House Defeats Goodlatte-McCaul Bill, 193-231
House Session - November 30, 2017

The House met for morning hour, with members permitted to speak on any topic.

Speakers:
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  • 10:00:12 AM

    The Speaker designated the Honorable Gary J. Palmer to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

    • 10:00:16 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 10:00:25 AM

      THE CLERK

      THE SPOMSE, WASHINGTON, D.C. NOVEMBER 30, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT THE…

      THE SPOMSE, WASHINGTON, D.C. NOVEMBER 30, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE GARY J. PALMER TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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  • 10:00:28 AM

    MORNING-HOUR DEBATE

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

    • 10:00:40 AM

      TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

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

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    • 10:01:18 AM

      MR. PETERS

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I UNDERSTAND THAT REAL TAX REFORM IS…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I UNDERSTAND THAT REAL TAX REFORM IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. IN 2013, THE HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL PUBLISHED A REPORT THAT IDENTIFIED THE MOST IMPORTANT FEDERAL PRIORITIES TO PROMOTE AMERICAN GROWTH AND COMPETITIVENESS. TWO OF THE EIGHT PRIORITIES WERE TAX RELATED. FIRST TO SIMPLIFY THE CORPORATE TAX CODE WITH LOWER PRIORITIES TO PROMOTE AMERICAN GROWTH AND STATUTORY RATES AND FEWER LOOPHOLES. AND SECOND, TO REFORM THE TAXATION OF FOREIGN PROFITS SO WE DON'T DISADVANTAGE AMERICAN BUSINESSES AND WORKERS. MANY DEMOCRATS WOULD WORK WITH THE MAJORITY TO ACHIEVE THESE PRO-GROWTH TAX REFORMS. THAT'S HOW IT WORKED SO WELL IN 1986 UNDER PRESIDENT REAGAN AND SPEAKER STATUTORY RATES AND FEWER O'NEILL. BUT WE SHOULD NOT AND WE DON'T NEED TO BALLOON THE FEDERAL DEBT TO ACHIEVE THESE GOALS. THAT'S WHY REPUBLICAN PROPOSALS IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE ARE SO HARMFUL FOR OUR COUNTRY. WE KNOW THAT NATIONAL DEBT ITSELF IS ANTI-GROWTH. THAT'S WHY THE SAME HARVARD STUDY THAT ADVOCATED TAX REFORM ALSO PRIORITIZED A STABLE FEDERAL BUDGET. PUBLIC DEBT CROWDS OUT PRIVATE INVESTMENT. C.B.O. ESTIMATES THAT EVERY DOLLAR IN DEFICIT CROWDS OUT 383 CENTS IN PRIVATE INVESTMENT. DEBT DON'T NEED TO BALLOON THE FEDERAL DEBT TO ACHIEVE THESE GIVES US LESS FLEXIBILITY TO DEAL WITH EMERGENCIES. DEBT INCREASES THE RISK DEBT INCREASES THE RISK OF ANOTHER FINANCIAL CRISIS BECAUSE WHEN INVESTORS LOSE CONFIDENCE IN THE GOVERNMENT'S ABILITY TO PAY RATES CAN SPIKE. AND AS INTEREST TAKES UP MORE OF THE BUDGET, LESS MORE OF THE BUDGET, LESS IS AVAILABLE FOR OUR PROGRAMS, INCLUDING ROADS, BRIDGES, SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY, AND OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE. WHEN CONGRESS PASSED THE BUSH BACK BORROWED FUNDS, INTEREST TAX CUTS, THE NATIONAL DEBT WAS AS A LEVEL EQUAL TO 32% OF THE U.S. ECONOMY. TODAY IT'S 77% OF G.D.P. THESE BILLS WILL PUT OUR NATIONAL DEBT ON TRACK TO BE LARGER THAN OUR NATIONAL ECONOMY. WE CAN POINT FINGERS AT EACH OTHER ABOUT HOW WE GOT HERE, BUT IF WE'RE TRYING TO GET OUT OF THE HOLE, FIRST WE NEED TO STOP DIGGING. AND WE WILL NOT GROW OUR WAY OUT OF THIS HOLE. ACCORDING TO THE NONPARTISAN COMMITTEE FOR RESPONSIBLE FEDERAL BUDGET, NO ESTIMATE THAT ACCOUNTS FOR THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF HIGHER DEBT HAS FOUND THAT THE BILL WOULD RAISE THE GROWTH RATE BY MORE THAN A QUARTER OF THE REPUBLICANS' DECLARED.4% GROWTH TARGET. IN A SURVEY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO, KNOWN FOR ITS CONSERVATIVE ECONOMIC THEORY, 37 OF 38 ECONOMISTS AGREED THAT THE G.O.P. TAX BILLS IN CONGRESS WOULD CAUSE U.S. DEBT TO INCREASE SUBSTANTIALLY FASTER THAN THE ECONOMY. AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA WHARTON SCHOOL, WHICH THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF TRUMPETS AS HIS ALMA MATTER, TEEMING WITH SMART PEOPLE, THEIR MODEL FOUND THAT THE HOUSE BILL WOULD LOSE BETWEEN $1 TRILLION AND $1.7 TRILLION OVER A DECADE IN REVENUE AFTER ACCOUNTING FOR GROWTH. WHAT IN THE WORLD HAS HAPPENED TO THE GRAND OLE PARTY AND FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY? HOW WILL WE PAY FOR INFRASTRUCTURE NOW? WILL WE REALLY RISK DESTABILIZING THE DOLLAR, THE WORLD'S ECONOMIC CURRENCY? WILL WE ASK CHINA TO LEND US MONEY SO WE CAN DEFEND OURSELVES FROM NORTH KOREA? I HAVE HEARD MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES SAY AGAIN AND AGAIN HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO PAY FOR SPENDING, TO GET OUR FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER, TO GET OUR NATIONAL DEBT UNDER CONTROL. I ASKED ONE COLLEAGUE WHY HE HAD RUN FOR CONGRESS IN THE FIRST PLACE. HE TOLD ME HE WAS SO CONCERNED ABOUT LOADING HIS KIDS UP WITH ALL THIS BORROWING THAT HE HAD TO DO SOMETHING. HIS EYES FILLED WITH TEARS AS HE TALKED ABOUT HIS CHILDREN. AND YET HE LIKE MANY -- AND MANY LIKE HIM VOTED IN A RUSH TO ADD AT LEAST $1.5 TRILLION TO THE DEBT WITHOUT A ROAD OR NAVY SHIP OR ONE SCIENTIFIC GRANT TO SHOW FOR IT. NOBODY SERIOUSLY CONTENDS THAT THIS IS WONDERFUL POLICY RESULTING FROM SERIOUS DELIBERATION THROUGH REGULAR ORDER. IT IS NOT. THE ONLY REASON FOR THIS EFFORT -- AND THIS IS OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF THE LEGISLATORS THEMSELVES, IS THAT THERE'S POLITICAL PRESSURE FROM INTEREST GROUPS AND DONORS TO GET SOMETHING DONE. THAT'S THE DEFINITION OF PUTTING PARTY BEFORE COUNTRY. AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT PEOPLE HATE ABOUT CONGRESS. THIS IS NOT WHAT YOUR CONSTITUENTS REALLY WANT. THEY DON'T WANT THEIR TAX BREAKS TO EXPIRE WHILE CORPORATE BREAKS DON'T. THEY DON'T WANT STUDENTS TO SUFFER FROM EVEN MORE DEBT. THEY DON'T WANT TO LOSE THEIR HEALTH CARE BECAUSE OF THE PREMIUM SPEAKS WE KNOW ARE GOING TO BE COMING. THEY DON'T WANT THEIR HOUSING TO BE MORE EXPENSIVE THAN IT IS TODAY. THEY DON'T WANT TO FACE AUTOMATIC MEDICARE CUTS FORCED BY CONGRESSIONAL SPENDING LIMITS. IF YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE BLOWBACK FROM NOT DOING SOMETHING, OR TAKING THE EXTRA TIME TO GET IT RIGHT, WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE THE REACTION WHEN PEOPLE REALIZE WHAT'S REALLY IN THIS BILL AFTER IT'S ALREADY BEEN PASSED. WE CAN DO REAL TAX REFORM WITHOUT JEOPARDIZING OUR CHILDREN'S FUTURE. MAKE THE CORPORATE RATE 25% INSTEAD OF 20% LIKE THE BUSINESS ROUND TABLE AND MITT ROMNEY BOTH ONCE SUGGESTED. THAT SAVES $600 BILLION. IF YOU MUST LIFT THE EXEMPTION FOR THE ESTATE TAX, WON'T, BUT DON'T ELIMINATE IT. THAT SAVES $50 BILLION. MAINTAIN THE ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX FOR HIGH EARNING FAMILIES, BUT INDEX IT OVER TIME SO IT DOESN'T CATCH THE MIDDLE CLASS. WORK WITH DEMOCRATS TO FIND WAYS TO LIMIT TAX EXPENDITURES BUT SAVE THE BURDEN FOR THOSE WHO CAN AFFORD T IF MY REPUBLICANS WILL COMMIT TO DOING, THAT WILL I COMMIT TO WORKING WITH YOU AND I WILL HONESTLY AND PUBLICLY THANK YOU FOR PUTTING COUNTRY BEFORE POLITICS. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:06:33 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 10:06:38 AM

      MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN RECOGNITION OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY SERVICES OF…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN RECOGNITION OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY SERVICES OF SOUTH FLORIDA AND THE SECOND GENERATION OF MIAMI-DADE HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS. TOGETHER THESE TWO ORGANIZATIONS WILL JOIN FORCES TO HOLD A CAFE ROPA, A FUNCTION FUNCTION THAT HONORS HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS AND THEIR FAMILIES. THE NAME IS DERIVED FROM A SMALL LOUNGE IN HERE SURVIVORS FROM LIBERATED CONCENTRATION CAMPS WOULD SEARCH FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AFTER THE WAR, SHARE STORIES AND EXPERIENCES, AND BEGIN TO REBUILD THEIR LIVES. TODAY THE PRACTICE REMAINS STRONG STOCKHOLM. IN THIS -- ITS COMMITMENT TO BRING SURVIVORS TOGETHER WHERE THEY CAN SHARE INSIGHT AND THOUGHTS ON TOPICS SURROUNDING OUR WORLD TODAY. CAFE ROPA ALLOWS US TO HONOR THESE INDIVIDUALS AND GAIN VITAL KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THIS DARK PERIOD IN HISTORY. THIS EVENT THIS YEAR WILL BE HELD AT THE JEWISH CENTER ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3, AT 11:30. MY CONSTITUENTS, DAVID AND IRENE, HERBIE, JOE, ALEX, DAVID, AND WENDY WILL ATTEND THIS IMPORTANT EVENT. HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS WILL SHARE STORIES, GRIEVE OVER LOVED ONES LOST, AND RECOMMIT THAT THIS HORRENDOUS DAYS OF OUR HISTORY AND THAT THEY SURVIVE WILL NEVER AGAIN BE REPEATED. MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST CHERISH THE TIME WE HAVE LEFT WITH THESE BRAVE SOULS TO LISTEN AND LEARN ABOUT THEIR TRAGIC STORIES. STORIES THAT MUST BE PASSED ALONG TO FUTURE GENERATION ABOUTS THIS BRUTAL PERIOD OF INJUSTICE AND ENSURE THAT NO SUCH TYRANNY EVER HAPPENS AGAIN. MR. SPEAKER, AS WE QUICKLY APPROACH THE MONTH OF DECEMBER, WE'RE REMINDED OF THE VERY FEW LEGISLATIVE DAYS LEFT ON THIS CALENDAR AND TO PASS AND DEBATE FIRST A PERMANENT SOLUTION TO PROTECT OUR NATION'S DREAMERS FROM DEPORTATION. I INTRODUCED, ALONG WITH MY DEAR FRIEND, MY COLLEAGUE, LUCILLE ROYBAL-ALLARD, H.R. 3440, ALSO KNOWN AS THE DREAM ACT, TO ALLOW OVER 800,000 YOUNG IMMIGRANTS LIVING IN OUR GREAT COUNTRY TO REMAIN HERE. THE ONLY HOME THAT THEY HAVE TRULY KNOWN. THIS BILL WILL ALLOW DREAMERS TO APPLY FOR CONDITIONAL PERMANENT RESIDENCY AND EVENTUALLY TO CITIZENSHIP. EACH DAY OF INACTION BY OUR BODY TO PASS THE DREAM ACT OR ANY LEGISLATIVE FIX IS A LOSS FOR OUR COMMUNITIES AND OUR COUNTRY. STUDY AFTER STUDY DEMONSTRATE THE REALITY THAT WE ALREADY KNOW. THAT FAILURE TO PROVIDE A SOLUTION FOR OUR DREAMERS WILL RESULT IN HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS LOST IN G.D.P. A TRULY DEVASTATING BLOW TO OUR ECONOMY. THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY, FAITH LEADERS, COLLEGES, AND UNIVERSITIES, ADVOCACY GROUPS ALL HAVE JOINED A LARGE BIPARTISAN COALITION STANDING BEHIND THESE YOUNG IMMIGRANTS. AND THAT IS BECAUSE THEY RECOGNIZE THE POSITIVE CONTRIBUTIONS OF THESE INDIVIDUALS. CONTRIBUTIONS THAT SHOULD NOT BE IMPERILED BY THEIR LEGAL STATUS. BUT THEY ARE LOOKING AT US, MR. SPEAKER. THEY ARE LOOKING AT CONGRESS. IT IS UP TO US, IT IS UP TO YOU AND ME AND OUR COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO ACT. IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY AND WE MUST NOT DELAY ACTION ANY LONGER. THESE INDIVIDUALS WHO CAME TO THIS COUNTRY AS CHILDREN ONLY WANT AN OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND SCHOOL, TO WORK, TO PROVIDE FOR THEIR FAMILIES. MR. SPEAKER, THIS NATION, OUR NATION, WAS BORN AND CONTINUES TO BE BUILT AND MADE STRONGER BY IMMIGRANTS LIKE THESE DREAMERS WILLING AND DETERMINED NOT ONLY TO REALIZE THEIR DREAMS, BUT TRULY TO LOVE, SERVE, AND PROTECT THIS LAND WITH ALL OF THEIR HEARTS. AND THAT IS PRECISELY WHY WE MUST ACT NOW. THIS CHAMBER CANNOT AND SHOULD NOT STAND IDLY BY WHILE THESE YOUNG IMMIGRANTS, WHO ALREADY AS AMERICANS AS ANYONE ELSE IN THEIR HEARTS AND MINDS, LIVE UNDER FEAR AND UNCERTAINTY IN THIS COUNTRY, A COUNTRY THAT IS A BEACON OF HOPE AND LAND OF COMMUNITY TO THOSE WHO SEEK IT. THE LIVES OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF BRIGHT, TALENTED, AND PATRIOTIC YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN DEPEND ON US, ON THIS CONGRESS. SO IT IS UP TO US TO RISE TO THE CHALLENGE, TO LEGALIZE THE STATUS OF THESE DREAMERS SO THEY CAN TRULY MAKE THEIR DREAMS INTO A REALITY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:11:11 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MCGOVERN, FOR…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MCGOVERN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:11:21 AM

      MR. MCGOVERN

      RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MR. SPEAKER, LAST MONDAY AND TUESDAY I…

      RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MR. SPEAKER, LAST MONDAY AND TUESDAY I PARTICIPATED IN THE EIGHTH ANNUAL MONTY'S MARCH, A 43-MILE WALK FROM SPRINGFIELD TO GREENFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT HUNGER IN OUR COMMUNITY AND TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE FOOD BANG OF WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS. -- BANK OF WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS. A WELL-KNOWN AND BELOVED RADIO PERSONALITY WITH WRSI THE RIVER IN NORTH HAMPTON, LED DOZENS OF COMMITTED ACTIVISTS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS ON THE WALK. THIS YEAR THE MARCH RAISED OVER $236,000, A RECORD, TO HELP STRUGGLING FAMILIES IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS. THIS TRANSLATES INTO ABOUT 708,000 MEALS THAT WILL GO DIRECTLY STRUGGLING FAMILIES IN TO INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES STRUGGLING WITH FOOD INSECURITY. AS I AM EACH YEAR, I WAS DEEPLY IMPRESSED BY THE STAMINA OF ALL THOSE WHO WALKED AND BY THE AGAIN ROSSITY OF COMMUNITY MEMBERS LOOKING TO HELP THOSE IN NEED. I'D LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT TO THANK THOSE WHO JOINED US ALONG THE ROUTE TO THE DEDICATION OF ENDING HUNGER ONCE AND FOR ALL. SPECIFICALLY I WANT TO THANK MONTY AND HIS ENTIRE CREW FROM THE RIVER INCLUDING MARK, DAVE, AND RENEE. THEY WORK INCREDIBLY HARD EACH YEAR TO MAKE THIS MARCH A SUCCESS AND IT WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE FROM THE RIVER THE EXTRA HOURS THEY WITHOUT THE DETERMINATION AND PUT IN LEADING UP TO THIS EVENT. SEAN OF FOUR SEASON LIQUOR AND HADLEY, MONTY'S RIGHT HAND MAN, MARCHED THE ENTIRE TWO DAYS. ANDREW, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE FOOD BANK OF WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS AND EVERYONE AT THE FOOD BANK, THEY DO INSPIRING WORK. THEY DESERVE TO BE SUPPORTED. ALL OF THE ELECTED OFFICIALS WHO JOINED US, INCLUDING MY COLLEAGUES, REPRESENTATIVE RICHIE NEAL AND JOE KEN DIRKS STATE SENATOR ERIC LESSER, AND REPRESENTATIVE VEGA. THE NORTH HAMPTON MAYOR, THE GREENFIELD MAYOR, AND RITCHED ART COST. THE REPRESENTATIVE OF SEVERAL LOCAL COLLEGES. CHRISTINA OIL, PRESIDENT OF HOLY OAK COMMUNITY COLLEGE. AND A SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY SAMENT MINUTEMAN, UMASS' BELOVED MASCOT. INCREDIBLE ADVOCATES FOR THE NONPROFIT COMMUNITY, INCLUDING TIM OF THE UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS, ALSO FROM THE UNITED WAY WAS RYAN. RON JOHNSON, C.E.O. OF THE MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. FAMILY SERVICES INC. IN SPRINGFIELD. ANDREA MARION, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF LIEU RAIN SUPER SOUP KITCHEN. SHANNON RUDD IRIN HOLY OAK. MINDY EXECUTIVE INCLUDING TIM OF THE UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS, ALSO FROM DIRECTOR OF THE AMHERST SURVIVAL CENTER, AND THE CHIEF AND FOOD ACTIVIST. THE MUSICIANS WHO KEPT US ENTERTAINED ALONG THE WAY. THE EXPANDABLE BRASS BAND. DOUBLE-EDGED THEATER, AND HOPKINS ACADEMY BAND. WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS SMALL BUSINESSES INCLUDING BRIDGE SIDE GRILL, ASHFIELD LAKE HOUSE, UNION STATION IN NORTH HAMPTON, AND BEN CLARK OF GRILL, ASHFIELD LAKE HOUSE, UNION CLARKDALE FOOD FARMS, AND TEA GUYS FOR THEIR WONDERFUL TEA IN HONOR OF THE MARCH. FOR THEIR CONTINUED AGAIN ROSSITY AND FRIENDSHIP. THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENTS IN HAM DONE, HAMPSHIRE, AND FRANKLIN COUNTIES HELP PROVIDE ESCORTS FOR US DURING THE ENTIRE 43 MILES. MR. MICHAEL BROOKS AND THE STUDENTS OF SMITH VOCATIONAL SCHOOL IN NORTH HAMPTON FOR MAKING THE SHOPPING CARTS WE USED DURING THE MARCH OF AND GRATEFUL TO THE COUNTLESS STUDENTS, ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE SCHOOL, AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO RAISED MONEY AND GREETED US ALONG THE WAY. MEMBERS OF THE TIBETAN COMMUNITY WHO GREETED US AS WELL. AND ALL THE OTHERS -- INCREDIBLE INDIVIDUALS FROM OUR COMMUNITY WHO JOINED US ON THE MARCH LIKE MY DEAR FRIEND, STEVE THE HIPPIE, AND RISK. CHRISTINA, AARON, AND EMILY FROM ASHFIELD LAKE HOUSE AND SO MANY OTHERS. AS WELL AS INDUSTRY FOUNDERS WHO HELPED SUPPORT THIS EFFORT THROUGH THEIR AGAIN ROSSITY. I WANT TO THANK TWO OF MY WONDERFUL DISTRICT HOUSE AND SO MANY OTHERS. AS WELL AS INDUSTRY STAFFERS FOR THEIR EFFORTS IN HELPING TO ORGANIZE THE MARCH AND ASSISTING ME EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. LASTLY I WANT TO THANK MY SON WHO MARCHED WITH ME BY MY SIDE DURING THIS ENTIRE TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I WAS PROUD TO JOIN SO MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS AND NEIGHBORS IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS TO BRING ATTENTION TO THE ISSUE OF HUNGER AND RAISE MUCH NEEDED FUNDING FOR THE FOOD BANK OF WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS. I'M SO HONORED TO BE PART OF THIS MARCH EACH YEAR, BUT NEED TO REMIND MY COLLEAGUES IN THIS CHAMBER THAT SHARETS ALONE CANNOT END HUNGER. TO DO THAT IT WILL TAKE FURTHER INVESTMENTS IN OUR FEDERALLY FUNDED PROGRAMS LIKE SNAP AND W.I.C. AND SCHOOL MEALS. AS WE LOOK TOWARDS THE NEXT FARM BILL, NEXT BUDGET, AND UPCOMING APPROPRIATIONS CYCLE I PLEA WITH MY COLLEAGUES TO MAINTAIN AND INCREASE INVESTMENTS IN PROGRAMS TO THOSE STRUGGLING WITH FOOD INSECURITY. IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA THE RICHEST COUNTRY IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD, IT IS THE DISGRACE THAT ANY CHILD GOES TO BED HUNGRY. THAT ANY SENIOR HAS TO CHOOSE BETWEEN LIFESAVING MEDICATION AND THE DECENT MEAL. THAT ANY VETERAN WHO RISKED HIS OR HER LIFE IN THE DEFEVENS OUR NATION DOESN'T HAVE ENOUGH TO EAT. THAT ANY SENIOR HAS TO CHOOSE INDIVIDUAL SUFFERS FROM HUNGER. BUT STILL 42 MILLION AMERICANS REMAIN FOOD INSECURE. FOOD IS A RIGHT AND IT IS UP TO THIS CONGRESS TO FINALLY TAKE A STAND AND SUPPORTING EFFORTS TO END HUNGER NOW. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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    • 10:16:41 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK, FOR…

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

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    • 10:16:47 AM

      MR. MCCLINTOCK

      I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE TO MY CHIEF…

      I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE TO MY CHIEF OF STAFF, IGOR BERMAN, WHO WILL BE LEAVING THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON DECEMBER 5 TO BEGIN A NEW CAREER IN FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT. HE AND HIS WIFE KIM ARE EXPECTING THEIR FIRST CHILD IN APRIL AND WILL BE MOVING TO NEW YORK. IGOR BERMAN'S STORY SUMS UP THE BEST OF AMERICA AND HIS TESTIMONY TO THE EXCEPTIONALISM OF AMERICAN FOUNDING PRINCIPLES, HOW THEY BECKONED TO THE OPPRESSED PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD AND HOW MUCH THOSE WHO COME HERE LEGALLY BRING TO OUR NATION. IGOR WAS BORN IN MOSCOW TO PARENTS WHO DESPERATELY YERNED FOR THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS THEY WERE -- YEARNED FOR THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS THEY WERE DENIED IN THE SOVIET UNION. THEY WERE RUSSIAN JEWS PERSECUTED FOR THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS AND DENIED VISAS BECAUSE OF THEIR TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE. AS THE SOVIET UNION BEGAN TO COLLAPSE, THE BERMANS WERE ABLE TO REALIZE THEIR DREAM. IGOR REMEMBERS HURRIEDLY LEARNING ENGLISH ON BORROWED PHONEOGRAPH RECORDS. THE FAMILY FOUND THEIR PLACE UP-ENDED BY A LAST-MINUTE K.G.B. RAID. IGOR'S MOTHER COMFORTED HER CHILDREN SAYING IN A FEW WEEKS WE WILL BE IN AMERICA WHERE THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN. IGOR WAS 14 WHEN THEY ARRIVED IN CALIFORNIA TO BEGIN A NEW LIFE. HE ENTERED UC-DAVIS WHERE HE QUICKLY ROSE TO PROMINENCE AFTER A CALL HE WRITTEN EXPRESSED ON HIS NEWS WERE CENSORED BY THE CAMPUS NEWSPAPER. THE IRONY WASN'T LOST ON ANYBODY AND IT BECAME A PROMINENT STORY ON NORTHERN CALIFORNIA TALK RADIO. THAT'S WHERE I FIRST BECAME AWARE OF IGOR AND THAT YEAR I WAS FORTUNATE TO HAVE HIM WORK IN MY STATE SENATE OFFICE AS AN INTERN. HE LEFT TO ATTEND LAW SCHOOL AND WHEN HE RETURNED, HE DID AN AMAZING JOB AS MY FINANCE DIRECTOR AND A HARD-FOUGHT CAMPAIGN FOR CONGRESS IN 2008. HIRING HIM AS MY CHIEF OF STAFF WAS THE EASIEST DECISION I HAVE EVER MADE IN MY CAREERS IN PUBLIC OFFICE, AND HE CAME TO WASHINGTON AT THE AGE OF 28. I BELIEVE THE YOUNGEST CHIEF OF STAFF THEN SERVING. HE WAS -- HE'S ABLELY RUN MY CONGRESSIONAL OFFICE FOR NEARLY A DECADE, AND DURING THOSE YEARS HAS ASSEMBLED THE MOST COMPETENT TEAM I EVER HAD THE HONOR TO SERVE WITH. I HAVE FOUND HIS JUDGMENT IMPECCABLE, HIS INSIGHT KEEN AND HIS HONESTY AND INTEGRITY SPOTLESS. CHARLES DE GAULLE SAID THE CEMETERIES ARE FILLED WITH INDISPENSIBLE MEN BUT HE NEVER MET IGOR BERMAN. I WILL SAY SOME PEOPLE ARE TRULY INDISPENSIBLE AND IGOR IS NOT ONE OF THEM. I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE TO KNOW THIS. HE WILL BE PLACING HIS FOUNDATIONS AND OPERATIONS -- ONE WILL BE PLACING HIS FOUNDATIONS AND OPERATIONS IN IGOR'S HANDS. HE RAN FOR CONGRESS HIMSELF AND I HOPE HE WILL NOT GIVE UP ON HIS AMBITION. I BELIEVE THE TIME MAY BE COMING WHEN AMERICANS COULD LOSE THE MEMORY OF FREEDOM AND THEY'LL NEED TO TURN TO LEADERS LIKE IGOR FOR A PASSIONATE REMINDER OF JUST HOW VALUABLE A COMMODITY IS OUR FREEDOM. THERE IS A TIME TO EVERY PURPOSE UNDER HEAVEN AND FOR NOW THE TIME HAS COME FOR IGOR AND KIM TO ENJOY THEIR NEW FAMILY, TO ENJOY THE FRUITS OF THEIR NEW LABORS AND TO EMBARK UPON A PROMISING FUTURE TOGETHER. I WISH THEM THE VERY BEST IN THEIR MANY HAPPY YEARS AHEAD.

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    • 10:20:35 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 10:20:38 AM

      MR. O'HALLERAN

      FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. O'HALLERAN: MR. SPEAKER, TODAY IS THE FINAL DAY OF…

      FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. O'HALLERAN: MR. SPEAKER, TODAY IS THE FINAL DAY OF NATIONAL NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR AND CELEBRATE THE RICH HISTORY AND TRADITIONS OF NATIVE AMERICANS AND TO NOTE THE WORK WE ARE DOING IN CONGRESS TO INVEST IN THE INFRASTRUCTURE, EDUCATION, HEALTH CARE ACROSS THE ENTIRE INDIAN COUNTRY. IT IS AN IMMENSE PRIVILEGE TO WORK WITH TRIBAL COMMUNITIES ACROSS ARIZONA'S FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. WITH MORE THAN 12 TRIBES, NATIONS IN MY DISTRICT, I SEE THE IMPACT OF NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE IN EVERY TOWN I VISIT. ESPECIALLY THEIR STRONG COMMITMENT TO FAMILY, COMMUNITY, AND TRADITIONS. TRADITIONS, BY THE WAY, THAT PEOPLE FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD COME TO SEE EVERY YEAR. IT'S BEEN INSPIRING TO SEE THE MANY TRIBUTES MY COLLEAGUES HAVE SHARED HERE WITH THIS BODY THROUGHOUT THE MONTH. IT UNDERSCORES THE IMMENSE -- IMMEASURABLE CONTRIBUTION OF NATIVE AMERICANS TO THIS COUNTRY. YESTERDAY I SPOKE ABOUT THE NAVAJO CODE TALKERS AND ALL THE CODE TALKERS AND THE VETERANS THAT HAVE COME FROM NATIVE AMERICAN LANDS. AS A MEMBER OF THE CONGRESSIONAL NATIVE AMERICAN CAUCUS, I AM PROUD TO WORK WITH TRIBAL LEADERS TO STRENGTHEN THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN OUR COUNTRY AND THEIR SOVEREIGN NATIONS. THERE'S A GREAT DEAL TO DO TO ENSURE RURAL TRIBAL COMMUNITIES HAVE ACCESS TO 21ST CENTURY INFRASTRUCTURE, EDUCATION, AND HEALTH CARE, BUT I AM CONFIDENT THAT THE WORK WE ARE DOING WILL MAKE THESE CRITICAL INVESTMENTS. MR. SPEAKER, ONE OF THE FOUNDING PRINCIPLES OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY IS THE CELEBRATION OF DIVERSITY OF ITS PEOPLE. WHEN WE RECOGNIZE AS A STRENGTH WE TRULY ARE A MORE PERFECT UNION. AND I YIELD.

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    • 10:22:44 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. FLORES, FOR FIVE…

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

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    • 10:22:47 AM

      MR. FLORES

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY TROOPER DAMON ALLEN OF MEXIA, TEXAS, WHO PASSED AWAY ON NOVEMBER 23, 2017. HE WAS BORN IN MORGANTOWN, KENTUCKY, ON OCTOBER 4, 1976. HIS FAMILY MOVED TO MEXIA IN 1984. IN 1995 DAMON GRADUATED FROM MEXIA HIGH SCHOOL WHERE HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE VARSITY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM. HE WENT ON TO MARRY HIS SWEETHEART CASEY. HAPPILY MARRIED FOR NEARLY 24 YEARS, THEY HAD THREE DAUGHTERS AND A SON, CHELSEA, CAITLYN, MADISON AND CAMERON. DAMON WAS ALSO THE PROUD GRANDFATHER TO HIS GRANDSON QUEST. AFTER GRADUATING FROM MEXIA HIGH SCHOOL, DAMON WORKED FOR THE STATE SCHOOL, REHABILITATION SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS WITH LEARNING IMPAIRMENTS. HE WORKED FOR THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE FOR FIVE YEARS BEFORE BECOMING A TEXAS D.P.S. STATE TROOPER. HE WAS AN EXEMPLARY STATE TROOPER FOR 15 YEARS AND KNOWN IN HIS UNIT AS A MODEL GENTLEMAN. HE WAS FAIR AND POLITE WITH ALL HE CAME IN CONTACT WITH AND TREATED ALL AROUND HIM LIKE THEY WERE HIS LONG-LIFE FRIENDS. HIS CALL TO BE IN LAW ENFORCEMENT CAME FROM THE DESIRE THAT PEOPLE TURN TO IN THEIR TIME OF NEED. TRAGICALLY HE WAS MURDERED BY A CRIMINAL WHILE SERVING THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS ON THANKSGIVING DAY. IN HIS FREE TIME, DAMON ENJOYED HUNTING, FISHING AND OFF-ROAD DRIVING IN HIS JEEP, ESPECIALLY ON THE DUNES AT THE BEACH. HE HAD A STRONG FAITH IN GOD, ATTENDING BOTH THE COWBOY CHURCH AT FREESTONE AND THE FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCH IN MEXIA. MR. SPEAKER, DAMON ALLEN WORKED TIRELESSLY TO SERVE OUR CENTRAL TEXAS COMMUNITIES. HE IS LOVED AND HE'S CERTAINLY LEFT AN ENDURING IMPRESSION ON THE PEOPLE OF MEXIA. HE WILL FOREVER BE REMEMBERED AS A GREAT STATE TROOPER, A COMMUNITY MEMBER, A HUSBAND, A FATHER, A GRANDFATHER, AND A FRIEND. MY WIFE GINA AND I OFFER OUR HEART-FELT CONDOLENCES TO THE ALLEN FAMILY WE LIFT UP THEM IN OUR PRAYERS. I REQUEST THE UNITED STATES FLAG BE FLOWN OVER THE CAPITOL TO HONOR THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF D.P.S. TROOPER DAMON ALLEN. AS I CLOSE TODAY I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO CONTINUE PRAYING FOR OUR COUNTRY DURING THESE DIFFICULT TIMES, FOR OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN WHO PROTECT US FROM EXTERNAL THREATS, AND FOR OUR FIRST RESPONDERS WHO PROTECT US HERE AT HOME. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:25:34 AM

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      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MS. KELLY, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MS. KELLY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:25:39 AM

      MS. KELLY

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE YET AGAIN BECAUSE AMERICANS…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE YET AGAIN BECAUSE AMERICANS ARE DYING AND THIS HOUSE IS DOING NOTHING. CORRECTION, WE AREN'T DOING NOTHING. HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE PLANNING TO MAKE THE SITUATION WORSE. YESTERDAY THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CONSIDERED THE SO-CALLED CONCEAL CARRY RECIPROCITY ACT WHICH SHOULD BE CALLED THE EXPORTING GUN VIOLENCE ACROSS THE STATE LINE ACT. IN ADDITION TO THREATENING THE SAFETY OF OUR COMMUNITIES, THIS BILL, H.R. 38, IS NOT ONLY A THREAT TO INNOCENT CITIZENS BUT A DIRECT THREAT TO THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO PROTECT AND SERVE OUR COMMUNITY. SO FAR THIS YEAR, 42 LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS HAVE BEEN SHOT AND KILLED IN THE UNITED STATES. I COME FROM A LAW ENFORCEMENT FAMILY. I HAVE POLICE OFFICERS, UNCLES, COUSINS AND NEPHEWS SERVING IN NEW YORK CITY AND CHICAGO. I KNOW THE FEAR THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT FAMILIES FEEL, THE CONSTANT WORRY THAT THEY MAY NOT COME HOME, THAT YOU MIGHT GET THAT CALL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT OR A KNOCK ON THE DOOR FROM THE POLICE CHAPLAIN. IF THIS HOUSE PASSES THIS DANGEROUS BILL, MORE LAW ENFORCEMENT FAMILIES WILL GET THESE CALLS, GET THESE LATE-NIGHT VISITS THAT NO FAMILY SHOULD EVER GET. H.R. 38 IS OPPOSED BY MANY LAW ENFORCEMENT ORGANIZATIONS, INCLUDING THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CHIEFS OF POLICE, THE POLICE FOUNDATION, THE POLICE EXECUTIVE RESEARCH FORUM, MAJOR CITIES CHIEFS ASSOCIATION, THE HISPANIC AMERICAN POLICE COMMAND OFFICERS ASSOCIATION, NATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF BLACK LAW ENFORCEMENT EXECUTIVES, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN LAW ENFORCEMENT EXECUTIVES, THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CAMPUS LAW ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATORS, AND MANY OTHERS. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT THIS LETTER OF OPPOSITION FROM THE NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT PARTNERSHIP TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE INTO THE RECORD. THE LETTER IN PART STATES THAT THE BILL WILL CREATE UNACCEPTABLE RISKS TO OUR NATION'S 900,000 POLICE OFFICERS AND THE PUBLIC AT LARGE. THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE HAS COME OUT IN OPPOSITION TO A SIMILAR BILL IN THE SENATE. MR. SPEAKER, THE POLICE ARE TELLING US THAT IT'S DANGEROUS TO THEM AND PUBLIC SAFETY AT LARGE, SO WHY IS THE MAJORITY PUSHING IT SO HARD? BECAUSE ONCE AGAIN THE MAJORITY'S PUTTING THE N.R.A.'S AGENDA ABOVE THE LIVES OF AMERICANS AND OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. THIS IS SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE. WHY ARE WE CONSIDERING A BILL THAT PUTS OUR OFFICERS AT GREATER RISK? WHY SHOULD WE TAKE UP LEGISLATION THAT WE KNOW WILL INCREASE THE NUMBER OF GUN DEATHS, INCLUDING AMONG LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS? WHY WOULD WE MAKE A DANGEROUS JOB MORE DANGEROUS JUST TO SATISFY THE N.R.A.? WHY IS IT CO-SPONSORED BY ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES WHO DEMANDED THAT A PAINTING BE TAKEN DOWN FOR DISRESPECTING LAW ENFORCEMENT BUT HE'S WILLING TO CO-SPONSOR A BILL THAT PUTS THEIR LIVES AT GREATER RISK? I GUESS IT'S EASIER TO COMPLAIN ABOUT A PICTURE THAN STAND UP TO THE N.R.A. MR. SPEAKER, ONCE AGAIN THE N.R.A.'S CHECKS ARE INFLUENCING THIS HOUSE. THE VICTIMS OF GUN VIOLENCE SHOULD MATTER MORE THAN THEIR DOLLARS. DOLLAR 209, DEPUTY SHERIFF ROBERT FRENCH, END OF WATCH AUGUST 30, 2017. DOLLAR 210, OFFICER ANY GAL MORENO, END OF WATCH, JUNE 30, 2017. DOLLAR 211, TROOPER JOEL DAVIS, END OF WATCH JULY 9, 2017. DOLLAR 212, AGENT ROBERTO MEDINA, END OF WATCH, SEPTEMBER 11, 2017. DOLLAR 213, CAPTAIN BRIAN K. DIXON II, END OF WATCH, SEPTEMBER 12, 2014. DOLLAR 214, SPECIAL AGENT MICHAEL WALTER, END MUCH WATCH, MARCH 27, 2017. DOLLAR 215, CORPORATE STEVEN J. BALLARD, END OF WATCH, APRIL 26, 2017. OFFICER FAMILIA, END OF WATCH, SEPTEMBER, 2017. KEVIN MAYHART, MAY 11, 2017. DOLLAR 218, LIEUTENANT WETHERFORD, END OF WATCH, JUNE 12, 2017. DOLLAR 219, SERGEANT SAM HOWARD, END OF WATCH, AUGUST 19, 2017. DOLLAR 220, DEPUTY SHERIFF MASON MOORE, END OF WATCH, MAY 16, 2017. DOLLAR 221, CHIEF STEVEN TISARIO, END OF WATCH, 2017. DOLLAR 222, MASTER SERGEANT CLAYTON, END OF WATCH, JANUARY 9, 2017. DOLLAR 223, SHERIFF DURR. DOLLAR 224, OFFICER ERIC G. KELLY, END OF WATCH, APRIL 4, 2009. DOLLAR 225, OFFICER GARY MICHAEL, END OF WATCH, AUGUST 6, 2017. DOLLAR 226, CORRECTIONS OFFICER CURTIS BILEU, END OF WATCH, 2017. DOLLAR 227, AGENT BENJAMIN DELOSS SANTOS, APRIL 21, 2017. AND I'LL JUST JUMP TO DOLLAR 224, TROOPER DAMON ALLEN, WHO WE JUST HEARD ABOUT, END OF WATCH, NOVEMBER 23, 2017. WE CANNOT LET THIS BILL PASS. IF WE DO THE NUMBER WILL TRAGICALLY GROW. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:31:21 AM

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

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

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    • 10:31:31 AM

      MR. FITZPATRICK

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE MASTER SERGEANT GILBERT HOLLAND OF LANG…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE MASTER SERGEANT GILBERT HOLLAND OF LANG HORN, PENNSYLVANIA. ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS. AND A MEMBER OF MERYL'S MERRAUDERS. THEY WERE A TOP SECRET UNIT OF COMMANDOS WHO SERVED BEHIND JAPANESE LINES DURING WORLD WAR II. THE MEN OF THIS MAGNIFICENT UNIT VOLUNTEERED TO SERVE AND FACE SOME OF THE MOST VICIOUS AND CONSISTENT FIGHTING OF THE WAR. THEIR COMMITMENT TO SERVICE STANDARDS AS A PROFOUND EXAMPLE OF SACRIFICE FOR OUR NATION. MASTER SERGEANT WAS AN OF THE WAR. THEIR COMMITMENT TO SERVICE STANDARDS AS A N.C.O. IN CHARGE OF 16 MEN AND TWO HEAVY WEAPONS IN THIS UNIT. AFTER BEING DISCHARGED IN 1945, RANGER HOLLAND DID NOT SIT IDLY BY. HE RE-ENLISTED TO SERVE IN KOREA AND THEN TWO TOURS IN VIETNAM. MR. SPEAKER, MASTER SERGEANT HOLLAND AND THE REST OF THE BRAVE MEN WHO SERVED SHOULD BE RECOGNIZED. I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT H.R. 667, WHICH SEEKS TO AWARD THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL TO WORLD WAR II MERYL'S MAWRAUDERS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:32:41 AM

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

    • 10:32:47 AM

      MR. GREEN

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE BECAUSE I LOVE MY COUNTRY. I…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE BECAUSE I LOVE MY COUNTRY. I RISE, MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE I REFUSE TO STAND IDLY BY I RISE, AS A BILLIONAIRE BIG GOT -- BIGOT DOES IRREPARABLE HARM TO MY COUNTRY. A BILLIONAIRE BIGOT WHO TOLERATES THE KKK. BUT WON'T TOLERATE ISLAM. A BILLIONAIRE BIGOT WHO TOLERATES ANTI-SEMITISM, RACISM, SEXISM, ETHNOCENTRISM, XENOPHOBIA, AND HOMOPHOBEA. MR. SPEAKER, DON'T KNOW WHAT THE CONSEQUENCES WILL BE. BUT I DO KNOW THIS, THE PEOPLE WHO SENT ME HERE, SENT ME TO THIS CONGRESS TO FIGHT HATE, NOT TO TOLERATE, NOT TO LITIGATE, BUT TO ELIMINATE HATE, THE PEOPLE I REPRESENT HAVE AN EXPECTATION OF ME. MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE VOTE WILL BE, BUT I DO KNOW THIS, NEXT WEEK THERE WILL BE A VOTE TO IMPEACH. NEXT WEEK THERE WILL BE A RESOLUTION BROUGHT BEFORE THE CONGRESS AND THERE WILL BE A VOTE TO EITHER TABLE IT, TO SEND IT TO COMMITTEE, OR TO VOTE IT UP OR DOWN. THAT'S WHAT THE PEOPLE I REPRESENT EXPECT ME TO DO. AND I WILL DO NO LESS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:34:27 AM

      TEMPORE MEMBERS

      MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE…

      MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE PRESIDENT. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. HILL, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:34:36 AM

      MR. HILL

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY DURING THE NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH TO ENCOURAGE…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY DURING THE NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH TO ENCOURAGE ADOPTION AND ENCOURAGE IMPROVEMENTS IN OUR FOSTER CARE SYSTEM AND EFFORTS ACROSS THIS LAND. CURRENTLY THERE ARE ROUGHLY 428,000 CHILDREN IN AMERICA'S FOSTER CARE SYSTEM. AND NEARLY 112,000 OF THOSE CHILDREN ARE WAITING TO BE ADOPTED INTO SAFE, PERMANENT, AND LOVING FAMILIES. ACCORDING TO ARKANSAS STATE DATA, THE NUMBER OF FOSTER YOUTH HAS OUTPASSIONED THE NUMBER OF SPOTS AVAILABLE IN FOSTER HOMES BY OVER 1,200 CHILDREN. ORGANIZATIONS AROUND THE STATE HAVE BEEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF RECRUITMENT EFFORTS 1,200 CHILDREN. FOR OUR FOSTER FAMILIES. ONE SUCH ORGANIZATION IS CALLED, THE CALL. LOCALLY DIRECTED BY LAURIE. SHE NOTES THAT A STABLE, LOVING HOME CAN MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN A CHILD'S LIFE. SPECIFICALLY WITH REGARD TO ESCAPING THE RASP OF NEGLECT AND ABUSE. I'M PROUD TO WORK WITH OUR MAJORITY LEADER, MR. MCCARTHY, AND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE CONGRESSIONAL CAUCUS ON FOSTER YOUTH TO SHED LIGHT ON THE MCCARTHY, PERFECT PET WATION OF POVERTY AND -- PERPETUATION OF POVERTY AND DYSFUNCTION IN OUR SYSTEM. WE ALL MUST WORK TOGETHER AND MOVE FORWARD IN ADDRESSING OUR FOSTER CARE SYSTEM AND I EMPHASIZE THE STATEMENT ON THE IMPORTANCE OF A LOVING HOMETOWN FOR EVERY CHILD. THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF ONE OF OUR NATION'S GREAT LAWYERS AND JUDGES. FOR ME A MENTOR AND GREAT FAMILY FRIEND. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, TOM EISLEY, WHO PASSED AWAY THIS PAST SUNDAY AT THE AGE OF 94. TOM FAITHFULLY SERVED OUR NATION AS A PRIVATE IN THE ARMY IN WORLD WAR II. AS AN ADVISOR TO GOVERNOR WIN THROP ROCKEFELLER IN THE 1960'S, AND FOR THE PAST 41 YEARS AS A MEMBER OF THE FEDERAL JUDICIARY FOLLOWING HIS APPOINTMENT BY PRESIDENT NIXON IN 1970. DURING HIS CAREER, JUDGE EISLEY WAS NAMED BEST DISTRICT COURT JUDGE FOR THE EIGHTH CIRCUIT BY THE AMERICAN LAWYER AND OUTSTANDING FEDERAL TRIAL COURT JUDGE BY THE ASSOCIATION OF TRIAL LAWYERS OF AMERICA. HE WAS A ROLE MODEL AND A FRIEND TO MANY ACROSS THE STATE OF ARKANSAS AND OUR NATION. I EXTEND MY RESPECT, AFFECTION, AND PRAYERS TO HIS FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND LOVED ONES. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE LITTLE ROCK REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, LOVE LITTLE ROCK, INITIATIVE. THIS INITIATIVE IS INTENDED TO BOTH ATTRACT NEW BUSINESS AND ENCOURAGE RESIDENTS TO BECOME LOVE LITTLE ROCK AMBASSADORS BY SHARING THEIR PRIDE USING THE LOVE LITTLE ROCK #-- HASH TAG. AS A PART OF THE CAMPAIGN THE LITTLE ROCK REGIONAL CHAMBER CREATED THE LOVE LITTLE ROCK DOT-ORG WEBSITE TO HIGHLIGHT THE ADVANTAGES OF DOING BUSINESS IN ARKANSAS' CAPITAL SITTY. LED BY STATE -- BY PRESIDENT AND C.E.O. OF THE CHAMBER AND THE MAYOR, THIS INITIATIVE IS A POWERFUL INSTRUMENT SITTY. FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND BUSINESS RECRUITMENT. THE MAYOR PROCLAIMED OCTOBER 19 AS LOVE LITTLE ROCK DAY. I'D LIKE TO EXTEND MY THANKS TO THE CITY OF LITTLE ROCK AND THE REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOR SPEARHEADING THIS CAMPAIGN. AS A NATIVE SON, I'M PROUD TO LOVE LITTLE ROCK. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:38:31 AM

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      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MS. CLARK, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MS. CLARK, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:38:40 AM

      MS. CLARK

      I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO VOICE MY OUTRAGE OVER THE…

      I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO VOICE MY OUTRAGE OVER THE ADMINISTRATION'S UNCONSCIONABLE DECISION TO TERMINATE HAITI'S TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS DESIGNATION ON JULY 22, 2019. THIS DECISION, WHICH CAME JUST DAYS BEFORE THANKSGIVING, WILL FORCE OVER 50,000 HAITIANS TO RETURN TO A COUNTRY THAT IS STILL STRUGGLING TO RECOVER FROM THE DEVASTATING EFFECTS OF THE 2010 EARTHQUAKE. REELING FROM A CHOLERA EPIDEMIC, AND FOOD INSECURITY CAUSED BY HURRICANE MATTHEW THAT DECIMATED HAITI'S AGRICULTURAL SECTOR. ALTHOUGH HAITI HAS MADE EXTRAORDINARY STRIDES TO OVERCOME THE IMPACT OF THE DEADLY EARTHQUAKE, THE SUBSEQUENT EVENTS, INCLUDING THE CHOLERA EPIDEMIC, FOOD INSECURITY CRISIS, AND HURRICANE'S MATH YOU, IRMA, AND MARIA, IT HAS KILLED OVER 10,000 PEOPLE AND HAMPERED THE RECOVERY EFFORTS. THE DEVASTATION OF THESE EVENTS SHOULD HAVE MADE THE DECISION TO REDESIGNATE HAITI FOR 18 MONTHS WITHOUT SETTING AN END DATE, AN EASY CALL. A NO-BRAINER. HOWEVER LAST WEEK'S DISASTROUS DECISION TO TERMINATE HAITI'S STATUS DID NOT OCCUR IN A VACUUM. IN THE PAST FEW WEEKS ALONE THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS ALSO ANNOUNCED ITS DECISION TO TERMINATE TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS FOR NICARAGUA AND SUDAN. THESE ACTIONS DEMONSTRATE THE ADMINISTRATION'S UNCLEAR -- EXCUSE ME, THE ADMINISTRATION'S CLEAR DEPARTURE FROM THE BIPARTISAN CONSENSUS THAT IS ALWAYS -- HAS ALWAYS SURROUNDED THE T.P.S. PROGRAM WHICH EXISTS TO PROTECT HUMAN LIFE. INSTEAD, THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS CHOSEN TO SOW FEAR AND DIVISION IN OUR SOCIETY TO DISTRACT FROM ITS FAILED POLICIES THAT BENEFIT THE WEALTHY AT THE EXPENSE OF THE VAST MAJORITY OF AMERICANS. FACED WITH THIS CLEAR AND CREDIBLE THREAT, WE MUST COME TOGETHER TO PASS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT PROTECTS ALL T.P.S. ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS FROM BEING FORCED TO RETURN HOME TO COUNTRIES EXPERIENCING FAMINE, NATURAL DISASTER, AND OUTRIGHT CIVIL WAR. THAT IS WHY I HAVE WORKED WITH REPRESENTATIVES ROS-LEHTINEN AND JAYAPAL TO INTRODUCE THE BIPARTISAN I ASPIRE T.P.S. ACT WHICH WOULD PROVIDE MEANINGFUL PROTECTIONS TO ALL T.P.S. ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES IN THIS BODY TO CO-SPONSOR OUR LEGISLATION. I ALSO URGE HOUSE LEADERSHIP TO BRING IT TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE SO THAT WE CAN GRANT MEANINGFUL PROTECTION TO THE 300,000 T.P.S. ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS AT RISK OF BEING SENT BACK TO LIFE THREATENING CONDITIONS ABROAD. NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT FOR THE SAKE OF 300,000 T.P.S. ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS AND OUR STANDING IN THE WORLD. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:41:55 AM

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      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ZELDIN, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ZELDIN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:42:04 AM

      MR. ZELDIN

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION RECENTLY MADE THE…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION RECENTLY MADE THE IMPORTANT DECISION TO RELEASE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOCUMENTS IN THE POSSESSION OF THE C.I.A. WHICH WERE FOUND IN THE MAY 2011 RAID ON OSAMA BIN LADEN'S COMPOUND IN PAKISTAN. THESE DOCUMENTS REPEAL A MUCH MORE INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN IRAN AND AL QAEDA THAN WHAT WAS PREVIOUSLY SUSPECTED. WHILE IT WILL TAKE TIME TO ANALYZE THE EXTENT OF THE 470,000 DOCUMENTS, SOME IMPORTANT CONCLUSIONS CAN ALREADY BE MADE. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SELECTIVELY RELEASED 571 OF THESE DOCUMENTS DURING HIS TERM. NONE OF WHICH IDENTIFIED THE SIGNIFICANT RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN IRAN AND AL QAEDA. WHILE PRESIDENT OBAMA CLAIMED AL QAEDA WAS, QUOTE ON THE PATH TO DEFEAT, THESE DOCUMENTS SHOWCASE AL QAEDA STRATEGICICALLY RE-ORGANIZING ITS OPERATIONAL BASE. ONE OF THESE DOCUMENTS DESCRIBES IRAN AS AL QAEDA'S, QUOTE, MAIN ARTERY FOR FUNDS, PERSONNEL, AND COMMUNICATIONS. AND INSTRUCTS MEMBERS TO, QUOTE, REFRAIN FROM ATTACKING IRAN AND DEVOTE YOUR TOTAL RESOURCES TO THE FIGHT AGAINST THE CRUSADERS AND THE APOSTATES. ON THE ONE HAND AL QAEDA WOULD PUBLICLY DECLARE ALL SHIITES TO BE APOSTATES. ON THE OTHER HAND, THEY CALLED FOR A TRANSACTIONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THE MULLAHS OF TEHRAN. ANOTHER FINDING IN A 19-PAGE DOCUMENT WRITTEN BY SENIOR AL QAEDA OPERATIVE MARTANI OUTLINES AN ARRANGEMENT BETWEEN AL QAEDA AND IRAN. THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN AL QAEDA AND IRAN WAS BASED ON THEIR MUTUAL HATRED OF THE UNITED STATES. IRAN AGREED TO PROVIDE SHELTER, FINANCIAL SUPPORT, AND COORDINATE EFFORTS WITH AL QAEDA ACROSS THE REGION. IN THIS DOCUMENT, A SENIOR AL QAEDA OPERATIVE CONFIRMS THAT IRAN AND AL QAEDA'S, QUOTE, INTERESTS INTERSECT. HE GOES SO FAR AS TO DESCRIBE IRANIAN REGIME AS, QUOTE, THE BEST EXAMPLE OF PRAGMATISM AND POLITICS. ANYONE WHO WANTS TO STRIKE IRAN, -- ANYONE WHO WANTS TO STRIKE AMERICA, IRAN IS READY TO SUPPORT THEM WITH MONEY AND ARMS AND ALL THAT IS REQUIRED AS LONG AS THEY ARE NOT DIRECTLY AND CLEARLY IMPLICATED. IRAN OFFERED AL QAEDA EVERYTHING IT NEEDED, INCLUDING, QUOTE, MONEY, ARMS. AND QUOTE, TRAINING IN HEZBOLLAH CAMPS IN LEBANON IN EXCHANGE FOR ATTACKING U.S. INTERESTS IN SAUDI ARABIA AND THE GULF. AL QAEDA OPERATIVES WERE SAFEGUARDING IRAN WITH THE CONSENT OF THE IRANIAN MILITARY. IN FACT, THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT CONFIRMS THAT EIGHT OF THE 14 HYDROGENERS -- HIJACKERS PASSED THROUGH IRAN DURING THE PERIOD OF OCTOBER 2000 TO FEBRUARY OF 2001. IRANIAN INTELLIGENCE FACILITATED THE TRAVEL OF SOME OPERATIVES WITH VISAS WHILE SHELTERING OTHERS. IN THESE DOCUMENTS THERE IS EVEN A WEDDING VIDEO OF BIN LADEN'S SON WITH AL QAEDA MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE IN -- YOU GUESSED IT -- IRAN. A SON WHO FAMOUSLY SAID THE ENEMY OF MY ENEMY IS MY FRIEND. WE'RE THEIR SHARED ENEMY. IT IS SHAMEFUL THAT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DELIBERATELY WITHHELD THIS INFORMATION. IF THESE FILES EXPOSING IRAN'S OUTREACH AND ASSOCIATION WITH AL QAEDA HAD BEEN RELEASED, SUPPORT FOR THE IDENTIFY RAIN NUCLEAR DEAL WOULD HAVE ERODED EVEN FURTHER AND RIGHTFULLY SO. . SINCE THE JCPOA WAS ENTERED INTO, IRAQ AND SYRIA AND ELSEWHERE, IT'S ONLY INCREASED. THESE BAD ACTIVITIES HAVE ONLY GOTTEN WORSE AND NOW IT'S CLEARER WHY IT IS. ANY TERROR GROUP THAT WANTS TO ATTACK U.S. INTEREST WILL HAVE IRAN'S FINANCIAL AND MATERIAL SUPPORT. BY PROVIDING IRAN WITH $150 BILLION IN SANCTIONS RELIEF, WE ARE GIVING IRAN THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO CARRY OUT ITS BAD ACTIVITIES, THREATENING THE UNITED STATES AND OUR ALLIES. WHILE WE ALREADY KNOW OF IRAN'S CLOSE TIES WITH HELS AND POLITICAL -- HEZBOLLAH AND POLITICAL INFLUENCE IN YIRKE, THIS SHOWS THE -- IN IRAQ, THIS SHOWS THE EXTENSIVE REACH THEY HAVE IN THE REGION. THIS WAS POLITICIZATION OF INTELLIGENCE AND IT WAS TOTALLY REPREHENSIBLE. THANKFULLY THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION HAS RELEASED THESE DOCUMENTS TO LET THE AMERICAN PUBLIC KNOW THE TRUTH. I COMMEND THE C.I.A. DIRECTOR, OUR FORMER COLLEAGUE HERE IN THE HOUSE, MIKE POMPEO, WHO HAS HIT THE GROUND RUNNING AS NEW C.I.A. DIRECTOR AND MADE THE BOLD DECISION TO TAKE THESE 470,000 DOCUMENTS AND RELEASE THEM FOR THE AMERICAN PUBLIC AND FOR THE WORLD TO SEE. THEY SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN HIDDEN IN THE FIRST PLACE. THEY SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN HIDDEN FOR SO LONG NOW AND NOW WE CAN KNOW THE TRUTH OF THE RELATIONSHIP THAT ABSOLUTELY EXISTED BETWEEN IRAN AND AL QAEDA. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VIEW THESE DOCUMENTS. I ENCOURAGE THE MEDIA TO VIEW THESE DOCUMENTS, FOR THE AMERICAN PUBLIC AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY AND I THANK, AGAIN, THE ADMINISTRATION FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP IN THIS VERY IMPORTANT DECISION. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:47:16 AM

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

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

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    • 10:47:20 AM

      MS. MOORE

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO DECRY A PROVISION IN THIS TAX BILL THAT WOULD…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO DECRY A PROVISION IN THIS TAX BILL THAT WOULD AMOUNT TO SHOCKING TAX INCREASES OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR STRUGGLING GRADUATE STUDENTS BY RECLASSIFYING THEIR TUITION ASSISTANCE AS TAXABLE INCOME. THESE STUDENTS PROVIDE RESEARCH AND TEACHING SERVICES TO OFFSET TUITION. I MEAN, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT ASSISTANTS IN THE DORMS, TEACHING ASSISTANTS FOR UNDERGRADUATE COURSES, RESEARCHERS IN LABORATORIES, ALL WHO CONTRIBUTE TO UNIVERSITIES FOR EXCITE MODEST STIPENDS AND TUITION CREDITS TO AVOID GOING FURTHER INTO DEBT AND TO SUPPORT THEMSELVES WHILE COMPLETING THEIR MASTERS DEGREES AND PH.D.'S. TAXING THIS SO-CALLED INCOME WOULD IMPOSE A PROFOUNDLY NEGATIVE IMPACT ON EDUCATION. I MEAN, SCHOOLS ACROSS THE COUNTRY COULD LOSE HALF THEIR CURRENT GRADUATE STUDENTS AND WOULD DIMINISH THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS WHO WOULD EVEN CONSIDER GRADUATE SCHOOL IN THE FUTURE. MR. SPEAKER, WHAT IS TO BECOME OF THE VITAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE FIELDS OF MEDICINE AND ENGINEERING AND AGRICULTURE AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY? THINGS THAT HAVE LED TO INNOVATION AND INVENTION, THINGS THAT HAVE TRULY MADE AMERICA GREAT WITH THIS TAX PROVISION. AN EXAMPLE FROM MY VERY OWN ALMA MATER, MARKET UNIVERSITY, RAISES PROBLEMS WITH PARENTS. THERE IS A MAINTENANCE MECHANIC WHO HAS THREE, THREE, TRIPLETS COLLEGE-AGE STUDENTS. HE RECEIVES $40,000 OF TUITION ASSISTANCE FOR EACH OF THESE STUDENTS. I MEAN, FOR REAL, MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE GOING TO DEEM $120,000 INCOME TO THIS MAINT IN AN PERSON? BE FOR MANT ASSISTANCE PERSON? BE FOR REAL. A PERSON WHO IS MARRIED, 4-MONTH-OLD SON, MY RESEARCH FOCUSES ON HOW PERSONS WHO HAVE SUFFERED FROM A NEUROLOGICAL DISEASE SUCH AS A STROKE OR SPINAL CORD INJURY ARE ABLE TO MOVE. THIS TUITION WAIVER IS THE ONLY REASON I COULD AVOID GRADUATE SCHOOL AND DO THE RESEARCH I'M DOING TO HELP THE DISABLED. IF THIS BECOMES TAXABLE INCOME, MY WIFE AND I WOULD MOVE INTO A HIGHER TAX BRACKET AND MY TAX LIABILITY WOULD INCREASE ROUGHLY 40%. WITHOUT A SINGLE DIME OF AN INCREASE IN INCOME WITH WHICH I COULD PAY THAT. THIS EQUALS ROUGHLY $1,300 PER MONTH OF TAXES. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE, ALSO IN MY DISTRICT, GRADUATE STUDENT SHONDRA, IS FINISHING HER MASTERS IN LIBRARY AND SCIENCE. UNDER THE HOUSE BILL, HER INCOME IN THE EYES OF THE GOVERNMENT WOULD EFFECTIVELY DOUBLE. YOU KNOW, DOUBLING THE STANDARD DEDUCTION, LETTING PEOPLE FILE ON A POSTCARD WILL NOT OFFSET THE DRACONIAN TAX CUTS THAT THESE GRADUATE STUDENTS WOULD EXPERIENCE. TAXING TUITION CREDITS WOULD HURT LOWER AND MIDDLE-CLASS HARDWORKING CITIZENS WHO RELY ON THIS BENEFIT TO HELP THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES ACHIEVE THE AMERICAN DREAM. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES AND PEOPLE IN THE PUBLIC, MR. SPEAKER, NOT TO FALL FOR THIS TRICK. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE TO IMPOSE -- TO OPPOSE THIS HARMFUL BILL. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:51:20 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 10:51:24 AM

      MR. THOMPSON

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, EARLIER THIS WEEK I HAD THE…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, EARLIER THIS WEEK I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT A TRUE GEM IN CENTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, RONEY MEADE. IT'S A SCULPTURE GARDEN AND ARBORETUM, LOCATED BETWEEN THE MOUNTAINS. THE ROAN FAMILY OWNED THIS PROPERTY FROM 1794 TO 1937. THE LAND WAS SETTLED IN 1794 WHEN MICHAEL ROAN PURCHASED THE FARMLAND FROM THE STROM FAMILY WHO RECEIVED A GRANT OF THE LAND FROM THE PENN FAMILY. THIRD GENERATION LEONARD ROAN WAS AN IMPORTANT LEADER IN THE GRANGE MOVEMENT IN PENNSYLVANIA. MANY OF THE IDEAS FOR THE MOVEMENT WERE DEVELOPED IN HISTORIC 1853 FARMHOUSE THAT STILL SITS ON THE PROPERTY TODAY. LEONARD ROAN FOUNDED THE GRANGE FAIR IN 1874, AN EVENT THAT REMAINS A STAPLE IN THE REGION. THE FAIR IS A PROUD -- IS A PROUD CENTER COUNTY TRADITION, MUCH LIKE RONEY MEADE SLOGAN. THE SLOGAN IS WHERE ART AND NATURE MEETS. THAT RINGS TRUE THANKS TO DR. RICHARD MORGAN, A RETIRED PENN STATE PROFESSOR, WHO PURCHASED THE PROPERTY IN 1984. OVER SEVERAL YEARS HE TRANSFORMED THE GROUNDS INTO AN ARBORETUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN. HE FELL IN LOVE WITH THE HISTORIC HOME, VIEWS OF PENN VALLEY AND SOME OF THE OLDEST TREES IN CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA. HE RESTORED THE HOUSE IN THE PROPERTY AND LANDSCAPED THE SIX SURROUNDING ACRES. IN 1985, THE HOUSE WAS PLACED ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES. IN 1989, DR. MORGAN ESTABLISHED RHONEYMEADE TO OBTAIN AN OASIS OF BEAUTY AND SHARE THIS FOR ALL WHO WISH TO COME. AND RHONEYMEADE HAS SHARED WITH THE COMMUNITY AND WAS SHARED WITH THE COMMUNITY. IN 1992 HE OPENED THE PROPERTY TO VISITORS ON SELECT WEEKENDS. SINCE DR. MORGAN'S DEATH IN 2015, RHONEYMEADE IS WORKING TOWARDS BECOMING A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION. MR. SPEAKER, THE PROPERTY HAS THOROUGHLY BEEN CARED FOR FOR MORE THAN 200 YEARS. 150 ACRES OF BREATHTAKING LAND AND ITS HISTORY THAT HAVE BEEN KEPT ALIVE BY THE FAMILIES WHO HAVE OWNED IT AND NOW BY ALL THOSE WHO VISIT IT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:54:02 AM

    Recess

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

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      TEMPORE PURSUANT

      TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS UNTIL NOON

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      SPAFMENT.ORG AND ON "WASHINGTON JOURNAL." RIGHT NOW HERE ON C-SPAN WE TAKE…

      SPAFMENT.ORG AND ON "WASHINGTON JOURNAL." RIGHT NOW HERE ON C-SPAN WE TAKE YOU LIVE TO THE FLOOR OF THE U.S. HOUSE WHICH TODAY IS WORKING ON LEGISLATION DEALING WITH THE E.P.A.'S BROWNFIELD HAZARDOUS WASTE CLEANUP PROGRAM AND A BILL EXPANDING THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD FOR NEW FEDERAL EMPLOYEES.

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  • 12:00:04 PM

    Reconvened

    The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of November 30.

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      THE SPEAKER

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

      THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY THE GUEST CHAPLAIN, PASTOR JON LANDS, FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH, VIENNA, WEST VIRGINIA.

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    • 12:00:19 PM

      Today's prayer was offered by Pastor Jon Lands, Fellowship Baptist Church, Vienna, West Virginia

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        THE CHAPLAIN

        HAND OF PROVIDENCE THAT HAS GUIDED OUR NATION AND PROTECTED US OVER THESE…

        HAND OF PROVIDENCE THAT HAS GUIDED OUR NATION AND PROTECTED US OVER THESE PAST 241 YEARS. WE'RE THANKFUL FOR THOSE WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE US AND PAID THE PRICE FOR OUR FREEDOM FROM TYRANNY. IN RECOGNIZING YOUR BLESSING IN OUR HISTORY, WE NOW ASK FOR YOUR CONTINUED FAVOR AND GRACE. WE ASK THAT YOU'LL PROTECT THOSE WHO EVEN NOW PLACE THEMSELVES IN HARM'S WAY TO PRESERVE THE LIBERTY OF OUR LAND. I ESPECIALLY THANK YOU FOR THESE DEDICATED MEN AND WOMEN WHO GATHER TODAY TO DO OUR NATION'S BUSINESS. WE PRAY FOR ALL IN AUTHORITY, THAT WE MAY LIVE IN PEACE. WE ASK YOU TO LEAD THIS CONGRESS, TO FOLLOW YOUR INSTRUCTION GIVEN TO THE PROPHET MICA. TO DO JUSTLY. TO LOVE MERCY. AND TO WALK HUMBLY WITH YOU. THESE THINGS WE PRAY IN JESUS' NAME. AMEP. -- AMEN.

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      • 12:01:35 PM

        THE SPEAKER

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

        THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES 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 CALIFORNIA, MR. PANETTA. PAN PAN --

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    • 12:01:43 PM

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

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      PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

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        MR. PANETTA

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

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

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      • 12:02:09 PM

        THE CLERK

        H.R. 28 SORKS AN ACT TO AUTHORIZATION APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018,…

        H.R. 28 SORKS AN ACT TO AUTHORIZATION APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018, FOR MILITARY ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, AND FOR DEFENSE ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO PRESCRIBE MILITARY PERSONNEL STRENGTHS FOR SUCH FISCAL YEAR, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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      • 12:02:29 PM

        THE SPEAKER

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA, MR. MCKINLEY, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA, MR. MCKINLEY, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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      • 12:02:37 PM

        MR. MCKIN

        -ILY -- VIRGINIA, MR. MCKINLEY,

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        MR. MCKINLEY

        INTRODUCE OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN, JON LANDS. SINCE TAKING OVER FELLOWSHIP…

        INTRODUCE OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN, JON LANDS. SINCE TAKING OVER FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH IN 1996 HE LED THE CHURCH THROUGH A PERIOD OF TREMENDOUS GROWTH. ATTENDANCE NUMBERS HAVE RISEN FROM 65 TO APPROXIMATELY 740, WITH A MEMBERSHIP OF OVER 1,200. THIS IS TESTAMENT TO HIS DEDICATION TO FAITHFULLY SERVING OUR COMMUNITY. HE TOOK HIS MINISTRY TO NEW HEIGHTS WHEN HE STARTED PRAISE F.M. RADIO. FAITH TALK ON 1450. AND THE WORD FOR LIFE, A DAILY AND WEEKLY RADIO PROGRAM NOW HEARD ON 150 RADIO STATIONS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES AND TWO INTERNATIONAL STATIONS. HIS SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY DOESN'T STOP AT THE CHURCH DOORS. HE'S A MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR THE WOOD COUNTY CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS. A MEMBER OF THE BOARD FOR THE FAMILY POLICY COUNCIL. AND SERVES ON THE BOARD OF WOMEN'S CARE CENTER OF THE TALK ON 1450. AND THE WORD FOR LIFE, MID OHIO VALLEY. A CRISIS CENTER DEDICATED TO OFFERING OTHER CHOICES THAN ABORTION. HE'S A NOTED AUTHOR HAVING WRITTEN, BE STILL, GOD'S STRATEGY FOR SERENITY. AND LIFE ON THE LEVEL, TO BALANCE CHRISTIAN LIFE. I'M HONORED TO WELCOME PASTOR LANDS TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. HE'S A DEDICATED LEADER IN THE PARKERSBURG COMMUNITY AND HIS SERVICE TO OTHERS IS INSPIRATIONAL. MR. SPEAKER, I CAN MY COLLEAGUES TODAY TO WELCOME PASTOR LANDS. MAY GOD BLESS HIM, OUR NATION, AND THE CHURCH HAM AND FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:04:16 PM

      ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES…

        THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        MR. WILSON

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

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

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        NENAL BALLISTIC MISSILE THAT MAY HAVE THE COMPASS TO THE REACH THE UNITED…

        NENAL BALLISTIC MISSILE THAT MAY HAVE THE COMPASS TO THE REACH THE UNITED STATES. THE

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      • 12:04:35 PM

        MR. WILSON

        NENAL BALLISTIC MISSILE THAT MAY HAVE THE COMPASS TO THE REACH THE UNITED…

        NENAL BALLISTIC MISSILE THAT MAY HAVE THE COMPASS TO THE REACH THE UNITED STATES. THE LATEST NUCLEAR MISSILE TEST WAS THE MOST PROVOCATIVE TO DATE. PUTTING AMERICAN FAMILIES AT RISK OF NUCLEAR ATTACK. IN ADDITION TO THE FAMILIES OF SOUTH KOREA AND JAPAN, WITH ALSO A THREAT TO CHINA AND RUSSIA, OF REGIONAL CHAOS. DURING AN MIDGECY MEETING OF THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL -- EMERGENCY MEETING OF THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL, AMBASSADOR NIKKI HALEY ISSUED A STRONG WARNING. WE HAVE NEVER SOUGHT WAR WITH NORTH KOREA. STILL TODAY WE DO NOT SEEK IT. IF WAR COMES IT WILL BE BECAUSE OF THE CONTINUED ACTS OF AGGRESSION LIKE YESTERDAY. THE AMBASSADOR WAS RIGHT WHEN SHE URGED CHINA AND THE PRESIDENT TO DO MORE TO STOP NORTH KOREA FROM PUSHING THE WORLD CLOSER TO A NUCLEAR WAR. AMBASSADOR HALEY AND PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP ARE PROMOTING PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH TO KEEP AMERICAN FAMILIES SAFE. WE SHOULD SUPPORT THE CALL FOR CHINA TO CUT OFF OIL TO NORTH KOREA. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE'LL NEVER FORGET SPEAVEN THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM. -- SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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      • 12:05:45 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        MR. COHEN

        FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT WAS A GREAT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. HE SAID…

        FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT WAS A GREAT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. HE SAID ONCE THE TEST OF OUR PROGRESS IS NOT WHETHER WE ADD MORE TO THE ABUNDANCE OF THOSE WHO HAVE MUCH, IT IS WHETHER WE PROVIDE ENOUGH FOR THOSE WHO HAVE TOO LITTLE. THAT'S STILL TRUE TODAY FOR PEOPLE WHO FOLLOW MORALITY AND JUDEO-CHRISTIAN THOUGHT. YESTERDAY IN MISSOURI THE PRESIDENT SAID THAT THE TAX BILL, WHICH IS IN THE SENATE NOW, AND UNFORTUNATELY PASSED THIS HOUSE, WOULD NOT BENEFIT HIM AT ALL. BELIEVE ME, IT WON'T BENEFIT ME. YOU CAN'T BELIEVE THAT. IT BENEFITS THE BILLIONAIRES AND THE MILLIONAIRES AND THE WEALTHY AND THAT'S WHAT IT'S ABOUT. AND THE DISPARITY OF WEALTH IN THIS COUNTRY IS GROWING AND GROWING AND WE CAN'T CONTINUE TO HAVE THAT. THE MIDDLE CLASS NEEDS MAJOR TAX RELIEF AND THE WEALTHY DON'T. AND WE COULD DRAW A BILL TO DO THAT AND DO IT TOGETHER. OUR COUNTRY IS IN DANGER. WE NEED MORE OF WEALTH IN THIS HELP IN THE INNER CITIES TO FIGHT CRIME. WE NEED HELP ALL OVER TO FIGHT AGAINST NATURAL DISASTERS. PEOPLE ALL OVER OUR COUNTRY NEED HELP. AS PAUL SIMON SAID, A NATION TURNS ITS LONELY EYES TO YOU. JEFF FLAKE, BOB CORKER, JOHN MCCAIN, SAVE AMERICA. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 12:07:10 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE BILL GIBBS FROM SPRING PORT,…

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE BILL GIBBS FROM SPRING PORT, MICHIGAN, AND CONGRATULATE HIM FOR BEING NAMED JACKSON COUNT YVETTE RAN OF THE YEAR. A FEW WEEKS AGO HI THE PRIVILEGE OF MEETING BILL AT V.F.W. POST 6056 DURING THEIR VETERANS DAY CEREMONY. IT WAS A SPECIAL EVENING WITH A ROOMFUL OF HEROES, NONE MORE SO THAN BILL. WHEN OUR COUNTRY CALLED DURING THE VIETNAM WAR, BILL ANSWERED WITH TREMENDOUS BRAVERY. FOR HIS HEROISM IN HARM'S WAY, BILL WAS AWARDED THE PURPLE HEART, FOUR BRONZE STARS WITH VALOR DEVICE, AND A NUMBER OF OTHER BRAVERY. FOR HIS HEROISM IN HARM'S SERVICE MEDALS. OVER THE YEARS BILL HAS DONE IT ALL AT POST 6056, INCLUDING SERVING AS POST COMMANDER, TRUSTEE, POST HISTORIAN, AND QUARTER MASTER FOR 33 YEARS.

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      • 12:08:10 PM

        MR. WALBERG

        WHEN CALLED UPON HE PERFORMS AS AN HONOR GUARD MEMBER AT MILITARY FUNERALS…

        WHEN CALLED UPON HE PERFORMS AS AN HONOR GUARD MEMBER AT MILITARY FUNERALS AND IN THE COMMUNITY. MR. SPEAKER, FOR ALL THIS AND MUCH MORE, BILL IS INCREDIBLY DESERVING OF THE VETERAN OF THE YEAR AWARD. AND OUR NATION IS ETERNALLY GRATEFUL FOR HIS SERVICE AND SACRIFICE. THANK YOU, BILL GIBBS, AND WELCOME HOME. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:08:37 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. REVISE AND…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. REVISE AND EXTEND. I

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        MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY THIS HOUSE TOOK A STEP TO ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN AN…

        MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY THIS HOUSE TOOK A STEP TO ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION IS NEITHER TOLERATED NOR SWEPT UNDER THE RUG. WHEN I GOT HERE A YEAR AGO, I WAS SURPRISED THAT THERE WAS NO ANTI-SEXUAL HARASSMENT TRAINING THAT WAS MANDATED. IN EVERY PROFESSIONAL POSITION I HAVE HELD THERE ALWAYS WAS THIS TYPE OF TRAINING. IN THE NAVY, AS A LAW STUDENT, A PROSECUTOR. ANTI-SEXUAL HARASSMENT TRAINING WAS A GIVEN.

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      • 12:09:14 PM

        MR. PANETTA

        THIS MONTH BEFORE YESTERDAY I HAD A ETHICS ATTORNEY COME INTO MY OFFICE…

        THIS MONTH BEFORE YESTERDAY I HAD A ETHICS ATTORNEY COME INTO MY OFFICE AND CONDUCT THAT TYPE OF TRAINING WITH MY ENTIRE D.C. ST. I'M PROUD TO HAVE DONE THAT. AIM PROUD TO BE AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR AND VOTED FOR THE LEGISLATION YESTERDAY WHICH MAKES ANTI-SEXUAL HARASSMENT TRAINING MANDATORY IN ALL OFFICES AND THEIR EMPLOYEES. THIS IS A SMALL STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION OF A LARGE FIGHT AGAINST SEXUAL HARASSMENT. I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO BE A PART OF THAT FIGHT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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      • 12:09:45 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR…

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

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        MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. DECEMBER 1 IS WORLD AIDS DAY. SO WE CELEBRATE OUR…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. DECEMBER 1 IS WORLD AIDS DAY. SO WE CELEBRATE OUR MANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST HIV-AIDS AROUND THE GLOBE. AS AMERICANS, WE CAN LOOK BACK AND BE PROUD THAT OUR NATION HAS BEEN A TRANSFORMATIVE FORCE IN THE GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST AIDS AND A RAY OF HOPE FOR MILLIONS OF LIVES AROUND THE WORLD. GLOBALLY OUR EFFORTS THROUGH PROGRAMS LIKE PEPFAR ARE CURRENTLY SUPPORTING TREATMENTS FOR MORE THAN ONE MILLION PEOPLE AND HAVE AVERTED MORE THAN 16 MILLION H.I.V. INFECTIONS AROUND THE WORLD. HOWEVER THERE IS STILL MUCH WORK TO BE DONE. CURRENTLY MORE THAN 36 MILLION PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD ARE LIVING WITH H.I.V. AND NEARLY 1,000 GIRLS ARE INFECTED WITH H.I.V. EVERY DAY. MR. SPEAKER, DECEMBER 1, WORLD AIDS DAY, REMINDS US TO REDOUBLE OUR EFFORTS ON BEHALF OF THOSE SUFFERING FROM THIS TERRIBLE DISEASE. NOW MORE THAN EVER IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT WE REMAIN COMMITTED TO CREATING A FUTURE WITHOUT HIV-AIDS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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      • 12:10:59 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        MS. SCHAKOWSKY

        REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM IS AN ATTACK ON AMERICA'S SENIOR CITIZENS. ACCORDING…

        REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM IS AN ATTACK ON AMERICA'S SENIOR CITIZENS. ACCORDING TO THE AARP, 5.2 MILLION SENIOR CITIZENS, MANY ON FIXED INCOMES, WILL SEE A TAX HIKE UNDER THE REPUBLICAN BILL. AND MEANWHILE, OVER 60% OF THE TAX BENEFITS GO TO THE TOP 1%. PLUS, THE BILL WILL TRIGGER AN AUTOMATIC CUT TO MEDICARE. $25 BILLION IN 2018 ALONE. IN 2019, AMERICANS 50 TO 64 YEARS OLD BUYING HEALTH INSURANCE THROUGH THE INDIVIDUAL MARKET WILL SEE THEIR PREMIUMS INCREASE, $1,500 ON AVERAGE. ACCORDING TO THE AARP. AND FOR THE FIRST TIME THE BILL CHANGES THE WAY SOCIAL SECURITY COLA IS CALCULATED. REDUCING SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS. SENIORS LOSE IN THE REPUBLICAN TAX BILL AND SO DOES PRETTY MUCH EVERYONE ELSE. WHO WINS? MILLIONAIRES, BILLIONAIRES, THE WEALTHIEST CORPORATIONS. WE SHOULD SAY NO TO THE REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM. AMERICANS DESERVE A BETTER DEAL.

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      • 12:12:29 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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        MR. SPEAKER, JUST LAST WEEK EGYPT EXPERIENCED THE WORST TERROR ATTACK IN…

        MR. SPEAKER, JUST LAST WEEK EGYPT EXPERIENCED THE WORST TERROR ATTACK IN ITS COUNTRY'S HISTORY. ISLAMIC TERRORISTS SET OFF EXPLOSIVES THAT TOOK OVER 300 INNOCENT LIVES AND INJURED 100 MORE. WHAT MADE THIS TRAGEDY EVEN WORSE IS THAT IT HAPPENED AT A PLACE OF WORSHIP, IN THE NORTHERN SINAI REGION. IN THEIR EFFORT TO WREAK HAVOC ON THE MIDDLE EAST AND OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD, THE ISLAMIC STATE AND OTHER TERROR GROUPS HAVE TARGETED CHRISTIANS, JEWS, AND MUSLIMS. PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS RIGHT TO SAY AFTER THE ATTACK IN EGYPT, THAT WE SHOULD STRENGTHEN OUR EFFORTS TO DEFEAT TERRORISM AND EXTREMISM IN ALL ITS FORMS. IN THE PAST YEAR, WE HAVE MADE PROGRESS IN DETERRING THE ISLAMIC STATE'S SO-CALLED CALIPHATE IN SYRIA AND IRAQ. WHILE THERE IS SHADOW IN THOSE TWO COUNTRIES ISN'T WHAT IT WAS A COUPLE YEARS AGO, THIS DOESN'T MEAN A RADICAL ISLAMIC INSURGENCY WON'T REMAIN IN THAT AREA. MR. SPEAKER, IF MILITARY PROGRESS ISN'T CUPPLED WITH A THOUGHT OUT STRATEGY REMAIN IN OF RECONSTRUCTION, A VACUUM WILL BE LEFT FOR THESE GROUPS TO RETURN. AS THE BEACON OF FREEDOM AROUND THE WORLD, THE UNITED STATES MUST STAY VIGILANT IN THEIR UNDERGOING WAR ON TERROR. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:13:49 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION SN

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

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        MR. GIANFORTE

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MONTANA VETERANS WHO HAVE SERVED…

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MONTANA VETERANS WHO HAVE SERVED OUR COUNTRY AND CONTINUE THEIR SERVICE IN OUR COMMUNITIES. I RECENTLY ASKED MONTANANS TO NOMINATE A VETERAN FOR THE 2017 MONTANA CONGRESSIONAL VETERAN COMMENDATION. A TRIBUTE TO RECOGNIZE THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED HONORABLY IN UNIFORM AND IN OUR COMMUNITIES. THE RESPONSE FROM MONTANANS WAS OVERWHELMING. 14 VETERANS ARE RECEIVING THE 2017 MONTANA CONGRESSIONAL VETERAN COMMENDATION. DICK ALGOOD, GENE BELL, BRUCE CHARLES, RICHARD GALE, GARY GERMOND, DAVID GERTZ, MICHAEL LAWSON, PHILLIP LYONS, DANIEL RITTER, FRANK STULTS, KEVIN STRICTLER, KYLE SUCKBEER, L.A. TROTTER AND STANLEY WATSON. ON BEHALF OF ALL MONTANANS, I THANK THE RECIPIENTS OF THE 2017 MONTANA CONGRESSIONAL VETERAN COMMENDATION FOR THEIR SACRIFICE AND SERVICE. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:16:45 PM

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

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      • 12:16:54 PM

        MR. VEASEY

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE LIFE OF MY FRIEND OF FOREST…

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE LIFE OF MY FRIEND OF FOREST HILL, TEXAS. SINCE MAKING FOREST HILL HER HOME IN 1975, JERLENE WAS A TRUE CHAMPION FOR IMPROVEMENT OF THE CITY. AMONG HER MANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS SHE WAS THE FIRST BLACK FEMALE ELECTED TO THE CITY COUNCIL. AND SHE ALSO PLAYED A VERY CRITICAL ROLE IN ESTABLISHING THE FIRST FOREST HILL LIBRARY, SERVING AS ITS FIRST LIBRARIAN. AND SHE WAS ALSO PART OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS. DURING HER TENURE ON THE BOARD OF, -- BOARD, SHE COORDINATED THE PURCHASE OF OVER FIVE LAKERS -- ACRES OF LAND FOR THE LIBRARY DISTRICT AND DEDICATED THE GARDEN. SHE ALSO MADE HER MARK IN THE COMMUNITY BY OPERATING AND SERVING AS THE COMMUNITY OUTREACH COORDINATOR FOR THE FOOD BANK AT THE LOVE SANCTUARY CHURCH FOR 15 YEARS. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN HONORING HER LIFE AND, WHILE THE COMMUNITY WILL BE SAD THAT WE'RE LOSING JERLENE, I KNOW SHE'S PROBABLY HAPPY RIGHT NOW WITH COACH HARVEY IN HEAVEN AND JUST REALLY WANT TO THANK HER FOR BEING THE DRIVING VOICE TO HELP GET THAT LIBRARY CREATED. BECAUSE IT WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED. WHEN I SEE THOSE KIDS ON THE COMPUTERS IN THAT LIBRARY, READING THOSE BOOKS AND HAVING A GOOD TIME, I THINK OF JERLENE AND HER VISION OF FOREST HILL HAVING THEIR OWN LIBRARY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 12:18:13 PM

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        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A DECORATED COMBAT VETERAN AND A…

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A DECORATED COMBAT VETERAN AND A DISTINGUISHED PUBLIC SERVANT AS ONE OF THE NEWEST INDUCTEES INTO FLORIDA'S VETERAN HALL OF FAME. THIS WEEK GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT AND THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS HONORED JOHN FRASHER FOR HIS CONTINUED COMMITMENT TO THE STATE OF FLORIDA. JOHN CURRENTLY SERVES AS THE PRESIDENT OF FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY, WHERE HE EARNED HIS BACHELOR'S AND LAW DEGREES. JOHN JOINED THE UNITED STATES ARMY AFTER GRADUATING FROM F.S.U. AND WENT ON TO RECEIVE TWO BRONZE STARS WHILE SERVING IN VIETNAM, EVENTUALLY EARNING THE RANK OF CAPTAIN. HE HAS BEEN AN ADVOCATE FOR VETERANS THROUGHOUT HIS ENTIRE LIFE, ESPECIALLY WHILE HE SERVED AS SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE IN FLORIDA, AND LATER AS SENATOR.

