SYSTEM THAT WILL RIG OUR --

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      • 12:33:29 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY WILL SUSPEND.

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        MS. TITUS

        I YIELD BACK.

      • 12:33:32 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

      • 12:33:35 PM

        MR. YODER

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

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        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

      • 12:33:41 PM

        MR. YODER

        I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER AS NATIONAL ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE…

        I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER AS NATIONAL ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH AND TO HIGHLIGHT THE NEED FOR CONTINUED FUNDING TO FIND A CURE. IN 1983 WHEN PRESIDENT REAGAN DESIGNATED THIS MONTH TO HELP RAISE AWARENESS FOR ALZHEIMER'S, THERE WERE LESS THAN TWO MILLION AMERICANS THAT SUFFERED FROM THIS DISEASE. TODAY, THERE ARE NEARLY 5.4 MILLION AMERICANS WITH ALZHEIMER'S. FINDING A CURE TO THIS DISEASE IS A SMART HEALTH POLICY DECISION WE CAN MAKE AND IT MIGHT ALSO BE THE MOST CRITICAL ECONOMIC PROPOSAL. THE COST OF CARING FOR ALZHEIMER'S PATIENTS IN THE U.S. WAS ESTIMATED TO BE $236 BILLION IN 2016 WHICH IS MORE THAN $200 BILLION GREATER THAN THE TOTAL FUNDING FOR RESEARCH PROVIDED BY THE N.I.H. FOR ALL DISEASES. INVESTMENTS IN RESEARCH HAVE LED TO SOME GREAT NEWS IN KANSAS. THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS ANNOUNCED IT WILL PARTICIPATE IN A TRIAL OF A NEW DRUG INTENDED TO PREVENT OR DELAY ALZHEIMER'S. FURTHER, RESEARCHERS ARE CONTINUING TO WORK ON OTHER PREVENTATIVE STUDIES. MR. SPEAKER, AS WE CONTINUE -- AS WE MUST CONTINUE TO PROVIDE RESOURCES THAT WE NEED TO FIND A CURE FOR THIS DISEASE, I'M PROUD OF THE WORK BEING DONE AT K.U. AND ACROSS THE NATION. WE WILL CONTINUE TO BE RELENTLESS IN OUR FIGHT TO CURE ALZHEIMER'S. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:34:47 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 12:34:57 PM

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        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY ON BEHALF OF…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY ON BEHALF OF VETERANS OF THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES WHO HAVE BEEN UNCEREMONIOUSLY DEPORTED. IN THE 1990'S, THE IMMIGRATION LAW CHANGES ELIMINATED JUDICIAL DISCRETION AND RECLASSIFIED MANY LOW-LEVEL NONVIOLENT OFFENSES AS AGGRAVATED FELONIES MANDATING DEPORTATION. THEY HAVE BANISHED AN UNKNOWN NUMBER OF VETERANS. THESE WERE MINOR OFFENSES BY VETERANS WHO SUCCUMBED TO THE DIFFICULTIES READJUSTING TO CIVILIAN LIFE.

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      • 12:35:27 PM

        MR. VARGAS

        MANY ARE COMBAT VETERANS WHO SUSTAINED PHYSICAL WOUNDS AND EMOTIONAL…

        MANY ARE COMBAT VETERANS WHO SUSTAINED PHYSICAL WOUNDS AND EMOTIONAL TRAUMA IN CONFLICTS GOING BACK TO THE WAR IN VIETNAM. THIS BANISHMENT EFFECTIVELY DENIES THESE MEN ACCESS TO OFTEN CRITICALLY NEEDED MEDICAL CARE. REGARDLESS OF IMMIGRATION STATUS, ALL U.S. MILITARY VETERANS ARE ENTITLED TO TREATMENT AT THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS MEDICAL FACILITIES. YET, VERY FEW OF THESE DEPORTED VETERANS ARE GRANTED THE NECESSARY WAIVERS TO ACCESS THE CARE IN THE UNITED STATES OR ABROAD. IN FACT, THE MOST -- MOST OF THESE VETERANS, THE ONLY WAY THEY ARE GOING TO RETURN IS IN A BOX DEAD BECAUSE THEY DO HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE BURIED IN A VETERANS CEMETERY. LET'S DO THE RIGHT THING AND BRING THESE VETERANS HOME SO THEY CAN GET THE CARE THEY NEED. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:36:09 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 12:36:19 PM

        MR. BURGESS

        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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      • 12:36:23 PM

        TEMPORE WITHOUT

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

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. BURNL BURJ THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU A LETTER THAT WAS RECEIVED IN THE RULES COMMITTEE LAST NIGHT. IT'S A LETTER ADDRESSED TO CHAIRMAN KEVIN BRADY OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE. IT IS FROM THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION.

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      • 12:36:36 PM

        MR. BURGESS

        IT'S ALONG LETTER. I WILL NOT READ ALL OF IT. SOME OF IT IS DIFFICULT TO…

        IT'S ALONG LETTER. I WILL NOT READ ALL OF IT. SOME OF IT IS DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND. BUT LET ME PICK OUT THE IMPORTANT POINTS. IN EACH CASE, THE TAXPAYERS' TOTAL INCOME TAX LIABILITY IS LOWER -- IS LOWER. HERE'S THEIR CONCLUDING PARAGRAPH. IN ITS TOTALITY, THE COMBINED EFFECT OF THE TAX RATE AND THE INCOME THRESHOLD WITH AMENDMENTS MADE BY THE BILL, ALONG WITH THE INCREASE IN THE STANDARD DEDUCTION WOULD NOT -- WOULD NOT IN AND OF THEMSELVES RESULT IN AN INCREASE IN THE AMOUNT OF TAX IMPOSED ON VIRTUALLY ANY FILER AS A RESULT OF THESE CHARGES. TRANSLATION -- NO ONE'S TAXES GO UP. NOT 36 MILLION, NOT 3,600, NOT 36. ACCORDING TO THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION, THAT NUMBER IS ZERO, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO GET A COPY OF THIS LETTER IN THE RECORD.

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      • 12:37:32 PM

        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS NOW SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

      • 12:37:38 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        >>

        REPUBLICAN TAX BILL THREATENS THE HEALTH OF MILLIONS.

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        MR. DOGGETT

        THAT'S WHY REPUBLICANS ARE RUSHING THIS SHAM THROUGH IN RECORD PACE. THEY…

        THAT'S WHY REPUBLICANS ARE RUSHING THIS SHAM THROUGH IN RECORD PACE. THEY WANT TO PASS IT BEFORE MOST AMERICANS KNOW WHAT HAS HIT THEM. IT IS AMAZING THAT ON THIS ALZHEIMER'S AWARENESS MONTH THEY CELEBRATE BY IMPOSING A NEW ALZHEIMER'S TAX. FAMILIES PAYING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS TO CARE FOR A LOVED ONE WOULD LOSE THE RIGHT THAT THEY HAVE TODAY TO DEDUCT THOSE HUGE EXPENSES. AND IT'S NOT JUST A TAX ON ALZHEIMER'S BUT ON ANY SUBSTANTIAL HEALTH CARE EXPENSE. AS IF THAT WEREN'T BAD ENOUGH, THEY PURSUE THEIR FANATICAL ZEAL TO DESTROY OBAMACARE, AND YET AGAIN WOULD REMOVE ONE OF THE KEY PILLARS. IT WOULD LEAD TO DENYING COVERAGE FOR THOSE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS BECAUSE THEIR PREMIUMS WILL SOAR. IT WILL MEAN MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WILL LOSE THEIR HEALTH CARE COVERAGE. PROTECT YOUR HEALTH. REJECT THIS SORRY REPUBLICAN TAX BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:38:47 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 12:38:58 PM

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        I RISE TODAY TO THANK ALL THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED OUR GREAT NATION IN THE…

        I RISE TODAY TO THANK ALL THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED OUR GREAT NATION IN THE ARMED FORCES. ON VETERANS DAY WE REFLECTED ON THE SACRIFICES THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN HAVE MADE TO KEEP US SAFE. YET, FEW AMERICANS REALIZE THAT U.S. CITIZENSHIP IS NOT REQUIRED FOR MILITARY SERVICE AND EVEN FEWER KNOW THAT OUR NATION HAS GONE AS FAR AS DEPORTING VETERANS. MY COLLEAGUES AND I IN THE CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS VISITED THE DEPORTED VETERANS SUPPORT HOUSE IN TIJUANA, MEXICO, TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS ISSUE. WE HEARD STORIES ABOUT THEIR SERVICE, DEPORTATION AND SEPARATION FROM FAMILY MEMBERS.

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      • 12:39:34 PM

        MR. CASTRO

        IVAN WAS BORN IN MEXICO AND CAME TO THE UNITED STATES WHEN HE WAS 7 YEARS…

        IVAN WAS BORN IN MEXICO AND CAME TO THE UNITED STATES WHEN HE WAS 7 YEARS OLD. HE ENLISTED IN THE ARMY AFTER HIGH SCHOOL TO, QUOTE, TO SERVE THE ONLY COUNTRY HE KNEW TO BE HIS HOME. IVAN DEPLOYED TO IRAQ, JORDAN AND KOREA AND RECEIVED AN HONORABLE DISCHARGE. ULTIMATELY HE WAS DEPORTED TO MEXICO AND HAD TO LEAVE HIS FAMILY BEHIND INCLUDING HIS U.S.-BORN DAUGHTER. CONGRESS CAN AND SHOULD PASS LEGISLATION THAT BRINGS THESE DEPORTED VETERANS HOME. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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      • 12:40:03 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 12:40:18 PM

        MR. KIHUEN

        MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF STEVENBURGER, A LOVING…

        MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF STEVENBURGER, A LOVING SON, -- STEVEN BURGER, A LOVING SON, BROTHER. GROWING UP IN WISCONSIN, STEVEN WAS ACTIVE IN MANY SPORTS. AT 6'6", STEVEN WAS A STANDOUT BASKETBALL PLAYER IN HIGH SCHOOL AND LATER PLAYED IN COLLEGE. STEVEN LIVED IN MINNESOTA WHERE HE WORKED AS A FINANCIAL ADVISOR AND WAS THE LOVING FATHER TO HIS THREE CHILDREN. HIS FRIENDS AND FAMILY DESCRIBE HIM AS A CHARISMATIC, FULL OF ENERGY AND LARGER THAN LIFE. THE TYPE OF MAN WHO BREATHS LIFE INTO EVERY ROOM. HE WAS ALSO AN AV ICKS D FISHERMAN AND LOVED TALKING ABOUT STOCKS AND COMPETITIVE SPORTS. STEVEN TRAVELED TO THE ROUTE 91 MUSIC FESTIVAL IN LAS VEGAS WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO CELEBRATE HIS 44TH BIRTHDAY. I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND MY CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS. PLEASE KNOW THAT THE STATE OF NEVADA, THE WHOLE COUNTRY GRIEVE WITH YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 12:40:30 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 15, 2017 at 11:34 a.m.: That the Senate passed S. 534.

        • 12:41:20 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR NOW LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A…

          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR NOW LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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        • 12:41:26 PM

          THE CLERK

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

          THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR, PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CLERK RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE ON NOVEMBER 15, 2017, AT 11:34 A.M. THAT THE SENATE PASSED SENATE 534. SIGNED SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS.

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        • 12:41:49 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS NOW SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          MR. SESSIONS

          MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND GOOD AFTERNOON, SIR. BY THE…

          MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND GOOD AFTERNOON, SIR. BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 619 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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      • 12:41:57 PM

        Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 619 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1) to provide for reconciliation pursuant to title II of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018, and providing for proceedings during the period from November 17, 2017, through November 27, 2017."

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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          THE CLERK

          HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 102, HOUSE RESOLUTION 619. RESOLVED, THAT UPON…

          HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 102, HOUSE RESOLUTION 619. RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL H.R. 1, TO PROVIDE FOR RECONCILIATION PURSUANT TO TITLE 2 OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION ON THE BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. IN LIEU OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS NOW PRINTED IN THE BILL, AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-39 SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED. THE BILL, AS AMENDED, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL, AS AMENDED, ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL, AS AMENDED, AND ON ANY FURTHER AMENDMENT THERETO, TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT, ONE, FOUR HOURS OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS, AND TWO, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS. CLAUSE 5-B OF RULE 21 SHALL NOT APPLY TO THE BILL OR AMENDMENTS THERETO. SECTION 2, UPON PASSAGE OF H.R. 1, THE AMENDMENT TO THE TITLE OF SUCH BILL RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS NOW PRINTED IN THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED. SECTION 3, ON ANY LEGISLATIVE DAY DURING THE PERIOD FROM NOVEMBER 17, 2017, THROUGH NOVEMBER 27, 2017, A, THE JOURNAL OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE PREVIOUS DAY SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS APPROVED, AND B, THE CHAIR MAY AT ANY TIME DECLARE THE HOUSE ADJOURNED TO MEET AT A DATE AND TIME, WITHIN THE LIMITS OF CLAUSE 4, SECTION 5, ARTICLE 1 OF THE CONSTITUTION, TO BE ANNOUNCED BY THE CHAIR IN DECLARING THE ADJOURNMENT. SECTION 4, THE SPEAKER MAY APPOINT MEMBERS TO PERFORM THE DUTIES OF THE CHAIR FOR THE DURATION OF THE PERIOD ADDRESSED BY SECTION 3 OF THIS RESOLUTION AS THOUGH UNDER CLAUSE 8-A OF RULE 1.

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        • 12:44:04 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS NOW RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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          MR. SESSIONS

          THANK YOU, SIR. MR. SPEAKER, DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION ALL…

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

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        • 12:44:24 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

    • 12:44:25 PM

      DEBATE

      The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 619.

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        MR. SESSIONS

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

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

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      • 12:44:32 PM

        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO START BY SAYING THAT I WOULD OFFER MY THANKS AND…

        MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO START BY SAYING THAT I WOULD OFFER MY THANKS AND ADMIRATION, COLLEGIAL ADMIRATION AND RESPECT TO THE MEMBERS OF THE RULES COMMITTEE WHO LAST NIGHT ONCE AGAIN ON AN EXPEDITED BASIS SPENT TIME DEVOTED TO THE DUTY THAT THEY HAVE, NOT ONLY TO THEIR PARTY BUT ALSO TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES BY WITH ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE GENTLEWOMAN, MS. SLAUGHTER, THE GENTLEMAN, MR. HASTINGS, THE GENTLEMAN, MR. POLIS, AND CERTAINLY OUR FRIEND FROM WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS, THE GENTLEMAN, MR. MCGOVERN, CONDUCTED THEMSELVES NOT ONLY IN THE HIGHEST OF SPIRIT BUT THEY ALSO PRODUCED WHAT I BELIEVE WAS A FAIR ARGUMENT, A PRODUCT THEY COULD BE PROUD OF AND EACH OF THE WITNESSES THAT CAME BEFORE US, INCLUDING DEMOCRATIC MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND REPUBLICAN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, PROVIDED I BELIEVE TOP-NOTCH INFORMATION AND TESTIMONY ON BEHALF OF THEIR IDEAS AND I PERSONALLY WANT TO THANK JUDGE HASTINGS FOR HIS TIME LAST NIGHT WHICH WAS LATE INTO THE NIGHT AND FOR TODAY AND MY ADMIRATION AND RESPECT FOR HIS COLLEGIAL ACTIVITY IS TO BE RESPECTED AND APPRECIATED. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. THE RULE PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. LAST NOVEMBER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AS THEY SPOKE CLEARLY, I BELIEVE THAT THEY STOOD UP AND DEMANDED CHANGE ABOUT ACTION ON OUR ECONOMY. THEY DEMANDED AN INCREASE AND UNDERSTANDING ABOUT AMERICA LACK IN THE G.D.P. GROWTH. THEY SAW COMPANIES THAT CONTINUED TO MOVE OVERSEAS. THEY SAW MOVEMENT IN OUR ECONOMY WHERE PEOPLE MOVE FROM ONE STATE TO ANOTHER SEEKING BETTER OPPORTUNITIES. I BELIEVE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN AND WE NOT ONLY HEARD THAT BUT TRYING TO MAKE DECISIONS NOW THAT WOULD NOT ONLY HELP EVERY SINGLE AREA OF THE COUNTRY BY PICKING THOSE BUSINESSES THAT MIGHT BE IN THE CITY AND THE TOWN AND LOCATION THEY WANT TO BE, BUT BY INFUSING THEM WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO STAY, TO STAY BECAUSE THEY CAN NOT ONLY MAKE A GO OF IT BUT BE COMPETITIVE IN THE WORLD MARKET. LOWERING TAX RATES IN THIS COUNTRY WILL HELP THE MIDDLE CLASS. IT WILL HELP JOBS AND JOB CREATION. THAT IS WHY WE ARE HERE TODAY. WE ARE HERE TODAY AS A REPUBLICAN PARTY WHERE WE ARE TRYING TO WORK WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, THE UNITED STATES SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO SPEAK CLEARLY ABOUT NOT ONLY WHAT WE STAND FOR BUT OUR HOPES AND DREAMS TORE A BETTER OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL AMERICANS' TOMORROW AND INTO THE FUTURE. MR. SPEAKER, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT DELIVERS ON THOSE PROMISES. THIS IS A BOLD, PRO-GROWTH BILL THAT WILL OVERHAUL OUR TAX CODE, NOT JUST IN MY HOME STATE OF TEXAS OR CITY OF DALLAS, BUT EVERYWHERE WHERE BUSINESS WANTS TO BE, IT CAN FLOURISH BECAUSE WE ARE NOW GOING TO BE COMPETITIVE. IT LOWERS TAXES ON ALL BUSINESSES SO JOB CREATORS CAN FOCUS NOT ONLY THEIR PRODUCT AND SALES BUT CAN HIRE MORE PEOPLE, INCREASE PAYCHECKS AND GROWTH. AND GROWTH IS ACTUALLY THE KEY TO WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT TODAY. ECONOMIC GROWTH BRINGS OPPORTUNITY, AN OPPORTUNITY CAN ABOUND BY PEOPLE TO NOT ONLY HAVE A JOB, BUT A CAREER, CONTROL THEIR OWN LIBES AND MAKE SURE THEY CAN LIVE WHERE THEY WANT TO LIVE AND MAKE THEIR COMMUNITIES STRONGER. THAT'S THIS REPUBLICAN VIEW POINT OF WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO GET AT, MR. SPEAKER. THE HIGHEST CORPORATE TAX RATE IN THE INDUSTRIALIZED WORLD, TODAY'S BROKEN TAX CODE FORCES MANY BUSINESSES TO MOVE THEIR JOBS, RESEARCH AND HEADQUARTERS OVERSEAS SEEKING OPPORTUNITIES WHERE IN A WORLD ENVIRONMENT OF COMPETITION, THAT THEY CAN SURVIVE, THAT THEY CAN BECOME MORE COMPETITIVE AND ENCOURAGES AMERICAN COMPANIES TO BRING THEIR JOBS BACK AS A RESULT OF WHAT WE'RE DOING, BACK TO THE UNITED STATES. OPENING UP THE OPPORTUNITY TO A CORPORATE TAX RATE OF 20%. THIS DID HE KEYS IS FUNDAMENTAL TO MAKE THE UNITED STATES MORE COMPETITIVE. THE NUMBER ONE REASON AMERICA IS NOT COMPETITIVE IN THE WORLD IS NO LONGER BECAUSE OF ENERGY COSTS OR NO LONGER BECAUSE WE HAVE THE HIGHEST-PRICED EMPLOYEES. NO, SIR. IT'S BECAUSE UNCLE SAM MAKES THEM NONCOMPETITIVE WHICH CREATES A HIGHER COST AS WE COMPETE AROUND THE GLOBE. THIS MILL MODERNIZE THE INTERNATIONAL TABS CODE ALSO BRINGING BACK OPPORTUNITIES OF AMERICAN COMPANIES THAT WANT TO BRING THEIR PROFITS BACK HOME AND ENCOURAGE U.S. BUSINESSES TO BRING FOREIGN EARNINGS HOME UNLEASHING TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT CAN COME BACK HOME. IT REDUCES TAX BURDENS ON ALL PASS-THROUGH BUSINESSES REGARDLESS OF THEIR STRUCTURE OR THEIR SECTOR. THIS LEGISLATION PROVIDES TAX RELIEF, JOB RELIEF AND CREATES CAPITAL INVESTMENTS AND INVESTMENTS THAT WILL DRIVE GROWTH ONCE AGAIN, PAYCHECKS AND OPPORTUNITY FOR GROWTH. THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IS A BOOST FOR MIDDLE-INCOME AMERICANS WHO HAVE SEEN THIS STRUGGLE AND LET ALONE THEIR OWN STRUGGLES. MR. SPEAKER, YOU WILL HEAR TODAY HOW WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A NEW TAX BRACKET. ALL AMERICANS UNTIL THEY AS INDIVIDUALS EARN $12,000, THEY WILL NOT PAY TAX ON THAT. THAT MEANS TWO WORKING PEOPLE AT HOME, $24,000 WORTH OF INCOME, IT IS INTENDED TO HELP THE MIDDLE CLASS OF THIS COUNTRY. H.R. 1 IS ABOUT THE FAMILY OF FOUR, THE SMALL BUSINESS OWNER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE UNITED STATES IS ALREADY THE GREATEST PLACE IN THE WORLD TO LIVE. WE ARE PROUD TO BE AMERICANS, BUT WE HAVE TO BE COMPETITIVE IN THE WORLD MARKETPLACE. SO, MR. SPEAKER, 70% OF THE TAX BENEFITS IN THIS LEGISLATION GO DIRECTLY TO THE MIDDLE CLASS, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT AND NEED TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS BILL BUT HOW IT WILL MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. I RESERVE.

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      • 12:51:38 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 12:51:43 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PLEASED…

        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PLEASED THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MY GOOD FRIEND YIELDED TO ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES FOR DEBATE. ONCE AGAIN, MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE DECIDED THAT THE BEST WAY TO GOVERN IS THROUGH OBJECT FEW SCATION, MATH GIMMICKS AND IN A RUSHED AND CLOSED PROCESS AND ALL IN AN OBVIOUS ATTEMPT TO HIDE FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE DEVASTATING CONSEQUENCES THE REPUBLICAN-LED TAX SCAM BILL WILL HAVE ON WORKING CLASS AND MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICA. AND JUST SO WE ARE ALL CRYSTAL CLEAR ON THIS POINT, WHO UNDER THIS TAX BILL BENEFITS ON THE BACKS OF WORKING AND MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS. YES, FOLKS, IT IS THE WEALTHY CORPORATIONS AND THE RICHEST AMONG US. THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS MADE CLAIMS ABOUT THEIR BILL SAYING THAT BECAUSE OF THIS LEGISLATION, EVERYONE GETS A TAX CUT AND JOBS WILL BE PLENTIFUL, THAT THE ECONOMY WILL GROW ASTRO NO, MA'AMICALLY. THE WHITE HOUSE HAS EVEN SAID THAT THE TAX CUTS WOULD RESULT IN EACH HOUSEHOLD RECEIVING AN ADDITIONAL $5,000 TO $9,000 IN ANNUAL INCOME. MR. SPEAKER, IT SEEMS THERE ISN'T ANYTHING THAT REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP WON'T SAY TO GET THEIR OWN MEMBERS TO VOTE FOR THIS BILL. WELL, MR. SPEAKER, THEY CAN MAKE ALL THE CLAIMS THEY WANT, BUT THE ACTUAL TAX EXPERTS THAT HAVE ANALYZED THIS BILL PAINT A MUCH DARKER PICTURE ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES OF THIS LEGISLATION. ACCORDING TO ONE NONPARTISAN TAX ANALYSIS, TODAY'S REPUBLICAN PLAN WILL RESULT IN A TAX INCREASE FOR 38 MILLION MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS. NOT TO WORRY THOUGH, THESE HARDWORKING MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE TAX INCREASE. THE RICHEST, 0.2% OF AMERICANS WILL GET A WIND FALL. THERE IS A STATE ESTATE PROVISION WILL ALLOW THE HIRES TO POCKET UP TO $67.5 BILLION. 80% OF THE TAX CUTS IN THIS LEGISLATION WILL GO TO WEALTHY CORPORATIONS AND THE RICHEST 1%. MR. SPEAKER, EVEN MORE ASTONISHING, A RECENT ANALYSIS BY THE NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE INDICATES THAT THIS REPUBLICAN TAX BILL COULD TRIGGER AUTOMATIC CUTS TO MANDATORY SPENDING TO THE TUNE OF $136 MILLION, INCLUDING $25 MILLION. LET THAT SINK IN. WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN HERE, WE WILL HAVE A $1.5 TRILLION DEFICIT AND THESE DEFICIT HAWKS ARE THEN GOING TO TURN RIGHT BACK ROORNED AND SAY WE NEED TO PAY FOR THESE THINGS AND WATCH OUT MEDICARE, SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICAID BECAUSE THAT'S MY OBJECTIVE. IN ORDER TO CUT TAXES FOR THE ULTRAWEALTHY AND CORPORATIONS, MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE NOT ONLY RAISING TAXES ON THE MIDDLE CLASS BUT NOW POTENTIALLY TRIGGERING A $25 BILLION CUT TO MEDICARE. IF THIS WASN'T STAGGERING ENOUGH, AMERICANS HAVE TO KEEP IN MIND THAT TODAY'S REPUBLICAN TAX GIVE AWAY TO CORPORATE AMERICA AND ULTRAWEALTHY IS NOT ONLY ON THE BACKS OF THE MIDDLE CLASS, BUT ALSO FUTURE GENERATION AS THIS BILL WILL EXPLODE OUR NATIONAL DEBT BY AN ESTIMATED $1.5 TRILLION OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. NOT SURPRISINGLY, REPUBLICANS ARE MAKING THE TIRED EXCUSE THAT THESE CUTS WILL PAY FOR THEMSELVES. IF THEY DID, WE WOULD HAVE THE EASIEST JOB IN THE WORLD, JUST CUT TAXES AND THEN WE WILL HAVE MORE REVENUE TO PAY FOR THE IMPORTANT NEEDS OF OUR COUNTRY. THAT SOUNDS LIKE THE OLD TRICKLE-DOWN WHICH NEVER WORKED IN THE ECONOMICS. SOUNDS THAT WAY TO ME AND AS FAR AS ECONOMIC THEORIES GO, THAT ONE WAS AND IS IS A COMPLETE AND TOTAL DUD. MR. SPEAKER, TO SUMMARIZE THE MAJORITY'S ATTEMPT TO OVERHAUL OUR TAX CODE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 30 YEARS, THEY RAISE TAXES ON MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS, CUT TAXES FOR THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS AND CORPORATIONS AND MANAGE TO EXPLODE THE DEBT ALL AT THE SAME TIME. ALL THIS WHILE ALSO LEADING THE MOST CLOSED CONGRESS IN HISTORY. SHUTTING OUT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO REPRESENT NEARLY HALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. HEAR THAT, AMERICA. A LOT OF YOUR REPRESENTATIVES HAD NO OPPORTUNITY TO SAY OR DO ANYTHING REGARDING THE MEASURE THAT WE ARE DISCUSSING. MR. SPEAKER, LET US STEP BACK AND GET A FULL VIEW OF HOW TELLING THIS BILL IS FOR OUR NATION BY LOOKING AT HOW THE BILL TREATS MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS VERSUS ULTRAWEALTHY AND CORPORATE AMERICA. UNDER THIS REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM BILL, A WORKING-CLASS SCHOOL TEACHER THAT BUYS SUPPLIES FOR HIS OR HER STUDENTS WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO DEDUCT THAT EXPENSE. BUT A CORPORATION THAT BUYS SUPPLIES FOR ITSELF, THEY WILL BE ABLE TO USE SUCH A DEDUCTION. UNDER THIS REPUBLICAN TAX BILL, A MIDDLE-CLASS HOMEOWNER WOULD SEE THEIR PROPERTY TAX DEDUCTION CAPPED AT $10,000. BUT A CORPORATION WOULD NOT FACE THE SAME CAP. UNDER THIS REPUBLICAN TAX BILL, IF A WORKER WAS FORCED TO RELOCATE FOR HIS OR HER JOB, FOOTNOTE THERE, INCLUDING THE MILITARY, BECAUSE THE COMPANY MOVED OR IN THE CASE OF THE MILITARY, THEY WERE RELOCATED, HE OR SHE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO DEDUCT THAT MOVING EXPENSE. BUT IF A CORPORATION DECIDED TO RELOCATE, EVEN TO RELOCATE OVERSEAS, IT WILL BE ABLE TO DEDUCT THEIR MOVING EXPENSE. MR. SPEAKER, THE LIST GOES ON, BUT WE SHOULDN'T BE SURPRISED, BAD PROCESS MAKES FOR BAD POLICY. AND NOT SINCE THE REPUBLICANS' FAILED ATTEMPT TO STRIP HEALTH CARE AWAY IF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS HAVE WE SEEN A PROCESS THAT IS THIS BAD. TAKE, FOR EXAMPLE, THE LAST TIME CONGRESS PASSED MAJOR TAX REFORM LEGISLATION IN 1986 AND WHAT THAT PROCESS LOOKED LIKE, DURING THAT EFFORT, THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE HELD A MONTH OF PUBLIC HEARINGS AND TOOK TESTIMONY FROM OVER 450 WITNESSES. THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US NOW HAS HAD NO, ZERO PUBLIC HEARINGS AND TESTIMONY FROM NO, ZERO EXPERT WITNESSES. DURING THE LAST TAX REFORM OVERHAUL, THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE SPENT 26 DAYS MAKING UP THE LEGISLATION, THE FRAMEWORK. THIS TIME AROUND, REPUBLICANS SPENT ONLY FOUR DAYS MAKING UP THE LEGISLATION. THE 1986 LEGISLATION FRAMEWORK WAS RELEASED A YEAR BEFORE IT WAS PASSED IN THE HOUSE. IN CONTRAST, THE FRAMEWORK FOR THIS BILL WAS RELEASED LESS THAN A MONTH BEFORE THEY STARTED TODAY'S PROCESS OF JAMMING THEIR FINAL BILL THROUGH THE HOUSE. NO HEARINGS, NO AMENDMENTS MADE IN ORDER, AND FROM START TO FINISH, LESS THAN A MONTH OF ACTUAL CONSIDERATION. . MUCH LIKE THE MAJORITY'S HEALTH CARE PROCESSES THAT PRODUCED A DESTRUCTIVE BILL THAT WOULD HURT WORKING CLASS AMERICANS, THIS RUSHED PROCESS HAS PRODUCED A TAX BILL THAT BENEFITS CORPORATIONS AND THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS ALL WHILE MANAGING TO RAISE TAXES ON THE MIDDLE CLASS AND ADD $1.5 TRILLION TO THE DEFICIT. MR. SPEAKER, THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IS LURCHING FROM ONE BAD BILL TO THE NEXT. AND WITH SPEED. NOT THOUGHTFUL POLICY SEEMINGLY BEING THE ONLY GOAL. IT BEGS THE QUESTION WHAT IS THE RUSH? MATTER OF FACT I DON'T EVEN THINK WE NEED A TAX BILL OF THIS CONSEQUENCE. THE ECONOMY IS ROARING. UNEMPLOYMENT IS LOW. INTEREST RATES ARE LOW. SO WHAT'S WRONG WITH CERTAINLY LEAVING THE WEALTHY IN THE CATEGORY THAT THEY ARE IN? WHY HAVE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES SET AN ARBITRARY DEADLINE OF PASSING A TAX BILL BY THANKSGIVING? INSTEAD OF FOCUSING ON SET AN ARBITRARY THOUGHTFUL POLICY AND GETTING THE SUBSTANCE RIGHT IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION. EVERYONE AGREES THAT WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE TAX CODE. DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN READY TO WORK WITH REPUBLICANS ON THIS EFFORT BUT HAVE BEEN SHUT OUT OF THE PROCESS AT EVERY TURN. WHY? THE ONLY LOGICAL CONCLUSION IS THAT THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH POLICY AND EVERYTHING TO DO TURN. WHY? HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HELPING THE MIDDLE CLASS, BUT INSTEAD IS A CALLUS POLITICAL MANEUVER AIMED AT SALVAGING A STRONG AND EVER FAILING REPUBLICAN -- STALLED AND EVER FAILING REPUBLICAN ALENDA. WE'RE ABOUT TO END ALENDA. WE'RE ABOUT TO END THE YEAR WITH NOTHING HAVING BEEN DONE OF CONSEQUENCE. MR. SPEAKER, DON'T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT. THIS CONCLUSION IS NOT BASED ON MY OWN OPINION. MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES, SOME OF THEM, HAVE ADMITTED AS SUCH. ASKED ABOUT THE NEED TO MOVE ON TO TAX REFORM QUICKLY, ONE OF MY ESTEEMED COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WAS HEARD TO SAY, AND I QUOTE HIM, MY DONORS ARE BASICALLY SAYING, GET IT DONE OR DON'T EVER CALL ME AGAIN, UNQUOTE. SUCH. LIKEWISE, ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CAPITOL, ONE REPUBLICAN HAS STATED IF THE REPUBLICANS FAIL ON TAX REFORM JUST AS THEY DID ON HEALTH CARE, FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS WILL STOP. MR. SPEAKER, DON'T THINK POLITICS SHOULD DICTATE OUR EFFORTS TO REFORM SOMETHING AS SIGNIFICANT AS THE TAX CODE. OUR GUIDING LIGHT SHOULD BE TO HELP WORKING FOLKS GET A LEG UP. THE ONLY WAY TO DO THAT IS TO WORK IN A BIPARTISAN, DELIBERATE MANNER HEARING FROM EXPERTS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AS THEY DID IN 1986. NOT AS MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS HAVE DONE THIS TIME AROUND, SPENDING A MERE THREE WEEKS WITH NO HEARINGS, NO BIPARTISAN EFFORTS, SIMPLY TO GIVE US SOMETHING DONE BEFORE THANKSGIVING. THAT APPROACH ONLY GETS YOU WHAT WE HAVE HERE BEFORE US TODAY, A BILL THAT IN MY OPINION DOES MORE HARM THAN GOOD TO MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS AND PUTS OUR COUNTRY FURTHER INTO DEBT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 01:04:32 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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      • 01:04:35 PM

        MR. SESSIONS

        I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S OBSERVATIONS. WE DON'T HAVE 4 1/2 YEARS TO…

        I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S OBSERVATIONS. WE DON'T HAVE 4 1/2 YEARS TO WORK THROUGH THE PROCESS THAT HE TALKED ABOUT. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT AND NEED SOMETHING DONE RIGHT NOW. I WOULD SAY TO THE GENTLEMAN HE IS RIGHT, THE ECONOMY IS ROARING AND IT'S BEEN ROARING SINCE THE DAY DONALD TRUMP WON THE ELECTION OF AN EXPECTATION OF PERFORMANCE. WHY ARE WE DOING THIS NOW? WHY AT THANKSGIVING? WHY AT THE END OF THE YEAR? BECAUSE WE'RE GOING TO SEE THAT AMERICAN BUSINESS AS IT MAKES PLANS FOR THE FUTURE, THEY ARE GOING TO LOOK UP AND SAY, WE GOT A BETTER SHOT AT KEEPING JOBS HERE. WE GOT A BETTER SHOT AT BEING COMPETITIVE HERE. I THINK WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IS YOU'RE GOING TO SEE THIS BOOM, THIS BIG OPPORTUNITY THAT'S ALREADY WELL UNDER WAY TO CONTINUE, BUT IT IS UP TO US TO DELIVER TO SEE THIS BOOM, THIS BIG OPPORTUNITY THAT. IT WILL BE ONE IT WILL BE THOSE PESKY REPUBLICANS THAT WILL GET IT DONE. WE'RE GOING TO GET IT DONE, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD MOST DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM LEWISVILLE, TEXAS, MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN, DR. MICHAEL BURGESS, FOR THREE MINUTES.

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      • 01:05:41 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

      • 01:05:50 PM

        MR. PARTY. BURGESS

      • 01:05:58 PM

        CHANGED BURGESS

        HAS CHANGED BURGESS: THANK A LOT AND IT IS TIME THAT WE BRING THE TAX CODE…

        HAS CHANGED BURGESS: THANK A LOT AND IT IS TIME THAT WE BRING THE TAX CODE INTO THE 21ST CENTURY. THIS NEEDED TAX REFORM WILL PUT OUR COUNTRY ON A PATH TO LONG-TERM ECONOMIC STABILITY AND HELP HARDWORKING FAMILIES AROUND THE COUNTRY GET AHEAD. THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT WILL HELP AMERICAN FAMILIES IN IMPORTANT WAYS. FIRST, IT FOCUSES ON AMERICANS IN THE MIDDLE OF THEIR EARNING SCALE BY DOUBLING THE STANDARD DEDUCTION AND CREATING A NEW FAMILY FLEXIBILITY CREDIT FOR NONDEPENDENTS. TAXPAYERS A LOT AND IT IS WILL BE ABLE TO DEDUCT EVEN MORE FROM THEIR TAXABLE INCOME, REDUCING THE NEED FOR TEDIOUS ITEMIZATION. IN ADDITION, THE BILL REPEALS THE ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX. THIS TAX WAS NEVER INTENDED TO BE AS BROAD AS IT HAS BECOME, BUT BECAUSE IT WAS NOT INDEXED FOR INFLATION WHEN IT WAS INTRODUCED, NOW MANY OF US FIND OURSELVES HAVING TO CALCULATE OUR TAXES TWICE TO SEE IF WE'RE ENSNARED BY THE ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX. IT'S TIME FOR THIS ONE TO GO AWAY. WITH DECREASED TWICE TO SEE IF WE'RE TAXATION, AMERICAN FAMILIES HAVE POCKETS, RESULTING IN GREATER CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE ECONOMY. POCKETS, RESULTING IN GREATER CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE ECONOMY. THE BILL ALSO ALLEVIATES SOME OF THE COSTS OF RAISING CHILDREN BY EXPANDING THE CHILD TAX CREDIT. IT PRESERVES THE ADOPTION TAX CREDIT SO PARENTS CAN CONTINUE TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL TAX RELIEF AS THEY OPEN THEIR HEARTS AND THEIR HOMES TO AN ADOPTED CHILD. THIS BILL REDUCES THE NUMBER OF TAX BRACKETS FROM SEVEN TO FOUR. WITH RATES MORE MONEY IN THEIR OF ZERO, 12, 25, 35 PERCENT FOR MOST TAXPAYERS T DOES PRESERVE THE 39.6% RATE OF THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION FOR THE HIGHEST EARNERS. THESE REFORMS WILL HELP SIMPLIFY THE TAX CODE AND MAKE IT MORE COMPETITIVE FOR HARDWORKING AMERICAN FAMILIES. I AM GRATEFUL THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE KEPT THE STEPPED UP BASIS DESPITE REPEALING THE ESTATE COMPETITIVE FOR TAX BY 2024, THE STEP UP IN BASIS IS AN IMPORTANT COMPONENT OF THE -- OF ESTATE PLANNING WHEN PEOPLE ARE PLANNING FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS. THIS WILL ALLOW PEOPLE WHO MAY EXPERIENCE A TRAGEDY TO CONTINUE OWNERSHIP OF FAMILY PROPERTY WITHOUT BEARING EXCESSIBLE PENALTIES. MR. SPEAKER, I'M IN SUPPORT OF THE FLAT TAX. H.R. 1040, I HAVE INTRODUCED IT EVERY TERM I HAVE BEEN IN OFFICE. I RECOGNIZE THIS BILL MAKES A LOT OF NEEDED REFORMS AND REPEALS SOME CREDITS WHILE MAINTAINING THOSE IMPORTANT TO AMERICAN TAXPAYERS. DONORS WILL STALE BE ABLE TO MAKE TAX EXEMPT CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS. EMPLOYERS WILL STALE STILL BE ABLE TO CONTRIBUTE TO 401-K RETIREMENT SAVINGS ACCOUNTS. NEW HOMEOWNERS WILL BE ABLE TO DEDUCT THE INTEREST EXPENSE ON AN UP TO $500,000 OF A MORTGAGE. AND NO CHANGES ARE MADE TO SOCIAL SECURITY. I WAS HOPING WE COULD LOWER SOCIAL SECURITY TAXES. WE COULDN'T. WE CERTAINLY DO NOT INCREASE SOCIAL SECURITY TAXES DESPITE WHAT SOME OF THE FAKE NEWS SAYS. STUDENTS WILL CONTINUE RECEIVING A CREDIT THROUGH THE CONSOLIDATED AMERICAN OPPORTUNITY TAX CREDIT. SIMPLY PUT, THIS BILL WILL PROMOTE GROWTH AT MIDDLE INCOME LEVELS, CREATE A MORE FAVORABLE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT, AND CONTINUE IMPORTANT TAX CREDITS. I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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      • 01:09:06 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 01:09:09 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO…

        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A VERY GOOD FRIEND OF MINE, FORMER RULES COMMITTEE MEMBER FROM VERMONT, ONE MINUTE.

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      • 01:09:17 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMON IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

      • 01:09:20 PM

        MR. WELCH

        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I HAVE A QUESTION TO MY COLLEAGUES, WHAT DO YOU…

        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I HAVE A QUESTION TO MY COLLEAGUES, WHAT DO YOU HAVE AGAINST STUDENTS? THIS TAX BILL MEANS IF AN EMPLOYER PROVIDES TUITION ASSISTANCE, THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE TO PAY INCOME TAX ON THAT, THE STUDENT WILL. STUDENTS WHO BORROW MONEY TO GO TO SCHOOL HAVE TO PAY INTEREST ON THE LOAN. STUDENTS WHO WANT TO GET LOW INTEREST RATES ARE GOING TO HAVE TO PAY HIGHER INTEREST RATES BECAUSE OF THE ELIMINATION OF THE PRIVATE ACTIVITY BOND. THE SECOND QUESTION I HAVE IS THIS. WHAT DO YOU HAVE AGAINST DEMOCRACY? THIS BILL WAS WRITTEN IN SECRET. THERE WERE NO PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THIS BILL. NOBODY HAD A CHANCE TO HAVE ANY INPUT. THAT IS WHY IF YOU ASKED 435 MEMBERS OF THAT IS WHY IF YOU ASKED 435 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS DO THEY WANT TO RAISE TAXES ON STUDENTS THE ANSWER FROM 435 MEMBERS WOULD BE NO. BUT YOU HAVE RIGGED THIS BILL SO THAT WE HAVE LITERALLY NO OPPORTUNITY TO OFFER A SINGLE AMENDMENT. THAT IS WRONG. THIS BILL WAS WRITTEN BY AND FOR THE DONOR CLASS. LET'S DEFEAT THIS BILL AND STAND UP FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 01:10:20 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO…

        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO DIRECT THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR AND NOT OTHER MEMBERS OF THE THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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      • 01:10:27 PM

        MR. SESSIONS

        MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE…

        MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN, DAN NEW HOUSE, MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE FRRKS SUNNYSIDE, WASHINGTON.

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      • 01:10:44 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

      • 01:10:47 PM

        MR. NEWHOUSE

        I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, FROM TEXAS…

        I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, FROM TEXAS FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS RULE AS WELL AS THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION, H.R. 1. THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. THIS LEGISLATION DEMONSTRATES A COMMITMENT TO MY CONSTITUENTS AND ALL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO PROVIDE REAL RELIEF. OUR CURRENT TAX CODE CONTAINS OVER 70,000 PAGES OF RULES AND PROVISIONS. WITHIN THESE PAGES ARE HUNDREDS OF LOOPHOLES AND CARVE OUTS THAT ONLY SPECIAL INTERESTS CAN FULLY UNDERSTAND AND ACCESS. AT THE VERY CORE OF THIS LEGISLATION IS A MATTER OF FAIRNESS. BY PASSING THIS RULE AND SUPPORTING THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT, WE WILL BE MAKING A PROFOUND REFORM OF OUR TAX CODE TOWARD A SYSTEM THAT IS SIMPLER, FLATTER, AND FAIRER TO AMERICAN FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. ACCORDING TO ANALYSIS BY THE TAX FOUNDATION, WHICH IS AN INDEPENDENT NONPARTISAN TAX POLICY NONPROFIT, THIS LEGISLATION WOULD STIMULATE G.D.P. GROWTH UP TO 4%. WOULD STIMULATE G.D.P. GROWTH UP TO 4%. PROVIDE MORE THAN 3% OF A WAGE INCREASE. IN MY HOME STATE OF WASHINGTON, IT'S PROJECTED THAT ALMOST 22,000 NEW JOBS WILL BE CREATED. AND A MIDDLE CLASS FAMILY IN MY STATE IS PROJECTED TO GAIN OVER $3,000 IN AFTER TAX INCOME SHOULD THIS BILL BE SIGNED INTO LAW. THIS MEANS REAL AND SIGNIFICANT ECONOMIC GROWTH. TENS OF THOUSANDS OF NEW JOBS IN MY STATE ALONE. AND MORE MONEY STAYING IN THE POCKET OF CENTRAL WASHINGTONIANS -- WASHINGTONIANS. I HAVE BEEN DISAPPOINTED IN THE DIALOGUE SURROUNDING THIS LEGISLATION FROM MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. THE ACCUSATION THIS IS WILL BE A MASSIVE TAX HIKE ON THE MIDDLE CLASS ARE PATENTLY FALSE. UNFORTUNATELY THESE CLAIMS ARE BEING MADE BY FEDERAL OFFICIALS RIGHT HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., ALL THE WAY TO MY STATE CAPITAL IN WASHINGTON STATE. MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, JUST LET ME TELL YOU, OVER 80% OF THE PEOPLE FILE THEIR TAXES USING THE STANDARD DEDUCTION. THIS BILL ACTUALLY DOUBLES THE STANDARD DEDUCTION FOR MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES AND FOR ALL AMERICANS. THIS ALLOWS FAMILIES I REPRESENT IN MOSES LAKE, AND THE FAMILIES AND FOR ALL AMERICANS. TRI CITIES TO SAVE MORE MONEY ON THEIR TAX BILL WITHOUT HAVING TO JUMP THROUGH COMPLICATED LOOPHOLES AND PORE OVER THEIR TAX PREPARATIONS FOR HOURS. HOWEVER, MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE REFUSE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT FACT. THIS TRI CITIES BILLOWERS INDIVIDUAL TAX RATES FOR MIDDLE INCOME AMERICANS AND CONTINUES TO MAINTAIN THE HIGHEST RATE OF 39.6% FOR THE WEALTHIEST OF AMERICANS. IT ELIMINATES SPECIAL INTEREST DEDUCTIONS, EXPANDS THE CHILD TAX CREDIT, ESTABLISHES A NEW FAMILY CREDIT FOR FAMILIES TAKING CARE OF A LOVED ONE. AND IT PRESERVES THE ADOPTION TAX CREDIT. IT ALLOWS A SMALL BUSINESS A LOVED ONE. OR FARMER TO IMMEDIATELY WRITE OFF THE FULL COST OF NEW EQUIPMENT AND IT REPEALS THE UNFAIR ESTATE TAX WHICH HURTS FAMILY FARMS AND SMALL BUSINESSES. MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED RELIEF. PEOPLE OF CENTRAL WASHINGTON NEED OR RELIEF. THIS BILL PROVIDES IT. I PROUDLY RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL.

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      • 01:14:04 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 01:14:08 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO…

        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS WHO IS A MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE BUT HAPPENS TO BE A DEMOCRAT. SO HE DIDN'T HAVE MUCH INPUT HERE. HE'S THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS SUBCOMMITTEE ON TAX POLICY, MR. DOGGETT, ONE MINUTE.

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      • 01:14:29 PM

        MR. DOGGETT

        ONLY ONE MINUTE?

      • 01:14:31 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

        ONLY ONE MINUTE.

      • 01:14:33 PM

        MR. DOGGETT

        ONE MINUTE IS LONGER THAN ALL OF THE HEARINGS THAT HAVE BEEN HELD BY…

        ONE MINUTE IS LONGER THAN ALL OF THE HEARINGS THAT HAVE BEEN HELD BY REPUBLICANS ON THIS SHAM OF A TAX BILL. SO VERY BROAD IN IMPACT AND SO SHALLOW IN ANALYSIS. ONE MINUTE? THAT'S MORE THAN ALL OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS WHO DIDN'T HAVE THE COURAGE TO COME AND FACE OUR COMMITTEE AND BE QUESTIONED ABOUT THIS LOUSY PROPOSAL. ONE MINUTE? THAT'S MORE TIME THAN ALL OF THE BUSINESSES IN AMERICA AND ECONOMISTS WERE GIVEN TO EXPLAIN THE NATURE OF THESE CORPORATE GIVEAWAYS. WHY SHOULD A TAX BILL THAT'S SO BROAD GET LESS TIME THAN IT TAKES TO MICROWAVE POPCORN? HAYES -- HASTE DOES MAKE WAIST. THIS TAX PLAN BORN IN THE SHADOWS AND RAMMED THROUGH HERE 90-0 WILL LAY WASTE TO FAMILY BUDGETS, LAY WASTE TO AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE, AND UNDERMINE OUR NATIONAL DEBT. THIS TAX SCAM MUST BE REJECTED. THEY WANT IT THROUGH HERE BEFORE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW WHAT HIT THEM, BUT IF WE SPEAK OUT AND REMAIN FIRM IN OUR RESOLVE, WE WILL DEFEAT THIS SHAM OF A BILL. .

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      • 01:15:47 PM

        MR. SESSIONS

        THE GENTLEMAN PARTICIPATED FOR HOURS IN THE RULES DEBATE AND I YIELD THREE…

        THE GENTLEMAN PARTICIPATED FOR HOURS IN THE RULES DEBATE AND I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA.

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      • 01:16:03 PM

        MR. BYRNE

        I APPRECIATE, MR. CHAIRMAN, YOUR LEADERSHIP. THOSE OF US IN WASHINGTON ARE…

        I APPRECIATE, MR. CHAIRMAN, YOUR LEADERSHIP. THOSE OF US IN WASHINGTON ARE GOOD AT TALKING IN BIG GENERAL STATEMENTS THAT DON'T MEAN MUCH TO THE AVERAGE AMERICAN. SO I WANT TO TELL YOU WHAT THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT WILL DO FOR THE FAMILIES I REPRESENT BACK IN SOUTHWEST ALABAMA. ACCORDING TO DATA FROM THE I.R.S., 3/4'S OF THE TAX FILERS HAVE STANDARD DEDUCTIONS. THIS WILL BE DOUBLED. JUST CONSIDER A FAMILY OF FOUR, THEY EARN $77,000 A YEAR. IF THAT FAMILY TAKES THE STANDARD DEDUCTION, THEY WILL SEE A TAX CUT OF $1,739 A YEAR. THAT COMES OUT TO $150 A MONTH. THAT MAY NOT SOUND LIKE REAL MONEY IN WASHINGTON, BUT IN FAMILIES IN MY DISTRICT, THAT IS IMPORTANT. THAT'S EXTRA MONEY FOR A CAR PAYMENT. THAT'S ADDITIONAL SAVINGS FOR A CHILD'S COLLEGE. THAT'S MONEY TO HELP PAY FOR HOME REPAIRS. THAT'S REAL MONEY. WHEN YOU ADD IN THE FACT WE ARE FIXING OUR CORPORATE AND BUSINESS TAX CODE TO MAKE IT FAIRER AND SIMPLER, THEN WE CAN TRULY MAKE AMERICA BOON AGAIN. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS CALLED IT THE MIDDLE CLASS MIRACLE. WE CAN BRING JOBS BACK AND WAYS WAGES AND GET MORE MONEY IN THE POGGETS OF WORKING AMERICANS. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP PROMISED AND WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SENT HIM AND US TO WASHINGTON TO DO. NOW MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE LIKE TO SAY THIS BILL HELPS THE 1% AND DEFEND THE CURRENT TAX CODE. YOU KNOW WHO BENEFITS FROM THE CURRENT TAX CODE? THE TOP 1%. THOSE WHO CAN HIRE LAWYERS AND LOBBYISTS AND SPEND THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS A YEAR ON SPECIALTY ACCOUNTINGS. IF YOU WANT THAT, KEEP THE CONFUSING TAX CODE THAT HELPS THE WELL CONNECTED. WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THAT. WE CAN PASS THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT AND PUT MORE MONEY IN PEOPLES' POCKETS AND UNLOCK AMERICA'S FULL POTENTIAL. AND I YIELD BACK.

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      • 01:18:30 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS…

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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      • 01:18:34 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

        LAST NIGHT, I POINT OUTED TO MY COLLEAGUE THAT I GREATLY ADMIRE FROM…

        LAST NIGHT, I POINT OUTED TO MY COLLEAGUE THAT I GREATLY ADMIRE FROM ALABAMA THAT HE HAS A NUMBER OF PEOPLE CLAIMING MEDICAL EXPENSE DEDUCTIONS THAT WON'T BE ABLE TO DO SO UNDER THIS TAX MEASURE. THE NUMBER OF THEM IS 22,052 AND THE TOTAL AMOUNT CLAIMED BY THEM PREVIOUSLY WAS $186 MILLION. I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE WHO I SIT HECKS TO ON THE RULES COMMITTEE FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS.

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      • 01:19:15 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 01:19:16 PM

        MR. POLIS

        I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. WHEN I WAS…

        I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. WHEN I WAS GROWING UP, I'M SURE LIKE MOST OF US, I WAS FORTUNATE TO BE SURROUNDED BY HARD WORKING DEDICATED TEACHERS WHO CARED ABOUT ME, CHALLENGED ME. THROUGHOUT OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS ACROSS MY STATE THERE ARE TEACHERS WHO ARE GIVING THEY HAVE TO HELP STUDENTS THRIVE. CAROLYN, A TEACHER, WHO SHARED WITH ME HOW SHE SPENDS HER OWN PERSONAL MONEY ON SCHOOL SUPPLIES. THERE IS A FEDERAL TAX DEDUCTION THAT ALLOWS TEACHERS TO GET MONEY BACK. BUT THE BILL BEFORE US DENIES CAROLYN AND ALL THE OTHER TEACHERS THAT DEDUCTION AND ELIMINATES THE TAX BENEFITS IN THE NAMES OF CUTTING TAXES. THIS BILL ROLLS BACK A CRITICAL EDUCATION TAX BENEFIT THAT ALLOWS EMPLOYERS TO PROVIDE UP TO $5,250 OF TUITION ASSISTANCE PRE-TAX. THIS PRACTICE ENCOURAGES WORK FORCE TRAINING, APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING AND THE REPUBLICAN TAX BILL PULLS THE RUG OUT FROM BUSINESSES AND WORKERS AND DISCOURAGING APPRENTICESHIPS. I WAS PRIVILEGED TO SERVE AS THE CHAIRMAN OF OUR STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION AND SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT AND I'M THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE EARLY CHILDHOOD, ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION. THESE BENEFITS ARE IMPORTANT TO TEACHERS AND STUDENTS. I OFFERED AMENDMENTS TO SIMPLY RESTORE THESE IMPORTANT TAX CREDITS FOR CHILDREN. ON A PARTY-LINE VOTE, MY AMENDMENTS WERE DENIED. THESE DAMAGING PROVISIONS ARE A SMALL PART OF THE OVERALL MISGUIDED ATTEMPTS AT TAX REFORM. LET'S RESET AND BEGIN A BIPARTISAN DISCUSSION THAT VALUES EDUCATORS AND KIDS. I OPPOSE THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. AND I SUGGEST A NO VOTE. AND I YIELD BACK.

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      • 01:21:22 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 01:21:30 PM

        MR. SESSIONS

        THE WORK WE ARE GOING TO DO TODAY, THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES…

        THE WORK WE ARE GOING TO DO TODAY, THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WILL SIGN, HE IS ENCOURAGING WHAT WE'RE DOING TODAY AND I WOULD LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD A LETTER OF SUPPORT FROM THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES, THAT'S THE VOICE OF SMALL BUSINESS IN AMERICA AND WHAT'S CALLED THE STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY FROM THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT'S PRIORITIES ON TAX REFORMS ARE CONSISTENT AND HAVE BEEN FROM DAY ONE. TAX CUTS, SIMPLIFYING THE COMPLICATED TAX CODE AND REDUCING BURDENS, SO WE CAN CREATE JOBS AND RAISE WAGES. THAT'S WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO. I RESERVE MY TIME.

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      • 01:22:18 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      • 01:22:37 PM

        MS. MATSUI

        I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 1. WHEN I WAS HOME LAST WEEKEND, MY…

        I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 1. WHEN I WAS HOME LAST WEEKEND, MY CONSTITUENTS SHARED HOW DEVASTATING THIS BILL WOULD BE FOR THEM. A FIFTH GRADE TEACHER, SARAH, TALKED ABOUT HOW HARMFUL THE ELIMINATION OF THE DEDUCTION TO PURCHASE CLASSROOM SUPPLIES WILL BE FOR TEACHERS. SHE SAID, HOW OUT OF TOUCH DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO CUT A DEDUCTION. A SENIOR CITIZEN SPOKE ABOUT HOW DEVASTATING THE REPEAL OF THE MEDICAL EXPENSE DEDUCTION WILL BE FOR HIM AND HIS WIFE WITH ALZHEIMER'S. HOW CAN HOUSE REPUBLICANS JUSTIFY HELPING CORPORATIONS OVER FAMILIES IN NEED? A FATHER WHO WORKS TWO JOBS TO SUPPORT HIS FAMILY, SPOKE ABOUT HOW HE COUNTS ON THE STUDENT LOAN INTEREST DEDUCTION TO PLAN FOR HIS FUTURE. HE SAID, ALL I ASK IS THAT CONGRESS KEEP THE PROMISE THEY MADE TO US. I HOPE THEY DON'T BREAK PROMISES AND HOPE DON'T MAKE LIFE A LITTLE BIT HARDER ON OUR FAMILIES. HOW CAN REPUBLICANS DEFEND MAKING THE LIVES OF MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES LIKE HIS MORE DIFFICULT? THIS BILL WILL EXPLODE THE DEFICIT AND LEAD TO DEVASTATING CUTS TO MEDICARE. I ASK MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO THINK ABOUT THE FAMILIES THAT WILL BE HURT BY THIS BILL INSTEAD OF PRIORITIZING HANDOUTS TO MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES.

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      • 01:24:09 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

      • 01:24:14 PM

        MR. SESSIONS

        I'M WAITING FOR A SPEAKER.

      • 01:24:19 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

        I'M PLEASED TO YIELD, IT'S OLD HOME WEEK, ANOTHER FORMER MEMBER OF THE…

        I'M PLEASED TO YIELD, IT'S OLD HOME WEEK, ANOTHER FORMER MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, MY GOOD FRIEND, THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA.

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      • 01:24:44 PM

        MS. CASTOR

        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE AND…

        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE AND THE G.O.P. TAX BILL, BECAUSE IT IS SOME FUNDAMENTALLY UNFAIR AND UNFAIR THAT IT RAISES TAXES ON TENS OF MILLIONS OF MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES LIKE GIVING HUGE TAX BREAKS TO BIG CORPORATIONS AND SUPERRICH. AND IT DOES THIS ALSO BY ADDING $1.5 TRILLION TO THE NATIONAL DEBT. THE CENTER FOR RESPONSIBLE FEDERAL BUDGET SAID THIS IS A STEP BACKWARDS FOR FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY LARGELY BECAUSE IT PASSES THE TAB ON TO OUR KIDS AND GRANDKIDS. THEY ESTIMATE THAT THAT WILL COST ABOUT $12,000 PER HOUSEHOLD, JUST THE DEBT PORTION OF IT, NOT EVEN TO MENTION AND HERE'S WHY MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES GET HURT. THEY ELIMINATE THE MEDICAL EXPENSE DEDUCTION. THAT IS OVER 336,000 FLORIDIANS. THEY ELIMINATE THE TAX DEDUCTION THAT HELPS MAKE COLLEGE MORE AFFORDABLE BY BEING ABLE TO DEDUCT THE INTEREST ON STUDENT LOANS. THEY ELIMINATE THESE DEDUCTIONS TO THE MIDDLE CLASS AND GIVE THE BREAKS TO THE MILLIONAIRES AND I URGE A NO VOTE.

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      • 01:26:03 PM

        MR. SESSIONS

        I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

      • 01:26:07 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 01:26:11 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

        I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM OREGON, ONE MINUTE, THE…

        I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM OREGON, ONE MINUTE, THE DISTINGUISHED -- THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OREGON.

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      • 01:26:25 PM

        MS. BONAMICI

        I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS TAX PLAN THAT CUTS RATES FOR WEALTHY…

        I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS TAX PLAN THAT CUTS RATES FOR WEALTHY CORPORATIONS AND MILLIONAIRES AND HIGHER TAXES FOR 38 MILLION WORKING FAMILIES. THERE IS A LOT NOT TO LIKE ABOUT THIS BILL BUT ELIMINATES THE STUDENT LOAN DEDUCTION. THAT WILL INCREASE THE BURDEN FOR 12 MILLION AMERICANS. THE COST OF HIGHER EDUCATION IS ALREADY OUT OF REACH FOR TOO MANY. WE SHOULD BE MAKING IT EASIER, NOT HARDER FOR AMERICANS TO ACCESS HIGHER EDUCATION. AND ON TOP OF THAT, REMOVING THE STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION THREATENS FUNDING SOURCES FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION AND WILL LEAD CUTS TO AMERICA'S PUBLIC SCHOOL BUDGET. MR. SPEAKER, ACROSS THE COUNTRY, FAMILIES ARE WORKING HARD TO GET AHEAD. WE NEED A TAX CODE THAT LEADS TO BETTER JOBS, BETTER WAGES AND A BETTER FUTURE FOR AMERICA AND OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. THIS BILL FAILS THE TEST AND WE SHOULD REJECT IT AND GET BACK TO WORKING TOGETHER. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 01:27:34 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

      • 01:27:39 PM

        MR. SESSIONS

        I RESERVE.

      • 01:27:41 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

      • 01:27:43 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

        FRIEND FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. EVANS. HE REALLY UNDERSTANDS THIS STUFF.

      • 01:27:56 PM

        MR. EVANS

        NOT ON THE RULES COMMITTEE OR WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE BUT ON THE…

        NOT ON THE RULES COMMITTEE OR WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE BUT ON THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE. BUT IT'S IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE WHAT FEEDING AMERICA HAS EXPRESSED ABOUT THIS PACKAGE. THEY HAVE CONCLUDED THAT IT WILL UNDERMINE EFFORTS THAT STRUGGLE TO HAVE ADEQUATE ACCESS TO FOOD. I OPPOSE THAT IN THE DAY AND WAGE WHERE THERE IS SO MUCH POVERTY AND HUNGER ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. WE NEED TO FACE THE FACTS THAT WE SHOULD OPPOSE THIS BECAUSE IT GOES IN THE WRONG DIRECTION. LET'S BE CLEAR. THE PEOPLE THIS BILL WILL AFFECT WILL NOT HAVE A VOICE. I'M HERE TO BE THEIR VOICE. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. THIS HORRIBLE BILL NEEDS TO BE STOPPED AND NEEDS TO BE STOPPED NOW. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 01:28:47 PM

        MR. SESSIONS

        I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

      • 01:28:50 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 01:28:54 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

        I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FROM THE…

        I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, A REAL CHAMPION AND A MENTOR OF MINE,

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      • 01:29:04 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 01:31:07 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS CONTINUES TO…

        THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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      • 01:31:12 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

        MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY GOOD FRIEND, THE…

        MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY GOOD FRIEND, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. LANGEVIN.

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      • 01:31:31 PM

        MR. LANGEVIN

        I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

      • 01:31:33 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

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

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      • 01:31:37 PM

        MR. LANGEVIN

        I RISE TODAY LANGEVIN: I IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS HOUSE REPUBLICAN TAX…

        I RISE TODAY LANGEVIN: I IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS HOUSE REPUBLICAN TAX BILL THAT WAS DEVELOPED IN SECRET WITHOUT A SINGLE PUBLIC HEARING. DESPITE REPEATED CALLS REPUBLICANS ENGAGE IN A BIPARTISAN PROCESS WITH DEMOCRATS. THIS BILL WAS WRITTEN WITHOUT DEMOCRATIC INPUT AND WITH ENORMOUS GIVEAWAYS TO WEALTHY INTERESTS. MAKES YOU WONDER, DOESN'T IT, MR. SPEAKER. TO PAY FOR THEM REPUBLICANS HAVE ELIMINATED CRITICAL TAX PROVISIONS IMPORTANT TO THE MIDDLE CLASS SUCH AS DEDUCTIONS FOR MEDICAL EXPENSES. THE STATE AND LOCAL TAXES, STUDENT LOAN INTEREST, AND OTHER EXPENSES ON WHICH MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES RELY. AND WHAT REPUBLICANS CAN'T PAY FOR THEY ADD TO THE NATION'S CREDIT CARD TO THE TUNE OF $1.7 TRILLION. MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE ASKED TO SUPPORT THIS PLAN, BUT MOST AMERICANS ARE ONLY GIVEN THE CRUMBS OF THIS TAX REFORM PIE. MR. SPEAKER, I CANNOT IN GOOD CONSCIENCE VOTE FOR THIS BILL. WE NEED A FAIR AND BALANCED TAX REFORM PACKAGE THAT HELPS EVERYDAY RHODE ISLANDERS, HELPS EVERYDAY AMERICANS TO GET AHEAD. NOT JUST THE WELL OFF AND WELL CONNECTED. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS BILL.

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      • 01:32:36 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      • 01:32:40 PM

        MR. SESSIONS

        MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD FOUR…

        MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. A GENTLEMAN WHO SERVES ON OUR FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, DISTINGUISHED YOUNG MEMBER OF OUR MAJORITY, THE GENTLEMAN, MR. ROTHFUS.

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      • 01:32:57 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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      • 01:32:59 PM

        MR. ROTHFUS

        I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. THE TAX…

        I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT WE'RE CONSIDERING TODAY IS THE CULMINATION OF YEARS OF WORK, YEARS OF LISTENING TO THE CONCERNS OF HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS AT HOME, AND SEVERAL ELECTIONS WHERE THE PEOPLE SPOKE OUT FOR RELIEF FROM A BROKEN SPECIAL INTEREST-LADEN TAX CODE. HERE'S THE QUESTIONS WE NEED TO BE ASKING TODAY. ARE YOU TIRED OF THE STATUS QUO? DO YOU THINK WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THE SLOWEST ECONOMIC RECOVERY SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION? DO YOU WANT A HEALTHIER ECONOMY THAT CREATES THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT OFFER YOU A REAL CHANCE TO GET AHEAD, PUTS MORE MONEY IN YOUR POCKET, AND HELPS YOU FULFILL YOUR AMERICAN DREAM? IF YOU ANSWERED YES TO ANY OF THESE QUESTIONS, THEN THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IS FOR YOU. AS I TRAVEL ACROSS MY DISTRICT, I HEAR STORY AFTER STORY FROM FAMILIES WITH NOTHING LEFT OVER AT THE END OF THE MONTH WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO SAVE FOR RETIREMENT, PAY OFF LOANS, OR SIMPLY MAKE ENDS MEET. IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY. THERE IS A BETTER WAY. WE HAVE A ONCE IN A GENERATION OPPORTUNITY TO FIX THIS. WE CAN ACT NOW TO PUT MORE MONEY BACK ON THE HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS' POCKETS, MAKE AMERICAN BUSINESSES MORE COMPETITIVE, AND CREATE A MUCH HEALTHIER ECONOMY. AMERICANS HAVE TOILED UNDER A BROKEN TAX CODE FILLED WITH LOOPHOLES AND SPECIAL INTEREST AND CARVE OUTS FOR FAR TOO LONG. THIS LEGISLATION, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT, IS A GIANT STEP FOR EVERYDAY AMERICANS LOOKING TO GET AHEAD. THIS IS FOR THE FAMILY OF FOUR MAKING $59,000 A YEAR WHO CAN SAVE $1,100 A YEAR IN TAXES. THIS IS FOR THE SINGLE MOM MAKING $30,000 WORKING AT NIGHT AND DAY TO SUPPORT HER TWO CHILDREN WHO WILL ALSO SAVE MORE THAN $1,000. OUR LEGISLATION DOUBLES THE STANDARD DEDUCTION SO PEOPLE WON'T HAVE TO ITEMIZE THEIR TAX RETURNS. IT EXPANDS THE CHILD TAX CREDIT FROM $1,000 TO $1,600, AND PROVIDES A $300 CREDIT FOR ADULT DEPENDENTS LIVING AT HOME T WILL CREATE MORE JOBS IN PENNSYLVANIA AND RAISE PENNSYLVANIA FAMILIES' INCOMES T WILL BRING DOLLARS BACK TO AMERICA TO BE INVESTED IN AMERICAN COMPANIES. AND AMERICAN WORKERS. IT WILL EMPOWER THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA WHO WANT TO GET AHEAD AND IT WILL LESSEN THE POWER OF WASHINGTON, D.C. VOTE FOR FREEDOM. AHEAD AND IT VOTE FOR PROSPERITY. VOTE FOR THIS RULE AND THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 01:35:30 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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      • 01:35:37 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

        MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED…

        MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MY GOOD FRIEND, MS. DELAURO.

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      • 01:35:44 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

      • 01:35:47 PM

        MS. DELAURO

        I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE RULE AND TO THE REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM.…

        I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE RULE AND TO THE REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM. THE BIGGEST ECONOMIC CHALLENGE OF OUR TIME IS THAT TOO MANY PEOPLE WHO PLAY BY THE RULES ARE IN JOBS THAT DO NOT PAY THEM ENOUGH TO LIVE ON. WAGES ARE NOT KEEPING UP WITH RISING COSTS. TOO MANY FAMILIES TODAY STRUGGLE TO MAKE ENDS MEET. THEY HAVE THE RISING COST OF HEALTH CARE, OF CHILDCARE, OF HOUSING, AND MEANWHILE BIG CORPORATIONS, MILLIONAIRES, BILLIONAIRES WRITE THE RULES TO MAKE GOVERNMENT WORK FOR THEM. AND THE REPUBLICANS ARE THE COMMOMRADS IN ARMS IN RIGGING THE GAME AGAINST THE MIDDLE CLASS. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. IT CUTS TAXES FOR THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS. RAISES TAXES ON THE MIDDLE CLASS. AND IT INCREASES THE DEFICIT. AND WORSE, IT ENCOURAGES COMPANIES WHO OUTSOURCE AMERICAN JOBS. CONGRESS MUST PUT MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES, JOBS BEFORE CORPORATIONS, THAT HAVE NOT BEEN LOYAL TO THEIR EMPLOYEES AND TO OUR COUNTRY. YOU OUTSOURCE JOBS, YOU DRIVE WAGES DOWN HERE AT HOME. LET ME MENTION THE CHILD TAX CREDIT TO YOU. THE REPUBLICAN PROPOSAL LEAVES JOBS, YOU DRIVE BEHIND VULNERABLE FAMILIES, MILITARY, RURAL, LARGE FAMILIES, MINIMUM WAGE WORKERS, AND THOSE WITH THE YOUNGEST CHILDREN. DO NOT LET THEM GET AWAY WITH THIS SCAM.

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      • 01:37:13 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

      • 01:37:17 PM

        MS. DELAURO

        IT IS A TAX CUT FOR THE WEALTHY. I OPPOSE IT.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 01:37:22 PM

        MR. SESSIONS

        I WOULD LIKE TO ENGAGE IN THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA ASK HIM HOW MANY…

        I WOULD LIKE TO ENGAGE IN THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA ASK HIM HOW MANY SPEAKERS HE HAS. I HAVE TWO LEFT.

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      • 01:37:27 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

        I HAVE ONE MORE SPEAKER AT THIS TIME. WHILE YOU ARE ASKING, WOULD YOU GIVE…

        I HAVE ONE MORE SPEAKER AT THIS TIME. WHILE YOU ARE ASKING, WOULD YOU GIVE US THE REMAINING AMOUNT OF TIME.

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      • 01:37:35 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA HAS FIVE MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS…

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA HAS FIVE MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS 10 MINUTES.

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      • 01:37:38 PM

        MR. SESSIONS

        I'LL GO AHEAD AND MOVE FORWARD IF I GO. MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME WE'RE…

        I'LL GO AHEAD AND MOVE FORWARD IF I GO. MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME WE'RE PUTTING THE A TEAM UP, THE GENTLEMAN FROM BUTLER, PENNSYLVANIA, THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN, MR. KELLY. FIVE MINUTES.

