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House Session - November 28, 2017

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

Speakers:
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  • 12:00:09 PM

    The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

    • 12:00:20 PM

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

    • 12:00:38 PM

      MORNING-HOUR DEBATE

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

      • 12:00:41 PM

        TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

        PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM LISTS SUBMITTED BY THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE. THE CHAIR WILL AERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTIES. ALL TIME SHALL BE EQUALLY ALLOCATED BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND IN NO EVENT SHALL DEBATE CONTINUE BEYOND 1:50 P.M. EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND MINORITY WHIP SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MR. COURTNEY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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      • 12:01:16 PM

        MR. COURTNEY

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

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MR. SPEAKER,'M HERE TOYED TODAY TO TALK ABOUT A POSITIVE, ENCOURAGING DECISION THAT OCCURRED LAST WEEK FOR THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT THAT WAS ISSUED BY THE UNDERSECRETARY OF THE TREASURY. IT CONCERNED A TERRIBLE PROBLEM THAT HAS SWEPT THROUGH THE STATE BEST KNOWN AS CRUMBLING FOUNDATIONS. DUE TO SOME OUTSTANDING JOURNALISM THAT TOOK PLACE OVER THE LAST COUPLE YEARS, TV REPORTER BY THE NAME OF GEORGE COLLIE JR., CAROLYN WHDID A SERIES ON THIS PROBLEM, THE JOURNAL ENQUIRER, ERIC, WHO HAS BEEN CONSISTENTLY REPORTING ON THIS ISSUE, IT CAME FORWARD AND WAS FLUSHED OUT TO THE PUBC THAT A QUARRY UP IN NORTH CENTRAL CONNECTICUT WAS SUPPLYING AGGREGATE CONCRETE FOR HOMES OVER THE LAST 30 YEARS THAT CONTAIN THE MATERIAL KNOWN AS PYROTITE. IT'S A METAL SUBSTANCE WHICH WHEN EXPOSED TO MOISTURE OVER A PERIOD OF TIME OXIDIZES OR RUSTS AND CREATES A SICKENING SPIDER WEB CRAIN THAT ULTIMATELY COMPROMISES THE FOUNDATION ON HOMES. ESTIMATES RUN AS HIGH AS 19,000 HOMEOWNERS AGAIN WHO UNKNOWINGLY HAVE THIS FORM OF CONCRETE THAT THREATENS, AGAIN, PROBABLY THEIR FAMILY'S BIGGEST ASSET, NAMELY THEIR HOME. AGAIN, AS YOU CAN SEE IN THIS PICTURE, THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF A HOME IN CONNECTICUT WHERE THE HOME WAS LIFTED WITH THEOUSE JACK AND THE CONTRACTOR WAS ACTUALLABLE TO REMOVE THE NCRETEY HAND. THAT'S HOW COMPROMISED, UNSTABLE THE HOME WAS BECAUSE OF THIS TERRIBLE PROBLEM. THIS PICTURE SHOWS AN EXAMPLE O A CONDOMINIUM PROJECT THAT WAS COMETELY JACKED UP FOR THE REPAIRS, WHICH, AGAIN, INVOLVED JACKING UP THE HOUSE, REMOVING THE OLD FOUNDATN, POURING A NEWFOUNDATION, AND THEN LOWERING AND RECONNECTING THE RECONNECTING THE HOME WHERE THE CONDOMINIUM TO THE NEWFOUNDATION. FOR HOMEOWNER, AGAIN, OF A RATHER AVERAGE ZE HOUSE, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT REPAIRS THAT TOTAL AS MUCH AS $150,000 TO $250,000. IN SOME CASES IT ALMOST SURPASSES THE FAMILY'S VALUEN THEIR HOME. IT HAS SET OFA WAVE OF LITIGATI, CLAIMS AGAINST PROPERTY CASUALTY INSURERS, WITH MIXED PRORLINGTS. THE THEIR HOME. IT HAS SET PROPEY CASUALTY POLICIES IN MANY CASES REQUIRE ONLY COVERAGE FOR SUDDEN COLLAPSE AS OPPOSED TO SOMETHING THA HAPPENS OVER A PERIOD OF TIME. DEVASTATING FOR THE HOMEOWNERS, AGAIN, WHO ARE AFFECTED BY THIS. IT AFFECTS ABOUT 40 COMMUNITIES IN NORTH CENTRAL AND EASTERN COECTICUT. ON WEDNESDAY, T TREASURY DEPARTMENT ISSUED A RULING EXTENDING THE PROPERTY CASUALTY LOSS TAX CODE PROVISIONS TO ALLOW THESE HOMEOWNERS TO TAKE A DEDUCTION FOR THEIR LOSS. THIS WAS A 19-MONTH PROCESS WHICH TOOK PLACE FROM MYFFCE WITH AN OUTSTANDING STAFFER, CONGRESSMAN JOHN LARSEN'S OFFICE FROM THE HARTFORD AREA, AN OUTSTANDING STAFFER THERE, AND UNDERSECRETARY COTTER WHO ISSUED THE RULING THAT AGAIN WILL PROVIDE SA HARBOR FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE SUFFERED LOSS TO BE ABLE TO CLAIM THATN THEIR TAX RETURNS. AGAIN WE HAD THE SUPPORT OF THE FORMER ACTING -- DEPARTING I.R.S. MMISSIONER, AS WELL AS THE NAONAL TAXPAYER ADVOCATE WHO ENDORSED THIS REQUEST LAST YEAR UNDER THE ISSUED THE RULING PRIOR ADMINISTRATION. SO AGAIN TWO ADMINISTRATIONS WORKING WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, PRESENTING THE FACTS IN THEAW, AND GETTING A DECISION WHICH ACTUALLY IS A POSITIVE MOVEMENT FORWARD F HOMEOWNERS, AGAIN, THAT ARE IN THIS AFFECTED REGION. AGAIN, IT SHOWED THE INTERPLAY OF PREFRESS, OF THE ORGANIZING THAT TOOK PLACE, THE CONNECTICUTOALITION AGAINST CRUMBLING FOUNDIONS LED BY TIM FROM ACCOUT K ORGANIZED HOMEOWNERS, DID RLIES, TOWN HALS, BROUGHT THEIR CASE FORWARD AND IT RESULTED IN REAL CHGE. THE NEEDLE MOVED TO ALLOW PEOPLE MUCH NEEDED RELIEF. WE HAVE MORE WORK DO. AS WINSTOCHURCHILL SAID, THIS IS NOT THE END, IT'S NOT EVEN THE BEGINNING OF THE END, IT'S THE END OF THE BEGINNING. THE DECISION THE DAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING BY THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT GAVE GREAT HOPE TO THESE HOMEOWNERS THAT ACTUALLY THE SYSTEM CAN WORK. AND AGAIN THAT'PROBABLY THE MOSPOWERFUL EMOTION THAT PEOPLE TOOAWAY FROM THE DECISION THAT TOOK PLACE ON WEDNESDAY. WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD TO HELP PEOPLE, MIDDLE CLASS, HDWORKING PEOPLE WHO PAID THEIR BILLS AND INVESTED AGAIN TS THEIR LIFE'S BIGGEST ASSET, THEIR HOME, TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE PROTECTED AND GET HELP. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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      • 12:05:39 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. CURTIS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

      • 12:05:44 PM

        MR. CURTIS

        MINUTES.

      • 12:08:20 PM

        THE EAR PRO TEMPORE

        THANK YOU. I YIE MY TI. THE EAR PRO TEMPORE: THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

        THANK YOU. I YIE MY TI. THE EAR PRO TEMPORE: THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR.ARSHALL, FO FIVE MINUTES.

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      • 12:08:27 PM

        MR. MARSHALL

        MINUTES.

      • 12:11:12 PM

        PROEMPORE PURSUANT

        CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXS, MR. ARRINGTON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

      • 12:11:42 PM

        MR. ARRINGTON

        THANK YOU, MR SPEAKER. HISTORY IS REPLETE WITH EXAMPLES OF PROSPEROUS…

        THANK YOU, MR SPEAKER. HISTORY IS REPLETE WITH EXAMPLES OF PROSPEROUS NATIONS AND POWRFUL EMPIRES WHOSE DEMISE WANOA SULT OF ADVEARIES ON THE OUTSIDE BY RAHEE ENEMY WITHIN CONGRESS AND OUR PRESIDENT FACE TIMELY WHOSE DEMISE WANOT A THEEED TO REVIVE OUR ECONOMY TO GIVE AMERICANS BETTER JOBS. THE SERIOUS ISSUES AND THEY CESSITATE A NSE O EMERGENCY AN BOLD ACTIONHAT IS ARERREVANT IF WE EXPERIENCE ASOVEREIGN DEBT CRIS. THIS IS NOT A HYPOTHETICAL. 23 WE STAY OOUR WE'LL ENSURE OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES. IF THE UNITED STATES EXPERIENCE A DEBT CRISIS, HOW CAN WE FUND A SAFETY NET FOR OUR AGRICULTURE PRODUCERS AND MOST VUNLNERBLE? HOW ARE WE GOING TO HAVE TRANSPORTATION AND OTHER CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE TO SUPPORT ECONOMIC GROWTH? MOST IMPORTANTLY, HOW ARE WE GOING TO GIVE THE TOOLS TO OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM SO THEY WILL BE SUCCESSFUL AND SAFE. HOW WILL WE FUND THESE NATIONAL PRIORITIES IF OUR GOVERNMENT IS INSOLVENT? TODAY THE UNITED STATES IS $20 TRILLION IN DEBT. OVER 70% OF G.D.P. THAT'S ROUGHLY $165,000 PER TAXPAYER. IF ALL CURRENT POLICIES STAY IN PLACE, THE NEXT 10 YEARS WE'LL BE $30 TRILLION IN DEBT. 90% OF G.D.P. THE HIGHEST LEVEL WE HAVE SEEN SINCE 1947. ACCORDING TO THE C.B.O. WE WILL HAVE $1 TRILLION IN ANNUAL DEFICIT SPENDING. GET THIS, WE'LL SPEND MORE ON THE INTEREST ON OUR DEBT THAN WE WILL ON NATIONAL DEFENSE. JUST TO GIVE YOU A SENSE OF HOW QUICKLY THIS DEBT IS AMASSING, THE NEXT 24 HOURS WE'LL HAVE INCREASED OUR DEBT $1.5 BILLION. I WANT TO BE CLEAR. THIS IS NOT A REVENUE PROBLEM. JUST THIS PAST YEAR ACCORDING TO THE MONTHLY TREASURY STATEMENT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COLLECTED RECORDS AMOUNT OF BOTH INDIVIDUAL INCOME TAX REVENUE AND PAYROLL TAX REVENUE. THE UNDERLYING ISSUE HERE IS RUN AWAY SPENDING. WE ALL KNOW T THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW IT. AND THE LIONS SHARE OF THAT SPENDING FOR MANDATORY SPENDING. MANDATORY SPENDING IS GOVERNMENT SPENDING ON AUTOPILOT. TODAY MANDATORY SPENDING MAKES UP 70% OF THE ENTIRE FEDERAL BUDGET. AND IN TERMS OF GROWTH IN SPENDING OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS, 90% OF THE GROWTH WILL COME FROM MANDATORY SPENDING. WE WILL NEVER SOLVE THE NATIONAL DEBT PROBLEM ON DISCRETIONOR SPENDING ALONE. WE MUST DEAL WITH MANDATORY SPENDING WHICH MEANS ENTITLEMENT REFORMS THE MOST SERIOUS AND REALISTIC OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS OUR NATIONAL DEBT. TODAY MANY OF OUR ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS ARE NEARING INSOLVENCY. WITHOUT IMMEDIATE ACTION SOME OF THESE IMPORTANT SOCIAL SAFETY NET PROGRAMS WILL NOT BE THERE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION. WITH 10,000 BABY BOOMERS ENTERING RETIREMENT EVERY DAY, THE LARGEST GENERATIONAL RETIREMENT IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD, THESE CRITICAL SAFETY NET PROGRAMS LIKE MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY WILL BE INSOLVENT. MEDICARE BY 2030, SOCIAL SECURITY BY 2034. WE NO LONGER HAVE THE LUXURY OF KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD. WE'RE LONG OVERDUE FOR ACTION. WE'RE FAST APPROACHING YET ANOTHER DEBT CEILING. THE DEBT CEILING HAS BEEN IN EXISTENCE SINCE 1941, 70 YEARS. EVERY TIME VERY LITTLE HAS BEEN DONE TO REIN IN SPENDING AS A RESULT. IT WAS SUPPOSED TO SERVE AS A WARNING SO WE PAUSE AND CONSIDERING THE RISK OF BORROWING MORE MONEY. 70 TIMES WE HAVE EFFECTIVELY BLOWN PAST THROUGH IT. WE CAN'T INCREASE OUR BORROWING CAPACITY EVERY TIME WE HIT THE DEBT CEILING WITHOUT SOME COUNTERVAILING ACTION TO ADDRESS OUR DEFICIT AND DEBT. AT WHAT POINT IS ENOUGH IS ENOUGH? HOW FAR DO BEWANT TO PUT OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN IN THE DEBT HOLE BEFORE WE DECIDE IT'S A MORAL OBLIGATION? AND THIS IS TRULY A LOOMING CRISIS. AS CONGRESS WORKS ON OUR SPENDING PACKAGE THAT'S HERE ON THE IMMEDIATE HORIZON, IT'S IMPORTANT WE ALSO INTRODUCE STRUCTURAL SPENDING REFORMS. WE NEED TO HAVE A BALANCED BUDGET, FOR HEAVEN'S SAKES. WE NEED TO MOVE SOME OF THE MANDATORY OVER TO DISCRETIONARY. WE NEED TO SET TARGETS FOR REDUCING OUR DEBT. IF WE DON'T MEET THOSE TARGETS BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE THE COURAGE TO DO IT, THEN IT SHOULD BE FORCED ON US TO CUT ACROSS THE BOARD UNTIL WE GET THIS DEBT DOWN TO A MANAGEABLE SIZE FOR OUR CHILDREN AND FOR THE FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY. BALANCING OUR BUDGET AND REDUCING OUR COUNTRY'S ABOUT A DILL TATING DEBT IS THE CHALLENGE -- DEBILITATING DEBT IS THE CHALLENGE. IT'S TIME FOR CONGRESS TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND ADDRESS THE WORK TO FACE IT. IT STARTS WITH MORE COURAGEOUS LEADERSHIP AND THINKING ABOUT OUR CHILDREN'S FUTURE. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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      • 12:16:55 PM

        TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

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

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    • 12:16:55 PM

      Recess

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

      • 12:16:59 PM

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        TODAY.

      • 01:59:38 PM

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        C-SPAN.ORG. WE WILL GO TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. TODAY…

        C-SPAN.ORG. WE WILL GO TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. TODAY THE HOUSE EXPECTED TO CONSIDER SEVERAL BILLS. ONE ON MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS FOR POLICE OFFICERS. ANOTHER WOULD DIRECT CABINET DEPARTMENTS TO UPDATE SCROUT DATED TERMS USED TO REFER TO RACIAL MINORITIES. NOW LIVE TO THE FLOOR OF THE U.S. HOUSE HERE ON C-SPAN. [CAPTIONS COPYRIGHT NATIONAL CABLE SATELLITE CORP. 2017] [CAPTIONING PERFORMED BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS CAPTION CONTENT AND ACCURACY. VISIT NCICAP.ORG] THE SPEAKER PRO MPOR THE HOU WL OR E RAR WI BD BY OUCHAPLA, FAER NRY FATHERCONROY. CHINONROY: LS AY.

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    • 02:00:14 PM

      Reconvened

      The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of November 28.

      • 02:00:20 PM

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

        • 02:01:28 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 02:01:31 PM

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

      • 02:01:34 PM

        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

        The Chair designated Mr. Michael F. Doyle of PA to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

        • 02:01:46 PM

          MR. DOYLE

          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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      • 02:01:54 PM

        ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

        The House proceeded with one minute speeches.

        • 02:01:59 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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        • 02:02:16 PM

          MR. WILSON

          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 MY REMARKS.

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        • 02:02:20 PM

          TEMPORE WITHOUT

          WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

        • 02:02:22 PM

          MR. WILSON

          MR. SPEAKER, FORMER FIRST LADY OF SOUTH CAROLINA CAMPBELL WIFE OF THE LATE…

          MR. SPEAKER, FORMER FIRST LADY OF SOUTH CAROLINA CAMPBELL WIFE OF THE LATE GOVERNOR CARROLL CAMPBELL, PASSED AWAY LAST WEEK. SOUTH CAROLINIANS ARE GRATEFUL FOR HER DEAD SIGNIFICANCE TO OUR CITIZENS. BORN IN GREENVILLE SHE WAS MARRIED TO THE LOVE OF HER LIFE FOR THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. 46 YEARS. TOGETHER THEY BUILT SUCCESSFUL SMALL BUSINESSES AND THEN SERVED THE PEOPLE THEY LOVED FOR THREE DECADES. BEING INSTRUMENTAL IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE TWO-PARTY SYSTEM WITH CARROLL CAMPBELL BEING THE FIRST REPUBLICAN ELECTED TO CONGRESS FROM GREENVILLE, SPARTANBURG IN OVER 100 YEARS. AS SOUTH CAROLINA'S FIRST LADY FROM 1987 TO 1995, SHE DEVOTED HERSELF TO SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, THE MARCH OF DIMES, AND CAROLINA CHILDREN'S HOME. SHE SERVED ON THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR RICHLAND MEMORIAL CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL. WHEN GOVERNOR CAMPBELL WAS DIAGNOSED WITH SHE DEVOTED HERSELF TO SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, THE MARCH OF ALZHEIMER'S, SHE DEVOTED HERSELF TO CARING FOR HIM AND RAISING MONEY FOR ALZHEIMER'S RESEARCH AND THE CARROLL CAMPBELL PLACE FOR ALZHEIMER'S CARE IN LEXINGTON. ROCKS AN AND I JOIN AND I JOIN ALL SOUTH CAROLINIANS IN THANKING THE CAMPBELL FAMILY, ESPECIALLY THE SONS AND FOR SHARING HER WITH US. SHE'S MADE SOUTH CAROLINA BETTER AND WE WILL MISS HER. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE'LL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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        • 02:03:36 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

        • 02:03:40 PM

          MR. DOYLE

          I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK FOR ONE MINUTE. TO REN.

        • 02:03:43 PM

          TEMPORE WITHOUT

          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

        • 02:03:45 PM

          MR. DOYLE

          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO INFORM MY COLLEAGUES OF THE DEATH OF BRIAN…

          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO INFORM MY COLLEAGUES OF THE DEATH OF BRIAN SHAW. A BRAVE YOUNG POLICE OFFICER WHO WAS RECENTLY KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY IN MY DISTRICT ON NOVEMBER 17. WHAT BEGAN AS A ROUTINE TRAFFIC STOP TURNED INTO A PURSUIT ON FOOT AND AN EXCHANGE OF GUNFIRE THAT LEFT OFFICER SHAW MORTALLY WOUNDED. BRIAN WAS JUST 25 YEARS OLD WHEN HE WAS MURDERED DOING THE JOB HE LOVED. HE WAS A UNIVERSALLY LOVED AND RESPECTED MEMBER OF HIS COMMUNITY. HE WAS WELL LIKED AND RESPECTED BY HIS FELLOW OFFICERS. HIS LIFE WAS BRUTALLY CUT SHORT. BUT THERE IS NO DENYING IT WAS A LIFE WELL LIVED. BRIAN WAS A GRADUATE OF BURRO HIGH SCHOOL, SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY, AND THE ALLEGHENY COUNTY POLICE TRAINING ACADEMY. HE SERVED AS A POLICE OFFICER IN CHEZZ WICK, FRAZIER, SPRING DALE TOWNSHIP BEFORE JOINING THE POLICE DEPARTMENT THIS JUNE. FRIENDS HAVE SAID HE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A POLICE OFFICER. BRIAN SAID HE BECAME A POLICE OFFICER BECAUSE HE WANTED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. I WANT MY UNIVERSITY, COLLEAGUES IN THE WHOLE NATION TO KNOW THAT HE DID. THROUGHOUT HIS SERVICE AS A POLICE OFFICER, HE UPHELD THE LAW AND HE SERVED THE COMMUNITIES WITH DEDICATION, COMPASSION, AND A WARM SMILE. HE KNEW THE RISKS THAT COME WITH BEING A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER AND HE ACCEPTED THEM WILLINGLY. I HAD THE HONOR OF ATTENDING THE MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR OFFICER SHAW AT MOUNT SAINT PETER'S CHURCH LAST WEEK. THE TURNOUT WAS AMAZING. THE CHURCH WAS PACKED TO THE RAFTERS. THOUSANDS MORE STOOD OUTSIDE, INCLUDING MORE THAN 1,000 POLICE OFFICERS. I CAN'T THINK OF A MORE TANGIBLE EXPRESSION I CAN'T THINK OF A MORE TANGIBLE EXPRESSION OF RESPECT AND APPRECIATION FOR OFFICER SHAW'S SERVICE AND SACRIFICE. IN CLOSING, I WANT TO EXPRESS MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO OFFICER SHAW'S PARENTS, LISA AND STEVEN, HIS BROTHER, HIS FELLOW CLOSING, I WANT TO POLICE OFFICERS, HIS FAMILY, AND HIS FRIENDS. I YIELD BACK.

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        • 02:05:45 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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        • 02:05:49 PM

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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 MY REMARKS.

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        • 02:05:53 PM

          TEMPORE WITHOUT

          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

        • 02:05:55 PM

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          MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR HIS…

          MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR HIS REMARKS REGARDING OFFICER SHAW.

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        • 02:06:02 PM

          MR. ROTHFUS

          THE BOOK OF WISDOM TEACHES THE SOULS OF THE JUST ARE IN THE HANDS OF GOD…

          THE BOOK OF WISDOM TEACHES THE SOULS OF THE JUST ARE IN THE HANDS OF GOD AND NO TORMENT SHALL TOUCH THEM. THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF NEW KENSINGTON PENNSYLVANIA POLICE OFFICER BRIAN SHAW TODAY MUST TRUST IN THAT SCRIPTURE AS THEY CONTINUE TO GRIEVE HIS LOSS. OFFICER SHAW WAS ONLY 25 YEARS OLD WHEN HE WAS TAKEN IN THE ACT OF SENSELESS VIOLENCE, BUT IN HIS SHORT LIFE HE LEARNED A GREAT DEAL AND WHAT HE LEARNED ALLOWED HIM TO GIVE EVEN MORE. BRIAN SHAW KNEW HIS VOCATION, TO SERVE AS A POLICE OFFICER AND AS HE SAID, TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. HIS FORMER SUPERVISOR RECALLED WHEN BRIAN GAVE THAT ANSWER DURING HIS THEM. THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF NEW KENSINGTON PENNSYLVANIA POLICE OFFICER BRIAN SHAW TODAY MUST JOB INTERVIEW, HE KNEW HE MEANT IT'S LOOKED INTO HIS EYES AND SMILE. PERHAPS CHA CHIEF COIN SAW IN BRIAN WERE VIRTUES OUR WORLD DESPERATELY NEEDS MORE OF. AUTHENTICITY AND SINCERITY. THEY CONTRIBUTED TO WHAT NEW SENSE KENSINGTON POLICE CHIEF DESCRIBED AS HIS INCREDIBLE PASSION FOR HIS SINCERITY. THEY WORK. TO HIS PARENTS AND FAMILY, YOU RAISED HIM RIGHT. MAY BRIAN SHAW, A JUST MAN, EVER MORE REST IN THE HANDS OF GOD. I YIELD BACK.

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        • 02:07:10 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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        • 02:07:15 PM

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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 MY REMARKS.

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        • 02:07:19 PM

          TEMPORE WITHOUT

          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

        • 02:07:27 PM

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          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SHARE SOME OF THE FEEDBACK I HAVE HEARD FROM…

          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SHARE SOME OF THE FEEDBACK I HAVE HEARD FROM MY CONSTITUENTS ABOUT THE TAX BILL THAT HAS ALREADY PASSED THIS HOUSE AND IS NOW UNDER CONSIDERATION IN THE SENATE. MORE THAN 2,000 OF MY CONSTITUENTS HAVE TAKEN THE TIMEBACK I HAVE HEARD FROM MY TO REACH OUT TO ME AND SHARE THEIR OVERWHELMING OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL. I HAVE HEARD FROM PEOPLE LIKE THE 83-YEAR-OLD MAN IN LAKE FOREST WHO WILL FACE FINANCIAL HARDSHIP WHEN HE'S NO LONGER ABLE TO DEDUCT HIS MEDICAL EXPENSES. OR THE PROFESSOR AT ROSALYN FRANKLIN UNIVERSITY IN NORTH CHICAGO WHO EMAILED SHE'S WORRIED ABOUT WHAT THE ELIMINATION OF THE TUITION WAIVERS WILL MEAN FOR HIS MEDICAL STUDENTS.

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        • 02:08:01 PM

          MR. SCHNEIDER

          ACCOMPLISH FAIR, RESPONSIBLE TAX REFORM. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

        • 02:08:33 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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        • 02:08:38 PM

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

        • 02:08:42 PM

          TEMPORE WITHOUT

          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

        • 02:08:43 PM

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          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO HIGHLIGHT THE RISING CEVAERITY OF…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO HIGHLIGHT THE RISING CEVAERITY OF ILLEGAL MARIJUANA GROWS ON FEDERAL LANDS.

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        • 02:08:56 PM

          MR. LAMALFA

          60% INCREASE IN THE AMOUNT OF ASSETS SEIZED FOR MARIJUANA RAIDS COMPARED…

          60% INCREASE IN THE AMOUNT OF ASSETS SEIZED FOR MARIJUANA RAIDS COMPARED TO JUST THE PREVIOUS YEAR. THE SAME FOREST SERVICE ERADICATED MORE THAN $1 MILLION OF MARIJUANA PLANTS FROM OVER 240 SITES ON NATIONAL FORESTRY SYSTEM LANDS IN THE PACIFIC AREA ALONE. LOCAL SHERIFFS IN MY DISTRICT HAVE EXPRESSED ME THEIR GREAT CONCERN FOR PUBLIC SAFETY, ENVIRONMENTAL DESTRUCTION, A LOT OF TIME WHICH FARMERS END UP GETTING BLAMED FOR WATER QUALITY AND THE CHEMICALS AND STUFF THAT GET LEFT BEHIND. SERVICE ERADICATED MORE THAN $1 MILLION NOT THE FARMER'S FOUGHT BUT THESE ILLEGAL GROWERS, AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING GETS CAUGHT UP IN THIS. WHAT IS CURRENTLY BEING DONE TO ADDRESS THE MARIJUANA GROHS ON OUR PUBLIC LANDS? NOT ENOUGH. PEOPLE FEEL ENDANGERED BY GOING INTO THE PUBLIC LANDS WHETHER IT'S ADJACENT PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNERS OR WHAT HAVE YOU. TIMBER HARVEST NEEDS TO BE DONE. TAKING CARE OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL NEEDS FOR OUR WILDLIFE, ALL THAT, IT CAN'T HAPPEN DUE TO THESE ILLEGAL GROWS AND THE DANGER THEY BRING. SHOULD BE ABLE TO ENJOY THEM AND STOP THIS ILLEGAL PRACTICE. WE NEED MUCH MORE ASSETS POURED INTO OUR WESTERN FORESTLANDS TO ERADICATE THIS ILLEGAL GROWTH. I YIELD BACK.

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        • 02:10:04 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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        • 02:10:14 PM

          >>

          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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        • 02:10:18 PM

          TEMPORE WITHOUT

          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

        • 02:10:20 PM

          MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

          FOR ONE MINUTE.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          --

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          MISS BLAST KET

          --

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          MS. PLASKETT

          UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

        • 02:11:50 PM

          TEMPORE WITHOUT

          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

        • 02:11:51 PM

          MISS LAST KETS

          I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE ST. CROIX NATIVE TIM DUNCAN ON HIS INDUCTION…

          I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE ST. CROIX NATIVE TIM DUNCAN ON HIS INDUCTION INTO THE COLLEGE BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME. IN 1989 RGETS TIM WAS TRAINING TO BE AN OLYMPIC SWIMMER WHEN HURRICANE HUGO STRUCK THE VIRGIN ISLANDSES, DESTROYING ALL THE OLYMPIC SIZED SWIMMING POOLS. WITH NO PLACE LEFT ON THE ISLAND TO TRAIN, HE TURNED HIS FOCUS TO BASKETBALL. AT WAKE FOREST HE HELPED LEAD THE TEAM FOUR NCAA TOURNAMENTS, NAMED THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BASKETBALL COACH'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR THREE TIMES, THE A.C.C. PLAYER OF THE YEAR TWICE, AND THE NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR IN 1997. TIM WAS DRAFTED AS THE NUMBER ONE PICK TO THE SPURS WHERE HE SERVED AS A LEADER ON AND OFF THE COURT FOR 19 YEARS. TIM DUNCAN HAS NOT FORGOTTEN HIS HOME. AFTER TWO BACK-TO-BACK CATEGORY FIVE HURRICANES, HE HELPED TO CONTRIBUTE 20,000-PLUS POUNDS OF FOOD AND DONATED MILLIONS OF DOLLARS THROUGH HIS TIM DUNCAN FOUNDATION. TIM EXEMPLIFIES THE IDEA OF MAKING A WAY OUT OF NO WAY. HURRICANE HUGO DID NOT DEFEAT HIM JUST AS HURRICANES MARIA AND IRMA WILL NOT DEFEAT THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. WE WANT TO USE THIS TIME TO THANK HIM AND ON TUESDAY GIVING THANKS TO ALT OTHERS WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED MARIA AND IRMA WILL NOT DEFEAT THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. WE IN THE HURRICANE LEAF. MY BROTHER'S WORKSHOP, FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER, COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, ST. CROIX FOUNDATION, VIRGIN ISLANDS ASAP RELIEF GROUP, BLOOMBERG PHILANTHROPIES. LOVE FOR LOVE CITY. OPERATION REBUILD. JODY OLSON, V.I.R. 3, TONY ROSARIO, U.S. VI BOXING. OPERATION REBUILD OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS. AND ALL THE FIRST RESPONDERS AND ALL THE VIRGIN ISLANDS WHO ARE STAYING V.I. STRONG. I YIELD BACK.

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        • 02:13:33 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR…

          THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS UNTIL APPROXIMATELY 4:30 P.M. TODAY.

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        • 02:13:41 PM

          >>

          P.M. TODAY.

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        Recess

        The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for approximately 4:30 p.m. today.

        • 04:29:16 PM

          GUEST

          TODAY'S "WASHINGTON JOURNAL" AT C-SPAN.ORG.

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          HOST

          TODAY'S "WASHINGTON JOURNAL" AT C-SPAN.ORG.

        • 04:30:25 PM

          GUEST

          TODAY'S "WASHINGTON JOURNAL" AT C-SPAN.ORG.

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          HOST

          TODAY'S "WASHINGTON JOURNAL" AT C-SPAN.ORG. THE HOUSE IS COMING BACK IN…

          TODAY'S "WASHINGTON JOURNAL" AT C-SPAN.ORG. THE HOUSE IS COMING BACK IN RIGHT NOW. ERED, OR VOTES OBJECTED TO UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. HOUSE WILL RESUME PROCEEDINGS ON THE POSTPONED QUESTIONS AT A LATER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      • 04:30:31 PM

        Reconvened

        The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of November 28.

        • 04:30:41 PM

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

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            >>

            SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2768.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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            THE CLERK

            HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 78, H.R. 2768, A BILL TO DESIGNATE CERTAIN MOUNTAIN…

            HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 78, H.R. 2768, A BILL TO DESIGNATE CERTAIN MOUNTAIN PEAKS IN THE STATE OF COLORADO AS FOWLER PEAK AND BOSKOFF PEAK.

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        • 04:31:06 PM

          Mr. Tipton moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 2768 — "To designate certain mountain peaks in the State of Colorado as ``Fowler Peak'' and "Boskoff Peak"."

          • 04:31:08 PM

            >>

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

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

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          • 04:31:17 PM

            TEMPORE PURSUANT

            PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. TIPTON, AND THE…

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

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          • 04:31:26 PM

            MS. TIPTON

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

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

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        • 04:31:27 PM

          Considered under suspension of the rules.

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          DEBATE

          The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2768.

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            TEMPORE WITHOUT

            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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            MR. TIPTON

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

          • 04:31:44 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 04:31:46 PM

            MR. TIPTON

            THIS BILL WOULD DESIGNATE TWO UNNAMED PEAKS IN COLORADO AS FOWLER PEAK AND…

            THIS BILL WOULD DESIGNATE TWO UNNAMED PEAKS IN COLORADO AS FOWLER PEAK AND BOSKOFF PEAK. CHARLIE FOWLER AND HIS PARTNER, CHRISTINE BOSKOFF WERE LONGTIME RESIDENTS OF COLORADO. CHARLIE FOWLER WAS ONE OF NORTH AMERICA'S MOST EXPERIENCED MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS AND WAS ALSO AN AUTHOR, GUIDE, FILMMAKER, PHOTOGRAPHER AND ADVOCATE FOR THE OUTDOORS. BEGINNING IN THE MID 1980'S, CHARLIE WORKED FULL TIME AS A MOUNTAIN GUIDE. LEADING MOUNTAINEERING EXPEDITIONS IN THE UNITED STATES AND ABROAD. HIS PHOTOGRAPHS AND ARTICLES WERE PUBLISHED IN A VARIETY OF BOOKS AND MAGAZINES AND HE WAS THE AUTHOR OF MANY MOUNTAINEERING GUIDE BOOKS. HE WAS AWARDED AN AWARD BY THE AMERICAN ALPINE SOCIETY. AN HONOR GIVEN ANNUALLY TO AN INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS DEMONSTRATED THE HIGHEST SKILL IN THE MOUNTAINEERING ARTS AND WHO THROUGHOUT APPLICATION OF THIS SKILL, COURAGE AND PERSEVERANCE HAS ACHIEVED OUTSTANDING SUCCESS IN THE VARIOUS FIELDS. CHRISTINE BOSKOFF BEGAN HER CAREER IN 1993. QUICKLY ROSE IN THE SPORT OF MOUNTAINEERS. SHE WENT UP MOUNT EVEREST. ONE OF THE WORLD'S LEADING ALPINIST, A GUIDE AN ADVENTURE TRAVELING SBREER, CHRISTINE PARTICIPATED IN NUMEROUS EXHIBITIONS IN THE UNITED STATES AND ON FIVE CONTINENTS. THEY WERE ALSO KNOWN FOR THEIR FILL AN TROPIC WORK. CHARLIE PROMOTED HIS SPORT BY INSTALLING CLIMBING WALLS IN SCHOOLS ACROSS SOUTHWEST COLORADO. CHRISTINE WAS ACTIVE IN NONPROFITS ORGANIZATIONS AND SUPPORTED THE RIGHTS OF PORTERS, WOMEN'S EDUCATION AND GLOBAL LITERACY AND GENDER EQUALITY. SADLY, CHARLIE AND CHRISTINE WERE KILLED IN AN AVALANCHE IN NOVEMBER OF 2006 WHILE EXPLORING A SEARIES OF SUMMITS IN CHINA. THE NAMING OF THESE PEAKS IS A FITTING TRIBUTE TO CHARLIE AND CHRISTINE, OUTSTANDING MOUNTAINEERS AND ADVOCATES FOR OUR NATION'S TREASURED OPEN SPACES. I URGE ADOPTION OF THIS MEASURE AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 04:33:59 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 04:34:03 PM

            MRS. TORRES

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

          • 04:34:06 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 04:34:08 PM

            MRS. TORRES

            H.R. 2768 NAMES TWO PEAKS IN COLORADO AFTER CHARLIE FOWLER AND CHRISTINE…

            H.R. 2768 NAMES TWO PEAKS IN COLORADO AFTER CHARLIE FOWLER AND CHRISTINE BOSKOFF. FOWLER AND BOSKOFF WERE WORLD HAD BEEN CLASS ROCK CLIMBERS WHOSE ACCOMPLISHMENTS LEFT AN ENDURING LEGACY ON THE SPORT. SADLY IN 2016, THE TWO SET OUT TO CLIMB A MOUNTAIN IN A REMOTE PART OF CHINA NEAR THE TIBETAN BORDER AND NEVER RETURNED. THIS BILL AND THE REMAINING OF THE PEAKS IS A FITTING TRIBUTE AND I SUPPORT ITS ADOPTION. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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          • 04:34:46 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

          • 04:34:51 PM

            MR. TIPTON

            MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE…

            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2768. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE --

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          • 04:35:07 PM

            MR. TIPTON

            MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST 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. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          • 04:35:18 PM

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

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              Mr. Tipton moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 2615 — "To authorize the exchange of certain land located in Gulf Islands National Seashore, Jackson County, Mississippi, between the National Park Service and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and for other purposes."

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                MR. TIPTON

                MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2615.

              • 04:35:37 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

              • 04:35:39 PM

                THE CLERK

                UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 216. H.R. 2615, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE EXCHANGE OF…

                UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 216. H.R. 2615, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE EXCHANGE OF CERTAIN LAND LOCATED IN GULF ISLANDS NATIONAL SEASHORE, JACKSON COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI, BETWEEN THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AND THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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            • 04:35:49 PM

              Considered under suspension of the rules.

            • 04:35:51 PM

              DEBATE

              The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2615.