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        MR. DUNN

        UNDER HIS LEADERSHIP AS PRESIDENT, F.S.U. HAS BECOME ONE OF THE TOP…

        UNDER HIS LEADERSHIP AS PRESIDENT, F.S.U. HAS BECOME ONE OF THE TOP UNIVERSITIES IN THE NATION. MR. SPEAKER, PLEASE JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING F.S.U. PRESIDENT, JOHN FLASHER, FOR BEING INDUCTED INTO THE FLORIDA -- THRASHER FOR BEING INCONDUCTED INTO THE FLORIDA HALL OF FAME.

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      • 12:19:27 PM

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

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        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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        MS. LEE

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SOUND THE ALARM ABOUT OUR…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SOUND THE ALARM ABOUT OUR DEEPENING MILITARY OPERATIONS IN SOMALIA. THIS MONDAY THE UNITED STATES CONDUCTED ITS 30TH AIR STRIKE IN SOMALIA SINCE DONALD TRUMP TOOK OFFICE. THIS NUMBER IS ALMOST GREATER THAN THE AMOUNT OF AIR STRIKES PRESIDENT OBAMA CONDUCTED IN EIGHT YEARS IN OFFICE, MIND YOU. WHAT'S WORSE, WE NOW HAVE THE LARGEST UNITED STATES PRESENCE IN SOMALIA SINCE 1993, SOME 500 UNITED STATES TROOPS, WHICH HAS DOUBLED IN 2017 ALONE. WHY, MR. SPEAKER, ARE WE CONDUCTING SO MANY AIR STRIKES AND RAMPING UP OUR MILITARY PRESENCE IN SOMALIA WITH NO CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT? WHY ARE WE SENDING OUR TROOPS TO FIGHT A WAR THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW NOTHING ABOUT? CONGRESS HAS BEEN LEFT IN THE DARK ABOUT THESE OPERATIONS. AT A MINIMUM WE SHOULD HAVE BASIC KNOWLEDGE OF THE MISSIONS WE ARE ASKING OUR SERVICE MEMBERS TO RISK THEIR LIVES FOR. BUT WE KNOW IT'S NOT JUST SOMALIA. THESE U.S. SHADOW WARS ARE TAKING PLACE ALL ACROSS THE WORLD. AS WE SAW SO TRAGICALLY IN NIGER LAST MONTH. MR. SPEAKER, WE NEED TO RIP UP THAT AUTHORIZATION TO USE MILITARY FORCE, THE 2001 AUTHORIZATION, AND HOLD A REAL DEBATE AND VOTE ON THESE NEW ONGOING WARS. THE PEOPLE DESERVE TO KNOW THE COST AND CONSEQUENCES OF THESE WARS. YES, CONGRESS HAS BEEN MISSING IN ACTION ONCE AGAIN. WE OWE IT TO OUR SERVICE MEMBERS TO DO OUR JOB.

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      • 12:21:01 PM

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

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        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO WELCOME THE 40 VOLUNTEERS FROM 26 STATES…

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO WELCOME THE 40 VOLUNTEERS FROM 26 STATES REPRESENTING DUCKS UNLIMIT WHO HAD ARE ON THE HILL TODAY. AS AN AVID OUTDOORSMAN AND WATER FOWLER MYSELF, AS WELL AS A MEMBER OF DUCKS UNLIMITED FOR 25 YEARS, I'VE SEEN THE WONDERFUL FIRSTHAND BENEFITS OF THIS GROUP . DUCKS UNLIMITED HAS COVERED MORE THAN -- HAS CONSERVED MORE THAN 14 MILLION ACRES OF LAND IN AN 80-YEARS HIFT -- YEAR HISTORY. MARLY RIVERA A BIG THANK YOU FOR ALL THOSE FOLKS UP NORTH OF US WHO HAVE DONE SUCH A GREAT JOB RAISING THESE DUCKS. WORK LIKE THIS IS VITAL TO ENSURE THE NATURAL RESOURCES OF OUR LAND ARE PROTECTED AND MONITORED SO THAT OUR CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN CAN COME SOMEDAY TO RURAL KANSAS TO A REFUGE AND ENJOY THOSE GREAT OUTDOOR MOMENTS.

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        MR. MARSHALL

        I THINK THE FOLKS -- I THANK THE FOLKS AT DUCKS UNLIMITED FOR THEIR WORK…

        I THINK THE FOLKS -- I THANK THE FOLKS AT DUCKS UNLIMITED FOR THEIR WORK AND I WELCOME THEM TO CAPITOL HILL. I YIELD BACK.

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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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        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO COMMEMORATE THE CALIFORNIA SEEK AMERICAN…

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO COMMEMORATE THE CALIFORNIA SEEK AMERICAN AWARENESS AND APPRECIATION MONTH. AND TO RECOGNIZE THE CONTRIBUTIONS THAT THESE SECRET AMERICANS HAVE MADE NOT ONLY IN -- SIC AMERICANS HAVE MADE NOT ONLY -- S -- TO HAVE A BETTER LIFE FOR THEMSELVES AND FOR THEIR CHILDREN. A 19 -- IN 1910 THE SEIHKS HAD BECOME A CORNER STONE IN THE VALLEYS IN SACRAMENTO. IN ADDITION TO SHARING THEIR RICH CULTURE AND THE CONTRIBUTIONS THAT THEY'VE MADE TO OUR ECONOMY, THEY ARE FARMERS, BUSINESS OWNERS AND THEY ARE PHYSICIANS. THE SEIHK AMERICANS STAND WITH ALL AMERICANS WITH THEIR PATRIOTISM AND THEIR VALUES. BEGINNING WITH WORLD WAR I, THE SHEKHS HAVE BEEN IN ALL AMERICAN WARS. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN RECOGNIZING AND CELEBRATING THE MANY CONTRIBUTIONS THAT SHEIKH AMERICANS HAVE MADE AS A STRONGER NATION. WHICH PLAY AN INTEGRAL ROLE IN OUR HEALTH AND THE FUTURE NOT ONLY OF THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, BUT THROUGHOUT OUR NATION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 12:23:37 PM

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

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        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO HONOR THE VETERANS IN MY DISTRICT AND THOSE WHO…

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO HONOR THE VETERANS IN MY DISTRICT AND THOSE WHO SUPPORT THEM. EARLIER THIS MONTH I ATTENDED A VETERANS ESTEEM EVENT. IT IS A DINNER ORGANIZED AND PREPARED BY LOCAL JUNIOR HIGH AND SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM NORTH BRANCH, ALMONTH AND DRYDEN TO HONOR AREA VETERANS. THOSE TWO HAVE SERVED OUR VETERANS ARE THE BEST 1% THIS COUNTRY PRODUCED. WORDS WILL NEVER BE ADEQUATE TO CAPTURE THE DEBT OF GRATITUDE OWED TO THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE MILITARY WHO HAVE ENABLED OUR NATION TO CONTINUE TO BE SAFE AND PROSPEROUS. I'M HONORED TO SERVE WITH THEM AND THE STUDENTS IN THE DISTRICT WHO TOOK TIME TO ORGANIZE AND RECOGNIZE THE VETERANS AT THIS EVENT. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADD THE NAMES OF THE STUDENTS AND SPONSORS OF THE VETERANS ESTEEM TEAM TO THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD.

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      • 12:24:38 PM

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        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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        MR. MITCHELL

        WITH THAT I YIELD BACK. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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        MR. MCEACHIN

        MR. SPEAKER, ACCORDING TO THE NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, THE…

        MR. SPEAKER, ACCORDING TO THE NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, THE SENATE'S VERSION OF TAX REFORM WOULD INCREASE THE DEFICIT BY $38 BILLION. IN 2018. BY 2027, THAT DEBT WOULD INCREASE BY A WHOPPING $1.4 TRILLION. I STAND HERE TODAY CALLING FOR TAX REFORM LEGISLATION THAT WOULD HELP MY CONSTITUENTS AND MILLIONS OF OTHER AMERICANS. MR. SPEAKER, THE G.O.P. TAX PLAN IS IRRESPONSIBLE GOVERNING. MANY AMERICANS -- MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS SAY THEIR FAMILIES HAVE YET TO RECOVER FROM THE GREAT RECESSION. AND I HEAR THEM LOUD AND CLEAR. I CANNOT STAND BY SILENTLY WHILE MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE RUSH THROUGH A BILL FOR WHICH IT WILL TAKE YEARS FOR OUR ECONOMY TO RECOVER. THIS BILL RAISES TAXES ON 82 MILLION MIDDLE CLASS HOUSEHOLDS SOLELY TO CREATE GIVEAWAYS FOR THE WEALTHY FEW. WE HAVE ONLY NINE LEGISLATIVE DAYS LEFT IN THIS CALENDAR YEAR. IT IS TIME TO FOCUS ON LEGISLATION THAT WILL GIVE ALL AMERICANS A BETTER DEAL. WE NEED TO -- WE NEED COMMONSENSE, REALITY-BASED LEGISLATION THAT WILL CREATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL AMERICAN, NOT JUST THE SELECT FEW. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 12:26:10 PM

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        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        REQUEST PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE, TO REVISE AND…

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

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        MR. SPEAKER, IT HAS BEEN PROVEN ALL OVER THE WORLD THAT THE MOST WASTEFUL,…

        MR. SPEAKER, IT HAS BEEN PROVEN ALL OVER THE WORLD THAT THE MOST WASTEFUL, LEAST ECONOMICAL, LEAST EFFICIENT WAY TO SPEND MONEY IS TO TURN IT OVER TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. IF THIS WAS NOT TRUE, THEN PLACES LIKE CUBA, NORTH KOREA AND VENEZUELA WOULD BE HEAVENS ON EARTH. SOCIALISM SIMPLY DOES NOT WORK.

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      • 12:26:35 PM

        MR. DUNCAN

        MONEY LEFT IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR DOES MUCH MORE TO CREATE JOBS AND HOLD…

        MONEY LEFT IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR DOES MUCH MORE TO CREATE JOBS AND HOLD DOWN PRICES THAN DOES ANY MONEY TURNED OVER TO GOVERNMENT. A BUSINESS THAT CONTINUALLY WASTES MONEY AND OPERATE INEFFICIENTLY WILL EVENTUALLY GO OUT OF BUSINESS. A GOVERNMENT AGENCY THAT WASTES MONEY OR OPERATES INEFFICIENTLY JUST USES THAT AS AN EXCUSE TO ASK FOR HIGHER APPROPRIATIONS. THAT IS WHAT THE TAX CUT BILL IS ALL ABOUT. AN EFFORT TO LEAVE MORE MONEY IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, WHERE IT WILL CREATE JOBS AND HOLD DOWN PRICES. WEALTHY ELITISTS COME OUT AHEAD EVEN UNDER SOCIALIST BIG GOVERNMENT SYSTEMS. LOWER INCOME PEOPLE COME OUT BETTER WHEN MORE MONEY LEFT IN PRIVATE HANDS TO CREATE JOBS AND HOLD PRICES DOWN. COLLEGE GRADUATES OFTEN WONDER WHY THEY CAN'T FIND GOOD JOBS. IN LARGE PART, IT IS BECAUSE OUR FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL CORPORATE TAXES ARE TOO HIGH AND THIS HAS CAUSED US TO LOSE MILLIONS OF GOOD JOBS TO OTHER COUNTRIES. MR. SPEAKER, WE NEED LOWER TAXES. AND I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:27:35 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK…

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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      • 12:27:48 PM

        MS. ADAMS

        I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE HBCU NINE, THE NINE HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES…

        I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE HBCU NINE, THE NINE HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES WHO ARE CELEBRATING 150 YEARS OF ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE. THESE SCHOOLS HAIL FROM SIX STATES, COUNT GREAT AFRICAN-AMERICAN LEADERS SUCH AS EVA CLAYTON, JOHN LEWIS, MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AS MEMBERS OF THEIR ALUMNI. THE NINE INCLUDE ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY, FABLE STATE UNIVERSITY, HOWARD UNIVERSITY, JOHNSON C. SMITH UNIVERSITY, MOORE HOUSE COLLEGE, MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY, ST. AUGUST UNIVERSITY AND TALLADEGA COLLEGE. THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS FOR THE PAST 150 YEARS ARE REMARKABLE. THEY'VE CULTIVATED A LONG HISTORY AS INCUBATORS OF INNOVATION AND IT BE TO PRODUCE THE NEXTGEN -- CONTINUE TO PRODUCE THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS. 25% OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN STEM GRADUATES, 40% OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN LAWYERS, 50% OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN TEACHERS AND 21 CURRENT MEMBERS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS ARE PROUD HBCU GRADS. THESE SCHOOLS BORNE OUT OF NECESSITY HAVE ENDURED TEST OF TIME. TO SPARK A MOVEMENT AND CREATE THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS, FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGING THIS COUNTRY FOR THE BETTER. STAND WITH ME IN RECOGNIZING THE HBCU NINE FOR THEIR YEARS OF LEADERSHIP IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITIES AND THEIR DEDICATION TO HELPING STUDENTS REALIZE THEIR DREAMS. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:29:07 PM

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

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

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        I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE PRAIRIE RIDGE WOLVES FOOTBALL TEAM ON…

        I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE PRAIRIE RIDGE WOLVES FOOTBALL TEAM ON THEIR SECOND STRAIGHT CLASS 6-A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. THE TEAM REPEATED LAST YEAR'S OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE OF FINISHING THE SEASON WITHOUT LOSING A SINGLE GAME. BEATING THE NAZARETH ROAD RUNNERS IN THE STATE FINAL 28-21, THE TEAM NOW HAS A 28-GAME WINNING STREAK.

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        MR. HULTGREN

        THEIR LAST LOSS WAS IN 2015. THE TEAM IS RANKED SECOND IN THE STATE…

        THEIR LAST LOSS WAS IN 2015. THE TEAM IS RANKED SECOND IN THE STATE OVERALL BY THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE. THE COACH HAS BEEN A CRITICAL AND CENTRAL FIGURE TO THEIR SUCCESS. A 21-YEAR VETERAN AT PRAIRIE RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL, HE WAS NAMED IHSA FOOTBALL COACH OF THE YEAR AND IS NOW COMPETING FOR THE NATIONAL RECOGNITION. ANOTHER CRUCIAL PART OF THE TEAM IS QUARTERBACK SAMPSON EVANS AND HE HAD A FANTASTIC SEASON. DUBBED SUPERMAN FOR HIS EXPLOITS ON THE FIELD, HE WAS NAMED THE CHICAGO SUN TIMES' 2017 PLAYER OF THE YEAR. HE WILL CONTINUE HIS CAREER AS AN IOWA HAWKEYE ALONGSIDE TEAMMATE AND LINEMAN, GEOFF JENKINS. CONGRATULATIONS, PRAIRIE RIDGE WOLVES, FOR YOUR EXCELLENT SEASON, AND HERE'S TO A CONTINUED UNDEFEATED WINNING STREAK. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:30:26 PM

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        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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        I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF ADOPTION AND WHAT CONGRESS…

        I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF ADOPTION AND WHAT CONGRESS CAN BE DOING TO HELP MORE KIDS GET ADOPTED INTO LOVING CARING FAMILIES. NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH AND IT'S TIME WE TALK ABOUT HOW THE G.O.P. TAX REFORM BILL, WILL HELP CHILDREN IN NEED OF LOVING FAMILIES BY SUPPORTING THOSE WHOSE LIVES HAVE BEEN TOUCHED BY ADOPTION.

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        MR. YODER

        OUR TAX REFORM BILL PRESERVES THE ADOPTION TAX CREDIT WHICH ALLOWS…

        OUR TAX REFORM BILL PRESERVES THE ADOPTION TAX CREDIT WHICH ALLOWS TAXPAYERS TO CLAIM EXPENSES RELATED TO THE ADOPTION OF A CHILD INCLUDING FEES, COURT COST, AND TRAVEL EXPENSES. THE CREDIT COSTS ONLY ABOUT $3. BILLION OVER 10 YEARS, A SMALL FRACTION OF OUR OVERALL BUDGET. MR. SPEAKER, I WORKED TIRELESSLY WITH MY COLLEAGUES TO ENSURE THIS ADOPTION TAX CREDIT WAS INCLUDED IN THE HOUSES' TAX BILL AND I'M PLEASE THE SENATE VERSION ALSO PRESERVES IT IN THEIR DRAFT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO WORK QUICKLY TO PASS TAX REFORM TO PRESERVE THE ADOPTION TAX CONSIDERED AS READ.

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      • 12:31:36 PM

        Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 635 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4182) to amend title 5, United States Code, to modify probationary periods with respect to positions within the competitive service and the Senior Executive Service, and for other purposes, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1699) to amend the Truth in Lending Act to modify the definitions of a mortgage originator and a high-cost mortgage, to amend the Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act of 2008 to modify the definition of a loan originator, and for other purposes."

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          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          MR. WOODALL

          BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I PRESERVE THE ADOPTION CALL UP…

          BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I PRESERVE THE ADOPTION CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 635 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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          THE CLERK

          HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 106, HOUSE RESOLUTION 635, RESOLVED, THAT AT ANY…

          HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 106, HOUSE RESOLUTION 635, RESOLVED, THAT AT ANY TIME AFTER ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION THE SPEAKER MAY, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-B OF RULE 18, DECLARE THE HOUSE RESOLVED INTO THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 4182. TO AMEND TITLE 5 UNITED STATES CODE TO MODIFY PROBATIONARY PERIODS WITH RESPECT TO POSITIONS WITHIN THE COMPETITIVE SERVICE AND THE SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICE, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE FIRST READING OF THE BILL SHALL BE DISPENSED WITH. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. GENERAL DEBATE SHALL BE CONFINED TO THE BILL AND SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM. AFTER GENERAL BILL AND SHALL NOT DEBATE THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL ARE WAIVED. NO AMENDMENT TO THE BILL SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT, MAY BE OFFERED ONLY BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT. SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT, AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION IN THE HOUSE OR IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST SUCH AMENDMENTS ARE WAIVED. AT THE CONCLUSION OF CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL FOR AMENDMENT, THE COMMITTEE SHALL RISE AND REPORT THE BILL TO THE HOUSE WITH SUCH AMENDMENTS AS MAY HAVE BEEN ADOPTED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AND AMENDMENTS THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS. SECTION 2, UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL H.R. 1699, TO AMEND THE TRUTH IN LENDING ACT TO MODIFY THE DEFINITIONS OF A MORTGAGE ORIGINATOR AND A HIGH COST MORTGAGE. TO AMEND THE SECURE AND FAIR ENFORCEMENT FOR MORTGAGE LICENSING ACT OF 2008 TO MODIFY THE DEFINITION OF A LOAN ORIGINATOR, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF A TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-42 SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED. THE BILL AS AMENDED SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL AS AMENDED ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AS AMENDED AND ON ANY FURTHER AMENDMENT THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT ONE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL WITHOUT INTERVENING SERVICES. AND TWO, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS.

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        • 12:34:38 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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          MR. WOODALL

          I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, FOR -- DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS…

          I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, FOR -- DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION ALL ANAHEIMTIME IS YIELDED FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO MY FRIEND FROM NEW YORK, MS. SLAUGHTER, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    • 12:34:40 PM

      DEBATE

      The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 635.

      • 12:34:57 PM

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      • 12:34:58 PM

        MR. WOODALL

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES WHO COME TO SPEAK ON THE RULE TODAY MIGHT HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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      • 12:35:09 PM

        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I JUST HAD A CHANCE TO VISIT WITH MY…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I JUST HAD A CHANCE TO VISIT WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK. WE WERE TALKING ABOUT -- WELL, THE SAME THING ALL MEMBERS TALK ABOUT WHEN THEY GET TOGETHER. THOSE THINGS THEY HAVE IN COMMON. THOSE THINGS THAT MAKE THEIR DAY A LITTLE BETTER. THOSE THINGS THEY ARE STRUGGLING WITH THAT MAKE THEIR DAY A LITTLE BIT WORSE. I REGRET THAT SO OFTEN WE COME TO THE HOUSE FLOOR AND THE DEBATE THAT WE'RE HAVING SEEMS LIKE WE JUST HAVE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IN COMMON WHATSOEVER. I'M SURE IT HAS BEEN YOUR EXPERIENCE, YOU CAN ASK ANY FRESHMAN MEMBER OF THIS INSTITUTION, MR. SPEAKER, WHAT'S THE BIGGEST SURPRISE YOU HAVE HAD IN YOUR FIRST YEAR IN CONGRESS? AND THEY WILL SAY, I'M SURPRISED AT HOW HARDWORKING AND CONSCIENCIOUS AND DILIGENT AND COMMITTED ABSOLUTELY EVERY SINGLE ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES S I WAS READING IN THE LOCAL PAPER BACK HOME AND IT SOUNDED LIKE IT WAS A BIG CESSPOOL THERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. I'M PLEASANTLY SURPRISED AT HOW SINCERE MY COLLEAGUES ARE WORKING FOR THEIR 700,000 TO 800,000 CONSTITUENTS BACK AT HOME. WE HAVE TWO BILLS THIS RULE WILL MAKE IN ORDER FOR DEBATE TODAY. AND THEY ARE TWO BILLS THAT I WILL TELL YOU ARE INCREDIBLY WELL-INTENTIONED. I PLAN TO SUPPORT THEM. I PLAN TO ENTHUSIASTICALLY SUPPORT THEM. BUT THEY ARE ON ISSUES THAT ARE HARD IN THEIR MINUTIA. THE FIRST BILL MADE IN ORDER TODAY UNDER A CLOSED RULE, MR. SPEAKER, IS H.R. 1699. IT'S THE PRESERVING ACCESS TO MANUFACTURED HOUSING ACT. WE HAD TESTIMONY IN THE COMMITTEE YESTERDAY AND THE DISCUSSION WAS HOW DO WE PROTECT BUYERS OF MANUFACTURED HOUSING FROM BEING EXPLOITED WHILE STILL ENABLING THOSE AMERICANS WHO DON'T HAVE OTHER AVENUES FOR PURCHASING HOUSING TO GET INTO THAT MOST AFFORDABLE OF HOUSING, MANUFACTURED HOUSING. WE HAVE A COMMON GOAL TO PROTECT PEOPLE AND TO EMPOWER PEOPLE, BUT HOW DO WE GET THAT DONE? THIS BILL WAS WORKED THROUGH COMMITTEE, I BELIEVE IT'S A GOOD COMPROMISE. WE DIDN'T ALLOW ANY AMENDMENTS TO THIS. THERE WERE NO GERMANE AMENDMENTS PRESENTED IN COMMITTEE. SO THAT'S COMING UNDER A CLOSED RULE TODAY. THIS RULE ALSO WOULD MAKE IN ORDER A STRUCTURED RULE FOR H.R. 4182, THE ENSURING A QUALIFIED CIVIL SERVICE ACT OF 2017. AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN YOU GO AND READ THE HEADLINES, IT MAKES IT SOUND LIKE EVERY DISCUSSION ON CAPITOL HILL IS AMONG A BUNCH OF PARTISAN HACKS. JUST NOT TRUE. THE CIVIL SERVICE, AN INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT PART OF AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, THESE ARE DEDICATED MEN AND WOMEN WHO SHOW UP EVERY DAY TO INSTITUTE THE LAWS THAT YOU AND I PASS, TO BE THE INTERPRETERS OF THE BRIDGE BETWEEN THE LAW THAT IS WE PASS AND THE WAY THEY HIT FOLKS ON THE GROUND, WE ALL WANT THOSE EMPLOYEES TO BE PROTECTED FROM THE SWINGING PENDULUM OF PARTISANSHIP. I DON'T WANT A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT TO GET ELECTED AND FIRE ALL THE DEMOCRATS SERVING IN GOVERNMENT. THERE ARE SOME BRIGHT MINDED SCIENTISTS, SOME GREAT FOLKS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT, SOME REALLY TALENTED PEOPLE IN EDUCATION. I DON'T WANT THEM TO LOSE THEIR JOBS BECAUSE OF THE PARTISANSHIP OF A PRESIDENT. SIMILARLY, DON'T WANT TO SEE A DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT GET ELECTED AND FIRE ALL THE FOLKS WHO ARE REPUBLICANS. THERE ARE SOME FANTASTIC REPUBLICAN MINDS IN OUR DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE HELPING OUR FARMERS. THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR HELPING OUR WORKERS TO SUCCEED. YOU GO RIGHT ON DOWN THE LIST. THERE ARE STRONG MEN AND WOMEN HELPING FOLKS TO SUCCEED. BUT WE'RE ALSO FACING A REALITY THAT THAT SAME CIVIL SERVICE SYSTEM THAT SEEKS TO PROTECT THOSE HARD WORKING -- THOSE EXCEPTIONAL WORKERS TRYING TO SERVE AMERICA, THAT SAME SYSTEM THAT WORKS TO PROTECT THEM TO PROTECT THOSE HARD WORKING -- ALSO PROTECTS FOLKS WHO ARE COMPLETELY DERELICT IN THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES. WE HAD THAT DISCUSSION AS A CONFERENCE, AS A HOUSE, IN FACT IN A BICAMERA DISCUSSION, WENT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK FOR HIS SIGNATURE. AS IT VIDEO CAMERA CAME TO THE V.A. TO SAY CAN'T WE DO MORE TO REFORM A CIVIL SERVICE SYSTEM, TO REFORM FEDERAL LABOR UNION PROVISIONS SO THAT FOLKS WHO NEED THE PROTECTION BECAUSE THEY ARE EXCEPTIONAL CONTINUE TO BE PROTECTED, BUT THOSE FOLKS WHO ARE FAILING OUR VETERANS, THAT THOSE FOLKS CEASE TO BE PROTECTED FROM A SYSTEM THAT SEEKS TO REQUIRE ACCOUNTABILITY. WE PASS THAT TOGETHER. WE DID THAT TOGETHER HERE, MR. SPEAKER. WE SENT IT TO THE SENATE. THEY DID IT TOGETHER. THE PRESIDENT SIGNED IT INTO LAW. THIS ENSURING A QUALIFIED CIVIL SERVICE ACT DOES ONE THING AND ONE THING ONLY. IT EXTENDS THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD OF A NEW CIVIL SERVICE WORKER FROM THE CURRENT OF ONE YEAR TO TWO YEARS. THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE HAS DONE THIS ALREADY AND IT'S BEEN WORKING EXCEEDINGLY WELL. FOR THEM THE CONCERN IS HAVE I BEEN ABLE TO ADEQUATELY ASSESS AN EMPLOYEE'S ABILITY TO PERFORM IN A 12-MONTH PERIOD? WE'RE COMMITTED TO TRYING TO TRAIN PEOPLE UP, MR. SPEAKER. NOBODY'S TRYING TO RUN FOLKS OUT BEFORE THEY HAVE HAD A CHANCE TO LEARN THEIR JOB. THE QUESTION IS, IS A YEAR LONG ENOUGH TO UNCOVER THE FLAWS IN EMPLOYMENT. OR IS TWO YEARS A WIDER WINDOW? YOU'LL HEAR FOLKS ON THE OTHER SIDE SAY, ROB, WHY IN THE WORLD CAN'T YOU-ALL FIGURE OUT IF AN EMPLOYEE'S TALENTED IN YEAR ONE? THAT'S FAIR. THEY'LL SAY ROB, IF YOU WERE GOING TO TRAIN SOMEBODY UP, WHY COULDN'T YOU GET IT DONE IN YEAR ONE? THAT'S FAIR. BUT AS THE G.A.O. HAS LOOKED AT THIS ISSUE, WHAT THEY FOUND IS, MANAGERS THAT'S FAIR. AREN'T GETTING THAT DONE IN YEAR ONE. WHETHER IT'S BECAUSE THEY ARE INEFFECTIVE AS MANAGERS OR WHETHER IT'S BECAUSE THEY KEEP TRYING TO GIVE PEOPLE A SECOND CHANCE AND GET THEM TRAINED UP IS AN OPEN QUESTION. THIS BILL MANDATES NOTHING. BUT IT ALLOWS THIS TWO-YEAR WINDOW SO THAT MANAGERS CAN GIVE THEIR NEW EMPLOYEES A GOOD FIRST, SECOND, AND THIRD LOOK. THE DATA SUGGESTS THAT ONCE FOLKS GET FULLY PROTECTED BY THE CIVIL SERVICE SYSTEM, IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO MOVE UNDERPERFORMING EMPLOYEES OUT. THAT WORK SHOULD BE DONE DURING THIS PROBATIONARY PERIOD. THIS BILL AIMS TO LENGTHEN THAT PROBATIONARY PERIOD TO TWO YEARS. MR. SPEAKER, REASONABLE MEN AND WOMEN CAN DISAGREE ON THESE IT IS VERY DIFFICULT MEASURES. I BELIEVE THEY ARE IMPORTANT STEPS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. BUT WHAT GIVES ME SO MUCH PLEASURE TO COME TO THE FLOOR TO BRING THIS RULE TO YOU TODAY IS THE EARNESTNESS WITH WHICH THESE TWO BILLS WERE PRESENTED. THESE ARE COMMON CHALLENGES. HOW DO WE ENSURE THE VERY BEST STAFF FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? HOW DO WE ENSURE ACCESS TO HOMES AND PROTECTION FOR HOME BUYERS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? SINCERE CONCERNS, LEGITIMATE DISAGREEMENTS. IF WE PASS THIS RULE TODAY, WE'LL ENABLE A DEBATING PERIOD. WE'LL BRING THESE BILLS TO THE FLOOR SO WE CAN AIR OUR CONCERNS AND CHALLENGE OUR ASSUMPTIONS. I HOPE AT THE END OF THE DAY MY COLLEAGUES WILL DECIDE TO SUPPORT THIS RULE AND TO SUPPORT THE TWO UNDERLYING PIECES OF LEGISLATION. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 12:42:52 PM

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      • 12:42:54 PM

        MS. SLAUGHTER

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I CERTAINLY THANK MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING ME THE…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I CERTAINLY THANK MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES. AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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      • 12:43:03 PM

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      • 12:43:05 PM

        MS. SLAUGHTER

        PROTECTION ACT WAS ENACTED IN 1994 AS AN AMENDMENT TO THE TRUTH IN LENDING…

        PROTECTION ACT WAS ENACTED IN 1994 AS AN AMENDMENT TO THE TRUTH IN LENDING ACT. IT IS DESIGNED TO ADDRESS PREDATORY LENDING PRACTICES IN REFINANCING AND HOME EQUITY LOANS WITH HIGH INTEREST RATES OR FEES. LOANS THAT MEET THIS LOSS OF HIGH COST TRIGGERS ARE SUBJECT TO DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS AND LIMITATIONS ON THE LOAN TERMS. BORROWERS ARE ALSO PROVIDED ENHANCED REMEDIES IF IT IS VIOLATED. THE FIRST BILL BEFORE US, H.R. 1699, WOULD AMEND THE TRUTH IN LENDING ACT BY EXEMPTING MANUFACTURED HOME RETAILERS FROM BEING DESIGNED AS MORTGAGE MORTGAGE ORIGINATORS. IN THE PROCESS, IT WOULD EXEMPT THESE FROM IMPORTANT CONSUMER PROTECTION RULES THAT WOULD PERPETUATE CONFLICTS OF INTEREST AND RESTORE SAVINGS FOR THESE RETAILERS TO STEER CUSTOMERS INTO LOANS WITH HIGH COST AND FEES. THESE ARE PRECISELY THE TYPE OF LOANS MORE PROFITABLE FOR THE RETAILER, EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE BAD DEALS FOR THE CUSTOMERS. AND MY GOOD FRIEND FROM GEORGIA ASKED, WHAT COULD BE WRONG WITH THIS? HOW CAN WE PROTECT THOSE CUSTOMERS? I SUBMIT YOU MAY NOT PROTECT THOSE CONSUMERS BY TAKING ALL REGULATION OFF OF THEM. OBVIOUSLY IT WAS THERE FOR A REASON. WE'LL SEE HOW IT TURNS OUT. THOSE MAY SEE MAKE ARCANE CHANGES TO EXISTING LAW. LET ME PUT THE ISSUE IN BETTER PERSPECTIVE. ACCORDING TO THE MANUFACTURING HOUSING INSTITUTE, 22 MILLION AMERICANS LIVE IN MANUFACTURED HOMES TODAY. THAT IS EQUAL TO THE ENTIRE STATE OF FLORIDA. MR. SPEAKER, WHY IN THE WORLD IS THE MAJORITY PRIORITIZING A BILL THAT WOULD UNDERMINE CONSUMER PROTECTIONS FOR TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS? WE KNOW THE LEGISLATION WOULD CREATE MORE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING. IT WOULD ONLY MAKE THE INCREDIBLY PROFITABLE MANUFACTURING HOUSING INDUSTRY EVEN MORE MONEY THROUGH PREDATORY LENDING. . THOSE WHO RELY ON MANUFACTURED HOUSING AS AN AFFORDABLE OPTION DESERVE THE SAME ANTI-PREDATORY LENDING STANDARDS AS EVERY OTHER FAMILY. THIS BILL FAILS THAT TEST. IN FACT, IT WAS WRITTEN SPECIFICALLY TO TAKE THE PROTECTIONS AWAY FROM THE HOUSING INDUSTRY. THE SECOND MEASURE BEFORE US TODAY, H.R. 4182, IS COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY IT. WOULD EXTEND THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD FOR MEMBERS OF THE SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICE AND MEMBERS OF THE COMPETITIVE SERVICE FROM ONE YEAR TO TWO. THAT WOULD DOUBLE THE TIME THAT NEW CIVIL SERVANTS ARE ESSENTIALLY AT-WILL EMPLOYEES WITHOUT ANY EMPLOYEE PROTECTIONS OR DUE PROCESS RIGHTS. THERE'S NO EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THE NEED FOR DOUBLING THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES. THE BILL WOULD SIMPLY SERVE TO DELAY EMPLOYEES' ACCESS TO WORKER PROTECTION LAWS, THAT ENSURE THAT THEY ARE TREATED FAIRLY ON THE JOB. IT WOULD ALSO UNDERMINE WHISTLEBLOWER RIGHTS AND PREVENT THEM FROM COMING FORWARD. AND THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE ESSENTIAL TO GETTING TO THE BOTTOM OF LEGAL VIOLATIONS AND WASTE AND FRAUD IN GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. SO STANDING UP FOR THEIR RIGHTS USED TO BE A BIPARTISAN PRIORITY. BUT THE MAJORITY'S NOW PRIORITIZING A BILL THAT WOULD UNDERMINE THEIR RIGHTS AND PUT THE INTEGRITY OF OUR FEDERAL CIVIL SERVICE AT RISK. THIS COMES ON THE HEELS OF THE MAJORITY BRINGING A SEPARATE BILL, H.R. 3441, TO THE FLOOR RECENTLY. THAT LEGISLATION THREATENED THE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS OF EMPLOYEES AND ALLOWS EMPLOYERS TO EVADE LIABILITY FOR WAGE THEFT OR EVEN CHILD LABOR VIOLATIONS. AND JUST LIKE THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY, IT CHIPS AWAY AT THE WORKERS' ABILITY TO DO THEIR JOB WITHOUT RETALIATION OR UNFAIR TREATMENT. MR. SPEAKER, THERE IS A PATTERN HERE. THE MAJORITY'S BRINGING BILLS TO THE HOUSE FLOOR THAT THREATEN WORKER PROTECTIONS WHILE THEY WORK TO ADVANCE A PRO-CORPORATE AGENDA AT THE SAME TIME. THERE IS PERHAPS NO BIGGER GIVEAWAY ON THE AGENDA RIGHT NOW THAN THEIR TAX BILL. UNDER THE GUISE OF SO-CALLED REFORM, THE MAJORITY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CAPITOL IS CRAFTING A TAX BILL THAT IS NOTHING BUT A GIVEAWAY TO THE RICH AND POWERFUL. AND PLEASE DON'T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT. ON MONDAY "THE NEW YORK TIMES" PUBLISHED A PIECE, AND I QUOTE, SENATORS SCRAM TO BE ADVANCE THE TAX BILL THAT INCREASINGLY REWARDS THE WEALTHY, END QUOTE. THE VERY FIRST LINE OF THE PIECE GIVES AWAY THE MAJORITY'S GAME PLAN. IT SAID, QUOTE, THE REPUBLICAN TAX BILL, HURDLING THROUGH CONGRESS, IS IN-- IS INCREASINGLY TILTING THE UNITED STATES TAX CODE TO BENEFIT WEALTHY AMERICANS. END QUOTE. AND I BELIEVE THAT IS BEYOND DISPUTE BY NOW. I THINK EVERY MAJOR ECONOMIST AND PUBLICATION HAVE TOLD US THAT THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT IT IS. THIS SCAM WILL RAISE TAXES ON TENS OF THOUSANDS OF MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES TO GIVE GIVEAWAYS TO THE WEALTHY AND CORPORATIONS THAT SHIP JOBS OVERSEAS. IN FACT, I HEARD AN ECONOMIST LAST NIGHT SAYING THAT HE THINKS THIS BILL ENCOURAGES MOVING JOBS OVERSEAS. THE REPUBLICAN PLAN ELIMINATES THE ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX, WHICH IS DESIGNED TO PREVENT THE VERY RICH FROM GAMING THE SYSTEM. AND THE BILL PASSED BY THE CHAMBER ELIMINATES THE STATE TAX -- THE ESTATE TAX, WHICH WILL BENEFIT THE WEALTHY CERTAINLY. AND VERY FEW OF THEM ARE EVEN LIABLE FOR PAYING THAT TAX. ACCORDING TO THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION AND CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, UNDER THE REPUBLICAN PLAN, PERSONS MAKING $40,000 TO $50,000 A YEAR WOULD PAY AN ADDITIONAL $5.3 BILLION IN TAXES COMBINED OVER THE NEXT DECADE. AT THE SAME TIME, THOSE EARNING $1 MILLION OR MORE A YEAR WOULD SEE A $5.8 BILLION TAX CUT. NOTE PLEASE THE SIMILARITY OF THOSE FIGURES. IF THAT ISN'T TAKE MONEY FROM THE POOR TO GIVE TO THE RICH, I DON'T KNOW OF ANYTHING THAT COULD DESCRIBE IT ANY BETTER. THIS IS THE THIRD TIME AMERICA HAS TRIED TRICKLE-DOWN THEORY. IT DIDN'T WORK WITH PRESIDENT REAGAN. IT DIDN'T WORK UNDER PRESIDENT BUSH. AND CERTAINLY IT DID NOT WORK IN KANSAS. SO THERE IS A WORD FOR DOING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND EXPECTING A DIFFERENT RESULT. THAT WORD IS INSANITY. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 12:50:18 PM

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      • 12:50:26 PM

        MR. WOODALL

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF 15 SECONDS TO LET MY COLLEAGUES…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF 15 SECONDS TO LET MY COLLEAGUES KNOW THIS BILL PASSED OUT OF COMMITTEE BY MORE THAN A TWO TO ONE MARGIN. BIG BIPARTISAN VOTE OUT OF COMMITTEE TO REFORM THE MANUFACTURED HOUSING TO PROVIDE MORE ACCESS. I DON'T PROFESS TO BE AN EXPERT ON, THAT MR. SPEAKER. SO I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES FROM THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. BARR.

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      • 12:50:50 PM

        MR. BARR

        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN FAVOR OF THIS RULE…

        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN FAVOR OF THIS RULE THAT WOULD ALLOW THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO DEBATE LEGISLATION I INTRODUCED, H.R. 1699, THE PRESERVING ACCESS TO MANUFACTURED HOUSING ACT. HOME OWNERSHIP FOR MANY IS PART OF THE AMERICAN DREAM. HOWEVER, OVERBROAD AND BURDENSOME REGULATIONS ARISING OUT ED OF DODD-FRANK FINANCIAL CONTROL LAW IS LIMITING THE ABILITY OF AMERICANS TO REALIZE THIS DREAM. SPECIFICALLY, A ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL REGULATION ISSUED BY THE UNACCOUNTABLE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU MAKES IT HARDER FOR LENDERS TO OFFER MORTGAGES TO HARDWORKING AMERICANS WHO SIMPLY WANT TO BUY A MANUFACTURED HOME. BY EXPANDING THE RANGE OF LOAN PRODUCTS CONSIDERED, QUOTE, HIGH COST, UNDER THE HOME OWNERSHIP AND EQUITY PROTECTION ACT, THE KP HAS FAILED TO RECOGNIZE THE -- CFPB HAS FAILED TO RECOGNIZE THIS. BECAUSE OF THE INCREASED LIABILITIES AND STIGMA ASSOCIATED WITH MAKING A SO-CALLED HIGH-COST MORTGAGE, SOME LENDERS HAVE SIMPLY STOPPED MAKING THESE LOANS. IN FACT, ACCORDING TO RECENT HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ACT DATA, DATA THAT'S SUBMITTED TO THE GOVERNMENT, THE NUMBER OF MANUFACTURED HOMES OF 75 -- $75,000 OR LESS HAS PLUMMETED BY 22% SINCE THIS REGULATION WENT INTO EFFECT. AS A RESULT, THE KP'S OVERZEALOUS REGULAR -- CFPB'S OVERZEALOUS REGULATIONS HARM FAMILIES WHO JUST WANT TO PURCHASE A MANUFACTURED HOME BUT NOW CANNOT ACCESS THE NECESSARY FINANCING. IN ADDITION, EXISTING HOMEOWNERS ARE HARMED BECAUSE THEY WON'T BE ABLE TO SELL THEIR HOMES. THESE RULES ARE HITTING AMERICANS IN RURAL AND SUBURBAN AREAS AND THOSE WITH MODEST MEANS THE HARDEST. TAKE, FOR EXAMPLE, THE HOSPITAL WORKER IN KENTUCKY THAT APPLIED FOR A LOAN OF $38,500 TO FINANCE A MANUFACTURED HOME. HE HAD AN 8% DOWN PAYMENT. HIS MONTHLY INCOME WAS $2,200 PER MONTH. PLENTY TO COVER THE ALL-IN HOUSING COSTS OF $670 PER MONTH. THE PAYMENT HE WOULD HAVE BEEN INVESTING IN HIS OWN HOME WOULD HAVE BEEN LESS THAN WHAT HE WAS SPENDING ON RENT. BUT HE WAS UNABLE TO GET FINANCING. HE CONTACTED LOCAL BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS BUT THEY NO LONGER FINANCE MANUFACTURED HOMES. AND THE REASON FOR THIS, THE REASON FOR THIS CRIPPLING LACK OF LENDING IS THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU AND ITS SO-CALLED HIGH-COST LOAN REGULATION AND THE DEFINITIONS OF MORTGAGE ORIGINATOR AND LOAN ORIGINATOR ESTABLISHED IN DODD-FRANK. THESE REGULATIONS FAIL TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE UNIQUE CIRCUMSTANCES ASSOCIATED WITH MANUFACTURED HOUSING AND THE FIXED COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH ANY HOME PURCHASE, LARGE OR SMALL. THEY FAIL TO RECOGNIZE THE SIMPLE MATHEMATICAL FACT THAT FIXED COSTS ON SMALLER LOANS TRANSLATE INTO HIGHER PERCENTAGES OF THE TOTAL LOAN. AND EVEN IF INTEREST PAYMENTS ON MANUFACTURED HOMES ARE MORE THAN YOUR AVERAGE HOME, THE PAYMENTS ARE STILL MORE AFFORDABLE THAN THE ALL-END COST OF A SITE-BUILT HOME OR EVEN RENT IN MANY MARKETS. THAT'S NOT PREDATORY LENDING. THAT'S ACTUALLY GETTING PEOPLE INTO MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING. AND THIS IS ESPECIALLY THE CASE WHEN YOU CONSIDER THAT PURCHASING A MANUFACTURED HOME AS OPPOSED TO RENTING ALLOWS THE OWNERS TO BUILD EQUITY, LEADING TO FINANCIAL STABILITY FOR THOSE AMERICANS. THE PRESERVING ACCESS TO MANUFACTURED HOUSING ACT RECOGNIZES THE UNIQUE NATURE OF THE MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY AND IT FIXES THESE GOVERNMENT-CAUSED PROBLEMS BY MOD FIGE THE DEFINITION OF LOAN ORIGINATORS AND MORTGAGE ORIGINATORS TO EXCLUDE MANUFACTURED HOUSING RETAILERS AND SELLERS FROM THE DEFINITION OF LOAN ORIGINATOR, SO LONG AS THEY ARE ONLY RECEIVING COMPENSATION FOR THE SALE OF THE HOME AND NOT ENGAGED IN THE FINANCING OF THE LOANS. THE LEGISLATION ALSO INCREASES THE THRESHOLDS FOR HIGH-COST LOANS TO ACCOMMODATE MANUFACTURED HOME PURCHASES OF UP TO 75,000, WHILE STILL RETAINING TOUGH RESTRICTIONS ON LENDERS TO PREVENT ANY BORROWERS FROM BEING TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF. AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FROM REGULATIONS THAT HARM THEIR ABILITY TO PURCHASE AFFORDABLE HOMES FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES. SO WE NEED TO END GOVERNMENT POLICIES THAT ARE ISSUED UNDER THE GUISE OF CONSUMER PROTECTION, WHEN THOSE POLICIES ACTUALLY ARE PROTECTING AMERICANS RIGHT OUT OF HOME OWNERSHIP. AGAIN, THAT'S NOT CONSUMER PROTECTION. SO, FOR THESE REASONS AND THE FACT THAT ABOUT 40 DIFFERENT PRO-CONSUMER AND PRO-BUSINESS TRADE ASSOCIATIONS SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THIS RULE. AND THIS -- AND THIS IS NOT THE ONLY REASON WHY WE SHOULD VOTE FOR THE RULE. THE OTHER LEGISLATION INTRODUCED BY MY FRIEND FROM KENTUCKY, THE QUALIFIED CIVIL SERVICE ACT, IS ANOTHER PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WILL HELP ENSURE THAT THE U.S. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS A COMPETENT WORK FORCE. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN COMBER FOR HIS HARD WORK ON THIS ISSUE AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THIS RUFMENTE I YIELD BACK.

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

        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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      • 12:55:47 PM

        MS. SLAUGHTER

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

        MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE.

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      • 12:55:54 PM

        MS. JACKSON LEE

        MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. AND I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HER DISTINGUISHED…

        MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. AND I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HER DISTINGUISHED LEADERSHIP, FOR YIELDING TO ME. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO FOCUS IN PARTICULAR ABOUT WHERE WE ARE, WHERE WE'VE BEEN. I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT, AS WE DISCUSS THESE ISSUES DEALING WITH ENSURING A QUALIFIED CIVIL SERVICE ACT OF 2017, THAT WE REALLY HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO ENGAGE IN SAFE AND FAIR WORKPLACES ALL OVER THE NATION. AND CERTAINLY I WANT TO SPEAK PARTICULARLY ABOUT THE CIVIL SERVICE ACT, WHICH I'M STUNNED THAT THIS WOULD EXTEND THE NUMBER OF TIME OR THE NUMBER OF -- PERIOD OF TIME FOR -- PROBATIONARY PERIOD FROM ONE YEAR TO TWO YEARS. WHAT IS MOST STRIKING, SINCE I AM A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, IS THAT FEDERAL EMPLOYEES WILL REMAIN AT-WILL EMPLOYEES FOR A PERIOD OF TIME WITH VIRTUALLY NO DUE PROCESS PROTECTION. AND I CLEARLY WANT TO TRY TO UNDERSTAND AN ADMINISTRATION WHO FIRST OF ALL WANTS TO MAKE SKINNY THE GOVERNMENT, TO DISALLOW IT TO DO ITS WORK. AND THEN ON TOP OF THAT, IT WANTS TO HAVE TEMPORARY EMPLOYEES WITH NO DUE PROCESS RIGHTS. YESTERDAY WE STOOD ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE TO INSIST THAT THERE BE MANDATORY TRAINING FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT. AND AS WELL TO RECOGNIZE THAT THERE SHOULD BE ZERO TOLERANCE FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND OF COURSE SEXUAL ASSAULT. AS AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMAN, OVER THE YEARS HISTORICALLY WE, ALONG WITH WOMEN ALL OVER THE WORLD, HAVE SEEN THE POLITE OR THE DEVASTATION -- PLIGHT OR THE DEVASTATION OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND SEXUAL ASSAULT. I WAS DISAPPOINTED THAT THIS CAN FLOOR COULD NOTE VOLUNTARY -- THAT THIS FLOOR COULD NOT VOTE ON THAT RESOLUTION AND I ASK FOR THAT RESOLUTION TO BE CALLED UP AGAIN SO THIS HOUSE CAN GO ON RECORD FOR SUPPORTING MANDATORY TRAINING. AT THE SAME TIME I THINK IT BALANCES WITH DUE PROCESS AND THE WORK WE HAVE TO DO TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE A WORKPLACE THAT IS TOLERABLE AND ALLOWS WOMEN WHO FEEL INSULTED, HARASSED AND, GOD FORBID, ASSAULTED, THEY HAVE IT EASY, -- THEY HAVE AN EASY, QUICK ACCESS TO A PATHWAY OF RELIEF. THIS LEGISLATION AND THE UNDERLYING BILL ON THIS RULE, SPECIFICALLY DEALING WITH TAKING AWAY DUE PROCESS RIGHTS FROM CIVIL SERVANTS, WOMEN, STRIKES ME AS THE WRONG DIRECTION TO GO IN LIGHT OF WHERE WE ARE. SO I AM QUESTIONING THIS LEGISLATION. I THINK IT'S A WRONG DIRECTION TO GO. I FRANKLY BELIEVE IT SHOULD BE PULLED. AND AS THAT LEGISLATION IS PULLED, I BELIEVE THAT WE WOULD DO OURSELVES WELL TO REASSERT THE RESOLUTION FROM YESTERDAY AND TO CAST A VOTE. LET'S GET ON THE RECORD ON WHERE WE STAND ON THE ISSUES PROTECTING WOMEN AGAINST SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND SEXUAL ASSAULT. FINALLY, LET ME INDICATE THAT WE'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF APPROPRIATIONS. HURRICANE HARVEY, WE HAVE NOT BEEN COMPENSATED FOR THE DEVASTATION THAT IS THERE. MY CONSTITUENTS ARE SUFFERING. THEY'RE SUFFERING IN PUERTO RICO, THE VIRGIN ISLANDS AND FLORIDA. THE APPROPRIATIONS OR THE RECOMMENDATION FROM THE WHITE HOUSE IS INSUFFICIENTRABLE, UNACCEPTABLE AND THE TIME FOR US TO MOVE AS A CONGRESS TO BRING RELIEF TO THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE SUFFERED FROM THE HURRICANE. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:59:09 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 12:59:11 PM

        MR. WOODALL

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO A GOOD FRIEND…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO A GOOD FRIEND AND AUTHORITY ON THE ISSUE, MY FRIEND FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. ROTHFUS.

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      • 12:59:23 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 12:59:24 PM

        MR. ROTHFUS

        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT…

        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1699, THE PRESERVING ACCESS TO MANUFACTURED HOUSING ACT. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE PASSAGE OF THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. AS THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTION SUBCOMMITTEE AND A CO-SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION, I WANT TO UNDERSCORE THE IMPACT THAT PASSING THE PRESERVING ACCESS TO MANUFACTURED HOUSING ACT WOULD HAVE ON HARDWORKING AMERICANS. WE ALL AGREE THAT WE SHOULD WORK TO ENSURE THAT EVERYONE CAN AFFORD A SAFE PLACE TO LIVE. REPRESENTATIVE BARR'S BIPARTISAN BILL WILL REMOVE MISGUIDED BARRIERS THAT BLOCK ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE MANUFACTURED HOMES WHILE PRESERVING CONSUMER PROTECTIONS. IN MANY PARTS OF THIS COUNTRY, MANUFACTURED HOMES REPRESENT A COST-EFFECTIVE AND CUSTOMIZEABLE HOUSING OPTION. IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP IN MIND THAT THE CHALLENGE OF FINDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING IS NOT EXCLUSIVELY AN URBAN PROBLEM. HOUSING AFFORDABILITY IS A CHALLENGE IN MANY RURAL AREAS AS WELL, AND MANUFACTURED HOMES CAN BE A SOLUTION. . THIS IS AN MANY INDUSTRY THAT GIVES THOSE WITH A MODERATE INCOME WITH A CHANCE OF HOMEOWNERSHIP. 22 MILLION AMERICANS LIVE IN MANUFACTURED HOMES. IN MY STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA MANUFACTURED HOMES COMPRISE ALMOST 5% OF THE HOUSING STOCK. MANUFACTURED HOMES ACCOUNT FOR 73% OF ALL NEW HOMES SOLD UNDER $125,000, AND THE AVERAGE INCOME OF A MANUFACTURED HOME PURCHASER IS LESS THAN $40,000 PER YEAR. THE MANUFACTURED HOUSING BUSINESS ALSO SUSTAINS THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES, 16,000 WORKERS IN PENNSYLVANIA ARE EMPLOYED IN THAT INDUSTRY. UNFORTUNATELY, MISGUIDED RULES FROM WASHINGTON, D.C., THREATENED TO CHOKE OFF ACCESS TO MANUFACTURED HOMES. WHEN WASHINGTON BUREAUCRATS SOUGHT TO IMPLEMENT DODD-FRANK, THEY PUT FORWARD RULES THAT LED SOME MANUFACTURED HOUSING RETAILERS AND SELLERS TO BE CONSIDERED LOAN ORIGINATORS. THEY ALSO EXPANDED THE HIGH COST LOAN DEFINITION AND SWEPT MANY MANUFACTURED HOUSING LOANS INTO THAT CATEGORY. THE INCREASED RESTRICTIONS, LIABILITY, AND STIGMA THAT ACCOMPANY THESE DESIGNATIO HAVE LED MANY IN THE INDUSTRY TO CUT BACK ON LENDING. AS A RESULT, FEWER HARDWORKING AMERICANS WILL BE ABLE TO AFFORD A QUALITY MANUFACTURED HOME FOR THEIR FAMILIES. THE PRESERVING ACCESS TO MANUFACTURED HOUSING ACT WILL ADDRESS THESE HARMFUL RESTRICTIONS THAT ARE MAKING MANUFACTURED HOMES UNAFFORDABLE FOR PERSPECTIVE HOMEOWNERS WHILE PRESERVING IMPORTANT CONSUMER PROTECTIONS. THIS BILL CLARIFIES THAT A MANUFACTURED HOME SALESPERSON IS NOT A LOAN ORIGINATOR UNLESS HE OR SHE IS BEING COMPENSATED BY A LENDER, A CREDITOR OR A MORTGAGE BROKER. IT ALSO ADJUSTS THE HIGH COST MORTGAGE DESIGNATION THRESHOLDS SO THAT MANY MANUFACTURED HOUSING LOANS ARE ONCE AGAIN NOT INCLUDED. IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP IN MIND THAT THE TRUTH IN LENDING ACT AND STATE CONSUMER PROTECTION LAWS WILL STILL APPLY AFTER THE ENACTMENT OF THIS LEGISLATION. REPRESENTATIVE BARR'S BILL IS A NARROWLY FOCUSED, COMMONSENSE, AND BIPARTISAN EFFORT TO TARGET A SPECIFIC CHALLENGE FACING PERSPECTIVE PURCHASERS OF MANUFACTURED HOMES. THIS BILL WILL PRESERVE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICAN FAMILIES. I, AGAIN, URGE SUPPORT FOR THE PRESERVING ACCESS TO MANUFACTURED HOUSING ACT AND THIS RULE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 01:03:02 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS…

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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      • 01:03:06 PM

        MS. SLAUGHTER

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I…

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

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      • 01:03:38 PM

        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

        TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. TORRES.

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      • 01:03:46 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE LADY IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 01:03:48 PM

        MRS. TORRES

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS CONGRESS FACES A MORAL DECISION, A DECISION…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS CONGRESS FACES A MORAL DECISION, A DECISION WE HAVE PUT OFF MAKING FOR TOO LONG, A DECISION WE CANNOT PUT OFF ANY LONGER. WILL WE STOP THE DEPORTATION OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF YOUNG DREAMERS OR NOT? THIS IS NOT A PARTISAN QUESTION. THIS IS A QUESTION OF WHO WE ARE AS AMERICANS. ARE WE WILLING TO PUT PARTISAN GAMES ASIDE? ARE WE WILLING TO PUT TO AN END THE FEAR THAT DREAMERS HAVE, THE FEAR THAT THEY HAVE BEEN LIVING WITH THESE PAST FEW MONTHS? ARE WE QUICKLY APPROACHING THE YEAR END DEADLINE FOR MANY ITEMS THIS BODY NEEDS TO ADDRESS? MANY OF US ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING OUR FAMILIES THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS. WHAT ABOUT THE 122 DREAMERS THAT LOSE PROTECTION EVERY DAY THAT WE DON'T ACT? CAN THEY SAY THE SAME? THIS IS UNCONSCIONABLE. THIS IS NOT WHO WE ARE. WHEN I AM HOME I HEAR FROM BUSINESSES, SCHOOL LEADERS, PUBLIC OFFICIALS, RELIGIOUS LEADERS AND FRIENDS, AND THEY ALL WANT US TO ACT NOW, TODAY. FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN TEARING FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES APART. THE FIX IS RIGHT HERE IN FRONT OF US, H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT, IS A BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL BILL THAT WILL PUT THIS ISSUE AT REST ONCE AND FOR ALL. WE ALL KNOW THAT THE VOTES ARE HERE TODAY IN THIS BODY. PLENTY OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. PLENTY OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES STAND WITH THEIR BUSINESS, RELIGIOUS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS TO BRING THIS DREAM TO A REALITY FOR THE DREAMERS. WE HAVE BEEN CLEAR. THIS CONGRESS MUST NOT FINISH THIS YEAR WITHOUT PROVIDING A FIX IN CERTAINTY FOR DREAMERS. THEIR FAMILIES AND THE COMMUNITIES THAT DEPEND ON THEM EXPECT THAT. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO PROVIDE -- TO ALLOW US A VOTE AND TO PROVIDE A VOTE AGAINST THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN IMMEDIATELY BRING THE DREAM ACT TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE TODAY. I YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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      • 01:06:41 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS…

        THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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      • 01:06:45 PM

        MR. WOODALL

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD SHARE WITH MY FRIEND FROM NEW YORK THAT I…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD SHARE WITH MY FRIEND FROM NEW YORK THAT I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS REMAINING AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE WHEN SHE IS.

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      • 01:06:52 PM

        MS. SLAUGHTER

        I AM.

      • 01:06:53 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 01:06:56 PM

        MS. SLAUGHTER

        THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, FUNDING FOR THE GOVERNMENT EXPIRES ON DECEMBER 8.…

        THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, FUNDING FOR THE GOVERNMENT EXPIRES ON DECEMBER 8. THAT'S EIGHT DAYS FROM NOW. AND WE WONDER WHY WE'RE WASTING TIME ON UNNECESSARY BILLS BEFORE US TODAY AND RUNNING US TOWARD ANOTHER SHUTDOWN. LET ME REMIND EVERYONE WATCHING HERE TODAY ABOUT THE LAST SHUTDOWN IN 2013. THE MAJORITY SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT RATHER THAN FUND THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WHICH WAS THEN AND REMAINS TODAY THE LAW OF THE LAND. THE SHUTDOWN LASTED 16 DAYS. IN JUST THAT SHORT TIME, IT COST OUR ECONOMY AN ESTIMATED $24 BILLION. THE SHUTDOWN COST THE GOVERNMENT $24 BILLION. THAT WAS THE MOM AND POP STORES AND LITTLE RESTAURANTS THAT THEY HAVE IN FEDERAL BUILDINGS CLOSED. THE PROCESSING OF VETERANS' DISABILITY CLAIMS WAS STALLED. HEAD START GRANTING WERE FORCED TO CLOSE THEIR DOORS FOR NINE DAYS UNTIL SOME PRIVATE PHILANTHROPISTS STEPPED IN. HUNDREDS OF PATIENTS WERE UNABLE TO ENROLL IN POSSIBLE LIFESAVING CLINICAL TRIALS AT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH. 98% OF THE EMPLOYEES AT THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION, NEARLY 75% OF THE EMPLOYEES AT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH AND 2/3 OF THE EMPLOYEES AT THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL WERE FURLOUGHED. THAT BROUGHT NEW FEDERAL RESEARCH TO A STAND STILL. AN ESTIMATED $4 BILLION IN TAX REFUNDS WERE DELAYED. DENYING MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES THE MONEY THEY EXPECTED AND PLANNED FOR. EVEN THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD WAS IMPACTED. UNABLE TO INVESTIGATE 59 PLANE ACCIDENTS AS SWIFTLY. ANOTHER SHUTDOWN WILL BE DEVASTATING, BUT I'M AFRAID THAT'S WHAT WE'RE HEADED FOR UNDER THE LEADERSHIP HERE. THE PRESIDENT RECENTLY TWEETED THAT HE DOESN'T SEE A DEAL ON THE HORIZON. THIS COMES AFTER HE TWEETED EARLIER THIS YEAR THAT OUR COUNTRY NEEDS A, QUOTE, GOOD SHUTDOWN, END QUOTE. INSTEAD OF DOING ANYTHING ABOUT THAT HERE TODAY, WE ARE WORKING ON BILLS THAT ARE AT BEST NOT URGENT AND COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY AND EVEN DAMAGING. THE GREATEST NATION ON EARTH WILL BE STRUGGLING TO KEEP THE LIGHTS ON. THIS IS NO WAY TO RUN THE UNITED STATES, AND I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, ON THE RULE AND THE BILL, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 01:09:42 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

      • 01:09:46 PM

        MR. WOODALL

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

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE GENTLELADY RAISES A LOT OF IMPORTANT POINTS. I AM ABSOLUTELY CONCERNED ABOUT FUNDING THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, BUT SADLY IN A WAY THAT HAS BECOME SYSTEMIC AS WE TALK ABOUT WHO WE ARE AS A PEOPLE, MR. SPEAKER, WE CAN EITHER BE GLASS AS HALF FULL OR GLASS IS HALF EMPTY. IS IT TRUE THAT THE NUMBER OF DAYS WE HAVE LEFT IN THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION ARE LIMITED? IT IS. IS IT ALSO TRUE THAT THIS HOUSE HAS FULLY FUNDED THE GOVERNMENT AHEAD OF SCHEDULE FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE GOOD PEOPLE OF THE SEVENTH DISTRICT ELECTED ME TO CONGRESS? IT IS. IT IS THIS HOUSE HAS NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED OF. IN FACT, THIS HOUSE SHOULD BE SHOUTED IT FROM THE ROOFTOPS, THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION GIVES THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS A JOB TO DO. THE HOUSE HAS DONE IT. THE SENATE NEEDS TO GET TO WORK. THE FIRST TIME, MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO FUND ALL THE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS -- THERE'S 12 OF THEM -- ALL THE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. SENATE HAS PASSED, I BELIEVE, ZERO APPROPRIATIONS BILLS SO FAR THIS YEAR. MR. SPEAKER, LET'S NOT GIVE ANYBODY A PASS ON GETTING THE GOOD WORK DONE. LET'S DO HOLD PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE, BUT LET'S NOT CHASTISE OURSELVES AND CREATE AN ATMOSPHERE OF FAILURE. SUCCESS BEGETS SUCCESS. WE SUCCEEDED TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME. SIMILARLY, MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT CIVIL SERVICE PROTECTIONS TODAY. THERE'S NOT A MAN OR WOMAN IN THIS CHAMBER THAT DOESN'T WANT THE ABSOLUTE BEST FEDERAL WORK FORCE THAT WE CAN FIND. NOT ONE. AND THE QUESTION TODAY IS, DO WE LOCK YOU IN AND GIVE YOU ALL OF THOSE IRONCLAD PROTECTIONS THAT EVERY AMERICAN KNOWS THE CIVIL SERVICE SYSTEM OFFERS? WE ALL KNOW THAT IT IS HARD TO GET FIRED FROM A GOVERNMENT JOB. WE ALL KNOW THAT. SHOULD WE EXTEND THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD WHERE FOLKS CAN BE MONITORED, TRAINED UP, DISCIPLINED, WORKED WITH FROM ONE YEAR TO TWO YEARS? IF THAT GETS US A BETTER FEDERAL WORK FORCE TO SERVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THE ANSWER SHOULD BE A UNANIMOUS YES. I SAY TO MY FRIENDS WHO OPPOSE THIS BILL, IF IT DOESN'T END UP IN THAT RESULT, I WILL VOTE WITH YOU TO REPEAL IT, BUT I BELIEVE IT WILL END UP WITH A MORE HIGHLY QUALIFIED WORK FORCE, THAT IT WILL END UP WITH AN AMERICAN TAXPAYER THAT FEELS LIKE THEY'RE GETTING THEIR MONEY'S WORTH. I FEEL LIKE THE BEST THING WE CAN DO FOR OUR CIVIL SERVICE EMPLOYEES IS TO END THE NARRATIVE THAT CIVIL SERVICE IS A PLACE OF FAILURE INSTEAD OF A PLACE OF SUCCESS, IS TO END THE NARRATIVE THAT SUBSTANDARD PEOPLE WORK FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AS OPPOSED TO EXCEPTIONAL PEOPLE WORK FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. I REPRESENT EMPLOYEES OF THE C.D.C. IN MY PART OF THE WORLD, MR. SPEAKER. THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL IS SECOND TO NO ONE IN THE INTELLECTUAL FIREPOWER THAT THEY ASSEMBLE TO SERVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THOSE MEN AND WOMEN PUT THEMSELVES IN HARM'S WAY TO BATTLE THOSE PANDEMICS THAT SCARE THE BEJESUS OUT OF THE REST OF US. THEY DO IT AS AN ACT OF SERVICE AND THEY SHOULD BE PRAISED FOR IT. THE BEST THING WE CAN DO FOR THEM IS TO MAKE SURE FOLKS DON'T SLIP THROUGH THE CRACKS AND THEY GET SADDLED WITH A SUBSTANDARD PARTNER. WE WANT THEM TO HAVE ACCESS TO AN EXCEPTIONAL PARTNER. THIS BILL WOULD DO THAT. ACCESS TO MANUFACTURED HOUSING, MR. SPEAKER. A BILL FROM MY FRIEND FROM KENTUCKY. IT IS ABSOLUTELY TRUE THAT EVERY MAN AND WOMAN IN THIS CHAMBER WANTS TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN CONSUMER FROM PREDATORY LENDING. THAT'S UNDISPUTED. BUT AS MY FRIEND FROM KENTUCKY STATED, WHEN DO WE PROTECT SOMEONE RIGHT OUT OF THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A HOME? IN THE NAME OF PROTECTING PEOPLE -- PARDON ME -- WHEN DO WE FAIL THOSE VERY SAME PEOPLE? WE HAD TESTIMONY IN THE COMMITTEE YESTERDAY, MR. SPEAKER, PRESENTED CREDIT UNION AFTER CREDIT UNION AFTER CREDIT UNION THAT WOULD NO LONGER LONE -- LOAN MONEYS TO ITS MEMBERS TO PURCHASE A MANUFACTURED HOME. THEY WOULDN'T DO IT. THEY COULDN'T DO IT. TALK ABOUT PREDATORY LENDING. IF YOU WANT TO, IT'S NOT YOUR LOCAL CREDIT UNION THAT'S DOING IT. TALK ABOUT BIG WALL STREET BANKS EXPLOITING PEOPLE, IF YOU WANT TO, IT'S NOT YOUR LOCAL CREDIT UNION WHO IS DOING IT. TALK ABOUT PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BUILD YOUR COMMUNITY, IT IS YOUR LOCAL CREDIT UNION, AND YET CREDIT UNION AFTER CREDIT UNION SAID THE MEN AND WOMEN THAT WE STRIVE TO SERVE WE WILL NO LONGER HELP ACCESS THE AMERICAN DREAM. WE CAN'T. WHY? BECAUSE OF THE REGULATIONS COMING OUT OF WASHINGTON, D.C. DO WE WANT TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN CONSUMER? WE DO AND WE CAN, BUT WE CAN'T PROTECT THEM RIGHT OUT OF HOMEOWNERSHIP. WE SHOULDN'T AND YET WE HAVE. PASSING THIS BILL TODAY THAT MY FRIEND FROM KENTUCKY BRINGS FORWARD CORRECTS THAT MISTAKE, PUTS US BACK ON TRACK FOR PROTECTING CONSUMERS AND ENABLING CONSUMERS. . MR. SPEAKER, YOU CAN PICK ANY DAY OF THE WEEK ON CAPITOL HILL AND YOU CAN FIND A WAY TO DESCRIBE EVERYTHING THAT GOES ON AS NEFARIOUS, AS MISGUIDED, AS CON DRIVED -- AS CONTRIVED. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, YOU CAN ALSO LOOK AT DAYS ON CAPITOL HILL AND SEE THE EARNESTNESS OF WHICH MEN AND WOMEN WORK TOGETHER TO MOVE THIS COUNTRY FORWARD. THAT'S THE DAY WE HAVE TODAY. I HOPE IT'S THE DAY WE HAVE TOMORROW AND THE NEXT DAY AND NEXT DAY. I URGE MY FRIENDS, SUPPORT THIS RULE. SUPPORT BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR FOR MANUFACTURED HOUSING. SUPPORT BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR TO IMPROVE THE CIVIL SERVICE SYSTEM. WE CAN DO THAT WITH A VOTE RIGHT NOW, MR. SPEAKER. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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      • 01:16:31 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 01:16:41 PM

        MS. SLAUGHTER

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

      • 01:16:46 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE YEAS AND NAYS HAVE BEEN REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS…

        THE YEAS AND NAYS HAVE BEEN 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. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1-C OF RULE 19, FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3905 WILL NOW RESUME. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

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    • 01:16:56 PM

      POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

      At the conclusion of debate on H. Res. 635, the Chair put the question on ordering the previous question and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Ms. Slaughter demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on ordering the previous question until later in the legislative day.

      • 01:17:14 PM

        THE CLERK

        UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 312, H.R. 3905. A BILL TO REQUIRE CONGRESSIONAL…

        UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 312, H.R. 3905. A BILL TO REQUIRE CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL OF ANY MINERAL WITHDRAWAL OR MONUMENT DESIGNATION INVOLVING THE NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM LANDS IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA, TO PROVIDE FOR THE RENEWAL OF CERTAIN MINERAL LEASES ON SUCH LANDS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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      • 01:17:20 PM

        Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3905 — "To require congressional approval of any mineral withdrawal or monument designation involving the National Forest System lands in the State of Minnesota, to provide for the renewal of certain mineral leases in such lands, and for other purposes."

      • 01:17:21 PM

        UNFINISHED BUSINESS

        Pursuant to clause 1(c) of rule 19, the House resumed with further consideration of H.R. 3905.

        • 01:17:33 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA. MR.

        • 01:17:37 PM

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          I VALUE ARE A -- MR. GRIJALVA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO.…

          I VALUE ARE A -- MR. GRIJALVA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED. TO

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        • 01:17:46 PM

          MS. SLAUGHTER

          MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

        • 01:17:50 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

          THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 AND CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THIS 15-MINUTE VOTE ON ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE-MINUTE VOTES ON A MOTION TO RECOMMIT IF ORDERED, PASSAGE OF THE BILL, IF ORDERED, ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 635, AND ADOPTING HOUSE RESOLUTION 635 IF ORDER. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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        • 01:18:07 PM

          On agreeing to the Grijalva amendment (A002) Roll Call 642 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 182. THE NAYS ARE 237. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 182. THE NAYS ARE 237. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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      • 01:43:24 PM

        House Vote 642 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

        An amendment numbered 1 printed in House Report 115-429 to increase the royalty rate by 16.66 percent for mineral leases in the Superior National Forest.

        Failed (182 - 237)
        Yea
        Nay

        Vote Details: Yea - 182
        Democratic - 181
        Republican - 1

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

        Vote Details: Not Voting - 14
        Republican - 8
        Democratic - 6

        • 01:43:42 PM

          THE CLERK

          A BILL -- INVOLVING THE -- MINNESOTAS ECONOMIC RIGHTS IN THE SUPERIOR…

          A BILL -- INVOLVING THE -- MINNESOTAS ECONOMIC RIGHTS IN THE SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST ACT -- IN SUCH LAND AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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        • 01:43:55 PM

          On passage Roll Call 643 - Recorded vote pending.

          • 01:43:56 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE…

            THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          • 01:44:11 PM

            MR. LOWENTHAL

            I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

          • 01:44:14 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A…

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

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          • 01:50:50 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 216. ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 216, THE NAYS ARE…

            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 216. ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 216, THE NAYS ARE 204. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, CLEAR THE WELL, PLEASE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      • 01:51:18 PM

        House Vote 643 - On Passage

        Minnesota's Economic Rights in the Superior National Forest Act

        Passed (216 - 204)
        Aye
        No

        Vote Details: Aye - 215
        Republican - 207
        Democratic - 8

        Vote Details: No - 204
        Democratic - 182
        Republican - 22

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

        • 01:51:19 PM

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

        • 01:51:20 PM

          COLLOQUY ON HOUSE SCHEDULE

          The Chair recognized Mr. McCarthy for the purpose of engaging in a colloquy with Mr. Hoyer on a scheduling change for the week of December 4, 2017.

          • 01:52:37 PM

            MR. MCCARTHY

            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR THE PURPOSE…

            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR THE PURPOSE OF A SCHEDULING ANNOUNCEMENT.

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          • 01:52:46 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

          • 01:52:54 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 01:52:59 PM

            MR. MCCARTHY

            VOTES ARE EXPECTED IN THE HOUSE ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 4 AND 6:30 P.M.…

            VOTES ARE EXPECTED IN THE HOUSE ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 4 AND 6:30 P.M. MEMBERS SHOULD BE PREPARED TO VOTE ON THE MOTION TO GO TO CONFERENCE AND THE MOTION TO INSTRUCT CONFEREES ON H.R. 1, THE TAX CUTS AND JOB ACT. NOW, I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS TO BE HERE, PRESENT AND VOTING. IF THERE'S ANY FURTHER CHANGES TO THE SCHEDULE, I WILL BE SURE TO LET ALL MEMBERS KNOW. DOES THE GENTLEMAN WANT ME TO YIELD?

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          • 01:53:26 PM

            MR. HOYER

            IF MY FRIEND WOULD YIELD, YES, PLEASE. I THANK THE MAJORITY LEADER FOR…

            IF MY FRIEND WOULD YIELD, YES, PLEASE. I THANK THE MAJORITY LEADER FOR YIELDING. AS THE MAJORITY LEADER KNOWS, WE HAVE NINE DAYS LEFT TO -- UNDER THE PRESENT SCHEDULE. I UNDERSTAND THAT MAY BE AN EXTENSION OF THAT TO THE 22ND. MAYBE CONTEMPLATED. BUT WE HAVE NINE LEGISLATIVE DAYS LEFT. THE GENTLEMAN HAS NOW JUST INDICATED THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE VOTING ON MONDAY. I WOULD JOIN THE GENTLEMAN IN URGING EVERY MEMBER TO BE PRESENT ON MONDAY. NEED TO BE CASTING -- WE'RE GOING TO BE CASTING VERY CONSEQUENTIALAL VOTES OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS -- CONSEQUENTIAL VOTES OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS. AND WHETHER WE'RE VOTING ON THEM IN A TIMELY FASHION OR NOT, THEY WILL BE ALL CRITICALLY IMPORTANT. SO I URGE ALL OF MY MEMBERS TO BE HERE. WE HAVE MUCH THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE IN THE DAYS THAT REMAIN. AS THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS. I WANT TO RAISE TWO ISSUES. OBVIOUSLY THE GENTLEMAN HAS INDICATED WE'RE GOING TO VOTE TO GO TO CONFERENCE ON THE TAX BILL , IF THE SENATE PASSES THE TAX BILL. IN ADDITION TO THAT, OF COURSE, THERE ARE TWO MAJOR PIECES OF LEGISLATION, AND FRANKLY MANY MORE. AND I'M NOT REFERRING TO OBVIOUSLY THE OMNIBUS OR A C.R. SO THAT WE CAN KEEP THE GOVERNMENT FUNDING, WHICH EVERYBODY ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE, AND I'M SURE EVERYBODY ON THAT SIDE OF THE AISLE WANTS TO DO. AND I HOPE WE ARE ABLE TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT FUNDING IN A NONDRAMATIC WAY. BUT AS I HAVE INDICATED TO THE MAJORITY LEADER ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS, WE FEEL VERY STRONGLY , AS THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS, AND WE'VE HAD POSITIVE DISCUSSIONS ON THIS, THAT WE NEED TO ALSO PASS BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR, AND MANY YOUR MEMBERS HAVE RAISED THAT ISSUE AS WELL AND URGE THAT WE PASS IT BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR, A RESOLUTION FOR THE CHILDREN WHO WERE BROUGHT HERE AS MINORS, SOME AS YOUNG AS 1 OR 2 YEARS OF AGE, WHO KNOW NO OTHER COUNTRY BUT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THAT WE RESOLVE THEIR STATUS BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR SO THEY DO NOT CONTINUE TO TWIST IN THE WIND AND AGONIZE ABOUT WHETHER THEY'RE GOING TO BE SENT TO A PLACE THEY DO NOT KNOW. SENT BACK TO A PLACE THEY DO NOT KNOW AND THEY DO NOT PERCEIVE AS THEIR COUNTRY. THEY PERCEIVE THEMSELVES TO BE AMERICAN. SO I WOULD HOPE THAT WE COULD DEAL WITH THAT. IN ADDITION, MY FRIEND AND I HAVE HAD A DISCUSSION, THERE'S BEEN MUCH OVER THE LAST 11 MONTHS, DISCUSSION ABOUT HEALTH CARE. I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I THINK THE GENTLEMAN AND I AGREE ON, IN A BIPARTISAN WAY WE ALL BELIEVE THAT THE CHILDREN OF OUR COUNTRY OUGHT TO HAVE ASSURANCE OF ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE, QUALITY HEALTH CARE. WE PASSED THE CHIP BILL THROUGH THE HOUSE. AS THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS, IT WAS PASSED NOT IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. IT SITS NOW IN THE SENATE AND HAS NOT MOVED YET IN THE SENATE. I WOULD HOPE THAT THOSE TWO ISSUES AT THE VERY LEAST, AND THERE ARE MANY OTHERS, INCLUDING THE FISCAL BILLS AND THE OMNIBUS, THAT NEED TO BE MOVED. AND I WOULD HOPE, MR. LEADER, WHETHER WE ARE NINE DAYS OR 13 DAYS, HOWEVER MANY DAYS THAT WE HAVE LEFT, THAT THOSE TWO ISSUES , IN ADDITION TO OTHERS, WILL BE RESOLVED BEFORE WE LEAVE. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS ANNOUNCEMENT AND GIVING US A HEADS UP ABOUT MONDAY. BUT I WOULD HOPE THAT WE'D ALSO, IN THE FEW DAYS THAT REMAIN TO US, WORK VERY HARD TO TRY TO GET THOSE ISSUES AND OTHERS RESOLVED BEFORE WE LEAVE FOR THE YEAR. AND I YIELD BACK TO MY FRIEND AND THANK HIM FOR HIS TIME.

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          • 01:57:23 PM

            MR. MCCARTHY

            I THANK MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING AND MY FRIEND BRINGS UP GOOD POINTS. THE…

            I THANK MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING AND MY FRIEND BRINGS UP GOOD POINTS. THE GENTLEMAN DOES KNOW WE TALKED MANY TIMES ABOUT OUR ISSUE, NOT ONLY JUST ON SECURITY, BUT ALSO WHEN IT COMES TO DACA AND WE KNOW THAT DEADLINE IS NOT APPROACHING BY THE END OF THIS YEAR. MY GOOD FRIEND DOES KNOW THE DEADLINE OF GOVERNMENT FUNDING THAT AFFECTS ALL AMERICANS. AND I TAKE MY FRIEND IN A SERIOUS MANNER. BUT I WOULD SAY, MY SEVERE DISAPPOINTMENT IN WHAT TRANSPIRED THIS WEEK WHEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH ALL LEADERSHIP -- MY FRIEND TALKED ABOUT THE NUMBER OF DAYS WE HAVE. IT'S NOT A TIME TO PLAY POLITICS. THIS ISN'T ABOUT ONE PARTY OR THE OTHER. I WOULD BE GLAD TO HEAR THE SUPPORT -- YOU JUST HAVE TO SHOW UP FOR MEETING. I THINK MORE OUTCOME WOULD HAPPEN IF YOU SHOW UP TO THE MEETING. NOW, TOMORROW I WILL BE ANNOUNCING A FULL LEGISLATIVE SCHEDULE AND I'M EXCITED ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY TO LET AMERICA KEEP MORE OF THEIR HARD-EARNED MONEY AND GET US WORKING AGAIN AND I YIELD BACK.

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          • 01:58:52 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WITHOUT OBJECTION,…

            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE.

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          • 01:58:59 PM

            MR. HOYER

            MR. SPEAKER, MR. SPEAKER.

          • 01:59:00 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

          • 01:59:13 PM

            MR. HOYER

            AS A NEW MEMBER TO THIS BODY -- I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF…

            AS A NEW MEMBER TO THIS BODY -- I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR ONE MINUTE.

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          • 01:59:24 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 01:59:27 PM

            MR. HOYER

            I WANT TO SAY TO MY FRIEND, THE MAJORITY LEADER, WHERE ALL DUE RESPECT --…

            I WANT TO SAY TO MY FRIEND, THE MAJORITY LEADER, WHERE ALL DUE RESPECT -- WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, WE'VE RAISED A LOT OF HEAT IN THIS TOWN. UNFORTUNATELY ON THE CUSP OF A MEETING THAT WAS CONVENED TO TRY TO REACH SOME AGREEMENTS ON VERY IMPORTANT ISSUES TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THE HEAT WAS RAISED VERY, VERY SUBSTANTIALLY BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. THAT WAS UNFORTUNATE. AND ANYBODY WHO THINKS THAT THE HEAT WASN'T RAISED WAS SAYING THAT THERE WAS NOT GOING TO BE A DEAL I THINK IS INCORRECT. BUT THAT'S NOT WHY I ASKED FOR THE ONE MINUTE. WHAT I ASKED FOR THE ONE MINUTE IS, COLLEAGUES, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE RELYING ON US TO COME TOGETHER AND TO AGREE ON THINGS THEY KNOW ARE VERY IMPORTANT TO THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES AND THEIR COMMUNITIES AND THEIR COUNTRY. LET US NOT ACCUSE ONE ANOTHER BACK AND FORTH OF BAD FAITH AND LET'S LOWER THE HEAT AND LET'S TRY TO GET THAT WORK DONE. . WELL, THE GENTLEMAN WOULDN'T YIELD TO ME BUT I'M GLAD TO YIELD TO HIM.

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          • 02:00:38 PM

            MR. MCCARTHY

            OH --

          • 02:00:40 PM

            MR. HOYER

            MY FRIEND, THE MAJORITY LEADER.

