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House Session - December 12, 2017

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

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  • 10:00:32 AM

    MORNING-HOUR DEBATE

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

    • 10:00:39 AM

      TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

      PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR WILL RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM LISTS SUBMITTED FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE. THE CHAIR WILL ALTERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN PARTIES. ALL TIME SHALL BE ALLOCATED AND NO DEBATE SHALL CONTINUE BEYOND 11:50. EACH MEMBER SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. KELLY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:01:13 AM

      MR. KELLY

      I THANK THE SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR ONE OF OUR FOOTBALL TEAM'S BACK…

      I THANK THE SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR ONE OF OUR FOOTBALL TEAM'S BACK HOME. THIS TEAM -- THIS IS ERIE CATHEDRAL PREP, THE RAMBLERS FROM ERIE CATHEDRAL PREP. THIS IS AN OUTSTANDING FOOTBALL TEAMS. WHEN WE COME HERE WE OFTEN TALK ABOUT THINGS AND WE TEND TO TALK ABOUT WHAT'S GOING AROUND OUR DISTRICT AND WHAT WE'RE PROUD OF. THESE TYPES OF CHAMPIONSHIPS THAT ARE WON, WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEKEND, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT EVERY SINGLE PLAYER WILL REMEMBER FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE, THEIR PARENTS WILL REMEMBER IT, MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WILL REMEMBER IT. YOU KNOW, TO BE ABLE TO STAND HERE TODAY AND TALK ABOUT THE RAMBLERS IS REALLY AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ME AND TRULY AN HONOR. THIS IS THE SECOND STRAIGHT PENNSYLVANIA QUAD A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. CATHEDRAL PREP BEAT CHARTER LAST WEEK BY A SCORE OF 38-28. THIS YEAR'S CHAMPIONSHIP MAKES THE RAMBLERS BACK-TO-BACK PENNSYLVANIA STATE CHAMPIONS, AND IT IS THEIR FOURTH STATE FOOTBALL TITLE OVERALL. LED BY COACH MIKE MICHLER, THE RAMBLERS HAVE GONE 42-2, RACKING UP YOU 28 CONSECUTIVE WINS OVER THE LAST THREE SEASONS. NOW, ACHIEVING BACK-TO-BACK STATE TITLES SETS THESE RAMBLERS APART EVEN IN THE STORIED OF PENNSYLVANIA STATE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL. AND THEY HAVE A GREAT SOURCE OF PRIDE FOR NOT ONLY THE CITY OF ERIE BUT ALL OF NORTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA. IT'S ALSO WORTH MENTIONING THAT WILMINGTON HIGH SCHOOL WHO GAVE IT THEIR ALL IN A LOSS LAST WEEK IN PENNSYLVANIA'S PI-82-A STATE TITLE FOOTBALL GAME. THIS WAS THE GRAY HOUNDS THIRD TRIP UNDER THEIR LEGENDARY COACH WHO ANNOUNCED RETIREMENT AFTER 40 YEARS ON THE JOB RIGHT AFTER THE GAME. IN THOSE 40 YEARS, HE AMASSED 214 WINS MAKING HIM THE 15TH HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COACH IN PENNSYLVANIA'S ESTEEMED FOOTBALL HISTORY TO REACH THE 300 WIN PLATEAU. MORE VALUABLE THAN ANY VICTORIES ARE THE COUNTLESS VICTORIES HE HELPS HIS YOUNG PLAYERS ACHIEVE IN THEIR LIVES OFF THE FIELD AND I THINK SOMETIMES WE MISS THE REALLY -- THE STRONG POINT ABOUT COMPETITION AT THE SCHOLASTIC LEVEL OR ANY LEVEL. I WILL TELL YOU FOR BOTH THESE TEAMS, THIS ERIE PREP TEAM, FOR A LOT OF THESE YOUNG MEN, THIS MISSION STARTED WHEN THEY WERE PLAYING LITTLE MIDGET FOOTBALL OR PEE-WEE FOOTBALL AND IT CONTINUED ALL THROUGH THEIR LIVES. THEIR PARENTS SUPPORTING THEM AS THEY GO ALONG. THEIR COMMUNITIES SUPPORTING THEM AS THEY GO ALONG, AND THESE GUYS ARE ALWAYS ONE MOMENT, ONE THOUGHT, ONE MEMORY AWAY FROM BEING RIGHT BACK ON THIS FIELD IN HERSHEY, PENNSYLVANIA, AND WINNING THE STATE TITLE. THE SAME WITH THE GREYHOUNDS. THERE'S NO OTHER PLACE IN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL HISTORY WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL. PEOPLE TALK ABOUT TEXAS. THEY TALK ABOUT PENNSYLVANIA. BUT I GOT TO TELL YOU. THE FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS STORY STARTED IN PENNSYLVANIA. WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO MY FRIENDS FROM TEXAS, THE KEYSTONE STATE WAS THE FIRST WHEN IT CAME TO FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS. AND THE GREAT PRIDE IT BROUGHT TO THESE COMMUNITIES. THE 2017 TEAMS OF CATHEDRAL PREP AND WILMINGTON HIGH SCHOOL ALONG WITH PINE RICHLAND RAMS WHICH IS JUST OUTSIDE THE THIRD DISTRICT AND THEY WON A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP, AGAIN, THEY ADD TO THIS REALLY STORIED HISTORY OF FOOTBALL IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA. MORE IMPORTANTLY, THEY ADD TO THE LOCAL LOHR AND PRIDE OF STRENGTH IN COMMUNITIES LIKE ERIE AND NEW WILMINGTON, PENNSYLVANIA. THE HARD WORK, THE PERSEVERANCE, THE HOMETOWN PRIDE THAT ALLOWED EACH OF THESE TEAMS TO REACH A CHAMPIONSHIP IS A REFLECTION ON THE COMMUNITIES, THE FAMILIES, AND THE PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN THESE TOWNS. SO, AGAIN, I SAY TO THE RAMBLERS, THE RAMS, CONGRATULATIONS, GREAT JOB, GUYS. ALTHOUGH I AM A GOLDEN TORNADO FROM BUTLER, PENNSYLVANIA, I AM PROUD TO SAY GO RAMBLERS, GO GREYHOUNDS, AND GO, RAMS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:05:25 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, FOR FIVE…

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

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    • 10:05:28 AM

      MR. BLUMENAUER

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. BY NOW ENOUGH OF THE HARSH REALITY OF THE…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. BY NOW ENOUGH OF THE HARSH REALITY OF THE REPUBLICAN TAX PLAN HAS BEEN DISCOVERED BY AMERICANS. THAT IS WHY MOST ARE OPPOSED. THEY OPPOSE A HUGE TRANSFER OF WEALTH TO THOSE WHO DON'T NEED IT FROM THE MAJORITY OF MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS WHO DO NEED HELP. THEY'RE AGAINST GIVING HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO THE LARGEST CORPORATIONS AND THE RICHEST AMERICANS WITH INCREASED BORROWING ON OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. THEIR PROPOSAL WOULD COST ABOUT $2.3 TRILLION INCREASED DEBT AND INTEREST. THEY'RE RAISING TAXES ON ALMOST NINE MILLION MIDDLE-INCOME PEOPLE WITH VERY HIGH MEDICAL BILLS. THE ALZHEIMER'S TAX IS A BAD IDEA, AND PEOPLE HATE IT. PEOPLE NOTICED THAT THE HUGE PERMANENT TAX BREAKS FOR BUSINESS AND THE WEALTHY, THEY'VE GOT THEIRS, BUT THE TAX RELIEF FOR MIDDLE AMERICANS IS TEMPORARY AND WILL DISAPPEAR OVER TIME. BY 2023, THE AVERAGE AMERICAN WHO MAKES $30,000 A YEAR OR LESS WILL SEE A TAX INCREASE. BY 2027, ALL TAX BRACKETS UNDER $75,000 ARE GOING TO SEE A TAX INCREASE. BECAUSE THE REPUBLICANS WILL CHANGE THE WAY THAT TAX BRACKETS ARE ADJUSTED FOR INFLATION, WE'RE GOING TO SEE PEOPLE PULLED UP INTO EVER HIGHER TAX RATES, A STEALTH TAX INCREASE. FOR MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS, THEIR TAX RELIEF IS A POLITICAL FOOTBALL WHILE THE RICH AND THE POWERFUL ARE PROTECTED. OF COURSE, THERE ARE OTHER STRANGE CHANGES THAT ARE GOING TO COME OUT -- THINGS THAT ARE GOING TO COME OUT ON AN ONGOING BASIS. IT'S STILL BEING MASSAGED BEHIND THE SCENES. FOR EXAMPLE, WE FOUND THIS LAST WEEKEND THAT SOME PROFESSIONALS WHO MAKE BETWEEN $500,000 AND $650,000 A YEAR ARE GOING TO PAY A MARGINAL TAX RATE OF OVER 100%. FOR THAT EXTRA $100 THEY MAKE, THEY'RE GOING TO PAY $107 IN TAXES. ABSOLUTELY INSANE. PEOPLE ARE NOTICING THAT THIS PROPOSAL IS TRIGGERING SPENDING CUTS FOR MEDICARE, $25 BILLION SCHEDULED FOR NEXT YEAR, AND MEDICAID CUTS FOR THE ELDERLY AND DISABLED ARE ON THE HORIZON. THERE ARE MORE REASONS TO OPPOSE THIS PROPOSAL THAN I HAVE TIME TO LIST HERE THIS MORNING, BUT PERHAPS THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL FLAW HAS NOT BEEN GIVEN NEARLY ENOUGH ATTENTION. THE REPUBLICANS WOULD CHANGE TAXATION BASED ON HOW YOU MAKE YOUR MONEY, NOT HOW MUCH YOU MAKE. THE VERY HIGHEST TAXES WILL BE ON THE WAY THAT 80% OF AMERICANS MAKE THEIR INCOME, W-2 SALARY AND WAGES ARE GOING TO PAY THE HIGHEST RATE. IT'S GOING TO BE COLLECTED ON EACH PAYCHECK AND VERY HARD TO CUT CORNERS. THIS IS GOING TO OPEN A WHOLE NEW INDUSTRY. WHEN PEOPLE FIND THAT A C.P.A. WHO WORKS FOR A CORPORATION MAKING EXACTLY THE SAME MONEY AS SOMEBODY WHO IS A PROFESSIONAL DOING EXACTLY THE SAME JOB BUT PAYS FAR MORE IN TAXES, PEOPLE ARE GOING TO CASH IN ON A WHOLE NEW INDUSTRY IN TERMS OF HOW PEOPLE CAN CHANGE HOW THEIR INCOME IS CHARACTERIZED. THERE WILL BE A PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION, A PASS-THROUGH BUSINESS, PARTNERSHIPS, CLOSELY HELD CORPORATIONS, THEY WILL ALL BE TREATED DIFFERENTLY BASED ON OWNERSHIP, THE DAY-TO-DAY LEVEL OF INVOLVEMENT AND THE ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE. IN SHORT, ALL THE PEOPLE WHO EMPLOY LOBBYISTS ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO FIND A WAY TO PAY A LOWER TAX RATE THAN PEOPLE WHO JUST GET A PAYCHECK FOR SALARY AND WAGES. SINCE WHEN DOES REFORM OF THE TAX SYSTEM TAKE THIS PERVERTED FORM? IN FACT, THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO BE CHANGING THE FORM TO THOSE OTHER STRUCTURES WILL BE ABLE TO DEDUCT AS CORPORATIONS WILL THEIR STATE AND LOCAL PROPERTY TAXES, BUT INDIVIDUALS WILL NOT. IT'S UNFAIR, IT'S UNWISE. THIS MASSIVE TRANSFER OF WEALTH TO THE PEOPLE WHO NEED IT THE LEAST FINANCED BY OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WITH HIGHER DEBT AND CREATING A DIFFERENT CLASS OF TAXPAYER BASED NOT ON HOW MUCH YOU MAKE BUT HOW CLEVER YOU ARE TO BE ABLE TO UTILIZE DIFFERENCES THAT ARE CREATED BY THE ARMY OF LOBBYISTS THAT ARE AT WORK HERE ON CAPITOL HILL. IT SHOULD BE REJECTED.

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    • 10:11:02 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. MARSHALL, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. MARSHALL, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:11:07 AM

      MR. MARSHALL

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SAY THANKS TO OUR ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY MEN…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SAY THANKS TO OUR ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE OUR COUNTRY AND PROTECT OUR FREEDOMS AND A SPECIAL THANKS TO MY SOLDIERS FROM FORT RILEY WHO REPRESENT THE BIG RED ONE, THE FIRST INFANTRY DIVISION, WHO'S LAPEL PEN I PROUDLY WEAR TODAY, AND THE AIR MEN AND WOMEN AT MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE WHO PROUDLY SERVE THIS COUNTRY. AS WE APPROACH THE HOLIDAY SEASON, MANY WILL BE SURROUNDED BY LOVED ONES BUT AND WOMEN AT WE MUST NOT FORGET THE LOVED ONES WHO SACRIFICE THEIR TIME FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR NATION. KEEPING OUR TROOPS IN OUR THOUGHTS IS NOT ENOUGH, HOWEVER. CONGRESS MUST MOVE PAST THE BRINKSMANSHIP AND PROCRASTINATION THAT MOVES OUR GOVERNMENT FUNDED MOVING FROM ONE CONTINUING RESOLUTION TO THE NEXT. FAILING TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR A FULL FISCAL YEAR NOT ONLY CREATES CRISES BUT IT ROBS OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE AGENCIES OF THE ABILITY TO PLAN, MAKE SMART FUNDING DECISIONS AND ENSURE OUR WAR FIGHTERS ARE BEING SENT TO BATTLE WITH EVERY ADVANTAGE AT THEIR DISPOSAL. THIS BUDGETARY UNCERTAINTY HAS ERODED THE READINESS OF OUR MILITARY. DEFENSE SECRETARY MATTIS STATED THAT THE SEQUESTRATION HAS DONE MORE TO HARM OUR TROOP'S READINESS THAN ANY ENEMY ABROAD. AS THREATS CONTINUE TO EXPAND ACROSS THE GLOBE, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT OUR TROOPS HAVE THE RESOURCES NEEDED TO COMPLETE THEIR MISSIONS SUCCESSFULLY AND RETURN HOME SAFELY. AS THE HOLIDAY SEASON APPROACHES, I WANT TO URGE THOSE AT HOME TO REMEMBER THE SACRIFICES BEING MADE BY OUR SOLDIERS TO ENSURE WE CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS SAFELY. I ALSO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO ADDRESS THIS CRISES BY FULLING A FULL YEAR SPENDING BILL FOR THE MILITARY, TO RAISE THE DEFENSE SPENDING CAPS, AND TO GIVE OUR TROOPS THE RAISE THEY DESERVE. WHILE OUR TROOPS HAVE PERFORMED EXCEPTIONALLY UNDER UNCERTAIN BUDGET AND LIMITED RESOURCES, IT'S PAST TIME CONGRESS DOES ITS PART. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:13:15 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 10:13:22 AM

      MR. GREEN

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND MEMBERS. I RISE FOR THE THOUSANDS OF HURRICANE…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND MEMBERS. I RISE FOR THE THOUSANDS OF HURRICANE DISASTER VICTIMS IN OUR DISTRICT IN HOUSTON AND HAIRS COUNTY, TEXAS, ALONG THE TEXAS GULF COAST WHO ARE SUFFERING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON DUE TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S INACTION AND CONGRESS' DELAY IN PASSING AN ADEQUATE DISASTER SUPPLEMENTAL BILL. TEXAS, LOUISIANA, PUERTO RICO, VIRGIN ISLANDS ARE ALL U.S. CITIZENS. HURRICANE HARVEY DESTRUCTION WAS BEYOND ANYTHING WITNESSED IN LIVING MEMORY IN TEXAS. HOUSTON AREA TYPICALLY GETS 49 INCHES OF RAIN THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. A RECORD 52 INCHES OF RAIN FELL IN HOUSTON AND THE TEXAS GULF COAST, CAUSING CATASTROPHIC FLOODING IN THE NATION'S FOURTH LARGEST CITY. HARVEY DAMAGED OVER 300,000 HOMES AND APARTMENTS IN THE CITY OF HOUSTON ALONE. STATEWIDE NEARLY 600,000 HOMES HAVE BEEN INSPECTED BY FEMA FOR FLOOD AND WIND DAMAGE. MOST TRAGICALLY 88 TEXANS LOST THEIR LIVES IN HARVEY'S WRATH. TEXANS ARE A PROUD AND INDEPENDENT PEOPLE. WE TAKE OUR PRIDE IN OUR SELF-RELIANCE AND CAN-DO ATTITUDE. THIS WAS BEST SEEN IN THE ACTIONS IN OUR BRAVE FIRST RESPONDERS AND COUNTLESS VOLUNTEERS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY WHO RESCUED THEIR NEIGHBORS DURING THE WORST FLOODING. UNFORTUNATELY, MANY HARVEY VICTIMS AND ESPECIALLY OUR SENIORS AND LOW-INCOME FAMILIES CONTINUE TO BE IN GREAT NEED AND MUST RELY ON OTHERS FOR HELP. A REPORT RELEASED LAST WEEK BY THE KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION FOUND THAT AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND HISPANIC TEXANS AND TEXANS WITH LOWER INCOMES WERE MOST LIKELY TO SUFFER PROPERTY DAMAGE OR LOSS OF INCOME DUE TO HARVEY. THE SAME REPORT FOUND THAT 50% OF ALL HARVEY DISASTER VICTIMS IN TEXAS HAD BEEN DENIED ASSISTANCE FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OR STILL WAITING FOR A FINAL ANSWER. TO DATE, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS PROVIDED JUST $10 BILLION IN AID FOR HARVEY VICTIMS. MUCH MORE FEDERAL AID IS NEEDED TO REBUILD HOUSTON, HARRIS COUNTY, AND THE TEXAS GULF COAST. AFTER HURRICANE KATRINA HIT LOUISIANA AND MISSISSIPPI, CONGRESS RESPONDED BY PASSING A DISASTER BILL THAT PROVIDED $120 BILLION TO REBUILD NEW ORLEANS AND SURROUNDING AREAS. THE GOVERNOR OF TEXAS HAS REQUESTED $60 BILLION-PLUS. THREE MONTHS AFTER SANDY MADE LANDFALL, CONGRESS PASSED A $50,000 DISASTER RELIEF BILL TO HELP NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY REBUILD. THE HOUSE LEADERSHIP IS DELAYING SUPPLEMENTAL AID THAT RAVAGED US FOR ANOTHER MONTH AFTER CHRISTMAS OR NEW YEAR'S. DECEMBER 25, CHRISTMAS DAY WILL MARK THE FOUR-MONTH ANNIVERSARY OF HARVEY'S LAND FALL. THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS DESERVE BETTER. THE PEOPLE IN OUR DISTRICTS ARE LIVING IN TENTS AND FLOODED AND MOLDY HOUSES. AMERICA CAN DO BETTER THAN THIS. DURING THIS SEASON OF GIVING, CONGRESS MUST ACT AND HELP THESE DISASTER VICTIMS IN NEED OR TEXAS WILL SUFFER A SECOND MANMADE DISASTER BY THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    • 10:16:38 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 10:16:45 AM

      MR. ROTHFUS

      MR. SPEAKER, NOT ONLY WAS WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA HIT BY A ENTREPRENEURY OF…

      MR. SPEAKER, NOT ONLY WAS WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA HIT BY A ENTREPRENEURY OF SNOW THIS PAST WEEKEND BUT BY GREAT PRIDE IN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL, THIS PAST SATURDAY, QUAKER VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM WON THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY IN THE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION CLASS AA WITH TWO RANKINGS THAT WOULD MERIT THEM AS UNDERDOGS. WITH A NEW COACH, THE QUAKERS TACKLED THEIR WAY INTO HISTORY. THEY DEFEATED THEIR OPPONENT BY 17 POINTS. THESE STATE CHAMPIONS ARE TO BE COMMENDED FOR THEIR GRIT AND THEIR PERSEVERANCE. IT WAS AN GREAT GAME. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE COACH AND THE ENTIRE COACHING STAFF AND THE PLAYERS WHO ARE EXCELING IN THIS WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA TRADITION. MR. SPEAKER, ON SATURDAY, IN FRONT OF A CROWD EXCEEDING 2,000 PEOPLE AT SNOW COVERED HERSHEY PARK STADIUM, WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA PINE LAND RAMS WITH A 41-21 VICTORY, THEY WON THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE PENNSYLVANIA ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION CLASS 6-A CLASS. IT WAS AN UNFORGETTABLE WIN THAT CEMENTED THEIR STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE COACH, THE ENTIRE COACHING STAFF AND THE PLAYERS EX SELLING IN THIS GREAT WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA TRADITION. WELL DONE, RAMS. YOUR DEDICATION AND HARD WORK HAS MADE THE HIGH SCHOOL AND ALL OF WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA PROUD.

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    • 10:18:26 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, MS.…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, MS. NORTON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:18:35 AM

      MS. NORTON

      MR. SPEAKER, 44 YEARS AGO THIS MONTH, CONGRESS PASSED THE HOME RULE ACT, A…

      MR. SPEAKER, 44 YEARS AGO THIS MONTH, CONGRESS PASSED THE HOME RULE ACT, A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT SIGNED A DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS TOGETHER WITH THE PRESIDENT FREED THE NATION'S CAPITAL FROM GOVERNMENT BY THREE UNELECTED COMMISSIONERS. THE IRONY IS THAT THE SELF-GOVERNMENT THAT THE DEMOCRATIC -- THAT THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ENJOYS TODAY IS A VIRT TALL REPLICA OF WHAT A REPUBLICAN CONGRESS AND A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT GRANTED TO THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA RIGHT AFTER THE CIVIL WAR. IT WAS A HOME RULE ACT AND A DELEGATE TO CONGRESS. BUT WITH CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOCRATIC CONTROL, DEMOCRATS TOOK BACK WHAT REPUBLICANS HAD GRANTED AND ONCE AGAIN, DEMOCRATS DENIED THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA SELF-GOVERNMENT. THEN 44 YEARS AGO, WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, AFTER 100 YEARS OF STRUGGLE, THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA FINALLY WON WHAT WE CALL HOME RULE. MY COLLEAGUES SHOULD RESPECT THEIR OWN HISTORY. IT WAS RICHARD NIXON WHO SIGNED THE HOME RULE ACT ACTING ON THE MOST REVEERED AS FAR AS WE ARE TOLD OF REPUBLICAN PRINCIPLES, LOCAL CONTROL -- A LOCAL RESIDENT SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE A DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED LOCAL GOVERNMENT CONTROLLED ENTIRELY BY THAT GOVERNMENT. THE DISTRICT HAS BECOME ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL JURISDICTIONS IN THE UNITED STATES SINCE HOME RULE WITH A $3 BILLION FEDERAL BUDGET AND BEFORE AND AFTER HOME RULE. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA RESIDENTS HAVE ALWAYS PAID FEDERAL INCOME TAXES. TODAY D.C. RESIDENTS RANK NUMBER ONE, THAT'S FIRST PER CAPITA IN TAXES PAID TO SUPPORT THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES. IT IS SIGNING BILL FOR THE HOME RULE ACT, PRESIDENT NIXON WROTE ONE OF THE MAJOR GOALS IS TO PLACE RESPONSIBILITY FOR LOCAL FUNCTIONS UNDER LOCAL CONTROL AND TO PROVIDE LOCAL GOVERNMENT WITH AUTHORITY AND RESOURCES THEY NEED TO SERVE THE COMMUNITIES -- TO SERVE THEIR COMMUNITIES EFFECTIVELY. SINCE CONGRESS GRANTED THE HOME RULE ACT, IT HAS SHOWN NO INTEREST IN GOVERNING THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA BUT REQUIRES THE D.C. BUDGET TO ACTUALLY BE PASSED AGAIN HERE BY CONGRESS FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF SEEKING TO OVERTURN LOCAL LAWS THAT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS DON'T SUPPORT. THE BASIS FOR OUR FEDERATION OF STATES IS THAT EACH HAS HIS OWN LAWS AND MUST BE RESPECTED. AND YET THERE ARE EIGHT DIFFERENT LAWS PENDING HERE TO BE OVERTURNED BY THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. I INTEND AND I BELIEVE I WILL BE TO GET TO RETAIN MOST OF THOSE LAWS, BUT WHY SHOULD I HAVE TO SPEND ANY OF MY TIME PROTECTING LOCAL LAWS PASSED BY MY LOCAL JURISDICTION? THEY RANGE FROM TRYING TO GET RID OF ALL THE DISTRICT'S GUN LAWS AND MAKING THE DISTRICT PAY FOR PRIVATE SCHOOLS OUT OF LOCAL FUNDS, MEDICAL AID AND DYING LAW THAT SIX STATES HAVE, WE WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO HAVE, ALTHOUGH TWO REPUBLICAN LEADERS HAVE BILLS IN THEIR STATES. NO BUDGET AUTONOMY LAW, NO DISCRIMINATIONS, BASED ON REPRODUCTIVE CHOICES, NO MARIJUANA SPENDING, LOCAL FUNDS ON MARIJUANA COMMERCIALIZATION, ALTHOUGH THAT IS DONE BY SEVEN STATES AND THE PROHIBITION ON SPENDING FOR ABORTION FOR LOW-INCOME WOMEN. THAT'S DONE BY 11 STATES. THIS IS A SAMPLING OF WHAT IS PENDING, MR. SPEAKER. CONGRESS LETS THE LAWS EXIST IN THEIR OWN LOCAL JURISDICTIONS. THE WAY TO COMMEMORATE SELF-GOVERNMENT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA GRANTED BY CONGRESS 44 YEARS AGO IS FOR CONGRESS ITSELF TO RESPECT THE HOME RULE ACT IT PASSED IN 1973. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:23:23 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    • 10:23:43 AM

      MR. CURTIS

      THIS PICTURE OF INDIAN CREEK IN SOUTHEASTERN UTAH, MY DISTRICT IS HOME TO…

      THIS PICTURE OF INDIAN CREEK IN SOUTHEASTERN UTAH, MY DISTRICT IS HOME TO MOST BEAUTIFUL AND MAJESTIC SCENERY BUT AN ONGOING CONFLICT BETWEEN THOSE WHOSE LIVELIHOODS DEPEND ON MULTIPLE USES AND GROUPS FOCUSED ON ADVOCATING FOR LIMITED USE OF THOSE LANDS. ONE YEAR AGO, PRESIDENT OBAMA OVER THE OBJECTIONS OF MANY AFFLICTED LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND IMPORTANT STAKEHOLDERS UTILIZED THE ANTIQUITIES ACT TO DESIGNATE 1.35 MILLION ACRES OF LAND. LAST WEEK, PRESIDENT TRUMP CAME TO UTAH TO RESOLVE THIS ISSUE BY REORGANIZING THIS INTO TWO SMALLERMON YOUMENTS. ALTHOUGH BOTH EXECUTIVE ACTIONS HAVE IGNITED WIDESPREAD ANGER AND RESENTMENT ON BOTH SIDES OF THIS ISSUE, I STILL BELIEVE BOTH SIDES SHARE MANY COMMON GOALS AND VALUES AND WE CAN WORK TOGETHER. WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT THESE IMPORTANT LANDS MUST BE RESPONSIBLY MANAGED FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS TO APPRECIATE. NOW THAT UTAH HAS TWO MORE MANAGEABLEMON YOUMENTS, THE TIME HAS COME FOR CONGRESS TO ACT TO ENSURE THESE TREASURES AND SACRED TRIBAL LANDS ARE PROTECTED THE RIGHT WAY. I BELIEVE THE RIGHT WAY TO MANAGE THESE LANDS IS TO HAVE INPUT FROM UTAH'S TRIBAL MEMBERS, LOCAL CITIZENS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS. ADDITIONALLY, THERE NEEDS TO BE A MANAGEMENT PLAN THAT PROTECT IMPORTANT SITES AND SACRED TRIBAL LANDS WHILE MAINTAINING MULTIPLE USES SUCH AS RECREATION, HUNTING AND GRAZING. THE SYSTEM OF CHECKS AND BALANCES ARE THE BEST WAY TO BOTH DETERMINE THE BEST MANAGEMENT OF THESE LANDS AS WELL AS THE CREATION OF ANY NATIONAL PARKS AND RECREATION AREAS. I HAVE JOINED MEMBERS TO INTRODUCE THE NATIONAL MONUMENT AND INDIAN CREEK NATIONAL MONUMENT ACT WHICH CREATES THE CO-MANAGED MONUMENT AREA THAT WILL SAFEGUARD THESE NEWMON YOUMENTS BY ESTABLISHING COUNCILS COMPRISED OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND UTAH FATE I HAVE AMERICANS. THIS BILL AUTHORIZES LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS TO PROTECT THE SACRED AND SIGNIFICANT SITES AND ANTIQUITIES FROM LOOTERS WHILE PRESERVING THE MULTIPLE USES TO MUCH OF THESE LANDS FOR RECREATION, GRAZING AND HUNTING. AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS, MY JOB IS TO BRING FORTH SOLUTIONS THAT ADDS STABILITY TO THIS REGION AND COMPLEMENTS OUR GOALS. THAT IS THE UTAH WAY. IT IS OUR HOPE THAT AS CONSIDERS MY BILL, WE CAN BRING ALL SIDES TOGETHER TO MANAGE THESE IMPORTANT AREAS IN THE RIGHT WAY. MR. SPEAKER, THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS IS SET TO VOTE ON RESTORING INTERNET FREEDOM PROPOSAL TO LOOK AT THE PREVIOUS ORDER OF 2015. OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS, I HAVE RECEIVED THOUSANDS OF CALLS AND EMAILS FROM MY CONSTITUENTS EXPRESSING THEIR SUPPORT FOR NET NEUTRALITY AND FOR A FREE AN OPEN INTERNET. I PERSONALLY READ EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE EMAILS AND LISTENED TO THE PHONE CALLS. I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE MY VIEWS ON THIS CRITICAL ISSUE. MANY IN THIS CHAMBER MAY NOT KNOW THAT UTAH IS CURRENTLY EXPERIENCING SOMEWHAT OF A TECH STARTUP PHENOMENON. MY DISTRICT IS ONE OF THE BEST PLACES TO START A BUSINESS. I RECOGNIZE THE GREAT SUCCESS WE ACHIEVED IN UTAH AND THROUGHOUT THE U.S. IS DUE TO THE PROGRESS AND ADVANCE OF THE INTERNET. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENT OF OUR TIME AND THE INTERNET HAS BECOME THE BACKBONE OF OUR ECONOMY. I BELIEVE THE INTERNET IS SUCCESSFUL DESPITE GOVERNMENT NOT BECAUSE OF GOVERNMENT. BECAUSE THE INTERNET HAS BEEN OPEN AND FREE, WE HAVE SEEN EXCITING INNOVATION AND PROGRESS THAT WAS UNIMAGINABLE. MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS AND COLLEAGUES I SUPPORT THE PRINCIPLES OF NET NEUTRALITY AND OPPOSED TO MY BLOCKING OR PAID PRIORITIZATION OF THE INTERNET. BECAUSE I DO NOT FAVOR A BURDENSOME REGULATORY FRAMEWORK OVER THE INTERNET, I FEEL A GREAT BURDEN TO ASSURE THOSE IN MY DISTRICT THAT THE INTERNET WILL REMAIN OPEN AND FREE. THE WAY TO DO THIS IS FOR CONGRESS TO ACT. IT IS MORE THAN TIME THAT CONGRESS STEP UP AND MODERNIZE THE STATUTES THAT CONTROL HOW THE INTERNET IS REGULATED. A VAST NUMBER OF MY CONSTITUENTS AND SMALL BUSINESSES ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE INTERNET. THEY WORRY THAT LARGE CORPORATIONS WILL WIN OUT AND DEPRIVE THEM OF THEIR ABILITY TO BE COMPETITIVE. AS A CONGRESS, WE CAN GIVE THEM THE PROTECTION THAT THEY NEED. IT HAS BEEN MORE THAN 20 YEARS SINCE CONGRESS LAST REFORMED OUR NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS LAWS, IT IS MY HOPE WE WILL COME TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN TO UPDATE THIS OUTDATED REGULATORY FRAMEWORK AND ENSURE THE INTERNET IS FAIR, OPEN AND FREE SO IT CONTINUES TO BENEFIT CUSTOMERS AND ADD ADVANCE INNOVATION AND UNHINNERED BY GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS.

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    • 10:29:39 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GALLEGO FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GALLEGO FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:29:48 AM

      MR. GALLEGO

      OFF A FAMILIAR REPUBLICAN PLAYBOOK. STEP ONE, SLASH TAXES FOR MILLIONAIRES…

      OFF A FAMILIAR REPUBLICAN PLAYBOOK. STEP ONE, SLASH TAXES FOR MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES. STEP TWO, EXPLODE THE DEFICIT, STEP THREE USE RISING DEFICITS TO FIGHT CUTS TO MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. STEP FOUR, ACCUSE DEMOCRATS FOR BEING IRRESPONSIBLE FOR OPPOSING THOSE CUTS. STEP FIVE, REPEAT. REPEAT AS THE RICH GET RICHER, REPEAT AS THE DEFICIT GROWS LARGER, REPEAT AS WORKING FAMILIES STRUGGLE AND REPEAT AS A SOCIAL SAFETY NET DISINTEGRATES. WE ARE SEEING IT RIGHT NOW. YOU DON'T HAVE TO TAKE MY WORD FOR IT. TAKE, MR. SPEAKER, THE REPUBLICAN TAX BILL WILL ADD $1.5 TRILLION AND PAUL RYAN IS SAYING WE NEED TO CUT ENTITLEMENTS. LAST WEEK RYAN WARNED AND I QUOTE, WE HAVE TO GET BACK NEXT YEAR AT ENTITLEMENT REFORM. IT IS THE HEALTH CARE ENTITLEMENT THAT ARE THE BIG DRIVERS OF OUR DEBT. THAT'S WHERE THE PROBLEM LIES, UNQUOTE. NOT TRUE. OUR PROBLEM DOESN'T LIE WITH MEDICARE OR MEDICAID BUT WITH THE MONSSTROSSITY OF A TAX BILL. WHAT IF WE TRIED A DIFFERENT APPROACH? IF WE PAY TAX CUTS FOR TRUMP'S CRONIES AND SAY NO TO THIS SCAM. WHAT IF WE SAID NO TO RAISING TAXES ON MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES OR HURTING STUDENTS TO HELP THE LARGEST TAX PAIRS. AND WOULD IT JUST ONCE THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY ACTUALLY PASSED A BILL TO MAKE LIFE EASIER FOR AMERICANS LIVING PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK. IT'S A CRAZY IDEA, RIGHT? IF REPUBLICANS WANT TO WORK ON REAL TAX REFORM FOR AMERICANS, THEY KNOW WHERE TO FIND IT. I WOULDN'T HOLD MY BREATH. THANK YOU. AND I YIELD BACK. .

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    • 10:32:04 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. YOHO, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. YOHO, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:32:07 AM

      MR. YOHO

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE MS. ANDREA SANCHEZ…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE MS. ANDREA SANCHEZ FROM GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA, FOR WINNING OUR DISTRICT'S 2017 CONGRESSIONAL APP CHALLENGE. HER APP SOLVES THE PROBLEM SHE SAW IN HER SCHOOL AND HELP STUDENTS LOG THEIR VOLUNTEER HOURS AS WELL AS INCENTIVIZING COMMUNITY SERVICE BY LETTING STUDENTS COMPETE AGAINST THEIR PEERS TO SEE WHO CAN LOG THE MOST HOURS. OTHER SUBMISSIONS WE RECEIVED INCLUDED AN APP TO TEACH STUDENTS HOW TO CODE AND TO GIVE PEOPLE REAL-TIME INFORMATION IN NATURAL DISASTERS. THESE APPS CAME FROM YOUNG STUDENTS WHO RECOGNIZED A PROBLEM THEY WERE FACING AND EMPLOYED VARIOUS SKILLS AND CREATIVITY IN DESIGNING AND BUILDING THEIR APPS. BECAUSE OF STEM EDUCATION, STUDENTS ARE NOT ONLY LEARNING CRITICAL TECHNOLOGICAL SKILLS THAT WILL SERVE THEM IN THE FUTURE, BUT THEY'RE CREATING THE NEXT GENERATION OF APPS, SOFTWARE PROGRAMS, AND MORE. POSSIBLY THE NEXT I.T. COMPANY. SUPPORTING STEM EDUCATION GIVES OUR STUDENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME LEADERS IN THE FIELD THAT POSITIVELY IMPACT AMERICA AND THE WORLD ALIKE. ADDITIONALLY, I'D LIKE TO -- I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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    • 10:33:31 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    • 10:33:34 AM

      MR. GREEN

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, ONCE AGAIN I ENJOY THE PREEMINENT…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, ONCE AGAIN I ENJOY THE PREEMINENT PRIVILEGE OF STANDING IN THE WELL OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I DO NOT TAKE LIGHTLY THE OPPORTUNITY THAT THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY HAVE AFFORDED ME. MR. SPEAKER, THE TOPIC THAT I WILL ADDRESS TODAY IS NOT THE ONE THAT I HAD IN MIND WHEN CONTEMPLATING THIS MOMENT. MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE BEEN MOVED BY THE WORDS OF A FATHER, A FATHER WHO SPOKE THIS MORNING ON NATIONAL TELEVISION, A FATHER WHO TALKED ABOUT HIS DAUGHTER AND HOW HIS DAUGHTER HAD BEEN A VICTIM OF BIGOTRY, A FATHER WHO TALKED ABOUT HOW HIS DAUGHTER HAD BEEN SPOKEN OF IN TERMS THAT WERE UNTRUE, HAD BEEN LED TO BELIEVE HE HIMSELF THAT HIS DAUGHTER COULD BE CHANGED. SO HE HE WENT TO VARIOUS -- SO HE WENT TO VARIOUS PROFESSIONALS TO TRY TO SEEK HELP BECAUSE HIS DAUGHTER WAS A LESBIAN, AND THEY DISCOVERED THAT THIS WAS WHO SHE WAS, MR. SPEAKER. THIS WAS NOT SOME CHARADE, NOT SOME FACADE, NOT SOME DISEASE. THIS IS WHO SHE WAS. THIS IS WHO GOD CREATED, MR. SPEAKER. AND THE SADDEST PART OF THIS STORY, MR. SPEAKER, IS THAT IT DOESN'T HAVE A HAPPY ENDING. BECAUSE OF BIGOTRY AND THE WAY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MISLED, THIS DAUGHTER TOOK HER LIFE. I LITERALLY HAD TEARS WELL IN MY EYES AS I HEARD THE STORY. SO I'M SADDENED BY WHAT HAPPENED, AND I'M SADDENED TO KNOW THAT A PERSON ASSOCIATED WITH THAT BIGOTRY MAY FIND HIS WAY TO THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. MR. SPEAKER, PEOPLE ASK, WHAT HARM DOES IT DO TO ALLOW BIGOTRY TO EMANATE FROM THE HIGHEST OFFICES FROM THIS COUNTRY? THERE IS SOME OF YOUR EVIDENCE OF BIGOTRY AND HOW IT CAN BE HARMFUL. BUT THERE'S MORE EVIDENCE. WHEN YOU SPEAK ILL OF PERSONS WHO ARE EXERCISING THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO PROTEST AND YOU CALL THEM MOTHERS DOGS WHEN YOU CALL THEM S.O.B., YOU'RE CREATING HARM TO SOCIETY, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT EMANATES FROM THE HIGHEST OFFICE IN THE LAND. WHAT HARM DOES IT CAUSE TO SOCIETY WHEN YOU ASSOCIATE THE IMAGINISTRY AND THE DIGNITY -- THE MAJESTY AND THE DIGNITY OF THE PRESIDENCY FOR THOSE THAT WOULD GO TO CHARLOTTESVILLE SCREAMING BLOOD AND SOIL, PROCLAIMING JEWS WILL NOT REPLACE US, WHEN YOU ASSOCIATE THE MAJESTY AND THE DIGNITY OF THE PRESIDENCY WITH THESE PEOPLE, YOU'RE DOING HARM TO SOCIETY, MR. SPEAKER. SO MR. SPEAKER, I WILL ANSWER THE QUESTION THAT HAS BEEN POSED. IT'S A QUESTION THAT I THINK IS A FAIR ONE AND OUGHT TO BE ANSWERED. AND HERE'S THE ANSWER, YOU'LL SURMISE WHAT THE QUESTION IS GIVEN WHAT MY ANSWER IS. THE ANSWER IS, THERE WILL BE ANOTHER VOTE TO IMPEACH THIS PRESIDENT. THERE WILL BE ANOTHER VOTE BECAUSE I WILL NOT STAND BY AND WATCH THIS COUNTRY, THE COUNTRY I LOVE, BE BROUGHT INTO SHAME AND DISREPUTE BECAUSE OF A PERSON WHO IS UNFIT TO HOLD THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT. MR. SPEAKER, HISTORY WILL JUDGE US ALL. I'M SORRY FOR THOSE WHO FIND THAT THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE AND UNBEARABLE, I'M SORRY, BUT THE COUNTRY IS GREATER THAN WE ARE. GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE IS GREATER THAN WE ARE. MAINTAINING AND SAVING THE REPUBLIC IS GREATER THAN WE ARE IN ONE SENSE, BUT IN ANOTHER SENSE IT REALLY IS WHO WE ARE. I HAVE A TIE ON THAT SAYS, WE, THE PEOPLE. WE, THE PEOPLE. WE ARE THE ONES WHO CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE. THERE WILL BE ANOTHER VOTE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:38:55 AM

      TEMPORE MEMBERS

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

      MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARDS THE PRESIDENT. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:39:03 AM

      MR. POE

      I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT READS LIKE A PAGE OUT OF GEORGE ORWELL'S…

      I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT READS LIKE A PAGE OUT OF GEORGE ORWELL'S "1984," SPIES, SECRET COURTS AND SEARCHES OF AMERICANS WITHOUT A WARRANT. IT'S CLEAR, BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING US. MOST AMERICANS MAY NOT FULLY ARE AWARE WHAT'S TAKING PLACE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS OF GOVERNMENT SPY AGENCIES BUT THE REALITY IS OUR GOVERNMENT IS SPYING ON ORDINARY, EVERYDAY AMERICANS. HOW? THROUGH AN OLD PIECE OF LEGISLATION ORIGINALLY SIGNED INTO LAW BY PRESIDENT CARTER IN 1978 CALLED THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT, OR FISA. FISA ALLOWS GOVERNMENT TO SPY ON FOREIGN AGENTS, INCLUDING TERRORISTS, PRIMARILY OVERSEAS. THE GOVERNMENT COLLECTS ALL OF THIS INFORMATION AND PUTS IT INTO A DATABASE. IF THEY WANT TO USE OR SEARCH THE DATABASE, THEY GO TO A SECRET COURT AND THAT COURT ISSUES A SECRET WARRANT TO SEARCH THE DATABASE. THE COURT OPERATES BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, AND EACH ISSUES THOSE SECRET WARRANTS TO GO AFTER, REMEMBER, BAD GUYS OVERSEAS. AS THE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN OF TERRORISM, I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH GOVERNMENT GOING AFTER TERRORISTS WHO SEEK TO HARM AMERICANS. WHAT THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH, MR. SPEAKER, IS THAT GOVERNMENT USES THE DATABASE THAT THEY SEIZE AND THEN LOOKS IN THAT DATABASE ABOUT AMERICANS AND THEIR ACTIVITY, VIOLATING THEIR FOURTH AMENDMENT RIGHT BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE A WARRANT TO GO INTO THE DATABASE TO LOOK FOR AMERICANS. REMEMBER, THEY'RE SEARCHING FOR TERRORISTS. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENS. WHILE SEIZING THE COMMUNICATIONS OF A SUSPECTED FOREIGN AGENT, MAYBE AN AL QAEDA TERRORIST TALKING TO ANOTHER AL QAEDA TERRORIST, THE GOVERNMENT INCIDENTALLY PICKS UP COMMUNICATIONS OF AMERICAN CITIZENS. THESE COMMUNICATIONS MAY NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH TERRORISM. THE DATA IS KEPT. THE GOVERNMENT PUTS IT IN THEIR DATABASE, AND THEY SAY IT'S LEGAL. THE INFORMATION ON AMERICANS WAS SEIZED BASED ON THE SECRET WARRANT OF FOREIGNERS ISSUED BY A FISA JUDGE. OCCASIONALLY THE GOVERNMENT DECIDES TO GO INTO THE DATABASE THAT WAS INADVERTENTLY SEIZED, AS THEY CALL IT, WITHOUT A FOURTH AMENDMENT WARRANT ON AMERICANS AND CHECKS TO SEE HOW MANY AMERICAN NAMES OR OTHER IDENTIFYING INFORMATION COMES UP. IF THEY FIND SOMETHING, THEY USE THIS DATA ON THE AMERICAN CITIZEN. MR. SPEAKER, THEY STILL DON'T HAVE A WARRANT TO SEARCH AMERICANS' INFORMATION EVEN IF IT WAS INCIDENTALLY COLLECTED. THEY SEARCH THE DATABASE TO SEE, FOR EXAMPLE, IF BOBBY IS COMMITTING A CRIME IN THE UNITED STATES. MAYBE HAVING NOTHING TO DO WITH TERRORISM. MAYBE IT'S A ROBBERY. MAYBE IT'S AN I.R.S. FRAUD. MAYBE IT VIOLATES OTHER LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES. BUT, REMEMBER, THEY'RE LOOKING FOR THAT WITHOUT A WARRANT. THEY SEIZE THE INFORMATION AND QUITE FRANKLY WE DON'T KNOW HOW MANY TIMES THEY SEIZE THIS INFORMATION ON AMERICANS. OUR JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HAS CONTINUALLY ASKED THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU SEARCHED, AND THEY REFUSE TO TELL US HOW MANY SEARCHES AND SEIZURES THERE ARE ON AMERICANS IN THAT DATABASE. VERY SUSPICIOUS, ISN'T IT, MR. SPEAKER? ACCORDING TO "THE WASHINGTON POST," 90% OF THE ACCOUNT HOLDERS WHOSE COMMUNICATIONS WERE COLLECTED WERE NOT TARGETS. THE BAD GUYS OVERSEAS. THEY WERE AMERICANS. 90% OF THEM. NEARLY HALF OF THE SURVEILLANCE FILES CONTAINS NAMES, EMAIL ADDRESSES AND OTHER DATA THAT THE N.S.A. MARKED AS BELONGING TO AMERICAN CITIZENS OR RESIDENTS. SO WHAT INFORMATION ARE THEY GETTING? THEY GET COMMUNICATIONS, TEXT AND EMAILS WITHOUT A WARRANT. REMEMBER, SECRET COURTS ISSUING SECRET WARRANTS AND THEY DON'T TELL ANYBODY ABOUT IT. UNDER SECTION 702 OF THE FISA LEGISLATION, THIS WARRANTLESS SEARCH OF AMERICANS IS LEGAL, BUT THIS, IN MY OPINION, VIOLATES THE U.S. CONSTITUTION. AS A FORMER JUDGE, I'M VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE LOSS OF OUR FOURTH AMENDMENT RIGHT OF PRIVACY IN THE UNITED STATES BASED ON THIS UNCONSTITUTIONAL LAW. THE FOURTH AMENDMENT IS SACRED TO THIS COUNTRY AND TO THE FOUNDERS WHO DRAFTED IT. IT'S UP TO CONGRESS TO UPHOLD AMERICANS' FOURTH AMENDMENT RIGHT. DESPITE INTENSE DEBATE IN THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, I'M STILL CONCERNED THAT HOUSE LEADERSHIP IS PLANNING TO REINTRODUCE AND RE-AUTHORIZE THE FISA LEGISLATION AND NOT HAVE THESE REFORMS TO PROTECT THE AMERICANS' PRIVACY. A RE-AUTHORIZATION OF FISA WITH WEAK LANGUAGE ONLY SEEKS TO PUT AMERICANS' PRIVACY AT STAKE AND VIOLATES THE U.S. CONSTITUTION. ANY 702 RE-AUTHORIZATION SHOULD SIMPLY REQUIRE, IF YOU WANT TO LOOK IN THE DATA THAT WAS INCIDENTALLY SEIZED ON AMERICANS, GET A SEARCH WARRANT OR STAY OUT OF THAT DATA. OTHERWISE IT VIOLATES THE CONSTITUTION. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I'LL YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:44:23 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO, MS. KAPTUR, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO, MS. KAPTUR, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:44:27 AM

      MS. KAPTUR

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO URGE AMERICANS TO SIGN UP FOR THEIR HEALTH…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO URGE AMERICANS TO SIGN UP FOR THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE BY THIS FRIDAY, MIDNIGHT, IF THEY HAVEN'T ALREADY DONE SO FOR THE 2018 YEAR. THIS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, IS THE DEADLINE TO SIGN UP FOR OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR YOU, FOR YOUR FAMILY, AND IF YOU DON'T DO THAT, YOU WON'T HAVE A CHANCE, REALLY, TO BUY THAT HEALTH INSURANCE NEXT YEAR. BUT TO GET DETAILS, IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY BOUGHT YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE FOR 2018, TO GET DETAILS FOR AVAILABLE PLANS PLEASE VISIT THE WEBSITE HEALTHCARE.GOV OR CALL 318-2596. THAT'S HEALTH CARE.GOV OR 1-800-318-2596. YOU'LL ACTUALLY GET TO TALK TO A REAL PERSON. IN ORDER TO GET IN TOUCH WITH SOMEONE LOCAL WHO CAN HELP YOU SIGN UP FOR INSURANCE IN YOUR OWN AREA, YOU CALL THAT SAME NUMBER, 1-800-318-2596, OR YOU CAN GO TO THE WEBSITE THAT'S CALLED LOCALHELP.HEALTHCARE.GOV. LOCALHELP.HEALTHCARE.GOV. HEALTH INSURANCE IS VITAL. IT CAN PROTECT US FROM ASTRONOMICAL COSTS WHEN A SERIOUS ACCIDENT OR ILLNESS OCCURS, BECAUSE THE AVERAGE COST OF A THREE-DAY HOSPITAL STAY IS $30,000. . ON BROKEN LEG, $7,500. HAVING A BABY COSTS $6,000. HEALTH INSURANCE IS YOUR LIFELINE. IT HELPS PROTECT YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES FROM UNEXPECTED COSTS AND FRANKLY POSSIBLE BANKRUPTCY BECAUSE OVER 2/3 OF PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY THAT GO BANKRUPT DO SO BECAUSE OF HEALTH BILLS THEY CAN'T PAY. WHAT HAPPENS IS, IF THEY HAVE A HOUSE, THEY LOSE THE HOUSE. THEY LOSE THEIR CREDIT RATING. TERRIBLE THING THAT HAPPENS TO PEOPLE WHEN THEY GET SICK AND IT'S A ROLL OF THE DICE ON WHO'S GOING TO GET CANCER, WHO IS GOING TO BECOME ILL, WHO IS GOING TO BE HIT IN A HIT-AND-RUN ACCIDENT. COVERAGE CHOICES ARE AFFORDABLE ON THESE EXCHANGES AND MANY CASES, FINANCIAL HELP IS AVAILABLE. DURING LAST YEAR'S ENROLLMENT PRD, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, EIGHT IN 10 PEOPLE QUALIFIED FOR FINANCIAL HELP. FOR MOST PEOPLE THEY COULD FIND INSURANCE PREMIUMS FOR AS LITTLE AS $100 OR LESS. CARENET, A PROVIDER NETWORK IN OHIO HELPED TO ENROLL A GENTLEMAN WHO HAS CANCER AND PREVIOUSLY UNINSURED, CAN YOU IMAGINE THAT? WHO CAN AFFORD THESE INFUSIONS. HE WENT A YEAR WITHOUT TREATMENT AND NEEDS MULTIPLE SURGERIES NOW. BECAUSE OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND THROUGH THE HELP OF CARENET, HE FOUND A PLAN THAT COST $100 A MONTH. HE THOUGHT WOULD HAVE TO PAY MUCH MORE AND WILL NOW BEGIN TREATMENT AT THE BEGINNING OF 2018. THANK GOD HE GOT COVERAGE. MANY WORKING PEOPLE CAN QUALIFY FOR MEDICAID. A FAMILY OF FOUR EARNING $33,000 IN OHIO CAN GET COVERAGE THROUGH MEDICAID. PLEASE KNOW YOU CAN ENROLL IN MEDICAID AT ANY TIME OF THE YEAR, EVEN IF YOU DON'T HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE. YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY LOOK INTO THAT IF YOU DO NOT HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE. EVERY AMERICAN IS REQUIRED TO HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE THROUGH THEIR EMPLOYER BUT A LOT OF EMPLOYERS DON'T PROVIDE IT, THROUGH MEDICARE OR MEDICAID OR PURCHASE OF PLANS ON THE INDIVIDUAL MARKETPLACE. HEALTH INSURANCE PROVIDES YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WITH HEALTH SECURITY AND PEACE OF MIND. PAYING COSTS WHEN YOU NEED MEDICAL CARE. THE MARKETPLACE PROVIDES ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HEALTH COVERAGE WHICH REQUIRES TO COVER SUBSUBSCRIPTIONS, EMERGENCY CARE, MENTAL HEALTH CARE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES. 68 MILLION PEOPLE RELY ON MEDICAID AND NINE MILLION CHILDREN RELY ON THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS HAVE LET THE CHILDREN'S PROGRAM LAPSE. FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THAT PROGRAM HELPS OVER 2320,000 CHILDREN IN OHIO AND 73 DAYS AGO, THE REPUBLICAN CONGRESS SAID, SORRY, AMERICA'S CHILDREN, WE ARE GOING TO PUT YOU ON HOLD FOR A MOMENT AND WHETHER THE PROGRAM WILL BE FUNDED IS CUT UP IN THESE END OF YEAR DISCUSSIONS THAT ARE OCCURRING HERE AT A VERY HIGH LEVEL. AMERICA'S CHILDREN SHOULD BE COVERED WITH INSURANCE. THE REPUBLICAN-LED CONGRESS HAS LET FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS LAPSE ALSO SINCE SEPTEMBER 30. THEY BEST RESTORE THAT. WHY HURT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT. VISIT HEALTHCARE.GOV TO SIGN UP FOR YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE FOR 2018. DO IT AND DO WHAT IS LIFE GIVING. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:50:03 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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    • 10:50:08 AM

      MR. THOMPSON

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE A GREAT…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE A GREAT AGRI BUSINESS, SUCCESSFUL PART OF OUR NUMBER ONE INDUSTRY IN PENNSYLVANIA, WHICH IS AGRICULTURE, ONE OUT OF EVERY SEVEN HAS A JOB DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY TO AGRICULTURE AND TODAY I RISE TO CONGRATULATE ONE OF THOSE BUSINESSES AND KNIT ANNIE VINEYARD AND WINERY WHO WON AN AWARD. THEY TOOK HOME ONE GOLD, SIX SILVER AND TWO BRONZE AWARDS. LOCATED JUST SIX MILES FROM STATE COLLEGE, THE VINEYARD AND WINERY IS LOCATED IN LINDEN HALL. IT BOASTS BREATHTAKING VIEWS. ON ANY VINEYARD WON BEST OF CATEGORY FOR 2006 WINE. JOE AND BETTY CARROLL FOUNDED THE WINERY AND OPENED IN 1990. THEY NOW PRODUCE 16,000 GALLONS OF WINE EACH YEAR AND HARVEST 12 TO 15 TONS OF GRAPES ANNUALLY. IT IS NOW OWNED AND MANAGED BY THEIR DAUGHTER AND SON-IN-LAW. THEY PRODUCE AWARD-WINNING WINES INCLUDING FRUITY WINES. MR. SPEAKER, PROUDLY LINDA AND STEVE WILL BE ON CAPITOL HILL FOR THE ATLANTIC SEABOARD WINE ASSOCIATION AWARDS CEREMONY AND I CONGRATULATE THE WEEFERS ON THIS OUTSTANDING RECOGNITION AS THEY CONTINUE TO GROW AND MAKE FINE WINES IN CENTER COUNTY. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE EXCEPTIONAL ACHIEVEMENT OF CONTINE CORPORATION IN EERIE, PENNSYLVANIA, IT IS MECHANICAL ASSEMBLIES BUILT TO THE CUSTOMERS' SPECIFICATIONS AND MORE THAN THREE DECADES IN OPERATION. IT HAS EXPANDED THREE TIMES, ACQUIRED A MOLDING BUSINESS AND DEVELOPED QUALITY EMPLOYEES AND SUPPLIERS TO SERVE ITS CUSTOMERS. RECENTLY, THE CORPORATION RECEIVED APPROVAL FROM THE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ADMINISTRATION OR OSHA AS A SHARP PARTICIPANT. THIS IS ONE OF THE HIGHEST HONORS OSHA AWARDS TO ITS -- TO A WORK SITE. SINCE 1995 OSHA HAS BEEN RECOGNIZES SMALL BUSINESS WORK SITES TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF WORKPLACE THROUGH THE PROGRAM. FEWER THAN 1,600 WORK SITES ACROSS THE COUNTRY CURRENTLY SHARE THE HONOR OF SHARP RECOGNITION. I CONGRATULATE THE OWNER OF THE CONTINE AND SAFETY MANAGER AND THE ENTIRE WORK FORCE FOR ITS DEDICATION FOR WORK FORCE SAFETY. ENSURING A SAFE AND HEALTH WORKING ENVIRONMENT PROTECTS A BUSINESS' VIABILITY AND PROTECTS AMERICAN WORKERS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:53:31 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

      PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A

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      AND SEVERAL OTHER MEASURES, INCLUDING U.S. PARTNERSHIPS WITH MEXICO AND…

      AND SEVERAL OTHER MEASURES, INCLUDING U.S. PARTNERSHIPS WITH MEXICO AND CAN DAND NAMING SEVERAL POST OFFICES. LATER IN THE WEEK IN THE HOUSE, TWO FINANCE-RELATED BILLS DEALING WITH IRAN. [CAPTIONS COPYRIGHT NATIONAL CABLE SATELLITE CORP. 2017] [CAPTIONING PERFORMED BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS CAPTION CONTENT AND ACCURACY. VISIT NCICAP.ORG]

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    Reconvened

    The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of December 12.

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

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        THE SPEAKER

        THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY OUR CHAPLAIN,…

        THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY OUR CHAPLAIN, FATHER CONROY.

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        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 ARKANSAS, MR. WESTERMAN.

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

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

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

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        THE SPEAKER

        ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE…

        ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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        MR. WILSON

        MR. SPEAKER, I'M GRATEFUL TO RECOGNIZE THAT THIS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, IS…

        MR. SPEAKER, I'M GRATEFUL TO RECOGNIZE THAT THIS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, IS A DAY TO RECOGNIZE LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THEIR FAMILIES DEDICATED TO PROTECTING AMERICAN FAMILIES. I APPRECIATE THE HARD WORK OF CASSIE IN RECOGNIZING HER HUSBAND IN SUCH A POSITIVE WAY WITH GREG ELLER DAY, GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY AND RECOGNIZING HIS SERVICE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. GREG WAS A FINE YOUNG MAN AND ALSO A SEVEN-YEAR VETERAN OF THE FOREST ACRES POLICE DEPARTMENT. I WAS FORTUNATE TO HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO TRAVEL WITH GREG IN BOY SCOUT TROOP TO THE SCOUT RANCH IN NEW MEXICO. I LEARNED THEN WHAT A DEDICATED PERSON HE WAS. HIS LEGACY AND COURAGE WILL LIVE ON THROUGH THE GREAT WORK OF HIS WIFE, CASSY SON, CAL, AND PARENTS. TO THE MANY LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, DEDICATION AND SACRIFICE WHICH OVER THE WEEKEND I SAW WITH SHERIFF MICHAEL HUNT OF RICHLAND AND SHERIFF KOHN OF LEXINGTON. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

        THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RECOGNIZE THE CAREER OF HALL OF FAME…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RECOGNIZE THE CAREER OF HALL OF FAME MAGAZINE EDITOR REGAN CARTER. REGAN CARTER IS ONE OF THE GREAT JOURNALIST OF OUR TIME. HE RETIRES TODAY AFTER 25 YEARS OF EDITOR OF "VANITY FAIR." HE CO-FOUNDED "SPY" MAGAZINE WHICH HE ALSO EDITIED AS WELL AS "THE NEW YORK OBSERVER." IN "VANITY FAIR" HE GAVE MICHAEL LEWIS AND DOMINICK DUNNE A VENUE AND CHRISTOPHER HITCHINS, ONE OF THE GREAT JOURNALISTS OF OUR TIME. ONE SAID ABOUT CHRISTOPHER HITCHINS THAT HE WAS A CHARMER AND TROUBLE MAKER AND HE WAS A GIFT FROM, DARE I SAY IT, GOD. FROM THE BEGINNING AT "SPY" MAGAZINE, AND THROUGH HIS DAYS IN "THE NEW YORK OBSERVER" AND "VANITY FAIR" HE TALKED ABOUT THE SHORTCOMINGS OF DONALD TRUMP. AND HE GAVE HIM THE NAME SHORT FINGER VULLGARIAN. HE -- I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR GUNNERY SERGEANT DALE…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR GUNNERY SERGEANT DALE SIGNIFICANTLER OF WEST VIRGINIA.

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        MR. MCKINLEY

        DALE'S LIFE HAS BEEN ONE OF LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE TO HIS COMMUNITY AND…

        DALE'S LIFE HAS BEEN ONE OF LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE TO HIS COMMUNITY AND COUNTRY. AT THE AGE OF 17 DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE WORLD WAR II, HE GOT HIS PARENT'S PERMISSION AND ENLISTED IN THE UNITED STATES NAVY. EVEN BEFORE HE HAD FINISHED HIGH SCHOOL. HE SERVED IN THE NAVY UNTIL 1946 BEFORE RETURNING HOME TO FINISH HIS EDUCATION. THEN UPON GRADUATION HE THEN JOINED THE MARINES AND LED AN EXEMPLARY MILITARY CAREER AS A GUNNERY SERGEANT. HE RETIRED AFTER 20 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE BUT HIS DESIRE TO SERVICE THE COMMUNITY DIDN'T STOP THERE. HE WENT ON TO SERVE AS CHAPLAIN FOR THE LOCAL CHAPTERS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION, THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS, AND THE MARINE CORPS LEGION AND WAS RECENTLY NAMED LIFETIME OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR HIS DEDICATED SERVICE. GUNNERY SERGEANT SIGNIFICANTLER, WE SALUTE YOU AND -- SIGLER, WE SALUTE YOU AND OFFER YOU APPRECIATION. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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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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        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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        WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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        MR. JEFFRIES

        MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS, UNDERMINE MEDICARE, AND EXPLODE THE DEFICIT. IT…

        MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS, UNDERMINE MEDICARE, AND EXPLODE THE DEFICIT. IT WILL SADDLE OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WITH MORE THAN $1 TRILLION IN ADDITIONAL DEBT. SIMPLY TO PAY FOR AN UNNECESSARY, UN-AMERICAN, UNCONSCIONABLE TAX CUT FOR MILLIONAIRES, BILLIONAIRES, SPECIAL INTERESTS, CORPORATIONS, AND BIG DONORS. AND TO JUSTIFY THIS RECKLESS PONZI SCHEME, THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT HAS PRODUCED A ONE-PAGE ANALYSIS. REALLY? ONE PAGE. THAT'S THE BEST THAT YOU CAN DO? YOU ARE INSULTING THE INTELLIGENCE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, INSULTING THE INTELLIGENCE OF THIS CONGRESS, INSULTING THE INTELLIGENCE OF OUR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE A BETTER DEAL.

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      • 12:07:26 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

        THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS 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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      • 12:07:36 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A TRULY REMARKABLE FAMILY FROM THE…

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A TRULY REMARKABLE FAMILY FROM THE FOURTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS. THE AUSTIN FAMILY OF MENA WAS RECOGNIZED ARKANSAS FARM OF THE YEAR.

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      • 12:07:54 PM

        MR. WESTERMAN

        ANGUS CATTLE, CHICKEN HOUSES IN POLK COUNTY. NOT ONLY IS THE FAMILY WHICH…

        ANGUS CATTLE, CHICKEN HOUSES IN POLK COUNTY. NOT ONLY IS THE FAMILY WHICH INCLUDES SONS RYAN AND DRE, ACTIVE IN TRADITIONAL FARMING, BUT THE AUSTINS ARE ALSO A LEADER IN ARKANSAS' AGRITOURISM WITH A VARIETY OF CROPS BRINGING FAMILIES ACROSS THE REGION TO HOLLY SPRINGS HOMESTEAD. THEIR WORK SUPPORTS THE POLK COUNTY ECONOMY AND BRINGS PRIDE TO FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS. I SEND MY CONGRATULATIONS TO THE AUSTIN FAMILY ON THIS PRESTIGIOUS HONOR AS WELL AS ALL THE ARKANSAS COUNTY FARM FAMILY WINNERS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:08:33 PM

        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? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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      • 12:08:43 PM

        MR. HIGGINS

        MR. SPEAKER, THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE AND THE U.S. TREASURY SECRETARY…

        MR. SPEAKER, THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE AND THE U.S. TREASURY SECRETARY CONTINUES TO ISSUE FORMAL REPORTS ABOUT THE REPUBLICAN CORPORATE TAX CUT PLAN. THESE REPORTS ARE DEVOID OF FACT OR CREDIBILITY AND HAVE BEEN CATEGORICALLY REJECTED BY EACH AND EVERY RESPECTABLE TAX EXPERT. THESE TAX CUTS WILL PAY FOR THEMSELVES AND FUEL NEW $2 TRILLION IN ECONOMIC GROWTH OVER THE NEXT DECADE. NOT TRUE. TAX CUTS HAVE NEVER COME CLOSE TO PAYING FOR THEMSELVES NOT ONCE OR EVER IN HUMAN HISTORY. CORPORATE TAX CUTS WILL TRICKLE DOWN TO INCREASE ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME IN AMERICA BY BETWEEN $2,000 AND $,000. NO ONE BELIEVES THIS OR THEM. FOR THE WHITE HOUSE COUNCIL OF ECONOMIC ADVISORS TO SAY THIS IS OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT AND A BLATANT FRAUD PERPETRATED AGAINST MIDDLE AMERICA. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BIG CORPORATE TAX CUT IS A MASSIVE GIVEAWAY TO CORPORATE AMERICA AND A MAJOR TAKEAWAY FROM MIDDLE AMERICA. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 12:09:45 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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        MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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

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

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      • 12:09:55 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

      • 12:09:58 PM

        MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

        THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO CELEBRATE THE CAREER OF MARIA…

        THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO CELEBRATE THE CAREER OF MARIA DIAZ WHO WILL BE RETIRING AFTER MORE THAN 35 YEARS SERVING AT THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION IN MY HOMETOWN OF MIAMI. MY STAFF AND I HAVE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO KNOW AND WORK WITH HER OVER THE LAST 17 YEARS AS SHE SERVED AS PUBLIC AFFAIRS SPECIALIST. THROUGHOUT THAT TIME SHE'S BEEN AN INVALUABLE RESOURCE TO US AND TO OUR CONSTITUENTS. MARIA STARTED WORKING AT THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION IN 1982 IN WHAT SHE THOUGHT WOULD BE A TEMPORARY JOB, BUT SHE QUICKLY GREW TO LOVE HER WORK AND THOSE SHE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE. OVER THE LAST THREE DECADES WITH HER CALM DEMEANOR AND HER EVER-PRESENT SMILE, MARIA HAS MADE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT IN THE LIVES OF COUNTLESS INDIVIDUALS IN OUR COMMUNITY. MR. SPEAKER, MARIA DIAZ IS THE EMBODIMENT OF THE IDEAL PUBLIC SERVANT. SHE HAS DEDICATED HER LIFE TO FAITHFULLY AND DILIGENTLY SERVING THOSE MOST IN NEED IN SOUTH FLORIDA. SO ON BEHALF OF A GRATEFUL COMMUNITY, I WISH HER THE BEST OF LUCK IN THE NEXT EXCITING CHAPTER OF HER LIFE. FELICIDADES, AMIGA.

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      • 12:11:14 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 12:11:24 PM

        MRS. MALONEY

        MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY A TERRORIST TRIED TO ATTACK THE LIFEBLOOD OF NEW…

        MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY A TERRORIST TRIED TO ATTACK THE LIFEBLOOD OF NEW YORK CITY, OUR SUBWAY SYSTEM. IT IS ANOTHER SOMBER REMINDER THAT NEW YORK CITY, A BEACON OF HOPE AND FREEDOM, REMAINS A TARGET FOR TERRORISTS. WE HAD THE FIRST WORLD TRADE CENTER ATTACK IN 1993. ANOTHER ONE ON 9/11/01. WE HAD THE CHELSEA BOMBING LAST YEAR. EARLIER THIS YEAR THE TRUCK ATTACK, AND YESTERDAY ANOTHER BOMB ATTACK. IN ADDITION TO -- THE NEW YORK POLICE DEPARTMENT TALKS ABOUT 27 OTHER ATTEMPTS TO HARM NEW YORKERS THAT WAS STOPPED. BY NOW IT SHOULD BE CLEAR, WE CANNOT PLAY POLITICS WITH FEDERAL FUNDING FOR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND HOMELAND SECURITY. THE FUNDING FOR STATES AND CITIES, ESPECIALLY HIGH-THREAT AREAS, MUST NOT BE DELAYED OR DIMINISHED OR CUT OFF. WHILE WE ARE STILL LEARNING ABOUT THIS LATEST ATTACK, ONE THING IS CLEAR, THE TERRORIST WANTED TO STRIKE FEAR INTO THE HEARTS OF EVERY NEW YORKER BUT THEY FAILED. NEW YORKERS WILL ALWAYS PERSEVERE IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY. OUR TRAINS ARE RUNNING, OUR PEOPLE ARE BACK TO WORK. I WISH THE THREE PEOPLE INJURED YESTERDAY A SWIFT AND SPEEDY RECOVERY AND WANT TO EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE TO THE LAW ENFORCEMENT OF NEW YORK CITY AND FOR THE HEROIC RESPONSE OF OUR FIRST RESPONDERS. WE ARE ALL VERY GRATEFUL TO THEM FOR WHAT THEY DO FOR US EVERY DAY. AND I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:13:08 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE TIME OF THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

        THE TIME OF THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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      • 12:13:22 PM

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        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, IT'S AMAZING, IN THE PAST LITTLE OVER A…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, IT'S AMAZING, IN THE PAST LITTLE OVER A YEAR THERE'S 25 MORE PERCENT FOREST TREE DEATHS.

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      • 12:13:35 PM

        MR. LAMALFA

        THAN WAS PREVIOUSLY. THIS PAST SPRING AND SUMMER, AFTER RECORD…

        THAN WAS PREVIOUSLY. THIS PAST SPRING AND SUMMER, AFTER RECORD PRESCRIPTION, WE'RE SEEING THE BEETLE KILL, THE TREE DIEOFF IN AMAZING AMOUNTS. AS WE SEE THE FORESTS THAT DEVASTATE THE WEST EACH YEAR, YOU SEE THEM IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, NOT NECESSARILY ALL FORESTED AREAS, BUT YOU SEE WHAT THE EFFECTS LOOKS LIKE IN COMMUNITIES ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE STATE AND THE NORTH. THE DEVASTATION MUST END. WE MUST BE MANAGING FORESTS. WE HAVE THE BEETLE KILL. WE HAVE TREES DYING OFF. MORE TREE DEATHS. BILLIONS THAT ARE DYING OFF THAT ARE ASSETS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT WE SHOULD BE TAKEN OUT OF THE GOOD, USED IT POSITIVE, HAVING OUR FORESTS MANAGED IN A WAY THAT'S SUSTAINABLE, THAT'S GOOD FOR THE HABITAT, GOOD FOR THE WILDLIFE. WE NEED ACTION TO BE TAKEN BY USDA AND U.S. FOREST SERVICE. WE'RE MEETING WITH THOSE FOLKS THERE TO TRY TO GET A NEW DIRECTION FOR THAT. UNDER THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION WE GOT A LOT OF TALK AND A LOT OF SMOKE. WE NEED ACTION THAT'S GOING TO BE POSITIVE SO THAT THE WEST DOESN'T HAVE TO BURN EVERY YEAR AND HAVE ALL THOSE NEGATIVE EFFECTS TO AIR QUALITY AND THE PEOPLE'S ECONOMY. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:14:45 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 12:14:49 PM

        >>

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

      • 12:14:53 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

      • 12:14:55 PM

        MRS. BUSTOS

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU'VE BEEN HEARING A LOT ABOUT THIS TAX PLAN, BUT…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU'VE BEEN HEARING A LOT ABOUT THIS TAX PLAN, BUT REALLY IT'S A TAX SCAM. IT'S NOT A MISTAKE THAT CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS ARE GOING AFTER HARDWORKING MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES. IN FACT, IT IS AN INTENTIONAL ATTACK AGAINST THEM. LET ME EXPLAIN BRIEFLY. THEY HAVE LAID OUT A SIMPLE THREE-STEP PROCESS. HERE THEY ARE. STEP ONE -- PASS A TAX SCAM THAT THEY KNOW WILL RAISE TAXES ON MILLIONS OF MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES IN ORDER TO GIVE TAX CUTS TO CORPORATE SPECIAL INTERESTS AND BILLIONAIRES. . THAT ALONE WILL SADDLE OUR CHILDREN WITH MORE THAN $1 TRILLION IN DEBT. STEP TWO, FLIP OUT ABOUT THIS NEW DEBT. STEP THREE, THEN DEMAND CUTS TO SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE. FOR MONTHS, CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS HAVE DENIED THAT THIS IS WHAT THEY'RE DOING. WELL, LET ME TELL WHAT YOU HAPPENED LAST WEEK. SPEAKER RYAN, AND I QUOTE, SAID THIS, WORD FOR WORD. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO GET BACK NEXT YEAR AT ENTITLEMENT REFORM, WHICH IS HOW YOU TACKLE THE DEBT AND DEFICIT. END QUOTE. HE SAYS THAT ENTITLEMENTS ARE WHAT HE'S GOING TO GO AFTER. WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT INDICTMENTS ARE? MEDICARE AND SOCIAL -- ENTITLEMENTS ARE? MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY, UNDER HIS DEFINITION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS TAX SCAM. INSTEAD, LET'S OFFER A BETTER DEAL TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:16:26 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE TIME OF THE GENTLELADY HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

        THE TIME OF THE GENTLELADY HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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      • 12:16:37 PM

        MS. LEE

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE WITH A VERY HEAVY HEART UPON LEARNING…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE WITH A VERY HEAVY HEART UPON LEARNING OF THE PASSING OF A GREAT HUMAN BEING, SAN FRANCISCO'S MAYOR, ED LEE. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH HIS FAMILY, HIS WIFE, ANITA, AND TWO DAUGHTERS, AND THE ENTIRE CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO AND THE BAY AREA. MY CONDOLENCES ALSO ARE WITH LEADER PELOSI AND CONGRESSWOMAN JACKIE SPEIER, WHO SAN FRAN LEADERS WHO LOVED ED AND WILL -- SAN FRANCISCO LEADERS WHO LOVED ED AND WILL MISS HIM DEEPLY. HE WAS A TIRELESS PUBLIC SERVANT AND PERSONALLY A FRIEND. HE ALWAYS PUT A SMILE ON MY FACE WHEN HE CONSIDERED ME AND CALLED ME HIS SISTER. BEING TWO LEES. HE WAS SUCH A KIND AND THOUGHTFUL PERSON AND A TRULY GREAT LEADER. EVEN BEFORE HE WAS MAYOR, ED WAS A CHAMPION FOR THE PEOPLE OF SAN FRANCISCO AS A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER AND CIVIL RIGHTS ATTORNEY. AS THE FIRST ASIAN AMERICAN MAYOR OF SAN FRANCISCO, HE BROKE NEW GROUND FOR THE CITY. AS MAYOR HE FOUGHT TO EXPAND AFFORDABLE HOUSING, ADDRESS THE HOMELESSNESS CRISIS, AND ENSURE THAT RESIDENTS COULD EARN A LIVING WAGE. ED WILL BE MISSED TREMENDOUSLY. HE HELPED SO MANY PEOPLE IN HIS LIFE AND HE TOUCHED SO MANY LIVES. MAYOR LEE SET THE HIGHEST STANDARD FOR MAYORS AND ALL ELECTED OFFICIALS AS A TRUE PUBLIC SERVANT. AS WE GRIEVE, WE TAKE COMFORT IN KNOWING THAT HE HAS LEFT AN INSPIRING AND LASTING LEGACY OF UPLIFTING AND EMPOWERING FAMILIES. WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HIS BEAUTIFUL SMILE AND HIS PASSION FOR MAKING LIFE BETTER FOR OTHERS. MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE.