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      • 01:37:51 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

      • 01:37:54 PM

        MR. KELLY

        I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I STAND IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE RULE…

        I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I STAND IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE RULE AND UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. SOMETIMES IN ORDER TO UNDERSTAND WHAT'S GOING ON AND WHAT COULD HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE YOU NEED TO GO TO THE PAST. LET ME READ FROM A TRUE IRISH AMERICAN PRESIDENT SOMETHING. OUR TRUE CHOICE IS NOT BETWEEN TAX REDUCTION ON THE ONE HAND AND THE AVOIDANCE OF A LARGER FEDERAL DEFICIT ON THE OTHER. IT IS INCREASINGLY CLEAR THAT NO MATTER WHAT PARTY IS IN POWER, SO LONG AS OUR NATIONAL SECURITY NEEDS TO KEEP RISING, AN ECONOMY HAMPERED BY RESTRICTIVE TAX RATES, WILL NEVER PRODUCE ENOUGH REVENUES TO BALANCE OUR BUDGET. JUST AS IT WILL NEVER PRODUCE ENOUGH JOBS OR PROFITS. ONLY FULL EMPLOYMENT CAN BALANCE THE BUDGET. AND TAX REDUCTION CAN PAVE THE WAY TO EMPLOYMENT. THE PURPOSE OF CUTTING TAXES NOW IS NOT TO INCUR A BUDGET DEFICIT BUT TO ACHIEVE THE MORE PROSPEROUS EXPANDING ECONOMY WITH CAN BRING US A BUDGET SURPLUS. I UNDERSTAND THAT THERE'S DIFFERENCES OF OPINION ON WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO, BUT PLEASE, LET'S TALK ABOUT THE FACTS. LET'S TALK ABOUT A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT IS GOING TO LIFT -- IT'S A RISING TIDE THAT WILL LIFT ALL BOATS. WE'RE GOING TO CUT TAXES FOR EVERY AMERICAN AT EVERY INCOME LEVEL. WE'RE GOING TO REDUCE TAXES BY ALMOST $1,200 FOR EVERY AVERAGE SIZE MIDDLE INCOME AMERICAN FAMILY. THIS PUTS MORE MONEY IN THE POCKETS OF OUR FAMILY. I DON'T CARE HOW THEY VOTE OR REGISTERED, THEY ARE AMERICANS. IT REDUCES BY ALMOST $2,000 FOR EVERY AVERAGE SIZE MIDDLE INCOME FAMILY IN PENNSYLVANIA'S THIRD DISTRICT, $2,000 OF REDUCTION FOR THEM. IT WILL GROW OUR NATIONAL G.D.P. BY 3.6%. IT WILL INCREASE AVERAGE AMERICAN WAGES BY 3.1%. IN THE LONG RUN, IT WILL INCREASE AFTER TAX INCOMES FOR AMERICAN TAXPAYERS BY 4.4%. ALSO WANT YOU TO THINK ABOUT WHAT WE TALK ABOUT, BACK HOME WHERE I'M FROM, WE TALK ABOUT TAKE-HOME PAVEMENT THIS IS ABOUT TAKE-HOME PAY. IN PENNSYLVANIA, PENNSYLVANIANS, REPUBLICAN PENNSYLVANIANS, DEMOCRAT PENNSYLVANIANS, INDEPENDENTS THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE ABOUT $2,700, MORE IN THEIR POCKETS AFTER THIS LEGISLATION GOES THROUGH. IT'S GOING TO CREATE, YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT JOBS, NOBODY SPOKE BETTER ABOUT JOBS THAN PRESIDENT REAGAN WHEN HE SAID, IT'S ABOUT JOBS, JOBS, JOBS, AND MORE JOBS. WHAT'S GOOD FOR THE AMERICAN WORKER IS GOOD FOR AMERICA. THIS WILL CREATE ONE MILLION NEW AMERICAN JOBS. I WANT YOU TO THINK ABOUT THIS. THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WE'RE NOW CURRENTLY RATED AS THE 23RD BEST COUNTRY TO DO BUSINESS IN. THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT WILL CHANGE THAT. I WANT YOU TO THINK ABOUT THAT. I'M A HOMETOWN GUY. I'M A HOME TEAM GUY. IT'S HARD FOR ME TO SIT BACK AND SAY WE HAVE ALLOWED OURSELVES TO FALL THAT FAR IN THE WORLD WHEN PEOPLE THINK WHERE SHOULD I START GUY. I'M A HOME TEAM GUY. IT'S HARD FOR ME TO SIT BACK THAT BUSINESS? 23RD, ARE YOU KIDDING ME? WITH ALL THE ASSETS WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN BY THE LORD AND SIT HERE TODAY AND HAVE AN ARGUMENT OVER SOMETHING ELSE OTHER THAN THAT? THAT DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE AT ALL. WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO WITH OUR TAX PLAN IS MAKE SURE THAT THE UNITED STATES JUST THAT BUSINESS? DOESN'T PARTICIPATE IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY, IT DOMINATES A GLOBAL ECONOMY. IT LEADS THE WAY IN A GLOBAL COMMIFMENT IT MAKES AMERICAN--ECONOMY. IT MAKES AMERICAN WORKERS STRONGER. IT MAKES AMERICAN FAMILIES STRONGER. IT ALLOWS US TO REBUILD OUR MILITARY AND INFRASTRUCTURE. IT ALLOWS EVERYTHING GOOD TO HAPPEN. WE CANNOT STAY WITH THE STATUS QUO. THERE IS SO MUCH GOOD IN THIS BILL FOR EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN. I DID NOT SAY EVERY SINGLE REPUBLICAN. I SAID EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN. YOU CAN BAT THAT ONE BACK AND FORTH AND TRY TO MAKE IT A POLITICAL STORY. IT IS NOT. IT IS TRULY AN AMERICAN STORY. AMERICA HAS NEVER DODGED THAT RESPONSIBILITY. LET ME READ YOU ONE OTHER QUOTE. AGAIN FROM AN IRISH AMERICAN PRESIDENT WHO I HOLD IN SUCH GREAT ESTEEM. ONE OF THE GREATEST PERSONS I HAVE EVER KNOWN -- OR LISTENED TO. LET ME READ THIS TO YOU. I DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE OBSTACLES WHICH THE CONGRESS WILL FACE IN ENACTING SUCH LEGISLATION. NO ONE WILL BE SATISFIED. EVERYONE WILL HAVE HIS OWN APPROACH, HIS OWN BILL, HIS OWN REDUCTIONS. A HIGH ORDER OF RESTRAINT AND DETERMINATION WILL BE REQUIRED IF THE POSSIBLE IS NOT TO WAIT ON THE PERFECT. BUT A NATION CAPABLE OF MARTIALING THESE QUALITIES IN ANY DRAMATIC THREAT TO OUR SECURITY IS SURELY CAPABLE AS A GREAT FREE SOCIETY OF MEETING A SLOWER AND MORE COMPLEX THREAT TO OUR ECONOMIC VITALITY. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THIS NATION CANNOT AFFORD -- CAN AFFORD TO REDUCE TAXES. WE CAN AFFORD A TEMPORARY DEFICIT, BUT WHAT WE CANNOT AFFORD IS TO DO NOTHING. FOR ON THE STRENGTH OF OUR FREE ECONOMY RESTS THE HOPE AFFORD TO REDUCE TAXES. WE CAN AFFORD A OF ALL FREE NATIONS. WE SHALL NOT FAIL THAT HOPE FOR FREE MEN AND FREE NATIONS MUST PROSPER AND THEY MUST PREVAIL. THINK OF WHO IT IS THAT WE'RE. THIS IS AMERICA'S HOUSE. YES, THIS IS THE G.O.P. TAX PLAN, BUT IT HELPS EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN. IT'S NOT A BLUE PLAN OR A RED PLAN. IT IS A RED, WHITE, AND BLUE PLAN. I WOULD JUST CHALLENGE YOU TO GO HOME NEXT WEEK FOR THANKSGIVING AND TELL PEOPLE ALL THE POSITIVES ABOUT THIS AND SAY I AM SO SORRY I COULDN'T HAVE VOTED FOR THAT. IT IS TIME NOW FOR AMERICA TO RISE TO THE CHALLENGE. AS I SAID EARLIER, WE EXIST IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY. I AM TIRED OF BEING SOMEBODY THAT HAPPENED TO PARTICIPATE WHEN WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO DOMINATE. NEVER BEFORE IN OUR HISTORY HAVE WE HAD THE CHANCE TO CHANGE THE FUTURE FOR EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 01:43:39 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO…

        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO DIRECT THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR NOT OTHER MEMBERS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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      • 01:43:47 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

        MR. SPEAKER, I'LL GO HOME THIS WEEK AND TELL PEOPLE I VOTED AGAINST THIS…

        MR. SPEAKER, I'LL GO HOME THIS WEEK AND TELL PEOPLE I VOTED AGAINST THIS HORRIBLE BILL. AND I'LL WONDER IF THE LAST SPEAKER WOULD GO HOME AND TELL THE 11,249 PEOPLE THAT UTILIZE $131 MILLION IN MEDICAL DEDUCTIONS THAT WILL NOT HAVE THAT UNDER THIS BILL. UNDERSTANDING THAT IT COULD BE DIFFERENT IF THEY CHOSE. MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A NEWFOUND FRIEND FROM ILLINOIS, MR. MURPHY, AND HE'S A RISING STAR. -- KRISHNAMOORTHI. HE'S A RISING STAR.

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      • 01:44:33 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

      • 01:44:36 PM

        MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

        I OPPOSE THE RULE AND UNDERLYING BILL. THIS IS A TAX INCREASE ON THE…

        I OPPOSE THE RULE AND UNDERLYING BILL. THIS IS A TAX INCREASE ON THE MIDDLE CLASS. AND IT DROPS A TICKING TAX BOMB ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WHILE IT CLAIMS TO PROVIDE TAX RELIEF FOR WORKING FAMILIES IN THE MIDDLE CLASS, IN REALITY IT WILL RAISE TAXES ON 38 MILLION AMERICANS. AND IT WILL EXPLODE THE DEFICIT BY OVER $1.5 TRILLION. A TYPICAL FAMILY IN MY DISTRICT IN ILLINOIS WOULD SEE THEIR TAXES INCREASE BY OVER $1,100. ACCORDING TO THE C.B.O., H.R. 1 IS SO IRRESPONSIBLE THAT IT WILL RESULT IN AN IMMEDIATE $25 BILLION CUT TO MEDICARE. . INCOMES ARE NOT KEEPING PACE WITH THE COST OF LIVING. OUR CONSTITUENTS NEED RESPONSIBLE TAX REFORM THAT STRENGTHENS THE MIDDLE CLASS AND RAISES WAGES FOR WORKING FAMILIES. THEY DO NOT NEED A TAX INCREASE. AND THIS BILL DOES JUST THAT. IT INCREASES TAXES ON THE MIDDLE CLASS. I URGE YOU TO REJECT THIS TICKING TAX BOMB AND I YIELD BACK.

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      • 01:45:52 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

      • 01:45:55 PM

        MR. SESSIONS

        I RESERVE.

      • 01:45:59 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 01:46:03 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

        I WOULD ADVISE THAT I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. A NEW POLL OUT YESTERDAY SHOWS…

        I WOULD ADVISE THAT I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. A NEW POLL OUT YESTERDAY SHOWS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AREN'T FALLING FOR THE REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM. ONLY 25% APPROVE OF THIS PLAN, JUST 16% THINK IT WILL REDUCE THEIR TAXES AND ONLY 24% SAID THE REPUBLICAN PLAN WILL HELP THE MIDDLE CLASS THE MOST. LISTEN TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, MY FRIENDS. THROW THIS DANGEROUS PLAN IN THE TRASH CAN WHERE IT BE LONGS AND LET'S WORK TOGETHER ON A BIPARTISAN PLAN TO HELP ALL AMERICANS. MR. SPEAKER, IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I'M GOING TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD PROHIBIT ANY LEGISLATION FROM LIMITING OR REPEALING THE STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION, WHICH PREVENTS MILLIONS OF FAMILIES BEING TAXED TWICE ON THE SAME INCOME. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE TEXT OF MY AMENDMENT IN THE RECORD WITH EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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      • 01:47:16 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

      • 01:47:17 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

        COLLEAGUES ATTEMPTED TO JAM AN AND HORNT HEALTH CARE BILL THROUGH…

        COLLEAGUES ATTEMPTED TO JAM AN AND HORNT HEALTH CARE BILL THROUGH CONGRESS. THEY FAILED. AFTER THAT FAILURE, THEY MOVED TO TODAY'S ATTEMPT TO JAM A TERRIBLE TAX BILL THROUGH CONGRESS FOR THE SAKE OF MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS, I HOPE MY AMERICAN FRIENDS ULTIMATELY MEET DEFEAT ONCE AGAIN. AFTER THIS CLOSED, AND I MIGHT ADD, WE SET THE RECORD WITH THIS PARTICULAR MEASURE OF 51 CLOSED RULES IN THIS SESSION, THE MOST IN THE HISTORY OF CONGRESS, THE MOST CLOSED RULES. AMERICA, WHAT THAT MEANS IS THAT A LOT OF YOUR REPRESENTATIVES WHO HAD GOOD IDEAS, MORE THAN 100 OF THEM THAT OFFERED AMENDMENTS WERE UNABLE TO BE HEARD BECAUSE OF THE CLOSE RULE. THIS DISGRACEFUL PROCESS THIS REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS PRESENTED IN THIS INSTANCE, A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT SKEWS TAX CUTS IN FAVOR OF THE ULTRAWEALTHY AND RICH CORPORATIONS. LET'S MAKE IT VERY CLEAR. WELLY PEOPLE SHOULDN'T BE DISRESPECTED FOR THEIR WEALTH. BUT I DON'T KNOW ANY WEALTHY PEOPLE THAT ARE KNOCKING DOWN MY DOORS SAYING THEY NEED A FEW MORE THOUSAND DOLLARS BUT I KNOW A LOT OF POOR PEOPLE THAT NEED MONEY AND THIS PARTICULAR MEASURE WOULDN'T ALLOW THEM TO GET ON THAT LAST RUNNING OF THAT LADDER AND LIFT THEMSELVES UP. I HEARD THE GENTLEMAN SAY, THE FORT LAUDERDALE BOSTON SHOW ALL THOSE YACHTS AND LITTLE BOATS FISHING IN LAKE OKEECHOBEE WEREN'T LIFTED BY THIS PARTICULAR MEASURE. IT THROWS THIS BILL ON THE BACKS OF MIDDLE AND WORKING CLASS PEOPLE AND FUTURE GENERATIONS. WITH THIS BILL, THE FORMER DEFICIT HAWK REPUBLICAN MAJORITY WOULD ADD $1.5 TRILLION TO THE DEBT WHILE POTENTIALLY TRIGGERING $25 BILLION CUTS IN MEDICARE AND I MIGHT ADD, THAT'S WHERE THEY ARE HEADED. LOOK OUT MEDICARE, SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICAID. I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE RULE AND UNDERLYING BILL.

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      • 01:49:59 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      • 01:50:05 PM

        MR. SESSIONS

        I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, JUDGE HASTINGS, FOR HIS EXEMPLARY WORK AND THE WORK…

        I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, JUDGE HASTINGS, FOR HIS EXEMPLARY WORK AND THE WORK OF HIS COLLEAGUES IN THE RULES COMMITTEE AND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE. MR. SPEAKER, OUR PREVIOUS SPEAKER, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MIKE KELLY, SAID, IN AN ECONOMY HAMPERED BY RESTRICTIVE TAX RATES WILL NEVER PRODUCE ENOUGH REVENUE OR ENOUGH JOBS. ONLY FULL EMPLOYMENT CAN BALANCE THE BUDGET AND TAX REDUCTION CAN PAVE THE WAY FOR THAT. WHAT HE DID NOT SAY, THAT IS JOHN F. KENNEDY, NOVEMBER 14, 1962 IN AN ADDRESS TO THE ECONOMIC CLUB IN NEW YORK. THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF PEOPLE HERE WHO HAVE GIVEN TESTIMONY, I THINK TESTIMONY THAT THEY INTENDED TO SWAY THE VOTERS AND THOSE LISTENING IN THIS COUNTRY THAT THE TAX CODE THAT WE HAVE WORKS JUST FINE. BUT THEN THEY SPOKE ABOUT THE FRAILTYIES OF THAT AND JOBS GOING OFFSHORE AND JOBS AND ECONOMIC ACTIVITY GOING SOMEWHERE ELSE, I BEING FROM DALLAS, TEXAS, HEAR STORIES ABOUT PEOPLE WHO ARE COMING TO TEXAS, COMING TO NORTH TEXAS, COMING BECAUSE OF THE ECONOMIC CLIMATE THAT WILL ALLOW THEM AND THEIR COMPANIES TO HAVE A BETTER SHOT, NOT ONLY BEING COMPETITIVE BUT AS MIKE KELLY SAID TO BE WINTERERS, WINNERS IN THIS ECONOMY AT THE TOP OF THE HEAP. WHAT THIS IS, MY STATE OF TEXAS DOES DO THE THINGS THAT THIS BILL DOES ALSO. IT KEEPS TAXES LOW. IT CREATES OPPORTUNITY, GIVES THE JOB CREATOR -- BY THE WAY, HOW MANY POOR PEOPLE CREATE JOBS? I DON'T KNOW. HOW MANY OF THOSE THAT REALLY HAVE INCENTIVE CREATE JOBS? A TON OF THEM. WE ARE GOING TO GET YOUNG PEOPLE GETTING OUT OF COLLEGE AND VETERANS AND SEEING THEY CAN MAKE A GO OF IT INSTEAD OF BEING A 95% FAILURE RATE OF NEW BUSINESS. IT'S A HEAVY BAR BECAUSE OF RULES, REGULATIONS AND TAXES. WE'RE GOING TO MAKE IT EASIER. THE WHITE HOUSE COUNCIL OF ECONOMIC ADVISERS BASED THEIR REVIEW AS THEY PROVIDED THE ECONOMIC OUTLOOK TO US OF MORE THAN 100 ACADEMIC PAPERS, ESTIMATES OF CORPORATE PROVISIONS IN THIS TAX BILL ALONE WILL GROW OUR ECONOMY AND NOT LEAVE US IN 23RD PLACE AS MIKE KELLY SAID. WHO WANTS TO BE IN 23RD PLACE? IF YOU WANT TO BE IN THE TOP 25 AND YOU'RE COMFORTABLE, SORRY. WE WANT TO BE AT THE TOP. WE WANT TO MAKE AMERICA AGAIN AND BE ABLE TO SAY THAT BUSINESSES ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES STANDS A CHANCE. AND THAT'S WHAT THIS DOES. COUNCIL OF ECONOMIC ADVISERS SAYS BETWEEN -- THAT THIS WILL GROW THE ECONOMY BETWEEN 3% AND 5%. THEY GOT COMFORTABLE. I'M NOT COMFORTABLE AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AREN'T COMFORTABLE EITHER AND WE ARE GOING TO $700 BILLION TO THE ECONOMY. THAT'S THE GUESS. THAT'S WHAT REPUBLICANS WANT TO DO. BUT IT'S BASED ON A LOT OF FACTORS AND BASED ON HARD WORK, AMERICA HAS THE BEST MOST INNOVATIVE WORKERS IN THE WORLD. WE WANT TO PUT THIS TOGETHER WITH AN OPPORTUNITY BECAUSE WE HAVE A GREAT PLACE TO BE. THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. ANY OF OUR STATES, WE HAVE THE BEST ENERGY POLICIES IN THE WORLD. AND WE HAVE THE BEST PRICE. WE HAVE THE BEST WORKERS. WE HAVE TOOL KITS WITH OUR UNIVERSITIES. OUR INDUSTRY WILL GROW BACK. REINVEST IN THEMSELVES. WE ARE GOING TO TAKE OUR TAX CODE AND TAKE $5.6 TRILLION WORTH OF TAX AREAS AND MOVE THAT WHERE IT WILL BE BOOST OUR ECONOMY. WE WILL BECOME PRO-GROWTH AGAIN. YES, WE HEARD IT WAS JOHN F. KENNEDY, IT WAS RONALD REAGAN AND GOING TO BE MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. MR. SPEAKER, FOR THAT REASON I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RULE AND UNDERLYING LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. AND I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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      • 01:54:52 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. THOSE…

        THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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      • 01:55:02 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

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

      • 01:55:04 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. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. . PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 AND CLAUSE 9 THIS VOTE WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE-MINUTE VOTES ON ADOPTING THE RESOLUTION IF ORDERED AND SUSPENDING THE RULES AND PASSING H.R. 2331. [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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      • 01:55:27 PM

        On ordering the previous question Roll Call 632 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

        • 02:21:20 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 234. THE NAYS ARE 193. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 234. THE NAYS ARE 193. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    • 02:21:30 PM

      House Vote 632 - On Ordering the Previous Question

      Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1) to provide for reconciliation pursuant to title II of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018, and providing for proceedings during the period from November 17, 2017, through November 27, 2017.

      Passed (234 - 193)
      Yea
      Nay

      Vote Details: Yea - 233
      Republican - 233

      Vote Details: Nay - 193
      Democratic - 192
      Republican - 1

      Vote Details: Not Voting - 6
      Republican - 4
      Democratic - 2

      • 02:21:32 PM

        On agreeing to the resolution Roll Call 633 - Recorded vote pending.

        • 02:21:34 PM

          MR. HASTINGS

          MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

        • 02:21:43 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE AYES HAVE IT. A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED…

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

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        • 02:30:11 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. THE…

          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. HICE, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2331 AS AMENDED. ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    • 02:30:15 PM

      House Vote 633 - On Agreeing to the Resolution

      Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1) to provide for reconciliation pursuant to title II of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018, and providing for proceedings during the period from November 17, 2017, through November 27, 2017.

      Passed (235 - 191)
      Aye
      No

      Vote Details: Aye - 234
      Republican - 234

      Vote Details: No - 191
      Democratic - 191

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

      • 02:30:17 PM

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

      • 02:30:19 PM

        UNFINISHED BUSINESS

        The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the motion to suspend the rules and pass H.R. 2331, as amended, which was debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

        • 02:30:26 PM

          Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 2331 — "To require a new or updated Federal website that is intended for use by the public to be mobile friendly, and for other purposes."

          • 02:30:40 PM

            On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Roll Call 634 - 2/3 Yea and Nay vote pending.

            • 02:30:41 PM

              THE CLERK

              GEORGIA, MR. HICE, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2131, A BILL TO…

              GEORGIA, MR. HICE, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2131, A BILL TO REQUIRE A NEW OR UPDATED FEDERAL WEBSITE THAT IS INTENDED FOR USE BY THE PUBLIC TO BE MOBILE FRIENDLY, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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            • 02:30:48 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, AS…

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

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            • 02:36:33 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 423. THE NAYS ARE ZERO. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING…

              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 423. THE NAYS ARE ZERO. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        • 02:36:38 PM

          House Vote 634 - On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended

          Connected Government Act

          Passed (423 - 0)
          Yea

          Vote Details: Yea - 422
          Republican - 233
          Democratic - 189

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

          • 02:36:39 PM

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

            • 02:37:01 PM

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              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY,…

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY, IT ADJOURN TO MEET AT 9:00 A.M. TOMORROW.

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          • 02:37:08 PM

            Mr. Farenthold asked unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 9:00 a.m. on November 16. Agreed to without objection.

            • 02:37:09 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              WITHOUT OBJECTION. ORDERED.

            • 02:37:23 PM

              TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

              PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. OR VOTES OBJECTED TO UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. THE HOUSE WILL RESUME PROCEEDINGS ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS AT A LATER TIME. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. MEMBERS TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE MEMBERS IN THE BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          • 02:37:30 PM

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

            • 02:39:01 PM

              Mr. Farenthold moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 4174 — "To amend titles 5 and 44, United States Code, to require Federal evaluation activities, improve Federal data management, and for other purposes."

              • 02:39:03 PM

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                MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 41 IS 74, THE…

                MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 41 IS 74, THE EVIDENCE-BASED POLICYMAKING ACT OF 2017, AS AMENDED.

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              • 02:39:14 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

            • 02:39:16 PM

              Considered under suspension of the rules.

              • 02:39:17 PM

                THE CLERK

          • 02:39:18 PM

            DEBATE

            The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4174.

            • 02:39:30 PM

              TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. FARENTHOLD, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MRS. WATSON COLEMAN, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. FARENTHOLD.

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              MR. FARENTHOLD

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

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

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              MR. FARENTHOLD

              MR. SPEAKER, IT IS MY DISTINCT PRIVILEGE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE…

              MR. SPEAKER, IT IS MY DISTINCT PRIVILEGE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE SPONSOR OF THE BILL, MY FRIEND, THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. MR. PAUL RYAN.

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              MEMBERS TAKE YOUR SEATS OR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE SPEAKER IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 02:40:24 PM

              THE SPEAKER

              FIRST OF ALL I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MY COLLEAGUES, I…

              FIRST OF ALL I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MY COLLEAGUES, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE FOUNDATIONS FOR EVIDENCE-BASED POLICYMAKING ACT. FIRST, I WANT TO THANK THE SPONSOR OF THE BILL. I WANT TO THANK MR. FARENTHOLD, I WANT TO THANK MR. KILMER. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN GOWDY. BLAKE FARENTHOLD AND DEREK KILMER WERE THE KEY DRIVERS OF THIS MEASURE AND MADE IT STRONGER BY INCORPORATING THEIR OPEN GOVERNMENT DATA ACT. TRAY GOWDY AND HIS STAFF, I DON'T KNOW WHERE HE IS, TREY GOWDY AND CHAIRMAN HIS STAFF, ESPECIALLY KATHY, SPENT COUNTLESS HOURS WORKING WITH OUR TEAM, ESPECIALLY TED, AND OTHERS TO TURN THE COMMISSION ON EVIDENCE-BASED POLICY VISION INTO LEGISLATION. ALL THE MEMBERS OF THIS COMMISSION DID INCREDIBLE WORK. I WANT TO ESPECIALLY THANK SENATOR PATTY MURRAY FOR HER WILLINGNESS TO WORK TOGETHER ON THIS ISSUE. WE MAY BE ON DIFFERENT SIDES OF THE AISLE, BUT THERE IS ONE THING THAT WE PASSIONATELY AGREE ON AND THAT IS WHAT THE GOVERNMENT DOES, IT SHOULD DO IT WELL. THE TAXPAYERS' MONEY SHOULD ALWAYS BE PROTECTED. AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHY WE CAME TOGETHER TO WRITE THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. SO WHAT DOES THIS BILL ACTUALLY DO? IT PROTECTS PRIVACY. IT IMPROVES TRANSPARENCY. IT ENSURES THAT FEDERAL AGENCIES ARE PROTECTING THE DATA COLLECTED BY THE GOVERNMENT. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE TO KNOW AND THEY DESERVE TO UNDERSTAND WE PASSIONATELY AGREE ON AND THAT IS WHAT THE GOVERNMENT DOES, IT EXACTLY WHAT DATA THE GOVERNMENT IS ACTUALLY COLLECTING. AND THEY DESERVE TO KNOW THAT THE STRICTEST SAFEGUARDS ARE PLACED ON THAT DATA. THE DRIVING PURPOSE OF THIS LEGISLATION IS VERY SIMPLE. WE'RE REQUIRING FEDERAL AGENCIES TO PRIORITIZE EVIDENCE WHEN THEY ARE MEASURING A PROGRAM'S SUCCESS. GO FIGURE. HERE'S WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT. LET'S JUST TAKE POVERTY, FOR EXAMPLE. INSTEAD OF MEASURING SUCCESS BASED ON INPUTS, INSTEAD OF MEASURING SUCCESS BASED ON HOW MANY PROGRAMS WE HAVE CREATED, HOW MUCH MONEY ARE WE SPENDING, HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE ON THE PROGRAMS, LET'S MEASURE SUCCESS BASED ON RESULTS. IS IT WORKING? ARE PEOPLE GETTING OUT OF POVERTY? ARE THE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF THESE BILLS AND THESE LAWS ACTUALLY BEING ACHIEVED OR NOT? BY DIRECTING AGENCIES TO DO THIS , NO LONGER WILL WE DON'T KNOW BE AN ACCEPTABLE ANSWER WHEN ASKED IF A PROGRAM IS ACTUALLY WORKING. I MEAN IT'S REALLY JUST CRAZY, BUT SO MUCH OF WHAT G ASKED IFOVERNMENT DOES, GOVERNMENT DOESN'T ACTUALLY SEE WHETHER OR NOT IT'S ACTUALLY SUCCEEDING AT DOING IT. SO WE HAVE GOT TO GET OFF THIS INPUT EFFORT-BASED SYSTEM, THIS 20TH CENTURY RELIC AND ON TO CLEARLY IDENTIFIABLE EVIDENCE-BASED TERMS, CONDITIONS, DATA RESULTS OUTCOMES. WITH THIS BILL WE'RE ASKING THE FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY TO STEP UP ITS GAME. WE'RE ASKING OURSELVES HOW CAN WE IMPROVE THE LIVES OF OUR FEDERAL SITHZENS BY BETTER UNDERSTANDING THE -- CITIZENS BY BETTER UNDERSTANDING THE PROGRAMS WE PUT IN PLACE. HOW CAN WE MAKE SURE THAT MONTY BEING SPENT ON BEHALF OF THE HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS WHO SEND THE MONEY HERE IN THE FIRST PLACE IS BEING SPENT WISELY, EFFICIENTLY, EFFECTIVELY. WE NEED RESULTS NOT JUST EFFORT. THIS IS JUST GOOD COMMON SENSE POLICY. IT'S GOING TO MEAN A REAL SEA CHANGE IN HOW WE SOLVE PROBLEMS AND HOW GOVERNMENT ACTUALLY WORKS. WITH THAT I URGE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL AND I THANK THE SPONSORS FOR ALL THEIR HARD WORK. I YIELD.

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            • 02:43:47 PM

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

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

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            • 02:43:51 PM

              MR. FARENTHOLD

              RESERVE.

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              TEMPORE RESERVES

              RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY.

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              MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

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

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            • 02:44:03 PM

              MS. WATSON COLEMAN

              THE FOUNDATIONS OF EVIDENCE-BASED POLICYMAKING ACT AS AMENDED WOULD…

              THE FOUNDATIONS OF EVIDENCE-BASED POLICYMAKING ACT AS AMENDED WOULD ESTABLISH A FRAMEWORK TO SUPPORT GREATER ACCESS AND USE OF GOVERNMENT DATA. I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVES DEREK KILMER AND BLAKE FARENTHOLD FOR THEIR WORK ON THE OPEN GOVERNMENT DATA ACT, WHICH IS THE BASIS FOR THE TITLE 2 OF THIS BILL. ALSO WANT TO THANK SPEAKER RYAN, SENATOR MURRY, AND CHAIRMAN GOWDY FOR THEIR BIPARTISAN WORK ON THIS ISSUE. THE BILL WOULD REQUIRE THAT AGENTIES MAKE DATA, QUOTE, OPEN BY DEFAULT, CLOSE QUOTE, AND DEVELOP A PLAN FOR BUILDING EVIDENCE IN THEIR AGENCIES. THE BILL WOULD REQUIRE THAT THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET DEVELOP A FEDERAL CATALOG AND INVENTORY OF AGENCY DATA ASSETS AND THAT EACH AGENCY DESIGNATE CHIEF EVALUATION OFFICERS AND CHIEF DATA OFFICERS WHO WOULD WORK TO ENSURE THAT AGENCIES UTILIZE DATA EFFECTIVELY. THE GOAL OF THIS BILL IS TO ENSURE THAT CONGRESS AND THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH ARE ABLE TO MAKE IMPORTANT POLICY DECISIONS BASED ON EVIDENCE. THIS IS NOT ALWAYS CURRENTLY THE CASE. FOR EXAMPLE, TAKE THE TEAM PREGNANCY PREVENTION PROGRAM. FUNDING FOR THIS PROGRAM WAS RECENTLY CUT EVEN THOUGH THERE IS SIGNIFICANT EVIDENCE THAT IT WORKED. IF WE'RE GOING TO DEMAND MORE AND HIGHER QUALITY EVIDENCE FROM THESE FEDERAL AGENCIES, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT CONGRESS AND THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH ADVANCE POLICIES SUPPORTED BY THAT EVIDENCE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. . CONGRESS AND THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH ARE ABLE TO MAKE IMPORTANT POLICY DECISIONS BASED ON

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              THE GENTLELADY RESERVES HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO USE.

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              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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              MR. FARENTHOLD

              I'M HERE TO SUPPORT H.R. 4174 INTRODUCED BY SPEAKER RYAN AND OF WHICH I AM…

              I'M HERE TO SUPPORT H.R. 4174 INTRODUCED BY SPEAKER RYAN AND OF WHICH I AM AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE AN EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE GOVERNMENT. I THINK WE CAN ALL AGREE ON THAT. TAXPAYERS HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW THEIR MONEY IS BEING SPENT WISELY AND ALL TOO OFTEN DECISIONMAKERS THROUGHOUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MAKE CHOICES WITHOUT SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE AND DATA TO INFORM THEM AND GUIDE THEM IN MAKING THOSE DECISIONS. IN THE PREVIOUS CONGRESS, SPEAKER RYAN AND SENATOR PATTY MURRAY INTRODUCED THE BICAMERAL, BIPARTISAN EVIDENCE-BASED POLICY COMMISSION ACT OF 2016. THAT COMMISSION WAS CHARGED WITH STUDYING AND MAKING RECOMMENDATIONS RELATED TO ACCESS AND USE OF EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT POLICYMAKING. AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THEY FINISHED IN ABOUT A YEAR. THE COMMISSION ON EVIDENCE-BASED POLICYMAKING RELEASED THEIR REPORT SEPTEMBER 7 OF THIS YEAR. THE COMMISSION MADE 22 RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOW TO IMPROVE EVIDENCE -- ON HOW EVIDENCE IS ACCESSED, PRODUCED, SECURED AND MAINTAINED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. ON SEPTEMBER 26, 2017, THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM HELD A HEARING ENTITLED "RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COMMISSION ON EVIDENCE-BASED POLICYMAKING." AT THAT HEARING, FOUR MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION EXPLAINED THE INTENT OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS AND THE NEED FOR MORE EVIDENCE TO IMPROVE POLICYMAKING. ACCORDING TO DR. RON HASKINS, THE CO-CHAIR OF THE COMMISSION, EVIDENCE SHOWED MANY OF THE NATION'S SOCIAL PROGRAMS PRODUCED MODEST TO NO IMPACT. H.R. 4174, THE FOUNDATIONS FOR EVIDENCE-BASED POLICYMAKING OF 2017, THE BILL LAYS THE GROUNDWORK FOR CRITSL EXAMINATION OF WHAT'S WORKING -- CRITICAL EXAMINATION OF WHAT'S WORKING AND WHAT'S NOT WORKING IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. POLICY DECISIONS SHOULD BE MADE ON FACTS. THOSE FOLKS OF MY GENERATION WILL REMEMBER SERGEANT FRIDAY IN "DRAGNET." JUST THE FACTS, MA'AM. BUT ACCORDING TO THE EVIDENCE-BASED POLICYMAKING, FEW MEET THIS NEED. THE COMMISSION FOUND CUMBERSOME PROCEDURES CREATE CONFUSION -- CREATE UNNECESSARY COSTS AND ARE A BARRIER TO EVIDENCE BUILDING. ADDITIONALLY, ACCORDING TO THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE, AGENCIES CONTINUED LACK OF EVALUATIONS, MAYBE THE GREATEST BARRIER TO INFORMING MANAGERS AND POLICYMAKERS AND CONSTITUENTS OF LOST OPPORTUNITIES TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS OF A LIMITED GOVERNMENT RESOURCES. THESE BARRIERS ARE STANDING BETWEEN THE TAXPAYERS AND THE EFFECTIVE GOVERNMENT THAT THEY HAVE PAID FOR AND THAT THEY HAVE -- THAT THEY DESERVE. H.R. 4174 REMOVES SOME OF THE BARRIERS THAT COMMISSION IDENTIFIED AND ENCOURAGES AGENCIES TO EXPAND THE USE OF EVIDENCE IN DECISIONMAKING. FIRST, EACH AGENCY WILL NEED TO DESIGNATE A CHIEF EVALUATION OFFICER AND SUBMIT ANNUAL EVIDENCE BUILDING PLANS TO CONGRESS AND THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET. THIS BILL ESTABLISHES AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO REVIEW, ANALYZE AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOW TO MAKE, EXPAND ACCESS TO EVIDENCE BUILDING. IT ALSO INCLUDE THE OPEN GOV DATA ACT THAT REPRESENTATIVE KILMER AND I INTRODUCED. THE ACT ADDRESSES THE COMMISSION'S RECOMMENDATION TO EXPAND ACCESS TO INFORMATION ABOUT DATA. THE OPEN GOVERNMENT DATA ACT REQUIRES FEDERAL AGENCIES TO DEVELOP A COMPREHENSIVE INVENTORY OF FEDERAL DATA AND INCREASED ACCESS TO SPECIFIC DATA ASSETS THAT ARE APPROPRIATE FOR PUBLIC RELEASE. THIS ISN'T PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE, CONFIDENTIAL, PRIVATE OR CLASSIFIED INFORMATION. IT ALSO ESTABLISHES AN OPEN BY DEFAULT STANDARD FOR FEDERAL DATA. MEANING THE DATA WILL BE AVAILABLE UNDER AN OPEN FORMAT, OPEN LICENSE AND WILL BE IN A MACHINE-READABLE FORMAT. WE ARE GOING TO CROWDSOURCE SOME OF THIS EVIDENCE BUILDING. WE'RE GOING TO LET THE PRIVATE SECTOR OR NONPROFITS OR WHOMEVER ACCESS THIS DATA, FIND WAYS TO USE IT, BUILD DATA AND, AGAIN, GET MORE BANG FOR THE TAXPAYERS' DOLLAR. THE BILL FURTHER IMPROVES DATA MANAGEMENT AND COLLECTION BY CODIFYING THE POSITION OF CHIEF DATA OFFICER IN CLARIFYING THE C.D.O.'S ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITY. AND FINALLY, H.R. 4174 ESTABLISHES THE PROCESS BY WHICH STATISTICAL AGENCIES CAN ACCESS DATA, ENSURE EFFECTIVE AND CONSISTENT PRIVACY CONSIDERATIONS, AND DEVELOP METHODS TO REDUCE THE SENSITIVITY OF DATA. THIS WILL EXPAND OPPORTUNITIES FOR USE OF DATA BY THE EVIDENCE-BUILDING COMMUNITY. THE FOUNDATION FOR EVIDENCE-BASED POLICYMAKING ACT OF 2017 WAS REPORTED FAVORABLY OUT OF THE HOUSE GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT AND REFORM COMMITTEE. I COME BACK TO THE BOTTOM LINE ON THIS. AMERICANS EXPECT POLICYMAKERS TO MAKE DECISIONS BASED ON FACT AND DECISIONS BASED ON FACTS ARE BETTER DECISIONS THAT WILL SAVE TAXPAYER MONEY AND BE GOOD FOR AMERICA. H.R. 4174 WILL HELP MAKE THESE EXPECTATIONS A REALITY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:51:15 PM

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

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

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            • 02:51:18 PM

              MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW LIKE TO YIELD MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE STATE OF…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW LIKE TO YIELD MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, REPRESENTATIVE KILMER, AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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            • 02:51:27 PM

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

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            • 02:51:30 PM

              MR. KILMER

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. IMAGINE…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. IMAGINE YOU'RE A CODER AND YOU HAVE A GREAT IDEA FOR AN APP THAT PREDICTS THE WEATHER OR IDENTIFIES TRAFFIC FLOWS OR HELPS PEOPLE NAVIGATE THE SOCIAL SERVICE SYSTEM AND YOU KNOW HOW TO CODE THE APP BUT YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO SET UP YOUR OWN SYSTEM TO COLLECT THE DATA, THE WEATHER DATA OR THE TRAFFIC DATA OR WHAT HAVE YOU. NOW, IMAGINE YOU BUILD THE APP AND YOU CAN PULL DATA THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS ALREADY COLLECTING SO YOU CAN BUILD THE APP AND USE THE DATA, AND IT TURNS OUT THAT YOU GOT SOMETHING THAT'S EITHER GOOD AT PREDICTING THE WEATHER OR HELPING COMMUTERS OR HELPING FOLKS NAVIGATE THE SOCIAL SERVICE SYSTEM OR WHATEVER AND IT GROWS INTO A BUSINESS AND YOU CAN ACTUALLY EMPLOY PEOPLE. YOU CAN PUT PEOPLE TO WORK THAT A PROJECT THAT MAY HAVE STARTED AS A HOBBY CAN BECOME YOUR LIFE'S WORK. THE EVIDENCE-BASED POLICYMAKING AND SECTION 2 WILL HELP STORIES LIKE THAT BECOME A COMMON THING. THIS GIVES ENTREPRENEURS AND INNOVATORS HUGE AMOUNTS OF PUBLICLY FUNDED DATA SO THEY CAN INNOVATE AND COME UP WITH APPLICATIONS THAT WE HAVEN'T EVEN THOUGHT OF YET. IT ALSO MEANS THAT GOVERNMENT AGENCIES CAN SHARE DATA MORE EASILY AND ULTIMATELY PROVIDE SERVICES MORE EFFECTIVELY AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, IT ALLOWS CITIZENS TO PARTICIPATE IN THEIR GOVERNMENT BY MAKING GOVERNMENT MORE TRANSPARENT AND ACCOUNTABLE. MR. SPEAKER, DATA IS THE SPARK THAT DRIVES INNOVATIVE IDEAS, AND I DRAFTED THE OPEN GOVERNMENT DATA ACT WITH REPRESENTATIVES FARENTHOLD AND SENATORS SCHATZ TO PROVIDING INNOVATORS WITH THE LEGAL ELBOW ROOM TO USE PUBLIC INFORMATION AND PUBLIC DATA AND TO CREATE JOBS. IT REDUCES THE BURDEN TO ENTRY BY LOWERING THE COST TO ACCESS AND FORMAT DATA. IT WILL OPEN NEW BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES. MAKING MORE GOVERNMENT DATA PUBLIC WILL PUMP UP THE DATA ANALYTICS TO DRIVE NEW INNOVATION AND I BELIEVE ACCESS TO THIS DATA WILL LEAD TO THINGS WE HAVEN'T THOUGHT UP OF YET. I AM GLAD THEY INCORPORATED THAT BILL INTO THIS BROADER LEGISLATION. IT WILL HELP US MEASURE HOW GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS ARE ACTUALLY WORKING OR NOT. ESTABLISHING A DATA INVENTORY WILL HELP GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS UNDERSTAND WHAT DATA THEY HAVE SO THEY CAN USE IT AND SO THEY DON'T DUPLICATE WORK THAT'S ALREADY GETTING DONE. MAKING THE GOVERNMENT'S DATA SEARCHABLE AND ACCESSIBLE WILL HELP PUBLIC SERVANTS MAKE BETTER DECISIONS AND IT WILL HELP THE PUBLIC AND THE PRESS HOLD GOVERNMENT MORE ACCOUNTABLE. LET ME GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE. MR. SPEAKER, I REPRESENT MORE MILITARY VETERANS THAN JUST ABOUT ANY MEMBER OF THIS BODY. AND LIKE MANY OF US, I WAS HORRIFIED TO LEARN SEVERAL AGO THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS WAS STRUGGLING TO PROVIDE THE SERVICES AND TREATMENTS THAT WERE EARNED BY MILITARY VETERANS. NOW, IMAGINE, MANLEY IF THE HOUSE VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE OR THE G.A.O. -- IMAGINE IF THE HOUSE VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE OR THE G.A.O. HAD THE DATA ABOUT WAIT TIME. THE PAIN COULD HAVE BEEN AFFORDED. IMAGINE THE LEADERS OF THE VETERANS ORGANIZATION KNEW NEWSPAPERS WOULD HAVE ACCESS TO THAT DATA, WHETHER IN MY DISTRICT OR "THE NEW YORK TIMES" OR WHOMEVER. IT'S TIME FOR GOVERNMENT TO MOVE INTO THE 21ST CENTURY AND START USING THE DATA IT'S COLLECTING TO IMPROVE THE SERVICES IT'S PROVIDING. LET ME JUST SPEAK BRIEFLY ABOUT WHAT THIS BILL DOES. THIS GETS A LITTLE WONKY BUT I ACTUALLY THINK IT'S PRETTY IMPORTANT. THIS LEGISLATION SETS UP A WAY FOR EVERYONE TO USE THE GOVERNMENT'S DATA. WE SPENT A LONG TIME MAKING SURE THE TERMS USED IN THE BILL DIDN'T TRAP GOVERNMENT POLICY IN THIS YEAR OR THIS DECADE. WE HOPED THIS LEGISLATION WOULD ACT AS A BUILDING BLOCKS FOR FUTURE TECHNOLOGIES AND APPLICATIONS OF FEDERAL DATA. WE INCLUDED SOME IMPORTANT PIECES TO ENSURE DATA IS NOT ONLY AVAILABLE BUT THAT IT'S EASILY USED. DATA HAS TO BE MACHINE READABLE. MANY OF US HAVE GONE ON TO THE INTERNET AND GOTTEN A DATA SET IN P.D.F. FORM THAT YOU CAN'T REALLY DO ANYTHING WITH. IT'S SO ANNOYING AND PRETTY OBVIOUS IN 2017 YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO USE YOUR COMPUTER TO FIND WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR. DATA HAS TO BE OPEN FORMAT. DATA SHALL BE MALLEABLE. PROFESSIONALS INSIDE AND OUTSIDE GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE ABLE TO USE THAT DATA IN VARIOUS WAYS. GOVERNMENT DATA SHOULD BE PROVIDED UNDER AN OPEN LICENSE. IF THE GOVERNMENT OWNS THE DATA, THAT MEANS THE PEOPLE PAID FOR IT AND THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO USE IT FOR FREE. LET ME QUICKLY TALK ABOUT WHAT THIS BILL DOESN'T DO. THE BILL DOES NOT TAKE AWAY SAFEGUARDS THAT PROTECT PERSONAL PRIVACY, NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. THE LEGISLATION WOULD NOT AFFECT EXISTING CONTRACTS, SO THE GOVERNMENT'S NOT GOING TO GO TO A CONTRACTOR AND SAY, OH, BY THE WAY, YOUR DATA IS NOW FREE AND AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC. IMPORTANTLY, THE BILL DOES NOT ALTER THE GOVERNMENT'S NEED TO PAY FOR DATA RIGHTS IN THE FUTURE WHEN THEY MAY WANT TO HAVE ACCESS AND OWNERSHIP. THIS IS ONLY DATA OWNED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. IT DOES NOT HAVE AN ADVANTAGE OVER ONE SECTOR OVER ANOTHER. MR. SPEAKER, LET ME JUST SAY IN CLOSING. FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS, SEVERAL OF US HAVE WORKED ON THIS ISSUE AND WITH EXPERTS THROUGHOUT THE PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SECTOR TO GET THIS BILL PAST THE FINISH LINE AND I AM PROUD TO STAND HERE IN SUPPORT OF A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT CAN MOVE OUR ECONOMY FORWARD, THAT CAN IMPROVE EFFICIENCY IN OUR GOVERNMENT AND HELP CITIZENS GET MORE INVOLVED IN OUR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC. WITH THAT I URGE MY COLLEAGUES SUPPORT OF THIS BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 02:57:03 PM

              MR. FARENTHOLD

              MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM MICHIGAN…

              MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM MICHIGAN ON THE OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE, MR. MITCHELL.

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              MR. MITCHELL

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4174, FOUNDATIONS…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4174, FOUNDATIONS FOR EVIDENCE-BASED POLICYMAKING ACT OF 2017. I'M PLEASED TO SEE THE BILL'S SPONSORS AND THE SPEAKER MOVE FORWARD WITH THE REFORMS PROPOSED BY THE COMMISSION ON EVIDENCE-BASED POLICYMAKING. H.R. 4174 AIMS TO CREATE A TECHNOLOGY TO ASSESS AND SOLVE PROBLEMS. IN OTHER WORDS, TO MAKE SURE TOOLS EXIST TO GAUGE WHETHER PROGRAMS WORK BEST FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT'S ABOUT UTILIZING THE DATA WE ALREADY HAVE TO FIND OUT WHAT WORKS, WHAT DOESN'T WORK, AND WHAT COULD WORK WITH SOME CHANGES. THE BILL REQUIRES AGENCIES TO DEVELOP EVIDENCE BUILDING PLANS , KEY OUTCOMES, AND RETURN INVESTMENT FOR THE MONEY THE TAXPAYERS PAY, CREATES A POSITION OF CHIEF EVALUATION OFFICER. IMAGINE THAT, WE HAVE TO CREATE A POSITION TO EVALUATE BECAUSE WE AREN'T DOING IT EFFECTIVELY NOW. ESTABLISHES ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO CREATE A NATIONAL SECURE SERVICE AND ENSURES GOVERNMENT DATA, AGGREGATE DATA IS AVAILABLE TO CONSUMERS IN A USABLE FORMAT. AS MY COLLEAGUE SAID ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, TO MAKE THE DATA MALLEABLE, TO MAKE THE DATA OPEN FORMAT SO PEOPLE CAN ASSESS, NOT JUST IN GOVERNMENT, IN AGENCY, OUT IN THE PUBLIC WHAT THE DATA IS SAYING ABOUT THE PROGRAMS THEY PAY FOR THAT WE FUND. FINALLY, THE BILL ALSO CREATES PROCEDURES TO SHARE THAT DATA ACROSS FEDERAL AGENCIES AND TO REQUIRE PROTECTION OF INDIVIDUAL DATA MAKES UP ALL THAT AGGREGATE DATA. ALL THESE PROVISIONS ARE CRITICAL TO SETTING GOVERNMENT ON A PATH TOWARD BETTER SERVING THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY. WASHINGTON CAN NO LONGER ASSESS QUALITY BASE ON HOW MUCH MONEY WE DUMP INTO PROGRAMS, HOW MANY PEOPLE REENROLL, OUTCOMES THAT DON'T TELL US WHETHER OR NOT THEY'RE SUCCEEDING. THIS CAN ONLY BE DONE WITH QUALITY, ACCESSIBLE DATA. BY ALLOWING KEY DATA TO BE CONNECTED AND REPORTED, WE CAN BUILD EVIDENCE TO DETERMINE WHAT DOES AND DOESN'T WORK. MORE IMPORTANTLY, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN SEE THE EVIDENCE OF WHAT DOES AND DOESN'T WORK RATHER THAN JUST BUREAUCRATS IN WASHINGTON. I'D ALSO LIKE POINT OUT HOW THE REFORMS ARE LAYING FOUNDATION FOR POLICIES TO APPLY THIS INFORMATION IN OTHER WAYS. THIS ACT AND ITS CALL FOR TRANSPARENT, EFFICIENT AND WELL-DESIGNED DATA SYSTEMS DOFF TAILS FOR TRANSPARENCY AND SHARING DATA. A BILL I'M WORKING ON, THE COLLEGE TRANSPARENCY ACT, WOULD DO JUST THAT FOR STUDENT DATA, OUTCOMES DATA FOR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES TO BETTER ENABLE STUDENTS AND FAMILIES TO MAKE MORE INFORMED DECISIONS ON ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PARTS OF THEIR LIVES, WHAT POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION THEY PURSUE AND WHAT OUTCOME WILL PROCEED. THIS STREAMLINES HIGHER EDUCATION INFORMATION. IT IS TIME TO MAKE MEANING ON ALL DATA WE CURRENTLY HAVE AND PROVIDE THAT TO THE TAXPAYERS. THE FOUNDATIONS FOR EVIDENCE-BASED POLICYMAKING ACT SHARE A FEW CRITICAL GOALS. FIRST, THE PROTECTION OF PRIVACY OF INDIVIDUALS REFLECT IN THE DATA. THAT'S THE FIRST PRIORITY. SECOND, THE RECOMMENDATION THAT THE INFORMATION WE READILY SHARE ACROSS AGENCIES, THAT AGENCIES ACTUALLY SHARE WHAT THEY ALREADY KNOW ABOUT PROGRAMS. THIRD, THAT AGENCIES DEVELOP A STRATEGY TO SHARE THIS DATA WITH THE PUBLIC THAT PAY FOR THOSE PROGRAMS. THESE PROVISIONS ARE FUNDAMENTAL TO RESPONSIBLY AND EFFECTIVE UTILIZING THE DATA THAT THE TAXPAYERS PAY FOR. THE FOUNDATIONS OF EVIDENCE-BASED POLICYMAKING ACT SETS IN MOTION THOSE COMMONSENSE POLICIES THAT WILL INCREASE THE RETURN IN INVESTMENT FOR THE TAXPAYERS AND THE OUTCOMES OF OUR PROGRAMS. THE COMPARTMENTALIZATION OF DATA REPRESENTS A SIGNIFICANT MISSED OPPORTUNITY FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE VALUE TO TAXPAYERS AND IT AMAZES ME WE HAD TO CREATE A COMMISSION TO TELL US TO SHARE THIS DATA. . LONG-TERM THERE'S MANS ARE ESSENTIAL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SPORT BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES HIS TIME. AND THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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

            • 03:01:17 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THE REMAINDER OF HIS TIME.

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            • 03:01:21 PM

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              THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AND I WILL BE BRIEF. THIS IS A GOOD…

              THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AND I WILL BE BRIEF. THIS IS A GOOD GOVERNMENT BILL, BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL SUPPORT, THAT WILL GIVE AMERICANS ACCESS TO THE DATA THAT THEY'VE PAID FOR, THAT WILL GIVE LAWMAKERS ACCESS TO THE DATA THAT THEY NEED TO MAKE DECISIONS.

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            • 03:01:37 PM

              MR. FARENTHOLD

              AND WILL GIVE POLICYMAKERS AND LEADERSHIP IN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH THE DATA…

              AND WILL GIVE POLICYMAKERS AND LEADERSHIP IN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH THE DATA THEY NEED TO MAKE BETTER DECISIONS, TO SAVE TAXPAYERS MONEY, AND TO DO A BETTER JOB AT THE THINGS THAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO IN GOVERNMENT HERE. WITH THAT I URNING MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL -- URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 03:01:56 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. BOTH SIDES HAVE YIELDED…

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. BOTH SIDES HAVE YIELDED BACK THE TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 4174, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. . IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          • 03:02:11 PM

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

            • 03:02:14 PM

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

              • 03:02:15 PM

                Mr. Farenthold moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 3369 — "To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 225 North Main Street in Spring Lake, North Carolina, as the "Howard B. Pate, Jr. Post Office"."

                • 03:02:20 PM

                  MR. FARENTHOLD

                  MR. SPEAKER, --

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                  MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SWENLT RULES AND PASS H.R. 3369, TO DESIGNATE THE…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SWENLT RULES AND PASS H.R. 3369, TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE LOCATED AT 225 NORTH MAIN STREET IN SPRING LAKE, NORTH CAROLINA, AS THE HOWARD B. PATE JR. POST OFFICE.

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                • 03:02:36 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

              • 03:02:37 PM

                Considered under suspension of the rules.

                • 03:02:38 PM

                  THE CLERK

                  H.R. 3369, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                  H.R. 3369, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 225 NORTH MAIN STREET IN SPRING LAKE, NORTH CAROLINA, AS THE HOWARD B. PATE JR. POST OFFICE.

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            • 03:02:40 PM

              DEBATE

              The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3369.

              • 03:02:52 PM

                TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

                PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. FARENTHOLD, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MRS. WATSON COLEMAN, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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              • 03:03:01 PM

                MR. FARENTHOLD

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

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

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              • 03:03:11 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

              • 03:03:13 PM

                MR. FARENTHOLD

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

              • 03:03:17 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO…

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

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              • 03:03:20 PM

                MR. FARENTHOLD

                MR. SPEAKER, I SUPPORT H.R. 3369, INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH…

                MR. SPEAKER, I SUPPORT H.R. 3369, INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. HUDSON. THE BILL NAMES THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE AT 225 NORTH MAIN STREET IN SPRING LAKE, NORTH CAROLINA, AFTER HOWARD B. PATE JR., A WORLD WAR II VETERAN AND THE FORMER POST MASTER OF SPRING LAKE. WITH THAT I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO DISCUSS THE BILL TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. HUDSON.

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              • 03:03:52 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO USE. HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I --

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              • 03:03:57 PM

                MR. HUDSON

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R.…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 3369, A BILL RECOGNIZING THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF HOWARD B. PATE JR. BY NAMING THE SPRING LAKE, NORTH CAROLINA, POST OFFICE IN HIS HONOR. BORN IN NORTH CAROLINA IN 1925, MR. PATE FIRST MOVED TO SPRING LAKE, A TOWN IN THE EIGHTH DISTRICT I'M PROUD TO REPRESENT, WHERE HIS FATHER WAS STATIONED AS FORT BRAGG. BEING FROM A MILITARY FAMILY, WHEN THE UNITED STATES ENTERED WORLD WAR II, MR. PATE ANSWERED THE CALL. TO SERVE HIS COUNTRY AND CONTINUE TO SERVE AS A MEMBER OF THE NORTH CAROLINA NATIONAL GUARD UNTIL 1952. AFTER FINISHING HIS MILITARY SERVICE, MR. PATE ASSUMED THE POSITION OF SPRING LAKE'S POST MASTER. HE SERVED IN THIS POSITION FOR 30 YEARS UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 1982. AFTER RETIRING, MR. PATE REMAINED ACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY AS MAYBE OF MANY CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS, INCLUDING BEING NAMED THE TOWN HISTORIAN IN 1994. A POST HE HELD FOR MORE THAN TWO DECADES. FOR ALL HIS EFFORT, THE LOCAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NAMED THEIR VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD AFTER MR. PATE. THE TOWN OF SPRING LAKE UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTED A RESOLUTION TO DEDICATE THEIR POST OFFICE IN HONOR OF MR. HOWARD B. PATE JR. BECAUSE THERE WAS NEVER A PERSON WHO EMBODIED THE SPIRIT OF THE COMMUNITY MORE THAN HE. SADLY MR. PATE PASSED AWAY ONE YEAR AGO YESTERDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2016. ON THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF HIS PASSING, I CAN THINK OF NO BETTER WAY TO HONOR HIS RESPECTED LIFE AND LOYAL SERVICE THAN TO NAME THE POST OFFICE AFTER HIM IN A TOWN HE LOVED, AND WHERE HE LIVED AND SERVED MOST OF HIS LIFE. AS ANY SPRING LAKE RESIDENT WILL TELL YOU, WILL PATE NOT ONLY WAS A PILLAR OF OUR COMMUNITY, BUT IS A CHERISHED FRIEND. HE WORKED TIRELESSLY TO ENSURE WE KEPT A STRONG GRIP ON OUR PAST WHILE MAKING SPRING LAKE A BETTER PLACE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS. IT IS MY HONOR TO MAKE SURE THAT HE WILL ALWAYS BE A PART OF OUR LEGACY AND FUTURE, BY NAMING THE SPRING LAKE POST OFFICE IN HIS HONOR. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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              • 03:05:56 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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              • 03:06:00 PM

                MR. FARENTHOLD

                I RESERVE.

              • 03:06:01 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED. WITH A WATT IT -- IS RECOGNIZED.

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              • 03:06:09 PM

                MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

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

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUE IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3369, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE LOCATED AT 225 NORTH MAIN STREET IN SPRING LAKE, NORTH CAROLINA, AS THE HOWARD B. PATE JR. POST OFFICE. BORN IN 1925, HOWARD PATE JOINED THE ARMY IN 1944, TWO YEARS AFTER HIS HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION. IN EARLY 1945, HOWARD DEPLOYED TO EUROPE AS PART OF THE FAMED 101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION. LATER SERVING IN THE 82ND AIRBORNE DIVISION. HOWARD WAS DISCHARGED FROM ACTIVE DUTY IN 1946. BUT CONTINUED HIS SERVICE AS A MEMBER OF THE NORTH CAROLINA GUARD AND THE U.S. ARMY RESERVES. HE RETIRED IN 1965 AS A SERGEANT MAJOR IN THE 13TH SPECIAL FORCES GROUP. FOLLOWING HIS MILITARY SERVICE, HOWARD WAS APPOINTED POST MASTER OF SPRING LAKE, NORTH CAROLINA, AND SERVED BOTH AS A STATE VICE PRESIDENT AND PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF POST MASTERS. HE WAS ALSO AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF HIS COMMUNITY, SERVING AS A DEACON OF THE FIRST CHURCH OF SPRING LAKE, CHARTER PRESIDENT OF THE SPRING LAKE J.C.'S, AND A MEMBER OF THE GREAT SPRING LAKE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOR OVER 50 YEARS, WITH A VOLUNTEER OF THE -- WHERE THE VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD IS NAMED IN HIS HONOR. HE PASSED AWAY A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK AS WE HEARD, ON NOVEMBER 14, 2016. MR. SPEAKER, WE SHOULD PASS THIS BILL TO HONOR HOWARD PATE'S LIFE OF SERVICE TO HIS COMMUNITY AND TO HIS COUNTRY. WITH THAT, I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 3369, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 03:07:54 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

              • 03:07:57 PM

                MR. FARENTHOLD

                I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

              • 03:08:01 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN IS PREPARED TO CLOSE. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY.

              • 03:08:04 PM

                MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I YIELD BACK THE…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 03:08:07 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZE -- IS RECOGNIZED FOR THE REMAINDER OF HIS TIME.

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              • 03:08:13 PM

                MR. FARENTHOLD

                THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I JOIN MRS. WATSON COLEMAN AND MR. HUDSON IN URGING…

                THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I JOIN MRS. WATSON COLEMAN AND MR. HUDSON IN URGING PASSAGE OF THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 03:08:18 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. BOTH SIDES HAVING…

                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. BOTH SIDES HAVING YIELDED BACK THEIR TIME, THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 3369. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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            • 03:08:27 PM

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

              • 03:08:32 PM

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

                • 03:08:33 PM

                  Mr. Farenthold moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 1207 — "To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 306 River Street in Tilden, Texas, as the "Tilden Veterans Post Office"."

                  • 03:08:43 PM

                    MR. FARENTHOLD

                    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1207, TO DESIGNATE…

                    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1207, TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE LOCATED AT 306 RIVER STREET IN TILDEN, TEXAS, AS THE TILDEN VETERANS POST OFFICE.

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                  • 03:08:56 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                  • 03:08:58 PM

                    THE CLERK

                    H.R. 1207. A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                    H.R. 1207. A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 306 RIVER STREET IN TILDEN, TEXAS, AS THE TILDEN VETERANS POST OFFICE.

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                • 03:09:02 PM

                  Considered under suspension of the rules.

                • 03:09:04 PM

                  DEBATE

                  The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1207.

                  • 03:09:09 PM

                    TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. FARENTHOLD, AND THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY, MRS. WATSON COLEMAN, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. FARENTHOLD, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                  • 03:09:20 PM

                    MR. FARENTHOLD

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

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

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                  • 03:09:31 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

                  • 03:09:34 PM

                    MR. FARENTHOLD

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

                  • 03:09:36 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                  • 03:09:39 PM

                    MR. FARENTHOLD

                    MR. SPEAKER, I'M HERE TODAY TO SUPPORT H.R. 1207 INTRODUCED BY THE…

                    MR. SPEAKER, I'M HERE TODAY TO SUPPORT H.R. 1207 INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH TEXAS, MR. CUELLAR. H.R. 1207 HONORS THE VETERANS OF TILDEN, TEXAS, FOR THEIR SERVICE TO THIS GREAT NATION BY NAMING THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE AT 306 RIVER STREET IN TILDEN, TEXAS, AS THE TILDEN VETERANS POST OFFICE. THIS BILL IS PARTICULARLY TIMELY AS WE JUST CELEBRATED VETERANS DAY THIS PAST SATURDAY. I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING MORE ABOUT THIS BILL FROM MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, MR. CUELLAR. AND I'M GOING TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  • 03:10:17 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                  • 03:10:22 PM

                    MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

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

                  • 03:10:26 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                  • 03:10:30 PM

                    MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                    I AM PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1207. A BILL…

                    I AM PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1207. A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE LOCATED AT 306 RIVER STREET IN TILDEN, TEXAS, AS THE TILDEN VETERANS POST OFFICE. MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN SACRIFICE THEIR TIME, ENERGY AND LIVES FOR OUR COUNTRY EVERY DAY. WHETHER SERVING IN THE ARMY, NAVY, MARINE CORPS, AIR FORCE, OR COAST GUARD, THOSE BRAVE INDIVIDUALS RISK THEIR LIVES TO PROTECT OTHERS AND TO DEMONSTRATE AN UNMATCHED LEVEL OF SELFLESSNESS, COURAGE AND DEDICATION. WHILE THIS BILL WILL NAME THE POST OFFICE IN TILDEN, TEXAS, IN HONOR OF ALL VETERANS WHO HAVE SERVED, I'D LIKE TO SPECIFICALLY RECOGNIZE THE SERVICE OF A GENTLEMAN DRAFTED IN THE ARMY IN MARCH OF 1968. HE SERVED IN VIETNAM UNTIL 1970 AND CONTINUES TO SERVE HIS FELLOW VETERANS THROUGH VOLUNTEER WORK AT HIS LOCAL VETERANS SERVICE OFFICE. HIS STORY IS NOT UNLIKE OTHER SERVICE MEMBERS WHO GIVE THEIR TIME AT HOME AND ABROAD TO PROTECT AND IMPROVE THEIR COMMUNITIES IN SO MANY WAYS. IN RECOGNIZING HIS CONTRIBUTIONS, WE RECOGNIZE THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF VETERANS THROUGHOUT TEXAS AND THE UNITED STATES, AND WE THANK THEM FOR THEIR WORK. MR. SPEAKER, WE SHOULD PASS THIS BILL TO CELEBRATE THE LIVES OF AMERICAN VETERANS AND COMMEMORATE THE SACRIFICES THAT EACH HAVE MADE FOR THE GOOD OF OUR NATION. I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 1207 AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  • 03:12:04 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. FARENTHOLD.

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                  • 03:12:08 PM

                    MR. FARENTHOLD

                    I RESERVE.

                  • 03:12:10 PM

                    TEMPORE CONTINUES

                    CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY.

                  • 03:12:12 PM

                    MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MY…

                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS, REPRESENTATIVE CUELLAR.

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                  • 03:12:18 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO…

                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO USE UNDER THE RULE.

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                  • 03:12:23 PM

                    MR. CUELLAR

                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY…

                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY FOR YIELDING AND FOR HER KIND WORDS ABOUT THE TILDEN VETERANS POST OFFICE. I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS ALSO, FROM CORPUS CHRISTI, FOR HIS KIND WORDS ON THIS POST OFFICE, NAMING OF THIS POST OFFICE. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO SUPPORT AND PRESENT H.R. 1207, WHICH WILL NAME THE POST OFFICE FACILITY IN MY DISTRICT AS THE TILDEN VETERANS POST OFFICE. ACROSS MY DISTRICT THERE ARE MANY EXAMPLES OF FINE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE HONORABLY SERVED OUR COUNTRY. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE HONOR THEIR SERVICE AND DEDICATION TO OUR NATION. DEDICATING THIS POST OFFICE TO OUR VETERANS WILL SERVE AS A CONSTANT REMINDER OF THE SACRIFICES THAT OUR FRIENDS, OUR NEIGHBORS AND OUR FAMILIES HAVE MADE WHILE SERVING THEIR COUNTRY. THESE ARE INDIVIDUALS WHO PUT COUNTRY AHEAD OF SELF. AND FOR WHOM I'M PROUD TO RECOGNIZE WITH THE DEDICATING OF THE POST OFFICE FACILITY. FOR EXAMPLE, AS THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY SAID, A GENTLEMAN FROM TILDEN, TEXAS, WAS DRAFTED IN THE ARMY IN 1968, SERVED IN VIETNAM. AFTER HIS SERVICE, HE RETURNED TO TILDEN, WORKED IN A LOCAL PLANT FOR 28 YEARS BEFORE RETIRING. THIS VETERAN ALSO CONTINUES TO SERVE HIS COMMUNITY BY VOLUNTEERING FOR LOCAL VETERANS SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS. WE OWE OUR FREEDOM TO VETERANS LIKE THE GENTLEMAN AND OTHERS, WHICH IS WHY I'M RECOGNIZING HIM AND THE OTHER VETERANS, WITH A DEDICATION OF THIS POST OFFICE. HE IS ONE EXAMPLE OF MANY VETERANS WHO HAVE MADE COUNTLESS SACRIFICES FOR OUR COUNTRY IN THE FACE OF DANGER. THE COURAGE AND THE DEDICATION OF OUR VETERANS TOWARD OUR NATION DEMONSTRATES WHAT IT REALLY MEANS TO BE AN AMERICAN. THE ESSENCE OF BEING AN AMERICAN. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK ALL THE VETERANS FROM TILDEN AND FROM MCMULLIN COUNTY FOR THEIR SERVICE AND SACRIFICES TO OUR COUNTRY. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE VETERANS ORGANIZATIONS THROUGHOUT MY DISTRICT FOR THEIR TIRELESS WORK IN PROVIDING THE CARE OUR VETERANS NEED. THERE ARE MANY LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS LIKE THE VETERAN SERVICES OFFICE IN MCMULLIN COUNTY THAT PROVIDE ESSENTIAL CARE TO THOSE WHO HAVE RETURNED HOME FROM SERVICE. LET US REMEMBER AND EXPRESS GRATITUDE TO THIS -- THESE BRAVE PEOPLE, THE VETERANS, THEIR FAMILIES, AS WELL AS THE CARE PROVIDERS. AND IN THE WORDS OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY, TO CONCLUDE, A QUOTE, AS WE EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE, WE MUST NEVER FORGET THAT THE HIGHEST APPRECIATION IS NOT TO OTHER WORDS, BUT TO LIVE BY THEM -- UTTER WORDS, BUT TO LIVE BY THEM. MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU FOR THE TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, THANK YOU SO MUCH. AND TO THE STAFF, THANK YOU SO MUCH. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  • 03:15:22 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                  • 03:15:27 PM

                    MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND YIELD BACK.

                  • 03:15:30 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. FARENTHOLD.

                  • 03:15:36 PM

                    MR. FARENTHOLD

                    I THANK MR. CUELLAR FOR INTRODUCING THIS BILL. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DON'T…

                    I THANK MR. CUELLAR FOR INTRODUCING THIS BILL. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DON'T KNOW WHERE TILDEN, TEXAS, IF YOU KNOW WHERE SAN ANTONIO IS AND YOU ARE GOING TO PASS THROUGH TILDEN. KIND OF NORTHWEST OF MY HOMETOWN. AND I CAN TELL YOU HAVING REPRESENTED A LOT OF THE AREA IN SOUTH TEXAS AS DOES MR. CUELLAR, THIS REGION IS A REGION OF THE STATE THAT REALLY DOES THANK AND APPRECIATE THE VETERANS WHO HAVE SACRIFICED SO MUCH TO SERVE FOR THIS COUNTRY AND THEIR FAMILIES. IT IS ENTIRELY PROPER TO NAME THIS POST OFFICE AFTER OUR VETERANS AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT AND YIELD BACK.

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                  • 03:16:25 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. BOTH SIDES HAVING…

                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. BOTH SIDES HAVING YIELDED BACK, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 1207. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE PIPP OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                • 03:16:35 PM

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

                  • 03:16:36 PM

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

                    • 03:17:03 PM

                      Mr. Comer moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 2873 — "To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 207 Glenside Avenue in Wyncote, Pennsylvania, as the "Staff Sergeant Peter Taub Post Office Building"."

                      • 03:17:13 PM

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                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2873 TO…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2873 TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE LOATHED AT 207 GLENSIDE AVENUE IN WYNCOTE AS THE STAFF SERGEANT PETER TAUB POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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                      • 03:17:35 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        AS THE STAFF STAGGET PETER TAUB POST OFFICE BUILDING. THE SPEAKER PRO…

                        AS THE STAFF STAGGET PETER TAUB POST OFFICE BUILDING. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN

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                    • 03:17:45 PM

                      Considered under suspension of the rules.

                    • 03:17:46 PM

                      DEBATE

                      The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2873.

                      • 03:17:49 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        OFFICE BUILDING. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY AND…

                        OFFICE BUILDING. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES.

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                      • 03:17:59 PM

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                        TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

                      • 03:18:11 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

                      • 03:18:13 PM

                        MR. COMER

                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2873…

                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2873 INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. BOIL. -- BOYLE. THE BILL NAMES THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE AT 207 GLENSIDE AVENUE IN WYNCOTE PENNSYLVANIA AFTER US AIR FORCE STAFF SERGEANT PETER TAUB. DURING HIS SERVICE, HE PARTICIPATED IN MORE THAN 12 COMBAT MISSIONS IN HOSTILE AREAS. HE WAS KILLED IN ACTION ON DECEMBER 21, 2015 IN AN AMBUSH SUICIDE ATTACK IN AFGHANISTAN. HE GAVE HIS LIFE AND SERVICE TO OUR NATION. I THANK MR. BOYLE TO HONOR THE BRAVERY AND SACRIFICE OF STAFF SERGEANT TAUB. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND RESERVE.

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                      • 03:19:10 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY IS…

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      • 03:19:16 PM

                        MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                      • 03:19:19 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 03:19:22 PM

                        MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                        I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2873 A BILL TO…

                        I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2873 A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY AT THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE AT 207 GLENSIDE AVENUE AS THE STAFF SERGEANT PETER TAUB POST OFFICE BUILDING. A NATIVE OF PHILADELPHIA, HE WAS INSPIRED BY HIS GRANDFATHER'S WORLD WAR II MILITARY SERVICE TO JOIN THE AIR FORCE IN 2007. HE LOADED MISSILES FOR FIGHTER JETS IN JAPAN BEFORE TRANSFERRING TO ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE WHERE HE SPECIALIZED IN ARMING B-1 BOMBERS. AFTER EARNING A BACHELOR'S DEGREE HE WAS A SPECIAL AGENT OF SPECIAL INVESTIGATION AND PARTICIPATED IN OVER A DOZEN COMBAT MISSIONS FOR HOSTILE AREAS. ON DECEMBER 21, 2015 WHILE IN AFGHANISTAN, STAFF SERGEANT TAUB GAVE HIS LIFE ALONG WITH HIS FOUR FELLOW AIRMEN. HE WAS AWARDED THE BRONZE STAR, PURPLE HEART AIR FORCE CONGRESSMEN DATION MEDAL AND HE LEAVES BEHIND A BELOVED WIFE AND TWO CHILDREN. WE SHOULD PASS THIS BILL AND REMEMBER THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE HE MADE TO PROTECT OUR NATION. I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 2873 AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 03:20:55 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY.

                      • 03:20:59 PM

                        MR. COMER

                        TO MAKE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY AWARE I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS…

                        TO MAKE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY AWARE I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                      • 03:21:08 PM

                        MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                        TO -- FROM PENNSYLVANIA, REPRESENTATIVE BOYLE.

                      • 03:21:18 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE…

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

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                      • 03:21:30 PM

                        MR. BOYLE

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM NOT TOO FAR…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM NOT TOO FAR AWAY IN TRENTON, NEW JERSEY, AS WELL AS MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY. TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2873, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOATHED AT 207 GLENSIDE AVENUE AS THE STAFF SERGEANT PETER TAUB POST OFFICE BUILDING. STAFF SERGEANT TAUB, A CONSTITUENT OF MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, THE 13TH OF PENNSYLVANIA, WAS A SHINING EXAMPLE OF THE BEST OUR COUNTRY HAS TO OFFER. HE EXEMPLIFIED UNWAVERING PATRIOTISM AND HEROIC BRAVERY. HE MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE WHEN A SUICIDE BOMBER TOOK HIS LIFE IN DECEMBER OF 2015. RENAMING THE POST OFFICE IN HIS HOMETOWN IS THE LEAST WE CAN DO TO HONOR HIM. IT'S A SMALL BUT IMPORTANT SYMBOL OF OUR ETERNAL THANKS. I'M URGING THE HOUSE TO PASS MY LEGISLATION TO DO JUST THAT. PETER WAS BORN ON NOVEMBER 2, 1985 IN MY HOMETOWN OF PHILADELPHIA TO HIS PARENTS JOEL AND EILEEN. HE WAS RAISED IN WYNCOTE, PENNSYLVANIA AND GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL IN 2004. HIS MOTHER AND BROTHER RUN THE POPULAR WASHINGTON, D.C. SANDWICH SHOP CALLED BUB AND POPS. HE ENLISTED IN THE AIR FORCE IN DECEMBER OF 2007 AND ATTENDED COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOR SOME TIME. DURING HIS CAREER IN THE MILITARY, PETER WAS ASSIGNED TO A BASE IN JAPAN WHERE HE LOADED MISSILES ONTO THE F-15 FIGHTER JETS. HE WAS TRANSFERRED TO ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE IN SOUTH DAKOTA WHERE HE SPECIALIZED IN ARMING B-1 BOMBERS. HE OBTAINED A BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN CYBERSECURITY AND WAS HIRED IN THE OFFICE OF SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS IN 2013. DURING HIS SERVICE, PETER PARTICIPATED IN MORE THAN 12 COMBAT MISSIONS IN HOSTILE AREAS. PETER WAS KILLED ALONG WITH FOUR OTHER AIRMEN IN A SUICIDE AMBUSH ATTACK IN AFGHANISTAN ON DECEMBER 21, 2015. PETER IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE, THEIR THREE-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER AND ANOTHER DAUGHTER WHO WAS BORN AFTER PETER DEATH. PRESIDENT OBAMA PAID TRIBUTE TO PETER AS WELL AS THE OTHER TROOPS THAT WERE KILLED IN THE ATTACK CALLING THEIR SERVICE, QUOTE, OUTSTANDING AND QUOTE BRAVE. I WOULD LIKE TO SECOND THOSE DESCRIPTIONS. PETER WAS AWARDED THE BRONZE STAR, THE PURPLE HEART, THE AIR FORCE COMMEND DATION MEDAL AND THE COMBAT AIR FORCE MEDAL. IT IS MY HOPE WITH THIS LEGISLATION, THE 13TH DISTRICT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA WILL PAY TRIBUTE TO THE MEMORY OF ONE OF OUR HEROES, STAFF SERGEANT PETER TAUB. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 03:24:54 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      • 03:24:59 PM

                        MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                        I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I YIELD BACK.

                      • 03:25:02 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLELADY YIELD BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY.

                      • 03:25:06 PM

                        MR. COMER

                        I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

                      • 03:25:12 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2873. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                    • 03:25:21 PM

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

                      • 03:25:23 PM

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

                        • 03:25:37 PM

                          MR. COMER

                          I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 3109 TO DESIGNATE THE…

                          I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 3109 TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE LOATHED AT 1114 NORTH 2ND STREET IN CHILLICOTHE ILLINOIS AS THE SENIOR CHIEF RYAN OWENS POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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                      • 03:25:56 PM

                        Mr. Comer moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 3109 — "To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1114 North 2nd Street in Chillicothe, Illinois, as the "Sr. Chief Ryan Owens Post Office Building"."

                        • 03:25:57 PM

                          THE CLERK

                          H.R. 3109, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                          H.R. 3109, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOATHED AT 1114 NORTH 27BD STREET AS THE CHIEF RYAN OWENS POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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                      • 03:26:04 PM

                        Considered under suspension of the rules.

                      • 03:26:05 PM

                        DEBATE

                        The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3109.

                        • 03:26:13 PM

                          MPORE PURSUANT

                          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

                          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                        • 03:26:23 PM

                          MR. COMER

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

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

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                        • 03:26:34 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

                        • 03:26:37 PM

                          MR. COMER

                          I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                        • 03:26:42 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                        • 03:26:45 PM

                          MR. COMER

                          I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3109 INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS,…

                          I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3109 INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. LAHOOD. IT NAMES THE POST OFFICE IN CHILL CANNOT, ILLINOIS AFTER U.S. NAVY SEAL SENIOR CHIEF RYAN OWENS WHO WAS KILLED IN YEMEN EARLIER THIS YEAR. I YIELD TO THE AUTHOR OF THE BILL.

