House Defeats Goodlatte-McCaul Bill, 193-231
House Session - December 13, 2017

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

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  • 10:00:00 AM

    The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

    • 10:00:09 AM

      The Speaker designated the Honorable Harold Rogers to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

      • 10:00:24 AM

        THE CLERK

        THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. DECEMBER 13, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT…

        THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. DECEMBER 13, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE HAROLD ROGERS TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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  • 10:00:34 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.

    • 10:00:46 AM

      TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

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

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    • 10:01:35 AM

      MR. GUTIERREZ

      I'D LIKE TO BE FROM ALABAMA TODAY, BUT I'M NOT. THEY HAVE ASKED ME TO TAKE…

      I'D LIKE TO BE FROM ALABAMA TODAY, BUT I'M NOT. THEY HAVE ASKED ME TO TAKE THE BUTTON OFF. THE BUTTON OFF. THAT ONLY MAKES A POINT. IT MIGHT NOT BE A BUTTON ON, IT'S 122, PEOPLE WITH DACA LOSE THEIR PROTECTION FROM DEPORTATION. THEY LOSE THEIR GOVERNMENT ISSUED IDENTIFICATION THAT ALLOWED THEM TO STAY IN THIS COUNTRY AND WORK LEGALLY. DACA IS THE DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS PROGRAM, AND THE PRESIDENT ENDED IN SEPTEMBER AND WHICH WILL COMPLETELY EXPIRE IN MARCH. LET'S BE CLEAR, PEOPLE DON'T HAVE UNTIL MARCH. PEOPLE ARE ALREADY LOSING THEIR DACA COVERAGE ON A DAILY BASIS. SO WHEN REPORTERS AND COLLISIONS SAY THAT CONGRESS HAS UNTIL MARCH TO ENACT THE DREAM ACT, THEY ARE FLAT WRONG. WE CANNOT WAIT UNTIL MARCH. THE DREAM ACT AND PROTECTIONS OF THE DACA PROGRAM ARE NOT LIGHT SWITCHES WHICH WE CAN CAN TURN ON AND OFF. EVERY DAY WE DELAY THE PASSAGE OF THE DREAM ACT, ANOTHER 122 DACA RECIPIENTS LOSE THEIR STATUS. THEY GO FROM BEING DOCUMENTED TO BEING UNDOCUMENTED. AND THE WORLDS ARE TURNED UPSIDE-DOWN. IT'S NOT JUST THEIR LIVES BUT THE LIVES OF AMERICAN CITIZENS WHO LOVE THEM, EMPLOY THEM, AND RELY ON THEM. YOUNG DREAMERS CAME FORWARD AND REPORTED THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND PAID THEIR OWN MONEY FOR A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK BY THE F.B.I. IN FACT, MANY OF THEM HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THEIR PAPERWORK AND BIOMETRICS THREE TIMES. THEY PAID ALL OF THIS PROCESSING, PAPERWORK, BACKGROUND CHECKS, FINGERPRINTS WITH THEIR OWN MONEY. BY DEFINITION, THEY ARRIVED IN THE UNITED STATES AS CHILDREN. BY DEFINITION THEY ARRIVED AT LEAST 10 YEARS AGO. A YEAR AND A HALF BEFORE OBAMA EVEN GOT SWORN IN AS PRESIDENT. THERE ARE 800,000 OF THEM, 800,000, YOUNG AMERICANS WHO HAVE BEEN PLAYING BY THE RULES DOING EVERYTHING THEIR GOVERNMENT HAS ASKED THEM TO DO AND WHO HAVE BEEN LIVING PRODUCTIVE LIVES IN COMMUNITIES, IN EVERY STATE OF THE UNION. AS OF TODAY, MORE THAN 12,000 HAVE LOST THEIR DACA STATUS AND PROTECTION. LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT A FEW OF THEM. MYRON OWNS THREE BUSINESS, HE LIVES IN WASHINGTON STATE, AND HAS LIVED IN THE U.S. SINCE HE WAS 11. HIS DACA EXPIRES ON DECEMBER 22. THE DAY AFTER THE ACT IS HIS SET TO EXSMIRE ANTI-DAY WE'RE ALL SUPPOSED TO GO HOME, RETURN TO OUR FAMILIES FOR CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY AND NEW YEARS. HE SUBMITTED HIS DACA RENEWAL WELL BEFORE THE APPLICATION DEADLINE THAT WAS ARBITRARILY SET FOR LAST OCTOBER. HE MADE A MISTAKE. HIS CHECK WAS FOR $465. NOT THE $495. SO HE WILL BE DEPORTABLE AS OF DECEMBER 22. HIS ENTIRE LIFE IN THE UNITED STATES AND YET IF REPUBLICANS AND THE PRESIDENT HAVE THEIR WAY, HE WILL BE SENT BACK TO HONDURAS AND HIS THREE BUSINESSES AND THOSE WHO WORK THERE, WHO KNOWS WHAT HAPPENS TO THEM? ANOTHER DACA RESIPENT FROM CALIFORNIA AND THANKS TO THE SECURITY AND STABILITY PROVIDED BY DACA, HE HAS PURSUED A CAREER IN EDUCATION I WAS A TEACHER AND KNOW THE MONETARY REWARDS ARE FEW BUT THE REWARDS FOR YOUR SOUL ARE MANY AND THE REWARDS TO OUR SOCIETY OF HAVING DEDICATED TEACHERS IS JUST AS PRICELESS. BUT, WITHOUT DACA AND WITHOUT THE DREAM ACT, HE HAS NO FUTURE IN TEACHING. AND WE MAY SQUANDER THE PASSION HE WOULD BRING TO A CLASSROOM. HIS BACA EXPIRES ON DECEMBER 29. -- HIS DACA EXPIRES ON DECEMBER 29. AND THIS IS ANYTHING BUT A MERRY CHRISTMAS FOR HIM AS WE DRAG OUR FEET HERE IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. FINALLY, THERE IS BRITTANY IN NEW YORK, SHE'S A CHILDCARE PROVIDER WHO WORKS WITH INFANT TWINS, ONE WHO HAS A SEVERE HEALTH CONDITION. HER EMPLOYERS ARE SCRAMBLING BECAUSE BRITTANY'S DACA EXPIRED LAST THURSDAY AND SHE HAS NO CLEAR LEGAL PATH FORWARD. THE FAMILY SAID WE'RE DEVASTATED THE THOUGHT SHE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO WORK IN THIS COUNTRY. WE KNOW WE WON'T FIND ANOTHER CAREGIVER WHO IS AS RELIABLE NURTURING, AND UNSHAKABLE AS BRIT NIFMENT MOST AMERICANS DON'T UNDERSTAND --BRITTANY. MOST AMERICANS DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY TAKING AWAY LEGAL STATUS FROM A CHILDCARE PROVIDER WHO IS EMPLOYED AND CHERISHED AND LOVED BY HER EMPLOYERS WILL SOMEHOW CREATE LAW AND ORDER. HOW DOES CREATING MORE UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS HELP? IT DOESN'T MAKE AMERICA GREAT. IT DOESN'T EVEN STRENGTHEN SECURITY OR OUR ECONOMY. DON'T EVEN THINK IT BENEFITS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY POLITICALLY TO SEND YOUNG AMERICAN WOMEN LIKE HER AWAY. BUT, IT'S UP TO REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS TO STAND UP FOR BRITTANY AND OTHERS. DEMOCRATS MUST BE CLEAR THAT WE VALUE THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF THESE YOUNG PEOPLE AND WILL NOT ALLOW THEIR STORIES TO BE IGNORED. AND REPUBLICANS, EVEN THE BRAVE ONES WHO HAVE SAID THAT THEY ARE FOR SOLVING THE PLIGHT OF THE DACA KIDS, MUST DO MORE THAN WRITE A LETTER OR WHISPER QUIETLY IN THE HALLS THAT THEY HOPE SOMETHING HAPPENS. IT'S UP TO US RIGHT NOW. AND I'M NOT LEAVING AND I'M NOT SHUTTING UP UNTIL WE DO. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME MAKE SURE BEFORE I LEAVE , 122. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE BEEN FROM ALABAMA. I'M FROM ILLINOIS TODAY. THANK YOU.

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    • 10:06:50 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. BROOKS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:07:05 AM

      MR. BROOKS

      MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A VERY DIFFICULT SPEECH FOR ME TO GIVE. GOD WORKS IN…

      MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A VERY DIFFICULT SPEECH FOR ME TO GIVE. GOD WORKS IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS. WHEN YOU ARE AN ELECTED OFFICIAL, MISSED VOTES REQUIRE AN EXPLANATION. THAT IS WHY DISCLOSED OTHERWISE VERY PERSONAL, VERY PRIVATE, AND VERY HUMBLING MATTER. ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT AFTER VOTES AS I STOOD ON THE CAPITOL STEPS MY DOCTOR CALLED AND SAID CONGRESSMAN BROOKS, BAD NEWS. YOU HAVE HIGH RISK PROSTATE A CANCER. I FELT AN ADRENALINE RUSH AS A CHILL WENT UP AND DOWN MY SPINE. BY WAY OF BACKGROUND, PROSTATE CANCER KILLS ALMOST 27,000 AMERICAN MEN EACH YEAR AND IS THE THIRD LEADING CAUSE OF CANCER DEATHS BEHIND ONLY LUNG AND COLORECTAL CANCERS. 71% OF PROSTATE CANCER PATIENTS DIE IN LESS THAN FIVE YEARS IF THE PROSTATE CANCER HAS SPREAD BEYOND THE ABDOMINAL CALFITY N STARK CONTRAST, ALMOST -- CAVITY. IN STARK CONINTERESTS ALMOST ALL PROSTATE CANCER SURVIVORS LIVE IF IT'S DISCOVERED EARLY AND KILLED BEFORE IT SPREADS. FOR EXAMPLE, MY FATHER DISCOVERED HIS PROSTATE CANCER EARLY. HE LIVED FOUR DECADES AFTER HIS PROSTATE WAS REMOVED. MY GRANDFATHER DISCOVERED HIS TOO LATE. HE DIED NOT LONG THEREAFTER. AFTER MY DOCTORS DIAGNOSIS, I CALLED MY WIFE. WHO IS BACK HOME IN HUNTSVILLE AND SHARED THE BAD NEWS. THAT NIGHT, WAS ONE OF THE LONELIEST NIGHTS APART IN OUR 41-YEAR MARRIAGE. I KEPT THINKING ABOUT MY WONDERFUL FAMILY. WHAT DO DO I NEXT? AND HOW DO I BEAT THIS CANCER? OVERNIGHT I FORMED A PLAN AND BEGAN IMPLEMENTING IT. AN EMOTIONAL MEETING I INFORMED MY WASHINGTON STAFF OF MY CANCER, I WAS IMMEDIATELY FLYING TO HUNTSVILLE, AND AFTER MEDICAL REASONS I WOULD BE IN ALABAMA THE REST OF THE WEEK. BASED ON ADVICE FROM FRIENDS AND DOCTORS I CHOSE DR. SCOTT TULLY AS MY TREATING PHYSICIAN. HE IS WIDELY RESPECTED AND HAS PERFORMED MORE THAN 3,000 PROSTATE ECTOMIES. ON THURSDAY WE DROVE TO BIRMINGHAM TO OBTAIN INSIGHT ABOUT TREATMENT OPTIONS AND RISK. HE ADVISED THE REMOVAL OF THE PROSTATE. AT HIS DIRECTION, I UNDERTOOK A HEART STRESS TEST AND NUCLEAR BONE SCAN. TIMELY, I GOT SOME GOOD NEWS. MY C.T. SCAN AND NUCLEAR BONE SCAN REVEALED NO CANCER BEYOND THE PROSTATE. MY HEART STRESS TEST CONFIRMED I WAS STRONG ENOUGH TO UNDERGO THE TWO TO THREE-HOUR SURGERY. PROSTATE CANCER MORTALITY IS COMPELLING. SPEED IS CRITICAL IN THE FIGHT AGAINST PROSTATE CANCER. IN COMBINES COMPLINSE WITH THE 2017 HOUSE CALENDAR -- COMPLIANCE WITH THE 2017 HOUSE CALENDAR THAT SET YEAR OF END VOTES ON DECEMBER 14 AND AT SOME RISK TO MYSELF, WE DELAYED MY SURGERY UNTIL DECEMBER 15, THIS FRIDAY, AND SET A POST SURGERY MEDICAL PROCEDURE FOR DECEMBER 20. MY PLAN WAS TO RECUPERATE AT HOME DURING THE HOLIDAYS WITH MY FAMILY AND RETURN TO WASHINGTON FOR A FULL WORKLOAD WHEN CONGRESS RECONVENES ON JANUARY 3. UNFORTUNATELY, LAST WEEK THE HOUSE SPEAKER ABRUPTLY CHANGED THE HOUSE VOTING CALENDAR THAT I RELIED ON TO SET MY SURGERY. AS A RESULT, NEXT WEEK I WILL MISS HOUSE FLOOR VOTES UNLESS I AM UNEXPECTEDLY MEDICALLY CLEARED TO TRAVEL. THERE ARE THREE INSIGHTS FROM MY EXPERIENCE I WISH TO SHARE WITH THE PUBLIC. FIRST, DON'T EVER, EVER TAKE YOUR HEALTH OR FAMILY FOR GRANTED. DURING THE HOLIDAYS ENJOY YOUR FAMILY BECAUSE NO ONE, NO ONE IS PROMISED TOMORROW. SECOND, I ENCOURAGE AGE APPROPRIATE MEN TO HAVE BECAUSE NO REGULAR P.S.A. TESTS. WHILE P.S.A. TESTS DO NOT DIAGNOSE CANCER, MY P.S.A. SPIKE PERSUADED ME TO HAVE THE PROSTATE BY OPSY. THAT -- BY OPSY -- BIOPSY THAT REVEALED MY CANCER EARLY ENOUGH TO ENJOY A VERY GOOD CURE PROGNOSIS. I RAN FOR THE SENATE IN 2017. I FINISHED THIRD OUT OF NINE CANDIDATES IN THE REPUBLICAN PRY MARERY. HAD I WON I WOULD NOT HAVE HAD TIME FOR MY PHYSICAL AND P.S.A. TEST. I WOULD NOT HAVE HAD A PROSTATE BIOPSY. I WOULD NOT NOW KNOW ABOUT MY HIGH-RISK PROSTATE CANCER THAT REQUIRES IMMEDIATE SURGERY. IN RETROSPECT LOSING THE SENATE RACE MAY HAVE SAVED MY LIFE. YES. GOD DOES WORK IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:12:06 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 10:12:17 AM

      MR. THOMPSON

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN HOPOR OF THE 381ST…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN HOPOR OF THE 381ST BIRTHDAY OF THE NATIONAL GUARD. COMPONENT OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY, THE NATIONAL GUARD IS PRIMARILY COMPOSED OF CITIZEN SOLDIERS WHO HOLD DOWN FULL-TIME CIVILIAN JOBS OR ATTEND SCHOOL. AT THE SAME TIME, NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERS ARE AVAILABLE TO PROVIDE SUPPORT AND PROTECTION FOR THEIR STATES OR TO BE CALLED FOR MILITARY OPERATIONS FOR THE COUNTRY. THEY SERVE THEIR COMMUNITY AND THEIR COUNTRY. EACH ONCE, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, COMMONWEALTH OF PUERTO RICO, TERRITORIES OF GUAM, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS MAINTAIN BOTH AN ARMY NATIONAL GUARD AND AIR NATIONAL GUARD. THE MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL COURT ISSUED AN ORDER ON DECEMBER 13, 1636, REQUIRING ALL ABLE-BODIED MEN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 16 AND 60 TO CREATE A STANDING ARMY FOR PROTECTION. WITH THAT ORDER WHAT WE NOW KNOW AS THE AMERICA'S NATIONAL GUARD WAS BORN. THE IDEA WAS SIMPLE. ESTABLISH AN ARMY OF CITIZEN SOLDIERS WHO COULD BE CALLED UPON TO FIGHT WHEN NEEDED. IN HONOR OF THE NATIONAL GUARD'S BIRTHDAY, HERE ARE SOME LESSER KNOWN FACTS ABOUT THE BRANCH. EMAIL MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL GUARD IS SWORN TO UPHOLD TWO CONSTITUTIONS. FEDERAL AND STATE. THE TERM NATIONAL GUARD DIDN'T BECOME AN OFFICIAL TERM UNTIL 1916. 50,000 MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL GUARD WERE CALLED TO TAKE ON VARIOUS MISSIONS DURING THE 9/11 ATTACKS IN 2001. ONLY TWO TWO CONSTITUTIONS. FEDERAL AND STATE. THE TERM NATIONAL GUARD DIDN'T BECOME AN IN THE NATIONAL GUARD AND ITS MODERN PRESIDENTS HAVE SERVED STRUCTURE, HARRY S. TRUMAN AND GEORGE W. BUSH. THE NATIONAL GUARD IS OLDER THAN THE ARMY, MILITIAS WERE STRUCTURE, USED AS LITERAL AS 1636 TO PROTECT BRITISH COLONIES. THE U.S. ARMY WASN'T FORMED UNTIL THE BEGINNING OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR. AMERICAN SAMOA IS THE ONLY TERRITORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO NOT HAVE A NATIONAL GUARD UNIT. NATIONAL GUARD UNITS ARE -- WERE CALLED MINUTEMEN DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION THE U.S. ARMY DUE TO THE RAPID RESPONSIBILITY. THE MOST SENIOR MEMBER OF EACH STATE NATIONAL GUARD UNIT IS THE ADJUNCT GENERAL. SOME STATES SELECT THEM WHILE OTHERS HAVE THEIR GOVERNOR APPOINT SOMEONE TO THAT POSITION. THE NATIONAL GUARD FORMED ONE OF THE FIRST ALL AFRICAN-AMERICAN UNITS IN U.S. MILITARY HISTORY. THE 54TH MASSACHUSETTS VOLUNTEERS. THEIR CREATION WAS MET WITH MIXED REACTIONS. BUT THE UNIT SERVES TO THIS DAY AND THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN TO RECEIVE A MEDAL OF HONOR, WILLIAM HARVEY CARNEY, HAILED FROM IT. THE NATIONAL GUARD IS SECOND ONLY TO THE UNITED STATES ARMY IN TERMS OF NUMBER OF MEMBERS. MR. SPEAKER, I COMMEND ALL THOSE WHO JOIN THE RANKS OF THE ESTEEMED NATIONAL GUARD. THEY ANSWERED THE CALL OF DUTY TO PROTECT THEIR COMMUNITY AND COUNTRY. WE'RE GRATEFUL FOR THEIR SERVICE AND PROUD OF THEIR COMMITMENT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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    • 10:15:15 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. RUIZ, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:15:21 AM

      MR. RUIZ

      I RISE TO HONOR THE OUTSTANDING SERVICE AND HEROISM OF ONE OF CALIFORNIA'S…

      I RISE TO HONOR THE OUTSTANDING SERVICE AND HEROISM OF ONE OF CALIFORNIA'S FINEST, RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY DAVID SOLIS, WHO SERVES IN COCHELLA, CALIFORNIA. IN MAY, 2017, DEPUTY SOLIS ENGAGED IN A CHASE WITH A RESPECT IN A VEHICLE WHICH -- SUSPECT IN A VEHICLE WHICH LED TO A FOOT PURSUIT. THE SUSPECT DREW A FIREARM AND SHOT DEPUTY SOLIS SIX TIMES AT CLOSE RANGE. THOUGH HE WAS CRITICALLY INJURED, DEPUTY SOLIS CONTINUED TO FEED HIS TEAM INFORMATION, ENSURING OTHER OFFICERS COULD SECURE THE AREA WHICH LED TO THE EVENTUAL CAPTURE OF THE SUSPECT. INCREDIBLY, DEPUTY SOLIS WAS BACK TO WORK AFTER JUST FOUR MONTHS OF RECOVERY. HIS BRAVERY, STRENGTH AND PROFESSIONALISM EXEMPLIFIES THE VERY BEST IN LAW ENFORCEMENT WHICH IS WHY HIS DEPARTMENT SELECTED HIM TO GET THE PUBLIC SAFETY MEDAL OF HONOR FOR EXHIBITING EXTRAORDINARY VALOR ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY. IT IS THE HIGHEST DECORATION FOR PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS. DEPUTY SOLIS, YOU TRULY EMBODY THESE VALUES, YOUR COURAGE HAS MADE OUR ENTIRE VALLEY A SAFER PLACE. YOU AND ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS PUT YOURSELVES IN HARM'S WAY EACH DAY TO KEEP US SAFE. ON BEHALF OF MY WIFE MONICA AND THE ENTIRE 36TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, I WANT TO THANK YOU, MARTHA, AND YOUR CHILDREN, CALEB, JONAH, GRACE, PENNY, FOR YOUR BRAVERY AND SACRIFICE. MR. SPEAKER, THE TAX PLAN BEING CONSIDERED IN CONFERENCE RIGHT NOW WILL BE DEVASTATING FOR THE PEOPLE I REPRESENT. IN PARTICULAR SENIORS, HOMEOWNERS, STUDENTS AND TAX-PAYING MIDDLE CLASS CALIFORNIANS. ACCORDING TO NEARLY EVERY NONPARTISAN ESTIMATE OUT THERE, THIS TAX PLAN WILL BLOW A GIANT HOLE IN OUR DEFICIT. A $ TRILLION HOLE, IN FACT -- $1 TRILLION HOLE, IN FACT. SO MY FIRST QUESTION IS, WHO'S GOING TO PAY FOR IT? WELL, NEXT YEAR IT WILL BE OUR SENIORS TO THE TUNE OF $25 BILLION IN CUTS TO MEDICARE, AND 10 YEARS FROM NOW, WE'LL BE LOOKING AT CUTS TO PROGRAMS THAT INVEST IN OUR CHILDREN AND OUR FUTURE LIKE PELL GRANTS FOR OUR STUDENTS. MY NEXT QUESTION IS, WHO WILL ACTUALLY BENEFIT? WELL, IT WON'T BE CALIFORNIA HOMEOWNERS WHO ON AVERAGE WILL SEE THEIR TAXES GO UP BY $800 A YEAR, AND IT WON'T BE HARDWORKING FAMILIES IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WHO WILL BE DOUBLE TAXED ON THEIR INCOME. IT WILL BE CORPORATIONS WHO WILL GET FREE REIN TO SHIP JOBS OVERSEAS BECAUSE ANY INCOME EARNED ABROAD WILL BE COMPLETELY TAX-FREE, AND IT WILL BE THE WEALTHIEST 1% WHO GET MORE THAN 50% OF THE TAX CUTS IN THIS PLAN WHILE STICKING OUR CHILDREN WITH THE BILL. I WANT TO SIMPLIFY, I WANT TO MODERNIZE OUR TAX CODE TO GIVE MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES THE PURCHASING POWER THEY NEED TO IMPROVE THEIR LIVES AND SPARK THE ECONOMY. WELL, THIS PLAN, UNFORTUNATELY, WILL FURTHER BURDEN THE MIDDLE CLASS FOR THE BENEFIT OF MILLIONAIRES. SO LET'S START OVER. LET'S COME BACK TO THE TABLE TO MAKE REAL BIPARTISAN TAX REFORM A REALITY, TO GIVE REAL TAX CUTS TO ALL THE PEOPLE WE SERVE. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    • 10:19:01 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. DENHAM, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:19:08 AM

      MR. DENHAM

      MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO HONOR A TRUE FRIEND AND ADVOCATE OF…

      MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO HONOR A TRUE FRIEND AND ADVOCATE OF AGRICULTURE. FOR THE PAST EIGHT YEARS, PAUL WINGER HAS LED THE CALIFORNIA FARM BUREAU WITH PASSION AND DEDICATION, ENSURING THAT ONE OF OUR STATE'S MOST VITAL INDUSTRIES REMAINS AT THE FOREFRONT WORLDWIDE. AS A LONGTIME NATIVE OF CALIFORNIA'S 10TH DISTRICT AND THE CITY OF MODESTO, PAUL HAS BEEN ENGAGED AT MAKING OUR COMMUNITY A BETTER PLACE. AS A THIRD GENERATION FARMER, PAUL GROWS ALMONDS AND WALL -- WALNUTS ON THE FAMILY'S FARM. HIS FARMING OPERATION ALSO INCLUDES A MARKETING COMPONENT FOR PROCESSED ALMONDS AND WALNUTS THROUGH THE WOOD COLONY NUT COMPANY. PAUL ATTENDED MODESTO JR. COLLEGE, M.J.C., BEFORE HE TRANSFERRED TO CAL POLY. FROM 1990 TO 1994 HE SERVED AS PRESIDENT OF THE STANISLAS FARM BUREAU. HE WAS ELECTED SECOND VICE PRESIDENT. HE WAS THEN ELECTED FIRST VICE PRESIDENT IN 2005. HE ALSO SERVED AS A MEMBER OF THE BUREAU'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND CHAIRED ITS WATER ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND WATER DEVELOPMENT TASK FORCE. SINCE 2009, PAUL HAS SERVED AS PRESIDENT OF THE STATEWIDE CALIFORNIA FARM BUREAU. HE'S BEEN ON THE FRONT LINES FIGHTING FOR WATER RIGHTS AND SUPPLIES, LESS GOVERNMENT OVERREACH, IMMIGRATION REFORM, AND SUSTAINABLE WORKING LANDS THAT ARE ESSENTIAL TO KEEPING FARMING AND RANCHING ALIVE. IN 2014, HE RECEIVED THE STANISLAS FARM BUREAU'S DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD, AND HAS BEEN LONG PRAISED FOR HIS EFFECTIVE MESSAGING AND ENGAGEMENT, PASSION AND UNWAVERING PRINCIPLES. PAUL HAS SUCCESSFULLY GIVEN CALIFORNIA A STRONG VOICE AT THE TABLE BY BEING ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU. ALONG WITH WORKING AT THE STATE AND NATIONAL LEVEL, PAUL HAS DEDICATED COUNTLESS HOURS TO OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY AS WELL. HE SERVED ON THE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT. THE SCHOOL BOARD OF TRUSTEES. THE CENTRAL VALLEY FARM BOARD TRUSTEE COUNCIL. JUST TO NAME A FEW. HE'S BEEN VERY ACTIVE. PAUL'S TENURE AS PRESIDENT ENDS THIS YEAR, BUT I'M CONFIDENT HE WILL CONTINUE TO PLAY A VITAL ROLE IN THE ADVOCACY AND EVOLUTION OF OUR AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY. I THANK PAUL FOR HIS HARD WORK AND CONTINUED FRIENDSHIP. I THANK HIS WIFE, DEBORAH, AND THREE SONS, AND THEIR GRANDCHILDREN FOR GRACIOUSLY SHARING PAUL WITH THE FARMERS, RANCHERS, AND OUR COMMUNITY WHO RELIED ON HIS LEADERSHIP. MR. SPEAKER, PLEASE JOIN ME IN HONORING AND WE CANNING MY GOOD FRIEND -- RECOGNIZING MY GOOD FRIEND FOR HIS UNWAVERING LEADERSHIP, ACCOMPLISHMENTS ON BEHALF OF THE AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:22:14 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN…

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MS. CLARKE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:22:23 AM

      MS. CLARKE

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN TRIBUTE TO A GREAT MAN, A LOVING…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN TRIBUTE TO A GREAT MAN, A LOVING HUSBAND AND FATHER, A VISIONARY ENTREPRENEUR, A PHILANTHROPIST AND HUMANITARIAN, MY BELOVED AND DEAR FRIEND, MR. LOWELL HAWTHORNE OF THE BRONX, NEW YORK. LOWELL IMMIGRATED TO THE UNITED STATES FROM THE BEAUTIFUL ISLAND NATION OF JAMAICA IN 1981, AND LIKE MOST IMMIGRANTS TO OUR CUNIGAN HIS PURSUIT OF THE AMERICAN DREAM. BEFORE WORKING HIS WAY UP THE ADMINISTRATIVE RANKS -- EXCUSE ME -- AFTER WORKING HIS WAY UP THE ADMINISTRATIVE RANKS OF THE NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT AS AN ACCOUNTANT HANDLING POLICE PENSIONS, HE WAS BITTEN BY THE ENTREPRENEURIAL BUG AND STARTED A HOME-BASED BUSINESS DOING TAX RETURNS FOR CO-WORKERS AND FRIENDS ON THE FORCE. DETERMINED TO PROVIDE FOR HIS FAMILY WITH A LIFE THAT HE NEVER HAD, IN 1989, INSPIRED BY HIS FATHER AND SISTERS WHO WERE BAKERS AND WITH THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF HIS WIFE AND SIBLINGS, HE WOULD GO ON TO OPEN THE FIRST GOLDEN CRUST BAKERY ON EAST GUN HILL ROAD IN THE BRONX, NEW YORK. HIS SPECIALTIES INCLUDED THE JAMAICAN BEEF PATTY, CARIBBEAN BAKED GOODS, AND OTHER CULLNEAR DELIGHTS. -- CULINARY DELIGHTS. HIS WORK ETHIC AND DOGGED DETERMINATION ALLOWED HIM TO SOAR, METHODICALLY EXPANDING HIS EMPIRE TO INCLUDE OVER 120 STORES IN NINE STATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. GOLDEN CRUST CARIBBEAN BAKERY AND GRILL WOULD BECOME THE FIRST CARIBBEAN AMERICAN OWNED BUSINESS IN THE UNITED STATES TO BE GRANTED A FRANCHISE LICENSE. PRODUCING MORE THAN 50 MILLION BEEF, CHICKEN AND VEGETABLE PATTIES A YEAR, GOLDEN CRUST IS ALSO THE LARGEST CARIBBEAN AMERICAN-OWNED BUSINESS IN THE NATION. LOWELL HAS BEEN DESCRIBED BY HIS EMPLOYEES AS A NICE BOSS, A WONDERFUL GUY, A GOD-FEARING MAN. SOMEONE WHO CARED DEEPLY FOR HIS STAFF, HIS FAMILY, HIS COMMUNITY, AND THE BELOVED LAND OF HIS BIRTH, JAMAICA. HE LEAVES TO CHERISH HIS LEGACY HIS DEVOTED WIFE, LAWNA, OF 34 YEARS, HIS -- LANA, OF 34 YEARS, HIS CHILDREN. I ADMIRE LOWELL FOR BRINGING OUR SHARED LOVE OF JAMAICAN CULTURE TO LIFE ON A LARGER SCALE THROUGH FOOD AND FELLOWSHIP. HIS SUCCESS STORY IS AN INSPIRATION TO ALL WHO CONTINUE TO DREAM THE AMERICAN DREAM. I PERSONALLY WAS HONORED TO HAVE KNOWN HIM. AS PART OF A TIGHT KNIT CARIBBEAN DIASPORA AND CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY, HE WAS A BELOVED PART OF MY EXTENDED FAMILY, SO MUCH SO THAT MY MOTHER ADOPTED HIM, AS MOTHERS OFTEN DO, AND TOOK HIM UNDER HER WING AND INTO HER HEART. LOWELL WAS MORE THAN A FRIEND. HE WAS A BROTHER, AND TODAY I HONOR HIS LIFE AND LIVING LEGACY. I WILL MISS MY FRIEND AND WILL CHERISH HIM ALWAYS, AND ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF THE NINTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF NEW YORK, THE CLARKE FAMILY AND MYSELF, I WISH TO EXPRESS MY MOST DEEPEST, PROFOUND CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF THE HONORABLE LOWELL HAWTHORNE. I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA, MS. ROBEY FOR FIVE MINUTES. -- MRS. ROBY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:26:39 AM

      MRS. ROBY

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. A FEW DAYS AGO WE LEARNED OF THE DEPARTMENT OF…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. A FEW DAYS AGO WE LEARNED OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE DECISION TO OPEN AN INVESTIGATION IN THE APPALLING PRACTICE OF ABORTION PROVIDERS HARVESTING AND TRAFFICKING ABORTED BABIES' BODY PARTS FOR PROFIT, FINALLY. MR. SPEAKER, AS MY COLLEAGUES SURELY REMEMBER IN JULY, 2015, SENIOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD OFFICIALS WERE CAUGHT ON CAMERA TO SAY HOW ABORTION PROCEDURES COULD BE ALTERED TO PRESERVE CERTAIN ORGANS SO THEY COULD BE SOLD TO RESEARCHERS. THEY TALKED OF CRUSHING HERE AND CRUSHING THERE AND BEING CAREFUL TO PRESERVE CERTAIN PARTS OF A LITTLE BABY'S BODY BECAUSE THEY'RE VALUABLE ON THE RESEARCH MARKET. THEY TALKED OF MENUS FOR ORGANS AND HOW LUCRATIVE THESE ARRANGEMENTS COULD BE. IT WAS SICK AND CALLOUS AND COMPLETELY INHUMAN. IT ALSO HAPPENS TO BE AGAINST THE LAW. SOON THEREAFTER, SEVERAL OF MY COLLEAGUES AND I CALLED FOR AN INVESTIGATION INTO THESE DISTURBING REVELATIONS. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, OUR DEMANDS FELL ON DEAF EARS. ATTORNEY GENERAL LORETTA LYNCH TURNED A BLIND EYE AND DIDN'T PURSUE AN INVESTIGATION. EVEN AFTER MULTIPLE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES REFERRED THEIR OWN INVESTIGATIONS TO THE AUTHORITIES AT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, NOTHING WAS DONE. AT THAT TIME I SAID IT WAS DISAPPOINTING BUT HARDLY SURPRISING. WE ALL KNOW HOW MUCH POLITICAL WEIGHT PLAINED THROWS AROUND IN THIS -- PLANNED PARENTHOOD THROWS AROUND IN THIS TOWN. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW. THAT'S WHY I WAS PLEASED, SO PLEASED TO RECEIVE WORD THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE NOW UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS APPEARS TO BE FOLLOWING UP ON THE EVIDENCE AND TAKING OUR CALLS FOR AN INVESTIGATION SERIOUSLY. IN A LETTER TO THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL STEVEN BOYD, WHO I AM PROUD TO SAY WAS MY FORMER CHIEF OF STAFF, LOOKED INTO THE SUSPECTED HARVESTING AND TRAFFICKING OF FETAL TISSUE. HE SAID FOR NOW THE DOCUMENTS ARE FOR INVESTIGATIVE USE ONLY, AND A FORMAL RESOLUTION MAY BE REQUIRED FOR FURTHER PROCEEDINGS, SUCH AS A GRAND JURY. I APPRECIATE THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE'S ATTENTION TO THIS, AND I KNOW I WILL NOT BE THE ONLY ONE WATCHING THIS CLOSELY. WHEN THE TERRIBLE VIDEOS FIRST SURFACED IN 2015, I IMMEDIATELY CAME TO THE HOUSE FLOOR AND STOOD RIGHT HERE IN THE WELL AND SPOKE OUT ABOUT THIS OUTRAGEOUS ACTIVITY. SOMEONE LATER SAID, YOU WERE THE FIRST ONE TO SPEAK ON THE FLOOR, AND, MR. SPEAKER, I WILL BE THE LAST IF I HAVE TO. I SAID THEN, I PROMISE WE ARE NOT DONE TALKING ABOUT THIS. TODAY I'M GLAD THAT HAS PROVEN TO BE TRUE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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      MR. GREEN

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AGAIN, I EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE FOR THE…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AGAIN, I EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK WERE THE WELL OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. MR. SPEAKER, I BELIEVE THAT THERE IS SOME MISINFORMATION BEING ACCORDED TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MISINFORMATION BECAUSE THERE SEEMS TO BE A BELIEF AMONG THOSE WHO ARE PUSHING A TAX PLAN THAT WILL PUT US $1.5 TRILLION ADDITIONAL MORE OR LESS IN DEBT. THERE SEEMS TO BE THE NOTION BEING PUSHED THAT SOMEHOW BY GIVING MAJOR CORPORATIONS MAJOR BREAKS. THESE MAJOR CORPORATIONS WILL MAKE A MAJOR CONCESSION, AND THEY WILL MOVE MAJOR AMOUNTS OF DOLLARS DOWN TO THOSE WHO WORK AT THE VERY LOWER LEVELS OF THEIR BUSINESSES. . THOSE WHO CLEAN THE FLOORS. THOSE WHO ARE THERE, CALLED THE NIGHT CREW, AND THEY MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR THOSE WHO COME IN IN THE DAYLIGHT TO HAVE A CLEAN OFFICE AND A BETTER WORK ENVIRONMENT. THERE SEEMS TO BE A NOTION THAT SOMEHOW THERE WILL BE A TRICKLE-DOWN TO THEM. I DON'T SEE THE EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THIS POSITION. I WOULD ENCOURAGE MY FRIENDS WHO BELIEVE IN TRICKLE DOWN TO MOVE TO BUBBLE UP AND ALLOW A MINIMUM WAGE TO BE RAISED. RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE AND MAKE IT A LIVING WAGE. IF YOU CAN GET IT TO THOSE AT THE TOP, WHY NOT ASSURE THOSE AT THE BOTTOM SOME DEGREE OF BENEFIT FROM THE $1.5 TRILLION? YOU BUT ONLY HAVE TO DECIDE THAT YOU WILL MAKE A PART OF THIS TAX BILL A RAISE IN THE MINIMUM WAGE. MAKE IT SO. YOU CAN DO IT. AND IF YOU SHOULD DO IT, YOU'LL FIND THERE WILL BE SOME PEOPLE WHO WILL APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT YOU DIDN'T JUST LOOK OUT FOR THOSE AT THE TOP. YOU ALSO DECIDED THAT YOU WERE GOING TO TAKE CARE OF THOSE AT THE BOTTOM. FINALLY THIS, MR. SPEAKER, TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE WILL PULL THEMSELVES UP BY BOOTSTRAPS TOP. YOU ALSO DECIDED THAT YOU WERE GOING TO TAKE CARE OF THOSE THAT THEY DON'T HAVE, PLEASE KNOW THIS, DEAR BROTHERS AND SISTERS, PEOPLE WHO ARE POOR CANNOT DO MORE WITH LESS. THERE IS A BELIEF THAT IF YOU ARE RICH, YOU NEED MORE TO DO MORE. BUT IF YOU ARE POOR, YOU CAN DO MORE WITH LESS. IF POOR PEOPLE COULD DO MORE WITH LESS, THERE WOULD BE NO POOR PEOPLE. LET'S TAKE CARE OF THOSE THAT THEY DON'T AT THE BOTTOM. LET THE SYSTEM BUBBLE UP AS OPPOSED TO TRICKLE DOWN. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CON AWAY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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      MR. CONAWAY

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO DISCUSS AN ISSUE…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO DISCUSS AN ISSUE THAT'S RECEIVING A LOT OF ATTENTION BOTH IN THE MEDIA AN IN THE HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE AND THAT'S OUR NATION'S LARGEST ANTI-HUNGER PROGRAM, THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, OR SNAP. AS WE APPROACH THE UPCOMING FARM BILL, I WOULD OFFER A BRIEF PERSPECTIVE, SOMETHING I HAVE BEEN KEEPING IN THE FRONT OF MY MIND THROUGHOUT ALL THESE CONVERSATIONS. MR. SPEAKER, SNAP IS ABOUT FAMILIES THAT ARE LIVING PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK HERE IN OUR NATION. IT'S ABOUT HELPING HOUSEHOLDS ACROSS THIS CONTRY, NOT SO MUCH WORRY ABOUT WHERE THE NEXT MEAL IS COMING FROM. LETTING THEM WORRY MORE ABOUT HOW THEIR CHILDREN CAN BE EDUCATED, THEIR OWN WORK, AND THEIR OWN FUTURE. IT'S ABOUT HELPING EVERY CITIZEN REALIZE THE AMERICAN DREAM BY MODERNIZING A PROGRAM THAT HELPS LIFT FOLKS OUT OF POVERTY RATHER THAN TRAPPING THEM THERE. MR. SPEAKER, THIS WILL NOT BE EASY. THERE WILL BE PEOPLE WHO DEMONIZE OUR EFFORTS. SOME BELIEVE WILL CRITICIZE THE PROCESS. WE'LL HAVE THOSE WHO PAINT DOOMSDAY SCENARIOS ABOUT WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO GET DONE. SOME WILL SAY TOO MUCH, TOO SOON, TOO FAST. MR. SPEAKER, NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. OUR COMMITTEE HAS SPENT THREE YEARS EXAMINING EVERY ASPECT OF THIS PROGRAM. WE HAVE HEARD FROM CITIZENS ACROSS THIS NATION WHO HAVE BEEN HELPED BY SNAP. AND IDENTIFIED MODEST IMPROVEMENTS WE BELIEVE WILL BETTER SERVE THOSE IN GREATEST NEED. MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST GET THIS POLICY RIGHT. AS I SAID, WE MUST GET THIS POLICY RIGHT. I CAN TELL YOU, MR. SPEAKER, THESE REFORMS ARE ABOUT MAINTAINING THE AMERICAN VALUE MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST OF AGAIN ROSSITY. AGAIN ROSSITY THAT SAYS NO AMERICAN SHOULD GO TO BED HUNGRY EACH NIGHT. MR. SPEAKER, IT ALSO MAINTAINS THAT -- STRENGTHENS THAT GREAT AMERICAN TRADITION OF SELF-SUFFICIENCY THAT COMPELS US TO WORK TO IMPROVE OUR OWN STATIONS OF LIFE. BY DOING THIS, BY MODERNIZING SNAP, MAKING THESE CHANGES THAT INCENTIVIZE WORK, BY ENCOURAGING COLLABORATION, PROMOTING AND IMPROVING ACCESS, WE'LL BE ENSURING BETTER NUTRITION FOR OUR AMERICAN FAMILIES. AND AS BUDGETS TIGHTEN IN OUR COUNTRY AND ACROSS THIS GOVERNMENT, WE'LL PRESERVE A PROGRAM THAT MUST BE PRESERVED FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS W THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. -- GENERATIONS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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      THE CHAIR NOW FUTURE GENERATIONS W THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.…

      THE CHAIR NOW FUTURE GENERATIONS W THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. DUNCAN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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      MR. DUNCAN

      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. ONE OF THE FINEST MEN I HAVE EVER KNOWN,…

      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. ONE OF THE FINEST MEN I HAVE EVER KNOWN, JIM HASLAN, TURNS 8 TODAY. HE'S ONE OF THE GREATEST LEADERS TENNESSEE HAS -- 87 TODAY. HE'S ONE OF THE GREATEST LEADERS TENNESSEE HAS EVER HAD. HE CAME TO THE UST WHY OF TENNESSEE TO PLAY FOOTBALL -- UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE TO PLAY FOOTBALL. HE PLAYED ON SOME OF THE GREATEST TEAMS IN TENNESSEE HISTORY. TEAMS THAT WON ALMOST EVERY GAME. LOSING ONLY FOUR GAMES IN THE THREE YEARS THAT JIM PLAYED. IN 1958, HE BOUGHT A SMALL GAS STATION IN GATE CITY, VIRGINIA, ON THE TENNESSEE LINE. I BELIEVE I READ AT ONE POINT THAT HE PAID JUST $6,000 FOR THAT FOUR PUMP STATION. THROUGH MUCH HARD WORK AND LONG HARD HOURS, HE SLOWLY BUILT THAT ONE LITTLE GAS TATION INTO THE PILOT FLYING J CHAIN. HE'S STILL INVOLVED IN THE BUSINESS TODAY. WE FREQUENTLY TELL PEOPLE IN THE MILITARY, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. THAT IS A GOOD THING TO DO. HOWEVER, WE DON'T SHOW NEARLY ENOUGH APPRECIATION FOR PEOPLE WHO START SMALL BUSINESSES AND TURN THEM INTO BIGGER BUSINESSES AND PROVIDE GOOD JOBS FOR PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES. THE PILOT FLYING J COMPANY NOW HAS OVER 750 TRAVEL SENT CENTERS IN 43 STATES AND CANADA AND PROVIDES JOBS FOR OVER 27,000 PEOPLE. VERY FEW PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD CAN SAY THAT THEY ARE PROVIDING JOBS FOR 27,000 PEOPLE. JIM HAS NOW CONTRIBUTED OVER $100 MILLION TO THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE. HE AND HIS FAMILY HAVE CONTRIBUTED VERY LARGE SUMS OF MONEY TO ALMOST EVERY GOOD CAUSE IN EAST TENNESSEE. IN ADDITION TO THE UNIVERSITY. HE AND HIS WIFE DO NOT JUST CONTRIBUTE MONEY. THEY ARE VERY ACTIVE IN ALL SORTS OF CIVIC AND CHARITABLE GROUPS IN KNOXVILLE. HE'S ALSO A VERY PATRIOTIC MAN AND HAS GREAT LOVE FOR THIS COUNTRY. HE SERVED THE COUNTRY IN OUR NATION'S MILITARY. HE'S ONE OF THE BIGGEST CONTRIBUTORS TO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND THIS NATION AND IS PERSONALLY INVOLVED IN MANY CAMPAIGNS. HE'S BEEN A VERY GOOD FRIEND AND SUPPORTER FOR BOTH ME AND MY LATE FATHER AND I'M VERY GRATEFUL TO HIM. MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL, JIM HAS BEEN A GOOD FAMILY MAN. HE AND HIS LATE WIFE RAISED THREE CHILDREN. THEN MANY YEARS AGO HE MARRIED NATALIE, A LONG-TIME FRIEND. BETWEEN THEM THEY RAISED SIX OUTSTANDING CHILDREN. ONE OF HIS SONS, BILL, IS OUR GREAT GOVERNOR IN TENNESSEE AND CHAIRMAN OF THE REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR'S ASSOCIATION. HIS OTHER SON, JIMMY, NOW LEADS THE PILOT FLYING J COMPANY AND OWNS AND OPERATES THE CLEVELAND BROWNS FOOTBALL TEAM. THROUGH HARD WORK, HONESTY, DEDICATION, AND SIMPLE HUMANKINDNESS, JIM HAS LIVED THE AMERICAN DREAM. HE HAS TOUCHED AND SIMPLE THOUSANDS OF LIVES IN GOOD AND POSITIVE WAYS. THIS NATION IS THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE HISTORY OF THIS WORLD BECAUSE OF PEOPLE LIKE JIM. THIS NATION IS A BETTER PLACE TODAY BECAUSE OF THE LIFE HE HAS LED. I SALUTE HIM ON HIS 87TH BIRTHDAY AND GIVE HIM THE BEST WISHES FOR IN GOOD AND POSITIVE WAYS. THIS NATION IS THE GREATEST MANY, MANY MORE. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MS. FOXX, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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      MS. FOXX

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE GRANDFATHER…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE GRANDFATHER RANGER DISTRICT OF THE PISCA NATIONAL FOREST AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS. RECENTLY THE GRANDFATHER RANGER DISTRICT OF THE NATIONAL FOREST RECEIVED THE COVETED 2017 RESTORED AND RESILIENT LANDSCAPES AWARD FROM THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE SOUTHERN REGION. THE RANGER DISTRICT RECEIVED THIS AWARD DUE TO EFFORTS TO PRODUCE A HEALTHY AND SERVICE SOUTHERN MORE DIVERSE FOREST. THIS PROJECT, WHICH BEGAN IN 2012, HAS EXCEEDED ITS GOAL OF RESTORING 40,000 ACRES OF FOREST FOR PARK GOERS TO ENJOY. SPECIFICALLY, COLLABORATIVE PARTNERS HAVE WORKED TOGETHER TO REMOVE UNDERSTORY FUELS TO DECREASE WILDFIRE RISK, RESTORE SHORT LEAF PINES, AND INCREASE WILDLIFE OPENINGS WHILE IMPROVING AREAS FOR DEER AND OTHER WILDLIFE TO FORAGE. THESE COMBINED EFFORTS OF THE GRANDFATHER RANGER DISTRICT AND COLLABORATIVE PARTNERS HAVE YIELDED FANTASTIC RESULTS FOR OUR COMMUNITY AND OUR FOREST. I KNOW THAT THESE EFFORTS AND COLLABORATIVE PARTNERS HAVE WILL BENEFIT GENERATIONS OF OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS AND CONSERVATIONISTS FOR YEARS TO COME. I SALUTE THE GRANDFATHER RANGER DISTRICT AND THE MANY PARTNERS WHO EARNED THE RESTORED AND RESILIENT LANDSCAPES AWARD. I YIELD BACK.

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    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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      AS C-SPAN.ORG. "WASHINGTON JOURNAL" LIVE EVERY DAY AT 7:00 A.M. EASTERN.…

      AS C-SPAN.ORG. "WASHINGTON JOURNAL" LIVE EVERY DAY AT 7:00 A.M. EASTERN. TAKE YOU TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. E PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY OUR CHAPLAIN, FATHER CONROY.

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    Reconvened

    The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of December 13.

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      Today's prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. 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 GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MRS. LAWRENCE. LAWRENCE LAURNINGS --

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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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      PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

      The Chair designated Mrs. Lawrence to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

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        MRS. LAWRENCE

        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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      ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

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

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

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

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

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

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        MR. JOHNSON

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO STRONGLY URGE PRESIDENT TRUMP TO…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO STRONGLY URGE PRESIDENT TRUMP TO NOMINATE A SOCIAL SECURITY COMMISSIONER WITHOUT FURTHER DELAY. THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN WITHOUT A SENATE CONFIRMED COMMISSIONER FOR OVER 1700 DAYS. THAT'S ALMOST FIVE YEARS. THIS IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED A COMMISSIONER AND THEY NEED ONE NOW. WITHOUT A COMMISSIONER, SOCIAL SECURITY IS JUST SPINNING ITS WHEELS. IMPORTANT DECISIONS ARE BEING PUT OFF AND SERVICE HAS DETERIORATED. I ASK THE PRESIDENT TO ACT NOW. TO NOMINATE A COMMISSIONER SO THAT SOCIAL SECURITY CAN PROVIDE THE SERVICE AMERICANS WANT, NEED, AND DESERVE. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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

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

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

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        MR. TAKANO

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF DARELL BUSH, THE FORMER…

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF DARELL BUSH, THE FORMER MAYOR OF PARIS, CALIFORNIA, WHO PASSED AWAY EARLIER THIS MONTH. AS A U.S. NAVY VETERAN, A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER, AND A PILLAR OF THE PARIS COMMUNITY, MAYOR BUSH'S COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SERVICE WAS NEVER IN DOUBT. HIS PROFESSIONALISM, CLASS, AND COMPASSION ARE JUST A FEW OF THE MANY REASONS HE WAS ELECTED MAYOR OF PARIS FOR SIX CONSECUTIVE TERMS. DURING HIS TENURE, THE CITY EMERGED FROM SERIOUS FINANCIAL CHALLENGES TO BECOME A STABLE AND GROWING COMMUNITY. AND HIS LEADERSHIP WAS CRITICAL TO COMPLETING THE METRO LINK EXTENSION WHICH NOW CONNECTS GROWING COMMUNITY. PARIS TO NEIGHBORING COMMUNITIES. THE FOUNDATION HE BUILT DURING THE 17 YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE WILL BENEFIT THE CITY AND ITS RESIDENTS FOR YEARS TO COME. MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH KAY, HIS WIFE OF 57 YEARS, THEIR SON, AND THE REST OF THE BUSH FAMILY. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO DISCUSS THE IMPORTANCE OF HELPING CHILDREN…

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO DISCUSS THE IMPORTANCE OF HELPING CHILDREN WHO, THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN, HAVE NO HEALTH INSURANCE. THESE ARE CHILDREN WHO ARE INELIGIBLE FOR MEDICAID AND THEIR FAMILY CANNOT AFFORD PRIVATE INSURANCE. THE CHIP, CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM, HELPS THESE CHILDREN RECEIVE COVERAGE.

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        MR. YODER

        IN KANSAS, MORE THAN 79,000 VULNERABLE CHILDREN ARE ENROLLED IN CHIP. AND…

        IN KANSAS, MORE THAN 79,000 VULNERABLE CHILDREN ARE ENROLLED IN CHIP. AND THAT'S WHY I HAVE WORKED TO PRESERVE AND STRENGTHEN IT DURING MY TIME IN CONGRESS. LAST MONTH I VOTED IN FAVOR OF RE-AUTHORIZING CHIP FOR FIVE MORE YEARS THROUGH 202 T THIS INVALUABLE BENEFIT TO KIDS IN KANSAS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WAS INCLUDED AS PART OF A BIPARTISAN BILL CALLED THE CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS ACT, WHICH PASSED THE HOUSE LAST MONTH AND NOW AWAITS FURTHER ACTION IN THE SENATE. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS MY HOPE THAT THE SENATE WILL ACT QUICKLY TO PASS THIS BILL AND RE-AUTHORIZE THE IMPORTANT CHIP PROGRAM TO ENSURE FAMILIES AND CHILDREN WHO RELY ON THIS PROGRAM REMAIN COVERED. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        MRS. LAWRENCE

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ADDRESS MY CONCERNS WITH THE G.O.P. TAX BILL,…

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ADDRESS MY CONCERNS WITH THE G.O.P. TAX BILL, CALLING THIS BILL TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IS SIMPLY WRONG. ADDING $1.5 TRILLION TO OUR DEFICIT AND ASSUMING AND BASICALLY HOPING CORPORATIONS WILL CREATE JOBS IS IRRESPONSIBLE. THERE IS NO GUARANTEES JOBS WOULD BE CREATED AND NO INCENTIVE FOR JOB TRAINING. THIS IS WRONG. IN AMERICA WE HAVE A SKILL TRADE CRISIS. WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO OPERATE OUR ECONOMY IN JOBS WITHOUT SKILL TRADES. WE MUST GIVE INCENTIVES TO INVEST FOR NEW TECHNOLOGY AND EQUIPMENT TO OUR CORPORATIONS, BUT WE MUST DO THAT WHILE DEMANDING THAT THEY ALSO INVEST IN SKILL TRADES, TRAINING, AND INVESTMENT. THE TAX REFORM WAS A REAL CHANCE TO CLOSE THE SKILLS GAP, TO REINVEST IN OUR WORKERS, AND TO CREATE 21 -- THE 2 ST CENTURY JOB TRAINING -- 21ST CENTURY JOB TRAINING PROGRAM. I THANK YOU AND YIELD BACK.

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

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

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        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO EMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF THE REDUCTIONS AND…

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO EMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF THE REDUCTIONS AND REFORMS REFLECTED IN H.R. 1, THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE WORKS ON TODAY. PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT AND ACROSS AMERICA AWAIT MEANINGFUL TAX REFORM. MOST AMERICANS PAY TOO MUCH IN TAXES.

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        MR. MITCHELL

        THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS REPORTED LAST YEAR THAT AMERICANS PAID MORE…

        THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS REPORTED LAST YEAR THAT AMERICANS PAID MORE MONEY IN TAXES THAN THEY SPENT ON FOOD AND CLOTHING. IT'S NO WONDER THEN THAT CLEARLY 0% OF AMERICANS BELIEVE OUR CURRENT TAX CODE IS UNFAIR, BECAUSE IT IS. AMERICA'S TAX CODE IS CURRENTLY CHOCK-FULL OF SPECIAL INTEREST INTEREST DEALS. WHILE FAMILIES NEED LOWER TAXES NOW. THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS MY APPROACH HAS BEEN EVAL ATING -- EVALUATING THE TAX SITUATION WITH ONE QUESTION. WILL THIS IMPROVE THE LIVES OF THE VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT? THAT ANSWER IS YES. IT'S PROJECTED THE HOUSE PLAN WILL SAVE THE AVERAGE FAMILY IN MI ABOUT $2,200 A YEAR. THAT'S REAL MONEY. AMERICANS DESERVE TO KEEP MORE OF WHAT THEY EARN. I LOOK FORWARD TO REVIEWING THE CONFERENCE REPORT AND FINALLY THE TAX REDUCTION PACKAGE TO PROVIDE RELIEF TO ALL AMERICANS. I YIELD BACK.

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        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO URGE HOUSE REPUBLICANS TO PUT…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO URGE HOUSE REPUBLICANS TO PUT ASIDE PARTISAN POLITICS AND PASS THE DREAM ACT. THIS FALL I HAVE SHARED STORY AFTER STORY FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR OF YOUNG OREGONIANS WHO HAVE BEEN FIT INTERESTED DACA.

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        MR. SCHRADER

        SITTING AT THIS DESK BEHIND ME IS A DISCHARGE PETITION WHICH WILL BRING A…

        SITTING AT THIS DESK BEHIND ME IS A DISCHARGE PETITION WHICH WILL BRING A VOTE ON THE DREAM ACT NOW. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS WOULD REQUIRE 24 OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO JOIN US IN SUPPORT. AND AS OF TODAY WE ONLY HAVE TWO. THIS IS DESPITE THE FACT IF LEADERSHIP PUT THAT BILL ON THE FLOOR, IT WOULD HAVE OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. WE MUST ACT ON THIS. IT'S CLEAR THAT THE ADMINISTRATION IS AT BEST PROBLEMATIC. WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE STATUS OF DACA, THIS PRESIDENT SAID, OH, THEY SHOULDN'T BE VERY WORRIED. I HAVE A BIG HEART. BUT THERE IS ONLY A FEW SHORT MONTHS LATER THAT HE ANNOUNCED AN END TO THE DACA PROGRAM. THE DREAM ACT MUST BE PASSED BY CHRISTMAS. WE SHOULD DO IT TODAY. CONTINUING TO DELAY A VOTE ON THE DREAM ACT BASICALLY PUTS 800,000 RECIPIENTS AT RISK. IT'S IRRESPONSIBLE. AND PUTS THOSE LIVES IN LIMBO. THESE YOUNG FOLKS ARE DOCTORS AND TEACHERS. THE PATH FORWARD IS FOGGY AT BEST RIGHT NOW. THEY DESERVE LIVES IN LIMBO. A BETTER FUTURE. LET'S VOTE NOW.

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

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

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        MR. NEWHOUSE

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THREE HIGH SCHOOL…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THREE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM KENNY WICK, WASHINGTON, AS THE -- KENNYWICK, WASHINGTON, AS THE WINNERS OF THE 2017 CONGRESSIONAL APP CHALLENGE. SETH FOREMAN, DAMON FULLER, AND TYLER ZIMMERMAN SPENT MANY HOURS REFINING AN APP NAMED POWERHOUSE WHICH ALLOWS THE USER TO TAKE ON THE ROLE OF A BUSINESS OTHER OF AN ENERGY COMPANY. THEY DESIGNED TO SHOW THE RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE COMMUNITY AND DRAW ATTENTION TO THE CHALLENGES ENERGY PROVIDERS FACE. THANK YOU TO OUR PANEL OF JUDGES AND TO THE ENGINEERS AT PACIFIC NORTHWEST NATIONAL LABORATORY WHO WILL BE PROVIDING THE WINNERS WITH A TOUR OF THEIR GREAT FACILITY. THE CONGRESSIONAL APP CHALLENGE HIGHLIGHTS THE VALUE OF COMPUTER SCIENCE AND CODING AND I AM PROUD TO REPRESENT CENTRAL WASHINGTON WHERE SCHOOLS AND TEACHERS ARE DEDICATED TO ENCOURAGING STUDENTS TO EXCEL IN STEM EDUCATION. THIS YEAR THE FOURTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT APP CHALLENGE HAS THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF ENTRIES SINCE MY OFFICE BEGAN PARTICIPATING IN THE CONTEST, WHICH IS A TESTAMENT TO THE CREATIVITY OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING SETH, DAMON, AND TYLER ON THEIR WINNING APP POWERHOUSE AND I LOOK FORWARD TO THEIR CONTINUED EDUCATIONAL AND FROTIONAL SUCCESS. THANK YOU,

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        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE NOT ONE, NOD TWO, BUT THREE…

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE NOT ONE, NOD TWO, BUT THREE CHAMPIONSHIP HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAMS IN MY DISTRICT. ANAHEIM ZONE HIGH TWO, SCHOOL VARSITY FOOTBALL TEAM WON THEIR FIRST EVER C.I.F. DIVISION I 1 CHAMPIONSHIP. ON DECEMBER 1 THE KNIGHTS VARSITY FOOTBALL TEAM BROUGHT A CHAMPIONSHIP TIGHTLE TO THEIR SCHOOL FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE SCHOOL'S HISTORY. ON DECEMBER 2, CITY OF ORANGE, ORANGE HIGH SCHOOL, ANOTHER PUBLIC SCHOOL IN MY DISTRICT, BROUGHT HOME THE DIVISION 13 C.I.F. TITLE. MR. KOREA --

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        MR. CORREA

        THE FIRST DIVISION I TITLE SINCE 1999. MR. SPEAKER, COLLEAGUES, PLEASE…

        THE FIRST DIVISION I TITLE SINCE 1999. MR. SPEAKER, COLLEAGUES, PLEASE JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING THESE FINE ATHLETES, THEIR COACHES, AND THEIR OUTSTANDING FOOTBALL PROGRAMS. I MUST SAY, CONGRATULATIONS TO THE KNIGHTS. CONGRATULATIONS TO PANTHERS, AND CONGRATULATIONS TO MONARCHS. ALL THREE TEAMS WILL BE PLAYING FOR THEIR STATE TITLES IN THEIR RESPECTIVE DIVISIONS THIS SATURDAY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, I 1999. MR. SPEAKER, COLLEAGUES, PLEASE JOIN YIELD THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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

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        MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

        THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE NICOLAS…

        THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE NICOLAS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL IN MIAMI ON THE OPENING OF THE NEW SPORTS HEALTH AND URGENT CARE SENT TER. WITH THIS CENTER THEY CONTINUE THE PROUD TRADITION AS ONE OF THE LEADING PEDIATRIC INSTITUTIONS IN THE NATION. LOCATED IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, DOWN THE STREET FROM MY HOME, THIS CERTAINTY WILL PROVIDE INJURY PREVENTION AND PERFORMANCE TRAINING PROGRAMS, AS WELL AS RAPID CARE TO OUR YOUNG ATHLETES THROUGH THE CUTTING-EDGE THERAPY SERVICES FOUND AT THE HOSPITAL. IT WILL SERVE AS A RESOURCE TO FAMILIES TO TAKE THEIR YOUNG CHILDREN, SADLY IN TIMES OF MEDICAL EMERGENCIES. FOR DECADES THEY HAVE INSPIRED HOPE AND PROMOTED LIFELONG HEALTH IN SOUTH FLORIDA BY PROVIDING THE BEST CARE TO KIDS IN OUR COMMUNITY. IT PRIDES ITSELF IN BETTERING SOUTH FLORIDA ONE PATIENT AT A TIME. SO I INVITE EVERYONE TO COME OUT AND MEET THE STAFF OF THE NEW SPORTS HEALTH AND URGENT CARE CENTER THIS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, AT THE SUNNYLAND SHOPPING SEPTRE BETTERING SOUTH FLORIDA ONE PATIENT AT A TIME. SO I INVITE EVERYONE TO COME OUT IN PINECREST FROM 9:00 TO 11:00 A.M. THANK YOU FOR TIME.

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

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        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE MAYOR WHO RECENTLY MADE HISTORY AS…

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE MAYOR WHO RECENTLY MADE HISTORY AS THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMAN ELECTED MAYOR OF CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA.

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        MS. ADAMS

        A SELFLESS AND DEVOTED PUBLIC SERVANT, SHE BEGAN A DEEPLY SEGREGATED…

        A SELFLESS AND DEVOTED PUBLIC SERVANT, SHE BEGAN A DEEPLY SEGREGATED SOUTH. MORE THAN THREE DECADES IN PUBLIC SERVICE, SHE RETIRED FROM THE CITY OF CHARLOTTE, WAS ELECTED TO SERVE TWO CONSECUTIVE TERMS AS A MEMBER OF THE CITY COUNCIL. RISING TO FROM THE CITY OF CHARLOTTE, WAS ELECTED TO SERVE TWO CONSECUTIVE TERMS AS A MEMBER OF THE CITY COUNCIL. RISING TO MAYOR PRO TEM. HER LEADERSHIP HELPED MOLD OUR CITY INTO ONE OF THE FASTEST IN AMERICA AND A BEACON OF THE FROM THE CITY MAYOR'S MOTHER, GRANDMOTHER, IS ONE OF MY SHE-ROES. LIKE STRONG AFRICAN-AMERICAN LEADERS SOUTH. THE WHO CAME BEFORE HER, HER ELECTION SHATTERED YET ANOTHER GLASS CEILING. AS THE 59TH MAYOR OF CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA, THE STORY WILL BE AN INSPIRATION TO YOUNG GIRLS AND WOMEN AND YOUNG BOYS THROUGHOUT NORTH CAROLINA AND THE NATION FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. JOIN ME IN WELCOMING AND CONGRATULATING OUR NEW MAYOR, MAYOR VAL. I LOOK FORWARD TO OUR CONTINUED PARTNERSHIP TO MOVE CHARLOTTE FORWARD. I YIELD BACK.

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

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        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK

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        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HELP RAISE AWARENESS FOR STOP THE BLEED…

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HELP RAISE AWARENESS FOR STOP THE BLEED TRAINING COURSE. RECENTLY, I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE THIS COURSE OFFERED BY THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS. THIS TRAINING TREATS YOU HOW TO TREAT BLEEDING INJURIES AND HELP SAVE A LIFE.

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        MR. DAVIS

        THE MOST PREVENTABLE CAUSE OF DEATH IS LOSING TOO MUCH BLOOD BEFORE…

        THE MOST PREVENTABLE CAUSE OF DEATH IS LOSING TOO MUCH BLOOD BEFORE RESPONDERS ARRIVE. I SAW THESE LIFE-SAVING SKILLS WHEN SEVERAL OF MY COLLEAGUES AND FRIENDS WERE SHOT WHEN WE WERE PRACTICING FOR THE CONGRESSIONAL BASEBALL GAME. WE HAD THE SKILLS OF FORMER ARMY MEDIC, CONGRESSMAN WENSTRUP WHO WAS ABLE TO APPLY A TOWN KET TO STEVE SCALISE. EACH YEAR MORE THAN 180,000 PEOPLE DIE FROM CAR CRARKS, FALLS, SHOOTINGS AND NATURAL DISASTERS. EVERY AMERICAN COULD SAVE A LIFE BY LEARNING THESE SIMPLE SKILLS. I HOPE BY RAISING AWARENESS WE WILL EQUIP MORE AMERICANS TO DO JUST THAT.

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

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        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO SPEAK ABOUT SOMETHING TRULY HEARTBREAKING, THREE…

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO SPEAK ABOUT SOMETHING TRULY HEARTBREAKING, THREE YEARS AGO, 20 CHILDREN AND SIX ADULTS WERE GUNNED DOWN AT SANDY HOOK, CONGRESS CUT. NO MEANINGFUL GUN LEGISLATION HAS BEEN PASSED IN THIS CONGRESS. AND GUESS WHAT? WE HAVE ANOTHER FATAL SHOOTING IN LAS VEGAS WHERE ALMOST 60 PEOPLE WERE GUNNED DOWN AND ANOTHER ONE IN TEXAS. IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS, TWO MEMBERS HAVE BEEN SHOT, TALK ABOUT HITTING CLOSE TO HOME. ACCORDING TO THE C.B.C., 93 AMERICANS ARE KILLED WITH GUNS EVERY DAY IN OUR COUNTRY. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. OUR NATION ALSO HAS THE HIGHEST HOMICIDE RATE AMONG THE WORLD'S MOST DEVELOPED NATIONS. IN OCTOBER, 2017, 232 HOMICIDES IN PHILADELPHIA, 8% HIGHER THAN DURING THE SAME TIME LAST YEAR. THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA KNOWS THE LIBES AT THE HANDS OF GUN VIOLENCE. PROMOTING PUBLIC SAFETY AND MAKING OUR NEIGHBORS STRONGER. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF EXCUSES AND INACTION. WE NEED TO LOOK FOR OUR NATION'S FUTURE AND NEED TO FIGHT THIS BLOCK BY BLOCK. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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        MS. WILSON

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMIND THE CONGRESS AND THE NATION THAT THERE…

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMIND THE CONGRESS AND THE NATION THAT THERE ARE STILL MANY QUESTIONS SURROUNDING THE OCTOBER AMBUSH IN NIGER DURING WHICH MY CONSTITUENT SERGEANT JOHNSON AND THREE MEMBERS OF HIS UNIT WERE KILLED BY ISLAMIST MILITANTS. THIS WEEK, TWO NEWS ORGANIZATIONS REPORTED SOME DISTURBING DETAILS THAT RAISE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TRUE NATURE OF THE UNIT'S MISSION IN NIGER. THERE ALSO IS A QUESTION OF WHO WAS MAKING THE DECISIONS ON THAT NIGHT, WHETHER THE SOLDIERS OR COMMANDERS BACK AT BASE. ACCORDING TO ONE REPORT AFTER BEING SEPARATED FROM THE UNION -- FROM THE UNIT FOR 48 HOURS, THEY BELIEVE THAT SERGEANT JOHNSON WAS STILL ALIVE AND MAY HAVE BEEN CAPTURED, TORTURED AND EXECUTED. THE TRUE STORY OF WHAT HAPPENED TO SERGEANT JOHNSON MAY BE IN THE END A SOURCE OF EMBARRASSMENT FOR THE PENTAGON AND THIS NATION. BUT THE AGENCY OWES ITS FAMILY AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE TRUTH HOWEVER UGLY IT MAY BE. AND I AM COMMITTED TO KEEPING THIS ISSUE ON THE FRONT BURNER AND IN EVERYONE'S MIND UNTIL WE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO SERGEANTLA DAVID JOHNSON. I FIELD BACK.

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        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE SPEAKER OR A DESIGNEE…

        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE SPEAKER OR A DESIGNEE AND MINORITY LEADER SHALL EACH NAME A TOTAL OF 15 MEMBERS DELEGATES OR RESIDENT COMMISSIONER OF THE RESPECTED PARTY WHO ARE NOT MEMBERS OF THE ETHICS TO SERVE ON SUBCOMMITTEES OF THAT COMMITTEE DURING THE 115TH PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 5-A-4. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 5-A 4-A AND THE THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE TO SERVE ON INVESTIGATIVE SUBCOMMITTEES ON THE COMMITTEE OF ETHICS FOR THE 115TH CONGRESS.

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      ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE CHAIR

      Without objection, The Chair announced the Speaker or a designee and the Minority Leader or a designee shall each name a total of 15 Members, Delegates, or the Resident Commissioner from the respective party of such individual who are not members of the Committee on Ethics to be available to serve on investigative subcommittees of that committee during the 115th Congress pursuant to clause 5(a)(4) of rule 10.

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        MRS. WAGNER OF MISSOURI, MRS. WALORSKI, MRS. HANDEL, MRS. WALTERS OF…

        MRS. WAGNER OF MISSOURI, MRS. WALORSKI, MRS. HANDEL, MRS. WALTERS OF CALIFORNIA, MR. PAULSEN OF MINNESOTA.

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      Investigative Subcommittees to be established by the Committee on Ethics

      Pursuant to clause 5(a)(4)(A) of rule X, and the order of the House of December 13, 2017, the Speaker appointed the following members of the House to the Investigative Subcommittees to be established by the Committee on Ethics: Mrs. Wagner, Mrs. Walorski, Mrs. Handel, Mrs. Mimi Walters of California and Mr. Paulsen.

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        THE CLERK

        DECEMBER 13, 2017 AND CLAUSE 5-A-4 I'VE A OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES…

        DECEMBER 13, 2017 AND CLAUSE 5-A-4 I'VE A OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES I DESIGNATE THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS TO SERVE AS MEMBERS OF AN INVESTIGATIVE SUBCOMMITTEE ESTABLISHED BY THE COMMITTEE ON ETHICS DURING THE 115TH CONGRESS, REPRESENTATIVE CASTRO OF TEXAS, REPRESENTATIVE JAYAPAL OF WASHINGTON, REPRESENTATIVE MCQUICHE A.M. OF VIRGINIA AND MRS. TORRES OF CALIFORNIA, REPRESENTATIVE STRONG ASOF MASSACHUSETTS. SIGNED SINCERELY, NANCY PELOSI, DEMOCRATIC LEADER.

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        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      Investigative Subcommittees to be established by the Committee on Ethics

      Pursuant to clause 5(a)(4)(A) of rule X, and the order of the House of December 13, 2017, the Democratic Leader appointed the following members of the House to the Investigative Subcommittees to be established by the Committee on Ethics: Mr. Castro of Texas, Ms. Jayapal, Mr. McEachin, Mrs. Torres and Ms. Tsongas.

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        MR. BUCK

        BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 658 AND…

        BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 658 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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        THE CLERK

        HOUSE RESOLUTION 658 ANY TIME AFTER ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION THE…

        HOUSE RESOLUTION 658 ANY TIME AFTER ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION THE SPEAKER PURSUANT TO DECLARING THE HOUSE RESOLVED INTO THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE OF THE STATE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF BILL 1638 TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY TO SUBMIT A REPORT TO THE APPROPRIATE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES ON THE ESTIMATED TOTAL ASSETS UNDER CONTROL BY CERTAIN IRANIAN LEADERS AND OTHER FIGURES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE FIRST READING OF THE BILL SHALL BE DISPENSED WITH. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL SHALL BE WAIVED. THE DEBATE SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER. AFTER GENERAL DEBATE THE BILL IS CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE MINUTE YOU'LL. IN LIEU OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE, NOW PRINTED IN THE BILL, IT SHALL BE ORDER TO CONSIDER AS AN ORIGINAL BILL UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE AN AMENDMENT IN THE FATE OF A SUBSTITUTE CON ISING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-47. THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE ARE WAIVED. NO AMENDMENT SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN PART A OF THE REPORT ON THE COMMITTEE OF RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ AND DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIEDED AND CONTROLLED BY PRO OPPONENT AND OPPONENT SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT OR DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION IN THE HOUSE OR IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST SUCH AMENDMENTS ARE WAIVED. AT THE CONCLUSION OF CONSIDERATION, THE COMMITTEE SHALL RISE AND REPORT THE BILL TO THE HOUSE WITH SUCH AMENDMENTS AS MAY HAVE BEEN ADOPTED. ANY MEMBER MAY DEMAND A SEPARATE VOTE IN THE HOUSE ON ANY AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE TO THE P BILL OR TO THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE MADE IN ORDER. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AND AMENDMENTS THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION. SECTION 2, UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE 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. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. IN LIEU OF THE AMENDMENT RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES NOW PRINTED IN THE BILL, THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTED OF 115-48 SHALL BE SKRD AS ADOPTED. THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL AS AMENDED ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AS AMENDED AND ON ANY FURTHER AMENDMENT THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT ONE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES. 2, THE FURTHER AMENDMENT PRINTED IN PART B OF THE REPORT ON THE COMMITTEE OF RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION IF OFFERED BY THE MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT WHICH SHALL BE IN ORDER WITHOUT INTERVENTION OF ANY POINT OF ORDER SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ AND SEPARATELY DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY PROPONENT AND OPPONENT AND NOT SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR A DIVISION OF THE QUESTION AND 3, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS

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      • 12:22:22 PM

        Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 658 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1638) to require the Secretary of the Treasury to submit a report to the appropriate congressional committees on the estimated total 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."

        • 12:26:15 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

        • 12:26:18 PM

          MR. BUCK

          FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO MY…

          FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO MY FRIEND FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS, PENDING WHICH I MAY CONSUME. DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. THIS RULE PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF TWO BILLS DEALING WITH IRAN AND ITS CONTINUED SUPPORT OF INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM. IN ADDITION, THE RULE MAKES IN ORDER ALL SUBMITTED AMENDMENTS. THESE BILLS WERE THE SUBJECT OF HEARINGS IN THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE AND MARKED UP AND REPORTED FAVORABLY TO THE HOUSE. BOTH BILLS RECEIVED BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN THE COMMITTEE AND I WOULD EXPECT WE WILL SEE SIGNIFICANT BIPARTISAN SUPPORT ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS NO SECRET THAT IRAN'S LEADERS ARE A THREAT TO OUR WAY OF LIFE. WE DON'T HAVE TO LOOK ANY FURTHER THAN IRANIAN SUPPORT FOR LETHAL ATTACKS ON U.S. TROOPS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN PARTICULARLY THROUGH I.E.D.'S TO WITNESS IRAN'S HOSTILITY TOWARDS US. IRAN HAS ROUTINELY TERRORIZED THE MIDDLE EAST AND SOUGHT TO EXPORT TERROR WORLDWIDE. IRAN'S NUMEROUS THREATS TO ANNIHILATE ISRAEL ARE A STEADY DRUM BEAT THAT SHOULD REMIND US OF IRAN'S THREAT. IN 2001, KHOMEINI SAID IT IS THE MISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF IRAN TO AARREST ISRAEL IF THE -- RACE ISRAEL FROM THE MAP OF THE REGION. IF JEWS ALL GATHER IN ISRAEL, IT WILL SAVE US THE TRUBBLE OF GOING AFTER THEM WORLDWIDE. BUT LEST WE THINK THESE ARE THE VIEWS OF THE PAST. KHOMEINI SAID THIS REGIME HAS NO CURE BUT TO BE ANNIHILATED AND WE COULD GO ON. THE INTENT OF THE DESTRUCTION OF ISRAEL IS NEARLY ENDLESS. THE COMMANDER OF IRAN'S REVOLUTIONARY GUARDS OFFERED TO SUPPORT PALESTINIANS IF THEY CHOOSE TO STAGE AN UPRISING TO TAKE BY FORCE ISRAEL'S NEWLY RECOGNIZED CAPITAL JERUSALEM. ANY LEADERS WHO TAKE AN OFFICIAL POSITION THAT THE NATION OF ISRAEL SHOULD BE ELIMINATED FROM THE EARTH ARE AND ALWAYS MUST BE SWORN ENEMY OF THE UNITED STATES. BUT IT'S NOT JUST ISRAEL. OTHER MIDDLE EAST ALLIES AND THE UNITED STATES HAVE BEEN THE TATS OF IRAN'S HOSTILITY, SAUDI ARABIA HAS BEEN INCREASING THREATEN ABOUT BY THE IRANIAN REEG EM. IN 2011, F.B.I. AGENTS DISRUPTED A PLOT BY IRAN TO ASSASSINATE THE SAUDI ARABIA AMBASSADOR TO THE U.S. HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C.,. THE PLOT INCLUDED BOMBING A RESTAURANT WHICH THE AMBASSADOR WAS PLANNING TO EAT. THE BOMBING WOULD HAVE CERTAINLY KILLED INNOCENT AMERICANS AS WELL. THE LIST COULD GO ON. IRAN HAS FOMENTED UNRESS IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND SUPPLIED THE SIRIAN REGIME. HAS SUPPORTED HEZBOLLAH AND HAMAS, HAS DISREGARDED INTERNATIONAL LAW BY BUILDING A NUCLEAR PROGRAM AND HAS TAUNTED THE UNITED STATES. WHO CAN FORGET THE IMAGE OF U.S. NAVY SAILORS FORCED TO KNEEL UNDER GUNPOINT ON AN IRANIAN MILITARY VESSEL OR ATTACKS ON U.S. TROOPS IN IRAQ USING PROXY MILITANT GROUPS OR THE NUMEROUS INCIDENTS IN THE PERSIAN GULF INVOLVING HARASSMENT OF THE U.S. NAVY. AGAINST THIS BACKDROP THE UNITED STATES ENTERED INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH IRAN REFERRED TO AS THE IRAN DEAL WAS OPPOSED BY A BIPARTISAN MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE. IT RELAXED SANCTIONS ON IRAN, OPENED CHANNELS FOR BUSINESS INVESTMENT AND ALLOWED IRAN A PATHWAY FORWARD ON A NUCLEAR BOMB. . THE BOMB OBAMA ADMINISTRATION CALLED IT BY ANOTHER NAME. THIS POLITICAL COMMITMENT BY PRESIDENT OBAMA TO IRAN IS THE REASON FOR THESE TWO BILLS TODAY. THE FIRST BILL, H.R. 1638, URANIUM LEADERSHIP ASSET TRANSPARENCY ACT, TARGETS THE FINANCES OF IRAN'S RULING CLASS. ITS GOAL IS THREEFOLD. ONE, AID U.S. AUTHORITIES IN THEIR EFFORTS TO ELIMINATE MONEY, LAUNDERING BY THE IRANIAN REGIME. TWO, EXPOSE THE SECTORS OF THE IRANIAN ECONOMY THAT ARE CONTROLLED BY IRAN'S RULERS. AND THREE, SHOW THE IRANIAN PEOPLE HOW THEIR CORRUPT GOVERNMENT ACCUMULATES WEALTH FOR ITSELF AT THE EXPENSE OF THE PEOPLE. THE IRAN DEAL REMOVES SANCTIONS ON MANY OF THE KNOWN CORRUPT GOVERNMENT ENTITIES. THIS LITTLE BILL WILL PROVIDE THE TRANSPARENCY NECESSARY TO REVEAL THE LEVEL OF CORRUPTION WITHIN IRAN AND INFORM CONGRESS AND OTHERS ABOUT HOW TO COMBAT THE FLOW OF MONEY TO TERRORISTS. IT FURTHER EXPOSES THE RULING CLASS BY PUBLISHING THIS INFORMATION IN THE MOST COMMON LANGUAGES SPOKEN WITHIN IRAN. THE SECOND BILL THAT WOULD BE CONSIDERED UNDER THIS RULE IS H.R. 4324, THE STRENGTHENING OVERSIGHT OF IRAN'S ACCESS TO FINANCE ACT. THIS BILL WILL INSTRUCT THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT TO REPORT ON TRANSACTIONS OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS RELATED TO THE EXPORT OF AIRCRAFT TO IRAN. UNDER THE DEAL -- UNUNDER THE IRAN DEAL PRESIDENT OBAMA REMOVED RESTRICTIONS ON THE SALE OF AMERICAN AIRCRAFT TO IRAN. IN 2016 THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT AUTHORIZED THE EXPORT OF MORE THAN 200 AIRCRAFT TO IDENTIFY RAN AIR, IRAN'S STATE-OWNED AIR CARRIER. YET WE KNOW THAT IRAN AIR HAS BEEN THE TRANSPORTER OF CHOICE FOR IRAN'S REVOLUTIONARY GUARDS AS THEY HAVE FERRIED WEAPONS SYSTEMS AROUND THE MIDDLE EAST. THE ABSURDITY OF THIS DEAL TO I CREASE THE REVOLUTIONARY GUARDS' CAPACITY TO REMOVE WEAPONS IS SELF-EVIDENT. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY WILL REQUIRE CERTIFICATION BY FINANCEERS OF THE AIRCRAFT EXPORTATION DEALS THAT NONE OF THE AIRCRAFT EXPORTED WILL BE USED FOR TERRORISM OR IRAN'S WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION PROGRAM. DUE TO IRAN AIR'S CONTINUED ROLE IN TRANSPORTING MATERIALS USED FOR TERRORISM, THIS ONE STEP THAT WE SHOULD TAKE TO HELP HOLD LENDING INSTITUTIONS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF AIRCRAFT EXPORTS TO IRAN. MR. SPEAKER, MANY OF US IN CONGRESS KNOW HOW BAD THE IRAN DEAL WAS FOR OUR SECURITY AND OUR ALLIES' SECURITY. THAT IS WHY THERE WAS BIPARTISAN OPPOSITION TO THE DEAL LAST CONGRESS. WHILE IN THE END WE WERE UNSUCCESSFUL IN PREVAILING UPON THE ADMINISTRATION TO ABANDON ITS BAD IDEA, WE SHOULD CONTINUE TO STAND IN THE GAP AGAINST IRAN'S ONGOING EFFORTS TO UNDERMINE PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND DESTROY OUR FRIENDS AND ULTIMATELY THE UNITED STATES. TODAY WE HAVE TWO BILLS THAT WILL HELP OUR ONGOING EFFORTS TO THWART IRAN'S TERRORIST AMBITIONS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RULE AND THESE BILLS AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 12:26:31 PM

      DEBATE

      The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 658.

      • 12:33:41 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 12:33:44 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES OF DEBATE. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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      • 12:33:54 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 12:33:56 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

        WHEN THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION CAME BEFORE CONGRESS, I MADE…

        WHEN THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION CAME BEFORE CONGRESS, I MADE MY OBJECTIONS VERY CLEAR. I BELIEVED THEN AS DO I NOW THAT THE IRAN DEAL, TOO QUICKLY REMOVED THE SANCTIONS THAT BROUGHT IRAN TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE IN THE FIRST PLACE, ALLOWING IRAN TO REMAIN A NUCLEAR THRESHOLD STATE. HOWEVER, LIKE IT OR NOT, THE JCPOA IS NOW LAW AND IT WILL BE WRONG TO UNDERMINE IT FOR PURELY POLITICAL REASONS. UNFORTUNATELY, THAT IS, IN MY OPINION, WHAT MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE DOING HERE TODAY. THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO HANDLE OUR COUNTRY'S FOREIGN POLICY. MR. SPEAKER, THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION THAT YOU NEED TO ASK YOURSELF AT THIS TIME DOES NOT HAVE TO DO WITH THE SUBSTANCE OF THE LEGISLATION THIS RULE PROVIDES FOR. BUT RATHER WHY ON EARTH THIS BODY IS WASTING WHAT PRECIOUS LEGISLATIVE TIME REMAINS TO BRING THESE BILLS TO THE FLOOR TODAY. THE CHECKLIST OF IMPORTANT ITEMS THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED IS LONG AND TIME IS SHORT. THAPPINGS TO THE INABILITY OF MY REPUBLICAN -- THANKS TO THE INABILITY OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO GOVERN, EVEN WITHIN THEIR OWN CONFERENCE, WE FACE THE SPECTER OF YET ANOTHER GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN NEXT WEEK. THE BAND-AID THAT REPUBLICANS CAME UP WITH LAST WEEK TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM, WHICH INSURES SOME NINE MILLION CHILDREN, EXPIRES AT THE END OF THE YEAR. YOUTH, COLORADO, ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA, OHIO, MINNESOTA, THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, AND OREGON ARE JUST SOME OF THE STATES THAT HAVE HAD TO INFORM FAMILIES THAT CHIP FUNDING IS NEARING ITS END. WHY IS THIS? HISTORICALLY THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM FUNDING HAS BEEN A LARGELY BIPARTISAN EFFORT. WHY SHOULDN'T IT BE? WE'RE SIMPLY TALKING ABOUT HELPING TO COVER ROUGHLY NINE MILLION LOWER INCOME CHILDREN AND PREGNANT WOMEN. IT HAS BEEN OVER TWO MONTHS SINCE CHAMPIONSHIP'S AUTHORIZATION LAPSED, AND IT IS FAR PAST TIME FOR A SENSIBLE SOLUTION TO THIS PROGRAM. DOES TODAY'S LEGISLATION SOLVE THIS ISSUE? NO, IT DOES NOT. WE ALSO HAVE 800,000-PLUS DREAMERS WAITING FOR WORD FROM THIS REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED CONGRESS. WILL MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE ALLOW THESE FINE YOUNG PEOPLE TO REMAIN IN THE ONLY COUNTRY THEY HAVE EVER KNOWN AS HOME? WILL YOU LET THOSE DREAMERS WHO HAVE SERVED THIS COUNTRY BRAVELY STAY IN THIS COUNTRY SO THEY MAY START THEIR OWN FAMILIES HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, START THEIR OWN BUSINESSES, AND GO TO COLLEGE? THE IDEA THAT MY FRIENDS WOULD DRAG THEIR FEET ON SUCH AN ISSUE, LET ALONE ACTUALLY ALLOW DREAMERS TO BE DEPORTED, IS AN ANATHEMA TO WHAT THIS COUNTRY STANDS FOR AND IT WILL DARKEN THE BEACON THIS COUNTRY HAS BEEN FOR MILLIONS OF PEOPLE SINCE OUR FOUNDING. A PLACE WHERE THOSE OF DIFFERING BACKGROUNDS BUT COUNTRY HAS BEEN DEDICATED TO FREEDOM AND THE RULE OF LAW COME AND MAKE A LIFE FOR THEMSELVES. MR. SPEAKER, REPUBLICANS CONTROL THE HOUSE. THEY CONTROL THE SENATE. THEY CONTROL THE WHITE HOUSE. AND WHAT HAS THAT CONTROL TRANSLATED INTO FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING AT THIS POINT. IN FACT, IT IS LOOKING INCREASINGLY MORE LIKE THE FIRST YEAR OF UNIFIED REPUBLICAN GOVERNMENT IN OVER A DECADE WILL END WITH NOTHING GETTING DONE. IN AN ATTEMPT TO DISTRACT FROM THEIR FAILURES, REPUBLICANS HAVE TAKEN TO BLAMING, AND I QUOTE THEM, OBSTRUCTIONIST DEMOCRATS, END OF QUOTE. THEY REPUBLICANS HAVE TAKEN TO BLAMING, AND POINT TO THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE AS THE CAUSE OF THEIR GOVERNING WOULD HES -- WOES, THAT IS A NEAT TRICK BUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE NOT GOING TO FALL FOR IT. I THINK YOU SAW THAT LAST NIGHT IN ALABAMA WHERE STARS, NEW STARS, FELL ON ALABAMA. IT WASN'T THE DEMOCRATS THAT TRIED TO TAKE HEALTH CARE AWAY FROM 32 MILLION PEOPLE, IT WAS REPUBLICANS. THANK GOODNESS THEY FAILED. IT'S NOT THE DEMOCRATS THAT ARE TRYING TO GIVE THE WEALTHY AND RICH CORPORATIONS A TAX BREAK ON THE BACKS OF HARDWORKING AMERICANS, IT'S THE REPUBLICANS. I HOPE THIS EQUALLY MISGUIDED EFFORT LIKEWISE FAILS. I HAVE SOME ADVICE FOR MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS. IF LIKE THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE YOU SPENT MORE TIME WORKING ON POLICIES THAT HELP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE INSTEAD OF THE WEALTHY AND RICH CORPORATIONS WHO ARE DOING JUST FINE, YOU'D LIKELY SEE MORE LEGISLATIVE SUCCESS. DEMOCRATS REMAIN READY TO WORK IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO ACCOMPLISH ALL THAT REMAINS LEFT TO DO THIS YEAR. WE'RE READY TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT AND PROVIDE FOR SMART INVESTMENTS FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY. WE'RE READY TO PULL THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DREAMERS OUT OF UNNECESSARY LIMBO AND PROVIDE THEM WITH THE STATUS THEY DESERVE. WE'RE READY TO PROVIDE THE FUNDING AND AUTHORIZATION NEEDED TO GIVE MILLIONS OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN THE HEALTH INSURANCE THEY NEED. THE LIST GOES ON AND ON. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, IF REPUBLICANS CONTINUE TO NOT EVEN ALLOW DEMOCRATS IN THE ROOM TO ADDRESS THESE ISSUES, AND IF THEY CONTINUE TO BURN LEGISLATIVE TIME ON THE BILLS WE HAVE BEFORE US TODAY, THEN IT WON'T BE JUST THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY THAT PAYS THE PRICE, IT WILL BE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 12:40:11 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

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      • 12:40:18 PM

        MR. BUCK

        MR. SPEAKER, I'M GOING TO RESERVE RIGHT NOW. WE HAVE TWO WITNESSES ON…

        MR. SPEAKER, I'M GOING TO RESERVE RIGHT NOW. WE HAVE TWO WITNESSES ON THEIR WAY. WE STARTED A LITTLE EARLY. DON'T KNOW IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA HAS ANY WITNESSES OR NOT AT THIS POINT.

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      • 12:41:47 PM

        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        WHEN MY SPEAKER ARRIVES, I WILL ALLOW MRS. TORRES TO FUSS THIS MATTER…

        WHEN MY SPEAKER ARRIVES, I WILL ALLOW MRS. TORRES TO FUSS THIS MATTER FURTHER. AT THIS TIME, I RESERVE.

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      • 12:42:01 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM --

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        GENTLEMAN FROM -- MR. BUCK

        AT THIS POINT I RESERVE --

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        MR. BUCK

        AT THIS POINT I RESERVE.

      • 12:42:11 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

        MR. SPEAKER, CONTINUING. WE'RE FACED AS I SAID EARLIER WITH ANOTHER…

        MR. SPEAKER, CONTINUING. WE'RE FACED AS I SAID EARLIER WITH ANOTHER GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN. THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM, WHICH IS PARTICULARLY CRITICAL TO THOSE OF US ON -- IN COASTAL STATES, IS SET TO EXPIRE. THE REPUBLICAN BAND-AID TO KEEP THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM FUNDED WILL RUN OUT. LEAVING MILLIONS OF CHILDREN WITHOUT THE HEALTH CARE THEY NEED. THE AUTHORIZATION OF AN IMPORTANT INTELLIGENCE TOOL TO KEEP THIS COUNTRY SAFE IS SET TO EXPIRE, AND MILLIONS OF AMERICANS IN CALIFORNIA, TEXAS, FLORIDA, PUERTO RICO, AND THE VIRGIN ISLANDS DESPERATELY WAIT TO FIND OUT IF THEY WILL RECEIVE THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO RECOVER FROM THE DEVASTATING HURRICANES AND THE WILDFIRES THAT WE HAVE SEEN THIS YEAR AND THAT ARE CONTINUING IN CALIFORNIA. I HAVE SAID REPEATEDLY THAT FEMA IS NOT ONLY DEALING WITH HURRICANES AND FLOODS, THEY ARE DEALING WITH TORNADOES AND WITH ALL SORTS OF MATTERS AND THE WILDFIRES MANIFESTLY HAVE KEPT THEM OCCUPIED OVER THE COURSE OF TIME. MR. SPEAKER, AS I PREVIOUSLY NOTED AND WITH YOUR PERMISSION, AT THIS TIME TO DISCUSS THE PROPOSAL THAT I SPOKE OF WITH REFERENCE TO THE DREAMERS, I AM PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MY GOOD FRIEND, MRS. TORRES.