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      • 12:18:10 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE TIME OF THE GENTLELADY HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

        THE TIME OF THE GENTLELADY HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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      • 12:18:21 PM

        MRS. LAWRENCE

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ADDRESS THE REPUBLICAN SPENDING PLAN.…

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ADDRESS THE REPUBLICAN SPENDING PLAN. REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS HAVE PASSED A TAX GIVEAWAY TO CORPORATIONS AND LEFT BEHIND EVERYDAY AMERICANS. NOW REPUBLICANS ARE REFUSING TO ADDRESS CONSTITUENTS' URGENT PRIORITIES. FROM CHILDREN'S HEALTH CARE TO DISASTER RELIEF. TO CERTAINTY FOR DREAMERS AND MORE. THEY REFUSE TO BRING A CLEAN RE-AUTHORIZATION FOR THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM, CHIP. WHICH SERVES NINE MILLION CHILDREN AND 370,000 PREGNANT WOMEN. THEY WANT TO DRASTICALLY CUT OTHER HEALTH CARE FUNDING WHILE SAYING THEY SUPPORT CHIP. REPUBLICANS ARE ALSO PLANNING TO CUT MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. THESE CUTS WILL BE DEVASTATING FOR MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO DEPEND ON MEDICAID FOR ESSENTIAL HEALTH SERVICES. CHILDREN, SENIORS, LOW-INCOME AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BUDGET WILL HURT CHILDREN, IT WILL HURT WOMEN, AND ALL AMERICANS, JUST TO PAY FOR A TAX GIVEAWAY. AND IT IS SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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      • 12:19:36 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE…

        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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      • 12:19:47 PM

        THE CLERK

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

        THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR. PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CLERK RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE ON DECEMBER 12, 2017, AT 11:23 A.M. THAT THE SENATE PASSED SENATE 447. SIGNED, SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS.

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      • 12:20:09 PM

        The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she had received the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on December 12, 2017, at 11:23 a.m.: That the Senate passed S. 447.

        • 12:20:22 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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          MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 647 I CALL UP H.R. 3971 AND ASK…

          MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 647 I CALL UP H.R. 3971 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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        • 12:20:34 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

        • 12:20:37 PM

          THE CLERK

          UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 319. H.R. 3971, A BILL TO AMEND THE TRUTH IN LENDING…

          UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 319. H.R. 3971, A BILL TO AMEND THE TRUTH IN LENDING ACT AND THE REAL ESTATE SETTLEMENT PROCEDURES ACT OF 1974, TO MODIFY THE REQUIREMENTS FOR COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS WITH RESPECT TO CERTAIN RULES RELATING TO MORTGAGE LOANS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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      • 12:20:54 PM

        Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 647. H.R. 3971 — "To amend the Truth in Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974 to modify the requirements for community financial institutions with respect to certain rules relating to mortgage loans, and for other purposes."

        • 12:20:57 PM

          MS. TENNEY

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

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

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      • 12:20:59 PM

        Provides for consideration of H.R. 477 and H.R. 3971 under structured rules with one hour of debate, one motion to recommit with or without instructions on each measure. Also provides for consideration of H.J. Res. 123 under a closed rule, with one hour of debate and one motion

        • 12:21:07 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 647 AND…

          WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 647 AND AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-44 IS ADOPTED AND THE BILL AS AMENDED IS CONSIDERED READ. THE BILL SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES. AFTER ONE HOUR OF DEBATE, IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER THE FURTHER AMENDMENT PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-443, IF OFFERED BY THE MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, WHICH SHALL BE CONSIDERED READ AND SHALL BE SEPARATELY DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT. EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT.

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        • 12:21:53 PM

          MS. TENNEY

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

        • 12:21:59 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED AND EACH -- AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

          THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED AND EACH -- AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WATERS, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    • 12:22:07 PM

      DEBATE

      The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 3971.

      • 12:22:11 PM

        MS. TENNEY

        MEERKS THANK YOU. I NOW SHALL -- MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. I NOW SHALL YIELD…

        MEERKS THANK YOU. I NOW SHALL -- MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. I NOW SHALL YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS THE COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTION INDUSTRY HAS UNDERGONE A DRAMATIC TRANSFORMATION. SINCE 2006, MORE THAN 1,500 BANKS HAVE FAILED, BEEN ACQUIRED OR MERGED DUE TO ECONOMIC FACTORS AND THE OVERWHELMINGLY EXPENSIVE REGULATION BROUGHT FORTH BY THE PASSAGE OF DODD-FRANK ACT. DURING THE SAME PERIOD, THERE HAVE BEEN A DROUGHT IN DE NOVO BANKS. IN FACT, ONLY FIVE NEW BANK CHARTERS AND 16 NEW CREDIT UNION CHARTERS HAVE BEEN GRANTED. TODAY, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER 125 YEARS, THERE ARE FEWER THAN 6,000 BANKS AND ROUGHLY 6,000 CREDIT UNIONS SERVING ALL CONSUMERS IN THE UNITED STATES. THIS IS PROOF THAT THE COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS NEED SMART, COMMONSENSE REGULATORY RELIEF SO THEY CAN PROPERLY SERVE LOCAL COMMUNITIES BY ASSISTING WITH SMALL BUSINESS STARTUP AND CONSUMER CREDIT. MY BILL, H.R. 3971, THE COMMUNITY INSTITUTION MORTGAGE RELIEF ACT, WOULD ALLEVIATE HARMFUL BURDENS ON SMALL INSTITUTIONS ACROSS THE NATION, WHILE SAVING MONEY FOR LOW-INCOME BORROWERS. THIS BIPARTISAN MEASURE WOULD EXEMPT SMALL COMMUNITY-BASED INSTITUTIONS FROM MANDATORY ESCROW REQUIREMENTS. MY BILL WILL ALSO PROVIDE RELIEF FROM NEW REGULATIONS THAT HAVE NEARLY DOUBLED THE COST OF SERVICING LOANS SPECIFICALLY TO LOW-INCOME BORROWERS. I KNOW THAT CERTAIN INSTITUTIONS WILL WISH TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE THE SAME ESCROW SERVICES TO THEIR CONSUMERS AND THEY ARE WELCOME TO DO THAT. BY OFFERING THESE REAL CHANGES, SMALLER INSTITUTIONS, LIKE G.P.O. FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, FOR EXAMPLE, IN MY DISTRICT, CAN ONCE AGAIN FOCUS THEIR FULL ATTENTION ON RELATIONSHIP LENDING IN THE COMMUNITY, WITHOUT WORRY OF GOVERNMENT OVERREGULATION. ONCE AGAIN, THE CURRENT LAW MANDATES THAT ALL INSTITUTIONS FOLLOW ESCROW REQUIREMENTS WHICH RAISES THE COST OF CREDIT FOR THOSE BORROWERS WHO CAN LEAST AFFORD IT, WHILE HARMING SMALL LOCAL INSTITUTIONS. I WANT TO SPECIFICALLY THANK MR. SHERMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR WORKING WITH ME ON THIS BILL AND I APPRECIATE HIS SUPPORT THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK -- NO. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT CHAIRMAN HENSARLING CONTROL THE REMAINDER OF THE TIME.

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      • 12:24:34 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE TIME -- THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS RESERVED…

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE TIME -- THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS RESERVED THE TIME FOR MR. HENSARLING. AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS NOW RECOGNIZED.

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      • 12:24:47 PM

        MS. WATERS

        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

      • 12:24:52 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

      • 12:24:54 PM

        MS. WATERS

        I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 3971. CONTRARY TO WHAT IS IMPLIED BY…

        I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 3971. CONTRARY TO WHAT IS IMPLIED BY ITS TITLE, H.R. 3971 WOULD NOT PROVIDE REGULATORY RELIEF TO COMMUNITY BANKS. INSTEAD THIS BILL WOULD ALLOW A LARGE NUMBER OF MORTGAGE SERVICES TO DROP IMPORTANT CONSUMER PROTECTIONS AND SET THE STAGE FOR A RETURN OF THE HARMFUL PRACTICES OF THE SUBPRIME MELTDOWN AND THE WORST FINANCIAL CRISIS SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION. DODD-FRANK TASKED CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU WITH IMPLEMENTING MORTGAGE RULES UNDER THE TRUTH IN LENDING ACT THAT WOULD RE-- WOULD RESTRICT THE TYPE OF PRACTICES THAT LED TO THE FINANCIAL CRISIS. THIS BILL WOULD HARM CONSUMERS BY RAISING THE CONSUMER BUREAU'S EXEMPTION THRESHOLD OWNS CROW ACCOUNT REQUIREMENTS FOR HIGHER-PRICED MORTGAGE LOANS. MORTGAGES ARE CLASSIFIED AS HIGHER-PRICED IF THE AN -- IF THE ANNUAL PERCENTAGE RATE, OR A.P.R., EXCEEDS THE AVERAGE PRIME OFFER RATE BY 1.5%, AND HIGHER-PRICED MORTGAGE LOANS OFTEN REFLECT RISKIER OR SUBPRIME BORROWERS. PURSUANT TO DODD-FRANK ACT, THE CONSUMER BUREAU HAS ISSUED ESCROW RULES THAT REQUIRE BORROWERS WITH HIGHER-PRICED MORTGAGE LOANS TO ESCROW THEIR HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE, PROPERTY TAXES AND PRIVATE MORTGAGE INSURANCE FOR AT LEAST THE FIRST FIVE YEARS OF THEIR MORTGAGE. ESCROW ACCOUNTS ARE AN IMPORTANT CONSUMER PROTECTION MECHANISM, ESPECIALLY FOR HIGHER-RISK BORROWERS. BECAUSE THEY ENSURE THAT HOMEOWNERS HAVE FUNDS FOR THESE EXPENSES, THEREBY REDUCING MORTGAGE DEFAULTS OR LOSS OF THE PROPERTY. IN FACT, BEFORE THE CONSUMER BUREAU ISSUED ITS FINAL RULE ON ESCROW REQUIREMENTS IN 2013, A FEDERAL RESERVE STUDY FROM 2011 FOUND THAT CONSUMERS WITH HIGHER-PRICED MORTGAGES THAT DID NOT HAVE AN ESCROW ACCOUNT IN THE FIRST YEAR AFTER THE CONSUMMATION OF THEIR MORTGAGE HAD HIGHER INSTANCES OF DEFAULT. ESCROW ACCOUNTS ALSO KEEP HOMEOWNERS FROM BEING BLIND-SIDED BY ADDITIONAL COSTS AT THE END OF EACH YEAR AND PROVIDE A MORE ACCURATE MONTHLY COST ESTIMATE FOR HOMEOWNERSHIP WHEN THE LOAN IS ORIGINATED. THAT IS WHY THE CONSUMER BUREAU'S RULES ARE DESIGNED TO ENSURE THAT HOMEOWNERS UNDERSTAND AND CAN MEET THE FULL COST OF HOME OWNERSHIP. EVEN THOUGH ESCROW ACCOUNTS ARE PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT FOR THESE HIGHER-PRICED LOANS THEY CERTAINLY NOT UNIQUE. IN FACT, MOST HOMEOWNERS ESCROW THESE FUNDS. FUNDS ENSURED BY THE FEDERAL HOUSING ADMINISTRATION AND THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE MUST HAVE BORROWER ESCROW ACCOUNTS AND CONVENTIONAL MORTGAGES WITH A LOAN TO VALUE RATIO OF 80% OR HIGHER REQUIRED AS WELL. I HAVE NOT HEARD A SINGLE CONVINCING ARGUMENT AS TO WHAT IS SO BURDENSOME ABOUT BANKS WITH $25 BILLION IN ASSETS ENSURING THAT THEIR BORROWERS HAVE ENOUGH MONEY SET ASIDE EVERY MONTH TO PAY THEIR TAXES AND INSURANCE. FURTHERMORE, BANKS WITH LESS THAN $2 BILLION IN ASSETS THAT SERVE RURAL OR UNDERSERVED AREAS ARE ALREADY EXEMPT FROM THE CONSUMER BUREAU'S ESCROW REQUIREMENTS, WHICH REFLECTS THE BUREAU'S COMMITMENT TO BALANCE AND TAILORED REGULATIONS. THIS BILL WOULD MAKE A DRAMATIC LEAP FROM THE CONSUMER BUREAU'S TARGETED RELIEF AND EXEMPT BANKS UP TO $25 BILLION IN ASSETS OR OVER 98% OF BANKS FROM THE ESCROW REQUIREMENT. AND THEY WOULD GET THIS EXEMPTION REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THEY'RE SERVING UNDERSERVED BORROWERS AND WITHOUT ANY EVIDENCE THAT THIS LARGE EXEMPTION WOULD INCREASE ACCESS TO CREDIT FOR THOSE WHO NEED IT. THE CONSUMER BUREAU ALSO ADDRESSED THE FACT THAT LARGE SERVICES AND ESPECIALLY SERVICES THAT SERVICE LOANS THAT THEY DID NOT OWN FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME OFTEN DID NOT ADEQUATELY COMMUNICATE WITH CUSTOMERS OR APPROXIMATELY TRACK PAPERWORK. DURING THE CRISIS, THIS CONTRIBUTED TO MILLIONS OF UNNECESSARY FORECLOSURES. AND LATER ON, SEVERAL BILLION DOLLAR SETTLEMENTS FOR ABUSIVE AND FRAUDULENT BUSINESS PRACTICES. IN ITS RULE, THE CONSUMER BUREAU ALSO PROVIDES OTHER FLEXIBILITIES THROUGH EXEMPTIONS TO THE REAL ESTATE SETTLEMENT PROCEDURES ACT LOAN SERVICING AND ESCROW ACCOUNT ADMINISTRATION, REQUIREMENTS TO ONLY SMALL BANK SERVICES. IF THEY AND THEIR AFFILIATES OWNED THE LOANS THEY SERVICE AND SERVICE NO MORE THAN 5,000 LOANS EACH YEAR, H.R. 3971 WOULD INCREASE THE EXEMPTION BY 500%. FROM 5,000 LOANS A YEAR TO 30,000 LOANS, ALLOWING SIGNIFICANTLY LARGER BANK SERVICES TO AVOID THESE IMPORTANT CONSUMER SAFEGUARDS AND ONLY REQUIRING THE LENDERS TO HOLD THE LOANS IN PORTFOLIO FOR THREE YEARS. SO, LET'S BE CLEAR. HOME OWNERS DO NOT GET TO CHOOSE THEIR OWN -- HOMEOWNERS DO NOT GET TO CHOOSE THEIR OWN MORTGAGE LOAN SERVICER. WE CAN AT LEAST ENSURE THEY'RE ADEQUATELY PROTECTED AFTER THEY SIGN ON THE DOTTED LINE. AS WE SAW LEADING UP TO THE 2008 FINANCIAL CRISIS, SERVICERS OFTEN CHOOSE PROFITS OVER PEOPLE AND THAT IS WHY WE NEED THE CONSUMER BUREAU TO LOOK OUT FOR THE NEEDS OF CONSUMERS. THE CONSUMER BUREAU HAS CONTINUED TO DO ITS JOB IN SPITE OF THE UNRELENTING REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN TO SLOW IT DOWN OR ELIMINATE IT COMPLETELY. SIMPLY PUT, H.R. 3971 WOULD ENABLE LARGER SERVICERS, WHOSE INCENTIVES ARE NOT ALINED WITH THE OWNERS OF THE LOANS -- ALIGNED WITH THE OWNERS OF THE LOANS OR THE BORROWERS, TO REVIVE THE ABUSIVE PRACTICES WITH THE PREDATORY LENDING THAT CONTRIBUTED TO THE 2008 FINANCIAL CRISIS. THIS IS THE SECOND TIME IN LESS THAN TWO WEEKS THAT I'VE COME BEFORE YOU TO DISCUSS A BILL THAT WOULD ERODE VITAL CONSUMER PROTECTIONS UNDER THE TRUTH IN LENDING ACT, FOR BORROWERS WITH HIGH-PRICED MORTGAGE LOANS. I CANNOT SUPPORT LEGISLATION THAT WOULD KEEP CONSUMERS LOOKING AT HIGH-COST MORTGAGES FROM THE VITAL PROTECTIONS AND SECURITY -- SCRUTINY THEY DESERVE. . FOR ALL THESE REASONS I OPPOSE THE BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 12:31:26 PM

        MR. HENSARLING

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

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      • 12:31:31 PM

        MR. HENSARLING

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 3971, THE COMMUNITY…

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 3971, THE COMMUNITY INSTITUTION MORTGAGE RELIEF ACT. IT'S AN IMPORTANT BILL THAT IS CO-SPONSORED BY A BIPARTISAN GROUP OF MEMBERS, AGAIN, BIPARTISAN. IT WAS APPROVED IN THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE WITH A STRONG BIPARTISAN VOTE OF 41-19, AND IT HAS A LONG TRACK RECORD OF BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, AND ALL MEMBERS SHOULD TAKE NOTE OF THIS. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, REPRESENTATIVE TENNEY, WHO IS A FINE MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE. I WANT TO THANK HER FOR INTRODUCING THE LEGISLATION AND REALLY HELPING LEAD OUR CONGRESSIONAL EFFORT. TO PROVIDE NEEDED REGULATORY RELIEF FOR OUR SMALL COMMUNITY BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS, TO GIVE THEM RELIEF FROM RULES THAT ARE UNFAIRLY RESTRICTING OUR CONSTITUENTS' ACCESS TO MORTGAGE CREDIT. AND THIS IS MORTGAGE CREDIT THAT WILL HELP AMERICANS ACHIEVE A GREATER LEVEL OF FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE, BY BEING ABLE TO ACHIEVE PERHAPS THEIR VERSION OF THE AMERICAN DREAM, A HOME THEY CAN ACTUALLY AFFORD TO KEEP. H.R. 3971 IS A NARROWLY FOCUSED, MODEST EFFORT TO RESOLVE CONCERNS RELATED TO THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU'S RULES IMPLEMENTING DODD-FRANK ACT PROVISIONS ON ESCROWS AND MORTGAGE SERVICING. THE CFPB'S ESCROW REQUIREMENTS FOR PROPERTY TAXES AND INSURANCE ARE UNNECESSARY. THEY ARE IMPRACTICAL, AND THEY ARE A SIGNIFICANT EXPENSE THAT JUST MAKES IT HARDER FOR OUR COMMUNITY BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS TO OFFER MORTGAGE LOANS TO THEIR CUSTOMERS AND MEMBERS. THESE ESCROW ACCOUNTS ARE THE ACCOUNTS THAT PEOPLE USE TO PAY THEIR TAXES AND PAY THEIR HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE. WITH THE AMENDMENT SOON TO BE INTRODUCED BY MR. SHERMAN OF CALIFORNIA, A CO-SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION, THIS BIPARTISAN BILL WOULD SIMPLY RELIEVE CERTAIN SMALL COMMUNITY BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS FROM THE OBLIGATION TO PROVIDE ESCROW ACCOUNTS IF THEY HAVE CONSOLIDATED ASSETS OF $10 BILLION OR LESS AND HOLD THE MORTGAGE ON THEIR BALANCE SHEET FOR THREE YEARS. AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, IF THEY ARE HOLDING THE MORTGAGE ON THEIR BALANCE SHEET, THEY HAVE EVERY INCENTIVE, EVERY INCENTIVE TO PROTECT THE COLLATERAL AND ENSURE THAT TAX INSURANCE PAYMENT -- THAT TAX AND INSURANCE PAYMENTS ARE CURRENT. THERE IS NO REASON TO FORCE THEM, THESE COMMUNITY BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS TO GO THROUGH THIS VERY EXPENSIVE PROCESS OF ESCROWING, PARTICULARLY IF THE CUSTOMER OR THE CREDIT UNION MEMBER DOESN'T WANT IT. A LARGE MAJORITY OF COMMUNITY BANKS DO NOT CURRENTLY ESCROW BECAUSE OF THE COST OF WHICH I HAVE SPOKE. IN REQUIRING THEM TO DO SO, MR. SPEAKER, IS ONLY GOING TO STOP THEM FROM MAKING LOANS. FEWER HOME LOANS, FEWER PEOPLE WITH HOMEOWNERSHIP OPPORTUNITY. YOU KNOW, COMMUNITY BANKER IN MISSOURI TOLD US THAT THE CFPB'S RULE HAS FORCED HIS BANK TO, QUOTE, LIMIT IN-HOUSE RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE LENDING, UNQUOTE. THE BANKER WENT ON TO SAY, QUOTE, THIS IS HURTING THE HOUSING MARKET IN OUR COMMUNITY. THAT JUST SHOULDN'T BE HAPPENING, MR. SPEAKER. A CREDIT UNION OFFICIAL IN PENNSYLVANIA SAID THE BUREAUCRATIC CFPB REQUIREMENT HAS CAUSED HIS CREDIT UNION MEMBERS TO BE, QUOTE, VERY UPSET AND CONFUSED AS TO WHY THEY WERE UNABLE TO PAY THEIR TAXES HOW THEY ALWAYS HAD. HE WENT ON TO WRITE, QUOTE, THESE MEMBERS HAD MANAGED THEIR TAX AND INSURANCE PAYMENTS FOR YEARS WITHOUT INSTITUTION INTERFERENCE, BUT SUDDENLY THEY FEEL LIKE THE GOVERNMENT NOW TOLD THEM THEY WERE NOT RESPONSIBLE ENOUGH TO MANAGE THEIR OWN AFFAIRS. THIS ECHOES PRECISELY WHAT WE LEARNED FROM A CREDIT UNION LEADER IN PENNSYLVANIA WHO WROTE A LETTER SAYING THAT, QUOTE, CHANGES TO MORTGAGE SERVICING RULES HAVE MADE IT MORE EXPENSIVE AND MORE TIME CONSUMING. SERVICING RULES AND REGULATIONS HAVE BECOME A FULL-TIME REGULATORY AND COMPLIANCE NIGHTMARE. AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, FEWER HOME LOANS MEANS FEWER HOMES FOR OUR CONSTITUENTS. IT'S NOT RIGHT. TO FIX THESE PROBLEMS, H.R. 3971 WOULD ALSO INCREASE THE SMALL SERVICER EXEMPTION THRESHOLD FROM 5,000 MORTGAGES TO 20,000 MORTGAGES ANNUALLY BY BETTER DELINEATES SMALL SERVICERS FROM THE LARGE SERVICERS. A COMMUNITY BANK OR CREDIT UNION THAT SERVICES FEWER THAN 20,000 MORTGAGES SHOULD NOT BE SUBJECT TO THE SAME REGULATORY SCRUTINY AS A BIG FINANCIAL INSTITUTION THAT HAS A $2 TRILLION SERVICING PORTFOLIO. AGAIN, THESE IMPORTANT REFORMS WILL GIVE SMALLER CREDIT UNIONS AND COMMUNITY BANKS GREATER FLEXIBILITY TO ENSURE MORE THEIR MEMBERS AND CUSTOMERS CAN GET A LOAN TO BUY A HOME AND STAY IN THEIR HOME. AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, MS. TENNEY'S BILL HAS STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. IT HAS IN THE PAST. I EXPECT IT WILL HAVE IT AGAIN TODAY. IT SOLVES A REAL PROBLEM FOR OUR CONSTITUENTS, AND I URGE ADOPTION OF THE MEASURE AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 12:36:36 PM

        MS. WATERS

        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS. I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT FOR…

        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS. I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO REALIZE THAT IN PRESENT LAW COMMUNITY BANKS OF $2 BILLION OR LESS ARE EXEMPTED FROM REQUIRING ESCROW ACCOUNTS ON HIGHER PRICED LOANS IF THEY SERVE RURAL AND UNDERSERVED AREAS. SO WE'RE TALKING ABOUT PRESENT LAW THAT GIVES THIS EXEMPTION, AND NOT ONLY DOES IT EXEMPT THESE REAL COMMUNITY BANKS OF $2 BILLION OR LESS, THE BANKS ARE REQUIRED TO SERVE RURAL COMMUNITIES AND UNDERSERVED AREAS. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT BECAUSE OFTENTIMES THESE ARE LOANS TO RISKIER CUSTOMERS. THESE ARE LOANS WHERE THEY ARE CHARGING A HIGHER INTEREST RATE. THESE ARE LOANS WHERE THEY ARE TAKING MORE RISK. SO WHEN WE HEAR THOSE ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE DIFFERENT WAYS TO SERVICE THE RURAL COMMUNITIES, THIS IS ONE WAY THAT THE LAW ALLOWS THAT KIND OF ATTENTION TO RURAL COMMUNITIES AND UNDERSERVED AREAS. THEY SAY SMALL COMMUNITY BANKS, YOU DON'T HAVE TO HAVE ESCROW ACCOUNTS AND SO WHAT WE'RE SAYING TO YOU IS, GIVE YOUR ATTENTION TO THESE RURAL AND UNDERSERVED AREAS WHERE THEY ARE HIGHER PRICED LOANS, RISKIER ACCOUNTS AND WE ARE NOT GOING TO REQUIRE YOU TO HAVE TO FORCE UPON THESE KINDS OF ACCOUNTS THE RULES THAT WILL BE FORCED UPON DIFFERENT KINDS OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. AND SO IF WE ADOPT THIS BILL, IT WOULD NOT BE ABOUT COMMUNITY BANKS AT ALL. AND I HAVE TO DISAGREE WITH MY CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE WHO TALKED ABOUT THIS IN SOME WAY ENHANCING COMMUNITY BANKS' ABILITY TO SERVICE RURAL AND UNDERSERVED AREAS. THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT EXPANDING THE EXEMPTION FROM $2 BILLION OR LESS TO $25 BILLION. THAT'S NOT A COMMUNITY BANK. WE DON'T HAVE ANY COMMUNITY BANK THAT -- BANKS THAT ARE WORTH $25 BILLION OR MORE. SO I WANT EVERYBODY TO BE CLEAR WHAT THIS BILL IS ATTEMPTING TO DO, AND WITH THAT I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 12:39:24 PM

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      • 12:39:28 PM

        MR. HENSARLING

        MR. SPEAKER, I AM NOW PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED…

        MR. SPEAKER, I AM NOW PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES SUBCOMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND CONSUMER CREDIT, MR. LUETKEMEYER.

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      • 12:39:44 PM

        MR. LUETKEMEYER

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, OUR…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, OUR DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, AS WELL. I WANT TO START THANKING THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MS. TENNEY, WHO HAS BECOME AN ADVOCATE FOR SMALL INSTITUTIONS AND THEIR CUSTOMERS. ESCROW REQUIREMENTS ARE COSTLY AND BURDENSOME FOR COMMUNITY BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS. MANY INSTITUTIONS LACK THE RESOURCES TO CREATE AND MAINTAIN ESCROW ACCOUNTS IN-HOUSE AND OUTSOURCING THE WORK IS COST PROHIBITIVE. THIS DOESN'T MEAN THESE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS SHOULD BE IN THE BUSINESS OF MORTGAGE LENDING. H.R. 3971 AMENDS THE TRUTH IN LENDING ACT TO HAVE THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU TO EXEMPT A LOAN SECURED BY A FIRST LIEN ON A PRINCIPAL DWELLING IF IT'S HELD BY A CREDITOR OF $25 BILLION OR LESS. UNDER THE BILL THE BUREAU MUST ALSO PROVIDE EXEMPTIONS TO OR ADJUSTMENTS FROM THE MORTGAGE LOAN SERVICING AND ESCROW REQUIREMENTS OF THE REAL ESTATE SETTLEMENT PROCEDURES ACT. THAT RELIEF APPLIES ONLY TO SERVICERS OF $300,000 OR FEWER MORE -- 300,000 OR FEWER MORTGAGE LOANS. THESE ARE HIGHER THRESHOLDS NOR ARE THEY LARGE OR COMPLEX. THE GENTLELADY'S LEGISLATION IS TARGETED SQUARELY FOR THE SMALL BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS SERVICING MAIN STREET. THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS THAT HAVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH THEIR CUSTOMERS. THIS ISN'T AN IMPORTANT ASPECT IN THE LEGISLATION THAT ISN'T DELINEATED. AS SOMEONE THAT MADE LOANS IN MY COMMUNITY FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS, THESE SMALL INSTITUTIONS CARE ABOUT THEIR CUSTOMERS. COMMUNITY BANKERS HELP PEOPLE FULFILL THEIR DREAMS OF HOMEOWNERSHIP BECAUSE THEY CARE ABOUT THE CUSTOMER AND ECONOMIC HEALTH OF THEIR COMMUNITY. THE UNFORTUNATE REALITY IS THAT ACROSS THE NATION THESE BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS ARE EXITING THE RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE BUSINESS. I HEARD FROM ONE JUST A FEW DAYS AGO. ISN'T ONE RULE THAT'S DRIVING THIS TREND. IT'S THE ONSLAUGHT OF RULES FROM THE CFPB AND THE FEDERAL PRODUNGS REGULATORS THAT IN TOTALITY MAKE MORTGAGE LENDING AND SERVICING COST PROHIBITIVE. THESE RULES AREN'T HELPING CONSUMEERS. THEY ARE FORCING BANKS TO CUT OFF SERVICES AND ACCESS TO MORTGAGE CREDIT. THEY'RE PUSHING BORROWERS TO LARGE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND NONBANK SERVICERS. THE VERY ENTITIES THAT THE RANKING MEMBER AND SOME OF MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE SAY POSE THE GREATEST THREAT TO CONSUMERS. THE GENTLELADY'S LEGISLATION ENSURES THAT CONSUMERS CONTINUE TO HAVE VARIOUS CREDIT CHOICES BY ALLOWING SMALLER INSTITUTIONS WITHOUT BEING DETERRED BY HIGH COST OF REGULATORY COMPLIANCE. INCREASING SMALL SERVICER EXEMPTION THRESHOLD WILL DELINEATE AND GIVE CREDIT UNIONS AND COMMUNITY BANKS GREATER FLEXIBILITY. THIS WILL ENSURE MORE CUSTOMERS HAVE ACCESS TO THE MORTGAGE MARKET AND ACHIEVE THE DREAM OF HOMEOWNERSHIP. WE SHOULDN'T BE DRIVING THAT BUSINESS AWAY FROM SMALL SERVICERS AND WE SHOULDN'T SUBJECT COMMUNITY INSTITUTIONS IN THIS INSTANCE TO THE SAME REGULATORY REGIME AS LARGER ONES. THIS IS AN ISSUE THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE HAS FORCED -- HAS WORKED ON FOR SEVERAL YEARS. ALWAYS A BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK FOR PICKING UP THIS LEGISLATION AND FOR HER DILIGENT WORK ON THIS MATTER. I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WILL JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING H.R. 3971, A MEASURE THAT ALLOWS OUR NATION'S SMALLER FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, THEIR CUSTOMERS AND THEIR COMMUNITIES TO THRIVE. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 12:43:07 PM

        MS. WATERS

        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS. I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO…

        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS. I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO FURTHER EXPLAIN WHAT THIS BILL WOULD DO AND WHY THEY COULD BE HARMFUL. UNDER THE PRESENT LAW, THE REAL ESTATE SETTLEMENT AND PROCEDURES ACT WOULD REQUIRE THAT THE SERVICES HANDLE NO MORE THAN 5,000 OR LESS LOANS. WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT. IT IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE WHEN YOU HAVE SERVICERS THAT ARE HANDLING A RELATIVELY SMALL NUMBER OF THESE KINDS OF ACCOUNTS THEY CAN PAY ATTENTION TO THEM. DON'T FORGET, THESE ARE LOANS BY COMMUNITY BANKS. THEY ARE RISKIER, THEY ARE HIGHER PRICED LOANS. THEY ARE DIRECTED TOWARD RURAL COMMUNITIES AND COMMUNITIES THAT BASICALLY YOU HAVE TO PAY A LOT OF ATTENTION TO WHEN YOU GIVE OUT THESE LOANS AND SO NOW THIS BILL WOULD SAY, YES, WE KNOW THAT WHEN YOU ARE SERVICING A SMALL NUMBER, 5,000 OR LESS, THAT THE SERVICERS HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION BECAUSE THEY ARE UNDER THE RULE OF THE REAL ESTATE SETTLEMENT PROCEDURES ACT. AND THAT ACTS NOT ONLY DO YOU HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION AND YOU HAVE TO CONTACT YOUR BORROWER WHEN YOU ARE GOING TO TRANSFER THE LOAN -- AND LET ME TELL YOU HOW IMPORTANT THIS IS. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT BECAUSE WHEN YOU TRANSFER A LOAN, IF YOU DON'T GIVE THE KIND OF NOTIFICATION TO THE BORROWER THAT THEY WILL UNDERSTAND THAT THE ORIGINATOR OF THE LOAN NO LONGER HAS THE SERVICING OR HAS THE SAME SERVICING CONTRACT THAT IT'S NOW GOING TO MOVE TO ANOTHER SERVICER, THEN PEOPLE OFTENTIMES END UP NOT SENDING THEIR PAYMENT TO THE RIGHT PLACE AND, GUESS WHAT, I HAVE SEEN THIS GO ON FOR MONTHS AND THEN PEOPLE END UP IN A SITUATION WHERE THEY ARE DEFAULTING ON THE LOAN AND THE NEW SERVICERS ARE PUTTING THEM IN A POSITION WHERE NOW THEIR HOMES ARE IN DANGER. SO THIS CONTACT, THIS OVERSIGHT, THIS ATTENTION THAT YOU PAY TO THESE SMALL BORROWERS ARE SO IMPORTANT AND THAT'S WHY THE 5,000. NOW, WITH THIS BILL, THEY WANT TO TAKE IT UP TO 30,000. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? IT MEANS THAT WE'RE GOING TO SEE THE KIND OF PROBLEMS THAT WE HAVE SEEN IN THE SUBPRIME MELTDOWN THAT WE HAVE GONE THROUGH. WE HAVE FOUND THAT SERVICERS CAUSED US THE MOST PROBLEMS. OF COURSE, THEY DIDN'T SERVICE THE LOANS ADEQUATELY. THEY LOST THEM. THEY HAD PEOPLE APPLYING OVER AND OVER AGAIN. FIRST OF ALL, WE DISCOVERED THAT MANY OF THE SERVICERS HAD NO TRAINING, THAT THEY WERE LITERALLY HIRED OFF THE STREET, AND THAT THEY WERE BASICALLY SAYING TO SENIOR CITIZENS, 75 AND 80 YEARS OLD, WE LOST YOUR PAPER, REAPPLY AGAIN, REAPPLY AGAIN, WE'RE SORRY, AND IT HAS BEEN JUST AN AWFUL SITUATION THAT WAS CREATED BECAUSE THE SERVICERS COULD NOT HANDLE THE VOLUME THAT THEY WERE CONTRACTED WITH, OFTENTIMES FOR THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTION THAT THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING THIS WORK FOR. AND SO HERE YOU HAVE A BILL THAT LITERALLY IS NOT ABOUT COMMUNITY BANKS. THIS IS ABOUT INCREASING THE NUMBER OF BANKS THAT CAN NOW HAVE THE KIND OF PROTECTION THAT WE WERE GIVEN TO THE VERY SMALL COMMUNITY BANKS, SO DON'T BELIEVE THIS IS ABOUT COMMUNITY BANKS. IN ADDITION TO THAT, WHAT YOU'RE DOING IS YOU'RE CHANGING THE RULES AND THE LAWS UNDER THE REAL ESTATE SETTLEMENT PROCEDURES ACT THAT PROTECTS THESE BORROWERS AND THESE SMALL HIGH RISK LOANS THAT ARE IN THESE COMMUNITIES THAT NEED SPECIAL KIND OF HELP AND SO WITH THAT I WILL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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      • 12:47:15 PM

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      • 12:47:19 PM

        MR. HENSARLING

        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS JUST TO SAY WE'RE LOSING A…

        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS JUST TO SAY WE'RE LOSING A COMMUNITY BANK OR CREDIT UNION A DAY IN AMERICA. AND WE ARE LOSING THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE DROWNING IN A SEA OF DODD-FRANK REGULATIONS. AND AS THEY PERISH, SO DO THE DREAMS OF MANY OF OUR CONSTITUENTS. AND MR. SPEAKER, IF A SMALL COMMUNITY BANK OR CREDIT UNION MAKES A LOAN AND KEEPS IT ON THEIR BOOKS, GUESS WHAT, THEY WANT THE LOAN REPAID. THEY'RE GOING TO MAKE SURE THE TAXES ARE KEPT CURRENT. THEY'RE GOING TO MAKE SURE THE INSURANCE IS KEPT CURRENT. THEY DON'T NEED THE BURDENSOME REGULATION COMING OUT FROM SOME WASHINGTON BUREAUCRAT TELLING THEM HOW TO DO THEIR BUSINESS. THEY WANT TO ENSURE THE LOAN GETS PAID ANYWAY. MR. SPEAKER, I'M NOW PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES SUBCOMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND CONSUMER CREDIT, MR. ROTHFUS.

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      • 12:48:14 PM

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      • 12:48:17 PM

        MR. ROTHFUS

        I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R.…

        I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3971, THE COMMUNITY INSTITUTION MORTGAGE RELIEF ACT. AND I THANK REPRESENTATIVE TENNEY FOR HER HARD WORK ON THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. AT THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTION SUBCOMMITTEE, WE OFTEN TALK ABOUT RIGHT SIZING REGULATIONS. IF WE WANT TO HAVE A ROBUST FINANCIAL SYSTEM THAT BALANCES SMART REGULATION AND CONSUMER PROTECTIONS WITH THE NEED TO MAKE CAPITAL AVAILABLE TO AMERICAN CONSUMERS, WE NEED TO CONSIDER TARGETED OPPORTUNITIES TO TAILOR REQUIREMENTS TO FIT THE SIZE AND NATURE OF THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTION. REPRESENTATIVE TENNEY'S LEGISLATION DOES JUST THAT. THIS COMMUNITY INSTITUTION MORTGAGE RELIEF ACT DIRECTS THE CFPB TO EXEMPT CREDITORS WITH $25 BILLION OR LESS IN ASSETS FROM CERTAIN COSTLY ESCROW AND IMPOUND REQUIREMENTS ON LOANS SECURED BY A FIRST LEAN ON A CONSUMER'S PRINCIPLE DWELLING. THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE ESPECIALLY BURDENSOME FOR COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. THEY OFTEN FORCE INSTITUTIONS TO PASS INCREASED COSTS ON TO THEIR CONSUMERS. THIS CAN DRIVE BUSINESS AWAY FROM SMALL BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS, WHICH ARE ALREADY SUFFERING FROM OVERREGULATION AND OTHER ECONOMIC CHALLENGES. AS A RESULT, IN SOME CASES COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS HAVE EXITED THE MORTGAGE BUSINESS ALTOGETHER. THIS DOES NOT HELP CONSUMERS AND IT FURTHER IMPERILS OUR SHRINKING NUMBER OF COMMUNITY BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS. THIS BILL OFFERS A TARGETED, REASONABLE FIX SO THESE INSTITUTIONS CAN CONTINUE TO SERVE THEIR CUSTOMERS. THIS IS SMART, IT'S REASONABLE, IT'S COMMON SENSE, PARTICULARLY FOR THOSE WHO UNDERSTAND HOW OVERREGULATION FROM WASHINGTON, D.C., HAS HURT CONSUMERHOICE. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 12:50:11 PM

        MS. WATERS

        I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 12:50:18 PM

        MR. HENSARLING

        MR. SPEAKER, I'M NOW VERY PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO A FELLOW…

        MR. SPEAKER, I'M NOW VERY PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO A FELLOW TEXAN, A MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTE MR. WILLIAMS.

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      • 12:50:28 PM

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      • 12:50:31 PM

        MR. WILLIAMS

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN FAVOR OF H.R. 3971, THE COMMUNITY INSTITUTION…

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN FAVOR OF H.R. 3971, THE COMMUNITY INSTITUTION MORTGAGE RELIEF ACT OF 2017. I WOULD LIKE TO ALSO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW RK, MS. TENNEY, FOR HEWARD ORK ON THIS PIECE OF LEDGE -- FOR HER HARD WORK ON THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. AN OVERWHELMG MAJORITY OF MY FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE COLLEAGUES RECOGNIZE THE NEED FOR THIS BILL. AND I HOPE THAT THE FULL HOUSE WILL ALSO RECOGNIZE THAT VERY SAME NEED BY VOTING IN FAVOR OF THIS MEANINGFUL LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, THE PROBLEM RIGHT NOW IS THAT COMMUNITY BANKS ARE BEING CRUSHED BY SHEER WEIGHT. MAGNITUDE AND INTRICACY OF HABITUAL WASHINGTON REGULATIONS AND THIS IS ALL THE THANKS TO THE CRIPPLING EFFECTS OF THE FAILED DODD-FRANK. CURRENTLY COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS ARE FACING OVERLY BURDENSOME RULES IMPLEMENTED BY THE CFPB. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS WE NEED H.R. 3971 IN ORDER TO PROVIDE NEEDED REGULATORY RELIEF TO SMALL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. BY MAKING TWO SIMPLE MINOR CHANGE, COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS WILL BE ABLE TO BETTER SERVE THEIR CUSTOMERS. TO BE CLEAR, THE INSTITUTIONS WE ARE TRYING TO HELP ARE NOT BIG BANKS AND THEY DO NOT HAVE THE CAPABILITIES OF THE BIG BANKS. TO COMPLY WITH CURRENT BURDENSOME ESCROW RULES, COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS MUST DEVOTE MORE RESOURCES, TIME AND EMPLOYEES ON COMPLIANCE AND THOSE COSTS GET PASSED DOWN TO THE CONSUMER. OFTENTIMES UNDER THE PRESSURE OF CURRENT REGULATORY FRAMEWORK, THESE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS WILL CHOOSE NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ESCROW MARKET AT ALL, SIMPLY BECAUSE THE RULES ARE FINANCIALLY AND TECHNICALLY HINDERING. BY DIRECTING THE CRP TO PROVIDE RELIEF TO LOWER THE THRESHOLDS, WE CAN HELP MAKE THINGS JUST A LITTLE BIT EASIER ON THESE VITAL COMMUNITY BANKS. OVERALL, WE SHOULD NOT ALLOW OPPRESSIVE REGULATIONS TO DRIVE OPPORTUNITY AWAY FROM SMALL SERVICERS. BIG BANKS AND COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS ARE NOT THE SAME AND WE SHOULD NOT TREAT THEM AS SUCH. AS A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER MYSELF, OF OVER 44 YEARS, AND A STEADFAST DEFENDER OF MAIN STREET, I DO NOT HESITATE TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE. IT IS GOOD FOR THIS COUNTRY. I SEE THE NEED FOR THE GOOD PEOPLE OF CENTRAL TEXAS TO HAVE MORE OPTIONS. OUR JOB HERE IN WASHINGTON, MANY MILES AWAY FROM OUR COMMUNITIES, AND THOSE WE LOVE, IS TO DO WHAT WE CAN TO MAKE THEIR LIVES EASIER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 3971 MAKES LIFE EASIER. AND TAKES A STEP IN THE DIRECTION OF MAKING AMERICA BETTER. SO IN GOD WE TRUST. MERRY CHRISTMAS. I YIELD MY TIME BACK.

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

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

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      • 12:52:59 PM

        MS. WATERS

        RECOGNIZED.

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        MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA CONTINUES…

        MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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      • 12:55:47 PM

        MR. HENSARLING

        I'M HAPPY TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, CHAIRMAN…

        I'M HAPPY TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES SUBCOMMITTEE ON MONETARY POLICY AND TRADE.

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      • 12:55:58 PM

        MR. BARR

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN HENSARLING, FOR YOUR…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN HENSARLING, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND ESPECIALLY THANK YOU TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MY FRIEND, MS. TENNEY, FOR HER OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HER LEGISLATION, THE COMMUNITY INSTITUTION MORTGAGE RELIEF ACT. HOME OWNERSHIP IS PART OF THE AMERICAN DREAM. HOWEVER, AN ILL-CONCEIVED RULE PROMULGATED BY THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU HAS MADE IT HARDER FOR AMERICANS TO PURCHASE A HOME IN TYPICAL ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL WASHINGTON BUREAUCRAT FASHION, THE BUREAU'S RULE PLACES EXCESSIVE ESCROW AND MORTGAGE SERVICING REQUIREMENTS ON THE BACKS OF SMALLER COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND MORTGAGE SERVICERS. WHAT THE BUREAU MISSED IS THAT THESE LENDERS ARE RARELY IN SUBPRIME LENDING AND FREQUENTLY HOLD THE LOAN AND PORTFOLIO FOR THE TERM OF THE LOAN. THIS MEANS THESE LENDERS HAVE A VERY STRONG INCENTIVE TO ENSURE THAT TAXES AND INSURANCE PREMIUMS ARE BEING PAID BECAUSE THEY'RE TAKING ON 100% OF THE DOWN-SIDE RISK IF THE BORROWER FAILS TO HOLD UP THEIR SIDE OF THE DEAL. THEREFORE AN ESCROW ACCOUNT ISN'T NECESSARY. HOWEVER, AS A DIRECT RESULT OF THE RULE, THERE IS LESS CONSUMER CHOICE AND MORE EXPENSE. THAT'S BECAUSE MANY COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS ARE LEAVING THE MARKET OR HAVE BEEN FORCED TO CHARGE HOMEBUYERS MORE SO THEY CAN AFFORD TO HIRE THE EXTRA PROFESSIONAL STAFF THEY NEED TO COMPLY WITH THIS RULE. FOR THESE REASONS I SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY INSTITUTION MORTGAGE RELIEF ACT, WHICH EXEMPTS COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS WITH ASSETS OF $25 BILLION OR LESS FROM MUCH OF THE REGULATORY BURDEN OF THE BUREAU'S RULE. AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM NEW YORK, CONGRESSWOMAN CLAUDIA TENNEY, AND OUR CHAIRMAN, CONGRESSMAN HENSARLING, FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THE COMMUNITY INSTITUTION MORTGAGE RELIEF ACT. I YIELD BACK.

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        THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA…

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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      • 12:57:54 PM

        MS. WATERS

        WELL, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND MEMBERS, I'M PAYING SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THIS…

        WELL, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND MEMBERS, I'M PAYING SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THIS LEGISLATION. AND I TAKE PAUSE WHEN I SEE BILLS LIKE 3971, THAT ARE JUST A SMALL PART OF THE REPUBLICANS' RELENTLESS ATTACK ON THE WORK OF THE CONSUMER BUREAU. THE CONSUMER BUREAU'S WORK ON HIGH-COST LOANS AND CONSUMER PROTECTIONS FOR THEM WAS WELL THOUGHT THROUGH AND THE RESULT OF CAFRLE RESEARCH. LEADING UP -- CAREFUL RESEARCH. LEADING UP TO THE 2008 FINANCIAL CRISIS, MANY LOOKING TO FULFILL THE AMERICAN DREAM AND PURCHASE A HOUSE WERE CONVINCED TO TAKE OUT HIGHER-COST LOANS WITHOUT ANY REGARD FOR THEIR ABILITY TO REPAY THEM. THERE WERE FALSE PROMISES, THE COVES THEIR MORTGAGE, WITHOUT ADEQUATE PROTECTIONS. THE CONSUMER BUREAU TOOK YEARS TO TALK TO EXPERTS, HEAR FROM ADVOCATES AND DO THE RESEARCH TO COME UP WITH A STRONG RULE TO PREVENT THOSE TYPES OF ABUSES FROM OCCURRING AGAIN. WHILE ALSO PROVIDING REGULATORY RELIEF TO BANKS THAT SERVE RURAL AND UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES. SO LET ME TAKE PAUSE AND AGAIN FOCUS EVERYONE ON RURAL AND UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES. I AM OFTENTIMES APPALLED AT THE FACT THAT WE HAVE TOO MANY LEGISLATORS WHO REPRESENT RURAL COMMUNITIES AND UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES, BUT WHEN IT COMES TO LOOK OUT FOR THEIR FINANCIAL INTEREST -- LOOKING OUT FOR THEIR FINANCIAL INTEREST, THEY'RE NOT DOING IT. YET THEY GO BACK TO THESE COMMUNITIES AND THEY TALK ABOUT ALL THE OTHER KINDS OF ISSUES. THEY TALK ABOUT PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT SALUTING THE FLAG PROPERLY. THEY WILL TALK ABOUT FREEDOM CHOICE ISSUES. AND THEY WILL RALLY FOLKS AROUND EVERYTHING EXCEPT THEIR FINANCIAL INTEREST. IF RURAL COMMUNITIES OFTENTIMES ARE BEING HURT, IT'S BECAUSE THE VERY PEOPLE WHO SAY THEY REPRESENT THEM ARE NOT INDEED REPRESENTING THEM. AND WE CAN SEE THIS IN THIS KIND OF DISCUSSION. AND SO AGAIN, WE ARE FOCUSED WE ARE MAKING SURE THAT RURAL AND UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES ARE SERVED PROPERLY AND THROWN TO THE WOLVES AND INTO SITUATIONS AFTER THEY TAKE OUT THESE LOANS. WHEN THEY TAKE OUT THESE LOANS, THEY NEED SERVICERS WHO ARE TRAINED AND COMMITTED AND UNDERSTAND WHY UNDERSERVED AND RURAL COMMUNITIES NEED SPECIAL PROTECTION AND WHO WILL WORK WITH THEM AND CONTACT THEM AND WORK WITH THEM TO WORK OUT SITUATIONS WHERE LOAN MODIFICATIONS MAY BE REQUIRED OR REQUESTED. SO I'M GOING TO CONTINUE TO OPPOSE. I UNDERSTAND THERE ARE OTHERS WHO WOULD LIKE TO OPEN THIS UP. AND WITH THAT, LET ME RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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      • 01:01:07 PM

        MR. HENSARLING

        I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO OUTSTANDING MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES…

        I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO OUTSTANDING MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, THE GENTLELADY FROM UTAH, MRS. LOVE.

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        THE GENTLELADY FROM UTAH IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 01:01:18 PM

        MS. LOFGREN

        I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3971, THE COMMUNITY INSTITUTION MORTGAGE RELIEF…

        I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3971, THE COMMUNITY INSTITUTION MORTGAGE RELIEF ACT, BECAUSE THE ABILITY TO PURCHASE A HOME IS ONE OF THE MOST SACRED FINANCIAL GOALS WE HAVE AS AMERICANS. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PATH TO HOME OWNERSHIP AND WE HOPE AND ARE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO MAKE SURE IT REMAINS ACCESSIBLE. THIS BILL WILL ENSURE THAT COMMUNITY BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS STAY IN THE MORTGAGE LENDING BUSINESS AND CONTINUE TO PROVIDE POTENTIAL HOMEOWNERS WITH DIVERSE CREDIT OPTIONS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE CLAUDIA TENNEY FROM NEW YORK FOR PROVIDING SUCH A GREAT RELIEF TO COMMUNITY INSTITUTIONS. UNFORTUNATELY AS WE HAVE SEEN TOO OFTEN, THIS IS ONE MORE INSTANCE WHERE GOVERNMENT EFFORTS TO PROTECT PEOPLE ARE INADVERTENTLY HAVING THE OPPOSITE EFFECT. THOUGH INTENDED TO PROTECT OWNERS, THE FINAL RULE ON ESCROW AND MORTGAGE SERVICE REQUIREMENTS ARE SO BURDENSOME AND COSTLY FOR SMALLER INSTITUTIONS THAT WE ARE DRIVING MORTGAGE BUSINESSES AWAY FROM THEM. AND THIS COMES ON TOP OF AN ALREADY BURDENSOME REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH OUR SMALL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS ARE FACING RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT WERE MADE FOR LARGER BANKS CAUSING THEM TO CLOSE THEIR DOOR AT A RATE OF ONE SMALL INSTITUTION A DAY. WE NEED A MORE REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT THAT BALANCES THE CREDIT NEEDS OF CONSUMERS WITH APPROPRIATE CONSUMER PROTECTION. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD DO THAT BY EXEMPTING LENDERS WITH ASSETS OF $20 BILLION OR LESS FROM ESCROW REQUIREMENTS ON MORTGAGE LOANS AND PROVIDE MUCH NEEDED REGULATORY RELIEF FOR SMALL SERVICES. WITH SMALLER STAFF AND FEWER RESOURCES EXISTING ESCROW RULES ARE FINANCIALLY AND TECHNICALLY PROHIBITTIVE FOR SMALL COMMUNITY INSTITUTIONS. IN ADDITION, THESE SMALLER LENDERS OFTEN HOLD THE LIABILITY IN PORTFOLIO FOR TERM OF THE LOAN MAKING AN ESCROW ACCOUNT UNNECESSARY BECAUSE THE LENDER HAS A STRONG INTEREST IN PROTECTING ITS COLLATERAL BY ENSURING THAT TAXES AND INSURANCE PREMIUMS GET PAID. WHEN IT COMES TO PURCHASING OR REFINANCING A HOME IT IS IMPORTANT THAT CONSUMERS HAVE CREDIT OPTIONS. WE PRESERVE THOSE OPTIONS BY ALLOWING COMMUNITY INSTITUTIONS TO ENTER OR REMAIN IN THE MORTGAGE MARKET.

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      • 01:03:47 PM

        MR. HENSARLING

        I YIELD THE GENTLELADY AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

      • 01:03:51 PM

        MS. LOFGREN

        THE FACT IS IN MY DISTRICT AND MANY OTHER DISTRICTS THERE ARE SMALL…

        THE FACT IS IN MY DISTRICT AND MANY OTHER DISTRICTS THERE ARE SMALL BARNINGS GETTING OUT OF THE LENDING BUSINESS AND CANNOT PROVIDE THOSE OPTIONS FOR THE COMMUNITIES THEY LIVE IN. WE NEED TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE ALLOWING THESE INSTITUTIONS TO STAY IN THE MARKET WITHOUT THE HIGH COSTS OF REGULATORY COMPLIANCE AND THANK GOODNESS H.R. 3971 SUPPORTS THOSE YOLES. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 01:04:23 PM

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        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

      • 01:04:26 PM

        MS. WATERS

        MAY I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE LEFT?

      • 01:04:31 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA HAS 11 1/2 MINUTES. WATERS QUARTERS THANK…

        THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA HAS 11 1/2 MINUTES. WATERS QUARTERS THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS BILL IS STRONGLY OPPOSED BY ALL OF THE CONSUMER GROUPS, AMERICANS FINANCIAL REFORM, CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS, CENTER FOR RESPONSIBLE LENDING, THE NATIONAL CONSUMER LAW CENTER AND PUBLIC CITIZENS. WHY ARE THEY SO OPPOSED TO THIS BILL? THIS BILL WOULD AGAIN AMEND THE TRUTH IN LENDING ACT THAT IS TILA AND REAL ESTATE SETTLEMENT PROCEDURES ACT TO ON WIDEN THE SIZE OF TWO EXEMPTIONS THAT THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU HAS ALREADY PROVIDED FOR SMALLER-SIZED INSTITUTIONS ON ESCROW ACCOUNTS FOR HIGHER PRICED MORTGAGE LOANS AND SERVICING REQUIREMENTS FOR SMALL MORTGAGE SERVICES. UNDER THE BILL, ESCROW ACCOUNTS WOULD NO LONGER BE REQUIRED FOR RISKIER HIGH PRICED LOANS AT INSTITUTIONS WITH LESS THAN $25 BILLION IN ASSETS. CURRENTLY THE EXEMPTION APPLIES TO FIRMS WITH LESS THAN $2 BILLION IN ASSETS. THE SMALLER SERVICE EXEMPTION WITH INCREASED NOTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS TO CONSUMERS WOULD BE INCREASED AGAIN FROM SERVICES WITH 5,000 LOANS TO THOSE WITH 30,000 LOANS. WHY DO ALL OF THESE CONSUMER GROUPS OPPOSE THIS LEGISLATION? BECAUSE IT IS OBVIOUS WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE. WE ARE TAKING AWAY THE PROTECTION FROM THOSE WHO NEED IT THE MOST. WE'RE NOT DOING ANYTHING FOR COMMUNITY BANKS. THERE ARE NO $25 BILLION COMMUNITY BANKS. AND SO I WOULD ASK THAT MY COLLEAGUES IN THIS HOUSE TO OPPOSE THIS BILL. IT GOES IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION OF WHAT WE HAVE DONE TO TRY AND GIVE CONSUMERS TO THOSE WHO NEED PROTECTION THE MOST AND DODD-FRANK REFORM HAS DONE THIS. AND I WOULD JUST ASK OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 01:06:50 PM

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        THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

      • 01:06:54 PM

        MR. HENSARLING

        I YIELD A MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. DUNCAN.

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        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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        MR. DUNCAN

        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW…

        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK STARTED THIS DEBATE WITH AN AMAZING STATISTIC WHEN SHE SAID THAT OVER 1,500 SMALL BANKS AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS HAVE BEEN FORCED TO MERGE OR BE ACQUIRED OR GO OUT OF BUSINESS ALL TOGETHER SINCE THE PASSAGE OF THE DODD-FRANK BILL. THOSE OF US WHO OPPOSED THE DODD-FRANK BILL AT THAT TIME SAID THIS WOULD HAPPEN AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED. THE BIG HAVE GOTTEN BIGGER. FIVE WALL STREET BANKS HAD 22% BEFORE DODD-FRANK. LAST NIGHT WHEN I READ THE UPDATE THEY NOW HAVE 44% OF TOTAL DEPOSITS. THERE IS A BIG GOVERNMENT, BIG BUSINESS MONOPOLY THAT CONTROLS THE LIFE OF THIS COUNTRY AND ENDS UP BEING CONSOLIDATED AND CONTROLLED IN THE HANDS OF A FEW BIG GIANTS AND THAT IS WHAT HAPPENED IN THIS CASE. WHEN MY WIFE AND I BOUGHT OUR FIRST HOUSE WE SIGNED TWO OR THREE PAGES, 3 1/2 YEARS AGO WE BOUGHT A LAKE HOUSE AND SIGNED OVER 100 PAGES OF DOCUMENTS, I KNEW ALL IT WAS WAS MEANINGLESS PAPERWORK FOR BUREAUCRATS AND LAWYERS. THIS IS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. I HAVE HAD MANY BANKERS ACROSS THE STATE OF TENNESSEE HOLD ME HOW HARMFUL AND DIFFICULT IT IS FOR THE SMALLER INSTITUTIONS TO COMPLY WITH THE RULES AND REGULATIONS AND RED TAPE. WE NEED THIS BILL PASSED AND I URGE ITS SUPPORT. AND I YIELD BARK.

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

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

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      • 01:08:43 PM

        MS. WATERS

        MR. CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS, THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU'S…

        MR. CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS, THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU'S REGULATIONS ADDRESS MANY QUESTIONABLE PRACTICES THAT CONTRIBUTED TO THE COLLAPSE OF THE HOUSING MARKET. SUCH PRACTICES WERE WIDESPREAD, IN THE MORTGAGE SERVICING INDUSTRY. THE BUREAU SERVICING RULES APPLY ACROSS THE BOARD WHILE PROVIDING A NARROW EXEMPTION FOR SMALL SERVICES. THIS EXEMPTION MINIMIZES THE REGULATORY COMPLIANCE BURDEN ON SMALL AND COMMUNITY BANKS, EXPANDING CURRENT EXEMPTIONS TO LARGER INSTITUTIONS, HOWEVER, JUST OPENS THE DOOR WIDE TO ABUSES AND LARGER BANKS PRIMARILY DOING BUSINESSES NOT IN THE COMMUNITIES, THE RURAL COMMUNITIES AND THE UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES BUT OUTSIDE OF THE COMMUNITIES WHERE THEY ARE BASED AND BY NONBANKS WHICH STILL MAKE MOST OF THE RISKIER SUBPRIME MORTGAGE LOANS. I CONTINUE TO ASK OPPOSITION TO THIS LEGISLATION. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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      • 01:09:56 PM

        MR. HENSARLING

        I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A VERY HARD WORKING MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL…

        I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A VERY HARD WORKING MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. BUDD.

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        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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        MR. BUDD

        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE GENTLELADY FROM…

        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK'S LEGISLATION H.R. 3971 AND I THANK HER FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. AS MANY OF MY FRIEND HERE TODAY KNOW, DODD-FRANK AND THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU HAVE MADE LIFE DIFFICULTY FOR MANY. THE COMMUNITY INSTITUTION MORTGAGE RELIEF ACT WILL SOLVE A PROBLEM THAT THEY CREATED. THIS TIME REGARDING ESCROW AND MORTGAGE SERVICING REQUIREMENTS. THE CFPB RULE REGARDING THESE ACCOUNTS HAS DONE NOTHING MORE THAN ACCELERATE CONSOLIDATION IN THIS SPACE CAUSING HARM TO RURAL CONSUMERS LEAVING THEM WITH LESS FINANCING OPTIONS. THIS BILL REVERSES THAT PROBLEM THOUGH AND WILL HELP BRING LOCAL BANKS AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS BACK INTO THE PICTURE. THIS BILL SIMPLY LETS THEM RE-ENTER THE MORTGAGE MARKET AND DIRECTS THE CFPB TO EXEMPT THEM FROM THE ESCROW REQUIREMENT OF DODD-FRANK. THOUGH THIS IS A BIPARTISAN BILL, SOME OF MY FRIEND ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE MAY CLAIM THIS BILL REMOVES CONSUMER SAFEGUARDS. BUT I WOULD ARGUE THIS RULE THAT THEY SUPPORT CREATES AN UNNECESSARY BURDEN ON LOCAL BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS WHICH IN THE END HURTS LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND PEOPLE THAT THEY CLAIM TO PROTECT WITH THIS VERY RULE. I'M GLAD THIS BILL REMAINS LARGELY BIPARTISAN AND RETURNS POWER BACK TO THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND ENSURES THAT CONSUMERS HAVE CREDIT THROUGH VERSUS CREDIT CHOICES. I THANK REPRESENTATIVE TENNEY AND I URGE ADOPTION OF HER LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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

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      • 01:11:57 PM

        MS. WATERS

        TO HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE LEFT?

      • 01:12:03 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY HAS 8 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING.

      • 01:12:09 PM

        MS. WATERS

        I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

      • 01:12:14 PM

        MR. HENSARLING

        I HAVE NO MORE MEMBERS SEEKING TIME. I BELIEVE I HAVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE.

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        THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

      • 01:12:24 PM

        MS. WATERS

        MOVE NOW TO SAY A WORD ABOUT WHAT I ATTEMPT MY COLLEAGUE IS ATTEMPTING TO…

        MOVE NOW TO SAY A WORD ABOUT WHAT I ATTEMPT MY COLLEAGUE IS ATTEMPTING TO DO. I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUE, MR. SHERMAN, IS GOING TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO EXTEND THE HIRLE THRESHOLD IN THE UNDERLYING BILL. AND HAVING TALKED TO HIM THAT I DO UNDERSTAND THAT HE BELIEVES THAT THIS IS IMPORTANT TO EXPAND OPPORTUNITY RATHER THAN TO LIMIT THE ABILITY FOR PROTECTION FOR A CERTAIN OF OUR CONSUMERS WHO COME FROM THESE AREAS THAT I DESCRIBED AS RURAL AND AREAS THAT ARE UNDERSERVED. THIS AMENDMENT THAT HE'S GOING TO PRESENT WOULD ALLOW CREDITORS AGAIN WITH LESS THAN $10 BILLION IN ASSETS TO BE EXEMPTED FROM ESCROW REQUIREMENTS ON HIGHER PRICED LOANS IF THEY HOLD LOANS IN PORTFOLIOS FOR THREE YEARS AND THOSE ENHANGSED PROTECTION REQUIREMENTS UNDER THE REAL ESTATE PROCEDURES ACT. HIS AMENDMENT CHANGES FROM $25 BILLION TO $10 BILLION. THAT'S STILL TOO MUCH AND FROM 20,000 LOANS OR LESS -- FROM 30,000 TO 20,000 LOANS TO BE EXEMPTED FROM ENHANCED CONSUMER PROTECTION REQUIREMENTS UNDER THE REAL ESTATE SETTLEMENT PROCEDURES ACT. ALTHOUGH I'M PLEASED THAT THIS AMENDMENT WOULD TIGHTEN UP THE LANGUAGE IN THE UNDERLYING BILL SOMEWHAT, I REMAIN CONCERNED ABOUT THE IMPACT IT COULD HAVE ON MANY CONSUMERS. THE BILL IS CALLED THE CONSUMER INSTITUTION RELIEF ACT AND IT THE TITLE IMPLIES IT WILL RELIEVE SMALLER INSTITUTIONS FROM BURDENS. WHEN THE CONSUMER BUREAU CONDUCTED RESEARCH FOR ITS RULEMAKING, IT FOUND THAT NONE OF THE ENTITIES IT IDENTIFIED AS OPERATING PREDOMINANTLY IN RURAL OR UNDERSERVED AREAS HAD TOTAL ASSETS AT THE END OF 2009 GREATER THAN $2 BILLION AND WHEN THE RESEARCH MORTGAGE SERVICE PRACTICES IT CONCLUDED THAT THE PROBLEMATIC PRACTICES THAT HAVE PLAGUED THE SERVICING INDUSTRY PARTICULARLY IN RECENT YEARS ARE A FUNCTION OF A BUSINESS MODEL IN WHICH SERVICING IS VIEWED AS A DISCRETE LINE OF BUSINESS AND PROFIT CENTER, UNQUOTE. HOWEVER, THEY ALSO FOUND THAT APPROXIMATELY 96% OF COMMUNITY BANK AND SMALL CREDIT UNION SERVICES THAT ONLY PURCHASE A WHOLE MORTGAGING SERVICE RIGHTS FOR MORTGAGE LOANS THEY ORIGINATE SERVICE 5,000 OR FEWER LOANS. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD EXCEED THE CONSUMER BUREAU'S RESEARCH THRESHOLD BY BILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND ITS CAREFULLY RESEARCH LOAN AND THRESHOLD BY 400%. IF THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED, I MUST CONTINUE TO OPPOSE THE BILL BECAUSE IT WOULD UNDERMINE THE WORK OF THE CONSUMER BUREAU AND WEAKEN CONSUMER PROTECTIONS IN HOME OWNERSHIP. CONGRESS SHOULD NOT BE COMPLICIT IN THESE ACTS BYPASSING LEGISLATION THAT FURTHER ERODE THE RIGHTS AND PROTECTIONS OF AMERICA'S CONSUMERS. WE MUST CONTINUE TO DO ALL THAT WE CAN TO ENSURE MORTGAGE LOAN BORROWERS ARE FULLY AWARE OF THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THEIR MORTGAGE LOANS AND HOW MUCH THEY WILLOW IN OBTAINING THESE LOANS AND IF WE'RE SUCCESSFUL IN CONVINCING OUR COLLEAGUES TODAY THAT THEY SHOULD NOT SUPPORT THIS BILL, I WILL BE HAPPY TO WORK WITH MY COLLEAGUES WHO I KNOW HAS GOOD INTENTIONS AND SEEING WHAT WE CAN DO TO ADDRESS WHAT I THINK ARE SOME OF HIS CONCERNS. BUT FOR NOW I MUST OPPOSE THE BILL. AND EVEN WITH THE AMENDMENT, IT DOES NOT SATISFY THE CONCERNS THAT I HAVE ADDRESSED HERE. IT DOES NOTHING TO PROTECT THOSE IN THE RURAL COMMUNITIES AND THE UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES AND IT DOES NOTHING TO HELP COMMUNITY BANKS. AND SO, I'M OPPOSED. BOTH TO THE BILL AND TO THE AMENDMENT. AND I ASK FOR A NO VOTE. .

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      • 01:16:53 PM

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

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

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      • 01:16:57 PM

        MR. HENSARLING

        MR. SPEAKER, MAY I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE REMAINING?

      • 01:17:02 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN HAS SEVEN MINUTES REMAINING.

      • 01:17:04 PM

        MR. HENSARLING

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'LL YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINING TIME.

      • 01:17:09 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 01:17:12 PM

        MR. HENSARLING

        MR. SPEAKER,, I LISTENED VERY CAREFULLY TO MY -- MR. SPEAKER, I LISTENED…

        MR. SPEAKER,, I LISTENED VERY CAREFULLY TO MY -- MR. SPEAKER, I LISTENED VERY CAREFULLY TO MY COLLEAGUE, THE RANKING MEMBER, AND KNOW HOW MUCH RESPECT THAT SHE HAS, BORDERING PERHAPS ON RELIGIOUS FEELTY, TO THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU. I MUST ADMIT, NOWS THAT BEING LED BY OUR FORMER COLLEAGUE, MICK MULL VEINY OF SOUTH CAROLINA, I AM TAKING -- MULVANEY OF SOUTH CAROLINA, I'M TAKING A RENEWED INTEREST IN THEIR ACTIONS AND PRONOUNCEMENTS. I'M JUST CURIOUS, AS TIME GOES BY, WHETHER THE RANKING MEMBER WILL CONTINUE TO SHOW SUCH FAITH AND CONFIDENCE IN THAT PARTICULAR INSTITUTION. HERE'S WHAT WE KNOW, MR. SPEAKER. ALL ACROSS AMERICA, WE ARE LOSING. WE CONTINUE TO LOSE ONE COMMUNITY BANK OR CREDIT UNION A DAY. ONE A DAY. AND THEY'RE NOT PERISHING OF NATURAL CAUSES. THEY ARE PERISHING FROM THE SHEER WEIGHT, VOLUME, LOAD, COST, COMPLEXITY AND EXPENSE OF THE DODD-FRANK REGULATORY BURDEN OF WHICH THE CFPB RULE IS JUST ONE ASPECT. AGAIN, AS MY COLLEAGUE, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTION SUBCOMMITTEE, I BELIEVE IT WAS HIM, WHO POINTED OUT, IT'S NOT ANY ONE PARTICULAR REGULATION THAT MAY CAUSE THE DEMISE OF THESE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. BUT IT'S THE TOTALITY OF THEM ALL. AND AS THEY PERISH, SO PERISHES THE AMERICAN DREAM OF HOME OWNERSHIP FOR SO MANY OF OUR CONSTITUENTS. PARTICULARLY IN RURAL AREAS, LIKE MUCH OF THE FIFTH DISTRICT OF TEXAS THAT I HAVE THE HONOR AND PLEASURE OF REPRESENTING. AND SO IT IS IMPORTANT, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE SAVE OUR COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. THEY PLAY A VITAL ROLE IN OUR ECONOMY. IT TAKES SMALL BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS TO FUND OUR SMALL BUSINESSES, WHICH ARE THE JOB ENGINE OF AMERICA. BUT AGAIN, THEY ARE BEING CRUSHED BY A REGULATORY BURDEN. AND SO I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MS. TENNEY, FOR BRINGING, AGAIN, JUST ONE, JUST ONE NEEDED, VITAL REGULATORY RELIEF BILL. AND SO AGAIN, LET'S MAKE SURE, MR. SPEAKER, EVERYBODY KNOWS WHAT THIS BILL IS TALKING ABOUT. NUMBER ONE, ALREADY IN CURRENT LAW THERE IS AN EXEMPTION FOR SMALL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS DEALING WITH HAVING -- DOING MORTGAGE SERVICING AND MORTGAGE ESCROWS. WE'RE TRYING TO BRING IT TO A MORE REASONABLE LEVEL. AN EXEMPTION THAT ALREADY EXISTS, AND I ASSUME THAT THE RANKING MEMBER BELIEVES IN THE EXEMPTION OR SHE WOULD OFFER LEGISLATION TO REPEAL IT IN TOTAL. SO NOW WE'RE DEBATING ON HOW LARGE THIS EXEMPTION OUGHT TO BE. GIVEN HOW MANY OF OUR CONSTITUENTS STILL ARE IN NEED OF MORTGAGE OPPORTUNITIES, GIVEN THE DEMISE OF OUR COMMUNITY BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS, I THINK WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO HERE IS MOST REASONABLE. AND SOON THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, ON OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, RESPECTED DEMOCRAT MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, WILL OFFER AN AMENDMENT THAT I BELIEVE THE SPONSOR OF THE LEGISLATION AND I MYSELF AM WILLING TO ACCEPT. BECAUSE WE'RE TRYING TO WORK ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS. AND THERE'S A LOT OF BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT GOES THROUGH THE HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE. I WISH THE RANKING MEMBER WOULD PARTICIPATE IN MORE OF IT. AS SHE DID LAST WEEK. I'M SORRY SHE'S LOSING OUT ON THIS OPPORTUNITY TODAY. SO I'M HAPPY TO WORK WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS TO GET THIS LEGISLATION DONE. ANOTHER IMPORTANT NOTE TO BE HAD, MR. SPEAKER, IS WE GET THIS IMPLICATION FROM THE RANKING MEMBER THAT, OH, MY LORD, IF WE PASS THIS BILL, H.R. 3971, ALL OF A SUDDEN ALL CONSUMER PROTECTION LAW DISAPPEARS FROM THE BOOKS. WELL, I'VE GOT GOOD NEWS. IT DOESN'T. IT DOESN'T. AFTER THE PASS AFPBLE H.R. 3971 -- PASSAGE OF H.R. 3971, ALL OF THESE MORTGAGES WILL STILL BE SUBJECT TO THE EQUAL CREDIT OPPORTUNITY ACT. THEY'LL STILL BE SUBJECT TO REGULATION B. THEY'LL STILL BE SUBJECT TO THE FAIR HOUSING ACT. THEY'LL STILL BE SUBJECT TO THE FAIR CREDIT REPORTING ACT. THEY WILL STILL BE SUBJECT TO THE HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ACT. THEY WILL STILL BE SUBJECT TO THE HOME ONERS' PROTECTION ACT. THEY WILL STILL BE SUBJECT TO THE REAL ESTATE SETTLEMENT AND PROCEDURES ACT. I HAVE A WHOLE SHEET HERE, MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN, THAT'S A RED HERRING. THAT'S A RED HERRING. AT THE END OF THE DAY, THIS IS ABOUT ENSURING OUR CONSTITUENTS, PARTICULARLY IN RURAL AREAS, HAVE ACCESS TO MORTGAGE CREDIT. AND THAT COMMUNITY BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS THAT ARE ABSOLUTELY SUFFERING UNDER THE WEIGHT OF THE LOAD AREN'T FORCED TOES CROW WHEN THEY KEEP A MORTGAGE ON THEIR BOOKS FOR THREE YEARS. THEY'RE GOING TO MAKE SURE THE TAXES ARE PAID. THEY'RE GOING TO MAKE SURE THE INSURANCE IS PAID. INSTEAD, ALL THAT REGULATION DOES IS BURDENS THEM AND CAUSES THEM TO MAKE FEWER MORTGAGE LOANS. IN SOME CASES NO MORTGAGE LOANS. SO AGAIN, I JUST WANT TO SALUTE THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, I WANT TO THANK HER FOR HER LEADERSHIP IN WHAT SHE'S DOING FOR HER CONSTITUENTS IN RURAL NEW YORK. AND I URGE EVERYBODY TO ADOPT H.R. 3971 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 01:22:00 PM

        An amendment, offered by Mr. Sherman, numbered 1 printed in Part B of House Report 115-443 to lower the amount of consolidated assets of a creditor eligible for the safe harbor from escrow requirements in the bill from $25,000,000,000 or less to $10,000,000,000 or less; lowers the number of loans that a mortgage servicer eligible for exemptions and adjustments from the Bureau can service annually from 30,000 or fewer mortgage loans to 20,000 or fewer mortgage loans.