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                        • 03:27:12 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

                        • 03:27:21 PM

                          MR. LAHOOD

                          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY FOR YIELDING THE TIME FOR THIS…

                          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY FOR YIELDING THE TIME FOR THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. ON JANUARY 29, 2017, U.S. NAVY CHIEF SPECIAL WARFARE OPERATOR, WILLIAM RYAN OWENS WAS KILLED DURING A RAID IN YEMEN. AT THE AGE OF 36 HE GAVE THE SACRIFICE IN ORDER TO PROTECT OUR GREAT NATION. AND TODAY, HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE KAREN AND THREE YOUNG CHILDREN. RYAN OWENS GREW UP IN ILLINOIS IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. A TOWN THAT'S IN A VERY RURAL AREA WITH BARELY ONE STOP SIGN. FRIENDS AND FAMILY SAY THAT EVEN AT A VERY EARLY AGE, RYAN KNEW HE WANTED TO SERVE HIS COUNTRY AS A NAVY SEAL. AFTER GRADUATING FROM ILLINOIS VALLEY CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL IN 1998, HE TOOK THE FIRST STEPS TOWARDS HIS GOAL OF ENLISTING IN THE NAVY. RYAN SERVED HIS FIRST TOUR OF DUTY AT THE OFFICE OF NAVAL INTELLIGENCE IN SUITLAND, MARYLAND, EVENTUALLY COMPLETING HIS SEAL TRAINING IN CALIFORNIA IN 2002. OVER THE NEXT 15 YEARS, HE COMPLETED FOUR TOURS AS A U.S. NAVY SEAL, WORKING ALL OVER THE GLOBE TO FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM AND PROTECT THE INTERESTS OF THE UNITED STATES. RYAN WAS TWO YEARS INTO HIS FIFTH TERM -- FIFTH TOUR AS A NAVY SEAL WHEN HE WAS KILLED DURING AN INTELLIGENCE-GATHERING OPERATION AGAINST AN AL QAEDA CELL IN YEMEN. THROUGHOUT HIS 15 YEARS, RYAN OWENS GAVE MUCH PROTECTING OUR FREEDOMS AND RID THE WORLD OF EVIL. IT IS FOR THESE REASONS THAT I INTRODUCED H.R. 3109, WHICH WILL RENAME THE POST OFFICE IN CHILLICOTHE, ILLINOIS AS THE SENIOR CHIEF RYAN OWENS POST OFFICE BUILDING. MY OFFICE AND I WORKED CLOSELY WITH THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE AND THE U.S. NAVYLY ACEON OFFICE AND THE GOLD STAR FAMILIES AND RYAN'S FAMILY. ALL OF US WERE DETERMINED TO MAKE SURE WE GOT THIS RIGHT. STRONG TIES TO THE COMMUNITY. IN THE END, IT WAS HIS WIFE KAREN WHO DECIDED ON CHILLICOTHE WHERE HE ATTENDED AND GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL AS THE BEST PLACE FOR THIS BUILDING TO BE RENAMED IN HIS HONOR. I WAS PROUD TO INTRODUCE MY BILL HERE IN THE HOUSE WITH EVERY MEMBER OF THE ILLINOIS DELEGATION SIGNING ON AS A CO-SPONSOR. IT IS MY HOPE THAT THE HOUSE ACTS TO PASS THIS BILL TODAY AND THE SENATE WILL QUICKLY FOLLOW SUIT. WHILE WE CAN NEVER REPAY CHIEF OWENS OR HIS FAMILY FOR THE SACRIFICES HE MADE, RENAMING THE POST OFFICE IS A SMALL WAY TO THANK HIM TO AND THE VALUES WE HOLD SO DEAR. WE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR KAREN AND HIS CHILDREN. WE ARE INDEBTED TO HIS SERVICE AND HIS SACRIFICE TO OUR GREAT COUNTRY. I YIELD BACK. .

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                        • 03:30:44 PM

                          MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

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

                        • 03:30:48 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                        • 03:30:51 PM

                          MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I AM PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN…

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I AM PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3109, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE LOCATED AT 1 14 NORTH 2ND STREET IN CHILLICOTHE, ILLINOIS, AS THE SR. CHIEF RYAN OWENS POST OFFICE BUILDING. A NATIVE OF ILLINOIS, RYAN OWENS GRADUATED FROM ILLINOIS VALLEY CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL AND JOINED THE NAVY IN 1998. RYAN SERVED AT THE OFFICE OF NAVAL INTELLIGENCE BEFORE COMPLETING SEAL TRAINING AND WAS SELECTED AS A CHIEF PETTY OFFICER IN 2009. WHILE ON HIS FIFTH TOUR OF DUTY WITH THE LATE SEAL TEAM SIX, RYAN SUSTAINED WOUNDS IN A FIRE FIGHT AND SUCCUMBED TO HIS INJURIES ON JANUARY 29, 2017. RYAN'S DEDICATED SERVICE HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED THROUGH A NUMBER OF AWARDS AND MEDALS, INCLUDING THE NAVY MARINE CORPS MEDAL, A BRONZE STAR, AND A BRONZE STAR WITH COMBAT V, A JOINT SERVICE ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL, AND THREE PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATIONS. MR. SPEAKER, WE SHOULD PASS THIS BILL TO HONOR THE HEROISM OF SR. CHIEF RYAN OWENS AND RECOGNIZE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE HE MADE FOR OUR COUNTRY. WITH THAT, I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 3109 AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 03:32:15 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                        • 03:32:20 PM

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

                          MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. TAILOR.

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                        • 03:32:29 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                        • 03:32:32 PM

                          MR. TAYLOR

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3109. ONE OF SOCIETY'S…

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3109. ONE OF SOCIETY'S GREATEST CHALLENGES IS HONORING AND RECORDING WITH A MORTAL HONOR THE NAMES, THE DEEDS AND THE HISTORY OF OUR HEROES. BUT I BELIEVE IT IS AN EASY CHOICE TO HONOR SR. CHIEF SEAL RYAN OWENS, WHO WAS DEPLOYED TO A COUNTRY MOST AMERICANS WOULD STRUGGLE TO FIND ON A MAP. HE SPENT COUNTLESS TIME AWAY FROM HIS FAMILY, PROTECTING OUR NATION SO THAT WE DIDN'T HAVE TO. MOST PEOPLE WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND THE SACRIFICE REQUIRED TO KEEP EVIL OUTSIDE OF OUR GATES. RYAN DID IT FOR OUR COUNTRY. FOR HIS FAMILY. AND FOR THE SOLDIER ON HIS LEFT OR HIS RIGHT. HE TRADED COMFORT FOR HARDSHIP, TIME AND TIME AGAIN. AND ULTIMATELY HIS LIFE. THIS TO PRESERVE OUR RIGHT TO THINK, OUR RIGHT TO BELIEVE, AND OUR RIGHT TO BECOME WHATEVER WE WANT IN THIS LIFE. HIS SHINING EXAMPLE AND SACRIFICE WILL BE A BEACON FOR GENERATIONS TO COME, WHO WILL STEP UP TO FIGHT IF NEEDED FOR OUR GOD-GIVEN INHERITANCE OF FREEDOM, NO MATTER THE COST. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS UNITED STATES POST OFFICE DESIGNATION TO A GREAT AMERICAN MAN AND WARRIOR, SR. CHIEF SEAL RYAN OWENS. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                        • 03:33:56 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY RESERVES HIS TIME. AND THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                        • 03:34:02 PM

                          MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I YIELD BACK THE…

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 03:34:06 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                          THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY IS RECOGNIZED FOR THE REMAINDER OF HIS TIME.

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                        • 03:34:11 PM

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                          MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF…

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

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                        • 03:34:16 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. BOTH SIDES HAVING…

                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. BOTH SIDES HAVING YIELDED BACK THEIR TIME, THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 3109. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY.

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                        • 03:34:38 PM

                          MR. COMER

                          MR. SPEAKER, I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT…

                          MR. SPEAKER, I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND I MAKE A POINT OF ORDER THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT.

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                        • 03:34:38 PM

                          At the conclusion of debate, the chair put the question on the motion to suspend the rules. Mr. Comer objected to the vote on the grounds that a quorum was not present. Further proceedings on the motion were postponed. The point of no quorum was considered as withdrawn.

                          • 03:34:47 PM

                            Mr. Comer moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3893 — "To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 100 Mathe Avenue in Interlachen, Florida, as the "Robert H. Jenkins Post Office"."

                            • 03:34:48 PM

                              TEMPORE PURSUANT

                              PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS MOTION WILL…

                              PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS MOTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            • 03:34:58 PM

                              MR. COMER

                              MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RUSE AND PASS, AS AMENDED, THE BILL,…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RUSE AND PASS, AS AMENDED, THE BILL, H.R. 3893, TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE LOCATED AT 100 MATHE AVENUE IN INTERLAICHEN -- INTERLACHEN, FLORIDA, AS THE ROBERT H. JENKINS POST OFFICE.

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                            • 03:35:17 PM

                              THE CLERK

                              H.R. 3893, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                              H.R. 3893, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 100 MATHE AVENUE IN INTERLACHEN, FLORIDA, AS THE ROBERT H. JENKINS POST OFFICE.

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                            • 03:35:30 PM

                              TEMPORE PURSUANT

                              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. COMBER, AND THE…

                              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. COMBER, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, -- MR. COMER, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MRS. WATSON COLEMAN, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES.

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                          • 03:35:38 PM

                            Considered under suspension of the rules.

                          • 03:35:39 PM

                            DEBATE

                            The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3893.

                            • 03:35:42 PM

                              MR. COMER

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

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

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                            • 03:35:53 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

                            • 03:35:54 PM

                              MR. COMER

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

                            • 03:35:56 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS ITCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO -- FOR AS…

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS ITCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO -- FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO USE UNDER THE RULE.

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                            • 03:36:03 PM

                              MR. COMER

                              I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3893. THE BILL NAMES THE UNITED STATES POST…

                              I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3893. THE BILL NAMES THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE, 100 MATHE AVENUE IN INTERLACHEN, FLORIDA, AS U.S. MARINE PRIVATE FIRST CLASS ROBERT H. JENKINS JR., WHO WAS KILLED IN ACTION DURING THE VIETNAM WAR. I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO FURTHER DESCRIBE THE BILL.

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                            • 03:36:27 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. YOHO, IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE…

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. YOHO, IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO USE.

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                              MR. YOHO

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE. I URGE PASSAGE OF MY BILL,…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE. I URGE PASSAGE OF MY BILL, H.R. 3893. THIS BILL RENAMES THE POST OFFICE IN INTERLACHEN, FLORIDA, TO HONOR A GREAT AMERICAN HERO, ROBERT JENKINS JR. ROBERT H. JENKINS JR. ENLISTED IN THE MARINES IN FEBRUARY OF 1968. IN JULY OF THAT YEAR, AS A PRIVATE FIRST CLASS, HE WAS TRANSFERRED TO THE REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM. SERVING AS A MACHINE GUN GUNNERY, WITH COMPANY C, SOUTH OF THE DEMILITARIZED ZONE, HE WAS KILLED IN ACTION. ON MARCH 5, 1969, HIS RECONNAISSANCE TEAM WAS ASSAULTED BY A NORTH VIETNAMESE ARMY PLATOON. DURING THE FIRE FIGHT, A HAND GRENADE WAS THROWN AT HIM AND A COMRADE. REALIZING THE CONSEQUENCE OF HIS ACTIONS, PRIVATE JENKINS JR. JUMPED -- PUSHED HIS COLLEAGUE TO THE GROUND AND LEAPT ON THE HAND GRENADE TO SHIELD HIM FROM THE EXPLOSION. ABSORBING THE FULL IMPACT OF THE BLAST, HE WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED AND SUCCUMBED TO HIS WOUNDS. THE BIBLE STATES, GREATER LOVE HAS NO ONE THAN THIS, TO LAY DOWN ONE'S LIFE FOR ONE'S FRIEND. ON APRIL 20, 1970, THE MEDAL OF HONOR WAS PRESENTED TO HIS FAMILY AT THE WHITE HOUSE BY THE VICE PRESIDENT. PRIVATE FIRST CLASS JENKINS JR. IS BURIED AT SISTER SPRING BAPTIST CEMETERY IN INTERLACHEN, FLORIDA. THE SACRIFICE PRIVATE JENKINS JR. MADE CANNOT BE UNDERSTATED. NAMING HIS HOMETOWN POST OFFICE AFTER HIM IS JUST ONE SMALL WAY WE AS A NATION CAN CONTINUE TO HONOR THIS AMERICAN HERO. MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU FOR THE TIME TO SPEAK ABOUT THIS HERO. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS TIME. I YIELD BACK.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 03:38:34 PM

                              MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

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

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS SHE WISHES TO UFMENTSE

                            • 03:38:41 PM

                              MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I --

                            • 03:38:45 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                            • 03:38:48 PM

                              MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE LOCATED AT 100 MATHE AVENUE IN INTERLACHEN, FLORIDA, AS THE ROBERT H. JENKINS POST OFFICE. ROBERT JENKINS JOINED THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS IN JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, IN FEBRUARY OF 1968. AFTER COMPLETING TRAINING AT CAMP LEJEUNE, ROBERT WAS ASSIGNED TO THE THIRD MARINE DIVISION IN VIETNAM. THERE HE SERVED AS A SCOUT, DRIVER, MACHINE GUNNER FOR COMPANY C, IN THE AREA SOUTH OF THE DEMILITARIZED ZONE. IN THE EARLY MORNING OF MARCH 5, 1969, PRIVATE FIRST CLASS JENKINS' TEAM WAS SUDDENLY ATTACKED BY THE NORTH VIETNAMESE ARMY. WHILE PRIVATE FIRST CLASS JENKINS AND A FELLOW MARINE RETURNED MACHINE GUN FIRE, A HAND GRENADE WAS THROWN AT THEIR LOCATION. IN AN ACT OF PURE SELFLESSNESS, PRIVATE FIRST CLASS JENKINS THREW HIMSELF ON TOP OF HIS FELLOW MARINE, SHIELDING HIM FROM THE EXPLOSION WHILE BE A SOCCER THE FULL FORCE HIMSELF -- WHILE ABSORBING THE FULL FORCE HIMSELF. HE WAS WOUNDED AND DIED SOON AFTER. IF PRIVATE FIRST CLASS JENKINS WAS AWARDED THE MEDAL OF HONOR FOR HIS VALIANT ACTIONS IN APRIL OF 1970. MR. SPEAKER, WE SHOULD PASS THIS BILL TO HONOR THE VALIANT ACTIONS OF PRIVATE FIRST CLASS ROBERT JENKINS, AND REMEMBER HIS COURAGE AND SELFLESSNESS, DEVOTION TO HIS FELLOW MARINES. I URGE PASSAGE OF H.R. 3893 AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 03:40:17 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                              THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 03:40:22 PM

                              MR. COMER

                              MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE ZPWROT -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE ZPWROT -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY AWARE THAT I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I AM PREPARES TO CLOSE.

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                            • 03:40:30 PM

                              MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I YIELD BACK THE…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 03:40:34 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                            • 03:40:38 PM

                              MR. COMER

                              MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF…

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

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                            • 03:40:41 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. BOTH SIDES HAVING…

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. BOTH SIDES HAVING YIELDED BACK THEIR TIME, THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 3893, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE IS AMENDED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                          • 03:41:13 PM

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

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

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                                MR. COMER

                                TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 2672, TO DESIGNATE THE…

                                TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 2672, TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE LOCATED AT 520 CARTER STREET IN FAIRVIEW, ILLINOIS, AS THE SERGEANT DOUGLAS J. RINEY POST OFFICE.

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                            • 03:41:18 PM

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

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                              • 03:41:35 PM

                                THE CLERK

                                H.R. 2672, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POST…

                                H.R. 2672, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE LOCATED AT 520 CARTER STREET IN FAIRVIEW, ILLINOIS, AS THE SERGEANT DOUGLAS J. RINEY POST OFFICE.

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                              • 03:41:49 PM

                                TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. COMER, AND THE…

                                PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. COMER, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MRS. WATSON COLEMAN, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY.

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                            • 03:41:51 PM

                              Mr. Comer moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 2672 — "To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 520 Carter Street in Fairview, Illinois, as the "Sgt. Douglas J. Riney Post Office"."

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                                MR. COMER

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

                                MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EX TRAUNYOICE -- EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                            • 03:42:04 PM

                              Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                              DEBATE

                              The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2672.

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

                              • 03:42:11 PM

                                MR. COMER

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

                              • 03:42:14 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                              • 03:42:17 PM

                                MR. COMER

                                I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2672, INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

                                I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2672, INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MRS. BUSTOS. THE BILL NAMES THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE AT 520 CARTER STREET IN FAIRVIEW, ILLINOIS, AFTER U.S. ARMY SERGEANT DOUGLAS J. RINEY. SERGEANT RINEY WAS DEPLOYED IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM FROM JULY, 2014, TO FEBRUARY, 2015. AND OPERATION FREEDOM SENTINEL BEGINNING JUNE, 2016. IN OCTOBER, 2016, SERGEANT RINEY DIED OF WOUNDS RECEIVED AFTER ENCOUNTERING HOSTILE ENEMY FORCES IN KABUL. WE HONOR HIS SERVICE TO OUR NATION. I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS FOR INTRODUCING THIS BILL TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE LIFE AND SACRIFICE OF SERGEANT RINEY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BILL AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              • 03:43:06 PM

                                THE SPKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                              • 03:43:12 PM

                                MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKERLE. I YIELD MYSELF -- THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I…

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

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                              • 03:43:18 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                              • 03:43:20 PM

                                MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION…

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2672, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE LOCATED AT 520 CARTER STREET IN FAIRVIEW, ILLINOIS, AS THE SERGEANT DOUGLAS J. RINEY POST OFFICE. BORN IN GEORGIA IN 1990, DOUGLAS RINEY GRADUATED FROM SPOON RIVER VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL IN ILLINOIS AND MARRIED HIS WIFE IN 2012. THE TWO OF THEM LIVED IN FAIRVIEW WITH CHILDREN LEAH AND JAMES, WHERE DOUGLAS PROUDLY VOLUNTEERED AS A FIREFIGHTER, CHEERED FOR THE GREEN BAY PACKERS AND LOVED SPENDING TIME OUTDOORS RIDING HIS MOTORCYCLE, HUNTING AND FISHING. DOUGLAS SERVED ON ACTIVE DUTY IN THE U.S. ARMY, DEPLOYING IN SUPPORT FOR OUR OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM FROM JULY, 2014, TO FEBRUARY, 2015. AND AGAIN AS PART OF OPERATION FREEDOM SENTINEL BEGINNING IN JUNE, 2016. HE WAS ASSIGNED TO THE THIRD CAVALRY REGIMENT, FIRST CAVALRY DIVISION. TRAGICALLY ON OCTOBER 19, 2016, SERGEANT DOUGLAS RINEY WAS KILLED IN ACTION AT THE HANDS OF HOSTILE ENEMY FORCES IN IT KABUL, AFGHANISTAN. -- IN KABUL, AFGHANISTAN. HE WAS AWARDED THE PURPLE HEART, BRONZE STAR AND ARMY COMMENDATION MEDAL, AMONG OTHER HONORS FOR HIS VALIANT SERVICE. MR. SPEAKER, WE SHOULD PASS THIS BILL TO REMEMBER THE COURAGE AND THE SACRIFICE OF SERGEANT DOUGLAS RINEY AND HONOR HIS MEMORY FOR YEARS TO COME. WITH THAT, I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 2672, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              • 03:44:53 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              • 03:44:57 PM

                                MR. COMER

                                MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY AWARE…

                                MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY AWARE THAT I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                              • 03:45:02 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

                              • 03:45:05 PM

                                MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME…

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM ILLINOIS, REPRESENTATIVE BUSTOS.

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                              • 03:45:13 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                              • 03:45:22 PM

                                MRS. BUSTOS

                                AS THE SERGEANT DOUGLAS RINEY POST OFFICE. HE DIED ON OCTOBER 19, 2016 OF…

                                AS THE SERGEANT DOUGLAS RINEY POST OFFICE. HE DIED ON OCTOBER 19, 2016 OF WOUNDS RECEIVED FROM HOSTILE ENEMY FORCES AND LIVED A LIFE DEDICATED TO SERVICE. AFTER HE GRADUATED FROM SPOON RIVER VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL, SERGEANT RINEY BECAME A VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER WITH THE FIREFIGHTER PROTECTION DISTRICT. HE COULD BE COUNTED ON BY HIS COMMUNITY, A MAN WHO FELT A CALLING TO PUBLIC SERVICE. HE JOINED THE ARMY, ENTERING ACTIVE DUTY IN 2012. HE WAS PART OF OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. IN JUNE OF 2016, HE WAS AGAIN DEPLOYED TO OPERATION FREEDOM. AS PART OF THE SUPPORT SQUAD RON, FIRST CAVALRY DIVISION FROM FORT HOOD, TEXAS, HE EXCELED. THROUGH HIS TIME IN THE ARMY HE WAS RECOGNIZED WITH THE PURPLE HEART, THE BRONZE STAR. AT HOME, SERGEANT RINEY LIVED WITH HIS WIFE AND TWO CHILDREN. HE WAS SURVIVED BY HIS LOVING FAMILY, HIS FATHER AND STEPMOTHER, DAVE AND CHRISTIE, HIS MOTHER AND STEPFATHER, HIS BROTHER AND SISTER, TWO STEP BROTHERS, AND ONE STEP SISTER. ON THE FATEFUL DAY OF OCTOBER 18, 2016, OUR NATION LOST ONE OF ITS FINEST AND THE COMMUNITY OF FAIRVIEW LOST ONE OF ITS BEST. THE NAMING OF THE POST OFFICE IS A SMALL TOKEN OF OUR APPRECIATION FOR SERGEANT RINEY, WHO MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR OUR NATION. WHILE WE CAN NEVER FILL THE HOLE LEFT IN THE FAMILY, THE FAIRFIELD COMMUNITY OR THE NATION, I HOPE THIS POST OFFICE IS A COMMEMORATION TO HIS LIFE AND INSPIRATION WHO JUST HEAR HIS NAME. ON BEHALF OF THE HARD WORKING MEN AND WOMEN OF THE 17TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT I WILL NEVER FORGET HIS SERVICE AND WE WILL HONOR HIS SACRIFICE. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 03:47:59 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS BACK.

                              • 03:48:02 PM

                                MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                COLEMAN: I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I YIELD BACK.

                              • 03:48:06 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                              • 03:48:11 PM

                                MR. COMER

                                I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

                              • 03:48:13 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

                              • 03:48:35 PM

                                MR. COMER

                                I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

                              • 03:48:36 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                              • 03:48:54 PM

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

                                • 03:49:02 PM

                                  MR. COMER

                                  I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS AS AMENDED THE BILL H.R. 3821 TO…

                                  I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS AS AMENDED THE BILL H.R. 3821 TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE LOCATED AT 430 MAIN STREET IN CLAREMONT, GEORGIA.

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                                • 03:49:19 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                              • 03:49:20 PM

                                Mr. Comer moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3821 — "To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 430 Main Street in Clermont, Georgia, as the "Zachary Addington Post Office"."

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                                  THE CLERK

                                  H.R. 3821 TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE…

                                  H.R. 3821 TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOATHED AT 430 MAIN STREET IN CLAREMONT, GEORGIA, AS THE ZACHARY ADDINGTON POST OFFICE.

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                              • 03:49:29 PM

                                Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                DEBATE

                                The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3821.

                                • 03:49:39 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY.

                                • 03:49:43 PM

                                  MR. COMER

                                  EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

                                • 03:49:53 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                • 03:49:56 PM

                                  MR. COMER

                                  I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                                • 03:50:00 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                • 03:50:02 PM

                                  MR. COMER

                                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3821 INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA,…

                                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3821 INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. COLLINS. THE BILL NAMES THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE AT 430 MAIN STREET IN CLAREMONT, GEORGIA, AFTER U.S. MARINE LANCE CORPORAL ZACHARY ADDINGTON. I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA TO FURTHER DESCRIBE THE BILL AND LANCE CORPORAL ADDINGTON'S SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY.

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                                • 03:50:28 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                                • 03:50:31 PM

                                  MR. COLLINS

                                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FROM KENTUCKY AND THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW…

                                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FROM KENTUCKY AND THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION TO NAME THE POST OFFICE AFTER LANCE CORPORAL ZACH ADDINGTON. HE GAVE HIS LIFE IN SERVICE TO OUR NATION DURING THE VIETNAM WAR. HE WAS BORN ON NOVEMBER 1, 1948 IN GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA. THEY LIVED IN CLAREMONT, GEORGIA AND ATTENDED CLAREMONT HIGH SCHOOL. HE GRADUATED IN 1967. ZACH ENLISTED IN THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS AS A PRIVATE AND BECAME A RIFLEMAN IN THE THIRD MARINE DIVISION. HE WAS PROMOTED TO PRIVATE FIRST CLASS IN 1967 AND DEPLOYED TO VIETNAM ON DECEMBER 19 OF THE SAME YEAR. APRIL 1, 1968, LANCE CORPORAL ADDINGTON WAS PROMOTED TO LANCE CORPORAL AND THEY WERE PARTICIPATING IN SCOTLAND 2 WHERE THEY ENGAGED IN HILL 689. ON MAY 16, 1968, HE WAS KILLED IN ACTION. HIS CAPTAIN, STATED HE WAS ONE OF THE FINEST MARINES AND EXEMPLARY CONDUCT, LEADERSHIP AND DETERMINATION TO DO HIS JOB WELL IN EVERY WAY WAS RESPECTED BY US ALL. ON JUNE , 1968, HE WAS AWARDED THE PURL HEART, NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL, VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL AND REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM. AND HIS FAMILY HOPES TO DISPLAY THESE AWARDS AFTER THE NAMING. HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS BROTHER AND SISTERS. THE MEMORY OF ZACH'S COURAGE LIVES ON IN OUR CORNER OF GEORGIA AND NAMING THE POST OFFICE WILL BE A REMINDER OF HIS SACRIFICE AND SACRIFICES TO US ALL. IT IS ALWAYS A TIME WHEN WE READ ACCOMPLISHMENTS. EACH ONE HAS A STORY TO TELL. I THINK WHEN YOU START TO LISTEN TO THE MANY THAT WE TALK ABOUT TODAY THERE IS A CERTAIN THEME OF SERVICE. THERE IS A CERTAIN THEME OF SOMETHING BIGGER THAN THEMSELVES AND ESPECIALLY THESE WHO GAVE THEIR LIFE. ZACH ADDINGTON WHO WENT WILLINGLY AND EVEN TOLD PEOPLE HE MIGHT NOT RETURN. BUT THAT SERVICE AND SACRIFICE GIVES US THE ABILITY TO STAND HERE TODAY AND DO WHAT WE DO. I INTEND TO HONOR HIM WITH THE NAMING OF THIS POST OFFICE. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 03:53:20 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY RESERVES AND THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                • 03:53:28 PM

                                  MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                  I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                                • 03:53:31 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                • 03:53:35 PM

                                  MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                  I JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3821 A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE…

                                  I JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3821 A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE LOCATED AT 430 MAIN STREET IN CLAREMONT, GEORGIA AS THE ZACHARY ADDINGTON POST OFFICE. BORN IN GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA, HE GRADUATED FROM NORTH HALL HIGH SCHOOL IN 1967. HE CHOSE TO ENLIST IN THE MARINE CORPS BECOMING A PRIVATE IN THE THIRD MARINE DIVISION OF THE FLEET MARINE FORCE. HE DEPLOYED TO VIETNAM THAT DECEMBER AS A PRIVATE FIRST CLASS. ON MAY 16, 1968 THEN LANCE CORPORAL ADDINGTON WAS PARTICIPATING IN OPERATION SCOTLAND 2 WHEN HIS COMPANY WHEN HE WAS KILLED. HE WAS AWARDED THE PURPLE HEART, NATIONAL DWERNS SERVICE MEDAL AND VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL FOR HIS HONORABLE SERVICE AND HIS CAPTAIN DEEMED HIM AND I QUOTE, ONE OF THE FINEST MARINES HE HAD EVER KNOWN. MR. SPEAKER, WE SHOULD PASS THIS BILL TO COMMEMORATE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE LANCE CORPORAL ZACHARY ADDINGTON MADE FOR OUR NATION AND I URGE THE PASSAGE H.R. 3821 AND I RESERVE.

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                                • 03:54:54 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY.

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                                  MR. COMER

                                  I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THE GENTLEWOMAN THAT I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND…

                                  I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THE GENTLEWOMAN THAT I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                • 03:55:07 PM

                                  MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                  I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I YIELD BACK.

                                • 03:55:10 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FROM KENTUCKY.

                                • 03:55:13 PM

                                  MR. COMER

                                  I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

                                • 03:55:17 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  BOTH SIDES HAVING YIELDED BACK, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS…

                                  BOTH SIDES HAVING YIELDED BACK, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 3821 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED --

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                                • 03:55:31 PM

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

                                  • 03:55:33 PM

                                    MR. COMER

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

                                  • 03:55:36 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. SNULL, YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED.

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                                  • 03:56:16 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4374.

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                                • 03:56:20 PM

                                  Mr. Walden moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 4374 — "To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to authorize additional emergency uses for medical products to reduce deaths and severity of injuries caused by agents of war, and for other purposes."

                                  • 03:56:25 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                    THE CLERK

                                    H.R. 4374 TO AMEND THE FEDERAL FOOD DRUG AND COSMETIC ACT TO AUTHORIZE…

                                    H.R. 4374 TO AMEND THE FEDERAL FOOD DRUG AND COSMETIC ACT TO AUTHORIZE ADDITIONAL EMERGENCY USES FOR MEDICAL PRODUCTS TO REDUCE DEATHS AND SEVERITY OF INJURIES CAUSED BY AGENTS OF WAR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                • 03:56:28 PM

                                  Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                  DEBATE

                                  The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4374.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES.

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                                  • 03:56:58 PM

                                    MR. WALDEN

                                    MEMBERS HAVE FIVE DAYS TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS…

                                    MEMBERS HAVE FIVE DAYS TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                  • 03:57:12 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                  • 03:57:16 PM

                                    MR. WALDEN

                                    OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE FOR THIS COUNTRY…

                                    OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE FOR THIS COUNTRY AND THEY DESERVE TO HAVE THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE ACCESS TO MEDICAL PRODUCTS THAT COULD SAVE THEIR LIVES ON THE BATTLEFIELD. H.R. 4374 WILL ESTABLISH IMPORTANT NEW AUTHORITIES FOR THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, THE F.D.A. AND DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO ENSURE OUR WAR FIGHTERS HAVE THE BENEFITS OF NEW TREATMENTS AND NEW DEVICES. MR. SPEAKER, CURRENTLY, THE F.D.A. HAS THE AUTHORITY TO USE EMERGENCY FOR A SPECIFIC SET OF MILITARY EMERGENCIES. THEY HAVE THAT AUTHORITY. THIS EMERGENCY USE AUTHORITY REQUIRES TWO THINGS, THOUGH. FIRST THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MUST MAKE A DETERMINATION THAT THERE IS A RISK OF ATTACK ON MILITARY FORCES WITH A CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL, RADIOLOGICAL OR NUCLEAR AGENT. NEXT, SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES MUST MAKE A DECLARATION THAT THERE IS IN FACT AN EMERGENCY OR THREAT JUSTIFYING THE EMERGENCY USE OF AUTHORIZATION OF A PRODUCT. NOW TO ENSURE THERE ARE NO UNNECESSARY DELAYS IN THIS PROCESS, THIS LEGISLATION, H.R. 4374, ESTABLISHES A DEADLINE FOR THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. IF HE WANTS, THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MAKES A DETERMINATION FOR A DECLARATION OF AN IMMINENT RISK OF ATTACK, THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES HAS 45 DAYS, THAT'S THE MAXIMUM, TO MAKE A DECLARATION AND SUCH -- THAT SUCH A RISK EXISTS. NOW LIMITING THE THREAT UNDER WHICH AN EMERGENCY USE CAN BE USED TO CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL, RADIOLOGICAL AGENTS HAS BEEN NARROW TO INCORPORATE ALL THE SERYOUSE THREATS. TO ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM, THIS ESTABLISHES A NEW CATEGORY UNDER WHICH THE AUTHORIZATION PROCESS CAN BE TRIGGERED. H.R. 4374 EXPANDS THIS AUTHORITY TO INCLUDE SITUATION GO WHERE THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MAKES A DETERMINATION THAT THERE IS RISK OF ATTACK WITH ANY AGENT THAT MAY CAUSE AN IMMINENTLY LIFE THREATENING AND SPECIFIC RISK TO THE UNITED STATES MILITARY FORCES. NOW IN ADDITION TO CREATING NEW PATHWAYS FOR EMERGENCY ACCESS TO UNAPPROVED MEDICAL DEVICES, H.R. 3374 CREATES A BREAK-THROUGH DESIGNATION FOR APPROVAL OF MEDICAL PRODUCTS FOR MEDICAL EMERGENCIES. IT EXISTS ONLY FOR PRODUCTS INTENDED TO TREAT CONDITIONS WHERE THE SECRETARY DETERMINES WHERE SUCH A PRODUCT MAY BE IMPROVEMENT OVER EXISTING THERAPIES. THIS IS BASED ON THE SUCCESSFUL BREAK-THROUGH DESIGNATION CREATED BY CONGRESS BACK IN 20 IS 12. THIS HAS WORKED AND ACCELERATED ONCOLOGY DRUG REVIEWS BY MORE THAN TWO YEARS. IN SHORT H.R. 4374 ADDRESSES THE ACCESS TO THE NEWEST AVAILABLE PRODUCTS BY EXPANDING THE CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH EMERGENCY USE AUTHORIZATIONS CAN BE ISSUED AND BY ESTABLISHING A PATHWAY TO FULL APPROVAL OF PRODUCTS AT THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE REQUESTS. POLICIES WERE BIPARTISAN AND DEVELOPED WITH INPUT FROM THE ADMINISTRATION AND AUTHORIZING COMMITTEES IN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE. C.B.O. HAS INDICATED THAT H.R. 4374 WILL HAVE NO IMPACT ON DIRECT SPENDING OR REVENUE. SO, MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS NOT ONLY A GOOD BILL BUT AN IMPORTANT BILL FOR OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 4374. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 04:01:03 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. .

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                                    >>

                                    TODAY WE ARE --

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                                    MR. PALLONE

                                    TODAY WE ARE TALKING ABOUT AUTHORIZING EMERGENCY USES. I WANT TO ENSURE…

                                    TODAY WE ARE TALKING ABOUT AUTHORIZING EMERGENCY USES. I WANT TO ENSURE OUR MILITARY PERSONNEL WHO PUT THEIR LIVES IN HARM'S WAY FOR OUR FREEDOM HAVE ACCESS TO THE MEDICAL PRODUCTS THEY NEED. I HAVE SUPPORTED AND WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THAT FURTHER THE GOAL OF PROTECTING TROOPS FROM LIFE-THREATENING RISKS. BUT THESE POLICIES HAVE TO BE PLANSED -- BALANCED TO ENSURE THAT IN OUR EFFORT TO PROTECT TROOPS FROM HARM WE ARE NOT INADVERTENTLY EXPOSING HOME TO RISK FROM UNPROVEN PRODUCTS. THAT'S WHY I WAS DISAPPOINTED TO LEARN THE CONFERENCE REPORT INCLUDED A POLICY SUPPORTED BY THE SENATE THAT WOULD HAVE GIVEN THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE AUTHORITY TO AUTHORIZE EMERGENCY ACCESS TO UNAPPROVED MEDICAL PRODUCTS. AUTHORITY THAT SOLELY RESTS WITHIN THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION TODAY. THIS PROVISION WAS NOT THE SUBJECT OF HEARING AND DEBATE. DID NOT RECEIVE THE CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT IT SHOULD HAVE. AND I BELIEVE DECISIONS OF SUCH CONSEQUENCE SHOULD GO THROUGH REGULAR ORDER, PROVIDING MEMBERS AND STAKE HOLDERS WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN FULLY OF THE RISKS AND BENEFITS ASSOCIATED WITH TRANSFERRING REGULATORY OVERSIGHT OF MEDICAL PRODUCTS TO AN AGENCY THAT IS NOT EQUIPPED WITH THE EXPERTISE AND MEDICAL PRODUCT KNOWLEDGE OF THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. WHILE I'M NOT PLEASED WITH THE PROCESS AND HOW IT UNFOLDED, I SUPPORT H.R. 4374 BECAUSE I BELIEVE IT WILL MAINTAIN EMERGENCY USE AUTHORITY WITH THE AGENCY THAT HAS THE RESOURCES AND SCIENTIFIC EXPERTISE NEEDED TO MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT ACCESS TO UNPROVEN MEDICAL PRODUCTS. IT IS SOLELY THE F.D.A. THAT HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH WEIGHING THE RISKS AND BENEFITS OF MEDICAL PRODUCTS AND MAKING DETERMINATIONS AS TO THEIR SAFETY AND EFFECTIVENESS. THIS LEGISLATION MAINTAINS THE F.D.A.'S IMPORTANT ROLE IN THAT PROCESS. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 4374 NOT ONLY ADDRESSES THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE'S CONCERNS ABOUT ACCESS TO MEDICAL PRODUCTS IN THE INSTANCES OF -- I SHOULD SAY IN THE INSTANCES OF MILITARY EMERGENCY BUS GOES FURTHER BY PROVIDE -- PROVIDING THEM WITH ADDITIONAL SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE TO EXPEDITE THE REVIEW AND DEVELOPMENT OF MEDICAL PRODUCTS OF PRIORITY TO THE DEPARTMENT. IT ALSO HAD THE F.D.A. MEETING WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO DISCUSS THEIR PRIORITIES AND PRODUCT PIPELINES. I WANT TO THANK COMMISSIONER GOTTLIEB AND SENATE HEALTH CHAIRMAN ALEXANDER AND RANKING MEMBER MURRAY FOR WORKING TO FIND A COMPROMISE THAT WILL MAINTAIN PROPER REGULATORY OVERSIGHT OVER EMERGENCY USES OF UNPROVED MEDICAL PREDICTS WHILE ALSO ENSURING THAT OUR NATION'S MILITARY HAS ACCESS TO THE PRODUCTS THEY NEED IN A MILITARY EMERGENCY SITUATION. I TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION AND AT THIS TIME I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                  • 04:04:05 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON.

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                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                    MR. WALDEN

                                    I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN MR. SHIMKUS FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                  • 04:04:29 PM

                                    MR. SHIMKUS

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S GREAT TO BE ON THE FLOOR TODAY. IT WAS AN…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S GREAT TO BE ON THE FLOOR TODAY. IT WAS AN AWESOME OPPORTUNITY TO BE A CONFEREE ON THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL. AS A VETERAN, FIVE YEARS ACTIVE, ARMY INFANTRY, 23 IN THE RESERVES, I DON'T GET A CHANCE TO DO THAT VERY OFTEN BECAUSE I'M ON THE BEST COMMITTEE IN CONGRESS, ENERGY AND COMMERCE. BUT TO BE ABLE TO BE IN THAT PROCESS I'M VERY APPRECIATIVE TO YOU AND THE OTHER CONFEREES. YOU LEARN WHAT YOU LEARN AND THE MILITARY HAD A PROBLEM. THEY HAD A LONG DELAYED ISSUE ON FREEZE-DRIED PLASMA THAT IS INEXCUSABLE AND THEY TOOK ACTION IN THE LEGISLATIVE LANGUAGE TO RECTIFY THAT DELAY. AND WE WOULD TOO. BUT THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS WORKED, I WANT TO COMMEND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE MINORITY SIDE AND RANKING MEMBER PALLONE BECAUSE WHAT WE WANT FOR OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM, WE WANT THEM TO GET AN EXPEDITED PATHWAY TO LIFE-SAVING DEVICES AND DRUGS. BUT WE ALSO WANT TO MAKE SURE THOSE THINGS ARE SAFE. AND THE PREMIER INSTITUTION FOR SAFETY AND EFFICACY IS THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. NOW WE HAVE A NEW ADMINISTRATION THAT PROBABLY WOULDN'T HAVE HAD AN EIGHT-YEAR DELAY ON FREEZE-DRIED PLASMA. WE HAVE A NEW ADMINISTRATOR OF THE F.D.A. WHO HAS COMMITTED TO REFORM THESE PROCESSES. BUT GOOD INTENTIONS IS NOT ALL THAT WE NEED. WE NEED LEGISLATIVE LANGUAGE. WE NEED TO TRY THESE CHANGES IN THE LAW. S THAT GOOD EXAMPLE, WHEN I USED TO TEACH GOVERNMENT AND HISTORY IN HIGH SCHOOL, OF HOW GOVERNMENT WORKS. HOUSE BILL, SENATE BILL, GO TO CONFERENCE. EVEN AFTER CONFERENCE IT WASN'T JUST RIGHT SO THE LEGISLATIVE LEADERS WENT TO WORK. TO FIX THIS. THE CHANGES HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED BY BOTH THE RANKING MEMBER AND THE CHAIRMAN BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS, THE F.D.A. NEEDS TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LOOK AND EXPEDITE THE DRUG AND WE GIVE THEM A SHOT FOR THOSE PEOPLE IN HARM'S WAY TO MAKE SURE DRUGS AND DEVICES AND -- IS AVAILABLE TO OUR WAR FIGHTER, THAT IT'S SAFE, AND SECURE, AND DELIVERED IN A TIMELY MANNER. THIS IS THE LEAST WE CAN DO FOR OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES. I THANK CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 04:07:14 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                  • 04:07:18 PM

                                    MR. PALLONE

                                    I RESERVE, I DON'T HAVE ANY OTHER SPEAKERS AT THIS TAME.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE SWRELT FROM OREGON.

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                                    MR. WALDEN

                                    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR.…

                                    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. SHIMKUS, ALSO A WEST POINT GRADUATE I BELIEVE, WE APPRECIATE HIS COUNSEL, I CONCUR. APPRECIATE WORKING WITH THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE AND ITS ABLE CHAIRMAN, MY FRIEND, MAC THORNBERRY. NOW THE CHAIRMAN OF THE VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE A DOCTOR HIMSELF AND A VETERAN, DR. ROW OF TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                                  • 04:07:50 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                  • 04:07:53 PM

                                    MR. ROE

                                    THANK YOU. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3374 BECAUSE OUR NATION'S SERVICEMENS…

                                    THANK YOU. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3374 BECAUSE OUR NATION'S SERVICEMENS DESERVE THE BEST AND SAFEST TREATMENTS AVAILABLE ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY ARE IN HARM'S WAY THIS BILL FIXES A PROVISION IN THE F.Y. 2018 NDAA WHICH PASSED THE HOUSE OVERWHELMINGLY JUST YESTERDAY. WHICH WOULD HAVE ATHROID SECRETARY OF DEFENSE TO APPROVE THE EMERGENCY USE OF MEDICATIONS THAT HAVE NOT YET RECEIVE F.D.A. APPROVAL. UNDER TODAY'S LEGISLATION, WE ENSURE THE F.D.A. WILL REVIEW ANY EMERGENCY D.O.D. REQUEST FOR THE USE OF UNAPPROVED MEDICAL PRODUCTS ON AN EXPEDITED BASIS WHILE MAINTAINING THE F.D.A.'S CRITICAL ROLE OF EVALUATING THE SAFETY AND EFFECTIVENESS OF TREATMENTS. THIS NEW AUTHORIZATION WILL INCLUDE SITUATIONS WHEN THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE DETERMINES THAT A RISK OF ATTACK WITH AN AGENT THAT MAY CAUSE IMMINENTLY LIFE-THREATENING AND SPECIFIC RISKS TO UNITED STATES MILITARY FORCES. AS A PHYSICIAN AND VETERAN MYSELF, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, I'VE WORKED TIRELESSLY TO ENSURE OUR NATION'S SERVICE MEMBERS HAVE ACCESS TO THE BEST, SAFEST, AND MOST EFFECTIVE MEDICAL TREATMENTS AVAILABLE IN SERVICE AND AFTER. WHILE WE ALL WANT BREAKTHROUGH TREATMENTS MADE AVAILABLE TO OUR NATION'S MEN AND WOMEN IN SERVICE AS QUICKLY AS WOBBLE, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE SAFE AND EFFECT BEFORE SUBJECTING MEMBERS OF OUR ARMED FORCES TO UNPROVEN TREATMENTS AND THE ENTRANCE OF -- IN THE INTEREST OF EXPEDIENCE. I HAVE SPOKEN TO F.D.A. COMMISSIONER GOTTLIEB ON THIS ISSUE AND HE ASSURES ME THE F.D.A. WILL WORK COLLABORATIVELY WITH D.O.D. TO ENSURE THE PROCESSES WORK MORE EFFECTIVELY FOR OUR TROOPS. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 04:09:41 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK.

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                                    MR. PALLONE

                                    --

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON.

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                                    MR. WALDEN

                                    I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO WHO HAS SERVED OUR NATION, I THINK…

                                    I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO WHO HAS SERVED OUR NATION, I THINK IN TWO DIFFERENT UNIFORMS, AND IS A TERRIFIC MEMBER OF THE -- MEMBER OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR. COFFMAN FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                  • 04:10:09 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    MR. COFFMAN

                                    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 4374. HAVING SERVED IN THE…

                                    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 4374. HAVING SERVED IN THE FIRST GULF WAR WHEN MILITARY ANALYSTS WERE SAYING, PREDICTING THAT THERE COULD BE 30,000 COALITION CASUALTIES IN A GROUND WAR WITH IRAQ. WE KNEW THAT SADDAM HUSSEIN HAD BOTH CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL STOCKPILES AND AT THAT TIME, THERE WAS A -- AN EXPERIMENTAL DRUG GIVEN FOR THE PRETREATMENT TO INCREASE THE SURVIVAL AFTER THE EXPOSURE TO NERVE GAS. IT WAS UNTESTED IN TERMS OF THE F.D.A. DID NOT GO THROUGH THEIR LENGTHY BUREAUCRATIC PROCESS. BUT IT WAS, I THINK, RIGHTLY ASSUMED BY MILITARY LEADERS THAT THE RISK OF GIVING THIS DRUG THAT DIDN'T GO THROUGH ALL THE BUREAUCRATIC POSSESS THAT I THINK ARE IMPORTANT, THAT THAT -- THE RISK OF NERVE GAS EXPOSURE OUTWEIGHED THOSE RISKS. SO I JUST WANT TO COMMEND THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE AS WELL AS THE LEADERSHIP OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, THE LEADERSHIP OF BOTH COMMITTEES FOR WORKING TOGETHER WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND THE F.D.A. TO FIND THAT MIDDLE GROUND WHERE THE MILITARY CAN HAVE ACCESS TO DRUGS AND MEDICAL DEVICES EXPEDITIOUSLY TO MEET THE RAPIDLY CHANGING THREATS ON THE BATTLEFIELD. I AGAIN THANK CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY FOR HIS UNYIELDING SUPPORT ON THIS ISSUE AND I THANK CHAIRMAN WALDEN FOR OFFERING LEGISLATION THAT SEEKS TO UH -- SEEKS TO PUT THIS PROCESS ON THE RIGHT PATH. I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 04:12:06 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

                                  • 04:12:10 PM

                                    MR. PALLONE

                                    RESERVE.

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                                    MR. WALDEN

                                    I'M NOW HONORED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, A TERRIFIC MEMBER OF…

                                    I'M NOW HONORED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, A TERRIFIC MEMBER OF OUR CONFERENCE AND OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, A PRACTITIONER OF MEDICINE, A SAVER OF WOUNDED PEOPLE, INCLUDING OUR OWN WHIP OF THE HOUSE, BRAD WENSTRUP IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES, THREE MINUTES? TWO MINUTES.

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                                  • 04:12:37 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                  • 04:12:39 PM

                                    MR. WENSTRUP

                                    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 4374. THIS WOULD AMEND THE FEDERAL…

                                    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 4374. THIS WOULD AMEND THE FEDERAL FOOD, DRUG, AND COSMETIC ACT TO AUTHORIZE ADDITIONAL USES FOR MEDICAL PRODUCTS TO REDUCE DEATHS AND SEVERE INJURIES CAUSED BY AGENTS OF WAR. HAVING SERVED AS A COMBAT SURGEON IN IRAQ I UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ABLE TO ADMINISTER LIFE-SAVING DREAMS AT A MOMENT'S NOTICE. OUR SERVICE MEMBERS GOING INTO HARM'S WAY MUST BE CONFIDENT THAT THEIR CORPSMEN, MEDICS, DOCS, ARE EQUIPPED WITH THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY TO SAVE LIVES EVERY TIME. FREEZE-DRIED PLASMA IS USED IN THE INITIAL RESUSCITATION OF COMBAT CASUALTIES. SINCE 2011, 24 SEVERELY INJURED U.S. TROOPS HAVE BEEN TREATED WITH FREEZE-DRIED PLASMA PROVIDED BY THE FRENCH WHO HAVE USED THIS SUCCESSFULLY SINCE 1994. OF THOSE PATIENTS, 17 LIVES WERE SAVED DUE TO RAPID TREATMENT WITH FREEZE-DRIED PLASMA. H.R. 4374 IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT PUTS A PROCESS IN PLACE TO BROADEN THE DEFINITION OF MILITARY EMERGENCIES AND PROVIDES THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE WITH ACCESS TO EXPEDITED F.D.A. PROCESSES FOR THE INVESTIGATIONAL PRODUCTS LIKE FREEZE-DRIED PLASMA. I SUPPORT CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY'S UNWAVERING LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE WITH RAPIDLY DEVELOPING MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY, THE F.D.A. MUST BE PART OF THE MODERNIZATION AND READINESS OF OUR ARMED FORCES. WE'RE COMMITTED TO ENSURING THAT THE F.D.A. DOES THE BEST IT CAN FOR OUR DEPLOYED FORCES. I HOPE THAT WE CAN FIND A WAY TO ENABLE THE F.D.A. TO CONSIDER APPROVED RESEARCH AND CLINICAL STUDIES FROM OUR ALLIES IN AN EFFORT TO AID THEIR APPROVAL PROCESS. THE FUTURE WILL LIKELY BRING MORE MEDICAL DEVICES AND DRUGS THAT CAN SAVE LIVES. HAVING A PROCESS TO APPROVE AND IMPLEMENT EMERGING MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES IS A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH. ESPECIALLY FOR OUR BRAVE TROOPS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 04:14:36 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON.

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                                  • 04:14:45 PM

                                    MR. WALDEN

                                    I DON'T THINK WE HAVE ANY OTHER SPEAKERS ON OUR SIDE, MR. SPEAKER, SO I'M…

                                    I DON'T THINK WE HAVE ANY OTHER SPEAKERS ON OUR SIDE, MR. SPEAKER, SO I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. YOU'VE HEARD FROM MY COLLEAGUES THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS LEGISLATION. WE FOUND A GOOD BALANCE WITH OUR FRIENDS ON THE ARMED SERVICE COMMITTEES AND IN WORKING WITH THE F.D.A. AND WITH THE LEADERSHIP OF THE PENTAGON TO GET THIS RIGHT BECAUSE WHAT MATTERS TO MOST AMERICANS IS WE TAKE CARE OF OUR WARRIORS ON THE FIELD WHEN THEY'RE INJURED AND IN HARM'S WAY. WE'RE DOING THE BEST POSSIBLE THING WE CAN FOR THEM. I THINK THIS IS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR IT. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 04:15:22 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

                                  • 04:15:26 PM

                                    MR. PALLONE

                                    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE…

                                    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. I DO THINK IT'S A GOOD COMPROMISE DEALING WITH THESE MILITARY EMERGENCIES BUT AT THE SAME TIME, MAKING SURE THAT THE F.D.A. WHICH HAS RESPONSIBILITY FOR APPROVING MEDICAL PRODUCTS, STILL RETAINS ITS AUTHORITY. SO I WOULD URGE A YES VOTE. I YIELD BACK. .

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                                  • 04:15:55 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R.…

                                    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 3474. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, PROCEEDINGS WILL RESUMES ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES PREVIOUSLY POSTPONED. VOTES WILL BE TAKEN IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER. H.R. 3821 BY THE YEAS AND NAYS. H.R. 2672 BY THE YEAS AND NAYS. THE FIRST ELECTRONIC VOTE WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. REMAINING ELECTRONIC VOTES WILL BE CONDUCTED AS FIVE-MINUTE VOTES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. COMER, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3821 AS AMENDED ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                • 04:16:12 PM

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

                                  • 04:16:14 PM

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

                                  • 04:16:25 PM

                                    UNFINISHED BUSINESS

                                    The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of motions to suspend the rules which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

                                    • 04:16:48 PM

                                      Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3821 — "To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 430 Main Street in Clermont, Georgia, as the "Zachary Addington Post Office"."

                                      • 04:17:07 PM

                                        THE CLERK

                                        H.R. 3821, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                                        H.R. 3821, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 430 MAIN STREET IN CLERMONT, GEORGIA, AS THE ZACHARY ADDINGTON POST OFFICE.

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                                    • 04:17:13 PM

                                      On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Roll Call 635 - 2/3 Yea and Nay vote pending.

                                      • 04:17:22 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, AS…

                                        THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, AS AMENDED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A 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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                                      • 04:41:48 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 420, THE NAYS ARE 0. 2/3 BEING IN THE…

                                        ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 420, THE NAYS ARE 0. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE AMENDED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. COMBER, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 267 , ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                  • 04:41:57 PM

                                    House Vote 635 - On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended

                                    To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 430 Main Street in Clermont, Georgia, as the "Zach T. Addington Post Office".

                                    Passed (420 - 0)
                                    Yea

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

                                    Vote Details: Not Voting - 13
                                    Republican - 9
                                    Democratic - 4

                                    • 04:41:58 PM

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

                                      • 04:42:03 PM

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

                                        • 04:42:22 PM

                                          Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 2672 — "To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 520 Carter Street in Fairview, Illinois, as the "Sgt. Douglas J. Riney Post Office"."

                                          • 04:42:26 PM

                                            THE CLERK

                                            H.R. 2672, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                                            H.R. 2672, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 520 CARTER STREET IN FAIRVIEW, ILLINOIS, AS THE SERGEANT TOUG LAS J. RINEY POST OFFICE.

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                                        • 04:42:37 PM

                                          On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Roll Call 636 - 2/3 Yea and Nay vote pending.

                                          • 04:42:58 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A…

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

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                                          • 04:49:28 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 423. THE NAYS ARE ZERO. 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN…

                                            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 423. THE NAYS ARE ZERO. 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                      • 04:49:35 PM

                                        House Vote 636 - On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass

                                        To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 520 Carter Street in Fairview, Illinois, as the "Sgt. Douglas J. Riney Post Office".

                                        Passed (423 - 0)
                                        Yea

                                        Vote Details: Yea - 422
                                        Republican - 230
                                        Democratic - 192

                                        Vote Details: Not Voting - 10
                                        Republican - 8
                                        Democratic - 2

                                        • 04:49:36 PM

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

                                          • 04:50:12 PM

                                            Mr. Royce (CA) asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.

                                            • 04:50:13 PM

                                              MR. ROYCE

                                              MR. SPEAKER, I AM GOING TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON…

                                              MR. SPEAKER, I AM GOING TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS BE DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 92, AND I ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                                          • 04:50:17 PM

                                            Amendment offered by Mr. Royce (CA).

                                            • 04:50:26 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION.

                                            • 04:50:29 PM

                                              THE CLERK

                                              HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 92, CONCURRENT RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE DEEP…

                                              HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 92, CONCURRENT RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE DEEP AND ABIDING FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL.

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                                            • 04:50:39 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE CONSIDERATION OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION? FOR…

                                              IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE CONSIDERATION OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                            • 04:50:49 PM

                                              MR. ROYCE

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

                                            • 04:50:51 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

                                            • 04:50:53 PM

                                              THE CLERK

                                              AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. ROYCE OF CALIFORNIA. PAGE 3, LINE 3, STRIKE…

                                              AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. ROYCE OF CALIFORNIA. PAGE 3, LINE 3, STRIKE WITHOUT PREJUDICE TO THE RIGHTS OF ALL PEOPLE TO LIVE WITHIN OR ALONGSIDE ISRAEL IN PEACE AND INSERT, UPHOLDS FULL AND EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL OF ITS CITIZENS.

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                                            • 04:51:09 PM

                                              TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION…

                                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO, AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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                                        • 04:51:13 PM

                                          On agreeing to the Royce (CA) amendment; Agreed to without objection.

                                          • 04:51:14 PM

                                            On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.

                                            • 04:51:24 PM

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

                                              • 04:52:33 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

                                              • 04:52:36 PM

                                                MR. BRADY

                                                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 619 I CALL UP THE BILL H.R. 1, THE TAX CUTS…

                                                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 619 I CALL UP THE BILL H.R. 1, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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                                            • 04:52:37 PM

                                              Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 619. H.R. 1 — "To provide for reconciliation pursuant to title II of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018."

                                              • 04:52:42 PM

                                                Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1 with 4 hours of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Bill is closed to amendments. The rule also provides that on any legislative day during the period from November 17, 2017, through November 27, 2017--the Journal of the proceedings of the previous day shall be considered as approved.

                                                • 04:52:47 PM

                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                                • 04:52:49 PM

                                                  THE CLERK

                                                  UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 302. H.R. 1, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR RECONCILIATION…

                                                  UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 302. H.R. 1, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR RECONCILIATION PURSUANT TO TITLE 2 OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION ON THE BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018.

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                                                • 04:53:01 PM

                                                  TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                                  PURSUANT TO THE HOUSE RESOLUTION 619, IN LIEU OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE…

                                                  PURSUANT TO THE HOUSE RESOLUTION 619, IN LIEU OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS PRINTED IN THE BILL, AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-39 IS ADOPTED AND THE BILL, AS AMENDED, IS CONSIDERED AS READ. THE BILL SHALL BE DEBATED FOR FOUR HOURS EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BRADY, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. NEAL, WILL EACH CONTROL TWO HOURS. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                            • 04:53:39 PM

                                              DEBATE

                                              The House proceeded with four hours of debate on H.R. 1.

                                              • 04:53:42 PM

                                                MR. BRADY

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

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

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                                              • 04:53:54 PM

                                                TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                                WITHOUT OBJECTION. SO ORDERED.

                                              • 04:53:56 PM

                                                MR. BRADY

                                                MR. SPEAKER, COULD YOU CALL THE HOUSE TO ORDER?

                                              • 04:53:59 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. ASK MEMBERS TO TAKE…

                                                THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. ASK MEMBERS TO TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OUTSIDE. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              • 04:54:11 PM

                                                MR. BRADY

                                                MR. SPEAKER, TODAY THE FULL HOUSE BEGINS CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1, THE TAX…

                                                MR. SPEAKER, TODAY THE FULL HOUSE BEGINS CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT, HISTORIC TAX REFORM LEGISLATION THAT WILL REVITALIZE OUR ECONOMY AND PROVIDE LASTING TAX RELIEF FOR AMERICANS OF ALL WALKS OF LIFE. OVER 30 YEARS HAVE GONE BY SINCE THE LAST OVERHAUL OF OUR NATION'S TAX SYSTEM, AND IN THAT TIME OUR TAX CODE HAS BECOME ONE OF THE MOST COMPLICATED, UP FAIR AND UNCOMPETITIVE IN THE WORLD. AND TODAY IT'S IMPACTING NEARLY EVERY ASPECT OF AMERICANS' LIVES AND NOT FOR THE BETTER. THE OVERWHELMING COMPLEXITY OF TODAY'S SYSTEM FORCES AMERICAN TAXPAYERS TO SPEND BILLIONS OF HOURS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS EVERY YEAR JUST FILING THEIR TAXES. TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF CARVEOUTS AND LOOPHOLES GIVE FAVORITISM TO WASHINGTON'S SPECIAL INTERESTS WHILE HARDWORKING AMERICANS GET NOTHING BUT FRUSTRATION.

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                                              • 04:55:12 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE

                                              • 04:55:13 PM

                                                MR. BRADY

                                                AN ALZHEIMER'S TAX, BY REPEALING THE MEDICAL EXPENSE DEDUCTION.

                                              • 04:58:58 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                ALZHEIMER'S TAX, BY REPEALING THE MEDICAL EXPENSE DEDUCTION.

                                              • 04:59:02 PM

                                                MR. NEAL

                                                ALZHEIMER'S TAX, BY REPEALING THE MEDICAL EXPENSE DEDUCTION.

                                              • 04:59:08 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                ALZHEIMER'S TAX, BY REPEALING THE MEDICAL EXPENSE DEDUCTION.

                                              • 04:59:09 PM

                                                MR. NEAL

                                                ALZHEIMER'S TAX, BY REPEALING THE MEDICAL EXPENSE DEDUCTION. THIS CHANGE…

                                                ALZHEIMER'S TAX, BY REPEALING THE MEDICAL EXPENSE DEDUCTION. THIS CHANGE BASICALLY SCRAPS A FAMILY'S ABILITY TO RECEIVE FINANCIAL RELIEF WHEN DEALING WITH SERIOUS MEDICAL CONDITIONS. SO THINK OF IT THIS WAY. WE CELEBRATE ANNUALLY THE INCREASES IN LIFE HE CAN PECK TANSY IN AMERICA. 8 -- EXPECTANCY IN AMERICA. 80 FOR A MALE. 81 FOR A FEMALE. BUT WE HAVE TO ACKNOWLEDGE SOMETHING ELSE. MORE DEMENTIA AND MORE ALZHEIMER'S AS PEOPLE GROW OLDER IN AMERICA. THEIR DECISION, LET'S TAKE AWAY THE ABILITY OF INDIVIDUALS TO DEDUCT THOSE EXPENSES. THEY ALSO WANT TO WRITE OFF A VERY IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS AND THEIR ABILITY TO DEDUCT REAL PROPERTY TAX COSTS, UP TO $10,000. CONTRAST THIS WITH WHAT THESE TAX CUTS DO FOR THE WEALTHY. H.R. 1 REPEALS THE ESTATE TAX, WHICH IS PAID BY THAT NUMBER OF FAMILIES IN AMERICA. THEY'RE GOING TO REPEAL IT. I GUESS THE SLOGAN BECOMES, WE'RE RICH AND WE'RE NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE. THAT'S NOT A TAX ON CONRAD HILTON, IT'S A TAX ON PARIS HILTON, AND THAT'S WHAT WE SHOULD BE CONSIDERING WITH GREATER EFFORTS ON THEIR SIDE, TO FURTHER CONCENTRATE WEALTH. AND BY THE WAY, AN ISSUE I HAVE WORKED ON FOR DECADES HERE, SUCCESSFULLY. BECAUSE 27 MILLION MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES NO LONGER PAY ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX. BUT GUESS WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO DO. THEY'RE GOING TO ELIMINATE IT NOW FOR 4 1/2 OF THE RICHEST FAMILIES IN AMERICA. THEY'RE GOING TO TAKE AWAY THAT PAYMENT. THIS IS A MISSED OPPORTUNITY, MR. SPEAKER. THIS COULD HAVE BEEN DONE THE WAY CHAIRMAN BRADY INDICATED IN 1986. HEARINGS, MARKUPS, A GENUINE EFFORT TO FIND COMMON GROUND. ON OUR SIDE I'VE WAITED ALL THESE YEARS TO DO THIS AND TONIGHT WHAT YOU'RE WITNESSING AND TOMORROW THIS THEY NEED A VICTORY -- AND TOMORROW, THEY NEED A VICTORY. THAT'S WHAT THIS IS ABOUT. IT'S A VICTORY IN SEARCH OF A POLICY. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                              • 05:06:09 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                              • 05:06:38 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                THE GENTLEMAN VOIDS.

                                              • 05:06:39 PM

                                                MR. ROSKAM

                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. --

                                              • 05:06:42 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                              • 05:06:44 PM

                                                MR. ROSKAM

                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. BRADY. THIS IS NO MISSED…

                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. BRADY. THIS IS NO MISSED OPPORTUNITY. WHAT WE'RE WITNESSING IS THE SEIZING OF AN OPPORTUNITY. DURING THE DEBATE, OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, IN 25 HOURS OF MARKUP LAST WEEK, OFFERED AMENDMENT AFTER AMENDMENT AFTER AMENDMENT. I THINK IT WAS ABOUT 25 AMENDMENTS. AND YOU KNOW WHAT EVERY ONE OF THE AMENDMENTS DID, MR. SPEAKER? RESTORED THE STATUS QUO. PUT SOMETHING BACK IN, PUT ANOTHER THING BACK IN, DEFEND SOMETHING ELSE AND SO FORTH. THERE WAS NO COMPREHENSIVE OFFER OF AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN TRANSFORMATIONAL. THERE'S NO EXCLUSION HERE. WE DEBATED, WE ARE NOW HERE AND FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1986 WE'RE ON THE CUSP OF SEIZING AN OPPORTUNITY AND HAVING A TRANSFORMATIONAL MOMENT. AND HERE'S THE TRANSFORM. WHEN THE TAX CODE WAS -- TRANSFORMATION. WHEN THE TAX CODE WAS LAST AMENDED 30 YEARS AGO, THINK ABOUT, IT THE INTERNET DIDN'T EXIST AS A COMMERCIAL ENTERPRISE. YET IT HAS FULLY DEVELOPED. AND WE HAVE A TAX CODE THAT WAS BUILT FOR YESTERDAY. THE GLOBAL NATURE OF SUPPLY CHAINS, THEY WERE NOWHERE NEARLY AS INTRICATELY INTERLINKED AND YET WE HAVE A TAX CODE THAT WAS BUILT FOR YESTERDAY. THE SHARED ECONOMY, AIRBNB, UBER, LYFT, ALL OF THOSE THINGS DIDN'T EXIST, AND YET WE HAVE AN ECONOMY THAT WAS BUILT, WE HAVE A TAX CODE THAT WAS BUILT FOR YESTERDAY. WHO DOES THE STATUS QUO BENEFIT, MR. SPEAKER? IT BENEFITS THE FEW. IT BENEFITS THE PRIVILEGED. IT BENEFITS THE FOLKS AT THE TOP OF THE ECONOMIC SCALE OF THINGS. AND SO WHAT THIS IS DOING IS IT'S PROPOSING A VERY DIFFICULT APPROACH. IT SAYS, WE'RE GOING TO MAKE THE UNITED STATES THE MOST COMPETITIVE JURISDICTION IN THE WORLD, BY GIVING BUSINESS TAX RELIEF AND WELCOMING BACK COMMERCIAL ENTERPRISE AND GROWTH AND PROSPERITY AND INGENUITY AND INVESTMENT. THAT DOES WHAT? IT CREATES PAYCHECKS AND IT EXPANDS OPPORTUNITIES. KIDS GRADUATING FROM COLLEGE SHOULDN'T HAVE TO GRUB AROUND PIECING TOGETHER TWO JOBS AND LIVING IN THEIR PARENTS' BASEMENT. HOW ABSURD. WE CAN DO MUCH BETTER. WE'RE THE BIGGEST, BEST ECONOMY IN THE WORLD, AND IT'S TIME WE ACTED LIKE IT. THIS IS TRANSFORMATIONAL. AND TO LEAN BACK IN A -- AND AWAY FROM THIS AND SAY, OH, THIS TAX CODE IS A NATURAL DISASTER THAT IS JUST TOO BIG AND IT'S TOO OVERWHELMING, THAT WE CAN'T DEAL WITH, NONSENSE. WE FUNDAMENTALLY REJECT THAT. WE'RE GOING TO BE MEASURED IN THE FUTURE, MR. SPEAKER. BY THIS MOMENT. AND WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN BRADY FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN CREATING THIS, BECAUSE NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT. LET'S NOT DEFEND THE STATUS QUO. LET'S MOVE FORWARD AND LET'S TRANSFORM THIS ECONOMY. I YIELD BACK.

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                                              • 05:09:35 PM

                                                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 MASSACHUSETTS.

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                                              • 05:09:40 PM

                                                MR. NEAL

                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I AM FOR MAINTAINING THE STATUS QUO BY ALLOWING…

                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I AM FOR MAINTAINING THE STATUS QUO BY ALLOWING STUDENTS TO DEDUCT THEIR STUDENT LOAN INTEREST. I YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS.

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                                              • 05:09:52 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                              • 05:09:54 PM

                                                MS. SCHAKOWSKY

                                                THAT THE REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM GIVES MASSIVE TAX CUTS TO MILLIONAIRES AND…

                                                THAT THE REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM GIVES MASSIVE TAX CUTS TO MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES AND CORPORATIONS AND THEY DO IT IN PART BY INCREASING HEALTH CARE COSTS FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. OVER 36 MILLION MIDDLE CLASS HOUSEHOLDS WILL SEE A TAX HIKE UNDER THIS BILL. FAMILIES WITH BIG MEDICAL BILLS WILL TAKE THE HARDEST HIT. THAT'S BECAUSE AMERICANS WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO DEDUCT MAJOR MEDICAL EXPENSES SUCH AS CANCER TREATMENT OR ALZHEIMER'S FROM THEIR FEDERAL INCOME TAXES. THIS IS A MIDDLE CLASS TAX HIKE. SEVEN IN 10 HOUSEHOLDS USING THE MEDICAL EXPENSE DEDUCTION MAKE UNDER $75,000 A YEAR AND REPEALING THE DEDUCTION WOULD ESPECIALLY HURT SENIORS WHO USE IT FOR LONG-TERM CARE EXPENSES. THE BILL TAKES A SECOND SWIPE AT AMERICA'S SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. ACCORDING TO THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, BY NOT PAYING FOR TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY, REPUBLICANS WOULD TRIGGER AUTOMATIC CUTS TO MEDICARE, SLASHING $25 BILLION FROM MEDICARE IN 2018 ALONE. BUT THE $25 BILLION CUT TO MEDICARE IS JUST THE BEGINNING. THE SAME REPUBLICAN BUDGET THAT CLEARED THE WAY FOR A $1.1 TRILLION IN TAX CUTS FOR THE SUPER WEALTHY PROPOSED CUTTING MEDICARE AND MEDICAID, BY NO COINCIDENCE, BY $1.5 TRILLION. AND NOW SENATE REPUBLICANS WANT TO PAY FOR ADDITIONAL TAX CUTS BY REPEALING A KEY PART OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THIS CHANGE WOULD INCREASE THE NUMBER OF UNINSURED AMERICANS BY 13 MILLION AND INCREASE PREMIUMS BY 10%. MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, SENIORS STRUGGLING TO AFFORD HEALTH CARE, SHOULD NOT FOOT THE BILL FOR BILLIONAIRES TO GET A TAX CUT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO MAKE THE HEALTHY CHOICE FOR AMERICANS AND VOTE AGAINST THE REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                              • 05:12:07 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES…

                                                THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                              • 05:12:11 PM

                                                MR. BRADY

                                                MR. SPEAKER, I'M REALLY HONORED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF…

                                                MR. SPEAKER, I'M REALLY HONORED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TRADE SUBCOMMITTEE AND A CHAMPION FOR WORKING FAMILIES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON,

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                                              • 05:12:20 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                              • 05:12:22 PM

                                                MR. REICHERT

                                                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR YIELDING, AND I THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP.…

                                                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR YIELDING, AND I THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. AND BRINGING THIS TOUGH PIECE OF LEGISLATION, TOUGH, I MEAN, ONLY IN THE SENSE THAT IT HAS TAKEN YEARS TO PUT THIS TOGETHER. AND AT LEAST 40 HEARINGS ON THE LEGISLATION THAT'S PRESENTED TODAY. SO, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN I TRAVEL MY DISTRICT, FROM THE SUBURBS OF AUBURN, WASHINGTON, TO THE ORCHARDS, I HEAR THE SAME THING FROM MIDDLE INCOME, HARDWORKING FAMILIES, FROM THE APPLE GROWER, THE TECH ENTREPRENEUR, AND THE GROWING FAMILY. THEY WANT TO KEEP MORE OF THEIR HARD-EARNED MONEY. THEY PLAN FOR THE FUTURE, THEY WANT TO PLAN EVEN MORE. THEY WANT TO HAVE SOME CERTAINTY IN THEIR FUTURE. AND THEY WANT TO CARE FOR THOSE THEY LOVE. THEY DESERVE A PLAN THAT GIVES THEM THE OPPORTUNITY AT THEIR FIRST JOB. AND THEY DESERVE A CHANCE TO DECIDE HOW THEY WANT TO SPEND THEIR MONEY. IT'S THEIR MONEY. WHY WOULDN'T THEY DESERVE THAT CHANCE? THEY WANT A TAX CODE THAT'S SIMPLER, FAIRER, AND THAT WORKS FOR THEM. AND THEY WANT THE SAME BRIGHT FUTURE FOR THEIR CHILDREN. THIS IS A BILL THAT'S NOT JUST A TAX BILL, BUT IT'S A BILL THAT REIGNITES, IN MY OPINION, THE BELIEF IN THE AMERICAN DREAM. IN THE EIGHTH DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON STATE, THE MEDIAN INCOME FAMILY OF FOUR WILL RECEIVE A TAX CUT OF $3,654. AND IN WASHINGTON STATE, 21,875 NEW JOBS WILL BE CREATED. THIS PLAN WILL CHANGE LIVES IT. WILL ENERGIZE OUR ECONOMY -- LIVES. IT WILL ENERGIZE OUR ECONOMY AND GET OUR ECONOMY BOOMING AGAIN. AS WE WENT THROUGH THIS PROCESS, I ASKED MYSELF SEVERAL QUESTIONS. OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS, TO BE HONEST WITH YOU. HERE ARE THE QUESTIONS. WILL THIS PLAN MAKE THE AMERICAN ECONOMY BOOM AGAIN? WILL THIS PLAN CREATE JOBS IN AMERICA? WILL THIS PLAN INCREASE PAYCHECKS? WILL THIS PLAN PUT MORE MONEY IN THE POCKETS OF HARDWORKING AMERICANS? AND WILL THIS PLAN MAKE THE TAX CODE FAIRER AND SIMPLER? AND THE ANSWER I CAME TO, AND I THINK THAT AMERICANS WILL COME TO, MR. SPEAKER, THE ANSWER IS A RESOUNDING YES. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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                                                MR. NEAL

                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS BILL PHASES OUT THE DEDUCTIONS THAT BENEFIT…

                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS BILL PHASES OUT THE DEDUCTIONS THAT BENEFIT MIDDLE INCOME FAMILIES. WITH THAT, I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS FOR TWO MINUTES,

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                                                MR. SCHNEIDER

                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE ABSOLUTELY MUST REFORM OUR OUTDATED AND OVERLY…

                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE ABSOLUTELY MUST REFORM OUR OUTDATED AND OVERLY COMPLEX TAX CODE. WITH THE CURRENT BILL THIS HOUSE IS CONSIDERING -- BUT THE CURRENT BILL THIS HOUSE IS CONSIDERING IS NOT THE WAY TO DO IT. I'VE HEARD FROM CONSTITUENTS AND LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS ABOUT HOW THIS PLAN WILL HURT THEM AND THEIR COMMUNITIES. RATHER THAN LIFTING OUR ECONOMY AND MAKING OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES STRONGER, THIS BILL BEFORE US IS AN UNFAIR AND FISCALLY RECKLESS STEP BACKWARDS. . THIS PUTS A REAL BURDEN ON THE RESIDENTS OF STATES LIKE ILLINOIS. ONE IN THREE ILLINOIS TAXPAYERS USES THE SALT DEDUCTION. LET'S BE CLEAR. THE SALT DEDUCTION IS NOT A TAX BREAK FOR THE VERY WEALTHY. IT'S USED BY THE HARDWORKING AMERICAN FAMILIES WE NEED TO BE HELPING WITH TAX REFORM, NOT HURTING. I'M ALSO PROFOUNDLY CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT THIS REFORM MEANS FOR OUR GROW DEBT. AN ADDITIONAL $2.3 TRILLION IN DEBT IS IRRESPONSIBLE IN THE EXTREME. BURDENING OUR CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN WITH THE CONSEQUENCES. AND NOW WITH THE MOST RECENT SENATE VERSION, THE G.O.P. IS TAKING AIM AT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, REPEALING THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE WITHOUT A WORKABLE REPLACEMENT TO FURTHER REDUCE ENROLLMENT IN THE INDIVIDUAL HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETS, MAKING COVERAGE MORE EXPENSIVE MORE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS AND THEIR FAMILIES. THERE ARE THINGS WE CAN DO TO IMPROVE THE A.C.A. FOR EXAMPLE, DELAYING THE LOOMING TAXES ON MEDICAL DEVICES AND HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUMS HAS BROAD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. WE SHOULD BE FOCUSED ON SOLUTIONS LIKE THESE AND IMPROVE, NOT JUST DISMANTLE THE A.C.A. BUT DESPITE OUR WILLINGNESS TO WORK ACROSS THE AISLE, THERE WAS VIRTUALLY NO BIPARTISAN ENGAGEMENT ON THE PLAN THIS HOUSE IS RUSHING TO VOTE ON. BUT IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO CHANGE COURSE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO TAKE THE TIME FOR FULL DELIBERATION IN A COMPLETE AND BIPARTISAN PROCESS. TOGETHER WE CAN PRODUCE REAL TAX REFORM THAT IS FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE. PRIORITIZES THE MIDDLE CLASS AND GROWS OUR ECONOMY FOR THE NEXT GENERATION. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                MR. BRADY

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

                                                MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HUMAN RESOURCES SUBCOMMITTEE AND CHAMPION FOR AGRICULTURE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, MR. SMITH.