          • 02:00:42 PM

            MR. MCCARTHY

            MY FRIEND IS CORRECT IN A LOT BUT I WILL EXPLAIN -- UNDERSTAND ONE THING.…

            MY FRIEND IS CORRECT IN A LOT BUT I WILL EXPLAIN -- UNDERSTAND ONE THING. IN THIS JOB AND WHEN WE RUN AND WE'RE PASSIONATE ABOUT OUR BELIEFS, MY PARENTS ALWAYS TOLD ME IF YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE HEAT YOU PROBABLY SHOULDN'T RUN BUT THE ONE THING THAT SHOULD HAPPEN, IF WE WANT TO COME TO A CONCLUSION, JUST AS YOU AND I AND MY GOOD FRIEND SAT IN MY OFFICE TALKING TO THE WHITE HOUSE APPROXIMATE OUR CONCERNS ABOUT THE HURRICANE, WHEN IT CAME TO THE VIRGIN ISLANDS AND PUERTO RICO, THE ONLY WAY YOU SOLVE THE PROBLEM IS YOU COME TOGETHER. THE ONLY WAY YOU COME TOGETHER, YOU SHOW UP IN THE MEETINGS AND YOU CAN AIR YOUR DIFFERENCES. BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, WHEN WE WALK INTO THIS HOUSE, WE DON'T WALK IN AS DEMOCRATS OR REPUBLICANS. WE WALK IN AS AN AMERICAN. AND IT'S ABOUT TIME WE PUT THE PEOPLE BEFORE POLITICS. WE GOT A SHORTER TIME TO DO OUR JOB. I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING PEOPLE HERE MONDAY. I LOOK FORWARD TO GETTING OUR WORK DONE AND I YIELD BACK TO MY FRIEND.

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        • 02:01:10 PM

          UNFINISHED BUSINESS

          The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on ordering the previous question on H. Res. 635 which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

          • 02:01:47 PM

            MR. HOYER

            MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

          • 02:01:50 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE.…

            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 635 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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          • 02:01:54 PM

            Considered as unfinished business. H. Res. 635 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4182) to amend title 5, United States Code, to modify probationary periods with respect to positions within the competitive service and the Senior Executive Service, and for other purposes, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1699) to amend the Truth in Lending Act to modify the definitions of a mortgage originator and a high-cost mortgage, to amend the Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act of 2008 to modify the definition of a loan originator, and for other purposes."

            • 02:02:04 PM

              THE CLERK

              HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 106, HOUSE RESOLUTION 635, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR…

              HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 106, HOUSE RESOLUTION 635, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 4182, TO AMEND TITLE 5, UNITED STATES CODE, TO MODIFY PRAUGSARY PERIODS WITH RESPECT TO POSITIONS WITHIN THE COMPETITIVE SERVICE AND SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICES AND FURS. AND PROVIDING CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 1699, TO AMEND THE TRUTH IN LENDING ACT TO MODIFY THE DEFINITIONS OF A MORTGAGE ORIGINATOR AND A HIGH COST MORTGAGE, TO AMEND THE SECURE AND FAIR ENFORCEMENT FOR MORTGAGE LNG ACT OF 2008. TO MODIFY THE DEFINITION OF A LOAN ORIGINATOR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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          • 02:02:07 PM

            On ordering the previous question Roll Call 644 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

            • 02:02:42 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. MEMBERS WILL RECORD…

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

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            • 02:09:09 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 229. THE NAYS ARE 189. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 229. THE NAYS ARE 189. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. ALL THOSE OPPOSED, NO.

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        • 02:09:14 PM

          House Vote 644 - On Ordering the Previous Question

          Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4182) to amend title 5, United States Code, to modify probationary periods with respect to positions within the competitive service and the Senior Executive Service, and for other purposes, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1699) to amend the Truth in Lending Act to modify the definitions of a mortgage originator and a high-cost mortgage, to amend the Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act of 2008 to modify the definition of a loan originator, and for other purposes.

          Passed (229 - 189)
          Yea
          Nay

          Vote Details: Yea - 228
          Republican - 228

          Vote Details: Nay - 189
          Democratic - 189

          Vote Details: Not Voting - 15
          Republican - 10
          Democratic - 5

          • 02:09:16 PM

            On agreeing to the resolution Roll Call 645 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

            • 02:09:24 PM

              MS. SLAUGHTER

              I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

            • 02:09:28 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE AYES HAVE IT. THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE…

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

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            • 02:16:21 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 226. THE NAYS ARE 186. THE RESOLUTION IS…

              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 226. THE NAYS ARE 186. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS THRAVENLT -- IS LAID UPON THE TABLE.

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        • 02:16:21 PM

          House Vote 645 - On Agreeing to the Resolution

          Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4182) to amend title 5, United States Code, to modify probationary periods with respect to positions within the competitive service and the Senior Executive Service, and for other purposes, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1699) to amend the Truth in Lending Act to modify the definitions of a mortgage originator and a high-cost mortgage, to amend the Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act of 2008 to modify the definition of a loan originator, and for other purposes.

          Passed (226 - 186)
          Yea
          Nay

          Vote Details: Yea - 225
          Republican - 225

          Vote Details: Nay - 186
          Democratic - 186

          Vote Details: Not Voting - 21
          Republican - 13
          Democratic - 8

          • 02:16:23 PM

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

            • 02:18:05 PM

              Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 631. H.R. 3017 — "To amend the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 to reauthorize and improve the brownfields program, and for other purposes."

              • 02:18:10 PM

                The rules provides 1 hour of general debate on both bills. For H.R. 3017, the bill is closed to amendments. For H.R. 3905, the rule provides for a specified amendment. The rule also provides for one motion to recommit with or without instructions on each bill.

                • 02:18:12 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                  THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. SHIMKUS, SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                • 02:18:25 PM

                  MR. SHIMKUS

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 631, I CALLP THE BILL…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 631, I CALLP THE BILL H.R. 317 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                • 02:18:33 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                • 02:18:35 PM

                  THE CLERK

                  UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 298, H.R. 3017, A BILL TO AMEND THE COMPREHENSIVE…

                  UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 298, H.R. 3017, A BILL TO AMEND THE COMPREHENSIVE ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSE COMPENSATION AND LIABILITY ACT OF 1980, TO RE-AUTHORIZE AND IMPROVE THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                • 02:18:52 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 631 AND AMENDMENT…

                  THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 631 AND AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF THE RULES COMMITTEE PRINT, 115-40, IS ADOPTED AND THE BILL AS AMENDED IS CONSIDERED AS READ. THE BILL SHALL BE DEBATED FOR ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. SHIMKUS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PALLONE, WILL EACH CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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            • 02:19:22 PM

              DEBATE

              The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 3017.

              • 02:19:33 PM

                MR. SHIMKUS

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

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 3017, INCLUDING EXCHANGE OF LETTERS BETWEEN THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE.

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              • 02:19:52 PM

                TEMPORE WITHOUT

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

              • 02:19:55 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 02:19:57 PM

                MR. SHIMKUS

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3017,…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3017, THE BROWNFIELDS ENHANCEMENT ECONOMIC MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE REDEVELOPMENT AND RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2017. THIS LEGISLATION HAS BROAD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN WALDEN AND RANKING MEMBERS PALLONE AND TONKO. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SPECIFICALLY THANK A FEW OF MY COLLEAGUES WHO HAVE EXHIBITED LEADERSHIP AND COMMITMENT ON THIS ISSUE. CONGRESSMAN DAVID MCKINLEY, MY FELLOW ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE MEMBER, WHO INTRODUCED THIS IMPORTANT BILL. AND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE, CONGRESSMAN JOHN KATKO AND CONGRESSWOMAN ELIZABETH ESTY WHO GUIDED A SIMILAR BILL THROUGH THEIR COMMITTEES. WE HAVE BEEN WORKING CLOSELY WITH OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE OVER THESE PAST FEW MONTHS ANTI-BILL THAT WE WILL VOTE ON TODAY REFLECTS COMPROMISE ON BOTH SIDES. THE BILL TAKES A VERY IMPORTANT STEP IN RE-AUTHORIZING THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY BROWN FIELDS PROGRAM FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE LAW WAS ENACTED AND SO I WOULD LIKE TO ALSO THANK CHAIRMAN SHUSTER FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND SUPPORT AS WE MOVE FORWARD. THE BILL WE'RE COMMOTE VOTING ON TODAY MAKES SEVERAL IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE BROWNFIELDS LAW THAT WILL RESULT IN MORE CONTAMINATED SITES BEING CLEANED UP AND RETURNED TO PRODUCTIVE USE, SUCH AS THE CREATION OF MULTIPURPOSE GRANTS WHICH WILL ALLOW COMMUNITIES TO USE GRANT FUNDS FOR BOTH ASSESSMENT AND REMEDIATION, AS WELL AS ALLOW COMMUNITIES TO CLEAN UP MORE THAN ONE SITE IN A DESIGNATED AREA. THE BILL ALSO PROVIDES LIABILITY RELIEF TO STATES AND MUNICIPALITIES WHO VOLUNTARILY AGUIRRE BROWNFIELDS PROPERTY THROUGH THEIR AUTHORITY AS A SOVEREIGN WHICH WILL ALLOW LOCAL UNITS OF GOVERNMENT TO ADDRESS CONTAMINATION ON PROPERTY THEY AGUIRRE THROUGH TAX DELINQUENCY, BANKRUPTCY, AND/OR ABANDONMENT. THE BILL EXPANDS GRANT ELIGIBILITY FOR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND PUBLICLY OWNED BROWNFIELD SITES THAT AGUIRRE THE PROPERTY PRIOR TO JANUARY 11, 2002, WHICH WILL PUT MORE PARTIES INTO THE MIX OF PERSONS ELLIDGIBLE FOR GRANT FUNDING WHICH WILL RESULT IN MORE THAN SITES BEING ASSESSED AND CLEANED UP. THE LEGISLATION INCREASES THE LIMIT FOR REMEDIATION GRANTS FROM $200,000 TO $500,000 AS WE LEARNED FROM WITNESS AT OUR HEARINGS, THIS WILL RESULT IN MORE BROWNFIELD SITES BEING CLEANED UP BECAUSE MANY OF THE SITES THAT REMAIN TO BE ADDRESSED ARE MORE COMPLICATED AND THEREFORE MORE EXPENSIVE. THE BILL PROVIDES FOR A LIMITED AMOUNT OF GRANT FUNDS TO BE USED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS, WHICH WILL ALLOW SMALL AND RURAL COMMUNITIES TO BE ABLE TO RECEIVE AND UTILIZE GRANT FUNDS. AND IT CARVES OUT GRANT MONEY TO ASSIST INDIAN TRIBES AND SMALL RURAL AND DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES AS THEY WORK TO ASSESS AND CLEAN UP CONTAMINATED PRIORITIES AND PROPERTIES. THE E.P.A. BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM IS CRITICAL TO STATES AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES AS THEY ADDRESS CONTAMINATED INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES AND RETURN THEM TO PRODUCTIVE USE. CLEANING UP THESE SITES IS GREAT FOR THE ECONOMY BECAUSE BROWNFIELD GRANTS CAN BE DIRECTLY LEVERAGED INTO JOBS. ADDITIONAL REDEVELOPMENT FUNDS AND INCREASED RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL PROPERTY VALUES. IN FACT, THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM ON AVERAGE LEVERAGE LEVERAGES OVER $16 IN PRIVATE INVESTMENT FOR EVERY FEDERAL DOLLAR SPENT AND LEVERAGES 8 1/2 JOBS FOR EVERY $100,000 OF BROWNFIELD FUNDS EXPANDED ON ASSESSMENT AND CLEANUP. THE PROGRAM IS A PROVEN RESULTS DRIVEN PROGRAM THAT HAS CHANGED THE WAY CONTAMINATED PROPERTY IS PERCEIVED, ADDRESSED, AND MANAGED. A VISIBLE EXAMPLE OF THE PROGRAM AT WORK WAS THE HOUSTON ASTROS ANTI-LOS ANGELES DODGERS FACING OFF IN GAME THREE OF THE WORLD SERIES AT MINUTE MAID PARK IN HOUSTON, TEXAS. MINUTE MAID PARK SITS ON A FORMER BROWNFIELD SITE THAT THE CITY OF HOUSTON REDEVELOPED AND RETURNED TO A VERY PRODUCT REUSE, ESPECIALLY FOR THE ASTROS. THE E.P.A. BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM IS UNIQUELY POSITIONED TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT AND SPUR THE ECONOMY. YOU CAN TELL FROM THE BROAD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT THAT H.R. 3017 ENJOYS THE SUPPORT FOR THE E.P.A. BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM IS UNQUALIFIED. THE PROGRAM HAS STRONG SUPPORT FROM LOCAL AND STATE GOVERNMENTS, PRIVATE DEVELOPERS, AND ALL SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY. BECAUSE BROWNFIELDS FUNDING IS SO IMPORTANT TO STATES AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, I WANT TONE COURAGE MY COLLEAGUES ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE TO FULLY FUND THIS IMPORTANT AND SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BILL. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                MR. PALLONE

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

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                MR. PALLONE

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. E.P.A.'S BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM HAS CHANGED THE WAY…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. E.P.A.'S BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM HAS CHANGED THE WAY CONTAMINATED PROPERTY IS PERCEIVED, ADDRESSED, AND MANAGED. I WAS PROUD TO WORK WITH THE LATE REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN, PAUL GILLMOR, IN CREATING THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM BACK IN 2002. AND I'M PROUD TO BE HERE ONCE AGAIN TODAY AS WE BRING UP A BIPARTISAN RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THIS LAW. I WANT TO THANK OUR ENVIRONMENT SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR. SHIMKUS, RANKING MEMBER TONKO, FULL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN WALDEN, FOR ALL THEIR WORK IN GETTING US TO THIS POINT TODAY. AND ALSO MY COLLEAGUES ON THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE. BY ALMOST ANY METRICS, THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM HAS BEEN A REMARKABLE SUCCESS. SINCE THE PROGRAM'S INCEPTION, MORE THAN 27,000 CONTAMINATED SITES HAVE BEEN ASSESSED OR REMEDIATED, ALLOWING COMMUNITIES TO CREATE NEW DEVELOPMENTSES. REMOVING PUBLIC HEALTH HAZARDS BY CLEANING UP CONTAMINATED SITES IS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT FOR THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES. WITH FINANCIAL HELP FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, COMMUNITIES CAN CLEAN UP CONTAMINATED SITES AND PREPARE THEM FOR DEVELOPMENT FOR PARKS, COMMERCE, HOUSING, OR A NUMBER OF OTHER USES THAT CAN BENEFIT A LOCAL COMMUNITY. IN THE E.P.A. HAS SAID CLEANING UP UNDERUTELIZED OR ABANDONED HOUSING, OR A NUMBER OF BROWNFIELDS PROPERTIES REDUCE HEALTH RISKS, DECREASES POLLUTION, AND REDUCES STORM WATER RUNOFF. THIS IS NOT JUST A PROGRAM THAT PROVIDES ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS. IT'S A JOB CREATOR THAT PRIMES THE PUMP FOR LOCAL INVESTMENT AND DEVELOPMENT. ALL TOLD THE BROWNFIELD PROGRAM HAS LEVERAGED OVER $45 BILLION IN INVESTMENTS SURROUNDING THESE SITES AND ALMOST 130,000 JOBS WHICH IS A STUNNING RETURN ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S MODEST INVESTMENT IN THE PROGRAM. SIMPLY PUT, IT PROVIDES TREMENDOUS VALUE TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND IT BOOSTS THE ECONOMY IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES. THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM HAS BEEN AN INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT TOOL FOR PROTECTING PUBLIC HEALTH AND SPURRING ECONOMIC GROWTH IN NEW JERSEY AND THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. THE ORIGINAL AUTHORIZATION FOR THE PROGRAM EXPIRED IN 2006. AND WHILE CONGRESS HAS CONTINUED TO APPROPRIATE RESOURCES FOR THE PROGRAM, FUNDING HAS DECLINED. LAST YEAR THERE WAS A QUESTION AS TO WHETHER THE PRESIDENT WOULD REQUEST ANY FUNDING FOR THIS IMPORTANT PROGRAM. SO IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE RE-AUTHORIZE THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM, STRESS THE NEED FOR CONTINUED PROGRAM FUNDING. H.R. 3017 IS A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT RE-AUTHORIZES THE PROGRAM UNTIL 2022. AT $200 MILLION ANNUALLY. AND REINSTATES A $50 MILLION ANNUAL AUTHORIZATION FOR GRANTS TO ASSIST STATES AND NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES. IT MAKES IMPORTANT REFORMS TO IMPROVE THE FLEXIBILITY OF THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM. AUTHORIZING MULTIPURPOSE GRANTS. RAISING THE LIMITS FOR GRANTS PER SITE. AND REMOVING SOME FUNDING CAPS IN CURRENT LAW. AND REMOVING -- MR. SPEAKER, THE BILL ALSO ALLOWS E.P.A. TO RESERVE AS MUCH AS $1.5 MILLION IN BROWNFIELDS FUNDING EACH YEAR TO AIES SMALL COMMUNITIES, TRIBES, AND RURAL OR DISADVANTAGED AREAS. GRANTS COULD BE USED FOR TRAINING, RESEARCH, AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE. ADDITIONALLY, H.R. 3017 WILL REQUIRE THE E.P.A. TO CONSIDER RURAL OR DISADVANTAGED AREAS. GRANTS COULD BE USED FOR THE POTENTIAL FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY PRODUCTION WHEN RANKING APPLICATIONS FOR BROWNFIELDS GRANTS TO INCENTIVIZE GREEN ENERGY PROJECTS. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL IS A COMPROMISE. I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO INCLUDE MORE FUNDING FOR THIS IMPORTANT PROGRAM, BUT I BELIEVE THIS BILL WILL IMPROVE THE PROGRAM AND BOWL STERT FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN CLEANING UP THESE SITES. I SPROR THE BILL AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                MR. SHIMKUS

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FULL COMMITTEE, MR. WALDEN, FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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                MR. WALDEN

                MR. SPEAKER, RISE TATE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3017, THE BROWNFIELDS…

                MR. SPEAKER, RISE TATE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3017, THE BROWNFIELDS ENHANCEMENT ECONOMIC REDEVELOPMENT AND RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2017. SPONSORED BY OUR FELLOW ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVE, DAVE MCKINLEY FROM WEST VIRGINIA. WE THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS. I ESPECIALLY WANT TO THANK JOHN SHIMKUS, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENVIRONMENT SUBCOMMITTEE FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN GETTING THIS DONE, ALONG WITH MR. PALLONE AND MR. HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS. I ESPECIALLY WANT TO TONKO, WHO PLAYED KEY ROLES, ALONG WITH OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE TO BRING THIS LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR AND BRING IT HERE WITH UNANIMOUS SUPPORT FROM YOUR ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE. WHAT ARE BROWNFIELDS? WELL, THEY ARE VACANT UNDERUSED AND OFTEN CONTAMINATED PROPERTIES THAT ARE A BLIGHT ON LOCAL COMMUNITIES ACROSS OUR NATION. THE E.P.A.'S BROWN FIELDS PROGRAM IS A SUCCESSFUL, IT'S A RESULTS ORIENTED PROGRAM AND IT PROVIDES GRANTS TO ASSESS AND CLEAN UP THESE POLLUTED THE E.P.A.'S BROWN FIELDS PROGRAM IS AREAS. SINCE THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM INCEPTION, MORE THAN 27,000 CONTAMINATED SITES HAVE BEEN REMEDIATED, ALLOWING COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO RETURN THEM TO PRODUCTIVE USE. CLEANING UP BROWNFIELDS SITES INCREASES LOCAL TAX BASES, FACILITATES JOB GROWTH, WAGE INCREASES, IT PROMOTES THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW INFRASTRUCTURE, IMPROVES AND PROTECTS THE VIRME, ALL REALLY GOOD PUBLIC POLICY GOALS. OVER 129,000 JOBS HAVE BEEN LEVERAGED BECAUSE OF THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM AND ALMOST 70,000 ACRES HAVE BEEN MADE READY FOR REUSE. THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM HAS LEVERAGED OVER $24 BILLION. A SIGNIFICANT RETURN ON THE FEDERAL INVESTMENT FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN THE PROGRAM. I READ SOMEWHERE IT WAS A 16 TO ONE RATE OF RETURN BASED ON FEDERAL INVESTMENT COMPARED TO WHAT WE GET OUT OF THE PROGRAM. A 2017 STUDY CONCLUDED CLEANING UP BROWNFIELD PROPERTIES LED TO REASDENTION PROPERTY VALUE INCREASE OF UP TO 15% WITHIN A MILE GET OUT OF THE PROGRAM. A 2017 STUDY CONCLUDED OF THESE BROWNFIELD SITES. ANOTHER STUDY FOUND AN ESTIMATED 29 TO MILLION IN A SINGLE YEAR AFTER THE CLEANUP WHICH IS TWO TO SEVEN TIMES MORE THAN THE $12.4 MILLION THE E.P.A. CONTRIBUTED TO CLEAN UP FOR THOSE BROWNFIELDS. SO PROPERTY VALUES GO UP. LOCAL TAX REVENUES GO UP. COMMUNITIES ARE IMPROVED. AND WE CREATE JOBS WITH THIS VERY IMPORTANT PROGRAM. . IN MY HOME STATE OF OREGON WE HAVE A VERY EFFECTIVE AND ACTIVE BROWNFIELD PROGRAM. THE OLD MILL DISTRICT IN BEND WHICH IS PICTURED HERE, THIS IS THE SITE OF AN OLD LUMBER MILL, ONE OF THE SITES. YOU SEE THE MILL WAS HERE AND IT WAS CRUMBLING AND WE LOST ALL THOSE JOBS IT WAS TRANSFORMED INTO THIS INCREDIBLE PLACE WITH GREAT RECREATION IN THE RIVER. WE HAVE MOVIE THEATERS AND RESTAURANTS AND OFFICES AND RESIDENTIAL HOUSING ALL IN THIS COMPLEX NOW AND IT IS A SHOWPLACE. IT IS A GEM. BUT BEND ISN'T ALONE. IN THE DOWS WHERE I WAS BORN, GOOGLE BROKE GROUND ON THEIR EXPANSION, MILL LAND THAT WAS CLEANED UP UNDER THIS PROGRAM. THAT EXPANSION OF THAT GOOGLE DATA CENTER IS A $600 MILLION INVESTMENT, EXPECTED TO CREATE 50 NEW JOBS. ALSO IN MY HOMETOWN OF HOOD RIVER, THE PORT OF HOOD RIVER JUST FINISHED A BROWNFIELDS CLEANUP OF A FORMER MILL SITE. THAT OPENED UP 12 ACRES OF LAND FOR FUTURE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN THE AREA. IN SOUTHERN OREGON, THE TOWN OF GRANTS PASS IS IN THE EARLY STAGES WORKING TOWARD A SIMILAR GOAL. THEY'VE SUCCESSFULLY SECURED ASSISTANCE THROUGH THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM TO BEGIN PLANNING THE CLEANUP OF THE OLD SPALDING MILL SITE. THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY VOTED TO MOVE THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION OUT OF THE COMMITTEE. WE WORKED CLOSELY WITH OUR FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES ON THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE TO MAKE ADDITIONAL IMPROVEMENTS ON THE WAY TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE HERE TODAY BECAUSE THE AUTHORIZATION FOR THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM EXPIRED IN 2006. IT'S WELL PAST TIME WE DO OUR JOB AS CONGRESS TO MODERNIZE AND RE-AUTHORIZE SUCCESSFUL PROGRAMS LIKE THIS. AT THE END OF THE DAY THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION CREATES JOBS, PROMOTES INFRASTRUCTURE, DEVELOPMENT, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, CLEANS UP OUR COMMUNITIES. IT'S A WINNING SCENARIO FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES WHO PUT SO MUCH TIME AND EFFORT INTO MODERNIZING THIS PROGRAM, AND I URGE YOU ALL TO SUPPORT H.R. 3017 AS WE PASS IT INTO LAW. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                MR. PALLONE

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

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK WHO IS OUR RANKING MEMBER OF THE ENVIRONMENT SUBCOMMITTEE.

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                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, OUR RANKER…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, OUR RANKER WHO HAS DONE GREAT WORK ON THIS BILL FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY REPRESENTS WHAT WE CAN ACCOMPLISH WHEN WE WORK TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD OF OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES.

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                MR. TONKO

                MY DISTRICT INCLUDES THE CONFLUENCE OF THE HUDSON AND MOWHAWK RIVERS.…

                MY DISTRICT INCLUDES THE CONFLUENCE OF THE HUDSON AND MOWHAWK RIVERS. THESE RIVERS WERE AT THE HEART OF OUR NATION'S EARLY INDUSTRIALIZATION. ALONG THEIR RIVER BANKS, FACTORIES MANUFACTURED CARPETS, LEATHER GOODS AND MANY OTHER PRODUCTS. MANY OF THOSE MANUFACTURERS HAVE SINCE LEFT THESE MILL TOWNS BUT THE LEGACY OF CONTAMINATED LAND CONTINUES AND MANY OF THOSE SITES REMAIN VACANT. THE CONTAMINATION OR THE PERCEPTION OF CONTAMINATION MAKES DEVELOPERS AVOID INVESTING IN THESE VERY IMPORTANT PARCELS AND PROPERTIES. ASSESSING AND REMEDIATING THESE SITES IS CRITICAL FOR ENVIRONMENTAL REVITALIZATION AND ECONOMIC REDEVELOPMENT. THE BROWNFIELDS ENHANCEMENT, ECONOMIC, REDEVELOPMENT AND RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT WOULD IMPROVE AN ALREADY SUCCESSFUL E.P.A. PROGRAM. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD RE-AUTHORIZE E.P.A.'S BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM WHICH EXPIRED IN 2006. THIS WOULD EXTEND THE PROGRAM THROUGH 2022. SINCE 2002, WITH E.P.A.'S SUPPORT, TENS OF THOUSANDS OF ACRES OF IDLE LAND HAVE BEEN MADE READY FOR PRODUCTIVE USE, INCREASING NEARBY PROPERTY VALUES AND HELPING TO PRESERVE GREENFIELDS. THESE PROPERTIES HAVE BEEN BROUGHT BACK ONTO LOCAL TAX ROLLS, HELPING TO SUPPORT LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. IN THE PROCESS MORE THAN 130,000 JOBS HAVE BEEN CREATED, AND SOME $24 BILLION HAS BEEN LEFRPBLED FROM THIS FEDERAL INVESTMENT -- LEVERAGED FROM THIS FEDERAL INVESTMENT. LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE REALIZING THROUGH THIS PROGRAM WE CAN TURN A LIABILITY INTO A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY, BUT UNFORTUNATELY THERE ARE MANY MORE SITES YET TO BE ASSESSED OR REMEDIATED. MORE THAN 450,000 BROWNFIELDS EXIST ACROSS OUR GREAT COUNTRY. MANY OF THE EASIEST, LOW-HANGING FRUIT SITES HAVE ALREADY BEEN CLEANED UP. THE MORE DIFFICULT ONES WILL REQUIRE MORE FUNDING. IN RECOGNITION OF THIS, THE BILL INCREASES THE MAXIMUM INDIVIDUAL GRANTS FROM $200,000 TO $500,000, WHICH WILL ENABLE MORE COMPLEX SITES TO BE REMEDIATED. THE BILL CREATES MULTIPURPOSE GRANTS, ENABLES NONPROFITS TO RECEIVE GRANTS, ALLOWS A SMALL PORTION OF GRANTS TO BE USED TO COVER ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS, AND MAKES CERTAIN PUBLICLY OWNED SITES ELIGIBLE FOR FUNDING. THESE ARE IMPORTANT IMPROVEMENTS TO THE PROGRAM, SUPPORTED BY A WIDE ARRAY OF STAKEHOLDERS. STRENGTHENING E.P.A.'S BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM WILL CONTINUE TO CREATE JOBS, REMEDIATE CONTAMINATED LAND AND PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. IT'S ALSO A KEY FACTOR IN CREATING ASTHETICS FOR NEIGHBORING PARCELS, THEREBY ENHANCING THE ENTIRE REGIONAL ASPECT OF CERTAIN GIVEN REGIONS ACROSS OUR COMMUNITIES. THIS RE-AUTHORIZATION WILL GIVE COMMUNITIES THE RESOURCES, THE CAPACITY, AND INDEED THE FLEXIBILITY TO TURN MORE LIABILITIES INTO OPPORTUNITIES. I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBERS OF THE MAJORITY, INCLUDING REPRESENTATIVE MCKINLEY, CHAIR SHIMKUS, WHO IS OUR SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR, AND CHAIR WALDEN, THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE CHAIR, AS WELL AS OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE FOR WORKING WITH US TO PRODUCE THIS BIPARTISAN BILL, A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO COME TOGETHER, WORK TOGETHER, AND ACCOMPLISH. FINALLY, I WANT TO THANK THE EFFORTS OF OUR ENERGY AND COMMERCE RANKER, REPRESENTATIVE FRANK PALLONE. IT WAS HIS GREAT WORK THAT HELPED US GET HERE ALSO, AND I WANT TO ALSO ACKNOWLEDGE THE TREMENDOUS WORK DONE BY STAFF ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, AND IN PARTICULAR, LET ME PLEASE RECOGNIZE THE EFFORTS OF JACKIE COHEN, RICK KESSLER, AND JEFF CARROLL, ALONG WITH MEMBERS OF THE MINORITY STAFF THAT WORKED SO DILIGENTLY ON BEHALF OF THIS LEGISLATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN BILL, AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                MR. SHIMKUS

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE AUTHOR OF…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE AUTHOR OF THE LEGISLATION, MR. MCKINLEY FROM WEST VIRGINIA.

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                MR. MCKINLEY

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I, TOO, RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R.…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I, TOO, RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 3017, THE BROWNFIELDS ENHANCEMENT, ECONOMIC REDEVELOPMENT, AND RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT, AND I'M PLEASED TO BE A SPONSOR OF THIS BIPARTISAN EFFORT. ALONG WITH MY COLLEAGUES, CHAIRMAN WALDEN, ESPECIALLY CHAIRMAN SHIMKUS, AND RANKING MEMBERS PALLONE AND TONKO FOR THEIR WORK. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE WORK OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE T&I COMMITTEE, MR. KATKO AND MS. ESTY. THE BILL REPRESENTS A BROAD BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE THAT WILL RE-AUTHORIZE THIS BROWNFIELD PROGRAM FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2006. IN ADDITION TO THE RE-AUTHORIZATION -- TO THIS AUTHORIZATION, THE BILL MAKES SEVERAL KEY IMPROVEMENTS THAT YOU HEARD ABOUT TODAY THAT WILL RESULT IN MORE BROWNFIELD SITES BEING CLEANED UP AND RETURNED TO PRODUCTIVE USE. BUT A LITTLE HISTORY CAN EXPLAIN WHY THIS BILL WAS SO IMPORTANT TO PASS. WHEN AMERICA'S INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING FACILITIES AND FACTORIES WERE BEING CONSTRUCTED, THEY TYPICALLY WERE LOCATED ON PRIME PROPERTY ON RIVER, RAIL AND ROADS. BUT OVER THE ROADS, TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGES THAT TOOK PLACE THAT TRANSFORMED HOW WE DID OUR ECONOMY OPERATES, IT DEALT WITH UNFAIR IMPORTS COMING INTO AMERICA, AND RESULT, COMPANIES FAILED. MANY COMPANIES FAILED, AND THE SITES BECAME ABANDONED, RUSTING HAWKS OF FORMER FACTORIES AND WEED-INFESTED SITES HAVE BECOME AN EYESORE AND DETER INVESTMENTS IN DOWNTOWN AND URBAN AREAS. TODAY, THESE LOCATIONS COULD STILL PROVE TO BE VALUABLE IN CREATING JOBS, AND THAT'S WHAT OUR PRIME RESPONSIBILITY HERE IS. WE NEED TO RESTORE THE BROWNFIELDS INTO PRODUCTIVE RESOURCES. AMERICA HAS INDEED BEEN IDENTIFIED HAVING 450,000 BROWNFIELD SITES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, BUT ONLY 27,000 HAVE BEEN CLEANED UP. THIS RE-AUTHORIZATION IS LONG OVERDUE. ONE GREAT SUCCESS STORY IS PIETRO, A SUPPLIER AT THE NATURAL GAS INDUSTRY WHO RECENTLY BROKE GROUND AT A NEW MANUFACTURING FACILITY IN WEST VIRGINIA THAT WAS CLEANED UP THROUGH THE BROWNFIELDS SITE. HE SPENT FIVE YEARS PREPARING THIS SITE BECAUSE OF THE LEVEL OF CONTAMINATION, AND I ESPECIALLY WANT TO GIVE A THANKS, A SHOUTOUT TO PAT FORD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CORPORATIONED A NORTHERN PANHANDLE. HIS EFFORTS HAVE BEEN TIRELESSLY IN WORKING TO DO GREAT THINGS TO CREATING JOBS IN THE FIRST DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA. HIS CORPORATION, THE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, HAS ALREADY RECEIVED $2.5 MILLION OVER THE YEARS IN BROWNFIELD GRANTS AND HAS LEVERAGED THOSE PROJECTS INTO $75 MILLION IN PRIVATE SECTOR MONEY. IT'S RESULT IN OVER 1,250 NEW JOBS AND ANOTHER 128 HAVE BEEN PRESERVED. AND YOU HEARD EARLIER FROM CHAIRMAN SHIMKUS TALKING ABOUT THE 16-1 RATIO. PAT FORD'S GROUP IS A 35-1 RATIO THAT FOR -- FOR EVERY DOLLAR THAT WE PUT IN FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, PAT'S GROUP HAS GENERATED 35 JOBS -- 35 OF INVESTMENT. SO IN THE FUTURE, AS BUSINESSES DEVELOP THE PLOICH HUB THAT'S NOW IN THE APPALACHIA AREAS, THESE RECLAIMED PROPERTIES WILL ALLOW FOR MORE INDUSTRIES, MORE JOBS TO BE CREATED THROUGHOUT THIS AREA. SO THIS BIPARTISAN BILL MAKES VERY IMPORTANT CLARIFICATIONS TO PETROLEUM SITE. IT EXPANDS ELIGIBILITY FOR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS. IT DOES INDEED INCREASE THE LIMIT FOR REMEDIATION GRANTS FROM $200,000 TO $500,000. IT DOES CREATE THE MULTIPURPOSE GRANTS, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, IT MAKES IT EASIER FOR SMALL, RURAL AND DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM. I WANT TO ENCOURAGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES ON THE APPROPRIATION COMMITTEE, HOWEVER, TO FULLY FUND THIS VITALLY IMPORTANT BROWNFIELD PROGRAM. ALTHOUGH $250 MILLION IS AUTHORIZED, THE APPROPRIATORS HAVE ONLY ALLOCATED $153 MILLION TO THIS PROGRAM. CONSEQUENTLY, REVITALIZATION OF THESE FORMER ABANDONED SITES ARE DELAYED, AND THEY REMAIN A STIGMA, DETERRING DEVELOPMENT IN OUR DOWNTOWN COMMUNITIES. SO OVERALL, THIS BIPARTISAN BILL -- THANK YOU TO MANY OF MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, HOW WE'RE ALL WORKING TOGETHER ON THIS. THIS WILL MAKE US GREAT STRIDES IN ACHIEVING THE GOALS OF GETTING MORE CONTAMINATED SITES CLEANED UP, PROMOTING INFRASTRUCTURE, AND IMPORTANTLY, CREATING JOBS. SO I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES AND YIELD BACK MY TIME. THANK YOU.

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              • 02:42:39 PM

                MR. PALLONE

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

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'LL YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE.

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                I THANK MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING.

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                MR. DEFAZIO

                AND WE HAD JOINT JURISDICTION OVER THIS LEGISLATION AND FOR THE MOST PART…

                AND WE HAD JOINT JURISDICTION OVER THIS LEGISLATION AND FOR THE MOST PART THIS IS A GOOD PRODUCT. I WAS ACTUALLY THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE WATER RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT SUBCOMMITTEE 16 YEARS AGO WHEN THE INITIAL BROWNFIELDS LEGISLATION PASSED AND LATER BECAME LAW. AND WE EXPECTED THAT THE TARGETED REFORMS AND FEDERAL GRANT FUNDS IN THE INITIAL LAW WOULD SPUR REDEVELOPMENT OF BLIGHTED AREAS AND BE OF GREAT BENEFIT AND WE WERE RIGHT. IT HAS A PROVEN RECORD OF SUCCESS. ASSISTING STATES AND COMMUNITIES IN REDEVELOPMENT OF ABANDONED OR UNDERUTILIZED PROPERTIES, CREATING JOBS. NOW, HERE'S AN EXAMPLE. IN 2013, THE CITY OF EUGENE, OREGON, GOT A $680,000 BROWNFIELDS SITE ASSESSMENT GRANT TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT AND SPUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. THE CITY USED THIS FUNDING FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF 15 SPECIFIC PROPERTIES, AND FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A LOCAL REDEVELOPMENT PLANT. AND ONE OF THE RESULTS OF THIS WORK IS THAT THE NINCASI BREWERY, AS CO-CHAIR OF THE HOUSE CRAFT BRUER'S CAUCUS, THEY NOW SIT ON THE SITE OF A FORMER EUGENE BROWNFIELDS AND IN A DECADE THEY HAVE 100 EMPLOYEES AND IT'S SOLD RIGHT HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., TODAY. THIS YEAR EUGENE WAS SELECTED FOR AN ADDITIONAL $500,000 IN BROWNFIELD SITE ASSESSMENTS AND I'M HOPING THEY CAN REPLICATE THE SUCCESS THEY HAD WITH THEIR EARLIER GRANT FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. SO THIS IS, YOU KNOW, I'M PLEASED WE'RE CONSIDERING THIS BILL TO EXTEND THE PROGRAM THROUGH 2022. IT WILL INCREASE THE FUNDING LIMIT FROM $200,000 TO $500,000 PER GRANT, AUTHORIZE E.P.A. TO ALLOW MULTIPROPERTY GRANTS, MAKE NONPROFIT ENTITIES ELIGIBLE FOR REMEDIATION ASSESSMENT GRANTS UNDER THE PROGRAM. ALSO ALLOW LOCAL GOVERNMENTS SITE ASSESSMENT GRANTS PRIOR TO THE CREATION OF THE PROGRAM. UNFORTUNATELY, IT FALLS SHORT IN TWO AREAS. THE FINAL VERSION OF THIS LEGISLATION THAT PASSED COMMITTEE CONTAINED A PROVISION ENSURING THAT STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS THAT ACQUIRE BROWNFIELD PROPERTIES CONTINUE TO TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT PEOPLE FROM COMING INTO CONTACT WITH CONTAMINATION ON THE PROPERTY. IN FACT, I HAVE A LETTER HERE FROM THE CONFERENCE OF MAYORS WHERE THEY SAY THEY WOULD AGREE -- THERE WERE TWO CLAUSES. THAT THEY DID NOT CAUSE OR CONTRIBUTE TO THE CONTAMINATION AND EXERCISES DUE CARE WITH ANY KNOWN CONTAMINATION AT THE SITE. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS BILL STRIKES OUT THE WORD DUE CARE AND WITH THE LIABILITY EXEMPTION, YOU KNOW, THERE'S THE POSSIBILITY PROPERTIES WOULD BE ACQUIRED THAT ARE DANGEROUS FOR ENTRY THAT WOULDN'T BE PROPERLY FENCED OR SECURED BECAUSE OF REMOVING THE DUE CARE AND I DON'T KNOW WHY THEY HAD TO COME OUT SINCE THE CONFERENCE OF MAYORS HAD SUPPORTED IT. AND SECOND, NEARLY EVERY STAKEHOLDER THAT TESTIFIED BEFORE OUR COMMITTEE STATED THAT THE CURRENT LEVEL OF FUNDING PROGRAM WELL BELOW NEED SO WE SHOULD BE INCREASING THE AUTHORIZED AND APPROPRIATED LEVELS. UNFORTUNATELY, THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION TODAY ONLY RE-AUTHORIZES FLAT FUNDING LEVELS FOR THE PROGRAM WHICH IS I THINK A MISSED OPPORTUNITY. I HOPE AS WE MOVE FORWARD AND RESOLVE ANY DIFFERENCES WITH THE SENATE THAT WE CAN MAKE IMPROVEMENTS IN THESE AREAS. WITH THAT I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                MR. SHIMKUS

                I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM MICHIGAN, MR. WALBERG.

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                MR. WALBERG

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. CHAIRMAN, I WANT TO START BY THANKING YOU, THE…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. CHAIRMAN, I WANT TO START BY THANKING YOU, THE RANKING MEMBER, AS WELL AS COMMITTEE STAFF FOR ALL OF YOUR HARD WORK BRINGING THIS BIPARTISAN BILL TO THE HOUSE FLOOR TODAY. THE E.P.A.'S BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM IS AN IMPORTANT GRANT PROGRAM FOR THE STATE MICHIGAN AND MORE SPECIFICALLY THE DISTRICT I REPRESENT, MICHIGAN'S SEVENTH DISTRICT. BECAUSE OF MICHIGAN'S RICH MANUFACTURING HISTORY, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF FORMER INDUSTRIAL SITES THAT ARE RIPE FOR REVITALIZATION. THESE SITES CAN RANGE FROM LARGE INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING SITES TO LOCAL CORNER GAS STATIONS. THIS PROGRAM PROVIDES COMMUNITIES THE CHANCE TO TAKE ABANDONED AND VACANT SITES AND ONCE AGAIN TURN THEM INTO ECONOMIC ASSETS. ALL THE WHILE CLEANING UP OUR BEAUTIFUL ENVIRONMENT. JUST THIS SUMMER THE E.P.A. ANNOUNCED THAT THE HISTORIC FORMER PRODUCTS SITE RECEIVED A $500,000 GRANT TO REVITALIZE THIS 5053 ERIC INDUSTRIAL SITE. THIS $500,000 GRANT WILL GO TOWARDS CLEANING THE HISTORIC FORMER MANUFACTURING FACILITY SITE AND CREATE MORE JOBS IN THE PROCESS. IN MONROE, THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM PLAYED A KEY ROLL IN RESTORING LAND FOR THE RIVER RAISIN NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD PARK, WHICH IS ONE OF THE LEADING HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS IN OUR AREA, AND ONE THAT I'M DELIGHTED TO SAY WAS INVOLVED WITH FORMER CONGRESSMAN JOHN DINGELL IN MAKING AN IMPACT FOR THIS GREAT DISTRICT. THE POSITIVE UP THE FORMER IMPACT FOR THESE COMMUNITIES AND MANY OTHERS IS INVALUABLE. REVITALIZING THESE BLIGHTED AREAS ENCOURAGES ECONOMIC REDEVELOPMENT, INJECTS NEW TAX REVENUE INTO OUR LOCAL ECONOMY, AND ASSISTS LOCAL GOVERNMENTS WITH THE SUPPORT THEY NEED TO ADDRESS THESE PROJECTS. H.R. 3017 RE-AUTHORIZES THE VITE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM SO THAT MORE POSITIVE WORK CAN DONE IN MICHIGAN AND EVERY ONE OF OUR DISTRICTS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                MR. PALLONE

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

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MRS. DINGELL.

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                MRS. DINGELL

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3017, THE BROWNFIELDS…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3017, THE BROWNFIELDS ENHANCEMENT ECONOMIC REDEVELOPMENT AND RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2017. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY IS A GOOD BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE BILL THAT WILL RE-AUTHORIZE $250 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM UNDER THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY FOR EACH FISCAL YEAR THROUGH 2021. E.P.A. BROWNFIELDS PROGRAMS HAS A LONG HISTORY OF EMPOWERING STATES, LOCAL COMMUNITIES, AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS TO WORK TOGETHER TO PREVENT CONTAMINATED SITES FROM ENDANGERING PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT. BROWNFIELD GRANTS CONTINUE TO SERVE AS THE FOUNDATION OF E.P.A.'S BROWNFIELD PROGRAM. THESE GRANTS SUPPORT REVITALIZATION EFFORTS BY FUNDING ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENTS, CLEANUP, AND JOB TRAINING ACTIVITIES NATIONWIDE. ADDITIONALLY, THIS BILL MAKES A NUMBER OF OVERALL IMPROVEMENTS TO THE LAW THAT WILL STRENGTHEN BROWNFIELDS REMEDIATION INTO THE FUTURE. IN 2013 THE DOWN RIVER COMMUNITY CONFERENCE IN MY DISTRICT RECEIVED A BROWNFIELD FUNDING GRANT TO CLEAR OUT ASBESTOS AND OTHER HAZARDOUS MATERIALS FROM HANGER AT THE WILLOW RUN AIRPORT. ONCE THE ORIGINAL HOME OF THE ROSY THE RIVETERS DURING WORLD WAR II, TODAY THE SITE OF THE ARSENAL OF DEMOCRACY IS NOW THE HOME OF THE AMERICAN CENTER FOR MOBILITY. A NATIONAL D.O.T. PROVING GROUND FOR THE TESTING AND VALIDATION OF CONNECTED AND AUTOMATED VEHICLES. THERE ARE MANY SUCCESS STORIES LIKE THIS ONE AND ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY IT WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT BROWNFIELDS GRANT FUNDING. THIS MATTERS. THANK YOU TO EVERY MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE FOR WORKING ACROSS THE AISLE TO FIND A BIPARTISAN WAY FORWARD ON RE-AUTHORIZATION. WE NEED TO DO MORE OF THIS. THIS PROGRAM'S PROVED ITS MERITS AGAIN AND AGAIN MERITS AGAIN AND AGAIN AND HISTORICALLY HAD STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. IT'S MY SINCERE HOPE THIS WILL CARRY OVER TO TODAY'S VOTE AND WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE APPROPRIATION PROCESS. THANK YOU,

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                MR. SHIMKUS

                I NOW HAVE TWO MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE, MEA.…

                I NOW HAVE TWO MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE, MEA. ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE.

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                MR. LANCE

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

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE GREAT WORK OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE ON THE BROWNFIELDS ENHANCEMENT ECONOMIC REDEVELOPMENT AND RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN SHIMKUS, FOR LEADING ANOTHER ENVIRONMENTAL VICTORY TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM HAS WORKED AND MUST BE RE-AUTHORIZED. OVER 59,000 SITES NATIONWIDE AND 419 IN NEW JERSEY HAVE BEEN TRANSFORMED BY REMEDIATION AND REDEVELOPMENT. FREEING OUR LAND AND WATER OF HARMFUL CHEMICALS AND OTHER HAZARDS. THIS IS A TREMENDOUS WIN FOR E.P.A. -- ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, AND COMMUNITIES WHO HAVE STRUGGLED WITH CONTAMINATED SITES. IN THE DISTRICT I SERVE, FACILITIES IN DOVER, PHILLIPSBURG, ROCKS BURY, AND SUMMERVILLE ARE SLIGHT SLIGHTED FOR REVITALIZATION. THIS HAS BEEN A WINNING FORMULA. THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM HAS ALREADY PROMPTED $22 BILLION IN PRIVATE INVESTMENT ACROSS THIS NATION, AND MAJOR RETURN ON A MINIMAL THOUGH IMPORTANT FEDERAL INVESTMENT. I URGE A YES VOTE ON THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                MR. PALLONE

                MR. SPEAKER, CAN I ASK HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS ON BOTH SIDES?

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                MR. PALLONE

                MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES NOW TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM -- THE…

                MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES NOW TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM -- THE GENTLEMAN WHO IS THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE.

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                THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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                MISS JOHNSON

                MR. SPEAKER --

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                MS. JOHNSON

                THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, THE BROWNFIELD PROGRAM HAS BEEN A…

                THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, THE BROWNFIELD PROGRAM HAS BEEN A NOTABLE SUCCESS IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY AND I WANT TO APPLAUD ALL OF THE MEMBERS OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, AS WELL AS THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE, FOR SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION. BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM HAS HELPED TO TRANSFORM AND CLEAN UP COUNTLESS ABANDONED IDLED OR PARTICULARLY CONTAMINATED COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL SITES ALL ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. THESE ONCE BLIGHTED AREAS WITHIN OUR COMMUNITIES ARE NOW VALUABLE TRACK TRACTS OF LAND THANKS TO THE BROWNFIELD PROGRAM. AS THE CONGRESSWOMAN FROM NORTH TEXAS I HAVE SEEN FIRSTHAND THE BENEFITS THAT BROWNFIELD REDEVELOPMENT BRINGS TO A COMMUNITY. A 72-ACRE SITE IN MY DISTRICT NOW KNOWN AS VICTORY PARK, WAS TRANSFORMED BY THE BROWNFIELD PROGRAM FROM AN INDUSTRIAL WASTELAND POPULATED BY AN OLD PAINT FACTORY AND ABANDONED PACKING HOUSE. SINCE THEN AND THANKS IN LARGE PART TO THE BROWNFIELD PROGRAM, THIS SAME PLOT IS NOW HOME TO THE AMERICAN CENTER AND OTHER RETAIL AND COMMERCIAL SPACE AND HIGH LEVEL HOUSING. THIS IS JUST ONE EXAMPLE IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY OF HOW SUCCESSFUL WE CAN BE IN CONVERTING DEPRESSED, DECAYING AREAS INTO VIBRANT ECONOMIC CULTURAL CENTERS THAT KIN CREASE EMPLOYMENT AND PRODUCTIVITY IN A REGION. PLACE SITES ON THE TAX ROLL RATHER THAN THE TAX DOLE. THIS IS WHY I STAND TOGETHER WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO SUPPORT H.R. 307 -- 3017. THE BILL WILL TAKE THE IMPORTANT STEP TO RE-AUTHORIZE BROWNFIELD PROGRAM THROUGH PROGRAM THROUGH 2022. WHILE THE BILL REPRESENTS A FLAT RE-AUTHORIZATION, IT MAKES CRUCIAL CHANGES TO THE PROGRAM THAT WILL IMPROVE THE WAY STATES, CITIES, COUNTIES, AND OTHER STAKE HORLSDE ARE ABLE TO UTILIZE BROWNFIELD SITES. I THANK YOU. I HOPE YOU'LL SUPPORT IT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                OF MY TIME.

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

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                SPEAKER.

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                THE MESSENGER

                SECRETARY. THE MESSENGER: I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED

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                BEEN DIRECTED

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                The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed S. 245, S. 254, S. 302, S. 343, S. 669, S. 772, S. 825, S. 1285, and H.R. 228. 772, S. 825, S. 1285, and H.R. 228, without amendment. In addition, an appointment to the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission was received.

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                  REQUESTED. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS…

                  REQUESTED. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed S. 302.

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                  MR. SHIMKUS

                  I NOW RECOGNIZE CONGRESSWOMAN KATKO, CO-SPONSOR OF THE LEGISLATION, ALSO A…

                  I NOW RECOGNIZE CONGRESSWOMAN KATKO, CO-SPONSOR OF THE LEGISLATION, ALSO A MAJOR LEADER ON THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE, FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                  MR. KATKO

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. REPRESENTING CENTRAL NEW YORK, THE ISSUE OF…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. REPRESENTING CENTRAL NEW YORK, THE ISSUE OF BLIGHTED PROPERTIES AND CONTAMINATED LANDS REMAIN FROM PREVIOUS INDUSTRIAL HUBS IS ALL TOO FAMILIAR TO ME. THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM HAS BEEN PIVOTAL IN THE REDEVELOPMENT AND REUSE OF BRIEFLY UNINHABITABLE AND UNUSABLE PROPERTIES THROUGHOUT MY DISTRICT. EARLIER THIS YEAR I WORKED WITH CONGRESSWOMAN ESTY TO ADVANCE BROWNFIELDS RE-AUTHORIZATION LEGISLATION THROUGH THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE. I AM PROUD TO NOW SEE THIS BIPARTISAN, COMPREHENSIVE BILL HANDSING THROUGH THE HOUSE. THIS MEASURE CONTAINS MANY OF THE IMPORTANT REFORMS AUTHORED BY REPRESENTATIVE ESTY AND MYSELF, INCLUDING LANGUAGE CLARIFYING LIABILITY FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND LEASE HOLDERS, AND EXPANDING ELIGIBILITY TO ASSESSMENTS AND REMEDIATION GRANTS. THESE PROVISIONS ARE INTENDED TO INCREASE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF BROWNFIELD GRANTS AND LEAD TO FATHERS CLEANUPS. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSWOMAN ESTY, CHAIRMAN SHUSTER OF THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE AND HIS STAFF, AND REPRESENTATIVE MCKINLEY, FOR WORKING TO ADVANCE THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION TO PRESERVE AND ENHANCE THIS CRITICAL PROGRAM. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES STROTE IN FAVOR OF THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              The House resumed debate on H.R. 3017.

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                MR. PALLONE

                MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,…

                MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. NAPOLITANO OF -- MRS. NAPOLITANO.

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                MRS. NAPOLITANO

                THANK YOU MR. SPEAKER, MR. PALLONE, MR. SHIMKUS. I'M PLEASED TO RISE TODAY…

                THANK YOU MR. SPEAKER, MR. PALLONE, MR. SHIMKUS. I'M PLEASED TO RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY'S BROWNFIELDS PROGRAMS, A HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM BY ALL ACCOUNTS. IN THE PAST TWO CONGRESSES, THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON WATER RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT HAS EVALUATED THE PROGRAM IN MULTIPLE HEARINGS. WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED EACH TIME IS THAT THE PROGRAM CONTINUES OPERATING IT AS IT HAS SINCE ITS CREATION, VERY EFFICIENTLY AND SUCCESSFULLY. DATA PROVIDED BY THE E.P.A. SHOWS THAT SINCE ITS INCEPTION THE BROWNFIELD PROGRAMS HAS LEVERAGED MORE THAN $122,800 JOBS AND OVER $23.6 BILLION, BILLION IN CLEANUP AND REDEVELOPMENT FUNDING. FOR EVERY DOLLAR OF BROWNFIELD FUNDING, FEDERAL FUNDING, MORE THAN 16 OF OTHER CLEANUP AND REDEVELOPMENT FUNDING. FOR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE DOLLARS ARE LEVERAGED ON A NATIONAL LEVEL. MORE THAN EIGHT JOBS ARE LEVERAGED FOR EVERY $100,000 OF E.P.A. BROWNFIELD FUNDS EXPENDED. IT IS UNDENIABLE THAT THIS PROGRAM'S WORKING, AS IT SHOULD, AND THAT COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE NATION ARE BENEFITING FROM THE INVESTMENTS OF THE FEDERAL DOLLARS IN THIS PROGRAM. THE CHANGES MADE TO THE PROGRAM IN THIS BILL BEFORE THE HOUSE TODAY WILL IMPROVE IT AND INCREASE THE FLEXIBILITY WITH WHICH THE COMMUNITIES WILL BE ABLE TO UTILIZE THE PROGRAM. ALTHOUGH I SUPPORT THE BILL, I'M PUZZLED BY THIS BODY'S RELUCTANCE TO INCREASE THE FUNDING FOR A VERY SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM FOR THE BROWNFIELDS. THIS PROGRAM SUCCESSES HAVE BEEN CONTINUALLY HINDERED BY INSUFFICIENT FUNDS, AS YOU HEARD FROM SPEAKERS, BY E.P.A.'S OWN ESTIMATES, OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS, FUNDING DEFICIENCY HAVE COST 1,676 VIABLE PROPOSALS TO GO UNFUNDED. THESE SITES ARE NOT ONLY SITTING IDLE AND UNPRODUCTIVE, BUT WE'RE MISSING OUT ON THE RETURN ON THE INVESTMENT THAT THESE SITES COULD REALIZE. IN FACT, HAD THESE PROPOSALS RECEIVED FUNDING, IT IS ESTIMATED THOSE GRANTS WOULD HAVE LEVERAGED APPROXIMATELY $ 54,680 JOBS AND OVER $10.3 BILLION, BILLION DOLLARS IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE FINANCING. THIS BEGS THE QUESTION, WHY AREN'T WE INVESTING MORE IN THE REDEVELOPMENT OF BROWNFIELD SPACE? IF THIS SUCCESS RATE OF AN UNDERFUNDED PROGRAM, IMAGINE THE POTENTIAL ECONOMIC IMPACT AND POTENTIAL FOR JOB CREATION THAT COULD COME FROM FULLY FUNDING THE PROGRAM. NEVERTHELESS, THE PROGRAM RECEIVED BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND I AM PLEASED TO SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE PROGRAM AND IMPROVE ITS SUCCESS. I ALSO PLAN TO CONTINUE WORKING ON THE ISSUE OF ENSURING THAT LOCAL GOVERNMENTS MAYBE TAIN THEIR EXISTING OBLIGATION TO EXERCISE CARE AND PREVENTING POTENTIAL EXPOSURE OF OUR OF OUR CITIZENS FROM HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE FOUND ON BROWNFIELD SITES. IN RECONCILING DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THIS BILL, 3017, AND H.R. 7058, THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE REPORTED BROWNFIELDS RE-AUTHORIZATION BILL, A PROVISION IN 1758, REQUIRE COMMUNITIES

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              • 03:00:39 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                MR. SHIMKUS

                I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE FOR TWO…

                I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE FOR TWO MINUTES.

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              • 03:00:44 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

              • 03:00:46 PM

                MR. GIBBS

                I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3017, THE BROWNFIELDS RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT OF…

                I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3017, THE BROWNFIELDS RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2017. THIS IS A BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR A PROGRAM THAT PROVES WHEN THE FEDERAL-STATE PARTNERSHIP OPERATES AS INTENDED, WORK GETS DONE. BROWNFIELDS CLEANUP AND REDEVELOPMENT BENEFITS THE ENVIRONMENT, COMMUNITY, AND LOCAL ECONOMY. . THIS RE-AUTHORIZES THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM AND EXPANDS ELIGIBILITY FOR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS TO RECEIVE GRANTS. IN MY HOME STATE OF OHIO, THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM HAS LEVERAGED OVER $1 BILLION FOR PROPERTY REVITALIZATION. IN MY DISTRICT SPECIFICALLY, BROWNFIELDS FUNDING WAS USED TO RESTORE A FORM INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING SITE NOW USED AS CHECK PIECE'S ENERGY'S COMPANY'S COMPLEX -- CHESAPEAKE ENERGY COMPANY'S COMPLEX. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT ITS PASSAGE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 03:01:33 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                MR. PALLONE

                MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT,…

                MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, ESTY.

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              • 03:01:41 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

              • 03:01:43 PM

                MS. ESTY

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

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE BROWNFIELDS ENHANCEMENT ECONOMIC REDEVELOPMENT AND RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2017. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, CONGRESSMAN MCKINLEY AND CONGRESSMAN PALLONE, FOR THEIR BIPARTISAN WORK TO ADVANCE A BROWNFIELDS RE-AUTHORIZATION BILL TO THE FLOOR TODAY. AND ALSO WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN KATKO, FOR HIS PARTNERSHIP IN WORKING WITH ME TO DRIVE THE MOMENTUM BEHIND THE BROWNFIELDS REMEDIATION AUTHORIZATION IN THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE. MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE HERE TODAY TO PASS A BILL THAT'S A WIN-WIN FOR OUR CITIES AND TOWNS ALL ACROSS AMERICA. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY INCREASES THE FUNDING AND MAKES IMPORTANT CHANGES TO E.P.A.'S BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM. CHANGES THAT ARE 15 YEARS IN THE MAKING. SINCE 2002, THE E.P.A. BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM HAS BEEN AN ENGINE FOR JOB CREATION AND ECONOMIC GROWTH IN EVERY SINGLE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. WE HAVE CLEANED UP LOCAL EYE SORES AND CONTAMINATED SITES, PUTTING THESE PROPERTIES BACK ONTO THE TAX ROLLS. THAT'S GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY AND IT'S GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. IN ESSENCE, BROWNFIELDS GRANTS HELP US DO THE ULTIMATE RECYCLING. THE RECYCLING OF LAND. AND THIS BILL MAKES IMPORTANT CHANGES TO MAKE THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM WORK EVEN BETTER. IT ALLOWS GRANTS TO BE USED FOR ASSESSMENT. IT ALLOWS GRANTS TO BE USED BY NONPROFITS. AND FOR MULTIPURPOSE GRANTS. AND IT INCREASES THE GRANT LIMITS FROM $200,000 TO $500,000 PER PROJECT. IN WATERBERRY, CONNECTICUT, THEY WILL NOW BE ABLE TO USE GRANTS PREVIOUSLY THAT THEY COULD NOT USE TO PUT VALUABLE LAND BACK INTO PRODUCTIVE USE. IN THE CITIES OF NEW BRITAIN AND MERIDAN, THEY WILL NOW BE ABLE TO USE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR MULTIPURPOSE GRANTS. PREVIOUSLY THEY'D HAD -- THEY'VE HAD TO RELY ON STATE AND LOCAL MONEY TO DO THESE IMPORTANT TRANSFORMATIVE PROJECTS IN OUR FORMER INDUSTRIAL POWERHOUSES ACROSS THE NORTHEAST. MY DISTRICT ALONE HAS 66 E.P.A. IDENTIFYIFIED -- IDENTIFIED BROWNFIELD SITES. AND WITH OVER 450,000 REMAINING BROWNFIELD SITES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, THE NEED FOR MORE BROWNFIELD FEELING AND FOR GREATER FLEXIBILITY IS MANIFEST AND IMPORTANT TO EVERY MEMBER OF THIS CHAMBER. FOR EVERY ACRE OF BROWNFIELDS THAT IS REDEVELOPED, APPROXIMATELY 10 JOBS IS CREATED . LET ME REPEAT THAT. 10 JOBS. OUR VOTERS SEND US HERE TO GET THINGS DONE. THEY WANT US TO MAKE OUR TOWNS MORE BEAUTIFUL AND SAFER, AND THEY WANT US TO CREATE JOBS. AND THIS BILL DOES BOTH. SO I AM VERY PROUD OF THE BIPARTISAN WORK AND DUAL COMMITTEE WORK TO BRING THIS IMPORTANT BILL TO THE FLOOR AFTER 15 YEARS. SO IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO SHOW TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT BIPARTISANSHIP WORKS. AND COMMITTEES WORK WHEN WE'RE ALLOWED TO DO OUR WORK TOGETHER. SO AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, IN BOTH COMMITTEES, FOR THEIR WONDERFUL WORK HERE TODAY. IT'S A WIN FOR AMERICA AND, AGAIN, MY THANKS AND I YIELD BACK.

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              • 03:04:58 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                MR. SHIMKUS

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RECOGNIZE FOR TWO MINUTES CONGRESSMAN FASO FROM…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RECOGNIZE FOR TWO MINUTES CONGRESSMAN FASO FROM NEW YORK, MEMBER OF THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE.

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              • 03:05:08 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. AS IF AS IF THANK YOU, MR.…

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. AS IF AS IF THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN --

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              • 03:05:12 PM

                MR. FASO

                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND MR. SHIMKUS, THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON…

                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND MR. SHIMKUS, THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS REGARD. I'D LIKE TO THANK YOU AND MY COLLEAGUES FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THE H.R. 3017, THE BROWNFIELDS ENHANCEMENT AND ECONOMIC REDEVELOPMENT AND RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT. LIKE MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES, MY DISTRICT HAS NUMEROUS FORMER INDUSTRIAL SITES THAT HAVE BENEFITED DIRECTLY FROM BROWNFIELD GRANT FUNDING. SHORTLY AFTER THE PROGRAM WAS AUTHORIZED, THE E.P.A. SELECTED THE CITY AS A RECIPIENT OF A 2DS00,000 BROWNFIELD ASSESSMENT GRANT -- $200,000 BROWNFIELD ASSESSMENT GRANT FOR A HEAVY ACRE INDUSTRIAL AREA. THIS MODEST GRANT HELPED ACCELERATE ONGOING EFFORTS TO HELP -- SUPPORT SITE ENHANCEMENT BY PROVIDING FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO THE CITY. SIMILARLY, THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY HAS BEEN ABLE TO UTILIZE DESIGNATIONS TO ASSIST IT IN THE REDEVELOPMENT OF THE FORMER BEACH NUT MANUFACTURING FACILITY IN THE VILLAGE. MR. SPEAKER, I OFFER MY FULL SUPPORT FOR THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION BECAUSE IT WORKS TO BETTER THE LIVES OF FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT MY DISTRICT AND ACROSS AMERICA. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO SUPPORT THIS CRITICAL LEGISLATION. I REQUEST PERMISSION TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS AND TO YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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              • 03:06:27 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                MR. PALLONE

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS, BUT I KNOW WE HAVE…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS, BUT I KNOW WE HAVE TO ENTER INTO A COLLOQUY AS WELL.

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              • 03:06:38 PM

                MR. SHIMKUS

                YEAH, WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD? I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND I WOULD…

                YEAH, WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD? I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND I WOULD ASK MY COLLEAGUE -- OH. THE BILL WE ARE VOTING ON TODAY MAKES SEVERAL IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE BROWNFIELDS LAW THAT WILL RESULT IN MORE CONTAMINATED SITES BEING CLEANED UP. THE CHANGES WE ARE MAKING ALSO BRING MORE PARTIES INTO THE PROCESS BY CLARIFYING THEIR ELIGIBILITY TO RECEIVE FUNDING UNDER THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM. INCLUDING MAKING NONPROFIT ENTITIES ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE ALL FORMS OF BROWNFIELD FUNDING. UNFORTUNATELY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY PROVIDED US TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE SO WE -- TELLING US THE DEFINITION WE USE FOR HOW TO DELINEATE WHICH NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION SHOULD BE INCLUDED WAS TOO LIMITED AND WOULD EXCLUDE A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT ORGANIZATIONS THAT E.P.A. CURRENTLY PROVIDES FUNDING TO THROUGH THE BROUMEDS PROGRAM. INCLUDING THE -- BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM. INCLUDING THE TERRITORIAL SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS, AND OTHER ENTITIES ORDERING UNDER SECTION 501-C-6 OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE. THAT ARE INVOLVED IN THE CLEANUP OF BROWNFIELD SITES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. WE NEED TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE AS WE PROCESS -- AS THIS PROCESS MOVES FORWARD. WE NEED TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO ENSURE THAT THESE ORGANIZATIONS DO NOT LOSE THE FUNDING THAT THEY RELY ON TO MAKE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM. DOES THE GENTLEMAN AGREE?

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              • 03:08:03 PM

                MR. PALLONE

                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR RAISING THIS DRAFTING ISSUE. THE BILL'S…

                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR RAISING THIS DRAFTING ISSUE. THE BILL'S PROVISIONS ON NONPROFIT ENTITIES WERE MEANT TO REFLECT E.P.A.'S CURRENT PRACTICE. IT NOW APPEARS WE HAVE INADVERTENTLY EXCLUDED SOME ORGANIZATIONS THAT RECEIVE GRANTS UNDER THAT CURRENT PRACTICE. IT'S UNFORTUNATE THAT THE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE BRINGING THIS ISSUE TO OUR ATTENTION WAS PROVIDED SO LATE IN THE PROCESS. BUT I HOPE WE CAN WORK TOGETHER TO ENSURE THAT E.P.A. IS PROVIDING TESTIMONY AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND THAT MUCH MORE -- IN A MUCH MORE TIMELY FASHION MOVING FORWARD. SO I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR WORKING WITH DEMOCRATS TO DEVELOP THIS LEGISLATION, WHICH WILL PROVIDE SIGNIFICANT ENVIRONMENTAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH BENEFITS. AND I BELIEVE WE CAN CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER AS WE MOVE THIS BILL INTO LAW TO ADDRESS THIS DRAFTING ISSUE.

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              • 03:08:49 PM

                MR. SHIMKUS

                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS COURTESY.

              • 03:08:51 PM

                MR. PALLONE

                AND I RESERVE.

              • 03:08:54 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                MR. SHIMKUS

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

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE NOW THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE FOR THREE MINUTES.

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              • 03:08:59 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 03:09:01 PM

                MR. POLIQUIN

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT BILL. MR. SPEAKER, MAINE IS VACATION LAND. WE HAVE A POPULATION IN MABE OF ONLY 1.-- MAINE OF ONLY 1.3 MILLION PEOPLE BUT EVERY YEAR WE HAVE ABOUT 40 MILLION VISITORS TO OUR GREAT STATE. WE HAVE THOUSANDS OF SPARKLING, CLEAN LAKES AND PONDS, HUNDREDS OF MILES OF SWIFT RUNNING RIVERS. AND WE HAVE 3,600 MILES OF STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL COAST LINE. I HAVE NEVER, MR. SPEAKER, EVER MET ANYBODY WHO HAS VACATIONED IN MAINE WHO DID NOT LEAVE WITHOUT A SMILE. IT IS JUST A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE AND BRING UP KIDS. NOW, THE TOURIST INDUSTRY EMPLOYS ABOUT 150,000 PEOPLE DIRECTLY IN THE STATE OF MAINE. AND IT IS CRITICAL THAT WE HAVE A PRISTINE ENVIRONMENT IN MAINE TO FURTHER THIS INDUSTRY. YOU KNOW, DURING THE PAST 40 YEARS, MR. SPEAKER, MOST OF OUR, SADLY, MOST OF OUR PAPER MILLS, OUR TEXTILE MILLS AND OUR SHOE FACTORIES IN THE GREAT STATE OF MAINE HAVE CLOSED. AND IN MANY CASES THEY HAVE LEFT BEHIND CONTAMINATED BROWNFIELDS. CONTAMINATED WITH HEAVY METALS AND CHEMICALS. NOW, THOSE OF US WHO HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH CHILDREN KNOW HOW CRITICALLY IMPORTANT THEIR HEALTH IS. MY MOTHER'S 89 AND HAD A GREAT CAREER AS A NURSE. WE GREW UP IN OUR HOUSE WITH TAKING CARE OF OTHERS. I RAISED MY SON AS A SINGLE PARENT, TAKING CARE OF MY SON. I UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH EASIER IT IS TO STAY HEALTHY AND BE HEALTHY IF YOU ARE IN A CLEAN ENVIRONMENT AND THAT'S WHY, MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 3017 IS SO IMPORTANT. IT MAKES SURE THAT WE PROVIDE FUNDING TO CLEAN UP POLLUTED, CONTAMINATED BROWNFIELD INDUSTRIAL SITES. NOW, SINCE 1994, MR. SPEAKER, HUNDREDS OF BROWNFIELDS ACROSS THIS GREAT COUNTRY HAVE BEEN CLEANED UP AND WHEN THEY ARE CLEANED UP, THEY ARE OFTEN REPURPOSED INTO ATHLETIC FIELDS, IN SCHOOLS AND HOSPITALS. AND THIS AT THE SAME TIME STRENGTHENS OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES BECAUSE THEY'RE PUT BACK, IN MANY CASES, BACK ON THE PROPERTY TAX ROLLS IF THEY'RE A PRIVATE SECTOR DEVELOPMENT. NOW, IN A TOWN RIGHT SMACK IN THE MIDDLE OF MY DISTRICT, MILLER'S DEPARTMENT STORE IS AN OLD BUILDING DECAYING AND FULL OF MOLD AND IT IS BEING BENEFITED FROM A GRANT FROM THIS BROWNFIELD PROGRAM. THE T.W. DICK PROPERTY IN CENTRAL MAINE USED TO BE A STEEL FABRICATOR. IT IS NOW CONTAMINATED WITH HEAVY METALS AND IT IS EXPERIENCING A NEW LIFE BECAUSE OF THIS PROGRAM. MR. CHAIRMAN, CLEANING UP OUR ENVIRONMENT TO HELP OUR KIDS STAY SAFE AND HEALTHY SHOULD NOT BE EVER A PARTISAN ISSUE. THIS IS AS BIPARTISAN AS YOU COULD POSSIBLY FIND. AND THAT'S WHY, MR. SPEAKER, I'M ENCOURAGING REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS ALIKE TO VOTE YES ON H.R. 1317. LET'S DO SOMETHING COMMON SENSE, PROVIDE THE FUNDING FOR THESE BROWNFIELD CLEANUPS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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              • 03:12:18 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

              • 03:12:20 PM

                MR. PALLONE

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS SO I WOULD CLOSE.…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS SO I WOULD CLOSE. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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              • 03:12:27 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 03:12:29 PM

                MR. PALLONE

                THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO CLOSE BY TALKING ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT…

                THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO CLOSE BY TALKING ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN TO OUR NATION AND PARTICULARLY TO MY HOME STATE SINCE IT WAS CREATED BACK IN 2002. NEW JERSEY HAS TOO MANY OF THESE TYPES OF CONTAMINATED SITES AND WE NEED FEDERAL HELP TO CLEAN THEM UP AND REDEVELOP THEM. FOR EXAMPLE, A FORMER DUPONT PROPERTY ON THE WATER FRONT IS BEING REDEVELOPED TO BE A FERRY TERMINAL TO CARRY COMMUTERS TO NEW YORK CITY. THAT SITE IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF HOW A REDEVELOPED BROWNFIELD SITE CAN BE BENEFICIAL FOR THE COMMUNITY. ANOTHER TOWN IN MY DISTRICT RECEIVED TWO SUBSTANTIAL FEDERAL BROWNFIELD GRANTS LAST YEAR. ONE OF THOSE GRANTS IS BEING USED TO ASSESS EIGHT CONTAMINATED SITES AND PREPARE TWO CLEANUP PLANS. THE OTHER GRANT IS GOING TO ASSESSING AND REDEVELOPING SITES AROUND THE TRAIN STATION AND THE DOWNTOWN AREA THAT WERE CONTAMINATED WITH PETROLEUM. JUST THIS WEEK I VISITED ANOTHER BROWNFIELD SITE BEING REDEVELOPED IN MY DISTRICT, THE WOODBRIDGE WATER FRONT PARK. WHEN COMPLETED, THE WATER FRONT PARK WILL INCLUDE APPROXIMATELY 30 ACRES OF RESTORED WETLANDS, WALKING TRAIL, A BOARDWALK OVERLOOKING THE WETLANDS AND A VIEWING PLATFORM ON A RIVER. SO FEDERAL FUNDS THROUGH THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM HELP MAKE THESE PROJECTS HAPPEN. THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM IS PROOF THAT HAVING A STRONG ECONOMY AND PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT IS NOT AN EITHER-OR ISSUE. WE CAN HAVE BOTH. I'M PLEASED TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN BILL, WOULD URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR IT. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 03:14:00 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

              • 03:14:02 PM

                MR. SHIMKUS

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'M JUST GOING TO SUM UP TOO WITH…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'M JUST GOING TO SUM UP TOO WITH THANKING MY RANKING MEMBER OF THE FULL COMMITTEE, MR. PALLONE. OBVIOUSLY MY RANKING MEMBER ON THE SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. TONKO, THE ASSOCIATED STAFFS ON BOTH THAT HAVE BEEN MENTIONED NUMEROUS TIMES. THEY DID A LOT OF WORK IN THIS PROCESS. IT WAS GOOD TO GET TO KNOW THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE A LITTLE BETTER AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THEM MORE. WOULD THE GENTLEMAN LIKE TO GET -- I WOULD -- MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW JERSEY, I'LL YIELD.

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              • 03:14:49 PM

                MR. PALLONE

                I'M SORRY. I'M SORRY, MR. SHIMKUS. I JUST FORGOT TO THANK SOME OF THE…

                I'M SORRY. I'M SORRY, MR. SHIMKUS. I JUST FORGOT TO THANK SOME OF THE STAFF THAT WORKED SO HARD ON THIS, ON MY SIDE OF THE AISLE. OBVIOUSLY JACQUELINE WHO IS SITTING HERE, RICK, WHO JUST CAME OVER TO SEE YOU. TULE, MARY AND I KNOW THERE WERE OTHERS. THANK THANK YOU FOR YIELDING THE TIME -- THANK YOU FOR YIELDING THE TIME.

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              • 03:15:13 PM

                MR. SHIMKUS

                I'M HAPPY TO DO IT. THEY TELL ME WHAT TO DO ALSO, EVEN ON THAT SIDE OF THE…

                I'M HAPPY TO DO IT. THEY TELL ME WHAT TO DO ALSO, EVEN ON THAT SIDE OF THE AISLE. HAPPY TO YIELD. I JUST WANT TO THANK THEM. EVERYBODY HAS EXAMPLES OF BROWNFIELDS IN THEIR DISTRICT, THROUGHOUT THE STATE. THEY'RE ALL PRETTY GOOD STORIES ABOUT RETURNING THEM TO PRODUCTIVE USE. I HAVE ONE PROUD BY THE E.P.A. FROM DANVILLE, ILLINOIS. THERE'S EIGHT SITES, WE CAN GO THROUGH THEM. THE POINT IS, HERE'S A SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM THAT WE'VE AUTHORIZED, OUR APPROPRIATORS HAVE HELPED APPROPRIATE MONEY, THAT REALLY LEVERAGE A LITTLE BIT OF FEDERAL DOLLARS WITH PRIVATE OR LOCAL COMMUNITY DOLLARS, TO BRING THESE LOCATIONS BACK TO PRODUCTIVE USE. IT'S A GOOD EFFORT. WE'VE GOT OTHER THINGS ON THE HORIZON TO WORK TOGETHER. I ENJOYED OUR OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I THANK MY COLLEAGUES, ASK THEM TO VOTE ON THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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              • 03:16:05 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 631, THE…

                ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 631, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE BILL AS AMEND. THE QUESTION IS ON GROWN -- AMENDED. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING ED OF BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. -- READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THIRD READING.

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              • 03:16:18 PM

                The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

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                  THE CLERK

                  TO RE-AUTHORIZE AND IMPROVE THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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            • 03:16:36 PM

              POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

              At the conclusion of debate on H.R. 3017, the Chair put the question on passage of the bill, and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Shimkus demanded the yeas and nays, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of passage until later in the legislative day.

              • 03:16:37 PM

                MR. SHIMKUS

                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. .

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              • 03:18:03 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY RISE?

              • 03:18:06 PM

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

                MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 4182.

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              • 03:18:13 PM

                Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 635. H.R. 4182 — "To amend title 5, United States Code, to modify probationary periods with respect to positions within the competitive service and the Senior Executive Service, and for other purposes."

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, ORDERED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 635 AND RULE 18,…

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, ORDERED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 635 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4182. THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO, MR. SIMPSON, TO PRESIDE OVER THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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              • 03:18:18 PM

                Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 4182 and H.R. 1699. Resolution provides for consideration of H.R. 4182 under a structured rule, with one hour of general debate, and one motion to recommit with or without instructions. Resolution also provides for consideration of H.R. 1699 under a closed rule, with one hour of general debate, and one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

                • 03:18:48 PM

                  THE CHAIR

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

                  THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4182 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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                • 03:18:57 PM

                  THE CLERK

                  A BILL TO MODIFY PROBATIONARY PERIODS WITHIN THE EXECUTIVE SERVICE AND FOR…

                  A BILL TO MODIFY PROBATIONARY PERIODS WITHIN THE EXECUTIVE SERVICE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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              • 03:18:59 PM

                House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 635 and Rule XVIII.

                • 03:19:01 PM

                  The Speaker designated the Honorable Michael K. Simpson to act as Chairman of the Committee.

                  • 03:19:03 PM

                    THE CHAIR

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

                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE THE BILL IS CONSIDERED READ FOR THE FIRST TIME. GENERAL DEBATE SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF GOVERNMENT AND OVERSIGHT REFORM. THE GENTLEMAN KENTUCKY, MR. CULL VER AND THE GENTLEMAN WILL EACH CONTROL 30 MINUTES.

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              • 03:19:11 PM

                GENERAL DEBATE

                The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 4182.

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                  I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. HIGHLY SKILLED FEDERAL…

                  I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. HIGHLY SKILLED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES ARE NECESSARY TO A GOVERNMENT THAT SERVING ITS CITIZENS. SKILLED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES ENSURE THAT FUNCTIONS OF GOVERNMENT ARE CARRIED OUT SUCCESSFULLY. FEDERAL JOBS AND THE SKILLS REQUIRED TO PERFORM THEM VARY SIGNIFICANTLY ACROSS GOVERNMENT. SOME EMPLOYEES REVIEW PATENTS, SOME WORK IN HUMAN RESOURCES, AND OTHERS WORK IN LAW ENFORCEMENT. WHILE THE JOBS, SKILLS, AN TRAINING REQUIRE MAY BE DIFFERENT FROM JOB TO JOB, THE EXPECTATION THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HIRES QUALIFIED CANDIDATES IS UNIVERSAL.

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                • 03:20:05 PM

                  MR. COMBER

                  THEY HAVE TO EN--

                • 03:20:09 PM

                  MR. COMER

                  TOOL THEY HAVE IS THE PROBATIONARY PIRED A PERIOD TO DETERMINE IF THEY CAN…

                  TOOL THEY HAVE IS THE PROBATIONARY PIRED A PERIOD TO DETERMINE IF THEY CAN PERFORM THE DUTIES FOR THE POSITION. MOST ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE A PROBATIONARY PERIOD OF ONE YEAR BEFORE FULL EMPLOYEE STATUS. MOST COMPLETE THE YEAR AND ARE HIRED AS PERMANENT EMPLOYEES. NEW EMPLOYEES WHO FAIL TO FIT ARE TRANSITIONED OUT OF GOVERNMENT BUT THE CURRENT ONE-YEAR TRIAL PERIOD IS NOT SUFFICIENT FOR COMPLEX FEDERAL OCCUPATIONS. POTENTIAL EMPLOYEES DESERVE AMPLE TIME TO LEARN ABOUT THE JOB AND DEMONSTRATE THEY'RE ABLE TO PERFORM ALL CRITICAL ASPECTS OF A FEDERAL POSITION. SUPERVISORS DESERVE AMPLE TIME TO EVALUATE NOW GNU HIRES. WHAT IS A MANAGER SUPPOSED TO DO IN THIS CASE? DOES THE SUPERVISOR TAKE A GAMBLE AND OFFER PERMANENT STATUS TO AN UNTEST EMPLOYED OR RISK MISSING OUT ON A SKILLED EMPLOYEE? SUPERVISORS THROUGHOUT THE FEDERAL WORK FORCE DESCRIBED THEIR SCENARIO IN THEIR ADVOCACY FOR THIS BILL. ACCORDING TO THE GOVERNMENT MANAGERS COALITION, MANAGERS AEROON THE SIDE OF RELEASING BORDERLINE EMPLOYEES IN CASES LIKE THIS AND IT CAN BE A FRUSTRATING DECISION FOR THEM TO MAKE. THEY HAVE ALREADY DEVOTED A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF TIME AND RESOURCES INTO TRAINING THE NEW HIRE. HOWEVER, MANAGERS WOULD RATHER NOT RISK HIRING AN EMPLOYEE WHO SON THE FENCE AT THE END OF A PROBATIONARY PERIOD. THIS IS BECAUSE A MANAGER IS PRETTY MUCH STUCK WITH AN EMPLOYEE AFTER THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD. IT IS DIFFICULT TO REMOVE A PERMANENT EMPLOYEE FOR POOR PERFORMANCE OR MISCONDUCT. ACCORDING TO THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE, THE PROCEDURAL HURDLES TO REMOVING A PERMANENT EMPLOYEE CAN TAKE FROM SIX MONTHS TO A YEAR. THE EVIDENCE IS CLEAR. THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD NEEDS TO BE EXTENDED. IN 2015, THE G.A.O. REPORTED THAT CHIEF HUMAN CAPITOL -- CAPITAL OFFICERS THROUGHOUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOULD BENEFIT FROM AN EX-PENSION OF THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD,EST PLIRBLE IN OCCUPATIONS WHICH ARE COMPLEX OR DIFFICULT OASSESS. FEDERAL MANAGER GROUPS HAVE BEEN ASKING FOR A LONGER PROBATIONARY PERIOD FOR YEARS. IN CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL MANAGERS' ASSOCIATION, RENEE JOHNSON, SAID, F.M.A. ADVOCATES EXTENDING THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD THIS WOULD BENEFIT BOTH THE GOVERNMENT AND MES BY ALLOWING SUPERVISORS TO MAKE DECISIONS BASE THOND EEMPLOYEES' PERFORMANCE AS FULLY TRAINED EMPLOYEES. NOT JUST GUESSING AT HOW THEY WOULD PERFORM AFTER THEIR TRAINING IS COMPLETE. THE GOVERNMENT MANAGERS COALITION A GROUP OF FIVE ORGANIZATIONS THAT REPRESENT THE INTERESTS OF OVER 200,000 SUPERVISORS, MANAGERS AND EXECUTIVES, SERVING THROUGHOUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, SUPPORTS AN EXTENSION OF THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD. I AM INCLUDING IN THE RECORD A LETTER OF SUPPORT FROM THE GOVERNMENT MANAGERS COALITION SIGNED BY THE HEADS OF THE F.A.A. MANAGERS ASSOCIATION, FEDERAL MANAGERS' ASSOCIATION, PROFESSIONAL MANAGERS ASSOCIATION, NATIONAL DOWN SOIFL SOCIAL SECURITY MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATIONS, AND SENIOR EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION. IN THE LETTER, THE COALITION MEMBERS WRITE THAT THEY, QUOTE, HAVE ADVOCATED FOR AN EXTENDED PROBATIONARY PERIOD FOR OVER A DECADE, END QUOTE. AND THAT, THIS LEGISLATION WILL ALLOW EMPLOYEES SUFFICIENT TIME ON THE JOB TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR ABILITIES AS WELL AS ALLOW FOR PROPER ASSESSMENT. THE INDIVIDUALS THEY REPRESENT SEE THE DIFFICULTIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE CURRENT SYSTEM IN THEIR DAY-TO-DAY LIVES. THEY UNDERSTAND THE PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH THE ARBITRARY NATURE OF THE CURRENT ONE-YEAR PROBATIONARY PERIOD. THE EQUALS ACT ADDRESSES THESE PROBLEMS AND MOVES TOWARD A SYSTEM BETTER SUTED FOR THE MODERN WORK FORCE. THE BILL WILL EXTEND THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD FOR NEW HIRES IN THE COMPETITIVE SERVICE AND INITIAL APPOINTMENTS FOR MANAGERS TO TWO YEARS AFTER THE COMPLETION OF FORMAL TRAINING OR OR LICENSURE. THE CON SOACHT A LONGER PROBATIONARY PERIOD IS NOT NEW. CONGRESS EXPENDED -- EXTENDED THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD AT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR TWO YEARS IN 2013. THIS ALSO RECOGNIZES THE VARIETY OF POSITIONS AND TRAINING RIMPLETES THROUGHOUT THE GOVERNMENT. THE EQUALS ACT BEGINS THE TWO-YEAR PERIOD TO BEGIN UPON CONCLUSION OF THE FORMAL TRAINING OR LICENSUER PROCESS. THIS IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE TIME SPENT IN TRAINING COUNTS AGAINST THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD. THIS MEANS FEDERAL JOBS WITH LONG TRAINING BY THE TIME AN EMPLOYEE COMPLETES TRAINING, THE SUPERVAZOR HAS LITTLE OR NO CHANCE TO EVALUATE THEIR PERFORMANCE. I.R.S. TRAINING TAKES A YEAR. BY THE TIME THEY COMPLETE TRAIN, THE MANAGER TOZZHAS TO MAKE A DECISION ABOUT KEEPING THE EMPLOYEE WITHOUT HAVING SEEN THE EMPLOYEE DO THE JOB. AS MS. JOHNSON TESTIFIED BEFORE WONK, AND I QUOTE, NEW EMPLOYEES MUST MASTER BROAD AND COMPLEX PROCEED WRURS TO MEET THEIR AGENCIES' MISSIONS NECESSITIED I -- NECESSITATING SEVERAL MONTHS OF TRAINING. OCCUPATION TOWARD TRAINING TAKES SUBSTANTIAL TIME SUPERVAZORS MAY ONLY HAVE A FEW MONTHS OF WORK TO JUDGE EMPLOYEE'S PERFORMANCE, END QUOTE. ACCORDING TO DATA FROM THE OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT, MOST FORMAL TRAINING PROGRAMS LAST LESS THAN ONE MONTH. FOR THOSE POSITIONS, THE INCLUSION OF FORMAL TRAINING IN THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD DOES NOT DO ANY HARM. HOWEVER, FOR THOSE POSITIONS THAT HAVE LONG TRAINING PERIODS, THE EQUALS ACT WILL MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE. THE EQUALS ACT ALSO HELPS ENSURE MANAGERS ARE DOING THEIR JOBS. UNDER THE BILL, AGENCIES MUST NOTIFY SUPERVISORS PRIOR TO THE COMPLETION OF A PROBATIONARY PERIOD SO THE SUPERVISOR IS REMINED TO MAKE A DECISION ABOUT THE PROBATIONARY EMPLOYEE. IT ALSO REQUIRES AGENCIES TO CERTIFY THE EMPLOYEE HAS COMPLETED A PROBATIONARY PERIOD AND PROVIDE JUSTIFICATION FOR THAT DECISION. IN CLOSE, I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE'RE CLEAR ABOUT WHAT THE EQUAL ACT DOES AND DOES NOT DO. THE EQUALS ACT DOES NOT REMOVE OR CHANGE DUE PROCESS RIGHTS FOR PROBATIONARY EMPLOYEES. PROBATIONARY EMPLOYEES WILL STILL HAVE DUE PROCESS PROTECTIONS. PROBATIONARY EMPLOYEES HAVE ACCESS TO THE EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION, THE MERIT SYSTEMS PROTECTION BOARD AND THE OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL. EACH OF THOSE OFFICES ARE EMPOWERED TO HEAR APPEALS FROM PROBATIONARY EMPLOYEES AND THAT WON'T CHANGE WHEN H.R. 4182 BECOMES LAW THIS BILL IS A MUCH-NEEDED FIX TO THE FEDERAL HIRING PROCESS. IT WILL ALLOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO SELECT THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST CIVIL SERVANTS TO SERVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 03:27:21 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                  I THANK THE CHAIR AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN…

                  I THANK THE CHAIR AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 4182, THE ENSURING QUALIFIED CIVIL SERVICE ACT.

