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House Session - November 16, 2017

The House debated the House Republican tax reform bill, HR 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. No amendments were allowed to the legislation during floor debate.

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  • 09:00:05 AM

    The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

    • 09:00:12 AM

      Today's prayer was offered by Rev. Rob Hughes, Broadway Presbyterian Church, Sedalia, Missouri

      • 09:00:14 AM

        THE SPEAKER

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

        THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY THE GUEST CHAPLAIN, THE REVEREND ROB HUGHES, BROADWAY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, SEDALIA,

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      • 09:00:25 AM

        THE CHAPLAIN

        LET US PRAY. AWESOME AND MERCIFUL GOD, WE THANK YOU THAT WE CAN APPROACH…

        LET US PRAY. AWESOME AND MERCIFUL GOD, WE THANK YOU THAT WE CAN APPROACH YOU DIRECTLY IN PRAYER, FULLY AWARE THAT PRAYER IS NOT A SHIELD PROTECTING US FROM ALL EVIL BUT RATHER A REMINDER FIRST AND FOREMOST THAT YOU ALONE ARE GOD, CREATOR, REDEEMER, AND SUSTAINER OF ALL. AND WE'RE NOT. GRACIOUS LORD, IN ANCIENT TIMES KING SOLOMON ASKED ONLY FOR WISDOM NOT FAME, FORTUNE, FOR INFLUENCE. INSTEAD HE LONGED FOR GODLY WISDOM. WHETHER AS PARENT, TEACHER, MINISTER, ELECTED OFFICIAL, OR IN ANY OTHER OFFICIAL OF LEADERSHIP, HELP US TO LEAD WITH GODLY WISDOM. HEAVENLY GOD, AS I PROCLAIM YOUR THREEFOLD UNITY, FATHER, SON, AND PROCLAIM YOUR THREEFOLD UNITY, FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT, INDIVIDUAL YET ETERNALLY UNITED AS ONE GOD, I PRAY THAT THIS NATION, THE UNITED STATES, BE ALSO UNIFIED, RESPECTING AND VALUING THE INDIVIDUAL YET ETERNALLY UNITED AS ONE NATION, UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE. IT IS IN YOUR NAME I PRAY. AMEN.

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      • 09:01:46 AM

        THE SPEAKER

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

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

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    • 09:01:50 AM

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

      • 09:01:58 AM

        MR. BROWN

        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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      • 09:02:11 AM

        THE SPEAKER

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI, MRS. HARTZLER, IS…

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI, MRS. HARTZLER, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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      • 09:02:16 AM

        MRS. HARTZLER

        THANK REVEREND ROBERT HUGHES OF SEDALIA, MISSOURI FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN…

        THANK REVEREND ROBERT HUGHES OF SEDALIA, MISSOURI FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN THE FAITH COMMUNITY. AFTER BEGINNING HIS CAREER IN FILM AND TELEVISION WORKING FOR MEDIA COMPANIES LIKE DISNEY AND NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, REVEREND HUGHS LEFT SHOW BIZ TO DO GOD'S BUSINESS. HE ENTERED THE MINISTRY WHICH LED HIM TO SEE DAILYA WHERE HE SERVES AS THE -- SEDALIA. REVEREND HUGHS IS WELL LOVED BY MEMBERS OF HIS CONGRESS GATION AND HE USES HIS TIME -- CONGREGATION AND HE USES HIS TIME AND TALENTS TO ENERGIZE GOD'S LOVED BY MEMBERS OF HIS CONGRESS WORD. REVEREND HUGHS, THANK YOU FOR YOUR DEVOTION TO YOUR COMMUNITY AND CONGREGATION AND FOR BRINGING INSPIRATION AND ENCOURAGEMENT TO THOSE YOU SERVE. MAY GOD BLESS EVERYTHING YOU SET YOUR HAND TO. YOUR SERVICE TO GOD AND YOUR CHURCH IS APPRECIATED. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:02:18 AM

    PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

    • 09:03:20 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO FIVE FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE…

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

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  • 09:03:24 AM

    ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

    The House proceeded with one minute speeches which by direction of the Chair, would be limited to 5 per side of the aisle.

    • 09:03:38 AM

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      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE BRAVERY OF ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE BRAVERY OF ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS AND AN AMERICAN HERO, STAFF SERGEANT RICHARD HUNTER. STAFF SERGEANT HUNTER WAS RECENTLY AWARDED THE AIR FORCE CROSS IN RECOGNITION OF HIS OUTSTANDING COURAGE IN THE LINE OUTSTANDING COURAGE IN THE LINE OF DUTY. STAFF SERGEANT HUNTER WAS DEPLOYED TO AFGHANISTAN AS PART OF THE U.S. ARMY SPECIAL FORCES TEAM. ON NOVEMBER 2, 2016, HIS TEAM FOUND THEMSELVES UNDER A HEAVY MACHINE-GUN FIRE FROM INSURGENTS. DESPITE THE BARRAGE OF ENEMY FIRE, HUNTER CHARGED FORWARD TO SHIELD THE WOUNDED AND ULTIMATELY REPELLED THE ENEMY'S ENCROACHMENT. HE INITIATED THE LAUNCH OF THE QUICK REACTION FORCE AND CASUALTY AIRLIFT FOR WOUNDED MEMBERS IN HIS GROUP.

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    • 09:04:24 AM

      MR. HICE

      A TRUE AMERICAN HERO. I YIELD BACK.

    • 09:05:13 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN SEEKS UNANIMOUS CONSENT? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    • 09:05:30 AM

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      MR. SPEAKER, THE TAX BILL PUT FORTH TODAY BY CONGRESSIONAL MR. SPEAKER,…

      MR. SPEAKER, THE TAX BILL PUT FORTH TODAY BY CONGRESSIONAL MR. SPEAKER, THE TAX BILL PUT FORTH TODAY BY CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS IS A GIVE TO THE WEALTHIEST 1% AND MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS AT THE EXPENSE OF OR STUDENTS, HOMEOWNERS, AND SENIORS. IT ELIMINATES CRITICAL DEDUCTION THAT IS HELP CENTRAL COAST FAMILIES, INCLUDING DEDUCTIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL TAXES, MORTGAGE INTEREST, STUDENT LOANS, AND MEDICAL EXPENSES.

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    • 09:05:53 AM

      MR. CARBAJAL

      WITH WILDFIRE SEASON IN CALIFORNIA GROWING LONGER EACH YEAR, THIS BILL…

      WITH WILDFIRE SEASON IN CALIFORNIA GROWING LONGER EACH YEAR, THIS BILL CALLOUSLY ELIMINATES TAX RELIEF FOR PERSONAL CASUALTY LOSSES RESULT INTERESTING WILDFIRES AS WELL AS EARTHQUAKES. IN FACT, THIS BILL WOULD RAISE TAXES ON 36 WORKING AND MIDDLE CLASS TAXPAYERS BY AN IN FACT, THIS BILL WOULD RAISE TAXES ON 36 WORKING AND MIDDLE CLASS TAXPAYERS BY AN AVERAGE OF $1,130. WITH THE NATIONAL DEBT THAT HAS NOW SURPASSED 20 IN FACT, THIS BILL TRILLION, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CANNOT AFFORD THIS TAX BILL THAT ADDS $1.5 TRILLION TO THE DEFICIT AND LEAVES OUT OUR CHILDREN -- LEAVES OUR CHILDREN STUCK WITH THE BILL. AMERICANS DESERVE BIPARTISAN TAX REFORM THAT SIMPLIFIES OUR TAX CODE AND PUTS THE MIDDLE CLASS FIRST. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 09:06:37 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

    • 09:06:40 AM

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      UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

    • 09:06:43 AM

      TEMPORE WITHOUT

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

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

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    • 09:06:46 AM

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      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. HARDWORKING FAMILIES IN MICHIGAN HAVE BEEN…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. HARDWORKING FAMILIES IN MICHIGAN HAVE BEEN SQUEEZED FOR FAR TOO LONG UNDER OUR BROKEN TAX CODE. WAGES AREN'T GOING UP, YET THE COST OF LIVING KEEPS GETTING MORE EXPENSIVE. WE DEVELOPED A TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT WITH THOSE LOW AND MIDDLE INCOME FAMILIES IN MIND. THEY NEED A BREAK. FOLKS IN MICHIGAN IN MONROE, JACKSON, CHARLOTTE, AND ACROSS MY DISTRICT THIS TAX CUT PLAN MEANS BIGGER PAYCHECKS AND MORE MONEY IN THEIR POCKET. AT EVERY INCOME LEVEL, PEOPLE WILL SEE MEANINGFUL TAX RELIEF, OUR PLAN DOUBLES THE STANDARD DEDUCTION AND INCREASES THE CHILD TAX CREDIT TO HELP WITH THE COST OF RAISING A FAMILY. IT ALSO EASES THE TAX BURDEN ON SMALL BUSINESSES SO THEY CAN GIVE THEIR WORKERS A RAISE AND CREATE MORE JOBS IN THE COMMUNITY. IT BRINGS BACK JOBS FROM OVERSEAS AND INCENTIVIZES JOB CREATORS TO EXPAND AND HIRE HERE AT HOME. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A PRO-GROWTH INCREASES THE CHILD TAX CREDIT TO HELP WITH THE COST OF RAISING A FAMILY. PLAN. LET'S PASS IT TODAY AND HELP THE FAMILIES WE REPRESENT GET THE RELIEF THEY NEED. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 09:07:52 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 09:08:10 AM

      MR. BROWN

      MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DO NOT SUPPORT THE G.O.P. TAX PLAN BEING…

      MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DO NOT SUPPORT THE G.O.P. TAX PLAN BEING CONSIDERED TODAY. AFTER PROMISING A SIMPLE AND FAIR TAX SYSTEM, REPUBLICANS OFFER A COMPLICATED MESS. THEIR TAX PLAN PICKS WINNERS, THE RICH AND BIG CORPORATIONS GETTING NEARLY $1 TRILLION IN TAX CUTS. THEY CREATE LOSERS LIKE TEACHERS, SENIORS, STUDENTS, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, AND WORKING FAMILIES WHO WILL PAY MORE. THIS G.O.P. TAX SCAM ALSO TARGETS OUR NATION'S VETERANS. MORE THAN 300,000 VETERANS HAVE BENEFITED FROM THE WORK OPPORTUNITY TAX CREDIT, MOST OF WHOM SERVE AFTER 9/11. YET THIS BILL ELIMINATES THE TAX CREDIT AND ABANDONS OUR SERVICE MEMBERS WHEN THEY RETURN HOME AND TRANSITION TO CIVILIAN LIFE. TODAY ONE OF EVERY THREE VETERANS IS UNDEREMPLOYED AND 1.8 MILLION VETERANS ARE STUCK IN LOW-WAGE JOBS. EVERY SINGLE VETERAN SHOULD BE ABLE TO GET A FAMILY SUPPORTING JOB AT HOME AFTER SERVING OUR NATION. THIS TAX BILL ASKS OUR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES TO AGAIN SACRIFICE THIS TIME SO BILLIONAIRES AND BIG CORPORATIONS ELIMINATES THE TAX CREDIT GET A HUGE TUGGET. MR. SPEAKER, VETERANS DESERVE A BETTER DEAL AND SO DO AMERICAN WORKING FAMILIES. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 09:09:23 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

    • 09:09:27 AM

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

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

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    • 09:09:33 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    • 09:09:34 AM

      TEMPORE WITHOUT

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

    • 09:09:51 AM

      MR. BILIRAKIS

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE SUPPORTED AND WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE SUPPORTED AND WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT INCREASED FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE PROMISES RESEARCH GOING ON AT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH IN ORDER TO ENCOURAGE MORE PROGRESS ADDRESSING THE ALZHEIMER'S SITUATION. IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    • 09:10:01 AM

      BILIRAKIS NOVEMBER

      NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH. THERE ARE AN…

      NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH. THERE ARE AN ESTIMATED 5.5 MILLION AMERICANS LIVING WITH THIS DEBILITATING DISEASE AND WE KNOW IT OFTEN GOES UNREPORTED OR UNDIAGNOSED. THIS ISSUE IS NEAR AND DEAR TO MY HEART BECAUSE IT HAS TOUCHED MY OWN FAMILY. AS I HAVE SEEN FIRSTHAND THE CHALLENGES OF SUPPORTING A LOVED ONE BATTLING THE DISEASE. I HAVE BEEN FRUSTRATED BY THE LACK OF PROGRESS. AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, TOGETHER WE WILL IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING AND WORK TOWARDS FINDING A CURE. REMUST HAVE FUNDING FOR THE N.I.H. TO GET THIS DONE. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 09:10:40 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? DOES THE GENTLEMAN SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT? THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    • 09:10:52 AM

      MR. RUIZ

      PARKS INTEREST FEE HIKE FROM $25 TO $75 PER VEHICLE WHICH WILL PROHIBIT…

      PARKS INTEREST FEE HIKE FROM $25 TO $75 PER VEHICLE WHICH WILL PROHIBIT MANY AMERICAN FAMILIES FROM ENJOYING THESE BEAUTIFUL SITES. JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK IS-N MY DISTRICT WELCOMES AS MANY AS 2.5 MILLION VISITORS EACH YEAR SHALL CONTRIBUTING $128 MILLION TO OUR LOCAL ECONOMY. IT IS A HAVEN FOR SO MANY. LOCAL VETERANS FIND SOLACE AND HEALING IN THE QUIET OF NATURE. CHILDREN EXPERIENCE THE BEAUTY OF THEIR FIRST HIKE. VISITORS COME TO LOVE THEIR FIRST HIKE. VISITORS COME TO LOVE THE GRANDEUR AND MISSIC OF OUR DESERT WHEN THEY COME TO STAY IN JOSHUA TREE. FAMILIES BOND OVER THE LASTING MEMORIES THEY MAKE IN THE PARK. EVERYONE, NOT JUST THE RICH, SHOULD HAVE ACCESS TO THESE INCREDIBLE PLACES. WORKING FAMILIES ARE DESERVING OF ACCESS TO OUR NATIONAL PARKS. NEARLY TRIPLING THE PRICE OF INTEREST -- ENTRY MEANS THAT MANY FAMILIES WILL BE PRICED OUT OF VISITING THESE PARKS, INCLUDING MANY PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT WHO LIVE RIGHT NEXT TO THE JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK. OUR NATIONAL PARKS ARE NOT JUST ONLY FOR THE ECONOMICALLY PRIVILEGED. THEY ARE FOR WE, THE PEOPLE, TO ENJOY.

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    • 09:12:14 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION.

    • 09:12:17 AM

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

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

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    • 09:12:21 AM

      TEMPORE WITHOUT

      WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

      WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    • 09:12:23 AM

      MR. FITZPATRICK

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE BUCKS COUNTY OPPORTUNITY…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE BUCKS COUNTY OPPORTUNITY COUNCIL COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY WHICH SERVES LOW-INCOME FAMILIES THROUGHOUT BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA AND ITS ECONOMIC SELF-SUFFICIENCY PROGRAM WHICH RECENTLY GRADUATED ITS 300TH FAMILY FROM POVERTY. THIS INDIVIDUALIZED PROGRAM WORKS WITH FAMILIES TO END THE CYCLE OF POVERTY BY BUILDING A PLAN OF ACTION AND WORKING FROM POVERTY. WITH A COACH TO TO GRADUATE, PARTICIPANTS IN THE PROGRAM MUST PROGRAM MUST BE FREE FROM WELFARE SUBSIDIES, HAVE SECURED EMPLOYMENT, LIVE IN SAFE AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING, HAVE ACCESS TO SAFE AND RELIABLE TRANSPORTATION, MAINTAIN A BALANCED BUDGET, AND HAVE A HEALTH CARE PLAN FOR THEIR ENTIRE FAMILY. MR. SPEAKER, ATTAIN NEW TRAINING AND EDUCATION. THIS PROGRAM IS WORKING. ASIDE FROM THE TOTAL NUMBER OF GRADUATES, LAST YEAR'S CLASS OF FAMILIES HAVE MORE THAN TRIPLED THEIR SALARIES. MOREOVER, IN OUR COMMUNITY, EVERY DOLLAR INVESTED NETS NEARLY $5 SAVED IN CASH TO WELFARE SUBSIDIES. I'M PROUD TO STAND WITH THE BUCKS COUNTY OPPORTUNITY COUNCIL AND THEIR MISSION TO REDUCE POVERTY AND PARTNER WITH OUR COMMUNITY TO PROMOTE ECONOMIC SELF-SUFFICIENCY. OUR COMMUNITY IS A BETTER PLACE BECAUSE OF THEIR WORK. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    • 09:13:41 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM MISSION TO REDUCE POVERTY NEW…

      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM MISSION TO REDUCE POVERTY NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    • 09:13:50 AM

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      MR. SPEAKER, AS WE STAND HERE TODAY, MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF…

      MR. SPEAKER, AS WE STAND HERE TODAY, MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WILL TELL YOU THAT THIS TAX SCAM BILL WILL HELP ORDINARY PEOPLE.

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    • 09:14:10 AM

      MS. VELAZQUEZ

      WELL, AS WE NEW YORKERS SAY, IF YOU BUY THAT LAND, I GOT A BRIDGE IN…

      WELL, AS WE NEW YORKERS SAY, IF YOU BUY THAT LAND, I GOT A BRIDGE IN BROOKLYN TO SELL YOU. THIS BILL TAKES A WRECKING BALL TO OUR MIDDLE CLASS. IT ERASES DEDUCTION THAT IS ORDINARY WORKING FAMILIES COUNT ON TO STAY AFLOAT. IT RAISES TAXES ON 36 MILLION MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES. BY ELIMINATING THE MEDICAL EXPENSE DEDUCTION, THIS SCAM WILL FORCE NEARLY HALF A MILLION NEW YORKERS WHO ALREADY STRUGGLE WITH SERIOUS ILLNESSES TO TAKE INTO THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS TO PAY THEIR HEALTH CARE BILLS. BY GUTTING THE STUDENT LOAN DEDUCTION, HIGHER EDUCATION WILL BECOME EVEN MORE EXPENSIVE FOR 800,000 NEW YORK STUDENTS. GRADUATE STUDENTS WILL BE TAXED ON TUITION WAIVERS. I HEARD FROM ONE WOMAN IN MY DISTRICT WHO SAID SHE WILL HAVE TO PAY $2,700 IN INCOME. THE CHOICE IS CLEAR. VOTE NO. REJECT.

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    • 09:15:13 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 09:15:19 AM

      MR. THOMPSON

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

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

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    • 09:15:23 AM

      TEMPORE WITHOUT

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

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

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    • 09:15:26 AM

      MR. THOMPSON

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES ALL TO SUPPORT H.R.…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES ALL TO SUPPORT H.R. 1, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1986, THIS IS REAL OPPORTUNITY TO CHALLENGE THE STATUS QUO AND SIMPLIFY THE TAX CODE. FOR THE NEARLY 82% OF TAXPAYERS IN THE PENNSYLVANIA'S FIFTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT WHO FILE JOINTLY, UNDER THE STANDARD DEDUCTION, WE'RE GOING TO SEE THAT NEARLY DOUBLE TO $24,000 UP FROM $12,700. ACCORDING TO THE I.R.S., 18% OF TAXPAYERS NUST FIFTH DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA CHOOSE TO ITEMIZE THEIR TAX RETURNS, AVERAGING ABOUT $21,000 IN DEDUCTIONS. DOUBLING THE STANDARD DEDUCTION MEANS THAT LOW AND MIDDLE INCOME FAMILIES WHO HAVE BEEN STRUGGLING FOR A LONG TIME WILL SEE THEIR TAX BURDEN LOWERED. THIS PROPOSAL TRULY STRIVES TO HELP FAMILIES KEEP MORE OF THEIR HARD-EARNED PAYCHECKS. TODAY WE HAVE A CHOICE -- TODAY WE HAVE A ONCE IN A GENERATION OPPORTUNITY THAT WE CANNOT AFFORD TO PASS UP. MORE JOBS, FAIR TAXES, BIGGER PAYCHECKS. . I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 09:16:36 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 09:16:49 AM

      MRS. NAPOLITANO

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

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 1, REPUBLICAN TAX BILL, A GIVEAWAY TO THE CORPORATIONS AND THE RICHEST 1%, A TAX HIKE ON WORKING CLASS AMERICANS AND THEIR CHILDREN. IT IS UNCONSCIONABLE AS IT CRIPPLES THE STATE AND LOCAL TACT DEDUCTIONS. 30% OF OUR RESIDENTS WILL LOSE THE DEDUCTION, AVERAGING $17,000 PER FAMILY, WHICH WILL DEVASTATING HOUSING AFFORDABILITY. IT CRUEL ELIMINATES THE MEDICAL EXPENSE TAX DEDUCTION WORTH OVER $10,000 THIS IS A DIRECT BLOW TO SENIORS AND FAMILIES IN MY DISTRICT WHO HAVE LONG-TERM MEDICAL NEEDS AS WELL AS FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN WHO HAVE SEVERE DISABILITIES. THE HOUSE BILL IS TERRIBLE BUT THE SENATE WANTS TO INCLUDE A REPEAL OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IN THEIR BILL, MAKING IT EVEN MORE PAINFUL FOR WORKING FAMILIES. THIS WOULD KICK MILLIONS OF AMERICANS OFF THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN, SPIKE PREMIUMS OR UNDERMINE THE ENTIRE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. IT ALSO ABOLISHES THE TAX-EXEMPT STATUS USED BY SILICON VALLEY AGENCIES, WATER AGENCIES, TRANSPORTATION AGENCIES, PROVIDE LOW-COST FINANCING. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN THE RECORD LETTERS FROM THE CALIFORNIA LEAGUE OF CITIES, COUNTIES, IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 1. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST IT.

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    • 09:18:15 AM

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      WITHOUT OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1-C, FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1…

      WITHOUT OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1-C, FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1 WILL NOW RESUME. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    • 09:18:27 AM

      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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    • 09:18:35 AM

      Pursuant to clause 1(c) of rule 19, the House continued with further consideration on H.R. 1.

      • 09:18:37 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WHEN PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2017, ONE HOUR…

        WHEN PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2017, ONE HOUR AND 58 1/2 MINUTES OF DEBATE REMAINED ON THE BILL. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BRADY HAS ONE HOUR AND ONE MINUTE REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. NEAL, HAS 57 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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  • 09:18:40 AM

    DEBATE

    The House resumed with debate on H.R. 1.

    • 09:19:00 AM

      MR. BRADY

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

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, KEY ARCHITECT OF THE TAX REFORM PLAN AND A LEADER, A CHAMPION FOR NEW BUSINESS INVESTMENT, MR. NUNES.

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    • 09:19:11 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

    • 09:19:14 AM

      MR. NUNES

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1, THE TAX CUTS…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. FOR YEARS THE MIDDLE CLASS HAS BEEN SADDLED WITH A BROKEN TAX CODE AND LOW WAGES. SMALL BUSINESSES HAVE BEEN CRUSHED BY OVERLY COMPLICATED RULES AND A HIGHER TAX BURDEN THAN CORPORATIONS. AS A RESULT, AMERICA HAS SUFFERED FROM A SELF-INFLICTED, UNCOMPETITIVE TAX CODE, LAGGING BEHIND THE REST OF THE WORLD BOTH IN ECONOMIC GROWTH AND JOB CREATION. COMPANIES HAVE FLED FOR LOWER TAX JURISDICTIONS AND MORE COMPETITIVE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENTS. SINCE THE 1986 TAX REFORM ACT WAS PASSED, WASHINGTON HAS CONTINUED TO MAKE THE TAX CODE LONGER AND MORE COMPLICATED, ADDING SPECIAL INTEREST LOOPHOLES AND INDUSTRY-SPECIFIC CARVEOUTS BACK INTO THE CODE YEAR AFTER YEAR. THIS HAS ALLOWED THE TAX CODE TO DICTATE BUSINESS DECISIONS INSTEAD OF LETTING BUSINESSES DICTATE BUSINESS DECISIONS. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 31 YEARS WE'RE WIPING THE TAX CODE CLEAN AND REPLACING IT WITH ONE THAT IS FAIRER AND SIMPLER FOR EVERYONE. FOR THE BETTER PART OF MY CAREER I'VE ADVOCATED FOR A CASH FLOW TAX SYSTEM THAT WILL ALLOW SMALL BUSINESSES TO EXPENSE 100% OF THEIR COST IMMEDIATELY. H.R. 1 CONTAINS AN EXPENSIVE PROVISION THAT WILL GIVE BUSINESS THE TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY TO REINVEST, ALLOWING THEM TO GROW THEIR BUSINESSES AND CREATE JOBS. THE IMPACTS FOR THE AMERICAN ECONOMY WOULD BE HUGE. SMALL BUSINESSES ACROSS RURAL CALIFORNIA, FROM THE SMALL FAMILY-OWNED FARM TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAURANT AND ANY OTHER ENTREPRENEUR DESERVE A TYPE OF TAX SYSTEM THAT ALLOWS THEM TO CREATE JOBS AND BE ABLE TO COMPETE ON AN EQUAL FOOTING GLOBALLY. MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE I CLOSE, I WANT TO SAY THAT -- JUST POINT OUT TO THOSE IN THE AUDIENCES THAT ARE WATCHING THIS THAT TODAY YOU ARE GOING TO HEAR A LOT HOW REPUBLICANS ARE GIVING TAX BREAKS TO MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES. MR. SPEAKER, THAT IS ALWAYS WHAT THE LEFT SAYS ABOUT THE REPUBLICANS. HOWEVER, YOU WILL ALSO HEAR A LOT OF TALK ABOUT PEOPLE WHO ITEMIZE AND SALT DEDUCTIONS AND HOW THOSE ARE SOMEHOW INCREASING TAXES ON THE MIDDLE CLASS. THE REALITY OF THIS, MR. SPEAKER, IS THESE DEDUCTIONS GO TO MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES. SO FOR MY FRIENDS ON THE LEFT, YOU CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS. YOU CAN'T CLAIM THAT REPUBLICANS ARE GIVING TAX CUTS TO MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES WHEN YOU ARE ATTEMPTING TO KEEP THE VERY TAX CUTS -- TAX CUTS CALLED SALT, STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTIONS, THAT GO TO MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES. AND WITH THAT IN CLOSING, I WANT TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK CHAIRMAN BRADY AND THE ENTIRE -- ALL MY COLLEAGUES ON THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE. FOR YEARS WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THIS LEGISLATION. BUT MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A HISTORIC MOMENT. CONGRESS HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO POSITIVELY IMPACT EVERY AMERICAN BY REFORMING OUR TAX CODE. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 09:22:18 AM

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    • 09:22:20 AM

      MR. NEAL

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD MYSELF FOUR MINUTES.

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    • 09:22:28 AM

      MR. NEAL

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A HISTORIC MOMENT, BUT MOST…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A HISTORIC MOMENT, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY IT'S A MISSED OPPORTUNITY. WE ARE TAKING THE PROPOSAL OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY TODAY AND THE FINANCIAL ARCHITECTURE OF OUR REVENUE SYSTEM BASED ON THEIR REQUEST TO THE CASINO. THEIR ARGUMENT IS PREMISED ON ONE THING TODAY AND ONE THING ONLY -- MAYBE. BUT WHAT ABOUT MAYBE NOT? THIS COULD HAVE BEEN DONE BETWEEN THE TWO PARTIES AS WE REQUESTED AND WANTED TO DO. IN 1986, 450 WITNESSES OFFERED TESTIMONY ON TAX REFORM. 30 HEARINGS WERE HELD. THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY ATTENDED MOST OF THEM, AND THE TWO PARTIES FOUND COMMONALITY IN REACHING AN ACCORD THAT WAS WELL RECEIVED BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. BUT WHAT WE'RE BEING ASKED TO DO HERE TODAY IS TO RAISE TAXES ON 36 MILLION MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS. THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER, MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA, A QUARTER OF THE HOUSEHOLDS IN HIS DISTRICT CLAIM THE STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION WITH AN AVERAGE OF $10,000 PER FAMILY. $10,000. SO THEY'RE GOING TO TELL YOU TODAY THEY'RE GIVING YOU THIS AND THEY'RE GIVING YOU THAT AND THEY'RE GIVING YOU THIS. TAKE A LOOK AT THE DISTRIBUTION TABLES. THAT'S THE MOST CERTAIN OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE TO EXAMINE PRECISELY WHAT IS IN THIS LEGISLATION. THE GENTLEMAN EARLIER THIS MORNING WAS HAROLDS ALZHEIMER'S MONTH. THEY GIVE US AN ALZHEIMER'S TAX DURING ALZHEIMER'S MONTH. FOR THOSE WHO STAY TOGETHER WITH LOVED ONES FOR AS LONG AS THEY CAN, THEY NEED THAT DEDUCTION THAT IS SO IMPORTANT TO KEEPING THAT FAMILY TOGETHER. THIS IS THE SAME OLD SAME OLD. IN 2001, TAX CUTS OF $1.3 TRILLION ALL PREMISED ON MAYBE WE'LL HAVE ECONOMIC GROWTH. REMEMBER THE ARGUMENT THAT TAX CUTS PAY FOR THEMSELVES. WELL, TODAY THEY CALL IT DYNAMIC SCORING. SO NOW WE'RE BEING ASKED, AGAIN, TO PREMISE THE ARGUMENT ON MAYBE THERE WILL BE ENOUGH GROWTH TO GENERATE SOME RETURN ON REVENUE. SO IN 2003, ANOTHER $1.3 TRILLION IN TERMS OF A TAX CUT WAS OFFERED WITH NO OR SLOW ECONOMIC GROWTH. AND THE GRAND DADDY -- GRANDDADDY OF THEM ALL, IN 2005, HOW ABOUT REPATRIATION? FOREIGN EARNINGS WERE BROUGHT BACK AT 5 1/4% ALL BASED ON THE ADD THERE WAS GOING TO BE WIDESPREAD, BROAD BASED HIRING. AND WHAT DID WE DISCOVER IN THE AFTERMATH OF THAT? ALMOST 20,000 LAYOFFS IN THE WEEKS AFTER IT. THE MONEY WAS USED FOR BROAD STOCK BUYBACKS AND DIVIDENDS WITH NO EMPLOYMENT GAINS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THEY KEEP TELL US, YOU'RE GOING TO GET 3%, 4%, 4%, 5%, AND THE PRESIDENT SAYS 6% GROWTH. I WANT TO FIND THAT ECONOMIST THAT SAYS 6% GROWTH. MORRIS PROJECTIONS ARE WE ARE BEING ASKED HERE TODAY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FOLLOWING -- BECAUSE THIS IS THE CONTEXT OF THE ARGUMENT THIS MORNING. THEY ARE BORROWING $2.3 TRILLION OVER 10 YEARS FOR THE PURPOSE OF GIVING A TAX CUT TO PEOPLE AT THE VERY TOP OF OUR ECONOMIC SYSTEM. WE SHOULD BE INVESTING IN HUMAN CAPITAL, COMMUNITY COLLEGES, VOCATIONAL EDUCATION, INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS AND ALIGNING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WITH THE SKILLSETS THAT ARE NECESSARY, AS THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR REPORTED THIS WEEK, FOR THE SIX MILLION JOBS THAT ARE AVAILABLE. THAT'S THE MOST GAINFUL WAY TO DO LONG-TERM INVESTMENT, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 09:26:25 AM

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    • 09:26:28 AM

      MR. BRADY

      I WOULD NOTE A FAMILY OF FOUR IN MASSACHUSETTS' FIRST DISTRICT WILL SEE A…

      I WOULD NOTE A FAMILY OF FOUR IN MASSACHUSETTS' FIRST DISTRICT WILL SEE A TAX CUT OF NEARLY $2,000 UNDER THIS BILL. I'M PROUD TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO ONE OF OUR KEY LEADERS ON WAYS AND MEANS WHO'S REALLY ALL IN ON GROWTH AND SAVINGS FOR AMERICA, THE GENTLELADY FROM KANSAS, MS. JENKINS.

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    • 09:26:49 AM

      MS. JENKINS

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1, THE TAX CUTS…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1, THE TAX CUTS AND SCROBS ACT. AS A C.P.A. AND A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, REFORMING OUR TAX CODE HAS BEEN A PRIORITY OF MINE DURING MY ENTIRE SERVICE HERE IN CONGRESS. OUR CURRENT TAX CODE'S BROKEN, AND I'VE HEARD FROM THOUSANDS OF KANSANS IN MY DISTRICT WHO ARE FRUSTRATED WITH THE STATUS QUO. THIS LEGISLATION WILL NOT ONLY REFORM OUR BROKEN TAX CODE BUT IT WILL PERMANENTLY LOWER RATES FOR HARDWORKING INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES, RETAINING OR EXPANDING MANY POPULAR PROVISIONS SUCH AS THE DEPENDANT CARE SYSTEM. IT ALSO INCLUDES STRONG SAFEGUARDS THAT KEEPS THE WEALTHY FROM GAMING THE SYSTEM IN AN EFFORT TO PAY LESS THAN THEIR FAIR SHARE. ON AVERAGE, THIS LEGISLATION WILL HELP PROVIDE TAX RELIEF FOR ALL INCOME GROUPS ACROSS THE BOARD. IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE ME, READ THE ANALYSIS FROM THE TAX FOUNDATION, JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION. THEY AGREE. AND WHILE INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES RECEIVE A MUCH-NEEDED TAX BREAK, THEY WILL ALSO NOTICE THAT THEIR WAGES ARE GOING UP AND MORE JOBS ARE BEING CREATED. JUST THE OTHER DAY, AT&T ANNOUNCED THEY WILL BE MAKING A SUBSTANTIAL INVESTMENT IN THE UNITED STATES ONCE WE ENACT TAX REFORM. FOLKS ARE TIRED OF THE STATUS QUO. THEY'RE TIRED OF A TAX CODE THAT IS CONFUSING AND ONCE FIGURED OUT YOU REALIZE IT ACTUALLY PENALIZES HARDWORKING SUCCESS. THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT ACCOMPLISHES OUR GOALS OF ENSURING THAT RATES ARE CUT FOR LOWER AND MIDDLE-INCOME AMERICANS. SIMPLIFYING THE TAX SYSTEM AND EXPANDING AMERICAN COMPETITION WITHIN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY. THIS IS A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO ENACT THE KIND OF LEGISLATION THAT OUR CONSTITUENTS NEED AND DESERVE TO GROW THE ECONOMY AND PUT MORE MONEY IN THE POCKETS OF HARDWORKING KANSANS. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THE ENTIRE COMMITTEE FOR THEIR GOOD WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION.

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      MR. NEAL

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

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN WHO HAS A LONG AND DISTINGUISHED HISTORY IN THIS CONGRESS AND AS A MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, MR. LEVIN.

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    • 09:29:23 AM

      MR. LEVIN

      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    • 09:29:28 AM

      MR. LEVIN

      THANK YOU, MR. NEAL, FOR ALL YOUR WORK. THE REPUBLICAN TAX BILL IS BUILT…

      THANK YOU, MR. NEAL, FOR ALL YOUR WORK. THE REPUBLICAN TAX BILL IS BUILT ON MASSIVE DECEPTION. A THE DE-- THE DECEPTION IS, AS THE SPEAKER PUT IT, QUOTE, THE FOCUS IS ON THE FOCUS IS ON MIDDLE CLASS TAX RELIEF. THAT IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE. AS A NONPARTISAN JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION SAID, ROUGHLY ONE OUT OF EVERY FOUR AMERICANS WITH INCOME BETWEEN $50,000 AND $100,000 WOULD PAY HIGHER TAXES, HIGHER TAXES IN 2023. FAR OVERSHADOWING THE $1,000 FOR OTHER FAMILIES. IN 2019, THOSE EARNING OVER $1 MILLION WILL GET AN AVERAGE TAX CUT OF $73,000. EVEN AS MODIFIED IN LAST-MINUTE DESPERATION, THE WEALTHIEST WOULD RECEIVE 90% OF THE NEW TAX BREAK FOR SO-CALLED PASS-THROUGH INCOME. ANOTHER $1 MILLION DECEPTION IS THAT TAX BREAKS PAY FOR THEMSELVES. ON THIS SOME PEOPLE MAY HAVE BEEN IN THE PAST FOOLED ONCE. FEWER TWICE. BUT THEMSELVES. ON THIS NONE THRICE. A FURTHER DECEPTION IS EXPLODING THE NATIONAL DEBT TO $1.7 TRILLION WILL DISAPPEAR AND PROMOTES GROWTH. NOT ONLY IS THIS A 180 DEGREE REPUBLICAN TURN, BUT IT THREATENS MEDICARE AND OTHER CRITICAL PROGRAMS AND WILL WORSEN THES VAST INEQUALITIES IN INCOME IN WEALTH IN AMERICA. IT IS SAID THAT NECESSARYITY IS THE MOTHER OF INVENTION. IN THIS CASE, REPUBLICAN POLITICAL NECESSARYITY IS THE MOTHER OF DESPERATION AND DECEPTION. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 09:31:21 AM

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    • 09:31:24 AM

      MR. BRADY

      I WOULD NOTE A FAMILY OF FOUR, AVERAGE FAMILY IN MICHIGAN'S NINTH DISTRICT…

      I WOULD NOTE A FAMILY OF FOUR, AVERAGE FAMILY IN MICHIGAN'S NINTH DISTRICT WILL RECEIVE A TAX CUT OF OVER $1,700. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO ONE OF OUR KEY LEADERS, THE WAYS AND MEANS MEMBER, WHO SERVES ON TAX POLICY COMMITTEE, MR. HOLDING.

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    • 09:31:44 AM

      MR. HOLDING

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I AM PROUD TO BE HERE TODAY TO…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I AM PROUD TO BE HERE TODAY TO SUPPORT THIS HISTORIC BILL THAT WILL PUT OUR ECONOMY BACK ON THE PATH TO STABLE AND SUSTAINED GROWTH. THIS BILL FINALLY LEVELS THE PLAYING FIELD AND RESTORES THE GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS OF AMERICAN BUSINESSES BY MOVING TO A TERRITORIAL SYSTEM. THIS KEY ASPECT OF OUR BILL REMOVES THE PUNITIVE BARRIERS OF THE CURRENT WORLDWIDE SYSTEM AND ALLOWS COMPANIES TO REINVEST THEIR OVERSEAS PROFITS IN AMERICA WITHOUT FEAR OF GETTING HIT WITH AN EXCESS I HAVE TAX BURDEN. THIS IMPORTANT CHANGE ENSURES THAT AMERICA REMAINS THE OVERSEAS PROFITS IN AMERICA WITHOUT FEAR OF BEST PLACE TO START, GROW, OR INVEST IN A BUSINESS. AS COMPANIES BEGIN TO SEE THE BENEFITS OF THIS NEW TERRITORIAL SYSTEM, I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THE CHAIRMAN TO EXPLORE WAYS TO MOVE TOWARDS A RESIDENCY BASED TAXATION SYSTEM TO ENSURE THAT AMERICAN CITIZENS HAVE A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD AROUND THE GLOBE AS WELL. I HAVE HEARD FROM COMPANIES, AMERICAN COMPANIES THAT SAY AS THEY EXPAND THEIR OPERATIONS OVERSEAS, THE TAX CODE HAS MADE IT PROHIBITIVE FOR THEM TO HIRE AMERICANS FOR THESE JOBS. IN FACT OUR CURRENT SYSTEM OF CITIZENSHIP BASED TAXATION MAKES AMERICANS NEARLY 40% MORE EXPENSIVE TO EMPLOY OVERSEAS THAN THEIR FOREIGN COUNTERPARTS. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN VERY MUCH FOR HIS UNDERSTANDING OF THIS ISSUE AND LOOK FORWARD TO OUR CONTINUED WORK TO ENSURE THAT TALENT NOT TAX BURDEN IS DRIVING FACTOR IN HIRING DECISIONS OF MULTINATIONAL COMPANIES. THANK YOU AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. I LOOK FORWARD TO IT GROWING THE ECONOMY AND ENSURING BUSINESSES OF ALL SIZES HAVE THE CAPITAL NECESSARY TO HIGHER -- HIRE MORE EMPLOYEES, GIVE AMERICANS THE RAISE THEY DESERVE. WITH THAT I YIELD.

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    • 09:33:29 AM

      MR. BRADY

      I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. IN TECH ON…

      I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. IN TECH ON INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIVENESS FOR OUR WORKERS. THE RESIDENCE BASED TAXATION IS AN IDEA WE SHOULD CONTINUE TO EXPLORE, WE'LL CONTINUE TO WORK ON THIS ISSUE WITH YOU AS LEADERSHIP. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    • 09:33:51 AM

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      MR. NEAL

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

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. LEWIS, WHO HAS THE HIGHEST PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL STEAM OF EVERY MEMBER OF THIS INSTITUTION.

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    • 09:34:20 AM

      LEWIS MR.

      MR. SPEAKER, 30 YEARS AGO I WAS ELECTED TO FIGHT FOR AND SERVE THE PEOPLE…

      MR. SPEAKER, 30 YEARS AGO I WAS ELECTED TO FIGHT FOR AND SERVE THE PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT. TODAY THEY ARE CALLING AND BEGGING FOR US TO SLOW DOWN AND DO THIS THE RIGHT WAY. IN THEIR HEARTS OF HEART THE PUBLIC KNOWS THE SAFETY NET WILL BE USED TO PAY FOR THIS RECKLESS CORPORATE TAX CUT. TAXPAYERS KNOW THAT THIS WILL DESTROY THE HOPES AND DREAMS OF TOO MANY. AND ROB THE POOR AND ESPECIALLY POOR PETER TO PAY WEALTHY PAUL. THAT'S NOT RIGHT. THAT'S NOT FAIR. THAT'S NOT JUST. YOU SEE, MR. SPEAKER, CAN YOU NOT HIDE THE TRUTH FROM THE SICK, THE ELDERLY, DISABLED FOR WHOM THIS BILL MAY MEAN LIFE OR DEATH. YOU CANNOT HIDE THE TRUTH FROM THE MIDDLE CLASS, WORKING, AND IMMIGRANT FAMILIES WHO NEED EVERY PENNY TO MAKE ENDS MEET. YOU CANNOT HIDE THE TRUTH FROM TEACHERS WHO TRY TO LEND A HELPING HAND TO STUDENTS WHO STRUGGLE TO GET AN EDUCATION. AND I FOR ONE REFUSE TO HIDE THE TRUTH ABOUT THIS BILL'S ATTACK ON THE SEPARATION AND OF CHURCH AND STATE. MR. SPEAKER, AS WE HAVE BEEN OUR CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY AND SACRIFICE OUR MORAL AUTHORITY, I FEAR THAT HISTORY WILL NOT BE KIND TO ANY OF US. IN ANOTHER TIME AND OF ANOTHER PERIOD, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS CAME TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION. THEY MET, DEBATED, AND PASSED A TAX BILL THAT SERVED THE BEST INTERESTS OF ALL PEOPLE NOT JUST THE SELECT FEW. THEY PUT THEIR TIME, THEY DID IT RIGHT. AND WE SHOULD BE DOING IT RIGHT. TODAY THE RECORD MUST REFLECT THE TRUTH. H.R. 1 STEALS FROM OUR VETERANS, SENIORS, CHILDREN, AND FOR GENERATIONS YET UNBORN. ALL TAXPAYERS EXSPECT DEMAND, AND DESERVE BETTER, MUCH BETTER THAN LEGISLATION THAT PUTS POLITICS. THIS BILL IS A SHAME AND DISGRACE.

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    • 09:36:33 AM

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    • 09:36:44 AM

      MR. BRADY

      MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO REPORT THAT THE AVERAGE FAMILY OF FOUR IN THE…

      MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO REPORT THAT THE AVERAGE FAMILY OF FOUR IN THE FIFTH DISTRICT OF GEORGIA WILL SEE A TAX CUT OF $1,484.

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    • 09:36:49 AM

      MR. BRADY

      MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO REPORT THAT THE WITH THAT I'M PLEASED TO YIELD…

      MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO REPORT THAT THE WITH THAT I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO ONE OF THE NEW MEMBERS OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, WHO HAS BEEN A LEADER FOR FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESSES IN THE INDUSTRY, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. BISHOP.

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    • 09:37:00 AM

      MR. BISHOP

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING AND FOR…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING AND FOR HIS STEADFAST LEADERSHIP AND GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE A PART OF THIS INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY ON BEHALF OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY. YOU SEE, TAX REFORM IS ABOUT GIVING HARDWORKING AMERICANS OF ALL WALKS OF LIFE THE CONFIDENCE THEY NEED TO MAKE THEIR DREAMS A REALITY. SO THE QUESTION THAT NEEDS TO BE ASKED IS WHETHER OR NOT THE CURRENT TAX CODE IN ALL OF ITS TARGETED TAX CREDITS REALLY INCREASE PEOPLE'S PAYCHECKS. DOES IT TREAT PEOPLE FAIRLY? DOES IT PUT AMERICAN WORKERS FIRST? WHAT ABOUT FOSTERING ECONOMIC GROWTH? DOES IT HELP CREATE MORE GOOD-PAYING JOBS? AND ON THAT SUBJECT, I THINK MICHIGAN IS A GREAT CASE STUDDY. MY HOME STATE OF MICHIGAN. YOU SEE I'M FROM THE MOTOR CITY WHERE WE'RE KNOWN FOR OUR BLUE COLLAR WORK ETHIC. OUR FAMILIES COME FROM ALL -- HUMBLE BEGINNINGS. THEY GET UP EVERY MORNING AND GO TO WORK TO MAKE ENDS MEET. TO BUILD A BETTER LIFE FOR THEIR FAMILY AND KIDS. AND WE PERSEVERE THROUGH SOME PRETTY SERIOUS ECONOMIC DEATH SPIRALS I MUST SAY. VERY SERIOUS. I WOULD REFER BACK TO 2008 AS AN EXAMPLE. MORE THAN 8,000 PEOPLE LEFT OUR STATE. JUST THINK ABOUT THAT. WE'RE THE ONLY STATE IN THE UNION TO LOSE POPULATION. AND MORE WOULD HAVE LEFT HAD THEY LOST 2008 AS AN EXAMPLE. MORE -- HAD THEY HAD A CHANCE TO SELL THEIR HOMES. AT THE TIME I WAS A SENATE MAJORITY LEADER UNDER THE LAST ADMINISTRATION. OVERSEEING THE ONLY REPUBLICAN BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT. I SAW FIRSTHAND HOW THE ADMINISTRATION PURSUED TARGETED TAX CREDITS, ONE AFTER THE OTHER, THAT FAVORED ONE INDUSTRY OVER THE OTHER. IT WAS A CLASSIC EXAMPLE OF GOVERNMENT PICKING WINNERS OVER LOSERS. AND AS EXPECTED IT FAILED MISERABLY. AS WE SEE AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL TODAY, IN MICHIGAN THESE TARGETED TAX BENEFITS WERE PAID FOR BY EVERYONE ELSE IN THE FORM OF TAX INCREASES. NOT ONLY DID IT FAIL TO ATTRACT GROWTH AND EMERGING SECTORS AS THEY HOPED, BUT IT CAUSED OUR ECONOMY TO GO INTO A TAILSPIN. A VERY SERIOUS TAILSPIN. MICHIGAN QUICKLY BECAME THE ONLY STATE IN THE COUNTRY EXPERIENCING ZERO ECONOMIC GROWTH. PER CAPITA INCOME FELL FOR THE FIRST TIME AND IT WAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST TO BEGIN WITH JUST A FEW LATER IT WAS THE LOWEST. BY 2009 UNEMPLOYMENT HIT A RECORD HIGH OF 15%. NEIGHBORING STATES THAT HAD MORE HOSPITABLE ENVIRONMENTS FOR JOB GROWTH ATTRACTED OUR FAMILIES AND NEIGHBORS. AS I SAID, WE'RE THE ONLY STATE IN THE UNION TO LOSE POPULATION. BUT AS SENATE MAJORITY LEADER AT THAT TIME, THE ONLY REPUBLICAN BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT, WE DIDN'T JUST SAY NO TO THE GOVERNMENT'S FAILED POLICIES. WE OFFERED SOLUTIONS AND LOADED UP THE PIPELINE WITH LEGISLATION TO HELP THE NEWLY ELECTED REPUBLICAN LEGISLATURE AND GOVERNOR TO GET THE JOB DONE. WHAT DID WE DO? WE DID WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE TODAY. STARTED WITH TAX REFORM. WHILE BALANCING BUDGETS WE FOUND WAYS TO LOWER RATES ON INDIVIDUALS, BASELINE RATES FOR JOB CREATORS, ELIMINATE TAX CREDITS THAT FAVOREDED CERTAIN INDUSTRIES OVER OTHERS. MICHIGAN CREATED AN FIRMENTE THAT GREW THE ECONOMY AND-CREATED AN ENVIRONMENT THAT GREW THE ECONOMY. TWO MONTHS AFTER THESE REFORMS HAPPENED, JOB GROWTH TURNED POSITIVE AGAIN IN MICHIGAN. TODAY IN MICHIGAN, WE'RE TOP 10 PRO-BUSINESS STATE, RANKED 12 AMONG ALL STATES IN OVERALL BUSINESS CLIMATE. UNEMPLOYMENT IS THE LOWEST IT'S BEEN IN MY HOME DISTRICT AT 3.3% IN LIVINGSTON COUNTY. DETROIT IS RE-EMERGING BEGIN GWEN AS AN ECONOMIC POWERHOUSE. THE STREETS ARE ALIVE WITH ENTREPRENEURS AND YOUNG PEOPLE. FINALLY LIVING DOWN TFPBLET THE FUTURE LOOKS GREAT FOR THE COMEBACK CITY. THE MORAL OF THE STORY IS TAX REFORM. BUT IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT TAX CUTS. IT'S ABOUT REAL REFORM TO A BLOKEN SYSTEM OF THE GETTING TAX REFORM DONE RIGHT MEANS DELIVERING REAL RELIEF. I HAVE SEEN IT FIRSTHAND IN MICHIGAN. I KNOW IT CAN HAPPEN AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL. IT'S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE. IT'S ABOUT GIVING PEOPLE BACK MORE OF WHAT'S RIGHTFULLY THERE. FREEING UP MORE CAPITAL TO CREATE MORE JOBS. INCREASE WAGES AND COMPETE AT THE GLOBAL LEVEL. THIS IS HOW YOU GROW AND ECONOMY FROM THE GROUND UP. LET'S VOTE FOR OUR CONSTITUENTS TODAY. DO IT FOR THE MIDDLE INCOME FAMILY OF FOUR. OR THE STRUGGLING MOM. LET'S PASS THIS BILL TODAY. IT'S BEEN 31 YEARS. IT'S TIME FOR RELIEF. IT'S LONG OVERDUE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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      MR. NEAL

      BILL, 5P 0,000 -- 3570,000 OF MICHIGAN HOUSEHOLDS WILL SEE A TAX HIKE W…

      BILL, 5P 0,000 -- 3570,000 OF MICHIGAN HOUSEHOLDS WILL SEE A TAX HIKE W THADE' LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, A THOUGHTFUL MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, WHOSE ADMONITIONS TO ALL OF US WE SHOULD RALLY AROUND. MR. THOMPSON.

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    • 09:41:40 AM

      MR. THOMPSON

      I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RECKLESS AND WHOSE ADMONITIONS TO ALL OF US…

      I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RECKLESS AND WHOSE ADMONITIONS TO ALL OF US FISCALLY IRRESPONSIBLE BILL THAT WILL ADD $2.3 TRILLION TO OUR NATIONAL DEBT. THERE IS A REASON WHY AIRPORTS, UNIVERSITIES, THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE, HOME BUILDERS, AND VETERANS GROUPS ARE OPPOSED TO THIS BILL. IT'S BECAUSE IT WILL INCREASE TAXES ON TENS OF MILLIONS OF MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES. THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION. ONE OF THE MOST HEARTLESS PROVISIONS WOULD MAKE IT HARDER FOR MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES TO REBUILD AFTER DISASTER. WHEN YOU VOTE TODAY, YOU'RE TELLING THE SURVIVORS OF THE CALIFORNIA FIRE THAT YOU DON'T CARE ABOUT THEM OR ABOUT THE MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES IN YOUR DISTRICT WHO ONE DAY MAY FACE A TORNADO OR HURRICANE. ALL TO SAVE A FEW DOLLARS SO THAT WE CAN GIVE A TAX BREAK TO CORPORATIONS. WE HAVE A CHANCE TODAY TO REJECT THIS BILL. TO COME TOGETHER. HOLD HEARINGS AND HEAR FROM EXPERTS. SOMETHING THAT WASN'T DONE WHEN THE REPUBLICANS WROTE THIS BILL. WE CAN TAKE IDEAS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AND WRITE A TAX BILL THAT HELPS MIDDLE CLASS WORKING FAMILIES. LET'S REJECT THIS BILL AND WORK ON REAL TAX REFORM THAT WILL NOT RAISE TAXES ON THE MIDDLE CLASS AND WON'T ADD $2.3 TRILLION, THAT'S WITH A T, $2.3 TRILLION TO OUR NATIONAL DEBT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 09:42:58 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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      MR. BRADY

      FROM TEXAS.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      MR. CURBELO. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS…

      MR. CURBELO. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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    • 09:43:37 AM

      MR. CURBELO

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. THIS CRUCIAL LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY MARKS THE FIRST TIME IN 31 YEARS CONGRESS HAS CONSIDERED A MAJOR OVERHAUL TO THE CURRENT TAX CODE THAT IS OVERLY CUMBERSOME, WILDLY OUTDATED, AND RIDDLED WITH SPECIAL INTEREST LOOPHOLES. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S OBVIOUS THERE IS A GREAT DEAL OF FRUSTRATION AND ANXIETY IN OUR COUNTRY. I TRULY BELIEVE IT'S DUE TO THE FACT THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY HAS NOT REACHED EVERY HOUSEHOLD. THROUGHOUT SOUTH FLORIDA I HEAR FROM FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESSES WHO ARE WORRIED ABOUT SAVING FOR THEIR KIDS' COLLEGE OR MAKING PAYROLL. WHILE THE STOCK MARKET IS HUMMING AND UNEMPLOYMENT IS LOW, WAGES HAVE BEEN STAGNANT AND THE SO-CALLED RECOVERY HAS LEFT WAY TOO MANY PEOPLE BEHIND. THAT'S WHY THIS BILL IS SO IMPORTANT. THIS LEGISLATION WILL COLLAPSE AND LOWER CURRENT TAX RATES TO ENSURE A TYPICAL MIDDLE INCOME FAMILY IN SOUTH FLORIDA WILL RECEIVE ABOUT $1,500 IN TAX RELIEF. FOR MARRIED COUPLES, IT DOUBLES THE STANDARD DEDUCTION FROM $12,000 TO $24,000, DRASTICALLY SIMPLY FILING THE PROCESS OF FILING TAXES EACH YEAR FOR OVER 90% OF AMERICANS WHILE ALLOWING TAXPAYERS TO KEEP MORE OF THEIR HARD-EARNED MONEY. THE BILL ALSO EXPANDS THE CHILD TAX CREDIT FOR $1,000 TO $1,600 PER CHILD, THE BENEFIT THAT WILL BE SEEN BY 43,768 TAXPAYERS IN FLORIDA'S 26TH DISTRICT. AND WE'RE ALSO MAKING IT EASIER TO SAVE FOR COLLEGE BY EXPANDING 529 PLANS TO COVER MORE EXPENSES, INCLUDING APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS. . THIS WILL HELP ALLEVIATE THE COST OF RAISING A FAMILY. THIS BILL GIVES AMERICAN COMPANIES OF ALL SIZES ESPECIALLY OUR SMALL ENTERPRISES AND ENTREPRENEURS A CHANCE TO COMPETE AND WIN IN THE NEW GLOBALIZED ECONOMY. BY PROVIDING BUSINESSES WITH LOWER TAX RATES, WE WILL MAKE IT EASIER FOR OUR JOB CREATORS TO INVEST HERE AT HOME AND INCREASE PAYCHECKS FOR AMERICAN WORKERS. MR. SPEAKER, AS A PROUD MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, I COMMEND CHAIRMAN BRADY, HIS STAFF AND THE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE WHO WILL SOON SUPPORT THIS ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY TO ENSURE WE PROVIDE ALL AMERICANS, ESPECIALLY THE MOST VULNERABLE, THE OPPORTUNITY TO FIND THEIR ECONOMIC SUCCESS. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST TO ENGAGE IN A COLLOQUY WITH THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE.

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    • 09:46:19 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER

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      MR. CURBELO

      OF MY TIME.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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      MR. NEAL

      22,000 CONSTITUENTS FOR THE GENTLEMAN FROM MIAMI WILL EVENTUALLY FACE THE…

      22,000 CONSTITUENTS FOR THE GENTLEMAN FROM MIAMI WILL EVENTUALLY FACE THE ALZHEIMER'S TAX INCREASE THAT'S INCLUDED IN THIS LEGISLATION. WITH THAT I WANT TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, A NEIGHBOR, VERY THOUGHTFUL MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, REALLY NICE GUY, MR. LARSON.

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    • 09:48:08 AM

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      THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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      MR. LARSON

      MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE I BEGIN, I OF SEE UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT THE…

      MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE I BEGIN, I OF SEE UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING LETTERS -- BEFORE I BEGIN, I SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING LETTERS. FROM THE COMMISSIONER OF REVENUE SERVICES IN THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT WHO HAS DETAILED OUT THE IMPACT OF THIS TAX ON CONNECTICUT RESIDENTS. SECOND, I LIKE TO ALSO INSERT FOR THE RECORD 20-PLUS LETTERS FROM ACROSS A SECTION OF CONSTITUENTS WHO ARE DIRECTLY AND ADVERSELY IMPACTED BY THIS TAX INCREASE. I'D ALSO LIKE TO SUBMIT A TRANSCRIPT OF AN INTERVIEW WITH OUR ESTEEMED CHAIRMAN KEVIN BRADY AND HEIDI PRISBELLA THAT APPEARED ON "MORNING JOE." ALSO FOR THE RECORD, I'D LIKE TO SUBMIT A LETTER FROM THE AARP WHO IS IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL. AND LASTLY, FOR THE RECORD, MR. SPEAKER, A LETTER FROM THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE WHICH DETAILS OUT THE OTHER SHOE TO FALL IN THIS LEGISLATION. THANK YOU. SO LET ME BEGIN BY PREEMPTING OUR DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN AND FOR THE RECORD STATING THAT A MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILY IN THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT FROM WEST HARTFORD WITH A COMBINED INCOME OF $125,000 WITH A MORTGAGE AND A KID IN COLLEGE, ACCORDING TO THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAX AND TO THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE SERVICES IN THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT WILL SEE A TAX INCREASE OF $767 NEXT YEAR. AND THEN WITH THE CLEVER CLAWBACK PROVISION, THAT GROVER NORQUIST KIND OF PROVISION THAT GIVES WITH ONE HAND AND TAKES AWAY WITH THE OTHER, IN 2023, THAT HARDWORKING FAMILY IN THE MIDDLE CLASS WILL SEE A $1,667 INCREASE. SO WHY ARE WE HERE? WELL, IT'S PRETTY EASY TO FIGURE OUT THIS. I MEAN, THESE ARE HONORABLE PEOPLE BUT SOMETIMES THEY'RE CALLED UPON TO DO A POLITICAL TASK, OR AS MR. COLLINS PUT IT, MY DONORS ARE BASICALLY SAYING, GET IT DONE OR DON'T EVER CALL ME AGAIN. SPEAKING OF NEW YORK, MY COLLEAGUES IN NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY, BECAUSE WE'RE DONOR STATES AND BECAUSE WE MAKE ITEMIZED DEDUCTIONS, FIND OURSELVES IN A SITUATION WHERE WE'RE PAYING DOUBLE TAXATION. DON'T TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT. JUST ASK A MEMBER OF YOUR OWN CAUCUS. ASK PETER KING WHO DESCRIBES THIS AS THE MOST MASSIVE REDISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH AT THE EXPENSE OF TEACHERS AND MACHINISTS AND PEOPLE WHO ARE OF THE PROFESSIONAL CLASS WHO YOU HAVE FOUND THAT YOU WANT TO TAX THEIR SUCCESS. BUT WHAT ADDS INSULT TO INJURY, ABOVE ALL ELSE, ASIDE FROM BEING A DONOR STATE AND DOUBLE TAXATION IS THE CRUELEST CUT. YOU KNOW, WE TAKE A PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, WE PLEDGE -- PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE AND SOME PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO GROVER NORQUIST TO SHRINK SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE SO SMALL YOU CAN DROWN IT IN THE BATHTUB. AND THAT'S WHAT THIS DOES. A $25 BILLION --

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    • 09:51:45 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MEMBERS ARE ADVISED TO DIRECT THEIR…

      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MEMBERS ARE ADVISED TO DIRECT THEIR COMMENTS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    • 09:51:50 AM

      MR. BRADY

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YIELDING MYSELF 30 SECONDS I WOULD NOTE THAT…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YIELDING MYSELF 30 SECONDS I WOULD NOTE THAT FAMILIES IN CONNECTICUT'S FIRST DISTRICT WILL SEE AN AVERAGE TAX CUT OF $3,858 AND GROW JOBS BY 11,000 JOBS.

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    • 09:52:05 AM

      MR. LARSON

      IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD?

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      MR. BRADY

      MR. CURBELO, AND RESIDENTS COMMISSIONER GONZALEZ-COLON HAVE BEEN -- I…

      MR. CURBELO, AND RESIDENTS COMMISSIONER GONZALEZ-COLON HAVE BEEN -- I APPRECIATE THE HARD WORK YOU'VE DONE TO HELP OUR FELLOW CITIZENS ON THE ISLAND. I AGREE, THIS TAX REFORM BILL IS A GOOD FIRST STEP AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU ON IDEAS TO BEST SERVE THE PEOPLE ON THIS ISLAND. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RESERVE.

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    • 09:52:28 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME IS RESERVED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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      MR. NEAL

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO ONE OF THE MOST…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO ONE OF THE MOST THOUGHTFUL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND A LEADER IN THE FIELD OF RENEWABLE ENERGY, MY FRIEND FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER.

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      THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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      MR. BLUMENAUER

      MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD A…

      MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD A LETTER FROM 17 ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS OPPOSING THIS LEGISLATION.

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    • 09:52:52 AM

      TEMPORE WITHOUT

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. DONALD TRUMP IS GOING TO BE ON CAPITOL HILL…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. DONALD TRUMP IS GOING TO BE ON CAPITOL HILL RALLYING REPUBLICANS TO VOTE FOR HIS TAX BILL. PERFECTLY DESIGNED FOR HIS BENEFIT. ELIMINATING THE ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX, ONE OF THE FEW WAYS HE PAYS ANY TAX AT ALL. ABOLISHING THE INHERITANCE TAX, ALLOWING HIM TO PASS ON TAX-FREE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO HIS FAMILY. EXPANDING ACCESS TO THE LOWER PASS-THROUGH TAX RATES FOR MANY LARGE AND PROFITABLE BUSINESSES. DONALD TRUMP LISTS HUNDREDS OF PASS-THROUGH ENTITIES ON HIS FINANCIAL FORMS. DONALD TRUMP IS THE KING OF DEBT, AND THIS MONSTROSITY OF A TAX BILL IS FUELED BY INCREASING THE NATIONAL DEBT $2.3 TRILLION. CUTTING TAXES FOR THE WEALTHY, FINANCED BY INCREASED DEBT BURDEN ON OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN AND, OF COURSE, DETAILS ARE STARTING TO LEAK OUT, SPECIAL DEALS FOR BASEBALL TEAMS, BREAKING A BIPARTISAN COMMITMENT TO THE WIND ENERGY INDUSTRY IS ALREADY CAUSING THEIR STOCK PRICES TO FALL, JEOPARDIZING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF PROJECTS AND PUTTING TENS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS AT RISK. WITH THE ONLY RETROACTIVE PROVISION IN THE BILL, BREAKING A BIPARTISAN COMMITMENT THAT MANY OF US WORKED ON WITH THE ENERGY INDUSTRY. THE REPUBLICAN PROPOSAL TAXES -- SHOWERS RICHES ON THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS AND MOST PROFITABLE CORPORATIONS WHO ARE NOT GOING TO CREATE JOBS AND RAISE WAGES. WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO DO IS BUY THINGS AND MAKE MORE MONEY. WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN IS THAT IN THE YEARS AHEAD, TAXES ARE GOING TO RAISE FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS AND EVEN MORE IN THE FUTURE. NOW, THIS TAX PERHAPS HAS THE MOST CRUEL ELEMENT, WHAT I CALL THE ALZHEIMER'S TAX. REPEALING THE MEDICAL EXPENSE DEDUCTION USED BY OVER NINE MILLION MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS WHO SAVED ALMOST $90 BILLION IN 2015, GONE. THIS STUNNING ACTION PLACES ADDITIONAL BURDENS ON MANY ELDERLY AND VULNERABLE MIDDLE-INCOME AMERICANS TRYING TO PLAN AHEAD FOR THE CRUSHING FINANCIAL BURDEN DEALING WITH ALZHEIMER'S. WE NEVER HAD A HEARING ON ANYTHING LIKE THIS. IT WOULDN'T STAND THE LIGHT OF DAY. THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WILL BE CRANKY ABOUT THIS.