              • 04:35:58 PM

                RE PURSUANT

                PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. TIPTON, AND THE…

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

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              • 04:36:07 PM

                MR. TIPTON

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

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

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              • 04:36:17 PM

                TEMPORE WITHOUT

                WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN. -- THE GENTLEMAN IS…

                WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN. -- THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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              • 04:36:24 PM

                MR. TIPTON

                H.R. 2615, INTRODUCED BY MR. PALAZZO OF MISSISSIPPI, ASKS NATIONAL PARK…

                H.R. 2615, INTRODUCED BY MR. PALAZZO OF MISSISSIPPI, ASKS NATIONAL PARK SERVICE BE GIVEN TO THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN AWARS IN GULF ISLANDS NATIONAL SEASHORE IN JACKSON COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI. THIS BILL BENEFITS BOTH THE V.F.W. POST AND THE PARK SERVICE. IT PROVIDES THE V.F.W. POST WITH PERMANENT ACCESS TO THEIR BUILDINGS VIA A LONG DRIVEWAY CURRENTLY OWNED BY THE PARK SERVICE WHILE ALSO ADDING LAND TO THE GULF ISLANDS NATIONAL SEASHORE. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE MEASURE AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 04:37:05 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

              • 04:37:10 PM

                MRS. TORRES

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

              • 04:37:14 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 04:37:16 PM

                MRS. TORRES

                H.R. 2615 IS A SIMPLE BIPARTISAN BILL THAT AUTHORIZES THE EXCHANGE OF TWO…

                H.R. 2615 IS A SIMPLE BIPARTISAN BILL THAT AUTHORIZES THE EXCHANGE OF TWO SMALL PARCELS OF LAND TO PROVIDE NEEDED ACCESS FOR VETERANS IN MISSISSIPPI. THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS POST 5699 IS LOCATED TO A PORTION OF GULF ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE. AND WHILE HAVING A NATIONAL PARK IN YOUR BACK YARD IS A DESIRABLE CONDITION, THE POST HAS FOUND THEMSELVES LAND LOCK AND IN THEY OF DIRECT ACCESS TO THEIR FACILITY. TO SOLVE THIS ISSUE, THE GULF ISLANDS NATIONAL SEASHORE LAND EXCHANGE ACT WILL EXCHANGE APPROXIMATELY TWO ACRES OF LAND OWNED BY THE V.F.W. THE ACREAGE ACQUIRED BY THE V.F.W. WILL ESTABLISH A SHORT DRIVEWAY TO THE POST WHILE THE LAND GIVEN IN EXCHANGE TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL BE MANAGED AS PART OF GULF ISLANDS NATIONAL SEASHORE. THIS EXCHANGE IS SUPPORTED BY BOTH THE V.F.W. POST AND THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AND IS A SIMPLE AND LONGCAL SOLUTION TO A LOCAL ISSUE. I AM PLEASED TO THE SEE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AND THE V.F.W. WORKING TOGETHER TO FORM A SOLUTION TO THIS ISSUE. THIS BILL PASSED THE HOUSE IN THE 114TH CONGRESS, AND I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE BIPARTISAN BILL AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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              • 04:38:40 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

              • 04:38:43 PM

                MR. TIPTON

                MR. SPEAKER, I'D NOW LIKE TO BE ABLE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN…

                MR. SPEAKER, I'D NOW LIKE TO BE ABLE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. PALAZZO.

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              • 04:38:48 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 04:38:50 PM

                MR. PALAZZO

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM COLORADO FOR…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM COLORADO FOR THE TIME AND FOR HIS POSITIVE COMMENTS AS WELL AS MRS. TORRES IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2768. SO I RISE TODAY IN H.R. OF H.R. 2768, THE GULF ISLANDS NATIONAL SEASHORE LAND EXCHANGE ACT. THIS IS A NATIONAL PARK THAT DRAWS MILLIONS OF VISITORS TO THE ISLANDS IN THE NORTHERN GULF OF MEXICO. THE GULF ISLANDS NATIONAL SEASHORE INCLUDES THE MISSISSIPPI BARRIER ISLANDS IN DAVIS BAY YUE AREA. I AM PROUD TO HAVE THIS SANCTUARY WITHIN MY DISTRICT. THE GULF ISLANDS NATIONAL SEASHORE HAS BEEN A PART OF THE MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST COMMUNITY SINCE CONGRESS ESTABLISHED THE PARK IN 1971. SINCE THAT ESTABLISHMENT, THE GULF ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE HAS WORKED CLOSELY WITH THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS POST 5699. IN FACT, THE POST HAS SERVED A ROAD WITH THE SEASHORE FOR THE BETTER PART OF THE LAST 30 YEARS. THE GULF ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE LAND EXCHANGE ACT WOULD MAKE PERMANENT A 30-YEAR EASEMENTES THAT PROVIDED AN ACCESS ROAD AND DRIVEWAY FOR THE V.F.W. IN EXCHANGE, THE V.F.W. WILL GIVE THE NATIONAL ISLANDS -- GULF ISLANDS NATIONAL SEASHORE SOME OF THE LAND. THEY STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS LAND EXCHANGE BUT THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR NEEDS CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL BEFORE IT CAN MAKE THE LAND EXCHANGE OFFICIAL. THAT IS WHY, MR. SPEAKER, I ENCOURAGE THE HOUSE TO PASS THIS BILL AS A SUSPENSION VOTE AND I WILL ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR. MCCLINTOCK, AS WELL AS CHAIRMAN BISHOP AND THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND HELP IN BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. THIS IS ALSO A NONCONTROVERSIAL BILL, AND I URGE THE SENATE TO PASS IT WITHOUT DELAY. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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              • 04:40:49 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA HAS YIELDED ALL…

                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA HAS YIELDED ALL TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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              • 04:40:54 PM

                MR. TIPTON

                I YIELD BACK.

              • 04:40:55 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME HAVING BEEN YIELDED THE QUESTION IS…

                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME HAVING BEEN YIELDED THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2615. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, AND THE BILL IS PASSED AND WOWED THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS -- AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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              • 04:41:23 PM

                MR. TIPTON

                HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS 1491 AS AMENDED.

              • 04:41:30 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

            • 04:41:30 PM

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

              • 04:41:32 PM

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

                • 04:41:33 PM

                  THE CLERK

                  H.R. 1491 A BILL TO REAFFIRM THE ACTION OF THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR…

                  H.R. 1491 A BILL TO REAFFIRM THE ACTION OF THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO TAKE LAND INTO TRUST FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE SANTA YNEZ BAND OF CHUMASH MISSION INDIANS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                • 04:41:44 PM

                  TEMPORE PURSUANT

                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. TIPTON, AND THE…

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

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              • 04:41:46 PM

                Mr. Tipton moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1491 — "To reaffirm the action of the Secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for the benefit of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians, and for other purposes."

                • 04:41:53 PM

                  MR. TIPTON

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

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

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              • 04:41:57 PM

                Considered under suspension of the rules.

              • 04:41:59 PM

                DEBATE

                The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1491.

                • 04:42:00 PM

                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

                • 04:42:01 PM

                  MR. TIPTON

                  I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                • 04:42:06 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED.

                • 04:42:08 PM

                  MR. TIPTON

                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1491 WHICH WOULD REAFFIRM THE ACTION PLACING…

                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1491 WHICH WOULD REAFFIRM THE ACTION PLACING APPROXIMATELY 1400 ACRES OF LAND INTO A TRUST FOR THE BENEFIT OF SANTA YNEZ BAND OF CHUMASH MISSION INDIANS IN CALIFORNIA. THEY HAVE ABOUT 140 ENROLLED MEMBERS WITH 138 ACRE RESERVATION IN YNEZ, CALIFORNIA. THE TRIBE CONSTRUCTED A CASINO AND HOTEL RESORT PURSUANT TO INDIAN GAMING REGULATORY ACT WHICH HAS LIFTED THE TRIBE FROM HISTORIC POVERTY TO ECONOMIC SUCCESS. WITH OTHER PRIVATE INVESTMENTS IN THE REGION, THE TRIBE HAS BECOME ONE OF THE LARGEST EMPLOYERS OF THE SANTA BARBARA COUNTY. IN 2010, THE TRIBE PURCHASED 1400 ACRE TRACK OF LAND KNOWN AS CAMP FOR, LOCATED ABOUT TWO MILES FROM THE RESERVATION IN AN UNINCORPORATED AREA OF SBASHSBASH AREA -- SANTA BARBARA AREA. THE TRIBE INTENDS TO USE THE CAMP FOR TRIBAL HOUSING FOR THE CURRENT AND FUTURE MEMBERS. AT PRESENT, THE LANDSCAPE IS MAINLY AGRICULTURAL. IN 2014, THE BURROW OF INDIAN AFFAIRS APPROVED AN APPLICATION INTO TRUST UNDER THE REGULATORY PROCEDURES. HOWEVER, THE TITLE HAS NOT BEEN TRANSFERRED TO THE UNITED STATES PENDING THE RESOLUTION OF AN ADMINISTRATIVE APPEAL FILED BY THE SANTA BARBARA COUNTY AND PRIVATE CITIZENS. ON JANUARY 17, 2017, THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR DISMISSED APPEALS OF THE APPLICATION AND AFFIRMED THE 2014 DECISION. DESPITE DISMISSALS OF THE APPEAL, THE TRIBE AND THE COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA CONTINUE TO WORK TO ADDRESS CONCERNS WITH THE TRUST ACQUISITION. ON NOVEMBER 1, 2017, THE TRIBE AND COUNTY ENTERED INTO A LONG-TERM MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT TO PROTECT MUTUAL INTEREST OF BOTH THE TRIBE AND THE COUNTY. THE BILL, AS AMENDED, INCLUDES REFERENCE TO THIS AGREEMENT IN SUPPORT OF THE COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, THE INDIANS INSULAR AND ALASKAN NATIVE AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR, MR. LAMALFA, FOR HIS HARD WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION AND I'D LIKE TO URGE ADOPTION OF THIS MEASURE AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 04:44:23 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 04:44:26 PM

                  MRS. TORRES

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

                • 04:44:29 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLELADY MAY PROCEED.

                • 04:44:32 PM

                  MRS. TORRES

                  THIS WOULD CLEAR THE WAY FOR THE INDIANS TO PROVIDE TRIBAL HOUSING FOR…

                  THIS WOULD CLEAR THE WAY FOR THE INDIANS TO PROVIDE TRIBAL HOUSING FOR THEIR MEMBERS. ONLY 17% OF THE TRIBAL MEMBERS IN DESCENDENTS LIVE IN TRIBAL HOUSING. IN 2010, THE TRIBE PURCHASED APPROXIMATELY 1,400 ACRES OF ANCESTRAL LAND IN AN EFFORT TO PROVIDE SUITABLE HOUSING FOR THE TRIBE'S MEMBERS AND THEIR DESCENDENTS. EVEN THOUGH THIS LAND WAS TAKEN INTO TRUST IN JANUARY OF THIS YEAR, A NUMBER OF THE PARTIES CONTINUE TO FILE LAWSUITS APPEALING THE DECISION. THE CHUMASH LEADERSHIP HAS BEEN FORTHCOMING IN THEIR DESIRE TO ACQUIRE THIS LAND ONLY FOR ADDITIONAL TRIBAL HOUSING AND THEY HAVE ATTEMPTED TO BE GOOD NEIGHBORS BY ENGAGING LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS AND GROUPS TO MITIGATE ANY CONCERNS, ANY AND ALL CONCERNS. IT IS A SHAME THAT IT HAS ALMOST TAKEN A DECADE FOR THIS ISSUE TO BE RESOLVED, BUT WE ARE NOW AT A POINT WHERE WE CAN FINALLY PUT AN END TO THIS PROCESS. PASSAGE OF H.R. 1491 WILL REINFORCE THE SECRETARY OF THE DECISION THAT PUT THE LAND IN TRUST AND WILL ALSO INCORPORATE A MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CHUMASH TRIBE AND THE SANTA BARBARA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS IN RELATIONS TO THE LAND. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE THE CHUMASH LEADERSHIP FOR THEIR WORK AND PERSISTENCE ON THIS ISSUE AND THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COMING TO THIS AGREEMENT. I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA, CHAIRMAN LAMALFA, FOR CARRYING THIS LEGISLATION, FOR NOT GIVING UP AND FOR MOVING IT FORWARD. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. . THE

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                • 04:46:12 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 04:46:16 PM

                  MR. TIPTON

                  I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LAMALFA.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 04:46:25 PM

                  MR. LAMALFA

                  FIRST OF ALL, I'M PLEASED TO PRESENT THIS BILL HERE TONIGHT AND I'M SO…

                  FIRST OF ALL, I'M PLEASED TO PRESENT THIS BILL HERE TONIGHT AND I'M SO PROUD OF THE EFFORT TO WORK BIPARTISANLY WITH MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND, OUR RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, MRS. TORRES AND ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE, WE HAVE HAD SUCH OVERWHELMING SUPPORT TO MOVE THIS BILL ALONG. MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL -- WE HAVE THAT SETTLED. OK. SO INDEED, THIS IS A CULMINATION OF A LOT OF STRONG, BIPARTISAN EFFORT HERE IN THE COMMITTEE AS WELL AS THE COMMUNITY ITSELF WHERE WE HAD SOUGHT CONSENSUS DURING THE WHOLE TIME, THE SEVERAL YEARS I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WITH THIS LEGISLATION AND NOW AS CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON INDIAN AFFAIRS WE HAVE SEEN. THE LOCAL CONSENSUS THAT'S BEEN BUILT WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENT, WITH THE TRIBE, AND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE COMMITTEE. SO WITH THE INCLUSION OF LANGUAGE REFERENCING THE LOCAL AGREEMENT, THE BILL IS SUPPORTED BY THE SANTA YNEZ BAND OF CHUMASH INDIANS AND WAS REPORTED OUT OF COMMITTEE BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT IN SEPTEMBER. LOCATED IN SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, AS WAS POINTED OUT BY MY COLLEAGUES, FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS OF REPORT -- OF RECORDED HISTORY, THE CHUMASH WERE RECORDED IN THE EARLIEST EXPLORERS. IN THE EARLY 1800 THEERKS CHUMASH BECAME WARDS OF THE SPANISH MISSION IN SANTA YNEZ AND LATER LANDS WERE GRANTED TO THEM WHICH INCLUDED CAMP FORT. THE COMMISSION RECOGNIZED THE TRIBE CONTINUED TO RESIDE IN THE AREA, THOUGH ONLY 99 ACRES WERE ULTIMATELY TAKEN INTO TRUST FOR THEM AT THE TIME WHICH IS A FAIRLY COMMON PROBLEM FOR MANY TRIBES WITH VARIOUS THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED TO THEM SUCH AS DEREK IN ADDITION AND DESERTIFICATION OVER THE YEARS, TRIBES END UP ON VERY SMALL, NARROW PARCELS OF LAND THAT MAKE IT DIFFICULT FOR THEM TO GROW AND PROSPER. SO TODAY, PARTLY BECAUSE OF THAT, THE CHUMASH FACE A SIGNIFICANT HOUSING CRISIS AS WAS POINTED OUT, FEWER THAN 17% OF THEIR MEMBERS AND DESCENDANTS ARE TABLE RESIDE ON THE TRIBE'S EXISTING RESERVATION WHICH CON TISTS -- CONSISTS LARGELY OF HILLSIDES AND STREAM BEDS WHICH IS UNSUITABLE FOR HOUSING. SO THEY USE THEIR OWN RESOURCES TO PURCHASE A PARCEL WITH THE INTENT OF CONSTRUCTING HOMES FOR THEIR MEMBERS. THEY APPLIED TO TAKE IT INTO TRUST ADMINISTRATIVELY AND AFTER CONDUCTING A THOROUGH PUBLIC PROCESS, THE BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS ISSUED A NOTICE OF INTENT TO TAKE LAND INTO ENTRUST IN 214.

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                • 04:49:35 PM

                  MR. TIPTON

                  I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTE -- TWO MORE MINUTES TO MR. LAMALFA.

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                  MR. LAMALFA

                  THANK YOU, MR. TIPTON. THEY COMPLETED THE PROCESS IN 2017. ON OCTOBER…

                  THANK YOU, MR. TIPTON. THEY COMPLETED THE PROCESS IN 2017. ON OCTOBER 3124ERKS COUNTY RATIFIED AN AGREEMENT WITH THE CHUMASH, ENSURING THAT ANY IMPACTS OF THE HOUSING ON LOCAL INFRASTRUCTURE WOULD BE ADDRESS AND THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR APPROVED THE AGREEMENT ON THE SAME DAY. IN ORDER TO ALLOW THE CHUMASH TO ADDRESS THEIR HOUSING CRY CIRCUMSTANCES H.R. 1491 TAKES THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS. IT AFFIRMS AND RATIFIES THE ACTION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR TO TAKE THE PARCEL INTO TRUST ON JANUARY 19, 2017. IT CODIFIES THE AGREEMENT RATIFIED IN KT OF 2017, ADDRESSING IMPACTS TO LOCAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND SERVICES AND BY REQUEST OF THE CHUMASH PROHIBITS THE OPERATION OF GAMING FACILITIES ON THE PARCEL THIS PROTECTS AND RESPECTS RIGHTS OF WAYS HELD BY LOCAL STAKE HOLDERS THIS BILL REPRESENTS THE CULMINATION OF YEARS OF EFFORT ON THE PART OF THE CHUA -- CHUMASH AND OTHERS. INDEED THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON INDIAN AND ALASKA NATIVE AFFAIRS, I BELIEVE THIS IS THE OUTCOME OF GOOD FAITH BY ALL PARTIES AND SHOULD BE CONSIDERED A MODEL FOR MAINTAINING POSITIVE WORKING RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN TRIBES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. SO I THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION AND SUPPORT OF THIS BIPARTISAN, NONCONTROVERSIAL MEASURE. I RESERVE MY TIME.

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                • 04:51:18 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE…

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                • 04:51:25 PM

                  MRS. TORRES

                  I YIELD BACK.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                  R. TIPTON

                  I YIELD BACK.

                • 04:51:30 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                  THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 1491. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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              • 04:51:54 PM

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

                • 04:51:56 PM

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

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                    MR. TIPTON

                    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3115 AS AMENDED.

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                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                  • 04:52:09 PM

                    CALLER

                    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 20 --

                  • 04:52:11 PM

                    -- THE CLERK

                    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 206.

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                    TEMPORE PURSUANT

                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. TIPTON, AND THE…

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

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                  • 04:52:33 PM

                    MR. TIPTON

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

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

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                  • 04:52:40 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 04:52:41 PM

                  Mr. Tipton moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3115 — "To provide for a land exchange involving Federal land in the Superior National Forest in Minnesota acquired by the Secretary of Agriculture through the Weeks Law, and for other purposes."

                  • 04:52:45 PM

                    MR. TIPTON

                    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                  • 04:52:48 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLEMAN WILL PROCEED.

                • 04:52:51 PM

                  Considered under suspension of the rules.

                  • 04:52:53 PM

                    MR. TIPTON

                    THIS IS A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT IMPLEMENTED LAND EDGES CHANGE TO FACILITATE…

                    THIS IS A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT IMPLEMENTED LAND EDGES CHANGE TO FACILITATE THE EXERCISE OF CERTAIN MINERAL RIGHTS IN THE SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST IN MINNESOTA TO PROVIDE ECONOMIC GROWTH IN THE AREA. REPRESENTATIVE NOLAN WILL HAVE MORE ON THISMENT ACROSS THE UNITED STATES, PEOPLE HOLD MINERAL ESTATES UNDERLYING LANDS ACQUIRED BY THE NATIONAL FOREST UNDER THE WEEKS ACT. WITHOUT AN AGREEMENT LIKE THE ONE IN THIS BILL THEIR ABILITY TO EXERCISE THOSE VALID, PRE-EXISTING RIGHTS IS IN JEOPARDY. I NOTE THE LAND EXCHANGE AUTHORIZED IN THIS BILL HAS UNDERGONE EXTENSIVE ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW UNDER THE REVIEW ACT OF 1969 AND WAS SUPPORTED BY THE OWHAT BA MA ADMINISTRATION. THIS IS AN EQUAL VALUE LAND EXCHANGE BY HOLDER OF THE MINERAL ESTATE, FOREGOS ANY EQUALIZATION PAYMENT UNDER THE BILL IF THE PRIVATE LAND BEING SQUAPED FOR -- SWAPPED FOR THE FEDERAL LAND IS WORTH MORE. FINALLY THE BILL INCLUDES A NET INCREASE IN THE SIZE OF THE SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST OF 40 ACRES. NO WONDER THE BILL WAS SUPPORTED BY RANKING MEMBERS ON THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON FEDERAL LANDS AND THE SUBCOMMITTEE OF NATURAL RESOURCES WHEN IT WAS CONSIDERED IN JULY. I COMMEND CONGRESSMAN NOLAN, CONGRESSMAN PETERSON, CONGRESSMAN 'EM EFFORT AND CONGRESSMAN LEWIS FOR WORKING TOGETHER TO CRAFT THIS COMMONSENSE RESOLUTION BILL TO MINNESOTA. I URGE ADOPTION OF THE MEASURE AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 04:52:53 PM

                DEBATE

                The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3115.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 04:54:31 PM

                  MRS. TORRES

                  I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                • 04:54:34 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLELADY MAY PROCEED.

                • 04:54:37 PM

                  MRS. TORRES

                  FOREST TO PURSUE THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN OPEN PIT MINE WHILE THE FOREST…

                  FOREST TO PURSUE THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN OPEN PIT MINE WHILE THE FOREST SERVICE ALREADY APPROVED THE EXCHANGE, I UNDERSTAND SEVERAL GROUPS OF CONCERNED MINNESOTANS HAVE EXPRESSED CONCERNS ABOUT THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT INCRUDING THE FONDUE LACK BAND OF A FEDERALRY -- FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED TRIBE WHOSE RESERVATION IS DOWNSTREAM FROM THE PROPOSED MIND. THIS IS PART OF THE TRIBE'S ANCESTRAL HOMELAND AND THEY HAVE CONCERNS THAT THE CONVEYANCE WOULD IMPACT THEIR RETAINED RIGHTS TO HUNT, FISH, AND GATHER. FEDERAL OWNERSHIP PROTECTS THESE RIGHTS. AS RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON INDIAN AND NATIVE ALASKAN AFFAIRS, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO LISTEN TO THE NATE I COMMUNITIES. I UNDERSTAND THIS IS A PRIMARY CONCERN FOR REPRESENTATIVE NOLAN AND I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM HIM.

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                • 04:55:43 PM

                  MR. TIPTON

                  I RESERVE.

                • 04:55:46 PM

                  MRS. TORRES

                  MINUTES TO THE SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION MR. NOLAN.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

                • 04:56:01 PM

                  MR. NOLAN

                  MR. SPEAKER, MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF 3115, THE LAND…

                  MR. SPEAKER, MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF 3115, THE LAND EXCHANGE BETWEEN PALUMET MINING AND THE NATIONAL FOREST SERVICE. WHAT THIS INVOLVES, THE MINING COMPANY IS GIVING UP APPROXIMATELY 6,550 ACRES OF FORESTLAND THAT IS SURROUNDED BY OLD MINING SITES WITH NO PUBLIC ACCESS. AND IN RETURN, THEY ARE GIVING US 6,690 ACRES, AN ADDITIONAL 40 ACRES, THAT ARE A WONDERFULLY GOOD DEAL FOR THE TAXPAYERS AND THE CONCERNS OF THE ENVIRONMENT, PEOPLE WHO JUST LOOK AT THE EXCHANGE. AT THE END OF THE DAY, THE TAXPAYERS GET MORE LAND. TAXPAYERS GET MORE VALUE. $425,000, TO BE EXACT. THERE'S NO COST TO THE TAXPAYERS. THE PUBLIC GETS MORE ACCESS TO THE LAND. THEY GET MORE LAKESHORE PROPERTY. MORE TIMBER LAND. MORE WILD RICE LAND. AND MORE WETLANDS. AND IF APPROVED AND IF THE MINING PROJECT SHOULD ULTIMATELY GO FORWARD, BY THE WAY, IT'S RECEIVED THE HIGHEST MARKS THAT ANY MINING PROJECT HAS EVER RECEIVED FROM THE E.P.A. AFTER ALMOST 12 YEARS OF REVIEW. THE SIMPLE TRUTH HERE IS THIS IS A GOOD BILL FOR THE PUBLIC AND LET ME SAY, IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE, THERE ARE SOME THINGS THIS BILL DOES NOT DO. AND I NEED TO SAY THAT BECAUSE THERE'S SOME TERRIBLE MISINFORMATION FLOATING AROUND OUT THERE. NUMBER ONE, IT DOES NOT AUTHORIZE A MINING PROJECT. LET'S MAKE THAT VERY CLEAR. NUMBER TWO, IT DOES NOT INTERFERE WITH THE STATE AND THE FEDERAL ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW PROCESSES, PROCEDURES AND PERMITTING PROCESS. MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE PREPONDERANCE OF INFORMATION COMING INTO MY OFFICE IS CONCERN FOR THE BOUNDARY WATERS WILDERNESS CANOEING AREA AND RIGHTFULLY SO. AN ORIGINAL SPONSOR OF THAT BEFORE I TOOK MY 3 -YEAR HIATUS. THERE'S NO PRISTINE AREA IN THE COUNTRY, PERHAPS THE WORLD THAT NEEDS TO BE PROTECTED. BUT LET ME SHOW YOU SOMETHING. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WEREN'T PAYING ATTENTION IN SCIENCE CLASS, LAST CONTINENTAL DIVIDE WHICH WATER NORTH OF THAT FLOWS NORTH AND WATER TO THE SOUTH OF THAT FLOWS SOUTH. THIS PROJECT IS SOUTH OF THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE, SO THERE'S PHYSICALLY NO WAY POSSIBLE, SHORT OF A NUCLEAR BOMB OR GETTING HIT BY A PLANET OR SOMETHING, THAT THAT WATER CAN FLOW INTO, IN ANY WAY HARM OR DAMAGE THE BOUNDARY WATERS. TO BE SPECIFIC, RIGHT HERE, THERE'S A 60-YEAR-OLD MINING PROJECT, NORTH SHORE MINE, THEY'VE BEEN MINING THERE FOR 60 YEARS. AND THERE'S SULFUR IN THAT SOIL AS WELL. IT'S NEVER BEEN -- CAUSED ANY DAMAGE TO THE BOUNDARY WATERS WILDERNESS CANOE AREA. THIS IS A GOOD BILL FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. IT'S GOOD FOR JOBS. IT'S GOOD FOR THE COMMUNITY. IN NO WAY CAN IT IN ANY WAY HARM THE BOUNDARY WATERS OR I WOULDN'T BE STANDING HERE TODAY ADVOCATING FOR ITS PURCHASE. THANK YOU, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO ADOPT THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND I REMIND YOU IT HAS GOOD SUPPORT FROM MINNESOTA, OUR SENATORS OUR GOVERNORS, BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FROM OUR CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION, CHAMEWOFERSE COMMERCE, THE TRADE UNIONS, IT'S A GOOD BILL AND I URGE ITS ADOPTION. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MANUFACTURE -- BALANCE OF MY TIME I MIGHT HAVE LEFT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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                • 04:59:48 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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                • 04:59:54 PM

                  MR. TIPTON

                  I RESERVE.

                • 04:59:56 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

                • 04:59:58 PM

                  MRS. TORRES

                  I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM MINNESOTA, REPRESENTATIVE…

                  I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM MINNESOTA, REPRESENTATIVE MCCOLLUM.

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                • 05:00:03 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 05:00:06 PM

                  MS. MCCOLLUM

                  I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 3115, THE SUPERIOR NATIONAL FORESTLAND…

                  I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 3115, THE SUPERIOR NATIONAL FORESTLAND EXCHANGE ACT OF 2017. THIS BILL MANDATES AN EXCHANGE OF MORE THAN 6,600 ACRES IN THE SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A MASSIVE, OPEN PIT, COPPER-NICKEL MINE THIS PROJECT IS CONTROVERSIAL WITH A MAJORITY OF MINNESOTANS WHO OPPOSE THE TOXIC SULL FITE MINE OR MINING BECAUSE IT IS A THREAT TO OUR WATER QUALITY, PUBLIC LANDS, AND OUTDOOR RECREATION IN OUR STATE. THIS LEGISLATION ALSO RAISES SERIOUS DUE PROCESS CONCERNS. THERE ARE FOUR PENDING LAWSUITS CHALLENGING THE LAND EXCHANGE BASED ON EXISTING ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS. AND CONCERNS ABOUT THE APPROPRIATE APPRAISAL VALUES. FEDERAL COURTS ARE STILL CONSIDERING THESE SUITS BUT THIS LEGISLATION UNDERMINES THE PROPER JUDICIAL REVIEW TO EXPEDITE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THIS MINE. FINALLY THIS BILL IGNORES THE TREATY RIGHTS OF THE LAKE SUPERIOR CHIPPEWA, A FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED TRIBAL NATION. THE FOND DU LAC RESERVATION IS DOWNSTREAM FROM THE PROPOSED SITE AND THE TRIBAL CHAIRMEN 20E8D CONGRESS THIS MINE WILL, AND I QUOTE THE TRIBAL CHAIRMAN, POSE A DIRECT THREAT TO THE WATER AND THE FISH, THE GAME AND THE WILD RICE ON WHICH THE TRIBE DEPENDS. THE NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AMERICAN INDIANS ALSO STRONGLY OPPOSES THIS LEGISLATION. . IT UNDERMINES LEGAL DUE PROCESS, ENVIRONMENTAL SAFEGUARDS AND THE TREATY RIGHTS OF OUR NATIVE AMERICAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON H.R. 3515 AND I YIELD BACK.

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                • 05:02:00 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLELADY FROM MINNESOTA YIELDS. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA…

                  THE GENTLELADY FROM MINNESOTA YIELDS. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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                • 05:02:05 PM

                  MR. TIPTON

                  RESERVES.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

                • 05:02:08 PM

                  MRS. TORRES

                  MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

                • 05:02:10 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

                • 05:02:11 PM

                  MR. TIPTON

                  MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

                • 05:02:13 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE PRULLS AND PASS THE…

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE PRULLS AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 3115, AS AMEND -- THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 3115, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLELADY.

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                • 05:02:36 PM

                  MRS. TORRES

                  I REQUEST 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. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED.

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                • 05:03:25 PM

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

                  • 05:04:09 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

                • 05:04:12 PM

                  Mr. Tipton moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 995 — "To direct the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior to amend regulations for racial appropriateness."

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                    MR. TIPTON

                    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 995 AS AMENDED.

                  • 05:04:17 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                  • 05:04:19 PM

                    THE CLERK

                    H.R. 995, A BILL TO DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE AND THE SECRETARY…

                    H.R. 995, A BILL TO DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE AND THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO AMEND REGULATIONS FOR RACIAL APPROPRIATENESS.

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                  • 05:04:31 PM

                    TEMPORE PURSUANT

                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. TIPTON, AND THE…

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

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                • 05:04:39 PM

                  Considered under suspension of the rules.

                  • 05:04:40 PM

                    MR. TIPTON

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

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

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              • 05:04:40 PM

                DEBATE

                The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 995.

                • 05:04:54 PM

                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

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

                • 05:05:00 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                  MR. TIPTON

                  MR. SPEAKER, THE UNITED STATES IS 241 YEARS OLD. IN THAT TIME THE…

                  MR. SPEAKER, THE UNITED STATES IS 241 YEARS OLD. IN THAT TIME THE COUNTRY'S SEEN AN IMMENSE AMOUNT OF CHANGE AND GROWTH. OVER THE COURSE OF HISTORY, LAWS AND POLICIES HAVE BEEN UPDATED TO BE ABLE TO REFLECT THIS GROWTH OF THE HOWEVER, SOME DECADES' OLD STATUTES AND REGULATIONS STILL CONTAIN ANTIQUATED TERMS. ENACTED IN 2016, PUBLIC LAW 114-197 MODERNIZED ANTIQUATED ETHNIC TERMS FOUND IN THE MINORITY OF ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY IN SECTION 106 OF THE LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT AND INVESTMENT ACT OF 1976 FOR RACIAL APPROPRIATENESS. H.R. 995 WOULD MAKE SIMILAR CHANGES TO TERMS FOUND IN CERTAIN REGULATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR. AT THIS POINT I WOULD LIKE TO INSERT INTO THE RECORD AN EXCHANGE OF LETTERS WITH CHAIRMAN CONWAY OF THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE, AND WE THANK HIM AND HIS STAFF FOR THEIR COOPERATION IN SCHEDULING THIS BILL.

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                • 05:06:09 PM

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                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                  MR. TIPTON

                  I THANK THE SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, MR. JEFFRIES, AND I'D LIKE TO BE ABLE TO…

                  I THANK THE SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, MR. JEFFRIES, AND I'D LIKE TO BE ABLE TO URGE ADOPTION OF THE MEASURE AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 05:06:17 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

                • 05:06:27 PM

                  MRS. TORRES

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

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 05:06:34 PM

                  MRS. TORRES

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS BILL COULD NOT BE MORE STRAIGHTFORWARD. H.R.…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS BILL COULD NOT BE MORE STRAIGHTFORWARD. H.R. 995 WOULD REQUIRE THAT USDA AND THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR TO CHANGE THE TERMINOLOGY USED TO DESCRIBE THE RACIAL BACKGROUND OR PLACE OF ORIGIN OF PEOPLE. THESE VERY OUTDATED AND OFFENSIVE RACIAL TERMS HAVE NO PLACE IN OUR FEDERAL REGULATIONS. MODERNIZING THESE TERMS SHOULD BE A CONTINUOUS EFFORT ACROSS ALL AGENCIES. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. JEFFRIES, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE BY PUSHING THIS LEGISLATION FORWARD. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO INCLUDE FOR THE RECORD THE PHRASES THAT THIS BILL WOULD CHANGE. REPLACING THE REFERENCES TO THE TERM NEGRO WITH BLACK OR AFRICAN-AMERICAN. REPLACING THE DEFINITION OF NEGRO WITH A DEFINITION OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN AS A PERSON HAVING ORIGINS. REPLACING THE REFERENCES OF TERM OF ORIENTAL WITH ASIAN AMERICAN. AND REPLACING THE REFERENCES TO THE TERM ESKIMO, ALEUT WITH NATIVE AMERICAN. I THINK WE NEED TO MOVE AND PASS THIS BILL AND FINALLY ADDRESS PEOPLE AS WE SHOULD. I ALSO WANT TO BRING ATTENTION TO THE TITLE OF THE BILL, 21ST CENTURY RESPECT ACT.

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                • 05:10:19 PM

                  MRS. TORRES

                  MY TIME.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

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                  MR. TIPTON

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THINK THE LEGISLATION THAT WE'RE SEEING ON THE…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THINK THE LEGISLATION THAT WE'RE SEEING ON THE FLOOR TODAY DEMONSTRATES ADDRESSING A VARIETY OF ISSUES. BE IT ON OUR PUBLIC LANDS, NEEDING THAT TO BE UPDATED, PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS TO BE ABLE TO BE UPDATED BUT PROBABLY IS NOTHING MORE PERSONAL THAN THE LEGISLATION THAT WE ARE ADDRESSING AT THIS PARTICULAR MOMENT, TO BE ABLE TO BE RESPECTFUL OF INDIVIDUALS AND HOW THEY ARE ACTUALLY TO BE ADDRESSED. THIS LEGISLATION WHICH IS ALONG TIME COMING, MUCH LIKE MR. JEFFRIES COMING TO THE FLOOR, TO BE ABLE TO ADDRESS THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION FOR THE HOUSE TO BE ABLE TO CONSIDER AS WE MOVE FORWARD WITH OUR BUSINESS AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                • 05:15:37 PM

                  MRS. TORRES

                  MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MRS. DEMINGS, REPRESENTATIVE DEMINGS.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 05:15:49 PM

                  MRS. DEMINGS

                  THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 995, THE 21ST…

                  THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 995, THE 21ST CENTURY RESPECT ACT, WHICH WE ALL KNOW IS A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT WILL REMOVE OUTDATED AND OFFENSIVE RACIAL LABELS FROM THE CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS. MR. SPEAKER, WE ALL KNOW THAT WORDS MATTER. THEY MATTER. WE ALL STAND AND RECITE THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE EVERY DAY. EVERY DAY I TAKE THOSE WORDS VERY, VERY SERIOUSLY. WORDS DO MATTER. IT IS TIME THAT WE REMOVE OUTDATED AND OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE FROM ANY CODE, POLICY, LAW, REGULATION. WORDS LIKE ESKIMO, WORDS LIKE ORIENTAL. MY GOD, WORDS LIKE NEGRO. THEY MATTER. AND AS ELECTED OFFICIALS, WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY. THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                • 05:17:04 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 05:17:09 PM

                  MR. TIPTON

                  I RESERVE, MR. SPEAKER.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 05:17:14 PM

                  MRS. TORRES

                  CAN YOU TELL ME HOW MUCH TIME WE HAVE?

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  11 MINUTES.