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                • 03:27:35 PM

                  MR. CONNOLLY

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                • 03:35:20 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                • 03:35:21 PM

                  MR. CONNOLLY

                  I THANK THE CHAIR AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                • 03:35:25 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                • 03:35:26 PM

                  MR. CONNOLLY

                  I THANK THE CHAIR AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                • 03:35:28 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY.

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                  I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THE GENTLEMAN AWARE THAT I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS AND…

                  I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THE GENTLEMAN AWARE THAT I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS AND I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                • 03:35:34 PM

                  MR. CONNOLLY

                  I HAVE A NUMBER OF SPEAKERS,

                • 03:35:37 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

                • 03:35:41 PM

                  MR. CONNOLLY

                  THE FIRST MEMBER I WANT TO CALL ON IS MY GOOD FRIEND, REPRESENTATIVE…

                  THE FIRST MEMBER I WANT TO CALL ON IS MY GOOD FRIEND, REPRESENTATIVE LAWRENCE, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                • 03:35:52 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                • 03:35:55 PM

                  MRS. LAWRENCE

                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE EQUALS ACT. AS A FORMER FEDERAL…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE EQUALS ACT. AS A FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE, I SERVED IN MANY CAPACITIES, FROM A LETTER CARRIER TO A MANAGER. AND I KNOW THE DEDICATION OF THOSE WHO SERVE IN OUR CIVIL SERVICE JOBS. THIS BILL IS AN INSULT TO FEDERAL EMPLOYEES AND COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY. MR. SPEAKER, I SAY THIS IS A BILL IN SEARCH OF A PROBLEM. WHAT ARE WE FIXING? THIS IS NOT GOOD GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION. IT JUST MAKES IT EASIER TO FIRE FEDERAL EMPLOYEES WITHOUT DUE PROCESS. BY ARBITRARILY EXTENDING PROBATIONARY PERIODS, THIS BILL TAKES AWAY CIVIL SERVANTS' EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS AND DUE PROCESS PROTECTIONS FOR AT LEAST TWO YEARS. MR. SPEAKER, DO YOU REALIZE THAT BENEFITS THAT ARE ENTITLED TO CAREER EMPLOYEES ARE HELD IN ADVANCE WHILE YOU'RE ON PROBATION? YOU ARE GIVE AN DIFFERENT CLASSIFICATION -- GIVEN A DIFFERENT CLASSIFICATION, BEING PROBATIONARY, THAN YOU ARE AS A CAREER EMPLOYEE. WHAT ARE WE TRYING TO ACHIEVE? INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO RECEIVE 30 DAYS' NOTICE BEFORE THEY ARE FIRED OR FURLOUGHED AND THEIR RIGHTS AS WHISTLEBLOWERS. THEY DO NOT RECEIVE THAT AS PROBATIONARY EMPLOYEES. THIS BILL SIMPLY TAKES AWAY WORKERS' RIGHTS. HOW MANY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, PARENTS, WORKED AS FEDERAL EMPLOYEES TO PUT THEM THROUGH COLLEGE AND TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN AMERICA, AND HERE WE ARE ASSAULTING THE LEGACY OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES WHO WORK EVERY DAY TO MAKE THIS COUNTRY AMAZE -- AN AMAZING PLACE TO LIVE. THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO ADDRESS PERFORMANCE ISSUES. IN THE FEDERAL WORKPLACE. AS A FEDERAL EMPLOYEE WHO HAD THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PERFORM PROBATIONARY EVALUATIONS, YOU NEED TO TALK TO THE SUPERVISER IF THEY'RE NOT DOING THEIR JOB, CONDUCTING THE PROPER EVALUATION. WE MUST CONTINUE TO SUPPORT ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES AND TOOLS. IN ADDITION WE MUST KEEP THE SPOTLIGHT ON GROSS MISMANAGEMENT. I THANK YOU AND YIELD BACK.

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                • 03:38:20 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

                • 03:38:22 PM

                  MR. CONNOLLY

                  EARLIER, I'M SORRY, TO RECOGNIZE MY DEAR FRIEND FROM THE DISTRICT OF…

                  EARLIER, I'M SORRY, TO RECOGNIZE MY DEAR FRIEND FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, CONGRESSWOMAN ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                • 03:38:31 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                • 03:38:41 PM

                  MS. NORTON

                  I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM VIRGINIA. HE'S DOING A PUBLIC SERVICE WITH THE…

                  I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM VIRGINIA. HE'S DOING A PUBLIC SERVICE WITH THE BILL HE'S COMING FORWARD WITH TODAY, WITH HIS RESPONSE TO THE BILL HE'S COMING FORWARD WITH TODAY. MR. CHAIRMAN, YOU CALL THIS BILL WHATEVER YOU WANT. BUT IT'S NOT A REFORM BILL. IT CREATES A PROBLEM IN ORDER TO GET RID OF IT. .18% IS ALL OF THE EMPLOYEES WHO GET DISMISSED. THE SPONSOR MUST WANT MORE. INSTEAD OF TAKING THAT AS AN INDICATION OF THE COMPETENCY OF THE EXCELLENCE OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, HE'S -- UNDER 1%, .18%, THERE MUST BE MORE TO BE FIRED THAN THAT. THE DATA SHOWS THE OPPOSITE. THE FEDERAL WORK FORCE HAS CONSISTENTLY BEEN UNDERSTOOD TO BE THE BEST QUALIFIED PUBLIC EMPLOYEES IN THE COUNTRY. WHETHER -- HOWEVER YOU LOOK AT THEM. AND PARTICULARLY WITH THEIR EDUCATION AND WITH THEIR EFFORT. THE FIRST REASON THE SPONSOR GIVES FOR THIS BILL, AND I AM QUOTING HIM, THAT THE MANAGERS SIMPLY LOSE TRACK OF TIME AND AREN'T AWARE OF THE ONE-YEAR DEADLINE APPROACHING. END QUOTE. WHO'S COMPETENCY SHOULD WE BE CHECKING? NOT THE EMPLOYEES, SURELY. MANAGEMENT SHOULD BE DOING ITS JOB. THEY ARE PAID BIG FEDERAL BUCKS PRECISELY FOR THAT. BUT THEY'RE PAID TO DO SOMETHING ELSE. THEY ARE PAID TO OBSERVE. THEY'RE NOT OBSERVING IF THEY'RE NOT EVEN LOOKING FOR THE ONE-YEAR DEADLINE, WHEREIN THEY COULD FIRE AN EMPLOYEE. THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO ASSIST EMPLOYEES DURING THAT FIRST YEAR. THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO HELP CORRECT EMPLOYEES DURING THAT FIRST YEAR. WHAT ARE THEY DOING DURING THAT FIRST YEAR? LOSING TRACK OF IT? AND WHO SHOULD BEAR THE BURDEN? THE EMPLOYEE WHO MAY BE PERFECTLY COMPETENT BUT WASN'T RECEIVING THE ASSISTANCE OR THE OVERSIGHT FOR WHICH SHE WAS ENTITLED? WE ARE MOVING WITHOUT INFORMATION THAT WOULD HELP US UNDERSTAND IF THERE IS A PROBLEM , WHAT IS THE REASON FOR NOT CALLING WITNESSES TO FIND OUT IF THERE IS A PROBLEM, BECAUSE IF THERE IS ONE, WE OUGHT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. WE DO KNOW THIS. 36% OF ALL THE EMPLOYEES DISMISSED ARE DISMISSED IN THAT FIRST YEAR. THAT WOULD SEEM TO INDICATE THAT MAYBE MANAGEMENT IS DOING ITS JOB. TODAY'S YOUNG WORK FORCE IS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR BETTER OPPORTUNITIES. PASS THIS BILL AND YOU CHASE AWAY THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST FROM EVEN APPLYING TO WORK FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 03:41:38 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                  MR. CONNOLLY

                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. IT GIVES ME GREAT PLEASURE TO RECOGNIZE A MEMBER…

                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. IT GIVES ME GREAT PLEASURE TO RECOGNIZE A MEMBER OF THE GOVERNMENT AND YOFE SIGHT REFORM COMMITTEE, -- OVERSIGHT REFORM COMMITTEE, SOMEBODY WHO GRASSNESS THESE ISSUES FUNDAMENTALLY, MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA. FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                • 03:41:57 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                • 03:42:01 PM

                  >>

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM VIRGINIA FOR THOSE COMMENTS…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM VIRGINIA FOR THOSE COMMENTS ON MY BEHALF.

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                • 03:42:06 PM

                  MR. DESAULNIER

                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 4182, THE ENSURING A…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 4182, THE ENSURING A QUALIFIED CIVIL SERVICE ACT. H.R. 4182 UNNECESSARILY DOUBLES THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES FROM ONE TO TWO YEARS. DURING THIS PERIOD, EMPLOYEES HAVE ESSENTIALLY NO DUE PROCESS RIGHTS AND CAN BE REMOVED FOR ANY REASON OR NO REASON AT ALL WITH NO RIGHT TO APPEAL. THIS IS AN ARBITRARY CHANGE TO EXISTING POLICY AND THERE IS NO EVIDENCE TO SUGGEST THAT EXTENDING THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD WILL ADDRESS ANY ISSUES SURROUNDING EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE OR THE DEPARTMENT PERFORMANCE. NOT ONLY ARE CANDIDATES FOR FEDERAL JOBS ALREADY PUT THROUGH EXTENSIVE SELECTION PROCESSES, BUT A YEAR IS SUFFICIENT FOR ANY COMPETENT MANAGER TO DETERMINE THE ABILITY OF ANY EMPLOYEE TO ACCOMPLISH THE JOB THAT THEY HAVE BEEN HIRED TO DO. THIS BILL WILL NOT IMPROVE AGENCY OUTCOMES BUT WOULD PEBBLIZE -- PENALIZE FEDERAL WORKERS BY WEAKENING THEIR DUE PROCESS RIGHTS. WITHOUT DUE PROCESS, FEDERAL EMPLOYEES WILL HAVE LITTLE PROTECTION AGAINST EMPLOYER DISCRIMINATE AND TERMINATION WITHOUT CAUSE -- DISCRIMINATION AND THE TERMINATION WITHOUT CAUSE. THESE DUE PROCESS RIGHTS ARE ALSO CRITICAL TO PROMOTING EQUITY FAIRNESS AND ENSURING THAT WHISTLEBLOWERS CONTINUE TO SPEAK UP WITHOUT FEAR OF RETALIATION. IT IS ALSO A CLEAR ATTEMPT TO UNDERMINE FEDERAL EMPLOYEES' RIGHTS TO UNIONIZE, SINCE THEY WOULD NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE UNTIL THEIR PROBATIONARY PERIODS ARE OVER. WE NEED EVIDENCE-BASED CHANGES THAT VALUE FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, MAKE THEIR WORKPLACES SAFE, PROTECT THEM AGAINST SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION AND ENSURE THAT THEIR VOICES ARE HEARD. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS SHORT-SIGHTED LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 03:43:54 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

                • 03:43:58 PM

                  MR. CONNOLLY

                  I RESERVE MY TIME.

                • 03:43:59 PM

                  THE CHAIR

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

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

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                • 03:44:02 PM

                  >>

                  I RESERVE.

                • 03:44:04 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

                • 03:44:05 PM

                  MR. CONNOLLY

                  I CONTINUE TO RESERVE, MR. CHAIRMAN.

                • 03:44:07 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  SOMEBODY NEEDS TO SPEAK.

                • 03:44:11 PM

                  MR. CONNOLLY

                  CHAIRMAN, WE'RE WAITINGER -- WAITING FOR TWO MEMBERS WHO AREN'T HERE YET.…

                  CHAIRMAN, WE'RE WAITINGER -- WAITING FOR TWO MEMBERS WHO AREN'T HERE YET. CAN I INQUIRE OF THE CHAIR THE SCHEDULE ON THE AMENDMENTS? WHEN WILL WE PROCEED RIGHT AFTER THIS OPENING SET OF STATEMENTS?

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                • 03:44:29 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  AFTER GENERAL DEBATE IS DONE, WE'LL PROCEED TO AMENDMENTS.

                • 03:44:33 PM

                  MR. CONNOLLY

                  I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS CLARIFICATION. IT NOW GIVES ME GREAT PLEASURE…

                  I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS CLARIFICATION. IT NOW GIVES ME GREAT PLEASURE TO CALL ON MY COLLEAGUE FROM MARYLAND, PROFESSOR RASKIN, A VERY ABLE MEMBER OF THE OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                • 03:44:44 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                • 03:44:45 PM

                  MR. RASKIN

                  MR. CONNOLLY, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I APPRECIATE YOUR INVITATION AND I'M…

                  MR. CONNOLLY, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I APPRECIATE YOUR INVITATION AND I'M DELIGHTED TO BE HERE TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST H.R. 4182, THE SO-CALLED ENSURING A QUALIFIED CIVIL SERVICE ACT. AND THE FIRST COMPLAINT I'VE GOT TO LODGE ABOUT IT IS THE PROCESS BY WHICH IT'S TAKEN PLACE. THIS IS A RADICAL CHANGE IN CIVIL SERVICE HIRING POLICY AND IN THE WORKPLACE WITHOUT A HEARING. AND I KNOW WE'VE GROWN ACCUSTOMED TO THAT. BUT LET'S FOCUS ON THE FACT THAT HERE WE ARE IN THE NATION'S CAPITOL, WE'VE GOT ALL OF THE EMPLOYEES AND THE MANAGERS AND THE SUPERVISORS, EVERYBODY HERE, AND WE DIDN'T EVEN HAVE A HEARING TO DISCUSS WHY THIS MIGHT BE NECESSARY. THEN IT'S PASSED ON A COMPLETELY PARTY-LINE VOTE IN THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE. WHICH LEADS TO THE SUSPICION THAT THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE INTEGRITY OF THE CIVIL SERVICE OR THE EXCELLENCE OF THE CIVIL SERVICE, THE THINGS THAT WE SHOULD BE THINKING ABOUT, BUT IT HAS TO DO IN FACT WITH A PARTISAN MISSION AND I JUST --

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                • 03:45:46 PM

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                  WOULD MY COLLEAGUE YIELD?

                • 03:45:49 PM

                  MR. RASKIN

                  BY ALL MEANS.

                • 03:45:50 PM

                  MR. CONNOLLY

                  I TREM TO BE SAY IT HERE IN FRONT OF THE BODY BUT I DON'T BELIEVE IT IS…

                  I TREM TO BE SAY IT HERE IN FRONT OF THE BODY BUT I DON'T BELIEVE IT IS AND I STAND TO BE CORRECTED IF THERE WAS A HEARING.

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                • 03:45:55 PM

                  MR. RASKIN

                  IS AND I STAND TO BE CORRECTED IF THERE WAS A HEARING.

                • 03:46:03 PM

                  MR. CONNOLLY

                  DID WE ACT ON EVIDENCE-BASED POLICYMAKING? ARE THERE STUDIES AND DATA THAT…

                  DID WE ACT ON EVIDENCE-BASED POLICYMAKING? ARE THERE STUDIES AND DATA THAT SHOWS HOW SUCCESSFUL EXTENDING THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD WOULD BE FOR ALL OF THESE FEDERAL AGENCIES?

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                • 03:46:12 PM

                  MR. RASKIN

                  NOT TO MY KNOWLEDGE. I'M USED TO THAT COMING OUT OF THE STATE LEGISLATURE…

                  NOT TO MY KNOWLEDGE. I'M USED TO THAT COMING OUT OF THE STATE LEGISLATURE WHERE WE HAVE ENDLESS HEARINGS THAT GO ON UNTIL 2:00 IN THE MORNING OR SEVERAL DAYS BUT THERE WERE NO HEARINGS, NO EVIDENCE, NO EXPERT TESTIMONY. SO I COULDN'T FIGURE OUT WHAT WAS BEHIND IT. AND THEN I REALIZED THAT THERE'S THIS EFFORT TO DEMORALIZE THE FEDERAL WORK FORCE AND THERE WAS THIS EFFORT TO CREATE A KIND OF POLITICAL CONTROL OVER WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE FEDERAL WORKPLACE. .

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                • 03:46:44 PM

                  MR. CONNOLLY

                  MR. SPEAKER, I EXTEND MY COLLEAGUE'S TIME BY A MINUTE.

                • 03:46:48 PM

                  MR. RASKIN

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I'M BAFFLED AND PUZZLED BY THE WAY THIS CAME ABOUT.…

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I'M BAFFLED AND PUZZLED BY THE WAY THIS CAME ABOUT. I'M SCARED ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS FOR ALL OUR CONSTITUENTS WHO MAKE THE SACRIFICE OF GOING TO WORK FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO SERVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. BECAUSE THEY'RE GOING INTO THE WORKPLACE AND I THINK MOST PEOPLE ARE USED TO A PROBATIONARY PERIOD OF THREE MONTHS OR SIX MOVANTS, WE HAD A YEAR. NOW WE'RE DOUBLING IT TO TWO YEARS, AT A TIME WHEN THERE'S AN ADMINISTRATION INTIMIDATING PEOPLE FOR DOING THEIR JOBS, FOR EXAMPLE, FOR DOING RESEARCH IN CLIMATE CHANGE, THEY ARE FACE REGULAR PRIZALS IN THE WORKPLACE. S THAT BILL THAT DESERVES TO GO DOWN IN DEFEAT. ANYBODY WHO REPRESENTS FEDERAL WORKERS SHOULD STAND UP STRONGLY AGAINST IT. IT SHOULD BE RETURN TO SENDER. LET'S HAVE REAL HEARINGS AND ANALYSIS. WITH THAT, I YELLED BACK TO MR. CONNOLLY AND THANK HIM FOR HIS COURTESY.

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                • 03:47:45 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY.

                • 03:47:49 PM

                  MR. COMER

                  I RESERVE.

                • 03:47:51 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

                • 03:47:54 PM

                  MR. CONNOLLY

                  I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS AT THIS TIME.

                • 03:47:58 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK?

                • 03:48:01 PM

                  MR. CONNOLLY

                  I YIELD BACK.

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                  MR. COMER

                  I YEELED MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO…

                  I YEELED MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO DEFINE WHAT THE PRBATIONNARY PERIOD IS AND WHAT IT IS NOT. ACCORDING TO THE MSPB, THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD IS A FINAL STEP IN THE EMPLOYEE SCREENING PROCESS WHEN AN INDIVIDUAL MUST DEMONSTRATE, QUOTE, WHY IT IS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO FINALIZE AN APPOINTMENT TO THE CIVIL SERVICE, END QUOTE. THIS IS NOT A PUNITIVE MEASURE. IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR A PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYEE TO PROVE THEIR QUALIFIED TO SERVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THROUGH A POSITION IN THE CIVIL SERVICE. THESE ARE CRITICALLY IMPORTANT JOBS AND WE NEED THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST TO FILL THEM. A LONGER PROBATIONARY PERIOD GIVES ALL NEW HIRES TIME TO COMPLETE THEIR TRAIN, LEARN ON THE JOB, AND DEMONSTRATE THAT THEY CAN PERFORM THE ROLE THEY WERE HIRED TO DO. THIS IS A -- THIS IS GOOD FOR OUR GOVERNMENT. GOOD FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES. AND GOOD FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 03:49:03 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED.…

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE MINUTE RULE AND SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. NO AMENDMENT TO THE BILL SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115- 430. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT BY A MEMBER KEZZIG -- DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPESS SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY A PROPONENT AND OPPONENT, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-430. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                • 03:49:43 PM

                  An amendment, offered by Mr. Hastings, numbered 1 printed in House Report 115-430 to exempt alumni of the PeaceCorps, AmeriCorps, and other national service programs under the Corporation for National and Community Service from the two year probationary period.

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                    >>

                    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                  • 03:49:48 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

              • 03:49:49 PM

                DEBATE

                Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 635, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Hastings amendment no. 1.

                • 03:49:50 PM

                  THE CLERK

                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-430, OFFERED BY MR.…

                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-430, OFFERED BY MR. HASTINGS OF FLORIDA.

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                • 03:49:56 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  PURSUANT TO HOUSERES. LAUGS 635, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS,…

                  PURSUANT TO HOUSERES. LAUGS 635, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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                • 03:50:06 PM

                  MR. HASTINGS IS

                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. FOR FAR TOO LONG, THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IN…

                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. FOR FAR TOO LONG, THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IN CONGRESS HAS TREATED FEDERAL WORKERS AS IF THEY ARE THE PROBLEM. WE'VE SPENT YEARS BEATING UP ON FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, IMPLEMENTING PAY FREEZES, IMPLEMENTING HIRING FREEZES, AND CUTTING BENEFITS IN ORDER TO DRIVE EMPLOYEES AWAY FROM GOVERNMENT SERVICE. THE LEGISLATION WE ARE DEBATING TODAY CONTINUES THIS OFFENSIVE AND IT IS AN UNFAIR TREND. THIS BILL DOUBLES THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD FOR EMPLOYEES OF THE CIVIL SERVICE. IN AN EFFORT TO MAKE IT EASIER TO FIRE EMPLOYEES WITHOUT GIVING THEM ANY CHANCE TO CHALLENGE THAT DECISION. IN DOING SO, MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS ARE SENDING A CLEAR MESSAGE, AND THAT MESSAGE IS THAT THEY SEE FEDERAL EMPLOYEES AS UNTRUSTWORTHY AND UNWORTHY OF BEING SECURE IN THEIR EMPLOYMENT. THE AMENDMENT I'M OFFERING WOULD EXEMPT THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED THIS COUNTRY THROUGH PROGRAMS SUCH AS THE PEACE CORPS AND AMERICORPS FROM THE TWO-YEAR PROBATIONARY PERIOD UNDER THIS LEGISLATION, INSTEAD KEEPING THEM AT THE ONE-YEAR LEVEL OF PROBATION ALREADY IN EFFECT. LAST NIGHT, I OFFERED AN AMENDMENT AT THE RULES COMMITTEE TO EXTEND THE SAME EXEMPTION FOR VETERANS BUT IT WAS BLOCKED FROM CONSIDERATION. LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN. BECAUSE I WANT EVERYONE WATCHING TO HEAR ME LOUDLY AND CLEARLY. LAST NIGHT, THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY ON THE RULES COMMITTEE VOTED TO BLOCK AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD HAVE PROTECTED VETERANS EMPLOYED IN THE GOVERNMENT FROM BEING FIRED WITHOUT CAUSE. I WAS TOLD BY MY COLLEAGUE WHO INTRODUCED THIS BILL THAT BEING ABLE TO FIRE VETERANS WITHIN A TWO-YEAR PROBATIONARY PERIOD, VETERANS WOULD HAVE ALREADY SERVED TWO OR MORE YEARS BEFORE BECOMING CIVIL SERVANTS AT THAT LEVEL, BUT I WAS TOLD THAT WITHOUT GIVING THEM ANY PROTECTIONS, RESOURCE OR EVEN AN ABILITY TO IMPROVE, QUOTE, HELPS THE VETERANS, JUST LIKE IT HELPS EVERYONE. WELL, MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M HERE TO TELL YOU THAT'S HOGWASH. VETERANS SHOULD NOT NEED TO PROVE THEMSELVES WORTHY OF A GOVERNMENT JOB FOR A FULL TWO YEARS BEFORE THEY ARE AFFORDED THE RIGHTS THAT SHOULD BE INHERENT IN THEIR POSITION. WE OUGHT TO BE SPENDING TIME WORKING TO STRENGTHEN OUR FEDERAL WORK FORCE THROUGH BETTER TRAINING AND MORE PLENTIFUL DIVERSITY PROGRAMS. INSTEAD, THIS BILL NEEDLESSLY UNDERMINE OURS CIVIL SERVICE AND THE FINE PEOPLE WHO WORK WITHIN IT WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY MAKING IT A LESS ATTRACTIVE PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT FOR OUR BEST AND BRIGHTEST AT A TIME WHEN WE'RE IN DESPERATE NEED OF SUCH PEOPLE. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD PROTECT THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY SERVED OUR COUNTRY IN THE NATIONAL SERVICE FROM THIS BILL'S INTENTIONS. IN MY OPINION, WE SHOULD BE EXPANDING PROTEXTS FOR EVERYONE, FOR VETERANS, FOR WOMEN, FOR MINORITIES, FOR LGBTQ AMERICANS, AND ESPECIALLY FOR DISABLED AMERICANS. LET ME SAY ONE MORE THING I SAID LAST NIGHT AND THAT IS WITH DUE RESPECT TO MY COLLEAGUE MR. CONNOLLY WHO IS MANAGING FOR THE MINORITY IN THIS CASE AND THE EXTRAORDINARY NUMBER OF CONSTITUENTS THAT HE AND THE MEMBERS BOTH REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT AND THE -- IN THIS AREA HERE OF METROPOLITAN WASHINGTON, THEY DO AN INCREDIBLE JOB AND THEIR CONSTITUENTS, VIRTUALLY ALL ARE SAYING TO THEM THAT THIS IS AN UNNECESSARY MEASURE. I'M SURE THAT MR. CONNOLLY HAS MADE THAT VERY CLEAR. I HEARD HIM INTRODUCE MEASURES THAT I INTRODUCED AND TISSUE IN THE RULES COMMITTEE LAST NIGHT FROM A VARIETY OF ORGANIZATIONS AND I WILL NOT BURDEN MORE BUT TO SAY THAT WE SHOULD BE ABOUT THE BUSINESS OF TRYING TO BUILD A FEDERAL WORK FORCE AND NOT PUT OBSTACLES IN THEIR WAY. I URGE A YES VOTE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 03:55:03 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. --

                • 03:55:05 PM

                  THE CHAIR

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

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

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                • 03:55:12 PM

                  >>

                  I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

                • 03:55:15 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

                • 03:55:17 PM

                  MR. COMER

                  I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                • 03:55:21 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 03:55:22 PM

                  MR. COMER

                  NOT CREATE AN EXEMPTION FOR ALUMNI OR THE PEACE CORPS, AMERICORPS OR OTHER…

                  NOT CREATE AN EXEMPTION FOR ALUMNI OR THE PEACE CORPS, AMERICORPS OR OTHER SERVICING OR NEE -- ORGANIZATIONS, IT PUTS THEM AT A DISADVANTAGE. THEY WOULD HAVE LESS TIME TO PROVE THEMS BEFORE MANAGERS CHOOSE TO KEEP THEM OR LET THEM GO THIS COULD MEAN FEWER ARE RETAINED AT THE END OF THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD. UNDER THE CURRENT ONE-YEAR SYSTEM, SUPERVISORS OFTEN DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO DETERMINE WHETHER A POTENTIAL EMPLOYEE IS A GOOD FIT FOR THE JOB. MANAGERS TO END AEROON THE SIDE OF RELEASING AN EMPLOYEE WHO SON THE FENCE AT THE END OF A PROBATIONARY PERIOD. NEW HIRES TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DESERVE AMPLE TIME TO DEMONSTRATE THAT THEY ARE ABLE TO PERFORM ALL CRITICAL ASPECTS OF THE JOB. H.R. 41 2 GIVES THEM MORE TIME. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD ACTUALLY PUT CERTAIN GROUPS AT A DISADVANTAGE IN COMPARISON TO THE REST OF THE FEDERAL WORK FORCE. ALUMNI OF THE PEACE CORPS, AMEIRICORPS AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS WOULD HAVE ONE YEAR TO DEMONSTRATE THE SKILLS AND CORPS COMPETENCIES REQUIRED FOR THE FEDERAL JOB THEY'RE SEEKING. THEIR THREES WOULD HAVE TWO YEARS. THE SPIRIT OF THIS AMENDMENT IS ADMIRABLE BUT THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCE OF ADOPTING IT WILL BE THAT THE VERY PEOPLE THE AMENDMENT IS MEANT TO BENEFIT WOULD BE AT A DISADVANTAGE. THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD IS NOT A PUNISHMENT. IT IS AN EXTENSION OF THE HIRING PROCESS AND A TOOL TO HELP ENSURE A QUALIFIED CIVIL SERVICE. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD CREATE ADDITIONAL CLASSES OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES AND UNNECESSARILY ADD COMPLEXITY TO AN ALREADY COMPLEX SYSTEM. I URGE MEMBERS TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE.

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                • 03:57:11 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THERE'S NO OTHER TIME REMAINING IN OPPOSITION. THE…

                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THERE'S NO OTHER TIME REMAINING IN OPPOSITION. THE GENTLEMAN HAS THE ONLY TIME REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                • 03:57:36 PM

                  MR. COMER

                  THE VOTE -- YEAS AND NAYS.

              • 03:57:37 PM

                POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

                • 03:57:42 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  DOES THE GENTLEMAN REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE?

                • 03:57:45 PM

                  MR. COMER

                  YES.

                • 03:57:46 PM

                  THE CHAIR

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

                  PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA WILL BE POSTPONED. THE CHAIR UNDERSTANDS THAT AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 WILL NOT BE OFFERED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 3. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

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                • 03:58:22 PM

                  >>

                  I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT -- I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                • 03:58:24 PM

                  An amendment, offered by Mr. Gianforte, numbered 3 printed printed in House Report 115-430 to provide additional notification to supervisor with 1 year, 6 months, 3 months and 30 days of remaining probationary period.

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                    THE CHAIR

                    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

                  • 03:58:30 PM

                    THE CLERK

                    NUMBER OFFERED BY MR. GIANFORTE OF MONTANA.

                  • 03:58:37 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    THE GENTLEMAN AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

                  • 03:58:40 PM

                    MR. GIANFO TRMBINGS E

                    TRMBINGS E: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT --

                  • 03:58:49 PM

                    MR. GIANFORTE

                    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO MODIFY THE AMENDMENT.

                  • 03:58:55 PM

                    THE CLERK

                  • 03:59:00 PM

                    12 -- MR. GEE AHN FORTE

                    I --

                  • 03:59:08 PM

                    MR. GIANFORTE

                    I ASK THAT THE READ BEING DISPENSED WITH.

                  • 03:59:15 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                  • 03:59:18 PM

                    MR. GIANFORTE

                    A LONGER EVALUATION TIME IS REQUIRED, BUT A LONGER PROBATIONARY PERIOD…

                    A LONGER EVALUATION TIME IS REQUIRED, BUT A LONGER PROBATIONARY PERIOD WON'T ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING IF SUPERVISORS DON'T USE THE EXTENDED TIME PROPERLY. MANAGERS OFTEN DON'T KNOW THE END DATES FOR PROBATIONARY EMPLOYEES UNDER THEIR SUPERVISION. BECAUSE PROBATIONARY PERIODS END AUTOMATICALLY WITHOUT ACTION BY A SUPERVISOR, AN EMPLOYEE CAN BE HIRED WITHOUT A COMPLETE ASSESSMENT OF WHETHER THE EMPLOYEE IS QUALIFIED FOR FULL FEDERAL SERVICE. A 2015 GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT RECOMMENDED AUTOMATED SYSTEMS TO NOTIFY SUPERVISORS WHEN THE END OF AN INDIVIDUAL'S PROBATIONARY PERIOD IS IMMINENT. AGENCIES HAVE THESE SYSTEMS. THEY JUST NEED TO USE THEM. MY AMENDMENT REQUIRES SUPERVISORS TO BE NET FI -- NOTIFIED AS A SERIES OF REGULAR INTERVALS IN ADVANCE OF THE EXPIRATION OF A PROBATIONARY PERIOD. NOTIFICATIONS OCCUR AT ONE YEAR, SIX MONTHS, AND THREE MONTHS BEFORE THE SCHEDULED COMPLETION OF A PROBATIONARY PERIOD. THIS WILL REMIND SUPERVISORS OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES TO OBSERVE EMPLOYEES AND PROVIDE FEEDBACK THROUGHOUT THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD. IT WILL ALSO REMIND SUPERVISORS TO DECIDE WHETHER THE EMPLOYEE IS FIT FOR FEDERAL SERVICE. I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 03:59:30 PM

                  Gianforte amendment; modified by unanimous consent.

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                  DEBATE

                  Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 635, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gianforte amendment no. 3, as modified.

                  • 04:00:42 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. DOES ANY MEMBER SEEK TIME FOR OPPOSITION?

                  • 04:00:50 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                  • 04:00:54 PM

                    MR. CONNOLLY

                    I HAVE NO SPEAKERS ON THIS SIDE. I DO RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

                  • 04:00:59 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    MR. CONNOLLY

                    MR. CHAIRMAN -- AS THE CHAIRMAN INDICATED, I APPRECIATE THE INTENT OF MY…

                    MR. CHAIRMAN -- AS THE CHAIRMAN INDICATED, I APPRECIATE THE INTENT OF MY FRIEND FROM MONTANA, BUT THIS IS A BAD BILL. WE OUGHT TO BE STUDYING THE EFFECT OF THE EXISTING PILOT PROGRAM AT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO SEE HOW IT WORKS AND WE OUGHT TO BE ADOPTING THE G.A.O. RECOMMENDATION OF BETTER TRAINING FOR SUPERVISORS WHO THE G.A.O. FOUND WERE ILL EQUIPPED TO EVALUATE EMPLOYEES DURING ONE OR TWO YEAR PRO BEAGSARY PERIODS. MY FRIEND MY -- MAY AGREE WITH THIS, OUR COMMITTEE IS THE LOCUST FOR GOVERNMENT-WIDE INITIATIVES SUCH AS THIS. WE HAVE HAD NOT HAD A SINGLE HEARING ON THIS BILL OR FRANKLY ON THE SUBJECT. AND I THINK THAT'S A HUGE MISTAKE. WE ARE PUTTING THE CART BEFORE THE HORSE. I THINK WE OUGHT TO RETURN TO A MORE EMPIRICAL-BASED POLICY MAKING ESPECIALLY WHEN IT IS A POLICY THAT WILL AFFECT EVERY FUTURE FEDERAL EMPLOYEE AND THOSE NUMBERS ARE HUGE GIVEN THE BABY BOOM BULGE READY TO RETIRE. THAT'S 40% OF THE WORK FORCE AND HAS TO BE REPLACED. WHILE I APPRECIATE THE INTENT OF MY FRIEND FROM MONTANA, IT IS IN THAT CONTEXT I RISE IN OPPOSITION, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                  • 04:02:32 PM

                    THE CHAIR

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

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

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                  • 04:02:35 PM

                    MR. GIANFORTE

                    I URGE ADOPTION OF THIS AMENDMENT AND THE UNDERLYING BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

                  • 04:02:39 PM

                    THE CHAIR

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

                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT AS MODIFIED OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT, THE AMENDMENT AS MODIFIED IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-430. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                • 04:02:50 PM

                  On agreeing to the Gianforte amendment; as modified Agreed to by voice vote.

                  • 04:03:04 PM

                    An amendment, offered by Mr. Connolly, numbered 4 printed in House Report 115-430 to strike the provisions of the bill and replaces it with a study and report by the Comptroller General of the United States. The study and report will be on those agencies that have lengthened the employee probationary period from 1 to 2 years, and any impact of an existing 2 year probationary period at the agency.

                  • 04:03:05 PM

                    DEBATE

                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 635, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Connolly amendment no. 4.

                    • 04:03:06 PM

                      MR. CONNOLLY

                      I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                    • 04:03:07 PM

                      THE CLERK

                      PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-430 OFFERED BY MR. CONNOLLY OF VIRGINIA.

                    • 04:03:16 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. CONNOLLY AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL…

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. CONNOLLY AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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                    • 04:03:23 PM

                      MR. CONNOLLY

                      I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. UNDER H.R. 4182 THE PRO…

                      I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. UNDER H.R. 4182 THE PRO BEAGSARY PERIOD FOR ALL FEDERAL EMPLOYEES IS EXTENDED FOR AN ADDITIONAL YEAR. ALL NEW EMPLOYEES ARE PUNISHED EQUALLY AND SUPERVISORS ARE GIVEN NO NEW TOOLS TO IMPROVE THEIR USE. IN FEBRUARY OF 2016 AS I HAVE MENTIONED BEFORE, THE G.A.O. REPORT STUDYING THE RULES TO DISMISS EMPLOYEES FOR POOR PERFORMANCE SUGGEST THAT THE OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT LOOK THERE ARE SOME JOBS THAT COULD BE EXTENDED FOR ONE YEAR OR NOT. WE HEARD TESTIMONY FROM A NUMBER OF COLLEAGUES WHO REPRESENT AREAS WITH BIG FEDERALIZED CONCENTRATIONS, SUCH AS THE WEATHER SERVICE IN OKLAHOMA AND C.D.C. WITH A TWO-YEAR PROBATION AREA PERIOD MAY IMPEDE THE ABILITY TO HIRE THE SKILLED WORKERS. IT IS SOMETHING TO BE LOOKED INTO. IT DOES NOT CALL FOR THE EXTENSION. I FILED THIS AMENDMENT TO REQUIRE THE G.A.O. TO CONDUCT A STUDY ON THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE THAT HAVE USED THIS TOOL, A TWO YEAR PRO BEAGSARY PERIOD. A TWO-YEAR PRO BEAGSARY PERIOD WAS ENACTED IN 2016 AND AS THE LARGEST FEDERAL AGENCY, THIS EXTENSION WOULD PROVIDE A GOOD CASE STUDY ON THE POTENTIAL IMPACTS, GOOD, BAD AND INDIFFERENT ON THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US. IT'S A STUDY WE OUGHT TO DO BEFORE WE ADOPT A BILL. SINCE EXTENDING THE PERIOD HAS BEEN WORKING OUT SO WELL, IT OUGHT TO BE EXTENDED ACROSS THE ENTIRE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THIS POLICY ONLY AFFECTED THOSE WHO ARE HIRED AFTER NOVEMBER 25 15. THE FORMER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE AS I MENTIONED IN EARLIER STATEMENTS TESTIFIED BEFORE THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE THAT THE DEPARTMENT HAS DONE LITTLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT LEGISLATION. THAT'S HIS TESTIMONY. THEREFORE, THERE ARE ONLY A SMALL NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE COMPLETED THE TWO YEAR PRO BEAGSARY PED AND TOO SOON TO DECLARE IT A SUCCESS OR FAILURE. MY AMENDMENT WOULD HAVE THE G.A.O. GIVE US GUIDANCE, HOW DOES IT WORK, HAS IT HELPED, DOES IT HURT, ARE THERE SOME THINGS WE HAVEN'T ANTICIPATED? THE STUDY WOULD LOOK INTO WHETHER THE PERIOD HAS THE AEFFECT OF AN ABILITY TO RECRUIT OR RETAIN. 40% OF THE WORK FORCE IS ELIGIBLE FOR RETIREMENT. AND WE HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT RECRUITMENT. GATHERING THE DATA IS A NECESSARY FIRST STEP, NOT A LAST STEP OR AN AFTERTHOUGHT BEFORE DECIDING TO CHANGE A LAW WHICH HAS PROFOUND IMPACT ON FEDERAL AGENCIES. THIS BILL, AS I SAID TO MY FRIEND FROM KENTUCKY MAY YET PROVE TO BE A GOOD IDEA, BUT WE DON'T KNOW. THERE REMAIN A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT THE EFFICACY OF THIS PROPOSAL. IT IS RISKY AND COULD HAVE NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES SOME OF WHICH WE HAVEN'T SEEN. TWO WEEKS AGO, THIS BODY ADOPTED A POLICY OF EVIDENCE-BASED POLICY MAKING, SO LET'S PUT IT INTO IMPLEMENTATION WITH THIS BILL. LET'S LOOK FOR SOME EVIDENCE, EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE TO JUSTIFY THE ADOPTION OF SUCH A SWEEPING BILL. SO I CALL FOR THE ADOPTION OF MY AMENDMENT. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 04:07:14 PM

                      THE CHAIR

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

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

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                    • 04:07:20 PM

                      MR. COMER

                      RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE JEA'S AMENDMENT. EXTENDING THE PRO…

                      RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE JEA'S AMENDMENT. EXTENDING THE PRO BEAGSARY PERIOD IS NOT A NEW IDEA. FEDERAL MANAGED GROUPS HAVE ADVOCATED FOR AN EXTENDED PRO BEAGSARY PERIOD. THEY CONDUCTED A STUDY IN FEBRUARY OF 2015. IN THAT STUDY, CHIEF HUMAN CAPITAL OFFICERS TOLD G.A.O. A LONGER PROBATIONARY PERIOD COULD HELP SUPERVISORS TO MAKE ASSESSMENTS FOR THOSE OCCUPATIONS THAT ARE PARTICULARLY COMPLEX OR DIFFICULT TO ASSESS. G.A.O. ALSO RECOMMENDED CONSIDERING, QUOTE, EXTENDING THE SUPERVISORY PROBATIONARY PERIOD BEYOND ONE YEAR TO INCLUDE ONE FULL APPRAISAL CYCLE. IN 2005, THE MERIT SYSTEMS PROTECTION BOARD COMPLETED A STUDY AND RECOMMENDED LONGER PROBATIONARY PERIODS WHEN AN AGENCY DEEMS IT NECESSARY TO FULLY EVALUATE A PROBATIONNER. IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO WAIT FOR MORE STUDIES. THIS AMENDMENT STRIKES THE ENTIRE BILL, MEANING THE CURRENT PERIOD WOULD REMAIN THE SAME THAT THE PROBLEMS AT G.A.O. AND OTHERS HAVE IDENTIFIED WOULD PERSIST. THIS UNDERMINES THE ENTIRE PURPOSE OF THE BILL WHICH IS TO ALLOW MANAGERS WHO ARE TIME TO CONDUCT A ASSESSMENT OF PROBATIONARY FEDERAL EMPLOYEES. I URGE MEMBERS TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. AND I RESERVE.

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                    • 04:08:56 PM

                      THE CHAIR

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

                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR HIS ONE REMAINING MINUTE.

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                    • 04:09:01 PM

                      MR. CONNOLLY

                      I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MR. RASKIN.

                    • 04:09:06 PM

                      MR. RASKIN

                      THANK YOU, MR. CONNELLLY. AND I SALUTE AS A CHAMPION FOR THOSE OF YOUR…

                      THANK YOU, MR. CONNELLLY. AND I SALUTE AS A CHAMPION FOR THOSE OF YOUR QUINTS WHO WORK IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND IN MARYLAND, WE HAVE LOTS OF THEM. NOT JUST THERE. 85% OF THE WORK FORCE LIVES OUTSIDE OF THE WASHINGTON, MAD AND VIRGINIA AREA. KENTUCKY AND CALIFORNIA AND SOUTH CALIFORNIA. THIS WOULD APPLY TO ALL NEW EMPLOYEES, MILLIONS OF PEOPLE COMING INTO THE WORK FORCE WOULD BE ADDED DOUBLING THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD. IMAGINE IF YOU WERE TRYING TO HIRE FOR YOUR SMALL BUSINESS AND TELL PEOPLE THEY WERE GOING TO BE ON PROBATION FOR TWO YEARS WITH NONE OF THE RIGHTS THAT YOU HAD VESTED THAN IF YOU HAD GOTTEN HIRED AND BEEN PART OF THE WORK FORCE. THEY ARE WILLING IN THIS BILL TO GIVE PEOPLE A WHOLE EXTRA YEAR AND NOT WILLING TO WAIT A YEAR FOR THE G.A.O. TO DO A PROPER STUDY SO WE USE EVIDENCE-BASED POLICY MAKING AS THE GENTLEMAN SAYS. THAT IS THE VERY LEAST WE CAN DO. THE GOOD THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY SAID THERE WAS A STUDY DONE 10 YEARS AGO --

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                    • 04:10:18 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY IS…

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

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                    • 04:10:23 PM

                      MR. COMER

                      I URGE MEMBERS TO VOTE NO ON THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE…

                      I URGE MEMBERS TO VOTE NO ON THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 04:10:29 PM

                      THE CHAIR

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

                      THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT --

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                  • 04:10:32 PM

                    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

                    • 04:10:39 PM

                      MR. CONNOLLY

                      I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

                    • 04:10:40 PM

                      THE CHAIR

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

                      PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6, RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA WILL BE POSTPONED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, PROCEEDINGS WILL NOW RESUME ON THOSE AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-430 ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER. AMENDMENT NUMBER 1, AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 BY MR. CONNELLLY OF VIRGINIA. THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TWO MINUTES AFTER THE FIRST VOTE IN THIS SERIES. THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-430 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND THE AYES PREVAILED.

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                    • 04:11:24 PM

                      THE CLERK

                      PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-430 OFFERED BY MR. HASTINGS OF FLORIDA.

                  • 04:11:24 PM

                    UNFINISHED BUSINESS

                    The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on adoption of amendments, which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

                    • 04:11:32 PM

                      THE CHAIR

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

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

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                    • 04:11:40 PM

                      On agreeing to the Hastings amendment (A001) Roll Call 646 - Recorded vote pending.

                      • 04:38:42 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 195 AND THE NAYS ARE 221. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

                        ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 195 AND THE NAYS ARE 221. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-430 ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE.

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                  • 04:38:50 PM

                    House Vote 646 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

                    An amendment numbered 1 printed in House Report 115-430 to exempt alumni of the PeaceCorps, AmeriCorps, and other national service programs under the Corporation for National and Community Service from the two year probationary period.

                    Failed (195 - 221)
                    Aye
                    No

                    Vote Details: Aye - 195
                    Democratic - 189
                    Republican - 6

                    Vote Details: No - 220
                    Republican - 220

                    Vote Details: Not Voting - 17
                    Republican - 12
                    Democratic - 5

                    • 04:39:01 PM

                      On agreeing to the Connolly amendment (A003) Roll Call 647 - Recorded vote pending.

                      • 04:39:03 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        REPORT NUMBER 115-430, OFFERED BY MR. CONNELLY OF VIRGINIA.

                      • 04:39:11 PM

                        THE CHAIR

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

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

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                      • 04:45:06 PM

                        CHRIS

                        NAYS --

                      • 04:45:10 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        ON THIS VOTE THE NAYS ARE 193. THE NAYS ARE 223. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

                        ON THIS VOTE THE NAYS ARE 193. THE NAYS ARE 223. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. UNDER THE RULE THE COMMITTEE RISES. MR. SPEAKER, THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 4182, AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 685 I REPORT THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH AN AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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                  • 04:45:16 PM

                    House Vote 647 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

                    Failed (193 - 223)
                    Aye
                    No

                    Vote Details: Aye - 193
                    Democratic - 188
                    Republican - 5

                    Vote Details: No - 222
                    Republican - 222

                    Vote Details: Not Voting - 17
                    Republican - 11
                    Democratic - 6

                    • 04:45:27 PM

                      The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 4182.

                      • 04:45:40 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                        THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION THE BILL H.R. 4132 AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 635 REPORTS THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH AN AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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                    • 04:45:48 PM

                      The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

                      • 04:46:14 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        PROBATIONARY PERIOD WITH RESPECT TO POSITIONS WITHIN THE COMPETITIVE…

                        PROBATIONARY PERIOD WITH RESPECT TO POSITIONS WITHIN THE COMPETITIVE SERVICE AND THE SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                    • 04:46:14 PM

                      The House adopted the amendment as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.

                      • 04:46:27 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE…

                        THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                      • 04:46:38 PM

                        MR. CONNOLLY

                        ON THIS MATTER I'D ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

                      • 04:46:40 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A…

                        A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THIS FIVE-MINUTE VOTE ON PASSAGE OF H.R. 4182 WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE ON PASSAGE OF H.R. 3017. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                    • 04:46:42 PM

                      On passage Roll Call 648 - Recorded vote pending.

                      • 04:52:37 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 213. THE NAYS ARE 204. THE BILL IS PASSED.…

                        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 213. THE NAYS ARE 204. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON PASSAGE OF H.R. 3017 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS WERE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                  • 04:52:44 PM

                    House Vote 648 - On Passage

                    Ensuring a Qualified Civil Service Act of 2017

                    Passed (213 - 204)
                    Aye
                    No

                    Vote Details: Aye - 212
                    Republican - 210
                    Democratic - 2

                    Vote Details: No - 204
                    Democratic - 186
                    Republican - 18

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

                    • 04:52:46 PM

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

                    • 04:52:48 PM

                      UNFINISHED BUSINESS

                      The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on passage of H.R. 3017, which was debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

                      • 04:52:55 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 298. H.R. 3017, A BILL TO AMEND THE COMPREHENSIVE…

                        UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 298. H.R. 3017, A BILL TO AMEND THE COMPREHENSIVE ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSE COMPENSATION AND LIABILITY ACT OF 1980 TO RE-AUTHORIZE AND IMPROVE THE BROWNFIELD PROGRAM AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                      • 04:52:59 PM

                        Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3017 — "To amend the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 to reauthorize and improve the brownfields program, and for other purposes."

                        • 04:53:09 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY…

                          THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF 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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                      • 04:53:19 PM

                        On passage Roll Call 649 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

                      • 05:01:03 PM

                        House Vote 649 - On Passage

                        Brownfields Enhancement, Economic Redevelopment, and Reauthorization Act of 2017

                        Passed (409 - 8)
                        Yea

                        Vote Details: Yea - 408
                        Republican - 219
                        Democratic - 189

                        Vote Details: Nay - 8
                        Republican - 8

                        Vote Details: Not Voting - 16
                        Republican - 11
                        Democratic - 5

                        • 05:01:05 PM

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

                          • 05:01:06 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 409, THE NAYS ARE EIGHT. WITHOUT OBJECTION, A…

                            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 409, THE NAYS ARE EIGHT. WITHOUT OBJECTION, A MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                        • 05:01:21 PM

                          Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 636 — "Relating to the exercise of the authority of the ranking minority member of the Committee on the Judiciary."

                          • 05:01:25 PM

                            >>

                            MR. SPEAKER, BY DIRECTION OF THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS, I OFFER A PRIVILEGED…

                            MR. SPEAKER, BY DIRECTION OF THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS, I OFFER A PRIVILEGED RESOLUTION AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION BY THE CHAMBER.

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                          • 05:01:35 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

                          • 05:01:37 PM

                            THE CLERK

                            RESOLUTION -- RESOLVED THAT OTHERWISE PROVIDED BY THE HOUSE THE AUTHORITY…

                            RESOLUTION -- RESOLVED THAT OTHERWISE PROVIDED BY THE HOUSE THE AUTHORITY OF THE RANKING MINORITY MEMBER ON THE COMMITTEE OF THE JUDICIARY SHALL BE EXERCISED BY THE MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE WHO, PRIOR TO THE ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION, RANKS IMMEDIATELY BELOW THE RANKING MINORITY MEMBER.

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                          • 05:01:54 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE RESOLUTION IS FREED TO AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER…

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE RESOLUTION IS FREED TO AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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                          • 05:01:59 PM

                            MR. CROWLEY

                            I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

                          • 05:02:20 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                            WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RISE?

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                      • 05:02:30 PM

                        On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by voice vote.

                        • 05:02:34 PM

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

                        • 05:02:37 PM

                          ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

                          The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

                          • 05:02:46 PM

                            >>

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

                          • 05:02:51 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

                          • 05:03:07 PM

                            >>

                            MR. SPEAKER, MY COLLEAGUES, IT IS WITH GREAT RESPECT AND SORROW THAT I…

                            MR. SPEAKER, MY COLLEAGUES, IT IS WITH GREAT RESPECT AND SORROW THAT I RISE TODAY TO ANNOUNCE THE PASSING OF OUR FORMER COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN MAURICE HINCHEY. MR. HINCHEY PASSED AWAY IN NOVEMBER 22, JUST BEFORE THANKSGIVING, AT THE AGE OF 79 IN NEW YORK.

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                          • 05:03:22 PM

                            MR. FASO

                            LEAVING BEHIND AN EXTRAORDINARY LEGACY THAT WAS MARKED BY FERVENT…

                            LEAVING BEHIND AN EXTRAORDINARY LEGACY THAT WAS MARKED BY FERVENT PATRIOTISM, POLITICAL COURAGE AND FORWARD-THINKING LEADERSHIP. DURING HIS 20 YEARS OF SERVICE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, MAURICE HINCHEY REPRESENTED A BROAD SWATH OF NEW YORK STATE IN THE HUDSON VALLEY AND THE CAT SKILLS OVER IN THE SOUTHERN TIER AS WELL. MANY OF THOSE AREAS MAKE UP WHAT IS TODAY'S 19TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, WHICH I CURRENTLY REPRESENT. I ALSO HAD THE HONOR OF WORKING ALONGSIDE MR. HINCHEY FOR SIX YEARS IN THE NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY. THERE HE DEVELOPED AND HONED HIS LEGISLATIVE SKILLS AS CHAIRMAN OF THE ASSEMBLY'S ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION COMMITTEE. WE PROUDLY NOTE THE SERVICE OF MAURICE HINCHEY TO THE NATION AND I'M GLAD TO BE JOINED HERE BY MY COLLEAGUES FROM THE NEW YORK DELEGATION AND THE DEAN OF THE DELEGATION, MS. SLAUGHTER, TO EXTEND OUR HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES TO MAURICE HINCHEY'S WIDOW, AND TO THE ENTIRE HINCHEY FAMILY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I WOULD LIKE TO ASK MS. SLAUGHTER TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE.

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                          • 05:04:25 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                          • 05:04:30 PM

                            MS. SLAUGHTER

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

                          • 05:04:36 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                          • 05:04:38 PM

                            MS. SLAUGHTER

                            I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF MAURICE HINCHEY. HE WAS AN…

                            I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF MAURICE HINCHEY. HE WAS AN EXTRAORDINARY FRIEND WHO HAD COURAGE TO TAKE ON ALL OF THE TOUGH ISSUES. WE SERVED FOUR YEARS TOGETHER IN THE NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY AND 20 YEARS TOGETHER IN CONGRESS. I WATCHED HIM DO WHAT HE DID BEST, DEFEND THE CONSTITUENTS AND THE LAND THAT HE REPRESENTED. HE'S REMEMBERED AS AN ENVIRONMENTAL HERO, FOR HIS PROMOTION OF RENEWABLE ENERGY AND FOR SIGNING THE ALARM ON THE RISK OF HYDRAULIC FRACTURING. MAURICE DID MORE TO SUPPORT THE NATURAL RESOURCES OF THE CAT SKILL MOUNTAINS AND HUDSON VALLEY THAN ANYONE ELSE. FROM HIS EFFORTS TO CLEAN UP THE HUDSON RIVER, TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE HUDSON RIVER VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA, HIS LEGACY WILL ENDURE. TO THE MILLIONS OF VISITORS WHO ENJOY THE CATSKILL MOUNTAINS OR EXPLORE THE HUDSON VALLEY, YOU HAVE A CHAMPION TO THANK. HIS NAME WAS MAURICE HINCHEY. I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 05:05:43 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                          • 05:06:29 PM

                            MR. THOMPSON

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

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

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                          • 05:06:34 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                          • 05:06:37 PM

                            MR. THOMPSON

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE GRAND CANYON F.F.A. FOR…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE GRAND CANYON F.F.A. FOR BRINGING HOME THE GOLD AT A RECENT NATIONAL COMPETITION. THE WELLS BRO HIGH SCHOOL TEAM OF 10TH GRADERS RECENTLY TRAVELED TO THE NATIONAL F.F.A. CONVENTION IN INDIANAPOLIS. THE TEAM COMPETED IN THE CONDUCT OF MEETING EVENT THAT IS FOCUSED ON PARLIAMENTARIAN PROCEDURE. AS PART OF THE COMPETITION, TEAM PERFORMS MEETING DEMONSTRATION, INCLUDES AN OPENING CEREMONY AND A SURPRISE ISSUE TO DEBATE. THEY MAKE MOTIONS AND RESOLVE THE ISSUE WITHIN 13 MINUTES. EACH TEAM MEMBER HAS TO ANSWER ORAL QUESTIONS AND TAKE A KNOWLEDGE EXAM. MR. SPEAKER, I'M INCREDIBLY PROUD OF THE GRAND CANYON F.F.A. TEAM FOR ADVANCING TO THE GOLD LEVEL ROUND AND PLACING SIXTH OVERALL IN THE NATION. IT'S CLEAR THAT THE F.F.A. IS MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF STUDENTS BY DEVELOPING THEIR LEADERSHIP SKILLS, PERSONAL GROWTH AND CAREER SUCCESS THROUGH AGRICULTURE EDUCATION. I CONGRATULATE MEMBERS OF THE GRAND CANYON F.F.A. TEAM, KILEY BUTLER AND NINA COOL AGE, RYAN PIERCE, MCKENZIE, KATERYNA AND TAYLOR ON A JOB WELL DONE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 05:07:52 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 GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                          • 05:08:02 PM

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                            I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT TAX REFORM. TAX REFORM SHOULD BE ALL ABOUT…

                            I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT TAX REFORM. TAX REFORM SHOULD BE ALL ABOUT HELPING THOSE WHO ARE IN NEED.

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                          • 05:08:11 PM

                            MRS. BEATTY

                            WORKING FAMILIES, VETERANS, SENIORS, SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS, JUST TO NAME A…

                            WORKING FAMILIES, VETERANS, SENIORS, SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS, JUST TO NAME A FEW. UNFORTUNATELY THE PLAN THAT THE CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS ARE CURRENTLY RAMMING THROUGH THE SENATE WITH A VOTE THAT COULD HAPPEN JUST IN A FEW SHORT HOURS DOES EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE. THE PLAN WOULD OVERWHELMINGLY BENEFIT THE SUPERRICH, THE WELL CONNECTED AND AT THE EXPENSE OF THE MIDDLE CLASS, SMALL BUSINESS, NOT TO MENTION VETERANS, SENIORS STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET. THE MIDDLE CLASS AND SMALL BUSINESSES, WE CAN DO BETTER BY THEM. INSTEAD OF GIVING US A BUDGET-BUSTING HALF TRILLION DOLLAR TAX CUT TO THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS, LET'S PROVIDE GREATER TAX RELIEF TO WORKING FAMILIES, LET'S KEEP OUR PROMISE TO THE VETERANS, LET'S STRENGTHEN MEDICARE, SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICAID, LET'S HELP ASPIRING ENTREPRENEURS PURSUE THEIR PASSION, LET'S ENSURE BETTER WAGES, BETTER JOBS, BETTER OPPORTUNITIES AND A BETTER FUTURE FOR ALL AMERICANS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 05:09:15 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

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

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

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF OFFICER JAMIE COX, A FALLEN…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF OFFICER JAMIE COX, A FALLEN HERO FROM MY DISTRICT WHO WAS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY DURING A TRAFFIC STOP ON NOVEMBER 5, 2017. JAMIE COX, A ROCKFORD NATIVE, SERVED OUR COMMUNITY AND COUNTRY PROUDLY. AFTER GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL, HE SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY NATIONAL GUARD. HE WAS DEPLOYED TO AFGHANISTAN IN 2008 AND WAS HONORABLY DISCHARGED IN 2010. HE WENT ON TO ATTEND NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY AND GRADUATED IN 2014.

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                          • 05:09:51 PM

                            MR. KINZINGER

                            COMMENDATION MEDAL AND HE ALSO WON THE ILLINOIS NATIONAL GUARD ABRAHAM…

                            COMMENDATION MEDAL AND HE ALSO WON THE ILLINOIS NATIONAL GUARD ABRAHAM LINCOLN MEDAL OF FREEDOM RIBBON. HE JOINED THE LAW ENFORCEMENT DIVISION AT THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES BEFORE COMING HOME TO SERVE AS AN OFFICER IN THE ROCKFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT. MR. SPEAKER, JAMIE COX SPENT HIS LIFE DEDICATED TO SERVING AND PROTECTING OTHERS. ON A DAILY BY A CIRCUMSTANCES HE RISKS HIS LIFE TO HELP OTHERS AND HE GAVE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITY. ON BEHALF OF THE 16TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS, WE HONOR HIS SERVICE, MOURN HIS SACRIFICE, AND PAY TRIBUTE TO OUR FALLEN HERO, JAMIE COX.

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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 RHODE ISLAND SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                            MR. LANGEVIN

                            MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF PRESERVING NET…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF PRESERVING NET NEUTRALITY. AS MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES ARE AWARE, CYBERSECURITY IS A TOP PRIORITY OF MINE AND AS I BELIEVE IT'S THE NATIONAL AND ECONOMIC SECURITY CHALLENGE OF THE 21ST CENTURY. AS CO-CHAIR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL SIRPE SECURITY CAUCUS, I FOUGHT FOR YEARS TO HELP REDUCE SECURITY RISKS WHILE PRESERVING THE AMAZING BENEFITS OF AN OPEN, INTEROPERABLE INTERNET. THE INTERNET WAS NOT DESIGNED WITH SECURITY IN MIND. SO I HAVEN'T BEEN SURPRISED BY THE WORK NEEDED TO BETTER PROTECT OUR NETWORKS AND DATA. BUT THE INTERNET WAS DESIGNED TO BE FREE AND OPEN. THAT'S WHY, MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE BEEN STUNNED BY THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATION COMMISSION'S RECENT PROPOSAL TO END NET NEUTRALITY AND ALLOW A SMALL GROUP OF LARGE COMPANIES TO CONTROL WHAT WE SEE ONLINE. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY OUTRAGEOUS. I'VE HEARD FROM COUNTLESS CONSTITUENTS BACK HOME IN RHODE ISLAND ABOUT THIS MISGUIDED EFFORT AND I JOIN THEM IN CALLING FOR THE F.C.C. TO REJECT IT. MR. SPEAKER, WE DO NEED TO BETTER PROTECT OURSELVES ON THE INTERNET. BUT WE BETTER MAKE SURE IT'S STILL A FREE AND OTHER -- THERE'S STILL A FREE AND OPEN INTERNET TO PROTECT. 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? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. EVERY DAY OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND FIRST…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. EVERY DAY OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS PLACE THEIR LIVES AT RISK TO PROTECT OUR ENABLEDS AND OUR FAMILIES -- OUR NEIGHBORHOODS AND OUR FAMILIES. THEY DESERVE OUR RESPECT, OUR ADMIRATION AND SUPPORT. THAT SUPPORT CAN COME IN MANY DIFFERENT FORMS. BUT IMPORTANT COMPONENT -- AN IMPORTANT COMPONENT TO SUPPORTING OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS IS TO PROVIDE THEM THE RESOURCES THEY NEED FOR MENTAL WELLNESS.

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                            MR. SMUCKER

                            LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS HAVE STRESSFUL JOBS. THEY'RE EXPOSED TO HIGHER…

                            LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS HAVE STRESSFUL JOBS. THEY'RE EXPOSED TO HIGHER LEVELS OF VIOLENCE AND DEATH THAN THE AVERAGE AMERICAN. ONE IN FIVE OFFICERS HAS PTSD. ONE IN FOUR OFFICERS HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT SUICIDE AT ONE POINT DURING THEIR CAREER. AND THE SUICIDE RATE FOR POLICE OFFICERS IS FOUR TIMES HIGHER THAN THE RATE FOR FIREFIGHTERS. WE CAN DO MORE, MR. SPEAKER. THAT'S WHY I'M GLAD THE HOUSE PASSED THE LAW ENFORCEMENT MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS ACT EARLIER THIS WEEK. THIS LEGISLATION WILL PROVIDE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES WITH THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO ADDRESS MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES FACED BY OFFICERS. IT WILL MAKE GRANTS AVAILABLE TO DEPARTMENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND WILL STUDY THE EFFECTIVENESS OF REGULAR MENTAL HEALTH CHECKS AND CRISES HOT LINES. I'VE HAD NUMEROUS CONVERSATIONS WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT LEADERS AND POLICE OFFICERS IN MY DISTRICT AND THIS IS A PRIORITY FOR THEM. IT'S SUPPORTED BY THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE, THE NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ASSOCIATION, AND THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF POLICE OFFICERS. I'M GLAD, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THE HOUSE IS WORKING TO IMPROVE THE MENTAL HEALTH OF THOSE WE ARE CHARGED WITH -- THOSE WHO ARE CHARGED WITH PROTECTING US AND I THANK THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO PUT ON THE BLUE UNIFORM EACH DAY TO KEEP US SAFE. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR UP TO ONE MINUTE…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR UP TO ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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                            I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE PREMATURITY AWARENESS MONTH. TODAY WE THINK OF…

                            I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE PREMATURITY AWARENESS MONTH. TODAY WE THINK OF INFANT MORTALITY AS A PROBLEM OF THE PAST. BUT ACCORDING TO THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, COMPLICATIONS OF PRETERM BIRTH NOW OUTRANK ALL OTHER CAUSES AS THE WORLD'S NUMBER ONE KILLER OF CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 5.

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                            MR. BOYLE

                            PREMATURITY IS A SERIOUS GLOBAL PROBLEM. AFFECTING FAMILIES FROM EVERY…

                            PREMATURITY IS A SERIOUS GLOBAL PROBLEM. AFFECTING FAMILIES FROM EVERY NATION AND EVERY FACET OF SOCIETY. EVEN HERE IN THE MOST DEVELOPED NATION IN THE WORLD. IN THE 2017 MARCH OF DIMES PREMATURE BIRTH REPORT CARD, THE UNITED STATES WAS AWARDED A C GRADE DUE TO THE PERSISTENCE OF HIGH PRETERM BIRTH RATES. HOWEVER, UP TO 75% OF ALL DEATHS DUE TO PRETERM BIRTH CAN BE PREVENTED THROUGH RELATIVELY LOW COST INTERVENTIONS. WE HAVE THE RESOURCES TO ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM, BUT WE MUST ALSO HAVE THE WILL. SO LET'S RECOGNIZE NOVEMBER AS PREMATURITY AWARENESS MONTH BY SUPPORTING EFFORTS AT HOME AND ABROAD TO REDUCE THE IMPACT OF PRETERM BIRTHS, HONOR THOSE WORKING ON THIS ISSUE AROUND THE GLOBE, AND PROMOTE POLICIES THAT WILL PREVENT PRETERM BIRTHS AND IMPROVE OUTCOMES FOR AFFECTED INFANTS. MY RESOLUTION, H.R. 625, I BELIEVE WOULD DO JUST THAT. AND 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 GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION? .

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                          • 05:15:35 PM

                            MR. CARTER

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

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

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                          • 05:15:41 PM

                            MR. CARTER

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF MR. GARY LEWIS WHO…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF MR. GARY LEWIS WHO PASSED AWAY ON NOVEMBER 20 AT 65 YEARS OF AGE. MR. LEWIS WAS WELL-KNOWN IN GEORGIA FOR SERVING HIS COMMUNITY WITH HIS DENTISTRY PRACTICE. FOR YEARS HE SERVED ALL CORNERS WITH QUALITY DENTAL CARE AND AFTER HIS RETIREMENT DR. ARMSTRONG CONTINUED HIS LEGACY OF DENTISTRY. HIS DEDICATION TO HIS COMMUNITY IS ICKSEMPLE FIND WITH HIS WORK OF A MOBILE DENTAL PROGRAM. IN THIS PROGRAM, MR. LEWIS WOULD GO INTO SCHOOLS AND USE HIS EXPERTISE AS A DENTIST FREE OF CHARGE TO SERVE STUDENTS WHOSE PARENTS MAY NOT HAVE THE FUNDS, THE TIME OR THE ABILITY TO REGULARLY TAKE THEIR CHILD TO A DENTIST. OUTSIDE OF DENTISTRY, MR. LEWIS ENJOYED HUNTING, FISHING, AND WAS AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE BAPTIST CHURCH. I KNOW THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY WILL MISS MR. LEWIS, HIS BRIGHT SPIRIT AND HELPING HAND. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                          • 05:16:51 PM

                            MR. NADLER

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER A GREAT -- TO REMEMBER A GREAT…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER A GREAT -- TO REMEMBER A GREAT CHAMPION OF THE PEOPLE WHO PASSED AWAY LAST WEEK AT THE AGE OF 79. MAURICE HINCHEY WAS INDEED A GREAT CHAMPION OF THE PEOPLE, A GREAT PATRIOT AND A GREAT LEADER. I SERVED WITH HIM IN THE ASSEMBLY -- STATE ASSEMBLY IN NEW YORK FOR 16 YEARS, AND HERE IN THE CONGRESS FOR 20 YEARS. HE WAS PERHAPS ONE OF THE FAR MOST ENVIRONMENTALIST OF HIS GENERATION. HE LED THE FIGHT, SUCCESSFUL FIGHT TO GET GENERAL ELECTRIC TO CLEAN UP THE P.C.B.'S IN THE HUDSON RIVER, TO CLEAN UP THAT RIVER AND MAKE IT NOT QUITE DRINKABLE YET BUT MAKE IT ENVIRONMENTALLY SAFE. HE LED EVERY ENVIRONMENTAL BATTLE. HE'S ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE THAT MADE IT EASIER TO SERVE IN CONGRESS BECAUSE YOU COULD ALWAYS CHECK AND SAY, DID I DO THE RIGHT THING ON AN ENVIRONMENTAL VOTE BY LOOKING TO SEE HOW MAURICE VOTED. MAURICE WAS A LIBERAL IN A CONSERVATIVE AREA AND EVERYONE LOVED HIM BECAUSE HE KNEW HOW A WONDERFUL MAN HE WAS, HOW HE LOVED HIS CONSTITUENTS AND THE COUNTRY AND IT DIDN'T MATTER IF HE WAS LIBERAL OR CONSERVATIVE, EVERYONE LOVED HIM. WE ALL DID, WE ALL DO. WE REGRET HIS PASSING. MAY HE REST IN PEACE.

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

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA 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. PAULSEN

                            AND CHILDREN DESERVE THE LOVE AND WANT OF A SUPPORTIVE FAMILY. PROMOTING…

                            AND CHILDREN DESERVE THE LOVE AND WANT OF A SUPPORTIVE FAMILY. PROMOTING AWARENESS OF ADOPTION AND CHILDREN WAITING TO SHOWN SUPPORT BY ADOPTIVE FAMILIES. THE BEST WAY TO HELP CHILDREN GROW UP TO BE GOOD CITIZENS, HOLD JOBS, DISCOVER CURES FOR DISEASES AND ROLE MODELS FOR THEIR CHILDREN IS TO PROVIDE THEM WITH LEADERSHIP, LOVE AND SUPPORT AS THEY GROW UP. MR. SPEAKER, ADOPTION BRINGS SO MUCH JOY TO SO MANY CHILDREN AS WELL AS THEIR NEW FAMILIES. DURING NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH, LET'S CONTINUE TO DEVOTE RESOURCES TO ENSURE WE CAN CONTINUE SPREADING THIS JOY. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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

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

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                          • 05:19:40 PM

                            MR. MALONEY

                            YOU MET FIRST AND FOREMOST A REAL LIVE FLESH AND BLOOD HUMAN BEING WHO WAS…

                            YOU MET FIRST AND FOREMOST A REAL LIVE FLESH AND BLOOD HUMAN BEING WHO WAS STRONG AND PRINCIPLED AND PASSIONATE AND THAT PERSON BECAME A REAL HERO TO MANY OF US IN THE HUDSON VALLEY. WE CELEBRATE HIS LIFE OF SERVICE IN THE NAVY, NEW YORK ASSEMBLY AND OF COURSE HERE IN THE CONGRESS. I'M BLESSED TO REPRESENT A DISTRICT THAT INCLUDES MANY OF THE SAME COMMUNITIES THAT MAURICE HINCHEY REPRESENTED. WHEN I TOOK OFFICE I HEARD THE SAME THING AGAIN AND AGAIN. IF YOU WANT TO SUCCEED, JUST DO WHAT MAURICE HINCHY DID. WELL, THAT ADVICE IS EASIER SAID THAN DONE. BUT I'VE TRIED. HE WAS ONE OF A KIND, A LEADER, A FIGHTER, A GENTLEMAN, A STATESMAN. HE WAS A TIRELESS ADVOCATE FOR THE HUDSON RIVER AND FOR THE LARGER ENVIRONMENT. WE ARE ALL BLESSED TO HAVE BEEN SERVED BY HIS AND HE WILL BE SORELY MISSED.

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

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

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

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

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                            MR. SPEAKER, THE JERUSALEM EMBASSY ACT REARS THE EMBASSY IN ISRAEL TO BE…

                            MR. SPEAKER, THE JERUSALEM EMBASSY ACT REARS THE EMBASSY IN ISRAEL TO BE MOVED TO JERUSALEM. IT ALLOWS THE PRESIDENT TO WAIVE THE ACT EVERY 90 DAYS WHICH HAS HAPPENED EVER SINCE. THIS FRIDAY PRESIDENT TRUMP MUST DECIDE TO SIGN ANOTHER WAIVER OR TO HONOR OUR FRIEND AND ALLY ISRAEL.

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                            MR. GAETZ

                            ON PRESIDENT TRUMP TO MOVE THE U.S. EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM. JERUSALEM IS THE…

                            ON PRESIDENT TRUMP TO MOVE THE U.S. EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM. JERUSALEM IS THE ETERNAL UNDIVIDED CAPITOL OF ISRAEL. YET, OUR EMBASSY IS IN TEL AVIV. THIS IS DISRESPECTFUL, DISMISSIVE AND WRONG. IT SENDS THE MESSAGE THAT ISRAEL CANNOT DESIGNATE ITS OWN CAPITAL CITY. SOME CLAIM MOVING THE EMBASSY THREATENS PEACE. BUT THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY DOES FAR MORE TO JEOPARDIZE PEACE THAN THE LOCATION OF OUR EMBASSY. THEY NAME SCHOOLS AFTER TERRORISTS AND NAZIS. TEACH CHILDREN THAT THE MURDER OF JEWS IS NOBLE AND THEY PAY THE SALARIES OF TERRORISTS. MOVING OUR EMBASSY WILL TELL THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY THAT THEIR DAYS OF DENIAL ISRAEL'S EXISTENCE ARE OVER AND THAT THEY MUST BECOME A PARTNER IN PEACE. MR. SPEAKER, THE TIME IS NOW. IT IS TIME TO HONOR OUR PROMISE TO ISRAEL AND TO MOVE THE AMERICAN EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                          • 05:21:58 PM

                            MRS. LOWEY

                            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.

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                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF MY LONGTIME FRIEND AND…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF MY LONGTIME FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, MAURICE HINCHEY, WHO PASSED AWAY THIS MONTH AT THE AGE OF 79. A LIFE-LONG PUBLIC SERVANT, CONGRESSMAN HINCHEY WAS A STEADFAST CHAMPION FOR NEW YORK'S HUDSON VALLEY AND NEVER WAIVERED IN HIS COMMITMENT TO THE PEOPLE HE SERVED. THE COMMUNITIES HE REPRESENTED, AND THE CAUSES IN WHICH HE BELIEVED. OVER HIS 20 YEARS IN THE CONGRESS, CONGRESSMAN HINCHEY HELPED SHAPE THE COURSE OF HIS ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT AND RECORD AND AS A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, ALWAYS PUT THE HUDSON VALLEY AND NEW YORK STATE FIRST, ENSURING OUR PRIORITIES WERE REFLECTED IN THE NATION'S SPENDING POLICIES AND SECURING -- EXCUSE ME -- NEW YORK'S FAIR SHARE OF FEDERAL RESOURCES. CONGRESSMAN HINCHEY INSPIRED AND INFLUENCED NOT ONLY A GENERATION OF PUBLIC SERVANTS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS BUT THOSE OF US WHO HAD THE GOOD FORTUNE TO SERVE ALONGSIDE HIM IN THIS BODY. WE WILL MISS HIM DEEPLY. MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH CONGRESSMAN HINCHEY'S WIFE, EILEEN, HIS CHILDREN, MICHELLE, REECE, AND JOSEPH AND THE COUNTLESS PEOPLE IN THE HUDSON VALLEY AND BEYOND WHOSE LIVES HE ENRICHED, AND I YIELD BACK.

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

                            THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION IN -- RECOGNITION?

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                          • 05:23:34 PM

                            MS. JACKSON LEE

                            TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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

                            THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION -- I'M SORRY, TEXAS, SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                          • 05:25:34 PM

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                            TEXAS, SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                          • 05:26:04 PM

                            MR. O'ROURKE

                            BUT THE SENATE BILL THAT'S BEING DEBATED ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS CAPITOL…

                            BUT THE SENATE BILL THAT'S BEING DEBATED ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS CAPITOL RIGHT NOW IS EVEN WORSE. IN ADDITION TO WHAT I JUST DESCRIBED, WE WILL SEE 13 MILLION AMERICANS LOSE THEIR ABILITY TO SEE A DOCTOR, TO STAY HEALTHY, TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES AND EVEN TO LIVE THEIR LIVES. FOR THOSE LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE HEALTH CARE, THEIR PREMIUMS IN TEXAS, FOR EXAMPLE, WILL GO UP ON AVERAGE $1,700 A YEAR. WE WILL SEE ONE MILLION OF OUR FELLOW TEXANS LOSE THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE IF THIS BILL PASSES. NOW, MANY PEOPLE HAVE CALLED OUR OFFICE TO ASK WHAT THEY CAN DO TO HELP. THE NUMBER FOR THE CAPITOL SWITCH BOARD IS 202-224-3121. IT WILL BE THE PUBLIC PRESSURE THAT WILL HELP TO FORM THE POLITICAL WILL FOR OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND TO VOTE NO ON THIS TAX BILL. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE LIFE OF A FRIEND --

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                            DOES THE GENTLEMAN REQUEST TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE? WITHOUT…

                            DOES THE GENTLEMAN REQUEST TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                          • 05:27:16 PM

                            MR. TANKO

                            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. --

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                          • 05:27:21 PM

                            MR. TONKO

                            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. I RISE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO MAURICE HINCHEY, A BELOVED FRIEND AND AWESOME COLLEAGUE. I ENTERED INTO THE STATE ASSEMBLY WHEN HE WAS ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION CHAIR FOR THE NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY. I WITNESSED HIS FIGHT TO EXPOSE TOXIC CONTAMINATION OF THE LOVE CANAL, WHERE HE WORKED AGAINST ILLEGAL WASTE DUMPING FOR ORGANIZED CRIME. I WATCHED AS HE WORKED SO HARD TO PROTECT THE CATSKILLS AND THE ADIRONDACKS FROM ACID RAIN. IT WAS THERE THAT I WITNESSED HIS INTEGRITY, HIS INTELLECT, HIS COMPASSION, HIS PASSION TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, AND THEN HE CAME TO WASHINGTON TO SERVE THIS NATION. HE WORKED HARD TO ESTABLISH THE HUDSON RIVER VALLEY GREENWAY. HE WORKED HARD TO FIGHT AGAINST P.C.B. CONTAMINATION OF THE HUDSON RIVER. HE MADE CERTAIN THAT HYDROFRACKING WOULD NOT DESTROY OUR ENVIRONMENT. HE MADE CERTAIN THAT HE SPOKE OUT AGAINST THE YIRKE WAR, SPOKE OUT -- IRAQ WAR, SPOKE OUT AGAINST NAFTA AND THE DAMAGE IT COULD DO TO AMERICAN JOBS. THIS WAS A PERSON WHO WAS PRINCIPLED. HE ACTED WITH THOSE PRINCIPLES WITH EVERY FIBER OF HIS BEING. AND TODAY I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THAT PERSON, OUR VOICE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, A PRINCIPLED INDIVIDUAL THAT THE LATE GOVERNOR MARIO CUOMO CALLED THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONSCIENCE OF NEW YORK STATE. I EXTEND MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO HIS WIFE, CHILDREN. I KNOW THAT IN THE LAST YEAR OF HIS LIFE MAURICE AND HIS FAMILY WORKED TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR FRONTAL TEMPORAL DEGENERATION. I'M HOPING THEIR FIGHT WILL CONTINUE SO THAT OTHERS IMPACTED WITH THIS DISEASE WILL BE ABLE TO CONQUER THAT DISEASE. MAURICE, REST IN PEACE. YOU ARE A CHAMPION. WE DON'T LIVE IN A PERFECT WORLD. PERHAPS WE NEVER WILL. BUT THOSE WHO ARE DISADVANTAGED, THOSE IN NEED WILL NEED A CHAMPION AND THAT CHAMPION WAS MAURICE HINCHEY AND HE WILL CONTINUE TO INSPIRE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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

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                            TEMPORE WITHOUT

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I, TOO, RISE TO MOURN THE LOSS OF OUR GREAT…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I, TOO, RISE TO MOURN THE LOSS OF OUR GREAT COLLEAGUE, MAURICE HINCHEY.