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    • 09:55:21 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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      MR. BRADY

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO REPORT FAMILIES -- FOUR AVERAGE…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO REPORT FAMILIES -- FOUR AVERAGE FAMILY IN THE GENTLEMAN'S DISTRICT WILL SEE A TAX CUT OF $2,200. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A DEAR FRIEND OF MINE AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HENSARLING.

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      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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      MR. HENSARLING

      MR. SPEAKER, FOR ALMOST A DECADE, AMERICANS SUFFERED UNDER OBAMANOMICS.…

      MR. SPEAKER, FOR ALMOST A DECADE, AMERICANS SUFFERED UNDER OBAMANOMICS. THEIR SAVINGS REMAINED DISAMATED, THEIR PAYCHECKS STAGNANT BUT A NEW DAY HAS DAWNED UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF PRESIDENT TRUMP AND SPEAKER RYAN AND CHAIRMAN BRADY. WE ARE ON THE EDGE OF A FLATTER TAX CODE, ONE BUILT FOR THREE PERCENT-PLUS OF GROWTH. THIS BRINGS JOBS AND CAPITAL BACK TO AMERICA. IT SIMPLIFIES FROM 75,000 PAGES TO 500, WHERE AMERICANS CAN FILL OUT THEIR RETURN ON A POSTCARD. THEY CAN IMAGINE A TAX CODE SWEPT OF ALL THE SPECIAL INTEREST LOOPHOLES. THEY CAN IMAGINE A TAX CODE CREATING LOWER RATES FOR WORKING AMERICANS AND SMALL BUSINESSES, AND THEY CAN NOW IMAGINE A TAX CODE THAT'S ALL ABOUT ECONOMIC GROWTH. AND ALL MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE CAN OFFER IS THE POLITICS, OF DIVISION, ENVY AND CLASS WARFARE. I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT BECAUSE IT'S ALL ABOUT BETTER JOBS, FAIRER TAXES AND BIGGER PAYCHECKS.

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    • 09:56:57 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. BOTH SIDES HAVE 44 MINUTES REMAINING IN…

      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. BOTH SIDES HAVE 44 MINUTES REMAINING IN THIS DEBATE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    • 09:57:02 AM

      MR. NEAL

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. 17,000 PEOPLE IN MR. HENSARLING'S DISTRICT WILL…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. 17,000 PEOPLE IN MR. HENSARLING'S DISTRICT WILL NOW PAY HIGHER INTEREST ON THEIR STUDENT LOAN DEDUCTIONS. WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, GREAT ADVOCATE OF THE HEARTLAND OF AMERICA, MR. KIND.

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    • 09:57:17 AM

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      THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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      MR. KIND

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, OF ALL THE POLICY CHANGES THAT ARE…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, OF ALL THE POLICY CHANGES THAT ARE BEING RECOMMENDED IN THIS LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY, THE ONE THAT SCARCE ME -- SCARES ME THE MOST IS THE REPEAL OF THE SO-CALLED JOHNSON AMENDMENT. THE JOHNSON AMENDMENT BASICALLY SAYS IF YOU ARE A RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION OR NONPROFIT AND IF YOU ENGAGE IN PARTISAN POLITICAL ACTIVITY YOU LOSE YOUR TAX-EXEMPT STATUS. REPEALING THAT HAS THE POTENTIAL OF POLITICIZING THE PULPIT NATIONWIDE. IN FACT, 103 RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS, 4,200 FAITH-BASED LEADERS IN THIS COUNTRY, 5,500 NONPROFITS HAVE WRITTEN A LETTER TO EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS TELLING US DON'T DO THIS. MR. SPEAKER, I'D ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO HAVE THESE LETTERS INSERTED IN THE RECORD AT THIS TIME.

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    • 09:58:02 AM

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      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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      MR. KIND

      MR. SPEAKER, WHEN I GO TO MY CHURCH, SOUTH BEAVER CREEK LUTHERAN CHURCH IN…

      MR. SPEAKER, WHEN I GO TO MY CHURCH, SOUTH BEAVER CREEK LUTHERAN CHURCH IN RURAL WESTERN WISCONSIN BY OUR FAMILY FARM, I VIEW THAT PLACE AS A SANCTUARY FOR MY SOUL. PLACE FOR US TO CONGREGATE AND COMMUNE, SPEND TIME IN FELLOWSHIP WITH OUR FELLOW NEIGHBORS, CHECK UP ON ONE ANOTHER. YES, PREACH VALUES, PREACH MORAL LESSONS TO OUR CHILDREN, ABSOLUTELY. BUT BY REPEALING THE JOHNSON AMENDMENT, YOU HAVE THE POTENTIAL OF CREATING CONFLICT IN THE PEWS. YOU COULD BE CREATING REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC CHURCHES AND MOSQUES AND SYNAGOGUES OVERNIGHT. THIS IS ONE OF THE LAST REFUGES THAT WE STILL HAVE AS A COUNTRY. GIVEN HOW WE'RE SELF-SEGREGATING AND DECIDING WHAT CLUBS WE JOIN, WHAT PEOPLE WE WANT TO ASSOCIATE, EVEN OUR OWN FAMILY MEMBERS BECAUSE OF POLITICAL AFFILIATION, OUR PLACES OF WORSHIP, ONE OF THE LAST PLACES WE CAN COME REGARDLESS OF POLITICAL AFFILIATION. THIS WILL CREATE UNNECESSARY STRIVE AND UNNECESSARY CONFLICT. IT HAS THE POTENTIAL OF DRIVING YOUNG PEOPLE AWAY FROM ORGANIZED RELIGION BECAUSE THEY WON'T PUT UP WITH THIS. AND IT COULD BE A BACK DOOR ATTEMPT FOR A LOT OF POLITICAL CONTRIBUTORS NOW TO GET TAX-EXEMPT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THESE ORGANIZATIONS FOR DIRECT PARTISAN POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS. THAT'S WHY THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION VIEWED THIS AS A COST OF OVER $2 BILLION. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO RECONSIDER AND REJECT THIS AND LET'S PREVENT THAT CONFLICT IN OUR COMMUNITIES. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 09:59:31 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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      MR. BRADY

      MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE FAMILIES OF FOUR AVERAGE IN…

      MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE FAMILIES OF FOUR AVERAGE IN THE THIRD DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN WILL SEE A TAX CUT OF OVER $2,000. REALLY HONORED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE AND THE CHAMPION FOR SMALL BUSINESS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO,

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      THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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      MR. CHABOT

      THANK YOU. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. AS A…

      THANK YOU. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. AS A RESULT OF THIS BILL, OHIO FAMILIES WILL KEEP MORE OF WHAT THEY EARN, AND ADDITIONALLY, IT WILL CREATE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS IN OHIO AND TENS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS IN OTHER STATES ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE, I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE TAX CODE WORKS FOR OUR NATION'S JOB CREATORS SO WE CAN CREATE JOBS, NOT AGAINST THEM. .SMALL BUSINESSES ARE GETTING KILLED BY THE EXISTING TAX CODE. THIS TAX CODE WILL BRING RATES DOWN FROM APPROXIMATELY 40% FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS DOWN TO IN MANY CASES AT THAT%. -- 25%. IN A LOT OF CASES 9%. FROM 40% DOWN TO 9%. THAT'S GOING TO MEAN SMALL BUSINESSES CAN KEEP THAT MONEY, INVEST, CREATE MORE OWNERS DOWN TO IN MANY CASES AT THAT% JOBS FOR MORE AMERICANS. THE NAYSAYERS AROUND HERE OBVIOUSLY CAN'T SAY ENOUGH BAD ABOUT THIS BILL, BUT IT'S GOING TO BE GOOD FOR AMERICA. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT T

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    • 10:00:57 AM

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      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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      MR. NEAL

      ONE THIRD OF THE GENTLEMAN'S CONSTITUENTS CLAIM THE STATE AND LOCAL TAX…

      ONE THIRD OF THE GENTLEMAN'S CONSTITUENTS CLAIM THE STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION TOTALING $11.684 PER FAMILY. WITH THAT I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM PATTERSON, NEW JERSEY, -- PA IISON, NEW JERSEY, GREAT -- PATERSON, NEW JERSEY, THE GREAT GENTLEMAN

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    • 10:01:21 AM

      MR. PASCRELL

      I'D LIKE TO ENTER TWO THINGS INTO THE RECORD WITH YOUR PERMISSION.

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      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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      MR. PASCRELL

      ONE IS A LETTER FROM THE PRA TERNAL -- FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE COMING…

      ONE IS A LETTER FROM THE PRA TERNAL -- FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE COMING OUT AGAINST THIS BILL BECAUSE IT LA EFFECT THEIR MEMBERS IN A VERY, VERY -- IT WILL AFFECT THEIR MEMBERS A VERY, VERY TERRIBLE WAY. THE OTHER IS A ARTICLE IN "THE NEW YORK TIMES" TODAY.

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    • 10:01:51 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR WOULD ADVISE BOTH SIDES FOR THE RECORD TO LIMIT THE EDITORIAL…

      THE CHAIR WOULD ADVISE BOTH SIDES FOR THE RECORD TO LIMIT THE EDITORIAL CONTENT. OR RISK BEING CHARGED FOR THE TIME. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    • 10:02:00 AM

      MR. PASCRELL

      IF IT WASN'T BAD ENOUGH, MR. SPEAKER, I COME OVER ON THIS SIDE FOR REASON,…

      IF IT WASN'T BAD ENOUGH, MR. SPEAKER, I COME OVER ON THIS SIDE FOR REASON, I GOT MANY BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO I LOVE HERE. BUT THIS IS A TERRIBLE BILL. UNANIMOUS CONSENT HERE. THE REAL PRICE OF THIS BILL IS HIDDEN. $30 BILLION IN INTEREST ON THE DEBT EVERY YEAR. WHO PAYS THIS? IF $30 BILLION IN INTEREST IT WEREN'T BAD ENOUGH, THE TAXES THAT PEOPLE HAVE TO PAY TODAY AND OUR CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN, BEYOND THAT THE REAL PRICE OF THIS BILL IS FURTHER HIDDEN. TEMPORARY FAMILY FLEXIBILITY CREDIT EXPIRES AFTER FIVE YEARS. TEMPORARY EXCLUSION FOR INDEPENDENT CARE COSTS EXPIRES AFTER FIVE YEARS. SOME HAVE ESTIMATED THAT IF REPUBLICANS MAKE THESE PROVISIONS PERMANENT, AS THEY CLAIM WILL HAPPEN IN FUTURE CONGRESSES, THE COST OF THE BILL WILL INCREASE TO OVER $400 BILLION. THE SENATE BILL CUTS OFF RELIEF FOR FAMILIES IN SEVEN YEARS. THEY ARE HIDING OVER $500 BILLION IN COSTS. I'M PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN THE SALT EXCLUSION AS A DEDUCTION. FOLKS IN NEW JERSEY, CALIFORNIA, MARYLAND, NEW YORK, CONNECTICUT, ETC., ETC. THEY ARE GOING TO BE PAYING THE COSTS OF THIS DEDUCTION BEING REMOVED. YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS UP. IN FACT, YOU INCREASE -- INCREASE MOSTLY COMES FROM ELIMINATING THE FOLKS IN STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION FOR INDIVIDUALS BUT CORPORATIONS CAN CONTINUE TO DEDUCT THEIR STATE AND LOCAL TAXES. YOU CAN'T, MR. AND MRS. AMERICA. I HEAR YOU.

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    • 10:03:53 AM

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      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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      MR. BRADY

      I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR.…

      I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER.

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    • 10:04:00 AM

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      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

    • 10:04:03 AM

      MR. WALKER

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT TAX REFORM. TODAY IS…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT TAX REFORM. TODAY IS ALSO ABOUT WHAT WE FUNDAMENTALLY BELIEVE AS A NATION. TODAY WE SAY WORKING CLASS FAMILIES NOT THE GOVERNMENT ARE BEST EQUIPPED TO MAKE FINANCIAL DECISIONS. DID WE HEAR ANYTHING FROM OUR DEMOCRAT FRIENDS FOR NEARLY EIGHT YEARS ABOUT LOWERING TAXES ON MIDDLE AND LOWER INCOME? WE DID NOT. NOW FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1986, WE'RE GOING TO OVERHAUL OUR BROKEN TAX CODE. HERE'S WHAT IT MEANS FOR FAMILIES IN NORTH CAROLINA. MIDDLE INCOME FAMILIES WILL SEE MORE THAN $2,300 INCREASE IN THEIR TAKE-HOME PAY. THE TAX CUTS IN JOBS ACTS MEANS MORE THAN 30,000 NEW JOBS IN NORTH CAROLINA. I AM ENCOURAGED OUR SENATE COLLEAGUES HAVE DECIDED TO INCLUDE THE OBAMACARE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE REPEAL AND WOULD URGE OUR HOUSE CONFERENCE TO CONSIDER AS WELL. LAST, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN BRADY. THERE IS NO GREATER SERVANT MANDATE REPEAL AND WOULD IN THE UNITED STATES HOUSE. THANK YOU TO HIS WORK, HIS TEAM, TODAY WE KEEP OUR PROMISE. IT'S TIME TO MOVE FORWARD. I YIELD BACK.

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      MR. NEAL

      WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, A…

      WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, A THOUGHTFUL MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, MR. DOGGETT. SO --

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      MR. DOGGETT

      MR. SPEAKER, THE PROMISE OF TAX REFORM HAS DEGENERATED INTO LITTLE MORE…

      MR. SPEAKER, THE PROMISE OF TAX REFORM HAS DEGENERATED INTO LITTLE MORE THAN A SCAM TO AID TAX DODGERS. WHILE PUBLIC ATTENTION IS DIVERTED TO SCANDAL IN ALABAMA, REPUBLICANS ARE RUSHING THROUGH THIS SHAM THROUGH THIS SHAM OF A BILL DEVELOPED IN THE DARK WITH LOBBYISTS BEFORE MOST AMERICANS REALIZE WHAT'S ABOUT TO HIT THEM IN THE FACE. INSTEAD OF MORE JOBS AT HOME, REPUBLICANS CREATE A GIANT NEW GAPING LOOPHOLE TO SHIP EVER MORE JOBS ABROAD. EVEN SPEAKER RYAN'S HOME STATE REPUBLICAN SENATOR, RON JOHNSON, CONCEDES THAT UNDER THIS BILL, QUOTE, THERE WILL BE A REAL INCENTIVE TO KEEP MANUFACTURING OVERSEAS. HOORDLY A SURPRISE SINCE -- HARDLY A SURPRISE SINCE PRESIDENT TRUMP'S WALL STREETER DESIGNATED TO RUN THIS SHOW HAS JUST BEEN IDENTIFIED PERSONALLY FROM LEAKED BERMUDIAN DOCUMENTS A SURPRISE OF NOT ONE BUT 22 DIFFERENT ISLAND TAX PARADISE SHELL COMPANIES. MEANWHILE, ANOTHER LOOPHOLE, CARRIED INTEREST THAT FLOWS TO PLUTO CONTRACTS LIKE THAT'S PART OF THE $65 BILLION CUT OUT OF TAX INCENTIVES BY REPUBLICANS IN THIS BILL. THEY ARE TOTALLY DEPENDENT UPON ALTERNATIVE FACTS. BUT TODAY'S BILL EVEN AUTHORIZED THOSE WHO WANT TO PAY ABSOLUTELY ZERO IN TAX THAT THEY CAN DO IT BY ABOLISHING THE ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX. THAT ONE CHANGE THAT THEY MAKE IN ONE YEAR WOULD HAVE PUT $31 MILLION IN DONALD TRUMP'S POCKET. SO YOU CAN CERTAINLY UNDERSTAND WHY HE'S COMING TO THE CAPITOL TODAY JUST TO SAY THANK YOU, THANK YOU FOR THE BILLION DOLLARS PLUS THAT IS ESTIMATED TO GO TO THE TRUMP FAMILY UNDER THIS BILL. WHEN DOES MY TAX REFUND GET HERE, HE MUST BE SAYING? OF COURSE WE DON'T KNOW PRECISELY HOW MUCH DONALD TRUMP IS ENRICHED BECAUSE THESE REPUBLICANS KEEP COLLUDING TO HIDE HIS TAX RETURNS. REPUBLICANS WANT TO APPLY A DYNAMIC SCORE TO THIS BILL. I SAY, CREATE A DYNAMIC WORK FORCE. INVEST IN PEOPLE. DON'T OVERWHELM US WITH ENDLESS DEBT. DEVELOP A MORE COMPETITIVE, HEALTHY WORK FORCE THAT EMPOWERS OUR DREAMERS AND OTHER IMMIGRANTS, THAT GIVES EVERY AMERICAN ACCESS TO EDUCATION, SKILL UPGRADES TO ACHIEVE THEIR FULL GOD GIVEN POTENTIAL. AS THEY DENY ONE MIDDLE CLASS DEDUCTION AFTER ANOTHER AND IMPOSE THIS NEW ALZHEIMER'S TAX, REPUBLICANS CLAIM THAT THEY HAVE A PATENTED TAX MIRACLE CURE FOR MOST EVERYTHING BUT BALDNESS. WHAT WE HAVE SEEN THIS TRAVELING TRICKLE-DOWN MEDICINE --

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      MR. DOGGETT

      TRICKLE-DOWN MEDICINE SIDESHOW B IT DIDN'T WORK THEFPBLET IT WON'T WORK…

      TRICKLE-DOWN MEDICINE SIDESHOW B IT DIDN'T WORK THEFPBLET IT WON'T WORK NOW. ALL THEY ARE DOING IS GRABBING FOR A POLITICAL LIFE PRESERVER AFTER 10 MONTHS OF REPUBLICAN FAILURES. THIS ISN'T TAX REFORM. IT'S A GIANT GIVEAWAY TO WASHINGTON SPECIAL INTEREST THAT MUST BE STOPPED.

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      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE PRESIDENT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. DUNCAN.

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      MR. DUNCAN

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY LATE FATHER WAS THE RANKING REPUBLICAN ON THE…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY LATE FATHER WAS THE RANKING REPUBLICAN ON THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE WHEN THE LAST MAJOR TAX REFORM WAS PASSED IN 1986. I KNOW PERSONALLY HOW DIFFICULT IT WAS THEN TO BRING ALL THE COMPETING INTERESTS TOGETHER. EVERYTHING LOOKS EASY FROM A DISTANCE. EVERYONE IN THIS CONGRESS WOULD RATHER SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT TAX BILL IF GIVEN CHANCE. WE CAN'T HAVE 535 DIFFERENT TAX BILLS. PROBABLY EVEN CHAIRMAN BRADY WOULD CHANGE SOME THINGS IF HE HAD COMPLETE CONTROL OVER T I WOULD FAVOR SOME SLIGHT DIFFERENCES, BUT THIS IS A GREAT BILL OVERALL FOR MIDDLE INCOME PEOPLE. WE NEED TO DO MORE IN THE FUTURE TO CUT SPENDING, DIFFERENCES, BUT THIS THOUGH, ALONG WITH IT. KEVIN BRADY IS THE RIGHT MAN AT THE RIGHT TIME, AND I THINK HE HAS DONE A MASTERFUL JOB IN BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. NO OTHER BILL WILL DO MORE TO HELP KEEP JOBS IN THIS COUNTRY. NO OTHER BILL WE COULD PASS IN THIS CONGRESS WILL DO MORE TO HELP MORE PEOPLE THAN THIS ONE WILL. I URGE ITS PASSAGE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS, WHOSE…

      I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS, WHOSE KNOWLEDGE OF NEW MARKETS TAX CREDITS IS SECOND TO NONE.

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      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD…

      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD TWO LETTERS, ONE FROM THE NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION, AND ONE FROM THE AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EDUCATION.

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      MR. DAVIS

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE REPUBLICAN TAX BILL IS A DANGEROUS BILL THAT…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE REPUBLICAN TAX BILL IS A DANGEROUS BILL THAT RAISES TAXES ON 36 MILLION MIDDLE CLASS HOUSEHOLDS. TAKES HEALTH CARE FROM TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. SKYROCKETS THE COST OF HEALTH INSURANCE FOR ALL AMERICANS. BUT ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE WHO ARE SICK AND HAVE PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. AND DIRECTLY RESULTS IN CUTS TO MEDICARE AND SAFETY NET SPENDING NEXT YEAR. ALL TO GIVE CORPORATE SPECIAL INTEREST IMMEDIATE, PERMANENT, AND MONUMENTAL TAX CUTS. CUT, CUT, CUT. IS ALL THAT I HAVE HEARD THIS WEEK. CUT THE SAFETY NET. CUT SERVICE FOR THE NEEDY. CUT SERVICE FOR THE PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED. CUT THE POOR. CUT THE HOMELESS. CUT MEDICAID. CUT EDUCATION. CUT OUT LOW-INCOME TAX CREDITS. CUT OUT NEW MARKET TAX CREDIT. CUT OUT SOCIAL SERVICES. CUT BLOCK GRANTS. CUT STUDENT LOANS. WINTER'S HERE. CUT THE LOW-INCOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. AND IF YOU ARE -- IF YOU LIVE IN CHICAGO, TESTIMONY IN THE MIDWEST OR NORTHEAST, WITHOUT ANY HEAT YOU ARE SUBJECT TO CATCH PNEUMONIA AND DIE. THERE IS NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. SO I CAN IMAGINE THAT COLLEGE PRESIDENT, HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATOR, MANAGERS OF PROGRAMS ARE WRINGING THEIR HANDS WONDERING WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO? I HEARD A MINISTER LAST SUNDAY AT ONE OF THE CHURCHES IN MY COMMUNITY ANSWER. HE SAID, PRAY, PRAY, ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE. VOTE, VOTE. VOTE AGAINST THIS BILL.

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      MR. BRADY

      MR. SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED TO HONOR -- PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO…

      MR. SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED TO HONOR -- PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE OVERSIGHT SUBCOMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. BUCHANAN.

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      MR. BUCHANAN

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ALSO WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE OUR INCREDIBLE…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ALSO WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE OUR INCREDIBLE CHAIRMAN. HIS LEADERSHIP OVER THE LAST -- I HAVE BEEN HERE SEVEN YEARS, WORKING THIS PLAN FORWARD, IT'S AN EXCITING TIME FOR ALL OF US. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. LEGISLATION TO PROVIDE TAX RELIEF TO MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS ACROSS AMERICA. AS A BUSINESS MAN FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO EMPLOY THOUSANDS OF WORKERS. I HAVE SEEN FIRSTHAND HOW BROKEN OUR TAX SYSTEM CAN BE. FOR MANY HARDWORKING AMERICANS. UNDER THIS BILL, NOT ONLY WILL THE AVERAGE FAMILY OF FOUR RECEIVE A TAX CUT, BUT SMALL BUSINESSES WILL FINALLY BE TAXED AT A LOWER RATE, HELP THEM EXPAND AND GROW JOBS IN AMERICA. ACCORDING TO THE NONPARTISAN TAX FOUNDATION, THIS BILL WILL CREATE ONE MILLION NEW JOBS AND GROW THE ECONOMY BY 4%. A GROWTH RATE THIS COUNTRY HASN'T EXPERIENCED SINCE 2000. IT'S TIME TO GIVE ALL AMERICANS A BREAK IN TERMS OF THEIR TAXES. WITH PASSAGE OF THIS BILL, WE'LL FINALLY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HELP MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES AND GET OUR ECONOMY BACK ON TRACK. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I URGE SUPPORT FOR THIS CRITICAL BILL TO CUT TAXES AND REFORM OUR TAX SYSTEM.

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      MR. NEAL

      MR. SPEAKER, WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO ONE OF THE MOST…

      MR. SPEAKER, WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO ONE OF THE MOST KNOWLEDGEABLE MEMBERS OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, MR. HIGGINS.

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      MR. HIGGINS

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS NOTHING MORE THAN A HIT JOB ON MIDDLE…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS NOTHING MORE THAN A HIT JOB ON MIDDLE AMERICA TO PAY FOR A MASSIVE TAX CUT FOR CORPORATE AMERICA. THE ONLY CERTAINTY FROM THIS CHARADE IS SLOWER ECONOMIC GROWTH, MORE INCOME AND EQUALITY, AND EXPLODING DEFICIT. WHEN YOU TAKE AWAY SICK PEOPLE BORN INTO ILLNESS FOR WHOM INSURANCE DOESN'T PROVIDE ENOUGH COVERAGE, THAT IS A HIT ON MIDDLE AMERICA. WHEN YOU REMOVE HELP FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE JUST TRYING TO MAKE COLLEGE AFFORDABLE, WHO ARE TRYING TO MAKE THEMSELVES BETTER, THAT IS A HIT ON MIDDLE AMERICA. AND WHEN YOU TAKE AWAY HEALTH CARE FOR 13 MILLION AMERICANS AND RAISE THE COST FOR MILLIONS MORE, BECAUSE YOU NEEDED ANOTHER $300 BILLION TO GIVE MORE TO CORPORATE AMERICA, THAT IS A HIT ON MIDDLE AMERICA. AND WHEN $152,000 PEOPLE FROM MY COMMUNITY AND MILLIONS MORE FROM NEW YORK LOSE 100 YEARS OF PROTECTION FROM STATE AND LOCAL TAXES, PROTECTION WORTH MORE THAN $8,000 PER HOUSEHOLD, THAT IS A HIT ON MY COMMUNITY, THAT IS A HIT ON NEW YORK STATE, AND IT IS A HIT ON EACH AND EVERY COMMUNITY IN AMERICA. . WHEN YOU FEED THE RAPACIOUS NEEDS OF CORPORATE AMERICA IT'S A HIT ON FUNDAMENTAL AWARENESS AND THAT, MR. SPEAKER, IS A HIT ON ALL OF AMERICA.

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      MR. BRADY

      MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH DAKOTA, MR.…

      MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH DAKOTA, MR. CRAMER.

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      MR. CRAMER

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE KNOW THAT THE ECONOMIC AND JOB CREATION…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE KNOW THAT THE ECONOMIC AND JOB CREATION BENEFITS ARE KEY COMPONENTS OF THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT, MAKING THE U.S. GLOBALLY COMPETITIVE AGAIN, GIVEN THE MUCH-NEEDED TAX CUT TO AMERICAN BUSINESSES AND WAGE INCREASE TO AMERICAN WORKERS. BUT MR. SPEAKER, IT'S REALLY THE LONG OVERDUE BENEFITS OF THOSE WHO ARE NOT LIVING IN THE RICH SUBURBS IN WASHINGTON, D.C., THAT TAKE CENTER STAGE FOR ME AND MY FELLOW NORTH DAKOTANS. CITIZENS THERE FILE CLAIMING THE STANDARD DEDUCTION. THAT MEANS THE VAST MAJORITY OF MY CONSTITUENTS WILL SEE THEIR DEDUCTIONS NEARLY DOUBLED IF THEY DO NOTHING ELSE. AND OBVIOUSLY WITH THE DOUBLING OF THE STANDARD DEDUCTION IT WILL LIKELY INSPIRE MORE NORTH DAKOTANS TO CLAIM THIS SIMPLE DEDUCTION. MR. SPEAKER, THIS HUGE BENEFIT COMBINED WITH GREATER JOB OPPORTUNITIES AND SIMPLER AND LESS EXPENSIVE FILING COSTS AND OF COURSE A GENEROUS FAMILY TAX CREDIT WILL PUT MORE MONEY IN THE POCKETS AND LESS ANXIETY IN THE HEARTS OF MIDDLE-CLASS NORTH DAKOTANS. SUPPORTING THIS REFORM PACKAGE IS EASY FOR ME BECAUSE IT'S RIGHT FOR NORTH DAKOTA AND I THANK CHAIRMAN BRADY FOR HIS OUTSTANDING WORK.

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      MR. NEAL

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

      MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM WASHINGTON, A VERY SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS WOMAN IN HER OWN RIGHT AND UNDERSTANDS THE BUSINESS ECONOMY, MS. DELBENE.

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      MS. DEL BELL

      REPUBLICANS ARE TOUTING THE LARGEST SET OF --

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      MS. DELBENE

      REPUBLICANS ARE TOUTING THE LARGEST SET OF TAX CUTS. THEY'RE RAVING IT…

      REPUBLICANS ARE TOUTING THE LARGEST SET OF TAX CUTS. THEY'RE RAVING IT WILL CREATE JOBS EVEN THOUGH WE KNOW THAT TRICKLE DOWN ECONOMICS HAS NEVER WORKED AND NEVER WILL. INSTEAD OF BRINGING DEMOCRATS AND THE PUBLIC IN THE PROCESS, THEY ARE HURTING PEOPLE WHO NEED HELP THE MOST. THIS IS WRONG. TAX REFORM SHOULD BE ABOUT COMING TOGETHER AND MAKING CHOICES THAT REFLECT OUR VALUES. YET, UNDER THIS PLAN, TEACHERS WHO BUY SUPPLIES FOR THEIR STUDENTS LIKE PENS, PENCILS AND PAPER, WILL LOSE THE ABILITY TO DEDUCT THOSE COSTS FROM THEIR TAX RETURNS. BUT CORPORATIONS STILL CAN DEDUCT SUPPLY COSTS. FIREFIGHTERS WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO DEDUCT THEIR STATE AND LOCAL INCOME OR SALES TAXES, BUT CORPORATIONS STILL CAN. HOMEOWNERS WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO DEDUCT ALL OF THEIR PROPERTY TAXES, BUT CORPORATIONS STILL CAN. AND IF WORKERS HAVE TO MOVE BECAUSE THEIR EMPLOYER IS FORCING THEM TO RELOCATE THEIR FAMILIES OR LOSE THEIR JOBS, THEY WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO DEDUCT THEIR MOVING EXPENSES, BUT CORPORATIONS, EVEN THOSE OFFSHORING JOBS, STILL CAN. THIS BILL INCREASES TAXES ON 36 MILLION WORKING FAMILIES AND RIPS AWAY KEEFE LIFELINES THAT HELP PEOPLE -- KEEP LIFELINES THAT HELP PEOPLE LIKE CHILDCARE, AND BLOWS A $1.5 TRILLION HOLE IN THE DEFICIT AND BURDENS OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WITH DEBT, TRIGGERING AN AUTOMATIC $25 BILLION CUT TO MEDICARE. THIS BILL GIVES MASSIVE PERMANENT TAX CUTS TO CORPORATIONS BUT WORKING FAMILIES WILL HAVE TO LIVE WITH THE TEMPORARY SCRAPS THROWN AT THEM. BOTTOM LINE, THIS BILL HURTS AMERICANS FROM CRADLE TO RETIREMENT, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO. I YIELD BACK.

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      MR. BRADY

      MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO A LEADER OF THE TAX…

      MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO A LEADER OF THE TAX POLICY SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. KELLY.

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    • 10:19:40 AM

      MR. KELLY

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN BRADY AND ALL THE MEMBERS…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN BRADY AND ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE WAYS AND MEANS STAFF. YOU HAVE WORKED TIRELESSLY IN ORDER TO BRING THIS BILL FORWARD. I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW EXCITED I AM TO BE HERE TODAY. MR. LARSON, HE WEARS A PEN ---PIN WITH A PICTURE OF JOHN KENNEDY, ONE OF MY FAVORITE PRESIDENTS OF ALL-TIME. LET ME READ FROM A SPEECH PRESIDENT KENNEDY GAVE, 1962, GAVE IT IN ADDRESS TO THE ECONOMIC CLUB OF NEW YORK. OUR TRUE CHOICE IS NOT BETWEEN TAX REDUCTION ON THE ONE HAND AND THE AVOIDANCE OF LARGER FEDERAL DEFICITS ON THE OTHER. IT SIN CREASINGLY 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 REVENUES TO BALANCE OUR BUDGET. JUST AS IT WILL NEVER PRODUCE ENOUGH JOBS OR ENOUGH PROFITS. ONLY FULL EMPLOYMENT CAN BALANCE THE BUDGET AND TAX REDUCTION CAN PAVE THE WAY TO THAT EMPLOYMENT. THE PURPOSE OF CUTTING TAXES NOW IS NOT TO INOCCUR A BUDGET DEFICIT BUT TO ACHIEVE THE MORE PROSPEROUS EXPANDED ECONOMY WHICH CAN BRING A BUDGET SURPLUS. KEEPING THAT IN MIND -- AND I HEAR THE DEBATE GOING BACK AND FORTH AND I JUST ENCOURAGE ALL OF OUR MEMBERS, YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE A CHOICE TODAY TO TAKE YOUR VOTING CARD AND YOU ARE GOING TO PUT IT IN THE VOTING MACHINE AND YOU CAN PUSH A GREEN BUTTON THAT SAYS GO. PUTTING THIS NATION BACK ON TRACK. MAKING AMERICA THE GREATEST ECONOMIC POWER IN THE WORLD. OR YOU CAN PUSH A RED BUTTON AND SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT, JUST NOT SOMETHING I CAN VOTE FOR TODAY BECAUSE IT'S JUST NOT EXACTLY WHAT I WANT. NEXT WEEK, 50 MILLION AMERICANS WILL TRAVEL BECAUSE THEY WANT TO COME HOME, THEY WANT TO COME HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, THEY WANT TO COME HOME FOR THANKSGIVING. THIS BILL IS A THANKSGIVING BILL. THIS IS A JOBS BILL. BECAUSE WHAT WE'RE TELLING CORPORATE AMERICA IS WE WANT YOU TO COME HOME. WE WANT TO MAKE THIS A MORE FAVORABLE ENVIRONMENT FOR YOU TO LIVE, TO WORK, TO SUCCEED BECAUSE WE KNOW THE TRUE SUCCESS IN BUSINESS IS ONLY A SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MODEL. SO WHEN YOU TAX PEOPLE WITH THE HIGHEST RATE IN THE INDUSTRIALIZED WORLD, WHEN YOU PUT PEOPLE AT AN UNCOMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE ON THE SHELF, THEY CAN'T EXIST. WHERE DO THEY GO? THEY HAVE TO LEAVE HOME TO GO OVERSEAS TO FIND THAT ANSWER. NOW, I JUST WANT TO GO OVER SOME THINGS THAT ARE REALLY IMPORTANT. A FRIEND OF MINE NAME GEORGE ABRAHAM WHO IS A BASKETBALL COACH AND WE TALKED ABOUT THE VALUE OF WINNING. GEORGE SAID TO ME, YOU KNOW WHAT, MIKE, THE ONLY POSITION YOU WANT TO BE IN IS THE NUMBER ONE POSITION. I SAY, REALLY? HE SAYS, YES. BECAUSE ANYTHING OTHER THAN FINISHING FIRST IS YOU FINISH WITH THE REST. IF YOU TAKE A SURVEY AND "FORBES" DID, WHERE WOULD YOU START THAT BUSINESS, I SAID, ARE YOU KIDDING ME, IT'S THE UNITED STATES BECAUSE OF WHO WE ARE, OUR GREATNESS. NO. THERE'S 22 OTHER COUNTRIES SAY PEOPLE SAY I'D RATHER GO SOMEPLACE ELSE THAN RATHER DO IT RIGHT HERE IN AMERICA. THAT IS INCREDIBLE WHEN WE TALK ABOUT WHERE WE ARE AS A PEOPLE, WHERE WE ARE AS A PEOPLE, LISTEN TO THESE FIGURES. THESE ARE NOT FIGURES, BY THE WAY. THIS IS THE TAX FOUNDATION. CUTS FOR AMERICANS AT EVERY ECONOMIC LEVEL. REDUCES BY ALMOST $1,200 BY AVERAGE SIZE MIDDLE FAMILY. REDUCES TAX IN PENNSYLVANIA'S THIRD DISTRICT. GROWS NATIONAL G.D.P. BY 3.5%. INCREASES AMERICAN WAGES BY 2.7%. INCREASES AFTER TAX INCOME FOR EVERY TAXPAYER BY 3.8% IN THE LONG RUN. INCREASES AFTER-TAX INCOMING FOR MEDIAN FAMILIES IN PENNSYLVANIA BY OVER $2,300. AND IT CREATES ALMOST 900,000 NEW AMERICAN JOBS. AND IT WILL CREATE IN MY STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA OVER 36,000 NEW JOBS. SO I SAY THIS IS A JOBS BILL. THIS IS A REVENUE RAISER FOR US. THIS IS ABOUT BRINGING PEOPLE BACK HOME. THIS IS ABOUT MORE TAKE-HOME PAY FOR EVERY HARDWORKING AMERICAN GUY AND GAL THAT'S OUT THERE THAT GETS UP EVERY DAY AND GETS UP TO DO ONE THING AND THAT IS TO PROTECT THEIR FAMILIES AND WORK IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THEIR COUNTRY. I'M JUST ASKING YOU TODAY TO LOOK AT THIS CARD AND KNOW THAT YOU HAVE WITHIN THE POWER OF YOUR VOTE TO UNLEASH THE GREATEST ECONOMY IN THE WORLD. TO UNSHACKLE IT FROM A TAX CODE THAT MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE TO COMPETE GLOBALLY. THAT OVERREGULATES IT AND FORCES IT OFF-SHORE AND THEN BLAMES THEM FOR LEAVING. THIS IS A COME ON BACK HOME. THIS IS DON'T LEAVE HOME, STAY HERE. WE ARE ON YOUR SIDE. WE ARE GOING TO WORK WITH YOU AND GET THERE. SO I ASK MY FRIENDS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, LET'S DO WHAT'S RIGHT FOR AMERICA. IF IT'S RIGHT FOR AMERICA IT'S RIGHT FOR REPUBLICANS, IT'S RIGHT FOR DEMOCRATS, IT'S RIGHT FOR INDEPENDENTS, IT'S RIGHT FOR LIBERTARIANS, IT'S RIGHT FOR AMERICA. THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME TO DO THE RIGHT THING. MY FRIENDS, WE CANNOT STAY WHERE WE ARE. A STAND PAT HAND IS A NONWINNING HAND. THE ABILITY TO MOVE FORWARD, THE ABILITY TO NOT JUST PARTICIPATE IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY BUT DOMINATE A GLOBAL ECONOMY AND GIVE EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN THE FAITH AND THE FUTURE AND RESTORE THE FAITH THAT YOU HAVE IN THIS BODY THAT WE ARE DOING THE BEST THING IN THEIR INTEREST EVERY SINGLE DAY THAT WE COME HERE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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      MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO DIRECT THEIR COMMENTS TO THE CHAIR. THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM

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      THE MESSENGER

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      THE SECRETARY

      THE SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY THE SENATE…

      THE SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY THE SENATE TO INFORM THE HOUSE THE SENATE HAS PASSED S. 807, AN ACT TO PROVIDE ANTI-RETALIATION PROTECTIONS FOR ANTITRUST WHISTLEBLOWERS.

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      The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed H.R. 1545, H.R. 3949, H.R. 4374, and S. 807.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

      • 10:25:31 AM

        MR. NEAL

        I'M DELIGHTED TO HAVE MR. KELLY AS HE DESCRIBES SPORTS TEAMS, WE'VE…

        I'M DELIGHTED TO HAVE MR. KELLY AS HE DESCRIBES SPORTS TEAMS, WE'VE DISCOVERED HE'S A CLOSET PATRIOTS FAN. WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA WHOSE HISTORY IN TERMS OF REVENUE AND REVENUE COLLECTION IS WELL-KNOWN TO THE CONGRESS, MS. CHU FOR TWO MINUTES.

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      • 10:25:48 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 10:25:48 AM

    DEBATE

    The House resumed with debate on H.R. 1.

    • 10:25:51 AM

      MS. CHU

      ONE THING IS CLEAR ABOUT THE G.O.P. TAX SCAM. CORPORATE INTERESTS GET A…

      ONE THING IS CLEAR ABOUT THE G.O.P. TAX SCAM. CORPORATE INTERESTS GET A HUGE GIVEAWAY. THEY GET A WIND FALL TAX BREAK. WHO PAYS FOR IT? THE MIDDLE CLASS. WHO WINS? CORPORATIONS, BILLIONAIRES, MILLION AIRCRAFTS THE TRUMP FAMILY. WHO LOSES? WOMEN, FAMILIES, SENIORS, TEACHERS, STUDENTS. AS A FORM ARE LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY COLLEGE TEACHER OF 20 -- AS A FORMER LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY COLLEGE TEACHER OF 20 YEARS, I CAN'T BELIEVE WHAT REPUBLICANS ARE DOING TO STUDENTS. THEY ELIMINATE THE STUDENT LOAN INTEREST DEDUCTION AND CHOOSE TO TAX GRADUATE STUDENTS ON MONEY THEY'VE NEVER EVEN RECEIVED BY TAXING THE TUITION ASSISTANCE THEY GET FOR WORKING FOR THEIR SCHOOLS. THIS BILL EVEN PINCHES STUDENTS WHEN THEY ARE IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BY TAXING TEACHERS WHO CLAIM A DEDUCTION FOR THE SCHOOL SUPPLIES THEY PAY FOR OUT OF THEIR OWN PAYCHECK. ONE TEACHER IN MY AREA EVEN PAYS FOR THE INK IN HER CLASSROOM PRINTER. THEY DIDN'T ASK TO BE REPAID, JUST TO BE ABLE TO DEDUCT THE EXPENSE. IF CORPORATIONS GET TO KEEP THIS DEDUCTION, WHY NOT OUR TEACHERS? AND THEN IF THAT'S NOT CRUEL ENOUGH, THEY ELIMINATE THE DEDUCTION FOR EXTRAORDINARY MEDICAL EXPENSES FOR THOSE WITH ALZHEIMER'S AND CANCER. AND THIS WEEK WE LEARN THAT REPUBLICANS PLAN TO PAY FOR THESE CORPORATE CUTS BY CAUSING 13 MILLION PEOPLE TO LOSE THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE, A MOVE THAT WILL INCREASE PREMIUMS BY 10% AND RESULT IN INDIVIDUALS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS NOT HAVE LIFE-SAVING AFFORDABLE COVERAGE. AND REPUBLICANS ELIMINATE THE STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION WHICH IS USED BY OVER SIX MILLION CALIFORNIA HOUSEHOLDS TO PREVENT THEIR HARD-EARNED DOLLARS FROM BEING TAXED TWICE. OF ALL THE STATES, CALIFORNIA WILL ACTUALLY FACE THE LARGEST NET TAX INCREASE FROM THIS BILL OF $12.1 BILLION IN 2027 ALONE. CALIFORNIA REPUBLICANS WHO VOTE FOR THIS BILL OUGHT TO BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES. AND THE VOTERS NEED TO HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE. 36 MILLION MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES WILL BE STUCK HOLDING THE BAG UNDER THIS PLAN. FOR WHAT? FOR TAX CUTS FOR CORPORATE INTERESTS. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE.

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    • 10:28:14 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    • 10:28:17 AM

      MR. BRADY

      TO ONE OF OUR KEY MEMBERS OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN…

      TO ONE OF OUR KEY MEMBERS OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. RENACCI.

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    • 10:28:22 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

    • 10:28:25 AM

      MR. RENACCI

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1, THE TAX CUTS…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO THANK PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR MAKING THIS A PRIORITY, BUT I ESPECIALLY WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN BRADY FOR HIS TIRELESS EFFORTS AND LEADERSHIP IN BRINGING THIS LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR TODAY. THREE DECADES THERE WAS A 24-YEAR-OLD STARTING A BUSINESS IN OHIO. HE BORROWED MONEY AND STARTED HIRING PEOPLE. AS HE GREW HIS BUSINESS, HE DIDN'T TAKE A PAYCHECK AND KEPT HIRING HARDWORKING MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS. BUT THEN AS HE STARTED LOOKING OVER THINGS, HE COULDN'T HIRE ANY MORE BECAUSE OF A TREMENDOUS TAX BILL OWED TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THAT'S WHAT SMALL BUSINESS ENTREPRENEURS FACE IN TODAY'S TAX ENVIRONMENT. THAT 24-YEAR-OLD WAS ME. LUCKILY I WAS A CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT. I WAS ABLE TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO MAKE MY BUSINESS WORK AND GROW WITHOUT OUR SUFFOCATING TAX CODE -- OR THROUGH OUR SUFFOCATING TAX CODE. UNFORTUNATELY, MOST SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS DO NOT EXPERIENCE A TAX CODE COMPLEXITIES UNTIL THEY GET STARTED. THEY HAVE AN IDEA. THEY START THEIR IDEA. AND THEN THE GOVERNMENT STEPS IN. AND THEY'RE NOT C.P.A.'S. MY THREE CHILDREN WERE TO ASK ME TODAY IF THEY SHOULD RISK AND START A BUSINESS, I WOULD BE HESITANT TO PUSH THEM DOWN THAT PATH. WHICH IS WHY I SUPPORT H.R. 1 WHICH LOWERS THE TAX RATE FOR BUSINESSES AND GIVES HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS A BREAK. THIS BILL PUTS MORE MONEY IN THEIR POCKETS TO DO WITH IT WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO THEM, THOSE HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS, NOT LETTING THE GOVERNMENT TAKE IT AND WASTE IT. LOWERING THE INDIVIDUAL RATE WILL GIVE AMERICANS AN OPPORTUNITY TO CHOOSE WHERE THEY WANT TO SPEND THEIR MONEY INSTEAD OF BANKING ON A GOVERNMENT TO SPEND IT FOR THEM. ON THE BUSINESS SIDE, THE HARSH REALITY IS THAT AMERICA HAS BECOME AN UNCOMPETITIVE PLACE TO DO BUSINESS. WITH THE HIGHEST CORPORATE TAX RATE IN THE DEVELOPED WORLD, IT'S NO SURPRISE THAT BUSINESSES ARE RELOCATING TO COUNTRIES WITH BETTER BUSINESS CLIMATES. FORTUNATELY, BY BRINGING THE RATE DOWN TO 20%, WE CAN MAKE AMERICA ONE OF THE MOST COMPETITIVE COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD TO DO BUSINESS. IT'S HARD FOR U.S. COMPANIES TO COMPETE WITH COMPANIES IN CANADA WHERE THE FEDERAL TAX RATE IS 15%, IRELAND AT 12.5% OR EVEN THE U.K. WHICH WILL BE 17% BY 2020. BUSINESSES SET THEIR PRICES TO BE COMPETITIVE. THE U.S. HAS TO SET ITS BUSINESS RATES TO COMPETE AS WELL. THE HIGH CORPORATE TAX RATE IS NOT JUST A WALL STREET PROBLEM. IT'S A MAIN STREET PROBLEM. BUSINESS ENTITIES DO NOT PAY TAXES. PEOPLE DO. THE BURPPED OF THE CORPORATE TAX RATE -- THE BURDEN OF THE CORPORATE TAX RATE FALLS ON SHAREHOLDERS, CUSTOMERS AND EMPLOYEES. CORPORATIONS DO NOT PAY TAXES. WE DO. THIS BILL HELPS COMPANIES COMPETE AND HIRE MORE PEOPLE AND GIVE THEM A MORE COMPETITIVE WAGE. THIS BILL GIVES INDIVIDUALS MORE MONEY TO SPEND ON WHAT THEY WANT, NOT WHAT THE GOVERNMENT WANTS. . MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS HISTORIC REFORM SO MORE AMERICANS CAN CHOOSE WHERE THEIR MONEY I URGE PASSAGE OF H.R. 1 AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:31:38 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

    • 10:31:40 AM

      MR. NEAL

      I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA.

    • 10:31:43 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

    • 10:31:46 AM

      MS. SEWELL

      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

    • 10:32:24 AM

      TEMPORE WITHOUT

      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

    • 10:32:25 AM

      MS. SEWELL

      THESE ARE THE VERY SAME PEOPLE THIS PRESIDENT PROMISED TO BEN FIFMENT THIS…

      THESE ARE THE VERY SAME PEOPLE THIS PRESIDENT PROMISED TO BEN FIFMENT THIS IS WHAT THIS BILL DOES FOR CORPORATE AMERICA. IT DRAMATICALLY CUTS RATES FROM THE LARGEST COMPANIES IN THE WORLD. MOVING THE CORPORATE TAX RATE FROM 35% TO 20%. IT CREATES LOOPHOLES FOR WEALTHY INDIVIDUALS TO CHARACTERIZE THEIR WAGE INCOME AS SMALL BUSINESS INCOME. SO THEY CAN PAY LESS TAXES. IT REPEALS THE ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX WHICH CAPTURES THE TAX LIABILITIES FOR WEALTHY INDIVIDUALS. IN FACT, THE ONLY TAX RETURN THAT WE HAVE EVER SEEN OF MR. TRUMP WAS HIS 2005 TAX RETURN IN WHICH HE HAD TO PAY $38 MILLION. WHY? BECAUSE OF A.M.T. THIS TAX BILL WILL ALSO PERMANENTLY REPEAL THE ESTATE TAX WHICH ONLY AFFECTS 5,500 HOUSEHOLDS IN AMERICA. AND I CAN TELL YOU, MR. SPEAKER, NONE OF THOSE HOUSEHOLDS ARE IN MY DISTRICT. IN CONTRAST, HOW WILL THIS TAX BILL IMPACT THE MIDDLE CLASS? WELL, MR. SPEAKER, 36 MILLION MIDDLE CLASS HOUSEHOLDS WILL PAY MORE TAXES. ONE IN FOUR TAXPAYERS WILL PAY MORE TAXES. AND TO PAY FOR THESE CORPORATE TAX CUTS, THIS BILL WILL HURT WORKING FAMILIES. IT WILL ELIMINATE DEDUCTIONS ON INTEREST FOR STUDENT LOANS. IT WILL ELIMINATE MEDICAL EXPENSE DEDUCTIONS WHICH MANY, MANY HOUSEHOLDS USE TO PAY FOR LONG-TERM CARE NEEDS. IT WILL ELIMINATE THE LIFETIME LEARNING CREDIT. IT WILL ALSO DO AWAY WITH DEDUCTIONS FOR FAMILIES THAT PAY FOR DAYCARE AND AGING PARENTS. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS NOT COMPREHENSIVE TAX REFORM. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER.

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    • 10:34:00 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

    • 10:34:02 AM

      MS. SEWELL

      PLEASE REJECT THIS BILL.

    • 10:34:03 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

    • 10:34:05 AM

      MR. BRADY

      I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. MESSER.

    • 10:34:08 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

    • 10:34:11 AM

      MR. MESSER

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO CHAIRMAN BRADY FOR HIS LEADERSHIP.…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO CHAIRMAN BRADY FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. TODAY IS A HUGE VICTORY FOR WORKING AMERICANS. TODAY WE TAKE A GIANT STEP FORWARD TO DELIVER MORE JOBS, FAIRER TAXES, AND BIGGER PAYCHECKS FOR WORKING HOOSIERS. THIS BILL WILL DELIVER MORE JOBS, CREATE THOUSANDS OF JOBS IN INDIANA. AND IT WILL GIVE THE TYPICAL WORKING FAMILY A $1,500 TAX CUT. THE TRUMP TAX PLAN ALSO INCLUDES IN INDIANA. AND IT WILL GIVE THE TYPICAL AUTHORED TO STOP $4 BILLION TO $7 BILLION IN REFUNDABLE CHILD TAX CREDITS PAID OUT TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS EACH YEAR. THESE SAVINGS HELP EXPAND THE CHILD TAX CREDIT FOR WORKING AMERICAN FAMILIES BY $600 PER CHILD. HOOSIERS GET IT. NO ONE SHOULD GET A TAX INCENTIVE TO VIOLATE THE LAW. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS PLAN. IT WILL GIVE GIVE WORKING HOOSIERS A PAY RAISE. BRING BACK JOBS FROM OVERSEAS. AND GET OUR ECONOMY MOVING AGAIN. I ALSO URGE THE SENATE TO ACT AND KEEP THEIR PROMISE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:35:19 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

    • 10:35:21 AM

      MR. NEAL

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO CONGRESSMAN LEWIS FOR A…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO CONGRESSMAN LEWIS FOR A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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    • 10:35:25 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

    • 10:35:27 AM

      MR. LEWIS

      MR. SPEAKER, I THANK MR. NEAL FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS…

      MR. SPEAKER, I THANK MR. NEAL FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT AN ARTICLE ABOUT THIS BILL IMPACT ON GRADUATE STUDENTS IN MY DISTRICT INTO THE RECORD. MR. SPEAKER, I FURTHER ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT LETTERS OF OPPOSITION FROM THE ACLU, BAPTIST JOINT COMMITTEE, AND AMERICANS UNITED FOR SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE, INTO THE RECORD.

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    • 10:36:00 AM

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      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

    • 10:36:01 AM

      MR. NEAL

      MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR.…

      MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. YARMUTH, WHO IS THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE AND ONE OF THE MOST KNOWLEDGEABLE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE.

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    • 10:36:07 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY IS RECOGNIZED. FOR HOW MUCH TIME?

    • 10:36:10 AM

      MR. NEAL

      TWO MINUTES.

    • 10:36:14 AM

      MR. YARMUTH

    • 10:36:17 AM

      THIS IS A HORROR SHOW DEBATE YARMUTH

      A HORROR SHOW TODAY. THIS IS A HORROR SHOW DEBATE YARMUTH: THANK YOU, AND…

      A HORROR SHOW TODAY. THIS IS A HORROR SHOW DEBATE YARMUTH: THANK YOU, AND PROCESS. BUT IT'S A DISASTER FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE BILL WE'RE DEBATING TODAY WILL ABANDON MILLIONS OF AMERICAN FAMILIES. IT SHOWERS THE WEALTHY AND CORPORATIONS WITH MASSIVE TAX CUTS AND ADDS $1.5 TRILLION TO OUR DEFICIT. THE TOP 1% GET THIS MASSIVE PAYOUT. IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF $500 BILLION. HARDWORKING FAMILIES GET POCKET CHANGE. BUT MILLIONS DON'T EVEN GET THAT. IN FACT, 36 MILLION MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES WILL PAY MORE IN TAXES BECAUSE OF THIS BILL. MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WILL BE TAKING MONEY OUT OF OUR POCKETS AND THESE POCK -- POCKETS OF THESE FAMILIES TO GIVE TAX CUTS TO THE RICH. IT DOESN'T STOP THERE. IT NEVER DOES. BECAUSE THIS IS PART OF A DANGEROUS THREE STEP PROCESS THAT WE HAVE SEEN, UNFORTUNATELY, FAR TOO OFTEN. FIRST STEP, REPUBLICANS IN MASSIVE TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH GLAME CLAIMING THEY'LL GENERATE ENOUGH GROWTH TO PAY FOR THEMSELVES. I KNOW THE -- MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES DESPERATELY WANT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO BELIEVE. THIS IS WHAT WILL HAPPEN. THE RECORD IS CLEAR IT FAILED IN THE 80'S. IT FAILED IN THE 2000S. IT WAS AN EPIC FAILURE IN KANSAS. THIS IS ABOUT POLITICS NOT REALITY FOR THEM. WHICH BRINGS US TO STEP TWO. ONCE THESE CUTS FAILED TO PRODUCE THE GROWTH THAT THEY PROMISE, REPUBLICANS WILL SHRIEK ABOUT THE IMPENDING DOOM OF HIGH DEFICITS AND DEBT. THEY'LL QUICKLY MOVE TO STEP THREE. DEMANDING CUTS IN VITAL PROGRAMS THAT BENEFIT WORKING FAMILIES THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTRY. WE HAVE SEEN THIS ACT BEFORE. AS I SAID BEFORE, IT IS A HORROR SHOW. THERE IS A REASON WHY A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE LOOKING AT THIS AND SAYING, THIS IS THE GREAT TAX SCAM OF 2017. BECAUSE IT IS THE TAX SCAM OF 2017. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:38:07 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

    • 10:38:09 AM

      MR. BRADY

      MR. SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO ONE OF THE KEY LEADERS…

      MR. SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO ONE OF THE KEY LEADERS OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE,

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    • 10:38:20 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MR. SPEAKER, I AM MINUTES.

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    • 10:38:23 AM

      MR. RICE

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE AMERICAN DREAM, IT'S WHAT SEPARATES US FROM…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE AMERICAN DREAM, IT'S WHAT SEPARATES US FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD. IT PROMISE THAT IS WITH HARD WORK AND DETERMINATION -- IT PROMISES THAT WITH HARD WORK AND DETERMINATION YOU CAN IMPROVE YOUR STATION IN LIFE AND YOUR CHILDREN HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR A BERT LIFE THAN YOURS. FOR MANY IN THE GENERATION COMING OF AGE IN THE LAST DECADE, THE AMERICAN DREAM HAS BEEN A LITTLE TARNISHED AND JUST OUT OF REACH. THE LAST TIME WE DID TAX REFORM WAS 30 YEARS AGO. AT THAT TIME WE WERE THE WORLD'S UNCONTESTED ECONOMIC LEADER. OUR ECONOMIC SYSTEM AND TAX CODE WERE COMPETITIVE, BUT FOR DECADES WE SAT BY AS THE WORLD PASSED US BY. IN 1990, THE MIDDLE CLASS WAS ABOUT 50% OF AMERICAN FAMILIES. TODAY ONLY 40%. AND TODAY THE MIDDLE CLASS MAKES JUST ABOUT THE SAME TAKE-HOME PAY AS IT DID IN 1990. WHEN WE ALL WORRY ABOUT INCOME DISPARITY AND THE GULF BETWEEN THE RICH AND POOR IN THIS COUNTRY, THIS IS THE SOURCE OF THE PROBLEM. THE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS IS SMALLER AND HAS NOT HAD A RAISE IN 30 YEARS. HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN? IT HAS EVERYTHING TO DO WITH A AND HAS NOT BLOATED, OVERREGULATING AND OVERTAXING FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. A GOVERNMENT THAT SUCKS THE LIFE OUT OF THE ECONOMY AND FORCES OUR COMPANIES, INNOVATORS, AND JOB CREATORS OUT OF OUR COUNTRY TO SURVIVE. SOME FOLKS SAY IT DOESN'T MATTER THAT WE HAVE THE HIGHEST BUSINESS TAX RATE IN THE WORLD. THAT'S NOT WHY OUR COMPANIES LEFT. THEY SAY THOSE JOBS AREN'T COMING BACK. WELL, I SAY THE OUTDATED TAX CODE IS AN ANCHOR AROUND THE NECK OF OUR BUSINESSES, OUR INNOVATORS, AND THE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS. I SAY THE AMERICAN WORKER CAN COMPETE WITH ANYONE ON A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD. IF WE JUST GET GOVERNMENT OFF THEIR BACK. SINCE JANUARY WE HAVE BEEN WORKING TO CORRECT THAT. WE MADE DRAMATIC STEPS IN REDUCING REGULATION. YOU CAN ALREADY SEE THE ECONOMIC LIFT. TODAY WE UNDERTAKE A TAX CUT WHICH WILL RESTORE ECONOMIC GROWTH, PUT MORE TAKE-HOME PAY IN THE POCKETS OF HARDWORKING AMERICANS, AND RESTORE OPPORTUNITY FOR A GENERATION OF AMERICANS. IT WILL BRING AMERICAN JOBS BACK. IT WILL GROW OUR MIDDLE CLASS. AND FINALLY, AFTER 30 YEARS OUR MIDDLE CLASS WILL GET THE PAY RAISE IT DESERVES. IF YOU REALLY WISH TO GROW OUR ECONOMY, YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR THIS BILL. IF YOU REALLY WISH TO GIVE THE MIDDLE CLASS A PAY RAISE, YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR THIS BILL. IF YOU REALLY WISH TO REDUCE INCOME DISPARITY, YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR THIS BILL. IF YOU REALLY WISH TO GIVE HOPE TO AMERICANS WHO HAVE GIVEN UP AND LEFT THE WORK FORCE AND REDUCED CRIME AND ADDICTION IN THIS CONTRY, YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR THIS BILL. IF YOU WANT AMERICA TO HAVE THE ECONOMIC STRENGTH TO REMAIN A FORCE OF PEACE AND STABILITY IN THE WORLD, YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR THIS BILL. AND FINALLY, IF YOU TRULY BELIEVE WHAT THOMAS JEFFERSON SAID 240 YEARS AGO THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL AND THAT THEY ARE ENTITLED TO PURSUE THEIR OWN HAPPINESS, YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:41:33 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR WOULD ADVISE BOTH SIDES OF THE TIME REMAINING IN DEBATE. 26-S…

      THE CHAIR WOULD ADVISE BOTH SIDES OF THE TIME REMAINING IN DEBATE. 26-S 3/4 FOR THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. AND 25-S 1/4 FOR THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    • 10:41:44 AM

      MR. NEAL

      WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO,…

      WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO, MR. LUJAN.

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    • 10:41:55 AM

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    • 10:41:58 AM

      MR. LUJAN

      THIS BILL PUT FORWARD BY CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS ISN'T A TAX PLAN, IT'S…

      THIS BILL PUT FORWARD BY CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS ISN'T A TAX PLAN, IT'S A TAX SCAM. REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO BORROW MONEY ON THE BACKS OF WORKING FAMILIES TO GIVE A TAX CUT TO CORPORATIONS AND THE TOP 1%. THIS WILL INCREASE TAXES ON THE MIDDLE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO, MR. CLASS. THIS WILL ADD TO OUR NATION'S DEBT AND PASS THE BILL TO OUR CHILDREN. THIS REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM HURTS SENIORS AND FAMILIES WITH LONG-TERM MEDICAL NEEDS BY ELIMINATING THE MEDICAL EXPENSE DEDUCTION. THE NINE MILLION AMERICANS AND NEARLY 120,000 PEOPLE IN MY HOME STATE OF NEW MEXICO DEPEND UPON, DESTROYING THE MEDICAL EXPENSE DEDUCTION DELIVERS A STAGGERING BLOW TO NEW MEXICO FAMILIES. LISTEN TO THIS STORY SENT TO ME BY LISA, A CONSTITUENT FROM NORTHERN NEW MEXICO. MY HUSBAND AND I ARE LIFELONG NATIVE NEW MEXICANS WHO GREW UP HERE, WENT TO COLLEGE HERE, AND OPENED AND OPERATED OUR TWO BUSINESSES IN OUR HOME STATE. WE'RE THE PROUD PARENTS OF TWO WONDERFUL CHILDREN. NEW MEXICO IS OUR HOME AND WE'RE PROUD TO LIVE HERE, CONTRIBUTE TO OUR STATES' ECONOMY AND REALIZE OUR COMMERCIAL OF THE AMERICAN DREAM. LIKE MOST FAMILIES TODAY, LIFE ISN'T ALWAYS EASY. THE KIDS AND I HAVE MEDICALLY COMPLEX CONDITIONS WHICH REQUIRE EXPENSIVE MEDICATIONS AND MY HUSBAND AND I STRUGGLE WITH STUDENT LOAN DEBT. HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION COSTS. MAKING A GOOD LIFE FOR OUR FAMILY. WE INCUR $5,000 TO $7,000 IN OUT OF POCKET MEDICAL COSTS EACH YEAR. WITHOUT THE MEDICAL EXPENSE DEDUCTIONS I'M NOT SURE WE COULD CONTINUE TO MEET THE DEMANDS OF RAISING HEALTHY, HAPPY CHILDREN WHILE KEEPING OUR BUSINESSES GOING AND GROWING. FOR US THIS DEDUCTION IS A LIFE LINE AND THE THOUGHT OF LOSING THAT LIFE LINE MEANS WE COULD DROWN IN DEBT. THAT'S NOT THE AMERICAN DREAM. THAT'S A NIGHTMARE. THIS IS REAL AND THIS IS PERSONAL TO PEOPLE ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. LET'S VOTE THIS BILL DOWN TODAY AND COME BACK. WORK IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION. WORK WITH OUR RANKING MEMBER. AND COME UP WITH REAL TAX REFORM THAT PUTS AMERICAN WORKING FAMILIES FIRST, MR. SPEAKER. LET'S DO THE RIGHT THING TODAY AND PUT HARDWORKING FAMILIES FIRST WITH OUR DECISION TODAY

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    • 10:44:02 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

    • 10:44:04 AM

      MR. BRADY

      MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED YOO-TO-YIELD THREE MINUTES TO A KEY LEADER OF THE…

      MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED YOO-TO-YIELD THREE MINUTES TO A KEY LEADER OF THE TAX POLICY SUBCOMMITTEE, A FELLOW TEXAN.

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    • 10:44:11 AM

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      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

    • 10:44:14 AM

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      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. IT'S…

      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. IT'S AN HONOR FOR ME TO SERVE ON THE COMMITTEE.