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      • 12:43:50 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

      • 12:43:53 PM

        MRS. TORRES

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S BEEN TWO WEEKS SINCE I LAST STOOD HERE TO ASK…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S BEEN TWO WEEKS SINCE I LAST STOOD HERE TO ASK THE HOUSE TO BRING THE DREAM ACT TO A VOTE. 34 OF MY COLLEAGUES, MY REPUBLICAN STOOD HERE TO ASK COLLEAGUES, HAVE SENT A LETTER TO REPUBLICAN SPEAKER RYAN ASKING FOR ACTION TO PROTECT DREAMERS BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTAND THE URGENCY. WHAT ARE HE WE WAITING FOR? -- WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR? REPUBLICANS CONTINUE TO STATE THAT WE HAVE UNTIL MARCH TO RESOLVE THIS ISSUE, BUT THAT IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE. 122 DREAMERS LOSE PROTECTION EVERY SINGLE DAY. THAT MEANS THAT 122 INTELLIGENT, HARDWORKING AMERICANS BY EVERY RIGHT EXCEPT BIRTH ARE LOSING THEIR ABILITY TO PROTECTION EVERY SINGLE DAY. THAT MEANS CONTINUE THEIR EDUCATION, TO WORK AND CONTRIBUTE TO OUR ECONOMY. WE'RE WILLING TO STOP -- ARE WE WILLING TO STOP THE DEPORTATIONS OF HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS OF YOUNG DREAMERS OR NOT? THIS IS NOT A PARTISAN QUESTION. THIS IS A QUESTION OF WHO WE ARE AS AMERICANS. . LET'S PUT AN END TO THE UNCERTAINTY THAT DREAMERS HAVE BEEN LIVING WITH THESE PAST FEW MONTHS. WE HAVE BEEN CLEAR, THIS CONGRESS MUST NOT FINISH THIS YEAR WITHOUT PROVIDING A PERMANENT FIX FOR DREAMERS. THEIR FAMILIES AND THE COMMUNITIES THAT DEPEND ON THEM. IT IS UNCONSCIONABLE. THIS IS NOT WHO WE ARE. MR. SPEAKER, MANY OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES SUPPORT ACTION ON THE DREAM ACT BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS. MANY HAVE SAID SO PUBLICLY. THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WANT US TO ACT NOW. 1,708 RECIPIENTS HAVE LOST THEIR STATUS SINCE I LAST STOOD HERE TWO WEEKS AGO. THIS ISN'T HARD. THE FIX IS RIGHT IN FRONT OF US. IT'S BEEN HERE ALL ALONG. WE ALL KNOW THAT THE VOTES ARE HERE TODAY IF THIS BODY ONLY HAD THE COURAGE TO ACT. AND I KNOW THAT THE DREAM ACT WILL PASS TODAY IF WE ONLY ALLOWED IT. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO THAT WE CAN IMMEDIATELY BEGIN TO BRING THE DREAM ACT AND ACT ON THE FLOOR TODAY. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:46:47 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      • 12:46:52 PM

        MR. BUCK

        I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

      • 12:46:59 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 12:47:02 PM

        MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

        I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. BUCK. AND I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN HENSARLING,…

        I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. BUCK. AND I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN HENSARLING, BECAUSE THESE BILLS THAT WE ARE COMBINING TODAY CAME OUT OF HIS COMMITTEE. I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN BRINGING THESE IMPORTANT BILLS BEFORE US TODAY. AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1638, THE IRANIAN LEADERSHIP ASSET TRANSPARENCY ACT. I WANT TO THANK GOOD FRIEND FROM MAINE, BRUCE POLIQUIN FOR OFFERING THIS BILL AND IT'S A CRITICAL AND NECESSARY STEP IN HOLDING THE IRANIAN REGIME ACCOUNTABLE FOR ITS MONEY LAUNDERING AND TERROR FINANCING AND OTHER WIDE-ARRANGING CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES. THE IRANIAN REVOLUTIONARY GUARD CORPS KNOWN BY ITS IRGC, HAS LONG BEEN AT THE HEART OF THE IRANIAN CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE CONTROLLING THE BETTER PART OF IRAN'S ECONOMY IN KEY SECTORS, LIKE OIL, LIKE GAS, TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND TRANSPORTATION. THE IRGC'S BUSINESS EMPIRE AND MONOPOLY OF THESE ECONOMIC SECTORS PROVIDES THE REGIME WITH BILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT IT USES TO DO WHAT? TO FEED THE PEOPLE, TO CLOTHE THE PEOPLE, TO EDUCATE THE CHILDREN? NO. TO REPRESS THE IRANIAN PEOPLE AND EXPORT THE TERROR THAT IT HAS DONE SO MUCH DAMAGE IN THROUGHOUT THE WORLD AND ITS HATEFUL IDEOLOGY ABROAD. TWO YEARS AGO, I HELD A HEARING OF OUR SUBCOMMITTEE ON MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA, WHERE WE EXPLORED THE ROLE OF THE IRGC. AND THAT IS IRAN'S REVOLUTIONARY GUARD CORPS. WE LOOKED AT THE ROLE OF THE IRGC IN IRAN'S ECONOMY AND WE RAISED THESE VERY CONCERNS, MR. SPEAKER. SO I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN HENSARLING FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE AND HIS CONSISTENT EFFORTS TO HOLD IRAN ACCOUNTABLE, BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO, HOLD THESE TERRORISTS ACCOUNTABLE. THIS IS ONE OF THE MANY ISSUES WHERE THE FINANCIAL SERVICES AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE HAVE DONE A GREAT JOB WORKING TOGETHER TO IMPLEMENT TARGETED SANCTIONS AGAINST THE IRANIAN REGIME FOR ITS ILLICIT ACTIVITY. FOR YEARS, OUR TREASURY DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN WORKING TO IDENTIFY AND TO SANCTION IRGC LEADERS. THEY HAVE SHELL COMPANIES. WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT WHAT ARE THESE SHELL COMPANIES, LET'S IDENTIFY AND SANCTION THEM. THEIR PROXIES, DESIGNATE AND WARN FOREIGN COMPANIES ABOUT THE RISKS OF DOING BUSINESS WITH THE IRGC HE'S CONNECTED ENTITIES AS FAR AS THE IRGC CAN CREATE NEW ONES. WE SHUT THEM DOWN, NEW ONES POP UP. UNFORTUNATELY, THE JOB IS EVEN HARDER FOR THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT WITH IRGC COLLECTING BILLIONS BY THEIR WIND FALL CREATED BY OUTSIDE INVESTMENTS IN THE PREVIOUS SECTORS PREVIOUSLY TARGETED BY OUR SANCTIONS. IT IS IMPORTANT NOW MORE THAN EVER THAT TREASURY PUBLICIZES THE ASSETS CONTROLLED BY THE REVOLUTIONARY GUARD CORPS AND THE REST OF IRAN'S CORRUPT REGIME. FIRST FOR THE LONG SUFFERING PEOPLE OF IRAN WITH WHOM WE HAVE NO PROBLEM -- WE WANT TO HELP THE PEOPLE OF IRAN SO THESE PEOPLE HAVE A WINDOW IN IN THE REGIME'S PERVASIVE THEFT AND CORRUPTION THAT DID HE PRIVACY THEM OF THE MOST BASIC OF COMMODITIES. SECOND, SO BUSINESSES STOP FUNNELING CASH INTO THESE CRIMINAL ENTERPRISES THAT ARE FINANCING TERROR THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. THIS BILL WILL HELP SHINE A NECESSARY LIGHT ON THESE NEFARIOUS ACTIONS OF IRAN, BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF THE COUNTRY AND I URGE FOR ITS SWIFT PASSAGE. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE TIME AND I GIVE BACK MY TIME.

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      • 12:51:27 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

        I WOULD ADVISE MY GOOD FRIEND I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND PREPARED TO…

        I WOULD ADVISE MY GOOD FRIEND I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND PREPARED TO CLOSE WHEN HE IS PREPARED. I RESERVE.

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      • 12:51:38 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 COLORADO.

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      • 12:51:41 PM

        MR. BUCK

        I NOW YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO A MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON TERRORISM AND…

        I NOW YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO A MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON TERRORISM AND ILLICIT FINANCE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE, REPRESENTATIVE POLIQUIN.

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      • 12:51:52 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 12:51:54 PM

        MR. POLIQUIN

        I APPRECIATE IT. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE FOR H.R. 1638 IRANIAN…

        I APPRECIATE IT. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE FOR H.R. 1638 IRANIAN LEADERSHIP ASSET TRANSPARENCY ACT. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN HENSARLING FOR MOVING THIS VERY IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION THROUGH THE HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE. IN ADDITION, I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO SUPPORTED MY BILL LAST YEAR. UNFORTUNATELY, IT GOT STUCK IN THE SENATE AND DOING IT OVER AGAIN THIS YEAR IN THE HOUSE. MR. SPEAKER, THE PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY OF EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS IS TO HELP KEEP OUR FAMILIES SAFE AND EMBEDDED WITH THAT PROMISE IS TO SUPPORT AND DEFEND OUR CONSTITUTION. MR. SPEAKER, MOMS AND DADS IN MAINE AND ACROSS AMERICA ARE INCREASINGLY ALARMED BY THE FREQUENCY OF TERRORIST ATTACKS HERE AT HOME WITH ANOTHER ATTEMPTED ATTACK TWO DAYS AGO IN NEW YORK CITY. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY THERE ARE 1,000 ONGOING INVESTIGATIONS OF TERRORIST ACTIVITIES BY THE F.B.I. IN ALL 50 STATES. AND THAT, MR. SPEAKER, IS WHY H.R. 1638 IS SO IMPORTANT. IT IS A DEMONSENSE BILL THAT WILL HELP KEEP OUR FAMILIES SAFE AND IN DOING SO, WE SHOULD NEVER MAKE THIS A POLITICAL ISSUE. THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT, THE GOVERNMENT IS ONE OF THE CHIEF SPONSORS OF TERRORISM AND INSTABILITY THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. THEIR SENIOR POLITICAL AND MILITARY LEADERS AND ISLAMIC REVOLUTIONARY GUARD THEY TRAIN, THEY ARM AND THEY FUND TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS AROUND THE WORLD. THEY BECOME EXPERTS AT USING THE INTERNET AND SOCIAL MEDIA TO RADICALIZE, TO RECRUIT AND TO DIRECT TERRORIST ATTACKS AROUND THE GLOBE, INCLUDING HERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. MR. SPEAKER, IRANIAN GOVERNMENT HAS AMERICAN BLOOD ON ITS HANDS. NOW THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 70 TO 80 TOP POLITICAL AND MILITARY LEADERS IN IRAN THAT CONTROL ABOUT ONE-THIRD OF ITS ENTIRE ECONOMY. THEY USE THEIR POWER TO CORRUPT THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS, THE CONSTRUCTION AND OTHER IMPORTANT INDUSTRIES IN THAT COUNTRY. A RECENT INVESTIGATION BY REUTERS FOUND THAT THE SUPREME LEADER IN IRAN ALONE HAS ACCUMULATED TREMENDOUS PERSONAL WEALTH THROUGH A FOUNDATION CLAIMING TO HELP THE POOR. SO WHILE THE CORRUPTION HAS GROWN, THE AVERAGE IRANIAN CITIZEN EARNS THE EQUIVALENT OF $15,000 PER YEAR.

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      • 12:54:53 PM

        MR. BUCK

        I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

      • 12:54:56 PM

        MR. POLIQUIN

        THE CITIZENS OF THE WORLD SHOULD KNOW HOW MUCH WEALTH HAS BEEN ACCUMULATED…

        THE CITIZENS OF THE WORLD SHOULD KNOW HOW MUCH WEALTH HAS BEEN ACCUMULATED BY THESE CHIEF SPONSORS OF TERRORISM AND WHAT THE MONEY IS BEING USED FOR. COMPANIES ACROSS THE GLOBE LOOKING TO DO BUSINESS WITH IRAN SHOULD ALSO UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY'RE DEALING WITH BEFORE THEY INVEST. AND THAT'S WHY MY ACT IS A STRAIGHTFORWARD, COMMONSENSE BILL. IT REQUIRES THE U.S. TREASURY DEPARTMENT TO COLLECT AND MAINTAIN AND TO POST ONLINE THE LIST OF THE 70 OR 80 SENIOR POLITICAL AND MILITARY LEADERS IN IRAN, THEIR PERSONAL ASSETS AND HOW THAT MONEY WAS ACQUIRED AND WHAT IT IS BEING USED FOR. MY BILL REQUIRES THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT TO POST THIS INFORMATION ON THEIR WEBSITE IN ENGLISH AS WELL AS THE THREE MAJOR LANGUAGES THAT ARE USED AND SPOKEN IN IRAN. THE INFORMATION SHOULD BE AVAILABLE, EASILY DOWNLOADED AND SHARED BY EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO SEE THIS. MR. SPEAKER, I MIGHT ALSO ADD THAT THIS INFORMATION COMES FROM PUBLICLY AVAILABLE SOURCES. IT IS NOT CLASSIFIED INFORMATION. NOW I HAVE HEARD FOLKS, MR. SPEAKER, SAY, WELL, THIS IS NOT A GOOD IDEA TO EXPOSE THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT'S CORRUPTION IN THEIR FUNDING OF TERRORISM, BECAUSE IF YOU DO, WE MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO WORK WITH THESE PEOPLE. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? THESE ARE THE RADICALS WHO REGULARLY CHANT, DEATH TO AMERICA. IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE TO HOPE THEY WILL ABANDON THEIR SUPPORT FOR TERRORISM BY NOT SHEDDING LIGHT ON THEIR CORRUPTION. HOPE, MR. SPEAKER, IS NOT A NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY. MY BILL HELPS MAKES SURE CONGRESS GETS ITS PRIORITIES STRAIGHT WHEN IT COMES TO THIS ISSUE. PROTECTING AMERICAN FAMILIES HERE AT HOME AND SAFEGUARDING OUR TROOPS OVERSEAS WHERE THEY ARE FIGHTING FOR OUR FREEDOM IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. LET'S USE ONE CLICK OF THE COMPUTER FROM ANY CORNER OF THE GLOBE TO HELP EXPOSE THE ILLICIT ACTIVITIES OF THE CHIEF SPONSOR OF TERRORISM IN THIS WORLD. SEE CREASE SI AND CORRUPTION BREED MORE TERRORISM BY GOVERNMENTS LIKE THOSE IN IRAN. LET US STAND UP, MR. SPEAKER, FOR EVERY PEACE-LOVING COUNTRY IN THE WORLD AND PROTECT OUR CITIZENS HERE AT HOME. I APPRECIATE THE TIME. PLEASE VOTE YES FOR H.R. 1638, IRANIAN LEADERSHIP TRANSPARENCY ACT. I YIELD BACK MY TIME IF I HAVE ANY TO YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:57:53 PM

        MR. BUCK

        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE AND HOW MUCH TIME --

      • 12:57:56 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO HAS 13…

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO HAS 13 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA HAS 7 1/2 MINUTES.

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      • 12:58:10 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

        IT WON'T TAKE ME A VERY LONG MINUTE TO SAY I RESERVE.

      • 12:58:14 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 12:58:17 PM

        MR. BUCK

        I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON MONETARY…

        I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON MONETARY POLICY AND TRADE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. WILLIAMS.

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      • 12:58:26 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 12:58:31 PM

        MR. WILLIAMS

        I SUPPORT H.RES. 658 PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1638 AND 4224.…

        I SUPPORT H.RES. 658 PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1638 AND 4224. THE BILL SPONSORED BY MR. POLIQUIN IS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION AND BILL WOULD PUBLICIZE ASSETS ASSOCIATED WITH IRAN'S GOVERNMENT AND MILITARY LEADERSHIP AND REQUIRE A REPORT TO CONGRESS ON THE ASSETS THAT THESE LEADERS CONTROL, HOW THEY WERE ACQUIRED AND HOW EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THESE LEADERS USES THEM. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THE AMERICAN BUSINESSES AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY DESERVE TO KNOW WHO CONTROLS MONEY AND ASSETS IN IRAN. I'M PROUD TO BE THE SPONSOR OF H.R. 4324 STRENGTHENING OVERSIGHT OF IRAN'S ACCESS TO FINANCE ACT. MY LEGISLATION WOULD IMPROVE CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT OF ANY FINANCING THAT TREASURY AUTHORIZES FOR AIRCRAFT SALES TO IRAN. EVERY SIX MONTHS, TREASURY WOULD NEED TO CERTIFY TO US THAT FINANCE AUTHORIZATIONS WOULD NOT BENEFIT AN IRANIAN PERSON THAT IS TRANSPORTING ITEMS FOR THE PROLIFERATION OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION NOR PROVIDING TRANSPORTATION TO SANCTIONED ENTITIES. TREASURY WOULD HAVE TO CERTIFY TO US THAT THESE AUTHORIZATIONS DON'T POSE A SIGNIFICANT MONEY LAUNDERING OR TERRORISM FINANCE RISK TO THE U.S. FINANCIAL SYSTEM. IF THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT CANNOT MAKE THIS CERTIFICATION, THE DEPARTMENT MUST TELL US WHY AND MUST EXPLAIN TO CONGRESS THE COURSE OF ACTION IT INTENDS TO TAKE. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RULE AND URGE THEM TO SUPPORT H.R. 1638 AND H.R. 4324. I YIELD MY TIME AND MERRY CHRISTMAS. .

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      • 01:00:22 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

        I WILL ADVISE MY FRIEND FROM COLORADO THAT I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE IF HE IS.

      • 01:00:30 PM

        MR. BUCK

        YES.

      • 01:00:32 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 01:00:34 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

        WITH JUST A FEW LEGISLATION DAYS LEFT THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IS FOCUSING…

        WITH JUST A FEW LEGISLATION DAYS LEFT THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IS FOCUSING ON THE WRONG THINGS. PLAIN AND SIMPLE, THE BILLS BEFORE US TODAY ARE MORE EVIDENCE OF THAT. OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS WE FACE A TERRIFIESINGLY LONG TO DO LIST, THE OUTCOME WILL AFFECT EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN. LET ME BE CLEAR. MY FRIEND FROM MAINE AND MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS, MY FRIEND FROM MAINE PASSIONATELY PUT FORWARD SIGNIFICANT MATTERS HAVING TO DO WITH IRAN. MY RECOLLECTION IS I FOR ONE AS MANY MEMBERS OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY VOTED FOR THE TRANSPARENCY THAT HE CALLS FOR AND ARE LIKELY TO DO SO AGAIN. AND WHILE THIS IS AN IMPORTANT MATTER, IT IS NOT NEARLY AS CRITICAL AT THIS TIME THAT WE BE OCCUPYING THIS KIND OF LEGISLATIVE TIME. THE SIMPLE FACT OF THE MATTER IS WE COULD HAVE PUT THIS ON THE SUSPENSION CALENDAR AND NOT HAVE BEEN EXERCISING OURSELVES IN THE RULES COMMITTEE OCCUPYING LEGISLATIVE TIME THAT COULD BE ADDRESSING THE FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM, THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM, INTELLIGENCE TOOLS THAT KEEP THIS COUNTRY SAFE, THAT ARE ABOUT TO EXPIRE. WE COULD HAVE BEEN ADDRESSING THE HURRICANE RELIEF OF PUERTO RICO, THE VIRGIN ISLANDS AND SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA. WE COULD HAVE BEEN ADDRESSING THE FIRES IN CALIFORNIA, OREGON, MONTANA, AND OTHER AREAS OF THE COUNTRY. WE COULD HAVE BEEN ADDRESSING THE FLOOD IN TEXAS THAT DEVASTATED PORTIONS OF THAT AREA AS WELL. AS WELL AS DURING THAT SAME PERIOD OF TIME WE'VE HAD TORNADOES AND OTHER ISSUES INDICATING HOW CRITICAL IT IS THAT WE SUPPORT THESE MATTERS. WE COULD HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH THE REAL INFRASTRUCTURE MEASURE. EVERYONE IN THIS COUNTRY KNOWS OUR ROADS AND BRIDGES ARE IN DESPICABLE SHAPE AT THIS POINT, AND IT IS NOT AS IF WE DO HAVE THE ABILITY TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. WE DON'T HAVE THE POLITICAL WILL, SO WE'RE WASTING LEGISLATIVE TIME HERE TODAY WITH THESE DAUNTING TASKS BEFORE US AND THIS IS WHAT THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY CHOOSES TO FOCUS ON. TRYING TO PASS A TAX BILL, FOR EXAMPLE, THAT GIVES MOST OF THE BENEFITS FOR THE WEALTHY AND CORPORATIONS WHILE ADDING OVER -- MORE THAN $1 TRILLION TO THE DEFICIT. I'VE SAID BEFORE, LOOK OUT. WHEN WE FINISH WHATEVER THIS TAX BILL IS AND NOW IT'S BEING CALLED WHAT IT IS, A TAX CUT, AND NOT TAX REFORM THAT IS NEEDED IN THIS COUNTRY, WHEN WE FINISH WITH THAT, THE NEXT WORDS OUT OF MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES' MOUTHS NEXT YEAR IS GOING TO BE, WE NEED TO ADDRESS THE ENTITLEMENTS. MEANING, MEDICARE, SOCIAL SECURITY, AND MEDICAID. I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT THAT'S WHAT WE WILL HEAR FROM MY FORMER DEFICIT HAWK FRIENDS WHO ARE NOW IN CHARGE OF THIS COUNTRY. I URGE MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS, FOR THE SAKE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, TO ABANDON THIS RECKLESS TACT. RETURN TO REGULAR ORDER. THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE ARE NOT DOING AND HAVE NOT DONE. WE HAVE HAD MORE CLOSED RULES IN THIS SESSION OF CONGRESS THAN ANY HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. THEY NEED TO WORK WITH DEMOCRATS IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. I THINK ALABAMA TOLD US THAT LAST NIGHT. AND I HOPE THAT MESSAGE IS PERVASIVE AND ALLOWS FOR US IN THIS BODY AS WELL AS IN THE OTHER BODY TO UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF EVERYBODY, ALL OF THESE BRILLIANT PEOPLE, THAT AMERICANS SENT HERE TO WORK TO WORK TOGETHER TO SOLVE MANY OF THE ISSUES OF THIS COUNTRY AND ADDRESS ITS NEEDS IN A MEANINGFUL WAY. NOT THE NEEDS OF THE WEALTHY FEW. GIVEN EVERYTHING THERE IS TO DO, ANYTHING LESS IS ABDICATION OF OUR DUTY AS LEGISLATORS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 01:05:07 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE.

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      • 01:05:12 PM

        MR. BUCK

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AS MY FAMILY AND I SIT AROUND THE…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AS MY FAMILY AND I SIT AROUND THE DINNER TABLE, MY WIFE AND TWO CHILDREN, WE KNOW WE TALK POLITICS SURPRISINGLY AND THERE ARE TIMES WHERE WE DISTINGUISH GOOD FROM BAD AND WE KNOW THAT IRAN IS AN ENEMY OF THE GOOD IN THIS WORLD. IT TERRORIZES THE MIDDLE EAST. IT SEEKS TO ELIMINATE ISRAEL. IT PURSUES THE DESTRUCTION OF THE YESTERDAY AND YET FOR SOME REASON THE PRIOR ADMINISTRATION STRUCK A DEAL WITH THE IRANIAN REGIME, THE SAME REGIME THAT HAS AMERICAN BLOOD ON ITS HANDS. THE TWO BILLS BEFORE US TODAY BEGIN THE DIFFICULT WORK OF ENSURING IRAN IS STOPPED IN ITS PURSUIT OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION AND IN SUPPORT OF TERRORISM. I THANK CHAIRMAN HENSARLING FOR BRINGING THESE BILLS FORWARD AND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE WHO HAVE JOINED ME ON THE FLOOR TODAY TO MAKE THE CASE FOR THIS EFFORT. I THANK CHAIRMAN SESSIONS FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THE RULES COMMITTEE AND FOR PROVIDING THE DEBATE ON THIS ISSUE TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THE RULE, SUPPORTING THE UNDERLYING BILLS AND PUTTING PRESSURE ON IRAN TO ABANDON TERROR AND EMBRACE PEACE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, AND I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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      • 01:06:33 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED, THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION…

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

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      • 01:06:42 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

        MR. SPEAKER.

      • 01:06:43 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 01:06:45 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

        I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

    • 01:06:45 PM

      Recess

      The Speaker announced that the House do now recess for a period of less than 15 minutes.

      • 01:06:45 PM

        POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

        At the conclusion of debate on H. Res. 658, the Chair put the question on ordering the previous question, and by voice vote announced that the ayes prevailed. Mr. Hastings demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question on ordering the previous question until later in the legislative day.

        • 01:06:47 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          NAYS.

        • 01:20:27 PM

          >>

          THIS AT C-SPAN.ORG. WE'LL LEAVE HERE. THE HOUSE IS GAVELING BACK IN FOR A…

          THIS AT C-SPAN.ORG. WE'LL LEAVE HERE. THE HOUSE IS GAVELING BACK IN FOR A SERIES OF VOTES. RESOLUTION 685 AND ADOPTING HOUSE RESOLUTION 685 IF ORDERED. THE FIRST ELECTRONIC VOTE WILL BE CUGGETTED AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE AND REMAINING ELECTRONIC VOTES WILL BE CONDUCTED AS FIVE-MINUTE VOTES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 658.

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      • 01:20:29 PM

        Reconvened

        The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of December 13.

        • 01:20:30 PM

          UNFINISHED BUSINESS

          The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on ordering the previous question on H. Res. 658 which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

          • 01:20:49 PM

            Considered as unfinished business. H. Res. 658 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1638) to require the Secretary of the Treasury to submit a report to the appropriate congressional committees on the estimated total 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."

            • 01:21:03 PM

              THE CLERK

              RESOLUTION 658, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R.…

              RESOLUTION 658, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 1638 TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF THE FRESHY TO SUBMIT A REPORT TO THE APPROPRIATE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES ON THE ESTIMATED TOTAL ASSETS UNDER DIRECT OR INDIRECT CONTROLS BY IRANIAN LEADERS 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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          • 01:21:09 PM

            On ordering the previous question Roll Call 676 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

            • 01:21:40 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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        • 01:50:38 PM
          • 01:50:39 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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          • 01:50:52 PM

            >>

            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

          • 01:50:56 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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          • 01:57:57 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            ARE 238 AND THE NAYS ARE 182. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER…

            ARE 238 AND THE NAYS ARE 182. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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        • 01:57:58 PM

          House Vote 677 - On Agreeing to the Resolution

          Passed (238 - 182)
          Aye
          No

          Vote Details: Aye - 237
          Republican - 231
          Democratic - 6

          Vote Details: No - 182
          Democratic - 182

          Vote Details: Not Voting - 11
          Republican - 6
          Democratic - 5

          • 01:58:00 PM

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

            • 02:00:03 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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          • 02:00:04 PM

            Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 657 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2396) to amend the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act to update the exception for certain annual notices provided by financial institutions, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4015) to improve the quality of proxy advisory firms for the protection of investors and the U.S. economy, and in the public interest, by fostering accountability, transparency, responsiveness, and competition in the proxy advisory firm industry."

            • 02:00:11 PM

              MR. WOODALL

              MR. SPEAKER, BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE…

              MR. SPEAKER, BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 657 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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            • 02:00:27 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL CLEAR THE AISLES, TAKE YOUR…

              THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL CLEAR THE AISLES, TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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            • 02:00:46 PM

              THE CLERK

              HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 109, HOUSE RESOLUTION 657. RESOLVED, THAT UPON…

              HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 109, HOUSE RESOLUTION 657. RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL H.R. 2396, TO AMEND THE GRAMM-LEACH-BLILEY ACT TO UPDATE THE EXCEPTION FOR CERTAIN ANNUAL NOTICES PROVIDED BY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES NOW PRINTED IN THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED. THE BILL, AS AMENDED, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL, AS AMENDED, ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL, AS AMENDED, AND ON ANY FURTHER AMENDMENT THERETO, TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT, ONE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES, TWO, THE FURTHER AMENDMENT PRINTED IN THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION, IF OFFERED BY THE MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, WHICH SHALL BE IN ORDER WITHOUT INTERVENTION OF ANY POINT OF ORDER, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE SEPARATELY DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION, AND THREE, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS. SECTION 2, UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL H.R. 4015, TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF PROXY ADVISORY FIRMS FOR THE PROTECTION OF INVESTORS AND THE U.S. ECONOMY, AND IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST, BY FOSTERING ACCOUNTABILITY, TRANSPARENCY, RESPONSIVENESS, AND COMPETITION IN THE PROXY ADVISORY FIRM INDUSTRY. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-46 SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED. THE BILL, AS AMENDED, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL, AS AMENDED, ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL, AS AMENDED, AND ON ANY FURTHER AMENDMENT THERETO, TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT, ONE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES, AND TWO, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS.

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        • 02:03:10 PM

          DEBATE

          The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 657.

          • 02:03:11 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

          • 02:03:13 PM

            MR. WOODALL

            THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, DURING CONSIDERATION OF…

            THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME IS YIELDED FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD HALF OF MY TIME, 30 MINUTES, TO MY FRIEND FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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          • 02:03:28 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          • 02:03:29 PM

            MR. WOODALL

            MR. SPEAKER, I'D ALSO LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY…

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

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          • 02:03:37 PM

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            MR. SPEAKER, I'VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS TO…

            MR. SPEAKER, I'VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS TO BRING A NUMBER OF BILLS FROM THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE TO THE FLOOR. WE TALK SO MUCH ABOUT REGULAR ORDER AND HAVING A PROCESS WHERE THE COMMITTEES ARE DOING THEIR WORK, WHERE THE AUTHORIZERS ARE DEEP INTO THE DETAILS AND THEN WE'RE BRINGING THOSE BILLS TO THE FLOOR FOR THE ENTIRE HOUSE TO VOTE ON. WE HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY AGAIN TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, THE RULE TODAY BRINGS TWO BILLS TO THE FLOOR. H.R. 2396, WHICH IS THE PRIVACY NOTIFICATION TECHNICAL CLARIFICATION ACT. BRINGS THAT UNDER A STRUCTURED RULEMAKING IN ORDER THE ONLY AMENDMENT THAT WAS OFFERED, A BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. CLAY AND MR. TROTT, AND IT ALSO BRINGS H.R. 4015 TO THE FLOOR, MR. SPEAKER. THAT'S THE CORPORATE GOVERNANCE REFORM AND TRANSPARENCY ACT OF 2017. WE DO NOT HAVE ANY GERMANE AMENDMENTS OFFERED SO WE BRING THAT UNDER A CLOSED RULE TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, I'D REMIND MY COLLEAGUES, AS IS THE WAY OF MY CHAIRMAN ON THE RULES COMMITTEE, A NOTICE WAS SENT OUT TO ALL MEMBERS AND WILL TO BE SENT OUT TO ALL MEMBERS FOR EACH SET OF BILLS THAT WE CONSIDER IN THE RULES COMMITTEE SOLICITING ANY AMENDMENTS OR IDEAS THAT FOLKS MAY HAVE. WE SENT OUT THAT NOTIFICATION, BUT FOR THESE TWO BILLS, WE RECEIVED ONLY ONE GERMANE AMENDMENT. MR. SPEAKER, I WON'T GO INTO GREAT DETAIL ABOUT THESE INDIVIDUAL BILLS BECAUSE WE'RE FORTUNATE TO HAVE THE SPONSORS HERE ON THE FLOOR FOR THE RULE TODAY. BUT WHAT I DO WANT TO SAY IS THAT THIS IS ANOTHER SERIES IN A LINE OF COMMONSENSE AUTHORIZING PIECES OF LEGISLATION, THINGS THAT MOVED THROUGH COMMITTEE IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. THEY'RE GOING TO MAKE LIFE JUST A LITTLE BIT EASIER FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE HAVE A CHANCE TODAY IF WE SUPPORT THIS NONCONTROVERSIAL RULE TO BRING THESE TWO NONCONTROVERSIAL BILLS TO THE FLOOR AND MAKE THAT DIFFERENCE TOGETHER, A DIFFERENCE WE ALL CAME TO WASHINGTON TO MAKE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I'D ASK ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO CONSIDER SUPPORTING THIS RULE AS WELL AS SUPPORTING THE TWO UNDERLYING PIECES OF LEGISLATION, AND I WOULD RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 02:05:51 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 02:05:54 PM

            MR. POLIS

            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES. I YIELD…

            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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          • 02:05:59 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          • 02:06:01 PM

            MR. POLIS

            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE. THIS RULE THAT WE ARE…

            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE. THIS RULE THAT WE ARE LOOKING AT TODAY HAS TWO BILLS UNDER IT. THIS IS THE 56TH CLOSED RULE, ALLOWING NO AMENDMENTS THAT WE'RE BRINGING TO THE FLOOR THIS YEAR. OVER THE PAST YEAR WE HAVE NOT CONSIDERED ANY LEGISLATION UNDER AN OPEN RULE THAT WOULD ALLOW REPUBLICANS OR DEMOCRATS TO BRING FORWARD AMENDMENTS HERE ON THE FLOOR. WHEN THE 115TH CONGRESS OPENED, SPEAKER RYAN PROMISED REGULAR ORDER BILLS WOULD MAKE THEIR WAY TO THE FLOOR AFTER HEARINGS AND MARKUPS. INSTEAD, WE HAVE SEEN BILL AFTER BILL RUSHED TO THE FLOOR, MANY BILLS HAVEN'T GONE THROUGH COMMITTEE OR SKIPPED HEARINGS. THAT'S TRUE FOR THE FAILED HEALTH CARE BILL. IT'S ALSO TRUE FOR THE TAX BILL CURRENTLY IN CONFERENCE, THE MAJOR BILL THIS CONGRESS. THIS TAX BILL THAT SOMEHOW WE UNDERSTAND THERE IS A, QUOTE-UNQUOTE, DEAL ON BEFORE THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE EVEN MET, WAS CRAFTED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AND NO MEMBER WAS ABLE TO OFFER THEIR IDEAS ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. I OFFERED SEVERAL BIPARTISAN AMENDMENTS IN THE RULES COMMITTEE, BUT THEY WERE LOCKED OUT AS WERE AMENDMENTS FROM EVERY OTHER DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN THAT CHOSE TO OFFER AMENDMENTS. THE TAX LEGISLATION WOULD EXPLODE OUR DEBT. IT'S A GIVEAWAY TO WEALTHY CORPORATIONS, AND DOES NOTHING TO HELP THE MIDDLE CLASS. NOW, THE BENEFIT OF HAVING AN OPEN PROCESS IS CREATING BETTER IDEAS, HAVING DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS BRING FORWARD THEIR IDEAS, SEE WHO CAN MUSTER A MAJORITY OF VOTES HERE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE, AND INCLUDE THAT IN THE TAX BILL. WE'RE A LEGISLATURE. THAT'S HOW WE'RE SUPPOSED TO WORK. INSTEAD, A BILL IS CRAFTED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, TO RAISE TAXES ON 78 MILLION AMERICANS AND ADD $1.7 TRILLION TO THE DEBT. WHEN YOU ADD TO THE DEBT, THAT IS A TAX ON FUTURE AMERICANS. INSTEAD OF TAXES THEM TODAY YOU'RE TAXING THEM TOMORROW, AND THE TAX AND SPEND REPUBLICAN PARTY CONTINUES TO ADD TO THE DEFICIT AND ADD TO THE DEBT DAY AFTER DAY AFTER DAY. LOOK, WE ONLY HAVE A FEW LEGISLATIVE DAYS LEFT BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR, AND WE HAVE VERY IMPORTANT WORK TO DO LIKE RE-AUTHORIZING THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM AND FUNDING THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE FISCAL YEAR. THERE'S MILLIONS OF AMERICANS HAVE -- THAT HAVE BEEN DEVASTATED BY HURRICANES IN TEXAS, LOUISIANA, PUERTO RICO, FLORIDA, THE VIRGIN ISLANDS AND CONGRESS HAS NOT STEPPED UP TO THE PLATE. THERE'S OVER 800,000 ASPIRING AMERICANS THAT ARE AT RISK OF BEING DEPORTED FROM THE ONLY COUNTRY THEY HAVE EVER KNOWN AS HOME BECAUSE OF THE RECKLESS INACTIONS OF PRESIDENT TRUMP. CONGRESS NEEDS TO ACT TO FIND A REAL SOLUTION SO DREAMERS CAN CONTINUE TO WORK LEGALLY IN THE COMMUNITIES THAT THEY LIVE IN AND THEY CONTINUE TO THRIVE AND GIVE BACK TO MAKE OUR COUNTRY EVEN GREATER. SO WE HAVE A LOT OF CRITICAL TASKS AHEAD, WHICH IS WHY I'M REALLY SURPRISED WITH ALL OF THIS WORK TO DO AND ONLY SEVEN OR EIGHT DAYS TO DO IT THAT HERE WE ARE CONSIDERING TWO BILLS WHERE WE'LL HAVE OUR DEBATE BUT THEY'RE NOT -- THEY'RE NOT BILLS OF GREAT IMPORTANCE. WE'RE USING OUR FLOOR TIME VERY LIMITED, SEVEN DAYS BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR, WHEN WE COULD BE DEBATING TAX REFORM AND OFFERING AMENDMENTS, WHEN WE COULD BE ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF THE DREAMERS, WHEN WE COULD ACTUALLY BE DOING SOMETHING ABOUT THE DEFICIT, REINING IN OUT-OF-CONTROL WASTEFUL GOVERNMENT SPENDING. WE'RE NOT DOING ANY OF THAT. WE'RE DOING TWO MINOR BILLS THAT ARE, YOU KNOW, FAVORS FOR PUBLIC COMPANIES OR WHOEVER THEY ARE, HAPPY TO TALK ABOUT THEM. WILL DO MY ROLE IN DEBATING. ONE I AM EVEN SUPPORTIVE OF, BUT THEY'RE COMPLETELY SEPARATED FROM THE ACTUAL CONCERNS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. NO WONDER THE APPROVAL RATING OF THIS INSTITUTION IS UNDER 15%. BECAUSE WE CONTINUE TO DEBATE THESE MINOR BILLS UNDER A CLOSED PROCESS WHEN WITH THIS VERY WEEK WE COULD HAVE HAD AN OPEN PROCESS FOR TAX REFORM. WE COULD BE VOTING ON 10, 20 AMENDMENTS A DAY, PASSING SOME AND REJECTING SOME. I HAVE NO PROBLEM IF I BRING FORWARD SOME DEMOCRATIC AMENDMENT AND IT FAILS. THAT'S THE PROCESS. THAT'S FAIR. BUT WE HAVE BIPARTISAN, COMMONSENSE AMENDMENTS THAT SHOULD BE PART OF TAX REFORM. REPRESENTATIVE SCHWEIKERT AND I HAVE A BILL TO PROVIDE A DE MINIMIS EXEMPTION ON TAXATION FOR USE OF KRYPTO CURRENCIES, FOR AMOUNTS TO BE USED IN EVERYDAY PURCHASES $600. LET'S PUT A VOTE ON IT. I HOPE A MAJORITY OF CONGRESS AGREES. IF NOT, I'M A BIG BOY. I CAN GO HOME. THEY WON'T BE ABLE TO FIGHT FOR THE ISSUES THAT MY CONSTITUENTS HAVE HIRED ME TO FIGHT FOR. IT'S NOT ONLY THE FRUSTRATION I HAVE, NOT ONLY THE FRUSTRATION MANY REPUBLICANS HAVE BUT IT'S THE FRUSTRATION OF THE AMERICAN -- THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE WITH THIS INSTITUTION. NOW, LET'S GET TO THESE BILLS. LOOK, AGAIN, TYPICALLY THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE DID NOT HOLD A HEARING ON EITHER OF THESE BILLS. IT'S A CLOSED BILL. H.R. 2396, THE PRIVACY NOTIFICATION TECHNICAL CLARIFICATION ACT, SHARING INFORMATION WITH THIRD PARTIES AND, LOOK, WE'RE ALL FOR REDUCING UNNECESSARY REGULATIONS. WHEN I GET TO THE NEXT BILL, THE REPUBLICANS ARE ACTUALLY TRYING TO ADD PAPERWORK AND REGULATIONS, BUT THIS ONE DOES. BUT IT PICKS A VERY TO GET RID OF ONE. IT GETS RID OF PRIVACY NOTICES FROM FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS THAT TELL CONSUMERS THAT THEY CAN SHARE OR SELL YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION. OF ALL THE PLACES TO CUT PAPERWORK, WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO CUT THE ONE PIECE THAT CONSUMERS AND RETAILERS ACTUALLY CARE ABOUT? BACK IN SEPTEMBER, 143 MILLION AMERICANS HAD THEIR PERSONAL AND SENSITIVE INFORMATION SHARED WIDELY AS A RESULT OF A DATA BREACH AT EQUIFAX. CONGRESS SHOULD BE LOOKING AT WAYS TO BETTER SECURE OUR SENSITIVE INFORMATION, A CYBERSECURITY BILL, BETTER INFORMATION SHARING. INSTEAD, OF ACTUALLY MAKING IT EASIER FOR OUR PERSONAL INFORMATION TO BE SHARED MORE WIDELY AND GIVING YOU AS A CONSUMER LESS ABILITY TO FIND OUT WHERE IT'S BEING SHARED. A HEARING WOULD BE HELPFUL TO UNDERSTAND THE FULL EFFECTS OF THIS LEGISLATION TO SEE WHAT THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES ARE , AND WE DO KNOW THAT IT WOULD ELIMINATE CLEAR DISCLOSURE TO CONSUMERS ABOUT THEIR PRIVACY RIGHTS. NEVER A GOOD THING, ESPECIALLY IN THESE TIMES, INCLUDING CONSUMERS' ABILITY OF OPTING OUT HAVING THEIR INFORMATION SOLD TO THIRD PARTIES. WE CAN DO BETTER. THE OTHER BILL, H.R. 4015 MAKES A CHANGE TO HOW PROXY ADVISORY FIRMS PROVIDE INFORMATION TO SHAREHOLDERS AND WOULD REQUIRE THEY MAKE THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS AVAILABLE TO COMPANIES. THIS BILL IS PROBLEMATIC FROM A NUMBER OF PERSPECTIVES, SO HERE'S WHAT IT DOES. PROXY ADVISORY FIRMS PROVIDE INDEPENDENT ADVISORY SERVICES FOR INVESTORS AND HAVE FIDUCIARY RESPONSIBILITY TO THEIR INVESTORS. UNDER THIS LEGISLATION, THEY WOULD ACTUALLY HAVE TO OPEN THEMSELVES UP TO LOBBYING FOR COMPANIES AND ADD ADDITIONAL PAPERWORK, THEY'D HAVE TO REGISTER WITH THE S.E.C. WHEREAS THEY NOW DON'T BEFORE TRYING TO ISSUE VOTE RECOMMENDATIONS OR TRYING TO CHANGE THE CORPORATE BOARD. SO HERE'S WHO THE PLAYERS ARE IN THIS FIGHT. ON THE ONE HAND YOU HAVE PUBLIC COMPANIES. ON THE OTHER YOU HAVE INVESTORS, WHICH MEANS YOUR PENSION FUND AND MINE, MR. SPEAKER. IT MEANS UNIVERSITY ENDOWMENTS. I KNOW YOU ALL DON'T LIKE THOSE AND YOU'LL TAX THEM SOON. IT MEANS PERHAPS YOU AS AN INDIVIDUAL INVESTOR THROUGH A MUTUAL FUND OR OTHER VEHICLES. SO INVESTORS ON ONE SIDE, PUBLIC CORPORATIONS ON THE OTHER. BUT THE PROBLEM IS IT'S NOT THE SHAREHOLDERS OF THE PUBLIC COMPANIES. IT'S THE INSULAR GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT STRUCTURES OF THOSE ORGANIZATIONS, AND MANY OF THEM DO NEED TO BE SHAKEN UP IN THE NAME OF EFFICIENCY. THERE ARE MANY EXAMPLES OF INVESTOR PRESSURE THAT'S BEEN APPLIED TO GOOD EFFECT, TO MEANINGFUL REFORMS IN CORPORATE GOVERNANCE, PREVENTING CONFLICTS OF INTEREST, MAKING SURE THE BOARD THAT OVERSEES THE C.E.O. ARE NOT JUST HIS GOLFING BUDDIES AND HE'S ONLY THE BOARD OR SHE'S ON THE BOARD OF THEIR COMPANIES TOO. SO I'VE GENERALLY BEEN ON THE SIDE OF INVESTOR EMPOWERMENT ON THAT. YOU KNOW, NOT TO THE EXTREME, NOT TO MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO BE C.E.O. ON A PUBLICLY TRADED COMPANY, TO RUN A PUBLICLY TRADED COMPANY BUT IF ANYTHING WE SHOULD MAKE SURE THAT THE ACTUAL OWNERS OF THE COMPANY ARE EMPOWERED TO MAKE THE CHANGES THEY NEED TO INCREASE EFFICIENCY. THIS BILL GOES THE WRONG WAY. IT ADDS RED TAPE, ADDS PAPERWORK AND ADDS REGULATIONS TO INVESTORS, AND PREVENTS THEM FROM BEING ABLE TO EXERT INFLUENCE IN THE SAME WAY THEY DO TODAY, ADDING ONE DEGREE OF ADDITIONAL REGULATION AND PAPERWORK TO ALLOW THEM TO DO THE KINDS OF GOOD GOVERNANCE ACTIVITIES IN TERMS OF RUNNING COMPETITIVE FIGHTS FOR BOARDS OF DIRECTORS. I GET THERE'S ANOTHER SIDE. THERE COULD BE A STEAMING UNDERBELLY TO INVESTOR ENGAGEMENT AS WELL. THERE ARE SOME THAT CARE ONLY ABOUT SHORT-TERM GAINS, THAT TRY TO INSTITUTE PRACTICES OR BULLY MANAGEMENT IN A WAY THAT'S NOT CONDUCIVE FOR LONG-TERM VALUE, RATHER BUMP, PUMP AND DUMP SCHEMES THAT THEY TRY TO MAKE MONEY OFF OF AND I TOTALLY GET THAT, BUT IN GENERAL IT IS THE OWNERS OF THE COMPANY TO WHOM THE FIDUCIARY RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DIRECTORS AND C.E.O. LIE AND WE SHOULD EMPOWER THEM FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE TO MAKE THE CHANGES TO INCREASE THE OVERALL PRODUCTIVITY OF THE COMPANY. WE SHOULD NOT BURDEN INVESTORS WITH ADDITIONAL RED TAPE, AS REPUBLICANS ARE DOING, BY CREATING MORE BUREAUCRACY AND PAPERWORK AND COMPLIANCE COSTS WITH THIS BILL. FRANKLY, I WAS SURPRISED TO SEE THIS BILL COME OUT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES BECAUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN FAIRLY CONSISTENT IN TRYING TO REMOVE REGULATIONS FROM DODD-FRANK. THAT'S GENERALLY BEEN THE APPROACH. I SUPPORTED THE REMOVAL OF SOME OF THOSE UNNECESSARY REGULATIONS. OTHERS ARE IMPORTANT REGULATIONS, LIKE THIS PRIVACY DISCLOSURE, THAT I DON'T THINK IS A GOOD IDEA, BUT HERE THEY ARE ADDING REPORTING REQUIREMENTS ABOVE DODD-FRANK. THEY ARE OUTDOING DODD-FRANK. THEY ARE SAYING THERE'S NOT ENOUGH PAPERWORK, NOT ENOUGH MONEY GOING TO LAWYERS AND ACCOUNTANTS. WE WILL MAKE THEM FILE MORE PAPERWORK FOR THE S.E.C. I THINK THAT'S THE WRONG WAY TO GO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE THE RESIST TO BURDEN SHAREHOLDERS WHO ACTUALLY OWN COMPANIES WITH ADDITIONAL COSTS AND PAPERWORK AND PREVENT THEM FROM MAKING NECESSARY MANAGEMENT IMPROVEMENTS TO THE COMPANIES THAT AT THE END OF THE DAY ARE RUN FOR THEM, NOT FOR THE BENEFIT OF MANAGEMENT. . THAT'S WHY I OPPOSE THIS BILL. SHAREHOLDERS SHOULD HAVE A RIGHT OF PARTIAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE COMPANY THEY I VESTED. WE SHOULD MINIMIZE PAPERWORK WHERE POSSIBLE. I HAVE BEEN PROUD TO SUPPORT A NUMBER BIPARTISAN PROPOSALS TO DO THAT. THIS BILL GOES THE OPPOSITE WAY. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 02:17:13 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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          • 02:17:17 PM

            MR. WOODALL

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

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. SOMETIMES THERE'S A LOT OF PRESSURE ON THE RULES COMMITTEE. YOU COME DOWN HERE AND YOU GET GET SOME OF THE MOST KNOWLEDGEABLE FOLKS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ISSUE, ON BOTH SIDES OF THE CHAMBER, AND YOU'VE GOT TO BE PREPARED TO REFUTE THE DETAIL AFTER DETAIL AFTER DETAIL THAT MIGHT CONFUSE FOLKS BACK HOME. IT GIVES ME GREAT PLEASURE TODAY TO NOT HAVE TO SPEND ANY TIME REFUTING ANYTHING THAT MY FRIEND JUST SAID BECAUSE WE -- THE IMPORTANT THING ABOUT DEVELOPING A REPUTATION IS, IT'S JUST LAUGHABLE TO SUGGEST THAT REPUBLICANS ARE COMING TO THE FLOOR TODAY TO UNDERMINE PRIFESISM IT'S LAUGHABLE TO SUGGEST THAT REPUBLICANS ARE COMING TO THE FLOOR TODAY TO INCREASE PAPERWORK AND RED TAPE. AND IT IS NOT ONLY LAUGHABLE, BUT IT IS INACCURATE TO SUGGEST THAT IT'S REPUBLICANS COMING TO DO THIS, MR. SPEAKER. THESE ARE BIPARTISAN BILLS COMING TO THE FLOOR TODAY. I'D REICH TO YIELD TIME, MR. SPEAKER, TO -- I'D LIKE TO YIELD TIME, MR. SPEAKER TORQUES MY FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN, MR. TROT, HIS BILL PASSED OUT OF COMMITTEE, TO THE FLOOR TODAY. I'D REICH TO YIELD TIME, MR. SPEAKER, TO -- I'D LIKE TO YIELD 40-20, A HUGE BIPARTISAN VOTE. IT WENT THROUGH A HEARING, MARKUP. IT WAS EVERYTHING THAT MAKES THIS INSTITUTION WORK PROPERLY. I APPRECIATE HIM FOR BRINGING THE ISSUE FORWARD AND LIKE TO YIELD HIM FIVE MINUTES TO TALK ABOUT THE TREMENDOUS BIPARTISAN EFFORT THAT HE'S PUT TOGETHER.

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          • 02:18:33 PM

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            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 02:18:35 PM

            MR. TROTT

            I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND FROM GEORGIA FOR YIELDING AND FOR HIS HARD WORK…

            I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND FROM GEORGIA FOR YIELDING AND FOR HIS HARD WORK ON THIS RULE. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE TODAY WHICH ALLOWS FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2396, THE PRIVACY YIELDING AND FOR HIS HARD WORK ON THIS RULE. NOTIFICATION TECHNICAL CLARIFICATION ACT. I WOULD LIKE TO BEGIN BY THANKING CHAIRMAN HENSARLING FOR GUIDING THIS BILL THROUGH COMMITTEE, AND CHAIRMAN SESSIONS FOR HIS WORK ON BRINGING THIS RULE TO THE FLOOR. I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND, MR. CLAY, FOR HIS VERY HELPFUL AMENDMENT. ONE OF THE REASONS I CAME TO CONGRESS WAS TO REDUCE THE REGULATORY BURDEN IN OUR COUNTRY SO THAT BUSINESSES COULD HAVE THE FREEDOM TO GROW, THRIVE, AND CREATE JOBS FOR HARDWORKING AMERICANS. THIS BILL IS ABOUT MODERNIZING ONE OF THOSE OUTDATED REGULATIONS THAT HAS BEEN A BURDEN TO BUSINESSES AND CONSUMERS ALIKE, THE PRIVACY NOTIFICATION RULES. A COUPLE MINUTES AGO MY FRIEND FROM COLORADO GAVE A VERY NICE SPEECH ABOUT DACA, ABOUT TAX REFORM, ABOUT THE PUBLIC OPINION OF THIS INSTITUTION. BUT THE SPEECH HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH CONSIDERATION OF THIS RULE TODAY. WHEN HE FINALLY GOT AROUND TO TALKING ABOUT THE RULE, HE SAID, WE SHOULD NOT ALLOW THE RULE TO MOVE FORWARD BECAUSE THE UNDERLYING BILL, 2396, IN LIGHT OF THE EQUIFAX SCANDAL, WE SHOULD NOT BE ELIMINATING PRIVACY NOTICES AND ALLOW BANKS TO CIRCUMVENT THOSE RULES BECAUSE IT'S GOING TO HURT CONSUMERS. NONE OF THIS IS CORRECT. THIS BILL IS A VERY SIMPLE BILL. IT DEALS WITH ALL THE FINANCE COMPANIES AND RELIEVES THEM FROM THE BURDEN OF HAVING TO SEND OUT PRIVACY NOTICES TO CONSUMERS YEAR AFTER YEAR WHEN THE POLICY HASN'T CHANGED. IF THE AUTO FINANCE COMPANIES CHANGE THE RULE, CHANGE THE POLICY, THEY HAVE TO SEND OUT NEW PRIVACY NOTICES. IF A CONSUMER CALLS UP AND SAYS I KNOW THE POLICY HASN'T CHANGED BUT I'D LIKE TO SEAT RULE, THEY CAN GO ON THE WEBSITE OR ASK THE POLICY BE MAILED TO THEM. THIS BILL IN NO WAY HARMS CONSUMERS. JUST LAST YEAR WE PASSED A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT ALLOWED BANKS TO STOP SENDING PRIVACY NOTICES TO CONSUMERS IF NOTHING IN THE POLICY HAD CHANGED. THIS NONCONTROVERSIAL MEASURE PASSED BY VOICE VOTE WITH MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE REAL IDENTIFIEDING -- REALIZING THE COMPANIES WERE WASTING ENORMOUS AMOUNTS OF PAPER AND MONEY, SENDING OUT DUPLICATIVE AND UNNECESSARY PRIVACY NOTICES YEAR AFTER YEAR. THE BILL ACHIEVED ITS GOAL. MILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN SPENT ON PAPER AND POSEAGE HAVE BEEN PUT BACK IN COMMUNITIES. BY BILL BUILDS ON THIS SUCCESS AND EXTENDS THE PROVISION TO COMPANIES LENDING MONEY TO PEOPLE BUYING VEHICLES THIS. MEANS THAT THOSE WHO EXTEND CREDITS TO CONSUMERS WHO BUY VEHICLES FROM FORD, G.M., PROVISION TO COMPANIES LENDING MONEY TO PEOPLE BUYING VEHICLES HARLEY-DAVIDSON, AND OTHER ICONIC AMERICAN COMPANIES, WOULD RECEIVE THE SAME BENEFIT AS BANKS. MORE IMPORTANTLY CONSUMERS WILL NO LONGER BE BOMBARDED WITH THE NEVER-ENDING STREAM OF LITTLE PRINT, PRIVACY NOTICES AND POLICIES THAT HAVEN'T CHANGED. THIS IS A BIPARTISAN COMMONSENSE MEASURE. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE RULE AND ALLOW DEBATE TO BEGIN ON THIS LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK.

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          • 02:21:45 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO RESERVES. GEORGIA…

            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO RESERVES. GEORGIA RESERVES, SOARRY. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

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          • 02:21:51 PM

            MR. POLIS

            BEFORE I FURTHER YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, I WANT TO INSERT IN…

            BEFORE I FURTHER YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, I WANT TO INSERT IN THE RECORD THE BILL SUMMARY FROM THE MAJORITY, THE REPUBLICANS ON THE RULES COMMITTEE, FOR H.R. 4015. WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

          • 02:22:04 PM

            MR. POLIS

            THE REASON I DO IS MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA SOMEHOW SAID THAT IT WAS…

            THE REASON I DO IS MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA SOMEHOW SAID THAT IT WAS LAUGHABLE THAT THIS CHARACTERIZATION THAT IT'S ADDING PAPERWORK, THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL DOES. IN THIS EXHIBIT, THIS IS REPUBLICAN SUMMARY OF THEIR OWN BILL. IT SAYS, THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THESE STATEMENTS MUST BE FILED WITH THE S.E.C. THE WHOLE BILL IS ABOUT ADDING PAPERWORK. THAT'S WHAT THE BILL DOES. YOU CAN CAN ARGUE IT'S PAPERWORK YOU WANT. CORPORATE C.E.O.'S WANT IT AND EXISTING BOARD MEMBERS, BUT INVESTORS DON'T. WE TALKING ABOUT ADDITIONAL PAPERWORK. THERE IS NOTHING IN THAT STATEMENT THAT CAN YOU REFUTE BECAUSE THE REPUBLICAN BILL SUMMARY EXPLAINS THAT'S WHAT THEY ARE DOING. THERE IS NO DISAGREEMENT. HE'S CORRECT. PAPERWORK. THERE IS NOTHING IN THAT STATEMENT THAT CAN YOU I'M SURE THERE ARE SOME DEMOCRATS THAT SUPPORT THESE BILLS. SOME REPUBLICANS. SOME REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS MIGHT OPPOSE THESE BILLS. THAT'S WHAT THE BILL DOES. IT ADDS PAPERWORK. THAT'S WHY I WAS SURPRISED TO SEE IT COME OUT OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE THAT IN GENERAL HAS BEEN MORE INTERESTED IN REDUCING PAPERWORK. HERE THEY ARE INTERESTED IN ADDING COMPLIANCE COSTS AND PAPERWORK TO INVESTORS. WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. BEFORE I DO I'D HAVE TO SAY IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I'LL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE TO BRING UP REPRESENTATIVE MALONEY'S BILL WHICH WOULD BLOCK THE F.C.C.'S RULE FROM NET TRUTHALITY TO TAKE INTO EFFECT. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TOWN SERT THE TEXT OF MY AMENDMENT IN THE RECORD ALONG WITH EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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          • 02:23:36 PM

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          • 02:23:43 PM

            MR. MALONEY

            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO. I RISE TODAY TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO…

            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO. I RISE TODAY TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I'LL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE TO BRING UP REPRESENTATIVE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN TURN OUR ATTENTION TO THE ISSUE THAT IS SO CRITICAL FOR THIS BODY TO ADDRESS RIGHT NOW. I SPEAK OF THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATION COMMISSION'S DECISION AND ITS ASSAULT ON NET NEUTRALITY. THE F.C.C. IS EXPECTED TO VOTE TOMORROW RIGHT NOW. I SPEAK OF THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATION TO ELIMINATE THE RULES THAT PROTECT OUR INTERNET. THEY ARE ABOUT TO FIX SOMETHING THAT IS NOT BROKEN. NOW, MAYBE THE WORDS NET NEUTRALITY MAKE YOUR EYE GLAZE OVER BUT IT'S CRITICAL TO ALL WHO USE THE INTERNET. IT'S NOT THAT COMPLICATED. WE CALL THE RULES TO ELIMINATE THE RULES THAT PROTECT THE CURRENT INTERNETANYAHU NEWT TRALITY BECAUSE THEY KEEP THE NET NEUTRAL FOR EVERYONE. A NEUTRAL INTERNET MEANS WE ALL HAVE ACCESS TO THE SAME LEGAL CONTENT AND SERVICES, NO MATTER WHERE OR HOW WE GET THE INTERNET. THESE RULES AREN'T NEW AND THEY ARE WORKING. IN FACT, WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT, ONE OF THE LAST PLACES WHERE QUALITY REALLY RAINES IN OUR SOCIETY IS ON THE INTER-- REIGNS ON OUR SOCIETY IS THE NET. IT'S ONE OF THE FEW PLACES LEFT IN AMERICA WHERE WE'RE ALL ON EQUAL FOOTING. THAT'S THE ALL ON EQUAL FOOTING. THAT'S THE CURRENT NET NEUTRALITY SYSTEM WE MUST PROTECT. THE FOLKS WHO WANT TO END THAT SAY THEY NEED TO REWRITE THESE SPUR SPUR INNOVATION. REALLY, MR. SPEAKER? IT'S HARD TO LOOK AT THE INTERNET AS IT'S BLOSSOMED IN AMERICA AND SAY WE LACK INNOVATION. INNOVATION IS EVERYWHERE. LOOK AT THE NEW APPS AND WEBSITES AND SERVICES WE RELY ON EVERY DAY. THIS INNOVATION EXISTS NOT IN SPITE OF NET NEUTRALITY, RULES TO THIS INKNOW VATION EXISTS IN LARGE PART BECAUSE OF IT. NET NEUTRALITY IS NOT A BUG, MR. SPEAKER. NET NEUTRALITY IS A FEATURE. THAT IS WHY WE MUST PROTECT IT. THE REAL REASON THAT PEOPLE WANT TO END NET NEUTRALITY IS MONEY AND PROFITABILITY. GETTING RID OF NET NEUTRALITY WOULD EXPOSE CONSUMERS TO ALL SORTS OF PRACTICE THAT RIGHT NOW ARE BANNED. PRACTICES LIKE THROTTLING, WHICH MEANS THE INTERNET COMPANY DOESN'T HAVE TO PROVIDE THE SAME ACCESS TO ALL COMPANIES. SO THEY DON'T LIKE ONE COMPANY, THEY CAN SLOW DOWN YOUR ACCESS TO THAT SITE. THEY COULD BLOCK THE SITE ENTIRELY. THEY COULD TELL A STREAMING SERVICE LIKE NETFLIX THEY HAVE TO PAY MORE. OR MAKE THEIR SITE WORK COULD BLOCK THE SITE DIFFERENTLY. THESE EXTRA COSTS ARE GOING TO GET PASSED ON TO ALL OF US, CONSUMERS. WHILE SOME US HAVE A FEW CHOICE WHEN IS IT COMES TO INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS, MOST DON'T. HOW MANY HAVE MORE THAN ONE OPTION WHEN IT COMES TO INTERNET IN YOUR HOME OR OFFICE? THESE COMPANIES HAVE A FUNCTIONAL MONOPOLY. SO MANY OF THEM CAN DO BASICALLY WHATEVER THEY WANT AND NOT LOSE CUSTOMERS. THAT'S WHY WE NEED SOME COMMONSENSE RULES IN PLACE TO PROTECT CONSUMERS. THESE RULES ARE CALLED NET NEUTRALITY. WHAT CAN WE DO TO STOP THE F.C.C. FROM HARMING THIS FREE INTERNET? I HAVE INTRODUCED LEGISLATION IN THE LAST COUPLE DAYS THAT WOULD BLOCK THIS PROPOSAL AND PROTECT THE INTERNET. H.R. 4585, THE SAVE NET NEUTRALITY ACT, WOULD SIMPLY PREVENT THE F.C.C. FROM RELYING ON THIS PROCESS THEY HAVE USED TO ROLL THESE RULES BACK. IT'S THAT SIMPLE. AND WE KNOW THE F.C.C.'S RULE MAKING PROCESS WAS SO MESSED UP, SO CORRUPTED, SO CREW SCREWED UP IT'S BEING INVESTIGATED RIGHT NOW BY THE NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO DEFEAT THIS PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN MOVE TO THE-TO-DEBATE MY BILL AND SAVE NET NEUTRALITY ACT AND ADDRESS THIS CRITICAL ISSUE. THIS IS OUR CHANCE TO PROTECT THE INTERNET AS IT HAS ALWAYS EXISTED. AN INTERNET THAT'S WORKING FINE AS IT IS. TO THE F.C.C., WE SAY, IF IT AIN'T BROKE, DON'T FIX IT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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          • 02:27:26 PM

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          • 02:27:30 PM

            MR. WOODALL

            I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. TO SAY I AGREE WITH MY FRIEND.…

            I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. TO SAY I AGREE WITH MY FRIEND. I, TOO, SAID TO THE F.C.C. IN 2015, IF IT AIN'T BROKE DON'T FIX IT. I THOUGHT THE FIRST 20-PLUS YEARS OF THE INTERNET WERE MARKED BY INNOVATION AND FREEDOM. I WANTED TO KEEP THAT INNOVATION AND FREEDOM FLOWING. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WANTED TO INSERT ITSELF INTO THE INTERNET INFRASTRUCTURE IN WAYS IT HAD NEVER INSERTED GOVERNMENT IN INFRASTRUCTURE BEFORE. AND FROM THE NUMBERS I HAVE SEEN, MY FRIEND MAY HAVE DIFFERENT NUMBERS, SUGGESTS THAT INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT HAS DECLINED OVER THOSE TWO YEARS. FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF THE INTERNET INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT. REASONABLE MEN AND WOMEN CAN DIGS AGREE -- DISAGREE, MR. SPEAKER, BUT UNDERSTAND INTERNET FREEDOM AND INNOVATION IS WHAT WE ALL WANT TO PROTECT. UNFORTUNATELY IT'S NOT WHAT THIS RULE IS FOCUSED ON TODAY THIS. RULE IS FOCUSED ON SIMPLIFICATION AND EXPANSION COMING OUT OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE. MR. SPEAKER, ONE OF THE GENTLEMAN I HAD THE PLEASURE OF BEING ELECTED WITH IN 2011 IS THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. DUFFY. HE'S ONE OF THE SPONSORS OF ONE OF THESE BILLS WE HAVE BEFORE US TODAY. HE'S BEEN A LEADER IN THE FINANCIAL SERVICES FIELD IN HIS SEVEN IN 2011 IS THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. DUFFY. YEARS. I'D LIKE TO YIELD HIM FIVE MINUTES TO TALK ABOUT THE IMPACT HIS LEGISLATION WILL HAVE ON THE PROCESS TODAY.

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          • 02:28:54 PM

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          • 02:28:56 PM

            MR. DUFFY

            I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. BEFORE I GET TO MY BILL F. I…

            I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. BEFORE I GET TO MY BILL F. I COULD ADDRESS A FEW POINTS THAT HAVE BEEN BROUGHT UP IN THIS DEBATE WHICH I'M SURPRISED THE FACT THE RULES COMMITTEE DOESN'T TALK ABOUT THE RULE. TALK ABOUT A WHOLE BUNCH OF DIFFERENT ISSUES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS CORRECT. INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT IN THE INTERNET HAS GONE DOWN OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS. I WOULD AGREE IF IT'S NOT BROKEN WHY DID PRESIDENT TRUMP -- PRESIDENT OBAMA TRY TO FIX IT? IT WAS WORKING REALLY WELL FOR 20 YEARS. IN REGARD TO THE TAX BILL, THAT'S BEING DEBATED, I THINK WE'RE LOOKING AT SOME UNIQUE ARGUMENTS THAT ARE BEING MADE. THE DEMOCRATS ARE OVER THERE, THEY ARE FIGHTING FOR THE POOR, MIDDLE CLASS AMERICAN AND REPUBLICANS ARE FIGHTING FOR THE RICH. IT'S A GREAT LINE. I LOVE THE LINE. BUT LET'S LOOK TO THE WEALTHIEST COMMUNITIES IN AMERICA. GO LOOK RIGHT OUTSIDE OF D.C. LOOK IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA. ARE THOSE WEALTHY COMMUNITIES, THOSE IN VIRGINIA REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT? THEY ARE DEMOCRAT. L.A., SAN FRANCISCO, BOSTON, NEW YORK, ALL REALLY RICH COMMUNITIES THAT ELECT DEMOCRATS. THE WEALTHIEST AND BIGGEST CORPORATIONS, THINK OF THE TECH INDUSTRY IN CALIFORNIA OR THE BIGGEST BANKS IN AMERICA, WHAT ARE THEY? THEY ARE DEMOCRATS. AND THAT'S WHY BIGGEST WHEN THE TAX DEBATE COMES UP YOU SEE DEMOCRATS FIGHTING FOR LOOPHOLES AND PREFERENCES FOR THEIR BIG WEALTHY FRIENDS. THAT'S WHY WHEN REPUBLICANS HERE IN THIS HOUSE, MAYBE TO WRITE OFF THE MORTGAGE INTEREST ON A MILLION DOLLAR HOME, THAT MIGHT BE TOO MUCH. MAYBE WE SHOULD LOWER IT TO $500,000 MAYBE WE SHOULD LOWER IT TO $500,000 OF MORTGAGE INTEREST DEDUCTION. MY DEMOCRAT FRIENDS FREAKED OUT. OH, NO. THE POOR MIDDLE CLASS PEOPLE IN MY COMMUNITY WHO HAVE A COMMUNITY WHO HAVE A MILLION DOLLAR MORTGAGE, THEY ARE JUST HAVING A TOUGH TIME GETTING BY. THAT WAS THE ARGUMENT THAT WAS MADE. . YOU TALK ABOUT INVESTMENT IN MY BILL, YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT PENSION FUNDS? WHAT'S HAPPENED TO PENSION FUNDS IN AMERICA? WHAT'S HAPPENED TO AMERICAN 401-K'S? THEY'VE GONE THROUGH THE ROOF BECAUSE WE'RE LOWERING RULES AND REGULATIONS IN A SMART WAY AND WE'RE GOING TO REFORM OUR TAX CODE TO LET FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES KEEP MORE OF THEIR INCOME BECAUSE THEY CAN SPEND IT BETTER THAN ANYONE IN THIS TOWN. THEY DO IT WELL. AND SO IF YOU WANT TO TANK THE MARKETS, DO WHAT YOU'VE BEEN DOING AND TANK TAX REFORM. I WANT TO GET TO -- PROXY ADVISORY FIRMS. IT'S TAKEN A WHILE TO GET HERE. BUT THE ROLE OF PROXY ADVISE RY FIRMS IN SHAPING CORPORATE -- ADVISORY FIRMS IN SHAPING CORPORATIONS IS IMPORTANT. THEY SHAPE THEM ON HOW THEY VOTE TO THE SHARES OF THE CORPORATIONS THEY OWN. YOU'RE LIKE, THAT'S PRETTY HE ABOUT -- THAT'S PRETTY BEHIND. THAT'S NOT A BIG ISSUE. IN 1987 IT WAS 47%. TODAY INVESTORS ONLY OWEN 75% OF AMERICAN CORPORATIONS. BILLIONS OF SHARES INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS CONTROL AND LOOK TO PROXY ADVISORS FOR ADVICE AND THERE ARE TWO FIRMS THAT CONTROL 97% OF THE MARKET. SO TWO COMPANIES BASICALLY ARE HAVING A HUGE INFLUENCE ON AMERICAN CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND THEY'RE INVOLVING IN THE WRITING AND ANALYSIS AND REPORTS AND VOTING RECOMMENDATIONS THAT AFFECT FUNDAMENTAL CORPORATE TRANSACTIONS LIKE MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS AND SHAREHOLDER PROPOSALS. A HUGE IMPACT ON CORPORATE GOVERNANCE. THEY ARE NOT IMMUNE FROM CONFLICTS OF INTEREST. FOR EXAMPLE, IN ADDITION TO PROVIDING RECOMMENDATIONS TO INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS ABOUT HOW TO VOTE, PROXY ADVISORY FIRMS MAY ALSO ADVISE COMPANIES ABOUT CORPORATE GOVERNANCE ISSUES, RATE COMPANIES ON CORPORATE GOVERNANCE, HELP COMPANIES IMPROVE THOSE RATINGS AND ADVISE PROPONENTS ABOUT HOW TO FRAME PROPOSALS TO GET THE MOST VOTES. I AM GOING TO COME BACK TO THAT IN A SECOND. BUT THERE WAS A STANFORD UNIVERSITY STUDY THAT SAID, INSTITUTION INVESTORS WITH ASSETS OF OVER $100 BILLION OR MORE, THEY MAKE 10% OF THE VOTING DECISIONS WHICH MEANS THEY FLOW 90% TO PROXY ADVISORY FIRMS. I DON'T KNOW IF YOU'RE FAMILIAR WITH THE MAFIA BUT YOU HAVE THE STORE KEEPER ON THE BLOCK AND HE'S ROBBED ONE NIGHT, RIGHT, GETS BEATEN UP AND ROBBED AND THE NEXT DAY THE THUGS COME IN AND SAY, HEY, HEY, I HERE YOU WERE OUT LAST NIGHT. YOU PAY A LITTLE FEE. WE'LL TAKE CARE OF YOU AND MAKE SURE YOU'RE NOT ROBBED ANYMORE. THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT PROXY ADVISORY FIRMS ARE DOING. OH, YOU GOT A BAD RECOMMENDATION. LET ME TELL YOU WHAT, YOU BUY OUR SERVICES AND WE CAN HELP YOU IN THE FUTURE. JUST PAY THE RANSOM AND WE'LL HELP TAKE CARE OF YOU AND FUTURE RECOMMENDATIONS. THIS IS NOT THE WAY CORPORATE GOVERNANCE SHOULD WORK. SO MY BILL BRINGS TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY TO PROXY ADVISORY FIRMS. I THOUGHTS THAT'S WHAT DEMOCRATS WANT.

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          • 02:34:01 PM

            MR. WOODALL

            MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO ADDITIONAL MINUTES.

          • 02:34:05 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

          • 02:34:07 PM

            MR. DUFFY

            BRINGING IN MORE COMPETITION IN THE INDUSTRY. MAKING IT BETTER FOR…

            BRINGING IN MORE COMPETITION IN THE INDUSTRY. MAKING IT BETTER FOR INVESTORS. SPECIFICALLY, AGAIN, A BIPARTISAN BILL. REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS VOTED FOR THIS LEGISLATION. BUT WE'LL ENSURE PROXY ADVISORY FIRMS ARE REGISTERED WITH THE S.E.C. HOW BAD IS THAT REGISTERING WITH THE S.E.C.? A LITTLE OVERSIGHT. DISCLOSE. WE WILL DISCLOSE POTENTIAL CONFLICTS OF INTEREST. HOW RADICAL IS THAT IDEA? SHOULDN'T ALL PARTIES BE AWARE OF IT? I DON'T KNOW WHY MY FRIEND ACROSS THE AISLE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, WOULD BE OPPOSED TO THAT? MAINTAIN A CODE OF ETHICS. THAT'S NOT SHOPPING SCHOCKING. MOST PEOPLE WOULD AGREE TO THAT POINT. AND MAKE PUBLICLY AVAILABLE OF METHODOLOGIES IN FORMING ANALYSIS. AGAIN, THIS IS TRANSPARENCY. THIS IS A COMMONSENSE BILL THAT BOTH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS HAVE VOTED FOR BECAUSE WE'VE RECOGNIZED AND, AGAIN, I AM NOT A BIG REGULATION GUY, AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO POINTED OUT, BUT WHEN YOU CONSOLIDATE A GREAT DEAL OF POWER IN TWO COMPANIES TO HAVE A HUGE IMPACT ON AMERICAN CORPORATE GOVERNANCE, THAT MAKES A LOT OF PEOPLE UNCOMFORTABLE. AND TO HAVE A LITTLE MORE OVERSIGHT, TO HAVE A LITTLE MORE TRANSPARENCY, TO HAVE A LITTLE MORE ACCOUNTABILITY IS A REALLY, REALLY GOOD THING, AND SOME OF THE SMALLEST COMPANIES HAVE BEEN THE BIGGEST COMPLAINERS ABOUT HOW THESE PROXY ADVISORY FIRMS HAVE HELD THEM HOSTAGE. SO LET'S SUPPORT THE SMALL INNOVATORS, THE BIG JOB CREATORS IN AMERICA WHO ARE COMPLAINING ABOUT THE BIG PROXY ADVISORY FIRMS, LET'S STAND WITH THEM AND THE FAMILIES THAT THEY EMPLOY AND THE FUTURE FAMILIES, IF THEY'RE SUCCESSFUL, WILL EMPLOY, AND LET'S GIVE A LITTLE MORE CONTROL TO PROXY ADVISORY FIRMS. I ASK SUPPORT OF THIS GREAT BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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          • 02:35:57 PM

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          • 02:36:00 PM

            MR. POLIS

            I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. YOU KNOW, I CAN SEE MY FRIEND,…

            I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. YOU KNOW, I CAN SEE MY FRIEND, MR. DUFFY, IS EXCITED ABOUT THIS, VERY ENGAGED. YOU KNOW, IT'S A HARD ISSUE. I DON'T THINK MANY DEMOCRATS ARE EXCITED EITHER WAY. THEY'LL DECIDE WHERE THEY STAND. IT'S A FIGHT BETWEEN CORPORATE C.E.O.'S AND BIG INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS. I MEAN, YOU KNOW, THEY'RE BOTH FINE. YOU HAVE TO PICK ONE OR THE OTHER IN VOTING YES OR NO ON THIS BILL. I THINK AS DEMOCRATS WE'RE MORE INTERESTED IN HOW OTHER PEOPLE ARE DOING THAT ARE WORKING FOR THOSE COMPANIES, HOW WE'RE DOING ABOUT SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES OVER TIME. YEAH, THEY'LL VOTE FOR INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS OR FOR CORPORATE C.E.O.'S AND INSULAR BOARDS, FINE. IT DOES ADD PAPERWORK. WE TALKED ABOUT THAT. MR. DUFFY SAID IT ADDS PAPERWORK. DEMOCRATS WILL LIKE IT. YEAH, THERE ARE SOME DEMOCRATS THAT VOTED FOR IT. I DON'T WANT TO ADD MORE PAPERWORK. I WANT TO STREAMLINE IT. I THINK DEMOCRATS WILL AGREE WITH THE CORPORATE C.E.O.'S OVER THE INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS. I'VE TAKEN A COMPANY PUBLIC. I'VE RUN PUBLIC COMPANIES. I'VE SEEN THIS WORLD. I THINK IT'S A GOOD THING THAT THE SHARE OF -- I DON'T HAVE STATISTICS IN FRONT OF ME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN SAID SOMETHING ALONG THE LINES OF 47% TO 75% OF THE CAPITAL IS INSTITUTIONAL. THE BIG PROBLEM IN CORPORATE GOVERNANCE IS NOT TOO MUCH SHAREHOLDER ENGAGEMENT. IT'S NOT ENOUGH. WHEN YOU HAVE A FEW SHAREHOLDER BASE, WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS, WHEN YOU HAVE, YOU KNOW, PER VERBIALLY 200 PEOPLE THAT EACH OWN HALF A PERCENT OF THE COMPANY AND THEY NEVER TALK OR KNOW EACH OTHER, THE ABILITY TO RUN A BUSINESS AMUCK PLAGUES OUR PUBLIC MARKETPLACES. SO TO HAVE SOPHISTICATED ACTIVE INVESTORS THAT OWN ENOUGH AND CAN WORK TOGETHER, SOMETIMES THROUGH THESE PROXY FIGHTS WHEN IT COMES TO IT, TO BE ABLE TO MAXIMIZE LONG-TERM VALUE IS A GOOD THING. IT'S A GOOD THING. AND OF COURSE EVERYBODY CAN POINT TO TIMES THAT IT'S BEEN GOOD FOR COMPANIES AND TIMES IT'S BEEN BAD. GENERALLY SPEAKING IF IS -- THIS BILL IS ADDING PAPERWORK TO MOVE THE BAR THE WRONG WAY, TO MOVE IT TOWARDS MANAGEMENT AWAY FROM SHAREHOLDERS. I AGREE YOU NEED TO BALANCE. I WOULDN'T SUPPORT A BILL THAT MOVED IT ALL THE WAY TO SHAREHOLDERS EITHER. YOU'RE JUST ENCOURAGING AGITATORS TO GET IN ON A SHORT-TERM BASIS AND SPECULATIVE BASIS. I THINK WE'RE CLOSE TO THE RIGHT PLACE. IF YOU ASK ME WHERE I WOULD MOVE IT, I WOULD MOVE IT A LITTLE THE OTHER WAY TO EMPOWER SHAREHOLDERS. IN FACT, I HAVE A BILL THAT DOES THAT. IT'S PART OF A BIGGER BILL, BUT IT'S A BILL THAT GIVES SHAREHOLDERS MORE OF A DIRECT SAY OVER THE PAY OF TOP EXECUTIVES. BECAUSE, AGAIN, THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH INSULAR CORPORATE BOARDS. PART OF THE ANSWER IS EMPOWERING INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS AND EMPOWERING INDIVIDUAL INVESTORS. SO, LOOK, DEMOCRATS WILL HOLD THEIR NOSE AND VOTE FOR EITHER CORPORATE C.E.O.'S OR FOR BIG INVESTORS AND THAT'S FINE. I FIRMLY THINK THAT THE BEST INTEREST OF OUR ECONOMY AND THE PEOPLE AND SUSTAINABILITY LIES IN MOVING IT TOWARDS THE INVESTORS. THIS BILL MOVES IT THE WRONG WAY AND ADDS PAPERWORK AND COST TO THE INVESTORS. SO I REALLY THINK IT MOVES THE WRONG WAY, WHICH IS WHY I OPPOSE THIS BILL, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO. THERE WAS ALSO A DISCUSSION MR. DUFFY MENTIONED, WHY AREN'T WE JUST TALKING ABOUT THE RULE? IT'S BECAUSE, MR. SPEAKER, LIKE 56 OTHER RULES, IT'S A CLOSED RULE. WHAT ELSE CAN WE SAY ABOUT CLOSED RULES? WE SAID EVERYTHING. THERE'S NO AMENDMENTS. I COULD SPEND AN HOUR COMPLAINING ABOUT HOW THEY'RE NOT ALLOWING AMENDMENTS IN AND IT'S CLOSED AND SO 56 OTHER RULES BUT IT'S MORE PRODUCTIVE TO GET TO THE UNDERLYING ISSUE BECAUSE WE HAD THE DEBATE ON CLOSED RULES 56 TIMES. JUST IN THE LAST 10 MONTHS. THAT'S A RECORD, MR. SPEAKER. YOU SHOULD BE PROUD OF PRESIDING OVER A RECORD NUMBER OF CLOSED RULES FOR THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, BUT IT'S NOT VERY INTERESTING TO TALK ABOUT FOR ANOTHER HOUR. SO THEY'LL TALK ABOUT AN INTERESTING BILL. A MINOR BILL. I THINK I DISCUSSED THAT. I MEAN, WE HAVE A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. WE HAVE AN ISSUE WITH TAX REFORM. WE HAVE DREAMERS. WE HAVE A MILLION THINGS WE COULD BE DOING. THIS IS A MINOR BILL. OK. LET'S TALK ABOUT THE MERITS OF GIVING THE CURRENT CORPORATE BOARDS THAT MIGHT BE TOO INSULAR AND CURRENT C.E.O.'S AND MANAGEMENT A LITTLE MORE POWER, LIKE THIS BILL, BY INCREASING RED TAPE AND PAPERWORK OF INVESTORS VERSUS EMPOWERING INVESTORS. FINE. LET'S CAST OUR BALLOTS. WE WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS. ANOTHER ISSUE THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT AND TIMELY THAT THIS CONGRESS SHOULD GET TO IS THE ONE MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. SEAN PATRICK MALONEY, RAISED. WHEN WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, WE'LL BRING UP A QUESTION, AS THE CO-FOUNDER OF APPLE, STEVE WAZNIAK SAID, THE END OF NET NEUTRALITY WOULD END THE INTERNET AS WE KNOW IT. IT IS AN ISSUE EVERY AMERICAN CITIZEN IS LOOKING TO US TO TAKE LEADERSHIP ON. IN MY TIME IN OFFICE, I HAD TO MAKE A NUMBER OF CONTROVERSIAL VOTES. I MEAN, YOU KNOW, WHETHER IT'S FOR AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, REPEAL OF THIS OR THAT AND OFTENTIMES I HEAR FROM CONSTITUENTS ON BOTH SIDES. WE GOT THOUSANDS OF LETTERS FOR THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, THOUSANDS OF LETTERS AGAINST IT. NET NEUTRALITY HAS BEEN A SINGULAR EXPERIENCE IN MY YEARS IN CONGRESS. WE RECEIVED 1,500 CALLS AND OVER 5,000 EMAILS ABOUT THE ISSUE, AND I ASKED MY STAFF TO DOUBLE CHECK THIS BECAUSE I DIDN'T BELIEVE THIS AND THEY DID. 100% OF THE EMAILS AND CALLS WERE FOR NET NEUTRALITY. THAT'S RIGHT. NOT A SINGLE CONSTITUENT OF MINE CONTACTED ME ON THE OTHER SIDE IN A DISTRICT THAT HAS A PLURALITY OF UNAFFILIATED VOTERS IN A SIMILAR -- THEN SIMILAR NUMBER OF REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, SO IT'S NOT PARTISAN. IT'S CERTAINLY UNITED RRPS, UNAFFILIATED VOTERS AND DEMOCRATS IN MY DISTRICT TO BE UNANIMOUSLY FOR NET NEUTRALITY WHICH SURPRISED ME. BUT IT ALSO MEANS THAT CONGRESS SHOULD NOT BE TONE DEAF TO THAT, AND THAT'S WHY IT'S IMPORTANT TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. REPUBLICAN SENATORS LIKE SENATOR THUNE HAVE COME TOGETHER TO CALL ON COLLEAGUES TO COME TOGETHER AND PROTECT NET NEUTRALITY. MY GOOD FRIEND FROM COLORADO, MIKE COFFMAN, ANNOUNCED WE SHOULD -- THE F.C.C. SHOULD DELAY THEIR VOTE AND THAT WE SHOULD PROTECT NET NEUTRALITY. IT'S COMMON SENSE, MR. SPEAKER, AND BY DEFEATING THE PREVIOUS QUEBEC WE CAN GET ONTO AN ISSUE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CARE ABOUT RATHER THAN A FIGHT BETWEEN C.E.O.'S AND INVESTORS AND WHICH SIDE YOU TAKE. IT'S ABOUT PROTECTING YOUR INTERNET IN YOUR HOME SO YOU CAN ACCESS THE CONTENT OF YOUR CHOICE. A CONSUMER ISSUE AND AN ISSUE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES. WE HAD A DIGITAL ROUNDTABLE LAST NIGHT, MR. SPEAKER. I THINK THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE FROM MY DISTRICT WATCHED AS I HAD SEVERAL EXPERTS, INCLUDING SEVERAL SMALL BUSINESSES FROM COLORADO TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF NET NEUTRALITY TO THEM IN CREATING JOBS AND BEING ABLE TO HAVE A PREDICTABLE AND SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MODEL AND BEING ABLE TO COMPETE WITH LARGE COMPANIES. SO I HOPE THAT WE CAN DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND GET ONTO THAT. IF NOT I AM GOING TO ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THE BILL THAT ADDS PAPERWORK AND COSTS, REQUIRING S.E.C. FILINGS FOR THE INVESTORS THAT ARE FIGHTING BILLS -- THAT ARE FIGHTING PROXY FIGHTS, AND THEN I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO LOOK CLOSELY AT THE PRIVACY BILL. THAT ONE, AGAIN, I WOULD NOT CHARACTERIZE AS A MAJOR BILL. I'LL BE VOTING NO. I UNDERSTAND THERE MIGHT BE SOME REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS VOTING YES ON THAT ONE AS WELL. BUT, YOU KNOW, WHETHER THEY DELETE THAT CLAUSE OR NOT IS HARDLY THE GAME CHANGER FOR THE ECONOMY THAT TAX REFORM WILL BE. I HAVE IDEAS, BIPARTISAN IDEAS, BILLS THAT I SPONSORED WITH MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES THAT SHOULD BE PART OF TAX REFORM THAT WOULD HELP THE ECONOMY GO, THAT WOULD CREATE FAR MORE JOBS THAN A TWO SENTENCE DISCLOSURE WHETHER IT'S THERE OR NOT. FRANKLY, MORE IMPORTANTLY WHETHER PROXY PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO FILE WITH THE S.E.C., I MEAN, I AM SURE THEY WILL BE ABLE TO DO IT. YES, REPUBLICANS WANT TO GIVE THEM MORE PAPERWORK AND CREATE MORE BUREAUCRACY AND I'M SURE THEY WILL SURVIVE. OPEN PROCESS TAX REFORM. WE COULD BE DEBATING AMENDMENTS RIGHT NOW AND VOTING ON IT. LIKE OUR JOB. LIKE, YOU KNOW, 100 AMENDMENTS FROM REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS. I WOULD BE OPEN TO LET'S CONSIDER BIPARTISAN AMENDMENTS. THROW OUT AMENDMENTS THAT ONLY REPUBLICANS SUPPORT OR DEMOCRATS SUPPORT. YOU KNOW WHAT, OR TO BE FAIR, YOU'RE IN THE MAJORITY, MR. SPEAKER, HOW ABOUT JUST AMENDMENTS THAT REPUBLICANS ALONE SUPPORT OR BIPARTISAN, YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO DEMOCRATIC ONLY? LET'S JUST HAVE AN OPEN PROCESS. LET'S ALLOW SOME AMENDMENTS, EVERY AMENDMENT WAS LOCKED OUT OF TAX REFORM. I OFFERED, WHAT, 16 MYSELF. I REMEMBER MY COLLEAGUE, MR. WOODALL, WAS THERE. THERE WERE COMMONSENSE IDEAS. THERE WAS A LITTLE FIX I DID WITH MR. TIPTON FROM COLORADO WITH KAMBUCA, THAT'S FERMENTED TEA. CORY GARDNER SUPPORTS IT OUR SENATOR IN THE SENATE. NEXT TO NO FISCAL IMPACT. THE RULES COMMITTEE STILL DIDN'T ALLOW ME TO DEBATE THE AMENDMENT ON THE FLOOR FOR 10 MINUTES, FOR FIVE MINUTES, FOR ONE MINUTE. ENOUGH WITH THESE CLOSED RULES. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. . -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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          • 02:46:14 PM

            MR. WOODALL

            I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE WHEN HE IS.

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            TEMPORE GENTLEMAN

            GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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            MR. POLIS

            I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE AND I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF THE TIME.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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            MR. POLIS

            WE HAVE A COUPLE PROBLEMS WITH THIS RULE. FIRST OF IS RECOGNIZED. MR. ALL,…

            WE HAVE A COUPLE PROBLEMS WITH THIS RULE. FIRST OF IS RECOGNIZED. MR. ALL, THE RULE BRINGS TO THE FLOOR THE WRONG BILLS. THESE ARE MINOR BILLS. I'LL GIVE A RECAP IN A MOMENT. OH, MY GOODNESS. TWO SENTENCES AFTER DISCLOSURE. AND A LITTLE MORE FILING COSTS FOR PENSIONS AND INVESTORS. OK. WE'LL GET PAST THAT. THEY PROBABLY WON'T BECOME LAW ANYWAY. YOU CAN BLAME IT ON THE SENATE, HOUSE. BUT MOST OF THESE THINGS WE DO DON'T BECOME LAW. I UNDERSTAND MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES ARE FRUSTRATED WITH THE SENATE. WHATEVER THE CASE WE DO THESE THINGS. THERE IS STUFF THAT MIGHT BECOME LAW, COULD BECOME LAW, LIKE TAX REFORM. LIKE THE FACT THE GOVERNMENT IS SHUTTING DOWN NEXT WEEK IF WE DON'T CONTINUE THE FUNDING. WE HAVE A CLOCK TICKING ON OUR DEBT CEILING. 800,000 INSPIRED AMERICANS DON'T KNOW IF THEY CAN GO TO WORK LEGALLY LIKE TODAY BECAUSE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S DECISION TO END THEIR PROVISIONAL STATUS. THESE ARE REAL ISSUES. COST OF HEALTH CARE GOING UP FOR MY CONSTITUENTS. AND YOURS. BUT WE'RE NOT DOING THAT. WE'RE BRINGING UP TWO BILLS. I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUMMARY OF THEM. EVEN THESE TWO BILLS, CLOSED PROCESS, NO AMENDMENTS. IF I WAS ABLE TO OFFER FLOOR AMENDMENTS, AS I SAID, I COULD OFFER AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD ACTUALLY MOVE THE BALANCE THE OTHER WAY, TOWARDS INVESTORS AND EMPOWERING INVESTOR ACTIVISM. PERHAPS LOOKING TO GIVE THEM MORE SAFER PAY, IF YOU WILL, OVER EXECUTIVE PAY. AND REIGNING IN SOME OF THE PROBLEMS OF THIS BILL. BUT WE'RE NOT ALLOWED TO OFFER ANY AMENDMENTS ON THE FLOOR. AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, GEP, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN. THAT'S 56 BY MY COUNT. THAT'S AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, REPUBLICANS HAVE BROUGHT BILLS TO THE FLOOR AND HAVEN'T ALLOWED DEMOCRATS OR REPUBLICANS TO OFFER AMENDMENTS. LOOK, MY COLLEAGUES CAN SAY DEMOCRATS, WE'RE GREAT ON THIS, THEY HAD TOO MANY WHEN THEY CONTROLLED T YOU KNOW WHAT, FIRST OF ALWAYS REPUBLICANS SET A RECORD. 56 TIMES THIS IS THE MOST NUMBER OF CLOSED RULES EVER. I'M NOT HERE TO DEFEND THE DEMOCRATS. IF THE DEMOCRATS WERE IN CHARGE THEY SHOULD OFFER MORE OPEN AMENDMENTS. THERE IS NO QUESTION. BUT REPUBLICANS, WHATEVER THEY COMPLAINED ABOUT THE DEMOCRATS, THEY OUTDID THEM BY A BIG FACTOR. 10 MONTHS, 56 BILLS THAT NO SINGLE MEMBER OF THE HOUSE IS ALLOWED TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT ON. JUST TO HAVE A FAIR UP OR DOWN VOTE. IT'S WRONG. IT'S WRONG. THAT'S WHY I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES CAN DEFEAT THIS RULE TO SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. WE HAVE TO DEFEAT THIS RULE AND MOVE ON TO THE ISSUES IMPORTANT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 02:50:09 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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            MR. WOODALL

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

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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            MR. WOODALL

            MY FRIEND FROM COLORADO IS RIGHT. TIME MANAGEMENT IS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE…

            MY FRIEND FROM COLORADO IS RIGHT. TIME MANAGEMENT IS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE HERE ON THE FLOOR. AND WE HAVE TO MANAGE IT WHETHER IT'S CLOSING STATEMENTS OR WHETHER IT'S FLOOR TIME THROUGHOUT THE DAY, EVERY BILL WE BRING TO THE FLOOR IS NOT GOING TO BE THE MOST IMPORTANT BILL WE BRING TO THE FLOOR, MR. SPEAKER. BY DEFINITION. AND I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WERE LISTENING INTENTLY TO MY FRIEND FROM COLORADO. NOT NECESSARILY DURING HIS OPENING STATEMENT. AND CERTAINLY NOT DURING HIS CLOSING STATEMENT. BUT DURING THE MIDDLE STATEMENT WHERE HE WAS TALKING ABOUT HIS VAST KNOWLEDGE OF CORPORATE BOARDS AND CORPORATE STRUCTURES. I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF SERVING ON THE RULES COMMITTEE WITH MR. POLIS, MR. SPEAKER. AND THERE ARE NOT GOING TO BE MANY MEMBERS OF THIS INSTITUTION THAT HAVE EITHER BEEN MORE SUCCESSFUL IN THEIR PRIVATE LIFE, NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT IT, BUT DOING IT, WHEN IT COMES TO LEADING INSTITUTIONS. AND MEMBERS WHO WORK HARDER TO TRY TO FIND SOME COMMON GROUND TO MOVE THINGS FORWARD. I WAS JUST TELLING MY STAFF, MR. SPEAKER, THAT IT TROUBLES ME MORE WHEN MR. POLIS IS ON THE FLOOR AND WE CAN'T FIND AGREEMENT. BECAUSE I BELIEVE VERY OFTEN HE TRIES HARDER THAN MOST TO FIND THAT AGREEMENT HERE. SOMETIMES, MR. SPEAKER, YOU SEE IT ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE NEWSPAPER DAY AFTER DAY AFTER DAY, FOLKS TALK ABOUT THIS INSTITUTION AS IF WE'LL NEVER FIND AGREEMENT WITH ICHER. -- EACH OTHER. THERE ARE ISSUES WHERE FINDING AGREEMENT IS HARD. WHERE WE FUNDAMENTALLY DISAGREE WITH EACH OTHER. IT'S NOT THE CASE TODAY. TODAY THE CASE IS THAT WE HAVE TWO BILLS THAT MOVED THROUGH REGULAR ORDER IN THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE. THAT MEANS, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THE COMMITTEE TOOK UP THE LEGISLATION FIRST. THAT THE COMMITTEE SORTED OUT THE LEGISLATION FIRST. AND, MR. SPEAKER, THESE BILLS, BOTH OF THEM, PASSED THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE WITH BIG BIPARTISAN VOTES. THERE ARE MANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR US TO COME TO THE FLOOR AND TALK ABOUT THINGS THAT DIVIDE US. THAT WE WILL NEVER FIND AGREEMENT ON. THAT'S NOT TODAY. TODAY WE HAVE A CHANCE TO COME TO THE FLOOR AND TALK ABOUT DIFFERENCES THAT WE CAN MAKE TOGETHER. DIFFERENCES THAT ARE NOT JUST BIPARTISAN BUT DIFFERENCES THAT ARE NONPARTISAN, GOOD IDEAS THAT CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE ONE LIFE, ONE BILL AT A TIME. MR. SPEAKER, THESE BILLS ARE COMING TODAY UNDER A CLOSED RULE FOR ONE UNDER A STRUCTURED RULE, FOR THE OTHER THAT'S TRUE. FOR THE UNINITIATED, MR. SPEAKER, THAT MEANS AMENDMENTS ARE NOT GOING TO BE OFFERED. IT DOESN'T MEAN THAT AMENDMENTS WEREN'T ALLOWED MR. SPEAKER. WE SENT OUT THE CALL TO THE ENTIRE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES T 435 MEMBERS. WE SAID WE HAVE TWO BILLS COMING BEFORE THE RULES COMMITTEE. WE WANT YOU TO SEND US ALL OF YOUR IDEAS. ALL OF THE DIFFERENT WAYS THAT YOU THINK THESE TWO BILLS CAN BE IMPROVED. WE GOT BACK ONE. ONE. AND WE MADE IT IN ORDER FOR A VOTE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. DAG GUM IT, MR. SPEAKER, I THINK IT WILL MAKE THE BILL BETTER. I INTEND TO SUPPORT THAT AMENDMENT. IT'S A DEMOCRAT AMENDMENT T CAME FROM MR. CLAY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, I INTEND TO SUPPORT IT BECAUSE IT WILL MAKE THE BILL BETTER. ARE THERE ISSUES THAT ARE COMPLEX, THAT ARE PARTISAN, THAT ARE STRUCTURED IN SUCH A WAY THAT HAVING AN OPEN RULE ISN'T THE CHOICE THAT GETS MADE? OF COURSE THERE ARE. OF COURSE THERE ARE. I THINK MY FRIEND IS RIGHT THINK MY FRIEND IS RIGHT TO CRITICIZE THE MAJORITY WHEN THE PROCESS GETS CLOSED OUT. BUT TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, I THINK MY FRIEND IS WRONG. TO SUGGEST THAT THE PROCESS IS BEING CLOSED DOWN. THE PROCESS WAS OPENED UP TO THE ENTIRE INSTITUTION. ONE AMENDMENT WAS ARE PARTISAN, THAT ARE STRUCTURED IN SUCH A WAY THAT RECEIVED. ONE AMENDMENT WAS MADE IN ORDER. I HOPE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WILL BE A PRACTICE WE CONTINUE GOING FORWARD. TWO GOOD BILLS TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, IF MY COLLEAGUES SUPPORT THIS RULE. ONE FROM MY FRIEND, MR. TROTT, ONE FROM MY FRIEND, MR. DUFFY, AND THE BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MY FRIEND, MR. CLAY. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RULE AND I HOPE THEY WILL COME BACK TO THE FLOOR AND SUPPORT THE UNDERLYING BILLS AS WELL. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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          • 02:54:26 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE QUESTION IS ON THE -- THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS…

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

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          • 02:54:36 PM

            MR. POLIS

            ON THAT I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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            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 YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20 , FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED.