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                            MR. ENGEL

                            I KNEW MAURICE FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS. WE SERVED TOGETHER IN THE NEW YORK…

                            I KNEW MAURICE FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS. WE SERVED TOGETHER IN THE NEW YORK ASSEMBLY AND THEN HE CAME TO CONGRESS. IN THE ASSEMBLY IN ALBANY, IN NEW YORK STATE, HE WAS KNOWN AS ONE OF THE CHAMPIONS OF THE ENVIRONMENT. HE CHAIRED THAT COMMITTEE IN ALBANY, AND WHEN HE CAME TO WASHINGTON HE ALSO, AS MY COLLEAGUES HAVE SAID, CHAMPIONED GREEN THINGS AND CHAMPIONED TO MAKE SURE THE ENVIRONMENT WAS SAFE FOR ALL OF US AND FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. BUT THE THING THAT I REALLY REMEMBER ABOUT MAURICE HINCHEY WAS WHAT A NICE PERSON HE WAS. SOFT SPOKEN BUT SHARP, TENLT, HONEST. HE'S THE -- INTELLIGENT, HONEST, HE'S THE KIND OF PERSON WHO IS IN PUBLIC SERVICE FOR ALL THE RIGHT REASONS AND REALLY IS A MODELED MEMBER OF CONGRESS FOR SO MANY OF US. WHETHER YOU AGREED WITH HIM OR DISAGREED WITH HIM, HE LISTENED TO YOU AND HE WAS A TENACIOUS FIGHTER AND A REAL SMART INDIVIDUAL, REALLY, REALLY KNEW HIS SUBJECT. SO THE THING THAT I REMEMBER ABOUT MAURICE WAS WHAT A NICE GUY HE WAS, SOFT SPOKEN HE WAS, HOW CARING HE WAS. HE DIDN'T ENTER PUBLIC LIFE TO GET THE ACCOLADES. HE ENTERED IT BECAUSE HE REALLY BELIEVED THAT GOVERNMENT SHOULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND COULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE. MAURICE, YOU DID MAKE A DIFFERENCE. YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE TO THOSE IN AMERICA, MADE A DIFFERENCE TO THOSE IN NEW YORK STATE, MADE A DIFFERENCE OF THOSE WHO SERVED WITH YOU, IN THE NEW YORK ASSEMBLY IN ALBANY AND IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS HERE IN WASHINGTON. REST IN PEACE, MAURICE. WE WILL MISS YOU BUT WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOU. .

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                          • 05:31:21 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 NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                            I JOIN MY COLLEAGUES TODAY IN HONORING THE MEMORY AND THE LEGACY AND…

                            I JOIN MY COLLEAGUES TODAY IN HONORING THE MEMORY AND THE LEGACY AND PUBLIC OFFICE OF MAURICE HINCHEY. MO AND I WERE ELECTED IN THE SAME ELECTION, IN 1974. AND MET DURING FRESHMAN ORIENTATION THAT DECEMBER ON A COLD ALBANY DAY. SERSER FROM THEN ON WE WERE FRIEND --

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                            MR. SERRANO

                            FROM THEN ON WE WERE FRIENDS. I CAME FROM THE SOUTH BRONX. SO I KNEW ABOUT…

                            FROM THEN ON WE WERE FRIENDS. I CAME FROM THE SOUTH BRONX. SO I KNEW ABOUT THE ISSUES OF THE ENVIRONMENT. BUT I DIDN'T KNOW THE INTRICACIES OF HOW THEY SHOULD BE APPROACHED LEGISLATIVELY. AND HE TAUGHT ME ALL ABOUT IT. AS HE DID OUR WHOLE FRESHMAN CLASS. FROM DAY ONE HE WAS THAT PERSON WHO SPOKE ABOUT SAVING THIS EARTH, SAVING THIS COUNTRY, SAVING THIS LAND THAT HAS BEEN LOANED TO US. IN ADDITION, MAURICE WAS, AS HAS BEEN SAID HERE, ONE OF THE NICEST GUYS YOU COULD IMAGINE. AND HE WAS A UNIQUE ELECTED OFFICIAL. HE WAS A LIBERAL IN A CONSERVATIVE DISTRICT WHO WAS LOVED BY HIS CONSTITUENTS. EARLY IN MY ASSEMBLY CAREER, THE FIRST YEAR, I VISITED HIS DISTRICT. AND I SAW HOW HE CARED FOR THE PEOPLE AND HOW THEY CARED FOR HIM. AND HE TOOK ME ALL AROUND AND IT WAS WONDERFUL HOW HE LOVED HIS COMMUNITY AND HE TAUGHT US THAT THERE WERE PLACES OUTSIDE OF NEW YORK, HE TOOK A GROUP OF PEOPLE FROM NEW YORK CITY, AND I ALWAYS REMEMBER MAURICE WOULD SAY TO ME, I GOT TO GO TO NEW YORK CITY ONCE A MONTH. I SAID, WHY? HE SAYS, JUST TO CHARGE MY BATTERIES AND THEN, YOU KNOW, GET THE BIG CITY LIFE. THEN I COME BACK. HE WAS JUST A SPECIAL HUMAN BEING. HE COULD PLAY SOFTBALL AND SWING A BAT LIKE NO ONE ELSE. I WILL MISS YOU, MY BROTHER. I WILL MISS YOU. YOU'RE SPECIAL AND THE PEOPLE WILL MISS YOU FOREVER.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                            THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                            MRS. MALONEY

                            MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEK WE LOST ONE OF THE FINEST PEOPLE EVER TO SERVE THE…

                            MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEK WE LOST ONE OF THE FINEST PEOPLE EVER TO SERVE THE PEOPLE OF NEW YORK STATE AND THE COUNTRY WHEN CONGRESSMAN MAURICE HINCHEY PASSED AWAY. I WOULD LIRKE TO -- I WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO HIS WIFE, EILEEN, HIS SONS REECE AND JOSEPH, HIS DAUGHTER, MICHELLE, AND THE ENTIRE HINCHEY FAMILY. MAURICE LEAVES BEHIND A LEGACY OF SERVICE THAT IS SECOND TO NONE. DURING HIS 18 YEARS IN THE NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY, HE BECAME WHAT FORMER GOVERNOR MARIO CUOMO CALLED, AND I QUOTE, THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONSCIENCE OF NEW YORK STATE, END QUOTE, FOR HIS GROUNDBREAKING INVESTIGATIONS INTO POLLUTERS AND LANDMARK ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS. WHEN HE CAME TO CONGRESS IN 1993, HE CONTINUED THAT WORK, CREATING THE HUDSON RIVER VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA, PRESERVING WILD PUBLIC LANDS, AND DOING EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO CLEAN AND PROTECT HIS BELOVED HUDSON RIVER. MAURICE AND I CAME TO CONGRESS IN THE SAME CLASS AND WE BECAME FAST FRIENDS. I ALREADY MISS HIM DEARLY, BUT I KNOW THAT HIS WORK AND HIS LEGACY WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. TO KNOW HIM WAS TO LOVE HIM. REST IN PEACE, MY DEAR FRIEND.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                            MR. CICILLINE

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

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                            MR. CICILLINE

                            MR. SPEAKER, MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WILL LIE AWAKE IN BED AT NIGHT THIS…

                            MR. SPEAKER, MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WILL LIE AWAKE IN BED AT NIGHT THIS EVENING WORRIED ABOUT THEIR ABILITY TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR FAMILIES BECAUSE THEY SIMPLY DON'T MAKE ENOUGH MONEY. AND ARE STRUGGLING WITH THE DAILY NEEDS OF LIFE. WHAT IS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WORKING TO DO TO MAKE IT EVEN WORSE? TO PASS A TAX CUT FOR THE RICHEST PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY, THE MOST POWERFUL CORPORATIONS, THAT WILL RESULT IN RAISING TAXES ON 82 MILLION FAMILIES, WILL PROVIDE A $1.5 TRILLION DEBT ON THE NEXT GENERATION, WHICH WILL MAKE DEEP CUTS TO MEDICARE, MEDICAID, PELL GRANTS, INFRASTRUCTURE, ALL THE THINGS THAT ARE NECESSARY TO GROW AND STRENGTHEN THE MIDDLE CLASS OF THIS COUNTRY. WHICH WILL BE A HUGE BOONE TO THE RICHEST PEOPLE IN AMERICA. AND THE SENATE VERSION WILL ALSO REMOVE 13 MILLION PEOPLE FROM HAVING ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE. THE REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE ARE DOING THIS RIGHT NOW. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED TO BE CERTAIN THAT THEIR VOICES ARE BEING HEARD, TO STOP THIS PROPOSAL. IT'S A SCAM THAT WILL IMPOSE TREMENDOUS COSTS ON WORKING PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY, WILL PROVIDE TREMENDOUS BENEFITS TO THE VERY POUFRL, THE VERY WEALTHY, -- POURGFUL -- POWERFUL, THE VERY WEALTHY. WILL SHIP JOBS OVERSEAS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE A BETTER DEAL. THEY DESERVE BETTER WAGES, BETTER JOBS AND A BETTER FUTURE. THEY DESERVE A MUCH BETTER DEAL THAN THIS RAW DEAL THAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE GIVING IN THIS TAX SCAM. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                            PROVIDE EVERY AMERICAN WITH A PLOT SUMMARY OF THE G.O.P. TAX SCAM. STEP…

                            PROVIDE EVERY AMERICAN WITH A PLOT SUMMARY OF THE G.O.P. TAX SCAM. STEP ONE, CUT TAXES FOR POWERFUL BILLIONAIRES AND MILLIONAIRES. STEP TWO, GROW A GIANT $2.5 TRILLION DEBT.

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                            MR. SOTO

                            PART OF THAT IS ALSO TO GROW THE DEFICIT. SO WE CAN GET TO STEP THREE. USE…

                            PART OF THAT IS ALSO TO GROW THE DEFICIT. SO WE CAN GET TO STEP THREE. USE THAT TO JUSTIFY CUTS TO MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY FOR OUR SENIORS. OUR ABILITY TO PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT FOR THE FUTURE. EDUCATION. INFRASTRUCTURE. RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. OUR HOMELAND SECURITY. AND OUR MILITARY. ALL WILL SEE CUTS IF THIS GOES THROUGH. IF YOU'RE WORRIED ABOUT INCOME INEQUALITY, THIS PUTS THAT DISPARITY ON STEROIDS. BY CHARGING THE CREDIT CARD AND GETTING RID OF POPULAR DEDUCTIONS TO BOOT. AND IT WILL SHIP JOBS OVERSEAS BY LOWERING THE ABROAD TAX RATE. BUT DON'T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT. WHILE MAIN STREET CONTINUES TO SUFFER, WALL STREET IS THROWING A PARTY WITH RECORD STOCK INCREASES TODAY. SO IT'S TIME TO TAKE A STAND AGAINST THE G.O.P. TAX SCAM. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S…

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. RASKIN, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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                        • 05:38:30 PM

                          SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES

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

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                            MR. RASKIN

                            MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. DELIGHTED TO BE HERE THIS EVENING ON…

                            MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. DELIGHTED TO BE HERE THIS EVENING ON BEHALF OF THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS IN CONGRESS WHICH IS IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE VERSIONS OF THE TAX SCAM THAT IS SPEEDING THROUGH THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS THIS WEEK. AND WE HAVE SEVERAL MEMBERS WHO WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS. AND I'M GOING TO YIELD FIRST TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM RHODE ISLAND, DAVID CICILLINE, WHO IS A PASSIONATE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE PEOPLE OF RHODE ISLAND. AND A REAL CHAMPION OF THE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS. MR. CICILLINE.

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                            MR. CICILLINE

                            I THANK MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, FOR YIELDING. AND I WANT…

                            I THANK MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, FOR YIELDING. AND I WANT TO JUST QUOTE CONGRESSMAN RASKIN, WHO HAS SAID BEFORE, AND I THINK IT ACTUALLY -- ACCURATELY CAPTURES WHAT'S HAPPENING. THE REPUBLICANS ARE MOVING AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT IN THE DARK OF NIGHT. TO JAM THROUGH THIS PROPOSAL WHICH WILL VISIT SO MUCH HARM UPON OUR ECONOMY AND UPON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND PARTICULARLY ONTO WORKING FAMILIES. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO SAY AT THE OUTSET THAT THE PROCESS THAT HAS BEEN PRODUCED THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT IS NOW UNDER CONSIDERATION IN THE SENATE, THEIR OWN VERSION OF THE SAME PROPOSAL, IS AN IMPORTANT THING TO UNDERSTAND. THE LAST TIME THAT WE DID COMPREHENSIVE TAX REFORM, AND IT WAS BEFORE I ARRIVED IN CONGRESS, BUT THERE WERE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WHO TESTIFIED. THERE WERE HEARINGS TO REALLY UNDERSTAND THE IMPLICATIONS OF THESE PROPOSE ALSO. OUR ECONOMY IS COMPLICATED, TAX POLICY IS COMPLICATED. YOU WANT TO BE SURE THAT YOU'RE MAKING THE RIGHT DECISIONS BASED ON GOOD INFORMATION, GOOD EVIDENCE, AND REALLY THE GUIDE AVENS EXPERTS -- GUIDANCE OF EXPERTS. THIS PROPOSAL IN THE HOUSE AND SIMILARLY IN THE SENATE HAPPENED WITH NO HEARINGS. NOT A SINGLE WITNESS TESTIFIED. IN FACT, IT WAS DRAFTED EVEN WITHOUT THE PARTICIPATION OF SOME OF THE REPUBLICAN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. IT WAS PRESENTED AS A FINISHED PRODUCT AND THEN BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE. AND ONE OF THE REASONS I WOULD SAY, MR. SPEAKER, THAT MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE TRYING TO GET THIS DONE SO QUICKLY IS BECAUSE THE MORE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE LEARN ABOUT THIS PROPOSAL, THE MORE THEY REALIZE THAT IT'S NOT SOMETHING THEY SUPPORT AND UNDERMINES THE LONG-TERM HEALTH AND PROSPERITY OF OUR COUNTRY. WHAT DOES IT DO? IT PROVIDES A HUGE, A GIGANTIC TAX CUT FOR THE PEOPLE AT THE VERY TOP. ABOUT 50% OF THE PROPOSAL GOES TO THE TOP 1%. IT CREATES GREATER ECONOMIC INCENTIVES TO SHIP AMERICAN JOBS OVERSEAS. THINK ABOUT THAT. CREATES BETTER INCENTIVES TO SEND GOOD JOBS OVERSEAS. IT RAISES TAXES ON 82 MILLION FAMILIES. MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES. IT IMPOSES A $1.5 TRILLION ADDITIONAL DEBT ON THE NEXT GENERATION. AND TO PAY FOR ALL OF THIS IT IMPOSES DEEP CUTS ON THINGS THAT ARE SO IMPORTANT TO THE ECONOMY AND IMPORTANT TO WORKING FAMILIES. MEDICARE, MEDICAID. AND WE'LL SEE MORE CUTS IN INFRASTRUCTURE, EDUCATION, ALL THE THINGS THAT ARE NECESSARY TO BUILD AND STRENGTHEN OUR ECONOMY. THIS IS A GIGANTIC GIVEAWAY TO THE BIGGEST CORPORATIONS AND THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY. AND IT'S PAID FOR BY THE MIDDLE CLASS. PAID FOR BY HARDWORKING AMERICANS. THERE ARE, AS I SAID JUST A MOMENT AGO, MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO LIE AWAKE AT NIGHT WORRYING ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THEY CAN MAKE ENDS MEET, TAKE CARE OF THEIR FAMILIES, PAY THEIR BILLS. BECAUSE THEY'RE JUST NOT MAKING ENOUGH MONEY. BUT INSTEAD OF ADDRESSING THAT, WITH A REAL TAX REFORM PROPOSAL THAT PROVIDES REAL TAX RELIEF TO MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES, AND INCENTIVIZES THE CREATION OF GOOD PAYING JOBS, THIS DOES JUST THE OPPOSITE. IT MAKES THE SITUATION WORSE. AND IN FACT WHAT THIS BILL DOES IS -- ALTHOUGH ITS NAME IS SOMETHING ABOUT JOB CREATION, IT DOES JUST THE OPPOSITE. BECAUSE IT'S PREMISED ON THIS ECONOMIC THEORY CALLED TRICKLE-DOWN ECONOMICS. THAT IF YOU JUST LET PEOPLE AT THE VERY TOP HOLD ONTO MORE OF THEIR MONEY, KEEP MORE OF WHAT THEY MAKE, THAT IT WILL SOMEHOW JUST TRICKLE DOWN TO THE REST OF US. AND WE KNOW THAT'S AN ECONOMIC THEORY THAT DOESN'T WORK. AND IT DOESN'T WORK BECAUSE WHAT YOU REALLY NEED TO CREATE JOBS AND TO GROW THE ECONOMY IS FOR PEOPLE IN THE MIDDLE CLASS TO HAVE A GOOD PAYING JOB, TO HAVE MONEY IN THEIR POCKET, SO THEY CAN BUY THE GOODS AND SERVICES BUSINESS PRODUCES. THAT'S HOW YOU GROW THE ECONOMY. YOU GO TO ANY SMALL BUSINESS IN MY STATE AND YOU ASK THEM, WHAT DO YOU NEED TO CREATE ANOTHER JOB, TO ADD TO YOUR NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES, AND THEY'LL TELL YOU, I NEED CUSTOMERS. I NEED PEOPLE TO BUY THE THINGS I MAKE AND SELL. AND THAT'S WHY HAVING A TAX POLICY THAT INVESTS IN REBUILDING THE MIDDLE CLASS, THAT PROVIDES TAX RELIEF TO MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES AND DOESN'T RELY ON THIS TRICKLE-DOWN ECONOMICS IS THE WAY THAT YOU GROW THE ECONOMY. THIS DOES JUST THE OPPOSITE. AND SO IN ADDITION TO THAT PROPOSAL ON THE SENATE SIDE, THEY'VE INSERTED ANOTHER PROPOSAL THAT WILL STRIP AWAY HEALTH CARE FROM 13 MILLION AMERICANS. NOW, THINK ABOUT THIS. JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT THIS BILL COULDN'T GET ANY WORSE OR THIS APPROACH, THE SENATE REPUBLICANS HAVE DONE THAT. WE HAD A RALLY TODAY WITH FOLKS FROM ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY WHO ARE STANDING UP TO SAY, THIS IS NOT FAIR. THIS MAKES OUR TAX CODE WORSE, THIS PROVIDES NO RELIEF FOR THE PEOPLE WHO NEED IT, IT DOESN'T HELP SMALL BUSINESSES, AND INSTEAD IT'S A REFLECTION OF WHAT A SWAMP WASHINGTON IS. BECAUSE ALL THOSE FOLKS WHO HAVE A LOT OF POLITICAL POWER, WHO SPEND A LOT OF MONEY ON ELECTIONS, HAVE ALLOWED OR HAVE DEMANDED THAT A TAX BILL GO FORWARD THAT BENEFITS THEM. SHAME ON MY COLLEAGUES. THIS IS A DISGRACE. WHAT THIS IS GOING TO DO TO OUR ECONOMY AND TO WORKING FAMILIES IS SOMETHING THAT EVERYONE WHO VOTES FOR THIS WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR. WE ARE STILL HOPING THAT WE CAN DEFEAT THIS PROPOSAL IN THE SENATE. AND MOVE FORWARD IN A BIPARTISAN WAY FOR SERIOUS TAX REFORM THAT WILL GROW THE ECONOMY, THAT WILL PROVIDE RELIEF TO MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES. THAT WILL HELP RAISE PEOPLE'S WAGES. AND NOT BE A HUGE GIVEAWAY FOR THE RICHEST PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY, THE MOST POWERFUL CORPORATIONS THAT WILL INCENTIVIZE SHIPPING AMERICAN JOBS OVERSEAS AND THEN GIVE THE BILL TO THE NEXT GENERATION AND TO WORKING FAMILIES IN THIS COUNTRY. THIS IS DEAD WRONG. WE HAVE TO DEFEAT IT. I THANK MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, FOR ORGANIZING THIS SPECIAL ORDER HOUR SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO BRING ATTENTION TO THIS HORRIBLE PIECE OF LEGISLATION, WHICH BY THE WAY I'LL END WITH THIS, IS NOT TAX REFORM. THIS IS A SCAM BEING VISITED UPON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE NEED TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO STOP IT. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING.

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                            MR. RASKIN

                            MR. CICILLINEY, THANK YOU FOR YOUR STRONG LEADERSHIP, FOR THE PEOPLE OF --…

                            MR. CICILLINEY, THANK YOU FOR YOUR STRONG LEADERSHIP, FOR THE PEOPLE OF -- MR. CICILLINE, THANK YOU FOR YOUR STRONG LEADERSHIP FOR THE PEOPLE OF RHODE ISLAND, AND TO YOUR DEDICATION FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS OF AMERICA WHICH IS BESIEGED, UNDERSTAND IT'S UNDER ATTACK TODAY IN WASHINGTON, D.C. THE SECRETARY, THE FORMER SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY, ROBERT RUBEN, CAME AND SAID THIS IS THE WORST PIECE OF TAX LEGISLATION HE'D SEEN EVER IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. NOW THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE TAKEN A LOOK AND THEY DON'T LIKE IT, BY MORE THAN TWO TO ONE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN PUBLIC OPINION POLLS ARE REJECTING THIS PLAN. THE ONE POLL FOUND THAT AMERICAN VOTERS ARE REJECTING THE PLAN BY MORE THAN TWO TO ONE WITH 52% DISAPPROVING AND ONLY 25% APPROVING. AND EVERY DAY THE MORE PEOPLE FIND OUT ABOUT IT, THE MORE THAT THEY HATE THE GUTS OF THIS BILL. WHAT'S INSIDE OF THE TAX PLAN. WE'RE IN A SITUATION OF BEAT THE CLOCK NOW. CAN WE GET THE INFORMATION OUT TO THE PEOPLE, MR. SPEAKER, ABOUT WHAT'S IN THIS BILL BEFORE IT IS RAMMED THROUGH THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS? . SO LET'S START WITH THIS. 82 MILLION MIDDLE-CLASS HOUSEHOLDS ARE GOING TO SEE THEIR TAXES GO UP OVER THE NEXT DECADE. THEY'RE GOING TO COMPLETELY OBLITERATE THE STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION, WHICH STATES LIKE MINE, MARYLAND, NEW JERSEY, CONNECTICUT, CALIFORNIA, ILLINOIS ARE GOING TO BE KILLED BY BECAUSE IF YOU MAKE INVESTMENTS IN YOUR EDUCATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE, IF YOU MAKE INVESTMENTS IN THE TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE, NOW THEY WANT TO ABOLISH THE STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION AND MAKE YOU PAY TWICE FOR THE SAME MONEY THAT YOU HAVE EARNED WHILE DRIVING PRESSURE DOWN ON THE STATES TO ELIMINATE INVESTMENT IN THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THE STATES. WELL, SO THEY'RE GOING TO RAISE TAXES ON MILLIONS OF MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES. WHY? SO THEY CAN SLASH TAXES FOR THE WEALTHIEST CORPORATIONS AND THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY. THEY WANT TO SLASH THE CORPORATE TAX RATE FROM 35% TO 20%. AT A TIME OF RECORD CORPORATE PROFITS IN AMERICA. AND THEY SAY EVERYBODY'S GOING TO GET WAGE INCREASES BY THAT, BUT WE'VE ALREADY GOT RECORD CORPORATE PROFITS AND WE'VE SEEN WAGE GROWTH BE STAGNANT UNDER THE POLICIES THAT ARE BEING PROPOUNDED BY THE G.O.P. IN CONGRESS. IF YOU WANT TO INCREASE PEOPLE'S WAGES, INCREASE THE MINIMUM WAGE. HAVE SOME COURAGE. HAVE SOME HONESTY. LET'S INCREASE THE MINIMUM WAGE. LET'S GIVE AMERICA A RAISE. THAT WILL WORK, NOT JUST SHOWERING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS MORE ON THE RICHEST PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY. AND BY THE WAY, IT'S NOT JUST THE RICHEST PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY, 1/3 OF CORPORATE OWNERSHIP IN AMERICA GOES TO FOREIGN INVESTORS. THAT'S RIGHT. SO IF WE DECIDE TO GIVE $1.5 TRILLION TO INVESTORS IN AMERICA WITH A CORPORATE TAX BREAK, A THIRD OF THAT MONEY IS GOING TO LEAVE AMERICA IMMEDIATELY AND GO TO CHINA OR SAUDI ARABIA OR WHEREVER THE RICH CORPORATE INVESTORS ARE. THE PURPOSE OF THIS BILL ISN'T EVEN JUST TO ENRICH THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN AMERICA, IT'S TO ENRICH THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE ON EARTH, BECAUSE THE MONEY IS GOING TO BE FLYING OVERSEAS AS SOON AS WE INCITY TUITT THAT CORPORATE -- INSTITUTE THIS CORPORATE TAX CUT AND THEN THEY BUILD UP RECORD DEFICITS. $1.5 TRILLION TO $2 TRILLION IN DEFICITS ON THESE TWO PLANS, THE HOUSE AND SENATE PLANS WHICH ARE TWIDDLE DUMB AND TWIDDLE DUMBER. $1.5 TRILLION TO $2 TRILLION THAT THE CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN AND GREAT GRANDCHILDREN OF THE MIDDLE CLASS ARE GOING TO BE PAYING BACK FOR DECADES SO THERE CAN BE A PARTY ON WALL STREET, SO THERE CAN BE A PARTY AMONG THE 1%, SO THE DONALD TRUMP'S FAMILY, ACCORDING TO "THE NEW YORK TIMES" CAN COLLECT UP TO $1 TRILLION IN TAX RELIEF. HOW ARE THEY DOING IT? WELL, FOR EXAMPLE, THEY WANT TO ABOLISH THE ESTATE TAX WHICH RIGHT NOW APPLIES TO ONLY TWO OF THE 1,000 RICHEST -- TWO OF THE RICHEST OF 1,000 FAMILIES IN AMERICA. YOU TAKE 1,000 FAMILIES, ONLY TWO OF THEM ARE EVEN PAYING THE ESTATE TAX BECAUSE IT APPLIES ONLY TO THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY AND THEY WANT TO ABOLISH THAT. TOTALLY IN CONTRADICTION TO THE DESIGN OF THE FOUNDERS OF AMERICA WHO DID NOT WANT TO SEE THE TRANSMISSION OF MILLIONS, MUCH LESS HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS, BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM ONE GENERATION TO THE NEXT BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT THE INTERGENERATIONAL TRANSMISSION OF THAT KIND OF WEALTH IS A THREAT TO DEMOCRACY. AT A CERTAIN POINT PEOPLE HAVE ENOUGH HOUSES, THEY HAVE ENOUGH YACHTS, THEY HAVE ENOUGH HELICOPTERS. NOW DO THEY WANT TO BUY? THEY WANT TO BUY A GOVERNORSHIP, THEY WANT TO BUY A SENATE SEAT OR A WHOLE INSTITUTION LIKE THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OR THE U.S. SENATE. THAT'S NOT DEMOCRACY, AND THE FOUNDERS KNEW IT. THAT'S PLUE TO BE RASI-I. -- PLUTOCRACY. SO WHAT THEY WANT TO CEMENT INTO PLACE WITH THIS BILL IS A DIRECT THREAT TO THE DEMOCRATIC VALUES OF THE COUNTRY, THE DEMOCRATIC VALUES OF THE FOUNDERS OF AMERICA. THEY WANT TO ELIMB NAT THE -- ELIMINATE THE STUDENT LOAN INTEREST DEDUCTION AND LIFETIME LEARNING CREDITS, A DIRECT ASSAULT ON MIDDLE-CLASS UPWARD MOBILITY. THEY WANT TO MAKE IT MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO GO TO COLLEGE AND THEN TO PAY THEIR LOANS BACK. THEY WANT TO ELIMINATE THE MEDICAL EXPENSE DEDUCTION, WHICH MILLIONS OF FAMILIES HAVE USED IN ORDER TO TAKE CARE OF A LOVED ONE WHO HAS A SERIOUS LONG-TERM ILLNESS OR IS IN LONG-TERM CARE, AND THEY JUST WANT TO GET RID OF THE MEDICAL EXPENSE DEDUCTION. YOU SHOULD READ THE LETTERS AND EMAILS I'M GETTING FROM FAMILIES THAT ARE SAYING THIS WILL BANKRUPT US. IF YOU'RE SPENDING MORE THAN 10% OF YOUR INCOME ON MEDICAL EXPENSES YOU CAN START TO DEDUCT IT. THEY WANT TO GET RID OF THAT. OH, AND GUESS WHO ELSE THAT HITS AS COLLATERAL DAMAGE IN THE WAR AGAINST THE MIDDLE CLASS? FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. RIGHT NOW FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS CAN GO TO A PRIVATE SCHOOL AND THEY CAN DEDUCT THE TUITION AND EXPENSES OF THAT EDUCATION AS PART OF THE MEDICAL EXPENSE DEDUCTION. WELL, THE G.O.P. WANTS TO GET RID OF THAT TOO. BECAUSE I SUPPOSE LIFE IS JUST NOT HARD ENOUGH ON FAMILIES IN AMERICA WHO HAVE KIDS WITH AUTISM OR KIDS WITH MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY OR KIDS WHO FACE ANY OTHER MANNER OF PHYSICAL OR NEUROLOGICAL OR MENTAL OR EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS. WE SHOULD BE ON THE SIDE OF THE FAMILIES WHO ARE STRUGGLING WITH SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN. WE SHOULD BE ON THEIR SIDE AND WE SHOULD BE ON THE SIDE OF THE STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS THAT ARE TRYING HEROICALLY TO ADDRESS IT, BUT INSTEAD, THIS LEGISLATION WILL PULL THE RUG OUT FROM BENEATH FAMILIES WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. THEY WANT TO IMPOSE DRAMATIC NEW LIMITS ON THE MORTGAGE INTEREST DEDUCTION WHICH, AGAIN, HAS BEEN ESSENTIAL FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS TO BE ABLE TO PARTAKE OFERSHIP WHICH HAS BEEN SO MUCH A PART OF BUILDING -- OF HOMEOWNERSHIP WHICH HAS BEEN SO MUCH A PART OF BUILDING THE MIDDLE CLASS OF THIS COUNTRY. NOW, BECAUSE THE PUBLIC IS REBELLING AGAINST THIS TERRIBLE TAX PLAN, THE WAY THE PUBLIC REBELLED AGAINST THEIR TERRIBLE A.C.A. REPEAL PLAN, WHICH WOULD HAVE STRIPPED 30 MILLION AMERICANS OF THEIR HEALTH CARE -- AND BY THE WAY, THE SENATE PLAN NOW HAS SMUGGLED INTO IT A PROVISION WHICH WOULD GO BACK TO THE DISCREDITED A.C.A. REPEAL PLAN BY TRYING TO THROW MILLIONS OF PEOPLE OFF OF THEIR HEALTH CARE BY OVERTURNING THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE. WELL, THE PUBLIC IS -- HAS FIGURED THIS OUT, AND HERE IN WASHINGTON IT'S A RACE AGAINST THE CLOCK. WILL THE TIDAL WAVE OF PUBLIC OPINION REACH WASHINGTON IN TIME TO STOP THEM FROM PASSING A SPECIAL INTEREST TAX SCAM WHICH APPEALS ONLY TO THE TOP 1% OF THE COUNTRY? OR WILL THEY BE ABLE TO GET IT THROUGH IN TIME? BUT I APPEAL TO MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE, APPEAL TO THEM, BESEECH OF THEM, I BEG THEM TO REVISIT THE WHOLE THING. THIS IS NOT HOW WE ACCOMPLISH SUCCESSFUL TAX POLICY IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WE DID IT IN 1986. THE DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS CAME TOGETHER TO DO IT, AND YOU KNOW HOW WE DID IT? WITH MORE THAN 2 1/2 YEARS OF HEARINGS, DISCUSSION, POLICY DEBATES, TOWN HALL MEETINGS ALL OVER AMERICA. WE INVITED THE BEST IDEAS TO COME FROM ALL SIDES, AND IT PASSED OVERWHELMINGLY IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. IT PASSED OVERWHELMINGLY IN THE U.S. SENATE. THE TAX REFORM PROPOSAL AT THE END HAD BEEN VETTED SO MUCH, IT HAD BEEN DEBATED SO MUCH EVERYBODY THAT CONTRIBUTED TO IT, IT WAS SO UNCONTROVERSIAL THAT IT PASSED THE HOUSE ON A VOICE VOTE OVERWHELMINGLY. MAYBE UNANIMOUSLY. NOBODY EVEN ASKED FOR A ROLL CALL VOTE. THE SENATE PASSED ITS VERSION BY A NEAR UNANIMOUS VOTE OF 97-3. YOU SEE, THAT'S HOW YOU DO REAL TAX REFORM. YOU BRING THE PARTIES TOGETHER TO DO IT. THERE WERE MORE THAN 250 WITNESSES WHO APPEARED IN THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, WHO APPEARED BEFORE THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE, AND SURE THERE WERE SOME KNOCKDOWN DRAGOUT FIGHTS AND, SURE, THE DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS WERE FIGHTING LIKE CATS AND DOGS, BUT WE WERE COMMITTED TO COMING UP WITH A CONSENSUS PRODUCT THAT WOULD WORK FOR AMERICA. AND WE DID IT. WHAT WE'RE SEEING IN WASHINGTON TODAY IS THE EXACT OPPOSITE. THE DETERMINATION IS TO PASS A COMPLETELY PARTISAN PIECE OF WITH THE MAJORITY RUNNING OVER THE -- PIECE WITH THE MAJORITY RUNNING ALL OVER THE MINORITY. AMERICA IS A DEMOCRACY. TAXATION IS A WAY WE SUPPORT OUR GOVERNMENT, THE PROJECTS WE DEVELOP TOGETHER. AND SO IN TAXATION OF ALL FIELDS, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE GETTING THE BEST IDEAS FROM ALL SIDES. AND YOU CAN'T RAM IT THROUGH AND YOU CAN'T CRUSH THE OPPOSITION. AND WHAT WE'RE GOING TO END UP WITH, IF THEY DO MANAGE TO POWER THIS THROUGH WITH EVERY MANNER OF BACK ROOM DEAL AND SWEETHEART CONTRACT AND SPECIAL INTEREST STRINGS ATTACHED, IF THEY DO MANAGE TO GET IT THROUGH, WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE IS A PLAN THAT'S GOING TO BANKRUPT THE MIDDLE CLASS THE WAY THAT DONALD TRUMP BANKRUPTED FOUR OR FIVE BUSINESSES. THE DIFFERENCE IS IF YOU BANKRUPT A HOTEL, YOU BANKRUPT A CASINO, YOU BANKRUPT A CORPORATION, WELL, THERE ARE LAWS THAT ALLOW YOU TO GET BACK ON YOUR FEET. AND DONALD TRUMP USED THEM HANDSOMELY. HE GOT BACK ON HIS FEET THROUGH THE BANKRUPTCY LAWS. BUT WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU BANKRUPT THE MIDDLE CLASS OF AMERICA? WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU BANKRUPT THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES? THIS IS IRRESPONSIBLE. THIS IS NOT RESPONSIBLE GOVERNANCE THAT'S TAKING PLACE TO BE ADVANCING A PLAN THAT A RECENT SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY HAS CALLED THE WORST TAX PLAN EVER VENTURED FORTH IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WE ASK THE MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE TO PULL THE PLUG ON THIS TERRIBLE ASSAULT ON THE MIDDLE CLASS, PULL THE PLUG ON THE TAX SCAM, AND LET'S GO BACK TO THE HEARING ROOMS AND LET'S HAVE SOME REAL HEARINGS AND LET'S HAVE EXPERTS COME IN AND LET'S LOOK AT HOW TO RELIEVE THE TAX BURDEN ON HARDWORKING MIDDLE-CLASS TAXPAYERS, RELIEVE THE TAX BURDEN ON FAMILIES THAT HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN, RELIEVE THE TAX BURDEN ON PEOPLE STRUGGLING TO GO TO COLLEGE AND GRADUATE SCHOOL. WHY DON'T WE TRY TO BOLSTER AND STRENGTHEN THE CHARITABLE SECTOR AND COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AND SCHOOLS ACROSS THE LAND INSTEAD OF TRYING TO UNDERMINE THEM IN ORDER TO OCCASION A DRAMATIC SHIFT OF INCOME AND WEALTH UP THE LADDER IN THE COUNTRY? LET'S GET BACK TO WORK TOGETHER , BECAUSE IF YOU ARE ABLE TO MUSCLE THIS PLAN THROUGH THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE USING EVERY TRICK IN THE BOOK EXCEPT FOR NEGOTIATION AND COMPROMISE AND COOPERATION, IF YOU'RE ABLE TO GET IT THROUGH, IT WILL BE A DISASTER FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND IT WILL COME BACK, NOT ONLY TO HAUNT THE POLITICAL CAREERS OF PEOPLE WHO ASCENTED TO IT AND PARTICIPATED IN IT, BUT IT WILL COME BACK TO HAUNT THE ENTIRE COUNTRY BECAUSE THE DEFICITS AND THE DEBT WILL BE OUT OF CONTROL, AND WE KNOW THAT FROM EVERY NONPARTISAN BUDGET ESTIMATE AND ECONOMISTS THAT LOOKED AT IT, EVERY SINGLE ONE ACROSS THE SPECTRUM. EVEN THE ONES WHO ARE USING THE G.O.P.'S PREFERRED METHOD OF DYNAMIC SCORING ARE SAYING IT IS GOING TO BE HELL IN TERMS OF DEFICITS AND IN TERMS OF THE DEBT. SO WE'RE GOING TO END UP HAVING TO CUT MEDICARE. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO END UP HAVING TO CUT MEDICAID AND SOCIAL SECURITY. THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO TARGET NEXT. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE BUDGET HAWKS? ARE THEY AN EXTINCT SPECIES NOW? THEY ARE CERTAINLY AN ENDANGERED SPECIES. OR HAVE THEY BECOME BUDGET OST RIDGES? THEY ARE -- OSTRADGES? THEY ARE HIDING THEIR HEADS IN THE SAND. AND THEN THEY'LL COME BACK NEXT YEAR AND THEY'LL SAY, OH, LOOK AT THESE TERRIBLE DEFICITS. WE GOT TO CUT SOCIAL. WE GOT TO CUT MEDICARE. WE GOT TO CUT MEDICAID. WE'RE BUDGET HAWKS AGAIN. NOW SUDDENLY WE'RE REBORN AS BUDGET HAWKS AGAIN. WE ARE BORN AGAIN BUDGET HAWKS. WE CAN EXPECT THAT TO HAPPEN. IN THE MEANTIME, ECONOMIC INEQUALITY IN THE COUNTRY WILL CONTINUE TO DEEPEN AND SPREAD, THE ECONOMIC DESPERATION WILL SPREAD. WE DON'T NEED TO DO THIS, MR. SPEAKER. WE DO NOT NEED TO DO THIS. WE ARE AT A TIME OF RECORD CORPORATE PROFITS, RECORD CORPORATE PROSPERITY, WALL STREET HAS NEVER BEEN RIDING HIGHER THAN IT IS NOW. WHY DO WE NEED TO CUT CORPORATE TAXES FROM 35% TO 20%? WHY DO WE NEED TO START EXPORTING MORE JOBS ABROAD BY INSTITUTING THIS NEW TERRITORYALITY PRINCIPLE FOR TAXES? A VERY FANCY NAME THEY ASSIGNED TO IT. DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT MEANS? IT MEANS IF A BUSINESS PERSON IS GOING TO SET UP A FACTORY ON MAIN STREET, AMERICA, WITH A THOUSAND JOBS, THEY ARE GOING TO PAY FULL TAXES ON THEIR BUSINESS. BUT IF THEY SET IT UP IN HONG KONG OR SINGAPORE OR MEXICO OR SWITZERLAND OR THE CAYMAN ISLANDS, THEY WILL PAY ZERO ON IT BECAUSE IT'S NOT MADE IN THE UNITED STATES. THAT'S IN THIS BILL. NOW, THEY SAY THEY ARE GOING TO RECAPTURE SOME OF THE MONEY IF IT GETS REALLY OBSCENE, BUT WHY SHOULD WE HAVE THAT PRINCIPLE AT ALL NOW? . IN FACT THE LAW TODAY IS COMPROMISED ENOUGH. IT SAYS IF THEY RELOCATE THEIR BUSINESSES ABROAD THEY DON'T PAY TAXES UNTIL THE PROFITS ARE REPATRIATED, THE PROFITS COME BACK. ALL OF IT IS ON PAPER, THE COMPANIES HAVEN'T MOVED ANY PLACE, THAT'S DUBIOUS ENOUGH AS IT IS. THEY WANT TO MAKE THE CURRENT SYSTEM WORSE. THEY WANT TO SAY IF YOU SET UP YOUR BUSINESS ABROAD IF YOU SHIP IT OVERSEAS EITHER REALLY OR ON PAPER, YOU ESCAPE TAXATION COMPLETELY AND MAYBE WE'LL RECAPTURE A LITTLE OF IT LATER THROUGH SOME ACCOUNTING TRICK BUS BASICALLY, THIS IS A MASSIVE INVITATION TO CORPORATE AMERICA TO OUTSOURCE JOBS OVERSEAS. TO SHIP OUR JOBS OVERSEAS. NOW I KNOW THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS NOT MUCH OF A POLICY WONK. I'M NOT SURE IF THEY HAVE A -- IF THEY HAVE APPRISED HIM OF THIS POSITION YET. I HOPE SOMEONE WHO IS IN TOUCH WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES GETS IN TOUCH WITH HIM AND TELLS HIM HIS CAMPAIGN PROMISED TO PUT AMERICA FIRST, PROMISED TO PUT AMERICAN JOBS FIRST, AND THE TAX PLAN HE'S ABOUT TO APPEND HIS NAME TO IF THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENS WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR OUTSOURCING AND OFFSHORING MILLIONS OF AMERICAN JOBS. AND PROFITS. AND TAXES. THAT'S BUILT INTO THIS LEGISLATION WITH A LOT OF OTHER NASTY SURPRISES THAT SURFACE EVERY SING DALE AS WE TRY TO FIGURE OUT WHAT'S HAPPENING ON THIS SPEEDING TRAIN OF THIS TAX PLAN. THIS PROCESS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY. IT'S NOT NOTHING TO DO WITH THE INTEGRITY IN THE WORK OF THE PEOPLE'S REPRESENTATIVES. SO WE ASK OUR COLLEAGUES, LET'S TAKE A BREATHER. LET'S -- THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DON'T LIKE WHAT THEY SEE. THEY'RE REJECTING IT BY MORE THAN TWO TO ONE IN ALL THE POLLS. I'VE SPOKEN TO COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLES WHO ARE GETTING NERVOUS ABOUT THEIR EMAILS, LETTERS, AND CALLS, JUST LIKE THEY GOT NERVOUS ABOUT THE A.C.A. REPEAL, WHICH SEEMED LIKE A GREAT IDEA UNTIL THEY HAD A MAJORITY IN CONGRESS AND THEN THEY REALIZED THEY WOULD THROW MILLIONS OF PEOPLE TO THE STREETS. NOW IT'S A QUESTION OF WHETHER OR NOT YOU WANT TO OUTSOURCE AND OFFSHORE MILLIONS OF JOB, DRIVE A $1.TRILLION OR $2 TRILLION HOLE IN THE AMERICAN DEFICIT AND IN OUR ECONOMY, AND WHETHER YOU WANT TO BASICALLY LOOT THE MIDDLE CLASS FOR THE PURPOSES OF A BIG PAYDAY ON WALL STREET AND AMONG FOREIGN INVESTORS FROM HONG KONG TO SAUDI ARABIA. WELL, THAT'S THE QUESTION. THAT'S THE CHOICE. THAT FACES AMERICA THIS WEEK MR. SPEAKER. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT. AND WHO ARE WE AS A PEOPLE? DO WE HAVE SOME SENSE, SOME SEMBLANCE EVEN OF COMMUNITY SUCH THAT THE G.O.P. WOULD WANT TO TRY TO GET EVEN 10 VOTES OR 15 VOTES IF THE DEMOCRATS? NO, ALL THE DEMOCRATS ARE OPPOSING IT. FORTUNATELY, 13 REPUBLICANS HAVE CROSSED THE AISLE TO SAY THEY CANNOT STOMACH WHAT THEY'RE SEING IN THIS BILL. AND WE UNDERSTAND THAT THERE MAY BE MORE COMING THIS WEEK WHO ARE SAYING THAT THEY SIMPLY CANNOT TOLERATE WHAT IS TAKING PLACE WITH THIS LEGISLATION. AS ALWAYS, MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A DEMOCRACY. THAT WE ARE ASPIRING TO BE. NOT A PLUING TO BECY. NOT A THEOCRACY. NOT FAMILY GOVERNMENT. NOT ROYAL GOVERNMENT. A DEMOCRACY. WHICH MEANS THAT WE PLACE OUR FAITH AND HOPE IN THE PEOPLE TO SPEAK UP, TO TALK TO THEIR REPRESENTATIVES, TO GET IN TOUCH WITH THEM, TO ASK THEM TO READ THE FINE PRINT. SO THAT WE'RE NOT VOTING FOR A TAX SCAM INSTEAD OF A TAX BILL. ALL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO GET IN TOUCH WITH THEIR LEGISLATORS, MR. SPEAKER, TO ASK WHAT'S IN THE BILL AND HOW IS IT GOING TO AFFECT US AND THE MORE THAN 80 MILLION MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES WHO ARE GOING TO END UP SEING A TAX HIKE OVER THE NEXT DECADE, AND HOW SIT GOING TO AFFECT PEOPLE WHO TAKE THE STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION AND PEOPLE WHO USE THE MEDICAL EXPENSE DEDUCTION FOR THEIR FAMILIES? AND HOW IS IT GOING TO AFFECT PEOPLE WHO GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE AND ARE STRUGGLING TO BUY A HOUSE OR TO GET AN APARTMENT OR MOVE OUT OF THEIR PARENT'S BASEMENT, HOW SIT GOING TO AFFECT THEM WHEN THE DEDUCTION FOR COLLEGE STUDENT LOAN INTEREST IS ABOLISHED? SO WE NEED TO SLOW DOWN. WE NEED TO EXAMINE THE PRIORITIES AND THE VALUES THAT ARE BUILT INTO THIS BILL AND SEE WHETHER THEY ACTUALLY SQUARE WITH THE VALUES, THE BELIEFS, AND THE PRIORITIES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AN THE NEEDS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE THINK THIS LEGISLATION IS WAY OFF. MR. SPEAKER. WE ASK THE G.O.P. MAJORITY TO CONSIDER THE UNANIMOUS OPPOSITION OF THE DEMOCRATIC BLOCK IN CONGRESS. WE ASK THEM TO CONSIDER THE PUBLIC OPINION POLLS WHICH SHOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE REJECTING THE DETAILS OF THIS BILL BY MORE THAN 2-1. AND WE ASK THEM TO START OVER. LET'S DO IT THE WAY CONGRESS DID IT BACK IN 1986 WHEN TIP O'NEILL AND RONALD REAGAN GOT TOGETHER AND THE DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS TALKED ABOUT IT AND FOUGHT ABOUT IT AND DEBATED IT BUT THEY CAME UP WITH A PLAN THAT IN THE END THE VAST MAJORITY OF CONGRESS AND THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE COULD SUPPORT. LET'S NOT WALK THE PLANK FOR THE 1% HERE. WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE SOME TINY INTERESTS IN AMERICA THAT WANT TO SEE THIS PASS. LET'S NOT WALK THE PLANK IN CONGRESS FOR A BILL THAT REFLECTS THE INTERESTS OF ONLY THE TINIEST GROUP OF PEOPLE. LET'S DO THE JOB IMAGINED BY THAT GREAT REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT WHO SERVED IN THIS BODY, PROUDLY, FROM ILLINOIS, FROM THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, ABRAHAM LINCOLN WHO SPOKE OF GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, AND FOR THE PEOPLE. FOR THE PEOPLE. AND THAT'S THE PART OF THAT GREAT TRIAD WE WILL BE BETRAYING IF WE PASS THIS BILL BECAUSE IT'S NOT FOR THE PEOPLE. IT'S FOR THE 1%. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK AND I THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND YOUR ATTENTION.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            Mr. Raskin moved that the House do now adjourn.

                          • 06:08:33 PM

                            On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.

                            • 06:08:34 PM

                              Adjourned

                              The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on December 1, 2017.

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                                MR. RASKIN

                                I MOVE TO ADJOURN.

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                ADJOURN.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                              THE CLERK

                              THE SPOMSE, WASHINGTON, D.C. NOVEMBER 30, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT THE…

                              THE SPOMSE, WASHINGTON, D.C. NOVEMBER 30, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE GARY J. PALMER TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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                              TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

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

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                              MR. PETERS

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I UNDERSTAND THAT REAL TAX REFORM IS…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I UNDERSTAND THAT REAL TAX REFORM IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. IN 2013, THE HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL PUBLISHED A REPORT THAT IDENTIFIED THE MOST IMPORTANT FEDERAL PRIORITIES TO PROMOTE AMERICAN GROWTH AND COMPETITIVENESS. TWO OF THE EIGHT PRIORITIES WERE TAX RELATED. FIRST TO SIMPLIFY THE CORPORATE TAX CODE WITH LOWER PRIORITIES TO PROMOTE AMERICAN GROWTH AND STATUTORY RATES AND FEWER LOOPHOLES. AND SECOND, TO REFORM THE TAXATION OF FOREIGN PROFITS SO WE DON'T DISADVANTAGE AMERICAN BUSINESSES AND WORKERS. MANY DEMOCRATS WOULD WORK WITH THE MAJORITY TO ACHIEVE THESE PRO-GROWTH TAX REFORMS. THAT'S HOW IT WORKED SO WELL IN 1986 UNDER PRESIDENT REAGAN AND SPEAKER STATUTORY RATES AND FEWER O'NEILL. BUT WE SHOULD NOT AND WE DON'T NEED TO BALLOON THE FEDERAL DEBT TO ACHIEVE THESE GOALS. THAT'S WHY REPUBLICAN PROPOSALS IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE ARE SO HARMFUL FOR OUR COUNTRY. WE KNOW THAT NATIONAL DEBT ITSELF IS ANTI-GROWTH. THAT'S WHY THE SAME HARVARD STUDY THAT ADVOCATED TAX REFORM ALSO PRIORITIZED A STABLE FEDERAL BUDGET. PUBLIC DEBT CROWDS OUT PRIVATE INVESTMENT. C.B.O. ESTIMATES THAT EVERY DOLLAR IN DEFICIT CROWDS OUT 383 CENTS IN PRIVATE INVESTMENT. DEBT DON'T NEED TO BALLOON THE FEDERAL DEBT TO ACHIEVE THESE GIVES US LESS FLEXIBILITY TO DEAL WITH EMERGENCIES. DEBT INCREASES THE RISK DEBT INCREASES THE RISK OF ANOTHER FINANCIAL CRISIS BECAUSE WHEN INVESTORS LOSE CONFIDENCE IN THE GOVERNMENT'S ABILITY TO PAY RATES CAN SPIKE. AND AS INTEREST TAKES UP MORE OF THE BUDGET, LESS MORE OF THE BUDGET, LESS IS AVAILABLE FOR OUR PROGRAMS, INCLUDING ROADS, BRIDGES, SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY, AND OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE. WHEN CONGRESS PASSED THE BUSH BACK BORROWED FUNDS, INTEREST TAX CUTS, THE NATIONAL DEBT WAS AS A LEVEL EQUAL TO 32% OF THE U.S. ECONOMY. TODAY IT'S 77% OF G.D.P. THESE BILLS WILL PUT OUR NATIONAL DEBT ON TRACK TO BE LARGER THAN OUR NATIONAL ECONOMY. WE CAN POINT FINGERS AT EACH OTHER ABOUT HOW WE GOT HERE, BUT IF WE'RE TRYING TO GET OUT OF THE HOLE, FIRST WE NEED TO STOP DIGGING. AND WE WILL NOT GROW OUR WAY OUT OF THIS HOLE. ACCORDING TO THE NONPARTISAN COMMITTEE FOR RESPONSIBLE FEDERAL BUDGET, NO ESTIMATE THAT ACCOUNTS FOR THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF HIGHER DEBT HAS FOUND THAT THE BILL WOULD RAISE THE GROWTH RATE BY MORE THAN A QUARTER OF THE REPUBLICANS' DECLARED.4% GROWTH TARGET. IN A SURVEY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO, KNOWN FOR ITS CONSERVATIVE ECONOMIC THEORY, 37 OF 38 ECONOMISTS AGREED THAT THE G.O.P. TAX BILLS IN CONGRESS WOULD CAUSE U.S. DEBT TO INCREASE SUBSTANTIALLY FASTER THAN THE ECONOMY. AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA WHARTON SCHOOL, WHICH THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF TRUMPETS AS HIS ALMA MATTER, TEEMING WITH SMART PEOPLE, THEIR MODEL FOUND THAT THE HOUSE BILL WOULD LOSE BETWEEN $1 TRILLION AND $1.7 TRILLION OVER A DECADE IN REVENUE AFTER ACCOUNTING FOR GROWTH. WHAT IN THE WORLD HAS HAPPENED TO THE GRAND OLE PARTY AND FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY? HOW WILL WE PAY FOR INFRASTRUCTURE NOW? WILL WE REALLY RISK DESTABILIZING THE DOLLAR, THE WORLD'S ECONOMIC CURRENCY? WILL WE ASK CHINA TO LEND US MONEY SO WE CAN DEFEND OURSELVES FROM NORTH KOREA? I HAVE HEARD MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES SAY AGAIN AND AGAIN HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO PAY FOR SPENDING, TO GET OUR FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER, TO GET OUR NATIONAL DEBT UNDER CONTROL. I ASKED ONE COLLEAGUE WHY HE HAD RUN FOR CONGRESS IN THE FIRST PLACE. HE TOLD ME HE WAS SO CONCERNED ABOUT LOADING HIS KIDS UP WITH ALL THIS BORROWING THAT HE HAD TO DO SOMETHING. HIS EYES FILLED WITH TEARS AS HE TALKED ABOUT HIS CHILDREN. AND YET HE LIKE MANY -- AND MANY LIKE HIM VOTED IN A RUSH TO ADD AT LEAST $1.5 TRILLION TO THE DEBT WITHOUT A ROAD OR NAVY SHIP OR ONE SCIENTIFIC GRANT TO SHOW FOR IT. NOBODY SERIOUSLY CONTENDS THAT THIS IS WONDERFUL POLICY RESULTING FROM SERIOUS DELIBERATION THROUGH REGULAR ORDER. IT IS NOT. THE ONLY REASON FOR THIS EFFORT -- AND THIS IS OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF THE LEGISLATORS THEMSELVES, IS THAT THERE'S POLITICAL PRESSURE FROM INTEREST GROUPS AND DONORS TO GET SOMETHING DONE. THAT'S THE DEFINITION OF PUTTING PARTY BEFORE COUNTRY. AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT PEOPLE HATE ABOUT CONGRESS. THIS IS NOT WHAT YOUR CONSTITUENTS REALLY WANT. THEY DON'T WANT THEIR TAX BREAKS TO EXPIRE WHILE CORPORATE BREAKS DON'T. THEY DON'T WANT STUDENTS TO SUFFER FROM EVEN MORE DEBT. THEY DON'T WANT TO LOSE THEIR HEALTH CARE BECAUSE OF THE PREMIUM SPEAKS WE KNOW ARE GOING TO BE COMING. THEY DON'T WANT THEIR HOUSING TO BE MORE EXPENSIVE THAN IT IS TODAY. THEY DON'T WANT TO FACE AUTOMATIC MEDICARE CUTS FORCED BY CONGRESSIONAL SPENDING LIMITS. IF YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE BLOWBACK FROM NOT DOING SOMETHING, OR TAKING THE EXTRA TIME TO GET IT RIGHT, WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE THE REACTION WHEN PEOPLE REALIZE WHAT'S REALLY IN THIS BILL AFTER IT'S ALREADY BEEN PASSED. WE CAN DO REAL TAX REFORM WITHOUT JEOPARDIZING OUR CHILDREN'S FUTURE. MAKE THE CORPORATE RATE 25% INSTEAD OF 20% LIKE THE BUSINESS ROUND TABLE AND MITT ROMNEY BOTH ONCE SUGGESTED. THAT SAVES $600 BILLION. IF YOU MUST LIFT THE EXEMPTION FOR THE ESTATE TAX, WON'T, BUT DON'T ELIMINATE IT. THAT SAVES $50 BILLION. MAINTAIN THE ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX FOR HIGH EARNING FAMILIES, BUT INDEX IT OVER TIME SO IT DOESN'T CATCH THE MIDDLE CLASS. WORK WITH DEMOCRATS TO FIND WAYS TO LIMIT TAX EXPENDITURES BUT SAVE THE BURDEN FOR THOSE WHO CAN AFFORD T IF MY REPUBLICANS WILL COMMIT TO DOING, THAT WILL I COMMIT TO WORKING WITH YOU AND I WILL HONESTLY AND PUBLICLY THANK YOU FOR PUTTING COUNTRY BEFORE POLITICS. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                              MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN RECOGNITION OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY SERVICES OF…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN RECOGNITION OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY SERVICES OF SOUTH FLORIDA AND THE SECOND GENERATION OF MIAMI-DADE HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS. TOGETHER THESE TWO ORGANIZATIONS WILL JOIN FORCES TO HOLD A CAFE ROPA, A FUNCTION FUNCTION THAT HONORS HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS AND THEIR FAMILIES. THE NAME IS DERIVED FROM A SMALL LOUNGE IN HERE SURVIVORS FROM LIBERATED CONCENTRATION CAMPS WOULD SEARCH FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AFTER THE WAR, SHARE STORIES AND EXPERIENCES, AND BEGIN TO REBUILD THEIR LIVES. TODAY THE PRACTICE REMAINS STRONG STOCKHOLM. IN THIS -- ITS COMMITMENT TO BRING SURVIVORS TOGETHER WHERE THEY CAN SHARE INSIGHT AND THOUGHTS ON TOPICS SURROUNDING OUR WORLD TODAY. CAFE ROPA ALLOWS US TO HONOR THESE INDIVIDUALS AND GAIN VITAL KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THIS DARK PERIOD IN HISTORY. THIS EVENT THIS YEAR WILL BE HELD AT THE JEWISH CENTER ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3, AT 11:30. MY CONSTITUENTS, DAVID AND IRENE, HERBIE, JOE, ALEX, DAVID, AND WENDY WILL ATTEND THIS IMPORTANT EVENT. HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS WILL SHARE STORIES, GRIEVE OVER LOVED ONES LOST, AND RECOMMIT THAT THIS HORRENDOUS DAYS OF OUR HISTORY AND THAT THEY SURVIVE WILL NEVER AGAIN BE REPEATED. MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST CHERISH THE TIME WE HAVE LEFT WITH THESE BRAVE SOULS TO LISTEN AND LEARN ABOUT THEIR TRAGIC STORIES. STORIES THAT MUST BE PASSED ALONG TO FUTURE GENERATION ABOUTS THIS BRUTAL PERIOD OF INJUSTICE AND ENSURE THAT NO SUCH TYRANNY EVER HAPPENS AGAIN. MR. SPEAKER, AS WE QUICKLY APPROACH THE MONTH OF DECEMBER, WE'RE REMINDED OF THE VERY FEW LEGISLATIVE DAYS LEFT ON THIS CALENDAR AND TO PASS AND DEBATE FIRST A PERMANENT SOLUTION TO PROTECT OUR NATION'S DREAMERS FROM DEPORTATION. I INTRODUCED, ALONG WITH MY DEAR FRIEND, MY COLLEAGUE, LUCILLE ROYBAL-ALLARD, H.R. 3440, ALSO KNOWN AS THE DREAM ACT, TO ALLOW OVER 800,000 YOUNG IMMIGRANTS LIVING IN OUR GREAT COUNTRY TO REMAIN HERE. THE ONLY HOME THAT THEY HAVE TRULY KNOWN. THIS BILL WILL ALLOW DREAMERS TO APPLY FOR CONDITIONAL PERMANENT RESIDENCY AND EVENTUALLY TO CITIZENSHIP. EACH DAY OF INACTION BY OUR BODY TO PASS THE DREAM ACT OR ANY LEGISLATIVE FIX IS A LOSS FOR OUR COMMUNITIES AND OUR COUNTRY. STUDY AFTER STUDY DEMONSTRATE THE REALITY THAT WE ALREADY KNOW. THAT FAILURE TO PROVIDE A SOLUTION FOR OUR DREAMERS WILL RESULT IN HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS LOST IN G.D.P. A TRULY DEVASTATING BLOW TO OUR ECONOMY. THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY, FAITH LEADERS, COLLEGES, AND UNIVERSITIES, ADVOCACY GROUPS ALL HAVE JOINED A LARGE BIPARTISAN COALITION STANDING BEHIND THESE YOUNG IMMIGRANTS. AND THAT IS BECAUSE THEY RECOGNIZE THE POSITIVE CONTRIBUTIONS OF THESE INDIVIDUALS. CONTRIBUTIONS THAT SHOULD NOT BE IMPERILED BY THEIR LEGAL STATUS. BUT THEY ARE LOOKING AT US, MR. SPEAKER. THEY ARE LOOKING AT CONGRESS. IT IS UP TO US, IT IS UP TO YOU AND ME AND OUR COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO ACT. IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY AND WE MUST NOT DELAY ACTION ANY LONGER. THESE INDIVIDUALS WHO CAME TO THIS COUNTRY AS CHILDREN ONLY WANT AN OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND SCHOOL, TO WORK, TO PROVIDE FOR THEIR FAMILIES. MR. SPEAKER, THIS NATION, OUR NATION, WAS BORN AND CONTINUES TO BE BUILT AND MADE STRONGER BY IMMIGRANTS LIKE THESE DREAMERS WILLING AND DETERMINED NOT ONLY TO REALIZE THEIR DREAMS, BUT TRULY TO LOVE, SERVE, AND PROTECT THIS LAND WITH ALL OF THEIR HEARTS. AND THAT IS PRECISELY WHY WE MUST ACT NOW. THIS CHAMBER CANNOT AND SHOULD NOT STAND IDLY BY WHILE THESE YOUNG IMMIGRANTS, WHO ALREADY AS AMERICANS AS ANYONE ELSE IN THEIR HEARTS AND MINDS, LIVE UNDER FEAR AND UNCERTAINTY IN THIS COUNTRY, A COUNTRY THAT IS A BEACON OF HOPE AND LAND OF COMMUNITY TO THOSE WHO SEEK IT. THE LIVES OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF BRIGHT, TALENTED, AND PATRIOTIC YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN DEPEND ON US, ON THIS CONGRESS. SO IT IS UP TO US TO RISE TO THE CHALLENGE, TO LEGALIZE THE STATUS OF THESE DREAMERS SO THEY CAN TRULY MAKE THEIR DREAMS INTO A REALITY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 10:11:11 AM

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                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MCGOVERN, FOR…

                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MCGOVERN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                              MR. MCGOVERN

                              RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MR. SPEAKER, LAST MONDAY AND TUESDAY I…

                              RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MR. SPEAKER, LAST MONDAY AND TUESDAY I PARTICIPATED IN THE EIGHTH ANNUAL MONTY'S MARCH, A 43-MILE WALK FROM SPRINGFIELD TO GREENFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT HUNGER IN OUR COMMUNITY AND TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE FOOD BANG OF WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS. -- BANK OF WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS. A WELL-KNOWN AND BELOVED RADIO PERSONALITY WITH WRSI THE RIVER IN NORTH HAMPTON, LED DOZENS OF COMMITTED ACTIVISTS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS ON THE WALK. THIS YEAR THE MARCH RAISED OVER $236,000, A RECORD, TO HELP STRUGGLING FAMILIES IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS. THIS TRANSLATES INTO ABOUT 708,000 MEALS THAT WILL GO DIRECTLY STRUGGLING FAMILIES IN TO INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES STRUGGLING WITH FOOD INSECURITY. AS I AM EACH YEAR, I WAS DEEPLY IMPRESSED BY THE STAMINA OF ALL THOSE WHO WALKED AND BY THE AGAIN ROSSITY OF COMMUNITY MEMBERS LOOKING TO HELP THOSE IN NEED. I'D LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT TO THANK THOSE WHO JOINED US ALONG THE ROUTE TO THE DEDICATION OF ENDING HUNGER ONCE AND FOR ALL. SPECIFICALLY I WANT TO THANK MONTY AND HIS ENTIRE CREW FROM THE RIVER INCLUDING MARK, DAVE, AND RENEE. THEY WORK INCREDIBLY HARD EACH YEAR TO MAKE THIS MARCH A SUCCESS AND IT WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE FROM THE RIVER THE EXTRA HOURS THEY WITHOUT THE DETERMINATION AND PUT IN LEADING UP TO THIS EVENT. SEAN OF FOUR SEASON LIQUOR AND HADLEY, MONTY'S RIGHT HAND MAN, MARCHED THE ENTIRE TWO DAYS. ANDREW, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE FOOD BANK OF WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS AND EVERYONE AT THE FOOD BANK, THEY DO INSPIRING WORK. THEY DESERVE TO BE SUPPORTED. ALL OF THE ELECTED OFFICIALS WHO JOINED US, INCLUDING MY COLLEAGUES, REPRESENTATIVE RICHIE NEAL AND JOE KEN DIRKS STATE SENATOR ERIC LESSER, AND REPRESENTATIVE VEGA. THE NORTH HAMPTON MAYOR, THE GREENFIELD MAYOR, AND RITCHED ART COST. THE REPRESENTATIVE OF SEVERAL LOCAL COLLEGES. CHRISTINA OIL, PRESIDENT OF HOLY OAK COMMUNITY COLLEGE. AND A SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY SAMENT MINUTEMAN, UMASS' BELOVED MASCOT. INCREDIBLE ADVOCATES FOR THE NONPROFIT COMMUNITY, INCLUDING TIM OF THE UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS, ALSO FROM THE UNITED WAY WAS RYAN. RON JOHNSON, C.E.O. OF THE MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. FAMILY SERVICES INC. IN SPRINGFIELD. ANDREA MARION, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF LIEU RAIN SUPER SOUP KITCHEN. SHANNON RUDD IRIN HOLY OAK. MINDY EXECUTIVE INCLUDING TIM OF THE UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS, ALSO FROM DIRECTOR OF THE AMHERST SURVIVAL CENTER, AND THE CHIEF AND FOOD ACTIVIST. THE MUSICIANS WHO KEPT US ENTERTAINED ALONG THE WAY. THE EXPANDABLE BRASS BAND. DOUBLE-EDGED THEATER, AND HOPKINS ACADEMY BAND. WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS SMALL BUSINESSES INCLUDING BRIDGE SIDE GRILL, ASHFIELD LAKE HOUSE, UNION STATION IN NORTH HAMPTON, AND BEN CLARK OF GRILL, ASHFIELD LAKE HOUSE, UNION CLARKDALE FOOD FARMS, AND TEA GUYS FOR THEIR WONDERFUL TEA IN HONOR OF THE MARCH. FOR THEIR CONTINUED AGAIN ROSSITY AND FRIENDSHIP. THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENTS IN HAM DONE, HAMPSHIRE, AND FRANKLIN COUNTIES HELP PROVIDE ESCORTS FOR US DURING THE ENTIRE 43 MILES. MR. MICHAEL BROOKS AND THE STUDENTS OF SMITH VOCATIONAL SCHOOL IN NORTH HAMPTON FOR MAKING THE SHOPPING CARTS WE USED DURING THE MARCH OF AND GRATEFUL TO THE COUNTLESS STUDENTS, ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE SCHOOL, AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO RAISED MONEY AND GREETED US ALONG THE WAY. MEMBERS OF THE TIBETAN COMMUNITY WHO GREETED US AS WELL. AND ALL THE OTHERS -- INCREDIBLE INDIVIDUALS FROM OUR COMMUNITY WHO JOINED US ON THE MARCH LIKE MY DEAR FRIEND, STEVE THE HIPPIE, AND RISK. CHRISTINA, AARON, AND EMILY FROM ASHFIELD LAKE HOUSE AND SO MANY OTHERS. AS WELL AS INDUSTRY FOUNDERS WHO HELPED SUPPORT THIS EFFORT THROUGH THEIR AGAIN ROSSITY. I WANT TO THANK TWO OF MY WONDERFUL DISTRICT HOUSE AND SO MANY OTHERS. AS WELL AS INDUSTRY STAFFERS FOR THEIR EFFORTS IN HELPING TO ORGANIZE THE MARCH AND ASSISTING ME EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. LASTLY I WANT TO THANK MY SON WHO MARCHED WITH ME BY MY SIDE DURING THIS ENTIRE TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I WAS PROUD TO JOIN SO MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS AND NEIGHBORS IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS TO BRING ATTENTION TO THE ISSUE OF HUNGER AND RAISE MUCH NEEDED FUNDING FOR THE FOOD BANK OF WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS. I'M SO HONORED TO BE PART OF THIS MARCH EACH YEAR, BUT NEED TO REMIND MY COLLEAGUES IN THIS CHAMBER THAT SHARETS ALONE CANNOT END HUNGER. TO DO THAT IT WILL TAKE FURTHER INVESTMENTS IN OUR FEDERALLY FUNDED PROGRAMS LIKE SNAP AND W.I.C. AND SCHOOL MEALS. AS WE LOOK TOWARDS THE NEXT FARM BILL, NEXT BUDGET, AND UPCOMING APPROPRIATIONS CYCLE I PLEA WITH MY COLLEAGUES TO MAINTAIN AND INCREASE INVESTMENTS IN PROGRAMS TO THOSE STRUGGLING WITH FOOD INSECURITY. IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA THE RICHEST COUNTRY IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD, IT IS THE DISGRACE THAT ANY CHILD GOES TO BED HUNGRY. THAT ANY SENIOR HAS TO CHOOSE BETWEEN LIFESAVING MEDICATION AND THE DECENT MEAL. THAT ANY VETERAN WHO RISKED HIS OR HER LIFE IN THE DEFEVENS OUR NATION DOESN'T HAVE ENOUGH TO EAT. THAT ANY SENIOR HAS TO CHOOSE INDIVIDUAL SUFFERS FROM HUNGER. BUT STILL 42 MILLION AMERICANS REMAIN FOOD INSECURE. FOOD IS A RIGHT AND IT IS UP TO THIS CONGRESS TO FINALLY TAKE A STAND AND SUPPORTING EFFORTS TO END HUNGER NOW. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                            • 10:16:41 AM

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                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK, FOR…

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

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                              MR. MCCLINTOCK

                              I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE TO MY CHIEF…

                              I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE TO MY CHIEF OF STAFF, IGOR BERMAN, WHO WILL BE LEAVING THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON DECEMBER 5 TO BEGIN A NEW CAREER IN FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT. HE AND HIS WIFE KIM ARE EXPECTING THEIR FIRST CHILD IN APRIL AND WILL BE MOVING TO NEW YORK. IGOR BERMAN'S STORY SUMS UP THE BEST OF AMERICA AND HIS TESTIMONY TO THE EXCEPTIONALISM OF AMERICAN FOUNDING PRINCIPLES, HOW THEY BECKONED TO THE OPPRESSED PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD AND HOW MUCH THOSE WHO COME HERE LEGALLY BRING TO OUR NATION. IGOR WAS BORN IN MOSCOW TO PARENTS WHO DESPERATELY YERNED FOR THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS THEY WERE -- YEARNED FOR THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS THEY WERE DENIED IN THE SOVIET UNION. THEY WERE RUSSIAN JEWS PERSECUTED FOR THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS AND DENIED VISAS BECAUSE OF THEIR TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE. AS THE SOVIET UNION BEGAN TO COLLAPSE, THE BERMANS WERE ABLE TO REALIZE THEIR DREAM. IGOR REMEMBERS HURRIEDLY LEARNING ENGLISH ON BORROWED PHONEOGRAPH RECORDS. THE FAMILY FOUND THEIR PLACE UP-ENDED BY A LAST-MINUTE K.G.B. RAID. IGOR'S MOTHER COMFORTED HER CHILDREN SAYING IN A FEW WEEKS WE WILL BE IN AMERICA WHERE THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN. IGOR WAS 14 WHEN THEY ARRIVED IN CALIFORNIA TO BEGIN A NEW LIFE. HE ENTERED UC-DAVIS WHERE HE QUICKLY ROSE TO PROMINENCE AFTER A CALL HE WRITTEN EXPRESSED ON HIS NEWS WERE CENSORED BY THE CAMPUS NEWSPAPER. THE IRONY WASN'T LOST ON ANYBODY AND IT BECAME A PROMINENT STORY ON NORTHERN CALIFORNIA TALK RADIO. THAT'S WHERE I FIRST BECAME AWARE OF IGOR AND THAT YEAR I WAS FORTUNATE TO HAVE HIM WORK IN MY STATE SENATE OFFICE AS AN INTERN. HE LEFT TO ATTEND LAW SCHOOL AND WHEN HE RETURNED, HE DID AN AMAZING JOB AS MY FINANCE DIRECTOR AND A HARD-FOUGHT CAMPAIGN FOR CONGRESS IN 2008. HIRING HIM AS MY CHIEF OF STAFF WAS THE EASIEST DECISION I HAVE EVER MADE IN MY CAREERS IN PUBLIC OFFICE, AND HE CAME TO WASHINGTON AT THE AGE OF 28. I BELIEVE THE YOUNGEST CHIEF OF STAFF THEN SERVING. HE WAS -- HE'S ABLELY RUN MY CONGRESSIONAL OFFICE FOR NEARLY A DECADE, AND DURING THOSE YEARS HAS ASSEMBLED THE MOST COMPETENT TEAM I EVER HAD THE HONOR TO SERVE WITH. I HAVE FOUND HIS JUDGMENT IMPECCABLE, HIS INSIGHT KEEN AND HIS HONESTY AND INTEGRITY SPOTLESS. CHARLES DE GAULLE SAID THE CEMETERIES ARE FILLED WITH INDISPENSIBLE MEN BUT HE NEVER MET IGOR BERMAN. I WILL SAY SOME PEOPLE ARE TRULY INDISPENSIBLE AND IGOR IS NOT ONE OF THEM. I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE TO KNOW THIS. HE WILL BE PLACING HIS FOUNDATIONS AND OPERATIONS -- ONE WILL BE PLACING HIS FOUNDATIONS AND OPERATIONS IN IGOR'S HANDS. HE RAN FOR CONGRESS HIMSELF AND I HOPE HE WILL NOT GIVE UP ON HIS AMBITION. I BELIEVE THE TIME MAY BE COMING WHEN AMERICANS COULD LOSE THE MEMORY OF FREEDOM AND THEY'LL NEED TO TURN TO LEADERS LIKE IGOR FOR A PASSIONATE REMINDER OF JUST HOW VALUABLE A COMMODITY IS OUR FREEDOM. THERE IS A TIME TO EVERY PURPOSE UNDER HEAVEN AND FOR NOW THE TIME HAS COME FOR IGOR AND KIM TO ENJOY THEIR NEW FAMILY, TO ENJOY THE FRUITS OF THEIR NEW LABORS AND TO EMBARK UPON A PROMISING FUTURE TOGETHER. I WISH THEM THE VERY BEST IN THEIR MANY HAPPY YEARS AHEAD.

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                              MR. O'HALLERAN

                              FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. O'HALLERAN: MR. SPEAKER, TODAY IS THE FINAL DAY OF…

                              FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. O'HALLERAN: MR. SPEAKER, TODAY IS THE FINAL DAY OF NATIONAL NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR AND CELEBRATE THE RICH HISTORY AND TRADITIONS OF NATIVE AMERICANS AND TO NOTE THE WORK WE ARE DOING IN CONGRESS TO INVEST IN THE INFRASTRUCTURE, EDUCATION, HEALTH CARE ACROSS THE ENTIRE INDIAN COUNTRY. IT IS AN IMMENSE PRIVILEGE TO WORK WITH TRIBAL COMMUNITIES ACROSS ARIZONA'S FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. WITH MORE THAN 12 TRIBES, NATIONS IN MY DISTRICT, I SEE THE IMPACT OF NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE IN EVERY TOWN I VISIT. ESPECIALLY THEIR STRONG COMMITMENT TO FAMILY, COMMUNITY, AND TRADITIONS. TRADITIONS, BY THE WAY, THAT PEOPLE FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD COME TO SEE EVERY YEAR. IT'S BEEN INSPIRING TO SEE THE MANY TRIBUTES MY COLLEAGUES HAVE SHARED HERE WITH THIS BODY THROUGHOUT THE MONTH. IT UNDERSCORES THE IMMENSE -- IMMEASURABLE CONTRIBUTION OF NATIVE AMERICANS TO THIS COUNTRY. YESTERDAY I SPOKE ABOUT THE NAVAJO CODE TALKERS AND ALL THE CODE TALKERS AND THE VETERANS THAT HAVE COME FROM NATIVE AMERICAN LANDS. AS A MEMBER OF THE CONGRESSIONAL NATIVE AMERICAN CAUCUS, I AM PROUD TO WORK WITH TRIBAL LEADERS TO STRENGTHEN THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN OUR COUNTRY AND THEIR SOVEREIGN NATIONS. THERE'S A GREAT DEAL TO DO TO ENSURE RURAL TRIBAL COMMUNITIES HAVE ACCESS TO 21ST CENTURY INFRASTRUCTURE, EDUCATION, AND HEALTH CARE, BUT I AM CONFIDENT THAT THE WORK WE ARE DOING WILL MAKE THESE CRITICAL INVESTMENTS. MR. SPEAKER, ONE OF THE FOUNDING PRINCIPLES OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY IS THE CELEBRATION OF DIVERSITY OF ITS PEOPLE. WHEN WE RECOGNIZE AS A STRENGTH WE TRULY ARE A MORE PERFECT UNION. AND I YIELD.