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                  MRS. TORRES

                  I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MR. JEFFRIES.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

                • 05:17:26 PM

                  MR. JEFFRIES

                  DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, FOR YIELDING, FOR HER…

                  DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, FOR YIELDING, FOR HER LEADERSHIP. AS WELL AS FOR HER SUPPORT. IN ADDITION TO RANKING MEMBERS GRIJALVA, CHAIRMAN BISHOP, CHAIRMAN LAMALFA, AND THE ENTIRE COMMITTEE FOR MOVING THIS BILL EXPEDITIOUSLY TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. AND FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP AND PARTNERSHIP IN THIS REGARD. I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND AND FELLOW JUDICIARY COMMITTEE MEMBER, CONGRESSMAN CHABOT, FOR HIS SUPPORT, LEADERSHIP AND CO-SPONSORSHIP OF THIS LEGISLATION. WORDS DEFINITELY MATTER. THEY CAN CAUSE GREAT HARM AND DIVISION. PARTICULARLY WHEN THEY ARE INVETTED IN FEDERAL STATUTE. SO THIS STEP THAT WE'RE TAKING TODAY AS IT RELATES TO THE 21ST CENTURY RESPECT ACT IS IMPORTANT AS A SYMBOL FROM THIS CONGRESS, THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE, TO THE NATION, THAT WE CAN COME TOGETHER. THAT WE'RE ALL FELLOW AMERICANS. THAT OUTDATED, ANTIQUATED AND RACIALLY STEREOTYPICAL TERMS LIKE NEGRO AND ESKIMO AND ORIENTAL ARE NOT APPROPRIATE AT THIS TIME IN AMERICA. THEY REFLECT A MORE DIVISIVE BYGONE ERA. I'M THANKFUL FOR ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES FOR COMING TOGETHER IN THIS REGARD. A SMALL BUT MEANINGFUL STEP. AN ERA OTHERWISE CHARACTERIZED BY GREAT DIVISION. AND PERHAPS AN INDICATION THAT WE CAN COME TOGETHER AS DEMOCRATS, AS REPUBLICANS, AS PEOPLE OF DIVERSE RACIAL BACKGROUNDS, TO HEAL WHATEVER DIVISIONS MAY REMAIN IN OUR SOCIETY. SO I THANK ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP AND SUPPORT AND I YIELD BACK TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MY GOOD FRIEND.

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                • 05:19:27 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 05:19:32 PM

                  MR. TIPTON

                  I RESERVE.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 05:19:36 PM

                  MRS. TORRES

                  I YIELD BACK.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 05:19:42 PM

                  MR. TIPTON

                  I YIELD BACK.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILLS A AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULE IS SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE IS AMENDED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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              • 05:20:02 PM

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

                • 05:20:04 PM

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

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

                    • 05:21:01 PM

                      Mr. Goodlatte moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2228 — "To provide support for law enforcement agency efforts to protect the mental health and well-being of law enforcement officers, and for other purposes."

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                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS HRMENT R. 2228, -- H.R.…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS HRMENT R. 2228, -- H.R. 228, THE LAW ENFORCEMENT MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS ACT OF 2007, AS -- WITH -- 2017, AS AMENDED.

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                    • 05:21:14 PM

                      Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                      DEBATE

                      The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2228.

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                        THE CLERK

                        A BILL TO PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY EFFORTS TO PROTECT…

                        A BILL TO PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY EFFORTS TO PROTECT MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                      • 05:21:28 PM

                        TEMPORE PURSUANT

                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, AND THE…

                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                      • 05:21:38 PM

                        MR. GOODLATTE

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

                        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS WITHIN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON H.R. 2228, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                        TEMPORE WITHOUT

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

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 05:21:55 PM

                        MR. GOODLATTE

                        TODAY WE ARE VOTING ON H.R. 2228, THE LAW ENFORCEMENT MENTAL HEALTH AND…

                        TODAY WE ARE VOTING ON H.R. 2228, THE LAW ENFORCEMENT MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS ACT. THIS BILL IS DESIGNED TO EQUIP LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES WITH INFORMATION AND RESOURCES TO ADDRESS MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES FACED BY OFFICERS. OUR POLICE MEN AND WOMEN REPORT FOR DUTY EVERY DAY, FACING AND RESPONDING TO DANGER ON OUR BEHALF. WE OFTEN SEE THEM AND WE ALWAYS APPRECIATE THEM. HOWEVER, WE OFTEN DON'T CONSIDER THE MENTAL ASPECT OF THE CHALLENGES FACING OUR OFFICERS WHO PUT THEMSELVES IN HARM'S WAY TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES. TODAY WE CONSIDER THE TOLL THEIR JOBS TAKE ON THEIR PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL-BEING. EVERY DAY THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN FACE SOME OF THE HIGHEST STRESS SITUATIONS ONE CAN IMAGINE. WHEN OFFICERS HANG UP THEIR BADGES AT THE END OF A SHIFT, THEY CANNOT EASILY HANG UP THE LINGERING EFFECTS OF THEIR HIGH STAKES ENCOUNTERS. AS THIS STRESS ACCUMULATES, IT CAN LEAD TO SERIOUS PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS. RESEARCH HAS SHOWN TIME AND AGAIN THAT POLICE OFFICER OCCUPATIONAL STRESS IS DIRECTLY CORRELATED TO HEART DISEASE, DIVORCE, ALCOHOL ABUSE, AND MAJOR PSYCHOLOGICAL ILLNESSES. INCLUDING ACUTE STRESS DISORDER, POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER, DEPRESSION, AND ANXIETY DISORDERS. OVER 900,000 MEN AND WOMEN SERVE AS SWORN LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS IN THE UNITED STATES. EACH YEAR MORE OF THEM DIE FROM SUICIDE THAN FROM GUN FIRE AND TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS COMBINED. MANY DEPARTMENTS HAVE STARTED MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS AS PREVENTIVE MEASURES. THESE PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN REDUCING THE NUMBER OF POLICE OFFICER SUICIDES FROM 300 IN 1998 TO 126 IN TWELVE. BUT IN DEPARTMENTS WHERE MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS PROGRAMS REMAIN ABSENT, THESE PROBLEMS CONTINUE. WE MUST ADDRESS THIS GAP. H.R. 2228 DIRECTS THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IN CONSULTATION WITH THE DEPARTMENTS OF DEFENSE AND VETERANS AFFAIRS, TO EQUIP LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO ADDRESS MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES FACED BY POLICE OFFICERS. IT ALSO PERMITS D.O.J.'S OFFICE OF COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING SERVICES TO AWARD GRANTS TO PEER MENTORING PILOT PROGRAMS AND DIRECTS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOW TO MAKE THESE AND OTHER PROGRAMS MORE EFFECTIVE. MR. SPEAKER, WE ALL RECOGNIZE THE PROFOUND CHALLENGES FACED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT IN THIS COUNTRY. TODAY WE ALSO ACKNOWLEDGE THE UNSEEN TOLL THAT THESE CHALLENGES CAN TAKE ON THE HEALTH OF THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MRS. BROOKS OF INDIANA FOR INTRODUCING THIS BILL AND MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR THIS IMPORTANT STEP IN PROVIDING LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES WITH THE RESOURCES TO TREAT SEVERE MENTAL AND PHYSICAL STRESS. OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN BLUE DESERVE THE APPRECIATION AND SUPPORT OF ALL OF US. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 05:25:01 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                      • 05:25:05 PM

                        MS. JACKSON LEE

                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RESERVE -- TO UTILIZE SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 05:25:14 PM

                        MS.JACKSON LEE

                        BUT I RISE AS WELL TO WISH AND HOPE THAT ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES AND…

                        BUT I RISE AS WELL TO WISH AND HOPE THAT ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES AND AMERICANS HAD A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING. AND AGAIN TO THANK THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY FOR THEIR SERVICE. IT IS PARTICULARLY NOTEWORTHY THAT THEY SERVE IN THIS TIME, WHEN FAMILIES ARE GATHERED. I THANK MR. GOODLATTE FOR COLLABORATING ON THIS LEGISLATION AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2228, THE LAW ENFORCEMENT MENTAL HEALTH ACT OF 2017. ENSURING THE MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS IS PARAMOUNT TO THE SAFETY OF OUR COMMUNITIES AND THE PEOPLE OUR OFFICERS TAKE A SOLEMN OATH TO PROTECT. I'M ALSO VERY PLEASED TO ACKNOWLEDGE VAL DEMINGS, A COLLEAGUE, AND AS WELL A MEMBER OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE OF WHICH I SERVE. WE ARE BETTER OFF FOR THE EXPERIENCE, COMMITMENT AND PROFESSIONAL CAREER THAT SHE HAD AS A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER AND CHIEF. SHE'S ONE OF THE CO-SPONSORS OF THIS LEGISLATION AND I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM HER. LET ME ALSO TAKE NOTE OF THE FACT THAT TEXAS EXPERIENCED A DEPTH OF SADNESS OVER THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND WHEN WE LOST ONE OF OUR DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS WHO WAS KILLED BY A PERPETRATOR DURING THE THANKSGIVING WEEKEND. WE PRAY FOR HIM AND HIS FAMILY. H.R. 2228 IS INTENDED TO PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY EFFORTS, TO PROTECT THE MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. I SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AS A GOOD FIRST STEP TOWARD CONGRESS ADDRESSING THE VARIOUS MATTERS SURROUNDING THE MENTAL HEALTH OF OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. WE MUST RECOGNIZE THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS PLAY A SPECIAL ROLE IN OUR COMMUNITIES WITH EXCEPTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES TO PROTECT AND SERVE. WHERE THEY SEE ENCOUNTER AND RESPOND TO HORRENDOUS SITUATIONS THAT ARE BOTH DANGEROUS, STRESSFUL AND OFTEN LIFE-THREATENING. IMAGINE THOSE OFFICERS WHO CAME UPON THAT SCENE SUNDAY MORNING IN TEXAS A FEW WEEKS AGO, WHERE 27 TEXANS WERE MURDERED IN CHURCH AND 20 WERE INJURED. IMAGINE CHURCHES THAT ARE FRIGHTENED ABOUT WORSHIPING. AND IMAGINE AS I LEFT MY HOMETOWN, HOUSTON, THAT THERE WERE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WHO WERE GATHERED TO MEET WITH PASTORS TO GIVE THEM COMFORT. THEY ARE THERE FOR US. AS WELL, FOR EXAMPLE, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS HAVE HAD TO RESPOND TO SEVERAL RECENT TRAGEDIES WHICH INCLUDE THE PULSE NIGHT CLUB SHOOTING IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA, WHERE 49 PEOPLE WERE KILLED. AND 53 OTHERS WOUNDED. THE KILLING OF FIVE OFFICERS AND THE WOUNDING OF NINE OTHER OFFICERS ALONG WITH TWO CIVILIANS IN DALLAS. THE SAN BERNARDINO SHOOTING, 14 INNOCENT EMPLOYEES. THE LAS VEGAS MASSACRE, WHERE A GUNMAN KILLED 58 INNOCENT CONCERT GOERS AND INJURED NEARLY 500 OTHERS. AND AGAIN MOST RECENTLY, AS I INDICATED, ON NOVEMBER 5, THE DEADLIEST MASS SHOOTING BY AN INDIVIDUAL IN TEXAS, THE FIFTH DEADLIEST MASS SHOOTING IN THE UNITED STATES, AS WELL AS THE DEADLIEST SHOOTING IN AN AMERICAN PLACE OF WORSHIP IN MODERN HISTORY, WHERE 26 WERE GUNNED DOWN IN SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, INCLUDING AN 18-MONTH-OLD CHILD AND A PREGNANT MOTHER AND WHERE 20 OTHERS WERE INJURED. THESE HORRIFIC OCCURRENCES HAVE BECOME ALL TOO COMMON IN OUR -- TODAY'S SOCIETY. THESE CHILLING TRAGEDIES CONTINUE TO AFFECT US ALL. IMAGINE THE IMPACT THEY HAVE COLLECTIVELY ON OUR -- ON OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WITH WHOM THESE TRAUMATIC SITUATIONS REMAIN LONG AFTER THE THREATS ARE REDUCED. EVERYONE HAS RETURNED HOME AND COMMUNITIES THEY SERVE HAVE REGAINED A RENEWED SENSE OF SAFETY. IMAGINE THAT OFFICER THAT COMES UPON HORRIFIC TRAFFIC ACCIDENT THAT KILLS A FAMILY. IMAGINE THEIR PAIN AND THEIR CONCERN. REQUIRING THESE OFFICERS TO CONTINUE TO SERVE WITHOUT PROVIDING THEM AN EFFECTIVE AVENUE TO PROCESS THE DA DAY -- THE DAY TO DAY CRISIS DOES AN INJUSTICE TO THEM. THAT IS WHY THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT INITIATIVE AND I'M REALLY EXCITED TO SUPPORT IT. I WANT TO ALSO RAISE, FOR MY COLLEAGUES, THAT I'VE BEEN A LONG STANDING ADVOCATE FOR HELPING POLICE OFFICERS. AS WE HAVE WORKED TOGETHER WITH THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE. AND I WANT TO MAKE MENTION OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT TRUST AND INTEGRITY ACT, WHICH TAKES A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO ADDRESSING POLICING ISSUES, INCLUDING RECOGNITION OF THE IMPORTANCE OF SUSTAINING MENTAL HEALTH -- MENTAL WELL-BEING OF OUR OFFICERS. THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION ADDRESSES TRAGEDIES WHERE WE'VE SEEN ACTIONS TAKE PLACE AND COUNTLESS UNFORTUNATE INCIDENTS HAVE HAPPENED. MAYBE BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF DE-ESCALATION. SO THIS BILL, WHICH I HOPE WE CAN MOVE ALONG, AS THIS BILL THAT WE HAVE -- THE UNDERLYING BILL REQUIRES THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO PERFORM AN INITIAL ANALYSIS OF EXISTING LAW ENFORCEMENT ACCREDITATION STANDARDS AND TO RECOMMEND AREAS FOR DEVELOPMENT. THAT GIVES TRAINING, IT ALSO TAKES INTO ACCOUNT MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS. AND FUNDING NEEDS. IT AUTHORIZES THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO MAKE GRANTS TO STATES, UNITS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT, INDIAN TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS TO STUDY LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY MANAGEMENT AND OPERATIONS AND TO DEVELOP PILOT PROGRAMS TO IMPLEMENT BEST PRACTICES. IT REQUIRES THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO STUDY THE PREVALENCE AND IMPACT OF ANY LAW, RULE OR PROCEDURE THAT ALLOWS A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER TO NOT BE ABLE TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS POSED AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE BY ANY OF THE AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING SITUATIONS. IT AUTHORIZES APPROPRIATIONS FOR EXPENSES RELATED TO CRIMINAL AND CIVIL ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES BY THE CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND REQUIRES THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO ESTABLISH A TASK FORCE TO ASSIST LOCAL INVESTIGATIONS AND IT REQUIRES EACH FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY TO REPORT TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL ON THE ACTIONS IN THAT PARTICULAR DEPARTMENT. TO HELP THAT DEPARTMENT ASSESS ITS OWN WORK, REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO COOPERATE WITH THE NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS MEMORIAL FUND, SOMETHING THAT WAS VERY IMPORTANT TO ME, TO PROVIDE A DISTINCTIVE MEDALLION TO BE ISSUED TO THE SURVIVORS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. AS WELL, THIS IS IN SYNC WITH THE TASK FORCE THAT WAS HELD IN THE LAST ADMINISTRATION THAT OFFERED TO DISCUSS WAYS TO IMPROVE POLICING AND TO HELP OUR INDIVIDUAL POLICE OFFICERS. WE WANT TO BE PARTNERS FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY AND COMMUNITY POLICE RELATIONS AND WE WANT THEM TO HAVE GOOD HEALTH AND THE ABILITY TO SERVE THEIR PUBLIC IN A GOOD HEALTH MINDSET. UNDER TODAY'S BILL, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SHALL REVIEW CURRENT MENTAL HEALTH PRACTICES AND SERVICES OF FEDERAL AGENCIES AND REPORT TO CONGRESS, DEVELOP RESOURCES TO EDUCATE MENTAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS ABOUT THE LAW ENFORCEMENT CULTURE ACROSS THE BOARD AND DEVELOP EVIDENCE-BASED THERAPIES AS A RESULT. I BELIEVE WITH THIS LEGISLATION IF PASSED IT WILL CREATE AN ATMOSPHERE WHERE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WILL BE COMFORTABLE SHARING THEIR THOUGHTS OR ASSESSMENTS OR BEST PRACTICES. UNDER THIS BILL, THE UNDERLYING BILL, THEY SHALL CONDUCT CASE STUDIES DESIGNED PRIMARILY TO ADDRESS OFFICER'S PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING AND SUBMIT SUCH A REPORT TO CONGRESS. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SHALL ALSO CONSULT WITH THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND HEAD OF FEDERAL AGENCIES TO EXAMINE THE MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS OF FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND THE EXPANDING OF PEER PROGRAMS. ENSURING RESOURCES TO PROTECT THE PRIVACY OF OFFICERS, THAT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AND REPORT THESE FINDINGS TO CONGRESS NO LATE THAN ONE YEAR AFTER ENACTMENT. MR. SPEAKER, THE KEY TO ALL THIS IS TO BUILD THE TRUST BETWEEN COMMUNITY AND POLICE AND POLICE COMMUNITY AND POLICE FAMILIES AND FAMILIES OF THOSE WHO COME WITHIN THE RANGE OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT. IF WE CAN ALL WORK TOGETHER, WE CAN TRUST EACH OTHER, WE WILL HAVE A BETTER SYSTEM OF JUSTICE. IT IS A GOOD FIRST STEP, THIS BILL, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING AS WELL ON OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT BILLS INCLUDING THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AND INTEGRITY BILL THAT I JUST SO NOTED. WITH THAT I RESERVE MY TIME.

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                      • 05:33:34 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

                      • 05:33:39 PM

                        MR. GOODLATTE

                        MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS SHE MAY…

                        MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM INDIANA, MRS. BROOKS, THE CHIEF SPONSOR OF THE LEGISLATION.

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                      • 05:33:53 PM

                        BROOKS THE

                        THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 05:33:55 PM

                        MRS. BROOKS

                        I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS MANY, MANY YEARS OF SUPPORT FOR LAW…

                        I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS MANY, MANY YEARS OF SUPPORT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS FOR HER SUPPORT OF THIS BILL AND FOR LEADING THE VOICE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT TRUST BETWEEN LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY AND THE COMMUNITIES IN WHICH THEY PROTECT AND I BELIEVE THAT THIS BILL WILL GO A LONG WAY IN HELPING OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE COMMUNITIES IN WHICH THEY SERVE TO PROTECT SHOULD RECOGNIZE THE TYPES OF TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS THAT OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS FACE EVERY DAY. ALSO WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WHO, BEFORE COMING TO CONGRESS, WERE LEADERS IN THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITIES, INCLUDING THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, WHO I BELIEVE WE WILL HEAR FROM, WHO DAY IN AND DAY OUT SERVED AND PROTECTED THEIR OWN COMMUNITIES. I INTRODUCED THE LAW ENFORCEMENT MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS ACT BECAUSE OUR NATION'S LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS OFTEN DEAL WITH THE UNTHINKABLE. THEY DAILY FACE SITUATIONS THAT CAN BE HARD TO PROCESS, IMPOSSIBLE TO FORGET. THE WORK OUR NATION'S LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS UNDERTAKE PUT INCREDIBLE STRAINS ON THEM, ON THEIR FAMILIES, PLACES THEM IN SITUATIONS THAT INCREASE THEIR CHANCES OF DEVELOPING MENTAL DISORDERS. BETWEEN 7% TO 19% OF POLICE OFFICERS HAVE SYMPTOMS OF PTSD. IN COMPARISON, ONLY 3.5% OF THE GENERAL POPULATION EXPERIENCE PTSD. FURTHERMORE, THE SUICIDE RATE FOR OUR NATION'S LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS IS DOUBLE THE RATE WHICH OFFICERS ARE KILLED BY VIOLENT FELONS. IN THE FIFTH DISTRICT OF INDIANA, BOONE COUNTY SHERIFF MIKE NIELSON DESPERATELY AND PUBLICLY PLEADED FOR A BETTER MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE AFTER HIS DAUGHTER, ALSO A POLICE OFFICER, TRIED TO TAKE HER OWN LIFE. SHE WAS STRUGGLING WITH PTSD AFTER RESPONDING TO A CASE INVOLVING THE MURDER OF A MOTHER AND HER 4-YEAR-OLD SON. OUR POLICE OFFICERS FACE A CULTURE OF SILENCE WHEN IT COMES TO MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES, AND WE KNOW THEY NEED BETTER ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES TO ALLOW THEM TO COPE WITH THESE HORRIFIC TYPES OF UNFORGETTABLE SITUATIONS. AS A FORMER DEPUTY MAYOR OF INDIANAPOLIS, RESPONSIBLE FOR PUBLIC SAFETY, I KNOW FIRSTHAND THE STRUGGLES OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY MEMBERS HAVE. THE POLICE DEPARTMENT BEGAN A PILOT PROGRAMS THAT PROVIDES MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES TO OFFICERS INCLUDING COUNSELING AND REFERRALS TO DOCTORS, PSYCHOLOGISTS, CLINICIANS TO GET THEM THE HELP THEY NEED. AND THAT PROGRAM ACTUALLY INSPIRED THIS BILL. RECOGNIZING THE TREMENDOUS WORK ALREADY BEEN DOING BY THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION AND THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE THAT HAVE DONE ON BEHALF OF OUR NATION'S SERVICE MEMBERS, THIS BILL WILL REQUIRE THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO CONSULT WITH THIS FEDERAL -- THE FEDERAL AGENCIES TO DETERMINE WHICH MENTAL HEALTH PRACTICES THEY DEVELOPED THAT WOULD BE MOST USEFUL IN THE LAW ENFORCEMENT SETTING. WE ALSO HAVE TO ENCOURAGE OUR OFFICERS TO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES WITH THEIR COLLEAGUES WHO CAN UNDERSTAND AND EMPATHIZE WITH THEM ABOUT THE TRAUMATIC EVENTS THEY EXPERIENCE WHILE SERVING IN THE LINE OF DUTY. TO THAT END, THIS BILL ESTABLISHES A GRANT PROGRAM WITHIN JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO ESTABLISH PEER MENTORING MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS PILOT PROGRAMS WITHIN STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT AFFECTS THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES AND WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES IN JOINING ME IN SUPPORTING THIS IMPORTANT PROPOSAL. OUR NATION'S LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ARE DUTY BOUND TO PROTECT AND SERVE, AND IT'S ONLY FAIR THAT WE WORK TO PROTECT THEM AS WELL FROM THE STRESS AND TRAUMA THAT THEY FACE TO KEEP OUR COMMUNITIES SAFE. WITH THAT I THANK YOU AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 05:37:51 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RESERVES. THE…

                        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS.

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                      • 05:37:57 PM

                        MS. JACKSON LEE

                        I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HER REMARKS, AND WE ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO…

                        I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HER REMARKS, AND WE ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO BUILD THAT TRUST AND TO SAFELY SECURE THE COMMUNITY AND OUR OFFICERS. WITH THAT IN MIND, AS I INDICATED, MR. SPEAKER, I'M DELIGHTED TO BE ABLE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA WHO BRINGS TO THE UNITED STATES VERY IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTIONS AS THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE THESE VOICES ARE WELL NEEDED, IT IS CONGRESSWOMAN VAL DEMINGS WHO IS A FORMER CHIEF OF POLICE OF THE CITY OF ORLANDO, FLORIDA. I YIELD TO HER TWO MINUTES.

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                      • 05:38:26 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                      • 05:38:29 PM

                        MRS. DEMINGS

                        THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU SO MUCH TO THE GENTLELADY FROM…

                        THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU SO MUCH TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS FOR BEING A LEADING VOICE ON THIS ISSUE. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS ACT WHICH I AM PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR WITH MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE REPRESENTATIVE SUSAN BROOKS FROM INDIANA. I ALSO WANT TO THANK ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR SUPPORT ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS RESPOND TO SOME OF THE MOST HORRIFIC SCENES AND SITUATIONS. AFTER 27 YEARS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT, HOW WELL I KNOW. THEY RESPOND WITHOUT REGARD TO THEIR OWN PERSONAL SAFETY AND THEY ARE THE THIN BLUE LINE THAT STANDS BETWEEN A SAFE PLACE AND THE DANGERS THAT LURK IN OUR SOCIETY. WE SHOULD ALL THANK GOD FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO PATROL OUR STREETS, OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, OUR BUSINESSES, OUR SCHOOLS, AND OUR HIGHWAYS TO KEEP US SAFE. BEING A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER IS NOT JUST WHAT THEY DO. IT'S WHO THEY ARE. ALL THE DANGERS, THE UNKNOWNS, THE GRAPHIC CRIME SCENES, SPLIT-SECOND LIFE AND DEATH DECISIONS, DON'T BE FOOLED. THERE IS NO OTHER JOB QUITE LIKE IT. THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT OF THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE SAID THIS, UNLIKE MANY OTHER PROFESSIONS, SOMETIMES YOU CAN'T LEAVE THE JOB AT THE OFFICE. MR. SPEAKER, AS A FORMER LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, I AM PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR THE LAW ENFORCEMENT MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS ACT. THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION WOULD ENSURE THAT AGENCIES ARE BETTER EQUIPPED AND OFFICERS HAVE THE RESOURCES NEEDED TO EFFECTIVELY DEAL WITH THE STRESS AND MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES ASSOCIATED WITH THE JOB. MR. SPEAKER, WHAT AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY WE HAVE TO PASS LEGISLATION TO PROTECT THE MENTAL HEALTH AND OVERALL WELL-BEING OF THE MEN AND WOMEN IN BLUE AS THEY CONTINUE --

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                      • 05:40:40 PM

                        MS. JACKSON LEE

                        I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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                        MRS. DEMINGS

                        THANK YOU SO MUCH. AS THEY CONTINUE TO PROTECT AND TAKE CARE OF US. WITH…

                        THANK YOU SO MUCH. AS THEY CONTINUE TO PROTECT AND TAKE CARE OF US. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK. THANK YOU.

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                      • 05:40:48 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE…

                        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS.

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                      • 05:40:56 PM

                        MS. JACKSON LEE

                        MY PLEASURE NOW TO YIELD TO A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY…

                        MY PLEASURE NOW TO YIELD TO A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, THE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND SENIOR MEMBER FROM NEW YORK, JERRY NADLER, FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                      • 05:41:10 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

                      • 05:41:13 PM

                        MR. NADLER

                        I FLIES STRONG SUPPORT OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS…

                        I FLIES STRONG SUPPORT OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS ACT. THIS BILL WOULD TAKE A NUMBER OF STEPS TO HELP PROTECT THE MENTAL WELL-BEING OF THOSE TWO TAKE EXTRAORDINARY STEPS TO PROTECT ALL OF US. THE OFFICE OF COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING SERVICES AT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE REPORTS THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT HAS AN OCCUPATIONAL FATALITY RATE THREE TO FIVE TIMES HIGHER THAN THE NATIONAL AVERAGE FOR THE WORKING POPULATION. OFFICERS RESPOND TO HORRIBLE SITUATIONS THAT ARE DANGEROUS, STRESSFUL AND SOMETIMES LIFE THREATENING. IN ADDITION TO PROTECTING LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS FROM THE PHYSICAL HAZARDS ASSOCIATED WITH DOING THEIR DAILY JOBS, WE MUST ALSO DO MORE TO PROTECT THEM FROM THE MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL DIFFICULTIES RESULTING FROM THEIR WORK. THAT IS WHY I SUPPORT THIS BILL, WHICH WOULD INITIATE SEVERAL EFFORTS TO HELP THE MENTAL WELLNESS OF OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. THE BILL CALLS FOR THE COLLABORATION OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT, AND THE VETERANS AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT TO DETERMINE WHICH MENTAL HEALTH PRACTICES AND SERVICES FROM THE MILITARY AGENCIES MAY BE ADOPTED TO HELP CIVILIAN LAW ENFORCEMENT. THE BILL WOULD EXPAND THE ALLOWABLE USES OF EXISTING JUSTICE DEPARTMENT GRANTS TO INCLUDE ESTABLISHMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS PROGRAMS WITHIN STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES. THE BILL WOULD DIRECT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO DEVELOP EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS FOR MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS ABOUT THE CULTURE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES. AND FINALLY, THE BILL WOULD CONSIDER IMPROVEMENTS TO CRISIS HOTLINES TO BETTER SERVE THOSE IN LAW ENFORCEMENT WHO SEEK TO USE THEM. ALTHOUGH I AM PARTICULARLY PROUD OF NEW YORK'S FINEST, I AM GLAD THAT THIS BILL WILL HELP LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS IN EVERY JURISDICTION ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THEIR SERVICE CERTAINLY DESERVES THE ASSISTANCE THIS LEGISLATION WILL PROVIDE. THEREFORE, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL TODAY, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 05:42:59 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE…

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS.

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                      • 05:43:05 PM

                        MS. JACKSON LEE

                        LET ME THANK THE TWO PRIOR SPEAKERS, CONGRESSWOMAN DEMINGS AND CONGRESSMAN…

                        LET ME THANK THE TWO PRIOR SPEAKERS, CONGRESSWOMAN DEMINGS AND CONGRESSMAN NADLER, FOR VERY INSIGHTFUL, VERY IMPORTANT REMARKS ON THIS PARTICULAR LEGISLATION. I'D LIKE NOW TO YIELD TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN, AGAIN, FROM NEW JERSEY, SOMEONE WHO I KNOW HAS A PASSION FOR FIRST RESPONDERS, AS WE HAVE WORKED TOGETHER EVEN MORE CLOSELY AFTER THE HEINOUS TRAGEDY OF 9/11, I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN, MR. PASCRELL, THREE MINUTES, FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                      • 05:43:39 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

                      • 05:43:44 PM

                        MR. PASCRELL

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS. AND,…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS. AND, AGAIN, CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CHAIRMAN WHO HAS DISTINGUISHED HIMSELF IN LAW ENFORCEMENT SINCE HE'S BEEN HERE. AS THE CO-CHAIR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT CAUCUS AND AN ORIGINAL SPONSOR OF H.R. 2228, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT, OF THIS MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS ACT, AND I WANT TO JOIN WITH SO MANY OF THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE -- ARE SUPPORTING THIS. THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE, THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF POLICE OFFICERS, THE MAJOR COUNTY THIS WAS OF AMERICA, THE FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ASSOCIATION, THE NATIONAL DISTRICT ATTORNEYS ASSOCIATION, AND SERGEANTS BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION. I WAS PROUD TO HAVE WORKED WITH MY CO-CHAIR, DAVID REICHERT, AND REPRESENTATIVES SUSAN BROOKS, VAL DEMINGS, DOUG COLLINS ON THIS LEGISLATION FOR THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY. WE ALL AGREE THAT THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN LAW ENFORCEMENT PUT THEMSELVES IN DIFFICULT IF NOT DANGEROUS AND SOMETIMES LIFE-THREATENING SITUATIONS EVERY DAY. WE TEACH OFFICERS HOW TO HANDLE EVERY DIFFERENT SITUATION, WHETHER IT IS A DOMESTIC DISPUTE, WHETHER IT IS A HOSTAGE DISPUTE, OR ANY OTHER, BUT WE NEED TO THINK ABOUT THE OFFICER WHO COMES AWAY FROM THAT PARTICULAR EXPERIENCE WITH HIMSELF. . THAT'S ABOUT IT. GOES TOME WHO HIS FAMILY -- HOME TO HIS FAMILY. IT'S SLULETLY CRITICAL WE PROVIDE OUR -- ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL WE PROVIDE OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WITH ALL THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO EFFECTIVELY DO THEIR JOB. I'VE CONSISTENTLY FOUGHT FOR NEW EQUIPMENT, ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY TO PROVIDE PHYSICAL PROTECTION FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT WHEN THEY'RE ON DUTY. HOWEVER WE MUST ALSO ENSURE LAW ENFORCEMENT HAS THE RESOURCES AND SUPPORT AND TRAINING TO ADDRESS MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AS WELL. THE STRESSES ON LAW ENFORCEMENT HAVE CONTINUED TO GROW IN RECENT YEARS. THIS CAN HAVE A BIG IMPACT ON OFFICERS' PHYSICAL AND MENTAL WELL-BEING. THAT IS WHY OFFICER MENTAL WELLNESS NEEDS TO BE A PRIORITY FROM THE DAY OF HIRE TO THE DAY OF RETIRE. WE KNOW TOO MANY OFFICERS STRUGGLE WITH DEPRESSION, SUICIDAL THOUGHTS, POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER. AS CO-CHAIR OF THE TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, MYSELF AND DR. COLLINS, WHO IS THE REPUBLICAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, STARTED OUT 20 YEARS AGO, WE COULD FIT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN A TELEPHONE BOOTH. WE JUST ABOUT KNEW WHAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT. AND THAT HAS CHANGED HOW WE APPROACH OUR MILITARY FORCES ON THE FIELD.

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                      • 05:46:51 PM

                        MS. JACKSON LEE

                        I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN 30 MORE SECONDS.

                      • 05:47:40 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                      • 05:47:48 PM

                        MS. JACKSON LEE

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, LET ME AS WE KNOW THAT THEY DO. THEY MAY NOT YIELD TO IT.…

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, LET ME AS WE KNOW THAT THEY DO. THEY MAY NOT YIELD TO IT. MAY NOT KNOW IT. GO RIGHT INTO SERVING WHETHER THEY ARE FIRE OR POLICE, THEY GO RIGHT INTO SERVING THE COMMUNITY. AND THEREFORE THIS LEGISLATION WILL BE ENORMOUSLY HELPFUL FOR THEM. THIS IS A GOOD FIRST STEP TO HELPING TO ENHANCE THE MENTAL HEALTH OR MENTAL WELL BEING OF OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. THESE OFFICERS ENDURE STRESSFUL EVENTS ON OUR BEHALF IN THE INTEREST OF PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITIES. WE WILL ALL BENEFIT FROM THE EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS LEGISLATION. THEREFORE I SUPPORT THIS BILL EVEN AS I ENCOURAGE US TO CONTINUE OUR WORK IN ADDITIONAL LEGISLATION TO HELP FOSTER BETTER COORDINATION BETWEEN OUR POLICE OFFICERS AND THE COMMUNITIES THEY SERVE. ONE FINAL POINT THAT I'VE LISTENED TO OFFICERS AND THEY HAVE SAID TO ME WITH ALL THEY DEAL WITH, COMING UPON A CIRCUMSTANCE WHERE A CHILD HAS BEEN INJURED OR KILLED IS ONE OF THE MOST DEVASTATING EXPERIENCES THEY HAVE HAD TO HAVE. JUST IMAGINE THAT THIS MENTAL HEALTH BILL WILL WORK ON ALL THE ISSUES THEY HAVE TO ADDRESS. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. WHICH IS THE LAW ENFORCEMENT MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS ACT, H.R. 2228. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 05:50:29 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLELADY

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                        MR. GOODLATTE

                        I WANT TO AGAIN THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM INDIANA, MRS. BROOKS, AND THE…

                        I WANT TO AGAIN THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM INDIANA, MRS. BROOKS, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MRS. DEMINGS, FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. I WILL SAY AGAIN HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE THE WORK OF THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS ON A WHOLE HOST OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM ISSUES. AND IT'S MY HOPE THAT WE'LL MOVE A GREAT MANY OF THESE REFORMS THROUGH THIS HOUSE IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE. YOU CERTAINLY HAVE MY SUPPORT FOR WORKING TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO ACCOMPLISH THAT. THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION IS A GREAT STEP IN THAT DIRECTION. YOU CAN'T EXPECT LAW ENFORCEMENT TO KEEP ALL OF US SAFE, IF WE'RE NOT LOOKING OUT FOR THEIR MENTAL HEALTH, WHICH I CAN ONLY IMAGINE HOW STRESSFUL THE JOB IS. I'VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO SEVERAL RIDE-ALONGS OVER THE YEARS WITH POLICE OFFICERS IN MY DISTRICT AND THEY HAVE MY UTMOST RESPECT. I HOPE THAT EVERY MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE WILL VOTE FOR THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 05:51:37 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 2228, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS UNTIL APPROXIMATELY 6:30 P.M. TODAY.

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                      • 05:52:09 PM

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                        TODAY.

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

                      • 05:52:15 PM

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

                      • 05:52:34 PM

                        Recess

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

                        • 06:29:00 PM

                          Reconvened

                          The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of November 28.

                          • 06:29:25 PM

                            Ms. Cheney filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 631.

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                              SECRETARY TILLERSON

                              YEARS HAVE PROVEN --. RECOGNITION?

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                              MR. SPEAKER, I SEND TO THE DESK A PRIVILEGED REPORT FROM THE COMMITTEE ON…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I SEND TO THE DESK A PRIVILEGED REPORT FROM THE COMMITTEE ON RULES FOR FILING UNDER THE RULE.

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                            • 06:29:50 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

                            • 06:29:53 PM

                              THE CLERK

                              HOUSE RESOLUTION 631, PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 3017 TO…

                              HOUSE RESOLUTION 631, PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 3017 TO AMEND THE COMPREHENSIVE ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSE LIABILITY ACT OF 1980 TO RE-AUTHORIZE AROUND IMPROVE THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES AND PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 3905, REQUIRE CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL OF ANY MINERAL WITHDRAWAL OR MONUMENT DESIGNATION INVOLVING THE NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM'S LAND AND THE STATE OF MINNESOTA TO PROVIDE FOR RENEWAL OF CERTAIN MINERAL LEASES IN SUCH LANDS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                            • 06:30:30 PM

                              TEMPORE REFERRED

                              REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8…

                              REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, PROCEEDINGS WILL RESUME ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES PRIESTLY POSTPONED. VOTES WILL BE TAKEN IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER. H.R. 2768 BY THE YEAS AND NAYS. H.R. 3115 BY THE YEAS AND NAYS. THE FIRST ELECTRONIC VOTE WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. REMAINING ELECTRONIC VOTES WILL BE CUBBLINGTED AS FIVE-MINUTE VOTES. -- CONDUCTED AS FIVE-MINUTE VOTES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. TIPTON, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2768 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                        • 06:30:40 PM

                          UNFINISHED BUSINESS

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

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                            THE CLERK

                            BILL TO DESIGNATE CERTAIN MONUMENT PEAKS IN THE STATE OF COLORADO AS…

                            BILL TO DESIGNATE CERTAIN MONUMENT PEAKS IN THE STATE OF COLORADO AS FOWLER PEAK AND BOSKOFF PEAK.