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    • 10:44:23 AM

      MR. NEUGEBAUER

      I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. THIS IS A…

      I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. THIS IS A HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY TO REJECT THE STATUS QUO AND PROVIDE REAL TAX RELIEF TO FAMILIES, INDIVIDUALS, AND BUSINESSES IN MY DISTRICT. AMERICA'S TAX CODE IS BROKEN. IT IS UNCOMPETITIVE FOR AMERICAN COMPANIES AND IT'S UNFAIR TO AMERICAN WORKERS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE A TAX CODE THAT WORKS FOR THEM. NOT ONE THAT WORKS FOR SPECIAL INTERESTS IN WASHINGTON. THEY DESERVE A TAX CODE THAT REWARDS THEIR LIFETIME OF HARD WORK NOT ONE THAT SQUEEZES AND DEPLETES THEIR SAVINGS. AND THEY DESERVE A TAX CODE THAT PRIORITIZES THEIR GOALS NOT PENALIZES THEIR SUCCESS. THE TAX CUTS IN JOBS ACT CREATES A TAX CODE THAT IS FOCUSED ON GROWTH, FAIRNESS, AND A BOOMING ECONOMY FOR EVERYONE. REFORMS IN THIS BILL LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD FOR SMALL BUSINESSES IN MY DISTRICT IN NORTH TEXAS AROUND THE D.F.W. AIRPORT. GIVING THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO GROW AND HIRE MORE PEOPLE AND SPEND MORE MONEY IN OUR ECONOMY. AND ALLOW THE HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS THAT I REPRESENT TO KEEP MORE OF THEIR PAYCHECK AND INCREASE THEIR FAMILY'S BUDGET. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR ALLOWING ME TO REPRESENT THE VIEWS OF MY CONSTITUENTS THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS OF THE COMMITTEE WORK. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS VERY HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY AND VOTE IN FAVOR OF THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. I YIELD MY TIME BACK.

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    • 10:46:16 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

    • 10:46:18 AM

      MR. NEAL

      THREE MINUTES TO A VERY THOUGHTFUL MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE,…

      THREE MINUTES TO A VERY THOUGHTFUL MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, MS. SANCHEZ, FOR THREE MINUTES. . MS.

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    • 10:46:24 AM

      . MS. SANCHEZ

      I RISE IN OPPOSITION OF H.R. 1, THE G.O.P. TAX SCAM. IT -- MASSIVE…

      I RISE IN OPPOSITION OF H.R. 1, THE G.O.P. TAX SCAM. IT -- MASSIVE CORPORATE TAX GROWTH DO NOT GUARANTEE JOB GROWTH OR HIGHER WAGES. THE ONLY THING GUARANTEED IS THE $2.3 TRILLION THIS SCAM YAZZ TO THE DEFICIT. DEMOCRATS ARE SERIOUS ABOUT PASSING COMPREHENSIVE TAX REFORM THAT'S FAIR AND PUTS A LITTLE MORE MONEY IN THE POCKETS OF WORKING AMERICANS. THIS FIASCO OF A BILL IS NOT FAIR. CORPORATIONS GET A MASSIVE 15% TAX CUT, BUT WHAT DO WORKING FAMILIES GET? THEY GET NICKELED AND DIMED. DESPITE STUDENT LOAN DEBT SURPASSING $1 TRILLION, THIS BILL ELIMINATES THE STUDENT LOAN INTEREST DEDUCTION WHICH ONLY ALLOWS THOSE EARNING $80,000 OR LESS TO CLAIM IT IN THE FIRST PLACE. SQUARELY HURTING MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS WHO ARE TRYING TO PAY OFF DEBT, SAVE FOR A HOME OR BUY A NEW CAR. TEACHERS WILL NO LONG ARE BE ABLE TO DEDUCT EXPENSE -- LONGER BE ABLE TO DEDUCT EXPENSES THAT THEY PURCHASE WITH THEIR OWN MONEY FOR THEIR CLASSROOMS. YET, CORPORATIONS ARE ABLE TO DEDUCT THE SAME SUPPLIES THAT THEY PURCHASE. SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC ILLNESSES WOULD NO LONGER BE ABLE TO DEDUCT SOME OF THE COST OF THEIR TREATMENT. AND AT A TIME WHEN MANY FAMILIES ARE FEELING THE PRESSURES OF AFFORDING CARE FOR THEIR CHILDREN AND THEIR AGING PARENTS, THIS MONEY -- THIS BILL TAKES MONEY RIGHT OUT OF THEIR POCKETS. UNDER THIS BILL, 29 MILLION HOUSEHOLDS WOULD LOSE THE PROPERTY TAX DEDUCTION. 80% OF MIDDLE-CLASS HOMEOWNERS WOULD LOSE, COMPARED WITH JUST 13% OF HIGH-INCOME EARNERS. DOES THAT SOUND FAIR? FINALLY, THE ELIMINATION OF THE STATE AND LOCAL INCOME TAX DEDUCTION DISPROPORTIONATELY IMPACTS MIDDLE-INCOME FAMILIES, ESPECIALLY THOSE IN CALIFORNIA, WHOSE RESIDENTS WOULD SEE AN OVERALL TAX INCREASE OF $12.1 BILLION. THE TAX CODE IS A REFLECTION OF OUR VALUES. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE CLEARLY CHOSEN WHO THEY SERVE -- THE WEALTHY AND CORPORATIONS -- BUT I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THE 36 MILLION AMERICANS WHO WILL SEE A TAX INCREASE, TEACHERS AND THEIR STUDENTS AND PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. MY COLLEAGUES, I URGE YOU TO VOTE NO ON THIS DISASTER OF A BILL, AND, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD TWO LETTERS, ONE BY SCIU, AND ONE BY THE AFL-CIO, BOTH IN OPPOSITION OF THIS BILL.

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    • 10:49:01 AM

      TEMPORE WITHOUT

      WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

    • 10:49:02 AM

      MR. BRADY

      I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA…

      I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA AND OUR CHIEF DEPUTY WHIP, MR. MCHENRY.

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    • 10:49:08 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

    • 10:49:13 AM

      MR. MCHENRY

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIR OF THE WAYS AND MEANS…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIR OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE FOR HIS HARD WORK AND HIS EFFORT, HIS STAFF'S EFFORT AND COMMITTEE EFFORT. THE TAX CUT AND JOBS ACT IS A VITALLY IMPORTANT BILL. THIS WILL HELP ALL AMERICANS' LIVES FOR THE BETTER. THE NAME FITS FOR THIS BILL AS WELL. IT TRULY IS A TAX CUT FOR AMERICAN WORKING FAMILIES AND IT CREATES GOOD-PAYING JOBS. THE BILL IS THE RESULT OF OVER THREE YEARS OF HARD WORK HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. IT'S BEEN CLEAR FOR YEARS THAT OUR TAX CODE IS BROKEN. WE ALL AGREE ON THAT. BUT SIMPLY PUT, IT DOES NOT WORK FOR THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND WHAT WE DO IS SIMPLIFY THE TAX CODE. MORE AMERICANS WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE A STANDARD DEDUCTION, FILE ON A POSTCARD THEIR TAX RETURN. SIMPLIFIES THE PROCESS. IMPORTANTLY, IT MAKES US MORE COMPETITIVE INTERNATIONALLY SO WE DON'T LOSE JOBS TO OVERSEAS COMPANIES. THAT MAKES US STRONG AS A NATION. AND AT THE SAME TIME IT HELPS SMALL BUSINESSES COMPETE WITH THOSE LARGE BUSINESSES, WITH THOSE GLOBAL BUSINESSES AND MAKE SURE OUR MAIN STREETS ARE STRONG IN AMERICA. THIS IS A VERY GOOD BILL. IT IS A VERY GOOD BILL, WELL-CONTEMPLATED, AND WILL HAVE A GREAT IMPACT ON WORKING FAMILIES. THE BILL HELPS FAMILIES IN MY DISTRICT, IN PARTICULAR. THE TAX FOUNDATION SAYS THAT AVERAGE MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES IN MY DISTRICT IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA ARE GOING TO SEE A $2,400 INCREASE IN THEIR TAX-HOME PAY. THAT'S REAL MONEY FOR WORKING AMERICANS. IT'S REAL MONEY FOR NORTH CAROLINAIANS AS WELL. THE BILL ALSO HELPS SMALL BUSINESSES BY REDUCING THEIR TAX RATES AND ALLOWING THEM TO CREATE MORE GOOD-PAYING JOBS. WE NEED THAT. SMALL BUSINESSES ARE THE LIFEBLOOD OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA'S COMMUNITIES. WE NEED THEM STRENGTHENED. THE SAME TAX FOUNDATION STUDY ESTIMATES THAT THIS BILL WILL CREATE NEARLY A MILLION NEW JOBS NATIONWIDE, INCLUDING MORE THAN 30,000 IN NORTH CAROLINA ALONE. NOW, THERE'S A GREAT DEBATE IN THIS BODY ABOUT THE APPROACH WE TOOK ON THIS BILL. THERE'S A FUNDAMENTAL DISAGREEMENT BETWEEN THE TWO PARTIES HERE. MY COLLEAGUES ON THE LEFT WANT MORE POWER, MORE EXPENDITURES FROM GOVERNMENT AND WANT TO TAKE MORE FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN ORDER TO PAY FOR THAT. WE BELIEVE ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT AMERICAN FAMILIES SHOULD BE ABLE TO KEEP MORE OF WHAT THEY EARN, MAKE MORE DECISIONS FOR THEMSELVES, EMPOWER COMMUNITIES, EMPOWER SMALL BUSINESSES AND MAKE US MORE COMPETITIVE AND MAKE US STRONGER. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THIS BILL, TO SEND A STRONG MESSAGE THAT WE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAVE A STRONG TAX PACKAGE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO GETTING THIS BILL SIGNED INTO LAW BEFORE CHRISTMAS. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:52:06 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

    • 10:52:08 AM

      MR. NEAL

      MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO MANAGE THE BILL TO…

      MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO MANAGE THE BILL TO MR. LARSON.

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    • 10:52:15 AM

      TEMPORE WITHOUT

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT WILL CONTROL THE BALANCE…

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT WILL CONTROL THE BALANCE OF THE TIME WHICH IS 20 3/4 MINUTES.

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    • 10:52:20 AM

      MR. LARSON

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE CHAIRMAN OF…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS, GREAT LEADER ON THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE , THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK,

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    • 10:52:31 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      FOR HOW MUCH TIME?

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      MR. LARSON

      FOR THREE MINUTES.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

    • 10:52:36 AM

      MR. CROWLEY

      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. THANK YOU FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. I…

      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. THANK YOU FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. I HAVE TO GIVE IT TO SPEAKER RYAN AND TO PRESIDENT TRUMP AND ALL OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES. I GIVE THEM THEIR DUE. ANNOUNCED EARLIER THIS YEAR THEY WOULD CUT TAXES FOR CORPORATE SPECIAL INTERESTS. AND TODAY THEY'RE FOLLOWING THROUGH ON THAT PROMISE. THE PROBLEM IS IN ORDER TO DO IT THEY ARE RAISING TAXES ON MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES. AND DON'T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT. LISTEN TO THEM. REPUBLICANS STARTED THIS PROCESS BY SAYING EVERY AMERICAN, EVERYONE IN AMERICA WILL GET A TAX CUT. NOW THEY'RE SAYING ON AVERAGE PEOPLE WILL GET A TAX CUT. AND EVEN THAT ISN'T CORRECT. IT IS TIME TO BE HONEST WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WHAT WE HAVE BEFORE US TODAY ISN'T A BILL. IT IS A SCAM. A SCAM THAT WILL HURT HOMEOWNERS IN IRVINE, CALIFORNIA, IN MRS. WALTERS' DISTRICT. THAT WILL HURT LANCASTER, NEW YORK, IN CHRIS COLLINS' DISTRICT. IT WILL HURT TOM MCARTHURARY DISTRICT. AND HURT AMERICANS IN PETE ROSKAM'S DISTRICT. AND WILL HURT MIDDLE-CLASS DISTRICTS IN OUR COUNTRY, 36 MILLION PEOPLE TO BE EXPECT. IN INSIDE DISTRICT, QUARTER OF ALL WHOM OWNERS WILL LOSE THE ABILITY TO DEDUCT THEIR TAXES. CORPORATE SPECIAL INTERESTS, THEY CAN STILL DEDUCT THEIR TAXES UNDER THE G.O.P. PLAN. 20,000 STUDENTS IN QUEENS AND THE BRONX IN MY DISTRICT WILL LOSE ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAYS TO PAY DOWN THEIR STUDENT LOAN DEBT. THAT'S RIGHT, REPUBLICANS ARE ELIMINATING THE ABILITY TO DEDUCT THE INTEREST ON STUDENT LOAN PAYMENTS. THIS SCAM ELIMINATES THE ASSISTANCE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES TO HIRE VETERANS HERE AT HOME. BUT IT CONTINUES THE TAX BREAKS TO SHIP AMERICAN JOBS OVERSEAS AND, YES, YOU HEARD THAT CORRECTLY. REPUBLICANS AND PRESIDENT TRUMP ARE DOLING OUT TAX BREAKS FOR COMPANIES TO MOVE OVERSEAS BUT WILL TAKE AWAY BENEFITS TO HIRE AMERICAN VETERANS RIGHT HERE AT HOME. THESE AREN'T THE VALUES OF MY CONSTITUENTS. BUT APPARENTLY THEY'RE THE VALUES OF SPEAKER RYAN, PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE ENTIRE CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICAN CAUCUS. SO HOW DID WE END UP HERE? IT'S BECAUSE THE REPUBLICANS SAT DOWN TO WRITE THIS BILL, THEY DIDN'T HAVE THE AVERAGE AMERICAN IN MIND. THEY HAD THEIR WEALTHY DONORS AND CORPORATE FRIENDS IN MIND. REPUBLICANS STARTED TAX REFORM WITH THIS QUESTION -- HOW DO WE GET THE CORPORATE RATE DOWN? DEMOCRATS WOULD HAVE STARTED WITH THE QUESTION -- HOW DO WE RAISE UP THE MIDDLE CLASS? REPUBLICANS WROTE A BILL, A TAX SCAM THAT BENEFITS PEOPLE WHO OWN SECOND AND THIRD HOMES BUT LEFT BEHIND AVERAGE AMERICAN HOMEOWNERS. THEY LEFT BEHIND TEACHERS TO USE THEIR OWN MONEY TO BUY SCHOOL SUPPLIES. THEY LEFT AVERAGE AMERICANS BEHIND BECAUSE THEY NEVER HAD YOU IN MIND TO BEGIN WITH. SO ON BEHALF OF HARDWORKING PEOPLE --

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    • 10:55:50 AM

      MR. LARSON

      I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL 15 SECONDS.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 15 SECONDS.

    • 10:55:56 AM

      MR. CROWLEY

      ON BEHALF OF HARDWORKING AMERICANS THROUGHOUT THIS COUNTRY, I SAY VOTE NO…

      ON BEHALF OF HARDWORKING AMERICANS THROUGHOUT THIS COUNTRY, I SAY VOTE NO ON H.R. 1. VOTE NO ON H.R. 1%. YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:56:07 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

    • 10:56:09 AM

      MR. BRADY

      I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN…

      I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR.ESTESS. -- MR. ESTES.

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    • 10:56:14 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

    • 10:56:17 AM

      MR. ESTES

      THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN BRADY, FOR YOUR EFFORT ON GETTING THIS TAX REFORM…

      THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN BRADY, FOR YOUR EFFORT ON GETTING THIS TAX REFORM DONE. OUR UNCOMPETITIVE TAX CODE HAS LED TO SLOW ECONOMIC GROWTH IN THE PAST DECADE IN AMERICA. TODAY WE ARE TAKING AN IMPORTANT STEP TO DO THAT. THIS BILL WILL HELP FOSTER ECONOMIC GROWTH. FOR MORE THAN THREE DECADES, FAMILIES HAVE PAID A GROWING COST FOR OUR COUNTRY'S INCREASINGLY COMPLEX AND BURDENSOME TAX CODE THAT'S CHALKED FULL OF SPECIAL INTEREST LOOPHOLES. THIS ISN'T FAIR. THE TAX CUT AND JOBS ACT WILL SIMPLIFY THE PROCESS OF FILING TAXES BY DOUBLING THE SIZE OF STANDARD DEDUCTION AND REMOVE THE NEED FOR MILLIONS TO ITEMIZE THEIR DEDUCTIONS AND WILL PROVIDE RELIEF TO MIDDLE-INCOME WORKING FAMILIES. THIS BILL ALSO INCLUDES MANY TAX REFORMS FOR BUSINESSES IN ORDER TO SPUR ECONOMIC GROWTH. THE BILL MAKES IT EASIER FOR ENTREPRENEURS TO START BUSINESSES AND TO BRING DOWN THE CORPORATE TAX RATE FROM 35% TO 20%, TO BE IN LINE WITH OUR COMPETITORS AROUND THE WORLD. THIS WILL HELP SPUR ECONOMIC GROWTH BY ENCOURAGING BUSINESSES TO MOVE THEIR CAPITAL AND JOBS BACK TO THE UNITED STATES. AND WILL HELP LOWER PRICES FOR AMERICANS WHO ARE THE ONES WHO ULTIMATELY PAY FOR HIGH CORPORATE TAXES THROUGH HIGHER PRICES. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:57:28 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT.

    • 10:57:30 AM

      MR. LARSON

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

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. NOW I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, THE SON OF A PREACHER MAN AND WHO ALWAYS SPEAKS TRUTH TO POWER, JIM CLYBURN.

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    • 10:57:42 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      FOR WHAT AMOUNT OF TIME?

    • 10:57:44 AM

      MR. LARSON

      THREE MINUTES.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

    • 10:57:49 AM

      MR. CLYBURN

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. LARSON, FOR YIELDING…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. LARSON, FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. MR. SPEAKER, THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY IS A WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING. REPUBLICANS CAN DREAM, DRESS IT UP AND CALL IT GOOD NAMES. THAT WILL NOT CHANGE THE FACT THAT H.R. 1 IS A SCAM THAT WILL BE PERPETRATED ON AMERICA'S MIDDLE-INCOME FAMILIES. THIS BILL WILL MAKE IT HARDER TO OWN A HOME, RAISE A FAMILY AND AFFORD A POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION. IT SHOULD COME TO NO SURPRISE THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WANTED TO CALL THE BILL, QUOTE-UNQUOTE, CUT, CUT, CUT. THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN APROPOS. THE FIRST CUT IS FOR HIM AND HIS FAMILY. THE SECOND CUT IS FOR THE WEALTHY -- HIS WEALTHY FRIENDS. AND THE THIRD CUT IS FOR LARGE CORPORATIONS AND BUSINESSES THAT SHIP JOBS OVERSEAS. H.R. 1 CERTAINLY DOES NOT CUT TAXES FOR MIDDLE-INCOME FAMILIES OR SMALL BUSINESSES. IN FACT, IT DOES JUST THE OPPOSITE. H.R. 1, MILLIONS OF MIDDLE-INCOME FAMILIES WILL PAY MORE. 500,000 OF WHOM LIVE IN SOUTH CAROLINA. MIDDLE-INCOME FAMILIES AND FIRST-TIME HOMEOWNERS WHO UTILIZE MORTGAGE INTEREST DEDUCTIONS WILL PAY MORE BECAUSE THE G.O.P. SCAM LOWERS THE CAP, MAKING HOMEOWNERSHIP MORE EXPENSIVE AND DRIVING DOWN PROPERTY TAXES FOR CURRENT HOMEOWNERS. MIDDLE-INCOME FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN IN COLLEGE OR RECENT GRADUATES WILL PAY MORE BECAUSE THE G.O.P. SCAM ELIMINATES DEDUCTIONS FOR INTEREST ON STUDENT LOANS. THIS INCLUDES 12 MILLION AMERICAN FAMILIES, 156,000 OF WHOM ARE SOUTH CAROLINIANS. MIDDLE-INCOME FAMILIES STRUGGLING TO PAY COSTLY MEDICAL BILLS WILL PAY MORE BECAUSE THE G.O.P. SCAM SHAMEFULLY ELIMINATES THAT DEDUCTIBILITY. THIS INCLUDES NINE MILLION AMERICAN FAMILIES AND NEARLY 100,000 -- 140,000 LIVE IN SOUTH CAROLINA. MIDDLE-INCOME FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN IN DAYCARE, NURSERIES OR AGING PARENTS WILL PAY MORE BECAUSE THE G.O.P. SCAM ELIMINATES THE DEDUCTIONS FOR DEPENDENT CARE ASSISTANCE. MIDDLE-INCOME SCHOOL TEACHERS WILL PAY MORE BECAUSE THE G.O.P. SCAM ELIMINATES THEIR ABILITY TO DEDUCT THE COST OF THE SUPPLIES THEY PURCHASE FOR THEIR CLASSROOMS. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 1 IS AN ATTACK ON MIDDLE-INCOME FAMILIES. IT WILL SUBJECT THE GOOD PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY TO A SECOND GRADE RECESSION AND RAISE TAXES ON 36 MILLION MIDDLE-INCOME HOUSEHOLDS. ACCORDING TO THE NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, THIS G.O.P. TAX SCAM WILL ADD $1.5 TRILLION TO THE DEFICIT OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS AND TRIGGER MASSIVE FUNDING CUTS ACROSS THE GOVERNMENT NEXT YEAR. . I YIELD BACK.

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    • 11:01:06 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

    • 11:01:07 AM

      MR. BRADY

      MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, DR.…

      MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, DR. HARRIS.

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    • 11:01:13 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

    • 11:01:15 AM

      MR. HARRIS

      WILL ALL BE HELPED BY THIS LEGISLATION. I YIELD TO THE CHAIRMAN.

    • 11:02:10 AM

      MR. BRADY

      I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND FROM MARYLAND FOR YIELDING. INTENT OF OUR TAX…

      I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND FROM MARYLAND FOR YIELDING. INTENT OF OUR TAX REFORM BILL IS TO ACHIEVE TAX RELIEF FOR INDIVIDUALS AT EVERY INCOME LEVEL AND EVERY STATE. I AGREE WITH THE GENTLEMAN THERE ARE STILL SOME AREAS WHERE WE WILL AND CAN MAKE IMPROVEMENT. THE GENTLEMAN IS WILLING TO HELP US CONTINUE TO MOVE THIS PROCESS FORWARD TODAY, I'M HAPPY TO COMMIT TO WORKING WITH YOU TO ENSURE WE REACH A POSITIVE OUTCOME FOR YOUR CONSTITUENTS TO RECONCILE OUR DIFFERENCE WAS THE SENATE. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 11:02:39 AM

      MR. HARRIS

      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND THANK YOU FOR AGREEING TO WORK WITH ME ON…

      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND THANK YOU FOR AGREEING TO WORK WITH ME ON THIS AS WE MOVE FORWARD. AND I URGE

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    • 11:02:43 AM

      MR. HARRIS

      THANK MY-DIRBLE' BE VOTING FOR THIS BILL TODAY AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO…

      THANK MY-DIRBLE' BE VOTING FOR THIS BILL TODAY AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THIS BILL TO INCREASE AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 11:02:48 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT.

    • 11:02:52 AM

      MR. LARSON

      I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE LEAD DEMOCRAT ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE,…

      I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE LEAD DEMOCRAT ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, WHO UNDERSTANDS THE IMPACT OF DOUBLE TAXATION FROM A DONOR STATE, ELIOT ENGEL.

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    • 11:03:04 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

    • 11:03:06 AM

      MR. ENGEL

      THANK YOU. SOMEONE NEAR AND DEAR TO ME ONCE SAID THAT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY…

      THANK YOU. SOMEONE NEAR AND DEAR TO ME ONCE SAID THAT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS THE PARTY OF RICH MEN AND WOMEN AND THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS THE PARTY OF WORKING MEN AND WOMEN. NOTHING PROVES THAT MORE THAN THIS TAX SCAM TODAY. I HAVE BEEN AROUND HERE A LONG TIME. OF ALL THE BILLS I HAVE SEEN THIS IS ONE OF THE WORST BILLS I HAVE EVER SEEN ON THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE. IT'S ACTUALLY A DISASTER. IT RAISES TAXES ON THE MIDDLE CLASS. ON MILLIONS OF FAMILIES ACROSS AMERICA. IT ADDS TRILLIONS TO THE ALL THE BILLS I HAVE SEEN THIS IS ONE OF THE WORST BILLS I HAVE EVER SEEN ON THE FLOOR OF DEBT TO GIVE TAX CUTS TO AMERICA'S WEALTHY FAMILIES AND CORPORATIONS WHILE STRIPPING CREDITS AND DEDUCTION FROM MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY? THIS BUDGET RANSACKS MEDICARE AND MEDICAID OF $1.5 TRILLION AND THE G.O.P. WILL USE THE NEW DEFICITS TO JUSTIFY FURTHER DEVASTATING MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. AND FINALLY, IT'S A TERRIBLE DISASTER FOR MY NEW YORK CONSTITUENTS WHO ALREADY PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE OF TAXES. NEW YORK IS A DONOR STATE. KEY DEDUCTIONS TO PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE OF TAXES. NEW YORK IS A DONOR STATE. MEANING THAT WE PAY MORE TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAN WHAT WE GET IN RETURN. THIS WILL REDUCE OR ELIMINATE JUST CURBING OR ELIMINATING THE DEDUCTIBILITY OF STATE AND LOCAL TAX, MORTGAGE INTEREST DEDUCTIONS, COLLEGE DEBTS, STUDENT LOANS, FOR A HIGH TAX STATE. THIS IS A DISASTER. SCRAP DISASTER. SCRAP THIS DISASTER. GO BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD AND WRITE A BILL WHICH IS FAIR TO THE TAXPAYERS.

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    • 11:04:31 AM

      TEMPORE GENTLEMAN

      GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. MR. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES HIS TIME MUCH THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES HIS TIME MUCH THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT.

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    • 11:04:41 AM

      MR. LARSON

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW RECOGNIZE FOR ONE MINUTE THE GENTLELADY FROM…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW RECOGNIZE FOR ONE MINUTE THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, THE VOICE OF HOUSTON, SHEILA JACKSON LEE.

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    • 11:04:45 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

    • 11:04:48 AM

      MS. JACKSON LEE

      BRADY: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS NOT THE AMERICAN DREAM…

      BRADY: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS NOT THE AMERICAN DREAM TAX PLAN. THIS IS THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE. A TAX SCAM OF THE WORST PROPORTION. WITH OVER 8,000 OF MY CONSTITUENTS LAST EVENING ON A TELECONFERENCE TOWN HALL MEETING, OVERWHELMINGLY THEY DISAGREE WITH THE TAX PLAN THAT CUTS MEDICARE OR MEDICAID TO FINANCE TAX CUTS. ELIMINATES THE MORTGAGE TAX DEDUCTION SO THAT THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING FROM HURRICANE HARVEY TRYING TO REBUILD THEIR LIVES SEEKING A NEW HOME CANNOT, IN FACT, DEDUCT THEIR MORTGAGE. THE SAME THING WITH THE 200,000 TEXANS WHO ARE GOING TO PAY MORE BECAUSE WE'RE ELIMINATING THE DEDUCTION FOR STATE AND LOCAL TAXES AND ELIMINATING DEDUCTIONS FOR STUDENT LOANS, CASUALTY LOSSES. BY THE YEAR NEXT YEAR, $25 BILLION IN SOCIAL SECURITY CUTS AND MY SENIORS ON THE PHONE LAST NIGHT ASKED ME ABOUT THOSE CUTS. THEY ASKED ME ABOUT THE MEDICAL EXPENSES CUTS FOR SENIORS. ALL OF THAT IS ELIMINATING. THIS WILL BE A PLAN THAT WILL SHOW NO GROWTH OF THE TAX POLICY -- THE NEUTRAL TAX POLICY ENTITY SAID YOU'LL GET NO GROWTH, NO GROWTH IN WAGES. AND SEND JOBS OVERSEAS IN WAVES. IT'S A TAX SCAM AND IT IS AN AMERICAN NIGHTMARE. VOTE AGAINST THIS TAX SCAM.

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    • 11:06:11 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    • 11:06:14 AM

      MR. BRADY

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RESERVE.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT.

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      MR. LARSON

      WE WILL RESERVE AS WELL.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT RESERVES HIS TIME.

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      MR. BRADY

      MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF ONE MINUTE.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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      MR. BRADY

      THANK YOU. I NOTE THAT CONSTITUENTS IN THE 18TH DISTRICT OF TEXAS IT, THE…

      THANK YOU. I NOTE THAT CONSTITUENTS IN THE 18TH DISTRICT OF TEXAS IT, THE PAST SPEAKER, THAT AVERAGE FAMILY WILL SEE A TAX CUT OF NEARLY $1,000. IN TEXAS WILL GROW 81,000 NEW JOBS. AND SEE HIGHER PAYCHECKS AS A RESULT OF THIS TAX REFORM BILL. WE'RE PROPOSING A TAX CODE SO FAIR AND SIMPLE NINE OUT OF 10 AMERICANS WILL BE ABLE TO FILE USING A SIMPLE POSTCARD SYSTEM. THERE IS A FAIRNESS AND QUALITY THAT EACH AMERICAN KNOWING WHAT EACH OTHER'S DEDUCTIONS ARE BECAUSE WE HAVE EXACTLY THE SAME ONE. THIS SIMPLESTITY, THIS FAIRNESS, THESE LARGER PAYCHECKS, THIS IS WHAT THE TAX CUT IN JOBS ACT IS ALL ABOUT. I RESERVE.

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    • 11:07:14 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    • 11:07:39 AM

      MR. LARSON

      CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES…

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    • 11:07:46 AM

      MR. BRADY

      FROM WASHINGTON, KATHY MSHES -- MCMORRIS RODGERS.

    • 11:07:59 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLELADY FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

    • 11:08:02 AM

      MRS. MCMORRIS RODGERS

      THANK YOU VERY MUCH. BIG THANK YOU TO THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON…

      THANK YOU VERY MUCH. BIG THANK YOU TO THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION THIS MORNING. I'M PROUD TO RISE IN SUPPORT OF ENACTING TAX REFORM, TAX RELIEF TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. WE HAVE BEEN WAITING A LONG TIME. MORE THAN 30 YEARS. WHILE EVERYTHING ELSE HAS CHANGED OVER 30 YEARS, OUR TAX CODE, UNFORTUNATELY, HAS ONLY GOTTEN OLD, OUTDATED, BIGGER, MORE COMPLICATED. IT'S BECOME A BURDEN. A BURDEN THAT WE'RE GOING TO LIFT. NOW, THERE'S SOME DEFENDERS OF THE STATUS QUO WHO THINK THAT THE TAX CODE IS JUST FINE. THAT'S NOT WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SENT US HERE TO DO, TO DEFEND THE STATUS QUO. WE'RE HERE TO DO THE BIG THING. OUR PLAN REWRITES THE TAX CODE TO PUT AMERICAN FAMILIES FIRST. INCLUDING FAMILIES WHO HAVE CHILDREN WITH DISABILITY. FOR THESE FAMILIES WHO MAY HAVE SAVED FOR THEIR SON OUR DAUGHTER'S COLLEGE TUITION, WHICH IS NO LONGER NEEDED, OUR PLAN CARRIES ON THE LEGACY OF THE ABLE ACT BY ALLOWING THEM TO ROLL OVER FROM A 529 ACCOUNT TO A 529-A ACCOUNT, AN ABLE ACCOUNT, TO PAY FOR THINGS LIKE MEDICAL BILLS OR WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT, INSTEAD. WITH THIS BILL WE'RE MAKING IT EASIER FOR EVERYONE TO ACCOUNT, TO PAY FOR THINGS LIKE REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL. WE'RE LIFTING THE TAX BURDEN FOR EVERYDAY HARDWORKING AMERICANS. AN EXTRA $1,182 FOR MIDDLE INCOME FAMILIES IN PLACES LIKE EASTERN WASHINGTON COULD MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIVING PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK AND SAVING FOR RETIREMENT OR MAKING THAT CAR PAYMENT. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A HISTORIC MOMENT. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY BY VOTING IN FAVOR OF THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. LET'S HELP OUR HARDWORKING MEN AND WOMEN ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 11:09:57 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT.

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      MR. LARSON

      MR. SPEAKER, I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS FOR A UNANIMOUS CONSENT…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS FOR A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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    • 11:10:03 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

    • 11:10:06 AM

      MS. JACKSON LEE

      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PLACE INTO THE RECORD…

      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PLACE INTO THE RECORD "THE WASHINGTON POST" OP-ED THE REPUBLICAN TAX PLAN'S FIVE WORST DANGERS BY SECRETARY RUBEN DATED NOVEMBER 15, 2017.

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    • 11:10:17 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      15, 2017.

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      TEMPORE WITHOUT

      PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE SRK THE CHAIR DECLARES

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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.

    • 11:10:53 AM

      Recess

      The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.

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        OF RULE 19, FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1 WILL NOW RESUME. THE CLERK…

        OF RULE 19, FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1 WILL NOW RESUME. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

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    • 12:30:51 PM

      Reconvened

      The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of November 16.

      • 12:31:05 PM

        Pursuant to clause 1(c) of rule 19, the House continued with further consideration on H.R. 1.

        • 12:31:07 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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        • 12:31:17 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          WHEN PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED EARLIER TODAY, 29 1/2 MINUTES OF DEBATE…

          WHEN PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED EARLIER TODAY, 29 1/2 MINUTES OF DEBATE REMAINED ON THE BILL. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BRADY, HAS 17 MINUTES REMAINING. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. NEAL, HAS 12 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BRADY.

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    • 12:31:18 PM

      DEBATE

      The House resumed with debate on H.R. 1.

      • 12:31:30 PM

        MR. BRADY

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

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA, MR. YOUNG.

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      • 12:31:35 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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        MR. YOUNG

        THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. CONGRESS ESTABLISHED ALASKA NATIVE…

        THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. CONGRESS ESTABLISHED ALASKA NATIVE SETTLEMENT TRUST IN 1988, TO PROVIDE PERMANENT HEALTH ED -- HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND WELFARE BENEFITS TO ALASKA NATIVES WHO WERE AMONG THE MOST ECONOMICALLY DISVANGED POPULATION IN THE UNITED STATES. UNFORTUNATELY, MR. CHAIRMAN, THE TAX CODE HAS MANY CASES IMPEDED THE CREATION AND FUNDING OF THE SETTLEMENTS. AS A RESULT, ALASKA NATIVE SETTLEMENT TRUST HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO FUNCTION IN THE MANNER CONGRESS ORIGINALLY INTENDED, TO PROVIDE BENEFITS FOR ALASKA NATIVES. TO REMEDY SOME OF THESE TAX ISSUES, I HAVE SPONSORED H.R. 3524, WHICH PERMITS ALASKA NATIVE CORPORATION TO DEDUCT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE SETTLEMENT TRUST. THE PROVISION OF H.R. 3524 WERE NOT INCLUDED IN H.R. 1 AND THE TAX BILL ALSO ADVERSELY INCREASES THE TAX RATE FROM 10% TO 12%. THIS WOULD MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR THE ALASKA NATIVE TRUST TO PROVIDE LONG-TERM BENEFITS TO ALASKA NATIVES. I REQUEST THAT YOU INCLUDE THE PROVISION OF H.R. 3524 IN THE FINAL CONFERENCE REPORT THAT RESULTS FROM THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE.

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      • 12:32:43 PM

        MR. BRADY

        IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD. I AM PLEASED TO WORK WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

        IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD. I AM PLEASED TO WORK WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. THE ALASKA NATIVE COMMUNITY. UNDER THE BILL, ALASKA NATIVE SETTLEMENT TRUST WOULD BE UNINTENTIONALLY SUBJECT TO SLIGHTLY HIGHER TAX RATES. I THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THIS TO MY ATTENTION. I ASSURE YOU I WILL FOCUS ON THIS IN CONFERENCE AS WE FINALIZE INDIVIDUAL RATE STRUCK TURS BETWEEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE -- STRUCTURES BETWEEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU TO ADVANCE PROVISIONS OF THE BILL IN THIS AREA.

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        MR. YOUNG

        THANK YOU. I THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMITMENT AND INCLUSION OF H.R. 3524 AND…

        THANK YOU. I THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMITMENT AND INCLUSION OF H.R. 3524 AND MAINTAIN EXISTING RATES AND LAW WITH REGARD TO ALASKA NATIVE SETTLEMENT TRUST. AND MORE GENERALLY, FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THE ALASKA NATIVE COMMUNITY. THANK YOU.

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      • 12:33:27 PM

        MR. BRADY

        THANK YOU, SIR.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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      • 12:33:33 PM

        MR. NEAL

        MEERKS I YIELD MYSELF FOUR MINUTES -- MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF FOUR…

        MEERKS I YIELD MYSELF FOUR MINUTES -- MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF FOUR MINUTES.

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      • 12:33:36 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

      • 12:33:46 PM

        MR. NEAL

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS WE WIND DOWN THIS DEBATE ON TAX REFORM OR WHAT…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS WE WIND DOWN THIS DEBATE ON TAX REFORM OR WHAT WE SHOULD REALLY CALL IT, A TAX CUT, I THINK THAT WE SHOULD TABULATE THIS AS A MISSED OPPORTUNITY. THIS COULD HAVE BEEN DONE BETWEEN THE TWO PARTIES. INSTEAD MUCH OF THIS WAS CONSTRUCTED WITHOUT ANY DEMOCRATIC INPUT. REMINDER, IN 1986, THE HISTORIC TAX REFORM ACT INCLUDED PRESIDENT REAGAN AND SPEAKER O'NEILL, CHAIRMAN ROSTENKOWSKI, DICK GEPHARDT AND BILL BRADLEY. AND IN THIS INSTANCE HERE, 32 YEARS LATER, NOT ONE HEARING WAS HELD ON THIS TAX BILL THAT IS ABOUT TO BE VOTED ON IN THE NEXT 45 MINUTES. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THAT IS THAT THERE WAS NEVER ANY BACK AND FORTH. AND IN 1986, EXPERT TESTIMONY WAS SOUGHT FROM 450 WITNESSES. WE HAD NOT ONE WITNESS WHO COMMENTED ON THE LEGISLATION. IT'S BEEN ADVERTISED AS A MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT. HOW CAN YOU SAY THAT THIS IS A MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT AND COMPARE THAT TO REPEAL OF THE ESTATE TAX? HOW MANY MIDDLE CLASS PEOPLE IN AMERICA PAY THE ESTATE TAX? THAT'S HOW MANY PEOPLE PAY T ESTATE TAX. NO MIDDLE CLASS AMERICAN PAYS THE ESTATE TAX. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A DEATH TAX. IN ADDITION TO WHICH A MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT IS DESCRIBED AS DOING AWAY WITH THE ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX. 4.5 MILLION MILLION FAMILIES PAY ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX IN AMERICA. THAT'S IT. I FIXED THE PROBLEM YEARS AGO FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS AND 27 MILLION PEOPLE STOPPED PAYING A.M.T. SO NOW WE'RE DOWN TO PEOPLE AT THE VERY TOP. SO HOW ARE WE PAYING FOR THIS? HOW ARE THEY PAYING FOR IT? THEY'VE DECIDED THAT THAT TEACHER WHO USED TO HAVE $250 THAT THEY COULD DEDUCT ON THEIR INCOME TAXES, THAT'S GOING TO BE ABOLISHED. SO IF YOU HAVE ALZHEIMER'S AND YOU EXCEEDED 10% NUMBER IN TERMS OF IN OF COST OF YOUR HEALTH CARE IN LOVING FOR THAT LOVED ONE AT HOME WHO IS SICK OR HAS DIMENSION YARKS THAT'S HOW THEY'RE GOING TO PAY FOR THE TAX CUT. THEY'RE GOING TO TAKE THAT AWAY. STATE AND LOCAL PROPERTY TAXES? THEY'RE GOING TO TAKE THEM AWAY. THE DEDUCTION. THEY'RE GOING TO PARE BACK THE MORTGAGE INTEREST DEDUCTION. ALL OF THIS ADVERTISED ON THE BASIS OF A MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT? PEOPLE AT THE BOTTOM END ARE NOT GOING TO GET MUCH FROM THIS TAX CUT. I WANT TO TAKE YOU BACK AGAIN AS I HAVE REPEATEDLY, BECAUSE I'VE CAST THREE GREAT VOTES IN THIS HOUSE DURING MY 29 YEARS. AGAINST THE IRAQ WAR, AND THERE WEREN'T MANY OF US. AND AGAINST THE CUTS IN 2001 TO THE TAX SYSTEM AND 2003. ALL ADVERTISED AS PRO-GROWTH ECONOMICS. THERE WAS NO ECONOMIC GROWTH FROM THE TAX CUTS OF 2001, WHICH TOE AT THAT -- TOTALED BY THE WAY $1.3 TRILLION. FOR EVERYBODY WHO SAYS AT THE TIME, EVERYBODY GETS A TAX CUT, THEY WERE CORRECT. YOU LOOK AT THE TABLES SEERKS WHAT PEOPLE GOT AT THE TOP AND THEN WHAT PEOPLE GOT AT THE BOTTOM. AND THEN WE CAME BACK IN 2003 AND CUT ANOTHER $1 TRILLION IN TAXES. ADVERTISED AS PRO-GROWTH ECONOMICS. ZIPPO GROWTH OCCURRED. THEN BY THE WAY, THE GRAND DADDY OF THEM ALL, HOW ABOUT REPATRIATION. REPATRIATION, BRINGING BACK THOSE EARNINGS TO THE UNITED STATES FOR INVESTMENT IN JOB GROWTH. AT BY THE WAY 5.25% WAS THE TAX BURDEN THEY CARRIED. ALL BASED ON JOB GROWTH. IT WAS FOR STOCK BUYBACKS, DIVIDENDS AND LAYOFFS. WE HAD A CHANCE HERE TO DO SOMETHING HISTORIC. WE HAD A CHANCE HERE IN THIS DEBATE AND DISCUSSION BECAUSE THERE'S A GENUINE OF AABILITY ON THAT COMMITTEE. WE HAD THIS OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE THE TAX CODE AND TRANSFORM IT FOR THE GIG ECONOMY AND THE MODERN AGE. WE DIDN'T DO THAT, THOUGH. FOUR DAYS WE HAD TO EXAMINE THIS TAX PROPOSAL. WITH NO HEARINGS. NOT ONE CHANCE FOR A DEMOCRATIC AMENDMENT.

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      • 12:38:10 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

      • 12:38:12 PM

        MR. NEAL

        TO PROCEED.

      • 12:38:13 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      • 12:38:15 PM

        MR. BRADY

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 12:38:25 PM

        MR. BRADY

        MR. SPEAKER, THIS HISTORIC LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY REPRESENTS A…

        MR. SPEAKER, THIS HISTORIC LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY REPRESENTS A CRUCIAL STEP IN FULFILLING OUR TAX REFORM PROMISE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. BUT IT'S NOT THE FINAL STEP. WE'RE REPUBLICAN. WE BELIEVE THE TAX CODE DOESN'T BELONG TO WASHINGTON, IT BELONGS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE'LL CONTINUE TO WORK TO MAKE IT BETTER AND IMPROVE AT EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. AND BEFORE I MAKE FINAL REMARKS, I WANT TO THANK ALL OF OUR WAYS AND MEANS MEMBERS WHO HAVE DONE SO MUCH AND WORKED SO HARD, AS WELL AS EVERY MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE WHO HELPED MAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY REAL FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I ALSO WANT TO THANK -- SAY HOW GRATEFUL I AM TO EVERYONE AT THE NONPARTISAN JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION AND THE HOUSE OFFICE OF LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. THEIR WORK, CAREFUL ANALYSIS, CONTRIBUTED SO MUCH TO THIS BILL. FINALLY I WANT TO GIVE SPECIAL RECOGNITION TO BARBARA ANGES, OUR CHIEF COUNSEL, AND ALL OF OUR STAFF ON THE COMMITTEE. THEY PUT THEIR HEARTS AND SOULS AND MANY SLEEPLESS NIGHTS IN THE DEVELOPMENT THIS BILL. I CAN'T THANK THEM ENOUGH. FOR THE HARD WORK AND DEDICATION. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IS BY ITS VERY DESIGN THE CHAMBER OF CONGRESS CLOSEST TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. TODAY THIS HOUSE, THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE, WILL PASS HISTORIC LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF AMERICANS NATIONWIDE. FOR TOO LONG THIS BROKEN TAX CODE HAS PUT THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE SECOND. PROPPING UP WASHINGTON SPECIAL INTERESTS AT THE EXPENSE OF HARDWORKING AMERICANS. FOR TOO LONG THIS BROKEN TAX CODE HAS REWARDED COMPANIES FOR OUTSOURCING AMERICAN JOBS INSTEAD OF ENCOURAGING THEM TO CREATE JOBS HERE AT HOME. FOR TOO LONG THIS BROKEN TAX CODE HAS ERODED AMERICA'S ECONOMIC LEADERSHIP AROUND THE WORLD. THIS COUNTRY USED TO BE THE STANDARD WORLDWIDE FOR COMPETITIVE TAX SYSTEM. NOT ANYMORE. NOW THE UNITED STATES IS BARELY A SPECK IN THE REAR-VIEW MIRRORS OF SO MANY OF OUR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITORS. IN OUR BUSINESSES, OUR WORKERS, OUR MADE IN AMERICA PRODUCTS, WHICH ARE THE BEST IN THE WORLD, ARE BEARING THE CONSEQUENCES OF WASHINGTON'S FAILURE TO ACT. THAT STOPS NOW. AND IT STOPS WITH THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS -- AND JOBS ACT WITH THIS HISTORIC BILL, WE'LL PROVIDE REAL SYSTEMITY FOR EVERY TAXPAYER. WE'LL DELIVER REAL FAIRNESS TURNOVER HARDWORKING AMERICAN. WE'LL BE MORE COMPETITIVE THAN EVER. WE WILL WIN WORLDWIDE AND HERE AT HOME AS WELL. AND WE'LL SIEBERT JOBS AND BIGGER PAYCHECKS IN EVERY COMMUNITY OF THIS GREAT NATION. SO PEOPLE CAN KEEP MORE OF THEIR HARD-EARNED DOLLARS. WITH THIS BILL WE WILL DELIVER A NEW TAX CODE BUILT FOR A NEW ERA OF AMERICAN PROSPERITY. SO, TO WASHINGTON SPECIAL INTERESTS WHO ARE NOW BEING PROPPED UP BY ABSURD CARVE-OUTS AND LOOPHOLES, GET READY TO STAND ON YOUR OWN. TO OUR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITORS WHO ARE NOW LEADING THE PACK, GET READY TO HAVE SOME COMPANY. AND TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO HAVE WAITED YEARS FOR TAX REFORM, GET READY FOR THE TAX RELIEF YOU DESERVE. TODAY THIS HOUSE, THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE, IS TAKING ACTION ON THE MOST TRANSFORMATIONAL TAX OVERHAUL IN A GENERATION AND WE'RE TAKING ACTION TODAY. IT'S TIME FOR THIS OLD, BROKEN TAX CODE TO GO. IT'S TIME TO PUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FIRST. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:41:55 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 MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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      • 12:41:59 PM

        MR. NEAL

        MEERKS I YIELD MYSELF THE -- MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF MY…

        MEERKS I YIELD MYSELF THE -- MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 12:42:02 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 12:42:04 PM

        MR. NEAL

        2 1/2 MINUTES, I BELIEVE, MR. SPEAKER.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        8 1/2.

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        MR. NEAL

        WELL, 2 1/2 TO ME I'M GOING TO YIELD THEN.

      • 12:42:10 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THAT'S FINE. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

      • 12:42:13 PM

        MR. NEAL

        LET ME AC NODGET SUPERB DEMOCRATIC -- ACKNOWLEDGE THE SUPERB DEMOCRATIC…

        LET ME AC NODGET SUPERB DEMOCRATIC -- ACKNOWLEDGE THE SUPERB DEMOCRATIC STAFF THAT ARE HERE AS WELL. PAYTON, DEVA, DEEP AND SUSAN. THEY DID A MAGNIFICENT SENT JOB. WE'RE ALL MUCH DEPENDENT ON THE GOOD STAFF WORK, PARTICULARLY ON THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE. SO I SPOKE EARLIER OF THE MISSED OPPORTUNITY THAT WE HAD HERE. WE HAVE A REAL PROBLEM IN AMERICA WITH LABOR PARTICIPATION RATES. SIX MILLION JOBS GO UNANSWERED EVERY DAY NOW IN AMERICA. 18,000 PRECISION MANUFACTURING JOBS IN NEW ENGLAND, ONE MILLION TAX JOBS. BECAUSE SKILL SETS DON'T ALIGN WITH THE JOB OPPORTUNITIES THAT ARE OUT THERE. TWO MILLION AMERICANS SIT HOME WITH OPIATE ADDICTIONS THAT SHOULD BE IN THE WORK FORCE. THIS WAS A CHANCE TO INVEST IN HUMAN CAPITAL AS WELL. TO INVEST IN OUR COMMUNITY COLLEGES, TO INVEST IN APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS. AND, YES, THE OTHER CHALLENGE THAT WE HAVE IN AMERICA IS CLEARLY TO INVEST IN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION. FOR MANY OF THE JOBS THAT ARE AVAILABLE. INSTEAD WE PUSHED THAT ALL TO THE SIDE AND DECIDED THAT ONCE AGAIN, IF WE JUST HAD TAX CUTS, THAT ALL OF THESE CHALLENGES AND PROBLEMS WOULD GO AWAY. THE IDEA OF INVESTING IN THE HUMAN SIDE OF AMERICAN OPPORTUNITY IS PEOPLE DO WHAT WE WOULD LIKE THEM TO DO IN TERMS OF HOME BUYING AND RAISING FAMILIES AND CARING FOR NEIGHBORHOODS AND PRACTICING AN ART IF -- AN ART FORM OF CITIZENSHIP. WHAT WE'RE WITNESSING TODAY, AND WE NEED TO BE ALARMED ABOUT IT, IS THE GREATER AND GREATER CONCENTRATION OF WEALTH IN AMERICA. NOW, I UNDERSTAND IT'S COMPLICATED. IT HAS TO DO MUCH WITH TECHNOLOGY AND GLOBALIZATION. BUT IT'S ALSO ABOUT THE GIG ECONOMY AND WE TODAY REWARD CAPITAL MORE THAN WE REWARD LABOR. AND WHEN WE GET DONE, IF THEY ARE SUCCESSFUL ON THE OTHER SIDE, WE ARE GOING TO FURTHER CONCENTRATE WEALTH AMONGST THOSE FEW FAMILIES IN AMERICA. WE SERVE HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. NOT IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS. THIS IS NOT ABOUT PEERAGE WHERE YOU'RE ENTITLED TO A SEE THE IN THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE -- SEAT IN THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THAT'S WHAT'S WRONG. THAT'S WHAT JEFFERSON AND MADISON ENVISIONHOOD THEY SIGNED THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE AND THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION, TO BREAK WITH EUROPE. WE DON'T PRACTICE DIVINE RIGHT HERE. I WISH THE OUTCOME HERE TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE GENUINE AND IT WOULD HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT. THANK YOU.

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      • 12:44:59 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS NOW RECOGNIZED.

      • 12:45:01 PM

        MR. BRADY

        MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO OUR MAJORITY WHIP AND A…

        MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO OUR MAJORITY WHIP AND A TREMENDOUS LEADER IN TAX REFORM, THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. SCALISE.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. .

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 12:48:37 PM

        MR. NEAL

        CAPABLE LEGISLATOR, THE DEMOCRATIC WHIP, MR. HOYER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

      • 12:48:50 PM

        MR. HOYER

        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. IN IS THE MOST IRRESPONSIBLE BILL THAT…

        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. IN IS THE MOST IRRESPONSIBLE BILL THAT I WILL HAVE BEEN CONFRONTED WITH IN THE 37 YEARS THAT I HAVE BEEN IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. THIS BILL, MR. SPEAKER, IS BOTH RECKLESS AND IF HE CANLESS. IT IS RECKLESS BECAUSE IT WOULD ADD $1.7 TRILLION, THE CHAIRMAN SAYS $2 TRILLION IN A SHAMEFUL ACT OF HYPOCRISY FOR ITS SUPPORTERS, WHO, FOR YEARS, HAVE CALLED FOR FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY . IT IS FECLLESS BECAUSE ITS OUGHT THORS WROTE IT WITH AN EYE TOWARDS POLITICS, NOT POLICY. THERE IS NO COURAGE IN VOTING FOR THIS BILL. IT IS EASY TO VOTE FOR A TAX CUT. WHAT IS HARD TO DO IS PAYING FOR WHAT WE BUY. AND NEITHER SIDE DOES THAT PARTICULARLY WELL. THERE IS NO COURAGE IN VOTING FOR THIS BILL. ONLY A SUSPENSION OF COMMON SENSE AND THEIR NOW ABANDONED COMMITMENT TO FISCAL SUSTAINABILITY. FURTHERMORE, MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS CALL THIS BILL A TAX CUT. THE GENTLEMAN WHO JUST SPOKE, THE WHIP SAID, IT'S A REDUCTION IN RATES. BUT 36 MILLION WORKING AMERICANS WILL RECEIVE A TAX INCREASE UNDER THIS BILL. SO IT WAS A VERY CAREFUL ARCTIC CAN YOU LATION OF REDUCTION OF RATES. A TAX ON 36 MILLION AMERICANS. FURTHERMORE, THEY CALL THIS BILL A TAX CUT. IT'S NOT A STRETCH OF THE IMAGINATION TO PRESUME THAT GIVEN REPUBLICANS' URGENCY TO REJECT BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE AND DEFLECT PUBLIC INPUT, THE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE WILL BE ASKED TO ACCEPT WHATEVER VERSION OF THE TAX BILL CAN PASS THE UNITED STATES SENATE. YESTERDAY, THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE -- LISTEN TO ME, MY COLLEAGUES, THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE REJECTED THIS BILL 36-0. THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE, HEADED BY REPUBLICANS, REJECTED THIS BILL 36-0. I'M REMINDED OF WHAT REPRESENTATIVE MATT GAETZ SAID LAST MONTH ABOUT THE BUDGET RESOLUTION. HE SAID THAT AND WE ARE BEING ASKED TO VOTE FOR A BUDGET THAT NOBODY BELIEVES IN SO WE HAVE A CHANCE TO VOTE FOR A TAX BILL THAT NOBODY'S READ. I WON'T ASK YOU TO RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU'VE READ THIS BILL. ONE, THOSE WHO TAKE THIS VOTE WILL HAVE TO LIVE WITH IT. AND JUST HOPE, JUST HOPE, THAT WHATEVER MYSTERY TAX PACKAGE YOUR SENATE COLLEAGUES SEND OVER HERE WON'T GUT YOU HAVE EXTRACTED. I HOPE THE WHIP SAY NO SPECIAL PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL. I DON'T HAVE THE TIME THAT HAS BEEN USED TO GET PEOPLE TO VOTE FOR THIS BILL. THIS ISN'T THE TAX REFORM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WERE PROMISED OR THE TAX REFORM THAT AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT. LET'S SIT DOWN TOGETHER. LET'S SIT DOWN TOGETHER, MR. CHAIRMAN. YOU AND MR. NEAL, GOOD AMERICANS. NOT IN A PARTISAN WAY BUT IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. THAT'S THE WAY WE DID THE 1986 BILL AND THAT'S WHY IT WAS A RESPONSIBLE PIECE OF LEGISLATION. LET'S ENACT TAX REFORM THAT FOCUS ON THE MIDDLE CLASS, THE PEOPLE WHO NEED THE MONEY, NOT GIVE OVER HALF OF IT TO THE RICHEST PEOPLE IN AMERICA. WE DON'T HAVE A BEEF WITH THEM. THEY DON'T NEED A TAX CUT AND THE MIDDLE CLASS DOES. WHY GIVE 50% OF THE REVENUE TO THEM? LET'S ENACT TAX REFORM THAT FOCUSES ON THEM AND DOESN'T GIVE HALF THE BENEFIT TO THOSE MAKING MORE THAN $900,000 A YEAR. LET'S ENACT TAX REFORM THAT IMPROVES A OUR LONG-TERM FISCAL POSITION RATHER THAN ADDING THE $1.7 TRILLION IN A C.B.O. PROJECTS THIS WILL ADD. IN AN OP ED IN TODAY'S "WASHINGTON POST," AND BY THE WAY, HE WAS SECRETARY OF TREASURY DURING THE ONLY FOUR YEARS OF A BALANCED BUDGET THAT WE HAVE EXPERIENCED IN THE LAST 50 YEARS. MAY I HAVE ONE ADDITIONAL MINUTE?

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      • 12:54:08 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

      • 12:54:09 PM

        MR. HOYER

        VOTE NO ON THIS BILL. LOOK TO YOUR SOULS, NOT YOUR POLLS OUR YOUR…

        VOTE NO ON THIS BILL. LOOK TO YOUR SOULS, NOT YOUR POLLS OUR YOUR POLITICAL PARTY. REJECT THIS SELLOUT. VOTE NO.

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      • 12:54:22 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS NOW RECOGNIZED.

      • 12:54:25 PM

        MR. BRADY

        I'M HONORED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, OUR…

        I'M HONORED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, OUR MAJORITY LEADER AND CHAMPION FOR TAX REFORM, MR. MCCARTHY.

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        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

      • 12:54:37 PM

        MR. MCCARTHY

        BEFORE I BEGIN, I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND ALL THE AMERICANS OUT…

        BEFORE I BEGIN, I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND ALL THE AMERICANS OUT THERE THAT HAVE WAITED DECADES FOR THIS, FOR THE HOURS THAT YOU HAVE LISTENED AND THE NUMEROUS HEARINGS YOU HAVE GONE THROUGH TO GET US TO THIS DAY. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, I STAND BEFORE THIS BODY, BUT I WANT TO SPEAK TO THE PEOPLE WATCHING US AT HOME RIGHT NOW AND WHO WILL HEAR IN THE HOURS AND DAYS TO COME. I WANT TO SPEAK TO THE PEOPLE WHO STRETCHED THEIR BUDGET TO GET TO THE NEXT PAYCHECK. I WANT TO SPEAK TO THE PEOPLE WHO ARE STARTING TO WONDER IF THE AMERICAN PROMISE NO LONGER APPLIES TO THEM. YOU NEED A COMEBACK. AMERICA NEEDS A COMEBACK. IF WE ARE SUCCESSFUL TODAY AND IN THE WEEKS TO COME, YOU WILL KEEP MORE OF THE MONEY YOU EARNED. YOU WILL HAVE MORE IN YOUR PAYCHECK. YOUR LIFE WILL IMPROVE. IF WE SUCCEED, YOU WILL SUCCEED. BUT IF THE LEADERS AND OBSTRUCTIONISTS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WIN, YOU WILL LOSE. YOU SEE, THEY WANT WASHINGTON INSIDERS AND BUREAUCRATS TO KEEP MORE OF YOUR HARD-EARNED INCOME. THEY THINK IT'S THEIRS TO SPEND. WE THINK IT'S YOURS. I HAVE TRIED MY BEST TO UNDERSTAND THEIR OPPOSITION. AND I HAVE LISTENED TO THE PESSIMISTIC LEADERS OF A PARTY THAT ONCE UPON A TIME CLAIM THEY STOOD FOR THE COMMON MAN. WITHOUT A SHRED OF EVIDENCE THEY ARE CERTAIN OUR PLAN WON'T WORK. THEY DRUM UP A STALE ARGUMENT FROM 30 YEARS AGO SAYING ALL THIS BILL DOES IS HELP THE RICH. THEY CALL IT A MIDE WILL CLASS TAX HIKE. THAT SAME PAPER OUR COLLEAGUE JUST HELD ALSO HAS FACT CHECKERS. BUT THE FACT CHECKERS GAVE HIM NOT ONE, NOT TWO, NOT EVEN THREE, THE MOST PINOCCHIOS YOU CAN GIVE FOR THAT LIE. EVERY HONEST PERSON SEES THIS AS A TAX CUT FOR HARD-WORKING AMERICANS. THIS BILL INCREASES THE CHILD TAX CREDIT, INCREASES THE STANDARD DEDUCTION, INCREASES WAGES AND IS ALREADY BRINGING BACK JOBS TO AMERICA. THE FACT IS THE FIRST $55,000 AN AVERAGE FAMILY OF FOUR EARNS WILL NOT FACE A SINGLE PENNY OF INCOME TAX, NOT A SINGLE PENNY. SO WHAT ARE THESE PARTY LEADERS DEFENDING BY THEIR OPPOSITION? IT'S NOT THE PEOPLE. AFTER ALL, THERE IS NOT A SINGLE PERSON I HAVE EVER MET IN THIS NATION THAT WANTS HIGHER RATES, LOWER WAGES, FEWER JOBS AND A MORE COMPLICATED TAX CODE. NO. THEY AREN'T DEFENDING THE PEOPLE. THEY ARE DEFENDING LOOPHOLES FOR THE SPECIAL INTERESTS, CORPORATE WELFARE AND CARVEOUTS FOR LOBBYISTS. THEY ARE DEFENDING THE ABUSIVE TACTIC OF THE STATUS QUO IN THE I.R.S. YOU KNOW WHAT I FIND MOST ABSURD? THEY ARE SPENDING. THEY HAVE MADE IT THEIR MISSION TO INCREASE TAXES ON OUR FELLOW CITIZENS. AND MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, THEY HAVE THE AUDACITY TO CALL THIS A TAX INCREASE. IN THE END, THEY ARE DEFENDING A BROKEN STATUS QUO. YOU KNOW WHAT I THINK, MR. SPEAKER? I THINK THAT VOTING NO ON A PLAN THAT LOWERS TAXES, HIGHER WAGES AND MORE JOBS AND A SIMPLER SYSTEM, IT ISN'T ABOUT REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS. VOTING NO IS TELLING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE YOU DO NOT HAVE FAITH IN THEM TO RISE IF THEY ARE GIVEN A FAIR SHOT. WELL, MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE A SIMPLE QUESTION FOR THIS HOUSE AND EVERYONE WATCHING AT HOME. YOU WANT HIGHER TAXES AND LESS MONEY IN YOUR POCKETS OR LOWER TAXES AND MORE MONEY? I THINK WE SENT A MESSAGE TO THE DOUBTERS AND THE CRITICS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DO NOT WANT HARD WORK TO BE PUNISHED. WE DO NOT ACCEPT DECLINE. WE DO NOT ACCEPT THAT WASHINGTON KNOWS HOW TO SPEND OUR MONEY BETTER THAN WE DO. SO I HAVE A DIFFERENT MESSAGE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. TO THOSE TRYING TO FIND A JOB, THAT LONG SEARCH IS COMING TO AN END. THIS IS YOUR COMEBACK. TO THOSE SICK OF JUST GETTING BY AND FIGHTING FOR A RAISE, THIS IS YOUR COMEBACK. TO THOSE STRUGGLING TO KEEP YOUR SMALL BUSINESS AFLOAT TO PAY YOUR EMPLOYEES AND HELP YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, THIS IS YOUR COMEBACK. TO EVERY AMERICAN WHO EVER DREAMED OF BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR AND OWNING A SMALL BUSINESS, THIS IS YOUR COMEBACK. TO EVERY MOTHER AND FATHER STARTING A FAMILY, RAISING YOUR KIDS TRYING TO GIVE THEM MORE OF AN OPPORTUNITY THAN YOU EVER HAD, THIS IS YOUR COMEBACK. NOW, I PUT HOPE IN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS BILL PUTS HOPE IN OUR AMERICAN PEOPLE. . BECAUSE WE TRUST THE PEOPLE. THAT'S THE START OF AMERICA'S COMEBACK. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 01:00:26 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR REMINDS ALL…

        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR REMINDS ALL MEMBERS TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR AND NOT TO THE PERCEIVED AUDIENCE. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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      • 01:00:43 PM

        MR. NEAL

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ALWAYS AN HONOR TO INTRODUCE THE VERY CAPABLE…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ALWAYS AN HONOR TO INTRODUCE THE VERY CAPABLE DEMOCRATIC LEADER, THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA,

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        THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 01:00:52 PM

        MR. NEAL

        FOR ONE MINUTE.

      • 01:00:54 PM

        MS. PELOSI

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

        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND THANK HIM FOR HIS SUPERB LEADERSHIP AS THE TOP DEMOCRAT ON THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE. I COMMEND HIM AND ALL OF HIS -- OUR FELLOW DEMOCRATS ON THE COMMITTEE FOR STANDING UP FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS IN OUR COUNTRY AND FIGHTING FOR THE TRUTH IN WHAT IS IN THIS BILL. MR. SPEAKER, THIS VOTE TODAY IS A DEFINING MOMENT FOR OUR COUNTRY. OUR VOTES TODAY WILL DECIDE THE FUTURE OF THE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS AND THOSE WHO ASPIRE TO IT, THE FUTURE OF OUR CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN, THE FUTURE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AS THE LAND OF OPPORTUNITY. TODAY THE REPUBLICANS HAVE BROUGHT FORTH A BILL THAT IS PILLAGING THE MIDDLE CLASS TO PAD THE POCKETS OF THE WEALTHIEST AND HAND TAX BREAKS TO CORPORATIONS SHIPPING JOBS OUT OF AMERICA AND DRASTICALLY INCREASING THE NATIONAL DEBT. MY COLLEAGUES, THE BILL REPUBLICANS HAVE BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR TODAY IS NOT TAX REFORM. IT'S NOT EVEN A TAX CUT. IT IS A TAX SCAM. SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE WRITTEN IN ABOUT IT WHO ARE AFFECTED BY IT AND I'LL SUBMIT ALL OF THAT FOR THE RECORD. BUT I DO WANT TO SAY THAT THIS IS NOT ONLY A DEFINING MOMENT, IT IS A MOMENT OF TRUTH. WITH STRAIGHT TRACES AND WITH THE SPEED OF LIGHT, I HAVE TO GIVE THEM CREDIT, THEY RACED THIS THING THROUGH IN THE DARK OF NIGHT. THEY'RE TRYING TO SELL A BILL OF GOODS TO THE MIDDLE CLASS THAT THIS IS IN THEIR INTEREST, THAT THIS IS A MIDDLE INCOME TAX CUT. ACCORDING TO THE NONPARTISAN TAX POLICY CENTER, REPUBLICANS ARE RAISING TAXES ON 36 MILLION MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES. 36 MILLION.