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        • 02:54:53 PM

          POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

          At the conclusion of debate on H. Res. 657, the Chair put the question on ordering the previous question, and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prveailed. Mr. Polis demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings until a time to be announced.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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            MR. HENSARLING

            MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 658, I CALL UP H.R. 1638 AND ASK…

            MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 658, I CALL UP H.R. 1638 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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          • 02:55:53 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST FOR GENERAL LEAVE?

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            MR. HENSARLING

            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 SUBMIT EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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          • 02:56:09 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WITHOUT OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 658 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR…

            WITHOUT OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 658 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1638. THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. MITCHELL, TO PRESIDE OVER THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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            Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 658. H.R. 1638 — "To require the Secretary of the Treasury to submit a report to the appropriate congressional committees on the estimated total assets under direct or indirect control by certain senior Iranian leaders and other figures, and for other purposes."

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              Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Rule provides for one hour of general debate on each bill. It also makes in order specified amendments for the bills.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE HOUSE IS IN THE --

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                THE CHAIR

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

                THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1638 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

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                THE CLERK

                A BILL TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY TO SUBMIT A REPORT TO THE…

                A BILL TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY TO SUBMIT A REPORT TO THE APPROPRIATE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES ON THE ESTIMATED TOTAL ASSETS UNDER DIRECT OR INDIRECT CONTROL BY CERTAIN SENIOR IRANIAN LEADERS AND OTHER FIGURES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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            • 02:57:05 PM

              The Speaker designated the Honorable Paul Mitchell to act as Chairman of the Committee.

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                House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 658 and Rule XVIII.

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                  TEMPORE THE

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              GENERAL DEBATE

              The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 1638.

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                MR. HENSARLING

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

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                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                MR. HENSARLING

                MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1638. THE IRANIAN…

                MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1638. THE IRANIAN LEADERSHIP ASSET TRANSPARENCY ACT, INTRODUCED BY MY COLLEAGUE AND DEAR FRIEND FROM MAINE, MR. POLIQUIN. THIS LEGISLATION REQUIRES THE TREASURY SECRETARY TO REPORT TO CONGRESS ON THE ASSETS HELD BY THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN'S MOST SENIOR POLITICAL AND MILITARY LEADERS, AND ON THE PROBABLE SOURCES AND USES OF THOSE ASSETS. A CLASSIFIED VERSION IF NECESSARY WOULD BE AVAILABLE AS APPROPRIATE TO CONGRESS AND A PUBLIC VERSION OF THE REPORT WOULD BE POSTED ON THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT'S WEBSITE IN ENGLISH AND IN THE MAJOR LANGUAGES USED WITHIN IRAN. THAT COULD EASILY BE DOWNLOADED. THE GENIUS OF THIS LATTER POINT IS THAT IT WILL ALLOW THE AVERAGE IRANIAN TO UNDERSTAND AND CIRCULATE INFORMATION OF HOW THEIR LEADERS ARE IN A PHRASE, ROBBING THEM BLIND, AS WELL AS AIDING AND ABETTING TERRORISTS. IRAN'S TOP POLITICAL MILL ALTERNATIVE BUSINESS LEADERS, IF -- MILITARY AND BUSINESS LEADERS, IF THERE IS MUCH OF A DISTINCTION BETWEEN THOSE ROLES IN IRAN, FUND TERRORIST RELATED ACTIVITY. THROUGH INTRICATE FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS THAT GIVE THEM GREAT FLEXIBILITY IN MOVING THEIR MONEY. ACCORDING TO THE NONGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION, TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL, IRAN'S ECONOMY IS CHARACTERIZED BY HIGH LEVELS OF OFFICIAL AND INSTITUTIONAL CORRUPTION AND THERE IS SUBSTANTIAL INVOLVEMENT BY IRAN'S SECURITY FORCES, PARTICULARLY INVOLVING THE ISLAMIC REVOLUTIONARY GUARD CORPS. UNSURPRISINGLY, MEMBERS OF IRAN'S SENIOR AND POLITICAL MILITARY LEADERSHIP HAVE ACQUIRED SIGNIFICANT AND PERSONAL INSTITUTIONAL WEALTH BY USING THEIR POSITIONS TO SECURE CONTROL OF MAJOR PORTIONS OF THE IRANIAN NATIONAL ECONOMY. SOME ESTIMATES PUT THE IRON GRIP AT A THIRD OR MORE OF THE COUNTRY EAST ECONOMY AND SOME INDIVIDUAL HOLDINGS IN THE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. ALL AT A TIME WHEN THE AVERAGE IRANIAN CITIZEN EARNS THE EQUIVALENT OF ABOUT $15,000 A YEAR. THE UNWISE SANCTIONS RELIEF PROVIDED TO THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S NUCLEAR DEAL WITH IRAN RESULTED IN THE UNWARRANTED REMOVAL OF MANY IRANIAN ENTITIES THAT ARE TIED TO GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION FROM THE LIST OF ENTITIES SANCTIONED BY THE UNITED STATES. THANKFULLY, HOWEVER, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS IN RECENT MONTHS LEVIED A NUMBER OF NEEDED NEW SANCTIONS ON IRANIAN INDIVIDUALS AND ENTITIES. STILL THE PERCEIVED CORRUPTION IN HIGH RAN IS HIGHER THAN EVER. THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT HAS IDENTIFIED IRAN AS A COUNTRY OF QUOTE, PRIMARY CONCERN FOR MONEY LAUNDERING. SEPARATE LITH STATE DEPARTMENT HAS CONTINUALLY IDENTIFIED IRAN AS THE WORLD'S FOREMOST STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM. IRAN HAS REPEATEDLY PROVIDED SUPPORT FOR ACTS OF INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM AND QUOTE, CONTINUES TO SPONSOR TERRORIST GROUPS AROUND THE WORLD PRINCE PALE THROUGH ITS ISLAMIC REVOLUTIONARY GUARD CORPS. THE BILL BEFORE US REQUIRES THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT AGAIN TO LIST THE KNOWN ASSETS OF SENIOR IRANIAN OFFICIALS IN A FORM THAT IS UNDERSTANDABLE AND ACCESSIBLE TO INDIVIDUAL IRANIANS AS WELL AS TO THOSE IN THE FINANCIAL OR BUSINESS SECTOR WHO MIGHT BE HOPEFULLY CONCERNED ABOUT INADVERTENTLY DOING BUSINESS WITH A CORRUPT IRANIAN ENTITY. IT REQUIRES TREASURY TO TEST THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE SANCTIONS AND MAKE APPROPRIATE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE THE BILL PASSED THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE LAST MONTH WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT VOTE OF 43-16. THE HOUSE APPROVED A NEARLY IDENTICAL BILL A MONTH AGO BY A STRONG VOTE OF 282 TO 143. AS PASSED BY THE COMMITTEE, THIS YEAR'S VERSION HAS AN IMPORTANT ADDITION, A SENSE OF THE CONGRESS SECTION THAT URGES THE TREASURY SECRETARY TO SEEK INFORMATION FOR THE REPORT FROM PRIVATE SECTOR SOURCES THAT SEARCH, ANALYZE AND IF NECESSARY TRANSLATE PUBLICLY AVAILABLE HIGH VEER ASITY OFFICIAL RECORDS OVERSEAS AND PROVIDE METHODS OF ANALYZING SUCH DATA USEFUL TO LAW ENFORCEMENT. THESE SERVICES PROVIDE INFORMATION THAT COULD AUGMENT INFORMATION THAT IS GATHERED OFTEN BY CLASSIFIED MEANS AND PROVIDE A PUBLIC REPORT THAT GIVES THE WORLD A BETTER PICTURE OF THE TRUE NATURE OF IRAN'S ECONOMY. I URGE PASSAGE OF THIS THOUGHTFUL BILL AND I APPRECIATE MR. POLIQUIN'S LEADERSHIP TO BRING US HERE TODAY AND I RESERVE.

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              • 03:02:08 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                MS. WATERS

                THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US, H.R. 1638, THE IRANIAN LEADERSHIP ASSET…

                THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US, H.R. 1638, THE IRANIAN LEADERSHIP ASSET TRANSPARENCY ACT REPRESENTS WHAT THE REPUBLIC KAREN MAJORITY HAS BECOME VERY GOOD AT DOING, ADVANCING BAD PUBLIC POLICY WHILE CLAIMING TO ADVANCE THE PUBLIC INTERESTS. H.R. 1638 THE IRANIAN LEADERSHIP ASSET TRANSPARENCY ACT WOULD REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY TO REPORT TO CONGRESS ON THE ESTIMATED TOTAL ASSETS UNDER DIRECT OR INDIRECT CONTROL OF CERTAIN SENIOR IRANIAN LEADERS AND OTHER FIGURES ALONG WITH A DESCRIPTION OF HOW THESE ASSETS WERE ACQUIRED AND AND ARE EMPLOYED REGARDLESS OF WHETHER SUCH INDIVIDUALS ARE SUBJECT TO U.S. SANCTIONS. ALTHOUGH INCREASING TRANSPARENCY INTO CORRUPT REGIMES IS A LAUDIBLE GOAL, H.R. 1638 WORKS COUNTER NOT ONLY TO ITS OWN STATED OBJECTIVES BUT ALSO U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS. FIRST, THE LEVEL OF SCRUTINY THAT WOULD BE NEEDED TO PRODUCE A CREDIBLE REPORT WOULD PLACE A VERY REAL STRAIN ON THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT. DIVERTING SIGNIFICANT RESOURCES AWAY FROM TREASURY INVESTIGATORS WHO ARE TASKED WITH TARGETING CONDUCT THAT IS ACTUALLY SANCTIONABLE IMPLEMENTING U.S. SANCTION PROGRAMS AND UNCOVERING ILLICIT CONDUCT ACROSS THE GLOBE INCLUDING IMPORTANTLY, EFFORTS TO IDENTIFY THE WEB OF BUSINESS INTERESTS THAT CONTINUE TO ENABLE NORTH KOREA TO EVADE U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL SANCTIONS. IN ADDITION TO DIVERTING SCARCE AND CRITICAL RESOURCES, THE BILL'S REQUIRED REPORT WOULD HAVE LITTLE USE AS A COMPLIANCE TOOL GIVEN THAT MOST PARTS WOULD BE CLASSIFIED UNDERCUTTING THE OBJECTIVE TO HELP MAKE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS REQUIRED COMPLIANCE WITH REMAINING SANCTIONS MORE EASILY UNDERSTOOD. IN FACT, THE CREATION OF SUCH A LIST WHICH WOULD NOT BE TIED TO ANY PROHIBITION OR LEGAL ACTION WOULD MORE LIKELY CREATE CONFUSION AMONG THE OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROLS REGULATED PUBLIC AND ALSO MISLEAD COMPANIES TO BELIEVE THAT THE TREASURY LIST REPLACES THE DUE DILIGENCE EFFORTS THAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING PRIOR TO ENGAGING IN BUSINESS. MOVER, THE COSTS OF THE REPORT WOULD BE CLASSIFIED. THE BILL WOULD DO LITTLE TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THE CORRUPTION AND UNJUST ENRICHMENT OF THEIR LEADERS, WHICH IS ANOTHER STATED PURPOSE OF THE BILL. IN FACT, ANY CLASSIFIED PORTION WOULD INEVITABLY BE REJECTED BY BOTH THE IRANIAN REGIME AND ITS PEOPLE AS U.S. PROPAGANDA AND PREDICTABLE ATTACK ON THE COUNTRY'S GOVERNMENT BY THE UNITED STATES. THE TRUE PURPOSE OF THIS LEGISLATION IS TO CREATE REPEWTATIONAL RISKS FOR COMPANIES THAT MIGHT SEEK TO DO LEGITIMATE BUSINESS WITH IRAN. FOR THIS REASON, THE BILL WOULD BE A STRATEGIC MISTAKE AND ITS REPORT WOULD BE SEIZED UPON BY IRAN AS AN INTENTIONAL EFFORT TO DISCOURAGE INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT IN IRAN, WHICH WOULD BE VIEWED BY IRAN AND LIKELY BY THE MAJOR WORLD POWERS WHO JOINED US IN THE JCPOA AS WELL AS A VIOLATION OF THE U.S. EXPRESSED COMMITMENT UNDER THE NUCLEAR DEAL NOT TO INTERFERE WITH THE FULL REALIZATION OF THE RELIEF PROVIDED TO IRAN UNDER THE ACCORD. WHEN AN IDENTICAL VERSION OF THIS BILL WAS CONSIDERED LAST CONGRESS, THE OBAMA WHITE HOUSE THREATENED TO VETO THE BILL STATING THAT IT WOULD ENDANGER IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM IS AND REMAINS SCLUSE I HAVELY PEACEFUL. MOVER, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION CAUTIONED THAT THE REPORT CALLED FOR IN THE BILL WOULD ALSO COMPROMISE INTELLIGENCE SOURCES AND METHODS. ON THAT SCORE, I WOULD ALSO NOTE THAT THE REPORTING REQUIREMENT IN THE LEGISLATION CALLS FOR INFORMATION ABOUT HOW SANCTIONS, EVASION AND ILLICIT CONDUCT IS PRACTICED AND POTENTIAL COUNTERMEASURES. IT SEEMS FAR FROM PRUDENT TO GIVE TIPS TO OUR ADVERSE AREAS ABOUT HOW WE LEARNED ABOUT THEIR MISCONDUCT AND HOW WE PLAN TO RESPOND. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD HAVE VERY LIMITED PRACTICAL UTILITY DESPITE THE DIVERSION OF RESOURCES IT WOULD TAKE TO PRODUCE. IT ALSO FAILS TO MEET ITS OWN STATED OBJECTIVES INCLUDING SERVING ANY USEFULNESS AS A COMPLIANCE TOOL. FINALLY, THE MEASURE WOULD HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON THE CONTINUED VIABILITY OF THE NUCLEAR DEAL WHICH IS A CENTRAL OBJECTIVE. I'M HARD-PRESSED TO THINK OF A SINGLE PEACE OF LEGISLATION THAT WORKS SO STRONGLY AGAINST EVERY SINGLE POLICY GOAL. FEW ISSUES ARE MORE IMPORTANT TO GLOBAL PEACE AND SECURITY AS PREVENTING IRAN FROM ACQUIRING NUCLEAR WEAPONS. THIS BILL WOULD DO NOTHING TO ADVANCE THIS GOAL. AND IF ENACTED, IT COULD DO DAMAGE TO THE IMPORTANT PROGRESS THAT HAS BEEN MADE. I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN OPPOSING THIS MEASURE. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 03:07:49 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

              • 03:07:53 PM

                MR. HENSARLING

                I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER LETTERS REGARDING H.R. 1638.

              • 03:07:59 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THAT WILL BE COVERED BY GENERAL LEAVE.

              • 03:08:03 PM

                MR. HENSARLING

                I YIELD MYSELF 10G SECONDS TO REMIND THE RANKING MEMBER THAT IN THE STATE…

                I YIELD MYSELF 10G SECONDS TO REMIND THE RANKING MEMBER THAT IN THE STATE DEPARTMENT'S LATEST COUNTRY REPORT ON TERRORISM, IRAN IS LABELED THE QUOTE, WORLD'S FOREMOST STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM. WHY WE WOULD WANT LESS INFORMATION AS OPPOSED TO MORE INFORMATION ON THAT ROGUE STATE IS BEYOND ME. AT THIS TIME, I AM PLEASED, PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE, THE SPONSOR OF THE LEGISLATION AND A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR. POLIQUIN.

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              • 03:08:38 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 03:08:40 PM

                MR. POLIQUIN

                I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF MY BILL AND MR.…

                I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF MY BILL AND MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M GRATEFUL TO YOU FOR MOVING THIS VERY IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN BILL. AND I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, MR. SPEAKER, WHO SUPPORTED THIS BILL LAST YEAR. UNFORTUNATELY, IT GOT STUCK IN THE SENATE AND WE HAVE TO DO IT AGAIN THIS YEAR BUT I'M THRILLED TO BE HERE. MR. SPEAKER, THE PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY OF EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS WHETHER ON THE LEFT SIDE OR RIGHT SIDE OF THE AISLE, NO MATTER STATE WHAT YOU ARE FROM, THE MAJOR RESPONSIBILITY, THE PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY IS TO SUPPORT AND DEFEND OUR CONSTITUTION. AND TO ME, THAT MEANS PROTECTING OUR FAMILIES AND THOSE AMERICAN CITIZENS ABROAD. NOW OUR MOMS AND DADS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY ARE INCREASINGLY ALARMED BY THE FREQUENCY OF TERRORIST ATTACKS AT HOME. ANOTHER ATTEMPT TWO DAYS AGO IN NEW YORK CITY. TODAY, THERE ARE 1,000 INVESTIGATIONS DEALING WITH TERRORIST ACTIVITIES ACROSS THIS LAND IN ALL 50 STATES. AND THAT'S WHY H.R. 1638 IS SO IMPORTANT. THIS BILL WILL HELP KEEP OUR FAMILIES SAFE AND KEEP THEM FREE. AND IN DOING SO, WE MUST MAKE SURE THIS ISSUE IS NOT A POLITICAL ISSUE. NATIONAL SECURITY NEVER SHOULD BE A POLITICAL ISSUE. MR. SPEAKER, THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT AS MR. HENSARLING JUST MENTIONED, IS THE CHIEF SPONSOR, THE CHIEF STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM AND INSTABILITY IN THIS WORLD. THEIR MILITARY LEADERS, INCLUDING THE ISLAMIC REVOLUTIONARY GUARD, THEY TRAIN, ARM AND FUND TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS AROUND THE WORLD. THEY BECOME EXPERTS AT USING THE INTERNET AND SOCIAL MEDIA TO RADICALIZE AND RECRUIT AND DIRECT TERRORISTS AROUND THE GLOBE INCLUDING HERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. MR. SPEAKER, THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT HAS AMERICAN BLOOD ON ITS HANDS. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 70 TO 80 TOP POLITICAL AND MILITARY LEADERS IN IRAN THAT CONTROL ABOUT ONE-THIRD OF THEIR DOMESTIC ECONOMY. THEY USE THEIR POWER TO CORRUPT THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY, THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY AND OTHER IMPORTANT ONES IN THAT LAND. NOW REUTERS HAS CONDUCTED AN INVESTIGATION THROUGH PUBLICLY AVAILABLE INFORMATION THAT FOUND THAT THE SUPREME LEADER OF IRAN HAS ACCUMULATED TREMENDOUS PERSONAL WEALTH THROUGH A FOUNDATION CLAIMING TO HELP THE POOR. NOW WHILE THE CORRUPTION HAS GROWN IN IRAN, THE AVERAGE CITIZEN THERE EARNS THE EQUIVALENT OF $15,000 PER YEAR. MR. SPEAKER, THE CITIZENS OF IRAN AND THE PEOPLE OF THIS WORLD SHOULD KNOW HOW MUCH WEALTH HAS BEEN ACCUMULATED BY THOSE THAT SPONSOR TERRORISM AND WHAT THAT MONEY, SIR, IS BEING USED FOR. AND COMPANIES ACROSS THE GLOBE THAT ARE LOOKING TO DO BUSINESS WITH IRAN SHOULD UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY MIGHT BE GETTING INTO. SO I DISAGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA, THE RANKING MEMBER, WHO SAYS, YOU KNOW, THIS IS GOING TO POSSIBLY CREATE CONFUSION. IT WILL POSSIBLY CAUSE BUSINESSES AROUND THE WORLD TO HESITATE FROM INVESTING IN IRAN. GUESS WHAT, MR. SPEAKER? THAT'S A GOOD IDEA. MY ACT IS A STRAIGHTFORWARD, MAINE, COMMONSENSE BILL AND SIMPLY REQUIRES THE DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY TO COLLECT AND TO MAINTAIN INTO POST ONLINE. THE LIST OF THESE 70 TO 80 SENIOR POLITICAL AND MILITARY LEADERS AND THE THEIR PERSONAL ASSETS, HOW THIS MONEY WAS ACQUIRED AND WHAT IT'S BEING USED FOR. AND AS MR. HENSARLING MENTIONED, IT WILL REQUIRE THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT TO POST THIS ON THEIR WEBSITE AS WELL AS THE THREE LANGUAGES THAT ARE MOSTLY USED IN THAT COUNTRY. AND I MIGHT ALSO ADD THAT MY COLLEAGUE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE MIGHT BE A LITTLE BIT CONFUSED ABOUT THIS ISSUE, BUT THE INFORMATION POSTED ON THIS WEBSITE WILL BE THAT WHICH IS PUBLICLY AVAILABLE. THERE WILL BE NO INFORMATION THAT SHOULD NOT BE POSTED THERE THAT CONGRESS DOESN'T HAVE ACCESS TO. CRITICS OF THIS BILL ARE SAYING, WELL, YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT A GOOD IDEA TO EXPOSE THE IRANIAN'S GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION AND FUNDING OF TERRORISM BECAUSE IF YOU DO SO, WELL, THE IRANIAN POLITICAL AND MILITARY LEADERS MIGHT NOT WANT TO WORK WITH US. ARE YOU KIDDING? THESE ARE THE RADICALS WHO REGULARLY CHANT DEATH TO AMERICA. HOPING THAT THESE FOLKS WILL ABANDON THEIR SUPPORT OF TERRORISM BY NOT SHEDDING LIGHT ON THEIR CORRUPTION DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE. HOPE, MR. SPEAKER, HOPE IS NOT A NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY. MY BILL MAKES SURE THAT CONGRESS GETS ITS PRIORITIES STRAIGHT. PROTECTING AMERICAN FAMILIES HERE AT HOME. SAFEGUARDING OUR TROOPS AROUND THE WORLD THAT ARE FIGHTING FOR OUR FREEDOM. THAT IS WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING EVERY WAY WE CAN AND THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL DOES. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO SAY USING ONE CLICK OF A COMPUTER FROM ANY CORNER OF THE GLOBE TO HELP EXPOSE ILLICIT ACTIVITIES BY THE CHIEF STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM IS A VERY, VERY GOOD IDEA. LET'S STAND UP FOR ALL THE PEACE-LOVING NATIONS IN THE WORLD. LET'S STAND UP TO HELP OUR FAMILIES PROTECT THEIR KIDS. LET'S STAND UP TO PROTECT OUR HOMELAND. I ASK EVERYONE, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, PLEASE VOTE YES FOR H.R. 1638 IRANIAN LEADERSHIP ASSET TRANSPARENCY ACT. I YIELD BACK ANY TIME THAT I MIGHT HAVE, ALTHOUGH I'M DOUBTFUL THAT I DO. .

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              • 03:15:19 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 03:15:20 PM

                MS. WATERS

                THANK YOU. I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY FRIEND FROM WASHINGTON, A MEMBER OF…

                THANK YOU. I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY FRIEND FROM WASHINGTON, A MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR. HECK.

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              • 03:15:25 PM

                MR. HECK

                I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE HOUSE, MR.…

                I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE HOUSE, MR. SPEAKER. THIS BILL TARGETS THE LEADERSHIP OF IRAN AND FRANKLY THAT'S PROBABLY A WORTHY GOAL IN SOME REGARDS. I THINK IT EVENTUALLY ENVISIONS PUBLICIZING NEGATIVE INFORMATION ABOUT THEM. AND THAT MIGHT BE AN EFFECTIVE TOOL AS WELL. WE ALL KNOW THAT. WE'VE BEEN THROUGH CAMPAIGNS. WE KNOW NEGATIVE ADVERTISING WORKS. THAT SAID, I OPPOSE THIS LEGISLATION. AND I DO SO FOR TWO REASONS. THE FIRST OF WHICH IS RESOURCES ARE FINITE. THEY'RE NOT UNLIMITED. THEY'RE FINITE. TRACKING DOWN ALL THE ASSETS OF THESE NAMED IRANIAN LEADERS TAKES SIGNIFICANT TIME AND EFFORT AND PERSONNEL. AND WHERE ARE THOSE RESOURCES SUPPOSED TO COME FROM? ALL AROUND THIS CITY SERVE AGITATING FOR DEEPER CUTS TO NONDEFENSE DISCRETIONARY ACCOUNTS. AND IF WE'RE GOING TO MAKE CUTS, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE SOME TOUGH CHOICES. THE PERSONNEL RESPONSIBLE FOR IMPLEMENTING THIS BILL WOULD BE DIVERTED FROM TERRORIST FINANCING AND MONEY LAUNDERING. LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN. THE PEOPLE -- THE PERSONNEL RESPONSIBLE FOR -- RESPONSIBLE FOR IMPLEMENTING THIS BILL WOULD BE DIVERTED FROM TERRORIST FINANCING AND MONEY LAUNDERING. PROPAGANDA ABOUT CORRUPTION OF IRANIAN LEADERSHIP, WHICH I STIPULATE TO HERE UP FRONT, COULD BE VALUABLE. BUT IT CAN'T BE MORE VALUABLE THAN STOPPING ACTUAL TERRORIST FINANCING. TERRORIST FINANCING SHOULD BE OUR TARGET. MONEY LAUNDERING SHOULD BE OUR TARGET. NOT GUARD VARIETY CORRUPTION. WE HAD A LENGTHY DISCUSSION IN COMMITTEE JUST YESTERDAY ABOUT USING MONEY LAUNDERING AUTHORITIES TO FIGHT HUMAN TRAFFICKING. FOR GOD'S SAKE, THAT HAS TO SEEM MORE VALUABLE THAN PROPAGANDA. THAT HAS TO. SO UNTIL WE SOLVE THESE TIGHT BUDGET CONSTRAINTS, I THINK WE NEED TO MAKE THE HARD CHOICE ABOUT WHAT OUR PRIORITIES ARE AND HOW TO PRIORITIZE RESOURCES FOR STOPPING, AGAIN, MONEY LAUNDERING AND TERRORISM FINANCING. THREEVE EFFORT TO A WORLD WHERE -- LEAVE THIS EFFORT TO A WORLD WHERE THE SKEFT HAS BEEN LIFTED -- THE SEQUESTER HAS BEEN LIFTED. ED SECOND -- THE SECOND REASON I OPPOSE THIS LEGISLATION, SHOULDN'T WE APPLY THIS PRINCIPLE MORE BROADLY? THE IDEA HERE IS THAT WE SHOULD INVESTIGATE AND PUBLICIZE IT WHEN A COUNTRY'S LEADERSHIP HAS UNDISCLOSED ASSETS, ESPECIALLY IF THEY ARE OVERSEAS. THAT'S THE POINT OF THIS LEGISLATION. WE SHOULD INVESTIGATE AND PUBLICIZE IT WHEN A COUNTRY'S LEADERSHIP IS USING GOVERNMENT RESOURCES TO ENRICH ITSELF. BUT WHY? WHY JUST APPLY THAT PRINCIPLE TO IRAN? I'M INFORMED IN MY POINT OF VIEW HERE BY WHICH IS DES MOINES FOUND IN THIS BLACK LEGGET -- BY WISDOM I FOUND IN THIS BLACK LEATHER-BOUND BOOK THAT I RECEIVED WHEN I WAS SBORN INTO OFFICE FIVE YEARS AGO -- WHEN I WAS SWORN INTO OFFICE FIVE YEARS AGO. LET ME SHARE IT WITH YOU NOW. HOW CAN YOU SAY TO YOUR BROTHER, BROTHER, LET ME TAKE THE SPECK OUT OF YOUR EYE, WHEN YOURSELF FAIL TO SEE THE PLANK IN YOUR OWN EYE? YOU HYPOCRITE. FIRST TAKE THE PLANK OUT OF YOUR EYE AND THEN YOU WILL SEE CLEARLY TO REMOVE THE SPECK FROM YOUR BROTHER'S EYE. SO I WONDER, WHEN IS THIS CONGRESS, WHEN IS THIS CONGRESS GOING TO TURN ITS ATTENTION TO THE PLANK IN OUR EYE? WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 03:19:04 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

                THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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              • 03:19:08 PM

                MR. HENSARLING

                MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M VERY PLEASED NOW TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN…

                MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M VERY PLEASED NOW TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE AND A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE.

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              • 03:19:17 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

              • 03:19:20 PM

                MR. ROYCE

                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. WELL, WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO THE ARGUMENTS ON…

                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. WELL, WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO THE ARGUMENTS ON MORAL EQUIVALENCY WITH RESPECT TO IRAN, THE REALITY IS THAT THIS IS A GOVERNMENT THAT STARTS ITS MORNING PRAYERS WITH DEATH TO AMERICA, DEATH TO ISRAEL. AND THE AYATOLLAH MAKES IT CLEAR HE MEANS IT. SO, YES, WE SHOULD TRY TO REMOVE THE PLANK FROM OUR EYE. BUT WE SHOULD NOT REMOVE OUR EYES FROM THE FACT THAT WHAT WE HAVE IN TERMS OF POLICY BEING DIRECTED FROM THE AYATOLLAH AND THE ISLAMIC REVOLUTIONARY GUARD CORPS IS A POLICY THAT CALLS FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, THIS HAS A POWERFUL GOAL, THIS BILL. AND IT IS TO EXPOSE THE CORRUPT NATURE OF THE IRANIAN REGIME. BUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT WHY, THE ANSWER IS BECAUSE THE PERSONNEL RESPONSIBLE FOR CARRYING OUT THESE ASSASSINATIONS THAT HAVE US CONCERNED, FOR CARRYING OUT TERROR ARE IN FACT THE LEADERSHIP IN IRAN OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS THAT WE ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY HERE. THAT IS THE JOB OF DOING RESEARCH, TERROR RESEARCH, AND CUTTING OFF TERROR FINANCE. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING. THIS REGIME CLAIMS TO BE MORE THAN A GOVERNMENT. IT CLAIMS TO BE A REVOLUTION. THEY CALL STHESMS THE ISLAMIC REV -- THEY CALL THEMSELVES THE ISLAMIC REVOLUTION. BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT CLOSELY, THE REGIME IN TEHRAN RESEMBLES SOMETHING ELSE. A CRIMINAL INTERPRICE. BECAUSE FROM THE SUPREME LEADER TO THE REVOLUTIONARY GUARD, THESE SO-CALLED SERVANTS OF THE REVOLUTION CONTROL 1/3 OF THE IRANIAN ECONOMY, BECAUSE THEY SEIZED IT. THEY SEIZED EVERYBODY'S PRIVATE PROPERTY. IN TERMS OF THESE COMPANIES. THE SUPREME LEADER'S EMPIRE ALONE IS WORTH $95 BILLION. THIS IS CALLED THE EXECUTION OF THE IMAM'S ORDER. IT HOLDS STAKES IN JUST ABOUT EVERY SECTOR OF THE IRANIAN INDUSTRY, INCLUDING FINANCE, OIL, TELECOMMUNICATIONS. AND THESE FUNDS ARE NOT SIMPLY USED TO ENRICH IRANIAN OFFICIALS. THAT'S NOT OUR PROBLEM HERE. IT'S NOT THAT THEY'RE PROPPING UP THE REGIME. IT'S, THANKS TO IRAN'S LACK OF MONEY LAUNDERING CONTROL, THEY ARE EASILY USED TO DESTABILIZE THE ENTIRE REGION. THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE DOING NOW. BY FUNDING TERRORISM ABROAD AND FUELING IRAN'S BALLISTIC MISSILE PROGRAM AT HOME, THESE ICBM'S BY THE WAY, THEY ANNOUNCED ARE INTENDED FOR US. SO THAT'S WHY, AS THIS BILL SAYS, THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT, AND THE BILL NOTES THIS, HAS IDENTIFIED IRAN AS A JURISDICTION OF PRIMARY MONEY LAUNDERING CONCERN. THIS MEANS THAT ANY TRANSACTION WITH IRAN RISKS SUPPORTING THE REGIME'S ONGOING ILLICIT ACTIVITIES. THEIR TERRORIST ACTIVITIES. AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. POLIQUIN, FOR INTRODUCING THIS BILL. AND CHAIRMAN HENSARLING FOR WORKING WITH US TO GET IT TO THE FLOOR. THANK YOU.

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              • 03:22:34 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZE -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZE -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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              • 03:22:38 PM

                MS. WATERS

                THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, A…

                THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, A LONG-TIME SUPPORTER OF DIPLOMACY, WITH IRAN AND STRONG SUPPORTER OF THE NUCLEAR DEAL.

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              • 03:22:46 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

              • 03:22:48 PM

                MR. BLUMENAUER

                I APPRECIATE THE GENTLELADY'S COURTESY. AND I APPRECIATE HER ADVOCACY ON…

                I APPRECIATE THE GENTLELADY'S COURTESY. AND I APPRECIATE HER ADVOCACY ON THIS. THIS IS SERIOUS BUSINESS. AND THERE ARE PEOPLE, NO SECRET, IN THE ADMINISTRATION, THERE ARE PEOPLE IN CONGRESS WHO WOULD LIKE TO UNDERMINE THIS AGREEMENT. THE MIXED SIGNALS THAT HAVE BEEN SENT BY THE ADMINISTRATION ARE TRULY DISTURBING. ONE HAS TO WONDER WHAT NORTH KOREA IS THINKING ABOUT, THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO SUGGEST THAT WE OUGHT TO GO AHEAD AND BLOW IT UP, WHEN IN FACT THEY ARE ABIDING BY THE TERMS OF THE AGREEMENT. AND THAT IS OFFICIALS IN THE ADMINISTRATION AGREE WITH THIS. WHAT SORT OF DETERRENT IS THAT TO NORTH KOREA IN TERMS OF ITS RECKLESS ACTION WITH NUCLEAR WEAPONS? IT SEEMS TO REINFORCE THAT BEHAVIOR. BUT THERE ARE ALSO ELEMENTS IN IRAN, HARDLINERS WHO DIDN'T AGREE WITH THIS AGREEMENT, WHO FELT THAT IT WAS TOO EVEN-HANDED. WHO FELT THAT THE LEADERSHIP GAVE UP TOO MUCH. WHO DON'T WANT CLOSER RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE UNITED STATES OR THE OTHER WESTERN POWERS THAT WORKED WITH US, INCLUDING CHINA AND RUSSIA, TO ENACT THIS HISTORIC AGREEMENT. WHICH, AS I POINTED OUT, AGREED EVEN BY OFFICIALS IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, IRAN HAS ABIDED BY. ARE THEY A NATION OF BAD ACTORS? ABSOLUTELY. THERE ARE FORCES WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT THAT ARE VERY DESTRUCTIVE. BUT THE POINT IS WE FOCUSED ON SOMETHING THAT ALL OF US AGREE IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL. AND THAT'S NOT HAVING IRAN RUSHING FORWARD TO BECOME ANOTHER NUCLEAR STATE. AND WE HAVE SEEN THAT THE BREAKOUT TIME UNDER THIS AGREEMENT HAS LENGTHENED. IT'S ACTING AS WE INTENDED. AND IT WAS ALSO ONE OF THOSE RARE AREAS WHERE WE ACTUALLY HAD GERMANY, GREAT BRITAIN, FRANCE, RUSSIA AND CHINA WORKING WITH US TO NEGOTIATE AN AGREEMENT. NOW, THIS IS GOING TO BE PERCEIVED AS AN EFFORT BY THE UNITED STATES TO UNDERMINE THE AGREEMENT. SHOULD WE GIVE THEM AND THE HARDLINERS IN IRAN AN EXCUSE TO WALK AWAY BECAUSE WE VIOLATED IT? WHAT ARE GOING TO BE THE ASSESSMENT OF OUR ALLIES WHO ARE DEEM DEEPLY COMMITTED TO THIS AND -- WHO ARE DEEPLY COMMITTED TO THIS AND HAVE RESISTED EFFORTS TO UNRAVEL IT? WE NEED ALL THE HELP WE CAN GET IN THE INTERNATIONAL ARENA. AND WE'VE WATCHED THIS ADMINISTRATION SYSTEMICALLY ISOLATE US THIS LAST WEEK WITH THE RECKLESS DECISION TO GO AHEAD AND RELOCATE THE EMBASSY OR AT LEAST CLAIM WE'RE GOING TO RELOCATE THE EMBASSY, CONDEMNED BY VIRTUALLY EVERYBODY ELSE IN THE WORLD. WE'RE STANDING ALONE WITH AN ACTION TO DESTABILIZE A VERY VOLATILE SITUATION. AND THIS COMES FORWARD AT A TIME WHEN IRAN IS ABIDING BY IT. TO GO AHEAD AND CRANK UP THE REPORT ON THE ASSETS OF A VARIETY OF IRAN'S SENIOR POLITICAL, RELIGIOUS AND MILITARY LEADERS, INCLUDING PEOPLE WHO AREN'T SUBJECT TO THE SANCTIONS. IT'S BEEN MENTIONED A STRAIN ON A DEPARTMENT THAT HAS FINITE RESOURCES IT. NEEDS TO FOCUS ON THINGS -- RESOURCES. IT NEEDS TO FOCUS ON THINGS. TAKING AWAY RESOURCES FOR EFFORTS TO TARGET ON ACTUAL SANCTION ABILITY. IT SEEMS TO BE DECIDEDLY WRONG HEADED. IT'S INTERESTING THAT CONGRESS HAD, UNTIL THIS WEEK, TO REIMPOSE THE SANCTION LIFTED UNDER THE AGREEMENT PER TRUMP'S DECERTIFICATION IN OCTOBER. CONGRESS CHOSE NOT TO. I THINK THAT WAS A WISE DECISION. TO ME IT INDICATES, AT LEAST SOME INDICATE THAT THE AGREEMENT HAS BEEN LARGELY SUCCESSFUL. BUT IF WE'RE GOING TO JEOPARDIZE THE FRAMEWORK, GIVING THE HARDLINE ELEMENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO CLAIM THAT WE'RE REPUDIATING, GIVING THEM A GREEN LIGHT, TO SOME OF THE FOLKS THERE WHO HAVE NO INTENTION OF BEING ABLE TO WORK IN A COOPERATIVE BASIS, WE OUGHT NOT TO FAN THE FLAMES. WE OUGHT TO BE TRYING TO NURTURE OPPORTUNITIES FOR COOPERATION. FOCUS ON AREAS WHERE THEY ARE DOING THINGS WE DON'T AGREE WITH. IF YOU WANT TO TARGET SOME SPECIFIC SANCTIONS THAT WE SOMEHOW HAVEN'T IMPOSED, THAT ARE WITHIN THE PURVIEW OF THE FRAMEWORK, WOULDN'T VIOLATE IT, GO AHEAD. BUT HAVING THESE ACTIONS I THINK SENDS THE WRONG SIGNAL. IT'S THE WRONG RESOURCE. AND I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO REJECT THIS LEGISLATION.

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              • 03:28:00 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN…

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

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              • 03:28:05 PM

                MR. HENSARLING

                MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. EMMER, A HARDWORKING MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE.

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              • 03:28:13 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

              • 03:28:15 PM

                MR. EMMER

                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. SINCE OUR FOUNDING,…

                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. SINCE OUR FOUNDING, AND AS RONALD REAGAN EMPHASIZED REGULARLY, AMERICA HAS STOOD AS A SHINING CITY UPON A HILL WHOSE BEACON LIGHT GUIDES FREEDOM-LOVING PEOPLE EVERYWHERE. TODAY WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHINE A LITTLE BRIGHTER. AS WE CONTINUE OUR BATTLE TO DEFEAT TERRORISM, THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN REMAINS DANGEROUSLY CORRUPT. WHILE THE AVERAGE IRANIAN EARNS A MERE $15,000 A YEAR, CORRUPT TOP POLITICAL AND MILITARY LEADERS CONTROL AN ESTIMATED $1 -- 1/3 OF THE OF THE -- OF THE NAGE HE IS -- OF THE NATION'S TOTAL ECONOMY. THESE SAME LEADERS ARE MORE OFTEN THAN NOT THE SAME ONES WHO REPEATEDLY PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR ACTS OF TERRORISM IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND CONTINUE TO SPONSOR TERRORIST GROUPS AROUND THE WORLD. UNFORTUNATELY IRAN'S GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO TOLERATE THIS CORRUPTION, WHICH IS WHY THE STATE DEPARTMENT IS NAME -- HAS NAMED IRAN AS A COUNTRY OF PRIMARY CONCERN FOR MONEY LAUNDERING AND CONTINUES TO BE LISTED -- LISTED AS A STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM. THESE OFFICIALS WHO PERPETUATE SUCH DESTRUCTIVE AND DESTABILIZING BEHAVIOR SHOULD AND NEED TO BE EXPOSED. TODAY I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 1638, THE IRANIAN LEADERSHIP ASSET TRANSPARENCY ACT. THIS BILL WILL REQUIRE A LIST OF THE KNOWN ASSETS OF SENIOR IRANIAN OFFICIALS TO BE MADE PUBLICLY AVAILABLE IN ALL THREE OF IRAN'S MAJOR LANGUAGES. SPECIFICALLY THE U.S. TREASURY SECRETARY WILL SUBMIT A REPORT TO CONGRESS ON THE ASSETS HELD BY IRAN'S MOST SENIOR POLITICAL MILITARY AND BUSINESS LEADERS AND ON THE PROBABLE SOURCES AND USES OF THE ASSETS. THIS REPORT WILL SERVE AS YET ANOTHER TOOL IN THE TOOL BOX OF BUSINESSES AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, BOTH FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC, TO BETTER COMPLY WITH EXISTING SANCTION REGIMES AND INTERNATIONAL FINANCING -- FINANCIAL RESTRICTIONS. IT WILL PROVIDE CLARITY AND CERTAINTY FOR COMPANIES WHEN DETERMINING THE LEGITIMACY OF THEIR BUSINESS PARTNERS, IF THEY DECIDE THAT DOING BUSINESS WITH IRAN IS IN THEIR INTEREST. MOREOVER, WITH THIS INFORMATION, WITH BETTER KNOWLEDGE OF WHERE THEIR MONEY IS GOING, IRANIANS WHO WISH TO INVEST NOT IN TERRORISM OR CORRUPTION BUT IN FREEDOM CAN. TODAY WE CAN HELP THE FREEDOM-LOVING PEOPLE OF IRAN, WE CAN HELP SHINE A LIGHT ON IRAN'S CORRUPTION, AND AMERICA CAN CONTINUE TO BE A SHINING CITY ON A HILL. I APPRECIATE THE WORK OF AND I THANK CHAIRMAN HENSARLING AND MONETARY POLICY TRADE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN BARR FOR MOVING AN IMPORTANT BILL THROUGH THE COMMITTEE AND TO THE FLOOR TODAY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE ON H.R. 1638 AND YIELD BACK.

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              • 03:31:06 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 03:31:09 PM

                MS. WATERS

                MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS, I WOULD LIKE THE AUTHOR OF THIS BILL, MR.…

                MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS, I WOULD LIKE THE AUTHOR OF THIS BILL, MR. POLIQUIN, AND PERHAPS THE CHAIRMAN OF OUR COMMITTEE, MR. HENSARLING TO ANSWER THE QUESTION THAT I AM ABOUT TO PROPOSE, AND THAT IS THIS. WE HAVE ALLIES WITH US IN THIS AGREEMENT. THIS IS AN AGREEMENT THAT WAS WORKED ON FOR A LONG TIME. WE HAVE RUSSIA, WE HAVE CHINA, WE HAVE GERMANY, ENGLAND AND FRANCE. WHAT ARE OUR ALLIES SAYING ABOUT OUR ATTEMPT -- ATTEMPT TO INTERFERE WITH THE AGREEMENT? WHAT ARE THEY SAYING ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT WE CAN BE TRUSTED TO LIVE UP TO THE COMMITMENTS WE HAVE MADE? WHAT ARE THEY SAYING ABOUT OUR ATTEMPTS TO ADD TO LENGTH THEN AND TO CREATE NEW, REALLY WHAT HAVE BECOME OBSTACLES TO PEACE? I WOULD ASK MY FRIENDS ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE AS THEY TALK ABOUT TARGETING CERTAIN LEADERS, I DON'T KNOW WHAT LEADERS THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT AND WANTING TO KNOW ABOUT THEIR ASSETS AND WHERE THEIR ASSETS CAME FROM AND HOW THEY'RE BEING USED. I WANT TO ASK MY FRIENDS ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE, ARE YOU WILLING TO DO THAT FOR CERTAIN LEADERS IN OUR OWN COUNTRY? I JUST HEARD FROM ONE OF THE SPEAKERS, I BELIEVE IT WAS MR. ROYCE FROM CALIFORNIA, THAT IDENTIFIED THE WORK OF ONE OF THE SUPPOSED LEADERS AND IT SEEMS TO ME THAT IT DID NOT NEARLY MATCH THE WORTH OF THOSE WHO ARE IN OUR CABINET AND HIGHER PLACES IN OUR GOVERNMENT AND I WONDER WHAT ARE WE TRYING TO DO. SO FIRST ANSWER THE QUESTION, IF YOU WILL, ABOUT WHAT OUR ALLIES ARE SAYING. AND SECONDLY, ANSWER THE QUESTION ABOUT DISCLOSURE AS IT RELATES TO THOSE AT THE HIGHEST OFFICE IN OUR COUNTRY AND THOSE WHO ARE SERVING IN THE CABINET. AND ALSO WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT MONEY LAUNDERING, ANSWER THE QUESTION ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE LEADER OF THIS COUNTRY AND DEUTCH BANK, WHO IS KNOWN AS A MONEY LAUNDERING BANK THAT IS INVOLVED WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. I RESERVE.

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              • 03:33:43 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 03:33:47 PM

                MR. MCHENRY

                I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO A THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO WHO IS…

                I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO A THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO WHO IS NEVER AN APOLLINGIST TO THE LEADING STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM. MR. DAVIDSON.

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              • 03:34:06 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 03:34:08 PM

                MR. DAVIDSON

                I JUST HAVE TO SAY I'M IN SHOCK. I'M LISTENING TO THE KIND OF THINKING…

                I JUST HAVE TO SAY I'M IN SHOCK. I'M LISTENING TO THE KIND OF THINKING THAT IF IT HAD CAUGHT ON IN THE 1980'S, MAY HAVE ALLOWED THE COLD WAR TO CONTINUE. WHEN I ENLISTED IN THE ARMY I WAS PRIVILEGED TO SERVE IN GERMANY AND SEE THE TRUTH OF GENERATIONS OF WORK AND ALSO SEE THE CONCERN THAT GERMANS HAD THAT RONALD REAGAN WAS GOING TO CAUSE WORLD WAR III AND ACTUAL LEADERSHIP WAS SOMEHOW A PROBLEM. BUT INSTEAD WE SAW, MR. GORBACHEV DIDN'T TEAR DOWN THE WALL OR UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, BUT EAST GERMAN PEOPLE TORE DOWN THE WALL. WHY DID THEY DO THAT? THEY KNEW THE TRUTH ON THE OTHER SIDE. MR. POLIQUIN'S BILL IS TO HELP THE PEOPLE OF IRAN GET THEIR COUNTRY BACK. THEY ARE UNDER A STRONG AUTHORITARIAN LEADERSHIP SYSTEM THAT HAS OPPRESSED THEIR PEOPLE AND CAUSED HARM THROUGHOUT THE REGION AND THROUGHOUT THE PLANET. MEANWHILE I'M SO THANKFUL THIS IS A BIPARTISAN BILL. THE MEMBERS OPPOSED TO THIS WOULD ASK MORE DISCLOSURE OF COMPANIES' C.E.O.'S THAN ENEMIES OUR COUNTRY. I WAS SENT HERE TO SUPPORT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. THIS BILL DOES NOT VIOLATE THE JCPOA. IT DOESN'T TOUCH IT. IT SIMPLY SAYS THAT WE ARE GOING TO GATHER THIS INFORMATION AND AS FOR DIVERTING RESOURCES, THIS IS THE LEADING STATE SPONSOR OF TERROR AND IT IS FOCUSED ON THE PROBLEM AND GIVES THE PEOPLE OF IRAN A CHANCE FOR THE FREEDOM THAT SO MANY OF THE PEOPLES OF THE WORLD ENJOY. I'M THANKFUL THAT WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TRY TO MAKE THIS DIFFERENCE. I ENCOURAGE EVERY MEMBER OF THE HOUSE TO VOTE FOR IT AND THOSE WHO THOUGHT THEY WERE OPPOSED TO RECONSIDER A RATIONAL MEASURED ACTION TO TRY TO CHANGE THE WORLD FOR GOOD. I YIELD BACK.

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              • 03:36:21 PM

                THE CHAIR

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

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

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              • 03:36:27 PM

                MS. WATERS

                THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO MR. POLIQUIN TO TRY AND GET…

                THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO MR. POLIQUIN TO TRY AND GET SOME INFORMATION THAT I THINK IS VERY IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTANDING HOW THIS BILL WOULD WORK. THE GENTLEMAN WHO JUST SPOKE SAID THAT THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE AGREEMENT. THEN WHAT IS IT YOU'RE ADDING TO? WHAT IS IT YOU ARE TRYING TO CHANGE OR MAKE BETTER? IF IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE AGREEMENT, THEN WHY ARE WE DOING IT? MR. POLIQUIN, I ASK YOU TO RESPOND TO THIS DESCRIPTION OF WHAT THIS BILL IS ALL ABOUT.

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              • 03:37:09 PM

                MR. POLIQUIN

                THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO RESPOND. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA…

                THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO RESPOND. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, I WANT TO MAKE SURE I MAKE THINGS CLEAR. I'M NOT SURE IF IT WAS THE GENTLELADY OR SOMEONE SAYING WHY WE WOULD DIVERT RESOURCES AWAY FROM FIGHTING TERRORISM TO POST THIS INFORMATION ON THE TREASURY WEBSITE, IT COSTS TOO MUCH. WITH RESPECT TO THE GENTLELADY, C.B.O. ESTIMATES IT WILL COST $500,000 TO DO IT FOR TWO YEARS. THE UNITED STATES TREASURY DEPARTMENT HAS A BUDGET $14 BILLION PER YEAR.

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              • 03:37:45 PM

                MS. WATERS

                RECLAIMING MY TIME. I THANK YOU FOR WANTING TO TALK ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE.…

                RECLAIMING MY TIME. I THANK YOU FOR WANTING TO TALK ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE. I YIELDED TO YOU TO HELP ME WITH INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT WAS STATED THAT THE GENTLEMAN THAT SPOKE BEFORE YOU SAID THAT THIS BILL HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE AGREEMENT. SO RECLAIMING MY TIME, LET ME JUST CONTINUE. IS THE GENTLEMAN PREPARED TO RESPOND TO THE QUESTION THAT I HAVE RAISED?

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              • 03:38:17 PM

                MR. POLIQUIN

                YES.

              • 03:38:18 PM

                MS. WATERS

                YOU ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT WHAT THIS BILL HAS TO DO WITH THE AGREEMENT…

                YOU ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT WHAT THIS BILL HAS TO DO WITH THE AGREEMENT WHEN THE GENTLEMAN HAS STATED IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE AGREEMENT.

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              • 03:38:27 PM

                MR. POLIQUIN

                I WILL RESPOND TO THE QUESTION.

              • 03:38:30 PM

                MS. WATERS

                I WILL YIELD.

              • 03:38:32 PM

                MR. POLIQUIN

                THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE DANGEROUS IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL THAT WAS PUT TOGETHER…

                THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE DANGEROUS IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL THAT WAS PUT TOGETHER TWO YEARS AGO HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH EXPOSING THE WEALTH THAT HAS ACCUMULATED BY CORRUPTION BY THE TOP 70 TO 80 IRANIAN POLITICALLY AND MILITARY LEADERS AND THE RANKING MEMBER KNOWS THIS HAS ZERO TO DO WITH IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL.

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              • 03:39:02 PM

                MS. WATERS

                RECLAIMING MY TIME. RECLAIMING MY TIME. WE KNOW THERE ARE INDIVIDUALS THAT…

                RECLAIMING MY TIME. RECLAIMING MY TIME. WE KNOW THERE ARE INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE SANCTIONABLE IN THE DEAL AND WHAT I THOUGHT YOU WERE ATTEMPTING TO DO IS TO EXPAND THAT AND TO IDENTIFY MORE LEADERS AND TRY AND UNDERSTAND WHERE THE ASSETS COME FROM, WHAT DO THEY USE THEM FOR, WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE INVOLVED IN MONEY LAUNDERING BUT THE GENTLEMAN SAID IT HAD NOTHING TO DO.

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              • 03:39:29 PM

                MR. POLIQUIN

                WOULD THE GENTLELADY YIELD?

              • 03:39:32 PM

                MS. WATERS

                MY YIELDING TO YOU DID NOT HELP ME. SO I SHALL CONTINUE. HAVING SAID THAT,…

                MY YIELDING TO YOU DID NOT HELP ME. SO I SHALL CONTINUE. HAVING SAID THAT, I WILL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 03:39:45 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. I WOULD REMIND EVERYONE TO DIRECT YOUR COMMENTS…

                THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. I WOULD REMIND EVERYONE TO DIRECT YOUR COMMENTS TO THE CHAIR, PLEASE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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              • 03:39:56 PM

                MR. HENSARLING

                MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS JUST TO SAY, THE RANKING MEMBER…

                MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS JUST TO SAY, THE RANKING MEMBER WAS SPEAKING, I WENT BACK YET AGAIN TO READ THE NINE-PAGE BILL, NINE PAGES, NO WHERE IS THE JCPOA MENTIONED IN THE BILL. IRAN WAS THE LEADING STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM BEFORE THE JCPOA AND THEY REMAIN THE WORLD'S FOREMOST STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM AFTER THE JCPOA. AND WE OUGHT TO KNOW ABOUT THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS TERRORIST NATION. AND I THINK THE NEXT SPEAKER WILL TELL US EVEN MORE. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. BUDD.

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              • 03:40:43 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

              • 03:40:45 PM

                MR. BUDD

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER AND MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MR.…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER AND MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MR. POLIQUIN'S BILL, THE IRANIAN LEADERSHIP ASSET TRANSPARENCY ACT AND I THANK HIM. NOT COMMUN COMMON THESE DAYS TO SEE IRANIAN FINGERPRINTS OVER THE INSTABILITY THAT PLAGUES THE MIDDLE EAST. OUR OWN STATE DEPARTMENT CLASS FILES IRAN AS A COUNTRY OF MONEY LAUNDERING AND INTERNATIONAL TERROR FINANCING. JUST THIS WEEKEND, WE SAW THEIR HANDY WORK YET AGAIN. THIS TIME IT WAS LEBANON, WHERE THE IRANIAN-BACKED HEZBOLLAH INFLUENCED GOVERNMENT CALLED FOR ECONOMIC SANCTIONS ON THE UNITED STATES. WHY? SIMPLY FOR RECOGNIZING JERUSALEM AS THE CAPITAL OF ISRAEL. NOW JUST A FEW AT THE TOP OF THIS CORRUPT IRANIAN REGIME ARE FLUSHED WITH CASH AND SUPPORT TERROR IN THE MIDDLE EAST WHILE IRANIANS GET BY ON AN AVERAGE SALARY OF $15,000. ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THOSE PROFITTING AT THE TOP OF THE EXPENSE OF THOSE SUFFERING AT THE BOTTOM, IT IS LONG OVERDUE. LUCKILY, MR. POLIQUIN'S BILL HELPS US TO ACHIEVE THIS GOAL THAT THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT PROVIDE A REPORT TO CONGRESS ON THE FINANCIAL ASSETS OF THESE SENIOR IRANIAN OFFICIALS INVOLVED IN CORRUPTION AND FINANCE. THIS BILL WILL SHED LIGHT ON IRANIAN TERROR ACTIVITIES AND LET THE PEOPLE KNOW HOW THEIR LEADERS ACTUALLY OPERATE. THIS IS A KEY ASPECT OF THE BILL SINCE MOST OF THE NEWS IN IRAN IS DISSEMINATED THROUGH GOVERNMENT-CONTROLLED OUTLETS. INFORMATION IN THE COUNTRY IS HARD TO COME BY. THE BOTTOM LINE IS THIS, THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WILL HELP DISRUPT THE IRANIAN TERROR NETWORK AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE. LET'S SEND A MESSAGE THAT THIS PEOPLE'S HOUSE IS UNITED ON THIS FRONT AND LET'S SEND A MESSAGE TO THE IRANIAN PEOPLE THAT WE ARE WITH THEM AS WELL. I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND, MR. POLL QUINN SFR MAINE, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. AND I URGE ADOPTION FOR HIS LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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              • 03:42:58 PM

                THE CHAIR

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

                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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              • 03:43:06 PM

                MS. WATERS

                MAY I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE LEFT?

              • 03:43:08 PM

                MUCH TIME I HAVE LEFT?THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA HAS 10 1/2 MINUTES.

              • 03:43:15 PM

                MS. WATERS

                MEMBERS, I HAVE A STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY FROM THE PREVIOUS…

                MEMBERS, I HAVE A STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY FROM THE PREVIOUS PRESIDENT WHERE HE ADVISED US WHEN THIS BILL CAME BEFORE THE HOUSE BEFORE THAT IT WOULD BE VETOED BY THE ADMINISTRATION. I WOULD LIKE TO READ FROM YOU -- TO YOU FROM ONE OF THE PARAGRAPHS. THIS REQUIRED PUBLIC POSTINGS MAY BE PERCEIVED BY IRAN AND LIKELY OUR JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION PARTNERS AS AN ATTEMPT TO UNDERMINE THE FULFILLMENT OF OUR COMMITMENTS IN TURN IMPACTING THE CONTINUED VIABILITY OF THIS DIPLOMATIC ARRANGEMENTS THAT PREVENTS IRAN FROM ACQUIRING A NUCLEAR WEAPON. IF THE JCPOA WERE TO FAIL ON THAT BASIS, IT WOULD REMOVE THE CONSTRAINTS ON NUCLEAR PROGRAM, LEAD TO THE UNRAVELING OF THE INTERNATIONAL SANCTIONS REGIME AGAINST IRAN AND DEAL A DEVASTATING BLOW TO THE CREDIBILITY OF AMERICA'S LEADERSHIP AND OUR COMMITMENTS TO OUR CLOSEST ALLIES. I THINK THAT IS A VERY POWERFUL STATEMENT. AND I DO KNOW THAT IRAN IS IN COMPLIANCE, THAT WE MONITOR. WE HAVE A VERY STRICT AND STRONG MONITORING PROGRAM. AND THEY'RE IN COMPLIANCE. AND SO THE QUESTION BECOMES, IF, INDEED, THEY ARE IN COMPLIANCE, WHY WOULD WE INTERFERE WITH THE PLAN? WHY WOULD WE JEOPARDIZE THIS PLAN THAT HAS BEEN WORKED ON WITH OUR STRONG ALLIES IN AN ATTEMPT TO TRY AND FIND ANOTHER WAY TO SAY THAT IRAN MUST BE SCRUTINIZED? EVERYTHING IN THIS PLAN HAS TO DO WITH DISCONTINUING THE DEVELOPMENT OF NUCLEAR CAPABILITY. AND I THINK WE SHOULD RESPECT THE WORK THAT WE HAVE DONE WITH OUR ALLIES AND DISCONTINUE ALL THESE ATTEMPTS TO UNDERMINE THE DEAL THAT WE HAVE ENTERED IN WITH AND TO CAUSE OUR ALLIES TO DISTRUST US. I RESERVE. .

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              • 03:45:49 PM

                MR. HENSARLING

                I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR.…

                I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE.

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              • 03:45:54 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

              • 03:45:56 PM

                MR. LANCE

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE IRANIAN LEADERSHIP…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE IRANIAN LEADERSHIP ASSET TRANSPARENCY ACT. AND I THANK CHAIRMAN HENSARLING AND REPRESENTATIVE POLIQUIN FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. WE MUST BE SCRUTINIZING THE FINANCIAL DEALINGS OF SENIOR IRANIAN POLITICAL AND MILITARY LEADERS. IT IS IN THE NATIONAL SECURITY INTEREST OF THE UNITED STATES TO UNDERSTAND THE INTERNATIONAL WEB OF FINANCES THAT SUPPORTS TERROR OPERATIONS AND OTHER NEFARIOUS CAUSES. I AM PLEASED THAT THIS BILL INCLUDES AN AMENDMENT I PROPOSED TO TARGET THE HEAD OF THE IRANIAN ATOMIC ENERGY ORGANIZATION. A POSITION CURRENTLY HELD BY ALI AKBAR SALALI TO THE LIST OF IRANIAN LEADERS NAMED IN THRENLSLATION. GIVEN IRAN'S VIOLATIONS OF -- IN THIS LEGISLATION. GIVEN IRAN'S VIOLATIONS OF INTERNATIONAL LAW AND ITS CLEAR TIES TO INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM, IT IS AFTER ALL THE LEADING SPONSOR OF STATE TERRORISM ACROSS THE GLOBE, WE SHOULD BE MONITORING THE FINANCES OF THE HEAD OF ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAM. TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH SANCTIONS AND OTHER LAWS. FOR YEARS THE IRANIAN REGIME HAS BEEN MIRED IN INSTITUTIONALIZED CORRUPTION. TO THE DETRIMENT OF THE PEOPLE OF THAT GREAT COUNTRY. THE NEXUS OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS, STATE SPONSORED TERRORISM, MONEY LAUNDERING, SECRET FINANCIAL AGREEMENTS, AND MASS PISTOLERING FROM THE IRANIAN PEOPLE -- PILFERING FROM THE IRANIAN PEOPLE IS A CAUSE FOR GREAT ALARM. THIS LEGISLATION IS A RESPONSE TO ALL OF THAT. IT IS COMPLETELY BIPARTISAN IN NATURE. IT IS THE WAY WE SHOULD ACT IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, IN A BIPARTISAN CAPACITY. THE NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS OF THE UNITED STATES KNOW NO PARTISAN BOUNDS. MR. SPEAKER, WE NEED ALL OF THE TOOLS AT OUR DISPOSAL TO INVESTIGATE THE FINANCES OF THIS TERRORIST REGIME. I URGE A YES VOTE ON MR. POLIQUIN'S LEGISLATION.

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              • 03:48:15 PM

                THE CHAIR

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

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

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              • 03:48:25 PM

                MS. WATERS

                I CONTINUE TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

              • 03:48:27 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 03:48:30 PM

                MR. HENSARLING

                MR. CHAIRMAN, MAY I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE REMAINING ON MY SIDE?

              • 03:48:37 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEMAN HAS 5 3/4 MINUTES.

              • 03:48:42 PM

                MR. HENSARLING

                MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M HAPPY TO YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES AGAIN TO THE SPONSOR OF THE…

                MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M HAPPY TO YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES AGAIN TO THE SPONSOR OF THE LEGISLATION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE, MR. POLIQUIN.

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              • 03:48:51 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 2 1/2 MINUTES.

              • 03:48:53 PM

                MR. POLIQUIN

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, VERY MUCH. I DID WANT TO RESPOND TO THE GENTLELADY…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, VERY MUCH. I DID WANT TO RESPOND TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA AND FOR OTHER FOLKS WHO ARE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS AGREEMENT. THIS BILL, RATHER. FIRST OF ALL, I THINK IT'S VERY CLEAR TO THE WORLD THAT THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT'S BEEN CHEETH ON THE NUCLEAR DEAL ALMOST SINCE DAY ONE. I THINK IT WAS WITHIN MONTHS, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THEY TEST FIRED BOTH MEDIUM RANGE AND LONG RANGE BALLISTIC MISSILES IN VIOLATION OF AN EIGHT-YEAR BAN ON DEVELOPING THOSE CONVENTIONAL WEAPONS. SO I THINK IT'S KIND OF SILLY FOR US TO BE DEBATING HERE ABOUT A GOVERNMENT THAT SPONSORS TERRORISM AND VOWS TO WIPE ISRAEL OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH AND KILL AS MANY AMERICANS AS THEY CAN, AS A LEADERSHIP REGIME THAT'S GOING TO ABIDE BY THIS AGREEMENT WHEN THEY'VE PROVEN THEY ARE NOT. SECOND OF ALL, AS I MENTIONED SEVERAL TIMES, MY BILL HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS AGREEMENT. BUT THEN AGAIN, SOMEONE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, MR. SPEAKER, ALSO SAID, WELL, WE THINK AMERICAN OFFICIALS, AMERICAN LEADERS SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR DISCLOSING THAT. HERE'S THE DIFFERENCE. AMERICA DOES NOT SPONSOR TERRORISM. THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT DOES. AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO GET AT, MR. SPEAKER. I'M TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT FOLKS WHO WILL NOT SUPPORT THIS BILL ARE GOING TO SAY WHEN THEY GO BACK HOME AT CHRISTMAS TIME, WHEN THEY HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHED SUNLIGHT ON THE TOP POLITICAL AND MILITARY LEADERS IN IRAN WHO ARE RIPPING OFF THE IRANIAN PEOPLE AND WHO ARE SPONSORING TERRORISM, WHY IT IS A BAD IDEA TO MAKE SURE THIS INFORMATION IS PUBLIC TO THE WORLD AS WELL AS THE IRANIAN PEOPLE. I'D LIKE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO SAY WHEN THEY GO BACK HOME AND TALK TO THEIR CONSTITUENTS. MR. SPEAKER, MR. CHAIRMAN, I AM GRATEFUL FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY. THIS IS A TERRIFIC BILL. IT DOES SOMETHING VERY COMMONSENSE. PUT PRESSURE THROUGH SUNLIGHT, THROUGH TRANSPARENCY ON THE CHIEF SPONSOR OF TERRORISM IN THE WORLD, THE IRANIAN REGIME. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK MY TIME. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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              • 03:50:56 PM

                THE CHAIR

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

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

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              • 03:51:02 PM

                MS. WATERS

                THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE INFORMATION THAT IS…

                THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE INFORMATION THAT IS BEING SHARED BY MY COLLEAGUE, MR. POLIQUIN. AND I'M GOING TO YIELD MORE TIME TO HIM TO EXPLAIN TO ME, IF THE MISSILES THAT YOU'RE DESCRIBING IN IRAN THAT ARE NOT A PART OF THE DEAL, OF THE PLAN, ARE THEY SIMILAR TO THE MISSILES THAT ARE BEING FIRED WITH NUCLEAR WARHEADS FROM NORTH KOREA? I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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              • 03:51:33 PM

                MR. POLIQUIN

                CAN YOU REPEAT THE QUESTION AGAIN? I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND IT.

              • 03:51:35 PM

                MS. WATERS

                ABOUT, WITH IRAN, THAT ARE NOT A PART OF THE PLAN, ARE THEY SIMILAR TO THE…

                ABOUT, WITH IRAN, THAT ARE NOT A PART OF THE PLAN, ARE THEY SIMILAR TO THE BALLISTIC MISSILES THAT ARE BEING FIRED FROM NORTH KOREA WITH NUCLEAR WARHEADS POSSIBLY ON THEM?

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              • 03:51:53 PM

                MR. POLIQUIN

                THE MISSILES THAT I WAS REFERRING TO ARE VERY CLEAR, TO THE GENTLELADY…

                THE MISSILES THAT I WAS REFERRING TO ARE VERY CLEAR, TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, THEY DEAL SPECIFICALLY WITH THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL, WHICH IS A DANGEROUS DEAL FOR THIS WORLD AND FOR THIS COUNTRY. HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH NORTH KOREA.

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              • 03:52:09 PM

                MS. WATERS

                ARE THEY MORE DANGEROUS THAN THE MISSILES FROM NORTH KOREA?

              • 03:52:12 PM

                MR. POLIQUIN

                WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH THE TRANSPARENCY ACT? DEALING…

                WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH THE TRANSPARENCY ACT? DEALING WITH IRANIAN OFFICIALS?

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              • 03:52:17 PM

                MS. WATERS

                I'LL TELL WHAT YOU DIFFERENCE IT MAKES. HERE WE ARE WITH THREATS FROM…

                I'LL TELL WHAT YOU DIFFERENCE IT MAKES. HERE WE ARE WITH THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA, AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES UNWILLING TO BE INVOLVED WITH DIPLOMACY, WHO RATHER WOULD LIKE TO BASICALLY MIMIC AND MOCK THE LEADER OF NORTH KOREA BY CALLING HIM LITTLE ROCKET MAN.

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              • 03:52:38 PM

                MR. POLIQUIN

                WILL THE GENTLELADY YIELD?

              • 03:52:41 PM

                MS. WATERS

                AND TELLING THE SECRETARY OF STATE, IT IS NO USE TO TALK WITH HIM. AND SO…

                AND TELLING THE SECRETARY OF STATE, IT IS NO USE TO TALK WITH HIM. AND SO HERE WE HAVE THE -- NORTH KOREA WHO HAVE ALREADY INDICATED THAT THEY HAVE MISSILES THAT WILL REACH US RIGHT HERE IN THE UNITED STATES , ANYWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES, AND YOU'RE TELLING ME ABOUT YOUR CONCERN, ABOUT MISSILES IN IRAN THAT ARE NOT A PART OF THE NUCLEAR DEAL. RECLAIMING MY TIME. YOU ARE STILL ON MY TIME. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 03:53:08 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS…

                THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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              • 03:53:13 PM

                MR. HENSARLING

                MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. I BELIEVE I HAVE THE RIGHT TO…

                MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. I BELIEVE I HAVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE.

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              • 03:53:17 PM

                THE CHAIR

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

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

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              • 03:53:22 PM

                MS. WATERS

                THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MAY I INQUIRE AS TO HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE LEFT?

              • 03:53:25 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS SIX MINUTES REMAINING.

              • 03:53:27 PM

                MS. WATERS

                HOW MANY MINUTES?

              • 03:53:28 PM

                THE CHAIR

                SIX.

              • 03:53:29 PM

                MS. WATERS

                THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I'D LIKE TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD A STATEMENT FROM…

                THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I'D LIKE TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD A STATEMENT FROM JAY STREET THAT IS IN OPPOSITION TO THIS LEGISLATION. AND I ALSO HAVE THE STATEMENT THAT I READ A PARAGRAPH FROM, FROM THE PREVIOUS OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. I'D LIKE UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER THEM BOTH INTO THE RECORD.

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              • 03:53:54 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE REQUEST WILL BE COVERED BY GENERAL LEAVE.

              • 03:53:57 PM

                MS. WATERS

                THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, AND MEMBERS, WE ARE OPPOSED TO THIS…

                THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, AND MEMBERS, WE ARE OPPOSED TO THIS BILL. NOT BECAUSE WE ARE NOT CONCERNED ABOUT THE SECURITY OF OUR COUNTRY AND SECURITY OF OUR ALLIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST. BUT MEMBERS ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE DON'T CARE ANY MORE THAN WE CARE. BUT WE RESPECT WHEN OUR LEADERSHIP AND OUR COUNTRY GETS INVOLVED AND NEGOTIATES WITH ANOTHER COUNTRY, SUCH AS THEY HAVE DONE WITH IRAN, AND THEY COME TO SOME AGREEMENTS, WE WOULD LIKE OUR COUNTRY TO LIVE UP TO THE AGREEMENT. WHEN WE HAVE INCLUDED IN THAT AGREEMENT A DESCRIPTION OF THE MONITORING THAT WILL BE DONE, AND WHEN THAT MONITORING IS BEING CARRIED OUT, AND WHEN IT IS REPRESENTED TO US BY THOSE THAT WE HAVE IN CHARGE OF THAT MONITORING, THAT THAT COUNTRY, IRAN, IS IN COMPLIANCE, WE BELIEVE THEM. AND WHEN WE TRUST OUR NEGOTIATORS, WE TRUST OUR COUNTRY, WE TRUST OUR LEADERSHIP, AND IRAN IS IN COMPLIANCE, THERE IS NO REASON TO TRY AND UNDO THE DEAL. THERE'S NO REASON TO COME BEHIND THE AGREEMENT AND WHAT HAS BEEN NEGOTIATED AND BEGIN TO THINK OF WAYS THAT YOU BELIEVE WE OUGHT TO EXPAND THAT AGREEMENT. WE COULD, IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, COME UP WITH A NEW IDEA EVERY DAY. WITH ALL OF THE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE, WITH ALL OF THE DIFFERENT THOUGHTS AND POSSIBLE IDEAS, AND EVERYBODY THINKING THEY'RE SMARTER THAN EVERYBODY ELSE, WE COULD COME UP WITH ALL KINDS OF PLANS. TO INTERFERE WITH THAT AGREEMENT. BUT I WOULD ADVISE THE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE AND THE MEMBERS ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE, YOU DO NOT NEED TO DO THIS. THIS IS A BAD IDEA. I WOULD ADVISE YOU TO PUT FAITH IN THE NEGOTIATIONS THAT HAVE GONE ON AND ACCEPT THE REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT COMPLIANCE THAT WE ARE BEING GIVEN, WE ARE BEING ASSURED THAT NOT ONLY IS THE MONITORING TAKING PLACE, BUT IRAN IS IN COMPLIANCE. SO AGAIN, I'M SO WORRIED ABOUT OUR ROLE IN THIS COUNTRY TODAY. AND THE FACT THAT OUR LEADERSHIP IS BEING DIMINISHED DAY BY DAY BECAUSE OF THE WAY THAT OUR PRESIDENT AND THE WHITE HOUSE IS HANDLING OUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER COUNTRIES. AS A MATTER OF FACT, WE SEE A PRESIDENT THAT IS ENDANGERING US AND DESTROYING RELATIONSHIPS CONSTANTLY. I MENTIONED THAT WE HAVE IN THIS DEAL, RUSSIA, CHINA, GERMANY, ENGLAND AND FRANCE. AND ASK THE QUESTION, WHAT ARE OUR ALLIES IN THIS AGREEMENT SAYING ABOUT OUR ATTEMPTS TO INTERFERE WITH THE AGREEMENT? DO THEY AGREE WITH YOU? ARE THEY CONSULTED? ARE THEY UNHAPPY ABOUT WHAT IS BEING DONE? I SUPPOSE THEY COULD DO THE SAME THING IN THEIR COUNTRIES EVERY DAY. THEY COULD COME UP WITH NEW WAYS TO INTERFERE WITH THE AGREEMENT, THEY COULD BEGIN TO ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT US AND WHY WE'RE DOING WHAT WE'RE DOING. THEY COULD EVEN ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT WHY ARE WE CONCERNED ABOUT THE ASSETS OF THOSE WHO ARE NOT SANCTIONABLE, WHEN WE'RE NOT CONCERNED ABOUT THE ASSETS OF OUR OWN PRESIDENT. MR. TOLL QUINN, THIS IS YOUR BILL. YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE ASSETS OF LEADERS -- MR. POLIQUIN, THIS IS YOUR BILL. YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE ASSETS OF THE LEADERS IN IRAN. YOU HAVE SEEN YOUR PRESIDENT'S TAX RETURNS? DO YOU KNOW ABOUT HIS ASSETS? DO YOU KNOW WHERE THEY HAVE COME FROM? DO YOU KNOW ABOUT HOW THEY'RE UTILIZED? I DON'T THINK SO. AND SO I THINK IT'S VERY, VERY IMPORTANT FOR US TO DO EVERYTHING THAT WE CAN TO HAVE OUR ALLIES TRUST US, TO LIVE UP TO THE DEALS THAT WE MAKE, NOT TO ASK MORE OF OTHERS THAN WE ARE WILLING TO DO OURSELVES. NO. WE'RE NOT SPONSORS OF TERRORISM. WE'RE PEOPLE WHO HAVE ALWAYS TRIED TO AVOID WAR. AND UNFORTUNATELY WE'VE ENGAGED IN IT AND WE KNOW THAT IT IS NOT THE BEST ANSWER TO TRYING TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEMS THAT WE ENCOUNTER AROUND THE WORLD. AND I DO BELIEVE THAT WE HONESTLY TRIED TO AVOID WAR AND THAT WE WORKED FOR PEACE. THIS IS WORKING FOR PEACE. AND PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT GOALS THAT WE SHOULD HAVE. AND I SEE THE OPPORTUNITIES OF THAT ERODING EVERY DAY. SO I WOULD ASK YOU TO THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU'RE DOING. I BELIEVE THAT YOUR INTENTIONS ARE GOOD. BUT I THINK IT'S A BAD BILL. AND SO, MR. SPEAKER, AND MEMBERS, I THANK YOU, I WOULD ASK FOR A NO VOTE ON THIS BILL. IT IS NOT NEEDED. I THINK IT CREATES PROBLEMS WITH OUR ALLIES AND THEY BEGIN TO WONDER WHETHER OR NOT THEY CAN TRUST US. WE ARE AN HONORABLE PEOPLE. AND WE ARE LEADERS IN THE WORLD. EVEN THOUGH IT IS BEING QUESTIONED MORE AND MORE. SO I WOULD ASK US TO VOTE NO ON THIS BILL.

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              • 03:59:30 PM

                THE CHAIR

                DOES THE GENTLELADY YIELD BACK?

              • 03:59:31 PM

                MS. WATERS

                I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

              • 03:59:33 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE CHAIR REMINDS ALL MEMBERS TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE…

                THE CHAIR REMINDS ALL MEMBERS TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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              • 03:59:41 PM

                MR. HENSARLING

                MR. CHAIRMAN, I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE REMAINING.

              • 03:59:45 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEMAN HAS 3 3/4 MINUTES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA HAS NONE.

              • 03:59:50 PM

                MR. HENSARLING

                I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF THE TIME.

              • 03:59:51 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 03:59:53 PM

                MR. HENSARLING

                MR. CHAIRMAN, I FIND IT FASCINATING HOW OFTEN THE RANKING MEMBER…

                MR. CHAIRMAN, I FIND IT FASCINATING HOW OFTEN THE RANKING MEMBER CRITICIZED OUR OWN PRESIDENT AND DIDN'T HAVE ONE CRITICAL COMMENT FOR THE PRESIDENT OF IRAN. THE NATION WHICH OUR STATE DEPARTMENT, INCLUDING THE OBAMA STATE DEPARTMENT, HAS LABELED AS THE WORLD'S FOREMOST STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM. BUT YET IN THE LAST ALMOST HOUR WE'VE NOT HEARD ONE SINGLE CRITICAL WORD. WE HEAR MUCH ABOUT THE JCPOA, THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL, PERHAPS ONE OF THE WORST ARRANGEMENTS, INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS THAT'S EVER BEEN ENTERED INTO BY OUR COUNTRY, BUT LOOK AS I MAY IN THE LEGISLATION, AND IT'S NINE PAGES LONG, NOT 90, NOT 900, YOU WILL NOT SEE THE JCPOA IN IT. . MR. POLIQUIN'S BILL, THE IRANIAN LEADERSHIP ASSET TRANSPARENCY ACT IS JUST THAT. IT IS SEEKING GREATER INTERNATIONAL TRANSPARENCY FOR THE LEADERS OF THIS ROGUE NATION, REGARDLESS OF THE JCPOA. LET'S REMEMBER WHAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO REMINDED US, THAT IT WAS BECAUSE OF INFORMATION, INCLUDING RADIO FREE EUROPE THAT WENT ACROSS THE IRON CURTAIN, THAT ULTIMATELY BROUGHT THAT CURTAIN DOWN AND FREED MILLIONS. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THE IRANIAN PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT THEIR OWN LEADERSHIP. OUR OWN STATE DEPARTMENT HAS SAID THE IRANIAN-ISLAMIC RE-LUTIONNARY GUARD CORPS, KURDS -- QUDS FORCE, CONTINUE TO PLAY A ROLE IN IRAQ, SYRIA, AND YEMEN. THE RANKING MEMBER SAYS, LET'S NOT SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THEIR LEADERSHIP BECAUSE WE MIGHT HURT THEIR FEELINGS. THE STATE DEPARTMENT GOES ON TO SAY, IRAN CONTINUED TO RECRUIT FIGHTERS FROM ACROSS THE REGION TO JOIN IRANIAN AFFILIATED SHIA MILITIA FORCES ENGAGED IN CONFLICTS IN SYRIA AND IRAQ AND HAS EVEN OFFERED A PATH TO CITIZENSHIP FOR THOSE WHO HEED THIS CALL. YET THE RANKING MEMBER SAYS, LET'S NOT REPORT ON THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS ROGUE REGIME BECAUSE THEY'RE VERY SENSITIVE PEOPLE. THE STATE DEPARTMENT GOES ON TO SAY, HEZBOLLAH CONTINUED TO WORK CLOSELY WITH IRAN IN THESE CONFLICT ZONES PLAYING A MAJOR ROLE IN SUPPORTING THE SYRIA GOVERNMENT'S EFFORTS TO MAINTAIN CONTROL AND TERRITORY AND PROVIDING TRAINING AND A RANGE OF OTHER SUPPORT FOR IRANIAN ALIGNED GROUPS IN IRAQ, SYRIA, AND YES, MA'AM B -- YEMEN. YET WE CONTINUE TO HEAR FROM THE RANKING MEMBER THAT WE SHOULDN'T LEARN ANYTHING ABOUT THEIR LEADERSHIP. AGAIN, WE MIGHT STEP ON THEIR TOES AFTER THE JCPOA AND WE WOULDN'T WANT TO DO THAT. WE WOULDN'T WANT TO BE INSENSITIVE TO INTERNATIONAL TERRORISTS. IN 2016, HIS BELLO -- HEZBOLLAH'S LEADER BOASTED, QUOTE, WE ARE OPEN ABOUT THE FACT THAT HEZBOLLAH'S INCOME, EBS EXPENSES, ITS WEAPONS AND ROCKETS ARE FROM THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN. HOW MUCH MORE DO WE NEED TO KNOW? WHY DO WE CONTINUE TO HAVE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS COME TO THE FLOOR OF THIS INSTITUTION AND SOMEHOW WANT TO SEEMINGLY PROTECT THE LEADERS OF THIS ROGUE REGIME? WE WANT TO KNOW MORE INFORMATION, WE WANT TO DISSEMINATE THIS INFORMATION, WE WANT THE WHOLE WORLD TO KNOW ABOUT THE LEADERSHIP OF THE WORLD'S FOREMOST STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM. THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE IS TRYING TO DO. I SALUTE HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS TO VOTE AYE FOR HIS BILL.

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              • 04:03:59 PM

                THE CHAIR

                FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

              • 04:05:04 PM

                An amendment, offered by Mr. Schneider, numbered 1 printed in Part A of House Report 115-463 to amend the reporting requirement on recommendations for how U.S. economic sanctions against Iran may be revised to prevent funds or assets from being used to contribute to the continued development of Iran's ballistic missile program to also include human rights abuses.

              • 04:05:08 PM

                DEBATE

                Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 658, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Schneider Part A amendment No. 1.

                • 04:05:09 PM

                  MR. SCHNEIDER

                  I HAVE AN AMENDMENT THAT THE AT THE DESK.

                • 04:05:11 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE --

                • 04:05:12 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE --

                • 04:05:15 PM

                  THE CLERK

                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUGS REPORT 115-463 OFFERED BY MR.…

                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUGS REPORT 115-463 OFFERED BY MR. SCHNEIDER OF ILLINOIS.

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                • 04:05:23 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. SCHNEIDER, AN A…

                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. SCHNEIDER, AN A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                • 04:05:32 PM

                  MR. SCHNEIDER

                  AMENDMENT TO THE IRANIAN LEADERSHIP ASSET TRANSPARENCY ACT. I WOULD LIKE…

                  AMENDMENT TO THE IRANIAN LEADERSHIP ASSET TRANSPARENCY ACT. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS, JUDGE POE, FOR JOINING ME IN THIS EFFORT. IRAN IS A BAD AND DANGEROUS ACTOR IN A VOLATILE REGION OF THE WORLD WHICH IS WHY CONGRESS ENACTED SANCTIONS IN RESPONSE TO THE BALLISTIC MISSILE PROGRAM AND SUPPORT FOR TERRORIST PROXY GROUPS. WE MUST HOLD SENIOR IRANIAN LEADERSHIP ACCOUNTABLE FOR DESTABILIZING ACTIONS IN THE REGION AND AROUND THE WORLD. THE LEGISLATION ON THE FLOOR TODAY IS AN EFFORT TO SHINE A LIGHT AND FOCUS OUR EFFORTS ON ASSETS HELD BY TOP IRANIAN OFFICIALS INCLUDING THE SUPREME LEADER. MEMBERS OF THE DOWN SOIFL GUARDIANS, MEMBERS OF THE EXPEDIENCY COUNCIL AND HIGH RANKING LEADERS. SPECIFICALLY THE BILL THRIRES SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY TO REPORT TO CONGRESS INFORMATION ON THE ASSETS HELD BY SENIOR IRANIAN LEADERS. INCLUDED IN THE REPORT ARE RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOW TO IMPROVE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF SANCTIONS TO PREVENT THESE ASSETS FROM BEING USED BY IRANIAN OFFICIALS TO FURTHER DEVELOP IRAN'S BALLISTIC MISSILE PROGRAM. MY AMENDMENT SIMPLY BUT IMPORTANTLY EXPANDS THIS REQUIREMENT TO INCLUDE IRAN'S HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES. WE SHOULD BE USING EVERY TOOL IN OUR TOOLBOX TO MAKE CLEAR THAT IRAN -- TO IRAN THAT ITS HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES ARE UNACCEPTABLE. HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION IN IRAN IS APPALLING AND ABUSES PERM NATE MANY ASPECTS OF IRANIAN SOCIETY. IN IRAN, REPRESSION AND PERSECUTION OF MEMBERS OF DIFFERENT RELIGIOUS FAITHS, INCLUDING SUNNI MUSLIMS, CHRISTIANS AND BAHA'IS IS PERVASIVE. THE STATE DEPARTMENT'S INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM REPORT OF 2016 CITES AT LEAST 103 MEMBERS OF MINORITY RELIGIOUS GROUPS IMPRISONED FOR THEIR RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES. SINCE 1979, IRAN EXECUTED MORE THAN 200 BAHA'I LEADERS AND OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS HAS CONDUCTED MORE THAN 850 ARBITRARY ARRESTS OF BAHA'I INDIVIDUALS. SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY ARE NOT PROTECTED CATEGORIES FROM DISCRIMINATION AND SAME SEX ACTS ARE PUNISHABLE BY FLOGGING AND POSSIBLY DEATH. ARBITRARY AND UNLAWFUL KILLINGS ARE NUMEROUS. THE STATE DEPARTMENT'S ANNUAL HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT SAYS THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED 114 EXECUTIONS BY AUGUST OF 2016 AND THAT UNOFFICIAL REPORTS SUGGEST A TOTAL OF 461 EXECUTIONS BY THE END OF THAT YEAR. THE U.N. PUT THIS IS NUMBER EVEN HIGHER AT 530 EXECUTIONS IN 2016. FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS LIMITED. MEDIA CENSORED. PUBLICATIONS HAVE BEEN BANNED AN CLOSED BY THE GOVERNMENT. HARASSMENT AND DETAINMENT OF JOURNALISTS CONTINUES IN IRAN -- AND IRAN'S CITIZENS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO CRITICIZE THE GOVERNMENT, SUPREME LEADER OR RELIGION. IN 2016, 79% OF THE CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR THE ASSEMBLY OF EXPERTS AND 58% RUNNING FOR THE ISLAMIC CONSULT TATIVE ASSEMBLY WERE DISQUALIFIED BY THE GUARDIAN COUNCIL. WE CONDITION WE CAN'T FORGET ABOUT THE AMERICANS AND OTHER FOREIGNERS WHO IRAN HAS DETAINED AND CONTINUES TO HOLD, INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS WHOSE FAMILY MEMBERS TESTIFIED BEFORE OUR THE HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIR COMMITTEES EARLIER THIS YEAR. NIZAR ZAKA AND ROBERT LEVINSON WHO HAS BEEN HELD FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS. THESE ARE JUST A HANDFUL OF EXAMPLES OF EGREGIOUS HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES BY THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT. THIS AMENDMENT HELPS ENSURE THE FUNDS HELD BY SENIOR IRE RANIAN LEADERS DO NOT CONTRIBUTE TO HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AND U.S. SANCTIONS ARE BEST POSITIONED TO IMPROVE THE HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION. I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WILL JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS AMENDMENT.

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                • 04:09:28 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS…

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

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                • 04:09:33 PM

                  MR. HENSARLING

                  I --

                • 04:09:34 PM

                  >>

                  I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT THOUGH I'M NOT OPPOSED.

                • 04:09:38 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 04:09:41 PM

                  MR. POE

                  I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR THE TIME AND I THANK MR. SCHNEIDER FOR THE…

                  I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR THE TIME AND I THANK MR. SCHNEIDER FOR THE AMENDMENT, I'M GLAD TO BE A CO-SPON OR OF THE AMENDMENT. MR. SPEAKER, THE IRANIANS ARE A SERIOUS THREAT TO THE WORLD, TO INTERNATIONAL SECURITY. IRAN'S FOREIGN POLICY IS VERY CLEAR. THE AYATOLLAH HAS SAID IT NUMEROUS TIMES AND CONTINUES TO SAY THAT THE FOREIGN POLICY OF IRAN IS FIRST, DESTROY ISRAEL. SECOND, DESTROY THE UNITED STATES. THEY HAVE NEVER WAVERED ON THIS GOAL AND THEY ARE DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN MILITARILY TO EVENTUALLY TRY TO REACH THOSE TWO GOALS. BUT THE GREATEST VICTIMS OF THE MUE LAS' REGIME IN TEHRAN ARE THE PEOPLE OF IRAN. THEY HAVE BEEN HOLD HOSTAGE BY THE SUPREME LEADER WHO OBVIOUSLY CARES MORE ABOUT BALLISTIC MISSILES AND INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM THAN TAKING CARE OF THE LIVELIHOOD OF THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE UNDER THIS REGIME. THE REGIME THAT HAS BECOME A NOTORIOUS INTERNATIONAL LEADER IN SUPPRESSION, EXECUTION, TORTURE, INHUMANITY, THE WORLD KNOWS ABOUT WHAT'S TAKING PLACE IN IRAN. AND THE GOOD PEOPLE OF IRAN HAVE NO POLITICAL SPACE FOR EXPRESSION OR DISSENT. IF THEY DECIDE TO DISSENT FROM THE ACTIONS OF THE AYATOLLAH, WELL, IT'S OFF TO JAIL, OR THEY'RE HUNG IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE. WE SAW WHAT THE REGIME DID TO PROTESTERS OF THE GREEN MOVEMENT IN 2009. DESPITE WHAT SOME PEOPLE STILL TRY TO SAY, THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT IS NOT SEEKING ANY SORT OF MODERATION. OVER 3,000 EXECUTIONS HAVE TAKEN PLACE UNDER THE REGIME'S SO-CALLED PRESIDENT ROHANI. SCORES OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS AND POLITICAL ACTIVISTS ARE STILL IN PRISON UNDER HOUSE ARREST AND THEY HAVEN'T BEEN CHARGED WITH ANYTHING. AND OF COURSE THEY HAVEN'T BEEN TRIED. UNITED STATES NEEDS TO PRIORITIZE ELEVATING THE VOICES OF THE IRANIAN PEOPLE WHO ARE PERSECUTED UNDER OPPRESSION BY THIS REGIME. THESE IRANIANS REALLY REPRESENT THE BEST OF THE IRANIAN CIVILIZATION AND THEY ARE GOING TO BE THE FUTURE OF IRAN. WE SHOULD TAKE NOTE WHAT'S HAPPENING TO THEM. IT SHOULD BE THE U.S. FOREIGN POLICY TO FOCUS SIGNIFICANT ATTENTION ON THE SERIOUS HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS TAKING PLACE IN IRAN. I'M HAPPY TO SUPPORT AND JOIN MR. SCHNEIDER IN THIS AMENDMENT WHICH WILL REQUIRE THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT TO ISSUE RECOMMENDATIONS AS TO HOW WE CAN BETTER PREVENT THE MULLAHS FOR CONTINUING THE VIOLENT ASSAULT ON THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF THE IRANIAN PEOPLE. THE UNITED STATES MUST BE AT THE FOREFRONT OF THIS BATTLE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND DECENCY FOR THE IRANIAN PEOPLE. WE MUST CALL OUT THE AYATOLLAH AND THE MULLAHS FOR WHAT THEY'RE DOING. THEY ARE PERSECUTING, VIOLATING HUMAN RIGHTS, OF THE IRANIAN PEOPLE. THE IRANIAN REGIME IS THE NUMBER ONE STATE SPONSOR OF WORLD TERROR AND IT ALSO RAINS DOWN TERROR ON ITS OWN PEOPLE. WE NEED TO PUT THE SQUEEZE ON THEM EVEN IF IT HURTS THEIR LITTLE FEELINGS. I URGE SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 04:13:04 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 04:13:08 PM

                  MR. SCHNEIDER

                  THANK YOU. I AGAIN THANK MY COLLEAGUE, JUDGE POE AND YIELD BACK.