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                          • 06:31:26 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE…

                            MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                          • 06:31:29 PM

                            Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 2768 — "To designate certain mountain peaks in the State of Colorado as ``Fowler Peak'' and "Boskoff Peak"."

                            • 06:31:47 PM

                              On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Roll Call 638 - 2/3 Yea and Nay vote pending.

                              • 06:57:33 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE YEAS ARE 409, THE ZEROS. THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND WITHOUT…

                                THE YEAS ARE 409, THE ZEROS. THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. TIPTON, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3115. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                          • 06:57:44 PM

                            House Vote 638 - On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass

                            Fowler and Boskoff Peaks Designation Act

                            Passed (409 - 0)
                            Yea

                            Vote Details: Yea - 408
                            Republican - 224
                            Democratic - 184

                            Vote Details: Not Voting - 24
                            Republican - 14
                            Democratic - 10

                            • 06:57:45 PM

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

                              • 06:57:52 PM

                                Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3115 — "To provide for a land exchange involving Federal land in the Superior National Forest in Minnesota acquired by the Secretary of Agriculture through the Weeks Law, and for other purposes."

                                • 06:58:02 PM

                                  THE CLERK

                                  H.R. 3115, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR LAND EXCHANGE INVOLVING FEDERAL LAND IN…

                                  H.R. 3115, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR LAND EXCHANGE INVOLVING FEDERAL LAND IN THE SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST ACQUIRED BY THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                              • 06:58:15 PM

                                On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Roll Call 639 - 2/3 Yea and Nay vote pending.

                                • 06:58:19 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  WILL THE HOUSE PASS THE BILL. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY…

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

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                                • 07:04:30 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 310 THE NAYS ARE 97. 2/3 BEING IN THE…

                                  ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 310 THE NAYS ARE 97. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE --

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                                • 07:05:15 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  ON THIS VET, THE YEAS ARE 309. THE NAYS ARE 99. 2/3 BEING IN THE…

                                  ON THIS VET, THE YEAS ARE 309. THE NAYS ARE 99. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                • 07:06:49 PM

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

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

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                                • 07:06:54 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                                • 07:06:58 PM

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                                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TONIGHT --

                            • 07:07:00 PM

                              House Vote 639 - On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended

                              Superior National Forest Land Exchange Act of 2017

                              Passed (309 - 99)
                              Yea
                              Nay

                              Vote Details: Yea - 308
                              Republican - 219
                              Democratic - 89

                              Vote Details: Nay - 99
                              Democratic - 95
                              Republican - 4

                              Vote Details: Not Voting - 25
                              Republican - 15
                              Democratic - 10

                              • 07:07:01 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN IS…

                                THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              • 07:07:01 PM

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

                              • 07:07:09 PM

                                ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

                                The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

                                • 07:07:11 PM

                                  MR. PAULSEN

                                  RISE TO CONGRATULATE THE EDEN PRAIRIE BOYS' FOOTBALL TEAM FOR WINNING…

                                  RISE TO CONGRATULATE THE EDEN PRAIRIE BOYS' FOOTBALL TEAM FOR WINNING THEIR 11TH MINNESOTA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP THIS WEEK. THE EAGLES PREVAILED 38-17 IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHUP THEY FINISHED THEIR 2017 SEASON WITH AN UNDEFEATED 13-0 RECORD. THEY WERE LED BY SENIOR RUNNING BACK SOLO FALINIKO WHO RUSHED FOR 49 YARDS ON 22 CARRIES, AS WELL AS ANTONIO MONTERO. IT TAKES COMMITMENT, PERSEVERANCE AND HARD WORK TO BECOME STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS. IT'S EVEN MORE IMPRESSIVE WHEN YOU CONSIDER THAT THESE SCHOOL ATHLETES BALANCE SCHOOL AND EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES WITH THEIR ATHLETICS. I CONGRATULATE THE PLAYERS, COACHES, AND FANS ON YOUR STATE TITLE. OUR GIRE COMMUNITY IS PROUD OF YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENT. GO EAGLES.

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                                • 07:08:18 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO PLEASE TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. FOR…

                                  MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO PLEASE TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                • 07:08:42 PM

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                                  MR. SPEAKER, I MET WITH A GROUP OF ENGINEERING AND NURSING STUDENTS AT…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I MET WITH A GROUP OF ENGINEERING AND NURSING STUDENTS AT RUTGERS.

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                                • 07:08:50 PM

                                  MR. PAYNE

                                  THEY HAVE WORKED HARD TO GET AN EDUCATION TO HELP COMMUNITIES IN NEED. BUT…

                                  THEY HAVE WORKED HARD TO GET AN EDUCATION TO HELP COMMUNITIES IN NEED. BUT THEY CAME TO THE NATION'S CAPITOL HELPING FOR -- ASKING FOR HELP ONLY CONGRESS CAN PROVIDE. SEE, THESE BRIGHT YOUNG MINDS ARE NOT U.S. CITIZENS, THEY ARE WHAT WE CALL DREAMERS. AND EACH DAY THAT PASSES WITHOUT CONGRESS VOTING ON THE DREAM ACT DARKENS THEIR FUTURES. LIKE THE 20,000 OTHER DREAMERS IN MY DISTRICT. THESE ARE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO FEAR THEY'LL BE DETAINED AND DEPORTED TO PLACES THEY'VE NEVER SEEN OR KNOWN BEFORE. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS SUPPOSED TO BE A TIME OF JOY AND CELEBRATION, NOT FEAR AND UNCERTAINTY. I IMPLORE MY COLLEAGUES TO HONOR THE WISHES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND DO THE RIGHT THING BY HISTORY. LET US FINALLY PASS THE DREAM ACT. I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 07:09:50 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                  THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                • 07:10:20 PM

                                  MR. POE

                                  MR. SPEAKER, AS MOST OF US WERE SITTING DOWN FOR OUR THANKSGIVING MEAL…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, AS MOST OF US WERE SITTING DOWN FOR OUR THANKSGIVING MEAL WITH OUR TURKEY AND DRESSING, THERE WAS AN EMPTY CHAIR AT THE MARTINEZ HOME BECAUSE JUST A FEW DAYS BEFORE THANKSGIVING, 36-YEAR-OLD TEXAS BORDER PATROL AGENT ROGELIO MARTINEZ WAS KILLED MANNING TEXAS' OFTEN VIOLENT SOUTHERN BORDER. INITIAL REPORTS INDICATE MARTINEZ AND HIS PARTNER WERE AMBUSHED BY A GROUP OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ATTEMPTING TO CROSS INTO THE UNITED STATES. THE ILLEGALS BEGAN THROWING ROCKS, HITTING THE TWO OFFICERS OVER AND OVER AGAIN. BOTH AGENTS SUFFERED BROKEN BONES AND MAJOR HEAD TRAUMA. MARTINEZ'S PARTNER IS STILL IN THE HOSPITAL IN CRITICAL CONDITION. AGENT MARTINEZ WAS KILLED BY THOSE SPEAK -- SEEKING TO ENTER THE UNITED STATES ILLEGALLY BY WHATEVER MEANS POSSIBLE, ULTIMATELY BY KILLING HIM. THE F.B.I. IS STILL INVESTIGATING THE HOMICIDE AND SEEKS TO BRING THOSE RESPONSIBLE TO JUSTICE. ROCK THROWERS ARE NOT THAT UNCOMMON ON THE TEXAS-MEXICO BORDER. SINCE 2003, 39 BORDER PATROL AGENTS HAVE BEEN KILLED WHILE ON PATROL. OUR AGENTS ARE OUTMANNED, OUTGUNNED AND SOMETIMES OUTFINANCED BY THE DRUG CARTELS TRYING TO ENTER THE UNITED STATES. OUR BORDER PROTECTORS DESERVE OUR TOTAL ADMIRATION AND SUPPORT SO WE MOURN THE LOSS OF BORDER AGENT MARTINEZ. MAY GOD BLESS HIS FAMILY. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 07:12:01 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                • 07:12:15 PM

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                                  MINUTE.

                                • 07:12:40 PM

                                  MR. KRISHNA MOOR THEE

                                  KRISHNA MOOR THEE: --

                                • 07:12:47 PM

                                  MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

                                  82,000 MIDDLE INCOME HOUSEHOLDS WOULD SEE A TAX INCREASE BUT THE DAMAGE OF…

                                  82,000 MIDDLE INCOME HOUSEHOLDS WOULD SEE A TAX INCREASE BUT THE DAMAGE OF THE SENATE PLAN GOES BEYOND THAT IT COULD CUT MEDICAID BY $1.5 TRILLION NEXT YEAR ALONE, ADD $1.4 BILLION TO THE DEFICIT AND LEAVE MILLIONS MORE WITHOUT HEALTH COVERAGE. THOSE KEEPING THEIR HEALTH CARE WOULD SEE THEIR PREMIUMS JUMP BY 10% PER YEAR FOR THE NEXT DECADE. REPUBLICAN SENATORS HAVE SPOKEN OUT AGAINST THIS BILL AND THE TRUTH IS WE ALL SHOULD. I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 07:13:30 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  MEMBERS ARE YET AGAIN REMINDED TO PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM…

                                  MEMBERS ARE YET AGAIN REMINDED TO PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                • 07:14:03 PM

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                                  MR. SPEAKER, IT FIRST HAPPENED IN 1975 IN 1976, 1977, 1992.

                                • 07:14:13 PM

                                  MR. OLSON

                                  NOVEMBER 18, 2017, TWO WEEKS AGO. THE BEEVILLE BLUE JAYS WON THE TEXAS…

                                  NOVEMBER 18, 2017, TWO WEEKS AGO. THE BEEVILLE BLUE JAYS WON THE TEXAS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. ONE WORD DESCRIBE OURS BLUE JAYS, DOMINATION. THEY SWEPT ONE OF 22 SETS. ALL OF TEXAS 22 IS PROUD OF OUR COACHES, THE STARS WHO TOOK US ON THE DRIVE FOR FIVE, JANSEN, SYDNEY, HADEN, MCKENZIE. SAMANTHA, ANNIE. MAISON. EVAN. MR. SPEAKER, GET READY NUMBER SIX IS COMING IN 2018. GO BLUE JAYS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 07:15:13 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                • 07:15:24 PM

                                  MR. TONKO

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO CONGRATULATE THE FLYING HORSES OF TROY,…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO CONGRATULATE THE FLYING HORSES OF TROY, HIGH -- TROY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL FOR AN EXTRAORDINARY ACHIEVEMENT, WINNING A SECOND CONSECUTIVE NEW YORK STATE PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION CLASS A.A. STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. TROY'S FLYING HORSES ARE THE FIRST TEAM, FIRST TEAM IN SECTION II HISTORY TO ACCOMPLISH BACK-TO-BACK UNDEFEATED SEASONS AND STATE CHAMPIONSHIP WINS. THEY ARE 41-26 CHAMPIONSHIP WINS THIS PAST SUNDAY OVER AN IMPRESSIVE LANCASTER LEGENDS TEAM SHOWED THE DEDICATION AND THE HEART OF EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THE PLAYERS, THEIR FAMILIES AND THEIR COACH, THEIR SUPERCOACH, BOBBY BURNS. ON BEHALF OF COUNTLESS PROUD FANS AND SUPPORTERS THROUGHOUT NEW YORK STATE'S CAPITAL REGION, I WISH THE PLAYERS GREAT SUCCESS IN ALL OF THEIR FUTURE ENDEAVORS. I AGAIN CONGRATULATE THEM AND ABSOLUTE THEIR PASSION, THEIR DEAD -- SALUTE THEIR PASSION, THEIR DEDICATION AND THEIR SPORTSMANSHIP. THEY ARE INDEED AN INSPIRATION TO ALL OF US. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK AND THANK YOU.

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                                • 07:16:30 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                                • 07:16:33 PM

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

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

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                                • 07:16:38 PM

                                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                                • 07:16:42 PM

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                                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MR. LARRY HANSON'S 42 YEARS OF…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MR. LARRY HANSON'S 42 YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE, INCLUDING 22 YEARS AS THE LONGEST SERVING CITY MANAGER OF A CITY IN GEORGIA. MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL SAY THAT APPOINTING MR. HANSON FOR CITY MANAGER WAS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENTS IN RECENT HISTORY OF THE COMMUNITY.

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                                • 07:17:03 PM

                                  MR. CARTER

                                  ONE OF MR. HANSON'S FIRST INITIATIVES AFTER BECOMING CITY MANAGER WAS TO…

                                  ONE OF MR. HANSON'S FIRST INITIATIVES AFTER BECOMING CITY MANAGER WAS TO HIRE A NEW POLICE CHIEF, A FIRE CHIEF, A CITY ENGINEER AND REORGANIZE THE ENTIRE CITY MARSHALL OFFICE. A TESTAMENT TO HIS EFFORTS, HE RECEIVED COUNTLESS AWARDS, INCLUDING OUTSTANDING PUBLIC OFFICIAL AND GEORGIA TREND MAGAZINE EXCELLENCE IN PUBLIC SERVICE. ON DECEMBER 8, MR. HANSON WILL OFFICIALLY RETIRE FROM HIS POSITION AS THE CITY MANAGER. THE NEXT CITY MANAGER WILL CERTAINLY HAVE LARGE SHOES TO FILL. IN MR. HANSON'S NEXT MOVE, HE WILL BECOME THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR THE GEORGIA MUNICIPAL ASSOCIATION, OVERSEEING 500 GEORGIA CITIES, WHICH I AM SURE WILL BENEFIT FROM HIS ASSISTANCE. LARRY, CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE AND BEST WISHES FOR YOUR FUTURE ENDEAVORS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 07:17:59 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                                • 07:18:03 PM

                                  MR. THOMPSON

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

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

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                                • 07:18:09 PM

                                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                                • 07:18:12 PM

                                  MR. THOMPSON

                                  MR. SPEAKER, TODAY IS GIVING TUESDAY, A GLOBAL DAY DEDICATED TO GIVING…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, TODAY IS GIVING TUESDAY, A GLOBAL DAY DEDICATED TO GIVING BACK. LAST WEEK WE CELEBRATED THANKSGIVING AND FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY GATHERED TO CELEBRATE AND GIVE THANKS FOR ALL THEIR BLESSINGS. TODAY ON THE NATIONAL DAY OF GIVING, MANY COME TOGETHER FOR A COMMON PURPOSE, TO CELEBRATE GENEROSITY AND TO GIVE. GIVING TUESDAY KICKS OFF THE CHARITABLE SEASON WHEN MANY FOCUS ON THEIR HOLIDAY AND END OF YEAR GIVING TO WORTHY CAUSES. CHARITABLE GIVING IS A FORCE FOR GOOD. WHICH IS WHY THE TAX REFORM PACKAGE APPROVED BY THE HOUSE MAINTAINS THIS IMPORTANT DEDUCTION. CHARITIES, FAMILIES, BUSINESSES, COMMUNITY CENTERS AND PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD WILL LEND THEIR TIME OR THEIR PERSONAL RESOURCES OF PHILANTHROPIC EFFORTS ACROSS THE NATION. GIVING TUESDAY ALSO BRINGS TOGETHER THE COLLECTIVE POWER OF A UNIQUE BLEND OF PARTNERS, NONPROFITS, CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS, BUSINESSES AND CORPORATIONS, AS WELL AS FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS TO ENCOURAGE AND AMPLIFY SMALL ACTS OF KINDNESS. AS A GLOBAL MOVEMENT, GIVING TUESDAY UNITES COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD BY SHARING OUR CAPACITY TO CARE FOR AND EMPOWER ONE ANOTHER. THAT'S SOMETHING WE CAN ALL CELEBRATE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 07:19:29 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

                                • 07:19:33 PM

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

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

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                                • 07:19:38 PM

                                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                                • 07:19:41 PM

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                                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A HARDWORKING AND OUTSTANDING…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A HARDWORKING AND OUTSTANDING CONSTITUENT OF THE 22ND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT WHO HAS JUST QUALIFIED FOR HER FOURTH CONSECUTIVE WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES.

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                                • 07:19:56 PM

                                  MS. TENNEY

                                  HAMLET IN OWE INSIDEA COUNTY KNOWN AS -- OWE NIGHTA COUNTY -- OWE INSIDEA…

                                  HAMLET IN OWE INSIDEA COUNTY KNOWN AS -- OWE NIGHTA COUNTY -- OWE INSIDEA COUNTY KNOWN AS -- ONEIDA COUNTY KNOWN AS REMSON. ERIN EARNED A REMARKABLE GOLD MEDAL. AT THE 2014 SOCHI WINTER OLYMPICS, SHE BECAME THE FIRST AMERICAN EVER, EVER, BOTH MALE AND FEMALE, TO MEDAL IN A SINGLES COMPETITION WHERE SHE BROUGHT HOME THE BRONZE FOR TEAM U.S.A. NEXT YEAR ERIN WILL REPRESENT TEAM U.S.A. IN THE 2018 WINTER OLYMPICS IN SOUTH KOREA BY AGAIN COMPETING IN SINGLES LUGE. PLEASE JOIN ME IN WISHING THE BEST OF LUCK TO OUR HOMETOWN ROCK STAR, ERIN HAMLIN AND ALL OF TEAM U.S.A. NEXT YEAR CONSCIOUS IN NEXT YEAR'S WINTER OLYMPICS IN SOUTH KOREA. I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 07:20:55 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS.

                                • 07:21:00 PM

                                  THE CLERK

                                  LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. LUCAS OF OKAFOR TODAY AND TOMORROW, AND…

                                  LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. LUCAS OF OKAFOR TODAY AND TOMORROW, AND -- OAK LA HOMEA FOR TODAY AND TOM AND MR. STIVERS FROM TODAY THROUGH THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30.

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                                • 07:21:12 PM

                                  MPORE WITHOUT

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. UNDER P UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED…

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. UNDER P UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. HOYER, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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                              • 07:21:22 PM

                                SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES

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

                                • 07:21:38 PM

                                  MR. HOYER

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO TALK ABOUT A BILL THAT POSES A GREAT…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO TALK ABOUT A BILL THAT POSES A GREAT DANGER TO OUR COUNTRY. AND A GREAT DANGER TO OUR PEOPLE. PARTICULARLY OUR PEOPLE WHO ARE STRUGGLING, WHO ARE LIVING FROM PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK. BECAUSE THIS BILL, CONTRARY TO THE ASSERTION OF OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES, WILL NOT HELP THEM. AND WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT THAT. I NOW WANT TO YIELD TO THE SENIOR MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, MY FRIEND, CONGRESSMAN LEVIN.

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                                • 07:22:15 PM

                                  MR. LEVIN

                                  THANK YOU VERY MUCH. OUR WHIP, TRYING TO WHIP SOME COMMON SENSE INTO THIS…

                                  THANK YOU VERY MUCH. OUR WHIP, TRYING TO WHIP SOME COMMON SENSE INTO THIS DEBATE. I WANTED TO FOCUS ON THE CLAIMS OF THE REPUBLICANS THAT THIS IS A MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT. YOU KNOW, HALLOWEEN IS OVER. BUT THE MASKS OF THE REPUBLICANS, THOSE MASKS ARE STILL ON. AND I THINK THE LARGEST ONE AND THE MOST DANGEROUS IS THE CLAIM THAT THIS IS A MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT. I JUST WANT TO QUOTE, MR. WHIP, THE PRESIDENT. IT'S A TAX BILL FOR MIDDLE CLASS. AGAIN, THE PRESIDENT. WE WILL CUT TAXES TREMENDOUSLY FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS, NOT JUST A LITTLE BIT, BUT TREMENDOUSLY. THE SPEAKER, THE FOCUS IS ON MIDDLE CLASS TAX RELIEF, ALL OF THESE ARE IN QUOTES. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, THE TRUTH IS, THIS WHOLE TAX REFORM IS DESIGNED FOR MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES THAT ARE WORKING SO HARD AND THAT MAIN STREET BUSINESS THAT'S WORKING SO HARD. THE MAJORITY LEADER IN THE SENATE, TO KEEP GROWING AGAIN, LIKE WE NEED THIS TO DO, TO GET JOBS AND OPPORTUNITY, SIGNIFICANT TAX RELIEF FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. MR. MNUCHIN, ON THE PERSONAL TAX SIDE, MIDDLE INCOME PEOPLE ARE GETTING CUTS AND RICH PEOPLE ARE GETTING VERY LITTLE CUTS, OR IN CERTAIN CASES INCREASES, UNDER THE REPUBLICAN BILL. MR. MNUCHIN AGAIN, ANY REDUCTIONS WE HAVE IN UPPER INCOME TAXES WILL BE OFFSET BY LESS DEDUCTIONS SO THERE WILL BE NO ABSOLUTE TAX CUT FOR THE UPPER CLASS. SENATOR HATCH, TAX REFORM WILL PROVIDE RELIEF AND BIGGER PAYCHECKS. AGAIN, ALL OF THIS IS IN QUOTES. TO LOW AND MIDDLE INCOME FAMILIES. MAKE AMERICA A BETTER PLACE TO START AND GROW A BUSINESS. AND ALLOW AMERICAN BUSINESSES TO COMPETE IN THE GLOBAL MARKETPLACE. THE JOINT TAX COMMITTEE AND OTHER ENTITIES HAVE SHOWN THAT THIS IS NOT AT ALL A MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT. THE MAIN BENEFICIARIES ARE THE VERY, VERY WEALTHY. AND ALSO IN TERMS OF THE PASS-THROUGH, THERE'S SO MUCH TALK THAT THIS WILL HELP THE SMALL BUSINESS PERSON. THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS THAT MOST, THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE BENEFITS FOR PASS-THROUGHS IS GOING TO GO TO THE VERY WEALTHY. SO, MR. HOYER, YOU HAVE BEEN TAKING THE LEAD ON THIS AND I SALUTE YOU. AND I JUST WANT TO CLOSE BY SAYING ONE THING ABOUT THE DEFICIT. YOU KNOW, I DON'T THINK THEY CALLED YOU A DEFICIT HAWK. BECAUSE YOU ALWAYS WANTED A BALANCE. AND YOU ALWAYS SAID, LOOK, DEFICITS BY THEMSELVES AREN'T THE ONLY ISSUE. BUT THEY'RE DEEPLY RELEVANT. AND YOU AND I HAVE STOOD TOGETHER WITH OTHERS WHEN BILLS CAME UP WHICH SEEMED SO ATTRACTIVE, BUT WERE UNPAID FOR . HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. WE SAID TO THE REPUBLICANS, AND ANYONE WHO VOTED WITH THEM, YOU'RE INCREASING THE DEFICIT AND IT'S VERY RISKY. WELL, AS TRUE AS THAT MAY HAVE BEEN, AND YOU AND I THOUGHT IT WAS SOME YEARS AGO, OR LAST YEAR INCLUDED, IT'S NOW EVEN MORE RELEVANT AND MORE DANGEROUS. BECAUSE HERE WE HAVE A PROPOSAL IN THE HOUSE AND IT'S GOING TO BE DUPLICATED IN THE SENATE. IT'S GOING TO INCREASE THE DEFICIT AT LEAST $1.5 TRILLION. AND THE NOTION IS IT WILL BE TAKEN CARE OF BY GROWTH. SO I CLOSE BY SAYING MAYBE THAT'S THE SECOND BIGGEST HALLOWEEN MASK ON THE BILL HERE AND IN THE SENATE. THE NOTION, DON'T WORRY ABOUT TAX LOSSES ALL OF A SUDDEN, DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE DEFICIT INCREASING. BECAUSE GROWTH WILL TAKE CARE OF IT. WE'VE SEEN THAT MASK BEFORE AND I JUST WANTED TO JOIN YOU, BUT ALSO TO SALUTE YOU FOR YOUR DEDICATED, YOUR ENDLESS DETERMINATION TO REALLY TALK SENSE AND TALK THE TRUTH. THANK YOU FOR YIELDING TO ME.

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                                • 07:27:01 PM

                                  MR. HOYER

                                  GENTLEMAN FOR HIS KIND COMMENTS AND FOR THE INFORMATION HE GAVE. AS A…

                                  GENTLEMAN FOR HIS KIND COMMENTS AND FOR THE INFORMATION HE GAVE. AS A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, HE'S, I THINK, AS KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THESE TAX CUTS AS ANYONE CAN BE. SO I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR JOINING US THIS IN -- IN THIS EFFORT TO EDUCATE OUR FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES AND THE AMERICAN PUBLIC ON THE CONSEQUENCES OF THIS BILL.

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                                • 07:27:27 PM

                                  MR. LEVIN

                                  AND WE'LL KEEP DOING IT. NOW YOU'RE GOING TO YIELD TO ANOTHER CHAMPION,…

                                  AND WE'LL KEEP DOING IT. NOW YOU'RE GOING TO YIELD TO ANOTHER CHAMPION, HOW MANY YEARS HAVE WE WORKED ON THESE ISSUES? DON'T SAY, IT'S A LONG TIME.

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                                • 07:27:37 PM

                                  MR. HOYER

                                  I NOW WANT TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM CONNECTICUT, THE FORMER CHAIRMAN OF…

                                  I NOW WANT TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM CONNECTICUT, THE FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, AND ONE OF THE VERY SENIOR MEMBERS OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, WHO HAS BEEN VERY FOCUSED ON SOUND TAX POLICY, ON POLICY TO SAVE SOCIAL SECURITY FOR GENERATIONS YET TO COME, AND WHO IS ONE OF THE MORE RESPONSIBLE LEADERS IN THIS HOUSE, AND I YIELD TO MY FRIEND, JOHN LARSON.

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                                • 07:34:35 PM

                                  MR. HOYER

                                  I THANK VERY MUCH THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT FOR HIS COMMENTS,…

                                  I THANK VERY MUCH THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT FOR HIS COMMENTS, PARTICULARLY HIGHLIGHTING HOW THE MAJORITY PARTY CONSIDERING THIS LEGISLATION CUT OUT THE PUBLIC ENTIRELY. SPEAKER RYAN, WHEN HE TOOK THE SPEAKERSHIP, TALKED ABOUT TRANSPARENCY AND REGULAR ORDER. TALKED ABOUT DOING THINGS SO THAT PEOPLE WOULD KNOW WHAT WE'RE DOING. NOT ONLY WERE THERE NO HEARINGS IN THE HOUSE, NOT ONLY WERE THERE NO WITNESSES IN THE HOUSE, AS THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS, THERE WERE NO HEARINGS IN THE SENATE. THERE WERE NO WITNESSES IN THE SENATE. AND IN A SHORT TIME FRAME, THE REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO PASS A MASSIVE INCREASE IN THE NATIONAL DEBT. SO THAT IN EFFECT AS THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS THEY SAY THEY'RE CUTTING TAXES. I'M GOING TO TALK ABOUT HOW THAT'S NOT REALLY TRUE. PARTICULARLY FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. IT'S NOT TRUE. BUT THEY ARE SUBSTANTIALLY RAISING TAXES ON EVERY ONE OF THE CHILDREN IN THIS COUNTRY WHO WILL BECOME MORE INDEBTED AND IN THEIR TIME WILL HAVE TO PAY BACK THE MONEY THAT IS BORROWED THAT IS BORROWED TO GIVE THIS TAX CUT. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIGHLIGHTING THOSE IMPORTANT FACTS AND THANK HIM FOR HIS SERVICE ON THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE. MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE SUBJECT OF MY SPECIAL ORDER.

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                                • 07:36:19 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                  MR. HOYER

                                  AND THE SUBJECT OF MY SPECIAL ORDER AS WE HAVE SEEN IS THE DANGEROUS, VERY…

                                  AND THE SUBJECT OF MY SPECIAL ORDER AS WE HAVE SEEN IS THE DANGEROUS, VERY DANGEROUS, TAX BILL THAT THIS HOUSE PASSED AND THAT THE SENATE IS NOW CONSIDERING. IN FACT, OF COURSE, THE SENATE BILL IS WORSE THAN THE HOUSE BILL IF ONE CAN IMAGINE THAT. ON NOVEMBER 16, THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IN THIS HOUSE PASSED BILL TO RAISE TAXES ON 36 MILLION MIDDLE CLASS HOUSEHOLDS AND PLACE OUR COUNTRY ANOTHER $1.7 TRILLION, YOU'LL HEAR $1.5 TRILLION, YO UL HEAR $1.7 TRILLION, WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE? THE DIFFERENCE IS ABOUT $200 BILLION THAT WE WILL PAY IN INTEREST TO OTHERS TO AFFECT THIS TAX CUT. NOT ONLY THE $1.5 TRILLION IMMEDIATELY IMPACTED BY THE TAX CUT ITSELF, IT WILL BE THE $200 BILLION ADDITIONAL THAT WE'LL HAVE TO PAY TO BORROW THE MONEY TO GET THE TAX CUT. AND AS I'M GOING TO POINT OUT, GIVE THAT TAX CUT ESSENTIALLY FOR THE MOST PART TO THE WEALTHIEST ENTERPRISES IN AMERICA. 227 REPUBLICANS VOTED TO DO THAT TO THEIR CONSTITUENTS. EVERY SINGLE DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE WHO WAS PRESENT JOINED BY 13 REPUBLICANS WHO DID WHAT, IN MY OPINION, MANY OF THEIR COLLEAGUES WANTED TO DO BUT FOR POLITICAL REASONS, NOT POLICY REASONS, CHOSE NOT TO DO. THEY DID SO, MR. SPEAKER, FOLLOWING IMPASSIONED REMARKS BY THE MAJORITY LEADER MCCARTHY AND SPEAKER RYAN. BOTH ADDRESSED THIS HOUSE. AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND CLAIMED TO BE PUSHING THESE TAX BILLS IN ORDER TO HELP THE WORKING PEOPLE OF OUR COUNTRY. A WORTHY OBJECTIVE. AN IMPORTANT OBJECTIVE. AND PERHAPS ONE COULD JUSTIFY THIS EXTRAORDINARY ESCALATION OF THE NATIONAL DEBT, THE LARGEST INCREASE IN THE NATIONAL DEBT OF ANY SINGLE BILL THAT HAS BEEN PASSED. THEY CITED STRUGGLING FAMILIES AND THE NEED TO PROVIDE A LEG UP TO THOSE IN OUR MIDDLE CLASS. THOSE, OF COURSE, ARE VERY RESONANT MESSAGES. VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGES. FRANKLY, WE OUGHT TO BE TALKING ABOUT HOW WE CREATE JOBS, NOT DEBT. BUT THEY'RE BEING IMPLORED TO SELL A TAX PLAN THAT WOULD EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT THEY SAY. IN HIS SPEECH ON THE FLOOR, SPEAKER RYAN LAMENTED, AND I'M QUOTING, 7 % OF OUR WORKERS IN THIS COUNTRY TODAY ARE LIVING PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK. INSTEAD OF THINKING ABOUT GETTING AHEAD, FAMILIES ARE STRUGGLING JUST TO GET BY. HE'S RIGHT ABOUT THAT. AND HE IS RIGHT TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT THAT. WHAT HE IS WRONG IN IS HIS RESPONSE. THOSE LIVING PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK WILL BE THE ONES HURT THE MOST BY THIS TAX SCAM. LET ME REPEAT THAT. THE SPEAKER TALKS ABOUT THOSE HIING PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK. THAT CONCERN IS AN ABSOLUTE LEGITIMATE CONCERN FOR EVERY ONE OF US IN THIS HOUSE AN EVERY MEMBER OF THE SENATE. UNFORTUNATELY, HE IS OFFERED -- HE HAS OFFERED A BILL, HOWEVER THAT WILL HURT THE VERY ONES HE SAYS THAT HE WANTS TO PROTECT. THEY WILL SEE THEIR TAXES GO UP OVER THE NEXT DECADE. IN THAT SAME PERIOD, AS MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES ARE STRUGGLING TO GET BY, THEY'LL WATCH THE WEALTHIEST GET FARTHER AND FARTHER AHEAD. THIS IS NOT ABOUT CLASS WARFARE. THIS IS ABOUT A JUDGMENT, WHO NEEDS HELP WHO NEEDS LIFTING UP? HE TALKED ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO NEED LIFTING UP. THE PROBLEM IS, HE DIDN'T LIFT THEM UP. THEY'LL WATCH THE WEALTHY BE LIFTED UP. AND THEY'RE VERY HIGH RIGHT NOW. GOD BLESS THEM. WHY, I ASK, WOULD THE REPUBLICAN TAX PLAN TAKE $1.7 TRILLION AWAY FROM OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN AND GIVE 62% OF IT TO THE TOP 1%. MR. SPEAKER, THE SALESPEOPLE GET IT. PEOPLE THINK THIS BILL IS NOT GOING TO HELP THEM. THAT'S WHAT POLLS SHOW. AND THEY'RE RIGHT. UNDER THE REPUBLICAN PLAN, IT'S WEALTHY INDIVIDUALS LIKE DONALD TRUMP WHO WIN AND REGULAR WORKING AMERICANS AND OUR MIDDLE CLASS WHO ARE TRYING TO GET AHEAD WHO LOSE. HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERS CAJOLE THEIR MEMBERS, CAJOLED IS A VERY POLITE WORD. THEY PRESSURED THAT ESCARED THEIR MEMBER THEY SAID IF YOU DON'T PASS THIS BILL YOU'RE GOING TO LOSE THIS ELECTION. NOT BECAUSE THE PEOPLE ARE FOR IT BUT BECAUSE AS ONE MEMBER SAID FROM NEW YORK, THEIR DOE NORS DEMANDED IT. -- THEIR DONORS DEMANDED IT. THEY URGED THEIR MEMBERS TO VOTE FOR A FLAWED BILL MANY OF THEM DID NOT WANT AND NONE OF THEM BELIEVE WOULD BECOME LAW. THEY DID THAT SO THEY COULD HAND THE REINS TO THE SENATE TO SEND BACK A VERSION NO ONE HAD YET READ OR CONTEMPLATED. THEY PUT THEIR HOUSE MAJORITY ON THE HOOK. TO ACCEPT WHATEVER THE SENATE WOULD PASS. WORD FOR WORD. WE'LL SEE WHETHER THEY DO THAT. THAT SENATE BILL THAT'S NOW BEING CONSIDERED WOULD DEEPLY HARM MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES. PARTICULARLY THOSE IN CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHERE MORE TAXPAYERS CHOOSE TO DEDUCT THEIR STATE AND LOCAL TAXES. LIKE MY STATE AND OTHER STATES. DOZENS OF HOUSE REPUBLICANS FROM SUCH DISTRICTS VOTED ENTHUSIASTICALLY TO MOVE THE PROCESS ALONG. IN OTHER WORDS, THEY VOTED AGAINST THEIR TAXPAYERS. AND FOR THEIR PARTY. PARTY BF PEOPLE. TO MOVE IT ALONG BY SUPPORTING THE HOUSE TAX BILL WITH A PROMISE THAT IT WOULD BE IMPROVED IN THE SENATE. THESE MEMBERS WOULD BE ASKED TO MAKE FURTHER CONCESSIONS AGAINST THE INTERESTS OF THEIR CONSTITUENTS TO VOTE FOR THE SENATE BILL, WERE IT TO COME TO THIS FLOOR. BECAUSE IT IS WORSE FOR THEIR CONSTITUENTS. NOT BETTER. THAT'S NOT HOW THE CONGRESS IS SUPPOSED TO WORK, MR. SPEAKER. THAT'S NOT REGULAR ORDER. THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS AND AMERICAN BUSINESSES SEEKING TO GROW OUR ECONOMY HAVE BEEN ASKING CONGRESS TO ENACT TAX REFORM THAT'S BIPARTISAN AND PERMANENT. YOU HEARD MR. LARSON TALKING ABOUT THE 1986 BILL. IT WAS A BILL THAT WAS WORKED OUT BETWEEN PRESIDENT REAGAN, SPEAKER TIP O'NEILL, CHAIRMAN DAN RASTAKOSKI, A MEMBER OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY FROM ILLINOIS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE A REPUBLICAN. REPUBLICAN BILLS IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE CAN BE CALLED NEITHER BIPARTISAN NOR PERMANENT. SO WHAT CAN WE CALL IT? IN HIS FLOOR REMARKS BEFORE THE VOTE ON THE HOUSE BILL, SPEAKER RYAN CALLED IT, QUOTE, THE SINGLE BIGGEST THING WE CAN DO TO GROW THE ECONOMY, TO RESTORE OPPORTUNITY, AND TO HELP MIDDLE INCOME FAMILIES THAT ARE STRUGGLING. THAT'S NOT TRUE, MR. SPEAKER. HOWEVER, IT IS THE SINGLE BIGGEST THING WE CAN DO TO PUT OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN FURTHER INTO DEBT. I HAVE URGED SO -- I HAVE HEARD SO MANY OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES STAND ON THIS FLOOR AND SAY, WE CANNOT SPEND THIS MONEY BECAUSE OUR CHILDREN WILL HAVE TO PAY THE BILL. AND THEY'RE RIGHT. WE HAVE A PAY-FOR PROBLEM, MR. SPEAKER. WE OUGHT TO BE PAYING FOR WHAT WE BUY. HERE, WE'RE NOT PAYING. WE'RE BORROWING $1.5 TRILLION, AS I SAID EARLIER, TO GIVE TO SOME OF OUR WEALTHIEST CITIZENS. THAT IS WHAT THEIR PLAN WOULD DO. RAISE TAXES ON THE MIDDLE CLASS TODAY AND ON OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN TOMORROW TO PAY FOR THE WEALTHIEST FEW TO GIVE TAX CUTS THAT THEY -- TO GET TAX CUTS THEY DON'T NEED AND THAT WON'T GROW OUR ECONOMY. LET ME STRESS, I THINK EVERYBODY IN THIS ROOM, EVERYBODY IN THE COUNTRY, WOULD LIKE TO BE WEALTHY. THIS IS NOT TALKING ABOUT PENALIZING THE WEALTHY. IT IS SIMPLY TO SAY, GOD BLESS YOU. YOU'VE DONE WELL. BUT WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT OTHER DOSWELL AS WELL. . THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO RELEASED A SURVEY, MR. SPEAKER, ON NOVEMBER 21, JUST A FEW DAYS AGO. IN WHICH 42 EXPERT ECONOMISTS WERE ASKED WHETHER THE REPUBLICAN TAX BILL WOULD PRODUCE THE HIGHER ECONOMIC GROWTH PROMISED BY ITS AUTHORS. 42 OF THE MOST PROMINENT ECONOMISTS. ONLY ONE, ONLY ONE SAID THAT IT WOULD DO SO. AND IRONICALLY LATER ADMITTED HE HAD MISREAD THE QUESTION. NONE OF THE 42, NOT ONE AGREED THAT THE TAX CUTS FOR THE VERY WEALTHY INCLUDED IN THE REPUBLICAN BILL WOULD EVENTUALLY PAY FOR THEMSELVES. AND THAT IS WHY WE SAY IT IS ONE OF THE GREATEST DEBT -CREATING PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT ANY OF US HAVE CONSIDERED. FORMER TREASURY SECRETARY ROBERT RUBEN, WHO PRESIDED OVER THE BASIS FOR FOUR YEARS OF BALANCED BUDGETS, SO HE HAS SOME REAL CREDIBILITY ON HOW TO BRING BALANCE TO OUR FISCAL POSTURE IN AMERICA. HE SERVED AT A TIME OF HISTORIC BUDGET SURPLUSES. POINTED OUT THIS FALLACY IN AN OP-ED IN "THE WASHINGTON POST" ON NOVEMBER 15. HE SAID THIS. THE TAX CUTS, HE WROTE, WILL NOT INCREASE GROWTH AND GIVEN THEIR FISCAL EFFECTS, WOULD LIKELY HAVE A SIGNIFICANT AND INCREASING NEGATIVE IMPACT. HE WENT ON TO MAKE SEVERAL COMPELLING ARGUMENTS ABOUT THE DANGERS OF THE REPUBLICAN TAX PROPOSALS. AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT A COPY OF HIS OP-ED PIECE BE INCLUDED IN THE RECORD IN FULL.