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        MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY WILL SUSPEND. THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT.

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        MS. PELOSI

        TYPICAL OF THE --

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        THE GENTLELADY WILL SUSPEND.

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        MS. PELOSI

        TYPICAL OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO HEAR WHAT I HAVE…

        TYPICAL OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO HEAR WHAT I HAVE TO SAY --

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      • 01:02:55 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY WILL SUSPEND UNTIL THE HOUSE COMES TO ORDER. THE GENTLELADY…

        THE GENTLELADY WILL SUSPEND UNTIL THE HOUSE COMES TO ORDER. THE GENTLELADY CAN CONDITION.

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      • 01:03:01 PM

        MS. PELOSI

        I ASSOCIATE --

      • 01:03:04 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY CAN CONTINUE.

      • 01:03:06 PM

        MS. PELOSI

        I ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH THE WORDS OF MR. HOYER WHEN HE SAID, LOOK TO YOUR…

        I ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH THE WORDS OF MR. HOYER WHEN HE SAID, LOOK TO YOUR SOUL. NOT TO YOUR POLL. I WANT TO SPEAK TO POPE BENEDICT, HIS ENCYCLICAL. HE QUOTED THE WISDOM OF ST. AUGUSTA -- SAINT AUGUSTA. 17 CENTURIES AGO SAINT AUGUSTINE SAID, A STATE WHICH IS NOT GOVERNED ACCORDING TO JUSTICE WOULD BE JUST A BUNCH OF THIEVES . BENEDICT WENT ON TO SAY, THE STATE MUST INEVITABLY FACE THE QUESTION OF HOW JUSTICE CAN BE ACHIEVED HERE AND NOW. AND HE CAUTIONED AGAINST THE DANGER OF CERTAIN ETHICAL BLINDNESS CAUSED BY THE DAZZLING EFFECTS OF POWER AND SPECIAL INTERESTS. INTERESTING, IN LIGHT OF THE FACT THAT WHEN THIS BILL WAS BROUGHT FORWARD, THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL ECONOMIC COUNCIL, GARY COHEN, HE SAID, THE MOST EXCITED GROUP OUT THERE ARE THE BIG C.E.O.'S ABOUT OUR TAX PLAN. IS THAT ABOUT JUSTICE? CONGRESSMAN COLLINS SAID, MY DONORS ARE BASICALLY SAYING, GET IT DONE OR DON'T EVER CALL ME AGAIN. SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM SAID THE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS WILL STOP IF THIS TAX SCAM FAILS. WELL, HE DIDN'T SAY SCAM. I'M SAYING SCAM. THAT'S MY WORD. BACK TO THE POPE. AND THE CATHOLIC BENEFICIARY OPPOSITE. THE U.S. CONFERENCE OF CASH LICK BENEFICIARY OPPOSITE WROTE THIS PROPOSAL -- CATHOLIC BISHOP WROTE THIS PROPOSAL APPEARS TO BE THE FIRST MODIFICATION THAT WILL RAISE INCOME TAXES ON THE WORKING POOR WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY PROVIDING A LARGE TAX CUT TO THE WEALTHY. THE U.S. CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS WENT ON TO SAY, THIS IS SIMPLY UNCONSCIONABLE. MY COLLEAGUES, WE ALWAYS BEGIN OUR SESSION WITH PRAYER. MANY OF US ATTEND MASS ON THE WEEKEND, ON SUNDAYS. BUT WE CANNOT PRAY AND THINK THAT THAT GIVES US A LESSON TO PRAY ON -- PREY ON PEOPLE THE REST OF THE WEEK. AND THAT IS WHAT THIS BILL DOES. IT PREYS ON THE MIDDLE CLASS AND THOSE ASPIRED TO IT. IT PILLAGES AND A LOTS THE -- LOOTS THE MIDDLE CLASS. IT IS A SHAMEFUL PIECE OF LEGISLATION. AND THE REPUBLICANS SHOULD KNOW BETTER. THEY SAY IT'S GOING TO GET BETTER IN THE SENATE. OH, MY GOSH. IN THE SENATE, AS MR. HOYER POINTED OUT, UNANIMOUSLY THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE REJECTED THIS PROPOSAL ALREADY. WAS IT 26-0, WHATEVER THE NUMBER WAS, THE ZERO LOOMED LARGE. BUT GETTING BACK TO VALUES. BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT WE'RE HERE TO DO, AND WHAT WE DO IN OUR BUDGET, WHICH IS -- WHICH THE TAX BILL IS A PART OF. SUPPOSED TO BE A STATEMENT OF VALUES. IN HIS STUDY OF CIVILIZATION, THE GREAT BRITISH HISTORIAN ARNOLD TOYNBY FOUND THAT THE BEGINNING OF A HOPEFUL COUNTRY, THE POLITICAL LEADERSHIP FORMED A CREATIVE MINORITY THAT INSPIRED AND LED THE FLOWERING OF CIVILIZATION. BUT IN SOME NATIONS LEADERS BECAME A DOMINANT MINORITY OF EXPLOITERS. FOCUSED ON THEIR OWN WEALTH AND POWER. ARNOLD, WELCOME TO THE REPUBLICAN SIDE OF THE AISLE IN CONGRESS. THESE COMPETING MINDSETS, HE WENT ON, BETWEEN THE DOMINANT MINORITY OF EXPLOITERS VERSUS THE CREATIVE MINORITY THAT INSPIRED AND LED THE FLOWERING OF CIVILIZATION, THESE COMPETING MINDSETS AND MOTIVATIONS CREATE SKIS MUCHES IN A BODY -- SCHISMS IN A BODY SOCIAL AND IN THE BODY POLITIC. AND LO AND BEHOLD, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS WRITTEN A BILL, NEARLY HALF THE BENEFITS GO TO THE TOP 1% IN OUR COUNTRY. AND 80% OF THE BENEFITS GO TO THE TOP 2%. THIS IS A DEFINING MOMENT, BUT IT'S ALSO A MOMENT OF TRUTH. HOW CAN THE REPUBLICANS WITH A STRAIGHT FACE SAY TO THE MIDDLE CLASS, WELL, WE'RE DOUBLING THIS OR DOUBLING THAT? GIVE WITH ONE HAND, TAKE WITH ANOTHER. AND TO HEAR THEM CHEER, HEAR THEM CHEER FOR THE PROVISION IN HERE ABOUT THE ESTATE TAX. LISTEN TO THIS. YOU TELL ME IF YOU THINK THIS IS FAIR. 1,800 FAMILIES IN AMERICA, NOT YOUR FAMILY FARMER, EVERYBODY'S TAKEN CARE INFORM WHAT WE HAVE DONE ALREADY WITH THE ESTATE TAX. IN THIS BILL, 1,800 OF THE WEALTHIEST FAMILIES, FILERS IN OUR COUNTRY, WILL IN THE LIFE OF THE BILL GET THE BREAK OF $172 BILLION. 1,800 FAMILIES. THIS IS FOR 1,800 FAMILIES. AND YOU KNOW WHAT, THE REPUBLICANS CHEERED THAT. 1,800 FAMILIES, $172 BILLION. THEY CHEER THE FACT THAT UP TO $1.5 TRILLION IN TAX CUTS GOES TO CORPORATE AMERICA WHILE AT THE SAME TIME GIVING THEM ANOTHER TAX BREAK TO SEND JOBS OVERSEAS. AT THE SAME TIME BE A SOLVING THEM OF ANY RESPONSIBILITY -- ABSOLVING THEM OF ANY RESPONSIBILITY WHEN IT COMES TO STATE AND LOCAL TAXES. WHILE INSISTING THAT INDIVIDUALS PAY THE STATE AND -- LOSE THE STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION. BUT CORPORATIONS DO NOT. AND LISTEN TO ALL OF IT. WERE THEY CHEERING WHEN THEY'RE SAYING TO A TEACHER, THEY'RE CHEERING WHEN THEY SAY TO A TEACHER, YOU MAY BRING SUPPLIES TO YOUR SCHOOL BECAUSE YOUR SCHOOL AND CLASSES NEED THAT, GOD BLESS YOU FOR THAT. BUT WE'RE TAKING AWAY YOUR TAX -- THE TAX DEDUCTION THAT GOES WITH THAT. WHAT? IS THAT SOMETHING TO CHEER ABOUT? THEY'RE SAYING TO STUDENTS WHO GET A $2,500 TAX DEDUCTION ON INTEREST ON STUDENT LOANS, FORGET ABOUT THAT. EVEN THOUGH IT MAY MAKE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOU ATTENDING COLONEL OR NOT, FORGET ABOUT THAT -- COLLEGE OR NOT, FORGET ABOUT THAT. WE'RE TOO BUSY GIVING A TAX CUT TO 1,800 WEALTHIEST FAMILIES IN AMERICA, SO THEY CAN GET $172 BILLION IN TAX BREAKS OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. THEY'RE SAYING TO FAMILIES, WHERE THEY HAVE A CHILD WITH A DISABILITY, A SENIOR WITH ALZHEIMER'S, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN, IF YOU HAVE EXTRAORDINARY MEDICAL EXPENSES, AND SINCE 1944 YOU HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DEDUCT THEM, NO MORE. NO MORE. BECAUSE WE GOT TO GIVE IT TO THE HIGH END. SO TAKE THAT AWAY. DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT THAT MEANS TO AMERICA'S WORKING FAMILIES AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR THEM, THAT THEY HAVE ALZHEIMER'S? WE HAD ONE PERSON COME TO OUR EVENT IN SAN FRANCISCO LAST WEEK FROM BARBARA LEE'S DISTRICT, SHE SAID IT COST ALMOST -- OVER $170,000 IN COSTS FOR HER BECAUSE HER HUSBAND HAS ALZHEIMER'S. THE TAX DEDUCTION ENABLED THEM TO SURVIVE. SHE SAID, I CAN'T EVEN IMAGINE THE CRUELTY THAT DECIDED THAT THIS SHOULD HAPPEN IN THIS TAX BILL. TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THIS MEANS IN PEOPLE'S LIVES, AND TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT IT, TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT IT. REPUBLICANS WANT TO YOU BELIEVE THAT THEIR TRICKLE-DOWN TAX BREAK FOR THE RICH WILL PAY FOR ITSELF. NEVER HAS HAPPENED. NEVER HAS HAPPENED. AS BRUCE BARTLETT, ARCHITECT OF SUPPLY SIDE ECONOMICS, SAID, IT'S NOT TRUE. THAT THIS TRICKLE-DOWN ECONOMICS PAYS FOR ITSELF, IT'S NOT TRUE. IT'S NONSENSE. AND HE WENT ON TO SAY, IT WAS B.S. IN THE FULL EXTENT OF THOSE WORDS. THIS TAX SCAM WON'T CREATE JOBS. IT WON'T RAISE WAGES. IT WILL ONLY SPILL THE -- FILL THE COFFERS OF THE DONORS AND THE FAT CATS IT. WILL ADD TRILLIONS TO THE DEBT AND STICK OUR CHILDREN WITH A BILL THAT YOU CANNOT PAY OFF. NONE OF US WILL PROBABLY BE AROUND BY THE TIME THE FULL IMPACTS OF THE HEMORRHAGING OF THE DEBT IN THE SECOND 20 YEARS OF THIS BILL WILL REQUIRE BIG TAX INCREASES. LOOK TO THE KANSAS EXAMPLE.

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        MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER.

      • 01:11:59 PM

        MS. PELOSI

        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY WILL STILL CONTINUE TO PAUSE. THE GENTLELADY WILL STILL…

        THE GENTLELADY WILL STILL CONTINUE TO PAUSE. THE GENTLELADY WILL STILL CONTINUE --

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      • 01:12:06 PM

        MS. PELOSI

        MOTHER OF FIVE BOYS --

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY WILL IT BE TO PAUSE. THE MEMBERS MADE A VALID POINT. THE…

        THE GENTLELADY WILL IT BE TO PAUSE. THE MEMBERS MADE A VALID POINT. THE CHAIR WILL GET THE HOUSE IN ORDER BEFORE THE GENTLELADY CONTINUES. THE GENTLELADY WILL NOW CONTINUE.

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      • 01:12:19 PM

        MS. PELOSI

        MR. SPEAKER, MAYBE I HAVE TO USE MY MOTHER OF FIVE VOICE TO BE HEARD. BUT…

        MR. SPEAKER, MAYBE I HAVE TO USE MY MOTHER OF FIVE VOICE TO BE HEARD. BUT AS A MOTHER OF FIVE, AND A GRANDMOTHER OF NINE, WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BE THINKING ABOUT OUR CHILDREN AND THEIR FUTURES. AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN AND THEIR FUTURES. GOD WILLING ONE DAY SOME OF WILL YOU HAVE GRANDCHILDREN. I ALWAYS ASK YOU THE QUESTION, DO THEY BREATHE AIR? DO THEY DRINK WATER? WHY ARE YOU MESOTHELIOMAING THAT UP -- MESSING THAT UP IN OTHER AREAS OF OUR POLICYMAKING HERE. BUT GETTING BACK TO TO. THIS THE TAX SCAM WON'T CREATE JOBS. IT WON'T RAISE WAGES. IT WILL ONLY FILL THE COFFERS OF DONORS AND THE FAT CATS. THE TAX SCAM WILL ADD TRILLIONS TO THE DEBT. OH, WHERE, OH, WHERE ARE THE DEFICIT HAWKS? HAVE YOU BECOME EXTINCT? IS THERE NOT ONE AMONG YOU WHO UNDERSTANDS WHAT THIS DOES TO THE NATIONAL DEBT? AND WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO YOUR LEADER, FOR HIM TO PUT AT OUR DOOR STEP THE DEBT WHEN IT WAS A CREATION, PRESIDENT BUSH WENT INTO OFFICE ON A PATH FROM PRESIDENT CLINTON OF DEFICIT REDUCTION. THE LAST FIVE CLINTON BUDGETS WERE IN BALANCE OR IN SURPLUS. PRESIDENT BUSH TURNED THAT AROUND BY REPEALING PAY AS YOU GO, TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY, DIDN'T TRICKLE DOWN. TWO UNPAID-FOR WARS. GIVEAWAY TO THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY. TAKING TO US A PLACE -- REMEMBER, SEPTEMBER OF 2008, WHEN WE WERE IN THE WORST ECONOMIC DOWNTURN SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION. BUT ANYWAY. BACK TO HERE. AS REPUBLICANS KNOW, OUR REPUBLICAN FRIENDS HAVE ALREADY SHOWN US THEIR PLAYBOOK. IN THIS BILL, CORPORATIONS WILL GET A CUT OF $1.5 TRILLION, THE SAME $1.5 TRILLION THAT REPUBLICANS PLANNED TO SLASH FROM MEDICARE AND MEDICAID AND THE G.O.P. BUDGET. IN THEIR BONES THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW THEY'RE GETTING A RAW DEAL UNDER THE REPUBLICAN BILL BEFORE US. YOU KNOW IT. YOU KNOW WHY YOU'RE HERE. YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING. DEMOCRATS BELIEVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER, A BETTER DEAL, BETTER JOBS, BETTER WAGES, BETTER FUTURE. WE WANT TO CREATE GOOD PAYING JOBS, RAISE WORKERS' WAGES, LOWER THE COST OF LIVING FOR FAMILIES, GIVE AMERICANS THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO SUCCEED IN THE 21ST CENTURY. BUT YOU CAN'T DO THAT IF YOU HAVE A BUDGET THAT DOES NOT INVEST IN THAT FUTURE AND IS HAMPERED BY THE CUTS. LET'S GO BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD, LET'S WRITE A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT RAISES WAGES, CREATES JOBS, PROMOTES GROWTH, REDUCES THE DEFICIT, TO GET TO THAT PLACE WE WOULD WANT TO GO TO THE TABLE IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF? IN A BIPARTISAN WAY, TO PUT TOGETHER A TAX BILL THAT IS GOOD FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, INSTEAD OF ONE THAT DOES VIOLENCE TO THE AMERICAN DREAM. . I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO. I WANT TO RETURN TO THE U.S. CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS TO PUT THEIR FABULOUS STATEMENT ABOUT THIS TAX BILL IN THE RECORD AND I RETURN TO THEIR -- ONE OF THEIR STATEMENTS. THIS PROPOSAL APPEARS TO BE THE FIRST FEDERAL INCOME TAX MODIFICATION THAT WILL RAISE INCOME TAXES ON THE WORKING POOR WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY MAKING IT BETTER, THEY SAID THEY'RE RAISING TAXES ON THOSE MAKING UNDER $75,000 AND GIVING TACK CUTS TO THE WEALTHY. THEY SAID THEY'RE GOING TO TAKE AFFORDABLE CARE AWAY FROM 13 MILLION AMERICANS. I DON'T KNOW HOW THAT'S MAKING IT BETTER. THAT MIGHT BE SOMETHING YOU APPLAUD BUT I HOPE YOU WOULD NOT VOTE FOR. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 01:16:21 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR REMINDS ALL MEMBERS TO ADDRESS THEIR…

        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR REMINDS ALL MEMBERS TO ADDRESS THEIR COMMENTS TO THE CHAIR AND NOT IN SECOND PERSON.

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      • 01:16:37 PM

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        NO ONE MAN HAS WORKED ON THE TAX REFORM PLAN THAN THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

        NO ONE MAN HAS WORKED ON THE TAX REFORM PLAN THAN THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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      • 01:16:43 PM

        MR. BRADY

        I'M PLEASED AND PROUD TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, MR.…

        I'M PLEASED AND PROUD TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, MR. RYAN.

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      • 01:16:56 PM

        THE SPEAKER

        I HAVEN'T SAID ANYTHING YET. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

      • 01:17:04 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN IS…

        THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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      • 01:17:09 PM

        THE SPEAKER

        FIRST, I LOVE THIS ONE MINUTE, I TRY NOT TO ABUSE IT TOO MUCH BUT I'M…

        FIRST, I LOVE THIS ONE MINUTE, I TRY NOT TO ABUSE IT TOO MUCH BUT I'M GOING TO RIGHT NOW. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO START OFF BY THANKING CHAIRMAN KEVIN BRADY AND ALL OF THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE FOR THIS JOB WELL DONE. MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE IN A GENERATIONAL DEFINING MOMENT FOR OUR COUNTRY. AND WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE, WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE IS NOT JUST DETERMINING THE KIND OF TAX CODE WE'RE GOING TO HAVE, WHAT WE ARE DOING HERE IS DETERMINING THE KIND OF COUNTRY WE'RE GOING TO HAVE. AND RIGHT NOW, BECAUSE OF THIS ANEMIC ECONOMIC RECOVERY, I MEAN, DON'T FORGET WE HAD THE WORST RECESSION IN OUR LIFETIMES IN 2008. AND EVER SINCE THEN, THIS ECONOMY HAS BEEN FLAT. THIS ECONOMY HAS BEEN WAY UNDER ITS POTENTIAL. THIS ECONOMY HAS BEEN GROWING AT A LIMP 1% TO 2%. YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS FOR HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS? DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS FOR AMERICANS? NOBODY GETS A WAGE INCREASE. LIVING STANDARDS ARE STAGNANT. ECONOMIC ANXIETY IS HIGH. 78% OF OUR WORKERS IN THIS COUNTRY TODAY ARE LIVING PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK. MOST AMERICANS SAY THAT THEY DON'T EVEN HAVE $500 IN THEIR BANK ACCOUNT FOR UNEXPECTED EMERGENCY OR EXPENSE. THIS IS THE ECONOMIC ANXIETY THAT'S FOR REAL IN THIS COUNTRY TODAY. INSTEAD OF THINKING ABOUT GETTING AHEAD, FAMILIES ARE STRUGGLING TO GET BY. THINK ABOUT ALL THE MOMS AND DADS AND HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS GOING TO BED TONIGHT, NOT SLEEPING, WORRIED ABOUT WHAT COMES NEXT WEEK. THIS IS NOT HOW IT SHOULD BE. THIS IS NOT HOW IT IS IN THIS COUNTRY TRADITIONALLY. WE NEED TO RESTORE GROWTH. WE NEED TO RESTORE OPPORTUNITY. WE NEED TO RESTORE THIS BEAUTIFUL THING WE AFFECTIONATELY CALL THE AMERICAN IDEA. PASSING THIS BILL IS THE SINGLE BIGGEST THING WE CAN DO TO GROW THE ECONOMY, RESTORE OPPORTUNITY, AND HELP THESE MIDDLE INCOME FAMILIES WHO ARE STRUGGLING. PEOPLE ALWAYS ASK, WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME? HOW DO I BENEFIT FROM THIS? WELL, I'M A CHART GUY. WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? WHAT THIS SHOWS YOU UNDER THIS PLAN, THE AVERAGE FAMILY AT EVERY INCOME LEVEL GETS A TAX CUT. A TAX CUT AT EVERY AVERAGE LEVEL. AND WHAT THIS CHART SHOWS YOU, THE PEOPLE HERE WHO ARE STRUGGLE, THE PEOPLE IN MIDDLE INCOME BRACKETS, PEOPLE IN LOW INCOME TRYING TO BECOME MIDDLE INCOME, THEY GET THE BIGGEST TAX CUT. THIS PLAN IS GOOD FOR PEOPLE OF ALL WALKS OF LIFE. ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AND THE BIGGER RELIEF GOES TO THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST. LET'S PUT IT INTO NUMBERS. A TYPICAL HOUSEHOLD OF FOUR PEOPLE. THEY MAKE $59,000 IN THIS COUNTRY. THAT FAMILY OF FOUR $1,182 TAX CUT THE FIRST YEAR ALONE. THE MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME, MOM, DAD, TWO KIDS, THE MEANIAN FAMILY INCOME IN AMERICA TODAY IS $87,000. THAT FAMILY WILL GET A $1,941 TAX CUT RIGHT AWAY, YEAR ONE. SO IF YOU'RE ONE OF THOSE 57% OF AMERICANS WHO SAY YOU DON'T EVEN HAVE $500 TO GO TO AN EMERGENCY, THIS REALLY HELPS YOU. LET'S TALK ABOUT THOSE PEOPLE WHO ITEMIZE THEIR TAX, WHO LIVE IN HIGH TAX STATES. MAYBE A COUPLE MAKING $115,000, LIVING IN A HIGH TAX STATE. LET'S SAY THEY'VE GOT $8,400 IN A MORTGAGE INTEREST PAYMENT AND $6,900 IN PROPERTY INTEREST TAXES FOR THE YEAR. THEY CAN WRITE THOSE OFF UNDER THIS PLAN AND STILL SEE A TAX CUT OF $1,130. IF THEY'VE GOT KIDS, AN EVEN LARGER TAX CUT. NOT ONLY TO PEOPLE GET TO KEEP MORE OF THEIR OWN MONEY IN THEIR OWN POCKET, BUT WE DRAMATICALLY SIMPLIFY THE TAX SYSTEM. WE MAKE IT MORE FAIR. TODAY, SEVEN OUT OF 10 AMERICANS DON'T ITEMIZE THEIR DEDUCTIONS. 70% OF AMERICANS TAKE WHAT WE CALL THE STANDARD DEDUCTION FOR THEIR TAXES. IT'S JUST THAT, IT'S STANDARD, STRAIGHTFORWARD. YOU'RE NOT TAXED ON THAT INCOME. BUT OVER THE YEARS, WASHINGTON HAS PILED ON SPECIAL INTEREST LOOPHOLE AFTER SPECIAL INTEREST LOOPHOLE AFTER SPECIAL INTEREST LOOPHOLE. THESE ARE SKEWED TO PEOPLE WHO ARE WEALTHY, WHO ARE WELL-CONNECTED, WHO CAN AFFORD ALL THE TAX LAWYERS, ALL THE ACCOUNTANTS TO NAVIGATE THE TAX CODE SO THEY CAN GET A GOOD DEAL. IF YOU'RE NOT IN THAT GROUP IF YOU DON'T HAVE LAWYERS AND ACCOUNTANTS AND YOU'RE JUST SCRAPING AWAY AT YOUR MIDDLE INCOME, YOU DON'T GET THOSE DEALS. WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS TAKE THOSE LOOPHOLES AWAY, MAKE IT FAIR FOR EVERYBODY, LOWER TAX RATES AND MAKE IT EASY. HERE'S HOW EASY THIS GETS. GOING TO MAKE IT SO EASY THAT BY DOUBLING THE STANDARD DEDUCTION, 90% OF AMERICANS, NINE OUT OF 10 AMERICANS WILL BE ABLE TO FILL OUT THEIR TAXES ON A FORM THE SIZE OF A POSTCARD. AND WHAT THIS MEANS IS, FOR A SINGLE PERSON YOU DENT PAY TAXES IN YOUR FIRST $12,000 OF INCOME. FOR A COUPLE, FOR A MARRIED COUPLE YOU DON'T PAY TAXES ON YOUR FIRST $20,000 OF INCOME. -- FIRST $24,000 OF INCOME. HERE'S THE BASIC PHILOSOPHY. INSTEAD OF JUMPING THROUGH ALL THE HOOPS THAT THE I.R.S. PUTS IN FRONT OF YOU, INSTEAD OF DOING WHAT THE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS SAY YOU NEED TO DO IN ORDER TO GET SOME OF YOUR MONEY BACK, WE BASICALLY SAY, KEEP YOUR MONEY IN THE FIRST PLACE. IT'S YOUR MONEY. DO WHAT YOU WANT WITH IT. ALL OF THIS IS ABOUT TAX RELIEF. IT'S ABOUT FAIRNESS. IT'S ABOUT SIMPLICITY. IT'S ABOUT EASING THE STRESS AND ANXIETY THAT'S IN THIS COUNTRY. BUT WHAT WE YALE NEED TO DO IS WE NEED BETTER JOBS. MORE JOBS. FASTER ECONOMIC GROWTH. HIGHER WAGES. AND THIS BRINGS US TO THE WAY WE TAX OURSELVES AS BUSINESSES. THIS BRINGS US TO WHAT DO WE DO TO MAKE AMERICA THE MOST COMPETITIVE PLACE IN THE WORLD? HERE IS THE REAL PROBLEM WE'VE GOT WHEN IT COMES TO THE WAY WE TAX OUR BUSINESSES. WE'RE THE WORST IN THE WORLD AT IT. WE RIGHT NOW TAX OUR BUSINESSES AT THE HIGHEST CORPORATE TAX RATE IN THE INDUSTRIALIZED WORLD. WHAT DOES THAT DO? LET ME GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE WHERE I COME FROM. IN WISCONSIN, THE EXAMPLE IS JOHNSON CONTROLS. JOHNSON CONTROLS IS A COMPANY WITH A HISTORY DATING BACK TO THE 1880'S IN OUR STATE. IT WAS THE BIGGEST COMPANY WE HAD HEADQUARTERED IN WISCONSIN. NOT ANYMORE. BECAUSE JOHNSON CONTROLS IS AN IRISH COMPANY. AND THEY'RE -- AND THEIR IRISH TAX RATE IS 12.5%. THIS IS HAPPENING ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. COMPANIES JUST TO STAY COMPETITIVE ARE BECOMING FOREIGN COMPANIES. AND WHEN THE HEADQUARTERS OF THAT COMPANY LEAVE YOURS HOMETOWN, WHEN THE HEADQUARTERS OF THAT BUSINESS AND THAT EMPLOYER LEAVE YOURS STATE AND GOES TO ANOTHER COUNTRY, THERE GOES THE UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN. THERE GOES THE WHITE COLLAR JOBS. THERE GOES THE MANUFACTURING. THERE GOES THE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. THERE GOES AMERICANS' COMPETITIVENESS. WHAT'S WORSE, FOREIGN COMPANIES ARE BUYING U.S. COMPANIES BECAUSE IT'S CHEAPER BECAUSE OF TAXES. SO HERE'S WHAT WE DO. INSTEAD OF BEING THE WORST IN THE PACK, WE LEAPFROG OURSELVES BY BRINGING THAT TAX RATE DOWN TO 20%. BECAUSE GUESS WHAT. WHEN YOU TAX YOUR BUSINESSES AT MUCH, MUCH HIGHER TAX RATES THAN OUR FOREIGN COMPETITORS TAX THEIR THEY WIN AND WE LOSE. WE GOT TO STOP LOSING. WE GOT TO START WINNING. THAT'S WHAT THIS DOES. WHAT'S EVEN MORE IMPRESSIVE ABOUT THIS IS IT LOWERS TAXES FOR THOSE SMALL BUSINESSES, THOSE MOM AND POPS, EVEN MORE. SO WE GOT TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR BUSINESSES, THE JOB CREATORS OF AMERICA, HAVE EVERY INCENTIVE TO STAY THERE. HAVE EVERY INCENTIVE TO BUILD HERE. HAVE EVERY INCENTIVE TO HIRE HERE. WHAT'S MORE, WE'RE FINDING THAT BY DOING THIS, WE'RE GOING TO GET FASTER ECONOMIC GROWTH. WE'RE GOING TO GET MORE JOBS. WE'RE GOING TO GET HIGHER WAGES. BETTER TAKE-HOME PAY. LET ME JUST BREAK IT DOWN IN SIMPLE NUMBERS. TAX FOUNDATION THEY RAN THE NUMBERS. NONPARTISAN TAX FOUNDATION SAID WITH THIS BILL, WE'LL GET FASTER GRETH ABOUT 3 1/2% FASTER ECONOMIC GROWTH. 890,000 NEW JOBS. THEY ESTIMATE THAT IN NEW YORK STATE ALONE, 57,834 NEW JOBS. WISCONSIN, 17,999 NEW JOBS. CALIFORNIA, 101,422 NEW JOBS. TEXAS, 74,037 NEW JOBS. AND YOU GET THESE NEW JOBS WHEN YOU GROW THIS ECONOMY YOU PASS THIS BILL YOU GROW THIS ECONOMY. AND SO WHY DO WE DO ALL OF THIS? BECAUSE IT'S ABOUT GIVING PEOPLE MORE TAKE-HOME PAY. IT'S ABOUT RAISING WAGES. IT'S ABOUT HELPING FAMILY WHORS STRUGGLING TO GET AHEAD. IT'S ABOUT GETTING WASHINGTON OUT OF THE BUSINESS OF PICKING WINNERS AND LOSERS. AND GIVING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE KIND OF ECONOMY THEY DESERVE THEARK KIND OF ECONOMY WE CAN HAVE. THIS JUST SHOWS YOU THAT ACROSS EVERY INCOME SCALE, ACROSS THE BOARD, WAGES WILL GO UP. BECAUSE WE'RE GOING TO GROW THE ECONOMY. MOST OF THE WAGE GROWTH GOES TO THE PEOPLE WHO NEED IT MOST. PEOPLE IN THE MIDDLE. PEOPLE WHO ARE STRUGGLING. THAT IS WHY WE'RE HERE. MY COLLEAGUES RIGHT NOW, WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A LONG DAY WHERE PEOPLE ARE WORKING TOOTH AND NAIL IN THEIR JOBS. WE ARE RIGHT HERE IN THE MIDDLE OF A DAY WHERE AMERICA'S WORKERS ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE ENDS MEET, TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH EVERYTHING. THOSE PEOPLE, THE HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS OF THIS COUNTRY THAT WE REPRESENT, THAT IS WHY WE ARE HERE. THIS IS WHY WE'RE DOING THIS THEY ARE THE FOUNDATION OF THIS COUNTRY. WE'RE HERE TODAY FOR THEM. THE SPECIAL INTERESTS ARE TRYING TO PROTECT THEIR PIECE OF THE PIE. ALL THE NEGATIVITY YOU SEE OUT THERE, THERE'S PROBABLY A SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP BACK THERE TRYING TO KEEP THEIR SPECIAL PLACE IN THE TAX CODE. IT IS FINE TIME, IT IS HIGH TIME WE ROOT THAT OUT, WE DON'T SETTLE FOR THE STATUS QUO AND WE GIVE PEOPLE THE KIND OF TAX CODE THEY NEED AND DESERVE. IT HAS BEEN 31 YEARS SINCE WE LAST DID THIS AND IT IS FINALLY TIME THAT WE GET THE GENERAL INTEREST OF THIS COUNTRY TO PROVAIL OVER THE SPECIAL INTERESTS IN WASHINGTON. SO WE KNOW THAT THIS BRINGS MORE FAIRNESS. WE KNOW THAT THIS INCREASES TAX-HOME PAY AND BIGGER PAYCHECKS. WE KNOW THAT THIS GROWS THE ECONOMY AND CREATES MORE OPPORTUNITY. FASTER ECONOMIC GROWTH IS NOT GOING TO FIX EVERY PROBLEM AMERICA HAS. BUT FASTER ECONOMIC GROWTH IS GOING TO HELP US SOLVE EVERY PROBLEM AMERICA HAS. MY COLLEAGUES IRK ASK YOU TODAY TO RAISE YOUR GAZE AND DO SOMETHING BOLD. TO SEE THE FORCE OF -- FOREST THROUGH THE TREES. TO THINK ABOUT THE PEOPLE WE ARE HERE TO ACTUALLY REPRESENT. TO THINK ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE STRUGGLING, WHO ARE GOING TO GO TO BED TONIGHT AND PROBABLY NOT SLEEP BECAUSE THEY'RE WORRIED ABOUT WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN TOMORROW. THAT'S WHAT THIS IS. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST HISTORIC AND THE BIGGEST THINGS THAT WE WILL EVER DO. AND THE REASON IS BECAUSE THIS IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST THINGS WE CAN DO TO IMPROVE PEOPLE'S LIVES. TO REVITALIZE THAT BEAUTIFUL, AMERICAN IDEA. TO SPREAD LIBERTY AND FREEDOM. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT'S GOING TO REFRESH OUR CONFIDENCE IN OURSELVES, IN OUR -- AND OUR CONFIDENCE IN EACH OTHER. ENOUGH SETTLING. ENOUGH GIVING IN. LET'S START TO RECLAIM OUR FUTURE RIGHT HERE IN THIS MOMENT, IN THIS CHAMBER, IN THIS MOMENT, LET'S PASS THIS BILL. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 01:30:18 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELD BACK HIS…

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELD BACK HIS TIME?

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      • 01:30:22 PM

        MR. BRADY

        I DO YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

      • 01:30:22 PM

        The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 619, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SWORDED ON THE BILL AS AMENDED. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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        • 01:30:36 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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        • 01:30:45 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE QUESTION IS ON THE PASS AFPBLGT BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE…

          THE QUESTION IS ON THE PASS AFPBLGT BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. -- PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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        • 01:30:55 PM

          MR. NEAL

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

        • 01:30:59 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. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE 15-MINUTE VOTE ON THE PASSAGE OF THE BILL WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE ON SPEND SUSPENDING THE RULES AND PASSING H.R. 3109 IF ORDERED. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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        • 01:49:43 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 227, THE NAYS ARE 205, THE BILL IS PASSED.…

          ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 227, THE NAYS ARE 205, THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. THE CHAIR WILL REMIND ALL PERSONS IN THE GALLERY THAT THEY ARE HERE AS GUESTS OF THE HOUSE AND MANIFESTATION OF APPROVAL OR DISAPPROVAL OF PO SEEDINGS IS A VIOLATION OF RULES OF THE HOUSE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS IS ON THE QUESTION OF SUSPENDING THE RULES AND PASSING H.R. 3109 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT THINK BITITLE.

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    • 01:49:45 PM

      House Vote 637 - On Passage

      Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

      Passed (227 - 205)
      Yea
      Nay

      Vote Details: Yea - 226
      Republican - 226

      Vote Details: Nay - 205
      Democratic - 192
      Republican - 13

      • 01:49:46 PM

        The title of the measure was amended pursuant to H. Res. 619.

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

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          UNFINISHED BUSINESS

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

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            THE CLERK

            H.R. 3109 TO A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE AT NORTH…

            H.R. 3109 TO A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE AT NORTH 2ND STREET IN CHILLICOTHE, ILLINOIS, AS THE SENIOR CHIEF RYAN POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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          • 01:51:02 PM

            Considered as unfinished business. 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"."

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

              THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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        • 01:51:31 PM

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

          • 01:51:35 PM

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

            • 01:52:07 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE CHAIR ANNOUNCES THE SPEAKER'S APPOINTMENT PURSUANT 2 U.S.C. 2081 AND…

              THE CHAIR ANNOUNCES THE SPEAKER'S APPOINTMENT PURSUANT 2 U.S.C. 2081 AND THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 30, 2017, OF THE FOLLOWING MEMBER ON THE PART OF THE HOUSE TO THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL PRESERVATION COMMISSION.

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        • 01:52:17 PM

          United States Capitol Preservation Commission

          Pursuant to 2 U.S.C. 2081, and the order of the House of January 3, 2017, the Speaker appointed the following member of the House to the United States Capitol Preservation Commission: Mrs. Comstock.

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            THE CLERK

            COMSTOCK OF VIRGINIA.

          • 01:52:38 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING COMMUNICATION.

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            THE CLERK

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

            THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR, PURSUANT TO SECTION 5 OF THE FREDERICK DOUGLASS BICENTENNIAL COMMISSION ACT, PUBLIC LAW 15-77, I'M PLEASED TO APPOINT THE FOLLOWING MEMBER TO SERVE AS COMMISSIONER TO THE FREDERICK DOUGLASS BICENTENNIAL COMMISSION, THE HONORABLE ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON OF WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, AND FROM PRIVATE LIFE, MR. KENNETH C. HOLMES JR. OF CORNING COUNT -- OF ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA, SIGNED, SINCERELY, NANCY PELOSI, DEMOCRATIC LEADER.

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        • 01:52:51 PM

          Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission

          Pursuant to Section 5 of the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission Act(Pub. L 115-77), the Democratic Leader appointed the Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton of Washington DC; and from private life: Mr. Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. of Orange, CA.

          • 01:53:32 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OUT. FOR WHAT…

            THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OUT. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE RISE?

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          • 01:53:41 PM

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            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURN TODAY IT ADJOURN TO MEET AT 10:00 A.M. TOMORROW.

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          • 01:53:50 PM

            TEMPORE WITHOUT

            WITHOUT OBJECTION, -- WITHOUT OBJECTION.

          • 01:53:56 PM

            Mr. Roe (TN) asked unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 10:00 a.m. on November 17. Agreed to without objection.

            • 01:54:16 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              PLEASE COME TO ORDER, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE ONE-MINUTES. PLEASE COME TO…

              PLEASE COME TO ORDER, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE ONE-MINUTES. PLEASE COME TO ORDER. TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OUTSIDE PLEASE.

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            • 01:55:23 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR…

              THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA STAND UP?

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        • 01:55:28 PM

          ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

          The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

          • 01:55:38 PM

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

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

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          • 01:55:46 PM

            TEMPORE WITHOUT

            WITHOUT OBJECTION, PLEASE COME TO ORDER. CONVERSATIONS OUTSIDE, PLEASE.…

            WITHOUT OBJECTION, PLEASE COME TO ORDER. CONVERSATIONS OUTSIDE, PLEASE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA IS RECOGNIZED.

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            MR. SPEAKER, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT WILL INCREASE PAYCHECKS FOR…

            MR. SPEAKER, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT WILL INCREASE PAYCHECKS FOR HARDWORKING MONTANANS AND CREATE MONTANA JOBS AND UNLEASH ECONOMIC GROWTH. IN FACT, ANALYSIS FROM THE NONPARTISAN TAX FOUNDATION FINDS THE BILL WILL CREATE NEARLY 2,900 MONTANA JOBS AND WILL INCREASE --

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          • 01:56:22 PM

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            MR. GEE AHN FORTE

            PROCEED. MR. GEE AHN FORTE: THANK YOU --

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            MR. GIANFORTE

            WILL INCREASE OPPORTUNITY FOR MONTANANS AND INCREASE MONTANA JOBS.…

            WILL INCREASE OPPORTUNITY FOR MONTANANS AND INCREASE MONTANA JOBS. ANALYSIS FROM THE NONPARTISAN TAX FOUNDATION FINDS IT WILL CREATE NEARLY 2,900 MONTANA JOBS AND INCREASE INCOME FOR MEDIAN MONTANA HOUSEHOLDS BY $2,200. HARDWORKING MONTANANS WILL SEE A BIG TAX BREAK BY CUTTING THEIR RATES AND DOUBLING THE STANDARD DEDUCTION. MONTANA FAMILIES WILL BENEFIT FROM THE INCREASED CHILD TAX CREDIT. TODAY, ONLY ABOUT ONE IN FOUR MONTANANS ITEMIZE THEIR DEDUCTIONS. FILLING OUT STACKS OF PAPERWORK FOR HOURS AFTER SAVING PILES OF RECEIPTS. WITH TAX REFORM, THESE DAYS ARE OVER. UNDER THE NEW PLAN, NINE OUT OF 10 AMERICANS WON'T HAVE TO ITEM IDES AND SEE THEIR FULL TAX BENEFIT -- TO SEE THEIR FULL TAX BENEFIT AND WILL FILE THEIR TAXES ON SOMETHING LIKE A POSTCARD. I'M PROUD TO VOTE FOR THE TAX REFORM THAT WILL CREATE THOUSANDS OF MONTANAN JOBS, ENSURE HARDWORKING MONTANANS KEEP MORE OF WHAT THEY EARN AND HELP SMALL BUSINESS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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          • 01:57:52 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA RISE?

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

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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            I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY ON NOVEMBER 25. SMALL…

            I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY ON NOVEMBER 25. SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY TAKES PLACE EVERY YEAR ON THE SATURDAY AFTER THANKSGIVING. IT IS A DAY FOR AMERICANS TO SUPPORT THEIR COMMUNITY AND THEIR LOCAL BUSINESSES. AS A FORMER SMALL BUSINESS OWNER MYSELF, I KNOW THE VALUE THAT OUR SMALL, LOCALLY OWNED BUSINESSES ADD TO OUR SMALL -- TO OUR LOCAL ECONOMIES. ARIZONA IS A PROUD HOME TO MORE THAN 500,000 SMALL BUSINESSES THAT EMPLOY NEARLY A MILLION ARIZONANS. THESE SMALL BUSINESSES ARE THE LIFE BLOOD OF OUR LOCAL ECONOMIES AND THEY ARE VITAL TO THE FUTURE OF OUR COMMUNITIES. OUR ENTREPRENEURS ARE LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADERS THAT HIRE LOCAL EMPLOYEES AND THEY CONTRIBUTE TO LOCAL CAUSES. THIS HOLIDAY SHOPPING SEASON WE HAVE THE CHANCE TO SHOW APPRECIATION FOR OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES AND ALL THEY DO FOR OUR COMMUNITIES. I ENCOURAGE ALL AMERICANS TO GET OUT AND SHOP AT YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL SMALL BUSINESS OR DINE AT YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL RESTAURANT AND SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY ON NOVEMBER 25. I YIELD BACK. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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          • 01:59:12 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            FROM ARKANSAS RISE? YOU ARE RECOGNIZED.

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            MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1, THE TAX CUT…

            MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1, THE TAX CUT AND JOBS ACT. WITH CHAIRMAN BRADY'S LEADERSHIP, MY COLLEAGUES AND I WORKED HARD TO COMBINE OUR IDEAS TO HELP AMERICANS ACROSS THE NATION HAVE LOWER TAXES, BETTER CAREERS, AND MORE MONEY IN THEIR FAMILY BUDGET. OVER THE PAST YEAR IT'S BEEN A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT, I'VE LISTENED TO AND WORKED WITH PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES ON THEIR IDEAS ABOUT TAX REFORM FROM ALL ACROSS THE SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS.

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          • 01:59:52 PM

            MR. HILL

            YOU MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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            I ASK THE

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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          • 02:00:57 PM

            MS. JACKSON LEE

            MINUTE.

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            MS. JACKSON LEE

            I THANK YOU. AMEN.

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            MS. JACKSON LEE

            I THANK YOU. AMEN.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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            MS. WILSON

            HAVE VOTED NAY ON ROLL CALL NUMBER 637.

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            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN'S REQUEST IS ON RECORD. FOR WHAT…

            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN'S REQUEST IS ON RECORD. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, YOU ARE RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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          • 02:02:42 PM

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            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN THE REALM OF HUMANITY, THAT WHICH IS COBBLED…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN THE REALM OF HUMANITY, THAT WHICH IS COBBLED TOGETHER BY HUMANS, IS RARELY PERFECT AND SO, TOO, THE TAX REFORM THAT WE UNDERTOOK TODAY IS NOT PERFECT. HOWEVER, IT WAS OVERDUE AND IT'S GOOD AND CANDIDLY ANY LEGISLATION CONTEMPLATED THAT WAS LAST ADDRESSED WHEN I WEIGHED 112 POUNDS AND HAD A FULL HAIR IS LONG OVERDUE. I WILL SUBMIT IT IS WITH THE CONFIDENCE AND BELIEF IN THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS CHAMBER AND THE RELEVANT COMMITTEES THAT WE WILL DISCUSS THE MAINTENANCE OF THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION TAX CREDIT WHICH IS INCLUDED IN THE SENATE VERSION OF THIS BILL THAT I CAST MY BALLOT TODAY. I THINK IT'S A WORTHWHILE INVESTMENT TO RECOGNIZE DOWNTRODDEN AREAS. I ALSO HOPE THAT MEMBERS OF THIS BODY ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WOULD CONSIDER THE OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS TO REMOVE THEMSELVES FROM THE DARK CLOUD OF STUDENT LOAN DEBT BY VIRTUE OF REVIEWING THE STUDENT SECURITY ACT THAT WILL BE UNVEILED HERE WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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          • 02:03:44 PM

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            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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            MR. COHEN

            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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            TEMPORE WITHOUT

            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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            MR. COHEN

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WHAT HAPPENED TODAY ON THIS FLOOR WAS A MASSIVE…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WHAT HAPPENED TODAY ON THIS FLOOR WAS A MASSIVE TAX BREAK FOR THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY. OVER HALF OF THE TAX DOLLARS WILL GO TO PEOPLE IN THE UPPER 1% OF THE INCOME STRATA. AND THE BIG POT OF GOLD AT THE END IS ELIMINATING THE INHERENTANS TAX BY THE YEAR 20 -- INHERITANCE TAX BY THE YEAR 2024 SO THE HEIRS OF THE RICHEST WILL GET MILLIONS AND HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF TAX RELIEF. THIS BILL SHOULD HAVE BEEN GEARED TOWARD THE MIDDLE CLASS. THEY ARE GETTING TIP CHANGE BY A CHEAP RESTAURANT. WHILE THE RICH IS GETTING NO A.M.T. TAX, INHERITANCE TAX CHANGES. THEY GET THE MONEY. THE MIDDLE CLASS GETS SHAFTED. IT'S A CON JOB, IT'S A SHAME. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 02:04:51 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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          • 02:05:03 PM

            MR. LAMALFA

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF KOREAN WAR…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF KOREAN WAR VETERAN JACK TOLBERT WHO PASSED AWAY THIS MONTH AT THE AGE OF 94. A LONGTIME RESIDENT OF REDDING, CALIFORNIA, OVER 50 YEARS. ORIGINALLY A TEXAS NATIVE, JACK WAS. HE'S AWARDED THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS FOR HIS HEROISM IN KOREA WHICH IN 1953 AT HIS POST IN SOUTH KOREA CAME UNDER ATTACK. CHINESE SOLDIER HURLED A GRENADE INTO SERGEANT TOLBERT'S BUNKER. INCREDIBLE MOMENT OF SELFLESS BRAVERY, JACK HURLED HIMSELF ON THE GRENADE TO SHIELD HIS FELLOW SOLDIERS FROM THE EXPLOSION FROM INJURIES OR EVEN DEATH. JACK, HE LOST BOTH HIS LEGS IN THAT. AMONG NUMEROUS OTHER INJURIES. THOUGH HE WOULD NEVER ADMIT IT HIMSELF, HE TRULY WAS A HERO FROM HAVING DONE SO AND PROTECTING HIS BROTHERS IN ARMS. BUT I KNEW HIM PERSONALLY AND IT WAS ALWAYS A JOY TO SEE JACK IT THE VARIOUS EVENTS AROUND CHASTA COUNTY. AROUND THE REDDING AREA. HE NEVER LET WHAT HIS CONDITION MIGHT BE GET HIM DOWN. HE WAS ALWAYS THE MOST POSITIVE PEOPLE IN THE ROOM AND A JOY TO BE AROUND. WE WILL MISS HIM DEARLY BUT WE ARE ALL BLESSED TO HAVE HIM IN OUR LIVES, WHETHER IT WAS HIS SERVICE IN KOREA OR HIS TIME AS OUR NEIGHBOR. GOD BLESS HIM AND HIS FAMILY. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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          • 02:06:51 PM

            MR. PAYNE

            MR. SPEAKER, LET US NEVER FORGET THAT THE G.O.P. TAX SCAM WILL HARM REAL…

            MR. SPEAKER, LET US NEVER FORGET THAT THE G.O.P. TAX SCAM WILL HARM REAL PEOPLE. ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON, 42 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM THE CRYSTAL RAY NEWARK HIGH SCHOOL WERE HERE AT THE CAPITOL URGING ME TO VOTE AGAINST THE G.O.P. TAX SCAM. MR. SPEAKER, THE YOUNG PEOPLE I MET WITH -- THE YOUNG PEOPLE I MET WITH ARE FROM FINANCIALLY STRUGGLING FAMILIES. THEY WORKED HARD AND GOT ACCEPTED INTO AN INNOVATIVE SCHOOL TO GAIN PROFESSIONAL SKILLS. THE STUDENTS TAKE PART IN A CORPORATE WORK STUDY PROGRAM. THEIR EARNINGS GO TOWARDS THEIR COLLEGE PREPARATORY EDUCATION. THE MODEL WORKS. LAST YEAR 100% OF CRYSTAL RAY'S STUDENTS WERE ACCEPTED INTO FOUR-YEAR COLLEGES. BUT UNDER THE G.O.P. TAX SCAM, THESE BRIGHT YOUNG PEOPLE FROM FINANCIALLY DISADVANTAGED FAMILIES WILL HAVE TO PAY TAXES ON THEIR WORK STUDY EARNINGS, TAXES THEY CANNOT AFFORD. THAT IS WRONG. I WILL CONTINUE TO STAND UP AGAINST THE G.O.P. TAX SCAM AND STAND FOR PROGRAMS THAT BENEFIT AMERICA'S CHILDREN. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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            MS. FOXX

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

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            TEMPORE WITHOUT

            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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            MS. FOXX

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF NATIONAL BIBLE…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK. FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS, THE BIBLE'S BEEN A SOURCE OF GUIDANCE AND STRENGTH FOR HUMANITY DURING TIMES OF TURMOIL AND CONFUSION, I CAN THINK OF NO MORE IMPORTANT SOURCE OF COMFORT THAN THE WISDOM PROVIDED IN THE GOOD BOOK. THE BIBLE SERVES AS A PROFOUND INFLUENCE IN MY LIFE AS WELL AS OTHERS IN THIS CHAMBER, AND MANY OF US GATHER WEEKLY FOR PRAYER BREAKFAST AND BIBLE STUDY. THE BIBLE OFFERS US HOPE WHEN CIRCUMSTANCES ARE DIRE AND AS A SOURCE OF STRENGTH WHEN HUMAN FRAILTY BRINGS US LOW. AS WE READ IN THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW, COME ONTO ME AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST. NEXT WEEK AS WE CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING MY PRAYER IS IT WILL BE A TIME OF HEALING AND UNITY FOR ALL. AS WE REFLECT ON THE BLESSINGS GOD HAS PROVIDED, I HOPE WE WILL ALSO CELEBRATE THE GIFT GOD PROVIDES US DAILY THROUGH HIS HOLY WORD. I YIELD BACK.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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            THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. JUST A FEW MINUTES AGO ON THE FLOOR OF…

            THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. JUST A FEW MINUTES AGO ON THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WE SAW A VOTE ON WHAT HAS BEEN CALLED THE MIDDLE-CLASS TAX CUT, AND UNFORTUNATELY I'M HERE TO REMIND ALL OF US, MR. SPEAKER, THAT IT REALLY IS A TAX SCAM BECAUSE WHEN WE'VE LOOKED INTO THE MANY COMMUNITIES ACROSS AMERICA, HARDWORKING FAMILIES LIKE THE HARDWORKING FAMILIES IN THE DISTRICT I REPRESENT IN CALIFORNIA, THE AVERAGE FAMILY OR HOUSEHOLD THAT FILES A TAX RETURN EVERY APRIL 15 MAKES AN AVERAGE INCOME OF ABOUT $69,000 AND THAT FAMILY, ACCORDING TO WHAT WAS JUST PASSED OFF OF THIS FLOOR, IS GOING TO BE LEAVING BEHIND OVER $1,000 MORE THAN THEY NORMALLY WOULD HAVE WHEN THEY DO THEIR TAXES.

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          • 02:10:30 PM

            MR. CARDENAS

            AND THAT HURTS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. THAT FAMILY IS A HARDWORKING FAMILY.…

            AND THAT HURTS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. THAT FAMILY IS A HARDWORKING FAMILY. THAT FAMILY CANNOT AFFORD TO MISS OUT ON $1,000 OF THEIR HARD-EARNED MONEY, BUT I HEARD PEOPLE SAY EARLIER TODAY THAT THAT WASN'T GOING TO HAPPEN AND THAT'S JUST NOT TRUE. I YIELD BACK.

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          • 02:10:48 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

            THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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          • 02:10:58 PM

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            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE HOUSE HAS JUST ONLY MOMENTS AGO PASSED…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE HOUSE HAS JUST ONLY MOMENTS AGO PASSED HISTORIC TAX REFORM. I'M PROUD TO HAVE SUPPORTED IT. IN CONFERENCE, WE WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO EVEN IMPROVE THE BILL, BUT THERE'S ONE ISSUE I'D LIKE TO RAISE FOR THEM AND THAT'S CLOSING THE BERMUDA LOOPHOLE. A COMPANY IN BERMUDA STRIPS MONEY OUT OF ITS U.S. BRANCH AND INVESTS THE MONEY UNDER BERMUDA TAX LAW MEANING THEY DON'T PAY VIRTUALLY NOTHING ON THAT INCOME AND IT'S A CRIPPLING ADVANTAGE. COMPANIES THAT STAY IN AMERICA ARE GETTING KILLED. WE'VE HAD TWO MASSIVE INVERSIONS IN THE LAST TWO YEARS TO BERMUDA AND TO SWITZERLAND. THE NUMBER OF FOREIGN PROPERTY CASUALTY INSURERS IN THE LAST 25 -- IN THE TOP 25 HAS INCREASED SEVEN-FOLD SINCE 1990. CLOSING THIS LOOPHOLE WAS IN THE SENATE BILL AND THE LAST HOUSE TAX PROPOSAL. IT RAISES $8.7 BILLION IN REVENUE. THAT IN ADDITION TO THE COUNTLESS JOBS AND PROUD AMERICAN BUSINESSES THAT IT WOULD SAVE. WE CAN'T HAVE A TAX CODE THAT DESTROYS AMERICAN BUSINESS. WE HAVE GOT TO CLOSE THIS LOOPHOLE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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          • 02:12:14 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE CHAIR WILL RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FOR SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES WITHOUT…

            THE CHAIR WILL RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FOR SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES WITHOUT PREJUDICE TO THE PRESUMPTION OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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        • 02:12:29 PM

          SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES

          The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches, without prejudice to resumption of legislative business.

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            MR. GOHMERT

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN HAS 10 MINUTES REMAINING.

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            MR. GOHMERT

            MINUTES I HAVE HERE, THIS WILL BE THE LAST SESSION BEFORE THANKSGIVING…

            MINUTES I HAVE HERE, THIS WILL BE THE LAST SESSION BEFORE THANKSGIVING DAY. GREATLY DISTURBED THAT WE HAVE SO MANY YOUNG PEOPLE IN AMERICA WHO CAN'T EXPLAIN WHAT THANKSGIVING, WHY IT WAS ORIGINALLY STARTED, WHO THANKSGIVING -- WHO THANKS WAS GIVEN TO. MANY THOUGHT IT WAS TO THE INDIANS BUT IT WAS NOT. THIS IS A DECLARATION MAY 2, 1778 TO TROOPS AT VALLEY FORGE. THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF DIRECTS THAT DIVINE SERVICE BE PERFORMED EVERY SUNDAY 11:00 IN EACH BRIGADE WHICH HAS A CHAPLAIN. THESE BRIGADES WHICH HAVE NONE WILL ATTEND THE PLACES OF WORSHIP NEAREST TO THEM. IT IS EXPECTED THAT OFFICERS OF ALL RANKS WILL BY THEIR ATTENDANCE SET AN EXAMPLE FOR THEIR MEN. WHILE WE ARE ZEALOUSLY PERFORMING THE DUTIES OF GOOD CITIZENS AND SOLDIERS, WE CERTAINLY OUGHT NOT TO BE INATTENTIVE TO THE HIGHER DUTIES OF RELIGION. TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHARACTER OF PATRIOT, IT SHOULD BE OUR HIGHEST GLORY TO LAWED THE MORE DISTINGUISHED CHARACTER OF MUSLIM -- I'M SORRY -- IT SAYS CHRISTIAN. GEORGE WASHINGTON SAID THAT A HIGHEST GLORY OF A PATRIOT SOLDIER WOULD BE THE MORE DISTINGUISHED CHARACTER OF A CHRISTIAN. IT WAS IN AN ORDER HE GAVE. SO I KNOW PEOPLE ARE SAYING THIS IS TOTALLY APPROPRIATE NOW, AND THEY WONDER WHY EVIL IS -- SEEMS TO KEEP GROWING IN AMERICA, BUT AS WE LOOK WHERE WE CAME FROM AND WE LOOK AT WHAT PRIOR LEADERS DID TO DEFEAT THE FORCES OF EVIL THAT ARE HERE IN THIS WORLD AND WILL BE AS LONG AS IT'S HERE IN THIS FORM, SEEMS LIKE THERE'S A CORRELATION BETWEEN WHEN THE COUNTRY IS PRAYING TO GOD AND ASKING FOR HIS PROTECTION AND BLESSING AND WHEN EVIL SEEMS TO BE GROWING. THOMAS JEFFERSON, 1781, NOTED -- AND IT'S ENGRAVED IN HIS MEMORIAL. LIFE THAT GAVE US LIFE GAVE US LIBERTY. CAN THEY DO THAT WHEN WE HAVE REMOVED THEIR ONLY BASIS, A CONVICTION IN THE MINDS OF THESE LIBERTIES ARE A GIFT OF GOD, THEY ARE NOT TO BE VIOLATED BUT WITH HIS WRATH. INDEED, I TREMBLE FROM MY COUNTRY WHEN I REFLECT THAT GOD IS JUST, THAT IS JUST -- JUSTICE CANNOT SLEEP FOREVER. THAT'S THOMAS JEFFERSON. JOHN QUINCY ADAMS, SEPTEMBER 26, 1810. WROTE A LETTER TO HIS SON, THE U.S. MINISTER AT ST. PETERSBURG. SO GREAT IS MY VEN RATION FOR THE BIBLE AND SO STRONG MY BELIEF THAT WHEN DULY READ AND MEDITATED ON IT IS OF BOOKS IN THE WORLD THAT WHICH CONTRIBUTES MOST TO MAKE MEN GOOD, WISE AND HAPPY. FORMER PRESIDENT, NOMINATED SUPREME COURT BY JAMES MADISON. AND THIS ON MARCH 30, 1863, BY ABRAHAM LINCOLN. GREAT REPUBLICAN. LINCOLN SAID, IT IS THE DUTY OF NATIONS AS WELL AS OF MEN TO OWN THEIR DEPENDENCE UPON THE OVERRULING POWER OF GOD, TO CONFESS THEIR SINS AND TRANSGRESSIONS AND HUMBLE SORROW. YET WITH ASSURED HOPE THAT GENUINE REPITTANCE WILL LEAD TO MERCY AND PARDON AND RECOGNIZE THE SUBLIME TRUTH ANNOUNCED IN THE HOLY SCRIPTURES AND PROVEN BY ALL HISTORY THAT THOSE NATIONS ARE ONLY BLESSED WHOSE GOD IS THE LORD. ANOTHER PLACE HE SAID -- THIS IS LINCOLN'S WRITTEN WORD. WE HAVE FORGOTTEN GOD. WE HAVE FORGOTTEN THE GRACIOUS HAND WHICH PRESERVED US IN PEACE AND MULTIPLIED AND ENRICHED AND STRENGTHENED US AND WE HAVE VAINLY MANLED IN THE DECEITFULNESS OF OUR HEARTS THAT ALL THESE BLESSINGS WERE PRODUCED BY SOME SUPERIOR WISDOM AND VIRTUE OF OUR OWN. INTOXICATED WITH UNBROKEN SUCCESS, WE HAVE BECOME TOO SELF-SUFFICIENT TO FILL THE NECESSITY OF PRESERVING GRACE, TOO PROUD TO PRAY TO GOD THAT MADE US. IT BEHOOVES US THEN TO HUMBLE OURSELVES BEFORE THE OFFENDED POWER TO CONFESS OUR NATIONAL SINS AND TO PRAY FOR CLEMENCY AND FORGIVENESS. THAT WAS A NATIONAL PROCLAMATION BY ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND THANK GOD THERE A MAJORITY OF AMERICANS PARTICIPATED IN THAT AND PRAYED TO GOD. HIS SECOND INAUGURAL HE'S TALKING ABOUT NORTH AND SOUTH. IT'S ENSCRIBED ON THE INSIDE NORTH WALL OF THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL. AND ABOUT HALF TO 2/3 OF THE WAY THROUGH THERE IN THE MIDDLE HE SAYS, HE'S TALKING ABOUT NORTH AND SOUTH, BOTH READ THE SAME BIBLE, BOTH PRAY TO THE SAME GOD. PRAYERS OF BOTH COULD NOT BE ANSWERED. NEITHER HAS BEEN ANSWERED FULLY. THE ALMIGHTY HAS HIS OWN PURPOSE BUT WOE UPON THE WORLD BECAUSE OF OFFENSES. YET, IF GOD WILL THAT IT CONTINUE UNTIL ALL THE WEALTH PILED BY THE BONDSMEN 250 YEARS OF UNREQUITED TOIL SHALL BE SHRUNK AND UNTIL EVERY DROP OF BLOOD ANOTHER WILL BE DONE BY THE SWORD AS WAS SAID 3,000 YEARS AGO, IT STILL MUST BE SAID THE JUDGMENTS OF THE LORD ARE TRUE AND RIGHTEOUS ALTOGETHER. I WANT TO FINISH WITH THIS FROM JOHN F. KENNEDY. HE WAS TALKING AT THE LIGHTING OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE BUT AT A TIME OF THANKSGIVING IT'S CERTAINLY APPROPRIATE. WITH THE LIGHTING OF THIS TREE, WHICH IS AN OLD CEREMONY IN WASHINGTON AND ONE WHICH HAS BEEN AMONG THE MOST IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITIES OF A GOOD MANY PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES, WE INITIATE IN A FORMAL WAY THE CHRISTMAS SEASON, WE MARK THE FESTIVAL OF CHRISTMAS WHICH IS THE MOST SACRED AND HOPEFUL DAY IN OUR CIVILIZATION. FOR NEARLY 2,000 YEARS THE MESSAGE OF CHRISTMAS, THE MESSAGE OF PEACE AND GOOD WILL TOWARDS MEN HAS BEEN THE GUIDING STAR OF OUR ENDEAVORS. I HAD A MEETING WHICH INCLUDED SOME OF OUR REPRESENTATIVES FROM FAR OFF COUNTRIES IN AFRICA AND ASIA, THEY WERE RETURNING TO THEIR POSTS FOR THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS. TALKING WITH THEM I WAS STRUCK BY THE FACT THAT IN THE FAR OFF CONNENTS, HINDUS, ON THE 25TH DAY OF DECEMBER TO CELEBRATE THE BIRTHDAY OF THE PRINCE OF PEACE. THERE COULD BE NO MORE STRIKING PROOF THAT CHRISTMAS IS TRULY THE UNIVERSAL HOLIDAY OF MEN. WE DEDICATE OUR THOUGHTS TO OTHERS. WHEN ALL ARE REMINDED THAT MERCY AND COMPASSION ARE THE ENDURING VIRTUES, WHEN ALL SHOW BY SMALL DEEDS AND LARGE AND BY ACTS THAT IT IS MORE BLESSED TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE. IT IS THE DAY WHEN WE REMIND OURSELVES THAT MAN CAN AND MUST LIVE IN PEACE WITH HIS NEIGHBORS AND IT'S THE PEACEMAKERS THAT ARE TRULY BLESSED AND THIS YEAR OF 1962 WE GREET EACH OTHER CHRISTMAS WITH SOME SPECIAL SENSE OF BLESSING OF PEACE. SO MR. SPEAKER, THIS PERIOD OF THANKSGIVING THAT WE'LL HAVE IN THE NEXT WEEK WILL HOPEFULLY BE A TIME WHEN WE WILL COME BACK TOGETHER MORE AS A NATION, WHEN WE WILL BIND OUR HEARTS IN PRAYER AND THANKSGIVING AND ASK FOR GOD'S PROTECTION AS OUR GREATEST PRESIDENTS DID. AND I KNOW THOSE PRAYERS WILL BE ANSWERED. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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            MAYOR OTERO

            SPEAKER, A -- THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE

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            THE MESSENGER

            THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MR.…

            THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER. THE SPEAKER PRO

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          • 03:12:57 PM

            THE SECRETARY

            SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            MR. SPEAKER.