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                                                MR. SMITH

                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. CHAIRMAN BRADY, THANK YOU FOR THE TIME AND FOR…

                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. CHAIRMAN BRADY, THANK YOU FOR THE TIME AND FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AS WE CONTINUE OUR EFFORTS TO PASS THIS HISTORIC LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, AFTER NEARLY SEVEN YEARS OF WORK IN THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE AND MORE THAN 31 YEARS SINCE OUR LAST TRUE TAX REFORM, MANY HEARINGS ALONG THE WAY, IT IS TIME TO PASS HISTORIC COMPREHENSIVE TAX REFORM. OUR CURRENT TAX CODE IS ANTIQUATED, AS WE KNOW. IT'S COMPLEX AND IT IGNORES MANY OF THE IMPROVEMENTS AND COMPETITIVENESS WHICH HAVE BEEN ADOPTED BY EVERY OTHER MAJOR ECONOMY WORLDWIDE. THE TIME FOR TAX REFORM IS NOW. OTHERS HAVE ALREADY OUTLINED MANY OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS BILL, BUT I THINK THEY WARRANT MENTIONING AGAIN. SIMPLIFIED COMPLIANCE AND RATES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES MEANS MORE THAN 95% OF AMERICANS WILL BE ABLE TO FILE THEIR RETURNS ON A POSTCARD. LOWER RATES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANT ROLE THEY PLAY AS JOB CREATORS IN OUR ECONOMY. A 20% TOP CORPORATE TAX RATE AND TRANSITIONING TO A TERRITORIAL SYSTEM WILL ENSURE OUR BUSINESSES REMAIN COMPETITIVE WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD. IN ADDITION TO LOWER RATES, EXPANDED EXPENSING WILL FURTHER ENCOURAGE ENTREPRENEURS TO INVEST IN CAPITAL TO GROW THEIR BUSINESSES AND FULL REPEAL OF THE DEATH TAX, INCLUDING THE CONTINUATION OF STEPPED UP BASIS WILL ENSURE OUR NATION'S FARMERS, RANCHERS AND SMALL MANUFACTURERS CAN CONTINUE TO CREATE OPPORTUNITY FOR GENERATIONS TO COME WITHOUT THE THREAT OF DOUBLE TAXATION. OUR TAX CODE SHOULDN'T REWARD BUSINESSES AND INVESTORS BECAUSE THEY HIRED ACCOUNTANTS AND LAWYERS TO HELP THEM AVOID TAXES AND THE ESTATE TAX DOES EXACTLY THAT RIGHT NOW. I THINK IT IS EQUALLY IMPORTANT TO PRAISE WHAT THE BILL LEAVES ALONE IN THE TAX CODE. WITH OUR IMPENDING ENTITLEMENT CRISIS, WE WANT AMERICANS TO SAVE EVERYTHING THEY CAN FOR RETIREMENT. THIS BILL LEAVES THOSE INCENTIVES INTACT. IT ALSO EXCLUDES A PROPOSAL WHICH HAD INITIALLY BEEN INCLUDED IN THE BILL TO APPLY SELF-EMPLOYMENT TAXES TO RENTAL INCOME. THIS COULD HAVE HAD SERIOUS REPERCUSSIONS FOR AG LAND RENTAL AND I'M GLAD IT WAS DROPPED AND I PARTICULARLY APPRECIATE HOW IT DEBATES STATE AND LOCAL TAXES FOR BUSINESSES AND RANCHERS. THEY HAVE MADE GREAT STRIDES ON A PER ACRE BASIS BUT LAND REMAINS A PRIMARY INPUT AS THEY WORK TO FIELD THE WORLD. ENSURING THE PROPERTY TAX ON LAND AND PRODUCTION REMAINS DEDUCTIBLE AS A BUSINESS COST IS VITAL TO THEIR CONTINUED SUCCESS. THIS IS THE MOMENT TO FINALLY PROVIDE THE TAX RELIEF AMERICANS HAVE BEEN ASKING FOR AND TO MAKE OUR COUNTRY COMPETITIVE AGAIN. I URGE THE PASSAGE OF THIS PRO-GROWTH BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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                                                MR. NEAL

                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MORE THAN 100,000 NEBRASKA HOUSEHOLDS MAKING OVER…

                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MORE THAN 100,000 NEBRASKA HOUSEHOLDS MAKING OVER $137,000 A YEAR WILL SEE A TAX INCREASE UNDER THIS BILL. WITH THAT, MY REALLY GOOD FRIEND FROM SOMMERVILLE, MASSACHUSETTS, MR. CAPUANO IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                                MR. CAPUANO

                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. GUYS, I'M A…

                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. GUYS, I'M A FORMER TAX LAWYER. MY WIFE IS A PRACTICING C.P.A. WE'VE HEARD THIS BEFORE, SIMPLIFICATION IS GOING TO HELP. IT HAS NEVER PUT A SINGLE ACCOUNTANT OUT OF BUSINESS AND IT WON'T DO IT NOW. IT IS ANOTHER POT OF THE BIG SCAM GOING ON. WHY? SURE, I'LL PUT A TAX BREAK OUT OF THIS. SOME CONSTITUENTS WILL. BUT WHAT DO WE GET IN RETURN? WE DON'T GET HEALTH CARE. WE DON'T GET BETTER ROADS. WE DON'T GET BETTER EDUCATION, BUT WE DO EMPLOYEE ADVISE A $5,000 TO $10,000 -- BUT WE DO HAVE A $5,000 TO $10,000. NO MORE MEDICAL DEDUCTION FOR YOU. WE TELL OUR CURRENT GRADUATE STUDENTS, TOO BAD, NO DEDUCTIONS FOR YOU. AND ON AND ON. AND BY THE WAY, WE HAVE A NEW PROVISION IN HERE THAT I LIKE TO CALL THE DYNASTY PROTECTION ACT. WHY? BECAUSE IF YOU HAVE A DYNASTY, IF YOU ARE WORTH $30 MILLION, $40 MILLION, $50 MILLION, $100 MILLION, YOUR CHILDREN GET TO KEEP IT ALL. NOT BECAUSE THEY'VE DONE ANYTHING, BUT BECAUSE THEY WON THE GENETIC LOTTERY. GOOD FOR THEM. AND THEN, IF THEY DO GET UP OFF THEIR BUTT AND GET A JOB, MAYBE START A HEDGE FUND WITH ALL THE MONEY THEY INHERITED, THEY GET ANOTHER TAX CREDIT BY NOT TOUCHING THE TAX -- SPECIAL TAX DEALS YOU HAVE FOR HEDGE FUND MANAGERS. AND IF THEY EARN A LITTLE EXTRA MONEY, THEY GET TO KEEP MORE OF IT BECAUSE THERE'S NO ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX LEFT. I KNOW THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL PARTICULARLY APPRECIATE THAT PROVISION BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW THE ONLY TAX RETURN WE'VE SEEN, THE A.M.T. COST HIM $31 MILLION. SO THANK YOU FROM THE RICH. NOW, I DON'T HAVE ANY PROBLEM WITH PEOPLE BEING WEALTHY. I REPRESENT MANY OF THEM. THEY DON'T WANT THIS TAX CUT BECAUSE THEY KNOW IT'S BAD FOR AMERICA. AND AS A FINAL INSULT, THE CORPORATE TAX YOU HAVE --

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                                              • 05:22:28 PM

                                                MR. NEAL

                                                I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN.

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                                                MR. CAPUANO

                                                THE CORPORATE TAX YOU HAVE ENCOURAGES BUSINESSES TO SEND JOBS OFF-SHORE BY…

                                                THE CORPORATE TAX YOU HAVE ENCOURAGES BUSINESSES TO SEND JOBS OFF-SHORE BY NOT TAXING PROFITS MADE OFF-SHORE WHEN THEY EXPAND JOBS, IF THEY DO. THEY'LL DO IT OFF-SHORE, NOT HERE IN AMERICA, AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING.

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                                                MR. BRADY

                                                MASSACHUSETTS WILL GAIN 24,000 JOBS. FAMILIES WILL SEE A $3,000 INCREASE…

                                                MASSACHUSETTS WILL GAIN 24,000 JOBS. FAMILIES WILL SEE A $3,000 INCREASE IN THEIR PAYCHECKS. I AM PROUD TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO A KEY MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE AND LEADER IN TECHNOLOGY AND EMPLOYEE STOCK OPTIONS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. PAULSEN.

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                                                MR. PAULSEN

                                                WELL, I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A…

                                                WELL, I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A GENERATION MIDDLE INCOME AND HARDWORKING AMERICANS WILL HAVE A TAX CODE THAT WORKS FOR THEM RATHER THAN AGAINST THEM. IT'S BEEN 30 LONG YEARS SINCE WE'VE FIXED OUR BROKEN TAX SYSTEM AND IN THAT TIME OUR TAX CODE HAS BECOME ONE THE MOST COMPLICATED IN THE WORLD. IT'S LED TO A STAGNANT ECONOMY AND SLUGGISH GROWTH. AMERICAN BUSINESSES OF ALL SIZES HAVE SOME OF THE HIGHEST TAX RATES IN THE WORLD, SENDING OUR JOBS, OUR MANUFACTURING, OUR RESEARCH AND OUR HEADQUARTERS OVERSEAS. AND YOU KNOW, THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY HASN'T BEEN ALL THAT GREAT SINCE THE GREAT RECESSION. NOT THAT GREAT FOR A LOT OF AMERICANS. HALF THE POPULATION IS LIVING PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK. MANY EITHER HAVE OR ARE AT RISK OF HAVING A LOWER STANDARD OF LIVING THAN THEIR PARENTS. YOUNG PEOPLE LIKE MY DAUGHTER'S GENERATION WILL GO BACKWARDS IF THIS COUNTRY IS NOT FUNDAMENTALLY MORE COMPETITIVE. AND SENIORS AND THOSE BABY BOOMERS PREPARING FOR RETIREMENT WITH A LIFETIME OF SAVINGS ARE NOW AT RISK AND THE REFORMS IN THIS BILL TODAY WILL HELP MIDDLE INCOME FAMILIES THAT WANT TO SAVE FOR THE FUTURE AND IMPROVE THEIR OWN STANDARD OF LIVING. THE BILL FOCUSES ON HELPING SMALL BUSINESSES, MAIN STREET, MINNESOTA BUSINESSES WITH A SIMPLER, CLEARER AND FAIRER TAX CODE THAT'S CRITICAL FOR JOB CREATION. IT LOWERS SMALL BUSINESS RATES TO 25% AND EVEN PROVIDES A 9% RATE FOR THE SMALLEST MAIN STREET STARTUPS. MODERNIZING THE TAX CODE IS ESSENTIAL TO ALLOWING AMERICAN BUSINESSES OF ALL SIZES TO COMPETE AROUND THE WORLD AND BRING THOSE JOBS HOME. WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO SELL WHERE THE CUSTOMERS ARE AND 95% OF THE WORLD'S CUSTOMERS ARE OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES. THE INTERNATIONAL REFORMS IN THIS BILL WILL INCENTIVIZE BUSINESSES TO BRING THEIR MONEY HOME TO INVEST IN OUR COMMUNITIES. AND THIS BILL INCLUDES BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT I AUTHORED, THE EMPOWERING EMPLOYEES THROUGH STOCK OWNERSHIP ACT, WHICH HELPS THOSE ENTREPRENEURS AND STARTUPS ATTRACT AND RETAIN TALENT. HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS, MR. SPEAKER, DESERVE A TAX CODE THAT IS SIMPLER, FLATTER AND FAIRER SO THAT EVERY AMERICAN FAMILY AND EMPLOYER CAN FILE THEIR TAXES WITHOUT HAVING TO HIRE AN ARMY OF LAWYERS AND ACCOUNTANTS. SO MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE A CHOICE. THE CHOICE FOR AMERICANS. WE CAN TRULY GROW THE ECONOMY AND PUT OURSELVES BACK ON THE PATH TO REAL PROSPERITY OR WE CAN CONTINUE TO CONTINUE THE ACTUAL TREND WE HAVE RIGHT NOW OF WEEK ECONOMIC GROWTH WHICH ONLY BENEFITS THE FEW AND THE PRIVILEGED AND WILL DO NOTHING FOR REGULAR FOLKS WHEN THE NEXT ECONOMIC DOWNTURN HITS. TAX REFORM FOR ME IS ABOUT ONE THING AND ONE THING ONLY. IT'S ABOUT RESTORING HOPE FOR A PROSPEROUS FUTURE, AND FOR OUR CHILDREN. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS GUIDING LEADERSHIP THROUGH THIS EFFORT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                MR. NEAL

                                                40% OF MR. PAULSEN'S CONSTITUENTS USE THE SALT DEDUCTION. I YIELD TO THE…

                                                40% OF MR. PAULSEN'S CONSTITUENTS USE THE SALT DEDUCTION. I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, A VALUED MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, CONGRESSMAN RON KIND.

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                                              • 05:26:20 PM

                                                MR. KIND

                                                LEARN TO -- WITH GREAT SUSPICION. THE CHECK IS IN THE MAIL. IT'S NOT YOU,…

                                                LEARN TO -- WITH GREAT SUSPICION. THE CHECK IS IN THE MAIL. IT'S NOT YOU, IT'S ME. I HAVE HAD JUST A FEW DRINKS. I'M FINE WITH DRIVING. AND NOW WE HAVE TO ADD, THAT, DON'T WORRY, LARGE TAX CUTS FOR THE MOST WEALTHY WILL PAY FOR THEMSELVES AND I'M A FISCALLY CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN WHO CARES ABOUT DEBT AND DEFICITS. A JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION HAS DETERMINED THAT WITH INTEREST PAYMENTS, THIS BILL WILL ADD OVER $2.3 TRILLION WITH A T TO OUR NATIONAL DEBT OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. THAT'S WHY LAST WEEK IN COMMITTEE I WAS OFFERING AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD EXPANDED THE ENDANGERED SPECIES LIST TO INCLUDE FISCALLY CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS BECAUSE YOUR VOTE ON THIS BILL WILL MAKE YOU EXTINCT. AND WHAT'S UNFORTUNATE IS UNLIKE PAST TAX CUTS THAT WEREN'T PAID FOR, WE'VE RUN OUT OF TIME. WE KNOW LONGER HAVE THE LUXURY OF TIME TO RECOVER FROM A HUGE FISCAL MISTAKE. NOT WITH 70 MILLION BABY BOOMERS BEGINNING THEIR MASSIVE RETIREMENT, 10,000 A DAY JOINING SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE. THOSE PROGRAMS AND THE SOLVENCY OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE WILL BE IN JEOPARDY WITH ANOTHER $2.3 TRILLION OF DEBT OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. AND WHAT'S UNFORTUNATE, IT DIDN'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY. THERE WAS BIPARTISAN INTEREST IN SIMPLIFYING THE CODE, MAKING IT MORE COMPETITIVE, BROADENING THE BASE, MAKING IT FAIRER FOR WORKING FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESSES AND FAMILY FARMERS, BUT DOING IT IN A FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE WAY. AND ASKING 34 MILLION AMERICANS TO ACCEPT A TAX INCREASE TO PAY FOR A 43% MARGINAL RATE REDUCTION TO THE LARGEST COMPANIES IS HARDLY RESPONSIBLE AND IT'S HARDLY FAIR. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO LET'S TAKE A DIFFERENT APPROACH AND REJECT THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                MR. BRADY

                                                MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIR OF THE BUDGET…

                                                MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIR OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE WHO CLEARED THE PATH FOR THIS PRO-GROWTH TAX REFORM, THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE,

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                                                MRS. BLACK

                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I WANT TO THANK MY CHAIRMAN FOR HIS ENDLESS…

                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I WANT TO THANK MY CHAIRMAN FOR HIS ENDLESS HOURS OF WORK ON LISTENING, LISTENING, LISTENING TO EVERYDAY PEOPLE, LISTENING TO SMALL BUSINESSES, LISTENING TO LARGE BUSINESSES, LISTENING TO HOW WHAT WE PUT IN THIS BILL WAS GOING TO AFFECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO AT THE END OF THE DAY ARE GOING TO BE THE WINNERS. SO IT'S BEEN MORE THAN THREE DECADES SINCE CONGRESS HAS WORKED WITH THE WHITE HOUSE TO MODERNIZE OUR NATION'S VERY CONFUSING AND COMPLICATED TAX SYSTEM. JUST ASK ANYBODY WHO HAS FILED THEIR TAXES ON THEIR OWN. WE ARE CLOSER TO CHANGING THAT DAY WITH H.R. 1, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. WITH THIS BUDGET -- WITH THE BUDGET PASSED IN BOTH CHAMBERS AND LAST WEEK'S PRODUCTIVE MARKUP IN THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, TAX RELIEF IS ON THE HORIZON. WITH THIS LEGISLATION, REPUBLICANS CLEARLY RECOGNIZE THE NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT OUR HEAVY TAX BURDEN WEIGHING DOWN THE HARDWORKING AMERICAN AND HOLDING BACK JOB CREATORS. WE ALSO RECOGNIZE THE NEED TO BRING SIMPLICITY TO THE TAX CODE. AND IN OUR TAX REFORM PLAN, WE WILL HELP LOW AND MIDDLE-INCOME AMERICANS SEE MORE OF THEIR HARD-EARNED PAYCHECKS BY LOWERING THE TAX RATES AND NEARLY DOUBLING THE STANDARD DEDUCTION FOR INDIVIDUALS AND MARRIED COUPLES. FOR INSTANCE, FOR AN AVERAGE MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILY OF FOUR, THAT TRANSLATES TO A $1,200 TAX CUT. NOW, I'LL TELL YOU THAT IS REAL MONEY. AND WE ALSO ESTABLISH A NEW FAMILY CREDIT THAT RAISES THE CHILD TAX CREDIT AND INTRODUCES NEW CREDITS FOR FAMILY MEMBERS AND OTHER DEPENDENTS. THE TAX CODE WILL ALSO BECOME LESS CONFUSING, MAKING IT POSSIBLE FOR MOST AMERICANS TO FILE THEIR TAXES ON A SINGLE POSTCARD. OUR PLAN RIGHTLY PROVIDES TAX RELIEF FOR JOB CREATORS, EMPOWERING ENTREPRENEURS AND SMALL BUSINESSES TO CONTINUE OPENING AND OPERATING ON MAIN STREET. FOR MY HOME STATE OF TENNESSEE, H.R. 1 WILL ALLOW SEE FAMILIES SEE AN $1,200 -- MR. CHAIRMAN, MAY HAVE I ANOTHER 15 SECONDS?

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                                                MR. BRADY

                                                I YIELD THE GENTLELADY ANOTHER 15 SECONDS.

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                                                MRS. BLACK

                                                ACCORDING TO THE TAX FOUNDATION, THIS BILL WOULD ALSO MEAN 20,000 NEW JOBS…

                                                ACCORDING TO THE TAX FOUNDATION, THIS BILL WOULD ALSO MEAN 20,000 NEW JOBS FOR MY STATE. THIS WILL PROVIDE A WELCOME JOLT TO OUR ECONOMY WHICH IS BADLY IN NEED FOLLOWING EIGHT YEARS OF LACKLUSTER ECONOMY UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. WITHOUT QUESTION, TAX REFORM IS A CHALLENGE BUT THE BENEFITS OF SEEING IT THROUGH WILL BE FELT FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. WE CANNOT MISS THIS HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                                                THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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                                                MR. NEAL

                                                OVER 223,000 TENNESSEE HOUSEHOLD ALSO SEE A TAX INCREASE WITH THIS BILL. .…

                                                OVER 223,000 TENNESSEE HOUSEHOLD ALSO SEE A TAX INCREASE WITH THIS BILL. . I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, A LEADER ON -- CONNECTICUT, A LEADER ON THE COMMITTEE.

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                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 1. I WANT TO…

                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 1. I WANT TO THANK MR. NEAL FOR HIS TIRELESS LEADERSHIP, POINTING OUT THE TRAIL OF BROKEN PROMISES THAT ARE IN THIS BILL FOR MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES WHO WILL PAY DEARL WITH HIGHER COSTS FOR HEALTH CARE -- DEARLY, WITH HIGHER COSTS FOR HEALTH CARE, HOME OWNERSHIP AND IN MEAP CASES FEDERAL TAXES.

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                                              • 05:31:51 PM

                                                MR. COURTNEY

                                                I WOULD LIKE TO ZERO IN ON THE BROKEN PROMISE THE BILL REPRESENTS TO…

                                                I WOULD LIKE TO ZERO IN ON THE BROKEN PROMISE THE BILL REPRESENTS TO GROWING THE U.S. ECONOMY, WHICH HAS A DESPERATE SHORTAGE OF SKILLED WORKERS. THE OBLITERATION OF STUDENT LOAN INTEREST DEDUCTION, WHICH WILL ADD $24 BILLION TO THE COST OF HIGHER EDUCATION, THE TAXATION OF GRADUATE STUDENTS' TUITION WAIVERS, 60% OF WHICH ARE CONCENTRATED IN STEM CURRICULUM, AND THE ELIMINATION OF TAX-FREE EMPLOYER-FUNDED TUITION ASSISTANCE TO ENHANCE WORKPLACE SKILLS OFTEN USING APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS MOVES THIS COUNTRY IN EXACTLY THE WRONG DIRECTION TO CLOSE THE SKILLS GAP IN OUR WORK FORCE, WHICH WE ALL KNOW, EVERY MEMBER IN THIS BODY HAS HEARD ABOUT FROM EMPLOYERS BACK HOME. INDEED, AMERICA'S C.E.O.'S TOLD THE PRESIDENT LAST FEBRUARY AT A WHITE HOUSE MANUFACTURING SUMMIT, JOBS EXIST, SKILLS DON'T. IN FACT, THE TRUMP LABOR DEPARTMENT REPORTED 6.1 MILLION JOB OPENINGS IN THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER, A NEAR RECORD HIGH. SADLY THIS ANTI-GROWTH TAX BILL ROBS AMERICAN JOB SEEKERS AND EMPLOYERS OF THE TOOLS TO FILL THOSE JOBS, IRONICALLY DURING NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP WEEK. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE THE MEMBERS OF THIS BODY TO VOTE NO AND 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 TEXAS.

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                                                MR. BRADY

                                                MR. SPEAKER, PROUD TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO ONE OF THE KEY MEMBERS OF OUR…

                                                MR. SPEAKER, PROUD TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO ONE OF THE KEY MEMBERS OF OUR TAX POLICY SUBCOMMITTEE, AND CHAMPION FOR WORKING MEN AND WOMEN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. MEEHAN.

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                                                MR. MEEHAN

                                                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES…

                                                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY THAT WE HAVE BEFORE US. AS I TRAVEL ACROSS MY DISTRICT, I HEAR FROM FAMILIES THAT ARE STRUGGLING TO GET AHEAD. I HEAR FROM FAMILIES THAT CAN'T MAKE ENDS MEET MOST MONTHS, THEY DON'T HAVE A WHOLE LOT LEFT OVER, IN FACT, 63% OF AMERICAN FAMILIES DON'T HAVE $500 TO HANDLE AN EMERGENCY. I HEAR FROM BUSINESSES THAT SAY THEY'D LOVE TO BE ABLE TO HIRE, EXPAND OR BUY THAT NEW PIECE OF EQUIPMENT, BUT THEY JUST DON'T HAVE THE CASH TO DO IT. OUR TAX CODE IS TAKING TOO MANY DOLLARS FROM PENNSYLVANIA AND SENDING IT TO WASHINGTON. IT'S SENDING GOOD-PAYING MIDDLE CLASS JOBS OVERSEAS AND IT'S HOLDING OUR ECONOMY BACK AND IT'S MAKING IT HARDER FOR SO MANY TO GET AHEAD. THIS IS OUR CHANCE TO CHANGE THE STATUS QUO. WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO JUMP-START OUR ECONOMY AND LET MORE HARDWORKING FAMILIES KEEP WHAT THEY EARN. WE REWRITE THE TAX CODE FOR AMERICAN JOB WORKERS, TAKING AWAY INCENTIVES TO SEND JOBS OVERSEAS, TO PUT MORE AMERICANS TO WORK AS BUSINESSES EXPAND AND INVEST HERE. AMERICAN TAX CUTS FOR AMERICAN WORKERS WITH AMERICAN JOBS. WE GIVE THESE SMALL BUSINESSES A BREAK. THE MOM AND POP SHOPS THAT EMPLOY PENNSYLVANIANS. WE GIVE ENTREPRENEURS WHO HAVE SO MUCH INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY A WIDER CUSHION TO TAKE A RISK. WE'RE PUTTING MORE MONEY IN THE POCKETS OF HARDWORKING FAMILIES. WE'RE DOUBLING THE STANDARD DEDUCTION, WHICH MEANS THAT 94% OF TAXPAYERS WON'T NEED TO ITEMIZE AT ALL. LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN. 94% OF TAXPAYERS WON'T EVEN NEED TO ITEMIZE AT ALL. BY EXPANDING THE CHILD TAX CREDIT AND CREATING A NEW $300 CREDIT FOR PARENTS AND INDEPENDENT CHILDREN, WE PUT AN ADDITIONAL $1,800 IN THE POCKETS OF EVERY FAMILY OF FOUR. THAT'S MONEY THAT THEY CAN USE AS THEY SEE FIT. AND WE'VE STREAMLINED THE MAZE OF EDUCATION TAX CREDITS THAT INCLUDED IN MY BIPARTISAN BILL APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS THAT CAN NOW BE MADE AFFORDABLE. THE TAXPAYERS I HEAR FROM SAY THEY WANT TO PAY LESS IN TAXES, NOT MORE. IF LIMITING SOME DEDUCTIONS AND LOWERING YOUR RATES MEANS YOUR TAX BILL IS LOWER AT THE END OF THE YEAR, THAT'S A GOOD DEAL FOR TAXPAYERS. WE OWE IT TO THE HARDWORKING TAX PAYING FAMILIES WE REPRESENT TO DELIVER THAT. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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                                                MR. NEAL

                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ALL THOSE PROJECTS IN PHILADELPHIA THAT ARE ABOUT…

                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ALL THOSE PROJECTS IN PHILADELPHIA THAT ARE ABOUT TO COME TO AN END WITH THE ABOLITION OF THE HORRISER TO -- HISTORIC TAX CREDIT. WITH THAT I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA WHO IS A C.P.A. AND A TAX ATTORNEY.

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                                                MR. SHERMAN

                                                BY 2027 ROUGHLY 1/3 OF MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES WILL BE PAYING MORE IN TAXES…

                                                BY 2027 ROUGHLY 1/3 OF MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES WILL BE PAYING MORE IN TAXES AND THAT AVERAGE FAMILY WILL BE PAYING $1,300 MORE. THE PERSONAL EXEMPTION, WORTH $4,150 PER PERSON IN THE FAMILY, THAT'S $21,000 FOR A FAMILY OF FIVE, THEY TAKE IT AWAY. THE MOVING EXPENSE DEDUCTION, IF YOU HAVE TO MOVE TO KEEP YOUR JOB, YOU DON'T GET TO DEDUCT THAT. BUT IF YOU MOVE A FACTORY TO CHINA, YOU GET TO DEDUCT ALL THE MOVING EXPENSES. STUDENT LOAN DEBT, THEY WON'T LET YOU DEDUCT IT. AS FOR THE EFFECT ON SIMPLICITY, MY HOME BOYS, MY C.P.A. AND TAX LAW HOME BOYS ARE GOING TO BE ROLLING IN BIG DOLLARS. BECAUSE JUST FROM THE PROVISIONS THAT DEFINE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PERSONAL SERVICE INCOME, PASSIVE INCOME, ACTIVE BUSINESS INCOME, THE LITIGATION AND PLANNING OPPORTUNITIES, TALK ABOUT COMPLEXITY, IT'S ALL THERE. AND MY HOME BOYS LOVE IT. WE CONCURRENTLY DEDUCT EXTRAORDINARY MEDICAL EXPENSES. THAT'S IMPORTANT TO THOSE WITH DISABILITIES AND FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. THEY WIPE IT OUT. THE EXTRAORDINARY CASUALTY LOSS DEDUCTION, THEY WIPE OUT, VERY IMPORTANT TO PEOPLE WHO FACE FLOODS AND FIRES. THEY CHANGE THE RULE SO WE DON'T HAVE ADEQUATE INDEXING FOR INFLATION, SO EVERYBODY'S PUSHED INTO A HIGHER TAX BRACKET BY INFLATION, EXCEPT THOSE AT THE VERY TOP, THEY ARE PROTECTED. BUT LOOK AT THE EFFECT ON OUR NATION'S ECONOMY. THIS IS A JOB-KILLING, DEFICIT-EXPLODING, GROWTH-REDUCING DISASTER. LOOK WHAT HAPPENED TO KANSAS. THESE POLICIES HAVE ALREADY DEVASTATED ONE OF OUR STATES. YOU'RE GOING TO BE -- TO BE TAKING $1.5 TRILLION OUT OF THE MONEY AVAILABLE FOR BUSINESS INVESTMENT. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL COME IN AND BORROW ALL THAT MONEY, LEAVING LESS MONEY FOR FACTORIES, FARMS AND HOMES. AND AS RON KIND POINTED OUT, THERE'S AN EXTRA $800 BILLION OF INTEREST ON TOP OF THAT JUST THE NEXT 10 YEARS. AND KEEP IN MIND, THIS INDEMREES OUR DEBT IS FOREVER YOUR GRANDCHILDREN WILL BE PAYING TAXES ON THIS DEBT. LOOK AT THE CHART. WE HAD THE POLICIES OF RONALD REAGAN FROM 1988 WHEN HIS 1986 LAW BECAME EFFECTIVE, THROUGH 1993. AND WE HAD 2.67% GROWTH. IN 1994 WE GOT CLINTON TAX POLICIES, WE EXPLODED TO OVER 4% ANNUAL GROWTH. THEN WITH GEORGE W. BUSH, WE DROPPED TO $1.-- 1.7%. THEN WHEN WE ADOPTED OBAMA TAX POLICIES, WHICH ARE IN FORCE TODAY, WE'RE BACK UP TO 2.2% ECONOMIC GROWTH. WHICH POLICIES GIVE YOU ECONOMIC GROWTH? LET'S LOOK INTERNATIONALLY. THEY SAY IF YOU'D MOVE -- THE -- YOU CAN MANUFACTURE AND PAY ZERO PERCENT ODGE THE PROFITS YOU -- ON THE PROFITS YOU EARN BY A FACTORY. BUT ONLY IF IT'S A FOREIGN FACTORY. FINALLY, MR. ZANDI, ONE OF THE TOP ECONOMISTS IN THE COUNTRY, TESTIFIED BEFORE A FINANCIALERS ARE COMMITTEE THAT THIS BILL -- FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE THAT THIS BILL MEANS DOUBLE-DIGIT DECLINES IN THE VALUE OF HOMES IN AMERICAN METROPOLITAN AREAS. WHAT AFFECT DOES THAT HAVE ON THE ZPHE WHO'S GOING TO GO OUT AND SPEND IN THE MIDDLE CLASS WHEN THEY'RE TOLD THAT THEY ARE -- THE EQUITY IN THEIR HOME HAS BEEN VIRTUALLY WIPED OUT? SO YOU CAN VOTE AGAINST THIS BILL BECAUSE IT'S UNFAIR OR YOU CAN VOTE AGAINST IT BECAUSE IT WOULD BE A CRUSHING WEIGHT ON OUR ECONOMY. BUT DON'T ENGAGE IN THE FANTASY THAT YOU CAN CUT TAXES AND MAKE IT UP THROUGH, QUOTE, ECONOMIC GROWTH.

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                                                MR. BRADY

                                                111,000 NEW JOBS AND PAYCHECKS INCREASE BY NEARLY $3,000. I'M PROUD TO…

                                                111,000 NEW JOBS AND PAYCHECKS INCREASE BY NEARLY $3,000. I'M PROUD TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM SOUTH DAKOTA, A CHAMPION OF FAMILY-OWNED FARMS AND BUSINESSES, MRS. NOEM.

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                                              • 05:40:46 PM

                                                MRS. NOEM

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

                                                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1. THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT OF 2017. WE HAVE WORKED HOURS, LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF HOURS, ON THIS LEGISLATION. AND I COMMEND CHAIRMAN BRADY AND THE STAFF OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE FOR ALL OF THEIR HARD WORK. MR. SPEAKER, WE'VE GONE THROUGH THIS BILL LINE BY LINE. I'VE PERSONALLY FOUGHT FOR POLICIES AND IDEAS IN THIS BILL, TO MAKE SURE IT WORKS FOR FAMILIES. TO MAKE SURE IT INCREASES WAGES. AND CREATES MORE OPPORTUNITY FOR FOLKS ALL ACROSS AMERICA. AND MY GOAL IN THIS WAS TWO-FOLD. NUMBER ONE, I WANTED TO STRENGTHEN FAMILIES. NUMBER TWO, I WANTED TO CREATE A STRONGER FUTURE FOR AMERICA. THIS TAX REFORM PACKAGE PUTS US WELL ON OUR WAY TO ACHIEVING THESE GOALS AND ACHIEVING SOME REMARKABLE WINS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I SAY THIS BECAUSE THIS PLAN SIMPLIFIES THE TAX CODE. IT SIMPLIFIES IT TO THE POINT THAT MOST PEOPLE CAN FILE THEIR TAXES ON A FORM THE SIZE OF A POSTCARD. IT ALSO GIVES SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER RATES. IT DRAMATICALLY EXPANDS THE CHILD TAX CREDIT, IT KEEPS THE CHILD CARE CREDIT, AND IT PROTECTS FLEXIBLE SPENDING BENEFITS. THESE PROVISIONS FOR WORKING FAMILIES WERE IMPORTANT TO ME. MY HOME STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA HAS THE HIGHEST RATE OF WORKING FAMILIES IN THE NATION. THE MOMS AND DADS IN MY STATE AREN'T WORKING JUST FOR FUN. THEY'RE WORKING TO PAY THE BILLS, TO PROVIDE FOR THEIR FAMILIES. THEY NEED MONEY TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE. TO PUT A ROOF ON THEIR KIDS' HEADS. AND THESE PROVISIONS ARE GOING TO HELP THEM. HELP THEM PAY THEIR BILLS, TAKE CARE OF THEIR KIDS, GO TO WORK, AND MAYBE, JUST MAYBE, GET A LITTLE EXTRA MONEY THAT THEY CAN TAKE THEIR KIDS OFF FOR A WEEKEND TO DO SOMETHING FUN TOGETHER. THAT'S IMPORTANT. AND WHEN THESE KIDS GROW UP, I WANT THEM TO BE ABLE TO FIND GOOD, HIGH-PAYING JOBS. SO I FOUGHT HARD TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR FARMERS, OUR RANCHERS AND OUR SMALL BUSINESSES COULD THRIVE UNDER THIS NEW TAX CODE. AND WE GOT SOME PRETTY BIG WINS FOR THOSE FOLKS. IN THIS BILL WE FULLY AND PERMANENTLY REPEALED THE DEATH TAX. THAT UN-AMERICAN, UNFAIR DOUBLE TAX. WE GIVE PEOPLE BETTER EXPENSING TOOLS. WE DRIVE DOWN THE RATE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES. IF WE'RE GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR KIDS CAN THRIVE, WE NEED TO CREATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THEM TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY CAN DO IT RIGHT HERE IN AMERICA. AND THIS TAX REFORM PACKAGE LETS HARDWORKING JOB CREATE DOERS THAT BETTER. MR. SPEAKER, I UNDERSTAND THAT NO TAX REFORM PLAN IS GOING TO BE PERFECT IN EVERYBODY'S EYES. BUT THIS PROPOSAL IS A STRONG STEP FORWARD. IT REFLECTS REAL, SUSTAINABLE POLICY CHANGES THAT ARE GOING TO LET PEOPLE KEEP MORE MONEY IN THEIR POCKETS. I'VE HEARD FROM MANY THROUGHOUT THIS DEBATE WHO HAVE SPOKEN UP AGAINST THESE TAX CUTS AND THESE REFORMS. PEOPLE WHO TRUST THE GOVERNMENT WITH THIS MONEY, MORE THAN THEY TRUST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MR. SPEAKER, I FUNDAMENTALLY DISAGREE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE MORE CONTROL OVER THEIR PAYCHECKS. THEY'VE WORKED HARD TO EARN THAT MONEY. THEY'VE TAKEN TIME AWAY FROM THEIR FAMILIES TO EARN THAT MONEY. THEY OUGHT TO BE THE ONES DECIDING HOW, WHERE AND WHEN TO SPEND IT. SO FOR THE PURPOSES OF STRENGTHENING FAMILIES, AND OFFERING FOLKS A STRONGER FUTURE HERE IN AMERICA, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 1. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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

                                                THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                MR. NEAL

                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. 38,000 SOUTH DAKOTA HOUSEHOLDS MAKING LESS THAN…

                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. 38,000 SOUTH DAKOTA HOUSEHOLDS MAKING LESS THAN $113,000 A YEAR WILL SEE A TAX INCREASE UNDER THIS LEGISLATION. WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE HIGHLY REGARDED GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, SON OF MASSACHUSETTS, MY FRIEND, MR. CONNOLLY.

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                                                MR. CONNOLLY

                                                I THANK THE SPEAKER AND I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR.…

                                                I THANK THE SPEAKER AND I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. NEAL. YOU CAN PUT ALL THE LIPSTICK YOU WANT ON THIS PIG, IT'S STILL A PIG. LET'S BE HONEST. THIS ISN'T TAX REFORM. THIS IS A CUT ON TAXES, CORPORATE AMERICA, CORPORATE FRIENDS AND MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, AND THEY HAD TO SQUEEZE ALL KIND OF THINGS IN TO JUSTIFY IT AND PAY FOR IT. AND THAT'S WHY YOU, THE MIDDLE CLASS, ARE GOING TO SUFFER. THAT'S WHY YOUR KIDS IN COLLEGE ARE GOING TO START PAYING, LOSING THEIR ABILITY TO DEDUCT INTEREST ON STUDENT LOANS AND THEY'RE GOING TO PAY TAXES ON WAIVED TUITION WHEN THEY GET A TEACHING ASSISTANT OR BENEFIT FROM THE UNIVERSITY. THAT'S WHY YOUR LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES ARE GOING TO LOSE TAX EXEMPTION FOR PUBLIC ACTIVITY BONDS THAT FUND TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES. THAT'S WHY 8.8 MILLION AMERICANS ARE GOING TO LOSE THE ABILITY TO DEDUCT MEDICAL COSTS AND GOOD LUCK TO FAMILIES WHO HAVE TO PUT PEOPLE IN NURSING HOMES FOR LONG-TERM CARE. PATIENTS SUFFERING DEMENTIA. HOW WILL THEY WORK THAT FINANCING OUT? WHEN THEY LOSE THIS DEDUCTION. AND HOW WILL THEY FEEL WHEN THEY KNOW THE REASON THEY'RE LOSING THIS DEDUCTION IS TO FINANCE A CORPORATE TAX RATE? AND WHAT ABOUT HOMEOWNERS? LOSING THE ABILITY TO DEDUCT MORTGAGE INTEREST OR TO HAVE A -- IT CAPPED ARTIFICIALLY SO CORPORATE AMERICA CAN GET THE BIGGEST TAX CUT IN HISTORY. AND OH, BY THE WAY, THEY GET TO CONTINUE TO DEDUCT STATE AND LOCAL TAXES AND OTHER KINDS OF FINANCIAL INTEREST-RELATED EXPENSES. BUT NOT YOU. . NOT YOU, THE MIDDLE CLASS. IT ADDS $1.5 TRILLION, AND THAT'S WITH DYNAMIC SCORING. DYNAMIC SCORING IS ANOTHER WAY OF SAYING WE CANNOT FUDGE THE REAL NUMBER. IT'S MORE THAN THAT. AT LEAST $200 BILLION MORE THAN THAT. AND I THOUGHT MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WERE FISCAL HAWKS, DEDICATED TO MAKING SURE WE DIDN'T HAVE DEFICITS. THIS IS AN INCONSISTENT BILL. THIS WILL HARM MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICA. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT THIS BILL AND LET'S START OVER IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

                                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                MR. BRADY

                                                MR. SPEAKER, CONSTITUENTS IN VIRGINIA DISTRICT 11, AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD…

                                                MR. SPEAKER, CONSTITUENTS IN VIRGINIA DISTRICT 11, AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD $136,000 WITH TWO KIDS WILL SEE A TAX CUT OF $5,008. I AM PROUD TO INTRODUCE AND YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. BARR.

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                                              • 05:47:12 PM

                                                MR. BARR

                                                THANK YOU. I RISE TODAY TO ENGAGE IN A COLLOQUY AND I WANT TO FIRST…

                                                THANK YOU. I RISE TODAY TO ENGAGE IN A COLLOQUY AND I WANT TO FIRST COMMEND CHAIRMAN BRADY AND THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING WORK ON THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT WHICH WILL PROVIDE TAX RELIEF TO MILLIONS OF HARDWORKING FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES. I'D LIKE TO ADDRESS A SMALL PROVISION IN THE BILL THAT INADVERTENTLY IMPACTS A SMALL PRIVATE COLLEGE IN KENTUCKY THAT'S A MEMBER OF THE FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED WORK COLLEGE CORE CONN SOSH YUM. THEY DON'T CHARGE THEIR STUDENTS TUITION AND ALSO REQUIRES THEIR STUDENTS TO HOLD JOBS. FOR OVER 125 YEARS, THIS COLLEGE HAS FULFILLED ITS MISSION OF PROVIDING A TUITION-FREE FOR STUDENTS OFTEN FIRST GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENTS. THEY PAIR THE STRONG ACADEMICS WITH STUDENT LABOR PROGRAM HONORING THE DIGNITY AND UTILITY OF ALL WORK. THEY COULD NOT FULFILL ITS UNIQUE MISSION OF PROVIDING FREE TUITION WITHOUT A HEALTHY ENDOWMENT. THIS BILL INCLUDES A EXCISE TAX OVER $500,000 PER STUDENT. THERE ARE TWO FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED COLLEGES, INCLUDING ONE IN MY DISTRICT. I AM PROUD THAT THE SENATE VERSION EXEMPTS SCHOOLS WITH 500 OPPORTUNITIES FROM THE EXCISE TAX. I UNDERSTAND IT WAS NEVER THE COMMITTEE'S INTENT FOR THIS LEGISLATION TO NEGATIVELY IMPACT WORK COLLEGES THAT USE THEIR ENDOWMENTS TO PROVIDE TUITION-FREE EDUCATION. IN FACT, I UNDERSTAND THE INTENDED PURPOSE OF THE EXCISE TAX IS TO ENCOURAGE COLLEGES TO USE THEIR ENDOWMENTS TO KEEP COLLEGE DOWN. IN THIS CASE, THIS COLLEGE DEFRAYS 100% OF THE COST OF TUITION. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS WILLINGNESS TO WORK WITH ME FOR A SOLUTION IN CONFERENCE THAT EXEMPTS WORK COLLEGES AND ALLOWS THEM TO CONTINUE THEIR UNIQUE

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                                                MR. BRADY

                                                MR. SPEAKER, I WISH TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY FOR HIS…

                                                MR. SPEAKER, I WISH TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY FOR HIS LEADERSHIP HERE. WE WILL WORK TOGETHER FOR A MUTUALLY ACCEPTED SOLUTION TO MAKE SURE WE EXEMPT WORK COLLEGES, TO USE THEIR ENDOWMENTS TO PROVIDE TUITION-FREE EDUCATION.

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                                                MR. BARR

                                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN.

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                                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS…

                                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              • 05:49:35 PM

                                                MR. NEAL

                                                MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE WELL REGARDED CONGRESSWOMAN FROM…

                                                MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE WELL REGARDED CONGRESSWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, BARBARA LEE, A CHAMPION OF MIDDLE INCOME PEOPLE.

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                                                MS. LEE

                                                FIRST, LET ME THANK OUR RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING AND ALSO YOUR…

                                                FIRST, LET ME THANK OUR RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING AND ALSO YOUR TREMENDOUS LEADERSHIP IN THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE IN TERMS OF OUR RANKING MEMBER AND FOR REALLY TELLING THE TRUTH. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL, H.R. 1, WHICH REALLY IS A TAX SCAM. REPUBLICANS ARE REALLY TRYING TO PULL A FAST ONE ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS BILL WOULD STEAL FROM THE HARD-EARNED PAYCHECKS OF MILLIONS OF MIDDLE-INCOME FAMILIES TO LINE THE POCKETS OF BILLIONAIRES AND CORPORATIONS. IN FACT, 80% OF THE TAX BREAKS WILL GO TO THE TOP 1%. IT ALSO ELIMINATES STUDENT LOAN DEDUCTIONS AND ERAD INDICATES MEDICAL EXPENSE DEDUCTIONS. AND NOW IF THIS ISN'T CRUEL ENOUGH, THIS BILL MAKES IT EASIER FOR CORPORATIONS TO SHIP JOBS OVERSEAS. PEOPLE WILL ACTUALLY LOSE THEIR JOBS. THIS TAX PLAN DOES NOTHING TO CREATE BETTER JOBS OR BETTER WAGES OR A BETTER FUTURE FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. IT DOES JUST THE OPPOSITE. NOW, IN MY HOME STATE OF CALIFORNIA, ONE IN FIVE MIDDLE-INCOME FAMILIES WILL SEE A TAX HIKE NEXT YEAR, AND THE STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION WILL BE PARTICULARLY HARD ON MY STATE WHERE 6.1 MILLION HOUSEHOLDS WILL SEE A TAX INCREASE. PUBLIC SECTOR JOBS LIKE FIREFIGHTERS WILL LOSE THEIR JOBS. NOT TO MENTION THE VITAL SERVICES OUR MOST VULNERABLE WILL NEED. THESE WILL BE CUT. THIS BILL REALLY IS A DISGRACE. STEALING FROM FAMILIES WHO NEED HELP THE MOST TO GIVE TO MORE DONORS, MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES AND CORPORATIONS. THIS IS REALLY A NEW LOW. 36 MILLION MIDDLE-INCOME HOUSEHOLDS, WORKING FAMILIES WILL PAY MORE IN TAXES. SO WE CAN'T FORGET, ALSO, THAT THIS TAX SCAM SETS THE STAGE REALLY FOR A HEARTLESS $1.5 TRILLION CUT TO MEDICARE AND MEDICAID AS WE SAW IN THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET. SO WE NEED TO REJECT THIS MEAN-SPIRITED TAX SCAM AND VOTE NO AND COME BACK AND LOOK AT HOW WE CAN SUPPORT MIDDLE-INCOME FAMILIES, WORKING FAMILIES SO EVERYONE HAS A CHANCE AND AN OPPORTUNITY AT THE AMERICAN DREAM. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                              • 05:51:53 PM

                                                MR. BRADY

                                                MR. SPEAKER.

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                                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS…

                                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES.

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                                              • 05:51:59 PM

                                                MR. BRADY

                                                CALIFORNIA 13TH DISTRICT, A MEDIAN FAMILY OF $407,000, WILL SEE A TAX CUT…

                                                CALIFORNIA 13TH DISTRICT, A MEDIAN FAMILY OF $407,000, WILL SEE A TAX CUT OF $2,589. I AM PROUD TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA, MR. MCKINLEY.

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                                              • 05:52:19 PM

                                                MR. MCKINLEY

                                                TO DISCUSS THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION TAX CREDITS THAT HAVE HISTORICALLY…

                                                TO DISCUSS THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION TAX CREDITS THAT HAVE HISTORICALLY STIMULATED NEARLY $150 BILLION IN PRIVATE SECTOR INVESTMENT. AS WE'VE DISCUSSED OVER THE LAST MONTH, THE TAX CREDIT IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND REVITALIZATION, ESPECIALLY IN SMALL RURAL AREAS OF THIS COUNTRY. WITHOUT THE CREDIT, PROJECTS THAT TRANSPORT COMMUNITIES IN ALL 50 STATES FROM WEST VIRGINIA TO TEXAS TO WISCONSIN SIMPLY WILL NOT HAPPEN. MR. CHAIRMAN, YOUR WORD MEANS SOMETHING TO ME. SO I'M ASKING FOR YOUR COMMITMENT TO CONTINUE WORKING WITH ME TO ENSURE THAT THE FEDERAL HISTORIC TAX CREDIT IS PRESERVED IN THE FINAL TAX REFORM PACKAGE? AND I YIELD BACK TO THE CHAIRMAN.

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                                                MR. BRADY

                                                THANK YOU, MR. MCKINLEY. YOU'RE PASSIONATE MAKING SURE OUR SMALLER…

                                                THANK YOU, MR. MCKINLEY. YOU'RE PASSIONATE MAKING SURE OUR SMALLER COMMUNITIES CAN BE REVITALIZED AND GROW AND ABOUT THE ROLE THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION TAX CREDIT. IN DOING THAT I COMMIT TO WORKING WITH YOU AND CONTINUING TO WORK WITH YOU ON THIS ISSUE BECAUSE I KNOW THE IMPORTANCE OF IT. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                MR. MCKINLEY

                                                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU AS WELL. WE…

                                                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU AS WELL. WE HAD A GOOD WORKING RELATIONSHIP OVER THE YEARS.

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                                                MR. BRADY

                                                YES, SIR.

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                                                MR. MCKINLEY

                                                AND I WANT TO CONTINUE THIS PROCESS, AS I UNDERSTAND THIS PROCESS, AND I…

                                                AND I WANT TO CONTINUE THIS PROCESS, AS I UNDERSTAND THIS PROCESS, AND I WILL BE VOTING TO CONTINUE THE PROCESS IN ANTICIPATION THAT IT WILL BE IN THE FINAL BILL.

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                                                MR. BRADY

                                                YES, SIR.

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                                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS…

                                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                MR. NEAL

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

                                                THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE VERY CAPABLE GENTLELADY FROM MASSACHUSETTS, A VALUED MEMBER OF OUR DELEGATION, CONGRESSWOMAN KATHERINE CLARK.

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                                                THE GENTLELADY FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED. PARDON.

                                              • 05:54:13 PM

                                                MS. CLARK

                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK OUR RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING AND FOR…

                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK OUR RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING AND FOR YOUR INCREDIBLE WORK ON THIS BILL. WE WERE PROMISED TAX REFORM, BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT WE'RE SEEING IN THIS BILL. IN FACT, YOU DON'T HAVE TO DIG FAR INTO THIS 429-PAGE BILL TO SEE THAT IT'S A CON, A CYNICAL BAIT AND SWITCH FOR FAMILIES AT HOME. AND WHEN THIS BILL WAS RELEASED JUST TWO WEEKS AGO, I STARTED GETTING CALLS FROM FAMILIES AT HOME WANTING TO KNOW HOW IT WOULD AFFECT THEM. SO WE DUG INTO IT, AND I WANT TO SHARE JUST A FEW OF THOSE EXAMPLES, BUT IT DIDN'T TAKE LONG TO SEE WHY IT WAS DEVELOPED IN SECRET AND WHY IT'S BEING RUSHED TO A VOTE. ON PAGE 254, REPUBLICANS PROPOSE GETTING RID OF A PROGRAM THAT HELPS VETERANS FIND WORK WHEN THEY COME HOME. 300,000 VETERANS HAVE BEEN HELPED BY THE WORK OPPORTUNITY TAX CREDIT. THE REPEAL OF THIS PROVISION TO REDUCE TAXES FOR THE VERY WEALTHIEST IS A COLD-HEARTED WAY TO SAY THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. ON PAGE 113, THIS TAX SCAM SENDS A BILL TO NINE MILLION HOUSEHOLDS WHO HAVE EXTREMELY HIGH MEDICAL COSTS. TAX BREAKS FOR BILLIONAIRES ARE EXPENSIVE. WE GET THAT. AND UNDER THIS PLAN, AMERICANS WHO LIVE IN NURSING HOMES, HAVE A SICK CHILD, HAVE A HIGH MEDICAL COST, WILL FOOT THE BILL. ON PAGES 95 AND 97, STUDENTS GET ADDED TO LAST OF AMERICANS WHO WILL BE FORCED TO PAY FOR THE G.O.P. TAX BREAKS FOR CORPORATIONS. THEY WILL SEE INCREASE IN DEBT AND TAXES. THIS BILL SAYS, GOOD LUCK, STUDENTS, BUILDING AN ECONOMY THAT WILL NOT ONLY ALLOW YOU TO PAY OFF THE $1.3 TRILLION OF EXISTING STUDENT DEBT BUT WILL ADD $2.3 TRILLION IN DEFICIT. THIS BILL CREATED FOR YOU. JUST YESTERDAY, THE PRESIDENT'S CHIEF ECONOMIC STRATEGIST WAS SURPRISED WHEN THE C.E.O.'S GATHERED, ADMITTED THEY WOULD NOT BE INVESTING THEIR TAX CUTS IN JOBS AND WAGES. HE SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN.

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                                                MR. NEAL

                                                I YIELD 30 SECONDS.

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                                                THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS…

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

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                                                MR. BRADY

                                                MR. SPEAKER, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IN THE FIFTH DISTRICT OF…

                                                MR. SPEAKER, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IN THE FIFTH DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS, THAT MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD OF FOUR WITH $143,000 WILL SEE A TAX CUT OF $5,208. I'M PROUD TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO ONE OF OUR KEY LEADERS ON TAX REFORM ON THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MY FRIEND, MR. REED.

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                                              • 05:57:27 PM

                                                MR. REED

                                                WELL, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR ALL HIS HARD…

                                                WELL, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR ALL HIS HARD WORK IN PUTTING THIS BILL TOGETHER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL HAS BEEN IN THE PROCESS FOR OVER SEVEN YEARS IN REGARDS TO THE TIME I SPENT ON THE COMMITTEE. THERE HAVE BEEN MULTIPLE HEARINGS ON THE ISSUE OF TAX REFORM. WELL OVER 40-PLUS. THERE HAVE BEEN HOURS UPON HOURS OF DEBATE. THERE WAS EFFORTS DONE BY OUR FORMER CHAIRMAN, DAVE CAMP, AND I KNOW MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE HAVE RECOGNIZED DURING OUR COMMITTEE MARKUP PROCESS THE HARD WORK THAT CHAIRMAN CAMP DID BY REWRITING THE ENTIRE CODE FROM THE BOTTOM UP. THESE ISSUES HAVE BEEN OUT THERE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEOPLE FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO LOOK AT, TO DIGEST AND NOW IS THE TIME TO RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION, MR. SPEAKER. BECAUSE WHAT WE HAVE BEFORE YOU IS A NEW TAX CODE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE A TAX CODE THAT'S GOING TO FOR ONCE IN 31 YEARS PUT CORPORATIONS ON THE MULTINATIONAL LEVEL ACROSS THE WORLD IN A COMPETITIVE POSITION BY LOWERING THE RATES AND GETTING TO A 21ST TAXING PROGRAM ON A TERRITORIAL BASIS. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, MR. SPEAKER, WE DELIVER TAX RELIEF -- AND I KNOW OTHER FOLKS ON THE OTHER SIDE AREN'T GOING TO AGREE WITH THIS BECAUSE THEY ARE GOING TO SAY THIS IS A TAX FOR THE RICH. THIS IS A TAX CODE -- TAX REFORM FOR THE RICH AND THE ALMIGHTY 1%. BUT MR. SPEAKER, I'VE DONE THE MATH. I'VE LOOKED AT THIS BILL INSIDE AND OUT AND IT DELIVERS THE SIMPLIFIED CODE FOR $1,600 IS LEFT IN THE POCKETS OF MY CONSTITUENTS IN WESTERN NEW YORK. THAT'S $1,600 THAT THEY EARNED THAT THE GOVERNMENT WON'T HAVE TO TAKE FROM THEM ANY MORE. $1,600, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WILL ALLOW THEM AS SENIOR CITIZENS TO GO VISIT THEIR GRANDKIDS IN THE SOUTH BECAUSE NEW YORK STATE HAS DRIVEN THEM OUT OF NEW YORK STATE WITH ITS HIGH TAX POLICIES AT THE STATE CAPITAL. THAT'S $1,600. MAYBE THEY CAN GO ON A TRIP WITH THEIR FAMILY AND EXPERIENCE A LITTLE RELAXATION BECAUSE OF THE HARD WORK THAT GENERATED THOSE MONEYS AND THOSE DOLLARS IN THEIR POCKETS. MR. SPEAKER, THESE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT WE REPRESENT, THE PERRYS. MR. AND MRS. PERRY ARE HARDWORKING PEOPLE OF WESTERN NEW YORK AND THOSE ARE THEIR TWO BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN AND WHAT THIS IS GOING TO ALLOW THEM TO DO IS GET A LITTLE BIT MORE OF THEIR MONEY KEPT IN THEIR POCKET SO THEY CAN SPEND A LITTLE BIT MORE TIME WITH THEIR KIDS. AND ENJOY THE FRUITS OF THEIR LABOR. MR. SPEAKER, MR. CHAIRMAN, I KNOW MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE ADVOCATE BECAUSE THERE'S ANOTHER ISSUE WITH TAX REFORM THAT I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT REAL QUICK. THE EASY APPROACH OF GOVERNMENT IS TO SPEND MORE MONEY AND DEVELOP MORE PROGRAMS AND MAYBE GIVE A LITTLE BIT IN REGARDS TO A GOVERNMENT WELFARE CHECK, BUT WHAT THIS TAX CODE DOES AND REFORM DOES IS DELIVER A JOB OPPORTUNITY FOR THESE PEOPLE, AND I DON'T KNOW A BETTER PROGRAM IN AMERICA THAT SERVES MORE PEOPLE THAN AN HONEST DAY'S WORK AND AN HONEST PAYCHECK AND AN HONEST JOB AND THAT'S WHAT THIS TAX CODE WILL DO AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK. .

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

                                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. CORRECTION, NOT ONE HEARING WAS HELD ON THIS TAX…

                                                THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. CORRECTION, NOT ONE HEARING WAS HELD ON THIS TAX BILL. 38,000 PEOPLE IN MR. REED'S DISTRICT WILL LOSE THE STUDENT LOAN INTEREST DEDUCTION. WITH THAT, I'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE A REAL HERO TO THE WORKING CLASS IN AMERICA, THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, MARCY KAPTUR, FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                MS. KAPTUR

                                                I YIELD THE GENTLELADY 30 SECONDS.

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                                                MR. NEAL

                                                I YIELD THE GENTLELADY 30 SECONDS.

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                                                MS. KAPTUR

                                                IF IT WALKS LIKE A DUCK AND TALKS LIKE A DUCK, IT'S A DUCK IN THE SWAMP.…

                                                IF IT WALKS LIKE A DUCK AND TALKS LIKE A DUCK, IT'S A DUCK IN THE SWAMP. WHICH PEOPLE THOUGHT THEY WERE CRANING WHEN THEY VOTED LAST YEAR. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS NOT THE MILLIONAIRE DONOR CLASS. YIELD THE -- DRAIN THE SWAMP. I YIELD BACK.

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                                              • 06:03:04 PM

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                                                HOUSEHOLDS IN THE GENTLELADY'S DISTRICT WILL SEE A TAX CUT OF OVER $1,000.…

                                                HOUSEHOLDS IN THE GENTLELADY'S DISTRICT WILL SEE A TAX CUT OF OVER $1,000. I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN, MR. TURNER.

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                                                MR. TURNER

                                                THANK YOU FOR WORKING DILIGENTLY TO CREATE THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT TO…

                                                THANK YOU FOR WORKING DILIGENTLY TO CREATE THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT TO GIVE A TAX BREAK TO THE MIDDLE CLASS. AFTER SPEAKING TO TISSUE SPEAKING TO SPEAKER RYAN AND THE CHAIR OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, TOM REED, I BELIEVE AN UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCE OF THIS BILL WOULD HINDER AMERICANS PURSUING A HIGHER EDUCATION DEGREE IN AN ATTEMPT TO BETTER THEIR LIVES. IT WILL AFFECT THOSE IN HIGHER INSTITUTIONS. HIGHER INSTITUTIONS CAN PROVIDE -- PROVIDE TAX-FREE REIMBURSEMENT WAIVERS TO PLOFSE THE UNIVERSITY. SOVERL MY CONSTITUENTS, INCLUDING MY NIECE, WOULD BE IMPACTED BY THIS CURRENTLY, EMPLOYER INCENTIVES ARE NOT TAXED. I OFFERED TWO AMENDMENTS THAT WOULD HAVE KEPT THESE QUALIFIED TUITION REDUCTION BENEFITS AND CURRENTLY WOULD HAVE PROVIDED THEM TO CONTINUE.

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                                              • 06:04:36 PM

                                                MR. BRADY

                                                I WREELED AN ADDITIONAL TWO MINUTES THE GENTLEMAN.

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                                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                MR. TURNER

                                                THE SENATE BILL DID NOT INCLUDE REPEAL OF THESE EDUCATION BENEFITS. I…

                                                THE SENATE BILL DID NOT INCLUDE REPEAL OF THESE EDUCATION BENEFITS. I COULD LIKE YOUR ASSURANCES THAT THESE BENEFITS WILL BE PROTECTED IN CONFERENCE DEBATE AND I REQUEST YOU TO CONTINUE TO WORK WITH MY OFFICE AND IT'S MY HONOR TO YIELD TO MR. DAIS.

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                                                MR. DAVIS

                                                THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUE, MR. TURNER. IT'S A PRIVILEGE TO BE ABLE TO WORK…

                                                THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUE, MR. TURNER. IT'S A PRIVILEGE TO BE ABLE TO WORK WITH YOU ON THIS ISSUE AND MR. CHAIRMAN, IT'S A PRIVILEGE TO WORK WITH YOU. WITH EIGHT COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IN MY DISTRICT, I CANNOT IGNORE THE IMPACT THAT ELIMINATING THIS SECTION THAT MR. TURNER ELOQUENTLY EXPLAINED, THE IMPACT IT MAY HAVE ON STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES IN MY DISTRICT AND ALL OF THOSE INSTITUTIONS. THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, THE LARGEST UNIVERSITY IN MY DISTRICT, PROVIDED $184 MILLION IN TUITION WAIVERS TO 113,000 FACULTY AND STAFF ALONE. I'M WORRIED IT WILL HAVE A TREMENDOUS IMACT ON GRADUATE STUDENTS, ON THE CUSTODIANS AND ASSISTANTS IN THE REGISTRARS OFFICE WHO ARE JUST WORKING AT THESE INSTITUTIONS TO BE ABLE TO SEND THEIR SON OR DAUGHTER TO COLLEGE. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU, MR. TURNER, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND WORKING TOWARD A SOLUTION.

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                                                TURNER MR.

                                                WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD. ON THE COMMITTEES, REPRESENTATIVES LED THE…

                                                WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD. ON THE COMMITTEES, REPRESENTATIVES LED THE DISCUSSION AND SHARE YOUR SENTIMENTS. WE HAVE A KEEN ISSUE IN THIS SENT -- WE HAVE A KEEN INTEREST IN THIS AND WILL WORK WITH YOU.

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                                              • 06:06:15 PM

                                                MR. TURNER

                                                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                MR. NEAL

                                                I WOULD LIKE TO BRO DEUCE THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT A SON OF SPRINGFIELD,…

                                                I WOULD LIKE TO BRO DEUCE THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT A SON OF SPRINGFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS, VERY DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN, CONGRESSMAN PETER WELCH.

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                                              • 06:06:32 PM

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                                                HOW MUCH TIME.

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                                                MR. NEAL

                                                TWO MINUTES.

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                                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                                MR. WELCH

                                                I HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS FOR THE AUTHORS OF THIS BILL. WHAT DO YOU HAVE…

                                                I HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS FOR THE AUTHORS OF THIS BILL. WHAT DO YOU HAVE AGAINST STUDENTS? YOU'RE IMPOSING AN OPPORTUNITY TAX. A YOUNG VERMONTER WHO WANTS A CERTIFICATE IN WELDING OR A DEGREE FROM COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND GETS TUITION ASSISTANCE FROM AN EMPLOYER HAVE TO PAY TAXES ON THAT. IF THEY BORROW MONEY FROM THE VERMONT STUDENT ASSISTANCE CORPORATION THEY HAVE TO PAY MORE BECAUSE THEY CAN'T DEDUCT THAT INTEREST. AND BY THE WAY THE VERMONT STUDENT ASSISTANCE CORPORATION HAS TO CHARGE HIGHER INTEREST BECAUSE WE'RE ELIMINATING PRIVATE ACTIVITY BONDS AND THEY DON'T GET THE BENEFIT OF THE MUNICIPAL BOND RATES. AND ANOTHER QUESTION, WHAT HAVE YOU GOT AGAINST TEACHERS? THEY REACH IN THEIR POCKET AT THE BEGINNING OF SCHOOL TO BUY SCHOOL SUPPLIES AND THEY LOSE THE DEDUCTION. AND ANOTHER QUESTION, WHAT DO YOU HAVE AGAINST PEOPLE WHO HAVE A LOVED ONE WITH ALZHEIMER'S THEY CAN'T DEDUCT THE COST OF MEDICAL CARE. THAT WAS THE RETIREMENT THEY WERE HOPING TO SEND ON.

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                                                MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR COMMENTS TO THE CHAIR. MR. WELCH SPB…

                                                MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR COMMENTS TO THE CHAIR. MR. WELCH SPB I HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION, I ASK IT OF THE LEADERSHIP, WHAT HAPPENED TO DEMOCRACY. WE WERE PROMISED AN OPEN PROCESS. AND THERE WAS A MODEL FOR THIS. IT WAS PRESIDENT REAGAN AND DAN ROSTENKOWSKI. MONTHS OF HEARINGS, WITNESSES TESTIFYING ABOUT THE BILL, THIS WAS WRITTEN IN SECRET. AND BY THE WAY NEW YORK AMENDMENTS. WE COULD ASK 435 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHETHER WE SHOULD STICK IT TO THE STUDENTS LIKE WE'RE DOING IN THIS BILL AND 435 OF US WOULD ALL STAND UP FOR THE STUDENTS. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT, NOT A SINGLE ONE OF US IS GIVEN THE TUNT TO ASK THE QUESTION DO WE WANT TO STICK IT TO OUR STUDENTS WHO WANT TO GET A WELDING DEGREE OR A COLLEGE DEGREE? THAT'S DISGRACEFUL AND IT'S INEXCUSABLE AND IT'S WITHIN THE CONTROL OF THE MAJORITY AND THEY'RE DENYING US THE OPPORTUNITY. HERE'S THE BIG DEAL THAT WE KNOW. THIS BILL WAS WRITTEN BY AND FOR THE DONOR CLASS. THAT HAVE FLOODED AND CONTAMINATED THIS POLITICAL PROCESS WITH BILLION OF DOLLARS IN OUR CAMPAIGNS. I SAYING MR. SPEAKER, DEFEAT THIS BILL.

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                                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

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

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                                              • 06:08:59 PM

                                                MR. BRADY

                                                MAKING $89,000 WILL SEE TAX CUT OF $2,030. I'M PROUD TO YIELD THREE…

                                                MAKING $89,000 WILL SEE TAX CUT OF $2,030. I'M PROUD TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO ONE OF OUR KEY LEADERS, CHAMPION OF SMALL BUSINESS, THE GENTLELADY FROM INDIANA, MRS. WALORSKI AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS BE PERMITTED TO CONTROL THE REMAINDER OF THE TIME ON OUR SIDE.

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                                                WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY FROM INDIANA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE…

                                                WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY FROM INDIANA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                                                MRS. WALORSKI

                                                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR WORK. MADAM SPEAKER, I…

                                                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR WORK. MADAM SPEAKER, I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW GRATEFUL I AM TO CAST A VOTE TO MOVE OUR TAX CODE ONE STEP CLOSER TO ITS FIRST OVERHAUL IN 31 YEARS. WE KNOW THE TAX CODE IS BROKEN. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW THE TAX CODE IS BRECKEN. THEY'RE REMINDED EVERY TIME THEY LOCK AT THEIR PAYCHECK. THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT WILL DELIVER PRO-GROWTH TAX REFORM TO THE FAMILIES, FARMERS, MANUFACTURERS AND WORKERS IN MY DISTRICT FOR FAMILIES WE'RE DELIVERING TAX CUTS SO THAT HARDWORKING HOOSIERS CAN KEEP MORE OF THEIR HARD-EARNED MONEY. WE'RE ENHANCING THE CHILD TAX CREDIT, PRESERVING THE ADOPTION TAX CREDIT, ENCOURAGING RETIREMENT SAVINGS AND STREAMLINE 15G DIFFERENT EDUCATION TAX INCENTIVES. WE'RE DELIVERING A TAX CODE SO SIMPLE MOST AMERICANS CAN FILE TAXES ON A POSTCARD. IN MY DISTRICT, 80% OF FILERS ALREADY TAKE THE STANDARD DEDUCTION. THEY'LL BE ABLE TO KEEP EVEN MORE OF THEIR MONEY BECAUSE THE STANDARD DEDUCTION IS DOUBLED AND MOST ITEMIZERS WILL BE ABLE TO SAVE TIME, MONEY, AND STRESS BY TAKING THE DOUBLE STANDARD DEDUCTION INSTEAD. NO ONE HAS EVER -- NO ONE IS EVER EXCITED TO FILE THEIR TAXES BUT I'M ALL FOR A SIMPLER, QUICKER PROCESS THAT MAKES IT MUCH MORE PAIN-FREE. H.R. 1 HELPS JOB CREATORS GROW, SMALL BUSINESSES GET A LOWER RATE AND MORE SIMPLICITY. FAMILY BUSINESSES PASSED DOWN FOR GENERATIONS WON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE ESTATE TAX ANYMORE AND AMERICA WILL BE A MORE ATTRACT I PLACE TO DO BUSINESS. OUR ANTIQUATED TAX CODE KEEPS INVESTMENT IN JOBS OUT. THIS BILL INCENTIVIZES COMPANIES TO BRING PROFITS BACK. TO LOCATE FACILITIES HERE AND GROW AMERICAN JOBS AND RAISE WAGES. MADAM SPEAKER, I WAS SO PROUD TO VOTE FOR THIS BILL IN THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE AND I'M PROUD TO BE PART OF THIS HOUSE THAT IS DELIVERING YET ANOTHER CRUCIAL STEP TOWARD TAX CUTS, SIMPLICITY, AND FAIRNESS. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN IS…

                                                THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                MR. NEAL

                                                THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTER DAME IS ABOUT TO GET SLUGGED WITH A NEW TAX AND…

                                                THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTER DAME IS ABOUT TO GET SLUGGED WITH A NEW TAX AND THE CLOCK IS RUNNING OUT. WITH THAT, I INTRODUCE THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. SCOTT, A GENTLEMAN OF THE WORKING CLASS.

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                                                FOR HOW MUCH TIME. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                                MR. SCOTT

                                                THANK YOU SO MUCH, RANKING MEMBER NEAL, EAPPRECIATE THIS TIME. LADIES AND…

                                                THANK YOU SO MUCH, RANKING MEMBER NEAL, EAPPRECIATE THIS TIME. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THIS HOUSE AND LADIES AND GENTLEMEN WHO ARE WATCHING ACROSS THIS NATION, MY HEART IS HEAVY TONIGHT AND IT'S HEAVY BECAUSE WE ARE FACED WITH THE ABSOLUTE MOST DANGEROUS, DESTRUCTIVE, AND DECEIT -- DECEITFUL TAX REFORM BILL IN THE HISTORY OF THIS CONGRESS. LET ME TELL YOU WHY. ON THE OTHER SIDE, YOU'VE HEARD MEMBER AFTER MEMBER ON THE OTHER SIDE GET UP AND TELL YOU, THIS IS GOING TO GET A TAX CUT. WE'RE GOING TO -- THE WEALTHY TAX CUT, THE CORPORATIONS A TAX CUT, BUT NONE OF THEM HAVE TOLD YOU OROTHE AMERICAN PEOPLE HOW THEY'RE -- OR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HOW THEY'RE GOING TO PAY FOR IT. AND THE GREAT TRAGEDY IS, THE MOST DECEITFUL THING ABOUT WHAT MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE ARE DOING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, IS THEY ARE DOING THESE TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY. THE TAX CUTS FOR THE CORPORATIONS. ON THE BACKS OF THE POOR. THE MIDDLE CLASS. LET ME TELL YOU WHY. THEY WON'T TELL YOU THAT THEY'RE PAYING FOR THIS TAX CUT BECAUSE $1.5 TRILLION THEY WILL CUT IF MEDICAID, FROM MEDICARE, MR. SPEAKER, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THIS COUNTRY, MEDICAID IS FOR THE CHILDREN. THERE ARE LITERALLY MILLIONS OF CHILDREN ON THERE. YOU HEARD ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES GO DOWN. WE'RE LOSING 20 VETERANS. TO SUICIDE EVERY SINGLE TAFMENTE NO MENTION OF THAT. BUT YET THEY WILL CUT THE VETERANS PROGRAM DESIGNED TO HELP THEM TO PAY FOR THIS TAX CUT. AND NOT TO MENTION THE STUDENT LOAN INTEREST RATE. YOUNG PEOPLE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY YOU NEED TO RISE UP. SENIOR, WE NEED TO RISE UP. WE NEED TO RISE UP AND STAND AND FIGHT FOR THIS COUNTRY. LET OUR MINDS GO BACK TO 1770, IN BOSTON, AT THE HARBOR, WHEN THEY THREW THE TEA OVER THAT FOUNDED THE FOUNDATION OF OUR GREAT DEMOCRACY.

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                                              • 06:14:27 PM

                                                MR. SCOTT

                                                US DEMOCRATS DEFEET THE BILL.

                                              • 06:14:36 PM

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                                                THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR…

                                                THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              • 06:14:44 PM

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                                                THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THE GOOD PEOPLE OF…

                                                THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THE GOOD PEOPLE OF GEORGIA'S 13TH DISTRICT, MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME, FAMILY OF FOUR, AT $80,000, WOULD RECEIVE A $1,700 TAX BREAK. WITH THAT, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. SCHWEIKERT, FORMER TREASURER OF ONE OF THE LARGEST COUNTIES IN OUR COUNTRY.

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                                              • 06:15:07 PM

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                                              • 06:15:17 PM

                                                MR. SCHWEIKERT

                                                I LIVE AND WORK IN A MASS-FLEE ZONE AND CAN'T HAVE IT TWO WAYS AND WHEN…

                                                I LIVE AND WORK IN A MASS-FLEE ZONE AND CAN'T HAVE IT TWO WAYS AND WHEN YOU BRING IN THE ACTUAL DATA AND LOOK AT THE CHARTS THAT WE ALL SEE, WE -- IT ISN'T IN THE FUTURE BUT RIGHT ON THE CUSP AND THAT IS THE DEBT AND ENTITLEMENT CRISIS. IF WE DO NOT GET ECONOMIC GROWTH, WE ARE IN SO MUCH TROUBLE. IF YOU CARE ABOUT MEDICARE, MEDICAID, CHILDREN, HEALTH RESEARCH, WHERE'S THE MONEY COMING FROM? IT'S ON THE CUSP. THIS IS LESS THAN A DECADE AWAY AND JUST A FEW YEARS WE CROSS 100% OF G.D.P. AND THAT IS PUBLICLY HELD AND THE ABILITY TO SELL THE BONDS IF WE DO NOT GET ECONOMIC GROWTH. BUT IF YOU LOOK AT THE LAST 30 YEARS AND THE CHARTS AND THE DATA AND I KNOW THIS IS SMALL AND MATH AND IT'S UNCOMFORTABLE FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THIS BODY, IF YOU ACTUALLY LOOK ACROSS HERE AND SEE THIS IS ENTITLEMENTS TO G.D.P. WHEN WE HAVE BEEN IN TIMES OF ECONOMIC EXPANSION, ALL OF A SUDDEN OUR ABILITY TO FINANCE AND MAINTAIN THE PROMISES WE MADE AS A SOCIETY, THE MATH WORKS. AND THIS IS A COMMONALITY. WE BOTH UNDERSTAND ECONOMIC GROWTH IS OUR ONLY PATH BECAUSE IF IT'S NOT, ARE YOU ON YOUR SIDE READY TO DO DRACONIAN CUTS? IF WE ACTUALLY LOOK AT THE DATA THAT HAS COME FROM THE TAX FOUNDATION, IT SAYS $1 TRILLION OF ADDITIONAL TAXES, BUT ALMOST $300 BILLION IN ADDITIONAL PAYROLL TAXES OVER THE 10 YEARS. I HAVE ALREADY HEARD A PEOPLE GET BEHIND THE MICROPHONE HERE AND USE $1.5 TRILLION. THAT'S A STATUS SCORE. AND DYNAMIC SCORING IS YOU CALCULATE BACK IN THE SIZE OF THE ECONOMY. YOU LOOP BACK IN THE SIZE OF THE ECONOMY. AND YOU CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS. YOU EITHER SUPPORT DYNAMIC SCORING OR OPPOSE IT FOR GLOBAL WARMING OR IMMIGRATION OR THE STIMULUS, BECAUSE WE ACTUALLY AS A BODY WHEN C.B.O. BRINGS US THE NUMBER, THEY BRING US A NUMBER THAT HAS BEEN BEEN SCORED. I KNOW WE ALL WANT WHAT'S BEST FOR THIS NATION. BUT AS I DIG THROUGH THE MATH, IF WE GET THE ECONOMIC GROWTH THAT I BELIEVE THIS TAX MODEL -- SO MANY OF THE DIFFICULT DECISIONS WE AS A BODY HAVE TO MAKE OVER THE NEXT DECADE, GET MUCH EASIER. LET'S HOPE WE GET THERE. I YIELD BACK.