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                                • 07:47:40 PM

                                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                • 08:14:08 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

                                • 08:14:32 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN…

                                  UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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                                • 09:09:29 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  BACK.

                                • 09:09:34 PM

                                  Mr. Gohmert moved that the House do now adjourn.

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                                  TO CONSIDER SEVERAL BILLS, INCLUDING ONE ON MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS FOR…

                                  TO CONSIDER SEVERAL BILLS, INCLUDING ONE ON MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS FOR POLICE OFFICERS AND ANOTHER THAT WOULD DIRECT THE CABINET DEPARTMENT TO USE UPDATED TERMS TO REFER TO RACIAL MINORITIES. LIVE NOW TO THE FLOOR OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HERE ON C-SPAN. [CAPTIONING PERFORMED BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS CAPTION CONTENT AND ACCURACY. VISIT NCICAP.ORG] [CAPTIONING PERFORMED BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS CAPTION CONTENT AND ACCURACY. VISIT NCICAP.ORG] [CAPTIONS COPYRIGHT NATIONAL CABLE SATELLITE CORP. 2017] 28, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE ROGER W. MARSHALL TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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                                • 12:00:41 PM

                                  TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

                                  PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM LISTS SUBMITTED BY THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE. THE CHAIR WILL AERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTIES. ALL TIME SHALL BE EQUALLY ALLOCATED BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND IN NO EVENT SHALL DEBATE CONTINUE BEYOND 1:50 P.M. EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND MINORITY WHIP SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MR. COURTNEY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                • 12:01:16 PM

                                  MR. COURTNEY

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

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MR. SPEAKER,'M HERE TOYED TODAY TO TALK ABOUT A POSITIVE, ENCOURAGING DECISION THAT OCCURRED LAST WEEK FOR THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT THAT WAS ISSUED BY THE UNDERSECRETARY OF THE TREASURY. IT CONCERNED A TERRIBLE PROBLEM THAT HAS SWEPT THROUGH THE STATE BEST KNOWN AS CRUMBLING FOUNDATIONS. DUE TO SOME OUTSTANDING JOURNALISM THAT TOOK PLACE OVER THE LAST COUPLE YEARS, TV REPORTER BY THE NAME OF GEORGE COLLIE JR., CAROLYN WHDID A SERIES ON THIS PROBLEM, THE JOURNAL ENQUIRER, ERIC, WHO HAS BEEN CONSISTENTLY REPORTING ON THIS ISSUE, IT CAME FORWARD AND WAS FLUSHED OUT TO THE PUBC THAT A QUARRY UP IN NORTH CENTRAL CONNECTICUT WAS SUPPLYING AGGREGATE CONCRETE FOR HOMES OVER THE LAST 30 YEARS THAT CONTAIN THE MATERIAL KNOWN AS PYROTITE. IT'S A METAL SUBSTANCE WHICH WHEN EXPOSED TO MOISTURE OVER A PERIOD OF TIME OXIDIZES OR RUSTS AND CREATES A SICKENING SPIDER WEB CRAIN THAT ULTIMATELY COMPROMISES THE FOUNDATION ON HOMES. ESTIMATES RUN AS HIGH AS 19,000 HOMEOWNERS AGAIN WHO UNKNOWINGLY HAVE THIS FORM OF CONCRETE THAT THREATENS, AGAIN, PROBABLY THEIR FAMILY'S BIGGEST ASSET, NAMELY THEIR HOME. AGAIN, AS YOU CAN SEE IN THIS PICTURE, THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF A HOME IN CONNECTICUT WHERE THE HOME WAS LIFTED WITH THEOUSE JACK AND THE CONTRACTOR WAS ACTUALLABLE TO REMOVE THE NCRETEY HAND. THAT'S HOW COMPROMISED, UNSTABLE THE HOME WAS BECAUSE OF THIS TERRIBLE PROBLEM. THIS PICTURE SHOWS AN EXAMPLE O A CONDOMINIUM PROJECT THAT WAS COMETELY JACKED UP FOR THE REPAIRS, WHICH, AGAIN, INVOLVED JACKING UP THE HOUSE, REMOVING THE OLD FOUNDATN, POURING A NEWFOUNDATION, AND THEN LOWERING AND RECONNECTING THE RECONNECTING THE HOME WHERE THE CONDOMINIUM TO THE NEWFOUNDATION. FOR HOMEOWNER, AGAIN, OF A RATHER AVERAGE ZE HOUSE, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT REPAIRS THAT TOTAL AS MUCH AS $150,000 TO $250,000. IN SOME CASES IT ALMOST SURPASSES THE FAMILY'S VALUEN THEIR HOME. IT HAS SET OFA WAVE OF LITIGATI, CLAIMS AGAINST PROPERTY CASUALTY INSURERS, WITH MIXED PRORLINGTS. THE THEIR HOME. IT HAS SET PROPEY CASUALTY POLICIES IN MANY CASES REQUIRE ONLY COVERAGE FOR SUDDEN COLLAPSE AS OPPOSED TO SOMETHING THA HAPPENS OVER A PERIOD OF TIME. DEVASTATING FOR THE HOMEOWNERS, AGAIN, WHO ARE AFFECTED BY THIS. IT AFFECTS ABOUT 40 COMMUNITIES IN NORTH CENTRAL AND EASTERN COECTICUT. ON WEDNESDAY, T TREASURY DEPARTMENT ISSUED A RULING EXTENDING THE PROPERTY CASUALTY LOSS TAX CODE PROVISIONS TO ALLOW THESE HOMEOWNERS TO TAKE A DEDUCTION FOR THEIR LOSS. THIS WAS A 19-MONTH PROCESS WHICH TOOK PLACE FROM MYFFCE WITH AN OUTSTANDING STAFFER, CONGRESSMAN JOHN LARSEN'S OFFICE FROM THE HARTFORD AREA, AN OUTSTANDING STAFFER THERE, AND UNDERSECRETARY COTTER WHO ISSUED THE RULING THAT AGAIN WILL PROVIDE SA HARBOR FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE SUFFERED LOSS TO BE ABLE TO CLAIM THATN THEIR TAX RETURNS. AGAIN WE HAD THE SUPPORT OF THE FORMER ACTING -- DEPARTING I.R.S. MMISSIONER, AS WELL AS THE NAONAL TAXPAYER ADVOCATE WHO ENDORSED THIS REQUEST LAST YEAR UNDER THE ISSUED THE RULING PRIOR ADMINISTRATION. SO AGAIN TWO ADMINISTRATIONS WORKING WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, PRESENTING THE FACTS IN THEAW, AND GETTING A DECISION WHICH ACTUALLY IS A POSITIVE MOVEMENT FORWARD F HOMEOWNERS, AGAIN, THAT ARE IN THIS AFFECTED REGION. AGAIN, IT SHOWED THE INTERPLAY OF PREFRESS, OF THE ORGANIZING THAT TOOK PLACE, THE CONNECTICUTOALITION AGAINST CRUMBLING FOUNDIONS LED BY TIM FROM ACCOUT K ORGANIZED HOMEOWNERS, DID RLIES, TOWN HALS, BROUGHT THEIR CASE FORWARD AND IT RESULTED IN REAL CHGE. THE NEEDLE MOVED TO ALLOW PEOPLE MUCH NEEDED RELIEF. WE HAVE MORE WORK DO. AS WINSTOCHURCHILL SAID, THIS IS NOT THE END, IT'S NOT EVEN THE BEGINNING OF THE END, IT'S THE END OF THE BEGINNING. THE DECISION THE DAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING BY THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT GAVE GREAT HOPE TO THESE HOMEOWNERS THAT ACTUALLY THE SYSTEM CAN WORK. AND AGAIN THAT'PROBABLY THE MOSPOWERFUL EMOTION THAT PEOPLE TOOAWAY FROM THE DECISION THAT TOOK PLACE ON WEDNESDAY. WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD TO HELP PEOPLE, MIDDLE CLASS, HDWORKING PEOPLE WHO PAID THEIR BILLS AND INVESTED AGAIN TS THEIR LIFE'S BIGGEST ASSET, THEIR HOME, TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE PROTECTED AND GET HELP. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                • 12:05:39 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. CURTIS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                  MR. CURTIS

                                  MINUTES.

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                                  THE EAR PRO TEMPORE

                                  THANK YOU. I YIE MY TI. THE EAR PRO TEMPORE: THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

                                  THANK YOU. I YIE MY TI. THE EAR PRO TEMPORE: THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR.ARSHALL, FO FIVE MINUTES.

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                                • 12:08:27 PM

                                  MR. MARSHALL

                                  MINUTES.

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                                  PROEMPORE PURSUANT

                                  CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXS, MR. ARRINGTON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                  MR. ARRINGTON

                                  THANK YOU, MR SPEAKER. HISTORY IS REPLETE WITH EXAMPLES OF PROSPEROUS…

                                  THANK YOU, MR SPEAKER. HISTORY IS REPLETE WITH EXAMPLES OF PROSPEROUS NATIONS AND POWRFUL EMPIRES WHOSE DEMISE WANOA SULT OF ADVEARIES ON THE OUTSIDE BY RAHEE ENEMY WITHIN CONGRESS AND OUR PRESIDENT FACE TIMELY WHOSE DEMISE WANOT A THEEED TO REVIVE OUR ECONOMY TO GIVE AMERICANS BETTER JOBS. THE SERIOUS ISSUES AND THEY CESSITATE A NSE O EMERGENCY AN BOLD ACTIONHAT IS ARERREVANT IF WE EXPERIENCE ASOVEREIGN DEBT CRIS. THIS IS NOT A HYPOTHETICAL. 23 WE STAY OOUR WE'LL ENSURE OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES. IF THE UNITED STATES EXPERIENCE A DEBT CRISIS, HOW CAN WE FUND A SAFETY NET FOR OUR AGRICULTURE PRODUCERS AND MOST VUNLNERBLE? HOW ARE WE GOING TO HAVE TRANSPORTATION AND OTHER CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE TO SUPPORT ECONOMIC GROWTH? MOST IMPORTANTLY, HOW ARE WE GOING TO GIVE THE TOOLS TO OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM SO THEY WILL BE SUCCESSFUL AND SAFE. HOW WILL WE FUND THESE NATIONAL PRIORITIES IF OUR GOVERNMENT IS INSOLVENT? TODAY THE UNITED STATES IS $20 TRILLION IN DEBT. OVER 70% OF G.D.P. THAT'S ROUGHLY $165,000 PER TAXPAYER. IF ALL CURRENT POLICIES STAY IN PLACE, THE NEXT 10 YEARS WE'LL BE $30 TRILLION IN DEBT. 90% OF G.D.P. THE HIGHEST LEVEL WE HAVE SEEN SINCE 1947. ACCORDING TO THE C.B.O. WE WILL HAVE $1 TRILLION IN ANNUAL DEFICIT SPENDING. GET THIS, WE'LL SPEND MORE ON THE INTEREST ON OUR DEBT THAN WE WILL ON NATIONAL DEFENSE. JUST TO GIVE YOU A SENSE OF HOW QUICKLY THIS DEBT IS AMASSING, THE NEXT 24 HOURS WE'LL HAVE INCREASED OUR DEBT $1.5 BILLION. I WANT TO BE CLEAR. THIS IS NOT A REVENUE PROBLEM. JUST THIS PAST YEAR ACCORDING TO THE MONTHLY TREASURY STATEMENT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COLLECTED RECORDS AMOUNT OF BOTH INDIVIDUAL INCOME TAX REVENUE AND PAYROLL TAX REVENUE. THE UNDERLYING ISSUE HERE IS RUN AWAY SPENDING. WE ALL KNOW T THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW IT. AND THE LIONS SHARE OF THAT SPENDING FOR MANDATORY SPENDING. MANDATORY SPENDING IS GOVERNMENT SPENDING ON AUTOPILOT. TODAY MANDATORY SPENDING MAKES UP 70% OF THE ENTIRE FEDERAL BUDGET. AND IN TERMS OF GROWTH IN SPENDING OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS, 90% OF THE GROWTH WILL COME FROM MANDATORY SPENDING. WE WILL NEVER SOLVE THE NATIONAL DEBT PROBLEM ON DISCRETIONOR SPENDING ALONE. WE MUST DEAL WITH MANDATORY SPENDING WHICH MEANS ENTITLEMENT REFORMS THE MOST SERIOUS AND REALISTIC OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS OUR NATIONAL DEBT. TODAY MANY OF OUR ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS ARE NEARING INSOLVENCY. WITHOUT IMMEDIATE ACTION SOME OF THESE IMPORTANT SOCIAL SAFETY NET PROGRAMS WILL NOT BE THERE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION. WITH 10,000 BABY BOOMERS ENTERING RETIREMENT EVERY DAY, THE LARGEST GENERATIONAL RETIREMENT IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD, THESE CRITICAL SAFETY NET PROGRAMS LIKE MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY WILL BE INSOLVENT. MEDICARE BY 2030, SOCIAL SECURITY BY 2034. WE NO LONGER HAVE THE LUXURY OF KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD. WE'RE LONG OVERDUE FOR ACTION. WE'RE FAST APPROACHING YET ANOTHER DEBT CEILING. THE DEBT CEILING HAS BEEN IN EXISTENCE SINCE 1941, 70 YEARS. EVERY TIME VERY LITTLE HAS BEEN DONE TO REIN IN SPENDING AS A RESULT. IT WAS SUPPOSED TO SERVE AS A WARNING SO WE PAUSE AND CONSIDERING THE RISK OF BORROWING MORE MONEY. 70 TIMES WE HAVE EFFECTIVELY BLOWN PAST THROUGH IT. WE CAN'T INCREASE OUR BORROWING CAPACITY EVERY TIME WE HIT THE DEBT CEILING WITHOUT SOME COUNTERVAILING ACTION TO ADDRESS OUR DEFICIT AND DEBT. AT WHAT POINT IS ENOUGH IS ENOUGH? HOW FAR DO BEWANT TO PUT OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN IN THE DEBT HOLE BEFORE WE DECIDE IT'S A MORAL OBLIGATION? AND THIS IS TRULY A LOOMING CRISIS. AS CONGRESS WORKS ON OUR SPENDING PACKAGE THAT'S HERE ON THE IMMEDIATE HORIZON, IT'S IMPORTANT WE ALSO INTRODUCE STRUCTURAL SPENDING REFORMS. WE NEED TO HAVE A BALANCED BUDGET, FOR HEAVEN'S SAKES. WE NEED TO MOVE SOME OF THE MANDATORY OVER TO DISCRETIONARY. WE NEED TO SET TARGETS FOR REDUCING OUR DEBT. IF WE DON'T MEET THOSE TARGETS BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE THE COURAGE TO DO IT, THEN IT SHOULD BE FORCED ON US TO CUT ACROSS THE BOARD UNTIL WE GET THIS DEBT DOWN TO A MANAGEABLE SIZE FOR OUR CHILDREN AND FOR THE FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY. BALANCING OUR BUDGET AND REDUCING OUR COUNTRY'S ABOUT A DILL TATING DEBT IS THE CHALLENGE -- DEBILITATING DEBT IS THE CHALLENGE. IT'S TIME FOR CONGRESS TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND ADDRESS THE WORK TO FACE IT. IT STARTS WITH MORE COURAGEOUS LEADERSHIP AND THINKING ABOUT OUR CHILDREN'S FUTURE. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                  TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

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

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                                  C-SPAN.ORG. WE WILL GO TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. TODAY…

                                  C-SPAN.ORG. WE WILL GO TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. TODAY THE HOUSE EXPECTED TO CONSIDER SEVERAL BILLS. ONE ON MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS FOR POLICE OFFICERS. ANOTHER WOULD DIRECT CABINET DEPARTMENTS TO UPDATE SCROUT DATED TERMS USED TO REFER TO RACIAL MINORITIES. NOW LIVE TO THE FLOOR OF THE U.S. HOUSE HERE ON C-SPAN. [CAPTIONS COPYRIGHT NATIONAL CABLE SATELLITE CORP. 2017] [CAPTIONING PERFORMED BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS CAPTION CONTENT AND ACCURACY. VISIT NCICAP.ORG] THE SPEAKER PRO MPOR THE HOU WL OR E RAR WI BD BY OUCHAPLA, FAER NRY FATHERCONROY. CHINONROY: LS AY.

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

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

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                                  MR. DOYLE

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

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

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                                  MR. WILSON

                                  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 MY REMARKS.

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                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  MR. WILSON

                                  MR. SPEAKER, FORMER FIRST LADY OF SOUTH CAROLINA CAMPBELL WIFE OF THE LATE…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, FORMER FIRST LADY OF SOUTH CAROLINA CAMPBELL WIFE OF THE LATE GOVERNOR CARROLL CAMPBELL, PASSED AWAY LAST WEEK. SOUTH CAROLINIANS ARE GRATEFUL FOR HER DEAD SIGNIFICANCE TO OUR CITIZENS. BORN IN GREENVILLE SHE WAS MARRIED TO THE LOVE OF HER LIFE FOR THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. 46 YEARS. TOGETHER THEY BUILT SUCCESSFUL SMALL BUSINESSES AND THEN SERVED THE PEOPLE THEY LOVED FOR THREE DECADES. BEING INSTRUMENTAL IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE TWO-PARTY SYSTEM WITH CARROLL CAMPBELL BEING THE FIRST REPUBLICAN ELECTED TO CONGRESS FROM GREENVILLE, SPARTANBURG IN OVER 100 YEARS. AS SOUTH CAROLINA'S FIRST LADY FROM 1987 TO 1995, SHE DEVOTED HERSELF TO SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, THE MARCH OF DIMES, AND CAROLINA CHILDREN'S HOME. SHE SERVED ON THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR RICHLAND MEMORIAL CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL. WHEN GOVERNOR CAMPBELL WAS DIAGNOSED WITH SHE DEVOTED HERSELF TO SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, THE MARCH OF ALZHEIMER'S, SHE DEVOTED HERSELF TO CARING FOR HIM AND RAISING MONEY FOR ALZHEIMER'S RESEARCH AND THE CARROLL CAMPBELL PLACE FOR ALZHEIMER'S CARE IN LEXINGTON. ROCKS AN AND I JOIN AND I JOIN ALL SOUTH CAROLINIANS IN THANKING THE CAMPBELL FAMILY, ESPECIALLY THE SONS AND FOR SHARING HER WITH US. SHE'S MADE SOUTH CAROLINA BETTER AND WE WILL MISS HER. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE'LL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                  MR. DOYLE

                                  I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK FOR ONE MINUTE. TO REN.

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                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                  MR. DOYLE

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO INFORM MY COLLEAGUES OF THE DEATH OF BRIAN…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO INFORM MY COLLEAGUES OF THE DEATH OF BRIAN SHAW. A BRAVE YOUNG POLICE OFFICER WHO WAS RECENTLY KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY IN MY DISTRICT ON NOVEMBER 17. WHAT BEGAN AS A ROUTINE TRAFFIC STOP TURNED INTO A PURSUIT ON FOOT AND AN EXCHANGE OF GUNFIRE THAT LEFT OFFICER SHAW MORTALLY WOUNDED. BRIAN WAS JUST 25 YEARS OLD WHEN HE WAS MURDERED DOING THE JOB HE LOVED. HE WAS A UNIVERSALLY LOVED AND RESPECTED MEMBER OF HIS COMMUNITY. HE WAS WELL LIKED AND RESPECTED BY HIS FELLOW OFFICERS. HIS LIFE WAS BRUTALLY CUT SHORT. BUT THERE IS NO DENYING IT WAS A LIFE WELL LIVED. BRIAN WAS A GRADUATE OF BURRO HIGH SCHOOL, SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY, AND THE ALLEGHENY COUNTY POLICE TRAINING ACADEMY. HE SERVED AS A POLICE OFFICER IN CHEZZ WICK, FRAZIER, SPRING DALE TOWNSHIP BEFORE JOINING THE POLICE DEPARTMENT THIS JUNE. FRIENDS HAVE SAID HE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A POLICE OFFICER. BRIAN SAID HE BECAME A POLICE OFFICER BECAUSE HE WANTED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. I WANT MY UNIVERSITY, COLLEAGUES IN THE WHOLE NATION TO KNOW THAT HE DID. THROUGHOUT HIS SERVICE AS A POLICE OFFICER, HE UPHELD THE LAW AND HE SERVED THE COMMUNITIES WITH DEDICATION, COMPASSION, AND A WARM SMILE. HE KNEW THE RISKS THAT COME WITH BEING A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER AND HE ACCEPTED THEM WILLINGLY. I HAD THE HONOR OF ATTENDING THE MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR OFFICER SHAW AT MOUNT SAINT PETER'S CHURCH LAST WEEK. THE TURNOUT WAS AMAZING. THE CHURCH WAS PACKED TO THE RAFTERS. THOUSANDS MORE STOOD OUTSIDE, INCLUDING MORE THAN 1,000 POLICE OFFICERS. I CAN'T THINK OF A MORE TANGIBLE EXPRESSION I CAN'T THINK OF A MORE TANGIBLE EXPRESSION OF RESPECT AND APPRECIATION FOR OFFICER SHAW'S SERVICE AND SACRIFICE. IN CLOSING, I WANT TO EXPRESS MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO OFFICER SHAW'S PARENTS, LISA AND STEVEN, HIS BROTHER, HIS FELLOW CLOSING, I WANT TO POLICE OFFICERS, HIS FAMILY, AND HIS FRIENDS. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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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 MY REMARKS.

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                                  MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR HIS…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR HIS REMARKS REGARDING OFFICER SHAW.

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                                  MR. ROTHFUS

                                  THE BOOK OF WISDOM TEACHES THE SOULS OF THE JUST ARE IN THE HANDS OF GOD…

                                  THE BOOK OF WISDOM TEACHES THE SOULS OF THE JUST ARE IN THE HANDS OF GOD AND NO TORMENT SHALL TOUCH THEM. THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF NEW KENSINGTON PENNSYLVANIA POLICE OFFICER BRIAN SHAW TODAY MUST TRUST IN THAT SCRIPTURE AS THEY CONTINUE TO GRIEVE HIS LOSS. OFFICER SHAW WAS ONLY 25 YEARS OLD WHEN HE WAS TAKEN IN THE ACT OF SENSELESS VIOLENCE, BUT IN HIS SHORT LIFE HE LEARNED A GREAT DEAL AND WHAT HE LEARNED ALLOWED HIM TO GIVE EVEN MORE. BRIAN SHAW KNEW HIS VOCATION, TO SERVE AS A POLICE OFFICER AND AS HE SAID, TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. HIS FORMER SUPERVISOR RECALLED WHEN BRIAN GAVE THAT ANSWER DURING HIS THEM. THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF NEW KENSINGTON PENNSYLVANIA POLICE OFFICER BRIAN SHAW TODAY MUST JOB INTERVIEW, HE KNEW HE MEANT IT'S LOOKED INTO HIS EYES AND SMILE. PERHAPS CHA CHIEF COIN SAW IN BRIAN WERE VIRTUES OUR WORLD DESPERATELY NEEDS MORE OF. AUTHENTICITY AND SINCERITY. THEY CONTRIBUTED TO WHAT NEW SENSE KENSINGTON POLICE CHIEF DESCRIBED AS HIS INCREDIBLE PASSION FOR HIS SINCERITY. THEY WORK. TO HIS PARENTS AND FAMILY, YOU RAISED HIM RIGHT. MAY BRIAN SHAW, A JUST MAN, EVER MORE REST IN THE HANDS OF GOD. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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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 MY REMARKS.

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                                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SHARE SOME OF THE FEEDBACK I HAVE HEARD FROM…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SHARE SOME OF THE FEEDBACK I HAVE HEARD FROM MY CONSTITUENTS ABOUT THE TAX BILL THAT HAS ALREADY PASSED THIS HOUSE AND IS NOW UNDER CONSIDERATION IN THE SENATE. MORE THAN 2,000 OF MY CONSTITUENTS HAVE TAKEN THE TIMEBACK I HAVE HEARD FROM MY TO REACH OUT TO ME AND SHARE THEIR OVERWHELMING OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL. I HAVE HEARD FROM PEOPLE LIKE THE 83-YEAR-OLD MAN IN LAKE FOREST WHO WILL FACE FINANCIAL HARDSHIP WHEN HE'S NO LONGER ABLE TO DEDUCT HIS MEDICAL EXPENSES. OR THE PROFESSOR AT ROSALYN FRANKLIN UNIVERSITY IN NORTH CHICAGO WHO EMAILED SHE'S WORRIED ABOUT WHAT THE ELIMINATION OF THE TUITION WAIVERS WILL MEAN FOR HIS MEDICAL STUDENTS.

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                                  MR. SCHNEIDER

                                  ACCOMPLISH FAIR, RESPONSIBLE TAX REFORM. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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

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                                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO HIGHLIGHT THE RISING CEVAERITY OF…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO HIGHLIGHT THE RISING CEVAERITY OF ILLEGAL MARIJUANA GROWS ON FEDERAL LANDS.

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                                  MR. LAMALFA

                                  60% INCREASE IN THE AMOUNT OF ASSETS SEIZED FOR MARIJUANA RAIDS COMPARED…

                                  60% INCREASE IN THE AMOUNT OF ASSETS SEIZED FOR MARIJUANA RAIDS COMPARED TO JUST THE PREVIOUS YEAR. THE SAME FOREST SERVICE ERADICATED MORE THAN $1 MILLION OF MARIJUANA PLANTS FROM OVER 240 SITES ON NATIONAL FORESTRY SYSTEM LANDS IN THE PACIFIC AREA ALONE. LOCAL SHERIFFS IN MY DISTRICT HAVE EXPRESSED ME THEIR GREAT CONCERN FOR PUBLIC SAFETY, ENVIRONMENTAL DESTRUCTION, A LOT OF TIME WHICH FARMERS END UP GETTING BLAMED FOR WATER QUALITY AND THE CHEMICALS AND STUFF THAT GET LEFT BEHIND. SERVICE ERADICATED MORE THAN $1 MILLION NOT THE FARMER'S FOUGHT BUT THESE ILLEGAL GROWERS, AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING GETS CAUGHT UP IN THIS. WHAT IS CURRENTLY BEING DONE TO ADDRESS THE MARIJUANA GROHS ON OUR PUBLIC LANDS? NOT ENOUGH. PEOPLE FEEL ENDANGERED BY GOING INTO THE PUBLIC LANDS WHETHER IT'S ADJACENT PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNERS OR WHAT HAVE YOU. TIMBER HARVEST NEEDS TO BE DONE. TAKING CARE OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL NEEDS FOR OUR WILDLIFE, ALL THAT, IT CAN'T HAPPEN DUE TO THESE ILLEGAL GROWS AND THE DANGER THEY BRING. SHOULD BE ABLE TO ENJOY THEM AND STOP THIS ILLEGAL PRACTICE. WE NEED MUCH MORE ASSETS POURED INTO OUR WESTERN FORESTLANDS TO ERADICATE THIS ILLEGAL GROWTH. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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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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                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                                • 02:10:20 PM

                                  MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                                  FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                  MISS BLAST KET

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                                  MS. PLASKETT

                                  UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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                                  MISS LAST KETS

                                  I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE ST. CROIX NATIVE TIM DUNCAN ON HIS INDUCTION…

                                  I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE ST. CROIX NATIVE TIM DUNCAN ON HIS INDUCTION INTO THE COLLEGE BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME. IN 1989 RGETS TIM WAS TRAINING TO BE AN OLYMPIC SWIMMER WHEN HURRICANE HUGO STRUCK THE VIRGIN ISLANDSES, DESTROYING ALL THE OLYMPIC SIZED SWIMMING POOLS. WITH NO PLACE LEFT ON THE ISLAND TO TRAIN, HE TURNED HIS FOCUS TO BASKETBALL. AT WAKE FOREST HE HELPED LEAD THE TEAM FOUR NCAA TOURNAMENTS, NAMED THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BASKETBALL COACH'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR THREE TIMES, THE A.C.C. PLAYER OF THE YEAR TWICE, AND THE NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR IN 1997. TIM WAS DRAFTED AS THE NUMBER ONE PICK TO THE SPURS WHERE HE SERVED AS A LEADER ON AND OFF THE COURT FOR 19 YEARS. TIM DUNCAN HAS NOT FORGOTTEN HIS HOME. AFTER TWO BACK-TO-BACK CATEGORY FIVE HURRICANES, HE HELPED TO CONTRIBUTE 20,000-PLUS POUNDS OF FOOD AND DONATED MILLIONS OF DOLLARS THROUGH HIS TIM DUNCAN FOUNDATION. TIM EXEMPLIFIES THE IDEA OF MAKING A WAY OUT OF NO WAY. HURRICANE HUGO DID NOT DEFEAT HIM JUST AS HURRICANES MARIA AND IRMA WILL NOT DEFEAT THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. WE WANT TO USE THIS TIME TO THANK HIM AND ON TUESDAY GIVING THANKS TO ALT OTHERS WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED MARIA AND IRMA WILL NOT DEFEAT THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. WE IN THE HURRICANE LEAF. MY BROTHER'S WORKSHOP, FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER, COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, ST. CROIX FOUNDATION, VIRGIN ISLANDS ASAP RELIEF GROUP, BLOOMBERG PHILANTHROPIES. LOVE FOR LOVE CITY. OPERATION REBUILD. JODY OLSON, V.I.R. 3, TONY ROSARIO, U.S. VI BOXING. OPERATION REBUILD OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS. AND ALL THE FIRST RESPONDERS AND ALL THE VIRGIN ISLANDS WHO ARE STAYING V.I. STRONG. I YIELD BACK.

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                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR…

                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS UNTIL APPROXIMATELY 4:30 P.M. TODAY.

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                                  P.M. TODAY.

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                                  GUEST

                                  TODAY'S "WASHINGTON JOURNAL" AT C-SPAN.ORG.

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                                  HOST

                                  TODAY'S "WASHINGTON JOURNAL" AT C-SPAN.ORG.

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                                  GUEST

                                  TODAY'S "WASHINGTON JOURNAL" AT C-SPAN.ORG.

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                                  HOST

                                  TODAY'S "WASHINGTON JOURNAL" AT C-SPAN.ORG. THE HOUSE IS COMING BACK IN…

                                  TODAY'S "WASHINGTON JOURNAL" AT C-SPAN.ORG. THE HOUSE IS COMING BACK IN RIGHT NOW. ERED, OR VOTES OBJECTED TO UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. HOUSE WILL RESUME PROCEEDINGS ON THE POSTPONED QUESTIONS AT A LATER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                  SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2768.

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                                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                  THE CLERK

                                  HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 78, H.R. 2768, A BILL TO DESIGNATE CERTAIN MOUNTAIN…

                                  HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 78, H.R. 2768, A BILL TO DESIGNATE CERTAIN MOUNTAIN PEAKS IN THE STATE OF COLORADO AS FOWLER PEAK AND BOSKOFF PEAK.