                • 04:13:12 PM

                  THE CHAIR

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

                • 04:13:15 PM

                  MR. POE

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR BRINGING THIS AMENDMENT TO THE FLOOR. GLADLY…

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR BRINGING THIS AMENDMENT TO THE FLOOR. GLADLY SUPPORT IT. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS.

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                • 04:13:26 PM

                  THE CHAIR

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

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-463. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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              • 04:13:33 PM

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

                • 04:13:56 PM

                  An amendment, offered by Ms. Meng, numbered 2 printed in Part A of House Report 115-463 to require the report created by this bill to include "an assessment of the impact and effectiveness of U.S. economic sanctions programs against Iran".

                  • 04:13:58 PM

                    MS. MENG

                    MR. CHAIRMAN I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                  • 04:14:00 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                  • 04:14:02 PM

                    THE CLERK

                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-463 OFFERED BY…

                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-463 OFFERED BY MS. MENTION OF NEW YORK.

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              • 04:14:03 PM

                DEBATE

                Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 658, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Meng Part A amendment No. 2.

                • 04:14:10 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 658, THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MS.…

                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 658, THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MS. MENTION, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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                • 04:14:19 PM

                  MS. MENG

                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT THAT I THINK EVERY…

                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT THAT I THINK EVERY MEMBER OF THIS BODY CAN SUPPORT NO MATTER HOW THEY INTENT TO VOTE ON FINAL PASSAGE OF H.R. 1638. THIS AMENDMENT SIMPLY SEEKS TO INSERT A SINGLE NEW REQUIREMENT INTO THE REPORT REQUIRED BY H.R. 1638 AND THAT NEW REQUIREMENT IS AS FOLLOWS. QUOTE, AN ASSESSMENT OF THE IMPACT AND EFFECTIVENESS OF U.S. ECONOMIC SANCTIONS PROGRAMS AGAINST IRAN. WHETHER YOU VOTED FOR THE IRAN DEAL OR AGAINST IT OR WHETHER YOU THINK ECONOMIC SANCTIONS ARE AN EFFECTIVE DIPLOMATIC TOOL OR SOMETHING THAT SOUNDS BETTER THAN IT IS, I HOPE YOU WILL SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. WE SHOULD MAKE EVIDENCE-BASED POLICY DECISIONS IN THIS BODY WHENEVER POSSIBLE AND TOWARD THAT END WE SHOULD KNOW WHETHER OR NOT THE SANCTIONS THAT WE PASSED HERE WORK. IF WE'RE GOING TO REQUIRE A NEW REPORT FROM TREASURY IN THIS BILL, AND THAT REPORT MUST INCLUDE, QUOTE, A DESCRIPTION OF HOW TREASURY ASSESSES THE IMPACT AND EFFECTIVENESS OF U.S. ECONOMIC SANCTIONS PROGRAMS AGAINST IRAN, END QUOTE, I THINK IT'S ONLY APPROPRIATE TO ASK FOR THE ASSESSMENT ITSELF AND THAT IS WHAT THIS AMENDMENT DOES. LET ME PUT IT ANOTHER WAY. UNDERSTANDING HOW WE COUNT VOTES IN AMERICA IS IMPORTANT. BUT AT THE END OF AN ELECTION, I WANT TO KNOW THE FINAL TALLY OF WHO WON, WHO LOST, WHAT DID WE LEARN. SIMILARLY I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT IF TREASURY IS GOING TO HAVE TO PRODUCE A NEW REPORT ON SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN, PURSUANT TO H.R. 1638, THAT WE UNDERSTAND EXACTLY HOW TREASURY INTENDS TO ASSESS THE IMPACT AND EFFECTIVENESS OF THOSE SANCTIONS. EVEN MORE IMPORTANTLY, THOUGH, I THINK THIS REPORT SHOULD INCLUDE THE RESULTS OF THAT ASSESSMENT. PARTICULARLY WHEN IT COMES TO SANCTIONS WE HAVE AUTHORIZED. THAT IS ALL THIS AMENDMENT SEEKS TO REQUIRE AND I HOPE EVERYONE IN THIS BODY WILL SUPPORT IT. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 04:16:17 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS…

                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK IN ADDITION?

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                • 04:16:23 PM

                  MR. HENSARLING

                  I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT THOUGH I'M NOT OPPOSED.

                • 04:16:27 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 04:16:29 PM

                  MR. HENSARLING

                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK FOR…

                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK FOR HER AMENDMENT. I NOTE THAT SHE WAS A SUPPORTER OF H.R. 5461, A NEARLY IDENTICAL BILL THAT PASSED THE HOUSE IN THE LAST CONGRESS, I THINK HER AMENDMENT IS A VALUABLE ADDITION TO H.R. 1631 AND INDEED WE SHOULD ALWAYS KNOW THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE PROGRAMS THAT WE PROMOTE AND IN THIS CASE WE DO NEED TO UNDERSTAND HOW EFFECTIVE ECONOMIC SANCTIONS MAY BE SO I APPRECIATE HER LEADERSHIP AND I WOULD URGE ALL MEMBERS TO VOTE AYE ON THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                • 04:17:14 PM

                  MS. MENG

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

                • 04:17:17 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY…

                  THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO.

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              • 04:17:28 PM

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

                • 04:18:04 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE, AS…

                  THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY UNDER THE RULE THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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                • 04:18:23 PM

                  The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 1638.

                  • 04:18:35 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    MR. CHAIRMAN.

                  • 04:18:37 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    MR. SPEAKER, THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION…

                    MR. SPEAKER, THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 1638 AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 658 I REPORT THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH AN AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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                  • 04:18:51 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                    THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION THE BILL H.R. 1638, AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 658 REPORTS THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH AN AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. UNDER THE RULE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. IS A SEPARATE DEMAND ON ANY AMENDMENT TO THE AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE? IF NOT THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE, AS AMENDED -- AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE, AS AMENDED? THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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                • 04:19:03 PM

                  The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

                  • 04:19:19 PM

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

                    • 04:19:36 PM

                      THE CLERK

                      A BILL TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY TO SUBMIT A REPORT TO THE…

                      A BILL TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY TO SUBMIT A REPORT TO THE APPROPRIATE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES ON THE ESTIMATED TOTAL ASSETS UNDER DIRECT OR INDIRECT CONTROL BY CERTAIN SENIOR IRANIAN LEADERS AND OTHER FIGURES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                    • 04:19:50 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      PURPOSES.

                • 04:20:08 PM

                  POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

                  At the conclusion of debate on H.R. 1638, the Chair put the question on passage and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Hensarling demanded the yeas and nays, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of passage until later in the legislative day.

                  • 04:20:16 PM

                    Recess

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

                    • 04:44:06 PM

                      CALLER

                      AWAY HERE, THE HOUSE IS GALING BACK IN FOR A SERIES OF

                  • 04:47:34 PM

                    Reconvened

                    The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of December 13.

                    • 04:47:39 PM

                      CALLER

                      AWAY HERE, THE HOUSE IS GALING BACK IN FOR A SERIES OF

                    • 04:47:41 PM

                      >>

                      AWAY HERE, THE HOUSE IS GALING BACK IN FOR A SERIES OF VOTES. ADOPTION OF…

                      AWAY HERE, THE HOUSE IS GALING BACK IN FOR A SERIES OF VOTES. ADOPTION OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 657, IF ORDERED, AND PASSAGE OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1638. THE FIRST ELECTRONIC VOTE WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. REMAINING ELECTRONIC VOTES WILL BE CONDUCTED IN FIVE-MINUTE VOTES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 657 WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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                  • 04:47:48 PM

                    UNFINISHED BUSINESS

                    The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on ordering the previous question and adoption of H. Res. 657 and passage of H.R. 1638, both of which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

                    • 04:48:20 PM

                      Considered as unfinished business. H. Res. 657 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2396) to amend the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act to update the exception for certain annual notices provided by financial institutions, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4015) to improve the quality of proxy advisory firms for the protection of investors and the U.S. economy, and in the public interest, by fostering accountability, transparency, responsiveness, and competition in the proxy advisory firm industry."

                      • 04:48:22 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 109. ARE HOUSE RESOLUTION 657, RESOLUTION PROVIDING…

                        HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 109. ARE HOUSE RESOLUTION 657, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 2396, TO AMEND THE GRAMM-LEACH-BLILEY ACT TO UPDATE THE EXCEPTION FOR CERTAIN ANNUAL NOTICES PROVIDED BY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. AND PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4015 TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF PROXY ADVISORY FIRMS FOR THE PROTECTION OF INVESTORS, AND THE U.S. ECONOMY, AND IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST, BY FOSTERING ACCOUNTABILITY, TRANSPARENCY, RESPONSIVENESS AND COMPETITION IN THE PROXY ADVISORY FIRM INDUSTRY.

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                      • 04:49:02 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                        THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE 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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                    • 04:49:10 PM

                      On ordering the previous question Roll Call 678 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

                      • 05:12:34 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 236 AND THE NAYS ARE 197. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION…

                        ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 236 AND THE NAYS ARE 197. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT.

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                  • 05:12:38 PM

                    House Vote 678 - On Ordering the Previous Question

                    Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2396) to amend the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act to update the exception for certain annual notices provided by financial institutions, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4015) to improve the quality of proxy advisory firms for the protection of investors and the U.S. economy, and in the public interest, by fostering accountability, transparency, responsiveness, and competition in the proxy advisory firm industry.

                    Passed (236 - 187)
                    Yea
                    Nay

                    Vote Details: Yea - 235
                    Republican - 235

                    Vote Details: Nay - 187
                    Democratic - 187

                    Vote Details: Not Voting - 8
                    Republican - 2
                    Democratic - 6

                    • 05:12:40 PM

                      On agreeing to the resolution Roll Call 679 - Recorded vote pending.

                      • 05:12:49 PM

                        >>

                        MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

                      • 05:12:53 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                      • 05:19:44 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 240 --

                      • 05:20:39 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 240 AND THE NAYS ARE 184. THE RESOLUTION IS…

                        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 240 AND THE NAYS ARE 184. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON PASSAGE OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1638 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                  • 05:20:46 PM

                    House Vote 679 - On Agreeing to the Resolution

                    Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2396) to amend the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act to update the exception for certain annual notices provided by financial institutions, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4015) to improve the quality of proxy advisory firms for the protection of investors and the U.S. economy, and in the public interest, by fostering accountability, transparency, responsiveness, and competition in the proxy advisory firm industry.

                    Passed (240 - 184)
                    Aye
                    No

                    Vote Details: Aye - 239
                    Republican - 235
                    Democratic - 4

                    Vote Details: No - 184
                    Democratic - 184

                    Vote Details: Not Voting - 7
                    Republican - 2
                    Democratic - 5

                    • 05:20:48 PM

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

                      • 05:20:52 PM

                        Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1638 — "To require the Secretary of the Treasury to submit a report to the appropriate congressional committees on the estimated total assets under direct or indirect control by certain senior Iranian leaders and other figures, and for other purposes."

                        • 05:20:58 PM

                          THE CLERK

                          UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 335. H.R. 1638, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF…

                          UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 335. H.R. 1638, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY TO SUBMIT A REPORT TO THE APPROPRIATE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES ON THE ESTIMATED TOTAL ASSETS UNDER DIRECT OR INDIRECT CONTROL BY CERTAIN SENIOR IRANIAN LEADERS AND OTHER FIGURES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                        • 05:21:18 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                        • 05:27:41 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 289 AND THE NAYS ARE 135. THE BILL IS PASSED.…

                          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 289 AND THE NAYS ARE 135. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE HOUSE FLOOR.

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                    • 05:27:49 PM

                      House Vote 680 - On Passage

                      Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act

                      Passed (289 - 135)
                      Yea
                      Nay

                      Vote Details: Yea - 288
                      Republican - 232
                      Democratic - 56

                      Vote Details: Nay - 135
                      Democratic - 132
                      Republican - 3

                      Vote Details: Not Voting - 7
                      Republican - 2
                      Democratic - 5

                      • 05:27:50 PM

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

                        • 05:29:23 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HENSARLING, SEEK…

                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HENSARLING, SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                      • 05:29:26 PM

                        Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 658. 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."

                        • 05:29:28 PM

                          MR. HENSARLING

                          MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 658 AND CALL UP H.R. 4324 AND…

                          MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 658 AND CALL UP H.R. 4324 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                      • 05:29:31 PM

                        Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Rule provides for one hour of general debate on each bill. It also makes in order specified amendments for the bills.

                        • 05:29:35 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                        • 05:29:37 PM

                          THE CLERK

                          UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 334, H.R. 4324, A BILL TO REQUIRING THE SECRETARY OF…

                          UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 334, H.R. 4324, A BILL TO REQUIRING 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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                        • 05:30:00 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR.

                        • 05:30:12 PM

                          TEMPORE PURSUANT

                          --

                        • 05:31:20 PM

                          MCHENRY MR.

                          MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

                        • 05:31:26 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE HOUSE…

                          THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    • 05:31:29 PM

                      DEBATE

                      The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 4324.

                      • 05:31:35 PM

                        MR. HENSARLING

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

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

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                      • 05:31:47 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                      • 05:31:49 PM

                        MR. HENSARLING

                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                      • 05:31:51 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 05:31:52 PM

                        MR. HENSARLING

                        GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 05:32:28 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        IN ORDER. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE TAKE…

                        IN ORDER. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      • 05:32:46 PM

                        MR. HENSARLING

                        IN ADDITION TO AUTHORIZING THE SALES, THESE LICENSES HAVE AUTHORIZED BANKS…

                        IN ADDITION TO AUTHORIZING THE SALES, THESE LICENSES HAVE AUTHORIZED BANKS TO ENGAGE IN FINANCING EVEN THOUGH IRAN REMAINS CLASSIFIED BY THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT AS THE JURISDICTION OF PRIMARY MONEY LAUNDERING CONCERNS. ON TOP OF THAT, THE STATE DEPARTMENT CONTINUES TO LABEL IRAN AS THE WORLD'S FOREMOST STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM. AND THE RECIPIENT OF THESE AIRCRAFT WOULD BE IRAN AIR, THE STATE-OWNED AIRLINE THAT WAS SANCTIONED AS RECENTLY AS 2011 FOR SUPPORTING THE ISLAMIC REVOLUTIONARY ARMY GUARD CORPS WHICH HAS BEEN DESIGNATED AS A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION. SO, MR. SPEAKER, SO FAR, SO BAD. WHILE I AND MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FIND THESE SALES DEEPLY DISTURBING, MR. WILLIAMS' BILL IS FAR SIMPLER. IT WOULD BRING ABOUT THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE SALES OUT INTO THE SUNLIGHT. IT IS A REPORTING REQUIREMENT, NOTHING MORE, NOTHING LESS. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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                      • 05:34:01 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN MAY…

                        THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN MAY CONTINUE.

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                      • 05:34:15 PM

                        MR. HENSARLING

                        IT WOULD SIMPLY REQUIRE TREASURY TO HELP CONGRESS UNDERSTAND WHO IS…

                        IT WOULD SIMPLY REQUIRE TREASURY TO HELP CONGRESS UNDERSTAND WHO IS INVOLVED IN THESE TRANSACTIONS. IF IT'S AN AIRLINE, IF THAT AIRLINE STOPS SUPPORTING TERRORISTS OR OTHER SANCTIONED PERSONS. IF IT'S A BANK, DOES IT HAVE THE DUE DILIGENCE TO GUARD AGAINST THE IMMENSE FINANCIAL RISK INDEMOCRATIC TO IRAN. ALL THIS LEGISLATION CERTIFY THAT -- CERTIFY THIS INFORMATION FOR CONGRESS AND IF TREASURY CAN'T MAKE THOSE CERTIFICATIONS, IT HAS TO NOTIFY US WHAT PLANS IT HAS IN RESPONSE, EVEN IF IT HAS NO PLANS IN RESPONSE. SO, WHEN WE HEAR TODAY FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE HOW THIS BILL MAY IMPOSE NEW CONDITIONS ON IRAN OR STAND IN THE WAY OF COMMITMENTS UNDER THE JCPOA, I SUGGEST AGAIN EVERYBODY EVERYONE READ THE BILL. IT IS SIMPLE AND COMMON SENSE. IN FACT, WE SHOULD BE CONSIDERING THIS UNDER THE EXPEDITED PROCESS OF THE SUSPENSION CALENDAR. THIS LEGISLATION PROVIDES FOR A SIMPLE REPORTING REQUIREMENT, MR. SPEAKER. IF MY FRIENDS WHO OPPOSE THIS BILL DON'T CARE ENOUGH TO REQUEST THE INFORMATION FROM THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH AND REBUILD THE USE OF THEIR CONSTITUENTS' BANK DEPOSITS, WELL, MR. SPEAKER, THAT IS A SAD, SAD DAY FOR CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT AND SAD DAY FOR THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. BUT THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO VR READ THE BILL, AS EVERYBODY IN THIS INSTITUTION HAS IT. PEOPLE ASSOCIATED WITH THE FOUNDATION FOR DEFENSE OF DEMOCRACIES WHO WROTE RECENTLY IN NOVEMBER 22 POLICY BRIEF FOR THE FOUNDATION CENTER, QUOTE, THE PROPOSED BILL SUPPORTS THE LICENSING APPROVAL PROCESS BY CODIFYING STEPS THAT ARE LIKELY ALREADY CENTRAL TO THE DEPARTMENT'S EVALUATION PROCESS. THEY GO ON TO WRITE, MR. SPEAKER, QUOTE, WHILE NOT IMPOSING ANY NEW STANDARDS OF SALES TO IRAN, CODIFYING THE EXISTING STANDARDS IN LAW TO THIS BILL MAKES THE LICENSING PROCESS MORE TRANSPARENT AND GIVES THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THROUGH THEIR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES A CLEAR PICTURE OF A SIGNIFICANT COMPONENT OF THE SANCTIONS RELIEF PROVIDED TO IRAN UNDER THE NUCLEAR AGREEMENT. AND I WOULD ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INCLUDE THIS REPORT IN THE RECORD.

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                      • 05:36:43 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                      • 05:36:44 PM

                        MR. HENSARLING

                        MY FELLOW TEXAN HAS GIVEN ALL MEMBERS AN OPPORTUNITY NO MATTER WHAT THEIR…

                        MY FELLOW TEXAN HAS GIVEN ALL MEMBERS AN OPPORTUNITY NO MATTER WHAT THEIR VIEWS ON THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL TO SIMPLY SUPPORT TRANSPARENCY AND CONGRESS' RIGHT TO BASIC INFORMATION AND I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WILL SEIZE THAT OPPORTUNITY AND I WANT TO THANK MR. WILLIAMS OF TEXAS FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND EXCELLENT WORK. AND I RESERVE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.

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                      • 05:37:06 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.

                      • 05:37:13 PM

                        MS. WATERS

                        I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MR. HIMES.

                      • 05:37:18 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 05:37:22 PM

                        MR. HIMES

                        ME SOME TIME AND I RESPECTFULLY DISAGREE WITH THE CHAIRMAN OF THE…

                        ME SOME TIME AND I RESPECTFULLY DISAGREE WITH THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE. THIS IS NOT SIMPLY THE GATHERING INFORMATION -- NOT SIMPLY OVERSIGHT. UNDER H.R. 4324, A CONDITION WOULD BE IMPOSED ON THE SALE OF COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT TO IRAN. THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL WAS VERY CLEAR, IT IS BROADLY COMMITTED TO ALLOW FOR THE SALE OF COMMERCIAL PASSENGER AIRCRAFT TO IRAN. THE ONLY CONDITION ON THE U.S. COMMITMENT IS THAT, QUOTE, LICENSED ITEMS AND SERVICES BE USED FOR COMMERCIAL PASSENGER AVIATION. H.R. 4324 WOULD IMPOSE A NEW CONDITION, A NEW CONDITION WHICH WOULD REQUIRE CERTIFICATION BY THE SECRETARY OF STATE AND ALL OF THE PROCESS THAT WOULD ENSUE. IT IS NOT A STRETCH, IN FACT, IT IS FAIRLY CLEAR THAT IF H.R. 4324 WERE TO PASS, THE IRANIANS AND OTHERS COULD CREDIBLY CLAIM THAT WE HAVE VIOLATED OUR OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE JCPOA. NOW NOBODY SHOULD BE SURPRISED BY THAT. DESPITE THE ADVICE OF HIS NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER, DESPITE THE ADVICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, DESPITE THE ADVICE OF PRETTY MUCH AROUND HIM, PRESIDENT TRUMP CHOSE NOT TO RECERTIFY IRANIAN COMPLIANCE WITH THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. WE HAVE SEEN BILL AFTER BILL ATTEMPTING TO REVERSE THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. AND WE HAVE HEARD THIS WHEN THE DEAL FIRST CAME TO THE FLOOR. LET'S REFLECT FOR ONE SECOND ON WHAT THE IMPLICATIONS ARE. THIS BILL PUTS THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL AT RISK. IT ARGUELY TAKES AMERICAN AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURERS OUT OF COMPETITION FOR LUCRATIVE CONTRACTS. MY COLLEAGUE FROM WASHINGTON WILL ADDRESS THIS SHORTLY. I DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW PUTTING AMERICAN JOBS AT RISK AND TAKING AMERICAN MANUFACTURERS IN FAVOR OF AIRBUS IS ABOUT KEEPING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. I DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW WE FOCUS ON JOBS, THIS IS AN ACTION WE SHOULD TAKE. I SPEAK AS A MEMBER OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE. PRIOR TO THE PASSAGE OF THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL, IT'S NOT AN EX ACKNOWLEDGE RATION EVERY NIGHT IN A WAY WE WORRY ABOUT NORTH KOREA. I WORRIED ABOUT IRAN'S CENTRIFUGES SPINNING AND TECHNOLOGY THAT COULD ULTIMATELY DELIVER A WEAPON TO ISRAEL, EUROPE OR THE UNITED STATES AND THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE BELIEVED WE WERE TWO TO THREE MONTHS AWAY FROM AN IRANIAN NUCLEAR WEAPON. KIND OF WHERE WE ARE ON NORTH KOREA. EVERYONE IN THIS CHAMBER DOESN'T WANT TO BE WHERE WE ARE IN NORTH KOREA WITH ANOTHER STATE LIKE IRAN. I UNDERSTAND THE SKEPTICISM AND I AGREE WITH EVERYTHING THE CHAIRMAN SAID WITH IRAN BEING A STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM WITH IRAN BEING AN APPALLING REGIME. BUT I SPEAK AS A MEMBER OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE WHEN I SAY THAT TORE THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME, SUBSEQUENT TO THE PASSAGE OF THE IRAN DEAL, WHATEVER YOU THINK OF IRAN AND NOT MANY OF US THINK MUCH ABOUT IRAN, WE DON'T GO TO BED AND WAKING UP TO A WEAPONIZED NUCLEAR IRAN? TRANSPARENCY IS IMPORTANT. I AGREE WITH EVERYBODY THAT ARE IRAN NEEDS TO BE WATCHED VERY, VERY SKEPTICALLY. WHY WOULD WE WANT TO BE WITH IRAN EXACTLY WHERE WE ARE WITH NORTH KOREA? IS THIS EFFORT, WHICH IN MY OPINION IS SIMPLY A CONTINUATION OF THE EFFORTS TO END THE IRAN DEAL, TO REVERSE PRESIDENT OBAMA'S LEGACY? IS IT WORTH GOING TO BED AT NIGHT NOT JUST WORRIED ABOUT NORTH KOREA BUT IRAN? I WOULD SUGGEST THAT IT'S NOT. I DON'T WANT TO GO BACK TO THE PRE-IRAN DEAL ERA WHEN I BECAME AN EXPERT ON HARDENED BUNKERS AND THE WEAPONS WE USE TO PENETRATE HARDENED BUNKERS AND IF WE HAD TO GO TO WAR AGAINST IRAN TO PREVENT A NUCLEAR IRAN, THE CONSEQUENCES WOULD BE AS AWFUL AS IF WE WENT TO WAR WITH NORTH KOREA TO PREVENT A NORTH KOREA NUCLEAR WEAPONIZED STATE. WHY WOULD WE DO THIS AND PUT AT RISK A DEAL THAT HAS DEPF GIVEN COMFORT? EIGHT, NINE YEARS FROM NOW, LET'S REVISIT THIS --

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                        MR. HIMES

                        THIS DEAL IS NOT A PERFECT DEAL. I DON'T KNOW THERE ARE PERFECT DEALS. BUT…

                        THIS DEAL IS NOT A PERFECT DEAL. I DON'T KNOW THERE ARE PERFECT DEALS. BUT I KNOW FOR THE NEXT SEVEN, EIGHT, NINE YEARS, WE WON'T HAVE THE WORRIES. LET'S ENGAGE ON THAT AND FIGURE OUT WHAT COMES FROM BEHIND THE IRAN DEAL AND FIGURE OUT OTHER WAYS TO ADDRESS THE BEHAVIOR OF IRAN WITH RESPECT TO TERRORISM AND THE MONEY LAUNDERING AND THIS DEAL WAS ABOUT REMOVING THE THREAT, NOT MAKING IRAN A PERFECT REGIME BUT REMOVING THE THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND NOT PUT THAT DEAL AT RISK. I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER. AND I URGE A STRONG NO VOTE AGAINST THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                      • 05:43:29 PM

                        MR. HENSARLING

                        I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY FRIEND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS,…

                        I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY FRIEND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, THE SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION, AND A GREAT MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR. WILLIAMS.

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                      • 05:43:44 PM

                        MR. WILLIAMS

                        IT IS TRULY A PRIVILEGE TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF MY BILL H.R. 4324 THE…

                        IT IS TRULY A PRIVILEGE TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF MY BILL H.R. 4324 THE STRENGTHENING OVERSIGHT OF IRAN'S ACCESS TO FINANCE ACT. H.R. 4324 WILL IMPROVE CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT THAT TREASURY AUTHORIZES FOR AIRCRAFT SALES TO IRAN. EVERY SIX MONTHS TREASURY WOULD NEED TO CERTIFY TO US THAT FINANCE AUTHORIZATIONS WOULD NOT BENEFIT AN IRANIAN PERSON THAT IS TRANSPORTING ITEMS FOR THE PROLIFERATION OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. TREASURY WOULD ALSO HAVE TO CERTIFY TO US THAT THOSE AUTHORIZATIONS DON'T POSE A MONEY LAUNDERING OR RISK TO THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM OR THAT ARE ANY BANKS ENGAGING IN THIS BUSINESS HAVE APPROPRIATE DUE DILIGENCE PROCEDURES IN PLACE. IF THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT CANNOT MAKE THIS CERTIFICATION, THE DEPARTMENT MUST TELL US WHY AND EXPLAIN TO CONGRESS THE COURSE OF ACTION IT INTENDS TO TAKE. I NOTE MY BILL WAS REPORTED OUT OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE BY A VOTE OF 38-21 WITH FIVE OF MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES VOTING IN ITS FAVOR. MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS AISLE WILL LABEL THIS IS A SIMPLE TO DISMANTLE IRAN'S NUCLEAR DEAL. BUT THIS DEBATE IS NOT ABOUT U.S. COMMITMENTS UNDER THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION OR JCPOA AND NOT ABOUT RE-IMPOSING NUCLEAR SANCTIONS OR PROHIBITING AIRCRAFT SALES. WHAT THIS LEGISLATION IS ABOUT IS PROVIDING CONGRESS WITH INFORMATION ON THE IMPLICATIONS OF THESE DEALS SO WE CAN UNDERSTAND THEIR IMPACT ON THE INTEGRITY OF OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A STEP BACK AND DISCUSS HOW WE GOT TO THIS POINT AND WHY THIS LEGISLATION IS NECESSARY. . THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION COMMITTED THE UNITED STATES TO LICENSE THE SALE OF COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT TO IRAN. IN ADDITION TO PROVIDING LICENSING FOR AIRCRAFT SALES, THE LICENSES ALSO ALLOWED FOR BANKS TO ENGAGE IN THE FINANCING OF THESE AIRCRAFT. ALL OF THIS WAS PERMITTED DESPITE THE FACT THAT IRAN REMAINED CLASSIFIED AS A JURISDICTION OF PRIMARY MONEY LAUNDERING CONCERN BY THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT, AND AS THE WORLD'S FOREMOST STATE SPONSOR OF TERROR BY THE STATE DEPARTMENT. LET US BE ABUNDANTLY CLEAR ON THE FACTS. IT WAS THE OBAMA TREASURY DEPARTMENT THAT HIGHLIGHTED THE ROLE THAT IRAN AND IRANIAN AIRCRAFT PLAYED IN THE DESTABILIZING ACTIVITY ACROSS THE MIDDLE EAST, AND IN SUPPORTING THE ATROCITIES COMMITTED BY THE ROGUE ASSAD REGIME IN SYRIA. ON SEPTEMBER 9, 2012, DAVID S. COHEN, TREASURY UNDERSECRETARY FOR TERRORISM AND FINANCIAL INTELLIGENCE UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA, RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT. HE SAID, THE IDENTITYIFICATION OF IRANIAN AIRCRAFT ALSO -- IDENTIFICATION OF IRANIAN AIRCRAFT ALSO SUPPORTS THE ASSAD REGIME'S WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION PROGRAM AND THE CRACKDOWN ON THE SYRIAN PEOPLE. THEY IMPOSED SANCTIONS AGAINST ENTITIES THAT SUPPORTED THE ASSAD REGIME IN SYRIA. QUOTING FROM THE SAME STATEMENT. AS A RESULT OF THE IRANIAN THREAT REDUCTION AND SYRIA HUMAN RIGHTS ACT OF 2012, FOREIGN FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS THAT KNOWINGLY ENGAGE IN SIGNIFICANT TRANSACTIONS FROM IRAN AIR, YAZ AIR, INCLUDING THE 117 AIRCRAFT OPERATED BY THESE AIRLINES RISK LOSING ACCESS TO THE U.S. BANKING SYSTEM. MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK I RECEIVED A MEMO FROM THE NATIONAL IRANIAN AMERICAN COUNCIL URGING MEMBERS TO OPPOSE MY BILL. THIS IS THE SAME COUNCIL THAT OPPOSES PRESIDENT TRUMP'S TRAVEL BAN, WHICH WAS RECENTLY UPHELD BY A SUPREME COURT DECISION OF 7-2, AND THE SAME ORGANIZATION THAT TOOK CONCERN WITH NEW SANCTIONS IMPOSED ON IRAN'S SUPPORT FOR HEZBOLLAH. THIS MEMO AND THE PRO-IRAN PRINCIPALS THAT IT REPRESENTS COULD NOT BE A BETTER ENDORSEMENT FOR THE STRENGTHENING OVERSIGHT OF IRAN'S ACCESS TO FINANCE ACT. I WOULD ASK TO MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES. AT WHAT POINT DID WE RELEGATE OURSELVES OF NEGOTIATING WITH THOSE WHO RISK TO DO US HARM? AT WHAT POINT DID WE PRIORITIZE THE INTEREST OF A ROGUE GOVERNMENT THAT PAINTS THEIR BOMBS OF SAYINGS LIKE "DEATH TO ISRAEL," AND "DEATH TO AMERICA"? WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN? THERE ARE TWO SIDES TO THE ISSUE. YOU CAN EITHER PROTECT THE UNITED STATES, HER CITIZENS AND U.S. FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, OR YOU CAN MAKE IMPORTANT THE WISHES OF THE AYATOLLAH AND HIS REVOLUTIONARY GUARD. WHICH SIDE DO YOU CHOOSE TO BE ON, THAT IS THE QUESTION. I REPRESENT THE RED, WHITE, AND BLUE.

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                        MR. HENSARLING

                        I YIELD JALT FOR 30 SECONDS.

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                        MR. WILLIAMS

                        I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. SUPPORT THE RED, WHITE, AND BLUE, AND…

                        I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. SUPPORT THE RED, WHITE, AND BLUE, AND SUPPORT H.R. 4324. I YIELD MY TIME BACK. THANK YOU.

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                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

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

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                      • 05:49:08 PM

                        MS. WATERS

                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. H.R. 4324, THE STRENGTHENING…

                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. H.R. 4324, THE STRENGTHENING OVERSIGHT OF IRAN'S ACCESS TO FINANCE ACT, WOULD IMPOSE A NEW AND UNILATERAL CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENT ON THE ADMINISTRATION IN ORDER TO MEET CURRENT U.S. OBLIGATIONS. UNDER THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL, KNOWN AS THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION, OR JCPOA, WITH RESPECT TO THE SALE AND FINANCING OF COMMERCIAL, PASSENGER AIRCRAFT TO IRAN. THIS CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENT WOULD CALL FOR THE TREASURY SECRETARY TO CONSIDER FACTORS THAT FALL WELL OUTSIDE THE SCOPE OF THE NUCLEAR DEAL AND BEYOND THE SPECIFIC CONDITIONS IN THE U.S. IS ALLOWED TO PLACE ON THE LICENSE OF COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT TO IRAN UNDER THE NUCLEAR ACCORD. BY MOVING THE GOAL POST ON OUR COMMITMENTS UNDER THE DEAL, H.R. 4324 CLEARLY AIMS TO FORCE THE UNITED STATES INTO A VIOLATION OF THE AGREEMENT. UNDER THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL, THE UNITED STATES IS BROADLY COMMITTED TO ALLOW FOR THE SALE OF COMMERCIAL PASSENGER AIRCRAFT AND RELATED PARTS AND SERVICES TO IRAN. THIS INVOLVES LICENSING THE SALE OF AIRCRAFT AND RELATED PARTS AND SERVICES TO IRAN, INCLUDING THE FINANCING FOR SUCH SALES. UNDER THE JCPOA, ANNEX 2, THE ONLY CONDITION ON THE U.S. COMMITMENT IS THAT LICENSE ITEMS AND SERVICES MUST BE USED EXCLUSIVELY FOR COMMERCIAL PASSENGER AVIATION. MOREOVER, THE ONLY ALLOWABLE CONDITIONS THE U.S. CAN PLACE ON AUTHORIZATIONS FOR THE SALE OF COMMERCIAL PASSENGER AIRCRAFT TO IRAN APPLY TO THE LICENSE AIRCRAFT THEMSELVES AND THE USE OF SUCH LICENSE AIRCRAFT, NOT ON ACTIVITIES OR SERVICES PROVIDED THAT HAVE NO RELATIONSHIP THAT LICENSE AIRCRAFT OR RELATED GOODS OR SERVICES. AND YET H.R. 4324 WOULD IMPOSE NEW CONDITIONS ON THE LICENSE SALE OF AIRCRAFT TO IRAN, INCLUDING NOTABLY THE CONDITION THAT THE RECIPIENT AIRLINE HAS NOT USED NONLICENSE AIRCRAFT FOR PURPOSES OTHER THAN COMMERCIAL PASSENGER AVIATION. THAT IS UNDER THIS BILL THE ADMINISTRATION WOULD HAVE TO CERTIFY THAT IRAN IS NOT ENGAGED IN CERTAIN ACTIVITY UNRELATED TO IRAN'S NUCLEAR CONDUCT BUT ALSO UNRELATED TO THE USE OF THE AIRCRAFT ITSELF. IF THE TREASURY SECRETARY IS UNABLE TO MAKE SUCH A DIFFICULT CERTIFICATION, THE SECRETARY MUST THEN REPORT TO CONGRESS AS TO WHETHER THE SECRETARY INTENDS TO SUSPEND, REVOKE, AMEND OR APPROVE, NOTWITHSTANDING SUCH NONCERTIFICATION, ANY LICENSE FACILITATING THE SALE OF COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT TO IRAN. SUPPORTERS OF THE BILL WILL LIKELY NOTE THAT THE BILL WOULD NOT REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY TO SUSPEND OR REVOKE AN AUTHORIZATION IN THE EVENT THAT THE SECRETARY'S UNABLE TO MAKE THE NECESSARY CERTIFICATION BUT THE OBVIOUS POLITICAL CONCLUSION IS THAT THE SECRETARY WILL BE FORCED TO REVOKE SUCH LICENSE IF THE SECRETARY IS UNWILLING TO MAKE THE CERTIFICATION. AS WE HAVE NOW SEEN, THE PRESIDENT DETESTS THE FACT THAT HIS ADMINISTRATION HAS TO TAKE AFFIRMATIVE STEPS TO KEEP THE DEAL IN PLACE, AND HE REFUSED TO DO SO IN THE CASE OF THE LAST RECURRING 90-DAY CONGRESSIONAL CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENT. PROPONENTS OF THIS BILL UNDOUBTEDLY HOPE TRUMP WILL REACT THE SAME WAY TO THESE ADDITIONAL CERTIFICATIONS AND BLOCK THE SALE OF COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT, WHICH IS A KEY ELEMENT OF THE DEAL. IN A BREAK FROM REASON AND LOGIC, THIS LEGISLATION PLAYS DIRECTLY INTO THE HANDS OF THE PRESIDENT WHO IS DESPERATE TO FIND ANY PRETEXT TO SAY THAT IRAN IS IN VIOLATION OF THE DEAL OR TO FORCE IRAN TO WALK AWAY AND THEREBY AVOID HAVING TO TAKE THE BLAME FOR PULLING THE PLUG ON THE DEAL. BUT LET ME BE CLEAR, BY SEEKING TO RENDER INPERMISSIBLE THAT WHICH IS EXPRESSLY -- IMPERMISSIBLE THAT WHICH IS EXPRESSLY BY THE JCPOA, IT IS TO UNDERMINE THE NUCLEAR AGREEMENT. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 05:53:31 PM

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                      • 05:53:34 PM

                        MR. HENSARLING

                        MR. SPEAKER, I AM NOW VERY PLEASED TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I AM NOW VERY PLEASED TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES SUBCOMMITTEE ON MONETARY POLICY AND TRADE, MR. BARR.

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                      • 05:53:44 PM

                        MR. BARR

                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE STRENGTHENING OVERSIGHT OF…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE STRENGTHENING OVERSIGHT OF IRAN'S ACCESS TO FINANCE ACT, INTRODUCED BY MY GOOD FRIEND, CONGRESSMAN ROGER WILLIAMS OF TEXAS. SINCE THE SEIZURE OF THE U.S. EMBASSY AND TAKING OF 66 AMERICAN HOSTAGES DURING THE 1979 REVOLUTION, IRAN HAS TAKEN THE LONGVIEW ON ITS GLOBAL AMBITIONS, SUPPORTING TERRORIST PROXIES LIKE HAMAS, HEZBOLLAH, AND THE HUETIES IN YEMEN. IN 1983, WHEN THEY BOMBED THE MARINE BARRACKS IN LEBANON, TO THE KILLING OF OVER 500 SOLDIERS IN IRAQ BY THE FORCE LEADER, IRAN HAS EARNED ITS REPUTATION AS THE WORLDING STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM. MOST RECENTLY IRAN AIR WAS SANCTIONED BY THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT IN 2011 FOR USING THE COMMERCIAL PASSENGER AIRCRAFT TO TRANSPORT WEAPONS TO TERRORISTS, HELPING THE ASSAD REGIME IN SYRIA AND TRANSPORTING CARGO TO THE ISLAMIC REVOLUTIONARY GUARD CORPS. THIS IS IN ADDITION TO WHAT THE WORLD HAS ALREADY KNOWS, THAT IRAN HAS COVERED UP THEIR WEAPONS, ALLOWING THOSE INSPECTIONS TO BE ELEMENTED ONLY PROVISIONALLY AND SELECTIVELY. IRAN'S AYATOLLAH CALLS FOR DEATH TO AMERICA AND ANNIHILATION OF ISRAEL. U.S. AGREED TO THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION, ALSO KNOWN AS THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT, OR JCPOA. THE AGREEMENT REMOVED FINANCIAL SANCTIONS ON IRAN, ENABLING GREATER FINANCIAL RESOURCES FOR IRANIAN FUNDED TERRORISM, ADDING INSULT TO INJURY, LATER IN 2016, DUE TO THE AGREEMENTS, THE OBAMA TREASURY DEPARTMENT AUTHORIZED THE SALE OF MORE THAN 200 PLANES TO IRAN, THE SAME IRANIAN AIRLINE THAT WAS SANCTIONED IN 2011, AND ALSO AUTHORIZED U.S. BANKS TO FINANCE THESE TRANSACTIONS. IT'S EVIDENCE THAT THEY KND CONTINUED THEIR ILLICIT BEHAVIOR. A SENIOR FELLOW AT THE FOUNDATION FOR THE DEFENSE OF DEMOCRACY'S TESTIFIED THAT IRAN AIR OPERATED AT LEAST 114 FLIGHTS TO SYRIA BETWEEN JANUARY 16, 2016, WHICH WAS THE IMPLEMENTATION DAY OF THE JCPOA, AND MARCH 30, 2017. THESE FLIGHTS ARE KNOWN AS WEAPONS RESUPPLY ROUTES AND STOPOVERS IN IRAN WITH A SUSPECTED IRGC LOGISTICAL HUBS THAT SUPPORT AIRLIFTS TO THE ASSAD REGIMES. IN COMMUNICATIONS WITH THE COMMITTEE, THE DOCTOR LATER CONFIRMED THAT IRAN AIR FLOWN AT LEAST 140 SUCH FLIGHTS. WHICH MEANS THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT FACILITATED, FACILITATED IRAN HELPING THE BRUTAL MURDEROUS REGIME OF ASSAD. IN EXCHANGE, WHAT DID THE UNITED STATES GET OUT OF THIS? ONLY MANAGED ACCESS TO SUSPECT NUCLEAR SITES IN WHICH INTERNATIONAL INSPECTORS MUST APPEAL TO IRAN, RUSSIA AND CHINA IN A BUREAUCRATIC PROCESS THAT TAKES AT LEAST 24 DAYS DURING WHICH IRAN COULD REMOVE ANYTHING COVERT AND ANYTHING IN VIOLATION OF THE AGREEMENT. INTERNATIONAL INSPECTORS HAVE BEEN DENIED ACCESS TO MILITARY SITES WHERE ILLICIT NUCLEAR ACTIVITY IS OCCURRING. EVEN IF THE JCPOA WAS DELIVERING ON ITS CORE PROMISE OF A DENUCLEARIZED IRAN, THE AGREEMENT WAS SOLD WITH SPECIFIC ASSURANCE THAT THE JCPOA WOULD NOT LIMIT THE UNITED STATES' ABILITY TO STOP IRAN'S NONNUCLEAR ACTIVITIES AND THEIR SUPPORT OF TERROR ACTIVITIES. THEN SECRETARY STATE JOHN KERRY IN DEFENSE OF THE AGREEMENT, SELLING THE AGREEMENT TO DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS IN THE CONGRESS, HE TESTIFIED THAT, QUOTE, IF WE CATCH THEM FUNDING TERRORISM, THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THE U.S. CONGRESS. MR. SPEAKER, APPARENTLY NOT, BECAUSE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THIS EVIDENCE THAT IRAN IS FUNDING TERRORIST PROXIES AND THE ASSAD REGIME. AND FOR THESE REASONS, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT CONGRESS PASS STRENGTHENING OVERSIGHT OF IRAN'S ACCESS TO FINANCE ACT, WHICH WOULD REQUIRE TREASURY TO PROVIDE A REPORT TO CONGRESS DESCRIBING THESE CONNECTIONS. THIS IS A REPORTING BILL. EVEN IF YOU SUPPORT THE JCPOA, YOU SHOULD SUPPORT CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT. I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 05:58:05 PM

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                        THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      • 05:58:09 PM

                        MS. WATERS

                        THANK YOU. I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY FRIEND FROM WASHINGTON, A MEMBER OF…

                        THANK YOU. I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY FRIEND FROM WASHINGTON, A MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR. HECK, SO HE CAN CLEAR UP SOME OF THE INFORMATION THAT WE JUST HEARD.

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                      • 05:58:21 PM

                        MR. HECK

                        I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO START WITH A QUESTION.…

                        I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO START WITH A QUESTION. WHY IS THIS BILL SO LONG? LAST YEAR WE HAD A BILL, H.R. 5729, TO BLOCK THE SALE OF BOEING AIRCRAFT TO IRAN. IT WAS SHORT AND CLEAR. IT WAS ONLY TWO PAGES LONG. I DIDN'T LIKE IT. I DIDN'T SUPPORT IT. BUT TRUTH IS I ALWAYS RESPECT PEOPLE PUTTING FORTH THEIR HONEST BELIEFS. H.R. 5729 LAST YEAR BLOCKED THE LICENSE TO SELL U.S. PLANES. STRAIGHTFORWARD. TORPEDOING THE PLANE SALES ENDANGERED THE JCPOA. BECAUSE AS WE HAVE INDICATED, IT IS AN AFFIRMATIVE REQUIREMENT AND AN OBLIGATION ON THE U.S. TO APPROVE PLANE SALES IF A SALES AGREEMENT IS REACHED. THAT WAS PART OF THE DEAL. YOU WON'T BUILD OR CONTINUE TO DEVELOP NUCLEAR WEAPONS. WE WILL DO CERTAIN THINGS, INCLUDING SELL YOU PLANES. EVERYONE KNEW WHAT THE BILL WOULD DO AND COULD DECIDE IF THEY THOUGHT IT WAS A GOOD IDEA OR BAD IDEA. IT WAS VERY STRAIGHTFORWARD. IT WAS EFFECTIVELY A PROXY ON THE JCPOA. THIS YEAR WE HAVE ANOTHER BILL TO BLOCK THE SALE OF AIRCRAFT TO IRAN. IT IS NEITHER SHORT NOR CLEAR. IN FACT, IT'S SIX TIMES AS LONG AS LAST YEAR'S BILL. IT SUBJECTS THE LICENSES TO AN ONGOING AND COMPLEX CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENT. IT LITERALLY NAMES AND SHAMES U.S. BANKS PROVIDING FINANCING. AGAIN, IT DOES THIS PURPOSEFULLY SO THAT IT MIGHT DETER THE SALE OF AIRPLANES SO THAT IT MIGHT UNDERMINE THE JCPOA. FRANKLY, WHAT I INTERPRET, WHAT I HAVE HEARD THIS EVENING IS TANTAMOUNT TO THAT. THIS IS YET AGAIN A PROXY ON THE JCPOA. IF YOU'RE AGAINST THE JCPOA, VOTE YES. IF YOU'RE FOR IT, VOTE NO. IN THIS BILL, HOWEVER, OBSCURES ITS END PURPOSE, THAT OBJECTIVE OF UNDERMINING THE JCPOA BEHIND PROCESS AND AMBIGUITY. WHY? . WHY? IF YOU OPPOSE THE SALE OF AIRCRAFT, OPPOSE IT. HAVE THE COURAGE OF YOUR CONVICTIONS. DON'T JUST ENGAGE IN THIS FEAR MONGERING. NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES YOU SAY THAT PEOPLE IN IRAN CHANT DEATH TO ISRAEL, DEATH TO AMERICA, AND WHATEVER OTHER FORM OF FEAR MONGERING YOU ENGAGE IN, AT LEAST HAVE THE COURAGE OF YOUR OWN CONVICTIONS. YOU DID LAST YEAR. STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN. IF YOU WANT IRAN TO BUY AIR BUSS AIRCRAFT INSTEAD -- BUY AIRBUS AIRCRAFT INSTEAD OF BOEING AIRCRAFT, PUT A BILL IN TO SAY THAT. STAND UP FOR YOURSELF. STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE. BUT LET'S BE CLEAR. THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL WILL DO. DON'T DANCE AROUND. FOR MY PART, I THINK BLOCKING THE SALE OF AMERICAN PLANES IS A BIG MISTAKE. ON SO MANY LEVELS. IT DOESN'T DENY -- LET'S BE CLEAR. IT DOESN'T DENY IRAN THE USE OF AIRCRAFT. IT JUST WILL DENY THEM AMERICAN-MADE AIRCRAFT. IT WILL DENY AMERICAN MACHINIST JOBS TO WORK ON THEM. AND NEED I REMIND ANYBODY HERE WHAT IT MEANS TO BE AN ENGINEER OR A MACHINIST AT AN AIRCRAFT COMPANY IN THIS COUNTRY? IT MEANS THE KIND OF JOBS THAT WE ALL ASPIRE TO FOR OUR CONSTITUENTS. YOU KNOW THE KIND. THE KIND THAT PAY ENOUGH THAT YOU CAN BUY A HOME, HAVE DECENT HEALTH CARE, SAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO SEND YOUR KID TO COLLEGE IF YOU WANT TO. HAVE REGULAR VACATIONS. AND HAVE A SECURE RETIREMENT. THOSE ARE THE KINDS OF JOBS WE'RE TAKING AWAY IF WE PASS THIS BILL. IT DOESN'T JUST PREVENT IRAN FROM MISUSING AIRCRAFT, AS HAS BEEN SUGGESTED IT. JUST PREVENTS -- SUGGESTED. IT JUST PREVENTS AMERICANS HAVE HAVING MAINTENANCE AND AGREEMENTS THAT KEEP US FROM HAVING EYES ON THE AIRCRAFT. IF AIRBUS SELLS THEM THESE PLANES, WE HAVE NO IDEA. IF THEY'RE AMERICAN-MADE PLANES, THEY COME WITH AFTER-SALE MAINTENANCE AND SERVICE AGREEMENTS. WE'LL HAVE EYES ON THE PLANES. IT DOESN'T FORCE IRAN BACK TO THE BARGAINING TABLE. IT JUST JEOPARDIZES AND CUTS THE LEGS OUT FROM UNDER THE GAINS WE'VE MADE IN THE JCPOA. THAT I THOUGHT MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND FROM CONNECTICUT SPOKE ABOUT SO ELOQUENTLY. WE DON'T GO TO SLEEP AT NIGHT WORRIED THAT IRAN IS GETTING CLOSER TO A BOMB AS WE WOULD HAVE, AS NORTH KOREA HAS. SO, MY FRIENDS, IN SUMMARY, PASSAGE OF THIS LEGISLATION WILL DO THREE THINGS. NUMBER ONE, IT WILL COST AMERICA JOBS. AND GOOD-PAYING JOBS. NUMBER TWO, IT WILL MAKE US LESS SAFE. BECAUSE IT WILL UNDERMINE THE JCPOA. AND IN SO DOING, NOT ALLOW US TO ENSURE THAT THESE PLANES ARE NOT BEING USED FOR NEFARIOUS PURPOSE. AND NUMBER THREE, IT WILL ACTUALLY MAKE US LESS SAFE AS WELL IN THE SENSE THAT IF IT DOES IN FACT DEFEAT THE PURPOSE OF JCPOA -- HE'S GAVELING ME.

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                      • 06:03:42 PM

                        MS. WATERS

                        I YIELD ONE ADDITIONAL MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

                      • 06:03:46 PM

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                      • 06:03:48 PM

                        MR. HECK

                        IF IT DOES CUT THE LEGS OUT FROM JRK, AS IS -- AS IS ITS -- FROM JCPOA, AS…

                        IF IT DOES CUT THE LEGS OUT FROM JRK, AS IS -- AS IS ITS -- FROM JCPOA, AS IS ITS PURPOSE, AS IS CLEAR, THEN OF COURSE WE ARE BACK ON THE TRACK OF IRAN DEVELOPING NUCLEAR WEAPONS AS NORTH KOREA HAS. FEWER JOBS AND LESS SAFE. NOT SURE WHAT IT IS ABOUT THAT PROPOSITION THAT WOULD BE APPEALING TO ANYONE. SO, MY FRIENDS, I URGE YOU IN THE STRONGEST TERMS POSSIBLE, BE FOR AMERICAN JOBS, BE FOR AMERICA BEING SAFER, BE FOR US LIVING UP TO OUR COMMITMENTS. AND VOTE NO ON THIS LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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                      • 06:04:31 PM

                        MR. HENSARLING

                        I'M NOW PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR.…

                        I'M NOW PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ZELDIN, A MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE.

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                      • 06:04:41 PM

                        MR. ZELDIN

                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4324 WHICH I…

                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4324 WHICH I CO-SPONSORED, THE STRENGTHENING OVERSIGHT OF IRAN'S ACCESS TO FINANCE ACT, INTRODUCED BY CONGRESSMAN WILLIAMS. I STAND WITH THE COURAGE OF MY CONVICTIONS, WHILE I LISTEN TO OTHERS STAND WITH THE COURAGE APPARENTLY OF A CONVICTION TO CODDLE THE WORLD'S LARGEST STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM. I HAVE A PROBLEM AND I'M NOT GOING TO APOLOGIZE FOR IT. MY COLLEAGUES AREN'T GOING TO APOLOGIZE FOR IT. WHEN WE HAVE AN ADVERSARY OF OUR NATION OVERTHROWING FOREIGN GOVERNMENT, FINANCING TERROR, DEVELOPING INTERCONTINENTAL BALLISTIC MISSILES IN VIOLATION OF U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS, CALLING ISRAEL THE LITTLE SATAN, AMERICA THE GREAT SATAN, PLEDGING TO WIPE ISRAEL OFF THE MAP, CHANTING DEATH TO AMERICA, JUST A FEW WEEK AGO THE C.I.A. DROPPED -- WEEKS AGO, THE C.I.A. DROPPED 470,000 DOCUMENTS COLLECTED IN MAY OF 2011 IN THE RAID OF SADDAM HUSSEIN'S COMPOUND -- OSAMA BIN LADEN'S COMPOUND IT. SHOWED A STRONG RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN -- COMPOUND. IT SHOWED A STRONG RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN IRAN AND AL QAEDA. IRAN FINANCING. I SIGNED UP TO RUN FOR THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS AND TAKE AN OATH TO PROTECT THIS COUNTRY AND RIGHT NOW WHILE WE'RE HERE, THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, TONIGHT IS THE SECOND NIGHT OF HANUKKAH, WE'RE ABOUT TO HAVE CHRISTMAS, NEW YEAR'S, WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO ARE OVERSEAS, SOMETIMES ON THEIR EIGHTH, NINTH, 10TH DEPLOYMENT, WILLING TO RISK EVERYTHING IN DEFENSE OF OUR FREEDOMS AND LIBERTY, PUTTING THEMSELVES IN HARM'S WAY. SO WHEN 10 NAVY SAILORS END UP GETTING HELD HOSTAGE AND EMBARRASSED WITH PHOTOGRAPHY AND BEING SHAMED BY THE IRANIANS AND THEN WE SAY, AS A MATTER OF RESPONSE, THANK YOU, THAT WAS OUR RESPONSE WHEN THEY RELEASED OUR 10 DETAINED NAVY SAILORS. AND YOU WANT TO QUESTION THE CONVICTION OF CONGRESSMAN WILLIAMS INTRODUCING LEGISLATION THAT IS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT FOR PROTECTING THE UNITED STATES AND OUR SERVICE MEMBERS AND OUR ALLIES, AND YOU WANT TO MOCK US FOR HAVING A PROBLEM WITH THEM CHANTING DEATH TO AMERICA? WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON? FOR ANYONE WHO HAS THE COURAGE OF CONVICTION TO CODDLE THE WORLD'S LARGEST STATE SPONSOR OF TERROR. SINCE THE U.S. ENTERED THE JCPOA, IRAN'S STATE-OWNED AIRLINE, IRAN AIR, HAS USED ITS ACCESS IN THE U.S. AVIATION INDUSTRY TO PURCHASE PLANES THAT HAVE AIDED THE ASSAD REGIME IN CARRYING OUT ITS WAR CRIMES IN SYRIA AGAINST ITS OWN CITIZENS. INNOCENT WOMEN AND CHILDREN. COURAGE OF CON -- KURDS HAVE CONVICTIONS TO STAND WITH THE UNITED STATES, WITH OUR ALLIES AND ON BEHALF OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN BEING TARGETED BY THE ASSAD REGIME IN SYRIA. WE HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT AND WE WANT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. AND DON'T TRY TO SHAME US INTO BEING APOLOGETIC AND UNWILLING AND AFRAID TO STAND UP FOR ALL OF THOSE RIGHTS, PRINCIPLES. THAT'S THE COURAGE AND CONVICTION THAT I STAND UP WITH TODAY, WITH CONGRESSMAN WILLIAMS, WITH CHAIRMAN HENSARLING, AND ALL THE OTHERS WHO ARE ENCOURAGING A STRONG YES VOTE, FOR MORE ACCOUNTABILITY, FOR A STRONGER NATIONAL DEFENSE, FOR A BETTER FUTURE. I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 06:07:49 PM

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

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

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                      • 06:07:55 PM

                        MS. WATERS

                        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE EVERYBODY TO KNOW WE'RE NOT…

                        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE EVERYBODY TO KNOW WE'RE NOT TRYING TO SHAME ANYBODY. IF WE WERE GOING TO SHAME SOMEONE, WE WOULD SHAME THEM AND THAT PARTY ABOUT THE CONNECTION TO RUSSIA. I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, AN ARDENT SUPPORTER OF THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT, MR. PRICE.

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                        MR. PRICE

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I STAND IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL. THE IRAN NUCLEAR…

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I STAND IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL. THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT STANDS AS A MAJOR DIPLOMATIC ACHIEVEMENT THAT HAS DESTROYED IRAN'S CAPACITY TO DEVELOP A NUCLEAR WEAPON. DETRACTORS POINT TO IRAN'S BAD BEHAVIOR IN OTHER REALMS. BALLISTIC MISSILES, SUPPORT FOR HEZBOLLAH, VIOLATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS. WE ACKNOWLEDGE THESE PROBLEMS. NOBODY'S TALKING ABOUT CODDLING IRAN. OR APOLOGIZING FOR IRAN. I RESENT THAT IMPLICATION. BY THE LAST SPEAKER. THE FACT IS WE TAKE THESE PROBLEMS AND THESE CHALLENGES VERY, VERY SERIOUSLY. BUT WE ALSO NOTE THAT THERE'S NOT A ONE OF THEM THAT WOULDN'T BE MUCH MORE SERIOUS IF WE WERE DEALING WITH A NUCLEAR CAPABLE STATE. SO WE'VE GOT TO PROTECT THIS AGREEMENT. WE HAVE TO BE WARY OF ANY PROPOSALS THAT WOULD DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY THREATEN IT. AND THAT BRINGS US TO THE BILL BEFORE US. H.R. 43 24RKS THE SO-CALLED -- 4334, THE SO-CALLED STRENGTHENING OVERSIGHT OF IRAN'S ACCESS TO FINANCE ACT, WHICH WOULD MAKE IT MUCH MORE DIFFICULT FOR IRAN TO PURCHASE COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT FROM FIRMS THAT DO BUSINESS WITH THE UNITED STATES. NOW, AS WE ALL KNOW, IRAN'S ABILITY TO REPLENISH ITS AGING CIVIL AVIATION FLEET, WHICH WAS DEPLETED BY DECADES OF SANCTIONS, WAS A KEY INCENTIVE FORTE RAN TO SIGN ONTO THE JCPOA -- FOR TEHRAN TO SIGN ONTO THE JCPOA. IRAN, AND I'M QUOTING HERE, THE CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE, IRAN WOULD VIEW THE BILL'S ENACTMENT INTO LAW AS A BREACH OF THE SAFE JCPOA. THE AGREEMENT CONTAINS A CLEAR U.S. COMMITMENT TO UNDERTAKE SUCH SALES TO IRAN. END OF QUOTE. WITH THIS BILL IMPOSING CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS THAT COULD WELL PROMPT THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT TO SEIZE ISSUING LICENSING ALLOW -- CEASE ISSUING LICENSES ALLOWING SUCH SALES. THIS WOULD BE CON TEN JINT -- CONTINGENT ON NON-NUCLEAR FACTORS. FACTORS OUTSIDE THE DEAL. RICHARD NEPHEW, THE LEAD SANCTIONS EXPERT FOR THE U.S. NEGOTIATING TEAM, PUT IT THIS WAY. HE SAID, MY TAKE ON THIS BILL IS THAT IF IMPLEMENTED THE WAY I EXPECT, IT PROBABLY WOULD VIOLATE THE JCPOA. NOW, I SUPPOSE WE HAVE TO ENTERTAIN THE POSSIBILITY THAT THAT ACTUALLY IS WHAT THE AUTHORS OF THIS BILL HAVE IN MIND. MAYBE THAT'S THE IDEA. TO GIVE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND THE IRANIAN HARDLINERS A WAY OF SABOTAGING THE AGREEMENT. ALREADY PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS TRIED TO UNDERMINE THE JCPOA BY REFUSING TO CERTIFY IRAN'S COMPLIANCE WITH THE DEAL AND BY ALL ACCOUNTS IRAN IS IN FACT COMPLYING. NOW, BY DIRECTLY BLOCKING A SPECIFIC PROVISION OF THE AGREEMENT, NAMELY THE PERMISSIBLE SALE OF COMMERCIAL PASSENGER AIRCRAFT, THIS LEGISLATION WOULD SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE TO IRAN THAT THE UNITED STATES DOES NOT NEGOTIATE IN GOOD FAITH. IT WOULD IMPLY THAT WE EXPECT TO HAVE IT BOTH WAYS. WITH IRAN DISMANTLING ITS NUCLEAR FACILITIES AND GETTING NOTHING IN RETURN. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY WOULD ALSO BREAK FAITH WITH OUR P 35 -- P5+1 NEGOTIATING PARTNERS IN A RECKLESS AND DANGEROUS WAY. BECAUSE OF THIS AGREEMENT, MR. CHAIRMAN, THE BREAKOUT TIME FOR IRAN TO DEVELOP ENOUGH WEAPONS-GRADE MATERIAL FOR A NUCLEAR WEAPON FROM TWO OR THREE MONTHS TO MORE THAN A YEAR. BECAUSE OF THIS AGREEMENT, THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY HAS 24/7 ACCESS TO IRAN'S NUCLEAR SITES. AN UNPRECEDENTED DEGREE OF ACCESS. INTRUSIVE INSPECTIONS. AND BECAUSE OF THIS AGREEMENT, WE POSSESS AN ENFORCEMENT MECHANISM TO ENSURE IRAN'S COMPLIANCE. WHY ON EARTH WOULD WE GIVE UP THESE CAPABILITIES? BY FAILING TO UPHOLD OUR END OF THE BARGAIN. THAT'S THE WAY AGREEMENTS WORK. WE UPHOLD OUR END OF THE BARGAIN. WE DON'T SABOTAGE AN AGREEMENT BY DECEPTIVE LEGISLATION LIKE THAT BILL BEFORE US. SO IN LIGHT OF RENEWED TENSIONS ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA, NOW IS ESPECIALLY NOT THE TIME FOR THE UNITED STATES TO GO BACK OINTS WORD TO OUR ALLIES -- BACK ON ITS WORD TO OUR ALLIES AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. I URGE OUR COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON H.R. 4324.

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                      • 06:12:36 PM

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                      • 06:12:38 PM

                        MR. HENSARLING

                        I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR.…

                        I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. HILL, AN OUTSTANDING MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE.

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                        MR. HILL

                        I THANK THE SPEAKER. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I THANK MY FRIEND, MR.…

                        I THANK THE SPEAKER. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I THANK MY FRIEND, MR. WILLIAMS, FOR INTRODUCING H.R. 4324, STRENGTHENING OVERSIGHT OF IRAN'S ACCESS TO FINANCE ACT. THIS ACT IS NEEDED. AND TONIGHT WE'RE NOT HERE TO REHASH THE FAILINGS OF THE JCPOA, BUT WE'RE REALLY HERE TO HONOR SECRETARY KERRY'S COMMITMENT OF OVERSIGHT OF IRAN OUTSIDE THAT AGREEMENT. HE MADE IT QUITE CLEAR TO CONGRESS IN HIS BRIEFINGS THAT WE WOULD MONITOR THE WORLD'S LARKEST EXPORTER OF -- LARGEST EXPORTER OF TERROR AROUND THE WORLD. THAT HE WOULD DO EVERYTHING OUTSIDE THE AGREEMENT -- THAT WE WOULD DO EVERYTHING OUTSIDE THE AGREEMENT TO ENFORCE SANCTIONS. THAT WE WOULD NOT STOP REVIEWING THEIR BEHAVIOR. AND THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION COMES AT AN IMPORTANT TIME, AS THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS TAKING SIGNIFICANT STEPS TO PROTECT OUR HOMELAND BY REVIEWING ACTIONS AROUND ROGUE REGIMES AND SPONSORS OF TERROR AROUND THE WORLD. INCLUDING IRAN. NOW, MY FRIEND FROM WASHINGTON BROUGHT UP THE SUBJECT OF THE AMERICAN WORKER. AND OF COURSE WE ALL ARE BLESSED BY THE BRILLIANCE AND SUCCESS OF BOEING. WE COULDN'T COME TO OUR JOBS WITHOUT THEM. BUT THEIR 5 -- THERE ARE 5,000 AIRLINES IN THE WORLD, MR. SPEAKER. THERE ARE 10,000 BOEING AIRCRAFT IN SERVICE AND THERE ARE 5,700 AIRPLANES ON ORDER FROM THE BOEING CORPORATION TO HELP MAKE UP THAT $41 BILLION OF ANNUAL REVENUE. AND THE QUESTION HERE IS NOT ABOUT SELLING AIRPLANES, BUT THE QUESTION HERE IS ABOUT PROTECTING THE HOMELAND AND INTEREST OF OUR COUNTRY AROUND THE WORLD. AND UNFORTUNATELY CIVIL AVIATION IS CO-MINGLED WITH MILITARY QUDS FORCE ACTION. NOT IN JUST WHAT'S BEEN SAID TONIGHT ABOUT TRANSMITTING MILITARY ACTION TO SYRIA. SUPPORTING A WAR THAT HAS KILLED SOME 500,000 PEOPLE. BUT WHAT ABOUT BOEING TRANSPORT FROM DAMASCUS TO CARACAS? WHAT ABOUT BOEING AIRCRAFT OPERATED BY THE IRANIAN REGIME BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN RUSSIA AND IRAN, BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN TEHRAN AND DAMASCUS? BETWEEN DAMASCUS AND VENEZUELA? IT'S NOT JUST A CIVILIAN AIRCRAFT, MR. SPEAKER. AND THAT'S WHY WE WANT TO BE ALERT AND WE NEED TO KNOW -- OUR AMERICAN CITIZENS NEED TO KNOW IF THEIR BANK DEPOSITS ARE BEING USED TO EXTEND CREDIT TO A REGIME THAT SEEKS PLEASURE IN MURDERING INNOCENT PEOPLE, MURDERING OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM, AND EVEN INNOCENT CIVILIANS IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY. SO WE MAY DIFFER ON OUR VIEWS ON THE JCPOA, BUT WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT NOTHING IN THE NUCLEAR DEAL PREVENTS THE SHARING OF INFORMATION BETWEEN AN ADMINISTRATION AND THIS CONGRESS ABOUT FINANCING AIRCRAFT FOR THE WORLD'S LARGEST STATE SUPPORTER OF TERRORISM. THAT'S WHAT THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION IS TRYING TO ACHIEVE, THAT'S WHAT MR. WILLIAMS' POINT IS IN BRINGING IT TO THE FLOOR AND I APPRECIATE HIS THOUGHTFUL WORK TO IMPLEMENT THIS MUCH-NEEDED POLICY AND HELP KEEP THE CITIZENS IN MY DISTRICT SAFE FROM IRAN'S GLOBAL TERROR ADVANCE. THANK YOU, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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                      • 06:16:16 PM

                        MS. WATERS

                        THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS, I'M GOING TO READ A LETTER…

                        THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS, I'M GOING TO READ A LETTER ADDRESSED TO THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS FROM A HIGHLY RESPECTED ORGANIZATION THAT IS PRO-ISRAEL AND PRO-PEACE ADVOCACY. I AM A MEMBER AND I LOOK TO THE RECOMMENDATIONS, THE ADVICE, AND THE ASSISTANCE OF THIS ORGANIZATION ON ALL ISSUES RELATED TO THE MIDDLE EAST AND RELATED TO IRAN AND RELATED TO ISRAEL. IT IS KNOWN AS J STREET. I'M A PROUD MEMBER AND PROUD PARTICIPANT. J STREET URGES MEMBERS TO OPPOSE THE SO-CALLED STRENGTHENING OVERSIGHT OF IRAN'S ACT STOSE FINANCE ACT, H.R. 4324. WHICH IS CLEARLY INTENDED TO LEAD TO A U.S. VIOLATION OF THE JCPOA. THIS BILL WOULD IMPOSE ADDITIONAL CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS ON THE ADMINISTRATION IN ORDER TO CARRY OUT CURRENT U.S. OBLIGATIONS RELATED TO COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT SALES UNDER THE JCPOA. THESE NEW OBLIGATIONS REQUIRE THE ADMINISTRATION TO CERTIFY THAT IRAN IS NOT ENGAGED IN CERTAIN NONNUCLEAR ACTIVITY OR ISSUE A NATIONAL SECURITY WAIVER SAYING THEY'LL ALLOW THE PLANES TO BE SOLD ANYWAY, IN OTHER WORDS, IT IMPOSES NEW UNILATERAL TERMS FOR CONTINUATION OF THE JCPOA THAT ARE UNRELATED TO IRAN'S NUCLEAR CONDUCT. IT HAS BEEN WIDELY REPORTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE PRESIDENT'S RECENT REFUSAL TO MAKE THE NECESSARY CERTIFICATION TO CONGRESS UNDER THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT REVIEW ACT THAT THE PRESIDENT RESENTS HAVING TO UNDERTAKE OFFICIAL ACTIONS TO KEEP THE UNITED STATES IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE JCPOA. PROPONENTS OF THIS LEGISLATION CLEARLY HOPE TO MAKE USE OF THE PRESIDENT'S APPARENT RESISTANCE TO TAKING SUCH STEPS BY ADDING A NEW CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENT THAT THEY HOPE HE WILL ALSO FAIL TO MEET, THEREBY BLOCKING THE SALE OF COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT AND FORCING A U.S. VIOLATION OF THE AGREEMENT. ANYONE DOUBTING THAT THIS IS THE POINT OF THE BILL NEED TO LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THE FIRST FINDING WHICH MAKES CLEAR THAT THIS BILL IS GRATUITOUSLY ANTI-OBAMA, ANTI-JCPOA VEHICLE AND NOT A SERIOUS ATTEMPT TO LEGISLATE ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS. ON THREATS EMANATING FROM IRAN. NO ONE WHO WANTS TO SEE THE JCPOA CONTINUE TO BE IMPLEMENTED SHOULD SUPPORT THIS BILL. FINALLY, MR. DAMON WILLIAMS, THE VICE PRESIDENT OF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS WHO SIGNED THIS BILL, SAID CONGRESS JUST GAVE THE ADMINISTRATION POWERFUL TOOLS TO CONQUER OTHER COUNTRIES, SUPPORT THE ASSAD REGIME WHEN IT PASSED NEW SANCTIONS ON IRAN. RUSSIA -- ON IRAN, RUSSIA, AND NORTH KOREA A FEW MONTHS AGO THAT THE PRESIDENT SIGNED INTO LAW. IMPLEMENTATION AND ASSESSMENT OF THE IMPACT OF THAT LAW SHOULD OCCUR BEFORE CONSIDERATION OF ANY NEW SANCTIONS LEGISLATION. AGAIN, IN ADDITION TO THE SUPPORTERS OF THIS BODY WHO HAVE WORKED VERY HARD TO TRY AND CONVINCE THE MEMBERS OF THIS BODY TO BE ON THE SIDE OF PEACE, TRY AND GET THE MEMBERS TO UNDERSTAND THE SERIOUSNESS OF UNDERMINING THE JCPOA. THE MEMBERS OF THIS BODY WHO WORK VERY HARD FOR PEACE AND WHO JOIN WITH GROUPS LIKE J STREET AND JAVO KATE FOR PEACE ARE TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT THE UNITED STATES STANDS UP TO ITS AGREEMENT. UNDERSTANDING HOW THIS UNDERMINES OUR LEADERSHIP IN THE WORLD, IF WE SIT DOWN AND NEGOTIATE AND RENEGOTIATE WITH OTHER COUNTRIES AS WE HAVE DONE ON THE JCPOA AND THEY EXPECT US TO LIVE UP TO THEIR AGREEMENT AND THEN THEY HEAR THAT WE HAVE VARIOUS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WITH IDEAS OF THEIR OWN PUTTING TOGETHER LEGISLATION THAT'S SUPPORTED BY THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE COMING IN NOT WITH ONE PIECE OF LEGISLATION, NOT WITH TWO PIECES OF LEGISLATION, BUT WE DON'T KNOW HOW MANY WILL CONTINUE, IF THEY'RE SUCCESSFUL IN PASSING THE LEGISLATION THAT THEY ARE PUTTING BEFORE US. IF THIS CONTINUES, THEN I'M CERTAIN THAT OUR ALLIES WILL NOT TRUST US, THEY WILL NOT WANT TO NEGOTIATE WITH US ON OTHER DEALS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO THE PEACE IN THIS WORLD AND I WOULD SIMPLY ASK THE MEMBERS ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE TO PAY ATTENTION TO HIGHLY RESPECTED, CREDIBLE ORGANIZATIONS LIKE J STREET AND TAKE THEIR ADVICE ABOUT HOW TO GIVE SUPPORT TO THE JCPOA. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 06:21:43 PM

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                        THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 06:21:47 PM

                        MR. HENSARLING

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

                        I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, A HARDWORKING MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR. BUDD.

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                      • 06:21:57 PM

                        MR. BUDD

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AS I RISE TODAY IN…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AS I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MR. WILLIAMS' LEGISLATION, H.R. 4324, I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS FRONT. IT'S NO SECRET THAT MUCH OF THE TERROR FUNDING AND THE CIVIL UNREST WE SEE IN THE MIDDLE EAST CAN BE TRACED DIRECTLY BACK TO IRAN. SINCE WE'VE LIFTED SANCTIONS ON THAT REGIME AND IN PARTICULAR AGAINST STATE-OWNED ENTITIES LIKE IRAN AIR, WE'VE OPENED UP OURSELVES TO POTENTIALLY FINANCING IRAN'S DESTABILIZING ACTIVITY IN THE REGION. CONGRESS HAS A RIGHT TO KNOW IF BANKS ARE LINKED TO FINANCING OR DOING BUSINESS WITH IRAN. AGAIN THE WORLD'S LARGEST STATE SPONSOR OF TERROR. IN THIS BILL -- AND THIS BILL IS SIGNIFICANT CONSIDERING WHAT WE'VE RECENTLY SEEN WITH IRAN AIR. AS RECENTLY AS 2011, IRAN AIR WAS TRANSPORTING WEAPONS AND MISSILES ON BEHALF OF THE ISLAMIC REVOLUTIONARY FORWARD CORPS AND THEVB YEAR, NOT 2011, BUT THIS YEAR, WE'VE SEEN IRAN AIR CONTINUE TO FLY WELL KNOWN WEAPONS RESUPPLY ROUTES TO PRO-ASSAD CONTROLLED AREAS OF SYRIA. IRAN WILL CONTINUE TO FIND NEW AND CREATE I WAYS TO BYPASS SANCTIONS AND FUND THEIR WORLDWIDE TERROR NETWORK. WE HAVE TO BE ONSON THE TANT -- CONSTANT ALERT. MR. WILLIAMS' LEGISLATION GIVES US THE TOOLS TO DO THAT. HIS BILL GIVES THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE THIS HOUSE, MORE OVERSIGHT ON BUSINESS THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT AUTHORIZES WITH IRAN AND THIS IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT CONVEYS THE IMPORTANCE OF STAYING ALEVERT ON OUR FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS WHEN THEY GET INVOLVED FINANCIALLY WITH IRAN. ONCE AGAIN, I THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND MR. WILLIAMS FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE AND I URGE ADOPTION OF THIS BILL. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 06:23:42 PM

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

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      • 06:23:48 PM

                        MS. WATERS

                        I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

                      • 06:23:49 PM

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                      • 06:23:59 PM

                        MR. HENSARLING

                        I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, CHAIRMAN…

                        I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, CHAIRMAN EMERITUS OF THE HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE AND CHAIRMAN OF ITS SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN.

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                      • 06:24:15 PM

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                      • 06:24:18 PM

                        MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I THANK OUR ESTEEMED LEADER FOR THIS TIME. I RISE…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I THANK OUR ESTEEMED LEADER FOR THIS TIME. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2324, THE STRENGTHENING OVERSIGHT OF IRAN'S ACCESS TO FINANCING ACT, AUTHORED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS WHO IS SWINGING FOR THE FENCES. WHEN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SIGNED THIS TERRIBLE NUCLEAR DEAL, IN ADDITION TO LIFTING SANCTIONS AND SENDING BILLION OF DOLLARS TO THIS HIDEOUS REGIME, IT ALSO AUTHORIZED LICENSERS IN EXPORT OF COMMERCIAL PASSENGER PLANES TO IRAN. AFTER SELLING THE WORLD A BILL OF FWOODS, THE ADMINISTRATION THEN TURNED AROUND AND AGREED TO ALLOW THE SALE OF PLANES TO THE WORLD'S BIGGEST EXPORTER OF TERROR. NOT ONLY THAT, BUT U.S. FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS WOULD BE NEEDED TO FINALIZE THESE SALES, MEANING AMERICAN TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS COULD BE USED TO FINANCE THESE SALES. THE RESULTS WERE PREDICTABLE, MR. SPEAKER. IRAN HAS BEEN USING ITS COMMERCIAL PLANES TO TRANSPORT FIGHTERS, TO TRANSPORT WEAPONS, TO TRANSPORT MATERIEL TO HEZBOLLAH IN SYRIA, JUST TO MENTION ONE, AND THE LIST COULD GO ON AND ON. MANY ILL LIST ACTIVITIES. THIS IS NOT SOMETHING AMERICANS WOULD BE SUPPORT, LET ALONE UNDERWRITING. THAT IS WHY MR. WILLIAMS' BILL IS SO IMPORTANT AND I THANK MR. HENSARLING FOR BRINGING IT TO THE FLOOR. IT PROTECTS THE U.S. FINANCIAL SYSTEM AND IT PROTECTS THE TAXPAYERS BY GIVING US IN CONGRESS GREATER OVERSIGHT, THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL IS ABOUT, OVERSIGHT, OVER BUSINESSES THAT TREASURY AUTHORIZES WITH IRAN. AS WE HAVE HEARD SPEAKER AFTER SPEAKER, IRAN IS THE NUMBER ONE LEADING STATE SPONSOR OF TERROR. IT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATHS OF COUNTLESS AMERICAN BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN FIGHTING OVERSEAS. IT IS THE DESTABILIZING FORCE IN SYRIA. TO NAME JUST ONE OF THE COUNTRIES. THE SUPREME LEADER , HE CALLS FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF OUR MOST TRUSTED ALLY, THE DEMOCRATIC JEWISH STATE OF ISRAEL. AND THE CALLS FOR DEATH TO AMERICA, MR. SPEAKER, THEY GO ON AND ON AN -- ON AND ON AND IT IS WRITTEN ON WALLS, I ASK THE CHAIRMAN --

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                      • 06:26:39 PM

                        MR. HENSARLING

                        I YIELD THE GENTLELADY AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

                      • 06:26:44 PM

                        MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                        THANK YOU, I SAW THE SPEAKER'S GAVEL ABOUT TO POUNCE. THE YCPOA WAS…

                        THANK YOU, I SAW THE SPEAKER'S GAVEL ABOUT TO POUNCE. THE YCPOA WAS FLAWED, IT WAS WEAK, IT WAS DANGEROUS. LET'S ASK OUR CONSTITUENTS, OUR TAXPAYERS IF THEY WANT THEIR DOLLARS TO FUND THE PURCHASE OF PLANES FOR THE NUMBER ONE STATE SPONSOR OF TERROR. I THINK THE ANSWER WOULD BE NO. AND WE ARE ACTUALLY BEING ASKED TO SUPPOSEDLY SUPPORT AMERICAN JOBS BY HELPING IRAN, THE NUMBER ONE TERROR STATE, TO BUY PLANES SO THIS HORRID HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSER OF A COUNTRY THIS KILLER OF AMERICANS, CAN USE THESE VERY PLANES TO CONTINUE EXPORTING ITS TERROR ACTIVITIES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. THIS IS PREPOSTEROUS. IT IS A FALSE CHOICE THIS BILL PROTECTS THE AMERICAN CONSUMER, IT PROTECT OURS CONSTITUENTS, IT PROTECTS THE TAXPAYER, AND IT GIVES US IN CONGRESS THE PROPER OVERSIGHT. LET'S PASS WHAT THIS IS A COMMONSENSE BILL. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE TIME. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                      • 06:27:44 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                      • 06:27:51 PM

                        MS. WATERS

                        MAY I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE LEFT?

                      • 06:27:57 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS FOUR MINUTES AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS FIVE AND…

                        THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS FOUR MINUTES AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS FIVE AND A HALF MINUTES.

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                      • 06:28:09 PM

                        MS. WATERS

                        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AND I AM PREPARED…

                        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AND I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE. I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME. ON OCTOBER 13, 2017 THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY, THE IAEA THE U.N. NUCLEAR WATCHDOG THAT SINCE JANUARY, 2016, HAS BEEN MONITORING AND VERIFYING IRAN'S IMPLEMENTATION OF ITS NUCLEAR RELATED COMMITMENTS, RELEASED A STATEMENT NOTING THAT, AND I QUOTE, AT PRESENT, IRAN IS SUBJECT TO THE WORLD'S MOST ROBUST NUCLEAR VERIFICATION REGIME AND CONFIRMING THAT IRAN REMAINS IN COMPLIANCE WITH THIS JCPO -- WITH ITS JCP; A COMMITMENTS. THE SAME DAY, PRESIDENT TRUMP ANNOUNCED HE REFUSED TO CERTIFY THE NATIONAL SECURITY VALUE OF THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL, WHICH GAVE CONGRESS 60 DAYS TO FATALLY UNDERMINE THE AGREEMENT BY REINTRODUCING SOME OR ALL OF THE SUSPENDED SANCTIONS, ALTHOUGH CONGRESS DID NOT DO SO. DESPITE THE FACT THAT THE PRESIDENT DID NOT WITHDRAW FROM THE NUCLEAR ACCORD, HIS DISDAIN FOR THE AGREEMENT HAS ALWAYS BEEN CLEAR. IN A HIGHLY CONFRONTATIONAL SPEECH, PRESIDENT TRUMP FORCEFULLY DENOUNCED THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC AND ATTACKED THE DEAL FOR FAILING TO CURB IRAN'S DESTABILIZING REGIONAL ACTIVITIES, DESPITE THE FACT THAT THE ACONSIDERED WAS NEVER MEANT TO ADDRESS EVERY ASPECT OF IRAN'S MALIGNED ACTIVITIES. IT WAS ALWAYS INTENDED TO FOCUS ON IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM AND AS AN ARMS CONTROL AGREEMENT, THE DEAL HAS SO FAR BEEN SUCCESSFUL. TRUMP HAS THREATENED TO UP END THE NUCLEAR DEAL UNLESS CONGRESS AMENDS IT TO MAKE ITS TERMS MORE RESTRICTIVE. THE PRESIDENT IS LOOKING TO FIND ANY RATIONALE HE CAN TO WALK AWAY FROM THE DEAL WITHOUT HAVING TO TAKE THE BLAME. THIS LEGISLATION IS PRECISELY WHAT HE'S BEEN LOOKING FOR. AMERICAN UNILATERALISM AT THIS POINT WOULD BE A DISASTER AND WOULD MAKE FORGING A COMMON FRONT AGAINST IRAN NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE IN THE FUTURE. THAT IS ONE WAY OF ENSURING FAILURE AT THE OUTSET OF A DIPLOMATIC EFFORT TO PURSUE A NEW, MULTILATERAL AGREEMENT WOULD BE TO VIOLATE AN EXISTING ONE WITH THE SAME PARTNERS. THE PRESIDENT'S INSISTENCE ON REFWOSHTING THE JCPOA TO EXTEND THE DURATION OF SEVERAL OF ITS CONSTRAINTS MAKE INSPECTIONS MORE INTRUSIVE AND EXPAND ITS COVERAGE TO MISSILES, IT IS DANGEROUS AND UNREALISTIC GIVEN THAT EVERY OTHER SIGNATORY OF THE AGREEMENT HAS OBJECTED TO CHANGING ITS TERMS WHILE IRAN REMAINS COMPLIANT. CONGRESS PASSES THIS BILL, IT WILL GIVE THE ADMINISTRATION THE PATH IT NEEDS TO RIP UP THE NUCLEAR ACCORD. WITHOUT THE CONSTRAINTS PLACED ON IRAN BY THE DEAL, THE ADMINISTRATION'S HOSTILE ATTITUDE TOWARD IRAN AND STARK ABSENCE OF DIPLOMACY WILL INEVITABLY PUT THE UNITED STATES ON A PATH OF ESCALATION WITH IRAN. THERE'S AN OBVIOUS LINK WITH NORTH KOREA HERE AS WELL. HOPEFULLY AT SOME POINT THE PRESIDENT MAY DETERMINE THAT DIPLOMACY HAS A ROLE IN MANAGING THE NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR MISSILE CHALLENGES, BUT AMERICA'S ABILITY TO OFFER A CREDIBLE DIPLOMATIC PATH WILL BE SERIOUSLY UNDERMINED IF WE CANNOT BE TRUSTED TO STAND BY OUR AGREEMENTS. DEALING WITH IRAN'S DESTABILIZING REGIONAL ACTIVITIES, ITS AMBITION TO REMAKE LARGE SWATHS OF THE MIDDLE EAST IN ITS IMAGE, ENTAILS A BROAD RANGE OF CHALLENGES. WITHOUT THE JCPOA, HOWEVER, THOSE CHALLENGES BECOME EVEN MORE DAUNTING. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES NOT TO GIVE UP ON OUR BEST CHANCE OF CONTAINING IRAN'S PURSUIT OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS THROUGH PEACEFUL MEANS AND TO JOIN ME IN REJECTING THIS TERRIBLE BILL. . I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 06:32:05 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 TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      • 06:32:10 PM

                        MR. HENSARLING

                        MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, A MEMBER OF THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE, MR. NORMAN.

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                      • 06:32:18 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 06:32:21 PM

                        MR. NORMAN

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN HENSARLING. THIS REALLY ISN'T…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN HENSARLING. THIS REALLY ISN'T THAT COMPLICATED. THE JCPOA IS A FAILED POLICY THAT WAS PUT UP BY A PRESIDENT WHO HAD NO INTEREST IN PROTECTING THIS COUNTRY AS IT SHOULD BE. AND PRESIDENT TRUMP IS FINALLY BRINGING THIS BACK TO THIS COUNTRY. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 4324, THE STRENGTHENING OVERSIGHT OF IRAN'S ACCESS TO FINANCE ACT. THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION IS CRITICAL TO HOLD IRAN ACCOUNTABLE AND ENSURE THE INTEGRITY OF U.S. SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN. I WANT TO THANK ROGER WILLIAMS FOR HIS GREAT WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. THE IRAN DEAL ALLOWS THE UNITED STATES TO LICENSE THE SALE OF PASSENGER AIRCRAFT TO IRAN, TO UPDATE THEIR CIVILIAN COMMERCIAL AIRLINER FLEET. DESPITE THE DEAL, IRAN'S BEHAVIOR HAS NOT CHANGED. AND STILL REMAINS AS A PRINCIPLE STATE-SPONSOR OF INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM, A DIRECT CONTRIBUTOR IN PROPPING UP THE SYRIAN REGIME IN A MAJOR IF A -- AND A MAJOR FACILITATOR OF MONEY LAUNDERING. HOWEVER, ENABLING COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT SALES COULD ONLY FORTIFY IRAN'S ROGUE BEHAVIOR. MANY, INCLUDING THE DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY, ARE CONCERNED THAT COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT COULD BE USED FOR NONCIVILIAN PURPOSES, CONSIDERING THE STATE-CONTROLLED AIRLINE, IRAN AIR, HAS FACILITATED IRAN'S DESTABILIZATION OF SYRIA, BY TRANSPORTING MISSILE AND ROCKET COMPONENTS TO THE SYRIAN REGIME. A JUSTICE ONCE STATED THAT, QUOTE, SUNLIGHT IS SAID TO BE THE BEST OF DISINFECTANTS. THIS IS WHAT THIS LEGISLATION SEEKS TO DO. IT SIMPLY ADD AS CRUCIAL LAYER OF REPORTING REQUIREMENTS, CERTIFYING THAT THE SALE OF PASSENGER AIRCRAFT DOES NOT POSE A MONEY LAUNDERING RISK OR VIOLATE U.S. SANCTIONS. IRAN CONTINUES TO THREATEN THE STABILITY OF THE MIDDLE EAST AND IMPOSES A THREAT TO U.S. NATIONAL INTERESTS. HOLDING IRAN ACCOUNTABLE AND PREVENTING THEM FROM CONTINUING TO DESTABILIZE SYRIA SHOULD NOT BE CONTROVERSIAL AT ALL. I RESPECTFULLY URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 06:34:34 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                      • 06:34:40 PM

                        MR. HENSARLING

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

                      • 06:34:45 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN HAS THREE MINUTES. EXCUSE ME. THE GENTLEMAN HAS FOUR MINUTES.

                      • 06:34:50 PM

                        MR. HENSARLING

                        THE REMAINDERS OF THE -- THE REMAINDER OF THE TIME.

                      • 06:34:54 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 06:34:56 PM

                        MR. HENSARLING

                        MR. SPEAKER, FROM TIME TO TIME IN MY CONGRESSIONAL CAREER, I COME TO THE…

                        MR. SPEAKER, FROM TIME TO TIME IN MY CONGRESSIONAL CAREER, I COME TO THE HOUSE FLOOR AND I HAVE A SURREAL MOMENT. IRAN IS THE WORLD'S FOREMOST STATE SPONSOR OF TERROR. WE HAVE MEMBERS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE SAYING, WELL, WE SHOULDN'T LEARN ANYTHING ABOUT THEM. WE SHOULDN'T LEARN ABOUT WHO'S FINANCING THEIR AIRCRAFT. WE SHOULDN'T LEARN WHETHER OR NOT AIRCRAFT WILL BE CONVERTED TO MILITARY PURPOSES. IRAN IS A REGIME WHERE EVERY DAY THE LEADERSHIP WAKES UP SHOUTING DEATH TO ISRAEL, DEATH TO AMERICA. AND YET I HAVE FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO SAY, WELL, WE SHOULDN'T HAVE ANY REPORTING ON IRAN BECAUSE IT MIGHT HURT THEIR FEELINGS. I MEAN, THIS IS A SURREAL MOMENT, MR. SPEAKER. AN ABSOLUTE SURREAL MOMENT. WE HAVE BEEN TOLD OVER AND OVER THAT SOMEHOW THIS STOPS THE JCPOA. THE NUCLEAR DEAL WITH IRAN. I WISH IT DID. BUT IT DOESN'T. I WOULD SUGGEST TO MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THEY ACTUALLY READ THE BILL. IT'S 10 PAGES LONG. SIX PAGES OF FINDINGS. YOU CAN GO -- YOU CAN PUT THE FINDINGS ASIDE AND READ THE FOUR PAGES. IT'S A REPORTING BILL. IT HAS CERTIFICATIONS AND GUESS WHAT THE IMPLICATIONS ARE IF THED A STATION CAN'T GIVE THE PROPER -- IF THE ADMINISTRATION CAN'T GIVE THE PROPER CERTIFICATIONS, NOTHING. THE DEAL CONTINUES TO GO ON. PERHAPS THE SINGLE WORST FOREIGN POLICY AGREEMENT IN THE HISTORY OF AMERICA. THAT LEGISLATIZES IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM. AND ON ITS BEST DAY SLOWS UP THEIR NUCLEAR WEAPONS BY MAYBE A FEW YEARS. AT BEST. ON ITS BEST DAY. YOU KNOW, WHEN THE JCPOA WAS SOLD TO US BY THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION, WE WERE TOLD, THIS WOULD BE FOR CIVILIAN AIRCRAFT USE ONLY. DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT. THIS IS NOT GOING TO EXACERBATE TERRORISM IN ANY WAY. BUT WE KNOW BOEING ITSELF -- BUT -- BUT WE KNOW, BOING IT SELF SAID ITS AIRCRAFT SOLD TO IRAN -- BOEING ITSELF SAID ITS AIRCRAFT SOLD TO IRAN HAS BEEN USED FOR MILITARY PURPOSES. IT WAS SANCTIONED FOR SUPPORTING THE ISLAMIC REVOLUTIONARY GUARD CORPS, WHICH HAS BEEN DESIGNATED AS A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION. THIS ISN'T JUST THEORY, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS A FACT. AND THEN WE HAD, MY COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, SAY, WELL, IT'S IMPORTANT, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE SELL AIRCRAFT TO IRAN SO COMPANIES CAN MAKE PROFITS. WELL, USING HIS LOGIC, MAYBE WE OUGHT TO SELL WEAPONS TO NORTH KOREA, IF SOME COMPANY CAN MAKE A PROFIT. I THINK NOT, MR. SPEAKER. I THINK NOT. THERE ARE SOME THINGS, OUR SECURITY IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE PROFIT OF ANY ONE PARTICULAR COMPANY. AND SO AGAIN, THIS IS A SIMPLE REPORTING REQUIREMENT. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. WILLIAMS, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP HERE. IT IS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT THAT WE UNDERSTAND FROM THOSE WHO SOLD US THIS TERRIBLE IRANIAN DEAL, THEY NEED TO MAKE GOOD ON THEIR PROMISES. THEY NEED -- WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT CIVILIAN AIRCRAFT ARE BEING USED FOR CIVILIAN PURPOSES. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE BANKS WHO ARE FINANCING THESE DEALS ARE NOT FINANCING TERRORISM. AND YET THOSE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE SAY, NO. LET'S PUT OUR HEADS IN THE SAND. YOU KNOW, LET'S JUST TRUST. LET'S TRUST THE STATE -- THE WORLD'S STATE FOREMOST SPONSOR OF TERRORISM. YOU KNOW, THEY'LL DO THE RIGHT THING. YOU KNOW, LET'S JUST IGNORE THIS TERRORISM THING. NO. NO, MR. SPEAKER. AND THAT'S WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT WE ENACT H.R. 4324. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR IT. IT'S IMPORTANT TO AMERICA. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 06:39:11 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        ALL TIME FOR DEBATE ON THE BILL HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

                        ALL TIME FOR DEBATE ON THE BILL HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                      • 06:39:23 PM

                        MR. GAETZ

                        I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                      • 06:39:27 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                      • 06:39:29 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-463 OFFERED BY…

                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-463 OFFERED BY MR. GAETZ OF FLORIDA.

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                      • 06:39:37 PM

                        TEMPORE PURSUANT

                        RESOLUTION 658, THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- HOUSE RESOLUTION 658, THE GENTLEMAN…

                        RESOLUTION 658, THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- HOUSE RESOLUTION 658, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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                      • 06:39:37 PM

                        An amendment, offered by Mr. Gaetz, numbered 1 printed in Part B of House Report 115-463 to include, in the report already required in the underlying text, certification that the transaction will not benefit an Iranian person that has knowingly transported items used to establish in Syria a permanent military presence of either Iranian military forces or Iranian backed militia.

                      • 06:39:40 PM

                        DEBATE

                        Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 658, the House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gaetz amendment No. 1.