        • 01:22:40 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE ON THE BILL HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        • 01:22:50 PM

          MR. SHERMAN

          I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

        • 01:22:53 PM

          THE CLERK

          THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT --

        • 01:22:55 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

        • 01:22:58 PM

          THE CLERK

          AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 OFFERED BY MR. SHERMAN OF CALIFORNIA.

        • 01:23:04 PM

          RE PURSUANT

          PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 647, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SHERM…

          PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 647, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SHERM BE, -- MR. SHERMAN, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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        • 01:23:16 PM

          MR. SHERMAN

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS BILL BEGAN WITH A PROPOSE ALBIE MR.…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS BILL BEGAN WITH A PROPOSE ALBIE MR. LUETKEMEYER OF MINNESOTA -- PROPOSAL BY MR. LUETKEMEYER OF MINNESOTA TWO CONGRESSES AGO. LAST CONGRESS I INTRODUCED IT AND NOW THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK IS CARRYING THE BILL. THIS BILL, I WOULDN'T BE HERE SUPPORTING IT IN ANY FORM IF IT UNDERMINED DODD-FRANK. I CO-SPONSORED DODD-FRANK. OR IF IT UNDERMINED THE CFPB AND INSTITUTION -- CFPB, AN INSTITUTION I THINK WAS VERY IMPORTANT AND WAS CREATED BY DODD FRANK. -- DODD-FRANK. WITH THE AMENDMENT THAT I AM PROPOSING, THIS BILL GOES BACK TO THE TEXT THAT I INTRODUCED LAST YEAR. THAT TEXT CAME BEFORE THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE AND SECURED THE VOTE OF ALL REPUBLICANS AND 60% OF THE DEMOCRATS. NOW, YOU CAN'T GET ALL THE VOTES ALL THE TIME. BUT IF YOU CAN GET, FOR ANY PARTICULAR DRAFT, 100% OF THE REPUBLICANS AND 60% OF THE DEMOCRATS ON THE COMMITTEE, THAT I THINK IS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. NOW, THE FIRST PART OF THIS BILL, AND BY FAR THE MOST IMPORTANT PART, DEALS WITH LOANS MADE BY SMALL INSTITUTIONS THAT WOULD OTHERWISE REQUIRE -- BE REQUIRED TO HAVE AN IMPOUND ACCOUNT. AN IMPOUND ACCOUNT IS WHEN THE BANK COLLECT FROM YOU NOT ONLY YOUR MORTGAGE PAYMENT, BUT COLLECTS EVERY MONTH THE MONEY TOWARD YOUR PROPERTY TAXES AND TOWARD YOUR INSURANCE. AND THEN THE BANK PAYS THOSE BILLS FOR YOU. SMALL INSTITUTIONS ARE NOT SET UP IN ORDER TO KEEP TRACK OF WHEN -- OF HOW MUCH PROPERTY TAX TO COLLECT AND PAY AND FIRE AND OTHER HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE. THEY'D RATHER RELY ON THE BORROWER, SOMEBODY THEY KNOW, TO PAY THEIR FIRE INSURANCE, TO PAY THEIR PROPERTY TAXES. NOW, WE CAN COUNT ON THEM TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY'RE NOT GIVING THIS RESPONSIBILITY TO SOMEBODY WHO CAN'T HANDLE IT BECAUSE THEY'RE REQUIRED UNDER THIS BILL TO HOLD THE MORTGAGE FOR THREE YEARS IN THEIR PORTFOLIO. KEEP IN MIND THAT THE WHOLE REQUIREMENT ONLY RELATES TO THE FIRST FIVE YEARS. SO HERE THEY HAVE TO KEEP IT IN THEIR PORTFOLIO FOR THREE YEARS. THIS I THINK ENSURES THAT THE BANK OR OTHER -- OR CREDIT UNION OR OTHER SMALL INSTITUTION WILL MAKE SURE THAT THE PROPERTY TAXES AND PROPERTY INSURANCE IS PAID. WHILE AT THE SAME TIME IT WON'T TAKE OUT OF THE MARKET THOSE SMALL INSTITUTIONS THAT CAN'T SET UP SPECIAL IMPOUND ACCOUNTS. A SECOND PART OF THIS BILL DEALS WITH SIMPLY TELLING THE CFPB TO MAKE WHATEVER ADJUSTMENTS IT THINKS ARE APPROPRIATE FOR SMALL INSTITUTIONS WITH REGARD TO THE SMALL SERVICER EXEMPTION. AND THAT LEAVES THAT AUTHORITY WITH THE CFPB. AND UNDER THIS AMENDMENT THE RULE, WHATEVER THEY DECIDE TO DO FOR SMALLER INSTITUTIONS, APPLIES TO THOSE WHO ARE SERVICING NOT 30,000 BUT ONLY 20,000 TOTAL LOANS. BECAUSE IT MAKES SENSE TO HAVE DIFFERENT, LESS COMPLICATED RULES FOR SMALLER SERVICERS. SO I DON'T THINK MY AMENDMENT IS SUFFICIENT TO GAIN SUPPORT FOR THE BILL FROM THE RANKING MEMBER. IT WAS IN THE BILL, IN ITS AMENDED FORM, IT WAS SUFFICIENT TO GET 60% OF THE DEMOCRATS TO VOTE FOR IT IN COMMITTEE LAST YEAR. AND I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK FOR HER WORK ON THIS ISSUE AND WHAT I UNDERSTAND IS HER SUPPORT FOR THIS AMENDMENT. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 01:23:34 PM

      DEBATE

      Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 647, the House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Sherman amendment No. 1.

      • 01:27:28 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RISE?

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      • 01:27:37 PM

        MS. TENNEY

        I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT ALTHOUGH I AM NOT…

        I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT ALTHOUGH I AM NOT OPPOSED.

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      • 01:27:40 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 01:27:42 PM

        MS. TENNEY

        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN HENSARLING AND MR. SPEAKER. I…

        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN HENSARLING AND MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR HIS AMENDMENT AND WORK ON THIS BILL. I THINK THIS AMENDMENT IS ACCEPTABLE. AND ADOPTING IT WILL STILL ALLOW THE BILL TO PROVIDE SOME REGULATORY RELIEF TO OUR SMALL COMMUNITY BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS. AND WILL ALSO ASSIST IN HELPING OUR LOW-INCOME BORROWERS. IN DISTRICTS LIKE MINE, N.Y. 22, WHERE WE'VE LOST SO MANY COMMUNITY BANKS. I THINK THIS WILL HELP ENCOURAGE LENDING AND ALLOW SMALL COMMUNITY BANKS TO AGAIN LEND TO PEOPLE THAT ARE IN LOWER-INCOME LEVELS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO ADOPT THE AMENDMENT AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AGAIN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SHERMAN, FOR HIS HARD WORK ON THE BILL AND FOR THIS BIPARTISAN EFFORT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 01:28:27 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 CALIFORNIA.

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      • 01:28:32 PM

        MR. SHERMAN

        SEEING NO SPEAKERS, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

      • 01:28:36 PM

        THE SPEAKR PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. PURSUANT TO THE RULE,…

        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE BILL AS AMENDED AND ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SHERMAN. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SHERMAN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. 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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      • 01:28:46 PM

        The previous question was ordered on the amendment and the bill pursuant to the rule.

      • 01:28:56 PM

        On agreeing to the Sherman amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

        • 01:29:08 PM

          THE CLERK

          A BILL TO AMEND THE TRUTH IN LENDING ACT AND THE REAL ESTATE SETTLEMENT…

          A BILL TO AMEND THE TRUTH IN LENDING ACT AND THE REAL ESTATE SETTLEMENT PROCEDURES ACT OF 1974, TO MODIFY THE REQUIREMENTS FOR COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS WITH RESPECT TO CERTAIN RULES RELATING TO MORTGAGE LOANS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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        • 01:29:24 PM

          Ms. Titus moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Financial Services.

          • 01:29:25 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA SEEK RECOGNITION?

          • 01:29:31 PM

            MS. TITUS

            I HAVE A MOTION TO RECOMMIT AT THE DESK.

          • 01:29:34 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            IS THE GENTLELADY OPPOSED TO THE BILL?

          • 01:29:36 PM

            MS. TITUS

            I AM OPPOSED IN ITS CURRENT FORM.

          • 01:29:38 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLELADY QUALIFIES. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MOTION.

          • 01:29:41 PM

            THE CLERK

            MS. TITUS OF NEVADA MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE BILL, H.R. 3971.

          • 01:29:48 PM

            MS. TITUS

            I WAS JUST GOING TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING OF…

            I WAS JUST GOING TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING OF THE AMENDMENT.

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          • 01:29:53 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            IS THERE OBJECTION TO DISPENSING WITH THE READING? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE…

            IS THERE OBJECTION TO DISPENSING WITH THE READING? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READING IS DISPENSED WITH. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HER MOTION.

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      • 01:29:57 PM

        DEBATE

        The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Titus motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment adding a new section pertaining to Protecting Consumers from Excessive Housing Costs and Predatory Lenders.

        • 01:30:07 PM

          MS. TITUS

          THANK YOU,

        • 01:30:10 PM

          MS. TITUS

          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

        • 01:35:33 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

        • 01:35:36 PM

          MR. HENSARLING

          MR. SPEAKER, I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.

        • 01:35:39 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

        • 01:35:41 PM

          MR. HENSARLING

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SO I'M LOOKING AT THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT AND ON…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SO I'M LOOKING AT THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT AND ON ITS BEST DAY, IT MAY BE REDUNDANT ON ITS WORST DAY, IT MAY BE CONFUSING. IN MANY RESPECTS, IT'S A SMOKE SCREEN TO GIVE MANY OF MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE AN EXCUSE NOT TO VOTE FOR THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION, H.R. 3971. ALREADY, THE CFPB HAS FULL UDAP AUTHORITY TO DEAL WITH ABUSIVE DECEPTIVE ACTS. THAT ALREADY EXISTS. SO THIS IS A RED HERRING THAT SOME PEOPLE ARE USING THE LACK OF THE PASSAGE OF THE M.T.R. AS A RATIONALE NOT TO SUPPORT H.R. 3971, WHICH IS VITALLY NEEDED FOR SO MANY OF OUR COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS TO BE ABLE TO MAKE HOME MORTGAGE LOANS TO HARD-WORKING AMERICANS THAT DESERVE THEIR CHANCE AT THE AMERICAN DREAM. AND AGAIN, AS I SAID EARLIER DURING THIS DEBATE, MR. SPEAKER, ALL OF THESE MORTGAGES CONTINUE TO BE SUBJECT TO THE EQUAL CREDIT OPPORTUNITY ACT, THE FAIR HOUSING ACT, THE FAIR CREDIT REPORTING ACT, THE HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ACT, THE HOMEOWNERS' PROTECTION ACT, REAL ESTATE SETTLEMENT AND PROCEDURES ACT. THE SECURE ENFORCEMENT FOR MORTGAGE LICENSING ACT, THE TRUTH IN LENDING ACT, REGULATION Z AND THE LIST GOES ON AND ON AND ON. THE M.T.R. IS AN EXCUSE NOT TO SAVE OUR STRUGGLING COMMUNITY BANKS AND OUR CITIZENS IN RURAL AMERICA THAT DESERVE THE SERVICES OF THESE COMMUNITY BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS. AGAIN, ON ITS BEST DAY IT IS SUPERFLUOUS AND REDUNDANT AND INTRODUCEING CONFUSING LANGUAGE INTO A SETTLED AREA OF THE LAW. I URGE MEMBERS TO REJECT THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT AND I YIELD BACK.

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        • 01:37:50 PM

          The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.

          • 01:37:52 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE NOES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS NOT AGREED TO.

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          • 01:38:06 PM

            MS. TITUS

            MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

      • 01:38:08 PM

        POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

        At the conclusion of debate on the Titus motion to recommit, the Chair put the question on passage of the motion to recommit, and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Titus demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the motion to recommit until later in the legislative day.

        • 01:38:10 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

          THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONEFURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED OR VOTES OBJECTED TO UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. THE CHAIR WILL RESUME QUESTIONS ON POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS AT A LATER TIME.

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        • 01:38:37 PM

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

          • 01:40:10 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

          • 01:40:12 PM

            >>

            MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD ASK THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE…

            MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD ASK THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 1733.

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          • 01:40:19 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

          • 01:40:22 PM

            THE CLERK

            UNION CALL ENCAR NUMBER 339, H.R. 1733, A BILL TO DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF…

            UNION CALL ENCAR NUMBER 339, H.R. 1733, A BILL TO DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF ENERGY TO REVIEW AN ARNOLD PALMER DATED REPORT ON THE ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS OF THE RE-REFINING OF USED LIEU BRING INDICATING OIL.

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        • 01:40:23 PM

          Mr. Upton moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 1733 — "To direct the Secretary of Energy to review and update a report on the energy and environmental benefits of the re-refining of used lubricating oil."

          • 01:40:32 PM

            Considered under suspension of the rules.

          • 01:40:33 PM

            DEBATE

            The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1733.

            • 01:40:39 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. UP TON AND THE…

              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. UP TON AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. RUSH EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RECOGNITION.

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            • 01:40:52 PM

              MR. UPTON

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

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

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            • 01:41:03 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

            • 01:41:04 PM

              MR. UPTON

              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

            • 01:42:18 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 01:42:22 PM

              MR. RUSH

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

            • 01:42:27 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

            • 01:42:28 PM

              MR. RUSH

              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1733, WHICH WOULD UPDATE A…

              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1733, WHICH WOULD UPDATE A 2006 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY REPORT ON ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS OF RE-REFINING USED LUBRICATING OIL. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 1733 REPRESENTS A COMMONSENSE BILL AIMED AT SAVING ENERGY AND PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT BY FINDING ADDITIONAL WAYS TO REUSE LUBRICATING OIL. MR. SPEAKER, THESE MEASURES MAY INCLUDE INCREASING THE COLLECTION OF USED OIL, DISSEMINATING PUBLIC INFORMATION ON SUSTAINABLE RE-USE AND ENCOURAGING THE RECYCLING OF USED OILS. MR. SPEAKER, THE U.S. IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALMOST A QUARTER OF THE GLOBAL LUBRICATING OIL MARKET. HOWEVER, UNFORTUNATELY, MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE CURRENTLY BEHIND OUR EUROPEAN COUNTERPARTS IN OUR ABILITY TO RECYCLE THIS PRODUCT. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL WOULD HELP CONSERVE ENERGY, HELP PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT BY PROVIDING A FEDERAL STRATEGY TO RE-REFINE LUBRICATING OIL THAT CAN BE USED IN DIFFERENT TYPES OF GASES AND DIESEL ENGINES. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO COMMEND MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, MS. BROOKS FROM INDIANA FOR SPONSORING THIS BIPARTISAN BILL. AND I WOULD URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 01:44:37 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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            • 01:44:40 PM

              MR. UPTON

              MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM INDIANA, A…

              MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM INDIANA, A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE AND THE AUTHOR OF THIS BILL.

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            • 01:44:46 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

            • 01:44:50 PM

              MRS. BROOKS

            • 01:46:48 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF…

              BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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            • 01:46:53 PM

              MR. RUSH

              MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. SO I --

            • 01:46:58 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK HIS TIME?

            • 01:47:00 PM

              MR. RUSH

              I YIELD ALL MY TIME.

            • 01:47:01 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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            • 01:47:05 PM

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              MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS EITHER. I JUST WOULD REMIND MY…

              MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS EITHER. I JUST WOULD REMIND MY COLLEAGUES THAT THIS IS A BIPARTISAN BILL. I WOULD LIKE TO THINK WE CAN PASS THIS ON A VOICE VOTE. I AGAIN COMMEND THE GENTLELADY FROM INDIANA, OUR COMMITTEE STAFF, TO GET THIS DONE AGAIN. WE HOPE THE SENATE WILL TAKE IT UP SOON.

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            • 01:47:22 PM

              MR. UPTON

              WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

            • 01:47:25 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 1733. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          • 01:47:50 PM

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

            • 01:47:51 PM

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

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                MR. UPTON

                MR. SPEAKER, I I WOULD MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE…

                MR. SPEAKER, I I WOULD MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2872 AS AMENDED.

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              • 01:48:03 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

              • 01:48:05 PM

                THE CLERK

                UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 343, H.R. 2871. A BILL TO AMEND THE FEDERAL POWER…

                UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 343, H.R. 2871. A BILL TO AMEND THE FEDERAL POWER ACT TO PROMOTE HYDROPOWER DEVELOPMENT AT EXISTING NONPOWERED DAMS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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              • 01:48:19 PM

                TEMPORE PURSUANT

                PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. UPTON, AND THE…

                PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. UPTON, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. RUSH, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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            • 01:48:26 PM

              Mr. Upton moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2872 — "To amend the Federal Power Act to promote hydropower development at existing nonpowered dams, and for other purposes."

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                MR. UPTON

                MEMBERS HAVE BE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR…

                MEMBERS HAVE BE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS IN THE RECORD ON THE BILL, INCLUDING EXCHANGES OF LETTERS BETWEEN THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE AND THE NATURAL RESOURCES AND TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE THAT I HAVE HERE IN MY HAND.

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            • 01:48:36 PM

              Considered under suspension of the rules.

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              DEBATE

              The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2872.

              • 01:48:48 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                MR. UPTON

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

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 01:48:54 PM

                MR. UPTON

                AND AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, I THANK YOU. THIS BILL, H.R. 2872, WAS INTRODUCED…

                AND AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, I THANK YOU. THIS BILL, H.R. 2872, WAS INTRODUCED BY ENERGY AND COMMERCE MEMBER LARRY BUCSHON IN JUNE OF THIS YEAR. LEGISLATION WENT THROUGH REGULAR ORDER. WAS REPORTED BY THE FULL COMMITTEE WITH A BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT, BY A VOICE VOTE. THIS BILL PROMOTES HYDROPOWER BY DEVELOPMENT AT EXISTING NONPOWERED DAMS BY ESTABLISHING AN EXPEDITED LICENSING PROCESS THAT WILL RESULT IN A FINAL DECISION ON AN APPLICATION IN TWO YEARS OR LESS. HYDROPOWER WE KNOW IS A CLEAN, RENEWABLE AND RELIABLE SOURCE OF ENERGY THAT PROVIDES LOW-COST ELECTRICITY TO, YES, MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. AS WE'VE LEARNED THROUGH HEARINGS AT THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, THE CURRENT REGULATORY PROCESS PLACES NEW HYDROPOWER PROJECTS AT EXISTING NONPOWERED DAMS AT A SIGNIFICANT DISADVANTA. THE CURRENT PROCESS TAKES WAY TOO NG. IT CREATES TOO MUCH UNCERTAINTY, BURNING CONSUMERS WITH ADDITIONAL UNNECESSARY COSTS AND PREVENTING JOBS AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY. THIS BILL, H.R. 2872, MAKES IMPORTANT CHANGES TO T PROCESS, TO ENAE FERC TO ISSUE A DECISION IN TWO YEARS OR LELLS. THE LEGISLATION ALSO REQUIRES THAT THE FERC -- OR LESS. THE LEGISLATION ALSO REQUIRES THAT THE FERC AND THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR DEVELOP A LIST OF EXISTING NONPOWERED FEDERAL DAMS THAT HAVE MISSED -- EXCUSE ME, THAT HAVE THE GREATEST POTENTIAL FOR NONFEDERAL HYDROPOWER DEVOPMENT. THIS IS A GOO BIPARTISAN BILL. I WANT TO THANK DR. BUCSHON FOR HIS HARD WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE AND FOR WORKING WITH OUR COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE TO BRING THBILL TO THE FLOOR. I WOULD URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 01:50:50 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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              • 01:50:53 PM

                MR. RUSH

                MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCHIME AS I MA CONSUME.

              • 01:50:57 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 01:50:59 PM

                MR. RUSH

                IISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2872, THE PROMOTING HYDROPOWER DEVELOPMENT…

                IISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2872, THE PROMOTING HYDROPOWER DEVELOPMENT AT EXISTING NONPOWERED DAMS ACT. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO COMMEND MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, MR. BUCSHON, FROM INDIANA, FOR SPONSORING THIS BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE COMMITTEE STAFFS FROM BOTH THE MAJORITY AND THE MINORITY SIDES FOR WORKING TOGETHER, IN DOING THINGS TO DEVELOP A BILL THAT RESOLVES THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE TWO SIDES, AS WE PROCEEDED THROUGH THE COMMITTEE PROCESS, IN ORDER TO GET THE BILL ONTO THE FLOOR HERE TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, I'M A HUGE PROPONENT OF HYDROPOWER, AS A SAFE, RELIABLE, CARBON-FREEWAY OF PROVIDING ENERGY TO MILLIONS OF -- CARBON-FREE WAY OF PROVIDING ENERGY TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, ESPECIALLY WHEN THE LICENSING PROCESS IS CONDUCTED IN A REASONABLE AND TRANSPARENT MANNER THAT TAKES INTO ACCOUNT ENVIRONMENTAL SAFEGUARDS, AS WELL AS THE RIGHTS AND INTERESTS OF THE AFFECTED LOCAL COMMUNITIES. MR. SPEAKER, I BELIEVE THAT H.R. 2872 ENCOMPASSES ALL OF THESE NOTABLE OBJECTIVES. H.R. 2872 WILL ALLOW FERC, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE FEDERAL AND STATE RESOURCE AGENCIES, AS WELL AS NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES, TO ESTABLISH AN EXPEDITED LICENSING PROCESS FOR INSTALLING HYDROPOWER GENERATION AT EXISTING DAMS THAT DON'T PRODUCE ELECTRICITY, BY EXEMPTING THESE PROJECTS FROM REGULATION UNDER THE FEDERAL POWER ACT. MR. SPEAKER, UNDER THIS BILL FERC WOULD BE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE A FINAL DECISION ON LICENSE APPLICATIONS WITHIN TWO YEARS OF RECEIVING A COMPLETED APPLICATION FOR NEW PROJECTS AT NONPOWERED DAMS THAT ARE COMPLETELY CONSTRUCTED AND WHICH AREN'T GENERATING ELECTRICITY THROUGH HYDROPOWER. PROBABLIES MUST NOT RESULT IN ANY MATERIAL -- PROJECTS MUST NOT RESULT IN ANY MATERIAL CHANGE TO STORAGE, TO RELEASE OR THROUGH OPERATIONS OF THE DAM. H.R. 2872 WILL ALSO REQUIRE FERC TO ESTABLISH AN INTERAGENCY TASK FORCE CONSISTING OF RELEVANT FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCIES, AS WELL AS NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES THAT WOULD ALL COORDINATE THEIR AUTHORIZATIONS KNOWS LICENSE THE FACILITY. FERC WOULD ALSO BE REQUIRED TO GAUGE THE SAFETY OF NONFEDERAL DAMS UNDER CONSIDERATION TOONED REQUIRE THE FACILITY -- CONSIDERATION, AND TO REQUIRE THE FACILITY TO MEET THE DAM SAFETY REQUIREMENTS THROUGHOUT THE TERM OF THE LICENSE. ADDITIONALLY, MR. SPEAKER, FERC, WHEN WORKING WITH THE -- FERC WOULD WORK WITH THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, AS WELL AS THE INTERIOR AND THE AGRICULTURAL DEPARTMENTS TO DEVELOP A LIST OF EXISTING NONPOWERED FEDERALLY OWNED DAMS WITH THE GREATEST POTENTIAL FOR PRIVATE OR OTHER NONFEDERAL HYDROPOWER DEVELOPMENT. FINALLY, MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 2872 WOULD EXEMPT HYDROPOWER APPLICANTS FROM HAVING TO PAY ANNUAL FEES ASSOCIATED WITH THE LICENSING ONCE CONSTRUCTION COMMENCES ON THE PROJECT. H.R. 2872 REPRESENTS A MAJOR STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION FOR INCREASING OUR ABILITY TO ISSUE HYDROPOWER PERMITS IN A FAIR, TRANSPARENT AND EXPEDITED WAY. AND I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS NOTABLE BILL. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 01:55:46 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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              • 01:55:49 PM

                MR. UPTON

                MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO SAY I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S WILLINGNESS TO…

                MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO SAY I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S WILLINGNESS TO WORK ON THESE BILLS TOGETHER. I REALLY APPRECIATE HIS HARD WORK. THAT THE POINT I WOULD YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- AT THIS POINT I WOULD YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, THE SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION, IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL.

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              • 01:56:03 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

              • 01:56:06 PM

                MR. BUCSHON

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. WHETHER IT'S…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. WHETHER IT'S TURNING ON THE LIGHT ABOVE THE KITCHEN TABLE IN A HOME OR POWERING HEAVY MACHINERY IN A FACTORY, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT THERE TO BE RELIABLE AND AFFORDABLE ENERGY TO POWER THEIR LIVES AND OUR ECONOMY. THAT'S WHY IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL FORMS OF AMERICAN-MADE ENERGY. ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ESTIMATES, THERE ARE MORE THAN 50,000 SUITABLE NONPOWERED DAMS ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT COLLECTIVELY HAVE THE TECHNICAL POTENTIAL TO ADD 12 GIGAWATTS OF HYDROPOWER CAPACITY. TO PUT THAT IN CONTEXT, THAT IS THE SAME POTENTIAL CAPACITY AS TWO DOZEN COAL-FIRED POWER PLANTS. BACK HOME IN INDIANA, IN MY DISTRICT, THERE ARE SIX NONPOWERED DAMS LOCATED IN THE EIGHTH DISTRICT. AND THAT COULD BENEFIT FROM AN EX PE INDICTED PERMITTING PROCESS -- EXPEDITED PERMITTING PROCESS THAT PROMOTES HYDROPOWER GENERATION AND PROVIDES QUALITY HOOSIER JOBS. UNFORTUNATELY UNNECESSARY GOVERNMENT RED TAPE IS PREVENTING US FROM TAKING ADVANTAGE OF CLEAN, RENEWABLE ENERGY FROM HYDROPOWER AT EXISTING NONPOWERED DAMS. THE CURRENT REGULATORY PROCESS SIMPLY TAKES TOO LONG. IT TAKES UP TO A DECADE. TO APPROVE A PROJECT THAT WOULD STIFLE THE INVESTMENT NEEDED TO BRING ADDITIONAL CAPACITY AT EXISTING DAMS ONLINE. WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CHANGE THIS WITH H.R. 2872, THE PROMOTING HYDROPOWER DEVELOPMENT AT EXISTING NONPOWERED DAMS ACT. SPECIFICALLY, THIS LEGISLATION CUTS THROUGH THE RED TAPE AND INSTRUCTS FERC TO CREATE AN EXPEDITED PERMITTING PROCESS THAT WILL RESULT IN A FINAL DECISION ON AN APPLICATION IN JUST TWO YEARS OR LESS. STREAMLINING THE PERMITTING PROCESS FOR QUALIFYING NONPOWERED DAM PROJECTS REPRESENTS AN IMPORTANT FIRST STEP IN MODERNIZING OUR EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURE. ADDITIONALLY, IT WILL INCENTIVIZE INVESTMENTS IN CLEAN HYDROPOWER DEVELOPMENT, ALLOWING US TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF AN AMERICAN SOURCE OF ENERGY. I APPLAUD BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR THEIR WORK TO REACH A BIPARTISAN SOLUTION. AND I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 2872. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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              • 01:58:30 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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              • 01:58:35 PM

                MR. RUSH

                MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE OUTSTANDING…

                MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE OUTSTANDING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. LOEBSACK OF IOWA.

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              • 01:58:48 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 01:58:49 PM

                MR. LOEBSACK

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, MR. RUSH, FROM ILLINOIS. THE…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, MR. RUSH, FROM ILLINOIS. THE RANKING MEMBER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2872, THE PROMOTING HYDROPOWER DEVELOPMENT AT EXISTING NONPOURD DAMS ACT. IOWA -- NONPOWERED DAMS AT. IOWA HAS BECOME A NATIONAL LEADER IN RENEWABLE ENERGY. CURRENTLY MY STATE PROVIDES OVER 40% OF ITS ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLE SOURCES, INCLUDING OVER 37% FROM WIND POWER ALONE. BUT THERE'S A LOT OF POTENTIAL. IN 2012 THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY FOUND THAT THERE'S OVER 12,000 MEGAWATTS OF UNTAPPED HYDROPOWER POTENTIAL IN THE NATION'S EXISTING DAMS. THAT'S ENOUGH ELECTRICITY TO POWER FOUR MILLION HOMES. THAT SAME REPORT RANKED IOWA 10TH IN AVAILABLE ENERGY CAPACITY IN THE UNITED STATES. IF THESE NONPOWERED DAMS WERE CONVERTED. WITH THE POTENTIAL TO GENERATE 427 MEGAWATTS. RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT LIKE HYDROPOWER HAS CREATED THOUSANDS OF GOOD-PAYING JOBS ACROSS IOWA. AND MY DISTRICT IS THE HOME OF THREE HYDROELECTRIC GENERATION PLANTS AND WILL SOON BE THE HOME OF THE SECOND LARGEST HYDROPLANT IN THE STATE OF IOWA, THE RED ROCK HYDROELECTRIC PROJECT. UPON COMPLETION, RED ROCK WILL PRODUCE UPWARDS OF 36 MEGAWATTS OF ENERGY, THAT'S ENOUGH ELECTRICITY TO POWER THE NEARBY CITY OF PELA AND IT HAS LED TO HUNDREDS OF JOBS ACROSS THE STATE OF IOWA. . PROJECTS LIKE RED ROCK AND AROUND HAVE BEEN SLOWED BY COUPLER -- CUMBERSOME PROCESSING. CONGRESS MUST WORK TO STREAMLINE THE HIGH TROW POWER LICENSING PROCESSES SO MORE, MORE CLEAN RENEWABLE ENERGY AND DOMESTIC ENERGY CAN BE BROUGHT ONTO THE GRID FOR THE AMERICAN CONSUMER WHILE ENSURING THESE PROJECTS DO NOT HARM THE ENVIRONMENT. THAT'S WHY I'M PROUD TO HAVE WORKED WITH MR. BUSHON AND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE TO BRING THIS JOB-CREATING LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR TODAY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I URGE ALL OF US TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

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              • 02:01:13 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS…

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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              • 02:01:19 PM

                MR. UPTON

                MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FULL…

                MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FULL COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. WALDEN.

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              • 02:01:28 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

              • 02:01:31 PM

                MR. WALDEN

                I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR THEIR GREAT…

                I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR THEIR GREAT WORK, MR. RUSH FROM ILLINOIS AND FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE FOR THEIR WORK AND OTHER COMMITTEE MEMBERS WHO PUT SO MUCH INTO THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. THE COMMITTEE HAS EXAMINED AND ADVANCED THOUGHTFUL SOLUTIONS TO SUPPORT AMERICAN BUSINESSES AND JOBS AND PROTECT THE ENVIMET. THESE COMMONSENSE BIPARTISAN BILLS WE ARE CONSIDERING TODAY CONTINUE THIS VERY STRONG BIPARTISAN EFFORT. AS MANY OF YOU HEARD ME DISCUSS BEFORE, HYDRO POWER PLAYS AN INTEGRAL ROLE ACROSS OUR COUNTRY AS WELL AS MY HOME STATE OF OREGON. 43% OF ELECTRICITY COMES FROM THIS BASE LOAD POWER RESOURCE AND IT HAS SUPPORTED JOBS ALONG THE COLUMBIA RIVER. TWO OF THE THREE BILLS UNDER CONSIDERATION TODAY BUILD UPON THE COMMITTEE'S WORK PROMOTING EMISSIONS-FREE ENERGY RESOURCE. THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAS ALREADY PASSED 10 ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE BILLS THAT PROMOTE HYDROPOWER AND MODERNIZE THE LICENSING PROCESS SO WE CAN GET THESE PROJECTS TO MARKET FASTER. H.R. 2872, THAT'S THE PROMOTING HYDROPOWER DEVELOPMENT AT EXISTING NONPOWERED DAMS ACT IS AUTHORED BY MY GOOD FRIEND, DR. BUCSHON. IT WOULD PROMOTE DEVELOPING BY EXPEDITING THE LICENSING PROCESS, DAMS THAT COULD HAVE HYDROPOWER PUT ON THEM BUT DON'T RIGHT NOW. H.R. 2872 REQUIRES THE FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION AND U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS AND DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR TO DEVELOP A LIST OF EXISTING DAMS, FEDERAL FACILITIES ACROSS THE THAT HAVE THE GREATEST POTENTIAL FOR NONFD HYDROPOWER. WE COULD PUT A GENERATOR ON AND CREATE ELECTRICITY WITHOUT EMISSION. SECOND BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION WAS AUTHORED BY COMMITTEE VICE CHAIRMAN MORGAN GRIFFITH. MR. GIVE IGGET'S BILL, THE PROMOTING CLOSED PUM STORAGE ACT. THIS PROMOTES CLOSED LOOP HYDROPOWER DEVELOPMENT BY STREAMLINING THE LICENSING PROCESS FOR SUCH FACILITIES. WHAT HAPPENS IS IF YOU GENERATE POWER AND WHEN IT IS SURPLUS POWER AND PUTS WATER ON TOP OF A RESERVOIR AND WHEN YOU NEED TO GENERATE THE ENERGY ON PEAK TIMES, THE WATER COMES THROUGH ANOTHER GENERATOR AND BACK INTO A LOWER LEVEL RESERVATION. AND ACTS LIKE A BATTERY IN SOME RESPECTS AND PRODUCES EMISSIONS-FREE POWER. THIRD BILL WAS AUTHORED BY REPRESENTATIVE SUSAN BROOKS, H.R. 1733. THIS DIRECTS THE SECRETARY OF ENERGY TO UPDATE THE STRATEGY FOR RE-REFINING LUBRICATING OIL. IT REDUCES ENERGY CONSUMPTION WHICH IS IMPORTANT AND PRODUCES HIGH QUALITY PRODUCTS FOR CONSUMERS ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. MR. SPEAKER, THESE BILLS UNDERSCORE THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE'S WILLINGNESS TO WORK TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO FIND COMMONSENSE SOLUTIONS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT. AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES AND THE STAFFS ON BOTH SIDES FOR THE GREAT WORK IN THIS CASE AND I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THESE MEASURES AND GET THEM TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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              • 02:05:14 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS…

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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              • 02:05:20 PM

                MR. RUSH

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 02:05:27 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 02:05:28 PM

                MR. RUSH

                MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF…

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

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              • 02:05:38 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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              • 02:05:42 PM

                MR. UPTON

                I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND COMMEND MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDE OF THE AISLE…

                I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND COMMEND MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDE OF THE AISLE FOR GETTING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR AND STAFF. APPRECIATE THE LEADERSHIP FOR SCUG SCHEDULING THIS AND I YIELD BACK.

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              • 02:05:51 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2872. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. . THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION.

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            • 02:06:16 PM

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

              • 02:06:20 PM

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

                • 02:06:23 PM

                  Mr. Upton moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2880 — "To amend the Federal Power Act to promote closed-loop pumped storage hydropower, and for other purposes."

                  • 02:06:24 PM

                    MR. UPTON

                    I WOULD MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2880…

                    I WOULD MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2880 AS AMENDED.

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                  • 02:06:31 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                  • 02:06:34 PM

                    THE CLERK

                    H.R. 2880, A BILL TO AMEND THE FEDERAL POWER ACT TO PROMOTE CLOSED LOOP…

                    H.R. 2880, A BILL TO AMEND THE FEDERAL POWER ACT TO PROMOTE CLOSED LOOP HYDROPOWER AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                • 02:06:43 PM

                  Considered under suspension of the rules.

                  • 02:06:44 PM

                    TEMPORE PURSUANT

                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, SQUASM MICHIGAN, MR. UP TON AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, SQUASM MICHIGAN, MR. UP TON AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. RUSH, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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              • 02:06:46 PM

                DEBATE

                The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2880.

                • 02:06:55 PM

                  MR. UPTON

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

                  I WOULD ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INSERT EX TRAINOUS MATERIALS ON THE RECORD ON THAT BILL.

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                • 02:07:08 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                • 02:07:10 PM

                  MR. UPTON

                  I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MIGHT CONSUME.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 02:07:15 PM

                  MR. UPTON

                  THIS BILL H.R. 2880 WAS INTRODUCED BY ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE MEMBER…

                  THIS BILL H.R. 2880 WAS INTRODUCED BY ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE MEMBER MORGAN GIVE IGGET. THE LEGISLATION WENT THROUGH REGULAR ORDER AND REPORTED BY THE FULL COMMITTEE WITH A BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT BY A VOICE VOTE. THE BILL PROMOTES CLOSED LOOP PUMP STORAGE HYDROPOWER PROJECTS BY EXPEDITING A LICENSING PROCESS THAT WILL RESULT IN AN APPLICATION IN TWO YEARS OR LESS. WE KNOW THAT HYDROPOWER IS CLEAN AND RENEWABLE AND RELIABLE SOURCE OF ENERGY THAT PROVIDES LOW COST ELECTRICITY TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. CLOSED LOOP PUMP STORAGE IS DIFFERENT THAN CONVENTIONAL HYDRO. THESE TYPES OF PROJECTS MOVE WATER BETWEEN TWO RESERVOIRS LOCATED AT DIFFERENT ELEVATIONS IN ORDER TO STORE ENERGY AND THEN GENERATE THAT ELECTRICITY. AS WE HAVE LEARNED THROUGH HEARINGS AT THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE THE CURRENT REGULATORY PROCESS PLACES NEW PROJECTS AT A SIGNIFICANT DISADVANTAGE. PUMP STORAGE HYDRO HAS BEEN AROUND FOR ALMOST 100 YEARS BUT WITH MORE INTERMITTENT RENEWABLES COMING ONLINE THE NEED FOR GRID SCALE STORAGE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER. THE CURRENT PROCESS TO LICENSE PUMP STORAGE TAKES WAY TOO LONG AND CREATES TOO MUCH UNCERTAINTY BURDENING CONSUMERS WITH UNNECESSARY COSTS AND PREVENTING JOBS AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES. THIS BILL MAKES IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE PROCESS TO ENABLE FERC TO ISSUE A DECISION IN TWO YEARS OR LESS. THE LEGISLATION REQUIRES FERC TO HOLD A WORKSHOP TO EXPLORE POTENTIAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR DEVELOPMENT OF CLOSED LOOP PUMP STORAGE PROJECTS AT ABANDONED MINE SITES. THIS BILL IS GOOD. IT'S A BIPARTISAN BILL. I WANT TO THANK MR. GRIFFITH FOR HIS HARD WORK AND WORKING WITH OUR COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE TO BRING THE BILL TO THE FLOOR. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 02:09:22 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

                • 02:09:25 PM

                  MR. RUSH

                  I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                • 02:09:27 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 02:09:30 PM

                  MR. RUSH

                  I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2880, THE PROMOTING CLOSED LOOP PUMP…

                  I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2880, THE PROMOTING CLOSED LOOP PUMP STORAGE HYDROPOWER ACT. MR. SPEAKER, AS I HAVE SAID MANY TIMES BEFORE, I'M A STRONG SUPPORTER OF HYDROPOWER WHICH PROVIDES CLEAN RENEWABLE HARMING-FREE AND ALLOW MORE ENERGY FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICAN BUSINESSES AND AMERICAN HOUSEHOLDS. THEREFORE, MR. SPEAKER, I MUST COMMEND MY ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE COLLEAGUE, MR. GRIFFITH OF VIRGINIA, FOR AUTHORING THIS IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION. I MUST ALSO APPLAUD THE COMMITTEE STAFF OF BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR THEIR TIRELESS WORK AND NEGOTIATING A BILL THAT I BELIEVE THAT ALL MEMBERS CAN FULLY SUPPORT. MR. SPEAKER, CLOSED LOOP PUMP HYDROELECTRIC STORAGE FACILITIES OPERATES SIMILARLY AND WHEN THERE IS A SURPLUS OF ENERGY, WATER IS PUMPED TO AN UPPER RESERVOIR AND WHEN MORE ENERGY IS NEEDED, THAT WATER CAN THEN RELEASED TO PRODUCE ELECTRICITY THROUGH THE USE OF TURBINE. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 2880 WILL REQUIRE FERC TO CREATE A LICENSING PROCESS FOR CLOSED LOOP PUMP STORAGE PROJECTS WITHIN TWO YEARS OF RECEIVING AN APPLICATION. FERC WOULD BE REQUIRED TO ISSUE A RULE ESTABLISHING THE NEW PROCESS WITHIN 100 DAYS OF THIS BILL'S ENACTMENT. MR. SPEAKER, IN ORDER TO ENSURE LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS' INPUT AND COLLABORATION, THIS WOULD ESTABLISH AN INNER AGENCY TASK FORCE RATHER THAN A FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCY AS WELL AS NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES THAT WILL COORDINATE THE AUTHORIZATIONS NEEDED TO LICENSE THE FACILITY. H.R. 2880, MR. SPEAKER, WILL DIRECT FERC TO EVALUATE THE SAFETY OF ANY DAM OR ANY EXISTING STRUCTURE THAT WILL BE ASSOCIATED WITH THE PROJECT AND SPECIFY THAT POTENTIAL PROJECTS COULD NOT CALL SIGNIFICANT CHANGES FOR GROUND WATER USES OR ADVERSE IMPACTS THAT THREATEN ENDANGERED SPECIES. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 2880 WOULD FOR THE FIRST TIME ALLOW ADDITIONAL ENTITIES INCLUDING PRIVATE PARTNERS TO JOIN AS CO-LICENSEYS WITH MUNICIPALITIES IN ORDER TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE MUNICIPAL PREFERENCE. IT WILL CONTINUE WITH SUCH THE PARTNERSHIP EVEN AT THE POINT THAT THE MUNICIPALITY DOES NOT RETAIN A MAJORITY INTEREST OF THE PROJECT. H.R. 2880, MR. SPEAKER, FERC TO ISSUE GUIDANCE WITHIN SIX MONTHS OF ENACTMENT OF A AN APPLICANT FOR CLOSED LOOP PUMP STORAGE AND ABANDONNED MINE SITES. THIS WOULD ALOU ABANDONED MINES WHICH ALREADY HAVE THESE FINDINGS TO BE REPURPOSED POTENTIALLY PUTTING UNEMPLOYED MINING COMMUNITIES BACK TO WORK. SO, MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 2880 IS MUST NEEDED BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WOULD HELP TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF LOW CARBON HYDROPOWER PROJECTS WHILE TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE NEEDS AND THE INTERESTS OF IMPACTED LOCAL HOMEOWNERS. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS BILL, MR. SPEAKER. AND I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. WITH THAT, I RESERVE -- WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 02:14:52 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 02:14:56 PM

                  MR. UPTON

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

                  MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, THE AUTHOR OF THE BILL FOR DEBATE, MR. GRIFFITH. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED. .

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                • 02:15:16 PM

                  MR. GRIFFITH

                  ON I WANT TO THANK THE TEAMS -- I WANT TO THANK THE TEAMS ON BOTH SIDES OF…

                  ON I WANT TO THANK THE TEAMS -- I WANT TO THANK THE TEAMS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER HAVE DONE A LOT TO ADVANCE THIS BILL. HYDROPOWER HAS AN ALL-OF-THE-ABOVE ENERGY STRATEGY. WE HAVE A TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY TO EXPAND HYDROPOWER PRODUCTION. HOWEVER, WITHOUT SOME MUCH-NEEDED LICENSING IMPROVEMENTS, WE RISK LOSING INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN NEW HYDROPOWER INFRASTRUCTURE. IN PARTICULAR, CLOSED PUMP HYDROPOWER PROJECTS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO STORE FOR USE WHEN IT IS NEEDED. IN ESSENCE, IT'S A GIANT NATURAL BATTERY. H.R. 2880, THE PROMOTING CLOSED LOOP PUMP STORAGE HYDROPOWER ACT, ESTABLISHES AN EXPEDITED LICENSING PROCESS FOR THESE PROJECTS. THIS BILL CUTS UNNECESSARY RED TAPE THAT CURRENTLY ACCOMPANIES APPROVAL OF THESE PROJECTS, HINDERING ENERGY SECURITY AND JOB CREATION. I'M EXCITED ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY THAT SOME ARE EXPLORING TO BUILD THESE FACILITIES IN ABANDONED MINES AND/OR THE COAL FIELDS OF CENTRAL APPALACHIA. AS A PART OF THIS, H.R. 2880 ALSO REQUIRES FERC TO HOLD A WORKSHOP TO EXPLORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR CLOSED LOOP PROJECTS IN ABANDONED MINE SITES. I AM HOPEFUL THIS WILL BE A REAL BENEFIT TO OUR COAL FIELD REGIONS IN THE FORM OF JOBS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND ENERGY SECURITY, AND I'M PROUD OF WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE IN AN EFFORT TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN. IF WE CAN REPURPOSE SOME OF THESE MINES OR BRING JOBS INTO CENTRAL APPALACHIA THAT DON'T CURRENTLY EXIST, IT'S AN ENERGY REGION, AND IT'S A REGION THAT UNDERSTANDS THE ENERGY ISSUES AND AS PEOPLE WANT TO GET RID OF COAL -- AND I SUPPORT KEEPING COAL BUT ALL OF THE ABOVE REQUIRES WE ALSO DO HYDROPOWER, AND SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO HELP US CREATE NEW JOBS IN THESE REGIONS BY SUPPORTING THIS BIPARTISAN, COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION PROMOTING CLOSED LOOP HYDROPOWER DEVELOPMENT. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                • 02:17:34 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

                • 02:17:36 PM

                  MR. RUSH

                  MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO ANOTHER OUTSTANDING…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO ANOTHER OUTSTANDING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. PETERS OF CALIFORNIA.

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                • 02:17:46 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 02:17:48 PM

                  MR. PETERS

                  I THANK AND THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO MR. GRIFFITH FOR…

                  I THANK AND THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO MR. GRIFFITH FOR INTRODUCING PROMOTING A CLOSED PUMP STORAGE HYDROPOWER ACT. HE DID VALUABLE WORK TO MAKE THIS THE BIPARTISAN VERSION WE SEE TODAY. MORE ELECTRICITY FROM HYDROPOWER IS KEY TO MEETING OUR CLEAN ENERGY GOALS AND REDUCING HARMFUL EMISSIONS THAT POLLUTE OUR AIR AND WATER AND CONTRIBUTE TO CLIMATE CHANGE. HYDROPOWER IS ONE OF THE FEW CARBON-FREE ENERGY SOURCES THAT PROVIDES A STEADY BASE LOAD OF ELECTRICITY. THIS BILL WILL GIVE CLOSED PUMP HYDROPOWER PROJECTS APPROVAL FROM FERC. IT WILL CONSIDER INTERAGENCY INPUT THROUGH A NEW TASK FORCE AND PROVIDE APPROPRIATE PROTECTION FOR WILDLIFE AND ENDANGERED SPECIES WHILE HELPING US GROW EMISSIONS-FREE. SOLAR WILL HELP A POWER GENERATION CYCLE THAT'S CLEAN, SECURE AND RELIABLE. IN SAN DIEGO WHERE LARGE RIVERS AND TYPICAL HYDRO GENERATION ARE LESS COMMON, CLOSED PUMP HYDROPOWER OFFERS A SOLUTION AND CAN BENEFIT. IN MY DISTRICT, WE HAVE ONE THAT'S PROVIDED CLEAN ENERGY SINCE 2001 AND ONE AT THE SAN VICENTE IS BEING CONSIDERED NOW. WE MUST HAVE PRODUCTIVE, BIPARTISAN CONVERSATIONS LIKE THESE THAT PRODUCE THE ULTIMATE GOAL OF STREAMLINING THE REGULATORY PROCESS SO HYDROPOWER PROJECTS CAN BE APPROVED MORE QUICKLY WHILE STILL MEETING HIGH ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE LEADERSHIP AND STAFF FOR HELPING ADVANCE THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                • 02:19:29 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

                • 02:19:32 PM

                  MR. RUSH

                  I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS ON THIS SIDE SO I'LL YIELD BACK.

                • 02:19:37 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK.

                • 02:19:42 PM

                  >>

                  MR. SPEAKER, I COMMEND MY COLLEAGUES FOR PUSHING THIS LEGISLATION.…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I COMMEND MY COLLEAGUES FOR PUSHING THIS LEGISLATION. CONGRATS TO MY RANKING MEMBER ON THE ENERGY SUBCOMMITTEE AND ALL MY COLLEAGUES AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I'D URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 02:20:02 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2880, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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              • 02:20:20 PM

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

                • 02:20:23 PM

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

                  • 02:21:07 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA SEEK RECOGNITION

                • 02:21:12 PM

                  Mr. Gianforte moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 4171 — "To amend title 5, United States Code, to extend the authority to conduct telework travel expenses test programs, and for other purposes."

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                    MR. GIANFORTE

                    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES H.R. 4171 WITH AN…

                    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES H.R. 4171 WITH AN AMENDMENT.

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                  • 02:21:19 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                  • 02:21:21 PM

                    THE CLERK

                    H.R. 4171, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 5, UNITED STATES CODE, TO EXTEND THE…

                    H.R. 4171, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 5, UNITED STATES CODE, TO EXTEND THE AUTHORITY TO CONDUCT TELEWORK TRAVEL EXPENSES TEST PROGRAMS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                  • 02:21:32 PM

                    TEMPORE PURSUANT

                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA, MR. GIANFORTE, AND THE…

                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA, MR. GIANFORTE, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MRS. DEMINGS, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA.

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                • 02:21:38 PM

                  Considered under suspension of the rules.

                • 02:21:40 PM

                  DEBATE

                  The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4171.

                  • 02:21:43 PM

                    MR. GIANFORTE

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

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

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                  • 02:21:55 PM

                    TEMPORE WITHOUT

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

                  • 02:21:58 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                  • 02:22:00 PM

                    MR. GIANFORTE

                    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4171, A BILL I INTRODUCED WITH CONGRESSMAN…

                    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4171, A BILL I INTRODUCED WITH CONGRESSMAN CONNELLY, TO EXTEND FEDERAL AGENCIES' AUTHORITIES TO CONDUCT A TELEWORK PILOT PROGRAM. THE TELEWORK ENHANCEMENT ACT OF 2010 PROVIDED FEDERAL AGENCIES AND SPECIFICALLY THE U.S. PATENT AND TRADEOFFS, WITH THE AUTHORITY TO CONDUCT A PILOT PROGRAM TO INCENTIVIZE TELEWORK. THE PILOT PROGRAM ALLOWS AGENCIES TO WAIVE THE REIMBURSEMENT OF TRAVEL COST FOR TELEWORKING EMPLOYEES WHO RETURN TO HEADQUARTERS FOR MANDATORY TRAINING PROGRAMS. BOTH AGENCIES AND EMPLOYEES BENEFIT FROM THIS ARRANGEMENT. AGENCIES BENEFIT FROM HAVING AN ADDITIONAL TOOL FOR RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION. AGENCIES ALSO REALIZE COST SAVINGS BY ALLOWING EMPLOYEES TO WORK AT DIFFERENT LOCATIONS. FOR EXAMPLE, ACCORDING TO THE U.S. P.T.O., TELEWORK SAVED $77.4 MILLION IN FISCAL YEAR 2016 ALONE. THE SAVINGS ARE RELATED TO LOWER REAL ESTATE COSTS AND INCREASED PERSONNEL RETENTION. IN TURN, TELEWORKING EMPLOYEES CAN WORK FROM ALMOST ANYWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES. THE TELEWORKING PROGRAM MOVES U.S. P.T.O. EMPLOYEES INTO THEIR COMMUNITIES THAT THEY SERVE. FOR EXAMPLE, IN MY STATE OF MONTANA, THE PILOT PROGRAM ALLOWED U.S. P.T.O. TO PLACE PATENT EXAMINERS IN BOZEMAN, BUTTE, BILLINGS AND MISSOULA. TELEWORKING CAN GROW COMMUNITIES IN OUR -- THAT AREN'T IN HEAVILY POPULATED AGENCIES. IT PROMISES TO BRING MORE GOOD-PAYING JOBS TO MONTANA AND OTHER RURAL AREAS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW THAT AGENCIES ARE SEEING THE COST SAVINGS ASSOCIATED WITH TELEWORK, THIS PILOT PROGRAM CAN BE WOUND DOWN. ABSENT CONGRESSIONAL ACTION, THIS PROGRAM EXPIRED LAST WEEK. HOWEVER, U.S. P.T.O. HAS REQUESTED AN EXTENSION IN ORDER TO ALLOW IT TO BUDGET FOR INCREASED TRAVEL EXPENSES RELATED TO PAYING FOR EMPLOYEES TO RETURN TO AGENCY HEADQUARTERS IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA OR ONE OF ITS REGIONAL OFFICES. THIS BILL EXTENDS THE PROGRAM FOR THREE YEARS. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM VIRGINIA, REPRESENTATIVE CONNELLY, FOR WORKING WITH ME IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION TO BRING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BILL, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  • 02:24:30 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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                    MRS. DEMINGS

                    FLORIDA.

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                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                  • 02:24:41 PM

                    MRS. DEMINGS

                    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE GIANFORTE AND CONNELLY…

                    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE GIANFORTE AND CONNELLY FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS BIPARTISAN BILL TO EXTEND THE AUTHORITY FOR AGENCIES TO CONDUCT TELEWORK PILOT PROGRAMS FOR TRAVEL EXPENSES. THE CURRENT AUTHORITY FOR THIS PROGRAM EXPIRED ON DECEMBER 9 OF THIS YEAR, SO PASSAGE OF THIS BILL IS URGENTLY NEEDED. THE BILL EXTENDS THE PROGRAM UNTIL DECEMBER 13, 2020. IN FEBRUARY, 2012, THE UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE USED THIS AUTHORITY TO INITIATE THE TELEWORK PILOT PROGRAM. THIS PROGRAM ALLOWS P.T.O. EMPLOYEES TO WORK THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY AND WAIVE THE REQUIREMENT THAT THE AGENCY PAY THEIR TRAVEL COST FOR MANDATORY TRIPS BACK TO ITS HEADQUARTERS. ACCORDING TO THE P.T.O., THE PROGRAM SIGNIFICANTLY EXPANDED THE AGENCY'S TELEWORKING WORK FORCE AND ALLOWED IT TO HIRE AND RETAIN A HIGHLY SKILLED WORK FORCE. P.T.O. ALSO ESTIMATES THAT THIS PROGRAM HAS SAVED THE AGENCY MORE THAN $77 MILLION IN FISCAL YEAR 2016, INCLUDING $17 MILLION IN AVOITED REAL ESTATE COSTS, AND NEARLY $32 MILLION IN RE-- AVOIDED REAL ESTATE COSTS AND ANNUAL $32 MILLION IN REDUCED RETENTION. IT HAS DECREASED ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT AS BENEFITS OF THE PILOT. GIVEN ITS BENEFITS, IT MAKES SENSE TO AUTHORIZE AN EXTENSION OF THIS PILOT PROGRAM. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD A LETTER THAT THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE RECEIVED FROM THE NATIONAL TREASURY EMPLOYEES UNION YESTERDAY SUPPORTING THE BILL. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                  • 02:26:31 PM

                    TEMPORE WITHOUT

                    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                  • 02:26:32 PM

                    MRS. DEMINGS

                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                  • 02:26:35 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA.

                  • 02:26:38 PM

                    MR. GIANFORTE

                    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO MAKE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA AWARE THAT I…

                    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO MAKE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA AWARE THAT I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                  • 02:26:45 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA.

                  • 02:26:46 PM

                    MRS. DEMINGS

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

                    MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, REPRESENTATIVE SHEILA JACKSON LEE.

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                  • 02:26:57 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

                  • 02:27:00 PM

                    MS. JACKSON LEE

                    LET ME THANK THE MANAGER, THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, AND THE AUTHOR OF…

                    LET ME THANK THE MANAGER, THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, AND THE AUTHOR OF THE LEGISLATION, MANAGER, AS MEMBERS OF THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE AND INDICATE THAT I RISE TO SUPPORT H.R. 4171. I AM A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND HAVE WORKED VERY HARD ON PATENT AND TRADE ISSUES AND PARTICULARLY THE PATENT OFFICE AND I SEE THIS AS RAISING THE CALIBER OF OPPORTUNITY OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF EMPLOYEES WHICH ARE VERY IMPORTANT. THE PATENT OFFICE IS A SKILLED ENTITY AND CLEARLY THIS GIVES A GREATER OPPORTUNITY FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS TO WORK IN PLACES BEYOND WASHINGTON, D.C. I ALSO THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT TELEWORK IS ADVANCING , AND IT SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED LESS WORK THAN ANYONE WHO LIVES AT AN OFFICE. I WOULD HOPE THAT AS WE LOOK AT LEGISLATION DEALING WITH TELEWORK THAT TELEWORK WOULD NOT DIMINISH THE BENEFITS OF THAT AN EMPLOYEE GETS AND THEY WOULD NOT BE DISTINGUISHED BECAUSE THEY ARE WORKING AT HOME IF IT WAS ALLOWED VERSUS IN AN OFFICE. SO I THINK THIS IS AN IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITY OF THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE, AND CLEARLY I RISE TO SUPPORT THAT. KEEPING IN MIND THAT THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND THE OVERSIGHT -- HOUSE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE -- HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND HOUSE OVERSIGHT HAVE WORKED TOGETHER ON A NUMBER OF ISSUES. I MIGHT JUST COMMENT ON, I THINK, AN ELEMENT THAT NEEDS THE COOPERATION OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AS WELL. I THINK TODAY MANY OF US HEARD OF A STATEMENT BEING OFFERED BY THE OVAL OFFICE. I'D LIKE TO READ PART OF IT INTO THE RECORD. IT DEALS WITH THE STANDARDS OF ACCOUNTABILITY AND PROTOCOL AND DECORUM. IT WAS SENT BY THE OVAL OFFICE. LIGHTWEIGHT SENATOR KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND, A TOTAL FLUNKY FOR CHUCK SCHUMER AND SOMEONE WHO WOULD COME TO MY OFFICE BEGGING FOR CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS NOT SO LONG AGO AND WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR THEM IS NOW IN THE RING FIGHTING AGAINST, I WILL JUST SAY THE OVAL OFFICE. THIS REQUIRES OVERSIGHT OF THE APPROPRIATE COMMITTEES BECAUSE IT IS A QUESTION OF PROTOCOL, DIGNITY OF THE OFFICE. I WOULD OFFER TO SAY AS A WOMAN I AM OUTRAGED THESE COMMENTS WERE MADE. I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT MEANS, WOULD DO ANYTHING. WE ALL KNOW WE DON'T HAVE PUBLIC FINANCE AND MEMBERS OF VARIOUS PARTIES AND LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT RAISE FUNDRAISING DOLLARS TO COMMUNICATE TO THEIR CONSTITUENTS. I WOULD IMAGINE THAT THEY GO TO ANY NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS WHO LIVE IN THEIR STATE. I THINK THAT THIS SENATOR GILLIBRAND OBVIOUSLY WENT TO AN INDIVIDUAL WHO LIVED IN HER STATE, BUT TO SILENCE A SITTING SENATOR ON HER EXPRESSION OF OUTRAGE OVER TREATMENT OF WOMEN AND TO UTILIZE A THEME THAT HAS BEEN USED FOR DECADES REGARDING HOW WOMEN RISE, THIS IS A LARGER QUESTION, HOW WOMEN RISE. ARE THEY PH.D.'S, ARE THEY LAW ENFORCEMENT, DOCTORS, SECRETARIES, TEACHERS, IN HOLLYWOOD, IN AVIATION, HOW DO THEY RISE? AND THIS SQUARELY TALKS ABOUT OVERALL ALL WOMEN AND FRANKLY I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT IN THE OVERSIGHT CAPACITY THAT THE WOMEN WHO HAVE ASKED TO BE HEARD AS IT RELATES TO ISSUES OF THE OVAL OFFICE SHOULD BE HEARD AS ALL IN A PROCESS OF COMBINING COMMITTEES SUCH AS OVERSIGHT AND JUDICIARY. . I HAVE ALWAYS SAID THAT THESE ISSUES SHOULD BE ALLOWED THE APPROPRIATE INVESTIGATION AND DUE PROCESS. AND THAT, I THINK WOULD BE WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WOULD WANT US TO DO. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. I COULD NOT BE -- I WOULD BE REMISS THE DASTARDLY COMMENTS THAT DOES NOT FIT THE OFFICE AND REALLY CHARACTERIZES WOMEN, AMERICAN WOMEN SINCE THIS IS AN ISSUE AND STATEMENT MADE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, CHARACTERIZES WOMEN IN A HIGHLY INAPPROPRIATE MANNER AND A PROFESSIONAL COLLEAGUE IN AN EQUAL BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT TO BE CAST TI DEBATED BY THE OVAL OFFICE. I THINK AN APOLOGY IS WARRANTED AND INVESTIGATION IS WARRANTED FOR THOSE WOMEN WHO HAVE MADE ALLEGATIONS TO HAVE YET TO DATE BEEN HEARD OR SUED. THEY HAVE NOT HAD THEIR DAY IN COURT TO ANSWER ANY SUCH ALLEGATIONS. I HOPE OUR RESPECTIVE CHAIRPERSONS A WILL INVESTIGATE THIS THIS THE MOST APPROPRIATE WAY FORWARD. AND ANY WOMAN THAT IS OF THIS TIME, MILL ANYALS MADE THE ALLEGE MADE AGAINST THEM, THEY HAVE ACTED IN A CERTAIN MANNER, I DON'T THINK THAT IS APPROPRIATE AND APPROPRIATE DECOR UMH. WITH THAT, I SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK MY TIME. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE ANSWER TO OUR REQUEST FOR FULL HEARINGS ON THESE WOMEN WHO HAVE TO HAVE THEIR SAY AND TO BE HEARD REGARDING THE PROTOCOLS OF THE OVAL OFFICE. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                  • 02:32:46 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING AGAINST MEMBERS OF THE SENATE.

                  • 02:32:55 PM

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                    I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS. I YIELD BACK.

                  • 02:32:58 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA.

                  • 02:33:02 PM

                    MR. GIANFORTE

                    I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

                  • 02:33:05 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4171 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                • 02:33:32 PM

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

                  • 02:33:34 PM

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

                    • 02:33:41 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                  • 02:33:43 PM

                    Mr. Gianforte moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 1208 — "To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 9155 Schaefer Road, Converse, Texas, as the "Converse Veterans Post Office Building"."

                    • 02:33:44 PM

                      THE CLERK

                      H.R. 1208 A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                      H.R. 1208 A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 9155 SCHAEFER ROAD CONVERSE, TEXAS, AS THE CONVERSE VETERANS POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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                  • 02:33:59 PM

                    Considered under suspension of the rules.

                  • 02:34:01 PM

                    DEBATE

                    The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1208.

                    • 02:34:02 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROMMON TAN AND AND GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA EACH WILL…

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROMMON TAN AND AND GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES.

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                    • 02:34:10 PM

                      MR. GIANFORTE

                      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON…

                      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION. WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                    • 02:34:23 PM

                      MR. GIANFORTE

                      I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I CONSUME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1208…

                      I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I CONSUME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1208 INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CUELLAR. THE BILL NAMES UNITED STATES POST OFFICE AT 9155 SCHAEFER ROAD IN CONVERSE, TEXAS, AFTER THE VETERANS FROM CONVERSE. H.R. 1208 HONORS THE VETERANS OF CONVERSE, TEXAS, FOR THEIR SERVICE TO THIS NATION. I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING MORE OF THE BRAVE EXPLOITS OF THE CONVERSE VETERANS FROM REPRESENTATIVE HENRY CUELLAR. IN THE MEANTIME, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I RESERVE.

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                    • 02:35:00 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                    • 02:35:04 PM

                      MRS. DEMINGS

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

                      I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1208, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE LOCATED AT 9155 SCHAEFER ROAD, IN CONVERSE TEXAS, AS THE CONVERSE VETERAN POST OFFICE. MEN AND WOMEN MAKE GREAT SACRIFICES TO DEFEND THIS NATION AND PROTECT OUR FREEDOM. WHILE WE CAN NEVER REPAY THEM FOR OUR SERVICE, NAMING THE CONVERSE POST OFFICE IN THEIR HONOR IS THE LEAST WE CAN DO. MR. SPEAKER, WE SHOULD PASS THIS BILL AND NAME THIS POST OFFICE SO WE MIGHT RECOGNIZE THE SELFLESS SERVICE OF OUR VETERANS AND HONOR THE SACRIFICES THEY HAVE MADE FOR THIS NATION. I, TOO, URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 1208 AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 02:36:05 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA.

                    • 02:36:11 PM

                      MR. GIANFORTE

                      I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

                    • 02:36:15 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA.

                    • 02:36:17 PM

                      MRS. DEMINGS

                      I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR.…

                      I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CUELLAR.

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                    • 02:36:23 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 02:36:27 PM

                      MR. CUELLAR

                      I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA FOR YIELDING AND FOR HER LEADERSHIP…

                      I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA FOR YIELDING AND FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. AND I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND FROM MONTANA ALSO FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN SUPPORTING VETERANS ACROSS THE NATION. TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO PRESENT H.R. 1208, WHICH WILL RENAME THE POST OFFICE FACILITY IN MY DISTRICT AS THE CONVERSE VETERANS POST OFFICE BUILDING. ACROSS MY DISTRICT, I HAVE FINE MEN AND WOMEN, ALL WALKS OF LIVES THAT HAVE HONORABLY SERVED OUR COUNTRY. IT IS CRITICAL THAT WE HONOR THEIR SERVICE AND THEIR DEDICATION TO OUR NATION. CONVERSE ALONE IS HOME TO OVER 3,000 VETERANS ACCORDING TO THE U.S. CENSUS. DEDICATING THIS POST OFFICE TO OUR VETERANS WILL SERVE AS A REMINDER OF THE SACRIFICES THAT OUR FRIENDS, OUR NEIGHBORS, OUR FAMILIES HAVE MADE WHILE SERVING THEIR COUNTRY. THESE INDIVIDUALS PUT COUNTRY AHEAD OF SELF AND I'M PROUD TO RECOGNIZE THEM WITH THE DEDICATING OF THIS POST OFFICE FACILITY. TODAY, I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ONE SACRIFICE OF ONE INDIVIDUAL, THAT IS AN INDIVIDUAL FROM CONVERSE, TEXAS, A VETERAN OF QUINTEN V. CAIN. HE RECEIVED NUMEROUS MEDALS. AFTER BEING HONORABLY DISCHARGED HE USED THE MEDICAL TRAINING THAT HE HAD TO TRAIN COMBAT MEDIC STUDENTS AS A CIVILIAN. WE OWE OUR FREEDOM TO VETERANS SUCH AS MR. CAIN, WHICH IS WHY I'M RECOGNIZING HIM AND THE OTHER VETERANS BY DEDICATING THIS POST OFFICE. HE IS JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF MANY VETERANS WHO HAVE MADE COUNTLESS SACRIFICES FOR THEIR COUNTRY IN THE FACE OF DANGER. THE COMMITMENT DEMONSTRATES WHAT IT REALLY MEANS TO BE AN AMERICAN, THE ESSENCE OF BEING AN AMERICAN. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE VETERANS ORGANIZATIONS THROUGHOUT MY DISTRICT FOR THEIR TIRELESS WORK IN PROVIDING CARE TO OUR VETERANS WHEN THEY NEED IT. THEY ARE GOOD MEN AND WOMEN THAT PROVIDE THAT CARE TO OUR VETERANS. LET'S EXPRESS GATTUDE TO THE VETERANS, THEIR FAMILIES AS WELL AS THEIR CARE PROVIDERS. IN THE WORDS OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY WHEN HE SAID, A NATION REVEALS ITSELF NOT ONLY BY THE MEN IT PRODUCES, BUT ALSO THE MEN IT HONORS AND THE MEN IT REMEMBERS. AND I WOULD LIKE TO ADD AND WOMEN ALSO. THIS ALLOWS US TO SHOW OUR APPRECIATION FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN OF CONVERSE, TEXAS AND ACROSS THE NATION TO MAKE SURE THEIR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE TO OUR COUNTY IS NOT FORGOTTEN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I RESERVE.

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                    • 02:39:19 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                    • 02:39:23 PM

                      MRS. DEMINGS

                      I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I YIELD.

                    • 02:39:27 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA.

                    • 02:39:30 PM

                      MR. GIANFORTE

                      I URGE ADOPTION AND I YIELD BACK.

                    • 02:39:33 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                      THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 1208. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                  • 02:39:54 PM

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

                    • 02:39:57 PM

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

                      • 02:40:01 PM

                        MR. GIANFORTE

                        I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2815.

                      • 02:40:06 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                      • 02:40:09 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        H.R. 2815 A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                        H.R. 2815 A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 30 EAST SOMERSET STREET IN RARITAN, NEW JERSEY AS THE SERGEANT JOHN BASILONE POST OFFICE.

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                      • 02:40:26 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA.

                    • 02:40:28 PM

                      Mr. Gianforte moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 2815 — "To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 30 East Somerset Street in Raritan, New Jersey, as the "Sergeant John Basilone Post Office"."

                      • 02:40:29 PM

                        Considered under suspension of the rules.

                      • 02:40:31 PM

                        DEBATE

                        The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2815.

                        • 02:40:33 PM

                          MR. GIANFORTE

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

                          I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND INCLUDE TEAR REMARKS.

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                        • 02:40:41 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                        • 02:40:43 PM

                          MR. GIANFORTE

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

                        • 02:40:46 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA IS RECOGNIZED.

                        • 02:40:48 PM

                          MR. GIANFORTE

                          I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2815 INTRODUCED BY MR. LANCE. THE BILL NAMES THE…

                          I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2815 INTRODUCED BY MR. LANCE. THE BILL NAMES THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE AT 30 EAST SOMERSET STREET IN RARITAN, NEW JERSEY AS SERGEANT JOHN BASILONE. HE STORMED THE SHORES IN 1945. I THANK REPRESENTATIVE LANCE FOR INTRODUCING THIS BILL TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE LIFE AND SACRIFICE OF SERGEANT BASILONE. I YIELD SUCH TIME TO MR. LANCE TO EXPLAIN HIS BILL.

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                        • 02:41:23 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          SCRASM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

                        • 02:41:29 PM

                          MR. LANCE

                          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FROM MONTANA. I RISE TO HONOR AN AMERICAN HERO…

                          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FROM MONTANA. I RISE TO HONOR AN AMERICAN HERO AND PROUD SON OF NEW JERSEY, GUNNERY SERGEANT JOHN BASILONE AND TO NAME THIS POST OFFICE IN NEW JERSEY IN HIS HONOR. HE IS AN EXEMPLAR OF BRAVE SERVICE IN OUR ARMED FORCES AND THE MEMBER OF THE GREATEST GENERATION WHOSE COLLECTIVE BRAVERY AND SELFLESSNESS WON WORLD WAR II AND LIBERATED MILLIONS FROM OPPRESSION. IN CONGRESS, THERE ARE MANY ACTIONS WE TAKE TO HONOR AND SERVE OUR NATION. THESE COMMENDATIONS MATTER. YOUNGER GENERATIONS ASK WHOSE NAME IS INSCRIBED ATMON YOUMENTS, FLAG POSTS OR ON FEDERAL PROPERTIES. WE INSPIRE YOUNG AMERICANS TO APPRECIATE THE GENERATIONS THAT CAME BEFORE IN PUBLIC SERVICE. SERGEANT BASILONE HAS A TREMENDOUS STORY. BORN ON NOVEMBER 4, 1916 IN BUFFALO, NEW YORK. HE WAS ONE OF 10 SIBLINGS BORN TO SALVATORE AND DORA. HIS FATHER AN IMMIGRANT FROM ITALY AND HIS MOTHER, A NATTIVE OF MANVILLE, NEW JERSEY, DECIDED TO RAISE THEIR FAMILY IN RARITAN. JUST BARELY 18 YEARS OF AGE, A YOUNG BASILONE DECIDED TO ENLIST IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY IN THE 1930'S. IT WOULD BEGIN HIS CAREER WITH A TOUR TO THE PHILLIP EVENS. IN THE ARMY, HE WAS POPULAR, EXTREMELY WELL LIKED. HE BOXED AND CONTRIBUTED THAT PUT THE YOUNG MEN WHO WERE A WORLD AWAY FROM HOME AT EASE. HE WOULD BE HONORLY DISCHARGED FROM THE ARMY AND RETURNED HOME. IN 1940, THE TRUMPET SUMMONED HIM AGAIN AND RE-ENLISTED THIS TIME IN THE MARINES AND DISPATCHED TO THE HEIGHT OF BATTLE IN THE PACIFIC THEATER. SERGEANT BASILONE AND MANY FELLOW MARINES WERE PART OF OPERATION WATCH TOWER TO REGAIN TERRITORY THE SIGHT OF A JAPANESE AIR FIELD. THE GROUP TOOK THE AIR FIELD AND DEFENDED IT BRAVELY FROM JAPANESE ATTEMPTS TO RECONQUER THE TERRITORY. IN OCTOBER OF 1942, THE JAPANESE BEGAN ANOTHER LAND ATTACK TO GAIN CONTROL OF THE CANAL. HE FOUGHT PROUDLY FOR TWO DAYS AND CONTRIBUTED TO A CONSIDERABLE PORTION OF THE JAPANESE REGULAR MEANT. THE MOMENT OF SELFLESS SERVICE TO HIS FELLOW MARINES, SERGEANT BASILONE ENDURED BRUTAL ASSAULT. SEEING THE IMMEDIATE DANGER, HE KILLED EIGHT ENCROACHING JAPANESE SOLDIERS AND PROVIDED AID AND EQUIPMENT TO THE PINNED MARINES AND SAVED LIVES THAT DAY AND IN TESTIMONY HIS FELLOW MARINES CREDITED HIS HEROIC CONDUCT FOR SAVING THEIR LIVES, ACTIONS THAT WOULD EARN HIM THE MEDAL OF HONOR IN RECOGNITION FOR HIS ACTIONS. SERGEANT BASILONE WOULD RETURN HOME FOR A SHORT TIME SELLING WAR BONDS TO CONTINUE DOING WHAT HE COULD FOR THE COUNTRY HE LOVED AND THE WORK OF WHICH HE WAS SO PROUD. HOWEVER, STAYING STATE SIDE WAS NOT WHERE HE WANTED TO BE. HE VOLUNTEERED TO GO BACK TO THE PACIFIC. BEFORE HE LEFT CAMP PENDLETON AND RETURNED TO BATTLE, HE MARRIED NINA ON JULY 10, 1944. ONE OF GUNNERY SERGEANT BASILONE'S GREATEST HE COULDN'T LET IT HAPPEN AGAIN AND TRAINED RERECRUITS ON PROPER MACHINE GUN USE AND TRAINEES BECAME KNOWN AS THE BASILONE BOYS. WILLIAM DOUGLAS LANSFORD SPOKE OF THE COURAGE HE INSTILLED IN HIM. WE WANTED TO BE JUST LIKE HIM. WHILE HE COULD HAVE REMAINED STATE SIDE AT HOME WITH HIS NEW WIFE, HE INSISTED ON STAYING WITH THE BASILONE BOYS. BASILONE STORMED THE SHORES OF IWO JIMA ON FEBRUARY 19, 1945. THE JAPANESE RETURNED HEAVY FIRE AND HE RAN TO THE BLOCK HOUSES, SOURCE OF JAPANESE FIRE AND DESTROYED IT WITH GRENADES. AND HE SCRAMBLED TO RESCUE AN AMERICAN TANK THAT WAS TRAPPED IN A MINE FIELD. IN A MOMENT THAT WILL FOREVER LIVE IN OUR HEARTS, SERGEANT BASILONE AND HANDFUL OF MARINES WERE HIT BY HEAVY MORTAR FIRE, HE DIED ALONG SIDE THE BRAVE MEN WHO STEPPED FORWARD WHO SERVED HIS COUNTY AND THE MEN HE WANTED TO RETURN TO BATTLE TO PROTECT AND DEFEND. THANKS TO HIS BRAVERY AND FELLOW MARINES, THE ALLIED FORCES COMPLETED THE INVASION AND WITH HE WOULD BE AWARDED THE NAVY CROSS, THE UNITED STATES NAVY'S HIGHEST DECORATION FOR HIS SACRIFICE AND SERVICE BECOMING THE ONLY MARINE IN THE WAR TO RECEIVE BOTH THE NAVY CROSS AND THE MEDAL OF HONOR. . SERGEANT BASILONE HAS RIGHTFULLY TAKEN HIS PLACE AS AN AMERICAN HERO OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR. A PARADE IS IN HIS HONOR. HIS STAFF UE STANDS IN THE HEART OF THE BOROUGH. HIS LEGACY TO THE COUNTRY HAS BEEN MAINTAINED BY HIS EXTENDED FAMILY SUCH AS HIS NIECE, KIM, THROUGH THE BASILONE FOUNDATION. KIM JOINS US TODAY IN THE HOUSE GALLERY. GUNNERY SERGEANT BASILONE MORE THAN SELF, HIS COUNTRY LOVED AND IT IS THAT GREAT LOVE OF COUNTRY AND AMERICAN SPIRIT THAT I HOPE INSPIRES FUTURE GENERATIONS FOR YEARS, MIGHT I SUGGEST DECADES, TO COME. IT'S THE LEAST WE CAN DO IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO NAME THE POST OFFICE IN HIS HONOR. MR. SPEAKER, I AM HONORED TO SPONSOR THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 02:48:05 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA.