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            THE SECRETARY

            MADAM SECRETARY. THE SECRETARY: I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY THE SENATE TO…

            MADAM SECRETARY. THE SECRETARY: I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY THE SENATE TO INFORM THE HOUSE THAT THE SENATE HAS AGREED TO THE CONFERENCE WITH THE HOUSE THEREON H.R. 2810, AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018 FOR MILITARY ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND FOR DEFENSE ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY. TO PRESCRIBE MILITARY PERSONNEL STRENGTH FOR SUCH FISCAL YEAR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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          • 03:13:03 PM

            The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate agreed to the conference report to accompany H.R. 2810.

            • 03:14:29 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

            • 03:14:32 PM

              MR. GOHMERT

              MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD MOVE THAT AFTER SUCH A GREAT DAY THAT WE NOW HEREBY…

              MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD MOVE THAT AFTER SUCH A GREAT DAY THAT WE NOW HEREBY ADJOURN.

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          • 03:14:36 PM

            Mr. Gohmert moved that the House do now adjourn.

            • 03:14:39 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        • 03:14:47 PM

          On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.

          • 03:14:48 PM

            Adjourned

            The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on November 17, 2017.

            • 09:00:14 AM

              THE SPEAKER

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

              THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY THE GUEST CHAPLAIN, THE REVEREND ROB HUGHES, BROADWAY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, SEDALIA,

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            • 09:00:25 AM

              THE CHAPLAIN

              LET US PRAY. AWESOME AND MERCIFUL GOD, WE THANK YOU THAT WE CAN APPROACH…

              LET US PRAY. AWESOME AND MERCIFUL GOD, WE THANK YOU THAT WE CAN APPROACH YOU DIRECTLY IN PRAYER, FULLY AWARE THAT PRAYER IS NOT A SHIELD PROTECTING US FROM ALL EVIL BUT RATHER A REMINDER FIRST AND FOREMOST THAT YOU ALONE ARE GOD, CREATOR, REDEEMER, AND SUSTAINER OF ALL. AND WE'RE NOT. GRACIOUS LORD, IN ANCIENT TIMES KING SOLOMON ASKED ONLY FOR WISDOM NOT FAME, FORTUNE, FOR INFLUENCE. INSTEAD HE LONGED FOR GODLY WISDOM. WHETHER AS PARENT, TEACHER, MINISTER, ELECTED OFFICIAL, OR IN ANY OTHER OFFICIAL OF LEADERSHIP, HELP US TO LEAD WITH GODLY WISDOM. HEAVENLY GOD, AS I PROCLAIM YOUR THREEFOLD UNITY, FATHER, SON, AND PROCLAIM YOUR THREEFOLD UNITY, FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT, INDIVIDUAL YET ETERNALLY UNITED AS ONE GOD, I PRAY THAT THIS NATION, THE UNITED STATES, BE ALSO UNIFIED, RESPECTING AND VALUING THE INDIVIDUAL YET ETERNALLY UNITED AS ONE NATION, UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE. IT IS IN YOUR NAME I PRAY. AMEN.

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            • 09:01:46 AM

              THE SPEAKER

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

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

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            • 09:01:58 AM

              MR. BROWN

              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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            • 09:02:11 AM

              THE SPEAKER

              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI, MRS. HARTZLER, IS…

              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI, MRS. HARTZLER, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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            • 09:02:16 AM

              MRS. HARTZLER

              THANK REVEREND ROBERT HUGHES OF SEDALIA, MISSOURI FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN…

              THANK REVEREND ROBERT HUGHES OF SEDALIA, MISSOURI FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN THE FAITH COMMUNITY. AFTER BEGINNING HIS CAREER IN FILM AND TELEVISION WORKING FOR MEDIA COMPANIES LIKE DISNEY AND NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, REVEREND HUGHS LEFT SHOW BIZ TO DO GOD'S BUSINESS. HE ENTERED THE MINISTRY WHICH LED HIM TO SEE DAILYA WHERE HE SERVES AS THE -- SEDALIA. REVEREND HUGHS IS WELL LOVED BY MEMBERS OF HIS CONGRESS GATION AND HE USES HIS TIME -- CONGREGATION AND HE USES HIS TIME AND TALENTS TO ENERGIZE GOD'S LOVED BY MEMBERS OF HIS CONGRESS WORD. REVEREND HUGHS, THANK YOU FOR YOUR DEVOTION TO YOUR COMMUNITY AND CONGREGATION AND FOR BRINGING INSPIRATION AND ENCOURAGEMENT TO THOSE YOU SERVE. MAY GOD BLESS EVERYTHING YOU SET YOUR HAND TO. YOUR SERVICE TO GOD AND YOUR CHURCH IS APPRECIATED. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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            • 09:03:20 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO FIVE FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE…

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

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            • 09:03:38 AM

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              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE BRAVERY OF ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS…

              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE BRAVERY OF ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS AND AN AMERICAN HERO, STAFF SERGEANT RICHARD HUNTER. STAFF SERGEANT HUNTER WAS RECENTLY AWARDED THE AIR FORCE CROSS IN RECOGNITION OF HIS OUTSTANDING COURAGE IN THE LINE OUTSTANDING COURAGE IN THE LINE OF DUTY. STAFF SERGEANT HUNTER WAS DEPLOYED TO AFGHANISTAN AS PART OF THE U.S. ARMY SPECIAL FORCES TEAM. ON NOVEMBER 2, 2016, HIS TEAM FOUND THEMSELVES UNDER A HEAVY MACHINE-GUN FIRE FROM INSURGENTS. DESPITE THE BARRAGE OF ENEMY FIRE, HUNTER CHARGED FORWARD TO SHIELD THE WOUNDED AND ULTIMATELY REPELLED THE ENEMY'S ENCROACHMENT. HE INITIATED THE LAUNCH OF THE QUICK REACTION FORCE AND CASUALTY AIRLIFT FOR WOUNDED MEMBERS IN HIS GROUP.

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            • 09:04:24 AM

              MR. HICE

              A TRUE AMERICAN HERO. I YIELD BACK.

            • 09:05:13 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN SEEKS UNANIMOUS CONSENT? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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            • 09:05:30 AM

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              MR. SPEAKER, THE TAX BILL PUT FORTH TODAY BY CONGRESSIONAL MR. SPEAKER,…

              MR. SPEAKER, THE TAX BILL PUT FORTH TODAY BY CONGRESSIONAL MR. SPEAKER, THE TAX BILL PUT FORTH TODAY BY CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS IS A GIVE TO THE WEALTHIEST 1% AND MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS AT THE EXPENSE OF OR STUDENTS, HOMEOWNERS, AND SENIORS. IT ELIMINATES CRITICAL DEDUCTION THAT IS HELP CENTRAL COAST FAMILIES, INCLUDING DEDUCTIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL TAXES, MORTGAGE INTEREST, STUDENT LOANS, AND MEDICAL EXPENSES.

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            • 09:05:53 AM

              MR. CARBAJAL

              WITH WILDFIRE SEASON IN CALIFORNIA GROWING LONGER EACH YEAR, THIS BILL…

              WITH WILDFIRE SEASON IN CALIFORNIA GROWING LONGER EACH YEAR, THIS BILL CALLOUSLY ELIMINATES TAX RELIEF FOR PERSONAL CASUALTY LOSSES RESULT INTERESTING WILDFIRES AS WELL AS EARTHQUAKES. IN FACT, THIS BILL WOULD RAISE TAXES ON 36 WORKING AND MIDDLE CLASS TAXPAYERS BY AN IN FACT, THIS BILL WOULD RAISE TAXES ON 36 WORKING AND MIDDLE CLASS TAXPAYERS BY AN AVERAGE OF $1,130. WITH THE NATIONAL DEBT THAT HAS NOW SURPASSED 20 IN FACT, THIS BILL TRILLION, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CANNOT AFFORD THIS TAX BILL THAT ADDS $1.5 TRILLION TO THE DEFICIT AND LEAVES OUT OUR CHILDREN -- LEAVES OUR CHILDREN STUCK WITH THE BILL. AMERICANS DESERVE BIPARTISAN TAX REFORM THAT SIMPLIFIES OUR TAX CODE AND PUTS THE MIDDLE CLASS FIRST. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 09:06:37 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

            • 09:06:40 AM

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              UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

            • 09:06:43 AM

              TEMPORE WITHOUT

              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

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

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            • 09:06:46 AM

              >>

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. HARDWORKING FAMILIES IN MICHIGAN HAVE BEEN…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. HARDWORKING FAMILIES IN MICHIGAN HAVE BEEN SQUEEZED FOR FAR TOO LONG UNDER OUR BROKEN TAX CODE. WAGES AREN'T GOING UP, YET THE COST OF LIVING KEEPS GETTING MORE EXPENSIVE. WE DEVELOPED A TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT WITH THOSE LOW AND MIDDLE INCOME FAMILIES IN MIND. THEY NEED A BREAK. FOLKS IN MICHIGAN IN MONROE, JACKSON, CHARLOTTE, AND ACROSS MY DISTRICT THIS TAX CUT PLAN MEANS BIGGER PAYCHECKS AND MORE MONEY IN THEIR POCKET. AT EVERY INCOME LEVEL, PEOPLE WILL SEE MEANINGFUL TAX RELIEF, OUR PLAN DOUBLES THE STANDARD DEDUCTION AND INCREASES THE CHILD TAX CREDIT TO HELP WITH THE COST OF RAISING A FAMILY. IT ALSO EASES THE TAX BURDEN ON SMALL BUSINESSES SO THEY CAN GIVE THEIR WORKERS A RAISE AND CREATE MORE JOBS IN THE COMMUNITY. IT BRINGS BACK JOBS FROM OVERSEAS AND INCENTIVIZES JOB CREATORS TO EXPAND AND HIRE HERE AT HOME. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A PRO-GROWTH INCREASES THE CHILD TAX CREDIT TO HELP WITH THE COST OF RAISING A FAMILY. PLAN. LET'S PASS IT TODAY AND HELP THE FAMILIES WE REPRESENT GET THE RELIEF THEY NEED. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 09:07:52 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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            • 09:08:10 AM

              MR. BROWN

              MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DO NOT SUPPORT THE G.O.P. TAX PLAN BEING…

              MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DO NOT SUPPORT THE G.O.P. TAX PLAN BEING CONSIDERED TODAY. AFTER PROMISING A SIMPLE AND FAIR TAX SYSTEM, REPUBLICANS OFFER A COMPLICATED MESS. THEIR TAX PLAN PICKS WINNERS, THE RICH AND BIG CORPORATIONS GETTING NEARLY $1 TRILLION IN TAX CUTS. THEY CREATE LOSERS LIKE TEACHERS, SENIORS, STUDENTS, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, AND WORKING FAMILIES WHO WILL PAY MORE. THIS G.O.P. TAX SCAM ALSO TARGETS OUR NATION'S VETERANS. MORE THAN 300,000 VETERANS HAVE BENEFITED FROM THE WORK OPPORTUNITY TAX CREDIT, MOST OF WHOM SERVE AFTER 9/11. YET THIS BILL ELIMINATES THE TAX CREDIT AND ABANDONS OUR SERVICE MEMBERS WHEN THEY RETURN HOME AND TRANSITION TO CIVILIAN LIFE. TODAY ONE OF EVERY THREE VETERANS IS UNDEREMPLOYED AND 1.8 MILLION VETERANS ARE STUCK IN LOW-WAGE JOBS. EVERY SINGLE VETERAN SHOULD BE ABLE TO GET A FAMILY SUPPORTING JOB AT HOME AFTER SERVING OUR NATION. THIS TAX BILL ASKS OUR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES TO AGAIN SACRIFICE THIS TIME SO BILLIONAIRES AND BIG CORPORATIONS ELIMINATES THE TAX CREDIT GET A HUGE TUGGET. MR. SPEAKER, VETERANS DESERVE A BETTER DEAL AND SO DO AMERICAN WORKING FAMILIES. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 09:09:23 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

            • 09:09:27 AM

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

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

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            • 09:09:33 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

            • 09:09:34 AM

              TEMPORE WITHOUT

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

            • 09:09:51 AM

              MR. BILIRAKIS

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE SUPPORTED AND WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE SUPPORTED AND WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT INCREASED FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE PROMISES RESEARCH GOING ON AT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH IN ORDER TO ENCOURAGE MORE PROGRESS ADDRESSING THE ALZHEIMER'S SITUATION. IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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            • 09:10:01 AM

              BILIRAKIS NOVEMBER

              NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH. THERE ARE AN…

              NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH. THERE ARE AN ESTIMATED 5.5 MILLION AMERICANS LIVING WITH THIS DEBILITATING DISEASE AND WE KNOW IT OFTEN GOES UNREPORTED OR UNDIAGNOSED. THIS ISSUE IS NEAR AND DEAR TO MY HEART BECAUSE IT HAS TOUCHED MY OWN FAMILY. AS I HAVE SEEN FIRSTHAND THE CHALLENGES OF SUPPORTING A LOVED ONE BATTLING THE DISEASE. I HAVE BEEN FRUSTRATED BY THE LACK OF PROGRESS. AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, TOGETHER WE WILL IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING AND WORK TOWARDS FINDING A CURE. REMUST HAVE FUNDING FOR THE N.I.H. TO GET THIS DONE. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 09:10:40 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? DOES THE GENTLEMAN SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT? THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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            • 09:10:52 AM

              MR. RUIZ

              PARKS INTEREST FEE HIKE FROM $25 TO $75 PER VEHICLE WHICH WILL PROHIBIT…

              PARKS INTEREST FEE HIKE FROM $25 TO $75 PER VEHICLE WHICH WILL PROHIBIT MANY AMERICAN FAMILIES FROM ENJOYING THESE BEAUTIFUL SITES. JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK IS-N MY DISTRICT WELCOMES AS MANY AS 2.5 MILLION VISITORS EACH YEAR SHALL CONTRIBUTING $128 MILLION TO OUR LOCAL ECONOMY. IT IS A HAVEN FOR SO MANY. LOCAL VETERANS FIND SOLACE AND HEALING IN THE QUIET OF NATURE. CHILDREN EXPERIENCE THE BEAUTY OF THEIR FIRST HIKE. VISITORS COME TO LOVE THEIR FIRST HIKE. VISITORS COME TO LOVE THE GRANDEUR AND MISSIC OF OUR DESERT WHEN THEY COME TO STAY IN JOSHUA TREE. FAMILIES BOND OVER THE LASTING MEMORIES THEY MAKE IN THE PARK. EVERYONE, NOT JUST THE RICH, SHOULD HAVE ACCESS TO THESE INCREDIBLE PLACES. WORKING FAMILIES ARE DESERVING OF ACCESS TO OUR NATIONAL PARKS. NEARLY TRIPLING THE PRICE OF INTEREST -- ENTRY MEANS THAT MANY FAMILIES WILL BE PRICED OUT OF VISITING THESE PARKS, INCLUDING MANY PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT WHO LIVE RIGHT NEXT TO THE JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK. OUR NATIONAL PARKS ARE NOT JUST ONLY FOR THE ECONOMICALLY PRIVILEGED. THEY ARE FOR WE, THE PEOPLE, TO ENJOY.

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            • 09:12:14 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION.

            • 09:12:17 AM

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

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

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            • 09:12:21 AM

              TEMPORE WITHOUT

              WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

              WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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            • 09:12:23 AM

              MR. FITZPATRICK

              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE BUCKS COUNTY OPPORTUNITY…

              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE BUCKS COUNTY OPPORTUNITY COUNCIL COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY WHICH SERVES LOW-INCOME FAMILIES THROUGHOUT BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA AND ITS ECONOMIC SELF-SUFFICIENCY PROGRAM WHICH RECENTLY GRADUATED ITS 300TH FAMILY FROM POVERTY. THIS INDIVIDUALIZED PROGRAM WORKS WITH FAMILIES TO END THE CYCLE OF POVERTY BY BUILDING A PLAN OF ACTION AND WORKING FROM POVERTY. WITH A COACH TO TO GRADUATE, PARTICIPANTS IN THE PROGRAM MUST PROGRAM MUST BE FREE FROM WELFARE SUBSIDIES, HAVE SECURED EMPLOYMENT, LIVE IN SAFE AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING, HAVE ACCESS TO SAFE AND RELIABLE TRANSPORTATION, MAINTAIN A BALANCED BUDGET, AND HAVE A HEALTH CARE PLAN FOR THEIR ENTIRE FAMILY. MR. SPEAKER, ATTAIN NEW TRAINING AND EDUCATION. THIS PROGRAM IS WORKING. ASIDE FROM THE TOTAL NUMBER OF GRADUATES, LAST YEAR'S CLASS OF FAMILIES HAVE MORE THAN TRIPLED THEIR SALARIES. MOREOVER, IN OUR COMMUNITY, EVERY DOLLAR INVESTED NETS NEARLY $5 SAVED IN CASH TO WELFARE SUBSIDIES. I'M PROUD TO STAND WITH THE BUCKS COUNTY OPPORTUNITY COUNCIL AND THEIR MISSION TO REDUCE POVERTY AND PARTNER WITH OUR COMMUNITY TO PROMOTE ECONOMIC SELF-SUFFICIENCY. OUR COMMUNITY IS A BETTER PLACE BECAUSE OF THEIR WORK. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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            • 09:13:41 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM MISSION TO REDUCE POVERTY NEW…

              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM MISSION TO REDUCE POVERTY NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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            • 09:13:50 AM

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              MR. SPEAKER, AS WE STAND HERE TODAY, MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF…

              MR. SPEAKER, AS WE STAND HERE TODAY, MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WILL TELL YOU THAT THIS TAX SCAM BILL WILL HELP ORDINARY PEOPLE.

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            • 09:14:10 AM

              MS. VELAZQUEZ

              WELL, AS WE NEW YORKERS SAY, IF YOU BUY THAT LAND, I GOT A BRIDGE IN…

              WELL, AS WE NEW YORKERS SAY, IF YOU BUY THAT LAND, I GOT A BRIDGE IN BROOKLYN TO SELL YOU. THIS BILL TAKES A WRECKING BALL TO OUR MIDDLE CLASS. IT ERASES DEDUCTION THAT IS ORDINARY WORKING FAMILIES COUNT ON TO STAY AFLOAT. IT RAISES TAXES ON 36 MILLION MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES. BY ELIMINATING THE MEDICAL EXPENSE DEDUCTION, THIS SCAM WILL FORCE NEARLY HALF A MILLION NEW YORKERS WHO ALREADY STRUGGLE WITH SERIOUS ILLNESSES TO TAKE INTO THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS TO PAY THEIR HEALTH CARE BILLS. BY GUTTING THE STUDENT LOAN DEDUCTION, HIGHER EDUCATION WILL BECOME EVEN MORE EXPENSIVE FOR 800,000 NEW YORK STUDENTS. GRADUATE STUDENTS WILL BE TAXED ON TUITION WAIVERS. I HEARD FROM ONE WOMAN IN MY DISTRICT WHO SAID SHE WILL HAVE TO PAY $2,700 IN INCOME. THE CHOICE IS CLEAR. VOTE NO. REJECT.

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            • 09:15:13 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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            • 09:15:19 AM

              MR. THOMPSON

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

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

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            • 09:15:23 AM

              TEMPORE WITHOUT

              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

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

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            • 09:15:26 AM

              MR. THOMPSON

              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES ALL TO SUPPORT H.R.…

              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES ALL TO SUPPORT H.R. 1, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1986, THIS IS REAL OPPORTUNITY TO CHALLENGE THE STATUS QUO AND SIMPLIFY THE TAX CODE. FOR THE NEARLY 82% OF TAXPAYERS IN THE PENNSYLVANIA'S FIFTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT WHO FILE JOINTLY, UNDER THE STANDARD DEDUCTION, WE'RE GOING TO SEE THAT NEARLY DOUBLE TO $24,000 UP FROM $12,700. ACCORDING TO THE I.R.S., 18% OF TAXPAYERS NUST FIFTH DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA CHOOSE TO ITEMIZE THEIR TAX RETURNS, AVERAGING ABOUT $21,000 IN DEDUCTIONS. DOUBLING THE STANDARD DEDUCTION MEANS THAT LOW AND MIDDLE INCOME FAMILIES WHO HAVE BEEN STRUGGLING FOR A LONG TIME WILL SEE THEIR TAX BURDEN LOWERED. THIS PROPOSAL TRULY STRIVES TO HELP FAMILIES KEEP MORE OF THEIR HARD-EARNED PAYCHECKS. TODAY WE HAVE A CHOICE -- TODAY WE HAVE A ONCE IN A GENERATION OPPORTUNITY THAT WE CANNOT AFFORD TO PASS UP. MORE JOBS, FAIR TAXES, BIGGER PAYCHECKS. . I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 09:16:36 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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            • 09:16:49 AM

              MRS. NAPOLITANO

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

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 1, REPUBLICAN TAX BILL, A GIVEAWAY TO THE CORPORATIONS AND THE RICHEST 1%, A TAX HIKE ON WORKING CLASS AMERICANS AND THEIR CHILDREN. IT IS UNCONSCIONABLE AS IT CRIPPLES THE STATE AND LOCAL TACT DEDUCTIONS. 30% OF OUR RESIDENTS WILL LOSE THE DEDUCTION, AVERAGING $17,000 PER FAMILY, WHICH WILL DEVASTATING HOUSING AFFORDABILITY. IT CRUEL ELIMINATES THE MEDICAL EXPENSE TAX DEDUCTION WORTH OVER $10,000 THIS IS A DIRECT BLOW TO SENIORS AND FAMILIES IN MY DISTRICT WHO HAVE LONG-TERM MEDICAL NEEDS AS WELL AS FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN WHO HAVE SEVERE DISABILITIES. THE HOUSE BILL IS TERRIBLE BUT THE SENATE WANTS TO INCLUDE A REPEAL OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IN THEIR BILL, MAKING IT EVEN MORE PAINFUL FOR WORKING FAMILIES. THIS WOULD KICK MILLIONS OF AMERICANS OFF THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN, SPIKE PREMIUMS OR UNDERMINE THE ENTIRE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. IT ALSO ABOLISHES THE TAX-EXEMPT STATUS USED BY SILICON VALLEY AGENCIES, WATER AGENCIES, TRANSPORTATION AGENCIES, PROVIDE LOW-COST FINANCING. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN THE RECORD LETTERS FROM THE CALIFORNIA LEAGUE OF CITIES, COUNTIES, IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 1. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST IT.

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            • 09:18:15 AM

              TEMPORE WITHOUT

              WITHOUT OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1-C, FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1…

              WITHOUT OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1-C, FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1 WILL NOW RESUME. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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            • 09:18:27 AM

              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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            • 09:18:37 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              WHEN PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2017, ONE HOUR…

              WHEN PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2017, ONE HOUR AND 58 1/2 MINUTES OF DEBATE REMAINED ON THE BILL. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BRADY HAS ONE HOUR AND ONE MINUTE REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. NEAL, HAS 57 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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            • 09:19:00 AM

              MR. BRADY

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

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, KEY ARCHITECT OF THE TAX REFORM PLAN AND A LEADER, A CHAMPION FOR NEW BUSINESS INVESTMENT, MR. NUNES.

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              MR. NUNES

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1, THE TAX CUTS…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. FOR YEARS THE MIDDLE CLASS HAS BEEN SADDLED WITH A BROKEN TAX CODE AND LOW WAGES. SMALL BUSINESSES HAVE BEEN CRUSHED BY OVERLY COMPLICATED RULES AND A HIGHER TAX BURDEN THAN CORPORATIONS. AS A RESULT, AMERICA HAS SUFFERED FROM A SELF-INFLICTED, UNCOMPETITIVE TAX CODE, LAGGING BEHIND THE REST OF THE WORLD BOTH IN ECONOMIC GROWTH AND JOB CREATION. COMPANIES HAVE FLED FOR LOWER TAX JURISDICTIONS AND MORE COMPETITIVE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENTS. SINCE THE 1986 TAX REFORM ACT WAS PASSED, WASHINGTON HAS CONTINUED TO MAKE THE TAX CODE LONGER AND MORE COMPLICATED, ADDING SPECIAL INTEREST LOOPHOLES AND INDUSTRY-SPECIFIC CARVEOUTS BACK INTO THE CODE YEAR AFTER YEAR. THIS HAS ALLOWED THE TAX CODE TO DICTATE BUSINESS DECISIONS INSTEAD OF LETTING BUSINESSES DICTATE BUSINESS DECISIONS. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 31 YEARS WE'RE WIPING THE TAX CODE CLEAN AND REPLACING IT WITH ONE THAT IS FAIRER AND SIMPLER FOR EVERYONE. FOR THE BETTER PART OF MY CAREER I'VE ADVOCATED FOR A CASH FLOW TAX SYSTEM THAT WILL ALLOW SMALL BUSINESSES TO EXPENSE 100% OF THEIR COST IMMEDIATELY. H.R. 1 CONTAINS AN EXPENSIVE PROVISION THAT WILL GIVE BUSINESS THE TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY TO REINVEST, ALLOWING THEM TO GROW THEIR BUSINESSES AND CREATE JOBS. THE IMPACTS FOR THE AMERICAN ECONOMY WOULD BE HUGE. SMALL BUSINESSES ACROSS RURAL CALIFORNIA, FROM THE SMALL FAMILY-OWNED FARM TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAURANT AND ANY OTHER ENTREPRENEUR DESERVE A TYPE OF TAX SYSTEM THAT ALLOWS THEM TO CREATE JOBS AND BE ABLE TO COMPETE ON AN EQUAL FOOTING GLOBALLY. MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE I CLOSE, I WANT TO SAY THAT -- JUST POINT OUT TO THOSE IN THE AUDIENCES THAT ARE WATCHING THIS THAT TODAY YOU ARE GOING TO HEAR A LOT HOW REPUBLICANS ARE GIVING TAX BREAKS TO MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES. MR. SPEAKER, THAT IS ALWAYS WHAT THE LEFT SAYS ABOUT THE REPUBLICANS. HOWEVER, YOU WILL ALSO HEAR A LOT OF TALK ABOUT PEOPLE WHO ITEMIZE AND SALT DEDUCTIONS AND HOW THOSE ARE SOMEHOW INCREASING TAXES ON THE MIDDLE CLASS. THE REALITY OF THIS, MR. SPEAKER, IS THESE DEDUCTIONS GO TO MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES. SO FOR MY FRIENDS ON THE LEFT, YOU CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS. YOU CAN'T CLAIM THAT REPUBLICANS ARE GIVING TAX CUTS TO MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES WHEN YOU ARE ATTEMPTING TO KEEP THE VERY TAX CUTS -- TAX CUTS CALLED SALT, STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTIONS, THAT GO TO MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES. AND WITH THAT IN CLOSING, I WANT TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK CHAIRMAN BRADY AND THE ENTIRE -- ALL MY COLLEAGUES ON THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE. FOR YEARS WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THIS LEGISLATION. BUT MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A HISTORIC MOMENT. CONGRESS HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO POSITIVELY IMPACT EVERY AMERICAN BY REFORMING OUR TAX CODE. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 09:22:18 AM

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              MR. NEAL

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD MYSELF FOUR MINUTES.

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            • 09:22:28 AM

              MR. NEAL

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A HISTORIC MOMENT, BUT MOST…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A HISTORIC MOMENT, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY IT'S A MISSED OPPORTUNITY. WE ARE TAKING THE PROPOSAL OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY TODAY AND THE FINANCIAL ARCHITECTURE OF OUR REVENUE SYSTEM BASED ON THEIR REQUEST TO THE CASINO. THEIR ARGUMENT IS PREMISED ON ONE THING TODAY AND ONE THING ONLY -- MAYBE. BUT WHAT ABOUT MAYBE NOT? THIS COULD HAVE BEEN DONE BETWEEN THE TWO PARTIES AS WE REQUESTED AND WANTED TO DO. IN 1986, 450 WITNESSES OFFERED TESTIMONY ON TAX REFORM. 30 HEARINGS WERE HELD. THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY ATTENDED MOST OF THEM, AND THE TWO PARTIES FOUND COMMONALITY IN REACHING AN ACCORD THAT WAS WELL RECEIVED BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. BUT WHAT WE'RE BEING ASKED TO DO HERE TODAY IS TO RAISE TAXES ON 36 MILLION MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS. THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER, MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA, A QUARTER OF THE HOUSEHOLDS IN HIS DISTRICT CLAIM THE STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION WITH AN AVERAGE OF $10,000 PER FAMILY. $10,000. SO THEY'RE GOING TO TELL YOU TODAY THEY'RE GIVING YOU THIS AND THEY'RE GIVING YOU THAT AND THEY'RE GIVING YOU THIS. TAKE A LOOK AT THE DISTRIBUTION TABLES. THAT'S THE MOST CERTAIN OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE TO EXAMINE PRECISELY WHAT IS IN THIS LEGISLATION. THE GENTLEMAN EARLIER THIS MORNING WAS HAROLDS ALZHEIMER'S MONTH. THEY GIVE US AN ALZHEIMER'S TAX DURING ALZHEIMER'S MONTH. FOR THOSE WHO STAY TOGETHER WITH LOVED ONES FOR AS LONG AS THEY CAN, THEY NEED THAT DEDUCTION THAT IS SO IMPORTANT TO KEEPING THAT FAMILY TOGETHER. THIS IS THE SAME OLD SAME OLD. IN 2001, TAX CUTS OF $1.3 TRILLION ALL PREMISED ON MAYBE WE'LL HAVE ECONOMIC GROWTH. REMEMBER THE ARGUMENT THAT TAX CUTS PAY FOR THEMSELVES. WELL, TODAY THEY CALL IT DYNAMIC SCORING. SO NOW WE'RE BEING ASKED, AGAIN, TO PREMISE THE ARGUMENT ON MAYBE THERE WILL BE ENOUGH GROWTH TO GENERATE SOME RETURN ON REVENUE. SO IN 2003, ANOTHER $1.3 TRILLION IN TERMS OF A TAX CUT WAS OFFERED WITH NO OR SLOW ECONOMIC GROWTH. AND THE GRAND DADDY -- GRANDDADDY OF THEM ALL, IN 2005, HOW ABOUT REPATRIATION? FOREIGN EARNINGS WERE BROUGHT BACK AT 5 1/4% ALL BASED ON THE ADD THERE WAS GOING TO BE WIDESPREAD, BROAD BASED HIRING. AND WHAT DID WE DISCOVER IN THE AFTERMATH OF THAT? ALMOST 20,000 LAYOFFS IN THE WEEKS AFTER IT. THE MONEY WAS USED FOR BROAD STOCK BUYBACKS AND DIVIDENDS WITH NO EMPLOYMENT GAINS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THEY KEEP TELL US, YOU'RE GOING TO GET 3%, 4%, 4%, 5%, AND THE PRESIDENT SAYS 6% GROWTH. I WANT TO FIND THAT ECONOMIST THAT SAYS 6% GROWTH. MORRIS PROJECTIONS ARE WE ARE BEING ASKED HERE TODAY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FOLLOWING -- BECAUSE THIS IS THE CONTEXT OF THE ARGUMENT THIS MORNING. THEY ARE BORROWING $2.3 TRILLION OVER 10 YEARS FOR THE PURPOSE OF GIVING A TAX CUT TO PEOPLE AT THE VERY TOP OF OUR ECONOMIC SYSTEM. WE SHOULD BE INVESTING IN HUMAN CAPITAL, COMMUNITY COLLEGES, VOCATIONAL EDUCATION, INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS AND ALIGNING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WITH THE SKILLSETS THAT ARE NECESSARY, AS THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR REPORTED THIS WEEK, FOR THE SIX MILLION JOBS THAT ARE AVAILABLE. THAT'S THE MOST GAINFUL WAY TO DO LONG-TERM INVESTMENT, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 09:26:25 AM

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              MR. BRADY

              I WOULD NOTE A FAMILY OF FOUR IN MASSACHUSETTS' FIRST DISTRICT WILL SEE A…

              I WOULD NOTE A FAMILY OF FOUR IN MASSACHUSETTS' FIRST DISTRICT WILL SEE A TAX CUT OF NEARLY $2,000 UNDER THIS BILL. I'M PROUD TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO ONE OF OUR KEY LEADERS ON WAYS AND MEANS WHO'S REALLY ALL IN ON GROWTH AND SAVINGS FOR AMERICA, THE GENTLELADY FROM KANSAS, MS. JENKINS.

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              MS. JENKINS

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1, THE TAX CUTS…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1, THE TAX CUTS AND SCROBS ACT. AS A C.P.A. AND A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, REFORMING OUR TAX CODE HAS BEEN A PRIORITY OF MINE DURING MY ENTIRE SERVICE HERE IN CONGRESS. OUR CURRENT TAX CODE'S BROKEN, AND I'VE HEARD FROM THOUSANDS OF KANSANS IN MY DISTRICT WHO ARE FRUSTRATED WITH THE STATUS QUO. THIS LEGISLATION WILL NOT ONLY REFORM OUR BROKEN TAX CODE BUT IT WILL PERMANENTLY LOWER RATES FOR HARDWORKING INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES, RETAINING OR EXPANDING MANY POPULAR PROVISIONS SUCH AS THE DEPENDANT CARE SYSTEM. IT ALSO INCLUDES STRONG SAFEGUARDS THAT KEEPS THE WEALTHY FROM GAMING THE SYSTEM IN AN EFFORT TO PAY LESS THAN THEIR FAIR SHARE. ON AVERAGE, THIS LEGISLATION WILL HELP PROVIDE TAX RELIEF FOR ALL INCOME GROUPS ACROSS THE BOARD. IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE ME, READ THE ANALYSIS FROM THE TAX FOUNDATION, JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION. THEY AGREE. AND WHILE INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES RECEIVE A MUCH-NEEDED TAX BREAK, THEY WILL ALSO NOTICE THAT THEIR WAGES ARE GOING UP AND MORE JOBS ARE BEING CREATED. JUST THE OTHER DAY, AT&T ANNOUNCED THEY WILL BE MAKING A SUBSTANTIAL INVESTMENT IN THE UNITED STATES ONCE WE ENACT TAX REFORM. FOLKS ARE TIRED OF THE STATUS QUO. THEY'RE TIRED OF A TAX CODE THAT IS CONFUSING AND ONCE FIGURED OUT YOU REALIZE IT ACTUALLY PENALIZES HARDWORKING SUCCESS. THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT ACCOMPLISHES OUR GOALS OF ENSURING THAT RATES ARE CUT FOR LOWER AND MIDDLE-INCOME AMERICANS. SIMPLIFYING THE TAX SYSTEM AND EXPANDING AMERICAN COMPETITION WITHIN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY. THIS IS A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO ENACT THE KIND OF LEGISLATION THAT OUR CONSTITUENTS NEED AND DESERVE TO GROW THE ECONOMY AND PUT MORE MONEY IN THE POCKETS OF HARDWORKING KANSANS. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THE ENTIRE COMMITTEE FOR THEIR GOOD WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION.

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              MR. NEAL

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

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN WHO HAS A LONG AND DISTINGUISHED HISTORY IN THIS CONGRESS AND AS A MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, MR. LEVIN.

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              MR. LEVIN

              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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              MR. LEVIN

              THANK YOU, MR. NEAL, FOR ALL YOUR WORK. THE REPUBLICAN TAX BILL IS BUILT…

              THANK YOU, MR. NEAL, FOR ALL YOUR WORK. THE REPUBLICAN TAX BILL IS BUILT ON MASSIVE DECEPTION. A THE DE-- THE DECEPTION IS, AS THE SPEAKER PUT IT, QUOTE, THE FOCUS IS ON THE FOCUS IS ON MIDDLE CLASS TAX RELIEF. THAT IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE. AS A NONPARTISAN JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION SAID, ROUGHLY ONE OUT OF EVERY FOUR AMERICANS WITH INCOME BETWEEN $50,000 AND $100,000 WOULD PAY HIGHER TAXES, HIGHER TAXES IN 2023. FAR OVERSHADOWING THE $1,000 FOR OTHER FAMILIES. IN 2019, THOSE EARNING OVER $1 MILLION WILL GET AN AVERAGE TAX CUT OF $73,000. EVEN AS MODIFIED IN LAST-MINUTE DESPERATION, THE WEALTHIEST WOULD RECEIVE 90% OF THE NEW TAX BREAK FOR SO-CALLED PASS-THROUGH INCOME. ANOTHER $1 MILLION DECEPTION IS THAT TAX BREAKS PAY FOR THEMSELVES. ON THIS SOME PEOPLE MAY HAVE BEEN IN THE PAST FOOLED ONCE. FEWER TWICE. BUT THEMSELVES. ON THIS NONE THRICE. A FURTHER DECEPTION IS EXPLODING THE NATIONAL DEBT TO $1.7 TRILLION WILL DISAPPEAR AND PROMOTES GROWTH. NOT ONLY IS THIS A 180 DEGREE REPUBLICAN TURN, BUT IT THREATENS MEDICARE AND OTHER CRITICAL PROGRAMS AND WILL WORSEN THES VAST INEQUALITIES IN INCOME IN WEALTH IN AMERICA. IT IS SAID THAT NECESSARYITY IS THE MOTHER OF INVENTION. IN THIS CASE, REPUBLICAN POLITICAL NECESSARYITY IS THE MOTHER OF DESPERATION AND DECEPTION. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 09:31:21 AM

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              MR. BRADY

              I WOULD NOTE A FAMILY OF FOUR, AVERAGE FAMILY IN MICHIGAN'S NINTH DISTRICT…

              I WOULD NOTE A FAMILY OF FOUR, AVERAGE FAMILY IN MICHIGAN'S NINTH DISTRICT WILL RECEIVE A TAX CUT OF OVER $1,700. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO ONE OF OUR KEY LEADERS, THE WAYS AND MEANS MEMBER, WHO SERVES ON TAX POLICY COMMITTEE, MR. HOLDING.

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              MR. HOLDING

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I AM PROUD TO BE HERE TODAY TO…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I AM PROUD TO BE HERE TODAY TO SUPPORT THIS HISTORIC BILL THAT WILL PUT OUR ECONOMY BACK ON THE PATH TO STABLE AND SUSTAINED GROWTH. THIS BILL FINALLY LEVELS THE PLAYING FIELD AND RESTORES THE GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS OF AMERICAN BUSINESSES BY MOVING TO A TERRITORIAL SYSTEM. THIS KEY ASPECT OF OUR BILL REMOVES THE PUNITIVE BARRIERS OF THE CURRENT WORLDWIDE SYSTEM AND ALLOWS COMPANIES TO REINVEST THEIR OVERSEAS PROFITS IN AMERICA WITHOUT FEAR OF GETTING HIT WITH AN EXCESS I HAVE TAX BURDEN. THIS IMPORTANT CHANGE ENSURES THAT AMERICA REMAINS THE OVERSEAS PROFITS IN AMERICA WITHOUT FEAR OF BEST PLACE TO START, GROW, OR INVEST IN A BUSINESS. AS COMPANIES BEGIN TO SEE THE BENEFITS OF THIS NEW TERRITORIAL SYSTEM, I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THE CHAIRMAN TO EXPLORE WAYS TO MOVE TOWARDS A RESIDENCY BASED TAXATION SYSTEM TO ENSURE THAT AMERICAN CITIZENS HAVE A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD AROUND THE GLOBE AS WELL. I HAVE HEARD FROM COMPANIES, AMERICAN COMPANIES THAT SAY AS THEY EXPAND THEIR OPERATIONS OVERSEAS, THE TAX CODE HAS MADE IT PROHIBITIVE FOR THEM TO HIRE AMERICANS FOR THESE JOBS. IN FACT OUR CURRENT SYSTEM OF CITIZENSHIP BASED TAXATION MAKES AMERICANS NEARLY 40% MORE EXPENSIVE TO EMPLOY OVERSEAS THAN THEIR FOREIGN COUNTERPARTS. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN VERY MUCH FOR HIS UNDERSTANDING OF THIS ISSUE AND LOOK FORWARD TO OUR CONTINUED WORK TO ENSURE THAT TALENT NOT TAX BURDEN IS DRIVING FACTOR IN HIRING DECISIONS OF MULTINATIONAL COMPANIES. THANK YOU AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. I LOOK FORWARD TO IT GROWING THE ECONOMY AND ENSURING BUSINESSES OF ALL SIZES HAVE THE CAPITAL NECESSARY TO HIGHER -- HIRE MORE EMPLOYEES, GIVE AMERICANS THE RAISE THEY DESERVE. WITH THAT I YIELD.

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            • 09:33:29 AM

              MR. BRADY

              I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. IN TECH ON…

              I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. IN TECH ON INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIVENESS FOR OUR WORKERS. THE RESIDENCE BASED TAXATION IS AN IDEA WE SHOULD CONTINUE TO EXPLORE, WE'LL CONTINUE TO WORK ON THIS ISSUE WITH YOU AS LEADERSHIP. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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            • 09:33:51 AM

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              MR. NEAL

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

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. LEWIS, WHO HAS THE HIGHEST PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL STEAM OF EVERY MEMBER OF THIS INSTITUTION.

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              LEWIS MR.

              MR. SPEAKER, 30 YEARS AGO I WAS ELECTED TO FIGHT FOR AND SERVE THE PEOPLE…

              MR. SPEAKER, 30 YEARS AGO I WAS ELECTED TO FIGHT FOR AND SERVE THE PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT. TODAY THEY ARE CALLING AND BEGGING FOR US TO SLOW DOWN AND DO THIS THE RIGHT WAY. IN THEIR HEARTS OF HEART THE PUBLIC KNOWS THE SAFETY NET WILL BE USED TO PAY FOR THIS RECKLESS CORPORATE TAX CUT. TAXPAYERS KNOW THAT THIS WILL DESTROY THE HOPES AND DREAMS OF TOO MANY. AND ROB THE POOR AND ESPECIALLY POOR PETER TO PAY WEALTHY PAUL. THAT'S NOT RIGHT. THAT'S NOT FAIR. THAT'S NOT JUST. YOU SEE, MR. SPEAKER, CAN YOU NOT HIDE THE TRUTH FROM THE SICK, THE ELDERLY, DISABLED FOR WHOM THIS BILL MAY MEAN LIFE OR DEATH. YOU CANNOT HIDE THE TRUTH FROM THE MIDDLE CLASS, WORKING, AND IMMIGRANT FAMILIES WHO NEED EVERY PENNY TO MAKE ENDS MEET. YOU CANNOT HIDE THE TRUTH FROM TEACHERS WHO TRY TO LEND A HELPING HAND TO STUDENTS WHO STRUGGLE TO GET AN EDUCATION. AND I FOR ONE REFUSE TO HIDE THE TRUTH ABOUT THIS BILL'S ATTACK ON THE SEPARATION AND OF CHURCH AND STATE. MR. SPEAKER, AS WE HAVE BEEN OUR CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY AND SACRIFICE OUR MORAL AUTHORITY, I FEAR THAT HISTORY WILL NOT BE KIND TO ANY OF US. IN ANOTHER TIME AND OF ANOTHER PERIOD, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS CAME TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION. THEY MET, DEBATED, AND PASSED A TAX BILL THAT SERVED THE BEST INTERESTS OF ALL PEOPLE NOT JUST THE SELECT FEW. THEY PUT THEIR TIME, THEY DID IT RIGHT. AND WE SHOULD BE DOING IT RIGHT. TODAY THE RECORD MUST REFLECT THE TRUTH. H.R. 1 STEALS FROM OUR VETERANS, SENIORS, CHILDREN, AND FOR GENERATIONS YET UNBORN. ALL TAXPAYERS EXSPECT DEMAND, AND DESERVE BETTER, MUCH BETTER THAN LEGISLATION THAT PUTS POLITICS. THIS BILL IS A SHAME AND DISGRACE.

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              MR. BRADY

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO REPORT THAT THE AVERAGE FAMILY OF FOUR IN THE…

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO REPORT THAT THE AVERAGE FAMILY OF FOUR IN THE FIFTH DISTRICT OF GEORGIA WILL SEE A TAX CUT OF $1,484.

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              MR. BRADY

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO REPORT THAT THE WITH THAT I'M PLEASED TO YIELD…

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO REPORT THAT THE WITH THAT I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO ONE OF THE NEW MEMBERS OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, WHO HAS BEEN A LEADER FOR FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESSES IN THE INDUSTRY, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. BISHOP.

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              MR. BISHOP

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING AND FOR…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING AND FOR HIS STEADFAST LEADERSHIP AND GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE A PART OF THIS INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY ON BEHALF OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY. YOU SEE, TAX REFORM IS ABOUT GIVING HARDWORKING AMERICANS OF ALL WALKS OF LIFE THE CONFIDENCE THEY NEED TO MAKE THEIR DREAMS A REALITY. SO THE QUESTION THAT NEEDS TO BE ASKED IS WHETHER OR NOT THE CURRENT TAX CODE IN ALL OF ITS TARGETED TAX CREDITS REALLY INCREASE PEOPLE'S PAYCHECKS. DOES IT TREAT PEOPLE FAIRLY? DOES IT PUT AMERICAN WORKERS FIRST? WHAT ABOUT FOSTERING ECONOMIC GROWTH? DOES IT HELP CREATE MORE GOOD-PAYING JOBS? AND ON THAT SUBJECT, I THINK MICHIGAN IS A GREAT CASE STUDDY. MY HOME STATE OF MICHIGAN. YOU SEE I'M FROM THE MOTOR CITY WHERE WE'RE KNOWN FOR OUR BLUE COLLAR WORK ETHIC. OUR FAMILIES COME FROM ALL -- HUMBLE BEGINNINGS. THEY GET UP EVERY MORNING AND GO TO WORK TO MAKE ENDS MEET. TO BUILD A BETTER LIFE FOR THEIR FAMILY AND KIDS. AND WE PERSEVERE THROUGH SOME PRETTY SERIOUS ECONOMIC DEATH SPIRALS I MUST SAY. VERY SERIOUS. I WOULD REFER BACK TO 2008 AS AN EXAMPLE. MORE THAN 8,000 PEOPLE LEFT OUR STATE. JUST THINK ABOUT THAT. WE'RE THE ONLY STATE IN THE UNION TO LOSE POPULATION. AND MORE WOULD HAVE LEFT HAD THEY LOST 2008 AS AN EXAMPLE. MORE -- HAD THEY HAD A CHANCE TO SELL THEIR HOMES. AT THE TIME I WAS A SENATE MAJORITY LEADER UNDER THE LAST ADMINISTRATION. OVERSEEING THE ONLY REPUBLICAN BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT. I SAW FIRSTHAND HOW THE ADMINISTRATION PURSUED TARGETED TAX CREDITS, ONE AFTER THE OTHER, THAT FAVORED ONE INDUSTRY OVER THE OTHER. IT WAS A CLASSIC EXAMPLE OF GOVERNMENT PICKING WINNERS OVER LOSERS. AND AS EXPECTED IT FAILED MISERABLY. AS WE SEE AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL TODAY, IN MICHIGAN THESE TARGETED TAX BENEFITS WERE PAID FOR BY EVERYONE ELSE IN THE FORM OF TAX INCREASES. NOT ONLY DID IT FAIL TO ATTRACT GROWTH AND EMERGING SECTORS AS THEY HOPED, BUT IT CAUSED OUR ECONOMY TO GO INTO A TAILSPIN. A VERY SERIOUS TAILSPIN. MICHIGAN QUICKLY BECAME THE ONLY STATE IN THE COUNTRY EXPERIENCING ZERO ECONOMIC GROWTH. PER CAPITA INCOME FELL FOR THE FIRST TIME AND IT WAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST TO BEGIN WITH JUST A FEW LATER IT WAS THE LOWEST. BY 2009 UNEMPLOYMENT HIT A RECORD HIGH OF 15%. NEIGHBORING STATES THAT HAD MORE HOSPITABLE ENVIRONMENTS FOR JOB GROWTH ATTRACTED OUR FAMILIES AND NEIGHBORS. AS I SAID, WE'RE THE ONLY STATE IN THE UNION TO LOSE POPULATION. BUT AS SENATE MAJORITY LEADER AT THAT TIME, THE ONLY REPUBLICAN BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT, WE DIDN'T JUST SAY NO TO THE GOVERNMENT'S FAILED POLICIES. WE OFFERED SOLUTIONS AND LOADED UP THE PIPELINE WITH LEGISLATION TO HELP THE NEWLY ELECTED REPUBLICAN LEGISLATURE AND GOVERNOR TO GET THE JOB DONE. WHAT DID WE DO? WE DID WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE TODAY. STARTED WITH TAX REFORM. WHILE BALANCING BUDGETS WE FOUND WAYS TO LOWER RATES ON INDIVIDUALS, BASELINE RATES FOR JOB CREATORS, ELIMINATE TAX CREDITS THAT FAVOREDED CERTAIN INDUSTRIES OVER OTHERS. MICHIGAN CREATED AN FIRMENTE THAT GREW THE ECONOMY AND-CREATED AN ENVIRONMENT THAT GREW THE ECONOMY. TWO MONTHS AFTER THESE REFORMS HAPPENED, JOB GROWTH TURNED POSITIVE AGAIN IN MICHIGAN. TODAY IN MICHIGAN, WE'RE TOP 10 PRO-BUSINESS STATE, RANKED 12 AMONG ALL STATES IN OVERALL BUSINESS CLIMATE. UNEMPLOYMENT IS THE LOWEST IT'S BEEN IN MY HOME DISTRICT AT 3.3% IN LIVINGSTON COUNTY. DETROIT IS RE-EMERGING BEGIN GWEN AS AN ECONOMIC POWERHOUSE. THE STREETS ARE ALIVE WITH ENTREPRENEURS AND YOUNG PEOPLE. FINALLY LIVING DOWN TFPBLET THE FUTURE LOOKS GREAT FOR THE COMEBACK CITY. THE MORAL OF THE STORY IS TAX REFORM. BUT IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT TAX CUTS. IT'S ABOUT REAL REFORM TO A BLOKEN SYSTEM OF THE GETTING TAX REFORM DONE RIGHT MEANS DELIVERING REAL RELIEF. I HAVE SEEN IT FIRSTHAND IN MICHIGAN. I KNOW IT CAN HAPPEN AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL. IT'S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE. IT'S ABOUT GIVING PEOPLE BACK MORE OF WHAT'S RIGHTFULLY THERE. FREEING UP MORE CAPITAL TO CREATE MORE JOBS. INCREASE WAGES AND COMPETE AT THE GLOBAL LEVEL. THIS IS HOW YOU GROW AND ECONOMY FROM THE GROUND UP. LET'S VOTE FOR OUR CONSTITUENTS TODAY. DO IT FOR THE MIDDLE INCOME FAMILY OF FOUR. OR THE STRUGGLING MOM. LET'S PASS THIS BILL TODAY. IT'S BEEN 31 YEARS. IT'S TIME FOR RELIEF. IT'S LONG OVERDUE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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              MR. NEAL

              BILL, 5P 0,000 -- 3570,000 OF MICHIGAN HOUSEHOLDS WILL SEE A TAX HIKE W…

              BILL, 5P 0,000 -- 3570,000 OF MICHIGAN HOUSEHOLDS WILL SEE A TAX HIKE W THADE' LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, A THOUGHTFUL MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, WHOSE ADMONITIONS TO ALL OF US WE SHOULD RALLY AROUND. MR. THOMPSON.

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              MR. THOMPSON

              I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RECKLESS AND WHOSE ADMONITIONS TO ALL OF US…

              I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RECKLESS AND WHOSE ADMONITIONS TO ALL OF US FISCALLY IRRESPONSIBLE BILL THAT WILL ADD $2.3 TRILLION TO OUR NATIONAL DEBT. THERE IS A REASON WHY AIRPORTS, UNIVERSITIES, THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE, HOME BUILDERS, AND VETERANS GROUPS ARE OPPOSED TO THIS BILL. IT'S BECAUSE IT WILL INCREASE TAXES ON TENS OF MILLIONS OF MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES. THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION. ONE OF THE MOST HEARTLESS PROVISIONS WOULD MAKE IT HARDER FOR MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES TO REBUILD AFTER DISASTER. WHEN YOU VOTE TODAY, YOU'RE TELLING THE SURVIVORS OF THE CALIFORNIA FIRE THAT YOU DON'T CARE ABOUT THEM OR ABOUT THE MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES IN YOUR DISTRICT WHO ONE DAY MAY FACE A TORNADO OR HURRICANE. ALL TO SAVE A FEW DOLLARS SO THAT WE CAN GIVE A TAX BREAK TO CORPORATIONS. WE HAVE A CHANCE TODAY TO REJECT THIS BILL. TO COME TOGETHER. HOLD HEARINGS AND HEAR FROM EXPERTS. SOMETHING THAT WASN'T DONE WHEN THE REPUBLICANS WROTE THIS BILL. WE CAN TAKE IDEAS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AND WRITE A TAX BILL THAT HELPS MIDDLE CLASS WORKING FAMILIES. LET'S REJECT THIS BILL AND WORK ON REAL TAX REFORM THAT WILL NOT RAISE TAXES ON THE MIDDLE CLASS AND WON'T ADD $2.3 TRILLION, THAT'S WITH A T, $2.3 TRILLION TO OUR NATIONAL DEBT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 09:42:58 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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              MR. BRADY

              FROM TEXAS.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              MR. CURBELO. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS…

              MR. CURBELO. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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            • 09:43:37 AM

              MR. CURBELO

              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS…

              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. THIS CRUCIAL LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY MARKS THE FIRST TIME IN 31 YEARS CONGRESS HAS CONSIDERED A MAJOR OVERHAUL TO THE CURRENT TAX CODE THAT IS OVERLY CUMBERSOME, WILDLY OUTDATED, AND RIDDLED WITH SPECIAL INTEREST LOOPHOLES. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S OBVIOUS THERE IS A GREAT DEAL OF FRUSTRATION AND ANXIETY IN OUR COUNTRY. I TRULY BELIEVE IT'S DUE TO THE FACT THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY HAS NOT REACHED EVERY HOUSEHOLD. THROUGHOUT SOUTH FLORIDA I HEAR FROM FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESSES WHO ARE WORRIED ABOUT SAVING FOR THEIR KIDS' COLLEGE OR MAKING PAYROLL. WHILE THE STOCK MARKET IS HUMMING AND UNEMPLOYMENT IS LOW, WAGES HAVE BEEN STAGNANT AND THE SO-CALLED RECOVERY HAS LEFT WAY TOO MANY PEOPLE BEHIND. THAT'S WHY THIS BILL IS SO IMPORTANT. THIS LEGISLATION WILL COLLAPSE AND LOWER CURRENT TAX RATES TO ENSURE A TYPICAL MIDDLE INCOME FAMILY IN SOUTH FLORIDA WILL RECEIVE ABOUT $1,500 IN TAX RELIEF. FOR MARRIED COUPLES, IT DOUBLES THE STANDARD DEDUCTION FROM $12,000 TO $24,000, DRASTICALLY SIMPLY FILING THE PROCESS OF FILING TAXES EACH YEAR FOR OVER 90% OF AMERICANS WHILE ALLOWING TAXPAYERS TO KEEP MORE OF THEIR HARD-EARNED MONEY. THE BILL ALSO EXPANDS THE CHILD TAX CREDIT FOR $1,000 TO $1,600 PER CHILD, THE BENEFIT THAT WILL BE SEEN BY 43,768 TAXPAYERS IN FLORIDA'S 26TH DISTRICT. AND WE'RE ALSO MAKING IT EASIER TO SAVE FOR COLLEGE BY EXPANDING 529 PLANS TO COVER MORE EXPENSES, INCLUDING APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS. . THIS WILL HELP ALLEVIATE THE COST OF RAISING A FAMILY. THIS BILL GIVES AMERICAN COMPANIES OF ALL SIZES ESPECIALLY OUR SMALL ENTERPRISES AND ENTREPRENEURS A CHANCE TO COMPETE AND WIN IN THE NEW GLOBALIZED ECONOMY. BY PROVIDING BUSINESSES WITH LOWER TAX RATES, WE WILL MAKE IT EASIER FOR OUR JOB CREATORS TO INVEST HERE AT HOME AND INCREASE PAYCHECKS FOR AMERICAN WORKERS. MR. SPEAKER, AS A PROUD MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, I COMMEND CHAIRMAN BRADY, HIS STAFF AND THE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE WHO WILL SOON SUPPORT THIS ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY TO ENSURE WE PROVIDE ALL AMERICANS, ESPECIALLY THE MOST VULNERABLE, THE OPPORTUNITY TO FIND THEIR ECONOMIC SUCCESS. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST TO ENGAGE IN A COLLOQUY WITH THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE.

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            • 09:46:19 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER

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              MR. CURBELO

              OF MY TIME.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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              MR. NEAL

              22,000 CONSTITUENTS FOR THE GENTLEMAN FROM MIAMI WILL EVENTUALLY FACE THE…

              22,000 CONSTITUENTS FOR THE GENTLEMAN FROM MIAMI WILL EVENTUALLY FACE THE ALZHEIMER'S TAX INCREASE THAT'S INCLUDED IN THIS LEGISLATION. WITH THAT I WANT TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, A NEIGHBOR, VERY THOUGHTFUL MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, REALLY NICE GUY, MR. LARSON.

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            • 09:48:08 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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              MR. LARSON

              MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE I BEGIN, I OF SEE UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT THE…

              MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE I BEGIN, I OF SEE UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING LETTERS -- BEFORE I BEGIN, I SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING LETTERS. FROM THE COMMISSIONER OF REVENUE SERVICES IN THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT WHO HAS DETAILED OUT THE IMPACT OF THIS TAX ON CONNECTICUT RESIDENTS. SECOND, I LIKE TO ALSO INSERT FOR THE RECORD 20-PLUS LETTERS FROM ACROSS A SECTION OF CONSTITUENTS WHO ARE DIRECTLY AND ADVERSELY IMPACTED BY THIS TAX INCREASE. I'D ALSO LIKE TO SUBMIT A TRANSCRIPT OF AN INTERVIEW WITH OUR ESTEEMED CHAIRMAN KEVIN BRADY AND HEIDI PRISBELLA THAT APPEARED ON "MORNING JOE." ALSO FOR THE RECORD, I'D LIKE TO SUBMIT A LETTER FROM THE AARP WHO IS IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL. AND LASTLY, FOR THE RECORD, MR. SPEAKER, A LETTER FROM THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE WHICH DETAILS OUT THE OTHER SHOE TO FALL IN THIS LEGISLATION. THANK YOU. SO LET ME BEGIN BY PREEMPTING OUR DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN AND FOR THE RECORD STATING THAT A MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILY IN THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT FROM WEST HARTFORD WITH A COMBINED INCOME OF $125,000 WITH A MORTGAGE AND A KID IN COLLEGE, ACCORDING TO THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAX AND TO THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE SERVICES IN THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT WILL SEE A TAX INCREASE OF $767 NEXT YEAR. AND THEN WITH THE CLEVER CLAWBACK PROVISION, THAT GROVER NORQUIST KIND OF PROVISION THAT GIVES WITH ONE HAND AND TAKES AWAY WITH THE OTHER, IN 2023, THAT HARDWORKING FAMILY IN THE MIDDLE CLASS WILL SEE A $1,667 INCREASE. SO WHY ARE WE HERE? WELL, IT'S PRETTY EASY TO FIGURE OUT THIS. I MEAN, THESE ARE HONORABLE PEOPLE BUT SOMETIMES THEY'RE CALLED UPON TO DO A POLITICAL TASK, OR AS MR. COLLINS PUT IT, MY DONORS ARE BASICALLY SAYING, GET IT DONE OR DON'T EVER CALL ME AGAIN. SPEAKING OF NEW YORK, MY COLLEAGUES IN NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY, BECAUSE WE'RE DONOR STATES AND BECAUSE WE MAKE ITEMIZED DEDUCTIONS, FIND OURSELVES IN A SITUATION WHERE WE'RE PAYING DOUBLE TAXATION. DON'T TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT. JUST ASK A MEMBER OF YOUR OWN CAUCUS. ASK PETER KING WHO DESCRIBES THIS AS THE MOST MASSIVE REDISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH AT THE EXPENSE OF TEACHERS AND MACHINISTS AND PEOPLE WHO ARE OF THE PROFESSIONAL CLASS WHO YOU HAVE FOUND THAT YOU WANT TO TAX THEIR SUCCESS. BUT WHAT ADDS INSULT TO INJURY, ABOVE ALL ELSE, ASIDE FROM BEING A DONOR STATE AND DOUBLE TAXATION IS THE CRUELEST CUT. YOU KNOW, WE TAKE A PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, WE PLEDGE -- PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE AND SOME PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO GROVER NORQUIST TO SHRINK SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE SO SMALL YOU CAN DROWN IT IN THE BATHTUB. AND THAT'S WHAT THIS DOES. A $25 BILLION --

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            • 09:51:45 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MEMBERS ARE ADVISED TO DIRECT THEIR…

              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MEMBERS ARE ADVISED TO DIRECT THEIR COMMENTS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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            • 09:51:50 AM

              MR. BRADY

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YIELDING MYSELF 30 SECONDS I WOULD NOTE THAT…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YIELDING MYSELF 30 SECONDS I WOULD NOTE THAT FAMILIES IN CONNECTICUT'S FIRST DISTRICT WILL SEE AN AVERAGE TAX CUT OF $3,858 AND GROW JOBS BY 11,000 JOBS.

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            • 09:52:05 AM

              MR. LARSON

              IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD?

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              MR. BRADY

              MR. CURBELO, AND RESIDENTS COMMISSIONER GONZALEZ-COLON HAVE BEEN -- I…

              MR. CURBELO, AND RESIDENTS COMMISSIONER GONZALEZ-COLON HAVE BEEN -- I APPRECIATE THE HARD WORK YOU'VE DONE TO HELP OUR FELLOW CITIZENS ON THE ISLAND. I AGREE, THIS TAX REFORM BILL IS A GOOD FIRST STEP AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU ON IDEAS TO BEST SERVE THE PEOPLE ON THIS ISLAND. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RESERVE.

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            • 09:52:28 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME IS RESERVED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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              MR. NEAL

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO ONE OF THE MOST…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO ONE OF THE MOST THOUGHTFUL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND A LEADER IN THE FIELD OF RENEWABLE ENERGY, MY FRIEND FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER.

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            • 09:52:41 AM

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

            • 09:52:44 AM

              MR. BLUMENAUER

              MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD A…

              MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD A LETTER FROM 17 ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS OPPOSING THIS LEGISLATION.

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            • 09:52:52 AM

              TEMPORE WITHOUT

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. DONALD TRUMP IS GOING TO BE ON CAPITOL HILL…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. DONALD TRUMP IS GOING TO BE ON CAPITOL HILL RALLYING REPUBLICANS TO VOTE FOR HIS TAX BILL. PERFECTLY DESIGNED FOR HIS BENEFIT. ELIMINATING THE ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX, ONE OF THE FEW WAYS HE PAYS ANY TAX AT ALL. ABOLISHING THE INHERITANCE TAX, ALLOWING HIM TO PASS ON TAX-FREE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO HIS FAMILY. EXPANDING ACCESS TO THE LOWER PASS-THROUGH TAX RATES FOR MANY LARGE AND PROFITABLE BUSINESSES. DONALD TRUMP LISTS HUNDREDS OF PASS-THROUGH ENTITIES ON HIS FINANCIAL FORMS. DONALD TRUMP IS THE KING OF DEBT, AND THIS MONSTROSITY OF A TAX BILL IS FUELED BY INCREASING THE NATIONAL DEBT $2.3 TRILLION. CUTTING TAXES FOR THE WEALTHY, FINANCED BY INCREASED DEBT BURDEN ON OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN AND, OF COURSE, DETAILS ARE STARTING TO LEAK OUT, SPECIAL DEALS FOR BASEBALL TEAMS, BREAKING A BIPARTISAN COMMITMENT TO THE WIND ENERGY INDUSTRY IS ALREADY CAUSING THEIR STOCK PRICES TO FALL, JEOPARDIZING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF PROJECTS AND PUTTING TENS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS AT RISK. WITH THE ONLY RETROACTIVE PROVISION IN THE BILL, BREAKING A BIPARTISAN COMMITMENT THAT MANY OF US WORKED ON WITH THE ENERGY INDUSTRY. THE REPUBLICAN PROPOSAL TAXES -- SHOWERS RICHES ON THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS AND MOST PROFITABLE CORPORATIONS WHO ARE NOT GOING TO CREATE JOBS AND RAISE WAGES. WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO DO IS BUY THINGS AND MAKE MORE MONEY. WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN IS THAT IN THE YEARS AHEAD, TAXES ARE GOING TO RAISE FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS AND EVEN MORE IN THE FUTURE. NOW, THIS TAX PERHAPS HAS THE MOST CRUEL ELEMENT, WHAT I CALL THE ALZHEIMER'S TAX. REPEALING THE MEDICAL EXPENSE DEDUCTION USED BY OVER NINE MILLION MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS WHO SAVED ALMOST $90 BILLION IN 2015, GONE. THIS STUNNING ACTION PLACES ADDITIONAL BURDENS ON MANY ELDERLY AND VULNERABLE MIDDLE-INCOME AMERICANS TRYING TO PLAN AHEAD FOR THE CRUSHING FINANCIAL BURDEN DEALING WITH ALZHEIMER'S. WE NEVER HAD A HEARING ON ANYTHING LIKE THIS. IT WOULDN'T STAND THE LIGHT OF DAY. THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WILL BE CRANKY ABOUT THIS.