                        • 06:39:46 PM

                          MR. GAETZ

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS,…

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, CHAIRMAN HENSARLING, FOR HIS GUIDANCE AND LEADERSHIP IN ASSISTING ME WITH THIS AMENDMENT. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. WILLIAMS, FOR ENSURING THAT THIS CONGRESS TAKES THE STRONGEST POSSIBLE POSITION AS IT RELATES TO IRAN. AND ENSURING THAT WE USE EVERY ARROW IN THE PROVERBIAL QUIVER FINANCIALLY SPEAKING SO THAT U.S. ASSETS AND U.S. RESOURCES ARE NOT USED TO PROLIFERATE TERROR IN A WAY THAT IS CONSISTENT WITH IRAN'S PAR KIME -- PARADIGM. ACROSS THE MIDDLE EAST, WE SEE IRAN FUNDING TERRORIST PROXIES, DESTABILIZING THE REGION, THREATENING THEIR NEIGHBORS. AND FUNCTIONING AS AN EYESORE FOR THE WORLD. SO I'M GLAD TO BE HERE OFFERING AN AMENDMENT TO ENSURE THAT AS WE USE THE TOOLS AT OUR DISPOSAL TO LIMIT IRAN'S POWER, TO BE A DESTABILIZING SPONSOR OF TERROR, THAT WE PAY PARTICULAR FOCUS TO THE ACTIVITIES GOING ON CURRENTLY IN SYRIA. IN SYRIA NOW, A CEASEFIRE HAS HAD AN UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCE OF GIVING IRAN SPACE TO BE ABLE TO MOVE IN AND MAKE ATTEMPTS TO HARDEN LONG-TERM MILITARY ASSETS. INSTALLATIONS. SO THAT TROOPS COULD BE HOUSED AND POTENTIALLY LAUNCH OTHER APARTICULARS -- ATTACKS AND FUND AND EQUIP IRAN'S TERRORIST PROXIES THROUGHOUT THE AREA. IT IS NO SURPRISE THAT THE FACILITY THAT IRAN MOST RECENTLY WORKED ON WOULD HAVE HOUSED UP TO -- UPWARDS OF 5,000 SOLDIERS. AND IT IS BELIEVED THAT POTENTIALLY ISRAEL TOOK ACTION TO ENSURE THAT THE CONSTRUCTION DID NOT CONTINUE ON THAT PARTICULAR FACILITY. SO MY AMENDMENT, MR. SPEAKER, CONDITIONS THE PROVISIONS OF THIS BILL ON AN ATTESTATION THAT IRAN HAS NOT SET UP PERMANENT PRESENT MILITARY IN SOUTHERN SYRIA. I THINK THAT'S CRITICALLY IMPORTANT. IN THE LAST CONGRESS I HAD WITH PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU F.T.E. -- PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU, HE INDICATED THAT ISRAEL WAS MOST CONCERNED IN ALL OF THE WORLD ABOUT THE RISK POSED BY IRAN SETTING UP A PERMANENT MILITARY PRESENCE IN SOUTHERN SYRIA. AND THAT THAT WOULD CAUSE POTENTIALLY KINETIC CONFLICT. WAR. AND EVEN MORE DRAMATIC AND CATASTROPHIC OUTCOMES. AND SO AGAIN, I THANK CHAIRMAN HENSARLING. I THANK MR. WILLIAMS FOR THEIR STRONG LEADERSHIP. AND I OFFER THIS AMENDMENT TO BACK OUR ALLY, ISRAEL, AND TO ENSURE THAT IRAN DOES NOT HAVE THE CAPABILITY TO ESTABLISH A PERMANENT MILITARY PRESENCE IN SOUTHERN SYRIA. AND I YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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                        • 06:42:19 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          DOES ANY MEMBER CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT? IF NOT,…

                          DOES ANY MEMBER CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT? IF NOT, PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE BILL AS AMENDED AND ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. GATES. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT -- MR. GAETZ. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. GAETZ. 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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                        • 06:42:54 PM

                          THE CLERK

                          A BILL TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY TO MAKE CERTIFICATIONS…

                          A BILL 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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                        • 06:42:55 PM

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

                        • 06:42:57 PM

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

                          • 06:43:10 PM

                            Mr. Swalwell (CA) moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Financial Services.

                            • 06:43:12 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              IF YOU WERE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? -- FOR WHAT…

                              IF YOU WERE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            • 06:43:19 PM

                              MR. SWALWELL

                              I HAVE A MOTION TO RECOMMIT AT THE DESK.

                            • 06:43:21 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              IS THE GENTLEMAN OPPOSED TO THE BILL?

                            • 06:43:23 PM

                              MR. SWALWELL

                              MR. SPEAKER, I AM OPPOSED.

                            • 06:43:24 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN QUALIFIES. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MOTION.

                            • 06:43:27 PM

                              THE CLERK

                              MR. SWALWELL OF CALIFORNIA MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE BILL, HRMENTRRMENT --…

                              MR. SWALWELL OF CALIFORNIA MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE BILL, HRMENTRRMENT -- H.R. 4324, TO THE COMMITTEE. STRIKE AND, PAGE 7, LINE 7, ADD AND. AT THE END. PAGE 7, AFTER LINE SEVEN, INSERT THE FOLLOWING, 4, NO FINANCIAL INSTITUTION PARTICIPATING IN SUCH TRANSACTION IS ENGAGED IN BUSINESS WITH A FOREIGN ENTITY THAT HAS BEEN FOUND BY THE SECRETARY IN CONSULTATION WITH A DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE TO HAVE ENGAGED IN OR AUTHORIZED CYBERATTACKS TARGETING ANY ELECTION HELD IN THE UNITED STATES.

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                        • 06:43:38 PM

                          DEBATE

                          The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the 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 to prohibit financial institutions participating in certain transactions from engaging in business with a foreign entity that has been found by the Secretary, in consultation with the Director of National Intelligence, to have engaged in or authorized cyber-attacks targeting any election held in the United States.

                          • 06:44:07 PM

                            TEMPORE PURSUANT

                            PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE…

                            PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS MOTION.

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                          • 06:44:11 PM

                            MR. SWALWELL

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS THE FINAL AMENDMENT TO THE BILL. IT WILL…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS THE FINAL AMENDMENT TO THE BILL. IT WILL NOT KILL THE BILL OR SEND IT BACK TO KEVMENT IF ADOPTED, THE BILL WILL IMMEDIATELY PROCEED TO A FINAL PASSAGE VOTE AS AMENDED. MY AMENDMENT WOULD ADD AN ADDITIONAL CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENT FROM THE TREASURY SECRETARY FOR FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. MR. SPEAKER, I AGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE. IRAN IS A THREAT TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND WE SHOULD SEEK TO HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE, PROTECT AMERICANS AND DEFEND OUR ALLIES. THE FIRST MAJOR STEP IN THE LAST DECADE TO DO SO WAS WITH THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT. TAKING A NUCLEAR POWER OFF THE TABLE. BUT WE SHOULD ALSO SEEK TO HOLD ACCOUNTABLE IRAN'S CHIEF ENABLER AND BEST FRIEND IN THE WORLD, RUSSIA. WHICH MY AMENDMENT WOULD SEEK TO DO. MY AMENDMENT WOULD ADD A REQUIREMENT THAT THE TREASURY SECRETARY CERTIFY THAT AN INSTITUTION FINANCING THE EXPORT OF COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT TO IRAN DID NOT ENGAGE IN BUSINESS WITH ANY FOREIGN ENTITY WHICH ENGAGED IN OR AUTHORIZED CYBERATTACKS TARGETING AMERICAN ELECTIONS. THIS IS A COMMONSENSE PROVISION TO ENSURE THAT COMPANIES ARE AWARE OF THE EFFECTS THEIR FINANCIAL DEALINGS HAVE ON SUPPORTING THOSE WHO ENGAGE IN ELECTION INTERFERENCE. WE SHOULD THINK CAREFULLY ABOUT LETTING FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS DO BUSINESS WITH COUNTRIES THAT CHOSE TO CONDUCT THIS NEW CYBERWARFARE. WHILE IT MAY HAVE BEEN UNTHINKABLE BEFORE 2016 THAT A FOREIGN ADVERSARY WOULD INTERFERE IN ONE OF OUR ELECTIONS, WE KNOW NOW THAT THREAT IS ALL TOO REAL. . A REPORT CONCLUDED RUSSIA INTERFERED IN OUR ELECTION AND IT WAS CONCLUDED THAT PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN DID THAT WITH THE HOPE OF HELPING HIS PREFERRED CANDIDATE. WHILE SOME ACROSS THE AISLE QUESTION THIS IS BEYOND SHOCKING AND IT'S A SLAP IN THE FACE OF THE DEDICATED MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE AND TOIL FOR OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. THE 2016 ELECTION, MR. SPEAKER, IS BEHIND US. WE SHOULDN'T RELITIGATE IT. WE SHOULD LEARN, THOUGH, FROM HOW A FOREIGN ADVERSARY A FRIEND OF IRAN, SOUGHT TO INFLUENCE THE AMERICAN VOTERS. THIS IS NOT A DEMOCRATIC PARTY OR REPUBLICAN PARTY ISSUE. IT'S ABOUT OUR FREEDOM OF CHOICE. WHO GETS TO CHOOSE WHEN WE GO TO THE BALLOT BOX? IRAN IS NOT OUR FRIEND. GUESS WHO ELSE IS NOT OUR FRIEND -- IRAN'S FRIEND RUSSIA. BUT IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE ME IF YOU'RE CYNICAL ENOUGH AS THE PRESIDENT HAS TO DISMISS THE FINDINGS OF OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY, BELIEVE THE RUSSIANS. BELIEVE THEIR OWN DECLARATIONS. IN SEPTEMBER, A DUMA PARLIAMENT MEMBER STATED THAT THE UNITED STATES INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY SLEPT WHILE RUSSIA ELECTED A NEW UNITED STATES PRESIDENT. DOES ANYONE IN THIS HOUSE WANT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT? IN THIS ATTACK, DID RUSSIA WORK WITH THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AS A SERIOUS -- THAT'S A SERIOUS QUESTION THAT REMAINS OUTSTANDING. EVERY DAY SEEMS TO BRING NEW REVELATIONS ABOUT THE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA. WE MUST DO ALL WE CAN TO ALLOW BOB MUELLER AND HIS TEAM TO PURSUE THAT EVIDENCE, UNIMPEDED BY PRESIDENTIAL OBSTRUCTION. WE ALSO MUST BE ABLE TO CONDUCT OUR INVESTIGATIONS ON THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE. TO DO ALL WE CAN TO GET TO THE BOTTOM AND TELL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HOW WE WERE SO VULNERABLE, WHO IN THE UNITED STATES WAS RESPONSIBLE, WHETHER THE U.S. GOVERNMENT RESPONSE WAS ADEQUATE AND WHAT WE CAN DO TO MAKE SURE IT NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN. I FEAR, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THE PRESIDENT AND MANY OF HIS OWN ENABLERS IN CONGRESS ARE SEEKING TO FIRE BOB MUELLER WHICH WOULD SET US BACK AND GRAVELY AFFECT YOU ARE ABILITY TO PREVENT ANOTHER ATTACK BY RUSSIA. BUT WHAT WE CAN DO WITH THIS AMENDMENT TODAY IS NOT ONLY STAND UP TO IRAN, BUT ALSO STAND UP TO THEIR CHIEF ENABLER. SOMEONE WHO FINANCES THEM AND ASSISTS THE TERROR THAT THEY ENACT ACROSS THE GLOBE. VOTE FOR THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT AND BY DOING SO, YOU SHOW YOUR CONCERN NOT ONLY ABOUT IRAN, BUT ALSO ABOUT THEIR CHIEF ENABLER. YOU SHOW YOUR CONCERN FOR OUR DEMOCRACY AND THE INTERFERENCE THAT IRAN'S BEST FRIEND RUSSIA CARRIED OUT IN OUR LAST ELECTION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 06:48:39 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                          • 06:48:47 PM

                            MR. HENSARLING

                            I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.

                          • 06:48:52 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 06:48:56 PM

                            MR. HENSARLING

                            THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE SEEM SCHIZOPHRENIC THEY CAN'T DECIDE IF THEY…

                            THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE SEEM SCHIZOPHRENIC THEY CAN'T DECIDE IF THEY WANT TO CODDLE IRAN OR QUOTE-UNQUOTE STAND UP TO IRAN. WE WERE ALSO TOLD THAT H.R. 4324 WAS ALSO TO BLAME AND SHAME FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND NOW THEY OFFER A MOTION TO RECOMMIT TO BLAME AND SHAME FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. SO HERE'S WHAT'S GOING ON, MR. SPEAKER. WHAT WE HAVE IS A REGIME THAT WAKES UP EVERY MORNING SHOUTING "DEATH TO AMERICA, DEATH TO ISRAEL," AND YET WE HAVE A MOTION TO RECOMMIT TRYING TO RELITIGATE THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. WE HAVE A REGIME WHICH HAS BEEN CERTIFIED AS THE WORLD'S FOREMOST STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM, WHERE WE'RE TRYING TO HOLD ACCOUNTABLE, WE'RE TRYING TO GET INFORMATION, AN OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE TRYING TO RELITIGATE THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. WE KNOW THAT THE IRANIAN REVOLUTIONARY GUARD CORPS SUPPORTS THE ASSAD REGIME IN SYRIA. AND ACCORDING TO THE U.N., THE ASSAD GOVERNMENT, WITH THE HELP OF IRAN, HAS NOW CARRIED OUT 27 CHEMICAL WEAPON ATTACKS SINCE THE START OF THE SYRIAN CONFLICT, INCLUDING AN APRIL, 2017, SARIN GAS ATTACK THAT KILLED MORE THAN 80 PEOPLE, INCLUDING SCORES OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN, AND MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WANT TO RELITIGATE THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. MR. SPEAKER, IRAN CONTINUES TO IMPRISON FOREIGN NATIONALS INCLUDING AMERICANS. INCLUDING AMERICANS. INCLUDING AN 81-YEAR-OLD BAKAR NAMAZI WHO HAS LOST HIS TEETH IN PRISON DUE TO MALNUTRITION. WE'VE HAD ANOTHER AMERICAN PRISONER A STUDENT AT PRINCETON WHO HAS SUFFERED HEALTH PROBLEMS, AND YET MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WITH THEIR MOTION TO RECOMMIT WANT TO RELITIGATE THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. THIS IS A SERIOUS MOMENT, MR. SPEAKER. H.R. 4324 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION TO ENSURE THAT CIVILIAN AIRCRAFT SALES TO IRAN REMAIN CIVILIAN AIRCRAFT AND THAT OUR FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS ARE NOT UNWITTINGLY HELPING TO FINANCE THIS ROGUE TERRORIST REGIME, AND IT'S IN TIME TO RELITIGATE AN ELECTION THAT MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE LOST. WE NEED TO REJECT THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT AND WE NEED TO ENACT H.R. 4324 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 06:51:55 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

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

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                          • 06:51:59 PM

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

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                            POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

                            At the conclusion of debate on the motion to recommit with instructions, the Chair put the question on the motion and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Swalwell demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the motion until a time to be announced.

                            • 06:52:09 PM

                              MR. SWALWELL

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

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                              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 RISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20 FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            • 06:52:32 PM

                              MR. HENSARLING

                              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURN TODAY IT ADJOURN TO…

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

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                            • 06:52:38 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR…

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 06:52:42 PM

                              Mr. Hensarling asked unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 9:00 a.m. on December 14. Agreed to without objection.

                              • 06:53:03 PM

                                MR. ROHRABACHER

                                AN FILMMAKER BRUCE BROWN WHO AT 80 YEARS OF AGE DIED THIS WEEK. BRUCE…

                                AN FILMMAKER BRUCE BROWN WHO AT 80 YEARS OF AGE DIED THIS WEEK. BRUCE BROWN CHALLENGED A GENERATION OF AMERICANS TO FOLLOW OUR DREAM, TO FIND OUR PERFECT WAVE. HE REACHED OUT TO INTRODUCE US TO THE MAGIC EXPERIENCE OF BEING PROPELLED BY THE POWER OF NATURE ON AN OCEAN WAVE. ADVENTURE AND A RUSH OF EXCITEMENT WAS ONLY AS FAR AWAY AS THE LOCAL BEACH. BRUCE BROWN MADE MOVIES ABOUT SURFING, "ENDLESS SUMMER" WAS HIS BEST KNOWN. HIS FILMS WERE MORE THAN ENTERTAINMENT. HE SPOKE TO OUR SOUL AND OUR SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE HE INSPIRED US TO GO FOR IT, TO TAKE ON TOWERING WAVES JUST AS OTHER AMERICANS SCALED THE TALLEST MOUNTAIN PEAKS AND JOURNEYED TO THE MOON. ISN'T THAT WHAT AMERICA WULLAWS ABOUT? ISN'T THAT WHAT AMERICA IS ALL ABOUT? MY FIRST SURF BOARD WAS A LARGE SINGLE FIN VELSEY. DALE VELSEY OWNED A SURF SHOP AND FINANCED BRUCE BROWN'S FIRST FILM "SLIPPERY WHEN WET." THE SURF CULTURE BRUCE BROWN HELPED TO GET BORN IS STILL HERE. OUTSIDERS ARE INTRIGUED BY IT, YOU KNOW WHEN YOU'RE A PART OF IT. BRUCE BROWN SHOWED US THE WAY. A FEW DAYS AGO HE PASSED ON AND IS PADDLING INTO THE DISTANT SUNSET. HE FOLLOWED HIS DREAM, HE FOUND HIS PERFECT WAVE AND RODE IT AS FAR AS IT WOULD TAKE HIM. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 06:53:21 PM

                            ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

                            The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

                            • 06:54:38 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                            • 06:54:54 PM

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                              MR. SPEAKER, EDUCATION IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE GREAT EQUALIZER, BUT INSTEAD…

                              MR. SPEAKER, EDUCATION IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE GREAT EQUALIZER, BUT INSTEAD OF INVESTING IN OUR STUDENTS, REPUBLICANS, THROUGH THEIR TAX SCAM, ARE ATTEMPTING TO WIDEN THAT EQUALITY GAP.

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                            • 06:55:11 PM

                              MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                              YOUNG PEOPLE THAT WANT TO PURSUE HIGHER EDUCATION AND REPUBLICANS WANT TO…

                              YOUNG PEOPLE THAT WANT TO PURSUE HIGHER EDUCATION AND REPUBLICANS WANT TO PUNISH THEM WITH HIGHER TAXES SO WE CAN GIVE AWAY BENEFITS TO MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES. STUDENTS ARE GAINING KNOWLEDGE THAT CAN ACTUALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THIS WORLD. BUT REPUBLICANS AND THEIR TAX PLAN WILL ONLY SERVE TO DETER THEM FROM THAT GOAL. IT'S RIGHT HERE IN BLACK AND WHITE. REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO ELIMINATE STUDENT LOAN DEDUCTIONS, INTEREST DEDUCTIONS. THEY WANT TO TAX COLLEGE ENDOWMENTS THAT PROVIDE SCHOLARSHIPS AND STUDENT AID. THEY'RE TAXING GRADUATE TUITION BENEFITS THAT WOULD MAKE GRADUATE SCHOOL UNATTAINABLE FOR LOW AND MIDDLE INCOME STUDENTS. THIS REPUBLICAN ATTACK ON COLLEGE AND GRADUATE STUDENTS SAYS LOUD AND CLEAR, LOW INCOME, NO RICH PARENTS, GOOD LUCK. PAY UP. AND IT IS AN ABSOLUTE DISGRACE. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                            • 06:56:09 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                            • 06:56:24 PM

                              MR. THOMPSON

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE CAREER OF CLYDE GLOSSER,…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE CAREER OF CLYDE GLOSSER, WHO SERVED THE WOODWARD TOWNSHIP IN CLINTON COUNTY AS SUPERVISOR FOR NEARLY 50 YEARS. HE WILL RETIRE THIS YEAR AFTER 47 YEARS OF SERVICE. NEXT TUESDAY, HE WILL OVERSEE HIS LAST BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING. SUPERVISOR GLOSSER HAS BEEN A RESIDENT OF THE TOWNSHIP HIS ENTIRE LIFE. HE'S A MEMBER OF THE MAISONS IN LOCK HAVEN. HE AND HIS WIFE OF 60 YEARS WERE MARRIED IN 1955. IN THE FIRST EVANGELICAL UNITED BRETHREN CHURCH IN LOCK HAVEN. IN SEPTEMBER OF 1955, COLLIDE AND WILMA PURCHASED THEIR HOME IN WOODWARD TOWNSHIP. THEY STILL LIVE THERE TODAY AND HAVE THREE GROWN SONS. IN THEIR EARLIER YEARS, SUPERVISOR GLOSSER WORKED AS A FOOD INSPECTOR. HE'S SHOWN DEDICATION TO HIS NEIGHBORS THROUGH YEARS PUBLIC SERVICE AND THE COMMUNITY WILL GATHER NEXT TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19, AT THE DUNSTOWN FIRE HALL TO HONOR HIM. I COMMEND SUPERVISOR GLOSSER FOR A LIVE OF SERVICE AND WISH HIM WELL IN HIS RETIREMENT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 06:57:37 PM

                              THE SPEAKERPRO TEMPORE

                              FLURP DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION,…

                              FLURP DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            • 06:57:46 PM

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                              MR. SPEAKER, WHAT'S HAPPENING IN WASHINGTON? WITH THE HOLIDAYS COMING UP,…

                              MR. SPEAKER, WHAT'S HAPPENING IN WASHINGTON? WITH THE HOLIDAYS COMING UP, I'D LIKE TO KNOW WHY THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY SEEMS SO INTENT IN PUTTING COAL IN THE STOCKINGS OF EVERYDAY AMERICANS. LAST WEEK THE HOUSE PASSED A CONTINUING RESOLUTION THAT DID LITTLE BUT MOVE THE THREAT OF THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN JUST A FEW DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS. THE REPUBLICAN TAX INTILL A BRAZEN ATTEMPT TO PUT MONEY IN THE POCKETS OF THE SUPER WEALTHY AND WELL-CONNECTED AT THE EXPENSE OF SENIORS, OUR STUDENTS, MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES AND HARDWORKING AMERICANS.

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                            • 06:58:24 PM

                              MRS. BEATTY

                              BETTER FUTURE. I YIELD BACK.

                            • 06:59:06 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS.

                            • 06:59:12 PM

                              THE CLERK

                              LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. SENSENBRENNER OF WISCONSIN FOR TODAY.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST IS GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED…

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST IS GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MS. ESTY TRK RECOGNIZED FOR 6 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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                          • 06:59:21 PM

                            SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES

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

                            • 06:59:31 PM

                              MS. ESTY

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

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

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                            • 06:59:43 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                            • 06:59:45 PM

                              MS. ESTY

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TOMORROW, DECEMBER 14, MARKS THE FIVE-YEAR…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TOMORROW, DECEMBER 14, MARKS THE FIVE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF A HORRIFIC SCHOOL SHOOTING IN THE HOME COMMUNITY OF NEWTOWN, CONNECTICUT, AT THE SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THAT DAY THAT SHOCKED THE NATION, 20 SCHOOLCHILDREN AND SIX EDUCATORS , 20 6 AND 7-YEAR-OLDS, WERE RIPPED FROM THE COMMUNITY OF NEWTOWN AND FROM THE UNITED STATES. I REMEMBER THAT DAY. I WAS A NEWLY ELECTED MEMBER OF CONGRESS. LEARNING ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS TO SERVE IN THIS AUGUST BODY. I WAS JUST ABOUT 40 -- I WAS WITH ABOUT 40 OR 50 OF MY COLLEAGUES LEARNING ABOUT OUR DUTIES WHEN I STARTED TO GET EMAILS AND TEXT MESSAGES THAT SOMETHING TERRIBLE HAD HAPPENED AT HOME. AND BY NOON, I LEARNED THE WORST, THAT DOZENS HAD BEEN KILLED, DOZENS OF CHILDREN HAD BEEN GUNNED DOWN IN COLD BLOOD ALONG WITH THEIR TEACHERS. . I THREW MY THINGS IN THE BACK OF THE CAR AND I DROVE FROM BOSTON. I DROVE. I CALLED MY MOTHER. I CALLED MY MINISTER. AND I PRAYED FOR WISDOM AND I PRAYED FOR GUIDANCE. AND THE COURAGE TO FACE THOSE FAMILIES. AND ARRIVED IN NEWTOWN WHILE FAMILIES WERE BEING NOTIFIED THAT THEIR CHILDREN, THEIR CHILDREN WHO THEY HAD PUT ON THE BUS THAT MORNING, THINKING ABOUT HANUKKAH OR CHRISTMAS, THINKING ABOUT THE SNOW THAT WAS ALREADY ON THE GROUND, THAT THOSE CHILDREN WOULD NEVER COME HOME. IT'S SAD, IT'S SAD AND IT'S INEXCUSABLE THAT I STAND HERE FIVE DAYS -- FIVE YEARS LATER, FIVE YEARS, AND IN THAT TIME THIS CHAMBER, THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE, HAS NOT TAKEN UP THE PEOPLE'S BUSINESS. AS OF THIS FALL IN FACT, OVER 90% OF AMERICANS STILL SUPPORT HAVING UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS ON ALL GUN SALES. TO KEEP GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF DANGEROUS PEOPLE. AND OVER 90% OF AMERICAN HOUSEHOLDS THAT HAVE GUNS ALSO SUPPORT THAT COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION. AND YET IN THIS HOUSE WE HAVE NOT BEEN GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE ON THAT LEGISLATION. INDIANA THOSE FIVE YEARS -- INDIANA THOSE FIVE YEARS, -- AND IN THOSE FIVE YEARS, 170,000 AMERICANS HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES TO GUN VIOLENCE. THINK ABOUT THAT. 170,000. NEWTOWN, LIKE MY HOMETOWN OF CHESS SCHEYER, IS ABOUT 30,000 PEOPLE. THAT'S MULTIPLE NEWTOWNS ALL DEAD. EVERY SINGLE ONE. AND EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THOSE AMERICANS WAS A SON OR A DAUGHTER OF SOMEONE. HAD FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS AND LOVED ONES. AND AGAIN, IN THAT TIME THIS BODY HAS NOT ACTED. TWO WEEKS AGO I WAS IN CHURCH IN DANBURY, CONNECTICUT. I WAS AT SERVICES WITH A CONGREGATION I TRY TO GET TO EVERY SIX MONTHS OR. SO AND I SAW A COUPLE OF PEOPLE I DIDN'T -- OR SO. AND I SAW A COUPLE OF PEOPLE I DIDN'T EXPECT TO SEE. I SAW THE MOTHER OF ONE OF THE LITTLE GIRLS WHO WAS KILLED FIVE YEARS AGO. AND I SAW THE DAUGHTER OF THE PRINCIPAL. THEY WERE THERE FOR GUIDANCE, FOR WISDOM, FOR COURAGE. TO FIGHT THE BATTLE THAT THIS HOUSE, THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE WAITING FOR THIS HOUSE TO TAKE ACTION ON. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW THE RIGHT THING TO DO. OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT KNOW THE RIGHT THING TO DO. THE VAST MAJORITY OF RESPONSIBLE GUN OWNERS KNOW THE RIGHT THING TO DO. AND YET SOMEHOW THIS BODY HAS FAILED TO AFPBLGT -- ACT. BUT IT'S NEVER TOO LATE. NOW IS THE TIME FOR US TO STEP UP. NOW IS THE TIME FOR US TO SHOULDER OUR RESPONSIBILITIES SO THAT NO OTHER COMMUNITY HAS TO GO THROUGH WHAT NEWTOWN HAS GONE THROUGH. ALTHOUGH IN THAT TIME WE'VE NOW SEEN LAS VEGAS, WE'VE SEEN CHARLESTON, WE'VE SEEN ORLANDO. THERE ARE KILLING FIELDS NOW IN AMERICA. THAT'S NOT RIGHT. AND IT DOESN'T NEED TO BE. I'M JOINED TONIGHT BY SEVERAL OF MY COLLEAGUES WHO ARE PASSIONATE ADVOCATES FOR GUN SENSE AND GUN SAFETY IN AMERICA. AND I WOULD LIKE TO START WITH THE GENTLELADY, IF SHE IS READY. MY FRIEND, THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, JOYCE BEATTY. TO WHOM I YIELD FOUR MINUTES AS SHE NEEDS. THANK YOU.

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                            • 07:04:46 PM

                              MRS. BEATTY

                              THANK YOU. THANK YOU TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSWOMAN ESTY, FOR…

                              THANK YOU. THANK YOU TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSWOMAN ESTY, FOR LEADING THIS SPECIAL ORDER HOUR AND FOR YIELDING TIME TO ME. MR. SPEAKER, I WILL NEVER FORGET THE SANDY HOOK TRAGEDY THAT HAPPENED FIVE YEARS AGO TOMORROW. IT WAS LIKE YESTERDAY. I WAS AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY. I WAS SEATED NEXT TO CONGRESSWOMAN ESTY WHEN THE NEWS BROKE ABOUT THE SHOOTING IN THE DISTRICT SHE HAD JUST BEEN ELECTED TO SERVE. THE MORE WE LEARNED THAT DAY, THE MORE DEVASTATING, HEARTBREAKING THE NEWS BECAME. BECAUSE OF INNOCENT CHILDREN WHO WERE TAKEN AWAY FROM THEIR PARENTS, FROM THEIR BROTHERS AND SISTERS AND FROM THEIR COMMUNITY. I HOPED AND PRAYED THAT DAY THAT WE WOULD NEVER SEE A TRAGEDY LIKE SANDY HOOK. BUT OF COURSE OUR COUNTRY CONTINUES TO BE UNIQUE IN THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WE HAVE LOST TO MASS SHOOTINGS AND GUN VIOLENCE. AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS, I CANNOT STAND BY AND ALLOW OUR COMMUNITIES TO CONTINUE TO BE UPTURNED BY THE LOSS OF INNOCENT LIVES. THERE ARE TOO MANY THINGS WE CAN DO TO ADDRESS THIS EPIDEMIC. WE SHOULD ALLOW FEDERAL AGENCIES TO STUDY GUN VIOLENCE AS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS, BECAUSE IT IS. WE SHOULD KEEP GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF INDIVIDUALS ON THE TERRORIST WATCH LIST AND THOSE WHO ARE CONVICT -- WATCH LIST AND THOSE WHO ARE CONVICTED OF HATE CRIME. WE SHOULD CLOSE THE GUN SHOW LOOPHOLES, MR. SPEAKER. AND REINSTATE THE ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN. YOU'LL NOTE THAT NONE OF THE PROPOSALS I JUST MENTIONED WOULD ANY WAY INFRINGE ON THE SECOND AMENDMENT OR LIMIT THE ABILITY OF AMERICANS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES OR THEIR FAMILIES. SO THERE SHOULD BE NO REASON WHY OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES CAN'T JOIN US IN PASS -- AND PASS SENSIBLE REFORMS THAT WILL SAVE LIVES. LIKE THE LIVES WE COULD HAVE SAVED AT SANDY HOOK. I HOPE AND PRAY THAT THIS CONGRESS HAS THE COURAGE TO CURB THIS EPIDEMIC OF GUN VIOLENCE. BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO CONTINUE TO SEE THE SANDY HOOKS, THE CHARLESTON NINE, THE ORLANDOS, OR WHAT WE SAW THIS YEAR IN CITIES LIKE LAS VEGAS OR SMALL TOWNS LIKE SUTHERLAND SPRINGS. ONE OF THE THINGS WE CAN DO TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF THE VICTIMS OF THOSE TRAGEDIES, AND ALL VICTIMS OF GUN VIOLENCE, TO MAKE SURE THAT NO MORE FAMILIES HAVE TO EXPERIENCE THE SAME SENSELESS LOSS. AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND MY FRIEND FOR BEING COURAGEOUS AND FOR STANDING UP AND FOR FIGHTING FOR BETTER GUN LAWS SO WE CAN SAVE LIVES. I THANK YOU FOR BEING A CHAMPION AND FOR LEADING TONIGHT'S EFFORT. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 07:07:53 PM

                              MS. ESTY

                              THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM OHIO. IT'S NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FIVE…

                              THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM OHIO. IT'S NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY FRIEND, THE LEADER IN OUR EFFORT, MR. MIKE THOMPSON, MY COLLEAGUE AND MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA WHO IS AN EXPERT IN GUNS. EXPERIENCED MORE THAN HIS FAIR SHARE OF GUN VIOLENCE AS A DECORATED SERVICE MEMBER, FIGHTING OUR NATION'S BATTLES. AND HAS NOW LED US FOR THE LAST FIVE YEARS IN OUR EFFORTS FOR A SAFER, BETTER SOCIETY, A BETTER WORLD, AS THE HEAD OF OUR GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION TASK FORCE.

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                            • 07:08:32 PM

                              MR. THOMPSON

                              I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. AND ALSO, CONGRESSWOMAN ESTY, I THANK…

                              I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. AND ALSO, CONGRESSWOMAN ESTY, I THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP IN REGARD TO GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION. ALL THE WORK THAT QUVEE DONE. AND ALL OF THE -- WORK THAT YOU'VE DONE. AND ALL OF THE EFFORT YOU'VE PUT FORWARD TO BRING SOME COMMON SENSE TO THIS ISSUE. THE SPEAKER BEFORE ME SAID THAT SHE'LL NEVER FORGET WHAT HAPPENED AT SANDY HOOK. AND WHERE SHE WAS WHEN THAT TRAGEDY TOOK PLACE. I DON'T THINK THERE ARE ANY OF US WHO KNOW WHAT SANDY HOOK IS OR WERE IN CONGRESS WHEN SANDY HOOK HAPPENED OR CARE ABOUT THIS ISSUE WHO WILL EVER FORGET WHERE WE WERE. FOR ME, I WAS HOME IN MY HOME STATE OF CALIFORNIA, IN THE SACRAMENTO VALLEY. IN A DUCK BLIND. I WAS DUCK HUNTING. YES, I'M A HUNTER. I'M A GUN OWNER. AND I CARRIED A WEAPON IN VIETNAM DURING THE VIETNAM WAR. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE SECOND AMENDMENT. BUT I TRULY BELIEVE, I PASSIONATELY BELIEVE THAT AS A GUN OWNER, A RESPONSIBLE GUN OWNER, I HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY, AS DOES EVERY RESPONSIBLE GUN OWNER IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. A RESPONSIBILITY TO SPEAK OUT, TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYONE WHO HANDLES AND OWNS A FIREARM DOES IT SAFELY, DOES IT RESPONSIBLY. AND TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE WHO SHOULDN'T GET THEIR HANDS ON FIREARMS DON'T. I KNOW YOU CAN'T STOP EVERYBODY. BUT WE SHOULD BE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO MINIMIZE THE LIKELIHOOD THAT SOMEONE WHO SHOULDN'T HAVE A FIREARM, A CRIMINAL, A DOMESTIC ABUSER, SOMEONE WHO'S DANGEROUSLY MENTALLY ILL, WE SHOULD BE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO MAKE SURE THEY CAN'T GET THEIR HANDS ON FIREARMS. LAST WEEK FAMILIES WHO LOST LOVED ONES IN THE SANDY HOOK MASSACRE CAME HERE TO CAPITOL HILL TO SHARE THEIR GRIEF AND TO CALL FOR ACTION TO DEAL WITH THIS TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE THING WE CALL GUN VIOLENCE. THIS WAS A DAY AFTER THE HOUSE PASSED THE DANGEROUS CONCEALED CARRY RECIPROCITY BILL THAT WOULD LET CRIMINALS, CONVICTED OF VIOLENT CRIMES, CARRY LOADED CONCEALED GUNS IN VIRTUALLY EVERY STATE IN THE COUNTRY. INSTEAD OF HONORING THE PRECIOUS, THE 20 PRECIOUS LITTLE CHILDREN AND THE SIX BRAVE AND DEDICATED EDUCATORS WHO WERE SLAUGHTERED AT SANDY HOOK, THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP PUT THE GUN LOBBY AHEAD OF STATE LAWS, THEY PUT THE GUN LOBBY AHEAD OF GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION. WE'VE HAD 40 MOMENTS OF SILENCE SINCE SANDY HOOK. 40 MOMENTS OF SILENCE. MEANWHILE THERE HAVE BEEN 1,500 MASS SHOOTINGS SINCE THAT AWFUL DAY IN DECEMBER FIVE YEARS AGO. AND 64,000 PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA HAVE BEEN KILLED BY SOMEONE USING A GUN. LAST WEEK THE FAMILIES OF THOSE , THOSE VICTIMS, ASKED US ONE THING. THEY ASKED US TO HONOR THEIR LOVED ONES WITH ACTION. TO STOP THE GUN LOBBY'S RECKLESS AND PROFIT-DRIVEN AGENDA. TO STAND UP FOR COMMUNITIES, COMMUNITIES ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. AS I'VE SAID BEFORE, I'M A GUN OWNER. I'VE OWNED AND I'VE USED GUNS ALL OF MY LIFE. I SUPPORT THE SECOND AMENDMENT. AND I'M HERE TONIGHT TO CALL ON THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP TO COME TO THE TABLE. LET'S MOVE COMMONSENSE, BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT WILL KEEP US SAFE, THAT WILL KEEP OUR COMMUNITIES SAFE, AND STILL HONOR THE SECOND AMENDMENT. I CARE ABOUT THE PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT, AS I KNOW ALL OF YOU CARE ABOUT THE PEOPLE IN YOUR DISTRICT. I HAVE A SON THAT'S A DEPUTY SHERIFF. I CERTAINLY DON'T WANT HIM TO GO OUT ON A CALL AND MEET UP WITH SOMEBODY WHO SHOULDN'T HAVE A GUN. I'VE GOT GRANDCHILDREN IN MY COMMUNITY. I CERTAINLY DON'T WANT THEM EXPOSED TO PEOPLE WHO SHOULDN'T HAVE GUNS. SO I'M HERE TONIGHT TO CALL ON THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS. LET'S MOVE THIS COMMONSENSE, BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. WE CAN START BY EXPANDING BACKGROUND CHECKS, TO MAKE IT HARDER FOR CRIMINALS AND THE DANGEROUSLY MENTALLY ILL TO GET THEIR HANDS ON GUNS. THIS SHOULD BE THE FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE. CONGRESS SHOULD MAKE THAT HAPPEN. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, BY LIKE 92%, BELIEVE WE SHOULD EXPAND BACKGROUND CHECKS. WHAT IS THE HARM IN CHECKING TO ENSURE THAT SOMEONE IS NOT A CRIMINAL, OR TO ENSURE THAT SOMEONE IS NOT DANGEROUSLY MENTALLY ILL BEFORE WE ALLOW THEM TO BUY A GUN AND TAKE IT OFF INTO THE COMMUNITY WHERE THEY COULD POSSIBLY DO SOME HARM? WE'VE PUT THESE IDEAS UP BEFORE THIS LEADERSHIP. AND THERE'S BEEN SILENCE. NO HEARINGS ON THE BILL. NO VOTES ON THE BILL. WELL, IF THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP DOESN'T LIKE OUR IDEAS ABOUT HOW TO CURB GUN VIOLENCE, THEN HOW ABOUT -- HOW ABOUT PUTTING TOGETHER A SELECT COMMITTEE OF BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS? CHARGE THAT SELECT COMMITTEE WITH WORKING ON THE ISSUE OF GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION. TO COME UP WITH SOME IDEAS THAT WILL KEEP OUR COMMUNITIES SAFE. WE OWE IT TO THE FAMILIES OF SANDY HOOK AND TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE LOST SOMEONE TO GUN VIOLENCE. WE DISHONOR THEIR MEMORY WHEN WE DO NOTHING. AND THAT'S WHAT'S HAPPENING UNDER THIS LEADERSHIP. WE'RE DOING NOTHING. THAT'S SHAMEFUL. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO HELP PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                            • 07:15:17 PM

                              MS. ESTY

                              I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE AND…

                              I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE AND VICE CHAIR OF THE DOMESTIC GUN VIOLENCE TASK FORCE. I YIELD FIVE MINUTES.

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                            • 07:15:40 PM

                              MS. JACKSON LEE

                              I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING AND I THANK HER FOR HER LEADERSHIP.…

                              I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING AND I THANK HER FOR HER LEADERSHIP. I'M SURE SHE IS LEADING ON THIS DEVASTATING DAY AND DEVASTATEING LOSS IN HER DISTRICT THAT SHE WOULD PREFER NOT TO DO. AS I LISTEN TO MY COLLEAGUES, EACH OF US GIVING OUR OWN SEPARATE STORY OF WHERE WE WERE THE DAY OF SANDY HOOK, ALL I CAN SAY AND WHAT I REMEMBER IS THAT I BECAME BREATHLESS. I BECAME UNBELIEVING. IT WAS A VERY PAINFUL DAY. IT WAS A SICKENING DAY. HORRIFYING AND QUESTIONING IS THIS REALLY HAPPENING OR DID THIS REALLY HAPPEN? AS A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND I LISTENED OVER THE YEARS OF THE DESCRIPTIVE ACCOUNTS AT SANDY HOOK, THE STORIES OF BRAVERY AND TEACHERS THAT LOST THEIR LIVES, OF THOSE WHO TRIED TO INTERVENE ON THIS DERANGED GUNMAN WHO BY THE WAY, KILLED HIS MOTHER BEFORE HE CAME TO THAT SCHOOL. THERE'S NOTHING MORE THAT YOU CAN SAY. BREATHLESS. SIMILAR TO THE ACTIONS OF FORMER PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA. I CAN DISTINCTLY REMEMBER HIM BEING BEFORE THE NATIONAL AUDIENCE RGS THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES, AS I RECALL, IN THE WHITE HOUSE, AND WIPING A TEAR OR TEARS AWAY FROM HIS EYES. I THINK THE WHOLE NATION AT THAT TIME CRUMBLED. COMMANDER IN CHIEF. KNOWN FOR HIS STOICNESS AND STRENGTH AND HIS ABILITY TO LEAD COULD NOT COMPREHEND WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THESE CHILDREN AT SANDY HOOK. I THINK ALL OF US BELIEVE THAT THIS WOULD BE A GAL VANIESING CALL TO ACTION. ALL OF US TOOK NOTICE AND NEVER EXPECTED LAS VEGAS, 50-PLUS KILLED IN 2017 AND NEVER EXPECTED ORLANDO IN 2016 WITH 50 KILLED OR VIRGINIA TECH. THAT HAPPENED A FEW YEARS BEFORE. AND SO, IT AMAZES ME THAT WE'RE HERE IN COMMEMORATION AND NOT HERE IN CELEBRATION OF WHAT WE ACCOMPLISHED FOR THOSE WHO YET LIVE, THE LITTLE ONES WHO GO TO SCHOOL, THE COLLEGE STUDENTS, THE PEOPLE WHO GO TO CLUBS, THE CHURCH-GOING PEOPLE, WHAT DID WE ACCOMPLISH? WHY ARE WE BEING REBUFFED. I WANT TO SAY THE SANDY HOOK FAMILIES, WHAT BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN. HERE THEY ARE SPENDING THEIR TIME TRYING TO BE THE SOLDIERS OF REASON AROUND GUN SAFETY. THIS WHO ARE IF IING THAT GUN SAFETY IS A STAPLE. UNITED STATES RANKS NUMBER ONE IN THE WORLD WITH 88.8 GUNS PER 100 AND HIGHEST HOMICIDE RATE IN THE DEVELOPED WORLD. GUN VIOLENCE IS THE THIRD LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH. HOW MANY PARENTS CRUMBLE THEMSELVES OR FALL OVER A CASKET OF A DEAD CHILD. CHICAGO, THEY DIE BY GUN-BY SHOOTINGS AND THOSE WHO OPPOSE GUN SAFETY LAWS AND THE SURROUNDING AREAS THAT CHICAGO IS IN THE MIDST OF THE STATE, THEY HAVE NO CONSTRAINTS OF MUCH. AND SO THOSE GUNS ARE TRANSPORTED INTO ILLINOIS AND CITIES LIKE CHICAGO. 1,297 DIE ANNUALLY EVERY YEAR AND OUR COLLEAGUE ROBIN KELLY REMINDS US ALL THE TIME OF GUN VIOLENCE. GUNS ARE LINKED TO 33,000 DEATHS PER YEAR AND 2/3 OF THEM ARE SUICIDES AND MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SUPPORT GUN POLICY PROPOSES, PROHIBITING GUN PURCHASES BY PEOPLE ON NO APPLY OR WATCH LIST, SOMETHING WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO PASS FOREVER. REASONABLE RESPONSE. AS A MEMBER OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE, I CANNOT IMAGINE WHY THAT WOULD NOT BE A INITIATIVE AND BACKGROUND CHECKS AND SALES AT GUN SHOWS. THERE IS ALWAYS THE REBUTTAL. GUNS DON'T KILL PEOPLE, PEOPLE DO. PEOPLE WITH VARYING CONDITIONS BECAUSE THEY ARE ALLOWED TO DO SO BECAUSE OF JUBR UNFEATHERED GUN PURCHASES. THE PERCENTAGE OF THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE N.R. AFMENT AND I LISTENED TO CHAIRMAN THOMPSON WHO IS A GUN OWNER AND A GUN USER AND HOW FORTUNATE WE ARE TO HAVE HIM LEAD THE COMMITTEE BECAUSE HE CAN SAY COMBAT WAR VETERAN SAY IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE IN AMERICA TO BE ABLE TO HAVE UNFEATHERED GUN USE. AND THE POWERFUL GUN LOBBY TO FACILITY GUN LEGISLATION. AMERICA HAS SIX TIMES AS MANY WHOM SIZE AS CANADA AND 16 TIMES AS GERMANY. AMERICA FAR AND AWAY LEADS DEVELOPED COUNT DRY TRIES. AMERICA HAS 4.4% OF THE WORLD'S POPULATION AND IN DECEMBER OF 2012, A DEPUNMAN WALKED INTO SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY AND KILLED 20 CHILDREN AND SIX ADULTS AND HIMSELF. SOMEONE WHO HAD KILLED HIS MOTHER BEFORE HE CAME. AND SINCE THEN THERE ARE 5,MASS SHOOTINGS AND 6,000 WOUNDED. WHO WOULD HAVE IMAGINED A THAT MAN ON TOP OF A HOTEL AND MASSIVELY KILLED SO MANY. AND THERE IS A LAW ON THE BOOKS THAT PREVENTS THE N.I.H. TO STUDY THE IMPACT OF GUN VIOLENCE AS A HEALTH CRISIS. THIS CONGRESS HAS, REPUBLICANS HAVE. AND SO IN SPITE OF MASS SHOOTINGS, WE HAVE UNFORTUNATE OPPOSITION AND DOWNRIGHT OBSTRUCTIONISM ON GETTING GOOD GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. I'M NOT A STRANGER TO THIS. I COME FROM TEXAS. THERE ARE A LOT OF GUNS IN TEXAS AND I WOULD LIKE TO THINK THE MAJORITY OF TEXANS HANDLE THEIR GUNS SAFELY. BUT WHEN I INTRODUCED THE FIRST CITY ORDINANCE TO HOLD PARENTS RESPONSIBLE FOR CHILDREN WHO SHOTGUNS AND EACH OTHER, THERE WAS A REVOLUTION. IT WAS A PACKED CHAMBER. PEOPLE WERE WEARING THEIR COLONIAL CLOTHINGS, PLAYING FLUTES AND SAYING WE WERE STEPPING ON THE SECOND AMENDMENT. THE MEDICAL DOCTORS BECAUSE THEY SHOT THEIR SIBLINGS. THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT IT WAS A SMALL MEASURE TO STOP CHILDREN FROM GETTING THEIR PARENTS' GUNS ON A SUMMER DAY OR AFTER SCHOOL AND INJURING OR KILLING THEIR LITTLE BROTHER OR SISTER. IS THERE ANY COMMON SENSE? AND SO TODAY, I JOIN IN HONORING THE SANDY HOOK FAMILIES AND HONOR THAT I KNOW THAT THEY DID NOT WISH TO HAVE BUT RATHER HAVE THEIR PRECIOUS LITTLE ONES. AS I CLOSE, I WANT TO MAKE TWO POINTS. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT PEOPLE ARE DYING BECAUSE OF GUN VIOLENCE AND THAT WE EX EXCEED THE PERSPECTIVE OF HOW MANY GUNS IN THIS COUNTRY AND OUR CHILDREN ARE DYING, SEVEN CHILDREN LOSE THEIR LIVES EACH DAY AND 35% ARE UNDER THE WHICH OF 12-YEAR-OLDS. AND CHILDREN GET GUNS. SO I LEAVE YOU WITH THIS PERSPECTIVE. A GREAT NATION. YES, WE SEND YOUNG PEOPLE INTO WAR, 18-YEAR-OLDS HAVE GUNS BUT THEY STAND UP FOR THEIR COUNTRY AND IN A MANNER TO DEFEND THIS NATION AND WE THANK THEM FOR THEIR YOUNG PATRIOTISM. BUT AS I VISIT FAR AWAY PLACES, WAR ZONES, YOUNG SOLDERS UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE FROM AN AR-15 OR AVERAGE K RIFLE IN WAR AS OPPOSED TO BEING ON THE STREETS. AND OUR OFFICERS, WHO ARE DOING THEIR DUTY, GOOD OFFICERS, WHO ARE IN THE COURSE OF GOOD POLICE WORK WHO HAVE TO DO A STOP AND RUN INTO SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN GIVEN LATITUDE TO THE RECIPROCITY LATITUDE BILL AND IF YOU COME TO THE STATE WHO HAS STRICT SAFETY LAWS, THAT OFFICER HAS TO DETERMINE WHETHER YOUR RANDOM LICENSE FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE IS CREDIBLE. AND AS MY COLLEAGUE SAID, THAT IS THE CHRISTMAS GIFT THEY ARE GIVING TO THE CHILDREN OF AMERICA RATHER THAN THE FORBIDDING OF TERRORIST LIST OF CARRYING GUNS. THEY ARE GIVING CHILDREN UNDER THE TWINKLING OF THE LIGHTS, GIVING THEM BULLETS AND AUTOMATIC WEAPONS AND THE RIGHT OF PEOPLE TO GO ON THE STREETS AND KILL IN CHURCHES LIKE THAT IN TEXAS AND THAT IN SOUTH CAROLINA. I WILL FINISH BY SAYING, EVEN THE SMALLEST OF AMENDMENTS, THE ONE THAT WOULD ALLOW OR DISALLOW THOSE WITH CONVICTIONS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND STALKING, OUR REPUBLICAN FRIENDS VOTED IT DOWN OR IF YOU ARE COMMITTED OF A HATE CRIME. SO I'M NOT GIVING UP AND I THANK THE GOOD FOR HAVING US COME TODAY. MY CELEBRATION IS OF THE COURAGE OF FAMILIES WHO SUFFERED SO MUCH TO CONTINUE THEIR JOURNEY TO STAND UP AND BEING COUNTED IN UNITED STATES AND THAT IS REAL GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YIELDING.

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                            • 07:28:08 PM

                              MS. ESTY

                              SO ELOQUENTLY FROM MY COLLEAGUES, EVERYONE AGREES WE SHOULD KEEP GUNS OUT…

                              SO ELOQUENTLY FROM MY COLLEAGUES, EVERYONE AGREES WE SHOULD KEEP GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF DANGEROUS PEOPLE. BUT, IN FACT, THIS HOUSE AND THIS HE ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN MOVING IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION. JUST LAST WEEK, JUST LAST WEEK, IN FACT, ON THE VERY DAY THAT HUNDREDS OF AMERICANS WHOSE LOVED ONES HAD BEEN KILLED BY GUNS IN THE LAST FEW YEARS CAME TO WASHINGTON FOR A LONG-PLANNED MEMORIAL VIGIL TO HONOR THOSE WHOSE LIVES HAVE BEEN TAKEN US FROM GUN VIOLENCE. THIS HOUSE DECIDED TO CALL UP AN OFFENSIVE PIECE OF LEGISLATION ON CONCEALED CARRY PERMITS. THIS BILL WILL MAKE IT EASIER FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ABUSERS TO PURSUE THEIR VICTIMS ACROSS STATE LINES CARRIERING LOADED CONCEALED WEAPONS INTO STATES THAT DO NOT ALLOW THAT OVERRIDING THE CHOICES OF STATES LIKE MINE IN CONNECTICUT THAT HAVING STRICT LAWS TO PROTECT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS, WHO ARE FIVE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE KILLED IF THERE IS A GUN IN A HOUSEHOLD AND MY STATE HAS TAKEN ACTION, HAS TAKEN ACTION TO PROTECT WOMEN AND CHILDREN FROM DEATH BY GUN FROM DOMESTIC ABUSERS. MY STATE IF THIS LAW GETS PASSED BY THE SENATE, MY CHOICE WILL BE OVERRIDDEN. THE LAW ENFORCEMENT WILL BE AT GREATER RISK. THAT ISN'T PROTECTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BUT PUTTING THEM AT RISK. THE ADMINISTRATION DECIDED TO TAKE THE NAMES OF ALL FUGITIVES, ONE OF THE CATEGORIES WHO ARE NOT PERMITTED LEGALLY TO OWN WEAPONS ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE FUGITIVES FROM JUSTICE. SEEMS LIKE A SENSIBLE RULE SUCH AS A SENSIBLE RULE WHO ARE PLEEVED TORE TERRORISTS AND THIS ADMINISTRATION TOOK TENS OF THOUSANDS OF NAMES OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN ON THE NATIONAL INSTANT CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM FROM PROHIBITING A GUN LEGALLY BECAUSE OF THEIR HISTORY AND THE FACT THEY ARE FUGITIVES, TENS OF THOUSANDS HAVE BEEN BEEN SENT BACK TO THE STATES AND SAYING YOU SHOULD LOOK AT THEM AGAIN AND IN SO DOING, HOW LONG IS IT GOING TO BE BEFORE ONE OF THOSE DANGEROUS PEOPLE BUYS A GUN BECAUSE THE NAME IS NO LONGER IN THE SYSTEM? AND WHO KNOWS IF IT'S GOING TO BE YOUR CHILD, LOVED ONE OR NEIGHBOR? THAT'S NOT WHAT WE ARE SENT HERE TO DO. . THE FAMILIES OF NEWTOWN HAVE PERSEVERED. DESPITE ALL ODDS. THEY HAVE FOUND THE COURAGE TO GET UP EVERY DAY. SOME ARE PURSUING BRAIN RESEARCH TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO ENCOURAGE EMPATHY. SOME HAVE WRITTEN BEAUTIFUL MUSIC, COMPOSED POETRY. SOME HAVE STARTED PROGRAMS IN SCHOOLS TO TEACH CHILDREN HOW TO BE KIND TO EACH OTHER. SOME HAVE STEPPED FORWARD AS EXTRAORDINARY CITIZEN ACTIVISTS AND COME TO WASHINGTON AND POUND THE HALLS, THE MARBLED HALLS OF STATE CAPITOLS AROUND THIS COUNTRY. THEY ARE TRUE AMERICAN HEROES FIGHTING FOR WHAT THEY BELIEVE IN AND A BETTER SOCIETY. AND SOME IN SOME WAYS I THINK THE BRAVEST AMONG THEM -- AND SOME, IN SOME WAYS I THINK THE BRAVEST AMONG THEM, HAVE CHOSEN TO BRING NEW CHILDREN INTO THIS WORLD. THIS SORT OF OPTIMISM AND COURAGE THAT I CAN'T FATHOM IF MY CHILD AT 6 OR 7 HAD BEEN GUNNED DOWN IN THAT CLASSROOM IN THOSE CLASSROOMS IN THE SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. BUT IF THEY CAN HAVE THAT RESOLVE AND THAT COURAGE AND THAT FAITH IN THIS COUNTRY, SO CAN WE. A GOOD AND A GREAT NATION TAKES CARE OF ITS CITIZENS. A GOOD AND A GREAT NATION RESPONDS TO THE CRIES OF THE PEOPLE. A GOOD AND A GREAT NATION PROTECTS, ABOVE ALL PROTECTS ITS CHILDREN. MADAM SPEAKER, WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT. THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS AND MOMENTS OF SILENCE ARE NOT ENOUGH. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE ACTION. AND WHEN I GET ON A PLANE TOMORROW TO FLY BACK TO CONNECTICUT, TO ATTEND MEMORIAL SERVICES ON THE FIVE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THOSE TRAGIC AND SHOCKING MURDERS OF CHILDREN IN SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, I WOULD LIKE TO BE ABLE TO TELL THEM THAT WE ARE DOING OUR JOB AND OUR DUTY IN THIS HOUSE BY TAKING ACTION. AND HONORING THEIR MEMORIES WITH TRULY TAKING ACTION TO PROTECT THEM. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR JOINING ME HERE TONIGHT. AND WITH THAT -- AND WITH THAT I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLELADY FROM THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT, MS. ROSA DELAURO.

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                            • 07:33:56 PM

                              MS. DELAURO

                              THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MY COLLEAGUES WHO WERE HERE THIS EVENING, AND I WANT…

                              THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MY COLLEAGUES WHO WERE HERE THIS EVENING, AND I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSWOMAN ESTY, FOR HER INDOMITABLE EFFORTS AND WORK IN MAKING SURE THAT WE FOCUS OUR TIME AND OUR ATTENTION TO THE PREVENTION OF GUN VIOLENCE. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO HONOR AND TO COMMEMORATE THE VICTIMS OF THE SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SHOOTING IN NEWTOWN, CONNECTICUT. FIVE YEARS AGO. WE LOST 20 BEAUTIFUL, INNOCENT CHILDREN. AND SIX WONDERFUL, CARING ADULTS. WHILE THE GRIEF AND PAIN OF THE FAMILIES WHO LOST A LOVED ONE AT SANDY HOOK ENDURES, WE CAN ALL FIND HOPE AND STRENGTH IN THE RESILIENCE OF NEWTOWN. AND TOGETHER WE MUST HONOR THEIR LOSS WITH ACTION. AND TONIGHT I WANT TO SHARE AN ESSAY FROM, QUOTE, BULLETS INTO BELLS, POETS AND CITIZENS RESPOND TO GUN VIOLENCE. ABBY CLEMMONS, A TEACHER AT SANDY HOOK, WROTE THE FOLLOWING . 154 SHOTS. THEY HEARD THEM ALL. I THOUGHT THEY WERE FOLDING CHAIRS FALLING. WE HUDDLED INTO THE COATS AND BACKPACKS. SOME OF THEM CRIED. SOME OF THEM LAUGHED. HOW COULD THEY KNOW? AND IF THEY KNOW, IF THEY KNEW, HOW COULD THEY BELIEVE? WE SHARED A WATER BOTTLE, A BLUE ONE, PASSING IT AROUND. LITTLE ARMS POKING OUT TO TAKE IT. WE WAITED. WE HAD TO BELIEVE THE POLICE WERE WHO THEY SAID THEY WERE. I OPENED THE DOOR. THEY SCATTERED. A FEW IN MY OUTSTRETCHED ARMS. WE RAN. WE WERE LUCKY. SURVIVING IS A GIFT AND A BURDEN. WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THAT? FOR ME, AS SOON AS I COULD, I STARTED TO FIGHT. I FIGHT TO KEEP GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF DANGEROUS PEOPLE. I FIGHT TO KEEP GUNS LOCKED UP AND AWAY FROM CURIOUS TODDLERS AND DEPRESSED TEENS. I FIGHT AGAINST ARMING TEACHERS AND I FIGHT TO KEEP GUNS OUT OF COLLEGE DORMS AND CLASSROOMS. LOCKDOWNS, ACTIVE SHOOTER DRILLS AND BACKPACKS THAT MORPH INTO SHIELDS AREN'T THE ANSWER. PARENTS SHOULDN'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THEIR KIDS WILL MAKE IT HOME FROM SCHOOL. A YEAR OR TWO AFTER THE TRAGEDY , ONE MOM TOLD ME THAT EVERY DAY AFTER SCHOOL SHE LEFT A GIFT FOR HER DAUGHTER SITTING ON HER BED. A CELEBRATION FOR MAKING IT HOME. THE WORDS OF ABBY CLEMMONS. A TEACHER AT SANDY HOOK. IT'S OUR JOB TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE CHILDREN GET HOME SAFE FROM SCHOOL. WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO DO THAT IN THIS INSTITUTION. WHAT WE NEED IS THE WILL TO DO IT. AGAIN, LET ME SAY THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSWOMAN ESTY, FOR HER LEADERSHIP IN THIS EFFORT. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 07:38:09 PM

                              MS. ESTY

                              THANK YOU TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT FOR HER STIRRING WORDS. ABBY…

                              THANK YOU TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT FOR HER STIRRING WORDS. ABBY CLEMMONS IS AN EXTRAORDINARY WOMAN AND HER DAUGHTER, SARA, IS NOW A COLLEGE STUDENT HERE IN WASHINGTON AND IS HELPING TAKE UP THAT CHARGE OF BEING ONE OF THE CITIZEN ACTIVISTS AND ONE OF THE CITIZEN LEADERS WHO UNDERSTANDS THAT DEMOCRACIES EMPOWER AND CHARGE US TO CORRECT THAT WHICH IS WRONG. WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THIS COUNTRY IS WRONG. THESE ARE NOT TRAGEDIES FROM ABOVE. THESE ARE NOT NATURAL DISASTERS. THESE ARE MAN-MADE TRAGEDIES AND MAN-MADE DEATHS. AND IT IS UP TO US TO DO BETTER. AGAIN I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR JOINING ME HERE THIS EVENING. I WILL TAKE THEIR WISHES AND THEIR WORDS AND THEIR ENERGY AND PASSION AND COMMITMENT TO ACTION BACK WITH ME TO NEWTOWN TOMORROW EVENING. AND WITH THAT I THANK THE MIAMI AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME -- THE MADAM SPEAKER AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 07:39:18 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WATERS, FOR 30 MINUTES. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 07:39:57 PM

                              MS. WATERS

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

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

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                            • 07:40:21 PM

                              TEMPORE WITHO

                              MADAM SPEAKER, FOR THE PAST SEVERAL DAYS THERE HAS BEEN AN ORGANIZED…

                              MADAM SPEAKER, FOR THE PAST SEVERAL DAYS THERE HAS BEEN AN ORGANIZED ATTEMPT TO DISCREDIT AND UNDERMINE THE WORK OF SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT MUELLER. I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF MANY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO BELIEVE SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER IS DOING A GREAT JOB. I AM AT THIS TIME CIRCULATING A LETTER AND OTHER MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ARE JOINING ME, AND THIS IS A LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER URGING THAT HE NOT BE INTERFERED WITH AND THAT HE'S ALLOWED TO CONTINUE THIS VERY IMPORTANT INVESTIGATION IN THE INTEREST OF THE SECURITY OF OUR COUNTRY. I WILL BE CIRCULATING THIS LETTER FOR ANOTHER 24 HOURS. HOWEVER, AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO READ THE CONTENTS OF THE LETTER INTO THE RECORD. THIS AGAIN IS A LETTER IN SUPPORT OF SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER. THE LETTER IS ADDRESSED TO THE HONORABLE ROSENSTEIN, DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. THE LETTER READS AS FOLLOWS. DEAR DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL. WE WRITE TO EXPRESS OUR SUPPORT FOR THE WORK OF SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT S. MUELLER III. AND TO URGE YOU TO ENSURE THAT HE BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE HIS INVESTIGATION UNFETTERED BY POLITICAL INFLUENCE OR THREATS TO HIS AUTHORITY. TO ITS NATURAL AND APPROPRIATE CONCLUSION, BASED ON THE LAW, THE FACTS AND THE EVIDENCE. THE SPECIAL COUNSEL IS CONDUCTING A METHODICAL INVESTIGATION YIELDING RESULTS. IT IS UNIMAGINEABLE THAT REPUBLICANS WOULD SEEK TO INTERVENE, DISCREDIT, OBSTRUCT OR TERMINATE THE SPECIAL COUNSEL'S INVESTIGATION. THUS FAR FROM EVERY PUBLIC INDICATION IT APPEARS THAT MR. MUELLER IT CONDUCTING A THOROUGH AND METHODICAL INVESTIGATION. HE AND HIS INVESTIGATORS HAVE NOT SOUGHT AND INSTEAD AVOIDED THE PUBLIC SPOTLIGHT. HIS TEAM HAS NOT LEAKED OR HINTED AT CRIMINAL ALLEGATIONS FOR WHICH THEY HAVE YET TO DEVELOP CHARGES. FURTHERMORE, THE CHARGES THAT HAVE BEEN FILED TO DATE HAVE BEEN SUFFICIENTLY STRONG AND WELL FOUNDED. AS TO ILLICIT GUILTY PLEAS FROM PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP'S FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR, LIEUTENANT GENERAL MICHAEL FLYNN, AND A FORMER POLICY ADVISOR TO DONALD TRUMP'S PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS. THE APPOINTMENT OF A SPECIAL COUNSEL WAS NECESSARY AND PROPER. AS YOU KNOW, PURSUANT TO U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ORDER 3915-2017, WHICH YOU, DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL ROSENSTEIN, ISSUED ON MAY 17, 2017, MR. MUELLER WAS APPOINTED TO SERVE AS SPECIAL COUNSEL AND AUTHORIZEED TO CONDUCT AN INVESTIGATION -- AUTHORIZED TO CONDUCT AN INVESTIGATION INTO MATTERS INCLUDING ANY LYNX AND/OR COORDINATION -- LINKS AND/OR COORDINATION BETWEEN THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT AND INDIVIDUALS ASSOCIATED WITH THE CAMPAIGN OF PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP. AND ANY MATTERS THAT AROSE OR MAY ARICE DIRECTLY FROM THE -- ARISE FROM THE INVESTIGATION. AND ANY OTHER MATTERS WITHIN THE SCOPE OF 28 C.F.R. 600 4-A WHICH INCLUDES AUTHORITY TO INVESTIGATE AND PROSECUTE FEDERAL CRIMES COMMITTED IN THE COURSE OF AND WITH INTENT TO INTERFERE WITH THE SPECIAL COUNSEL'S INVESTIGATION, SUCH AS PERJURY, OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE, DESTRUCTION OF EVIDENCE, AND INTIMIDATION OF WITNESSES. YOUR DECISION TO APPOINT A SPECIAL COUNSEL TO CONDUCT SUCH AN INVESTIGATION WAS NECESSARY AND PROPER, GIVEN THE INTELLIGENCE TENSE -- U.S. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY'S ASSESSMENT THAT RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN ORDERED AND INFLUENCED CAMPAIGN IN 2016 AIMED AT THE U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. THE CONSISTENT GOALS OF WHICH WERE TO UNDERMINE PUBLIC FAITH IN THE U.S. DEMOCRATIC PROCESS. AND THAT PUTIN AND THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT DEVELOPED A CLEAR PREFERENCE FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP. . THE OBVIOUS POTENTIAL FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO SERVED ON TRUMP'S CAMPAIGN AS WELL AS INDIVIDUALS CURRENTLY SERVING AS POLITICAL APPOINTEES IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION COULD BE TARGETS OF OR WITNESSES IN ANY SUCH INVESTIGATION. AND ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS RECUSED HIMSELF FROM ANY MATTERS RELATED IN ANY WAY TO THE CAMPAIGNS FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. SO, THE SELECTION OF ROBERT S. MUELLER THE III TO SERVE AS SPECIAL COUNSEL WAS VERY MUCH APPROPRIATE. UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES DESCRIBED ABOVE, YOUR SELECTION AS ROBERT MUELLER TO SERVE AS SPECIAL COUNSEL TO CONDUCT THE INVESTIGATION WAS AN APPROPRIATE AND COMMENDABLE DECISION. MR. MUELLER HAS EARNED A REPUTATION AS A NONPARTISAN PROFESSIONAL INVESTIGATOR MAKING HIM AN IDEAL CHOICE TO LEAD THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE HIGHLY IMPORTANT, COMPLEX AND SENSITIVE MATTERS TO WHICH HE HAS BEEN CHARGED. MR. MUELLER'S RECORD DEMONSTRATES THAT HE WOULD NOT ALLOW BIAS, INFLUENCE OR OTHER EX TRAIN CROUSE CONSIDERATIONS TO IMPACT HIS CONSIDERATION AND ANY SUGGESTION OTHERWISE IS JUST NOT CREDIBLE. MR. MUELLER IS A FORMER DIRECTOR OF THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, F.B.I., WHO WAS ORIGINALLY APPOINTED PI A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT AND HE WAS VETTED AND TWICE UNANIMOUSLY CONFIRMED BY THE SENATE. SPECIFICALLY WHEN APOINTED BY PRESIDENT BUSH, MUELLER WAS CONFIRMED AS F.B.I. DIRECTOR BY 88-0 AND WHEN MUELLER WAS NOMINATED FORAL SECOND TERM IN 2011 DURING PRESIDENT OBAMA'S ADMINISTRATION, HE WAS AGAIN UNANIMOUSLY CONFIRMED IN THE SENATE BY 100-0. MR. MUELLER HAS EARNED BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, REPUBLICAN MEMBERS OF THE SENATE ATTESTED TO MR. MUELLER'S INTEGRITY AND PROFESSIONALISM DURING MR. MUELLER'S CONFIRMATION HEARING WHICH TOOK PLACE ON JULY 30 AND 31 IN TWUNE. WITH REGARD TO MR. MUELLER'S NOMINATION TO SERVE AS F.B.I. DIRECTOR, THEN-SENATOR NOW ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS STATED AND I QUOTE, HE SAID, IT IS GREAT TO SEE MR. MUELLER NOMINATED TO TAKE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT POSITIONS IN OUR COUNTRY. IT IS A POSITION THAT REQUIRES, IN MY VIEW, SERIOUS EXPERIENCE, GREAT INTEGRITY AND A PROVEN RECORD OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS. AND YOU HAVE ALL OF THOSE THINGS, ROBERT MUELLER. WHEN I WAS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, ROBERT MUELLER'S REPUTATION WAS KNOWN THROUGHOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND HE WAS KNOWN NOT FOR ANY POLITICAL REASONS BUT BECAUSE HE WAS RECOGNIZED AS A PROFESSIONAL'S PROFESSIONAL AND HIS JOBS WERE SECOND TO NONE AND NO DOUBT IN MY MIND THAT THERE IS NO MORE PROFESSIONAL PROSECUTOR AND NO MORE PROFESSIONAL PERSON IN AMERICA WITH EXPERIENCE IN THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE READY TO HANDLE THE JOB OF F.B.I. DIRECTOR THAN ROBERT MUELLER. LIKEWISE, SENATOR MCCONNELL STATED AND I QUOTE, SENATOR MCCONNELL WHO SAID, I BELIEVE MR. MUELLER WILL PROVIDE STRONG AND EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP. MR. MUELLER HAS BOTH IMPRESSIVE MANAGEMENT AND LAW ENFORCEMENT EXPERIENCE. HE SAID HE IS WELL SCHOOLED IN AVOIDING THE PROBLEMS AND PITFALLS INHERENT IN CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS AND CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS. MR. MUELLER IS NOT OF THE F.B.I. AND THEREFORE I BELIEVE INSTITUTION NATIONAL LOYALTY WILL NOT BLIND HIM TO MAKING THE HARD DECISIONS HE NEEDS TO MAKE. QUOTE, UNQUOTE. SENATOR MCCONNELL ALSO EXPRESSED HIS BELIEF THAT MR. MUELLER'S COMMITMENT TO VIGOROUSRY ENFORCING THE LAW WITHOUT TO POLITICS. SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, PAUL RYAN HAS ALSO COMMENTED ON MR. MUELLER'S LACK OF PARTISAN BIAS AS REPORTED IN A JULY 24, 2017 " WASHINGTON EXAMINER" ARTICLE. HE SAID, I DON'T THINK MANY PEOPLE ARE SAYING ROBERT MUELLER IS A BIAS PARTISAN. HE IS ANYTHING BUT, QUOTE, UNQUOTE. KENNETH STAR WHO WAS APPOINTED IN 1994 AS THE INDEPENDENT COUNSEL WHO WAS TASKED WITH INVESTIGATIONS INVOLVING PRESIDENT CLINTON AND THEN FIRST LADY HILLARY CLINTON COMMENTED ON ROBERT MUELLER AND THE MANNER IN WHICH HIS INVESTIGATION IS PROCEEDING. MR. STAR STATED THAT MR. MUELLER IS CONDUCTING HIS INVESTIGATION PROFESSIONALLY. MR. STARR STATED, QUOTE, WE ARE NOT SEEKING LEAKS OUT OF THE INVESTIGATION AS FAR AS WE KNOW AND WHAT WE KNOW OF ROBERT MUELLER HE IS ROCK INTEGRITY. AND SO REGULATIONS LIMITING THE REMOVAL OF A SPECIAL COUNSEL MUST BE FOLLOWED. MR. MUELLER MUST BE ALLOWED TO COMPLETE HIS INVESTIGATION AND SHOULD NOT BE THREATENED WITH REMOVAL. HOWEVER, A FEW REPUBLICANS HAVE INDICATED THEIR SUPPORT FOR MR. MUELLER FOR HISOUS TER, NOTWITHSTANDING THE OVERWHELMING REASONS FOR MR. MUELLER TO BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE AND COMPLETE HIS INVESTIGATION. THE RULE OF LAW DEMANDS THAT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FOLLOW EXECUTIVE BRANCH REGULATIONS WHICH RESTRICT THE CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH THE SPECIAL COUNSEL CAN BE REMOVED. SPECIFICALLY, 28 C.F.R. 600-7-D REGARDING THE REMOVAL OF A SPECIAL COUNSEL PROVIDES AND I QUOTE, THE SPECIAL COUNSEL MAY BE DISCIPLINED OR REMOVED FROM OFFICE ONLY BY THE PERSONAL ACTIONS OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL MAY REMOVE A SPECIAL COUNSEL FOR DERELICTION OF DUTY, INCAPACITY, CONFLICT OF INTEREST OR FOR OTHER GOOD CAUSE, INCLUDING VIOLATION OF DEPARTMENTAL POLICIES AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SHALL INFORM THE SPECIAL COUNSEL IN WRITING OF THE SPECIFIC REASON FOR HIS OR HER REMOVAL, QUOTE, UNQUOTE. SINCE ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS IS RECUSED, YOU IN YOUR CAPACITY AS ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL, THAT IS, MR. ROSENSTEIN, REGARDING SPECIAL COUNSEL'S MUELLER'S INVESTIGATION ARE THE ONLY INDIVIDUAL EMPOWERED TO REMOVE MR. MUELLER UNDER REGULATION. FURTHERMORE, THE REGULATION STATES THAT MR. MUELLER MAY ONLY BE REMOVED FOR GOOD CAUSE, WHICH HAS NOT BEEN DEMONSTRATED. AND THEY CANNOT REMOVE MR. MUELLER FROM HIS INVESTIGATION. SO POLITICALLY MOTIVATED CHALLENGES OF SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER AND HIS INVESTIGATION MUST NOT BE ALLOWED TO THREATEN THE INVESTIGATION. DESPITE SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER'S INVESTIGATION OF INTEGRITY AS ATTESTED TO THOSE BY THESE REPUBLICAN LEADERS AND DESPITE THE CLEAR PROGRESS THAT MR. MUELLER IS MAKING IN HIS INVESTIGATION, THE RIGHT-WING MEDIA AND REPUBLICAN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HAVE ATTEMPTED TO ADVANCE A FALSE NARRATIVE THAT SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER AND HIS INVESTIGATION IS BIAS, THIS IS WHAT THEY SAY AND SOME HAVE ADVOCATED FOR HIS REMOVAL. ON JUNE 15, 2017, REFERRING IN GENERAL TERMS TO THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION, PRESIDENT TRUMP STATED ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND I QUOTE, HE SAID YOU ARE WITNESSING THE SINK WILL GREATEST WITCHHUNT LED BY VERY BAD CONFLICTED PEOPLE. IN CONGRESS, LED BY REPRESENTATIVE MATT GAETZ AND INCLUDING TRENT FRANKS WHO IS NOW RE-SIGNED AND MISSED AN ETHICS COMMITTEE INVESTIGATION CALLED FOR MUELLER TO STEP DOWN. THOSE MEMBERS HAVE ATTEMPTED TO ADVANCE A BASELESS CLAIMS OF EXISTENCE OF A CONFLICT OF MR. MUELLER'S PREVIOUS SERVICE. THOSE ARGUMENTS DO NOT HAVE MERIT AND INTENDED TO REDIRECT THE PUBLIC'S FOLK CUSS TO THE INVESTIGATION TO WHICH MR. MUELLER HAS BEEN TASKED. AT WORST, THOSE ARTS ARE INTENDED TO STOP OR PREEMPTIVELY TARNISH THE WORK. THE REFERENCE ISSUED PERTAIN TO ALLEGATIONS AGAINST FORMER PRESIDENT CLINTON AND HILLARY CLINTON AND LATER TO TO A 209-210 MATTER WHICH HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH DIRECTOR MUELLER'S INVESTIGATION TO LOOK AT LINKS BETWEEN THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT AND INDIVIDUALS ASSOCIATED WITH THE CAMPAIGN OF DONALD TRUMP. AS QUOTED IN A DECEMBER 12, 2007 , REPRESENTATIVES MATT GAETZ STATED THAT HE IS CONCERNED ABOUT MR. MUELLER. AND CONCERNED ABOUT HIS INVESTIGATION, WAS INFECTED WITH BIAS. REPRESENTATIVE GAETZ SAID THE PRESIDENT RESPONDED, QUOTE, THAT'S WHY YOU GUYS HAVE TO DO YOUR JOBS QUOTE UNQUOTE. REPRESENTATIVE GAETZ INFORMED THE PRESIDENT THAT YOU WILL BE TESTIFYING, THAT IS MR. ROSENSTEIN, TESTIFYING BEFORE THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE ON DECEMBER 13, 20178 IN RESPONSE TO WHICH REPRESENTATIVE GAETZ SAID TO PRESIDENT TRUMP AND I QUOTE, ENCOURAGED US TO EXERCISE OUR OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITIES. THIS CONVERSATION DESCRIBED SUGGESTS THAT REPRESENTATIVE TRUMP IS ENCOURAGING THE RING LEADERS AGAINST MR. MUELLER IN ORDER TO PRESSURE YOU TO EFFECT YOU, MR. ROSENSTEIN TOTALING EFFECT YOU, MR. ROSENSTEIN AND THE INVESTIGATION THROUGH THE CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT PROCESS. THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE. SOMEVILLE ALLEGED THAT MR. MUELLER'S REMOVAL OF A MEMBER OF HIS TEAM, PETER STRZOK OVER TEXT MESSAGES THAT WERE CRITICAL OF PRESIDENT TRUMP SUGGEST BIAS ON THE SPECIAL COUNSEL'S TEAM. UPON LEARNING OF THE TEXT MESSAGES, MR. MUELLER IMMEDIATELY REMOVED MR. STRZOK, THAT IS SPELLED STRZOK FROM THE INVESTIGATION. IN REALITY, THAT ARE STHENT AND MR. MUELLER'S RESPONSE DEMONSTRATES MR. MUELLER'S INTEGRITY AS WELL AS HIS DESIRE AND DESIRE TO CONDUCT AN INVESTIGATION. YOU MUST NOT ALLOW THE TARGETS OF THE INVESTIGATION OR ISSUES BEING INVESTIGATED TO ESCAPE INDEPENDENT INQUIRY OR THROUGH THE REMOVAL OR HINDRANCE OF THE SPECIAL COUNSEL. AND SO WE THANK YOU, MR. ROSEN STEIN FOR YOUR CAREFUL ATTENTION AND WE STAND READY TO SUPPORT YOU IN UPHOLDING THE RULE OF LAW. THIS IS THE LETTER THAT I'M CIRCULATING TO MR. ROSENSTEIN. THIS IS THE LETTER THAT HAS BEEN SIGNED ON. THIS IS THE LETTER THAT IS BEING SIGNED BY OTHER MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. THIS IS THE LETTER THAT I WILL CIRCULATE FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS SO THAT WE WILL GIVE MEMBERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO SIGN ON TO THIS LETTER. AND SO, THIS LETTER SHOULD BE ON YOUR DESK VERY SOON. AND SO, WITH THAT, I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE AND TO CALL ON REPRESENTATIVE KAPTUR WHO SIGNED UP TO SPEAK UP THIS EVENING FOR THE NEXT FIVE MINUTES. .

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                            • 08:00:20 PM

                              MS. KAPTUR

                              I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR THE VERY IMPORTANT SPECIAL ORDER AND FOR HER…

                              I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR THE VERY IMPORTANT SPECIAL ORDER AND FOR HER INCREDIBLE WORK IN ENSURING JUSTICE IN OUR COUNTRY ON SO MANY, MANY FRONTS. I RISE TONIGHT BECAUSE OF DEEP CONCERN REGARDING OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ON THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WHO ARE ATTEMPTING TO KICK THE LEGS OUT FROM UNDER SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT MUELLER'S INVESTIGATION INTO RUSSIA'S MEDDLING IN OUR ELECTIONS LAST YEAR. YES, THEY CALLED DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL ROD ROSENSTEIN ON WHETHER BIAS HAS TAINTED THAT INVESTIGATION AND YOU KNOW WHAT'S INTERESTING ABOUT THIS, ALL OF THE INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES OF OUR COUNTRY AGREE THAT THERE WAS MORE THAN MEDDLING IN LAST YEAR'S ELECTION. AND I ACTUALLY PRAY FOR ROBERT MUELLER EVERY NIGHT BECAUSE WHAT THE INVOLVEMENT OF RUSSIA IN OUR ELECTIONS HAS MEANT, YOU KNOW, THAT'S NOT A COUNTRY THAT REALLY WELCOMES DEBATE AND OPEN CONVERSATION. THEY KILL THEIR ENEMIES. AND ROBERT MUELLER IS GOING TO GET AT THE VERY CORE OF WHAT RUSSIA IS DOING NOT JUST IN OUR CUVENTRY, BUT WHAT IT WILL INSTRUCT US RUSSIA IS DOING IN EUROPE AND MANY OTHER PLACES AROUND THE WORLD. I LISTENED TO SOME OF OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TODAY AND I JUST WANT TO PUT THIS ON THE RECORD. ROBERT MUELLER HAS GIVEN HIS LIFE TO THIS COUNTRY THROUGH HIS ENTIRE YEARS OF SERVICE. I HAVE NEVER PERSONALLY SAT TO DINNER WITH THIS MAN OR I DON'T THINK I'VE EVEN SHAKEN HIS HAND BUT I ADMIRE HIM FOR HIS TRUE PATRIOTISM. I WATCHED SOME OF THE INDIVIDUALS ON THINK JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TODAY AND WONDERED IF THEY KNEW THAT HE HAD BEEN IN THE MARINE CORPS DURING VIETNAM. HE ACTUALLY ROSE TO THE LEVEL OF CAPTAIN. HE WAS AWARDED THE BRONZE STAR MEDAL WITH THE COMBAT V FOR VICTORY. HE'S THE RECIPIENT OF THE PURPLE HEART. HE WAS A NAVY AND MARINE CORPS CAPTAIN AND GOT THE COMMENDATION MEDAL FOR HIS VALOR IN COMBAT. HOW MANY OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS QUESTIONING HIS INTEGRITY CAN EVEN COMPARE TO THAT WITH THEIR LITTLE FINGERNAILS? COMBAT ACTION RIBBON. REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM GAL RANTLY -- GALLANTRY CROSS. THAT WAS HIS EARLY CAREER. AS AN ATTORNEY HE WENT INTO SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. AS AN ASSISTANT U.S. DISTRICT ATTORNEY ON ONE COAST AND THEN ON THE OTHER COAST, AS U.S. DISTRICT ATTORNEY. HE'S VERY EVEN HANDED AND HE WORKED HISES -- HE WORKED HIS WAY UP IN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, RISING TO THE LEVEL OF DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL. HE HAD BEEN AN ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL HIS ENTIRE LIFE HAS BEEN -- HE HAD BEEN AN ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL. HIS ENTIRE LIFE HAS BEEN SPENT IN DANGEROUS JOBS. TO TAKE ON RUSSIA, YOU PUT YOUR OWN LIFE IN SOMEONE ELSE'S HANDS, ACTUALLY. I CAN READ A LIST, I WON'T TONIGHT, OF ALL OF THE LEADERS AND RISING LEADERS OF COUNTRIES THAT WISH TO BE FREE THAT RUSSIA HAS SUMMARILY KILLED. FOR WHICH THERE'S NO JUSTICE. AND SO I RISE SOMEWHAT OUT OF OUTRAGE TONIGHT LISTENING TO SOME OF OUR COLLEAGUES HERE WHO DEMANDED THAT WE DISBAND SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER'S INVESTIGATION. YOU KNOW, COUNSEL MULER IS A REPUBLICAN. I SHOULD NOT LIKE HIM FOR THAT REASON. BUT I KNOW THERE'S SOMETHING BIGGER TO HIM, THAT IS DEFENDING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AGAINST ALL ENEMIES. FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC. HE HAS PUT HIS LIFE ON THE LINE SINCE HE WAS A TEENAGER FOR THIS COUNTRY. NOW OUR COUNTRY WAS FOUNDED ON THE PRINCIPLE OF EQUALITY UNDER THE LAW AND OUR DEMOCRACY AND THE SAFEGUARDING OF THOSE PRINCIPLES DEPENDS ON GENUINE, FREE ELECTIONS. NOT ONLY MUST WE PASS LAWS HERE THAT ASSURE THAT, BUT THEY HAVE TO BE ENFORCED. WE HAVE TO UNEQUIVOCALLY CONFIRM THE TRUTH BEHIND THE EXTENT OF RUSSIAN MEDDLING IN OUR ELECTION. THAT'S WHAT WE NEED. WE KNOW THAT I DID. NOW WE WANT TO KNOW EVERY PIECE OF IT. HOW DID THEY HACK THOSE VOTING MACHINES? HOW DID THEY USE SPECIAL ADS THAT APPEARED AROUND THE COUNTRY TARGETED TO SPECIAL AUDIENCES? BECAUSE WE HAVE TO RESTORE THE FAITH OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN THEIR VERY VOTE IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN THIS DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC. THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER, SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER HAS PROVEN HIMSELF TIME AND TIME AND TIME AND TIME AGAIN TO BE A MAN OF INTEGRITY. I MIGHT SAY THIS COMING FROM -- COMES FROM A WOMAN WHO TRIED TO BECOME AN F.B.I. AGENT WHEN SHE WAS IN COLLEGE AND WAS REJECTED. NOT BECAUSE SHE DIDN'T HAVE THE ACADEMIC ABILITIES, BECAUSE IN THOSE DAYS THEY DIDN'T ADMIT WOMEN TO THE F.B.I. TIMES HAVE CHANGED A LOT. BUT I KNOW THAT ROBERT MUELLER IS THE BEST THAT AMERICA HAS. AND DUE PROCESS IS ONE OF THE MOST CAREFULLY GUARDED OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTIONS. AND WE MUST SEE THIS INVESTIGATION THROUGH TO ITS ULTIMATE END. AND THERE CAN BE NO CHICKEN HAWKS IN THIS HOUSE OR THOSE WHO POINT FINGERS WHOSE CAREERS DO NOT DEMONSTRATE THE KIND OF PATRIOTISM THAT ROBERT MUELLER'S HAS DEMONSTRATED THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER. I WAS ACTUALLY SHOCKED AT HOW THE QUESTIONING WENT THIS AFTERNOON WITHOUT THE KIND OF RESPECT AND UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT IT TAKES TO PRESERVE A REPUBLIC THAT IS FREE AND INDEPENDENT OF OUTSIDE MEDDLING. SO I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY. I AM EMBARRASSED AT SOME OF THE QUESTIONS THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS BEEN HAMMERING OVER IN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND SOME OF THE OTHER COMMITTEES AS THE INVESTIGATION INTENSIFIES AND BECOMES MORE COMPLETE, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW AND I GUESS THE QUESTION EVERY AMERICAN HAS TO ASK, IN WHOSE HANDS WOULD YOU PLACE YOUR LIFE? A MAN WHO HAS SERVED THIS COUNTRY, WHO IS NOW, I BELIEVE, 73 YEARS OLD, OVER 70 YEARS OLD, HE'S PROVED EVERYTHING. BUT HE'S PROVEN ALSO HE'S BEEN A TOTAL PATRIOT. I WOULD ASK THE SAME OF THOSE WHO SO FRIVOLOUSLY WASTE THEIR WORDS IN EFFORTS TO TRY TO SUPPRESS AN INVESTIGATION THAT WE KNOW IS ESSENTIAL TO THE PRESERVATION OF OUR VOTE AND OUR FREEDOMS AND I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLELADY AND THANK HER FOR THE TIME.

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                            • 08:07:37 PM

                              MS. WATERS

                              I THANK THE GENTLELADY AND I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO REPRESENTATIVE JACKSON…

                              I THANK THE GENTLELADY AND I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO REPRESENTATIVE JACKSON LEE.

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                            • 08:07:44 PM

                              MS. JACKSON LEE

                              I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. I THANK HER FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON…

                              I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. I THANK HER FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. AND SHE IS STANDING IN THE GAP BECAUSE ALL THAT WE HAVE HEARD FROM REPUBLICANS AND THEIR MEDIA ADVOCATES IS THAT THEIR INTENTION, OF COURSE IS TO CREATE A 21ST CENTURY SATURDAY NIGHT MASSACRE. IN MY QUESTIONING OF THE DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE EXACT -- THAT'S THE EXACT TERMINOLOGY I UTILIZED, WAS THE DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE PREPARED TO DEFEND SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER AGAINST A POTENTIAL SATURDAY NIGHT MASSACRE. OF COURSE THAT'S THE WATERGATE MASSACRE PERPETRATED BY PRESIDENT NIXON IN FIRING ATTORNEY GENERAL AND THEN REQUIRING AND FIRING THE SPECIAL PROSECUTOR AND GETTING SOMEONE TO FIRE AND LITERALLY CREATING A CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS. SO IT IS CLEAR AS EVIDENCED BY THE WORDS OF SEAN HANNITY ON DECEMBER 5, FOX NEWS, THAT LED OFF HIS BROADCAST WITH THE OUTRAGEOUS CHARGE THAT MULER IS A DISGRACE BY THE AMERICAN JUSTICE SYSTEM THAT'S PUT THE COUNTRY ON THE BRINK OF BECOMING A BANANA REPUBLIC. NOT SURPRISINGLY, DISGRACED FORMER HOUSE SPEAKER NEWT GINGRICH WHO ENTHUSE CLAST -- ENTHUSIASTICALLY PRAISED THE CHOICE OF ROBERT MUELLER AS A SUPERB CHOICE TO BE SPECIAL COUNSEL BECAUSE HIS REPUTATION IS IMPECCABLE HAS DONE A COMPLETE 180 DEGREE TURN AND NOW CLAIMS THE VERY TOP JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND THE F.B.I. HAVE BECOME CORRUPT. I WAS PLEASED TO JOIN THIS LETTER AND TO JOIN WITH CONGRESSWOMAN WATERS ALONG WITH MY OTHER COLLEAGUES FOR A VERY IMPORTANT STATEMENT. I ALSO BELIEVE THAT THIS STATEMENT MUST BE BACKED UP WITH LEGISLATION SUCH AS H.R. 3654, WHICH I HAVE OFFERED TO -- THE SPECIAL COUNSEL PROTECTION ACT. I THINK WE HAVE A SITUATION WHERE IF WE D NOT MAKE THIS A PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT INDICATING THAT BETWEEN THE ADMINISTRATION, THE PRESIDENT, AND OTHERS ALONG WITH REPUBLICANS IN THIS HOUSE THERE IS AN INTRPMENT -- ENTRAPMENT BEING SET UP FOR SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER TO BE CONSIDERED BIASED BECAUSE OF THE STAFFING ACTIONS, WHICH BY THE WAY THOSE INDIVIDUALS HAVE BEEN REPLACED OR THEY HAVE BEEN TRANSFERED TO OTHER POSITIONS. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT A MAN WHO SERVED IN VIETNAM, A MAN WHO CAME BACK TO THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AS A ENTRY LEVEL EMPLOYEE TO BE ABLE TO SERVE HIS COUNTRY, THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF ANY CORRUPTNESS. I WILL CONCLUDE MY REMARKS BY SAYING THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS LEGISLATION AND THIS LETTER IS BECAUSE DIRECTOR MULER IS WORKING HIS WAY INTO THE WHITE HOUSE AND THE ISSUES OF RUSSIAN COLLUSION AND THE ISSUES DEALING WITH CRIMINALITY ARE APPROACHING THE FRONT DOOR. WE MUST PROTECT -- I THANK THE GENTLELADY AND YIELD BACK.

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                            • 08:11:03 PM

                              MS. WATERS

                              THANK YOU VERY MUCH, I THANK BOTH OF THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO HAVE COME…

                              THANK YOU VERY MUCH, I THANK BOTH OF THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO HAVE COME DOWN HERE THIS EVENING AND SHARED IN THE INFORMATION THAT WE ARE GOING TO FORWARD WITH ROSENSTEIN BECAUSE IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT WE LET HIM KNOW THAT OUR SPECIAL COUNSEL HAS SUPPORT. WE APPRECIATE WHAT HE'S DOING AND WE ARE GOING TO STAND WITH HIM. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 08:11:31 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE JEATH'S TIME HAS EXPIRED AND SHE YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR WOULD…

                              THE JEATH'S TIME HAS EXPIRED AND SHE YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR WOULD ENTERTAIN A MOTION.

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                            • 08:11:31 PM

                              Ms. Jackson Lee moved that the House do now adjourn.

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                                MS. JACKSON LEE

                                I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE ADJOURN.

                          • 08:11:39 PM

                            On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          • 08:11:41 PM

                            Adjourned

                            The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on December 14, 2017.