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                            • 10:22:44 AM

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                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. FLORES, FOR FIVE…

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

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                              MR. FLORES

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY TROOPER DAMON ALLEN OF MEXIA, TEXAS, WHO PASSED AWAY ON NOVEMBER 23, 2017. HE WAS BORN IN MORGANTOWN, KENTUCKY, ON OCTOBER 4, 1976. HIS FAMILY MOVED TO MEXIA IN 1984. IN 1995 DAMON GRADUATED FROM MEXIA HIGH SCHOOL WHERE HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE VARSITY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM. HE WENT ON TO MARRY HIS SWEETHEART CASEY. HAPPILY MARRIED FOR NEARLY 24 YEARS, THEY HAD THREE DAUGHTERS AND A SON, CHELSEA, CAITLYN, MADISON AND CAMERON. DAMON WAS ALSO THE PROUD GRANDFATHER TO HIS GRANDSON QUEST. AFTER GRADUATING FROM MEXIA HIGH SCHOOL, DAMON WORKED FOR THE STATE SCHOOL, REHABILITATION SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS WITH LEARNING IMPAIRMENTS. HE WORKED FOR THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE FOR FIVE YEARS BEFORE BECOMING A TEXAS D.P.S. STATE TROOPER. HE WAS AN EXEMPLARY STATE TROOPER FOR 15 YEARS AND KNOWN IN HIS UNIT AS A MODEL GENTLEMAN. HE WAS FAIR AND POLITE WITH ALL HE CAME IN CONTACT WITH AND TREATED ALL AROUND HIM LIKE THEY WERE HIS LONG-LIFE FRIENDS. HIS CALL TO BE IN LAW ENFORCEMENT CAME FROM THE DESIRE THAT PEOPLE TURN TO IN THEIR TIME OF NEED. TRAGICALLY HE WAS MURDERED BY A CRIMINAL WHILE SERVING THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS ON THANKSGIVING DAY. IN HIS FREE TIME, DAMON ENJOYED HUNTING, FISHING AND OFF-ROAD DRIVING IN HIS JEEP, ESPECIALLY ON THE DUNES AT THE BEACH. HE HAD A STRONG FAITH IN GOD, ATTENDING BOTH THE COWBOY CHURCH AT FREESTONE AND THE FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCH IN MEXIA. MR. SPEAKER, DAMON ALLEN WORKED TIRELESSLY TO SERVE OUR CENTRAL TEXAS COMMUNITIES. HE IS LOVED AND HE'S CERTAINLY LEFT AN ENDURING IMPRESSION ON THE PEOPLE OF MEXIA. HE WILL FOREVER BE REMEMBERED AS A GREAT STATE TROOPER, A COMMUNITY MEMBER, A HUSBAND, A FATHER, A GRANDFATHER, AND A FRIEND. MY WIFE GINA AND I OFFER OUR HEART-FELT CONDOLENCES TO THE ALLEN FAMILY WE LIFT UP THEM IN OUR PRAYERS. I REQUEST THE UNITED STATES FLAG BE FLOWN OVER THE CAPITOL TO HONOR THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF D.P.S. TROOPER DAMON ALLEN. AS I CLOSE TODAY I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO CONTINUE PRAYING FOR OUR COUNTRY DURING THESE DIFFICULT TIMES, FOR OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN WHO PROTECT US FROM EXTERNAL THREATS, AND FOR OUR FIRST RESPONDERS WHO PROTECT US HERE AT HOME. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 10:25:34 AM

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                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MS. KELLY, FOR FIVE…

                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MS. KELLY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                              MS. KELLY

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE YET AGAIN BECAUSE AMERICANS…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE YET AGAIN BECAUSE AMERICANS ARE DYING AND THIS HOUSE IS DOING NOTHING. CORRECTION, WE AREN'T DOING NOTHING. HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE PLANNING TO MAKE THE SITUATION WORSE. YESTERDAY THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CONSIDERED THE SO-CALLED CONCEAL CARRY RECIPROCITY ACT WHICH SHOULD BE CALLED THE EXPORTING GUN VIOLENCE ACROSS THE STATE LINE ACT. IN ADDITION TO THREATENING THE SAFETY OF OUR COMMUNITIES, THIS BILL, H.R. 38, IS NOT ONLY A THREAT TO INNOCENT CITIZENS BUT A DIRECT THREAT TO THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO PROTECT AND SERVE OUR COMMUNITY. SO FAR THIS YEAR, 42 LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS HAVE BEEN SHOT AND KILLED IN THE UNITED STATES. I COME FROM A LAW ENFORCEMENT FAMILY. I HAVE POLICE OFFICERS, UNCLES, COUSINS AND NEPHEWS SERVING IN NEW YORK CITY AND CHICAGO. I KNOW THE FEAR THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT FAMILIES FEEL, THE CONSTANT WORRY THAT THEY MAY NOT COME HOME, THAT YOU MIGHT GET THAT CALL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT OR A KNOCK ON THE DOOR FROM THE POLICE CHAPLAIN. IF THIS HOUSE PASSES THIS DANGEROUS BILL, MORE LAW ENFORCEMENT FAMILIES WILL GET THESE CALLS, GET THESE LATE-NIGHT VISITS THAT NO FAMILY SHOULD EVER GET. H.R. 38 IS OPPOSED BY MANY LAW ENFORCEMENT ORGANIZATIONS, INCLUDING THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CHIEFS OF POLICE, THE POLICE FOUNDATION, THE POLICE EXECUTIVE RESEARCH FORUM, MAJOR CITIES CHIEFS ASSOCIATION, THE HISPANIC AMERICAN POLICE COMMAND OFFICERS ASSOCIATION, NATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF BLACK LAW ENFORCEMENT EXECUTIVES, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN LAW ENFORCEMENT EXECUTIVES, THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CAMPUS LAW ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATORS, AND MANY OTHERS. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT THIS LETTER OF OPPOSITION FROM THE NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT PARTNERSHIP TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE INTO THE RECORD. THE LETTER IN PART STATES THAT THE BILL WILL CREATE UNACCEPTABLE RISKS TO OUR NATION'S 900,000 POLICE OFFICERS AND THE PUBLIC AT LARGE. THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE HAS COME OUT IN OPPOSITION TO A SIMILAR BILL IN THE SENATE. MR. SPEAKER, THE POLICE ARE TELLING US THAT IT'S DANGEROUS TO THEM AND PUBLIC SAFETY AT LARGE, SO WHY IS THE MAJORITY PUSHING IT SO HARD? BECAUSE ONCE AGAIN THE MAJORITY'S PUTTING THE N.R.A.'S AGENDA ABOVE THE LIVES OF AMERICANS AND OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. THIS IS SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE. WHY ARE WE CONSIDERING A BILL THAT PUTS OUR OFFICERS AT GREATER RISK? WHY SHOULD WE TAKE UP LEGISLATION THAT WE KNOW WILL INCREASE THE NUMBER OF GUN DEATHS, INCLUDING AMONG LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS? WHY WOULD WE MAKE A DANGEROUS JOB MORE DANGEROUS JUST TO SATISFY THE N.R.A.? WHY IS IT CO-SPONSORED BY ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES WHO DEMANDED THAT A PAINTING BE TAKEN DOWN FOR DISRESPECTING LAW ENFORCEMENT BUT HE'S WILLING TO CO-SPONSOR A BILL THAT PUTS THEIR LIVES AT GREATER RISK? I GUESS IT'S EASIER TO COMPLAIN ABOUT A PICTURE THAN STAND UP TO THE N.R.A. MR. SPEAKER, ONCE AGAIN THE N.R.A.'S CHECKS ARE INFLUENCING THIS HOUSE. THE VICTIMS OF GUN VIOLENCE SHOULD MATTER MORE THAN THEIR DOLLARS. DOLLAR 209, DEPUTY SHERIFF ROBERT FRENCH, END OF WATCH AUGUST 30, 2017. DOLLAR 210, OFFICER ANY GAL MORENO, END OF WATCH, JUNE 30, 2017. DOLLAR 211, TROOPER JOEL DAVIS, END OF WATCH JULY 9, 2017. DOLLAR 212, AGENT ROBERTO MEDINA, END OF WATCH, SEPTEMBER 11, 2017. DOLLAR 213, CAPTAIN BRIAN K. DIXON II, END OF WATCH, SEPTEMBER 12, 2014. DOLLAR 214, SPECIAL AGENT MICHAEL WALTER, END MUCH WATCH, MARCH 27, 2017. DOLLAR 215, CORPORATE STEVEN J. BALLARD, END OF WATCH, APRIL 26, 2017. OFFICER FAMILIA, END OF WATCH, SEPTEMBER, 2017. KEVIN MAYHART, MAY 11, 2017. DOLLAR 218, LIEUTENANT WETHERFORD, END OF WATCH, JUNE 12, 2017. DOLLAR 219, SERGEANT SAM HOWARD, END OF WATCH, AUGUST 19, 2017. DOLLAR 220, DEPUTY SHERIFF MASON MOORE, END OF WATCH, MAY 16, 2017. DOLLAR 221, CHIEF STEVEN TISARIO, END OF WATCH, 2017. DOLLAR 222, MASTER SERGEANT CLAYTON, END OF WATCH, JANUARY 9, 2017. DOLLAR 223, SHERIFF DURR. DOLLAR 224, OFFICER ERIC G. KELLY, END OF WATCH, APRIL 4, 2009. DOLLAR 225, OFFICER GARY MICHAEL, END OF WATCH, AUGUST 6, 2017. DOLLAR 226, CORRECTIONS OFFICER CURTIS BILEU, END OF WATCH, 2017. DOLLAR 227, AGENT BENJAMIN DELOSS SANTOS, APRIL 21, 2017. AND I'LL JUST JUMP TO DOLLAR 224, TROOPER DAMON ALLEN, WHO WE JUST HEARD ABOUT, END OF WATCH, NOVEMBER 23, 2017. WE CANNOT LET THIS BILL PASS. IF WE DO THE NUMBER WILL TRAGICALLY GROW. I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 10:31:21 AM

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

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

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                            • 10:31:31 AM

                              MR. FITZPATRICK

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE MASTER SERGEANT GILBERT HOLLAND OF LANG…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE MASTER SERGEANT GILBERT HOLLAND OF LANG HORN, PENNSYLVANIA. ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS. AND A MEMBER OF MERYL'S MERRAUDERS. THEY WERE A TOP SECRET UNIT OF COMMANDOS WHO SERVED BEHIND JAPANESE LINES DURING WORLD WAR II. THE MEN OF THIS MAGNIFICENT UNIT VOLUNTEERED TO SERVE AND FACE SOME OF THE MOST VICIOUS AND CONSISTENT FIGHTING OF THE WAR. THEIR COMMITMENT TO SERVICE STANDARDS AS A PROFOUND EXAMPLE OF SACRIFICE FOR OUR NATION. MASTER SERGEANT WAS AN OF THE WAR. THEIR COMMITMENT TO SERVICE STANDARDS AS A N.C.O. IN CHARGE OF 16 MEN AND TWO HEAVY WEAPONS IN THIS UNIT. AFTER BEING DISCHARGED IN 1945, RANGER HOLLAND DID NOT SIT IDLY BY. HE RE-ENLISTED TO SERVE IN KOREA AND THEN TWO TOURS IN VIETNAM. MR. SPEAKER, MASTER SERGEANT HOLLAND AND THE REST OF THE BRAVE MEN WHO SERVED SHOULD BE RECOGNIZED. I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT H.R. 667, WHICH SEEKS TO AWARD THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL TO WORLD WAR II MERYL'S MAWRAUDERS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 10:32:41 AM

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

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                              MR. GREEN

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE BECAUSE I LOVE MY COUNTRY. I…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE BECAUSE I LOVE MY COUNTRY. I RISE, MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE I REFUSE TO STAND IDLY BY I RISE, AS A BILLIONAIRE BIG GOT -- BIGOT DOES IRREPARABLE HARM TO MY COUNTRY. A BILLIONAIRE BIGOT WHO TOLERATES THE KKK. BUT WON'T TOLERATE ISLAM. A BILLIONAIRE BIGOT WHO TOLERATES ANTI-SEMITISM, RACISM, SEXISM, ETHNOCENTRISM, XENOPHOBIA, AND HOMOPHOBEA. MR. SPEAKER, DON'T KNOW WHAT THE CONSEQUENCES WILL BE. BUT I DO KNOW THIS, THE PEOPLE WHO SENT ME HERE, SENT ME TO THIS CONGRESS TO FIGHT HATE, NOT TO TOLERATE, NOT TO LITIGATE, BUT TO ELIMINATE HATE, THE PEOPLE I REPRESENT HAVE AN EXPECTATION OF ME. MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE VOTE WILL BE, BUT I DO KNOW THIS, NEXT WEEK THERE WILL BE A VOTE TO IMPEACH. NEXT WEEK THERE WILL BE A RESOLUTION BROUGHT BEFORE THE CONGRESS AND THERE WILL BE A VOTE TO EITHER TABLE IT, TO SEND IT TO COMMITTEE, OR TO VOTE IT UP OR DOWN. THAT'S WHAT THE PEOPLE I REPRESENT EXPECT ME TO DO. AND I WILL DO NO LESS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 10:34:27 AM

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                              MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE…

                              MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE PRESIDENT. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. HILL, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                            • 10:34:36 AM

                              MR. HILL

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY DURING THE NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH TO ENCOURAGE…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY DURING THE NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH TO ENCOURAGE ADOPTION AND ENCOURAGE IMPROVEMENTS IN OUR FOSTER CARE SYSTEM AND EFFORTS ACROSS THIS LAND. CURRENTLY THERE ARE ROUGHLY 428,000 CHILDREN IN AMERICA'S FOSTER CARE SYSTEM. AND NEARLY 112,000 OF THOSE CHILDREN ARE WAITING TO BE ADOPTED INTO SAFE, PERMANENT, AND LOVING FAMILIES. ACCORDING TO ARKANSAS STATE DATA, THE NUMBER OF FOSTER YOUTH HAS OUTPASSIONED THE NUMBER OF SPOTS AVAILABLE IN FOSTER HOMES BY OVER 1,200 CHILDREN. ORGANIZATIONS AROUND THE STATE HAVE BEEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF RECRUITMENT EFFORTS 1,200 CHILDREN. FOR OUR FOSTER FAMILIES. ONE SUCH ORGANIZATION IS CALLED, THE CALL. LOCALLY DIRECTED BY LAURIE. SHE NOTES THAT A STABLE, LOVING HOME CAN MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN A CHILD'S LIFE. SPECIFICALLY WITH REGARD TO ESCAPING THE RASP OF NEGLECT AND ABUSE. I'M PROUD TO WORK WITH OUR MAJORITY LEADER, MR. MCCARTHY, AND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE CONGRESSIONAL CAUCUS ON FOSTER YOUTH TO SHED LIGHT ON THE MCCARTHY, PERFECT PET WATION OF POVERTY AND -- PERPETUATION OF POVERTY AND DYSFUNCTION IN OUR SYSTEM. WE ALL MUST WORK TOGETHER AND MOVE FORWARD IN ADDRESSING OUR FOSTER CARE SYSTEM AND I EMPHASIZE THE STATEMENT ON THE IMPORTANCE OF A LOVING HOMETOWN FOR EVERY CHILD. THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF ONE OF OUR NATION'S GREAT LAWYERS AND JUDGES. FOR ME A MENTOR AND GREAT FAMILY FRIEND. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, TOM EISLEY, WHO PASSED AWAY THIS PAST SUNDAY AT THE AGE OF 94. TOM FAITHFULLY SERVED OUR NATION AS A PRIVATE IN THE ARMY IN WORLD WAR II. AS AN ADVISOR TO GOVERNOR WIN THROP ROCKEFELLER IN THE 1960'S, AND FOR THE PAST 41 YEARS AS A MEMBER OF THE FEDERAL JUDICIARY FOLLOWING HIS APPOINTMENT BY PRESIDENT NIXON IN 1970. DURING HIS CAREER, JUDGE EISLEY WAS NAMED BEST DISTRICT COURT JUDGE FOR THE EIGHTH CIRCUIT BY THE AMERICAN LAWYER AND OUTSTANDING FEDERAL TRIAL COURT JUDGE BY THE ASSOCIATION OF TRIAL LAWYERS OF AMERICA. HE WAS A ROLE MODEL AND A FRIEND TO MANY ACROSS THE STATE OF ARKANSAS AND OUR NATION. I EXTEND MY RESPECT, AFFECTION, AND PRAYERS TO HIS FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND LOVED ONES. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE LITTLE ROCK REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, LOVE LITTLE ROCK, INITIATIVE. THIS INITIATIVE IS INTENDED TO BOTH ATTRACT NEW BUSINESS AND ENCOURAGE RESIDENTS TO BECOME LOVE LITTLE ROCK AMBASSADORS BY SHARING THEIR PRIDE USING THE LOVE LITTLE ROCK #-- HASH TAG. AS A PART OF THE CAMPAIGN THE LITTLE ROCK REGIONAL CHAMBER CREATED THE LOVE LITTLE ROCK DOT-ORG WEBSITE TO HIGHLIGHT THE ADVANTAGES OF DOING BUSINESS IN ARKANSAS' CAPITAL SITTY. LED BY STATE -- BY PRESIDENT AND C.E.O. OF THE CHAMBER AND THE MAYOR, THIS INITIATIVE IS A POWERFUL INSTRUMENT SITTY. FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND BUSINESS RECRUITMENT. THE MAYOR PROCLAIMED OCTOBER 19 AS LOVE LITTLE ROCK DAY. I'D LIKE TO EXTEND MY THANKS TO THE CITY OF LITTLE ROCK AND THE REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOR SPEARHEADING THIS CAMPAIGN. AS A NATIVE SON, I'M PROUD TO LOVE LITTLE ROCK. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 10:38:31 AM

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                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MS. CLARK, FOR FIVE…

                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MS. CLARK, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                              MS. CLARK

                              I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO VOICE MY OUTRAGE OVER THE…

                              I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO VOICE MY OUTRAGE OVER THE ADMINISTRATION'S UNCONSCIONABLE DECISION TO TERMINATE HAITI'S TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS DESIGNATION ON JULY 22, 2019. THIS DECISION, WHICH CAME JUST DAYS BEFORE THANKSGIVING, WILL FORCE OVER 50,000 HAITIANS TO RETURN TO A COUNTRY THAT IS STILL STRUGGLING TO RECOVER FROM THE DEVASTATING EFFECTS OF THE 2010 EARTHQUAKE. REELING FROM A CHOLERA EPIDEMIC, AND FOOD INSECURITY CAUSED BY HURRICANE MATTHEW THAT DECIMATED HAITI'S AGRICULTURAL SECTOR. ALTHOUGH HAITI HAS MADE EXTRAORDINARY STRIDES TO OVERCOME THE IMPACT OF THE DEADLY EARTHQUAKE, THE SUBSEQUENT EVENTS, INCLUDING THE CHOLERA EPIDEMIC, FOOD INSECURITY CRISIS, AND HURRICANE'S MATH YOU, IRMA, AND MARIA, IT HAS KILLED OVER 10,000 PEOPLE AND HAMPERED THE RECOVERY EFFORTS. THE DEVASTATION OF THESE EVENTS SHOULD HAVE MADE THE DECISION TO REDESIGNATE HAITI FOR 18 MONTHS WITHOUT SETTING AN END DATE, AN EASY CALL. A NO-BRAINER. HOWEVER LAST WEEK'S DISASTROUS DECISION TO TERMINATE HAITI'S STATUS DID NOT OCCUR IN A VACUUM. IN THE PAST FEW WEEKS ALONE THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS ALSO ANNOUNCED ITS DECISION TO TERMINATE TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS FOR NICARAGUA AND SUDAN. THESE ACTIONS DEMONSTRATE THE ADMINISTRATION'S UNCLEAR -- EXCUSE ME, THE ADMINISTRATION'S CLEAR DEPARTURE FROM THE BIPARTISAN CONSENSUS THAT IS ALWAYS -- HAS ALWAYS SURROUNDED THE T.P.S. PROGRAM WHICH EXISTS TO PROTECT HUMAN LIFE. INSTEAD, THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS CHOSEN TO SOW FEAR AND DIVISION IN OUR SOCIETY TO DISTRACT FROM ITS FAILED POLICIES THAT BENEFIT THE WEALTHY AT THE EXPENSE OF THE VAST MAJORITY OF AMERICANS. FACED WITH THIS CLEAR AND CREDIBLE THREAT, WE MUST COME TOGETHER TO PASS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT PROTECTS ALL T.P.S. ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS FROM BEING FORCED TO RETURN HOME TO COUNTRIES EXPERIENCING FAMINE, NATURAL DISASTER, AND OUTRIGHT CIVIL WAR. THAT IS WHY I HAVE WORKED WITH REPRESENTATIVES ROS-LEHTINEN AND JAYAPAL TO INTRODUCE THE BIPARTISAN I ASPIRE T.P.S. ACT WHICH WOULD PROVIDE MEANINGFUL PROTECTIONS TO ALL T.P.S. ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES IN THIS BODY TO CO-SPONSOR OUR LEGISLATION. I ALSO URGE HOUSE LEADERSHIP TO BRING IT TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE SO THAT WE CAN GRANT MEANINGFUL PROTECTION TO THE 300,000 T.P.S. ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS AT RISK OF BEING SENT BACK TO LIFE THREATENING CONDITIONS ABROAD. NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT FOR THE SAKE OF 300,000 T.P.S. ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS AND OUR STANDING IN THE WORLD. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 10:41:55 AM

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                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ZELDIN, FOR FIVE…

                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ZELDIN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                              MR. ZELDIN

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION RECENTLY MADE THE…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION RECENTLY MADE THE IMPORTANT DECISION TO RELEASE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOCUMENTS IN THE POSSESSION OF THE C.I.A. WHICH WERE FOUND IN THE MAY 2011 RAID ON OSAMA BIN LADEN'S COMPOUND IN PAKISTAN. THESE DOCUMENTS REPEAL A MUCH MORE INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN IRAN AND AL QAEDA THAN WHAT WAS PREVIOUSLY SUSPECTED. WHILE IT WILL TAKE TIME TO ANALYZE THE EXTENT OF THE 470,000 DOCUMENTS, SOME IMPORTANT CONCLUSIONS CAN ALREADY BE MADE. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SELECTIVELY RELEASED 571 OF THESE DOCUMENTS DURING HIS TERM. NONE OF WHICH IDENTIFIED THE SIGNIFICANT RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN IRAN AND AL QAEDA. WHILE PRESIDENT OBAMA CLAIMED AL QAEDA WAS, QUOTE ON THE PATH TO DEFEAT, THESE DOCUMENTS SHOWCASE AL QAEDA STRATEGICICALLY RE-ORGANIZING ITS OPERATIONAL BASE. ONE OF THESE DOCUMENTS DESCRIBES IRAN AS AL QAEDA'S, QUOTE, MAIN ARTERY FOR FUNDS, PERSONNEL, AND COMMUNICATIONS. AND INSTRUCTS MEMBERS TO, QUOTE, REFRAIN FROM ATTACKING IRAN AND DEVOTE YOUR TOTAL RESOURCES TO THE FIGHT AGAINST THE CRUSADERS AND THE APOSTATES. ON THE ONE HAND AL QAEDA WOULD PUBLICLY DECLARE ALL SHIITES TO BE APOSTATES. ON THE OTHER HAND, THEY CALLED FOR A TRANSACTIONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THE MULLAHS OF TEHRAN. ANOTHER FINDING IN A 19-PAGE DOCUMENT WRITTEN BY SENIOR AL QAEDA OPERATIVE MARTANI OUTLINES AN ARRANGEMENT BETWEEN AL QAEDA AND IRAN. THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN AL QAEDA AND IRAN WAS BASED ON THEIR MUTUAL HATRED OF THE UNITED STATES. IRAN AGREED TO PROVIDE SHELTER, FINANCIAL SUPPORT, AND COORDINATE EFFORTS WITH AL QAEDA ACROSS THE REGION. IN THIS DOCUMENT, A SENIOR AL QAEDA OPERATIVE CONFIRMS THAT IRAN AND AL QAEDA'S, QUOTE, INTERESTS INTERSECT. HE GOES SO FAR AS TO DESCRIBE IRANIAN REGIME AS, QUOTE, THE BEST EXAMPLE OF PRAGMATISM AND POLITICS. ANYONE WHO WANTS TO STRIKE IRAN, -- ANYONE WHO WANTS TO STRIKE AMERICA, IRAN IS READY TO SUPPORT THEM WITH MONEY AND ARMS AND ALL THAT IS REQUIRED AS LONG AS THEY ARE NOT DIRECTLY AND CLEARLY IMPLICATED. IRAN OFFERED AL QAEDA EVERYTHING IT NEEDED, INCLUDING, QUOTE, MONEY, ARMS. AND QUOTE, TRAINING IN HEZBOLLAH CAMPS IN LEBANON IN EXCHANGE FOR ATTACKING U.S. INTERESTS IN SAUDI ARABIA AND THE GULF. AL QAEDA OPERATIVES WERE SAFEGUARDING IRAN WITH THE CONSENT OF THE IRANIAN MILITARY. IN FACT, THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT CONFIRMS THAT EIGHT OF THE 14 HYDROGENERS -- HIJACKERS PASSED THROUGH IRAN DURING THE PERIOD OF OCTOBER 2000 TO FEBRUARY OF 2001. IRANIAN INTELLIGENCE FACILITATED THE TRAVEL OF SOME OPERATIVES WITH VISAS WHILE SHELTERING OTHERS. IN THESE DOCUMENTS THERE IS EVEN A WEDDING VIDEO OF BIN LADEN'S SON WITH AL QAEDA MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE IN -- YOU GUESSED IT -- IRAN. A SON WHO FAMOUSLY SAID THE ENEMY OF MY ENEMY IS MY FRIEND. WE'RE THEIR SHARED ENEMY. IT IS SHAMEFUL THAT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DELIBERATELY WITHHELD THIS INFORMATION. IF THESE FILES EXPOSING IRAN'S OUTREACH AND ASSOCIATION WITH AL QAEDA HAD BEEN RELEASED, SUPPORT FOR THE IDENTIFY RAIN NUCLEAR DEAL WOULD HAVE ERODED EVEN FURTHER AND RIGHTFULLY SO. . SINCE THE JCPOA WAS ENTERED INTO, IRAQ AND SYRIA AND ELSEWHERE, IT'S ONLY INCREASED. THESE BAD ACTIVITIES HAVE ONLY GOTTEN WORSE AND NOW IT'S CLEARER WHY IT IS. ANY TERROR GROUP THAT WANTS TO ATTACK U.S. INTEREST WILL HAVE IRAN'S FINANCIAL AND MATERIAL SUPPORT. BY PROVIDING IRAN WITH $150 BILLION IN SANCTIONS RELIEF, WE ARE GIVING IRAN THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO CARRY OUT ITS BAD ACTIVITIES, THREATENING THE UNITED STATES AND OUR ALLIES. WHILE WE ALREADY KNOW OF IRAN'S CLOSE TIES WITH HELS AND POLITICAL -- HEZBOLLAH AND POLITICAL INFLUENCE IN YIRKE, THIS SHOWS THE -- IN IRAQ, THIS SHOWS THE EXTENSIVE REACH THEY HAVE IN THE REGION. THIS WAS POLITICIZATION OF INTELLIGENCE AND IT WAS TOTALLY REPREHENSIBLE. THANKFULLY THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION HAS RELEASED THESE DOCUMENTS TO LET THE AMERICAN PUBLIC KNOW THE TRUTH. I COMMEND THE C.I.A. DIRECTOR, OUR FORMER COLLEAGUE HERE IN THE HOUSE, MIKE POMPEO, WHO HAS HIT THE GROUND RUNNING AS NEW C.I.A. DIRECTOR AND MADE THE BOLD DECISION TO TAKE THESE 470,000 DOCUMENTS AND RELEASE THEM FOR THE AMERICAN PUBLIC AND FOR THE WORLD TO SEE. THEY SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN HIDDEN IN THE FIRST PLACE. THEY SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN HIDDEN FOR SO LONG NOW AND NOW WE CAN KNOW THE TRUTH OF THE RELATIONSHIP THAT ABSOLUTELY EXISTED BETWEEN IRAN AND AL QAEDA. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VIEW THESE DOCUMENTS. I ENCOURAGE THE MEDIA TO VIEW THESE DOCUMENTS, FOR THE AMERICAN PUBLIC AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY AND I THANK, AGAIN, THE ADMINISTRATION FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP IN THIS VERY IMPORTANT DECISION. I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 10:47:16 AM

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

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

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                            • 10:47:20 AM

                              MS. MOORE

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO DECRY A PROVISION IN THIS TAX BILL THAT WOULD…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO DECRY A PROVISION IN THIS TAX BILL THAT WOULD AMOUNT TO SHOCKING TAX INCREASES OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR STRUGGLING GRADUATE STUDENTS BY RECLASSIFYING THEIR TUITION ASSISTANCE AS TAXABLE INCOME. THESE STUDENTS PROVIDE RESEARCH AND TEACHING SERVICES TO OFFSET TUITION. I MEAN, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT ASSISTANTS IN THE DORMS, TEACHING ASSISTANTS FOR UNDERGRADUATE COURSES, RESEARCHERS IN LABORATORIES, ALL WHO CONTRIBUTE TO UNIVERSITIES FOR EXCITE MODEST STIPENDS AND TUITION CREDITS TO AVOID GOING FURTHER INTO DEBT AND TO SUPPORT THEMSELVES WHILE COMPLETING THEIR MASTERS DEGREES AND PH.D.'S. TAXING THIS SO-CALLED INCOME WOULD IMPOSE A PROFOUNDLY NEGATIVE IMPACT ON EDUCATION. I MEAN, SCHOOLS ACROSS THE COUNTRY COULD LOSE HALF THEIR CURRENT GRADUATE STUDENTS AND WOULD DIMINISH THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS WHO WOULD EVEN CONSIDER GRADUATE SCHOOL IN THE FUTURE. MR. SPEAKER, WHAT IS TO BECOME OF THE VITAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE FIELDS OF MEDICINE AND ENGINEERING AND AGRICULTURE AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY? THINGS THAT HAVE LED TO INNOVATION AND INVENTION, THINGS THAT HAVE TRULY MADE AMERICA GREAT WITH THIS TAX PROVISION. AN EXAMPLE FROM MY VERY OWN ALMA MATER, MARKET UNIVERSITY, RAISES PROBLEMS WITH PARENTS. THERE IS A MAINTENANCE MECHANIC WHO HAS THREE, THREE, TRIPLETS COLLEGE-AGE STUDENTS. HE RECEIVES $40,000 OF TUITION ASSISTANCE FOR EACH OF THESE STUDENTS. I MEAN, FOR REAL, MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE GOING TO DEEM $120,000 INCOME TO THIS MAINT IN AN PERSON? BE FOR MANT ASSISTANCE PERSON? BE FOR REAL. A PERSON WHO IS MARRIED, 4-MONTH-OLD SON, MY RESEARCH FOCUSES ON HOW PERSONS WHO HAVE SUFFERED FROM A NEUROLOGICAL DISEASE SUCH AS A STROKE OR SPINAL CORD INJURY ARE ABLE TO MOVE. THIS TUITION WAIVER IS THE ONLY REASON I COULD AVOID GRADUATE SCHOOL AND DO THE RESEARCH I'M DOING TO HELP THE DISABLED. IF THIS BECOMES TAXABLE INCOME, MY WIFE AND I WOULD MOVE INTO A HIGHER TAX BRACKET AND MY TAX LIABILITY WOULD INCREASE ROUGHLY 40%. WITHOUT A SINGLE DIME OF AN INCREASE IN INCOME WITH WHICH I COULD PAY THAT. THIS EQUALS ROUGHLY $1,300 PER MONTH OF TAXES. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE, ALSO IN MY DISTRICT, GRADUATE STUDENT SHONDRA, IS FINISHING HER MASTERS IN LIBRARY AND SCIENCE. UNDER THE HOUSE BILL, HER INCOME IN THE EYES OF THE GOVERNMENT WOULD EFFECTIVELY DOUBLE. YOU KNOW, DOUBLING THE STANDARD DEDUCTION, LETTING PEOPLE FILE ON A POSTCARD WILL NOT OFFSET THE DRACONIAN TAX CUTS THAT THESE GRADUATE STUDENTS WOULD EXPERIENCE. TAXING TUITION CREDITS WOULD HURT LOWER AND MIDDLE-CLASS HARDWORKING CITIZENS WHO RELY ON THIS BENEFIT TO HELP THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES ACHIEVE THE AMERICAN DREAM. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES AND PEOPLE IN THE PUBLIC, MR. SPEAKER, NOT TO FALL FOR THIS TRICK. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE TO IMPOSE -- TO OPPOSE THIS HARMFUL BILL. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 10:51:20 AM

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

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

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                            • 10:51:24 AM

                              MR. THOMPSON

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, EARLIER THIS WEEK I HAD THE…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, EARLIER THIS WEEK I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT A TRUE GEM IN CENTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, RONEY MEADE. IT'S A SCULPTURE GARDEN AND ARBORETUM, LOCATED BETWEEN THE MOUNTAINS. THE ROAN FAMILY OWNED THIS PROPERTY FROM 1794 TO 1937. THE LAND WAS SETTLED IN 1794 WHEN MICHAEL ROAN PURCHASED THE FARMLAND FROM THE STROM FAMILY WHO RECEIVED A GRANT OF THE LAND FROM THE PENN FAMILY. THIRD GENERATION LEONARD ROAN WAS AN IMPORTANT LEADER IN THE GRANGE MOVEMENT IN PENNSYLVANIA. MANY OF THE IDEAS FOR THE MOVEMENT WERE DEVELOPED IN HISTORIC 1853 FARMHOUSE THAT STILL SITS ON THE PROPERTY TODAY. LEONARD ROAN FOUNDED THE GRANGE FAIR IN 1874, AN EVENT THAT REMAINS A STAPLE IN THE REGION. THE FAIR IS A PROUD -- IS A PROUD CENTER COUNTY TRADITION, MUCH LIKE RONEY MEADE SLOGAN. THE SLOGAN IS WHERE ART AND NATURE MEETS. THAT RINGS TRUE THANKS TO DR. RICHARD MORGAN, A RETIRED PENN STATE PROFESSOR, WHO PURCHASED THE PROPERTY IN 1984. OVER SEVERAL YEARS HE TRANSFORMED THE GROUNDS INTO AN ARBORETUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN. HE FELL IN LOVE WITH THE HISTORIC HOME, VIEWS OF PENN VALLEY AND SOME OF THE OLDEST TREES IN CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA. HE RESTORED THE HOUSE IN THE PROPERTY AND LANDSCAPED THE SIX SURROUNDING ACRES. IN 1985, THE HOUSE WAS PLACED ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES. IN 1989, DR. MORGAN ESTABLISHED RHONEYMEADE TO OBTAIN AN OASIS OF BEAUTY AND SHARE THIS FOR ALL WHO WISH TO COME. AND RHONEYMEADE HAS SHARED WITH THE COMMUNITY AND WAS SHARED WITH THE COMMUNITY. IN 1992 HE OPENED THE PROPERTY TO VISITORS ON SELECT WEEKENDS. SINCE DR. MORGAN'S DEATH IN 2015, RHONEYMEADE IS WORKING TOWARDS BECOMING A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION. MR. SPEAKER, THE PROPERTY HAS THOROUGHLY BEEN CARED FOR FOR MORE THAN 200 YEARS. 150 ACRES OF BREATHTAKING LAND AND ITS HISTORY THAT HAVE BEEN KEPT ALIVE BY THE FAMILIES WHO HAVE OWNED IT AND NOW BY ALL THOSE WHO VISIT IT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS UNTIL NOON

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                              SPAFMENT.ORG AND ON "WASHINGTON JOURNAL." RIGHT NOW HERE ON C-SPAN WE TAKE…

                              SPAFMENT.ORG AND ON "WASHINGTON JOURNAL." RIGHT NOW HERE ON C-SPAN WE TAKE YOU LIVE TO THE FLOOR OF THE U.S. HOUSE WHICH TODAY IS WORKING ON LEGISLATION DEALING WITH THE E.P.A.'S BROWNFIELD HAZARDOUS WASTE CLEANUP PROGRAM AND A BILL EXPANDING THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD FOR NEW FEDERAL EMPLOYEES.

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                              THE SPEAKER

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

                              THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY THE GUEST CHAPLAIN, PASTOR JON LANDS, FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH, VIENNA, WEST VIRGINIA.

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                              THE CHAPLAIN

                              HAND OF PROVIDENCE THAT HAS GUIDED OUR NATION AND PROTECTED US OVER THESE…

                              HAND OF PROVIDENCE THAT HAS GUIDED OUR NATION AND PROTECTED US OVER THESE PAST 241 YEARS. WE'RE THANKFUL FOR THOSE WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE US AND PAID THE PRICE FOR OUR FREEDOM FROM TYRANNY. IN RECOGNIZING YOUR BLESSING IN OUR HISTORY, WE NOW ASK FOR YOUR CONTINUED FAVOR AND GRACE. WE ASK THAT YOU'LL PROTECT THOSE WHO EVEN NOW PLACE THEMSELVES IN HARM'S WAY TO PRESERVE THE LIBERTY OF OUR LAND. I ESPECIALLY THANK YOU FOR THESE DEDICATED MEN AND WOMEN WHO GATHER TODAY TO DO OUR NATION'S BUSINESS. WE PRAY FOR ALL IN AUTHORITY, THAT WE MAY LIVE IN PEACE. WE ASK YOU TO LEAD THIS CONGRESS, TO FOLLOW YOUR INSTRUCTION GIVEN TO THE PROPHET MICA. TO DO JUSTLY. TO LOVE MERCY. AND TO WALK HUMBLY WITH YOU. THESE THINGS WE PRAY IN JESUS' NAME. AMEP. -- AMEN.

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                            • 12:01:35 PM

                              THE SPEAKER

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

                              THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES 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 CALIFORNIA, MR. PANETTA. PAN PAN --

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                              MR. PANETTA

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

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

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                            • 12:02:09 PM

                              THE CLERK

                              H.R. 28 SORKS AN ACT TO AUTHORIZATION APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018,…

                              H.R. 28 SORKS AN ACT TO AUTHORIZATION APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018, FOR MILITARY ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, AND FOR DEFENSE ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO PRESCRIBE MILITARY PERSONNEL STRENGTHS FOR SUCH FISCAL YEAR, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                            • 12:02:29 PM

                              THE SPEAKER

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA, MR. MCKINLEY, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA, MR. MCKINLEY, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                              MR. MCKIN

                              -ILY -- VIRGINIA, MR. MCKINLEY,

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                              MR. MCKINLEY

                              INTRODUCE OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN, JON LANDS. SINCE TAKING OVER FELLOWSHIP…

                              INTRODUCE OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN, JON LANDS. SINCE TAKING OVER FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH IN 1996 HE LED THE CHURCH THROUGH A PERIOD OF TREMENDOUS GROWTH. ATTENDANCE NUMBERS HAVE RISEN FROM 65 TO APPROXIMATELY 740, WITH A MEMBERSHIP OF OVER 1,200. THIS IS TESTAMENT TO HIS DEDICATION TO FAITHFULLY SERVING OUR COMMUNITY. HE TOOK HIS MINISTRY TO NEW HEIGHTS WHEN HE STARTED PRAISE F.M. RADIO. FAITH TALK ON 1450. AND THE WORD FOR LIFE, A DAILY AND WEEKLY RADIO PROGRAM NOW HEARD ON 150 RADIO STATIONS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES AND TWO INTERNATIONAL STATIONS. HIS SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY DOESN'T STOP AT THE CHURCH DOORS. HE'S A MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR THE WOOD COUNTY CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS. A MEMBER OF THE BOARD FOR THE FAMILY POLICY COUNCIL. AND SERVES ON THE BOARD OF WOMEN'S CARE CENTER OF THE TALK ON 1450. AND THE WORD FOR LIFE, MID OHIO VALLEY. A CRISIS CENTER DEDICATED TO OFFERING OTHER CHOICES THAN ABORTION. HE'S A NOTED AUTHOR HAVING WRITTEN, BE STILL, GOD'S STRATEGY FOR SERENITY. AND LIFE ON THE LEVEL, TO BALANCE CHRISTIAN LIFE. I'M HONORED TO WELCOME PASTOR LANDS TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. HE'S A DEDICATED LEADER IN THE PARKERSBURG COMMUNITY AND HIS SERVICE TO OTHERS IS INSPIRATIONAL. MR. SPEAKER, I CAN MY COLLEAGUES TODAY TO WELCOME PASTOR LANDS. MAY GOD BLESS HIM, OUR NATION, AND THE CHURCH HAM AND FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH. I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 12:04:21 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES…

                              THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              MR. WILSON

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

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

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                              NENAL BALLISTIC MISSILE THAT MAY HAVE THE COMPASS TO THE REACH THE UNITED…

                              NENAL BALLISTIC MISSILE THAT MAY HAVE THE COMPASS TO THE REACH THE UNITED STATES. THE

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                              MR. WILSON

                              NENAL BALLISTIC MISSILE THAT MAY HAVE THE COMPASS TO THE REACH THE UNITED…

                              NENAL BALLISTIC MISSILE THAT MAY HAVE THE COMPASS TO THE REACH THE UNITED STATES. THE LATEST NUCLEAR MISSILE TEST WAS THE MOST PROVOCATIVE TO DATE. PUTTING AMERICAN FAMILIES AT RISK OF NUCLEAR ATTACK. IN ADDITION TO THE FAMILIES OF SOUTH KOREA AND JAPAN, WITH ALSO A THREAT TO CHINA AND RUSSIA, OF REGIONAL CHAOS. DURING AN MIDGECY MEETING OF THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL -- EMERGENCY MEETING OF THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL, AMBASSADOR NIKKI HALEY ISSUED A STRONG WARNING. WE HAVE NEVER SOUGHT WAR WITH NORTH KOREA. STILL TODAY WE DO NOT SEEK IT. IF WAR COMES IT WILL BE BECAUSE OF THE CONTINUED ACTS OF AGGRESSION LIKE YESTERDAY. THE AMBASSADOR WAS RIGHT WHEN SHE URGED CHINA AND THE PRESIDENT TO DO MORE TO STOP NORTH KOREA FROM PUSHING THE WORLD CLOSER TO A NUCLEAR WAR. AMBASSADOR HALEY AND PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP ARE PROMOTING PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH TO KEEP AMERICAN FAMILIES SAFE. WE SHOULD SUPPORT THE CALL FOR CHINA TO CUT OFF OIL TO NORTH KOREA. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE'LL NEVER FORGET SPEAVEN THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM. -- SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                              MR. COHEN

                              FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT WAS A GREAT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. HE SAID…

                              FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT WAS A GREAT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. HE SAID ONCE THE TEST OF OUR PROGRESS IS NOT WHETHER WE ADD MORE TO THE ABUNDANCE OF THOSE WHO HAVE MUCH, IT IS WHETHER WE PROVIDE ENOUGH FOR THOSE WHO HAVE TOO LITTLE. THAT'S STILL TRUE TODAY FOR PEOPLE WHO FOLLOW MORALITY AND JUDEO-CHRISTIAN THOUGHT. YESTERDAY IN MISSOURI THE PRESIDENT SAID THAT THE TAX BILL, WHICH IS IN THE SENATE NOW, AND UNFORTUNATELY PASSED THIS HOUSE, WOULD NOT BENEFIT HIM AT ALL. BELIEVE ME, IT WON'T BENEFIT ME. YOU CAN'T BELIEVE THAT. IT BENEFITS THE BILLIONAIRES AND THE MILLIONAIRES AND THE WEALTHY AND THAT'S WHAT IT'S ABOUT. AND THE DISPARITY OF WEALTH IN THIS COUNTRY IS GROWING AND GROWING AND WE CAN'T CONTINUE TO HAVE THAT. THE MIDDLE CLASS NEEDS MAJOR TAX RELIEF AND THE WEALTHY DON'T. AND WE COULD DRAW A BILL TO DO THAT AND DO IT TOGETHER. OUR COUNTRY IS IN DANGER. WE NEED MORE OF WEALTH IN THIS HELP IN THE INNER CITIES TO FIGHT CRIME. WE NEED HELP ALL OVER TO FIGHT AGAINST NATURAL DISASTERS. PEOPLE ALL OVER OUR COUNTRY NEED HELP. AS PAUL SIMON SAID, A NATION TURNS ITS LONELY EYES TO YOU. JEFF FLAKE, BOB CORKER, JOHN MCCAIN, SAVE AMERICA. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE BILL GIBBS FROM SPRING PORT,…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE BILL GIBBS FROM SPRING PORT, MICHIGAN, AND CONGRATULATE HIM FOR BEING NAMED JACKSON COUNT YVETTE RAN OF THE YEAR. A FEW WEEKS AGO HI THE PRIVILEGE OF MEETING BILL AT V.F.W. POST 6056 DURING THEIR VETERANS DAY CEREMONY. IT WAS A SPECIAL EVENING WITH A ROOMFUL OF HEROES, NONE MORE SO THAN BILL. WHEN OUR COUNTRY CALLED DURING THE VIETNAM WAR, BILL ANSWERED WITH TREMENDOUS BRAVERY. FOR HIS HEROISM IN HARM'S WAY, BILL WAS AWARDED THE PURPLE HEART, FOUR BRONZE STARS WITH VALOR DEVICE, AND A NUMBER OF OTHER BRAVERY. FOR HIS HEROISM IN HARM'S SERVICE MEDALS. OVER THE YEARS BILL HAS DONE IT ALL AT POST 6056, INCLUDING SERVING AS POST COMMANDER, TRUSTEE, POST HISTORIAN, AND QUARTER MASTER FOR 33 YEARS.

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                            • 12:08:10 PM

                              MR. WALBERG

                              WHEN CALLED UPON HE PERFORMS AS AN HONOR GUARD MEMBER AT MILITARY FUNERALS…

                              WHEN CALLED UPON HE PERFORMS AS AN HONOR GUARD MEMBER AT MILITARY FUNERALS AND IN THE COMMUNITY. MR. SPEAKER, FOR ALL THIS AND MUCH MORE, BILL IS INCREDIBLY DESERVING OF THE VETERAN OF THE YEAR AWARD. AND OUR NATION IS ETERNALLY GRATEFUL FOR HIS SERVICE AND SACRIFICE. THANK YOU, BILL GIBBS, AND WELCOME HOME. I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 12:08:37 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. REVISE AND…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. REVISE AND EXTEND. I

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                              MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY THIS HOUSE TOOK A STEP TO ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN AN…

                              MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY THIS HOUSE TOOK A STEP TO ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION IS NEITHER TOLERATED NOR SWEPT UNDER THE RUG. WHEN I GOT HERE A YEAR AGO, I WAS SURPRISED THAT THERE WAS NO ANTI-SEXUAL HARASSMENT TRAINING THAT WAS MANDATED. IN EVERY PROFESSIONAL POSITION I HAVE HELD THERE ALWAYS WAS THIS TYPE OF TRAINING. IN THE NAVY, AS A LAW STUDENT, A PROSECUTOR. ANTI-SEXUAL HARASSMENT TRAINING WAS A GIVEN.

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                            • 12:09:14 PM

                              MR. PANETTA

                              THIS MONTH BEFORE YESTERDAY I HAD A ETHICS ATTORNEY COME INTO MY OFFICE…

                              THIS MONTH BEFORE YESTERDAY I HAD A ETHICS ATTORNEY COME INTO MY OFFICE AND CONDUCT THAT TYPE OF TRAINING WITH MY ENTIRE D.C. ST. I'M PROUD TO HAVE DONE THAT. AIM PROUD TO BE AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR AND VOTED FOR THE LEGISLATION YESTERDAY WHICH MAKES ANTI-SEXUAL HARASSMENT TRAINING MANDATORY IN ALL OFFICES AND THEIR EMPLOYEES. THIS IS A SMALL STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION OF A LARGE FIGHT AGAINST SEXUAL HARASSMENT. I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO BE A PART OF THAT FIGHT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                            • 12:09:45 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR…

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

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                              MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. DECEMBER 1 IS WORLD AIDS DAY. SO WE CELEBRATE OUR…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. DECEMBER 1 IS WORLD AIDS DAY. SO WE CELEBRATE OUR MANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST HIV-AIDS AROUND THE GLOBE. AS AMERICANS, WE CAN LOOK BACK AND BE PROUD THAT OUR NATION HAS BEEN A TRANSFORMATIVE FORCE IN THE GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST AIDS AND A RAY OF HOPE FOR MILLIONS OF LIVES AROUND THE WORLD. GLOBALLY OUR EFFORTS THROUGH PROGRAMS LIKE PEPFAR ARE CURRENTLY SUPPORTING TREATMENTS FOR MORE THAN ONE MILLION PEOPLE AND HAVE AVERTED MORE THAN 16 MILLION H.I.V. INFECTIONS AROUND THE WORLD. HOWEVER THERE IS STILL MUCH WORK TO BE DONE. CURRENTLY MORE THAN 36 MILLION PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD ARE LIVING WITH H.I.V. AND NEARLY 1,000 GIRLS ARE INFECTED WITH H.I.V. EVERY DAY. MR. SPEAKER, DECEMBER 1, WORLD AIDS DAY, REMINDS US TO REDOUBLE OUR EFFORTS ON BEHALF OF THOSE SUFFERING FROM THIS TERRIBLE DISEASE. NOW MORE THAN EVER IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT WE REMAIN COMMITTED TO CREATING A FUTURE WITHOUT HIV-AIDS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                            • 12:10:59 PM

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                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              MS. SCHAKOWSKY

                              REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM IS AN ATTACK ON AMERICA'S SENIOR CITIZENS. ACCORDING…

                              REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM IS AN ATTACK ON AMERICA'S SENIOR CITIZENS. ACCORDING TO THE AARP, 5.2 MILLION SENIOR CITIZENS, MANY ON FIXED INCOMES, WILL SEE A TAX HIKE UNDER THE REPUBLICAN BILL. AND MEANWHILE, OVER 60% OF THE TAX BENEFITS GO TO THE TOP 1%. PLUS, THE BILL WILL TRIGGER AN AUTOMATIC CUT TO MEDICARE. $25 BILLION IN 2018 ALONE. IN 2019, AMERICANS 50 TO 64 YEARS OLD BUYING HEALTH INSURANCE THROUGH THE INDIVIDUAL MARKET WILL SEE THEIR PREMIUMS INCREASE, $1,500 ON AVERAGE. ACCORDING TO THE AARP. AND FOR THE FIRST TIME THE BILL CHANGES THE WAY SOCIAL SECURITY COLA IS CALCULATED. REDUCING SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS. SENIORS LOSE IN THE REPUBLICAN TAX BILL AND SO DOES PRETTY MUCH EVERYONE ELSE. WHO WINS? MILLIONAIRES, BILLIONAIRES, THE WEALTHIEST CORPORATIONS. WE SHOULD SAY NO TO THE REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM. AMERICANS DESERVE A BETTER DEAL.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                              MR. SPEAKER, JUST LAST WEEK EGYPT EXPERIENCED THE WORST TERROR ATTACK IN…

                              MR. SPEAKER, JUST LAST WEEK EGYPT EXPERIENCED THE WORST TERROR ATTACK IN ITS COUNTRY'S HISTORY. ISLAMIC TERRORISTS SET OFF EXPLOSIVES THAT TOOK OVER 300 INNOCENT LIVES AND INJURED 100 MORE. WHAT MADE THIS TRAGEDY EVEN WORSE IS THAT IT HAPPENED AT A PLACE OF WORSHIP, IN THE NORTHERN SINAI REGION. IN THEIR EFFORT TO WREAK HAVOC ON THE MIDDLE EAST AND OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD, THE ISLAMIC STATE AND OTHER TERROR GROUPS HAVE TARGETED CHRISTIANS, JEWS, AND MUSLIMS. PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS RIGHT TO SAY AFTER THE ATTACK IN EGYPT, THAT WE SHOULD STRENGTHEN OUR EFFORTS TO DEFEAT TERRORISM AND EXTREMISM IN ALL ITS FORMS. IN THE PAST YEAR, WE HAVE MADE PROGRESS IN DETERRING THE ISLAMIC STATE'S SO-CALLED CALIPHATE IN SYRIA AND IRAQ. WHILE THERE IS SHADOW IN THOSE TWO COUNTRIES ISN'T WHAT IT WAS A COUPLE YEARS AGO, THIS DOESN'T MEAN A RADICAL ISLAMIC INSURGENCY WON'T REMAIN IN THAT AREA. MR. SPEAKER, IF MILITARY PROGRESS ISN'T CUPPLED WITH A THOUGHT OUT STRATEGY REMAIN IN OF RECONSTRUCTION, A VACUUM WILL BE LEFT FOR THESE GROUPS TO RETURN. AS THE BEACON OF FREEDOM AROUND THE WORLD, THE UNITED STATES MUST STAY VIGILANT IN THEIR UNDERGOING WAR ON TERROR. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION SN

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                              MR. GIANFORTE

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MONTANA VETERANS WHO HAVE SERVED…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MONTANA VETERANS WHO HAVE SERVED OUR COUNTRY AND CONTINUE THEIR SERVICE IN OUR COMMUNITIES. I RECENTLY ASKED MONTANANS TO NOMINATE A VETERAN FOR THE 2017 MONTANA CONGRESSIONAL VETERAN COMMENDATION. A TRIBUTE TO RECOGNIZE THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED HONORABLY IN UNIFORM AND IN OUR COMMUNITIES. THE RESPONSE FROM MONTANANS WAS OVERWHELMING. 14 VETERANS ARE RECEIVING THE 2017 MONTANA CONGRESSIONAL VETERAN COMMENDATION. DICK ALGOOD, GENE BELL, BRUCE CHARLES, RICHARD GALE, GARY GERMOND, DAVID GERTZ, MICHAEL LAWSON, PHILLIP LYONS, DANIEL RITTER, FRANK STULTS, KEVIN STRICTLER, KYLE SUCKBEER, L.A. TROTTER AND STANLEY WATSON. ON BEHALF OF ALL MONTANANS, I THANK THE RECIPIENTS OF THE 2017 MONTANA CONGRESSIONAL VETERAN COMMENDATION FOR THEIR SACRIFICE AND SERVICE. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION IT? --…

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

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                              MR. VEASEY

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE LIFE OF MY FRIEND OF FOREST…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE LIFE OF MY FRIEND OF FOREST HILL, TEXAS. SINCE MAKING FOREST HILL HER HOME IN 1975, JERLENE WAS A TRUE CHAMPION FOR IMPROVEMENT OF THE CITY. AMONG HER MANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS SHE WAS THE FIRST BLACK FEMALE ELECTED TO THE CITY COUNCIL. AND SHE ALSO PLAYED A VERY CRITICAL ROLE IN ESTABLISHING THE FIRST FOREST HILL LIBRARY, SERVING AS ITS FIRST LIBRARIAN. AND SHE WAS ALSO PART OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS. DURING HER TENURE ON THE BOARD OF, -- BOARD, SHE COORDINATED THE PURCHASE OF OVER FIVE LAKERS -- ACRES OF LAND FOR THE LIBRARY DISTRICT AND DEDICATED THE GARDEN. SHE ALSO MADE HER MARK IN THE COMMUNITY BY OPERATING AND SERVING AS THE COMMUNITY OUTREACH COORDINATOR FOR THE FOOD BANK AT THE LOVE SANCTUARY CHURCH FOR 15 YEARS. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN HONORING HER LIFE AND, WHILE THE COMMUNITY WILL BE SAD THAT WE'RE LOSING JERLENE, I KNOW SHE'S PROBABLY HAPPY RIGHT NOW WITH COACH HARVEY IN HEAVEN AND JUST REALLY WANT TO THANK HER FOR BEING THE DRIVING VOICE TO HELP GET THAT LIBRARY CREATED. BECAUSE IT WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED. WHEN I SEE THOSE KIDS ON THE COMPUTERS IN THAT LIBRARY, READING THOSE BOOKS AND HAVING A GOOD TIME, I THINK OF JERLENE AND HER VISION OF FOREST HILL HAVING THEIR OWN LIBRARY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A DECORATED COMBAT VETERAN AND A…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A DECORATED COMBAT VETERAN AND A DISTINGUISHED PUBLIC SERVANT AS ONE OF THE NEWEST INDUCTEES INTO FLORIDA'S VETERAN HALL OF FAME. THIS WEEK GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT AND THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS HONORED JOHN FRASHER FOR HIS CONTINUED COMMITMENT TO THE STATE OF FLORIDA. JOHN CURRENTLY SERVES AS THE PRESIDENT OF FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY, WHERE HE EARNED HIS BACHELOR'S AND LAW DEGREES. JOHN JOINED THE UNITED STATES ARMY AFTER GRADUATING FROM F.S.U. AND WENT ON TO RECEIVE TWO BRONZE STARS WHILE SERVING IN VIETNAM, EVENTUALLY EARNING THE RANK OF CAPTAIN. HE HAS BEEN AN ADVOCATE FOR VETERANS THROUGHOUT HIS ENTIRE LIFE, ESPECIALLY WHILE HE SERVED AS SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE IN FLORIDA, AND LATER AS SENATOR.

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                              MR. DUNN

                              UNDER HIS LEADERSHIP AS PRESIDENT, F.S.U. HAS BECOME ONE OF THE TOP…

                              UNDER HIS LEADERSHIP AS PRESIDENT, F.S.U. HAS BECOME ONE OF THE TOP UNIVERSITIES IN THE NATION. MR. SPEAKER, PLEASE JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING F.S.U. PRESIDENT, JOHN FLASHER, FOR BEING INDUCTED INTO THE FLORIDA -- THRASHER FOR BEING INCONDUCTED INTO THE FLORIDA HALL OF FAME.

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                            • 12:19:27 PM

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

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                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                              MS. LEE

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SOUND THE ALARM ABOUT OUR…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SOUND THE ALARM ABOUT OUR DEEPENING MILITARY OPERATIONS IN SOMALIA. THIS MONDAY THE UNITED STATES CONDUCTED ITS 30TH AIR STRIKE IN SOMALIA SINCE DONALD TRUMP TOOK OFFICE. THIS NUMBER IS ALMOST GREATER THAN THE AMOUNT OF AIR STRIKES PRESIDENT OBAMA CONDUCTED IN EIGHT YEARS IN OFFICE, MIND YOU. WHAT'S WORSE, WE NOW HAVE THE LARGEST UNITED STATES PRESENCE IN SOMALIA SINCE 1993, SOME 500 UNITED STATES TROOPS, WHICH HAS DOUBLED IN 2017 ALONE. WHY, MR. SPEAKER, ARE WE CONDUCTING SO MANY AIR STRIKES AND RAMPING UP OUR MILITARY PRESENCE IN SOMALIA WITH NO CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT? WHY ARE WE SENDING OUR TROOPS TO FIGHT A WAR THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW NOTHING ABOUT? CONGRESS HAS BEEN LEFT IN THE DARK ABOUT THESE OPERATIONS. AT A MINIMUM WE SHOULD HAVE BASIC KNOWLEDGE OF THE MISSIONS WE ARE ASKING OUR SERVICE MEMBERS TO RISK THEIR LIVES FOR. BUT WE KNOW IT'S NOT JUST SOMALIA. THESE U.S. SHADOW WARS ARE TAKING PLACE ALL ACROSS THE WORLD. AS WE SAW SO TRAGICALLY IN NIGER LAST MONTH. MR. SPEAKER, WE NEED TO RIP UP THAT AUTHORIZATION TO USE MILITARY FORCE, THE 2001 AUTHORIZATION, AND HOLD A REAL DEBATE AND VOTE ON THESE NEW ONGOING WARS. THE PEOPLE DESERVE TO KNOW THE COST AND CONSEQUENCES OF THESE WARS. YES, CONGRESS HAS BEEN MISSING IN ACTION ONCE AGAIN. WE OWE IT TO OUR SERVICE MEMBERS TO DO OUR JOB.

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                            • 12:21:01 PM

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                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO WELCOME THE 40 VOLUNTEERS FROM 26 STATES…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO WELCOME THE 40 VOLUNTEERS FROM 26 STATES REPRESENTING DUCKS UNLIMIT WHO HAD ARE ON THE HILL TODAY. AS AN AVID OUTDOORSMAN AND WATER FOWLER MYSELF, AS WELL AS A MEMBER OF DUCKS UNLIMITED FOR 25 YEARS, I'VE SEEN THE WONDERFUL FIRSTHAND BENEFITS OF THIS GROUP . DUCKS UNLIMITED HAS COVERED MORE THAN -- HAS CONSERVED MORE THAN 14 MILLION ACRES OF LAND IN AN 80-YEARS HIFT -- YEAR HISTORY. MARLY RIVERA A BIG THANK YOU FOR ALL THOSE FOLKS UP NORTH OF US WHO HAVE DONE SUCH A GREAT JOB RAISING THESE DUCKS. WORK LIKE THIS IS VITAL TO ENSURE THE NATURAL RESOURCES OF OUR LAND ARE PROTECTED AND MONITORED SO THAT OUR CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN CAN COME SOMEDAY TO RURAL KANSAS TO A REFUGE AND ENJOY THOSE GREAT OUTDOOR MOMENTS.

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                            • 12:21:58 PM

                              MR. MARSHALL

                              I THINK THE FOLKS -- I THANK THE FOLKS AT DUCKS UNLIMITED FOR THEIR WORK…

                              I THINK THE FOLKS -- I THANK THE FOLKS AT DUCKS UNLIMITED FOR THEIR WORK AND I WELCOME THEM TO CAPITOL HILL. I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 12:22:04 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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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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                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO COMMEMORATE THE CALIFORNIA SEEK AMERICAN…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO COMMEMORATE THE CALIFORNIA SEEK AMERICAN AWARENESS AND APPRECIATION MONTH. AND TO RECOGNIZE THE CONTRIBUTIONS THAT THESE SECRET AMERICANS HAVE MADE NOT ONLY IN -- SIC AMERICANS HAVE MADE NOT ONLY -- S -- TO HAVE A BETTER LIFE FOR THEMSELVES AND FOR THEIR CHILDREN. A 19 -- IN 1910 THE SEIHKS HAD BECOME A CORNER STONE IN THE VALLEYS IN SACRAMENTO. IN ADDITION TO SHARING THEIR RICH CULTURE AND THE CONTRIBUTIONS THAT THEY'VE MADE TO OUR ECONOMY, THEY ARE FARMERS, BUSINESS OWNERS AND THEY ARE PHYSICIANS. THE SEIHK AMERICANS STAND WITH ALL AMERICANS WITH THEIR PATRIOTISM AND THEIR VALUES. BEGINNING WITH WORLD WAR I, THE SHEKHS HAVE BEEN IN ALL AMERICAN WARS. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN RECOGNIZING AND CELEBRATING THE MANY CONTRIBUTIONS THAT SHEIKH AMERICANS HAVE MADE AS A STRONGER NATION. WHICH PLAY AN INTEGRAL ROLE IN OUR HEALTH AND THE FUTURE NOT ONLY OF THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, BUT THROUGHOUT OUR NATION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 12:23:37 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO HONOR THE VETERANS IN MY DISTRICT AND THOSE WHO…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO HONOR THE VETERANS IN MY DISTRICT AND THOSE WHO SUPPORT THEM. EARLIER THIS MONTH I ATTENDED A VETERANS ESTEEM EVENT. IT IS A DINNER ORGANIZED AND PREPARED BY LOCAL JUNIOR HIGH AND SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM NORTH BRANCH, ALMONTH AND DRYDEN TO HONOR AREA VETERANS. THOSE TWO HAVE SERVED OUR VETERANS ARE THE BEST 1% THIS COUNTRY PRODUCED. WORDS WILL NEVER BE ADEQUATE TO CAPTURE THE DEBT OF GRATITUDE OWED TO THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE MILITARY WHO HAVE ENABLED OUR NATION TO CONTINUE TO BE SAFE AND PROSPEROUS. I'M HONORED TO SERVE WITH THEM AND THE STUDENTS IN THE DISTRICT WHO TOOK TIME TO ORGANIZE AND RECOGNIZE THE VETERANS AT THIS EVENT. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADD THE NAMES OF THE STUDENTS AND SPONSORS OF THE VETERANS ESTEEM TEAM TO THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD.

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                            • 12:24:38 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                              MR. MITCHELL

                              WITH THAT I YIELD BACK. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                            • 12:24:55 PM

                              MR. MCEACHIN

                              MR. SPEAKER, ACCORDING TO THE NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, THE…

                              MR. SPEAKER, ACCORDING TO THE NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, THE SENATE'S VERSION OF TAX REFORM WOULD INCREASE THE DEFICIT BY $38 BILLION. IN 2018. BY 2027, THAT DEBT WOULD INCREASE BY A WHOPPING $1.4 TRILLION. I STAND HERE TODAY CALLING FOR TAX REFORM LEGISLATION THAT WOULD HELP MY CONSTITUENTS AND MILLIONS OF OTHER AMERICANS. MR. SPEAKER, THE G.O.P. TAX PLAN IS IRRESPONSIBLE GOVERNING. MANY AMERICANS -- MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS SAY THEIR FAMILIES HAVE YET TO RECOVER FROM THE GREAT RECESSION. AND I HEAR THEM LOUD AND CLEAR. I CANNOT STAND BY SILENTLY WHILE MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE RUSH THROUGH A BILL FOR WHICH IT WILL TAKE YEARS FOR OUR ECONOMY TO RECOVER. THIS BILL RAISES TAXES ON 82 MILLION MIDDLE CLASS HOUSEHOLDS SOLELY TO CREATE GIVEAWAYS FOR THE WEALTHY FEW. WE HAVE ONLY NINE LEGISLATIVE DAYS LEFT IN THIS CALENDAR YEAR. IT IS TIME TO FOCUS ON LEGISLATION THAT WILL GIVE ALL AMERICANS A BETTER DEAL. WE NEED TO -- WE NEED COMMONSENSE, REALITY-BASED LEGISLATION THAT WILL CREATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL AMERICAN, NOT JUST THE SELECT FEW. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 12:26:10 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              REQUEST PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE, TO REVISE AND…

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

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                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                              MR. SPEAKER, IT HAS BEEN PROVEN ALL OVER THE WORLD THAT THE MOST WASTEFUL,…

                              MR. SPEAKER, IT HAS BEEN PROVEN ALL OVER THE WORLD THAT THE MOST WASTEFUL, LEAST ECONOMICAL, LEAST EFFICIENT WAY TO SPEND MONEY IS TO TURN IT OVER TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. IF THIS WAS NOT TRUE, THEN PLACES LIKE CUBA, NORTH KOREA AND VENEZUELA WOULD BE HEAVENS ON EARTH. SOCIALISM SIMPLY DOES NOT WORK.

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                            • 12:26:35 PM

                              MR. DUNCAN

                              MONEY LEFT IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR DOES MUCH MORE TO CREATE JOBS AND HOLD…

                              MONEY LEFT IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR DOES MUCH MORE TO CREATE JOBS AND HOLD DOWN PRICES THAN DOES ANY MONEY TURNED OVER TO GOVERNMENT. A BUSINESS THAT CONTINUALLY WASTES MONEY AND OPERATE INEFFICIENTLY WILL EVENTUALLY GO OUT OF BUSINESS. A GOVERNMENT AGENCY THAT WASTES MONEY OR OPERATES INEFFICIENTLY JUST USES THAT AS AN EXCUSE TO ASK FOR HIGHER APPROPRIATIONS. THAT IS WHAT THE TAX CUT BILL IS ALL ABOUT. AN EFFORT TO LEAVE MORE MONEY IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, WHERE IT WILL CREATE JOBS AND HOLD DOWN PRICES. WEALTHY ELITISTS COME OUT AHEAD EVEN UNDER SOCIALIST BIG GOVERNMENT SYSTEMS. LOWER INCOME PEOPLE COME OUT BETTER WHEN MORE MONEY LEFT IN PRIVATE HANDS TO CREATE JOBS AND HOLD PRICES DOWN. COLLEGE GRADUATES OFTEN WONDER WHY THEY CAN'T FIND GOOD JOBS. IN LARGE PART, IT IS BECAUSE OUR FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL CORPORATE TAXES ARE TOO HIGH AND THIS HAS CAUSED US TO LOSE MILLIONS OF GOOD JOBS TO OTHER COUNTRIES. MR. SPEAKER, WE NEED LOWER TAXES. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 12:27:35 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK…

                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                            • 12:27:48 PM

                              MS. ADAMS

                              I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE HBCU NINE, THE NINE HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES…

                              I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE HBCU NINE, THE NINE HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES WHO ARE CELEBRATING 150 YEARS OF ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE. THESE SCHOOLS HAIL FROM SIX STATES, COUNT GREAT AFRICAN-AMERICAN LEADERS SUCH AS EVA CLAYTON, JOHN LEWIS, MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AS MEMBERS OF THEIR ALUMNI. THE NINE INCLUDE ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY, FABLE STATE UNIVERSITY, HOWARD UNIVERSITY, JOHNSON C. SMITH UNIVERSITY, MOORE HOUSE COLLEGE, MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY, ST. AUGUST UNIVERSITY AND TALLADEGA COLLEGE. THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS FOR THE PAST 150 YEARS ARE REMARKABLE. THEY'VE CULTIVATED A LONG HISTORY AS INCUBATORS OF INNOVATION AND IT BE TO PRODUCE THE NEXTGEN -- CONTINUE TO PRODUCE THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS. 25% OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN STEM GRADUATES, 40% OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN LAWYERS, 50% OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN TEACHERS AND 21 CURRENT MEMBERS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS ARE PROUD HBCU GRADS. THESE SCHOOLS BORNE OUT OF NECESSITY HAVE ENDURED TEST OF TIME. TO SPARK A MOVEMENT AND CREATE THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS, FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGING THIS COUNTRY FOR THE BETTER. STAND WITH ME IN RECOGNIZING THE HBCU NINE FOR THEIR YEARS OF LEADERSHIP IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITIES AND THEIR DEDICATION TO HELPING STUDENTS REALIZE THEIR DREAMS. I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 12:29:07 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.

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                              I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE PRAIRIE RIDGE WOLVES FOOTBALL TEAM ON…

                              I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE PRAIRIE RIDGE WOLVES FOOTBALL TEAM ON THEIR SECOND STRAIGHT CLASS 6-A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. THE TEAM REPEATED LAST YEAR'S OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE OF FINISHING THE SEASON WITHOUT LOSING A SINGLE GAME. BEATING THE NAZARETH ROAD RUNNERS IN THE STATE FINAL 28-21, THE TEAM NOW HAS A 28-GAME WINNING STREAK.

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                              MR. HULTGREN

                              THEIR LAST LOSS WAS IN 2015. THE TEAM IS RANKED SECOND IN THE STATE…

                              THEIR LAST LOSS WAS IN 2015. THE TEAM IS RANKED SECOND IN THE STATE OVERALL BY THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE. THE COACH HAS BEEN A CRITICAL AND CENTRAL FIGURE TO THEIR SUCCESS. A 21-YEAR VETERAN AT PRAIRIE RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL, HE WAS NAMED IHSA FOOTBALL COACH OF THE YEAR AND IS NOW COMPETING FOR THE NATIONAL RECOGNITION. ANOTHER CRUCIAL PART OF THE TEAM IS QUARTERBACK SAMPSON EVANS AND HE HAD A FANTASTIC SEASON. DUBBED SUPERMAN FOR HIS EXPLOITS ON THE FIELD, HE WAS NAMED THE CHICAGO SUN TIMES' 2017 PLAYER OF THE YEAR. HE WILL CONTINUE HIS CAREER AS AN IOWA HAWKEYE ALONGSIDE TEAMMATE AND LINEMAN, GEOFF JENKINS. CONGRATULATIONS, PRAIRIE RIDGE WOLVES, FOR YOUR EXCELLENT SEASON, AND HERE'S TO A CONTINUED UNDEFEATED WINNING STREAK. I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 12:30:26 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                              I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF ADOPTION AND WHAT CONGRESS…

                              I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF ADOPTION AND WHAT CONGRESS CAN BE DOING TO HELP MORE KIDS GET ADOPTED INTO LOVING CARING FAMILIES. NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH AND IT'S TIME WE TALK ABOUT HOW THE G.O.P. TAX REFORM BILL, WILL HELP CHILDREN IN NEED OF LOVING FAMILIES BY SUPPORTING THOSE WHOSE LIVES HAVE BEEN TOUCHED BY ADOPTION.

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                              MR. YODER

                              OUR TAX REFORM BILL PRESERVES THE ADOPTION TAX CREDIT WHICH ALLOWS…

                              OUR TAX REFORM BILL PRESERVES THE ADOPTION TAX CREDIT WHICH ALLOWS TAXPAYERS TO CLAIM EXPENSES RELATED TO THE ADOPTION OF A CHILD INCLUDING FEES, COURT COST, AND TRAVEL EXPENSES. THE CREDIT COSTS ONLY ABOUT $3. BILLION OVER 10 YEARS, A SMALL FRACTION OF OUR OVERALL BUDGET. MR. SPEAKER, I WORKED TIRELESSLY WITH MY COLLEAGUES TO ENSURE THIS ADOPTION TAX CREDIT WAS INCLUDED IN THE HOUSES' TAX BILL AND I'M PLEASE THE SENATE VERSION ALSO PRESERVES IT IN THEIR DRAFT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO WORK QUICKLY TO PASS TAX REFORM TO PRESERVE THE ADOPTION TAX CONSIDERED AS READ.

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                            • 12:31:41 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              MR. WOODALL

                              BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I PRESERVE THE ADOPTION CALL UP…

                              BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I PRESERVE THE ADOPTION CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 635 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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                            • 12:31:48 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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                              THE CLERK

                              HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 106, HOUSE RESOLUTION 635, RESOLVED, THAT AT ANY…

                              HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 106, HOUSE RESOLUTION 635, RESOLVED, THAT AT ANY TIME AFTER ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION THE SPEAKER MAY, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-B OF RULE 18, DECLARE THE HOUSE RESOLVED INTO THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 4182. TO AMEND TITLE 5 UNITED STATES CODE TO MODIFY PROBATIONARY PERIODS WITH RESPECT TO POSITIONS WITHIN THE COMPETITIVE SERVICE AND THE SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICE, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE FIRST READING OF THE BILL SHALL BE DISPENSED WITH. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. GENERAL DEBATE SHALL BE CONFINED TO THE BILL AND SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM. AFTER GENERAL BILL AND SHALL NOT DEBATE THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL ARE WAIVED. NO AMENDMENT TO THE BILL SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT, MAY BE OFFERED ONLY BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT. SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT, AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION IN THE HOUSE OR IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST SUCH AMENDMENTS ARE WAIVED. AT THE CONCLUSION OF CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL FOR AMENDMENT, THE COMMITTEE SHALL RISE AND REPORT THE BILL TO THE HOUSE WITH SUCH AMENDMENTS AS MAY HAVE BEEN ADOPTED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AND AMENDMENTS THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS. SECTION 2, UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL H.R. 1699, TO AMEND THE TRUTH IN LENDING ACT TO MODIFY THE DEFINITIONS OF A MORTGAGE ORIGINATOR AND A HIGH COST MORTGAGE. TO AMEND THE SECURE AND FAIR ENFORCEMENT FOR MORTGAGE LICENSING ACT OF 2008 TO MODIFY THE DEFINITION OF A LOAN ORIGINATOR, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF A TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-42 SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED. THE BILL AS AMENDED SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL AS AMENDED ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AS AMENDED AND ON ANY FURTHER AMENDMENT THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT ONE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL WITHOUT INTERVENING SERVICES. AND TWO, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS.

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                            • 12:34:38 PM

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                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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                              MR. WOODALL

                              I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, FOR -- DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS…

                              I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, FOR -- DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION ALL ANAHEIMTIME IS YIELDED FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO MY FRIEND FROM NEW YORK, MS. SLAUGHTER, PENDING WHICH 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. WOODALL

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES WHO COME TO SPEAK ON THE RULE TODAY MIGHT HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I JUST HAD A CHANCE TO VISIT WITH MY…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I JUST HAD A CHANCE TO VISIT WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK. WE WERE TALKING ABOUT -- WELL, THE SAME THING ALL MEMBERS TALK ABOUT WHEN THEY GET TOGETHER. THOSE THINGS THEY HAVE IN COMMON. THOSE THINGS THAT MAKE THEIR DAY A LITTLE BETTER. THOSE THINGS THEY ARE STRUGGLING WITH THAT MAKE THEIR DAY A LITTLE BIT WORSE. I REGRET THAT SO OFTEN WE COME TO THE HOUSE FLOOR AND THE DEBATE THAT WE'RE HAVING SEEMS LIKE WE JUST HAVE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IN COMMON WHATSOEVER. I'M SURE IT HAS BEEN YOUR EXPERIENCE, YOU CAN ASK ANY FRESHMAN MEMBER OF THIS INSTITUTION, MR. SPEAKER, WHAT'S THE BIGGEST SURPRISE YOU HAVE HAD IN YOUR FIRST YEAR IN CONGRESS? AND THEY WILL SAY, I'M SURPRISED AT HOW HARDWORKING AND CONSCIENCIOUS AND DILIGENT AND COMMITTED ABSOLUTELY EVERY SINGLE ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES S I WAS READING IN THE LOCAL PAPER BACK HOME AND IT SOUNDED LIKE IT WAS A BIG CESSPOOL THERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. I'M PLEASANTLY SURPRISED AT HOW SINCERE MY COLLEAGUES ARE WORKING FOR THEIR 700,000 TO 800,000 CONSTITUENTS BACK AT HOME. WE HAVE TWO BILLS THIS RULE WILL MAKE IN ORDER FOR DEBATE TODAY. AND THEY ARE TWO BILLS THAT I WILL TELL YOU ARE INCREDIBLY WELL-INTENTIONED. I PLAN TO SUPPORT THEM. I PLAN TO ENTHUSIASTICALLY SUPPORT THEM. BUT THEY ARE ON ISSUES THAT ARE HARD IN THEIR MINUTIA. THE FIRST BILL MADE IN ORDER TODAY UNDER A CLOSED RULE, MR. SPEAKER, IS H.R. 1699. IT'S THE PRESERVING ACCESS TO MANUFACTURED HOUSING ACT. WE HAD TESTIMONY IN THE COMMITTEE YESTERDAY AND THE DISCUSSION WAS HOW DO WE PROTECT BUYERS OF MANUFACTURED HOUSING FROM BEING EXPLOITED WHILE STILL ENABLING THOSE AMERICANS WHO DON'T HAVE OTHER AVENUES FOR PURCHASING HOUSING TO GET INTO THAT MOST AFFORDABLE OF HOUSING, MANUFACTURED HOUSING. WE HAVE A COMMON GOAL TO PROTECT PEOPLE AND TO EMPOWER PEOPLE, BUT HOW DO WE GET THAT DONE? THIS BILL WAS WORKED THROUGH COMMITTEE, I BELIEVE IT'S A GOOD COMPROMISE. WE DIDN'T ALLOW ANY AMENDMENTS TO THIS. THERE WERE NO GERMANE AMENDMENTS PRESENTED IN COMMITTEE. SO THAT'S COMING UNDER A CLOSED RULE TODAY. THIS RULE ALSO WOULD MAKE IN ORDER A STRUCTURED RULE FOR H.R. 4182, THE ENSURING A QUALIFIED CIVIL SERVICE ACT OF 2017. AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN YOU GO AND READ THE HEADLINES, IT MAKES IT SOUND LIKE EVERY DISCUSSION ON CAPITOL HILL IS AMONG A BUNCH OF PARTISAN HACKS. JUST NOT TRUE. THE CIVIL SERVICE, AN INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT PART OF AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, THESE ARE DEDICATED MEN AND WOMEN WHO SHOW UP EVERY DAY TO INSTITUTE THE LAWS THAT YOU AND I PASS, TO BE THE INTERPRETERS OF THE BRIDGE BETWEEN THE LAW THAT IS WE PASS AND THE WAY THEY HIT FOLKS ON THE GROUND, WE ALL WANT THOSE EMPLOYEES TO BE PROTECTED FROM THE SWINGING PENDULUM OF PARTISANSHIP. I DON'T WANT A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT TO GET ELECTED AND FIRE ALL THE DEMOCRATS SERVING IN GOVERNMENT. THERE ARE SOME BRIGHT MINDED SCIENTISTS, SOME GREAT FOLKS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT, SOME REALLY TALENTED PEOPLE IN EDUCATION. I DON'T WANT THEM TO LOSE THEIR JOBS BECAUSE OF THE PARTISANSHIP OF A PRESIDENT. SIMILARLY, DON'T WANT TO SEE A DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT GET ELECTED AND FIRE ALL THE FOLKS WHO ARE REPUBLICANS. THERE ARE SOME FANTASTIC REPUBLICAN MINDS IN OUR DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE HELPING OUR FARMERS. THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR HELPING OUR WORKERS TO SUCCEED. YOU GO RIGHT ON DOWN THE LIST. THERE ARE STRONG MEN AND WOMEN HELPING FOLKS TO SUCCEED. BUT WE'RE ALSO FACING A REALITY THAT THAT SAME CIVIL SERVICE SYSTEM THAT SEEKS TO PROTECT THOSE HARD WORKING -- THOSE EXCEPTIONAL WORKERS TRYING TO SERVE AMERICA, THAT SAME SYSTEM THAT WORKS TO PROTECT THEM TO PROTECT THOSE HARD WORKING -- ALSO PROTECTS FOLKS WHO ARE COMPLETELY DERELICT IN THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES. WE HAD THAT DISCUSSION AS A CONFERENCE, AS A HOUSE, IN FACT IN A BICAMERA DISCUSSION, WENT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK FOR HIS SIGNATURE. AS IT VIDEO CAMERA CAME TO THE V.A. TO SAY CAN'T WE DO MORE TO REFORM A CIVIL SERVICE SYSTEM, TO REFORM FEDERAL LABOR UNION PROVISIONS SO THAT FOLKS WHO NEED THE PROTECTION BECAUSE THEY ARE EXCEPTIONAL CONTINUE TO BE PROTECTED, BUT THOSE FOLKS WHO ARE FAILING OUR VETERANS, THAT THOSE FOLKS CEASE TO BE PROTECTED FROM A SYSTEM THAT SEEKS TO REQUIRE ACCOUNTABILITY. WE PASS THAT TOGETHER. WE DID THAT TOGETHER HERE, MR. SPEAKER. WE SENT IT TO THE SENATE. THEY DID IT TOGETHER. THE PRESIDENT SIGNED IT INTO LAW. THIS ENSURING A QUALIFIED CIVIL SERVICE ACT DOES ONE THING AND ONE THING ONLY. IT EXTENDS THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD OF A NEW CIVIL SERVICE WORKER FROM THE CURRENT OF ONE YEAR TO TWO YEARS. THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE HAS DONE THIS ALREADY AND IT'S BEEN WORKING EXCEEDINGLY WELL. FOR THEM THE CONCERN IS HAVE I BEEN ABLE TO ADEQUATELY ASSESS AN EMPLOYEE'S ABILITY TO PERFORM IN A 12-MONTH PERIOD? WE'RE COMMITTED TO TRYING TO TRAIN PEOPLE UP, MR. SPEAKER. NOBODY'S TRYING TO RUN FOLKS OUT BEFORE THEY HAVE HAD A CHANCE TO LEARN THEIR JOB. THE QUESTION IS, IS A YEAR LONG ENOUGH TO UNCOVER THE FLAWS IN EMPLOYMENT. OR IS TWO YEARS A WIDER WINDOW? YOU'LL HEAR FOLKS ON THE OTHER SIDE SAY, ROB, WHY IN THE WORLD CAN'T YOU-ALL FIGURE OUT IF AN EMPLOYEE'S TALENTED IN YEAR ONE? THAT'S FAIR. THEY'LL SAY ROB, IF YOU WERE GOING TO TRAIN SOMEBODY UP, WHY COULDN'T YOU GET IT DONE IN YEAR ONE? THAT'S FAIR. BUT AS THE G.A.O. HAS LOOKED AT THIS ISSUE, WHAT THEY FOUND IS, MANAGERS THAT'S FAIR. AREN'T GETTING THAT DONE IN YEAR ONE. WHETHER IT'S BECAUSE THEY ARE INEFFECTIVE AS MANAGERS OR WHETHER IT'S BECAUSE THEY KEEP TRYING TO GIVE PEOPLE A SECOND CHANCE AND GET THEM TRAINED UP IS AN OPEN QUESTION. THIS BILL MANDATES NOTHING. BUT IT ALLOWS THIS TWO-YEAR WINDOW SO THAT MANAGERS CAN GIVE THEIR NEW EMPLOYEES A GOOD FIRST, SECOND, AND THIRD LOOK. THE DATA SUGGESTS THAT ONCE FOLKS GET FULLY PROTECTED BY THE CIVIL SERVICE SYSTEM, IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO MOVE UNDERPERFORMING EMPLOYEES OUT. THAT WORK SHOULD BE DONE DURING THIS PROBATIONARY PERIOD. THIS BILL AIMS TO LENGTHEN THAT PROBATIONARY PERIOD TO TWO YEARS. MR. SPEAKER, REASONABLE MEN AND WOMEN CAN DISAGREE ON THESE IT IS VERY DIFFICULT MEASURES. I BELIEVE THEY ARE IMPORTANT STEPS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. BUT WHAT GIVES ME SO MUCH PLEASURE TO COME TO THE FLOOR TO BRING THIS RULE TO YOU TODAY IS THE EARNESTNESS WITH WHICH THESE TWO BILLS WERE PRESENTED. THESE ARE COMMON CHALLENGES. HOW DO WE ENSURE THE VERY BEST STAFF FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? HOW DO WE ENSURE ACCESS TO HOMES AND PROTECTION FOR HOME BUYERS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? SINCERE CONCERNS, LEGITIMATE DISAGREEMENTS. IF WE PASS THIS RULE TODAY, WE'LL ENABLE A DEBATING PERIOD. WE'LL BRING THESE BILLS TO THE FLOOR SO WE CAN AIR OUR CONCERNS AND CHALLENGE OUR ASSUMPTIONS. I HOPE AT THE END OF THE DAY MY COLLEAGUES WILL DECIDE TO SUPPORT THIS RULE AND TO SUPPORT THE TWO UNDERLYING PIECES OF LEGISLATION. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              MS. SLAUGHTER

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I CERTAINLY THANK MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING ME THE…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I CERTAINLY THANK MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES. AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                              MS. SLAUGHTER

                              PROTECTION ACT WAS ENACTED IN 1994 AS AN AMENDMENT TO THE TRUTH IN LENDING…

                              PROTECTION ACT WAS ENACTED IN 1994 AS AN AMENDMENT TO THE TRUTH IN LENDING ACT. IT IS DESIGNED TO ADDRESS PREDATORY LENDING PRACTICES IN REFINANCING AND HOME EQUITY LOANS WITH HIGH INTEREST RATES OR FEES. LOANS THAT MEET THIS LOSS OF HIGH COST TRIGGERS ARE SUBJECT TO DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS AND LIMITATIONS ON THE LOAN TERMS. BORROWERS ARE ALSO PROVIDED ENHANCED REMEDIES IF IT IS VIOLATED. THE FIRST BILL BEFORE US, H.R. 1699, WOULD AMEND THE TRUTH IN LENDING ACT BY EXEMPTING MANUFACTURED HOME RETAILERS FROM BEING DESIGNED AS MORTGAGE MORTGAGE ORIGINATORS. IN THE PROCESS, IT WOULD EXEMPT THESE FROM IMPORTANT CONSUMER PROTECTION RULES THAT WOULD PERPETUATE CONFLICTS OF INTEREST AND RESTORE SAVINGS FOR THESE RETAILERS TO STEER CUSTOMERS INTO LOANS WITH HIGH COST AND FEES. THESE ARE PRECISELY THE TYPE OF LOANS MORE PROFITABLE FOR THE RETAILER, EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE BAD DEALS FOR THE CUSTOMERS. AND MY GOOD FRIEND FROM GEORGIA ASKED, WHAT COULD BE WRONG WITH THIS? HOW CAN WE PROTECT THOSE CUSTOMERS? I SUBMIT YOU MAY NOT PROTECT THOSE CONSUMERS BY TAKING ALL REGULATION OFF OF THEM. OBVIOUSLY IT WAS THERE FOR A REASON. WE'LL SEE HOW IT TURNS OUT. THOSE MAY SEE MAKE ARCANE CHANGES TO EXISTING LAW. LET ME PUT THE ISSUE IN BETTER PERSPECTIVE. ACCORDING TO THE MANUFACTURING HOUSING INSTITUTE, 22 MILLION AMERICANS LIVE IN MANUFACTURED HOMES TODAY. THAT IS EQUAL TO THE ENTIRE STATE OF FLORIDA. MR. SPEAKER, WHY IN THE WORLD IS THE MAJORITY PRIORITIZING A BILL THAT WOULD UNDERMINE CONSUMER PROTECTIONS FOR TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS? WE KNOW THE LEGISLATION WOULD CREATE MORE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING. IT WOULD ONLY MAKE THE INCREDIBLY PROFITABLE MANUFACTURING HOUSING INDUSTRY EVEN MORE MONEY THROUGH PREDATORY LENDING. . THOSE WHO RELY ON MANUFACTURED HOUSING AS AN AFFORDABLE OPTION DESERVE THE SAME ANTI-PREDATORY LENDING STANDARDS AS EVERY OTHER FAMILY. THIS BILL FAILS THAT TEST. IN FACT, IT WAS WRITTEN SPECIFICALLY TO TAKE THE PROTECTIONS AWAY FROM THE HOUSING INDUSTRY. THE SECOND MEASURE BEFORE US TODAY, H.R. 4182, IS COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY IT. WOULD EXTEND THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD FOR MEMBERS OF THE SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICE AND MEMBERS OF THE COMPETITIVE SERVICE FROM ONE YEAR TO TWO. THAT WOULD DOUBLE THE TIME THAT NEW CIVIL SERVANTS ARE ESSENTIALLY AT-WILL EMPLOYEES WITHOUT ANY EMPLOYEE PROTECTIONS OR DUE PROCESS RIGHTS. THERE'S NO EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THE NEED FOR DOUBLING THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES. THE BILL WOULD SIMPLY SERVE TO DELAY EMPLOYEES' ACCESS TO WORKER PROTECTION LAWS, THAT ENSURE THAT THEY ARE TREATED FAIRLY ON THE JOB. IT WOULD ALSO UNDERMINE WHISTLEBLOWER RIGHTS AND PREVENT THEM FROM COMING FORWARD. AND THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE ESSENTIAL TO GETTING TO THE BOTTOM OF LEGAL VIOLATIONS AND WASTE AND FRAUD IN GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. SO STANDING UP FOR THEIR RIGHTS USED TO BE A BIPARTISAN PRIORITY. BUT THE MAJORITY'S NOW PRIORITIZING A BILL THAT WOULD UNDERMINE THEIR RIGHTS AND PUT THE INTEGRITY OF OUR FEDERAL CIVIL SERVICE AT RISK. THIS COMES ON THE HEELS OF THE MAJORITY BRINGING A SEPARATE BILL, H.R. 3441, TO THE FLOOR RECENTLY. THAT LEGISLATION THREATENED THE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS OF EMPLOYEES AND ALLOWS EMPLOYERS TO EVADE LIABILITY FOR WAGE THEFT OR EVEN CHILD LABOR VIOLATIONS. AND JUST LIKE THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY, IT CHIPS AWAY AT THE WORKERS' ABILITY TO DO THEIR JOB WITHOUT RETALIATION OR UNFAIR TREATMENT. MR. SPEAKER, THERE IS A PATTERN HERE. THE MAJORITY'S BRINGING BILLS TO THE HOUSE FLOOR THAT THREATEN WORKER PROTECTIONS WHILE THEY WORK TO ADVANCE A PRO-CORPORATE AGENDA AT THE SAME TIME. THERE IS PERHAPS NO BIGGER GIVEAWAY ON THE AGENDA RIGHT NOW THAN THEIR TAX BILL. UNDER THE GUISE OF SO-CALLED REFORM, THE MAJORITY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CAPITOL IS CRAFTING A TAX BILL THAT IS NOTHING BUT A GIVEAWAY TO THE RICH AND POWERFUL. AND PLEASE DON'T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT. ON MONDAY "THE NEW YORK TIMES" PUBLISHED A PIECE, AND I QUOTE, SENATORS SCRAM TO BE ADVANCE THE TAX BILL THAT INCREASINGLY REWARDS THE WEALTHY, END QUOTE. THE VERY FIRST LINE OF THE PIECE GIVES AWAY THE MAJORITY'S GAME PLAN. IT SAID, QUOTE, THE REPUBLICAN TAX BILL, HURDLING THROUGH CONGRESS, IS IN-- IS INCREASINGLY TILTING THE UNITED STATES TAX CODE TO BENEFIT WEALTHY AMERICANS. END QUOTE. AND I BELIEVE THAT IS BEYOND DISPUTE BY NOW. I THINK EVERY MAJOR ECONOMIST AND PUBLICATION HAVE TOLD US THAT THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT IT IS. THIS SCAM WILL RAISE TAXES ON TENS OF THOUSANDS OF MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES TO GIVE GIVEAWAYS TO THE WEALTHY AND CORPORATIONS THAT SHIP JOBS OVERSEAS. IN FACT, I HEARD AN ECONOMIST LAST NIGHT SAYING THAT HE THINKS THIS BILL ENCOURAGES MOVING JOBS OVERSEAS. THE REPUBLICAN PLAN ELIMINATES THE ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX, WHICH IS DESIGNED TO PREVENT THE VERY RICH FROM GAMING THE SYSTEM. AND THE BILL PASSED BY THE CHAMBER ELIMINATES THE STATE TAX -- THE ESTATE TAX, WHICH WILL BENEFIT THE WEALTHY CERTAINLY. AND VERY FEW OF THEM ARE EVEN LIABLE FOR PAYING THAT TAX. ACCORDING TO THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION AND CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, UNDER THE REPUBLICAN PLAN, PERSONS MAKING $40,000 TO $50,000 A YEAR WOULD PAY AN ADDITIONAL $5.3 BILLION IN TAXES COMBINED OVER THE NEXT DECADE. AT THE SAME TIME, THOSE EARNING $1 MILLION OR MORE A YEAR WOULD SEE A $5.8 BILLION TAX CUT. NOTE PLEASE THE SIMILARITY OF THOSE FIGURES. IF THAT ISN'T TAKE MONEY FROM THE POOR TO GIVE TO THE RICH, I DON'T KNOW OF ANYTHING THAT COULD DESCRIBE IT ANY BETTER. THIS IS THE THIRD TIME AMERICA HAS TRIED TRICKLE-DOWN THEORY. IT DIDN'T WORK WITH PRESIDENT REAGAN. IT DIDN'T WORK UNDER PRESIDENT BUSH. AND CERTAINLY IT DID NOT WORK IN KANSAS. SO THERE IS A WORD FOR DOING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND EXPECTING A DIFFERENT RESULT. THAT WORD IS INSANITY. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              MR. WOODALL

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF 15 SECONDS TO LET MY COLLEAGUES…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF 15 SECONDS TO LET MY COLLEAGUES KNOW THIS BILL PASSED OUT OF COMMITTEE BY MORE THAN A TWO TO ONE MARGIN. BIG BIPARTISAN VOTE OUT OF COMMITTEE TO REFORM THE MANUFACTURED HOUSING TO PROVIDE MORE ACCESS. I DON'T PROFESS TO BE AN EXPERT ON, THAT MR. SPEAKER. SO I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES FROM THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. BARR.