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            • 09:55:21 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

            • 09:55:23 AM

              MR. BRADY

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO REPORT FAMILIES -- FOUR AVERAGE…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO REPORT FAMILIES -- FOUR AVERAGE FAMILY IN THE GENTLEMAN'S DISTRICT WILL SEE A TAX CUT OF $2,200. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A DEAR FRIEND OF MINE AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HENSARLING.

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            • 09:55:40 AM

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

            • 09:55:42 AM

              MR. HENSARLING

              MR. SPEAKER, FOR ALMOST A DECADE, AMERICANS SUFFERED UNDER OBAMANOMICS.…

              MR. SPEAKER, FOR ALMOST A DECADE, AMERICANS SUFFERED UNDER OBAMANOMICS. THEIR SAVINGS REMAINED DISAMATED, THEIR PAYCHECKS STAGNANT BUT A NEW DAY HAS DAWNED UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF PRESIDENT TRUMP AND SPEAKER RYAN AND CHAIRMAN BRADY. WE ARE ON THE EDGE OF A FLATTER TAX CODE, ONE BUILT FOR THREE PERCENT-PLUS OF GROWTH. THIS BRINGS JOBS AND CAPITAL BACK TO AMERICA. IT SIMPLIFIES FROM 75,000 PAGES TO 500, WHERE AMERICANS CAN FILL OUT THEIR RETURN ON A POSTCARD. THEY CAN IMAGINE A TAX CODE SWEPT OF ALL THE SPECIAL INTEREST LOOPHOLES. THEY CAN IMAGINE A TAX CODE CREATING LOWER RATES FOR WORKING AMERICANS AND SMALL BUSINESSES, AND THEY CAN NOW IMAGINE A TAX CODE THAT'S ALL ABOUT ECONOMIC GROWTH. AND ALL MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE CAN OFFER IS THE POLITICS, OF DIVISION, ENVY AND CLASS WARFARE. I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT BECAUSE IT'S ALL ABOUT BETTER JOBS, FAIRER TAXES AND BIGGER PAYCHECKS.

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            • 09:56:57 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. BOTH SIDES HAVE 44 MINUTES REMAINING IN…

              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. BOTH SIDES HAVE 44 MINUTES REMAINING IN THIS DEBATE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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            • 09:57:02 AM

              MR. NEAL

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. 17,000 PEOPLE IN MR. HENSARLING'S DISTRICT WILL…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. 17,000 PEOPLE IN MR. HENSARLING'S DISTRICT WILL NOW PAY HIGHER INTEREST ON THEIR STUDENT LOAN DEDUCTIONS. WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, GREAT ADVOCATE OF THE HEARTLAND OF AMERICA, MR. KIND.

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            • 09:57:17 AM

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

            • 09:57:20 AM

              MR. KIND

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, OF ALL THE POLICY CHANGES THAT ARE…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, OF ALL THE POLICY CHANGES THAT ARE BEING RECOMMENDED IN THIS LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY, THE ONE THAT SCARCE ME -- SCARES ME THE MOST IS THE REPEAL OF THE SO-CALLED JOHNSON AMENDMENT. THE JOHNSON AMENDMENT BASICALLY SAYS IF YOU ARE A RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION OR NONPROFIT AND IF YOU ENGAGE IN PARTISAN POLITICAL ACTIVITY YOU LOSE YOUR TAX-EXEMPT STATUS. REPEALING THAT HAS THE POTENTIAL OF POLITICIZING THE PULPIT NATIONWIDE. IN FACT, 103 RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS, 4,200 FAITH-BASED LEADERS IN THIS COUNTRY, 5,500 NONPROFITS HAVE WRITTEN A LETTER TO EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS TELLING US DON'T DO THIS. MR. SPEAKER, I'D ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO HAVE THESE LETTERS INSERTED IN THE RECORD AT THIS TIME.

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            • 09:58:02 AM

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              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

            • 09:58:03 AM

              MR. KIND

              MR. SPEAKER, WHEN I GO TO MY CHURCH, SOUTH BEAVER CREEK LUTHERAN CHURCH IN…

              MR. SPEAKER, WHEN I GO TO MY CHURCH, SOUTH BEAVER CREEK LUTHERAN CHURCH IN RURAL WESTERN WISCONSIN BY OUR FAMILY FARM, I VIEW THAT PLACE AS A SANCTUARY FOR MY SOUL. PLACE FOR US TO CONGREGATE AND COMMUNE, SPEND TIME IN FELLOWSHIP WITH OUR FELLOW NEIGHBORS, CHECK UP ON ONE ANOTHER. YES, PREACH VALUES, PREACH MORAL LESSONS TO OUR CHILDREN, ABSOLUTELY. BUT BY REPEALING THE JOHNSON AMENDMENT, YOU HAVE THE POTENTIAL OF CREATING CONFLICT IN THE PEWS. YOU COULD BE CREATING REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC CHURCHES AND MOSQUES AND SYNAGOGUES OVERNIGHT. THIS IS ONE OF THE LAST REFUGES THAT WE STILL HAVE AS A COUNTRY. GIVEN HOW WE'RE SELF-SEGREGATING AND DECIDING WHAT CLUBS WE JOIN, WHAT PEOPLE WE WANT TO ASSOCIATE, EVEN OUR OWN FAMILY MEMBERS BECAUSE OF POLITICAL AFFILIATION, OUR PLACES OF WORSHIP, ONE OF THE LAST PLACES WE CAN COME REGARDLESS OF POLITICAL AFFILIATION. THIS WILL CREATE UNNECESSARY STRIVE AND UNNECESSARY CONFLICT. IT HAS THE POTENTIAL OF DRIVING YOUNG PEOPLE AWAY FROM ORGANIZED RELIGION BECAUSE THEY WON'T PUT UP WITH THIS. AND IT COULD BE A BACK DOOR ATTEMPT FOR A LOT OF POLITICAL CONTRIBUTORS NOW TO GET TAX-EXEMPT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THESE ORGANIZATIONS FOR DIRECT PARTISAN POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS. THAT'S WHY THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION VIEWED THIS AS A COST OF OVER $2 BILLION. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO RECONSIDER AND REJECT THIS AND LET'S PREVENT THAT CONFLICT IN OUR COMMUNITIES. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 09:59:31 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

            • 09:59:33 AM

              MR. BRADY

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE FAMILIES OF FOUR AVERAGE IN…

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE FAMILIES OF FOUR AVERAGE IN THE THIRD DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN WILL SEE A TAX CUT OF OVER $2,000. REALLY HONORED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE AND THE CHAMPION FOR SMALL BUSINESS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO,

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            • 09:59:50 AM

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

            • 09:59:52 AM

              MR. CHABOT

              THANK YOU. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. AS A…

              THANK YOU. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. AS A RESULT OF THIS BILL, OHIO FAMILIES WILL KEEP MORE OF WHAT THEY EARN, AND ADDITIONALLY, IT WILL CREATE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS IN OHIO AND TENS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS IN OTHER STATES ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE, I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE TAX CODE WORKS FOR OUR NATION'S JOB CREATORS SO WE CAN CREATE JOBS, NOT AGAINST THEM. .SMALL BUSINESSES ARE GETTING KILLED BY THE EXISTING TAX CODE. THIS TAX CODE WILL BRING RATES DOWN FROM APPROXIMATELY 40% FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS DOWN TO IN MANY CASES AT THAT%. -- 25%. IN A LOT OF CASES 9%. FROM 40% DOWN TO 9%. THAT'S GOING TO MEAN SMALL BUSINESSES CAN KEEP THAT MONEY, INVEST, CREATE MORE OWNERS DOWN TO IN MANY CASES AT THAT% JOBS FOR MORE AMERICANS. THE NAYSAYERS AROUND HERE OBVIOUSLY CAN'T SAY ENOUGH BAD ABOUT THIS BILL, BUT IT'S GOING TO BE GOOD FOR AMERICA. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT T

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            • 10:00:57 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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              MR. NEAL

              ONE THIRD OF THE GENTLEMAN'S CONSTITUENTS CLAIM THE STATE AND LOCAL TAX…

              ONE THIRD OF THE GENTLEMAN'S CONSTITUENTS CLAIM THE STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION TOTALING $11.684 PER FAMILY. WITH THAT I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM PATTERSON, NEW JERSEY, -- PA IISON, NEW JERSEY, GREAT -- PATERSON, NEW JERSEY, THE GREAT GENTLEMAN

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            • 10:01:21 AM

              MR. PASCRELL

              I'D LIKE TO ENTER TWO THINGS INTO THE RECORD WITH YOUR PERMISSION.

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              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

            • 10:01:26 AM

              MR. PASCRELL

              ONE IS A LETTER FROM THE PRA TERNAL -- FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE COMING…

              ONE IS A LETTER FROM THE PRA TERNAL -- FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE COMING OUT AGAINST THIS BILL BECAUSE IT LA EFFECT THEIR MEMBERS IN A VERY, VERY -- IT WILL AFFECT THEIR MEMBERS A VERY, VERY TERRIBLE WAY. THE OTHER IS A ARTICLE IN "THE NEW YORK TIMES" TODAY.

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            • 10:01:51 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE CHAIR WOULD ADVISE BOTH SIDES FOR THE RECORD TO LIMIT THE EDITORIAL…

              THE CHAIR WOULD ADVISE BOTH SIDES FOR THE RECORD TO LIMIT THE EDITORIAL CONTENT. OR RISK BEING CHARGED FOR THE TIME. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 10:02:00 AM

              MR. PASCRELL

              IF IT WASN'T BAD ENOUGH, MR. SPEAKER, I COME OVER ON THIS SIDE FOR REASON,…

              IF IT WASN'T BAD ENOUGH, MR. SPEAKER, I COME OVER ON THIS SIDE FOR REASON, I GOT MANY BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO I LOVE HERE. BUT THIS IS A TERRIBLE BILL. UNANIMOUS CONSENT HERE. THE REAL PRICE OF THIS BILL IS HIDDEN. $30 BILLION IN INTEREST ON THE DEBT EVERY YEAR. WHO PAYS THIS? IF $30 BILLION IN INTEREST IT WEREN'T BAD ENOUGH, THE TAXES THAT PEOPLE HAVE TO PAY TODAY AND OUR CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN, BEYOND THAT THE REAL PRICE OF THIS BILL IS FURTHER HIDDEN. TEMPORARY FAMILY FLEXIBILITY CREDIT EXPIRES AFTER FIVE YEARS. TEMPORARY EXCLUSION FOR INDEPENDENT CARE COSTS EXPIRES AFTER FIVE YEARS. SOME HAVE ESTIMATED THAT IF REPUBLICANS MAKE THESE PROVISIONS PERMANENT, AS THEY CLAIM WILL HAPPEN IN FUTURE CONGRESSES, THE COST OF THE BILL WILL INCREASE TO OVER $400 BILLION. THE SENATE BILL CUTS OFF RELIEF FOR FAMILIES IN SEVEN YEARS. THEY ARE HIDING OVER $500 BILLION IN COSTS. I'M PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN THE SALT EXCLUSION AS A DEDUCTION. FOLKS IN NEW JERSEY, CALIFORNIA, MARYLAND, NEW YORK, CONNECTICUT, ETC., ETC. THEY ARE GOING TO BE PAYING THE COSTS OF THIS DEDUCTION BEING REMOVED. YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS UP. IN FACT, YOU INCREASE -- INCREASE MOSTLY COMES FROM ELIMINATING THE FOLKS IN STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION FOR INDIVIDUALS BUT CORPORATIONS CAN CONTINUE TO DEDUCT THEIR STATE AND LOCAL TAXES. YOU CAN'T, MR. AND MRS. AMERICA. I HEAR YOU.

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            • 10:03:53 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

            • 10:03:55 AM

              MR. BRADY

              I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR.…

              I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER.

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            • 10:04:00 AM

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

            • 10:04:03 AM

              MR. WALKER

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT TAX REFORM. TODAY IS…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT TAX REFORM. TODAY IS ALSO ABOUT WHAT WE FUNDAMENTALLY BELIEVE AS A NATION. TODAY WE SAY WORKING CLASS FAMILIES NOT THE GOVERNMENT ARE BEST EQUIPPED TO MAKE FINANCIAL DECISIONS. DID WE HEAR ANYTHING FROM OUR DEMOCRAT FRIENDS FOR NEARLY EIGHT YEARS ABOUT LOWERING TAXES ON MIDDLE AND LOWER INCOME? WE DID NOT. NOW FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1986, WE'RE GOING TO OVERHAUL OUR BROKEN TAX CODE. HERE'S WHAT IT MEANS FOR FAMILIES IN NORTH CAROLINA. MIDDLE INCOME FAMILIES WILL SEE MORE THAN $2,300 INCREASE IN THEIR TAKE-HOME PAY. THE TAX CUTS IN JOBS ACTS MEANS MORE THAN 30,000 NEW JOBS IN NORTH CAROLINA. I AM ENCOURAGED OUR SENATE COLLEAGUES HAVE DECIDED TO INCLUDE THE OBAMACARE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE REPEAL AND WOULD URGE OUR HOUSE CONFERENCE TO CONSIDER AS WELL. LAST, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN BRADY. THERE IS NO GREATER SERVANT MANDATE REPEAL AND WOULD IN THE UNITED STATES HOUSE. THANK YOU TO HIS WORK, HIS TEAM, TODAY WE KEEP OUR PROMISE. IT'S TIME TO MOVE FORWARD. I YIELD BACK.

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              MR. NEAL

              WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, A…

              WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, A THOUGHTFUL MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, MR. DOGGETT. SO --

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            • 10:05:18 AM

              MR. DOGGETT

              MR. SPEAKER, THE PROMISE OF TAX REFORM HAS DEGENERATED INTO LITTLE MORE…

              MR. SPEAKER, THE PROMISE OF TAX REFORM HAS DEGENERATED INTO LITTLE MORE THAN A SCAM TO AID TAX DODGERS. WHILE PUBLIC ATTENTION IS DIVERTED TO SCANDAL IN ALABAMA, REPUBLICANS ARE RUSHING THROUGH THIS SHAM THROUGH THIS SHAM OF A BILL DEVELOPED IN THE DARK WITH LOBBYISTS BEFORE MOST AMERICANS REALIZE WHAT'S ABOUT TO HIT THEM IN THE FACE. INSTEAD OF MORE JOBS AT HOME, REPUBLICANS CREATE A GIANT NEW GAPING LOOPHOLE TO SHIP EVER MORE JOBS ABROAD. EVEN SPEAKER RYAN'S HOME STATE REPUBLICAN SENATOR, RON JOHNSON, CONCEDES THAT UNDER THIS BILL, QUOTE, THERE WILL BE A REAL INCENTIVE TO KEEP MANUFACTURING OVERSEAS. HOORDLY A SURPRISE SINCE -- HARDLY A SURPRISE SINCE PRESIDENT TRUMP'S WALL STREETER DESIGNATED TO RUN THIS SHOW HAS JUST BEEN IDENTIFIED PERSONALLY FROM LEAKED BERMUDIAN DOCUMENTS A SURPRISE OF NOT ONE BUT 22 DIFFERENT ISLAND TAX PARADISE SHELL COMPANIES. MEANWHILE, ANOTHER LOOPHOLE, CARRIED INTEREST THAT FLOWS TO PLUTO CONTRACTS LIKE THAT'S PART OF THE $65 BILLION CUT OUT OF TAX INCENTIVES BY REPUBLICANS IN THIS BILL. THEY ARE TOTALLY DEPENDENT UPON ALTERNATIVE FACTS. BUT TODAY'S BILL EVEN AUTHORIZED THOSE WHO WANT TO PAY ABSOLUTELY ZERO IN TAX THAT THEY CAN DO IT BY ABOLISHING THE ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX. THAT ONE CHANGE THAT THEY MAKE IN ONE YEAR WOULD HAVE PUT $31 MILLION IN DONALD TRUMP'S POCKET. SO YOU CAN CERTAINLY UNDERSTAND WHY HE'S COMING TO THE CAPITOL TODAY JUST TO SAY THANK YOU, THANK YOU FOR THE BILLION DOLLARS PLUS THAT IS ESTIMATED TO GO TO THE TRUMP FAMILY UNDER THIS BILL. WHEN DOES MY TAX REFUND GET HERE, HE MUST BE SAYING? OF COURSE WE DON'T KNOW PRECISELY HOW MUCH DONALD TRUMP IS ENRICHED BECAUSE THESE REPUBLICANS KEEP COLLUDING TO HIDE HIS TAX RETURNS. REPUBLICANS WANT TO APPLY A DYNAMIC SCORE TO THIS BILL. I SAY, CREATE A DYNAMIC WORK FORCE. INVEST IN PEOPLE. DON'T OVERWHELM US WITH ENDLESS DEBT. DEVELOP A MORE COMPETITIVE, HEALTHY WORK FORCE THAT EMPOWERS OUR DREAMERS AND OTHER IMMIGRANTS, THAT GIVES EVERY AMERICAN ACCESS TO EDUCATION, SKILL UPGRADES TO ACHIEVE THEIR FULL GOD GIVEN POTENTIAL. AS THEY DENY ONE MIDDLE CLASS DEDUCTION AFTER ANOTHER AND IMPOSE THIS NEW ALZHEIMER'S TAX, REPUBLICANS CLAIM THAT THEY HAVE A PATENTED TAX MIRACLE CURE FOR MOST EVERYTHING BUT BALDNESS. WHAT WE HAVE SEEN THIS TRAVELING TRICKLE-DOWN MEDICINE --

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              MR. DOGGETT

              TRICKLE-DOWN MEDICINE SIDESHOW B IT DIDN'T WORK THEFPBLET IT WON'T WORK…

              TRICKLE-DOWN MEDICINE SIDESHOW B IT DIDN'T WORK THEFPBLET IT WON'T WORK NOW. ALL THEY ARE DOING IS GRABBING FOR A POLITICAL LIFE PRESERVER AFTER 10 MONTHS OF REPUBLICAN FAILURES. THIS ISN'T TAX REFORM. IT'S A GIANT GIVEAWAY TO WASHINGTON SPECIAL INTEREST THAT MUST BE STOPPED.

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              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE PRESIDENT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. DUNCAN.

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              MR. DUNCAN

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY LATE FATHER WAS THE RANKING REPUBLICAN ON THE…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY LATE FATHER WAS THE RANKING REPUBLICAN ON THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE WHEN THE LAST MAJOR TAX REFORM WAS PASSED IN 1986. I KNOW PERSONALLY HOW DIFFICULT IT WAS THEN TO BRING ALL THE COMPETING INTERESTS TOGETHER. EVERYTHING LOOKS EASY FROM A DISTANCE. EVERYONE IN THIS CONGRESS WOULD RATHER SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT TAX BILL IF GIVEN CHANCE. WE CAN'T HAVE 535 DIFFERENT TAX BILLS. PROBABLY EVEN CHAIRMAN BRADY WOULD CHANGE SOME THINGS IF HE HAD COMPLETE CONTROL OVER T I WOULD FAVOR SOME SLIGHT DIFFERENCES, BUT THIS IS A GREAT BILL OVERALL FOR MIDDLE INCOME PEOPLE. WE NEED TO DO MORE IN THE FUTURE TO CUT SPENDING, DIFFERENCES, BUT THIS THOUGH, ALONG WITH IT. KEVIN BRADY IS THE RIGHT MAN AT THE RIGHT TIME, AND I THINK HE HAS DONE A MASTERFUL JOB IN BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. NO OTHER BILL WILL DO MORE TO HELP KEEP JOBS IN THIS COUNTRY. NO OTHER BILL WE COULD PASS IN THIS CONGRESS WILL DO MORE TO HELP MORE PEOPLE THAN THIS ONE WILL. I URGE ITS PASSAGE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS, WHOSE…

              I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS, WHOSE KNOWLEDGE OF NEW MARKETS TAX CREDITS IS SECOND TO NONE.

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              MR. DAVIS

              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD…

              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD TWO LETTERS, ONE FROM THE NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION, AND ONE FROM THE AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EDUCATION.

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              MR. DAVIS

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE REPUBLICAN TAX BILL IS A DANGEROUS BILL THAT…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE REPUBLICAN TAX BILL IS A DANGEROUS BILL THAT RAISES TAXES ON 36 MILLION MIDDLE CLASS HOUSEHOLDS. TAKES HEALTH CARE FROM TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. SKYROCKETS THE COST OF HEALTH INSURANCE FOR ALL AMERICANS. BUT ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE WHO ARE SICK AND HAVE PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. AND DIRECTLY RESULTS IN CUTS TO MEDICARE AND SAFETY NET SPENDING NEXT YEAR. ALL TO GIVE CORPORATE SPECIAL INTEREST IMMEDIATE, PERMANENT, AND MONUMENTAL TAX CUTS. CUT, CUT, CUT. IS ALL THAT I HAVE HEARD THIS WEEK. CUT THE SAFETY NET. CUT SERVICE FOR THE NEEDY. CUT SERVICE FOR THE PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED. CUT THE POOR. CUT THE HOMELESS. CUT MEDICAID. CUT EDUCATION. CUT OUT LOW-INCOME TAX CREDITS. CUT OUT NEW MARKET TAX CREDIT. CUT OUT SOCIAL SERVICES. CUT BLOCK GRANTS. CUT STUDENT LOANS. WINTER'S HERE. CUT THE LOW-INCOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. AND IF YOU ARE -- IF YOU LIVE IN CHICAGO, TESTIMONY IN THE MIDWEST OR NORTHEAST, WITHOUT ANY HEAT YOU ARE SUBJECT TO CATCH PNEUMONIA AND DIE. THERE IS NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. SO I CAN IMAGINE THAT COLLEGE PRESIDENT, HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATOR, MANAGERS OF PROGRAMS ARE WRINGING THEIR HANDS WONDERING WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO? I HEARD A MINISTER LAST SUNDAY AT ONE OF THE CHURCHES IN MY COMMUNITY ANSWER. HE SAID, PRAY, PRAY, ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE. VOTE, VOTE. VOTE AGAINST THIS BILL.

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              MR. BRADY

              MR. SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED TO HONOR -- PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO…

              MR. SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED TO HONOR -- PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE OVERSIGHT SUBCOMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. BUCHANAN.

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              MR. BUCHANAN

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ALSO WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE OUR INCREDIBLE…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ALSO WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE OUR INCREDIBLE CHAIRMAN. HIS LEADERSHIP OVER THE LAST -- I HAVE BEEN HERE SEVEN YEARS, WORKING THIS PLAN FORWARD, IT'S AN EXCITING TIME FOR ALL OF US. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. LEGISLATION TO PROVIDE TAX RELIEF TO MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS ACROSS AMERICA. AS A BUSINESS MAN FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO EMPLOY THOUSANDS OF WORKERS. I HAVE SEEN FIRSTHAND HOW BROKEN OUR TAX SYSTEM CAN BE. FOR MANY HARDWORKING AMERICANS. UNDER THIS BILL, NOT ONLY WILL THE AVERAGE FAMILY OF FOUR RECEIVE A TAX CUT, BUT SMALL BUSINESSES WILL FINALLY BE TAXED AT A LOWER RATE, HELP THEM EXPAND AND GROW JOBS IN AMERICA. ACCORDING TO THE NONPARTISAN TAX FOUNDATION, THIS BILL WILL CREATE ONE MILLION NEW JOBS AND GROW THE ECONOMY BY 4%. A GROWTH RATE THIS COUNTRY HASN'T EXPERIENCED SINCE 2000. IT'S TIME TO GIVE ALL AMERICANS A BREAK IN TERMS OF THEIR TAXES. WITH PASSAGE OF THIS BILL, WE'LL FINALLY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HELP MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES AND GET OUR ECONOMY BACK ON TRACK. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I URGE SUPPORT FOR THIS CRITICAL BILL TO CUT TAXES AND REFORM OUR TAX SYSTEM.

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              MR. NEAL

              MR. SPEAKER, WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO ONE OF THE MOST…

              MR. SPEAKER, WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO ONE OF THE MOST KNOWLEDGEABLE MEMBERS OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, MR. HIGGINS.

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              MR. HIGGINS

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS NOTHING MORE THAN A HIT JOB ON MIDDLE…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS NOTHING MORE THAN A HIT JOB ON MIDDLE AMERICA TO PAY FOR A MASSIVE TAX CUT FOR CORPORATE AMERICA. THE ONLY CERTAINTY FROM THIS CHARADE IS SLOWER ECONOMIC GROWTH, MORE INCOME AND EQUALITY, AND EXPLODING DEFICIT. WHEN YOU TAKE AWAY SICK PEOPLE BORN INTO ILLNESS FOR WHOM INSURANCE DOESN'T PROVIDE ENOUGH COVERAGE, THAT IS A HIT ON MIDDLE AMERICA. WHEN YOU REMOVE HELP FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE JUST TRYING TO MAKE COLLEGE AFFORDABLE, WHO ARE TRYING TO MAKE THEMSELVES BETTER, THAT IS A HIT ON MIDDLE AMERICA. AND WHEN YOU TAKE AWAY HEALTH CARE FOR 13 MILLION AMERICANS AND RAISE THE COST FOR MILLIONS MORE, BECAUSE YOU NEEDED ANOTHER $300 BILLION TO GIVE MORE TO CORPORATE AMERICA, THAT IS A HIT ON MIDDLE AMERICA. AND WHEN $152,000 PEOPLE FROM MY COMMUNITY AND MILLIONS MORE FROM NEW YORK LOSE 100 YEARS OF PROTECTION FROM STATE AND LOCAL TAXES, PROTECTION WORTH MORE THAN $8,000 PER HOUSEHOLD, THAT IS A HIT ON MY COMMUNITY, THAT IS A HIT ON NEW YORK STATE, AND IT IS A HIT ON EACH AND EVERY COMMUNITY IN AMERICA. . WHEN YOU FEED THE RAPACIOUS NEEDS OF CORPORATE AMERICA IT'S A HIT ON FUNDAMENTAL AWARENESS AND THAT, MR. SPEAKER, IS A HIT ON ALL OF AMERICA.

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              MR. BRADY

              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH DAKOTA, MR.…

              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH DAKOTA, MR. CRAMER.

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            • 10:16:08 AM

              MR. CRAMER

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE KNOW THAT THE ECONOMIC AND JOB CREATION…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE KNOW THAT THE ECONOMIC AND JOB CREATION BENEFITS ARE KEY COMPONENTS OF THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT, MAKING THE U.S. GLOBALLY COMPETITIVE AGAIN, GIVEN THE MUCH-NEEDED TAX CUT TO AMERICAN BUSINESSES AND WAGE INCREASE TO AMERICAN WORKERS. BUT MR. SPEAKER, IT'S REALLY THE LONG OVERDUE BENEFITS OF THOSE WHO ARE NOT LIVING IN THE RICH SUBURBS IN WASHINGTON, D.C., THAT TAKE CENTER STAGE FOR ME AND MY FELLOW NORTH DAKOTANS. CITIZENS THERE FILE CLAIMING THE STANDARD DEDUCTION. THAT MEANS THE VAST MAJORITY OF MY CONSTITUENTS WILL SEE THEIR DEDUCTIONS NEARLY DOUBLED IF THEY DO NOTHING ELSE. AND OBVIOUSLY WITH THE DOUBLING OF THE STANDARD DEDUCTION IT WILL LIKELY INSPIRE MORE NORTH DAKOTANS TO CLAIM THIS SIMPLE DEDUCTION. MR. SPEAKER, THIS HUGE BENEFIT COMBINED WITH GREATER JOB OPPORTUNITIES AND SIMPLER AND LESS EXPENSIVE FILING COSTS AND OF COURSE A GENEROUS FAMILY TAX CREDIT WILL PUT MORE MONEY IN THE POCKETS AND LESS ANXIETY IN THE HEARTS OF MIDDLE-CLASS NORTH DAKOTANS. SUPPORTING THIS REFORM PACKAGE IS EASY FOR ME BECAUSE IT'S RIGHT FOR NORTH DAKOTA AND I THANK CHAIRMAN BRADY FOR HIS OUTSTANDING WORK.

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              MR. NEAL

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

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM WASHINGTON, A VERY SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS WOMAN IN HER OWN RIGHT AND UNDERSTANDS THE BUSINESS ECONOMY, MS. DELBENE.

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              MS. DEL BELL

              REPUBLICANS ARE TOUTING THE LARGEST SET OF --

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              MS. DELBENE

              REPUBLICANS ARE TOUTING THE LARGEST SET OF TAX CUTS. THEY'RE RAVING IT…

              REPUBLICANS ARE TOUTING THE LARGEST SET OF TAX CUTS. THEY'RE RAVING IT WILL CREATE JOBS EVEN THOUGH WE KNOW THAT TRICKLE DOWN ECONOMICS HAS NEVER WORKED AND NEVER WILL. INSTEAD OF BRINGING DEMOCRATS AND THE PUBLIC IN THE PROCESS, THEY ARE HURTING PEOPLE WHO NEED HELP THE MOST. THIS IS WRONG. TAX REFORM SHOULD BE ABOUT COMING TOGETHER AND MAKING CHOICES THAT REFLECT OUR VALUES. YET, UNDER THIS PLAN, TEACHERS WHO BUY SUPPLIES FOR THEIR STUDENTS LIKE PENS, PENCILS AND PAPER, WILL LOSE THE ABILITY TO DEDUCT THOSE COSTS FROM THEIR TAX RETURNS. BUT CORPORATIONS STILL CAN DEDUCT SUPPLY COSTS. FIREFIGHTERS WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO DEDUCT THEIR STATE AND LOCAL INCOME OR SALES TAXES, BUT CORPORATIONS STILL CAN. HOMEOWNERS WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO DEDUCT ALL OF THEIR PROPERTY TAXES, BUT CORPORATIONS STILL CAN. AND IF WORKERS HAVE TO MOVE BECAUSE THEIR EMPLOYER IS FORCING THEM TO RELOCATE THEIR FAMILIES OR LOSE THEIR JOBS, THEY WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO DEDUCT THEIR MOVING EXPENSES, BUT CORPORATIONS, EVEN THOSE OFFSHORING JOBS, STILL CAN. THIS BILL INCREASES TAXES ON 36 MILLION WORKING FAMILIES AND RIPS AWAY KEEFE LIFELINES THAT HELP PEOPLE -- KEEP LIFELINES THAT HELP PEOPLE LIKE CHILDCARE, AND BLOWS A $1.5 TRILLION HOLE IN THE DEFICIT AND BURDENS OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WITH DEBT, TRIGGERING AN AUTOMATIC $25 BILLION CUT TO MEDICARE. THIS BILL GIVES MASSIVE PERMANENT TAX CUTS TO CORPORATIONS BUT WORKING FAMILIES WILL HAVE TO LIVE WITH THE TEMPORARY SCRAPS THROWN AT THEM. BOTTOM LINE, THIS BILL HURTS AMERICANS FROM CRADLE TO RETIREMENT, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 10:19:29 AM

              MR. BRADY

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO A LEADER OF THE TAX…

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO A LEADER OF THE TAX POLICY SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. KELLY.

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            • 10:19:40 AM

              MR. KELLY

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN BRADY AND ALL THE MEMBERS…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN BRADY AND ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE WAYS AND MEANS STAFF. YOU HAVE WORKED TIRELESSLY IN ORDER TO BRING THIS BILL FORWARD. I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW EXCITED I AM TO BE HERE TODAY. MR. LARSON, HE WEARS A PEN ---PIN WITH A PICTURE OF JOHN KENNEDY, ONE OF MY FAVORITE PRESIDENTS OF ALL-TIME. LET ME READ FROM A SPEECH PRESIDENT KENNEDY GAVE, 1962, GAVE IT IN ADDRESS TO THE ECONOMIC CLUB OF NEW YORK. OUR TRUE CHOICE IS NOT BETWEEN TAX REDUCTION ON THE ONE HAND AND THE AVOIDANCE OF LARGER FEDERAL DEFICITS ON THE OTHER. IT SIN CREASINGLY 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 REVENUES TO BALANCE OUR BUDGET. JUST AS IT WILL NEVER PRODUCE ENOUGH JOBS OR ENOUGH PROFITS. ONLY FULL EMPLOYMENT CAN BALANCE THE BUDGET AND TAX REDUCTION CAN PAVE THE WAY TO THAT EMPLOYMENT. THE PURPOSE OF CUTTING TAXES NOW IS NOT TO INOCCUR A BUDGET DEFICIT BUT TO ACHIEVE THE MORE PROSPEROUS EXPANDED ECONOMY WHICH CAN BRING A BUDGET SURPLUS. KEEPING THAT IN MIND -- AND I HEAR THE DEBATE GOING BACK AND FORTH AND I JUST ENCOURAGE ALL OF OUR MEMBERS, YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE A CHOICE TODAY TO TAKE YOUR VOTING CARD AND YOU ARE GOING TO PUT IT IN THE VOTING MACHINE AND YOU CAN PUSH A GREEN BUTTON THAT SAYS GO. PUTTING THIS NATION BACK ON TRACK. MAKING AMERICA THE GREATEST ECONOMIC POWER IN THE WORLD. OR YOU CAN PUSH A RED BUTTON AND SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT, JUST NOT SOMETHING I CAN VOTE FOR TODAY BECAUSE IT'S JUST NOT EXACTLY WHAT I WANT. NEXT WEEK, 50 MILLION AMERICANS WILL TRAVEL BECAUSE THEY WANT TO COME HOME, THEY WANT TO COME HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, THEY WANT TO COME HOME FOR THANKSGIVING. THIS BILL IS A THANKSGIVING BILL. THIS IS A JOBS BILL. BECAUSE WHAT WE'RE TELLING CORPORATE AMERICA IS WE WANT YOU TO COME HOME. WE WANT TO MAKE THIS A MORE FAVORABLE ENVIRONMENT FOR YOU TO LIVE, TO WORK, TO SUCCEED BECAUSE WE KNOW THE TRUE SUCCESS IN BUSINESS IS ONLY A SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MODEL. SO WHEN YOU TAX PEOPLE WITH THE HIGHEST RATE IN THE INDUSTRIALIZED WORLD, WHEN YOU PUT PEOPLE AT AN UNCOMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE ON THE SHELF, THEY CAN'T EXIST. WHERE DO THEY GO? THEY HAVE TO LEAVE HOME TO GO OVERSEAS TO FIND THAT ANSWER. NOW, I JUST WANT TO GO OVER SOME THINGS THAT ARE REALLY IMPORTANT. A FRIEND OF MINE NAME GEORGE ABRAHAM WHO IS A BASKETBALL COACH AND WE TALKED ABOUT THE VALUE OF WINNING. GEORGE SAID TO ME, YOU KNOW WHAT, MIKE, THE ONLY POSITION YOU WANT TO BE IN IS THE NUMBER ONE POSITION. I SAY, REALLY? HE SAYS, YES. BECAUSE ANYTHING OTHER THAN FINISHING FIRST IS YOU FINISH WITH THE REST. IF YOU TAKE A SURVEY AND "FORBES" DID, WHERE WOULD YOU START THAT BUSINESS, I SAID, ARE YOU KIDDING ME, IT'S THE UNITED STATES BECAUSE OF WHO WE ARE, OUR GREATNESS. NO. THERE'S 22 OTHER COUNTRIES SAY PEOPLE SAY I'D RATHER GO SOMEPLACE ELSE THAN RATHER DO IT RIGHT HERE IN AMERICA. THAT IS INCREDIBLE WHEN WE TALK ABOUT WHERE WE ARE AS A PEOPLE, WHERE WE ARE AS A PEOPLE, LISTEN TO THESE FIGURES. THESE ARE NOT FIGURES, BY THE WAY. THIS IS THE TAX FOUNDATION. CUTS FOR AMERICANS AT EVERY ECONOMIC LEVEL. REDUCES BY ALMOST $1,200 BY AVERAGE SIZE MIDDLE FAMILY. REDUCES TAX IN PENNSYLVANIA'S THIRD DISTRICT. GROWS NATIONAL G.D.P. BY 3.5%. INCREASES AMERICAN WAGES BY 2.7%. INCREASES AFTER TAX INCOME FOR EVERY TAXPAYER BY 3.8% IN THE LONG RUN. INCREASES AFTER-TAX INCOMING FOR MEDIAN FAMILIES IN PENNSYLVANIA BY OVER $2,300. AND IT CREATES ALMOST 900,000 NEW AMERICAN JOBS. AND IT WILL CREATE IN MY STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA OVER 36,000 NEW JOBS. SO I SAY THIS IS A JOBS BILL. THIS IS A REVENUE RAISER FOR US. THIS IS ABOUT BRINGING PEOPLE BACK HOME. THIS IS ABOUT MORE TAKE-HOME PAY FOR EVERY HARDWORKING AMERICAN GUY AND GAL THAT'S OUT THERE THAT GETS UP EVERY DAY AND GETS UP TO DO ONE THING AND THAT IS TO PROTECT THEIR FAMILIES AND WORK IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THEIR COUNTRY. I'M JUST ASKING YOU TODAY TO LOOK AT THIS CARD AND KNOW THAT YOU HAVE WITHIN THE POWER OF YOUR VOTE TO UNLEASH THE GREATEST ECONOMY IN THE WORLD. TO UNSHACKLE IT FROM A TAX CODE THAT MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE TO COMPETE GLOBALLY. THAT OVERREGULATES IT AND FORCES IT OFF-SHORE AND THEN BLAMES THEM FOR LEAVING. THIS IS A COME ON BACK HOME. THIS IS DON'T LEAVE HOME, STAY HERE. WE ARE ON YOUR SIDE. WE ARE GOING TO WORK WITH YOU AND GET THERE. SO I ASK MY FRIENDS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, LET'S DO WHAT'S RIGHT FOR AMERICA. IF IT'S RIGHT FOR AMERICA IT'S RIGHT FOR REPUBLICANS, IT'S RIGHT FOR DEMOCRATS, IT'S RIGHT FOR INDEPENDENTS, IT'S RIGHT FOR LIBERTARIANS, IT'S RIGHT FOR AMERICA. THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME TO DO THE RIGHT THING. MY FRIENDS, WE CANNOT STAY WHERE WE ARE. A STAND PAT HAND IS A NONWINNING HAND. THE ABILITY TO MOVE FORWARD, THE ABILITY TO NOT JUST PARTICIPATE IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY BUT DOMINATE A GLOBAL ECONOMY AND GIVE EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN THE FAITH AND THE FUTURE AND RESTORE THE FAITH THAT YOU HAVE IN THIS BODY THAT WE ARE DOING THE BEST THING IN THEIR INTEREST EVERY SINGLE DAY THAT WE COME HERE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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              MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO DIRECT THEIR COMMENTS TO THE CHAIR. THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM

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              THE SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY THE SENATE…

              THE SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY THE SENATE TO INFORM THE HOUSE THE SENATE HAS PASSED S. 807, AN ACT TO PROVIDE ANTI-RETALIATION PROTECTIONS FOR ANTITRUST WHISTLEBLOWERS.

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              MR. NEAL

              I'M DELIGHTED TO HAVE MR. KELLY AS HE DESCRIBES SPORTS TEAMS, WE'VE…

              I'M DELIGHTED TO HAVE MR. KELLY AS HE DESCRIBES SPORTS TEAMS, WE'VE DISCOVERED HE'S A CLOSET PATRIOTS FAN. WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA WHOSE HISTORY IN TERMS OF REVENUE AND REVENUE COLLECTION IS WELL-KNOWN TO THE CONGRESS, MS. CHU FOR TWO MINUTES.

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            • 10:25:48 AM

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            • 10:25:51 AM

              MS. CHU

              ONE THING IS CLEAR ABOUT THE G.O.P. TAX SCAM. CORPORATE INTERESTS GET A…

              ONE THING IS CLEAR ABOUT THE G.O.P. TAX SCAM. CORPORATE INTERESTS GET A HUGE GIVEAWAY. THEY GET A WIND FALL TAX BREAK. WHO PAYS FOR IT? THE MIDDLE CLASS. WHO WINS? CORPORATIONS, BILLIONAIRES, MILLION AIRCRAFTS THE TRUMP FAMILY. WHO LOSES? WOMEN, FAMILIES, SENIORS, TEACHERS, STUDENTS. AS A FORM ARE LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY COLLEGE TEACHER OF 20 -- AS A FORMER LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY COLLEGE TEACHER OF 20 YEARS, I CAN'T BELIEVE WHAT REPUBLICANS ARE DOING TO STUDENTS. THEY ELIMINATE THE STUDENT LOAN INTEREST DEDUCTION AND CHOOSE TO TAX GRADUATE STUDENTS ON MONEY THEY'VE NEVER EVEN RECEIVED BY TAXING THE TUITION ASSISTANCE THEY GET FOR WORKING FOR THEIR SCHOOLS. THIS BILL EVEN PINCHES STUDENTS WHEN THEY ARE IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BY TAXING TEACHERS WHO CLAIM A DEDUCTION FOR THE SCHOOL SUPPLIES THEY PAY FOR OUT OF THEIR OWN PAYCHECK. ONE TEACHER IN MY AREA EVEN PAYS FOR THE INK IN HER CLASSROOM PRINTER. THEY DIDN'T ASK TO BE REPAID, JUST TO BE ABLE TO DEDUCT THE EXPENSE. IF CORPORATIONS GET TO KEEP THIS DEDUCTION, WHY NOT OUR TEACHERS? AND THEN IF THAT'S NOT CRUEL ENOUGH, THEY ELIMINATE THE DEDUCTION FOR EXTRAORDINARY MEDICAL EXPENSES FOR THOSE WITH ALZHEIMER'S AND CANCER. AND THIS WEEK WE LEARN THAT REPUBLICANS PLAN TO PAY FOR THESE CORPORATE CUTS BY CAUSING 13 MILLION PEOPLE TO LOSE THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE, A MOVE THAT WILL INCREASE PREMIUMS BY 10% AND RESULT IN INDIVIDUALS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS NOT HAVE LIFE-SAVING AFFORDABLE COVERAGE. AND REPUBLICANS ELIMINATE THE STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION WHICH IS USED BY OVER SIX MILLION CALIFORNIA HOUSEHOLDS TO PREVENT THEIR HARD-EARNED DOLLARS FROM BEING TAXED TWICE. OF ALL THE STATES, CALIFORNIA WILL ACTUALLY FACE THE LARGEST NET TAX INCREASE FROM THIS BILL OF $12.1 BILLION IN 2027 ALONE. CALIFORNIA REPUBLICANS WHO VOTE FOR THIS BILL OUGHT TO BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES. AND THE VOTERS NEED TO HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE. 36 MILLION MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES WILL BE STUCK HOLDING THE BAG UNDER THIS PLAN. FOR WHAT? FOR TAX CUTS FOR CORPORATE INTERESTS. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE.

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            • 10:28:14 AM

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

            • 10:28:17 AM

              MR. BRADY

              TO ONE OF OUR KEY MEMBERS OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN…

              TO ONE OF OUR KEY MEMBERS OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. RENACCI.

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            • 10:28:22 AM

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

            • 10:28:25 AM

              MR. RENACCI

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1, THE TAX CUTS…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO THANK PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR MAKING THIS A PRIORITY, BUT I ESPECIALLY WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN BRADY FOR HIS TIRELESS EFFORTS AND LEADERSHIP IN BRINGING THIS LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR TODAY. THREE DECADES THERE WAS A 24-YEAR-OLD STARTING A BUSINESS IN OHIO. HE BORROWED MONEY AND STARTED HIRING PEOPLE. AS HE GREW HIS BUSINESS, HE DIDN'T TAKE A PAYCHECK AND KEPT HIRING HARDWORKING MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS. BUT THEN AS HE STARTED LOOKING OVER THINGS, HE COULDN'T HIRE ANY MORE BECAUSE OF A TREMENDOUS TAX BILL OWED TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THAT'S WHAT SMALL BUSINESS ENTREPRENEURS FACE IN TODAY'S TAX ENVIRONMENT. THAT 24-YEAR-OLD WAS ME. LUCKILY I WAS A CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT. I WAS ABLE TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO MAKE MY BUSINESS WORK AND GROW WITHOUT OUR SUFFOCATING TAX CODE -- OR THROUGH OUR SUFFOCATING TAX CODE. UNFORTUNATELY, MOST SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS DO NOT EXPERIENCE A TAX CODE COMPLEXITIES UNTIL THEY GET STARTED. THEY HAVE AN IDEA. THEY START THEIR IDEA. AND THEN THE GOVERNMENT STEPS IN. AND THEY'RE NOT C.P.A.'S. MY THREE CHILDREN WERE TO ASK ME TODAY IF THEY SHOULD RISK AND START A BUSINESS, I WOULD BE HESITANT TO PUSH THEM DOWN THAT PATH. WHICH IS WHY I SUPPORT H.R. 1 WHICH LOWERS THE TAX RATE FOR BUSINESSES AND GIVES HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS A BREAK. THIS BILL PUTS MORE MONEY IN THEIR POCKETS TO DO WITH IT WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO THEM, THOSE HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS, NOT LETTING THE GOVERNMENT TAKE IT AND WASTE IT. LOWERING THE INDIVIDUAL RATE WILL GIVE AMERICANS AN OPPORTUNITY TO CHOOSE WHERE THEY WANT TO SPEND THEIR MONEY INSTEAD OF BANKING ON A GOVERNMENT TO SPEND IT FOR THEM. ON THE BUSINESS SIDE, THE HARSH REALITY IS THAT AMERICA HAS BECOME AN UNCOMPETITIVE PLACE TO DO BUSINESS. WITH THE HIGHEST CORPORATE TAX RATE IN THE DEVELOPED WORLD, IT'S NO SURPRISE THAT BUSINESSES ARE RELOCATING TO COUNTRIES WITH BETTER BUSINESS CLIMATES. FORTUNATELY, BY BRINGING THE RATE DOWN TO 20%, WE CAN MAKE AMERICA ONE OF THE MOST COMPETITIVE COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD TO DO BUSINESS. IT'S HARD FOR U.S. COMPANIES TO COMPETE WITH COMPANIES IN CANADA WHERE THE FEDERAL TAX RATE IS 15%, IRELAND AT 12.5% OR EVEN THE U.K. WHICH WILL BE 17% BY 2020. BUSINESSES SET THEIR PRICES TO BE COMPETITIVE. THE U.S. HAS TO SET ITS BUSINESS RATES TO COMPETE AS WELL. THE HIGH CORPORATE TAX RATE IS NOT JUST A WALL STREET PROBLEM. IT'S A MAIN STREET PROBLEM. BUSINESS ENTITIES DO NOT PAY TAXES. PEOPLE DO. THE BURPPED OF THE CORPORATE TAX RATE -- THE BURDEN OF THE CORPORATE TAX RATE FALLS ON SHAREHOLDERS, CUSTOMERS AND EMPLOYEES. CORPORATIONS DO NOT PAY TAXES. WE DO. THIS BILL HELPS COMPANIES COMPETE AND HIRE MORE PEOPLE AND GIVE THEM A MORE COMPETITIVE WAGE. THIS BILL GIVES INDIVIDUALS MORE MONEY TO SPEND ON WHAT THEY WANT, NOT WHAT THE GOVERNMENT WANTS. . MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS HISTORIC REFORM SO MORE AMERICANS CAN CHOOSE WHERE THEIR MONEY I URGE PASSAGE OF H.R. 1 AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 10:31:38 AM

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

            • 10:31:40 AM

              MR. NEAL

              I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA.

            • 10:31:43 AM

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              THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

            • 10:31:46 AM

              MS. SEWELL

              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

            • 10:32:25 AM

              MS. SEWELL

              THESE ARE THE VERY SAME PEOPLE THIS PRESIDENT PROMISED TO BEN FIFMENT THIS…

              THESE ARE THE VERY SAME PEOPLE THIS PRESIDENT PROMISED TO BEN FIFMENT THIS IS WHAT THIS BILL DOES FOR CORPORATE AMERICA. IT DRAMATICALLY CUTS RATES FROM THE LARGEST COMPANIES IN THE WORLD. MOVING THE CORPORATE TAX RATE FROM 35% TO 20%. IT CREATES LOOPHOLES FOR WEALTHY INDIVIDUALS TO CHARACTERIZE THEIR WAGE INCOME AS SMALL BUSINESS INCOME. SO THEY CAN PAY LESS TAXES. IT REPEALS THE ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX WHICH CAPTURES THE TAX LIABILITIES FOR WEALTHY INDIVIDUALS. IN FACT, THE ONLY TAX RETURN THAT WE HAVE EVER SEEN OF MR. TRUMP WAS HIS 2005 TAX RETURN IN WHICH HE HAD TO PAY $38 MILLION. WHY? BECAUSE OF A.M.T. THIS TAX BILL WILL ALSO PERMANENTLY REPEAL THE ESTATE TAX WHICH ONLY AFFECTS 5,500 HOUSEHOLDS IN AMERICA. AND I CAN TELL YOU, MR. SPEAKER, NONE OF THOSE HOUSEHOLDS ARE IN MY DISTRICT. IN CONTRAST, HOW WILL THIS TAX BILL IMPACT THE MIDDLE CLASS? WELL, MR. SPEAKER, 36 MILLION MIDDLE CLASS HOUSEHOLDS WILL PAY MORE TAXES. ONE IN FOUR TAXPAYERS WILL PAY MORE TAXES. AND TO PAY FOR THESE CORPORATE TAX CUTS, THIS BILL WILL HURT WORKING FAMILIES. IT WILL ELIMINATE DEDUCTIONS ON INTEREST FOR STUDENT LOANS. IT WILL ELIMINATE MEDICAL EXPENSE DEDUCTIONS WHICH MANY, MANY HOUSEHOLDS USE TO PAY FOR LONG-TERM CARE NEEDS. IT WILL ELIMINATE THE LIFETIME LEARNING CREDIT. IT WILL ALSO DO AWAY WITH DEDUCTIONS FOR FAMILIES THAT PAY FOR DAYCARE AND AGING PARENTS. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS NOT COMPREHENSIVE TAX REFORM. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER.

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            • 10:34:00 AM

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              THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

            • 10:34:02 AM

              MS. SEWELL

              PLEASE REJECT THIS BILL.

            • 10:34:03 AM

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

            • 10:34:05 AM

              MR. BRADY

              I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. MESSER.

            • 10:34:08 AM

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

            • 10:34:11 AM

              MR. MESSER

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO CHAIRMAN BRADY FOR HIS LEADERSHIP.…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO CHAIRMAN BRADY FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. TODAY IS A HUGE VICTORY FOR WORKING AMERICANS. TODAY WE TAKE A GIANT STEP FORWARD TO DELIVER MORE JOBS, FAIRER TAXES, AND BIGGER PAYCHECKS FOR WORKING HOOSIERS. THIS BILL WILL DELIVER MORE JOBS, CREATE THOUSANDS OF JOBS IN INDIANA. AND IT WILL GIVE THE TYPICAL WORKING FAMILY A $1,500 TAX CUT. THE TRUMP TAX PLAN ALSO INCLUDES IN INDIANA. AND IT WILL GIVE THE TYPICAL AUTHORED TO STOP $4 BILLION TO $7 BILLION IN REFUNDABLE CHILD TAX CREDITS PAID OUT TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS EACH YEAR. THESE SAVINGS HELP EXPAND THE CHILD TAX CREDIT FOR WORKING AMERICAN FAMILIES BY $600 PER CHILD. HOOSIERS GET IT. NO ONE SHOULD GET A TAX INCENTIVE TO VIOLATE THE LAW. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS PLAN. IT WILL GIVE GIVE WORKING HOOSIERS A PAY RAISE. BRING BACK JOBS FROM OVERSEAS. AND GET OUR ECONOMY MOVING AGAIN. I ALSO URGE THE SENATE TO ACT AND KEEP THEIR PROMISE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 10:35:19 AM

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

            • 10:35:21 AM

              MR. NEAL

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO CONGRESSMAN LEWIS FOR A…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO CONGRESSMAN LEWIS FOR A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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            • 10:35:25 AM

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 10:35:27 AM

              MR. LEWIS

              MR. SPEAKER, I THANK MR. NEAL FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS…

              MR. SPEAKER, I THANK MR. NEAL FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT AN ARTICLE ABOUT THIS BILL IMPACT ON GRADUATE STUDENTS IN MY DISTRICT INTO THE RECORD. MR. SPEAKER, I FURTHER ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT LETTERS OF OPPOSITION FROM THE ACLU, BAPTIST JOINT COMMITTEE, AND AMERICANS UNITED FOR SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE, INTO THE RECORD.

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            • 10:36:00 AM

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              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

            • 10:36:01 AM

              MR. NEAL

              MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR.…

              MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. YARMUTH, WHO IS THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE AND ONE OF THE MOST KNOWLEDGEABLE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE.

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            • 10:36:07 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY IS RECOGNIZED. FOR HOW MUCH TIME?

            • 10:36:10 AM

              MR. NEAL

              TWO MINUTES.

            • 10:36:14 AM

              MR. YARMUTH

            • 10:36:17 AM

              THIS IS A HORROR SHOW DEBATE YARMUTH

              A HORROR SHOW TODAY. THIS IS A HORROR SHOW DEBATE YARMUTH: THANK YOU, AND…

              A HORROR SHOW TODAY. THIS IS A HORROR SHOW DEBATE YARMUTH: THANK YOU, AND PROCESS. BUT IT'S A DISASTER FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE BILL WE'RE DEBATING TODAY WILL ABANDON MILLIONS OF AMERICAN FAMILIES. IT SHOWERS THE WEALTHY AND CORPORATIONS WITH MASSIVE TAX CUTS AND ADDS $1.5 TRILLION TO OUR DEFICIT. THE TOP 1% GET THIS MASSIVE PAYOUT. IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF $500 BILLION. HARDWORKING FAMILIES GET POCKET CHANGE. BUT MILLIONS DON'T EVEN GET THAT. IN FACT, 36 MILLION MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES WILL PAY MORE IN TAXES BECAUSE OF THIS BILL. MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WILL BE TAKING MONEY OUT OF OUR POCKETS AND THESE POCK -- POCKETS OF THESE FAMILIES TO GIVE TAX CUTS TO THE RICH. IT DOESN'T STOP THERE. IT NEVER DOES. BECAUSE THIS IS PART OF A DANGEROUS THREE STEP PROCESS THAT WE HAVE SEEN, UNFORTUNATELY, FAR TOO OFTEN. FIRST STEP, REPUBLICANS IN MASSIVE TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH GLAME CLAIMING THEY'LL GENERATE ENOUGH GROWTH TO PAY FOR THEMSELVES. I KNOW THE -- MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES DESPERATELY WANT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO BELIEVE. THIS IS WHAT WILL HAPPEN. THE RECORD IS CLEAR IT FAILED IN THE 80'S. IT FAILED IN THE 2000S. IT WAS AN EPIC FAILURE IN KANSAS. THIS IS ABOUT POLITICS NOT REALITY FOR THEM. WHICH BRINGS US TO STEP TWO. ONCE THESE CUTS FAILED TO PRODUCE THE GROWTH THAT THEY PROMISE, REPUBLICANS WILL SHRIEK ABOUT THE IMPENDING DOOM OF HIGH DEFICITS AND DEBT. THEY'LL QUICKLY MOVE TO STEP THREE. DEMANDING CUTS IN VITAL PROGRAMS THAT BENEFIT WORKING FAMILIES THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTRY. WE HAVE SEEN THIS ACT BEFORE. AS I SAID BEFORE, IT IS A HORROR SHOW. THERE IS A REASON WHY A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE LOOKING AT THIS AND SAYING, THIS IS THE GREAT TAX SCAM OF 2017. BECAUSE IT IS THE TAX SCAM OF 2017. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 10:38:07 AM

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

            • 10:38:09 AM

              MR. BRADY

              MR. SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO ONE OF THE KEY LEADERS…

              MR. SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO ONE OF THE KEY LEADERS OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE,

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            • 10:38:20 AM

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

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MR. SPEAKER, I AM MINUTES.

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            • 10:38:23 AM

              MR. RICE

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE AMERICAN DREAM, IT'S WHAT SEPARATES US FROM…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE AMERICAN DREAM, IT'S WHAT SEPARATES US FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD. IT PROMISE THAT IS WITH HARD WORK AND DETERMINATION -- IT PROMISES THAT WITH HARD WORK AND DETERMINATION YOU CAN IMPROVE YOUR STATION IN LIFE AND YOUR CHILDREN HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR A BERT LIFE THAN YOURS. FOR MANY IN THE GENERATION COMING OF AGE IN THE LAST DECADE, THE AMERICAN DREAM HAS BEEN A LITTLE TARNISHED AND JUST OUT OF REACH. THE LAST TIME WE DID TAX REFORM WAS 30 YEARS AGO. AT THAT TIME WE WERE THE WORLD'S UNCONTESTED ECONOMIC LEADER. OUR ECONOMIC SYSTEM AND TAX CODE WERE COMPETITIVE, BUT FOR DECADES WE SAT BY AS THE WORLD PASSED US BY. IN 1990, THE MIDDLE CLASS WAS ABOUT 50% OF AMERICAN FAMILIES. TODAY ONLY 40%. AND TODAY THE MIDDLE CLASS MAKES JUST ABOUT THE SAME TAKE-HOME PAY AS IT DID IN 1990. WHEN WE ALL WORRY ABOUT INCOME DISPARITY AND THE GULF BETWEEN THE RICH AND POOR IN THIS COUNTRY, THIS IS THE SOURCE OF THE PROBLEM. THE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS IS SMALLER AND HAS NOT HAD A RAISE IN 30 YEARS. HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN? IT HAS EVERYTHING TO DO WITH A AND HAS NOT BLOATED, OVERREGULATING AND OVERTAXING FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. A GOVERNMENT THAT SUCKS THE LIFE OUT OF THE ECONOMY AND FORCES OUR COMPANIES, INNOVATORS, AND JOB CREATORS OUT OF OUR COUNTRY TO SURVIVE. SOME FOLKS SAY IT DOESN'T MATTER THAT WE HAVE THE HIGHEST BUSINESS TAX RATE IN THE WORLD. THAT'S NOT WHY OUR COMPANIES LEFT. THEY SAY THOSE JOBS AREN'T COMING BACK. WELL, I SAY THE OUTDATED TAX CODE IS AN ANCHOR AROUND THE NECK OF OUR BUSINESSES, OUR INNOVATORS, AND THE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS. I SAY THE AMERICAN WORKER CAN COMPETE WITH ANYONE ON A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD. IF WE JUST GET GOVERNMENT OFF THEIR BACK. SINCE JANUARY WE HAVE BEEN WORKING TO CORRECT THAT. WE MADE DRAMATIC STEPS IN REDUCING REGULATION. YOU CAN ALREADY SEE THE ECONOMIC LIFT. TODAY WE UNDERTAKE A TAX CUT WHICH WILL RESTORE ECONOMIC GROWTH, PUT MORE TAKE-HOME PAY IN THE POCKETS OF HARDWORKING AMERICANS, AND RESTORE OPPORTUNITY FOR A GENERATION OF AMERICANS. IT WILL BRING AMERICAN JOBS BACK. IT WILL GROW OUR MIDDLE CLASS. AND FINALLY, AFTER 30 YEARS OUR MIDDLE CLASS WILL GET THE PAY RAISE IT DESERVES. IF YOU REALLY WISH TO GROW OUR ECONOMY, YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR THIS BILL. IF YOU REALLY WISH TO GIVE THE MIDDLE CLASS A PAY RAISE, YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR THIS BILL. IF YOU REALLY WISH TO REDUCE INCOME DISPARITY, YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR THIS BILL. IF YOU REALLY WISH TO GIVE HOPE TO AMERICANS WHO HAVE GIVEN UP AND LEFT THE WORK FORCE AND REDUCED CRIME AND ADDICTION IN THIS CONTRY, YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR THIS BILL. IF YOU WANT AMERICA TO HAVE THE ECONOMIC STRENGTH TO REMAIN A FORCE OF PEACE AND STABILITY IN THE WORLD, YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR THIS BILL. AND FINALLY, IF YOU TRULY BELIEVE WHAT THOMAS JEFFERSON SAID 240 YEARS AGO THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL AND THAT THEY ARE ENTITLED TO PURSUE THEIR OWN HAPPINESS, YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 10:41:33 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE CHAIR WOULD ADVISE BOTH SIDES OF THE TIME REMAINING IN DEBATE. 26-S…

              THE CHAIR WOULD ADVISE BOTH SIDES OF THE TIME REMAINING IN DEBATE. 26-S 3/4 FOR THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. AND 25-S 1/4 FOR THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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            • 10:41:44 AM

              MR. NEAL

              WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO,…

              WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO, MR. LUJAN.

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            • 10:41:55 AM

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

            • 10:41:58 AM

              MR. LUJAN

              THIS BILL PUT FORWARD BY CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS ISN'T A TAX PLAN, IT'S…

              THIS BILL PUT FORWARD BY CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS ISN'T A TAX PLAN, IT'S A TAX SCAM. REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO BORROW MONEY ON THE BACKS OF WORKING FAMILIES TO GIVE A TAX CUT TO CORPORATIONS AND THE TOP 1%. THIS WILL INCREASE TAXES ON THE MIDDLE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO, MR. CLASS. THIS WILL ADD TO OUR NATION'S DEBT AND PASS THE BILL TO OUR CHILDREN. THIS REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM HURTS SENIORS AND FAMILIES WITH LONG-TERM MEDICAL NEEDS BY ELIMINATING THE MEDICAL EXPENSE DEDUCTION. THE NINE MILLION AMERICANS AND NEARLY 120,000 PEOPLE IN MY HOME STATE OF NEW MEXICO DEPEND UPON, DESTROYING THE MEDICAL EXPENSE DEDUCTION DELIVERS A STAGGERING BLOW TO NEW MEXICO FAMILIES. LISTEN TO THIS STORY SENT TO ME BY LISA, A CONSTITUENT FROM NORTHERN NEW MEXICO. MY HUSBAND AND I ARE LIFELONG NATIVE NEW MEXICANS WHO GREW UP HERE, WENT TO COLLEGE HERE, AND OPENED AND OPERATED OUR TWO BUSINESSES IN OUR HOME STATE. WE'RE THE PROUD PARENTS OF TWO WONDERFUL CHILDREN. NEW MEXICO IS OUR HOME AND WE'RE PROUD TO LIVE HERE, CONTRIBUTE TO OUR STATES' ECONOMY AND REALIZE OUR COMMERCIAL OF THE AMERICAN DREAM. LIKE MOST FAMILIES TODAY, LIFE ISN'T ALWAYS EASY. THE KIDS AND I HAVE MEDICALLY COMPLEX CONDITIONS WHICH REQUIRE EXPENSIVE MEDICATIONS AND MY HUSBAND AND I STRUGGLE WITH STUDENT LOAN DEBT. HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION COSTS. MAKING A GOOD LIFE FOR OUR FAMILY. WE INCUR $5,000 TO $7,000 IN OUT OF POCKET MEDICAL COSTS EACH YEAR. WITHOUT THE MEDICAL EXPENSE DEDUCTIONS I'M NOT SURE WE COULD CONTINUE TO MEET THE DEMANDS OF RAISING HEALTHY, HAPPY CHILDREN WHILE KEEPING OUR BUSINESSES GOING AND GROWING. FOR US THIS DEDUCTION IS A LIFE LINE AND THE THOUGHT OF LOSING THAT LIFE LINE MEANS WE COULD DROWN IN DEBT. THAT'S NOT THE AMERICAN DREAM. THAT'S A NIGHTMARE. THIS IS REAL AND THIS IS PERSONAL TO PEOPLE ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. LET'S VOTE THIS BILL DOWN TODAY AND COME BACK. WORK IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION. WORK WITH OUR RANKING MEMBER. AND COME UP WITH REAL TAX REFORM THAT PUTS AMERICAN WORKING FAMILIES FIRST, MR. SPEAKER. LET'S DO THE RIGHT THING TODAY AND PUT HARDWORKING FAMILIES FIRST WITH OUR DECISION TODAY

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            • 10:44:02 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

            • 10:44:04 AM

              MR. BRADY

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED YOO-TO-YIELD THREE MINUTES TO A KEY LEADER OF THE…

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED YOO-TO-YIELD THREE MINUTES TO A KEY LEADER OF THE TAX POLICY SUBCOMMITTEE, A FELLOW TEXAN.

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            • 10:44:11 AM

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

            • 10:44:14 AM

              >>

              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. IT'S…

              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. IT'S AN HONOR FOR ME TO SERVE ON THE COMMITTEE.