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                              THE CLERK

                              THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. DECEMBER 13, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT…

                              THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. DECEMBER 13, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE HAROLD ROGERS TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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                            • 10:00:46 AM

                              TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

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

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                              MR. GUTIERREZ

                              I'D LIKE TO BE FROM ALABAMA TODAY, BUT I'M NOT. THEY HAVE ASKED ME TO TAKE…

                              I'D LIKE TO BE FROM ALABAMA TODAY, BUT I'M NOT. THEY HAVE ASKED ME TO TAKE THE BUTTON OFF. THE BUTTON OFF. THAT ONLY MAKES A POINT. IT MIGHT NOT BE A BUTTON ON, IT'S 122, PEOPLE WITH DACA LOSE THEIR PROTECTION FROM DEPORTATION. THEY LOSE THEIR GOVERNMENT ISSUED IDENTIFICATION THAT ALLOWED THEM TO STAY IN THIS COUNTRY AND WORK LEGALLY. DACA IS THE DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS PROGRAM, AND THE PRESIDENT ENDED IN SEPTEMBER AND WHICH WILL COMPLETELY EXPIRE IN MARCH. LET'S BE CLEAR, PEOPLE DON'T HAVE UNTIL MARCH. PEOPLE ARE ALREADY LOSING THEIR DACA COVERAGE ON A DAILY BASIS. SO WHEN REPORTERS AND COLLISIONS SAY THAT CONGRESS HAS UNTIL MARCH TO ENACT THE DREAM ACT, THEY ARE FLAT WRONG. WE CANNOT WAIT UNTIL MARCH. THE DREAM ACT AND PROTECTIONS OF THE DACA PROGRAM ARE NOT LIGHT SWITCHES WHICH WE CAN CAN TURN ON AND OFF. EVERY DAY WE DELAY THE PASSAGE OF THE DREAM ACT, ANOTHER 122 DACA RECIPIENTS LOSE THEIR STATUS. THEY GO FROM BEING DOCUMENTED TO BEING UNDOCUMENTED. AND THE WORLDS ARE TURNED UPSIDE-DOWN. IT'S NOT JUST THEIR LIVES BUT THE LIVES OF AMERICAN CITIZENS WHO LOVE THEM, EMPLOY THEM, AND RELY ON THEM. YOUNG DREAMERS CAME FORWARD AND REPORTED THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND PAID THEIR OWN MONEY FOR A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK BY THE F.B.I. IN FACT, MANY OF THEM HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THEIR PAPERWORK AND BIOMETRICS THREE TIMES. THEY PAID ALL OF THIS PROCESSING, PAPERWORK, BACKGROUND CHECKS, FINGERPRINTS WITH THEIR OWN MONEY. BY DEFINITION, THEY ARRIVED IN THE UNITED STATES AS CHILDREN. BY DEFINITION THEY ARRIVED AT LEAST 10 YEARS AGO. A YEAR AND A HALF BEFORE OBAMA EVEN GOT SWORN IN AS PRESIDENT. THERE ARE 800,000 OF THEM, 800,000, YOUNG AMERICANS WHO HAVE BEEN PLAYING BY THE RULES DOING EVERYTHING THEIR GOVERNMENT HAS ASKED THEM TO DO AND WHO HAVE BEEN LIVING PRODUCTIVE LIVES IN COMMUNITIES, IN EVERY STATE OF THE UNION. AS OF TODAY, MORE THAN 12,000 HAVE LOST THEIR DACA STATUS AND PROTECTION. LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT A FEW OF THEM. MYRON OWNS THREE BUSINESS, HE LIVES IN WASHINGTON STATE, AND HAS LIVED IN THE U.S. SINCE HE WAS 11. HIS DACA EXPIRES ON DECEMBER 22. THE DAY AFTER THE ACT IS HIS SET TO EXSMIRE ANTI-DAY WE'RE ALL SUPPOSED TO GO HOME, RETURN TO OUR FAMILIES FOR CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY AND NEW YEARS. HE SUBMITTED HIS DACA RENEWAL WELL BEFORE THE APPLICATION DEADLINE THAT WAS ARBITRARILY SET FOR LAST OCTOBER. HE MADE A MISTAKE. HIS CHECK WAS FOR $465. NOT THE $495. SO HE WILL BE DEPORTABLE AS OF DECEMBER 22. HIS ENTIRE LIFE IN THE UNITED STATES AND YET IF REPUBLICANS AND THE PRESIDENT HAVE THEIR WAY, HE WILL BE SENT BACK TO HONDURAS AND HIS THREE BUSINESSES AND THOSE WHO WORK THERE, WHO KNOWS WHAT HAPPENS TO THEM? ANOTHER DACA RESIPENT FROM CALIFORNIA AND THANKS TO THE SECURITY AND STABILITY PROVIDED BY DACA, HE HAS PURSUED A CAREER IN EDUCATION I WAS A TEACHER AND KNOW THE MONETARY REWARDS ARE FEW BUT THE REWARDS FOR YOUR SOUL ARE MANY AND THE REWARDS TO OUR SOCIETY OF HAVING DEDICATED TEACHERS IS JUST AS PRICELESS. BUT, WITHOUT DACA AND WITHOUT THE DREAM ACT, HE HAS NO FUTURE IN TEACHING. AND WE MAY SQUANDER THE PASSION HE WOULD BRING TO A CLASSROOM. HIS BACA EXPIRES ON DECEMBER 29. -- HIS DACA EXPIRES ON DECEMBER 29. AND THIS IS ANYTHING BUT A MERRY CHRISTMAS FOR HIM AS WE DRAG OUR FEET HERE IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. FINALLY, THERE IS BRITTANY IN NEW YORK, SHE'S A CHILDCARE PROVIDER WHO WORKS WITH INFANT TWINS, ONE WHO HAS A SEVERE HEALTH CONDITION. HER EMPLOYERS ARE SCRAMBLING BECAUSE BRITTANY'S DACA EXPIRED LAST THURSDAY AND SHE HAS NO CLEAR LEGAL PATH FORWARD. THE FAMILY SAID WE'RE DEVASTATED THE THOUGHT SHE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO WORK IN THIS COUNTRY. WE KNOW WE WON'T FIND ANOTHER CAREGIVER WHO IS AS RELIABLE NURTURING, AND UNSHAKABLE AS BRIT NIFMENT MOST AMERICANS DON'T UNDERSTAND --BRITTANY. MOST AMERICANS DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY TAKING AWAY LEGAL STATUS FROM A CHILDCARE PROVIDER WHO IS EMPLOYED AND CHERISHED AND LOVED BY HER EMPLOYERS WILL SOMEHOW CREATE LAW AND ORDER. HOW DOES CREATING MORE UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS HELP? IT DOESN'T MAKE AMERICA GREAT. IT DOESN'T EVEN STRENGTHEN SECURITY OR OUR ECONOMY. DON'T EVEN THINK IT BENEFITS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY POLITICALLY TO SEND YOUNG AMERICAN WOMEN LIKE HER AWAY. BUT, IT'S UP TO REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS TO STAND UP FOR BRITTANY AND OTHERS. DEMOCRATS MUST BE CLEAR THAT WE VALUE THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF THESE YOUNG PEOPLE AND WILL NOT ALLOW THEIR STORIES TO BE IGNORED. AND REPUBLICANS, EVEN THE BRAVE ONES WHO HAVE SAID THAT THEY ARE FOR SOLVING THE PLIGHT OF THE DACA KIDS, MUST DO MORE THAN WRITE A LETTER OR WHISPER QUIETLY IN THE HALLS THAT THEY HOPE SOMETHING HAPPENS. IT'S UP TO US RIGHT NOW. AND I'M NOT LEAVING AND I'M NOT SHUTTING UP UNTIL WE DO. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME MAKE SURE BEFORE I LEAVE , 122. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE BEEN FROM ALABAMA. I'M FROM ILLINOIS TODAY. THANK YOU.

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                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. BROOKS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                              MR. BROOKS

                              MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A VERY DIFFICULT SPEECH FOR ME TO GIVE. GOD WORKS IN…

                              MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A VERY DIFFICULT SPEECH FOR ME TO GIVE. GOD WORKS IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS. WHEN YOU ARE AN ELECTED OFFICIAL, MISSED VOTES REQUIRE AN EXPLANATION. THAT IS WHY DISCLOSED OTHERWISE VERY PERSONAL, VERY PRIVATE, AND VERY HUMBLING MATTER. ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT AFTER VOTES AS I STOOD ON THE CAPITOL STEPS MY DOCTOR CALLED AND SAID CONGRESSMAN BROOKS, BAD NEWS. YOU HAVE HIGH RISK PROSTATE A CANCER. I FELT AN ADRENALINE RUSH AS A CHILL WENT UP AND DOWN MY SPINE. BY WAY OF BACKGROUND, PROSTATE CANCER KILLS ALMOST 27,000 AMERICAN MEN EACH YEAR AND IS THE THIRD LEADING CAUSE OF CANCER DEATHS BEHIND ONLY LUNG AND COLORECTAL CANCERS. 71% OF PROSTATE CANCER PATIENTS DIE IN LESS THAN FIVE YEARS IF THE PROSTATE CANCER HAS SPREAD BEYOND THE ABDOMINAL CALFITY N STARK CONTRAST, ALMOST -- CAVITY. IN STARK CONINTERESTS ALMOST ALL PROSTATE CANCER SURVIVORS LIVE IF IT'S DISCOVERED EARLY AND KILLED BEFORE IT SPREADS. FOR EXAMPLE, MY FATHER DISCOVERED HIS PROSTATE CANCER EARLY. HE LIVED FOUR DECADES AFTER HIS PROSTATE WAS REMOVED. MY GRANDFATHER DISCOVERED HIS TOO LATE. HE DIED NOT LONG THEREAFTER. AFTER MY DOCTORS DIAGNOSIS, I CALLED MY WIFE. WHO IS BACK HOME IN HUNTSVILLE AND SHARED THE BAD NEWS. THAT NIGHT, WAS ONE OF THE LONELIEST NIGHTS APART IN OUR 41-YEAR MARRIAGE. I KEPT THINKING ABOUT MY WONDERFUL FAMILY. WHAT DO DO I NEXT? AND HOW DO I BEAT THIS CANCER? OVERNIGHT I FORMED A PLAN AND BEGAN IMPLEMENTING IT. AN EMOTIONAL MEETING I INFORMED MY WASHINGTON STAFF OF MY CANCER, I WAS IMMEDIATELY FLYING TO HUNTSVILLE, AND AFTER MEDICAL REASONS I WOULD BE IN ALABAMA THE REST OF THE WEEK. BASED ON ADVICE FROM FRIENDS AND DOCTORS I CHOSE DR. SCOTT TULLY AS MY TREATING PHYSICIAN. HE IS WIDELY RESPECTED AND HAS PERFORMED MORE THAN 3,000 PROSTATE ECTOMIES. ON THURSDAY WE DROVE TO BIRMINGHAM TO OBTAIN INSIGHT ABOUT TREATMENT OPTIONS AND RISK. HE ADVISED THE REMOVAL OF THE PROSTATE. AT HIS DIRECTION, I UNDERTOOK A HEART STRESS TEST AND NUCLEAR BONE SCAN. TIMELY, I GOT SOME GOOD NEWS. MY C.T. SCAN AND NUCLEAR BONE SCAN REVEALED NO CANCER BEYOND THE PROSTATE. MY HEART STRESS TEST CONFIRMED I WAS STRONG ENOUGH TO UNDERGO THE TWO TO THREE-HOUR SURGERY. PROSTATE CANCER MORTALITY IS COMPELLING. SPEED IS CRITICAL IN THE FIGHT AGAINST PROSTATE CANCER. IN COMBINES COMPLINSE WITH THE 2017 HOUSE CALENDAR -- COMPLIANCE WITH THE 2017 HOUSE CALENDAR THAT SET YEAR OF END VOTES ON DECEMBER 14 AND AT SOME RISK TO MYSELF, WE DELAYED MY SURGERY UNTIL DECEMBER 15, THIS FRIDAY, AND SET A POST SURGERY MEDICAL PROCEDURE FOR DECEMBER 20. MY PLAN WAS TO RECUPERATE AT HOME DURING THE HOLIDAYS WITH MY FAMILY AND RETURN TO WASHINGTON FOR A FULL WORKLOAD WHEN CONGRESS RECONVENES ON JANUARY 3. UNFORTUNATELY, LAST WEEK THE HOUSE SPEAKER ABRUPTLY CHANGED THE HOUSE VOTING CALENDAR THAT I RELIED ON TO SET MY SURGERY. AS A RESULT, NEXT WEEK I WILL MISS HOUSE FLOOR VOTES UNLESS I AM UNEXPECTEDLY MEDICALLY CLEARED TO TRAVEL. THERE ARE THREE INSIGHTS FROM MY EXPERIENCE I WISH TO SHARE WITH THE PUBLIC. FIRST, DON'T EVER, EVER TAKE YOUR HEALTH OR FAMILY FOR GRANTED. DURING THE HOLIDAYS ENJOY YOUR FAMILY BECAUSE NO ONE, NO ONE IS PROMISED TOMORROW. SECOND, I ENCOURAGE AGE APPROPRIATE MEN TO HAVE BECAUSE NO REGULAR P.S.A. TESTS. WHILE P.S.A. TESTS DO NOT DIAGNOSE CANCER, MY P.S.A. SPIKE PERSUADED ME TO HAVE THE PROSTATE BY OPSY. THAT -- BY OPSY -- BIOPSY THAT REVEALED MY CANCER EARLY ENOUGH TO ENJOY A VERY GOOD CURE PROGNOSIS. I RAN FOR THE SENATE IN 2017. I FINISHED THIRD OUT OF NINE CANDIDATES IN THE REPUBLICAN PRY MARERY. HAD I WON I WOULD NOT HAVE HAD TIME FOR MY PHYSICAL AND P.S.A. TEST. I WOULD NOT HAVE HAD A PROSTATE BIOPSY. I WOULD NOT NOW KNOW ABOUT MY HIGH-RISK PROSTATE CANCER THAT REQUIRES IMMEDIATE SURGERY. IN RETROSPECT LOSING THE SENATE RACE MAY HAVE SAVED MY LIFE. YES. GOD DOES WORK IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. 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 IN HOPOR OF THE 381ST…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN HOPOR OF THE 381ST BIRTHDAY OF THE NATIONAL GUARD. COMPONENT OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY, THE NATIONAL GUARD IS PRIMARILY COMPOSED OF CITIZEN SOLDIERS WHO HOLD DOWN FULL-TIME CIVILIAN JOBS OR ATTEND SCHOOL. AT THE SAME TIME, NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERS ARE AVAILABLE TO PROVIDE SUPPORT AND PROTECTION FOR THEIR STATES OR TO BE CALLED FOR MILITARY OPERATIONS FOR THE COUNTRY. THEY SERVE THEIR COMMUNITY AND THEIR COUNTRY. EACH ONCE, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, COMMONWEALTH OF PUERTO RICO, TERRITORIES OF GUAM, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS MAINTAIN BOTH AN ARMY NATIONAL GUARD AND AIR NATIONAL GUARD. THE MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL COURT ISSUED AN ORDER ON DECEMBER 13, 1636, REQUIRING ALL ABLE-BODIED MEN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 16 AND 60 TO CREATE A STANDING ARMY FOR PROTECTION. WITH THAT ORDER WHAT WE NOW KNOW AS THE AMERICA'S NATIONAL GUARD WAS BORN. THE IDEA WAS SIMPLE. ESTABLISH AN ARMY OF CITIZEN SOLDIERS WHO COULD BE CALLED UPON TO FIGHT WHEN NEEDED. IN HONOR OF THE NATIONAL GUARD'S BIRTHDAY, HERE ARE SOME LESSER KNOWN FACTS ABOUT THE BRANCH. EMAIL MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL GUARD IS SWORN TO UPHOLD TWO CONSTITUTIONS. FEDERAL AND STATE. THE TERM NATIONAL GUARD DIDN'T BECOME AN OFFICIAL TERM UNTIL 1916. 50,000 MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL GUARD WERE CALLED TO TAKE ON VARIOUS MISSIONS DURING THE 9/11 ATTACKS IN 2001. ONLY TWO TWO CONSTITUTIONS. FEDERAL AND STATE. THE TERM NATIONAL GUARD DIDN'T BECOME AN IN THE NATIONAL GUARD AND ITS MODERN PRESIDENTS HAVE SERVED STRUCTURE, HARRY S. TRUMAN AND GEORGE W. BUSH. THE NATIONAL GUARD IS OLDER THAN THE ARMY, MILITIAS WERE STRUCTURE, USED AS LITERAL AS 1636 TO PROTECT BRITISH COLONIES. THE U.S. ARMY WASN'T FORMED UNTIL THE BEGINNING OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR. AMERICAN SAMOA IS THE ONLY TERRITORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO NOT HAVE A NATIONAL GUARD UNIT. NATIONAL GUARD UNITS ARE -- WERE CALLED MINUTEMEN DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION THE U.S. ARMY DUE TO THE RAPID RESPONSIBILITY. THE MOST SENIOR MEMBER OF EACH STATE NATIONAL GUARD UNIT IS THE ADJUNCT GENERAL. SOME STATES SELECT THEM WHILE OTHERS HAVE THEIR GOVERNOR APPOINT SOMEONE TO THAT POSITION. THE NATIONAL GUARD FORMED ONE OF THE FIRST ALL AFRICAN-AMERICAN UNITS IN U.S. MILITARY HISTORY. THE 54TH MASSACHUSETTS VOLUNTEERS. THEIR CREATION WAS MET WITH MIXED REACTIONS. BUT THE UNIT SERVES TO THIS DAY AND THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN TO RECEIVE A MEDAL OF HONOR, WILLIAM HARVEY CARNEY, HAILED FROM IT. THE NATIONAL GUARD IS SECOND ONLY TO THE UNITED STATES ARMY IN TERMS OF NUMBER OF MEMBERS. MR. SPEAKER, I COMMEND ALL THOSE WHO JOIN THE RANKS OF THE ESTEEMED NATIONAL GUARD. THEY ANSWERED THE CALL OF DUTY TO PROTECT THEIR COMMUNITY AND COUNTRY. WE'RE GRATEFUL FOR THEIR SERVICE AND PROUD OF THEIR COMMITMENT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. RUIZ, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                              MR. RUIZ

                              I RISE TO HONOR THE OUTSTANDING SERVICE AND HEROISM OF ONE OF CALIFORNIA'S…

                              I RISE TO HONOR THE OUTSTANDING SERVICE AND HEROISM OF ONE OF CALIFORNIA'S FINEST, RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY DAVID SOLIS, WHO SERVES IN COCHELLA, CALIFORNIA. IN MAY, 2017, DEPUTY SOLIS ENGAGED IN A CHASE WITH A RESPECT IN A VEHICLE WHICH -- SUSPECT IN A VEHICLE WHICH LED TO A FOOT PURSUIT. THE SUSPECT DREW A FIREARM AND SHOT DEPUTY SOLIS SIX TIMES AT CLOSE RANGE. THOUGH HE WAS CRITICALLY INJURED, DEPUTY SOLIS CONTINUED TO FEED HIS TEAM INFORMATION, ENSURING OTHER OFFICERS COULD SECURE THE AREA WHICH LED TO THE EVENTUAL CAPTURE OF THE SUSPECT. INCREDIBLY, DEPUTY SOLIS WAS BACK TO WORK AFTER JUST FOUR MONTHS OF RECOVERY. HIS BRAVERY, STRENGTH AND PROFESSIONALISM EXEMPLIFIES THE VERY BEST IN LAW ENFORCEMENT WHICH IS WHY HIS DEPARTMENT SELECTED HIM TO GET THE PUBLIC SAFETY MEDAL OF HONOR FOR EXHIBITING EXTRAORDINARY VALOR ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY. IT IS THE HIGHEST DECORATION FOR PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS. DEPUTY SOLIS, YOU TRULY EMBODY THESE VALUES, YOUR COURAGE HAS MADE OUR ENTIRE VALLEY A SAFER PLACE. YOU AND ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS PUT YOURSELVES IN HARM'S WAY EACH DAY TO KEEP US SAFE. ON BEHALF OF MY WIFE MONICA AND THE ENTIRE 36TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, I WANT TO THANK YOU, MARTHA, AND YOUR CHILDREN, CALEB, JONAH, GRACE, PENNY, FOR YOUR BRAVERY AND SACRIFICE. MR. SPEAKER, THE TAX PLAN BEING CONSIDERED IN CONFERENCE RIGHT NOW WILL BE DEVASTATING FOR THE PEOPLE I REPRESENT. IN PARTICULAR SENIORS, HOMEOWNERS, STUDENTS AND TAX-PAYING MIDDLE CLASS CALIFORNIANS. ACCORDING TO NEARLY EVERY NONPARTISAN ESTIMATE OUT THERE, THIS TAX PLAN WILL BLOW A GIANT HOLE IN OUR DEFICIT. A $ TRILLION HOLE, IN FACT -- $1 TRILLION HOLE, IN FACT. SO MY FIRST QUESTION IS, WHO'S GOING TO PAY FOR IT? WELL, NEXT YEAR IT WILL BE OUR SENIORS TO THE TUNE OF $25 BILLION IN CUTS TO MEDICARE, AND 10 YEARS FROM NOW, WE'LL BE LOOKING AT CUTS TO PROGRAMS THAT INVEST IN OUR CHILDREN AND OUR FUTURE LIKE PELL GRANTS FOR OUR STUDENTS. MY NEXT QUESTION IS, WHO WILL ACTUALLY BENEFIT? WELL, IT WON'T BE CALIFORNIA HOMEOWNERS WHO ON AVERAGE WILL SEE THEIR TAXES GO UP BY $800 A YEAR, AND IT WON'T BE HARDWORKING FAMILIES IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WHO WILL BE DOUBLE TAXED ON THEIR INCOME. IT WILL BE CORPORATIONS WHO WILL GET FREE REIN TO SHIP JOBS OVERSEAS BECAUSE ANY INCOME EARNED ABROAD WILL BE COMPLETELY TAX-FREE, AND IT WILL BE THE WEALTHIEST 1% WHO GET MORE THAN 50% OF THE TAX CUTS IN THIS PLAN WHILE STICKING OUR CHILDREN WITH THE BILL. I WANT TO SIMPLIFY, I WANT TO MODERNIZE OUR TAX CODE TO GIVE MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES THE PURCHASING POWER THEY NEED TO IMPROVE THEIR LIVES AND SPARK THE ECONOMY. WELL, THIS PLAN, UNFORTUNATELY, WILL FURTHER BURDEN THE MIDDLE CLASS FOR THE BENEFIT OF MILLIONAIRES. SO LET'S START OVER. LET'S COME BACK TO THE TABLE TO MAKE REAL BIPARTISAN TAX REFORM A REALITY, TO GIVE REAL TAX CUTS TO ALL THE PEOPLE WE SERVE. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. DENHAM, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                              MR. DENHAM

                              MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO HONOR A TRUE FRIEND AND ADVOCATE OF…

                              MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO HONOR A TRUE FRIEND AND ADVOCATE OF AGRICULTURE. FOR THE PAST EIGHT YEARS, PAUL WINGER HAS LED THE CALIFORNIA FARM BUREAU WITH PASSION AND DEDICATION, ENSURING THAT ONE OF OUR STATE'S MOST VITAL INDUSTRIES REMAINS AT THE FOREFRONT WORLDWIDE. AS A LONGTIME NATIVE OF CALIFORNIA'S 10TH DISTRICT AND THE CITY OF MODESTO, PAUL HAS BEEN ENGAGED AT MAKING OUR COMMUNITY A BETTER PLACE. AS A THIRD GENERATION FARMER, PAUL GROWS ALMONDS AND WALL -- WALNUTS ON THE FAMILY'S FARM. HIS FARMING OPERATION ALSO INCLUDES A MARKETING COMPONENT FOR PROCESSED ALMONDS AND WALNUTS THROUGH THE WOOD COLONY NUT COMPANY. PAUL ATTENDED MODESTO JR. COLLEGE, M.J.C., BEFORE HE TRANSFERRED TO CAL POLY. FROM 1990 TO 1994 HE SERVED AS PRESIDENT OF THE STANISLAS FARM BUREAU. HE WAS ELECTED SECOND VICE PRESIDENT. HE WAS THEN ELECTED FIRST VICE PRESIDENT IN 2005. HE ALSO SERVED AS A MEMBER OF THE BUREAU'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND CHAIRED ITS WATER ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND WATER DEVELOPMENT TASK FORCE. SINCE 2009, PAUL HAS SERVED AS PRESIDENT OF THE STATEWIDE CALIFORNIA FARM BUREAU. HE'S BEEN ON THE FRONT LINES FIGHTING FOR WATER RIGHTS AND SUPPLIES, LESS GOVERNMENT OVERREACH, IMMIGRATION REFORM, AND SUSTAINABLE WORKING LANDS THAT ARE ESSENTIAL TO KEEPING FARMING AND RANCHING ALIVE. IN 2014, HE RECEIVED THE STANISLAS FARM BUREAU'S DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD, AND HAS BEEN LONG PRAISED FOR HIS EFFECTIVE MESSAGING AND ENGAGEMENT, PASSION AND UNWAVERING PRINCIPLES. PAUL HAS SUCCESSFULLY GIVEN CALIFORNIA A STRONG VOICE AT THE TABLE BY BEING ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU. ALONG WITH WORKING AT THE STATE AND NATIONAL LEVEL, PAUL HAS DEDICATED COUNTLESS HOURS TO OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY AS WELL. HE SERVED ON THE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT. THE SCHOOL BOARD OF TRUSTEES. THE CENTRAL VALLEY FARM BOARD TRUSTEE COUNCIL. JUST TO NAME A FEW. HE'S BEEN VERY ACTIVE. PAUL'S TENURE AS PRESIDENT ENDS THIS YEAR, BUT I'M CONFIDENT HE WILL CONTINUE TO PLAY A VITAL ROLE IN THE ADVOCACY AND EVOLUTION OF OUR AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY. I THANK PAUL FOR HIS HARD WORK AND CONTINUED FRIENDSHIP. I THANK HIS WIFE, DEBORAH, AND THREE SONS, AND THEIR GRANDCHILDREN FOR GRACIOUSLY SHARING PAUL WITH THE FARMERS, RANCHERS, AND OUR COMMUNITY WHO RELIED ON HIS LEADERSHIP. MR. SPEAKER, PLEASE JOIN ME IN HONORING AND WE CANNING MY GOOD FRIEND -- RECOGNIZING MY GOOD FRIEND FOR HIS UNWAVERING LEADERSHIP, ACCOMPLISHMENTS ON BEHALF OF THE AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MS. CLARKE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                              MS. CLARKE

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN TRIBUTE TO A GREAT MAN, A LOVING…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN TRIBUTE TO A GREAT MAN, A LOVING HUSBAND AND FATHER, A VISIONARY ENTREPRENEUR, A PHILANTHROPIST AND HUMANITARIAN, MY BELOVED AND DEAR FRIEND, MR. LOWELL HAWTHORNE OF THE BRONX, NEW YORK. LOWELL IMMIGRATED TO THE UNITED STATES FROM THE BEAUTIFUL ISLAND NATION OF JAMAICA IN 1981, AND LIKE MOST IMMIGRANTS TO OUR CUNIGAN HIS PURSUIT OF THE AMERICAN DREAM. BEFORE WORKING HIS WAY UP THE ADMINISTRATIVE RANKS -- EXCUSE ME -- AFTER WORKING HIS WAY UP THE ADMINISTRATIVE RANKS OF THE NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT AS AN ACCOUNTANT HANDLING POLICE PENSIONS, HE WAS BITTEN BY THE ENTREPRENEURIAL BUG AND STARTED A HOME-BASED BUSINESS DOING TAX RETURNS FOR CO-WORKERS AND FRIENDS ON THE FORCE. DETERMINED TO PROVIDE FOR HIS FAMILY WITH A LIFE THAT HE NEVER HAD, IN 1989, INSPIRED BY HIS FATHER AND SISTERS WHO WERE BAKERS AND WITH THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF HIS WIFE AND SIBLINGS, HE WOULD GO ON TO OPEN THE FIRST GOLDEN CRUST BAKERY ON EAST GUN HILL ROAD IN THE BRONX, NEW YORK. HIS SPECIALTIES INCLUDED THE JAMAICAN BEEF PATTY, CARIBBEAN BAKED GOODS, AND OTHER CULLNEAR DELIGHTS. -- CULINARY DELIGHTS. HIS WORK ETHIC AND DOGGED DETERMINATION ALLOWED HIM TO SOAR, METHODICALLY EXPANDING HIS EMPIRE TO INCLUDE OVER 120 STORES IN NINE STATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. GOLDEN CRUST CARIBBEAN BAKERY AND GRILL WOULD BECOME THE FIRST CARIBBEAN AMERICAN OWNED BUSINESS IN THE UNITED STATES TO BE GRANTED A FRANCHISE LICENSE. PRODUCING MORE THAN 50 MILLION BEEF, CHICKEN AND VEGETABLE PATTIES A YEAR, GOLDEN CRUST IS ALSO THE LARGEST CARIBBEAN AMERICAN-OWNED BUSINESS IN THE NATION. LOWELL HAS BEEN DESCRIBED BY HIS EMPLOYEES AS A NICE BOSS, A WONDERFUL GUY, A GOD-FEARING MAN. SOMEONE WHO CARED DEEPLY FOR HIS STAFF, HIS FAMILY, HIS COMMUNITY, AND THE BELOVED LAND OF HIS BIRTH, JAMAICA. HE LEAVES TO CHERISH HIS LEGACY HIS DEVOTED WIFE, LAWNA, OF 34 YEARS, HIS -- LANA, OF 34 YEARS, HIS CHILDREN. I ADMIRE LOWELL FOR BRINGING OUR SHARED LOVE OF JAMAICAN CULTURE TO LIFE ON A LARGER SCALE THROUGH FOOD AND FELLOWSHIP. HIS SUCCESS STORY IS AN INSPIRATION TO ALL WHO CONTINUE TO DREAM THE AMERICAN DREAM. I PERSONALLY WAS HONORED TO HAVE KNOWN HIM. AS PART OF A TIGHT KNIT CARIBBEAN DIASPORA AND CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY, HE WAS A BELOVED PART OF MY EXTENDED FAMILY, SO MUCH SO THAT MY MOTHER ADOPTED HIM, AS MOTHERS OFTEN DO, AND TOOK HIM UNDER HER WING AND INTO HER HEART. LOWELL WAS MORE THAN A FRIEND. HE WAS A BROTHER, AND TODAY I HONOR HIS LIFE AND LIVING LEGACY. I WILL MISS MY FRIEND AND WILL CHERISH HIM ALWAYS, AND ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF THE NINTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF NEW YORK, THE CLARKE FAMILY AND MYSELF, I WISH TO EXPRESS MY MOST DEEPEST, PROFOUND CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF THE HONORABLE LOWELL HAWTHORNE. I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY…

                              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA, MS. ROBEY FOR FIVE MINUTES. -- MRS. ROBY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                              MRS. ROBY

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. A FEW DAYS AGO WE LEARNED OF THE DEPARTMENT OF…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. A FEW DAYS AGO WE LEARNED OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE DECISION TO OPEN AN INVESTIGATION IN THE APPALLING PRACTICE OF ABORTION PROVIDERS HARVESTING AND TRAFFICKING ABORTED BABIES' BODY PARTS FOR PROFIT, FINALLY. MR. SPEAKER, AS MY COLLEAGUES SURELY REMEMBER IN JULY, 2015, SENIOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD OFFICIALS WERE CAUGHT ON CAMERA TO SAY HOW ABORTION PROCEDURES COULD BE ALTERED TO PRESERVE CERTAIN ORGANS SO THEY COULD BE SOLD TO RESEARCHERS. THEY TALKED OF CRUSHING HERE AND CRUSHING THERE AND BEING CAREFUL TO PRESERVE CERTAIN PARTS OF A LITTLE BABY'S BODY BECAUSE THEY'RE VALUABLE ON THE RESEARCH MARKET. THEY TALKED OF MENUS FOR ORGANS AND HOW LUCRATIVE THESE ARRANGEMENTS COULD BE. IT WAS SICK AND CALLOUS AND COMPLETELY INHUMAN. IT ALSO HAPPENS TO BE AGAINST THE LAW. SOON THEREAFTER, SEVERAL OF MY COLLEAGUES AND I CALLED FOR AN INVESTIGATION INTO THESE DISTURBING REVELATIONS. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, OUR DEMANDS FELL ON DEAF EARS. ATTORNEY GENERAL LORETTA LYNCH TURNED A BLIND EYE AND DIDN'T PURSUE AN INVESTIGATION. EVEN AFTER MULTIPLE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES REFERRED THEIR OWN INVESTIGATIONS TO THE AUTHORITIES AT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, NOTHING WAS DONE. AT THAT TIME I SAID IT WAS DISAPPOINTING BUT HARDLY SURPRISING. WE ALL KNOW HOW MUCH POLITICAL WEIGHT PLAINED THROWS AROUND IN THIS -- PLANNED PARENTHOOD THROWS AROUND IN THIS TOWN. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW. THAT'S WHY I WAS PLEASED, SO PLEASED TO RECEIVE WORD THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE NOW UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS APPEARS TO BE FOLLOWING UP ON THE EVIDENCE AND TAKING OUR CALLS FOR AN INVESTIGATION SERIOUSLY. IN A LETTER TO THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL STEVEN BOYD, WHO I AM PROUD TO SAY WAS MY FORMER CHIEF OF STAFF, LOOKED INTO THE SUSPECTED HARVESTING AND TRAFFICKING OF FETAL TISSUE. HE SAID FOR NOW THE DOCUMENTS ARE FOR INVESTIGATIVE USE ONLY, AND A FORMAL RESOLUTION MAY BE REQUIRED FOR FURTHER PROCEEDINGS, SUCH AS A GRAND JURY. I APPRECIATE THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE'S ATTENTION TO THIS, AND I KNOW I WILL NOT BE THE ONLY ONE WATCHING THIS CLOSELY. WHEN THE TERRIBLE VIDEOS FIRST SURFACED IN 2015, I IMMEDIATELY CAME TO THE HOUSE FLOOR AND STOOD RIGHT HERE IN THE WELL AND SPOKE OUT ABOUT THIS OUTRAGEOUS ACTIVITY. SOMEONE LATER SAID, YOU WERE THE FIRST ONE TO SPEAK ON THE FLOOR, AND, MR. SPEAKER, I WILL BE THE LAST IF I HAVE TO. I SAID THEN, I PROMISE WE ARE NOT DONE TALKING ABOUT THIS. TODAY I'M GLAD THAT HAS PROVEN TO BE TRUE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE…

                              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                              MR. GREEN

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AGAIN, I EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE FOR THE…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AGAIN, I EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK WERE THE WELL OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. MR. SPEAKER, I BELIEVE THAT THERE IS SOME MISINFORMATION BEING ACCORDED TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MISINFORMATION BECAUSE THERE SEEMS TO BE A BELIEF AMONG THOSE WHO ARE PUSHING A TAX PLAN THAT WILL PUT US $1.5 TRILLION ADDITIONAL MORE OR LESS IN DEBT. THERE SEEMS TO BE THE NOTION BEING PUSHED THAT SOMEHOW BY GIVING MAJOR CORPORATIONS MAJOR BREAKS. THESE MAJOR CORPORATIONS WILL MAKE A MAJOR CONCESSION, AND THEY WILL MOVE MAJOR AMOUNTS OF DOLLARS DOWN TO THOSE WHO WORK AT THE VERY LOWER LEVELS OF THEIR BUSINESSES. . THOSE WHO CLEAN THE FLOORS. THOSE WHO ARE THERE, CALLED THE NIGHT CREW, AND THEY MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR THOSE WHO COME IN IN THE DAYLIGHT TO HAVE A CLEAN OFFICE AND A BETTER WORK ENVIRONMENT. THERE SEEMS TO BE A NOTION THAT SOMEHOW THERE WILL BE A TRICKLE-DOWN TO THEM. I DON'T SEE THE EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THIS POSITION. I WOULD ENCOURAGE MY FRIENDS WHO BELIEVE IN TRICKLE DOWN TO MOVE TO BUBBLE UP AND ALLOW A MINIMUM WAGE TO BE RAISED. RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE AND MAKE IT A LIVING WAGE. IF YOU CAN GET IT TO THOSE AT THE TOP, WHY NOT ASSURE THOSE AT THE BOTTOM SOME DEGREE OF BENEFIT FROM THE $1.5 TRILLION? YOU BUT ONLY HAVE TO DECIDE THAT YOU WILL MAKE A PART OF THIS TAX BILL A RAISE IN THE MINIMUM WAGE. MAKE IT SO. YOU CAN DO IT. AND IF YOU SHOULD DO IT, YOU'LL FIND THERE WILL BE SOME PEOPLE WHO WILL APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT YOU DIDN'T JUST LOOK OUT FOR THOSE AT THE TOP. YOU ALSO DECIDED THAT YOU WERE GOING TO TAKE CARE OF THOSE AT THE BOTTOM. FINALLY THIS, MR. SPEAKER, TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE WILL PULL THEMSELVES UP BY BOOTSTRAPS TOP. YOU ALSO DECIDED THAT YOU WERE GOING TO TAKE CARE OF THOSE THAT THEY DON'T HAVE, PLEASE KNOW THIS, DEAR BROTHERS AND SISTERS, PEOPLE WHO ARE POOR CANNOT DO MORE WITH LESS. THERE IS A BELIEF THAT IF YOU ARE RICH, YOU NEED MORE TO DO MORE. BUT IF YOU ARE POOR, YOU CAN DO MORE WITH LESS. IF POOR PEOPLE COULD DO MORE WITH LESS, THERE WOULD BE NO POOR PEOPLE. LET'S TAKE CARE OF THOSE THAT THEY DON'T AT THE BOTTOM. LET THE SYSTEM BUBBLE UP AS OPPOSED TO TRICKLE DOWN. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CON AWAY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                              MR. CONAWAY

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO DISCUSS AN ISSUE…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO DISCUSS AN ISSUE THAT'S RECEIVING A LOT OF ATTENTION BOTH IN THE MEDIA AN IN THE HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE AND THAT'S OUR NATION'S LARGEST ANTI-HUNGER PROGRAM, THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, OR SNAP. AS WE APPROACH THE UPCOMING FARM BILL, I WOULD OFFER A BRIEF PERSPECTIVE, SOMETHING I HAVE BEEN KEEPING IN THE FRONT OF MY MIND THROUGHOUT ALL THESE CONVERSATIONS. MR. SPEAKER, SNAP IS ABOUT FAMILIES THAT ARE LIVING PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK HERE IN OUR NATION. IT'S ABOUT HELPING HOUSEHOLDS ACROSS THIS CONTRY, NOT SO MUCH WORRY ABOUT WHERE THE NEXT MEAL IS COMING FROM. LETTING THEM WORRY MORE ABOUT HOW THEIR CHILDREN CAN BE EDUCATED, THEIR OWN WORK, AND THEIR OWN FUTURE. IT'S ABOUT HELPING EVERY CITIZEN REALIZE THE AMERICAN DREAM BY MODERNIZING A PROGRAM THAT HELPS LIFT FOLKS OUT OF POVERTY RATHER THAN TRAPPING THEM THERE. MR. SPEAKER, THIS WILL NOT BE EASY. THERE WILL BE PEOPLE WHO DEMONIZE OUR EFFORTS. SOME BELIEVE WILL CRITICIZE THE PROCESS. WE'LL HAVE THOSE WHO PAINT DOOMSDAY SCENARIOS ABOUT WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO GET DONE. SOME WILL SAY TOO MUCH, TOO SOON, TOO FAST. MR. SPEAKER, NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. OUR COMMITTEE HAS SPENT THREE YEARS EXAMINING EVERY ASPECT OF THIS PROGRAM. WE HAVE HEARD FROM CITIZENS ACROSS THIS NATION WHO HAVE BEEN HELPED BY SNAP. AND IDENTIFIED MODEST IMPROVEMENTS WE BELIEVE WILL BETTER SERVE THOSE IN GREATEST NEED. MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST GET THIS POLICY RIGHT. AS I SAID, WE MUST GET THIS POLICY RIGHT. I CAN TELL YOU, MR. SPEAKER, THESE REFORMS ARE ABOUT MAINTAINING THE AMERICAN VALUE MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST OF AGAIN ROSSITY. AGAIN ROSSITY THAT SAYS NO AMERICAN SHOULD GO TO BED HUNGRY EACH NIGHT. MR. SPEAKER, IT ALSO MAINTAINS THAT -- STRENGTHENS THAT GREAT AMERICAN TRADITION OF SELF-SUFFICIENCY THAT COMPELS US TO WORK TO IMPROVE OUR OWN STATIONS OF LIFE. BY DOING THIS, BY MODERNIZING SNAP, MAKING THESE CHANGES THAT INCENTIVIZE WORK, BY ENCOURAGING COLLABORATION, PROMOTING AND IMPROVING ACCESS, WE'LL BE ENSURING BETTER NUTRITION FOR OUR AMERICAN FAMILIES. AND AS BUDGETS TIGHTEN IN OUR COUNTRY AND ACROSS THIS GOVERNMENT, WE'LL PRESERVE A PROGRAM THAT MUST BE PRESERVED FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS W THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. -- GENERATIONS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                              THE CHAIR NOW FUTURE GENERATIONS W THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.…

                              THE CHAIR NOW FUTURE GENERATIONS W THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. DUNCAN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                              MR. DUNCAN

                              THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. ONE OF THE FINEST MEN I HAVE EVER KNOWN,…

                              THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. ONE OF THE FINEST MEN I HAVE EVER KNOWN, JIM HASLAN, TURNS 8 TODAY. HE'S ONE OF THE GREATEST LEADERS TENNESSEE HAS -- 87 TODAY. HE'S ONE OF THE GREATEST LEADERS TENNESSEE HAS EVER HAD. HE CAME TO THE UST WHY OF TENNESSEE TO PLAY FOOTBALL -- UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE TO PLAY FOOTBALL. HE PLAYED ON SOME OF THE GREATEST TEAMS IN TENNESSEE HISTORY. TEAMS THAT WON ALMOST EVERY GAME. LOSING ONLY FOUR GAMES IN THE THREE YEARS THAT JIM PLAYED. IN 1958, HE BOUGHT A SMALL GAS STATION IN GATE CITY, VIRGINIA, ON THE TENNESSEE LINE. I BELIEVE I READ AT ONE POINT THAT HE PAID JUST $6,000 FOR THAT FOUR PUMP STATION. THROUGH MUCH HARD WORK AND LONG HARD HOURS, HE SLOWLY BUILT THAT ONE LITTLE GAS TATION INTO THE PILOT FLYING J CHAIN. HE'S STILL INVOLVED IN THE BUSINESS TODAY. WE FREQUENTLY TELL PEOPLE IN THE MILITARY, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. THAT IS A GOOD THING TO DO. HOWEVER, WE DON'T SHOW NEARLY ENOUGH APPRECIATION FOR PEOPLE WHO START SMALL BUSINESSES AND TURN THEM INTO BIGGER BUSINESSES AND PROVIDE GOOD JOBS FOR PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES. THE PILOT FLYING J COMPANY NOW HAS OVER 750 TRAVEL SENT CENTERS IN 43 STATES AND CANADA AND PROVIDES JOBS FOR OVER 27,000 PEOPLE. VERY FEW PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD CAN SAY THAT THEY ARE PROVIDING JOBS FOR 27,000 PEOPLE. JIM HAS NOW CONTRIBUTED OVER $100 MILLION TO THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE. HE AND HIS FAMILY HAVE CONTRIBUTED VERY LARGE SUMS OF MONEY TO ALMOST EVERY GOOD CAUSE IN EAST TENNESSEE. IN ADDITION TO THE UNIVERSITY. HE AND HIS WIFE DO NOT JUST CONTRIBUTE MONEY. THEY ARE VERY ACTIVE IN ALL SORTS OF CIVIC AND CHARITABLE GROUPS IN KNOXVILLE. HE'S ALSO A VERY PATRIOTIC MAN AND HAS GREAT LOVE FOR THIS COUNTRY. HE SERVED THE COUNTRY IN OUR NATION'S MILITARY. HE'S ONE OF THE BIGGEST CONTRIBUTORS TO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND THIS NATION AND IS PERSONALLY INVOLVED IN MANY CAMPAIGNS. HE'S BEEN A VERY GOOD FRIEND AND SUPPORTER FOR BOTH ME AND MY LATE FATHER AND I'M VERY GRATEFUL TO HIM. MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL, JIM HAS BEEN A GOOD FAMILY MAN. HE AND HIS LATE WIFE RAISED THREE CHILDREN. THEN MANY YEARS AGO HE MARRIED NATALIE, A LONG-TIME FRIEND. BETWEEN THEM THEY RAISED SIX OUTSTANDING CHILDREN. ONE OF HIS SONS, BILL, IS OUR GREAT GOVERNOR IN TENNESSEE AND CHAIRMAN OF THE REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR'S ASSOCIATION. HIS OTHER SON, JIMMY, NOW LEADS THE PILOT FLYING J COMPANY AND OWNS AND OPERATES THE CLEVELAND BROWNS FOOTBALL TEAM. THROUGH HARD WORK, HONESTY, DEDICATION, AND SIMPLE HUMANKINDNESS, JIM HAS LIVED THE AMERICAN DREAM. HE HAS TOUCHED AND SIMPLE THOUSANDS OF LIVES IN GOOD AND POSITIVE WAYS. THIS NATION IS THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE HISTORY OF THIS WORLD BECAUSE OF PEOPLE LIKE JIM. THIS NATION IS A BETTER PLACE TODAY BECAUSE OF THE LIFE HE HAS LED. I SALUTE HIM ON HIS 87TH BIRTHDAY AND GIVE HIM THE BEST WISHES FOR IN GOOD AND POSITIVE WAYS. THIS NATION IS THE GREATEST MANY, MANY MORE. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MS. FOXX, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                              MS. FOXX

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE GRANDFATHER…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE GRANDFATHER RANGER DISTRICT OF THE PISCA NATIONAL FOREST AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS. RECENTLY THE GRANDFATHER RANGER DISTRICT OF THE NATIONAL FOREST RECEIVED THE COVETED 2017 RESTORED AND RESILIENT LANDSCAPES AWARD FROM THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE SOUTHERN REGION. THE RANGER DISTRICT RECEIVED THIS AWARD DUE TO EFFORTS TO PRODUCE A HEALTHY AND SERVICE SOUTHERN MORE DIVERSE FOREST. THIS PROJECT, WHICH BEGAN IN 2012, HAS EXCEEDED ITS GOAL OF RESTORING 40,000 ACRES OF FOREST FOR PARK GOERS TO ENJOY. SPECIFICALLY, COLLABORATIVE PARTNERS HAVE WORKED TOGETHER TO REMOVE UNDERSTORY FUELS TO DECREASE WILDFIRE RISK, RESTORE SHORT LEAF PINES, AND INCREASE WILDLIFE OPENINGS WHILE IMPROVING AREAS FOR DEER AND OTHER WILDLIFE TO FORAGE. THESE COMBINED EFFORTS OF THE GRANDFATHER RANGER DISTRICT AND COLLABORATIVE PARTNERS HAVE YIELDED FANTASTIC RESULTS FOR OUR COMMUNITY AND OUR FOREST. I KNOW THAT THESE EFFORTS AND COLLABORATIVE PARTNERS HAVE WILL BENEFIT GENERATIONS OF OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS AND CONSERVATIONISTS FOR YEARS TO COME. I SALUTE THE GRANDFATHER RANGER DISTRICT AND THE MANY PARTNERS WHO EARNED THE RESTORED AND RESILIENT LANDSCAPES AWARD. I YIELD BACK.

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                              AS C-SPAN.ORG. "WASHINGTON JOURNAL" LIVE EVERY DAY AT 7:00 A.M. EASTERN.…

                              AS C-SPAN.ORG. "WASHINGTON JOURNAL" LIVE EVERY DAY AT 7:00 A.M. EASTERN. TAKE YOU TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. E 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 GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MRS. LAWRENCE. LAWRENCE LAURNINGS --

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                              MRS. LAWRENCE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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                              MR. JOHNSON

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO STRONGLY URGE PRESIDENT TRUMP TO…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO STRONGLY URGE PRESIDENT TRUMP TO NOMINATE A SOCIAL SECURITY COMMISSIONER WITHOUT FURTHER DELAY. THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN WITHOUT A SENATE CONFIRMED COMMISSIONER FOR OVER 1700 DAYS. THAT'S ALMOST FIVE YEARS. THIS IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED A COMMISSIONER AND THEY NEED ONE NOW. WITHOUT A COMMISSIONER, SOCIAL SECURITY IS JUST SPINNING ITS WHEELS. IMPORTANT DECISIONS ARE BEING PUT OFF AND SERVICE HAS DETERIORATED. I ASK THE PRESIDENT TO ACT NOW. TO NOMINATE A COMMISSIONER SO THAT SOCIAL SECURITY CAN PROVIDE THE SERVICE AMERICANS WANT, NEED, AND DESERVE. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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

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

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                              MR. TAKANO

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF DARELL BUSH, THE FORMER…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF DARELL BUSH, THE FORMER MAYOR OF PARIS, CALIFORNIA, WHO PASSED AWAY EARLIER THIS MONTH. AS A U.S. NAVY VETERAN, A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER, AND A PILLAR OF THE PARIS COMMUNITY, MAYOR BUSH'S COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SERVICE WAS NEVER IN DOUBT. HIS PROFESSIONALISM, CLASS, AND COMPASSION ARE JUST A FEW OF THE MANY REASONS HE WAS ELECTED MAYOR OF PARIS FOR SIX CONSECUTIVE TERMS. DURING HIS TENURE, THE CITY EMERGED FROM SERIOUS FINANCIAL CHALLENGES TO BECOME A STABLE AND GROWING COMMUNITY. AND HIS LEADERSHIP WAS CRITICAL TO COMPLETING THE METRO LINK EXTENSION WHICH NOW CONNECTS GROWING COMMUNITY. PARIS TO NEIGHBORING COMMUNITIES. THE FOUNDATION HE BUILT DURING THE 17 YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE WILL BENEFIT THE CITY AND ITS RESIDENTS FOR YEARS TO COME. MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH KAY, HIS WIFE OF 57 YEARS, THEIR SON, AND THE REST OF THE BUSH FAMILY. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO DISCUSS THE IMPORTANCE OF HELPING CHILDREN…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO DISCUSS THE IMPORTANCE OF HELPING CHILDREN WHO, THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN, HAVE NO HEALTH INSURANCE. THESE ARE CHILDREN WHO ARE INELIGIBLE FOR MEDICAID AND THEIR FAMILY CANNOT AFFORD PRIVATE INSURANCE. THE CHIP, CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM, HELPS THESE CHILDREN RECEIVE COVERAGE.

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                              MR. YODER

                              IN KANSAS, MORE THAN 79,000 VULNERABLE CHILDREN ARE ENROLLED IN CHIP. AND…

                              IN KANSAS, MORE THAN 79,000 VULNERABLE CHILDREN ARE ENROLLED IN CHIP. AND THAT'S WHY I HAVE WORKED TO PRESERVE AND STRENGTHEN IT DURING MY TIME IN CONGRESS. LAST MONTH I VOTED IN FAVOR OF RE-AUTHORIZING CHIP FOR FIVE MORE YEARS THROUGH 202 T THIS INVALUABLE BENEFIT TO KIDS IN KANSAS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WAS INCLUDED AS PART OF A BIPARTISAN BILL CALLED THE CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS ACT, WHICH PASSED THE HOUSE LAST MONTH AND NOW AWAITS FURTHER ACTION IN THE SENATE. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS MY HOPE THAT THE SENATE WILL ACT QUICKLY TO PASS THIS BILL AND RE-AUTHORIZE THE IMPORTANT CHIP PROGRAM TO ENSURE FAMILIES AND CHILDREN WHO RELY ON THIS PROGRAM REMAIN COVERED. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              MR. SPEAKER, MAY I ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                              MRS. LAWRENCE

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ADDRESS MY CONCERNS WITH THE G.O.P. TAX BILL,…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ADDRESS MY CONCERNS WITH THE G.O.P. TAX BILL, CALLING THIS BILL TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IS SIMPLY WRONG. ADDING $1.5 TRILLION TO OUR DEFICIT AND ASSUMING AND BASICALLY HOPING CORPORATIONS WILL CREATE JOBS IS IRRESPONSIBLE. THERE IS NO GUARANTEES JOBS WOULD BE CREATED AND NO INCENTIVE FOR JOB TRAINING. THIS IS WRONG. IN AMERICA WE HAVE A SKILL TRADE CRISIS. WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO OPERATE OUR ECONOMY IN JOBS WITHOUT SKILL TRADES. WE MUST GIVE INCENTIVES TO INVEST FOR NEW TECHNOLOGY AND EQUIPMENT TO OUR CORPORATIONS, BUT WE MUST DO THAT WHILE DEMANDING THAT THEY ALSO INVEST IN SKILL TRADES, TRAINING, AND INVESTMENT. THE TAX REFORM WAS A REAL CHANCE TO CLOSE THE SKILLS GAP, TO REINVEST IN OUR WORKERS, AND TO CREATE 21 -- THE 2 ST CENTURY JOB TRAINING -- 21ST CENTURY JOB TRAINING PROGRAM. I THANK YOU AND YIELD BACK.

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

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

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

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

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                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO EMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF THE REDUCTIONS AND…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO EMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF THE REDUCTIONS AND REFORMS REFLECTED IN H.R. 1, THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE WORKS ON TODAY. PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT AND ACROSS AMERICA AWAIT MEANINGFUL TAX REFORM. MOST AMERICANS PAY TOO MUCH IN TAXES.

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                              MR. MITCHELL

                              THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS REPORTED LAST YEAR THAT AMERICANS PAID MORE…

                              THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS REPORTED LAST YEAR THAT AMERICANS PAID MORE MONEY IN TAXES THAN THEY SPENT ON FOOD AND CLOTHING. IT'S NO WONDER THEN THAT CLEARLY 0% OF AMERICANS BELIEVE OUR CURRENT TAX CODE IS UNFAIR, BECAUSE IT IS. AMERICA'S TAX CODE IS CURRENTLY CHOCK-FULL OF SPECIAL INTEREST INTEREST DEALS. WHILE FAMILIES NEED LOWER TAXES NOW. THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS MY APPROACH HAS BEEN EVAL ATING -- EVALUATING THE TAX SITUATION WITH ONE QUESTION. WILL THIS IMPROVE THE LIVES OF THE VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT? THAT ANSWER IS YES. IT'S PROJECTED THE HOUSE PLAN WILL SAVE THE AVERAGE FAMILY IN MI ABOUT $2,200 A YEAR. THAT'S REAL MONEY. AMERICANS DESERVE TO KEEP MORE OF WHAT THEY EARN. I LOOK FORWARD TO REVIEWING THE CONFERENCE REPORT AND FINALLY THE TAX REDUCTION PACKAGE TO PROVIDE RELIEF TO ALL AMERICANS. I YIELD BACK.

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

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                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO URGE HOUSE REPUBLICANS TO PUT…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO URGE HOUSE REPUBLICANS TO PUT ASIDE PARTISAN POLITICS AND PASS THE DREAM ACT. THIS FALL I HAVE SHARED STORY AFTER STORY FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR OF YOUNG OREGONIANS WHO HAVE BEEN FIT INTERESTED DACA.

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                              MR. SCHRADER

                              SITTING AT THIS DESK BEHIND ME IS A DISCHARGE PETITION WHICH WILL BRING A…

                              SITTING AT THIS DESK BEHIND ME IS A DISCHARGE PETITION WHICH WILL BRING A VOTE ON THE DREAM ACT NOW. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS WOULD REQUIRE 24 OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO JOIN US IN SUPPORT. AND AS OF TODAY WE ONLY HAVE TWO. THIS IS DESPITE THE FACT IF LEADERSHIP PUT THAT BILL ON THE FLOOR, IT WOULD HAVE OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. WE MUST ACT ON THIS. IT'S CLEAR THAT THE ADMINISTRATION IS AT BEST PROBLEMATIC. WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE STATUS OF DACA, THIS PRESIDENT SAID, OH, THEY SHOULDN'T BE VERY WORRIED. I HAVE A BIG HEART. BUT THERE IS ONLY A FEW SHORT MONTHS LATER THAT HE ANNOUNCED AN END TO THE DACA PROGRAM. THE DREAM ACT MUST BE PASSED BY CHRISTMAS. WE SHOULD DO IT TODAY. CONTINUING TO DELAY A VOTE ON THE DREAM ACT BASICALLY PUTS 800,000 RECIPIENTS AT RISK. IT'S IRRESPONSIBLE. AND PUTS THOSE LIVES IN LIMBO. THESE YOUNG FOLKS ARE DOCTORS AND TEACHERS. THE PATH FORWARD IS FOGGY AT BEST RIGHT NOW. THEY DESERVE LIVES IN LIMBO. A BETTER FUTURE. LET'S VOTE NOW.

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

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

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                              MR. NEWHOUSE

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THREE HIGH SCHOOL…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THREE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM KENNY WICK, WASHINGTON, AS THE -- KENNYWICK, WASHINGTON, AS THE WINNERS OF THE 2017 CONGRESSIONAL APP CHALLENGE. SETH FOREMAN, DAMON FULLER, AND TYLER ZIMMERMAN SPENT MANY HOURS REFINING AN APP NAMED POWERHOUSE WHICH ALLOWS THE USER TO TAKE ON THE ROLE OF A BUSINESS OTHER OF AN ENERGY COMPANY. THEY DESIGNED TO SHOW THE RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE COMMUNITY AND DRAW ATTENTION TO THE CHALLENGES ENERGY PROVIDERS FACE. THANK YOU TO OUR PANEL OF JUDGES AND TO THE ENGINEERS AT PACIFIC NORTHWEST NATIONAL LABORATORY WHO WILL BE PROVIDING THE WINNERS WITH A TOUR OF THEIR GREAT FACILITY. THE CONGRESSIONAL APP CHALLENGE HIGHLIGHTS THE VALUE OF COMPUTER SCIENCE AND CODING AND I AM PROUD TO REPRESENT CENTRAL WASHINGTON WHERE SCHOOLS AND TEACHERS ARE DEDICATED TO ENCOURAGING STUDENTS TO EXCEL IN STEM EDUCATION. THIS YEAR THE FOURTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT APP CHALLENGE HAS THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF ENTRIES SINCE MY OFFICE BEGAN PARTICIPATING IN THE CONTEST, WHICH IS A TESTAMENT TO THE CREATIVITY OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING SETH, DAMON, AND TYLER ON THEIR WINNING APP POWERHOUSE AND I LOOK FORWARD TO THEIR CONTINUED EDUCATIONAL AND FROTIONAL SUCCESS. THANK YOU,

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

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                              TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE NOT ONE, NOD TWO, BUT THREE…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE NOT ONE, NOD TWO, BUT THREE CHAMPIONSHIP HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAMS IN MY DISTRICT. ANAHEIM ZONE HIGH TWO, SCHOOL VARSITY FOOTBALL TEAM WON THEIR FIRST EVER C.I.F. DIVISION I 1 CHAMPIONSHIP. ON DECEMBER 1 THE KNIGHTS VARSITY FOOTBALL TEAM BROUGHT A CHAMPIONSHIP TIGHTLE TO THEIR SCHOOL FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE SCHOOL'S HISTORY. ON DECEMBER 2, CITY OF ORANGE, ORANGE HIGH SCHOOL, ANOTHER PUBLIC SCHOOL IN MY DISTRICT, BROUGHT HOME THE DIVISION 13 C.I.F. TITLE. MR. KOREA --

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                              MR. CORREA

                              THE FIRST DIVISION I TITLE SINCE 1999. MR. SPEAKER, COLLEAGUES, PLEASE…

                              THE FIRST DIVISION I TITLE SINCE 1999. MR. SPEAKER, COLLEAGUES, PLEASE JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING THESE FINE ATHLETES, THEIR COACHES, AND THEIR OUTSTANDING FOOTBALL PROGRAMS. I MUST SAY, CONGRATULATIONS TO THE KNIGHTS. CONGRATULATIONS TO PANTHERS, AND CONGRATULATIONS TO MONARCHS. ALL THREE TEAMS WILL BE PLAYING FOR THEIR STATE TITLES IN THEIR RESPECTIVE DIVISIONS THIS SATURDAY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, I 1999. MR. SPEAKER, COLLEAGUES, PLEASE JOIN YIELD THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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

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

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

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                              MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                              THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE NICOLAS…

                              THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE NICOLAS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL IN MIAMI ON THE OPENING OF THE NEW SPORTS HEALTH AND URGENT CARE SENT TER. WITH THIS CENTER THEY CONTINUE THE PROUD TRADITION AS ONE OF THE LEADING PEDIATRIC INSTITUTIONS IN THE NATION. LOCATED IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, DOWN THE STREET FROM MY HOME, THIS CERTAINTY WILL PROVIDE INJURY PREVENTION AND PERFORMANCE TRAINING PROGRAMS, AS WELL AS RAPID CARE TO OUR YOUNG ATHLETES THROUGH THE CUTTING-EDGE THERAPY SERVICES FOUND AT THE HOSPITAL. IT WILL SERVE AS A RESOURCE TO FAMILIES TO TAKE THEIR YOUNG CHILDREN, SADLY IN TIMES OF MEDICAL EMERGENCIES. FOR DECADES THEY HAVE INSPIRED HOPE AND PROMOTED LIFELONG HEALTH IN SOUTH FLORIDA BY PROVIDING THE BEST CARE TO KIDS IN OUR COMMUNITY. IT PRIDES ITSELF IN BETTERING SOUTH FLORIDA ONE PATIENT AT A TIME. SO I INVITE EVERYONE TO COME OUT AND MEET THE STAFF OF THE NEW SPORTS HEALTH AND URGENT CARE CENTER THIS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, AT THE SUNNYLAND SHOPPING SEPTRE BETTERING SOUTH FLORIDA ONE PATIENT AT A TIME. SO I INVITE EVERYONE TO COME OUT IN PINECREST FROM 9:00 TO 11:00 A.M. THANK YOU FOR TIME.

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

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

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                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE MAYOR WHO RECENTLY MADE HISTORY AS…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE MAYOR WHO RECENTLY MADE HISTORY AS THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMAN ELECTED MAYOR OF CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA.

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                              MS. ADAMS

                              A SELFLESS AND DEVOTED PUBLIC SERVANT, SHE BEGAN A DEEPLY SEGREGATED…

                              A SELFLESS AND DEVOTED PUBLIC SERVANT, SHE BEGAN A DEEPLY SEGREGATED SOUTH. MORE THAN THREE DECADES IN PUBLIC SERVICE, SHE RETIRED FROM THE CITY OF CHARLOTTE, WAS ELECTED TO SERVE TWO CONSECUTIVE TERMS AS A MEMBER OF THE CITY COUNCIL. RISING TO FROM THE CITY OF CHARLOTTE, WAS ELECTED TO SERVE TWO CONSECUTIVE TERMS AS A MEMBER OF THE CITY COUNCIL. RISING TO MAYOR PRO TEM. HER LEADERSHIP HELPED MOLD OUR CITY INTO ONE OF THE FASTEST IN AMERICA AND A BEACON OF THE FROM THE CITY MAYOR'S MOTHER, GRANDMOTHER, IS ONE OF MY SHE-ROES. LIKE STRONG AFRICAN-AMERICAN LEADERS SOUTH. THE WHO CAME BEFORE HER, HER ELECTION SHATTERED YET ANOTHER GLASS CEILING. AS THE 59TH MAYOR OF CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA, THE STORY WILL BE AN INSPIRATION TO YOUNG GIRLS AND WOMEN AND YOUNG BOYS THROUGHOUT NORTH CAROLINA AND THE NATION FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. JOIN ME IN WELCOMING AND CONGRATULATING OUR NEW MAYOR, MAYOR VAL. I LOOK FORWARD TO OUR CONTINUED PARTNERSHIP TO MOVE CHARLOTTE FORWARD. I YIELD BACK.

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

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                              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK

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                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HELP RAISE AWARENESS FOR STOP THE BLEED…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HELP RAISE AWARENESS FOR STOP THE BLEED TRAINING COURSE. RECENTLY, I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE THIS COURSE OFFERED BY THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS. THIS TRAINING TREATS YOU HOW TO TREAT BLEEDING INJURIES AND HELP SAVE A LIFE.

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                              MR. DAVIS

                              THE MOST PREVENTABLE CAUSE OF DEATH IS LOSING TOO MUCH BLOOD BEFORE…

                              THE MOST PREVENTABLE CAUSE OF DEATH IS LOSING TOO MUCH BLOOD BEFORE RESPONDERS ARRIVE. I SAW THESE LIFE-SAVING SKILLS WHEN SEVERAL OF MY COLLEAGUES AND FRIENDS WERE SHOT WHEN WE WERE PRACTICING FOR THE CONGRESSIONAL BASEBALL GAME. WE HAD THE SKILLS OF FORMER ARMY MEDIC, CONGRESSMAN WENSTRUP WHO WAS ABLE TO APPLY A TOWN KET TO STEVE SCALISE. EACH YEAR MORE THAN 180,000 PEOPLE DIE FROM CAR CRARKS, FALLS, SHOOTINGS AND NATURAL DISASTERS. EVERY AMERICAN COULD SAVE A LIFE BY LEARNING THESE SIMPLE SKILLS. I HOPE BY RAISING AWARENESS WE WILL EQUIP MORE AMERICANS TO DO JUST THAT.

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

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

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                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO SPEAK ABOUT SOMETHING TRULY HEARTBREAKING, THREE…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO SPEAK ABOUT SOMETHING TRULY HEARTBREAKING, THREE YEARS AGO, 20 CHILDREN AND SIX ADULTS WERE GUNNED DOWN AT SANDY HOOK, CONGRESS CUT. NO MEANINGFUL GUN LEGISLATION HAS BEEN PASSED IN THIS CONGRESS. AND GUESS WHAT? WE HAVE ANOTHER FATAL SHOOTING IN LAS VEGAS WHERE ALMOST 60 PEOPLE WERE GUNNED DOWN AND ANOTHER ONE IN TEXAS. IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS, TWO MEMBERS HAVE BEEN SHOT, TALK ABOUT HITTING CLOSE TO HOME. ACCORDING TO THE C.B.C., 93 AMERICANS ARE KILLED WITH GUNS EVERY DAY IN OUR COUNTRY. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. OUR NATION ALSO HAS THE HIGHEST HOMICIDE RATE AMONG THE WORLD'S MOST DEVELOPED NATIONS. IN OCTOBER, 2017, 232 HOMICIDES IN PHILADELPHIA, 8% HIGHER THAN DURING THE SAME TIME LAST YEAR. THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA KNOWS THE LIBES AT THE HANDS OF GUN VIOLENCE. PROMOTING PUBLIC SAFETY AND MAKING OUR NEIGHBORS STRONGER. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF EXCUSES AND INACTION. WE NEED TO LOOK FOR OUR NATION'S FUTURE AND NEED TO FIGHT THIS BLOCK BY BLOCK. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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

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

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                              MS. WILSON

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMIND THE CONGRESS AND THE NATION THAT THERE…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMIND THE CONGRESS AND THE NATION THAT THERE ARE STILL MANY QUESTIONS SURROUNDING THE OCTOBER AMBUSH IN NIGER DURING WHICH MY CONSTITUENT SERGEANT JOHNSON AND THREE MEMBERS OF HIS UNIT WERE KILLED BY ISLAMIST MILITANTS. THIS WEEK, TWO NEWS ORGANIZATIONS REPORTED SOME DISTURBING DETAILS THAT RAISE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TRUE NATURE OF THE UNIT'S MISSION IN NIGER. THERE ALSO IS A QUESTION OF WHO WAS MAKING THE DECISIONS ON THAT NIGHT, WHETHER THE SOLDIERS OR COMMANDERS BACK AT BASE. ACCORDING TO ONE REPORT AFTER BEING SEPARATED FROM THE UNION -- FROM THE UNIT FOR 48 HOURS, THEY BELIEVE THAT SERGEANT JOHNSON WAS STILL ALIVE AND MAY HAVE BEEN CAPTURED, TORTURED AND EXECUTED. THE TRUE STORY OF WHAT HAPPENED TO SERGEANT JOHNSON MAY BE IN THE END A SOURCE OF EMBARRASSMENT FOR THE PENTAGON AND THIS NATION. BUT THE AGENCY OWES ITS FAMILY AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE TRUTH HOWEVER UGLY IT MAY BE. AND I AM COMMITTED TO KEEPING THIS ISSUE ON THE FRONT BURNER AND IN EVERYONE'S MIND UNTIL WE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO SERGEANTLA DAVID JOHNSON. I FIELD BACK.

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                              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE SPEAKER OR A DESIGNEE…

                              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE SPEAKER OR A DESIGNEE AND MINORITY LEADER SHALL EACH NAME A TOTAL OF 15 MEMBERS DELEGATES OR RESIDENT COMMISSIONER OF THE RESPECTED PARTY WHO ARE NOT MEMBERS OF THE ETHICS TO SERVE ON SUBCOMMITTEES OF THAT COMMITTEE DURING THE 115TH PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 5-A-4. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 5-A 4-A AND THE THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE TO SERVE ON INVESTIGATIVE SUBCOMMITTEES ON THE COMMITTEE OF ETHICS FOR THE 115TH CONGRESS.

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                              MRS. WAGNER OF MISSOURI, MRS. WALORSKI, MRS. HANDEL, MRS. WALTERS OF…

                              MRS. WAGNER OF MISSOURI, MRS. WALORSKI, MRS. HANDEL, MRS. WALTERS OF CALIFORNIA, MR. PAULSEN OF MINNESOTA.

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                              DECEMBER 13, 2017 AND CLAUSE 5-A-4 I'VE A OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES…

                              DECEMBER 13, 2017 AND CLAUSE 5-A-4 I'VE A OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES I DESIGNATE THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS TO SERVE AS MEMBERS OF AN INVESTIGATIVE SUBCOMMITTEE ESTABLISHED BY THE COMMITTEE ON ETHICS DURING THE 115TH CONGRESS, REPRESENTATIVE CASTRO OF TEXAS, REPRESENTATIVE JAYAPAL OF WASHINGTON, REPRESENTATIVE MCQUICHE A.M. OF VIRGINIA AND MRS. TORRES OF CALIFORNIA, REPRESENTATIVE STRONG ASOF MASSACHUSETTS. SIGNED SINCERELY, NANCY PELOSI, DEMOCRATIC LEADER.

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                              MR. BUCK

                              BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 658 AND…

                              BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 658 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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                              THE CLERK

                              HOUSE RESOLUTION 658 ANY TIME AFTER ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION THE…

                              HOUSE RESOLUTION 658 ANY TIME AFTER ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION THE SPEAKER PURSUANT TO DECLARING THE HOUSE RESOLVED INTO THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE OF THE STATE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF BILL 1638 TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY TO SUBMIT A REPORT TO THE APPROPRIATE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES ON THE ESTIMATED TOTAL ASSETS UNDER CONTROL BY CERTAIN IRANIAN LEADERS AND OTHER FIGURES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE FIRST READING OF THE BILL SHALL BE DISPENSED WITH. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL SHALL BE WAIVED. THE DEBATE SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER. AFTER GENERAL DEBATE THE BILL IS CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE MINUTE YOU'LL. IN LIEU OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE, NOW PRINTED IN THE BILL, IT SHALL BE ORDER TO CONSIDER AS AN ORIGINAL BILL UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE AN AMENDMENT IN THE FATE OF A SUBSTITUTE CON ISING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-47. THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE ARE WAIVED. NO AMENDMENT SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN PART A OF THE REPORT ON THE COMMITTEE OF RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ AND DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIEDED AND CONTROLLED BY PRO OPPONENT AND OPPONENT SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT OR DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION IN THE HOUSE OR IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST SUCH AMENDMENTS ARE WAIVED. AT THE CONCLUSION OF CONSIDERATION, THE COMMITTEE SHALL RISE AND REPORT THE BILL TO THE HOUSE WITH SUCH AMENDMENTS AS MAY HAVE BEEN ADOPTED. ANY MEMBER MAY DEMAND A SEPARATE VOTE IN THE HOUSE ON ANY AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE TO THE P BILL OR TO THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE MADE IN ORDER. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AND AMENDMENTS THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION. SECTION 2, UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE 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. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. IN LIEU OF THE AMENDMENT RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES NOW PRINTED IN THE BILL, THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTED OF 115-48 SHALL BE SKRD AS ADOPTED. THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL AS AMENDED ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AS AMENDED AND ON ANY FURTHER AMENDMENT THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT ONE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES. 2, THE FURTHER AMENDMENT PRINTED IN PART B OF THE REPORT ON THE COMMITTEE OF RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION IF OFFERED BY THE MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT WHICH SHALL BE IN ORDER WITHOUT INTERVENTION OF ANY POINT OF ORDER SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ AND SEPARATELY DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY PROPONENT AND OPPONENT AND NOT SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR A DIVISION OF THE QUESTION AND 3, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS

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                              MR. BUCK

                              FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO MY…

                              FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO MY FRIEND FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS, PENDING WHICH I MAY CONSUME. DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. THIS RULE PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF TWO BILLS DEALING WITH IRAN AND ITS CONTINUED SUPPORT OF INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM. IN ADDITION, THE RULE MAKES IN ORDER ALL SUBMITTED AMENDMENTS. THESE BILLS WERE THE SUBJECT OF HEARINGS IN THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE AND MARKED UP AND REPORTED FAVORABLY TO THE HOUSE. BOTH BILLS RECEIVED BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN THE COMMITTEE AND I WOULD EXPECT WE WILL SEE SIGNIFICANT BIPARTISAN SUPPORT ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS NO SECRET THAT IRAN'S LEADERS ARE A THREAT TO OUR WAY OF LIFE. WE DON'T HAVE TO LOOK ANY FURTHER THAN IRANIAN SUPPORT FOR LETHAL ATTACKS ON U.S. TROOPS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN PARTICULARLY THROUGH I.E.D.'S TO WITNESS IRAN'S HOSTILITY TOWARDS US. IRAN HAS ROUTINELY TERRORIZED THE MIDDLE EAST AND SOUGHT TO EXPORT TERROR WORLDWIDE. IRAN'S NUMEROUS THREATS TO ANNIHILATE ISRAEL ARE A STEADY DRUM BEAT THAT SHOULD REMIND US OF IRAN'S THREAT. IN 2001, KHOMEINI SAID IT IS THE MISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF IRAN TO AARREST ISRAEL IF THE -- RACE ISRAEL FROM THE MAP OF THE REGION. IF JEWS ALL GATHER IN ISRAEL, IT WILL SAVE US THE TRUBBLE OF GOING AFTER THEM WORLDWIDE. BUT LEST WE THINK THESE ARE THE VIEWS OF THE PAST. KHOMEINI SAID THIS REGIME HAS NO CURE BUT TO BE ANNIHILATED AND WE COULD GO ON. THE INTENT OF THE DESTRUCTION OF ISRAEL IS NEARLY ENDLESS. THE COMMANDER OF IRAN'S REVOLUTIONARY GUARDS OFFERED TO SUPPORT PALESTINIANS IF THEY CHOOSE TO STAGE AN UPRISING TO TAKE BY FORCE ISRAEL'S NEWLY RECOGNIZED CAPITAL JERUSALEM. ANY LEADERS WHO TAKE AN OFFICIAL POSITION THAT THE NATION OF ISRAEL SHOULD BE ELIMINATED FROM THE EARTH ARE AND ALWAYS MUST BE SWORN ENEMY OF THE UNITED STATES. BUT IT'S NOT JUST ISRAEL. OTHER MIDDLE EAST ALLIES AND THE UNITED STATES HAVE BEEN THE TATS OF IRAN'S HOSTILITY, SAUDI ARABIA HAS BEEN INCREASING THREATEN ABOUT BY THE IRANIAN REEG EM. IN 2011, F.B.I. AGENTS DISRUPTED A PLOT BY IRAN TO ASSASSINATE THE SAUDI ARABIA AMBASSADOR TO THE U.S. HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C.,. THE PLOT INCLUDED BOMBING A RESTAURANT WHICH THE AMBASSADOR WAS PLANNING TO EAT. THE BOMBING WOULD HAVE CERTAINLY KILLED INNOCENT AMERICANS AS WELL. THE LIST COULD GO ON. IRAN HAS FOMENTED UNRESS IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND SUPPLIED THE SIRIAN REGIME. HAS SUPPORTED HEZBOLLAH AND HAMAS, HAS DISREGARDED INTERNATIONAL LAW BY BUILDING A NUCLEAR PROGRAM AND HAS TAUNTED THE UNITED STATES. WHO CAN FORGET THE IMAGE OF U.S. NAVY SAILORS FORCED TO KNEEL UNDER GUNPOINT ON AN IRANIAN MILITARY VESSEL OR ATTACKS ON U.S. TROOPS IN IRAQ USING PROXY MILITANT GROUPS OR THE NUMEROUS INCIDENTS IN THE PERSIAN GULF INVOLVING HARASSMENT OF THE U.S. NAVY. AGAINST THIS BACKDROP THE UNITED STATES ENTERED INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH IRAN REFERRED TO AS THE IRAN DEAL WAS OPPOSED BY A BIPARTISAN MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE. IT RELAXED SANCTIONS ON IRAN, OPENED CHANNELS FOR BUSINESS INVESTMENT AND ALLOWED IRAN A PATHWAY FORWARD ON A NUCLEAR BOMB. . THE BOMB OBAMA ADMINISTRATION CALLED IT BY ANOTHER NAME. THIS POLITICAL COMMITMENT BY PRESIDENT OBAMA TO IRAN IS THE REASON FOR THESE TWO BILLS TODAY. THE FIRST BILL, H.R. 1638, URANIUM LEADERSHIP ASSET TRANSPARENCY ACT, TARGETS THE FINANCES OF IRAN'S RULING CLASS. ITS GOAL IS THREEFOLD. ONE, AID U.S. AUTHORITIES IN THEIR EFFORTS TO ELIMINATE MONEY, LAUNDERING BY THE IRANIAN REGIME. TWO, EXPOSE THE SECTORS OF THE IRANIAN ECONOMY THAT ARE CONTROLLED BY IRAN'S RULERS. AND THREE, SHOW THE IRANIAN PEOPLE HOW THEIR CORRUPT GOVERNMENT ACCUMULATES WEALTH FOR ITSELF AT THE EXPENSE OF THE PEOPLE. THE IRAN DEAL REMOVES SANCTIONS ON MANY OF THE KNOWN CORRUPT GOVERNMENT ENTITIES. THIS LITTLE BILL WILL PROVIDE THE TRANSPARENCY NECESSARY TO REVEAL THE LEVEL OF CORRUPTION WITHIN IRAN AND INFORM CONGRESS AND OTHERS ABOUT HOW TO COMBAT THE FLOW OF MONEY TO TERRORISTS. IT FURTHER EXPOSES THE RULING CLASS BY PUBLISHING THIS INFORMATION IN THE MOST COMMON LANGUAGES SPOKEN WITHIN IRAN. THE SECOND BILL THAT WOULD BE CONSIDERED UNDER THIS RULE IS H.R. 4324, THE STRENGTHENING OVERSIGHT OF IRAN'S ACCESS TO FINANCE ACT. THIS BILL WILL INSTRUCT THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT TO REPORT ON TRANSACTIONS OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS RELATED TO THE EXPORT OF AIRCRAFT TO IRAN. UNDER THE DEAL -- UNUNDER THE IRAN DEAL PRESIDENT OBAMA REMOVED RESTRICTIONS ON THE SALE OF AMERICAN AIRCRAFT TO IRAN. IN 2016 THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT AUTHORIZED THE EXPORT OF MORE THAN 200 AIRCRAFT TO IDENTIFY RAN AIR, IRAN'S STATE-OWNED AIR CARRIER. YET WE KNOW THAT IRAN AIR HAS BEEN THE TRANSPORTER OF CHOICE FOR IRAN'S REVOLUTIONARY GUARDS AS THEY HAVE FERRIED WEAPONS SYSTEMS AROUND THE MIDDLE EAST. THE ABSURDITY OF THIS DEAL TO I CREASE THE REVOLUTIONARY GUARDS' CAPACITY TO REMOVE WEAPONS IS SELF-EVIDENT. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY WILL REQUIRE CERTIFICATION BY FINANCEERS OF THE AIRCRAFT EXPORTATION DEALS THAT NONE OF THE AIRCRAFT EXPORTED WILL BE USED FOR TERRORISM OR IRAN'S WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION PROGRAM. DUE TO IRAN AIR'S CONTINUED ROLE IN TRANSPORTING MATERIALS USED FOR TERRORISM, THIS ONE STEP THAT WE SHOULD TAKE TO HELP HOLD LENDING INSTITUTIONS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF AIRCRAFT EXPORTS TO IRAN. MR. SPEAKER, MANY OF US IN CONGRESS KNOW HOW BAD THE IRAN DEAL WAS FOR OUR SECURITY AND OUR ALLIES' SECURITY. THAT IS WHY THERE WAS BIPARTISAN OPPOSITION TO THE DEAL LAST CONGRESS. WHILE IN THE END WE WERE UNSUCCESSFUL IN PREVAILING UPON THE ADMINISTRATION TO ABANDON ITS BAD IDEA, WE SHOULD CONTINUE TO STAND IN THE GAP AGAINST IRAN'S ONGOING EFFORTS TO UNDERMINE PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND DESTROY OUR FRIENDS AND ULTIMATELY THE UNITED STATES. TODAY WE HAVE TWO BILLS THAT WILL HELP OUR ONGOING EFFORTS TO THWART IRAN'S TERRORIST AMBITIONS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RULE AND THESE BILLS AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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                            • 12:33:44 PM

                              MR. HASTINGS

                              THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                              THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES OF DEBATE. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                              MR. HASTINGS

                              WHEN THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION CAME BEFORE CONGRESS, I MADE…

                              WHEN THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION CAME BEFORE CONGRESS, I MADE MY OBJECTIONS VERY CLEAR. I BELIEVED THEN AS DO I NOW THAT THE IRAN DEAL, TOO QUICKLY REMOVED THE SANCTIONS THAT BROUGHT IRAN TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE IN THE FIRST PLACE, ALLOWING IRAN TO REMAIN A NUCLEAR THRESHOLD STATE. HOWEVER, LIKE IT OR NOT, THE JCPOA IS NOW LAW AND IT WILL BE WRONG TO UNDERMINE IT FOR PURELY POLITICAL REASONS. UNFORTUNATELY, THAT IS, IN MY OPINION, WHAT MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE DOING HERE TODAY. THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO HANDLE OUR COUNTRY'S FOREIGN POLICY. MR. SPEAKER, THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION THAT YOU NEED TO ASK YOURSELF AT THIS TIME DOES NOT HAVE TO DO WITH THE SUBSTANCE OF THE LEGISLATION THIS RULE PROVIDES FOR. BUT RATHER WHY ON EARTH THIS BODY IS WASTING WHAT PRECIOUS LEGISLATIVE TIME REMAINS TO BRING THESE BILLS TO THE FLOOR TODAY. THE CHECKLIST OF IMPORTANT ITEMS THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED IS LONG AND TIME IS SHORT. THAPPINGS TO THE INABILITY OF MY REPUBLICAN -- THANKS TO THE INABILITY OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO GOVERN, EVEN WITHIN THEIR OWN CONFERENCE, WE FACE THE SPECTER OF YET ANOTHER GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN NEXT WEEK. THE BAND-AID THAT REPUBLICANS CAME UP WITH LAST WEEK TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM, WHICH INSURES SOME NINE MILLION CHILDREN, EXPIRES AT THE END OF THE YEAR. YOUTH, COLORADO, ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA, OHIO, MINNESOTA, THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, AND OREGON ARE JUST SOME OF THE STATES THAT HAVE HAD TO INFORM FAMILIES THAT CHIP FUNDING IS NEARING ITS END. WHY IS THIS? HISTORICALLY THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM FUNDING HAS BEEN A LARGELY BIPARTISAN EFFORT. WHY SHOULDN'T IT BE? WE'RE SIMPLY TALKING ABOUT HELPING TO COVER ROUGHLY NINE MILLION LOWER INCOME CHILDREN AND PREGNANT WOMEN. IT HAS BEEN OVER TWO MONTHS SINCE CHAMPIONSHIP'S AUTHORIZATION LAPSED, AND IT IS FAR PAST TIME FOR A SENSIBLE SOLUTION TO THIS PROGRAM. DOES TODAY'S LEGISLATION SOLVE THIS ISSUE? NO, IT DOES NOT. WE ALSO HAVE 800,000-PLUS DREAMERS WAITING FOR WORD FROM THIS REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED CONGRESS. WILL MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE ALLOW THESE FINE YOUNG PEOPLE TO REMAIN IN THE ONLY COUNTRY THEY HAVE EVER KNOWN AS HOME? WILL YOU LET THOSE DREAMERS WHO HAVE SERVED THIS COUNTRY BRAVELY STAY IN THIS COUNTRY SO THEY MAY START THEIR OWN FAMILIES HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, START THEIR OWN BUSINESSES, AND GO TO COLLEGE? THE IDEA THAT MY FRIENDS WOULD DRAG THEIR FEET ON SUCH AN ISSUE, LET ALONE ACTUALLY ALLOW DREAMERS TO BE DEPORTED, IS AN ANATHEMA TO WHAT THIS COUNTRY STANDS FOR AND IT WILL DARKEN THE BEACON THIS COUNTRY HAS BEEN FOR MILLIONS OF PEOPLE SINCE OUR FOUNDING. A PLACE WHERE THOSE OF DIFFERING BACKGROUNDS BUT COUNTRY HAS BEEN DEDICATED TO FREEDOM AND THE RULE OF LAW COME AND MAKE A LIFE FOR THEMSELVES. MR. SPEAKER, REPUBLICANS CONTROL THE HOUSE. THEY CONTROL THE SENATE. THEY CONTROL THE WHITE HOUSE. AND WHAT HAS THAT CONTROL TRANSLATED INTO FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING AT THIS POINT. IN FACT, IT IS LOOKING INCREASINGLY MORE LIKE THE FIRST YEAR OF UNIFIED REPUBLICAN GOVERNMENT IN OVER A DECADE WILL END WITH NOTHING GETTING DONE. IN AN ATTEMPT TO DISTRACT FROM THEIR FAILURES, REPUBLICANS HAVE TAKEN TO BLAMING, AND I QUOTE THEM, OBSTRUCTIONIST DEMOCRATS, END OF QUOTE. THEY REPUBLICANS HAVE TAKEN TO BLAMING, AND POINT TO THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE AS THE CAUSE OF THEIR GOVERNING WOULD HES -- WOES, THAT IS A NEAT TRICK BUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE NOT GOING TO FALL FOR IT. I THINK YOU SAW THAT LAST NIGHT IN ALABAMA WHERE STARS, NEW STARS, FELL ON ALABAMA. IT WASN'T THE DEMOCRATS THAT TRIED TO TAKE HEALTH CARE AWAY FROM 32 MILLION PEOPLE, IT WAS REPUBLICANS. THANK GOODNESS THEY FAILED. IT'S NOT THE DEMOCRATS THAT ARE TRYING TO GIVE THE WEALTHY AND RICH CORPORATIONS A TAX BREAK ON THE BACKS OF HARDWORKING AMERICANS, IT'S THE REPUBLICANS. I HOPE THIS EQUALLY MISGUIDED EFFORT LIKEWISE FAILS. I HAVE SOME ADVICE FOR MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS. IF LIKE THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE YOU SPENT MORE TIME WORKING ON POLICIES THAT HELP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE INSTEAD OF THE WEALTHY AND RICH CORPORATIONS WHO ARE DOING JUST FINE, YOU'D LIKELY SEE MORE LEGISLATIVE SUCCESS. DEMOCRATS REMAIN READY TO WORK IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO ACCOMPLISH ALL THAT REMAINS LEFT TO DO THIS YEAR. WE'RE READY TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT AND PROVIDE FOR SMART INVESTMENTS FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY. WE'RE READY TO PULL THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DREAMERS OUT OF UNNECESSARY LIMBO AND PROVIDE THEM WITH THE STATUS THEY DESERVE. WE'RE READY TO PROVIDE THE FUNDING AND AUTHORIZATION NEEDED TO GIVE MILLIONS OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN THE HEALTH INSURANCE THEY NEED. THE LIST GOES ON AND ON. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, IF REPUBLICANS CONTINUE TO NOT EVEN ALLOW DEMOCRATS IN THE ROOM TO ADDRESS THESE ISSUES, AND IF THEY CONTINUE TO BURN LEGISLATIVE TIME ON THE BILLS WE HAVE BEFORE US TODAY, THEN IT WON'T BE JUST THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY THAT PAYS THE PRICE, IT WILL BE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. BUCK

                              MR. SPEAKER, I'M GOING TO RESERVE RIGHT NOW. WE HAVE TWO WITNESSES ON…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I'M GOING TO RESERVE RIGHT NOW. WE HAVE TWO WITNESSES ON THEIR WAY. WE STARTED A LITTLE EARLY. DON'T KNOW IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA HAS ANY WITNESSES OR NOT AT THIS POINT.

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                              WHEN MY SPEAKER ARRIVES, I WILL ALLOW MRS. TORRES TO FUSS THIS MATTER…

                              WHEN MY SPEAKER ARRIVES, I WILL ALLOW MRS. TORRES TO FUSS THIS MATTER FURTHER. AT THIS TIME, I RESERVE.

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                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM --

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                              GENTLEMAN FROM -- MR. BUCK

                              AT THIS POINT I RESERVE --

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                              MR. BUCK

                              AT THIS POINT I RESERVE.

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                              MR. HASTINGS

                              MR. SPEAKER, CONTINUING. WE'RE FACED AS I SAID EARLIER WITH ANOTHER…

                              MR. SPEAKER, CONTINUING. WE'RE FACED AS I SAID EARLIER WITH ANOTHER GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN. THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM, WHICH IS PARTICULARLY CRITICAL TO THOSE OF US ON -- IN COASTAL STATES, IS SET TO EXPIRE. THE REPUBLICAN BAND-AID TO KEEP THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM FUNDED WILL RUN OUT. LEAVING MILLIONS OF CHILDREN WITHOUT THE HEALTH CARE THEY NEED. THE AUTHORIZATION OF AN IMPORTANT INTELLIGENCE TOOL TO KEEP THIS COUNTRY SAFE IS SET TO EXPIRE, AND MILLIONS OF AMERICANS IN CALIFORNIA, TEXAS, FLORIDA, PUERTO RICO, AND THE VIRGIN ISLANDS DESPERATELY WAIT TO FIND OUT IF THEY WILL RECEIVE THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO RECOVER FROM THE DEVASTATING HURRICANES AND THE WILDFIRES THAT WE HAVE SEEN THIS YEAR AND THAT ARE CONTINUING IN CALIFORNIA. I HAVE SAID REPEATEDLY THAT FEMA IS NOT ONLY DEALING WITH HURRICANES AND FLOODS, THEY ARE DEALING WITH TORNADOES AND WITH ALL SORTS OF MATTERS AND THE WILDFIRES MANIFESTLY HAVE KEPT THEM OCCUPIED OVER THE COURSE OF TIME. MR. SPEAKER, AS I PREVIOUSLY NOTED AND WITH YOUR PERMISSION, AT THIS TIME TO DISCUSS THE PROPOSAL THAT I SPOKE OF WITH REFERENCE TO THE DREAMERS, I AM PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MY GOOD FRIEND, MRS. TORRES.

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                              MRS. TORRES

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S BEEN TWO WEEKS SINCE I LAST STOOD HERE TO ASK…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S BEEN TWO WEEKS SINCE I LAST STOOD HERE TO ASK THE HOUSE TO BRING THE DREAM ACT TO A VOTE. 34 OF MY COLLEAGUES, MY REPUBLICAN STOOD HERE TO ASK COLLEAGUES, HAVE SENT A LETTER TO REPUBLICAN SPEAKER RYAN ASKING FOR ACTION TO PROTECT DREAMERS BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTAND THE URGENCY. WHAT ARE HE WE WAITING FOR? -- WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR? REPUBLICANS CONTINUE TO STATE THAT WE HAVE UNTIL MARCH TO RESOLVE THIS ISSUE, BUT THAT IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE. 122 DREAMERS LOSE PROTECTION EVERY SINGLE DAY. THAT MEANS THAT 122 INTELLIGENT, HARDWORKING AMERICANS BY EVERY RIGHT EXCEPT BIRTH ARE LOSING THEIR ABILITY TO PROTECTION EVERY SINGLE DAY. THAT MEANS CONTINUE THEIR EDUCATION, TO WORK AND CONTRIBUTE TO OUR ECONOMY. WE'RE WILLING TO STOP -- ARE WE WILLING TO STOP THE DEPORTATIONS OF HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS OF YOUNG DREAMERS OR NOT? THIS IS NOT A PARTISAN QUESTION. THIS IS A QUESTION OF WHO WE ARE AS AMERICANS. . LET'S PUT AN END TO THE UNCERTAINTY THAT DREAMERS HAVE BEEN LIVING WITH THESE PAST FEW MONTHS. WE HAVE BEEN CLEAR, THIS CONGRESS MUST NOT FINISH THIS YEAR WITHOUT PROVIDING A PERMANENT FIX FOR DREAMERS. THEIR FAMILIES AND THE COMMUNITIES THAT DEPEND ON THEM. IT IS UNCONSCIONABLE. THIS IS NOT WHO WE ARE. MR. SPEAKER, MANY OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES SUPPORT ACTION ON THE DREAM ACT BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS. MANY HAVE SAID SO PUBLICLY. THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WANT US TO ACT NOW. 1,708 RECIPIENTS HAVE LOST THEIR STATUS SINCE I LAST STOOD HERE TWO WEEKS AGO. THIS ISN'T HARD. THE FIX IS RIGHT IN FRONT OF US. IT'S BEEN HERE ALL ALONG. WE ALL KNOW THAT THE VOTES ARE HERE TODAY IF THIS BODY ONLY HAD THE COURAGE TO ACT. AND I KNOW THAT THE DREAM ACT WILL PASS TODAY IF WE ONLY ALLOWED IT. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO THAT WE CAN IMMEDIATELY BEGIN TO BRING THE DREAM ACT AND ACT ON THE FLOOR TODAY. I YIELD BACK.

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

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                              MR. BUCK

                              I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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                              MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                              I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. BUCK. AND I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN HENSARLING,…

                              I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. BUCK. AND I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN HENSARLING, BECAUSE THESE BILLS THAT WE ARE COMBINING TODAY CAME OUT OF HIS COMMITTEE. I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN BRINGING THESE IMPORTANT BILLS BEFORE US TODAY. AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1638, THE IRANIAN LEADERSHIP ASSET TRANSPARENCY ACT. I WANT TO THANK GOOD FRIEND FROM MAINE, BRUCE POLIQUIN FOR OFFERING THIS BILL AND IT'S A CRITICAL AND NECESSARY STEP IN HOLDING THE IRANIAN REGIME ACCOUNTABLE FOR ITS MONEY LAUNDERING AND TERROR FINANCING AND OTHER WIDE-ARRANGING CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES. THE IRANIAN REVOLUTIONARY GUARD CORPS KNOWN BY ITS IRGC, HAS LONG BEEN AT THE HEART OF THE IRANIAN CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE CONTROLLING THE BETTER PART OF IRAN'S ECONOMY IN KEY SECTORS, LIKE OIL, LIKE GAS, TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND TRANSPORTATION. THE IRGC'S BUSINESS EMPIRE AND MONOPOLY OF THESE ECONOMIC SECTORS PROVIDES THE REGIME WITH BILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT IT USES TO DO WHAT? TO FEED THE PEOPLE, TO CLOTHE THE PEOPLE, TO EDUCATE THE CHILDREN? NO. TO REPRESS THE IRANIAN PEOPLE AND EXPORT THE TERROR THAT IT HAS DONE SO MUCH DAMAGE IN THROUGHOUT THE WORLD AND ITS HATEFUL IDEOLOGY ABROAD. TWO YEARS AGO, I HELD A HEARING OF OUR SUBCOMMITTEE ON MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA, WHERE WE EXPLORED THE ROLE OF THE IRGC. AND THAT IS IRAN'S REVOLUTIONARY GUARD CORPS. WE LOOKED AT THE ROLE OF THE IRGC IN IRAN'S ECONOMY AND WE RAISED THESE VERY CONCERNS, MR. SPEAKER. SO I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN HENSARLING FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE AND HIS CONSISTENT EFFORTS TO HOLD IRAN ACCOUNTABLE, BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO, HOLD THESE TERRORISTS ACCOUNTABLE. THIS IS ONE OF THE MANY ISSUES WHERE THE FINANCIAL SERVICES AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE HAVE DONE A GREAT JOB WORKING TOGETHER TO IMPLEMENT TARGETED SANCTIONS AGAINST THE IRANIAN REGIME FOR ITS ILLICIT ACTIVITY. FOR YEARS, OUR TREASURY DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN WORKING TO IDENTIFY AND TO SANCTION IRGC LEADERS. THEY HAVE SHELL COMPANIES. WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT WHAT ARE THESE SHELL COMPANIES, LET'S IDENTIFY AND SANCTION THEM. THEIR PROXIES, DESIGNATE AND WARN FOREIGN COMPANIES ABOUT THE RISKS OF DOING BUSINESS WITH THE IRGC HE'S CONNECTED ENTITIES AS FAR AS THE IRGC CAN CREATE NEW ONES. WE SHUT THEM DOWN, NEW ONES POP UP. UNFORTUNATELY, THE JOB IS EVEN HARDER FOR THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT WITH IRGC COLLECTING BILLIONS BY THEIR WIND FALL CREATED BY OUTSIDE INVESTMENTS IN THE PREVIOUS SECTORS PREVIOUSLY TARGETED BY OUR SANCTIONS. IT IS IMPORTANT NOW MORE THAN EVER THAT TREASURY PUBLICIZES THE ASSETS CONTROLLED BY THE REVOLUTIONARY GUARD CORPS AND THE REST OF IRAN'S CORRUPT REGIME. FIRST FOR THE LONG SUFFERING PEOPLE OF IRAN WITH WHOM WE HAVE NO PROBLEM -- WE WANT TO HELP THE PEOPLE OF IRAN SO THESE PEOPLE HAVE A WINDOW IN IN THE REGIME'S PERVASIVE THEFT AND CORRUPTION THAT DID HE PRIVACY THEM OF THE MOST BASIC OF COMMODITIES. SECOND, SO BUSINESSES STOP FUNNELING CASH INTO THESE CRIMINAL ENTERPRISES THAT ARE FINANCING TERROR THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. THIS BILL WILL HELP SHINE A NECESSARY LIGHT ON THESE NEFARIOUS ACTIONS OF IRAN, BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF THE COUNTRY AND I URGE FOR ITS SWIFT PASSAGE. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE TIME AND I GIVE BACK MY TIME.