                        • 02:48:10 PM

                          MRS. DEMINGS

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

                        • 02:48:15 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                        • 02:48:17 PM

                          MRS. DEMINGS

                          HONORED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2815, A BILL TO…

                          HONORED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2815, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL OFFICE LOCATED AT 30 EAST SOMERSET STREET IN RARITAN, NEW JERSEY, AS THE SERGEANT JOHN BASILONE POST OFFICE. HE WAS BORN IN 1916 AND ENLISTED IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY AT THE YOUNG AGE OF 18. WHILE SERVING IN THE PHILIPPINES, SERGEANT BASILONE DEVELOPED A REPUTATION AS A CHAMPIONSHIP BOXER. HE RETURNED TO THE UNITED STATES IN 1937 TO BEGIN WORK AS A TRUCK DRIVER, BUT WHAT WE'VE HEARD, THAT WAS NOT ENOUGH. HE RE-ENLISTED IN THE MARINES IN 1940. SERGEANT BASILONE EARNED THE REPUTATION AS THE MARINE WHO PROVED THAT THE OPPOSITION WAS NOT INVINCIBLE. SERGEANT BASILONE WAS A HERO. AS STATED UPON HIS DEATH, HE WAS AWARDED A NAVY CROSS, THE NAVY'S HIGHEST DECORATION. MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST PASS THIS BILL TO NAME THE POST OFFICE IN RARITAN, NEW JERSEY, AFTER THEIR HOMETOWN HERO, SO THAT FUTURE GENERATIONS MIGHT CONTINUE TO BE INSPIRED BY HIS SELFLESS AND HEROIC SERVICE. I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 2815 AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 02:50:01 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA.

                        • 02:50:04 PM

                          MR. GIANFORTE

                          MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO MAKE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA AWARE THAT I…

                          MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO MAKE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA AWARE THAT I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                        • 02:50:12 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA.

                        • 02:50:13 PM

                          MRS. DEMINGS

                          MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MY…

                          MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MY COLLEAGUE, MR. PASCRELL.

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                        • 02:50:19 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

                        • 02:50:21 PM

                          MR. PASCRELL

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SERGEANT BASILONE WAS THE FIRST ENLISTED MARINE TO…

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SERGEANT BASILONE WAS THE FIRST ENLISTED MARINE TO RECEIVE THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR IN THE WAR. AND IN 1943, THE SUNDAY NEWS CAPTURED HIS PICTURE WITH HIS AWARD, FIRST THAT HE WOULD RECEIVE AND THE FIRST OF ANYONE IN THAT WAR. I HAVE IT IN MY OFFICE FOR THE YEARS THAT I'VE BEEN ON THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE, MR. SPEAKER. SO IT'S A GREAT HONOR TO SALUTE SERGEANT BASILONE'S FAMILY, A NATIVE OF NEW JERSEY, A HERO OF OUR ITALIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY. HE STARTED SERVING HIS COUNTRY, AS YOU ALREADY HEARD, VERY EARLY IN THE U.S. ARMY AND THEN THREE YEARS LATER HE ENLISTED IN THE U.S. MARINE, IN THE MARINE CORPS. -- U.S. MARINES, IN THE MARINE CORPS, WHERE HE WAS SENT TO GUADALCANAL, PLACED IN COMMAND OF TWO SECONS OF HEAVY MACHINE GS. DESPITE BEING OUTNUMBERED, SERGEANT BASILONE AND HIMEN SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDED HENDERSON AIRFIELD FROM THE JAPANESE ASSAULT. IN THE PROCESS, HE CAUSED ENEMY LINESTO REPLENISH AMMUNITION. HE REPAIRED ARTILLERY AND WENT SEVERAL DAYS AND NIGHTS WITHOUT FOOD OR SLEEP TO LEAD HIS TROOPS. HE LEDIS TROOPS TO VICTORY. SERGEANT BASILONE'S UNPRECEDENTED HEROICS IN THE PACIFIC THEATER DURAL DURING WORLD WAR II HAVE BECOME -- DURING WORLD WAR II HAVE BECOME PART OF THE MANE CORPS LOHR. WE WORKED TOGETHER A FEW YEARS BACK TO IMMORTALIZE JOHN BASILONE. THANKS TO THE CAMPAIGN, THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE'S DISTINGUISHED MARINE STAMP SERIES INCLUDED JOHN BASILONE BEGINNING IN 2005. HE EMBODIED THE BEST WE COULD HOPE FOR IN A SERVICE MEMBER AND WAS A TRUE NEW JERSEY GUY. A SCRAPPY FIGHTER WHO ALWAYS WANTED TO BE ON THE FRONT LINES. AFTER HIS FIRST TOUR, THE MARINE CORPS OFFERED TO COMMISSION HIM AS AN OFFICER, BUT BASILONE RESPONDED, I AIN'T NO OFFICER, I AIN'T NO MUSEUM PEOPLE, I BELONG BACK WITH MY OUTFIT. HE OPTED TO RETURN TO THE FRONT LINES RATHER THAN RIDE OUT THE WAR HELPING PROMOTE WAR BONDS HERE AT HOME. TRAGICALLY SERGEANT JOHN BASILONE DIED WHEN HE RETURNED TO THE FRONT LINES WHILE FIGHTING IN IWO JIMA. 27 YEARS OLD. HE EARNED THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR, THE NAVY CROSS, THE PURPLE HEART, AND THE DEEP APPRECIATION OF A GRATEFUL NATION. JOHN BASILONE, HIS STORY WAS BROUGHT TO LIFE THROUGH THE PASSES IN THE 2010 HBO MINI SERIES, "THE PACIFIC." MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY HAS A BASILONE DORMITORY. AND JUST LAST YEAR, THE U.S. NAVY COMMISSIONED DESTROYER AS THE U.S.S. BASILONE. I MARCHED IN THAT PARADE SEVERAL YEARS AGO. I KNOW THAT THE PEOPLE OF RARITAN, NEW JERSEY, HAVE NEVER FORGOTTEN THEIR FAVORITE SON, AND THEY WILL BE HONORED TO HAVE A BASILONE POST OFFICE. MR. SPEAKER, ON BEHALF OF THE ITALIAN AMERICAN CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION, I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, LEONARD LANCE, FOR INTRODUCING THIS MEASURE, I ENCOURAGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES AND ALL AMERICANS TO LEARN ABOUT THE STORIED HISTORY OF SERGEANT BASILONE. I THANK YOU, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                        • 02:55:04 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA.

                        • 02:55:07 PM

                          MRS. DEMINGS

                          MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AT THIS TIME, AND I YIELD BACK.

                        • 02:55:12 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA.

                        • 02:55:15 PM

                          MR. GIANFORTE

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

                        • 02:55:19 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE…

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2815. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA.

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                        • 02:55:38 PM

                          MR. GIANFORTE

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

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

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                        • 02:55:47 PM

                          TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

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

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                        • 02:55:48 PM

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

                          • 02:56:02 PM

                            MR. GIANFORTE

                            MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 3638.

                        • 02:56:05 PM

                          Mr. Gianforte moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 3638 — "To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1100 Kings Road in Jacksonville, Florida, as the "Rutledge Pearson Post Office Building"."

                          • 02:56:07 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                          • 02:56:10 PM

                            THE CLERK

                            H.R. 3638, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                            H.R. 3638, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 1100 KINGS ROAD IN JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, AS THE RUTLEDGE PEARSON POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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                        • 02:56:17 PM

                          Considered under suspension of the rules.

                        • 02:56:18 PM

                          DEBATE

                          The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3638.

                          • 02:56:23 PM

                            TEMPORE PURSUANT

                            PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA, MR. GIANFORTE, AND THE…

                            PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA, MR. GIANFORTE, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MRS. DEMINGS, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA.

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                          • 02:56:34 PM

                            MR. GIANFORTE

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

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

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                          • 02:56:44 PM

                            TEMPORE WITHOUT

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

                          • 02:56:47 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 02:56:49 PM

                            MR. GIANFORTE

                            I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3638, INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                            I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3638, INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. LAWSON. THE BILL NAMES THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE AT 1100 KINGS ROAD IN JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, AS THE RUTLEDGE -- AFTER RUTLEDGE PEARSON. HE WAS AN EDUCATOR AND INSTRUMENTAL LEADER IN THE CIVIL RICE MOVEMENT. HE'S REMEMBERED FOR HIS -- CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. HE'S REMEMBERED FOR HIS ABILITY TO ATTRACT YOUNG PEOPLE TO FIGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS. TRAGICALLY HE WAS KILLED IN A CAR ACCIDENT IN 1967. TODAY WE HONOR HIS LEGACY AND SERVICE TO HIS COMMUNITY IN JACKSONVILLE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 02:57:28 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA.

                          • 02:57:31 PM

                            MRS. DEMINGS

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

                          • 02:57:34 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 02:57:36 PM

                            MRS. DEMINGS

                            MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R.…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3638, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE LOCATED AT 1100 KINGS ROAD IN JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, AS THE RUTLEDGE PEARSON POST OFFICE BUILDING. BORN IN 1929, RUTLEDGE PEARSON GRADUATED FROM NEW STANTON HIGH SCHOOL. IN 1947. BEFORE ATTENDING TILLISTON COLLEGE ON A BASEBALL SCHOLARSHIP. FOLLOWING HIS GRADUATION, HE BEGAN PLAYING FOR THE NEGRO LEAGUE'S BIRMINGHAM BLACK BARRON BUT BECAUSE OF HIS RACE, THE JACKSONVILLE SEA BIRDS REFUSED TO ALLOW MR. PEARSON TO PLAY ON THEIR TEAM. DECIDING THEY WOULD RATHER CLOSE THE PARK. HIS REJECTION, HOWEVER, INSPIRED HIM, AND HE WENT ON TO BECOME AN INFLUENTIAL MEMBER OF JACKSONVILLE'S EDUCATION SYSTEM AND CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. HE SERVED AT EVERY LEVEL IN THE NAACP, AND HE CONTINUED TO ENERGIZE AND INSPIRE YOUNG PEOPLE AROUND HIS COMMUNITY AS HE DID IN THE CLASSROOM EVERY DAY. MR. SPEAKER, I AM PROUD TO BE A CO-SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION TO HONOR MR. RUTLEDGE PEARSON. I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 3638, AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 02:59:09 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA.

                          • 02:59:11 PM

                            MR. GIANFORTE

                            MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO MAKE THE GENTLEWOMAN AWARE I HAVE NO SPEAKERS AND…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO MAKE THE GENTLEWOMAN AWARE I HAVE NO SPEAKERS AND I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                          • 02:59:17 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA.

                          • 02:59:19 PM

                            MRS. DEMINGS

                            MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. LAWSON.

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                          • 02:59:26 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 02:59:39 PM

                            MR. LAWSON

                            MR. SPEAKER, I'M HONORED TO STAND BEFORE YOU TODAY IN A MOVE TO HONOR THE…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I'M HONORED TO STAND BEFORE YOU TODAY IN A MOVE TO HONOR THE LEGACY OF RUTLEDGE PEARSON BY NAMING THE POST OFFICE IN HIS HONOR. HE WAS A CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER AND BASEBALL PLAYER. HIS LEGACY IS LONG LASTING AND THIS IS A FITTING WAY TO HONOR HIS CONTRIBUTION TO OUR COMMUNITY. AS A YOUNG MAN, RUTLEDGE PEARSON HAD A SUCCESSFUL BASEBALL CAREER AS WE HEARD FROM CONGRESSMAN FOR THE BIRMINGHAM BLACK BARRENS OF THE NEGRO -- BARONS OF THE NEGRO LEAGUE. THIS GRANTED HIM THE OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL IN HIS HOMETOWN. HOWEVER, AS WE HEARD EARLIER, BECAUSE OF HIS RACE THE JACKSONVILLE BEACH SUN BIRDS REJECTED PEARSON FROM JOINING THE TEAM. IN FACT, PARK OFFICIALS, AS WE STATED ALSO EARLIER, SAID THEY WOULD RATHER CLOSE THE PARK THAN TO HAVE THIS OUTSTANDING HERO AND BASEBALL PLAYER AND EDUCATOR TO PLAY IN HIS HOMETOWN. THIS EXPERIENCE PREPARED PEARSON TO PURSUE AN -- A CAREER IN EDUCATION. LIKE MOST OF US, WHEN YOU PURSUE A CAREER IN EDUCATION YOU BREAK DOWN A LOT OF BARRIERS. RUTLEDGE PEARSON WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE JACKSONVILLE BRANCH OF THE NAACP AND WAS LATER ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE FLORIDA STATE CONFERENCE OF THE NAACP. HE WAS KNOWN FOR HIS ABILITY TO ATTRACT YOUNG PEOPLE WHICH ALL OF US DO TODAY TO GET YOUNG PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE NAACP AND MANY COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS. PEARSON WAS INSTRUMENTAL AS A LEADER IN THE FIGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS. LITTLE DID I KNOW THAT I WOULD BE ON THE FLOOR SPEAKING FOR THIS GREAT PERSON THAT I LEARNED ABOUT MANY YEARS NOOG A HISTORY CLASS. THE LANDSCAPE PEARSON WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN ALL OF THIS EFFORT ESPECIALLY LOCALLY AND NATIONALLY HELPING CHANGE JACKSONVILLE CULTURE AS IT IS TODAY AND ITS LANDSCAPE. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THIS TIME AND YOUR VOTE TO HONOR PEARSON FOR HIS CONTRIBUTION TO THE CITY OF JACKSONVILLE AND TO OUR NATION. ALSO, LITTLE DID I KNOW IN 1970 THAT I WOULD BE SITTING IN A CLASS IN COLLEGE WITH PEARSON'S NIECE. IT WAS SO -- IT IS SO EXCITING FOR CONGRESS TO HONOR THIS GREAT LEADER AMONG PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF FLORIDA AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 03:02:49 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA.

                          • 03:02:52 PM

                            MRS. DEMINGS

                            I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                          • 03:02:57 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA.

                          • 03:03:02 PM

                            MR. GIANFORTE

                            I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                          • 03:03:04 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                            THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 3638. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. POSE PEZ -- THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                        • 03:03:25 PM

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

                          • 03:03:28 PM

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

                            • 03:03:35 PM

                              MR. GIANFORTE

                              I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4042.

                          • 03:03:37 PM

                            Mr. Gianforte moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 4042 — "To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1415 West Oak Street, in Kissimmee, Florida, as the "Borinqueneers Post Office Building"."

                            • 03:03:38 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                            • 03:03:42 PM

                              THE CLERK

                              H.R. 4042 A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                              H.R. 4042 A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 1415 WEST OAK STREET IN KISSIMMEE, FLORIDA, AS THE BORIQUENEERS POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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                          • 03:03:51 PM

                            Considered under suspension of the rules.

                          • 03:03:53 PM

                            DEBATE

                            The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4042.

                            • 03:04:00 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA WILL EACH…

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA.

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                            • 03:04:08 PM

                              MR. GIANFORTE

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

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

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                            • 03:04:17 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                            • 03:04:19 PM

                              MR. GIANFORTE

                              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4042,…

                              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4042, INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. SOTO. THE BILL NAMES THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE AT 1415 WEST OAK STREET KISSIMMEE, FLORIDA, AFTER THE BORINQUENEERS. IT HONORS THE 65TH ARMY REGIMENT. CONGRESS CREATED THIS SPECIAL UNIT OF PUERTO RICAN SOLDIERS SHORTLY AFTER PUERTO RICO BECAME PART OF THE UNITED STATES IN 1898 DESM SPITE YEARS OF SEGFWATION AND DISCRIMINATION, THE BOURQUENEERS SERVED ADMIRABLY IN WORLD WAR I, WORLD WAR II AND THE KOREAN WAR. WE OWE A GREAT DEBT TO THE SOLDIERS WHO FOUGHT IN THIS UNIT. THEY WERE AWARDED THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL BY LEADS OF THE UNITED STATES SOUSE HOUTHS AND SENATE. WE HONOR THEIR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE FOR THE COUNTRY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 03:05:29 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM D -- THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE…

                              THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM D -- THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA.

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                            • 03:05:36 PM

                              MRS. DEMINGS

                              I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUE IN CENTRAL FLORIDA IN CONVERSATION OF…

                              I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUE IN CENTRAL FLORIDA IN CONVERSATION OF H.R. 4042, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE LOCATED IN KISSIMMEE , FLORIDA, AS THE BORINQUENEERS PEST OFFICE BUILDING. ORIGINALLY STARTED IN 1849, IT BECAME PART OF THE U.S. ARMY IN 1908. THE UNIT DISTINGUISHED ITSELF THROUGHOUT EUROPE IN WORLD WAR II. THE 65TH REGIMENT RAPIDLY GAINED A REPUTATION AS ONE OF THE BRAVEST AND MOST RELIABLE REGIMENTS AND BY NOVEMBER OF 1950 HAD BECOME THE LEADING REGIMENT BY THE THIRD INFANTRY DIVISION. IN JUNE OF 2014, THE BORINGUENEERS WERE HONORED FOR THEIR BRAVERY AND DISTINGUISHED SERVICE THROUGH WHICH THEY BROKE DOWN RACIAL BARRIERS IN DEFENSE OF OUR NATION. MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR THIS BILL AND I LOOK FORWARD TO PASSING THIS LEGISLATION IN HONOR OF THE 65TH REG MEANT FOR THEIR SERVICE, THEIR SACRIFICE AND LASTING CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR COUNTRY. I URGE ME PASS -- I URGE PASSAGE OF H.R. 4042 AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 03:07:02 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA.

                            • 03:07:07 PM

                              MR. GIANFORTE

                              I'D LIKE TO MAKE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA AWARE I HAVE NO FURTHER…

                              I'D LIKE TO MAKE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA AWARE I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                            • 03:07:13 PM

                              THE SPAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE -- THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN…

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE -- THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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                            • 03:07:20 PM

                              MRS. DEMINGS

                              I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR.…

                              I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. SOTO.

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                            • 03:07:25 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                            • 03:07:28 PM

                              MR. SOTO

                              I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4042. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                              I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4042. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA AND THE GENTLELADY FROM ORLANDO, FLORIDA, FOR YOUR KIND AND HISTORIC WORDS THIS BILL WOULD NAME THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE AT 1415 WEST OK STREET IN KISSIMMEE, FLORIDA, AFTER THE 65TH INFANTRY, ALSO KNOWN AS THE BORINQUENEERS. NAMED AFTER THE INDIGENOUS WORD FOR PUERTO RICO, WHICH MEANS LAND OF THE BRAVE LORD IS WHERE THE NAME IS DERIVED FROM. THIS WAS A SEGREGATED UNIT, ONE OF ONLY A FEW WE HAVE IN HISTORY, MUCH LIKE THE HERALDED TUSKEGEE AIRMEN. AND THEY FOUGHT FOR OUR COUNTRY EVEN WHILE FACING DISCRIMINATION AND SEGREGATION AND THEY FOUGHT BRAVELY. THEY QUICKLY GAINED A WELL-DESERVED REPUTATION AS ONE OF THE THIRD INFANTRY'S MOST RELIABLE UNITS. THEIR BRAVERY INSPIRED GENERAL DOUGLAS MCARTHUR, THEN THE SUPREME COMMANDER FOR THE ALLIED POWERS, TO WRITE, THE PUERTO RICAN FORMING THE RANKS OF THE GALLANT 65TH GIVE DAILY PROOF ON BATTLEFIELDS OF KOREA OF THEIR COURAGE, DETERMINATION AND RESOLUTE WILL TO VICTORY. THEIR INVINCIBLE PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN NATURE WHICH THE CONTINENT AND PUERTO RICO HAVE IN COMMON. THEY ARE WRITING A BRILLABOUT TALE OF HEROISM IN BATTLE AND I AM PROUD TO HAVE THEM UNDER MY COMMAND. I WISH WE COULD COUNT ON MANY MORE LIKE THEM. I HAD A MOMENT A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO TO GO TO THE DEMILITARIZED ZONE IN KOREA AND I THOUGHT AS I SAW THOSE HILLS AND MOUNTAINS THAT WERE FILLED WITH TREES AND WITH FORESTS AGAIN ABOUT THE STARK DIFFERENCE THAT SOME OF MY CONSTITUENTS THAT I'VE GOT TON SPEAK WITH PERSONALLY SAW THERE IN KOREA. THERE WAS NOTHING LEFT BUT MUDDY, COLD HILLS. FREEZING TEMPERATURES. AND THESE FOLKS WHO LIVED THEIR WHOLE LIVES ON AN ISLAND IN THE CARIBBEAN WERE SURROUNDED BY BOTH THE CHINESE AND KOREAN ARMIES. AND TO TALK WITH SOME OF OUR LOCAL VETERANS LIKE LUIS PASTRANI AND LOU, WHO LIVES IN CONGRESSWOMAN DEMINGS' DISTRICT IN APOPKA, WHAT THEY FACED THAT DAY COMPARED TO THE SEMISERENE D.M.Z. NOW, OBVIOUSLY WE FACE OTHER THREATS THERE, REMINDED HOW FAR THEY HAD GONE AND WHAT THEY DID, CROSSING THE GLOBE TO MAKE SURE OUR COUNTRY WAS SAFE AND AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA AND THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA MENTIONED, WE ULTIMATELY RECOGNIZED THAT VALOR AND THE FACT THAT THEY FOUGHT SO BRAVELY EVEN IN THE FACE OF DISCRIMINATION IN OUR COUNTRY ON JUNE 10, 2014, WHEN THIS BODY AWARDED THE BORINQUENEERS THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL, THE SECOND SET OF PUERTO RICANS AFTER ROBERTO CLEMENTE TO RECEIVE THIS AWARD, AND SO MANY SERVED -- WHO SERVED IN THAT UNIT NOW LIVE IN KISSIMMEE, THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PLACE TO RECOGNIZE A GROUP OF HEROS WHO DEFIED EXPECTATIONS AND CEMENTED A LEGACY OF HEROISM ALL AMERICANS CAN BE PROUD OF. I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBERS OF THE GOVERNMENT AND OVERSIGHT REFORM COMMITTEE FOR PASSING THIS BILL FAVORABLY WITH UNANIMOUS CONSENT AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 03:11:32 PM

                              MRS. DEMINGS

                              I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                            • 03:11:36 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA.

                            • 03:11:37 PM

                              MR. GIANFORTE

                              I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND YIELD BACK.

                            • 03:11:40 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4042. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA.

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                            • 03:11:59 PM

                              MR. GIANFORTE

                              I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUND THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND MAKE A…

                              I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUND THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND MAKE A POINT OF ORDER THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT.

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                            • 03:12:05 PM

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

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                                TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

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

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                              Mr. Gianforte moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 3655 — "To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1300 Main Street in Belmar, New Jersey, as the "Dr. Walter S. McAfee Post Office Building"."

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                                MR. GIANFORTE

                                I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 3655.

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                THE CLERK

                                H.R. 3655, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                                H.R. 3655, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 1300 MAIN STREET IN BELMAR, NEW JERSEY, AS THE DR. WALTER S. MCAFEE POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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                            • 03:12:27 PM

                              Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                              DEBATE

                              The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3655.

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA, MR. GIANFORTE, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA, MR. GIANFORTE, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MRS. DEMINGS, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES.

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                                MR. GIANFORTE

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

                                I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSEN THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                MR. GIANFORTE

                                I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3655, INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

                                I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3655, INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. SMITH. THE BILL NAMES THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE AT 1300 MAIN STREET IN BELMAR, NEW JERSEY, AFTER DR. WALTER MCAFEE. DR. WALTER MCAFEE WAS SCIENTIST, EDUCATOR AND ADVISOR TO THE UNITED STATES ARMY COMMUNICATIONS ELECTRONICS COMMAND. HE'S CREDITED AS THE FIRST PERSON TO CALCULATE THE SPEED OF THE MOON. I NOW YIELD THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY AND SPONSOR OF THE BILL, MR. SMITH, SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO EXPLAIN HIS BILL.

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                                MR. SMITH

                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING.

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                              • 03:13:46 PM

                                MR. SMITH

                                AND TO HIM AND THE RANKING MEMBER FOR SUPPORT OF THE LEGISLATION. IT'S AN…

                                AND TO HIM AND THE RANKING MEMBER FOR SUPPORT OF THE LEGISLATION. IT'S AN HONOR TO BRING H.R. 3655 TO THE HOUSE TODAY TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOYCAILTED AT 1415 WEST MAIN STREET IN -- LOCATED AT 1300 MAIN STREET IN BELMAR, NEW JERSEY AS THE DR. WALTER S. MCAFEE POST OFFICE BUILDING. I REACHED OUT TO LEADS OF THE INFORMATION AGE LEARNING CENTER, ALSO KNOWN AS INFOAGE, AND ASK THEM TO RECOMMEND SOMEONE IN THEIR COMMUNITY TO HONOR IN THIS WAY. THEY RECOMMENDED DR. MCAFEE. INFOAGE HAS BEEN THE LEADING ORGANIZATION PRESERVING SCIENTIFIC AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY LOCATED AT FORMER CAMP EVANS. DR. MCAFEE WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN PROJECT DIANA, THE EFFORT TO PIERCE THE EARTH'S ATS NO FEAR WITH RADAR. IT WAS HIS MATHEMATICAL CALCULATIONS THAT ENABLED A TEAM TO BOUNCE THE FIRST SIGNALS OFF THE MOON'S SURFACE. WITHOUT THE SUCCESS OF HIS CALCULATIONS, THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF LAUNCHING SATELLITE INTO SPACE OR SENDING A MAN TO THE MOON WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE. IT IS THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THIS EX-TRIRETNARY MAN THAT ACTUALLY HELPED LAUNCH US INTO THE SPACE AGE. DURING HIS TIME AT FORT MONMOUTH, DR. MCAFEE ALSO DEVELOPED SENSORS USED TO DETECT AND TRACK ENEMY MOVEMENTS IN THE VIETNAM WAR AND SERVED AS DIRECTOR OF A NATO STUDY ON SURVEILLANCE AND TARGET ACQUISITION, HIGH PRIORITY TECHNOLOGIES IN THE COLD WAR. HE WAS THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN TO BE PROMOTED TO G.S. 16 A SUPER GRADE CIVILIAN POSITION IN THE U.S. ARMY MATERIAL COMMAND A.M.C. AND TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE A.M.C. HALL OF FAME. . RECEIVED DOUS DOZENS OF AWARDS AND HONESTERS HE RECEIVED FOR HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO SCIENCE AND IN HIS DEFENSE OF THE UNITED STATES. HE WAS KNOWN FOR HIS LOVE OF LEARNING, HIS HIGH ETHICAL STANDARDS, AND A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR. HE PASSED AWAY IN 1995 IN BELMAR, NEW JERSEY. HE AND HIS WIFE WERE MARRIED FOR CLOSE TO 54 YEARS AND ARE SURVIVED BY THEIR DAUGHTERS, DIANE, MERCEDES MCAFEE, AND MARSHA BARRA MOIRS. I'M THANKFUL TO MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR SUPPORT, ANTICIPATED SUPPORT, FOR THIS LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                              • 03:16:34 PM

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                                I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3655, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE…

                                JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3655, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE LOCATED AT 1300 MAIN STREET IN BELMAR, NEW JERSEY, AS THE DR. WALTER S. MCAFEE POST OFFICE BUILDING. DEMOCRAT DEMOCRAT --

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                                MRS. DEMINGS

                                DR. MCAFEE WAS BORN IN TEXAS IN 1914 AND EARNED DEGREES IN MATHEMATICS,…

                                DR. MCAFEE WAS BORN IN TEXAS IN 1914 AND EARNED DEGREES IN MATHEMATICS, PHYSICS, AND BEFORE RECEIVING A PH.D. IN NUCLEAR PHYSICS FROM CORNELL UNIVERSITY IN 1949. YOU'VE ALREADY HEARD THAT DR. MCAFEE LAUNCHED THIS COUNTRY INTO THE SPACE AGE. DR. MCAFEE ALSO MADE IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS COUNTRY AS AN ADVISOR TO THE U.S. ARMY DURING THE VIETNAM WAR. MR. SPEAKER, WE SHOULD PASS THIS BILL TO COMMEMORATE THE ILLUSTRIOUS CAREER OF DR. MCAFEE AND THE LEGACY HE LEAVES BEHIND THROUGH HIS IMPRESSIVE SCIENTIFIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS. I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 3655, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              • 03:17:51 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                              • 03:17:55 PM

                                MR. GIANFORTE

                                I'D LIKE TO MAKE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA AWARE THAT I HAVE NO FURTHER…

                                I'D LIKE TO MAKE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA AWARE THAT I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                              • 03:17:59 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA.

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                                MRS. DEMINGS

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

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

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                              • 03:18:05 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 MONTANA.

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                              • 03:18:08 PM

                                MR. GIANFORTE

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

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

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                              • 03:18:12 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE…

                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 3655. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            • 03:18:32 PM

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

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

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                                  Mr. Gianforte moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 4285 — "To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 123 Bridgeton Pike in Mullica Hill, New Jersey, as the "James C. 'Billy' Johnson Post Office Building"."

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                                    MR. GIANFORTE

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4285.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                    THE CLERK

                                    H.R. 4285. A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                                    H.R. 4285. A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 123 BRIDGETON PIKE IN MULLICA HILL, NEW JERSEY, AS THE JAMES C. BILLY JOHNSON POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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                                • 03:18:58 PM

                                  Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                    TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA, MR. GIANFORTE, AND THE…

                                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA, MR. GIANFORTE, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MRS. DEMINGS, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA.

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                                DEBATE

                                The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4285.

                                • 03:19:12 PM

                                  MR. GIANFORTE

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

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

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                                • 03:19:23 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                • 03:19:25 PM

                                  MR. GIANFORTE

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

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                • 03:19:29 PM

                                  MR. GIANFORTE

                                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4285, INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

                                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4285, INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LOBIONDO. THE BILL NAMES THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE AT 123 BRIDGETON PIKE IN MULLICA HILL, NEW JERSEY, AFTER JAMES C. BILLY JOHNSON. BILLY JOHNSON JOINED THE UNITED STATES ARMY IN 1941 AS A PRIVATE AND WAS LATER COMMISSIONED AS AN OFFICER. SECOND LIEUTENANT JOHNSON WAS KILLED IN ACTION IN 1944. I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY AND THE SPOBSER OF THE BILL, MR. LOBIONDO, SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO EXPLAIN HIS BILL.

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                                • 03:20:07 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

                                • 03:20:11 PM

                                  LOEBSACK MR.

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA. I RISE TODAY…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA. I RISE TODAY TO BRING H.R. 4285, TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 123 BRIDGETON PIKE IN MULLICA HILL, NEW JERSEY, AS THE JAMES C. BILLY JOHNSON POST OFFICE BUILDING TO THE FLOOR FOR CONSIDERATION. SECOND LIEUTENANT JOHNSON WAS BORN AND RAISED IN MY DISTRICT IN RICHWOOD, NEW JERSEY IN 1920. DUE TO HIS STRONG -- NEW JERSEY, IN 1920. DUE TO HIS STRONG DESIRE TO SERVE HIS COUNTRY, HE ENLISTED IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY IN 1941. HE WAS LATER COMMISSIONED AS AN OFFICER. HE WAS ASSIGNED TO THE 307TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 92ND DIVISION, DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE ITALIAN CAMPAIGN IN WORLD WAR II. SECOND LIEUTENANT JOHNSON MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR HIS COUNTRY WHERE HE WAS TRAGICALLY KILLED IN ACTION IN OCTOBER OF 1944. IT IS BECAUSE OF HIS STEADFAST COMMITMENT TO HIS COUNTRY, ALONG WITH HIS VALOR AND DEDICATION TO OUR GREAT NATION, THAT I SUPPORT THE NAMING OF THIS POST OFFICE AFTER SECOND LIEUTENANT JOHNSON. I URGE PASSAGE OF THIS LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 03:21:19 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA.

                                • 03:21:24 PM

                                  MR. GIANFORTE

                                  I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                                • 03:21:25 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA.

                                • 03:21:29 PM

                                  MRS. DEMINGS

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

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                • 03:21:33 PM

                                  MRS. DEMINGS

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R.…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4285, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSE OFFICE LOCATED IN MULLICA -- POST OFFICE LOCATED IN MULLICA HILL, NEW JERSEY, AS THE JAMES C. BILLY JOHNSON POST OFFICE BUILDING. YOU'VE HEARD HE WAS A NATIVE OF RICHWOOD, NEW JERSEY. HE ATTENDED ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AT MULLICA HILL AND GRADUATED FROM GLASSBORO HIGH SCHOOL BEFORE ATTENDING BENEDICT COLLEGE IN 1941. HE BEGAN HIS MILITARY SERVICE IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY. YOU'VE HEARD HE WAS ASSIGNED TO THE CANNON COMPANY. THE 307TH -- 370TH INFANTRY REGIMENT AND THE 92ND DIVISION. REGRETFULLY HE MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE IN 1944 WHEN HE WAS TRAGICALLY KILLED. BUT HIS LEGACY LIVES ON. HE SERVES AS AN INSPIRATION TO THOSE WHO HAVE BENEFITED FROM HIS SACRIFICE. MR. SPEAKER, WE SHOULD PASS THIS BILL TO COMMEMORATE THE SACRIFICE OF SECOND LIEUTENANT JOHNSON, THE SACRIFICE THAT SECOND LIEUTENANT JOHNSON MADE TO HIS COUNTRY. I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 4285 AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 03:22:51 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA.

                                • 03:22:55 PM

                                  MR. GIANFORTE

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO MAKE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA AWARE THAT I…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO MAKE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA AWARE THAT I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA.

                                • 03:23:04 PM

                                  MRS. DEMINGS

                                  MEERKS I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND -- MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER…

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

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA.

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                                • 03:23:13 PM

                                  MR. GIANFORTE

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

                                • 03:23:16 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 4285. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              • 03:23:35 PM

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

                                • 03:23:38 PM

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

                                  • 03:24:40 PM

                                    Mr. Royce (CA) moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended. H. Res. 407 — "Condemning the persecution of Christians around the world."

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                                      MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS HOUSE RESOLUTION…

                                      MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS HOUSE RESOLUTION 407 AS AMENDED.

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                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

                                    • 03:24:49 PM

                                      THE CLERK

                                      HOUSE RESOLUTION 407. RESOLUTION CONDEMNING THE PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS…

                                      HOUSE RESOLUTION 407. RESOLUTION CONDEMNING THE PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS AROUND THE WORLD.

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                                    • 03:24:56 PM

                                      TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                      PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, AND THE…

                                      PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                  • 03:24:56 PM

                                    Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                    DEBATE

                                    The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 407.

                                    • 03:25:06 PM

                                      MR. ROYCE

                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                    • 03:25:17 PM

                                      MR. ROYCE

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

                                    • 03:25:21 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                                    • 03:25:23 PM

                                      MR. ROYCE

                                      MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. LET ME BEGIN HERE BY THANKING THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                      MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. LET ME BEGIN HERE BY THANKING THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, REPRESENTATIVE GLENN GROTHMAN, FOR HIS WORK ON THIS RESOLUTION. AS MANY IN OUR COUNTRY ARE PREPARING TO CELEBRATE THIS SEASON, A SEASON OF PEACE AND JOY, THOUSANDS OF CHRISTIAN BELIEVERS AROUND THE WORLD ARE MAKING THE HOLIDAY IN A MUCH MORE SOMBER WAY. THEY'RE MARKING THIS HOLIDAY UNDER A THREAT OF PERSECUTION. UNDER A THREAT OF VIOLENCE. POPE FRANCIS HAS SAID WHEN WE READ THE HISTORY OF THE FIRST CENTURIES, WE READ OF SO MUCH CRUELTY TOWARDS CHRISTIANS. I TELL YOU, THERE IS THE SAME CRUELTY TODAY AND TO A GREATER EXTENT. THOSE WERE HIS WORDS. ACCORDING TO RESEARCH, CHRISTIANS TODAY ARE MORE TARGETED FOR ATTACK THAN ANY OTHER BODY OF BELIEVERS. WHILE ABOUT 30% OF THE WORLD'S POPULATION IDENTIFIES AS CHRISTIAN, 80% OF ALL REPORTED ACTS OF RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION RIGHT NOW ARE DIRECTED AT CHRISTIANS. OPEN DOORS CHARITY REPORTS THAT EACH MONTH AROUND THE WORLD 300 CHRISTIANS ARE MURDERED. THIS WOULD BE FOR THEIR FAITH. MORE THAN 200 CHURCHES AND PROPERTIES ARE DESTROYED. THIS IS EACH MONTH. OVER 770 ACTS OF VIOLENCE ARE COMMITTED AGAINST CHRISTIANS, INCLUDING BEATINGS, ABDUCTIONS, RAPES, ARRESTS, FORCED MARRIAGES . FOR EXAMPLE, ACROSS THE MIDDLE EAST, THERE ARE HISTORIC CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES THAT ARE ONLY ONE OR TWO GENERATIONS AWAY FROM EXTINCTION. IN IRAQ, AND THESE WERE THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE TO THIS REGION, IN IRAQ THERE ARE NOW FEWER THAN 250,000 CHRISTIANS REMAINING. OF THE COMMUNITY THAT ONCE HAD MORE THAN 1.4 MILLION BELIEVERS. LAST CONGRESS THE HOUSE TOOK THE LEAD IN DECLARING THE VIOLENCE AGAINST CHRISTIANS COMMITTED BY ISIS IN IRAQ AND SYRIA AS GENOCIDE. SINCE THEN, CONGRESS HAS PUSHED HARD TO MAKE SURE THAT THESE VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES ARE PROTECTED AND RECEIVE THE ASSISTANCE THAT THEY NEED. I HAVE VISITED THESE COMMUNITIES UP IN NORTHERN IRAQ. AND I CAN ATTEST TO THE AMOUNT OF PERSECUTION THAT THEY HAVE BEEN THROUGH. AND OF COURSE OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM DESERVE OUR PRAISE FOR LEADING THE FIGHT TO DESTROY ISIS. THE SO-CALLED CALIPHATE. ALLOWING FOR THE SAFE RETURN OF CHRISTIANS AND OTHER RELIGIOUS MINORITIES IN THE REGION. WE ARE BLESSED TO LIVE IN THIS COUNTRY, FREE TO ENJOY OUR RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS IN PEACE AND SECURITY. WE MUST NOT TURN A BLIND EYE TO THE ATROCITIES HAPPENING ELSEWHERE IN THE WORLD. WITH PASSAGE OF THIS MEASURE, WE ACKNOWLEDGE THE DISTURBING RISE IN PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS AROUND THIS GLOBE, AND RECOMMIT OUR NATION TO SUPPORT THE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM OF ALL PEOPLE. WE ALSO CALL ON OTHER WORLD LEADERS TO END PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS. AND OTHER RELIGIOUS MINORITIES THAT ARE ALSO PERSECUTED. AT THE NATIONAL, LOCAL, GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITY LEVEL. THIS INCLUDES PERSECUTION, OF COURSE, BY VIOLENT NONSTATE ACTORS, TERRORIST GROUPS LIKE BOKO HARAM AND ISIS. WITH THIS CALL TO ACTION, WE WORK TO ADVANCE OUR NATION'S HISTORIC GOAL, TO PROMOTE PEACE ON EARTH AND GOODWILL TOWARDS MEN. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    • 03:29:06 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                                      MR. ENGEL

                                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE AND YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH…

                                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE AND YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                    • 03:29:18 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                    • 03:29:21 PM

                                      MR. ENGEL

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MR. GROTHMAN OF WISCONSIN FOR…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MR. GROTHMAN OF WISCONSIN FOR OFFERING THIS RESOLUTION. AND ALSO TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, ED ROYCE, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AS ALWAYS. MR. SPEAKER, FREEDOM OF WORSHIP IS A BASIC HUMAN RIGHT. YET WE SEE RELIGIOUS MINORITIES ALL OVER THE WORLD SUBJECTED TO PERSECUTION AND VIOLENCE. IN IRAQ AND SYRIA, ISIS HAS FORCED CHRISTIANS IN MOSUL TO CONVERT TO ISLAM, TO PAY A PROTECTION TAX, TO FLEE OR FACE EXECUTION. ISIS HAS CARRIED OUT GENOCIDE AGAINST THE YAZIDIS, CHRISTIANS AND SHI'AS. IN EUROPE WE SEE SYNAGOGUES FIREBOMBED AND A SURGE OF ANTI-SEMITISM ACROSS THE CONTINENT. AND IN BURMA WE SEE GOVERNMENT SECURITY FORCES ENGAGED IN ETHNIC CLEANSING AGAINST THE ROHINGYA. THE FREEDOM OF RELIGIOUS HAS BEEN A BEDROCK PRINCIPLE OF OPEN AND DEMOCRATIC SOCIETIES FOR CENTURIES. IT IS ENSHRINED IN OUR FOUNDING DOCUMENTS, IN THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS, AND IN CHARTERS OF DEMOCRACIES ALL OVER THE WORLD. . THE FREEDOM TO WORSHIP AS A PERSON CHOOSES OR NOT TO WORSHIP AT ALL IS A RIGHT THAT SHOULD NOT BE RESTRAINED BY A GOVERNMENT OR FANATICAL GROUP. RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION HOLDS SOCIETIES BACK, UNDERCUTS PROGRESS AND IS ASSOCIATED WITH A MUCH BROADER ASSAULT ON BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS. HERE IN THE UNITED STATES WE MUST MAKE IT CLEAR IT'S NOT ENOUGH TO GUARANTEE RELIGIOUS LIBERTY TO PEOPLE, WE MUST SPEAK OUT AND ACT WHEN WE SEE THIS LIBERTY UNDER ATTACK ANYWHERE AND HOLD ACCOUNTABLE THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES. IN PLACES LIKE CHINA WE SEE FREEDOM OF SPEECH UNDER ATTACK. IN CHECHNYA WE SEE LGBT INDIVIDUALS TARGETED, TORTURED AND EXECUTED BY PUTIN'S CRONIES JUST FOR WHO THEY LOVE. AND WE SEE WOMEN'S REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS UNDER ATTACK. SO WE MUST ALSO SPEAK OUT AGAINST ATTACKS ON OUR PRESS, ON OUR RIGHT TO ORGANIZE, ON EQUALITY, LGBT PERSONS ORANGES WOMEN'S RIGHTS TO CONTROL THEIR OWN BODIES. THIS LEGISLATION HELPS US SEND THE CLEAR MESSAGE THAT PRETENDING ALL HUMAN RIGHTS IS A -- THAT PROTECTING ALL HUMAN RIGHTS IS A PRIORITY FOR THE UNITED STATES. WE ALL KNOW AMERICA'S FIRST IMMIGRANTS CAME HERE BECAUSE THEY WERE FLEEING RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION IN THEIR HOME COUNTRIES. IT WOULD BE HYPOCRITICAL FOR US TO CONDEMN RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION AROUND THE WORLD AND THEN SLAM OUR DOORS SHUT IN THE FACE OF THOSE TRYING TO FLEE SUCH PERSECUTION. AMERICA MUST REMAIN A PLACE WHERE THOSE FACING PERSECUTION OR DEATH CAN FIND REFUGISM SUPPORT THIS MEASURE, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    • 03:32:10 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                      MR. ROYCE

                                      I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. GROTHMAN, THE…

                                      I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. GROTHMAN, THE AUTHOR OF THE RESOLUTION.

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                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                      MR. GROTHMAN

                                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY RESOLUTION,…

                                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY RESOLUTION, H.RES. 407, CONDEMNING THE PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS AROUND THE WORLD. THE PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS IS A GLOBAL HUMAN RIGHTS PROGRAM CONGRESS NEEDS TO ADDRESS. ACCORDING TO OPEN DOORS WORLD WATCH LIST, AROUND THE WORLD, ONE OUT OF 12 CHRISTIANS IS EXPERIENCING PERSECUTION FOR THEIR FAITH. NORTH KOREA, ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST REPRESSIVE REGIMES IS A SERIOUS VIOLATOR OF CHRISTIAN RIGHT, NOT SURPRISING GIVEN IT'S A COMMUNIST COUNTRY AND LIKE COMMUNIST COUNTRIES THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAS DONE WHAT THEY CAN TO SUPPRESS AND DESTROY CHRISTIANITY. HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS REPORTED THAT MEMBERS OF UNDERGROUND CHURCHES IN NORTH KOREA HAVE BEEN BEATEN OR KILLED. IN CHINA, CHRISTIAN GROUPS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER WITH THE GOVERNMENT AND THOSE WHO DO NOT FACE TORTURE. 232 PROTESTANTS WERE PUNISHED FOR THEIR RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES. SOME 2,000 PROTESTANT BUILDINGS HAVE BEEN DEMOLISHED SINCE 2014, ACCORDING TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT. IN THE MIDDLE EAST, ISLAMIC STATE AND OTHER JIHADIST MILITANT GROUPS FORCED CHRISTIANS IN IRAQ, SYRIA, LIBYA AND OTHER COUNTRIES TO FREE, RISK ENSLAVEMENT, EXECUTION OR DEATH. SINCE THE U.S. INVASION OF IRAQ, THE NUMBER OF CHRISTIANS IN IRAQ HAS PLUNGED FROM 1.5 MILLION TO A COUPLE HUNDRED THOUSAND. IN LIBYA, ISIS AND OTHER EXTREMIST GROUPS HAVE BEEN A STRONGHOLD IN THIS COUNTRY SINCE THE FALL OF GADDAFI. I RELUCTANTLY HAVE TO POINT OUT THAT THE CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION GOING ON IN LIBYA AND IRAQ HAS HAPPENED AFTER THE UNITED STATES DECIDED TO GET INVOLVED IN THESE COUNTRIES. SO WE HAVE A SPECIAL -- A SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITY TO LOOK OUT FOR THE CHRISTIANS THERE. IN EGYPT, ISIS CLAIMED RESPONSIBILITY FOR KILLING OVER 70 COPTIC CHRISTIANS EARLIER THIS YEAR. PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS IN THE NORTHEAST DOESN'T END WITH TERRORISTS, IT'S INSTITUTIONAL AS WELL. PAKISTAN HAS SOME OF THE MOST EXTREME BLASPHEMY LAWS IN THE WORLD. IN JUNE OF 2016, TWO CHRISTIANS RECEIVED DEATH SENTENCES FOR BLASPHEMY CONVICTIONS. IN IRAN, 200 CHRISTIANS WERE ARRESTED LAST YEAR, AT LEAST 90 REMAIN IN ILLEGAL DETENTION. ACTS OF PERSECUTION AGAINST CHRISTIANS ACROSS THE GLOBE IS A VIOLATE OF INTERNATIONAL LAW, WHICH IS WHY CONGRESS MUST ACT. SADLY IN OUR OWN COUNTRY, THE UNITED STATES, SOMETIMES CHRISTIANS CAN BE FORCED TO PARTICIPATE IN CEREMONIES WITH WHICH THEY DON'T AGREE. HARD TO BELIEVE THIS IS GOING ON IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. HOUSE RESOLUTION 407 WILL CONDEMN THE PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS AROUND THE WORLD AND CALLS FOR ALL DISCRIMINATORY COUNTRIES AND EXTREMIST GROUPS TO CEASE THEIR PERSECUTION OF RELIGIOUS MINORITIES AND FORCE LEADERS TO UPHOLD UNIVERSAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BORN RESOLUTION AND YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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                                    • 03:35:29 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                      MR. ENGEL

                                      IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY FELLOW NEW YORKER, THE…

                                      IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY FELLOW NEW YORKER, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MRS. MALONEY.

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                                    • 03:35:42 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                      MRS. MALONEY

                                      I THANK MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING AND FOR HIS INCREDIBLE…

                                      I THANK MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING AND FOR HIS INCREDIBLE LEADERSHIP AS THE RANKING MEMBER ON THIS IMPORTANT COMMITTEE. I THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE FOR HIS WORK ON THIS ISSUE, FOR BRINGING THE BILL TO THE FLOOR, AND TRULY BEING A VISIONARY LEGISLATOR AND SHINING A SPOTLIGHT ON THE SYSTEMATIC PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS AROUND THE WORLD. IT'S FRIGHTENING, IT'S WRONG, AND WE NEED TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO STOP IT. FREEDOM OF RELIGION IS A CORE AMERICAN PRINCIPLE AND A KEY COMPONENT FOR PEACE AND STABILITY AROUND THE WORLD. THERE ARE TOO MANY EXAMPLES OF CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION. CONGRESS MUST CLEARLY CONDEMN THESE ATROCITIES. AS CO-FOUNDER AND CO-CHAIR OF THE CAUCUS, I HAVE ADVOCATED FOR REFORMS IN TURKEY TO RESPECT THE RIGHTS OF THE ECUMENICAL PAY TREE ARK AND REOPEN THE SEMINARY. BOKO HARAM HAS WEAKENED AND WREAKED HAVOC IN NIGERIA, KILLING INNOCENT CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS ALIKE. COPTIC CHRISTIANS IN EGYPT AND ELSEWHERE FACE THE CONSTANT THREAT OF VIOLENCE AND WE HAVE SEEN SOME --

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                                    • 03:37:09 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ANOTHER MINUTE.

                                    • 03:37:13 PM

                                      MRS. MALONEY

                                      WE HAVE SEEN TRAGEDIES FOR THIS COMMUNITY IN THE LAST YEAR. THE NUMBER OF…

                                      WE HAVE SEEN TRAGEDIES FOR THIS COMMUNITY IN THE LAST YEAR. THE NUMBER OF COPTIC CHRISTIANS THAT HAVE BEEN KILLED IS TRULY ASTOUNDING. AND THEY HAVE LAWS NOW THAT IF A WALL FALLS OR ANY CHURCH NEEDS REPAIR YOU CANNOT EVEN REPAIR THE CHURCH. THESE ARE JUST A FEW EXAMPLES OF SPOTS AROUND THE WORLD WHERE CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION IS RAMPANT. PERSECUTION AGAINST CHRISTIANS AND OTHER RELIGIOUS MINORITIES AROUND THE WORLD IS A SECURITY RISK AND THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT WAS -- MUST REMAIN VIGILANT IN MONITORING AND RESPONSE. I ASK PER NOIGS REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. WE'RE INVOLVED IN A DEBATE ON ANOTHER BILL OF MINE IN THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, BUT I THANK MY COLLEAGUES, THIS SHOULD BE A UNANIMOUS VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THIS IMPORTANT RESOLUTION. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR BRINGING THIS TO THE ATTENTION OF CONGRESS AND HOPEFULLY THE WORLD. I YIELD BACK TO THE RANKING MEMBER.

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                                    • 03:38:17 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                    • 03:38:22 PM

                                      MR. ROYCE

                                      I CONTINUE TO RESERVE, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                                      MR. ENGEL

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M GOING TO CLOSE. PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS HAS…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M GOING TO CLOSE. PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS HAS BEEN AND MUST REMAIN A CORNERSTONE OF OUR FOREIGN POLICY. AROUND THE WORLD, WE SEE RELIGIOUS LIBERTIES UNDER SIEGE IN PLACES LIKE IRAQ, SYRIA, BURMA, CERTAINLY IRAN. BUT WE ALSO SEE THREATS TO FREE PRESS, RIGHTS TO ORGANIZE, PERSECUTION FOR SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND EVEN REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS IN PLACES LIKE CHINA, CHECHNYA AND OTHER PLACES AS WELL. WE MUST SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE TO THE WORLD THAT THE UNITED STATES DOES NOT AND WILL NOT STAND IDLY BY IN HELPING PASS THIS MEASURE HELPS US TO SAY JUST THAT. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE, AS ALWAYS, FOR HIS COOPERATION. S THAT STRONG, IMPORTANT, BIPARTISAN RESOLUTION AND WE SHOULD PASS IT UNANIMOUSLY. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING H.RES. 407 AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    • 03:39:23 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                    • 03:39:29 PM

                                      MR. ROYCE

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE IT. I ALSO WANT TO THANK MR. ENGEL…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE IT. I ALSO WANT TO THANK MR. ENGEL FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN BRINGING THESE ISSUES TO THE FLOOR AND CERTAINLY OUR COLLEAGUE, CO-SPONSOR OF THIS RESOLUTION, CAROLYN MALONEY AND I THANK, AGAIN, CONGRESSMAN GLENN GROTHMAN FOR OFFERING THIS IMPORTANT -- IMPORTANT RESOLUTION HERE BECAUSE IT IS A FACT THAT CHRISTIANS AROUND THE WORLD ARE BEING ASSAULTED, THEY'RE BEING RAPED AND TORTURED AND MURDERED. BELIEVERS IN NORTH KOREA, FOR EXAMPLE, HAVE DISAPPEARED BY THE HUNDREDS AND THEY'RE HIDDEN AWAY IN LABOR CAMPS THERE FOR DECADES. MANY OF THEM WORKED TO DEATH, AS YOU MAY KNOW ABOUT THE CONDITIONS IN THOSE CAMPS. THE REASON THEY'RE THERE IS BECAUSE THEY'VE ATTEMPTED TO PRACTICE THEIR FAITH. THEY'VE ATTEMPTED TO PRACTICE CHRISTIANITY. WE KNOW AT THE HANDS OF SIGH ISIS, BRUTAL ATROCITIES AGAINST CHRISTIANS HAVE RISEN TO THE LEVEL OF GENOCIDE. WHEREVER ISIS GOES YOU SEE THE CONSEQUENCE IN THE TERROR -- AND THE TERROR THAT IS VISITED ON CHRISTIANS, YAZIDIS, JEWS AND OTHER RACES. BUT IN TERMS OF THE POSITIONING THAT ISIS HAS IN THE MIDDLE EAST THEY HAD READY ACCESS TO THE COMMUNITIES THERE THAT WERE CHRISTIAN. AND HAVING VISITED THOSE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES IN THE AFTERMATH OF THOSE ATTACKS, AS THEY ESCAPED INTO THE KURDISH REGIONS, IT WAS ABSOLUTELY HEART WRENCHING TO HEAR THE ACCOUNTS OF THE SURVIVORS OF WHAT HAD HAPPENED, FROM THE CHRISTIANS AND AMONG YAZIDIS. THESE ARE JUST A FEW EXAMPLES OF THE PERSECUTION AGAINST CHRISTIANS HAPPENING AROUND THIS WORLD. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN THIS CALL TO WORLD LEADERS TO WORK TO STOP THE GLOBAL PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    • 03:41:31 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE…

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 407 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                  • 03:41:53 PM

                                    On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

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

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                                        MR. ROYCE

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS HOUSE RESOLUTION…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS HOUSE RESOLUTION 336.

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                                    • 03:42:04 PM

                                      Mr. Royce (CA) moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution. H. Res. 336 — "Reaffirming a strong commitment to the United States-Mexico partnership."

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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                                        THE CLERK

                                        HOUSE RESOLUTION 336. RESOLUTION REAFFIRMING A STRONG COMMITMENT TO THE…

                                        HOUSE RESOLUTION 336. RESOLUTION REAFFIRMING A STRONG COMMITMENT TO THE UNITED STATES-MEXICO PARTNERSHIP.

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                                    • 03:42:18 PM

                                      Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                        TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, AND THE…

                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE.

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                                  • 03:42:20 PM

                                    DEBATE

                                    The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 336.

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                                      MR. ROYCE

                                      DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EX-TRAINOUTS MATERIAL…

                                      DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EX-TRAINOUTS MATERIAL IN THE RECORD.

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                                    • 03:42:38 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                      MR. ROYCE

                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                      MR. ROYCE

                                      MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THIS -- TO THANK THE RAJING MEMBER OTHEY HAVE…

                                      MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THIS -- TO THANK THE RAJING MEMBER OTHEY HAVE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, MR. ENGEL. THIS IS HIS BILL. AND LET ME ALSO SAY THAT THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE, MIKE MCCAUL WHO IS HIS PRIMARY CO-SPONSOR FOR THIS, THEY'VE WORKED HARD ON THIS RESOLUTION AND IT REPRESENTS A BROAD, BIPARTISAN ACT NGMENT OF THE IMPORTANCE OF -- ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND WITH THE COUNTRY OF MEXICO. THE UNITED STATES AND MEXICO SHARE STRONG TIES AND PASSAGE OF THIS RESOLUTION WILL SIGNAL THIS BODY'S COMMITMENT TO STRENGTHENING OUR BILATERAL RELATIONSHIP WITH MEXICO. THIS IS A RELATIONSHIP THAT IMPACTS AMERICANS ON A DAILY BASIS. TODAY, THE UNITED STATES IS GRAPPLING WITH CHALLENGES, JUST AS MEXICO IS GRAPPLING WITH SOME CHALLENGES. WE HAVE A DEADLY DRUG CRISIS. WE'RE -- WHERE MORE THAN A THOUSAND PEOPLE A WEEK DIE FROM OPIOID RELATED OVERDOSES THAT CRISIS THAT STARTED WITH OVER PRESCRIBED PAIN MEDICATION HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, BUT IS NOW FUELED BY HEROIN AND FENTANYL SUPPLIED BY DRUG CARTELS. WE'VE GOT TO STRENGTHEN OUR IMPORTANT SECURITY PARTNERSHIP WITH MEXICO AND GOT TO CONTINUE TO WORK WITH MEXICAN SECURITY FORCES TO STEM THE TIDE OF THESE ILL DEAL -- ILLEGAL DRUGS ENTERING INTO OUR COMMUNITIES AND HARDEN OUR SHARED BORDER AGAINST TERRORISM AND CRIMINALITY. SO THIS RESOLUTION ALSO AFFIRMS THE STRONG COMMERCIAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN OUR TWO COUNTRIES. MEXICO WAS THE SECOND LARGEST EXPORT MARKET FOR U.S. GOODS LAST YEAR. AND IT AFFIRM OURS LONG HISTORY OF COOPERATION ON ENVIRONMENTAL AND ON NATURAL RESOURCE ISSUES. FOR EXAMPLE, THIS PAST SEPTEMBER, OUR TWO COUNTRIES SIGNED AN AGREEMENT TO IMPROVE RESERVOIR LEVELS IN LAKE IMMEDIATE AND IN THE COLORADO RIVER BASIN THAT WILL HELP PREVENT PREVENT WATER SHORTAGES CURRENTLY AFFECTING AMERICANS IN THE SOUTHWEST UNITED STATES. THESE ARE OF COURSE AREAS IN WHICH THE U.S.-MEXICO RELATIONSHIP, THERE ARE THESE AREAS THAT I THINK WE CAN IMPROVE THE RELATIONSHIP. MEXICO NEEDS TO DO MORE TO COMBAT THE CORRUPTION THAT'S TAKEN ITS TOLL ON ITS CITIZENS' TRUST. BUT THIS RESOLUTION COMES AT AN IMPORTANT TIME IN THE U.S. WITH OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH MEXICO. AND SHOULD SIGNAL TO THE PEOPLE OF MEXICO THAT THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES WANT TO CONTINUE TO WORK WITH MEXICO ON MATTERS OF MUTUAL CONCERN. FROM SECURITY TO COMBATING ILLEGAL DRUG TRADE TO STRENGTHENING OUR RESPECTIVE ECONOMIES, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO ALL SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    • 03:45:35 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS…

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED. .

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                                    • 03:45:44 PM

                                      MR. ENGEL

                                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH…

                                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I WANT TO THANK OUR CHAIRMAN, ED ROYCE, FOR WORKING WITH ME TO BRING THIS MEASURE TO THE FLOOR. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN MCCAUL, THE LEAD REPUBLICAN SPONSOR OF THIS RESOLUTION, AS WELL. I AM PLEASED TO BE THE LEAD SPONSOR ON THIS RESOLUTION. AFTER MORE THAN A DECADE OF GOOD PROGRESS IN THE U.S.-MEXICO PARTNERSHIP, THIS YEAR WE'VE SEEN SOME THINGS CHANGE COURSE IN A TROUBLING WAY. IF IT'S A PROBABLY AND -- IT'S A PROBABLY AND IT NEEDS TO BE -- PROBLEM AND IT NEEDS TO BE STOPPED. THAT'S WHY I INTRODUCED THIS MEASURE. WE DON'T WANT ANYONE THERE TO HAVE ANY KINDS OF QUESTIONS. WE BELIEVE IN A STRONG U.S.-MEXICO RELATIONSHIP. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER ON OUR WESTERN HEMISPHERE SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. SERES, AND REPRESENTATIVE CASTRO FOR THEIR EFFORTS ON THIS RESOLUTION. AND THEIR SUPPORT DAY IN AND DAY OUT, FOR A ROBUST U.S.-MEXICO PARTNERSHIP. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S HARD TO OVERSTATE HOW IMPORTANT THE U.S.-MEXICO RELATIONSHIP IS. AND THE TREMENDOUS IMPACT IT HAS ON AMERICANS EVERY SINGLE DAY. MEXICO IS A FRIEND AND ALLY, MEXICO IS OUR THIRD LARGEST TRADING PARTNER. A COUNTRY WITH WHICH WE SHARE DEEP PERSON TO PERSON, FAMILY AND CULTURAL TIES. AND A COUNTRY WHERE WE'VE PAIN STAKINGLY CULTIVATED A VIBRANT, CRITICAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN OUR TWO COUNTRIES. OVER THE PAST CENTURY, THERE HAVE BEEN MANY HIGHS AND LOWS IN THE U.S.-MEXICO RELATIONSHIP. UNFORTUNATELY, SOMETIMES RECENTLY WE'VE HAD A LOT OF LOWS WITH TALK ABOUT BUILDING WALLS AND OTHER DEROGATORY TALK ABOUT MEXICANS. SO WE DON'T WANT THAT TO CONTINUE. WE WANT TO ESTABLISH AND REAFFIRM THE STRONG U.S.-MEXICO RELATIONSHIP. IN 2007 I BECAME CHAIRMAN OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE. THAT WAS THE SAME DAY WHERE A INITIATIVE WAS ANNOUNCED -- AN INITIATIVE WAS ANNOUNCED BY PRESIDENTS BUSH AND CALDERON WHICH LED TO A NEW LEVEL SECURITY COOPERATION BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND MEXICO. THAT EFFORT WASN'T PERFECT THEN AND IT ISN'T TODAY. THE CIVILIAN TOLL OF MEXICO'S DRUG WAR IS STILL FAR TOO HIGH. AND HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AT THE FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL LEVEL IN MEXICO REMAIN A SERIOUS PROBLEM. BUT WHAT WE GAIN FROM THE INITIATIVE WAS AN ENTIRELY NEW WAY OF COLLABORATING WITH THE MECK CAN -- MEXICAN GOVERNMENT ON A WIDE RANGE OF SECURITY ISSUES. PRESIDENTS OBAMA AND PENA AND NIETO BUILT ON A FOUNDATION AND ONE OF THE RESULTS WAS A REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT IN THE LAST HOURS OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, WHICH WALZ THE EX TRADITION OF DRUG -- WHICH WAS THE EXTRADITION OF DRUG KINGPIN TO MY HOMETOWN OF NEW YORK CITY TO STAND TRIAL. WITHOUT A STRONG U.S.-MEXICO PARTNERSHIP, THAT WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE. A DECADE AGO, IT PROBABLY WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED AT ALL. AND WHILE WE ABSOLUTELY DON'T NEED TO WASTE BILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS ON A 2,000-MILE-LONG WALL AGAINST OUR SOUTHERN BORDER, WHAT WE DO NEED IS TO MAINTAIN OUR PARTNERSHIP ON SECURITY MATTERS WITH THE MENTION CAB GOVERNMENT. -- WITH THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT. WE WANT THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT TO CONTINUE TO REACH OUT TO US WITH INFORMATION REGARDING SUSPECTED TERRORISTS. WE WANT TO SAY THAT THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT WILL COOPERATE WITH US AND EXTRADITE THE NEXT DRUG KINGPIN IN THE UNITED STATES. AND IT GOES ON AND ON. SO WE CANNOT OVEREMPHASIZE JUST HOW IMPORTANT THE U.S.-MEXICO PARTNERSHIP IS AND HOW IT KEEPS AMERICANS SAFE ON A DAY TO DAY BASIS. HOUSE RESOLUTION 336 UNDERSCORES THE IMPORTANCE OF A U.S.-MEXICO RELATIONSHIP BUILT ON MUTUAL RESPECT. MUTUAL RESPECT MEANS BUILDING BRIDGES, NOT WALLS, BETWEEN OUR TWO COUNTRIES. IT MEANS RECOGNIZING THE VAST CONTRIBUTIONS OF MEXICAN AMERICANS TO OUR COUNTRY AND NOT CLASSIFYING AN ENTIRE POPULATION AS DRUG DEALERS AND RAPISTS. IT MEANS NOT SINGLING OUT AN ESTEEMED JUDGE BASED SOLELY ON HIS RACE. CONGRESS HAS AN IMPORTANT OPPORTUNITY TODAY TO BE THE ADULT IN THE ROOM AND LET THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT AND THE MEXICAN PEOPLE KNOW THAT OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM IS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE IMPORTANT. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE. I AM PLEASED THAT WE HAVE SUPPORT FOR THIS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. I THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE AS ALWAYS FOR HIS COOPERATION AND HIS PARTNERSHIP. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    • 03:50:27 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                      MR. ROYCE

                                      I'LL CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                                    • 03:50:37 PM

                                      MR. ENGEL

                                      IT'S NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE…

                                      IT'S NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, A VERY VALUED MEMBER OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

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                                    • 03:50:50 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                      MRS. TORRES

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 336, WHICH…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 336, WHICH REAFFIRMS OUR STRONG COMMITMENT TO THE UNITED STATES-MEXICO PARTNERSHIP. MEXICO IS OUR NEIGHBOR AND ONE OF OUR MOST IMPORTANT STRATEGIC ALLIES. UNDER NAFTA AND THE ANYWHERETIVE -- INITIATIVE, OUR COUNTRIES HAVE EXPANDED OUR ECONOMIC AND SECURITY COOPERATION IN WAYS THAT INVOLVE ALMOST EVERY ASPECT OF OUR LIVES. I WORK WITH MEXICO GOES BEYOND -- OUR WORK WITH MEXICO GOES BEYOND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. IT IS IN OUR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. IT IS IN OUR BUSINESSES, IN OUR CHURCHES. H.R. 336 HOLDS UP THE IDEA THAT WORKING WITH MEXICO HAS BEEN GOOD FOR OUR SECURITY AND OUR ECONOMY. NO ONE IS SAYING THAT OUR RELATIONSHIP IS PERFECT. WE STILL HAVE REAL SECURITY PROBLEMS TO ADDRESS. ESPECIALLY THE SMUGGLING OF GUNS, DRUGS AND MONEY ACROSS OUR BORDERS. AND WE NEED TO DO MORE. A LOT MORE. TO LIFT UP THOSE COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE NOT BENEFITED FROM NAFTA. BUT ON THE WHOLE, WE ARE BETTER OFF WHEN WE WORK TOGETHER. AND WORKING TOGETHER IS WHAT MAKES IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE THOSE STRONG CONVERSATIONS, TOUGH CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THOSE ISSUES WHERE WE DISAGREE. SO WE SHOULDN'T EVEN NEED TO PASS A RESOLUTION LIKE THIS. IT SHOULD BE ASSUMED. IT SHOULD BE COMMON SENSE. BUT THE RHETORIC ACROSS THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS MADE IT NECESSARY FOR CONGRESS TO SEEK OUT, IN DEFENSE OF OUR NEIGHBOR AND OUR ALLY. AND WE ARE HERE -- SPEAK OUT IN DEFENSE OF OUR NEIGHBOR AND OUR ALLY. AND WE'RE HERE TODAY SPEAKING OUT. I THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE FOR HIS ONGOING WORK IN BRINGING THIS RESOLUTION FORWARD. AND ONGOING WORK IN A COMMITTEE TO ENSURE THAT WE WORK ON A BIPARTISAN LEVEL. AND I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                    • 03:52:57 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK.

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                                      MR. ROYCE

                                      I'LL CONTINUE TO RESERVE, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                                      MR. ENGEL

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'LL CLOSE NOW. AND WANT TO CLOSE ON A POSITIVE…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'LL CLOSE NOW. AND WANT TO CLOSE ON A POSITIVE NOTE. I BELIEVE THAT IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO REVERSE COURSE ON THE LATEST DIRECTION OF U.S.-MEXICO TIES. AT A DIFFICULT MOMENT IN OUR BILATERAL RELATIONSHIP, I'M HEARTENED TO STAND HERE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR, LISTEN TO MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE OFFER SUCH ROBUST SUPPORT FOR THE U.S.-MEXICO RELATIONSHIP. I WANT TO AGAIN THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE AND MR. MCCAUL FOR THEIR HELP IN AND SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION -- HELP AND SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION. WHAT WE NEED IS TO MAINTAIN AND EVEN STRENGTHEN OUR COLLABORATION ON SECURITY AND ECONOMIC MATTERS WITH THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT. PASSAGE OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 336 TODAY IS AN EXCELLENT STEP. CONGRESS REALLY NEEDS TO LEAD THE WAY. SO I THANK, AGAIN, MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR SUPPORTING THIS RESOLUTION AND PLEDGE TO DO EVERYTHING I CAN TO CONTINUE TO ENHANCE A VERY IMPORTANT U.S.-MEXICO RELATIONSHIP. AND I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO STATE THAT THIS RELATIONSHIP IS NOT ONLY IMPORTANT TO MEXICO, IT'S IMPORTANT TO THE UNITED STATES. FOR SO MANY DIFFERENT REASONS. AND THAT'S WHY I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR CONGRESS TO REAFFIRM ITS SUPPORT, STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE U.S.-MEXICO RELATIONSHIP. SO I THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR SUPPORTING THIS RESOLUTION. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    • 03:54:27 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

                                    • 03:54:32 PM

                                      MR. ROYCE

                                      I WOULD JUST LIKE TO THANK THE AUTHOR HERE, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE…

                                      I WOULD JUST LIKE TO THANK THE AUTHOR HERE, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, MR. ENGEL. AND THANK CONGRESSWOMAN NORMAER TOESS AS WELL. AND THE CHAIR -- NORMA TORRES AS WELL. AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE, MIKE MCCAUL, FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT RESOLUTION. RECOGNIZING THE U.S.-MEXICO PARTNERSHIP, RECOGNIZING OUR IMPORTANT ECONOMIC RELATIONSHIP. AS OUR COUNTRIES CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER, THIS RESOLUTION SIGNALS OUR COMMITMENT TO STRENGTHEN OUR TIES WITH OUR MEXICAN NEIGHBORS. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS RESOLUTION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE…

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 336. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                  • 03:55:38 PM

                                    On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by voice vote.

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                                      MR. ROYCE

                                      YES, MR. SPEAKER. I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS HOUSE…

                                      YES, MR. SPEAKER. I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS HOUSE RESOLUTION 357 AS AMENDED.

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                                    • 03:55:45 PM

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

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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                                      Mr. Royce (CA) moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended. H. Res. 357 — "Reaffirming the strategic partnership between the United States and Canada, recognizing bilateral cooperation that advances United States national interests, and urging increased bilateral cooperation on security, economic issues, and energy, and for other purposes."

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                                        THE CLERK

                                        HOUSE RESOLUTION 357. RESOLUTION REAFFIRMING THE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP…

                                        HOUSE RESOLUTION 357. RESOLUTION REAFFIRMING THE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA, RECOGNIZING BILATERAL COOPERATION THAT ADVANCES UNITED STATES NATIONAL INTERESTS, AND URGING INCREASED BILATERAL COOPERATION ON SECURITY, ECONOMIC ISSUES AND ENERGY, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                    • 03:56:08 PM

                                      Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                      DEBATE

                                      The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 357.

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                                        TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, AND THE…

                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE.

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                                        MR. ROYCE

                                        I'M GOING TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE…

                                        I'M GOING TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE RECORD.

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                                      • 03:56:32 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                      • 03:56:34 PM

                                        MR. ROYCE

                                        AND I ALSO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PLACE INTO THE RECORD AN EXCHANGE OF…

                                        AND I ALSO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PLACE INTO THE RECORD AN EXCHANGE OF LETTERS WITH THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS.