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                              MR. BARR

                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN FAVOR OF THIS RULE…

                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN FAVOR OF THIS RULE THAT WOULD ALLOW THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO DEBATE LEGISLATION I INTRODUCED, H.R. 1699, THE PRESERVING ACCESS TO MANUFACTURED HOUSING ACT. HOME OWNERSHIP FOR MANY IS PART OF THE AMERICAN DREAM. HOWEVER, OVERBROAD AND BURDENSOME REGULATIONS ARISING OUT ED OF DODD-FRANK FINANCIAL CONTROL LAW IS LIMITING THE ABILITY OF AMERICANS TO REALIZE THIS DREAM. SPECIFICALLY, A ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL REGULATION ISSUED BY THE UNACCOUNTABLE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU MAKES IT HARDER FOR LENDERS TO OFFER MORTGAGES TO HARDWORKING AMERICANS WHO SIMPLY WANT TO BUY A MANUFACTURED HOME. BY EXPANDING THE RANGE OF LOAN PRODUCTS CONSIDERED, QUOTE, HIGH COST, UNDER THE HOME OWNERSHIP AND EQUITY PROTECTION ACT, THE KP HAS FAILED TO RECOGNIZE THE -- CFPB HAS FAILED TO RECOGNIZE THIS. BECAUSE OF THE INCREASED LIABILITIES AND STIGMA ASSOCIATED WITH MAKING A SO-CALLED HIGH-COST MORTGAGE, SOME LENDERS HAVE SIMPLY STOPPED MAKING THESE LOANS. IN FACT, ACCORDING TO RECENT HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ACT DATA, DATA THAT'S SUBMITTED TO THE GOVERNMENT, THE NUMBER OF MANUFACTURED HOMES OF 75 -- $75,000 OR LESS HAS PLUMMETED BY 22% SINCE THIS REGULATION WENT INTO EFFECT. AS A RESULT, THE KP'S OVERZEALOUS REGULAR -- CFPB'S OVERZEALOUS REGULATIONS HARM FAMILIES WHO JUST WANT TO PURCHASE A MANUFACTURED HOME BUT NOW CANNOT ACCESS THE NECESSARY FINANCING. IN ADDITION, EXISTING HOMEOWNERS ARE HARMED BECAUSE THEY WON'T BE ABLE TO SELL THEIR HOMES. THESE RULES ARE HITTING AMERICANS IN RURAL AND SUBURBAN AREAS AND THOSE WITH MODEST MEANS THE HARDEST. TAKE, FOR EXAMPLE, THE HOSPITAL WORKER IN KENTUCKY THAT APPLIED FOR A LOAN OF $38,500 TO FINANCE A MANUFACTURED HOME. HE HAD AN 8% DOWN PAYMENT. HIS MONTHLY INCOME WAS $2,200 PER MONTH. PLENTY TO COVER THE ALL-IN HOUSING COSTS OF $670 PER MONTH. THE PAYMENT HE WOULD HAVE BEEN INVESTING IN HIS OWN HOME WOULD HAVE BEEN LESS THAN WHAT HE WAS SPENDING ON RENT. BUT HE WAS UNABLE TO GET FINANCING. HE CONTACTED LOCAL BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS BUT THEY NO LONGER FINANCE MANUFACTURED HOMES. AND THE REASON FOR THIS, THE REASON FOR THIS CRIPPLING LACK OF LENDING IS THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU AND ITS SO-CALLED HIGH-COST LOAN REGULATION AND THE DEFINITIONS OF MORTGAGE ORIGINATOR AND LOAN ORIGINATOR ESTABLISHED IN DODD-FRANK. THESE REGULATIONS FAIL TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE UNIQUE CIRCUMSTANCES ASSOCIATED WITH MANUFACTURED HOUSING AND THE FIXED COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH ANY HOME PURCHASE, LARGE OR SMALL. THEY FAIL TO RECOGNIZE THE SIMPLE MATHEMATICAL FACT THAT FIXED COSTS ON SMALLER LOANS TRANSLATE INTO HIGHER PERCENTAGES OF THE TOTAL LOAN. AND EVEN IF INTEREST PAYMENTS ON MANUFACTURED HOMES ARE MORE THAN YOUR AVERAGE HOME, THE PAYMENTS ARE STILL MORE AFFORDABLE THAN THE ALL-END COST OF A SITE-BUILT HOME OR EVEN RENT IN MANY MARKETS. THAT'S NOT PREDATORY LENDING. THAT'S ACTUALLY GETTING PEOPLE INTO MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING. AND THIS IS ESPECIALLY THE CASE WHEN YOU CONSIDER THAT PURCHASING A MANUFACTURED HOME AS OPPOSED TO RENTING ALLOWS THE OWNERS TO BUILD EQUITY, LEADING TO FINANCIAL STABILITY FOR THOSE AMERICANS. THE PRESERVING ACCESS TO MANUFACTURED HOUSING ACT RECOGNIZES THE UNIQUE NATURE OF THE MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY AND IT FIXES THESE GOVERNMENT-CAUSED PROBLEMS BY MOD FIGE THE DEFINITION OF LOAN ORIGINATORS AND MORTGAGE ORIGINATORS TO EXCLUDE MANUFACTURED HOUSING RETAILERS AND SELLERS FROM THE DEFINITION OF LOAN ORIGINATOR, SO LONG AS THEY ARE ONLY RECEIVING COMPENSATION FOR THE SALE OF THE HOME AND NOT ENGAGED IN THE FINANCING OF THE LOANS. THE LEGISLATION ALSO INCREASES THE THRESHOLDS FOR HIGH-COST LOANS TO ACCOMMODATE MANUFACTURED HOME PURCHASES OF UP TO 75,000, WHILE STILL RETAINING TOUGH RESTRICTIONS ON LENDERS TO PREVENT ANY BORROWERS FROM BEING TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF. AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FROM REGULATIONS THAT HARM THEIR ABILITY TO PURCHASE AFFORDABLE HOMES FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES. SO WE NEED TO END GOVERNMENT POLICIES THAT ARE ISSUED UNDER THE GUISE OF CONSUMER PROTECTION, WHEN THOSE POLICIES ACTUALLY ARE PROTECTING AMERICANS RIGHT OUT OF HOME OWNERSHIP. AGAIN, THAT'S NOT CONSUMER PROTECTION. SO, FOR THESE REASONS AND THE FACT THAT ABOUT 40 DIFFERENT PRO-CONSUMER AND PRO-BUSINESS TRADE ASSOCIATIONS SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THIS RULE. AND THIS -- AND THIS IS NOT THE ONLY REASON WHY WE SHOULD VOTE FOR THE RULE. THE OTHER LEGISLATION INTRODUCED BY MY FRIEND FROM KENTUCKY, THE QUALIFIED CIVIL SERVICE ACT, IS ANOTHER PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WILL HELP ENSURE THAT THE U.S. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS A COMPETENT WORK FORCE. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN COMBER FOR HIS HARD WORK ON THIS ISSUE AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THIS RUFMENTE I YIELD BACK.

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

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MS. SLAUGHTER

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

                              MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE.

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                              MS. JACKSON LEE

                              MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. AND I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HER DISTINGUISHED…

                              MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. AND I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HER DISTINGUISHED LEADERSHIP, FOR YIELDING TO ME. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO FOCUS IN PARTICULAR ABOUT WHERE WE ARE, WHERE WE'VE BEEN. I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT, AS WE DISCUSS THESE ISSUES DEALING WITH ENSURING A QUALIFIED CIVIL SERVICE ACT OF 2017, THAT WE REALLY HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO ENGAGE IN SAFE AND FAIR WORKPLACES ALL OVER THE NATION. AND CERTAINLY I WANT TO SPEAK PARTICULARLY ABOUT THE CIVIL SERVICE ACT, WHICH I'M STUNNED THAT THIS WOULD EXTEND THE NUMBER OF TIME OR THE NUMBER OF -- PERIOD OF TIME FOR -- PROBATIONARY PERIOD FROM ONE YEAR TO TWO YEARS. WHAT IS MOST STRIKING, SINCE I AM A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, IS THAT FEDERAL EMPLOYEES WILL REMAIN AT-WILL EMPLOYEES FOR A PERIOD OF TIME WITH VIRTUALLY NO DUE PROCESS PROTECTION. AND I CLEARLY WANT TO TRY TO UNDERSTAND AN ADMINISTRATION WHO FIRST OF ALL WANTS TO MAKE SKINNY THE GOVERNMENT, TO DISALLOW IT TO DO ITS WORK. AND THEN ON TOP OF THAT, IT WANTS TO HAVE TEMPORARY EMPLOYEES WITH NO DUE PROCESS RIGHTS. YESTERDAY WE STOOD ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE TO INSIST THAT THERE BE MANDATORY TRAINING FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT. AND AS WELL TO RECOGNIZE THAT THERE SHOULD BE ZERO TOLERANCE FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND OF COURSE SEXUAL ASSAULT. AS AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMAN, OVER THE YEARS HISTORICALLY WE, ALONG WITH WOMEN ALL OVER THE WORLD, HAVE SEEN THE POLITE OR THE DEVASTATION -- PLIGHT OR THE DEVASTATION OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND SEXUAL ASSAULT. I WAS DISAPPOINTED THAT THIS CAN FLOOR COULD NOTE VOLUNTARY -- THAT THIS FLOOR COULD NOT VOTE ON THAT RESOLUTION AND I ASK FOR THAT RESOLUTION TO BE CALLED UP AGAIN SO THIS HOUSE CAN GO ON RECORD FOR SUPPORTING MANDATORY TRAINING. AT THE SAME TIME I THINK IT BALANCES WITH DUE PROCESS AND THE WORK WE HAVE TO DO TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE A WORKPLACE THAT IS TOLERABLE AND ALLOWS WOMEN WHO FEEL INSULTED, HARASSED AND, GOD FORBID, ASSAULTED, THEY HAVE IT EASY, -- THEY HAVE AN EASY, QUICK ACCESS TO A PATHWAY OF RELIEF. THIS LEGISLATION AND THE UNDERLYING BILL ON THIS RULE, SPECIFICALLY DEALING WITH TAKING AWAY DUE PROCESS RIGHTS FROM CIVIL SERVANTS, WOMEN, STRIKES ME AS THE WRONG DIRECTION TO GO IN LIGHT OF WHERE WE ARE. SO I AM QUESTIONING THIS LEGISLATION. I THINK IT'S A WRONG DIRECTION TO GO. I FRANKLY BELIEVE IT SHOULD BE PULLED. AND AS THAT LEGISLATION IS PULLED, I BELIEVE THAT WE WOULD DO OURSELVES WELL TO REASSERT THE RESOLUTION FROM YESTERDAY AND TO CAST A VOTE. LET'S GET ON THE RECORD ON WHERE WE STAND ON THE ISSUES PROTECTING WOMEN AGAINST SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND SEXUAL ASSAULT. FINALLY, LET ME INDICATE THAT WE'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF APPROPRIATIONS. HURRICANE HARVEY, WE HAVE NOT BEEN COMPENSATED FOR THE DEVASTATION THAT IS THERE. MY CONSTITUENTS ARE SUFFERING. THEY'RE SUFFERING IN PUERTO RICO, THE VIRGIN ISLANDS AND FLORIDA. THE APPROPRIATIONS OR THE RECOMMENDATION FROM THE WHITE HOUSE IS INSUFFICIENTRABLE, UNACCEPTABLE AND THE TIME FOR US TO MOVE AS A CONGRESS TO BRING RELIEF TO THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE SUFFERED FROM THE HURRICANE. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                              MR. WOODALL

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO A GOOD FRIEND…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO A GOOD FRIEND AND AUTHORITY ON THE ISSUE, MY FRIEND FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. ROTHFUS.

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                            • 12:59:23 PM

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                            • 12:59:24 PM

                              MR. ROTHFUS

                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT…

                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1699, THE PRESERVING ACCESS TO MANUFACTURED HOUSING ACT. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE PASSAGE OF THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. AS THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTION SUBCOMMITTEE AND A CO-SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION, I WANT TO UNDERSCORE THE IMPACT THAT PASSING THE PRESERVING ACCESS TO MANUFACTURED HOUSING ACT WOULD HAVE ON HARDWORKING AMERICANS. WE ALL AGREE THAT WE SHOULD WORK TO ENSURE THAT EVERYONE CAN AFFORD A SAFE PLACE TO LIVE. REPRESENTATIVE BARR'S BIPARTISAN BILL WILL REMOVE MISGUIDED BARRIERS THAT BLOCK ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE MANUFACTURED HOMES WHILE PRESERVING CONSUMER PROTECTIONS. IN MANY PARTS OF THIS COUNTRY, MANUFACTURED HOMES REPRESENT A COST-EFFECTIVE AND CUSTOMIZEABLE HOUSING OPTION. IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP IN MIND THAT THE CHALLENGE OF FINDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING IS NOT EXCLUSIVELY AN URBAN PROBLEM. HOUSING AFFORDABILITY IS A CHALLENGE IN MANY RURAL AREAS AS WELL, AND MANUFACTURED HOMES CAN BE A SOLUTION. . THIS IS AN MANY INDUSTRY THAT GIVES THOSE WITH A MODERATE INCOME WITH A CHANCE OF HOMEOWNERSHIP. 22 MILLION AMERICANS LIVE IN MANUFACTURED HOMES. IN MY STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA MANUFACTURED HOMES COMPRISE ALMOST 5% OF THE HOUSING STOCK. MANUFACTURED HOMES ACCOUNT FOR 73% OF ALL NEW HOMES SOLD UNDER $125,000, AND THE AVERAGE INCOME OF A MANUFACTURED HOME PURCHASER IS LESS THAN $40,000 PER YEAR. THE MANUFACTURED HOUSING BUSINESS ALSO SUSTAINS THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES, 16,000 WORKERS IN PENNSYLVANIA ARE EMPLOYED IN THAT INDUSTRY. UNFORTUNATELY, MISGUIDED RULES FROM WASHINGTON, D.C., THREATENED TO CHOKE OFF ACCESS TO MANUFACTURED HOMES. WHEN WASHINGTON BUREAUCRATS SOUGHT TO IMPLEMENT DODD-FRANK, THEY PUT FORWARD RULES THAT LED SOME MANUFACTURED HOUSING RETAILERS AND SELLERS TO BE CONSIDERED LOAN ORIGINATORS. THEY ALSO EXPANDED THE HIGH COST LOAN DEFINITION AND SWEPT MANY MANUFACTURED HOUSING LOANS INTO THAT CATEGORY. THE INCREASED RESTRICTIONS, LIABILITY, AND STIGMA THAT ACCOMPANY THESE DESIGNATIO HAVE LED MANY IN THE INDUSTRY TO CUT BACK ON LENDING. AS A RESULT, FEWER HARDWORKING AMERICANS WILL BE ABLE TO AFFORD A QUALITY MANUFACTURED HOME FOR THEIR FAMILIES. THE PRESERVING ACCESS TO MANUFACTURED HOUSING ACT WILL ADDRESS THESE HARMFUL RESTRICTIONS THAT ARE MAKING MANUFACTURED HOMES UNAFFORDABLE FOR PERSPECTIVE HOMEOWNERS WHILE PRESERVING IMPORTANT CONSUMER PROTECTIONS. THIS BILL CLARIFIES THAT A MANUFACTURED HOME SALESPERSON IS NOT A LOAN ORIGINATOR UNLESS HE OR SHE IS BEING COMPENSATED BY A LENDER, A CREDITOR OR A MORTGAGE BROKER. IT ALSO ADJUSTS THE HIGH COST MORTGAGE DESIGNATION THRESHOLDS SO THAT MANY MANUFACTURED HOUSING LOANS ARE ONCE AGAIN NOT INCLUDED. IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP IN MIND THAT THE TRUTH IN LENDING ACT AND STATE CONSUMER PROTECTION LAWS WILL STILL APPLY AFTER THE ENACTMENT OF THIS LEGISLATION. REPRESENTATIVE BARR'S BILL IS A NARROWLY FOCUSED, COMMONSENSE, AND BIPARTISAN EFFORT TO TARGET A SPECIFIC CHALLENGE FACING PERSPECTIVE PURCHASERS OF MANUFACTURED HOMES. THIS BILL WILL PRESERVE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICAN FAMILIES. I, AGAIN, URGE SUPPORT FOR THE PRESERVING ACCESS TO MANUFACTURED HOUSING ACT AND THIS RULE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 01:03:02 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS…

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 01:03:06 PM

                              MS. SLAUGHTER

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I…

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

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                            • 01:03:38 PM

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                              TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

                              TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. TORRES.

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                            • 01:03:46 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                            • 01:03:48 PM

                              MRS. TORRES

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS CONGRESS FACES A MORAL DECISION, A DECISION…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS CONGRESS FACES A MORAL DECISION, A DECISION WE HAVE PUT OFF MAKING FOR TOO LONG, A DECISION WE CANNOT PUT OFF ANY LONGER. WILL WE STOP THE DEPORTATION OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF YOUNG DREAMERS OR NOT? THIS IS NOT A PARTISAN QUESTION. THIS IS A QUESTION OF WHO WE ARE AS AMERICANS. ARE WE WILLING TO PUT PARTISAN GAMES ASIDE? ARE WE WILLING TO PUT TO AN END THE FEAR THAT DREAMERS HAVE, THE FEAR THAT THEY HAVE BEEN LIVING WITH THESE PAST FEW MONTHS? ARE WE QUICKLY APPROACHING THE YEAR END DEADLINE FOR MANY ITEMS THIS BODY NEEDS TO ADDRESS? MANY OF US ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING OUR FAMILIES THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS. WHAT ABOUT THE 122 DREAMERS THAT LOSE PROTECTION EVERY DAY THAT WE DON'T ACT? CAN THEY SAY THE SAME? THIS IS UNCONSCIONABLE. THIS IS NOT WHO WE ARE. WHEN I AM HOME I HEAR FROM BUSINESSES, SCHOOL LEADERS, PUBLIC OFFICIALS, RELIGIOUS LEADERS AND FRIENDS, AND THEY ALL WANT US TO ACT NOW, TODAY. FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN TEARING FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES APART. THE FIX IS RIGHT HERE IN FRONT OF US, H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT, IS A BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL BILL THAT WILL PUT THIS ISSUE AT REST ONCE AND FOR ALL. WE ALL KNOW THAT THE VOTES ARE HERE TODAY IN THIS BODY. PLENTY OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. PLENTY OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES STAND WITH THEIR BUSINESS, RELIGIOUS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS TO BRING THIS DREAM TO A REALITY FOR THE DREAMERS. WE HAVE BEEN CLEAR. THIS CONGRESS MUST NOT FINISH THIS YEAR WITHOUT PROVIDING A FIX IN CERTAINTY FOR DREAMERS. THEIR FAMILIES AND THE COMMUNITIES THAT DEPEND ON THEM EXPECT THAT. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO PROVIDE -- TO ALLOW US A VOTE AND TO PROVIDE A VOTE AGAINST THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN IMMEDIATELY BRING THE DREAM ACT TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE TODAY. I YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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                            • 01:06:41 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS…

                              THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 01:06:45 PM

                              MR. WOODALL

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD SHARE WITH MY FRIEND FROM NEW YORK THAT I…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD SHARE WITH MY FRIEND FROM NEW YORK THAT I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS REMAINING AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE WHEN SHE IS.

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                            • 01:06:52 PM

                              MS. SLAUGHTER

                              I AM.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                            • 01:06:56 PM

                              MS. SLAUGHTER

                              THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, FUNDING FOR THE GOVERNMENT EXPIRES ON DECEMBER 8.…

                              THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, FUNDING FOR THE GOVERNMENT EXPIRES ON DECEMBER 8. THAT'S EIGHT DAYS FROM NOW. AND WE WONDER WHY WE'RE WASTING TIME ON UNNECESSARY BILLS BEFORE US TODAY AND RUNNING US TOWARD ANOTHER SHUTDOWN. LET ME REMIND EVERYONE WATCHING HERE TODAY ABOUT THE LAST SHUTDOWN IN 2013. THE MAJORITY SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT RATHER THAN FUND THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WHICH WAS THEN AND REMAINS TODAY THE LAW OF THE LAND. THE SHUTDOWN LASTED 16 DAYS. IN JUST THAT SHORT TIME, IT COST OUR ECONOMY AN ESTIMATED $24 BILLION. THE SHUTDOWN COST THE GOVERNMENT $24 BILLION. THAT WAS THE MOM AND POP STORES AND LITTLE RESTAURANTS THAT THEY HAVE IN FEDERAL BUILDINGS CLOSED. THE PROCESSING OF VETERANS' DISABILITY CLAIMS WAS STALLED. HEAD START GRANTING WERE FORCED TO CLOSE THEIR DOORS FOR NINE DAYS UNTIL SOME PRIVATE PHILANTHROPISTS STEPPED IN. HUNDREDS OF PATIENTS WERE UNABLE TO ENROLL IN POSSIBLE LIFESAVING CLINICAL TRIALS AT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH. 98% OF THE EMPLOYEES AT THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION, NEARLY 75% OF THE EMPLOYEES AT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH AND 2/3 OF THE EMPLOYEES AT THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL WERE FURLOUGHED. THAT BROUGHT NEW FEDERAL RESEARCH TO A STAND STILL. AN ESTIMATED $4 BILLION IN TAX REFUNDS WERE DELAYED. DENYING MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES THE MONEY THEY EXPECTED AND PLANNED FOR. EVEN THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD WAS IMPACTED. UNABLE TO INVESTIGATE 59 PLANE ACCIDENTS AS SWIFTLY. ANOTHER SHUTDOWN WILL BE DEVASTATING, BUT I'M AFRAID THAT'S WHAT WE'RE HEADED FOR UNDER THE LEADERSHIP HERE. THE PRESIDENT RECENTLY TWEETED THAT HE DOESN'T SEE A DEAL ON THE HORIZON. THIS COMES AFTER HE TWEETED EARLIER THIS YEAR THAT OUR COUNTRY NEEDS A, QUOTE, GOOD SHUTDOWN, END QUOTE. INSTEAD OF DOING ANYTHING ABOUT THAT HERE TODAY, WE ARE WORKING ON BILLS THAT ARE AT BEST NOT URGENT AND COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY AND EVEN DAMAGING. THE GREATEST NATION ON EARTH WILL BE STRUGGLING TO KEEP THE LIGHTS ON. THIS IS NO WAY TO RUN THE UNITED STATES, AND I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, ON THE RULE AND THE BILL, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 01:09:42 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

                            • 01:09:46 PM

                              MR. WOODALL

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

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE GENTLELADY RAISES A LOT OF IMPORTANT POINTS. I AM ABSOLUTELY CONCERNED ABOUT FUNDING THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, BUT SADLY IN A WAY THAT HAS BECOME SYSTEMIC AS WE TALK ABOUT WHO WE ARE AS A PEOPLE, MR. SPEAKER, WE CAN EITHER BE GLASS AS HALF FULL OR GLASS IS HALF EMPTY. IS IT TRUE THAT THE NUMBER OF DAYS WE HAVE LEFT IN THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION ARE LIMITED? IT IS. IS IT ALSO TRUE THAT THIS HOUSE HAS FULLY FUNDED THE GOVERNMENT AHEAD OF SCHEDULE FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE GOOD PEOPLE OF THE SEVENTH DISTRICT ELECTED ME TO CONGRESS? IT IS. IT IS THIS HOUSE HAS NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED OF. IN FACT, THIS HOUSE SHOULD BE SHOUTED IT FROM THE ROOFTOPS, THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION GIVES THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS A JOB TO DO. THE HOUSE HAS DONE IT. THE SENATE NEEDS TO GET TO WORK. THE FIRST TIME, MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO FUND ALL THE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS -- THERE'S 12 OF THEM -- ALL THE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. SENATE HAS PASSED, I BELIEVE, ZERO APPROPRIATIONS BILLS SO FAR THIS YEAR. MR. SPEAKER, LET'S NOT GIVE ANYBODY A PASS ON GETTING THE GOOD WORK DONE. LET'S DO HOLD PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE, BUT LET'S NOT CHASTISE OURSELVES AND CREATE AN ATMOSPHERE OF FAILURE. SUCCESS BEGETS SUCCESS. WE SUCCEEDED TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME. SIMILARLY, MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT CIVIL SERVICE PROTECTIONS TODAY. THERE'S NOT A MAN OR WOMAN IN THIS CHAMBER THAT DOESN'T WANT THE ABSOLUTE BEST FEDERAL WORK FORCE THAT WE CAN FIND. NOT ONE. AND THE QUESTION TODAY IS, DO WE LOCK YOU IN AND GIVE YOU ALL OF THOSE IRONCLAD PROTECTIONS THAT EVERY AMERICAN KNOWS THE CIVIL SERVICE SYSTEM OFFERS? WE ALL KNOW THAT IT IS HARD TO GET FIRED FROM A GOVERNMENT JOB. WE ALL KNOW THAT. SHOULD WE EXTEND THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD WHERE FOLKS CAN BE MONITORED, TRAINED UP, DISCIPLINED, WORKED WITH FROM ONE YEAR TO TWO YEARS? IF THAT GETS US A BETTER FEDERAL WORK FORCE TO SERVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THE ANSWER SHOULD BE A UNANIMOUS YES. I SAY TO MY FRIENDS WHO OPPOSE THIS BILL, IF IT DOESN'T END UP IN THAT RESULT, I WILL VOTE WITH YOU TO REPEAL IT, BUT I BELIEVE IT WILL END UP WITH A MORE HIGHLY QUALIFIED WORK FORCE, THAT IT WILL END UP WITH AN AMERICAN TAXPAYER THAT FEELS LIKE THEY'RE GETTING THEIR MONEY'S WORTH. I FEEL LIKE THE BEST THING WE CAN DO FOR OUR CIVIL SERVICE EMPLOYEES IS TO END THE NARRATIVE THAT CIVIL SERVICE IS A PLACE OF FAILURE INSTEAD OF A PLACE OF SUCCESS, IS TO END THE NARRATIVE THAT SUBSTANDARD PEOPLE WORK FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AS OPPOSED TO EXCEPTIONAL PEOPLE WORK FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. I REPRESENT EMPLOYEES OF THE C.D.C. IN MY PART OF THE WORLD, MR. SPEAKER. THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL IS SECOND TO NO ONE IN THE INTELLECTUAL FIREPOWER THAT THEY ASSEMBLE TO SERVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THOSE MEN AND WOMEN PUT THEMSELVES IN HARM'S WAY TO BATTLE THOSE PANDEMICS THAT SCARE THE BEJESUS OUT OF THE REST OF US. THEY DO IT AS AN ACT OF SERVICE AND THEY SHOULD BE PRAISED FOR IT. THE BEST THING WE CAN DO FOR THEM IS TO MAKE SURE FOLKS DON'T SLIP THROUGH THE CRACKS AND THEY GET SADDLED WITH A SUBSTANDARD PARTNER. WE WANT THEM TO HAVE ACCESS TO AN EXCEPTIONAL PARTNER. THIS BILL WOULD DO THAT. ACCESS TO MANUFACTURED HOUSING, MR. SPEAKER. A BILL FROM MY FRIEND FROM KENTUCKY. IT IS ABSOLUTELY TRUE THAT EVERY MAN AND WOMAN IN THIS CHAMBER WANTS TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN CONSUMER FROM PREDATORY LENDING. THAT'S UNDISPUTED. BUT AS MY FRIEND FROM KENTUCKY STATED, WHEN DO WE PROTECT SOMEONE RIGHT OUT OF THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A HOME? IN THE NAME OF PROTECTING PEOPLE -- PARDON ME -- WHEN DO WE FAIL THOSE VERY SAME PEOPLE? WE HAD TESTIMONY IN THE COMMITTEE YESTERDAY, MR. SPEAKER, PRESENTED CREDIT UNION AFTER CREDIT UNION AFTER CREDIT UNION THAT WOULD NO LONGER LONE -- LOAN MONEYS TO ITS MEMBERS TO PURCHASE A MANUFACTURED HOME. THEY WOULDN'T DO IT. THEY COULDN'T DO IT. TALK ABOUT PREDATORY LENDING. IF YOU WANT TO, IT'S NOT YOUR LOCAL CREDIT UNION THAT'S DOING IT. TALK ABOUT BIG WALL STREET BANKS EXPLOITING PEOPLE, IF YOU WANT TO, IT'S NOT YOUR LOCAL CREDIT UNION WHO IS DOING IT. TALK ABOUT PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BUILD YOUR COMMUNITY, IT IS YOUR LOCAL CREDIT UNION, AND YET CREDIT UNION AFTER CREDIT UNION SAID THE MEN AND WOMEN THAT WE STRIVE TO SERVE WE WILL NO LONGER HELP ACCESS THE AMERICAN DREAM. WE CAN'T. WHY? BECAUSE OF THE REGULATIONS COMING OUT OF WASHINGTON, D.C. DO WE WANT TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN CONSUMER? WE DO AND WE CAN, BUT WE CAN'T PROTECT THEM RIGHT OUT OF HOMEOWNERSHIP. WE SHOULDN'T AND YET WE HAVE. PASSING THIS BILL TODAY THAT MY FRIEND FROM KENTUCKY BRINGS FORWARD CORRECTS THAT MISTAKE, PUTS US BACK ON TRACK FOR PROTECTING CONSUMERS AND ENABLING CONSUMERS. . MR. SPEAKER, YOU CAN PICK ANY DAY OF THE WEEK ON CAPITOL HILL AND YOU CAN FIND A WAY TO DESCRIBE EVERYTHING THAT GOES ON AS NEFARIOUS, AS MISGUIDED, AS CON DRIVED -- AS CONTRIVED. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, YOU CAN ALSO LOOK AT DAYS ON CAPITOL HILL AND SEE THE EARNESTNESS OF WHICH MEN AND WOMEN WORK TOGETHER TO MOVE THIS COUNTRY FORWARD. THAT'S THE DAY WE HAVE TODAY. I HOPE IT'S THE DAY WE HAVE TOMORROW AND THE NEXT DAY AND NEXT DAY. I URGE MY FRIENDS, SUPPORT THIS RULE. SUPPORT BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR FOR MANUFACTURED HOUSING. SUPPORT BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR TO IMPROVE THE CIVIL SERVICE SYSTEM. WE CAN DO THAT WITH A VOTE RIGHT NOW, MR. SPEAKER. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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                            • 01:16:31 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                            • 01:16:41 PM

                              MS. SLAUGHTER

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

                            • 01:16:46 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE YEAS AND NAYS HAVE BEEN REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS…

                              THE YEAS AND NAYS HAVE BEEN 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. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1-C OF RULE 19, FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3905 WILL NOW RESUME. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

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                            • 01:17:14 PM

                              THE CLERK

                              UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 312, H.R. 3905. A BILL TO REQUIRE CONGRESSIONAL…

                              UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 312, H.R. 3905. A BILL TO REQUIRE CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL OF ANY MINERAL WITHDRAWAL OR MONUMENT DESIGNATION INVOLVING THE NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM LANDS IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA, TO PROVIDE FOR THE RENEWAL OF CERTAIN MINERAL LEASES ON SUCH LANDS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                            • 01:17:33 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA. MR.

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                              I VALUE ARE A -- MR. GRIJALVA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO.…

                              I VALUE ARE A -- MR. GRIJALVA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED. TO

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                            • 01:17:46 PM

                              MS. SLAUGHTER

                              MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

                            • 01:17:50 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                              THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 AND CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THIS 15-MINUTE VOTE ON ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE-MINUTE VOTES ON A MOTION TO RECOMMIT IF ORDERED, PASSAGE OF THE BILL, IF ORDERED, ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 635, AND ADOPTING HOUSE RESOLUTION 635 IF ORDER. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                            • 01:43:21 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 182. THE NAYS ARE 237. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

                              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 182. THE NAYS ARE 237. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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                            • 01:43:42 PM

                              THE CLERK

                              A BILL -- INVOLVING THE -- MINNESOTAS ECONOMIC RIGHTS IN THE SUPERIOR…

                              A BILL -- INVOLVING THE -- MINNESOTAS ECONOMIC RIGHTS IN THE SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST ACT -- IN SUCH LAND AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                            • 01:43:56 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE…

                              THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            • 01:44:11 PM

                              MR. LOWENTHAL

                              I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A…

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

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                            • 01:50:50 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 216. ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 216, THE NAYS ARE…

                              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 216. ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 216, THE NAYS ARE 204. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, CLEAR THE WELL, PLEASE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            • 01:52:37 PM

                              MR. MCCARTHY

                              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR THE PURPOSE…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR THE PURPOSE OF A SCHEDULING ANNOUNCEMENT.

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                            • 01:52:46 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. MCCARTHY

                              VOTES ARE EXPECTED IN THE HOUSE ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 4 AND 6:30 P.M.…

                              VOTES ARE EXPECTED IN THE HOUSE ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 4 AND 6:30 P.M. MEMBERS SHOULD BE PREPARED TO VOTE ON THE MOTION TO GO TO CONFERENCE AND THE MOTION TO INSTRUCT CONFEREES ON H.R. 1, THE TAX CUTS AND JOB ACT. NOW, I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS TO BE HERE, PRESENT AND VOTING. IF THERE'S ANY FURTHER CHANGES TO THE SCHEDULE, I WILL BE SURE TO LET ALL MEMBERS KNOW. DOES THE GENTLEMAN WANT ME TO YIELD?

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                            • 01:53:26 PM

                              MR. HOYER

                              IF MY FRIEND WOULD YIELD, YES, PLEASE. I THANK THE MAJORITY LEADER FOR…

                              IF MY FRIEND WOULD YIELD, YES, PLEASE. I THANK THE MAJORITY LEADER FOR YIELDING. AS THE MAJORITY LEADER KNOWS, WE HAVE NINE DAYS LEFT TO -- UNDER THE PRESENT SCHEDULE. I UNDERSTAND THAT MAY BE AN EXTENSION OF THAT TO THE 22ND. MAYBE CONTEMPLATED. BUT WE HAVE NINE LEGISLATIVE DAYS LEFT. THE GENTLEMAN HAS NOW JUST INDICATED THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE VOTING ON MONDAY. I WOULD JOIN THE GENTLEMAN IN URGING EVERY MEMBER TO BE PRESENT ON MONDAY. NEED TO BE CASTING -- WE'RE GOING TO BE CASTING VERY CONSEQUENTIALAL VOTES OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS -- CONSEQUENTIAL VOTES OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS. AND WHETHER WE'RE VOTING ON THEM IN A TIMELY FASHION OR NOT, THEY WILL BE ALL CRITICALLY IMPORTANT. SO I URGE ALL OF MY MEMBERS TO BE HERE. WE HAVE MUCH THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE IN THE DAYS THAT REMAIN. AS THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS. I WANT TO RAISE TWO ISSUES. OBVIOUSLY THE GENTLEMAN HAS INDICATED WE'RE GOING TO VOTE TO GO TO CONFERENCE ON THE TAX BILL , IF THE SENATE PASSES THE TAX BILL. IN ADDITION TO THAT, OF COURSE, THERE ARE TWO MAJOR PIECES OF LEGISLATION, AND FRANKLY MANY MORE. AND I'M NOT REFERRING TO OBVIOUSLY THE OMNIBUS OR A C.R. SO THAT WE CAN KEEP THE GOVERNMENT FUNDING, WHICH EVERYBODY ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE, AND I'M SURE EVERYBODY ON THAT SIDE OF THE AISLE WANTS TO DO. AND I HOPE WE ARE ABLE TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT FUNDING IN A NONDRAMATIC WAY. BUT AS I HAVE INDICATED TO THE MAJORITY LEADER ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS, WE FEEL VERY STRONGLY , AS THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS, AND WE'VE HAD POSITIVE DISCUSSIONS ON THIS, THAT WE NEED TO ALSO PASS BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR, AND MANY YOUR MEMBERS HAVE RAISED THAT ISSUE AS WELL AND URGE THAT WE PASS IT BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR, A RESOLUTION FOR THE CHILDREN WHO WERE BROUGHT HERE AS MINORS, SOME AS YOUNG AS 1 OR 2 YEARS OF AGE, WHO KNOW NO OTHER COUNTRY BUT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THAT WE RESOLVE THEIR STATUS BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR SO THEY DO NOT CONTINUE TO TWIST IN THE WIND AND AGONIZE ABOUT WHETHER THEY'RE GOING TO BE SENT TO A PLACE THEY DO NOT KNOW. SENT BACK TO A PLACE THEY DO NOT KNOW AND THEY DO NOT PERCEIVE AS THEIR COUNTRY. THEY PERCEIVE THEMSELVES TO BE AMERICAN. SO I WOULD HOPE THAT WE COULD DEAL WITH THAT. IN ADDITION, MY FRIEND AND I HAVE HAD A DISCUSSION, THERE'S BEEN MUCH OVER THE LAST 11 MONTHS, DISCUSSION ABOUT HEALTH CARE. I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I THINK THE GENTLEMAN AND I AGREE ON, IN A BIPARTISAN WAY WE ALL BELIEVE THAT THE CHILDREN OF OUR COUNTRY OUGHT TO HAVE ASSURANCE OF ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE, QUALITY HEALTH CARE. WE PASSED THE CHIP BILL THROUGH THE HOUSE. AS THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS, IT WAS PASSED NOT IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. IT SITS NOW IN THE SENATE AND HAS NOT MOVED YET IN THE SENATE. I WOULD HOPE THAT THOSE TWO ISSUES AT THE VERY LEAST, AND THERE ARE MANY OTHERS, INCLUDING THE FISCAL BILLS AND THE OMNIBUS, THAT NEED TO BE MOVED. AND I WOULD HOPE, MR. LEADER, WHETHER WE ARE NINE DAYS OR 13 DAYS, HOWEVER MANY DAYS THAT WE HAVE LEFT, THAT THOSE TWO ISSUES , IN ADDITION TO OTHERS, WILL BE RESOLVED BEFORE WE LEAVE. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS ANNOUNCEMENT AND GIVING US A HEADS UP ABOUT MONDAY. BUT I WOULD HOPE THAT WE'D ALSO, IN THE FEW DAYS THAT REMAIN TO US, WORK VERY HARD TO TRY TO GET THOSE ISSUES AND OTHERS RESOLVED BEFORE WE LEAVE FOR THE YEAR. AND I YIELD BACK TO MY FRIEND AND THANK HIM FOR HIS TIME.

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                            • 01:57:23 PM

                              MR. MCCARTHY

                              I THANK MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING AND MY FRIEND BRINGS UP GOOD POINTS. THE…

                              I THANK MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING AND MY FRIEND BRINGS UP GOOD POINTS. THE GENTLEMAN DOES KNOW WE TALKED MANY TIMES ABOUT OUR ISSUE, NOT ONLY JUST ON SECURITY, BUT ALSO WHEN IT COMES TO DACA AND WE KNOW THAT DEADLINE IS NOT APPROACHING BY THE END OF THIS YEAR. MY GOOD FRIEND DOES KNOW THE DEADLINE OF GOVERNMENT FUNDING THAT AFFECTS ALL AMERICANS. AND I TAKE MY FRIEND IN A SERIOUS MANNER. BUT I WOULD SAY, MY SEVERE DISAPPOINTMENT IN WHAT TRANSPIRED THIS WEEK WHEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH ALL LEADERSHIP -- MY FRIEND TALKED ABOUT THE NUMBER OF DAYS WE HAVE. IT'S NOT A TIME TO PLAY POLITICS. THIS ISN'T ABOUT ONE PARTY OR THE OTHER. I WOULD BE GLAD TO HEAR THE SUPPORT -- YOU JUST HAVE TO SHOW UP FOR MEETING. I THINK MORE OUTCOME WOULD HAPPEN IF YOU SHOW UP TO THE MEETING. NOW, TOMORROW I WILL BE ANNOUNCING A FULL LEGISLATIVE SCHEDULE AND I'M EXCITED ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY TO LET AMERICA KEEP MORE OF THEIR HARD-EARNED MONEY AND GET US WORKING AGAIN AND I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 01:58:52 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WITHOUT OBJECTION,…

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE.

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                            • 01:58:59 PM

                              MR. HOYER

                              MR. SPEAKER, MR. SPEAKER.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              MR. HOYER

                              AS A NEW MEMBER TO THIS BODY -- I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF…

                              AS A NEW MEMBER TO THIS BODY -- I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            • 01:59:24 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                            • 01:59:27 PM

                              MR. HOYER

                              I WANT TO SAY TO MY FRIEND, THE MAJORITY LEADER, WHERE ALL DUE RESPECT --…

                              I WANT TO SAY TO MY FRIEND, THE MAJORITY LEADER, WHERE ALL DUE RESPECT -- WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, WE'VE RAISED A LOT OF HEAT IN THIS TOWN. UNFORTUNATELY ON THE CUSP OF A MEETING THAT WAS CONVENED TO TRY TO REACH SOME AGREEMENTS ON VERY IMPORTANT ISSUES TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THE HEAT WAS RAISED VERY, VERY SUBSTANTIALLY BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. THAT WAS UNFORTUNATE. AND ANYBODY WHO THINKS THAT THE HEAT WASN'T RAISED WAS SAYING THAT THERE WAS NOT GOING TO BE A DEAL I THINK IS INCORRECT. BUT THAT'S NOT WHY I ASKED FOR THE ONE MINUTE. WHAT I ASKED FOR THE ONE MINUTE IS, COLLEAGUES, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE RELYING ON US TO COME TOGETHER AND TO AGREE ON THINGS THEY KNOW ARE VERY IMPORTANT TO THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES AND THEIR COMMUNITIES AND THEIR COUNTRY. LET US NOT ACCUSE ONE ANOTHER BACK AND FORTH OF BAD FAITH AND LET'S LOWER THE HEAT AND LET'S TRY TO GET THAT WORK DONE. . WELL, THE GENTLEMAN WOULDN'T YIELD TO ME BUT I'M GLAD TO YIELD TO HIM.

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                            • 02:00:38 PM

                              MR. MCCARTHY

                              OH --

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                              MR. HOYER

                              MY FRIEND, THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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                              MR. MCCARTHY

                              MY FRIEND IS CORRECT IN A LOT BUT I WILL EXPLAIN -- UNDERSTAND ONE THING.…

                              MY FRIEND IS CORRECT IN A LOT BUT I WILL EXPLAIN -- UNDERSTAND ONE THING. IN THIS JOB AND WHEN WE RUN AND WE'RE PASSIONATE ABOUT OUR BELIEFS, MY PARENTS ALWAYS TOLD ME IF YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE HEAT YOU PROBABLY SHOULDN'T RUN BUT THE ONE THING THAT SHOULD HAPPEN, IF WE WANT TO COME TO A CONCLUSION, JUST AS YOU AND I AND MY GOOD FRIEND SAT IN MY OFFICE TALKING TO THE WHITE HOUSE APPROXIMATE OUR CONCERNS ABOUT THE HURRICANE, WHEN IT CAME TO THE VIRGIN ISLANDS AND PUERTO RICO, THE ONLY WAY YOU SOLVE THE PROBLEM IS YOU COME TOGETHER. THE ONLY WAY YOU COME TOGETHER, YOU SHOW UP IN THE MEETINGS AND YOU CAN AIR YOUR DIFFERENCES. BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, WHEN WE WALK INTO THIS HOUSE, WE DON'T WALK IN AS DEMOCRATS OR REPUBLICANS. WE WALK IN AS AN AMERICAN. AND IT'S ABOUT TIME WE PUT THE PEOPLE BEFORE POLITICS. WE GOT A SHORTER TIME TO DO OUR JOB. I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING PEOPLE HERE MONDAY. I LOOK FORWARD TO GETTING OUR WORK DONE AND I YIELD BACK TO MY FRIEND.

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                            • 02:01:47 PM

                              MR. HOYER

                              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

                            • 02:01:50 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE.…

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 635 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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                              THE CLERK

                              HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 106, HOUSE RESOLUTION 635, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR…

                              HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 106, HOUSE RESOLUTION 635, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 4182, TO AMEND TITLE 5, UNITED STATES CODE, TO MODIFY PRAUGSARY PERIODS WITH RESPECT TO POSITIONS WITHIN THE COMPETITIVE SERVICE AND SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICES AND FURS. AND PROVIDING CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 1699, TO AMEND THE TRUTH IN LENDING ACT TO MODIFY THE DEFINITIONS OF A MORTGAGE ORIGINATOR AND A HIGH COST MORTGAGE, TO AMEND THE SECURE AND FAIR ENFORCEMENT FOR MORTGAGE LNG ACT OF 2008. TO MODIFY THE DEFINITION OF A LOAN ORIGINATOR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                            • 02:02:42 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. MEMBERS WILL RECORD…

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

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                            • 02:09:09 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 229. THE NAYS ARE 189. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

                              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 229. THE NAYS ARE 189. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. ALL THOSE OPPOSED, NO.

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                            • 02:09:24 PM

                              MS. SLAUGHTER

                              I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE AYES HAVE IT. THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE…

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

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 226. THE NAYS ARE 186. THE RESOLUTION IS…

                              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 226. THE NAYS ARE 186. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS THRAVENLT -- IS LAID UPON THE TABLE.

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                            • 02:18:12 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                              THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. SHIMKUS, SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            • 02:18:25 PM

                              MR. SHIMKUS

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 631, I CALLP THE BILL…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 631, I CALLP THE BILL H.R. 317 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                            • 02:18:33 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                              THE CLERK

                              UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 298, H.R. 3017, A BILL TO AMEND THE COMPREHENSIVE…

                              UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 298, H.R. 3017, A BILL TO AMEND THE COMPREHENSIVE ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSE COMPENSATION AND LIABILITY ACT OF 1980, TO RE-AUTHORIZE AND IMPROVE THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                            • 02:18:52 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 631 AND AMENDMENT…

                              THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 631 AND AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF THE RULES COMMITTEE PRINT, 115-40, IS ADOPTED AND THE BILL AS AMENDED IS CONSIDERED AS READ. THE BILL SHALL BE DEBATED FOR ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. SHIMKUS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PALLONE, WILL EACH CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                            • 02:19:33 PM

                              MR. SHIMKUS

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

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 3017, INCLUDING EXCHANGE OF LETTERS BETWEEN THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE.

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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.

                            • 02:19:57 PM

                              MR. SHIMKUS

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3017,…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3017, THE BROWNFIELDS ENHANCEMENT ECONOMIC MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE REDEVELOPMENT AND RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2017. THIS LEGISLATION HAS BROAD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN WALDEN AND RANKING MEMBERS PALLONE AND TONKO. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SPECIFICALLY THANK A FEW OF MY COLLEAGUES WHO HAVE EXHIBITED LEADERSHIP AND COMMITMENT ON THIS ISSUE. CONGRESSMAN DAVID MCKINLEY, MY FELLOW ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE MEMBER, WHO INTRODUCED THIS IMPORTANT BILL. AND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE, CONGRESSMAN JOHN KATKO AND CONGRESSWOMAN ELIZABETH ESTY WHO GUIDED A SIMILAR BILL THROUGH THEIR COMMITTEES. WE HAVE BEEN WORKING CLOSELY WITH OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE OVER THESE PAST FEW MONTHS ANTI-BILL THAT WE WILL VOTE ON TODAY REFLECTS COMPROMISE ON BOTH SIDES. THE BILL TAKES A VERY IMPORTANT STEP IN RE-AUTHORIZING THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY BROWN FIELDS PROGRAM FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE LAW WAS ENACTED AND SO I WOULD LIKE TO ALSO THANK CHAIRMAN SHUSTER FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND SUPPORT AS WE MOVE FORWARD. THE BILL WE'RE COMMOTE VOTING ON TODAY MAKES SEVERAL IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE BROWNFIELDS LAW THAT WILL RESULT IN MORE CONTAMINATED SITES BEING CLEANED UP AND RETURNED TO PRODUCTIVE USE, SUCH AS THE CREATION OF MULTIPURPOSE GRANTS WHICH WILL ALLOW COMMUNITIES TO USE GRANT FUNDS FOR BOTH ASSESSMENT AND REMEDIATION, AS WELL AS ALLOW COMMUNITIES TO CLEAN UP MORE THAN ONE SITE IN A DESIGNATED AREA. THE BILL ALSO PROVIDES LIABILITY RELIEF TO STATES AND MUNICIPALITIES WHO VOLUNTARILY AGUIRRE BROWNFIELDS PROPERTY THROUGH THEIR AUTHORITY AS A SOVEREIGN WHICH WILL ALLOW LOCAL UNITS OF GOVERNMENT TO ADDRESS CONTAMINATION ON PROPERTY THEY AGUIRRE THROUGH TAX DELINQUENCY, BANKRUPTCY, AND/OR ABANDONMENT. THE BILL EXPANDS GRANT ELIGIBILITY FOR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND PUBLICLY OWNED BROWNFIELD SITES THAT AGUIRRE THE PROPERTY PRIOR TO JANUARY 11, 2002, WHICH WILL PUT MORE PARTIES INTO THE MIX OF PERSONS ELLIDGIBLE FOR GRANT FUNDING WHICH WILL RESULT IN MORE THAN SITES BEING ASSESSED AND CLEANED UP. THE LEGISLATION INCREASES THE LIMIT FOR REMEDIATION GRANTS FROM $200,000 TO $500,000 AS WE LEARNED FROM WITNESS AT OUR HEARINGS, THIS WILL RESULT IN MORE BROWNFIELD SITES BEING CLEANED UP BECAUSE MANY OF THE SITES THAT REMAIN TO BE ADDRESSED ARE MORE COMPLICATED AND THEREFORE MORE EXPENSIVE. THE BILL PROVIDES FOR A LIMITED AMOUNT OF GRANT FUNDS TO BE USED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS, WHICH WILL ALLOW SMALL AND RURAL COMMUNITIES TO BE ABLE TO RECEIVE AND UTILIZE GRANT FUNDS. AND IT CARVES OUT GRANT MONEY TO ASSIST INDIAN TRIBES AND SMALL RURAL AND DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES AS THEY WORK TO ASSESS AND CLEAN UP CONTAMINATED PRIORITIES AND PROPERTIES. THE E.P.A. BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM IS CRITICAL TO STATES AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES AS THEY ADDRESS CONTAMINATED INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES AND RETURN THEM TO PRODUCTIVE USE. CLEANING UP THESE SITES IS GREAT FOR THE ECONOMY BECAUSE BROWNFIELD GRANTS CAN BE DIRECTLY LEVERAGED INTO JOBS. ADDITIONAL REDEVELOPMENT FUNDS AND INCREASED RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL PROPERTY VALUES. IN FACT, THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM ON AVERAGE LEVERAGE LEVERAGES OVER $16 IN PRIVATE INVESTMENT FOR EVERY FEDERAL DOLLAR SPENT AND LEVERAGES 8 1/2 JOBS FOR EVERY $100,000 OF BROWNFIELD FUNDS EXPANDED ON ASSESSMENT AND CLEANUP. THE PROGRAM IS A PROVEN RESULTS DRIVEN PROGRAM THAT HAS CHANGED THE WAY CONTAMINATED PROPERTY IS PERCEIVED, ADDRESSED, AND MANAGED. A VISIBLE EXAMPLE OF THE PROGRAM AT WORK WAS THE HOUSTON ASTROS ANTI-LOS ANGELES DODGERS FACING OFF IN GAME THREE OF THE WORLD SERIES AT MINUTE MAID PARK IN HOUSTON, TEXAS. MINUTE MAID PARK SITS ON A FORMER BROWNFIELD SITE THAT THE CITY OF HOUSTON REDEVELOPED AND RETURNED TO A VERY PRODUCT REUSE, ESPECIALLY FOR THE ASTROS. THE E.P.A. BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM IS UNIQUELY POSITIONED TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT AND SPUR THE ECONOMY. YOU CAN TELL FROM THE BROAD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT THAT H.R. 3017 ENJOYS THE SUPPORT FOR THE E.P.A. BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM IS UNQUALIFIED. THE PROGRAM HAS STRONG SUPPORT FROM LOCAL AND STATE GOVERNMENTS, PRIVATE DEVELOPERS, AND ALL SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY. BECAUSE BROWNFIELDS FUNDING IS SO IMPORTANT TO STATES AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, I WANT TONE COURAGE MY COLLEAGUES ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE TO FULLY FUND THIS IMPORTANT AND SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BILL. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 02:24:25 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. PALLONE

                              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. PALLONE

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. E.P.A.'S BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM HAS CHANGED THE WAY…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. E.P.A.'S BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM HAS CHANGED THE WAY CONTAMINATED PROPERTY IS PERCEIVED, ADDRESSED, AND MANAGED. I WAS PROUD TO WORK WITH THE LATE REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN, PAUL GILLMOR, IN CREATING THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM BACK IN 2002. AND I'M PROUD TO BE HERE ONCE AGAIN TODAY AS WE BRING UP A BIPARTISAN RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THIS LAW. I WANT TO THANK OUR ENVIRONMENT SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR. SHIMKUS, RANKING MEMBER TONKO, FULL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN WALDEN, FOR ALL THEIR WORK IN GETTING US TO THIS POINT TODAY. AND ALSO MY COLLEAGUES ON THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE. BY ALMOST ANY METRICS, THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM HAS BEEN A REMARKABLE SUCCESS. SINCE THE PROGRAM'S INCEPTION, MORE THAN 27,000 CONTAMINATED SITES HAVE BEEN ASSESSED OR REMEDIATED, ALLOWING COMMUNITIES TO CREATE NEW DEVELOPMENTSES. REMOVING PUBLIC HEALTH HAZARDS BY CLEANING UP CONTAMINATED SITES IS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT FOR THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES. WITH FINANCIAL HELP FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, COMMUNITIES CAN CLEAN UP CONTAMINATED SITES AND PREPARE THEM FOR DEVELOPMENT FOR PARKS, COMMERCE, HOUSING, OR A NUMBER OF OTHER USES THAT CAN BENEFIT A LOCAL COMMUNITY. IN THE E.P.A. HAS SAID CLEANING UP UNDERUTELIZED OR ABANDONED HOUSING, OR A NUMBER OF BROWNFIELDS PROPERTIES REDUCE HEALTH RISKS, DECREASES POLLUTION, AND REDUCES STORM WATER RUNOFF. THIS IS NOT JUST A PROGRAM THAT PROVIDES ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS. IT'S A JOB CREATOR THAT PRIMES THE PUMP FOR LOCAL INVESTMENT AND DEVELOPMENT. ALL TOLD THE BROWNFIELD PROGRAM HAS LEVERAGED OVER $45 BILLION IN INVESTMENTS SURROUNDING THESE SITES AND ALMOST 130,000 JOBS WHICH IS A STUNNING RETURN ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S MODEST INVESTMENT IN THE PROGRAM. SIMPLY PUT, IT PROVIDES TREMENDOUS VALUE TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND IT BOOSTS THE ECONOMY IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES. THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM HAS BEEN AN INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT TOOL FOR PROTECTING PUBLIC HEALTH AND SPURRING ECONOMIC GROWTH IN NEW JERSEY AND THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. THE ORIGINAL AUTHORIZATION FOR THE PROGRAM EXPIRED IN 2006. AND WHILE CONGRESS HAS CONTINUED TO APPROPRIATE RESOURCES FOR THE PROGRAM, FUNDING HAS DECLINED. LAST YEAR THERE WAS A QUESTION AS TO WHETHER THE PRESIDENT WOULD REQUEST ANY FUNDING FOR THIS IMPORTANT PROGRAM. SO IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE RE-AUTHORIZE THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM, STRESS THE NEED FOR CONTINUED PROGRAM FUNDING. H.R. 3017 IS A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT RE-AUTHORIZES THE PROGRAM UNTIL 2022. AT $200 MILLION ANNUALLY. AND REINSTATES A $50 MILLION ANNUAL AUTHORIZATION FOR GRANTS TO ASSIST STATES AND NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES. IT MAKES IMPORTANT REFORMS TO IMPROVE THE FLEXIBILITY OF THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM. AUTHORIZING MULTIPURPOSE GRANTS. RAISING THE LIMITS FOR GRANTS PER SITE. AND REMOVING SOME FUNDING CAPS IN CURRENT LAW. AND REMOVING -- MR. SPEAKER, THE BILL ALSO ALLOWS E.P.A. TO RESERVE AS MUCH AS $1.5 MILLION IN BROWNFIELDS FUNDING EACH YEAR TO AIES SMALL COMMUNITIES, TRIBES, AND RURAL OR DISADVANTAGED AREAS. GRANTS COULD BE USED FOR TRAINING, RESEARCH, AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE. ADDITIONALLY, H.R. 3017 WILL REQUIRE THE E.P.A. TO CONSIDER RURAL OR DISADVANTAGED AREAS. GRANTS COULD BE USED FOR THE POTENTIAL FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY PRODUCTION WHEN RANKING APPLICATIONS FOR BROWNFIELDS GRANTS TO INCENTIVIZE GREEN ENERGY PROJECTS. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL IS A COMPROMISE. I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO INCLUDE MORE FUNDING FOR THIS IMPORTANT PROGRAM, BUT I BELIEVE THIS BILL WILL IMPROVE THE PROGRAM AND BOWL STERT FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN CLEANING UP THESE SITES. I SPROR THE BILL AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 02:28:04 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. SHIMKUS

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FULL COMMITTEE, MR. WALDEN, FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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                              MR. WALDEN

                              MR. SPEAKER, RISE TATE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3017, THE BROWNFIELDS…

                              MR. SPEAKER, RISE TATE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3017, THE BROWNFIELDS ENHANCEMENT ECONOMIC REDEVELOPMENT AND RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2017. SPONSORED BY OUR FELLOW ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVE, DAVE MCKINLEY FROM WEST VIRGINIA. WE THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS. I ESPECIALLY WANT TO THANK JOHN SHIMKUS, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENVIRONMENT SUBCOMMITTEE FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN GETTING THIS DONE, ALONG WITH MR. PALLONE AND MR. HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS. I ESPECIALLY WANT TO TONKO, WHO PLAYED KEY ROLES, ALONG WITH OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE TO BRING THIS LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR AND BRING IT HERE WITH UNANIMOUS SUPPORT FROM YOUR ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE. WHAT ARE BROWNFIELDS? WELL, THEY ARE VACANT UNDERUSED AND OFTEN CONTAMINATED PROPERTIES THAT ARE A BLIGHT ON LOCAL COMMUNITIES ACROSS OUR NATION. THE E.P.A.'S BROWN FIELDS PROGRAM IS A SUCCESSFUL, IT'S A RESULTS ORIENTED PROGRAM AND IT PROVIDES GRANTS TO ASSESS AND CLEAN UP THESE POLLUTED THE E.P.A.'S BROWN FIELDS PROGRAM IS AREAS. SINCE THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM INCEPTION, MORE THAN 27,000 CONTAMINATED SITES HAVE BEEN REMEDIATED, ALLOWING COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO RETURN THEM TO PRODUCTIVE USE. CLEANING UP BROWNFIELDS SITES INCREASES LOCAL TAX BASES, FACILITATES JOB GROWTH, WAGE INCREASES, IT PROMOTES THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW INFRASTRUCTURE, IMPROVES AND PROTECTS THE VIRME, ALL REALLY GOOD PUBLIC POLICY GOALS. OVER 129,000 JOBS HAVE BEEN LEVERAGED BECAUSE OF THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM AND ALMOST 70,000 ACRES HAVE BEEN MADE READY FOR REUSE. THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM HAS LEVERAGED OVER $24 BILLION. A SIGNIFICANT RETURN ON THE FEDERAL INVESTMENT FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN THE PROGRAM. I READ SOMEWHERE IT WAS A 16 TO ONE RATE OF RETURN BASED ON FEDERAL INVESTMENT COMPARED TO WHAT WE GET OUT OF THE PROGRAM. A 2017 STUDY CONCLUDED CLEANING UP BROWNFIELD PROPERTIES LED TO REASDENTION PROPERTY VALUE INCREASE OF UP TO 15% WITHIN A MILE GET OUT OF THE PROGRAM. A 2017 STUDY CONCLUDED OF THESE BROWNFIELD SITES. ANOTHER STUDY FOUND AN ESTIMATED 29 TO MILLION IN A SINGLE YEAR AFTER THE CLEANUP WHICH IS TWO TO SEVEN TIMES MORE THAN THE $12.4 MILLION THE E.P.A. CONTRIBUTED TO CLEAN UP FOR THOSE BROWNFIELDS. SO PROPERTY VALUES GO UP. LOCAL TAX REVENUES GO UP. COMMUNITIES ARE IMPROVED. AND WE CREATE JOBS WITH THIS VERY IMPORTANT PROGRAM. . IN MY HOME STATE OF OREGON WE HAVE A VERY EFFECTIVE AND ACTIVE BROWNFIELD PROGRAM. THE OLD MILL DISTRICT IN BEND WHICH IS PICTURED HERE, THIS IS THE SITE OF AN OLD LUMBER MILL, ONE OF THE SITES. YOU SEE THE MILL WAS HERE AND IT WAS CRUMBLING AND WE LOST ALL THOSE JOBS IT WAS TRANSFORMED INTO THIS INCREDIBLE PLACE WITH GREAT RECREATION IN THE RIVER. WE HAVE MOVIE THEATERS AND RESTAURANTS AND OFFICES AND RESIDENTIAL HOUSING ALL IN THIS COMPLEX NOW AND IT IS A SHOWPLACE. IT IS A GEM. BUT BEND ISN'T ALONE. IN THE DOWS WHERE I WAS BORN, GOOGLE BROKE GROUND ON THEIR EXPANSION, MILL LAND THAT WAS CLEANED UP UNDER THIS PROGRAM. THAT EXPANSION OF THAT GOOGLE DATA CENTER IS A $600 MILLION INVESTMENT, EXPECTED TO CREATE 50 NEW JOBS. ALSO IN MY HOMETOWN OF HOOD RIVER, THE PORT OF HOOD RIVER JUST FINISHED A BROWNFIELDS CLEANUP OF A FORMER MILL SITE. THAT OPENED UP 12 ACRES OF LAND FOR FUTURE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN THE AREA. IN SOUTHERN OREGON, THE TOWN OF GRANTS PASS IS IN THE EARLY STAGES WORKING TOWARD A SIMILAR GOAL. THEY'VE SUCCESSFULLY SECURED ASSISTANCE THROUGH THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM TO BEGIN PLANNING THE CLEANUP OF THE OLD SPALDING MILL SITE. THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY VOTED TO MOVE THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION OUT OF THE COMMITTEE. WE WORKED CLOSELY WITH OUR FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES ON THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE TO MAKE ADDITIONAL IMPROVEMENTS ON THE WAY TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE HERE TODAY BECAUSE THE AUTHORIZATION FOR THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM EXPIRED IN 2006. IT'S WELL PAST TIME WE DO OUR JOB AS CONGRESS TO MODERNIZE AND RE-AUTHORIZE SUCCESSFUL PROGRAMS LIKE THIS. AT THE END OF THE DAY THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION CREATES JOBS, PROMOTES INFRASTRUCTURE, DEVELOPMENT, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, CLEANS UP OUR COMMUNITIES. IT'S A WINNING SCENARIO FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES WHO PUT SO MUCH TIME AND EFFORT INTO MODERNIZING THIS PROGRAM, AND I URGE YOU ALL TO SUPPORT H.R. 3017 AS WE PASS IT INTO LAW. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              MR. PALLONE

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

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK WHO IS OUR RANKING MEMBER OF THE ENVIRONMENT SUBCOMMITTEE.

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                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, OUR RANKER…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, OUR RANKER WHO HAS DONE GREAT WORK ON THIS BILL FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY REPRESENTS WHAT WE CAN ACCOMPLISH WHEN WE WORK TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD OF OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES.

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                              MR. TONKO

                              MY DISTRICT INCLUDES THE CONFLUENCE OF THE HUDSON AND MOWHAWK RIVERS.…

                              MY DISTRICT INCLUDES THE CONFLUENCE OF THE HUDSON AND MOWHAWK RIVERS. THESE RIVERS WERE AT THE HEART OF OUR NATION'S EARLY INDUSTRIALIZATION. ALONG THEIR RIVER BANKS, FACTORIES MANUFACTURED CARPETS, LEATHER GOODS AND MANY OTHER PRODUCTS. MANY OF THOSE MANUFACTURERS HAVE SINCE LEFT THESE MILL TOWNS BUT THE LEGACY OF CONTAMINATED LAND CONTINUES AND MANY OF THOSE SITES REMAIN VACANT. THE CONTAMINATION OR THE PERCEPTION OF CONTAMINATION MAKES DEVELOPERS AVOID INVESTING IN THESE VERY IMPORTANT PARCELS AND PROPERTIES. ASSESSING AND REMEDIATING THESE SITES IS CRITICAL FOR ENVIRONMENTAL REVITALIZATION AND ECONOMIC REDEVELOPMENT. THE BROWNFIELDS ENHANCEMENT, ECONOMIC, REDEVELOPMENT AND RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT WOULD IMPROVE AN ALREADY SUCCESSFUL E.P.A. PROGRAM. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD RE-AUTHORIZE E.P.A.'S BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM WHICH EXPIRED IN 2006. THIS WOULD EXTEND THE PROGRAM THROUGH 2022. SINCE 2002, WITH E.P.A.'S SUPPORT, TENS OF THOUSANDS OF ACRES OF IDLE LAND HAVE BEEN MADE READY FOR PRODUCTIVE USE, INCREASING NEARBY PROPERTY VALUES AND HELPING TO PRESERVE GREENFIELDS. THESE PROPERTIES HAVE BEEN BROUGHT BACK ONTO LOCAL TAX ROLLS, HELPING TO SUPPORT LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. IN THE PROCESS MORE THAN 130,000 JOBS HAVE BEEN CREATED, AND SOME $24 BILLION HAS BEEN LEFRPBLED FROM THIS FEDERAL INVESTMENT -- LEVERAGED FROM THIS FEDERAL INVESTMENT. LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE REALIZING THROUGH THIS PROGRAM WE CAN TURN A LIABILITY INTO A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY, BUT UNFORTUNATELY THERE ARE MANY MORE SITES YET TO BE ASSESSED OR REMEDIATED. MORE THAN 450,000 BROWNFIELDS EXIST ACROSS OUR GREAT COUNTRY. MANY OF THE EASIEST, LOW-HANGING FRUIT SITES HAVE ALREADY BEEN CLEANED UP. THE MORE DIFFICULT ONES WILL REQUIRE MORE FUNDING. IN RECOGNITION OF THIS, THE BILL INCREASES THE MAXIMUM INDIVIDUAL GRANTS FROM $200,000 TO $500,000, WHICH WILL ENABLE MORE COMPLEX SITES TO BE REMEDIATED. THE BILL CREATES MULTIPURPOSE GRANTS, ENABLES NONPROFITS TO RECEIVE GRANTS, ALLOWS A SMALL PORTION OF GRANTS TO BE USED TO COVER ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS, AND MAKES CERTAIN PUBLICLY OWNED SITES ELIGIBLE FOR FUNDING. THESE ARE IMPORTANT IMPROVEMENTS TO THE PROGRAM, SUPPORTED BY A WIDE ARRAY OF STAKEHOLDERS. STRENGTHENING E.P.A.'S BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM WILL CONTINUE TO CREATE JOBS, REMEDIATE CONTAMINATED LAND AND PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. IT'S ALSO A KEY FACTOR IN CREATING ASTHETICS FOR NEIGHBORING PARCELS, THEREBY ENHANCING THE ENTIRE REGIONAL ASPECT OF CERTAIN GIVEN REGIONS ACROSS OUR COMMUNITIES. THIS RE-AUTHORIZATION WILL GIVE COMMUNITIES THE RESOURCES, THE CAPACITY, AND INDEED THE FLEXIBILITY TO TURN MORE LIABILITIES INTO OPPORTUNITIES. I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBERS OF THE MAJORITY, INCLUDING REPRESENTATIVE MCKINLEY, CHAIR SHIMKUS, WHO IS OUR SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR, AND CHAIR WALDEN, THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE CHAIR, AS WELL AS OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE FOR WORKING WITH US TO PRODUCE THIS BIPARTISAN BILL, A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO COME TOGETHER, WORK TOGETHER, AND ACCOMPLISH. FINALLY, I WANT TO THANK THE EFFORTS OF OUR ENERGY AND COMMERCE RANKER, REPRESENTATIVE FRANK PALLONE. IT WAS HIS GREAT WORK THAT HELPED US GET HERE ALSO, AND I WANT TO ALSO ACKNOWLEDGE THE TREMENDOUS WORK DONE BY STAFF ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, AND IN PARTICULAR, LET ME PLEASE RECOGNIZE THE EFFORTS OF JACKIE COHEN, RICK KESSLER, AND JEFF CARROLL, ALONG WITH MEMBERS OF THE MINORITY STAFF THAT WORKED SO DILIGENTLY ON BEHALF OF THIS LEGISLATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN BILL, AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                              MR. SHIMKUS

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE AUTHOR OF…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE AUTHOR OF THE LEGISLATION, MR. MCKINLEY FROM WEST VIRGINIA.

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                              MR. MCKINLEY

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I, TOO, RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R.…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I, TOO, RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 3017, THE BROWNFIELDS ENHANCEMENT, ECONOMIC REDEVELOPMENT, AND RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT, AND I'M PLEASED TO BE A SPONSOR OF THIS BIPARTISAN EFFORT. ALONG WITH MY COLLEAGUES, CHAIRMAN WALDEN, ESPECIALLY CHAIRMAN SHIMKUS, AND RANKING MEMBERS PALLONE AND TONKO FOR THEIR WORK. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE WORK OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE T&I COMMITTEE, MR. KATKO AND MS. ESTY. THE BILL REPRESENTS A BROAD BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE THAT WILL RE-AUTHORIZE THIS BROWNFIELD PROGRAM FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2006. IN ADDITION TO THE RE-AUTHORIZATION -- TO THIS AUTHORIZATION, THE BILL MAKES SEVERAL KEY IMPROVEMENTS THAT YOU HEARD ABOUT TODAY THAT WILL RESULT IN MORE BROWNFIELD SITES BEING CLEANED UP AND RETURNED TO PRODUCTIVE USE. BUT A LITTLE HISTORY CAN EXPLAIN WHY THIS BILL WAS SO IMPORTANT TO PASS. WHEN AMERICA'S INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING FACILITIES AND FACTORIES WERE BEING CONSTRUCTED, THEY TYPICALLY WERE LOCATED ON PRIME PROPERTY ON RIVER, RAIL AND ROADS. BUT OVER THE ROADS, TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGES THAT TOOK PLACE THAT TRANSFORMED HOW WE DID OUR ECONOMY OPERATES, IT DEALT WITH UNFAIR IMPORTS COMING INTO AMERICA, AND RESULT, COMPANIES FAILED. MANY COMPANIES FAILED, AND THE SITES BECAME ABANDONED, RUSTING HAWKS OF FORMER FACTORIES AND WEED-INFESTED SITES HAVE BECOME AN EYESORE AND DETER INVESTMENTS IN DOWNTOWN AND URBAN AREAS. TODAY, THESE LOCATIONS COULD STILL PROVE TO BE VALUABLE IN CREATING JOBS, AND THAT'S WHAT OUR PRIME RESPONSIBILITY HERE IS. WE NEED TO RESTORE THE BROWNFIELDS INTO PRODUCTIVE RESOURCES. AMERICA HAS INDEED BEEN IDENTIFIED HAVING 450,000 BROWNFIELD SITES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, BUT ONLY 27,000 HAVE BEEN CLEANED UP. THIS RE-AUTHORIZATION IS LONG OVERDUE. ONE GREAT SUCCESS STORY IS PIETRO, A SUPPLIER AT THE NATURAL GAS INDUSTRY WHO RECENTLY BROKE GROUND AT A NEW MANUFACTURING FACILITY IN WEST VIRGINIA THAT WAS CLEANED UP THROUGH THE BROWNFIELDS SITE. HE SPENT FIVE YEARS PREPARING THIS SITE BECAUSE OF THE LEVEL OF CONTAMINATION, AND I ESPECIALLY WANT TO GIVE A THANKS, A SHOUTOUT TO PAT FORD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CORPORATIONED A NORTHERN PANHANDLE. HIS EFFORTS HAVE BEEN TIRELESSLY IN WORKING TO DO GREAT THINGS TO CREATING JOBS IN THE FIRST DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA. HIS CORPORATION, THE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, HAS ALREADY RECEIVED $2.5 MILLION OVER THE YEARS IN BROWNFIELD GRANTS AND HAS LEVERAGED THOSE PROJECTS INTO $75 MILLION IN PRIVATE SECTOR MONEY. IT'S RESULT IN OVER 1,250 NEW JOBS AND ANOTHER 128 HAVE BEEN PRESERVED. AND YOU HEARD EARLIER FROM CHAIRMAN SHIMKUS TALKING ABOUT THE 16-1 RATIO. PAT FORD'S GROUP IS A 35-1 RATIO THAT FOR -- FOR EVERY DOLLAR THAT WE PUT IN FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, PAT'S GROUP HAS GENERATED 35 JOBS -- 35 OF INVESTMENT. SO IN THE FUTURE, AS BUSINESSES DEVELOP THE PLOICH HUB THAT'S NOW IN THE APPALACHIA AREAS, THESE RECLAIMED PROPERTIES WILL ALLOW FOR MORE INDUSTRIES, MORE JOBS TO BE CREATED THROUGHOUT THIS AREA. SO THIS BIPARTISAN BILL MAKES VERY IMPORTANT CLARIFICATIONS TO PETROLEUM SITE. IT EXPANDS ELIGIBILITY FOR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS. IT DOES INDEED INCREASE THE LIMIT FOR REMEDIATION GRANTS FROM $200,000 TO $500,000. IT DOES CREATE THE MULTIPURPOSE GRANTS, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, IT MAKES IT EASIER FOR SMALL, RURAL AND DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM. I WANT TO ENCOURAGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES ON THE APPROPRIATION COMMITTEE, HOWEVER, TO FULLY FUND THIS VITALLY IMPORTANT BROWNFIELD PROGRAM. ALTHOUGH $250 MILLION IS AUTHORIZED, THE APPROPRIATORS HAVE ONLY ALLOCATED $153 MILLION TO THIS PROGRAM. CONSEQUENTLY, REVITALIZATION OF THESE FORMER ABANDONED SITES ARE DELAYED, AND THEY REMAIN A STIGMA, DETERRING DEVELOPMENT IN OUR DOWNTOWN COMMUNITIES. SO OVERALL, THIS BIPARTISAN BILL -- THANK YOU TO MANY OF MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, HOW WE'RE ALL WORKING TOGETHER ON THIS. THIS WILL MAKE US GREAT STRIDES IN ACHIEVING THE GOALS OF GETTING MORE CONTAMINATED SITES CLEANED UP, PROMOTING INFRASTRUCTURE, AND IMPORTANTLY, CREATING JOBS. SO I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES AND YIELD BACK MY TIME. THANK YOU.

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                              MR. PALLONE

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

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'LL YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE.

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                              I THANK MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING.

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                              MR. DEFAZIO

                              AND WE HAD JOINT JURISDICTION OVER THIS LEGISLATION AND FOR THE MOST PART…

                              AND WE HAD JOINT JURISDICTION OVER THIS LEGISLATION AND FOR THE MOST PART THIS IS A GOOD PRODUCT. I WAS ACTUALLY THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE WATER RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT SUBCOMMITTEE 16 YEARS AGO WHEN THE INITIAL BROWNFIELDS LEGISLATION PASSED AND LATER BECAME LAW. AND WE EXPECTED THAT THE TARGETED REFORMS AND FEDERAL GRANT FUNDS IN THE INITIAL LAW WOULD SPUR REDEVELOPMENT OF BLIGHTED AREAS AND BE OF GREAT BENEFIT AND WE WERE RIGHT. IT HAS A PROVEN RECORD OF SUCCESS. ASSISTING STATES AND COMMUNITIES IN REDEVELOPMENT OF ABANDONED OR UNDERUTILIZED PROPERTIES, CREATING JOBS. NOW, HERE'S AN EXAMPLE. IN 2013, THE CITY OF EUGENE, OREGON, GOT A $680,000 BROWNFIELDS SITE ASSESSMENT GRANT TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT AND SPUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. THE CITY USED THIS FUNDING FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF 15 SPECIFIC PROPERTIES, AND FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A LOCAL REDEVELOPMENT PLANT. AND ONE OF THE RESULTS OF THIS WORK IS THAT THE NINCASI BREWERY, AS CO-CHAIR OF THE HOUSE CRAFT BRUER'S CAUCUS, THEY NOW SIT ON THE SITE OF A FORMER EUGENE BROWNFIELDS AND IN A DECADE THEY HAVE 100 EMPLOYEES AND IT'S SOLD RIGHT HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., TODAY. THIS YEAR EUGENE WAS SELECTED FOR AN ADDITIONAL $500,000 IN BROWNFIELD SITE ASSESSMENTS AND I'M HOPING THEY CAN REPLICATE THE SUCCESS THEY HAD WITH THEIR EARLIER GRANT FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. SO THIS IS, YOU KNOW, I'M PLEASED WE'RE CONSIDERING THIS BILL TO EXTEND THE PROGRAM THROUGH 2022. IT WILL INCREASE THE FUNDING LIMIT FROM $200,000 TO $500,000 PER GRANT, AUTHORIZE E.P.A. TO ALLOW MULTIPROPERTY GRANTS, MAKE NONPROFIT ENTITIES ELIGIBLE FOR REMEDIATION ASSESSMENT GRANTS UNDER THE PROGRAM. ALSO ALLOW LOCAL GOVERNMENTS SITE ASSESSMENT GRANTS PRIOR TO THE CREATION OF THE PROGRAM. UNFORTUNATELY, IT FALLS SHORT IN TWO AREAS. THE FINAL VERSION OF THIS LEGISLATION THAT PASSED COMMITTEE CONTAINED A PROVISION ENSURING THAT STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS THAT ACQUIRE BROWNFIELD PROPERTIES CONTINUE TO TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT PEOPLE FROM COMING INTO CONTACT WITH CONTAMINATION ON THE PROPERTY. IN FACT, I HAVE A LETTER HERE FROM THE CONFERENCE OF MAYORS WHERE THEY SAY THEY WOULD AGREE -- THERE WERE TWO CLAUSES. THAT THEY DID NOT CAUSE OR CONTRIBUTE TO THE CONTAMINATION AND EXERCISES DUE CARE WITH ANY KNOWN CONTAMINATION AT THE SITE. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS BILL STRIKES OUT THE WORD DUE CARE AND WITH THE LIABILITY EXEMPTION, YOU KNOW, THERE'S THE POSSIBILITY PROPERTIES WOULD BE ACQUIRED THAT ARE DANGEROUS FOR ENTRY THAT WOULDN'T BE PROPERLY FENCED OR SECURED BECAUSE OF REMOVING THE DUE CARE AND I DON'T KNOW WHY THEY HAD TO COME OUT SINCE THE CONFERENCE OF MAYORS HAD SUPPORTED IT. AND SECOND, NEARLY EVERY STAKEHOLDER THAT TESTIFIED BEFORE OUR COMMITTEE STATED THAT THE CURRENT LEVEL OF FUNDING PROGRAM WELL BELOW NEED SO WE SHOULD BE INCREASING THE AUTHORIZED AND APPROPRIATED LEVELS. UNFORTUNATELY, THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION TODAY ONLY RE-AUTHORIZES FLAT FUNDING LEVELS FOR THE PROGRAM WHICH IS I THINK A MISSED OPPORTUNITY. I HOPE AS WE MOVE FORWARD AND RESOLVE ANY DIFFERENCES WITH THE SENATE THAT WE CAN MAKE IMPROVEMENTS IN THESE AREAS. WITH THAT I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              MR. SHIMKUS

                              I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM MICHIGAN, MR. WALBERG.

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                              MR. WALBERG

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. CHAIRMAN, I WANT TO START BY THANKING YOU, THE…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. CHAIRMAN, I WANT TO START BY THANKING YOU, THE RANKING MEMBER, AS WELL AS COMMITTEE STAFF FOR ALL OF YOUR HARD WORK BRINGING THIS BIPARTISAN BILL TO THE HOUSE FLOOR TODAY. THE E.P.A.'S BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM IS AN IMPORTANT GRANT PROGRAM FOR THE STATE MICHIGAN AND MORE SPECIFICALLY THE DISTRICT I REPRESENT, MICHIGAN'S SEVENTH DISTRICT. BECAUSE OF MICHIGAN'S RICH MANUFACTURING HISTORY, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF FORMER INDUSTRIAL SITES THAT ARE RIPE FOR REVITALIZATION. THESE SITES CAN RANGE FROM LARGE INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING SITES TO LOCAL CORNER GAS STATIONS. THIS PROGRAM PROVIDES COMMUNITIES THE CHANCE TO TAKE ABANDONED AND VACANT SITES AND ONCE AGAIN TURN THEM INTO ECONOMIC ASSETS. ALL THE WHILE CLEANING UP OUR BEAUTIFUL ENVIRONMENT. JUST THIS SUMMER THE E.P.A. ANNOUNCED THAT THE HISTORIC FORMER PRODUCTS SITE RECEIVED A $500,000 GRANT TO REVITALIZE THIS 5053 ERIC INDUSTRIAL SITE. THIS $500,000 GRANT WILL GO TOWARDS CLEANING THE HISTORIC FORMER MANUFACTURING FACILITY SITE AND CREATE MORE JOBS IN THE PROCESS. IN MONROE, THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM PLAYED A KEY ROLL IN RESTORING LAND FOR THE RIVER RAISIN NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD PARK, WHICH IS ONE OF THE LEADING HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS IN OUR AREA, AND ONE THAT I'M DELIGHTED TO SAY WAS INVOLVED WITH FORMER CONGRESSMAN JOHN DINGELL IN MAKING AN IMPACT FOR THIS GREAT DISTRICT. THE POSITIVE UP THE FORMER IMPACT FOR THESE COMMUNITIES AND MANY OTHERS IS INVALUABLE. REVITALIZING THESE BLIGHTED AREAS ENCOURAGES ECONOMIC REDEVELOPMENT, INJECTS NEW TAX REVENUE INTO OUR LOCAL ECONOMY, AND ASSISTS LOCAL GOVERNMENTS WITH THE SUPPORT THEY NEED TO ADDRESS THESE PROJECTS. H.R. 3017 RE-AUTHORIZES THE VITE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM SO THAT MORE POSITIVE WORK CAN DONE IN MICHIGAN AND EVERY ONE OF OUR DISTRICTS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              MR. PALLONE

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

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MRS. DINGELL.