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

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

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                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. TIPTON, AND THE…

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

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                                  MS. TIPTON

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

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

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                                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                  MR. TIPTON

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

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  MR. TIPTON

                                  THIS BILL WOULD DESIGNATE TWO UNNAMED PEAKS IN COLORADO AS FOWLER PEAK AND…

                                  THIS BILL WOULD DESIGNATE TWO UNNAMED PEAKS IN COLORADO AS FOWLER PEAK AND BOSKOFF PEAK. CHARLIE FOWLER AND HIS PARTNER, CHRISTINE BOSKOFF WERE LONGTIME RESIDENTS OF COLORADO. CHARLIE FOWLER WAS ONE OF NORTH AMERICA'S MOST EXPERIENCED MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS AND WAS ALSO AN AUTHOR, GUIDE, FILMMAKER, PHOTOGRAPHER AND ADVOCATE FOR THE OUTDOORS. BEGINNING IN THE MID 1980'S, CHARLIE WORKED FULL TIME AS A MOUNTAIN GUIDE. LEADING MOUNTAINEERING EXPEDITIONS IN THE UNITED STATES AND ABROAD. HIS PHOTOGRAPHS AND ARTICLES WERE PUBLISHED IN A VARIETY OF BOOKS AND MAGAZINES AND HE WAS THE AUTHOR OF MANY MOUNTAINEERING GUIDE BOOKS. HE WAS AWARDED AN AWARD BY THE AMERICAN ALPINE SOCIETY. AN HONOR GIVEN ANNUALLY TO AN INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS DEMONSTRATED THE HIGHEST SKILL IN THE MOUNTAINEERING ARTS AND WHO THROUGHOUT APPLICATION OF THIS SKILL, COURAGE AND PERSEVERANCE HAS ACHIEVED OUTSTANDING SUCCESS IN THE VARIOUS FIELDS. CHRISTINE BOSKOFF BEGAN HER CAREER IN 1993. QUICKLY ROSE IN THE SPORT OF MOUNTAINEERS. SHE WENT UP MOUNT EVEREST. ONE OF THE WORLD'S LEADING ALPINIST, A GUIDE AN ADVENTURE TRAVELING SBREER, CHRISTINE PARTICIPATED IN NUMEROUS EXHIBITIONS IN THE UNITED STATES AND ON FIVE CONTINENTS. THEY WERE ALSO KNOWN FOR THEIR FILL AN TROPIC WORK. CHARLIE PROMOTED HIS SPORT BY INSTALLING CLIMBING WALLS IN SCHOOLS ACROSS SOUTHWEST COLORADO. CHRISTINE WAS ACTIVE IN NONPROFITS ORGANIZATIONS AND SUPPORTED THE RIGHTS OF PORTERS, WOMEN'S EDUCATION AND GLOBAL LITERACY AND GENDER EQUALITY. SADLY, CHARLIE AND CHRISTINE WERE KILLED IN AN AVALANCHE IN NOVEMBER OF 2006 WHILE EXPLORING A SEARIES OF SUMMITS IN CHINA. THE NAMING OF THESE PEAKS IS A FITTING TRIBUTE TO CHARLIE AND CHRISTINE, OUTSTANDING MOUNTAINEERS AND ADVOCATES FOR OUR NATION'S TREASURED OPEN SPACES. I URGE ADOPTION OF THIS MEASURE AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 04:33:59 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  MRS. TORRES

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

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                                  MRS. TORRES

                                  H.R. 2768 NAMES TWO PEAKS IN COLORADO AFTER CHARLIE FOWLER AND CHRISTINE…

                                  H.R. 2768 NAMES TWO PEAKS IN COLORADO AFTER CHARLIE FOWLER AND CHRISTINE BOSKOFF. FOWLER AND BOSKOFF WERE WORLD HAD BEEN CLASS ROCK CLIMBERS WHOSE ACCOMPLISHMENTS LEFT AN ENDURING LEGACY ON THE SPORT. SADLY IN 2016, THE TWO SET OUT TO CLIMB A MOUNTAIN IN A REMOTE PART OF CHINA NEAR THE TIBETAN BORDER AND NEVER RETURNED. THIS BILL AND THE REMAINING OF THE PEAKS IS A FITTING TRIBUTE AND I SUPPORT ITS ADOPTION. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 04:34:46 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                                  MR. TIPTON

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2768. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE --

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                                • 04:35:07 PM

                                  MR. TIPTON

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST 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. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                • 04:35:33 PM

                                  MR. TIPTON

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2615.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                  THE CLERK

                                  UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 216. H.R. 2615, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE EXCHANGE OF…

                                  UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 216. H.R. 2615, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE EXCHANGE OF CERTAIN LAND LOCATED IN GULF ISLANDS NATIONAL SEASHORE, JACKSON COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI, BETWEEN THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AND THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                • 04:35:58 PM

                                  RE PURSUANT

                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. TIPTON, AND THE…

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

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                                • 04:36:07 PM

                                  MR. TIPTON

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

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

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                                • 04:36:17 PM

                                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN. -- THE GENTLEMAN IS…

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN. -- THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                • 04:36:24 PM

                                  MR. TIPTON

                                  H.R. 2615, INTRODUCED BY MR. PALAZZO OF MISSISSIPPI, ASKS NATIONAL PARK…

                                  H.R. 2615, INTRODUCED BY MR. PALAZZO OF MISSISSIPPI, ASKS NATIONAL PARK SERVICE BE GIVEN TO THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN AWARS IN GULF ISLANDS NATIONAL SEASHORE IN JACKSON COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI. THIS BILL BENEFITS BOTH THE V.F.W. POST AND THE PARK SERVICE. IT PROVIDES THE V.F.W. POST WITH PERMANENT ACCESS TO THEIR BUILDINGS VIA A LONG DRIVEWAY CURRENTLY OWNED BY THE PARK SERVICE WHILE ALSO ADDING LAND TO THE GULF ISLANDS NATIONAL SEASHORE. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE MEASURE AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 04:37:05 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                  MRS. TORRES

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

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                                • 04:37:16 PM

                                  MRS. TORRES

                                  H.R. 2615 IS A SIMPLE BIPARTISAN BILL THAT AUTHORIZES THE EXCHANGE OF TWO…

                                  H.R. 2615 IS A SIMPLE BIPARTISAN BILL THAT AUTHORIZES THE EXCHANGE OF TWO SMALL PARCELS OF LAND TO PROVIDE NEEDED ACCESS FOR VETERANS IN MISSISSIPPI. THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS POST 5699 IS LOCATED TO A PORTION OF GULF ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE. AND WHILE HAVING A NATIONAL PARK IN YOUR BACK YARD IS A DESIRABLE CONDITION, THE POST HAS FOUND THEMSELVES LAND LOCK AND IN THEY OF DIRECT ACCESS TO THEIR FACILITY. TO SOLVE THIS ISSUE, THE GULF ISLANDS NATIONAL SEASHORE LAND EXCHANGE ACT WILL EXCHANGE APPROXIMATELY TWO ACRES OF LAND OWNED BY THE V.F.W. THE ACREAGE ACQUIRED BY THE V.F.W. WILL ESTABLISH A SHORT DRIVEWAY TO THE POST WHILE THE LAND GIVEN IN EXCHANGE TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL BE MANAGED AS PART OF GULF ISLANDS NATIONAL SEASHORE. THIS EXCHANGE IS SUPPORTED BY BOTH THE V.F.W. POST AND THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AND IS A SIMPLE AND LONGCAL SOLUTION TO A LOCAL ISSUE. I AM PLEASED TO THE SEE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AND THE V.F.W. WORKING TOGETHER TO FORM A SOLUTION TO THIS ISSUE. THIS BILL PASSED THE HOUSE IN THE 114TH CONGRESS, AND I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE BIPARTISAN BILL AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 04:38:40 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                                  MR. TIPTON

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I'D NOW LIKE TO BE ABLE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I'D NOW LIKE TO BE ABLE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. PALAZZO.

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                                • 04:38:50 PM

                                  MR. PALAZZO

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM COLORADO FOR…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM COLORADO FOR THE TIME AND FOR HIS POSITIVE COMMENTS AS WELL AS MRS. TORRES IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2768. SO I RISE TODAY IN H.R. OF H.R. 2768, THE GULF ISLANDS NATIONAL SEASHORE LAND EXCHANGE ACT. THIS IS A NATIONAL PARK THAT DRAWS MILLIONS OF VISITORS TO THE ISLANDS IN THE NORTHERN GULF OF MEXICO. THE GULF ISLANDS NATIONAL SEASHORE INCLUDES THE MISSISSIPPI BARRIER ISLANDS IN DAVIS BAY YUE AREA. I AM PROUD TO HAVE THIS SANCTUARY WITHIN MY DISTRICT. THE GULF ISLANDS NATIONAL SEASHORE HAS BEEN A PART OF THE MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST COMMUNITY SINCE CONGRESS ESTABLISHED THE PARK IN 1971. SINCE THAT ESTABLISHMENT, THE GULF ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE HAS WORKED CLOSELY WITH THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS POST 5699. IN FACT, THE POST HAS SERVED A ROAD WITH THE SEASHORE FOR THE BETTER PART OF THE LAST 30 YEARS. THE GULF ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE LAND EXCHANGE ACT WOULD MAKE PERMANENT A 30-YEAR EASEMENTES THAT PROVIDED AN ACCESS ROAD AND DRIVEWAY FOR THE V.F.W. IN EXCHANGE, THE V.F.W. WILL GIVE THE NATIONAL ISLANDS -- GULF ISLANDS NATIONAL SEASHORE SOME OF THE LAND. THEY STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS LAND EXCHANGE BUT THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR NEEDS CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL BEFORE IT CAN MAKE THE LAND EXCHANGE OFFICIAL. THAT IS WHY, MR. SPEAKER, I ENCOURAGE THE HOUSE TO PASS THIS BILL AS A SUSPENSION VOTE AND I WILL ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR. MCCLINTOCK, AS WELL AS CHAIRMAN BISHOP AND THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND HELP IN BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. THIS IS ALSO A NONCONTROVERSIAL BILL, AND I URGE THE SENATE TO PASS IT WITHOUT DELAY. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 04:40:49 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA HAS YIELDED ALL…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA HAS YIELDED ALL TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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                                • 04:40:54 PM

                                  MR. TIPTON

                                  I YIELD BACK.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME HAVING BEEN YIELDED THE QUESTION IS…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME HAVING BEEN YIELDED THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2615. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, AND THE BILL IS PASSED AND WOWED THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS -- AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                • 04:41:23 PM

                                  MR. TIPTON

                                  HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS 1491 AS AMENDED.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                  THE CLERK

                                  H.R. 1491 A BILL TO REAFFIRM THE ACTION OF THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR…

                                  H.R. 1491 A BILL TO REAFFIRM THE ACTION OF THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO TAKE LAND INTO TRUST FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE SANTA YNEZ BAND OF CHUMASH MISSION INDIANS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                  TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. TIPTON, AND THE…

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

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                                • 04:41:53 PM

                                  MR. TIPTON

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

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

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                                • 04:42:00 PM

                                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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                                  MR. TIPTON

                                  I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED.

                                • 04:42:08 PM

                                  MR. TIPTON

                                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1491 WHICH WOULD REAFFIRM THE ACTION PLACING…

                                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1491 WHICH WOULD REAFFIRM THE ACTION PLACING APPROXIMATELY 1400 ACRES OF LAND INTO A TRUST FOR THE BENEFIT OF SANTA YNEZ BAND OF CHUMASH MISSION INDIANS IN CALIFORNIA. THEY HAVE ABOUT 140 ENROLLED MEMBERS WITH 138 ACRE RESERVATION IN YNEZ, CALIFORNIA. THE TRIBE CONSTRUCTED A CASINO AND HOTEL RESORT PURSUANT TO INDIAN GAMING REGULATORY ACT WHICH HAS LIFTED THE TRIBE FROM HISTORIC POVERTY TO ECONOMIC SUCCESS. WITH OTHER PRIVATE INVESTMENTS IN THE REGION, THE TRIBE HAS BECOME ONE OF THE LARGEST EMPLOYERS OF THE SANTA BARBARA COUNTY. IN 2010, THE TRIBE PURCHASED 1400 ACRE TRACK OF LAND KNOWN AS CAMP FOR, LOCATED ABOUT TWO MILES FROM THE RESERVATION IN AN UNINCORPORATED AREA OF SBASHSBASH AREA -- SANTA BARBARA AREA. THE TRIBE INTENDS TO USE THE CAMP FOR TRIBAL HOUSING FOR THE CURRENT AND FUTURE MEMBERS. AT PRESENT, THE LANDSCAPE IS MAINLY AGRICULTURAL. IN 2014, THE BURROW OF INDIAN AFFAIRS APPROVED AN APPLICATION INTO TRUST UNDER THE REGULATORY PROCEDURES. HOWEVER, THE TITLE HAS NOT BEEN TRANSFERRED TO THE UNITED STATES PENDING THE RESOLUTION OF AN ADMINISTRATIVE APPEAL FILED BY THE SANTA BARBARA COUNTY AND PRIVATE CITIZENS. ON JANUARY 17, 2017, THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR DISMISSED APPEALS OF THE APPLICATION AND AFFIRMED THE 2014 DECISION. DESPITE DISMISSALS OF THE APPEAL, THE TRIBE AND THE COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA CONTINUE TO WORK TO ADDRESS CONCERNS WITH THE TRUST ACQUISITION. ON NOVEMBER 1, 2017, THE TRIBE AND COUNTY ENTERED INTO A LONG-TERM MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT TO PROTECT MUTUAL INTEREST OF BOTH THE TRIBE AND THE COUNTY. THE BILL, AS AMENDED, INCLUDES REFERENCE TO THIS AGREEMENT IN SUPPORT OF THE COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, THE INDIANS INSULAR AND ALASKAN NATIVE AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR, MR. LAMALFA, FOR HIS HARD WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION AND I'D LIKE TO URGE ADOPTION OF THIS MEASURE AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 04:44:23 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                                • 04:44:26 PM

                                  MRS. TORRES

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

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLELADY MAY PROCEED.

                                • 04:44:32 PM

                                  MRS. TORRES

                                  THIS WOULD CLEAR THE WAY FOR THE INDIANS TO PROVIDE TRIBAL HOUSING FOR…

                                  THIS WOULD CLEAR THE WAY FOR THE INDIANS TO PROVIDE TRIBAL HOUSING FOR THEIR MEMBERS. ONLY 17% OF THE TRIBAL MEMBERS IN DESCENDENTS LIVE IN TRIBAL HOUSING. IN 2010, THE TRIBE PURCHASED APPROXIMATELY 1,400 ACRES OF ANCESTRAL LAND IN AN EFFORT TO PROVIDE SUITABLE HOUSING FOR THE TRIBE'S MEMBERS AND THEIR DESCENDENTS. EVEN THOUGH THIS LAND WAS TAKEN INTO TRUST IN JANUARY OF THIS YEAR, A NUMBER OF THE PARTIES CONTINUE TO FILE LAWSUITS APPEALING THE DECISION. THE CHUMASH LEADERSHIP HAS BEEN FORTHCOMING IN THEIR DESIRE TO ACQUIRE THIS LAND ONLY FOR ADDITIONAL TRIBAL HOUSING AND THEY HAVE ATTEMPTED TO BE GOOD NEIGHBORS BY ENGAGING LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS AND GROUPS TO MITIGATE ANY CONCERNS, ANY AND ALL CONCERNS. IT IS A SHAME THAT IT HAS ALMOST TAKEN A DECADE FOR THIS ISSUE TO BE RESOLVED, BUT WE ARE NOW AT A POINT WHERE WE CAN FINALLY PUT AN END TO THIS PROCESS. PASSAGE OF H.R. 1491 WILL REINFORCE THE SECRETARY OF THE DECISION THAT PUT THE LAND IN TRUST AND WILL ALSO INCORPORATE A MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CHUMASH TRIBE AND THE SANTA BARBARA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS IN RELATIONS TO THE LAND. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE THE CHUMASH LEADERSHIP FOR THEIR WORK AND PERSISTENCE ON THIS ISSUE AND THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COMING TO THIS AGREEMENT. I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA, CHAIRMAN LAMALFA, FOR CARRYING THIS LEGISLATION, FOR NOT GIVING UP AND FOR MOVING IT FORWARD. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. . THE

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                • 04:46:16 PM

                                  MR. TIPTON

                                  I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LAMALFA.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  MR. LAMALFA

                                  FIRST OF ALL, I'M PLEASED TO PRESENT THIS BILL HERE TONIGHT AND I'M SO…

                                  FIRST OF ALL, I'M PLEASED TO PRESENT THIS BILL HERE TONIGHT AND I'M SO PROUD OF THE EFFORT TO WORK BIPARTISANLY WITH MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND, OUR RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, MRS. TORRES AND ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE, WE HAVE HAD SUCH OVERWHELMING SUPPORT TO MOVE THIS BILL ALONG. MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL -- WE HAVE THAT SETTLED. OK. SO INDEED, THIS IS A CULMINATION OF A LOT OF STRONG, BIPARTISAN EFFORT HERE IN THE COMMITTEE AS WELL AS THE COMMUNITY ITSELF WHERE WE HAD SOUGHT CONSENSUS DURING THE WHOLE TIME, THE SEVERAL YEARS I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WITH THIS LEGISLATION AND NOW AS CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON INDIAN AFFAIRS WE HAVE SEEN. THE LOCAL CONSENSUS THAT'S BEEN BUILT WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENT, WITH THE TRIBE, AND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE COMMITTEE. SO WITH THE INCLUSION OF LANGUAGE REFERENCING THE LOCAL AGREEMENT, THE BILL IS SUPPORTED BY THE SANTA YNEZ BAND OF CHUMASH INDIANS AND WAS REPORTED OUT OF COMMITTEE BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT IN SEPTEMBER. LOCATED IN SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, AS WAS POINTED OUT BY MY COLLEAGUES, FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS OF REPORT -- OF RECORDED HISTORY, THE CHUMASH WERE RECORDED IN THE EARLIEST EXPLORERS. IN THE EARLY 1800 THEERKS CHUMASH BECAME WARDS OF THE SPANISH MISSION IN SANTA YNEZ AND LATER LANDS WERE GRANTED TO THEM WHICH INCLUDED CAMP FORT. THE COMMISSION RECOGNIZED THE TRIBE CONTINUED TO RESIDE IN THE AREA, THOUGH ONLY 99 ACRES WERE ULTIMATELY TAKEN INTO TRUST FOR THEM AT THE TIME WHICH IS A FAIRLY COMMON PROBLEM FOR MANY TRIBES WITH VARIOUS THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED TO THEM SUCH AS DEREK IN ADDITION AND DESERTIFICATION OVER THE YEARS, TRIBES END UP ON VERY SMALL, NARROW PARCELS OF LAND THAT MAKE IT DIFFICULT FOR THEM TO GROW AND PROSPER. SO TODAY, PARTLY BECAUSE OF THAT, THE CHUMASH FACE A SIGNIFICANT HOUSING CRISIS AS WAS POINTED OUT, FEWER THAN 17% OF THEIR MEMBERS AND DESCENDANTS ARE TABLE RESIDE ON THE TRIBE'S EXISTING RESERVATION WHICH CON TISTS -- CONSISTS LARGELY OF HILLSIDES AND STREAM BEDS WHICH IS UNSUITABLE FOR HOUSING. SO THEY USE THEIR OWN RESOURCES TO PURCHASE A PARCEL WITH THE INTENT OF CONSTRUCTING HOMES FOR THEIR MEMBERS. THEY APPLIED TO TAKE IT INTO TRUST ADMINISTRATIVELY AND AFTER CONDUCTING A THOROUGH PUBLIC PROCESS, THE BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS ISSUED A NOTICE OF INTENT TO TAKE LAND INTO ENTRUST IN 214.

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                                • 04:49:35 PM

                                  MR. TIPTON

                                  I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTE -- TWO MORE MINUTES TO MR. LAMALFA.

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                                  MR. LAMALFA

                                  THANK YOU, MR. TIPTON. THEY COMPLETED THE PROCESS IN 2017. ON OCTOBER…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. TIPTON. THEY COMPLETED THE PROCESS IN 2017. ON OCTOBER 3124ERKS COUNTY RATIFIED AN AGREEMENT WITH THE CHUMASH, ENSURING THAT ANY IMPACTS OF THE HOUSING ON LOCAL INFRASTRUCTURE WOULD BE ADDRESS AND THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR APPROVED THE AGREEMENT ON THE SAME DAY. IN ORDER TO ALLOW THE CHUMASH TO ADDRESS THEIR HOUSING CRY CIRCUMSTANCES H.R. 1491 TAKES THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS. IT AFFIRMS AND RATIFIES THE ACTION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR TO TAKE THE PARCEL INTO TRUST ON JANUARY 19, 2017. IT CODIFIES THE AGREEMENT RATIFIED IN KT OF 2017, ADDRESSING IMPACTS TO LOCAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND SERVICES AND BY REQUEST OF THE CHUMASH PROHIBITS THE OPERATION OF GAMING FACILITIES ON THE PARCEL THIS PROTECTS AND RESPECTS RIGHTS OF WAYS HELD BY LOCAL STAKE HOLDERS THIS BILL REPRESENTS THE CULMINATION OF YEARS OF EFFORT ON THE PART OF THE CHUA -- CHUMASH AND OTHERS. INDEED THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON INDIAN AND ALASKA NATIVE AFFAIRS, I BELIEVE THIS IS THE OUTCOME OF GOOD FAITH BY ALL PARTIES AND SHOULD BE CONSIDERED A MODEL FOR MAINTAINING POSITIVE WORKING RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN TRIBES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. SO I THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION AND SUPPORT OF THIS BIPARTISAN, NONCONTROVERSIAL MEASURE. I RESERVE MY TIME.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                • 04:51:25 PM

                                  MRS. TORRES

                                  I YIELD BACK.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  R. TIPTON

                                  I YIELD BACK.

                                • 04:51:30 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                  THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 1491. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                • 04:52:00 PM

                                  MR. TIPTON

                                  I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3115 AS AMENDED.

                                • 04:52:05 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                • 04:52:09 PM

                                  CALLER

                                  UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 20 --

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                                  -- THE CLERK

                                  UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 206.

                                • 04:52:23 PM

                                  TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. TIPTON, AND THE…

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

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                                • 04:52:33 PM

                                  MR. TIPTON

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

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

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                                • 04:52:40 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                • 04:52:45 PM

                                  MR. TIPTON

                                  I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                                • 04:52:48 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN WILL PROCEED.

                                • 04:52:53 PM

                                  MR. TIPTON

                                  THIS IS A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT IMPLEMENTED LAND EDGES CHANGE TO FACILITATE…

                                  THIS IS A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT IMPLEMENTED LAND EDGES CHANGE TO FACILITATE THE EXERCISE OF CERTAIN MINERAL RIGHTS IN THE SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST IN MINNESOTA TO PROVIDE ECONOMIC GROWTH IN THE AREA. REPRESENTATIVE NOLAN WILL HAVE MORE ON THISMENT ACROSS THE UNITED STATES, PEOPLE HOLD MINERAL ESTATES UNDERLYING LANDS ACQUIRED BY THE NATIONAL FOREST UNDER THE WEEKS ACT. WITHOUT AN AGREEMENT LIKE THE ONE IN THIS BILL THEIR ABILITY TO EXERCISE THOSE VALID, PRE-EXISTING RIGHTS IS IN JEOPARDY. I NOTE THE LAND EXCHANGE AUTHORIZED IN THIS BILL HAS UNDERGONE EXTENSIVE ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW UNDER THE REVIEW ACT OF 1969 AND WAS SUPPORTED BY THE OWHAT BA MA ADMINISTRATION. THIS IS AN EQUAL VALUE LAND EXCHANGE BY HOLDER OF THE MINERAL ESTATE, FOREGOS ANY EQUALIZATION PAYMENT UNDER THE BILL IF THE PRIVATE LAND BEING SQUAPED FOR -- SWAPPED FOR THE FEDERAL LAND IS WORTH MORE. FINALLY THE BILL INCLUDES A NET INCREASE IN THE SIZE OF THE SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST OF 40 ACRES. NO WONDER THE BILL WAS SUPPORTED BY RANKING MEMBERS ON THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON FEDERAL LANDS AND THE SUBCOMMITTEE OF NATURAL RESOURCES WHEN IT WAS CONSIDERED IN JULY. I COMMEND CONGRESSMAN NOLAN, CONGRESSMAN PETERSON, CONGRESSMAN 'EM EFFORT AND CONGRESSMAN LEWIS FOR WORKING TOGETHER TO CRAFT THIS COMMONSENSE RESOLUTION BILL TO MINNESOTA. I URGE ADOPTION OF THE MEASURE AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 04:54:27 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                                • 04:54:31 PM

                                  MRS. TORRES

                                  I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                                • 04:54:34 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLELADY MAY PROCEED.

                                • 04:54:37 PM

                                  MRS. TORRES

                                  FOREST TO PURSUE THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN OPEN PIT MINE WHILE THE FOREST…

                                  FOREST TO PURSUE THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN OPEN PIT MINE WHILE THE FOREST SERVICE ALREADY APPROVED THE EXCHANGE, I UNDERSTAND SEVERAL GROUPS OF CONCERNED MINNESOTANS HAVE EXPRESSED CONCERNS ABOUT THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT INCRUDING THE FONDUE LACK BAND OF A FEDERALRY -- FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED TRIBE WHOSE RESERVATION IS DOWNSTREAM FROM THE PROPOSED MIND. THIS IS PART OF THE TRIBE'S ANCESTRAL HOMELAND AND THEY HAVE CONCERNS THAT THE CONVEYANCE WOULD IMPACT THEIR RETAINED RIGHTS TO HUNT, FISH, AND GATHER. FEDERAL OWNERSHIP PROTECTS THESE RIGHTS. AS RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON INDIAN AND NATIVE ALASKAN AFFAIRS, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO LISTEN TO THE NATE I COMMUNITIES. I UNDERSTAND THIS IS A PRIMARY CONCERN FOR REPRESENTATIVE NOLAN AND I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM HIM.

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                                • 04:55:43 PM

                                  MR. TIPTON

                                  I RESERVE.

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                                  MRS. TORRES

                                  MINUTES TO THE SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION MR. NOLAN.

                                • 04:55:51 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

                                • 04:56:01 PM

                                  MR. NOLAN

                                  MR. SPEAKER, MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF 3115, THE LAND…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF 3115, THE LAND EXCHANGE BETWEEN PALUMET MINING AND THE NATIONAL FOREST SERVICE. WHAT THIS INVOLVES, THE MINING COMPANY IS GIVING UP APPROXIMATELY 6,550 ACRES OF FORESTLAND THAT IS SURROUNDED BY OLD MINING SITES WITH NO PUBLIC ACCESS. AND IN RETURN, THEY ARE GIVING US 6,690 ACRES, AN ADDITIONAL 40 ACRES, THAT ARE A WONDERFULLY GOOD DEAL FOR THE TAXPAYERS AND THE CONCERNS OF THE ENVIRONMENT, PEOPLE WHO JUST LOOK AT THE EXCHANGE. AT THE END OF THE DAY, THE TAXPAYERS GET MORE LAND. TAXPAYERS GET MORE VALUE. $425,000, TO BE EXACT. THERE'S NO COST TO THE TAXPAYERS. THE PUBLIC GETS MORE ACCESS TO THE LAND. THEY GET MORE LAKESHORE PROPERTY. MORE TIMBER LAND. MORE WILD RICE LAND. AND MORE WETLANDS. AND IF APPROVED AND IF THE MINING PROJECT SHOULD ULTIMATELY GO FORWARD, BY THE WAY, IT'S RECEIVED THE HIGHEST MARKS THAT ANY MINING PROJECT HAS EVER RECEIVED FROM THE E.P.A. AFTER ALMOST 12 YEARS OF REVIEW. THE SIMPLE TRUTH HERE IS THIS IS A GOOD BILL FOR THE PUBLIC AND LET ME SAY, IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE, THERE ARE SOME THINGS THIS BILL DOES NOT DO. AND I NEED TO SAY THAT BECAUSE THERE'S SOME TERRIBLE MISINFORMATION FLOATING AROUND OUT THERE. NUMBER ONE, IT DOES NOT AUTHORIZE A MINING PROJECT. LET'S MAKE THAT VERY CLEAR. NUMBER TWO, IT DOES NOT INTERFERE WITH THE STATE AND THE FEDERAL ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW PROCESSES, PROCEDURES AND PERMITTING PROCESS. MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE PREPONDERANCE OF INFORMATION COMING INTO MY OFFICE IS CONCERN FOR THE BOUNDARY WATERS WILDERNESS CANOEING AREA AND RIGHTFULLY SO. AN ORIGINAL SPONSOR OF THAT BEFORE I TOOK MY 3 -YEAR HIATUS. THERE'S NO PRISTINE AREA IN THE COUNTRY, PERHAPS THE WORLD THAT NEEDS TO BE PROTECTED. BUT LET ME SHOW YOU SOMETHING. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WEREN'T PAYING ATTENTION IN SCIENCE CLASS, LAST CONTINENTAL DIVIDE WHICH WATER NORTH OF THAT FLOWS NORTH AND WATER TO THE SOUTH OF THAT FLOWS SOUTH. THIS PROJECT IS SOUTH OF THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE, SO THERE'S PHYSICALLY NO WAY POSSIBLE, SHORT OF A NUCLEAR BOMB OR GETTING HIT BY A PLANET OR SOMETHING, THAT THAT WATER CAN FLOW INTO, IN ANY WAY HARM OR DAMAGE THE BOUNDARY WATERS. TO BE SPECIFIC, RIGHT HERE, THERE'S A 60-YEAR-OLD MINING PROJECT, NORTH SHORE MINE, THEY'VE BEEN MINING THERE FOR 60 YEARS. AND THERE'S SULFUR IN THAT SOIL AS WELL. IT'S NEVER BEEN -- CAUSED ANY DAMAGE TO THE BOUNDARY WATERS WILDERNESS CANOE AREA. THIS IS A GOOD BILL FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. IT'S GOOD FOR JOBS. IT'S GOOD FOR THE COMMUNITY. IN NO WAY CAN IT IN ANY WAY HARM THE BOUNDARY WATERS OR I WOULDN'T BE STANDING HERE TODAY ADVOCATING FOR ITS PURCHASE. THANK YOU, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO ADOPT THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND I REMIND YOU IT HAS GOOD SUPPORT FROM MINNESOTA, OUR SENATORS OUR GOVERNORS, BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FROM OUR CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION, CHAMEWOFERSE COMMERCE, THE TRADE UNIONS, IT'S A GOOD BILL AND I URGE ITS ADOPTION. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MANUFACTURE -- BALANCE OF MY TIME I MIGHT HAVE LEFT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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                                • 04:59:48 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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                                • 04:59:54 PM

                                  MR. TIPTON

                                  I RESERVE.

                                • 04:59:56 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

                                • 04:59:58 PM

                                  MRS. TORRES

                                  I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM MINNESOTA, REPRESENTATIVE…

                                  I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM MINNESOTA, REPRESENTATIVE MCCOLLUM.

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                                • 05:00:03 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                                • 05:00:06 PM

                                  MS. MCCOLLUM

                                  I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 3115, THE SUPERIOR NATIONAL FORESTLAND…

                                  I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 3115, THE SUPERIOR NATIONAL FORESTLAND EXCHANGE ACT OF 2017. THIS BILL MANDATES AN EXCHANGE OF MORE THAN 6,600 ACRES IN THE SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A MASSIVE, OPEN PIT, COPPER-NICKEL MINE THIS PROJECT IS CONTROVERSIAL WITH A MAJORITY OF MINNESOTANS WHO OPPOSE THE TOXIC SULL FITE MINE OR MINING BECAUSE IT IS A THREAT TO OUR WATER QUALITY, PUBLIC LANDS, AND OUTDOOR RECREATION IN OUR STATE. THIS LEGISLATION ALSO RAISES SERIOUS DUE PROCESS CONCERNS. THERE ARE FOUR PENDING LAWSUITS CHALLENGING THE LAND EXCHANGE BASED ON EXISTING ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS. AND CONCERNS ABOUT THE APPROPRIATE APPRAISAL VALUES. FEDERAL COURTS ARE STILL CONSIDERING THESE SUITS BUT THIS LEGISLATION UNDERMINES THE PROPER JUDICIAL REVIEW TO EXPEDITE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THIS MINE. FINALLY THIS BILL IGNORES THE TREATY RIGHTS OF THE LAKE SUPERIOR CHIPPEWA, A FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED TRIBAL NATION. THE FOND DU LAC RESERVATION IS DOWNSTREAM FROM THE PROPOSED SITE AND THE TRIBAL CHAIRMEN 20E8D CONGRESS THIS MINE WILL, AND I QUOTE THE TRIBAL CHAIRMAN, POSE A DIRECT THREAT TO THE WATER AND THE FISH, THE GAME AND THE WILD RICE ON WHICH THE TRIBE DEPENDS. THE NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AMERICAN INDIANS ALSO STRONGLY OPPOSES THIS LEGISLATION. . IT UNDERMINES LEGAL DUE PROCESS, ENVIRONMENTAL SAFEGUARDS AND THE TREATY RIGHTS OF OUR NATIVE AMERICAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON H.R. 3515 AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 05:02:00 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLELADY FROM MINNESOTA YIELDS. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA…

                                  THE GENTLELADY FROM MINNESOTA YIELDS. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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                                • 05:02:05 PM

                                  MR. TIPTON

                                  RESERVES.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                  MRS. TORRES

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

                                • 05:02:10 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

                                • 05:02:11 PM

                                  MR. TIPTON

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE PRULLS AND PASS THE…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE PRULLS AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 3115, AS AMEND -- THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 3115, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLELADY.

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                                • 05:02:36 PM

                                  MRS. TORRES

                                  I REQUEST 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. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED.

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                                • 05:04:09 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

                                • 05:04:13 PM

                                  MR. TIPTON

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 995 AS AMENDED.

                                • 05:04:17 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                • 05:04:19 PM

                                  THE CLERK

                                  H.R. 995, A BILL TO DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE AND THE SECRETARY…

                                  H.R. 995, A BILL TO DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE AND THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO AMEND REGULATIONS FOR RACIAL APPROPRIATENESS.

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                                • 05:04:31 PM

                                  TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. TIPTON, AND THE…

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

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                                • 05:04:40 PM

                                  MR. TIPTON

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

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

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                                • 05:04:54 PM

                                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

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

                                • 05:05:00 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                • 05:05:02 PM

                                  MR. TIPTON

                                  MR. SPEAKER, THE UNITED STATES IS 241 YEARS OLD. IN THAT TIME THE…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, THE UNITED STATES IS 241 YEARS OLD. IN THAT TIME THE COUNTRY'S SEEN AN IMMENSE AMOUNT OF CHANGE AND GROWTH. OVER THE COURSE OF HISTORY, LAWS AND POLICIES HAVE BEEN UPDATED TO BE ABLE TO REFLECT THIS GROWTH OF THE HOWEVER, SOME DECADES' OLD STATUTES AND REGULATIONS STILL CONTAIN ANTIQUATED TERMS. ENACTED IN 2016, PUBLIC LAW 114-197 MODERNIZED ANTIQUATED ETHNIC TERMS FOUND IN THE MINORITY OF ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY IN SECTION 106 OF THE LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT AND INVESTMENT ACT OF 1976 FOR RACIAL APPROPRIATENESS. H.R. 995 WOULD MAKE SIMILAR CHANGES TO TERMS FOUND IN CERTAIN REGULATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR. AT THIS POINT I WOULD LIKE TO INSERT INTO THE RECORD AN EXCHANGE OF LETTERS WITH CHAIRMAN CONWAY OF THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE, AND WE THANK HIM AND HIS STAFF FOR THEIR COOPERATION IN SCHEDULING THIS BILL.

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                                • 05:06:09 PM

                                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                • 05:06:10 PM

                                  MR. TIPTON

                                  I THANK THE SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, MR. JEFFRIES, AND I'D LIKE TO BE ABLE TO…

                                  I THANK THE SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, MR. JEFFRIES, AND I'D LIKE TO BE ABLE TO URGE ADOPTION OF THE MEASURE AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 05:06:17 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

                                • 05:06:27 PM

                                  MRS. TORRES

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

                                • 05:06:31 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                                • 05:06:34 PM

                                  MRS. TORRES

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS BILL COULD NOT BE MORE STRAIGHTFORWARD. H.R.…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS BILL COULD NOT BE MORE STRAIGHTFORWARD. H.R. 995 WOULD REQUIRE THAT USDA AND THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR TO CHANGE THE TERMINOLOGY USED TO DESCRIBE THE RACIAL BACKGROUND OR PLACE OF ORIGIN OF PEOPLE. THESE VERY OUTDATED AND OFFENSIVE RACIAL TERMS HAVE NO PLACE IN OUR FEDERAL REGULATIONS. MODERNIZING THESE TERMS SHOULD BE A CONTINUOUS EFFORT ACROSS ALL AGENCIES. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. JEFFRIES, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE BY PUSHING THIS LEGISLATION FORWARD. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO INCLUDE FOR THE RECORD THE PHRASES THAT THIS BILL WOULD CHANGE. REPLACING THE REFERENCES TO THE TERM NEGRO WITH BLACK OR AFRICAN-AMERICAN. REPLACING THE DEFINITION OF NEGRO WITH A DEFINITION OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN AS A PERSON HAVING ORIGINS. REPLACING THE REFERENCES OF TERM OF ORIENTAL WITH ASIAN AMERICAN. AND REPLACING THE REFERENCES TO THE TERM ESKIMO, ALEUT WITH NATIVE AMERICAN. I THINK WE NEED TO MOVE AND PASS THIS BILL AND FINALLY ADDRESS PEOPLE AS WE SHOULD. I ALSO WANT TO BRING ATTENTION TO THE TITLE OF THE BILL, 21ST CENTURY RESPECT ACT.

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                                • 05:10:19 PM

                                  MRS. TORRES

                                  MY TIME.

                                • 05:14:39 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

                                • 05:14:45 PM

                                  MR. TIPTON

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THINK THE LEGISLATION THAT WE'RE SEEING ON THE…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THINK THE LEGISLATION THAT WE'RE SEEING ON THE FLOOR TODAY DEMONSTRATES ADDRESSING A VARIETY OF ISSUES. BE IT ON OUR PUBLIC LANDS, NEEDING THAT TO BE UPDATED, PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS TO BE ABLE TO BE UPDATED BUT PROBABLY IS NOTHING MORE PERSONAL THAN THE LEGISLATION THAT WE ARE ADDRESSING AT THIS PARTICULAR MOMENT, TO BE ABLE TO BE RESPECTFUL OF INDIVIDUALS AND HOW THEY ARE ACTUALLY TO BE ADDRESSED. THIS LEGISLATION WHICH IS ALONG TIME COMING, MUCH LIKE MR. JEFFRIES COMING TO THE FLOOR, TO BE ABLE TO ADDRESS THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION FOR THE HOUSE TO BE ABLE TO CONSIDER AS WE MOVE FORWARD WITH OUR BUSINESS AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                                • 05:15:37 PM

                                  MRS. TORRES

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MRS. DEMINGS, REPRESENTATIVE DEMINGS.

                                • 05:15:45 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                                • 05:15:49 PM

                                  MRS. DEMINGS

                                  THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 995, THE 21ST…

                                  THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 995, THE 21ST CENTURY RESPECT ACT, WHICH WE ALL KNOW IS A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT WILL REMOVE OUTDATED AND OFFENSIVE RACIAL LABELS FROM THE CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS. MR. SPEAKER, WE ALL KNOW THAT WORDS MATTER. THEY MATTER. WE ALL STAND AND RECITE THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE EVERY DAY. EVERY DAY I TAKE THOSE WORDS VERY, VERY SERIOUSLY. WORDS DO MATTER. IT IS TIME THAT WE REMOVE OUTDATED AND OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE FROM ANY CODE, POLICY, LAW, REGULATION. WORDS LIKE ESKIMO, WORDS LIKE ORIENTAL. MY GOD, WORDS LIKE NEGRO. THEY MATTER. AND AS ELECTED OFFICIALS, WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY. THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 05:17:04 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                • 05:17:09 PM

                                  MR. TIPTON

                                  I RESERVE, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                • 05:17:14 PM

                                  MRS. TORRES

                                  CAN YOU TELL ME HOW MUCH TIME WE HAVE?

                                • 05:17:17 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  11 MINUTES.

                                • 05:17:20 PM

                                  MRS. TORRES

                                  I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MR. JEFFRIES.