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                                      • 03:56:41 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                      • 03:56:43 PM

                                        MR. ROYCE

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

                                      • 03:56:46 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                                      • 03:56:49 PM

                                        MR. ROYCE

                                        WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE LEADERSHIP OF MR. DUNCAN, WHO UNTIL RECENTLY SERVED…

                                        WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE LEADERSHIP OF MR. DUNCAN, WHO UNTIL RECENTLY SERVED AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE SUBCOMMITTEE. AND ALSO WANT TO RECOGNIZE MR. GREGORY MEEKS, THE RANKING MEMBER, IN BRINGING THIS IMPORTANT RESOLUTION FORWARD. I WANT TO RECOGNIZE MR. HUIZENGA, CHAIRMAN OF THE CAPITAL MARKETS SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, WHO LED THE DELEGATION THIS PAST FALL WITH THE U.S.-CANADA INTR PARLIAMENTARY GROUP IN WINDSOR, CANADA. SO THIS RESOLUTION AFFIRMS THE ALREADY STRONG PARTNERSHIP WE ENJOYED WITH OUR NEIGHBORS. WITH OUR NEIGHBORS TO THE NORTH. AND RECOGNIZE THAT THIS BILATERAL RELATIONSHIP HAS ADVANCED U.S. NATIONAL INTERESTS. CANADA AND THE U.S. SHARE THE LONGEST INTERNATIONAL BORDER OF ANY COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD. CANADA IS ONE OF OUR LARGEST TRADING PARTNERS WITH THE U.S. OUR LARGEST AGRICULTURAL EXPORT MARKET. U.S. EXPORT OF GOODS AND SERVICES TO CANADA SUPPORTED 1.6 MILLION JOBS IN THE UNITED STATES LAST YEAR. AND IN ADDITION, THE U.S. AND CANADA ENJOY A VERY CLOSE AND VITAL SECURITY RELATIONSHIP WHICH IS SEEN MOST ACUTELY IN OUR CLOSE BORDER SECURITY COLLABORATION, AS WELL AS IN DEFENSE ARRANGEMENTS SUCH AS FOR THISED A. AND OUR SHARED NATO MUTUAL SECURITY COMMITMENTS. OUR TWO COUNTRIES HAVE AN EXCEPTIONALLY CLOSE ENERGY RELATIONSHIP. CANADA'S OUR LARGEST SUPPLIER OF OIL. NATURAL GAS. ELECTRICITY. URANIUM. AND OUR TWO COUNTRIES COLLABORATE ON ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS, PARTICULARLY WITH OUR SHARED RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE GREAT LAKES. WHICH IS THIS WORLD'S LARGEST FRESH WATER ECOSYSTEM -- FRESHWATER ECOSYSTEM. AND IT CONTAINS 20% OF THE EARTH'S SURFACE FRESHWATER. SO THIS RELATIONSHIP GIVES CONGRESS THE OPPORTUNITY TO REAFFIRM THROUGH THIS RESOLUTION OUR IMPORTANT AND CLOSE BILATERAL TIES WITH CANADA. AND TO RENEW OUR COMMITMENT TO GROWING AND IMPROVING THAT RELATIONSHIP TO THE BENEFIT OF BOTH COUNTRIES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF…

                                        OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                                      • 03:59:11 PM

                                        MR. ENGEL

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE AND I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE AND I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

                                      • 03:59:18 PM

                                        MR. ENGEL

                                        I WANT TO FIRST OF ALL THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR.…

                                        I WANT TO FIRST OF ALL THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. DUNCAN, WHO UNTIL RECENTLY WAS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE SUBCOMMITTEE. WE'LL HAVE YOU BACK ON THE COMMITTEE ANY TIME YOU WANT TO COME, MR. DUNCAN. I THANK YOU FOR AUTHORIZING THIS RESOLUTION, REAFFIRMING THE IMPORTANCE OF THE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA. I APPRECIATE THE EFFORTS OF MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. MEEKS, AS THE LEAD DEMOCRATIC SPONSOR, AND AGAIN THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE FOR WORKING TO BRING THIS MEASURE TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. IT'S ONLY APPROPRIATE THAT AFTER SPENDING TIME ON THE HOUSE FLOOR DISCUSSING THE IMPORTANCE OF THE U.S. RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR NEIGHBOR TO THE SOUTH, THAT WE ALSO FOCUS ON THE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND OUR NEIGHBOR TO THE NORTH, WHICH OF COURSE IS CANADA. CANADA IS OUR SECOND LARGEST TRADING PARTNER. INTERESTING, CANADA IS OUR SECOND LARGEST TRADING PARTNER. MEXICO OUR THIRD LARGEST TRADING PARTNER WITH ABOUT $1.7 BILLION IN GOODS AND SERVICES AND 400,000 CITIZENS IN BOTH COUNTRIES CROSSING THE BORDER ON A DAILY BASIS. THINK ABOUT THAT. 400,000 CITIZENS FROM BOTH I HAD CRIS CROSS THE U.S.-CANADIAN BOARD ORN A DAILY BASIS. . THIS MAKES IT EASY FOR TRAVELERS TO CLEAR CUSTOMS AND ARRIVE BACK HOME AS IF THEY WERE ON A DOMESTIC FLIGHT. OF COURSE OUR PARTNERSHIP GOES BEYOND TOURISM. I'M PLEASED THIS BILL TAKES NOTE OF THE EXTENSIVE COOPERATION BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA AT NATO. CANADA IS AND REMAINS A KEY U.S. ALLY IN SEVERAL CONFLICTS AROUND THE WORLD, INCLUDING IN AFGHANISTAN, WHERE CANADA SENT 2,800 TROOPS FROM 2006 TO 2011. I ALSO WANT TO NOTE THE CRUCIAL VOTE THAT CANADA HAS PLAYED IN HOLDING VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT NICHOLAS MA DURO AND HIS LACKEYS ACCOUNTABLE DOCTOR MADURO AND HI LACKEYS ACCOUNTABLE. MOST RECENTLY I WAS PLEASED THAT THE CANADIAN FOREIGN MINISTER HOSTED THE LIMA GROUP IN TORONTO IN OCTOBER. UNFORTUNATELY, THE U.S.-CANADA RELATIONSHIP NEEDS TO BE REJUVENATED. NEEDS TO BE -- NEEDS TO NOT BE TAKEN FOR GRANTED. WE HAVE TO WORK AT THAT ALL THE TIME. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE ALL WORK AT THAT. AS A GLOBAL ENTITY, THE U.S.-CANADA RELATIONSHIP SHOULD BE A RELATIVELY EVEN ONE TO MANAGE. WE DON'T WANT TO HAVE JOBS AT RISK BY CREATING A TRADE WAR WITH CANADA. TRADE DISPUTES BETWEEN TWO BIG NEIGHBORS IS NORMAL. WE SHOULD NOT BE ESCALATING MANAGEABLE DISAGREEMENTS IN A WAY THAT COULD HURT WORKERS IN BOTH OUR COUNTRIES. I BELIEVE THAT WE SHOULD LET ALL THE LEADERS KNOW THAT THE HOUSE IS LEADING THE WAY AND WE HOPE THAT EVERYONE FOLLOWS CONGRESS' LEAD TODAY IN AFFIRMING THE IMPORTANCE OF THE U.S.-CANADA RELATIONSHIP AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME THEY HAVE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN…

                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME THEY HAVE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                      • 04:02:40 PM

                                        MR. ROYCE

                                        I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. JEFF…

                                        I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. JEFF DUNCAN, THE AUTHOR OF THIS RESOLUTION.

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                                      • 04:02:47 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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                                        MR. DUNCAN

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE FOR HELPING MOVE THIS RESOLUTION. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE BEING THE FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE TO ENCOURAGE THE PASSAGE OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 357 TO REAFFIRM THE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA. AS MY GOOD FRIEND AND FORMER UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR TO CANADA DAVID WILKINS TAUGHT ME, CANADA IS ONE OF OUR STRONGEST ALLIES AND ONE OF OUR LARGEST AND BEST TRADING PARTNERS AND WE ARE DEPENDENT UPON COOPERATION BETWEEN THE NATIONS TO PROMOTE TRADE, SECURITY, AND ENERGY ISSUES. IT'S IMPERATIVE THAT WE PROTECT THE CLOSE PARTNERSHIP WITH CANADA AND THE INTERDEPENDENT NORTH AMERICAN ENERGY MARKET. ENFORCING THE STRENGTH OF OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH CANADA WOULD EXPAND THE SIZE OF OUR NRNING MARKET, CREATE MORE JOBS, REDEUCE ENERGY COSTS FOR CONSUMERS, AND ENHANCE NORTH AMERICAN ENERGY SECURITY AND INTERDEPENDENCENCE. -- INTERDEPENDENCE. I REMIND THE ADMINISTRATION THAT ENERGY ISSUES SHOULD BE A TOP PRIORITY ON ANY NAFTA NEGOTIATION AS CANADA IS THE LARGEST SUPPLIER OF ENERGY TO THE UNITED STATES. THIS INCLUDES OIL, URANIUM, NATURAL GAS AND ELECTRICITY. WE SHARE THE LONGEST UNDEFENDED BORDER AND ONE OF THE DEEPEST SECURITY AND ENERGY PARTNERSHIPS IN THE WORLD. TODAY, 32 UNITED STATES STATES CONSIDER CANADA THEIR PRIMARY TRADING PARTNER THE COMPREHENSIVE TRADE AND INVESTMENT WHICH THE UNITED STATES HAS CAN WITH CANADA SUPPORTS MILLIONS OF JOBS AND GOODS AND SERVICES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BORDER. THIS IMPORTANCE OF THIS BILATERAL RELATIONSHIP IS CRITICAL FOR BOTH COUNTRIES. LET ME CONCLUDE BY SAYING IT'S VITAL THAT WE CONTINUE TO LOOK FOR IF WAYS TO STRENGTHEN OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH CANADA AND I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WILL SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION TO REAFFIRM THE IMPORTANCE OF U.S.-CANADA RELATIONS. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                                      • 04:05:03 PM

                                        MR. ENGEL

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME SAY IN CLOSING THAT THIS YEAR MARKS THE…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME SAY IN CLOSING THAT THIS YEAR MARKS THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CANADIAN CONFEDERATION. IT'S APPROPRIATE WE ARE CONSIDERING THIS IMPORTANT RESOLUTION ON THE HOUSE FLOOR BEFORE 2017 COMES TO A CLOSE. AS IS SAID BY ALL THE OTHER MEMBERS, THE U.S. AND CANADA SHARE SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST OUR EXTENSIVE BORDERS AND DAILY COMMERCE. WE SHARE PEOPLE TO PEOPLE TIES THAT RUN GENERATIONS DEEP AND CONTINUE ON A DAILY BASIS. TODAY BY PASSING H.RES. 357, CONGRESS HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW OUR COMMITMENT TO AND GRATITUDE FOR THE U.S.-CANADA RELATIONSHIP. WE ALSO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW THE WORLD HOW TWO NATIONS CAN GET ALONG WITH MILES AND MILES AND MILES OF BORDERS, CONTINUOUS BORDERS. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS IMPORTANT RESOLUTION. I AGAIN THANK CHAIRMAN ROSS AND THE FORMER CHAIR OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE SUBCOMMITTEE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS…

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THE REMAINDER OF HIS TIME.

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                                      • 04:06:18 PM

                                        MR. ROYCE

                                        AGAIN THANK REPRESENTATIVE DUNCAN AND MR. MEEKS AND MR. HUIZENGA, MR.…

                                        AGAIN THANK REPRESENTATIVE DUNCAN AND MR. MEEKS AND MR. HUIZENGA, MR. ENGEL FOR THEIR COMMITMENT TO THE U.S.-CANADA RELATIONSHIP AND FOR BRINGING THIS IMPORTANT RESOLUTION FORWARD. THIS RESOLUTION AFFIRMS THE ALREADY STRONG PARTNERSHIP WE ENJOY WITH OUR NEIGHBORS TO THE NORTH WHILE RECOGNIZING THAT THIS BILATERAL RELATIONSHIP HAS ADVANCED OUR NATIONAL INTERESTS. IN ADDITION TO WORKING TOGETHER ON TRADE, ON BORDER SECURITY, ON ENERGY, CANADA IS ALSO VALUABLE PARTNER IN SECURITY. AS MY LEAGUES KNOW, CANADA IS A FOUNDING MEMBER OF NATO AND LEADS A NATO BATTALION IN LATVIA. I HAPPEN TO HAVE SEEN THAT BATTALION RECENTLY IN LATVIA. WHILE MAINTAINING 200 MILITARY TRAINERS IN UKRAINE. OUR SHARED VALUES AND PROXIMITY HAVE RENDERED CANADA ONE OF OUR MOST IMPORTANT ALLIES AND ARE RESOLUTION ALLOW THIS IS BODY TO STAND TOGETHER IN AFFIRMING THAT RELATIONSHIP. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT RESOLUTION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. ALL TIME HAVING BEEN…

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. ALL TIME HAVING BEEN YIELDED BACK, THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO RESOLUTION -- HOUSE RESOLUTION 357 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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                                    • 04:07:50 PM

                                      On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

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

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                                          THE CLERK

                                          THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOIRPS, SIR, PURSUANT TO SECTION 12 -- HOUSE OF…

                                          THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOIRPS, SIR, PURSUANT TO SECTION 12 -- HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR, PURSUANT TO SECTION 128, FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018, I AM PLEASED TO REAPPOINT THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS TO THE UNITED STATES-CHINA ECONOMIC AND SECURITY REVIEW COMMISSION. THESE APPOINTMENTS WOULD BE EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2018. MS. CAROLYN BARTHOLOMEW OF WASHINGTON, D.C. MR. MICHAEL WESSEL OF FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION TO THESE APPOINTMENTS. SIGNED, SINCERELY, NANCY PELOSI, DEMOCRATIC LEADER.

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                                    • 04:08:12 PM

                                      United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission

                                      Pursuant to section 1238(b)(3) of the Floyd D. Spence National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2001 (22 U.S.C. 7002), as amended, the Democratic Leader appointed Ms. Carolyn Bartholomew, Washington, DC and Mr. Michael Wessel, Falls Church, VA, effective January 1, 2018.

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                                        TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                        1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS SUBJECT TO THE CALL OF THE CHAIR.

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                                      Recess

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

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                                        Reconvened

                                        The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of December 12.

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                                          FLOOR. RESOLUTNS. THELERK: REPORT TOCMPAN HOUSE

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                                          Mr. Woodall filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 657.

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                                            THELERK

                                            REPORT TOCMPAN HOUSE RESOLUON 5ESOLION ING FOONIDERATION OF THBI H.R.6,TO…

                                            REPORT TOCMPAN HOUSE RESOLUON 5ESOLION ING FOONIDERATION OF THBI H.R.6,TO AMEND E GRAM LEH BRYLOR ANNULOTES OVID FNALNITN ANO OVE THE ALIT PROXY ADSORYIR FOR THE ECTIONF VESTORSN THE U.S. ECO AND IN THEUBLIC INTERESOSING ACCOUABILITYOMPETIVENESS INTHE PROXY AORYIRM RMENTEPORT TOMNY USE SOTION 6, PROVI FOCOIDERAT H.R.IO 1638, TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY TO SUBMIT A REPORT TO THE APPROPRIATE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES ON THE ESTIMATED TOTAL COST ASSETS UNDER DIRECT OR INDIRECT CONTROL BY CERTAIN SENIOR IRANIAN LEADERS AND OTHER FIGURES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. AND PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 4324, TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY TO MAKE CERTIFICATIONS WITH RESPECT TO UNITED STATES AND FOREIGN FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AIRCRAFT RELATED TRANSACTIONS INVOLVING IRAN AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                        • 04:35:41 PM

                                          Mr. Woodall filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 658.

                                          • 04:36:21 PM

                                            TEMPORE REFERRED

                                            THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20,…

                                            THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, PROCEEDINGS WILL RESUME ON QUESTIONS PREVIOUSLY POSTPONED. VOTES WILL BE TAKEN IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER. THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT ON H.R. 3971, AND PASSAGE OF H.R. 3971, IF ORDERED. THE FIRST ELECTRONIC VOTE WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. REMAINING ELECTRONIC VOTES WILL BE CONDUCTED AS FIVE-MINUTE VOTES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST ON AGREEING TO THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT ON H.R. 3971. OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEVADA, MS. TITUS, ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE MOTION.

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                                      • 04:36:35 PM

                                        UNFINISHED BUSINESS

                                        The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the motion to recommit H.R. 3971, which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

                                        • 04:37:12 PM

                                          THE CLERK

                                          MOTION TO RECOMMIT ON H.R. 3971 OFFERED BY MS. TITUS OF NEVADA.

                                        • 04:37:17 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. MOTIONS -- MEMBERS…

                                          THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. MOTIONS -- 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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                                        • 04:37:17 PM

                                          Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3971 — "To amend the Truth in Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974 to modify the requirements for community financial institutions with respect to certain rules relating to mortgage loans, and for other purposes."

                                          • 04:37:28 PM

                                            On motion to recommit with instructions Roll Call 674 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

                                            • 05:03:03 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              THE YEAS ARE 190, THE NAYS ARE 233. THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPTED. THE…

                                              THE YEAS ARE 190, THE NAYS ARE 233. THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPTED. THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT.

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                                        • 05:03:17 PM

                                          House Vote 674 - On Motion to Recommit with Instructions

                                          Community Institution Mortgage Relief Act of 2017

                                          Failed (190 - 233)
                                          Yea
                                          Nay

                                          Vote Details: Yea - 190
                                          Democratic - 188
                                          Republican - 2

                                          Vote Details: Nay - 232
                                          Republican - 232

                                          Vote Details: Not Voting - 8
                                          Republican - 3
                                          Democratic - 5

                                          • 05:03:21 PM

                                            MS. WATERS

                                            I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

                                          • 05:03:23 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                          • 05:03:27 PM

                                            On passage Roll Call 675 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

                                            • 05:10:53 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              THE NAYS ARE 294, THE NAYS ARE 129. THE BILL IS PASSED. AND WITHOUT…

                                              THE NAYS ARE 294, THE NAYS ARE 129. THE BILL IS PASSED. AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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                                        • 05:11:01 PM

                                          House Vote 675 - On Passage

                                          Community Institution Mortgage Relief Act of 2017

                                          Passed (294 - 129)
                                          Yea
                                          Nay

                                          Vote Details: Yea - 293
                                          Republican - 233
                                          Democratic - 60

                                          Vote Details: Nay - 129
                                          Democratic - 128
                                          Republican - 1

                                          Vote Details: Not Voting - 8
                                          Republican - 3
                                          Democratic - 5

                                          • 05:11:03 PM

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

                                            • 05:13:47 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS ARE ADVISED TO TAKE THEIR…

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

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                                        • 05:14:05 PM

                                          ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

                                          The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

                                          • 05:14:09 PM

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                                            PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. AND THE HOUSE IS NOT IN…

                                            PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. AND THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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                                          • 05:14:18 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

                                            THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                          • 05:14:28 PM

                                            MR. POE

                                            AS ISIS LOSES GROUND IN SYRIA AND IRAQ, WE MUST REMAIN VIGILANT. THERE IS…

                                            AS ISIS LOSES GROUND IN SYRIA AND IRAQ, WE MUST REMAIN VIGILANT. THERE IS A GROWING TERRORIST THREAT IN AFRICA. THE AFRICAN CONTINENT SUFFERED INCIDENTS OF TERRORIST-RELATED VIOLENCE. TERRORISM IS A CHALLENGE TO DECENT SECURITY. THE THREAT HAS GROWN TO DIRECTLY IMPACT U.S. SERVICE MEMBERS SERVING IN AFRICA. A NAVY SEAL WAS KILLED IN AN OPERATION AGAINST SHA BAD, THE FIRST U.S. MEMBER KILLED IN SOMALIA SINCE THE 1993 BLACK HAWK-DOWNED INCIDENT. AN AMBUSH LEFT FOUR U.S. GREEN BEER AS KILLED. THE U.S. CONDUCTED ITS FIRST AIR STRIKES AGAINST ISIS IN SOMALIA. THE WRITING IS ON THE WALL. THE CANCER IS SPREADING AND ON ITS WAY TO BECOMING A FULL-PLONE THREAT TO AFRICAN AND AMERICAN INTERESTS. HAVING BEEN DISPLACED BY WAR IN SYRIA AND IRAQ, ISIS IS FINDING A NEW HOME TO CARRY OUT ITS TERROR. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. . I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 05:15:54 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE…

                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                          • 05:16:14 PM

                                            TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                                          • 05:16:17 PM

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                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE FARM BUREAUS OF…

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE FARM BUREAUS OF MONTEREY COUNTY AND SANTA CRUZ COUNTY. THIS YEAR THOSE FARM BUREAUS WILL MARK 100 YEARS OF SERVING OUR AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITIES ALONG THE CENTRAL COAST OF CALIFORNIA. WE KNOW THAT THOSE IN AGRICULTURE ARE CONSISTENTLY EVOLVING AS THEY CONSTANTLY CONTEND WITH MOTHER NATURE, MANDATES, THE EVER-CHANGING MARKET.

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                                          • 05:16:39 PM

                                            MR. PANETTA

                                            THE LOCAL FARM BUREAU'S LEADERSHIP HAS BEEN THERE TO HELP OUR OVER 600…

                                            THE LOCAL FARM BUREAU'S LEADERSHIP HAS BEEN THERE TO HELP OUR OVER 600 FARMERS STAY COMPETITIVE AND KEEP OUR COMMUNITIES STRONG. THE FARM BUREAUS ARE AN ESSENTIAL INGREDIENT AS TO WHY OUR NUMBER ONE WORK IS AGRICULTURE. I THANK AND RECOGNIZE THE SANTA CRUZ AND MONTEREY BUREAUS FOR THEIR PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE WORK FOR THE FARM COMMUNITIES. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 05:17:13 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                          • 05:17:18 PM

                                            MR. CARTER

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

                                          • 05:17:22 PM

                                            TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                                          • 05:17:24 PM

                                            MR. CARTER

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF FORMER GEORGIA STATE…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF FORMER GEORGIA STATE REPRESENTATIVE JOHN YATES WHO PASSED AWAY ON DECEMBER 11 AT THE AGE OF 96. REPRESENTING GRIFFIN, GEORGIA, JUST SOUTH OF ATLANTA, HE WAS FIRST ELECTED TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN 1988 AND OVER TIME BECAME ONE OF THE MOST ASPIRING OFFICIALS IN THE STATE. WHEN HE RETIRED FROM GOVERNMENT, REPRESENTATIVE YATES WAS THE ONLY WORLD WAR II VETERAN SERVING IN THE GEORGIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY. HE WAS DRAFTED INTO THE ARMY IN 1942, AND FLEW A PIPER CUB AIRPLANE, A SMALL PLANE WITH A TOP SPEED OF LESS THAN 100 MILES PER HOUR. HE FLEW 200 MISSIONS, ADJUSTING ARTILLERY FIRE ON THE ENEMY, INCLUDING AT THE BATTLE AT THE BULGE, EARNING SIX AIR MEDALS AND FOUR BATTLE STARS. HE WENT BACK TO SCHOOL TO EARN HIS COLLEGE DEGREE AND WORKED WITH FORD MOTOR COMPANY, EVENTUALLY BECOMING A DEPOT MANAGER. REPRESENTATIVE YATES SERVED THE STATE OF GEORGIA WITH THE MOST HUMBLE AT FEUD AND WENT TO GREAT LENGTHS TO HELP GEORGIA VETERANS. ANYONE WHO WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO KNOW REPRESENTATIVE YATES CAN LEARN FROM HIS ATTITUDE, KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE. MR. SPEAKER, I HAD THE HONOR AND PRIVILEGE OF SERVING WITH REPRESENTATIVE YATES. HE WAS A GREAT AMERICAN, A TRUE AMERICAN HERO, AND A FINE MAN. HE WILL BE MISSED. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 05:18:47 PM

                                            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 JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                          • 05:19:02 PM

                                            MR. PAYNE

                                            MR. SPEAKER, BY NOW WE HAVE ALL SEEN THE HORRIFYING VIDEO OF SLAVE…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, BY NOW WE HAVE ALL SEEN THE HORRIFYING VIDEO OF SLAVE AUCTIONS IN LIBYA. IT'S OUTRAGEOUS. MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES, MOST OF THEM BLACK AFRICANS, ARE BEING PREYED UPON, HELD IN DETENTION CAMPS, AND BEING BOUGHT AND SOLD LIKE PROPERTY. MR. SPEAKER, THE UNITED STATES CANNOT STAND BY AS AN IDLE SPECTATOR TO THE PLAGUE OF SLAVERY IN LIBYA. PEOPLE ARE NOT PROPERTY. LAST WEEK, MEMBERS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS AND I MET WITH LIBYA'S AMBASSADOR. SHE AGREED THAT THE LIBYAN GOVERNMENT WILL CONDUCT A TRANSPARENT INVESTIGATION, BUT THEY DO NOT HAVE THE CAPACITY TO DO SO, AND THAT DOES NOT ABSOLVE THE UNITED STATES OF ITS RESPONSIBILITIES. WE MUST IMMEDIATELY INVESTIGATE ALLEGATIONS OF SLAVERY AND FORCED LABOR IN LIBYA. WE NEED TO IMPOSE SANCTIONS IF LIBYA FAILS TO END SLAVERY AUCTIONS AND FORCED LABOR, AND WE MUST ENSURE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE AND THE U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ARE ADEQUATELY STAFFED TO RESPOND TO THE SITUATION IN LIBYA. MR. SPEAKER, CONGRESS SHOULD NOT -- SHOULD ADOPT THE BIPARTISAN HOUSE RESOLUTION NUMBER 644, WHICH WILL DO SO AND HELP US IN ALL OF THESE MATTERS AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 05:20:38 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                          • 05:20:55 PM

                                            MR. GAETZ

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I TAKE THE FLOOR TONIGHT WITH MANY OF MY…

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I TAKE THE FLOOR TONIGHT WITH MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST AN ATTACK ON THE RULE OF LAW AND OUR DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS. RIGHT NOW THE INVESTIGATIONS INTO DONALD TRUMP AND THE PRIOR INVESTIGATION INTO HILLARY CLINTON HAVE BEEN INFECTED WITH THE VIRUS OF SEVERE BIAS. HILLARY CLINTON WENT UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR THE MISHANDLING OF CLASSIFIED INFORMATION AND ALSO HER DEALINGS THROUGH THE CLINTON FOUNDATION WAS ESSENTIALLY INVESTIGATED BY HER OWN FAN CLUB. MEANWHILE, ROBERT MUELLER OBTAINED HIS TEAM BY FISHING IN THE NEVER TRUMP AQUARIUM. ONLY THROUGH THE ANTIDOTE OF TRANSPARENCY CAN WE END THIS EROSION OF THE RULE OF LAW AND CAN WE RESTORE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE'S CONFIDENCE IN THE INSTITUTIONS THAT WE MUST TRUST TO LIVE IN A CIVILIZED SOCIETY. THE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT HAS HAPPENED WITHIN THE F.B.I., THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, AND WITHIN ROBERT MUELLER'S TEAM AS HE PROBES THE PRESIDENT AND HIS TRANSITION. BUT THERE IS SO MUCH IN HEARING AFTER HEARING THAT MEMBERS OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE AND THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE HAVE BEEN TOLD, WE DON'T HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW AS THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PEOPLE. LET'S BEGIN WITH THE TARMAC MEETING BETWEEN LORETTA LYNCH AND FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON. WE, AS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, APPARENTLY DON'T HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT WAS TRULYLY DISCUSSED AND INFORMATION AND REPORTS SUBMITTED TO CONGRESS THERE IS EXTENSIVE REDACTED INFORMATION WHERE WE DON'T GET TO SEE THE SUBSTANCE OF THOSE COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN LORETTA LYNCH AND FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON. IT'S DEEPLY TROUBLING. WE ALSO DON'T GET TO KNOW WHAT THE INFORMANT WOULD TELL US WHO HAD INFORMATION ABOUT RUSSIA'S ATTEMPTS TO IMPAIR THE UNITED STATES' URANIUM ASSETS THROUGH THE NOW-INFAMOUS URANIUM ONE DEAL. WE KNOW THERE WAS AN INFORMANT. WE KNOW THAT INFORMANT WANTED TO COME FORM AND GIVE INFORMATION ABOUT BRIBERY AND KICKBACKS THAT UNDERMINED AMERICA'S INTERESTS, BUT UNFORTUNATELY PEOPLE AT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT THAT STILL REMAIN IN SUBSTANTIAL POSITIONS OF POWER WENT AND SOUGHT A GAG ORDER SO THAT THE CONGRESS WOULDN'T LEARN WHAT WAS HAPPENING AND SO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WOULDN'T LEARN WHAT WAS HAPPENING. THEN, WE LEARNED THAT AN INSPECTOR GENERAL WHO WANTED TO RAISE THE FLAG OF CONCERN REGARDING THE DEEPLY TROUBLING CONDUCT OF HILLARY CLINTON WAS ESSENTIALLY SHUT DOWN. MR. MCCULLOUGH HAS NOW GIVEN INTERVIEWS UPON HIS DEPARTURE FROM THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY INDICATING THAT HE WENT TO JAMES CLAPPER. HE SAID THAT THESE MISHAPPENS, THESE POTENTIAL VIOLATIONS OF THE LAW WERE SERIOUS AND THEY PUT AMERICA'S NATIONAL SECURITY IN JEOPARDY. WHAT HE HEARD BACK FROM MR. CLAPPER WAS THAT THESE REVOLUTIONS WOULD CREATE HEARTBURN FOR THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN. IT IS LUDICROUS WHEN WE'VE GOT POTENTIAL BRIBES AND KICKBACKS, WHEN WE GOT THE CLINTON FOUNDATION FUNCTIONING AS OFFICIALLY AS A PASS-THROUGH MONEY LAUNDERING OPERATION, THAT WE WOULDN'T HAVE ALL OF THE INFORMATION THAT AN INSPECTOR GENERAL WOULD NOW HAVE. MR. MCCULLOUGH HAS NOW SAID HIS FAMILY, HIS JOB, HIS AGENCY, HIS MISSION WAS THREATENED BY PEOPLE IN THE DEEP STATE. THAT IS NOT THE AMERICA WE NEED TO LIVE IN. TRANSPARENCY IS THE ANTIDOTE TO THIS TYPE OF CORRUPTION AND THIS TYPE OF TRULY INTOLERABLE CONDUCT. HERE'S WHAT WE DO KNOW. WE DO KNOW THAT THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE WAS OFF PAYING FOR A FALLACIOUS AND FALSE DOSSIER FROM THE FUSION AGENCY ABOUT DONALD TRUMP. WE DON'T KNOW WHETHER THE F.B.I. CONTRIBUTED FUNDS TOWARD THAT CAUSE. THINK ABOUT THAT FOR A MOMENT. WHEN WE ASK THE F.B.I. DIRECTOR, WERE TAXPAYER FUNDS USED TO OBTAIN A DOSSIER TO DISCREDIT THE PRESIDENT BOTH BEFORE AND AFTER HIS ELECTION, WE WERE TOLD WE DIDN'T HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW AND THAT THE TAXPAYERS DON'T HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW IF THEIR MONEY WAS USED IN THIS WAY. IT'S TROUBLING. WE ALSO KNOW THAT NELLY ORR, THE WIFE OF A TOP DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE OFFICIAL, BRUCE ORR, WAS ACTUALLY GETTING PAID BY FUSION G.P.S., THE COMPANY THAT ULTIMATELY PRODUCED THIS FALSE DOSSIER. IF THAT'S NOT A CONFLICT OF INTEREST, IF THAT DOESN'T IMPAIR THE CREDIBILITY OF THIS INVESTIGATION, I DON'T KNOW WHAT DOES. WE ALSO DON'T KNOW WHO'S IN CHARGE. WE ASK QUESTIONS TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL REGARDING THE NATURE OF HIS RECUSAL. CAN THE ATTORNEY GENERAL APPOINT A SECOND SPECIAL COUNSEL TO EVALUATE THE CLINTON FOUNDATION? WE GOT CONTRADICTORY ANSWERS. SO AS WE PREPARE FOR THE DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, MR. ROSENSTEIN'S TESTIMONY BEFORE THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TOMORROW, WE DON'T KNOW IF MR. ROSENSTEIN CAN APPOINT A CERTAINLY COUNSEL OR THE ATTORNEY GENERAL. WE DO KNOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT IT. HARVARD RELEASED A POLL SAYING 60% BELIEVE THERE SHOULD BE A SECOND SPECIAL COUNSEL TO INVESTIGATE THE CLINTON FOUNDATION. SO LET'S LOOK AT THAT BIAS AS IT IS APPLIED TO MR. MUELLER AND HIS TEAM. WE HAVE NO IDEA HOW BOB MUELLER PICKED THE MEMBERS OF HIS TEAM. I ASKED THE F.B.I. DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHER WRAY, DID PEOPLE GET ON THE MUELLER TEAM BECAUSE THEY HATE PRESIDENT TRUMP? WAS THERE ANY VETTING? WAS THERE ANY REVIEW? DID WE LOOK AT POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS, POLITICAL ACTIVITY OR ACTIVISM FROM THESE FOLKS? AND THE F.B.I. DIRECTOR WOULD NOT ANSWER MY QUESTION. AND SO HERE WE ARE. UNCLEAR AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THE STANDARD TO INVESTIGATE THE PRESIDENT WAS A PRE-EXISTING BIAS AGAINST HIM. MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T BELIEVE THAT IT'S A COINCIDENCE THAT THE MUELLER TEAM IS POPULATED BY PEOPLE WHO BRING THAT BIAS WITH THEM AND WHO SEEMINGLY HAVE ACTED UPON IT. MR. WEITZMAN, WHO'S MUELLER NUMBER TWO, HE ATTENDED HILLARY CLINTON'S ELECTION NIGHT PARTY. ARE WE SAYING WE COULDN'T FIND A NUMBER TWO IN THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION THAT WASN'T AT HILLARY CLINTON'S ELECTION NIGHT PARTY? FOR GOODNESS SAKES, WE ALSO KNOW THAT MR. WEITZMAN SENT EMAILS TO SALLY YATES PRAISING HER FOR DIRECTLY DEFYING AN ORDER FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. THAT SHOULD HAVE DISQUALIFIED MR. WEITZMAN, BUT WE DON'T KNOW IF THAT WAS IN FACT THE QUALIFYING FACTOR THAT LED HIM TO BE ON THIS TEAM. AARON ZEBLY, HE'S ALSO A MEMBER OF THE MUELLER TEAM. HE REPRESENTED JUSTIN COOPER WHO SET UP THE HILLARY CLINTON EMAIL SERVER. COULD WE NOT HAVE FOUND PEOPLE FROM THE MUELLER TEAM THAT WASN'T INVOLVED IN SETTING UP AN EMAIL SERVER FOR HILLARY CLINTON, FOR GOODNESS SAKES? HE ALSO USED A HAMMER TO SMASH BLACKBERRIES, DESTROYING EVIDENCE. HECK, HE MAY BE A WITNESS AND YET HE'S ON THE MUELLER TEAM. JEANNIE WRAY, VERY DEFENDED THE CLINTON FOUNDATION AGAINST FOIA REQUESTS. IN FACT, HALF OF THE MEMBERS OF THE MUELLER TEAM HAVE FINANCIALLY CONTRIBUTED TO THE COMPLAINS OF BARACK OBAMA OR HILLARY CLINTON OR BOTH, AND NONE OF THEM CONTRIBUTED TO DONALD TRUMP. I DON'T THINK IT'S A COINCIDENCE AND I THINK IT'S RIDICULOUS THAT THE CONGRESS DOESN'T HAVE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT HOW THESE PEOPLE WERE SELECTED, HOW THEY WERE VETTED, HOW THEY WERE APPROVED. BUT IT'S NOT JUST THE MUELLER TEAM. IT'S ALSO THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. BRUCE ORR, THE HEAD OF COUNTERINTELLIGENCE, HE MEETS WITH CHRISTOPHER STEELE WHO IS THE AUTHOR OF THE DOSSIER DURING THE CAMPAIGN, AND THEN AFTER THE CAMPAIGN, HE MEETS WITH GLENN SIMPSON. ALL THE WHILE BRUCE ORR, WORKING AT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, HAS A SPOUSE GETTING PAID BY THE VERY PEOPLE DEVELOPING THESE LIES ABOUT THE PRESIDENT TO DISCREDIT HIM. IT IS SMOKING GUN EVIDENCE OF BIAS AND CONFLICT OF INTEREST. BUT IT'S NOT JUST THE MUELLER TEAM AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. IT'S ALSO THE F.B.I. ANDREW MCCABE IS THE CURRENT DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE F.B.I. WHEN HE WAS THE ASSISTANT AGENT IN CHARGE OF THE WASHINGTON FIELD OFFICE, HE WAS SENDING OUT EMAILS JUST WEEKS BEFORE THE 2016 ELECTION SAYING THAT THE HILLARY CLINTON INVESTIGATION WOULD BE GIVEN SPECIAL STATUS, THAT IT WOULD BE HANDLED BY A SMALL TEAM AT HEADQUARTERS. SO WHAT THAT MEANS IS THAT HILLARY CLINTON GOT DIFFERENT TREATMENT THAN ANY OTHER AMERICAN THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH THE MISHANDLING OF CLASSIFIED INFORMATION IN THE WASHINGTON, D.C., AREA. ABSOLUTELY OUTRAGEOUS. THAT SPECIAL TREATMENT DIDN'T LEAD TO A MORE RIGOROUS REVIEW. IN FACT, WE KNOW NOW THAT JAMES COMEY WAS DRAFTING THE EXONERATION STATEMENT BEFORE LOOKING AT KEY WITNESSES, INCLUDING HILLARY CLINTON HIMSELF. AND WE HAVE PETER STRUCK AT THE F.B.I. MR. STRUCK HAS BEEN DISCREDITED AND DEMOTED BECAUSE HE WAS SENDING 10,000 TEXT MESSAGES BACK AND FORTHWITH HIS MISTRESS ABOUT HOW MUCH HE LOVED HILLARY CLINTON AND HATED TRUMP. I DON'T THINK IT'S A COINCIDENCE THAT MR. STRUCK WAS THE PERSON THAT WENT AND CHANGED THE TERM GROCERY NEGLIGENT, WHICH IS A CRIME, TO CARELESS, IN THE EXONERATION STATEMENT ABOUT HILLARY CLINTON. . THE ATTORNEY GENERAL NEEDS TO DO HIS JOB AND APPOINT A SPECIAL COUNSEL BECAUSE HILLARY CLINTON WAS NEVER INVESTIGATED AND NEESDZ TO PUT UP OR SHUT UP. WE ARE A YEAR INTO THIS INVESTIGATION AND THE ONLY THING I SEE IS A BIAS THAT CONTINUES TO ERODE OUR INSTITUTIONS AND OUR RULE OF LAW AND THIS CONGRESS SHOULD STAND FOR IT NO MORE. I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. PERRY, SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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                                        • 05:21:06 PM

                                          SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES

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

                                          • 05:30:46 PM

                                            MR. PERRY

                                            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA FOR BRINGING THIS ISSUE TO THE FLOOR.…

                                            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA FOR BRINGING THIS ISSUE TO THE FLOOR. MR. SPEAKER, THIS CAN ALL BE CLEARED UP PRETTY QUICKLY WITH A LITTLE BIT OF TRANSPARENCY AND COMES DOWN TO THE ISSUE AND THIS IS THE ISSUE DO WE HAVE IMPARTIAL JUSTICE IN THIS COUNTRY OR DON'T WE? THE THE BLIND FOLD IS OVER HER EYES AND NOT LEANING ONE WAY OR THE OTHER, BUT IN THIS CASE IT SEEMS, I'M GOING TO SAY IT LIKE THE SCALES ARE NOT RIGHT ACROSS BUT HEAVILY ONE SIDE. AND LET ME MAKE A COUPLE OF POINTS. DIRECTOR MCCABE REFERRED TO THE CLINTON EMAIL INVESTIGATION AS SPECIAL, AS SPECIAL. WHY IS IT SPECIAL? WHERE IS IT ON THAT SCALE? IS IT UP HIGH OR DOWN LOW? WHY DID MRS. CLINTON -- WHY IS IT CALLED SPECIAL? WHY DID SHE HAVE A TEAM FROM HEADQUARTERS INVESTIGATE HER AS OPPOSED TO THE WASHINGTON FIELD OFFICE. THINK ABOUT THIS, IF THE F.B.I. CALLED YOU IT WOULDN'T BE FOR A MEETING OR INTERVIEW BUT A DEPOSITION. YOU SIT THERE WITH YOUR LAWYER. IT WOULDN'T BE CONVENIENT FOR YOU BUT CONVENIENT FOR THE F.B.I. MRS. CLINTON GETS TO HAVE A MEETING WITH THE F.B.I. WITH AN INTERVIEW ON A SATURDAY MORNING OF A HOLIDAY WEEKEND. CONTRAST THAT ON THE SCALES OF JUSTICE WITH PAUL MAN FOR THE. HE GETS HIS HOME BROKEN INTO AND DRAGGED OUT OF BED WHILE HE AND HIS WIFE ARE SLEEPING. SOMETHING DOESN'T SEEM RIGHT. THE MEETING ON THE TARMAC. THE F.B.I. IN THEIR EMAILS IT WAS REVEALED THEY WANTED TO GET THE AGENT THAT DIVULGED THAT THAT MEETING OCCURRED ON THE TARMAC AND WHAT THE MEETING WAS ABOUT JUST DAYS BEFORE SECRETARY CLINTON WAS GOING TO BE DEPOSED BEFORE THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND BE QUESTIONED AND INTERVIEWED ABOUT HER ROLE IN BEEN GASY, RIGHT? WHY DOES THAT HAPPEN? IT SEEMENTS LIKE THE SCALES OF JUSTICE ONCE AGAIN ARE TIPPED. PETER STROZOK AND INTERVIEWED A NUMBER OF PEOPLE AND THEY ALL GOT IMMUNITY. WHO GIVES IMMUNITY WITHOUT ANYTHING IN RETURN? THEY GOT IMMUNITY, WE GET IT. WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT WAS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT EQUATION. THIS IS NOT TO APOLOGIZE FOR OR TO STICK UP FOR MIKE FLYNN OR FOR PAUL MAN FOR THE. IF THEY COMMITTED CRIMES, THAT NEEDS TO BE DEALT WITH APPROPRIATELY. LYING PERIOD IS NEVER APPROPRIATE. BUT THEY DIDN'T GET THIS DEAL, RIGHT? THESE FOLKS DID GET THE DEAL. AND AT THE SAME TIME, WHILE THEY GOT THE DEAL, WE KNOW THEIR EMAIL AND INTERVIEWS THEY DID LIE TO THE F.B.I. SOME OF THESE FOLKS DID LIE. AND MICHAEL FLYNN DID LIE. ARE THE SCALES OF JUSTICE, DO THEY SEEM THEY ARE A LITTLE BIT ASKEW. WE KNOW THERE WAS ONE SEARCHING ABOUT HOW TO SCRUB A COMPUTER. CHERYL MILLS, SHE GOT IMMUNITY ALLEGEDLY TO GIVE UP HER LAPTOP. AND CAN'T GET PROSECUTED. SHOULDN'T THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW WHAT THE INFORMATION IS ON THE LAPTOP. WHY IS IT THAT THAT CONGRESS, THIS JURISDICTION OF OVERSIGHT AS APPLIED IN THE CONSTITUTION HAS TO BEG THE F.B.I. AND DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO PROVIDE DOCUMENTS SO WE CAN SEE WHAT HAPPENED AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND REPRESENTATIVES CAN KNOW HOW THIS DOSIER WAS CONSTRUCTED AND HOW IT WAS USED. WHY MUST WE BEG FOR THAT INFORMATION? MR. SPEAKER, THIS CAN ALL BE CLEARED UP. JUST PROVIDE THE INFORMATION. THERE DOESN'T HAVE TO BE A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR. MUELLER CAN FIND THE TRUTH. WE WANT THE TRUTH THAT IS IMPARTIAL AND NOT SOMETHING THAT IS FABRY RATED CAUSE WE HAVE AN F.B.I. THAT IS PURSUING INDIVIDUALS AS OPPOSED TO CRIMES. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW THAT THIS ISN'T A TIN-HORN DICTATORSHIP AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS USING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO WORK AGAINST THEIR POLITICAL RIVALS. THEY CAN TRUST THEIR F.B.I. AND RIGHT NOW IT DOESN'T SEEM LIKE THEY CAN HAVE CONFIDENCE. IF YOU ARE ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE SCALE, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S A BAD DAY FOR YOU. BUT IF YOU ARE CONNECTED AND PEOPLE WORKING FOR YOU, LIKE PETER AND BRUCE AND ANDREW, JEANNIE, AS THE DAYS GO ON, WE FIND OUT MORE AND MORE. AND WE DON'T FIND IT OUT BECAUSE THEY ARE OFFERING IT BUT WE HAVE TO PULL IT FROM THEM AND REQUIRE THEM TO COME IN HERE AND FORCE THE INFORMATION OUT OF THEM. WE NEED TO HAVE CONFIDENCE IN OUR F.B.I. AND NEED TO HAVE CONFIDENCE IN OUR DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. AMERICAN CITIZENS NEED TO HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THEIR JUDICIAL SYSTEM THAT THE BLIND FOLD IS ON LADY JUSTICE AND THE SCALES ARE EVEN AND GOING TO BE TREATED EVENLY AND CRIMES ARE GOING TO BE TREATED INDIVIDUALLY AND NOT A WITCH HUNT AGAINST PEOPLE WITH WHOM THE POLITICAL RULING CLASS DISAGREES. SO IF IT REQUIRES ANOTHER SPECIAL COUNSEL, SO BE IT. IF NOT, IT WOULD BE GREAT. AND PROVIDING THE INFORMATION THAT THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DEMAND. THERE IS NO REASON TO KEEP IT, IT'S NOT CLASSIFIED OR SENSITIVE BUT INFORMATION WE NEED TO KNOW SO WE KNOW WHO IS BEING TRUTHFUL WITH US AND HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THE FIDELITY OF OUR F.B.I. AND OUR DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, AND I YIELD.

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                                          • 05:37:28 PM

                                            MR. GAETZ

                                            I YIELD TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. HICE.

                                          • 05:37:35 PM

                                            MR. HICE

                                            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA. WE ALL WANT TRANSPARENCY AND FOR THAT…

                                            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA. WE ALL WANT TRANSPARENCY AND FOR THAT TO BE IN OUR GOVERNMENT, IT'S CRITICAL FOR ALL OF US AND BE ON THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE WHICH IS PART OF THE RESPONSIBILITIES ENTRUSTED TO US. BUT AFTER REPEATED SCANDALS AND MISCONDUCTS IT IS PATENTLY OBVIOUS TO ME THAT HILLARY CLINTON PLAYS BY HER OWN RULES AND DOES SO BECAUSE OF HER OWN STATUS AND POSITIONS OF POWER AND INFLUENCE AND BEEN IN THOSE ROLES FOR DECADES. SHE HAS BEEN GETTING A FREE PASS TO IGNORE THE LAW AS SHE CHOOSES WHERE SHE SEEMS ON THE OTHER HAND THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIS ADMINISTRATION SEEMS TO GET A SPECIAL COUNSEL JUST FOR SNEEZING. IT'S INSANE WHAT IS GOING ON AND WE AS AMERICANS MUST PRIORITIZE EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER THE LAW. LADY JUSTICE MUST REMIND BLIND AND HER SCALES MUST REMAIN BALANCED. THIS IS A FEM PRINCIPLE FOR ALL OF US AS AMERICANS AND SOMETHING WE CHERISH AND WE ARE WATCHING IT CHANGE RIGHT BEFORE OUR EYES. IT SEEMS AS THOUGH LADY JUSTICE IS PEEKING UNDERNEATH THAT BLIND FOLD AND THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE. WE ARE DRAWING ATTENTION TO THIS HORROR AND THIS CHANGE THAT'S TAKING PLACE, THE PRINCIPLE OF BLIND JUSTICE IS ONE OF THE MOST BASIC FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES IN THIS COUNTRY AND WITHOUT IT, WE ARE WATCHING INDIVIDUALS LIKE MRS. CLINTON AND HER ALLIES ACT ABOVE THE LAW. AND THE TRUTH IS A BREACH OF JUSTICE FOR ONE IS A BREACH OF JUSTICE FOR ALL OF US. BACK IN AUGUST OF 2016, "NEW YORK TIMES" REPORTED ON GENEROUS FOREIGN DONATIONS TO THE CLINTON FOUNDATION AND THIS WAS DONE WHILE SHE WAS SECRETARY OF STATE. THAT OUGHT TO RAISE SOME RED FLAGS, SHOULDN'T IT? AND WE FIND OUT MANY OF THESE FOREIGN COUNTRIES HAD ALREADY TREMENDOUS HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS, KUWAIT, FOR EXAMPLE, SAUDI ARABIA, QATAR AND OTHERS, HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AND GIVING TONS OF MONEY TO THE CLINTON FOUNDATION WHILE SHE WAS SECRETARY OF STATE. THEY SAID WE DISCLOSED THE INFORMATION ABOUT WHO WAS GIVING WHAT AND TRIED TO CONVINCE US THAT THEY WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND, BUT THEY DID NOT DO SO. WE FOUND ONE OF THE DONORS APPARENTLY -- IT WAS NOT DISCLOSED $3.5 MILLION FROM A FAMILY FOUNDATION THAT WAS LINKED TO URANIUM ONE WHICH WE HAPPEN TO BE TALKING ABOUT TONIGHT. WHO IS URANIUM ONE? OF COURSE WE KNOW THAT THIS WAS A COMPANY TAKEN OVER BY RUSSIA'S ENERGY FIRM. AND ANOTHER DECISION THAT WAS SIGNED OFF BY SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON. THE DOTS ARE PRETTY TO START CONNECTING. WE HAVE RED FLAGS HERE. THERE WAS $145R MILLION GIVEN TO THE CLINTON FOUNDATION BY URANIUM ONE'S OWNERS. I DON'T KNOW ABOUT ANYONE ELSE HERE, BUT I WOULD CERTAINLY KNOW IT IF I RECEIVED MONEY FROM RUSSIAN DONORS. TALK ABOUT RUSSIAN COL LIKE. LET'S TALK ABOUT IT HERE. AND I WOULD BE VERY CONCERNED THAT SOMEONE RECEIVING THIS MONEY WAS FREE OF BIAS OR COERCION WHEN THEY ARE GETTING THIS TYPE OF MONEY. LET ME LAND THE PLANE HERE. THERE IS A FULL-FLEDGE PD INVESTIGATION INTO PRESIDENT TRUMP'S INTERACTIONS WITH RUSSIA BUT WHERE IS THE INVESTIGATION ON HILLARY CLINTON? ACTIVITIES WITH THE RUSSIANS? THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ATTEMPTED TO SWEEP THIS SITUATION UNDER THE RUG AND LEFT HER OFF THE HOOK. THAT IS A DISGRACE. THAT IS INCOMPLETE DISREGARD FOR OUR NATION'S LAWS AND THAT OUGHT TO BE SOMETHING ELSE THAT IS LOOKED INTO. THE OBAMA'S ADMINISTRATION'S ROLE IN ALL OF THIS. ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS IS TAKING THIS SERIOUSLY AND GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS AND ENSURE THAT JUSTICE IS SERVED. THE F.B.I. MUST INVESTIGATE THIS THOROUGHLY AND WE MUST HAVE TRANSPARENCY AND MAKE SURE THAT SECRETARY OF STATE CLINTON IS HELD ACCOUNTABLE. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. I THANK THE GM THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 05:42:51 PM

                                            MR. GAETZ

                                            I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. JORDAN.

                                          • 05:42:57 PM

                                            MR. JORDAN

                                            DID THE COMEY F.B.I. AND THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION GO AFTER THE REPUBLICAN…

                                            DID THE COMEY F.B.I. AND THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION GO AFTER THE REPUBLICAN PARTY? DID THE F.B.I. AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WORK HAND IN GLOVE WITH THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN TO GO AFTER THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN? THAT'S THE FUNNEL QUESTION AND SPEAK ABOUT WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED. FIRST WE LEARNED THE D.N.C. AND THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN HAD THE DOSIER. THEY ARE ONE AND THE SAME PAID FOR THE DOSIER. THEY PAID THEIR LAW FIRM TO PAY FUSION GPS AND CHRISTOPHER STEELE. THIS IS A GREAT IRONY. MUELLER INVESTIGATING THE POSSIBLE CLUTION IN THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION AND YET WE KNOW JUST AS SURE AS I'M STANDING ON THE HOUSE FLOOR, WE KNOW THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN PAID RUSSIANS TO DO WHAT, INFLUENCE THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. THEY PAID FOR THE DOSIER. IT'S BEEN REPORTED AND I THINK IT HAS HAPPENED, BUT IT'S BEEN REPORTED THE DOSIER BECAME THE BASIS TO SECURE WARRANTS AT THE FISA COURTS. THEY TOOK THIS DISPROVEN, FAKE NEWS, "NATIONAL ENQUIRER" DOSIER AND SPRUCED IT ALL UP AND TOOK IT TO THE FISA COURT AND A JUDGE SAID THAT'S ENOUGH TO SPY ON AMERICANS. THAT'S WHAT IS REPORTED AND ALL THE EVIDENCE POINTS TO THAT ACTUALLY TAKING PLACE. THEY USE THIS DISPROVEN DOSIER TO SPY ON AMERICANS AND WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED IN THE PAST FIVE DAYS. BRUCE ORR, ASSOCIATE DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, FOUR DOORS FROM ROSENSTEIN, IN 2016, DURING THE CAMPAIGN IS MEETING WITH THE GUY WHO WROTE THE DOSIER, MEETING WITH CHRISTOPHER STEELE AND BRUCE O RMP R, ASSOCIATE DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, FOUR DOORS DOWN FROM ROD ROSSEN STEEN IS MEETING WITH GLEN SIMPSON. YOU HAVE ORR HANGING ON IT WITH THE GUY WHO WROTE AND PAID FOR THE DOSIER DURING THE CAMPAIGN. . HERE'S THE KICKER. THE SAME THAT BRUCE ORR IS WORKING WITH, HIS WIFE IS WORKING WITH FUSION G.P.S. WE KNOW THAT'S PUBLIC. WE KNOW THAT'S THE TRUTH. I APPRECIATE THE WORK THAT MR. GAETZ AND MY COLLEAGUES ARE DOING ON THIS. WE'RE SAYING, LOOK, GIVE US THE DOCUMENTS. ANSWER OUR QUESTIONS, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD, AND IF NOT APPOINT A SECOND SPECIAL COUNCIL SO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN GET THE TRUTH. BECAUSE IF THIS HAPPENED, AND I THINK IT DID, IF THIS IN FACT HAPPENED WHERE YOU HAD THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, THE F.B.I. WORKING WITH ONE CAMPAIGN TO GO AFTER THE OTHER CAMPAIGN, WORKING WITH THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN TO GO AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CAMPAIGN, IF THAT HAPPENED, THAT IS AS WRONG AS IT GETS, THAT IS SOMETHING THAT SHOULD NEVER TAKE PLACE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THAT'S WHY THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. THAT'S WHY THE CONGRESS CONGRESSMAN GAETZ IS DOING, OTHER COLLEAGUES ARE DOING, THAT'S WHY THIS IS SO IMPORTANT AND, AGAIN, IF YOU'RE NOT GOING TO DO THE JOB, JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, AT LEAST APPOINT A SECOND SPECIAL COUNCIL SO WE CAN GET ANSWERS AND WE CAN HOLD PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE WHO DID THIS IN THIS GREAT COUNTRY. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 05:47:06 PM

                                            MR. GAETZ

                                            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO FOR JOINING US ON THE FLOOR THIS EVENING.…

                                            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO FOR JOINING US ON THE FLOOR THIS EVENING. I PARTICULARLY THANK HIM FOR HIS WORK IN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE. THE GENTLEMAN'S CORRECT. WE JUST WANT OUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED. WE JUST WANT TO KNOW, DID THESE THINGS OCCUR THAT WOULD SEEM TO EVIDENCE CONCLUSION ON THE PART OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN WITH RUSSIANS TO INFLUENCE THE OUTCOME OF THE ELECTION. BUT OUR OWN JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND OUR OWN F.B.I. WON'T ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS. TOMORROW WE HAVE MR. ROSENSTEIN BEFORE THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. I HOPE HE DOES GIVE US ANSWERS. AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CON-- MAN CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. BIGGS, A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE.

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                                          • 05:47:47 PM

                                            MR. BIGGS

                                            SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA FOR LEADING THIS SPECIAL ORDER…

                                            SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA FOR LEADING THIS SPECIAL ORDER TONIGHT. I'M GRATEFUL FOR HIS WORK ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE, AND I WILL TELL YOU THAT I AM VERY APPRECIATIVE OF MY COLLEAGUES WHO ALSO CONTINUE TO WORK ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT TASK BECAUSE THIS, MR. SPEAKER, REMINDS ME OF PLAYING A BASKETBALL GAME. WHERE YOU GET THERE AND THERE IS A FIVE-ON-FIVE GAME EXCEPT IT'S NOT REALLY FIVE-ON-FIVE BECAUSE THE OTHER TEAM'S GOT THE REFEREES ON THEIR SIDE. THEY GOT THE SCORE KEEPER ON THEIR SIDE. THEY GOT THE STATISTICS ON THEIR SIDE. THEY GOT THE PERSON RUNNING THE CLOCK ON THEIR SIDE. AND THAT'S REALLY WHAT'S HAPPENED HERE. NOW, WE KNOW THAT'S WHAT'S HAPPENED HERE BECAUSE OF THE CONFLICT OF INTEREST AND BIAS THAT HAS TAKEN OVER AND CONTROLS THE ROBERT MUELLER SPECIAL INVESTIGATION'S TEAM. THAT'S A TEAM THAT'S BIASED. THIS HAS GOT A CONFLICT OF INTEREST. NOBODY IS GOING TO GET A FAIR SHAKE FROM THAT TEAM, AND WHY IS THAT? WELL, LET'S JUST THINK ABOUT THIS. COUPLE WEEKS AGO WE HAD THE F.B.I. -- EXCUSE ME -- ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS COME IN. HE'S A GREAT GUY. I ASKED HIM SPECIFICALLY, DO YOU HAVE ANY PROCEDURE TO VET CONFLICT OF INTEREST OR BIAS ON THE SPECIAL -- MUELLER SPECIAL TEAM OR ON THE -- IN THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE? HE SAID, NO, WE DON'T. WE DON'T HAVE THAT. HE DOESN'T HAVE A PROCESS. HE SAYS, IT'S UP TO EACH INDIVIDUAL TO DETERMINE IF THEY GOT THAT CONFLICT OF INTEREST OR BIAS. WELL, WE HAD DIRECTOR WRAY IN LAST WEEK. I ASKED HIM THE SAME QUESTION. HE BASICALLY THE SAME THING. NO, WE DON'T HAVE A PROCESS. MUELLER DOESN'T HAVE A PROCESS. IN FACT, IT IS AS IF THE PROCESS IS YOU NEED TO HAVE A CONFLICT OR BIAS IN ORDER TO GET ON MUELLER'S SPECIAL COUNSEL TEAM. THAT'S WHAT THIS IS STACKED UP TO BEING. WELL, THAT'S WHERE WE ARE TODAY. AND SO TOMORROW WHEN THE DEPUTY ROSENSTEIN COMES IN I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO ASKING HIM THE SAME QUESTIONS BECAUSE THERE IS CONFLICT, THERE IS BIAS. MY COLLEAGUES HAVE ALL ITERATED THAT TONIGHT. IT JUST HAPPENS OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN. YOU GET ON THAT TEAM, YOU HAVE TO HAVE A CONFLICT OR BIAS. WELL, SO WHAT ELSE IS IMPORTANT, WHAT ELSE HAS COME OUT OF THESE HEARINGS? WELL, I TELL YOU WHAT ELSE HAS COME OUT. WHEN I ASKED DIRECTOR WRAY, WE KNOW, WE KNOW WE HAVE A PROBLEM HERE AND DIRECTOR -- ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS SAID IT'S THE PERSON TO MAKE SURE THEY DON'T HAVE A CONFLICT, WE KNOW THERE IS A CLOUD, THERE IS A HUGE CLOUD THAT SITS RIGHT THERE. WELL, THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS. NO FIRM IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR WOULD EVER ALLOW THAT TO GO ON. HERE WE HAVE THIS. IT'S LIKE A DRIP, DRIP, DRIP FROM A FAUCET. EVERY DAY OR TWO, HERE'S ANOTHER CONFLICT OF INTEREST THAT COMES OUT. MAYBE MR. STRUCK, MR. OHR, MAYBE MR. OHR, MR. COOPER. IT JUST GOES ON AND ON. THIS IS RIDICULOUS. SO I ASKED DIRECTOR WRAY. I SAID, LOOK, YOU HAVE THE INSPECTOR GENERAL LOOKING AT THE HILLARY CLINTON INVESTIGATION RIGHT NOW AND ALL THESE OTHER INVESTIGATIONS. WHAT WILL YOU DO IF HE SAYS THERE WAS IRREGULARITIES IN THE HILLARY CLINTON INVESTIGATION. AND HE SAID, THIS IS A QUOTE, UNRING THE BELL, CLOSED QUOTE. HE SAID HE'S WILLING TO UNRING THE BELL. HE TALKED ABOUT PERSONNEL DECISIONS. SOME WILL HAVE TO BE LET GO, DISCIPLINED, RETRAINED, WHATEVER. MAYBE THEY'LL COME UP WITH A PROCESS TO VET CONFLICTS OF INTEREST AND BIAS IN INVESTIGATIONS. BUT I PRESSED HIM A LITTLE BIT HARDER. I SAID WHEN YOU GET TO UNRING THE BELL, IF YOU HAVE IRREGULARITIES IN THE HILLARY CLINTON INVESTIGATION, WILL YOU RECOMMIT TO OPEN UP THE INVESTIGATION? HE DIDN'T RECOMMIT. THAT'S WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN NOW. WE KNOW THERE ARE IRREGULARITIES. WE KNOW THAT'S WHAT THE INSPECTOR GENERAL IS GOING TO FIND. AND I TELL YOU THIS, WE HAVE GOT TO STOP MAKING THIS ADMINISTRATION PLAY A STACKED TEAM WHERE THE OTHER TEAM HAS NOTHING BUT BIASED AND CONFLICTED INVESTIGATORS WHO CONTROL THE CLOCK, WHO CONTROL THE SCORE, WHO CONTROL THE STATISTICS, WHO CONTROL THE REFEREES. THAT'S WHAT IS GOING ON HERE. IT MUST STOP AND IT MUST STOP NOW. AND WITH THAT IN MIND, IF THE -- IF MR. -- THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS, IF MR. WRAY, DIRECTOR WRAY, AND IF MR. ROSENSTEIN DO NOT PROVIDE THE INFORMATION CONGRESS HAS ASKED, THEY SHOULD BE HELD IN CONTEMPT AND WITH THAT, AGAIN, I THANK MY FRIEND FROM FLORIDA AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 05:53:08 PM

                                            MR. GAETZ

                                            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THE JUDICIARY…

                                            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. AND HE'S ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. WE HAVE TO GET ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS. AND IF WE DON'T, THE CONGRESS CAN NEVER HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THE OUTCOME OF ANY INVESTIGATION. IF WE CAN'T HAVE CONFIDENCE THEN OUR CONSTITUENTS, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CERTAINLY CAN'T EITHER. AT THIS POINT I'D LIKE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO ANOTHER MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, MY GOOD FRIEND FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT.

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                                          • 05:53:32 PM

                                            MR. GOHMERT

                                            THANK YOU. AND I DO APPRECIATE THE CONCERNS. OF MY FRIENDS HERE IN…

                                            THANK YOU. AND I DO APPRECIATE THE CONCERNS. OF MY FRIENDS HERE IN CONGRESS BECAUSE THIS IS JUST INCREDIBLE. YOU KNOW, WE -- MANY OF US HAVE READ, UNDERSTOOD WHAT HAPPENED DURING WATERGATE AND THOUGHT, SURELY THERE HAD BEEN ENOUGH THINGS PUT IN AS CHECKS TO PREVENT AN ADMINISTRATION FROM TOTALLY CO-OPTING THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. NO PRESIDENT SHOULD HAVE AN ADMINISTRATION THAT'S POWERFUL ENOUGH THAT IT COULD BE A SELF-SUSTAINING PARTY WHERE ALL OF THE POWERS, WHETHER IT'S THE I.R.S. THAT HAS PEOPLE IN KEY PLACES THAT PREVENT PEOPLE FROM GIVING, FOR EXAMPLE, PROPER TAX STATUS TO OPPONENTS OF AN ADMINISTRATION SO THAT THEY STAND A BETTER CHANCE OF BEING DEFEATED IN RUNNING FOR A SECOND ELECTION. IT HAPPENED DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. AND TO THE GREAT EMBARRASSMENT OR SHOULD BE EMBARRASSMENT OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION OF THE I.R.S. AND OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS NOTHING WAS DONE. IT APPEARS CRIMES WERE COMMITTED. NOTHING WAS DONE. WE WERE AGHAST. SURELY THE DODGE WOULD JUMP INTO THE I.R.S. AND CORRECT THIS AND STOP THIS -- THE D.O.J. WOULD JUMP INTO THE I.R.S. AND CORRECT THIS AND STOP THIS. I MEAN, NIXON MAY HAVE DREAMED OF THIS AT SOME POINT BURR WE ARE NOT AWARE OF IT -- POINT BUT WE ARE NOT AWARE OF IT. PEOPLE WOULD USE THE POWERS OF GOVERNMENT IN SUCH A FLAGRANT FORM AS WE'RE FINDING OUT ALMOST EVERY DAY NOW, NEW ALLEGATIONS -- NOT ALLEGATIONS -- NEW FACTS THAT SHOW THAT CORRUPTION AND POLITICAL ANIMUS AND ANYTHING BUT JUSTICE IS BEING CONDUCTED FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. AS AN ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY IN EAST TEXAS, AS A JUDGE GETTING TO KNOW AND HEARING SO MANY DIFFERENT FEDERAL AGENTS TESTIFY, MOST PEOPLE FELT LIKE, GOSH, IF THE F.B.I. COMES IN, THIS IS -- THESE ARE THE GUYS IN THE WHITE HOUSE, BUT MUCH OF AMERICA HAS SEEN WHAT CAN ONLY BE STYLED AS REAL CORRUPTION THAT'S TURNED THOSE WHITE HATS INTO A STINKING BROWN FOR SOME OF THE TOP PEOPLE. WE HEARD CHRISTOPHER WRAY, THE F.B.I. DIRECTOR SAYING, I THINK OF THE F.B.I. AND I THINK ABOUT THESE THOUSANDS OF GREAT FEDERAL AGENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO CARE ABOUT THEIR COUNTRY AND PROTECTING PEOPLE'S LIVES AND PROTECTING THE LAW. WELL, YEAH, I THINK ABOUT THAT, TOO, UNTIL MY MIND COMES BACK HERE TO WASHINGTON AND NOT JUST A SWAMP BUT AREAS THAT HAVE BECOME A CESSPOOL. IT IS UNBELIEVABLE TO THINK -- I SAW ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN THE OTHER NIGHT, ABOUT WATERGATE AND DEEP THROAT, AND AS I WATCHED -- OH, MY GOSH. YOU MEAN SOMEBODY IN THE WHITE HOUSE MAY HAVE HAD CONTACT WITH SOMEBODY THAT MAY HAVE HAD FUNDS THAT COULD BE USED? I MEAN, YOU LOOK AT WHAT IS COMING OUT IN THE NEWS EVERY DAY AND IT MAKES THAT LOOK LIKE KEYSTONE COPS. NOTHING COMPARED TO THE EXTENT THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION USED THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT -- AIN'T GOING BACK TO THE I.R.S. WHAT DID ROSENSTEIN OR ALL THESE OTHER GREAT JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS DO FOR US IN CLEANING UP THE MESS AT THE I.R.S.? NOTHING, NOTHING, NOTHING. WHAT DID ERIC HOLDER, LORETTA LYNCH DO TO CLEAN THINGS UP? WELL, THEY JUST KEPT DUMPING DIRT IN THAT WASHING MACHINE. MORE AND MORE DIRT IN THE WASHING MACHINE. JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT COULDN'T GET ANY WORSE, THEN YOU FIND A REPORTER SEIZED THE HUSBAND OF SOMEONE BEING INVESTIGATED IN A CLAN DES ION MEETING IN AN -- CLANDESTINE MEETING IN AN AREA NOBODY THOUGHT WOULD NOTICE, AND WHAT DID THEY WANT TO DO AT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT? WE FIND OUT THEY WANT TO GO AFTER THAT REPORTER. THEY WANT TO GO AFTER THAT REPORTER BECAUSE THIS REPORTER ACTUALLY WAS REPORTING SOME THINGS THAT MIGHT HELP GET SOME THINGS CLEANED UP. WE DON'T WANT THINGS CLEANED UP. WE WANT TO KEEP OUR LITTLE CESSPOOL TIGHT AND FRIENDLY WHERE WE KNOW ALL THE PLAYERS, WE KNOW ALL THE SWAMP RATS. WE HAVE GOT TO HAVE A MASSIVE CLEANOUT OF WHAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING, AND IT'S NOT HAPPENING. AND, YOU KNOW, THEN WE FIND OUT, GEE. THERE WAS THIS INVESTIGATION REGARDING RUSSIA TRYING TO VIOLATE THE LAW, PAY BRIBES, PAYOUTS, ANYTHING THEY COULD DO TO CORNER THE MARKET ON URANIUM AND GET UNITED STATES URANIUM IN THEIR OWN CONTROL AND, GEE, WHO ENDS UP HAVING THEIR FINGERPRINTS ON THAT? GUY NAMED ROSENSTEIN, AND IN FACT, THEN YOU SEE ONE OF THE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE INVESTIGATION OF CORRUPTION AND URANIUM AND PAYOFFS. WELL, THERE'S ROSENSTEIN'S NAME. . HE HAS AN ASSISTANT SIGNING FOR HIM, ASKING THE JUDGE TO SEAL HIS RECORDS, SO WE CAN'T KNOW WHAT'S ALL DONE BY THE F.B.I. KIND OF LIKE WE FIND OUT THERE IS SOMEONE -- THE UNDERCOVER AGENT THAT THE F.B.I. WAS USING, THAT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WAS USINGMENT -- USING. AND THEY GET AN AGREEMENT, A NONDISCLOSURE AGREEMENT. I MEAN, THE ONLY REASON I CAN THINK OF THEY'D WANT A NONDISCLOSURE AGREEMENT AT F.B.I. IS SO THAT THE INFORMANT WOULDN'T TURN AROUND AND TALK ABOUT HOW DIRTY THEY'D BEEN. WHY WOULD THEY GET A NONDISCLOSURE AGREEMENT -- I MEAN, THAT'S JUST -- I MIGHT EXPECT THE GUY THAT WAS THE INFORMANT DEMANDING A NONDISCLOSURE AGREEMENT FROM THE F.B.I. AND FROM THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT. YOU CAN'T TALK ABOUT WHAT ALL IDEA -- YOU CAN'T TALK ABOUT THE THINGS I DID BECAUSE THEN THE PEOPLE I WAS WORKING UNDERCOVER FOR YOU ON, THEY MIGHT TRY TO KILL ME. SO I DEMAND A NONDISCLOSURE AGREEMENT FROM THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT FROM THE F.B.I., SO YOU WON'T DISCLOSE THINGS THAT WILL GET ME KILLED. BUT NO, THAT'S NOT WHAT HAPPENED. UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, LORETTA LYNCH INJUSTICE DEPARTMENT, WE HAVE A NONDISCLOSURE AGREEMENT THAT THE PERSON THAT RISKED HIS LIFE COULDN'T DISCLOSE WHAT WAS GOING ON. SOUNDS LIKE SOMEBODY TO ME AT THE F.B.I. AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT HAD A PRETTY DIRTY CONSCIENCE AND THEY DIDN'T WANT TO BE OUTED. AND EVERY TURN -- OH, WELL THAT WAS SEALED. OH, WELL THAT'S A NONDISCLOSURE AGREEMENT. OL, -- OH, WELL YOU CAN'T HAVE ACCESS TO THAT. THE F.B.I. AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND THE PEOPLE THAT WE HAVE BEEN QUESTIONING HAVE REALLY KIND OF GOTTEN THEMSELVES IN A POSITION WHERE THEY'RE ABOVE THE LAW. THEY ARE ABOVE CONGRESS. AND IN THIS COUNTRY, WHERE THE BRANCH THAT THE FOUNDERS THOUGHT WOULD HAVE THE LEAST CONTROL EVER, THAT WAS THE JUDICIALER JUDICIARY, THEY'RE SMALL, THEY DON'T -- THAT WAS THE JUDICIARY, THEY'RE SMALL, THEY DON'T REALLY HAVE ANY POWER, THEY'RE LEGISLATING AND RUNNING EXECUTIVE BRANCH FROM UNDERNEATH THEIR ROBES. AND AT THE SAME TIME YOU'VE GOT THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE THAT HAS BECOME A NEW PLAYGROUND FOR PEOPLE THAT WANT TO WRITE LIKE CALF CAN. -- KAFKA. KNOCKING DOWN DOORS, IN THE WEE HOURS OF THE MORNING. OH, WERE THEY A THREAT? WELL, NO, NOT REALLY. BUT WE JUST NEED TO INTIMIDATE THEM. IT'S WHAT WE DO IN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT NOWADAYS. WE'RE THE DEPARTMENT OF INTIMIDATION. I'M TELLING YOU, MR. SPEAKER, THERE HAS GOT TO BE A MATERIAL CHANGE. THERE HAS GOT TO BE. THERE ARE TOO MANY PEOPLE CURRENTLY IN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND THE TOP OF THE F.B.I., NOT THESE FINE YOUNG AGENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT HAVE GIVEN EVERYTHING THEY HAVE, EVEN THOUGH MUELLER REMOVED THEIR ABILITY TO HAVE WISE COUNSEL, BECAUSE HE GOT RID OF THE LONG-TOOTH PEOPLE THAT HAD THE EXPERIENCE AND THE WISDOM TO KNOW -- LONG-TOOTHED PEOPLE THAT HAD THE EXPERIENCE AND THE WISDOM TO KNOW. HE PURGED THE TRAINING MATERIAL SO F.B.I. AGENTS COULD NOT KNOW HOW TO DISCERN IF SOMEBODY HAD BEEN RADICALIZED. AND THERE IS JUST SO MUCH THAT ALMOST NEEDS TO START FROM SCRATCH. AND WE'RE HAVING TO DEAL WITH THE PLAYERS LIKE ROSENSTEIN THAT HAVE BEEN IN THAT SYSTEM AS THEY WERE PART OF THE PROCESS, WHILE IT WAS CORRODING AND REALLY INFECTING. I THANK MY FRIENDS FOR CARING ENOUGH ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON TO STAND UP AND RAISE CANE. LIKE I SAID, YOU KNOW, JUST WHEN YOU THINK, WELL, THAT'S GOT TO BE THE FINAL SHOE DROPPING. THEN WE HAVE THIS STORY THAT THE WIFE OF THE DEMOTED D.O.J. OFFICIAL ACTUALLY WORKED FOR THE FIRM THAT PUT TOGETHER -- WAS BEHIND THE ANTI-TRUMP DOSSIER THAT WE BELIEVE MAY VERY LIKELY HAVE BEEN USED IN ORDER TO SURRAIL THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN -- SURVEIL THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN, IN ORDER TO USE THE D.O.J.. AND WORKING IN COLLUSION WITH NOT ONLY RUSSIA, BUT ALSO THE HILLARY CLINTON CAMPAIGN, IN ORDER TO ELECT A CANDIDATE THAT HAD NO CHANCE OTHERWISE. WELL, FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO USING THE D.O.J. AND THE FUSION G.P.S. AND THE RUSSIANS IN ORDER TO GET HILLARY CLINTON ELECTED. SHE DIDN'T GET ELECTED. BUT THAT CERTAINLY DOESN'T OWE ANYTHING TO NELLIE OHR OR BRUCE OHR OR THESE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN OCCUPYING THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AS IT TAINTED AROUND TURNED FROM WHAT CHRISTOPHER -- AND TURNED FROM WHAT CHRISTOPHER RAY SAID AN F THAT STOOD FOR FIDELITY TO NOW AN I THAT STANDS FOR INFIDELITY. LET'S GET BACK TO FIDELITY IN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT. LET'S GET BACK TO AN INCORRUPTABLE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT . I'M HOPING AND PRAYING WE'RE HEADED THAT DIRECTION. BUT I'M JUST NOT SEEING IT YET. I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 06:06:20 PM