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                            • 12:51:27 PM

                              MR. HASTINGS

                              I WOULD ADVISE MY GOOD FRIEND I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND PREPARED TO…

                              I WOULD ADVISE MY GOOD FRIEND I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND PREPARED TO CLOSE WHEN HE IS PREPARED. I RESERVE.

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

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

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                            • 12:51:41 PM

                              MR. BUCK

                              I NOW YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO A MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON TERRORISM AND…

                              I NOW YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO A MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON TERRORISM AND ILLICIT FINANCE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE, REPRESENTATIVE POLIQUIN.

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                              MR. POLIQUIN

                              I APPRECIATE IT. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE FOR H.R. 1638 IRANIAN…

                              I APPRECIATE IT. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE FOR H.R. 1638 IRANIAN LEADERSHIP ASSET TRANSPARENCY ACT. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN HENSARLING FOR MOVING THIS VERY IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION THROUGH THE HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE. IN ADDITION, I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO SUPPORTED MY BILL LAST YEAR. UNFORTUNATELY, IT GOT STUCK IN THE SENATE AND DOING IT OVER AGAIN THIS YEAR IN THE HOUSE. MR. SPEAKER, THE PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY OF EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS IS TO HELP KEEP OUR FAMILIES SAFE AND EMBEDDED WITH THAT PROMISE IS TO SUPPORT AND DEFEND OUR CONSTITUTION. MR. SPEAKER, MOMS AND DADS IN MAINE AND ACROSS AMERICA ARE INCREASINGLY ALARMED BY THE FREQUENCY OF TERRORIST ATTACKS HERE AT HOME WITH ANOTHER ATTEMPTED ATTACK TWO DAYS AGO IN NEW YORK CITY. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY THERE ARE 1,000 ONGOING INVESTIGATIONS OF TERRORIST ACTIVITIES BY THE F.B.I. IN ALL 50 STATES. AND THAT, MR. SPEAKER, IS WHY H.R. 1638 IS SO IMPORTANT. IT IS A DEMONSENSE BILL THAT WILL HELP KEEP OUR FAMILIES SAFE AND IN DOING SO, WE SHOULD NEVER MAKE THIS A POLITICAL ISSUE. THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT, THE GOVERNMENT IS ONE OF THE CHIEF SPONSORS OF TERRORISM AND INSTABILITY THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. THEIR SENIOR POLITICAL AND MILITARY LEADERS AND ISLAMIC REVOLUTIONARY GUARD THEY TRAIN, THEY ARM AND THEY FUND TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS AROUND THE WORLD. THEY BECOME EXPERTS AT USING THE INTERNET AND SOCIAL MEDIA TO RADICALIZE, TO RECRUIT AND TO DIRECT TERRORIST ATTACKS AROUND THE GLOBE, INCLUDING HERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. MR. SPEAKER, IRANIAN GOVERNMENT HAS AMERICAN BLOOD ON ITS HANDS. NOW THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 70 TO 80 TOP POLITICAL AND MILITARY LEADERS IN IRAN THAT CONTROL ABOUT ONE-THIRD OF ITS ENTIRE ECONOMY. THEY USE THEIR POWER TO CORRUPT THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS, THE CONSTRUCTION AND OTHER IMPORTANT INDUSTRIES IN THAT COUNTRY. A RECENT INVESTIGATION BY REUTERS FOUND THAT THE SUPREME LEADER IN IRAN ALONE HAS ACCUMULATED TREMENDOUS PERSONAL WEALTH THROUGH A FOUNDATION CLAIMING TO HELP THE POOR. SO WHILE THE CORRUPTION HAS GROWN, THE AVERAGE IRANIAN CITIZEN EARNS THE EQUIVALENT OF $15,000 PER YEAR.

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                              MR. BUCK

                              I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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                              MR. POLIQUIN

                              THE CITIZENS OF THE WORLD SHOULD KNOW HOW MUCH WEALTH HAS BEEN ACCUMULATED…

                              THE CITIZENS OF THE WORLD SHOULD KNOW HOW MUCH WEALTH HAS BEEN ACCUMULATED BY THESE CHIEF SPONSORS OF TERRORISM AND WHAT THE MONEY IS BEING USED FOR. COMPANIES ACROSS THE GLOBE LOOKING TO DO BUSINESS WITH IRAN SHOULD ALSO UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY'RE DEALING WITH BEFORE THEY INVEST. AND THAT'S WHY MY ACT IS A STRAIGHTFORWARD, COMMONSENSE BILL. IT REQUIRES THE U.S. TREASURY DEPARTMENT TO COLLECT AND MAINTAIN AND TO POST ONLINE THE LIST OF THE 70 OR 80 SENIOR POLITICAL AND MILITARY LEADERS IN IRAN, THEIR PERSONAL ASSETS AND HOW THAT MONEY WAS ACQUIRED AND WHAT IT IS BEING USED FOR. MY BILL REQUIRES THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT TO POST THIS INFORMATION ON THEIR WEBSITE IN ENGLISH AS WELL AS THE THREE MAJOR LANGUAGES THAT ARE USED AND SPOKEN IN IRAN. THE INFORMATION SHOULD BE AVAILABLE, EASILY DOWNLOADED AND SHARED BY EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO SEE THIS. MR. SPEAKER, I MIGHT ALSO ADD THAT THIS INFORMATION COMES FROM PUBLICLY AVAILABLE SOURCES. IT IS NOT CLASSIFIED INFORMATION. NOW I HAVE HEARD FOLKS, MR. SPEAKER, SAY, WELL, THIS IS NOT A GOOD IDEA TO EXPOSE THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT'S CORRUPTION IN THEIR FUNDING OF TERRORISM, BECAUSE IF YOU DO, WE MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO WORK WITH THESE PEOPLE. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? THESE ARE THE RADICALS WHO REGULARLY CHANT, DEATH TO AMERICA. IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE TO HOPE THEY WILL ABANDON THEIR SUPPORT FOR TERRORISM BY NOT SHEDDING LIGHT ON THEIR CORRUPTION. HOPE, MR. SPEAKER, IS NOT A NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY. MY BILL HELPS MAKES SURE CONGRESS GETS ITS PRIORITIES STRAIGHT WHEN IT COMES TO THIS ISSUE. PROTECTING AMERICAN FAMILIES HERE AT HOME AND SAFEGUARDING OUR TROOPS OVERSEAS WHERE THEY ARE FIGHTING FOR OUR FREEDOM IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. LET'S USE ONE CLICK OF THE COMPUTER FROM ANY CORNER OF THE GLOBE TO HELP EXPOSE THE ILLICIT ACTIVITIES OF THE CHIEF SPONSOR OF TERRORISM IN THIS WORLD. SEE CREASE SI AND CORRUPTION BREED MORE TERRORISM BY GOVERNMENTS LIKE THOSE IN IRAN. LET US STAND UP, MR. SPEAKER, FOR EVERY PEACE-LOVING COUNTRY IN THE WORLD AND PROTECT OUR CITIZENS HERE AT HOME. I APPRECIATE THE TIME. PLEASE VOTE YES FOR H.R. 1638, IRANIAN LEADERSHIP TRANSPARENCY ACT. I YIELD BACK MY TIME IF I HAVE ANY TO YIELD BACK.

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                            • 12:57:53 PM

                              MR. BUCK

                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE AND HOW MUCH TIME --

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                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO HAS 13…

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO HAS 13 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA HAS 7 1/2 MINUTES.

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                            • 12:58:10 PM

                              MR. HASTINGS

                              IT WON'T TAKE ME A VERY LONG MINUTE TO SAY I RESERVE.

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                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. BUCK

                              I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON MONETARY…

                              I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON MONETARY POLICY AND TRADE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. WILLIAMS.

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                              MR. WILLIAMS

                              I SUPPORT H.RES. 658 PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1638 AND 4224.…

                              I SUPPORT H.RES. 658 PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1638 AND 4224. THE BILL SPONSORED BY MR. POLIQUIN IS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION AND BILL WOULD PUBLICIZE ASSETS ASSOCIATED WITH IRAN'S GOVERNMENT AND MILITARY LEADERSHIP AND REQUIRE A REPORT TO CONGRESS ON THE ASSETS THAT THESE LEADERS CONTROL, HOW THEY WERE ACQUIRED AND HOW EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THESE LEADERS USES THEM. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THE AMERICAN BUSINESSES AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY DESERVE TO KNOW WHO CONTROLS MONEY AND ASSETS IN IRAN. I'M PROUD TO BE THE SPONSOR OF H.R. 4324 STRENGTHENING OVERSIGHT OF IRAN'S ACCESS TO FINANCE ACT. MY LEGISLATION WOULD IMPROVE CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT OF ANY FINANCING THAT TREASURY AUTHORIZES FOR AIRCRAFT SALES TO IRAN. EVERY SIX MONTHS, TREASURY WOULD NEED TO CERTIFY TO US THAT FINANCE AUTHORIZATIONS WOULD NOT BENEFIT AN IRANIAN PERSON THAT IS TRANSPORTING ITEMS FOR THE PROLIFERATION OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION NOR PROVIDING TRANSPORTATION TO SANCTIONED ENTITIES. TREASURY WOULD HAVE TO CERTIFY TO US THAT THESE AUTHORIZATIONS DON'T POSE A SIGNIFICANT MONEY LAUNDERING OR TERRORISM FINANCE RISK TO THE U.S. FINANCIAL SYSTEM. IF THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT CANNOT MAKE THIS CERTIFICATION, THE DEPARTMENT MUST TELL US WHY AND MUST EXPLAIN TO CONGRESS THE COURSE OF ACTION IT INTENDS TO TAKE. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RULE AND URGE THEM TO SUPPORT H.R. 1638 AND H.R. 4324. I YIELD MY TIME AND MERRY CHRISTMAS. .

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                              MR. HASTINGS

                              I WILL ADVISE MY FRIEND FROM COLORADO THAT I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE IF HE IS.

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                              MR. BUCK

                              YES.

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                              MR. HASTINGS

                              WITH JUST A FEW LEGISLATION DAYS LEFT THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IS FOCUSING…

                              WITH JUST A FEW LEGISLATION DAYS LEFT THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IS FOCUSING ON THE WRONG THINGS. PLAIN AND SIMPLE, THE BILLS BEFORE US TODAY ARE MORE EVIDENCE OF THAT. OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS WE FACE A TERRIFIESINGLY LONG TO DO LIST, THE OUTCOME WILL AFFECT EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN. LET ME BE CLEAR. MY FRIEND FROM MAINE AND MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS, MY FRIEND FROM MAINE PASSIONATELY PUT FORWARD SIGNIFICANT MATTERS HAVING TO DO WITH IRAN. MY RECOLLECTION IS I FOR ONE AS MANY MEMBERS OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY VOTED FOR THE TRANSPARENCY THAT HE CALLS FOR AND ARE LIKELY TO DO SO AGAIN. AND WHILE THIS IS AN IMPORTANT MATTER, IT IS NOT NEARLY AS CRITICAL AT THIS TIME THAT WE BE OCCUPYING THIS KIND OF LEGISLATIVE TIME. THE SIMPLE FACT OF THE MATTER IS WE COULD HAVE PUT THIS ON THE SUSPENSION CALENDAR AND NOT HAVE BEEN EXERCISING OURSELVES IN THE RULES COMMITTEE OCCUPYING LEGISLATIVE TIME THAT COULD BE ADDRESSING THE FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM, THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM, INTELLIGENCE TOOLS THAT KEEP THIS COUNTRY SAFE, THAT ARE ABOUT TO EXPIRE. WE COULD HAVE BEEN ADDRESSING THE HURRICANE RELIEF OF PUERTO RICO, THE VIRGIN ISLANDS AND SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA. WE COULD HAVE BEEN ADDRESSING THE FIRES IN CALIFORNIA, OREGON, MONTANA, AND OTHER AREAS OF THE COUNTRY. WE COULD HAVE BEEN ADDRESSING THE FLOOD IN TEXAS THAT DEVASTATED PORTIONS OF THAT AREA AS WELL. AS WELL AS DURING THAT SAME PERIOD OF TIME WE'VE HAD TORNADOES AND OTHER ISSUES INDICATING HOW CRITICAL IT IS THAT WE SUPPORT THESE MATTERS. WE COULD HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH THE REAL INFRASTRUCTURE MEASURE. EVERYONE IN THIS COUNTRY KNOWS OUR ROADS AND BRIDGES ARE IN DESPICABLE SHAPE AT THIS POINT, AND IT IS NOT AS IF WE DO HAVE THE ABILITY TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. WE DON'T HAVE THE POLITICAL WILL, SO WE'RE WASTING LEGISLATIVE TIME HERE TODAY WITH THESE DAUNTING TASKS BEFORE US AND THIS IS WHAT THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY CHOOSES TO FOCUS ON. TRYING TO PASS A TAX BILL, FOR EXAMPLE, THAT GIVES MOST OF THE BENEFITS FOR THE WEALTHY AND CORPORATIONS WHILE ADDING OVER -- MORE THAN $1 TRILLION TO THE DEFICIT. I'VE SAID BEFORE, LOOK OUT. WHEN WE FINISH WHATEVER THIS TAX BILL IS AND NOW IT'S BEING CALLED WHAT IT IS, A TAX CUT, AND NOT TAX REFORM THAT IS NEEDED IN THIS COUNTRY, WHEN WE FINISH WITH THAT, THE NEXT WORDS OUT OF MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES' MOUTHS NEXT YEAR IS GOING TO BE, WE NEED TO ADDRESS THE ENTITLEMENTS. MEANING, MEDICARE, SOCIAL SECURITY, AND MEDICAID. I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT THAT'S WHAT WE WILL HEAR FROM MY FORMER DEFICIT HAWK FRIENDS WHO ARE NOW IN CHARGE OF THIS COUNTRY. I URGE MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS, FOR THE SAKE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, TO ABANDON THIS RECKLESS TACT. RETURN TO REGULAR ORDER. THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE ARE NOT DOING AND HAVE NOT DONE. WE HAVE HAD MORE CLOSED RULES IN THIS SESSION OF CONGRESS THAN ANY HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. THEY NEED TO WORK WITH DEMOCRATS IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. I THINK ALABAMA TOLD US THAT LAST NIGHT. AND I HOPE THAT MESSAGE IS PERVASIVE AND ALLOWS FOR US IN THIS BODY AS WELL AS IN THE OTHER BODY TO UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF EVERYBODY, ALL OF THESE BRILLIANT PEOPLE, THAT AMERICANS SENT HERE TO WORK TO WORK TOGETHER TO SOLVE MANY OF THE ISSUES OF THIS COUNTRY AND ADDRESS ITS NEEDS IN A MEANINGFUL WAY. NOT THE NEEDS OF THE WEALTHY FEW. GIVEN EVERYTHING THERE IS TO DO, ANYTHING LESS IS ABDICATION OF OUR DUTY AS LEGISLATORS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE.

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                            • 01:05:12 PM

                              MR. BUCK

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AS MY FAMILY AND I SIT AROUND THE…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AS MY FAMILY AND I SIT AROUND THE DINNER TABLE, MY WIFE AND TWO CHILDREN, WE KNOW WE TALK POLITICS SURPRISINGLY AND THERE ARE TIMES WHERE WE DISTINGUISH GOOD FROM BAD AND WE KNOW THAT IRAN IS AN ENEMY OF THE GOOD IN THIS WORLD. IT TERRORIZES THE MIDDLE EAST. IT SEEKS TO ELIMINATE ISRAEL. IT PURSUES THE DESTRUCTION OF THE YESTERDAY AND YET FOR SOME REASON THE PRIOR ADMINISTRATION STRUCK A DEAL WITH THE IRANIAN REGIME, THE SAME REGIME THAT HAS AMERICAN BLOOD ON ITS HANDS. THE TWO BILLS BEFORE US TODAY BEGIN THE DIFFICULT WORK OF ENSURING IRAN IS STOPPED IN ITS PURSUIT OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION AND IN SUPPORT OF TERRORISM. I THANK CHAIRMAN HENSARLING FOR BRINGING THESE BILLS FORWARD AND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE WHO HAVE JOINED ME ON THE FLOOR TODAY TO MAKE THE CASE FOR THIS EFFORT. I THANK CHAIRMAN SESSIONS FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THE RULES COMMITTEE AND FOR PROVIDING THE DEBATE ON THIS ISSUE TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THE RULE, SUPPORTING THE UNDERLYING BILLS AND PUTTING PRESSURE ON IRAN TO ABANDON TERROR AND EMBRACE PEACE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, AND I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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                              ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED, THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION…

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

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                            • 01:06:42 PM

                              MR. HASTINGS

                              MR. SPEAKER.

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                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. HASTINGS

                              I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                              NAYS.

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                              THIS AT C-SPAN.ORG. WE'LL LEAVE HERE. THE HOUSE IS GAVELING BACK IN FOR A…

                              THIS AT C-SPAN.ORG. WE'LL LEAVE HERE. THE HOUSE IS GAVELING BACK IN FOR A SERIES OF VOTES. RESOLUTION 685 AND ADOPTING HOUSE RESOLUTION 685 IF ORDERED. THE FIRST ELECTRONIC VOTE WILL BE CUGGETTED AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE AND REMAINING ELECTRONIC VOTES WILL BE CONDUCTED AS FIVE-MINUTE VOTES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 658.

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                            • 01:21:03 PM

                              THE CLERK

                              RESOLUTION 658, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R.…

                              RESOLUTION 658, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 1638 TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF THE FRESHY TO SUBMIT A REPORT TO THE APPROPRIATE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES ON THE ESTIMATED TOTAL ASSETS UNDER DIRECT OR INDIRECT CONTROLS BY IRANIAN LEADERS 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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                            • 01:21:40 PM

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

                              THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A 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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                              ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 229 AND THE NAYS ARE 189. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION…

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

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                              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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

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

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                            • 01:57:57 PM

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                              ARE 238 AND THE NAYS ARE 182. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER…

                              ARE 238 AND THE NAYS ARE 182. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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

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

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                            • 02:00:11 PM

                              MR. WOODALL

                              MR. SPEAKER, BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE…

                              MR. SPEAKER, BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 657 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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                              THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL CLEAR THE AISLES, TAKE YOUR…

                              THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL CLEAR THE AISLES, TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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                            • 02:00:46 PM

                              THE CLERK

                              HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 109, HOUSE RESOLUTION 657. RESOLVED, THAT UPON…

                              HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 109, HOUSE RESOLUTION 657. RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL H.R. 2396, TO AMEND THE GRAMM-LEACH-BLILEY ACT TO UPDATE THE EXCEPTION FOR CERTAIN ANNUAL NOTICES PROVIDED BY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES NOW PRINTED IN THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED. THE BILL, AS AMENDED, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL, AS AMENDED, ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL, AS AMENDED, AND ON ANY FURTHER AMENDMENT THERETO, TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT, ONE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES, TWO, THE FURTHER AMENDMENT PRINTED IN THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION, IF OFFERED BY THE MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, WHICH SHALL BE IN ORDER WITHOUT INTERVENTION OF ANY POINT OF ORDER, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE SEPARATELY DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION, AND THREE, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS. SECTION 2, UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL H.R. 4015, TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF PROXY ADVISORY FIRMS FOR THE PROTECTION OF INVESTORS AND THE U.S. ECONOMY, AND IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST, BY FOSTERING ACCOUNTABILITY, TRANSPARENCY, RESPONSIVENESS, AND COMPETITION IN THE PROXY ADVISORY FIRM INDUSTRY. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-46 SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED. THE BILL, AS AMENDED, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL, AS AMENDED, ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL, AS AMENDED, AND ON ANY FURTHER AMENDMENT THERETO, TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT, ONE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES, AND TWO, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS.

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                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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                              MR. WOODALL

                              THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, DURING CONSIDERATION OF…

                              THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME IS YIELDED FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD HALF OF MY TIME, 30 MINUTES, TO MY FRIEND FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. WOODALL

                              MR. SPEAKER, I'D ALSO LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY…

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

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                            • 02:03:37 PM

                              TEMPORE WITHOUT

                              MR. SPEAKER, I'VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS TO…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I'VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS TO BRING A NUMBER OF BILLS FROM THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE TO THE FLOOR. WE TALK SO MUCH ABOUT REGULAR ORDER AND HAVING A PROCESS WHERE THE COMMITTEES ARE DOING THEIR WORK, WHERE THE AUTHORIZERS ARE DEEP INTO THE DETAILS AND THEN WE'RE BRINGING THOSE BILLS TO THE FLOOR FOR THE ENTIRE HOUSE TO VOTE ON. WE HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY AGAIN TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, THE RULE TODAY BRINGS TWO BILLS TO THE FLOOR. H.R. 2396, WHICH IS THE PRIVACY NOTIFICATION TECHNICAL CLARIFICATION ACT. BRINGS THAT UNDER A STRUCTURED RULEMAKING IN ORDER THE ONLY AMENDMENT THAT WAS OFFERED, A BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. CLAY AND MR. TROTT, AND IT ALSO BRINGS H.R. 4015 TO THE FLOOR, MR. SPEAKER. THAT'S THE CORPORATE GOVERNANCE REFORM AND TRANSPARENCY ACT OF 2017. WE DO NOT HAVE ANY GERMANE AMENDMENTS OFFERED SO WE BRING THAT UNDER A CLOSED RULE TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, I'D REMIND MY COLLEAGUES, AS IS THE WAY OF MY CHAIRMAN ON THE RULES COMMITTEE, A NOTICE WAS SENT OUT TO ALL MEMBERS AND WILL TO BE SENT OUT TO ALL MEMBERS FOR EACH SET OF BILLS THAT WE CONSIDER IN THE RULES COMMITTEE SOLICITING ANY AMENDMENTS OR IDEAS THAT FOLKS MAY HAVE. WE SENT OUT THAT NOTIFICATION, BUT FOR THESE TWO BILLS, WE RECEIVED ONLY ONE GERMANE AMENDMENT. MR. SPEAKER, I WON'T GO INTO GREAT DETAIL ABOUT THESE INDIVIDUAL BILLS BECAUSE WE'RE FORTUNATE TO HAVE THE SPONSORS HERE ON THE FLOOR FOR THE RULE TODAY. BUT WHAT I DO WANT TO SAY IS THAT THIS IS ANOTHER SERIES IN A LINE OF COMMONSENSE AUTHORIZING PIECES OF LEGISLATION, THINGS THAT MOVED THROUGH COMMITTEE IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. THEY'RE GOING TO MAKE LIFE JUST A LITTLE BIT EASIER FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE HAVE A CHANCE TODAY IF WE SUPPORT THIS NONCONTROVERSIAL RULE TO BRING THESE TWO NONCONTROVERSIAL BILLS TO THE FLOOR AND MAKE THAT DIFFERENCE TOGETHER, A DIFFERENCE WE ALL CAME TO WASHINGTON TO MAKE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I'D ASK ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO CONSIDER SUPPORTING THIS RULE AS WELL AS SUPPORTING THE TWO UNDERLYING PIECES OF LEGISLATION, AND I WOULD RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 02:05:51 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

                            • 02:05:54 PM

                              MR. POLIS

                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES. I YIELD…

                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                            • 02:05:59 PM

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                            • 02:06:01 PM

                              MR. POLIS

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE. THIS RULE THAT WE ARE…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE. THIS RULE THAT WE ARE LOOKING AT TODAY HAS TWO BILLS UNDER IT. THIS IS THE 56TH CLOSED RULE, ALLOWING NO AMENDMENTS THAT WE'RE BRINGING TO THE FLOOR THIS YEAR. OVER THE PAST YEAR WE HAVE NOT CONSIDERED ANY LEGISLATION UNDER AN OPEN RULE THAT WOULD ALLOW REPUBLICANS OR DEMOCRATS TO BRING FORWARD AMENDMENTS HERE ON THE FLOOR. WHEN THE 115TH CONGRESS OPENED, SPEAKER RYAN PROMISED REGULAR ORDER BILLS WOULD MAKE THEIR WAY TO THE FLOOR AFTER HEARINGS AND MARKUPS. INSTEAD, WE HAVE SEEN BILL AFTER BILL RUSHED TO THE FLOOR, MANY BILLS HAVEN'T GONE THROUGH COMMITTEE OR SKIPPED HEARINGS. THAT'S TRUE FOR THE FAILED HEALTH CARE BILL. IT'S ALSO TRUE FOR THE TAX BILL CURRENTLY IN CONFERENCE, THE MAJOR BILL THIS CONGRESS. THIS TAX BILL THAT SOMEHOW WE UNDERSTAND THERE IS A, QUOTE-UNQUOTE, DEAL ON BEFORE THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE EVEN MET, WAS CRAFTED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AND NO MEMBER WAS ABLE TO OFFER THEIR IDEAS ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. I OFFERED SEVERAL BIPARTISAN AMENDMENTS IN THE RULES COMMITTEE, BUT THEY WERE LOCKED OUT AS WERE AMENDMENTS FROM EVERY OTHER DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN THAT CHOSE TO OFFER AMENDMENTS. THE TAX LEGISLATION WOULD EXPLODE OUR DEBT. IT'S A GIVEAWAY TO WEALTHY CORPORATIONS, AND DOES NOTHING TO HELP THE MIDDLE CLASS. NOW, THE BENEFIT OF HAVING AN OPEN PROCESS IS CREATING BETTER IDEAS, HAVING DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS BRING FORWARD THEIR IDEAS, SEE WHO CAN MUSTER A MAJORITY OF VOTES HERE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE, AND INCLUDE THAT IN THE TAX BILL. WE'RE A LEGISLATURE. THAT'S HOW WE'RE SUPPOSED TO WORK. INSTEAD, A BILL IS CRAFTED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, TO RAISE TAXES ON 78 MILLION AMERICANS AND ADD $1.7 TRILLION TO THE DEBT. WHEN YOU ADD TO THE DEBT, THAT IS A TAX ON FUTURE AMERICANS. INSTEAD OF TAXES THEM TODAY YOU'RE TAXING THEM TOMORROW, AND THE TAX AND SPEND REPUBLICAN PARTY CONTINUES TO ADD TO THE DEFICIT AND ADD TO THE DEBT DAY AFTER DAY AFTER DAY. LOOK, WE ONLY HAVE A FEW LEGISLATIVE DAYS LEFT BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR, AND WE HAVE VERY IMPORTANT WORK TO DO LIKE RE-AUTHORIZING THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM AND FUNDING THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE FISCAL YEAR. THERE'S MILLIONS OF AMERICANS HAVE -- THAT HAVE BEEN DEVASTATED BY HURRICANES IN TEXAS, LOUISIANA, PUERTO RICO, FLORIDA, THE VIRGIN ISLANDS AND CONGRESS HAS NOT STEPPED UP TO THE PLATE. THERE'S OVER 800,000 ASPIRING AMERICANS THAT ARE AT RISK OF BEING DEPORTED FROM THE ONLY COUNTRY THEY HAVE EVER KNOWN AS HOME BECAUSE OF THE RECKLESS INACTIONS OF PRESIDENT TRUMP. CONGRESS NEEDS TO ACT TO FIND A REAL SOLUTION SO DREAMERS CAN CONTINUE TO WORK LEGALLY IN THE COMMUNITIES THAT THEY LIVE IN AND THEY CONTINUE TO THRIVE AND GIVE BACK TO MAKE OUR COUNTRY EVEN GREATER. SO WE HAVE A LOT OF CRITICAL TASKS AHEAD, WHICH IS WHY I'M REALLY SURPRISED WITH ALL OF THIS WORK TO DO AND ONLY SEVEN OR EIGHT DAYS TO DO IT THAT HERE WE ARE CONSIDERING TWO BILLS WHERE WE'LL HAVE OUR DEBATE BUT THEY'RE NOT -- THEY'RE NOT BILLS OF GREAT IMPORTANCE. WE'RE USING OUR FLOOR TIME VERY LIMITED, SEVEN DAYS BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR, WHEN WE COULD BE DEBATING TAX REFORM AND OFFERING AMENDMENTS, WHEN WE COULD BE ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF THE DREAMERS, WHEN WE COULD ACTUALLY BE DOING SOMETHING ABOUT THE DEFICIT, REINING IN OUT-OF-CONTROL WASTEFUL GOVERNMENT SPENDING. WE'RE NOT DOING ANY OF THAT. WE'RE DOING TWO MINOR BILLS THAT ARE, YOU KNOW, FAVORS FOR PUBLIC COMPANIES OR WHOEVER THEY ARE, HAPPY TO TALK ABOUT THEM. WILL DO MY ROLE IN DEBATING. ONE I AM EVEN SUPPORTIVE OF, BUT THEY'RE COMPLETELY SEPARATED FROM THE ACTUAL CONCERNS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. NO WONDER THE APPROVAL RATING OF THIS INSTITUTION IS UNDER 15%. BECAUSE WE CONTINUE TO DEBATE THESE MINOR BILLS UNDER A CLOSED PROCESS WHEN WITH THIS VERY WEEK WE COULD HAVE HAD AN OPEN PROCESS FOR TAX REFORM. WE COULD BE VOTING ON 10, 20 AMENDMENTS A DAY, PASSING SOME AND REJECTING SOME. I HAVE NO PROBLEM IF I BRING FORWARD SOME DEMOCRATIC AMENDMENT AND IT FAILS. THAT'S THE PROCESS. THAT'S FAIR. BUT WE HAVE BIPARTISAN, COMMONSENSE AMENDMENTS THAT SHOULD BE PART OF TAX REFORM. REPRESENTATIVE SCHWEIKERT AND I HAVE A BILL TO PROVIDE A DE MINIMIS EXEMPTION ON TAXATION FOR USE OF KRYPTO CURRENCIES, FOR AMOUNTS TO BE USED IN EVERYDAY PURCHASES $600. LET'S PUT A VOTE ON IT. I HOPE A MAJORITY OF CONGRESS AGREES. IF NOT, I'M A BIG BOY. I CAN GO HOME. THEY WON'T BE ABLE TO FIGHT FOR THE ISSUES THAT MY CONSTITUENTS HAVE HIRED ME TO FIGHT FOR. IT'S NOT ONLY THE FRUSTRATION I HAVE, NOT ONLY THE FRUSTRATION MANY REPUBLICANS HAVE BUT IT'S THE FRUSTRATION OF THE AMERICAN -- THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE WITH THIS INSTITUTION. NOW, LET'S GET TO THESE BILLS. LOOK, AGAIN, TYPICALLY THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE DID NOT HOLD A HEARING ON EITHER OF THESE BILLS. IT'S A CLOSED BILL. H.R. 2396, THE PRIVACY NOTIFICATION TECHNICAL CLARIFICATION ACT, SHARING INFORMATION WITH THIRD PARTIES AND, LOOK, WE'RE ALL FOR REDUCING UNNECESSARY REGULATIONS. WHEN I GET TO THE NEXT BILL, THE REPUBLICANS ARE ACTUALLY TRYING TO ADD PAPERWORK AND REGULATIONS, BUT THIS ONE DOES. BUT IT PICKS A VERY TO GET RID OF ONE. IT GETS RID OF PRIVACY NOTICES FROM FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS THAT TELL CONSUMERS THAT THEY CAN SHARE OR SELL YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION. OF ALL THE PLACES TO CUT PAPERWORK, WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO CUT THE ONE PIECE THAT CONSUMERS AND RETAILERS ACTUALLY CARE ABOUT? BACK IN SEPTEMBER, 143 MILLION AMERICANS HAD THEIR PERSONAL AND SENSITIVE INFORMATION SHARED WIDELY AS A RESULT OF A DATA BREACH AT EQUIFAX. CONGRESS SHOULD BE LOOKING AT WAYS TO BETTER SECURE OUR SENSITIVE INFORMATION, A CYBERSECURITY BILL, BETTER INFORMATION SHARING. INSTEAD, OF ACTUALLY MAKING IT EASIER FOR OUR PERSONAL INFORMATION TO BE SHARED MORE WIDELY AND GIVING YOU AS A CONSUMER LESS ABILITY TO FIND OUT WHERE IT'S BEING SHARED. A HEARING WOULD BE HELPFUL TO UNDERSTAND THE FULL EFFECTS OF THIS LEGISLATION TO SEE WHAT THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES ARE , AND WE DO KNOW THAT IT WOULD ELIMINATE CLEAR DISCLOSURE TO CONSUMERS ABOUT THEIR PRIVACY RIGHTS. NEVER A GOOD THING, ESPECIALLY IN THESE TIMES, INCLUDING CONSUMERS' ABILITY OF OPTING OUT HAVING THEIR INFORMATION SOLD TO THIRD PARTIES. WE CAN DO BETTER. THE OTHER BILL, H.R. 4015 MAKES A CHANGE TO HOW PROXY ADVISORY FIRMS PROVIDE INFORMATION TO SHAREHOLDERS AND WOULD REQUIRE THEY MAKE THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS AVAILABLE TO COMPANIES. THIS BILL IS PROBLEMATIC FROM A NUMBER OF PERSPECTIVES, SO HERE'S WHAT IT DOES. PROXY ADVISORY FIRMS PROVIDE INDEPENDENT ADVISORY SERVICES FOR INVESTORS AND HAVE FIDUCIARY RESPONSIBILITY TO THEIR INVESTORS. UNDER THIS LEGISLATION, THEY WOULD ACTUALLY HAVE TO OPEN THEMSELVES UP TO LOBBYING FOR COMPANIES AND ADD ADDITIONAL PAPERWORK, THEY'D HAVE TO REGISTER WITH THE S.E.C. WHEREAS THEY NOW DON'T BEFORE TRYING TO ISSUE VOTE RECOMMENDATIONS OR TRYING TO CHANGE THE CORPORATE BOARD. SO HERE'S WHO THE PLAYERS ARE IN THIS FIGHT. ON THE ONE HAND YOU HAVE PUBLIC COMPANIES. ON THE OTHER YOU HAVE INVESTORS, WHICH MEANS YOUR PENSION FUND AND MINE, MR. SPEAKER. IT MEANS UNIVERSITY ENDOWMENTS. I KNOW YOU ALL DON'T LIKE THOSE AND YOU'LL TAX THEM SOON. IT MEANS PERHAPS YOU AS AN INDIVIDUAL INVESTOR THROUGH A MUTUAL FUND OR OTHER VEHICLES. SO INVESTORS ON ONE SIDE, PUBLIC CORPORATIONS ON THE OTHER. BUT THE PROBLEM IS IT'S NOT THE SHAREHOLDERS OF THE PUBLIC COMPANIES. IT'S THE INSULAR GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT STRUCTURES OF THOSE ORGANIZATIONS, AND MANY OF THEM DO NEED TO BE SHAKEN UP IN THE NAME OF EFFICIENCY. THERE ARE MANY EXAMPLES OF INVESTOR PRESSURE THAT'S BEEN APPLIED TO GOOD EFFECT, TO MEANINGFUL REFORMS IN CORPORATE GOVERNANCE, PREVENTING CONFLICTS OF INTEREST, MAKING SURE THE BOARD THAT OVERSEES THE C.E.O. ARE NOT JUST HIS GOLFING BUDDIES AND HE'S ONLY THE BOARD OR SHE'S ON THE BOARD OF THEIR COMPANIES TOO. SO I'VE GENERALLY BEEN ON THE SIDE OF INVESTOR EMPOWERMENT ON THAT. YOU KNOW, NOT TO THE EXTREME, NOT TO MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO BE C.E.O. ON A PUBLICLY TRADED COMPANY, TO RUN A PUBLICLY TRADED COMPANY BUT IF ANYTHING WE SHOULD MAKE SURE THAT THE ACTUAL OWNERS OF THE COMPANY ARE EMPOWERED TO MAKE THE CHANGES THEY NEED TO INCREASE EFFICIENCY. THIS BILL GOES THE WRONG WAY. IT ADDS RED TAPE, ADDS PAPERWORK AND ADDS REGULATIONS TO INVESTORS, AND PREVENTS THEM FROM BEING ABLE TO EXERT INFLUENCE IN THE SAME WAY THEY DO TODAY, ADDING ONE DEGREE OF ADDITIONAL REGULATION AND PAPERWORK TO ALLOW THEM TO DO THE KINDS OF GOOD GOVERNANCE ACTIVITIES IN TERMS OF RUNNING COMPETITIVE FIGHTS FOR BOARDS OF DIRECTORS. I GET THERE'S ANOTHER SIDE. THERE COULD BE A STEAMING UNDERBELLY TO INVESTOR ENGAGEMENT AS WELL. THERE ARE SOME THAT CARE ONLY ABOUT SHORT-TERM GAINS, THAT TRY TO INSTITUTE PRACTICES OR BULLY MANAGEMENT IN A WAY THAT'S NOT CONDUCIVE FOR LONG-TERM VALUE, RATHER BUMP, PUMP AND DUMP SCHEMES THAT THEY TRY TO MAKE MONEY OFF OF AND I TOTALLY GET THAT, BUT IN GENERAL IT IS THE OWNERS OF THE COMPANY TO WHOM THE FIDUCIARY RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DIRECTORS AND C.E.O. LIE AND WE SHOULD EMPOWER THEM FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE TO MAKE THE CHANGES TO INCREASE THE OVERALL PRODUCTIVITY OF THE COMPANY. WE SHOULD NOT BURDEN INVESTORS WITH ADDITIONAL RED TAPE, AS REPUBLICANS ARE DOING, BY CREATING MORE BUREAUCRACY AND PAPERWORK AND COMPLIANCE COSTS WITH THIS BILL. FRANKLY, I WAS SURPRISED TO SEE THIS BILL COME OUT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES BECAUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN FAIRLY CONSISTENT IN TRYING TO REMOVE REGULATIONS FROM DODD-FRANK. THAT'S GENERALLY BEEN THE APPROACH. I SUPPORTED THE REMOVAL OF SOME OF THOSE UNNECESSARY REGULATIONS. OTHERS ARE IMPORTANT REGULATIONS, LIKE THIS PRIVACY DISCLOSURE, THAT I DON'T THINK IS A GOOD IDEA, BUT HERE THEY ARE ADDING REPORTING REQUIREMENTS ABOVE DODD-FRANK. THEY ARE OUTDOING DODD-FRANK. THEY ARE SAYING THERE'S NOT ENOUGH PAPERWORK, NOT ENOUGH MONEY GOING TO LAWYERS AND ACCOUNTANTS. WE WILL MAKE THEM FILE MORE PAPERWORK FOR THE S.E.C. I THINK THAT'S THE WRONG WAY TO GO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE THE RESIST TO BURDEN SHAREHOLDERS WHO ACTUALLY OWN COMPANIES WITH ADDITIONAL COSTS AND PAPERWORK AND PREVENT THEM FROM MAKING NECESSARY MANAGEMENT IMPROVEMENTS TO THE COMPANIES THAT AT THE END OF THE DAY ARE RUN FOR THEM, NOT FOR THE BENEFIT OF MANAGEMENT. . THAT'S WHY I OPPOSE THIS BILL. SHAREHOLDERS SHOULD HAVE A RIGHT OF PARTIAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE COMPANY THEY I VESTED. WE SHOULD MINIMIZE PAPERWORK WHERE POSSIBLE. I HAVE BEEN PROUD TO SUPPORT A NUMBER BIPARTISAN PROPOSALS TO DO THAT. THIS BILL GOES THE OPPOSITE WAY. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 02:17:13 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                            • 02:17:17 PM

                              MR. WOODALL

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

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. SOMETIMES THERE'S A LOT OF PRESSURE ON THE RULES COMMITTEE. YOU COME DOWN HERE AND YOU GET GET SOME OF THE MOST KNOWLEDGEABLE FOLKS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ISSUE, ON BOTH SIDES OF THE CHAMBER, AND YOU'VE GOT TO BE PREPARED TO REFUTE THE DETAIL AFTER DETAIL AFTER DETAIL THAT MIGHT CONFUSE FOLKS BACK HOME. IT GIVES ME GREAT PLEASURE TODAY TO NOT HAVE TO SPEND ANY TIME REFUTING ANYTHING THAT MY FRIEND JUST SAID BECAUSE WE -- THE IMPORTANT THING ABOUT DEVELOPING A REPUTATION IS, IT'S JUST LAUGHABLE TO SUGGEST THAT REPUBLICANS ARE COMING TO THE FLOOR TODAY TO UNDERMINE PRIFESISM IT'S LAUGHABLE TO SUGGEST THAT REPUBLICANS ARE COMING TO THE FLOOR TODAY TO INCREASE PAPERWORK AND RED TAPE. AND IT IS NOT ONLY LAUGHABLE, BUT IT IS INACCURATE TO SUGGEST THAT IT'S REPUBLICANS COMING TO DO THIS, MR. SPEAKER. THESE ARE BIPARTISAN BILLS COMING TO THE FLOOR TODAY. I'D REICH TO YIELD TIME, MR. SPEAKER, TO -- I'D LIKE TO YIELD TIME, MR. SPEAKER TORQUES MY FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN, MR. TROT, HIS BILL PASSED OUT OF COMMITTEE, TO THE FLOOR TODAY. I'D REICH TO YIELD TIME, MR. SPEAKER, TO -- I'D LIKE TO YIELD 40-20, A HUGE BIPARTISAN VOTE. IT WENT THROUGH A HEARING, MARKUP. IT WAS EVERYTHING THAT MAKES THIS INSTITUTION WORK PROPERLY. I APPRECIATE HIM FOR BRINGING THE ISSUE FORWARD AND LIKE TO YIELD HIM FIVE MINUTES TO TALK ABOUT THE TREMENDOUS BIPARTISAN EFFORT THAT HE'S PUT TOGETHER.

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                            • 02:18:33 PM

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                            • 02:18:35 PM

                              MR. TROTT

                              I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND FROM GEORGIA FOR YIELDING AND FOR HIS HARD WORK…

                              I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND FROM GEORGIA FOR YIELDING AND FOR HIS HARD WORK ON THIS RULE. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE TODAY WHICH ALLOWS FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2396, THE PRIVACY YIELDING AND FOR HIS HARD WORK ON THIS RULE. NOTIFICATION TECHNICAL CLARIFICATION ACT. I WOULD LIKE TO BEGIN BY THANKING CHAIRMAN HENSARLING FOR GUIDING THIS BILL THROUGH COMMITTEE, AND CHAIRMAN SESSIONS FOR HIS WORK ON BRINGING THIS RULE TO THE FLOOR. I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND, MR. CLAY, FOR HIS VERY HELPFUL AMENDMENT. ONE OF THE REASONS I CAME TO CONGRESS WAS TO REDUCE THE REGULATORY BURDEN IN OUR COUNTRY SO THAT BUSINESSES COULD HAVE THE FREEDOM TO GROW, THRIVE, AND CREATE JOBS FOR HARDWORKING AMERICANS. THIS BILL IS ABOUT MODERNIZING ONE OF THOSE OUTDATED REGULATIONS THAT HAS BEEN A BURDEN TO BUSINESSES AND CONSUMERS ALIKE, THE PRIVACY NOTIFICATION RULES. A COUPLE MINUTES AGO MY FRIEND FROM COLORADO GAVE A VERY NICE SPEECH ABOUT DACA, ABOUT TAX REFORM, ABOUT THE PUBLIC OPINION OF THIS INSTITUTION. BUT THE SPEECH HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH CONSIDERATION OF THIS RULE TODAY. WHEN HE FINALLY GOT AROUND TO TALKING ABOUT THE RULE, HE SAID, WE SHOULD NOT ALLOW THE RULE TO MOVE FORWARD BECAUSE THE UNDERLYING BILL, 2396, IN LIGHT OF THE EQUIFAX SCANDAL, WE SHOULD NOT BE ELIMINATING PRIVACY NOTICES AND ALLOW BANKS TO CIRCUMVENT THOSE RULES BECAUSE IT'S GOING TO HURT CONSUMERS. NONE OF THIS IS CORRECT. THIS BILL IS A VERY SIMPLE BILL. IT DEALS WITH ALL THE FINANCE COMPANIES AND RELIEVES THEM FROM THE BURDEN OF HAVING TO SEND OUT PRIVACY NOTICES TO CONSUMERS YEAR AFTER YEAR WHEN THE POLICY HASN'T CHANGED. IF THE AUTO FINANCE COMPANIES CHANGE THE RULE, CHANGE THE POLICY, THEY HAVE TO SEND OUT NEW PRIVACY NOTICES. IF A CONSUMER CALLS UP AND SAYS I KNOW THE POLICY HASN'T CHANGED BUT I'D LIKE TO SEAT RULE, THEY CAN GO ON THE WEBSITE OR ASK THE POLICY BE MAILED TO THEM. THIS BILL IN NO WAY HARMS CONSUMERS. JUST LAST YEAR WE PASSED A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT ALLOWED BANKS TO STOP SENDING PRIVACY NOTICES TO CONSUMERS IF NOTHING IN THE POLICY HAD CHANGED. THIS NONCONTROVERSIAL MEASURE PASSED BY VOICE VOTE WITH MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE REAL IDENTIFIEDING -- REALIZING THE COMPANIES WERE WASTING ENORMOUS AMOUNTS OF PAPER AND MONEY, SENDING OUT DUPLICATIVE AND UNNECESSARY PRIVACY NOTICES YEAR AFTER YEAR. THE BILL ACHIEVED ITS GOAL. MILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN SPENT ON PAPER AND POSEAGE HAVE BEEN PUT BACK IN COMMUNITIES. BY BILL BUILDS ON THIS SUCCESS AND EXTENDS THE PROVISION TO COMPANIES LENDING MONEY TO PEOPLE BUYING VEHICLES THIS. MEANS THAT THOSE WHO EXTEND CREDITS TO CONSUMERS WHO BUY VEHICLES FROM FORD, G.M., PROVISION TO COMPANIES LENDING MONEY TO PEOPLE BUYING VEHICLES HARLEY-DAVIDSON, AND OTHER ICONIC AMERICAN COMPANIES, WOULD RECEIVE THE SAME BENEFIT AS BANKS. MORE IMPORTANTLY CONSUMERS WILL NO LONGER BE BOMBARDED WITH THE NEVER-ENDING STREAM OF LITTLE PRINT, PRIVACY NOTICES AND POLICIES THAT HAVEN'T CHANGED. THIS IS A BIPARTISAN COMMONSENSE MEASURE. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE RULE AND ALLOW DEBATE TO BEGIN ON THIS LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 02:21:45 PM

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                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO RESERVES. GEORGIA…

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO RESERVES. GEORGIA RESERVES, SOARRY. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 02:21:51 PM

                              MR. POLIS

                              BEFORE I FURTHER YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, I WANT TO INSERT IN…

                              BEFORE I FURTHER YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, I WANT TO INSERT IN THE RECORD THE BILL SUMMARY FROM THE MAJORITY, THE REPUBLICANS ON THE RULES COMMITTEE, FOR H.R. 4015. WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                            • 02:22:03 PM

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                            • 02:22:04 PM

                              MR. POLIS

                              THE REASON I DO IS MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA SOMEHOW SAID THAT IT WAS…

                              THE REASON I DO IS MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA SOMEHOW SAID THAT IT WAS LAUGHABLE THAT THIS CHARACTERIZATION THAT IT'S ADDING PAPERWORK, THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL DOES. IN THIS EXHIBIT, THIS IS REPUBLICAN SUMMARY OF THEIR OWN BILL. IT SAYS, THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THESE STATEMENTS MUST BE FILED WITH THE S.E.C. THE WHOLE BILL IS ABOUT ADDING PAPERWORK. THAT'S WHAT THE BILL DOES. YOU CAN CAN ARGUE IT'S PAPERWORK YOU WANT. CORPORATE C.E.O.'S WANT IT AND EXISTING BOARD MEMBERS, BUT INVESTORS DON'T. WE TALKING ABOUT ADDITIONAL PAPERWORK. THERE IS NOTHING IN THAT STATEMENT THAT CAN YOU REFUTE BECAUSE THE REPUBLICAN BILL SUMMARY EXPLAINS THAT'S WHAT THEY ARE DOING. THERE IS NO DISAGREEMENT. HE'S CORRECT. PAPERWORK. THERE IS NOTHING IN THAT STATEMENT THAT CAN YOU I'M SURE THERE ARE SOME DEMOCRATS THAT SUPPORT THESE BILLS. SOME REPUBLICANS. SOME REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS MIGHT OPPOSE THESE BILLS. THAT'S WHAT THE BILL DOES. IT ADDS PAPERWORK. THAT'S WHY I WAS SURPRISED TO SEE IT COME OUT OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE THAT IN GENERAL HAS BEEN MORE INTERESTED IN REDUCING PAPERWORK. HERE THEY ARE INTERESTED IN ADDING COMPLIANCE COSTS AND PAPERWORK TO INVESTORS. WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. BEFORE I DO I'D HAVE TO SAY IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I'LL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE TO BRING UP REPRESENTATIVE MALONEY'S BILL WHICH WOULD BLOCK THE F.C.C.'S RULE FROM NET TRUTHALITY TO TAKE INTO EFFECT. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TOWN SERT THE TEXT OF MY AMENDMENT IN THE RECORD ALONG WITH EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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                            • 02:23:36 PM

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                            • 02:23:40 PM

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                            • 02:23:43 PM

                              MR. MALONEY

                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO. I RISE TODAY TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO…

                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO. I RISE TODAY TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I'LL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE TO BRING UP REPRESENTATIVE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN TURN OUR ATTENTION TO THE ISSUE THAT IS SO CRITICAL FOR THIS BODY TO ADDRESS RIGHT NOW. I SPEAK OF THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATION COMMISSION'S DECISION AND ITS ASSAULT ON NET NEUTRALITY. THE F.C.C. IS EXPECTED TO VOTE TOMORROW RIGHT NOW. I SPEAK OF THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATION TO ELIMINATE THE RULES THAT PROTECT OUR INTERNET. THEY ARE ABOUT TO FIX SOMETHING THAT IS NOT BROKEN. NOW, MAYBE THE WORDS NET NEUTRALITY MAKE YOUR EYE GLAZE OVER BUT IT'S CRITICAL TO ALL WHO USE THE INTERNET. IT'S NOT THAT COMPLICATED. WE CALL THE RULES TO ELIMINATE THE RULES THAT PROTECT THE CURRENT INTERNETANYAHU NEWT TRALITY BECAUSE THEY KEEP THE NET NEUTRAL FOR EVERYONE. A NEUTRAL INTERNET MEANS WE ALL HAVE ACCESS TO THE SAME LEGAL CONTENT AND SERVICES, NO MATTER WHERE OR HOW WE GET THE INTERNET. THESE RULES AREN'T NEW AND THEY ARE WORKING. IN FACT, WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT, ONE OF THE LAST PLACES WHERE QUALITY REALLY RAINES IN OUR SOCIETY IS ON THE INTER-- REIGNS ON OUR SOCIETY IS THE NET. IT'S ONE OF THE FEW PLACES LEFT IN AMERICA WHERE WE'RE ALL ON EQUAL FOOTING. THAT'S THE ALL ON EQUAL FOOTING. THAT'S THE CURRENT NET NEUTRALITY SYSTEM WE MUST PROTECT. THE FOLKS WHO WANT TO END THAT SAY THEY NEED TO REWRITE THESE SPUR SPUR INNOVATION. REALLY, MR. SPEAKER? IT'S HARD TO LOOK AT THE INTERNET AS IT'S BLOSSOMED IN AMERICA AND SAY WE LACK INNOVATION. INNOVATION IS EVERYWHERE. LOOK AT THE NEW APPS AND WEBSITES AND SERVICES WE RELY ON EVERY DAY. THIS INNOVATION EXISTS NOT IN SPITE OF NET NEUTRALITY, RULES TO THIS INKNOW VATION EXISTS IN LARGE PART BECAUSE OF IT. NET NEUTRALITY IS NOT A BUG, MR. SPEAKER. NET NEUTRALITY IS A FEATURE. THAT IS WHY WE MUST PROTECT IT. THE REAL REASON THAT PEOPLE WANT TO END NET NEUTRALITY IS MONEY AND PROFITABILITY. GETTING RID OF NET NEUTRALITY WOULD EXPOSE CONSUMERS TO ALL SORTS OF PRACTICE THAT RIGHT NOW ARE BANNED. PRACTICES LIKE THROTTLING, WHICH MEANS THE INTERNET COMPANY DOESN'T HAVE TO PROVIDE THE SAME ACCESS TO ALL COMPANIES. SO THEY DON'T LIKE ONE COMPANY, THEY CAN SLOW DOWN YOUR ACCESS TO THAT SITE. THEY COULD BLOCK THE SITE ENTIRELY. THEY COULD TELL A STREAMING SERVICE LIKE NETFLIX THEY HAVE TO PAY MORE. OR MAKE THEIR SITE WORK COULD BLOCK THE SITE DIFFERENTLY. THESE EXTRA COSTS ARE GOING TO GET PASSED ON TO ALL OF US, CONSUMERS. WHILE SOME US HAVE A FEW CHOICE WHEN IS IT COMES TO INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS, MOST DON'T. HOW MANY HAVE MORE THAN ONE OPTION WHEN IT COMES TO INTERNET IN YOUR HOME OR OFFICE? THESE COMPANIES HAVE A FUNCTIONAL MONOPOLY. SO MANY OF THEM CAN DO BASICALLY WHATEVER THEY WANT AND NOT LOSE CUSTOMERS. THAT'S WHY WE NEED SOME COMMONSENSE RULES IN PLACE TO PROTECT CONSUMERS. THESE RULES ARE CALLED NET NEUTRALITY. WHAT CAN WE DO TO STOP THE F.C.C. FROM HARMING THIS FREE INTERNET? I HAVE INTRODUCED LEGISLATION IN THE LAST COUPLE DAYS THAT WOULD BLOCK THIS PROPOSAL AND PROTECT THE INTERNET. H.R. 4585, THE SAVE NET NEUTRALITY ACT, WOULD SIMPLY PREVENT THE F.C.C. FROM RELYING ON THIS PROCESS THEY HAVE USED TO ROLL THESE RULES BACK. IT'S THAT SIMPLE. AND WE KNOW THE F.C.C.'S RULE MAKING PROCESS WAS SO MESSED UP, SO CORRUPTED, SO CREW SCREWED UP IT'S BEING INVESTIGATED RIGHT NOW BY THE NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO DEFEAT THIS PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN MOVE TO THE-TO-DEBATE MY BILL AND SAVE NET NEUTRALITY ACT AND ADDRESS THIS CRITICAL ISSUE. THIS IS OUR CHANCE TO PROTECT THE INTERNET AS IT HAS ALWAYS EXISTED. AN INTERNET THAT'S WORKING FINE AS IT IS. TO THE F.C.C., WE SAY, IF IT AIN'T BROKE, DON'T FIX IT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 02:27:26 PM

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                              GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                            • 02:27:30 PM

                              MR. WOODALL

                              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. TO SAY I AGREE WITH MY FRIEND.…

                              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. TO SAY I AGREE WITH MY FRIEND. I, TOO, SAID TO THE F.C.C. IN 2015, IF IT AIN'T BROKE DON'T FIX IT. I THOUGHT THE FIRST 20-PLUS YEARS OF THE INTERNET WERE MARKED BY INNOVATION AND FREEDOM. I WANTED TO KEEP THAT INNOVATION AND FREEDOM FLOWING. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WANTED TO INSERT ITSELF INTO THE INTERNET INFRASTRUCTURE IN WAYS IT HAD NEVER INSERTED GOVERNMENT IN INFRASTRUCTURE BEFORE. AND FROM THE NUMBERS I HAVE SEEN, MY FRIEND MAY HAVE DIFFERENT NUMBERS, SUGGESTS THAT INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT HAS DECLINED OVER THOSE TWO YEARS. FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF THE INTERNET INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT. REASONABLE MEN AND WOMEN CAN DIGS AGREE -- DISAGREE, MR. SPEAKER, BUT UNDERSTAND INTERNET FREEDOM AND INNOVATION IS WHAT WE ALL WANT TO PROTECT. UNFORTUNATELY IT'S NOT WHAT THIS RULE IS FOCUSED ON TODAY THIS. RULE IS FOCUSED ON SIMPLIFICATION AND EXPANSION COMING OUT OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE. MR. SPEAKER, ONE OF THE GENTLEMAN I HAD THE PLEASURE OF BEING ELECTED WITH IN 2011 IS THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. DUFFY. HE'S ONE OF THE SPONSORS OF ONE OF THESE BILLS WE HAVE BEFORE US TODAY. HE'S BEEN A LEADER IN THE FINANCIAL SERVICES FIELD IN HIS SEVEN IN 2011 IS THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. DUFFY. YEARS. I'D LIKE TO YIELD HIM FIVE MINUTES TO TALK ABOUT THE IMPACT HIS LEGISLATION WILL HAVE ON THE PROCESS TODAY.

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                            • 02:28:54 PM

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                              MR. DUFFY

                              I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. BEFORE I GET TO MY BILL F. I…

                              I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. BEFORE I GET TO MY BILL F. I COULD ADDRESS A FEW POINTS THAT HAVE BEEN BROUGHT UP IN THIS DEBATE WHICH I'M SURPRISED THE FACT THE RULES COMMITTEE DOESN'T TALK ABOUT THE RULE. TALK ABOUT A WHOLE BUNCH OF DIFFERENT ISSUES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS CORRECT. INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT IN THE INTERNET HAS GONE DOWN OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS. I WOULD AGREE IF IT'S NOT BROKEN WHY DID PRESIDENT TRUMP -- PRESIDENT OBAMA TRY TO FIX IT? IT WAS WORKING REALLY WELL FOR 20 YEARS. IN REGARD TO THE TAX BILL, THAT'S BEING DEBATED, I THINK WE'RE LOOKING AT SOME UNIQUE ARGUMENTS THAT ARE BEING MADE. THE DEMOCRATS ARE OVER THERE, THEY ARE FIGHTING FOR THE POOR, MIDDLE CLASS AMERICAN AND REPUBLICANS ARE FIGHTING FOR THE RICH. IT'S A GREAT LINE. I LOVE THE LINE. BUT LET'S LOOK TO THE WEALTHIEST COMMUNITIES IN AMERICA. GO LOOK RIGHT OUTSIDE OF D.C. LOOK IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA. ARE THOSE WEALTHY COMMUNITIES, THOSE IN VIRGINIA REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT? THEY ARE DEMOCRAT. L.A., SAN FRANCISCO, BOSTON, NEW YORK, ALL REALLY RICH COMMUNITIES THAT ELECT DEMOCRATS. THE WEALTHIEST AND BIGGEST CORPORATIONS, THINK OF THE TECH INDUSTRY IN CALIFORNIA OR THE BIGGEST BANKS IN AMERICA, WHAT ARE THEY? THEY ARE DEMOCRATS. AND THAT'S WHY BIGGEST WHEN THE TAX DEBATE COMES UP YOU SEE DEMOCRATS FIGHTING FOR LOOPHOLES AND PREFERENCES FOR THEIR BIG WEALTHY FRIENDS. THAT'S WHY WHEN REPUBLICANS HERE IN THIS HOUSE, MAYBE TO WRITE OFF THE MORTGAGE INTEREST ON A MILLION DOLLAR HOME, THAT MIGHT BE TOO MUCH. MAYBE WE SHOULD LOWER IT TO $500,000 MAYBE WE SHOULD LOWER IT TO $500,000 OF MORTGAGE INTEREST DEDUCTION. MY DEMOCRAT FRIENDS FREAKED OUT. OH, NO. THE POOR MIDDLE CLASS PEOPLE IN MY COMMUNITY WHO HAVE A COMMUNITY WHO HAVE A MILLION DOLLAR MORTGAGE, THEY ARE JUST HAVING A TOUGH TIME GETTING BY. THAT WAS THE ARGUMENT THAT WAS MADE. . YOU TALK ABOUT INVESTMENT IN MY BILL, YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT PENSION FUNDS? WHAT'S HAPPENED TO PENSION FUNDS IN AMERICA? WHAT'S HAPPENED TO AMERICAN 401-K'S? THEY'VE GONE THROUGH THE ROOF BECAUSE WE'RE LOWERING RULES AND REGULATIONS IN A SMART WAY AND WE'RE GOING TO REFORM OUR TAX CODE TO LET FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES KEEP MORE OF THEIR INCOME BECAUSE THEY CAN SPEND IT BETTER THAN ANYONE IN THIS TOWN. THEY DO IT WELL. AND SO IF YOU WANT TO TANK THE MARKETS, DO WHAT YOU'VE BEEN DOING AND TANK TAX REFORM. I WANT TO GET TO -- PROXY ADVISORY FIRMS. IT'S TAKEN A WHILE TO GET HERE. BUT THE ROLE OF PROXY ADVISE RY FIRMS IN SHAPING CORPORATE -- ADVISORY FIRMS IN SHAPING CORPORATIONS IS IMPORTANT. THEY SHAPE THEM ON HOW THEY VOTE TO THE SHARES OF THE CORPORATIONS THEY OWN. YOU'RE LIKE, THAT'S PRETTY HE ABOUT -- THAT'S PRETTY BEHIND. THAT'S NOT A BIG ISSUE. IN 1987 IT WAS 47%. TODAY INVESTORS ONLY OWEN 75% OF AMERICAN CORPORATIONS. BILLIONS OF SHARES INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS CONTROL AND LOOK TO PROXY ADVISORS FOR ADVICE AND THERE ARE TWO FIRMS THAT CONTROL 97% OF THE MARKET. SO TWO COMPANIES BASICALLY ARE HAVING A HUGE INFLUENCE ON AMERICAN CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND THEY'RE INVOLVING IN THE WRITING AND ANALYSIS AND REPORTS AND VOTING RECOMMENDATIONS THAT AFFECT FUNDAMENTAL CORPORATE TRANSACTIONS LIKE MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS AND SHAREHOLDER PROPOSALS. A HUGE IMPACT ON CORPORATE GOVERNANCE. THEY ARE NOT IMMUNE FROM CONFLICTS OF INTEREST. FOR EXAMPLE, IN ADDITION TO PROVIDING RECOMMENDATIONS TO INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS ABOUT HOW TO VOTE, PROXY ADVISORY FIRMS MAY ALSO ADVISE COMPANIES ABOUT CORPORATE GOVERNANCE ISSUES, RATE COMPANIES ON CORPORATE GOVERNANCE, HELP COMPANIES IMPROVE THOSE RATINGS AND ADVISE PROPONENTS ABOUT HOW TO FRAME PROPOSALS TO GET THE MOST VOTES. I AM GOING TO COME BACK TO THAT IN A SECOND. BUT THERE WAS A STANFORD UNIVERSITY STUDY THAT SAID, INSTITUTION INVESTORS WITH ASSETS OF OVER $100 BILLION OR MORE, THEY MAKE 10% OF THE VOTING DECISIONS WHICH MEANS THEY FLOW 90% TO PROXY ADVISORY FIRMS. I DON'T KNOW IF YOU'RE FAMILIAR WITH THE MAFIA BUT YOU HAVE THE STORE KEEPER ON THE BLOCK AND HE'S ROBBED ONE NIGHT, RIGHT, GETS BEATEN UP AND ROBBED AND THE NEXT DAY THE THUGS COME IN AND SAY, HEY, HEY, I HERE YOU WERE OUT LAST NIGHT. YOU PAY A LITTLE FEE. WE'LL TAKE CARE OF YOU AND MAKE SURE YOU'RE NOT ROBBED ANYMORE. THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT PROXY ADVISORY FIRMS ARE DOING. OH, YOU GOT A BAD RECOMMENDATION. LET ME TELL YOU WHAT, YOU BUY OUR SERVICES AND WE CAN HELP YOU IN THE FUTURE. JUST PAY THE RANSOM AND WE'LL HELP TAKE CARE OF YOU AND FUTURE RECOMMENDATIONS. THIS IS NOT THE WAY CORPORATE GOVERNANCE SHOULD WORK. SO MY BILL BRINGS TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY TO PROXY ADVISORY FIRMS. I THOUGHTS THAT'S WHAT DEMOCRATS WANT.

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                            • 02:34:01 PM

                              MR. WOODALL

                              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO ADDITIONAL MINUTES.

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                              MR. DUFFY

                              BRINGING IN MORE COMPETITION IN THE INDUSTRY. MAKING IT BETTER FOR…

                              BRINGING IN MORE COMPETITION IN THE INDUSTRY. MAKING IT BETTER FOR INVESTORS. SPECIFICALLY, AGAIN, A BIPARTISAN BILL. REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS VOTED FOR THIS LEGISLATION. BUT WE'LL ENSURE PROXY ADVISORY FIRMS ARE REGISTERED WITH THE S.E.C. HOW BAD IS THAT REGISTERING WITH THE S.E.C.? A LITTLE OVERSIGHT. DISCLOSE. WE WILL DISCLOSE POTENTIAL CONFLICTS OF INTEREST. HOW RADICAL IS THAT IDEA? SHOULDN'T ALL PARTIES BE AWARE OF IT? I DON'T KNOW WHY MY FRIEND ACROSS THE AISLE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, WOULD BE OPPOSED TO THAT? MAINTAIN A CODE OF ETHICS. THAT'S NOT SHOPPING SCHOCKING. MOST PEOPLE WOULD AGREE TO THAT POINT. AND MAKE PUBLICLY AVAILABLE OF METHODOLOGIES IN FORMING ANALYSIS. AGAIN, THIS IS TRANSPARENCY. THIS IS A COMMONSENSE BILL THAT BOTH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS HAVE VOTED FOR BECAUSE WE'VE RECOGNIZED AND, AGAIN, I AM NOT A BIG REGULATION GUY, AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO POINTED OUT, BUT WHEN YOU CONSOLIDATE A GREAT DEAL OF POWER IN TWO COMPANIES TO HAVE A HUGE IMPACT ON AMERICAN CORPORATE GOVERNANCE, THAT MAKES A LOT OF PEOPLE UNCOMFORTABLE. AND TO HAVE A LITTLE MORE OVERSIGHT, TO HAVE A LITTLE MORE TRANSPARENCY, TO HAVE A LITTLE MORE ACCOUNTABILITY IS A REALLY, REALLY GOOD THING, AND SOME OF THE SMALLEST COMPANIES HAVE BEEN THE BIGGEST COMPLAINERS ABOUT HOW THESE PROXY ADVISORY FIRMS HAVE HELD THEM HOSTAGE. SO LET'S SUPPORT THE SMALL INNOVATORS, THE BIG JOB CREATORS IN AMERICA WHO ARE COMPLAINING ABOUT THE BIG PROXY ADVISORY FIRMS, LET'S STAND WITH THEM AND THE FAMILIES THAT THEY EMPLOY AND THE FUTURE FAMILIES, IF THEY'RE SUCCESSFUL, WILL EMPLOY, AND LET'S GIVE A LITTLE MORE CONTROL TO PROXY ADVISORY FIRMS. I ASK SUPPORT OF THIS GREAT BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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                              MR. POLIS

                              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. YOU KNOW, I CAN SEE MY FRIEND,…

                              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. YOU KNOW, I CAN SEE MY FRIEND, MR. DUFFY, IS EXCITED ABOUT THIS, VERY ENGAGED. YOU KNOW, IT'S A HARD ISSUE. I DON'T THINK MANY DEMOCRATS ARE EXCITED EITHER WAY. THEY'LL DECIDE WHERE THEY STAND. IT'S A FIGHT BETWEEN CORPORATE C.E.O.'S AND BIG INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS. I MEAN, YOU KNOW, THEY'RE BOTH FINE. YOU HAVE TO PICK ONE OR THE OTHER IN VOTING YES OR NO ON THIS BILL. I THINK AS DEMOCRATS WE'RE MORE INTERESTED IN HOW OTHER PEOPLE ARE DOING THAT ARE WORKING FOR THOSE COMPANIES, HOW WE'RE DOING ABOUT SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES OVER TIME. YEAH, THEY'LL VOTE FOR INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS OR FOR CORPORATE C.E.O.'S AND INSULAR BOARDS, FINE. IT DOES ADD PAPERWORK. WE TALKED ABOUT THAT. MR. DUFFY SAID IT ADDS PAPERWORK. DEMOCRATS WILL LIKE IT. YEAH, THERE ARE SOME DEMOCRATS THAT VOTED FOR IT. I DON'T WANT TO ADD MORE PAPERWORK. I WANT TO STREAMLINE IT. I THINK DEMOCRATS WILL AGREE WITH THE CORPORATE C.E.O.'S OVER THE INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS. I'VE TAKEN A COMPANY PUBLIC. I'VE RUN PUBLIC COMPANIES. I'VE SEEN THIS WORLD. I THINK IT'S A GOOD THING THAT THE SHARE OF -- I DON'T HAVE STATISTICS IN FRONT OF ME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN SAID SOMETHING ALONG THE LINES OF 47% TO 75% OF THE CAPITAL IS INSTITUTIONAL. THE BIG PROBLEM IN CORPORATE GOVERNANCE IS NOT TOO MUCH SHAREHOLDER ENGAGEMENT. IT'S NOT ENOUGH. WHEN YOU HAVE A FEW SHAREHOLDER BASE, WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS, WHEN YOU HAVE, YOU KNOW, PER VERBIALLY 200 PEOPLE THAT EACH OWN HALF A PERCENT OF THE COMPANY AND THEY NEVER TALK OR KNOW EACH OTHER, THE ABILITY TO RUN A BUSINESS AMUCK PLAGUES OUR PUBLIC MARKETPLACES. SO TO HAVE SOPHISTICATED ACTIVE INVESTORS THAT OWN ENOUGH AND CAN WORK TOGETHER, SOMETIMES THROUGH THESE PROXY FIGHTS WHEN IT COMES TO IT, TO BE ABLE TO MAXIMIZE LONG-TERM VALUE IS A GOOD THING. IT'S A GOOD THING. AND OF COURSE EVERYBODY CAN POINT TO TIMES THAT IT'S BEEN GOOD FOR COMPANIES AND TIMES IT'S BEEN BAD. GENERALLY SPEAKING IF IS -- THIS BILL IS ADDING PAPERWORK TO MOVE THE BAR THE WRONG WAY, TO MOVE IT TOWARDS MANAGEMENT AWAY FROM SHAREHOLDERS. I AGREE YOU NEED TO BALANCE. I WOULDN'T SUPPORT A BILL THAT MOVED IT ALL THE WAY TO SHAREHOLDERS EITHER. YOU'RE JUST ENCOURAGING AGITATORS TO GET IN ON A SHORT-TERM BASIS AND SPECULATIVE BASIS. I THINK WE'RE CLOSE TO THE RIGHT PLACE. IF YOU ASK ME WHERE I WOULD MOVE IT, I WOULD MOVE IT A LITTLE THE OTHER WAY TO EMPOWER SHAREHOLDERS. IN FACT, I HAVE A BILL THAT DOES THAT. IT'S PART OF A BIGGER BILL, BUT IT'S A BILL THAT GIVES SHAREHOLDERS MORE OF A DIRECT SAY OVER THE PAY OF TOP EXECUTIVES. BECAUSE, AGAIN, THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH INSULAR CORPORATE BOARDS. PART OF THE ANSWER IS EMPOWERING INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS AND EMPOWERING INDIVIDUAL INVESTORS. SO, LOOK, DEMOCRATS WILL HOLD THEIR NOSE AND VOTE FOR EITHER CORPORATE C.E.O.'S OR FOR BIG INVESTORS AND THAT'S FINE. I FIRMLY THINK THAT THE BEST INTEREST OF OUR ECONOMY AND THE PEOPLE AND SUSTAINABILITY LIES IN MOVING IT TOWARDS THE INVESTORS. THIS BILL MOVES IT THE WRONG WAY AND ADDS PAPERWORK AND COST TO THE INVESTORS. SO I REALLY THINK IT MOVES THE WRONG WAY, WHICH IS WHY I OPPOSE THIS BILL, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO. THERE WAS ALSO A DISCUSSION MR. DUFFY MENTIONED, WHY AREN'T WE JUST TALKING ABOUT THE RULE? IT'S BECAUSE, MR. SPEAKER, LIKE 56 OTHER RULES, IT'S A CLOSED RULE. WHAT ELSE CAN WE SAY ABOUT CLOSED RULES? WE SAID EVERYTHING. THERE'S NO AMENDMENTS. I COULD SPEND AN HOUR COMPLAINING ABOUT HOW THEY'RE NOT ALLOWING AMENDMENTS IN AND IT'S CLOSED AND SO 56 OTHER RULES BUT IT'S MORE PRODUCTIVE TO GET TO THE UNDERLYING ISSUE BECAUSE WE HAD THE DEBATE ON CLOSED RULES 56 TIMES. JUST IN THE LAST 10 MONTHS. THAT'S A RECORD, MR. SPEAKER. YOU SHOULD BE PROUD OF PRESIDING OVER A RECORD NUMBER OF CLOSED RULES FOR THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, BUT IT'S NOT VERY INTERESTING TO TALK ABOUT FOR ANOTHER HOUR. SO THEY'LL TALK ABOUT AN INTERESTING BILL. A MINOR BILL. I THINK I DISCUSSED THAT. I MEAN, WE HAVE A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. WE HAVE AN ISSUE WITH TAX REFORM. WE HAVE DREAMERS. WE HAVE A MILLION THINGS WE COULD BE DOING. THIS IS A MINOR BILL. OK. LET'S TALK ABOUT THE MERITS OF GIVING THE CURRENT CORPORATE BOARDS THAT MIGHT BE TOO INSULAR AND CURRENT C.E.O.'S AND MANAGEMENT A LITTLE MORE POWER, LIKE THIS BILL, BY INCREASING RED TAPE AND PAPERWORK OF INVESTORS VERSUS EMPOWERING INVESTORS. FINE. LET'S CAST OUR BALLOTS. WE WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS. ANOTHER ISSUE THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT AND TIMELY THAT THIS CONGRESS SHOULD GET TO IS THE ONE MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. SEAN PATRICK MALONEY, RAISED. WHEN WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, WE'LL BRING UP A QUESTION, AS THE CO-FOUNDER OF APPLE, STEVE WAZNIAK SAID, THE END OF NET NEUTRALITY WOULD END THE INTERNET AS WE KNOW IT. IT IS AN ISSUE EVERY AMERICAN CITIZEN IS LOOKING TO US TO TAKE LEADERSHIP ON. IN MY TIME IN OFFICE, I HAD TO MAKE A NUMBER OF CONTROVERSIAL VOTES. I MEAN, YOU KNOW, WHETHER IT'S FOR AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, REPEAL OF THIS OR THAT AND OFTENTIMES I HEAR FROM CONSTITUENTS ON BOTH SIDES. WE GOT THOUSANDS OF LETTERS FOR THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, THOUSANDS OF LETTERS AGAINST IT. NET NEUTRALITY HAS BEEN A SINGULAR EXPERIENCE IN MY YEARS IN CONGRESS. WE RECEIVED 1,500 CALLS AND OVER 5,000 EMAILS ABOUT THE ISSUE, AND I ASKED MY STAFF TO DOUBLE CHECK THIS BECAUSE I DIDN'T BELIEVE THIS AND THEY DID. 100% OF THE EMAILS AND CALLS WERE FOR NET NEUTRALITY. THAT'S RIGHT. NOT A SINGLE CONSTITUENT OF MINE CONTACTED ME ON THE OTHER SIDE IN A DISTRICT THAT HAS A PLURALITY OF UNAFFILIATED VOTERS IN A SIMILAR -- THEN SIMILAR NUMBER OF REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, SO IT'S NOT PARTISAN. IT'S CERTAINLY UNITED RRPS, UNAFFILIATED VOTERS AND DEMOCRATS IN MY DISTRICT TO BE UNANIMOUSLY FOR NET NEUTRALITY WHICH SURPRISED ME. BUT IT ALSO MEANS THAT CONGRESS SHOULD NOT BE TONE DEAF TO THAT, AND THAT'S WHY IT'S IMPORTANT TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. REPUBLICAN SENATORS LIKE SENATOR THUNE HAVE COME TOGETHER TO CALL ON COLLEAGUES TO COME TOGETHER AND PROTECT NET NEUTRALITY. MY GOOD FRIEND FROM COLORADO, MIKE COFFMAN, ANNOUNCED WE SHOULD -- THE F.C.C. SHOULD DELAY THEIR VOTE AND THAT WE SHOULD PROTECT NET NEUTRALITY. IT'S COMMON SENSE, MR. SPEAKER, AND BY DEFEATING THE PREVIOUS QUEBEC WE CAN GET ONTO AN ISSUE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CARE ABOUT RATHER THAN A FIGHT BETWEEN C.E.O.'S AND INVESTORS AND WHICH SIDE YOU TAKE. IT'S ABOUT PROTECTING YOUR INTERNET IN YOUR HOME SO YOU CAN ACCESS THE CONTENT OF YOUR CHOICE. A CONSUMER ISSUE AND AN ISSUE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES. WE HAD A DIGITAL ROUNDTABLE LAST NIGHT, MR. SPEAKER. I THINK THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE FROM MY DISTRICT WATCHED AS I HAD SEVERAL EXPERTS, INCLUDING SEVERAL SMALL BUSINESSES FROM COLORADO TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF NET NEUTRALITY TO THEM IN CREATING JOBS AND BEING ABLE TO HAVE A PREDICTABLE AND SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MODEL AND BEING ABLE TO COMPETE WITH LARGE COMPANIES. SO I HOPE THAT WE CAN DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND GET ONTO THAT. IF NOT I AM GOING TO ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THE BILL THAT ADDS PAPERWORK AND COSTS, REQUIRING S.E.C. FILINGS FOR THE INVESTORS THAT ARE FIGHTING BILLS -- THAT ARE FIGHTING PROXY FIGHTS, AND THEN I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO LOOK CLOSELY AT THE PRIVACY BILL. THAT ONE, AGAIN, I WOULD NOT CHARACTERIZE AS A MAJOR BILL. I'LL BE VOTING NO. I UNDERSTAND THERE MIGHT BE SOME REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS VOTING YES ON THAT ONE AS WELL. BUT, YOU KNOW, WHETHER THEY DELETE THAT CLAUSE OR NOT IS HARDLY THE GAME CHANGER FOR THE ECONOMY THAT TAX REFORM WILL BE. I HAVE IDEAS, BIPARTISAN IDEAS, BILLS THAT I SPONSORED WITH MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES THAT SHOULD BE PART OF TAX REFORM THAT WOULD HELP THE ECONOMY GO, THAT WOULD CREATE FAR MORE JOBS THAN A TWO SENTENCE DISCLOSURE WHETHER IT'S THERE OR NOT. FRANKLY, MORE IMPORTANTLY WHETHER PROXY PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO FILE WITH THE S.E.C., I MEAN, I AM SURE THEY WILL BE ABLE TO DO IT. YES, REPUBLICANS WANT TO GIVE THEM MORE PAPERWORK AND CREATE MORE BUREAUCRACY AND I'M SURE THEY WILL SURVIVE. OPEN PROCESS TAX REFORM. WE COULD BE DEBATING AMENDMENTS RIGHT NOW AND VOTING ON IT. LIKE OUR JOB. LIKE, YOU KNOW, 100 AMENDMENTS FROM REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS. I WOULD BE OPEN TO LET'S CONSIDER BIPARTISAN AMENDMENTS. THROW OUT AMENDMENTS THAT ONLY REPUBLICANS SUPPORT OR DEMOCRATS SUPPORT. YOU KNOW WHAT, OR TO BE FAIR, YOU'RE IN THE MAJORITY, MR. SPEAKER, HOW ABOUT JUST AMENDMENTS THAT REPUBLICANS ALONE SUPPORT OR BIPARTISAN, YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO DEMOCRATIC ONLY? LET'S JUST HAVE AN OPEN PROCESS. LET'S ALLOW SOME AMENDMENTS, EVERY AMENDMENT WAS LOCKED OUT OF TAX REFORM. I OFFERED, WHAT, 16 MYSELF. I REMEMBER MY COLLEAGUE, MR. WOODALL, WAS THERE. THERE WERE COMMONSENSE IDEAS. THERE WAS A LITTLE FIX I DID WITH MR. TIPTON FROM COLORADO WITH KAMBUCA, THAT'S FERMENTED TEA. CORY GARDNER SUPPORTS IT OUR SENATOR IN THE SENATE. NEXT TO NO FISCAL IMPACT. THE RULES COMMITTEE STILL DIDN'T ALLOW ME TO DEBATE THE AMENDMENT ON THE FLOOR FOR 10 MINUTES, FOR FIVE MINUTES, FOR ONE MINUTE. ENOUGH WITH THESE CLOSED RULES. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. . -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 02:46:14 PM

                              MR. WOODALL

                              I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE WHEN HE IS.

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                              GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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                              MR. POLIS

                              I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE AND I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF THE TIME.

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                              MR. POLIS

                              WE HAVE A COUPLE PROBLEMS WITH THIS RULE. FIRST OF IS RECOGNIZED. MR. ALL,…

                              WE HAVE A COUPLE PROBLEMS WITH THIS RULE. FIRST OF IS RECOGNIZED. MR. ALL, THE RULE BRINGS TO THE FLOOR THE WRONG BILLS. THESE ARE MINOR BILLS. I'LL GIVE A RECAP IN A MOMENT. OH, MY GOODNESS. TWO SENTENCES AFTER DISCLOSURE. AND A LITTLE MORE FILING COSTS FOR PENSIONS AND INVESTORS. OK. WE'LL GET PAST THAT. THEY PROBABLY WON'T BECOME LAW ANYWAY. YOU CAN BLAME IT ON THE SENATE, HOUSE. BUT MOST OF THESE THINGS WE DO DON'T BECOME LAW. I UNDERSTAND MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES ARE FRUSTRATED WITH THE SENATE. WHATEVER THE CASE WE DO THESE THINGS. THERE IS STUFF THAT MIGHT BECOME LAW, COULD BECOME LAW, LIKE TAX REFORM. LIKE THE FACT THE GOVERNMENT IS SHUTTING DOWN NEXT WEEK IF WE DON'T CONTINUE THE FUNDING. WE HAVE A CLOCK TICKING ON OUR DEBT CEILING. 800,000 INSPIRED AMERICANS DON'T KNOW IF THEY CAN GO TO WORK LEGALLY LIKE TODAY BECAUSE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S DECISION TO END THEIR PROVISIONAL STATUS. THESE ARE REAL ISSUES. COST OF HEALTH CARE GOING UP FOR MY CONSTITUENTS. AND YOURS. BUT WE'RE NOT DOING THAT. WE'RE BRINGING UP TWO BILLS. I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUMMARY OF THEM. EVEN THESE TWO BILLS, CLOSED PROCESS, NO AMENDMENTS. IF I WAS ABLE TO OFFER FLOOR AMENDMENTS, AS I SAID, I COULD OFFER AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD ACTUALLY MOVE THE BALANCE THE OTHER WAY, TOWARDS INVESTORS AND EMPOWERING INVESTOR ACTIVISM. PERHAPS LOOKING TO GIVE THEM MORE SAFER PAY, IF YOU WILL, OVER EXECUTIVE PAY. AND REIGNING IN SOME OF THE PROBLEMS OF THIS BILL. BUT WE'RE NOT ALLOWED TO OFFER ANY AMENDMENTS ON THE FLOOR. AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, GEP, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN. THAT'S 56 BY MY COUNT. THAT'S AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, REPUBLICANS HAVE BROUGHT BILLS TO THE FLOOR AND HAVEN'T ALLOWED DEMOCRATS OR REPUBLICANS TO OFFER AMENDMENTS. LOOK, MY COLLEAGUES CAN SAY DEMOCRATS, WE'RE GREAT ON THIS, THEY HAD TOO MANY WHEN THEY CONTROLLED T YOU KNOW WHAT, FIRST OF ALWAYS REPUBLICANS SET A RECORD. 56 TIMES THIS IS THE MOST NUMBER OF CLOSED RULES EVER. I'M NOT HERE TO DEFEND THE DEMOCRATS. IF THE DEMOCRATS WERE IN CHARGE THEY SHOULD OFFER MORE OPEN AMENDMENTS. THERE IS NO QUESTION. BUT REPUBLICANS, WHATEVER THEY COMPLAINED ABOUT THE DEMOCRATS, THEY OUTDID THEM BY A BIG FACTOR. 10 MONTHS, 56 BILLS THAT NO SINGLE MEMBER OF THE HOUSE IS ALLOWED TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT ON. JUST TO HAVE A FAIR UP OR DOWN VOTE. IT'S WRONG. IT'S WRONG. THAT'S WHY I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES CAN DEFEAT THIS RULE TO SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. WE HAVE TO DEFEAT THIS RULE AND MOVE ON TO THE ISSUES IMPORTANT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 02:50:09 PM

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                              MR. WOODALL

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

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                              MR. WOODALL

                              MY FRIEND FROM COLORADO IS RIGHT. TIME MANAGEMENT IS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE…

                              MY FRIEND FROM COLORADO IS RIGHT. TIME MANAGEMENT IS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE HERE ON THE FLOOR. AND WE HAVE TO MANAGE IT WHETHER IT'S CLOSING STATEMENTS OR WHETHER IT'S FLOOR TIME THROUGHOUT THE DAY, EVERY BILL WE BRING TO THE FLOOR IS NOT GOING TO BE THE MOST IMPORTANT BILL WE BRING TO THE FLOOR, MR. SPEAKER. BY DEFINITION. AND I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WERE LISTENING INTENTLY TO MY FRIEND FROM COLORADO. NOT NECESSARILY DURING HIS OPENING STATEMENT. AND CERTAINLY NOT DURING HIS CLOSING STATEMENT. BUT DURING THE MIDDLE STATEMENT WHERE HE WAS TALKING ABOUT HIS VAST KNOWLEDGE OF CORPORATE BOARDS AND CORPORATE STRUCTURES. I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF SERVING ON THE RULES COMMITTEE WITH MR. POLIS, MR. SPEAKER. AND THERE ARE NOT GOING TO BE MANY MEMBERS OF THIS INSTITUTION THAT HAVE EITHER BEEN MORE SUCCESSFUL IN THEIR PRIVATE LIFE, NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT IT, BUT DOING IT, WHEN IT COMES TO LEADING INSTITUTIONS. AND MEMBERS WHO WORK HARDER TO TRY TO FIND SOME COMMON GROUND TO MOVE THINGS FORWARD. I WAS JUST TELLING MY STAFF, MR. SPEAKER, THAT IT TROUBLES ME MORE WHEN MR. POLIS IS ON THE FLOOR AND WE CAN'T FIND AGREEMENT. BECAUSE I BELIEVE VERY OFTEN HE TRIES HARDER THAN MOST TO FIND THAT AGREEMENT HERE. SOMETIMES, MR. SPEAKER, YOU SEE IT ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE NEWSPAPER DAY AFTER DAY AFTER DAY, FOLKS TALK ABOUT THIS INSTITUTION AS IF WE'LL NEVER FIND AGREEMENT WITH ICHER. -- EACH OTHER. THERE ARE ISSUES WHERE FINDING AGREEMENT IS HARD. WHERE WE FUNDAMENTALLY DISAGREE WITH EACH OTHER. IT'S NOT THE CASE TODAY. TODAY THE CASE IS THAT WE HAVE TWO BILLS THAT MOVED THROUGH REGULAR ORDER IN THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE. THAT MEANS, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THE COMMITTEE TOOK UP THE LEGISLATION FIRST. THAT THE COMMITTEE SORTED OUT THE LEGISLATION FIRST. AND, MR. SPEAKER, THESE BILLS, BOTH OF THEM, PASSED THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE WITH BIG BIPARTISAN VOTES. THERE ARE MANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR US TO COME TO THE FLOOR AND TALK ABOUT THINGS THAT DIVIDE US. THAT WE WILL NEVER FIND AGREEMENT ON. THAT'S NOT TODAY. TODAY WE HAVE A CHANCE TO COME TO THE FLOOR AND TALK ABOUT DIFFERENCES THAT WE CAN MAKE TOGETHER. DIFFERENCES THAT ARE NOT JUST BIPARTISAN BUT DIFFERENCES THAT ARE NONPARTISAN, GOOD IDEAS THAT CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE ONE LIFE, ONE BILL AT A TIME. MR. SPEAKER, THESE BILLS ARE COMING TODAY UNDER A CLOSED RULE FOR ONE UNDER A STRUCTURED RULE, FOR THE OTHER THAT'S TRUE. FOR THE UNINITIATED, MR. SPEAKER, THAT MEANS AMENDMENTS ARE NOT GOING TO BE OFFERED. IT DOESN'T MEAN THAT AMENDMENTS WEREN'T ALLOWED MR. SPEAKER. WE SENT OUT THE CALL TO THE ENTIRE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES T 435 MEMBERS. WE SAID WE HAVE TWO BILLS COMING BEFORE THE RULES COMMITTEE. WE WANT YOU TO SEND US ALL OF YOUR IDEAS. ALL OF THE DIFFERENT WAYS THAT YOU THINK THESE TWO BILLS CAN BE IMPROVED. WE GOT BACK ONE. ONE. AND WE MADE IT IN ORDER FOR A VOTE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. DAG GUM IT, MR. SPEAKER, I THINK IT WILL MAKE THE BILL BETTER. I INTEND TO SUPPORT THAT AMENDMENT. IT'S A DEMOCRAT AMENDMENT T CAME FROM MR. CLAY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, I INTEND TO SUPPORT IT BECAUSE IT WILL MAKE THE BILL BETTER. ARE THERE ISSUES THAT ARE COMPLEX, THAT ARE PARTISAN, THAT ARE STRUCTURED IN SUCH A WAY THAT HAVING AN OPEN RULE ISN'T THE CHOICE THAT GETS MADE? OF COURSE THERE ARE. OF COURSE THERE ARE. I THINK MY FRIEND IS RIGHT THINK MY FRIEND IS RIGHT TO CRITICIZE THE MAJORITY WHEN THE PROCESS GETS CLOSED OUT. BUT TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, I THINK MY FRIEND IS WRONG. TO SUGGEST THAT THE PROCESS IS BEING CLOSED DOWN. THE PROCESS WAS OPENED UP TO THE ENTIRE INSTITUTION. ONE AMENDMENT WAS ARE PARTISAN, THAT ARE STRUCTURED IN SUCH A WAY THAT RECEIVED. ONE AMENDMENT WAS MADE IN ORDER. I HOPE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WILL BE A PRACTICE WE CONTINUE GOING FORWARD. TWO GOOD BILLS TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, IF MY COLLEAGUES SUPPORT THIS RULE. ONE FROM MY FRIEND, MR. TROTT, ONE FROM MY FRIEND, MR. DUFFY, AND THE BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MY FRIEND, MR. CLAY. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RULE AND I HOPE THEY WILL COME BACK TO THE FLOOR AND SUPPORT THE UNDERLYING BILLS AS WELL. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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                            • 02:54:26 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE QUESTION IS ON THE -- THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS…

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

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                            • 02:54:36 PM

                              MR. POLIS

                              ON THAT I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                              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 YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20 , FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED.

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                            • 02:55:43 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              MR. HENSARLING

                              MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 658, I CALL UP H.R. 1638 AND ASK…

                              MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 658, I CALL UP H.R. 1638 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                            • 02:55:53 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST FOR GENERAL LEAVE?