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                                              • 06:18:13 PM

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

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                                              • 06:18:24 PM

                                                MR. NEAL

                                                WE ARE GOING TO BORROW $2.3 TRILLION. I YIELD TO CONGRESSMAN DAN KILDEE…

                                                WE ARE GOING TO BORROW $2.3 TRILLION. I YIELD TO CONGRESSMAN DAN KILDEE FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                              • 06:18:36 PM

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                                              • 06:18:38 PM

                                                MR. KILDEE

                                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS SUBJECT. LOOK, YOU CAN'T…

                                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS SUBJECT. LOOK, YOU CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS. I JUST HEARD IT SAID, YOU CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS. AND SO WHAT I SUSPECT WILL HAPPEN AFTER I GET DONE, AS HAS BEEN THE CASE WITH EVERY ONE OF THE SPEAKERS ON THIS SIDE, THE GENTLEMAN ON THE OTHER SIDE WILL SAY THAT RESIDENTS IN MY HOMETOWN WILL GET A TAX BREAK OF X, $1,000. I WOULD ASK THE GENTLEMAN IF HE WOULD ADD TO THAT THE AMOUNT OF THE DEBT THAT IS BEING BORNE BY EACH ONE OF THESE FAMILIES, BECAUSE THE WAY I HAVE GOT IT CALCULATED, IT COSTS A FAMILY OF FOUR $20,000 FOR YOUR DEBT THAT YOU ARE WILLING TO LEVY AGAINST OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN IN ORDER TO GIVE THE RICHEST 1% OF THE AMERICANS A MASSIVE TAX BREAK. YOU CAN'T DENY THE MATH THAT ALMOST ALL THE BENEFIT GOES TO THE PEOPLE TI TOP. THE TOP 1% ARE HUGE BENEFICIARIES. YOU CAN'T DENY THE MATH THAT 5,400 FAMILIES WILL GET A MASSIVE TAX BREAK AND CAN'T DENY THE MATH THAT SAYS THAT EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN WILL TAKE ON ADDITIONAL DEBT, A FAMILY OF FOUR, $20,000 IN DEBT. I ALSO WAS INTRIGUED BY THE COLLOQUY WHERE MEMBERS CAME TO ASK THE LEADERSHIP IF THEY WILL WORK WITH THEM TO TAKE OUT EGREGIOUS ELEMENTS OF THIS TAX PROPOSAL. AND WE GET THIS SORT OF, YES, I WILL WORK WITH THE GENTLEMAN. WHY DID YOU PUT IT IN THE FIRST PLACE. WHY ARE YOU CUTTING NEW MARKET TAX CREDITS? WHY ARE YOU CUTTING HISTORIC TAX CREDITS IN THE FIRST PLACE? YOU JUST WROTE THE BILL. YOU JUST WROTE IT. WHY DID YOU PUT IT IN THE FIRST PLACE? IT MAKES NO SENSE. IT MAKES NO SENSE. WE CAN'T PASS DEBT TO OUR CHILDREN AT THE EXPENSE FOR THE PEOPLE AT THE VERY TOP.

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                                              • 06:20:58 PM

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                                                THE MEMBERS SHOULD ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS THROUGH THE CHAIR AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RESERVING.

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                                              • 06:21:13 PM

                                                MR. ROSS

                                                AND I WILL --

                                              • 06:21:17 PM

                                                MR. ROSKAM

                                                I WILL YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS. IT WAS THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION THAT…

                                                I WILL YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS. IT WAS THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION THAT PROPOSED IN THE 2017 BUDGET FOR THE ELIMINATION OF THE STUDENT DEDUCTION. SO I THINK THE TALK NEEDS TO WALK OUT OF THE CHAMBER. LOOK, AT A TAX RATE OF 15% AND ANNUAL $2,500 ABOVE THE LINE DEDUCTION IS $A TAX BREAK. WE ARE PROPOSING SOMETHING GREATER THAN THAT. LOWERING THE RATES AND SO FORTH. LET'S TAKE THE STUDENT --

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                                              • 06:21:53 PM

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                                              • 06:21:56 PM

                                                MR. ROSKAM

                                                I YIELD A MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM MISSOURI.

                                              • 06:21:59 PM

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                                              • 06:22:02 PM

                                                MRS. WAGNER

                                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MADAM SPEAKER, IT'S ABOUT TIME WE GET SOMETHING…

                                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MADAM SPEAKER, IT'S ABOUT TIME WE GET SOMETHING REAL DONE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE PEOPLE OF MISSOURI'S 27BD DISTRICT SENT ME TO WASHINGTON TO KEEP THEIR JOBS AND KEEP A LITTLE MORE OF THEIR HARD-EARNED MONEY. AND AT LONG LAST, WE ARE FINALLY DOING JUST THAT. I VOTE YES TO FIX OUR BROKEN TAX SYSTEM. I VOTE YES TO HELP RE-IGNITE THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. I VOTE YES TO MAKE IT A LITTLE BIT EASIER FOR THAT SINGLE MOTHER OF TWO, THAT FIREFIGHTER, THAT TEACHER, SHOP OWNER, FAMILY OF FOUR, THAT VETERAN. I VOTE YES FOR BIGGER PAYCHECKS, BETTER SAVINGS AND A MORE SECURE FUTURE. I RAN FOR CONGRESS TO FIGHT FOR THE PEOPLE OF MISSOURI AND TO ENSURE THAT EVERY HARD WORKING AMERICAN CAN REALIZE THEIR OWN AMERICAN DREAM. I THANK YOU. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                              • 06:23:08 PM

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                                                THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED. KNEEL KNEEL I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FROM PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, CONSCIENCE OF THE HOUSE, MR. DOYLE.

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                                              • 06:23:27 PM

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                                              • 06:23:29 PM

                                                MR. DOYLE

                                                I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS TERRIBLE BILL. MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES HAVE…

                                                I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS TERRIBLE BILL. MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES HAVE CALLED IT A SCAM AND THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. SUPPORTERS OF THIS BILL HAS SAID EVERYONE GETS A TAX CUT. THAT'S NOT TRUE, MILLIONS OF AMERICANS GET A TAX INCREASE, MORE AND MORE EACH YEAR. SUPPORTERS OF THIS BILL HAVE CALLED IT A MIDDLE-CLASS TAX CUT. THAT'S NOT TRUE, THE LION'S SHARE OF THE MONEY GO TO CORPORATION AND THOSE MAKING 100 MILLION OR MORE. AND WHAT THIS BILL GIVES TO THE MIDDLE CLASS IN ONE HAPPENED TAKES IT AWAY WITH THE OTHER WITH DEVASTATING CONSEQUENCES WITH HOUSEHOLDS WITH MEDICAL COSTS, STUDENT LOANS OR STATE AND LOCAL TAXES. SUPPORTERS CLAIM IT WILL KEEP COMPANIES FROM MOVING JOBS FROM OVERSEAS AND CREATE NEW JOBS, RAISE WAGES FOR AMERICAN WORKERS. THAT'S NOT TRUE. WHILE THIS BILL CUTS CORPORATE TAX RATES, IT CREATES NEW INCENTIVES FOR SHIPPING OUR JOBS ABROAD. AND DOES ANYONE REALLY BELIEVE THAT TAX CUTS FOR CORPORATIONS OR THE RICH WILL TRICKLE DOWN TO THE REST OF US? IT DIDN'T WORK IN THE REAGAN ADMINISTRATION, IT DIDN'T WORK IN THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION AND DIDN'T WORK IN KANSAS AND NOT GOING TO WORK TODAY. MAKE NO MISTAKE, COLLEAGUES THIS MASSIVE TAX CUT WILL INCREASE DEFICITS AND THE NATIONAL DEBT BY TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS STICKING THE REST OF US, ESPECIALLY OUR KIDS, WITH THE BILL. MADAM SPEAKER, THIS MASSIVE TAX CUT FOR CORPORATIONS AND THE WEALTHY, IT'S NOT A MIDDLE-CLASS TAX CUT, IT WON'T CREATE JOBS OR RAISE WAGES. IT ISN'T SIMPLE OR REFORM AND WON'T PAY FOR ITSELF. IF WE WANT TO INCREASE ECONOMIC GROWTH, LET'S GIVE A BREAK TO THE MIDDLE CLASS. THEY WILL PUT THE MONEY BACK INTO THE ECONOMY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS GIVE-AWAY TO THE RICH AND START WITH A BIPARTISAN BILL.

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                                              • 06:25:40 PM

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                                              • 06:25:46 PM

                                                MR. ROSKAM

                                                LIONIZE RONALD REAGAN OR CRITICIZE RONALD REAGAN. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO…

                                                LIONIZE RONALD REAGAN OR CRITICIZE RONALD REAGAN. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY.

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                                              • 06:26:00 PM

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                                                TO ADAMANTLY DISPUTE THIS FALSE NARRATIVE THAT THIS IS ONLY INTENDED TO…

                                                TO ADAMANTLY DISPUTE THIS FALSE NARRATIVE THAT THIS IS ONLY INTENDED TO BENEFIT THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS AND DOES NOT BENEFIT THE MIDDLE CLASS. WHEN YOU HEAR THIS FICTION FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE.

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                                              • 06:26:18 PM

                                                MR. BARR

                                                RATES ON MIDDLE-INCOME AMERICANS AND TAX THE TAX BRACKET TO ZERO AND…

                                                RATES ON MIDDLE-INCOME AMERICANS AND TAX THE TAX BRACKET TO ZERO AND HARD-WORKING AMERICANS CAN TAKE HOME MORE OF THEIR PAYCHECKS. SPECIFICALLY, THE FIRST $24,000 OF FAMILY INCOME WILL BE COMPLETELY TAX FREE UNDER THIS PLAN BY SLASHING OUR NONCOMPETITIVE CORPORATE TAX RATE, THIS WILL RESULT IN MORE JOBS AND WILL DELIVER AVERAGE AMERICAN HOUSEHOLDS A PAY RAISE OF 2.5%. A TYPICAL FAMILY OF FOUR EARNING $59,000, THEY WILL RECEIVE $1,182 TAX CUT. THAT IS NOT A TAX CUT FOR THE RICH. THAT IS A TAX CUT FOR LOW AND MIDDLE-INCOME AMERICANS. THIS WILL BENEFIT PEOPLE, JARED TOLD ME WILL ALLOW HIM TO HAVE BREATHING ROOMS AND CONSTITUENTS WHO ARE LIVING PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK AND WOULD USE IT TO MAKE CAR REPAIRS OR GO TO A RESTAURANT AND I HEARD FROM MY CONSTITUENT IN LEXINGTON NAMED GARY WHO TOLD ME IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW I PLAN TO USE MY MONEY. IT'S MY MONEY TO BEGIN WITH. TRUST ME TO SPEND IT IN THE WAY IT APPLIES TO ME. AND GARY, YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. IT'S YOUR MONEY, TAX RELIEF IS NOT ABOUT HANDOUTS BUT ALLOWING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO KEEP MORE OF THE HARD-EARNED INCOME THAT THEY MAKE ON BEHALF OF ALL OF THE HARD-EARNED PEOPLE OF KENTUCKY. VOTE FOR GARY AND VOTE FOR ALL OF THOSE WHO DESERVE TO KEEP MORE OF WHAT THEY EARN. VOTE YES.

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                                              • 06:28:15 PM

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                                              • 06:28:19 PM

                                                MR. NEAL

                                                ADDRESSES ECONOMIC ISSUES, CONGRESSMAN RYAN.

                                              • 06:28:29 PM

                                                MR. RYAN

                                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THE LAST TIME THERE WAS TAX REFORM, IT WAS 31 YEARS…

                                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THE LAST TIME THERE WAS TAX REFORM, IT WAS 31 YEARS AGO. SINCE THEN, 96% OF INCOME GROWTH WENT TO THE TOP 10% OF THE PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY, 96% WENT TO THE TOP 10%. THE TOP 1% CONTROLLED 90% OF THE WEALTH IN THIS COUNTRY. 63% OF AVERAGE FAMILIES IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA COULD NOT WITHSTAND A $500 EMERGENCY. WE HAVE PENSIONS COLLAPSING. WE HAVE COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE ERODED, WIPED OUT. AND THE REPUBLICAN PLAN TO FIX ALL OF THIS IS TO GO TO THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT, BORROW $2.3 TRILLION AND BRING IT BACK TO THE UNITED STATES AND GIVE IT TO THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY. NOW THAT IS NOT GOING TO FIX A DAMN THING IN THE UNITED STATES. IT'S NOT GOING TO HELP FLINT OR SPRINGFIELD, NOT GOING TO HELP YOUNGSTOWN OR PITTSBURGH OR GARY. I'M TALKING ABOUT GARY, INDIANA, WILL GET HAMMERED FROM THIS THING. AND WE HAVE TRIED THIS BEFORE AND MANY OF YOU WERE HERE. PRESIDENT BUSH DID THIS. SAID WE ARE GOING TO CUT TAXES FOR THE WEALTHY AND LEAD TO GROWTH AND WAGES ARE GOING TO GO UP. WE HAD THE MOST STAGNANT DECADE OF GROWTH SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION AND ENDED IN A COMPLETE ECONOMIC COLLAPSE. THIS ECONOMIC PHILOSOPHY STINKS. IT DOESN'T WORK AND HAMMERS WORKING CLASS PEOPLE AND TO PUT A LITTLE SALT IN THE WOUND, MADAM SPEAKER, YOU KEEP THE DEDUCTION THAT ALLOWS THE CORPORATION TO OUTSOURCE JOBS FROM OUR COMMUNITIES TO OTHER COUNTRIES. THE ONLY PLACE THIS BILL IS GOING TO CREATE A JOB -- THE ONLY PLACE THIS BILL IS GOING TO CREATE A JOB IS IN BEIJING, CHINA. I YIELD BACK. .

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                                              • 06:30:50 PM

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                                              • 06:30:53 PM

                                                MR. ROSKAM

                                                ACCORDING TO THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION, 70% OF INDIVIDUAL TAX RELIEF…

                                                ACCORDING TO THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION, 70% OF INDIVIDUAL TAX RELIEF GOES TO FAMILIES EARNING UNDER $200,000 ACCORDING TO THEIR PUBLICATION ON NOVEMBER 13. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. RUTHERFORD.

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                                              • 06:31:07 PM

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                                              • 06:31:13 PM

                                                MR. RUTHERFORD

                                                NO ONE CANDICE PUTE WHEN I SAY AMERICA'S TAX CODE IS BROKEN. I RISE TODAY…

                                                NO ONE CANDICE PUTE WHEN I SAY AMERICA'S TAX CODE IS BROKEN. I RISE TODAY TO STAND WITH MY COLLEAGUES IN SUPPORT OF PRO-GROWTH TAX REFORM. BECAUSE OUR TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT WORKS FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. FOR TOO LONG, A COMPLEX TAX CODE, HIGH RATE AND BURDENSOME REGULATIONS HAVE HELD BACK OPPORTUNITIES FOR HARDWORKING FAMILIES. THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT OFFERS MUCH-NEEDED TAX RELIEF FOR LOW-INCOME AND MIDDLE INCOME AMERICANS. IT FOCUSES ON MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUTS THAT ALLOW HARDWORKING FLORIDIANS TO KEEP MORE OF THEIR PAYCHECKS SO THAT THEY CAN SAVE FOR THEIR CHILDREN'S COLLEGE FUND, SO THAT THEY CAN INVEST IN THEIR RETIREMENT, THEY CAN ENJOY VACATIONS WITH THEIR FAMILY. FAMILY NOSE HOW TO SPEND THEIR MONEY BETTER THAN THE GOVERNMENT AND THIS PLAN ALLOWS THEM TO KEEP MORE OF THE MONEY THEY EARN INSTEAD OF WAITING FOR TAX -- TAX RETURNS AND DEDUCTIONS TO GIVE THEM THEIR MONEY BACK THIS BILL IS PRO-FAMILY, IT'S PRO-BUSINESS AND WILL GIVE OUR ECONOMY A BOOST.

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                                              • 06:32:18 PM

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                                              • 06:32:21 PM

                                                MR. RUTHERFORD

                                                NO ONE WILL ADDRESS OUR DEBT MORE THAN GROWTH. I YIELD BACK. I URGE MY…

                                                NO ONE WILL ADDRESS OUR DEBT MORE THAN GROWTH. I YIELD BACK. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL.

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                                              • 06:32:27 PM

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                                              • 06:32:32 PM

                                                MR. NEAL

                                                I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, WELL KNOWN AS A…

                                                I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, WELL KNOWN AS A CHAMPION OF AMERICA'S MIDDLE CLASS, MR. MCNERNEY.

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                                              • 06:32:43 PM

                                                MR. MCNERNEY

                                                I WANT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR HIS HARD WORK ON THIS HE'S BEEN A…

                                                I WANT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR HIS HARD WORK ON THIS HE'S BEEN A GREAT VOICE. THIS IS A HARMFUL AND DECREATEFUL BILL, IT'S STRICTLY PART -- DECEITFUL BILL. IT'S STRICTLY PARTISAN. WHEN YOU DO SOMETHING ON A PARTISAN BASIS IT'S NOT GOING TO WORK. LEARN FROM OUR MISTAKES. WORK WITH US. THERE HASN'T BEEN A SINGLE HEAR TISSUE HEARING ON THIS BILL. IS THE PUBLIC OUT THERE CONFUSED? THEY SHOULD BE BECAUSE THEY HAVEN'T BEEN INFORMED ABOUT WHAT THIS BILL DOES. IT WAS RUSHED THROUGH IN ONE WEEK. IT TAKES MORE THAN A WEEK TO NAME A POST OFFICE AROUND HERE. WHAT'S GOING ON HERE? NO ONE UNDERSTANDS THE CONSEQUENCES OF THIS BILL BUT I CAN TELL YOU WHAT IT DOES, IT WILL GREATLY REDUCE TAXES FOR CORPORATE AMERICA. IT'LL REDUCE TAXES FOR THE WEALTHY. AND SO WHERE DO YOU THINK THE MONEY IS GOING TO COME FROM TO PAY FOR SOCIAL SECURITY, TO PAY FOR OUR ROADS AND HIGHWAY, PAY FOR OUR EDUCATION, PAY FOR MEDICARE? I CAN TELL YOU IF YOU HAVEN'T GUESSED, IT'S GOING TO COME FROM THE MIDDLE CLASS. THERE'S NO OTHER WAY WE CAN PAY FOR THIS SO I'LL BE KIND AND SAY MAYBE THEY'RE BEING OVER-OPTIMISTIC. MAYBE THEY DON'T REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT'S GOING ON HERE. BUT DON'T BELIEVE IT. YOU'RE GOING TO PAY MORE TAXES. GOING TO COME OUT OF YOUR HIDE. WHEN I SIT DOWN, THE MEMBER FROM NEBRASKA IS GOING TO SAY IN MY DISTRICT YOU'RE GOING TO GET $1,200 MORE OR $1,700 MORE, NO, YOU'RE GOING TO PAY MORE. YOU'RE NOT GOING TO GET MORE MONEY BACK. IN CALIFORNIA, SIX MILLION PEOPLE WILL LOSE THE TAX DEDUCTION THE STATE INCOME TAX DEDUCTION. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN IN YOU PAY TAXES TWICE ON YOUR EARNED INCOME. IN CALIFORNIA, HOMEOWNERS WILL GET HIT HARD. I DON'T SEE HOW ANYONE FROM CALIFORNIA CAN VOTE FOR THIS BILL. EDUCATION WILL BE MORE EXPENSIVE. STUDENT LOANS WILL NOT BE DEDUCTIBLE THIS BILL WILL HURT OUR NATION'S ABILITY TO COMPETE. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? IT MEANS LOWER PAY. IT MEANS LAYOFFS.

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                                              • 06:34:47 PM

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                                              • 06:34:51 PM

                                                MR. MCNERNEY

                                                NOT ONE WEEK, WE SHOULD OPPOSE THIS BILL AND START OVER AND DO IT RIGHT.

                                              • 06:34:56 PM

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                                                THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS…

                                                THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              • 06:35:00 PM

                                                MR. ROSKAM

                                                IT'S NOT $1,200 OR $1,700, IT'S $1,900 FOR THE MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD IN…

                                                IT'S NOT $1,200 OR $1,700, IT'S $1,900 FOR THE MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD IN CALIFORNIA'S NINTH DISTRICT. I'D LIKE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. SMITH, GREAT FRIEND OFING A CULL CHUFFER AND A GREAT FRIEND OF SMALL BUSINESS.

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                                              • 06:35:22 PM

                                                MR. SMITH

                                                A LOT HAS BEEN SAID ON THE FLOOR TODAY ABOUT THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT BY…

                                                A LOT HAS BEEN SAID ON THE FLOOR TODAY ABOUT THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT BY MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. THEY THINK THIS BILL BEFORE US WILL MAKE LOSERS OF THE AMERICAN WORKERS OR THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. THE TRUTH IS THE STATUS QUO, OUR CURRENT BROKEN TAX CODE, IS CAUSING OUR WORKERS AND OUR ECONOMY TO LOSE. BACK IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI, I'LL GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE YOU SHOULD UNDER THE CURRENT TAX CODE A MACHINIST IN POPULAR BLUFF, MISSOURI, WORKING 40 HOURS A WEEK, IS FEARFUL TO WORK HARDER. BECAUSE THE MORE MONEY THAT THEY MAKE, THE LESS THAT THEY WILL HAVE PERCENTAGE WISE. UNDER OUR CURRENT TAX CODE. THAT'S SIMPLY NOT RIGHT, MADAM SPEAKER. BACK IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI, A COTTON FARMER HAS WORKED FOR DECADES TO BUILD HIS FAMILY FARM, HOPING TO PASS IT ON TO HIS DAUGHTER. YET UNDER THE CURRENT SYSTEM, HIS DAUGHTER WOULD HAVE TO SELL PORTIONS OF THE FARM OR TAKE OUT A MASSIVE LOAN TO CONTINUE THE FAMILY OPERATION. THE STATUS QUO IN OUR TAX CODE THAT IS RIGGED AGAINST THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER THAT CAN'T AFFORD AN ARMY OF LAWYERS AND ACCOUNTANTS AND LOBBYISTS TO FIND ALL THE LOOPHOLES AND BAILOUTS AVAILABLE ONLY TO A SELECT FEW. THE STATUS QUO ARE TAX RATES FOR BUSINESSES THAT ARE SO HIGH THAT THE AMERICAN COMPANIES ARE NOT ABLE TO GROW. HIRE NEW WORKERS. OR BECOME COMPETITIVE WITH OTHER COUNTRIES ARNED THE WORLD. THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WAS ARGUING TO KEEP A BROKEN TAX CODE THAT IS PUSHING HARD WORKING TAXPAYERS, THAT IS PUNISHING HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS. ALL OF THE GRANDSTANDING LEAVES US WITH ONE QUESTION THAT NEEDS TO BE ANSWERED FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WHAT DO THESE TAX CUTS MEAN FOR YOU? IT MEANS THAT THE HARDWORKING FAMILY IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI WILL KEEP MORE OF THEIR PAYCHECK. INSTEAD OF BEING PENALIZED FOR SUCCESS, THIS BILL IS ABOUT EMPLOYEES. IT'S ABOUT WAGES. IT'S ABOUT GETTING TO KEEP MORE OF WHAT YOU EARN. FOR FAMILIES AND COUPLES, THE FIRST $24,000 YOU EARN UNDER THIS BILL WILL BE TAX-FREE. YOU GET TO KEEP IT. YOU GET TO DECIDE HOW TO SPEND YOUR OWN MONEY. NOT THE GOVERNMENT. IT MEANS THAT THE SMALL BUSINESSES AND FAMILY FARMS WON'T FEEL THE STING OF THE I.R.S. AND DEATH TAX THEN TRAGEDY STRIKES ON THEIR FAMILY. IT MEANS THAT LOBBYISTS AND SPECIAL INTERESTS BECOME THE LOSERS. WE CLOSE LOOPHOLES AND HANDOUTS THAT THE HARDWORKING TAXPAYER CAN'T GET. WE ARE ENDING A TAX CODE THAT ISN'T BUILT FOR THE EVERYDAY AMERICAN. WE ARE MAKING IT SIMPLE AND FAIRER. IT IS -- IT MEANS AMERICA CAN NOW COMPETE AND WIN AGAIN. WITH THIS BILL WE LOWER THE BUSINESS RATE TO HISTORIC LEVELS. WE ARE MAKING OUR ECONOMY HEALTHY AGAIN. AND WE KNOW FROM HISTORY THAT A HEALTHY ECONOMY TAKES CARE OF ITSELF. IT IS MORE STABLE AND SUSTAINABLE. IT PROVIDES FOR FULL EMPLOYMENT, BETTER JOB, AND HIGHER WAGES. FORMER PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY KNEW THIS WHEN HE SAID, OUR TRUE CHOICE IS NOT BETWEEN TAX REDUCTION ON THE ONE HAND AND THE AVOIDANCE OF LARGE FEDERAL DEFICITS ON THE OTHER. IT IS INCREASINGLY CLEAR THAT NO MATTER WHAT PARTY IS IN POWER, SO LONG AS OUR NATIONAL SECURITY NEEDS KEEP RISING, AN ECONOMY HAMPERED BY RESTRICTIVE TAX RATES WILL NEVER PRODUCE ENOUGH REVENUE TO BALANCE OUR BUDGET JUST AS IT WILL NEVER PRODUCE ENOUGH JOBS OR ENOUGH PROFITS.

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                                              • 06:39:27 PM

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                                              • 06:39:31 PM

                                                MR. ROSKAM

                                                I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

                                              • 06:39:33 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECK -- IS RECOGNIZED.

                                              • 06:39:38 PM

                                                MR. SMITH

                                                THE LESSONS OF THE LAST KECK DADE ARE NOT CAUSED BY WILD-EYED SPENDERS BUT…

                                                THE LESSONS OF THE LAST KECK DADE ARE NOT CAUSED BY WILD-EYED SPENDERS BUT SLOW ECONOMIC GROWTH AND PERIODIC RECESSION. IN NEW RECESSION WOULD BREAK ALL DEFICIT RECORDS. THIS BILL MAKES THE AMERICAN WORKER, THE AMERICAN FAMILY, THE AMERICAN FARMER, THE AMERICAN SMALL BUSINESSES, AND THE AMERICAN ECONOMY WINNERS ONCE AGAIN. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THE TAX CUT AND JOBS ACT.

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                                              • 06:40:08 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN IS…

                                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              • 06:40:13 PM

                                                MR. NEAL

                                                28,000 PEOPLE WILL USE THE STUDENT LOAN INTEREST DEDUCTION IN MISSOURI…

                                                28,000 PEOPLE WILL USE THE STUDENT LOAN INTEREST DEDUCTION IN MISSOURI NUMBER 8 CLAIMS NEAREDLY $33 MILLION IN DEDUCTION. WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MEDICAL MAN, DR. RUIZ, AND CONGRESSMAN, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                              • 06:40:31 PM

                                                MR. RUIZ

                                                THANK YOU, RANKING MEMBER NEAL, FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ON THIS BILL.…

                                                THANK YOU, RANKING MEMBER NEAL, FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ON THIS BILL. THE FACT IS, I DO WANT TO SIMPLIFY OUR TAX CODE. AND I DO WANT TAX REFORM. A TAX REFORM THAT RELIEVES THE BURDEN ON OUR MIDDLE CLASS, OUR SENIORS, OUR -- SENIORS, OUR VETERAN, AND OUR STUDENTS. LET'S JUST SEE HOW THIS BILL FARES WITH THE MIDDLE CLASS, SENIOR, VETERANS, AND STUDENTS. SO MY MIDDLE CLASS CONSTITUENTS IN CALIFORNIA WILL BE DOUBLE TAXED ON THEIR INCOME BUT BIG CORPORATIONS WILL GET TAX RELIEF. VETERANS IN MY DISTRICT WILL FIND IT HARDER TO FIND WORK OR A HOME BECAUSE THIS BILL ELIMINATES TAX CREDITS FOR HIRING VETERANS AND HARMS EFFORTS TO END VETERANS' HOMELESSNESS. MIDDLE CLASS HOMEOWNERS ACROSS CALIFORNIA WILL SEE THE VALUE OF THEIR HOMES DECREASE BY AS MUCH AS 10%. STUDENTS WILL GET HIT WITH THE LARGEST RELATIVE TAX INCREASE IN THIS BILL. AND SENIORS WILL SEE A MEDICARE CUT BY $25 BILLION A YEAR. THAT'S OVER $100 BILLION OF MEDICARE CUTS OVER THE NEXT FOUR YEARS. 38 MILLION MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES WILL SEE THEIR TAXES INCREASE. THEY ALWAYS POINT TO THIS FAMILY OF FOUR EARNING $59,000, GETTING A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF TAX CUTS BUT 38 MILLION MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES WILL SEE THEIR TAXES INCREASE. ALL THIS WHILE GIVING TAX BREAKS TO MILLIONAIRES, BILLIONAIRES, AND CORPORATIONS WHO SHIFT JOBS JEAVER SEAS AND RAISE THE DEFICIT BY $1.44 TRILLION WITHIN 10 YEARS. IN FACT, NEARLY 85% OF THE TAX CUTS IN THIS BILL GO TO MILLIONAIRES, BILLIONAIRES AND MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS THAT SHIP JOBS OVERSEAS. THE WITH THE TOM LINE IS THIS BILL RAISES TAXES -- TAXES ON THE MIDDLE CLASS AND GIVES TAX BREAKS TO BILLIONAIRES. THIS IS IRRESPONSIBLE AND UNACCEPTABLE. EURGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS BILL AND PROTECT MEDICARE, PROTECT THE MIDDLE CLASS, PROTECT VETERANS.

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                                              • 06:42:46 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                THE GENTLEMAN IS NO LONGER RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS…

                                                THE GENTLEMAN IS NO LONGER RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              • 06:42:51 PM

                                                MR. ROSKAM

                                                I DON'T KNOW, MADAM SPEAKER IF YOU'RE IN CALIFORNIA'S 36TH DISTRICT AND…

                                                I DON'T KNOW, MADAM SPEAKER IF YOU'RE IN CALIFORNIA'S 36TH DISTRICT AND YOUR MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME IS $58,000, IT LOOKS LIKE A TAX CUT OF $1,090. I'M INFORMED THAT OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE HAVE MORE TIME AND MY SUGGESTION IS THAT WE WILL RESERVE OUR TIME AND LET OUR FRIENDS USE SOME OF THEIR TIME TO GET BACK IN BALANCE.

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                                              • 06:43:14 PM

                                                MR. NEAL

                                                WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD.

                                              • 06:43:16 PM

                                                MR. ROSKAM

                                                I'M NERVOUS TO YIELD.

                                              • 06:43:23 PM

                                                MR. NEAL

                                                YOU WANT TO YIELD TO ME.

                                              • 06:43:29 PM

                                                MR. ROSKAM

                                                MADAM, THE GENTLEMAN HAS MORE TIME.

                                              • 06:43:32 PM

                                                MR. NEAL

                                                HOW MUCH TIME --

                                              • 06:43:33 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RESERVES.

                                              • 06:43:37 PM

                                                MR. NEAL

                                                HOW MUCH TIME DO WE HAVE LEFT?

                                              • 06:43:39 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS HAS 16 1/4 MINUTES.

                                              • 06:43:47 PM

                                                MR. NEAL

                                                WE HAPPEN TO HAVE THE NEPHEW OF FORMER PRESIDENT KENNEDY HERE WHO WILL SET…

                                                WE HAPPEN TO HAVE THE NEPHEW OF FORMER PRESIDENT KENNEDY HERE WHO WILL SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT ON THAT YET ATTRIBUTED TO PRESIDENT KENNEDY A FEW MOMENTS OOK. WITH THAT, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO JOE KENNEDY.

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                                              • 06:44:01 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                                              • 06:44:04 PM

                                                MR. KENNEDY

                                                MADAM SPEAKER, I THANK YOU AND I THANK MY FRIEND AND MENTOR IN THE HOUSE…

                                                MADAM SPEAKER, I THANK YOU AND I THANK MY FRIEND AND MENTOR IN THE HOUSE THE DEAN OF OUR DELEGATION FROM MASSACHUSETTS, IN NEAL, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE AND SO MANY OTHERS. I'M ALWAYS HEARTENED BY THE QUOTES OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY OFFERED BY ANY MEMBER OF THIS BODY. I'D LIKE TO THINK THEY'D SEEK TO EMULATE HIM NOT JUST ON THE MARGINAL TAX CUTS HE PUT FORTH 50 YEARS AGO BUT ALSO ON IMMIGRATION, CIVIL RIGHTS AND HIS STANCE WITH RUSSIA. BUT THOSE ARE ISSUES FOR ANOTHER DAY. THE ISSUE TODAY IS THE VOTE WE'LL TAKE ON THE FLOOR TOMORROW TO REWRITE AN AMERICAN TAX CODE THAT WILL TOUCH EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN LIFE. TRUE TAX REFORM IS COMPLICATED, CUMBERSOME AND DEEPLY PERSONAL. BUT THIS BILL IS NONE OF THOSE THINGS. IT IS A MASSIVE, PERMANENT HANDOUT TO CORPORATIONS, PASSED OFF ON AMERICAN FAMILIES. IT IS A TERRIFYINGLY PRECISE ATTACK ON PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC ILLNESS A HEARTLESS ROADBLOCK FOR LONG-TERM STUDENTS AND A CHOICE TO VALUE INHERITED WEALTH MORE THAN HARD-EARNED INCOME. IT'S A GIFT TO CORPORATIONS AND THE RICHEST AMONG US, IT'S PAID FOR BY LONG NIGHTS, DOUBLE-SHIFTS AND VACATIONS NOT TAKEN AND OF HARD WORKING AMERICAN FAMILIES SACRIFICING THEIR HOPE FOR A BETTER TOMORROW. YOU'RE ASKING THEM TO FORTIFY YOUR TAX CUTS AND STOCK OPTIONS WITH THEIR CLASSROOMS, YOUR CORPORATE PROFITS WITH THEIR ROADS AN BRIDGES, YOUR BALANCE SHEETS WITH THEIR HARD-EARNED RETIREMENT AND HEALTH CARE BENEFITS. AS WELL AS A BOOST TO CORPORATE PROFITS, 80% OF THE STOCKS IN THIS COUNTRY ARE OWNED BY 10% OF AMERICANS. ASK YOURSELF WHO WILL BE THE BENEFICIARY OF ALL THAT MONEY. THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL DOES. YOU HEARD FROM MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS OVER THE COURSE OF THE PAST COUPLE OF DAYS ABOUT WHAT THIS WILL SAVE THE AVERAGE AMERICAN FAMILY BUT NOT ABOUT THE 36 MILLION PEOPLE, FAMILY, THAT ILL WILL -- THAT WILL EXPERIENCE A TAX HIKE. WHAT THEY AREN'T GOING TO TELL YOU IS WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN THE MOMENT THE BILL IS PASSED. LUCKILY FOR THE AMERICAN AFTER THIS BILL IS DONE THEY ARE TURNING TOWARDS SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE AND MEDICAID.

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                                              • 06:46:28 PM

                                                MR. KENNEDY

                                                HOW IS THAT GOING TO SAVE YOU. AND THAT CLAUSE WAS ADDED. ASK THEM HOW…

                                                HOW IS THAT GOING TO SAVE YOU. AND THAT CLAUSE WAS ADDED. ASK THEM HOW MUCH MORE SAVINGS WILL GO TO ONE FAMILY. THAT'S WHAT YOUR BILL DOES. THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL MEANS AND WHAT THIS BILL IS ABOUT ABOUT THE VALUES AND VISION OF AMERICA ABOUT A TAX STRUCTURE THAT SHOULD REFLECT VALUES OF AMERICA. I YIELD BACK.

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                                              • 06:46:56 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN…

                                                MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              • 06:47:05 PM

                                                MR. NEAL

                                                I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, WELL KNOWN CHAMPION OF…

                                                I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, WELL KNOWN CHAMPION OF CIVIL LIBERTIES AND SCHOLAR OF THE LAW, CONGRESSMAN RASKIN.

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                                              • 06:47:15 PM

                                                MR. RASKIN

                                                THANK YOU. AS MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE PREPARE THEIR STATISTICS FOR MY…

                                                THANK YOU. AS MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE PREPARE THEIR STATISTICS FOR MY DISTRICT, THIS LAST WEEKEND, I WANT YOU TO COME TO MY DISTRICT AND DEBATE ME AND SEVERAL OTHER MEMBERS OF OUR CAUCUS AND I'M HAPPY TO COME TO YOUR CAUCUS BECAUSE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SHOULD BE ABLE TO BE PART OF THIS DECISION. WHEN THE MAJORITY VOTED TO THROW 30 MILLION AMERICANS OFF OF HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS AND CELEBRATED LIKE IT WAS MARCHEDY GRAW AND SUPER BOWL. WHEN MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS REBELED, PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID THEY VOTED FOR A MEAN BILL AND HE WAS RIGHT. AND LIKE A LAMB AT THE SLAUGHTER, THEY ARE GOING FOR A TAX SCAM NOW MOVING THROUGH CONGRESS WITH THE SPEED OF LIGHT. WHILE OUR COLLEAGUES WALK THE PLANK FOR THE BILLIONAIRES AND TRUMP TYCOONS WHO ARE LAUGHING ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK AND WHEN WE REBEL AND THIS TAX SCAM BITES THE DUST, PRESIDENT TRUMP CAN CALL THIS MONSTROSITY MEAN BUT GREEDY. IT PUTS $1.5 TRILLION ON AMERICA'S CREDIT CARD SO THE SONS AND DAUGHTERS CAN PAY FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES FOR A GIANT CORPORATE TAX CUT IN A PERIOD OF RECORD CORPORATE PROFITS. CORPORATE WEALTH IS OWNED BY FOREIGN INVESTORS, $00 BILLION GOES TO SAUDI ARABIA AND CHINA AND OTHER FOREIGN INVESTOR HAVENS AND NOT GO TO MEDICARE, MEDICAID OR OTHER PUBLIC PURPOSES. THEY MOVE TO THE TAX SYSTEM SO CORPORATE PROFITS MOVED ABROAD WILL GIVE INCENTIVES. SOMEBODY TELL DONALD TRUMP BECAUSE THIS TAX SCAM PUTS FOREIGN JOBS FIRST. MEANTIME, 34 MILLION AMERICANS GET HIT WITH A TAX INCREASE. GOOD-BYE TO THE HEALTH CARE DEDUCTION AND THE LOAN TAX DEDUCTION AND THE ESTATE TAX WHICH APPLIES ONLY TO BILLIONAIRES IN THE COUNTRY, 200,000 FAMILIES. WHERE IS THE DEMOCRACY? WHEN WE HAD A BIPARTISAN BILL IN 1986 WE TOOK MORE THAN TWO YEARS AND PASSED WITH OVERWHELMING SUPPORT. THIS TAX SCAM HAS HAD NO HEARINGS, NO EXPERTS' TESTIMONY. WE NEED TAX REFORM BUT DON'T NEED A CORPORATE TAX SCAM IMPOSED AGAINST THE MIDDLE CLASS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                              • 06:50:09 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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                                              • 06:50:18 PM

                                                MR. NEAL

                                                I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, CONGRESSWOMAN…

                                                I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, CONGRESSWOMAN WATERS.

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                                                THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                                              • 06:50:28 PM

                                                MS. WATERS

                                                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 1, WHICH IS JUST A…

                                                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 1, WHICH IS JUST A CONTINUATION OF REPUBLICANS RELENTLESS ATTACK ON WORKING FAMILIES. THIS IS NOT A TAX PLAN. IT IS A TAX SCAM. THIS PRESIDENT WON'T DISCLOSE HOW HE IS GOING TO BENEFIT FROM THIS TAX SCAM. HE HAS DISRESPECTED US ALL. THIS TAX SCAM WILL ELIMINATE THE STUDENT LOAN INTEREST DEDUCTION. IT WILL ELIMINATE STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTIONS ON INCOME. IT WILL RESTRICT THE MORTGAGE INTEREST DEDUCTION. 47 MILLION TAXPAYERS FACE A TAX HIKE, ALMOST HALF OF ANY TAX CUTS WILL GO TO THE RICHEST 1%. RESIDENTS OF MY STATE, CALIFORNIA, WILL TASTE THE LARGEST NET TAX INCREASE TOTALLING $12.1 BILLION IN 2027 ALONE. MR. SPEAKER, AND MEMBERS, I CALL ON THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO SHOW HIS TAX INCOME, TO SHOW HIS TAX PLAN. HE NEEDS TO LET US KNOW WHAT HE'S ALL ABOUT AND WHAT HIS TAXES ARE. FROM THE VERY BEGINNING HE SAID HE COULDN'T SHOW THEM AT THE TIME THAT HE WAS ASKED WHEN HE WAS FIRST INAUGURATED INTO THIS PRESIDENCY. IT'S TIME FOR THE PRESIDENT TO SHOW US HIS TAX RETURNS RATHER THAN COMING UP WITH A TAX SCAM ASKING EVERYBODY ELSE TO PAY UP, TO PAY MORE AND SAYING THIS IS A MIDDLE-CLASS TAX CUT WHEN IT IS NOT. WE WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT HIM AND HIS PLAN. AND SO WITH THAT, MY ONE MINUTE OR TWO MINUTES THIS EVENING IS ALL ABOUT SENDING A MESSAGE TO THE PRESIDENT EVEN THOUGH I WILL BE CAUTIONONNED NOT TO TALK TO THE PRESIDENT. SHOW YOUR TAX RETURN.

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                                              • 06:52:27 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN…

                                                MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              • 06:52:36 PM

                                                MR. ROSKAM

                                                AND THAT IS A BENEFIT OF $1,95 DOLLARS IF H.R. 1 IS PASSED INTO LAW. I…

                                                AND THAT IS A BENEFIT OF $1,95 DOLLARS IF H.R. 1 IS PASSED INTO LAW. I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                                              • 06:52:56 PM

                                                MR. LAHOOD

                                                WE HAVE A TERRIFIC BILL BEFORE THE HOUSE TONIGHT. THE PEOPLE OF ILLINOIS…

                                                WE HAVE A TERRIFIC BILL BEFORE THE HOUSE TONIGHT. THE PEOPLE OF ILLINOIS ARE UNFORTUNATELY ALL TOO FAMILIAR WITH HIGH TAXES AND THE BURDEN THEY PUT ON FAMILIES AND OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES. AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL, THINGS HAVE BECOME JUST AS BAD WITH A TAX CODE THAT IS OVER 74,000 PAGES LONG AND RIDDLED WITH LOOPHOLES. OVER 30 YEARS HAS PASSED SINCE THE CONGRESS HAS PASSED COMPREHENSIVE TAX REFORM AND SEE THE EFFECTS OF OUR OUTDATED TAX CODE EVERYWHERE. WE HAVE STAGNANT HIRING, WAGES AND ECONOMY THAT IS HOLDING BACK OUR MIDDLE CLASS INSTEAD OF GETTING AHEAD. H.R. 1, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IS OUR CHANCE TO CHANGE ALL OF THIS. BY SIMPLIFYING OUR TAX CODE AND BRINGING RELIEF TO EVERY DAY FAMILIES. WE CAN JUMP START THE ECONOMY AND GET IT BACK TO WORKING FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. THE CHOICE BEFORE US IS A SIMPLE ONE. DO WE SUPPORT THIS BILL AND SUPPORT THE MIDDLE CLASS OR EMBRACE THE STATUS QUO. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO COME TOGETHER AND VOTE FOR THIS BILL. LET'S SEND A SIGNAL THAT WE DON'T STAND FOR THE STATUS QUO BUT STAND FOR GROWTH AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND BRING RELIEF TO THE MIDDLE CLASS. SUPPORT THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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                                              • 06:54:22 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS. KNEEL KNEEL I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE…

                                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS. KNEEL KNEEL I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM SELMA, ALABAMA, CONGRESSWOMAN SEWELL.

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                                              • 06:54:31 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

                                              • 06:54:34 PM

                                                MS. SEWELL

                                                AND I CAN TELL YOU THAT THIS TAX BILL DOESN'T REFLECT MY VALUES NOR THOSE…

                                                AND I CAN TELL YOU THAT THIS TAX BILL DOESN'T REFLECT MY VALUES NOR THOSE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS BILL FAVORS THE WEALTHY OVER THE MIDDLE CLASS AND CORPORATIONS OVER WORKING FAMILIES AND SPECIAL INTERESTS OVER EVERY DAY AMERICANS. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL RAISES TAXES FOR 36 MILLION MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS AND CARBS A CHECK FOR $2.3 TRILLION WORTH OF DEBT THAT WILL BE LEFT TO OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. THIS TAX BILL GIVES PERMANENT TAX CUTS FOR THE CORPORATIONS AND MULTINATIONALS WHILE MAKING THE TAX CUTS FOR REGULAR TAXPAYERS TEMPORARY. THIS TAX BILL PRESERVES CERTAIN TAX CUTS BUT DOES AWAY WITH TAX CUTS. IT ELIMINATE THE DEDUCTION FOR STATE AND LOCAL TAXES AND LIMITS THE MORTGAGE INTEREST DEDUCTION AND AFFECTING NINE MILLION HOUSEHOLDS. THE TAX POLICY CENTER ESTIMATES THAT ALMOST HALF OF THE TAX CUTS, 47% OF THE TAX CUTS WILL GO TO THE TOP 1%, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL JUST DEFICIENT STATES EDUCATION, EDUCATION WHICH IS TRULY THE INVESTMENT IN OUR HUMAN CAPITAL, OUR WORK FORCE. IT ELIMINATES DEDUCTIONS FOR INTEREST ON STUDENT LOANS AND TEACHERS WHO BUY SUPPLIES AND ELIMINATES LIFETIME LEARNING CLINICS AND ELIMINATES EMPLOYER TUITION ASSISTANCE. THIS BILL ADDS A SPECIAL TAX ON THE ENDOWMENTS OF COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES WHICH WILL REDUCE SCHOLARSHIPS AND INCREASE THE COST OF COLLEGE. CITIES AND TOWNS WILL BE DECIMATED BY THIS BILL. THIS BILL ELIMINATES TAX INCENTIVES SUCH AS THE PRIVATE ACTIVITY BONDS AND NEW MARKET TAX CREDITS AND HISTORIC TAX CREDITS WHICH AFFECT THE ABILITY TO BUILD LIBRARIES AND HOSPITALS, TO BUILD ROADS AND BRIDGES AND FUND INFRASTRUCTURE. THESE ARE INCREDIBLE INVESTMENTS THAT SPUR ECONOMIC GROWTH. THIS TAX BILL HAS IT BACKWARDS. THIS CONGRESS SHOULD VALUE ITS CONSTITUENTS FIRST, NOT WALL STREET, NOT SPECIAL INTERESTS. IT'S CONSTITUENTS FIRST. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THIS TAX BILL BECAUSE IT DOESN'T REPRESENT THE VALUES THAT OUR CONSTITUENTS SENT US HERE TO THIS HALLOW PLACE, CONGRESS, TO REPRESENT. WE SHOULD BE REPRESENTING THEM AND NOT THE SPECIAL INTERESTS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                              • 06:57:14 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK.

                                              • 06:57:19 PM

                                                MR. ROSKAM

                                                DO A QUICK LITTLE CLEANUP. THERE WAS A DISCUSSION BY THE GENTLELADY FROM…

                                                DO A QUICK LITTLE CLEANUP. THERE WAS A DISCUSSION BY THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA WHERE SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT TEACHERS FOR EXAMPLE. TEACHERS WON'T BE HARMED BY SHIFTING THE STATUS QUO BECAUSE WHAT THEY ARE GETTING RIGHT NOW IS $250 DEDUCTION WHICH IS WORTH ABOUT $37 AT THE 15% TAX RATE, RECEIPTS THEY HAVE TO KEEP ALL YEAR LONG AND APPLY IT AT THE END AND WE SAY DUMP THAT. LET'S GET AWAY FROM THAT AND DOUBLE THEIR STANDARD DEDUCTION AND GIVE THEM REAL MONEY. I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA AND ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS CONTROL THE REMAINDER OF OUR TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                              • 06:58:03 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                OF OUR TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                ENGAGE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IN A COL QUEE. TAX REFORM WILL RESULT IN…

                                                ENGAGE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IN A COL QUEE. TAX REFORM WILL RESULT IN ECONOMIC GROWTH ACROSS THE COUNTRY ESPECIALLY IN MY HOME STATE OF CALIFORNIA. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS DEDICATION FOR THIS IMPORTANT EFFORT. MY HOME STATE IS UNIQUELY POSITIONED IN THIS TAX DEBATE. DUE TO THE LIBERAL TAX AND SPEND POLICIES ENACTED BY THE CALIFORNIA STATE LEGISLATURE, MY DISTRICT IN ORANGE COUNTY IS ONE OF THE MOST EXPENSIVE PLACES TO LIVE IN THIS COUNTRY. CALIFORNIA HAS THE HIGHEST PERSONAL INCOME TAX RATE IN THE COUNTRY, REACHING A CRUSHING 12.3%. THE MEDIAN HOME IN MY DISTRICT IS ALMOST $800,000. CALIFORNIA ALSO HAS THE HIGHEST GAS TAX IN THIS COUNTRY. WHILE THIS IS IMPORTANT TO GROW OUR ECONOMY, I HAVE SOME CONCERNS THAT OUR CONSTITUENTS MIGHT BE WORSE OFF. AS SACRAMENTO CONFISCATES MORE OF OUR PAYCHECKS, WE MUST ENSURE THAT WASHINGTON DOES NOT PUT SIMILAR TAX BURDENS ON OUR CONSTITUENTS. I ASK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE TO ASSURE ME THAT WE WILL ENSURE THAT INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES IN MY DISTRICT ARE PROTECTED FROM SUCH UNINTENDED OUTCOMES. I YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. KNIGHT.

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                                              • 06:59:36 PM

                                                MR. KNIGHT

                                                IF YOU WANT TO DEMONIZE AND SCARE PEOPLE AND YELL AND SCREAM AND RAISE…

                                                IF YOU WANT TO DEMONIZE AND SCARE PEOPLE AND YELL AND SCREAM AND RAISE YOUR HANDS AND YOU SAY THINGS THAT THEY HAVEN'T LOOKED INTO. WHAT I DID, IS I TALKED TO PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT AND LOOKED AT THEIR RATES AND SAID LET'S LOOK AT YOUR TAXES AND I FOUND PEOPLE IN THE LOWER INCOME RATE IN MY DISTRICT GOT RELIEF. PEOPLE IN THE MIDDLE INCOME GOT RELIEF RIGHT ACROSS THE BOARD EVERYONE WE KEPT TALKING TO, THIS HAPPENED. I WOULD SAY BEFORE YOU COME DOWN AND YELL AND SCREAM AND TRY AND SCARE PEOPLE ON SOMETHING YOU MIGHT HAVE HEARD, ACTUALLY WORK WITH YOUR PEOPLE. IT WORKS. MR. CHAIRMAN, IF THIS BILL IS ENACTED, IT WILL RESULT IN ECONOMIC GROWTH ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND ESPECIALLY IN MY HOME STATE OF CALIFORNIA. THE LOWER RATES FOR FAMILIES, BUSINESSES AND TAX SIMPLICITY OFFERED BY THIS BILL WILL PROVIDE NET TAX RELIEF TO THE MIDDLE CLASS AND OUR COUNTRY'S JOB CREATORS. IT WILL CREATE A MILLION JOBS NATIONWIDE AND 10% OF THOSE IN CALIFORNIA. . I AM CONCERNED ABOUT HOW THE BILL COULD IMPACT SOME OF MY CONSTITUENTS AS A RESULT OF THE HIGH LEVEL OF INCOME TAXES IMPOSED ON THEM BY OUR STATE GOVERNMENT. I WOULD ASK THE CHAIRMAN OF WAYS AND MEANS, CAN HE ASSURE ME THAT WE CONTINUE OUR WORK AND ENSURE THE FAMILIES IN MY DISTRICT ARE PROTECTED FROM SUCH UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES? AND THAT THEY WILL BE ABLE TO FULLY ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF THIS BILL? AND YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLELADY.

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                                                MR. BRADY

                                                WILL THE GENTLELADY YIELD?

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                                                YES, I WILL YIELD. BRAID BRAY I WANT TO THANK BOTH --

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                                                MR. BRADY

                                                I WANT TO THANK BOTH OF YOU FOR STEPPING FORWARD AND BEING SUCH STRONG…

                                                I WANT TO THANK BOTH OF YOU FOR STEPPING FORWARD AND BEING SUCH STRONG ADVOCATES FOR TAXPAYERS. IT SAVES FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES ALMOST BEYOND BELIEF. OUR GOAL IS TO ACHIEVE TAX RELIEF FOR FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, REGARDLESS OF WHERE YOU LIVE. AND ACROSS ALL INCOMES. WHILE AT THE SAME TIME UNLEAVING THE ECONOMIC ENGINE OF -- UNLEASHING THE ECONOMIC ENGINE OF AMERICAN ECONOMIC GROWTH. CALIFORNIA IS THE NUMBER ONE JOB CREATOR UNDER NEW TAX CODE. SO I AGREE WITH THE GENTLEMAN AND THE GENTLELADY. THERE ARE STILL SOME AREAS WHERE WE WANT TO MAKE AND WILL MAKE IMPROVEMENTS IN THIS BILL. IF YOU WILL WORK WITH US TO CONTINUE TO MOVE THIS PROCESS FORWARD, I'M HAPPY TO COMMIT TO WORK WITH BOTH OF YOU TO ENSURE WE REACH A POSITIVE OUTCOME FOR YOUR CONSTITUENTS AND YOUR FAMILIES, AS WE RECONCILE OUR DIFFERENCES WITH THE SENATE. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                I YIELD BACK.

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                                                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 MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZE.

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                                              • 07:02:19 PM

                                                MR. NEAL

                                                THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. 33% OF MR. KNIGHT'S CONSTITUENTS DERIVE A…

                                                THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. 33% OF MR. KNIGHT'S CONSTITUENTS DERIVE A $16,000 ANNUAL BENEFIT FROM THE MORTGAGE INTEREST DEDUCTION. IN THE CASE OF THE GENTLELADY, 37% OF HER CONSTITUENTS ENJOY AN $18,200 MORTGAGE INTEREST DEDUCTION BENEFIT. IT'S MY INTENTION TO CLOSE IF THERE ARE NO MORE SPEAKERS ON THE OTHER SIDE. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE, MADAM SPEAKER, THIS IS, AS I OPENED WITH, A MISSED OPPORTUNITY. WE ALL KNOW WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS TAX CODE. WE COULD HAVE FOUND AREAS OF COMPROMISE, EMPHASIZING THE MIDDLE CLASS AND MIDDLE INCOME EARNERS. WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE TAX CODE THAT AMERICAN CORPORATIONS USE IS NOT COMPETITIVE NOW INTERNATIONALLY. BUT WE WANTED SOME RELIEF FROM MIDDLE INCOME PEOPLE -- FOR MIDDLE INCOME PEOPLE. HERE'S WHERE THE INVESTMENT COULD HAVE TAKEN PLACE. WE COULD HAVE BEGUN AN INVESTMENT IN HUMAN CAPITAL. YOU'VE HEARD IT TONIGHT. LABOR PARTICIPATION RATES IN AMERICA, WE ALL SHOULD BE ALARMED BY WHAT'S HAPPENED IN THE POSTWAR PERIOD, WHERE AT ONE TIME IT WAS 66% AND NOUTS 63.8% -- AND NOW IT'S 63.8%. IT'S ABOUT TECHNOLOGY, ABOUT GLOBALIZATION, FOR SURE, BUT IT'S ALSO ABOUT SKILL SET. 18,000 PRECISION MANUFACTURING JOBS IN NEW ENGLAND GO UNANSWERED. THE SMALLEST GEOGRAPHIC REGION OF THE COUNTRY. THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR REPORTED THIS WEEK SIX MILLION JOBS IN AMERICA GO UNANSWERED. IT'S PART OF A SKILL SET ISSUE. AND YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE WE NEED TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT? TWO MILLION PEOPLE IN AMERICA ARE ADDICTED TO OPIATES. THAT'S WHAT WE SHOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT. AND GETTING THEM BACK INTO THE WORKPLACE THROUGH THE TRAMPOLINE EFFECT WHERE THEY BOUNCE BACK UP INTO THE MAINSTREAM. BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT WE DID. WITHOUT ANY HEARINGS, WITHOUT ANY CHANCE FOR THE MINORITY TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY TERMS OF SUBSTANCE, WE MOVED FORWARD. I WANT TO SAY TO THE LAST TWO SPEAKERS, THEY'RE SINCERE ENOUGH. WE'VE HEARD NOW FOUR DIFFERENT PEOPLE COME TO THE WELL OF THIS HOUSE ON THE OTHER SIDE AND SAY TO THE CHAIRPERSON OF OUR COMMITTEE AND A FRIEND, ARE YOU GOING TO FIX THIS AFTER THE BILL LEAVES HERE? FOUR DIFFERENT PEOPLE ASKED FOR A FIX. AND I WANT TO TELL YOU BASED ON LONG EXPERIENCE IN THIS HOUSE, THE PATH GETS MORE NARROW AS IT LEAVES THIS HOUSE, IT DOESN'T GROW MORE EXPANSIVE. IT WILL BE HARDER TO FIX THESE THINGS BECAUSE OF THE BUDGET SCORE THAT WAS EMBRACED. SO IN 2001, WE WERE PROMISED WIDESPREAD ECONOMIC GROWTH WHEN PRESIDENT BUSH TOOK THE CLINTON SURPLUS AND OFFERED $1.3 TRILLION WORTH OF TAX CUTS. AND WOULD YOU LOOK AT THE DISTRIBUTION TABLES -- AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE DISTRIBUTION TABLES, THEY WERE RIGHT ABOUT ONE THING, EVERYBODY DID GET A TAX CUT. THEN YOU LOOK AT THOSE TABLES AND SAY, LET ME EXAMINE WHO GOT WHAT. THEN IN 2003, WE CAME BACK AND THE PRESIDENT PROPOSED A $1 -- PROPOSED $1 TRILLION WORTH OF TAX CUTS BASED ON THE PREMISE OF KNICK GROWTH, WHICH DIDN'T HAPPEN -- OF ECONOMIC GROWTH. WHICH DIDN'T HAPPEN. AND BY THE WAY, IN 2004, MAYBE THE GRANDDADDY OF THEM ALL, REPATRIATION. WE'RE GOING TO REPATRIATE AT 5.25% THOSE HOLDINGS OFFSHORE. ON THE PREMISE OF JOB GROWTH. AND THERE WAS NONE. WE HAD THIS OPPORTUNITY TO DO THIS TOGETHER. UNDERSTANDING, AS I DESCRIBED WITH WORKER PARTICIPATION RATES, UNDERSTANDING THAT BECAUSE OF MOST FAMILIES NOW NOT HAVING LARGE NUMBERS OF CHILDREN ANY LONGER, THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN ABOUT IMMIGRATION REFORM AS WELL, ATTACHED TO IT. WE ALL KNOW SKILLED WORKERS FROM OVERSEAS ARE GOING TO BE AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. AND WE SHOULD BE EMBRACING THAT, ALONG WITH SENSIBLE TAX POLICY BASED UPON SOME RELIEF FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. SO INSTEAD WE ARE TAKING AWAY THE ABILITY OF AMERICAN STUDENTS TO DEDUCT INTEREST ON THEIR LOANS, TO PAY FOR A TAX CUT FOR PEOPLE AT THE TOP. WE'RE TAKING AWAY A MEDICAL EXPENSE DEDUCTION FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE, TO PAY FOR A TAX CUT FOR PEOPLE AT THE TOP. WE ARE ASSESSING UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES NOW, A NEW SPECIAL TAX TO PAY FOR TAX CUTS FOR PEOPLE AT THE TOP. WE COULD HAVE HAD THIS CONVERSATION. WE ACKNOWLEDGE WHAT PRESIDENT REAGAN AND SPEAKER O'NEILL DID. BECAUSE IT WAS BASED UPON GOODWILL AND COMMONALITY AND NOT NEEDING JUST A POLITICAL VICTORY. SO DAY AFTER DAY THEY PLOWED THROUGH WITH 450 WITNESSES IN FRONT OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE. HOW MANY WITNESSES DID WE HAVE IN FRONT OF WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE? ZERO. HOW MANY HEARINGS DID WE HAVE ON THIS TAX BILL? ZERO. WE SAW THE MANAGER'S AMENDMENT AND WERE GIVEN 20 MINUTES TO REVIEW IT. AND I DON'T MEAN 25 MINUTES, I MEAN 20 MINUTES. BACK TO REGULAR ORDER. WE SHOULD SCRAP THIS BILL AND TO THOSE THAT ARE VULNERABLE ON THE OTHER SIDE, I WOULD NOT BE TRUSTING OF THE IDEA THAT THESE ISSUES ARE GOING TO BE FIXED AFTER YOU CAST THIS VOTE TOMORROW MORNING. THERE WILL BE AN OPPORTUNITY TO GO BACK AND REDO THIS IF THE OTHER SIDE WOULD SAY, LET'S FIND A MEANINGFUL PATH TO COOPERATION BETWEEN THE TWO PARTIES. THAT'S ALL WE'RE ASKING FOR ON THIS SIDE. INCLUDE US IN THIS DISCUSSION SO WE MIGHT INVEST IN COMMUNITY COLLEGES, VOCATIONAL EDUCATION, INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS, SKILL SET TRAINING, AND ANSWER THE CALL OF GLOBALIZATION. WE STILL DO INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY THAT FAR SURPASSES THE REST OF THE WORLD. NOTHING WE CAN'T ANSWER IN AMERICA WITHOUT THOSE HEALTHY INVESTMENTS WE NEED. INSTEAD WHEN YOU LOOK AT THESE DISTRIBUTION TABLES THAT ARE PROPOSED AS TO WHO IS GOING TO GET WHAT, TAKING AWAY ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX FOR THE 4 1/2 MILLION FAMILIES THAT PAY IT, AND ASKING STUDENTS TO GIVE UP THEIR STUDENT INTEREST DEDUCTION, THE ESTATE TAX, WE'RE REPEALING IT AND ASKING THAT LOVED ONE WHO HAS ALZHEIMER'S, THAT IS BEING CARED FOR AT HOME, TO GIVE UP THAT MEDICAL DEDUCTION TO PAY FOR ALL OF THAT. IT MAKES NO SENSE WHATSOEVER. BUT THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY, MADAM SPEAKER, TO REVERSE COURSE. IN MY YEARS HERE, I COULD TELL YOU THIS. ANYBODY WHO THINKS THAT THE SENATE, THE UNITED STATES SENATE, IS GOING TO ACCOMMODATE THE WISHES, WHEN THEY SEE THE GOAL POST AND THE GOAL LINE OF A HANDFUL OF MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE, THEY'RE MAKING A MISCALCULATION. SO WE'VE HEARD TONIGHT THEY'RE GOING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT MORTGAGE INTEREST DEDUCTION, THEY'RE GOING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE HISTORIC TAX CREDIT, THEY'RE GOING TO REVISIT SOME OF THESE ISSUES. YOU KNOW HOW DIFFICULT THAT'S GOING TO BE, MADAM SPEAKER? THAT'S GOING TO BE NEAR IMPOSSIBLE. AND ON TOP OF THAT, THEY'RE GOING TO GO BACK AND TRY TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AGAIN AND TAKE 13 MILLION PEOPLE AWAY FROM THEIR INSURANCE SO THAT WE CAN HAVE A TAX CUT THAT FURTHER CONCENTRATES WEALTH FOR A HANDFUL OF PEOPLE IN AMERICA. THIS IS THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, MADAM SPEAKER. NOT THE HOUSE OF LORDS. WE DON'T SERVE HERE BY PEERAGE. WE'RE NOT ENTITLED TO ANYTHING HERE. MOST OF US COME FROM PRETTY MODEST BACKGROUNDS. THAT'S THE PRINCIPLE WE SHOULD BE HONORING IN THIS TAX DEBATE AS WE DISCUSS WHO IS ABOUT TO PAY WHAT AND WHO THE REWARDS OUGHT TO BE FOR THE HARDWORKING MEN AND WOMEN. AND THE LAST NOTE I'M GOING TO EXPRESS BEFORE I YIELD BACK MY TIME, WHAT ABOUT THOSE ONE MILLION VETERANS WHO HAVE SERVED US HONORABLY IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN? NEW VETERANS. WHAT ABOUT THEM? ARE WE GOING TO EVENTUALLY CUT THEIR BENEFITS WITH SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE AND MEDICAID AND PUT IT ALL ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK? AS WE ATTEMPT TO FURTHER CONCENTRATE WEALTH IN AMERICA, PARTICULARLY FOR UNEARNED INCOME, BY THE WAY, THAT'S WHERE WE'RE HEADED. WE SHOULD HONOR THE SKILLS OF THOSE MEN AND WOMEN WHO EVERY DAY GET UP AND STRIVE AND WORK HARD IN THIS COUNTRY. WITH A SENSE OF PURPOSE AND GREAT PATRIOTISM. AND THAT'S WHAT WE SHOULD BE ACKNOWLEDGING IN THIS DEBATE. AND I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO TOMORROW MORNING WHEN WE CONCLUDE THIS DEBATE AND SPEND THE TWO HOURS DISCUSSING MORE WHAT HAVE WE'VE WITNESSED HERE TONIGHT. AND THERE WILL BE MORE THAN ENOUGH ENTHUSIASM ON OUR SIDE. THEY'LL BE LINED UP TO R.F.K. STADIUM TO PARTICIPATE TOMORROW MORNING ON THIS DEBATE. THAT'S HOW IMPORTANT THIS IS TO THE FUTURE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, THANKS FOR YOUR COURTESY. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                              • 07:11:07 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE HIS TIME? DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE HIS TIME?…

                                                DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE HIS TIME? DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE HIS TIME? THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.

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                                              • 07:11:14 PM

                                                MR. NEAL

                                                I THINK I'M OUT OF TIME, MADAM SPEAKER. THANK YOU.

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                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                              • 07:11:22 PM

                                                MR. BRADY

                                                MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MADAM…

                                                MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MADAM SPEAKER, WASHINGTON IS JUST HILARIOUS. YOU KNOW, LAWMAKERS BACK HOME TELL EVERYONE THEY'RE FOR TAX REFORM. UNTIL IT COMES ACTUALLY TIME TO DO IT. EVERYONE SAYS THEY WANT A FAIR, FLATTER, SIMPLER TAX CODE, AS LONG AS YOU KEEP EVERY SPECIAL INTEREST PROVISION IN THIS BIG, FAT,S MED UP TAX CODE. EVERYONE SAYS THEY -- MESOTHELIOMAED UP TAX CODE. EVERYONE SAYS THEY WANT -- FAT, MESSED UP TAX CODE. EVERYONE SAYS THEY WANT TO HELP MAIN STREET BUSINESSES, AS LONG AS YOU DON'T CHANGE ANYTHING IN THE TAX CODE. AS LONG AS LOBBYISTS WIN AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE LOSE, THEY'RE WILLING TO TALK ABOUT IT. WELL, HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE ACTUALLY ACTING ON TAX REFORM FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 31 YEARS. IN WASHINGTON, YOU KNOW, THEY SNEER A THAT -- AT THAT FAMILY OF FOUR BACK HOME MAKING $59,000 A YEAR. THAT'S THE AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD. UNDER OUR TAX REFORM, THEY PAY LESS, $1,182 LESS THAT THEY KEEP IN THEIR POCKET. WASHINGTON MAKES FUN OF THAT. THAT'S REAL MONEY. FOR FAMILIES. THAT FIREFIGHTER MAKING $48,000 A YEAR, KEEPS OVER $1,300. THAT SINGLE MOM WORKING HARD EVERY DAY, MAKING $30,000 A YEAR, SHE HAS $700 LARGER REFUND THAN SHE GETS TODAY. THAT MAIN STREET STARTUP BUSINESS, WORKING I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY HOURS, MAKING $62,000 A YEAR, THAT WAS MY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEMBER RIGHT THERE, THAT STARTUP BUSINESS, THEY KEEP $3,007 MORE THAN THEY DO TODAY. WASHINGTON JUST LAUGHS AT THAT. BUT IT'S REAL MONEY FOR REAL PEOPLE. IN MY DISTRICT, A FAMILY OF FOUR MAKING $90,000, THAT'S TWO TEACHERS, KEEPS $2,176 MORE EVERY YEAR OF THEIR LIFE. MY FRIENDS ON THE DEMOCRAT SIDE, NOW THEY WORRY ABOUT THE DEFICIT. I REMEMBER FIRST YEAR DEMOCRATS TOOK CONTROL OF THE HOUSE, THEY DOUBLED THE DEFICIT. THE SECOND YEAR THEY TRIPLED IT. THIRD YEAR IT WENT TO $1 TRILLION. AND IT STAYED THAT WAY UNTIL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE GAVE THE HOUSE BACK TO REPUBLICANS. SO THEY LOVED SPENDING MONEY AND RAISING THE DEFICIT WHEN THEY LET WASHINGTON GROW. BUT WHEN IT'S TIME TO GROW JOBS AND PAYCHECKS, ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY'RE WORRIED ABOUT THE DEBT. THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS IF WE WANT TO KEEP THIS DEBT AND DEFICIT GOING, DON'T CHANGE ANYTHING. KEEP THIS SLOW GROWTH ECONOMY, KEEP SPENDING, GUARANTEE DEBTS WILL GROW, DEFICITS WILL GROW. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT GROWING JOBS, GROWING PAYCHECKS. AND GETTING BACK TO A BALANCED -- BACK TO BALANCED BUDGET BY GETTING THIS ECONOMY MOVING IN A BIG WAY. AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT IS TIME TO END THE STATUS QUO IN WASHINGTON, D.C. AMERICANS DESERVE A FAIR, FLATTER TAX CODE. ONE THAT CLOSES LOOP HOLES AND ENDS SPECIAL INTEREST DEDUCTIONS SO AMERICANS CAN KEEP MORE OF WHAT THEY EARN, SO THEIR PAYCHECKS CAN RISE, SO OUR BUSINESSES CAN COMPETE AND WIN ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. ESPECIALLY HERE AT HOME IN AMERICA. AND IT'S TIME OUR JOBS START COMING BACK TO AMERICA RATHER THAN WATCHING THEM GO, OUR JOBS, OUR RESEARCH, OUR MANUFACTURING, OUR HEADQUARTERS, OUR PATENTS. THAT ERA IS OVER. IT STARTS WITH H.R. 1, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. WE WILL CONTINUE THIS DEBATE TOMORROW. MADAM SPEAKER, SO WE'LL CONTINUE TO DELIVER TAX REFORM AND TAX CUTS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WITH THAT, I RESERVE.

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                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1-C OF…

                                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1-C OF RULE 19, FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1 IS POSTPONED.

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                                              POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

                                              The Chair announced that pursuant to clause 1(c) of rule 19, further consideration of H.R. 1 is postponed.

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                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. JOHNSON, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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                                            • 07:15:54 PM

                                              SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES

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

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                                                OUR NEED FOR TAX REFORM AND LET ME SUMMARIZE THE FACTS. THE BURDENSOME,…

                                                OUR NEED FOR TAX REFORM AND LET ME SUMMARIZE THE FACTS. THE BURDENSOME, 70-,000 PAGE HAS BEEN UNREASONABLY COMPLEX AND UNFAIR AND FILLED WITH SPECIAL INTEREST LOOPHOLES. AMERICAN COMPANIES ARE TAXED AT THE HIGHEST RATE AND THE GOVERNMENT TAKES EVEN MORE FROM OUR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS AND ENTREPRENEURS. AS A RESULT OUR ECONOMIC GROWTH IS STAGNANT, COMPANIES HAVE SHIFTED THEIR OPERATIONS OVERSEAS.

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                                              • 07:16:59 PM

                                                MR. JOHNSON

                                                THE HURDLES IN OUR SYSTEM ARE INSURMOUNTABLE FOR PEOPLE AS THEY ARE…

                                                THE HURDLES IN OUR SYSTEM ARE INSURMOUNTABLE FOR PEOPLE AS THEY ARE OFFERED FEWER AND FEWER OPPORTUNITIES. FOR PREVIOUS GENERATIONS IT WAS A DIFFERENT DEAL. THE AMERICAN DREAM WAS DWIPED BY A SIMPLE PROMISE. IF YOU WERE WILLING TO WORK HARD, SACRIFICE AND PLAY BY THE RULES, YOU WOULD HAVE A GREAT LIFE. OUR OUTDATED TAX CODE HAS PUSHED IT BEYOND THE GRASP. WE CAN FIX THIS PROBLEM AND WE ARE GOING TO DO THAT IN THIS CHAMBER TOMORROW. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 30 YEARS, CONGRESS HAS THE HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY TO PASS LANDMARK TAX REFORM THAT WILL BE A TURBO BOOST AND LEAD US TO A FAIRER SYSTEM WITH MORE JOBS AND BIGGER PAYCHECKS FOR EVERYONE. OUR TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT WILL DELIVER SIGNIFICANT TAX DEDUCTIONS FOR LOW AND MIDDLE-INCOME EARNERS AND HELP EVERY AMERICAN. THE BILL WHICH DRAWS FROM SIX YEARS OF INTENSIVE WORK AND EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM MORE THAN 40 DIFFERENT CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS LOWERS INDIVIDUAL INCOME TAXES BY CONSOLIDATING THE SEVEN BRACKETS INTO FOUR AND DOUBLING THE STANDARD DEDUCTION AND ESTABLISHES THE NEW FAMILY TAX CREDIT AND PROVIDES HIGHER EDUCATION BENEFITS AND REPEALS THE DEATH TAX AND PRESERVES MORTGAGE INTEREST AND PROPERTY TAXES AND INCENTIVIZES FOR SAVING. NINE OUT OF 10 AMERICANS WILL BE ABLE TO COMPLETE THEIR FILING ON THE SIZE OF A POST CARD. WE ARE GOING TO SLASH OUR DRACONIAN TAX RATE, FROM 35% TO 20% AND INSTITUTE THE LOWEST RATES SINCE WORLD WAR II. U.S. COMPANIES WILL COMPETE AND BRING THEIR JOBS AND OPERATIONS FROM BACK HOME. THE INDEPENDENT TAX FOUNDATION ESTIMATED THAT OUR PLAN WILL RESULT IN A CREATION OF 975,000 FULL-TIME AMERICAN JOBS AND INCREASE IN FAMILY INCOMES. IN LOUISIANA THAT WOULD MEAN 13,293 NEW JOBS AND 1,857 IN ADDITIONAL INCOME. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE LONG DESERVED A SIMPLER AND FAIRER SYSTEM THAT REWARDS HARD WORK ALLOWS PEOPLE TO KEEP WHAT THEY EARN. OUR PLAN WILL PROVIDE THAT RELIEF AND SPARK THE ECONOMIC GROWTH. THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IS MORE THAN JUST SMART LEGISLATION BUT A REVIVAL OF THE AMERICAN DREAM. THAT IS ONE AAGENDA AVE THAT SHOULD UNITE EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US AND WE HOPE YOU SUPPORT THIS LANDMARK LEGISLATION. I YIELD TO THE FLOOR TO A GREAT AMERICAN SMALL BUSINESS OWNER, CONGRESSMAN.