                                            MR. GAETZ

                                            FORMER PROSECUTOR AND FORMER JUDGE CERTAINLY SHED A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF…

                                            FORMER PROSECUTOR AND FORMER JUDGE CERTAINLY SHED A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF LIGHT ON THE STARK DAYS THAT WE FOUND OURSELVES IN WITH THIS BIASED EFFORT AGAINST THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. JORDAN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. PERRY, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. HICE, FOR THEIR -- AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. BIGGS FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS NOT TO ONLY THIS -- MR. BIGGS, FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS NOT TO ONLY THIS SPECIAL ORDER, BUT TO THE CONVERSATION WE'RE HAVING IN THE COUNTRY. I'LL CONCLUDE WITH THIS. TOMORROW THE DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL WILL SERVE HIS RIGHT HAND AND SWEAR TO BE TRUTHFUL BEFORE THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND WE'LL ASK THESE TOUGH QUESTIONS ABOUT COORDINATION WITH DEMOCRATS AND THE D.N.C. AND POTENTIALLY THE F.B.I. TO GIN UP THIS FALSE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PRESIDENT. WE'LL ASK WHY A SENIOR OFFICIAL AT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HAD A SPOUSE WHO WAS WORKING FOR THE COMPANY THAT WAS TRYING TO DISCREDIT OUR PRESIDENT, BOTH BEFORE AND AFTER THE ELECTION. AND I HOPE HE DOESN'T GIVE THE SAME ANSWERS. THAT WE HEARD FROM THE DIRECTOR OF THE F.B.I., MR. RAY. MR. RAY SAID IN RESPONSE TO ALMOST ALL THESE QUESTIONS, WELL, WE'VE GOT AN INSPECTOR GENERAL. INSPECTOR GENERALS SNIFF AROUND ALL THESE THINGS AND IF THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG, WE'LL MAKE REFORMS AFTER WE HEAR BACK. THE TIME IS NOW. THE DANGER TO OUR COUNTRY IS CLEAR AND PRESENT. IF WE ALLOW OUR DULY ELECTED PRESIDENT TO BE UNDERMINED BY THESE UNFAIR AND BIASED TACTICS. SO I'M HOPEFUL THAT WE'LL MOVE PAST THE JARGON AND JUST GIVE STRAIGHT ANSWERS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, TO THESE VERY LEGITIMATE QUESTIONS THAT SO MANY OF OUR CONSTITUENTS ARE ASKING. WE SHOULD ALSO REMEMBER THAT THE INSPECTOR GENERAL PROCESS IS FAR FROM PERFECT. WE HEARD FROM ANSPECTER GENERAL, MR. MCCULLOUGH, WHO SAID THAT WHEN HE BROUGHT FORWARD CLAIMS HE WAS THREATENED, HIS FAMILY WAS THREATENED, HIS JOB WAS THREATENED. HIS AGENCY WAS THREATENED. AND THAT HE DID NOT HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TELL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE TRUTH. MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE THE TRUTH. THE TRUTH IS THAT THERE WAS NO COLLUSION. BETWEEN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA. IF THERE WAS ANY COLLUSION, IT WAS THE DEMOCRATS, IT WAS THE D.N.C. AND IT WAS THIS NEXUS BETWEEN MR. OHR AND HIS SPOUSE WORKING FOR THE VERY PEOPLE WHO WERE ENGAGED IN THESE DEVIOUS TACTIC. WE DESERVE BETTER. WE'RE GOING TO BE DEMANDING BETTER. TOMORROW IN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN

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                                          • 06:08:44 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE…

                                            BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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                                          • 06:09:15 PM

                                            MR. GARAMENDI

                                            MR. SPEAKER, ONE OF THE TASKS OF HAVING THE SECOND ORDER HOUR IS TO FIND…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, ONE OF THE TASKS OF HAVING THE SECOND ORDER HOUR IS TO FIND MYSELF SITTING HERE IN THIS CHAMBER LISTENING TO THE MOST ABSURD, RIDICULOUS CONVERSATION THAT I THINK I'VE EVER HEARD ANYWHERE. MY ESTEEMED COLLEAGUES WERE HERE FOR THE LAST HOUR IN A DIFFERENT WORLD. IN A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT UNIVERSE. NOT OF THIS WORLD, BUT A DIFFERENT UNIVERSE. I'M GOING, WHAT IN THE WORLD ARE THEY SAYING? BY MY RECOLLECTION, EVERY ONE OF OUR INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES SAID THAT RUSSIA WAS INVOLVED IN THE CAMPAIGN, AND DEVELOPING INFORMATION THAT WAS SUPPORTING THE CURRENT PRESIDENT. I'M GOING, I THINK THAT'S WHAT I HEARD OVER THE LAST NINE, 10, ALMOST 14 MONTHS NOW. AND YET MY COLLEAGUES ARE UP HERE IN A DIFFERENT WORLD. I'LL TELL WHAT YOU IT'S ALL ABOUT. THIS WASN'T THE SUBJECT MATTER THAT I WAS GOING TO TALK TO TONIGHT. BUT IT WAS REALLY ABOUT ANOTHER SCHEME THAT'S BEING PERPETRATED. THIS IS ALL ABOUT -- THIS LAST HOUR DISCUSSION WAS ALL ABOUT SOMEHOW TURNING THE TABLE SO THAT SPECIAL PROSECUTOR MUELLER IS DEMEANED, HIS WORK IS SOMEHOW NOT AUTHENTIC. SO THAT THE INVESTIGATION THAT IS COMING CLOSER AND CLOSER TO THE OVAL OFFICE IS DISCREDITED. SETTING THE STAGE FOR WHAT MAY VERY, VERY WELL BE AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TASK THAT THISES WHO HAS -- THAT THIS HOUSE HAS. THAT INVESTIGATION CONTINUES WE'LL HEAR EVEN MORE SHRILL DISCUSSIONS FROM THE PRESIDENT'S SUPPORTERS, TEARING DOWN THAT INVESTIGATION, UNDERMINING THE INTEGRITY OF IT. SO THAT WHEN THAT TASK COMES TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, IN AN IMPEACHMENT RESOLUTION, THEY WILL SIMPLY SAY, WELL, HIS ENTIRE INVESTIGATION IS DISCREDITED. AND THEREFORE WE'RE NOT GOING TO PROCEED. THE AMERICAN PUBLIC ISN'T BUYING IT, GENTLEMEN. THE AMERICAN PUBLIC IS NOT BLIND. THEY ARE NOT DEAF. THEY'RE LISTENING. AND THEY'RE UNDERSTANDING THAT AN HONEST INVESTIGATION IS UNDER WAY. BASED UPON WHAT OUR INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES DISCOVERED, BASED UPON THE FACT, THE FACT THAT THE RUSSIANS DID HACK THE D.N.C. AND DID HACK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HILLARY CLINTON CAMPAIGN. AND THEN WEAPONIZED THOSE EMAILS THAT WERE STOLEN. THAT'S A FACT, GENTLEMEN. AND YOU CANNOT WASH AWAY THAT FACT. AND FROM THERE WE NOW HAVE A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR, A SPECIAL COUNSEL IN PLACE WHO'S CARRYING ON AN INVESTIGATION. AND INDICTMENTS HAVE COME FORWARD. AND PENALTIES HAVE BEEN ASSESSED. AND PEOPLE HAVE PLEADED GUILTY. ALL OF THAT'S A FACT. AND IT'S POINTING CLOSER AND CLOSER TO THE WHITE HOUSE. AND THEREFORE I UNDERSTAND, GENTLEMEN, I UNDERSTAND WHY YOU'RE SO UPSET. I SUPPOSE IF I WERE SOMEHOW TO STAND HERE AND BE AN ADVOCATE FOR THE PRESIDENT, I MIGHT BE UPSET TOO. BECAUSE THE NET IS DRAWING TIGHTER. BECAUSE THE INFORMATION IS COMING CLEARER. SO COME TO THE FLOOR. DO WHAT YOU CAN. DO WHAT YOU CAN. TO UNDERMINE THE INVESTIGATION. DO WHAT YOU CAN THROUGH YOUR FAULTHOODS, THROUGH YOUR INCORRECT INTERPRETATIONS OF PLAIN FACTS. TO UNDERMINE THE INTEGRITY OF AN INVESTIGATION. I UNDERSTAND WHY YOU WOULD BE SO INTENT UPON DOING SO. BUT THE PURPOSE OF THIS EVENING ISN'T THAT. IT'S SOMETHING THAT WILL AFFECT AMERICA FOR THE NEXT TWO DECADES. AT LEAST. THE PURPOSE OF THIS HOUR IS TO TALK TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE WHILE THESE FOOLISH FLOOR DISCUSSIONS ARE GOING ON. WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE IN CONGRESS AT THIS MOMENT, THIS WEEK, IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST TRANSFERS OF WEALTH EVER IN AMERICA'S HISTORY. THE TRANSFER OF WEALTH FROM THE WORKING MEN AND WOMEN OF AMERICA , FROM THE POOR, FROM THE ELDERLY, TO THE SUPER WEALTHY OF AMERICA. WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE IN CONGRESS NOW, IN A CONFERENCE COMMITTEE, IS THE DRAFTING OF LEGISLATION, TAX LEGISLATION, THAT WILL DRAMATICALLY EFFECT THE AMERICAN ECONOMY FOR DECADES. TRANSFERRING WEALTH, BENEFITS THAT THE ELDERLY RECEIVE IN MEDICARE. TRANSFERRING BENEFITS THAT THE POOR RECEIVE IN FOOD STAMPS, IN MEALS ON WHEELS, IN MEDICARE, MEDICAID, CHILDREN'S HEALTH PROGRAMS, TRANSFERRING THOSE NECESSARY BENEFITS THAT THESE MEN AND WOMEN NEED TO SURVIVE TO BE ABLE TO LIVE, TRANSFERRING THOSE BENEFITS TO THE SUPER WEALTHY IN A TAX PROPOSAL THAT GIVES TO THE LARGEST AMERICAN CORPORATIONS AND TO THE TOP 1%, OVER A TRILLION -- EXCUSE ME, OVER $5 TRILLION OVER THE NEXT DECADE. . THAT'S WHAT'S HAPPENING. AMERICAN CORPORATIONS THAT HAVE ALREADY -- HERE'S A FACT. AMERICAN CORPORATIONS THAT HAVE ALREADY SEEN THEIR SHARE OF BURDEN TO FINANCE THIS GOVERNMENT, TO EDUCATE THE AMERICANS, TO KEEP OUR MILITARY, TO DEAL WITH NATIONAL SECURITY, THEY'VE SEEN THEIR SHARE OF THE FEDERAL REVENUE DROP BY 20%. ACTUALLY, 30% IN 1939, 1960, 15%, DOWN TO SOMEWHERE IN THE 5% TO 10% RANGE. AT THE SAME TIME THE BURDEN HAS SHIFTED TO THE MIDDLE CLASS. THAT'S WHAT'S HAPPENING. THAT'S WHAT SHOULD BE HAPPENING. HERE'S THE WAY WE OUGHT TO LOOK AT IT. ON THE MALL. HERE IN WASHINGTON. WE HAVE THE F.D.R. MEMORIAL. ETCHED IN THE MARBLE IS THIS. 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. I PRESENTED THIS UPSIDE DOWN ALMOST BY PURPOSE. BECAUSE THAT'S PRECISELY WHAT OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE DOING. THEY'RE TAKING THAT VALUE AND TURNING IT UPSIDE DOWN INSTEAD OF DOING MORE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE LITTLE, THEY'RE DOING MUCH FOR THOSE WHO ALREADY CONTROL THE GREATEST AMOUNT OF WEALTH EVER IN THE HANDS FULL OF A FEW PEOPLE SINCE THE 1400'S. FROM THE SPANISH EMPIRE. WAS RIPPING OFF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE. THAT'S WHAT'S HAPPENING. OF ALL OF THIS MONEY, ALL OF THIS, THE TOP 1% IN AMERICA'S BIGGEST CORPORATIONS ARE GAINING AND THE REST OF AMERICANS OVER THE NEXT FIVE TO SEVEN YEARS ARE GOING TO PAY FOR THAT. WE HAVE TO STOP THIS TAX CUT. WE HAVE TO STOP IT BECAUSE IT IS TERRIBLE PUBLIC POLICY. AMERICAN CORPORATIONS DON'T NEED MORE MONEY. IT WAS REPORTED TODAY THAT APPLE , THE WORLD'S LARGEST, MOST VALUABLE CORPORATION, APPLE IN MY STATE OF CALIFORNIA, IS SITTING ON $2.5 TRILLION OF CASH TODAY, IN THE UNITED STATES, AND ANOTHER $2.5 TRILLION OF CASH OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES. THEY WANT THEIR TAX RATE REDUCED. THEY'RE ALMOST PAYING NOTHING NOW BECAUSE THEY ARE ABLE TO ESCAPE AMERICAN TAXES. THEY SAY LOWER THE CORPORATE TAX RATE SO THERE'LL BE INVESTMENT IN AMERICA. IT AIN'T SO. IN THE LAST 20 YEARS, THERE'S BEEN A CATACLYSMIC CHANGE IN THE WAY IN WHICH CORPORATIONS USE THEIR PROFITS. IN THE 1970'S, 60%, 50% OR 60% OF THE AFTER-TAX PROFITS OF CORPORATIONS WENT INTO BUILDING THEIR BUSINESS. BUILDING NEW EQUIPMENT. NEW MANUFACTURING PLANTS. ADDING EMPLOYEES. INCREASING WAGES. THE REMAIN 40G% OR SO WENT TO DIVIDENDS. WHERE ARE WE TODAY? 90%. LESS THAN 10% GOES TO INCREASING THE COMPANY'S MANUFACTURING, THE COMPANY'S EMPLOYMENT, WAGES FOR WORKERS. WHERE DOES THE REST OF IT GO? IT GOES TO STOCK BUYBACKS. AND TO DIVIDENDS. IT GOES TO SHAREHOLDERS. WHO ARE THE SHAREHOLDERS? THE TOP 1%. THIS IS THE SCAM OF ALL TIME. THEY SAY WE GOT TO REDUCE TAXES ON CORPORATIONS SO THAT THEY WILL EMPLOY MORE AMERICANS. IF ONLY THEY WOULD. IF ONLY THEY WOULD. AT&T, I'M SURE YOU'VE HEARD OF AT&T. YOU KNOW WHAT THE EFFECTIVE TAX RATE OF AT&T IS? NOT 35%. NOT 30%. NOT EVEN 20% AS THIS TAX BILL WOULD SET AS THE MAXIMUM RATE FOR CORPORATIONS. THE EFFECTIVE TAX RATE FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS FOR AT&T HAS BEEN 8%. 8%. AND DURING THAT TIME, DID THEY USE THAT AFTER-TAX PROFIT TO ADD EMPLOYEES? TO INCREASE WAGES? NO. THEY LAID OFF 80,000 AMERICAN WORKERS. WHAT DID THEY USE THAT MONEY FOR? STOCK BUYBACKS. CORPORATE EXECUTIVES. $124 MILLION TO THE C.E.O. TWO YEARS AGO. I COULD GO ON AND ON BUT I'D LIKE TO BRING TO THIS DEBATE MR. CICILLINE WHO HAS DETERMINED THAT THERE IS A BETTER DEAL, BETTER WAGES, BETTER FUTURE, BETTER JOBS. MR. CICILLINE, PLEASE.

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                                          • 06:22:19 PM

                                            MR. CICILLINE

                                            THANK YOU. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA FOR NOT ONLY…

                                            THANK YOU. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA FOR NOT ONLY ORGANIZING THIS EVENING'S SPECIAL ORDER HOUR BUT FOR YOUR LONG-TERM ADVOCACY FOR WORKING PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY AND YOUR EXTRAORDINARY ADVOCACY FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA. AS YOU DESCRIBED WHAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE ATTEMPTING TO DO IN THIS TAX REPRO POSAL, IT'S CLEAR TO ME THAT THIS ISN'T TAX REFORM, IT'S NOT A TAX BILL, IT'S A TAX SCAM. IT'S A SCAM IN THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE BEING SOLD A BILL OF GOODS. ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY TONIGHT, THERE ARE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO WILL GO TO SLEEP TONIGHT WORRYING ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THEY'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO MAKE IT THROUGH THE NEXT WEEK. WHETHER THEY HAVE ENOUGH TO PAY THEIR BILLS, TAKE CARE OF THEIR FAMILY, TO SET ASIDE A LITTLE FOR THEIR RETIREMENT, AND THE REASON THAT THEY'RE WORRIED ABOUT THIS IS THEY'RE NOT MAKING ENOUGH MONEY. AND SO WHAT THE REPUBLICANS PROPOSE TO DO IN THIS TAX BILL WILL MAKE THAT PROBLEM WORSE. AND SO WE'VE SPOKEN OVER THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS ABOUT AN AGENDA THAT'S REALLY AT THE HEART OF THIS PROBLEM. IT RAISES INCOMES FOR FAMILIES. THAT REDUCES COSTS IN PEOPLE'S LIVES AND ENSURES THEY HAVE THE TOOLS TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN THE 21ST CENTURY. AND IT'S AN AGENDA THAT FOCUSES ON ADDRESSING THE FUNDAMENTAL AND ECONOMIC ANXIETY FACING MILLIONS OF AMERICAN FAMILIES ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. WE KNOW IT IS BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE STRUGGLING. THEY'RE NOT MAKING ENOUGH MONEY. THE SAME CAN'T BE SAID OF THE BIGGEST CORPORATIONS IN THIS COUNTRY WHERE WE'RE SEEING RECORD PROFITS, WALL STREET THROUGH THE ROOF. SO PEOPLE UNDERSTAND SOMETHING IS NOT WORKING RIGHT. IN OUR ECONOMY. THEY'RE STRUGGLING. THEY HAVEN'T SEEN THEIR WAGES GO UP FOR A VERY LONG TIME. AMERICA HASN'T HAD A RAISE IN A LONG TIME. CORPORATE PROFITS ARE THROUGH THE ROOF. AND STOCK MARKET IS THROUGH THE ROOF. PEOPLE ARE SAYING, THIS ISN'T WORKING. AND SO WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING IS INVESTING IN THE CREATION OF GOOD-PAYING JOBS THAT WILL RESULT IN BETTER JOBS, BETTER WAGES AND A BETTER FUTURE, BUT WHAT THIS REPUBLICAN PROPOSAL DOES IS IT RELIES ON THIS OLD REPUBLICAN THEORY, TRICKLE DOWN ECONOMICS. IF WE JUST LET PEOPLE AT THE VERY TOP HAVE MORE MONEY, IT'LL TRICKLE DOWN TO THE REST OF US AND WE ALL BENEFIT. WE KNOW THIS DOESN'T WORK. WE HAVE SEEN TIME AND TIME AGAIN THIS DOESN'T WORK. AND PART OF THE REASON IT DOESN'T WORK IS BECAUSE PEOPLE AT THE TOP CAN ONLY BUY SO MUCH STUFF. YOU SEE, THE WAY YOU REALLY GROW THE ECONOMY IS YOU GROW THE MIDDLE CLASS. MAKE SURE PEOPLE HAVE MONEY, HAVE A JOB, HAVE MONEY IN THEIR POCKETS TO BUY THE GOODS AND SERVICES BUSINESS PRODUCES. YOU GO TO ANY SMALL BUSINESS IN THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND AND SAY SO SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS WHAT DO YOU NEED TO ADD AN EMPLOYEE, TO ADD JOBS TO YOUR COMPANY? THEY GIVE YOU THE SAME ANSWER. I NEED CUSTOMERS. I NEED PEOPLE TO BUY WHAT I MAKE AND SELL. RAISING THE MIDDLE CLASS IS HOW YOU GROW THE ECONOMY. WORKING PEOPLE ARE CREATING THE DEMAND. WHAT THIS TAX SCAM DOES IS GIVES 67% OF THE TAX CUTS TO THE TOP 1%. HUGE BENEFITS FOR THE BIGGEST CORPORATIONS IN THIS COUNTRY. FURTHER INCENTIVIZES COMPANIES TO SHIP AMERICAN JOBS OVERSEAS. AND TO REALIZE PROFITS FROM DOING THAT. CUTS IMPORTANT DEDUCTIONS IN THE HOUSE BILL AT LEAST FOR STUDENT LOAN INTEREST, MEDICAL EXPENSES, STATE AND LOCAL TAXES, IT'S GOING TO RAISE TAXES ON 87 MILLION AMERICANS. MIDDLE CLASS FOLKS. WORKING PEOPLE. AND IN ORDER TO FINANCE THIS TAX CUT FOR THE RICHEST PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY AND THE BIGGEST CORPORATIONS WHO DON'T NEED IT, THE MIDDLE CLASS AND WORKING PEOPLE WILL PAY FOR IT AND THE NEXT GENERATION IS GOING TO BE BURDENED WITH $1.5 TRILLION IN DEBT OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. WE'RE BORROWING MONEY TO GIVE TAX CUTS TO BIG CORPORATIONS, THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY AND WE'RE GOING TO SHOULDER THE NEXT GENERATION WITH THAT BURDEN. SHAME ON THEM. SO THIS CONFERENCE COMMITTEE IS MEETING AND GOING TO COME UP WITH SOME PROPOSAL THAT APPARENTLY IS GOING TO BE PLEASING TO THEIR DONORS. WE KNOW IN THE SENATE, THEY -- SOME OF THE DONORS HAD THE PROVISIONS OF THE BILL BEFORE MEMBERS OF THE SENATE HAD THEM. THEY CAME OUT WITH HANDWRITTEN NOTES IN THE MARGINS, THEY WERE SO DESPERATE TO GET THIS DONE FOR THE MONEYED CLASS. IN FACT, SOME OF OUR COLLEAGUES ADMITTED IT AND SAID, LOOK, IF WE DON'T PASS THIS, OUR DONORS SAID, DON'T BOTHER CALLING US. WE NEED TAX REFORM THAT PROVIDES A TAX CUT TO WORKING PEOPLE AND THE MIDDLE CLASS. WE COULD HAVE DONE THAT IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. THE LAST TIME THERE WAS TAX REFORM, THERE WERE HUNDREDS OF WITNESSES, MONTHS OF TESTIMONY. THIS STUFF IS COMPLICATED. WHAT HAPPENED IN THE HOUSE? NOT ONE HEARING. NOT ONE WITNESS. JAMMED THROUGH AS CONGRESSMAN RASKIN SAID IN THE DARK OF NIGHT, AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT. THE MORE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HEAR ABOUT THIS TAX SCAM, THEY KNOW IT'S NOT FOR THEM. THEY KNOW THEY'RE NOT GOING TO BENEFIT. THEY KNOW THE SAME CORPORATE SPECIAL INTERESTS THAT HAVE SOMP INFLUENCE IN THIS TOWN HELPED WRITE THIS BILL AND THEY'RE GOING TO BENEFIT FROM IT. THEY ARE DETERMINED TO JAM THIS THROUGH, REGARDLESS OF THE PUBLIC SENTIMENT. 2-1, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE AGAINST THIS BILL THAT NUMBER WILL GROW THE MORE PEOPLE LEARN ABOUT IT. DOESN'T SEEM TO MATTER. THAT DOESN'T SEEM TO MATTER. AND SO I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR INVITING ME TONIGHT AND ALLOWING ME TO HAVE A FEW MINUTES TO SPEAK. YOU'VE BEEN HERE LONGER THAN I HAVE, MR. GARAMENDI. I CAN SAY WITH ALL HONESTY THAT THE DAY THAT BILL PASSED THE HOUSE WAS ONE OF THE WORST DAYS I HAVE EVER BEEN IN THIS CHAMBER BECAUSE I KNOW HOW THIS TAX SCAM THIS EFFORT BY THE REPUBLICANS, IS GOING TO HURT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I DON'T KNOW, I'VE NEVER SEEN A SITUATION IN WHICH PUBLIC SENTIMENT WAS SO STRONGLY OPPOSED TO THIS MEASURE AND DESPITE THAT OUR COLLEAGUES ARE MOVING FORWARD WITH IT. I DON'T KNOW THAT YOU'VE SEEN AN OCCASION LIKE THIS BEFORE BUT I'D LIKE TO YIELD BACK TO YOU AND HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS ON THAT.

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                                          • 06:28:47 PM

                                            MR. GARE MENGKE

                                            THANK YOU, MR. CICILLINE. ACTUALLY, I HAVE SEEN SOMETHING LIKE THIS…

                                            THANK YOU, MR. CICILLINE. ACTUALLY, I HAVE SEEN SOMETHING LIKE THIS BEFORE. LAST SUMMER. REPEAL OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, OR AT LEAST THE ATTEMPT TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, WHERE 24 MILLION AMERICANS WERE GOING TO LOSE THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE. THIS HOUSE RAMMED IT RIGHT THROUGH. JUST TOTALLY IGNORING THE WELFARE, AND I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT CORPORATE WELFARE, I'M TALKING ABOUT THE WELL BEING OF 24 MILLION AMERICANS WHO STOOD TO LOSE THEIR INSURANCE. AND NOW THEY'RE BEING REPEATED. IN FACT, IN THIS LEGISLATION, THERE IS A PROVISION THAT, WELL, IT WOULD ONLY COST 13 MILLION -- CAUSE 13 MILLION AMERICANS TO LOSE THEIR INSURANCE. NOT ONLY ARE THEY DOING THIS TAX SADDAM AS YOU SO WELL DESCRIBED IT, BUT THEY PUT IN A PROVISION THAT WOULD CAUSE 13 MILLION AMERICANS TO LOSE THEIR INSURANCE OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL YEARS AND FOUR MILLION NEXT YEAR. YOU GO, WHAT MORALITY DO YOU HAVE? WHAT ARE YOUR VALUES WHEN YOU DO THAT KIND OF THING? SO YES, I'VE SEEN IT. AND WE'RE SEEING IT ONCE AGAIN. WHAT IS THE VALUE? IT'S NOT THIS. IT'S NOT THE TEST OF OUR PROGRESS. OF WHAT WE DO FOR THOSE WHO HAVE LITTLE. IT'S THE UPSIDE DOWN OF THAT. IT'S HOW CAN WE DO MORE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE MUCH. THE TOP 1%. I DON'T KNOW, MR. CICILLINE, YOU'RE FROM RHODE ISLAND, I'M FROM CALIFORNIA, I THINK THE VIEW FROM THE OCEAN TO OCEAN AND SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN THERE'S GOT TO BE SOME SANITY. IF YOU WILL.

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                                          • 06:30:23 PM

                                            MR. CICILLINE

                                            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I THINK THE OTHER THING THAT'S VERY…

                                            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I THINK THE OTHER THING THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE HERE AND I THINK WE'VE HEARD SPEAKER SAY THIS, WE HEARD SENATOR RUBIO MAKE REFERENCE TO THIS, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, I HOPE, UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS PART ONE OF A MULTIPART STORY. OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE MADE IT VERY CLEAR THAT THIS TAX SCAM THIS SORT OF GIVEAWAY TO CORPORATE AMERICA AND THE RICHEST IN THIS COUNTRY IS JUST PART ONE THAT NEXT YEAR, AFTER YOU GIVE AWAY $1.5 TRILLION, UNPAID FOR, YOU COME BACK NEXT YEAR AND SAY, WE HAVE NO MONEY. . WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO CUT SOCIAL SECURITY, CUT MEDICARE, CUT MEDICAID, CUT PELL GRANTS, CUT INVESTMENTS IN HEALTH CARE, CUT INVESTMENTS IN REBUILDING THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF OUR COUNTRY. SO OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE SETTING THIS UP AS AN EFFORT TO GUT MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. LET'S BE CLEAR ABOUT THAT. YOU CAN'T GIVE AWAY $1.5 TRILLION THAT YOU DON'T HAVE AND THEN NEXT YEAR THEY'RE GOING TO BE ENCOURAGED TO SAY, GEE, WE HAVE NO MONEY. WE HAVE TO CUT ALL THESE PROGRAMS THAT MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS AND WORKING FAMILIES RELY ON TO SURVIVE AND TO PROSPER AND TO GET A SHOT. AND THEIR ANSWER IS GOING TO BE, THERE'S NO MONEYMENT AND WHY ISN'T THERE ANY MONEY? BECAUSE WE -- MONEY. AND WHY ISN'T THERE ANY MONEY? BECAUSE WE GAVE IT AWAY TO MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES AND CORPORATIONS AND PEOPLE WHO DIDN'T NEED IT AND AS A RESULT YOU'RE GOING TO PAY FOR IT BY CUTTING MEDICARE AND CUTTING SOCIAL SECURITY AND CUTTING PELL GRANTS. THE IMMORALITY OF THIS IS STUNNING. AND SO I THINK WE HAVE TO NOT ONLY DEFEAT THIS TAX SCAM, BUT CALL IT OUT FOR WHAT IT IS. THIS IS AN EFFORT BY OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO FINALLY GET WHAT THEY WANT. I THINK OUR SPEAKER HAS SAID, I DREAMED ABOUT IT OR I DRANK BEER THINKING ABOUT CUTS TO MEDICARE AND MEDICAID, THEY CALLED THEM ENTITLEMENTS. THESE ARE NOT ENTITLEMENTS. THESE ARE EARNED BENEFITS THAT PEOPLE GET AFTER A LIFETIME OF HARD WORK. OF PLAYING BY THE RULES. OF DOING WHAT'S RIGHT. THIS IS PHASE ONE OF A MULTIPHASE PLAN WHICH WILL HURT WORKING PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY AND WE HAVE TO CALL THEM OUT ON IT. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 06:32:26 PM

                                            MR. GARAMENDI

                                            THANK YOU, MR. CICILLINE. YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. IT USED TO BE, I…

                                            THANK YOU, MR. CICILLINE. YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. IT USED TO BE, I THINK JUST TWO OR THREE MONTHS AGO, THAT ON THIS FLOOR YOU WOULD HEAR THE SOUND OF THE DEFICIT HAWKS. WOULD YOU HEAR THEM SCREAMING, CRYING OUT ABOUT THE HUGE DEFICIT. AND INDEED WE DO HAVE A HUGE DEFICIT. LOOK AT THE GROWTH OF THE DEFICIT. THIS IS 2027 AT END OF THIS TAX BILL. IT'S GROWING AT $500 MILLION A YEAR WITHOUT THE ADDITIONAL DEFICIT CREATED BY THE TAX BILL. AND THEY WOULD CRY. THEY WOULD LAMENT THE SITUATION. AND SUDDENLY, MAYBE IT'S BECAUSE IT'S WINTER, AND LIKE THE CANADIAN GEESE, THEY FLEW SOUTH. THEY'VE DISAPPEARED. THEY'RE NOWHERE TO BE FOUND AROUND WASHINGTON, D.C. BUT I SUSPECT WITH THE NEW YEAR, AS THE DAYS GROW LONGER, AS IT WARMS UP, THE DEFICIT HAWKS WILL RETURN. AND THEY'LL COME BACK WITH A VENGEANCE, JUST AS YOU SAID. WAIT A MINUTE. YOU DIDN'T SAY IT. YOU REPEATED WHAT THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SAID. WHAT OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES VOTED FOR. IN THEIR BUDGET PROPOSAL JUST AHEAD OF THIS TAX PROPOSAL. THEY SAID IT VERY, VERY CLEAR. THEY INTEND TO TAKE $500 BILLION OUT OF MEDICARE, RIGHT OUT OF THE HEALTH CARE FOR SENIORS. THEY INTEND, THEY DID IT IN THEIR BUDGET, THEY DID IT IN THEIR WORDS, THE SPEAKER DID IT IN HIS OWN WORDS, THEY INTEND TO CUT MEDICARE $500 BILLION, MEDICAID, MEDICAID BY $1.5 TRILLION. SO THAT THE DEFICIT THAT THEY CREATED WITH THE TAX SCAM THAT GIVES ALL OF THAT MONEY TO THE WEALTHY, AND TO THE CORPORATIONS, THEY'RE GOING TO TAKE IT RIGHT OUT OF THE POCKETS OF THE ELDERLY. THEY'RE GOING TO TAKE IT RIGHT OUT OF THE POCKETS OF THE POOR. AND KEEP IN MIND THAT SOME 50% TO 60% OF MEDICAID MONEY GOES TO SENIORS IN NURSING HOMES AND IN EXTENDED CARE FACILITIES. SOMETHING IS DRAMATICALLY WRONG. WHERE IS THE MORALITY OF THIS? WHERE IS THE HUMAN VALUE? WHERE ARE THE WORDS? WHERE ARE THE WORDS OF F.D.R.? BLOWING IN THE WIND. LONG GONE. MR. CICILLINE, I'VE NOTICED WE'VE BEEN JOINED BY ONE OF OUR COLLEAGUES. I DON'T KNOW IF SHE WANTS TO JOIN US OR NOT.

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                                          • 06:35:04 PM

                                            MR. CICILLINE

                                            A DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE.

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                                            MR. GARAMENDI

                                            WELL, THEN, WE'LL JUST CONTINUE.

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                                            MR. CICILLINE

                                            IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD. YOU KNOW, IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE HERE, I…

                                            IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD. YOU KNOW, IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE HERE, I THINK MY MEMORY IS CORRECT ON THIS, THAT THE $1.5 TRILLION IN DEBT WHICH WILL BE GENERATED BY THIS TAX GIVEAWAY IS EXACTLY THE SAME NUMBER THAT THEY CUT FROM MEDICARE AND MEDICAID IN THE BUDGET THEY JUST VOTED ON. SO WE DON'T HAVE TO WONDER WHETHER THAT'S THE PLAN. THEY'VE ALREADY DONE IT IN THE BUDGET THAT THEY'VE PROPOSED. AS YOU SAID, THE SPEAKER, SENATOR RUBIO AND OTHERS HAVE ALREADY ACKNOWLEDGED THIS. SO THIS SHOULD BE CLEAR. WE ARE GOING TO VOTE AND HAVE ALREADY VOTED TO GIVE A TAX CUT --

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                                          • 06:35:45 PM

                                            MR. GARAMENDI

                                            WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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                                            MR. CICILLINE

                                            YES, OF COURSE.

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                                            MR. GARAMENDI

                                            THE WORD WE IS INCORRECT.

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                                            MR. CICILLINE

                                            YOU'RE RIGHT. THEY HAVE ALREADY VOTED, THEY HAVE ALREADY VOTED TO CUT $1.5…

                                            YOU'RE RIGHT. THEY HAVE ALREADY VOTED, THEY HAVE ALREADY VOTED TO CUT $1.5 TRILLION, TO GIVE A TAX CUT TO THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY, TO THE BIGGEST CORPORATIONS, AND IN ORDER TO PAY FOR THAT, THEY INTEND TO GUT MEDICARE AND MEDICAID AND A WHOLE RANGE OF OTHER VERY IMPORTANT INVESTMENTS WE MAKE, THAT OUR COUNTRY MAKES IN SUPPORTING AND STRENGTHENING THE MIDDLE CLASS. IT SHOULDN'T BE A SURPRISE TO ANYONE THAT WHEN NEXT YEAR, AS YOU SAID, THE DEFICIT HAWKS RETURN IN THE WARM WEATHER TO SAY, OH, MY GOODNESS, THERE'S NO MONEY, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO END THE GUARANTEE OF MEDICARE, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO CUT SOCIAL SECURITY, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO ELIMINATE OR CUT PELL GRANTS. WE'RE GOING TO REDUCE ALL THESE INVESTMENTS WHICH MATTER SO MUCH TO WORKING FAMILIES IN THIS COUNTRY. AND THEY ARE SPENT ON DOING THAT. THEY'VE TRIED TO DO IT FOR THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS. BUT NOT TO THE MAGNITUDE OF SUCCESS THAT THEY EXPECT WHEN THEY DRAIN THE COFFERS BY GIVING AWAY THE MONEY. WHICH IS EXACTLY THEIR STRATEGY. AND IT'S WHY WE HAVE TO FIGHT HARD AGAINST THIS TAX SCAM. BECAUSE IT'S NOT JUST A TAX GIVEAWAY TO PEOPLE WHO DON'T NEED IT. IT'S WHAT IT WILL DO TO THE ECONOMY. I THINK THERE WAS A "NEW YORK TIMES" ANALYSIS OF 38 ECONOMISTS . NOT ONE, AND NOT ANY ECONOMIST I HAVE EVER HEARD OF YET HAS SAID IN THIS TAX CUT WILL PAY FOR ITSELF. WE KEEP HEARING OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES, OH, THIS IS GOING TO PAY FOR ITSELF. THE ECONOMY'S GOING TO GROW AND -- IT'S A PIPE DREAM. THERE'S NOT A SINGLE ECONOMIST. REPUBLICAN, DEMOCRAT, INDEPENDENT, WHO SAYS THESE TAX CUTS WILL PAY FOR THEMSELVES. IT'S BECAUSE THEY WON'T. WHO WILL PAY FOR THEM? THE MIDDLE CLASS OF THIS COUNTRY. I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 06:37:30 PM

                                            MR. GARAMENDI

                                            IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD FOR A MOMENT. WE'VE HEARD THAT ARGUMENT OVER…

                                            IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD FOR A MOMENT. WE'VE HEARD THAT ARGUMENT OVER AND OVER. IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN, THE ECONOMY IS WORKING PRETTY CLOSE TO MAXIMUM RIGHT NOW. 3%. THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE'S 4%. OR IN THAT RANGE. MAYBE A LITTLE LOWER. AND THE FEDERAL RESERVE IS LOOKING AT INCREASING THE INTEREST RATE TO SLOW DOWN THE ECONOMY. AND OUR REPUBLICAN FRIENDS SAY THEY NEED TO BEEF UP THE ECONOMY. SO TELL ME HOW IT WORKS, WHEN YOU BORROW MORE MONEY FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BORROWS MORE MONEY FOR THE DEFICIT, THAT CAUSES INTEREST RATES TO GO UP BECAUSE THEY'RE COMPETING WITH OTHER FOLKS WHO WANT TO BORROW MONEY. THE FEDERAL RESERVE IS INCREASING INTEREST RATES. SO WE CAN LOOK FOR INTEREST RATES GOING UP. THE ECONOMY'S SLOWING DOWN. SO HOW DOES THIS INCREASE? IT JUST DOESN'T WORK IN MACROECONOMIC TERMS. BUT I DON'T WANT TO BE AN ECONOMIST. I WANT TO BE JUST FACTUAL. SO IF I MIGHT FOR A MOMENT, 10 POPULAR DEDUCTIONS THAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE LIMITING OR REPEALING IN THEIR TAX BILL. THE LIST OF HORRIBLES. LIMITS TO STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION. BIG PROBLEM FOR CALIFORNIA. BIG PROBLEM FOR NEW YORK. BIG PROBLEM FOR REALLY EVERY STATE. BECAUSE EVERY STATE HAS TAXPAYERS THAT DEDUCT STATE AND LOCAL TAXES. FOR CALIFORNIA IN MY DISTRICT, THE 32% OF THE TAXPAYERS USE THIS DEDUCTION. AND IT'S OVER $10,000. WE'RE A HIGH-COST STATE. HOUSING AND SO FORTH.

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                                          • 06:39:02 PM

                                            MR. CICILLINE

                                            IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD. ONE THING TO REMEMBER THERE IS, SO STATES…

                                            IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD. ONE THING TO REMEMBER THERE IS, SO STATES THAT ARE INVESTING IN THEIR INFRASTRUCTURE, INVESTING IN PUBLIC SAFETY, THAT ARE ASKING THEIR LOCAL TAXPAYERS TO DO THEIR PART, YOU PUNISH THEM AND YOU INCENTIVIZE STATES THAT ARE NOT MAKING THAT INVESTMENT. IT'S BAD PUBLIC POLICY.

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                                          • 06:39:21 PM

                                            MR. GARAMENDI

                                            YOU MENTIONED THIS ONE. BUT I THINK WE NEED TO FOCUS ON IT. RIGHT NOW IF…

                                            YOU MENTIONED THIS ONE. BUT I THINK WE NEED TO FOCUS ON IT. RIGHT NOW IF YOU'RE GOING TO GO TO COLLEGE, YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO ALMOST, EVERY PERSON, BORROW MONEY. STUDENT DEBT, IT'S OVER $1,200,000,000 OF STUDENT DEBT. AND PEOPLE, YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN THAT GRADUATE ARE BURDENED BY THAT STUDENT DEBT. THEY'RE NOT BUYING CARS. THEY'RE NOT BUYING AND BUILDING A BUSINESS. THEY'RE TRYING TO PAY OFF THE DEBT. THEY'RE ABLE TO DEDUCT TRT ON THAT DEBT. HELPS THEM -- DEDUCT THE INTEREST ON THAT DEBT. HELPS THEM OUT A LITTLE BIT. SO WHAT DO OUR REPUBLICAN FRIENDS DO? THEY ELIMINATE THE INTEREST DEDUCTION ON STUDENT DEBT. YOU HAVE SPOKEN TO THIS. I YIELD TO YOU.

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                                          • 06:40:02 PM

                                            MR. CICILLINE

                                            I STARTED -- I WAS JUST GOING TO SAY THAT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE, WHAT THIS TAX…

                                            I STARTED -- I WAS JUST GOING TO SAY THAT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE, WHAT THIS TAX SCAM DOES IS PARTICULARLY DAMAGING. BECAUSE IT NOT ONLY SADDLES THE NEXT GENERATION WITH $1.5 TRILLION OF DEBT, BUT IN ADDITION TO IT, IT MAKES THEIR COST OF PURSUING HIGHER EDUCATION MORE EXPENSIVE. WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND THINKS IT'S A GOOD IDEA TO MAKE IT HARDER OR MORE EXPENSIVE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO GO TO COLLEGE? WE OUGHT TO BE MAKING IT EASIER, MORE AFFORDABLE, LESS DIFFICULT. YOUNG PEOPLE ARE ALREADY GRADUATING WITH ENORMOUS DEBT, GOING TO A TOUGH JOB MARKET IN TERMS OF WHAT THEY CAN EARN, AND THE REPUBLICANS ARE TAKING AWAY THE DEDUCTION SO THEY CAN FINANCE THE TAX CUT FOR THE RICHEST PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY?

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                                          • 06:40:44 PM

                                            MR. GARAMENDI

                                            PRESS SIGHLY. IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD -- PRECISELY. IF THE GENTLEMAN…

                                            PRESS SIGHLY. IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD -- PRECISELY. IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD. PRECISELY WHAT THEY ARE DOING. YOU TALKED EARLIER ABOUT A BETTER PLAN. YOU TALKED ABOUT BETTER EDUCATION. ABOUT BETTER OPPORTUNITIES. WE KNOW, AND YOU AND I HAVE BEEN ON THIS FLOOR TALK ABOUT HOW -- TALKING ABOUT HOW TO BUILD THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. AND IN THAT DISCUSSION WE KNOW THAT THE ECONOMY GROWS ON RESEARCH IT. GROWS ON RESEARCH AT UNIVERSITIES -- RESEARCH. IT GROWS ON RESEARCH AT UNIVERSITIES ALL ACROSS THIS NATION. SO WHAT DO OUR REPUBLICAN FRIENDS DO IN THEIR TAX BILL? THEY ARE GOING TO MAKE IT EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO DO RESEARCH AT THE UNIVERSITIES BY PLACING A VERY ONEROUS TAX ON GRADUATE STUDENTS WHO ARE WORKING IN THOSE RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS. RIGHT NOW GRADUATE STUDENTS GET PAID A STIPEND. A SMALL. A MONEY TO DO THE RESEARCH IN THOSE -- A SMALL AMOUNT OF MONEY TO DO THE RESEARCH IN THOSE INSTITUTIONS. AND THEY GET THEIR TUITION FREE. OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES, FOR REASONS THAT MAKE NO SENSE WHATSOEVER, WOULD TAX THAT TUITION THAT IS NOT PAID. SO THESE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN IN THESE GRADUATE STUDIES ARE GOING TO HAVE TO PAY A TAX AND THEY NEVER RECEIVE ANY CASH TO PAY THE TAX. WHAT WILL BE THE RESULT? UNIVERSITIES ACROSS THE ENTIRE NATION ARE SAYING, STOP IT. DON'T DO THIS. WHETHER HE NOT BE ABLE TO HIRE GRADUATE STUDENTS TO DO RESEARCH. BECAUSE THEY CANNOT AFFORD IT. HOW STUPID? IF WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A BETTER ECONOMY, IF WE'RE GOING TO HAVE BETTER JOBS, BETTER WAGES, EDUCATION IS THE ESSENTIAL FOUNDATION FOR THAT. AND YET WHAT DO THEY DO HERE WITH THIS? THEY GO RIGHT AFTER THE STUDENTS. AND WHEN IT COMES TIME FOR CUTS, YOU SAID IT BEFORE. PELL GRANTS, OTHER KINDS OF STIPENDS, OTHER KINDS OF ASSISTANCE FOR EDUCATION, GONE. ONE OF THE FUNDAMENTALS OF THE DEMOCRATIC PROGRAM IS A BETTER EDUCATION. A BETTER EDUCATED WORK FORCE. SO THAT THERE WILL BE BETTER JOBS, BETTER WAGES, BETTER ECONOMY.

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                                          • 06:42:51 PM

                                            MR. CICILLINE

                                            IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD. AN IMPORTANT PART OF THAT IS DOUBLING THE…

                                            IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD. AN IMPORTANT PART OF THAT IS DOUBLING THE INVESTMENT IN APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS, CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION, MAKING SURE WE'RE CRAFTING -- CREATING PATHWAYS TO PRODUCE BETTER WAGES, BETTER JOBS FOR A BETTER FUTURE. AND THE LAST THING FAMILIES NEED, BECAUSE THE FOCUS HAS TO BE ON RAISING FAMILY INCOMES, IS A TAX SCAM THAT'S GOING TO RAISE THEIR TAXES. THAT'S EXACTLY THE REVERSE OF WHAT MOST MIDDLE CLASS AND WORKING FAMILIES -- THEY NEED MORE MONEY IN THEIR POCKETS, NOT LESS. WHEN I HEAR MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES SAY, THIS IS A TAX CUT FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS, THAT IS NOT TRUE. FOR 87 MILLION AMERICAN, THEIR TAXES WILL GO UP. FOR MANY AMERICANS, THE DEDUCTIONS THAT THEY TAKE WILL BE ELIMINATED. AND 67% OF THE TAX CUTS GO TO THE TOP 1%. SO IT'S IMPORTANT, AGAIN, THAT THEY'RE TRYING TO JAM THIS THROUGH QUICKLY. BECAUSE I THINK THEY UNDERSTAND THAT IF THEY DON'T, THE MORE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE LEARN ABOUT, IT THE LESS THEY LIKE IT. AND THE MORE THEY'RE GOING TO ATTEMPT TO STOP IT.

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                                          • 06:43:53 PM

                                            MR. GARAMENDI

                                            IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD. I'VE GONE THROUGH THREE OF THE HORRIBLES…

                                            IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD. I'VE GONE THROUGH THREE OF THE HORRIBLES HERE. STUDENT LOANS AND THE GRADUATE DEDUCTIONS. WE HAVE SEEN DISASTERS ACROSS AMERICA. FLOODS, HURRICANES, CALIFORNIA FIRES. THOUSANDS OF HOMES LOST IN KATRINA. SO WHAT DOES THIS BILL YANT TAX THING DO IN -- BRILLIANT TAX THING DO? IT DEDUCTS THE CASUALTY LOSS DEDUCTION. SO YOUR HOME BURNS DOWN IN A FIRE. MAYBE IT'S ONE OF THE CATASTROPHIC FIRES THAT ARE NOW BURNING IN CALIFORNIA. YOUR HOME IS GONE. COMES TIME THE NEXT YEAR TO PAY YOUR TAXES. YOU CAN DEDUCT THE LOSS THAT YOU HAD INCURRED. NOT ANYMORE. NOT WHAT OUR BRILLIANT TAX WRITERS ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE WOULD DO. THE CASUALTY LOSS DISAPPEARS. IF THAT'S NOT ENOUGH, YOU'VE LOST YOUR HOME, YOU'VE LOST YOUR JOB, YOU NEED TO MOVE. YOU NEED TO MOVE YOUR FAMILY. THEY ELIMINATE THE MOVING EXPENSE DEDUCTION. HOW IS A FAMILY GOING TO GET A BETTER JOB? YOU USED TO BE ABLE, YOU WOULD TODAY BE ABLE TO ELIMINATE, YOU'D BE ABLE TO WRITE OFF THE MOVING EXPENSES. BUT NOT HERE WITH THIS TAX BILL.

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                                          • 06:45:04 PM

                                            MR. CICILLINE

                                            EXCEPT IF YOU'RE A CORPORATION. THEY KEEP THAT DEDUCTION. SO THINK ABOUT…

                                            EXCEPT IF YOU'RE A CORPORATION. THEY KEEP THAT DEDUCTION. SO THINK ABOUT THAT. IF YOU HAVE TO MOVE TO FOLLOW YOUR JOB, YOU CAN'T DEDUCT THAT FROM YOUR TAXES. BUT IF YOUR COMPANY MOVES YOUR JOB OVERSEAS, THEY CAN DEDUCT THE COST OF MOVING YOUR JOB. THE CORPORATION. .

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                                          • 06:45:28 PM

                                            MR. GARAMENDI

                                            INDIVIDUAL CAN'T DEDUCT MOVING EXPENSE FOR MOVING FOR THE JOB. SOMETHING…

                                            INDIVIDUAL CAN'T DEDUCT MOVING EXPENSE FOR MOVING FOR THE JOB. SOMETHING IS WRONG HERE. FOUR OF MY FAMILY ARE TEACHERS. IT'S A LITTLE THING, BUT IT MEANS EVERYTHING. IT'S LITTLE. TEACHERS ARE ABLE TO DEDUCT FROM THEIR TAXES $250 FOR EXPENSES THAT THEY HAVE PAID FOR CLASSROOM SUPPLIES. GONE. IT'S GONE. IF YOU WANT TO HURT THE SYSTEM, STICK IT TO THE TEACHERS. WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT? IT'S NOT A BIG THING. IT'S A LITTLE THING. BUT IT MEANS EVERYTHING TO THAT CLASSROOM. IT'S THE ADDITIONAL PAPER, THE CLAYONS, CHALKBOARD, WHATEVER. HOW SMALL IS THAT? IS THAT A BETTER, IS THAT A BETTER DEAL FOR AMERICA? I DON'T THINK SO. CASUALTY LOSS, I MENTIONED. THIS ONE HURTS. 300 HOMES IN MY DISTRICT WERE LOST IN THE OCTOBER FIRES. CASUALTY LOSS IS GONE. I DON'T KNOW. MAYBE THEY'LL BE ABLE TO REBUILD. BUT WHEN IT COMES TIME TO ADDRESS THAT DEFICIT, I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT THEY WILL DO EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO CUT THE PROGRAMS THAT WOULD SUPPORT THAT FAMILY AS THEY ATTEMPT TO REBUILD. SO YOU GET THE PROGRAM -- YOU LOSE ON THE FRONT END, YOUR TAX DEDUCTION IS GONE. AND YOU LOSE ON THE BACK END WHEN YOU GO TO GET MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE. THERE'S GOT TO BE A BETTER PLAN. GOT TO BE A BETTER WAY TO DO IT. MR. CICILLINE, OVER THE YEARS, IN THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS, YOU AND YOUR COLLEAGUES ON THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS, YOU PUT TOGETHER A PROGRAM FOR A BETTER LIFE FOR AMERICANS. IT INVOLVES MUCH OF WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT HERE. IT INVOLVES A TAX PROGRAM THAT IS BALANCED. ONE THAT PROVIDES THE INCENTIVES FOR BUSINESSES TO STAY IN THE UNITED STATES. WE HAVEN'T TALKED ABOUT THE CORPORATE TAX PROGRAM THAT ALLOWS FOR TERRITORIAL TAXING. A SPECIFIC EFFORT IN THIS LEGISLATION TO ENCOURAGE CORPORATIONS TO GO OFFSHORE. WHERE THEIR TAXES WILL NEVER, WHERE THEIR INCOME, CORPORATE INCOME, WILL NEVER BE TAXED. THAT'S NOT A BETTER PLAN. THAT'S NOT A BETTER PROGRAM FOR BUILDING AMERICAN JOBS AND WAGES. IT'S A WAY FOR CORPORATIONS TO CONTINUE TO ESCAPE. SOMEDAY SOON, I WOULD HOPE YOU WOULD BRING TO THIS FLOOR YOUR COLLEAGUES, THE THREE OF YOU, WHO HAVE PUT TOGETHER THIS PROGRAM ON HOW WE CAN BUILD THE AMERICAN ECONOMY, WHERE YOU CAN TALK IN SPECIFIC WAYS ABOUT HOW WE CAN HAVE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS. APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING PROGRAMS. JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS. HOW TO ENCOURAGE CORPORATIONS TO INVEST IN AMERICA. HOW WE CAN MAKE IT IN AMERICA. I'D LOVE TO JOIN YOU. I'D LOVE TO TALK ABOUT A BILL WE'RE SOON GOING TO INTRODUCE THAT WOULD REQUIRE WHEN THE EXPORT A STRATEGIC NATIONAL ASSET, OUR OIL AND NATURAL GAS, THAT IT BE ON AMERICAN-BUILT SHIPS WITH AMERICAN SAILORS. WE COULD EMPLOY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN OUR SHIP YARDS BY CHANGING THE LAWS. BY PROVIDING INCENTIVES FOR AMERICANS TO STAY HERE AND WORK HERE. MANY -- MR. CICILLINE, I KNOW THIS IS YOUR EFFORT, I KNOW YOU WANT TO GET TO IT, PERHAPS WE COULD WRAP UP.

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                                          • 06:49:15 PM

                                            MR. CICILLINE

                                            ABSOLUTELY. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR INCLUDING ME AND I LOOK FORWARD TO…

                                            ABSOLUTELY. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR INCLUDING ME AND I LOOK FORWARD TO THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME BACK AND TALK MORE ABOUT THE ECONOMIC AGENDA WE HAVE PUT FORWARD AS THE HOUSE DEMOCRATS, WORKING WITH SENATE DEMOCRATS, THAT'S FOCUSED ON BETTER JOB, BETTER WAGES FOR A BETTER FUTURE, THE CREATION OF 10 MILLION FULL-TIME, GOOD-PAYING JOBS, EX-PANNED INVESTMENTS IN APPRENTICESHIPS AND WORK-BASED LEARNING, ENSURING THAT WE ARE PROVIDING INVESTMENTS IN CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION, AFFORDABLE CHILD CARE, REDEUCING THE COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUG, REBUILDING THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF OUR COUNTRY AN THE LIST GOES ON AND ON. ALL FOCUSED ON CREATING GOOD-PAY, FULL-TIME JOB, RAISING FAMILY INCOMES, REDUCING THE COST THAT FAMILIES BEAR ON EVERYTHING FROM CABLE BILLS TO PRESCRIPTION DRUGS TO HEALTH CARE AND MAKING SURE PEOPLE HAVE THE SKILLS NECESSARY FOR THE JOBS OF THE 21ST CENTURY SO THEY CAN BE SUCCESSFUL. IT'S EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT WILL BE ACHIEVED IN THIS REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM. LIKE FORWARD TO COMING BACK WITH MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE, MS. BUSTOS OF ILLINOIS AND SO WE CAN TALK ABOUT OUR ECONOMIC AGENDA TO FOCUS ON SUPPORTING PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY AND GIVING A BETTER DEAL TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAN THE RAW DEAL THAT THEY'RE GETTING FROM OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN.

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                                          • 06:50:42 PM

                                            MR. GARAMENDI

                                            THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TONIGHT. I REALLY WANT TO GO BACK AND PLOW THIS…

                                            THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TONIGHT. I REALLY WANT TO GO BACK AND PLOW THIS FIELD ONE MORE TIME. I'M JUST A FARM BOY FROM CALIFORNIA AND I DON'T KNOW THAT WE HAVE SAID IT ENOUGH. NOR HAVE WE SAID IT ALL. WE DO KNOW IN THIS TAX SCAM THERE'S $1,400 BILLION REDUCTION IN CORPORATE TAXES WITH NO ASSURANCE THAT'S GOING TO CREATE JOBS IN AMERICA BUT QUITE THE OPPOSITE. IT'LL BE A GREAT BOON FOR THE SUPER WEALTHY WHO WILL SEE THEIR STOCK VALUES GO UP AS THAT ADDITIONAL AFTER-TAX INCOME FOR CORPORATIONS IS SPENT ON STOCK BUYBACKS, DIVIDENDS, AND EXECUTIVE PAY. WE KNOW THAT THE ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX WILL DISAPPEAR, AND THAT'S ABOUT $900 BILLION AGAIN, TOP INCOME EARNERS. WE KNOW THAT IN CALIFORNIA AND ACROSS THE NATION THAT THE STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION WILL BE GONE. THAT'LL PROBABLY COST THOSE 32% OF THE TAXPAYERS, TAX FILERS IN MY DISTRICT THAT USE THAT DEDUCTION, PROBABLY COST THEM $1,000 TO $2,000 OF ADDITIONAL TAXES. WE KNOW THIS WILL GO ON AND ON. WE KNOW THAT THE DEFICIT IS GOING TO BE INCREASED. THERE MAY BE SOME GROWTH. THERE'S BEEN ONE ANALYSIS THAT SAYS THERE MAY BE A COUPLE HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS OF GROWTH BUT IT'S NOT GOING TO MAKE UP FOR THE $1.5 TRILLION DEFICIT ON TOP OF THE EXISTING DEFICIT. WE KNOW THE DEFICIT TALKS WILL BE BACK, THEY'RE GOING TO COME BACK AND CUT MEDICARE, MEDICAID, AND I KNOW THEY'RE GOING TO TAKE IT OUT OF HEALTH CARE FOR THE POOR, WE KNOW THEY WANT TO END INSURANCE AND THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT FOR 13 MILLION AMERICANS. ALL OF THAT HAS BEEN LAID OUT. WE KNOW ALL THOSE THINGS. AND IN CASE YOU'RE ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE VERY HIGH MEDICAL COSTS LIKE A SENIOR, 50 YEARS OF AGE, THAT HAS A SERIOUS MEDICAL CONDITION AND YOU'VE BEEN ABLE TO DEDUCT FROM YOUR TAXES THE MEDICAL COSTS, FORGET IT. OUR REPUBLICAN FRIENDS, THEY'RE ELIMINATING THE MEDICAL COST DEDUCTION. YOU GO, WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT? WHY WOULD YOU TAKE AFTER PEOPLE THAT HAVE SERIOUS MEDICAL PROBLEMS? THEIR OUT OF POCKET COSTS ARE COVERING ALL OF THAT? THIS IS A LONG STORY. BUT FOR MY COLLEAGUES HERE ON THE FLOOR, DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN, BE VERY, VERY CAREFUL. BECAUSE THIS PARTICULAR TAX BILL SHOULD IT EVER BECOME LAW, IT'S GOING TO TAKE THIS NATION A DECADE, MAYBE TWO DECADES TO GET OUT FROM UNDERNEATH THE EXTRAORDINARY BURDEN THAT IT'S GOING TO PLACE ON THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. AND ON THE WORKING MEN AND WOMEN AND THE POOR IN AMERICA. THE THINGS WE NEED TO DO, MR. CICILLINE TALKED ABOUT INFRASTRUCTURE. PRESIDENT SAYS, I'M GOING TO HAVE $1 TRILLION INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM. REALLY? REALLY? YOU'RE GOING TO DO THAT? YOU'VE JUST RIPPED THE GUTS OUT OF THE AMERICAN TREASURY, WHERE IS THE MONEY? OH, IT'S GOING TO BE PRIVATE MONEY. NO, YOU'VE ALREADY GIVEN UPEN THAT. YOUR WORDS, NOT MINE. SO WHERE'S THE PUBLIC INVESTMENT? $5 TRILLION. DISAPPEARS. $5 TRILLION. SOME OF IT MADE UP BY THE ELIMINATION OF THESE DEDUCTIONS I'VE TALKED ABOUT. BUT STILL, THERE'S AT LEAST $1 TRILLION, $1.5 TRILLION HOLE AND THE ONLY WAY THEY CAN POSSIBLY MAKE UP THAT AFTER GIVING AWAY ALL THAT MONEY TO THE CORPORATIONS, ALL OF THAT MONEY TO THE SUPER WEALTHY, AND DID I MENTION THE ESTATE TAX? I PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE. THE HOUSE BILL ELIMINATED THE ESTATE TAX. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO OUR ESTEEMED PRESIDENT? WELL, HE SAYS HE'S WORTH $10 BILLION. WHO AM I TO ARGUE WITH HIM? IF HE IS, AND HE WERE TO DIE, IT MEANS $4 BILLION LESS TAX TO HIS CHILDREN. $4 BILLION. NOW OTHERS SAY HE'S ONLY WORTH $4 BILLION. SO LET'S TAKE $4 BILLION. FOR HIS CHILDREN IT'S A TAX REDUCTION OF $1 BILLION. WHAT DOES THAT AMOUNT TO? THAT'S WHAT THIS IS ABOUT. THIS IS ALL ABOUT THE WEALTHY. THIS IS ALL ABOUT THOSE WHO HAVE MUCH AND IT IS MOST DEFINITELY NOT ABOUT WHAT F.D.R. SAID, ETCHED IN STONE, F.D.R. MEMORIAL. THE TEST OF OUR PROGRESS IS NOT WHETHER WE ADD MORE TO THE ABUNDANCE OF THOSE WHO HAVE MUCH, IT IS RATHER WHETHER WE PROVIDE ENOUGH FOR THOSE WHO HAVE TOO LITLE. -- TOO LITTLE. SO, WHERE IS OUR HEART. SO WHAT IS OUR MORAL VALUE? IS IT MORALITY, IS IT RIGHT TO ADD MORE TO THOSE WHO HAVE MUCH? OR SIT -- IS THE PURPOSE, THE CENTRAL VALUE OF THIS NATION, THE OPPOSITE? TO ADD MORE TO THOSE WHO HAVE TOO LITTLE. THAT'S WHERE I AM. THAT'S WHERE MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES ARE. AND I'M AFRAID MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE PROVING THE OPPOSITE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 06:56:40 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY…

                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MS. KELLY, FOR 30 MINUTES.

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                                          • 06:56:54 PM

                                            MS. KELLY

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

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE SUBJECT OF MY SPECIAL ORDER.

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                                          • 06:57:04 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                          • 06:57:06 PM

                                            MS. KELLY

                                            THANK YOU. I YET AGAIN RISE ALONG WITH MY COLLEAGUES BECAUSE AMERICANS ARE…

                                            THANK YOU. I YET AGAIN RISE ALONG WITH MY COLLEAGUES BECAUSE AMERICANS ARE DYING AND THIS HOUSE IS DOING NOTHING. THEY ARE DYING EVERY DAY IN THEIR HOMES, IN OUR SCHOOL YARDS, AND YES, EVEN AT EVENTS HOSTED BY MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE. AND STILL, WE DO NOTHING. MR. SPEAKER, EVERY DAY, 93 AMERICANS LOSE THEIR LIVES TO GUN VIOLENCE AND STILL THIS HAAS HAS IN THE ACTED. IF ANYTHING, LAST WEEK THE MAJORITY PASSED THROUGH A DANGEROUS BILL THAT WILL PUT MORE LIVES, ESPECIALLY THE LIVES OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, AT RISK. MR. SPEAKER, THESE ARE FATHERS AND MOTHERS, DAUGHTERS AND SONS, BELOVED FRIENDS AND DEAR COLLEAGUES. THESE ARE PEOPLE IN EVERY ONE OF OUR COMMUNITIES AND EVERY ONE OF OUR DISTRICTS. NOT ONE MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE CAN COME TO THE FLOOR AND SAY THAT THEIR COMMUNITY, THEIR NEIGHBORS, THEIR DISTRICT HANCHT BEEN AFFECTED BY GUN VIOLENCE. NOT ONE MEMBER. YET WE STILL DO NOTHING AS BULLETS FLY AN MOTHERS CRY. WE DO NOTHING AS WE LOSE CHILDREN AND POLICE OFFICERS. THE DEATH, DESTRUCTION, AND CARNAGE CONTINUE AND STILL WE DO NOTHING. IN LESS THAN A DECADE TWO MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE HAVE BEEN SHOT A STAFFER MURDERED AND EVEN THAT CAN'T MOVE US TO ACT AND SAVE AMERICAN LIVES. MR. SPEAKER, AT WHAT COST DOES THE CONTINUED SILENCE COME? EARLY THIS YEAR I PLEDGED TO READ THE NAMES OF 5,950 GUN VIOLENCE VICTIM INTO THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD A NUMBER THAT SHOULD HAVE SPECIAL SIGNIFICANCE TO THE SPEAKER. TODAY WE CONTINUE HONORING THOSE TAKEN FROM US BY GUN VIOLENCE AND PLEDGE TO HONOR THEIR LEGACY THROUGH ACTION THAT SAVES LIVES. SO I ASK MY SOCIAL MEDIA FOLLOWERS TO SHARE THEIR PERSONAL STORIES ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE HAS TORN FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES APART. THESE ARE THEIR NAMES AND STORIES. LENORE TRAPER A COMMUNITY ACTIVIST WORKING TO STOP VIOLENCE. KENNY MITCH ILL SERVED THREE TOURS OF DUTY IN AFGHANISTAN AND KUWAIT , HE LAST HIS LIFE TO GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA, LEING BHICHEDE THREE SON, ONE OF WHOM WILL NEVER MEET HIS FATHER. THOMAS LEE WAS KILLED IN HARVEY, ILLINOIS, ON AUGUST 13, 2008. PATRICIA MAY SPRINGER. MALCOLM DOE DI, KILLED LEAVING A MEMORIAL DAY PARTY, HE JUST PURCHASED A HOME, GETTING MARRIED, WAS ON THE DONE'S LIST AND HAD A 17-MONTH-OLD CHILD. HIS MOM ASKED ME TO READ HIS NAME. JOHN THOMAS LARIMER GAVE HIS LIFE PROTECTING TWO FRIENDS AT THE AURORA, COLORADO, THEATER SHOOTING. JESSE GUAY WAS ALSO KILLED AT THE TRAGEDY IN AURORA, COLORADO, HER MOTHER, SANDY, ASKED ME TO READ HER NAME TODAY. TOMORROW SHOULD HAVE BEEN HIS 30TH BIRTHDAY. STERLING GRMENT MCKENZIE. RAMSAY COOK. LACHEY CREE TAN SHOT FIVE TIME BASE BOYFRIEND IN 1996 SHE SURVIVED, SHE ASKED ME TO TELL HER STORY. SHE STILL LIVES WITH THOSE BULLETS. KENNETH BOWEN, DIANE MOSKUS, THE MOTHER OF FOUR GIRLS, MURDERED WHILE STOPPING AT HER CHURCH ON HER WAY TO THE HOSPITAL WHERE SHE WORKED. HER SISTER CHARLENE ASKED ME TO REED HER NAME. LINDSEY KEY. CALVIN THOMPSON JR. KEN SELL DIX, KILLED IN AN ACCIDENT WITH A LOADED BUT UNLOCKED GUN. BILL VENABLE, 17, AND HIS FATHER, BILLY VENABLE. TIM BOYD OF CHICAGO HEIGHTS. CARRIE PARKS KILLED IN A DRIVE-BY SHOOTING. HER FREVEND LUCY ASKED ME TO READ HER NAME. SHE SAID CARRIE WAS MY BEST FRIEND, SHE WAS PLAYING OUT IN HER FRONT YARD LIKE SHE ALWAYS DID. SHE WAS FULL OF LIFE, LOVE, AND SMILES. MAURICE HOBBS. BETSY LOWTHER WHO LEFT BEHIND A HUSBAND, DAUGHTER AND GRANDSON. HER NIECE AMY ASKED ME TO READ HER NAME, SAID HER AUNT WAS A GENEROUS, LOVING, VIBRANT WOMAN WHO STRUGGLED WITH DEPRESSION. RARRY -- LARRY KAREEM, 17, GAY LEN GIBSON, 18, RICKY RIGGINS. JOYCE PENBAKER, I WAS ASKED TO READ HER NAME BY HIS SON. HE SAID, I CHOSE TO TELL MY DAUGHTER ABOUT HER GRANDMOTHER AND HOW SHE DIED BY SUICIDE WHEN I WAS VERY YOUNG. I WANTED MY DAUGHTER TO KNOW WHAT MOTIVATED ME TO BE ACTIVE IN THE GUN MOVEMENT. PATRICK MCKINLEY. HE WAS KILLED IN FRONT OF HIS HOME ON NEW YEAR'S EVE IN 2004, A DAY THAT SHOULD BE A CELEBRATION OF NEW BEGINNINGS. STEVEN SHEERS, KIMBERLY THOMAS AND HER FATHER KEITH. . SHE LEFT BEHIND TWO SONS AND SEVERAL BEAUTIFUL GRANDCHILDREN. HER COUSIN, EDWARD, ASKED ME TO READ HER NAME. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO CONGRESSWOMAN CLARK FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS. SINCE HER ELECTION TO CONGRESS, CONGRESSWOMAN CLARK HAS BEEN A DEDICATED LEADER IN EFFORTS TO PROTECT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF AMERICAN FAMILIES. CONGRESSWOMAN CLARK HAS DEEPLY -- CARES DEEPLY ABOUT THIS ISSUE AND WAS THE ARCHITECT OF THE GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION SIT-IN. CONGRESSWOMAN CLARK.

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                                          • 07:02:44 PM

                                            MS. CLARK

                                            FIRST I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM ILLINOIS, CONGRESSWOMAN KELLY. I…

                                            FIRST I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM ILLINOIS, CONGRESSWOMAN KELLY. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP IN THIS FIGHT TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE. AND FOR BRINGING US TOGETHER THIS EVENING AS YOU HAVE SO MANY TIMES, SPEAKING SO ELOQUENTLY ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE, THE EFFECT IN YOUR DISTRICT AND AROUND OUR COUNTRY. TONIGHT I'D LIKE TO FOCUS ON A PARTICULAR TYPE OF GUN VIOLENCE. IT'S ONE THAT HAPPENS EVERY 16 HOURS IN AMERICA. WHEN A WOMAN IS FATALLY SHOT BY A FORMER OR CURRENT INTIMATE PARTNER. HERE ARE SOME MORE HORRIFIC FACTS. EIGHT OUT OF 10 GUN DEATHS INVOLVE INTIMATE PARTNERS, WHERE THE VICTIMS ARE WOMEN. THE MAJORITY OF MASS SHOOTERS KILL THEIR INTIMATE PARTNER DURING THEIR RAMPAGE. AND THE PERPETRATORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ARE THE SHOOTERS IN MORE THAN HALF OF ALL MASS SHOOTINGS. ABUSED WOMEN ARE FIVE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE KILLED BY THEIR ABUSER IF THEIR ABUSER HAS ACCESS TO A FIREARM. ALL OF THIS ADDS UP TO A GRIZZLY REALITY. AMERICAN WOMEN ARE 16 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE KILLED BY GUNSHOT THAN WOMEN IN ANY OTHER DEVELOPED COUNTRY. YOU DON'T HAVE TO LOOK VERY HARD TO SEE THERE'S SOMETHING VERY WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE. THE MOST POWERFUL NATION IN THE WORLD, WITH OUR PROUD TRADITION OF INNOVATION AND INGENUITY, APPEARS TO BE COMPLETELY IMPOTENT IN REDUCING GUN VIOLENCE. AT LEAST THAT'S WHAT OUR REPUBLICAN LEADERS WOULD LIKE US TO BELIEVE. WE DO NOT DEBATE OR HAVE VOTES ON LEGISLATION THAT CAN HELP A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIM WHO WANTS TO PROTECT HER FAMILY, OR WANTS TO PREVENT HER ABUSIVE PARTNER FROM GETTING THEIR HANDS ON A GUN. BUT IF YOU'RE THE GUN LOBBY, YOU GET A VOTE. TO ALLOW THOSE WITH A HISTORY OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TO ACCESS GUNS. I'M HERE TO REMIND MY COLLEAGUES THAT THESE ACTIONS COME WITH A DEVASTATING PRICE. THE NAMES I'M GOING TO READ TONIGHT ARE NAMES OF MASSACHUSETTS WOMEN WHOSE DOMESTIC ABUSERS HAVE SHOT THEM TO DEATH. THESE ARE WOMEN WHO HAVE DIED JUST IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS IN MASSACHUSETTS. THEY ARE THE ONES WHO NEVER GET A VOTE IN THIS CHAMBER. THEY ARE THE ONES THE MAJORITY HAS NOT EVEN TRIED TO HELP. EUGENEA GOMEZ MONTERO. ARCELUS VALDEZ DELEON. NICOLE WHITE. AMANDA GLOVER. JANINE O'CONNOR. KELLY SUGARMAN. YAHIRA HERNANDEZ. LISA TRUBNAKOVA. MICHELLE BAUTISTA. MA TILLEDA GAVIN -- MATILDA GAVIN. MABILDA MORENO. ELIZABETH COIN. ROMAN TIMBINGS TA PALLONE -- ROMANITA PALLONE. JULIE TREADWELL. GLOMEREZ MARTINEZ. DONNA ZOLO. TAISHIANA ATKINS. BELINDA TORRES. KEOSHA GILLMOR. AND LAURIE LAVANGE. THESE WOMEN AND THE OTHER VICTIMS OF GUN VIOLENCE DESERVE BETTER. AND WE ARE DOING NOTHING TO PREVENT FUTURE DEATHS. THESE ARE JUST A PORTION OF THOSE WHO DIE EVERY SINGLE DAY IN THIS COUNTRY. WE CAN DO BETTER AND WE MUST DO BETTER. AND AGAIN I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR ALL HER WORK TO MAKE SURE THAT WE FULFILL A PROMISE TO KEEP OUR FAMILIES AT HOME SECURE. I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 07:07:28 PM

                                            MS. KELLY

                                            THANK YOU, CONGRESSWOMAN, FOR YOUR WORD. I'M SORRY YOU HAD TO READ THOSE…

                                            THANK YOU, CONGRESSWOMAN, FOR YOUR WORD. I'M SORRY YOU HAD TO READ THOSE NAMES. MAYBE AS WE GO ON, THINGS WILL CHANGE. NOW I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE CONGRESSWOMAN FROM THE GREAT STATE OF CALIFORNIA AND A MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. SINCE HER ELECTION TO CONGRESS, CONGRESSWOMAN LEE HAS BEEN A FEARLESS AND DEDICATED LEADER ON ENDING POVERTY AND HEALTH DISPARITIES IN OUR NATION'S COMMUNITY, INCLUDING GUN VIOLENCE. LIKE MANY WHO SERVE IN THIS HOUSE, SHE IS SOMEONE WHO HAS ATTENDED TOO MANY FUNERAL, COMFORTED TOO MANY DEPREESKING MOTHERS, -- GRIEVING MOTHERS, FATHERS AND COLLEAGUES BECAUSE OF GUN VIOLENCE. CONGRESSWOMAN LEE.