                                • 05:17:24 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

                                • 05:17:26 PM

                                  MR. JEFFRIES

                                  DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, FOR YIELDING, FOR HER…

                                  DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, FOR YIELDING, FOR HER LEADERSHIP. AS WELL AS FOR HER SUPPORT. IN ADDITION TO RANKING MEMBERS GRIJALVA, CHAIRMAN BISHOP, CHAIRMAN LAMALFA, AND THE ENTIRE COMMITTEE FOR MOVING THIS BILL EXPEDITIOUSLY TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. AND FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP AND PARTNERSHIP IN THIS REGARD. I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND AND FELLOW JUDICIARY COMMITTEE MEMBER, CONGRESSMAN CHABOT, FOR HIS SUPPORT, LEADERSHIP AND CO-SPONSORSHIP OF THIS LEGISLATION. WORDS DEFINITELY MATTER. THEY CAN CAUSE GREAT HARM AND DIVISION. PARTICULARLY WHEN THEY ARE INVETTED IN FEDERAL STATUTE. SO THIS STEP THAT WE'RE TAKING TODAY AS IT RELATES TO THE 21ST CENTURY RESPECT ACT IS IMPORTANT AS A SYMBOL FROM THIS CONGRESS, THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE, TO THE NATION, THAT WE CAN COME TOGETHER. THAT WE'RE ALL FELLOW AMERICANS. THAT OUTDATED, ANTIQUATED AND RACIALLY STEREOTYPICAL TERMS LIKE NEGRO AND ESKIMO AND ORIENTAL ARE NOT APPROPRIATE AT THIS TIME IN AMERICA. THEY REFLECT A MORE DIVISIVE BYGONE ERA. I'M THANKFUL FOR ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES FOR COMING TOGETHER IN THIS REGARD. A SMALL BUT MEANINGFUL STEP. AN ERA OTHERWISE CHARACTERIZED BY GREAT DIVISION. AND PERHAPS AN INDICATION THAT WE CAN COME TOGETHER AS DEMOCRATS, AS REPUBLICANS, AS PEOPLE OF DIVERSE RACIAL BACKGROUNDS, TO HEAL WHATEVER DIVISIONS MAY REMAIN IN OUR SOCIETY. SO I THANK ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP AND SUPPORT AND I YIELD BACK TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MY GOOD FRIEND.

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                                • 05:19:27 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                • 05:19:32 PM

                                  MR. TIPTON

                                  I RESERVE.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                • 05:19:36 PM

                                  MRS. TORRES

                                  I YIELD BACK.

                                • 05:19:37 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 COLORADO.

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                                • 05:19:42 PM

                                  MR. TIPTON

                                  I YIELD BACK.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILLS A AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULE IS SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE IS AMENDED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                  MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS HRMENT R. 2228, -- H.R.…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS HRMENT R. 2228, -- H.R. 228, THE LAW ENFORCEMENT MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS ACT OF 2007, AS -- WITH -- 2017, AS AMENDED.

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                                • 05:21:20 PM

                                  THE CLERK

                                  A BILL TO PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY EFFORTS TO PROTECT…

                                  A BILL TO PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY EFFORTS TO PROTECT MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                • 05:21:28 PM

                                  TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, AND THE…

                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                                • 05:21:38 PM

                                  MR. GOODLATTE

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

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS WITHIN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON H.R. 2228, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                • 05:21:51 PM

                                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

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

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  MR. GOODLATTE

                                  TODAY WE ARE VOTING ON H.R. 2228, THE LAW ENFORCEMENT MENTAL HEALTH AND…

                                  TODAY WE ARE VOTING ON H.R. 2228, THE LAW ENFORCEMENT MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS ACT. THIS BILL IS DESIGNED TO EQUIP LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES WITH INFORMATION AND RESOURCES TO ADDRESS MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES FACED BY OFFICERS. OUR POLICE MEN AND WOMEN REPORT FOR DUTY EVERY DAY, FACING AND RESPONDING TO DANGER ON OUR BEHALF. WE OFTEN SEE THEM AND WE ALWAYS APPRECIATE THEM. HOWEVER, WE OFTEN DON'T CONSIDER THE MENTAL ASPECT OF THE CHALLENGES FACING OUR OFFICERS WHO PUT THEMSELVES IN HARM'S WAY TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES. TODAY WE CONSIDER THE TOLL THEIR JOBS TAKE ON THEIR PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL-BEING. EVERY DAY THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN FACE SOME OF THE HIGHEST STRESS SITUATIONS ONE CAN IMAGINE. WHEN OFFICERS HANG UP THEIR BADGES AT THE END OF A SHIFT, THEY CANNOT EASILY HANG UP THE LINGERING EFFECTS OF THEIR HIGH STAKES ENCOUNTERS. AS THIS STRESS ACCUMULATES, IT CAN LEAD TO SERIOUS PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS. RESEARCH HAS SHOWN TIME AND AGAIN THAT POLICE OFFICER OCCUPATIONAL STRESS IS DIRECTLY CORRELATED TO HEART DISEASE, DIVORCE, ALCOHOL ABUSE, AND MAJOR PSYCHOLOGICAL ILLNESSES. INCLUDING ACUTE STRESS DISORDER, POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER, DEPRESSION, AND ANXIETY DISORDERS. OVER 900,000 MEN AND WOMEN SERVE AS SWORN LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS IN THE UNITED STATES. EACH YEAR MORE OF THEM DIE FROM SUICIDE THAN FROM GUN FIRE AND TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS COMBINED. MANY DEPARTMENTS HAVE STARTED MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS AS PREVENTIVE MEASURES. THESE PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN REDUCING THE NUMBER OF POLICE OFFICER SUICIDES FROM 300 IN 1998 TO 126 IN TWELVE. BUT IN DEPARTMENTS WHERE MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS PROGRAMS REMAIN ABSENT, THESE PROBLEMS CONTINUE. WE MUST ADDRESS THIS GAP. H.R. 2228 DIRECTS THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IN CONSULTATION WITH THE DEPARTMENTS OF DEFENSE AND VETERANS AFFAIRS, TO EQUIP LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO ADDRESS MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES FACED BY POLICE OFFICERS. IT ALSO PERMITS D.O.J.'S OFFICE OF COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING SERVICES TO AWARD GRANTS TO PEER MENTORING PILOT PROGRAMS AND DIRECTS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOW TO MAKE THESE AND OTHER PROGRAMS MORE EFFECTIVE. MR. SPEAKER, WE ALL RECOGNIZE THE PROFOUND CHALLENGES FACED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT IN THIS COUNTRY. TODAY WE ALSO ACKNOWLEDGE THE UNSEEN TOLL THAT THESE CHALLENGES CAN TAKE ON THE HEALTH OF THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MRS. BROOKS OF INDIANA FOR INTRODUCING THIS BILL AND MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR THIS IMPORTANT STEP IN PROVIDING LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES WITH THE RESOURCES TO TREAT SEVERE MENTAL AND PHYSICAL STRESS. OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN BLUE DESERVE THE APPRECIATION AND SUPPORT OF ALL OF US. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                • 05:25:05 PM

                                  MS. JACKSON LEE

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RESERVE -- TO UTILIZE SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  MS.JACKSON LEE

                                  BUT I RISE AS WELL TO WISH AND HOPE THAT ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES AND…

                                  BUT I RISE AS WELL TO WISH AND HOPE THAT ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES AND AMERICANS HAD A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING. AND AGAIN TO THANK THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY FOR THEIR SERVICE. IT IS PARTICULARLY NOTEWORTHY THAT THEY SERVE IN THIS TIME, WHEN FAMILIES ARE GATHERED. I THANK MR. GOODLATTE FOR COLLABORATING ON THIS LEGISLATION AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2228, THE LAW ENFORCEMENT MENTAL HEALTH ACT OF 2017. ENSURING THE MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS IS PARAMOUNT TO THE SAFETY OF OUR COMMUNITIES AND THE PEOPLE OUR OFFICERS TAKE A SOLEMN OATH TO PROTECT. I'M ALSO VERY PLEASED TO ACKNOWLEDGE VAL DEMINGS, A COLLEAGUE, AND AS WELL A MEMBER OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE OF WHICH I SERVE. WE ARE BETTER OFF FOR THE EXPERIENCE, COMMITMENT AND PROFESSIONAL CAREER THAT SHE HAD AS A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER AND CHIEF. SHE'S ONE OF THE CO-SPONSORS OF THIS LEGISLATION AND I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM HER. LET ME ALSO TAKE NOTE OF THE FACT THAT TEXAS EXPERIENCED A DEPTH OF SADNESS OVER THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND WHEN WE LOST ONE OF OUR DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS WHO WAS KILLED BY A PERPETRATOR DURING THE THANKSGIVING WEEKEND. WE PRAY FOR HIM AND HIS FAMILY. H.R. 2228 IS INTENDED TO PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY EFFORTS, TO PROTECT THE MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. I SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AS A GOOD FIRST STEP TOWARD CONGRESS ADDRESSING THE VARIOUS MATTERS SURROUNDING THE MENTAL HEALTH OF OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. WE MUST RECOGNIZE THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS PLAY A SPECIAL ROLE IN OUR COMMUNITIES WITH EXCEPTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES TO PROTECT AND SERVE. WHERE THEY SEE ENCOUNTER AND RESPOND TO HORRENDOUS SITUATIONS THAT ARE BOTH DANGEROUS, STRESSFUL AND OFTEN LIFE-THREATENING. IMAGINE THOSE OFFICERS WHO CAME UPON THAT SCENE SUNDAY MORNING IN TEXAS A FEW WEEKS AGO, WHERE 27 TEXANS WERE MURDERED IN CHURCH AND 20 WERE INJURED. IMAGINE CHURCHES THAT ARE FRIGHTENED ABOUT WORSHIPING. AND IMAGINE AS I LEFT MY HOMETOWN, HOUSTON, THAT THERE WERE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WHO WERE GATHERED TO MEET WITH PASTORS TO GIVE THEM COMFORT. THEY ARE THERE FOR US. AS WELL, FOR EXAMPLE, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS HAVE HAD TO RESPOND TO SEVERAL RECENT TRAGEDIES WHICH INCLUDE THE PULSE NIGHT CLUB SHOOTING IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA, WHERE 49 PEOPLE WERE KILLED. AND 53 OTHERS WOUNDED. THE KILLING OF FIVE OFFICERS AND THE WOUNDING OF NINE OTHER OFFICERS ALONG WITH TWO CIVILIANS IN DALLAS. THE SAN BERNARDINO SHOOTING, 14 INNOCENT EMPLOYEES. THE LAS VEGAS MASSACRE, WHERE A GUNMAN KILLED 58 INNOCENT CONCERT GOERS AND INJURED NEARLY 500 OTHERS. AND AGAIN MOST RECENTLY, AS I INDICATED, ON NOVEMBER 5, THE DEADLIEST MASS SHOOTING BY AN INDIVIDUAL IN TEXAS, THE FIFTH DEADLIEST MASS SHOOTING IN THE UNITED STATES, AS WELL AS THE DEADLIEST SHOOTING IN AN AMERICAN PLACE OF WORSHIP IN MODERN HISTORY, WHERE 26 WERE GUNNED DOWN IN SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, INCLUDING AN 18-MONTH-OLD CHILD AND A PREGNANT MOTHER AND WHERE 20 OTHERS WERE INJURED. THESE HORRIFIC OCCURRENCES HAVE BECOME ALL TOO COMMON IN OUR -- TODAY'S SOCIETY. THESE CHILLING TRAGEDIES CONTINUE TO AFFECT US ALL. IMAGINE THE IMPACT THEY HAVE COLLECTIVELY ON OUR -- ON OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WITH WHOM THESE TRAUMATIC SITUATIONS REMAIN LONG AFTER THE THREATS ARE REDUCED. EVERYONE HAS RETURNED HOME AND COMMUNITIES THEY SERVE HAVE REGAINED A RENEWED SENSE OF SAFETY. IMAGINE THAT OFFICER THAT COMES UPON HORRIFIC TRAFFIC ACCIDENT THAT KILLS A FAMILY. IMAGINE THEIR PAIN AND THEIR CONCERN. REQUIRING THESE OFFICERS TO CONTINUE TO SERVE WITHOUT PROVIDING THEM AN EFFECTIVE AVENUE TO PROCESS THE DA DAY -- THE DAY TO DAY CRISIS DOES AN INJUSTICE TO THEM. THAT IS WHY THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT INITIATIVE AND I'M REALLY EXCITED TO SUPPORT IT. I WANT TO ALSO RAISE, FOR MY COLLEAGUES, THAT I'VE BEEN A LONG STANDING ADVOCATE FOR HELPING POLICE OFFICERS. AS WE HAVE WORKED TOGETHER WITH THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE. AND I WANT TO MAKE MENTION OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT TRUST AND INTEGRITY ACT, WHICH TAKES A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO ADDRESSING POLICING ISSUES, INCLUDING RECOGNITION OF THE IMPORTANCE OF SUSTAINING MENTAL HEALTH -- MENTAL WELL-BEING OF OUR OFFICERS. THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION ADDRESSES TRAGEDIES WHERE WE'VE SEEN ACTIONS TAKE PLACE AND COUNTLESS UNFORTUNATE INCIDENTS HAVE HAPPENED. MAYBE BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF DE-ESCALATION. SO THIS BILL, WHICH I HOPE WE CAN MOVE ALONG, AS THIS BILL THAT WE HAVE -- THE UNDERLYING BILL REQUIRES THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO PERFORM AN INITIAL ANALYSIS OF EXISTING LAW ENFORCEMENT ACCREDITATION STANDARDS AND TO RECOMMEND AREAS FOR DEVELOPMENT. THAT GIVES TRAINING, IT ALSO TAKES INTO ACCOUNT MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS. AND FUNDING NEEDS. IT AUTHORIZES THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO MAKE GRANTS TO STATES, UNITS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT, INDIAN TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS TO STUDY LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY MANAGEMENT AND OPERATIONS AND TO DEVELOP PILOT PROGRAMS TO IMPLEMENT BEST PRACTICES. IT REQUIRES THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO STUDY THE PREVALENCE AND IMPACT OF ANY LAW, RULE OR PROCEDURE THAT ALLOWS A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER TO NOT BE ABLE TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS POSED AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE BY ANY OF THE AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING SITUATIONS. IT AUTHORIZES APPROPRIATIONS FOR EXPENSES RELATED TO CRIMINAL AND CIVIL ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES BY THE CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND REQUIRES THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO ESTABLISH A TASK FORCE TO ASSIST LOCAL INVESTIGATIONS AND IT REQUIRES EACH FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY TO REPORT TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL ON THE ACTIONS IN THAT PARTICULAR DEPARTMENT. TO HELP THAT DEPARTMENT ASSESS ITS OWN WORK, REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO COOPERATE WITH THE NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS MEMORIAL FUND, SOMETHING THAT WAS VERY IMPORTANT TO ME, TO PROVIDE A DISTINCTIVE MEDALLION TO BE ISSUED TO THE SURVIVORS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. AS WELL, THIS IS IN SYNC WITH THE TASK FORCE THAT WAS HELD IN THE LAST ADMINISTRATION THAT OFFERED TO DISCUSS WAYS TO IMPROVE POLICING AND TO HELP OUR INDIVIDUAL POLICE OFFICERS. WE WANT TO BE PARTNERS FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY AND COMMUNITY POLICE RELATIONS AND WE WANT THEM TO HAVE GOOD HEALTH AND THE ABILITY TO SERVE THEIR PUBLIC IN A GOOD HEALTH MINDSET. UNDER TODAY'S BILL, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SHALL REVIEW CURRENT MENTAL HEALTH PRACTICES AND SERVICES OF FEDERAL AGENCIES AND REPORT TO CONGRESS, DEVELOP RESOURCES TO EDUCATE MENTAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS ABOUT THE LAW ENFORCEMENT CULTURE ACROSS THE BOARD AND DEVELOP EVIDENCE-BASED THERAPIES AS A RESULT. I BELIEVE WITH THIS LEGISLATION IF PASSED IT WILL CREATE AN ATMOSPHERE WHERE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WILL BE COMFORTABLE SHARING THEIR THOUGHTS OR ASSESSMENTS OR BEST PRACTICES. UNDER THIS BILL, THE UNDERLYING BILL, THEY SHALL CONDUCT CASE STUDIES DESIGNED PRIMARILY TO ADDRESS OFFICER'S PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING AND SUBMIT SUCH A REPORT TO CONGRESS. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SHALL ALSO CONSULT WITH THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND HEAD OF FEDERAL AGENCIES TO EXAMINE THE MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS OF FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND THE EXPANDING OF PEER PROGRAMS. ENSURING RESOURCES TO PROTECT THE PRIVACY OF OFFICERS, THAT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AND REPORT THESE FINDINGS TO CONGRESS NO LATE THAN ONE YEAR AFTER ENACTMENT. MR. SPEAKER, THE KEY TO ALL THIS IS TO BUILD THE TRUST BETWEEN COMMUNITY AND POLICE AND POLICE COMMUNITY AND POLICE FAMILIES AND FAMILIES OF THOSE WHO COME WITHIN THE RANGE OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT. IF WE CAN ALL WORK TOGETHER, WE CAN TRUST EACH OTHER, WE WILL HAVE A BETTER SYSTEM OF JUSTICE. IT IS A GOOD FIRST STEP, THIS BILL, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING AS WELL ON OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT BILLS INCLUDING THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AND INTEGRITY BILL THAT I JUST SO NOTED. WITH THAT I RESERVE MY TIME.

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                                • 05:33:34 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

                                • 05:33:39 PM

                                  MR. GOODLATTE

                                  MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS SHE MAY…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM INDIANA, MRS. BROOKS, THE CHIEF SPONSOR OF THE LEGISLATION.

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                                • 05:33:53 PM

                                  BROOKS THE

                                  THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  MRS. BROOKS

                                  I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS MANY, MANY YEARS OF SUPPORT FOR LAW…

                                  I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS MANY, MANY YEARS OF SUPPORT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS FOR HER SUPPORT OF THIS BILL AND FOR LEADING THE VOICE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT TRUST BETWEEN LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY AND THE COMMUNITIES IN WHICH THEY PROTECT AND I BELIEVE THAT THIS BILL WILL GO A LONG WAY IN HELPING OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE COMMUNITIES IN WHICH THEY SERVE TO PROTECT SHOULD RECOGNIZE THE TYPES OF TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS THAT OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS FACE EVERY DAY. ALSO WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WHO, BEFORE COMING TO CONGRESS, WERE LEADERS IN THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITIES, INCLUDING THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, WHO I BELIEVE WE WILL HEAR FROM, WHO DAY IN AND DAY OUT SERVED AND PROTECTED THEIR OWN COMMUNITIES. I INTRODUCED THE LAW ENFORCEMENT MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS ACT BECAUSE OUR NATION'S LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS OFTEN DEAL WITH THE UNTHINKABLE. THEY DAILY FACE SITUATIONS THAT CAN BE HARD TO PROCESS, IMPOSSIBLE TO FORGET. THE WORK OUR NATION'S LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS UNDERTAKE PUT INCREDIBLE STRAINS ON THEM, ON THEIR FAMILIES, PLACES THEM IN SITUATIONS THAT INCREASE THEIR CHANCES OF DEVELOPING MENTAL DISORDERS. BETWEEN 7% TO 19% OF POLICE OFFICERS HAVE SYMPTOMS OF PTSD. IN COMPARISON, ONLY 3.5% OF THE GENERAL POPULATION EXPERIENCE PTSD. FURTHERMORE, THE SUICIDE RATE FOR OUR NATION'S LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS IS DOUBLE THE RATE WHICH OFFICERS ARE KILLED BY VIOLENT FELONS. IN THE FIFTH DISTRICT OF INDIANA, BOONE COUNTY SHERIFF MIKE NIELSON DESPERATELY AND PUBLICLY PLEADED FOR A BETTER MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE AFTER HIS DAUGHTER, ALSO A POLICE OFFICER, TRIED TO TAKE HER OWN LIFE. SHE WAS STRUGGLING WITH PTSD AFTER RESPONDING TO A CASE INVOLVING THE MURDER OF A MOTHER AND HER 4-YEAR-OLD SON. OUR POLICE OFFICERS FACE A CULTURE OF SILENCE WHEN IT COMES TO MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES, AND WE KNOW THEY NEED BETTER ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES TO ALLOW THEM TO COPE WITH THESE HORRIFIC TYPES OF UNFORGETTABLE SITUATIONS. AS A FORMER DEPUTY MAYOR OF INDIANAPOLIS, RESPONSIBLE FOR PUBLIC SAFETY, I KNOW FIRSTHAND THE STRUGGLES OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY MEMBERS HAVE. THE POLICE DEPARTMENT BEGAN A PILOT PROGRAMS THAT PROVIDES MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES TO OFFICERS INCLUDING COUNSELING AND REFERRALS TO DOCTORS, PSYCHOLOGISTS, CLINICIANS TO GET THEM THE HELP THEY NEED. AND THAT PROGRAM ACTUALLY INSPIRED THIS BILL. RECOGNIZING THE TREMENDOUS WORK ALREADY BEEN DOING BY THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION AND THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE THAT HAVE DONE ON BEHALF OF OUR NATION'S SERVICE MEMBERS, THIS BILL WILL REQUIRE THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO CONSULT WITH THIS FEDERAL -- THE FEDERAL AGENCIES TO DETERMINE WHICH MENTAL HEALTH PRACTICES THEY DEVELOPED THAT WOULD BE MOST USEFUL IN THE LAW ENFORCEMENT SETTING. WE ALSO HAVE TO ENCOURAGE OUR OFFICERS TO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES WITH THEIR COLLEAGUES WHO CAN UNDERSTAND AND EMPATHIZE WITH THEM ABOUT THE TRAUMATIC EVENTS THEY EXPERIENCE WHILE SERVING IN THE LINE OF DUTY. TO THAT END, THIS BILL ESTABLISHES A GRANT PROGRAM WITHIN JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO ESTABLISH PEER MENTORING MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS PILOT PROGRAMS WITHIN STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT AFFECTS THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES AND WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES IN JOINING ME IN SUPPORTING THIS IMPORTANT PROPOSAL. OUR NATION'S LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ARE DUTY BOUND TO PROTECT AND SERVE, AND IT'S ONLY FAIR THAT WE WORK TO PROTECT THEM AS WELL FROM THE STRESS AND TRAUMA THAT THEY FACE TO KEEP OUR COMMUNITIES SAFE. WITH THAT I THANK YOU AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 05:37:51 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RESERVES. THE…

                                  THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS.

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                                • 05:37:57 PM

                                  MS. JACKSON LEE

                                  I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HER REMARKS, AND WE ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO…

                                  I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HER REMARKS, AND WE ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO BUILD THAT TRUST AND TO SAFELY SECURE THE COMMUNITY AND OUR OFFICERS. WITH THAT IN MIND, AS I INDICATED, MR. SPEAKER, I'M DELIGHTED TO BE ABLE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA WHO BRINGS TO THE UNITED STATES VERY IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTIONS AS THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE THESE VOICES ARE WELL NEEDED, IT IS CONGRESSWOMAN VAL DEMINGS WHO IS A FORMER CHIEF OF POLICE OF THE CITY OF ORLANDO, FLORIDA. I YIELD TO HER TWO MINUTES.

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                                • 05:38:26 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                                • 05:38:29 PM

                                  MRS. DEMINGS

                                  THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU SO MUCH TO THE GENTLELADY FROM…

                                  THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU SO MUCH TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS FOR BEING A LEADING VOICE ON THIS ISSUE. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS ACT WHICH I AM PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR WITH MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE REPRESENTATIVE SUSAN BROOKS FROM INDIANA. I ALSO WANT TO THANK ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR SUPPORT ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS RESPOND TO SOME OF THE MOST HORRIFIC SCENES AND SITUATIONS. AFTER 27 YEARS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT, HOW WELL I KNOW. THEY RESPOND WITHOUT REGARD TO THEIR OWN PERSONAL SAFETY AND THEY ARE THE THIN BLUE LINE THAT STANDS BETWEEN A SAFE PLACE AND THE DANGERS THAT LURK IN OUR SOCIETY. WE SHOULD ALL THANK GOD FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO PATROL OUR STREETS, OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, OUR BUSINESSES, OUR SCHOOLS, AND OUR HIGHWAYS TO KEEP US SAFE. BEING A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER IS NOT JUST WHAT THEY DO. IT'S WHO THEY ARE. ALL THE DANGERS, THE UNKNOWNS, THE GRAPHIC CRIME SCENES, SPLIT-SECOND LIFE AND DEATH DECISIONS, DON'T BE FOOLED. THERE IS NO OTHER JOB QUITE LIKE IT. THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT OF THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE SAID THIS, UNLIKE MANY OTHER PROFESSIONS, SOMETIMES YOU CAN'T LEAVE THE JOB AT THE OFFICE. MR. SPEAKER, AS A FORMER LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, I AM PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR THE LAW ENFORCEMENT MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS ACT. THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION WOULD ENSURE THAT AGENCIES ARE BETTER EQUIPPED AND OFFICERS HAVE THE RESOURCES NEEDED TO EFFECTIVELY DEAL WITH THE STRESS AND MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES ASSOCIATED WITH THE JOB. MR. SPEAKER, WHAT AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY WE HAVE TO PASS LEGISLATION TO PROTECT THE MENTAL HEALTH AND OVERALL WELL-BEING OF THE MEN AND WOMEN IN BLUE AS THEY CONTINUE --

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                                • 05:40:40 PM

                                  MS. JACKSON LEE

                                  I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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                                  MRS. DEMINGS

                                  THANK YOU SO MUCH. AS THEY CONTINUE TO PROTECT AND TAKE CARE OF US. WITH…

                                  THANK YOU SO MUCH. AS THEY CONTINUE TO PROTECT AND TAKE CARE OF US. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK. THANK YOU.

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                                • 05:40:48 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE…

                                  THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS.

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                                • 05:40:56 PM

                                  MS. JACKSON LEE

                                  MY PLEASURE NOW TO YIELD TO A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY…

                                  MY PLEASURE NOW TO YIELD TO A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, THE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND SENIOR MEMBER FROM NEW YORK, JERRY NADLER, FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                                • 05:41:10 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

                                • 05:41:13 PM

                                  MR. NADLER

                                  I FLIES STRONG SUPPORT OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS…

                                  I FLIES STRONG SUPPORT OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS ACT. THIS BILL WOULD TAKE A NUMBER OF STEPS TO HELP PROTECT THE MENTAL WELL-BEING OF THOSE TWO TAKE EXTRAORDINARY STEPS TO PROTECT ALL OF US. THE OFFICE OF COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING SERVICES AT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE REPORTS THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT HAS AN OCCUPATIONAL FATALITY RATE THREE TO FIVE TIMES HIGHER THAN THE NATIONAL AVERAGE FOR THE WORKING POPULATION. OFFICERS RESPOND TO HORRIBLE SITUATIONS THAT ARE DANGEROUS, STRESSFUL AND SOMETIMES LIFE THREATENING. IN ADDITION TO PROTECTING LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS FROM THE PHYSICAL HAZARDS ASSOCIATED WITH DOING THEIR DAILY JOBS, WE MUST ALSO DO MORE TO PROTECT THEM FROM THE MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL DIFFICULTIES RESULTING FROM THEIR WORK. THAT IS WHY I SUPPORT THIS BILL, WHICH WOULD INITIATE SEVERAL EFFORTS TO HELP THE MENTAL WELLNESS OF OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. THE BILL CALLS FOR THE COLLABORATION OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT, AND THE VETERANS AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT TO DETERMINE WHICH MENTAL HEALTH PRACTICES AND SERVICES FROM THE MILITARY AGENCIES MAY BE ADOPTED TO HELP CIVILIAN LAW ENFORCEMENT. THE BILL WOULD EXPAND THE ALLOWABLE USES OF EXISTING JUSTICE DEPARTMENT GRANTS TO INCLUDE ESTABLISHMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS PROGRAMS WITHIN STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES. THE BILL WOULD DIRECT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO DEVELOP EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS FOR MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS ABOUT THE CULTURE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES. AND FINALLY, THE BILL WOULD CONSIDER IMPROVEMENTS TO CRISIS HOTLINES TO BETTER SERVE THOSE IN LAW ENFORCEMENT WHO SEEK TO USE THEM. ALTHOUGH I AM PARTICULARLY PROUD OF NEW YORK'S FINEST, I AM GLAD THAT THIS BILL WILL HELP LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS IN EVERY JURISDICTION ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THEIR SERVICE CERTAINLY DESERVES THE ASSISTANCE THIS LEGISLATION WILL PROVIDE. THEREFORE, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL TODAY, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS.

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                                  MS. JACKSON LEE

                                  LET ME THANK THE TWO PRIOR SPEAKERS, CONGRESSWOMAN DEMINGS AND CONGRESSMAN…

                                  LET ME THANK THE TWO PRIOR SPEAKERS, CONGRESSWOMAN DEMINGS AND CONGRESSMAN NADLER, FOR VERY INSIGHTFUL, VERY IMPORTANT REMARKS ON THIS PARTICULAR LEGISLATION. I'D LIKE NOW TO YIELD TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN, AGAIN, FROM NEW JERSEY, SOMEONE WHO I KNOW HAS A PASSION FOR FIRST RESPONDERS, AS WE HAVE WORKED TOGETHER EVEN MORE CLOSELY AFTER THE HEINOUS TRAGEDY OF 9/11, I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN, MR. PASCRELL, THREE MINUTES, FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                                  MR. PASCRELL

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS. AND,…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS. AND, AGAIN, CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CHAIRMAN WHO HAS DISTINGUISHED HIMSELF IN LAW ENFORCEMENT SINCE HE'S BEEN HERE. AS THE CO-CHAIR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT CAUCUS AND AN ORIGINAL SPONSOR OF H.R. 2228, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT, OF THIS MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS ACT, AND I WANT TO JOIN WITH SO MANY OF THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE -- ARE SUPPORTING THIS. THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE, THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF POLICE OFFICERS, THE MAJOR COUNTY THIS WAS OF AMERICA, THE FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ASSOCIATION, THE NATIONAL DISTRICT ATTORNEYS ASSOCIATION, AND SERGEANTS BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION. I WAS PROUD TO HAVE WORKED WITH MY CO-CHAIR, DAVID REICHERT, AND REPRESENTATIVES SUSAN BROOKS, VAL DEMINGS, DOUG COLLINS ON THIS LEGISLATION FOR THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY. WE ALL AGREE THAT THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN LAW ENFORCEMENT PUT THEMSELVES IN DIFFICULT IF NOT DANGEROUS AND SOMETIMES LIFE-THREATENING SITUATIONS EVERY DAY. WE TEACH OFFICERS HOW TO HANDLE EVERY DIFFERENT SITUATION, WHETHER IT IS A DOMESTIC DISPUTE, WHETHER IT IS A HOSTAGE DISPUTE, OR ANY OTHER, BUT WE NEED TO THINK ABOUT THE OFFICER WHO COMES AWAY FROM THAT PARTICULAR EXPERIENCE WITH HIMSELF. . THAT'S ABOUT IT. GOES TOME WHO HIS FAMILY -- HOME TO HIS FAMILY. IT'S SLULETLY CRITICAL WE PROVIDE OUR -- ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL WE PROVIDE OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WITH ALL THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO EFFECTIVELY DO THEIR JOB. I'VE CONSISTENTLY FOUGHT FOR NEW EQUIPMENT, ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY TO PROVIDE PHYSICAL PROTECTION FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT WHEN THEY'RE ON DUTY. HOWEVER WE MUST ALSO ENSURE LAW ENFORCEMENT HAS THE RESOURCES AND SUPPORT AND TRAINING TO ADDRESS MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AS WELL. THE STRESSES ON LAW ENFORCEMENT HAVE CONTINUED TO GROW IN RECENT YEARS. THIS CAN HAVE A BIG IMPACT ON OFFICERS' PHYSICAL AND MENTAL WELL-BEING. THAT IS WHY OFFICER MENTAL WELLNESS NEEDS TO BE A PRIORITY FROM THE DAY OF HIRE TO THE DAY OF RETIRE. WE KNOW TOO MANY OFFICERS STRUGGLE WITH DEPRESSION, SUICIDAL THOUGHTS, POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER. AS CO-CHAIR OF THE TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, MYSELF AND DR. COLLINS, WHO IS THE REPUBLICAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, STARTED OUT 20 YEARS AGO, WE COULD FIT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN A TELEPHONE BOOTH. WE JUST ABOUT KNEW WHAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT. AND THAT HAS CHANGED HOW WE APPROACH OUR MILITARY FORCES ON THE FIELD.

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                                  MS. JACKSON LEE

                                  I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN 30 MORE SECONDS.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                  MS. JACKSON LEE

                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, LET ME AS WE KNOW THAT THEY DO. THEY MAY NOT YIELD TO IT.…

                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, LET ME AS WE KNOW THAT THEY DO. THEY MAY NOT YIELD TO IT. MAY NOT KNOW IT. GO RIGHT INTO SERVING WHETHER THEY ARE FIRE OR POLICE, THEY GO RIGHT INTO SERVING THE COMMUNITY. AND THEREFORE THIS LEGISLATION WILL BE ENORMOUSLY HELPFUL FOR THEM. THIS IS A GOOD FIRST STEP TO HELPING TO ENHANCE THE MENTAL HEALTH OR MENTAL WELL BEING OF OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. THESE OFFICERS ENDURE STRESSFUL EVENTS ON OUR BEHALF IN THE INTEREST OF PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITIES. WE WILL ALL BENEFIT FROM THE EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS LEGISLATION. THEREFORE I SUPPORT THIS BILL EVEN AS I ENCOURAGE US TO CONTINUE OUR WORK IN ADDITIONAL LEGISLATION TO HELP FOSTER BETTER COORDINATION BETWEEN OUR POLICE OFFICERS AND THE COMMUNITIES THEY SERVE. ONE FINAL POINT THAT I'VE LISTENED TO OFFICERS AND THEY HAVE SAID TO ME WITH ALL THEY DEAL WITH, COMING UPON A CIRCUMSTANCE WHERE A CHILD HAS BEEN INJURED OR KILLED IS ONE OF THE MOST DEVASTATING EXPERIENCES THEY HAVE HAD TO HAVE. JUST IMAGINE THAT THIS MENTAL HEALTH BILL WILL WORK ON ALL THE ISSUES THEY HAVE TO ADDRESS. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. WHICH IS THE LAW ENFORCEMENT MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS ACT, H.R. 2228. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLELADY

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                                  MR. GOODLATTE

                                  I WANT TO AGAIN THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM INDIANA, MRS. BROOKS, AND THE…

                                  I WANT TO AGAIN THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM INDIANA, MRS. BROOKS, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MRS. DEMINGS, FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. I WILL SAY AGAIN HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE THE WORK OF THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS ON A WHOLE HOST OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM ISSUES. AND IT'S MY HOPE THAT WE'LL MOVE A GREAT MANY OF THESE REFORMS THROUGH THIS HOUSE IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE. YOU CERTAINLY HAVE MY SUPPORT FOR WORKING TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO ACCOMPLISH THAT. THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION IS A GREAT STEP IN THAT DIRECTION. YOU CAN'T EXPECT LAW ENFORCEMENT TO KEEP ALL OF US SAFE, IF WE'RE NOT LOOKING OUT FOR THEIR MENTAL HEALTH, WHICH I CAN ONLY IMAGINE HOW STRESSFUL THE JOB IS. I'VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO SEVERAL RIDE-ALONGS OVER THE YEARS WITH POLICE OFFICERS IN MY DISTRICT AND THEY HAVE MY UTMOST RESPECT. I HOPE THAT EVERY MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE WILL VOTE FOR THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 05:51:37 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 2228, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS UNTIL APPROXIMATELY 6:30 P.M. TODAY.

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                                  TODAY.

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                                  SECRETARY TILLERSON

                                  YEARS HAVE PROVEN --. RECOGNITION?