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                              MRS. DINGELL

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3017, THE BROWNFIELDS…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3017, THE BROWNFIELDS ENHANCEMENT ECONOMIC REDEVELOPMENT AND RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2017. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY IS A GOOD BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE BILL THAT WILL RE-AUTHORIZE $250 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM UNDER THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY FOR EACH FISCAL YEAR THROUGH 2021. E.P.A. BROWNFIELDS PROGRAMS HAS A LONG HISTORY OF EMPOWERING STATES, LOCAL COMMUNITIES, AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS TO WORK TOGETHER TO PREVENT CONTAMINATED SITES FROM ENDANGERING PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT. BROWNFIELD GRANTS CONTINUE TO SERVE AS THE FOUNDATION OF E.P.A.'S BROWNFIELD PROGRAM. THESE GRANTS SUPPORT REVITALIZATION EFFORTS BY FUNDING ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENTS, CLEANUP, AND JOB TRAINING ACTIVITIES NATIONWIDE. ADDITIONALLY, THIS BILL MAKES A NUMBER OF OVERALL IMPROVEMENTS TO THE LAW THAT WILL STRENGTHEN BROWNFIELDS REMEDIATION INTO THE FUTURE. IN 2013 THE DOWN RIVER COMMUNITY CONFERENCE IN MY DISTRICT RECEIVED A BROWNFIELD FUNDING GRANT TO CLEAR OUT ASBESTOS AND OTHER HAZARDOUS MATERIALS FROM HANGER AT THE WILLOW RUN AIRPORT. ONCE THE ORIGINAL HOME OF THE ROSY THE RIVETERS DURING WORLD WAR II, TODAY THE SITE OF THE ARSENAL OF DEMOCRACY IS NOW THE HOME OF THE AMERICAN CENTER FOR MOBILITY. A NATIONAL D.O.T. PROVING GROUND FOR THE TESTING AND VALIDATION OF CONNECTED AND AUTOMATED VEHICLES. THERE ARE MANY SUCCESS STORIES LIKE THIS ONE AND ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY IT WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT BROWNFIELDS GRANT FUNDING. THIS MATTERS. THANK YOU TO EVERY MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE FOR WORKING ACROSS THE AISLE TO FIND A BIPARTISAN WAY FORWARD ON RE-AUTHORIZATION. WE NEED TO DO MORE OF THIS. THIS PROGRAM'S PROVED ITS MERITS AGAIN AND AGAIN MERITS AGAIN AND AGAIN AND HISTORICALLY HAD STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. IT'S MY SINCERE HOPE THIS WILL CARRY OVER TO TODAY'S VOTE AND WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE APPROPRIATION PROCESS. THANK YOU,

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                              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED -- THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE…

                              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED -- THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. SHIMKUS

                              I NOW HAVE TWO MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE, MEA.…

                              I NOW HAVE TWO MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE, MEA. ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE.

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                              MR. LANCE

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

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE GREAT WORK OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE ON THE BROWNFIELDS ENHANCEMENT ECONOMIC REDEVELOPMENT AND RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN SHIMKUS, FOR LEADING ANOTHER ENVIRONMENTAL VICTORY TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM HAS WORKED AND MUST BE RE-AUTHORIZED. OVER 59,000 SITES NATIONWIDE AND 419 IN NEW JERSEY HAVE BEEN TRANSFORMED BY REMEDIATION AND REDEVELOPMENT. FREEING OUR LAND AND WATER OF HARMFUL CHEMICALS AND OTHER HAZARDS. THIS IS A TREMENDOUS WIN FOR E.P.A. -- ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, AND COMMUNITIES WHO HAVE STRUGGLED WITH CONTAMINATED SITES. IN THE DISTRICT I SERVE, FACILITIES IN DOVER, PHILLIPSBURG, ROCKS BURY, AND SUMMERVILLE ARE SLIGHT SLIGHTED FOR REVITALIZATION. THIS HAS BEEN A WINNING FORMULA. THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM HAS ALREADY PROMPTED $22 BILLION IN PRIVATE INVESTMENT ACROSS THIS NATION, AND MAJOR RETURN ON A MINIMAL THOUGH IMPORTANT FEDERAL INVESTMENT. I URGE A YES VOTE ON THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              MR. PALLONE

                              MR. SPEAKER, CAN I ASK HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS ON BOTH SIDES?

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                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY HAS 16 1/2 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS HAS 13 1/2 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. PALLONE

                              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES NOW TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM -- THE…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES NOW TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM -- THE GENTLEMAN WHO IS THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE.

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                              THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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                              MISS JOHNSON

                              MR. SPEAKER --

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                              MS. JOHNSON

                              THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, THE BROWNFIELD PROGRAM HAS BEEN A…

                              THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, THE BROWNFIELD PROGRAM HAS BEEN A NOTABLE SUCCESS IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY AND I WANT TO APPLAUD ALL OF THE MEMBERS OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, AS WELL AS THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE, FOR SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION. BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM HAS HELPED TO TRANSFORM AND CLEAN UP COUNTLESS ABANDONED IDLED OR PARTICULARLY CONTAMINATED COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL SITES ALL ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. THESE ONCE BLIGHTED AREAS WITHIN OUR COMMUNITIES ARE NOW VALUABLE TRACK TRACTS OF LAND THANKS TO THE BROWNFIELD PROGRAM. AS THE CONGRESSWOMAN FROM NORTH TEXAS I HAVE SEEN FIRSTHAND THE BENEFITS THAT BROWNFIELD REDEVELOPMENT BRINGS TO A COMMUNITY. A 72-ACRE SITE IN MY DISTRICT NOW KNOWN AS VICTORY PARK, WAS TRANSFORMED BY THE BROWNFIELD PROGRAM FROM AN INDUSTRIAL WASTELAND POPULATED BY AN OLD PAINT FACTORY AND ABANDONED PACKING HOUSE. SINCE THEN AND THANKS IN LARGE PART TO THE BROWNFIELD PROGRAM, THIS SAME PLOT IS NOW HOME TO THE AMERICAN CENTER AND OTHER RETAIL AND COMMERCIAL SPACE AND HIGH LEVEL HOUSING. THIS IS JUST ONE EXAMPLE IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY OF HOW SUCCESSFUL WE CAN BE IN CONVERTING DEPRESSED, DECAYING AREAS INTO VIBRANT ECONOMIC CULTURAL CENTERS THAT KIN CREASE EMPLOYMENT AND PRODUCTIVITY IN A REGION. PLACE SITES ON THE TAX ROLL RATHER THAN THE TAX DOLE. THIS IS WHY I STAND TOGETHER WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO SUPPORT H.R. 307 -- 3017. THE BILL WILL TAKE THE IMPORTANT STEP TO RE-AUTHORIZE BROWNFIELD PROGRAM THROUGH PROGRAM THROUGH 2022. WHILE THE BILL REPRESENTS A FLAT RE-AUTHORIZATION, IT MAKES CRUCIAL CHANGES TO THE PROGRAM THAT WILL IMPROVE THE WAY STATES, CITIES, COUNTIES, AND OTHER STAKE HORLSDE ARE ABLE TO UTILIZE BROWNFIELD SITES. I THANK YOU. I HOPE YOU'LL SUPPORT IT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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                              REQUESTED. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS…

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                              MR. SHIMKUS

                              I NOW RECOGNIZE CONGRESSWOMAN KATKO, CO-SPONSOR OF THE LEGISLATION, ALSO A…

                              I NOW RECOGNIZE CONGRESSWOMAN KATKO, CO-SPONSOR OF THE LEGISLATION, ALSO A MAJOR LEADER ON THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE, FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                              MR. KATKO

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. REPRESENTING CENTRAL NEW YORK, THE ISSUE OF…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. REPRESENTING CENTRAL NEW YORK, THE ISSUE OF BLIGHTED PROPERTIES AND CONTAMINATED LANDS REMAIN FROM PREVIOUS INDUSTRIAL HUBS IS ALL TOO FAMILIAR TO ME. THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM HAS BEEN PIVOTAL IN THE REDEVELOPMENT AND REUSE OF BRIEFLY UNINHABITABLE AND UNUSABLE PROPERTIES THROUGHOUT MY DISTRICT. EARLIER THIS YEAR I WORKED WITH CONGRESSWOMAN ESTY TO ADVANCE BROWNFIELDS RE-AUTHORIZATION LEGISLATION THROUGH THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE. I AM PROUD TO NOW SEE THIS BIPARTISAN, COMPREHENSIVE BILL HANDSING THROUGH THE HOUSE. THIS MEASURE CONTAINS MANY OF THE IMPORTANT REFORMS AUTHORED BY REPRESENTATIVE ESTY AND MYSELF, INCLUDING LANGUAGE CLARIFYING LIABILITY FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND LEASE HOLDERS, AND EXPANDING ELIGIBILITY TO ASSESSMENTS AND REMEDIATION GRANTS. THESE PROVISIONS ARE INTENDED TO INCREASE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF BROWNFIELD GRANTS AND LEAD TO FATHERS CLEANUPS. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSWOMAN ESTY, CHAIRMAN SHUSTER OF THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE AND HIS STAFF, AND REPRESENTATIVE MCKINLEY, FOR WORKING TO ADVANCE THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION TO PRESERVE AND ENHANCE THIS CRITICAL PROGRAM. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES STROTE IN FAVOR OF THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              MR. PALLONE

                              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. NAPOLITANO OF -- MRS. NAPOLITANO.

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                              MRS. NAPOLITANO

                              THANK YOU MR. SPEAKER, MR. PALLONE, MR. SHIMKUS. I'M PLEASED TO RISE TODAY…

                              THANK YOU MR. SPEAKER, MR. PALLONE, MR. SHIMKUS. I'M PLEASED TO RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY'S BROWNFIELDS PROGRAMS, A HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM BY ALL ACCOUNTS. IN THE PAST TWO CONGRESSES, THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON WATER RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT HAS EVALUATED THE PROGRAM IN MULTIPLE HEARINGS. WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED EACH TIME IS THAT THE PROGRAM CONTINUES OPERATING IT AS IT HAS SINCE ITS CREATION, VERY EFFICIENTLY AND SUCCESSFULLY. DATA PROVIDED BY THE E.P.A. SHOWS THAT SINCE ITS INCEPTION THE BROWNFIELD PROGRAMS HAS LEVERAGED MORE THAN $122,800 JOBS AND OVER $23.6 BILLION, BILLION IN CLEANUP AND REDEVELOPMENT FUNDING. FOR EVERY DOLLAR OF BROWNFIELD FUNDING, FEDERAL FUNDING, MORE THAN 16 OF OTHER CLEANUP AND REDEVELOPMENT FUNDING. FOR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE DOLLARS ARE LEVERAGED ON A NATIONAL LEVEL. MORE THAN EIGHT JOBS ARE LEVERAGED FOR EVERY $100,000 OF E.P.A. BROWNFIELD FUNDS EXPENDED. IT IS UNDENIABLE THAT THIS PROGRAM'S WORKING, AS IT SHOULD, AND THAT COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE NATION ARE BENEFITING FROM THE INVESTMENTS OF THE FEDERAL DOLLARS IN THIS PROGRAM. THE CHANGES MADE TO THE PROGRAM IN THIS BILL BEFORE THE HOUSE TODAY WILL IMPROVE IT AND INCREASE THE FLEXIBILITY WITH WHICH THE COMMUNITIES WILL BE ABLE TO UTILIZE THE PROGRAM. ALTHOUGH I SUPPORT THE BILL, I'M PUZZLED BY THIS BODY'S RELUCTANCE TO INCREASE THE FUNDING FOR A VERY SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM FOR THE BROWNFIELDS. THIS PROGRAM SUCCESSES HAVE BEEN CONTINUALLY HINDERED BY INSUFFICIENT FUNDS, AS YOU HEARD FROM SPEAKERS, BY E.P.A.'S OWN ESTIMATES, OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS, FUNDING DEFICIENCY HAVE COST 1,676 VIABLE PROPOSALS TO GO UNFUNDED. THESE SITES ARE NOT ONLY SITTING IDLE AND UNPRODUCTIVE, BUT WE'RE MISSING OUT ON THE RETURN ON THE INVESTMENT THAT THESE SITES COULD REALIZE. IN FACT, HAD THESE PROPOSALS RECEIVED FUNDING, IT IS ESTIMATED THOSE GRANTS WOULD HAVE LEVERAGED APPROXIMATELY $ 54,680 JOBS AND OVER $10.3 BILLION, BILLION DOLLARS IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE FINANCING. THIS BEGS THE QUESTION, WHY AREN'T WE INVESTING MORE IN THE REDEVELOPMENT OF BROWNFIELD SPACE? IF THIS SUCCESS RATE OF AN UNDERFUNDED PROGRAM, IMAGINE THE POTENTIAL ECONOMIC IMPACT AND POTENTIAL FOR JOB CREATION THAT COULD COME FROM FULLY FUNDING THE PROGRAM. NEVERTHELESS, THE PROGRAM RECEIVED BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND I AM PLEASED TO SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE PROGRAM AND IMPROVE ITS SUCCESS. I ALSO PLAN TO CONTINUE WORKING ON THE ISSUE OF ENSURING THAT LOCAL GOVERNMENTS MAYBE TAIN THEIR EXISTING OBLIGATION TO EXERCISE CARE AND PREVENTING POTENTIAL EXPOSURE OF OUR OF OUR CITIZENS FROM HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE FOUND ON BROWNFIELD SITES. IN RECONCILING DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THIS BILL, 3017, AND H.R. 7058, THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE REPORTED BROWNFIELDS RE-AUTHORIZATION BILL, A PROVISION IN 1758, REQUIRE COMMUNITIES

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                              MR. SHIMKUS

                              I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE FOR TWO…

                              I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                              MR. GIBBS

                              I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3017, THE BROWNFIELDS RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT OF…

                              I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3017, THE BROWNFIELDS RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2017. THIS IS A BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR A PROGRAM THAT PROVES WHEN THE FEDERAL-STATE PARTNERSHIP OPERATES AS INTENDED, WORK GETS DONE. BROWNFIELDS CLEANUP AND REDEVELOPMENT BENEFITS THE ENVIRONMENT, COMMUNITY, AND LOCAL ECONOMY. . THIS RE-AUTHORIZES THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM AND EXPANDS ELIGIBILITY FOR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS TO RECEIVE GRANTS. IN MY HOME STATE OF OHIO, THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM HAS LEVERAGED OVER $1 BILLION FOR PROPERTY REVITALIZATION. IN MY DISTRICT SPECIFICALLY, BROWNFIELDS FUNDING WAS USED TO RESTORE A FORM INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING SITE NOW USED AS CHECK PIECE'S ENERGY'S COMPANY'S COMPLEX -- CHESAPEAKE ENERGY COMPANY'S COMPLEX. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT ITS PASSAGE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              MR. PALLONE

                              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT,…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, ESTY.

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                              MS. ESTY

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

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE BROWNFIELDS ENHANCEMENT ECONOMIC REDEVELOPMENT AND RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2017. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, CONGRESSMAN MCKINLEY AND CONGRESSMAN PALLONE, FOR THEIR BIPARTISAN WORK TO ADVANCE A BROWNFIELDS RE-AUTHORIZATION BILL TO THE FLOOR TODAY. AND ALSO WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN KATKO, FOR HIS PARTNERSHIP IN WORKING WITH ME TO DRIVE THE MOMENTUM BEHIND THE BROWNFIELDS REMEDIATION AUTHORIZATION IN THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE. MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE HERE TODAY TO PASS A BILL THAT'S A WIN-WIN FOR OUR CITIES AND TOWNS ALL ACROSS AMERICA. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY INCREASES THE FUNDING AND MAKES IMPORTANT CHANGES TO E.P.A.'S BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM. CHANGES THAT ARE 15 YEARS IN THE MAKING. SINCE 2002, THE E.P.A. BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM HAS BEEN AN ENGINE FOR JOB CREATION AND ECONOMIC GROWTH IN EVERY SINGLE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. WE HAVE CLEANED UP LOCAL EYE SORES AND CONTAMINATED SITES, PUTTING THESE PROPERTIES BACK ONTO THE TAX ROLLS. THAT'S GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY AND IT'S GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. IN ESSENCE, BROWNFIELDS GRANTS HELP US DO THE ULTIMATE RECYCLING. THE RECYCLING OF LAND. AND THIS BILL MAKES IMPORTANT CHANGES TO MAKE THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM WORK EVEN BETTER. IT ALLOWS GRANTS TO BE USED FOR ASSESSMENT. IT ALLOWS GRANTS TO BE USED BY NONPROFITS. AND FOR MULTIPURPOSE GRANTS. AND IT INCREASES THE GRANT LIMITS FROM $200,000 TO $500,000 PER PROJECT. IN WATERBERRY, CONNECTICUT, THEY WILL NOW BE ABLE TO USE GRANTS PREVIOUSLY THAT THEY COULD NOT USE TO PUT VALUABLE LAND BACK INTO PRODUCTIVE USE. IN THE CITIES OF NEW BRITAIN AND MERIDAN, THEY WILL NOW BE ABLE TO USE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR MULTIPURPOSE GRANTS. PREVIOUSLY THEY'D HAD -- THEY'VE HAD TO RELY ON STATE AND LOCAL MONEY TO DO THESE IMPORTANT TRANSFORMATIVE PROJECTS IN OUR FORMER INDUSTRIAL POWERHOUSES ACROSS THE NORTHEAST. MY DISTRICT ALONE HAS 66 E.P.A. IDENTIFYIFIED -- IDENTIFIED BROWNFIELD SITES. AND WITH OVER 450,000 REMAINING BROWNFIELD SITES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, THE NEED FOR MORE BROWNFIELD FEELING AND FOR GREATER FLEXIBILITY IS MANIFEST AND IMPORTANT TO EVERY MEMBER OF THIS CHAMBER. FOR EVERY ACRE OF BROWNFIELDS THAT IS REDEVELOPED, APPROXIMATELY 10 JOBS IS CREATED . LET ME REPEAT THAT. 10 JOBS. OUR VOTERS SEND US HERE TO GET THINGS DONE. THEY WANT US TO MAKE OUR TOWNS MORE BEAUTIFUL AND SAFER, AND THEY WANT US TO CREATE JOBS. AND THIS BILL DOES BOTH. SO I AM VERY PROUD OF THE BIPARTISAN WORK AND DUAL COMMITTEE WORK TO BRING THIS IMPORTANT BILL TO THE FLOOR AFTER 15 YEARS. SO IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO SHOW TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT BIPARTISANSHIP WORKS. AND COMMITTEES WORK WHEN WE'RE ALLOWED TO DO OUR WORK TOGETHER. SO AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, IN BOTH COMMITTEES, FOR THEIR WONDERFUL WORK HERE TODAY. IT'S A WIN FOR AMERICA AND, AGAIN, MY THANKS AND I YIELD BACK.

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                              MR. SHIMKUS

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RECOGNIZE FOR TWO MINUTES CONGRESSMAN FASO FROM…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RECOGNIZE FOR TWO MINUTES CONGRESSMAN FASO FROM NEW YORK, MEMBER OF THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE.

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                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. AS IF AS IF THANK YOU, MR.…

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. AS IF AS IF THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN --

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                              MR. FASO

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND MR. SHIMKUS, THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON…

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND MR. SHIMKUS, THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS REGARD. I'D LIKE TO THANK YOU AND MY COLLEAGUES FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THE H.R. 3017, THE BROWNFIELDS ENHANCEMENT AND ECONOMIC REDEVELOPMENT AND RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT. LIKE MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES, MY DISTRICT HAS NUMEROUS FORMER INDUSTRIAL SITES THAT HAVE BENEFITED DIRECTLY FROM BROWNFIELD GRANT FUNDING. SHORTLY AFTER THE PROGRAM WAS AUTHORIZED, THE E.P.A. SELECTED THE CITY AS A RECIPIENT OF A 2DS00,000 BROWNFIELD ASSESSMENT GRANT -- $200,000 BROWNFIELD ASSESSMENT GRANT FOR A HEAVY ACRE INDUSTRIAL AREA. THIS MODEST GRANT HELPED ACCELERATE ONGOING EFFORTS TO HELP -- SUPPORT SITE ENHANCEMENT BY PROVIDING FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO THE CITY. SIMILARLY, THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY HAS BEEN ABLE TO UTILIZE DESIGNATIONS TO ASSIST IT IN THE REDEVELOPMENT OF THE FORMER BEACH NUT MANUFACTURING FACILITY IN THE VILLAGE. MR. SPEAKER, I OFFER MY FULL SUPPORT FOR THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION BECAUSE IT WORKS TO BETTER THE LIVES OF FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT MY DISTRICT AND ACROSS AMERICA. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO SUPPORT THIS CRITICAL LEGISLATION. I REQUEST PERMISSION TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS AND TO YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                              WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                              MR. PALLONE

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS, BUT I KNOW WE HAVE…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS, BUT I KNOW WE HAVE TO ENTER INTO A COLLOQUY AS WELL.

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                              MR. SHIMKUS

                              YEAH, WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD? I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND I WOULD…

                              YEAH, WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD? I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND I WOULD ASK MY COLLEAGUE -- OH. THE BILL WE ARE VOTING ON TODAY MAKES SEVERAL IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE BROWNFIELDS LAW THAT WILL RESULT IN MORE CONTAMINATED SITES BEING CLEANED UP. THE CHANGES WE ARE MAKING ALSO BRING MORE PARTIES INTO THE PROCESS BY CLARIFYING THEIR ELIGIBILITY TO RECEIVE FUNDING UNDER THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM. INCLUDING MAKING NONPROFIT ENTITIES ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE ALL FORMS OF BROWNFIELD FUNDING. UNFORTUNATELY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY PROVIDED US TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE SO WE -- TELLING US THE DEFINITION WE USE FOR HOW TO DELINEATE WHICH NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION SHOULD BE INCLUDED WAS TOO LIMITED AND WOULD EXCLUDE A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT ORGANIZATIONS THAT E.P.A. CURRENTLY PROVIDES FUNDING TO THROUGH THE BROUMEDS PROGRAM. INCLUDING THE -- BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM. INCLUDING THE TERRITORIAL SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS, AND OTHER ENTITIES ORDERING UNDER SECTION 501-C-6 OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE. THAT ARE INVOLVED IN THE CLEANUP OF BROWNFIELD SITES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. WE NEED TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE AS WE PROCESS -- AS THIS PROCESS MOVES FORWARD. WE NEED TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO ENSURE THAT THESE ORGANIZATIONS DO NOT LOSE THE FUNDING THAT THEY RELY ON TO MAKE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM. DOES THE GENTLEMAN AGREE?

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                              MR. PALLONE

                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR RAISING THIS DRAFTING ISSUE. THE BILL'S…

                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR RAISING THIS DRAFTING ISSUE. THE BILL'S PROVISIONS ON NONPROFIT ENTITIES WERE MEANT TO REFLECT E.P.A.'S CURRENT PRACTICE. IT NOW APPEARS WE HAVE INADVERTENTLY EXCLUDED SOME ORGANIZATIONS THAT RECEIVE GRANTS UNDER THAT CURRENT PRACTICE. IT'S UNFORTUNATE THAT THE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE BRINGING THIS ISSUE TO OUR ATTENTION WAS PROVIDED SO LATE IN THE PROCESS. BUT I HOPE WE CAN WORK TOGETHER TO ENSURE THAT E.P.A. IS PROVIDING TESTIMONY AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND THAT MUCH MORE -- IN A MUCH MORE TIMELY FASHION MOVING FORWARD. SO I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR WORKING WITH DEMOCRATS TO DEVELOP THIS LEGISLATION, WHICH WILL PROVIDE SIGNIFICANT ENVIRONMENTAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH BENEFITS. AND I BELIEVE WE CAN CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER AS WE MOVE THIS BILL INTO LAW TO ADDRESS THIS DRAFTING ISSUE.

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                              MR. SHIMKUS

                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS COURTESY.

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                              MR. PALLONE

                              AND I RESERVE.

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                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                              MR. SHIMKUS

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

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE NOW THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                              MR. POLIQUIN

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT BILL. MR. SPEAKER, MAINE IS VACATION LAND. WE HAVE A POPULATION IN MABE OF ONLY 1.-- MAINE OF ONLY 1.3 MILLION PEOPLE BUT EVERY YEAR WE HAVE ABOUT 40 MILLION VISITORS TO OUR GREAT STATE. WE HAVE THOUSANDS OF SPARKLING, CLEAN LAKES AND PONDS, HUNDREDS OF MILES OF SWIFT RUNNING RIVERS. AND WE HAVE 3,600 MILES OF STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL COAST LINE. I HAVE NEVER, MR. SPEAKER, EVER MET ANYBODY WHO HAS VACATIONED IN MAINE WHO DID NOT LEAVE WITHOUT A SMILE. IT IS JUST A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE AND BRING UP KIDS. NOW, THE TOURIST INDUSTRY EMPLOYS ABOUT 150,000 PEOPLE DIRECTLY IN THE STATE OF MAINE. AND IT IS CRITICAL THAT WE HAVE A PRISTINE ENVIRONMENT IN MAINE TO FURTHER THIS INDUSTRY. YOU KNOW, DURING THE PAST 40 YEARS, MR. SPEAKER, MOST OF OUR, SADLY, MOST OF OUR PAPER MILLS, OUR TEXTILE MILLS AND OUR SHOE FACTORIES IN THE GREAT STATE OF MAINE HAVE CLOSED. AND IN MANY CASES THEY HAVE LEFT BEHIND CONTAMINATED BROWNFIELDS. CONTAMINATED WITH HEAVY METALS AND CHEMICALS. NOW, THOSE OF US WHO HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH CHILDREN KNOW HOW CRITICALLY IMPORTANT THEIR HEALTH IS. MY MOTHER'S 89 AND HAD A GREAT CAREER AS A NURSE. WE GREW UP IN OUR HOUSE WITH TAKING CARE OF OTHERS. I RAISED MY SON AS A SINGLE PARENT, TAKING CARE OF MY SON. I UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH EASIER IT IS TO STAY HEALTHY AND BE HEALTHY IF YOU ARE IN A CLEAN ENVIRONMENT AND THAT'S WHY, MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 3017 IS SO IMPORTANT. IT MAKES SURE THAT WE PROVIDE FUNDING TO CLEAN UP POLLUTED, CONTAMINATED BROWNFIELD INDUSTRIAL SITES. NOW, SINCE 1994, MR. SPEAKER, HUNDREDS OF BROWNFIELDS ACROSS THIS GREAT COUNTRY HAVE BEEN CLEANED UP AND WHEN THEY ARE CLEANED UP, THEY ARE OFTEN REPURPOSED INTO ATHLETIC FIELDS, IN SCHOOLS AND HOSPITALS. AND THIS AT THE SAME TIME STRENGTHENS OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES BECAUSE THEY'RE PUT BACK, IN MANY CASES, BACK ON THE PROPERTY TAX ROLLS IF THEY'RE A PRIVATE SECTOR DEVELOPMENT. NOW, IN A TOWN RIGHT SMACK IN THE MIDDLE OF MY DISTRICT, MILLER'S DEPARTMENT STORE IS AN OLD BUILDING DECAYING AND FULL OF MOLD AND IT IS BEING BENEFITED FROM A GRANT FROM THIS BROWNFIELD PROGRAM. THE T.W. DICK PROPERTY IN CENTRAL MAINE USED TO BE A STEEL FABRICATOR. IT IS NOW CONTAMINATED WITH HEAVY METALS AND IT IS EXPERIENCING A NEW LIFE BECAUSE OF THIS PROGRAM. MR. CHAIRMAN, CLEANING UP OUR ENVIRONMENT TO HELP OUR KIDS STAY SAFE AND HEALTHY SHOULD NOT BE EVER A PARTISAN ISSUE. THIS IS AS BIPARTISAN AS YOU COULD POSSIBLY FIND. AND THAT'S WHY, MR. SPEAKER, I'M ENCOURAGING REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS ALIKE TO VOTE YES ON H.R. 1317. LET'S DO SOMETHING COMMON SENSE, PROVIDE THE FUNDING FOR THESE BROWNFIELD CLEANUPS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                            • 03:12:18 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                              MR. PALLONE

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS SO I WOULD CLOSE.…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS SO I WOULD CLOSE. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                            • 03:12:27 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. PALLONE

                              THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO CLOSE BY TALKING ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT…

                              THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO CLOSE BY TALKING ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN TO OUR NATION AND PARTICULARLY TO MY HOME STATE SINCE IT WAS CREATED BACK IN 2002. NEW JERSEY HAS TOO MANY OF THESE TYPES OF CONTAMINATED SITES AND WE NEED FEDERAL HELP TO CLEAN THEM UP AND REDEVELOP THEM. FOR EXAMPLE, A FORMER DUPONT PROPERTY ON THE WATER FRONT IS BEING REDEVELOPED TO BE A FERRY TERMINAL TO CARRY COMMUTERS TO NEW YORK CITY. THAT SITE IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF HOW A REDEVELOPED BROWNFIELD SITE CAN BE BENEFICIAL FOR THE COMMUNITY. ANOTHER TOWN IN MY DISTRICT RECEIVED TWO SUBSTANTIAL FEDERAL BROWNFIELD GRANTS LAST YEAR. ONE OF THOSE GRANTS IS BEING USED TO ASSESS EIGHT CONTAMINATED SITES AND PREPARE TWO CLEANUP PLANS. THE OTHER GRANT IS GOING TO ASSESSING AND REDEVELOPING SITES AROUND THE TRAIN STATION AND THE DOWNTOWN AREA THAT WERE CONTAMINATED WITH PETROLEUM. JUST THIS WEEK I VISITED ANOTHER BROWNFIELD SITE BEING REDEVELOPED IN MY DISTRICT, THE WOODBRIDGE WATER FRONT PARK. WHEN COMPLETED, THE WATER FRONT PARK WILL INCLUDE APPROXIMATELY 30 ACRES OF RESTORED WETLANDS, WALKING TRAIL, A BOARDWALK OVERLOOKING THE WETLANDS AND A VIEWING PLATFORM ON A RIVER. SO FEDERAL FUNDS THROUGH THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM HELP MAKE THESE PROJECTS HAPPEN. THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM IS PROOF THAT HAVING A STRONG ECONOMY AND PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT IS NOT AN EITHER-OR ISSUE. WE CAN HAVE BOTH. I'M PLEASED TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN BILL, WOULD URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR IT. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 03:14:00 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                              MR. SHIMKUS

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'M JUST GOING TO SUM UP TOO WITH…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'M JUST GOING TO SUM UP TOO WITH THANKING MY RANKING MEMBER OF THE FULL COMMITTEE, MR. PALLONE. OBVIOUSLY MY RANKING MEMBER ON THE SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. TONKO, THE ASSOCIATED STAFFS ON BOTH THAT HAVE BEEN MENTIONED NUMEROUS TIMES. THEY DID A LOT OF WORK IN THIS PROCESS. IT WAS GOOD TO GET TO KNOW THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE A LITTLE BETTER AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THEM MORE. WOULD THE GENTLEMAN LIKE TO GET -- I WOULD -- MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW JERSEY, I'LL YIELD.

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                            • 03:14:49 PM

                              MR. PALLONE

                              I'M SORRY. I'M SORRY, MR. SHIMKUS. I JUST FORGOT TO THANK SOME OF THE…

                              I'M SORRY. I'M SORRY, MR. SHIMKUS. I JUST FORGOT TO THANK SOME OF THE STAFF THAT WORKED SO HARD ON THIS, ON MY SIDE OF THE AISLE. OBVIOUSLY JACQUELINE WHO IS SITTING HERE, RICK, WHO JUST CAME OVER TO SEE YOU. TULE, MARY AND I KNOW THERE WERE OTHERS. THANK THANK YOU FOR YIELDING THE TIME -- THANK YOU FOR YIELDING THE TIME.

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                            • 03:15:13 PM

                              MR. SHIMKUS

                              I'M HAPPY TO DO IT. THEY TELL ME WHAT TO DO ALSO, EVEN ON THAT SIDE OF THE…

                              I'M HAPPY TO DO IT. THEY TELL ME WHAT TO DO ALSO, EVEN ON THAT SIDE OF THE AISLE. HAPPY TO YIELD. I JUST WANT TO THANK THEM. EVERYBODY HAS EXAMPLES OF BROWNFIELDS IN THEIR DISTRICT, THROUGHOUT THE STATE. THEY'RE ALL PRETTY GOOD STORIES ABOUT RETURNING THEM TO PRODUCTIVE USE. I HAVE ONE PROUD BY THE E.P.A. FROM DANVILLE, ILLINOIS. THERE'S EIGHT SITES, WE CAN GO THROUGH THEM. THE POINT IS, HERE'S A SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM THAT WE'VE AUTHORIZED, OUR APPROPRIATORS HAVE HELPED APPROPRIATE MONEY, THAT REALLY LEVERAGE A LITTLE BIT OF FEDERAL DOLLARS WITH PRIVATE OR LOCAL COMMUNITY DOLLARS, TO BRING THESE LOCATIONS BACK TO PRODUCTIVE USE. IT'S A GOOD EFFORT. WE'VE GOT OTHER THINGS ON THE HORIZON TO WORK TOGETHER. I ENJOYED OUR OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I THANK MY COLLEAGUES, ASK THEM TO VOTE ON THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                            • 03:16:05 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 631, THE…

                              ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 631, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE BILL AS AMEND. THE QUESTION IS ON GROWN -- AMENDED. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING ED OF BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. -- READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THIRD READING.

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                            • 03:16:23 PM

                              THE CLERK

                              TO RE-AUTHORIZE AND IMPROVE THE BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                            • 03:16:37 PM

                              MR. SHIMKUS

                              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. .

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                            • 03:18:03 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY RISE?

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

                              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 4182.

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                            • 03:18:16 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, ORDERED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 635 AND RULE 18,…

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, ORDERED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 635 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4182. THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO, MR. SIMPSON, TO PRESIDE OVER THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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                            • 03:18:48 PM

                              THE CHAIR

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

                              THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4182 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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                            • 03:18:57 PM

                              THE CLERK

                              A BILL TO MODIFY PROBATIONARY PERIODS WITHIN THE EXECUTIVE SERVICE AND FOR…

                              A BILL TO MODIFY PROBATIONARY PERIODS WITHIN THE EXECUTIVE SERVICE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                            • 03:19:03 PM

                              THE CHAIR

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

                              PURSUANT TO THE RULE THE BILL IS CONSIDERED READ FOR THE FIRST TIME. GENERAL DEBATE SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF GOVERNMENT AND OVERSIGHT REFORM. THE GENTLEMAN KENTUCKY, MR. CULL VER AND THE GENTLEMAN WILL EACH CONTROL 30 MINUTES.

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                              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. HIGHLY SKILLED FEDERAL…

                              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. HIGHLY SKILLED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES ARE NECESSARY TO A GOVERNMENT THAT SERVING ITS CITIZENS. SKILLED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES ENSURE THAT FUNCTIONS OF GOVERNMENT ARE CARRIED OUT SUCCESSFULLY. FEDERAL JOBS AND THE SKILLS REQUIRED TO PERFORM THEM VARY SIGNIFICANTLY ACROSS GOVERNMENT. SOME EMPLOYEES REVIEW PATENTS, SOME WORK IN HUMAN RESOURCES, AND OTHERS WORK IN LAW ENFORCEMENT. WHILE THE JOBS, SKILLS, AN TRAINING REQUIRE MAY BE DIFFERENT FROM JOB TO JOB, THE EXPECTATION THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HIRES QUALIFIED CANDIDATES IS UNIVERSAL.

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                            • 03:20:05 PM

                              MR. COMBER

                              THEY HAVE TO EN--

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                              MR. COMER

                              TOOL THEY HAVE IS THE PROBATIONARY PIRED A PERIOD TO DETERMINE IF THEY CAN…

                              TOOL THEY HAVE IS THE PROBATIONARY PIRED A PERIOD TO DETERMINE IF THEY CAN PERFORM THE DUTIES FOR THE POSITION. MOST ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE A PROBATIONARY PERIOD OF ONE YEAR BEFORE FULL EMPLOYEE STATUS. MOST COMPLETE THE YEAR AND ARE HIRED AS PERMANENT EMPLOYEES. NEW EMPLOYEES WHO FAIL TO FIT ARE TRANSITIONED OUT OF GOVERNMENT BUT THE CURRENT ONE-YEAR TRIAL PERIOD IS NOT SUFFICIENT FOR COMPLEX FEDERAL OCCUPATIONS. POTENTIAL EMPLOYEES DESERVE AMPLE TIME TO LEARN ABOUT THE JOB AND DEMONSTRATE THEY'RE ABLE TO PERFORM ALL CRITICAL ASPECTS OF A FEDERAL POSITION. SUPERVISORS DESERVE AMPLE TIME TO EVALUATE NOW GNU HIRES. WHAT IS A MANAGER SUPPOSED TO DO IN THIS CASE? DOES THE SUPERVISOR TAKE A GAMBLE AND OFFER PERMANENT STATUS TO AN UNTEST EMPLOYED OR RISK MISSING OUT ON A SKILLED EMPLOYEE? SUPERVISORS THROUGHOUT THE FEDERAL WORK FORCE DESCRIBED THEIR SCENARIO IN THEIR ADVOCACY FOR THIS BILL. ACCORDING TO THE GOVERNMENT MANAGERS COALITION, MANAGERS AEROON THE SIDE OF RELEASING BORDERLINE EMPLOYEES IN CASES LIKE THIS AND IT CAN BE A FRUSTRATING DECISION FOR THEM TO MAKE. THEY HAVE ALREADY DEVOTED A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF TIME AND RESOURCES INTO TRAINING THE NEW HIRE. HOWEVER, MANAGERS WOULD RATHER NOT RISK HIRING AN EMPLOYEE WHO SON THE FENCE AT THE END OF A PROBATIONARY PERIOD. THIS IS BECAUSE A MANAGER IS PRETTY MUCH STUCK WITH AN EMPLOYEE AFTER THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD. IT IS DIFFICULT TO REMOVE A PERMANENT EMPLOYEE FOR POOR PERFORMANCE OR MISCONDUCT. ACCORDING TO THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE, THE PROCEDURAL HURDLES TO REMOVING A PERMANENT EMPLOYEE CAN TAKE FROM SIX MONTHS TO A YEAR. THE EVIDENCE IS CLEAR. THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD NEEDS TO BE EXTENDED. IN 2015, THE G.A.O. REPORTED THAT CHIEF HUMAN CAPITOL -- CAPITAL OFFICERS THROUGHOUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOULD BENEFIT FROM AN EX-PENSION OF THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD,EST PLIRBLE IN OCCUPATIONS WHICH ARE COMPLEX OR DIFFICULT OASSESS. FEDERAL MANAGER GROUPS HAVE BEEN ASKING FOR A LONGER PROBATIONARY PERIOD FOR YEARS. IN CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL MANAGERS' ASSOCIATION, RENEE JOHNSON, SAID, F.M.A. ADVOCATES EXTENDING THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD THIS WOULD BENEFIT BOTH THE GOVERNMENT AND MES BY ALLOWING SUPERVISORS TO MAKE DECISIONS BASE THOND EEMPLOYEES' PERFORMANCE AS FULLY TRAINED EMPLOYEES. NOT JUST GUESSING AT HOW THEY WOULD PERFORM AFTER THEIR TRAINING IS COMPLETE. THE GOVERNMENT MANAGERS COALITION A GROUP OF FIVE ORGANIZATIONS THAT REPRESENT THE INTERESTS OF OVER 200,000 SUPERVISORS, MANAGERS AND EXECUTIVES, SERVING THROUGHOUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, SUPPORTS AN EXTENSION OF THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD. I AM INCLUDING IN THE RECORD A LETTER OF SUPPORT FROM THE GOVERNMENT MANAGERS COALITION SIGNED BY THE HEADS OF THE F.A.A. MANAGERS ASSOCIATION, FEDERAL MANAGERS' ASSOCIATION, PROFESSIONAL MANAGERS ASSOCIATION, NATIONAL DOWN SOIFL SOCIAL SECURITY MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATIONS, AND SENIOR EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION. IN THE LETTER, THE COALITION MEMBERS WRITE THAT THEY, QUOTE, HAVE ADVOCATED FOR AN EXTENDED PROBATIONARY PERIOD FOR OVER A DECADE, END QUOTE. AND THAT, THIS LEGISLATION WILL ALLOW EMPLOYEES SUFFICIENT TIME ON THE JOB TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR ABILITIES AS WELL AS ALLOW FOR PROPER ASSESSMENT. THE INDIVIDUALS THEY REPRESENT SEE THE DIFFICULTIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE CURRENT SYSTEM IN THEIR DAY-TO-DAY LIVES. THEY UNDERSTAND THE PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH THE ARBITRARY NATURE OF THE CURRENT ONE-YEAR PROBATIONARY PERIOD. THE EQUALS ACT ADDRESSES THESE PROBLEMS AND MOVES TOWARD A SYSTEM BETTER SUTED FOR THE MODERN WORK FORCE. THE BILL WILL EXTEND THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD FOR NEW HIRES IN THE COMPETITIVE SERVICE AND INITIAL APPOINTMENTS FOR MANAGERS TO TWO YEARS AFTER THE COMPLETION OF FORMAL TRAINING OR OR LICENSURE. THE CON SOACHT A LONGER PROBATIONARY PERIOD IS NOT NEW. CONGRESS EXPENDED -- EXTENDED THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD AT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR TWO YEARS IN 2013. THIS ALSO RECOGNIZES THE VARIETY OF POSITIONS AND TRAINING RIMPLETES THROUGHOUT THE GOVERNMENT. THE EQUALS ACT BEGINS THE TWO-YEAR PERIOD TO BEGIN UPON CONCLUSION OF THE FORMAL TRAINING OR LICENSUER PROCESS. THIS IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE TIME SPENT IN TRAINING COUNTS AGAINST THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD. THIS MEANS FEDERAL JOBS WITH LONG TRAINING BY THE TIME AN EMPLOYEE COMPLETES TRAINING, THE SUPERVAZOR HAS LITTLE OR NO CHANCE TO EVALUATE THEIR PERFORMANCE. I.R.S. TRAINING TAKES A YEAR. BY THE TIME THEY COMPLETE TRAIN, THE MANAGER TOZZHAS TO MAKE A DECISION ABOUT KEEPING THE EMPLOYEE WITHOUT HAVING SEEN THE EMPLOYEE DO THE JOB. AS MS. JOHNSON TESTIFIED BEFORE WONK, AND I QUOTE, NEW EMPLOYEES MUST MASTER BROAD AND COMPLEX PROCEED WRURS TO MEET THEIR AGENCIES' MISSIONS NECESSITIED I -- NECESSITATING SEVERAL MONTHS OF TRAINING. OCCUPATION TOWARD TRAINING TAKES SUBSTANTIAL TIME SUPERVAZORS MAY ONLY HAVE A FEW MONTHS OF WORK TO JUDGE EMPLOYEE'S PERFORMANCE, END QUOTE. ACCORDING TO DATA FROM THE OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT, MOST FORMAL TRAINING PROGRAMS LAST LESS THAN ONE MONTH. FOR THOSE POSITIONS, THE INCLUSION OF FORMAL TRAINING IN THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD DOES NOT DO ANY HARM. HOWEVER, FOR THOSE POSITIONS THAT HAVE LONG TRAINING PERIODS, THE EQUALS ACT WILL MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE. THE EQUALS ACT ALSO HELPS ENSURE MANAGERS ARE DOING THEIR JOBS. UNDER THE BILL, AGENCIES MUST NOTIFY SUPERVISORS PRIOR TO THE COMPLETION OF A PROBATIONARY PERIOD SO THE SUPERVISOR IS REMINED TO MAKE A DECISION ABOUT THE PROBATIONARY EMPLOYEE. IT ALSO REQUIRES AGENCIES TO CERTIFY THE EMPLOYEE HAS COMPLETED A PROBATIONARY PERIOD AND PROVIDE JUSTIFICATION FOR THAT DECISION. IN CLOSE, I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE'RE CLEAR ABOUT WHAT THE EQUAL ACT DOES AND DOES NOT DO. THE EQUALS ACT DOES NOT REMOVE OR CHANGE DUE PROCESS RIGHTS FOR PROBATIONARY EMPLOYEES. PROBATIONARY EMPLOYEES WILL STILL HAVE DUE PROCESS PROTECTIONS. PROBATIONARY EMPLOYEES HAVE ACCESS TO THE EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION, THE MERIT SYSTEMS PROTECTION BOARD AND THE OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL. EACH OF THOSE OFFICES ARE EMPOWERED TO HEAR APPEALS FROM PROBATIONARY EMPLOYEES AND THAT WON'T CHANGE WHEN H.R. 4182 BECOMES LAW THIS BILL IS A MUCH-NEEDED FIX TO THE FEDERAL HIRING PROCESS. IT WILL ALLOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO SELECT THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST CIVIL SERVANTS TO SERVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 03:27:21 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                              I THANK THE CHAIR AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN…

                              I THANK THE CHAIR AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 4182, THE ENSURING QUALIFIED CIVIL SERVICE ACT.

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                            • 03:27:35 PM

                              MR. CONNOLLY

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                              MR. CONNOLLY

                              I THANK THE CHAIR AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                              MR. CONNOLLY

                              I THANK THE CHAIR AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY.

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                              I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THE GENTLEMAN AWARE THAT I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS AND…

                              I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THE GENTLEMAN AWARE THAT I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS AND I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                            • 03:35:34 PM

                              MR. CONNOLLY

                              I HAVE A NUMBER OF SPEAKERS,

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                              MR. CONNOLLY

                              THE FIRST MEMBER I WANT TO CALL ON IS MY GOOD FRIEND, REPRESENTATIVE…

                              THE FIRST MEMBER I WANT TO CALL ON IS MY GOOD FRIEND, REPRESENTATIVE LAWRENCE, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                            • 03:35:52 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                              MRS. LAWRENCE

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE EQUALS ACT. AS A FORMER FEDERAL…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE EQUALS ACT. AS A FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE, I SERVED IN MANY CAPACITIES, FROM A LETTER CARRIER TO A MANAGER. AND I KNOW THE DEDICATION OF THOSE WHO SERVE IN OUR CIVIL SERVICE JOBS. THIS BILL IS AN INSULT TO FEDERAL EMPLOYEES AND COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY. MR. SPEAKER, I SAY THIS IS A BILL IN SEARCH OF A PROBLEM. WHAT ARE WE FIXING? THIS IS NOT GOOD GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION. IT JUST MAKES IT EASIER TO FIRE FEDERAL EMPLOYEES WITHOUT DUE PROCESS. BY ARBITRARILY EXTENDING PROBATIONARY PERIODS, THIS BILL TAKES AWAY CIVIL SERVANTS' EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS AND DUE PROCESS PROTECTIONS FOR AT LEAST TWO YEARS. MR. SPEAKER, DO YOU REALIZE THAT BENEFITS THAT ARE ENTITLED TO CAREER EMPLOYEES ARE HELD IN ADVANCE WHILE YOU'RE ON PROBATION? YOU ARE GIVE AN DIFFERENT CLASSIFICATION -- GIVEN A DIFFERENT CLASSIFICATION, BEING PROBATIONARY, THAN YOU ARE AS A CAREER EMPLOYEE. WHAT ARE WE TRYING TO ACHIEVE? INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO RECEIVE 30 DAYS' NOTICE BEFORE THEY ARE FIRED OR FURLOUGHED AND THEIR RIGHTS AS WHISTLEBLOWERS. THEY DO NOT RECEIVE THAT AS PROBATIONARY EMPLOYEES. THIS BILL SIMPLY TAKES AWAY WORKERS' RIGHTS. HOW MANY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, PARENTS, WORKED AS FEDERAL EMPLOYEES TO PUT THEM THROUGH COLLEGE AND TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN AMERICA, AND HERE WE ARE ASSAULTING THE LEGACY OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES WHO WORK EVERY DAY TO MAKE THIS COUNTRY AMAZE -- AN AMAZING PLACE TO LIVE. THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO ADDRESS PERFORMANCE ISSUES. IN THE FEDERAL WORKPLACE. AS A FEDERAL EMPLOYEE WHO HAD THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PERFORM PROBATIONARY EVALUATIONS, YOU NEED TO TALK TO THE SUPERVISER IF THEY'RE NOT DOING THEIR JOB, CONDUCTING THE PROPER EVALUATION. WE MUST CONTINUE TO SUPPORT ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES AND TOOLS. IN ADDITION WE MUST KEEP THE SPOTLIGHT ON GROSS MISMANAGEMENT. I THANK YOU AND YIELD BACK.

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                            • 03:38:20 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                              MR. CONNOLLY

                              EARLIER, I'M SORRY, TO RECOGNIZE MY DEAR FRIEND FROM THE DISTRICT OF…

                              EARLIER, I'M SORRY, TO RECOGNIZE MY DEAR FRIEND FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, CONGRESSWOMAN ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                            • 03:38:31 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                              MS. NORTON

                              I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM VIRGINIA. HE'S DOING A PUBLIC SERVICE WITH THE…

                              I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM VIRGINIA. HE'S DOING A PUBLIC SERVICE WITH THE BILL HE'S COMING FORWARD WITH TODAY, WITH HIS RESPONSE TO THE BILL HE'S COMING FORWARD WITH TODAY. MR. CHAIRMAN, YOU CALL THIS BILL WHATEVER YOU WANT. BUT IT'S NOT A REFORM BILL. IT CREATES A PROBLEM IN ORDER TO GET RID OF IT. .18% IS ALL OF THE EMPLOYEES WHO GET DISMISSED. THE SPONSOR MUST WANT MORE. INSTEAD OF TAKING THAT AS AN INDICATION OF THE COMPETENCY OF THE EXCELLENCE OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, HE'S -- UNDER 1%, .18%, THERE MUST BE MORE TO BE FIRED THAN THAT. THE DATA SHOWS THE OPPOSITE. THE FEDERAL WORK FORCE HAS CONSISTENTLY BEEN UNDERSTOOD TO BE THE BEST QUALIFIED PUBLIC EMPLOYEES IN THE COUNTRY. WHETHER -- HOWEVER YOU LOOK AT THEM. AND PARTICULARLY WITH THEIR EDUCATION AND WITH THEIR EFFORT. THE FIRST REASON THE SPONSOR GIVES FOR THIS BILL, AND I AM QUOTING HIM, THAT THE MANAGERS SIMPLY LOSE TRACK OF TIME AND AREN'T AWARE OF THE ONE-YEAR DEADLINE APPROACHING. END QUOTE. WHO'S COMPETENCY SHOULD WE BE CHECKING? NOT THE EMPLOYEES, SURELY. MANAGEMENT SHOULD BE DOING ITS JOB. THEY ARE PAID BIG FEDERAL BUCKS PRECISELY FOR THAT. BUT THEY'RE PAID TO DO SOMETHING ELSE. THEY ARE PAID TO OBSERVE. THEY'RE NOT OBSERVING IF THEY'RE NOT EVEN LOOKING FOR THE ONE-YEAR DEADLINE, WHEREIN THEY COULD FIRE AN EMPLOYEE. THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO ASSIST EMPLOYEES DURING THAT FIRST YEAR. THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO HELP CORRECT EMPLOYEES DURING THAT FIRST YEAR. WHAT ARE THEY DOING DURING THAT FIRST YEAR? LOSING TRACK OF IT? AND WHO SHOULD BEAR THE BURDEN? THE EMPLOYEE WHO MAY BE PERFECTLY COMPETENT BUT WASN'T RECEIVING THE ASSISTANCE OR THE OVERSIGHT FOR WHICH SHE WAS ENTITLED? WE ARE MOVING WITHOUT INFORMATION THAT WOULD HELP US UNDERSTAND IF THERE IS A PROBLEM , WHAT IS THE REASON FOR NOT CALLING WITNESSES TO FIND OUT IF THERE IS A PROBLEM, BECAUSE IF THERE IS ONE, WE OUGHT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. WE DO KNOW THIS. 36% OF ALL THE EMPLOYEES DISMISSED ARE DISMISSED IN THAT FIRST YEAR. THAT WOULD SEEM TO INDICATE THAT MAYBE MANAGEMENT IS DOING ITS JOB. TODAY'S YOUNG WORK FORCE IS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR BETTER OPPORTUNITIES. PASS THIS BILL AND YOU CHASE AWAY THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST FROM EVEN APPLYING TO WORK FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 03:41:38 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                              MR. CONNOLLY

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. IT GIVES ME GREAT PLEASURE TO RECOGNIZE A MEMBER…

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. IT GIVES ME GREAT PLEASURE TO RECOGNIZE A MEMBER OF THE GOVERNMENT AND YOFE SIGHT REFORM COMMITTEE, -- OVERSIGHT REFORM COMMITTEE, SOMEBODY WHO GRASSNESS THESE ISSUES FUNDAMENTALLY, MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA. FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM VIRGINIA FOR THOSE COMMENTS…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM VIRGINIA FOR THOSE COMMENTS ON MY BEHALF.

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                              MR. DESAULNIER

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 4182, THE ENSURING A…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 4182, THE ENSURING A QUALIFIED CIVIL SERVICE ACT. H.R. 4182 UNNECESSARILY DOUBLES THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES FROM ONE TO TWO YEARS. DURING THIS PERIOD, EMPLOYEES HAVE ESSENTIALLY NO DUE PROCESS RIGHTS AND CAN BE REMOVED FOR ANY REASON OR NO REASON AT ALL WITH NO RIGHT TO APPEAL. THIS IS AN ARBITRARY CHANGE TO EXISTING POLICY AND THERE IS NO EVIDENCE TO SUGGEST THAT EXTENDING THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD WILL ADDRESS ANY ISSUES SURROUNDING EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE OR THE DEPARTMENT PERFORMANCE. NOT ONLY ARE CANDIDATES FOR FEDERAL JOBS ALREADY PUT THROUGH EXTENSIVE SELECTION PROCESSES, BUT A YEAR IS SUFFICIENT FOR ANY COMPETENT MANAGER TO DETERMINE THE ABILITY OF ANY EMPLOYEE TO ACCOMPLISH THE JOB THAT THEY HAVE BEEN HIRED TO DO. THIS BILL WILL NOT IMPROVE AGENCY OUTCOMES BUT WOULD PEBBLIZE -- PENALIZE FEDERAL WORKERS BY WEAKENING THEIR DUE PROCESS RIGHTS. WITHOUT DUE PROCESS, FEDERAL EMPLOYEES WILL HAVE LITTLE PROTECTION AGAINST EMPLOYER DISCRIMINATE AND TERMINATION WITHOUT CAUSE -- DISCRIMINATION AND THE TERMINATION WITHOUT CAUSE. THESE DUE PROCESS RIGHTS ARE ALSO CRITICAL TO PROMOTING EQUITY FAIRNESS AND ENSURING THAT WHISTLEBLOWERS CONTINUE TO SPEAK UP WITHOUT FEAR OF RETALIATION. IT IS ALSO A CLEAR ATTEMPT TO UNDERMINE FEDERAL EMPLOYEES' RIGHTS TO UNIONIZE, SINCE THEY WOULD NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE UNTIL THEIR PROBATIONARY PERIODS ARE OVER. WE NEED EVIDENCE-BASED CHANGES THAT VALUE FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, MAKE THEIR WORKPLACES SAFE, PROTECT THEM AGAINST SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION AND ENSURE THAT THEIR VOICES ARE HEARD. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS SHORT-SIGHTED LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 03:43:54 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                              MR. CONNOLLY

                              I RESERVE MY TIME.

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                              THE CHAIR

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

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

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                              I RESERVE.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                              MR. CONNOLLY

                              I CONTINUE TO RESERVE, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              SOMEBODY NEEDS TO SPEAK.

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                              MR. CONNOLLY

                              CHAIRMAN, WE'RE WAITINGER -- WAITING FOR TWO MEMBERS WHO AREN'T HERE YET.…

                              CHAIRMAN, WE'RE WAITINGER -- WAITING FOR TWO MEMBERS WHO AREN'T HERE YET. CAN I INQUIRE OF THE CHAIR THE SCHEDULE ON THE AMENDMENTS? WHEN WILL WE PROCEED RIGHT AFTER THIS OPENING SET OF STATEMENTS?

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                              THE CHAIR

                              AFTER GENERAL DEBATE IS DONE, WE'LL PROCEED TO AMENDMENTS.

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                              MR. CONNOLLY

                              I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS CLARIFICATION. IT NOW GIVES ME GREAT PLEASURE…

                              I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS CLARIFICATION. IT NOW GIVES ME GREAT PLEASURE TO CALL ON MY COLLEAGUE FROM MARYLAND, PROFESSOR RASKIN, A VERY ABLE MEMBER OF THE OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                              MR. RASKIN

                              MR. CONNOLLY, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I APPRECIATE YOUR INVITATION AND I'M…

                              MR. CONNOLLY, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I APPRECIATE YOUR INVITATION AND I'M DELIGHTED TO BE HERE TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST H.R. 4182, THE SO-CALLED ENSURING A QUALIFIED CIVIL SERVICE ACT. AND THE FIRST COMPLAINT I'VE GOT TO LODGE ABOUT IT IS THE PROCESS BY WHICH IT'S TAKEN PLACE. THIS IS A RADICAL CHANGE IN CIVIL SERVICE HIRING POLICY AND IN THE WORKPLACE WITHOUT A HEARING. AND I KNOW WE'VE GROWN ACCUSTOMED TO THAT. BUT LET'S FOCUS ON THE FACT THAT HERE WE ARE IN THE NATION'S CAPITOL, WE'VE GOT ALL OF THE EMPLOYEES AND THE MANAGERS AND THE SUPERVISORS, EVERYBODY HERE, AND WE DIDN'T EVEN HAVE A HEARING TO DISCUSS WHY THIS MIGHT BE NECESSARY. THEN IT'S PASSED ON A COMPLETELY PARTY-LINE VOTE IN THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE. WHICH LEADS TO THE SUSPICION THAT THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE INTEGRITY OF THE CIVIL SERVICE OR THE EXCELLENCE OF THE CIVIL SERVICE, THE THINGS THAT WE SHOULD BE THINKING ABOUT, BUT IT HAS TO DO IN FACT WITH A PARTISAN MISSION AND I JUST --

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                              WOULD MY COLLEAGUE YIELD?

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                              MR. RASKIN

                              BY ALL MEANS.

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                              MR. CONNOLLY

                              I TREM TO BE SAY IT HERE IN FRONT OF THE BODY BUT I DON'T BELIEVE IT IS…

                              I TREM TO BE SAY IT HERE IN FRONT OF THE BODY BUT I DON'T BELIEVE IT IS AND I STAND TO BE CORRECTED IF THERE WAS A HEARING.

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                              MR. RASKIN

                              IS AND I STAND TO BE CORRECTED IF THERE WAS A HEARING.

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                              MR. CONNOLLY

                              DID WE ACT ON EVIDENCE-BASED POLICYMAKING? ARE THERE STUDIES AND DATA THAT…

                              DID WE ACT ON EVIDENCE-BASED POLICYMAKING? ARE THERE STUDIES AND DATA THAT SHOWS HOW SUCCESSFUL EXTENDING THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD WOULD BE FOR ALL OF THESE FEDERAL AGENCIES?

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                              MR. RASKIN

                              NOT TO MY KNOWLEDGE. I'M USED TO THAT COMING OUT OF THE STATE LEGISLATURE…

                              NOT TO MY KNOWLEDGE. I'M USED TO THAT COMING OUT OF THE STATE LEGISLATURE WHERE WE HAVE ENDLESS HEARINGS THAT GO ON UNTIL 2:00 IN THE MORNING OR SEVERAL DAYS BUT THERE WERE NO HEARINGS, NO EVIDENCE, NO EXPERT TESTIMONY. SO I COULDN'T FIGURE OUT WHAT WAS BEHIND IT. AND THEN I REALIZED THAT THERE'S THIS EFFORT TO DEMORALIZE THE FEDERAL WORK FORCE AND THERE WAS THIS EFFORT TO CREATE A KIND OF POLITICAL CONTROL OVER WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE FEDERAL WORKPLACE. .

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                            • 03:46:44 PM

                              MR. CONNOLLY

                              MR. SPEAKER, I EXTEND MY COLLEAGUE'S TIME BY A MINUTE.

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                              MR. RASKIN

                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I'M BAFFLED AND PUZZLED BY THE WAY THIS CAME ABOUT.…

                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I'M BAFFLED AND PUZZLED BY THE WAY THIS CAME ABOUT. I'M SCARED ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS FOR ALL OUR CONSTITUENTS WHO MAKE THE SACRIFICE OF GOING TO WORK FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO SERVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. BECAUSE THEY'RE GOING INTO THE WORKPLACE AND I THINK MOST PEOPLE ARE USED TO A PROBATIONARY PERIOD OF THREE MONTHS OR SIX MOVANTS, WE HAD A YEAR. NOW WE'RE DOUBLING IT TO TWO YEARS, AT A TIME WHEN THERE'S AN ADMINISTRATION INTIMIDATING PEOPLE FOR DOING THEIR JOBS, FOR EXAMPLE, FOR DOING RESEARCH IN CLIMATE CHANGE, THEY ARE FACE REGULAR PRIZALS IN THE WORKPLACE. S THAT BILL THAT DESERVES TO GO DOWN IN DEFEAT. ANYBODY WHO REPRESENTS FEDERAL WORKERS SHOULD STAND UP STRONGLY AGAINST IT. IT SHOULD BE RETURN TO SENDER. LET'S HAVE REAL HEARINGS AND ANALYSIS. WITH THAT, I YELLED BACK TO MR. CONNOLLY AND THANK HIM FOR HIS COURTESY.

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                            • 03:47:45 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY.

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                              MR. COMER

                              I RESERVE.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                              MR. CONNOLLY

                              I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS AT THIS TIME.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK?

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                              MR. CONNOLLY

                              I YIELD BACK.

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                              MR. COMER

                              I YEELED MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO…

                              I YEELED MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO DEFINE WHAT THE PRBATIONNARY PERIOD IS AND WHAT IT IS NOT. ACCORDING TO THE MSPB, THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD IS A FINAL STEP IN THE EMPLOYEE SCREENING PROCESS WHEN AN INDIVIDUAL MUST DEMONSTRATE, QUOTE, WHY IT IS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO FINALIZE AN APPOINTMENT TO THE CIVIL SERVICE, END QUOTE. THIS IS NOT A PUNITIVE MEASURE. IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR A PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYEE TO PROVE THEIR QUALIFIED TO SERVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THROUGH A POSITION IN THE CIVIL SERVICE. THESE ARE CRITICALLY IMPORTANT JOBS AND WE NEED THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST TO FILL THEM. A LONGER PROBATIONARY PERIOD GIVES ALL NEW HIRES TIME TO COMPLETE THEIR TRAIN, LEARN ON THE JOB, AND DEMONSTRATE THAT THEY CAN PERFORM THE ROLE THEY WERE HIRED TO DO. THIS IS A -- THIS IS GOOD FOR OUR GOVERNMENT. GOOD FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES. AND GOOD FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 03:49:03 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED.…

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE MINUTE RULE AND SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. NO AMENDMENT TO THE BILL SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115- 430. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT BY A MEMBER KEZZIG -- DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPESS SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY A PROPONENT AND OPPONENT, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-430. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                              THE CLERK

                              AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-430, OFFERED BY MR.…

                              AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-430, OFFERED BY MR. HASTINGS OF FLORIDA.

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                            • 03:49:56 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              PURSUANT TO HOUSERES. LAUGS 635, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS,…

                              PURSUANT TO HOUSERES. LAUGS 635, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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                            • 03:50:06 PM

                              MR. HASTINGS IS

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. FOR FAR TOO LONG, THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IN…

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. FOR FAR TOO LONG, THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IN CONGRESS HAS TREATED FEDERAL WORKERS AS IF THEY ARE THE PROBLEM. WE'VE SPENT YEARS BEATING UP ON FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, IMPLEMENTING PAY FREEZES, IMPLEMENTING HIRING FREEZES, AND CUTTING BENEFITS IN ORDER TO DRIVE EMPLOYEES AWAY FROM GOVERNMENT SERVICE. THE LEGISLATION WE ARE DEBATING TODAY CONTINUES THIS OFFENSIVE AND IT IS AN UNFAIR TREND. THIS BILL DOUBLES THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD FOR EMPLOYEES OF THE CIVIL SERVICE. IN AN EFFORT TO MAKE IT EASIER TO FIRE EMPLOYEES WITHOUT GIVING THEM ANY CHANCE TO CHALLENGE THAT DECISION. IN DOING SO, MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS ARE SENDING A CLEAR MESSAGE, AND THAT MESSAGE IS THAT THEY SEE FEDERAL EMPLOYEES AS UNTRUSTWORTHY AND UNWORTHY OF BEING SECURE IN THEIR EMPLOYMENT. THE AMENDMENT I'M OFFERING WOULD EXEMPT THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED THIS COUNTRY THROUGH PROGRAMS SUCH AS THE PEACE CORPS AND AMERICORPS FROM THE TWO-YEAR PROBATIONARY PERIOD UNDER THIS LEGISLATION, INSTEAD KEEPING THEM AT THE ONE-YEAR LEVEL OF PROBATION ALREADY IN EFFECT. LAST NIGHT, I OFFERED AN AMENDMENT AT THE RULES COMMITTEE TO EXTEND THE SAME EXEMPTION FOR VETERANS BUT IT WAS BLOCKED FROM CONSIDERATION. LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN. BECAUSE I WANT EVERYONE WATCHING TO HEAR ME LOUDLY AND CLEARLY. LAST NIGHT, THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY ON THE RULES COMMITTEE VOTED TO BLOCK AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD HAVE PROTECTED VETERANS EMPLOYED IN THE GOVERNMENT FROM BEING FIRED WITHOUT CAUSE. I WAS TOLD BY MY COLLEAGUE WHO INTRODUCED THIS BILL THAT BEING ABLE TO FIRE VETERANS WITHIN A TWO-YEAR PROBATIONARY PERIOD, VETERANS WOULD HAVE ALREADY SERVED TWO OR MORE YEARS BEFORE BECOMING CIVIL SERVANTS AT THAT LEVEL, BUT I WAS TOLD THAT WITHOUT GIVING THEM ANY PROTECTIONS, RESOURCE OR EVEN AN ABILITY TO IMPROVE, QUOTE, HELPS THE VETERANS, JUST LIKE IT HELPS EVERYONE. WELL, MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M HERE TO TELL YOU THAT'S HOGWASH. VETERANS SHOULD NOT NEED TO PROVE THEMSELVES WORTHY OF A GOVERNMENT JOB FOR A FULL TWO YEARS BEFORE THEY ARE AFFORDED THE RIGHTS THAT SHOULD BE INHERENT IN THEIR POSITION. WE OUGHT TO BE SPENDING TIME WORKING TO STRENGTHEN OUR FEDERAL WORK FORCE THROUGH BETTER TRAINING AND MORE PLENTIFUL DIVERSITY PROGRAMS. INSTEAD, THIS BILL NEEDLESSLY UNDERMINE OURS CIVIL SERVICE AND THE FINE PEOPLE WHO WORK WITHIN IT WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY MAKING IT A LESS ATTRACTIVE PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT FOR OUR BEST AND BRIGHTEST AT A TIME WHEN WE'RE IN DESPERATE NEED OF SUCH PEOPLE. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD PROTECT THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY SERVED OUR COUNTRY IN THE NATIONAL SERVICE FROM THIS BILL'S INTENTIONS. IN MY OPINION, WE SHOULD BE EXPANDING PROTEXTS FOR EVERYONE, FOR VETERANS, FOR WOMEN, FOR MINORITIES, FOR LGBTQ AMERICANS, AND ESPECIALLY FOR DISABLED AMERICANS. LET ME SAY ONE MORE THING I SAID LAST NIGHT AND THAT IS WITH DUE RESPECT TO MY COLLEAGUE MR. CONNOLLY WHO IS MANAGING FOR THE MINORITY IN THIS CASE AND THE EXTRAORDINARY NUMBER OF CONSTITUENTS THAT HE AND THE MEMBERS BOTH REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT AND THE -- IN THIS AREA HERE OF METROPOLITAN WASHINGTON, THEY DO AN INCREDIBLE JOB AND THEIR CONSTITUENTS, VIRTUALLY ALL ARE SAYING TO THEM THAT THIS IS AN UNNECESSARY MEASURE. I'M SURE THAT MR. CONNOLLY HAS MADE THAT VERY CLEAR. I HEARD HIM INTRODUCE MEASURES THAT I INTRODUCED AND TISSUE IN THE RULES COMMITTEE LAST NIGHT FROM A VARIETY OF ORGANIZATIONS AND I WILL NOT BURDEN MORE BUT TO SAY THAT WE SHOULD BE ABOUT THE BUSINESS OF TRYING TO BUILD A FEDERAL WORK FORCE AND NOT PUT OBSTACLES IN THEIR WAY. I URGE A YES VOTE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 03:55:03 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. --

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                              THE CHAIR

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

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

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                              I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                              MR. COMER

                              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. COMER

                              NOT CREATE AN EXEMPTION FOR ALUMNI OR THE PEACE CORPS, AMERICORPS OR OTHER…

                              NOT CREATE AN EXEMPTION FOR ALUMNI OR THE PEACE CORPS, AMERICORPS OR OTHER SERVICING OR NEE -- ORGANIZATIONS, IT PUTS THEM AT A DISADVANTAGE. THEY WOULD HAVE LESS TIME TO PROVE THEMS BEFORE MANAGERS CHOOSE TO KEEP THEM OR LET THEM GO THIS COULD MEAN FEWER ARE RETAINED AT THE END OF THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD. UNDER THE CURRENT ONE-YEAR SYSTEM, SUPERVISORS OFTEN DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO DETERMINE WHETHER A POTENTIAL EMPLOYEE IS A GOOD FIT FOR THE JOB. MANAGERS TO END AEROON THE SIDE OF RELEASING AN EMPLOYEE WHO SON THE FENCE AT THE END OF A PROBATIONARY PERIOD. NEW HIRES TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DESERVE AMPLE TIME TO DEMONSTRATE THAT THEY ARE ABLE TO PERFORM ALL CRITICAL ASPECTS OF THE JOB. H.R. 41 2 GIVES THEM MORE TIME. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD ACTUALLY PUT CERTAIN GROUPS AT A DISADVANTAGE IN COMPARISON TO THE REST OF THE FEDERAL WORK FORCE. ALUMNI OF THE PEACE CORPS, AMEIRICORPS AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS WOULD HAVE ONE YEAR TO DEMONSTRATE THE SKILLS AND CORPS COMPETENCIES REQUIRED FOR THE FEDERAL JOB THEY'RE SEEKING. THEIR THREES WOULD HAVE TWO YEARS. THE SPIRIT OF THIS AMENDMENT IS ADMIRABLE BUT THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCE OF ADOPTING IT WILL BE THAT THE VERY PEOPLE THE AMENDMENT IS MEANT TO BENEFIT WOULD BE AT A DISADVANTAGE. THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD IS NOT A PUNISHMENT. IT IS AN EXTENSION OF THE HIRING PROCESS AND A TOOL TO HELP ENSURE A QUALIFIED CIVIL SERVICE. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD CREATE ADDITIONAL CLASSES OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES AND UNNECESSARILY ADD COMPLEXITY TO AN ALREADY COMPLEX SYSTEM. I URGE MEMBERS TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THERE'S NO OTHER TIME REMAINING IN OPPOSITION. THE…

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THERE'S NO OTHER TIME REMAINING IN OPPOSITION. THE GENTLEMAN HAS THE ONLY TIME REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 03:57:36 PM

                              MR. COMER

                              THE VOTE -- YEAS AND NAYS.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              DOES THE GENTLEMAN REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE?

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                              MR. COMER

                              YES.

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                              THE CHAIR

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

                              PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA WILL BE POSTPONED. THE CHAIR UNDERSTANDS THAT AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 WILL NOT BE OFFERED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 3. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

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                              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT -- I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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                              THE CLERK

                              NUMBER OFFERED BY MR. GIANFORTE OF MONTANA.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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                              MR. GIANFO TRMBINGS E

                              TRMBINGS E: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT --

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                              MR. GIANFORTE

                              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO MODIFY THE AMENDMENT.

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                              THE CLERK

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                              12 -- MR. GEE AHN FORTE

                              I --

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                              MR. GIANFORTE

                              I ASK THAT THE READ BEING DISPENSED WITH.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. GIANFORTE

                              A LONGER EVALUATION TIME IS REQUIRED, BUT A LONGER PROBATIONARY PERIOD…

                              A LONGER EVALUATION TIME IS REQUIRED, BUT A LONGER PROBATIONARY PERIOD WON'T ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING IF SUPERVISORS DON'T USE THE EXTENDED TIME PROPERLY. MANAGERS OFTEN DON'T KNOW THE END DATES FOR PROBATIONARY EMPLOYEES UNDER THEIR SUPERVISION. BECAUSE PROBATIONARY PERIODS END AUTOMATICALLY WITHOUT ACTION BY A SUPERVISOR, AN EMPLOYEE CAN BE HIRED WITHOUT A COMPLETE ASSESSMENT OF WHETHER THE EMPLOYEE IS QUALIFIED FOR FULL FEDERAL SERVICE. A 2015 GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT RECOMMENDED AUTOMATED SYSTEMS TO NOTIFY SUPERVISORS WHEN THE END OF AN INDIVIDUAL'S PROBATIONARY PERIOD IS IMMINENT. AGENCIES HAVE THESE SYSTEMS. THEY JUST NEED TO USE THEM. MY AMENDMENT REQUIRES SUPERVISORS TO BE NET FI -- NOTIFIED AS A SERIES OF REGULAR INTERVALS IN ADVANCE OF THE EXPIRATION OF A PROBATIONARY PERIOD. NOTIFICATIONS OCCUR AT ONE YEAR, SIX MONTHS, AND THREE MONTHS BEFORE THE SCHEDULED COMPLETION OF A PROBATIONARY PERIOD. THIS WILL REMIND SUPERVISORS OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES TO OBSERVE EMPLOYEES AND PROVIDE FEEDBACK THROUGHOUT THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD. IT WILL ALSO REMIND SUPERVISORS TO DECIDE WHETHER THE EMPLOYEE IS FIT FOR FEDERAL SERVICE. I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 04:00:42 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. DOES ANY MEMBER SEEK TIME FOR OPPOSITION?

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                              THE CHAIR

                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              MR. CONNOLLY

                              I HAVE NO SPEAKERS ON THIS SIDE. I DO RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. CONNOLLY

                              MR. CHAIRMAN -- AS THE CHAIRMAN INDICATED, I APPRECIATE THE INTENT OF MY…

                              MR. CHAIRMAN -- AS THE CHAIRMAN INDICATED, I APPRECIATE THE INTENT OF MY FRIEND FROM MONTANA, BUT THIS IS A BAD BILL. WE OUGHT TO BE STUDYING THE EFFECT OF THE EXISTING PILOT PROGRAM AT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO SEE HOW IT WORKS AND WE OUGHT TO BE ADOPTING THE G.A.O. RECOMMENDATION OF BETTER TRAINING FOR SUPERVISORS WHO THE G.A.O. FOUND WERE ILL EQUIPPED TO EVALUATE EMPLOYEES DURING ONE OR TWO YEAR PRO BEAGSARY PERIODS. MY FRIEND MY -- MAY AGREE WITH THIS, OUR COMMITTEE IS THE LOCUST FOR GOVERNMENT-WIDE INITIATIVES SUCH AS THIS. WE HAVE HAD NOT HAD A SINGLE HEARING ON THIS BILL OR FRANKLY ON THE SUBJECT. AND I THINK THAT'S A HUGE MISTAKE. WE ARE PUTTING THE CART BEFORE THE HORSE. I THINK WE OUGHT TO RETURN TO A MORE EMPIRICAL-BASED POLICY MAKING ESPECIALLY WHEN IT IS A POLICY THAT WILL AFFECT EVERY FUTURE FEDERAL EMPLOYEE AND THOSE NUMBERS ARE HUGE GIVEN THE BABY BOOM BULGE READY TO RETIRE. THAT'S 40% OF THE WORK FORCE AND HAS TO BE REPLACED. WHILE I APPRECIATE THE INTENT OF MY FRIEND FROM MONTANA, IT IS IN THAT CONTEXT I RISE IN OPPOSITION, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 04:02:32 PM

                              THE CHAIR

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

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

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                            • 04:02:35 PM

                              MR. GIANFORTE

                              I URGE ADOPTION OF THIS AMENDMENT AND THE UNDERLYING BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

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                              THE CHAIR

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

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT AS MODIFIED OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT, THE AMENDMENT AS MODIFIED IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-430. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            • 04:03:06 PM

                              MR. CONNOLLY

                              I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                              THE CLERK

                              PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-430 OFFERED BY MR. CONNOLLY OF VIRGINIA.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. CONNOLLY AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL…

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. CONNOLLY AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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                            • 04:03:23 PM

                              MR. CONNOLLY

                              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. UNDER H.R. 4182 THE PRO…

                              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. UNDER H.R. 4182 THE PRO BEAGSARY PERIOD FOR ALL FEDERAL EMPLOYEES IS EXTENDED FOR AN ADDITIONAL YEAR. ALL NEW EMPLOYEES ARE PUNISHED EQUALLY AND SUPERVISORS ARE GIVEN NO NEW TOOLS TO IMPROVE THEIR USE. IN FEBRUARY OF 2016 AS I HAVE MENTIONED BEFORE, THE G.A.O. REPORT STUDYING THE RULES TO DISMISS EMPLOYEES FOR POOR PERFORMANCE SUGGEST THAT THE OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT LOOK THERE ARE SOME JOBS THAT COULD BE EXTENDED FOR ONE YEAR OR NOT. WE HEARD TESTIMONY FROM A NUMBER OF COLLEAGUES WHO REPRESENT AREAS WITH BIG FEDERALIZED CONCENTRATIONS, SUCH AS THE WEATHER SERVICE IN OKLAHOMA AND C.D.C. WITH A TWO-YEAR PROBATION AREA PERIOD MAY IMPEDE THE ABILITY TO HIRE THE SKILLED WORKERS. IT IS SOMETHING TO BE LOOKED INTO. IT DOES NOT CALL FOR THE EXTENSION. I FILED THIS AMENDMENT TO REQUIRE THE G.A.O. TO CONDUCT A STUDY ON THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE THAT HAVE USED THIS TOOL, A TWO YEAR PRO BEAGSARY PERIOD. A TWO-YEAR PRO BEAGSARY PERIOD WAS ENACTED IN 2016 AND AS THE LARGEST FEDERAL AGENCY, THIS EXTENSION WOULD PROVIDE A GOOD CASE STUDY ON THE POTENTIAL IMPACTS, GOOD, BAD AND INDIFFERENT ON THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US. IT'S A STUDY WE OUGHT TO DO BEFORE WE ADOPT A BILL. SINCE EXTENDING THE PERIOD HAS BEEN WORKING OUT SO WELL, IT OUGHT TO BE EXTENDED ACROSS THE ENTIRE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THIS POLICY ONLY AFFECTED THOSE WHO ARE HIRED AFTER NOVEMBER 25 15. THE FORMER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE AS I MENTIONED IN EARLIER STATEMENTS TESTIFIED BEFORE THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE THAT THE DEPARTMENT HAS DONE LITTLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT LEGISLATION. THAT'S HIS TESTIMONY. THEREFORE, THERE ARE ONLY A SMALL NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE COMPLETED THE TWO YEAR PRO BEAGSARY PED AND TOO SOON TO DECLARE IT A SUCCESS OR FAILURE. MY AMENDMENT WOULD HAVE THE G.A.O. GIVE US GUIDANCE, HOW DOES IT WORK, HAS IT HELPED, DOES IT HURT, ARE THERE SOME THINGS WE HAVEN'T ANTICIPATED? THE STUDY WOULD LOOK INTO WHETHER THE PERIOD HAS THE AEFFECT OF AN ABILITY TO RECRUIT OR RETAIN. 40% OF THE WORK FORCE IS ELIGIBLE FOR RETIREMENT. AND WE HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT RECRUITMENT. GATHERING THE DATA IS A NECESSARY FIRST STEP, NOT A LAST STEP OR AN AFTERTHOUGHT BEFORE DECIDING TO CHANGE A LAW WHICH HAS PROFOUND IMPACT ON FEDERAL AGENCIES. THIS BILL, AS I SAID TO MY FRIEND FROM KENTUCKY MAY YET PROVE TO BE A GOOD IDEA, BUT WE DON'T KNOW. THERE REMAIN A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT THE EFFICACY OF THIS PROPOSAL. IT IS RISKY AND COULD HAVE NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES SOME OF WHICH WE HAVEN'T SEEN. TWO WEEKS AGO, THIS BODY ADOPTED A POLICY OF EVIDENCE-BASED POLICY MAKING, SO LET'S PUT IT INTO IMPLEMENTATION WITH THIS BILL. LET'S LOOK FOR SOME EVIDENCE, EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE TO JUSTIFY THE ADOPTION OF SUCH A SWEEPING BILL. SO I CALL FOR THE ADOPTION OF MY AMENDMENT. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              THE CHAIR

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

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

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                              MR. COMER

                              RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE JEA'S AMENDMENT. EXTENDING THE PRO…

                              RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE JEA'S AMENDMENT. EXTENDING THE PRO BEAGSARY PERIOD IS NOT A NEW IDEA. FEDERAL MANAGED GROUPS HAVE ADVOCATED FOR AN EXTENDED PRO BEAGSARY PERIOD. THEY CONDUCTED A STUDY IN FEBRUARY OF 2015. IN THAT STUDY, CHIEF HUMAN CAPITAL OFFICERS TOLD G.A.O. A LONGER PROBATIONARY PERIOD COULD HELP SUPERVISORS TO MAKE ASSESSMENTS FOR THOSE OCCUPATIONS THAT ARE PARTICULARLY COMPLEX OR DIFFICULT TO ASSESS. G.A.O. ALSO RECOMMENDED CONSIDERING, QUOTE, EXTENDING THE SUPERVISORY PROBATIONARY PERIOD BEYOND ONE YEAR TO INCLUDE ONE FULL APPRAISAL CYCLE. IN 2005, THE MERIT SYSTEMS PROTECTION BOARD COMPLETED A STUDY AND RECOMMENDED LONGER PROBATIONARY PERIODS WHEN AN AGENCY DEEMS IT NECESSARY TO FULLY EVALUATE A PROBATIONNER. IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO WAIT FOR MORE STUDIES. THIS AMENDMENT STRIKES THE ENTIRE BILL, MEANING THE CURRENT PERIOD WOULD REMAIN THE SAME THAT THE PROBLEMS AT G.A.O. AND OTHERS HAVE IDENTIFIED WOULD PERSIST. THIS UNDERMINES THE ENTIRE PURPOSE OF THE BILL WHICH IS TO ALLOW MANAGERS WHO ARE TIME TO CONDUCT A ASSESSMENT OF PROBATIONARY FEDERAL EMPLOYEES. I URGE MEMBERS TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. AND I RESERVE.

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                            • 04:08:56 PM

                              THE CHAIR

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

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR HIS ONE REMAINING MINUTE.

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                            • 04:09:01 PM

                              MR. CONNOLLY

                              I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MR. RASKIN.

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                              MR. RASKIN

                              THANK YOU, MR. CONNELLLY. AND I SALUTE AS A CHAMPION FOR THOSE OF YOUR…

                              THANK YOU, MR. CONNELLLY. AND I SALUTE AS A CHAMPION FOR THOSE OF YOUR QUINTS WHO WORK IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND IN MARYLAND, WE HAVE LOTS OF THEM. NOT JUST THERE. 85% OF THE WORK FORCE LIVES OUTSIDE OF THE WASHINGTON, MAD AND VIRGINIA AREA. KENTUCKY AND CALIFORNIA AND SOUTH CALIFORNIA. THIS WOULD APPLY TO ALL NEW EMPLOYEES, MILLIONS OF PEOPLE COMING INTO THE WORK FORCE WOULD BE ADDED DOUBLING THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD. IMAGINE IF YOU WERE TRYING TO HIRE FOR YOUR SMALL BUSINESS AND TELL PEOPLE THEY WERE GOING TO BE ON PROBATION FOR TWO YEARS WITH NONE OF THE RIGHTS THAT YOU HAD VESTED THAN IF YOU HAD GOTTEN HIRED AND BEEN PART OF THE WORK FORCE. THEY ARE WILLING IN THIS BILL TO GIVE PEOPLE A WHOLE EXTRA YEAR AND NOT WILLING TO WAIT A YEAR FOR THE G.A.O. TO DO A PROPER STUDY SO WE USE EVIDENCE-BASED POLICY MAKING AS THE GENTLEMAN SAYS. THAT IS THE VERY LEAST WE CAN DO. THE GOOD THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY SAID THERE WAS A STUDY DONE 10 YEARS AGO --

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY IS…

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

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                            • 04:10:23 PM

                              MR. COMER

                              I URGE MEMBERS TO VOTE NO ON THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE…

                              I URGE MEMBERS TO VOTE NO ON THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 04:10:29 PM

                              THE CHAIR

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

                              THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT --

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                            • 04:10:39 PM

                              MR. CONNOLLY

                              I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

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                              THE CHAIR

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

                              PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6, RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA WILL BE POSTPONED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, PROCEEDINGS WILL NOW RESUME ON THOSE AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-430 ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER. AMENDMENT NUMBER 1, AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 BY MR. CONNELLLY OF VIRGINIA. THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TWO MINUTES AFTER THE FIRST VOTE IN THIS SERIES. THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-430 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND THE AYES PREVAILED.

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