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                                          • 07:08:02 PM

                                            MS. LEE

                                            THANK YOU AND I FIRST WANT TO THANK YOU, CONGRESSWOMAN KELLY, FOR YOUR…

                                            THANK YOU AND I FIRST WANT TO THANK YOU, CONGRESSWOMAN KELLY, FOR YOUR TREMENDOUS LEADERSHIP ON SO MANY FRONTS. ESPECIALLY AS CHAIR OF OUR CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS HEALTH BRAIN TRUST. AND FOR YOUR TIRELESS WORK IN HELPING US FOCUS ON THE FACT THAT GUN VIOLENCE SHOULD BE TREATED AS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS. AND THAT IT IS JUST THAT. AND THE CONGRESS NEEDS TO DO SOMETHING TO STOP THIS EPIDEMIC OF GUN VIOLENCE THAT'S DESTROYING SO MANY COMMUNITIES ALL AROUND THE COUNTRY. ON AN AVERAGE DAY, 93 INNOCENT LIVES IN AMERICA ARE CUT SHORT DUE TO GUN VIOLENCE. THESE SENSELESS DEATHS ALSO DISPROPORTIONATELY IMPACT COMMUNITIES OF COLOR. AS A REPRESENTIVE FROM CALIFORNIA'S 13TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, I KNOW ALL TOO WELL THE DEVASTATING IMPACT THAT GUN VIOLENCE HAS ON OUR COMMUNITIES. IN FACT, THE CENTER FOR -- CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL RECENTLY REPORTED THAT EVER A CAN AMERICAN CHILDREN HAVE THE HIGHEST RATES OF FIREARM -- AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHILDREN HAVE THE HIGHEST RATES OF FIREARM MORTALITY OVERALL. THEY ARE 10 TIMES MORE LIKELY THAN WHITE CHILDREN TO BE KILLED I GO GUNS. LATINO CHILDREN ARE DEVICE AS LIKELY BY WHITE CHILDREN TO BE KILLED I GO GUNS. BUT NO CHILD, AND I MEAN NO CHILD, REGARDLESS OF THEIR BACKGROUND, THEIR WEALTH OR NOT, THEIR ZIP CODE OR THEIR RACE, SHOULD BE KILLED BY GUN VIOLENCE. NO CHILD. IT PAINS ME, AND I KNOW IT PAINS THEIR PARENTS AND FAMILY MEMBERS, TO KNOW THAT SUCH PROMISING YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE LEFT US TOO SOON. SO TONIGHT LET ME JUST READ THE NAMES OF A FEW OF OAKLAND'S CHILDREN WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES TO GUN VIOLENCE THIS YEAR. ANNIBAL ANDREAS RAMIREZ, WHO WAS ONLY 13. HE WAS OAKLAND'S YOUNGEST GUN VIOLENCE THIS YEAR -- THIS YEAR AND HE WAS SHOT OUTSIDE THE NEW WALNUT PLAZA COMMUNITY CENTER IN EAST OAKLAND. LUIS ROKITAS, WHO WAS 17 WHEN HIS FRIEND ACCIDENTALLY SHOT HIM. WHAT IN THE WORLD WAS THAT GUN DOING AROUND THIS YOUNG BOY? DEANGELO HALL, WHO WAS 17 WHEN HE ONCE AGAIN ACCIDENTALLY SHOT HIMSELF WITH A STOLEN GUN. KEITH LAURENCE, WHO WAS 17 AND A STUDENT AT SKYLINE HIGH SCHOOL, KEITH WAS FOUND SHOT DEAD IN A PARKING LOT. SOANE MOSEA WHO WAS 18 WHEN HE AND HIS BROTHER WERE SHOT BY MEN OUTSIDE OF THEIR EAST OAKLAND HOME. JOAQUIN BIRD. JOAQUIN WAS 18. AND HE WAS ALSO A STUDENT AT SKYLINE HIGH SCHOOL. HE WAS SHOT DURING A FIGHT AT A FAST FOOD RESTAURANT. SULTAN BAY WHO WAS 18. COLLEGE BOUND AND HAD DREAMS OF BECOMING A COMPUTER ENGINEER. HE WAS SHOT WHILE PICKING UP A FRIEND. MR. SPEAKER, THIS ONLY HAPPENS IN AMERICA. THERE ARE TOO MANY GUNS IN AMERICA. AT SOME POINT WE HAVE TO STAND UP AND SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. BEFORE I YIELD, LET ME JUST SAY THAT FIVE YEARS AGO THIS WEEK A DERANGED GUNMAN WALKED INTO SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND MASSACRED 20 CHILDREN. 20 BEAUTIFUL ELEMENTARY SCHOOLCHILDREN WHO WE CONTINUE TO REMEMBER MURDERED IN COLD BLOOD. AND YET REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS REFUSE TO LIFT A FINGER IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION TO PREVENT THESE KINDS OF TRAGEDIES FROM HAPPENING. SHAME. SHAME ON EVERY REPUBLICAN WHO CHOOSES DEVOTION TO THE N.R.A. OVER THE LIVES OF AMERICANS. WE SIMPLY MUST TAKE ACTION TO BRING COMMONSENSE GUN REFORM TO OUR NATION'S GUN LAWS. THAT'S WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SENT US HERE TO DO, TO GOVERN IN THEIR BEST INTEREST. THAT'S WHY WE STAND HERE TONIGHT WITH YOU, CONGRESSWOMAN KELLY, AND DEMAND THAT THE SPEAKER TAKE ACTION AND BRING COMMONSENSE GUN LEGISLATION FOR A VOTE. GIVE US A VOTE, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU AND I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 07:12:07 PM

                                            MR. KELLY

                                            KEL THANK YOU --

                                          • 07:12:09 PM

                                            MS. KELLY

                                            THANK YOU, CONGRESSWOMAN LEE. YOUR WORDS REMIND ME OF WHAT WE HEAR…

                                            THANK YOU, CONGRESSWOMAN LEE. YOUR WORDS REMIND ME OF WHAT WE HEAR SOMETIMES. THAT WE NEED TO WAIT BEFORE WE DO ANYTHING. THAT THIS GROUP OR THAT GROUP JUST DIED AND WE'RE ALREADY TALKING ABOUT WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO. AND IT'S BEEN FIVE YEARS SINCE NEWTOWN. AND WE STILL HAVE DONE NOTHING. SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENTS. AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE CONGRESSWOMAN FROM ORLANDO, CONGRESSWOMAN VAL DEMINGS. CONGRESSWOMAN DEMINGS SEES THIS ISSUE THROUGH A NUMBER OF LENSES. A MOM, A WIFE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT, AND A CAREER LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER HER CERTIFICATE.

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                                          • 07:12:46 PM

                                            MRS. DEMINGS

                                            THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO ECHO THE COMMENTS…

                                            THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO ECHO THE COMMENTS I'VE HEARD FROM OTHER COLLEAGUES TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM ILLINOIS, REPRESENTATIVE KELLY, FOR HER UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO THIS ISSUE. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO SPEAK FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DIED IN THE UNITED STATES AS A RESULT OF SENLS GUN VIOLENCE -- SENSELESS GUN VIOLENCE. I WANT TO REFLECT ON THIS EVENING OF WHERE WE'VE BEEN, WHERE WE ARE NOW, AND WHERE WE MUST GO FROM HERE. WHEN I TOOK OFFICE ONE YEAR AGO, I WAS SO EXCITED TO GIVE MY FIRST SPEECH ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. BUT I NEVER DREAMED MY FIRST SPEECH WOULD BE A TRIBUTE TO A FORMER FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE. MY FIRST FLOOR SPEECH WAS TO HONOR SERGEANT DEBORAH CLAYTON, A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER WHO WAS SHOT AND KILLED WHILE TRYING TO APPREHEND A MURDER SUSPECT. A PERSON WHO SHOULD HAVE NEVER HAD A GUN IN HIS POSSESSION IN THE FIRST PLACE. SINCE THEN, TWO MORE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS FROM CENTRAL FLORIDA, OFFICER MATTHEW SCOTT BAXTER, AND SERGEANT RICHARD SAMUEL HOWARD, HAVE BEEN SHOT AND KILLED. BOTH OFFICERS OF THE KISSIMMEE POLICE DEPARTMENT. I WAS SWORN INTO CONGRESS JUST SIX MONTHS AFTER THE MASS SHOOTING IN ORLANDO AT THE PULSE NIGHT CLUB. WHERE 49 PEOPLE WHO WERE INVOLVED IN WHAT MY BISHOP LIKES TO CALL A LATE-NIGHT FELLOWSHIP, NOT DOING ANYTHING WRONG, NOT IN THE WRONG PLACE, WERE KILLED BY A LONE GUNMAN. AT THAT TIME IT WAS THE WORST MASS SHOOTING IN MODERN AMERICAN HISTORY. BUT IN THE SHORT TIME SINCE THEN , THE NUMBER 49 HAS BEEN SURPASSED AS 59 PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN LAS VEGAS JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO. WHAT THIS SAYS IS THINGS ARE NOT GETTING BETTER. AND CONGRESS HAS FAILED TO TAKE RESPONSIBLE ACTIONS. SINCE THE NEWTOWN SHOOTING, CONGRESS HAS HELD AT LEAST 50 MOMENTS OF SILENCE FOR THE VICTIMS OF GUN VIOLENCE. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, PLEASE TELL ME , HOW DOES A MOMENT OF SILENCE PROTECT THE NEXT VICTIM? . I JOIN THE VICTIMS WHO HAVE DIED OF GUN VIOLENCE. THE VICTIMS DESERVE TO BE REMEMBERED, BUT THEIR FAMILIES DESERVE RECOGNITION AND THE VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES DESERVE ACTION. JOHN 13. 17 SAYS NOW THAT YOU KNOW THESE THINGS, YOU WILL BE BLESSED IF YOU DO THEM. WELL, WE NOW THEM THESE THINGS. IN OTHER WORDS, WHEN YOU KNOW BETTER, MR. SPEAKER, YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO DO BETTER. WE ALSO KNOW THAT THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ACROSS THE NATION WANT ACTION. AS A FORMER LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, I HAD A DUTY TO ENFORCE THE LAWS TO PROTECT THE INNOCENT . AND MR. SPEAKER, AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, WE HAVE A DUTY TO ENACT LAWS THAT PROTECT THE INNOCENT. WE NEED TO STAND UP TO THE GUN LOBBY AND TAKE ON THEIR INDISCRIMINATE SALES OF BUMP STOCKS THAT MAKE WEAPONS DEADLIER OR MORE SUITED FOR CRIMINAL VIOLENCE. WE NEED TO STRENGTHEN PROGRAMS THAT WORK AS THE NATIONAL INSTANT BACK GOUND SYSTEM AND I CONTINUE TO OPPOSE CONCEALED CARRY RECIPROCITY, AS I DID LAST WEEK ON THE FLOOR, BECAUSE IT WOULD ALLOW PERSONS FROM OUTSIDE YOUR STATE TO BRING THEIR FIREARMS ANYWHERE IN YOUR STATE, MAKING THE JOB OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ON THE STREET WHO HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF SORTING IT ALL OUT, MORE DIFFICULT AND POTENTIALLY MORE DANGEROUS. MR. SPEAKER, THE MEN, WOMEN, MOTHERS, FATHERS, SONS, DAUGHTERS, BROTHERS AND SISTERS GUNNED DOWN IN OUR COUNTRY DESERVE REMEMBRANCE. THEY ALSO DESERVE COURAGE FROM THEIR LEADERS. THEY DESERVE ACTION FROM THEIR LEADERS. AND I ONCE AGAIN CALL ON THIS BODY TO PROVIDE SOME. DEBORAH CLAYTON, MATTHEW BAXTER, AND SAM YOU ELL HOWARD, AGAIN, I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM ILLINOIS FOR HER UNWAVERING COMMITMENT AND LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. AND MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 07:18:11 PM

                                            MS. KELLY

                                            THANK YOU FOR REMINDING OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WHO LOST THEIR…

                                            THANK YOU FOR REMINDING OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES PROTECTING US. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO FIVE HE LIZ BETH ESTY FROM THE GREAT STATE OF CONNECTICUT. SHE IS A TIRELESS ADVOCATE FOR COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION THAT WILL SAVE AMERICAN LIVES. LIKE MANY WHO SERVES IN THIS HOUSE SHE HAS COMFORTED AND CONTINUES TO COMFORT SO MANY GRIEVING MOTHERS AND FATHERS BECAUSE OF GUN VIOLENCE.

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                                          • 07:18:53 PM

                                            MS. ESTY

                                            THANK YOU, ROBIN, REPRESENTATIVE KELLY HAS BEEN A STALWART VOICE FOR THOSE…

                                            THANK YOU, ROBIN, REPRESENTATIVE KELLY HAS BEEN A STALWART VOICE FOR THOSE WHO ARE ALL TOO OFTEN FORGOTTEN IN WHAT WE ARE SEEING HAPPEN IN THIS COUNTRY, A VOICE FOR THOSE WHO ARE NOT LOST BECAUSE SOMETIMES YOU SAY LOST TO GUN VIOLENCE. THESE ARE NOT LIVES THAT ARE LOST BUT RIPPED FROM US, BRUTALLY ENDED AND IN THE FIVE YEARS SINCE THE HORRIFIC SHOOTINGS IN NEW TOWN, IN MY DISTRICT, 170,000 AMERICANS HAVE BEEN TAKEN FROM US, SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY, 170,000 SOULS. WE SHOULD JUST REFLECT ON THAT, WHAT THAT MEANS, WHAT EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE MIGHT HAVE DONE IF THEY HAD LIVED AND REPRESENTATIVE KELLY, THANK YOU FOR BEING A TIRELESS VOICE, WHICH WE NEED IN THESE CHALLENGING TIMES. MR. SPEAKER, FIVE YEARS AGO TONIGHT, IT WAS CALLED AND SNOWY IN CONNECTICUT, THE FAMILIES OF KNEWTOWN PICKED UP THEIR KIDS AND NO ONE HAVING ANY THOUGHT ON DECEMBER 12 THAT IN TWO DAYS THEIR LIVES AND AMERICA'S LIVES WOULD BE CHANGED BY THE REALITY OF WHAT GUN VIOLENCE HAS DONE AND IS DOING TO THIS COUNTRY. AND SO TONIGHT, I WANT TO READ THE NAMES OF THE 20 CHILDREN AND SIX EDUCATORS WHO WERE BRUTALLY GUNNED DOWN AND MURDERED IN SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. CHARLOTTE BACON, DANIEL BARTON, RACHEL DEVINO, OLIVIA ENGEL, JOSEPHINE GAY, ANA MARQUEZ-GREENEE, DYLAN HOCKLEY, DAWN HOKSHROM, KATHERINE HUBBARD, CHASE, JESSE LEWIS, JAMES GRACE MCDONALD, ANN MARIE MURPHY, EMILY PARKER, JACK PINTO, NOAH POSSIBLENER, CAROLINE KRAVETTI, JESSICA, HALF YEOH RICHMOND, LAUREN ROUSSEAU, MARY SURE LOCK, VICTORIA SOTA, BENJAMIN WHEELER, ALISON WYATT. MR. SPEAKER, WE CAN AND WE MUST DO BETTER IN THIS GREAT COUNTRY AND DO BETTER FOR ALL THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN TAKEN FROM US. WE MUST DO BETTER BY TAKING ACTION IN THIS, THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. THE PEOPLE ARE WATCHING. THE PEOPLE ARE WAITING AND THEY DO SERVE US TO DO OUR BEST. AND NOT TO HONOR ONLY WITH WORDS OF SILENCE AND PRAYERS, IMPORTANT AS THOSER BUT TO HONOR EVEN MORE IMPORTANTLY BY TAKING ACTION TO SAVE FUTURE LIVES. AGAIN MY THANKS AND ADMIRATION, ROBIN TO YOU, REPRESENTATIVE KELLY FOR HER EXRIRED LEADERSHIP AND PERSISTENCE. I THANK YOU AND YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 07:22:51 PM

                                            MS. KELLY

                                            I THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORDS AND COMMITMENT AND VOICE IN MAKING THOSE 26…

                                            I THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORDS AND COMMITMENT AND VOICE IN MAKING THOSE 26 LIVES WILL NEVER BE FORGOT QUEN. WE HAVE BEEN READING NAMES FOR NEARLY HALF AN HOUR AND WE HAVE STACKS AND STACKS OF NAMES, THE NAMES OF AMERICANS THAT HAVE BEEN TAKEN BY GUN VIOLENCE. THE LIST OF NAMES EXOW GROWS AND GROWS. CHILDREN ARE MURDERED IN THEIR KINDERGARTEN CLASSROOM, MOTHERS AND CHILDREN ARE KILLED IN CRACKER BARREL PARKING LOTS. A SMART AND TALENTED YOUNG WOMAN WHO PERFORMED AT BARACK OBAMA'S UNITED NATIONS MUST BE WAITING FOR FIVE YEARS. AT COUNTRY CONCERTS, NIGHTCLUBS AND CONGRESSIONAL BASEBALL PRACTICE HAVE BEEN SHOOTING GALLERY AND THE MAJORITY CALL FOR MOMENTS OF SILENCE. IT'S TIME TO CALL OUT FROM THE GUN LOBBY CHECKBOOK AND DO ANYTHING TO SAVE AMERICAN LIVES. I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 07:23:59 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO ADJOURN.

                                          • 07:24:14 PM

                                            TEMPORE THOSE

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

                                            THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED, THE HOUSE STANDS ADJOURNED UNTIL 10:00 A.M. TOMORROW FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE.

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                                        • 10:00:39 AM

                                          TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

                                          PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR WILL RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM LISTS SUBMITTED FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE. THE CHAIR WILL ALTERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN PARTIES. ALL TIME SHALL BE ALLOCATED AND NO DEBATE SHALL CONTINUE BEYOND 11:50. EACH MEMBER SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. KELLY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                        • 10:01:13 AM

                                          MR. KELLY

                                          I THANK THE SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR ONE OF OUR FOOTBALL TEAM'S BACK…

                                          I THANK THE SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR ONE OF OUR FOOTBALL TEAM'S BACK HOME. THIS TEAM -- THIS IS ERIE CATHEDRAL PREP, THE RAMBLERS FROM ERIE CATHEDRAL PREP. THIS IS AN OUTSTANDING FOOTBALL TEAMS. WHEN WE COME HERE WE OFTEN TALK ABOUT THINGS AND WE TEND TO TALK ABOUT WHAT'S GOING AROUND OUR DISTRICT AND WHAT WE'RE PROUD OF. THESE TYPES OF CHAMPIONSHIPS THAT ARE WON, WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEKEND, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT EVERY SINGLE PLAYER WILL REMEMBER FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE, THEIR PARENTS WILL REMEMBER IT, MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WILL REMEMBER IT. YOU KNOW, TO BE ABLE TO STAND HERE TODAY AND TALK ABOUT THE RAMBLERS IS REALLY AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ME AND TRULY AN HONOR. THIS IS THE SECOND STRAIGHT PENNSYLVANIA QUAD A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. CATHEDRAL PREP BEAT CHARTER LAST WEEK BY A SCORE OF 38-28. THIS YEAR'S CHAMPIONSHIP MAKES THE RAMBLERS BACK-TO-BACK PENNSYLVANIA STATE CHAMPIONS, AND IT IS THEIR FOURTH STATE FOOTBALL TITLE OVERALL. LED BY COACH MIKE MICHLER, THE RAMBLERS HAVE GONE 42-2, RACKING UP YOU 28 CONSECUTIVE WINS OVER THE LAST THREE SEASONS. NOW, ACHIEVING BACK-TO-BACK STATE TITLES SETS THESE RAMBLERS APART EVEN IN THE STORIED OF PENNSYLVANIA STATE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL. AND THEY HAVE A GREAT SOURCE OF PRIDE FOR NOT ONLY THE CITY OF ERIE BUT ALL OF NORTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA. IT'S ALSO WORTH MENTIONING THAT WILMINGTON HIGH SCHOOL WHO GAVE IT THEIR ALL IN A LOSS LAST WEEK IN PENNSYLVANIA'S PI-82-A STATE TITLE FOOTBALL GAME. THIS WAS THE GRAY HOUNDS THIRD TRIP UNDER THEIR LEGENDARY COACH WHO ANNOUNCED RETIREMENT AFTER 40 YEARS ON THE JOB RIGHT AFTER THE GAME. IN THOSE 40 YEARS, HE AMASSED 214 WINS MAKING HIM THE 15TH HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COACH IN PENNSYLVANIA'S ESTEEMED FOOTBALL HISTORY TO REACH THE 300 WIN PLATEAU. MORE VALUABLE THAN ANY VICTORIES ARE THE COUNTLESS VICTORIES HE HELPS HIS YOUNG PLAYERS ACHIEVE IN THEIR LIVES OFF THE FIELD AND I THINK SOMETIMES WE MISS THE REALLY -- THE STRONG POINT ABOUT COMPETITION AT THE SCHOLASTIC LEVEL OR ANY LEVEL. I WILL TELL YOU FOR BOTH THESE TEAMS, THIS ERIE PREP TEAM, FOR A LOT OF THESE YOUNG MEN, THIS MISSION STARTED WHEN THEY WERE PLAYING LITTLE MIDGET FOOTBALL OR PEE-WEE FOOTBALL AND IT CONTINUED ALL THROUGH THEIR LIVES. THEIR PARENTS SUPPORTING THEM AS THEY GO ALONG. THEIR COMMUNITIES SUPPORTING THEM AS THEY GO ALONG, AND THESE GUYS ARE ALWAYS ONE MOMENT, ONE THOUGHT, ONE MEMORY AWAY FROM BEING RIGHT BACK ON THIS FIELD IN HERSHEY, PENNSYLVANIA, AND WINNING THE STATE TITLE. THE SAME WITH THE GREYHOUNDS. THERE'S NO OTHER PLACE IN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL HISTORY WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL. PEOPLE TALK ABOUT TEXAS. THEY TALK ABOUT PENNSYLVANIA. BUT I GOT TO TELL YOU. THE FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS STORY STARTED IN PENNSYLVANIA. WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO MY FRIENDS FROM TEXAS, THE KEYSTONE STATE WAS THE FIRST WHEN IT CAME TO FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS. AND THE GREAT PRIDE IT BROUGHT TO THESE COMMUNITIES. THE 2017 TEAMS OF CATHEDRAL PREP AND WILMINGTON HIGH SCHOOL ALONG WITH PINE RICHLAND RAMS WHICH IS JUST OUTSIDE THE THIRD DISTRICT AND THEY WON A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP, AGAIN, THEY ADD TO THIS REALLY STORIED HISTORY OF FOOTBALL IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA. MORE IMPORTANTLY, THEY ADD TO THE LOCAL LOHR AND PRIDE OF STRENGTH IN COMMUNITIES LIKE ERIE AND NEW WILMINGTON, PENNSYLVANIA. THE HARD WORK, THE PERSEVERANCE, THE HOMETOWN PRIDE THAT ALLOWED EACH OF THESE TEAMS TO REACH A CHAMPIONSHIP IS A REFLECTION ON THE COMMUNITIES, THE FAMILIES, AND THE PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN THESE TOWNS. SO, AGAIN, I SAY TO THE RAMBLERS, THE RAMS, CONGRATULATIONS, GREAT JOB, GUYS. ALTHOUGH I AM A GOLDEN TORNADO FROM BUTLER, PENNSYLVANIA, I AM PROUD TO SAY GO RAMBLERS, GO GREYHOUNDS, AND GO, RAMS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                        • 10:05:25 AM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, FOR FIVE…

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

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                                        • 10:05:28 AM

                                          MR. BLUMENAUER

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. BY NOW ENOUGH OF THE HARSH REALITY OF THE…

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. BY NOW ENOUGH OF THE HARSH REALITY OF THE REPUBLICAN TAX PLAN HAS BEEN DISCOVERED BY AMERICANS. THAT IS WHY MOST ARE OPPOSED. THEY OPPOSE A HUGE TRANSFER OF WEALTH TO THOSE WHO DON'T NEED IT FROM THE MAJORITY OF MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS WHO DO NEED HELP. THEY'RE AGAINST GIVING HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO THE LARGEST CORPORATIONS AND THE RICHEST AMERICANS WITH INCREASED BORROWING ON OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. THEIR PROPOSAL WOULD COST ABOUT $2.3 TRILLION INCREASED DEBT AND INTEREST. THEY'RE RAISING TAXES ON ALMOST NINE MILLION MIDDLE-INCOME PEOPLE WITH VERY HIGH MEDICAL BILLS. THE ALZHEIMER'S TAX IS A BAD IDEA, AND PEOPLE HATE IT. PEOPLE NOTICED THAT THE HUGE PERMANENT TAX BREAKS FOR BUSINESS AND THE WEALTHY, THEY'VE GOT THEIRS, BUT THE TAX RELIEF FOR MIDDLE AMERICANS IS TEMPORARY AND WILL DISAPPEAR OVER TIME. BY 2023, THE AVERAGE AMERICAN WHO MAKES $30,000 A YEAR OR LESS WILL SEE A TAX INCREASE. BY 2027, ALL TAX BRACKETS UNDER $75,000 ARE GOING TO SEE A TAX INCREASE. BECAUSE THE REPUBLICANS WILL CHANGE THE WAY THAT TAX BRACKETS ARE ADJUSTED FOR INFLATION, WE'RE GOING TO SEE PEOPLE PULLED UP INTO EVER HIGHER TAX RATES, A STEALTH TAX INCREASE. FOR MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS, THEIR TAX RELIEF IS A POLITICAL FOOTBALL WHILE THE RICH AND THE POWERFUL ARE PROTECTED. OF COURSE, THERE ARE OTHER STRANGE CHANGES THAT ARE GOING TO COME OUT -- THINGS THAT ARE GOING TO COME OUT ON AN ONGOING BASIS. IT'S STILL BEING MASSAGED BEHIND THE SCENES. FOR EXAMPLE, WE FOUND THIS LAST WEEKEND THAT SOME PROFESSIONALS WHO MAKE BETWEEN $500,000 AND $650,000 A YEAR ARE GOING TO PAY A MARGINAL TAX RATE OF OVER 100%. FOR THAT EXTRA $100 THEY MAKE, THEY'RE GOING TO PAY $107 IN TAXES. ABSOLUTELY INSANE. PEOPLE ARE NOTICING THAT THIS PROPOSAL IS TRIGGERING SPENDING CUTS FOR MEDICARE, $25 BILLION SCHEDULED FOR NEXT YEAR, AND MEDICAID CUTS FOR THE ELDERLY AND DISABLED ARE ON THE HORIZON. THERE ARE MORE REASONS TO OPPOSE THIS PROPOSAL THAN I HAVE TIME TO LIST HERE THIS MORNING, BUT PERHAPS THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL FLAW HAS NOT BEEN GIVEN NEARLY ENOUGH ATTENTION. THE REPUBLICANS WOULD CHANGE TAXATION BASED ON HOW YOU MAKE YOUR MONEY, NOT HOW MUCH YOU MAKE. THE VERY HIGHEST TAXES WILL BE ON THE WAY THAT 80% OF AMERICANS MAKE THEIR INCOME, W-2 SALARY AND WAGES ARE GOING TO PAY THE HIGHEST RATE. IT'S GOING TO BE COLLECTED ON EACH PAYCHECK AND VERY HARD TO CUT CORNERS. THIS IS GOING TO OPEN A WHOLE NEW INDUSTRY. WHEN PEOPLE FIND THAT A C.P.A. WHO WORKS FOR A CORPORATION MAKING EXACTLY THE SAME MONEY AS SOMEBODY WHO IS A PROFESSIONAL DOING EXACTLY THE SAME JOB BUT PAYS FAR MORE IN TAXES, PEOPLE ARE GOING TO CASH IN ON A WHOLE NEW INDUSTRY IN TERMS OF HOW PEOPLE CAN CHANGE HOW THEIR INCOME IS CHARACTERIZED. THERE WILL BE A PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION, A PASS-THROUGH BUSINESS, PARTNERSHIPS, CLOSELY HELD CORPORATIONS, THEY WILL ALL BE TREATED DIFFERENTLY BASED ON OWNERSHIP, THE DAY-TO-DAY LEVEL OF INVOLVEMENT AND THE ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE. IN SHORT, ALL THE PEOPLE WHO EMPLOY LOBBYISTS ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO FIND A WAY TO PAY A LOWER TAX RATE THAN PEOPLE WHO JUST GET A PAYCHECK FOR SALARY AND WAGES. SINCE WHEN DOES REFORM OF THE TAX SYSTEM TAKE THIS PERVERTED FORM? IN FACT, THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO BE CHANGING THE FORM TO THOSE OTHER STRUCTURES WILL BE ABLE TO DEDUCT AS CORPORATIONS WILL THEIR STATE AND LOCAL PROPERTY TAXES, BUT INDIVIDUALS WILL NOT. IT'S UNFAIR, IT'S UNWISE. THIS MASSIVE TRANSFER OF WEALTH TO THE PEOPLE WHO NEED IT THE LEAST FINANCED BY OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WITH HIGHER DEBT AND CREATING A DIFFERENT CLASS OF TAXPAYER BASED NOT ON HOW MUCH YOU MAKE BUT HOW CLEVER YOU ARE TO BE ABLE TO UTILIZE DIFFERENCES THAT ARE CREATED BY THE ARMY OF LOBBYISTS THAT ARE AT WORK HERE ON CAPITOL HILL. IT SHOULD BE REJECTED.

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                                        • 10:11:02 AM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. MARSHALL, FOR FIVE…

                                          THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. MARSHALL, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                        • 10:11:07 AM

                                          MR. MARSHALL

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SAY THANKS TO OUR ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY MEN…

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SAY THANKS TO OUR ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE OUR COUNTRY AND PROTECT OUR FREEDOMS AND A SPECIAL THANKS TO MY SOLDIERS FROM FORT RILEY WHO REPRESENT THE BIG RED ONE, THE FIRST INFANTRY DIVISION, WHO'S LAPEL PEN I PROUDLY WEAR TODAY, AND THE AIR MEN AND WOMEN AT MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE WHO PROUDLY SERVE THIS COUNTRY. AS WE APPROACH THE HOLIDAY SEASON, MANY WILL BE SURROUNDED BY LOVED ONES BUT AND WOMEN AT WE MUST NOT FORGET THE LOVED ONES WHO SACRIFICE THEIR TIME FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR NATION. KEEPING OUR TROOPS IN OUR THOUGHTS IS NOT ENOUGH, HOWEVER. CONGRESS MUST MOVE PAST THE BRINKSMANSHIP AND PROCRASTINATION THAT MOVES OUR GOVERNMENT FUNDED MOVING FROM ONE CONTINUING RESOLUTION TO THE NEXT. FAILING TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR A FULL FISCAL YEAR NOT ONLY CREATES CRISES BUT IT ROBS OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE AGENCIES OF THE ABILITY TO PLAN, MAKE SMART FUNDING DECISIONS AND ENSURE OUR WAR FIGHTERS ARE BEING SENT TO BATTLE WITH EVERY ADVANTAGE AT THEIR DISPOSAL. THIS BUDGETARY UNCERTAINTY HAS ERODED THE READINESS OF OUR MILITARY. DEFENSE SECRETARY MATTIS STATED THAT THE SEQUESTRATION HAS DONE MORE TO HARM OUR TROOP'S READINESS THAN ANY ENEMY ABROAD. AS THREATS CONTINUE TO EXPAND ACROSS THE GLOBE, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT OUR TROOPS HAVE THE RESOURCES NEEDED TO COMPLETE THEIR MISSIONS SUCCESSFULLY AND RETURN HOME SAFELY. AS THE HOLIDAY SEASON APPROACHES, I WANT TO URGE THOSE AT HOME TO REMEMBER THE SACRIFICES BEING MADE BY OUR SOLDIERS TO ENSURE WE CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS SAFELY. I ALSO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO ADDRESS THIS CRISES BY FULLING A FULL YEAR SPENDING BILL FOR THE MILITARY, TO RAISE THE DEFENSE SPENDING CAPS, AND TO GIVE OUR TROOPS THE RAISE THEY DESERVE. WHILE OUR TROOPS HAVE PERFORMED EXCEPTIONALLY UNDER UNCERTAIN BUDGET AND LIMITED RESOURCES, IT'S PAST TIME CONGRESS DOES ITS PART. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                        • 10:13:15 AM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                        • 10:13:22 AM

                                          MR. GREEN

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND MEMBERS. I RISE FOR THE THOUSANDS OF HURRICANE…

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND MEMBERS. I RISE FOR THE THOUSANDS OF HURRICANE DISASTER VICTIMS IN OUR DISTRICT IN HOUSTON AND HAIRS COUNTY, TEXAS, ALONG THE TEXAS GULF COAST WHO ARE SUFFERING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON DUE TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S INACTION AND CONGRESS' DELAY IN PASSING AN ADEQUATE DISASTER SUPPLEMENTAL BILL. TEXAS, LOUISIANA, PUERTO RICO, VIRGIN ISLANDS ARE ALL U.S. CITIZENS. HURRICANE HARVEY DESTRUCTION WAS BEYOND ANYTHING WITNESSED IN LIVING MEMORY IN TEXAS. HOUSTON AREA TYPICALLY GETS 49 INCHES OF RAIN THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. A RECORD 52 INCHES OF RAIN FELL IN HOUSTON AND THE TEXAS GULF COAST, CAUSING CATASTROPHIC FLOODING IN THE NATION'S FOURTH LARGEST CITY. HARVEY DAMAGED OVER 300,000 HOMES AND APARTMENTS IN THE CITY OF HOUSTON ALONE. STATEWIDE NEARLY 600,000 HOMES HAVE BEEN INSPECTED BY FEMA FOR FLOOD AND WIND DAMAGE. MOST TRAGICALLY 88 TEXANS LOST THEIR LIVES IN HARVEY'S WRATH. TEXANS ARE A PROUD AND INDEPENDENT PEOPLE. WE TAKE OUR PRIDE IN OUR SELF-RELIANCE AND CAN-DO ATTITUDE. THIS WAS BEST SEEN IN THE ACTIONS IN OUR BRAVE FIRST RESPONDERS AND COUNTLESS VOLUNTEERS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY WHO RESCUED THEIR NEIGHBORS DURING THE WORST FLOODING. UNFORTUNATELY, MANY HARVEY VICTIMS AND ESPECIALLY OUR SENIORS AND LOW-INCOME FAMILIES CONTINUE TO BE IN GREAT NEED AND MUST RELY ON OTHERS FOR HELP. A REPORT RELEASED LAST WEEK BY THE KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION FOUND THAT AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND HISPANIC TEXANS AND TEXANS WITH LOWER INCOMES WERE MOST LIKELY TO SUFFER PROPERTY DAMAGE OR LOSS OF INCOME DUE TO HARVEY. THE SAME REPORT FOUND THAT 50% OF ALL HARVEY DISASTER VICTIMS IN TEXAS HAD BEEN DENIED ASSISTANCE FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OR STILL WAITING FOR A FINAL ANSWER. TO DATE, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS PROVIDED JUST $10 BILLION IN AID FOR HARVEY VICTIMS. MUCH MORE FEDERAL AID IS NEEDED TO REBUILD HOUSTON, HARRIS COUNTY, AND THE TEXAS GULF COAST. AFTER HURRICANE KATRINA HIT LOUISIANA AND MISSISSIPPI, CONGRESS RESPONDED BY PASSING A DISASTER BILL THAT PROVIDED $120 BILLION TO REBUILD NEW ORLEANS AND SURROUNDING AREAS. THE GOVERNOR OF TEXAS HAS REQUESTED $60 BILLION-PLUS. THREE MONTHS AFTER SANDY MADE LANDFALL, CONGRESS PASSED A $50,000 DISASTER RELIEF BILL TO HELP NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY REBUILD. THE HOUSE LEADERSHIP IS DELAYING SUPPLEMENTAL AID THAT RAVAGED US FOR ANOTHER MONTH AFTER CHRISTMAS OR NEW YEAR'S. DECEMBER 25, CHRISTMAS DAY WILL MARK THE FOUR-MONTH ANNIVERSARY OF HARVEY'S LAND FALL. THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS DESERVE BETTER. THE PEOPLE IN OUR DISTRICTS ARE LIVING IN TENTS AND FLOODED AND MOLDY HOUSES. AMERICA CAN DO BETTER THAN THIS. DURING THIS SEASON OF GIVING, CONGRESS MUST ACT AND HELP THESE DISASTER VICTIMS IN NEED OR TEXAS WILL SUFFER A SECOND MANMADE DISASTER BY THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                                        • 10:16:38 AM

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

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

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                                        • 10:16:45 AM

                                          MR. ROTHFUS

                                          MR. SPEAKER, NOT ONLY WAS WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA HIT BY A ENTREPRENEURY OF…

                                          MR. SPEAKER, NOT ONLY WAS WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA HIT BY A ENTREPRENEURY OF SNOW THIS PAST WEEKEND BUT BY GREAT PRIDE IN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL, THIS PAST SATURDAY, QUAKER VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM WON THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY IN THE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION CLASS AA WITH TWO RANKINGS THAT WOULD MERIT THEM AS UNDERDOGS. WITH A NEW COACH, THE QUAKERS TACKLED THEIR WAY INTO HISTORY. THEY DEFEATED THEIR OPPONENT BY 17 POINTS. THESE STATE CHAMPIONS ARE TO BE COMMENDED FOR THEIR GRIT AND THEIR PERSEVERANCE. IT WAS AN GREAT GAME. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE COACH AND THE ENTIRE COACHING STAFF AND THE PLAYERS WHO ARE EXCELING IN THIS WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA TRADITION. MR. SPEAKER, ON SATURDAY, IN FRONT OF A CROWD EXCEEDING 2,000 PEOPLE AT SNOW COVERED HERSHEY PARK STADIUM, WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA PINE LAND RAMS WITH A 41-21 VICTORY, THEY WON THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE PENNSYLVANIA ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION CLASS 6-A CLASS. IT WAS AN UNFORGETTABLE WIN THAT CEMENTED THEIR STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE COACH, THE ENTIRE COACHING STAFF AND THE PLAYERS EX SELLING IN THIS GREAT WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA TRADITION. WELL DONE, RAMS. YOUR DEDICATION AND HARD WORK HAS MADE THE HIGH SCHOOL AND ALL OF WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA PROUD.

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                                        • 10:18:26 AM

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                                          THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, MS.…

                                          THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, MS. NORTON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                        • 10:18:35 AM

                                          MS. NORTON

                                          MR. SPEAKER, 44 YEARS AGO THIS MONTH, CONGRESS PASSED THE HOME RULE ACT, A…

                                          MR. SPEAKER, 44 YEARS AGO THIS MONTH, CONGRESS PASSED THE HOME RULE ACT, A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT SIGNED A DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS TOGETHER WITH THE PRESIDENT FREED THE NATION'S CAPITAL FROM GOVERNMENT BY THREE UNELECTED COMMISSIONERS. THE IRONY IS THAT THE SELF-GOVERNMENT THAT THE DEMOCRATIC -- THAT THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ENJOYS TODAY IS A VIRT TALL REPLICA OF WHAT A REPUBLICAN CONGRESS AND A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT GRANTED TO THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA RIGHT AFTER THE CIVIL WAR. IT WAS A HOME RULE ACT AND A DELEGATE TO CONGRESS. BUT WITH CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOCRATIC CONTROL, DEMOCRATS TOOK BACK WHAT REPUBLICANS HAD GRANTED AND ONCE AGAIN, DEMOCRATS DENIED THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA SELF-GOVERNMENT. THEN 44 YEARS AGO, WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, AFTER 100 YEARS OF STRUGGLE, THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA FINALLY WON WHAT WE CALL HOME RULE. MY COLLEAGUES SHOULD RESPECT THEIR OWN HISTORY. IT WAS RICHARD NIXON WHO SIGNED THE HOME RULE ACT ACTING ON THE MOST REVEERED AS FAR AS WE ARE TOLD OF REPUBLICAN PRINCIPLES, LOCAL CONTROL -- A LOCAL RESIDENT SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE A DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED LOCAL GOVERNMENT CONTROLLED ENTIRELY BY THAT GOVERNMENT. THE DISTRICT HAS BECOME ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL JURISDICTIONS IN THE UNITED STATES SINCE HOME RULE WITH A $3 BILLION FEDERAL BUDGET AND BEFORE AND AFTER HOME RULE. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA RESIDENTS HAVE ALWAYS PAID FEDERAL INCOME TAXES. TODAY D.C. RESIDENTS RANK NUMBER ONE, THAT'S FIRST PER CAPITA IN TAXES PAID TO SUPPORT THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES. IT IS SIGNING BILL FOR THE HOME RULE ACT, PRESIDENT NIXON WROTE ONE OF THE MAJOR GOALS IS TO PLACE RESPONSIBILITY FOR LOCAL FUNCTIONS UNDER LOCAL CONTROL AND TO PROVIDE LOCAL GOVERNMENT WITH AUTHORITY AND RESOURCES THEY NEED TO SERVE THE COMMUNITIES -- TO SERVE THEIR COMMUNITIES EFFECTIVELY. SINCE CONGRESS GRANTED THE HOME RULE ACT, IT HAS SHOWN NO INTEREST IN GOVERNING THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA BUT REQUIRES THE D.C. BUDGET TO ACTUALLY BE PASSED AGAIN HERE BY CONGRESS FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF SEEKING TO OVERTURN LOCAL LAWS THAT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS DON'T SUPPORT. THE BASIS FOR OUR FEDERATION OF STATES IS THAT EACH HAS HIS OWN LAWS AND MUST BE RESPECTED. AND YET THERE ARE EIGHT DIFFERENT LAWS PENDING HERE TO BE OVERTURNED BY THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. I INTEND AND I BELIEVE I WILL BE TO GET TO RETAIN MOST OF THOSE LAWS, BUT WHY SHOULD I HAVE TO SPEND ANY OF MY TIME PROTECTING LOCAL LAWS PASSED BY MY LOCAL JURISDICTION? THEY RANGE FROM TRYING TO GET RID OF ALL THE DISTRICT'S GUN LAWS AND MAKING THE DISTRICT PAY FOR PRIVATE SCHOOLS OUT OF LOCAL FUNDS, MEDICAL AID AND DYING LAW THAT SIX STATES HAVE, WE WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO HAVE, ALTHOUGH TWO REPUBLICAN LEADERS HAVE BILLS IN THEIR STATES. NO BUDGET AUTONOMY LAW, NO DISCRIMINATIONS, BASED ON REPRODUCTIVE CHOICES, NO MARIJUANA SPENDING, LOCAL FUNDS ON MARIJUANA COMMERCIALIZATION, ALTHOUGH THAT IS DONE BY SEVEN STATES AND THE PROHIBITION ON SPENDING FOR ABORTION FOR LOW-INCOME WOMEN. THAT'S DONE BY 11 STATES. THIS IS A SAMPLING OF WHAT IS PENDING, MR. SPEAKER. CONGRESS LETS THE LAWS EXIST IN THEIR OWN LOCAL JURISDICTIONS. THE WAY TO COMMEMORATE SELF-GOVERNMENT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA GRANTED BY CONGRESS 44 YEARS AGO IS FOR CONGRESS ITSELF TO RESPECT THE HOME RULE ACT IT PASSED IN 1973. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                        • 10:23:23 AM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                        • 10:23:43 AM

                                          MR. CURTIS

                                          THIS PICTURE OF INDIAN CREEK IN SOUTHEASTERN UTAH, MY DISTRICT IS HOME TO…

                                          THIS PICTURE OF INDIAN CREEK IN SOUTHEASTERN UTAH, MY DISTRICT IS HOME TO MOST BEAUTIFUL AND MAJESTIC SCENERY BUT AN ONGOING CONFLICT BETWEEN THOSE WHOSE LIVELIHOODS DEPEND ON MULTIPLE USES AND GROUPS FOCUSED ON ADVOCATING FOR LIMITED USE OF THOSE LANDS. ONE YEAR AGO, PRESIDENT OBAMA OVER THE OBJECTIONS OF MANY AFFLICTED LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND IMPORTANT STAKEHOLDERS UTILIZED THE ANTIQUITIES ACT TO DESIGNATE 1.35 MILLION ACRES OF LAND. LAST WEEK, PRESIDENT TRUMP CAME TO UTAH TO RESOLVE THIS ISSUE BY REORGANIZING THIS INTO TWO SMALLERMON YOUMENTS. ALTHOUGH BOTH EXECUTIVE ACTIONS HAVE IGNITED WIDESPREAD ANGER AND RESENTMENT ON BOTH SIDES OF THIS ISSUE, I STILL BELIEVE BOTH SIDES SHARE MANY COMMON GOALS AND VALUES AND WE CAN WORK TOGETHER. WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT THESE IMPORTANT LANDS MUST BE RESPONSIBLY MANAGED FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS TO APPRECIATE. NOW THAT UTAH HAS TWO MORE MANAGEABLEMON YOUMENTS, THE TIME HAS COME FOR CONGRESS TO ACT TO ENSURE THESE TREASURES AND SACRED TRIBAL LANDS ARE PROTECTED THE RIGHT WAY. I BELIEVE THE RIGHT WAY TO MANAGE THESE LANDS IS TO HAVE INPUT FROM UTAH'S TRIBAL MEMBERS, LOCAL CITIZENS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS. ADDITIONALLY, THERE NEEDS TO BE A MANAGEMENT PLAN THAT PROTECT IMPORTANT SITES AND SACRED TRIBAL LANDS WHILE MAINTAINING MULTIPLE USES SUCH AS RECREATION, HUNTING AND GRAZING. THE SYSTEM OF CHECKS AND BALANCES ARE THE BEST WAY TO BOTH DETERMINE THE BEST MANAGEMENT OF THESE LANDS AS WELL AS THE CREATION OF ANY NATIONAL PARKS AND RECREATION AREAS. I HAVE JOINED MEMBERS TO INTRODUCE THE NATIONAL MONUMENT AND INDIAN CREEK NATIONAL MONUMENT ACT WHICH CREATES THE CO-MANAGED MONUMENT AREA THAT WILL SAFEGUARD THESE NEWMON YOUMENTS BY ESTABLISHING COUNCILS COMPRISED OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND UTAH FATE I HAVE AMERICANS. THIS BILL AUTHORIZES LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS TO PROTECT THE SACRED AND SIGNIFICANT SITES AND ANTIQUITIES FROM LOOTERS WHILE PRESERVING THE MULTIPLE USES TO MUCH OF THESE LANDS FOR RECREATION, GRAZING AND HUNTING. AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS, MY JOB IS TO BRING FORTH SOLUTIONS THAT ADDS STABILITY TO THIS REGION AND COMPLEMENTS OUR GOALS. THAT IS THE UTAH WAY. IT IS OUR HOPE THAT AS CONSIDERS MY BILL, WE CAN BRING ALL SIDES TOGETHER TO MANAGE THESE IMPORTANT AREAS IN THE RIGHT WAY. MR. SPEAKER, THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS IS SET TO VOTE ON RESTORING INTERNET FREEDOM PROPOSAL TO LOOK AT THE PREVIOUS ORDER OF 2015. OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS, I HAVE RECEIVED THOUSANDS OF CALLS AND EMAILS FROM MY CONSTITUENTS EXPRESSING THEIR SUPPORT FOR NET NEUTRALITY AND FOR A FREE AN OPEN INTERNET. I PERSONALLY READ EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE EMAILS AND LISTENED TO THE PHONE CALLS. I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE MY VIEWS ON THIS CRITICAL ISSUE. MANY IN THIS CHAMBER MAY NOT KNOW THAT UTAH IS CURRENTLY EXPERIENCING SOMEWHAT OF A TECH STARTUP PHENOMENON. MY DISTRICT IS ONE OF THE BEST PLACES TO START A BUSINESS. I RECOGNIZE THE GREAT SUCCESS WE ACHIEVED IN UTAH AND THROUGHOUT THE U.S. IS DUE TO THE PROGRESS AND ADVANCE OF THE INTERNET. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENT OF OUR TIME AND THE INTERNET HAS BECOME THE BACKBONE OF OUR ECONOMY. I BELIEVE THE INTERNET IS SUCCESSFUL DESPITE GOVERNMENT NOT BECAUSE OF GOVERNMENT. BECAUSE THE INTERNET HAS BEEN OPEN AND FREE, WE HAVE SEEN EXCITING INNOVATION AND PROGRESS THAT WAS UNIMAGINABLE. MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS AND COLLEAGUES I SUPPORT THE PRINCIPLES OF NET NEUTRALITY AND OPPOSED TO MY BLOCKING OR PAID PRIORITIZATION OF THE INTERNET. BECAUSE I DO NOT FAVOR A BURDENSOME REGULATORY FRAMEWORK OVER THE INTERNET, I FEEL A GREAT BURDEN TO ASSURE THOSE IN MY DISTRICT THAT THE INTERNET WILL REMAIN OPEN AND FREE. THE WAY TO DO THIS IS FOR CONGRESS TO ACT. IT IS MORE THAN TIME THAT CONGRESS STEP UP AND MODERNIZE THE STATUTES THAT CONTROL HOW THE INTERNET IS REGULATED. A VAST NUMBER OF MY CONSTITUENTS AND SMALL BUSINESSES ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE INTERNET. THEY WORRY THAT LARGE CORPORATIONS WILL WIN OUT AND DEPRIVE THEM OF THEIR ABILITY TO BE COMPETITIVE. AS A CONGRESS, WE CAN GIVE THEM THE PROTECTION THAT THEY NEED. IT HAS BEEN MORE THAN 20 YEARS SINCE CONGRESS LAST REFORMED OUR NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS LAWS, IT IS MY HOPE WE WILL COME TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN TO UPDATE THIS OUTDATED REGULATORY FRAMEWORK AND ENSURE THE INTERNET IS FAIR, OPEN AND FREE SO IT CONTINUES TO BENEFIT CUSTOMERS AND ADD ADVANCE INNOVATION AND UNHINNERED BY GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS.

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                                        • 10:29:39 AM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GALLEGO FOR FIVE…

                                          THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GALLEGO FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                        • 10:29:48 AM

                                          MR. GALLEGO

                                          OFF A FAMILIAR REPUBLICAN PLAYBOOK. STEP ONE, SLASH TAXES FOR MILLIONAIRES…

                                          OFF A FAMILIAR REPUBLICAN PLAYBOOK. STEP ONE, SLASH TAXES FOR MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES. STEP TWO, EXPLODE THE DEFICIT, STEP THREE USE RISING DEFICITS TO FIGHT CUTS TO MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. STEP FOUR, ACCUSE DEMOCRATS FOR BEING IRRESPONSIBLE FOR OPPOSING THOSE CUTS. STEP FIVE, REPEAT. REPEAT AS THE RICH GET RICHER, REPEAT AS THE DEFICIT GROWS LARGER, REPEAT AS WORKING FAMILIES STRUGGLE AND REPEAT AS A SOCIAL SAFETY NET DISINTEGRATES. WE ARE SEEING IT RIGHT NOW. YOU DON'T HAVE TO TAKE MY WORD FOR IT. TAKE, MR. SPEAKER, THE REPUBLICAN TAX BILL WILL ADD $1.5 TRILLION AND PAUL RYAN IS SAYING WE NEED TO CUT ENTITLEMENTS. LAST WEEK RYAN WARNED AND I QUOTE, WE HAVE TO GET BACK NEXT YEAR AT ENTITLEMENT REFORM. IT IS THE HEALTH CARE ENTITLEMENT THAT ARE THE BIG DRIVERS OF OUR DEBT. THAT'S WHERE THE PROBLEM LIES, UNQUOTE. NOT TRUE. OUR PROBLEM DOESN'T LIE WITH MEDICARE OR MEDICAID BUT WITH THE MONSSTROSSITY OF A TAX BILL. WHAT IF WE TRIED A DIFFERENT APPROACH? IF WE PAY TAX CUTS FOR TRUMP'S CRONIES AND SAY NO TO THIS SCAM. WHAT IF WE SAID NO TO RAISING TAXES ON MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES OR HURTING STUDENTS TO HELP THE LARGEST TAX PAIRS. AND WOULD IT JUST ONCE THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY ACTUALLY PASSED A BILL TO MAKE LIFE EASIER FOR AMERICANS LIVING PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK. IT'S A CRAZY IDEA, RIGHT? IF REPUBLICANS WANT TO WORK ON REAL TAX REFORM FOR AMERICANS, THEY KNOW WHERE TO FIND IT. I WOULDN'T HOLD MY BREATH. THANK YOU. AND I YIELD BACK. .

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                                        • 10:32:04 AM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. YOHO, FOR FIVE…

                                          THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. YOHO, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                        • 10:32:07 AM

                                          MR. YOHO

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE MS. ANDREA SANCHEZ…

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE MS. ANDREA SANCHEZ FROM GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA, FOR WINNING OUR DISTRICT'S 2017 CONGRESSIONAL APP CHALLENGE. HER APP SOLVES THE PROBLEM SHE SAW IN HER SCHOOL AND HELP STUDENTS LOG THEIR VOLUNTEER HOURS AS WELL AS INCENTIVIZING COMMUNITY SERVICE BY LETTING STUDENTS COMPETE AGAINST THEIR PEERS TO SEE WHO CAN LOG THE MOST HOURS. OTHER SUBMISSIONS WE RECEIVED INCLUDED AN APP TO TEACH STUDENTS HOW TO CODE AND TO GIVE PEOPLE REAL-TIME INFORMATION IN NATURAL DISASTERS. THESE APPS CAME FROM YOUNG STUDENTS WHO RECOGNIZED A PROBLEM THEY WERE FACING AND EMPLOYED VARIOUS SKILLS AND CREATIVITY IN DESIGNING AND BUILDING THEIR APPS. BECAUSE OF STEM EDUCATION, STUDENTS ARE NOT ONLY LEARNING CRITICAL TECHNOLOGICAL SKILLS THAT WILL SERVE THEM IN THE FUTURE, BUT THEY'RE CREATING THE NEXT GENERATION OF APPS, SOFTWARE PROGRAMS, AND MORE. POSSIBLY THE NEXT I.T. COMPANY. SUPPORTING STEM EDUCATION GIVES OUR STUDENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME LEADERS IN THE FIELD THAT POSITIVELY IMPACT AMERICA AND THE WORLD ALIKE. ADDITIONALLY, I'D LIKE TO -- I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                        • 10:33:31 AM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                        • 10:33:34 AM

                                          MR. GREEN

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, ONCE AGAIN I ENJOY THE PREEMINENT…

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, ONCE AGAIN I ENJOY THE PREEMINENT PRIVILEGE OF STANDING IN THE WELL OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I DO NOT TAKE LIGHTLY THE OPPORTUNITY THAT THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY HAVE AFFORDED ME. MR. SPEAKER, THE TOPIC THAT I WILL ADDRESS TODAY IS NOT THE ONE THAT I HAD IN MIND WHEN CONTEMPLATING THIS MOMENT. MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE BEEN MOVED BY THE WORDS OF A FATHER, A FATHER WHO SPOKE THIS MORNING ON NATIONAL TELEVISION, A FATHER WHO TALKED ABOUT HIS DAUGHTER AND HOW HIS DAUGHTER HAD BEEN A VICTIM OF BIGOTRY, A FATHER WHO TALKED ABOUT HOW HIS DAUGHTER HAD BEEN SPOKEN OF IN TERMS THAT WERE UNTRUE, HAD BEEN LED TO BELIEVE HE HIMSELF THAT HIS DAUGHTER COULD BE CHANGED. SO HE HE WENT TO VARIOUS -- SO HE WENT TO VARIOUS PROFESSIONALS TO TRY TO SEEK HELP BECAUSE HIS DAUGHTER WAS A LESBIAN, AND THEY DISCOVERED THAT THIS WAS WHO SHE WAS, MR. SPEAKER. THIS WAS NOT SOME CHARADE, NOT SOME FACADE, NOT SOME DISEASE. THIS IS WHO SHE WAS. THIS IS WHO GOD CREATED, MR. SPEAKER. AND THE SADDEST PART OF THIS STORY, MR. SPEAKER, IS THAT IT DOESN'T HAVE A HAPPY ENDING. BECAUSE OF BIGOTRY AND THE WAY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MISLED, THIS DAUGHTER TOOK HER LIFE. I LITERALLY HAD TEARS WELL IN MY EYES AS I HEARD THE STORY. SO I'M SADDENED BY WHAT HAPPENED, AND I'M SADDENED TO KNOW THAT A PERSON ASSOCIATED WITH THAT BIGOTRY MAY FIND HIS WAY TO THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. MR. SPEAKER, PEOPLE ASK, WHAT HARM DOES IT DO TO ALLOW BIGOTRY TO EMANATE FROM THE HIGHEST OFFICES FROM THIS COUNTRY? THERE IS SOME OF YOUR EVIDENCE OF BIGOTRY AND HOW IT CAN BE HARMFUL. BUT THERE'S MORE EVIDENCE. WHEN YOU SPEAK ILL OF PERSONS WHO ARE EXERCISING THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO PROTEST AND YOU CALL THEM MOTHERS DOGS WHEN YOU CALL THEM S.O.B., YOU'RE CREATING HARM TO SOCIETY, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT EMANATES FROM THE HIGHEST OFFICE IN THE LAND. WHAT HARM DOES IT CAUSE TO SOCIETY WHEN YOU ASSOCIATE THE IMAGINISTRY AND THE DIGNITY -- THE MAJESTY AND THE DIGNITY OF THE PRESIDENCY FOR THOSE THAT WOULD GO TO CHARLOTTESVILLE SCREAMING BLOOD AND SOIL, PROCLAIMING JEWS WILL NOT REPLACE US, WHEN YOU ASSOCIATE THE MAJESTY AND THE DIGNITY OF THE PRESIDENCY WITH THESE PEOPLE, YOU'RE DOING HARM TO SOCIETY, MR. SPEAKER. SO MR. SPEAKER, I WILL ANSWER THE QUESTION THAT HAS BEEN POSED. IT'S A QUESTION THAT I THINK IS A FAIR ONE AND OUGHT TO BE ANSWERED. AND HERE'S THE ANSWER, YOU'LL SURMISE WHAT THE QUESTION IS GIVEN WHAT MY ANSWER IS. THE ANSWER IS, THERE WILL BE ANOTHER VOTE TO IMPEACH THIS PRESIDENT. THERE WILL BE ANOTHER VOTE BECAUSE I WILL NOT STAND BY AND WATCH THIS COUNTRY, THE COUNTRY I LOVE, BE BROUGHT INTO SHAME AND DISREPUTE BECAUSE OF A PERSON WHO IS UNFIT TO HOLD THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT. MR. SPEAKER, HISTORY WILL JUDGE US ALL. I'M SORRY FOR THOSE WHO FIND THAT THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE AND UNBEARABLE, I'M SORRY, BUT THE COUNTRY IS GREATER THAN WE ARE. GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE IS GREATER THAN WE ARE. MAINTAINING AND SAVING THE REPUBLIC IS GREATER THAN WE ARE IN ONE SENSE, BUT IN ANOTHER SENSE IT REALLY IS WHO WE ARE. I HAVE A TIE ON THAT SAYS, WE, THE PEOPLE. WE, THE PEOPLE. WE ARE THE ONES WHO CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE. THERE WILL BE ANOTHER VOTE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        • 10:38:55 AM

                                          TEMPORE MEMBERS

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

                                          MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARDS THE PRESIDENT. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                        • 10:39:03 AM

                                          MR. POE

                                          I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT READS LIKE A PAGE OUT OF GEORGE ORWELL'S…

                                          I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT READS LIKE A PAGE OUT OF GEORGE ORWELL'S "1984," SPIES, SECRET COURTS AND SEARCHES OF AMERICANS WITHOUT A WARRANT. IT'S CLEAR, BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING US. MOST AMERICANS MAY NOT FULLY ARE AWARE WHAT'S TAKING PLACE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS OF GOVERNMENT SPY AGENCIES BUT THE REALITY IS OUR GOVERNMENT IS SPYING ON ORDINARY, EVERYDAY AMERICANS. HOW? THROUGH AN OLD PIECE OF LEGISLATION ORIGINALLY SIGNED INTO LAW BY PRESIDENT CARTER IN 1978 CALLED THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT, OR FISA. FISA ALLOWS GOVERNMENT TO SPY ON FOREIGN AGENTS, INCLUDING TERRORISTS, PRIMARILY OVERSEAS. THE GOVERNMENT COLLECTS ALL OF THIS INFORMATION AND PUTS IT INTO A DATABASE. IF THEY WANT TO USE OR SEARCH THE DATABASE, THEY GO TO A SECRET COURT AND THAT COURT ISSUES A SECRET WARRANT TO SEARCH THE DATABASE. THE COURT OPERATES BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, AND EACH ISSUES THOSE SECRET WARRANTS TO GO AFTER, REMEMBER, BAD GUYS OVERSEAS. AS THE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN OF TERRORISM, I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH GOVERNMENT GOING AFTER TERRORISTS WHO SEEK TO HARM AMERICANS. WHAT THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH, MR. SPEAKER, IS THAT GOVERNMENT USES THE DATABASE THAT THEY SEIZE AND THEN LOOKS IN THAT DATABASE ABOUT AMERICANS AND THEIR ACTIVITY, VIOLATING THEIR FOURTH AMENDMENT RIGHT BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE A WARRANT TO GO INTO THE DATABASE TO LOOK FOR AMERICANS. REMEMBER, THEY'RE SEARCHING FOR TERRORISTS. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENS. WHILE SEIZING THE COMMUNICATIONS OF A SUSPECTED FOREIGN AGENT, MAYBE AN AL QAEDA TERRORIST TALKING TO ANOTHER AL QAEDA TERRORIST, THE GOVERNMENT INCIDENTALLY PICKS UP COMMUNICATIONS OF AMERICAN CITIZENS. THESE COMMUNICATIONS MAY NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH TERRORISM. THE DATA IS KEPT. THE GOVERNMENT PUTS IT IN THEIR DATABASE, AND THEY SAY IT'S LEGAL. THE INFORMATION ON AMERICANS WAS SEIZED BASED ON THE SECRET WARRANT OF FOREIGNERS ISSUED BY A FISA JUDGE. OCCASIONALLY THE GOVERNMENT DECIDES TO GO INTO THE DATABASE THAT WAS INADVERTENTLY SEIZED, AS THEY CALL IT, WITHOUT A FOURTH AMENDMENT WARRANT ON AMERICANS AND CHECKS TO SEE HOW MANY AMERICAN NAMES OR OTHER IDENTIFYING INFORMATION COMES UP. IF THEY FIND SOMETHING, THEY USE THIS DATA ON THE AMERICAN CITIZEN. MR. SPEAKER, THEY STILL DON'T HAVE A WARRANT TO SEARCH AMERICANS' INFORMATION EVEN IF IT WAS INCIDENTALLY COLLECTED. THEY SEARCH THE DATABASE TO SEE, FOR EXAMPLE, IF BOBBY IS COMMITTING A CRIME IN THE UNITED STATES. MAYBE HAVING NOTHING TO DO WITH TERRORISM. MAYBE IT'S A ROBBERY. MAYBE IT'S AN I.R.S. FRAUD. MAYBE IT VIOLATES OTHER LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES. BUT, REMEMBER, THEY'RE LOOKING FOR THAT WITHOUT A WARRANT. THEY SEIZE THE INFORMATION AND QUITE FRANKLY WE DON'T KNOW HOW MANY TIMES THEY SEIZE THIS INFORMATION ON AMERICANS. OUR JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HAS CONTINUALLY ASKED THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU SEARCHED, AND THEY REFUSE TO TELL US HOW MANY SEARCHES AND SEIZURES THERE ARE ON AMERICANS IN THAT DATABASE. VERY SUSPICIOUS, ISN'T IT, MR. SPEAKER? ACCORDING TO "THE WASHINGTON POST," 90% OF THE ACCOUNT HOLDERS WHOSE COMMUNICATIONS WERE COLLECTED WERE NOT TARGETS. THE BAD GUYS OVERSEAS. THEY WERE AMERICANS. 90% OF THEM. NEARLY HALF OF THE SURVEILLANCE FILES CONTAINS NAMES, EMAIL ADDRESSES AND OTHER DATA THAT THE N.S.A. MARKED AS BELONGING TO AMERICAN CITIZENS OR RESIDENTS. SO WHAT INFORMATION ARE THEY GETTING? THEY GET COMMUNICATIONS, TEXT AND EMAILS WITHOUT A WARRANT. REMEMBER, SECRET COURTS ISSUING SECRET WARRANTS AND THEY DON'T TELL ANYBODY ABOUT IT. UNDER SECTION 702 OF THE FISA LEGISLATION, THIS WARRANTLESS SEARCH OF AMERICANS IS LEGAL, BUT THIS, IN MY OPINION, VIOLATES THE U.S. CONSTITUTION. AS A FORMER JUDGE, I'M VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE LOSS OF OUR FOURTH AMENDMENT RIGHT OF PRIVACY IN THE UNITED STATES BASED ON THIS UNCONSTITUTIONAL LAW. THE FOURTH AMENDMENT IS SACRED TO THIS COUNTRY AND TO THE FOUNDERS WHO DRAFTED IT. IT'S UP TO CONGRESS TO UPHOLD AMERICANS' FOURTH AMENDMENT RIGHT. DESPITE INTENSE DEBATE IN THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, I'M STILL CONCERNED THAT HOUSE LEADERSHIP IS PLANNING TO REINTRODUCE AND RE-AUTHORIZE THE FISA LEGISLATION AND NOT HAVE THESE REFORMS TO PROTECT THE AMERICANS' PRIVACY. A RE-AUTHORIZATION OF FISA WITH WEAK LANGUAGE ONLY SEEKS TO PUT AMERICANS' PRIVACY AT STAKE AND VIOLATES THE U.S. CONSTITUTION. ANY 702 RE-AUTHORIZATION SHOULD SIMPLY REQUIRE, IF YOU WANT TO LOOK IN THE DATA THAT WAS INCIDENTALLY SEIZED ON AMERICANS, GET A SEARCH WARRANT OR STAY OUT OF THAT DATA. OTHERWISE IT VIOLATES THE CONSTITUTION. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I'LL YIELD BACK.

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                                        • 10:44:23 AM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO, MS. KAPTUR, FOR FIVE…

                                          THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO, MS. KAPTUR, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                        • 10:44:27 AM

                                          MS. KAPTUR

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO URGE AMERICANS TO SIGN UP FOR THEIR HEALTH…

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO URGE AMERICANS TO SIGN UP FOR THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE BY THIS FRIDAY, MIDNIGHT, IF THEY HAVEN'T ALREADY DONE SO FOR THE 2018 YEAR. THIS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, IS THE DEADLINE TO SIGN UP FOR OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR YOU, FOR YOUR FAMILY, AND IF YOU DON'T DO THAT, YOU WON'T HAVE A CHANCE, REALLY, TO BUY THAT HEALTH INSURANCE NEXT YEAR. BUT TO GET DETAILS, IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY BOUGHT YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE FOR 2018, TO GET DETAILS FOR AVAILABLE PLANS PLEASE VISIT THE WEBSITE HEALTHCARE.GOV OR CALL 318-2596. THAT'S HEALTH CARE.GOV OR 1-800-318-2596. YOU'LL ACTUALLY GET TO TALK TO A REAL PERSON. IN ORDER TO GET IN TOUCH WITH SOMEONE LOCAL WHO CAN HELP YOU SIGN UP FOR INSURANCE IN YOUR OWN AREA, YOU CALL THAT SAME NUMBER, 1-800-318-2596, OR YOU CAN GO TO THE WEBSITE THAT'S CALLED LOCALHELP.HEALTHCARE.GOV. LOCALHELP.HEALTHCARE.GOV. HEALTH INSURANCE IS VITAL. IT CAN PROTECT US FROM ASTRONOMICAL COSTS WHEN A SERIOUS ACCIDENT OR ILLNESS OCCURS, BECAUSE THE AVERAGE COST OF A THREE-DAY HOSPITAL STAY IS $30,000. . ON BROKEN LEG, $7,500. HAVING A BABY COSTS $6,000. HEALTH INSURANCE IS YOUR LIFELINE. IT HELPS PROTECT YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES FROM UNEXPECTED COSTS AND FRANKLY POSSIBLE BANKRUPTCY BECAUSE OVER 2/3 OF PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY THAT GO BANKRUPT DO SO BECAUSE OF HEALTH BILLS THEY CAN'T PAY. WHAT HAPPENS IS, IF THEY HAVE A HOUSE, THEY LOSE THE HOUSE. THEY LOSE THEIR CREDIT RATING. TERRIBLE THING THAT HAPPENS TO PEOPLE WHEN THEY GET SICK AND IT'S A ROLL OF THE DICE ON WHO'S GOING TO GET CANCER, WHO IS GOING TO BECOME ILL, WHO IS GOING TO BE HIT IN A HIT-AND-RUN ACCIDENT. COVERAGE CHOICES ARE AFFORDABLE ON THESE EXCHANGES AND MANY CASES, FINANCIAL HELP IS AVAILABLE. DURING LAST YEAR'S ENROLLMENT PRD, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, EIGHT IN 10 PEOPLE QUALIFIED FOR FINANCIAL HELP. FOR MOST PEOPLE THEY COULD FIND INSURANCE PREMIUMS FOR AS LITTLE AS $100 OR LESS. CARENET, A PROVIDER NETWORK IN OHIO HELPED TO ENROLL A GENTLEMAN WHO HAS CANCER AND PREVIOUSLY UNINSURED, CAN YOU IMAGINE THAT? WHO CAN AFFORD THESE INFUSIONS. HE WENT A YEAR WITHOUT TREATMENT AND NEEDS MULTIPLE SURGERIES NOW. BECAUSE OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND THROUGH THE HELP OF CARENET, HE FOUND A PLAN THAT COST $100 A MONTH. HE THOUGHT WOULD HAVE TO PAY MUCH MORE AND WILL NOW BEGIN TREATMENT AT THE BEGINNING OF 2018. THANK GOD HE GOT COVERAGE. MANY WORKING PEOPLE CAN QUALIFY FOR MEDICAID. A FAMILY OF FOUR EARNING $33,000 IN OHIO CAN GET COVERAGE THROUGH MEDICAID. PLEASE KNOW YOU CAN ENROLL IN MEDICAID AT ANY TIME OF THE YEAR, EVEN IF YOU DON'T HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE. YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY LOOK INTO THAT IF YOU DO NOT HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE. EVERY AMERICAN IS REQUIRED TO HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE THROUGH THEIR EMPLOYER BUT A LOT OF EMPLOYERS DON'T PROVIDE IT, THROUGH MEDICARE OR MEDICAID OR PURCHASE OF PLANS ON THE INDIVIDUAL MARKETPLACE. HEALTH INSURANCE PROVIDES YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WITH HEALTH SECURITY AND PEACE OF MIND. PAYING COSTS WHEN YOU NEED MEDICAL CARE. THE MARKETPLACE PROVIDES ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HEALTH COVERAGE WHICH REQUIRES TO COVER SUBSUBSCRIPTIONS, EMERGENCY CARE, MENTAL HEALTH CARE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES. 68 MILLION PEOPLE RELY ON MEDICAID AND NINE MILLION CHILDREN RELY ON THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS HAVE LET THE CHILDREN'S PROGRAM LAPSE. FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THAT PROGRAM HELPS OVER 2320,000 CHILDREN IN OHIO AND 73 DAYS AGO, THE REPUBLICAN CONGRESS SAID, SORRY, AMERICA'S CHILDREN, WE ARE GOING TO PUT YOU ON HOLD FOR A MOMENT AND WHETHER THE PROGRAM WILL BE FUNDED IS CUT UP IN THESE END OF YEAR DISCUSSIONS THAT ARE OCCURRING HERE AT A VERY HIGH LEVEL. AMERICA'S CHILDREN SHOULD BE COVERED WITH INSURANCE. THE REPUBLICAN-LED CONGRESS HAS LET FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS LAPSE ALSO SINCE SEPTEMBER 30. THEY BEST RESTORE THAT. WHY HURT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT. VISIT HEALTHCARE.GOV TO SIGN UP FOR YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE FOR 2018. DO IT AND DO WHAT IS LIFE GIVING. I YIELD BACK.

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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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                                          MR. THOMPSON

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE A GREAT…

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE A GREAT AGRI BUSINESS, SUCCESSFUL PART OF OUR NUMBER ONE INDUSTRY IN PENNSYLVANIA, WHICH IS AGRICULTURE, ONE OUT OF EVERY SEVEN HAS A JOB DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY TO AGRICULTURE AND TODAY I RISE TO CONGRATULATE ONE OF THOSE BUSINESSES AND KNIT ANNIE VINEYARD AND WINERY WHO WON AN AWARD. THEY TOOK HOME ONE GOLD, SIX SILVER AND TWO BRONZE AWARDS. LOCATED JUST SIX MILES FROM STATE COLLEGE, THE VINEYARD AND WINERY IS LOCATED IN LINDEN HALL. IT BOASTS BREATHTAKING VIEWS. ON ANY VINEYARD WON BEST OF CATEGORY FOR 2006 WINE. JOE AND BETTY CARROLL FOUNDED THE WINERY AND OPENED IN 1990. THEY NOW PRODUCE 16,000 GALLONS OF WINE EACH YEAR AND HARVEST 12 TO 15 TONS OF GRAPES ANNUALLY. IT IS NOW OWNED AND MANAGED BY THEIR DAUGHTER AND SON-IN-LAW. THEY PRODUCE AWARD-WINNING WINES INCLUDING FRUITY WINES. MR. SPEAKER, PROUDLY LINDA AND STEVE WILL BE ON CAPITOL HILL FOR THE ATLANTIC SEABOARD WINE ASSOCIATION AWARDS CEREMONY AND I CONGRATULATE THE WEEFERS ON THIS OUTSTANDING RECOGNITION AS THEY CONTINUE TO GROW AND MAKE FINE WINES IN CENTER COUNTY. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE EXCEPTIONAL ACHIEVEMENT OF CONTINE CORPORATION IN EERIE, PENNSYLVANIA, IT IS MECHANICAL ASSEMBLIES BUILT TO THE CUSTOMERS' SPECIFICATIONS AND MORE THAN THREE DECADES IN OPERATION. IT HAS EXPANDED THREE TIMES, ACQUIRED A MOLDING BUSINESS AND DEVELOPED QUALITY EMPLOYEES AND SUPPLIERS TO SERVE ITS CUSTOMERS. RECENTLY, THE CORPORATION RECEIVED APPROVAL FROM THE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ADMINISTRATION OR OSHA AS A SHARP PARTICIPANT. THIS IS ONE OF THE HIGHEST HONORS OSHA AWARDS TO ITS -- TO A WORK SITE. SINCE 1995 OSHA HAS BEEN RECOGNIZES SMALL BUSINESS WORK SITES TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF WORKPLACE THROUGH THE PROGRAM. FEWER THAN 1,600 WORK SITES ACROSS THE COUNTRY CURRENTLY SHARE THE HONOR OF SHARP RECOGNITION. I CONGRATULATE THE OWNER OF THE CONTINE AND SAFETY MANAGER AND THE ENTIRE WORK FORCE FOR ITS DEDICATION FOR WORK FORCE SAFETY. ENSURING A SAFE AND HEALTH WORKING ENVIRONMENT PROTECTS A BUSINESS' VIABILITY AND PROTECTS AMERICAN WORKERS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                          AND SEVERAL OTHER MEASURES, INCLUDING U.S. PARTNERSHIPS WITH MEXICO AND…

                                          AND SEVERAL OTHER MEASURES, INCLUDING U.S. PARTNERSHIPS WITH MEXICO AND CAN DAND NAMING SEVERAL POST OFFICES. LATER IN THE WEEK IN THE HOUSE, TWO FINANCE-RELATED BILLS DEALING WITH IRAN. [CAPTIONS COPYRIGHT NATIONAL CABLE SATELLITE CORP. 2017] [CAPTIONING PERFORMED BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS CAPTION CONTENT AND ACCURACY. VISIT NCICAP.ORG]

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                                          THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY OUR CHAPLAIN,…

                                          THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY OUR CHAPLAIN, FATHER CONROY.

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

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

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                                          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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                                          ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE…

                                          ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          MR. SPEAKER, I'M GRATEFUL TO RECOGNIZE THAT THIS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, IS…

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I'M GRATEFUL TO RECOGNIZE THAT THIS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, IS A DAY TO RECOGNIZE LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THEIR FAMILIES DEDICATED TO PROTECTING AMERICAN FAMILIES. I APPRECIATE THE HARD WORK OF CASSIE IN RECOGNIZING HER HUSBAND IN SUCH A POSITIVE WAY WITH GREG ELLER DAY, GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY AND RECOGNIZING HIS SERVICE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. GREG WAS A FINE YOUNG MAN AND ALSO A SEVEN-YEAR VETERAN OF THE FOREST ACRES POLICE DEPARTMENT. I WAS FORTUNATE TO HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO TRAVEL WITH GREG IN BOY SCOUT TROOP TO THE SCOUT RANCH IN NEW MEXICO. I LEARNED THEN WHAT A DEDICATED PERSON HE WAS. HIS LEGACY AND COURAGE WILL LIVE ON THROUGH THE GREAT WORK OF HIS WIFE, CASSY SON, CAL, AND PARENTS. TO THE MANY LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, DEDICATION AND SACRIFICE WHICH OVER THE WEEKEND I SAW WITH SHERIFF MICHAEL HUNT OF RICHLAND AND SHERIFF KOHN OF LEXINGTON. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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                                          THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

                                          THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                          MR. COHEN

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

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                                          MR. COHEN

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RECOGNIZE THE CAREER OF HALL OF FAME…

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RECOGNIZE THE CAREER OF HALL OF FAME MAGAZINE EDITOR REGAN CARTER. REGAN CARTER IS ONE OF THE GREAT JOURNALIST OF OUR TIME. HE RETIRES TODAY AFTER 25 YEARS OF EDITOR OF "VANITY FAIR." HE CO-FOUNDED "SPY" MAGAZINE WHICH HE ALSO EDITIED AS WELL AS "THE NEW YORK OBSERVER." IN "VANITY FAIR" HE GAVE MICHAEL LEWIS AND DOMINICK DUNNE A VENUE AND CHRISTOPHER HITCHINS, ONE OF THE GREAT JOURNALISTS OF OUR TIME. ONE SAID ABOUT CHRISTOPHER HITCHINS THAT HE WAS A CHARMER AND TROUBLE MAKER AND HE WAS A GIFT FROM, DARE I SAY IT, GOD. FROM THE BEGINNING AT "SPY" MAGAZINE, AND THROUGH HIS DAYS IN "THE NEW YORK OBSERVER" AND "VANITY FAIR" HE TALKED ABOUT THE SHORTCOMINGS OF DONALD TRUMP. AND HE GAVE HIM THE NAME SHORT FINGER VULLGARIAN. HE -- I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR GUNNERY SERGEANT DALE…

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR GUNNERY SERGEANT DALE SIGNIFICANTLER OF WEST VIRGINIA.