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                                                AS MY COLLEAGUES KNOW IT HAS BEEN MANY YEARS SINCE WE REFORMED TAX CODE.…

                                                AS MY COLLEAGUES KNOW IT HAS BEEN MANY YEARS SINCE WE REFORMED TAX CODE. CONGRESS HAS CUT SOME TAXES HERE AND THERE, BUT WE ARE OVERDUE FOR MEANINGFUL TAX REFORM. HARD-WORKING TAXPAYERS ARE RIGHT TO ASK WHY IT HAS BEEN SO LONG SINCE WE REFORMED OUR TAX CODE. FOR MANY YEARS, CONGRESS HAS THROWN UP THE WHITE FLAG AGAINST K STREET LOBBYIST. HOWEVER, TOMORROW, WE HAVE A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO DELIVER A TAX CODE THAT PUTS TAX CUTS FIRST. IT WOULD BE THE BIGGEST IN OVER 30 YEARS. THIS BILL WOULD COLLAPSE OUR TAX BRACKETS FROM SEVEN TO FOUR AND DOUBLE THE STANDARD DEDUCTION AND GET RID OF LOBBYIST LOOPHOLES AND SLASH THE CORPORATE TAX RATE TO 20% WHICH WOULD ALLOW AMERICA TO COMPETE AND WIN. IF WE PASS THIS BILL INTO LAW, THEY WOULD SEE AN INCREASE IN WAGES AND 100 MILLION JOBS CREATED.

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                                              • 07:21:31 PM

                                                MR. BUDD

                                                YESTERDAY, MY OFFICE RECEIVED A LETTER FROM A CONSTITUENT OF MINE AS A…

                                                YESTERDAY, MY OFFICE RECEIVED A LETTER FROM A CONSTITUENT OF MINE AS A MANUFACTURER AND CONSTITUENT I URGE YOU TO SUPPORT LEGISLATION THAT WILL FIX OUR TAX CODE THAT HAS HELD MANUFACTURERS BACK. THIS IS JUST AN EXAMPLE OF MANY LETTERS I RECEIVED. IN ADDITION TO LETTERS OF SUPPORT, STUDIES SHOW IF WE PASS A BILL, A TYPICAL HOUSEHOLD WOULD SEE THEIR TAXES CUT NEARLY $2,000. INSTEAD OF THE I.R.S. TAKING IT, THEY COULD SPEND IT ON THEIR CHILDREN, OR PAY OFF DEBTS. WE NO LONGER HOLD MANUFACTURERS BACK FROM SUCCESS. IT WOULD MAKE LIFE SIMPLER AND EASIER FOR JOB CREATORS, SAVERS AND HARD-WORKING FAMILIES. I ADDRESSED THE FACT THAT THERE ARE CERTAIN PROVISIONS THAT MY COLLEAGUES AND I MAY DIFFER ON AND THAT WILL ALWAYS BE THE CASE. BUT WE NEED TO ASK OURSELVES THREE QUESTIONS. DOES THIS BILL CUT TAXES FOR THE VAST MAJORITY OF HARD-WORKING FAMILIES? WILL IT BRING BACK JOBS? AND THE THIRD QUESTION IS, WILL IT SIMPLIFY THE TAX FILING PROCESS NEXT YEAR AND IN YEARS TO COME. THE ANSWER TO ALL THREE OF THOSE QUESTIONS WERE YES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE TOMORROW IN FAVOR OF THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. PRESIDENT TRUMP PROMISED TO CUT TAXES AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THIS BILL WILL DO. I YIELD BACK.

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                                              • 07:23:14 PM

                                                MR. JOHNSON

                                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. AND MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. AND MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, CONGRESSMAN ARRINGTON, FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME. ARAR I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FOR HIS STRONG LEADERSHIP AND HOSTING US THIS EVENING THIS SPECIAL ORDER ON SUCH AN IMPORTANT ISSUE. TAX REFORM IN WEST TEXAS AND RURAL AMERICA IS ABOUT GIVING OUR HARD-WORKING AND MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES A BREAK AND ALLOWING THEM TO KEEP THEIR HARD-EARNED MONEY. OUR PLAN WOULD INCREASE WAGES BY OVER 3%. CREATE ROUGHLY A MILLION NEW JOBS AND INCREASE THE INCOME BY $2,600 AND SIMPLIFYING THE TAX CODE AND REDUCING THE BURDEN ON TAXPAYERS SO THEY DON'T HAVE TO SPEND A COMBINED ALMOST 9 BILLION HOURS AND $100 BILLION TO PREPARE THEIR TAXES. NINE OUT OF 10 AMERICANS WILL BE ABLE TO FILE THEIR TAXES ON A FORM AS SIMPLE AS A POST CARD AND GETTING OFF THE BACKS OF OUR JOB CREATORS WHICH ARE SMALL BUSINESSES AND CREATING MORE OPPORTUNITIES. OUR PLAN WOULD REDUCE THE LOWEST IT HAS BEEN SINCE WORLD WAR II AND ABOUT MAKING AMERICA COMPETITIVE AGAIN BY LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD. OUR PLAN WOULD LOWER THE CORPORATE TAX RATE AND BRING JOBS BACK TO AMERICA AND ALSO BOOST THE AVERAGE AMERICAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME BY $4,000 AND IN SOME STUDIES AS HIGH AS $9,000 AND GIVING FAMILY FARMERS AND RANCHERS A REASON TO INVEST IN NEW EQUIPMENT SO THEY CAN DO WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN DOING TO BE MORE PRODUCTIVE AT FEEDING AND CLOTHING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS ALLOWS FARMERS AND RANCHERS THE ABILITY TO WRITE OFF THE FULL COST OF NEW TECHNOLOGY AND EQUIPMENT IMMEDIATELY AND ABOUT ELIMINATING THE UNFAIR AND UN-AMERICAN DEATH TAX THAT PREVENTS FAMILY FARMERS, RANCHERS FROM PASSING DOWN THEIR HARD-EARNED AMERICAN DREAM TO THE NEXT GENERATION AFTER THEY PAY TAXES ON IT THEIR ENTIRE LIVES. TODAY, MORE THAN 70%, LISTEN TO THIS, MORE THAN 70% OF FAMILY BUSINESSES DON'T MAKE IT TO THE SECOND GENERATION. 90% DON'T SURVIVE TO THE THIRD GENERATION. THAT'S UNACCEPTABLE. TOMORROW, MADAM SPEAKER, MARKS AN HISTORIC MOMENT THE LIKES OF WHICH WE HAVEN'T SEEN IN OVER 30 YEARS TO CHANGE THE ECONOMIC TRAJECTORY AND RESTORE FREEDOM. LET'S SEIZE IT AND DELIVER ON OUR PROMISE AND LET'S GIVE MUCH DESERVED RELIEF TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND A MUCH NEEDED BOOST TO THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. I YIELD BACK.

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                                              • 07:26:41 PM

                                                MR. JOHNSON

                                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS AND ALWAYS ELOQUENT AND MY PLEASURE TO…

                                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS AND ALWAYS ELOQUENT AND MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE STATE OF KENTUCKY, CONGRESSMAN COMER.

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                                              • 07:26:58 PM

                                                MR. COMER

                                                THANK YOU, THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA. MADAM SPEAKER, IT'S BEEN MORE…

                                                THANK YOU, THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA. MADAM SPEAKER, IT'S BEEN MORE THAN 30 YEARS SINCE CONGRESS PASSED MEANINGFUL TAX REFORM. IN THOSE THREE DECADES WE HAVE SEEN PROGRESS IN TECHNOLOGY, MANUFACTURING AND SO MUCH MORE. I'M THRILLED WE HAVE A CHANCE TO PASS MEANINGFUL TAX REFORM AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO MOVE TO A TAX CODE THAT WORKS FOR FAMILIES, SMALL BUSINESSES AND AMERICANS ACROSS THE BOARD. WE HAVE A ONCE IN A GENERATION CHANCE TO BOLSTER PROSPERITY, STRENGTHEN OUR ECONOMY AND HELP AMERICA'S GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS. THESE ARE JUST NOT ABSTRACT CONCEPTS. THESE ARE REAL PEOPLE, FAMILIES, BUSINESSES AND WORKERS. I HAVE TRAVELED THROUGH THE 35 COUNTIES THAT I REPRESENT AND I HAVE BEEN SO IMPRESSED BY THE COUNTLESS PEOPLE WHO ARE WORKING TO BRING JOBS INTO THE FUTURE INTO RURAL AMERICA. OUR TAX CODE IS UNFORTUNATELY STUCK IN THE PAST. BUT MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS IN THE 1ST DISTRICT I RUN A FAMILY FARM AND DEAL WITH THE CHALLENGES WITH DEALING WITH A CUMBERSOME TAX CODE. I KNOW THE DIFFICULTIES THEY FACE WHILE BATTLING A TAX CODE THAT DOES NOT WORK FOR THEM. PASSING TAX REFORM IS FINALLY WITHIN REACH AND I SUPPORT SWIFT PASSAGE OF THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. THROUGHOUT OUR NATION'S HISTORY, SMALL BUSINESSES HAVE SERVED AS THE BACKBONE OF OUR COMMUNITIES. THESE COMPANIES PROVIDE HIGH-QUALITY JOBS, CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND INVEST MONEY RIGHT HERE AT HOME. I'M DEDICATED TO ENACT TAX RELIEF THAT ALLOWS SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS TO GROW THEIR BUSINESSES AND TO COMPETE GLOBALLY. THIS BILL WILL CREATE ALMOST 13,000 NEW JOBS IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY AND WILL RAISE AFTER-TAX INCOME FOR MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES BY ALMOST $2,000. MORE THAN 59,000 TAXPAYERS IT TEMPERATURIZE THEIR TAXES AND THE NEAR DOUBLING OF THE STANDARD DEDUCTION AND OTHER SIMPLIFICATIONS, MANY OF OUR TAXPAYERS WILL HAVE MUCH SIMPLER RETURNS. AND FOR OUR NATION, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT WILL GENERATE ECONOMIC GROWTH TO INCREASE TAX RECEIPTS BY $1 TRILLION. THERE ARE NEARLY 44,000 TAXPAYERS WHO EARN SMALL BUSINESS INCOME. UNDER THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT, SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS WILL BENEFIT FROM THE LOWER TAX RATE ON THE FIRST $75,000 FOR OWNERS EARNING LESS THAN $150,000. FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESSES WILL HAVE MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO SUCCEED. THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT REDUCES THE NUMBER OF AND OTHER WELL CONNECTED GROUPS WHICH WILL CREATE A SIMPLER MORE LEVEL PLAYING FIELD. GETTING RID OF THESE SPECIAL PRIVILEGES WILL ENSURE ALL AMERICANS NOT JUST THOSE WHO CAN AFFORD THEIR OWN TAX PREPARERS GET TO KEEP THEIR OWN MONEY. PRESIDENT TRUMP AND MY COLLEAGUES HAVE PROMISED TO DELIVER TAX REFORM. I'M PROUD TO BE KEEPING THIS PROMISE NOW. MY CONSTITUENTS DESERVE A SYSTEM THAT ENABLES TO KEEP THEIR HARD-EARNED MONEY AND SPEND LESS TIME DEALING WITH OUR TAX CODE. IT'S IMPORTANT TO ADDRESS THE CONCERN THAT I HAVE HEARD THROUGHOUT THE TAX REFORM DEBATE. OUR NATIONAL DEBT, WHICH CURRENTLY TOPS $20 TRILLION. THE DEBT IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM THAT IS A BURDEN ON OUR FUTURE AND THREAT TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. WHILE I'M GLAD TO HEAR BIPARTISAN INTEREST IN ADDRESSING THIS IS CHALLENGE AND GETTING THE DEFICIT UNDER CONTROL, I THINK IT'S CLEAR THAT ANY SOLUTION MUST INCLUDE REDUCING GOVERNMENT SPENDING PARTICULARLY ON MANDATORY PROGRAMS THAT ARE THE MAJOR DRIVERS OF OUR DEBT. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORK TOWARD THIS GOAL. TICKING WITH THE TAX CODE NOW I HAVE HIGH HOPES FOR THE FUTURE WITH THIS TAX REFORM FRAMEWORK. I WILL CONTINUE FIGHTING FOR REFORM THAT WILL BENEFIT KENTUCKIANS AND OUR NATION AS A WHOLE. AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SUPPORTING PRO-GROWTH SOLUTIONS THAT HAVE PROVEN TO BENEFIT OUR NATION AND OUR CITIZENS. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA.

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                                              • 07:31:49 PM

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                                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MADAM SPEAKER, THERE'S A TREND HERE TONIGHT. THOSE…

                                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MADAM SPEAKER, THERE'S A TREND HERE TONIGHT. THOSE WHO ARE ADDRESSING THE HOUSE THIS EVENING HAVE HAD THEIR OWN EXPERIENCE WITH THIS BURDENSOME TAX CODE.

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                                              • 07:31:58 PM

                                                MR. COMER

                                                THEY'VE BEEN SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS AND ENTREPRENEURS AND JOB CREATORS AND…

                                                THEY'VE BEEN SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS AND ENTREPRENEURS AND JOB CREATORS AND FARMERS LIKE MY FRIEND FROM KENTUCKY. I JUST CERTAINLY APPRECIATE THEIR ZEAL FOR THIS ISSUE. IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD NOW TO ANOTHER GENTLEMAN FROM THE GREAT STATE OF VIRGINIA.

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                                              • 07:32:13 PM

                                                MR. JOHNSON

                                                HE'S A FORM PROSECUTOR, AN ARMY VETERAN, ALWAYS A GREAT VOICE OF REASON.…

                                                HE'S A FORM PROSECUTOR, AN ARMY VETERAN, ALWAYS A GREAT VOICE OF REASON. CONGRESSMAN GARRETT, FOR AS MUCH AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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                                              • 07:32:20 PM

                                                MR. GARRETT

                                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MADAM SPEAKER. THE LAST TIME THIS…

                                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MADAM SPEAKER. THE LAST TIME THIS NATION PASSED MAJOR TAX REFORM YOURS TRULY WEIGHED 112 POUNDS AT THE BEGINNING OF WRESTLING SEASON. I HAD A FULL HEAD OF HAIR, I'D NEVER SET FOOT WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI FOR THIS OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. MADAM SPEAKER, THE LAST TIME THIS COUNTRY ADDRESSED TAX REFORM, THE SOVIET UNION WAS WELCOMING A NEW LEADER NAMED GORBACHEV. IT'S BEEN TOO LONG. IT'S AN HONOR TO REPRESENT THE FIFTH DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA BECAUSE I THINK IT'S HISTORICALLY UNIQUE AND I'VE SPOKEN FROM THIS PODIUM AND FLOOR ABOUT THE AMAZING CHARACTERISTICS OF THAT PARTICULAR HISTORICAL REGION. AND AMONG THE GREAT INDIVIDUALS FROM THE FIFTH DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA WAS A FLAWED MAN, AN IMPERFECT MAN, A SLAVE OWNER NAMED JEFFERSON, WHO GAVE US A NEAR PERFECT DOCUMENT NAMED THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. AND SO WHILE MY PERFECT JEFFERSON HAD PERFECT INSIGHT AND PERHAPS YOU COULD ARGUE HE WAS -- WHEN IT'S SAID HE SAID, I PREDICT A FUTURE OF HAPPINESS FOR AMERICANS IF THEY CAN PREVENT THEIR GOVERNMENT FROM WASTING THE LABORS OF THE PEOPLE UNDER THE PRETENSE OF TAKING CARE OF THEM. IT'S BEEN ENLIGHTENING TONIGHT TO STAND ON THIS FLOOR. IF YOU'RE WATCHING AT HOME, MR. SPEAKER, I SUPPOSE THAT YOU CAN TURN THE VOLUME DOWN ON C-SPAN BECAUSE I DON'T INTEND TO YELL AS SO MANY OTHERS HAVE BEFORE ME. AND I'LL TELL YOU THAT IT'S FUNNY TO LISTEN TO MY COLLEAGUES FROM ACROSS THE AISLE WHO SAY, THIS IS A 429-PAGE BILL. I WOULD POINT OUT THAT SAYING THE NUMBER OF PAGES DOESN'T ACTUALLY MAKE THE BILL LONGER. AND THAT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, IF THEY -- THAT THEY HAD US PASS SO WE COULD FIND OUT WHAT WAS IN IT, WAS 2,300 PAGES WITH OVER 20,000 PAGES OF REGULATION, SO THERE'S A LITTLE DISINGENUITY AT THE VERY LEAST FOR THEM TO LAMENT THE FIRST REAL OVERHAUL IN OUR DRACONIAN TAX STRUCTURE IN NEARLY TWO GENERATIONS BY SUGGESTING THAT 429 PAGES IS A LONG DOCUMENT, WHEN SUCH A HEARTY AND ROBUST UNDERTAKING IS UNDERFOOT. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD SUBMIT THAT THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS THE PEOPLE AND NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND. THAT IS WHAT MAKES US THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. IT'S A CLEVER PLOY TO ATTACK THE RICH AND THE JOB CREATORS. BUT LET ME POINT OUT THE FACT THAT 97.3% OF TAXES ARE PAID BY THE TOP 50% OF WAGE EARNERS. AND SO THEREFORE WHEN YOU ATTEMPT TO CUT TAXES FOR WORKING CLASS PEOPLE, SOMEONE WHO IS IN THE 51ST PERCENT AISLE WILL INDEED -- PERCENTILLE WILL INDEED -- PERCENTILE WILL INDEED RECEIVE A TAX CUT BUT THEY'RE NOT RICH. CORPORATIONS DON'T HAVE FACES BUT PEOPLE DO. AND WHO DO CORPORATIONS PROVIDE JOBS FOR? PEOPLE. PRESIDENT OBAMA -- I'M SORRY, PRESIDENT OBAMA, AT OF REPEATING MYSELF, PRESIDENT OBAMA AC -- AT THE RISK OF PREETING MYSELF, PRESIDENT OBAMA -- OF REPEATING MYSELF, PRESIDENT OBAMA ACKNOWLEDGED THAT OUR TAX STRUCTURE NEEDED TO BE ADDRESSED. BUT HE DIDN'T ADDRESS IT. HE SAID THAT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT HAD REAL PROBLEMS BUT NO ONE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WILL ADDRESS THEM. SO TOO DID PRESIDENT CLINTON. THAT'S TWO PRESIDENTS FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE IN A ROW, BUT NO ONE WILL ADDRESS THEM. INSTEAD WE'LL CREATE FEAR AND DEMAGOGUERY AND ATTACK FACELESS CORPORATIONS BECAUSE FACELESS CORPORATIONS DON'T HAVE FACES. BUT PEOPLE DO. WE NEED TO STOP DESTROYING JOBS AND OPPORTUNITY AND PROSPERITY THROUGH THE DEMAGOGUERY OF CLASS WARFARE, ATTACKING CORPORATIONS WITHOUT ACKNOWLEDGING THAT THE VERY PEOPLE WHO BENEFIT FROM THEIR EXISTENCE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEND THEIR CHILDREN TO COLLEGE, TO MAKE MEMORIES ON A VACATION, TO PURSUE AND ACHIEVE DREAMS, TO MARRY THE LOVE OF THEIR LIFE. WITH THE VERY INCOMES ACHIEVED BY THESE CORPORATIONS. NOW LET'S TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT CORPORATIONS BECAUSE I KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT CORPORATIONS AND WE KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT CORPORATIONS IN VIRGINIA'S FIFTH DISTRICT. DAN RIVER MILLS STOOD IN DANVILLE, VIRGINIA, A COMPANY STARTED IN 1881. IT CLOSED ITS DOORS IN 2006. IN 2008 THE SMOKESTACKS FROM DAN RIVER MILLS THAT HAD BEEN ASSEMBLED NOT ONLY OF THE SKYLINE OF THAT ONCE THRIVING TOWN, BUT ALSO IN IDENTIFYING -- AN IDENTIFYING FACTOR IN THE LANDSCAPE OF THE CITY WERE TORN DOWN AS JOBS WENT AWAY. ANOTHER CORPORATION, BURLINGTON INDUSTRIES, IN PENNSYLVANIA COUNTY, HURT, VIRGINIA, PROSPERED FROM 1940 THROUGH 2007. WHEN THEY LEFT OVER 1,000 JOBS WENT WITH THEM AS WELL. AND THE REAL ESTATE FOR THE PROPERTY THAT ONCE EMPLOYED GENERATION AFTER GENERATION, SENDING INNUMERABLE CHILDREN TO COLLEGE AND FULFILLING THE HUMBLE DREAMS OF WORKING CLASS VIRGINIANS SOLD FOR A PALTRY $750,000. VAUGHN BASSETT FUR TURN -- FURNITURE, AND I WOULD COMMEND "FACTORY MAN" WHICH CHRONICLES JOHN BASSETT III'S STRUGGLE TO KEEP 700 FURNITURE JOBS IN THIS COUNTRY, IN MY DISTRICT. THAT CORPORATION CHANGED PEOPLE'S LIVES AND GAVE THEM JOBS. LANE MANUFACTURING. FOR GENERATIONS IT WAS A TRADITION IN MY PART OF THE WORLD AT LEAST THAT A YOUNG WOMAN PRIOR TO BEING MARRIED MIGHT RECEIVE A LANE CEDAR CHEST. A HOPE CHEST. IN FACT, NO LESS ICONIC CLASS THAN SHIRLEY TEMPLE PEDDLED THE CHEST FOR A YOUNG WOMAN. FROM 1902 UNTIL JUST ABOUT 15, 20 YEARS AGO. HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF JOBS IN VIRGINIA. AND THEY LEFT. ROY HILL. SO MANY COMPANIES. SOME STILL AROUND. ALL SHADOWS OF THEIR FORMER SELFS AS --SELVES AS CORPORATION MONEY AND JOBS WENT OFFSHORE. AND WHY? BECAUSE WE HAVE INCENTIVIZED THE DEPARTURE OF THE VERY MEANS BY WHICH OUR FAMILIES HAVE PROSPERED AND DONE SO IN ORDER TO VILIFY AN ENTITY INCAPABLE OF DEFENDING ITSELF, WHILE NEGLECTING TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE BENEFICIARIES OF THE OPPORTUNITY CREATED THEREBY WERE THEIR VERY NEIGHBORS AND THOSE WHO IN THEIR DEMAGOGUERY THEY SAID THEY WORKED TO PROTECT. LAST YEAR IN DANVILLE, VIRGINIA, THE GOOD YEAR TIRE COMPANY, WHO IS STILL THERE, GOD BLESS THEM. HAD A COOKOUT FOR THE EMPLOYEES OF GOOD YEAR TIRE AND THE FAMILY MEMBERS THEREOF AND ANYBODY WHO HAD EVER WORKED FOR GOOD YEAR TIRE. AND THEY THOUGHT MAYBE THERE WOULD BE 800 OR 1,000 PEOPLE WHO ATTENDED THIS COOKOUT. BY THE TIME IT WAS OVER WITH, YOU COULDN'T GET A PACK OF HOT DOG BUNS FROM A FOOD LINE WITHIN 30 MILES BECAUSE THAT 1,000 PEOPLE BECAME 2,000 PEOPLE AND BECAME 3,000 PEOPLE AND NEARLY 4,000 PEOPLE AND THESE PEOPLE DIDN'T COME TO EAT A HOT DOG WITH GOOD YEAR. THEY CAME TO EAT A HOT DOG WITH THEIR FAMILY AND THEIR FRIENDS AND THEIR COMMUNITY. AND I STOOD LAST WEEK AT PIEDMONT PRECISION MACHINING IN DANVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA. I LOOKED AT 1.6 MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF NEW EQUIPMENT THAT ALLOWED THIS AMERICAN SMALL BUSINESS TO CONTINUE TO COMPETE WITH COMPETITORS ABROAD. AND THE RICH MAN WHO OWNED THE COMPANY SAID, TOM, I'M GOING TO HAVE TO TAKE A LOAN TO PAY MY TAXES. BUT IF YOU PASS THIS BILL, WE'LL MAKE SOME MONEY, I'LL GET MORE EQUIPMENT AND WE'RE GOING TO HIRE SOME MORE PEOPLE. SO UNDERSTAND THAT PEOPLE DON'T COME TO EAT HOT DOGS WITH GOOD YEAR CORPORATION, THEY COME TO EAT HOT DOGS WITH THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS AND THEIR COMMUNITIES AND PEOPLE WHO HAVE SEEN GENERATION AFTER GENERATION RECEIVE OPPORTUNITY BY VIRTUE OF THEIR HARD WORK AND OPPORTUNITY PROVIDED BY THE VERY ENTITIES VILIFIED BY OUR OPPONENTS, WITHOUT ACKNOWLEDGING THE BENEFICIARIES OF THE OPPORTUNITY THEY PROVIDE ARE THE VERY ONES THEY PURPORT TO PROTECT. SO PIEDMONT PREVISION MACHINING TILES ON -- TOILS ON. WE WORK TO ATTRACT MORE EMPLOYERS IN DANVILLE AND PENNSYLVANIA AND HENRY COUNTY AND MAR TINSVILLE AREA. MAYBE KIA IS GOING TO COME. WE HOPE SO, WE THINK WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO MOVE MANUFACTURING JOBS IN HIGH-TECH TO SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA FROM NORTHERN VIRGINIA AND CALIFORNIA. BUT WHAT I'M HEARING FROM THE JOB CREATORS IS THEY WANT TO SEE THIS THING GET DONE. AND WHEN THOSE JOBS COME FROM CALIFORNIA AND NORTHERN VIRGINIA AND CHINA AND INDIA TO CAMPBELL COUNTY AND BEDFORD AND MECK LENBERG, IT WILL BE BECAUSE WE ACTED IN A BRAVE, BOLD MANNER, DESPITE THE DIVISIVE RHETORIC THAT DENIES THE REALITY THAT PEOPLE BENEFIT FROM OPPORTUNITY AND OPPORTUNITY IS BEST PROVIDED NOT BY THE GOVERNMENT, BUT BY PEOPLE OF INITIATIVE. NOW, I'VE HEARD SO MUCH RHETORIC ABOUT WHAT YOU OPPOSE IF YOU SUPPORT THIS TAX BILL. SO LET'S SEE IF WE CAN'T FLIP THAT SHOE ONTO THE OTHER FOOT. IF YOU OPPOSE THIS BILL, YOU OPPOSE LOWERING RATES FOR WORKING AND MIDDLE INCOME FAMILIES WHILE RETAINING THE HIGHEST RATE. DOESN'T SOUND LIKE A TAX CUT FOR THE RICH TO ME. IF YOU OPPOSE THIS BILL, YOU LITERALLY OPPOSE DOUBLING NEARLY THE STANDARD DEDUCTION FROM $6,350 TO $12,000 FOR AN INDIVIDUAL FILER, AND YOU OPPOSE, IF YOU OPPOSE THIS BILL, DOUBLING THE STANDARD DEDUCTION FROM $12,700 TO $24,000 FOR A MARRIED COUPLE. WHY WOULD PEOPLE OPPOSE THAT? DO THEY THINK THE GOVERNMENT CAN MAKE BETTER DECISIONS TH THE MONEY THAT THEY EARN THAN THEY CAN? IF YOU OPPOSE THIS BILL, THEN YOU OPPOSE SIMPLIFYING THE TAX CODE BY ELIMINATING YEARS OF CARVE-OUTS, DEDUCTIONS, MADE FOR SPECIAL INTERESTS. QUITE LITERALLY A CONVOLUTED TAX CODE BENEFITS WHO? TAX ATTORNEYS AND ACCOUNTANTS. I SUPPOSE THAT THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CHAMBER IS THE PARTY THAT HAS A VESTED INTEREST IN KEEPING TAX ATTORNEYS AND ACCOUNTANTS AT WORK. I WANT TO SEE PEOPLE IN MY COUNTIES AT WORK. IF YOU OPPOSE THIS BILL, YOU OPPOSE ESTABLISHING A FAMILY TAX CREDIT, YOU OPPOSE RAISING THE CHILD CREDIT BY $600 PER CHILD, AND YOU OPPOSE ESTABLISHING A NEW CREDIT OF $300 PER FAMILY MEMBER SO THAT YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO HELP YOUR MOM OR DAD OR AUNT OR UNCLE OR A DISABLED RELATIVE WHO YOU CHOOSE TO HELP IN YOUR HOME. WHY WOULD PEOPLE OPPOSE THAT? IF YOU OPPOSE THIS BILL, YOU REDUCE REDUCING -- YOU OPPOSE REDUCING SMALL BUSINESS TAXES TO THE LOWEST RATE SINCE THE SECOND WORLD WAR. IF YOU OPPOSE THIS BILL, YOU OPPOSE ESTABLISHING A SUPER LOW 9% RATE FOR SMALL STARTUP BUSINESSES MAKING LESS THAN $75,000 A YEAR IN INCOME. WHY WOULD YOU OPPOSE STARTUPS? IF YOU OPPOSE THIS BILL, YOU OPPOSE REMOVING INCENTIVES THAT DRIVE BUSINESSES TO TAKE MONEY AND JOBS OVERSEAS. DON'T TALK TO ME ABOUT THAT. WE KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT THAT IN VIRGINIA FIVE. SO FINALLY LET ME SUBMIT THIS. FOR THE FOLKS AT HOME WHO ARE SMART ENOUGH TO FIGURE THIS OUT ON THEIR OWN, IF YOU PAY $100 MORE BECAUSE A DEDUCTION IS ELIMINATED AND YOUR TAXES ARE CUT BY $1,000 OR MORE AS WOULD BE THE CASE FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR MAKE $58,000 A YEAR, THAT'S NOT A TAX INCREASE. THAT'S NOT A TAX INCREASE. NEVER TO MY KNOWLEDGE, OTHER THAN THE UNITED STATES ARMY, WORTH ANYTHING RESEMBLING -- WORKED FOR ANYTHING RESEMBLING A CORPORATE ENTITY IN MY LIFE. BUT I KNOW A LOT OF HUMAN BEINGS WHO HAVE. . I HAVE SEEN WHAT HAPPENS THROUGH OUR RHETORIC DRIVE THEM AWAY. THIS ISN'T ABOUT CORPORATIONS, THIS ISN'T THE RICH BUT ABOUT HUMAN BEINGS AND I THINK IT WAS SUMMARIZED, IF PERHAPS BY ACCIDENT BY MY COLLEAGUE IN THE OTHER CHAMBER, SENATOR SCHUMER, WHO SAID IT'S OUR RESEARCH THAT INDICATES THAT IF YOU PASS THIS, SOME PEOPLE'S TAXES MAY GO UP BY 2023. WHAT THAT ACKNOWLEDGES IS SOME PEOPLE'S TAXES GOES DOWN AND THE WORKING CLASS IS SAFE, IF INDEED THESE PROBLEMS EXIST THEY SHOULD WORK WITH US TO IMPOSITIVE OUR TAX CODE SINCE I WAS 112 POUNDS AND HAD A FULL HEAD OF HAIR AND START BEING PART OF THE SOLUTION AND STOP BEING PART OF THE PROBLEM. AGAIN, THE GOVERNMENT DEPENDS UPON AMERICANS, NOT AMERICANS ON THE GOVERNMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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                                              • 07:46:36 PM

                                                MR. JOHNSON

                                                MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE HEARD SOME COMPELLING ARGUMENTS HERE ON THE FLOOR IN…

                                                MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE HEARD SOME COMPELLING ARGUMENTS HERE ON THE FLOOR IN THE LAST FEW HOURS AND SOME IMPORTANT FACTS HAVE BEEN SHARED. I APPRECIATE SO MUCH THE ELOQUENT OF THE WORDS AND ALL OVER THIS GREAT LAND OF OURS THAT SHARED WITH US THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS LANDMARK BILL AND THIS HISTORIC BILL. THERE ARE A FEW MORE FACTS TO SUMMARIZE HERE AT THE END OF OUR DEBATE HERE THIS EVENING. I WANTED TO QUOTE THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. THEY LOOKED AT THIS BILL AND GAVE A REVIEW OF THIS AND THIS IS THEIR TWO-LINE SUMMARY, THIS IS A GROWTH BILL ACHIEVING FASTER ECONOMIC GROWTH, ENCOURAGING JOB CREATION AND GETTING MORE MONEY IN AMERICANS' POCKET EACH YEAR. THAT IS A GOOD SUMMARY. WE BROUGHT A COUPLE OF GRAPHICS TO SHOW THE NATIONAL IMPACT. WHEN WE PASS THIS BILL AND WE GET THIS TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT WILL HAVE MORE JOBS AND RAISE AFTER-TAX INCOME BY $2,598 EACH. THAT'S AN INCREASE OF 4.4%. THAT'S REAL MONEY. IT WILL GENERATE ECONOMIC GROWTH SUFFICIENT TO INCREASE FEDERAL TAX RECEIPTS BY $1 TRILLION. THAT'S REAL MONEY. THAT'S A REAL BOOST TO THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. I BROUGHT ANOTHER GRAPHIC HERE TO SHOW WHAT THIS WILL MEAN IN MY DISTRICT IN LOUISIANA. THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT WILL MEAN A WHOLE LOT FOR MY STATE. IT WILL LEAD TO THE CREATION OF ADDITIONAL 13,293 JOBS. THOSE ARE GOOD-PAYING JOBS AND RAISE AFTER-TAX INCOME FOR FAMILIES IN LOUISIANA BY $1,858. AND MORE SPECIFICALLY, LET ME TALK ABOUT MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN WEST AND NORTHWEST LOUISIANA, ABOUT A THIRD OF OUR STATE, GOOD HARD-WORKING GOD-FEARING AMERICANS AND WHAT IT WILL MEAN. IT WILL BE A LARGER CHILD TAX CREDIT. IN MY DISTRICT, 5 ,918 TAXPAYERS WHO CLAIM THE CHILD TAX CREDIT. THIS WILL INKEYS THE TAX CREDIT FROM $1,000 PER CHILD TO $1,600 PER FAMILY. THE TAX RELIEF FOR SMALL BUSINESSES. 49,929 TAXPAYERS IN THE 4TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA HAVE SMALL BUSINESS INCOME AND THAT'S A BUSINESS THAT A TAXPAYER OPERATES. THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT REDUCES TAXES. FIRST THE BILL IMPLEMENTS A NEW LOWER, 9% TAX RATE ON THE FIRST $75,000 OF NET BUSINESS INCOME FOR ACTIVE SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS EARNING LESS THAN $150,000. THAT IS A WHOLE LOT OF SMALL COMPANIES IN MY DISTRICT. SECOND, THE BILL LOWERS TAXES ON SMALL BUSINESS INVESTMENT BY CREATING A NEW 25% SMALL BUSINESS TAX RATE. THAT'S CAPPED AT 25%. THAT'S A BIG DEAL TO PEOPLE WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET. NUMBER THREE, A THIRD FEATURE, ELIMINATION OF THE ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX, $4,049 TAXPAYERS ARE IMPACTED BY THE A.M.T. TAX JOBS AND JOBS ACT ELIMINATES THAT. ANOTHER ONE, SIMPLER TAXES, 67,543 TAXPAYERS IN THE 4TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT ITEMIZE THEIR TAXES. AS A RESULT OF THE NEAR DOUBLING OF THE STANDARD DEDUCTION, MANY TAXPAYERS WILL HAVE MUCH SIMPLER RETURNS. IT ESTIMATED THAT NINE OUT OF 10 AMERICANS WILL BE ABLE TO FILE THEIR TAXES ON THE FORM OF THE SIZE OF A POST CARD. THAT'S A GREAT SIMPLIFICATION TO THE PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT. I WANT WANTED TO SHARE A FEW OTHER FACTS THAT I THINK ARE IMPORTANT TO HIGHLIGHT TONIGHT, MR. SPEAKER, IN THE REMAINING TIME THAT I HAVE. THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IS MORE THAN JUST A WIN FOR OUR AMERICAN ECONOMY. IT'S A WIN FOR OUR AMERICAN VALUES. LET ME GIVE YOU A COUPLE OF EXAMPLES. IT'S A WIN FOR FREE SPEECH. THE BILL INCORPORATES THE FREE SPEECH AND FAIRNESS ACT WHICH WE FILED EARLIER THIS YEAR IN FEBRUARY. THAT WILL STOP THE I.R.S. FROM POLICING THE SPEECH OF CHURCHES AND CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS. THAT IS A HUGE RELIEF INSTEAD OF I.R.S. BREATHING DOWN THE NEXT OF THEM IF THEY DARE TO TALK ABOUT THE MORAL AND POLITICAL SOLUTIONS OF THE DAY. THAT IS A BIG WIN FOR FREE SPEECH. THIS BILL IS A BIG WIN FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES. LET ME GIVE YOU A FEW EXAMPLES AND IMPORTANT FEATURES OF HOW THIS HELPS THE FAMILY. THE ADOPTION TAX CREDIT HAS BEEN RESTORED, SECTION 1102 OF THE BILL. THIS IS A CRITICALLY IMPORTANT THING TO ADVANCE THE POLICIES, TO ADVANCE AND ENCOURAGE AND INCENTIVIZE ADOPTION. THIS IS SOMETHING WE SHOULD GEE ON. OVER 60% CHILDREN ARE ADOPTED. ALMOST HALF OF THEM LIVE IN FAMILIES AT HOUSE HOLED AT 200%. A STUDY SHOWED THAT THE GOVERNMENT SAVES, THE GOVERNMENT SAVES BETWEEN 65,000 AND 127,000 FOR EACH CHILD WHO IS ADOPTED RATHER THAN PLACED IN LONG-TERM FOSTER CARE. THE STUDIES CAMPAIGN TO CHILDREN WHO ARE IN FOSTER CARE COMPARED TO ADOPTED ARE LESS LIKELY TO BE ARRESTED AND 76% MORE LIKELY TO BE EMPLOYED. CAN WE ALL AGREE THAT THE ADOPTION TAX CREDIT IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THIS BILL. ANOTHER WAY IT HELPS FAMILIES. THE FAMILY TAX CREDIT. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT EVERYBODY BACK HOME SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO. THE CHILD TAX CREDIT, SECTION 202 OF THE BILL. THIS INCREASE IN THE CHILD TAX CREDIT FROM $1,000 TO $1,600 PER CHILD AND PROVIDES A $300 CREDIT FOR EACH CHILD TO HELP FAMILIES. THE CHILD INDEPENDENT CARE TAX CREDIT HELPS FAMILIES SUCH AS A DISABLED GRAND PARENT. THERE IS ANOTHER FEATURE, UNBORN CHILDREN ARE RECOGNIZED IN THE 529 EDUCATION SAVINGS ACCOUNT PROVISIONS IN THE TAX CODE. OUR TAX REFORM BILL ALLOWS A 529 EDUCATION SAVING ACCOUNT TO BE OPENED FOR THE FIRST TIME FOR AN UNBORN CHILD. WE RECOGNIZE THIS HUMIDITY AND THE SANCTITY OF LIFE OF THE UNBORN CHILD. ANOTHER FEATURE, MARRIAGE PENALTIES ARE REMOVED. FOR TOO LONG WE HAVE PENALIZED MARRIED COUPLES SIMPLY FOR BEING MARRIED. OUR TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT CHANGES THAT. MARRIED COUPLES WILL NO LONGER BE PENALIZED FOR THEIR CHOICE TO BE MARRIED. MR. SPEAKER, I'LL CLOSE WITH A FEW MORE REMARKS. A LOT HAS BEEN SAID TONIGHT AND MORE WILL BE SAID TOMORROW AND THIS IS A BIG DAY FOR THE CONGRESS AND THE COUNTRY. IT HAS BEEN 30 YEARS SINCE WE LAST UPDATED OUR TAX CODE. I WAS IN THE EIGHTH GRADE THE LAST TIME THE TAX CODE. MANY IN THE WORK FORCE WEREN'T EVEN BORN YET. TODAY, AMERICANS ARE STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET TO FIND DECENT PAYING JOBS. WE MUST DO RIGHT BY OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN AND GIVE THEM A BETTER FUTURE THAN OUR OWN. WE HAVE PUT A FRAMEWORK TO DO JUST THAT. AND WE DISCUSSED FOR THE LAST FEW HOURS IN THIS CHAMBER, OUR PLAN WILL CREATE MORE JOBS, FAIRER TAXES AND BIGGER PAYCHECKS FOR WORKING-CLASS AMERICANS AND SMALL BUSINESSES. WHEN BUSINESS OWNERS ARE ABLE TO KEEP MORE OF THEIR PROFITS THEY WILL INVEST IN THEIR COMPANIES AND EMPLOYEES AND THAT WILL SPUR ECONOMIC GROWTH BECAUSE THEY WILL EXPAND THEIR FACILITIES AND CREATE NEW PRODUCT LINES AND ADD MORE JOBS AND THAT'S GOOD FOR ALL OF US. PASSING MEANINGFUL TAX REFORM ISN'T ABOUT STICKER SHOCK TALKING POINTS. BUT AMERICANS WANT TO OFFER BETTER WAGES PROVIDE FOR THEIR FAMILIES AND STRUGGLED TO DO SO BECAUSE OF OUR OPPRESSIVE AND OUTDATED TAX POLICY. OUR PLAN PUTS AMERICANS FIRST AND OFFERS REAL RELIEF TO THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST. THE FEDERAL TAX CODE IS MORE THAN 70,000 PAGES. FOR CONTEXT THAT IS 60 TIMES LONGER THAN THE KING JAMES' BIBLE AND CONTAINS NONE OF THE GOOD NEWS. TIME TO SIMPLIFY THIS CODE AND UNLEASH OUR FREE MARKET. WE HAVE THIS CHANCE AND WILL BE THE BIGGEST CHRISTMAS GIFT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN OVER THREE DECADES. IT'S TRULY HISTORIC AND LONG OVERDUE. WE URGE OUR COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO VOTE FOR THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT TOMORROW. LET'S DO RIGHT BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                              • 07:57:17 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN…

                                                UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. NEAL, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER. KNEEL KNEEL TOMORROW WE ARE GOING TO BE ASKED TO CAST PERHAPS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT VOTES THAT WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE CAREER IN THE HOUSE. AND I SAY HISTORY IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE THIS VOTE IS LIKELY TO HAVE CONSEQUENCES FOR YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS TO COME. AS I NOTED EARLIER TONIGHT AND AS WE LOOK AT A MILLION NEW VETERANS FROM THE WARS IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ WHO DESERVE OUR CARE AND THOSE WHO REPRESENT SOLDIERS' HOMES AND HOSPITALS FOR THE V.A., WE KNEE JUST HOW IMPORTANT THIS IS. WE KNOW WHAT HAPPENS TO ALZHEIMER'S PATIENTS WHO ARE GOING TO LOSE THE DEDUCTION ON HEALTH CARE AND KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO THOSE STUDENTS WHO WILL LOSE INTEREST DEDUCTIONS AND ASSESSED TAX THAT ARE GOING TO GO ON NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY AND OTHERS. AND WE ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT THE HOMEOWNER DEDUCTION, MORTGAGE INTEREST DEDUCTION IS A HUGE MIDDLE CLASS BENEFIT IS ABOUT TO BE TAKEN AWAY ASH TEMPORARILY. STATE AND LOCAL TAXES AND SOME CASES SALES TAXES, IT'S ABOUT TO BE ABOLISHED ALL BASED UPON THE PROMISE OF MAYBE, MAYBE THERE WILL BE ENOUGH ECONOMIC GROWTH. THERE IS NO EVIDENCE BASED ON THE TAX CUTS UNTIL 2001 AND 2003 OR REPATRIATION THAT TOOK PLACE IN 2004 THAT ANY OF THIS IS ACCURATE, BUT THEY CONTINUE TO PROCEED. THE NEXT PART OF THE CHALLENGE IS, THEY HAVE NOW SUBSTITUTED THE OLD SUPPLY-SIDE ECONOMICS THEORY. REMEMBER TAX CUTS PAY FOR THEMSELVES BUT THEY HAVE COME UP WITH A NEW TERM. AND NOW THEY HAVE COME UP WITH DYNAMIC SCORING. SO WE HAVE THE CHALLENGE OF TECHNOLOGY. WE HAVE THE CHALLENGE OF GLOBALIZATION AND THE CHALLENGE OF SKILL SET ACROSS AMERICA TO MOVE PEOPLE INTO A DIRECTION OF EMPLOYMENT WHERE THEY AND THEIR SKILLS MIGHT BE ALIGNED WITH THE JOBS THAT ARE OPEN, THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR SAID THERE ARE SIX MILLION JOBS THAT GO UNANSWERED, 18,000 PRECISION JOBS THAT GO UNANSWERED AND WE SHOULD BE USING THIS TO INVEST INVOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS AND SHOULD BE INVESTING IN COMMUNITY COLLEGES. PART OF THIS DISCUSSION SHOULD BE BASED ON THE HISTORIC VOTE OF LONG-TERM INVESTMENT. WE KNOW THAT IS UNLIKELY TO HAPPEN BECAUSE WHEN PEOPLE HAVE A CHANCE TO LOOK AT THESE DISTRIBUTION TABLES, THEY ARE GOING TO BE FURIOUS. I YIELD TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. THOMPSON AND MR. LARSON WILL BE ACKNOWLEDGED AFTER THAT. .

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                                              • 08:00:37 PM

                                                MR. THOMPSON

                                                IT'S NOT OFTEN I COME DOWN AND PARTICIPATE IN SPECIAL ORDERS BUT I WAS IN…

                                                IT'S NOT OFTEN I COME DOWN AND PARTICIPATE IN SPECIAL ORDERS BUT I WAS IN MY OFFICE WATCHING THE PREVIOUS SPEAKERS, I STARTED TO GET WHEEZEY FROM THE SPIN THEY WERE PROVIDING FROM THE FLOOR TALKING ABOUT WHAT THEY SAY THIS BILL WILL DO. AND I CAN TELL YOU THAT THERE WERE A LOT OF INACCURACIES IN SOME OF THE THINGS THEY WERE TRYING TO CONVINCE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT WOULD -- THAT THEY WOULD BENEFIT FROM THIS. AS MR. NEAL SAID, THIS BILL, THIS VOTE, IS AN IMPORTANT VOTE. THIS IS GOING TO BE AROUND A LONG TIME. NUMEROUS SPEAKERS TODAY HAVE MENTIONED THE FACT THAT THE LAST TIME WE DID MAJOR TAX REFORM, A MAJOR TAX OVERHAUL, WAS OVER 30 YEARS AGO. IF THAT'S ANY INDICATION, WE'RE GOING TO BE LIVING WITH THE CONSEQUENCES OF THIS BILL FOR A LONG TIME. AND I DON'T THINK THOSE CONSEQUENCES ARE ANYTHING TO BE PROUD OF. WE HEARD REPEATEDLY THAT THIS BILL IS NOT GOING TO EVEN TOUCH THE MIDDLE -- NOT GOING TO HELP AT ALL THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY. AND I -- YOU KNOW, YOU CAN'T HELP BUT LAUGH, THE LAST SPEAKER CAME OUT AND STATED THAT THIS DOES AWAY WITH THE ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX. THE ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX WAS PUT IN PLACE TO ENSURE THAT THE WEALTHIEST OF TAXPAYERS ACTUALLY PAID TAXES. BECAUSE THEY WERE ABLE TO ESCAPE PAYING TAXES, SO THAT'S WHY THE ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX CAME IN TO PLAY. AND THEY'RE THE ONES THAT PAY THIS TAX. SO IF YOU DO AWAY WITH IT, I DON'T SEE HOW YOU CAN WITH A STRAIGHT FACE SAY THIS DOESN'T HELP WEALTHY AMERICANS. INHERITANCE TAX WAS TALKED ABOUT A LOT. AS A MATTER OF FACT, IT WAS A VERY DISHONEST DISCUSSION. THEY KEPT REFERRING TO IT AS THE DEATH TAX. WE HAVE HEARD THIS ADD NAUSEAM. WE HEARD IT IN COMMITTEE, WE HEAR IT ON THE FLOOR, WE'VE HEARD IT THE PAST FEW YEARS. THIS IS A CLEVER CAMPAIGN ON THE OTHER SIDE'S PART TO DISCREDIT THE INHERITANCE TAX. IF YOU OPEN THE CODES, THE TAX CODES, THERE IS NOTHING IN THOSE CODES THAT SAYS THE DEATH TAX. IT DOESN'T EXIST. IT'S NOT REAL. IT'S MADE UP. IT'S FICTION. WE HEARD SOME VERY COMPELLING ARGUMENTS ABOUT HOW FARMERS WILL LOSE THEIR FARMS IF THEY DON'T DO AWAY WITH THE DEATH TAX. THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS THE DEATH TAX. WE HEARD REPEATEDLY THAT, AFTER SOMEBODY DIES IT'S UNFAIR TO MAKE THEM PAY TAXES. I'M HERE TO TELL YOU AFTER YOU DIE, YOU WILL NEVER HAVE TO PAY TAXES. THE INHERITANCE TAX REFERS TO INHERITED WEALTH. IF I INHERIT MONEY FROM MY PARENTS, THEN I'M TAXED ON THAT WEALTH THAT I HIN -- THAT I INHERIT. AND THERE'S A PROVISION IN THE LAW THAT SAYS THE FIRST $11 MILLION DON'T GET TOUCHED. SO IT'S GOT TO BE A PRETTY HUGE ESTATE BEFORE YOU EVEN PAY ANY TAXES ON IT. AND IF THERE WAS ALL THIS CONCERN ABOUT LOSING THE FAMILY FARM, THEN THE REPUBLICANS SHOULD HAVE TAKEN UP MY BILL, A BILL THAT I'VE HAD FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, WITH ABSOLUTELY NO SUPPORT FROM THE REPUBLICAN SIDE OF THE AISLE, THAT SAYS IF YOU INHERIT THE FAMILY FARM OR FAMILY BUSINESS AND YOU CONTINUE TO FARM IT OR YOU CONTINUE TO RUN THE BUSINESS, YOU ARE DEFERED FROM PAYING ANY INHERITANCE TAX. NOW IF YOU INHERIT IT AND TELL IT AND -- AND SELL IT AND TAKE THE MONEY AND MOVE TO A BEACH IN HAWAII, YOU WOULD PAY A TAX ON THAT INHERITED WEALTH. THIS IS SUBTERFUGE AT BEST. IT'S DISHONESTY AT WORST. THE LAST SPEAKER SAID THAT THE AMERICAN FAMILIES ARE BIG WINNERS IN THIS BILL. I DON'T KNOW WHOSE AMERICAN FAMILY HE WAS TALKING ABOUT. MR. NEAL WAS RIGHT WHEN HE SAID THE AMERICAN FAMILIES HAD A CHANCE TO BE BIG WINNERS IF WE HAD USED THIS OPPORTUNITY INVEST IN WORKERS, INVEST IN TRAINING, INVEST IN COMMUNITY COLLEGES, CREATE JOBS, CREATE OPPORTUNITIES, BUILD THIS TAX REFORM FROM THE MIDDLE CLASS, THE WORKING CLASS OUT. BUT INSTEAD, WE DIDN'T DO THAT WE DIDN'T EVEN TALK ABOUT IT. WE DIDN'T TALK ABOUT IT BECAUSE WE DIDN'T HAVE A SINGLE HEARING ON ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT BILLS THAT WE WILL CAST A VOTE ON IN OUR TIME IN CONGRESS. WE DIDN'T HEAR FROM ONE EXPERT WITNESS. THEY DROPPED THIS BILL WRITTEN IN SECRET, AS A MATTER OF FACT, MANY OF OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WERE COMPLAINING THAT THEY DIDN'T GET A CHANCE TO SEE WHAT WAS IN THE BILL. THEY DROPPED THIS ON US AT THE LAST MINUTE. WE COULD HAVE WORKED WITH THEM. WE COULD HAVE ADDRESSED SOME OF THESE ISSUES. WE COULD HAVE FIGURED OUT HOW TO INVEST IN THE AMERICAN WORKER. WE COULD HAVE FIGURED OUT HOW TO MAKE INVESTMENTS THAT CREATED JOBS. BUT NO, WE DIDN'T GET TO DO THAT BECAUSE WE DIDN'T HAVE ANY HEARINGS. IT WAS WRITTEN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT IN A DARKROOM SOMEPLACE WAY OUT OF OUR WHEELHOUSE. THEY SAID THEY HAD TO DO THIS BECAUSE THE TAX CODE WAS TOO BIG. AND I AGREE WITH THEM, I THINK IT IS TOO BIG, I THINK IT DOES NEED TO BE REFORMED. BUT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, IN THE JOINT TAX -- AND THE JOINT TAX TESTIFIED ON THIS, IF THEIR BILL IS PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW, IT WON'T DO AWAY WITH A SINGLE CHAPTER OF THE TAX CODE, BUT INSTEAD, IT WILL ADD ONE MORE TO IT. SO THIS IS LITERALLY MAKING THE TAX CODE BIGGER. AND I WANT TO KNOW WHO THOSE AMERICAN FAMILIES ARE WHO SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE CLAIM WILL BE HELPED FROM THIS. BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT I SEE. IN READING THIS AND READING THE ANALYSIS FROM DIFFERENT EXPERTS. IF SOMEONE IN YOUR FAMILY HAS ALZHEIMER'S, YOU'LL PAY MORE WHEN THEY -- BECAUSE THEY'RE GOING TO TAKE AWAY THE MEDICAL EXPENSE DEDUCTION THAT YOU NOW CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF. LOW INCOME FOLKS WITH KIDS, YOU'RE GOING TO PAY MORE WHEN YOU'RE EXCLUDED FROM THE CHILD TAX CREDIT. IF YOU'RE A TEACHER, DEAD CAILTED TO YOUR STUDENTS, AND TO -- DEDICATED TO YOUR STUDENTS AND THEIR WELL BEING AND YOU TAKE MONEY OUT OF YOUR OWN POCKET TO BUY PENCILS, SUPPLIES, THINGS FOR YOUR CLASSROOM, TODAY YOU GET A DEDUCTION FOR THAT. WE KNOW HOW IMPORTANT EDUCATION IS. UNDER THIS BILL YOU'LL PAY MORE BECAUSE THEY'RE TAKING THAT DEDUCTION AWAY TOO. WE JUST HEARD FROM A VETERAN ON THE OTHER SIDE WHO SAID HOW GREAT THIS IS FOR VETERANS. LET ME TELL YOU, IF YOU'RE A VETERAN AND YOU GET YOUR DUTY STATION REASSIGNED AND YOU HAVE TO GO SOMEPLACE ELSE AND THE HOUSE YOU HAVE TO SELL, YOUR FIRST DUTY STATION IF YOU HAVEN'T LIVED IN IT FOR EIGHT YEARS YOU'RE GOING TO BE TAXED ON ANY PROFIT FROM THAT. IF YOU'RE A VETERAN AND YOU GET TRANSFERRED, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BENEFIT FROM THIS. YOU'RE GOING TO LOSE. DO YOU HAVE A STUDENT LOAN? WE ALL KNOW HOW EXPENSIVE THOSE ARE THESE DAYS. IF YOU DO. YOU'RE -- IF YOU DO, YOU'RE GOING TO PAY MORE BECAUSE THEY'RE TAKING AWAY YOUR ABILITY TO DEDUCT THE INTEREST PAYMENT ON YOUR STUDENT LOAN. DO YOU OWN A HOME? IF YOU DO, YOU'LL PAY MORE WHEN THEY LIMIT THE MORTGAGE DEDUCTION. MORTGAGE INTEREST DEDUCTION. AND BY THE WAY, AS WE HEARD IN COMMITTEE, DURING THE MARKUP ON THIS BILL, THIS COULD ACTUALLY DECREASE THE VALUE OF YOUR HOME BY 10%. NOW, TELL ME HOW THAT HELPS WORKING CLASS, MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES TO SAY ALL THAT MONEY THAT YOU'VE BEEN SAVING BY BUYING YOUR HOME, WE'RE GOING TO TAKE AND WE'RE GOING TO TAKE 10% AWAY FROM THE VALUE OF THAT. THAT CERTAINLY DOESN'T CREATE A BIG WIN FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES. ARE YOU IN THE MIDDLE CLASS, BIG WIN FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES, THOSE MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES BECAUSE THE ANALYSIS SAYS THAT 36 MILLION MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES ARE GOING TO SEE A TAX HIKE IN THIS BILL. DO YOU DEDUCT YOUR STATE AND LOCAL TAXES? IF YOU DO, YOU'RE GOING TO PAY MORE. BECAUSE YOU'RE GOING TO LOSE THAT DEDUCTION TOO. DO YOU CARE ABOUT INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS IN YOUR COMMUNITY? I HAD A VISIT YESTERDAY FROM THE HEAD OF THE SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT. HE CAME IN WAS BECAUSE OF THIS BILL, I DON'T REPRESENT SAN FRANCISCO BUT HE CAME IN TO SEE ME BECAUSE I'M A MEMBER OF THIS COMMITTEE AND HE KNEW WE'D BE TAKING THIS BILL UP AND THEY HAVE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT PENDING. THEY DO IT WITH THE BONDS THAT WILL BE DISALLOWED UNDER THIS BILL. THE SAME -- THE -- SIMILAR TYPE OF ACTION THAT THEY'RE GOING TO DO IN REGARD TO LOW INCOME HOUSING. IN MY STATE, WE NEED HOUSING BADLY. AND WE'RE ABLE TO BUILD LOW INCOME -- ABLE TO BUILD LOW INCOME HOUSING BY USING THE BONDS MADE AVAILABLE IN OUR TAX CODE THAT GOES AWAY. THAT HURTS HOMES, THAT HURTS PEOPLE WHO WANT TO MOVE INTO HOMES, AND I'LL TELL YOU, IN MY DISTRICT, IT'S A PARTICULARLY RAW SUBJECT RIGHT NOW BECAUSE IN ONE OF MY COUNTY, SONOMA COUNTY, WE HAD A 2% VACANCY RATE IN RESIDENTIAL HOUSING. ABOUT A MONTH AGO. AND ABOUT A MONTH AGO NOW, WE HAD THE WORST FIRE IN CALIFORNIA HISTORY. IN SONOMA COUNTY, IT WIPED OUT 5% OF THE RESIDENTIAL HOUSING STOCK. THERE ARE ABOUT 9,000 HOMES TOTAL IN THE FIRE THAT WERE DESTROYED. HOMES IN SONOMA, HOMES IN NAPA, HOMES IN LAKE, HOMES IN MENDOCINO, HOMES IN BUTTE, HOMES DOWN IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. AND THAT JUST FURTHER DETERIORATED THE HOUSING SHORTAGE PROBLEM THAT WE FACE. AND SO TO TAKE AWAY ABILITY TO CONSTRUCT NEW LOW INCOME HOUSING HURTS. BUT YOU KNOW, I THINK WHAT HURT EVEN MORE IS IN THIS BILL, THEY TOOK AWAY THE ABILITY FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES, THOSE MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES THAT THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT HELP, THEY TOOK AWAY THEIR ABILITY TO WRITE OFF THEIR LOSSES DUE TO A DISASTER. AND THAT'S -- I WOULD BE HAPPY TO YIELD. I DON'T KNOW HOW THEY DID THAT. I DON'T KNOW WHY THEY'D DO THAT.

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                                              • 08:12:00 PM

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                                                IN THE FACE OF THESE FIRES, IN THE FACE OF SO MANY IN CALIFORNIA…

                                                IN THE FACE OF THESE FIRES, IN THE FACE OF SO MANY IN CALIFORNIA UNDERSTANDING THAT IMPACT, WHY IS IT THAT THEY DID THIS? I WISH I COULD SAY THAT'S THE $64 MILLION QUESTION BUT SADLY IT'S GOING TO COST TAXPAYERS A LOT MORE THAN $64 MILLION WHEN THEY'RE ALL SAID AND DONE.

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                                              • 08:12:18 PM

                                                MR. LARSON

                                                IT'S A MYSTERY TO ME AND I ASK THE CHAIRMAN WHO WROTE THE BILL DURING THE…

                                                IT'S A MYSTERY TO ME AND I ASK THE CHAIRMAN WHO WROTE THE BILL DURING THE --

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                                              • 08:12:25 PM

                                                MR. THOMPSON

                                                WERE THERE HEARINGS?

                                              • 08:12:32 PM

                                                MR. ALREADIESON

                                                WERE THERE HEARINGS?

                                              • 08:12:36 PM

                                                MR. THOMPSON

                                                NO HEARINGS. AND THEY DIDN'T FIX IT.

                                              • 08:12:39 PM

                                                MR. LARSON

                                                YET HERE WE ARE ON THE VERGE OF VOTING ON A BILL THAT WILL IMPACT 100% OF…

                                                YET HERE WE ARE ON THE VERGE OF VOTING ON A BILL THAT WILL IMPACT 100% OF THE ECONOMY AND 100% OF THE TAX CODE. NO HEARINGS?

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                                              • 08:12:54 PM

                                                MR. THOMPSON

                                                NO HEARINGS.

                                              • 08:12:56 PM

                                                MR. LARSON

                                                MR. NEAL YOU SUGGESTED IN THE PROCESS AT THE OUTSET THAT THIS WAS A MISSED…

                                                MR. NEAL YOU SUGGESTED IN THE PROCESS AT THE OUTSET THAT THIS WAS A MISSED OPPORTUNITY. AND THEN YOU WENT BACK AND GAVE A HISTORIC TUTORIAL ON HOW WE GOT HERE. HOW SIT THAT WE GOT HERE AND ARRIVED HERE WITH NO PUBLIC HEARINGS AND NO EXPERT TESTIMONY?

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                                              • 08:13:15 PM

                                                MR. NEAL

                                                THE SUMMARY OF THIS TAX BILL WAS PUBLISHED LAST THURSDAY. WE DID A WALK…

                                                THE SUMMARY OF THIS TAX BILL WAS PUBLISHED LAST THURSDAY. WE DID A WALK THROUGH ON MONDAY. WE ONLY HAD A CHANCE TO RESPOND TO THE BILL, THE CHAIRMAN'S MARK ON FRIDAY. THEN ON MONDAY WE DID A WALK THROUGH, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, AND THURSDAY MORNING WE DID THE MARKUP. NOT ONE HEARING. RECALL THAT IN THE LAST MOMENTS OF THE MARKUP WE WERE HANDED A MANAGER'S AMENDMENT. WE GET 20 MINUTES TO REACT TO THE MANAGER'S AMENDMENT. SO NO HEARINGS. AND COMPARE THAT WITH 1986 WHICH EVERYBODY HERLEDS NOW AS A GREAT MOMENT OF REAGAN AND O'NEILL AND ROSTONKOWSKI AND GEPHRT -- GEPHARDT AND BRADLEY, 450 WITNESSES. 30 PUBLIC HEARINGS. THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY SAT THROUGH THE MARKUP.

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                                              • 08:14:07 PM

                                                MR. LARSON

                                                IN YOUR HISTORY OF SERVING ON THIS COMMITTEE. WE'RE JOINED BY MR. LEVIN…

                                                IN YOUR HISTORY OF SERVING ON THIS COMMITTEE. WE'RE JOINED BY MR. LEVIN AND MR. KIND AND MR. WELSH, MR. LEVIN I HAVE TO ASK YOU TOO, IN YOUR SERVING ON THIS COMMITTEE HAS THERE EVER BEEN A BILL OF THIS MAGNITUDE OR PROPORTION THAT'S BEEN BROUGHT OUT WITHOUT A PUBLIC HEARING? WITHOUT EXPERT WITNESSES? MR. THOMPSON HAD A RAGING FIRE IN HIS DISTRICT THAT YOU HEARD HIM FROM HIS OWN LIPS WHAT IT DID, HOW IT DEVASTATED SONOMA AND NAPA VALLEY AND NO HEARINGS. IS THERE A PRECEDENT FOR THIS?

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                                              • 08:14:46 PM

                                                MR. LEVIN

                                                I DON'T THINK SO. MR. NEAL HAS SPELLED OUT, AND YOU HAVE, THE ATROCIOUS…

                                                I DON'T THINK SO. MR. NEAL HAS SPELLED OUT, AND YOU HAVE, THE ATROCIOUS APPROACH HERE, SO I THINK WE CAN SUM IT UP, THE PROCESS HAS BEEN TERRIBLE. THE PROUKT IS WORSE. -- THE PRODUCT IS WORSE. THAT'S THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU HAVE A TERRIBLE PROCESS.

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                                              • 08:15:13 PM

                                                MR. LARSON

                                                MR. KIND STOOD UP AND TALKED ABOUT THE FACT THE OTHER SIDE WHO CLAIMED TO…

                                                MR. KIND STOOD UP AND TALKED ABOUT THE FACT THE OTHER SIDE WHO CLAIMED TO BE DEFICIT HAWKS, ALL OF A SUDDEN, THEY ARE AN ENDANGERED SPECIES. I DON'T KNOW IF THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN WANTS TO EXPAND ON THAT AND FURTHER ASK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA AND I YIELD TO HIM.

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                                              • 08:15:34 PM

                                                MR. THOMPSON

                                                RECLAIMING MY TIME. AND THANK YOU FOR DRAWING ATTENTION TO THE MATERIAL…

                                                RECLAIMING MY TIME. AND THANK YOU FOR DRAWING ATTENTION TO THE MATERIAL FIRES THAT DID SO MUCH DAMAGE IN MY HOME STATE AND THE FACT THEY TOOK THE DEDUCTION FOR THESE TYPES OF DISASTERS AWAY FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT FIRES OR MY STATE. THEY TOOK AWAY THIS PROVISION IN THE TAX CODE FOR ANYBODY WHO HAS A DISASTER FROM NOW ON. IF IT'S A MUDSLIDE, EARTHQUAKE, A FIRE, ANY DISASTER, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CLAIM THAT DEDUCTION. AND TO ADD INSULT TO INJURY, THE CHAIRMAN GRANDFATHERED IN THE HURRICANE VICTIMS IN HIS OWN DISTRICT. AND I'LL JUST SAY ONE MORE THING AND I'LL YIELD BACK MY TIME. IF THIS ISN'T ALL BAD ENOUGH, EVERYBODY SHOULD KNOW THAT ALL OF THESE COSTS THAT WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT ARE BAD ENOUGH. BUT THERE'S ONE COST IN HERE THAT IS CRIPPLING AND CRIPPLING TO OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN AND THAT'S THE FACT THAT THIS BILL IS NOT PAID FOR AND IT ADDS $2.3 TRILLION, $2.3 TRILLION, TRILLION WITH A T TO OUR NATIONAL DEBT AND WILL BE PASSED TO OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN AND THAT'S GOING TO HURT US IN THE YEARS TO COME.

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                                              • 08:17:09 PM

                                                MR. LARSON

                                                YOU SAID EARLIER THAT YOU CAME DOWN HERE AND YOU RARELY COME DOWN HERE.…

                                                YOU SAID EARLIER THAT YOU CAME DOWN HERE AND YOU RARELY COME DOWN HERE. THIS IS A SPECIAL ORDER. THE REASON THAT YOU'RE HEAR HERE, THE REASON MR. DAVIS IS HERE, MR. WELCH, MR. LEVIN, MR. NEAL, MR. KIND AND MYSELF ARE ALL HERE IS BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A HEARING AND HAVE EXPERT WITNESSES. HAVE YOU HAD ANY EXPERT WITNESS SNR

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                                              • 08:17:37 PM

                                                MR. THOMPSON

                                                THERE HAS BEEN NO HEARINGS ON THIS BILL AND NO EXPERT WITNESSES. THE ONLY…

                                                THERE HAS BEEN NO HEARINGS ON THIS BILL AND NO EXPERT WITNESSES. THE ONLY HELP THAT WE HAVE GOTTEN ARE FROM THE OUTSIDE ORGANIZATIONS AND THE UNIVERSITIES THAT CRUNCH THESE NUMBERS TO BE ABLE TO GIVE US SOME GLIMPSE OF WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN AND THE BENEFIT OF SOME ANALYSIS FROM THE JOINT TAX STAFF. THERE HAVE BEEN NO HEARINGS, NO EXPERTS, NOBODY FROM OUR DISTRICT WHO LIVES AND BREATHES THIS, NO ONE FROM OUR DISTRICTS WHO WILL BE IMPACTED BY THIS. THIS WAS DONE FROM THE TOP DOWN AND CRAMMED THROUGH IN THE MOST BASS TARREDIZED SYSTEM THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN HERE.

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                                              • 08:18:23 PM

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                                                IT'S A POINT THAT ALL OF US HERE ON THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE UNDER THE…

                                                IT'S A POINT THAT ALL OF US HERE ON THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF MR. NEAL.

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                                              • 08:18:32 PM

                                                MR. KIND

                                                DOING TAX REFORM RIGHT IS TOUGH. THERE ARE A LOT OF MOVING PIECES TO IT…

                                                DOING TAX REFORM RIGHT IS TOUGH. THERE ARE A LOT OF MOVING PIECES TO IT AND THERE ARE A LOT OF TRAPS AND UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES. NOT TAKING THE TIME TO LISTEN TO PEOPLE BACK HOME IN OUR RESPECTIVE STATES AND DISTRICTS ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES OF SOMETHING THAT IS GOING TO AFFECT EVERY AMERICAN LIFE IN THIS COUNTRY IS LEGISLATIVE MALPRACTICE. AND THAT'S WHAT WE ARE ON THE VERGE OF COMMITTING LEADING UP TO TOMORROW'S VOTE. MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA MENTIONED $2.3 TRILLION OF ADDITIONAL DEBT BY THE TIME YOU ADD IN INTEREST PAYMENTS AND IT'S HAPPENING AT THE WRONG TIME. WE MAY HAVE GOTTEN AWAY WITH IT IN THE 1981 TAX CUTS AND FROM 2001 AND 2003. WE HAVE RUN OUT OF TIME AS A NATION WITH 70 MILLION BABY BOOMERS BEGINNING THEIR MASSIVE RETIREMENT. BUT THEIR ENTIRE THEORY IS PREMISED ON THE FACT THAT OVER 2/3 OF THE TAX CUT WILL BE GOING TO LARGE CORPORATIONS AND THIS GROWTH THAT IS GOING TO COME FROM IT. AND THAT IS BASED ON THE TAX HOLIDAY FOR THESE MULTINATIONAL COMPANIES THAT WILL BRING DOLLARS BACK INTO AMERICA AT A MUCH LOWER RATE AND RE-INVESTING THAT IS GOING TO PROMOTE GROWTH. THERE WAS A SURVEY OF THE 300 EXECUTIVES OF SOME OF THE LARGEST MULTINATIONAL COMPANIES ASKING THEM WHAT THEY WOULD DO WITH THIS REPAY TRY ATED MONEY COMING BACK TO THE COUNTRY, THEY SAID PAYING DOWN DEBT, INVESTING IN MORE JOBS AND GOOD PAYING JOBS, BARELY REGISTERED IN THAT SURVEY. THIS SHOULD NOT COME AS A SURPRISE. IT IS AREN'T LIKE WE HAVEN'T BEEN DOWN THIS ROAD BEFORE. WE TRIED THIS BACK IN 2000 WHERE THE COMPANIES BROUGHT BACK A TON OF MONEY AND WHAT THEY USED IT IS STOCK BUY-BACKS AND THEY ARE REFUSING TO LEARN THE LESSONS OF THE PAST. AND GOING ON THIS THEORY OF GROWTH THAT NONE OF THE ECONOMISTS SEE UNDER THIS TAX BILL WHICH IS A HUGE FISCAL GAMBLE WHICH IS GOING TO BE IN THE PLACE WHICH IS ONE OF THE WORST DECADES IN OUR COUNTRY.

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                                              • 08:21:10 PM

                                                MR. THOMPSON

                                                THE GENTLEMAN IS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. AND I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO…

                                                THE GENTLEMAN IS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. AND I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO OUR RANKING MEMBER, MR. NEAL.

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                                              • 08:21:21 PM

                                                MR. NEAL

                                                TO AT THIS POINT TO YIELD TO MR. DAVIS TO TALK ABOUT HISTORIC HISTORIC TAX…

                                                TO AT THIS POINT TO YIELD TO MR. DAVIS TO TALK ABOUT HISTORIC HISTORIC TAX CREDITS AND MR. LIPINSKI WILL TALK ABOUT NEW MARKETS AND THE RETIREMENT CRISIS THAT IS COMING AND YIELD BACK AND FORTH TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THE TOTALITY OF WHAT IS BEING ASKED IN THIS LEGISLATION.

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                                              • 08:21:48 PM

                                                MR. DAVIS

                                                THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. NEAL. AND I THANK YOU FOR THE TREMENDOUS…

                                                THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. NEAL. AND I THANK YOU FOR THE TREMENDOUS LEADERSHIP THAT YOU HAVE PROVIDED THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS. THERE IS NO DOUBT IN MY MIND THAT THE VOTE WE WILL TAKE TOMORROW IS GOING TO BE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT VOTES THAT I WILL EVER TAKE AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS. AND IT'S IMPORTANT BECAUSE I KNOW THAT IT WILL AFFECT IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, EVERY CITIZEN OF THIS COUNTRY. AS I LISTEN TO THE DEBATE OVER THE LAST TWO DAYS, I KNOW THAT AMERICA IS AT A GREAT CROSSROADS AND WE CAN EITHER GO FORWARD OR WE COULD GO BACKWARDS. WE COULD GO FORWARD INTO A NEW ERA OF JOBS AND KEEPING THE GREATEST LEVEL OF HEALTH CARE THAT THIS COUNTRY HAS EVER KNOWN. ALL -- OR WE COULD GO BACKWARDS, BECOME WARDS WITH MARIA ANTOINETTE TAX POLICY AND TAKE THE POLICY AND THEN SAY LET IT TAKE OR GO MORE FORWARD WITH THE EQUITABLE TAX PLAN ONE THAT PROMOTES DEVELOPMENT BY KEEPING THE PROVISIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL DEDUCTION WHICH EVERYBODY KNOWS WILL CREATE JOBS, JOBS AND JOBS. WE CAN GO FORWARD BY MAKING SURE THAT THE ACCESS WE HAVE TO QUALITY HEALTH CARE WILL CONTINUE. I HEAR MANY PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT WHAT WE WILL GET FROM H.R. 1, WHAT I CALL THE REPUBLICAN MARIA ANTOINETTE TAX DEAL. LET ME MENTION WHAT WE WILL NOT GET THAT WE ALREADY HAVE. TEACHERS WILL NOT GET THE ABILITY TO WRITE OFF THE $250 THAT THEY SPEND OUT OF THEIR POCKETS FOR MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES FOR THEIR STUDENTS. STUDENTS WILL LOSE $65 BILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS TO HELP MAKE COLLEGE MORE AFFORDABLE. SENIOR CITIZENS, AS WE HAVE ALREADY HEARD WITH ALZHEIMER'S WILL LOSE THE ABILITY TO WRITE OFF HIGH MEDICAL COSTS. STUDENT LOAN INTERESTS CAN NO LONGER BE USED. CITIES LIKE MINE, LIKE PHILADELPHIA, LIKE DETROIT, LIKE GARY, INDIANA, CITIES ALL OVER THE COUNTRY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO MAKE USE OF THE NEW MARKET TAX CREDITS TO REBUILD SLUM AND BRIGHTED AREAS. MANY OF THOSE AREAS HAVE BEEN LYING SQUALOR FOR 50 AND 60 YEARS, WHERE THEY USED TO BE THRIVING COMMUNITIES. HISTORICAL BUILDINGS WILL BE LEFT STANDING AND THE COST OF TAX CREDITS TO RESTORE THEM WILL NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE. LOSING THE OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE JOBS AND WORK OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE UNEMPLOYED. UNDER THE BILL, ANY WAY THAT YOU CUT IT, THE MIDDLE CLASS WILL LOSE AND THE SPECIAL INTERESTS AND THE WEALTHY WILL AGAIN WIN. I KNOW THAT WE'RE AGAIN BEING SOLD THE IDEA OF WHAT I CALL TRICKLE-DOWN ECONOMICS. FEED THOSE AT THE TOP AND CRUMBS WILL TRICKLE DOWN TO ALL THE REST OF SOCIETY. EVEN THOUGH STUDY AFTER STUDY HAS SHOWN THAT THIS DOES NOT WORK. IT IS NOTHING MORE THAN A THEORY. FAR FROM ANY BASIS OF TRUTH. AND SO, I THINK THAT WE HAVE NO CHOICE WHEN I HEAR THESE KINDS OF DISCUSSIONS, I THINK OF ALL KINDS OF THINGS. BUT I GUESS WHAT I THINK MOST OF SOMETHING THAT BILLY HOLIDAY WROTE AND SANG AND SHE SAID THAT MOMMA MAY HAVE, POPPA MAY HAVE, BUT GOD BLESS THE CHILD THAT'S GOT HIS OWN. SHE SAID THAT RICH RELATIONS MAY HAVE CRUST OF BREAD AND SUCH. YOU CAN TAKE SOME, BUT DON'T TAKE TOO MUCH. AND SO IF YOU ARE WAITING FOR SOMETHING TO TRICKLE DOWN, YOU BETTER REMEMBER WHAT SHE SAID, THAT GOD BLESS THE CHILD THAT'S GOT HIS OWN. AND ONE THING THAT EACH ONE OF US HAS IS THE ABILITY TO VOTE. AND I WILL VOTE TOMORROW. AND I WILL MAKE SURE THAT WHEN I VOTE, I WILL VOTE TO REPRESENT THE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES WHO NEED TO HAVE HOPE AND WHO NEED TO HAVE FAITH AND NEED TO BELIEVE THAT WHEN WE SING THE SONG "MY COUNTRY TIS OF THEE" THAT WE ARE SINGING ABOUT THEM, TOO.