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            • 10:44:23 AM

              MR. NEUGEBAUER

              I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. THIS IS A…

              I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. THIS IS A HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY TO REJECT THE STATUS QUO AND PROVIDE REAL TAX RELIEF TO FAMILIES, INDIVIDUALS, AND BUSINESSES IN MY DISTRICT. AMERICA'S TAX CODE IS BROKEN. IT IS UNCOMPETITIVE FOR AMERICAN COMPANIES AND IT'S UNFAIR TO AMERICAN WORKERS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE A TAX CODE THAT WORKS FOR THEM. NOT ONE THAT WORKS FOR SPECIAL INTERESTS IN WASHINGTON. THEY DESERVE A TAX CODE THAT REWARDS THEIR LIFETIME OF HARD WORK NOT ONE THAT SQUEEZES AND DEPLETES THEIR SAVINGS. AND THEY DESERVE A TAX CODE THAT PRIORITIZES THEIR GOALS NOT PENALIZES THEIR SUCCESS. THE TAX CUTS IN JOBS ACT CREATES A TAX CODE THAT IS FOCUSED ON GROWTH, FAIRNESS, AND A BOOMING ECONOMY FOR EVERYONE. REFORMS IN THIS BILL LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD FOR SMALL BUSINESSES IN MY DISTRICT IN NORTH TEXAS AROUND THE D.F.W. AIRPORT. GIVING THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO GROW AND HIRE MORE PEOPLE AND SPEND MORE MONEY IN OUR ECONOMY. AND ALLOW THE HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS THAT I REPRESENT TO KEEP MORE OF THEIR PAYCHECK AND INCREASE THEIR FAMILY'S BUDGET. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR ALLOWING ME TO REPRESENT THE VIEWS OF MY CONSTITUENTS THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS OF THE COMMITTEE WORK. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS VERY HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY AND VOTE IN FAVOR OF THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. I YIELD MY TIME BACK.

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            • 10:46:16 AM

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

            • 10:46:18 AM

              MR. NEAL

              THREE MINUTES TO A VERY THOUGHTFUL MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE,…

              THREE MINUTES TO A VERY THOUGHTFUL MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, MS. SANCHEZ, FOR THREE MINUTES. . MS.

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            • 10:46:24 AM

              . MS. SANCHEZ

              I RISE IN OPPOSITION OF H.R. 1, THE G.O.P. TAX SCAM. IT -- MASSIVE…

              I RISE IN OPPOSITION OF H.R. 1, THE G.O.P. TAX SCAM. IT -- MASSIVE CORPORATE TAX GROWTH DO NOT GUARANTEE JOB GROWTH OR HIGHER WAGES. THE ONLY THING GUARANTEED IS THE $2.3 TRILLION THIS SCAM YAZZ TO THE DEFICIT. DEMOCRATS ARE SERIOUS ABOUT PASSING COMPREHENSIVE TAX REFORM THAT'S FAIR AND PUTS A LITTLE MORE MONEY IN THE POCKETS OF WORKING AMERICANS. THIS FIASCO OF A BILL IS NOT FAIR. CORPORATIONS GET A MASSIVE 15% TAX CUT, BUT WHAT DO WORKING FAMILIES GET? THEY GET NICKELED AND DIMED. DESPITE STUDENT LOAN DEBT SURPASSING $1 TRILLION, THIS BILL ELIMINATES THE STUDENT LOAN INTEREST DEDUCTION WHICH ONLY ALLOWS THOSE EARNING $80,000 OR LESS TO CLAIM IT IN THE FIRST PLACE. SQUARELY HURTING MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS WHO ARE TRYING TO PAY OFF DEBT, SAVE FOR A HOME OR BUY A NEW CAR. TEACHERS WILL NO LONG ARE BE ABLE TO DEDUCT EXPENSE -- LONGER BE ABLE TO DEDUCT EXPENSES THAT THEY PURCHASE WITH THEIR OWN MONEY FOR THEIR CLASSROOMS. YET, CORPORATIONS ARE ABLE TO DEDUCT THE SAME SUPPLIES THAT THEY PURCHASE. SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC ILLNESSES WOULD NO LONGER BE ABLE TO DEDUCT SOME OF THE COST OF THEIR TREATMENT. AND AT A TIME WHEN MANY FAMILIES ARE FEELING THE PRESSURES OF AFFORDING CARE FOR THEIR CHILDREN AND THEIR AGING PARENTS, THIS MONEY -- THIS BILL TAKES MONEY RIGHT OUT OF THEIR POCKETS. UNDER THIS BILL, 29 MILLION HOUSEHOLDS WOULD LOSE THE PROPERTY TAX DEDUCTION. 80% OF MIDDLE-CLASS HOMEOWNERS WOULD LOSE, COMPARED WITH JUST 13% OF HIGH-INCOME EARNERS. DOES THAT SOUND FAIR? FINALLY, THE ELIMINATION OF THE STATE AND LOCAL INCOME TAX DEDUCTION DISPROPORTIONATELY IMPACTS MIDDLE-INCOME FAMILIES, ESPECIALLY THOSE IN CALIFORNIA, WHOSE RESIDENTS WOULD SEE AN OVERALL TAX INCREASE OF $12.1 BILLION. THE TAX CODE IS A REFLECTION OF OUR VALUES. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE CLEARLY CHOSEN WHO THEY SERVE -- THE WEALTHY AND CORPORATIONS -- BUT I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THE 36 MILLION AMERICANS WHO WILL SEE A TAX INCREASE, TEACHERS AND THEIR STUDENTS AND PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. MY COLLEAGUES, I URGE YOU TO VOTE NO ON THIS DISASTER OF A BILL, AND, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD TWO LETTERS, ONE BY SCIU, AND ONE BY THE AFL-CIO, BOTH IN OPPOSITION OF THIS BILL.

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            • 10:49:01 AM

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              WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

            • 10:49:02 AM

              MR. BRADY

              I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA…

              I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA AND OUR CHIEF DEPUTY WHIP, MR. MCHENRY.

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            • 10:49:08 AM

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

            • 10:49:13 AM

              MR. MCHENRY

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIR OF THE WAYS AND MEANS…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIR OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE FOR HIS HARD WORK AND HIS EFFORT, HIS STAFF'S EFFORT AND COMMITTEE EFFORT. THE TAX CUT AND JOBS ACT IS A VITALLY IMPORTANT BILL. THIS WILL HELP ALL AMERICANS' LIVES FOR THE BETTER. THE NAME FITS FOR THIS BILL AS WELL. IT TRULY IS A TAX CUT FOR AMERICAN WORKING FAMILIES AND IT CREATES GOOD-PAYING JOBS. THE BILL IS THE RESULT OF OVER THREE YEARS OF HARD WORK HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. IT'S BEEN CLEAR FOR YEARS THAT OUR TAX CODE IS BROKEN. WE ALL AGREE ON THAT. BUT SIMPLY PUT, IT DOES NOT WORK FOR THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND WHAT WE DO IS SIMPLIFY THE TAX CODE. MORE AMERICANS WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE A STANDARD DEDUCTION, FILE ON A POSTCARD THEIR TAX RETURN. SIMPLIFIES THE PROCESS. IMPORTANTLY, IT MAKES US MORE COMPETITIVE INTERNATIONALLY SO WE DON'T LOSE JOBS TO OVERSEAS COMPANIES. THAT MAKES US STRONG AS A NATION. AND AT THE SAME TIME IT HELPS SMALL BUSINESSES COMPETE WITH THOSE LARGE BUSINESSES, WITH THOSE GLOBAL BUSINESSES AND MAKE SURE OUR MAIN STREETS ARE STRONG IN AMERICA. THIS IS A VERY GOOD BILL. IT IS A VERY GOOD BILL, WELL-CONTEMPLATED, AND WILL HAVE A GREAT IMPACT ON WORKING FAMILIES. THE BILL HELPS FAMILIES IN MY DISTRICT, IN PARTICULAR. THE TAX FOUNDATION SAYS THAT AVERAGE MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES IN MY DISTRICT IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA ARE GOING TO SEE A $2,400 INCREASE IN THEIR TAX-HOME PAY. THAT'S REAL MONEY FOR WORKING AMERICANS. IT'S REAL MONEY FOR NORTH CAROLINAIANS AS WELL. THE BILL ALSO HELPS SMALL BUSINESSES BY REDUCING THEIR TAX RATES AND ALLOWING THEM TO CREATE MORE GOOD-PAYING JOBS. WE NEED THAT. SMALL BUSINESSES ARE THE LIFEBLOOD OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA'S COMMUNITIES. WE NEED THEM STRENGTHENED. THE SAME TAX FOUNDATION STUDY ESTIMATES THAT THIS BILL WILL CREATE NEARLY A MILLION NEW JOBS NATIONWIDE, INCLUDING MORE THAN 30,000 IN NORTH CAROLINA ALONE. NOW, THERE'S A GREAT DEBATE IN THIS BODY ABOUT THE APPROACH WE TOOK ON THIS BILL. THERE'S A FUNDAMENTAL DISAGREEMENT BETWEEN THE TWO PARTIES HERE. MY COLLEAGUES ON THE LEFT WANT MORE POWER, MORE EXPENDITURES FROM GOVERNMENT AND WANT TO TAKE MORE FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN ORDER TO PAY FOR THAT. WE BELIEVE ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT AMERICAN FAMILIES SHOULD BE ABLE TO KEEP MORE OF WHAT THEY EARN, MAKE MORE DECISIONS FOR THEMSELVES, EMPOWER COMMUNITIES, EMPOWER SMALL BUSINESSES AND MAKE US MORE COMPETITIVE AND MAKE US STRONGER. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THIS BILL, TO SEND A STRONG MESSAGE THAT WE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAVE A STRONG TAX PACKAGE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO GETTING THIS BILL SIGNED INTO LAW BEFORE CHRISTMAS. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 10:52:06 AM

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

            • 10:52:08 AM

              MR. NEAL

              MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO MANAGE THE BILL TO…

              MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO MANAGE THE BILL TO MR. LARSON.

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            • 10:52:15 AM

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              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT WILL CONTROL THE BALANCE…

              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT WILL CONTROL THE BALANCE OF THE TIME WHICH IS 20 3/4 MINUTES.

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            • 10:52:20 AM

              MR. LARSON

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE CHAIRMAN OF…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS, GREAT LEADER ON THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE , THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK,

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            • 10:52:31 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              FOR HOW MUCH TIME?

            • 10:52:32 AM

              MR. LARSON

              FOR THREE MINUTES.

            • 10:52:34 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

            • 10:52:36 AM

              MR. CROWLEY

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. THANK YOU FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. I…

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. THANK YOU FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. I HAVE TO GIVE IT TO SPEAKER RYAN AND TO PRESIDENT TRUMP AND ALL OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES. I GIVE THEM THEIR DUE. ANNOUNCED EARLIER THIS YEAR THEY WOULD CUT TAXES FOR CORPORATE SPECIAL INTERESTS. AND TODAY THEY'RE FOLLOWING THROUGH ON THAT PROMISE. THE PROBLEM IS IN ORDER TO DO IT THEY ARE RAISING TAXES ON MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES. AND DON'T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT. LISTEN TO THEM. REPUBLICANS STARTED THIS PROCESS BY SAYING EVERY AMERICAN, EVERYONE IN AMERICA WILL GET A TAX CUT. NOW THEY'RE SAYING ON AVERAGE PEOPLE WILL GET A TAX CUT. AND EVEN THAT ISN'T CORRECT. IT IS TIME TO BE HONEST WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WHAT WE HAVE BEFORE US TODAY ISN'T A BILL. IT IS A SCAM. A SCAM THAT WILL HURT HOMEOWNERS IN IRVINE, CALIFORNIA, IN MRS. WALTERS' DISTRICT. THAT WILL HURT LANCASTER, NEW YORK, IN CHRIS COLLINS' DISTRICT. IT WILL HURT TOM MCARTHURARY DISTRICT. AND HURT AMERICANS IN PETE ROSKAM'S DISTRICT. AND WILL HURT MIDDLE-CLASS DISTRICTS IN OUR COUNTRY, 36 MILLION PEOPLE TO BE EXPECT. IN INSIDE DISTRICT, QUARTER OF ALL WHOM OWNERS WILL LOSE THE ABILITY TO DEDUCT THEIR TAXES. CORPORATE SPECIAL INTERESTS, THEY CAN STILL DEDUCT THEIR TAXES UNDER THE G.O.P. PLAN. 20,000 STUDENTS IN QUEENS AND THE BRONX IN MY DISTRICT WILL LOSE ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAYS TO PAY DOWN THEIR STUDENT LOAN DEBT. THAT'S RIGHT, REPUBLICANS ARE ELIMINATING THE ABILITY TO DEDUCT THE INTEREST ON STUDENT LOAN PAYMENTS. THIS SCAM ELIMINATES THE ASSISTANCE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES TO HIRE VETERANS HERE AT HOME. BUT IT CONTINUES THE TAX BREAKS TO SHIP AMERICAN JOBS OVERSEAS AND, YES, YOU HEARD THAT CORRECTLY. REPUBLICANS AND PRESIDENT TRUMP ARE DOLING OUT TAX BREAKS FOR COMPANIES TO MOVE OVERSEAS BUT WILL TAKE AWAY BENEFITS TO HIRE AMERICAN VETERANS RIGHT HERE AT HOME. THESE AREN'T THE VALUES OF MY CONSTITUENTS. BUT APPARENTLY THEY'RE THE VALUES OF SPEAKER RYAN, PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE ENTIRE CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICAN CAUCUS. SO HOW DID WE END UP HERE? IT'S BECAUSE THE REPUBLICANS SAT DOWN TO WRITE THIS BILL, THEY DIDN'T HAVE THE AVERAGE AMERICAN IN MIND. THEY HAD THEIR WEALTHY DONORS AND CORPORATE FRIENDS IN MIND. REPUBLICANS STARTED TAX REFORM WITH THIS QUESTION -- HOW DO WE GET THE CORPORATE RATE DOWN? DEMOCRATS WOULD HAVE STARTED WITH THE QUESTION -- HOW DO WE RAISE UP THE MIDDLE CLASS? REPUBLICANS WROTE A BILL, A TAX SCAM THAT BENEFITS PEOPLE WHO OWN SECOND AND THIRD HOMES BUT LEFT BEHIND AVERAGE AMERICAN HOMEOWNERS. THEY LEFT BEHIND TEACHERS TO USE THEIR OWN MONEY TO BUY SCHOOL SUPPLIES. THEY LEFT AVERAGE AMERICANS BEHIND BECAUSE THEY NEVER HAD YOU IN MIND TO BEGIN WITH. SO ON BEHALF OF HARDWORKING PEOPLE --

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            • 10:55:50 AM

              MR. LARSON

              I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL 15 SECONDS.

            • 10:55:53 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 15 SECONDS.

            • 10:55:56 AM

              MR. CROWLEY

              ON BEHALF OF HARDWORKING AMERICANS THROUGHOUT THIS COUNTRY, I SAY VOTE NO…

              ON BEHALF OF HARDWORKING AMERICANS THROUGHOUT THIS COUNTRY, I SAY VOTE NO ON H.R. 1. VOTE NO ON H.R. 1%. YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 10:56:07 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

            • 10:56:09 AM

              MR. BRADY

              I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN…

              I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR.ESTESS. -- MR. ESTES.

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            • 10:56:14 AM

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

            • 10:56:17 AM

              MR. ESTES

              THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN BRADY, FOR YOUR EFFORT ON GETTING THIS TAX REFORM…

              THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN BRADY, FOR YOUR EFFORT ON GETTING THIS TAX REFORM DONE. OUR UNCOMPETITIVE TAX CODE HAS LED TO SLOW ECONOMIC GROWTH IN THE PAST DECADE IN AMERICA. TODAY WE ARE TAKING AN IMPORTANT STEP TO DO THAT. THIS BILL WILL HELP FOSTER ECONOMIC GROWTH. FOR MORE THAN THREE DECADES, FAMILIES HAVE PAID A GROWING COST FOR OUR COUNTRY'S INCREASINGLY COMPLEX AND BURDENSOME TAX CODE THAT'S CHALKED FULL OF SPECIAL INTEREST LOOPHOLES. THIS ISN'T FAIR. THE TAX CUT AND JOBS ACT WILL SIMPLIFY THE PROCESS OF FILING TAXES BY DOUBLING THE SIZE OF STANDARD DEDUCTION AND REMOVE THE NEED FOR MILLIONS TO ITEMIZE THEIR DEDUCTIONS AND WILL PROVIDE RELIEF TO MIDDLE-INCOME WORKING FAMILIES. THIS BILL ALSO INCLUDES MANY TAX REFORMS FOR BUSINESSES IN ORDER TO SPUR ECONOMIC GROWTH. THE BILL MAKES IT EASIER FOR ENTREPRENEURS TO START BUSINESSES AND TO BRING DOWN THE CORPORATE TAX RATE FROM 35% TO 20%, TO BE IN LINE WITH OUR COMPETITORS AROUND THE WORLD. THIS WILL HELP SPUR ECONOMIC GROWTH BY ENCOURAGING BUSINESSES TO MOVE THEIR CAPITAL AND JOBS BACK TO THE UNITED STATES. AND WILL HELP LOWER PRICES FOR AMERICANS WHO ARE THE ONES WHO ULTIMATELY PAY FOR HIGH CORPORATE TAXES THROUGH HIGHER PRICES. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 10:57:28 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT.

            • 10:57:30 AM

              MR. LARSON

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

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. NOW I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, THE SON OF A PREACHER MAN AND WHO ALWAYS SPEAKS TRUTH TO POWER, JIM CLYBURN.

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            • 10:57:42 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              FOR WHAT AMOUNT OF TIME?

            • 10:57:44 AM

              MR. LARSON

              THREE MINUTES.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

            • 10:57:49 AM

              MR. CLYBURN

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. LARSON, FOR YIELDING…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. LARSON, FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. MR. SPEAKER, THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY IS A WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING. REPUBLICANS CAN DREAM, DRESS IT UP AND CALL IT GOOD NAMES. THAT WILL NOT CHANGE THE FACT THAT H.R. 1 IS A SCAM THAT WILL BE PERPETRATED ON AMERICA'S MIDDLE-INCOME FAMILIES. THIS BILL WILL MAKE IT HARDER TO OWN A HOME, RAISE A FAMILY AND AFFORD A POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION. IT SHOULD COME TO NO SURPRISE THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WANTED TO CALL THE BILL, QUOTE-UNQUOTE, CUT, CUT, CUT. THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN APROPOS. THE FIRST CUT IS FOR HIM AND HIS FAMILY. THE SECOND CUT IS FOR THE WEALTHY -- HIS WEALTHY FRIENDS. AND THE THIRD CUT IS FOR LARGE CORPORATIONS AND BUSINESSES THAT SHIP JOBS OVERSEAS. H.R. 1 CERTAINLY DOES NOT CUT TAXES FOR MIDDLE-INCOME FAMILIES OR SMALL BUSINESSES. IN FACT, IT DOES JUST THE OPPOSITE. H.R. 1, MILLIONS OF MIDDLE-INCOME FAMILIES WILL PAY MORE. 500,000 OF WHOM LIVE IN SOUTH CAROLINA. MIDDLE-INCOME FAMILIES AND FIRST-TIME HOMEOWNERS WHO UTILIZE MORTGAGE INTEREST DEDUCTIONS WILL PAY MORE BECAUSE THE G.O.P. SCAM LOWERS THE CAP, MAKING HOMEOWNERSHIP MORE EXPENSIVE AND DRIVING DOWN PROPERTY TAXES FOR CURRENT HOMEOWNERS. MIDDLE-INCOME FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN IN COLLEGE OR RECENT GRADUATES WILL PAY MORE BECAUSE THE G.O.P. SCAM ELIMINATES DEDUCTIONS FOR INTEREST ON STUDENT LOANS. THIS INCLUDES 12 MILLION AMERICAN FAMILIES, 156,000 OF WHOM ARE SOUTH CAROLINIANS. MIDDLE-INCOME FAMILIES STRUGGLING TO PAY COSTLY MEDICAL BILLS WILL PAY MORE BECAUSE THE G.O.P. SCAM SHAMEFULLY ELIMINATES THAT DEDUCTIBILITY. THIS INCLUDES NINE MILLION AMERICAN FAMILIES AND NEARLY 100,000 -- 140,000 LIVE IN SOUTH CAROLINA. MIDDLE-INCOME FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN IN DAYCARE, NURSERIES OR AGING PARENTS WILL PAY MORE BECAUSE THE G.O.P. SCAM ELIMINATES THE DEDUCTIONS FOR DEPENDENT CARE ASSISTANCE. MIDDLE-INCOME SCHOOL TEACHERS WILL PAY MORE BECAUSE THE G.O.P. SCAM ELIMINATES THEIR ABILITY TO DEDUCT THE COST OF THE SUPPLIES THEY PURCHASE FOR THEIR CLASSROOMS. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 1 IS AN ATTACK ON MIDDLE-INCOME FAMILIES. IT WILL SUBJECT THE GOOD PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY TO A SECOND GRADE RECESSION AND RAISE TAXES ON 36 MILLION MIDDLE-INCOME HOUSEHOLDS. ACCORDING TO THE NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, THIS G.O.P. TAX SCAM WILL ADD $1.5 TRILLION TO THE DEFICIT OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS AND TRIGGER MASSIVE FUNDING CUTS ACROSS THE GOVERNMENT NEXT YEAR. . I YIELD BACK.

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            • 11:01:06 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

            • 11:01:07 AM

              MR. BRADY

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, DR.…

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, DR. HARRIS.

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            • 11:01:13 AM

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

            • 11:01:15 AM

              MR. HARRIS

              WILL ALL BE HELPED BY THIS LEGISLATION. I YIELD TO THE CHAIRMAN.

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              MR. BRADY

              I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND FROM MARYLAND FOR YIELDING. INTENT OF OUR TAX…

              I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND FROM MARYLAND FOR YIELDING. INTENT OF OUR TAX REFORM BILL IS TO ACHIEVE TAX RELIEF FOR INDIVIDUALS AT EVERY INCOME LEVEL AND EVERY STATE. I AGREE WITH THE GENTLEMAN THERE ARE STILL SOME AREAS WHERE WE WILL AND CAN MAKE IMPROVEMENT. THE GENTLEMAN IS WILLING TO HELP US CONTINUE TO MOVE THIS PROCESS FORWARD TODAY, I'M HAPPY TO COMMIT TO WORKING WITH YOU TO ENSURE WE REACH A POSITIVE OUTCOME FOR YOUR CONSTITUENTS TO RECONCILE OUR DIFFERENCE WAS THE SENATE. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 11:02:39 AM

              MR. HARRIS

              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND THANK YOU FOR AGREEING TO WORK WITH ME ON…

              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND THANK YOU FOR AGREEING TO WORK WITH ME ON THIS AS WE MOVE FORWARD. AND I URGE

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            • 11:02:43 AM

              MR. HARRIS

              THANK MY-DIRBLE' BE VOTING FOR THIS BILL TODAY AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO…

              THANK MY-DIRBLE' BE VOTING FOR THIS BILL TODAY AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THIS BILL TO INCREASE AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 11:02:48 AM

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT.

            • 11:02:52 AM

              MR. LARSON

              I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE LEAD DEMOCRAT ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE,…

              I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE LEAD DEMOCRAT ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, WHO UNDERSTANDS THE IMPACT OF DOUBLE TAXATION FROM A DONOR STATE, ELIOT ENGEL.

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            • 11:03:04 AM

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            • 11:03:06 AM

              MR. ENGEL

              THANK YOU. SOMEONE NEAR AND DEAR TO ME ONCE SAID THAT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY…

              THANK YOU. SOMEONE NEAR AND DEAR TO ME ONCE SAID THAT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS THE PARTY OF RICH MEN AND WOMEN AND THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS THE PARTY OF WORKING MEN AND WOMEN. NOTHING PROVES THAT MORE THAN THIS TAX SCAM TODAY. I HAVE BEEN AROUND HERE A LONG TIME. OF ALL THE BILLS I HAVE SEEN THIS IS ONE OF THE WORST BILLS I HAVE EVER SEEN ON THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE. IT'S ACTUALLY A DISASTER. IT RAISES TAXES ON THE MIDDLE CLASS. ON MILLIONS OF FAMILIES ACROSS AMERICA. IT ADDS TRILLIONS TO THE ALL THE BILLS I HAVE SEEN THIS IS ONE OF THE WORST BILLS I HAVE EVER SEEN ON THE FLOOR OF DEBT TO GIVE TAX CUTS TO AMERICA'S WEALTHY FAMILIES AND CORPORATIONS WHILE STRIPPING CREDITS AND DEDUCTION FROM MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY? THIS BUDGET RANSACKS MEDICARE AND MEDICAID OF $1.5 TRILLION AND THE G.O.P. WILL USE THE NEW DEFICITS TO JUSTIFY FURTHER DEVASTATING MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. AND FINALLY, IT'S A TERRIBLE DISASTER FOR MY NEW YORK CONSTITUENTS WHO ALREADY PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE OF TAXES. NEW YORK IS A DONOR STATE. KEY DEDUCTIONS TO PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE OF TAXES. NEW YORK IS A DONOR STATE. MEANING THAT WE PAY MORE TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAN WHAT WE GET IN RETURN. THIS WILL REDUCE OR ELIMINATE JUST CURBING OR ELIMINATING THE DEDUCTIBILITY OF STATE AND LOCAL TAX, MORTGAGE INTEREST DEDUCTIONS, COLLEGE DEBTS, STUDENT LOANS, FOR A HIGH TAX STATE. THIS IS A DISASTER. SCRAP DISASTER. SCRAP THIS DISASTER. GO BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD AND WRITE A BILL WHICH IS FAIR TO THE TAXPAYERS.

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            • 11:04:31 AM

              TEMPORE GENTLEMAN

              GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. MR. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES HIS TIME MUCH THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES HIS TIME MUCH THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT.

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            • 11:04:41 AM

              MR. LARSON

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW RECOGNIZE FOR ONE MINUTE THE GENTLELADY FROM…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW RECOGNIZE FOR ONE MINUTE THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, THE VOICE OF HOUSTON, SHEILA JACKSON LEE.

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            • 11:04:45 AM

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              THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

            • 11:04:48 AM

              MS. JACKSON LEE

              BRADY: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS NOT THE AMERICAN DREAM…

              BRADY: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS NOT THE AMERICAN DREAM TAX PLAN. THIS IS THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE. A TAX SCAM OF THE WORST PROPORTION. WITH OVER 8,000 OF MY CONSTITUENTS LAST EVENING ON A TELECONFERENCE TOWN HALL MEETING, OVERWHELMINGLY THEY DISAGREE WITH THE TAX PLAN THAT CUTS MEDICARE OR MEDICAID TO FINANCE TAX CUTS. ELIMINATES THE MORTGAGE TAX DEDUCTION SO THAT THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING FROM HURRICANE HARVEY TRYING TO REBUILD THEIR LIVES SEEKING A NEW HOME CANNOT, IN FACT, DEDUCT THEIR MORTGAGE. THE SAME THING WITH THE 200,000 TEXANS WHO ARE GOING TO PAY MORE BECAUSE WE'RE ELIMINATING THE DEDUCTION FOR STATE AND LOCAL TAXES AND ELIMINATING DEDUCTIONS FOR STUDENT LOANS, CASUALTY LOSSES. BY THE YEAR NEXT YEAR, $25 BILLION IN SOCIAL SECURITY CUTS AND MY SENIORS ON THE PHONE LAST NIGHT ASKED ME ABOUT THOSE CUTS. THEY ASKED ME ABOUT THE MEDICAL EXPENSES CUTS FOR SENIORS. ALL OF THAT IS ELIMINATING. THIS WILL BE A PLAN THAT WILL SHOW NO GROWTH OF THE TAX POLICY -- THE NEUTRAL TAX POLICY ENTITY SAID YOU'LL GET NO GROWTH, NO GROWTH IN WAGES. AND SEND JOBS OVERSEAS IN WAVES. IT'S A TAX SCAM AND IT IS AN AMERICAN NIGHTMARE. VOTE AGAINST THIS TAX SCAM.

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            • 11:06:11 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

            • 11:06:14 AM

              MR. BRADY

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RESERVE.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT.

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              MR. LARSON

              WE WILL RESERVE AS WELL.

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT RESERVES HIS TIME.

            • 11:06:24 AM

              MR. BRADY

              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF ONE MINUTE.

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

            • 11:06:29 AM

              MR. BRADY

              THANK YOU. I NOTE THAT CONSTITUENTS IN THE 18TH DISTRICT OF TEXAS IT, THE…

              THANK YOU. I NOTE THAT CONSTITUENTS IN THE 18TH DISTRICT OF TEXAS IT, THE PAST SPEAKER, THAT AVERAGE FAMILY WILL SEE A TAX CUT OF NEARLY $1,000. IN TEXAS WILL GROW 81,000 NEW JOBS. AND SEE HIGHER PAYCHECKS AS A RESULT OF THIS TAX REFORM BILL. WE'RE PROPOSING A TAX CODE SO FAIR AND SIMPLE NINE OUT OF 10 AMERICANS WILL BE ABLE TO FILE USING A SIMPLE POSTCARD SYSTEM. THERE IS A FAIRNESS AND QUALITY THAT EACH AMERICAN KNOWING WHAT EACH OTHER'S DEDUCTIONS ARE BECAUSE WE HAVE EXACTLY THE SAME ONE. THIS SIMPLESTITY, THIS FAIRNESS, THESE LARGER PAYCHECKS, THIS IS WHAT THE TAX CUT IN JOBS ACT IS ALL ABOUT. I RESERVE.

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            • 11:07:39 AM

              MR. LARSON

              CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES…

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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            • 11:07:46 AM

              MR. BRADY

              FROM WASHINGTON, KATHY MSHES -- MCMORRIS RODGERS.

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            • 11:08:02 AM

              MRS. MCMORRIS RODGERS

              THANK YOU VERY MUCH. BIG THANK YOU TO THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON…

              THANK YOU VERY MUCH. BIG THANK YOU TO THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION THIS MORNING. I'M PROUD TO RISE IN SUPPORT OF ENACTING TAX REFORM, TAX RELIEF TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. WE HAVE BEEN WAITING A LONG TIME. MORE THAN 30 YEARS. WHILE EVERYTHING ELSE HAS CHANGED OVER 30 YEARS, OUR TAX CODE, UNFORTUNATELY, HAS ONLY GOTTEN OLD, OUTDATED, BIGGER, MORE COMPLICATED. IT'S BECOME A BURDEN. A BURDEN THAT WE'RE GOING TO LIFT. NOW, THERE'S SOME DEFENDERS OF THE STATUS QUO WHO THINK THAT THE TAX CODE IS JUST FINE. THAT'S NOT WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SENT US HERE TO DO, TO DEFEND THE STATUS QUO. WE'RE HERE TO DO THE BIG THING. OUR PLAN REWRITES THE TAX CODE TO PUT AMERICAN FAMILIES FIRST. INCLUDING FAMILIES WHO HAVE CHILDREN WITH DISABILITY. FOR THESE FAMILIES WHO MAY HAVE SAVED FOR THEIR SON OUR DAUGHTER'S COLLEGE TUITION, WHICH IS NO LONGER NEEDED, OUR PLAN CARRIES ON THE LEGACY OF THE ABLE ACT BY ALLOWING THEM TO ROLL OVER FROM A 529 ACCOUNT TO A 529-A ACCOUNT, AN ABLE ACCOUNT, TO PAY FOR THINGS LIKE MEDICAL BILLS OR WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT, INSTEAD. WITH THIS BILL WE'RE MAKING IT EASIER FOR EVERYONE TO ACCOUNT, TO PAY FOR THINGS LIKE REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL. WE'RE LIFTING THE TAX BURDEN FOR EVERYDAY HARDWORKING AMERICANS. AN EXTRA $1,182 FOR MIDDLE INCOME FAMILIES IN PLACES LIKE EASTERN WASHINGTON COULD MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIVING PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK AND SAVING FOR RETIREMENT OR MAKING THAT CAR PAYMENT. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A HISTORIC MOMENT. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY BY VOTING IN FAVOR OF THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. LET'S HELP OUR HARDWORKING MEN AND WOMEN ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. I YIELD BACK.

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT.

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              MR. SPEAKER, I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS FOR A UNANIMOUS CONSENT…

              MR. SPEAKER, I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS FOR A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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            • 11:10:06 AM

              MS. JACKSON LEE

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PLACE INTO THE RECORD…

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PLACE INTO THE RECORD "THE WASHINGTON POST" OP-ED THE REPUBLICAN TAX PLAN'S FIVE WORST DANGERS BY SECRETARY RUBEN DATED NOVEMBER 15, 2017.

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              15, 2017.

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              PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE SRK THE CHAIR DECLARES

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              OF RULE 19, FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1 WILL NOW RESUME. THE CLERK…

              OF RULE 19, FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1 WILL NOW RESUME. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

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              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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              WHEN PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED EARLIER TODAY, 29 1/2 MINUTES OF DEBATE…

              WHEN PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED EARLIER TODAY, 29 1/2 MINUTES OF DEBATE REMAINED ON THE BILL. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BRADY, HAS 17 MINUTES REMAINING. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. NEAL, HAS 12 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BRADY.

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              MR. BRADY

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

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA, MR. YOUNG.

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              MR. YOUNG

              THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. CONGRESS ESTABLISHED ALASKA NATIVE…

              THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. CONGRESS ESTABLISHED ALASKA NATIVE SETTLEMENT TRUST IN 1988, TO PROVIDE PERMANENT HEALTH ED -- HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND WELFARE BENEFITS TO ALASKA NATIVES WHO WERE AMONG THE MOST ECONOMICALLY DISVANGED POPULATION IN THE UNITED STATES. UNFORTUNATELY, MR. CHAIRMAN, THE TAX CODE HAS MANY CASES IMPEDED THE CREATION AND FUNDING OF THE SETTLEMENTS. AS A RESULT, ALASKA NATIVE SETTLEMENT TRUST HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO FUNCTION IN THE MANNER CONGRESS ORIGINALLY INTENDED, TO PROVIDE BENEFITS FOR ALASKA NATIVES. TO REMEDY SOME OF THESE TAX ISSUES, I HAVE SPONSORED H.R. 3524, WHICH PERMITS ALASKA NATIVE CORPORATION TO DEDUCT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE SETTLEMENT TRUST. THE PROVISION OF H.R. 3524 WERE NOT INCLUDED IN H.R. 1 AND THE TAX BILL ALSO ADVERSELY INCREASES THE TAX RATE FROM 10% TO 12%. THIS WOULD MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR THE ALASKA NATIVE TRUST TO PROVIDE LONG-TERM BENEFITS TO ALASKA NATIVES. I REQUEST THAT YOU INCLUDE THE PROVISION OF H.R. 3524 IN THE FINAL CONFERENCE REPORT THAT RESULTS FROM THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE.

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              MR. BRADY

              IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD. I AM PLEASED TO WORK WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

              IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD. I AM PLEASED TO WORK WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. THE ALASKA NATIVE COMMUNITY. UNDER THE BILL, ALASKA NATIVE SETTLEMENT TRUST WOULD BE UNINTENTIONALLY SUBJECT TO SLIGHTLY HIGHER TAX RATES. I THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THIS TO MY ATTENTION. I ASSURE YOU I WILL FOCUS ON THIS IN CONFERENCE AS WE FINALIZE INDIVIDUAL RATE STRUCK TURS BETWEEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE -- STRUCTURES BETWEEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU TO ADVANCE PROVISIONS OF THE BILL IN THIS AREA.

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              MR. YOUNG

              THANK YOU. I THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMITMENT AND INCLUSION OF H.R. 3524 AND…

              THANK YOU. I THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMITMENT AND INCLUSION OF H.R. 3524 AND MAINTAIN EXISTING RATES AND LAW WITH REGARD TO ALASKA NATIVE SETTLEMENT TRUST. AND MORE GENERALLY, FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THE ALASKA NATIVE COMMUNITY. THANK YOU.

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              MR. BRADY

              THANK YOU, SIR.

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

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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              MR. NEAL

              MEERKS I YIELD MYSELF FOUR MINUTES -- MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF FOUR…

              MEERKS I YIELD MYSELF FOUR MINUTES -- MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF FOUR MINUTES.

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            • 12:33:46 PM

              MR. NEAL

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS WE WIND DOWN THIS DEBATE ON TAX REFORM OR WHAT…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS WE WIND DOWN THIS DEBATE ON TAX REFORM OR WHAT WE SHOULD REALLY CALL IT, A TAX CUT, I THINK THAT WE SHOULD TABULATE THIS AS A MISSED OPPORTUNITY. THIS COULD HAVE BEEN DONE BETWEEN THE TWO PARTIES. INSTEAD MUCH OF THIS WAS CONSTRUCTED WITHOUT ANY DEMOCRATIC INPUT. REMINDER, IN 1986, THE HISTORIC TAX REFORM ACT INCLUDED PRESIDENT REAGAN AND SPEAKER O'NEILL, CHAIRMAN ROSTENKOWSKI, DICK GEPHARDT AND BILL BRADLEY. AND IN THIS INSTANCE HERE, 32 YEARS LATER, NOT ONE HEARING WAS HELD ON THIS TAX BILL THAT IS ABOUT TO BE VOTED ON IN THE NEXT 45 MINUTES. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THAT IS THAT THERE WAS NEVER ANY BACK AND FORTH. AND IN 1986, EXPERT TESTIMONY WAS SOUGHT FROM 450 WITNESSES. WE HAD NOT ONE WITNESS WHO COMMENTED ON THE LEGISLATION. IT'S BEEN ADVERTISED AS A MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT. HOW CAN YOU SAY THAT THIS IS A MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT AND COMPARE THAT TO REPEAL OF THE ESTATE TAX? HOW MANY MIDDLE CLASS PEOPLE IN AMERICA PAY THE ESTATE TAX? THAT'S HOW MANY PEOPLE PAY T ESTATE TAX. NO MIDDLE CLASS AMERICAN PAYS THE ESTATE TAX. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A DEATH TAX. IN ADDITION TO WHICH A MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT IS DESCRIBED AS DOING AWAY WITH THE ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX. 4.5 MILLION MILLION FAMILIES PAY ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX IN AMERICA. THAT'S IT. I FIXED THE PROBLEM YEARS AGO FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS AND 27 MILLION PEOPLE STOPPED PAYING A.M.T. SO NOW WE'RE DOWN TO PEOPLE AT THE VERY TOP. SO HOW ARE WE PAYING FOR THIS? HOW ARE THEY PAYING FOR IT? THEY'VE DECIDED THAT THAT TEACHER WHO USED TO HAVE $250 THAT THEY COULD DEDUCT ON THEIR INCOME TAXES, THAT'S GOING TO BE ABOLISHED. SO IF YOU HAVE ALZHEIMER'S AND YOU EXCEEDED 10% NUMBER IN TERMS OF IN OF COST OF YOUR HEALTH CARE IN LOVING FOR THAT LOVED ONE AT HOME WHO IS SICK OR HAS DIMENSION YARKS THAT'S HOW THEY'RE GOING TO PAY FOR THE TAX CUT. THEY'RE GOING TO TAKE THAT AWAY. STATE AND LOCAL PROPERTY TAXES? THEY'RE GOING TO TAKE THEM AWAY. THE DEDUCTION. THEY'RE GOING TO PARE BACK THE MORTGAGE INTEREST DEDUCTION. ALL OF THIS ADVERTISED ON THE BASIS OF A MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT? PEOPLE AT THE BOTTOM END ARE NOT GOING TO GET MUCH FROM THIS TAX CUT. I WANT TO TAKE YOU BACK AGAIN AS I HAVE REPEATEDLY, BECAUSE I'VE CAST THREE GREAT VOTES IN THIS HOUSE DURING MY 29 YEARS. AGAINST THE IRAQ WAR, AND THERE WEREN'T MANY OF US. AND AGAINST THE CUTS IN 2001 TO THE TAX SYSTEM AND 2003. ALL ADVERTISED AS PRO-GROWTH ECONOMICS. THERE WAS NO ECONOMIC GROWTH FROM THE TAX CUTS OF 2001, WHICH TOE AT THAT -- TOTALED BY THE WAY $1.3 TRILLION. FOR EVERYBODY WHO SAYS AT THE TIME, EVERYBODY GETS A TAX CUT, THEY WERE CORRECT. YOU LOOK AT THE TABLES SEERKS WHAT PEOPLE GOT AT THE TOP AND THEN WHAT PEOPLE GOT AT THE BOTTOM. AND THEN WE CAME BACK IN 2003 AND CUT ANOTHER $1 TRILLION IN TAXES. ADVERTISED AS PRO-GROWTH ECONOMICS. ZIPPO GROWTH OCCURRED. THEN BY THE WAY, THE GRAND DADDY OF THEM ALL, HOW ABOUT REPATRIATION. REPATRIATION, BRINGING BACK THOSE EARNINGS TO THE UNITED STATES FOR INVESTMENT IN JOB GROWTH. AT BY THE WAY 5.25% WAS THE TAX BURDEN THEY CARRIED. ALL BASED ON JOB GROWTH. IT WAS FOR STOCK BUYBACKS, DIVIDENDS AND LAYOFFS. WE HAD A CHANCE HERE TO DO SOMETHING HISTORIC. WE HAD A CHANCE HERE IN THIS DEBATE AND DISCUSSION BECAUSE THERE'S A GENUINE OF AABILITY ON THAT COMMITTEE. WE HAD THIS OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE THE TAX CODE AND TRANSFORM IT FOR THE GIG ECONOMY AND THE MODERN AGE. WE DIDN'T DO THAT, THOUGH. FOUR DAYS WE HAD TO EXAMINE THIS TAX PROPOSAL. WITH NO HEARINGS. NOT ONE CHANCE FOR A DEMOCRATIC AMENDMENT.

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              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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              MR. NEAL

              TO PROCEED.

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

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              MR. BRADY

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

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            • 12:38:25 PM

              MR. BRADY

              MR. SPEAKER, THIS HISTORIC LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY REPRESENTS A…

              MR. SPEAKER, THIS HISTORIC LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY REPRESENTS A CRUCIAL STEP IN FULFILLING OUR TAX REFORM PROMISE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. BUT IT'S NOT THE FINAL STEP. WE'RE REPUBLICAN. WE BELIEVE THE TAX CODE DOESN'T BELONG TO WASHINGTON, IT BELONGS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE'LL CONTINUE TO WORK TO MAKE IT BETTER AND IMPROVE AT EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. AND BEFORE I MAKE FINAL REMARKS, I WANT TO THANK ALL OF OUR WAYS AND MEANS MEMBERS WHO HAVE DONE SO MUCH AND WORKED SO HARD, AS WELL AS EVERY MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE WHO HELPED MAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY REAL FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I ALSO WANT TO THANK -- SAY HOW GRATEFUL I AM TO EVERYONE AT THE NONPARTISAN JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION AND THE HOUSE OFFICE OF LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. THEIR WORK, CAREFUL ANALYSIS, CONTRIBUTED SO MUCH TO THIS BILL. FINALLY I WANT TO GIVE SPECIAL RECOGNITION TO BARBARA ANGES, OUR CHIEF COUNSEL, AND ALL OF OUR STAFF ON THE COMMITTEE. THEY PUT THEIR HEARTS AND SOULS AND MANY SLEEPLESS NIGHTS IN THE DEVELOPMENT THIS BILL. I CAN'T THANK THEM ENOUGH. FOR THE HARD WORK AND DEDICATION. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IS BY ITS VERY DESIGN THE CHAMBER OF CONGRESS CLOSEST TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. TODAY THIS HOUSE, THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE, WILL PASS HISTORIC LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF AMERICANS NATIONWIDE. FOR TOO LONG THIS BROKEN TAX CODE HAS PUT THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE SECOND. PROPPING UP WASHINGTON SPECIAL INTERESTS AT THE EXPENSE OF HARDWORKING AMERICANS. FOR TOO LONG THIS BROKEN TAX CODE HAS REWARDED COMPANIES FOR OUTSOURCING AMERICAN JOBS INSTEAD OF ENCOURAGING THEM TO CREATE JOBS HERE AT HOME. FOR TOO LONG THIS BROKEN TAX CODE HAS ERODED AMERICA'S ECONOMIC LEADERSHIP AROUND THE WORLD. THIS COUNTRY USED TO BE THE STANDARD WORLDWIDE FOR COMPETITIVE TAX SYSTEM. NOT ANYMORE. NOW THE UNITED STATES IS BARELY A SPECK IN THE REAR-VIEW MIRRORS OF SO MANY OF OUR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITORS. IN OUR BUSINESSES, OUR WORKERS, OUR MADE IN AMERICA PRODUCTS, WHICH ARE THE BEST IN THE WORLD, ARE BEARING THE CONSEQUENCES OF WASHINGTON'S FAILURE TO ACT. THAT STOPS NOW. AND IT STOPS WITH THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS -- AND JOBS ACT WITH THIS HISTORIC BILL, WE'LL PROVIDE REAL SYSTEMITY FOR EVERY TAXPAYER. WE'LL DELIVER REAL FAIRNESS TURNOVER HARDWORKING AMERICAN. WE'LL BE MORE COMPETITIVE THAN EVER. WE WILL WIN WORLDWIDE AND HERE AT HOME AS WELL. AND WE'LL SIEBERT JOBS AND BIGGER PAYCHECKS IN EVERY COMMUNITY OF THIS GREAT NATION. SO PEOPLE CAN KEEP MORE OF THEIR HARD-EARNED DOLLARS. WITH THIS BILL WE WILL DELIVER A NEW TAX CODE BUILT FOR A NEW ERA OF AMERICAN PROSPERITY. SO, TO WASHINGTON SPECIAL INTERESTS WHO ARE NOW BEING PROPPED UP BY ABSURD CARVE-OUTS AND LOOPHOLES, GET READY TO STAND ON YOUR OWN. TO OUR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITORS WHO ARE NOW LEADING THE PACK, GET READY TO HAVE SOME COMPANY. AND TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO HAVE WAITED YEARS FOR TAX REFORM, GET READY FOR THE TAX RELIEF YOU DESERVE. TODAY THIS HOUSE, THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE, IS TAKING ACTION ON THE MOST TRANSFORMATIONAL TAX OVERHAUL IN A GENERATION AND WE'RE TAKING ACTION TODAY. IT'S TIME FOR THIS OLD, BROKEN TAX CODE TO GO. IT'S TIME TO PUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FIRST. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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

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              MR. NEAL

              MEERKS I YIELD MYSELF THE -- MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF MY…

              MEERKS I YIELD MYSELF THE -- MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              MR. NEAL

              2 1/2 MINUTES, I BELIEVE, MR. SPEAKER.

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              8 1/2.

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              MR. NEAL

              WELL, 2 1/2 TO ME I'M GOING TO YIELD THEN.

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              THAT'S FINE. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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              MR. NEAL

              LET ME AC NODGET SUPERB DEMOCRATIC -- ACKNOWLEDGE THE SUPERB DEMOCRATIC…

              LET ME AC NODGET SUPERB DEMOCRATIC -- ACKNOWLEDGE THE SUPERB DEMOCRATIC STAFF THAT ARE HERE AS WELL. PAYTON, DEVA, DEEP AND SUSAN. THEY DID A MAGNIFICENT SENT JOB. WE'RE ALL MUCH DEPENDENT ON THE GOOD STAFF WORK, PARTICULARLY ON THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE. SO I SPOKE EARLIER OF THE MISSED OPPORTUNITY THAT WE HAD HERE. WE HAVE A REAL PROBLEM IN AMERICA WITH LABOR PARTICIPATION RATES. SIX MILLION JOBS GO UNANSWERED EVERY DAY NOW IN AMERICA. 18,000 PRECISION MANUFACTURING JOBS IN NEW ENGLAND, ONE MILLION TAX JOBS. BECAUSE SKILL SETS DON'T ALIGN WITH THE JOB OPPORTUNITIES THAT ARE OUT THERE. TWO MILLION AMERICANS SIT HOME WITH OPIATE ADDICTIONS THAT SHOULD BE IN THE WORK FORCE. THIS WAS A CHANCE TO INVEST IN HUMAN CAPITAL AS WELL. TO INVEST IN OUR COMMUNITY COLLEGES, TO INVEST IN APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS. AND, YES, THE OTHER CHALLENGE THAT WE HAVE IN AMERICA IS CLEARLY TO INVEST IN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION. FOR MANY OF THE JOBS THAT ARE AVAILABLE. INSTEAD WE PUSHED THAT ALL TO THE SIDE AND DECIDED THAT ONCE AGAIN, IF WE JUST HAD TAX CUTS, THAT ALL OF THESE CHALLENGES AND PROBLEMS WOULD GO AWAY. THE IDEA OF INVESTING IN THE HUMAN SIDE OF AMERICAN OPPORTUNITY IS PEOPLE DO WHAT WE WOULD LIKE THEM TO DO IN TERMS OF HOME BUYING AND RAISING FAMILIES AND CARING FOR NEIGHBORHOODS AND PRACTICING AN ART IF -- AN ART FORM OF CITIZENSHIP. WHAT WE'RE WITNESSING TODAY, AND WE NEED TO BE ALARMED ABOUT IT, IS THE GREATER AND GREATER CONCENTRATION OF WEALTH IN AMERICA. NOW, I UNDERSTAND IT'S COMPLICATED. IT HAS TO DO MUCH WITH TECHNOLOGY AND GLOBALIZATION. BUT IT'S ALSO ABOUT THE GIG ECONOMY AND WE TODAY REWARD CAPITAL MORE THAN WE REWARD LABOR. AND WHEN WE GET DONE, IF THEY ARE SUCCESSFUL ON THE OTHER SIDE, WE ARE GOING TO FURTHER CONCENTRATE WEALTH AMONGST THOSE FEW FAMILIES IN AMERICA. WE SERVE HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. NOT IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS. THIS IS NOT ABOUT PEERAGE WHERE YOU'RE ENTITLED TO A SEE THE IN THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE -- SEAT IN THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THAT'S WHAT'S WRONG. THAT'S WHAT JEFFERSON AND MADISON ENVISIONHOOD THEY SIGNED THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE AND THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION, TO BREAK WITH EUROPE. WE DON'T PRACTICE DIVINE RIGHT HERE. I WISH THE OUTCOME HERE TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE GENUINE AND IT WOULD HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT. THANK YOU.

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            • 12:45:01 PM

              MR. BRADY

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO OUR MAJORITY WHIP AND A…

              MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO OUR MAJORITY WHIP AND A TREMENDOUS LEADER IN TAX REFORM, THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. SCALISE.

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

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            • 12:48:37 PM

              MR. NEAL

              CAPABLE LEGISLATOR, THE DEMOCRATIC WHIP, MR. HOYER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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            • 12:48:50 PM

              MR. HOYER

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. IN IS THE MOST IRRESPONSIBLE BILL THAT…

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. IN IS THE MOST IRRESPONSIBLE BILL THAT I WILL HAVE BEEN CONFRONTED WITH IN THE 37 YEARS THAT I HAVE BEEN IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. THIS BILL, MR. SPEAKER, IS BOTH RECKLESS AND IF HE CANLESS. IT IS RECKLESS BECAUSE IT WOULD ADD $1.7 TRILLION, THE CHAIRMAN SAYS $2 TRILLION IN A SHAMEFUL ACT OF HYPOCRISY FOR ITS SUPPORTERS, WHO, FOR YEARS, HAVE CALLED FOR FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY . IT IS FECLLESS BECAUSE ITS OUGHT THORS WROTE IT WITH AN EYE TOWARDS POLITICS, NOT POLICY. THERE IS NO COURAGE IN VOTING FOR THIS BILL. IT IS EASY TO VOTE FOR A TAX CUT. WHAT IS HARD TO DO IS PAYING FOR WHAT WE BUY. AND NEITHER SIDE DOES THAT PARTICULARLY WELL. THERE IS NO COURAGE IN VOTING FOR THIS BILL. ONLY A SUSPENSION OF COMMON SENSE AND THEIR NOW ABANDONED COMMITMENT TO FISCAL SUSTAINABILITY. FURTHERMORE, MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS CALL THIS BILL A TAX CUT. THE GENTLEMAN WHO JUST SPOKE, THE WHIP SAID, IT'S A REDUCTION IN RATES. BUT 36 MILLION WORKING AMERICANS WILL RECEIVE A TAX INCREASE UNDER THIS BILL. SO IT WAS A VERY CAREFUL ARCTIC CAN YOU LATION OF REDUCTION OF RATES. A TAX ON 36 MILLION AMERICANS. FURTHERMORE, THEY CALL THIS BILL A TAX CUT. IT'S NOT A STRETCH OF THE IMAGINATION TO PRESUME THAT GIVEN REPUBLICANS' URGENCY TO REJECT BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE AND DEFLECT PUBLIC INPUT, THE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE WILL BE ASKED TO ACCEPT WHATEVER VERSION OF THE TAX BILL CAN PASS THE UNITED STATES SENATE. YESTERDAY, THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE -- LISTEN TO ME, MY COLLEAGUES, THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE REJECTED THIS BILL 36-0. THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE, HEADED BY REPUBLICANS, REJECTED THIS BILL 36-0. I'M REMINDED OF WHAT REPRESENTATIVE MATT GAETZ SAID LAST MONTH ABOUT THE BUDGET RESOLUTION. HE SAID THAT AND WE ARE BEING ASKED TO VOTE FOR A BUDGET THAT NOBODY BELIEVES IN SO WE HAVE A CHANCE TO VOTE FOR A TAX BILL THAT NOBODY'S READ. I WON'T ASK YOU TO RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU'VE READ THIS BILL. ONE, THOSE WHO TAKE THIS VOTE WILL HAVE TO LIVE WITH IT. AND JUST HOPE, JUST HOPE, THAT WHATEVER MYSTERY TAX PACKAGE YOUR SENATE COLLEAGUES SEND OVER HERE WON'T GUT YOU HAVE EXTRACTED. I HOPE THE WHIP SAY NO SPECIAL PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL. I DON'T HAVE THE TIME THAT HAS BEEN USED TO GET PEOPLE TO VOTE FOR THIS BILL. THIS ISN'T THE TAX REFORM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WERE PROMISED OR THE TAX REFORM THAT AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT. LET'S SIT DOWN TOGETHER. LET'S SIT DOWN TOGETHER, MR. CHAIRMAN. YOU AND MR. NEAL, GOOD AMERICANS. NOT IN A PARTISAN WAY BUT IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. THAT'S THE WAY WE DID THE 1986 BILL AND THAT'S WHY IT WAS A RESPONSIBLE PIECE OF LEGISLATION. LET'S ENACT TAX REFORM THAT FOCUS ON THE MIDDLE CLASS, THE PEOPLE WHO NEED THE MONEY, NOT GIVE OVER HALF OF IT TO THE RICHEST PEOPLE IN AMERICA. WE DON'T HAVE A BEEF WITH THEM. THEY DON'T NEED A TAX CUT AND THE MIDDLE CLASS DOES. WHY GIVE 50% OF THE REVENUE TO THEM? LET'S ENACT TAX REFORM THAT FOCUSES ON THEM AND DOESN'T GIVE HALF THE BENEFIT TO THOSE MAKING MORE THAN $900,000 A YEAR. LET'S ENACT TAX REFORM THAT IMPROVES A OUR LONG-TERM FISCAL POSITION RATHER THAN ADDING THE $1.7 TRILLION IN A C.B.O. PROJECTS THIS WILL ADD. IN AN OP ED IN TODAY'S "WASHINGTON POST," AND BY THE WAY, HE WAS SECRETARY OF TREASURY DURING THE ONLY FOUR YEARS OF A BALANCED BUDGET THAT WE HAVE EXPERIENCED IN THE LAST 50 YEARS. MAY I HAVE ONE ADDITIONAL MINUTE?

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            • 12:54:08 PM

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              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

            • 12:54:09 PM

              MR. HOYER

              VOTE NO ON THIS BILL. LOOK TO YOUR SOULS, NOT YOUR POLLS OUR YOUR…

              VOTE NO ON THIS BILL. LOOK TO YOUR SOULS, NOT YOUR POLLS OUR YOUR POLITICAL PARTY. REJECT THIS SELLOUT. VOTE NO.

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            • 12:54:22 PM

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS NOW RECOGNIZED.

            • 12:54:25 PM

              MR. BRADY

              I'M HONORED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, OUR…

              I'M HONORED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, OUR MAJORITY LEADER AND CHAMPION FOR TAX REFORM, MR. MCCARTHY.

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            • 12:54:37 PM

              MR. MCCARTHY

              BEFORE I BEGIN, I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND ALL THE AMERICANS OUT…

              BEFORE I BEGIN, I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND ALL THE AMERICANS OUT THERE THAT HAVE WAITED DECADES FOR THIS, FOR THE HOURS THAT YOU HAVE LISTENED AND THE NUMEROUS HEARINGS YOU HAVE GONE THROUGH TO GET US TO THIS DAY. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, I STAND BEFORE THIS BODY, BUT I WANT TO SPEAK TO THE PEOPLE WATCHING US AT HOME RIGHT NOW AND WHO WILL HEAR IN THE HOURS AND DAYS TO COME. I WANT TO SPEAK TO THE PEOPLE WHO STRETCHED THEIR BUDGET TO GET TO THE NEXT PAYCHECK. I WANT TO SPEAK TO THE PEOPLE WHO ARE STARTING TO WONDER IF THE AMERICAN PROMISE NO LONGER APPLIES TO THEM. YOU NEED A COMEBACK. AMERICA NEEDS A COMEBACK. IF WE ARE SUCCESSFUL TODAY AND IN THE WEEKS TO COME, YOU WILL KEEP MORE OF THE MONEY YOU EARNED. YOU WILL HAVE MORE IN YOUR PAYCHECK. YOUR LIFE WILL IMPROVE. IF WE SUCCEED, YOU WILL SUCCEED. BUT IF THE LEADERS AND OBSTRUCTIONISTS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WIN, YOU WILL LOSE. YOU SEE, THEY WANT WASHINGTON INSIDERS AND BUREAUCRATS TO KEEP MORE OF YOUR HARD-EARNED INCOME. THEY THINK IT'S THEIRS TO SPEND. WE THINK IT'S YOURS. I HAVE TRIED MY BEST TO UNDERSTAND THEIR OPPOSITION. AND I HAVE LISTENED TO THE PESSIMISTIC LEADERS OF A PARTY THAT ONCE UPON A TIME CLAIM THEY STOOD FOR THE COMMON MAN. WITHOUT A SHRED OF EVIDENCE THEY ARE CERTAIN OUR PLAN WON'T WORK. THEY DRUM UP A STALE ARGUMENT FROM 30 YEARS AGO SAYING ALL THIS BILL DOES IS HELP THE RICH. THEY CALL IT A MIDE WILL CLASS TAX HIKE. THAT SAME PAPER OUR COLLEAGUE JUST HELD ALSO HAS FACT CHECKERS. BUT THE FACT CHECKERS GAVE HIM NOT ONE, NOT TWO, NOT EVEN THREE, THE MOST PINOCCHIOS YOU CAN GIVE FOR THAT LIE. EVERY HONEST PERSON SEES THIS AS A TAX CUT FOR HARD-WORKING AMERICANS. THIS BILL INCREASES THE CHILD TAX CREDIT, INCREASES THE STANDARD DEDUCTION, INCREASES WAGES AND IS ALREADY BRINGING BACK JOBS TO AMERICA. THE FACT IS THE FIRST $55,000 AN AVERAGE FAMILY OF FOUR EARNS WILL NOT FACE A SINGLE PENNY OF INCOME TAX, NOT A SINGLE PENNY. SO WHAT ARE THESE PARTY LEADERS DEFENDING BY THEIR OPPOSITION? IT'S NOT THE PEOPLE. AFTER ALL, THERE IS NOT A SINGLE PERSON I HAVE EVER MET IN THIS NATION THAT WANTS HIGHER RATES, LOWER WAGES, FEWER JOBS AND A MORE COMPLICATED TAX CODE. NO. THEY AREN'T DEFENDING THE PEOPLE. THEY ARE DEFENDING LOOPHOLES FOR THE SPECIAL INTERESTS, CORPORATE WELFARE AND CARVEOUTS FOR LOBBYISTS. THEY ARE DEFENDING THE ABUSIVE TACTIC OF THE STATUS QUO IN THE I.R.S. YOU KNOW WHAT I FIND MOST ABSURD? THEY ARE SPENDING. THEY HAVE MADE IT THEIR MISSION TO INCREASE TAXES ON OUR FELLOW CITIZENS. AND MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, THEY HAVE THE AUDACITY TO CALL THIS A TAX INCREASE. IN THE END, THEY ARE DEFENDING A BROKEN STATUS QUO. YOU KNOW WHAT I THINK, MR. SPEAKER? I THINK THAT VOTING NO ON A PLAN THAT LOWERS TAXES, HIGHER WAGES AND MORE JOBS AND A SIMPLER SYSTEM, IT ISN'T ABOUT REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS. VOTING NO IS TELLING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE YOU DO NOT HAVE FAITH IN THEM TO RISE IF THEY ARE GIVEN A FAIR SHOT. WELL, MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE A SIMPLE QUESTION FOR THIS HOUSE AND EVERYONE WATCHING AT HOME. YOU WANT HIGHER TAXES AND LESS MONEY IN YOUR POCKETS OR LOWER TAXES AND MORE MONEY? I THINK WE SENT A MESSAGE TO THE DOUBTERS AND THE CRITICS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DO NOT WANT HARD WORK TO BE PUNISHED. WE DO NOT ACCEPT DECLINE. WE DO NOT ACCEPT THAT WASHINGTON KNOWS HOW TO SPEND OUR MONEY BETTER THAN WE DO. SO I HAVE A DIFFERENT MESSAGE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. TO THOSE TRYING TO FIND A JOB, THAT LONG SEARCH IS COMING TO AN END. THIS IS YOUR COMEBACK. TO THOSE SICK OF JUST GETTING BY AND FIGHTING FOR A RAISE, THIS IS YOUR COMEBACK. TO THOSE STRUGGLING TO KEEP YOUR SMALL BUSINESS AFLOAT TO PAY YOUR EMPLOYEES AND HELP YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, THIS IS YOUR COMEBACK. TO EVERY AMERICAN WHO EVER DREAMED OF BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR AND OWNING A SMALL BUSINESS, THIS IS YOUR COMEBACK. TO EVERY MOTHER AND FATHER STARTING A FAMILY, RAISING YOUR KIDS TRYING TO GIVE THEM MORE OF AN OPPORTUNITY THAN YOU EVER HAD, THIS IS YOUR COMEBACK. NOW, I PUT HOPE IN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS BILL PUTS HOPE IN OUR AMERICAN PEOPLE. . BECAUSE WE TRUST THE PEOPLE. THAT'S THE START OF AMERICA'S COMEBACK. I YIELD BACK.

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              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR REMINDS ALL…

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR REMINDS ALL MEMBERS TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR AND NOT TO THE PERCEIVED AUDIENCE. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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              MR. NEAL

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ALWAYS AN HONOR TO INTRODUCE THE VERY CAPABLE…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ALWAYS AN HONOR TO INTRODUCE THE VERY CAPABLE DEMOCRATIC LEADER, THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA,

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              THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 01:00:52 PM

              MR. NEAL

              FOR ONE MINUTE.

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              MS. PELOSI

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

              THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND THANK HIM FOR HIS SUPERB LEADERSHIP AS THE TOP DEMOCRAT ON THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE. I COMMEND HIM AND ALL OF HIS -- OUR FELLOW DEMOCRATS ON THE COMMITTEE FOR STANDING UP FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS IN OUR COUNTRY AND FIGHTING FOR THE TRUTH IN WHAT IS IN THIS BILL. MR. SPEAKER, THIS VOTE TODAY IS A DEFINING MOMENT FOR OUR COUNTRY. OUR VOTES TODAY WILL DECIDE THE FUTURE OF THE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS AND THOSE WHO ASPIRE TO IT, THE FUTURE OF OUR CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN, THE FUTURE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AS THE LAND OF OPPORTUNITY. TODAY THE REPUBLICANS HAVE BROUGHT FORTH A BILL THAT IS PILLAGING THE MIDDLE CLASS TO PAD THE POCKETS OF THE WEALTHIEST AND HAND TAX BREAKS TO CORPORATIONS SHIPPING JOBS OUT OF AMERICA AND DRASTICALLY INCREASING THE NATIONAL DEBT. MY COLLEAGUES, THE BILL REPUBLICANS HAVE BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR TODAY IS NOT TAX REFORM. IT'S NOT EVEN A TAX CUT. IT IS A TAX SCAM. SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE WRITTEN IN ABOUT IT WHO ARE AFFECTED BY IT AND I'LL SUBMIT ALL OF THAT FOR THE RECORD. BUT I DO WANT TO SAY THAT THIS IS NOT ONLY A DEFINING MOMENT, IT IS A MOMENT OF TRUTH. WITH STRAIGHT TRACES AND WITH THE SPEED OF LIGHT, I HAVE TO GIVE THEM CREDIT, THEY RACED THIS THING THROUGH IN THE DARK OF NIGHT. THEY'RE TRYING TO SELL A BILL OF GOODS TO THE MIDDLE CLASS THAT THIS IS IN THEIR INTEREST, THAT THIS IS A MIDDLE INCOME TAX CUT. ACCORDING TO THE NONPARTISAN TAX POLICY CENTER, REPUBLICANS ARE RAISING TAXES ON 36 MILLION MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES. 36 MILLION.