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                              MR. HENSARLING

                              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 SUBMIT EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                            • 02:56:09 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 658 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR…

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 658 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1638. THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. MITCHELL, TO PRESIDE OVER THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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                            • 02:56:40 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE HOUSE IS IN THE --

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                              THE CHAIR

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

                              THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1638 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

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                            • 02:56:51 PM

                              THE CLERK

                              A BILL TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY TO SUBMIT A REPORT TO THE…

                              A BILL TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY TO SUBMIT A REPORT TO THE APPROPRIATE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES ON THE ESTIMATED TOTAL ASSETS UNDER DIRECT OR INDIRECT CONTROL BY CERTAIN SENIOR IRANIAN LEADERS AND OTHER FIGURES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                            • 02:57:08 PM

                              TEMPORE THE

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                              MR. HENSARLING

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

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. HENSARLING

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1638. THE IRANIAN…

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1638. THE IRANIAN LEADERSHIP ASSET TRANSPARENCY ACT, INTRODUCED BY MY COLLEAGUE AND DEAR FRIEND FROM MAINE, MR. POLIQUIN. THIS LEGISLATION REQUIRES THE TREASURY SECRETARY TO REPORT TO CONGRESS ON THE ASSETS HELD BY THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN'S MOST SENIOR POLITICAL AND MILITARY LEADERS, AND ON THE PROBABLE SOURCES AND USES OF THOSE ASSETS. A CLASSIFIED VERSION IF NECESSARY WOULD BE AVAILABLE AS APPROPRIATE TO CONGRESS AND A PUBLIC VERSION OF THE REPORT WOULD BE POSTED ON THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT'S WEBSITE IN ENGLISH AND IN THE MAJOR LANGUAGES USED WITHIN IRAN. THAT COULD EASILY BE DOWNLOADED. THE GENIUS OF THIS LATTER POINT IS THAT IT WILL ALLOW THE AVERAGE IRANIAN TO UNDERSTAND AND CIRCULATE INFORMATION OF HOW THEIR LEADERS ARE IN A PHRASE, ROBBING THEM BLIND, AS WELL AS AIDING AND ABETTING TERRORISTS. IRAN'S TOP POLITICAL MILL ALTERNATIVE BUSINESS LEADERS, IF -- MILITARY AND BUSINESS LEADERS, IF THERE IS MUCH OF A DISTINCTION BETWEEN THOSE ROLES IN IRAN, FUND TERRORIST RELATED ACTIVITY. THROUGH INTRICATE FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS THAT GIVE THEM GREAT FLEXIBILITY IN MOVING THEIR MONEY. ACCORDING TO THE NONGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION, TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL, IRAN'S ECONOMY IS CHARACTERIZED BY HIGH LEVELS OF OFFICIAL AND INSTITUTIONAL CORRUPTION AND THERE IS SUBSTANTIAL INVOLVEMENT BY IRAN'S SECURITY FORCES, PARTICULARLY INVOLVING THE ISLAMIC REVOLUTIONARY GUARD CORPS. UNSURPRISINGLY, MEMBERS OF IRAN'S SENIOR AND POLITICAL MILITARY LEADERSHIP HAVE ACQUIRED SIGNIFICANT AND PERSONAL INSTITUTIONAL WEALTH BY USING THEIR POSITIONS TO SECURE CONTROL OF MAJOR PORTIONS OF THE IRANIAN NATIONAL ECONOMY. SOME ESTIMATES PUT THE IRON GRIP AT A THIRD OR MORE OF THE COUNTRY EAST ECONOMY AND SOME INDIVIDUAL HOLDINGS IN THE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. ALL AT A TIME WHEN THE AVERAGE IRANIAN CITIZEN EARNS THE EQUIVALENT OF ABOUT $15,000 A YEAR. THE UNWISE SANCTIONS RELIEF PROVIDED TO THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S NUCLEAR DEAL WITH IRAN RESULTED IN THE UNWARRANTED REMOVAL OF MANY IRANIAN ENTITIES THAT ARE TIED TO GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION FROM THE LIST OF ENTITIES SANCTIONED BY THE UNITED STATES. THANKFULLY, HOWEVER, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS IN RECENT MONTHS LEVIED A NUMBER OF NEEDED NEW SANCTIONS ON IRANIAN INDIVIDUALS AND ENTITIES. STILL THE PERCEIVED CORRUPTION IN HIGH RAN IS HIGHER THAN EVER. THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT HAS IDENTIFIED IRAN AS A COUNTRY OF QUOTE, PRIMARY CONCERN FOR MONEY LAUNDERING. SEPARATE LITH STATE DEPARTMENT HAS CONTINUALLY IDENTIFIED IRAN AS THE WORLD'S FOREMOST STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM. IRAN HAS REPEATEDLY PROVIDED SUPPORT FOR ACTS OF INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM AND QUOTE, CONTINUES TO SPONSOR TERRORIST GROUPS AROUND THE WORLD PRINCE PALE THROUGH ITS ISLAMIC REVOLUTIONARY GUARD CORPS. THE BILL BEFORE US REQUIRES THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT AGAIN TO LIST THE KNOWN ASSETS OF SENIOR IRANIAN OFFICIALS IN A FORM THAT IS UNDERSTANDABLE AND ACCESSIBLE TO INDIVIDUAL IRANIANS AS WELL AS TO THOSE IN THE FINANCIAL OR BUSINESS SECTOR WHO MIGHT BE HOPEFULLY CONCERNED ABOUT INADVERTENTLY DOING BUSINESS WITH A CORRUPT IRANIAN ENTITY. IT REQUIRES TREASURY TO TEST THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE SANCTIONS AND MAKE APPROPRIATE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE THE BILL PASSED THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE LAST MONTH WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT VOTE OF 43-16. THE HOUSE APPROVED A NEARLY IDENTICAL BILL A MONTH AGO BY A STRONG VOTE OF 282 TO 143. AS PASSED BY THE COMMITTEE, THIS YEAR'S VERSION HAS AN IMPORTANT ADDITION, A SENSE OF THE CONGRESS SECTION THAT URGES THE TREASURY SECRETARY TO SEEK INFORMATION FOR THE REPORT FROM PRIVATE SECTOR SOURCES THAT SEARCH, ANALYZE AND IF NECESSARY TRANSLATE PUBLICLY AVAILABLE HIGH VEER ASITY OFFICIAL RECORDS OVERSEAS AND PROVIDE METHODS OF ANALYZING SUCH DATA USEFUL TO LAW ENFORCEMENT. THESE SERVICES PROVIDE INFORMATION THAT COULD AUGMENT INFORMATION THAT IS GATHERED OFTEN BY CLASSIFIED MEANS AND PROVIDE A PUBLIC REPORT THAT GIVES THE WORLD A BETTER PICTURE OF THE TRUE NATURE OF IRAN'S ECONOMY. I URGE PASSAGE OF THIS THOUGHTFUL BILL AND I APPRECIATE MR. POLIQUIN'S LEADERSHIP TO BRING US HERE TODAY AND I RESERVE.

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                            • 03:02:08 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                              MS. WATERS

                              THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US, H.R. 1638, THE IRANIAN LEADERSHIP ASSET…

                              THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US, H.R. 1638, THE IRANIAN LEADERSHIP ASSET TRANSPARENCY ACT REPRESENTS WHAT THE REPUBLIC KAREN MAJORITY HAS BECOME VERY GOOD AT DOING, ADVANCING BAD PUBLIC POLICY WHILE CLAIMING TO ADVANCE THE PUBLIC INTERESTS. H.R. 1638 THE IRANIAN LEADERSHIP ASSET TRANSPARENCY ACT WOULD REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY TO REPORT TO CONGRESS ON THE ESTIMATED TOTAL ASSETS UNDER DIRECT OR INDIRECT CONTROL OF CERTAIN SENIOR IRANIAN LEADERS AND OTHER FIGURES ALONG WITH A DESCRIPTION OF HOW THESE ASSETS WERE ACQUIRED AND AND ARE EMPLOYED REGARDLESS OF WHETHER SUCH INDIVIDUALS ARE SUBJECT TO U.S. SANCTIONS. ALTHOUGH INCREASING TRANSPARENCY INTO CORRUPT REGIMES IS A LAUDIBLE GOAL, H.R. 1638 WORKS COUNTER NOT ONLY TO ITS OWN STATED OBJECTIVES BUT ALSO U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS. FIRST, THE LEVEL OF SCRUTINY THAT WOULD BE NEEDED TO PRODUCE A CREDIBLE REPORT WOULD PLACE A VERY REAL STRAIN ON THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT. DIVERTING SIGNIFICANT RESOURCES AWAY FROM TREASURY INVESTIGATORS WHO ARE TASKED WITH TARGETING CONDUCT THAT IS ACTUALLY SANCTIONABLE IMPLEMENTING U.S. SANCTION PROGRAMS AND UNCOVERING ILLICIT CONDUCT ACROSS THE GLOBE INCLUDING IMPORTANTLY, EFFORTS TO IDENTIFY THE WEB OF BUSINESS INTERESTS THAT CONTINUE TO ENABLE NORTH KOREA TO EVADE U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL SANCTIONS. IN ADDITION TO DIVERTING SCARCE AND CRITICAL RESOURCES, THE BILL'S REQUIRED REPORT WOULD HAVE LITTLE USE AS A COMPLIANCE TOOL GIVEN THAT MOST PARTS WOULD BE CLASSIFIED UNDERCUTTING THE OBJECTIVE TO HELP MAKE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS REQUIRED COMPLIANCE WITH REMAINING SANCTIONS MORE EASILY UNDERSTOOD. IN FACT, THE CREATION OF SUCH A LIST WHICH WOULD NOT BE TIED TO ANY PROHIBITION OR LEGAL ACTION WOULD MORE LIKELY CREATE CONFUSION AMONG THE OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROLS REGULATED PUBLIC AND ALSO MISLEAD COMPANIES TO BELIEVE THAT THE TREASURY LIST REPLACES THE DUE DILIGENCE EFFORTS THAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING PRIOR TO ENGAGING IN BUSINESS. MOVER, THE COSTS OF THE REPORT WOULD BE CLASSIFIED. THE BILL WOULD DO LITTLE TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THE CORRUPTION AND UNJUST ENRICHMENT OF THEIR LEADERS, WHICH IS ANOTHER STATED PURPOSE OF THE BILL. IN FACT, ANY CLASSIFIED PORTION WOULD INEVITABLY BE REJECTED BY BOTH THE IRANIAN REGIME AND ITS PEOPLE AS U.S. PROPAGANDA AND PREDICTABLE ATTACK ON THE COUNTRY'S GOVERNMENT BY THE UNITED STATES. THE TRUE PURPOSE OF THIS LEGISLATION IS TO CREATE REPEWTATIONAL RISKS FOR COMPANIES THAT MIGHT SEEK TO DO LEGITIMATE BUSINESS WITH IRAN. FOR THIS REASON, THE BILL WOULD BE A STRATEGIC MISTAKE AND ITS REPORT WOULD BE SEIZED UPON BY IRAN AS AN INTENTIONAL EFFORT TO DISCOURAGE INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT IN IRAN, WHICH WOULD BE VIEWED BY IRAN AND LIKELY BY THE MAJOR WORLD POWERS WHO JOINED US IN THE JCPOA AS WELL AS A VIOLATION OF THE U.S. EXPRESSED COMMITMENT UNDER THE NUCLEAR DEAL NOT TO INTERFERE WITH THE FULL REALIZATION OF THE RELIEF PROVIDED TO IRAN UNDER THE ACCORD. WHEN AN IDENTICAL VERSION OF THIS BILL WAS CONSIDERED LAST CONGRESS, THE OBAMA WHITE HOUSE THREATENED TO VETO THE BILL STATING THAT IT WOULD ENDANGER IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM IS AND REMAINS SCLUSE I HAVELY PEACEFUL. MOVER, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION CAUTIONED THAT THE REPORT CALLED FOR IN THE BILL WOULD ALSO COMPROMISE INTELLIGENCE SOURCES AND METHODS. ON THAT SCORE, I WOULD ALSO NOTE THAT THE REPORTING REQUIREMENT IN THE LEGISLATION CALLS FOR INFORMATION ABOUT HOW SANCTIONS, EVASION AND ILLICIT CONDUCT IS PRACTICED AND POTENTIAL COUNTERMEASURES. IT SEEMS FAR FROM PRUDENT TO GIVE TIPS TO OUR ADVERSE AREAS ABOUT HOW WE LEARNED ABOUT THEIR MISCONDUCT AND HOW WE PLAN TO RESPOND. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD HAVE VERY LIMITED PRACTICAL UTILITY DESPITE THE DIVERSION OF RESOURCES IT WOULD TAKE TO PRODUCE. IT ALSO FAILS TO MEET ITS OWN STATED OBJECTIVES INCLUDING SERVING ANY USEFULNESS AS A COMPLIANCE TOOL. FINALLY, THE MEASURE WOULD HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON THE CONTINUED VIABILITY OF THE NUCLEAR DEAL WHICH IS A CENTRAL OBJECTIVE. I'M HARD-PRESSED TO THINK OF A SINGLE PEACE OF LEGISLATION THAT WORKS SO STRONGLY AGAINST EVERY SINGLE POLICY GOAL. FEW ISSUES ARE MORE IMPORTANT TO GLOBAL PEACE AND SECURITY AS PREVENTING IRAN FROM ACQUIRING NUCLEAR WEAPONS. THIS BILL WOULD DO NOTHING TO ADVANCE THIS GOAL. AND IF ENACTED, IT COULD DO DAMAGE TO THE IMPORTANT PROGRESS THAT HAS BEEN MADE. I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN OPPOSING THIS MEASURE. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 03:07:49 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

                            • 03:07:53 PM

                              MR. HENSARLING

                              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER LETTERS REGARDING H.R. 1638.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THAT WILL BE COVERED BY GENERAL LEAVE.

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                              MR. HENSARLING

                              I YIELD MYSELF 10G SECONDS TO REMIND THE RANKING MEMBER THAT IN THE STATE…

                              I YIELD MYSELF 10G SECONDS TO REMIND THE RANKING MEMBER THAT IN THE STATE DEPARTMENT'S LATEST COUNTRY REPORT ON TERRORISM, IRAN IS LABELED THE QUOTE, WORLD'S FOREMOST STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM. WHY WE WOULD WANT LESS INFORMATION AS OPPOSED TO MORE INFORMATION ON THAT ROGUE STATE IS BEYOND ME. AT THIS TIME, I AM PLEASED, PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE, THE SPONSOR OF THE LEGISLATION AND A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR. POLIQUIN.

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                            • 03:08:38 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                            • 03:08:40 PM

                              MR. POLIQUIN

                              I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF MY BILL AND MR.…

                              I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF MY BILL AND MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M GRATEFUL TO YOU FOR MOVING THIS VERY IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN BILL. AND I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, MR. SPEAKER, WHO SUPPORTED THIS BILL LAST YEAR. UNFORTUNATELY, IT GOT STUCK IN THE SENATE AND WE HAVE TO DO IT AGAIN THIS YEAR BUT I'M THRILLED TO BE HERE. MR. SPEAKER, THE PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY OF EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS WHETHER ON THE LEFT SIDE OR RIGHT SIDE OF THE AISLE, NO MATTER STATE WHAT YOU ARE FROM, THE MAJOR RESPONSIBILITY, THE PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY IS TO SUPPORT AND DEFEND OUR CONSTITUTION. AND TO ME, THAT MEANS PROTECTING OUR FAMILIES AND THOSE AMERICAN CITIZENS ABROAD. NOW OUR MOMS AND DADS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY ARE INCREASINGLY ALARMED BY THE FREQUENCY OF TERRORIST ATTACKS AT HOME. ANOTHER ATTEMPT TWO DAYS AGO IN NEW YORK CITY. TODAY, THERE ARE 1,000 INVESTIGATIONS DEALING WITH TERRORIST ACTIVITIES ACROSS THIS LAND IN ALL 50 STATES. AND THAT'S WHY H.R. 1638 IS SO IMPORTANT. THIS BILL WILL HELP KEEP OUR FAMILIES SAFE AND KEEP THEM FREE. AND IN DOING SO, WE MUST MAKE SURE THIS ISSUE IS NOT A POLITICAL ISSUE. NATIONAL SECURITY NEVER SHOULD BE A POLITICAL ISSUE. MR. SPEAKER, THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT AS MR. HENSARLING JUST MENTIONED, IS THE CHIEF SPONSOR, THE CHIEF STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM AND INSTABILITY IN THIS WORLD. THEIR MILITARY LEADERS, INCLUDING THE ISLAMIC REVOLUTIONARY GUARD, THEY TRAIN, ARM AND FUND TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS AROUND THE WORLD. THEY BECOME EXPERTS AT USING THE INTERNET AND SOCIAL MEDIA TO RADICALIZE AND RECRUIT AND DIRECT TERRORISTS AROUND THE GLOBE INCLUDING HERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. MR. SPEAKER, THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT HAS AMERICAN BLOOD ON ITS HANDS. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 70 TO 80 TOP POLITICAL AND MILITARY LEADERS IN IRAN THAT CONTROL ABOUT ONE-THIRD OF THEIR DOMESTIC ECONOMY. THEY USE THEIR POWER TO CORRUPT THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY, THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY AND OTHER IMPORTANT ONES IN THAT LAND. NOW REUTERS HAS CONDUCTED AN INVESTIGATION THROUGH PUBLICLY AVAILABLE INFORMATION THAT FOUND THAT THE SUPREME LEADER OF IRAN HAS ACCUMULATED TREMENDOUS PERSONAL WEALTH THROUGH A FOUNDATION CLAIMING TO HELP THE POOR. NOW WHILE THE CORRUPTION HAS GROWN IN IRAN, THE AVERAGE CITIZEN THERE EARNS THE EQUIVALENT OF $15,000 PER YEAR. MR. SPEAKER, THE CITIZENS OF IRAN AND THE PEOPLE OF THIS WORLD SHOULD KNOW HOW MUCH WEALTH HAS BEEN ACCUMULATED BY THOSE THAT SPONSOR TERRORISM AND WHAT THAT MONEY, SIR, IS BEING USED FOR. AND COMPANIES ACROSS THE GLOBE THAT ARE LOOKING TO DO BUSINESS WITH IRAN SHOULD UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY MIGHT BE GETTING INTO. SO I DISAGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA, THE RANKING MEMBER, WHO SAYS, YOU KNOW, THIS IS GOING TO POSSIBLY CREATE CONFUSION. IT WILL POSSIBLY CAUSE BUSINESSES AROUND THE WORLD TO HESITATE FROM INVESTING IN IRAN. GUESS WHAT, MR. SPEAKER? THAT'S A GOOD IDEA. MY ACT IS A STRAIGHTFORWARD, MAINE, COMMONSENSE BILL AND SIMPLY REQUIRES THE DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY TO COLLECT AND TO MAINTAIN INTO POST ONLINE. THE LIST OF THESE 70 TO 80 SENIOR POLITICAL AND MILITARY LEADERS AND THE THEIR PERSONAL ASSETS, HOW THIS MONEY WAS ACQUIRED AND WHAT IT'S BEING USED FOR. AND AS MR. HENSARLING MENTIONED, IT WILL REQUIRE THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT TO POST THIS ON THEIR WEBSITE AS WELL AS THE THREE LANGUAGES THAT ARE MOSTLY USED IN THAT COUNTRY. AND I MIGHT ALSO ADD THAT MY COLLEAGUE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE MIGHT BE A LITTLE BIT CONFUSED ABOUT THIS ISSUE, BUT THE INFORMATION POSTED ON THIS WEBSITE WILL BE THAT WHICH IS PUBLICLY AVAILABLE. THERE WILL BE NO INFORMATION THAT SHOULD NOT BE POSTED THERE THAT CONGRESS DOESN'T HAVE ACCESS TO. CRITICS OF THIS BILL ARE SAYING, WELL, YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT A GOOD IDEA TO EXPOSE THE IRANIAN'S GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION AND FUNDING OF TERRORISM BECAUSE IF YOU DO SO, WELL, THE IRANIAN POLITICAL AND MILITARY LEADERS MIGHT NOT WANT TO WORK WITH US. ARE YOU KIDDING? THESE ARE THE RADICALS WHO REGULARLY CHANT DEATH TO AMERICA. HOPING THAT THESE FOLKS WILL ABANDON THEIR SUPPORT OF TERRORISM BY NOT SHEDDING LIGHT ON THEIR CORRUPTION DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE. HOPE, MR. SPEAKER, HOPE IS NOT A NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY. MY BILL MAKES SURE THAT CONGRESS GETS ITS PRIORITIES STRAIGHT. PROTECTING AMERICAN FAMILIES HERE AT HOME. SAFEGUARDING OUR TROOPS AROUND THE WORLD THAT ARE FIGHTING FOR OUR FREEDOM. THAT IS WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING EVERY WAY WE CAN AND THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL DOES. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO SAY USING ONE CLICK OF A COMPUTER FROM ANY CORNER OF THE GLOBE TO HELP EXPOSE ILLICIT ACTIVITIES BY THE CHIEF STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM IS A VERY, VERY GOOD IDEA. LET'S STAND UP FOR ALL THE PEACE-LOVING NATIONS IN THE WORLD. LET'S STAND UP TO HELP OUR FAMILIES PROTECT THEIR KIDS. LET'S STAND UP TO PROTECT OUR HOMELAND. I ASK EVERYONE, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, PLEASE VOTE YES FOR H.R. 1638 IRANIAN LEADERSHIP ASSET TRANSPARENCY ACT. I YIELD BACK ANY TIME THAT I MIGHT HAVE, ALTHOUGH I'M DOUBTFUL THAT I DO. .

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                            • 03:15:19 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MS. WATERS

                              THANK YOU. I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY FRIEND FROM WASHINGTON, A MEMBER OF…

                              THANK YOU. I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY FRIEND FROM WASHINGTON, A MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR. HECK.

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                            • 03:15:25 PM

                              MR. HECK

                              I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE HOUSE, MR.…

                              I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE HOUSE, MR. SPEAKER. THIS BILL TARGETS THE LEADERSHIP OF IRAN AND FRANKLY THAT'S PROBABLY A WORTHY GOAL IN SOME REGARDS. I THINK IT EVENTUALLY ENVISIONS PUBLICIZING NEGATIVE INFORMATION ABOUT THEM. AND THAT MIGHT BE AN EFFECTIVE TOOL AS WELL. WE ALL KNOW THAT. WE'VE BEEN THROUGH CAMPAIGNS. WE KNOW NEGATIVE ADVERTISING WORKS. THAT SAID, I OPPOSE THIS LEGISLATION. AND I DO SO FOR TWO REASONS. THE FIRST OF WHICH IS RESOURCES ARE FINITE. THEY'RE NOT UNLIMITED. THEY'RE FINITE. TRACKING DOWN ALL THE ASSETS OF THESE NAMED IRANIAN LEADERS TAKES SIGNIFICANT TIME AND EFFORT AND PERSONNEL. AND WHERE ARE THOSE RESOURCES SUPPOSED TO COME FROM? ALL AROUND THIS CITY SERVE AGITATING FOR DEEPER CUTS TO NONDEFENSE DISCRETIONARY ACCOUNTS. AND IF WE'RE GOING TO MAKE CUTS, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE SOME TOUGH CHOICES. THE PERSONNEL RESPONSIBLE FOR IMPLEMENTING THIS BILL WOULD BE DIVERTED FROM TERRORIST FINANCING AND MONEY LAUNDERING. LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN. THE PEOPLE -- THE PERSONNEL RESPONSIBLE FOR -- RESPONSIBLE FOR IMPLEMENTING THIS BILL WOULD BE DIVERTED FROM TERRORIST FINANCING AND MONEY LAUNDERING. PROPAGANDA ABOUT CORRUPTION OF IRANIAN LEADERSHIP, WHICH I STIPULATE TO HERE UP FRONT, COULD BE VALUABLE. BUT IT CAN'T BE MORE VALUABLE THAN STOPPING ACTUAL TERRORIST FINANCING. TERRORIST FINANCING SHOULD BE OUR TARGET. MONEY LAUNDERING SHOULD BE OUR TARGET. NOT GUARD VARIETY CORRUPTION. WE HAD A LENGTHY DISCUSSION IN COMMITTEE JUST YESTERDAY ABOUT USING MONEY LAUNDERING AUTHORITIES TO FIGHT HUMAN TRAFFICKING. FOR GOD'S SAKE, THAT HAS TO SEEM MORE VALUABLE THAN PROPAGANDA. THAT HAS TO. SO UNTIL WE SOLVE THESE TIGHT BUDGET CONSTRAINTS, I THINK WE NEED TO MAKE THE HARD CHOICE ABOUT WHAT OUR PRIORITIES ARE AND HOW TO PRIORITIZE RESOURCES FOR STOPPING, AGAIN, MONEY LAUNDERING AND TERRORISM FINANCING. THREEVE EFFORT TO A WORLD WHERE -- LEAVE THIS EFFORT TO A WORLD WHERE THE SKEFT HAS BEEN LIFTED -- THE SEQUESTER HAS BEEN LIFTED. ED SECOND -- THE SECOND REASON I OPPOSE THIS LEGISLATION, SHOULDN'T WE APPLY THIS PRINCIPLE MORE BROADLY? THE IDEA HERE IS THAT WE SHOULD INVESTIGATE AND PUBLICIZE IT WHEN A COUNTRY'S LEADERSHIP HAS UNDISCLOSED ASSETS, ESPECIALLY IF THEY ARE OVERSEAS. THAT'S THE POINT OF THIS LEGISLATION. WE SHOULD INVESTIGATE AND PUBLICIZE IT WHEN A COUNTRY'S LEADERSHIP IS USING GOVERNMENT RESOURCES TO ENRICH ITSELF. BUT WHY? WHY JUST APPLY THAT PRINCIPLE TO IRAN? I'M INFORMED IN MY POINT OF VIEW HERE BY WHICH IS DES MOINES FOUND IN THIS BLACK LEGGET -- BY WISDOM I FOUND IN THIS BLACK LEATHER-BOUND BOOK THAT I RECEIVED WHEN I WAS SBORN INTO OFFICE FIVE YEARS AGO -- WHEN I WAS SWORN INTO OFFICE FIVE YEARS AGO. LET ME SHARE IT WITH YOU NOW. HOW CAN YOU SAY TO YOUR BROTHER, BROTHER, LET ME TAKE THE SPECK OUT OF YOUR EYE, WHEN YOURSELF FAIL TO SEE THE PLANK IN YOUR OWN EYE? YOU HYPOCRITE. FIRST TAKE THE PLANK OUT OF YOUR EYE AND THEN YOU WILL SEE CLEARLY TO REMOVE THE SPECK FROM YOUR BROTHER'S EYE. SO I WONDER, WHEN IS THIS CONGRESS, WHEN IS THIS CONGRESS GOING TO TURN ITS ATTENTION TO THE PLANK IN OUR EYE? WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 03:19:04 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

                              THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 03:19:08 PM

                              MR. HENSARLING

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M VERY PLEASED NOW TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN…

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M VERY PLEASED NOW TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE AND A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE.

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                            • 03:19:17 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

                            • 03:19:20 PM

                              MR. ROYCE

                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. WELL, WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO THE ARGUMENTS ON…

                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. WELL, WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO THE ARGUMENTS ON MORAL EQUIVALENCY WITH RESPECT TO IRAN, THE REALITY IS THAT THIS IS A GOVERNMENT THAT STARTS ITS MORNING PRAYERS WITH DEATH TO AMERICA, DEATH TO ISRAEL. AND THE AYATOLLAH MAKES IT CLEAR HE MEANS IT. SO, YES, WE SHOULD TRY TO REMOVE THE PLANK FROM OUR EYE. BUT WE SHOULD NOT REMOVE OUR EYES FROM THE FACT THAT WHAT WE HAVE IN TERMS OF POLICY BEING DIRECTED FROM THE AYATOLLAH AND THE ISLAMIC REVOLUTIONARY GUARD CORPS IS A POLICY THAT CALLS FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, THIS HAS A POWERFUL GOAL, THIS BILL. AND IT IS TO EXPOSE THE CORRUPT NATURE OF THE IRANIAN REGIME. BUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT WHY, THE ANSWER IS BECAUSE THE PERSONNEL RESPONSIBLE FOR CARRYING OUT THESE ASSASSINATIONS THAT HAVE US CONCERNED, FOR CARRYING OUT TERROR ARE IN FACT THE LEADERSHIP IN IRAN OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS THAT WE ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY HERE. THAT IS THE JOB OF DOING RESEARCH, TERROR RESEARCH, AND CUTTING OFF TERROR FINANCE. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING. THIS REGIME CLAIMS TO BE MORE THAN A GOVERNMENT. IT CLAIMS TO BE A REVOLUTION. THEY CALL STHESMS THE ISLAMIC REV -- THEY CALL THEMSELVES THE ISLAMIC REVOLUTION. BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT CLOSELY, THE REGIME IN TEHRAN RESEMBLES SOMETHING ELSE. A CRIMINAL INTERPRICE. BECAUSE FROM THE SUPREME LEADER TO THE REVOLUTIONARY GUARD, THESE SO-CALLED SERVANTS OF THE REVOLUTION CONTROL 1/3 OF THE IRANIAN ECONOMY, BECAUSE THEY SEIZED IT. THEY SEIZED EVERYBODY'S PRIVATE PROPERTY. IN TERMS OF THESE COMPANIES. THE SUPREME LEADER'S EMPIRE ALONE IS WORTH $95 BILLION. THIS IS CALLED THE EXECUTION OF THE IMAM'S ORDER. IT HOLDS STAKES IN JUST ABOUT EVERY SECTOR OF THE IRANIAN INDUSTRY, INCLUDING FINANCE, OIL, TELECOMMUNICATIONS. AND THESE FUNDS ARE NOT SIMPLY USED TO ENRICH IRANIAN OFFICIALS. THAT'S NOT OUR PROBLEM HERE. IT'S NOT THAT THEY'RE PROPPING UP THE REGIME. IT'S, THANKS TO IRAN'S LACK OF MONEY LAUNDERING CONTROL, THEY ARE EASILY USED TO DESTABILIZE THE ENTIRE REGION. THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE DOING NOW. BY FUNDING TERRORISM ABROAD AND FUELING IRAN'S BALLISTIC MISSILE PROGRAM AT HOME, THESE ICBM'S BY THE WAY, THEY ANNOUNCED ARE INTENDED FOR US. SO THAT'S WHY, AS THIS BILL SAYS, THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT, AND THE BILL NOTES THIS, HAS IDENTIFIED IRAN AS A JURISDICTION OF PRIMARY MONEY LAUNDERING CONCERN. THIS MEANS THAT ANY TRANSACTION WITH IRAN RISKS SUPPORTING THE REGIME'S ONGOING ILLICIT ACTIVITIES. THEIR TERRORIST ACTIVITIES. AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. POLIQUIN, FOR INTRODUCING THIS BILL. AND CHAIRMAN HENSARLING FOR WORKING WITH US TO GET IT TO THE FLOOR. THANK YOU.

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                            • 03:22:34 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZE -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZE -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 03:22:38 PM

                              MS. WATERS

                              THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, A…

                              THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, A LONG-TIME SUPPORTER OF DIPLOMACY, WITH IRAN AND STRONG SUPPORTER OF THE NUCLEAR DEAL.

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                            • 03:22:46 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

                            • 03:22:48 PM

                              MR. BLUMENAUER

                              I APPRECIATE THE GENTLELADY'S COURTESY. AND I APPRECIATE HER ADVOCACY ON…

                              I APPRECIATE THE GENTLELADY'S COURTESY. AND I APPRECIATE HER ADVOCACY ON THIS. THIS IS SERIOUS BUSINESS. AND THERE ARE PEOPLE, NO SECRET, IN THE ADMINISTRATION, THERE ARE PEOPLE IN CONGRESS WHO WOULD LIKE TO UNDERMINE THIS AGREEMENT. THE MIXED SIGNALS THAT HAVE BEEN SENT BY THE ADMINISTRATION ARE TRULY DISTURBING. ONE HAS TO WONDER WHAT NORTH KOREA IS THINKING ABOUT, THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO SUGGEST THAT WE OUGHT TO GO AHEAD AND BLOW IT UP, WHEN IN FACT THEY ARE ABIDING BY THE TERMS OF THE AGREEMENT. AND THAT IS OFFICIALS IN THE ADMINISTRATION AGREE WITH THIS. WHAT SORT OF DETERRENT IS THAT TO NORTH KOREA IN TERMS OF ITS RECKLESS ACTION WITH NUCLEAR WEAPONS? IT SEEMS TO REINFORCE THAT BEHAVIOR. BUT THERE ARE ALSO ELEMENTS IN IRAN, HARDLINERS WHO DIDN'T AGREE WITH THIS AGREEMENT, WHO FELT THAT IT WAS TOO EVEN-HANDED. WHO FELT THAT THE LEADERSHIP GAVE UP TOO MUCH. WHO DON'T WANT CLOSER RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE UNITED STATES OR THE OTHER WESTERN POWERS THAT WORKED WITH US, INCLUDING CHINA AND RUSSIA, TO ENACT THIS HISTORIC AGREEMENT. WHICH, AS I POINTED OUT, AGREED EVEN BY OFFICIALS IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, IRAN HAS ABIDED BY. ARE THEY A NATION OF BAD ACTORS? ABSOLUTELY. THERE ARE FORCES WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT THAT ARE VERY DESTRUCTIVE. BUT THE POINT IS WE FOCUSED ON SOMETHING THAT ALL OF US AGREE IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL. AND THAT'S NOT HAVING IRAN RUSHING FORWARD TO BECOME ANOTHER NUCLEAR STATE. AND WE HAVE SEEN THAT THE BREAKOUT TIME UNDER THIS AGREEMENT HAS LENGTHENED. IT'S ACTING AS WE INTENDED. AND IT WAS ALSO ONE OF THOSE RARE AREAS WHERE WE ACTUALLY HAD GERMANY, GREAT BRITAIN, FRANCE, RUSSIA AND CHINA WORKING WITH US TO NEGOTIATE AN AGREEMENT. NOW, THIS IS GOING TO BE PERCEIVED AS AN EFFORT BY THE UNITED STATES TO UNDERMINE THE AGREEMENT. SHOULD WE GIVE THEM AND THE HARDLINERS IN IRAN AN EXCUSE TO WALK AWAY BECAUSE WE VIOLATED IT? WHAT ARE GOING TO BE THE ASSESSMENT OF OUR ALLIES WHO ARE DEEM DEEPLY COMMITTED TO THIS AND -- WHO ARE DEEPLY COMMITTED TO THIS AND HAVE RESISTED EFFORTS TO UNRAVEL IT? WE NEED ALL THE HELP WE CAN GET IN THE INTERNATIONAL ARENA. AND WE'VE WATCHED THIS ADMINISTRATION SYSTEMICALLY ISOLATE US THIS LAST WEEK WITH THE RECKLESS DECISION TO GO AHEAD AND RELOCATE THE EMBASSY OR AT LEAST CLAIM WE'RE GOING TO RELOCATE THE EMBASSY, CONDEMNED BY VIRTUALLY EVERYBODY ELSE IN THE WORLD. WE'RE STANDING ALONE WITH AN ACTION TO DESTABILIZE A VERY VOLATILE SITUATION. AND THIS COMES FORWARD AT A TIME WHEN IRAN IS ABIDING BY IT. TO GO AHEAD AND CRANK UP THE REPORT ON THE ASSETS OF A VARIETY OF IRAN'S SENIOR POLITICAL, RELIGIOUS AND MILITARY LEADERS, INCLUDING PEOPLE WHO AREN'T SUBJECT TO THE SANCTIONS. IT'S BEEN MENTIONED A STRAIN ON A DEPARTMENT THAT HAS FINITE RESOURCES IT. NEEDS TO FOCUS ON THINGS -- RESOURCES. IT NEEDS TO FOCUS ON THINGS. TAKING AWAY RESOURCES FOR EFFORTS TO TARGET ON ACTUAL SANCTION ABILITY. IT SEEMS TO BE DECIDEDLY WRONG HEADED. IT'S INTERESTING THAT CONGRESS HAD, UNTIL THIS WEEK, TO REIMPOSE THE SANCTION LIFTED UNDER THE AGREEMENT PER TRUMP'S DECERTIFICATION IN OCTOBER. CONGRESS CHOSE NOT TO. I THINK THAT WAS A WISE DECISION. TO ME IT INDICATES, AT LEAST SOME INDICATE THAT THE AGREEMENT HAS BEEN LARGELY SUCCESSFUL. BUT IF WE'RE GOING TO JEOPARDIZE THE FRAMEWORK, GIVING THE HARDLINE ELEMENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO CLAIM THAT WE'RE REPUDIATING, GIVING THEM A GREEN LIGHT, TO SOME OF THE FOLKS THERE WHO HAVE NO INTENTION OF BEING ABLE TO WORK IN A COOPERATIVE BASIS, WE OUGHT NOT TO FAN THE FLAMES. WE OUGHT TO BE TRYING TO NURTURE OPPORTUNITIES FOR COOPERATION. FOCUS ON AREAS WHERE THEY ARE DOING THINGS WE DON'T AGREE WITH. IF YOU WANT TO TARGET SOME SPECIFIC SANCTIONS THAT WE SOMEHOW HAVEN'T IMPOSED, THAT ARE WITHIN THE PURVIEW OF THE FRAMEWORK, WOULDN'T VIOLATE IT, GO AHEAD. BUT HAVING THESE ACTIONS I THINK SENDS THE WRONG SIGNAL. IT'S THE WRONG RESOURCE. AND I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO REJECT THIS LEGISLATION.

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                            • 03:28:00 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN…

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

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                            • 03:28:05 PM

                              MR. HENSARLING

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. EMMER, A HARDWORKING MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE.

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                            • 03:28:13 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

                            • 03:28:15 PM

                              MR. EMMER

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. SINCE OUR FOUNDING,…

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. SINCE OUR FOUNDING, AND AS RONALD REAGAN EMPHASIZED REGULARLY, AMERICA HAS STOOD AS A SHINING CITY UPON A HILL WHOSE BEACON LIGHT GUIDES FREEDOM-LOVING PEOPLE EVERYWHERE. TODAY WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHINE A LITTLE BRIGHTER. AS WE CONTINUE OUR BATTLE TO DEFEAT TERRORISM, THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN REMAINS DANGEROUSLY CORRUPT. WHILE THE AVERAGE IRANIAN EARNS A MERE $15,000 A YEAR, CORRUPT TOP POLITICAL AND MILITARY LEADERS CONTROL AN ESTIMATED $1 -- 1/3 OF THE OF THE -- OF THE NAGE HE IS -- OF THE NATION'S TOTAL ECONOMY. THESE SAME LEADERS ARE MORE OFTEN THAN NOT THE SAME ONES WHO REPEATEDLY PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR ACTS OF TERRORISM IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND CONTINUE TO SPONSOR TERRORIST GROUPS AROUND THE WORLD. UNFORTUNATELY IRAN'S GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO TOLERATE THIS CORRUPTION, WHICH IS WHY THE STATE DEPARTMENT IS NAME -- HAS NAMED IRAN AS A COUNTRY OF PRIMARY CONCERN FOR MONEY LAUNDERING AND CONTINUES TO BE LISTED -- LISTED AS A STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM. THESE OFFICIALS WHO PERPETUATE SUCH DESTRUCTIVE AND DESTABILIZING BEHAVIOR SHOULD AND NEED TO BE EXPOSED. TODAY I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 1638, THE IRANIAN LEADERSHIP ASSET TRANSPARENCY ACT. THIS BILL WILL REQUIRE A LIST OF THE KNOWN ASSETS OF SENIOR IRANIAN OFFICIALS TO BE MADE PUBLICLY AVAILABLE IN ALL THREE OF IRAN'S MAJOR LANGUAGES. SPECIFICALLY THE U.S. TREASURY SECRETARY WILL SUBMIT A REPORT TO CONGRESS ON THE ASSETS HELD BY IRAN'S MOST SENIOR POLITICAL MILITARY AND BUSINESS LEADERS AND ON THE PROBABLE SOURCES AND USES OF THE ASSETS. THIS REPORT WILL SERVE AS YET ANOTHER TOOL IN THE TOOL BOX OF BUSINESSES AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, BOTH FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC, TO BETTER COMPLY WITH EXISTING SANCTION REGIMES AND INTERNATIONAL FINANCING -- FINANCIAL RESTRICTIONS. IT WILL PROVIDE CLARITY AND CERTAINTY FOR COMPANIES WHEN DETERMINING THE LEGITIMACY OF THEIR BUSINESS PARTNERS, IF THEY DECIDE THAT DOING BUSINESS WITH IRAN IS IN THEIR INTEREST. MOREOVER, WITH THIS INFORMATION, WITH BETTER KNOWLEDGE OF WHERE THEIR MONEY IS GOING, IRANIANS WHO WISH TO INVEST NOT IN TERRORISM OR CORRUPTION BUT IN FREEDOM CAN. TODAY WE CAN HELP THE FREEDOM-LOVING PEOPLE OF IRAN, WE CAN HELP SHINE A LIGHT ON IRAN'S CORRUPTION, AND AMERICA CAN CONTINUE TO BE A SHINING CITY ON A HILL. I APPRECIATE THE WORK OF AND I THANK CHAIRMAN HENSARLING AND MONETARY POLICY TRADE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN BARR FOR MOVING AN IMPORTANT BILL THROUGH THE COMMITTEE AND TO THE FLOOR TODAY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE ON H.R. 1638 AND YIELD BACK.

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                            • 03:31:06 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                            • 03:31:09 PM

                              MS. WATERS

                              MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS, I WOULD LIKE THE AUTHOR OF THIS BILL, MR.…

                              MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS, I WOULD LIKE THE AUTHOR OF THIS BILL, MR. POLIQUIN, AND PERHAPS THE CHAIRMAN OF OUR COMMITTEE, MR. HENSARLING TO ANSWER THE QUESTION THAT I AM ABOUT TO PROPOSE, AND THAT IS THIS. WE HAVE ALLIES WITH US IN THIS AGREEMENT. THIS IS AN AGREEMENT THAT WAS WORKED ON FOR A LONG TIME. WE HAVE RUSSIA, WE HAVE CHINA, WE HAVE GERMANY, ENGLAND AND FRANCE. WHAT ARE OUR ALLIES SAYING ABOUT OUR ATTEMPT -- ATTEMPT TO INTERFERE WITH THE AGREEMENT? WHAT ARE THEY SAYING ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT WE CAN BE TRUSTED TO LIVE UP TO THE COMMITMENTS WE HAVE MADE? WHAT ARE THEY SAYING ABOUT OUR ATTEMPTS TO ADD TO LENGTH THEN AND TO CREATE NEW, REALLY WHAT HAVE BECOME OBSTACLES TO PEACE? I WOULD ASK MY FRIENDS ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE AS THEY TALK ABOUT TARGETING CERTAIN LEADERS, I DON'T KNOW WHAT LEADERS THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT AND WANTING TO KNOW ABOUT THEIR ASSETS AND WHERE THEIR ASSETS CAME FROM AND HOW THEY'RE BEING USED. I WANT TO ASK MY FRIENDS ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE, ARE YOU WILLING TO DO THAT FOR CERTAIN LEADERS IN OUR OWN COUNTRY? I JUST HEARD FROM ONE OF THE SPEAKERS, I BELIEVE IT WAS MR. ROYCE FROM CALIFORNIA, THAT IDENTIFIED THE WORK OF ONE OF THE SUPPOSED LEADERS AND IT SEEMS TO ME THAT IT DID NOT NEARLY MATCH THE WORTH OF THOSE WHO ARE IN OUR CABINET AND HIGHER PLACES IN OUR GOVERNMENT AND I WONDER WHAT ARE WE TRYING TO DO. SO FIRST ANSWER THE QUESTION, IF YOU WILL, ABOUT WHAT OUR ALLIES ARE SAYING. AND SECONDLY, ANSWER THE QUESTION ABOUT DISCLOSURE AS IT RELATES TO THOSE AT THE HIGHEST OFFICE IN OUR COUNTRY AND THOSE WHO ARE SERVING IN THE CABINET. AND ALSO WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT MONEY LAUNDERING, ANSWER THE QUESTION ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE LEADER OF THIS COUNTRY AND DEUTCH BANK, WHO IS KNOWN AS A MONEY LAUNDERING BANK THAT IS INVOLVED WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. I RESERVE.

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                            • 03:33:43 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

                            • 03:33:47 PM

                              MR. MCHENRY

                              I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO A THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO WHO IS…

                              I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO A THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO WHO IS NEVER AN APOLLINGIST TO THE LEADING STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM. MR. DAVIDSON.

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                            • 03:34:06 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                            • 03:34:08 PM

                              MR. DAVIDSON

                              I JUST HAVE TO SAY I'M IN SHOCK. I'M LISTENING TO THE KIND OF THINKING…

                              I JUST HAVE TO SAY I'M IN SHOCK. I'M LISTENING TO THE KIND OF THINKING THAT IF IT HAD CAUGHT ON IN THE 1980'S, MAY HAVE ALLOWED THE COLD WAR TO CONTINUE. WHEN I ENLISTED IN THE ARMY I WAS PRIVILEGED TO SERVE IN GERMANY AND SEE THE TRUTH OF GENERATIONS OF WORK AND ALSO SEE THE CONCERN THAT GERMANS HAD THAT RONALD REAGAN WAS GOING TO CAUSE WORLD WAR III AND ACTUAL LEADERSHIP WAS SOMEHOW A PROBLEM. BUT INSTEAD WE SAW, MR. GORBACHEV DIDN'T TEAR DOWN THE WALL OR UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, BUT EAST GERMAN PEOPLE TORE DOWN THE WALL. WHY DID THEY DO THAT? THEY KNEW THE TRUTH ON THE OTHER SIDE. MR. POLIQUIN'S BILL IS TO HELP THE PEOPLE OF IRAN GET THEIR COUNTRY BACK. THEY ARE UNDER A STRONG AUTHORITARIAN LEADERSHIP SYSTEM THAT HAS OPPRESSED THEIR PEOPLE AND CAUSED HARM THROUGHOUT THE REGION AND THROUGHOUT THE PLANET. MEANWHILE I'M SO THANKFUL THIS IS A BIPARTISAN BILL. THE MEMBERS OPPOSED TO THIS WOULD ASK MORE DISCLOSURE OF COMPANIES' C.E.O.'S THAN ENEMIES OUR COUNTRY. I WAS SENT HERE TO SUPPORT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. THIS BILL DOES NOT VIOLATE THE JCPOA. IT DOESN'T TOUCH IT. IT SIMPLY SAYS THAT WE ARE GOING TO GATHER THIS INFORMATION AND AS FOR DIVERTING RESOURCES, THIS IS THE LEADING STATE SPONSOR OF TERROR AND IT IS FOCUSED ON THE PROBLEM AND GIVES THE PEOPLE OF IRAN A CHANCE FOR THE FREEDOM THAT SO MANY OF THE PEOPLES OF THE WORLD ENJOY. I'M THANKFUL THAT WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TRY TO MAKE THIS DIFFERENCE. I ENCOURAGE EVERY MEMBER OF THE HOUSE TO VOTE FOR IT AND THOSE WHO THOUGHT THEY WERE OPPOSED TO RECONSIDER A RATIONAL MEASURED ACTION TO TRY TO CHANGE THE WORLD FOR GOOD. I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 03:36:21 PM

                              THE CHAIR

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

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

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                            • 03:36:27 PM

                              MS. WATERS

                              THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO MR. POLIQUIN TO TRY AND GET…

                              THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO MR. POLIQUIN TO TRY AND GET SOME INFORMATION THAT I THINK IS VERY IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTANDING HOW THIS BILL WOULD WORK. THE GENTLEMAN WHO JUST SPOKE SAID THAT THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE AGREEMENT. THEN WHAT IS IT YOU'RE ADDING TO? WHAT IS IT YOU ARE TRYING TO CHANGE OR MAKE BETTER? IF IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE AGREEMENT, THEN WHY ARE WE DOING IT? MR. POLIQUIN, I ASK YOU TO RESPOND TO THIS DESCRIPTION OF WHAT THIS BILL IS ALL ABOUT.

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                            • 03:37:09 PM

                              MR. POLIQUIN

                              THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO RESPOND. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA…

                              THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO RESPOND. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, I WANT TO MAKE SURE I MAKE THINGS CLEAR. I'M NOT SURE IF IT WAS THE GENTLELADY OR SOMEONE SAYING WHY WE WOULD DIVERT RESOURCES AWAY FROM FIGHTING TERRORISM TO POST THIS INFORMATION ON THE TREASURY WEBSITE, IT COSTS TOO MUCH. WITH RESPECT TO THE GENTLELADY, C.B.O. ESTIMATES IT WILL COST $500,000 TO DO IT FOR TWO YEARS. THE UNITED STATES TREASURY DEPARTMENT HAS A BUDGET $14 BILLION PER YEAR.

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                            • 03:37:45 PM

                              MS. WATERS

                              RECLAIMING MY TIME. I THANK YOU FOR WANTING TO TALK ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE.…

                              RECLAIMING MY TIME. I THANK YOU FOR WANTING TO TALK ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE. I YIELDED TO YOU TO HELP ME WITH INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT WAS STATED THAT THE GENTLEMAN THAT SPOKE BEFORE YOU SAID THAT THIS BILL HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE AGREEMENT. SO RECLAIMING MY TIME, LET ME JUST CONTINUE. IS THE GENTLEMAN PREPARED TO RESPOND TO THE QUESTION THAT I HAVE RAISED?

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                            • 03:38:17 PM

                              MR. POLIQUIN

                              YES.

                            • 03:38:18 PM

                              MS. WATERS

                              YOU ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT WHAT THIS BILL HAS TO DO WITH THE AGREEMENT…

                              YOU ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT WHAT THIS BILL HAS TO DO WITH THE AGREEMENT WHEN THE GENTLEMAN HAS STATED IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE AGREEMENT.

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                            • 03:38:27 PM

                              MR. POLIQUIN

                              I WILL RESPOND TO THE QUESTION.

                            • 03:38:30 PM

                              MS. WATERS

                              I WILL YIELD.

                            • 03:38:32 PM

                              MR. POLIQUIN

                              THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE DANGEROUS IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL THAT WAS PUT TOGETHER…

                              THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE DANGEROUS IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL THAT WAS PUT TOGETHER TWO YEARS AGO HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH EXPOSING THE WEALTH THAT HAS ACCUMULATED BY CORRUPTION BY THE TOP 70 TO 80 IRANIAN POLITICALLY AND MILITARY LEADERS AND THE RANKING MEMBER KNOWS THIS HAS ZERO TO DO WITH IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL.

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                            • 03:39:02 PM

                              MS. WATERS

                              RECLAIMING MY TIME. RECLAIMING MY TIME. WE KNOW THERE ARE INDIVIDUALS THAT…

                              RECLAIMING MY TIME. RECLAIMING MY TIME. WE KNOW THERE ARE INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE SANCTIONABLE IN THE DEAL AND WHAT I THOUGHT YOU WERE ATTEMPTING TO DO IS TO EXPAND THAT AND TO IDENTIFY MORE LEADERS AND TRY AND UNDERSTAND WHERE THE ASSETS COME FROM, WHAT DO THEY USE THEM FOR, WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE INVOLVED IN MONEY LAUNDERING BUT THE GENTLEMAN SAID IT HAD NOTHING TO DO.

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                            • 03:39:29 PM

                              MR. POLIQUIN

                              WOULD THE GENTLELADY YIELD?

                            • 03:39:32 PM

                              MS. WATERS

                              MY YIELDING TO YOU DID NOT HELP ME. SO I SHALL CONTINUE. HAVING SAID THAT,…

                              MY YIELDING TO YOU DID NOT HELP ME. SO I SHALL CONTINUE. HAVING SAID THAT, I WILL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 03:39:45 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. I WOULD REMIND EVERYONE TO DIRECT YOUR COMMENTS…

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. I WOULD REMIND EVERYONE TO DIRECT YOUR COMMENTS TO THE CHAIR, PLEASE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 03:39:56 PM

                              MR. HENSARLING

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS JUST TO SAY, THE RANKING MEMBER…

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS JUST TO SAY, THE RANKING MEMBER WAS SPEAKING, I WENT BACK YET AGAIN TO READ THE NINE-PAGE BILL, NINE PAGES, NO WHERE IS THE JCPOA MENTIONED IN THE BILL. IRAN WAS THE LEADING STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM BEFORE THE JCPOA AND THEY REMAIN THE WORLD'S FOREMOST STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM AFTER THE JCPOA. AND WE OUGHT TO KNOW ABOUT THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS TERRORIST NATION. AND I THINK THE NEXT SPEAKER WILL TELL US EVEN MORE. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. BUDD.

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                            • 03:40:43 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

                            • 03:40:45 PM

                              MR. BUDD

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER AND MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MR.…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER AND MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MR. POLIQUIN'S BILL, THE IRANIAN LEADERSHIP ASSET TRANSPARENCY ACT AND I THANK HIM. NOT COMMUN COMMON THESE DAYS TO SEE IRANIAN FINGERPRINTS OVER THE INSTABILITY THAT PLAGUES THE MIDDLE EAST. OUR OWN STATE DEPARTMENT CLASS FILES IRAN AS A COUNTRY OF MONEY LAUNDERING AND INTERNATIONAL TERROR FINANCING. JUST THIS WEEKEND, WE SAW THEIR HANDY WORK YET AGAIN. THIS TIME IT WAS LEBANON, WHERE THE IRANIAN-BACKED HEZBOLLAH INFLUENCED GOVERNMENT CALLED FOR ECONOMIC SANCTIONS ON THE UNITED STATES. WHY? SIMPLY FOR RECOGNIZING JERUSALEM AS THE CAPITAL OF ISRAEL. NOW JUST A FEW AT THE TOP OF THIS CORRUPT IRANIAN REGIME ARE FLUSHED WITH CASH AND SUPPORT TERROR IN THE MIDDLE EAST WHILE IRANIANS GET BY ON AN AVERAGE SALARY OF $15,000. ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THOSE PROFITTING AT THE TOP OF THE EXPENSE OF THOSE SUFFERING AT THE BOTTOM, IT IS LONG OVERDUE. LUCKILY, MR. POLIQUIN'S BILL HELPS US TO ACHIEVE THIS GOAL THAT THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT PROVIDE A REPORT TO CONGRESS ON THE FINANCIAL ASSETS OF THESE SENIOR IRANIAN OFFICIALS INVOLVED IN CORRUPTION AND FINANCE. THIS BILL WILL SHED LIGHT ON IRANIAN TERROR ACTIVITIES AND LET THE PEOPLE KNOW HOW THEIR LEADERS ACTUALLY OPERATE. THIS IS A KEY ASPECT OF THE BILL SINCE MOST OF THE NEWS IN IRAN IS DISSEMINATED THROUGH GOVERNMENT-CONTROLLED OUTLETS. INFORMATION IN THE COUNTRY IS HARD TO COME BY. THE BOTTOM LINE IS THIS, THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WILL HELP DISRUPT THE IRANIAN TERROR NETWORK AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE. LET'S SEND A MESSAGE THAT THIS PEOPLE'S HOUSE IS UNITED ON THIS FRONT AND LET'S SEND A MESSAGE TO THE IRANIAN PEOPLE THAT WE ARE WITH THEM AS WELL. I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND, MR. POLL QUINN SFR MAINE, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. AND I URGE ADOPTION FOR HIS LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 03:42:58 PM

                              THE CHAIR

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

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                            • 03:43:06 PM

                              MS. WATERS

                              MAY I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE LEFT?

                            • 03:43:08 PM

                              MUCH TIME I HAVE LEFT?THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA HAS 10 1/2 MINUTES.

                            • 03:43:15 PM

                              MS. WATERS

                              MEMBERS, I HAVE A STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY FROM THE PREVIOUS…

                              MEMBERS, I HAVE A STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY FROM THE PREVIOUS PRESIDENT WHERE HE ADVISED US WHEN THIS BILL CAME BEFORE THE HOUSE BEFORE THAT IT WOULD BE VETOED BY THE ADMINISTRATION. I WOULD LIKE TO READ FROM YOU -- TO YOU FROM ONE OF THE PARAGRAPHS. THIS REQUIRED PUBLIC POSTINGS MAY BE PERCEIVED BY IRAN AND LIKELY OUR JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION PARTNERS AS AN ATTEMPT TO UNDERMINE THE FULFILLMENT OF OUR COMMITMENTS IN TURN IMPACTING THE CONTINUED VIABILITY OF THIS DIPLOMATIC ARRANGEMENTS THAT PREVENTS IRAN FROM ACQUIRING A NUCLEAR WEAPON. IF THE JCPOA WERE TO FAIL ON THAT BASIS, IT WOULD REMOVE THE CONSTRAINTS ON NUCLEAR PROGRAM, LEAD TO THE UNRAVELING OF THE INTERNATIONAL SANCTIONS REGIME AGAINST IRAN AND DEAL A DEVASTATING BLOW TO THE CREDIBILITY OF AMERICA'S LEADERSHIP AND OUR COMMITMENTS TO OUR CLOSEST ALLIES. I THINK THAT IS A VERY POWERFUL STATEMENT. AND I DO KNOW THAT IRAN IS IN COMPLIANCE, THAT WE MONITOR. WE HAVE A VERY STRICT AND STRONG MONITORING PROGRAM. AND THEY'RE IN COMPLIANCE. AND SO THE QUESTION BECOMES, IF, INDEED, THEY ARE IN COMPLIANCE, WHY WOULD WE INTERFERE WITH THE PLAN? WHY WOULD WE JEOPARDIZE THIS PLAN THAT HAS BEEN WORKED ON WITH OUR STRONG ALLIES IN AN ATTEMPT TO TRY AND FIND ANOTHER WAY TO SAY THAT IRAN MUST BE SCRUTINIZED? EVERYTHING IN THIS PLAN HAS TO DO WITH DISCONTINUING THE DEVELOPMENT OF NUCLEAR CAPABILITY. AND I THINK WE SHOULD RESPECT THE WORK THAT WE HAVE DONE WITH OUR ALLIES AND DISCONTINUE ALL THESE ATTEMPTS TO UNDERMINE THE DEAL THAT WE HAVE ENTERED IN WITH AND TO CAUSE OUR ALLIES TO DISTRUST US. I RESERVE. .

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                            • 03:45:49 PM

                              MR. HENSARLING

                              I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR.…

                              I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE.

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                            • 03:45:54 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

                            • 03:45:56 PM

                              MR. LANCE

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE IRANIAN LEADERSHIP…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE IRANIAN LEADERSHIP ASSET TRANSPARENCY ACT. AND I THANK CHAIRMAN HENSARLING AND REPRESENTATIVE POLIQUIN FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. WE MUST BE SCRUTINIZING THE FINANCIAL DEALINGS OF SENIOR IRANIAN POLITICAL AND MILITARY LEADERS. IT IS IN THE NATIONAL SECURITY INTEREST OF THE UNITED STATES TO UNDERSTAND THE INTERNATIONAL WEB OF FINANCES THAT SUPPORTS TERROR OPERATIONS AND OTHER NEFARIOUS CAUSES. I AM PLEASED THAT THIS BILL INCLUDES AN AMENDMENT I PROPOSED TO TARGET THE HEAD OF THE IRANIAN ATOMIC ENERGY ORGANIZATION. A POSITION CURRENTLY HELD BY ALI AKBAR SALALI TO THE LIST OF IRANIAN LEADERS NAMED IN THRENLSLATION. GIVEN IRAN'S VIOLATIONS OF -- IN THIS LEGISLATION. GIVEN IRAN'S VIOLATIONS OF INTERNATIONAL LAW AND ITS CLEAR TIES TO INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM, IT IS AFTER ALL THE LEADING SPONSOR OF STATE TERRORISM ACROSS THE GLOBE, WE SHOULD BE MONITORING THE FINANCES OF THE HEAD OF ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAM. TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH SANCTIONS AND OTHER LAWS. FOR YEARS THE IRANIAN REGIME HAS BEEN MIRED IN INSTITUTIONALIZED CORRUPTION. TO THE DETRIMENT OF THE PEOPLE OF THAT GREAT COUNTRY. THE NEXUS OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS, STATE SPONSORED TERRORISM, MONEY LAUNDERING, SECRET FINANCIAL AGREEMENTS, AND MASS PISTOLERING FROM THE IRANIAN PEOPLE -- PILFERING FROM THE IRANIAN PEOPLE IS A CAUSE FOR GREAT ALARM. THIS LEGISLATION IS A RESPONSE TO ALL OF THAT. IT IS COMPLETELY BIPARTISAN IN NATURE. IT IS THE WAY WE SHOULD ACT IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, IN A BIPARTISAN CAPACITY. THE NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS OF THE UNITED STATES KNOW NO PARTISAN BOUNDS. MR. SPEAKER, WE NEED ALL OF THE TOOLS AT OUR DISPOSAL TO INVESTIGATE THE FINANCES OF THIS TERRORIST REGIME. I URGE A YES VOTE ON MR. POLIQUIN'S LEGISLATION.

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                            • 03:48:15 PM

                              THE CHAIR

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

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

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                            • 03:48:25 PM

                              MS. WATERS

                              I CONTINUE TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                            • 03:48:27 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

                            • 03:48:30 PM

                              MR. HENSARLING

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, MAY I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE REMAINING ON MY SIDE?

                            • 03:48:37 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN HAS 5 3/4 MINUTES.

                            • 03:48:42 PM

                              MR. HENSARLING

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M HAPPY TO YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES AGAIN TO THE SPONSOR OF THE…

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M HAPPY TO YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES AGAIN TO THE SPONSOR OF THE LEGISLATION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE, MR. POLIQUIN.

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                            • 03:48:51 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 2 1/2 MINUTES.

                            • 03:48:53 PM

                              MR. POLIQUIN

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, VERY MUCH. I DID WANT TO RESPOND TO THE GENTLELADY…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, VERY MUCH. I DID WANT TO RESPOND TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA AND FOR OTHER FOLKS WHO ARE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS AGREEMENT. THIS BILL, RATHER. FIRST OF ALL, I THINK IT'S VERY CLEAR TO THE WORLD THAT THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT'S BEEN CHEETH ON THE NUCLEAR DEAL ALMOST SINCE DAY ONE. I THINK IT WAS WITHIN MONTHS, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THEY TEST FIRED BOTH MEDIUM RANGE AND LONG RANGE BALLISTIC MISSILES IN VIOLATION OF AN EIGHT-YEAR BAN ON DEVELOPING THOSE CONVENTIONAL WEAPONS. SO I THINK IT'S KIND OF SILLY FOR US TO BE DEBATING HERE ABOUT A GOVERNMENT THAT SPONSORS TERRORISM AND VOWS TO WIPE ISRAEL OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH AND KILL AS MANY AMERICANS AS THEY CAN, AS A LEADERSHIP REGIME THAT'S GOING TO ABIDE BY THIS AGREEMENT WHEN THEY'VE PROVEN THEY ARE NOT. SECOND OF ALL, AS I MENTIONED SEVERAL TIMES, MY BILL HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS AGREEMENT. BUT THEN AGAIN, SOMEONE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, MR. SPEAKER, ALSO SAID, WELL, WE THINK AMERICAN OFFICIALS, AMERICAN LEADERS SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR DISCLOSING THAT. HERE'S THE DIFFERENCE. AMERICA DOES NOT SPONSOR TERRORISM. THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT DOES. AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO GET AT, MR. SPEAKER. I'M TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT FOLKS WHO WILL NOT SUPPORT THIS BILL ARE GOING TO SAY WHEN THEY GO BACK HOME AT CHRISTMAS TIME, WHEN THEY HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHED SUNLIGHT ON THE TOP POLITICAL AND MILITARY LEADERS IN IRAN WHO ARE RIPPING OFF THE IRANIAN PEOPLE AND WHO ARE SPONSORING TERRORISM, WHY IT IS A BAD IDEA TO MAKE SURE THIS INFORMATION IS PUBLIC TO THE WORLD AS WELL AS THE IRANIAN PEOPLE. I'D LIKE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO SAY WHEN THEY GO BACK HOME AND TALK TO THEIR CONSTITUENTS. MR. SPEAKER, MR. CHAIRMAN, I AM GRATEFUL FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY. THIS IS A TERRIFIC BILL. IT DOES SOMETHING VERY COMMONSENSE. PUT PRESSURE THROUGH SUNLIGHT, THROUGH TRANSPARENCY ON THE CHIEF SPONSOR OF TERRORISM IN THE WORLD, THE IRANIAN REGIME. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK MY TIME. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                            • 03:50:56 PM

                              THE CHAIR

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

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

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                            • 03:51:02 PM

                              MS. WATERS

                              THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE INFORMATION THAT IS…

                              THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE INFORMATION THAT IS BEING SHARED BY MY COLLEAGUE, MR. POLIQUIN. AND I'M GOING TO YIELD MORE TIME TO HIM TO EXPLAIN TO ME, IF THE MISSILES THAT YOU'RE DESCRIBING IN IRAN THAT ARE NOT A PART OF THE DEAL, OF THE PLAN, ARE THEY SIMILAR TO THE MISSILES THAT ARE BEING FIRED WITH NUCLEAR WARHEADS FROM NORTH KOREA? I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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                            • 03:51:33 PM

                              MR. POLIQUIN

                              CAN YOU REPEAT THE QUESTION AGAIN? I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND IT.

                            • 03:51:35 PM

                              MS. WATERS

                              ABOUT, WITH IRAN, THAT ARE NOT A PART OF THE PLAN, ARE THEY SIMILAR TO THE…

                              ABOUT, WITH IRAN, THAT ARE NOT A PART OF THE PLAN, ARE THEY SIMILAR TO THE BALLISTIC MISSILES THAT ARE BEING FIRED FROM NORTH KOREA WITH NUCLEAR WARHEADS POSSIBLY ON THEM?

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                            • 03:51:53 PM

                              MR. POLIQUIN

                              THE MISSILES THAT I WAS REFERRING TO ARE VERY CLEAR, TO THE GENTLELADY…

                              THE MISSILES THAT I WAS REFERRING TO ARE VERY CLEAR, TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, THEY DEAL SPECIFICALLY WITH THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL, WHICH IS A DANGEROUS DEAL FOR THIS WORLD AND FOR THIS COUNTRY. HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH NORTH KOREA.

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                            • 03:52:09 PM

                              MS. WATERS

                              ARE THEY MORE DANGEROUS THAN THE MISSILES FROM NORTH KOREA?

                            • 03:52:12 PM

                              MR. POLIQUIN

                              WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH THE TRANSPARENCY ACT? DEALING…

                              WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH THE TRANSPARENCY ACT? DEALING WITH IRANIAN OFFICIALS?

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                            • 03:52:17 PM

                              MS. WATERS

                              I'LL TELL WHAT YOU DIFFERENCE IT MAKES. HERE WE ARE WITH THREATS FROM…

                              I'LL TELL WHAT YOU DIFFERENCE IT MAKES. HERE WE ARE WITH THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA, AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES UNWILLING TO BE INVOLVED WITH DIPLOMACY, WHO RATHER WOULD LIKE TO BASICALLY MIMIC AND MOCK THE LEADER OF NORTH KOREA BY CALLING HIM LITTLE ROCKET MAN.

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                            • 03:52:38 PM

                              MR. POLIQUIN

                              WILL THE GENTLELADY YIELD?

                            • 03:52:41 PM

                              MS. WATERS

                              AND TELLING THE SECRETARY OF STATE, IT IS NO USE TO TALK WITH HIM. AND SO…

                              AND TELLING THE SECRETARY OF STATE, IT IS NO USE TO TALK WITH HIM. AND SO HERE WE HAVE THE -- NORTH KOREA WHO HAVE ALREADY INDICATED THAT THEY HAVE MISSILES THAT WILL REACH US RIGHT HERE IN THE UNITED STATES , ANYWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES, AND YOU'RE TELLING ME ABOUT YOUR CONCERN, ABOUT MISSILES IN IRAN THAT ARE NOT A PART OF THE NUCLEAR DEAL. RECLAIMING MY TIME. YOU ARE STILL ON MY TIME. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 03:53:08 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS…

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 03:53:13 PM

                              MR. HENSARLING

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. I BELIEVE I HAVE THE RIGHT TO…

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. I BELIEVE I HAVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE.

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                            • 03:53:17 PM

                              THE CHAIR

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

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

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                            • 03:53:22 PM

                              MS. WATERS

                              THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MAY I INQUIRE AS TO HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE LEFT?

                            • 03:53:25 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS SIX MINUTES REMAINING.

                            • 03:53:27 PM

                              MS. WATERS

                              HOW MANY MINUTES?

                            • 03:53:28 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              SIX.

                            • 03:53:29 PM

                              MS. WATERS

                              THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I'D LIKE TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD A STATEMENT FROM…

                              THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I'D LIKE TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD A STATEMENT FROM JAY STREET THAT IS IN OPPOSITION TO THIS LEGISLATION. AND I ALSO HAVE THE STATEMENT THAT I READ A PARAGRAPH FROM, FROM THE PREVIOUS OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. I'D LIKE UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER THEM BOTH INTO THE RECORD.

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                            • 03:53:54 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE REQUEST WILL BE COVERED BY GENERAL LEAVE.

                            • 03:53:57 PM

                              MS. WATERS

                              THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, AND MEMBERS, WE ARE OPPOSED TO THIS…

                              THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, AND MEMBERS, WE ARE OPPOSED TO THIS BILL. NOT BECAUSE WE ARE NOT CONCERNED ABOUT THE SECURITY OF OUR COUNTRY AND SECURITY OF OUR ALLIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST. BUT MEMBERS ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE DON'T CARE ANY MORE THAN WE CARE. BUT WE RESPECT WHEN OUR LEADERSHIP AND OUR COUNTRY GETS INVOLVED AND NEGOTIATES WITH ANOTHER COUNTRY, SUCH AS THEY HAVE DONE WITH IRAN, AND THEY COME TO SOME AGREEMENTS, WE WOULD LIKE OUR COUNTRY TO LIVE UP TO THE AGREEMENT. WHEN WE HAVE INCLUDED IN THAT AGREEMENT A DESCRIPTION OF THE MONITORING THAT WILL BE DONE, AND WHEN THAT MONITORING IS BEING CARRIED OUT, AND WHEN IT IS REPRESENTED TO US BY THOSE THAT WE HAVE IN CHARGE OF THAT MONITORING, THAT THAT COUNTRY, IRAN, IS IN COMPLIANCE, WE BELIEVE THEM. AND WHEN WE TRUST OUR NEGOTIATORS, WE TRUST OUR COUNTRY, WE TRUST OUR LEADERSHIP, AND IRAN IS IN COMPLIANCE, THERE IS NO REASON TO TRY AND UNDO THE DEAL. THERE'S NO REASON TO COME BEHIND THE AGREEMENT AND WHAT HAS BEEN NEGOTIATED AND BEGIN TO THINK OF WAYS THAT YOU BELIEVE WE OUGHT TO EXPAND THAT AGREEMENT. WE COULD, IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, COME UP WITH A NEW IDEA EVERY DAY. WITH ALL OF THE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE, WITH ALL OF THE DIFFERENT THOUGHTS AND POSSIBLE IDEAS, AND EVERYBODY THINKING THEY'RE SMARTER THAN EVERYBODY ELSE, WE COULD COME UP WITH ALL KINDS OF PLANS. TO INTERFERE WITH THAT AGREEMENT. BUT I WOULD ADVISE THE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE AND THE MEMBERS ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE, YOU DO NOT NEED TO DO THIS. THIS IS A BAD IDEA. I WOULD ADVISE YOU TO PUT FAITH IN THE NEGOTIATIONS THAT HAVE GONE ON AND ACCEPT THE REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT COMPLIANCE THAT WE ARE BEING GIVEN, WE ARE BEING ASSURED THAT NOT ONLY IS THE MONITORING TAKING PLACE, BUT IRAN IS IN COMPLIANCE. SO AGAIN, I'M SO WORRIED ABOUT OUR ROLE IN THIS COUNTRY TODAY. AND THE FACT THAT OUR LEADERSHIP IS BEING DIMINISHED DAY BY DAY BECAUSE OF THE WAY THAT OUR PRESIDENT AND THE WHITE HOUSE IS HANDLING OUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER COUNTRIES. AS A MATTER OF FACT, WE SEE A PRESIDENT THAT IS ENDANGERING US AND DESTROYING RELATIONSHIPS CONSTANTLY. I MENTIONED THAT WE HAVE IN THIS DEAL, RUSSIA, CHINA, GERMANY, ENGLAND AND FRANCE. AND ASK THE QUESTION, WHAT ARE OUR ALLIES IN THIS AGREEMENT SAYING ABOUT OUR ATTEMPTS TO INTERFERE WITH THE AGREEMENT? DO THEY AGREE WITH YOU? ARE THEY CONSULTED? ARE THEY UNHAPPY ABOUT WHAT IS BEING DONE? I SUPPOSE THEY COULD DO THE SAME THING IN THEIR COUNTRIES EVERY DAY. THEY COULD COME UP WITH NEW WAYS TO INTERFERE WITH THE AGREEMENT, THEY COULD BEGIN TO ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT US AND WHY WE'RE DOING WHAT WE'RE DOING. THEY COULD EVEN ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT WHY ARE WE CONCERNED ABOUT THE ASSETS OF THOSE WHO ARE NOT SANCTIONABLE, WHEN WE'RE NOT CONCERNED ABOUT THE ASSETS OF OUR OWN PRESIDENT. MR. TOLL QUINN, THIS IS YOUR BILL. YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE ASSETS OF LEADERS -- MR. POLIQUIN, THIS IS YOUR BILL. YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE ASSETS OF THE LEADERS IN IRAN. YOU HAVE SEEN YOUR PRESIDENT'S TAX RETURNS? DO YOU KNOW ABOUT HIS ASSETS? DO YOU KNOW WHERE THEY HAVE COME FROM? DO YOU KNOW ABOUT HOW THEY'RE UTILIZED? I DON'T THINK SO. AND SO I THINK IT'S VERY, VERY IMPORTANT FOR US TO DO EVERYTHING THAT WE CAN TO HAVE OUR ALLIES TRUST US, TO LIVE UP TO THE DEALS THAT WE MAKE, NOT TO ASK MORE OF OTHERS THAN WE ARE WILLING TO DO OURSELVES. NO. WE'RE NOT SPONSORS OF TERRORISM. WE'RE PEOPLE WHO HAVE ALWAYS TRIED TO AVOID WAR. AND UNFORTUNATELY WE'VE ENGAGED IN IT AND WE KNOW THAT IT IS NOT THE BEST ANSWER TO TRYING TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEMS THAT WE ENCOUNTER AROUND THE WORLD. AND I DO BELIEVE THAT WE HONESTLY TRIED TO AVOID WAR AND THAT WE WORKED FOR PEACE. THIS IS WORKING FOR PEACE. AND PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT GOALS THAT WE SHOULD HAVE. AND I SEE THE OPPORTUNITIES OF THAT ERODING EVERY DAY. SO I WOULD ASK YOU TO THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU'RE DOING. I BELIEVE THAT YOUR INTENTIONS ARE GOOD. BUT I THINK IT'S A BAD BILL. AND SO, MR. SPEAKER, AND MEMBERS, I THANK YOU, I WOULD ASK FOR A NO VOTE ON THIS BILL. IT IS NOT NEEDED. I THINK IT CREATES PROBLEMS WITH OUR ALLIES AND THEY BEGIN TO WONDER WHETHER OR NOT THEY CAN TRUST US. WE ARE AN HONORABLE PEOPLE. AND WE ARE LEADERS IN THE WORLD. EVEN THOUGH IT IS BEING QUESTIONED MORE AND MORE. SO I WOULD ASK US TO VOTE NO ON THIS BILL.

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                            • 03:59:30 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              DOES THE GENTLELADY YIELD BACK?

                            • 03:59:31 PM

                              MS. WATERS

                              I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                            • 03:59:33 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE CHAIR REMINDS ALL MEMBERS TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE…

                              THE CHAIR REMINDS ALL MEMBERS TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 03:59:41 PM

                              MR. HENSARLING

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE REMAINING.

                            • 03:59:45 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN HAS 3 3/4 MINUTES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA HAS NONE.

                            • 03:59:50 PM

                              MR. HENSARLING

                              I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF THE TIME.

                            • 03:59:51 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                            • 03:59:53 PM

                              MR. HENSARLING

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I FIND IT FASCINATING HOW OFTEN THE RANKING MEMBER…

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I FIND IT FASCINATING HOW OFTEN THE RANKING MEMBER CRITICIZED OUR OWN PRESIDENT AND DIDN'T HAVE ONE CRITICAL COMMENT FOR THE PRESIDENT OF IRAN. THE NATION WHICH OUR STATE DEPARTMENT, INCLUDING THE OBAMA STATE DEPARTMENT, HAS LABELED AS THE WORLD'S FOREMOST STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM. BUT YET IN THE LAST ALMOST HOUR WE'VE NOT HEARD ONE SINGLE CRITICAL WORD. WE HEAR MUCH ABOUT THE JCPOA, THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL, PERHAPS ONE OF THE WORST ARRANGEMENTS, INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS THAT'S EVER BEEN ENTERED INTO BY OUR COUNTRY, BUT LOOK AS I MAY IN THE LEGISLATION, AND IT'S NINE PAGES LONG, NOT 90, NOT 900, YOU WILL NOT SEE THE JCPOA IN IT. . MR. POLIQUIN'S BILL, THE IRANIAN LEADERSHIP ASSET TRANSPARENCY ACT IS JUST THAT. IT IS SEEKING GREATER INTERNATIONAL TRANSPARENCY FOR THE LEADERS OF THIS ROGUE NATION, REGARDLESS OF THE JCPOA. LET'S REMEMBER WHAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO REMINDED US, THAT IT WAS BECAUSE OF INFORMATION, INCLUDING RADIO FREE EUROPE THAT WENT ACROSS THE IRON CURTAIN, THAT ULTIMATELY BROUGHT THAT CURTAIN DOWN AND FREED MILLIONS. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THE IRANIAN PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT THEIR OWN LEADERSHIP. OUR OWN STATE DEPARTMENT HAS SAID THE IRANIAN-ISLAMIC RE-LUTIONNARY GUARD CORPS, KURDS -- QUDS FORCE, CONTINUE TO PLAY A ROLE IN IRAQ, SYRIA, AND YEMEN. THE RANKING MEMBER SAYS, LET'S NOT SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THEIR LEADERSHIP BECAUSE WE MIGHT HURT THEIR FEELINGS. THE STATE DEPARTMENT GOES ON TO SAY, IRAN CONTINUED TO RECRUIT FIGHTERS FROM ACROSS THE REGION TO JOIN IRANIAN AFFILIATED SHIA MILITIA FORCES ENGAGED IN CONFLICTS IN SYRIA AND IRAQ AND HAS EVEN OFFERED A PATH TO CITIZENSHIP FOR THOSE WHO HEED THIS CALL. YET THE RANKING MEMBER SAYS, LET'S NOT REPORT ON THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS ROGUE REGIME BECAUSE THEY'RE VERY SENSITIVE PEOPLE. THE STATE DEPARTMENT GOES ON TO SAY, HEZBOLLAH CONTINUED TO WORK CLOSELY WITH IRAN IN THESE CONFLICT ZONES PLAYING A MAJOR ROLE IN SUPPORTING THE SYRIA GOVERNMENT'S EFFORTS TO MAINTAIN CONTROL AND TERRITORY AND PROVIDING TRAINING AND A RANGE OF OTHER SUPPORT FOR IRANIAN ALIGNED GROUPS IN IRAQ, SYRIA, AND YES, MA'AM B -- YEMEN. YET WE CONTINUE TO HEAR FROM THE RANKING MEMBER THAT WE SHOULDN'T LEARN ANYTHING ABOUT THEIR LEADERSHIP. AGAIN, WE MIGHT STEP ON THEIR TOES AFTER THE JCPOA AND WE WOULDN'T WANT TO DO THAT. WE WOULDN'T WANT TO BE INSENSITIVE TO INTERNATIONAL TERRORISTS. IN 2016, HIS BELLO -- HEZBOLLAH'S LEADER BOASTED, QUOTE, WE ARE OPEN ABOUT THE FACT THAT HEZBOLLAH'S INCOME, EBS EXPENSES, ITS WEAPONS AND ROCKETS ARE FROM THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN. HOW MUCH MORE DO WE NEED TO KNOW? WHY DO WE CONTINUE TO HAVE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS COME TO THE FLOOR OF THIS INSTITUTION AND SOMEHOW WANT TO SEEMINGLY PROTECT THE LEADERS OF THIS ROGUE REGIME? WE WANT TO KNOW MORE INFORMATION, WE WANT TO DISSEMINATE THIS INFORMATION, WE WANT THE WHOLE WORLD TO KNOW ABOUT THE LEADERSHIP OF THE WORLD'S FOREMOST STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM. THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE IS TRYING TO DO. I SALUTE HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS TO VOTE AYE FOR HIS BILL.

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                            • 04:03:59 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              MR. SCHNEIDER

                              I HAVE AN AMENDMENT THAT THE AT THE DESK.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE --

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE --

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                              THE CLERK

                              AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUGS REPORT 115-463 OFFERED BY MR.…

                              AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUGS REPORT 115-463 OFFERED BY MR. SCHNEIDER OF ILLINOIS.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. SCHNEIDER, AN A…

                              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. SCHNEIDER, AN A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                              MR. SCHNEIDER

                              AMENDMENT TO THE IRANIAN LEADERSHIP ASSET TRANSPARENCY ACT. I WOULD LIKE…

                              AMENDMENT TO THE IRANIAN LEADERSHIP ASSET TRANSPARENCY ACT. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS, JUDGE POE, FOR JOINING ME IN THIS EFFORT. IRAN IS A BAD AND DANGEROUS ACTOR IN A VOLATILE REGION OF THE WORLD WHICH IS WHY CONGRESS ENACTED SANCTIONS IN RESPONSE TO THE BALLISTIC MISSILE PROGRAM AND SUPPORT FOR TERRORIST PROXY GROUPS. WE MUST HOLD SENIOR IRANIAN LEADERSHIP ACCOUNTABLE FOR DESTABILIZING ACTIONS IN THE REGION AND AROUND THE WORLD. THE LEGISLATION ON THE FLOOR TODAY IS AN EFFORT TO SHINE A LIGHT AND FOCUS OUR EFFORTS ON ASSETS HELD BY TOP IRANIAN OFFICIALS INCLUDING THE SUPREME LEADER. MEMBERS OF THE DOWN SOIFL GUARDIANS, MEMBERS OF THE EXPEDIENCY COUNCIL AND HIGH RANKING LEADERS. SPECIFICALLY THE BILL THRIRES SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY TO REPORT TO CONGRESS INFORMATION ON THE ASSETS HELD BY SENIOR IRANIAN LEADERS. INCLUDED IN THE REPORT ARE RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOW TO IMPROVE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF SANCTIONS TO PREVENT THESE ASSETS FROM BEING USED BY IRANIAN OFFICIALS TO FURTHER DEVELOP IRAN'S BALLISTIC MISSILE PROGRAM. MY AMENDMENT SIMPLY BUT IMPORTANTLY EXPANDS THIS REQUIREMENT TO INCLUDE IRAN'S HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES. WE SHOULD BE USING EVERY TOOL IN OUR TOOLBOX TO MAKE CLEAR THAT IRAN -- TO IRAN THAT ITS HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES ARE UNACCEPTABLE. HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION IN IRAN IS APPALLING AND ABUSES PERM NATE MANY ASPECTS OF IRANIAN SOCIETY. IN IRAN, REPRESSION AND PERSECUTION OF MEMBERS OF DIFFERENT RELIGIOUS FAITHS, INCLUDING SUNNI MUSLIMS, CHRISTIANS AND BAHA'IS IS PERVASIVE. THE STATE DEPARTMENT'S INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM REPORT OF 2016 CITES AT LEAST 103 MEMBERS OF MINORITY RELIGIOUS GROUPS IMPRISONED FOR THEIR RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES. SINCE 1979, IRAN EXECUTED MORE THAN 200 BAHA'I LEADERS AND OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS HAS CONDUCTED MORE THAN 850 ARBITRARY ARRESTS OF BAHA'I INDIVIDUALS. SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY ARE NOT PROTECTED CATEGORIES FROM DISCRIMINATION AND SAME SEX ACTS ARE PUNISHABLE BY FLOGGING AND POSSIBLY DEATH. ARBITRARY AND UNLAWFUL KILLINGS ARE NUMEROUS. THE STATE DEPARTMENT'S ANNUAL HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT SAYS THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED 114 EXECUTIONS BY AUGUST OF 2016 AND THAT UNOFFICIAL REPORTS SUGGEST A TOTAL OF 461 EXECUTIONS BY THE END OF THAT YEAR. THE U.N. PUT THIS IS NUMBER EVEN HIGHER AT 530 EXECUTIONS IN 2016. FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS LIMITED. MEDIA CENSORED. PUBLICATIONS HAVE BEEN BANNED AN CLOSED BY THE GOVERNMENT. HARASSMENT AND DETAINMENT OF JOURNALISTS CONTINUES IN IRAN -- AND IRAN'S CITIZENS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO CRITICIZE THE GOVERNMENT, SUPREME LEADER OR RELIGION. IN 2016, 79% OF THE CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR THE ASSEMBLY OF EXPERTS AND 58% RUNNING FOR THE ISLAMIC CONSULT TATIVE ASSEMBLY WERE DISQUALIFIED BY THE GUARDIAN COUNCIL. WE CONDITION WE CAN'T FORGET ABOUT THE AMERICANS AND OTHER FOREIGNERS WHO IRAN HAS DETAINED AND CONTINUES TO HOLD, INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS WHOSE FAMILY MEMBERS TESTIFIED BEFORE OUR THE HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIR COMMITTEES EARLIER THIS YEAR. NIZAR ZAKA AND ROBERT LEVINSON WHO HAS BEEN HELD FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS. THESE ARE JUST A HANDFUL OF EXAMPLES OF EGREGIOUS HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES BY THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT. THIS AMENDMENT HELPS ENSURE THE FUNDS HELD BY SENIOR IRE RANIAN LEADERS DO NOT CONTRIBUTE TO HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AND U.S. SANCTIONS ARE BEST POSITIONED TO IMPROVE THE HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION. I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WILL JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS AMENDMENT.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS…

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

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                              MR. HENSARLING

                              I --

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                              I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT THOUGH I'M NOT OPPOSED.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. POE

                              I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR THE TIME AND I THANK MR. SCHNEIDER FOR THE…

                              I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR THE TIME AND I THANK MR. SCHNEIDER FOR THE AMENDMENT, I'M GLAD TO BE A CO-SPON OR OF THE AMENDMENT. MR. SPEAKER, THE IRANIANS ARE A SERIOUS THREAT TO THE WORLD, TO INTERNATIONAL SECURITY. IRAN'S FOREIGN POLICY IS VERY CLEAR. THE AYATOLLAH HAS SAID IT NUMEROUS TIMES AND CONTINUES TO SAY THAT THE FOREIGN POLICY OF IRAN IS FIRST, DESTROY ISRAEL. SECOND, DESTROY THE UNITED STATES. THEY HAVE NEVER WAVERED ON THIS GOAL AND THEY ARE DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN MILITARILY TO EVENTUALLY TRY TO REACH THOSE TWO GOALS. BUT THE GREATEST VICTIMS OF THE MUE LAS' REGIME IN TEHRAN ARE THE PEOPLE OF IRAN. THEY HAVE BEEN HOLD HOSTAGE BY THE SUPREME LEADER WHO OBVIOUSLY CARES MORE ABOUT BALLISTIC MISSILES AND INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM THAN TAKING CARE OF THE LIVELIHOOD OF THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE UNDER THIS REGIME. THE REGIME THAT HAS BECOME A NOTORIOUS INTERNATIONAL LEADER IN SUPPRESSION, EXECUTION, TORTURE, INHUMANITY, THE WORLD KNOWS ABOUT WHAT'S TAKING PLACE IN IRAN. AND THE GOOD PEOPLE OF IRAN HAVE NO POLITICAL SPACE FOR EXPRESSION OR DISSENT. IF THEY DECIDE TO DISSENT FROM THE ACTIONS OF THE AYATOLLAH, WELL, IT'S OFF TO JAIL, OR THEY'RE HUNG IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE. WE SAW WHAT THE REGIME DID TO PROTESTERS OF THE GREEN MOVEMENT IN 2009. DESPITE WHAT SOME PEOPLE STILL TRY TO SAY, THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT IS NOT SEEKING ANY SORT OF MODERATION. OVER 3,000 EXECUTIONS HAVE TAKEN PLACE UNDER THE REGIME'S SO-CALLED PRESIDENT ROHANI. SCORES OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS AND POLITICAL ACTIVISTS ARE STILL IN PRISON UNDER HOUSE ARREST AND THEY HAVEN'T BEEN CHARGED WITH ANYTHING. AND OF COURSE THEY HAVEN'T BEEN TRIED. UNITED STATES NEEDS TO PRIORITIZE ELEVATING THE VOICES OF THE IRANIAN PEOPLE WHO ARE PERSECUTED UNDER OPPRESSION BY THIS REGIME. THESE IRANIANS REALLY REPRESENT THE BEST OF THE IRANIAN CIVILIZATION AND THEY ARE GOING TO BE THE FUTURE OF IRAN. WE SHOULD TAKE NOTE WHAT'S HAPPENING TO THEM. IT SHOULD BE THE U.S. FOREIGN POLICY TO FOCUS SIGNIFICANT ATTENTION ON THE SERIOUS HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS TAKING PLACE IN IRAN. I'M HAPPY TO SUPPORT AND JOIN MR. SCHNEIDER IN THIS AMENDMENT WHICH WILL REQUIRE THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT TO ISSUE RECOMMENDATIONS AS TO HOW WE CAN BETTER PREVENT THE MULLAHS FOR CONTINUING THE VIOLENT ASSAULT ON THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF THE IRANIAN PEOPLE. THE UNITED STATES MUST BE AT THE FOREFRONT OF THIS BATTLE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND DECENCY FOR THE IRANIAN PEOPLE. WE MUST CALL OUT THE AYATOLLAH AND THE MULLAHS FOR WHAT THEY'RE DOING. THEY ARE PERSECUTING, VIOLATING HUMAN RIGHTS, OF THE IRANIAN PEOPLE. THE IRANIAN REGIME IS THE NUMBER ONE STATE SPONSOR OF WORLD TERROR AND IT ALSO RAINS DOWN TERROR ON ITS OWN PEOPLE. WE NEED TO PUT THE SQUEEZE ON THEM EVEN IF IT HURTS THEIR LITTLE FEELINGS. I URGE SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 04:13:04 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. SCHNEIDER

                              THANK YOU. I AGAIN THANK MY COLLEAGUE, JUDGE POE AND YIELD BACK.

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                              THE CHAIR

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

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                              MR. POE

                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR BRINGING THIS AMENDMENT TO THE FLOOR. GLADLY…

                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR BRINGING THIS AMENDMENT TO THE FLOOR. GLADLY SUPPORT IT. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS.

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                              THE CHAIR

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

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-463. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              MS. MENG

                              MR. CHAIRMAN I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                              THE CLERK

                              AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-463 OFFERED BY…

                              AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-463 OFFERED BY MS. MENTION OF NEW YORK.

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                            • 04:14:10 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 658, THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MS.…

                              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 658, THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MS. MENTION, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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                              MS. MENG

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT THAT I THINK EVERY…

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT THAT I THINK EVERY MEMBER OF THIS BODY CAN SUPPORT NO MATTER HOW THEY INTENT TO VOTE ON FINAL PASSAGE OF H.R. 1638. THIS AMENDMENT SIMPLY SEEKS TO INSERT A SINGLE NEW REQUIREMENT INTO THE REPORT REQUIRED BY H.R. 1638 AND THAT NEW REQUIREMENT IS AS FOLLOWS. QUOTE, AN ASSESSMENT OF THE IMPACT AND EFFECTIVENESS OF U.S. ECONOMIC SANCTIONS PROGRAMS AGAINST IRAN. WHETHER YOU VOTED FOR THE IRAN DEAL OR AGAINST IT OR WHETHER YOU THINK ECONOMIC SANCTIONS ARE AN EFFECTIVE DIPLOMATIC TOOL OR SOMETHING THAT SOUNDS BETTER THAN IT IS, I HOPE YOU WILL SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. WE SHOULD MAKE EVIDENCE-BASED POLICY DECISIONS IN THIS BODY WHENEVER POSSIBLE AND TOWARD THAT END WE SHOULD KNOW WHETHER OR NOT THE SANCTIONS THAT WE PASSED HERE WORK. IF WE'RE GOING TO REQUIRE A NEW REPORT FROM TREASURY IN THIS BILL, AND THAT REPORT MUST INCLUDE, QUOTE, A DESCRIPTION OF HOW TREASURY ASSESSES THE IMPACT AND EFFECTIVENESS OF U.S. ECONOMIC SANCTIONS PROGRAMS AGAINST IRAN, END QUOTE, I THINK IT'S ONLY APPROPRIATE TO ASK FOR THE ASSESSMENT ITSELF AND THAT IS WHAT THIS AMENDMENT DOES. LET ME PUT IT ANOTHER WAY. UNDERSTANDING HOW WE COUNT VOTES IN AMERICA IS IMPORTANT. BUT AT THE END OF AN ELECTION, I WANT TO KNOW THE FINAL TALLY OF WHO WON, WHO LOST, WHAT DID WE LEARN. SIMILARLY I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT IF TREASURY IS GOING TO HAVE TO PRODUCE A NEW REPORT ON SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN, PURSUANT TO H.R. 1638, THAT WE UNDERSTAND EXACTLY HOW TREASURY INTENDS TO ASSESS THE IMPACT AND EFFECTIVENESS OF THOSE SANCTIONS. EVEN MORE IMPORTANTLY, THOUGH, I THINK THIS REPORT SHOULD INCLUDE THE RESULTS OF THAT ASSESSMENT. PARTICULARLY WHEN IT COMES TO SANCTIONS WE HAVE AUTHORIZED. THAT IS ALL THIS AMENDMENT SEEKS TO REQUIRE AND I HOPE EVERYONE IN THIS BODY WILL SUPPORT IT. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS…

                              THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK IN ADDITION?

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                              MR. HENSARLING

                              I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT THOUGH I'M NOT OPPOSED.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. HENSARLING

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK FOR…

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK FOR HER AMENDMENT. I NOTE THAT SHE WAS A SUPPORTER OF H.R. 5461, A NEARLY IDENTICAL BILL THAT PASSED THE HOUSE IN THE LAST CONGRESS, I THINK HER AMENDMENT IS A VALUABLE ADDITION TO H.R. 1631 AND INDEED WE SHOULD ALWAYS KNOW THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE PROGRAMS THAT WE PROMOTE AND IN THIS CASE WE DO NEED TO UNDERSTAND HOW EFFECTIVE ECONOMIC SANCTIONS MAY BE SO I APPRECIATE HER LEADERSHIP AND I WOULD URGE ALL MEMBERS TO VOTE AYE ON THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                              MS. MENG

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY…

                              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE, AS…

                              THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY UNDER THE RULE THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              MR. SPEAKER, THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION…

                              MR. SPEAKER, THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 1638 AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 658 I REPORT THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH AN AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                              THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION THE BILL H.R. 1638, AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 658 REPORTS THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH AN AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. UNDER THE RULE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. IS A SEPARATE DEMAND ON ANY AMENDMENT TO THE AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE? IF NOT THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE, AS AMENDED -- AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE, AS AMENDED? THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. 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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                              THE CLERK

                              A BILL TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY TO SUBMIT A REPORT TO THE…

                              A BILL TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY TO SUBMIT A REPORT TO THE APPROPRIATE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES ON THE ESTIMATED TOTAL ASSETS UNDER DIRECT OR INDIRECT CONTROL BY CERTAIN SENIOR IRANIAN LEADERS AND OTHER FIGURES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              PURPOSES.

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                              CALLER

                              AWAY HERE, THE HOUSE IS GALING BACK IN FOR A SERIES OF

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                              CALLER

                              AWAY HERE, THE HOUSE IS GALING BACK IN FOR A SERIES OF

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                              AWAY HERE, THE HOUSE IS GALING BACK IN FOR A SERIES OF VOTES. ADOPTION OF…

                              AWAY HERE, THE HOUSE IS GALING BACK IN FOR A SERIES OF VOTES. ADOPTION OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 657, IF ORDERED, AND PASSAGE OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1638. THE FIRST ELECTRONIC VOTE WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. REMAINING ELECTRONIC VOTES WILL BE CONDUCTED IN FIVE-MINUTE VOTES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 657 WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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                              THE CLERK

                              HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 109. ARE HOUSE RESOLUTION 657, RESOLUTION PROVIDING…

                              HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 109. ARE HOUSE RESOLUTION 657, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 2396, TO AMEND THE GRAMM-LEACH-BLILEY ACT TO UPDATE THE EXCEPTION FOR CERTAIN ANNUAL NOTICES PROVIDED BY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. AND PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4015 TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF PROXY ADVISORY FIRMS FOR THE PROTECTION OF INVESTORS, AND THE U.S. ECONOMY, AND IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST, BY FOSTERING ACCOUNTABILITY, TRANSPARENCY, RESPONSIVENESS AND COMPETITION IN THE PROXY ADVISORY FIRM INDUSTRY.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 236 AND THE NAYS ARE 197. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION…

                              ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 236 AND THE NAYS ARE 197. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT.

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                              MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 240 --

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 240 AND THE NAYS ARE 184. THE RESOLUTION IS…

                              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 240 AND THE NAYS ARE 184. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON PASSAGE OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1638 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                              THE CLERK

                              UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 335. H.R. 1638, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF…

                              UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 335. H.R. 1638, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY TO SUBMIT A REPORT TO THE APPROPRIATE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES ON THE ESTIMATED TOTAL ASSETS UNDER DIRECT OR INDIRECT CONTROL BY CERTAIN SENIOR IRANIAN LEADERS AND OTHER FIGURES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                            • 05:21:18 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                            • 05:27:41 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 289 AND THE NAYS ARE 135. THE BILL IS PASSED.…

                              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 289 AND THE NAYS ARE 135. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE HOUSE FLOOR.

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