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                                              • 08:28:07 PM

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                                                I APPRECIATE THE REMARKS OF MY FRIEND FROM CHICAGO. HE REPRESENTS A LARGE…

                                                I APPRECIATE THE REMARKS OF MY FRIEND FROM CHICAGO. HE REPRESENTS A LARGE URBAN DISTRICT. I REPRESENT A LARGE RURAL DISTRICT.

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                                              • 08:28:18 PM

                                                MR. KIND

                                                THING WE AGREE ON, THIS IS A BILL OF GOODS FOR BOTH OF OUR CONSTITUENCY…

                                                THING WE AGREE ON, THIS IS A BILL OF GOODS FOR BOTH OF OUR CONSTITUENCY AND I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THE ECONOMIC ECONOMIC IN THE LARGE RURAL DISTRICT THAT I REPRESENT WHERE ARE PRODUCTION AGRICULTURE IS A LARGE PART OF THE. SOME OF THE CHANGES THEY ARE MAKING ARE GOING TO BE DEVASTATING TO FARMERS TAKING AWAY THE 199 DEDUCTION. AND IF YOU WANT TO GROW THINGS AND INVENT THINGS AND CREATE THINGS AND MAKE THINGS IN AMERICA, THE 199 HAS HAD A TRACK RECORD TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR OUR FARMERS. OUR THEIR BILL GOES UNDER AWAY. IN ORDER TO RECOUPE SOME OF THE LOSSES, IT GOES AWAY. LIKE KIND EXCHANGESES FOR HEAVY MACHINERY GOES AWAY. MY FARMERS ARE OPERATING ON THE MARGIN RIGHT NOW AND I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THE IMPACT ON OUR FAMILY FARMERS WITH WHAT THEY ARE PROPOSING. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE FROM A CITY OR RURAL DISTRICT TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE WORK THAT WASN'T PUT INTO THIS BILL TO UNDERSTAND THE REAL CONSEQUENCES OF WHAT THEY ARE ASKING FOR. WE CAN STILL REGROUP AND FIGURE OUT A WAY TO TRULY SIMPLIFY AND MAKE US MORE COMPETITIVE AND MAKE IT FAIR FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND FAMILY FARMERS RATHER THAN THIS RUSH TO JUDGMENT SO THEY CAN SCORE A POLITICAL WIN BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR. I THINK THE POINTS ARE VERY VALID AND I HOPE WE HEED BEFORE WE REACH OUR FINAL DECISION TOMORROW MORNING.

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                                              • 08:30:04 PM

                                                MR. DAVIS

                                                ONE THING I LIKE ABOUT THE PACKERS ARE THE PEOPLE.

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                                                MR. KIND

                                                AMEN. KNEEL KNEEL I WILL LEAVE THAT ALONE. I YIELD TO MR. LARSON. . .

                                              • 08:30:25 PM

                                                MR. LARSON

                                                I THEANING GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND FOR THE TUTORIAL HE GAVE US EARLIER…

                                                I THEANING GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND FOR THE TUTORIAL HE GAVE US EARLIER TODAY ABOUT HOW WE GOT TO THIS SPOT. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT BECAUSE FOR MOST AMERICANS LISTENING OUT THERE, WHAT YOU'RE WITNESSING IS THE TYRANNY OF THE MAJORITY. WHAT I MEAN BY THAT IS, WHEN THE MINORITY DOESN'T GET AN OPPORTUNITY TO BRING FORTH WITNESSES, TO HAVE HEARINGS, AND YOU HEARD MR. NEAL TALK ABOUT THE MORE THAN 30 HEARINGS IN THE COMMITTEE, THE MORE THAN 12 SUBCOMMITTEE HEARINGS, THE 450-PLUS EXPERTS, THAT WE NEVER GOT TO HEAR FROM, YOU UNDERSTAND THE POSITION THAT WE FIND OURSELVES IN. AS I SAID EARLIER, THIS IMPACTS 100% OF OUR ECONOMY AND 100% OF OUR PEOPLE. WE ALL SWEAR AN OATH OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE CONSTITUTION. BUT APPARENTLY ON THE OTHER SIDE, THEY SWEAR AN OATH OF ALLEGIANCE TO GROVER NORQUIST. BECAUSE THAT'S MORE IMPORTANT THAN FULFILLING OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND GOING THROUGH REGULAR ORDER AND HAVING THE EXPERTS. IT'S MORE IMPORTANT TO TAKE A PLEDGE TO MR. NORQUIST AND PASS SOMETHING POLITICALLY, IN AS PURE A BARE KNUCKLE WAY AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN, WITHOUT ANY AMENDMENTS BEING MADE IN ORDER, AND RUSHING THE BILL TO THE FLOOR IN HASTE WITHOUT ANY CONCERN OF THE RAMIFICATIONS THAT IT HAS OTHER THAN FULFILLING A PLEDGE. TO MR. NORQUIST. AND ALSO A PLEDGE AS WE'VE HEARD FROM SOME OF THEIR MEMBERS TO THEIR DONOR BASE. THAT'S WHAT'S FRUSTRATED US ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE. WE COULD, AND I THINK MR. NEAL SAID IT VERY CLEARLY, WE HAD A MISSED OPPORTUNITY HERE. MR. KIND MENTIONED WE STILL HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY. IF THERE ARE ENOUGH PEOPLE ON THAT SIDE OF THE AISLE AND WE KNOW THERE ARE, WE KNOW REGIONALLY, AS MR. KING AND MR. ZELDIN HAVE SAID, THAT THIS TAX BILL REPRESENTS THE GREATEST SHIFT THAT WE'VE SEEN IN WEALTH IN THIS COUNTRY FROM THE MIDDLE CLASS OF THE NORTHEAST AND WEST COASTS, TO THE REST OF THE COUNTRY. THIS IS UNCONSCIONABLE THAT THIS WOULD TAKE PLACE UNDER THE GUISE OF TRYING TO SAY THAT YOU'RE PROVIDING MIDDLE CLASS TAX RELIEF. I WENT TO THE COMMISSIONER OF REVENUE SERVICES IN THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT AND SAID, HOW WILL THIS IMPACT OUR CITIZENS? AND IT REPRESENTS AN INCREASE IN TAXES FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. NOT THIS SO-CALLED TAX CUT THAT THE OTHER SIDE HAS PERPETRATED.

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                                              • 08:33:30 PM

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                                                WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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                                                MR. LARSON

                                                I WILL IN ONE SECOND, I WANT TO POINT OUT THIS CLAW THAT EXISTS WITHIN…

                                                I WILL IN ONE SECOND, I WANT TO POINT OUT THIS CLAW THAT EXISTS WITHIN HERE BECAUSE EVEN FOR THOSE STATES, RED STATE OR BLUE WHERE YOU THINK YOU MIGHT RECEIVE A DE MINIMUS TAX CUT TODAY IT'S CLAWED BACK WITHIN FIVE YEARS BECAUSE THEY PUT SOMETHING IN THE CODE COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS A CHAIN C.P.I. AND THAT HAS DIRE RAMIFICATIONS AND I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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                                              • 08:33:58 PM

                                                MR. LEVIN

                                                I WANTED TO ASK YOU TO YIELD JUST AT THIS MOMENT WHEN YOU TALKED ABOUT A…

                                                I WANTED TO ASK YOU TO YIELD JUST AT THIS MOMENT WHEN YOU TALKED ABOUT A TAX CUT FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. THE PROBLEM WITH THIS TERRIBLE PROCESS IS THERE ISN'T TIME ENOUGH TO CHALLENGE THOSE WHO SAY SOMETHING IS FALSE. AND I JUST WANT TO READ AGAIN WHAT THE SPEAKER SAID RELATING TO YOUR POINT. HE SAID THIS. THE FOCUS IS ON MIDDLE CLASS TAX RELIEF. THE FOCUS IS ON DIRECTING THAT TAX RELIEF TO THE PEOPLE IN THE MIDDLE AND THE PEOPLE WHO ARE TRYING TO GET THERE. THIS BILL IS THE OPPOSITE. THIS BILL IS THE OPPOSITE. AS WE DISCUSSED TO OUR RANKING MEMBER, AT THE MARKUP, AND WE CHALLENGED IN THE JOINT TAX FORCE, WELL, I THINK, WE'LL SHOW THIS TO YOU, THERE ARE GOING TO BE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE, MIDDLE CLASS, WHO IN SUBSEQUENT YEARS WILL HAVE THEIR TAXES INCREASED, NOT DECREASED. MILLIONS. MILLIONS. WHEN WE ASKED ABOUT THE PASS-THROUGH, PICKING UP YOUR POINT ABOUT THE MIDDLE CLASS, HE POINTED TO TABLES WHICH SHOWED THAT THE VAST, VAST MAJORITY OF THE MONEYS THAT ARE GOING TO GO THROUGH PASS-THROUGHS THAT ARE GOING TO GET SOME TAX HELP, THE VAST MAJORITY ARE FOR VERY WEALTHY PEOPLE. AND WHILE WE DON'T STHRE FINAL FIGURES, IT'S LIKELY THAT 85% OR 90% IS GOING TO GO TO THE VERY WEALTHY. SO I THINK SO MUCH OF WHAT THEY HAVE SAID IS SO UNTRUE. THEY SAY THAT NECESSITY IS THE MOTHER OF INVENTION. IN THIS CASE, NECESSITY, THEIR POLITICAL NECESSITY, HAS BEEN THE MOTHER OF DECEPTION.

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                                              • 08:35:59 PM

                                                MR. LARSON

                                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. I WANT TO POINT OUT, WE…

                                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. I WANT TO POINT OUT, WE DID ASK MR. BARTHOLD, THE CHIEF OF STAFF FOR THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION, ABOUT THIS TAX AND WHAT ITS RAMIFICATIONS ARE. I ASKED HIM, WILL THIS FALL UNEVENLY AS WE'VE SEEN ACROSS THE NORTHEAST AND AS WE'VE SEEN ACROSS THE WEST COAST? THE RESPONSE WAS, IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO SAY THAT IN ALL CASES, MEANING ALL 50 STATES, THAT THESE TAXPAYERS WILL HAVE LOWER TOTAL INCOME TAX LIABILITY UNDER H.R. 1 THAN UNDER THE PRESENT LAW. WHY? BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT GOING TO BE ALLOWED TO TAKE THE DEDUCTIONS THEY NORMALLY GET. IN THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT, 41% OF OUR CITIZENS UTILIZE AND ITEMIZE THEIR DEDUCTIONS. UNDER THE CODE THAT THEY'VE BEEN ABLE TO DO SINCE 1913. AND ITS INCEPTION. WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? WE HEARD MR. BRADY SAY AFTER EVERYONE GETS UP AND SPEAK HE IS TALKS ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON IN THEIR DISTRICT IN AN OVER-GENERALIZED MANNER. I ASKED JOINT TAX, WHAT WOULD IT BE FOR A CUP UNTIL WEST HARTFORD WITH A CHILD IN COLLEGE THEY OWN A HOME, HAVE A COMBINED INCOME OF $125,000. UNDER THE REPUBLICAN PLAN, THEY WOULD SEE A $767 TAX INCREASE IN 2018, AND THEY WOULD SEE MORE THAN A $1,667 TAX INCREASE IN 2023 WHEN THE FAMILY CREDIT EXPIRES. A POINT MR. NEAL HAS MADE REPEATEDLY. TAX CUTS ARE MADE PERMANENT FOR CORPORATIONS AND THE WEALTHY. THE WEALTHY GET THE ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX AND THINK THINK TISSUE AND THEY GET THE ESTATE TAX AND THEY'RE MADE PERMANENT. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO MAY THINK YOU'RE EVEN GOING TO GET A TAX CUT, THE NORQUIST CLAW BACK PROVISION UNDER SOMETHING WE REFER TO AS CHAIN C.P.I. TAKES IT AWAY AFTER THE FIFTH YEAR. SO WE FIND OURSELVES IN THIS GOD-AWFUL POSITION, WITHOUT PUBLIC HEARINGS AND WITHOUT THE ABILITY TO CALL EXPERT WITNESSES AND TO ONLY HAVE A BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS. YOU NEED A POLITICAL WIN. THAT'S PROBABLY TRUE. BUT WHAT THE -- WHAT WE REALLY -- WHO REALLY NEEDS TO WIN HERE ARE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT MORE OF US. AND THAT'S WHY THIS IS A LOSS POSSIBILITY. AND WHY WE OUGHT TO BE REGROUPING AND TAKING THIS BACK UP. BECAUSE AS MR. KIND SAYS, THERE STILL IS TIME. HOW CAN YOU TURN YOUR BACKS ON YOUR FELLOW REPUBLICANS IN NEW YORK, IN NEW JERSEY, IN PENNSYLVANIA? HOW CAN YOU DO THIS TO THESE PEOPLE WITHOUT ANY KIND OF PUBLIC HEARING OR PUBLIC WITNESSES OR EXPERTS TO TALK ABOUT WHAT THE CALAMITY WILL BE? HOW ABOUT THEIR COMMISSIONERS OF REVENUE SERVICES BE COMING IN AND GOING OVER AND EXAMINING JUST HOW THESE TAXES WILL IMPACT ON THEM? THAT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN, UNFORTUNATELY. THIS IS BEING JAMMED DOWN OUR THROATS. I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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                                              • 08:39:21 PM

                                                MR. NEAL

                                                I WANT TO ASK MR. WELSH, WHO MADE IT TO VERMONT VIA SPRINGFIELD, WHO HAS A…

                                                I WANT TO ASK MR. WELSH, WHO MADE IT TO VERMONT VIA SPRINGFIELD, WHO HAS A LONG-STANDING INTEREST IN HIGHER EDUCATION, WHEN HE SPOKE EARLIER ON THE FLOOR, MAYBE YOU COULD TALK ABOUT PARTS OF VERMONT THAT ARE VERY RURAL AND ALSO LINK IT TO THAT WHOLE NOTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE STATE OF VERMONT.

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                                              • 08:39:43 PM

                                                MR. WELSH

                                                I'D BE GLAD TO. BY WAY OF INTRODUCTION, THANK YOU, MR. RANKING MEMBER, FOR…

                                                I'D BE GLAD TO. BY WAY OF INTRODUCTION, THANK YOU, MR. RANKING MEMBER, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP. AS YOU HAVE SAID, THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE WE FACE IN THIS COUNTRY, IS NOT A DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN ISSUE, IS THAT WAGES HAVE BEEN STAGNANT FOR AMERICANS FOR 20 YEARS. THEY HAVEN'T HAD A PAY RAISE. AND THAT'S A HUGE CHALLENGE BECAUSE THE AMERICAN DREAM HAS ALWAYS BEEN PROMISED -- PREMISE ON THE FACT THAT OUR PARENTS HAVE MADE A A -- MADE AN ECONOMY THAT HAS PROVIDED MORE OPPORTUNITY FOR THEIR KIDS. WAGES ARE FLAT. AMERICA HASN'T HAD A PAY RAISE IN 0 YEARS. SO THE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION FOR ME ON A TAX BILL IS WHETHER THAT TAX BILL WILL INCREASE OPPORTUNITY FOR HARD WORKING AMERICANS. AND IT DOESN'T MATTER WHERE THEY'RE FROM, RURAL OR URBAN. IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT THEIR RACE IS. IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT THEIR GENDER IS OR THE SEXUAL ORIENTATION IS. MOST AMERICANS WANT TO WORK. AND THEY WANT TO TAKE CARE OF THE PEOPLE THEY LOVE AND THEY WANT TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY. THIS TAX BILL COMES UP REAL SHORT. BY THE WAY, I WANT TO BE SOMEWHAT SELF-CRITICAL OF THE DEMOCRATS, WE HAVEN'T BEEN WHERE WE NEEDED TO BE, OFTENTIMES. WHICH IS FOR HARDWORKING AMERICANS. BUT I THINK WE'RE SOLIDLY WHERE WE NEED TO BE ON THIS TAX BILL. I'LL GIVE YOU A COUPLE OF EXAMPLES IN EXPLICIT RESPONSE TO YOUR QUESTION. I WENT OUT TO A SCHOOL THAT PROVIDED TRAINING FOR YOUNG VERMONT MEN AND WOMEN WHO WANTED TO BECOME WELDERS. THAT IS A GREAT JOB. THEY GOT OUT OF SCHOOL AND THEY GET A JOB THAT PAYS THEM GOOD WAGES. THEY'VE GOT TO BORROW MONEY IN ORDER TO DO THAT. IN SOME CASES THEY HAVE AN EMPLOYER WHO PAYS THEIR TUITION. UNDER THIS TAX BILL, THAT YOUNG WOMAN OR THAT YOUNG MAN WHO GETS TUITION ASSISTANCE FROM HIS OR HER EMPLOYER HAS TO DECLARE THAT AS INCOME AND PAY TAXES ON IT. THAT'S AN OPPORTUNITY TAX. AND A LOT OF THOSE FOLKS HAVE BORROWED MONEY. WE'VE GOT A WONDERFUL VERMONT STUDENT ASSISTANCE CORPORATION PROGRAM IN VERMONT, DOESN'T MATTER WHETHER YOU'RE A REPUBLICAN CHILD OR DEMOCRATIC CHILD, YOU GET LOW INTEREST LOANS. THEY'VE LOST THEIR TAX DEDUCTION. THIS IS WHEN THEY'RE BEGINNING THEIR CAREER. SO THEIR INCOME IS NOT GREAT, THEY'RE TRYING TO PAY THEIR BILLS, MAYBE GET A CONDOMINIUM, MAYBE IF THEY'RE REALLY LUCKY, THEY GET A HOUSE, THEY HAVE TO PAY MORE TAXES AS A RESULT OF THIS BILL. THEN THE OTHER THING IS PRIVATE ACTIVITY BONDS, THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE, BECAUSE WHAT THOSE BONDS ARE, I DIDN'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT THIS BEFORE I CAME TO CONGRESS. BUT IT'S A BENEFIT WHERE THERE CAN BE AN OPPORTUNITY TO BORROW MONEY FROM THE PRIVATE MARKET, BY THE WAY, IN ORDER TO PROVIDE LOW INTEREST RATES AND THE PEOPLE WHO BUY THESE BONDS GET THE BENEFIT OF A TAX DEDUCTION. IN ORDER TO PROVIDE A CONTINUING BENEFIT TO LOWER INTEREST RATES FOR KIDS WHO ARE TRYING TO GET A WELDING DEGREE OR COMMUNITY COLLEGE DEGREE OR HIGHER EDUCATION DEGREE. AND WE'RE TAKING THAT AWAY. WE'RE TAKING AWAY OPPORTUNITY. WE'RE IMPOSING A BIG TAX ON THE OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG WOMEN AND MEN IN VERMONT. AND YOU KNOW, THERE'S NOT A SINGLE REPUBLICAN WHO WOULD WANT TO DO THAT. BUT WE DON'T HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY IN THIS BILL TO PROPOSE AN AMENDMENT TO SAY HEY, WAIT A MINUTE, WE MADE A MISTAKE ON THIS PROVISION, BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT THE WELDERS IN ALABAMA, WOULD-BE WELDERS IN TEXAS, WOULD-BE WELDERS IN VERMONT, TO HAVE TO PAY MORE IN ORDER TO DEVELOP A KILL THAT'S REALLY ESSENTIAL TO MAKING THOSE JOINTS ON OUR BRIDGES AND DOING THINGS THAT WE NEED TO REBUILD OUR CITIES. AND WE ARE NOT ALLOWED AN OPPORTUNITY TO PROPOSE AN AMENDMENT WHERE EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN WOULD KNOW WHETHER YOUR REPRESENTATIVE WANTED TO IMPOSE AN OPPORTUNITY TAX ON THAT STUDENT WHO WANTS TO BECOME A WELDER. WHERE IS THE DEMOCRACY IN THIS? WHERE IS THE TRANSPARENCY IN THIS? AND THAT'S WHAT REALLY IS HEARTACHE FOR ME. MR. CHAIRMAN, AS YOU KNOW, WE GREW UP IN THE SAME CITY. IT WAS ROUGH AND TUMBLE. WORKING CLASS. PROUD PEOPLE. AND ETHNIC. AND WE PLAYED HARD IN SPORTS AND WE BATTLED ALL THE TIME. BUT WE HAD A KIND OF COMMON PRIDE IN THE VALUE OF WORK. WE SAW HOW HARD OUR PARENTS WORKED AND WE DIDN'T NECESSARILY NOTICE THAT WHEN WE SHOULD WHEN WE WERE YOUNGER BUT AS WE GREW UP, WE REALLY WERE STUNNED AT THE KIND OF COMMITMENT THEY HAD TO REBUILDING THE CITY THAT WE WERE IN, AND YOU BECAME MAYOR OF. WE BECAME SO APPRECIATIVE OF THE OPPORTUNITY THEY GAVE US. I GREW UP IN A FAMILY OF SIX KIDS. I DON'T KNOW HOW MY PARENTS DID IT IN A SMALL HOUSE WITH FOUR BEDROOMS, SHARING A BEDROOM, DIDN'T KNOW. IT WAS ONLY AFTER WE KNEW HOW WONDERFUL THIS OPPORTUNITY THEY GAVE US AND THE SACRIFICES THEY MADE. AND ISN'T IT OUR JOB IN THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO GIVE EVERYBODY THE SAME OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIENCE YOU HAD AND MR. LIPINSKI HAD AND I HAD. AND THAT WAS ON THE SHOULDERS OF PARENTS WHO SACRIFICED FOR OUR BENEFIT. SO THE BOTTOM LINE FOR ME ON THIS TAX BILL IS WHETHER IT ENHANCES THE OPPORTUNITY OF EVERY AMERICAN STRIVER, EVERY AMERICAN WHO WANTS TO BECOME BETTER, MORE CONTRIBUTING, MORE OF AN ACTIVE CITIZEN, MORE OF AN ACCOMPLISHED ADULT, MORE OF A CONTRIBUTOR TO OUR WORK FORCE, DOES THIS BILL HELP THEM ACHIEVE THAT, OR DOES IT IMPEDE THEM FROM DOING THAT? AND WHEN I LOOK AT JUST ONE SPECIFIC PROVISION WHERE WE SAY STUDENTS ARE GOING TO HAVE TO PAY TAXES ON THE INTEREST THAT THEY PAY ON THEIR STUDENT LOANS OR WHEN A STUDENT WHO EARNS, IN FACT, A SCHOLARSHIP OR FELLOWSHIP TO GO ADVANCE THEIR HIGHER EDUCATION AND HAVE TO PAY INCOME TAX ON THAT, I'M TRULY HORRIFIED, BECAUSE THIS COUNTRY -- AND THIS IS NOT A REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRATIC DEAL, IS ALL BASED ON THE OPTIMISM THAT IF WE GIVE PEOPLE OPPORTUNITY, IT WILL BENEFIT ALL OF US. IT WILL BENEFIT THAT INDIVIDUAL WHO IS THERE TO SEIZE THAT OPPORTUNITY AND MAKE THE BEST OF WHAT THEY CAN DO AND THEREFORE BUILD A COUNTRY. SO, MR. RANKING MEMBER, I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR EFFORTS ON THIS. KNEEL KNEEL I THANK THE DESCRIPTION. WITH THAT, I YIELD SEVEN MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CHICAGO, GOOD FRIEND TO ALL OF US HERE, MR. LIPINSKI.

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                                              • 08:47:32 PM

                                                MR. LIPINSKI

                                                THARPG YOU, MR. NEAL AND ALL OF YOUR WORK. I WANT TO TALK TONIGHT FROM THE…

                                                THARPG YOU, MR. NEAL AND ALL OF YOUR WORK. I WANT TO TALK TONIGHT FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF BLUE DOG DEMOCRATS. CLEARLY, WE ALL KNOW AND MR. WELCH VERY ELOQUENTLY TALKED ABOUT THE NEEDS OF THE MIDDLE CLASS AND PEOPLE WHO ARE STRUGGLING AND WE ALL KNOW IT IS PAST TIME TO REFORM THE TAX CODE BY MAKING IT SIMPLER AND CLOSING LOOPHOLES AND LOWERING RATES. THIS BILL WE WILL BE VOTING ON TOMORROW IS NOT THE ANSWER FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. IT DIDN'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY. THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, I HEARD FROM REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS AND WHITE HOUSE ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF CREATING A BIPARTISAN TAX REFORM PLAN. AS A POLICY CO-CHAIR OF THE BLUE DOG COALITION REPRESENTING MODERATE DEMOCRATS, I COORDINATED THE COALITION OF KEY PRINCIPLES NEEDED FOR PERMANENT BIPARTISAN TAX REFORM BILL. AND OUR REFORM PRINCIPLE CALLED FOR THE FOLLOWING. FIRST, TAX REFORM MUST BE PASSED IN AN OPEN AND BIPARTISAN PROCESS AFTER REGULAR ORDER. TAX REFORM MUST BE REVENUE NEUTRAL AND NOT OFFSET THE COST OF TAX REFORM FOR TAX RELIEF. COMPANIES NEED COMPETITIVE TAX RAE AND STRUCTURE IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN THEIR COMPETITION GLOBALLY AND SMALL BUSISSES WHEN IT COMES TO SETTING BUSINESS TAX RATES. FOURTH, THE MIDDLE CLASS MUST BE THE PRIORITY ITHIS TAX BILL. AND FIFTH, CONGRESS SHOULD USE TAX REFORM TO ADDRESS THEER TAX CHALLENGES. TAKEN TOGETHER, I THINK MOST PEOPLE WOULSAY THA THIS IS A GOOD SOU SET OF PRINCIPLES. BUT.R. 1 FAILS TO MEET THESE CRITERIA. FIRST, THIS BILL IS NOT BIPARTISAN. THE BLUE DOGS MET WITH THE TREASURY SECRETARY, THE DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL AS WELL AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE. WE WERE TOLD THIS WOULD BE BIPARTISAN. BUT THE BILL WAS PASSED IN COMMITTEE LESS THAN A WEEK AFTER IT WAS INTRODUCED AND LESS THAN A DAY, EVEN LESS THAN THAT AFTER CHANGES WERE MADE BY THE CHAIRMAN. THREE VOTED ON EVERY DEMOCRATIC AMENDMENT. ONE WEEK LATER, THIS BILL IS BEING BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR WITH NO AMENDMENTS ALLOWED. THIS IS CLEARLY NOT BIPARTISAN AND IT'S TOUGH TO ARGUE THAT THIS IS AN OPEN PROCESS OF REGULAR ORDER WHERE MEMBERS GET TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROCESS. BUT WHAT ABOUT THE CONTENTS OF THE BILL? FIRST, IT'S NOT REVENUE NEUTRAL. WE WERE TOLD THIS BILL WILL BE USED DYNAMIC SCORING AND ADDITIONAL REVENUE WILL BE RAISED FROM INCREASED ECONOMIC GROWTH BECAUSE OF THE TAX CUT. SOME DISMISS DYNAMIC SCORING OUT OF HAND BUT I BELIEVE IT CAN BE LEGITIMATE. BUT AS WE ARE ABOUT TO VOTE ON THE BILL, EVEN THE IDEA OF HAVING AN OFFICIAL DYNAMIC SCORER OF THIS BILL BEFORE VOTING ON IT SEEMS TO HAVE COMPLETELY DISAPPEARED. WHAT WE DO KNOW IS THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION SAYS IT WILL ADD THREERL $1.5 TRILLION PLUS INTEREST TO OUR DEBT WHICH IS CURRENTLY $20 TRILLION AND GROWING. THE ONE ROUGH DIN MILK SCORE THAT HAS BEEN PRODUCED BY THE RIGHT WING TAX FOUNDATION SHOWS THIS BILL AS ORIGINALLY INTRODUCED WOULD STILL ADD OVER $1 TRILLION TO OUR DEBT. AND THIS NEW DEBT ISN'T USED TO PUT THE NEEDS OF THE MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS FIRST. THE BULK OF THE BENEFITS GO TO CORPORATIONS. IT ESTIMATED THAT FAMILIES WOULD GET THE BENEFIT OF ONE-THIRD OF THE TAX CUTS OFFERED BY THE BILL WITH CORPORATIONS AND OTHER BUSINESSES GETTING TWICE AS MUCH. THIS IS BECAUSE THE UNBALANCED WAY WHICH BUSINESS TAX RATES ARE LOWERED WITH RELATIVELY FEW CUTS TO CORPORATE DEDUCTIONS. BUT AS WE HAVE HEARD THE SPEAKERS TALK ABOUT ALL THE DEDUCTIONS, IT WILL HURT MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS IN HEALTH CARE, EDUCATION AND CHILD CARE. OF COURSE, TRUE TAX REFORM CAN ALTER SOME PROVISIONS IN ORDER TO SIMPLIFY THE TAX CODE. BUT WE MUST MAKE SURE THAT AT THE END OF THE DAY, MIDDLE-CLASS POCKETBOOKS ARE NOT HARMED BY THE CHANGES WE MAKE. WHILE MANY TOUT THAT THIS DOUBLES THE STANDARD DEDUCTION, IT'S IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND IT ELIMINATES PERSONAL EXEMPTIONS. FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN MAY BE WORSE OFF. THERE ARE OTHER EXAMPLES OF DEDUCTIONS LOST THAT WILL IMPACT MID-CLASS FAMILIES. FAMILIES WITH VERY HIGH EXPENSES SUCH AS LONG-TERM CARE FOR EXTRAORDINARY ILLNESSES WILL PAY A HIGHER TAX BILLS. STUDENT LOAN BORROWING WILL ELIMINATE INTEREST THEY PAY AND ONE PARTICULARLY CONTENTIOUS PART OF THE BILL, IT OCCUR TAILS THE DEDUCTION INDIVIDUAL TAXPAYERS TAKE FOR STATE AND LOCAL TAXES PAID. THEY CLAIM THIS DEDUCTION IS AN UNFAIR SUBSIDY OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. BUT MY OWN STATE OF ILLINOIS, WHERE TAXPAYERS WILL GET HIT HARD BY THIS, WE ONLY GET 79 CENTS FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS FROM EVERY DOLLAR WE CONTRIBUTE IN TAXES. AND THIS WILL ONLY MAKE THIS ZREP ANSWERY WORST. AND WHILE IT ADDS SOME NEW INCENTIVE TO RAISE CHILDREN AND SUPPORT FAMILIES, THESE INCENTIVES EXPIRE AFTER FIVE YEARS EVEN AS PROVISIONS HAVE PRIMARILY BENEFIT CORPORATIONS ARE MADE PERMANENT. WHEN ANALYZED AS A WHOLE, THE NATIONAL TAX POLICY PRESENT DIFFICULTIES ANY TAX RELIEF MIGHT RECEIVE FROM THIS BILL WILL DISAPPEAR OVER TIME, YET FAMILIES IN THE TOP 1%, EVEN THE TOP 1/10% WILL SEE LARGER RETURNS IN THE LONG RUN. FINALLY THIS BILL DOES NOTHING TO ADDRESS THE MAJOR TAX ISSUES, THE FACT THAT THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUNDS AND TAKING MORE AND MORE MONEY EVERY YEAR OUT OF GENERAL REVENUE. WE NEED TO FIX THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND, AND WE COULD START DOING SOME THAT INFRASTRUCTURE BUILD THOSE PROJECTS THAT THE PRESIDENT KEEPS TALKING ABOUT. ONCE AGAIN IN THIS BILL, THE HOUSE IS PURSUING A CLOSED PROCESS FOR MAJOR LEGISLATION AND ENORMOUS PRICE TAGS. I REALLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES, CHANGE COURSE, PURSUE A BIPARTISAN REFORM SO WE DO WELL FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES AND NEED CONGRESS TO ACT ON THIS CRITICAL ISSUE AND I THANK RANKING MEMBER NEAL FOR ALL HIS WORK ON THIS.

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                                              • 08:55:53 PM

                                                MR. NEAL

                                                MR. SPEAKER, HOW MUCH TIME DO WE HAVE LEFT?

                                              • 08:55:56 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                THE GENTLEMAN HAS 1 1/2 MINUTES.

                                              • 08:56:00 PM

                                                MR. NEAL

                                                LET ME THANK THE GROUP. AND I WANT TO ENCOURAGE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO PAY…

                                                LET ME THANK THE GROUP. AND I WANT TO ENCOURAGE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO PAY ATTENTION BEGINNING TOMORROW MORNING AT 9:00 WHEN WE ARE GOING TO FINISH THE DEBATE ON THIS LEGISLATION. AND I HOPE THAT THEY PAY ATTENTION TO IT THEY WILL CONSIDER WHAT A MISSED OPPORTUNITY THIS WAS, A REMINDER, ONE OF THE MOST COMPLEX PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT I HAVE BEEN HERE HAD NO PUBLIC HEARINGS, NOT ONE WITNESS WAS SUMMONED TO GIVE ADVICE ON A TAX BILL OF THIS CONSEQUENCE. AND BEEN ADVERTISED AS A MIDDLE-CLASS TAX CUT. 36 MILLION AMERICANS ARE GOING TO PAY MORE WHEN THIS IS DONE. AND ANOTHER REMINDER TO PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO AND THAT IS OUR FRIENDS DOWN THE HALLWAY IN THE SENATE ARE GOING TO INCLUDE AN END TO THE MANDATE, WHICH IS THE GLUE THAT HOLDS TOGETHER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IN A FURTHER EFFORT TO TAKE AWAY HEALTH INSURANCE FROM 13 MILLION PEOPLE TO PAY FOR A TAX CUT. THIS COULD HAVE BEEN DONE TOGETHER, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, WE WANTED TO DO IT. WE WERE SHUT OUT OF THIS PROCESS FROM DAY ONE. REMEMBER, THIS LEGISLATION WAS OFFERED LAST THURSDAY, A MANAGER'S MARK WAS PUBLISHED FRIDAY. WE WENT TO MARKUP ON MONDAY AND DONE ON THURSDAY. THERE WAS NO OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO PARTICIPATE. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                              • 08:57:44 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR…

                                                UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. SCHWEIKERT, FOR 30 MINUTES.

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                                              • 08:58:38 PM

                                                MR. SCHWEIKERT

                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO DO TWO OR THREE THINGS SPECIFICALLY…

                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO DO TWO OR THREE THINGS SPECIFICALLY TONIGHT. ONE IS WALK THROUGH A BUNCH OF DATA ON WHY THE TAX REFORM PROPOSAL IS ACTUALLY JUST SORT OF CRUCIAL TO OUR SOCIETY AND WHERE WE'RE GOING. AND NUMBER TWO, ACTUALLY WALK THROUGH SOME IMPRESSIONS OF BEING ONE OF THE NEW MEMBERS ON WAYS AND MEANS. I HAVE BEEN HERE IN THE U.S. HOUSE, I'M IN MY SEVENTH HERE AND ONLY ON THE WAYS AND MEANS FOR ONE YEAR AND ONE OF THE MOST FASCINATING PLACES, THE DIVING INTO DATA AND THE ABILITY TO MAKE THINGS MEB TOGETHER AND MAKE THE MATH WORK WITH THE UNDERSTANDING OF HOW SERIOUS THIS IS. THE PROBLEM IS IN SOMEWHAT TOXIC BIPARTISAN ENVIRONMENT WE ARE IN RIGHT NOW, I KNOW THERE ARE SOME OF MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE WHO ARE UNCOMFORTABLE OF THE IDEA OF REPUBLICANS HAVING A WIN. I KNOW THERE ARE OTHERS WHO ARE CONSTANTLY LOOKING FOR WHAT THE PARTISAN WEDGE IS. AND I'M GOING TO ASK FOR AT LEAST JUST A COUPLE OF MOMENTS WE THINK THROUGH SOMETHING ALTOGETHER. WE ARE GOING TO WALK THROUGH THESE BOARDS AND IF YOU SEE THIS ONE RIGHT HERE, UNDERSTAND, NOW THIS IS THE BORROWING FROM ALL THE TRUST FUNDS, BUT OUR COUNTRY IS ALREADY 105% OF DEBT, IF YOU ADD UP THE PUBLICLY-HELD AND THAT'S FROM BORROWING FROM THE TRUST FUND, 105% OF G.D.P. . LOTS OF ECONOMISTS GET NERVOUS WHEN YOU SAY, IN JUST A FEW YEARS THE AMOUNT OF DEBT ISSUED BY THIS GOVERNMENT WILL BE THE ENTIRE SIZE OF THE ENTIRE ECONOMY. AND THIS IS ISSUED, NOT BORROWING FROM TRUST FUNDS. AND UNDERSTAND THE CURVE IS STEEPENING BECAUSE THE TRUST FUND BALANCES ARE FALLING. WE'RE FINALLY HITTING THAT INFLEXION PERIOD WHERE DEMOGRAPHICS ARE MOVING OUR NUMBERS. REMEMBER, THE PEAK OF THE BABY BOOM IS 60 YEARS OLD TODAY. WE HAVE OBLIGATIONS WE AS A SOCIETY HAVE MADE TO OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO ARE GETTING OLDER. AND WE HAVE A REAL PROBLEM. YOU'RE GOING TO SEE ON A NUMBER OF THESE SLIDES, IF WE CONTINUE TO STAY AS A SOCIETY, AS A COUNTRY, THAT IS ONLY GROWING, AND REMEMBER THE PROJECTION RIGHT NOW IS 1.8% GROWTH OVER THE NEXT 20 YEARS, YOU MATHEMATICALLY CANNOT MEET YOUR OBLIGATION. CALLED A DEBT CRISIS. CALLED AN INDICTMENT CRISIS -- ENTITLEMENT CRISIS. ONE OF THE KEY SOLUTIONS TO BEING ABLE TO MEET OUR PROMISES IS WE NEED A SOCIETY, WE NEED AN ECONOMY THAT'S GROWING. IF YOU LOVE PEOPLE, IF YOU CARE ABOUT THEM, IF YOU WANT THEM TO BE ABLE TO SAVE AND HAVE OPPORTUNITIES AND HAVE A FUTURE, YOU NEED A SOCIETY THAT'S ECONOMICALLY EXPANDING. I ACCEPT THAT THIS BODY IS OFTEN ABOUT OUR NEXT RE-ELECTION. AND THIS IS THAT OBSERVATION THAT I LEARNED THIS YEAR. THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT ARE IN THE TAX CODE THAT ARE BRILLIANT POLITICS. THEY GET YOU RE-ELECTED. THEY GIVE YOU SOMETHING WARM AND FUZZY TO GO TALK ABOUT BACK HOME AND THEY'RE REALLY BAD ECONOMICS. BUT IT'S HARD TO STAND IN FRONT OF A GROUP AND SAY, HEY, STATE AND LOCAL TAXES, WE GET TO DEDUCT IT, YEAH. AND THEN YOU LOOK AT THE ECONOMIC EXPANSION MODELING OF IT AND THERE'S ALMOST NO ECONOMIC GROWTH FOR A HUGE AMOUNT OF SPENDING. I KNOW IT'S A SENSITIVE ISSUE WITH A LOT OF MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS HERE ON BOTH THE RIGHT AND THE LEFT WHO ARE FROM HIGH TAX JURISDICTIONS. BUT UNDERSTAND ONE OF THE REASONS IT'S BEEN LOOKED AT IS IT'S A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF SPENDING IN THE TAX CODE AND THERE'S ALMOST NO ECONOMIC EXPANSION FROM THAT SPENDING. WHERE IF THAT SAME SPENDING IN THE TAX CODE ISN'T THINGS THAT GROW BUSINESSES, GROW JOB OPPORTUNITIES, GROW THE ABILITY TO SAVE, YOU CAN ACTUALLY SEE THE MODELING WHERE THE ECONOMY GETS BIGGER, WHERE ALL OF US HAVE JOB OPPORTUNITIES, WHERE OVER THE COMING YEARS YOU GET PAID MORE BECAUSE THE ECONOMY IS GROWING. THIS IS GREAT POLITICS. THIS IS GOOD ECONOMICS. AND I DON'T THINK THOSE OF US ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE, AND KNOW SO OFTEN WE GET BEHIND THESE MICROPHONES AND WE ALL SOUND LIKE ACCOUNTANTS ON STEROIDS, BUT THE MATH IS IMPORTANT. BECAUSE HOW MANY TIMES HAS THIS BODY MADE PUBLIC POLICY THAT FELT GOOD, THAT WAS GOOD POLITICS, AND REALLY CRAPPY ECONOMICS? AND THAT'S HOW YOU WAKE UP ONE DAY AND YOUR SOCIETY IS 20DS TRILLION IN DEBT AND THE -- $20 TRILLION IN DEBT AND THE CURVE IS ABOUT TO BLOW OFF THE CHARTS. REMEMBER, A LOT OF OUTSIDE GROUPS ON THE RIGHT AND THE LEFT HAVE BEEN DOING MOLDING SAYING, DEBT CRISIS, IN ABOUT A DECADE AND A HALF. IT'S COMING AND IT'S COMING VERY, VERY FAST AT US. SO TO HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING OF JUST HOW DIFFICULT THESE NUMBERS ARE, THIS CHART I HAVE UP HERE, YOU SEE THE RED AREA? NOW THIS IS FOR 2027. YOU FIGURE, WE JUST FINISHED THE 2018 APPROPRIATIONS AND BUDGETS, SO WE'RE ALREADY STARTING TO PLAN ON THE 2019. WELL, SO EIGHT FUNCTIONALLY BUDGET YEARS FROM NOW, ONLY 11% OF THIS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S SPENDING WILL BE FOR THINGS THAT PEOPLE THINK OF AS GOVERNMENT. EVERYTHING ELSE, DEFENSE AND ENTITLEMENT. MANDATORY SPENDING. BOTH EARNED ENTITLEMENTS AND UNEARNED ENTITLEMENTS WILL BE EVERYTHING OTHER THAN 11% OF THE SPENDING. SO PUBLIC LANDS, THE F.B.I., THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, PARK SERVICE, HEALTH RESEARCH, EDUCATION, ALL THE THINGS YOU THINK OF AS GOVERNMENT WILL BE ONLY 11% OF OUR SPENDING. EVERYTHING ELSE WILL BE EELINGT -- EITHER MILITARY, AND MILITARY WILL ALSO ONLY BE BE ABOUT 11%, AND EFFING ELSE AFTER THAT IS MANDATORY -- AND EVERYTHING ELSE AFTER THAT IS MANDATORY AND IT CONTINUES TO GROW THAT WAY. IF YOU CARE ABOUT EDUCATION, YOU CARE ABOUT HEALTH RESEARCH, YOU CARE ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT, YOU CARE ABOUT THESE THINGS, UNDERSTAND IF YOU DO NOT START TO GET SOME DRAMATIC ECONOMIC GROWTH, YOU'RE GOING TO BE SQUEEZED OUT. THE DOLLARS SPENT ON YOUR PRIORITIES ARE DISAPPEARING AND IT'S MATH. WE DO NOT HAVE THE REVENUES. IT'S GOING TO GET CRUSHED AND IT'S COMING VERY, VERY FAST. AND THIS ISN'T REPUBLICAN MATH OR DEMOCRAT MATH. IT'S MATH. SO IF I CAME TO YOU RIGHT NOW AND SAID, WHAT'S ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL THINGS WE CAN DO AS A SOCIETY TO KEEP OUR PROMISES? MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS ON THE LEFT OFTEN TALK ABOUT, YOU KNOW, OUR PROMISES TO RETIREES. ABSOLUTELY. THEY'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. EXCEPT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT I BELIEVE SOMEONE WHO RETIRES THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS, MEDICARE, THEY WILL HAVE PUT IN ABOUT $190,000. THEY'RE GOING TO RECEIVE OVER $600,000. AND THAT'S IN LIKE DOLLARS. NOW MULTIPLY THAT TIMES, WHAT, 76 MILLION BABY BOOMERS, IN THAT 18-YEAR PERIOD, JUST THAT DIFFERENTIAL, UNDERSTAND JUST ONE OF THE ROOT CAUSES IS DEMOGRAPHICS. BUT WE STILL MADE A PROMISE. AND THE WAY YOU ARE ABLE TO COVER THAT PROMISE IS ECONOMIC GROWTH. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THIS CHART, AND THIS CHART IS FAIRLY NEW. IT'S ACTUALLY FROM A STANFORD ECONOMIST. I FOUND THIS IN A BOOK ABOUT TWO MONTHS AGO. AND IT'S REALLY INTERESTING. DO YOU SEE THAT RED LINE OVER ON, WE'LL CALL IT THE LEFT-HAND SIDE, YOU SEE WHERE IT LAYS FAIRLY FLAT? THAT'S A LINE THAT SAYS, ENTITLEMENT SPENDING TO G.D.P. SO THE SIZE OF THE ECONOMY, THE ENTITLEMENT SPENDING, IN THOSE YEARS, IN THOSE 1990'S, LATE 1980'S. ENTITLEMENT SPENDING DIDN'T GO DOWN. IT WAS STILL GOING UP. THE DIFFERENCE WAS THE ECONOMY GOT BIGGER. SO WHEN YOU HEAR US TALK ABOUT DEBT TO G.D.P. RATIOS, START THINKING ABOUT THAT DENOMINATOR. HOW DO YOU GROW THE ECONOMY? SO IF WE KEEP OUR PROMISES, IT DOESN'T CRASH THE ECONOMY AND FUNCTIONALLY ALMOST BRING THE WORLD DOWN. WE HAVE SOME CHARTS THAT MAKE IT VERY CLEAR, WHEN WE'VE BEEN IN TIMES OF ECONOMIC EXPANSION, WE'VE EVEN BEEN ABLE TO SPEND MORE MONEY ON THE SOCIAL ENTITLEMENT PROMISES AND YET WE'VE BENT THE DEBT CURVE AND THE AMOUNT OF THAT CONSUMPTION OF THE SIZE OF THE ECONOMY. AND LOOK, I KNOW THIS GETS A LITTLE GEEKY. BUT AT SOME POINTS THE MATH ARE IMPORTANT. I KNOW WE JUST SPENT A COUPLE OF HOURS TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE'S FEELINGS ON A 400-PAGE, 5--PAGE TAX BILL. BUT LET'S IF -- 5-PAGE -- 500-PAGE TAX BILL. BUT LET'S GET SOME OF THE MATH CORRECT. ON THIS CHART IS C.B.O. PROJECTIONS. AND THE MATH IS WORSE THAN THE C.B.O. PROJECTIONS. I KNOW THIS IS SMALL, BUT THE 2017 NUMBER, C.B.O. MISSED IT BY OVER $100 BILLION. WE ENDED UP BORROWING. THE FISCAL YEAR WE JUST FINISHED, THE 2017 FISCAL YEAR, WE BORE ODOM $666 BILLION -- BORROWING -- WE BORROWED $666 BILLION. AND THIS IS A GOOD YEAR. YOU HEAR PEOPLE TALK ABOUT IN A STATIC SCORE, OVER THE NEXT DECADE, 10 YEARS, THIS WILL COST $1.5 TRILLION. BUT WE BORROWED $666 BILLION LAST YEAR. WITH NO TAX RELIEF AND A GOVERNMENT POLICY THAT FUNCTIONALLY GAVE US A $1.-- 1.8% G.D.P. AND YOU TAKE A LOOK AT THIS YEAR, THIS YEAR WAS SUPPOSED TO GET MUCH BETTER BUT NOW THAT WE KNOW WE HAVE THE SPENDING FOR THE HURRICANES AND THE DISASTERS , WE KNOW WE'RE GOING TO BLOW THROUGH THAT NUMBER, BUT IF YOU CAN SEE IT, AND I KNOW THE NUMBERS ARE SMALL, IN ABOUT FOUR BUDGET YEARS THE BORROWING, BECAUSE OF THAT 1.8% ECONOMIC EXPANSION, WE'RE GOING TO START BORROWING $1 TRILLION A YEAR. SO, YEAH. BUILDING A TAX BILL WITH $1.5 TRILLION BORROWING OVER 10 YEARS IS SOMETHING YOU HAVE TO REALLY THINK ABOUT. AND YOU NEED TO DESIGN IT SO WE GET THE ECONOMIC EXPANSION, SO THE SIZE OF THE ECONOMY GETS BIGGER, SO THERE'S OPPORTUNITIES, SO WE TAKE IN NEW REVENUES. BUT DO UNDERSTAND, IF YOU ARE PART OF THE SIDE THAT YOU WERE JUST HEARING, SUPPORTING THE STATUS QUO, THE STATUS QUO IS ALREADY A DISASTER AND IT'S JUST ON THE CUSP OF TIME. THE DISASTER IS ALREADY HERE AND DISASTER IS STATUS QUO, DOING MORE OF THE SAME. BECAUSE IN FOUR BUDGET YEARS YOU'RE BORROWING $1 TRILLION A YEAR. AND IT GOES UP FROM THERE. SO, DOING NOTHING, CONTINUING THE STATUS QUO, IS THE ENTITLEMENT CRISIS. IS THE FISCAL CLIFF. IS THE DEBT CRISIS. WE DON'T HAVE A CHOICE. WE MUST GET TOGETHER AND DO WHAT'S NECESSARY TO GET THIS ECONOMY GROWING. AND SO WE HEARD ONE OF THE PREVIOUS SPEAKERS, WHO IS ONE OF THE PEOPLE I REALLY LIKE, HE'S A GOOD GUY, DEMOCRAT FROM ILLINOIS, BUT HE TALKED ABOUT THE TAX FOUNDATION. SORT OF FORGOT THIS PART. AND THIS IS A QUOTE FROM THE TAX FOUNDATION STUDY. $1 TRILLION IN NEW REVENUES. SO, OUR STATIC SCORE THAT WE'RE DOING, AND THE TAX FOUNDATION SCORE IS HIGHER IN SPENDING, BUT OUR MODEL SAYS IT'S $1.5 TRILLION OF SPENDING IN THE TAX CODE, STATIC. THAT MEANS NO ECONOMIC GROWTH. WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT WHAT DYNAMIC GROWTH IS. THEY SAY, A NEW ADDITIONAL $1 TRILLION OF REVENUE, THAT'S WHAT WE CALL DYNAMIC SCORING, WHAT IS DYNAMIC SCORING, YOU MAY ASK. DYNAMIC SCORING IS NOTHING MORE THAN SAYING, THIS POLICY, HOW DOES IT AFFECT THE SIZE OF THE ECONOMY? AND THEN YOU LOOP IT BACK AND LOOK FOR THE FEEDBACK EFFECTS AND FEEDBACK EFFECTS. AND IF YOU'RE A DEMOCRAT AND YOU'RE SAYING, I DON'T BELIEVE IN DYNAMIC SCORING, YOU REALLY NEED TO THINK ABOUT THAT POSITION. BECAUSE YOU BELIEVE IN DYNAMIC SCORING WHEN THE LEFT INTRODUCED AN IMMIGRATION BILL. IT WAS DYNAMICALLY SCORED. GLOBAL WARMING, IF YOU ACTUALLY LOOK AT THE MODELS, IS A DYNAMIC SCORER. IT HAS FEEDBACK EFFECT. IF YOU GO BACK TO THIS STIMULUS, TO -- WE ALL USE DYNAMIC SCORING AROUND HERE. WE JUST SEEM TO ONLY WANT TO EMBRACE IT WHEN IT SUPPORTS OUR OWN POLITICAL VIEWS. EVERY MARCH, CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET GIVES US AN UPDATE THAT HAS ECONOMIC FEEDBACK EFFECTS IN IT. THAT'S CALLED DYNAMIC SCORING. SO, LOOK, FOR BOTH MY FRIENDS ON THE RIGHT AND THE LEFT, YOU CAN'T JUST PRETEND THAT PUBLIC POLICY HAS NO EFFECT IN THE SIZE OF THE ECONOMY, WHEN IT'S CONTRARY TO YOUR CERTAIN POLITICAL PITCH THAT YOU'RE MAKING RIGHT NOW. SO, JUST UNDERSTAND, A TAX FOUNDATION, $1 TRILLION IN NEW REVENUES. BUT THE OTHER THINGS THAT ARE REALLY IMPORTANT, AND THIS ACTUALLY STARTS TO GIVE YOU AN UNDERSTANDING OF SOME OF THE EFFECTS CLOSE TO $300 BILLION IN NEW PAYROLL TAXES. UNDERSTANDING THAT SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE ARE PAY AS YOU GO PROGRAMS, TODAY'S TAXPAYERS ARE FUNCTIONALLY PAYING TODAY'S RECIPIENTS. I'VE BEEN BEHIND THIS MICROPHONE OVER THE LAST YEAR TALKING ABOUT THINGS LIKE DEMOGRAPHICS AND BIRTH RATES AND THE REALLY DANGEROUS EFFECTS THESE LOW BIRTH RATES ARE HAVING ON THIS SOCIETY. BUT THAT'S OTHER STUFF. ALMOST $300 BILLION IN NEW PAYROLL TAXES. SO I HAVE $1 TRILLION IN NEW INCOME TAXES AND CLOSE TO $300 BILLION IN NEW PAYROLL TAXES FOR WHAT WE MODEL IS $1.5 TRILLION STATIC SCORE. YOU MAY NOT LIKE THE NUMBERS, BUT TAX FOUNDATIONS REALLY -- TAX FOUNDATION'S REALLY GOOD AT THIS. THEY HAVE SOME OF THE MOST ADVANCED MODELS THAT EXIST ANYWHERE IN THIS COUNTRY. AND IT'S WORTH GOING ON AND READING, YOU KNOW, THEIR INFORMATION. BUT RIGHT NOW, WHEN YOU HEAR US TALKING, WE'RE GIVING YOU JUST STATIC SCORES. BUT IT'S IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT THE FREAKY SMART PEOPLE ARE OUT THERE MODELING SAYING, WHAT WE'RE DOING IS EXPANDING THE SIZE OF THE ECONOMY. AND AS YOU GO INTO THE FUTURE. SO WHY IS THIS SO CRITICAL? IF YOU SEE THIS CHART, THIS IS WHAT IS BEING PROJECTED FOR OUR FUTURE. THIS IS C.B.O.'S ESTIMATES OVER THE NEXT, I BELIEVE IT WAS THREE DECADES. FUNCTIONALLY A 1.8% G.D.P. GROWTH. THIS IS THEIR THIS IS THEIR PROJECTION WHAT THEY SEE OUR FUTURE LOOKING LIKE. IF YOU GO BACK TO 1950'S, 1973, WE HAD A DEMOGRAPHIC THAT WAS YOUNG, MOVING INTO THE WORK FORCE. LOOK AT THE LATE 1970'S, 1990'S, WE WERE DING AN AVERAGE OF 3.3% G.D.P. A YEAR. IF YOU ACTUALLY ARE SOMEONE LIKE I AM WHERE YOU JUST ARE FASCINATED, G.D.P. NOW, THE ATLANTA FED CALCULATOR, HAS OUR G.D.P. AS OF TODAY AT 3.2% G.D.P. THAT'S AMAZING. THE MODEL WE'VE BEEN GIVEN SAYS WE SHOULD BE AT 1.8%. WE ARE SUBSTANTIALLY ABOVE THAT IN ANTICIPATION OF TAX REFORM. APPARENTLY A LOT OF THE ECONOMY OUT THERE IS ALREADY ANTICIPATING A BETTER REGULAR WILLER TO MARKET AND A BETTER TAX REGIME. AND WITH THAT, THEY'RE SPENDING THEIR -- THEY'RE SPENDING, THEY'RE INVESTING, AND WE'RE SEEING IT IN THE BASELINE NUMBERS. THIS IS SOMETHING WE CAN'T SCREW UP. IT'S INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT. SO LET'S TRY TO UNDERSTAND ONCE AGAIN IF YOU CARE AND LOVE PEOPLE AND WANT THEM TO HAVE AN ECONOMIC FUTURE WHY THAT GROWTH IS SO INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT. IF YOU ACTUALLY SORT OF LOOK AT THE DIFFERENCE, THIS IS SORT OF A DIFFICULT CHART TO UNDERSTAND, BUT IF WE'RE SITTING HERE SOMEWHERE BETWEEN THIS 1.5% AND 2% G.D.P. GROWTH AND YOU WANTED TO DOUBLE THE SIZE OF THE ECONOMY, YOU'RE LOOKING AT HAVING TO WAIT OVER 35 YEARS. WHAT HAPPENS IF WE WERE IN THE VERY TAIL END, AND LOOK, FROM MY OWN MATH I DON'T THINK WE GET THERE, WE MIGHT HAVE SOME YEARS THAT TOUCH IT, BUT WHAT WOULD HAPPEN 23 YOU WERE -- IF YOU WERE AT 4% G.D.P. GROWTH? YOU GO FROM 35 YEARS TO A LITTLE OVER 17 YEARS TO DOUBLE THE SIZE OF THE ECONOMY. WHAT ABOUT 3.5% G.D.P.? FROM OVER 35 YEARS TO 22 YEARS. JUST UNDERSTAND THE SIZE OF THE ECONOMY HAS ALMOST EVERYTHING TO DO WITH WHAT YOU'RE PAID. YOUR ABILITY TO HAVE A PAY RAISE. YOUR ABILITY TO HAVE ENOUGH CASH FLOW IN YOUR LIFE SO YOU CAN SAVE FOR YOUR RETIREMENT. I KNOW THIS SEEMS LIKE AN ACADEMIC LECTURE BUT IT'S NOT. THESE THINGS AFFECT OUR LIVES. THEY ALSO AFFECT OUR ABILITY TO PAY OUR PROMISES. IT ALSO AFFECTS OUR ABILITY TO PROTECT OUR NATION. IT'S NOT A GAME. SO ANOTHER WAY TO SORT OF LOOK AT THE SAME NUMBERS, I JUST HAPPEN TO LIKE THIS CHART, THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS WE'RE PUTTING IT UP, YOU CAN SEE SORT OF THE BUBBLES. WHAT WOULD IT TAKE TO SORT OF DOUBLE THAT G.D.P. PER PERSON? YOU KNOW. SO INSTEAD OF THE ENTIRE ECONOMY, HOW ABOUT YOU AS AN AMERICAN CITIZEN, THE SIZE OF THE ECONOMY AS YOU BECAUSE AS A PARTICIPANT IN THE ECONOMY THIS HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH WHAT YOU'RE PAID, YOUR ABILITY ON YOUR LIFESTYLE, THE THINGS YOU CAN OWN, THE THINGS YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR FAMILY. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A 2% AND LET'S JUST JUMP UP TO 4%, AND THE NUMBER OF YEARS YOU START TO REALIZE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 17 YEARS OR 35 YEARS. THIS IS ABOUT EVERY ONE OF US AS AN INDIVIDUAL IN THIS COUNTRY THAT IF WE CAN ADOPT TAX POLICY, THAT'S GOOD FOR FAMILIES, GOOD FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS BUT ALSO MAKES US COMPETITIVE IN THE WORLD AGAIN. WE START TO GROW, GOOD THINGS HAPPEN. DO YOU DO A TAX CODE THAT'S GREAT POLITICS OR REALLY GOOD ECONOMICS? SOME OF THE MATH IS HARD. WE LIVE IN A SOCIETY RIGHT NOW WHERE IF YOU CAN LOOK AT THE FAR LEFT SIDE OF THIS CHART, THE TOP 20% OF OUR SOCIETY, OF OUR INCOME EARNERS, THE TOP 20% OF INCOME EARNERS, ARE PAYING 88% OF THE FEDERAL INCOME TAXES. SO YOU START TO UNDERSTAND, IF I CAME TO YOU RIGHT NOW AS A SIMPLE MATH PROBLEM, HEY, I GOT 20% OF THESE VERY HIGH INCOME EARNERS WHO ARE PAYING 88% OF ALL FEDERAL INCOME TAXES BUT I REALLY WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE HARD WORKING MIDDLE INCOME EARNERS ARE GETTING A LOT OF BENEFIT, YOU UNDERSTAND WHY THERE WAS SUCH GREAT MATH PROBLEMS IN MAKING THESE THINGS WORK BECAUSE 88% OF ALL YOUR FEDERAL REVENUE IS SITTING OUT HERE WITH 20% OF THE POPULATION. SO THAT'S ACTUALLY WHY WE'VE HAD TO DO A LOT OF THE THINGS WE HAVE DONE AND WHERE CERTAIN DEDUCTIONS, CERTAIN THINGS PHASE OUT. IT'S JUST A MATH PROBLEM. BUT REMEMBER. YOU SEE THAT RED LINE, YOU SEE WRIT CROSSES THE BLUE LINE? THAT'S WHERE PUBLICLY HELD DEBT WILL EXCEED THE SIZE OF OUR ECONOMY. THIS GOVERNMENT WILL HAVE ISSUED DEBT TO FOREIGN BUYERS TO YOUR RETIME ACCOUNT, TO PENSION FUNDS THAT WILL EXCEED THE SIZE OF THIS ECONOMY. AND IT'S ONLY A FEW YEARS AWAY. AND THAT'S WHAT THE STATUS QUO IS. THAT'S WHERE WE'RE GOING. I WILL MAKE YOU THE ARGUMENT, WE DON'T HAVE A CHOICE. WE MUST MAKE A SIMPLER, A FAIRER, BUT A DRAMATICALLY MORE PRO-GROWTH TAX SYSTEM AS PART OF THIS COUNTRY'S CULTURE. IN BEING BLESSED NOW BEYOND THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, WHICH I'M INCREDIBLY APPRECIATIVE, IT'S SOME OF THE SMARTEST PEOPLE I'VE EVER WORKED WITH, ARE REALY SMART CALCULATORS, PEOPLE, THERE'S SOMETHING CALLED JOINT TAX. IF YOU EVER WANT TO KNOW WHERE ALL THE FREAKY SMART PEOPLE WHO WERE PRESIDENT OF YOUR HIGH SCHOOL CLASS WERE, THERE'S 50 OF THEM, I THINK MORE THAN HALF OF THEM HAVE PH.D.S IN MATH, STATISTICS, AND ACCOUNTING. THEY TELL US, TESTIMONY TO THE COMMITTEE IS, 94% OF THE TAX PAYING POPULATION WILL NOW DO THEIR TAXES ON THIS. ONLY 6% OF TAXPAYERS IN THE COUNTRY WILL NEED TO ITEMIZE. SO THERE'S SOME INTERESTING MATH THAT ALSO STARTS TO HAPPEN WHEN YOU'VE MADE A TAX SYSTEM FAIRER, SIMPLER AND PRO-GROWTH BUT THE SIMPLICITY OF IT MAKES COMPLIANCE, MAKES THE ABILITY TO PAY, MAKES THE ABILITY TO PARTICIPATE SO MUCH EASIER, SO MUCH MORE ELEGANT. I'VE BEEN PROUD TO BE PART OF THEY HAVE TEAM THAT HAS HELPED BUILD THIS TAX PLAN. IT'S NOT PERFECT. AND IT'S STILL GOING TO GO THROUGH A COUPLE MORE CHANGES. THAT'S THE WAY IT WORKS. WE'LL GET THE SENATE PRODUCT, WE'LL SIT IN CONFERENCE COMMITTEE, WE'LL WORK OUT THE MATH. BUT UNDERSTAND THE STATUS QUO IS DISASTROUS FOR EVERY AMERICAN AND I BELIEVE IT'S DISASTROUS FOR THE WORLD. THE TAX REFORM GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY TO GROW AND HAVE AN INCREDIBLY BRIGHT FUTURE IF WE DO IT THE RIGHT WAY. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                              • 09:23:23 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA HAVE A MOTION?

                                              • 09:23:35 PM

                                                MR. SCHWEIKERT

                                                MR. SPEAKER I'D LIKE UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADJOURN.

                                              • 09:23:39 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                ADJOURN.

                                              • 09:23:46 PM

                                                Mr. Schweikert moved that the House do now adjourn.

                                              • 09:23:58 PM

                                                On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.

                                                • 09:23:59 PM

                                                  Adjourned

                                                  The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on November 16, 2017.

                                                  • 10:00:22 AM

                                                    THE CLERK

                                                    THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., NOVEMBER 15, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT…

                                                    THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., NOVEMBER 15, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE MIKE BOST TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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                                                  • 10:00:39 AM

                                                    TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

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

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                                                  • 10:01:19 AM

                                                    MR. ROHRABACHER

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I ASK PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE AND TO…

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I ASK PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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                                                  • 10:01:30 AM

                                                    EMPORE WITHOUT

                                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                                  • 10:01:31 AM

                                                    MR. ROHRABACHER

                                                    MR. SPEAKER, ON HIS RECENT TRIP TO ASIA, PRESIDENT TRUMP REMINDED US AND…

                                                    MR. SPEAKER, ON HIS RECENT TRIP TO ASIA, PRESIDENT TRUMP REMINDED US AND OUR INTERNATIONAL TRADING PARTNERS THAT OUR COMMERCIAL AGREEMENTS MUST BE HONEST, FAIR AND RECIPROCAL. THIS ADMONITION -- WITH THIS ADMONITION HE CALLED ON OUR ASIAN FRIENDS TO BUILD AUTOMOBILE PLANTS THAT WOULD EMPLOY AMERICAN WORKERS. THREE CHEERS FOR HIM DOING THAT. THE UNITED STATES ALREADY HAS EXPERIENCED THE BENEFITS AND THE LIABILITIES OF FOREIGN-CONTROLLED MULTINATIONAL AUTOMOBILE COMPANIES MANUFACTURING IN OUR COUNTRY. THESE COMPANIES HAVE PROVIDED GOOD JOBS FOR AMERICA'S WORKING PEOPLE. BUT HAVING THESE FOREIGN COMPANIES HERE HASN'T ALWAYS WORKED. A FEW YEARS AGO WE DISCOVERED THAT ONE OF THE WORLD'S PREEMINENT CAR MANUFACTURERS, VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, HAD ENGAGED IN AN ILLEGAL STRATEGY TO CIRCUMVENT U.S. EMISSIONS LAWS. VOKES WAGAN HAS A LONG STANDING RELATIONSHIP WITH UNITED STATES. MY FIRST CAR WAS A VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE. DESPITE THAT, VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA INTENTIONALLY DID US WRONG. VOLKSWAGEN INTENTIONALLY VIOLATED OUR EMISSIONS REGULATIONS, AND BY MANY ACCOUNTS THEY EVEN ENGINEERED THEIR SYSTEMS TO FALSELY INDICATE THAT THEY WERE COMPLYING WITH THE EMISSIONS STANDARDS. WITH THIS -- THIS WAS NOTHING MORE THAN PURE ARROGANCE AND A HOSTILE INTENT AND AN EGREGIOUS VIOLATION OF OUR BEST LEGISLATIVE EFFORTS TO REGULATE OUR WAY TO CLEAN AIR. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS ISSUE WITH VOLKSWAGEN HAS NOT BEEN TOTALLY DEALT WITH AND PUT BEHIND US. THE DEAL WITH THE GERMAN GOVERNMENT THAT GOT THEM OFF THE HOOK REMAINS CLOAKED IN MYSTERY AND LEFT MANY QUESTIONS UNANSWERED. WE DO NOT KNOW YET, FOR EXAMPLE, WHETHER VOLKSWAGEN WILL COMPENSATE AMERICANS IN A FULL AND JUST MANNER. THOSE UNCOMPENSATED AMERICANS MAY INCLUDE THE OWNERS OF THE BOGUSLY ENGINEERED CARS AS WELL AS AUTO IMPORTERS AS WELL AS PERHAPS SERVICE STATIONS WHO OFFICIALLY ARE AUTHORIZED TO REPAIR VOLKSWAGEN. THE DEAL BETWEEN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND THE MERKEL GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO BE REVISITED WITH A FULL ERRING OF THE DETAILS. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT VOLKSWAGEN -- WOLFGANG PORSCHE, THE FAMILY THAT OWNS 52% OF VOLKSWAGEN AND HE WAS CHAIRMAN DURING THIS TIME OF THE EMISSIONS SCANDAL AS WELL AS MULLER, C.E.O. OF VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, THEY NEED TO BE PUT ON THE RECORD WHAT THE DETAILS OF THIS SUBTER HUGE OF AMERICAN LAW WAS -- SUBTERFUGE OF LAW MEARN LAW WAS ALL ABOUT. WE NEED TO SEND A MESSAGE TO ALL THE MULTINATIONAL CORPORATION EXECUTIVES WHEN THEY DO BUSINESS IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THEY HAVE TO PLAY BY OUR RULES. AND I APPLAUD THE PRESIDENT FOR TRYING TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO INVEST IN BUILDING FACTORIES HERE BUT THAT MEANS ALL OF US MUST MAKE SURE THAT WORKS OUT FOR THE BEST FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  • 10:05:04 AM

                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON,…

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                  • 10:05:08 AM

                                                    MR. BLUMENAUER

                                                    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AFTER SPENDING A BIZARRE WEEK IN WAYS…

                                                    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AFTER SPENDING A BIZARRE WEEK IN WAYS AND MEANS WITH A MOVING TARGET FROM THE REPUBLICAN TAX PLAN, WE FIND OUT AMAZINGLY THAT IT'S ACTUALLY GETTING WORSE AND WORSE. WE'VE JUST DISCOVERED THAT THE SENATE IS GOING TO REPEAL THE INDIVIDUAL HEALTH CARE MANDATE TO TRY AND PROVIDE FUNDING FOR MORE TAX CUTS FOR AMERICA'S WEALTHY. AND THE COST OF THAT, THERE WILL BE 13 MILLION ADDITIONAL UNINSURED AMERICANS, AND EVERYBODY IN THE INDIVIDUAL MARKET WILL SEE THEIR PREMIUMS INCREASE ANOTHER 10% NEXT YEAR. WELL, TOMORROW TRUMP IS GOING TO COME TO CAPITOL HILL TO HOLD A RALLY WITH REPUBLICAN MEMBERS TO TRY AND MAKE SOME OF THESE NERVOUS PEOPLE FEEL A LITTLE MORE COMFORTABLE. AND NO WONDER DONALD TRUMP IS EAGER TO SEE THIS BILL PASS. IT IS DESIGNED FOR DONALD TRUMP. FIRST, HE'S THE SELF-PROCLAIMED KING OF DEBT. WELL, YOU GOT IT IN SPADES WITH THIS BILL BECAUSE THE REPUBLICANS HAVE RAISED THE DEBT CEILING $1.5 TRILLION TO FINANCE THESE TAX CUTS FOR PEOPLE WHO FRANKLY DON'T NEED THEM. AND BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO PAY INTEREST ON THAT, IT'S $2.3 TRILLION ADDITIONAL BURDEN ON OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. IT ELIMINATES THE ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX. EVEN THOUGH TRUMP REFUSED TO HONOR HIS COMMITMENT TO RELEASE HIS TAX RETURNS, ONE WAS LEAKED TO DAVID K. JOHNSON AND IT SHOWED THE ONLY REASON HE PAID SUBSTANTIAL TAXES IN 2005 WAS BECAUSE OF THE ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX. GETTING RID OF THAT WOULD SAVE HIM $31 MILLION. THERE'S A SPECIAL BREAK FOR PASS-THROUGH ENTITIES. IT'S THEORETICALLY FOR SMALL BUSINESSES, BUT MANY OF THE PASS-THROUGH ENTITIES ARE NOT SMALL BUSINESSES. THEY'RE HEDGE FUNDS. DONALD TRUMP'S DISCLOSURE FORM LISTS HUNDREDS OF PASS-THROUGH ENTITIES. THAT'S HOW HE DOES BUSINESS. AND, OF COURSE, THE BIGGEST AND MOST OUTRAGEOUS LOOPHOLE IS TO COMPLETELY ELIMINATE THE INHERENTANS TAX OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. -- INHERITANCE TAX OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. THIS WILL SAVE EXTRAORDINARILY WEALTHY PEOPLE FROM $172 BILLION THAT WOULD OTHERWISE COME TO THE GOVERNMENT TO BE ABLE TO FUND PROGRAMS FOR OUR VETERANS, DEAL WITH THE OPIOID CRISIS. DONALD TRUMP WILL BE ABLE TO PASS OFF HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS, MAYBE A BILLION OR TWO TAX-FREE, AND REMEMBER MOST OF THAT MONEY HAD NEVER BEEN TAXED IN THE FIRST PLACE. YOU DON'T BECOME A BILLIONAIRE ON W-2 INCOME. THE IS ALL APPRECIATED UNTAXED CAPITAL. WELL, IT'S ALSO SHATTERS A BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT FOR ALTERNATIVE ENERGY. DONALD TRUMP IS DOUBLING DOWN ON ENERGY IN THE PAST TRYING TO BREATHE LIFE INTO A FAILING COAL INDUSTRY, AND THEIR BILL WOULD BREAK A BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT FOR WIND ENERGY, WHICH WE CAREFULLY NEGOTIATED ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS AND THE INDUSTRY HAS GONE AHEAD AND PLEDGED BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. ELIMINATING THAT AGREEMENT, THE ONLY RETROACTIVE PROVISION IN THE BILL, PUTS AT JEOPARDY BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF INVESTMENT AND TENS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS. SCORE ONE FOR DONALD TRUMP. BUT THE WORST ELEMENT OF THIS BILL, I THINK, AND THAT'S A LOT TO CHOOSE FROM, IS ITS ALZHEIMER'S TAX. IT WOULD DENY THE MEDICAL EXEMPTION TO OVER NINE MILLION MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES TO BE ABLE TO DEDUCT EXTRAORDINARY MEDICAL EXPENSES. THINK OF A FAMILY THAT'S TRYING TO COPE WITH THE CHALLENGES OF A MEMBER WITH ALZHEIMER'S. THIS COSTS THEM TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS, SOMETIMES HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN A YEAR. IT TAKES AWAY THE TAX DEDUCTION FROM THEM. THIS IS AN OUTRAGE. IT IS MADE FOR DONALD TRUMP AND LARGE CORPORATIONS, BUT SADLY IT INCREASES TAXES ON MANY MIDDLE-INCOME AMERICANS, ESPECIALLY WITH THE ALZHEIMER'S TAX, DENYING SOME OF THE MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES IN THE MOST DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES A LITTLE TAX RELIEF. IT IS INEXCUSABLE. THEY COULDN'T DEFEND IT IN COMMITTEE. LET'S SEE HOW THE REPUBLICANS DEFEND IT ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. BUT MORE IMPORTANT, LET'S SEE HOW THEY DEFEND THAT TO NINE MILLION AMERICAN FAMILIES. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  • 10:10:06 AM

                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. BOST, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                  • 10:10:11 AM

                                                    MR. BOST

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO LEND MY SUPPORT TO THE FLOOD…

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO LEND MY SUPPORT TO THE FLOOD INSURANCE REFORM LEGISLATION THAT WE CONSIDERED ON THIS FLOOR YESTERDAY AND PASSED. LET ME TELL YOU THE REASONS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF THAT PARTICULAR LEGISLATION. ONE IS IS THE PROBLEMS THAT IT DEALS WITH IS FEMA'S FLOODPLAIN MAPS CAN BE INACCURATE AND ARE BASED ON OLD TECHNOLOGY. PROPERTY OWNERS IN THE INSURANCE FLOODPLAIN PLAN ARE REQUIRED TO PAY FLOOD INSURANCE PREMIUMS EVEN THOUGH THEY MAY NOT BE AT RISK UNDER THE OLD MAPS WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT. FOR EXAMPLE, TODAY, I BROUGHT A MAP FROM MY DISTRICT, ONE OF THE PLACES IN MY DISTRICT WHERE THESE MAPS ARE WRONG. THIS IS ACTUALLY CARTERVILLE, ILLINOIS, AND IF YOU NOTICE AS THE FLOODPLAIN COMES DOWN HERE FROM THE NORTH, ACTUALLY THAT'S REALLY UNIQUE BECAUSE IF YOU'LL NOTICE RIGHT BESIDE IT OUT OF THE FLOODPLAIN IS THE CREEK THAT ACTUALLY FLOWS AND THE DITCH THAT IS THE CREEK AND THE FLOODPLAIN IS NOT IN THAT BUT YET IT'S OVER IN THE OTHER AREA HERE WHERE IT EFFECTS HOMES THAT ARE ACTUALLY CHARGED LARGER AMOUNTS OF MONEY ON THEIR FLOOD INSURANCE WHEN THEY'RE NOT EVEN IN THE FLOODPLAIN. YET, IT NEVER EVEN CONTINUES TO FLOW ON DOWN TO CRAB ORCHARD LAKE WHERE THE NATURAL WATER FLOW GOES. ACCORDING TO THIS MAPPING. YOU KNOW, THE FLOOD ZONE MAPS -- HERE'S THE PROBLEM. PROPERTY OWNERS CAN CHALLENGE THE MAP UNDER EXISTING LAW BEFORE WE SENT THIS OVER, AND YOU CAN CHALLENGE IT BUT IT WOULD COST YOU $2,000 TO CHALLENGE THAT. OR IF YOU WANTED TO PARTICIPATE WITH YOUR CITY, THE CITY TAXES WOULD THEN BE CHARGED $17,000 TO CHALLENGE THE MAP. FLOOD INSURANCE IS VITALLY IMPORTANT AND NECESSARY TO THE PEOPLE AROUND THIS NATION AND THE SECURITY THAT IT GIVES TO OTHERS THAT ARE NOT IN FLOODPLAINS FOR NOT HAVING THE COST DROPPED ON THEM. BUT THE ACCURACY OF THESE MAPS ARE VITALLY IMPORTANT. ONE THING THAT THE LEGISLATION -- THE TWO THINGS THE LEGISLATION DID THAT WERE VITALLY IMPORTANT -- IT'S EASIER AND MORE AFFORDABLE TO APPEAL FEMA ABOUT THEIR MAPS AND WHETHER OR NOT SOMETHING'S IN A FLOODPLAIN. IT ALSO USES ITS HIGHER TECHNOLOGY TO TRULY DRAFT THE FLOODPLAIN MAPS IN A WAY THAT THEY'RE FAIRER AND THE COSTS ARE NOT UNBEARABLE TO MANY HOMEOWNERS. MR. SPEAKER, WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  • 10:12:48 AM

                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. ESHOO, FOR FIVE MINUTES. WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                  • 10:13:05 AM

                                                    MS. ESHOO

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE TAX BILL BEING CONSIDERED, H.R. 1, IS A…

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE TAX BILL BEING CONSIDERED, H.R. 1, IS A FRONTAL ASSAULT ON THE MIDDLE CLASS AND IT WILL DO LASTING DAMAGE TO OUR COUNTRY. THE BILL IS A DISHONEST BAIT AND SWITCH FOR THE 36 MILLION MIDDLE AND LOWER MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES WHO WILL SEE THEIR TAXES INCREASE UNDER THIS PLAN TO PAY FOR TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHIEST 1% OF AMERICANS AND LARGE MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS. IT'S PAID FOR BY ELIMINATING THE FEW REMAINING BENEFITS IN OUR TAX CODE FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS AND CHARGING $1.7 TRILLION TO THE NATIONAL CREDIT CARD, LEAVING OUR CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN TO PAY FOR IT. THIS BILL LETS THE MIDDLE CLASS DOWN AT EVERY TURN, AND IT SHOULD BE DEFEATED. IT ELIMINATES THE DEDUCTION FOR MEDICAL EXPENSES, WHICH OVER NINE MILLION MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS CLAIMED IN 2015, INCLUDING OVER ONE MILLION TAXPAYERS IN MY HOME STATE OF CALIFORNIA. THIS IS ESPECIALLY HARMFUL TO OLDER AMERICANS STRUGGLING WITH HIGH MEDICAL COSTS AND SERIOUS ILLNESSES LIKE CANCER AND ALZHEIMER'S AND AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES. IT TAKES DIRECT AIM AT COLLEGE STUDENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, RAISING THE FUTURE COSTS OF HIGHER EDUCATION BY $65 BILLION OVER 10 YEARS BY ELIMINATING THE DEDUCTIBILITY OF INTEREST ON STUDENT LOANS. IT TAXES EMPLOYER TUITION ASSISTANCE BENEFITS FOR STUDENTS, AND TUITION WAIVERS FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS BY TREATING THIS AS INCOME, MAKING IT MORE EXPENSIVE FOR FUTURE SCIENTISTS, MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS, EDUCATORS AND OTHER LEADERS TO GET AN EDUCATION. IT ELIMINATES THE LIFETIME LEARNING CREDIT AND THE DEDUCTIBILITY OF INTEREST OF STUDENT LOANS AT A TIME WHEN STUDENT LOAN DEBT IN THE UNITED STATES JUST REACHED $1.5 TRILLION. THIS IS A BITTER BILL TO ASK OUR NATION'S STUDENT BORROWERS TO SWALLOW. VERY IMPORTANTLY FOR MY CONSTITUENTS, THIS BILL BULLDOZES THE STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION. ALMOST 200 OF MY -- 200,000 OF MY CONSTITUENTS CLAIMED AN AVERAGE STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION OF $31,193 IN 2015. . UNDER THIS PLAN BUSINESSES CAN STILL CLAIM THIS DEDUCTION. FOR EXAMPLE, THE NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION ESTIMATES ARE THAT 250,000 EDUCATION JOBS WILL BE PUT AT RISK BECAUSE OF THIS LACK OF DEDUCTIBILITY. AND JUST YESTERDAY THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE SPOKE OUT IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL'S DISMANTLING OF THIS DEDUCTION NOTING THAT THEIR SALARIES AND THE EQUIPMENT THAT THEY USE ARE PAID FOR BY STATE AND LOCAL TAXES ON PROPERTY SALES AND INCOME. THE INSTITUTE ON TAXATION AND ECONOMIC POLICY FOUND THAT CALIFORNIA STANDS TO BE THE BIGGEST OVERALL LOSER IN THIS PLAN. AND FACES A $12.1 BILL TAX INCREASE IN 2017 ALONE. THE BILL ALSO TAKES AIM AT THE MOST VAL IT VALUABLE ASSET OF THE -- MOST VALUABLE ASSET OF THE MIDDLE CLASS. THEIR HOME. THEY TAKEWAY THE MOM HOUSE REPORT DEDUCTION AND THESE UNFAIR. CALIFORNIANS JUST EXPERIENCED THE WORST WILDFIRES IN OUR STATE'S HISTORY WITH OVER TAKEWAY THE MOM HOUSE REPORT DEDUCTION AND THESE 14,000 HOMES LOST. WAS THIS BILL -- WHAT DOES THIS BILL DO? IT REMOVES THE DEDUCTIBILITY FOR PROPERTY LOSSES DUE TO NATURAL DISASTERS. DISASTERS. I FIND THIS TO BE ESPECIALLY CRUEL. WHAT THE BILL DOES DO IS TAKE SPECIAL CARE OF THE 14,000 WEALTHIEST 5,500 ESTATES IN THIS COUNTRY BY DOUBLING THE ESTATE TAX EXEMPTION TO $22 MILLION AND THEN REPEALING IT, REMOVING THE WHOLE THING, BY 2024. FINALLY, THE BILL HAS TERRIBLE IMPLICATIONS FOR THE FUTURE OF MEDICARE AND THE GUARANTEE IT PROVIDED FOR AMERICANS OVER 50 YEARS. WITHOUT BUDGET CHANGES TO OFFSET THE $1.2 TRILLION INCREASE TO DEFICITS OVER 10 YEARS, THE BILL WILL TRIGGER AUTOMATIC SPENDING CUTS UNDER THE STATUTORY PAY-AS-YOU-GO. THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY AND THE ADMINISTRATION CLAIM THAT THIS TAX PLAN PEOPLE. IN EDUCATION. IN JOB CREATION. IN INFRASTRUCTURE. THESE ARE CRITICAL AREAS THAT ALWAYS EXPAND OUR ECONOMY. THIS HOUSE SHOULD REJECT THIS UNFAIR, UNBALANCED FISCALLY IRRESPONSIBLE PLAN THAT DIMS THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY BY ATTACKING THE MIDDLE CLASS.