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              MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLELADY WILL SUSPEND. THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT.

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              MS. PELOSI

              TYPICAL OF THE --

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              THE GENTLELADY WILL SUSPEND.

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              MS. PELOSI

              TYPICAL OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO HEAR WHAT I HAVE…

              TYPICAL OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO HEAR WHAT I HAVE TO SAY --

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            • 01:02:55 PM

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              THE GENTLELADY WILL SUSPEND UNTIL THE HOUSE COMES TO ORDER. THE GENTLELADY…

              THE GENTLELADY WILL SUSPEND UNTIL THE HOUSE COMES TO ORDER. THE GENTLELADY CAN CONDITION.

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            • 01:03:01 PM

              MS. PELOSI

              I ASSOCIATE --

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              THE GENTLELADY CAN CONTINUE.

            • 01:03:06 PM

              MS. PELOSI

              I ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH THE WORDS OF MR. HOYER WHEN HE SAID, LOOK TO YOUR…

              I ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH THE WORDS OF MR. HOYER WHEN HE SAID, LOOK TO YOUR SOUL. NOT TO YOUR POLL. I WANT TO SPEAK TO POPE BENEDICT, HIS ENCYCLICAL. HE QUOTED THE WISDOM OF ST. AUGUSTA -- SAINT AUGUSTA. 17 CENTURIES AGO SAINT AUGUSTINE SAID, A STATE WHICH IS NOT GOVERNED ACCORDING TO JUSTICE WOULD BE JUST A BUNCH OF THIEVES . BENEDICT WENT ON TO SAY, THE STATE MUST INEVITABLY FACE THE QUESTION OF HOW JUSTICE CAN BE ACHIEVED HERE AND NOW. AND HE CAUTIONED AGAINST THE DANGER OF CERTAIN ETHICAL BLINDNESS CAUSED BY THE DAZZLING EFFECTS OF POWER AND SPECIAL INTERESTS. INTERESTING, IN LIGHT OF THE FACT THAT WHEN THIS BILL WAS BROUGHT FORWARD, THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL ECONOMIC COUNCIL, GARY COHEN, HE SAID, THE MOST EXCITED GROUP OUT THERE ARE THE BIG C.E.O.'S ABOUT OUR TAX PLAN. IS THAT ABOUT JUSTICE? CONGRESSMAN COLLINS SAID, MY DONORS ARE BASICALLY SAYING, GET IT DONE OR DON'T EVER CALL ME AGAIN. SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM SAID THE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS WILL STOP IF THIS TAX SCAM FAILS. WELL, HE DIDN'T SAY SCAM. I'M SAYING SCAM. THAT'S MY WORD. BACK TO THE POPE. AND THE CATHOLIC BENEFICIARY OPPOSITE. THE U.S. CONFERENCE OF CASH LICK BENEFICIARY OPPOSITE WROTE THIS PROPOSAL -- CATHOLIC BISHOP WROTE THIS PROPOSAL APPEARS TO BE THE FIRST MODIFICATION THAT WILL RAISE INCOME TAXES ON THE WORKING POOR WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY PROVIDING A LARGE TAX CUT TO THE WEALTHY. THE U.S. CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS WENT ON TO SAY, THIS IS SIMPLY UNCONSCIONABLE. MY COLLEAGUES, WE ALWAYS BEGIN OUR SESSION WITH PRAYER. MANY OF US ATTEND MASS ON THE WEEKEND, ON SUNDAYS. BUT WE CANNOT PRAY AND THINK THAT THAT GIVES US A LESSON TO PRAY ON -- PREY ON PEOPLE THE REST OF THE WEEK. AND THAT IS WHAT THIS BILL DOES. IT PREYS ON THE MIDDLE CLASS AND THOSE ASPIRED TO IT. IT PILLAGES AND A LOTS THE -- LOOTS THE MIDDLE CLASS. IT IS A SHAMEFUL PIECE OF LEGISLATION. AND THE REPUBLICANS SHOULD KNOW BETTER. THEY SAY IT'S GOING TO GET BETTER IN THE SENATE. OH, MY GOSH. IN THE SENATE, AS MR. HOYER POINTED OUT, UNANIMOUSLY THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE REJECTED THIS PROPOSAL ALREADY. WAS IT 26-0, WHATEVER THE NUMBER WAS, THE ZERO LOOMED LARGE. BUT GETTING BACK TO VALUES. BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT WE'RE HERE TO DO, AND WHAT WE DO IN OUR BUDGET, WHICH IS -- WHICH THE TAX BILL IS A PART OF. SUPPOSED TO BE A STATEMENT OF VALUES. IN HIS STUDY OF CIVILIZATION, THE GREAT BRITISH HISTORIAN ARNOLD TOYNBY FOUND THAT THE BEGINNING OF A HOPEFUL COUNTRY, THE POLITICAL LEADERSHIP FORMED A CREATIVE MINORITY THAT INSPIRED AND LED THE FLOWERING OF CIVILIZATION. BUT IN SOME NATIONS LEADERS BECAME A DOMINANT MINORITY OF EXPLOITERS. FOCUSED ON THEIR OWN WEALTH AND POWER. ARNOLD, WELCOME TO THE REPUBLICAN SIDE OF THE AISLE IN CONGRESS. THESE COMPETING MINDSETS, HE WENT ON, BETWEEN THE DOMINANT MINORITY OF EXPLOITERS VERSUS THE CREATIVE MINORITY THAT INSPIRED AND LED THE FLOWERING OF CIVILIZATION, THESE COMPETING MINDSETS AND MOTIVATIONS CREATE SKIS MUCHES IN A BODY -- SCHISMS IN A BODY SOCIAL AND IN THE BODY POLITIC. AND LO AND BEHOLD, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS WRITTEN A BILL, NEARLY HALF THE BENEFITS GO TO THE TOP 1% IN OUR COUNTRY. AND 80% OF THE BENEFITS GO TO THE TOP 2%. THIS IS A DEFINING MOMENT, BUT IT'S ALSO A MOMENT OF TRUTH. HOW CAN THE REPUBLICANS WITH A STRAIGHT FACE SAY TO THE MIDDLE CLASS, WELL, WE'RE DOUBLING THIS OR DOUBLING THAT? GIVE WITH ONE HAND, TAKE WITH ANOTHER. AND TO HEAR THEM CHEER, HEAR THEM CHEER FOR THE PROVISION IN HERE ABOUT THE ESTATE TAX. LISTEN TO THIS. YOU TELL ME IF YOU THINK THIS IS FAIR. 1,800 FAMILIES IN AMERICA, NOT YOUR FAMILY FARMER, EVERYBODY'S TAKEN CARE INFORM WHAT WE HAVE DONE ALREADY WITH THE ESTATE TAX. IN THIS BILL, 1,800 OF THE WEALTHIEST FAMILIES, FILERS IN OUR COUNTRY, WILL IN THE LIFE OF THE BILL GET THE BREAK OF $172 BILLION. 1,800 FAMILIES. THIS IS FOR 1,800 FAMILIES. AND YOU KNOW WHAT, THE REPUBLICANS CHEERED THAT. 1,800 FAMILIES, $172 BILLION. THEY CHEER THE FACT THAT UP TO $1.5 TRILLION IN TAX CUTS GOES TO CORPORATE AMERICA WHILE AT THE SAME TIME GIVING THEM ANOTHER TAX BREAK TO SEND JOBS OVERSEAS. AT THE SAME TIME BE A SOLVING THEM OF ANY RESPONSIBILITY -- ABSOLVING THEM OF ANY RESPONSIBILITY WHEN IT COMES TO STATE AND LOCAL TAXES. WHILE INSISTING THAT INDIVIDUALS PAY THE STATE AND -- LOSE THE STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION. BUT CORPORATIONS DO NOT. AND LISTEN TO ALL OF IT. WERE THEY CHEERING WHEN THEY'RE SAYING TO A TEACHER, THEY'RE CHEERING WHEN THEY SAY TO A TEACHER, YOU MAY BRING SUPPLIES TO YOUR SCHOOL BECAUSE YOUR SCHOOL AND CLASSES NEED THAT, GOD BLESS YOU FOR THAT. BUT WE'RE TAKING AWAY YOUR TAX -- THE TAX DEDUCTION THAT GOES WITH THAT. WHAT? IS THAT SOMETHING TO CHEER ABOUT? THEY'RE SAYING TO STUDENTS WHO GET A $2,500 TAX DEDUCTION ON INTEREST ON STUDENT LOANS, FORGET ABOUT THAT. EVEN THOUGH IT MAY MAKE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOU ATTENDING COLONEL OR NOT, FORGET ABOUT THAT -- COLLEGE OR NOT, FORGET ABOUT THAT. WE'RE TOO BUSY GIVING A TAX CUT TO 1,800 WEALTHIEST FAMILIES IN AMERICA, SO THEY CAN GET $172 BILLION IN TAX BREAKS OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. THEY'RE SAYING TO FAMILIES, WHERE THEY HAVE A CHILD WITH A DISABILITY, A SENIOR WITH ALZHEIMER'S, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN, IF YOU HAVE EXTRAORDINARY MEDICAL EXPENSES, AND SINCE 1944 YOU HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DEDUCT THEM, NO MORE. NO MORE. BECAUSE WE GOT TO GIVE IT TO THE HIGH END. SO TAKE THAT AWAY. DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT THAT MEANS TO AMERICA'S WORKING FAMILIES AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR THEM, THAT THEY HAVE ALZHEIMER'S? WE HAD ONE PERSON COME TO OUR EVENT IN SAN FRANCISCO LAST WEEK FROM BARBARA LEE'S DISTRICT, SHE SAID IT COST ALMOST -- OVER $170,000 IN COSTS FOR HER BECAUSE HER HUSBAND HAS ALZHEIMER'S. THE TAX DEDUCTION ENABLED THEM TO SURVIVE. SHE SAID, I CAN'T EVEN IMAGINE THE CRUELTY THAT DECIDED THAT THIS SHOULD HAPPEN IN THIS TAX BILL. TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THIS MEANS IN PEOPLE'S LIVES, AND TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT IT, TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT IT. REPUBLICANS WANT TO YOU BELIEVE THAT THEIR TRICKLE-DOWN TAX BREAK FOR THE RICH WILL PAY FOR ITSELF. NEVER HAS HAPPENED. NEVER HAS HAPPENED. AS BRUCE BARTLETT, ARCHITECT OF SUPPLY SIDE ECONOMICS, SAID, IT'S NOT TRUE. THAT THIS TRICKLE-DOWN ECONOMICS PAYS FOR ITSELF, IT'S NOT TRUE. IT'S NONSENSE. AND HE WENT ON TO SAY, IT WAS B.S. IN THE FULL EXTENT OF THOSE WORDS. THIS TAX SCAM WON'T CREATE JOBS. IT WON'T RAISE WAGES. IT WILL ONLY SPILL THE -- FILL THE COFFERS OF THE DONORS AND THE FAT CATS IT. WILL ADD TRILLIONS TO THE DEBT AND STICK OUR CHILDREN WITH A BILL THAT YOU CANNOT PAY OFF. NONE OF US WILL PROBABLY BE AROUND BY THE TIME THE FULL IMPACTS OF THE HEMORRHAGING OF THE DEBT IN THE SECOND 20 YEARS OF THIS BILL WILL REQUIRE BIG TAX INCREASES. LOOK TO THE KANSAS EXAMPLE.

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              MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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              THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER.

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              MS. PELOSI

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN.

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              THE GENTLELADY WILL STILL CONTINUE TO PAUSE. THE GENTLELADY WILL STILL…

              THE GENTLELADY WILL STILL CONTINUE TO PAUSE. THE GENTLELADY WILL STILL CONTINUE --

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            • 01:12:06 PM

              MS. PELOSI

              MOTHER OF FIVE BOYS --

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              THE GENTLELADY WILL IT BE TO PAUSE. THE MEMBERS MADE A VALID POINT. THE…

              THE GENTLELADY WILL IT BE TO PAUSE. THE MEMBERS MADE A VALID POINT. THE CHAIR WILL GET THE HOUSE IN ORDER BEFORE THE GENTLELADY CONTINUES. THE GENTLELADY WILL NOW CONTINUE.

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            • 01:12:19 PM

              MS. PELOSI

              MR. SPEAKER, MAYBE I HAVE TO USE MY MOTHER OF FIVE VOICE TO BE HEARD. BUT…

              MR. SPEAKER, MAYBE I HAVE TO USE MY MOTHER OF FIVE VOICE TO BE HEARD. BUT AS A MOTHER OF FIVE, AND A GRANDMOTHER OF NINE, WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BE THINKING ABOUT OUR CHILDREN AND THEIR FUTURES. AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN AND THEIR FUTURES. GOD WILLING ONE DAY SOME OF WILL YOU HAVE GRANDCHILDREN. I ALWAYS ASK YOU THE QUESTION, DO THEY BREATHE AIR? DO THEY DRINK WATER? WHY ARE YOU MESOTHELIOMAING THAT UP -- MESSING THAT UP IN OTHER AREAS OF OUR POLICYMAKING HERE. BUT GETTING BACK TO TO. THIS THE TAX SCAM WON'T CREATE JOBS. IT WON'T RAISE WAGES. IT WILL ONLY FILL THE COFFERS OF DONORS AND THE FAT CATS. THE TAX SCAM WILL ADD TRILLIONS TO THE DEBT. OH, WHERE, OH, WHERE ARE THE DEFICIT HAWKS? HAVE YOU BECOME EXTINCT? IS THERE NOT ONE AMONG YOU WHO UNDERSTANDS WHAT THIS DOES TO THE NATIONAL DEBT? AND WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO YOUR LEADER, FOR HIM TO PUT AT OUR DOOR STEP THE DEBT WHEN IT WAS A CREATION, PRESIDENT BUSH WENT INTO OFFICE ON A PATH FROM PRESIDENT CLINTON OF DEFICIT REDUCTION. THE LAST FIVE CLINTON BUDGETS WERE IN BALANCE OR IN SURPLUS. PRESIDENT BUSH TURNED THAT AROUND BY REPEALING PAY AS YOU GO, TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY, DIDN'T TRICKLE DOWN. TWO UNPAID-FOR WARS. GIVEAWAY TO THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY. TAKING TO US A PLACE -- REMEMBER, SEPTEMBER OF 2008, WHEN WE WERE IN THE WORST ECONOMIC DOWNTURN SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION. BUT ANYWAY. BACK TO HERE. AS REPUBLICANS KNOW, OUR REPUBLICAN FRIENDS HAVE ALREADY SHOWN US THEIR PLAYBOOK. IN THIS BILL, CORPORATIONS WILL GET A CUT OF $1.5 TRILLION, THE SAME $1.5 TRILLION THAT REPUBLICANS PLANNED TO SLASH FROM MEDICARE AND MEDICAID AND THE G.O.P. BUDGET. IN THEIR BONES THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW THEY'RE GETTING A RAW DEAL UNDER THE REPUBLICAN BILL BEFORE US. YOU KNOW IT. YOU KNOW WHY YOU'RE HERE. YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING. DEMOCRATS BELIEVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER, A BETTER DEAL, BETTER JOBS, BETTER WAGES, BETTER FUTURE. WE WANT TO CREATE GOOD PAYING JOBS, RAISE WORKERS' WAGES, LOWER THE COST OF LIVING FOR FAMILIES, GIVE AMERICANS THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO SUCCEED IN THE 21ST CENTURY. BUT YOU CAN'T DO THAT IF YOU HAVE A BUDGET THAT DOES NOT INVEST IN THAT FUTURE AND IS HAMPERED BY THE CUTS. LET'S GO BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD, LET'S WRITE A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT RAISES WAGES, CREATES JOBS, PROMOTES GROWTH, REDUCES THE DEFICIT, TO GET TO THAT PLACE WE WOULD WANT TO GO TO THE TABLE IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF? IN A BIPARTISAN WAY, TO PUT TOGETHER A TAX BILL THAT IS GOOD FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, INSTEAD OF ONE THAT DOES VIOLENCE TO THE AMERICAN DREAM. . I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO. I WANT TO RETURN TO THE U.S. CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS TO PUT THEIR FABULOUS STATEMENT ABOUT THIS TAX BILL IN THE RECORD AND I RETURN TO THEIR -- ONE OF THEIR STATEMENTS. THIS PROPOSAL APPEARS TO BE THE FIRST FEDERAL INCOME TAX MODIFICATION THAT WILL RAISE INCOME TAXES ON THE WORKING POOR WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY MAKING IT BETTER, THEY SAID THEY'RE RAISING TAXES ON THOSE MAKING UNDER $75,000 AND GIVING TACK CUTS TO THE WEALTHY. THEY SAID THEY'RE GOING TO TAKE AFFORDABLE CARE AWAY FROM 13 MILLION AMERICANS. I DON'T KNOW HOW THAT'S MAKING IT BETTER. THAT MIGHT BE SOMETHING YOU APPLAUD BUT I HOPE YOU WOULD NOT VOTE FOR. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 01:16:21 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR REMINDS ALL MEMBERS TO ADDRESS THEIR…

              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR REMINDS ALL MEMBERS TO ADDRESS THEIR COMMENTS TO THE CHAIR AND NOT IN SECOND PERSON.

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            • 01:16:37 PM

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              NO ONE MAN HAS WORKED ON THE TAX REFORM PLAN THAN THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

              NO ONE MAN HAS WORKED ON THE TAX REFORM PLAN THAN THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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            • 01:16:43 PM

              MR. BRADY

              I'M PLEASED AND PROUD TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, MR.…

              I'M PLEASED AND PROUD TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, MR. RYAN.

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            • 01:16:56 PM

              THE SPEAKER

              I HAVEN'T SAID ANYTHING YET. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN IS…

              THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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            • 01:17:09 PM

              THE SPEAKER

              FIRST, I LOVE THIS ONE MINUTE, I TRY NOT TO ABUSE IT TOO MUCH BUT I'M…

              FIRST, I LOVE THIS ONE MINUTE, I TRY NOT TO ABUSE IT TOO MUCH BUT I'M GOING TO RIGHT NOW. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO START OFF BY THANKING CHAIRMAN KEVIN BRADY AND ALL OF THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE FOR THIS JOB WELL DONE. MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE IN A GENERATIONAL DEFINING MOMENT FOR OUR COUNTRY. AND WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE, WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE IS NOT JUST DETERMINING THE KIND OF TAX CODE WE'RE GOING TO HAVE, WHAT WE ARE DOING HERE IS DETERMINING THE KIND OF COUNTRY WE'RE GOING TO HAVE. AND RIGHT NOW, BECAUSE OF THIS ANEMIC ECONOMIC RECOVERY, I MEAN, DON'T FORGET WE HAD THE WORST RECESSION IN OUR LIFETIMES IN 2008. AND EVER SINCE THEN, THIS ECONOMY HAS BEEN FLAT. THIS ECONOMY HAS BEEN WAY UNDER ITS POTENTIAL. THIS ECONOMY HAS BEEN GROWING AT A LIMP 1% TO 2%. YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS FOR HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS? DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS FOR AMERICANS? NOBODY GETS A WAGE INCREASE. LIVING STANDARDS ARE STAGNANT. ECONOMIC ANXIETY IS HIGH. 78% OF OUR WORKERS IN THIS COUNTRY TODAY ARE LIVING PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK. MOST AMERICANS SAY THAT THEY DON'T EVEN HAVE $500 IN THEIR BANK ACCOUNT FOR UNEXPECTED EMERGENCY OR EXPENSE. THIS IS THE ECONOMIC ANXIETY THAT'S FOR REAL IN THIS COUNTRY TODAY. INSTEAD OF THINKING ABOUT GETTING AHEAD, FAMILIES ARE STRUGGLING TO GET BY. THINK ABOUT ALL THE MOMS AND DADS AND HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS GOING TO BED TONIGHT, NOT SLEEPING, WORRIED ABOUT WHAT COMES NEXT WEEK. THIS IS NOT HOW IT SHOULD BE. THIS IS NOT HOW IT IS IN THIS COUNTRY TRADITIONALLY. WE NEED TO RESTORE GROWTH. WE NEED TO RESTORE OPPORTUNITY. WE NEED TO RESTORE THIS BEAUTIFUL THING WE AFFECTIONATELY CALL THE AMERICAN IDEA. PASSING THIS BILL IS THE SINGLE BIGGEST THING WE CAN DO TO GROW THE ECONOMY, RESTORE OPPORTUNITY, AND HELP THESE MIDDLE INCOME FAMILIES WHO ARE STRUGGLING. PEOPLE ALWAYS ASK, WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME? HOW DO I BENEFIT FROM THIS? WELL, I'M A CHART GUY. WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? WHAT THIS SHOWS YOU UNDER THIS PLAN, THE AVERAGE FAMILY AT EVERY INCOME LEVEL GETS A TAX CUT. A TAX CUT AT EVERY AVERAGE LEVEL. AND WHAT THIS CHART SHOWS YOU, THE PEOPLE HERE WHO ARE STRUGGLE, THE PEOPLE IN MIDDLE INCOME BRACKETS, PEOPLE IN LOW INCOME TRYING TO BECOME MIDDLE INCOME, THEY GET THE BIGGEST TAX CUT. THIS PLAN IS GOOD FOR PEOPLE OF ALL WALKS OF LIFE. ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AND THE BIGGER RELIEF GOES TO THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST. LET'S PUT IT INTO NUMBERS. A TYPICAL HOUSEHOLD OF FOUR PEOPLE. THEY MAKE $59,000 IN THIS COUNTRY. THAT FAMILY OF FOUR $1,182 TAX CUT THE FIRST YEAR ALONE. THE MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME, MOM, DAD, TWO KIDS, THE MEANIAN FAMILY INCOME IN AMERICA TODAY IS $87,000. THAT FAMILY WILL GET A $1,941 TAX CUT RIGHT AWAY, YEAR ONE. SO IF YOU'RE ONE OF THOSE 57% OF AMERICANS WHO SAY YOU DON'T EVEN HAVE $500 TO GO TO AN EMERGENCY, THIS REALLY HELPS YOU. LET'S TALK ABOUT THOSE PEOPLE WHO ITEMIZE THEIR TAX, WHO LIVE IN HIGH TAX STATES. MAYBE A COUPLE MAKING $115,000, LIVING IN A HIGH TAX STATE. LET'S SAY THEY'VE GOT $8,400 IN A MORTGAGE INTEREST PAYMENT AND $6,900 IN PROPERTY INTEREST TAXES FOR THE YEAR. THEY CAN WRITE THOSE OFF UNDER THIS PLAN AND STILL SEE A TAX CUT OF $1,130. IF THEY'VE GOT KIDS, AN EVEN LARGER TAX CUT. NOT ONLY TO PEOPLE GET TO KEEP MORE OF THEIR OWN MONEY IN THEIR OWN POCKET, BUT WE DRAMATICALLY SIMPLIFY THE TAX SYSTEM. WE MAKE IT MORE FAIR. TODAY, SEVEN OUT OF 10 AMERICANS DON'T ITEMIZE THEIR DEDUCTIONS. 70% OF AMERICANS TAKE WHAT WE CALL THE STANDARD DEDUCTION FOR THEIR TAXES. IT'S JUST THAT, IT'S STANDARD, STRAIGHTFORWARD. YOU'RE NOT TAXED ON THAT INCOME. BUT OVER THE YEARS, WASHINGTON HAS PILED ON SPECIAL INTEREST LOOPHOLE AFTER SPECIAL INTEREST LOOPHOLE AFTER SPECIAL INTEREST LOOPHOLE. THESE ARE SKEWED TO PEOPLE WHO ARE WEALTHY, WHO ARE WELL-CONNECTED, WHO CAN AFFORD ALL THE TAX LAWYERS, ALL THE ACCOUNTANTS TO NAVIGATE THE TAX CODE SO THEY CAN GET A GOOD DEAL. IF YOU'RE NOT IN THAT GROUP IF YOU DON'T HAVE LAWYERS AND ACCOUNTANTS AND YOU'RE JUST SCRAPING AWAY AT YOUR MIDDLE INCOME, YOU DON'T GET THOSE DEALS. WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS TAKE THOSE LOOPHOLES AWAY, MAKE IT FAIR FOR EVERYBODY, LOWER TAX RATES AND MAKE IT EASY. HERE'S HOW EASY THIS GETS. GOING TO MAKE IT SO EASY THAT BY DOUBLING THE STANDARD DEDUCTION, 90% OF AMERICANS, NINE OUT OF 10 AMERICANS WILL BE ABLE TO FILL OUT THEIR TAXES ON A FORM THE SIZE OF A POSTCARD. AND WHAT THIS MEANS IS, FOR A SINGLE PERSON YOU DENT PAY TAXES IN YOUR FIRST $12,000 OF INCOME. FOR A COUPLE, FOR A MARRIED COUPLE YOU DON'T PAY TAXES ON YOUR FIRST $20,000 OF INCOME. -- FIRST $24,000 OF INCOME. HERE'S THE BASIC PHILOSOPHY. INSTEAD OF JUMPING THROUGH ALL THE HOOPS THAT THE I.R.S. PUTS IN FRONT OF YOU, INSTEAD OF DOING WHAT THE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS SAY YOU NEED TO DO IN ORDER TO GET SOME OF YOUR MONEY BACK, WE BASICALLY SAY, KEEP YOUR MONEY IN THE FIRST PLACE. IT'S YOUR MONEY. DO WHAT YOU WANT WITH IT. ALL OF THIS IS ABOUT TAX RELIEF. IT'S ABOUT FAIRNESS. IT'S ABOUT SIMPLICITY. IT'S ABOUT EASING THE STRESS AND ANXIETY THAT'S IN THIS COUNTRY. BUT WHAT WE YALE NEED TO DO IS WE NEED BETTER JOBS. MORE JOBS. FASTER ECONOMIC GROWTH. HIGHER WAGES. AND THIS BRINGS US TO THE WAY WE TAX OURSELVES AS BUSINESSES. THIS BRINGS US TO WHAT DO WE DO TO MAKE AMERICA THE MOST COMPETITIVE PLACE IN THE WORLD? HERE IS THE REAL PROBLEM WE'VE GOT WHEN IT COMES TO THE WAY WE TAX OUR BUSINESSES. WE'RE THE WORST IN THE WORLD AT IT. WE RIGHT NOW TAX OUR BUSINESSES AT THE HIGHEST CORPORATE TAX RATE IN THE INDUSTRIALIZED WORLD. WHAT DOES THAT DO? LET ME GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE WHERE I COME FROM. IN WISCONSIN, THE EXAMPLE IS JOHNSON CONTROLS. JOHNSON CONTROLS IS A COMPANY WITH A HISTORY DATING BACK TO THE 1880'S IN OUR STATE. IT WAS THE BIGGEST COMPANY WE HAD HEADQUARTERED IN WISCONSIN. NOT ANYMORE. BECAUSE JOHNSON CONTROLS IS AN IRISH COMPANY. AND THEY'RE -- AND THEIR IRISH TAX RATE IS 12.5%. THIS IS HAPPENING ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. COMPANIES JUST TO STAY COMPETITIVE ARE BECOMING FOREIGN COMPANIES. AND WHEN THE HEADQUARTERS OF THAT COMPANY LEAVE YOURS HOMETOWN, WHEN THE HEADQUARTERS OF THAT BUSINESS AND THAT EMPLOYER LEAVE YOURS STATE AND GOES TO ANOTHER COUNTRY, THERE GOES THE UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN. THERE GOES THE WHITE COLLAR JOBS. THERE GOES THE MANUFACTURING. THERE GOES THE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. THERE GOES AMERICANS' COMPETITIVENESS. WHAT'S WORSE, FOREIGN COMPANIES ARE BUYING U.S. COMPANIES BECAUSE IT'S CHEAPER BECAUSE OF TAXES. SO HERE'S WHAT WE DO. INSTEAD OF BEING THE WORST IN THE PACK, WE LEAPFROG OURSELVES BY BRINGING THAT TAX RATE DOWN TO 20%. BECAUSE GUESS WHAT. WHEN YOU TAX YOUR BUSINESSES AT MUCH, MUCH HIGHER TAX RATES THAN OUR FOREIGN COMPETITORS TAX THEIR THEY WIN AND WE LOSE. WE GOT TO STOP LOSING. WE GOT TO START WINNING. THAT'S WHAT THIS DOES. WHAT'S EVEN MORE IMPRESSIVE ABOUT THIS IS IT LOWERS TAXES FOR THOSE SMALL BUSINESSES, THOSE MOM AND POPS, EVEN MORE. SO WE GOT TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR BUSINESSES, THE JOB CREATORS OF AMERICA, HAVE EVERY INCENTIVE TO STAY THERE. HAVE EVERY INCENTIVE TO BUILD HERE. HAVE EVERY INCENTIVE TO HIRE HERE. WHAT'S MORE, WE'RE FINDING THAT BY DOING THIS, WE'RE GOING TO GET FASTER ECONOMIC GROWTH. WE'RE GOING TO GET MORE JOBS. WE'RE GOING TO GET HIGHER WAGES. BETTER TAKE-HOME PAY. LET ME JUST BREAK IT DOWN IN SIMPLE NUMBERS. TAX FOUNDATION THEY RAN THE NUMBERS. NONPARTISAN TAX FOUNDATION SAID WITH THIS BILL, WE'LL GET FASTER GRETH ABOUT 3 1/2% FASTER ECONOMIC GROWTH. 890,000 NEW JOBS. THEY ESTIMATE THAT IN NEW YORK STATE ALONE, 57,834 NEW JOBS. WISCONSIN, 17,999 NEW JOBS. CALIFORNIA, 101,422 NEW JOBS. TEXAS, 74,037 NEW JOBS. AND YOU GET THESE NEW JOBS WHEN YOU GROW THIS ECONOMY YOU PASS THIS BILL YOU GROW THIS ECONOMY. AND SO WHY DO WE DO ALL OF THIS? BECAUSE IT'S ABOUT GIVING PEOPLE MORE TAKE-HOME PAY. IT'S ABOUT RAISING WAGES. IT'S ABOUT HELPING FAMILY WHORS STRUGGLING TO GET AHEAD. IT'S ABOUT GETTING WASHINGTON OUT OF THE BUSINESS OF PICKING WINNERS AND LOSERS. AND GIVING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE KIND OF ECONOMY THEY DESERVE THEARK KIND OF ECONOMY WE CAN HAVE. THIS JUST SHOWS YOU THAT ACROSS EVERY INCOME SCALE, ACROSS THE BOARD, WAGES WILL GO UP. BECAUSE WE'RE GOING TO GROW THE ECONOMY. MOST OF THE WAGE GROWTH GOES TO THE PEOPLE WHO NEED IT MOST. PEOPLE IN THE MIDDLE. PEOPLE WHO ARE STRUGGLING. THAT IS WHY WE'RE HERE. MY COLLEAGUES RIGHT NOW, WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A LONG DAY WHERE PEOPLE ARE WORKING TOOTH AND NAIL IN THEIR JOBS. WE ARE RIGHT HERE IN THE MIDDLE OF A DAY WHERE AMERICA'S WORKERS ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE ENDS MEET, TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH EVERYTHING. THOSE PEOPLE, THE HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS OF THIS COUNTRY THAT WE REPRESENT, THAT IS WHY WE ARE HERE. THIS IS WHY WE'RE DOING THIS THEY ARE THE FOUNDATION OF THIS COUNTRY. WE'RE HERE TODAY FOR THEM. THE SPECIAL INTERESTS ARE TRYING TO PROTECT THEIR PIECE OF THE PIE. ALL THE NEGATIVITY YOU SEE OUT THERE, THERE'S PROBABLY A SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP BACK THERE TRYING TO KEEP THEIR SPECIAL PLACE IN THE TAX CODE. IT IS FINE TIME, IT IS HIGH TIME WE ROOT THAT OUT, WE DON'T SETTLE FOR THE STATUS QUO AND WE GIVE PEOPLE THE KIND OF TAX CODE THEY NEED AND DESERVE. IT HAS BEEN 31 YEARS SINCE WE LAST DID THIS AND IT IS FINALLY TIME THAT WE GET THE GENERAL INTEREST OF THIS COUNTRY TO PROVAIL OVER THE SPECIAL INTERESTS IN WASHINGTON. SO WE KNOW THAT THIS BRINGS MORE FAIRNESS. WE KNOW THAT THIS INCREASES TAX-HOME PAY AND BIGGER PAYCHECKS. WE KNOW THAT THIS GROWS THE ECONOMY AND CREATES MORE OPPORTUNITY. FASTER ECONOMIC GROWTH IS NOT GOING TO FIX EVERY PROBLEM AMERICA HAS. BUT FASTER ECONOMIC GROWTH IS GOING TO HELP US SOLVE EVERY PROBLEM AMERICA HAS. MY COLLEAGUES IRK ASK YOU TODAY TO RAISE YOUR GAZE AND DO SOMETHING BOLD. TO SEE THE FORCE OF -- FOREST THROUGH THE TREES. TO THINK ABOUT THE PEOPLE WE ARE HERE TO ACTUALLY REPRESENT. TO THINK ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE STRUGGLING, WHO ARE GOING TO GO TO BED TONIGHT AND PROBABLY NOT SLEEP BECAUSE THEY'RE WORRIED ABOUT WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN TOMORROW. THAT'S WHAT THIS IS. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST HISTORIC AND THE BIGGEST THINGS THAT WE WILL EVER DO. AND THE REASON IS BECAUSE THIS IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST THINGS WE CAN DO TO IMPROVE PEOPLE'S LIVES. TO REVITALIZE THAT BEAUTIFUL, AMERICAN IDEA. TO SPREAD LIBERTY AND FREEDOM. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT'S GOING TO REFRESH OUR CONFIDENCE IN OURSELVES, IN OUR -- AND OUR CONFIDENCE IN EACH OTHER. ENOUGH SETTLING. ENOUGH GIVING IN. LET'S START TO RECLAIM OUR FUTURE RIGHT HERE IN THIS MOMENT, IN THIS CHAMBER, IN THIS MOMENT, LET'S PASS THIS BILL. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 01:30:18 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELD BACK HIS…

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELD BACK HIS TIME?

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            • 01:30:22 PM

              MR. BRADY

              I DO YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 619, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SWORDED ON THE BILL AS AMENDED. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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            • 01:30:36 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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            • 01:30:45 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE QUESTION IS ON THE PASS AFPBLGT BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE…

              THE QUESTION IS ON THE PASS AFPBLGT BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. -- PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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            • 01:30:55 PM

              MR. NEAL

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

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

              THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE 15-MINUTE VOTE ON THE PASSAGE OF THE BILL WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE ON SPEND SUSPENDING THE RULES AND PASSING H.R. 3109 IF ORDERED. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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            • 01:49:43 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 227, THE NAYS ARE 205, THE BILL IS PASSED.…

              ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 227, THE NAYS ARE 205, THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. THE CHAIR WILL REMIND ALL PERSONS IN THE GALLERY THAT THEY ARE HERE AS GUESTS OF THE HOUSE AND MANIFESTATION OF APPROVAL OR DISAPPROVAL OF PO SEEDINGS IS A VIOLATION OF RULES OF THE HOUSE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS IS ON THE QUESTION OF SUSPENDING THE RULES AND PASSING H.R. 3109 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT THINK BITITLE.

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            • 01:50:52 PM

              THE CLERK

              H.R. 3109 TO A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE AT NORTH…

              H.R. 3109 TO A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE AT NORTH 2ND STREET IN CHILLICOTHE, ILLINOIS, AS THE SENIOR CHIEF RYAN POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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            • 01:51:09 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

              THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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            • 01:52:07 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE CHAIR ANNOUNCES THE SPEAKER'S APPOINTMENT PURSUANT 2 U.S.C. 2081 AND…

              THE CHAIR ANNOUNCES THE SPEAKER'S APPOINTMENT PURSUANT 2 U.S.C. 2081 AND THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 30, 2017, OF THE FOLLOWING MEMBER ON THE PART OF THE HOUSE TO THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL PRESERVATION COMMISSION.

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            • 01:52:30 PM

              THE CLERK

              COMSTOCK OF VIRGINIA.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING COMMUNICATION.

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              THE CLERK

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

              THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR, PURSUANT TO SECTION 5 OF THE FREDERICK DOUGLASS BICENTENNIAL COMMISSION ACT, PUBLIC LAW 15-77, I'M PLEASED TO APPOINT THE FOLLOWING MEMBER TO SERVE AS COMMISSIONER TO THE FREDERICK DOUGLASS BICENTENNIAL COMMISSION, THE HONORABLE ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON OF WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, AND FROM PRIVATE LIFE, MR. KENNETH C. HOLMES JR. OF CORNING COUNT -- OF ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA, SIGNED, SINCERELY, NANCY PELOSI, DEMOCRATIC LEADER.

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            • 01:53:32 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OUT. FOR WHAT…

              THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OUT. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE RISE?

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            • 01:53:41 PM

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              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURN TODAY IT ADJOURN TO MEET AT 10:00 A.M. TOMORROW.

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            • 01:53:50 PM

              TEMPORE WITHOUT

              WITHOUT OBJECTION, -- WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              PLEASE COME TO ORDER, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE ONE-MINUTES. PLEASE COME TO…

              PLEASE COME TO ORDER, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE ONE-MINUTES. PLEASE COME TO ORDER. TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OUTSIDE PLEASE.

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            • 01:55:23 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR…

              THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA STAND UP?

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            • 01:55:38 PM

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

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

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              TEMPORE WITHOUT

              WITHOUT OBJECTION, PLEASE COME TO ORDER. CONVERSATIONS OUTSIDE, PLEASE.…

              WITHOUT OBJECTION, PLEASE COME TO ORDER. CONVERSATIONS OUTSIDE, PLEASE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 01:55:55 PM

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              MR. SPEAKER, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT WILL INCREASE PAYCHECKS FOR…

              MR. SPEAKER, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT WILL INCREASE PAYCHECKS FOR HARDWORKING MONTANANS AND CREATE MONTANA JOBS AND UNLEASH ECONOMIC GROWTH. IN FACT, ANALYSIS FROM THE NONPARTISAN TAX FOUNDATION FINDS THE BILL WILL CREATE NEARLY 2,900 MONTANA JOBS AND WILL INCREASE --

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            • 01:56:22 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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              MR. GEE AHN FORTE

              PROCEED. MR. GEE AHN FORTE: THANK YOU --

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              MR. GIANFORTE

              WILL INCREASE OPPORTUNITY FOR MONTANANS AND INCREASE MONTANA JOBS.…

              WILL INCREASE OPPORTUNITY FOR MONTANANS AND INCREASE MONTANA JOBS. ANALYSIS FROM THE NONPARTISAN TAX FOUNDATION FINDS IT WILL CREATE NEARLY 2,900 MONTANA JOBS AND INCREASE INCOME FOR MEDIAN MONTANA HOUSEHOLDS BY $2,200. HARDWORKING MONTANANS WILL SEE A BIG TAX BREAK BY CUTTING THEIR RATES AND DOUBLING THE STANDARD DEDUCTION. MONTANA FAMILIES WILL BENEFIT FROM THE INCREASED CHILD TAX CREDIT. TODAY, ONLY ABOUT ONE IN FOUR MONTANANS ITEMIZE THEIR DEDUCTIONS. FILLING OUT STACKS OF PAPERWORK FOR HOURS AFTER SAVING PILES OF RECEIPTS. WITH TAX REFORM, THESE DAYS ARE OVER. UNDER THE NEW PLAN, NINE OUT OF 10 AMERICANS WON'T HAVE TO ITEM IDES AND SEE THEIR FULL TAX BENEFIT -- TO SEE THEIR FULL TAX BENEFIT AND WILL FILE THEIR TAXES ON SOMETHING LIKE A POSTCARD. I'M PROUD TO VOTE FOR THE TAX REFORM THAT WILL CREATE THOUSANDS OF MONTANAN JOBS, ENSURE HARDWORKING MONTANANS KEEP MORE OF WHAT THEY EARN AND HELP SMALL BUSINESS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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            • 01:57:52 PM

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              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA RISE?

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

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              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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              I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY ON NOVEMBER 25. SMALL…

              I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY ON NOVEMBER 25. SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY TAKES PLACE EVERY YEAR ON THE SATURDAY AFTER THANKSGIVING. IT IS A DAY FOR AMERICANS TO SUPPORT THEIR COMMUNITY AND THEIR LOCAL BUSINESSES. AS A FORMER SMALL BUSINESS OWNER MYSELF, I KNOW THE VALUE THAT OUR SMALL, LOCALLY OWNED BUSINESSES ADD TO OUR SMALL -- TO OUR LOCAL ECONOMIES. ARIZONA IS A PROUD HOME TO MORE THAN 500,000 SMALL BUSINESSES THAT EMPLOY NEARLY A MILLION ARIZONANS. THESE SMALL BUSINESSES ARE THE LIFE BLOOD OF OUR LOCAL ECONOMIES AND THEY ARE VITAL TO THE FUTURE OF OUR COMMUNITIES. OUR ENTREPRENEURS ARE LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADERS THAT HIRE LOCAL EMPLOYEES AND THEY CONTRIBUTE TO LOCAL CAUSES. THIS HOLIDAY SHOPPING SEASON WE HAVE THE CHANCE TO SHOW APPRECIATION FOR OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES AND ALL THEY DO FOR OUR COMMUNITIES. I ENCOURAGE ALL AMERICANS TO GET OUT AND SHOP AT YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL SMALL BUSINESS OR DINE AT YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL RESTAURANT AND SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY ON NOVEMBER 25. I YIELD BACK. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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              FROM ARKANSAS RISE? YOU ARE RECOGNIZED.

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              MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1, THE TAX CUT…

              MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1, THE TAX CUT AND JOBS ACT. WITH CHAIRMAN BRADY'S LEADERSHIP, MY COLLEAGUES AND I WORKED HARD TO COMBINE OUR IDEAS TO HELP AMERICANS ACROSS THE NATION HAVE LOWER TAXES, BETTER CAREERS, AND MORE MONEY IN THEIR FAMILY BUDGET. OVER THE PAST YEAR IT'S BEEN A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT, I'VE LISTENED TO AND WORKED WITH PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES ON THEIR IDEAS ABOUT TAX REFORM FROM ALL ACROSS THE SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS.

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            • 01:59:52 PM

              MR. HILL

              YOU MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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              I ASK THE

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

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

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            • 02:00:57 PM

              MS. JACKSON LEE

              MINUTE.

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              MS. JACKSON LEE

              I THANK YOU. AMEN.

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              MS. JACKSON LEE

              I THANK YOU. AMEN.

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              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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              MS. WILSON

              HAVE VOTED NAY ON ROLL CALL NUMBER 637.

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              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN'S REQUEST IS ON RECORD. FOR WHAT…

              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN'S REQUEST IS ON RECORD. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, YOU ARE RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN THE REALM OF HUMANITY, THAT WHICH IS COBBLED…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN THE REALM OF HUMANITY, THAT WHICH IS COBBLED TOGETHER BY HUMANS, IS RARELY PERFECT AND SO, TOO, THE TAX REFORM THAT WE UNDERTOOK TODAY IS NOT PERFECT. HOWEVER, IT WAS OVERDUE AND IT'S GOOD AND CANDIDLY ANY LEGISLATION CONTEMPLATED THAT WAS LAST ADDRESSED WHEN I WEIGHED 112 POUNDS AND HAD A FULL HAIR IS LONG OVERDUE. I WILL SUBMIT IT IS WITH THE CONFIDENCE AND BELIEF IN THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS CHAMBER AND THE RELEVANT COMMITTEES THAT WE WILL DISCUSS THE MAINTENANCE OF THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION TAX CREDIT WHICH IS INCLUDED IN THE SENATE VERSION OF THIS BILL THAT I CAST MY BALLOT TODAY. I THINK IT'S A WORTHWHILE INVESTMENT TO RECOGNIZE DOWNTRODDEN AREAS. I ALSO HOPE THAT MEMBERS OF THIS BODY ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WOULD CONSIDER THE OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS TO REMOVE THEMSELVES FROM THE DARK CLOUD OF STUDENT LOAN DEBT BY VIRTUE OF REVIEWING THE STUDENT SECURITY ACT THAT WILL BE UNVEILED HERE WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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            • 02:03:44 PM

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              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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              MR. COHEN

              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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              MR. COHEN

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WHAT HAPPENED TODAY ON THIS FLOOR WAS A MASSIVE…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WHAT HAPPENED TODAY ON THIS FLOOR WAS A MASSIVE TAX BREAK FOR THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY. OVER HALF OF THE TAX DOLLARS WILL GO TO PEOPLE IN THE UPPER 1% OF THE INCOME STRATA. AND THE BIG POT OF GOLD AT THE END IS ELIMINATING THE INHERENTANS TAX BY THE YEAR 20 -- INHERITANCE TAX BY THE YEAR 2024 SO THE HEIRS OF THE RICHEST WILL GET MILLIONS AND HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF TAX RELIEF. THIS BILL SHOULD HAVE BEEN GEARED TOWARD THE MIDDLE CLASS. THEY ARE GETTING TIP CHANGE BY A CHEAP RESTAURANT. WHILE THE RICH IS GETTING NO A.M.T. TAX, INHERITANCE TAX CHANGES. THEY GET THE MONEY. THE MIDDLE CLASS GETS SHAFTED. IT'S A CON JOB, IT'S A SHAME. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:04:51 PM

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

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

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            • 02:05:03 PM

              MR. LAMALFA

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF KOREAN WAR…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF KOREAN WAR VETERAN JACK TOLBERT WHO PASSED AWAY THIS MONTH AT THE AGE OF 94. A LONGTIME RESIDENT OF REDDING, CALIFORNIA, OVER 50 YEARS. ORIGINALLY A TEXAS NATIVE, JACK WAS. HE'S AWARDED THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS FOR HIS HEROISM IN KOREA WHICH IN 1953 AT HIS POST IN SOUTH KOREA CAME UNDER ATTACK. CHINESE SOLDIER HURLED A GRENADE INTO SERGEANT TOLBERT'S BUNKER. INCREDIBLE MOMENT OF SELFLESS BRAVERY, JACK HURLED HIMSELF ON THE GRENADE TO SHIELD HIS FELLOW SOLDIERS FROM THE EXPLOSION FROM INJURIES OR EVEN DEATH. JACK, HE LOST BOTH HIS LEGS IN THAT. AMONG NUMEROUS OTHER INJURIES. THOUGH HE WOULD NEVER ADMIT IT HIMSELF, HE TRULY WAS A HERO FROM HAVING DONE SO AND PROTECTING HIS BROTHERS IN ARMS. BUT I KNEW HIM PERSONALLY AND IT WAS ALWAYS A JOY TO SEE JACK IT THE VARIOUS EVENTS AROUND CHASTA COUNTY. AROUND THE REDDING AREA. HE NEVER LET WHAT HIS CONDITION MIGHT BE GET HIM DOWN. HE WAS ALWAYS THE MOST POSITIVE PEOPLE IN THE ROOM AND A JOY TO BE AROUND. WE WILL MISS HIM DEARLY BUT WE ARE ALL BLESSED TO HAVE HIM IN OUR LIVES, WHETHER IT WAS HIS SERVICE IN KOREA OR HIS TIME AS OUR NEIGHBOR. GOD BLESS HIM AND HIS FAMILY. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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            • 02:06:51 PM

              MR. PAYNE

              MR. SPEAKER, LET US NEVER FORGET THAT THE G.O.P. TAX SCAM WILL HARM REAL…

              MR. SPEAKER, LET US NEVER FORGET THAT THE G.O.P. TAX SCAM WILL HARM REAL PEOPLE. ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON, 42 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM THE CRYSTAL RAY NEWARK HIGH SCHOOL WERE HERE AT THE CAPITOL URGING ME TO VOTE AGAINST THE G.O.P. TAX SCAM. MR. SPEAKER, THE YOUNG PEOPLE I MET WITH -- THE YOUNG PEOPLE I MET WITH ARE FROM FINANCIALLY STRUGGLING FAMILIES. THEY WORKED HARD AND GOT ACCEPTED INTO AN INNOVATIVE SCHOOL TO GAIN PROFESSIONAL SKILLS. THE STUDENTS TAKE PART IN A CORPORATE WORK STUDY PROGRAM. THEIR EARNINGS GO TOWARDS THEIR COLLEGE PREPARATORY EDUCATION. THE MODEL WORKS. LAST YEAR 100% OF CRYSTAL RAY'S STUDENTS WERE ACCEPTED INTO FOUR-YEAR COLLEGES. BUT UNDER THE G.O.P. TAX SCAM, THESE BRIGHT YOUNG PEOPLE FROM FINANCIALLY DISADVANTAGED FAMILIES WILL HAVE TO PAY TAXES ON THEIR WORK STUDY EARNINGS, TAXES THEY CANNOT AFFORD. THAT IS WRONG. I WILL CONTINUE TO STAND UP AGAINST THE G.O.P. TAX SCAM AND STAND FOR PROGRAMS THAT BENEFIT AMERICA'S CHILDREN. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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              MS. FOXX

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

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              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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              MS. FOXX

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF NATIONAL BIBLE…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK. FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS, THE BIBLE'S BEEN A SOURCE OF GUIDANCE AND STRENGTH FOR HUMANITY DURING TIMES OF TURMOIL AND CONFUSION, I CAN THINK OF NO MORE IMPORTANT SOURCE OF COMFORT THAN THE WISDOM PROVIDED IN THE GOOD BOOK. THE BIBLE SERVES AS A PROFOUND INFLUENCE IN MY LIFE AS WELL AS OTHERS IN THIS CHAMBER, AND MANY OF US GATHER WEEKLY FOR PRAYER BREAKFAST AND BIBLE STUDY. THE BIBLE OFFERS US HOPE WHEN CIRCUMSTANCES ARE DIRE AND AS A SOURCE OF STRENGTH WHEN HUMAN FRAILTY BRINGS US LOW. AS WE READ IN THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW, COME ONTO ME AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST. NEXT WEEK AS WE CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING MY PRAYER IS IT WILL BE A TIME OF HEALING AND UNITY FOR ALL. AS WE REFLECT ON THE BLESSINGS GOD HAS PROVIDED, I HOPE WE WILL ALSO CELEBRATE THE GIFT GOD PROVIDES US DAILY THROUGH HIS HOLY WORD. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 02:09:21 PM

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

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

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              THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. JUST A FEW MINUTES AGO ON THE FLOOR OF…

              THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. JUST A FEW MINUTES AGO ON THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WE SAW A VOTE ON WHAT HAS BEEN CALLED THE MIDDLE-CLASS TAX CUT, AND UNFORTUNATELY I'M HERE TO REMIND ALL OF US, MR. SPEAKER, THAT IT REALLY IS A TAX SCAM BECAUSE WHEN WE'VE LOOKED INTO THE MANY COMMUNITIES ACROSS AMERICA, HARDWORKING FAMILIES LIKE THE HARDWORKING FAMILIES IN THE DISTRICT I REPRESENT IN CALIFORNIA, THE AVERAGE FAMILY OR HOUSEHOLD THAT FILES A TAX RETURN EVERY APRIL 15 MAKES AN AVERAGE INCOME OF ABOUT $69,000 AND THAT FAMILY, ACCORDING TO WHAT WAS JUST PASSED OFF OF THIS FLOOR, IS GOING TO BE LEAVING BEHIND OVER $1,000 MORE THAN THEY NORMALLY WOULD HAVE WHEN THEY DO THEIR TAXES.

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            • 02:10:30 PM

              MR. CARDENAS

              AND THAT HURTS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. THAT FAMILY IS A HARDWORKING FAMILY.…

              AND THAT HURTS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. THAT FAMILY IS A HARDWORKING FAMILY. THAT FAMILY CANNOT AFFORD TO MISS OUT ON $1,000 OF THEIR HARD-EARNED MONEY, BUT I HEARD PEOPLE SAY EARLIER TODAY THAT THAT WASN'T GOING TO HAPPEN AND THAT'S JUST NOT TRUE. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 02:10:48 PM

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

              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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            • 02:10:58 PM

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              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE HOUSE HAS JUST ONLY MOMENTS AGO PASSED…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE HOUSE HAS JUST ONLY MOMENTS AGO PASSED HISTORIC TAX REFORM. I'M PROUD TO HAVE SUPPORTED IT. IN CONFERENCE, WE WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO EVEN IMPROVE THE BILL, BUT THERE'S ONE ISSUE I'D LIKE TO RAISE FOR THEM AND THAT'S CLOSING THE BERMUDA LOOPHOLE. A COMPANY IN BERMUDA STRIPS MONEY OUT OF ITS U.S. BRANCH AND INVESTS THE MONEY UNDER BERMUDA TAX LAW MEANING THEY DON'T PAY VIRTUALLY NOTHING ON THAT INCOME AND IT'S A CRIPPLING ADVANTAGE. COMPANIES THAT STAY IN AMERICA ARE GETTING KILLED. WE'VE HAD TWO MASSIVE INVERSIONS IN THE LAST TWO YEARS TO BERMUDA AND TO SWITZERLAND. THE NUMBER OF FOREIGN PROPERTY CASUALTY INSURERS IN THE LAST 25 -- IN THE TOP 25 HAS INCREASED SEVEN-FOLD SINCE 1990. CLOSING THIS LOOPHOLE WAS IN THE SENATE BILL AND THE LAST HOUSE TAX PROPOSAL. IT RAISES $8.7 BILLION IN REVENUE. THAT IN ADDITION TO THE COUNTLESS JOBS AND PROUD AMERICAN BUSINESSES THAT IT WOULD SAVE. WE CAN'T HAVE A TAX CODE THAT DESTROYS AMERICAN BUSINESS. WE HAVE GOT TO CLOSE THIS LOOPHOLE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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            • 02:12:14 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE CHAIR WILL RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FOR SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES WITHOUT…

              THE CHAIR WILL RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FOR SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES WITHOUT PREJUDICE TO THE PRESUMPTION OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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            • 02:12:47 PM

              MR. GOHMERT

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              THE GENTLEMAN HAS 10 MINUTES REMAINING.

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              MR. GOHMERT

              MINUTES I HAVE HERE, THIS WILL BE THE LAST SESSION BEFORE THANKSGIVING…

              MINUTES I HAVE HERE, THIS WILL BE THE LAST SESSION BEFORE THANKSGIVING DAY. GREATLY DISTURBED THAT WE HAVE SO MANY YOUNG PEOPLE IN AMERICA WHO CAN'T EXPLAIN WHAT THANKSGIVING, WHY IT WAS ORIGINALLY STARTED, WHO THANKSGIVING -- WHO THANKS WAS GIVEN TO. MANY THOUGHT IT WAS TO THE INDIANS BUT IT WAS NOT. THIS IS A DECLARATION MAY 2, 1778 TO TROOPS AT VALLEY FORGE. THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF DIRECTS THAT DIVINE SERVICE BE PERFORMED EVERY SUNDAY 11:00 IN EACH BRIGADE WHICH HAS A CHAPLAIN. THESE BRIGADES WHICH HAVE NONE WILL ATTEND THE PLACES OF WORSHIP NEAREST TO THEM. IT IS EXPECTED THAT OFFICERS OF ALL RANKS WILL BY THEIR ATTENDANCE SET AN EXAMPLE FOR THEIR MEN. WHILE WE ARE ZEALOUSLY PERFORMING THE DUTIES OF GOOD CITIZENS AND SOLDIERS, WE CERTAINLY OUGHT NOT TO BE INATTENTIVE TO THE HIGHER DUTIES OF RELIGION. TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHARACTER OF PATRIOT, IT SHOULD BE OUR HIGHEST GLORY TO LAWED THE MORE DISTINGUISHED CHARACTER OF MUSLIM -- I'M SORRY -- IT SAYS CHRISTIAN. GEORGE WASHINGTON SAID THAT A HIGHEST GLORY OF A PATRIOT SOLDIER WOULD BE THE MORE DISTINGUISHED CHARACTER OF A CHRISTIAN. IT WAS IN AN ORDER HE GAVE. SO I KNOW PEOPLE ARE SAYING THIS IS TOTALLY APPROPRIATE NOW, AND THEY WONDER WHY EVIL IS -- SEEMS TO KEEP GROWING IN AMERICA, BUT AS WE LOOK WHERE WE CAME FROM AND WE LOOK AT WHAT PRIOR LEADERS DID TO DEFEAT THE FORCES OF EVIL THAT ARE HERE IN THIS WORLD AND WILL BE AS LONG AS IT'S HERE IN THIS FORM, SEEMS LIKE THERE'S A CORRELATION BETWEEN WHEN THE COUNTRY IS PRAYING TO GOD AND ASKING FOR HIS PROTECTION AND BLESSING AND WHEN EVIL SEEMS TO BE GROWING. THOMAS JEFFERSON, 1781, NOTED -- AND IT'S ENGRAVED IN HIS MEMORIAL. LIFE THAT GAVE US LIFE GAVE US LIBERTY. CAN THEY DO THAT WHEN WE HAVE REMOVED THEIR ONLY BASIS, A CONVICTION IN THE MINDS OF THESE LIBERTIES ARE A GIFT OF GOD, THEY ARE NOT TO BE VIOLATED BUT WITH HIS WRATH. INDEED, I TREMBLE FROM MY COUNTRY WHEN I REFLECT THAT GOD IS JUST, THAT IS JUST -- JUSTICE CANNOT SLEEP FOREVER. THAT'S THOMAS JEFFERSON. JOHN QUINCY ADAMS, SEPTEMBER 26, 1810. WROTE A LETTER TO HIS SON, THE U.S. MINISTER AT ST. PETERSBURG. SO GREAT IS MY VEN RATION FOR THE BIBLE AND SO STRONG MY BELIEF THAT WHEN DULY READ AND MEDITATED ON IT IS OF BOOKS IN THE WORLD THAT WHICH CONTRIBUTES MOST TO MAKE MEN GOOD, WISE AND HAPPY. FORMER PRESIDENT, NOMINATED SUPREME COURT BY JAMES MADISON. AND THIS ON MARCH 30, 1863, BY ABRAHAM LINCOLN. GREAT REPUBLICAN. LINCOLN SAID, IT IS THE DUTY OF NATIONS AS WELL AS OF MEN TO OWN THEIR DEPENDENCE UPON THE OVERRULING POWER OF GOD, TO CONFESS THEIR SINS AND TRANSGRESSIONS AND HUMBLE SORROW. YET WITH ASSURED HOPE THAT GENUINE REPITTANCE WILL LEAD TO MERCY AND PARDON AND RECOGNIZE THE SUBLIME TRUTH ANNOUNCED IN THE HOLY SCRIPTURES AND PROVEN BY ALL HISTORY THAT THOSE NATIONS ARE ONLY BLESSED WHOSE GOD IS THE LORD. ANOTHER PLACE HE SAID -- THIS IS LINCOLN'S WRITTEN WORD. WE HAVE FORGOTTEN GOD. WE HAVE FORGOTTEN THE GRACIOUS HAND WHICH PRESERVED US IN PEACE AND MULTIPLIED AND ENRICHED AND STRENGTHENED US AND WE HAVE VAINLY MANLED IN THE DECEITFULNESS OF OUR HEARTS THAT ALL THESE BLESSINGS WERE PRODUCED BY SOME SUPERIOR WISDOM AND VIRTUE OF OUR OWN. INTOXICATED WITH UNBROKEN SUCCESS, WE HAVE BECOME TOO SELF-SUFFICIENT TO FILL THE NECESSITY OF PRESERVING GRACE, TOO PROUD TO PRAY TO GOD THAT MADE US. IT BEHOOVES US THEN TO HUMBLE OURSELVES BEFORE THE OFFENDED POWER TO CONFESS OUR NATIONAL SINS AND TO PRAY FOR CLEMENCY AND FORGIVENESS. THAT WAS A NATIONAL PROCLAMATION BY ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND THANK GOD THERE A MAJORITY OF AMERICANS PARTICIPATED IN THAT AND PRAYED TO GOD. HIS SECOND INAUGURAL HE'S TALKING ABOUT NORTH AND SOUTH. IT'S ENSCRIBED ON THE INSIDE NORTH WALL OF THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL. AND ABOUT HALF TO 2/3 OF THE WAY THROUGH THERE IN THE MIDDLE HE SAYS, HE'S TALKING ABOUT NORTH AND SOUTH, BOTH READ THE SAME BIBLE, BOTH PRAY TO THE SAME GOD. PRAYERS OF BOTH COULD NOT BE ANSWERED. NEITHER HAS BEEN ANSWERED FULLY. THE ALMIGHTY HAS HIS OWN PURPOSE BUT WOE UPON THE WORLD BECAUSE OF OFFENSES. YET, IF GOD WILL THAT IT CONTINUE UNTIL ALL THE WEALTH PILED BY THE BONDSMEN 250 YEARS OF UNREQUITED TOIL SHALL BE SHRUNK AND UNTIL EVERY DROP OF BLOOD ANOTHER WILL BE DONE BY THE SWORD AS WAS SAID 3,000 YEARS AGO, IT STILL MUST BE SAID THE JUDGMENTS OF THE LORD ARE TRUE AND RIGHTEOUS ALTOGETHER. I WANT TO FINISH WITH THIS FROM JOHN F. KENNEDY. HE WAS TALKING AT THE LIGHTING OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE BUT AT A TIME OF THANKSGIVING IT'S CERTAINLY APPROPRIATE. WITH THE LIGHTING OF THIS TREE, WHICH IS AN OLD CEREMONY IN WASHINGTON AND ONE WHICH HAS BEEN AMONG THE MOST IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITIES OF A GOOD MANY PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES, WE INITIATE IN A FORMAL WAY THE CHRISTMAS SEASON, WE MARK THE FESTIVAL OF CHRISTMAS WHICH IS THE MOST SACRED AND HOPEFUL DAY IN OUR CIVILIZATION. FOR NEARLY 2,000 YEARS THE MESSAGE OF CHRISTMAS, THE MESSAGE OF PEACE AND GOOD WILL TOWARDS MEN HAS BEEN THE GUIDING STAR OF OUR ENDEAVORS. I HAD A MEETING WHICH INCLUDED SOME OF OUR REPRESENTATIVES FROM FAR OFF COUNTRIES IN AFRICA AND ASIA, THEY WERE RETURNING TO THEIR POSTS FOR THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS. TALKING WITH THEM I WAS STRUCK BY THE FACT THAT IN THE FAR OFF CONNENTS, HINDUS, ON THE 25TH DAY OF DECEMBER TO CELEBRATE THE BIRTHDAY OF THE PRINCE OF PEACE. THERE COULD BE NO MORE STRIKING PROOF THAT CHRISTMAS IS TRULY THE UNIVERSAL HOLIDAY OF MEN. WE DEDICATE OUR THOUGHTS TO OTHERS. WHEN ALL ARE REMINDED THAT MERCY AND COMPASSION ARE THE ENDURING VIRTUES, WHEN ALL SHOW BY SMALL DEEDS AND LARGE AND BY ACTS THAT IT IS MORE BLESSED TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE. IT IS THE DAY WHEN WE REMIND OURSELVES THAT MAN CAN AND MUST LIVE IN PEACE WITH HIS NEIGHBORS AND IT'S THE PEACEMAKERS THAT ARE TRULY BLESSED AND THIS YEAR OF 1962 WE GREET EACH OTHER CHRISTMAS WITH SOME SPECIAL SENSE OF BLESSING OF PEACE. SO MR. SPEAKER, THIS PERIOD OF THANKSGIVING THAT WE'LL HAVE IN THE NEXT WEEK WILL HOPEFULLY BE A TIME WHEN WE WILL COME BACK TOGETHER MORE AS A NATION, WHEN WE WILL BIND OUR HEARTS IN PRAYER AND THANKSGIVING AND ASK FOR GOD'S PROTECTION AS OUR GREATEST PRESIDENTS DID. AND I KNOW THOSE PRAYERS WILL BE ANSWERED. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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              MAYOR OTERO

              SPEAKER, A -- THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE

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              THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MR.…

              THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER. THE SPEAKER PRO

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            • 03:12:57 PM

              THE SECRETARY

              SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER.

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              MR. SPEAKER.

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              THE SECRETARY

              MADAM SECRETARY. THE SECRETARY: I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY THE SENATE TO…

              MADAM SECRETARY. THE SECRETARY: I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY THE SENATE TO INFORM THE HOUSE THAT THE SENATE HAS AGREED TO THE CONFERENCE WITH THE HOUSE THEREON H.R. 2810, AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018 FOR MILITARY ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND FOR DEFENSE ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY. TO PRESCRIBE MILITARY PERSONNEL STRENGTH FOR SUCH FISCAL YEAR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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            • 03:14:29 PM

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              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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              MR. GOHMERT

              MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD MOVE THAT AFTER SUCH A GREAT DAY THAT WE NOW HEREBY…

              MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD MOVE THAT AFTER SUCH A GREAT DAY THAT WE NOW HEREBY ADJOURN.

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            • Morning Hour92 Hours
            • Opening Procedures7 Hours

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            Source: Resume of Congressional Activity (senate.gov)