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                                          MR. MCKINLEY

                                          DALE'S LIFE HAS BEEN ONE OF LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE TO HIS COMMUNITY AND…

                                          DALE'S LIFE HAS BEEN ONE OF LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE TO HIS COMMUNITY AND COUNTRY. AT THE AGE OF 17 DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE WORLD WAR II, HE GOT HIS PARENT'S PERMISSION AND ENLISTED IN THE UNITED STATES NAVY. EVEN BEFORE HE HAD FINISHED HIGH SCHOOL. HE SERVED IN THE NAVY UNTIL 1946 BEFORE RETURNING HOME TO FINISH HIS EDUCATION. THEN UPON GRADUATION HE THEN JOINED THE MARINES AND LED AN EXEMPLARY MILITARY CAREER AS A GUNNERY SERGEANT. HE RETIRED AFTER 20 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE BUT HIS DESIRE TO SERVICE THE COMMUNITY DIDN'T STOP THERE. HE WENT ON TO SERVE AS CHAPLAIN FOR THE LOCAL CHAPTERS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION, THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS, AND THE MARINE CORPS LEGION AND WAS RECENTLY NAMED LIFETIME OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR HIS DEDICATED SERVICE. GUNNERY SERGEANT SIGNIFICANTLER, WE SALUTE YOU AND -- SIGLER, WE SALUTE YOU AND OFFER YOU APPRECIATION. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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

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                                          MR. JEFFRIES

                                          MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS, UNDERMINE MEDICARE, AND EXPLODE THE DEFICIT. IT…

                                          MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS, UNDERMINE MEDICARE, AND EXPLODE THE DEFICIT. IT WILL SADDLE OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WITH MORE THAN $1 TRILLION IN ADDITIONAL DEBT. SIMPLY TO PAY FOR AN UNNECESSARY, UN-AMERICAN, UNCONSCIONABLE TAX CUT FOR MILLIONAIRES, BILLIONAIRES, SPECIAL INTERESTS, CORPORATIONS, AND BIG DONORS. AND TO JUSTIFY THIS RECKLESS PONZI SCHEME, THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT HAS PRODUCED A ONE-PAGE ANALYSIS. REALLY? ONE PAGE. THAT'S THE BEST THAT YOU CAN DO? YOU ARE INSULTING THE INTELLIGENCE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, INSULTING THE INTELLIGENCE OF THIS CONGRESS, INSULTING THE INTELLIGENCE OF OUR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE A BETTER DEAL.

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                                          THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A TRULY REMARKABLE FAMILY FROM THE…

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A TRULY REMARKABLE FAMILY FROM THE FOURTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS. THE AUSTIN FAMILY OF MENA WAS RECOGNIZED ARKANSAS FARM OF THE YEAR.

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                                          MR. WESTERMAN

                                          ANGUS CATTLE, CHICKEN HOUSES IN POLK COUNTY. NOT ONLY IS THE FAMILY WHICH…

                                          ANGUS CATTLE, CHICKEN HOUSES IN POLK COUNTY. NOT ONLY IS THE FAMILY WHICH INCLUDES SONS RYAN AND DRE, ACTIVE IN TRADITIONAL FARMING, BUT THE AUSTINS ARE ALSO A LEADER IN ARKANSAS' AGRITOURISM WITH A VARIETY OF CROPS BRINGING FAMILIES ACROSS THE REGION TO HOLLY SPRINGS HOMESTEAD. THEIR WORK SUPPORTS THE POLK COUNTY ECONOMY AND BRINGS PRIDE TO FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS. I SEND MY CONGRATULATIONS TO THE AUSTIN FAMILY ON THIS PRESTIGIOUS HONOR AS WELL AS ALL THE ARKANSAS COUNTY FARM FAMILY WINNERS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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

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                                        • 12:08:43 PM

                                          MR. HIGGINS

                                          MR. SPEAKER, THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE AND THE U.S. TREASURY SECRETARY…

                                          MR. SPEAKER, THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE AND THE U.S. TREASURY SECRETARY CONTINUES TO ISSUE FORMAL REPORTS ABOUT THE REPUBLICAN CORPORATE TAX CUT PLAN. THESE REPORTS ARE DEVOID OF FACT OR CREDIBILITY AND HAVE BEEN CATEGORICALLY REJECTED BY EACH AND EVERY RESPECTABLE TAX EXPERT. THESE TAX CUTS WILL PAY FOR THEMSELVES AND FUEL NEW $2 TRILLION IN ECONOMIC GROWTH OVER THE NEXT DECADE. NOT TRUE. TAX CUTS HAVE NEVER COME CLOSE TO PAYING FOR THEMSELVES NOT ONCE OR EVER IN HUMAN HISTORY. CORPORATE TAX CUTS WILL TRICKLE DOWN TO INCREASE ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME IN AMERICA BY BETWEEN $2,000 AND $,000. NO ONE BELIEVES THIS OR THEM. FOR THE WHITE HOUSE COUNCIL OF ECONOMIC ADVISORS TO SAY THIS IS OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT AND A BLATANT FRAUD PERPETRATED AGAINST MIDDLE AMERICA. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BIG CORPORATE TAX CUT IS A MASSIVE GIVEAWAY TO CORPORATE AMERICA AND A MAJOR TAKEAWAY FROM MIDDLE AMERICA. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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                                        • 12:09:50 PM

                                          MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                                          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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                                          MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                                          THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO CELEBRATE THE CAREER OF MARIA…

                                          THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO CELEBRATE THE CAREER OF MARIA DIAZ WHO WILL BE RETIRING AFTER MORE THAN 35 YEARS SERVING AT THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION IN MY HOMETOWN OF MIAMI. MY STAFF AND I HAVE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO KNOW AND WORK WITH HER OVER THE LAST 17 YEARS AS SHE SERVED AS PUBLIC AFFAIRS SPECIALIST. THROUGHOUT THAT TIME SHE'S BEEN AN INVALUABLE RESOURCE TO US AND TO OUR CONSTITUENTS. MARIA STARTED WORKING AT THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION IN 1982 IN WHAT SHE THOUGHT WOULD BE A TEMPORARY JOB, BUT SHE QUICKLY GREW TO LOVE HER WORK AND THOSE SHE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE. OVER THE LAST THREE DECADES WITH HER CALM DEMEANOR AND HER EVER-PRESENT SMILE, MARIA HAS MADE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT IN THE LIVES OF COUNTLESS INDIVIDUALS IN OUR COMMUNITY. MR. SPEAKER, MARIA DIAZ IS THE EMBODIMENT OF THE IDEAL PUBLIC SERVANT. SHE HAS DEDICATED HER LIFE TO FAITHFULLY AND DILIGENTLY SERVING THOSE MOST IN NEED IN SOUTH FLORIDA. SO ON BEHALF OF A GRATEFUL COMMUNITY, I WISH HER THE BEST OF LUCK IN THE NEXT EXCITING CHAPTER OF HER LIFE. FELICIDADES, AMIGA.

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

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                                        • 12:11:24 PM

                                          MRS. MALONEY

                                          MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY A TERRORIST TRIED TO ATTACK THE LIFEBLOOD OF NEW…

                                          MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY A TERRORIST TRIED TO ATTACK THE LIFEBLOOD OF NEW YORK CITY, OUR SUBWAY SYSTEM. IT IS ANOTHER SOMBER REMINDER THAT NEW YORK CITY, A BEACON OF HOPE AND FREEDOM, REMAINS A TARGET FOR TERRORISTS. WE HAD THE FIRST WORLD TRADE CENTER ATTACK IN 1993. ANOTHER ONE ON 9/11/01. WE HAD THE CHELSEA BOMBING LAST YEAR. EARLIER THIS YEAR THE TRUCK ATTACK, AND YESTERDAY ANOTHER BOMB ATTACK. IN ADDITION TO -- THE NEW YORK POLICE DEPARTMENT TALKS ABOUT 27 OTHER ATTEMPTS TO HARM NEW YORKERS THAT WAS STOPPED. BY NOW IT SHOULD BE CLEAR, WE CANNOT PLAY POLITICS WITH FEDERAL FUNDING FOR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND HOMELAND SECURITY. THE FUNDING FOR STATES AND CITIES, ESPECIALLY HIGH-THREAT AREAS, MUST NOT BE DELAYED OR DIMINISHED OR CUT OFF. WHILE WE ARE STILL LEARNING ABOUT THIS LATEST ATTACK, ONE THING IS CLEAR, THE TERRORIST WANTED TO STRIKE FEAR INTO THE HEARTS OF EVERY NEW YORKER BUT THEY FAILED. NEW YORKERS WILL ALWAYS PERSEVERE IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY. OUR TRAINS ARE RUNNING, OUR PEOPLE ARE BACK TO WORK. I WISH THE THREE PEOPLE INJURED YESTERDAY A SWIFT AND SPEEDY RECOVERY AND WANT TO EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE TO THE LAW ENFORCEMENT OF NEW YORK CITY AND FOR THE HEROIC RESPONSE OF OUR FIRST RESPONDERS. WE ARE ALL VERY GRATEFUL TO THEM FOR WHAT THEY DO FOR US EVERY DAY. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                          THE TIME OF THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, IT'S AMAZING, IN THE PAST LITTLE OVER A…

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, IT'S AMAZING, IN THE PAST LITTLE OVER A YEAR THERE'S 25 MORE PERCENT FOREST TREE DEATHS.

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                                          MR. LAMALFA

                                          THAN WAS PREVIOUSLY. THIS PAST SPRING AND SUMMER, AFTER RECORD…

                                          THAN WAS PREVIOUSLY. THIS PAST SPRING AND SUMMER, AFTER RECORD PRESCRIPTION, WE'RE SEEING THE BEETLE KILL, THE TREE DIEOFF IN AMAZING AMOUNTS. AS WE SEE THE FORESTS THAT DEVASTATE THE WEST EACH YEAR, YOU SEE THEM IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, NOT NECESSARILY ALL FORESTED AREAS, BUT YOU SEE WHAT THE EFFECTS LOOKS LIKE IN COMMUNITIES ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE STATE AND THE NORTH. THE DEVASTATION MUST END. WE MUST BE MANAGING FORESTS. WE HAVE THE BEETLE KILL. WE HAVE TREES DYING OFF. MORE TREE DEATHS. BILLIONS THAT ARE DYING OFF THAT ARE ASSETS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT WE SHOULD BE TAKEN OUT OF THE GOOD, USED IT POSITIVE, HAVING OUR FORESTS MANAGED IN A WAY THAT'S SUSTAINABLE, THAT'S GOOD FOR THE HABITAT, GOOD FOR THE WILDLIFE. WE NEED ACTION TO BE TAKEN BY USDA AND U.S. FOREST SERVICE. WE'RE MEETING WITH THOSE FOLKS THERE TO TRY TO GET A NEW DIRECTION FOR THAT. UNDER THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION WE GOT A LOT OF TALK AND A LOT OF SMOKE. WE NEED ACTION THAT'S GOING TO BE POSITIVE SO THAT THE WEST DOESN'T HAVE TO BURN EVERY YEAR AND HAVE ALL THOSE NEGATIVE EFFECTS TO AIR QUALITY AND THE PEOPLE'S ECONOMY. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                                        • 12:14:55 PM

                                          MRS. BUSTOS

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU'VE BEEN HEARING A LOT ABOUT THIS TAX PLAN, BUT…

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU'VE BEEN HEARING A LOT ABOUT THIS TAX PLAN, BUT REALLY IT'S A TAX SCAM. IT'S NOT A MISTAKE THAT CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS ARE GOING AFTER HARDWORKING MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES. IN FACT, IT IS AN INTENTIONAL ATTACK AGAINST THEM. LET ME EXPLAIN BRIEFLY. THEY HAVE LAID OUT A SIMPLE THREE-STEP PROCESS. HERE THEY ARE. STEP ONE -- PASS A TAX SCAM THAT THEY KNOW WILL RAISE TAXES ON MILLIONS OF MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES IN ORDER TO GIVE TAX CUTS TO CORPORATE SPECIAL INTERESTS AND BILLIONAIRES. . THAT ALONE WILL SADDLE OUR CHILDREN WITH MORE THAN $1 TRILLION IN DEBT. STEP TWO, FLIP OUT ABOUT THIS NEW DEBT. STEP THREE, THEN DEMAND CUTS TO SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE. FOR MONTHS, CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS HAVE DENIED THAT THIS IS WHAT THEY'RE DOING. WELL, LET ME TELL WHAT YOU HAPPENED LAST WEEK. SPEAKER RYAN, AND I QUOTE, SAID THIS, WORD FOR WORD. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO GET BACK NEXT YEAR AT ENTITLEMENT REFORM, WHICH IS HOW YOU TACKLE THE DEBT AND DEFICIT. END QUOTE. HE SAYS THAT ENTITLEMENTS ARE WHAT HE'S GOING TO GO AFTER. WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT INDICTMENTS ARE? MEDICARE AND SOCIAL -- ENTITLEMENTS ARE? MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY, UNDER HIS DEFINITION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS TAX SCAM. INSTEAD, LET'S OFFER A BETTER DEAL TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                                          THE TIME OF THE GENTLELADY HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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                                          MS. LEE

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE WITH A VERY HEAVY HEART UPON LEARNING…

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE WITH A VERY HEAVY HEART UPON LEARNING OF THE PASSING OF A GREAT HUMAN BEING, SAN FRANCISCO'S MAYOR, ED LEE. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH HIS FAMILY, HIS WIFE, ANITA, AND TWO DAUGHTERS, AND THE ENTIRE CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO AND THE BAY AREA. MY CONDOLENCES ALSO ARE WITH LEADER PELOSI AND CONGRESSWOMAN JACKIE SPEIER, WHO SAN FRAN LEADERS WHO LOVED ED AND WILL -- SAN FRANCISCO LEADERS WHO LOVED ED AND WILL MISS HIM DEEPLY. HE WAS A TIRELESS PUBLIC SERVANT AND PERSONALLY A FRIEND. HE ALWAYS PUT A SMILE ON MY FACE WHEN HE CONSIDERED ME AND CALLED ME HIS SISTER. BEING TWO LEES. HE WAS SUCH A KIND AND THOUGHTFUL PERSON AND A TRULY GREAT LEADER. EVEN BEFORE HE WAS MAYOR, ED WAS A CHAMPION FOR THE PEOPLE OF SAN FRANCISCO AS A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER AND CIVIL RIGHTS ATTORNEY. AS THE FIRST ASIAN AMERICAN MAYOR OF SAN FRANCISCO, HE BROKE NEW GROUND FOR THE CITY. AS MAYOR HE FOUGHT TO EXPAND AFFORDABLE HOUSING, ADDRESS THE HOMELESSNESS CRISIS, AND ENSURE THAT RESIDENTS COULD EARN A LIVING WAGE. ED WILL BE MISSED TREMENDOUSLY. HE HELPED SO MANY PEOPLE IN HIS LIFE AND HE TOUCHED SO MANY LIVES. MAYOR LEE SET THE HIGHEST STANDARD FOR MAYORS AND ALL ELECTED OFFICIALS AS A TRUE PUBLIC SERVANT. AS WE GRIEVE, WE TAKE COMFORT IN KNOWING THAT HE HAS LEFT AN INSPIRING AND LASTING LEGACY OF UPLIFTING AND EMPOWERING FAMILIES. WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HIS BEAUTIFUL SMILE AND HIS PASSION FOR MAKING LIFE BETTER FOR OTHERS. MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE.

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                                          THE TIME OF THE GENTLELADY HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                        • 12:18:21 PM

                                          MRS. LAWRENCE

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ADDRESS THE REPUBLICAN SPENDING PLAN.…

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ADDRESS THE REPUBLICAN SPENDING PLAN. REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS HAVE PASSED A TAX GIVEAWAY TO CORPORATIONS AND LEFT BEHIND EVERYDAY AMERICANS. NOW REPUBLICANS ARE REFUSING TO ADDRESS CONSTITUENTS' URGENT PRIORITIES. FROM CHILDREN'S HEALTH CARE TO DISASTER RELIEF. TO CERTAINTY FOR DREAMERS AND MORE. THEY REFUSE TO BRING A CLEAN RE-AUTHORIZATION FOR THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM, CHIP. WHICH SERVES NINE MILLION CHILDREN AND 370,000 PREGNANT WOMEN. THEY WANT TO DRASTICALLY CUT OTHER HEALTH CARE FUNDING WHILE SAYING THEY SUPPORT CHIP. REPUBLICANS ARE ALSO PLANNING TO CUT MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. THESE CUTS WILL BE DEVASTATING FOR MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO DEPEND ON MEDICAID FOR ESSENTIAL HEALTH SERVICES. CHILDREN, SENIORS, LOW-INCOME AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BUDGET WILL HURT CHILDREN, IT WILL HURT WOMEN, AND ALL AMERICANS, JUST TO PAY FOR A TAX GIVEAWAY. AND IT IS SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                                          THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE…

                                          THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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                                          THE CLERK

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

                                          THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR. PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CLERK RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE ON DECEMBER 12, 2017, AT 11:23 A.M. THAT THE SENATE PASSED SENATE 447. SIGNED, SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS.

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                                          MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 647 I CALL UP H.R. 3971 AND ASK…

                                          MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 647 I CALL UP H.R. 3971 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                                          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                          THE CLERK

                                          UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 319. H.R. 3971, A BILL TO AMEND THE TRUTH IN LENDING…

                                          UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 319. H.R. 3971, A BILL TO AMEND THE TRUTH IN LENDING ACT AND THE REAL ESTATE SETTLEMENT PROCEDURES ACT OF 1974, TO MODIFY THE REQUIREMENTS FOR COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS WITH RESPECT TO CERTAIN RULES RELATING TO MORTGAGE LOANS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                        • 12:20:57 PM

                                          MS. TENNEY

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

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

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                                        • 12:21:07 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 647 AND…

                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 647 AND AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-44 IS ADOPTED AND THE BILL AS AMENDED IS CONSIDERED READ. THE BILL SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES. AFTER ONE HOUR OF DEBATE, IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER THE FURTHER AMENDMENT PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-443, IF OFFERED BY THE MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, WHICH SHALL BE CONSIDERED READ AND SHALL BE SEPARATELY DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT. EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT.

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                                        • 12:21:53 PM

                                          MS. TENNEY

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

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                                          THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED AND EACH -- AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

                                          THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED AND EACH -- AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WATERS, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                                        • 12:22:11 PM

                                          MS. TENNEY

                                          MEERKS THANK YOU. I NOW SHALL -- MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. I NOW SHALL YIELD…

                                          MEERKS THANK YOU. I NOW SHALL -- MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. I NOW SHALL YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS THE COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTION INDUSTRY HAS UNDERGONE A DRAMATIC TRANSFORMATION. SINCE 2006, MORE THAN 1,500 BANKS HAVE FAILED, BEEN ACQUIRED OR MERGED DUE TO ECONOMIC FACTORS AND THE OVERWHELMINGLY EXPENSIVE REGULATION BROUGHT FORTH BY THE PASSAGE OF DODD-FRANK ACT. DURING THE SAME PERIOD, THERE HAVE BEEN A DROUGHT IN DE NOVO BANKS. IN FACT, ONLY FIVE NEW BANK CHARTERS AND 16 NEW CREDIT UNION CHARTERS HAVE BEEN GRANTED. TODAY, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER 125 YEARS, THERE ARE FEWER THAN 6,000 BANKS AND ROUGHLY 6,000 CREDIT UNIONS SERVING ALL CONSUMERS IN THE UNITED STATES. THIS IS PROOF THAT THE COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS NEED SMART, COMMONSENSE REGULATORY RELIEF SO THEY CAN PROPERLY SERVE LOCAL COMMUNITIES BY ASSISTING WITH SMALL BUSINESS STARTUP AND CONSUMER CREDIT. MY BILL, H.R. 3971, THE COMMUNITY INSTITUTION MORTGAGE RELIEF ACT, WOULD ALLEVIATE HARMFUL BURDENS ON SMALL INSTITUTIONS ACROSS THE NATION, WHILE SAVING MONEY FOR LOW-INCOME BORROWERS. THIS BIPARTISAN MEASURE WOULD EXEMPT SMALL COMMUNITY-BASED INSTITUTIONS FROM MANDATORY ESCROW REQUIREMENTS. MY BILL WILL ALSO PROVIDE RELIEF FROM NEW REGULATIONS THAT HAVE NEARLY DOUBLED THE COST OF SERVICING LOANS SPECIFICALLY TO LOW-INCOME BORROWERS. I KNOW THAT CERTAIN INSTITUTIONS WILL WISH TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE THE SAME ESCROW SERVICES TO THEIR CONSUMERS AND THEY ARE WELCOME TO DO THAT. BY OFFERING THESE REAL CHANGES, SMALLER INSTITUTIONS, LIKE G.P.O. FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, FOR EXAMPLE, IN MY DISTRICT, CAN ONCE AGAIN FOCUS THEIR FULL ATTENTION ON RELATIONSHIP LENDING IN THE COMMUNITY, WITHOUT WORRY OF GOVERNMENT OVERREGULATION. ONCE AGAIN, THE CURRENT LAW MANDATES THAT ALL INSTITUTIONS FOLLOW ESCROW REQUIREMENTS WHICH RAISES THE COST OF CREDIT FOR THOSE BORROWERS WHO CAN LEAST AFFORD IT, WHILE HARMING SMALL LOCAL INSTITUTIONS. I WANT TO SPECIFICALLY THANK MR. SHERMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR WORKING WITH ME ON THIS BILL AND I APPRECIATE HIS SUPPORT THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK -- NO. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT CHAIRMAN HENSARLING CONTROL THE REMAINDER OF THE TIME.

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                                        • 12:24:34 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE TIME -- THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS RESERVED…

                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE TIME -- THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS RESERVED THE TIME FOR MR. HENSARLING. AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS NOW RECOGNIZED.

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                                        • 12:24:47 PM

                                          MS. WATERS

                                          I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                                        • 12:24:52 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

                                        • 12:24:54 PM

                                          MS. WATERS

                                          I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 3971. CONTRARY TO WHAT IS IMPLIED BY…

                                          I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 3971. CONTRARY TO WHAT IS IMPLIED BY ITS TITLE, H.R. 3971 WOULD NOT PROVIDE REGULATORY RELIEF TO COMMUNITY BANKS. INSTEAD THIS BILL WOULD ALLOW A LARGE NUMBER OF MORTGAGE SERVICES TO DROP IMPORTANT CONSUMER PROTECTIONS AND SET THE STAGE FOR A RETURN OF THE HARMFUL PRACTICES OF THE SUBPRIME MELTDOWN AND THE WORST FINANCIAL CRISIS SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION. DODD-FRANK TASKED CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU WITH IMPLEMENTING MORTGAGE RULES UNDER THE TRUTH IN LENDING ACT THAT WOULD RE-- WOULD RESTRICT THE TYPE OF PRACTICES THAT LED TO THE FINANCIAL CRISIS. THIS BILL WOULD HARM CONSUMERS BY RAISING THE CONSUMER BUREAU'S EXEMPTION THRESHOLD OWNS CROW ACCOUNT REQUIREMENTS FOR HIGHER-PRICED MORTGAGE LOANS. MORTGAGES ARE CLASSIFIED AS HIGHER-PRICED IF THE AN -- IF THE ANNUAL PERCENTAGE RATE, OR A.P.R., EXCEEDS THE AVERAGE PRIME OFFER RATE BY 1.5%, AND HIGHER-PRICED MORTGAGE LOANS OFTEN REFLECT RISKIER OR SUBPRIME BORROWERS. PURSUANT TO DODD-FRANK ACT, THE CONSUMER BUREAU HAS ISSUED ESCROW RULES THAT REQUIRE BORROWERS WITH HIGHER-PRICED MORTGAGE LOANS TO ESCROW THEIR HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE, PROPERTY TAXES AND PRIVATE MORTGAGE INSURANCE FOR AT LEAST THE FIRST FIVE YEARS OF THEIR MORTGAGE. ESCROW ACCOUNTS ARE AN IMPORTANT CONSUMER PROTECTION MECHANISM, ESPECIALLY FOR HIGHER-RISK BORROWERS. BECAUSE THEY ENSURE THAT HOMEOWNERS HAVE FUNDS FOR THESE EXPENSES, THEREBY REDUCING MORTGAGE DEFAULTS OR LOSS OF THE PROPERTY. IN FACT, BEFORE THE CONSUMER BUREAU ISSUED ITS FINAL RULE ON ESCROW REQUIREMENTS IN 2013, A FEDERAL RESERVE STUDY FROM 2011 FOUND THAT CONSUMERS WITH HIGHER-PRICED MORTGAGES THAT DID NOT HAVE AN ESCROW ACCOUNT IN THE FIRST YEAR AFTER THE CONSUMMATION OF THEIR MORTGAGE HAD HIGHER INSTANCES OF DEFAULT. ESCROW ACCOUNTS ALSO KEEP HOMEOWNERS FROM BEING BLIND-SIDED BY ADDITIONAL COSTS AT THE END OF EACH YEAR AND PROVIDE A MORE ACCURATE MONTHLY COST ESTIMATE FOR HOMEOWNERSHIP WHEN THE LOAN IS ORIGINATED. THAT IS WHY THE CONSUMER BUREAU'S RULES ARE DESIGNED TO ENSURE THAT HOMEOWNERS UNDERSTAND AND CAN MEET THE FULL COST OF HOME OWNERSHIP. EVEN THOUGH ESCROW ACCOUNTS ARE PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT FOR THESE HIGHER-PRICED LOANS THEY CERTAINLY NOT UNIQUE. IN FACT, MOST HOMEOWNERS ESCROW THESE FUNDS. FUNDS ENSURED BY THE FEDERAL HOUSING ADMINISTRATION AND THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE MUST HAVE BORROWER ESCROW ACCOUNTS AND CONVENTIONAL MORTGAGES WITH A LOAN TO VALUE RATIO OF 80% OR HIGHER REQUIRED AS WELL. I HAVE NOT HEARD A SINGLE CONVINCING ARGUMENT AS TO WHAT IS SO BURDENSOME ABOUT BANKS WITH $25 BILLION IN ASSETS ENSURING THAT THEIR BORROWERS HAVE ENOUGH MONEY SET ASIDE EVERY MONTH TO PAY THEIR TAXES AND INSURANCE. FURTHERMORE, BANKS WITH LESS THAN $2 BILLION IN ASSETS THAT SERVE RURAL OR UNDERSERVED AREAS ARE ALREADY EXEMPT FROM THE CONSUMER BUREAU'S ESCROW REQUIREMENTS, WHICH REFLECTS THE BUREAU'S COMMITMENT TO BALANCE AND TAILORED REGULATIONS. THIS BILL WOULD MAKE A DRAMATIC LEAP FROM THE CONSUMER BUREAU'S TARGETED RELIEF AND EXEMPT BANKS UP TO $25 BILLION IN ASSETS OR OVER 98% OF BANKS FROM THE ESCROW REQUIREMENT. AND THEY WOULD GET THIS EXEMPTION REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THEY'RE SERVING UNDERSERVED BORROWERS AND WITHOUT ANY EVIDENCE THAT THIS LARGE EXEMPTION WOULD INCREASE ACCESS TO CREDIT FOR THOSE WHO NEED IT. THE CONSUMER BUREAU ALSO ADDRESSED THE FACT THAT LARGE SERVICES AND ESPECIALLY SERVICES THAT SERVICE LOANS THAT THEY DID NOT OWN FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME OFTEN DID NOT ADEQUATELY COMMUNICATE WITH CUSTOMERS OR APPROXIMATELY TRACK PAPERWORK. DURING THE CRISIS, THIS CONTRIBUTED TO MILLIONS OF UNNECESSARY FORECLOSURES. AND LATER ON, SEVERAL BILLION DOLLAR SETTLEMENTS FOR ABUSIVE AND FRAUDULENT BUSINESS PRACTICES. IN ITS RULE, THE CONSUMER BUREAU ALSO PROVIDES OTHER FLEXIBILITIES THROUGH EXEMPTIONS TO THE REAL ESTATE SETTLEMENT PROCEDURES ACT LOAN SERVICING AND ESCROW ACCOUNT ADMINISTRATION, REQUIREMENTS TO ONLY SMALL BANK SERVICES. IF THEY AND THEIR AFFILIATES OWNED THE LOANS THEY SERVICE AND SERVICE NO MORE THAN 5,000 LOANS EACH YEAR, H.R. 3971 WOULD INCREASE THE EXEMPTION BY 500%. FROM 5,000 LOANS A YEAR TO 30,000 LOANS, ALLOWING SIGNIFICANTLY LARGER BANK SERVICES TO AVOID THESE IMPORTANT CONSUMER SAFEGUARDS AND ONLY REQUIRING THE LENDERS TO HOLD THE LOANS IN PORTFOLIO FOR THREE YEARS. SO, LET'S BE CLEAR. HOME OWNERS DO NOT GET TO CHOOSE THEIR OWN -- HOMEOWNERS DO NOT GET TO CHOOSE THEIR OWN MORTGAGE LOAN SERVICER. WE CAN AT LEAST ENSURE THEY'RE ADEQUATELY PROTECTED AFTER THEY SIGN ON THE DOTTED LINE. AS WE SAW LEADING UP TO THE 2008 FINANCIAL CRISIS, SERVICERS OFTEN CHOOSE PROFITS OVER PEOPLE AND THAT IS WHY WE NEED THE CONSUMER BUREAU TO LOOK OUT FOR THE NEEDS OF CONSUMERS. THE CONSUMER BUREAU HAS CONTINUED TO DO ITS JOB IN SPITE OF THE UNRELENTING REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN TO SLOW IT DOWN OR ELIMINATE IT COMPLETELY. SIMPLY PUT, H.R. 3971 WOULD ENABLE LARGER SERVICERS, WHOSE INCENTIVES ARE NOT ALINED WITH THE OWNERS OF THE LOANS -- ALIGNED WITH THE OWNERS OF THE LOANS OR THE BORROWERS, TO REVIVE THE ABUSIVE PRACTICES WITH THE PREDATORY LENDING THAT CONTRIBUTED TO THE 2008 FINANCIAL CRISIS. THIS IS THE SECOND TIME IN LESS THAN TWO WEEKS THAT I'VE COME BEFORE YOU TO DISCUSS A BILL THAT WOULD ERODE VITAL CONSUMER PROTECTIONS UNDER THE TRUTH IN LENDING ACT, FOR BORROWERS WITH HIGH-PRICED MORTGAGE LOANS. I CANNOT SUPPORT LEGISLATION THAT WOULD KEEP CONSUMERS LOOKING AT HIGH-COST MORTGAGES FROM THE VITAL PROTECTIONS AND SECURITY -- SCRUTINY THEY DESERVE. . FOR ALL THESE REASONS I OPPOSE THE BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        • 12:31:21 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                          THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                        • 12:31:26 PM

                                          MR. HENSARLING

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

                                        • 12:31:29 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

                                        • 12:31:31 PM

                                          MR. HENSARLING

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 3971, THE COMMUNITY…

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 3971, THE COMMUNITY INSTITUTION MORTGAGE RELIEF ACT. IT'S AN IMPORTANT BILL THAT IS CO-SPONSORED BY A BIPARTISAN GROUP OF MEMBERS, AGAIN, BIPARTISAN. IT WAS APPROVED IN THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE WITH A STRONG BIPARTISAN VOTE OF 41-19, AND IT HAS A LONG TRACK RECORD OF BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, AND ALL MEMBERS SHOULD TAKE NOTE OF THIS. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, REPRESENTATIVE TENNEY, WHO IS A FINE MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE. I WANT TO THANK HER FOR INTRODUCING THE LEGISLATION AND REALLY HELPING LEAD OUR CONGRESSIONAL EFFORT. TO PROVIDE NEEDED REGULATORY RELIEF FOR OUR SMALL COMMUNITY BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS, TO GIVE THEM RELIEF FROM RULES THAT ARE UNFAIRLY RESTRICTING OUR CONSTITUENTS' ACCESS TO MORTGAGE CREDIT. AND THIS IS MORTGAGE CREDIT THAT WILL HELP AMERICANS ACHIEVE A GREATER LEVEL OF FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE, BY BEING ABLE TO ACHIEVE PERHAPS THEIR VERSION OF THE AMERICAN DREAM, A HOME THEY CAN ACTUALLY AFFORD TO KEEP. H.R. 3971 IS A NARROWLY FOCUSED, MODEST EFFORT TO RESOLVE CONCERNS RELATED TO THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU'S RULES IMPLEMENTING DODD-FRANK ACT PROVISIONS ON ESCROWS AND MORTGAGE SERVICING. THE CFPB'S ESCROW REQUIREMENTS FOR PROPERTY TAXES AND INSURANCE ARE UNNECESSARY. THEY ARE IMPRACTICAL, AND THEY ARE A SIGNIFICANT EXPENSE THAT JUST MAKES IT HARDER FOR OUR COMMUNITY BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS TO OFFER MORTGAGE LOANS TO THEIR CUSTOMERS AND MEMBERS. THESE ESCROW ACCOUNTS ARE THE ACCOUNTS THAT PEOPLE USE TO PAY THEIR TAXES AND PAY THEIR HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE. WITH THE AMENDMENT SOON TO BE INTRODUCED BY MR. SHERMAN OF CALIFORNIA, A CO-SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION, THIS BIPARTISAN BILL WOULD SIMPLY RELIEVE CERTAIN SMALL COMMUNITY BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS FROM THE OBLIGATION TO PROVIDE ESCROW ACCOUNTS IF THEY HAVE CONSOLIDATED ASSETS OF $10 BILLION OR LESS AND HOLD THE MORTGAGE ON THEIR BALANCE SHEET FOR THREE YEARS. AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, IF THEY ARE HOLDING THE MORTGAGE ON THEIR BALANCE SHEET, THEY HAVE EVERY INCENTIVE, EVERY INCENTIVE TO PROTECT THE COLLATERAL AND ENSURE THAT TAX INSURANCE PAYMENT -- THAT TAX AND INSURANCE PAYMENTS ARE CURRENT. THERE IS NO REASON TO FORCE THEM, THESE COMMUNITY BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS TO GO THROUGH THIS VERY EXPENSIVE PROCESS OF ESCROWING, PARTICULARLY IF THE CUSTOMER OR THE CREDIT UNION MEMBER DOESN'T WANT IT. A LARGE MAJORITY OF COMMUNITY BANKS DO NOT CURRENTLY ESCROW BECAUSE OF THE COST OF WHICH I HAVE SPOKE. IN REQUIRING THEM TO DO SO, MR. SPEAKER, IS ONLY GOING TO STOP THEM FROM MAKING LOANS. FEWER HOME LOANS, FEWER PEOPLE WITH HOMEOWNERSHIP OPPORTUNITY. YOU KNOW, COMMUNITY BANKER IN MISSOURI TOLD US THAT THE CFPB'S RULE HAS FORCED HIS BANK TO, QUOTE, LIMIT IN-HOUSE RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE LENDING, UNQUOTE. THE BANKER WENT ON TO SAY, QUOTE, THIS IS HURTING THE HOUSING MARKET IN OUR COMMUNITY. THAT JUST SHOULDN'T BE HAPPENING, MR. SPEAKER. A CREDIT UNION OFFICIAL IN PENNSYLVANIA SAID THE BUREAUCRATIC CFPB REQUIREMENT HAS CAUSED HIS CREDIT UNION MEMBERS TO BE, QUOTE, VERY UPSET AND CONFUSED AS TO WHY THEY WERE UNABLE TO PAY THEIR TAXES HOW THEY ALWAYS HAD. HE WENT ON TO WRITE, QUOTE, THESE MEMBERS HAD MANAGED THEIR TAX AND INSURANCE PAYMENTS FOR YEARS WITHOUT INSTITUTION INTERFERENCE, BUT SUDDENLY THEY FEEL LIKE THE GOVERNMENT NOW TOLD THEM THEY WERE NOT RESPONSIBLE ENOUGH TO MANAGE THEIR OWN AFFAIRS. THIS ECHOES PRECISELY WHAT WE LEARNED FROM A CREDIT UNION LEADER IN PENNSYLVANIA WHO WROTE A LETTER SAYING THAT, QUOTE, CHANGES TO MORTGAGE SERVICING RULES HAVE MADE IT MORE EXPENSIVE AND MORE TIME CONSUMING. SERVICING RULES AND REGULATIONS HAVE BECOME A FULL-TIME REGULATORY AND COMPLIANCE NIGHTMARE. AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, FEWER HOME LOANS MEANS FEWER HOMES FOR OUR CONSTITUENTS. IT'S NOT RIGHT. TO FIX THESE PROBLEMS, H.R. 3971 WOULD ALSO INCREASE THE SMALL SERVICER EXEMPTION THRESHOLD FROM 5,000 MORTGAGES TO 20,000 MORTGAGES ANNUALLY BY BETTER DELINEATES SMALL SERVICERS FROM THE LARGE SERVICERS. A COMMUNITY BANK OR CREDIT UNION THAT SERVICES FEWER THAN 20,000 MORTGAGES SHOULD NOT BE SUBJECT TO THE SAME REGULATORY SCRUTINY AS A BIG FINANCIAL INSTITUTION THAT HAS A $2 TRILLION SERVICING PORTFOLIO. AGAIN, THESE IMPORTANT REFORMS WILL GIVE SMALLER CREDIT UNIONS AND COMMUNITY BANKS GREATER FLEXIBILITY TO ENSURE MORE THEIR MEMBERS AND CUSTOMERS CAN GET A LOAN TO BUY A HOME AND STAY IN THEIR HOME. AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, MS. TENNEY'S BILL HAS STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. IT HAS IN THE PAST. I EXPECT IT WILL HAVE IT AGAIN TODAY. IT SOLVES A REAL PROBLEM FOR OUR CONSTITUENTS, AND I URGE ADOPTION OF THE MEASURE AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        • 12:36:32 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                        • 12:36:36 PM

                                          MS. WATERS

                                          THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS. I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT FOR…

                                          THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS. I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO REALIZE THAT IN PRESENT LAW COMMUNITY BANKS OF $2 BILLION OR LESS ARE EXEMPTED FROM REQUIRING ESCROW ACCOUNTS ON HIGHER PRICED LOANS IF THEY SERVE RURAL AND UNDERSERVED AREAS. SO WE'RE TALKING ABOUT PRESENT LAW THAT GIVES THIS EXEMPTION, AND NOT ONLY DOES IT EXEMPT THESE REAL COMMUNITY BANKS OF $2 BILLION OR LESS, THE BANKS ARE REQUIRED TO SERVE RURAL COMMUNITIES AND UNDERSERVED AREAS. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT BECAUSE OFTENTIMES THESE ARE LOANS TO RISKIER CUSTOMERS. THESE ARE LOANS WHERE THEY ARE CHARGING A HIGHER INTEREST RATE. THESE ARE LOANS WHERE THEY ARE TAKING MORE RISK. SO WHEN WE HEAR THOSE ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE DIFFERENT WAYS TO SERVICE THE RURAL COMMUNITIES, THIS IS ONE WAY THAT THE LAW ALLOWS THAT KIND OF ATTENTION TO RURAL COMMUNITIES AND UNDERSERVED AREAS. THEY SAY SMALL COMMUNITY BANKS, YOU DON'T HAVE TO HAVE ESCROW ACCOUNTS AND SO WHAT WE'RE SAYING TO YOU IS, GIVE YOUR ATTENTION TO THESE RURAL AND UNDERSERVED AREAS WHERE THEY ARE HIGHER PRICED LOANS, RISKIER ACCOUNTS AND WE ARE NOT GOING TO REQUIRE YOU TO HAVE TO FORCE UPON THESE KINDS OF ACCOUNTS THE RULES THAT WILL BE FORCED UPON DIFFERENT KINDS OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. AND SO IF WE ADOPT THIS BILL, IT WOULD NOT BE ABOUT COMMUNITY BANKS AT ALL. AND I HAVE TO DISAGREE WITH MY CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE WHO TALKED ABOUT THIS IN SOME WAY ENHANCING COMMUNITY BANKS' ABILITY TO SERVICE RURAL AND UNDERSERVED AREAS. THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT EXPANDING THE EXEMPTION FROM $2 BILLION OR LESS TO $25 BILLION. THAT'S NOT A COMMUNITY BANK. WE DON'T HAVE ANY COMMUNITY BANK THAT -- BANKS THAT ARE WORTH $25 BILLION OR MORE. SO I WANT EVERYBODY TO BE CLEAR WHAT THIS BILL IS ATTEMPTING TO DO, AND WITH THAT I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        • 12:39:24 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                        • 12:39:28 PM

                                          MR. HENSARLING

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I AM NOW PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED…

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I AM NOW PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES SUBCOMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND CONSUMER CREDIT, MR. LUETKEMEYER.

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                                        • 12:39:41 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

                                        • 12:39:44 PM

                                          MR. LUETKEMEYER

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, OUR…

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, OUR DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, AS WELL. I WANT TO START THANKING THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MS. TENNEY, WHO HAS BECOME AN ADVOCATE FOR SMALL INSTITUTIONS AND THEIR CUSTOMERS. ESCROW REQUIREMENTS ARE COSTLY AND BURDENSOME FOR COMMUNITY BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS. MANY INSTITUTIONS LACK THE RESOURCES TO CREATE AND MAINTAIN ESCROW ACCOUNTS IN-HOUSE AND OUTSOURCING THE WORK IS COST PROHIBITIVE. THIS DOESN'T MEAN THESE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS SHOULD BE IN THE BUSINESS OF MORTGAGE LENDING. H.R. 3971 AMENDS THE TRUTH IN LENDING ACT TO HAVE THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU TO EXEMPT A LOAN SECURED BY A FIRST LIEN ON A PRINCIPAL DWELLING IF IT'S HELD BY A CREDITOR OF $25 BILLION OR LESS. UNDER THE BILL THE BUREAU MUST ALSO PROVIDE EXEMPTIONS TO OR ADJUSTMENTS FROM THE MORTGAGE LOAN SERVICING AND ESCROW REQUIREMENTS OF THE REAL ESTATE SETTLEMENT PROCEDURES ACT. THAT RELIEF APPLIES ONLY TO SERVICERS OF $300,000 OR FEWER MORE -- 300,000 OR FEWER MORTGAGE LOANS. THESE ARE HIGHER THRESHOLDS NOR ARE THEY LARGE OR COMPLEX. THE GENTLELADY'S LEGISLATION IS TARGETED SQUARELY FOR THE SMALL BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS SERVICING MAIN STREET. THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS THAT HAVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH THEIR CUSTOMERS. THIS ISN'T AN IMPORTANT ASPECT IN THE LEGISLATION THAT ISN'T DELINEATED. AS SOMEONE THAT MADE LOANS IN MY COMMUNITY FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS, THESE SMALL INSTITUTIONS CARE ABOUT THEIR CUSTOMERS. COMMUNITY BANKERS HELP PEOPLE FULFILL THEIR DREAMS OF HOMEOWNERSHIP BECAUSE THEY CARE ABOUT THE CUSTOMER AND ECONOMIC HEALTH OF THEIR COMMUNITY. THE UNFORTUNATE REALITY IS THAT ACROSS THE NATION THESE BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS ARE EXITING THE RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE BUSINESS. I HEARD FROM ONE JUST A FEW DAYS AGO. ISN'T ONE RULE THAT'S DRIVING THIS TREND. IT'S THE ONSLAUGHT OF RULES FROM THE CFPB AND THE FEDERAL PRODUNGS REGULATORS THAT IN TOTALITY MAKE MORTGAGE LENDING AND SERVICING COST PROHIBITIVE. THESE RULES AREN'T HELPING CONSUMEERS. THEY ARE FORCING BANKS TO CUT OFF SERVICES AND ACCESS TO MORTGAGE CREDIT. THEY'RE PUSHING BORROWERS TO LARGE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND NONBANK SERVICERS. THE VERY ENTITIES THAT THE RANKING MEMBER AND SOME OF MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE SAY POSE THE GREATEST THREAT TO CONSUMERS. THE GENTLELADY'S LEGISLATION ENSURES THAT CONSUMERS CONTINUE TO HAVE VARIOUS CREDIT CHOICES BY ALLOWING SMALLER INSTITUTIONS WITHOUT BEING DETERRED BY HIGH COST OF REGULATORY COMPLIANCE. INCREASING SMALL SERVICER EXEMPTION THRESHOLD WILL DELINEATE AND GIVE CREDIT UNIONS AND COMMUNITY BANKS GREATER FLEXIBILITY. THIS WILL ENSURE MORE CUSTOMERS HAVE ACCESS TO THE MORTGAGE MARKET AND ACHIEVE THE DREAM OF HOMEOWNERSHIP. WE SHOULDN'T BE DRIVING THAT BUSINESS AWAY FROM SMALL SERVICERS AND WE SHOULDN'T SUBJECT COMMUNITY INSTITUTIONS IN THIS INSTANCE TO THE SAME REGULATORY REGIME AS LARGER ONES. THIS IS AN ISSUE THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE HAS FORCED -- HAS WORKED ON FOR SEVERAL YEARS. ALWAYS A BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK FOR PICKING UP THIS LEGISLATION AND FOR HER DILIGENT WORK ON THIS MATTER. I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WILL JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING H.R. 3971, A MEASURE THAT ALLOWS OUR NATION'S SMALLER FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, THEIR CUSTOMERS AND THEIR COMMUNITIES TO THRIVE. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        • 12:43:03 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA…

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                        • 12:43:07 PM

                                          MS. WATERS

                                          THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS. I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO…

                                          THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS. I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO FURTHER EXPLAIN WHAT THIS BILL WOULD DO AND WHY THEY COULD BE HARMFUL. UNDER THE PRESENT LAW, THE REAL ESTATE SETTLEMENT AND PROCEDURES ACT WOULD REQUIRE THAT THE SERVICES HANDLE NO MORE THAN 5,000 OR LESS LOANS. WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT. IT IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE WHEN YOU HAVE SERVICERS THAT ARE HANDLING A RELATIVELY SMALL NUMBER OF THESE KINDS OF ACCOUNTS THEY CAN PAY ATTENTION TO THEM. DON'T FORGET, THESE ARE LOANS BY COMMUNITY BANKS. THEY ARE RISKIER, THEY ARE HIGHER PRICED LOANS. THEY ARE DIRECTED TOWARD RURAL COMMUNITIES AND COMMUNITIES THAT BASICALLY YOU HAVE TO PAY A LOT OF ATTENTION TO WHEN YOU GIVE OUT THESE LOANS AND SO NOW THIS BILL WOULD SAY, YES, WE KNOW THAT WHEN YOU ARE SERVICING A SMALL NUMBER, 5,000 OR LESS, THAT THE SERVICERS HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION BECAUSE THEY ARE UNDER THE RULE OF THE REAL ESTATE SETTLEMENT PROCEDURES ACT. AND THAT ACTS NOT ONLY DO YOU HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION AND YOU HAVE TO CONTACT YOUR BORROWER WHEN YOU ARE GOING TO TRANSFER THE LOAN -- AND LET ME TELL YOU HOW IMPORTANT THIS IS. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT BECAUSE WHEN YOU TRANSFER A LOAN, IF YOU DON'T GIVE THE KIND OF NOTIFICATION TO THE BORROWER THAT THEY WILL UNDERSTAND THAT THE ORIGINATOR OF THE LOAN NO LONGER HAS THE SERVICING OR HAS THE SAME SERVICING CONTRACT THAT IT'S NOW GOING TO MOVE TO ANOTHER SERVICER, THEN PEOPLE OFTENTIMES END UP NOT SENDING THEIR PAYMENT TO THE RIGHT PLACE AND, GUESS WHAT, I HAVE SEEN THIS GO ON FOR MONTHS AND THEN PEOPLE END UP IN A SITUATION WHERE THEY ARE DEFAULTING ON THE LOAN AND THE NEW SERVICERS ARE PUTTING THEM IN A POSITION WHERE NOW THEIR HOMES ARE IN DANGER. SO THIS CONTACT, THIS OVERSIGHT, THIS ATTENTION THAT YOU PAY TO THESE SMALL BORROWERS ARE SO IMPORTANT AND THAT'S WHY THE 5,000. NOW, WITH THIS BILL, THEY WANT TO TAKE IT UP TO 30,000. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? IT MEANS THAT WE'RE GOING TO SEE THE KIND OF PROBLEMS THAT WE HAVE SEEN IN THE SUBPRIME MELTDOWN THAT WE HAVE GONE THROUGH. WE HAVE FOUND THAT SERVICERS CAUSED US THE MOST PROBLEMS. OF COURSE, THEY DIDN'T SERVICE THE LOANS ADEQUATELY. THEY LOST THEM. THEY HAD PEOPLE APPLYING OVER AND OVER AGAIN. FIRST OF ALL, WE DISCOVERED THAT MANY OF THE SERVICERS HAD NO TRAINING, THAT THEY WERE LITERALLY HIRED OFF THE STREET, AND THAT THEY WERE BASICALLY SAYING TO SENIOR CITIZENS, 75 AND 80 YEARS OLD, WE LOST YOUR PAPER, REAPPLY AGAIN, REAPPLY AGAIN, WE'RE SORRY, AND IT HAS BEEN JUST AN AWFUL SITUATION THAT WAS CREATED BECAUSE THE SERVICERS COULD NOT HANDLE THE VOLUME THAT THEY WERE CONTRACTED WITH, OFTENTIMES FOR THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTION THAT THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING THIS WORK FOR. AND SO HERE YOU HAVE A BILL THAT LITERALLY IS NOT ABOUT COMMUNITY BANKS. THIS IS ABOUT INCREASING THE NUMBER OF BANKS THAT CAN NOW HAVE THE KIND OF PROTECTION THAT WE WERE GIVEN TO THE VERY SMALL COMMUNITY BANKS, SO DON'T BELIEVE THIS IS ABOUT COMMUNITY BANKS. IN ADDITION TO THAT, WHAT YOU'RE DOING IS YOU'RE CHANGING THE RULES AND THE LAWS UNDER THE REAL ESTATE SETTLEMENT PROCEDURES ACT THAT PROTECTS THESE BORROWERS AND THESE SMALL HIGH RISK LOANS THAT ARE IN THESE COMMUNITIES THAT NEED SPECIAL KIND OF HELP AND SO WITH THAT I WILL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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

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

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                                        • 12:47:19 PM

                                          MR. HENSARLING

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS JUST TO SAY WE'RE LOSING A…

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS JUST TO SAY WE'RE LOSING A COMMUNITY BANK OR CREDIT UNION A DAY IN AMERICA. AND WE ARE LOSING THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE DROWNING IN A SEA OF DODD-FRANK REGULATIONS. AND AS THEY PERISH, SO DO THE DREAMS OF MANY OF OUR CONSTITUENTS. AND MR. SPEAKER, IF A SMALL COMMUNITY BANK OR CREDIT UNION MAKES A LOAN AND KEEPS IT ON THEIR BOOKS, GUESS WHAT, THEY WANT THE LOAN REPAID. THEY'RE GOING TO MAKE SURE THE TAXES ARE KEPT CURRENT. THEY'RE GOING TO MAKE SURE THE INSURANCE IS KEPT CURRENT. THEY DON'T NEED THE BURDENSOME REGULATION COMING OUT FROM SOME WASHINGTON BUREAUCRAT TELLING THEM HOW TO DO THEIR BUSINESS. THEY WANT TO ENSURE THE LOAN GETS PAID ANYWAY. MR. SPEAKER, I'M NOW PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES SUBCOMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND CONSUMER CREDIT, MR. ROTHFUS.

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                                        • 12:48:17 PM

                                          MR. ROTHFUS

                                          I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R.…

                                          I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3971, THE COMMUNITY INSTITUTION MORTGAGE RELIEF ACT. AND I THANK REPRESENTATIVE TENNEY FOR HER HARD WORK ON THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. AT THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTION SUBCOMMITTEE, WE OFTEN TALK ABOUT RIGHT SIZING REGULATIONS. IF WE WANT TO HAVE A ROBUST FINANCIAL SYSTEM THAT BALANCES SMART REGULATION AND CONSUMER PROTECTIONS WITH THE NEED TO MAKE CAPITAL AVAILABLE TO AMERICAN CONSUMERS, WE NEED TO CONSIDER TARGETED OPPORTUNITIES TO TAILOR REQUIREMENTS TO FIT THE SIZE AND NATURE OF THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTION. REPRESENTATIVE TENNEY'S LEGISLATION DOES JUST THAT. THIS COMMUNITY INSTITUTION MORTGAGE RELIEF ACT DIRECTS THE CFPB TO EXEMPT CREDITORS WITH $25 BILLION OR LESS IN ASSETS FROM CERTAIN COSTLY ESCROW AND IMPOUND REQUIREMENTS ON LOANS SECURED BY A FIRST LEAN ON A CONSUMER'S PRINCIPLE DWELLING. THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE ESPECIALLY BURDENSOME FOR COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. THEY OFTEN FORCE INSTITUTIONS TO PASS INCREASED COSTS ON TO THEIR CONSUMERS. THIS CAN DRIVE BUSINESS AWAY FROM SMALL BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS, WHICH ARE ALREADY SUFFERING FROM OVERREGULATION AND OTHER ECONOMIC CHALLENGES. AS A RESULT, IN SOME CASES COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS HAVE EXITED THE MORTGAGE BUSINESS ALTOGETHER. THIS DOES NOT HELP CONSUMERS AND IT FURTHER IMPERILS OUR SHRINKING NUMBER OF COMMUNITY BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS. THIS BILL OFFERS A TARGETED, REASONABLE FIX SO THESE INSTITUTIONS CAN CONTINUE TO SERVE THEIR CUSTOMERS. THIS IS SMART, IT'S REASONABLE, IT'S COMMON SENSE, PARTICULARLY FOR THOSE WHO UNDERSTAND HOW OVERREGULATION FROM WASHINGTON, D.C., HAS HURT CONSUMERHOICE. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZ.

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                                        • 12:50:11 PM

                                          MS. WATERS

                                          I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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                                        • 12:50:18 PM

                                          MR. HENSARLING

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I'M NOW VERY PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO A FELLOW…

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I'M NOW VERY PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO A FELLOW TEXAN, A MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTE MR. WILLIAMS.

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                                        • 12:50:28 PM

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                                          THE GENTMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. WILLIAMS, IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

                                        • 12:50:31 PM

                                          MR. WILLIAMS

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN FAVOR OF H.R. 3971, THE COMMUNITY INSTITUTION…

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN FAVOR OF H.R. 3971, THE COMMUNITY INSTITUTION MORTGAGE RELIEF ACT OF 2017. I WOULD LIKE TO ALSO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW RK, MS. TENNEY, FOR HEWARD ORK ON THIS PIECE OF LEDGE -- FOR HER HARD WORK ON THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. AN OVERWHELMG MAJORITY OF MY FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE COLLEAGUES RECOGNIZE THE NEED FOR THIS BILL. AND I HOPE THAT THE FULL HOUSE WILL ALSO RECOGNIZE THAT VERY SAME NEED BY VOTING IN FAVOR OF THIS MEANINGFUL LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, THE PROBLEM RIGHT NOW IS THAT COMMUNITY BANKS ARE BEING CRUSHED BY SHEER WEIGHT. MAGNITUDE AND INTRICACY OF HABITUAL WASHINGTON REGULATIONS AND THIS IS ALL THE THANKS TO THE CRIPPLING EFFECTS OF THE FAILED DODD-FRANK. CURRENTLY COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS ARE FACING OVERLY BURDENSOME RULES IMPLEMENTED BY THE CFPB. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS WE NEED H.R. 3971 IN ORDER TO PROVIDE NEEDED REGULATORY RELIEF TO SMALL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. BY MAKING TWO SIMPLE MINOR CHANGE, COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS WILL BE ABLE TO BETTER SERVE THEIR CUSTOMERS. TO BE CLEAR, THE INSTITUTIONS WE ARE TRYING TO HELP ARE NOT BIG BANKS AND THEY DO NOT HAVE THE CAPABILITIES OF THE BIG BANKS. TO COMPLY WITH CURRENT BURDENSOME ESCROW RULES, COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS MUST DEVOTE MORE RESOURCES, TIME AND EMPLOYEES ON COMPLIANCE AND THOSE COSTS GET PASSED DOWN TO THE CONSUMER. OFTENTIMES UNDER THE PRESSURE OF CURRENT REGULATORY FRAMEWORK, THESE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS WILL CHOOSE NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ESCROW MARKET AT ALL, SIMPLY BECAUSE THE RULES ARE FINANCIALLY AND TECHNICALLY HINDERING. BY DIRECTING THE CRP TO PROVIDE RELIEF TO LOWER THE THRESHOLDS, WE CAN HELP MAKE THINGS JUST A LITTLE BIT EASIER ON THESE VITAL COMMUNITY BANKS. OVERALL, WE SHOULD NOT ALLOW OPPRESSIVE REGULATIONS TO DRIVE OPPORTUNITY AWAY FROM SMALL SERVICERS. BIG BANKS AND COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS ARE NOT THE SAME AND WE SHOULD NOT TREAT THEM AS SUCH. AS A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER MYSELF, OF OVER 44 YEARS, AND A STEADFAST DEFENDER OF MAIN STREET, I DO NOT HESITATE TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE. IT IS GOOD FOR THIS COUNTRY. I SEE THE NEED FOR THE GOOD PEOPLE OF CENTRAL TEXAS TO HAVE MORE OPTIONS. OUR JOB HERE IN WASHINGTON, MANY MILES AWAY FROM OUR COMMUNITIES, AND THOSE WE LOVE, IS TO DO WHAT WE CAN TO MAKE THEIR LIVES EASIER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 3971 MAKES LIFE EASIER. AND TAKES A STEP IN THE DIRECTION OF MAKING AMERICA BETTER. SO IN GOD WE TRUST. MERRY CHRISTMAS. I YIELD MY TIME BACK.

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

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

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                                        • 12:52:59 PM

                                          MS. WATERS

                                          RECOGNIZED.

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                                          MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA CONTINUES…

                                          MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                        • 12:55:47 PM

                                          MR. HENSARLING

                                          I'M HAPPY TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, CHAIRMAN…

                                          I'M HAPPY TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES SUBCOMMITTEE ON MONETARY POLICY AND TRADE.

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                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

                                        • 12:55:58 PM

                                          MR. BARR

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN HENSARLING, FOR YOUR…

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN HENSARLING, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND ESPECIALLY THANK YOU TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MY FRIEND, MS. TENNEY, FOR HER OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HER LEGISLATION, THE COMMUNITY INSTITUTION MORTGAGE RELIEF ACT. HOME OWNERSHIP IS PART OF THE AMERICAN DREAM. HOWEVER, AN ILL-CONCEIVED RULE PROMULGATED BY THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU HAS MADE IT HARDER FOR AMERICANS TO PURCHASE A HOME IN TYPICAL ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL WASHINGTON BUREAUCRAT FASHION, THE BUREAU'S RULE PLACES EXCESSIVE ESCROW AND MORTGAGE SERVICING REQUIREMENTS ON THE BACKS OF SMALLER COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND MORTGAGE SERVICERS. WHAT THE BUREAU MISSED IS THAT THESE LENDERS ARE RARELY IN SUBPRIME LENDING AND FREQUENTLY HOLD THE LOAN AND PORTFOLIO FOR THE TERM OF THE LOAN. THIS MEANS THESE LENDERS HAVE A VERY STRONG INCENTIVE TO ENSURE THAT TAXES AND INSURANCE PREMIUMS ARE BEING PAID BECAUSE THEY'RE TAKING ON 100% OF THE DOWN-SIDE RISK IF THE BORROWER FAILS TO HOLD UP THEIR SIDE OF THE DEAL. THEREFORE AN ESCROW ACCOUNT ISN'T NECESSARY. HOWEVER, AS A DIRECT RESULT OF THE RULE, THERE IS LESS CONSUMER CHOICE AND MORE EXPENSE. THAT'S BECAUSE MANY COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS ARE LEAVING THE MARKET OR HAVE BEEN FORCED TO CHARGE HOMEBUYERS MORE SO THEY CAN AFFORD TO HIRE THE EXTRA PROFESSIONAL STAFF THEY NEED TO COMPLY WITH THIS RULE. FOR THESE REASONS I SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY INSTITUTION MORTGAGE RELIEF ACT, WHICH EXEMPTS COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS WITH ASSETS OF $25 BILLION OR LESS FROM MUCH OF THE REGULATORY BURDEN OF THE BUREAU'S RULE. AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM NEW YORK, CONGRESSWOMAN CLAUDIA TENNEY, AND OUR CHAIRMAN, CONGRESSMAN HENSARLING, FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THE COMMUNITY INSTITUTION MORTGAGE RELIEF ACT. I YIELD BACK.

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                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA…

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                        • 12:57:54 PM

                                          MS. WATERS

                                          WELL, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND MEMBERS, I'M PAYING SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THIS…

                                          WELL, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND MEMBERS, I'M PAYING SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THIS LEGISLATION. AND I TAKE PAUSE WHEN I SEE BILLS LIKE 3971, THAT ARE JUST A SMALL PART OF THE REPUBLICANS' RELENTLESS ATTACK ON THE WORK OF THE CONSUMER BUREAU. THE CONSUMER BUREAU'S WORK ON HIGH-COST LOANS AND CONSUMER PROTECTIONS FOR THEM WAS WELL THOUGHT THROUGH AND THE RESULT OF CAFRLE RESEARCH. LEADING UP -- CAREFUL RESEARCH. LEADING UP TO THE 2008 FINANCIAL CRISIS, MANY LOOKING TO FULFILL THE AMERICAN DREAM AND PURCHASE A HOUSE WERE CONVINCED TO TAKE OUT HIGHER-COST LOANS WITHOUT ANY REGARD FOR THEIR ABILITY TO REPAY THEM. THERE WERE FALSE PROMISES, THE COVES THEIR MORTGAGE, WITHOUT ADEQUATE PROTECTIONS. THE CONSUMER BUREAU TOOK YEARS TO TALK TO EXPERTS, HEAR FROM ADVOCATES AND DO THE RESEARCH TO COME UP WITH A STRONG RULE TO PREVENT THOSE TYPES OF ABUSES FROM OCCURRING AGAIN. WHILE ALSO PROVIDING REGULATORY RELIEF TO BANKS THAT SERVE RURAL AND UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES. SO LET ME TAKE PAUSE AND AGAIN FOCUS EVERYONE ON RURAL AND UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES. I AM OFTENTIMES APPALLED AT THE FACT THAT WE HAVE TOO MANY LEGISLATORS WHO REPRESENT RURAL COMMUNITIES AND UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES, BUT WHEN IT COMES TO LOOK OUT FOR THEIR FINANCIAL INTEREST -- LOOKING OUT FOR THEIR FINANCIAL INTEREST, THEY'RE NOT DOING IT. YET THEY GO BACK TO THESE COMMUNITIES AND THEY TALK ABOUT ALL THE OTHER KINDS OF ISSUES. THEY TALK ABOUT PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT SALUTING THE FLAG PROPERLY. THEY WILL TALK ABOUT FREEDOM CHOICE ISSUES. AND THEY WILL RALLY FOLKS AROUND EVERYTHING EXCEPT THEIR FINANCIAL INTEREST. IF RURAL COMMUNITIES OFTENTIMES ARE BEING HURT, IT'S BECAUSE THE VERY PEOPLE WHO SAY THEY REPRESENT THEM ARE NOT INDEED REPRESENTING THEM. AND WE CAN SEE THIS IN THIS KIND OF DISCUSSION. AND SO AGAIN, WE ARE FOCUSED WE ARE MAKING SURE THAT RURAL AND UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES ARE SERVED PROPERLY AND THROWN TO THE WOLVES AND INTO SITUATIONS AFTER THEY TAKE OUT THESE LOANS. WHEN THEY TAKE OUT THESE LOANS, THEY NEED SERVICERS WHO ARE TRAINED AND COMMITTED AND UNDERSTAND WHY UNDERSERVED AND RURAL COMMUNITIES NEED SPECIAL PROTECTION AND WHO WILL WORK WITH THEM AND CONTACT THEM AND WORK WITH THEM TO WORK OUT SITUATIONS WHERE LOAN MODIFICATIONS MAY BE REQUIRED OR REQUESTED. SO I'M GOING TO CONTINUE TO OPPOSE. I UNDERSTAND THERE ARE OTHERS WHO WOULD LIKE TO OPEN THIS UP. AND WITH THAT, LET ME RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN…

                                          THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                        • 01:01:07 PM

                                          MR. HENSARLING

                                          I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO OUTSTANDING MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES…

                                          I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO OUTSTANDING MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, THE GENTLELADY FROM UTAH, MRS. LOVE.

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                                          THE GENTLELADY FROM UTAH IS RECOGNIZED.

                                        • 01:01:18 PM

                                          MS. LOFGREN

                                          I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3971, THE COMMUNITY INSTITUTION MORTGAGE RELIEF…

                                          I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3971, THE COMMUNITY INSTITUTION MORTGAGE RELIEF ACT, BECAUSE THE ABILITY TO PURCHASE A HOME IS ONE OF THE MOST SACRED FINANCIAL GOALS WE HAVE AS AMERICANS. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PATH TO HOME OWNERSHIP AND WE HOPE AND ARE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO MAKE SURE IT REMAINS ACCESSIBLE. THIS BILL WILL ENSURE THAT COMMUNITY BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS STAY IN THE MORTGAGE LENDING BUSINESS AND CONTINUE TO PROVIDE POTENTIAL HOMEOWNERS WITH DIVERSE CREDIT OPTIONS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE CLAUDIA TENNEY FROM NEW YORK FOR PROVIDING SUCH A GREAT RELIEF TO COMMUNITY INSTITUTIONS. UNFORTUNATELY AS WE HAVE SEEN TOO OFTEN, THIS IS ONE MORE INSTANCE WHERE GOVERNMENT EFFORTS TO PROTECT PEOPLE ARE INADVERTENTLY HAVING THE OPPOSITE EFFECT. THOUGH INTENDED TO PROTECT OWNERS, THE FINAL RULE ON ESCROW AND MORTGAGE SERVICE REQUIREMENTS ARE SO BURDENSOME AND COSTLY FOR SMALLER INSTITUTIONS THAT WE ARE DRIVING MORTGAGE BUSINESSES AWAY FROM THEM. AND THIS COMES ON TOP OF AN ALREADY BURDENSOME REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH OUR SMALL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS ARE FACING RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT WERE MADE FOR LARGER BANKS CAUSING THEM TO CLOSE THEIR DOOR AT A RATE OF ONE SMALL INSTITUTION A DAY. WE NEED A MORE REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT THAT BALANCES THE CREDIT NEEDS OF CONSUMERS WITH APPROPRIATE CONSUMER PROTECTION. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD DO THAT BY EXEMPTING LENDERS WITH ASSETS OF $20 BILLION OR LESS FROM ESCROW REQUIREMENTS ON MORTGAGE LOANS AND PROVIDE MUCH NEEDED REGULATORY RELIEF FOR SMALL SERVICES. WITH SMALLER STAFF AND FEWER RESOURCES EXISTING ESCROW RULES ARE FINANCIALLY AND TECHNICALLY PROHIBITTIVE FOR SMALL COMMUNITY INSTITUTIONS. IN ADDITION, THESE SMALLER LENDERS OFTEN HOLD THE LIABILITY IN PORTFOLIO FOR TERM OF THE LOAN MAKING AN ESCROW ACCOUNT UNNECESSARY BECAUSE THE LENDER HAS A STRONG INTEREST IN PROTECTING ITS COLLATERAL BY ENSURING THAT TAXES AND INSURANCE PREMIUMS GET PAID. WHEN IT COMES TO PURCHASING OR REFINANCING A HOME IT IS IMPORTANT THAT CONSUMERS HAVE CREDIT OPTIONS. WE PRESERVE THOSE OPTIONS BY ALLOWING COMMUNITY INSTITUTIONS TO ENTER OR REMAIN IN THE MORTGAGE MARKET.

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                                        • 01:03:47 PM

                                          MR. HENSARLING

                                          I YIELD THE GENTLELADY AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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                                          MS. LOFGREN

                                          THE FACT IS IN MY DISTRICT AND MANY OTHER DISTRICTS THERE ARE SMALL…

                                          THE FACT IS IN MY DISTRICT AND MANY OTHER DISTRICTS THERE ARE SMALL BARNINGS GETTING OUT OF THE LENDING BUSINESS AND CANNOT PROVIDE THOSE OPTIONS FOR THE COMMUNITIES THEY LIVE IN. WE NEED TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE ALLOWING THESE INSTITUTIONS TO STAY IN THE MARKET WITHOUT THE HIGH COSTS OF REGULATORY COMPLIANCE AND THANK GOODNESS H.R. 3971 SUPPORTS THOSE YOLES. I YIELD BACK.

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                                        • 01:04:23 PM

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                                          THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

                                        • 01:04:26 PM

                                          MS. WATERS

                                          MAY I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE LEFT?

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                                          THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA HAS 11 1/2 MINUTES. WATERS QUARTERS THANK…

                                          THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA HAS 11 1/2 MINUTES. WATERS QUARTERS THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS BILL IS STRONGLY OPPOSED BY ALL OF THE CONSUMER GROUPS, AMERICANS FINANCIAL REFORM, CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS, CENTER FOR RESPONSIBLE LENDING, THE NATIONAL CONSUMER LAW CENTER AND PUBLIC CITIZENS. WHY ARE THEY SO OPPOSED TO THIS BILL? THIS BILL WOULD AGAIN AMEND THE TRUTH IN LENDING ACT THAT IS TILA AND REAL ESTATE SETTLEMENT PROCEDURES ACT TO ON WIDEN THE SIZE OF TWO EXEMPTIONS THAT THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU HAS ALREADY PROVIDED FOR SMALLER-SIZED INSTITUTIONS ON ESCROW ACCOUNTS FOR HIGHER PRICED MORTGAGE LOANS AND SERVICING REQUIREMENTS FOR SMALL MORTGAGE SERVICES. UNDER THE BILL, ESCROW ACCOUNTS WOULD NO LONGER BE REQUIRED FOR RISKIER HIGH PRICED LOANS AT INSTITUTIONS WITH LESS THAN $25 BILLION IN ASSETS. CURRENTLY THE EXEMPTION APPLIES TO FIRMS WITH LESS THAN $2 BILLION IN ASSETS. THE SMALLER SERVICE EXEMPTION WITH INCREASED NOTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS TO CONSUMERS WOULD BE INCREASED AGAIN FROM SERVICES WITH 5,000 LOANS TO THOSE WITH 30,000 LOANS. WHY DO ALL OF THESE CONSUMER GROUPS OPPOSE THIS LEGISLATION? BECAUSE IT IS OBVIOUS WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE. WE ARE TAKING AWAY THE PROTECTION FROM THOSE WHO NEED IT THE MOST. WE'RE NOT DOING ANYTHING FOR COMMUNITY BANKS. THERE ARE NO $25 BILLION COMMUNITY BANKS. AND SO I WOULD ASK THAT MY COLLEAGUES IN THIS HOUSE TO OPPOSE THIS BILL. IT GOES IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION OF WHAT WE HAVE DONE TO TRY AND GIVE CONSUMERS TO THOSE WHO NEED PROTECTION THE MOST AND DODD-FRANK REFORM HAS DONE THIS. AND I WOULD JUST ASK OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        • 01:06:50 PM

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                                          THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

                                        • 01:06:54 PM

                                          MR. HENSARLING

                                          I YIELD A MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. DUNCAN.

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                                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          MR. DUNCAN

                                          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW…

                                          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK STARTED THIS DEBATE WITH AN AMAZING STATISTIC WHEN SHE SAID THAT OVER 1,500 SMALL BANKS AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS HAVE BEEN FORCED TO MERGE OR BE ACQUIRED OR GO OUT OF BUSINESS ALL TOGETHER SINCE THE PASSAGE OF THE DODD-FRANK BILL. THOSE OF US WHO OPPOSED THE DODD-FRANK BILL AT THAT TIME SAID THIS WOULD HAPPEN AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED. THE BIG HAVE GOTTEN BIGGER. FIVE WALL STREET BANKS HAD 22% BEFORE DODD-FRANK. LAST NIGHT WHEN I READ THE UPDATE THEY NOW HAVE 44% OF TOTAL DEPOSITS. THERE IS A BIG GOVERNMENT, BIG BUSINESS MONOPOLY THAT CONTROLS THE LIFE OF THIS COUNTRY AND ENDS UP BEING CONSOLIDATED AND CONTROLLED IN THE HANDS OF A FEW BIG GIANTS AND THAT IS WHAT HAPPENED IN THIS CASE. WHEN MY WIFE AND I BOUGHT OUR FIRST HOUSE WE SIGNED TWO OR THREE PAGES, 3 1/2 YEARS AGO WE BOUGHT A LAKE HOUSE AND SIGNED OVER 100 PAGES OF DOCUMENTS, I KNEW ALL IT WAS WAS MEANINGLESS PAPERWORK FOR BUREAUCRATS AND LAWYERS. THIS IS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. I HAVE HAD MANY BANKERS ACROSS THE STATE OF TENNESSEE HOLD ME HOW HARMFUL AND DIFFICULT IT IS FOR THE SMALLER INSTITUTIONS TO COMPLY WITH THE RULES AND REGULATIONS AND RED TAPE. WE NEED THIS BILL PASSED AND I URGE ITS SUPPORT. AND I YIELD BARK.

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                                        • 01:08:38 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                        • 01:08:43 PM

                                          MS. WATERS

                                          MR. CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS, THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU'S…

                                          MR. CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS, THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU'S REGULATIONS ADDRESS MANY QUESTIONABLE PRACTICES THAT CONTRIBUTED TO THE COLLAPSE OF THE HOUSING MARKET. SUCH PRACTICES WERE WIDESPREAD, IN THE MORTGAGE SERVICING INDUSTRY. THE BUREAU SERVICING RULES APPLY ACROSS THE BOARD WHILE PROVIDING A NARROW EXEMPTION FOR SMALL SERVICES. THIS EXEMPTION MINIMIZES THE REGULATORY COMPLIANCE BURDEN ON SMALL AND COMMUNITY BANKS, EXPANDING CURRENT EXEMPTIONS TO LARGER INSTITUTIONS, HOWEVER, JUST OPENS THE DOOR WIDE TO ABUSES AND LARGER BANKS PRIMARILY DOING BUSINESSES NOT IN THE COMMUNITIES, THE RURAL COMMUNITIES AND THE UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES BUT OUTSIDE OF THE COMMUNITIES WHERE THEY ARE BASED AND BY NONBANKS WHICH STILL MAKE MOST OF THE RISKIER SUBPRIME MORTGAGE LOANS. I CONTINUE TO ASK OPPOSITION TO THIS LEGISLATION. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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