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                                  MR. SPEAKER, I SEND TO THE DESK A PRIVILEGED REPORT FROM THE COMMITTEE ON…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I SEND TO THE DESK A PRIVILEGED REPORT FROM THE COMMITTEE ON RULES FOR FILING UNDER THE RULE.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

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                                  THE CLERK

                                  HOUSE RESOLUTION 631, PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 3017 TO…

                                  HOUSE RESOLUTION 631, PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 3017 TO AMEND THE COMPREHENSIVE ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSE LIABILITY ACT OF 1980 TO RE-AUTHORIZE AROUND IMPROVE THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES AND PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 3905, REQUIRE CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL OF ANY MINERAL WITHDRAWAL OR MONUMENT DESIGNATION INVOLVING THE NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM'S LAND AND THE STATE OF MINNESOTA TO PROVIDE FOR RENEWAL OF CERTAIN MINERAL LEASES IN SUCH LANDS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                • 06:30:30 PM

                                  TEMPORE REFERRED

                                  REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8…

                                  REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, PROCEEDINGS WILL RESUME ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES PRIESTLY POSTPONED. VOTES WILL BE TAKEN IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER. H.R. 2768 BY THE YEAS AND NAYS. H.R. 3115 BY THE YEAS AND NAYS. THE FIRST ELECTRONIC VOTE WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. REMAINING ELECTRONIC VOTES WILL BE CUBBLINGTED AS FIVE-MINUTE VOTES. -- CONDUCTED AS FIVE-MINUTE VOTES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. TIPTON, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2768 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                  THE CLERK

                                  BILL TO DESIGNATE CERTAIN MONUMENT PEAKS IN THE STATE OF COLORADO AS…

                                  BILL TO DESIGNATE CERTAIN MONUMENT PEAKS IN THE STATE OF COLORADO AS FOWLER PEAK AND BOSKOFF PEAK.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE…

                                  MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE YEAS ARE 409, THE ZEROS. THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND WITHOUT…

                                  THE YEAS ARE 409, THE ZEROS. THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. TIPTON, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3115. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                  THE CLERK

                                  H.R. 3115, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR LAND EXCHANGE INVOLVING FEDERAL LAND IN…

                                  H.R. 3115, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR LAND EXCHANGE INVOLVING FEDERAL LAND IN THE SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST ACQUIRED BY THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  WILL THE HOUSE PASS THE BILL. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY…

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

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 310 THE NAYS ARE 97. 2/3 BEING IN THE…

                                  ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 310 THE NAYS ARE 97. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE --

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  ON THIS VET, THE YEAS ARE 309. THE NAYS ARE 99. 2/3 BEING IN THE…

                                  ON THIS VET, THE YEAS ARE 309. THE NAYS ARE 99. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TONIGHT --

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN IS…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                • 07:07:11 PM

                                  MR. PAULSEN

                                  RISE TO CONGRATULATE THE EDEN PRAIRIE BOYS' FOOTBALL TEAM FOR WINNING…

                                  RISE TO CONGRATULATE THE EDEN PRAIRIE BOYS' FOOTBALL TEAM FOR WINNING THEIR 11TH MINNESOTA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP THIS WEEK. THE EAGLES PREVAILED 38-17 IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHUP THEY FINISHED THEIR 2017 SEASON WITH AN UNDEFEATED 13-0 RECORD. THEY WERE LED BY SENIOR RUNNING BACK SOLO FALINIKO WHO RUSHED FOR 49 YARDS ON 22 CARRIES, AS WELL AS ANTONIO MONTERO. IT TAKES COMMITMENT, PERSEVERANCE AND HARD WORK TO BECOME STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS. IT'S EVEN MORE IMPRESSIVE WHEN YOU CONSIDER THAT THESE SCHOOL ATHLETES BALANCE SCHOOL AND EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES WITH THEIR ATHLETICS. I CONGRATULATE THE PLAYERS, COACHES, AND FANS ON YOUR STATE TITLE. OUR GIRE COMMUNITY IS PROUD OF YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENT. GO EAGLES.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO PLEASE TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. FOR…

                                  MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO PLEASE TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                  MR. SPEAKER, I MET WITH A GROUP OF ENGINEERING AND NURSING STUDENTS AT…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I MET WITH A GROUP OF ENGINEERING AND NURSING STUDENTS AT RUTGERS.

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                                  MR. PAYNE

                                  THEY HAVE WORKED HARD TO GET AN EDUCATION TO HELP COMMUNITIES IN NEED. BUT…

                                  THEY HAVE WORKED HARD TO GET AN EDUCATION TO HELP COMMUNITIES IN NEED. BUT THEY CAME TO THE NATION'S CAPITOL HELPING FOR -- ASKING FOR HELP ONLY CONGRESS CAN PROVIDE. SEE, THESE BRIGHT YOUNG MINDS ARE NOT U.S. CITIZENS, THEY ARE WHAT WE CALL DREAMERS. AND EACH DAY THAT PASSES WITHOUT CONGRESS VOTING ON THE DREAM ACT DARKENS THEIR FUTURES. LIKE THE 20,000 OTHER DREAMERS IN MY DISTRICT. THESE ARE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO FEAR THEY'LL BE DETAINED AND DEPORTED TO PLACES THEY'VE NEVER SEEN OR KNOWN BEFORE. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS SUPPOSED TO BE A TIME OF JOY AND CELEBRATION, NOT FEAR AND UNCERTAINTY. I IMPLORE MY COLLEAGUES TO HONOR THE WISHES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND DO THE RIGHT THING BY HISTORY. LET US FINALLY PASS THE DREAM ACT. I YIELD BACK.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                  THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                  MR. POE

                                  MR. SPEAKER, AS MOST OF US WERE SITTING DOWN FOR OUR THANKSGIVING MEAL…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, AS MOST OF US WERE SITTING DOWN FOR OUR THANKSGIVING MEAL WITH OUR TURKEY AND DRESSING, THERE WAS AN EMPTY CHAIR AT THE MARTINEZ HOME BECAUSE JUST A FEW DAYS BEFORE THANKSGIVING, 36-YEAR-OLD TEXAS BORDER PATROL AGENT ROGELIO MARTINEZ WAS KILLED MANNING TEXAS' OFTEN VIOLENT SOUTHERN BORDER. INITIAL REPORTS INDICATE MARTINEZ AND HIS PARTNER WERE AMBUSHED BY A GROUP OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ATTEMPTING TO CROSS INTO THE UNITED STATES. THE ILLEGALS BEGAN THROWING ROCKS, HITTING THE TWO OFFICERS OVER AND OVER AGAIN. BOTH AGENTS SUFFERED BROKEN BONES AND MAJOR HEAD TRAUMA. MARTINEZ'S PARTNER IS STILL IN THE HOSPITAL IN CRITICAL CONDITION. AGENT MARTINEZ WAS KILLED BY THOSE SPEAK -- SEEKING TO ENTER THE UNITED STATES ILLEGALLY BY WHATEVER MEANS POSSIBLE, ULTIMATELY BY KILLING HIM. THE F.B.I. IS STILL INVESTIGATING THE HOMICIDE AND SEEKS TO BRING THOSE RESPONSIBLE TO JUSTICE. ROCK THROWERS ARE NOT THAT UNCOMMON ON THE TEXAS-MEXICO BORDER. SINCE 2003, 39 BORDER PATROL AGENTS HAVE BEEN KILLED WHILE ON PATROL. OUR AGENTS ARE OUTMANNED, OUTGUNNED AND SOMETIMES OUTFINANCED BY THE DRUG CARTELS TRYING TO ENTER THE UNITED STATES. OUR BORDER PROTECTORS DESERVE OUR TOTAL ADMIRATION AND SUPPORT SO WE MOURN THE LOSS OF BORDER AGENT MARTINEZ. MAY GOD BLESS HIS FAMILY. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                  MINUTE.

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                                  MR. KRISHNA MOOR THEE

                                  KRISHNA MOOR THEE: --

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                                  MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

                                  82,000 MIDDLE INCOME HOUSEHOLDS WOULD SEE A TAX INCREASE BUT THE DAMAGE OF…

                                  82,000 MIDDLE INCOME HOUSEHOLDS WOULD SEE A TAX INCREASE BUT THE DAMAGE OF THE SENATE PLAN GOES BEYOND THAT IT COULD CUT MEDICAID BY $1.5 TRILLION NEXT YEAR ALONE, ADD $1.4 BILLION TO THE DEFICIT AND LEAVE MILLIONS MORE WITHOUT HEALTH COVERAGE. THOSE KEEPING THEIR HEALTH CARE WOULD SEE THEIR PREMIUMS JUMP BY 10% PER YEAR FOR THE NEXT DECADE. REPUBLICAN SENATORS HAVE SPOKEN OUT AGAINST THIS BILL AND THE TRUTH IS WE ALL SHOULD. I YIELD BACK.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  MEMBERS ARE YET AGAIN REMINDED TO PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM…

                                  MEMBERS ARE YET AGAIN REMINDED TO PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                  MR. SPEAKER, IT FIRST HAPPENED IN 1975 IN 1976, 1977, 1992.

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                                  MR. OLSON

                                  NOVEMBER 18, 2017, TWO WEEKS AGO. THE BEEVILLE BLUE JAYS WON THE TEXAS…

                                  NOVEMBER 18, 2017, TWO WEEKS AGO. THE BEEVILLE BLUE JAYS WON THE TEXAS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. ONE WORD DESCRIBE OURS BLUE JAYS, DOMINATION. THEY SWEPT ONE OF 22 SETS. ALL OF TEXAS 22 IS PROUD OF OUR COACHES, THE STARS WHO TOOK US ON THE DRIVE FOR FIVE, JANSEN, SYDNEY, HADEN, MCKENZIE. SAMANTHA, ANNIE. MAISON. EVAN. MR. SPEAKER, GET READY NUMBER SIX IS COMING IN 2018. GO BLUE JAYS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                  MR. TONKO

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO CONGRATULATE THE FLYING HORSES OF TROY,…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO CONGRATULATE THE FLYING HORSES OF TROY, HIGH -- TROY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL FOR AN EXTRAORDINARY ACHIEVEMENT, WINNING A SECOND CONSECUTIVE NEW YORK STATE PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION CLASS A.A. STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. TROY'S FLYING HORSES ARE THE FIRST TEAM, FIRST TEAM IN SECTION II HISTORY TO ACCOMPLISH BACK-TO-BACK UNDEFEATED SEASONS AND STATE CHAMPIONSHIP WINS. THEY ARE 41-26 CHAMPIONSHIP WINS THIS PAST SUNDAY OVER AN IMPRESSIVE LANCASTER LEGENDS TEAM SHOWED THE DEDICATION AND THE HEART OF EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THE PLAYERS, THEIR FAMILIES AND THEIR COACH, THEIR SUPERCOACH, BOBBY BURNS. ON BEHALF OF COUNTLESS PROUD FANS AND SUPPORTERS THROUGHOUT NEW YORK STATE'S CAPITAL REGION, I WISH THE PLAYERS GREAT SUCCESS IN ALL OF THEIR FUTURE ENDEAVORS. I AGAIN CONGRATULATE THEM AND ABSOLUTE THEIR PASSION, THEIR DEAD -- SALUTE THEIR PASSION, THEIR DEDICATION AND THEIR SPORTSMANSHIP. THEY ARE INDEED AN INSPIRATION TO ALL OF US. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK AND THANK YOU.

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                                • 07:16:30 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                                • 07:16:38 PM

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                                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MR. LARRY HANSON'S 42 YEARS OF…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MR. LARRY HANSON'S 42 YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE, INCLUDING 22 YEARS AS THE LONGEST SERVING CITY MANAGER OF A CITY IN GEORGIA. MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL SAY THAT APPOINTING MR. HANSON FOR CITY MANAGER WAS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENTS IN RECENT HISTORY OF THE COMMUNITY.

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                                • 07:17:03 PM

                                  MR. CARTER

                                  ONE OF MR. HANSON'S FIRST INITIATIVES AFTER BECOMING CITY MANAGER WAS TO…

                                  ONE OF MR. HANSON'S FIRST INITIATIVES AFTER BECOMING CITY MANAGER WAS TO HIRE A NEW POLICE CHIEF, A FIRE CHIEF, A CITY ENGINEER AND REORGANIZE THE ENTIRE CITY MARSHALL OFFICE. A TESTAMENT TO HIS EFFORTS, HE RECEIVED COUNTLESS AWARDS, INCLUDING OUTSTANDING PUBLIC OFFICIAL AND GEORGIA TREND MAGAZINE EXCELLENCE IN PUBLIC SERVICE. ON DECEMBER 8, MR. HANSON WILL OFFICIALLY RETIRE FROM HIS POSITION AS THE CITY MANAGER. THE NEXT CITY MANAGER WILL CERTAINLY HAVE LARGE SHOES TO FILL. IN MR. HANSON'S NEXT MOVE, HE WILL BECOME THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR THE GEORGIA MUNICIPAL ASSOCIATION, OVERSEEING 500 GEORGIA CITIES, WHICH I AM SURE WILL BENEFIT FROM HIS ASSISTANCE. LARRY, CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE AND BEST WISHES FOR YOUR FUTURE ENDEAVORS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 07:17:59 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                                • 07:18:03 PM

                                  MR. THOMPSON

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

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

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                                • 07:18:09 PM

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                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                                • 07:18:12 PM

                                  MR. THOMPSON

                                  MR. SPEAKER, TODAY IS GIVING TUESDAY, A GLOBAL DAY DEDICATED TO GIVING…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, TODAY IS GIVING TUESDAY, A GLOBAL DAY DEDICATED TO GIVING BACK. LAST WEEK WE CELEBRATED THANKSGIVING AND FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY GATHERED TO CELEBRATE AND GIVE THANKS FOR ALL THEIR BLESSINGS. TODAY ON THE NATIONAL DAY OF GIVING, MANY COME TOGETHER FOR A COMMON PURPOSE, TO CELEBRATE GENEROSITY AND TO GIVE. GIVING TUESDAY KICKS OFF THE CHARITABLE SEASON WHEN MANY FOCUS ON THEIR HOLIDAY AND END OF YEAR GIVING TO WORTHY CAUSES. CHARITABLE GIVING IS A FORCE FOR GOOD. WHICH IS WHY THE TAX REFORM PACKAGE APPROVED BY THE HOUSE MAINTAINS THIS IMPORTANT DEDUCTION. CHARITIES, FAMILIES, BUSINESSES, COMMUNITY CENTERS AND PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD WILL LEND THEIR TIME OR THEIR PERSONAL RESOURCES OF PHILANTHROPIC EFFORTS ACROSS THE NATION. GIVING TUESDAY ALSO BRINGS TOGETHER THE COLLECTIVE POWER OF A UNIQUE BLEND OF PARTNERS, NONPROFITS, CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS, BUSINESSES AND CORPORATIONS, AS WELL AS FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS TO ENCOURAGE AND AMPLIFY SMALL ACTS OF KINDNESS. AS A GLOBAL MOVEMENT, GIVING TUESDAY UNITES COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD BY SHARING OUR CAPACITY TO CARE FOR AND EMPOWER ONE ANOTHER. THAT'S SOMETHING WE CAN ALL CELEBRATE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 07:19:29 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A HARDWORKING AND OUTSTANDING…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A HARDWORKING AND OUTSTANDING CONSTITUENT OF THE 22ND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT WHO HAS JUST QUALIFIED FOR HER FOURTH CONSECUTIVE WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES.

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                                • 07:19:56 PM

                                  MS. TENNEY

                                  HAMLET IN OWE INSIDEA COUNTY KNOWN AS -- OWE NIGHTA COUNTY -- OWE INSIDEA…

                                  HAMLET IN OWE INSIDEA COUNTY KNOWN AS -- OWE NIGHTA COUNTY -- OWE INSIDEA COUNTY KNOWN AS -- ONEIDA COUNTY KNOWN AS REMSON. ERIN EARNED A REMARKABLE GOLD MEDAL. AT THE 2014 SOCHI WINTER OLYMPICS, SHE BECAME THE FIRST AMERICAN EVER, EVER, BOTH MALE AND FEMALE, TO MEDAL IN A SINGLES COMPETITION WHERE SHE BROUGHT HOME THE BRONZE FOR TEAM U.S.A. NEXT YEAR ERIN WILL REPRESENT TEAM U.S.A. IN THE 2018 WINTER OLYMPICS IN SOUTH KOREA BY AGAIN COMPETING IN SINGLES LUGE. PLEASE JOIN ME IN WISHING THE BEST OF LUCK TO OUR HOMETOWN ROCK STAR, ERIN HAMLIN AND ALL OF TEAM U.S.A. NEXT YEAR CONSCIOUS IN NEXT YEAR'S WINTER OLYMPICS IN SOUTH KOREA. I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 07:20:55 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS.

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                                  THE CLERK

                                  LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. LUCAS OF OKAFOR TODAY AND TOMORROW, AND…

                                  LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. LUCAS OF OKAFOR TODAY AND TOMORROW, AND -- OAK LA HOMEA FOR TODAY AND TOM AND MR. STIVERS FROM TODAY THROUGH THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30.

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                                • 07:21:12 PM

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                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. UNDER P UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED…

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. UNDER P UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. HOYER, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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                                • 07:21:38 PM

                                  MR. HOYER

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO TALK ABOUT A BILL THAT POSES A GREAT…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO TALK ABOUT A BILL THAT POSES A GREAT DANGER TO OUR COUNTRY. AND A GREAT DANGER TO OUR PEOPLE. PARTICULARLY OUR PEOPLE WHO ARE STRUGGLING, WHO ARE LIVING FROM PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK. BECAUSE THIS BILL, CONTRARY TO THE ASSERTION OF OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES, WILL NOT HELP THEM. AND WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT THAT. I NOW WANT TO YIELD TO THE SENIOR MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, MY FRIEND, CONGRESSMAN LEVIN.

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                                • 07:22:15 PM

                                  MR. LEVIN

                                  THANK YOU VERY MUCH. OUR WHIP, TRYING TO WHIP SOME COMMON SENSE INTO THIS…

                                  THANK YOU VERY MUCH. OUR WHIP, TRYING TO WHIP SOME COMMON SENSE INTO THIS DEBATE. I WANTED TO FOCUS ON THE CLAIMS OF THE REPUBLICANS THAT THIS IS A MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT. YOU KNOW, HALLOWEEN IS OVER. BUT THE MASKS OF THE REPUBLICANS, THOSE MASKS ARE STILL ON. AND I THINK THE LARGEST ONE AND THE MOST DANGEROUS IS THE CLAIM THAT THIS IS A MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT. I JUST WANT TO QUOTE, MR. WHIP, THE PRESIDENT. IT'S A TAX BILL FOR MIDDLE CLASS. AGAIN, THE PRESIDENT. WE WILL CUT TAXES TREMENDOUSLY FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS, NOT JUST A LITTLE BIT, BUT TREMENDOUSLY. THE SPEAKER, THE FOCUS IS ON MIDDLE CLASS TAX RELIEF, ALL OF THESE ARE IN QUOTES. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, THE TRUTH IS, THIS WHOLE TAX REFORM IS DESIGNED FOR MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES THAT ARE WORKING SO HARD AND THAT MAIN STREET BUSINESS THAT'S WORKING SO HARD. THE MAJORITY LEADER IN THE SENATE, TO KEEP GROWING AGAIN, LIKE WE NEED THIS TO DO, TO GET JOBS AND OPPORTUNITY, SIGNIFICANT TAX RELIEF FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. MR. MNUCHIN, ON THE PERSONAL TAX SIDE, MIDDLE INCOME PEOPLE ARE GETTING CUTS AND RICH PEOPLE ARE GETTING VERY LITTLE CUTS, OR IN CERTAIN CASES INCREASES, UNDER THE REPUBLICAN BILL. MR. MNUCHIN AGAIN, ANY REDUCTIONS WE HAVE IN UPPER INCOME TAXES WILL BE OFFSET BY LESS DEDUCTIONS SO THERE WILL BE NO ABSOLUTE TAX CUT FOR THE UPPER CLASS. SENATOR HATCH, TAX REFORM WILL PROVIDE RELIEF AND BIGGER PAYCHECKS. AGAIN, ALL OF THIS IS IN QUOTES. TO LOW AND MIDDLE INCOME FAMILIES. MAKE AMERICA A BETTER PLACE TO START AND GROW A BUSINESS. AND ALLOW AMERICAN BUSINESSES TO COMPETE IN THE GLOBAL MARKETPLACE. THE JOINT TAX COMMITTEE AND OTHER ENTITIES HAVE SHOWN THAT THIS IS NOT AT ALL A MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT. THE MAIN BENEFICIARIES ARE THE VERY, VERY WEALTHY. AND ALSO IN TERMS OF THE PASS-THROUGH, THERE'S SO MUCH TALK THAT THIS WILL HELP THE SMALL BUSINESS PERSON. THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS THAT MOST, THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE BENEFITS FOR PASS-THROUGHS IS GOING TO GO TO THE VERY WEALTHY. SO, MR. HOYER, YOU HAVE BEEN TAKING THE LEAD ON THIS AND I SALUTE YOU. AND I JUST WANT TO CLOSE BY SAYING ONE THING ABOUT THE DEFICIT. YOU KNOW, I DON'T THINK THEY CALLED YOU A DEFICIT HAWK. BECAUSE YOU ALWAYS WANTED A BALANCE. AND YOU ALWAYS SAID, LOOK, DEFICITS BY THEMSELVES AREN'T THE ONLY ISSUE. BUT THEY'RE DEEPLY RELEVANT. AND YOU AND I HAVE STOOD TOGETHER WITH OTHERS WHEN BILLS CAME UP WHICH SEEMED SO ATTRACTIVE, BUT WERE UNPAID FOR . HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. WE SAID TO THE REPUBLICANS, AND ANYONE WHO VOTED WITH THEM, YOU'RE INCREASING THE DEFICIT AND IT'S VERY RISKY. WELL, AS TRUE AS THAT MAY HAVE BEEN, AND YOU AND I THOUGHT IT WAS SOME YEARS AGO, OR LAST YEAR INCLUDED, IT'S NOW EVEN MORE RELEVANT AND MORE DANGEROUS. BECAUSE HERE WE HAVE A PROPOSAL IN THE HOUSE AND IT'S GOING TO BE DUPLICATED IN THE SENATE. IT'S GOING TO INCREASE THE DEFICIT AT LEAST $1.5 TRILLION. AND THE NOTION IS IT WILL BE TAKEN CARE OF BY GROWTH. SO I CLOSE BY SAYING MAYBE THAT'S THE SECOND BIGGEST HALLOWEEN MASK ON THE BILL HERE AND IN THE SENATE. THE NOTION, DON'T WORRY ABOUT TAX LOSSES ALL OF A SUDDEN, DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE DEFICIT INCREASING. BECAUSE GROWTH WILL TAKE CARE OF IT. WE'VE SEEN THAT MASK BEFORE AND I JUST WANTED TO JOIN YOU, BUT ALSO TO SALUTE YOU FOR YOUR DEDICATED, YOUR ENDLESS DETERMINATION TO REALLY TALK SENSE AND TALK THE TRUTH. THANK YOU FOR YIELDING TO ME.

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                                • 07:27:01 PM

                                  MR. HOYER

                                  GENTLEMAN FOR HIS KIND COMMENTS AND FOR THE INFORMATION HE GAVE. AS A…

                                  GENTLEMAN FOR HIS KIND COMMENTS AND FOR THE INFORMATION HE GAVE. AS A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, HE'S, I THINK, AS KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THESE TAX CUTS AS ANYONE CAN BE. SO I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR JOINING US THIS IN -- IN THIS EFFORT TO EDUCATE OUR FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES AND THE AMERICAN PUBLIC ON THE CONSEQUENCES OF THIS BILL.

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                                • 07:27:27 PM

                                  MR. LEVIN

                                  AND WE'LL KEEP DOING IT. NOW YOU'RE GOING TO YIELD TO ANOTHER CHAMPION,…

                                  AND WE'LL KEEP DOING IT. NOW YOU'RE GOING TO YIELD TO ANOTHER CHAMPION, HOW MANY YEARS HAVE WE WORKED ON THESE ISSUES? DON'T SAY, IT'S A LONG TIME.

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                                • 07:27:37 PM

                                  MR. HOYER

                                  I NOW WANT TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM CONNECTICUT, THE FORMER CHAIRMAN OF…

                                  I NOW WANT TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM CONNECTICUT, THE FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, AND ONE OF THE VERY SENIOR MEMBERS OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, WHO HAS BEEN VERY FOCUSED ON SOUND TAX POLICY, ON POLICY TO SAVE SOCIAL SECURITY FOR GENERATIONS YET TO COME, AND WHO IS ONE OF THE MORE RESPONSIBLE LEADERS IN THIS HOUSE, AND I YIELD TO MY FRIEND, JOHN LARSON.

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                                • 07:34:35 PM

                                  MR. HOYER

                                  I THANK VERY MUCH THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT FOR HIS COMMENTS,…

                                  I THANK VERY MUCH THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT FOR HIS COMMENTS, PARTICULARLY HIGHLIGHTING HOW THE MAJORITY PARTY CONSIDERING THIS LEGISLATION CUT OUT THE PUBLIC ENTIRELY. SPEAKER RYAN, WHEN HE TOOK THE SPEAKERSHIP, TALKED ABOUT TRANSPARENCY AND REGULAR ORDER. TALKED ABOUT DOING THINGS SO THAT PEOPLE WOULD KNOW WHAT WE'RE DOING. NOT ONLY WERE THERE NO HEARINGS IN THE HOUSE, NOT ONLY WERE THERE NO WITNESSES IN THE HOUSE, AS THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS, THERE WERE NO HEARINGS IN THE SENATE. THERE WERE NO WITNESSES IN THE SENATE. AND IN A SHORT TIME FRAME, THE REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO PASS A MASSIVE INCREASE IN THE NATIONAL DEBT. SO THAT IN EFFECT AS THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS THEY SAY THEY'RE CUTTING TAXES. I'M GOING TO TALK ABOUT HOW THAT'S NOT REALLY TRUE. PARTICULARLY FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. IT'S NOT TRUE. BUT THEY ARE SUBSTANTIALLY RAISING TAXES ON EVERY ONE OF THE CHILDREN IN THIS COUNTRY WHO WILL BECOME MORE INDEBTED AND IN THEIR TIME WILL HAVE TO PAY BACK THE MONEY THAT IS BORROWED THAT IS BORROWED TO GIVE THIS TAX CUT. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIGHLIGHTING THOSE IMPORTANT FACTS AND THANK HIM FOR HIS SERVICE ON THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE. MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE SUBJECT OF MY SPECIAL ORDER.

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                                • 07:36:19 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                  MR. HOYER

                                  AND THE SUBJECT OF MY SPECIAL ORDER AS WE HAVE SEEN IS THE DANGEROUS, VERY…

                                  AND THE SUBJECT OF MY SPECIAL ORDER AS WE HAVE SEEN IS THE DANGEROUS, VERY DANGEROUS, TAX BILL THAT THIS HOUSE PASSED AND THAT THE SENATE IS NOW CONSIDERING. IN FACT, OF COURSE, THE SENATE BILL IS WORSE THAN THE HOUSE BILL IF ONE CAN IMAGINE THAT. ON NOVEMBER 16, THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IN THIS HOUSE PASSED BILL TO RAISE TAXES ON 36 MILLION MIDDLE CLASS HOUSEHOLDS AND PLACE OUR COUNTRY ANOTHER $1.7 TRILLION, YOU'LL HEAR $1.5 TRILLION, YO UL HEAR $1.7 TRILLION, WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE? THE DIFFERENCE IS ABOUT $200 BILLION THAT WE WILL PAY IN INTEREST TO OTHERS TO AFFECT THIS TAX CUT. NOT ONLY THE $1.5 TRILLION IMMEDIATELY IMPACTED BY THE TAX CUT ITSELF, IT WILL BE THE $200 BILLION ADDITIONAL THAT WE'LL HAVE TO PAY TO BORROW THE MONEY TO GET THE TAX CUT. AND AS I'M GOING TO POINT OUT, GIVE THAT TAX CUT ESSENTIALLY FOR THE MOST PART TO THE WEALTHIEST ENTERPRISES IN AMERICA. 227 REPUBLICANS VOTED TO DO THAT TO THEIR CONSTITUENTS. EVERY SINGLE DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE WHO WAS PRESENT JOINED BY 13 REPUBLICANS WHO DID WHAT, IN MY OPINION, MANY OF THEIR COLLEAGUES WANTED TO DO BUT FOR POLITICAL REASONS, NOT POLICY REASONS, CHOSE NOT TO DO. THEY DID SO, MR. SPEAKER, FOLLOWING IMPASSIONED REMARKS BY THE MAJORITY LEADER MCCARTHY AND SPEAKER RYAN. BOTH ADDRESSED THIS HOUSE. AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND CLAIMED TO BE PUSHING THESE TAX BILLS IN ORDER TO HELP THE WORKING PEOPLE OF OUR COUNTRY. A WORTHY OBJECTIVE. AN IMPORTANT OBJECTIVE. AND PERHAPS ONE COULD JUSTIFY THIS EXTRAORDINARY ESCALATION OF THE NATIONAL DEBT, THE LARGEST INCREASE IN THE NATIONAL DEBT OF ANY SINGLE BILL THAT HAS BEEN PASSED. THEY CITED STRUGGLING FAMILIES AND THE NEED TO PROVIDE A LEG UP TO THOSE IN OUR MIDDLE CLASS. THOSE, OF COURSE, ARE VERY RESONANT MESSAGES. VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGES. FRANKLY, WE OUGHT TO BE TALKING ABOUT HOW WE CREATE JOBS, NOT DEBT. BUT THEY'RE BEING IMPLORED TO SELL A TAX PLAN THAT WOULD EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT THEY SAY. IN HIS SPEECH ON THE FLOOR, SPEAKER RYAN LAMENTED, AND I'M QUOTING, 7 % OF OUR WORKERS IN THIS COUNTRY TODAY ARE LIVING PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK. INSTEAD OF THINKING ABOUT GETTING AHEAD, FAMILIES ARE STRUGGLING JUST TO GET BY. HE'S RIGHT ABOUT THAT. AND HE IS RIGHT TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT THAT. WHAT HE IS WRONG IN IS HIS RESPONSE. THOSE LIVING PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK WILL BE THE ONES HURT THE MOST BY THIS TAX SCAM. LET ME REPEAT THAT. THE SPEAKER TALKS ABOUT THOSE HIING PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK. THAT CONCERN IS AN ABSOLUTE LEGITIMATE CONCERN FOR EVERY ONE OF US IN THIS HOUSE AN EVERY MEMBER OF THE SENATE. UNFORTUNATELY, HE IS OFFERED -- HE HAS OFFERED A BILL, HOWEVER THAT WILL HURT THE VERY ONES HE SAYS THAT HE WANTS TO PROTECT. THEY WILL SEE THEIR TAXES GO UP OVER THE NEXT DECADE. IN THAT SAME PERIOD, AS MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES ARE STRUGGLING TO GET BY, THEY'LL WATCH THE WEALTHIEST GET FARTHER AND FARTHER AHEAD. THIS IS NOT ABOUT CLASS WARFARE. THIS IS ABOUT A JUDGMENT, WHO NEEDS HELP WHO NEEDS LIFTING UP? HE TALKED ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO NEED LIFTING UP. THE PROBLEM IS, HE DIDN'T LIFT THEM UP. THEY'LL WATCH THE WEALTHY BE LIFTED UP. AND THEY'RE VERY HIGH RIGHT NOW. GOD BLESS THEM. WHY, I ASK, WOULD THE REPUBLICAN TAX PLAN TAKE $1.7 TRILLION AWAY FROM OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN AND GIVE 62% OF IT TO THE TOP 1%. MR. SPEAKER, THE SALESPEOPLE GET IT. PEOPLE THINK THIS BILL IS NOT GOING TO HELP THEM. THAT'S WHAT POLLS SHOW. AND THEY'RE RIGHT. UNDER THE REPUBLICAN PLAN, IT'S WEALTHY INDIVIDUALS LIKE DONALD TRUMP WHO WIN AND REGULAR WORKING AMERICANS AND OUR MIDDLE CLASS WHO ARE TRYING TO GET AHEAD WHO LOSE. HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERS CAJOLE THEIR MEMBERS, CAJOLED IS A VERY POLITE WORD. THEY PRESSURED THAT ESCARED THEIR MEMBER THEY SAID IF YOU DON'T PASS THIS BILL YOU'RE GOING TO LOSE THIS ELECTION. NOT BECAUSE THE PEOPLE ARE FOR IT BUT BECAUSE AS ONE MEMBER SAID FROM NEW YORK, THEIR DOE NORS DEMANDED IT. -- THEIR DONORS DEMANDED IT. THEY URGED THEIR MEMBERS TO VOTE FOR A FLAWED BILL MANY OF THEM DID NOT WANT AND NONE OF THEM BELIEVE WOULD BECOME LAW. THEY DID THAT SO THEY COULD HAND THE REINS TO THE SENATE TO SEND BACK A VERSION NO ONE HAD YET READ OR CONTEMPLATED. THEY PUT THEIR HOUSE MAJORITY ON THE HOOK. TO ACCEPT WHATEVER THE SENATE WOULD PASS. WORD FOR WORD. WE'LL SEE WHETHER THEY DO THAT. THAT SENATE BILL THAT'S NOW BEING CONSIDERED WOULD DEEPLY HARM MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES. PARTICULARLY THOSE IN CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHERE MORE TAXPAYERS CHOOSE TO DEDUCT THEIR STATE AND LOCAL TAXES. LIKE MY STATE AND OTHER STATES. DOZENS OF HOUSE REPUBLICANS FROM SUCH DISTRICTS VOTED ENTHUSIASTICALLY TO MOVE THE PROCESS ALONG. IN OTHER WORDS, THEY VOTED AGAINST THEIR TAXPAYERS. AND FOR THEIR PARTY. PARTY BF PEOPLE. TO MOVE IT ALONG BY SUPPORTING THE HOUSE TAX BILL WITH A PROMISE THAT IT WOULD BE IMPROVED IN THE SENATE. THESE MEMBERS WOULD BE ASKED TO MAKE FURTHER CONCESSIONS AGAINST THE INTERESTS OF THEIR CONSTITUENTS TO VOTE FOR THE SENATE BILL, WERE IT TO COME TO THIS FLOOR. BECAUSE IT IS WORSE FOR THEIR CONSTITUENTS. NOT BETTER. THAT'S NOT HOW THE CONGRESS IS SUPPOSED TO WORK, MR. SPEAKER. THAT'S NOT REGULAR ORDER. THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS AND AMERICAN BUSINESSES SEEKING TO GROW OUR ECONOMY HAVE BEEN ASKING CONGRESS TO ENACT TAX REFORM THAT'S BIPARTISAN AND PERMANENT. YOU HEARD MR. LARSON TALKING ABOUT THE 1986 BILL. IT WAS A BILL THAT WAS WORKED OUT BETWEEN PRESIDENT REAGAN, SPEAKER TIP O'NEILL, CHAIRMAN DAN RASTAKOSKI, A MEMBER OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY FROM ILLINOIS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE A REPUBLICAN. REPUBLICAN BILLS IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE CAN BE CALLED NEITHER BIPARTISAN NOR PERMANENT. SO WHAT CAN WE CALL IT? IN HIS FLOOR REMARKS BEFORE THE VOTE ON THE HOUSE BILL, SPEAKER RYAN CALLED IT, QUOTE, THE SINGLE BIGGEST THING WE CAN DO TO GROW THE ECONOMY, TO RESTORE OPPORTUNITY, AND TO HELP MIDDLE INCOME FAMILIES THAT ARE STRUGGLING. THAT'S NOT TRUE, MR. SPEAKER. HOWEVER, IT IS THE SINGLE BIGGEST THING WE CAN DO TO PUT OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN FURTHER INTO DEBT. I HAVE URGED SO -- I HAVE HEARD SO MANY OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES STAND ON THIS FLOOR AND SAY, WE CANNOT SPEND THIS MONEY BECAUSE OUR CHILDREN WILL HAVE TO PAY THE BILL. AND THEY'RE RIGHT. WE HAVE A PAY-FOR PROBLEM, MR. SPEAKER. WE OUGHT TO BE PAYING FOR WHAT WE BUY. HERE, WE'RE NOT PAYING. WE'RE BORROWING $1.5 TRILLION, AS I SAID EARLIER, TO GIVE TO SOME OF OUR WEALTHIEST CITIZENS. THAT IS WHAT THEIR PLAN WOULD DO. RAISE TAXES ON THE MIDDLE CLASS TODAY AND ON OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN TOMORROW TO PAY FOR THE WEALTHIEST FEW TO GIVE TAX CUTS THAT THEY -- TO GET TAX CUTS THEY DON'T NEED AND THAT WON'T GROW OUR ECONOMY. LET ME STRESS, I THINK EVERYBODY IN THIS ROOM, EVERYBODY IN THE COUNTRY, WOULD LIKE TO BE WEALTHY. THIS IS NOT TALKING ABOUT PENALIZING THE WEALTHY. IT IS SIMPLY TO SAY, GOD BLESS YOU. YOU'VE DONE WELL. BUT WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT OTHER DOSWELL AS WELL. . THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO RELEASED A SURVEY, MR. SPEAKER, ON NOVEMBER 21, JUST A FEW DAYS AGO. IN WHICH 42 EXPERT ECONOMISTS WERE ASKED WHETHER THE REPUBLICAN TAX BILL WOULD PRODUCE THE HIGHER ECONOMIC GROWTH PROMISED BY ITS AUTHORS. 42 OF THE MOST PROMINENT ECONOMISTS. ONLY ONE, ONLY ONE SAID THAT IT WOULD DO SO. AND IRONICALLY LATER ADMITTED HE HAD MISREAD THE QUESTION. NONE OF THE 42, NOT ONE AGREED THAT THE TAX CUTS FOR THE VERY WEALTHY INCLUDED IN THE REPUBLICAN BILL WOULD EVENTUALLY PAY FOR THEMSELVES. AND THAT IS WHY WE SAY IT IS ONE OF THE GREATEST DEBT -CREATING PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT ANY OF US HAVE CONSIDERED. FORMER TREASURY SECRETARY ROBERT RUBEN, WHO PRESIDED OVER THE BASIS FOR FOUR YEARS OF BALANCED BUDGETS, SO HE HAS SOME REAL CREDIBILITY ON HOW TO BRING BALANCE TO OUR FISCAL POSTURE IN AMERICA. HE SERVED AT A TIME OF HISTORIC BUDGET SURPLUSES. POINTED OUT THIS FALLACY IN AN OP-ED IN "THE WASHINGTON POST" ON NOVEMBER 15. HE SAID THIS. THE TAX CUTS, HE WROTE, WILL NOT INCREASE GROWTH AND GIVEN THEIR FISCAL EFFECTS, WOULD LIKELY HAVE A SIGNIFICANT AND INCREASING NEGATIVE IMPACT. HE WENT ON TO MAKE SEVERAL COMPELLING ARGUMENTS ABOUT THE DANGERS OF THE REPUBLICAN TAX PROPOSALS. AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT A COPY OF HIS OP-ED PIECE BE INCLUDED IN THE RECORD IN FULL.

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                                • 07:47:40 PM

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                                • 08:14:08 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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                                  UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN…

                                  UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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                                115th Congress - House
                                Total Hours: 1482 (After 657 days)
                                • Debate689 Hours
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