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                                                  • 10:18:50 AM

                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. THOMPSON, FOR…

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

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                                                  • 10:18:54 AM

                                                    MR. THOMPSON

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A PRETTY INCREDIBLE WEEK HERE…

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A PRETTY INCREDIBLE WEEK HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. INCREDIBLE WEEK FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE THINGS THAT WE ACCOMPLISHED THIS WEEK. WE HAVE HISTORIC TAX REFORM. LONG OVERDUE. THIS IS A BREAK FOR HARDWORKING MIDDLE CLASS AMERICAN FAMILIES. THE FACTS ARE JUST -- ENCOURAGE FOLKS TO CHECK OUT THE FACTS ABOUT -- FOR THEMSELVES ON EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENS. IT'S NOT JUST THE ONLY THING THAT'S DONE. ALREADY THIS WEEK WE PASSED A CONFERENCE REPORT ON THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION. LARGEST RAISE FOR OUR MILITARY IN OVER 10 YEARS. PROVIDING THEM THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO BE SAFE, TO BE EFFECTIVE. YES, TO BE LETHAL. AND TO BE ABLE TO RETURN HOME AT THE END OF THE DAY. AND TO HAVE THEIR NEEDS MET. THEN WE DID SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT FOR A STATE LIKE PENNSYLVANIA WHERE WE HAVE ALMOST 90,000 MILES OF STREAMS, WE DID HISTORIC FLOOD INSURANCE REFORM WHERE WE REALLY SEPARATED AND LOOKED AT INLAND, THE NEEDS THERE, VERSUS MIXING THINGS TOGETHER. ALLOWING LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES, TO BE ABLE, AS LONG AS THEY COMPLY WITH THE FEMA PROCESSES, TO BE ABLE TO DETERMINE WHERE THE ACTUAL FLOOD RISK IS. WE HAVEN'T HAD THAT IN THE PAST. IT'S ALL BEEN DONE FROM WASHINGTON. BEEN DONE RATHER POORLY. BUT IT'S MORE THAN THAT. THIS WEEK IS ALSO NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP WASHINGTON. BEEN DONE RATHER WEEK, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HIGHLIGHT THE APPRENTICESHIPS AND APPRENTICESHIPS IS A PART OF CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION, A PATHWAY TO FAMILY-SUSTAINING CAREERS AND WAGES. APPRENTICESHIPS PROVIDE AN ALTERNATIVE PATH TO A HIGH-PAYING JOB BY PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES TO GAIN REAL WORLD SKILLS WHILE EARNING A PAYCHECK. MR. SPEAKER, AS CO-CHAIR OF THE CURRENT TECHNICAL EDUCATION CAUCUS, I KNOW A HUGE GAP EXISTS NATIONWIDE. THERE ARE GOOD-PAYING JOBS OUT THERE, BUT THE UNEMPLOYED ARE EITHER ILL PREPARED OR LACK THE APPROPRIATE EDUCATION TO FILL THESE VACANCIES. THAT'S WHY I'M PROUD THE HOUSE DID PASS MY LEGISLATION, THE STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ACT EARLIER THIS YEAR. TO PASS UNANIMOUSLY OUT OF THIS CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FOR BODY. THE BILL AIMS TO CLOSE THE SKILLS GAP BY MODERNIZING FEDERAL INVESTMENTS IN CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS BY CONNECTING EDUCATORS WITH INDUSTRY STAKEHOLDERS. CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS OPEN THE DOOR FOR SO MANY EDUCATORS AMERICANS. PROUDLY PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER EARLIER THIS YEAR TO EXPAND APPRENTICESHIPS AND SKILLS-BASED EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND PUT MORE AMERICANS BACK TO WORK IN THE TRADE. WE HAVE SEEN TOO MANY STUDENTS PUSH DOWN THE COLLEGE FOR ALL PATHWAY THAT JUST DOESN'T WORK FOR SOME PEOPLE. OBTAINING APPRENTICESHIP OR CAREER IN TECHNICAL EDUCATION IS A VIABLE PATH THAT MANY HIGH ACHIEVING STUDENTS CAN CHOOSE AND PURSUE INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS AND HANDS-OBJECT SKILLS THAT THEY USE -- HANDS-ON SKILLS THAT THEY USE RIGHT OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE ALL MET YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVEN'T BEEN INSPIRED IN A TRADITIONAL CLASSROOM SETTING. WE ALL KNOW PEOPLE WHO HAVE LOST JOBS WHO ARE UNDEREMPLOYED WORKING MULTIPLE PART-TIME JOBS. AND THEY ARE LOOKING, DESPERATELY, FOR A GOOD-PAYING, FAMILY SUSTAINING JOB. WE ALL KNOW PEOPLE ASPIRING FOR A PROMOTION BUT KEEP FALLING SHORT YEAR AFTER YEAR. MR. SPEAKER, I THINK WE ALL KNOW FAMILIES THAT HAVE BEEN TRAPPED IN POVERTY FOR GENERATIONS. BUT AN APPRENTICESHIP CAN CHANGE THAT. A CAREER IN TECHNICAL JOB. WE ALL KNOW PEOPLE ASPIRING FOR A EDUCATION CAN CHANGE THAT. MR. SPEAKER. BY THE YEAR 2020 IT'S ESTIMATED MORE THAN SIX MILLION JOBS WILL GO UNFILLED BECAUSE OF THAT SKILLS GAP OF NOT HAVING INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE QUALIFIED AND TRAINED TO FILL THOSE POSITIONS. MR. SPEAKER, THE LEGISLATION WILL BE PASSED OFF THIS FLOOR TOMORROW. SPEAK OF THAT WITH CONFIDENCE. THAT'S ESTIMATED TO LEAD TO CREATING A RESULT THAT'S BEEN ESTIMATED A MILLION JOBS TO BE CREATED. THROUGH MAJORS WITH CAREER IN TECHNICAL EDUCATION, WE AND MAJORS SUCH AS APPRENTICESHIPS, WE CAN GROW -- HELP AMERICANS TO BE ABLE TO ENTER THE WORK FORCE TO FIND THAT ON-RAMP TO OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE EVERYONE THE OPPORTUNITY TO EARN A GOOD FAMILY SUSTAINING WAGE. AND TO HAVE THAT SECURITY. MR. SPEAKER, AMERICANS DESERVE NO LESS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. 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. CARTWRIGHT, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                    MR. CARTWRIGHT

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO TELL YOU A TRUE STORY FROM…

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO TELL YOU A TRUE STORY FROM SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA. WHEN MATTY GOT OUT OF THE ARMY IN 1970, HE WENT TO WORK FOR THE TV PLANT IN DUNNMOORE, PENNSYLVANIA, NORTH OF SCRANTON. AT THE TIME IT WAS OWNED BY R.C.A. AND LATER BECAME THOMPSON CONSUMER ELECTRONICS. MATTY WAS 19 AND THIS WAS A GREAT JOB. MANUFACTURING PICTURE TUBES WHERE A LOT OF GREAT PEOPLE WORKED. AS MANY AS 1,600 MEN AND WOMEN. THE PAY WAS GOOD. THE BENEFITS WERE EXCELLENT. THEY WERE UNION JOBS. AND THE PICTURE TUBES THEY PUT TOGETHER WERE SO GOOD THIS COMPANY WAS ABLE TO SELL THEM TO SONY IN JAPAN. PEOPLE WORKING AT THIS PLANT WERE A COMMUNITY. THEY HAD WONDERFUL COMPANY PICNICS. THEY HAD SOFTBALL LEAGUE. THEY ORGANIZED HOLIDAY PARTIES FOR THE KIDS AND FISHING WORKING AT THIS PLANT WERE A COMMUNITY. THEY HAD DERBIES . AND MATTY WORKED THERE FOR 30 YEARS. HE WAS ABLE TO RAISE FOUR CHILDREN ON HIS SALARY ALONE. TRUCK IS THE SAME AGE AS MATTY AND THEY ARE FRIENDS. CHUCK WENT TO WORK FOR THE R.C.A. PLANT IN 1972 WHEN HE WAS 21. HE STARTED IN PRODUCTION AND HE LOVED THAT JOB, TOO. HE SAYS, WE WERE MAKING THE CADILLAC OF AMERICAN TELEVISIONS. BY THE YEAR 2000, WE WERE ALREADY STARTING TO MAKE THE FIRST GENERATION OF FLAT SCREEN TV PANELS. AROUND THAT TIME, THOMPSON WON A WORLDWIDE AWARD FOR MAKING THE BEST 27-INCH TV'S IN THE WORLD AND EVERYBODY AT THE PLANT WAS SO PROUD. CHUCK SAYS, THAT WASN'T JUST A JOB. THAT WAS A WAY OF LIFE. JOHN, HE GOT OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL IN 1975. HE GOT A JOB AT THE TV PLANT RIGHT AWAY. HE WORKED PRODUCTION AT FIRST BUT THEN HE GOT BUMPED UP INTO THE MACHINE SHOP. HE MADE LIFELONG FRIENDS AT THAT FACTORY. IN 1994 NAFTA WENT INTO EFFECT. MATTY, CHUCK, AND JOHN THEY DIDN'T -- THEY KNEW ABOUT IT BUT DIDN'T THINK TOO MUCH ABOUT IT. JOHN REMEMBERS PEOPLE IN THE MACHINE SHOP THEY WERE INTERESTED IN POLITICS ARGUING OVER THE EFFECTS OF NAFTA. THROUGH THE 190'S THESE MEN AND WOMEN WERE WORKING THE FACTORY 24/7, THREE SHIFTS. PUTTING OUT OVER TWO MILLION PICTURE TUBES A YEAR. THEY USED TO SAY THEY'LL NEVER CLOSE US DOWN. WE MAKE THIS COMPANY TOO MUCH MONEY. THEN IT CAME. MAY OF 2001. MANAGEMENT CALLED EVERYBODY INTO THE PLANT. AND GAVE THEM THE NEWS. THE PLANT WAS CLOSING IN AUGUST, THREE MONTHS TO SAY THEY'LL NEVER CLOSE US DOWN. WE MAKE THIS COMPANY TOO MUCH MONEY. THEN IT FROM NOW, BECAUSE THEY WERE MOVING TO MEXICO. PEOPLE WERE SHOCKED. NOBODY SAW THIS COMING. THEY TRIED TO NEGOTIATE WITH THE COMPANY. AND MATTY AND CHUCK REMEMBER THE ANSWER. IT WAS, ARE YOU WILLING TO TAKE A $13 AN HOUR PAY CUT AND WORK FOR $3.25 AN HOUR? MATTY REMEMBERS THE PRIDE THAT THESE PEOPLE HAD AT THE PLANT WORKING THE LAST FEW MONTHS. THE PRIDE THAT THEY DID THEIR JOBS WITH. THERE WAS NO VANDALISM, NO WORK STOPPAGES, SLOWDOWNS, THEY FINISHED OUT THEIR JOBS SHOWING THE PRIDE IN THE WORK THEY HAD FOR A GENERATION. HE REMEMBERS THE TEARS ON THAT LAST DAY AND HOW PEOPLE PASSED OUT LISTS OF NAMES AND PHONE NUMBERS SO THEY COULD ALL STAY IN TUFMENT CHUCK REMEMBERS THE LAST DAY THAT TROPHY FOR THE BEST 27-INCH TV TUBE WAS STILL IN THE COMPANY LOBBY. AND ALL THREE OF THEM REMEMBER THE AFTERMATH. THEY REMEMBER THE DIVORCES. THEY REMEMBER THE SUICIDES. MATTY STILL HAD TWO DAUGHTERS IN PUBLIC SCHOOL. WENT THROUGH HIS FAMILY SAVINGS AND HAD TO CASH IN SOME OF HIS RETIREMENT MONEY, TAKE THE PENALTY. NOW HE WORKS AS A SECURITY GUARD MAKING $10 AN HOUR. HE'S 66 AND HE CAN'T AFFORD TO RETIRE. CHUCK WAS OUT OF WORK FOR A YEAR AND EVENTUALLY HE FOUND A JOB MAKING HALF THE MONEY. HE'S ALSO 66 AND HE CAN'T RETIRE. JOHN CAN'T FORGET HAVING TO TELL HIS DAUGHTER, LINDSAY, IN MAY OF 2001, HE WAS LOSING HIS JOB. SHE WAS IN TEARS. SHE WAS CAN'T FORGET HAVING TO GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL THE NEXT MONTH. SHE WANTED TO GO TO COLLEGE. WHEN CHUCK FOUND OUT THE CURRENT REPUBLICAN TAX PLAN IS TO DROP CORPORATE TAX TO 20% FOR COMPANIES 20% FOR COMPANIES DOING BUSINESS IN AMERICA, BUT TO 10% FOR AMERICAN COMPANIES DOING BUSINESS OVERSEAS, THIS IS WHAT HE SAID. HAVEN'T WE LOST ENOUGH ALREADY UNDER NAFTA? NOW YOU ARE GOING TO REWARD COMPANIES FOR SHIPPING MORE JOBS OVERSEAS. MR. SPEAKER, THIS TAX BILL WILL SHIP MORE JOBS OVERSEAS. THIS BILL STINKS AND I WON'T VOTE FOR IT. I YIELD BACK.

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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

                                                    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY WE RECOGNIZE AN INDIVIDUAL WHO EMBODIES THE AMERICAN…

                                                    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY WE RECOGNIZE AN INDIVIDUAL WHO EMBODIES THE AMERICAN DREAM AND THE GRIT AND DETERMINATION THAT DEFINES THE PEOPLE OF BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. PASCRELL WAS BORN IN NAPLES, ITALY, IN 1963. A RESILIENT WORKER AND PASSIONATE CHEF, HE WORKED IN THE RESTAURANT INDUSTRY IN ITALY BEFORE MARRYING HIS WIFE. THE GRIT AND DETERMINATION THAT DEFINES THE PEOPLE HAVING TWO CHILDREN, THEY DECIDED TO LEAVE ITALY WITH HIS YOUNG FAMILY AND COME TO THE UNITED STATES. HE SETTLED IN PENNSYLVANIA AND OPENED A RESTAURANT, PASTA ELDEN AT THIS. SOON AFTER HE WELCOMED HIS THIRD CHILD. AFTER SPENDING A SHORT WHILE BACK IN ITALY HE RETURNED TO THE UNITED STATES. A FAMILY MAN, HE HAD TWO MORE SONS. HE OPENED A RESTAURANT IN 2009 WHERE HIS INCREDIBLE TALENT LED TO GREAT SUCCESS AND ALLOWED HIM TO OPEN AQUA ELFARINA AN AUTHENTIC PIZZARIA IN 2017. HE CROSSED OCEANS TO PURSUE HIS DREAMS. HE WORKS TIRELESSLY TO PUT A SMILE ON PEOPLE'S FACES THROUGH THE FOOD HE MAKES. AND, MR. SPEAKER, OUR COMMUNITY AND OUR NATION ARE BETTER BECAUSE OF PEOPLE LIKE HIM. . PEOPLE LIKE HIM. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE FIRST RESPONDERS OF BUCKS COUNTY. RECENTLY I WAS PRIVILEGED TO SPEAK TO NEARLY 300 FIRST RESPONDERS AT THE 45TH CENTRAL BUCKS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EMERGENCY SERVICES AWARD DINNER AND OFFER THEM OUR HEART-FELT THANKS. AS AN E.M.T. MYSELF, I UNDERSTAND THE LOVE OF THE INDIVIDUALS HAVE FOR THEIR NEIGHBORS AND COMMUNITIES. I WAS PROUD TO RECOGNIZE THESE 20 INDIVIDUALS PICTURED HERE AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO HAVE EACH OF THEIR NAMES PLACED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD.

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                                                    MR. SPEAKER, WE HONOR AND WE THANK EACH OF THESE BRAVE HEROES IN OUR…

                                                    MR. SPEAKER, WE HONOR AND WE THANK EACH OF THESE BRAVE HEROES IN OUR COMMUNITY FOR PUTTING THEMSELVES IN HARM'S WAY TO PROTECT US IN BUCKS COUNTY. THEY ARE LIVING THEIR LIVES SERVING A CAUSE BIGGER THAN THEMSELVES. WHAT A NOBLE WAY TO SPEND THEIR LIFE. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. WALZ, FOR FIVE MINUTES. WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                    MR. WALZ

                                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                    YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. WOODALL, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                    MR. WOODALL

                                                    I THANK THE SPEAKER FOR THE TIME. I TELL FOLKS BACK HOME, MR. SPEAKER,…

                                                    I THANK THE SPEAKER FOR THE TIME. I TELL FOLKS BACK HOME, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THEY SHOULD WATCH THIS TIME AT 10:00 IN THE MORNING WHERE ANY MEMBER CAN COME DOWN AND TALK ABOUT ANYTHING THEY WANT TO TALK ABOUT BECAUSE YOU CAN LEARN A LOT ABOUT WHAT ONE ANOTHER. THERE ARE FOLKS WHO COME TO THIS FLOOR EVERY SINGLE MORNING TO CELEBRATE SOMEBODY IN THEIR DISTRICT BACK HOME. TO BUILD UP THE COUNTRY WITH OPTIMISM AND WITH THE BELIEF THAT IF ONLY WE UNITE, IF ONLY WE WORK HARDER WE CAN MAKE TOMORROW BETTER THAN YESTERDAY WAS AND THERE ARE THOSE MEMBERS WHO COME TO THE FLOOR ON A REGULAR BASIS TO TEAR THINGS DOWN. I TELL YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I'VE BEEN IN THIS WORLD FOR 47 YEARS. I KNOW IT IS EASIER TO TEAR THINGS DOWN THAN IT IS TO BUILD THINGS UP. AND SOMETHING HAS HAPPENED IN THIS INSTITUTION WHERE THE CURRENCY IS HOW QUICKLY CAN YOU TEAR THE OTHER SIDE DOWN INSTEAD OF HOW QUICKLY CAN YOU PARTNER WITH THEM TO BUILD THINGS UP. TAX REFORM IS HARD. IT'S HARD. I HAVE A BILL FOR FOLKS WHO ARE UNCOMFORTABLE WITH THE ELIMINATION OF SPECIAL CARVEOUTS AND DEDUCTIONS AND EXEMPTIONS AND LOBBYIST LOOPHOLES, FOR FOLKS WHO ARE UNCOMFORTABLE FOR THOSE THINGS, I HAVE A BILL THAT REPEALS ABSOLUTELY EVERY ONE. IT'S CALLED THE FAIR TAX. IT'S H.R. 25. WE'RE NOT GOING TO VOTE ON THAT BILL TODAY BECAUSE THIS INSTITUTION'S NOT COMFORTABLE ELIMINATING ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING ALL AT ONCE. BUT THERE'S A DIFFERENCE OF OPINION, MR. SPEAKER, IN WHAT THE TAX CODE IS DESIGNED FOR. IS IT DESIGNED TO PUNISH PEOPLE THAT YOU DISLIKE AND REWARD PEOPLE THAT YOU DO LIKE OR IS IT DESIGNED SIMPLY TO RAISE THE REVENUE SO THE GOVERNMENT CAN DOT THINGS IT NEEDS TO DO? I BELIEVE THE LATTER. MY FRIENDS HAVE COME TO THE FLOOR TODAY AND THEY SAID, OH, WE ARE ELIMINATING THIS EXEMPTION AND THAT DEDUCTION AND THAT CARVEOUT AND THAT LOOPHOLE, AND THOSE THINGS HAPPEN WITH THE COST OF EDUCATION. WELL, I SAY TO MY FRIENDS, IF WE WANT TO HELP WITH THE COST OF EDUCATION, LET'S DEAL WITH EDUCATION. THE TAX CODE IS NOT THE SOLUTION TO EVERY PROBLEM. OFTENTIMES IT IS THE SOURCE OF THOSE PROBLEMS. FOR FOLKS WHO BELIEVE THE COST OF MEDICAL CARE IS TOO EXPENSIVE, I AGREE. ANOTHER CARVEOUT, ANOTHER LOOPHOLE, ANOTHER EXEMPTION IN THE TAX CODE WILL NOT SOLVE THAT PROBLEM. IT MAY MASK THAT PROBLEM BUT IT WILL NOT SOLVE IT. WE HAVE TO COME TOGETHER TO SOLVE THE HEALTH CARE INFLATION PROBLEM. I SAY TO MY FRIENDS WHO ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE MEDICAL COST DEDUCTION, I WORRY ABOUT THAT TOO I WORRIED ABOUT IT WHEN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT MADE IT 33% HARDER FOR AMERICANS TO CLAIM THAT. WHEN IT RAISED THAT BASE LEVEL FROM 7.5% TO 10%, MEANING SO MANY MORE AMERICANS COULDN'T CLAIM IT. THIS BILL, THIS BILL DOUBLES THE STANDARD DEDUCTION SO THAT FAMILIES DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE MAGNITUDE OF THEIR BURDEN. SIMPLY THE FACT THEY HAVE A BURDEN MEANS THEY WILL BE ABLE TO EXEMPT IT. MY FRIEND FROM PENNSYLVANIA CAME AND TOLD THE STORY OF TWO FAMILIES FROM PENNSYLVANIA WORKING IN A PICTURE TUBE FACT RY. IT WAS A POWERFUL -- FACTORY. IT WAS A POWERFUL STORY. IT WAS A POWERFUL STORY OF AMERICAN MANUFACTURING DISAPPEARING. IF I LOOK AROUND THIS INSTITUTION TO FIND THE MILLENNIAL HERE, THEY WOULDN'T EVEN KNOW WHAT A PICTURE TUBE IS. WOULDN'T EVEN KNOW WHAT A PICTURE TUBE IS. THAT FACTORY WAS GOING TO GO OUT OF BUSINESS BECAUSE TECHNOLOGY SURPASSED IT. WE ARE LOSING AMERICAN MANUFACTURING OVERSEAS EVERY SINGLE DAY. NOT BECAUSE WE'RE NOT THE HARDEST WORKING PEOPLE ON THE PLANET BUT BECAUSE WE HAVE THE MOST PUNITIVE TAX CODE ON THE PLANET AND EVERYONE HERE KNOWS IT. IN 1986, EVERYONE KNEW IT. AMERICA HAD THE LEAST COMPETITIVE TAX CODE ON THE PLANET, BUT DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS CAME TOGETHER. RONALD REAGAN, TIP O'NEILL, AND THEY TOOK AMERICA FROM WORST TO FIRST. AND DECADES OF ECONOMIC PROSPERITY ENSUED. WE ARE DOING THAT VERY SAME THING TODAY. WORST TO FIRST. WOULD BE THAT DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS TOGETHER THAT WE'RE DOING THAT BUT I TELL YOU, MR. SPEAKER, THE TIME IS NOT TOO LATE TO COME TOGETHER TO DO THAT. IT WAS A WORTHY GOAL IN 1986. IT IS A WORTHY GOAL TODAY. THE TAX CODE SHOULD NOT BE PICKING WINNERS AND LOSERS. IT SHOULD BE CREATING AN ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT WHERE THE AMERICAN WORKER CAN SUCCEED, WHERE THE AMERICAN WORKER AND ITS COMMITMENT IS NOT AT A DISADVANTAGE FOR THE REST OF THE WORLD BUT AT LEAST ON A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD AND ADVANTAGE TO THE REST OF THE WORLD. WE CAN DO THAT TOGETHER TODAY AND I HOPE IT WILL. IT IS ALWAYS EASIER TO TEAR THINGS DOWN THAN BUILD THINGS UP. I KNOW THE MEN AND WOMEN IN THIS CHAMBER ON A PERSONAL LEVEL AND I KNOW THEY DIDN'T COME TO TEAR THINGS DOWN. THEY CAME TO BUILD A BETTER TODAY TOMORROW FOR THEIR CHILDREN, GRANDCHILDREN AND THE CONSTITUENTS THEY REPRESENT. I HOPE WE WILL FULFILL THAT PROMISE TOGETHER. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GUAM, MS. BORDALLO, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                    MS. BORDALLO

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO EXPRESS MY OPPOSITION TO H.R. 1,…

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO EXPRESS MY OPPOSITION TO H.R. 1, THE REPUBLICAN TAX PLAN, AND THE NEGATIVE IMPACTS IT WOULD HAVE ON MY CONSTITUENTS IN GUAM. THIS BILL IS AN ATTACK ON THE MIDDLE CLASS AND WOULD DO VERY LITTLE TO HELP THOSE WHO MOST NEED TAX RELIEF. I AM ESPECIALLY CONCERNED THAT H.R. 1 DOES NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE UNIQUE APPLICATION OF THE FEDERAL TAX CODE TO GUAM AND THE OTHER U.S. TERRITORIES. UNLIKE THE 50 STATES WHO HAVE CONTROL OF THEIR TAX SYSTEM, GUAM IS REQUIRED TO MIRROR THE INCOME TAX PORTION OF THE FEDERAL INTERNAL REVENUE CODE AND ANY CHANGES TO THE I.R.C. WOULD HAVE A DIRECT, A DIRECT IMPACT NOT ONLY ON TAXES PAID BY MY CONSTITUENTS BUT ALSO ON THE GENERAL FUND REVENUES COLLECTED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF GUAM. UNDER THE CURRENT FRAMEWORK, IT IS THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, NOT THE GUAM LEGISLATURE OR ANY OTHER ELECTED BODY ON GUAM, THAT SETS THE INCOME TAX PROVISIONS FOR OUR TERRITORY. ANY CHANGES, ANY CHANGES TO THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE IS AUTOMATICALLY MIRRORED AND ADOPTED AS CHANGES TO GUAM'S LOCAL TAX STRUCTURE. SO THIS DOES NOT GIVE GUAM THE ABILITY TO DECIDE FOR ITSELF THE BEST TAX STRUCTURE FOR THE PEOPLE OF GUAM AND IT CERTAINLY APPLIES DECISIONS MADE FOR THE NATION AS A WHOLE WITH MORE THAN 320 MILLION CITIZENS TO SIGNIFICANTLY DIFFERENT DEMOGRAPHICS ON OUR ISLAND OF JUST 170,000 AMERICANS. EVEN MORE OUTRAGEOUS, MR. SPEAKER, IS THAT REPUBLICANS WILL HAVE BROUGHT THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR WITHOUT ANY OPPORTUNITY FOR THE DELEGATES, FROM THE TERRITORIES TO AFFECT IT OR EXPRESS OUR SUPPORT OR OPPOSITION TO A RECORDED VOTE. AS YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, AS A DELEGATE FROM A TERRITORY, ALONG WITH THE OTHER FOUR TERRITORIES AND D.C., WE ARE NOT ABLE TO VOTE ON AMENDMENTS ON THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE. NOR WE'RE NOT ABLE TO CAST A VOTE ON THE FINAL PASSAGE OF A BILL. SOME ON THE OTHER SIDE WILL ARGUE, WELL, ESPECIALLY SINCE H.R. 1 IS A TAX BILL THAT THE DELEGATES AND THEREFORE THE MORE THAN FOUR MILLION AMERICAN CITIZENS WHO LIVE IN THE TERRITORIES SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO VOTE ON THE BILLS CONSIDERED BY THE HOUSE BECAUSE OUR CONSTITUENTS DO NOT PAY TAXES TO THE FEDERAL TREASURY. BUT THIS IGNORES THE SACRIFICES THAT THE SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF GUAM AND THE OTHER TERRITORIES MAKE TO DEFEND OUR COUNTRY THROUGH MILITARY SERVICE AS WELL AS THE FACT THAT MY CONSTITUENTS PAY OTHER FEDERAL TAXES THAT SUPPORT FEDERAL PROGRAMS LIKE SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE. AND IMPORTANTLY, MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 1 WILL HAVE A DIRECT IMPACT ON MY CONSTITUENTS BECAUSE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S REQUIREMENT FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF GUAM TO MIRROR THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE. THIS WILL DIRECTLY IMPACT THE RATES, DEDUCTIONS AND CREDITS PAID BY THE GUAM TAX FILERS. AND UNLIKE THE UNITED STATES, WILL ALSO DIRECTLY CORRESPOND TO THE REVENUES COLLECTED BY OUR TERRITORIAL GOVERNMENT. . THIS IS THE VERY DEFINITION OF TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION. I CANNOT SUPPORT THE REPUBLICAN TAX PLAN BECAUSE IT IGNORES THE IMPACTS IT WOULD HAVE ON MY CONSTITUENTS IN GUAM AND THE OTHER TERRITORIES. AND IT PREVENTS THE PEOPLE OF GUAM FROM HAVING A SAY THROUGH THEIR ONLY REPRESENTATIVE IN BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE IN ITS DEVELOPMENT. I OPPOSE, MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 1. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT IT. SAY NO. I YIELD BACK.

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

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                                                    MR. GREEN

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN…

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, FOR FIVE MINUTES. I ALWAYS ACKNOWLEDGE THE PRE-EMINENT PRIVILEGE TO STAND IN THE WELL OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. IT IS A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY ACCORDED FEW IN A COUNTRY OF MILLIONS. SO I'M HONORED TO STAND HERE, MR. SPEAKER. AND I LOVE MY COUNTRY. BUT I MUST SAY, FEW IN MR. SPEAKER, I STAND HERE WITH PROFOUND DISBELIEF. PROFOUND DISBELIEF. BECAUSE I CANNOT BELIEVE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS CONSIDERING REMOVING 13 MILLION PEOPLE FROM INSURANCE IN A TAX BILL. THE SENATE IS PROPOSING IN A TAX BILL THAT CAN'T SOLVE ALL OF OUR PROBLEMS, BY THE WAY, IS PROPOSING IN A TAX BILL THAT 13 MILLION PEOPLE LOSE HEALTH CARE. 13 MILLION PEOPLE T WITHOUT A PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN. PERHAPS NOT ALL, BUT IT'S FAIR TO ASSUME THAT MILLIONS WILL NOT HAVE A PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN. MILLIONS WILL NO LONGER GET THE PREVENTIVE CARE THAT CAN SAVE DOLLARS AS WELL AS LIVES. MILLIONS WILL FIND THEMSELVES IN EMERGENCY ROOMS RECEIVING PRIMARY CARE. I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN A TAX BILL WOULD REMOVE 13 MILLION PEOPLE FROM THE INSURANCE ROLLS. AND IN SO DOING, AGUIRRE $338 BILLION -- ACQUIRE $338 BILLION. THAT MONEY WILL GO TO LINE THE POCKETS OF PEOPLE WHO CAN AFFORD THE BEST HEALTH CARE THAT THE WORLD CAN PROVIDE. IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE THAT IN THE RICHEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE ABOUT TO MOVE FROM HEALTH CARE TO SICKNESS CARE. HEALTH CARE PROVIDES PREVENTIVE CARE. SICKNESS CARE, MR. SPEAKER, MEANS THAT YOU SHOW UP AT AN EMERGENCY ROOM. BY THE WAY, THAT $338 BILLION THAT IS CLAIMED AS A SAVINGS, WE'LL SPEND MORE THAN THAT ON EMERGENCY ROOM SERVICES FOR THE 13 MILLION OR THE MILLIONS, WHATEVER THAT NUMBER MAY HAPPEN TO BE, WHO ARE GOING TO EMERGENCY ROOMS. WE'LL SPEND IT. PEOPLE ARE GOING TO GET CARE, THEY WON'T GET THE BEST CARE. WE HAVE IN THE RICHEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD CONCLUDED THAT WE CAN TAKE HEALTH CARE FROM THOSE WHO DEARLY NEED IT AND PROVIDE WEALTH CARE FOR THOSE WHO ALREADY HAVE IT. WHY WOULD WE PUT WEALTH CARE ABOVE HEALTH CARE IN TAKE HEALTH CARE IN THE WORLD? I CANNOT THE RICHEST COUNTRY BELIEVE THAT THIS IS HAPPENING IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AND BY THE WAY, MR. SPEAKER, YOU AND I KNOW THAT IF THE SENATE CAN DO THIS, THE HOUSE WILL FOLLOW SUIT. THE HOUSE WILL PICK UP THAT LANGUAGE. SOME VARIATION OF IT, IF NOT THE EXACT LANGUAGE, AND WE WILL FIND THAT IN THE HOUSE WE WILL BE VOTING TO ELIMINATE INSURANCE FOR 13 MILLION PEOPLE. MR. SPEAKER, OUR COUNTRY IS BETTER THAN THIS. OUR COUNTRY IS A COUNTRY THAT CARES FOR EVERY PERSON. YES, WE WILL CARE FOR THE WELL OFF, THE WELL HEALED, AND WELL-TO-DO, YES. BUT WE ALSO CARE FOR THE LEAST, LAST, AND LOST N THIS COUNTRY WE CARE ABOUT PEOPLE AND WE WANT EVERY PERSON TO HAVE THE BEST HEALTH CARE. SO I SUFFER FROM DISBELIEF. I WELL-TO-DO, YES. BUT AM THUNDER STRUCK. I CANNOT IMAGINE THE SENATE REMOVING 13 MILLION PEOPLE FROM HEALTH CARE TO PROVIDE WEALTH CARE FOR A FEW. 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 YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. RUSH, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                    MR. RUSH

                                                    MR. SPEAKER, IN THIS SEASON OF TRYING AND TOUGH TIMES SUFFERING BY THE…

                                                    MR. SPEAKER, IN THIS SEASON OF TRYING AND TOUGH TIMES SUFFERING BY THE REPUBLICAN AMENDMENTS OF THIS BODY, I RISE TODAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO MY PERSONAL HERO AND LONG TIME FRIEND, MISS JEWEL BARKER, WHO RECENTLY CELEBRATED HER 90TH BIRTHDAY. MOMMA JEWEL AS SHE IS AFFECTIONATELY KNOWN TO US FOR SO MANY WAS BORN IN 1927 IN TALLAHASSEE, ARKANSAS. SHE ATTENDED CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL IN MISSOURI. AND LATER SHE ATTENDED THE LINCOLN UNIVERSITY IN PENNSYLVANIA. MR. SPEAKER, MOMMA JEWEL ALWAYS FELT A STRONG DRIVE TO IMPROVE HER LIFE WHICH LED TO HER WORKING IN KANSAS CITY AND ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI BEFORE SETTLING INTO OUR HOMETOWN OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS IN 1966. THOUGH SHE WORKED SEVERAL JOBS, HER ASPIRATION WAS TO RETURN TO SCHOOL DURING HER TEACHING -- TO EARN HER TEACHING CREDENTIALS. SHE OBTAINED THIS ROLE BY RECEIVING A BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN EDUCATION FROM THE CHICAGO TEACHERS COLLEGE AND IN LATER YEARS A MASTER'S DEGREE FROM DEPAUL UNIVERSITY IN CHICAGO. HER LOVE OF JUSTICE FOR ALL PEOPLE DID NOT STOP THERE. HER SUPPORT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS AND EQUALITY CULMINATED IN HER SERVING AS, I QUOTE, MOMMA, END QUOTE, TO THE ILLINOIS CHAPTER OF THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY. DURING MOMMA JEWEL'S 38 YEARS AS AN EDUCATOR, SHE SERVED AS A TEACHER, MENTOR, AS A COUNSELOR, AS A ROLE MODEL, AND MOTHER FIGURE TO MANY. SHE WORKED TIRELESSLY, MR. SPEAKER, WITH STUDENTS AND FAMILY MEMBERS IN PROGRAMS THAT MET BEFORE SCHOOL, AS A TEACHER, MENTOR, AS A AFTER SCHOOL, AND EVEN ON WEEKENDS. SHE PROVIDED HOUSING AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR SEVERAL YOUNG PEOPLE SO THEY COULD FURTHER THEIR EDUCATION. MOMMA JEWEL'S PASSING HAS ALWAYS BEEN ON HELPING OTHERS AND ENCOURAGING PEOPLE REALIZE THEIR FULL POTENTIAL. THIS LED IN PART TO THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT, A ROLE SHE FIRST ACCEPTED WHEN SHE ORGANIZED A BOYCOTT IN MISSOURI IN THE 1950'S. AS THE BOARD OF EDUCATION FAILED TO USE MONEY ALLOCATED THERE FOR INDOOR TOILETS FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN SCHOOLS. MR. SPEAKER, HER PASSION FOR THIS CAUSE WAS SO GREAT THAT MOMMA JEWEL WENT DOOR-TO-DOOR ASKING PARENTS NOT TO SEND THEIR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL, A DECISION THAT ULTIMATELY LED TO AN INSTALLATION OF THOSE VERY SAME TOILETS. EVEN AFTER RETIRING IN 1994, SHE VOLUNTEERED HER TIME AND HER TALENTS AT HER FORMER SCHOOL AND OTHER SCHOOLS WHERE HER FORMER STUDENTS TAUGHT. STUDENTS TAUGHT. IN ADDITION TO HER LOVE FOR FAMILY AND HER LOVE FOR SERVICE, MOMMA JEWEL HAS ALWAYS BEEN A WELL WOUNDED ENTHUSIAST DISPLAYING MANY OF HER TALENTS AND INTERESTS WHICH INCLUDE SPORTS, THEATRICAL PERFORMANCE, COOKING, AND BAKING. TO THIS DAY, MR. SPEAKER, SHE REMAINS VERY ACTIVE IN HER CHURCH AND IN HER COMMUNITY. I KNOW I AM SO BLESSED TO KNOW MOMMA JEWEL. I'M SO BLESSED THAT MOMMA JEWEL POURED HER OWN INTO MY LATE SON'S LIFE. I'M SO BLESSED THAT SHE STILL IS THE MOVING MATRIARCH OF THE FAMILY AND OF THE MOVEMENT. SO ON BEHALF OF THE CITIZENS OF THE FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS, I WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE MY FRIEND, MOMMA JEWEL, ON THIS MILESTONE AND WISH HER MANY, MANY, MANY MORE BIRTHDAYS. MOMMA JEWEL, MAY THE LORD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU. MAY THE LORD CONTINUE TO SHINE HIS GLORY UPON YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS. AND UPON YOUR FAMILY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. 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 YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. ELLISON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                    MR. ELLISON

                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I REALLY DO BELIEVE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT THE…

                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I REALLY DO BELIEVE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE A TAX SYSTEM THAT INVESTS IN OUR PEOPLE AND OUR COMMUNITY. WE NEED TO HAVE ENOUGH INCOME, ENOUGH RESOURCES TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE FIXING OUR ROADS AND BRIDGES, TRANSIT. WE NEED RESOURCES TO INVEST IN SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH FOR FAMILIES WHO ARE WONDERING ABOUT WHAT THE ANSWERS JUST MIGHT BE FOR THEIR LOVED ONES WHO HAVE ALZHEIMER'S OR PARKINSON'S OR WHATEVER. WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO DEFEND OUR COUNTRY. WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO HELP PEOPLE GET A GOOD EDUCATION, HEALTH CARE, HOUSING. THESE ARE THINGS THAT I BELIEVE ARE WELL WORTH INVESTMENT -- OUR INVESTMENT IN AS A NATION. AND YET WHEN WE LOOK AT THE REPUBLICAN TAX BILL, WE DON'T SEE A BILL THAT REFLECTS THE NEEDS OF THE COUNTRY TO TAKE CARE OF OUR PEOPLE, BILL THAT REFLECTS WHAT WE SEE IS A MASS DISTRIBUTION FROM WORKING PEOPLE, MIDDLE CLASS PEOPLE TO THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS IN THE COUNTRY. WE NEED A TAX REFORM, A REAL TAX REFORM, WHAT WE THAT PROTECTS RETIREMENT SECURITY FOR TODAY'S SENIORS. THAT IN FUTURE GENERATIONS THAT PROVIDES A QUALITY EDUCATION, JOB TRAINING, RESEARCH, MEDICAL CURES, RENEWABLE FORMS OF ENERGY, AND SUPPORTS OUR NATION'S CHILDREN, MR. SPEAKER. WE NEED A TAX BILL THAT SUPPORTS AMERICA'S FAMILIES AND THAT CAN HELP US DO BETTER AND LIVE HIGHER QUALITY OF LIFES -- HIGHER QUALITY LIVES. BUT INSTEAD THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT, A BIZARRELY NAMED PIECE OF LEGISLATION BECAUSE IT DOESN'T DO ANYTHING FOR JOBS, IS IN FRONT OF US, IT'S WHAT REPUBLICANS OFFER AS TAX REFORM, BUT HERE'S WHAT IT DOES, MR. SPEAKER. IT MOVES MORE JOBS OVERSEAS. THIS BILL GIVES TAX BREAKS TO CORPORATIONS OFFSHORING JOBS. DRIVING DOWN AMERICAN WAGES. HOW MANY WORKERS LAY IN A BED AT NIGHT LOOKING AT THE CEILING HOPING AND PRAYING THAT THE DOESN'T CLOSE. HOW DOUGH DO WE EXPLAIN TO THEM THAT WE'RE GOING TO CUT THE TAXES FOR THESE BIG CORPORATIONS THAT WOULD INCENTIVIZE THEM TO OFFSHORE. HOW DO WE TELL THEM THAT? IS THAT MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN? I DON'T THINK SO. IT INCREASES TAXES FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. 38 MILLION MIDDLE CLASS HOUSEHOLDS WILL SEE AN IMMEDIATE TAX INCREASE RANGING $2,000 -- AVERAGING $2,000 BY 2026. IS THAT WHAT WE HAD IN MIND WHEN WE STARTED TALKING ABOUT TAX REFORM? ABSOLUTELY NOT. THIS REPUBLICAN TAX BILL DOUBLES TAXES ON AMERICAN FAMILIES. THE TAXES THEY PAY BY ABSOLUTELY MAKING FOLKS PAY FEDERAL TAXES ON TAXES YOU HAVE ALREADY PAID TO YOUR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT. IT'S A GOOD THING WHEN LOCAL COMMUNITIES SAY YOU KNOW WHAT, WE'RE GOING TO RAISE TAXES ON OURSELVES TO MEET LOCAL NEEDS. AND WHEN STATES AND CITIES DO THAT, THEY HAVE BEEN EXPECTING FOR LITERALLY OVER 100 YEARS THAT THAT WOULD BE DEDUCTIBLE. . UNDER THE REPUBLICAN TAX PLAN WANTS TO TAKE THAT DEDUCTION AWAY WHICH WOULD HAVE THE EFFECT OF PUTTING DOWNWARD PRESSURE ON WHAT LOCAL AND STATE GOVERNMENTS CAN RAISE TO MAKE THEIR CITIZENS' LIVES BETTER. BEGINNING A DOWNWARD SPIRAL AS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PAYS LESS THAN THE STATE AND CITIES WILL BE ABLE TO GET LESS AND YOU WILL SEE SERVICES FOR PEOPLE GO DOWN THE TOILET. AT THE SAME TIME, YOU'LL SEE MONEYS TRICKLE -- NOT TRIGGLE -- I -- NOT TRICKLE BUT I THINK GEYSER UP. DOUBLE TAXATION WILL DRIVE DOWN HOME VALUES AND YOU CAN'T FUND LAW ENFORCEMENT -- THAT'S POLICE, FOLKS, SCHOOLS, HEALTH SERVICES AND INFRASTRUCTURE. MEDICAL EXPENSES, MR. SPEAKER. THE G.O.P. TAX BILL RAISES TAXES ON FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN WITH EXPENSIVE DISABILITIES OR ADULTS WHO NEED EXPENSIVE LIFESAVING TREATMENT AND LONG STANDING DISABILITIES BECAUSE IT ELIMINATES THE MEDICAL EXPENSE DEDUCTION. I HAD A LADY NAMED CAROL WHO'S A SENIOR TELLING ME, LOOK, I DON'T KNOW HOW I CAN MAKE IT WITHOUT THIS, I NEED THIS. SHE PLEADED WITH ME TO FIGHT THIS REPUBLICAN TAX BILL. SPECIFICALLY BECAUSE OF MEDICAL EXPENSE, ELIMINATION OF THAT DEDUCTION. BUT WHAT ABOUT THE STUDENT LOANS? WE LIVE IN A COUNTRY WHERE THERE'S MASSIVE STUDENT DEBT, MR. SPEAKER. AND IF YOU ARE ONE OF THE 40 MILLION PEOPLE WITH STUDENT LOAN DEBT, YOU WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO DEDUCT THE INTEREST YOU PAY ON THESE STUDENT LOANS. PLUS, IT ELIMINATES LEARNING CREDITS WHICH MAKES YOUR TUITION MORE AFFORDABLE. NOW, AS WE ALL KNOW, IF YOU'RE RICH ALREADY, YOU DON'T WORRY ABOUT STUDENT LOAN INTEREST BECAUSE YOU DON'T BORROW THE MONEY. YOU JUST PAY IT. BUT WHAT ABOUT THE MIDDLE CLASS OF AMERICA? WHAT ABOUT THE WORKING CLASS PEOPLE OF AMERICA? WHAT ABOUT FOLKS WHO REALLY NEED IT? MR. SPEAKER, AS I WRAP UP, I JUST WANT TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS REPUBLICAN TAX BILL. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE TO HAVE REAL REFORM. WE'RE NOT GETTING IT. OUR ONLY OPTION IS TO ELIMINATE THIS PARTICULARLY SAD PIECE OF LEGISLATION.

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                                                    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MISS RICE, FOR FIVE…

                                                    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MISS RICE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                    MISS RICE

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 1, A…

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 1, A DEFICIT-EXPLODING TAX CUT FOR THE WEALTHY THAT WILL HURT MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES IN MY DISTRICT. I AM ALL FOR REAL BIPARTISAN TAX REFORM THAT PUTS THE MIDDLE CLASS FIRST, BUT THAT IS NOT WHAT THIS BILL IS. THIS IS A GIVEAWAY TO THE WEALTHY AND BIG CORPORATIONS. IT ADDS TRILLIONS TO THE DEBT AND PAYS FOR IT ON THE BACKS OF THE MIDDLE CLASS. HALF OF MY CONSTITUENTS ON LONG ISLAND DEDUCT THEIR STATE AND LOCAL TAXES. AN AVERAGE OF MORE THAN 23,000. UNDER THIS BILL THAT DISAPPEARS. UNDER THIS BILL CORPORATIONS CAN STILL DEDUCT THEIR STATE AND LOCAL TAXES BUT INDIVIDUALS AND COUPLES CANNOT. THAT MEANS MANY MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES WILL SEE THEIR TAXES GO UP WHILE THE VAST MAJORITY OF RELIEF GOES TO THE PEOPLE WHO DON'T NEED IT, THE WEALTHIEST INDIVIDUALS AND THE BIGGEST CORPORATIONS. THE NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION ALSO FOUND THAT ELIMINATING SALT COULD LEAD TO A $250 BILLION CUT IN EDUCATION FUNDING JUST IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK OVER THE NEXT DECADE. MAKE NO MISTAKE, THIS BILL WON'T HELP THE MIDDLE CLASS. IT WILL EXPLODE THE DEFICIT AND REPUBLICANS WILL TRY TO PAY FOR IT WITH BIG CUTS TO HEALTH CARE, EDUCATION, SOCIAL SECURITY, AND OTHER IMPORTANT LIFE-SAVING PROGRAMS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO GIVE UP THIS TRICKLE DOWN FANTASY AND WORK WITH DEMOCRATS ON REAL BIPARTISAN TAX REFORM THAT TRULY PUTS THE MIDDLE CLASS FIRST. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                                                    MR. DOGGETT

                                                    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. REPUBLICANS ARE BOUND AND DETERMINED TO…

                                                    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. REPUBLICANS ARE BOUND AND DETERMINED TO RUSH THROUGH THIS CONGRESS AN IMMENSE TAX BILL BEFORE AMERICANS EVEN BEGIN TO KNOW WHAT HIT THEM. WE NEED TO SPEAK UP AND INFORM ABOUT THIS BILL AND ITS MANY, MANY BAD PARTS. YOU KNOW, I CAME HERE IN THE HOUSE A FEW WEEKS AGO AND I SAID, ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS TAX BILL IS THAT IT'S FOR DONALD TRUMP AND HIS BILLIONAIRE BUDDIES. IT'S TO REWARD THOSE MULTINATIONAL COMPANIES THAT HAVE BEEN SHIPPING JOBS OFF-SHORE FOR SO MANY YEARS AND SHIPPING PROFITS OFF-SHORE AND THINK THEY HAVE NO RESPONSIBILITY TO PAY FOR OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND OTHER VITAL PUBLIC SERVICES. WELL, I'M HERE TODAY TO ADMIT THAT I WAS IN ERROR. ALL OF THOSE THINGS ARE TRUE. IT IS ABOUT DONALD TRUMP AND HIS BILLIONAIRE BUDDIES AND ALL THE ADDITIONAL MONEY THEY WILL POCKET, AND IT IS ABOUT THE SHIPPING OF JOBS OFF-SHORE BY MULTINATIONALS WHO GET A NEW INCENTIVE, A GIANT NEW LOOPHOLE IN THIS BILL, BUT I WRONG -- WAS WRONG TO SAY THAT'S WHAT IT WAS ALL ABOUT BECAUSE IT ALSO BEGINS TO IMPACT ONE FAMILY AFTER ANOTHER ACROSS AMERICA IN THEIR HEALTH CARE. THE SAME FANATICISM THAT DROVE AMERICANS TO TRY TO TAKE AWAY HEALTH CARE 60-PLUS DIFFERENT TIMES IN THE LAST CONGRESS, THE SAME FANATICISM THAT HAS CAUSED THEM TO PUSH FORWARD REPEAL EFFORT AFTER REPEAL EFFORT, THE KIND OF FANATICISM THAT AMERICAN CITIZENS STOOD UP TO SO THAT IT WAS NOT ONLY THE COURAGEOUS VOTES OF JOHN MCCAIN AND SUSAN COLLINS AND OTHER MEMBERS IN THE SENATE WHO STOPPED THIS RETCHED HEALTH CARE BILL THAT PASSED THROUGH THE HOUSE, IT'S NOT ONLY THEM BUT THE FACT THAT AMERICANS KEPT SAYING NO, DON'T TAKE AWAY MY RIGHT THAT MY FAMILY HAS TO GET ACCESS TO A FAMILY PHYSICIAN. DON'T TAKE AWAY MY NEIGHBOR, MY CHURCH MEMBERS' RIGHT TO GET ACCESS TO PROTECT THEIR FAMILY WITH HEALTH CARE. AND SO TODAY WE LEARN THAT THIS NEW TAX BILL IS BEING CHANGED TO DO JUST THAT, ANOTHER ASSAULT ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. BUT THE FIRST STEP THAT REPUBLICANS TOOK HERE IN THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE THAT I SERVE ON THAT CONSIDERED THE TAX BILL LAST WEEK AND THE BEGINNING OF THE RUSH TO FORCE IT THROUGH THE HOUSE, FORCE IT THROUGH THE CONGRESS, LONG BEFORE THANKSGIVING, BEFORE AMERICANS EVEN GET TO GIVE IT ATTENTION, WAS WHAT WE CALL THE ALZHEIMER'S TAX. CURRENTLY AMERICAN CITIZENS HAVE A RIGHT THAT HAS LONG EXISTED IN OUR TAX LAW THAT IF YOU HAVE REALLY SERIOUS MEDICAL EXPENSES, OVER 10% OF YOUR INCOME, A FAMILY WHO EARNS $50,000, WHAT IS NOW TODAY A MODEST INCOME, AND THEY HAVE OVER $5,000 IN MEDICAL EXPENSES, THEY CAN DEDUCT THOSE FROM THEIR TAXES. IT'S CALLED THE ALZHEIMER'S TAX BECAUSE SO MANY OF THE FAMILIES THAT RELY ON THIS ABILITY TO DEDUCT MEDICAL EXPENSES ARE OLDER PEOPLE WHO HAVE A FAMILY MEMBER WITH ALZHEIMER'S AND THEY NEED LONG-TERM SPECIAL CARE OR THEY NEED SOMEONE WITH HOME HEALTH CARE TO COME AND HELP THEM WITH THIS VERY SERIOUS PROBLEM. AND THEY WILL BE DENIED UNDER THE BILL THAT IS BEFORE US TODAY ANY RIGHT TO CONTINUE TO DO THAT. THEY WILL GET AN OPPORTUNITY UNDER THIS BILL TO PAY A TAX ON THE DOLLARS THEY'RE HAVING TO EXPEND FOR ALZHEIMER'S CARE AND OF COURSE IT'S NOT JUST ALZHEIMER'S CARE. IT MIGHT BE A YOUNG FAMILY THAT HAS A CHILD WITH A SERIOUS DISABILITY THAT REQUIRES HOME HEALTH AIDES, THAT REQUIRES PHYSICAL THERAPY. OR IT MIGHT BE A WOMAN WITH BREAST CANCER WHOSE MEDICAL COVERAGE DOES NOT PROVIDE ALL OF THE TREATMENT THAT SHE NEEDS. AND ALL OF THESE KINDS OF MEDICAL EXPENSES, SERIOUS, BURDENSOME MEDICAL EXPENSES NO LONGER UNDER THIS REPUBLICAN BILL WILL YOU BE ABLE TO DEDUCT ONE CENT FOR THOSE BURDENSOME MEDICAL BILLS. NO. THEY WANT TO TAX YOU ON WHAT YOU PAID IN EXCESSIVE MEDICAL BILLS. AND NOW WE MOVED TODAY TO CHAPTER 2, BECAUSE THE BILL THAT THE HOUSE WILL CONSIDER WILL BE MERGED WITH THE SENATE BILL, AND THE SENATE HAS DECLARED THEY WILL END FOREVER THE INDEPENDENT -- THE INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY PORTIONS OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THOSE ARE THE PROVISIONS THAT ENSURE ALL AMERICANS WILL PARTICIPATE, THAT WE WILL HAVE THE LARGEST POSSIBLE RISK POOL AND THAT PEOPLE DON'T SIGN UP FOR THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT JUST AFTER THEY'RE SICK, AFTER THEY HAVE A PROBLEM, THAT EVERYONE IS THERE. JUST LIKE YOU DON'T SIGN UP FOR FIRE INSURANCE AFTER YOUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE. IT'S ESSENTIAL THAT EVERYONE PARTICIPATES. WE MUST REJECT THIS BILL. IT'S THE WRONG WAY FOR AMERICA TO GO TO DENY HEALTH CARE COVERAGE AND IMPOSE MORE TAXES ON TOO MANY AMERICANS AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    LABOR ISSUES AT C-SPAN.ORG. THE HOUSE IS GAVELING IN THIS AFTERNOON,…

                                                    LABOR ISSUES AT C-SPAN.ORG. THE HOUSE IS GAVELING IN THIS AFTERNOON, TAKING UP NINE BILLS AND ALSO THE -- THEY'LL START WORK ON THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN TAX REFORM BILL, TAKING UP THE RULE THIS AFTERNOON AND HOUR OF DEBATE ON THE RULE AND THEY'LL BEGIN GENERAL DEBATE ON THE G.O.P. TAX REFORM PLAN LATER THIS AFTERNOON. LIVE NOW TO THE U.S. HOUSE HERE ON C-SPAN. [CAPTIONS COPYRIGHT NATIONAL CABLE SATELLITE CORP. 2017] [CAPTIONING PERFORMED BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS CAPTION CONTENT AND ACCURACY. VISIT NCICAP.ORG]

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                                                    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY DR. GLYNN STONE,…

                                                    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY DR. GLYNN STONE, MOBERLY BAM ACTIVITY CHURCH, LORNING VIEW, TEXT -- TEXAS.

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                                                    DR. STONE

                                                    THANK YOU LORD, GOD, YOU ARE OUR HOPE FOR YEARS TO COME. YOU CAN SEE OUR…

                                                    THANK YOU LORD, GOD, YOU ARE OUR HOPE FOR YEARS TO COME. YOU CAN SEE OUR TRUST IN YOU IS ENGRAVED IN THIS VERY BUILDING. BEFORE ANY SPEECHES ARE HEARD AND VOTES ARE CAST AND DECISIONS ARE MADE, OUR GREATNESS COMES ONLY FROM YOUR GRACE. I ASK YOU TO REMIND EACH OF THESE YOUR SERVANTS OF THEIR SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITY TO LEAD IN YOUR WAY, TO LEAN ON YOUR WORD AND TO LISTEN TO YOUR VOICE. AS THEY REPRESENT CONSTITUENTS, MAY THEY DEFEND THE DEFENSELESS, PROTECT THOSE IN DANGER AND PROMOTE GOOD SO ALL AMERICANS CAN REFLECT YOUR IMAGE AND BRING GLORY TO YOU AND ACCOMPLISH YOUR WILL. YOUR HAND HAS BROUGHT US TO THESE LOFTY POSITIONS. SO WE SUBMIT THIS DAY AND OURSELVES TO YOU, JESUS, OUR LORD, AMEN.

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                                                    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 ANNOYANCES HIS APPROVAL. THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. HICE.

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                                                    MR. HICE

                                                    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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                                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT, IS RECOGNIZED…

                                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                    MR. GOHMERT

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS WITH GREAT JOY THAT I WELCOME DR. GLYNN…

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS WITH GREAT JOY THAT I WELCOME DR. GLYNN STONE TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TODAY TO SERVE AS OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN. DR. STONE SERVES MOBBERLY BAPTIST CHURCH IN LONGVIEW WHERE HE TAKES PART IN INFLUENCING PEOPLE TO CHRIST. HE'S HUSBAND TO WIFE ANGIE AND TOGETHER THEY HAVE THE JOY OF RAISING THREE AWESOME SONS. DR. STONE'S CALL TO MINISTRY BEGAN WHEN HE WAS 16 YEARS OLD, SERVING IN CHURCHES THROUGHOUT THE TENNESSEE VALLEY. UNDER DR. STONE'S INFLUENCE AT MOBBERLY BAPTIST, SEVERAL CHURCHES HAVE BEEN PLANTED ACROSS THE COUNTRY AS WELL AS NUMEROUS MISSION TRIPS ACROSS THE WORLD. APART FROM HIS PASTORIAL SERVICES, DR. STONE HAS HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF TEACHING SEVERAL COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, INCLUDING SOUTHWESTERN SEMINARY, DALLAS BAPTIST UNIVERSITY. KNOWING DR. STONE AS A FRIEND AND AS A CONFIDENT IS AN HONOR AND PRIVILEGE. HIS DEDICATION TO THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST IS SOMETHING TO BE GREATLY ADMIRED. JUST JUST AS THE VAST NUMBER OF OUR -- JUST AS THE VAST NUMBER OF OUR FOUNDERS DID. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR WILL HE WANT TAINT UP -- WILL…

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR WILL HE WANT TAINT UP -- WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 FURTHER ONE MINUTE REQUESTS ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA RISE? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR A TRUE SERVANT TO THE PEOPLE, DR.…

                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR A TRUE SERVANT TO THE PEOPLE, DR. EUGENE E. WILLIAMS. HE'S A DEDICATED HUSBAND TO HIS WIFE DAISY, A WONDERFUL FATHER, GRANDFATHER, CHILDREN AND PASTOR. SUNDAY WILL BE DR. WILLIAMS' 59TH ANNIVERSARY AS PASTOR OF MOUTH BIOFUELA MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH IN LOUISIANA. OVER THE COST OF HIS 59-YEAR CAREER, HE'S MINISTERED TO FOUR OTHER CHURCHES ACROSS LOUISIANA WHICH INCLUDE MOUNT SINAI BAPTIST CHURCH, ST. MARK MISSIONARY CHURCH AND NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH. IN ADDITION TO HIS SERVICE AS A PASTOR, HE WAS A TEACHER, COMMUNITY ORGANIZER AND HEAD OF THE HEAD START PROGRAM FOR 28 YEARS. MR. SPEAKER, DR. WILLIAMS IS A MODEL CITIZEN FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE FIFTH DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA.

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                                                    MR. ABRAHAM

                                                    I'D LIKE TO THANK HIM FOR HIS SELFLESS SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY AND FOR…

                                                    I'D LIKE TO THANK HIM FOR HIS SELFLESS SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY AND FOR MAKING MY STATE A BETTER PLACE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE…

                                                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                    MR. SPEAKER, YOU ARE WELL AWARE THAT REPUBLICANS VOTED OVER 50 TIMES TO…

                                                    MR. SPEAKER, YOU ARE WELL AWARE THAT REPUBLICANS VOTED OVER 50 TIMES TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, ALL ATTEMPTS FAILED. BUT NOW A REPEAL OF THE MANDATE THAT ALL AMERICANS HAVE HEALTH CARE HAS MYSTERIOUSLY BEEN ADDED TO THE TAX BILL. IS IT POSSIBLE THAT TAX REFORM IS JUST A RUSE TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT? ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. MR. SPEAKER, I BELIEVE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE PAYING ATTENTION, AND I BELIEVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL HOLD THOSE ACCOUNTABLE WHO VOTE AGAINST THEM.

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                                                    MRS. DEMINGS

                                                    WILL HOLD THOSE ACCOUNTABLE WHO VOTE AGAINST THEM.

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                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                                    MRS. DEMINGS

                                                    THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE?

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

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                                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A REMARKABLE INDIVIDUAL…

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A REMARKABLE INDIVIDUAL FROM MY HOME DISTRICT, MR. EARNEST WALLS OF MONROE, 93-YEAR-OLD WORLD WAR II VETERAN WHO WAS RECENTLY INDUCTED INTO THE GEORGIA MILITARY VETERANS HALL OF FAME. FIRST, PRIVATE FIRST CLASS WALLS JOINED THE U.S. ARMY AT THE AGE OF 18 IN THE MIDST OF WORLD WAR II. DISPLAYING INCREDIBLE VALOR UNDER THE 22ND INFANTRY UNIT, HE WAS FIRST TO STORM UTAH BEACH, THE WESTERNMOST BEACH OF THE NORMANDY INVASION WHERE THEY FOUGHT THEIR WAY ACAUSE THE KILLING ZONE WITHOUT HESITATION.

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                                                    MR. HICE

                                                    FOREVER GRATEFUL. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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

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                                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                    MR. GREEN

                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE TAX BILL. AGAIN, WE FIND…

                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE TAX BILL. AGAIN, WE FIND OURSELVES FACED WITH A BILL THAT WILL IMPACT EVERY AMERICAN BUT MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE RUSHING -- THAT MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE RUSHING THROUGH. THEY WON'T EVEN WAIT FOR THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE TO SHOW US WHAT COST IT WILL BE TO ASSESS WHAT THIS TAX BILL WILL TO DO TO OUR ECONOMY, TO OUR CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN. WHY THE HURRY, MR. SPEAKER? IS IT IN HOPES THAT AMERICANS WON'T NOTICE THE REPEAL OF THE ESTATE TAX, A TAX THAT ONLY APPLIES TO PEOPLE SO WEALTHY THAT ENTIRE STATES DON'T HAVE SOMEONE AFFECTED BY IT IN SOME YEARS? IS IT SO THAT AMERICANS WON'T NOTICE THAT THIS BILL REPEALS THE STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION FOR FAMILIES BUT NOT FOR BUSINESSES? OR IS IT SO AMERICANS WON'T NOTICE THAT IT WILL TAX BUSINESSES -- IT WON'T TAX BUSINESSES EARNING AN INCOME ABROAD BUT IT DOES TAX INDIVIDUALS WORKING ABROAD? 80% OF THE TAX CUTS IN THIS BILL GO TO THE TOP 1% AMERICANS. REPUBLICANS MAY PRETEND AND HOPE THE MONEY WILL TRICKLE DOWN TO THE AVERAGE AMERICAN, BUT WE KNOW IT WON'T WORK. TRICKLE DOWN DOES NOT WORK. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                    MR. SMITH

                                                    MR. SPEAKER, THE PEW RESEARCH CENTER RECENTLY STUDIED HOW THE MEDIA…

                                                    MR. SPEAKER, THE PEW RESEARCH CENTER RECENTLY STUDIED HOW THE MEDIA COVERED THE FIRST 60 DAYS OF EACH RECENT ADMINISTRATION. NOT SURPRISINGLY, 62% OF THE MEDIA COVERAGE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS NEGATIVE COMPARED TO 20% FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA AND 28% FOR PRESIDENTS BUSH AND CLINTON. AS INVESTOR OF BUSINESS DAILY PUT IT, THEY DECIDED TRUMP WAS A BAD PRESIDENT BEFORE ANY OF HIS POLICIES HAD A CHANCE TO TAKE HOLD, END QUOTE. NOW HIS POLICIES HAVE TAKEN HOLD AND IMPROVED THE ECONOMY, THE MEDIA STILL DOES NOT WANT PRESIDENT TRUMP TO SUCCEED. YOU SELDOM HEARD OR READ A WORD ABOUT OUR STRONG ECONOMIC GROWTH, THE RECORD BREAKING STOCK MARKET, HIGH CONSUMER CONFIDENCE AND THE RECORD HIGH HOUSEHOLD INCOME. THE LIBERAL MEDIA SELDOM HIGHLIGHT THIS NEWS BECAUSE THEY WOULD HAVE TO CREDIT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S SUCCESSFUL POLICIES. WHEN THE LIBERAL MEDIA GIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE FACTS AND PRESENT THE NEWS OBJECTIVELY, THEY WILL HAVE EARNED OUR TRUST. UNTIL THEN, THEY JUST SERVE AS ANOTHER BIASED SOURCE OF INFORMATION.

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                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                    MR. HIGGINS

                                                    MR. SPEAKER, NEW YORK STATE CONTRIBUTES $41 BILLION ANNUALLY TO THE…

                                                    MR. SPEAKER, NEW YORK STATE CONTRIBUTES $41 BILLION ANNUALLY TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN TAXATION. THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN CORPORATE TAX BILL CUT IS BEING FUNDED BY TAX INCREASES ON MIDDLE AMERICA AND ON WESTERN NEW YORK. THE ELIMINATION OF STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION WILL BE A MAJOR HIT ON LOCAL TAXPAYERS. IN ERIE COUNTY, 80% OF MIDDLE INCOME HOUSEHOLDS CLAIMED THE STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION IN 2016, DEDUCTING $1.6 BILLION IN ALREADY PAID LOCAL STAX TAXES. THE DEDUCTION IN ERIE COUNTY WAS $12,866. THIS CORPORATE TAX CUT SBG FUNDED BY TAX HIKES ON MIDDLE AMERICA AND ON WESTERN NEW YORKERS AND SHOULD BE REJECTED. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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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, AS NECESSARY.

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                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS A HISTORIC WEEK, ONE THAT HAS BEEN 31…

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS A HISTORIC WEEK, ONE THAT HAS BEEN 31 YEARS IN THE MAKING. IN A ONCE IN A GENERATION VOTE WE WILL VOTE TO CUT TAXES FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS AND UNLEASH THE POWER OF THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. OUR TAX CODE IS MORE THAN 70 PAGES OF OPAQUE RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT COST THE AMERICANS MONEY. IN CRITICAL WAYS, OUR TAX CODE GIVES EXPLICIT ECONOMIC ADVANTAGE TO OUR FOREIGN COMPETITORS. THAT CHANGES WITH THIS BILL. TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT PUTS AMERICAN TAXPAYERS AND THE AMERICAN ECONOMY FIRST. THE BILL CUTS TAXES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES IN EVERY TAX BRACKET BY LOWERING RATES, DOUBLING THE STANDARD DEDUCTION AND INCREASING THE CHILD TAX CREDIT, HARDWORKING AMERICAN FAMILIES CAN KEEP MORE MONEY IN THEIR PAYCHECKS. THE AVERAGE FAMILY OF FOUR EARNING $55,000 WILL SEE A TAX CUT OF OVER $1,000. THIS BILL WILL SUPERCHARGE OUR ECONOMY BY MAKING EVERYONE PLAY BY THE SAME RULES. IT SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCES TAXES ON SMALL BUSINESSES AND MANUFACTURERS. THIS MEANS MORE JOBS, MORE MONEY AND MORE OPPORTUNITY FOR AMERICAN WORKERS. TAX REFORM IS THE SINGLE BEST THING WE CAN DO FOR OUR ECONOMY AND FOR OUR FUTURE. I URGE ALL COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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                                                    MR. KILDEE

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WELL, JUST CALLING THIS TAX BILL A MIDDLE CLASS…

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WELL, JUST CALLING THIS TAX BILL A MIDDLE CLASS TAX BILL DOES NOT MAKE IT SO. YOU ACTUALLY HAVE TO READ THE BILL, AND IF YOU DO YOU FIND THAT THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE BENEFITS GOES TO THE PEOPLE AT THE VERY TOP, THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS, MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS. THEY ARE THE BENEFICIARIES OF THIS REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM. SAYING IT BENEFITS THE MIDDLE CLASS DOES NOT MAKE IT SO. AND IN FACT, MANY IN THE MIDDLE CLASS, TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN THE MIDDLE CLASS WILL PAY MORE TAXES SO THAT WE CAN DO WHAT? GIVE HUGE TAX BREAKS TO THE PEOPLE AT THE VERY TOP. AND HOW DO THEY PAY FOR THAT? THEY BORROW MONEY. ALL THESE DEFICIT HAWKS, ALL THESE