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House Session - January 10, 2018

The House passed a bill that settles certain water rights and land issues for the White Mountain Apache tribe in Arizona. There were also several "motions to adjourn," primarily over the Trump administration's deadline for ending the DACA program.

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  • 10:00:07 AM

    The Speaker designated the Honorable Adrian Smith to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

    • 10:00:11 AM

      HOST

      REPRESENTATIVE PAUL GOSAR. NOW TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

    • 10:00:17 AM

      THE CLERK

      THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., JANUARY 10, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT…

      THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., JANUARY 10, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE ADRIAN SMITH TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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    • 10:00:31 AM

      TEMPORE PURSUANT

      PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 8, 2018, THE CHAIR WILL NOW…

      PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 8, 2018, 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 ALLOCATED BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND IN NO EVENT SHALL DEBATE CONTINUE BEYOND 11:50 A.M. EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND THE MAJORITY WHIP SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:00:33 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.

    • 10:01:07 AM

      MR. BLUMENAUER

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ONE OF THE PHRASES ONE OFTEN HEARS IS, I HATE TO…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ONE OF THE PHRASES ONE OFTEN HEARS IS, I HATE TO SAY I TOLD YOU SO, AND IT'S DELIVERED WITH A FEIGN SINCERITY BUT USUALLY PEOPLE ACTUALLY LIKE TO SAY I TOLD YOU SO. I MUST CONFESS THAT I HAVE SOME OF THOSE FEELINGS MYSELF AS REPEATEDLY DURING THE FEW HOURS THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE MET RUSHING THROUGH THE MASSIVE TAX CUT, THE LARGEST TRANSFER OF WEALTH IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY THAT WILL BE PAID FOR ON THE BACKS OF OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WITH INCREASED DEBT AND BENEFITING PEOPLE WHO DON'T NEED IT. I SAID AT THE TIME THAT EACH WEEK AFTER THIS BILL PASSED, IF IT DID, WE WOULD HAVE A SERIES OF EMBARRASSING STORIES ABOUT MISTAKES AND OVERSIGHT AND SPECIAL INTEREST PROVISIONS THAT WERE STUCK INTO IT. ACTUALLY THE FACT IS THAT THAT WAS SOMEWHAT UNDERSTATED, BECAUSE WE ARE SEEING LITERALLY EVERY DAY PEOPLE UNDERSTAND WHAT WAS TUCKED IN THE BILL, MISTAKES, OVERSIGHT, AND SPECIAL INTEREST PROVISIONS. FOR EXAMPLE, THERE IS A REDUCTION IN THE BILL THAT WE WERE TOLD DESIGNED TO HELP SMALL CRAFT BREWERS. THAT'S IMPORTANT TO ME AND THE PEOPLE I REPRESENT, AND THE'S BROAD SUPPORT FOR MINOR PROVISIONS THAT WOULD BE ABLE TO HELP THEM BY REDUCING THEIR TAX LIABILITY. BUT THE PROVISION THAT ENDED UP IN THE FINAL BILL HAS MASSIVE OPPORTUNITIES TO BENEFIT LARGE PRODUCERS. A LITTLE BIT MORE SMALL CRAFT BREWERS. BUT FOR LARGE INTERNATIONAL DISTILLERS AN OPPORTUNITY TO RECON FIGURE HOW THEY DO BUSINESS -- RECONFIGURE HOW THEY DO BUSINESS, TO TAKE MULTIPLE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THAT TAX BREAK. THERE WAS AN ARTICLE YESTERDAY TALKING ABOUT HOW THE TAX RATE FOR AMERICAN COMPANIES THAT MANUFACTURE OVERSEAS, THE TAX ON THAT ACTIVITY WILL BE HALF AS MUCH AS IF THEY WERE MANUFACTURING IN THE UNITED STATES, PROVIDING AN INCENTIVE TO OFF-SHORE JOBS AT A TIME WHEN MOST OF US WOULD LIKE TO MAKE SURE THAT IS HERE AT HOME, AT LEAST A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD, NOT DISADVANTAGE PEOPLE AT HOME. OF COURSE, THERE'S ANOTHER STORY IN TODAY'S "WALL STREET JOURNAL." TAX LAWS AFFECT FUEL FARM OUTCRY. THERE WAS A PROVISION INSERTED IN THE BILL THAT WOULD GIVE FARMERS A MORE LUCRATIVE REDUCTION THAT THEY WOULD SELL AGRICULTURE DIRECTLY TO FARM COULD HE OPERATIVES. THERE IS A -- COOPERATIVES. IT WILL STING LARGE AGRIBUSINESSES LIKE ARCHER DANIEL MIDLAND. THE NEW PROVISION COULD RESHAPE PARTS OF THE AGRICULTURE ECONOMY AND SHARPLY REDUCE MANY FARMERS' TAXES AS WELL AS SCRAMBLING THESE INDIVIDUAL BUSINESSES. JOHN POWER, A NORTH DAKOTA ACCOUNTANT WHO WAS THE ACCOUNTANT FOR THE SMALL GRAIN OPERATOR WHO IS GOING TO BE HAMMERED SAID, QUOTE, IT'S KIND OF HARD TO IMAGINE THEY INTENDED TO MAKE FARMING TAX-FREE, HE SAID. FIXING IT BECOMES DIFFICULT BECAUSE THEY DON'T THINK IT'S SOMETHING THAT CAN BE FIXED WITH REGULATION. THERE ARE A VARIETY OF THESE PROVISIONS THAT ARE THE RESULT OF NOT FOLLOWING WHAT WE CALL REGULAR ORDER, WITHOUT HAVING HEARINGS ON THE PROVISION, OF ALLOWING LOBBYISTS AND STAFF TO BE ABLE TO DRAFT THE BILL ON THE FLY WITHOUT HAVING MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE, NOT JUST DEMOCRATS, BUT REPUBLICANS TO FULLY KNOW WHAT WAS IN IT. THAT IS LEGISLATIVE MALPRACTICE. IT'S ONE OF THE REASONS WHY DESPITE GIVING OVER $3 TRILLION OF TAX CUTS, THE BILL REMAINS UNPOPULAR. AMERICANS ARE NERVOUS ABOUT INCREASING OUR NATIONAL DEBT OVER $2 TRILLION, AND THEY KNOW THAT THE BENEFITS FOR AVERAGE CITIZENS ARE GOING TO GO AWAY IN A FEW YEARS AND SOME ARE ACTUALLY GOING TO SEE INCREASES. BUT THE BENEFITS FOR THE TOP 1% AND THE LARGEST CORPORATIONS ARE PERMANENT. PEOPLE KNOW THAT IT'S NOT FAIR, THAT IT'S UNNECESSARY, AND IT'S GOING TO HAVE MORE AND MORE PROBLEMS HERE, NOT JUST IN STATES LIKE MINE WHERE CITIZENS ARE NO LONGER GOING TO BE ABLE TO FULLY DEDUCT THEIR STATE AND LOCAL TAXES, PROPERTY TAXES, RESULTING IN SIGNIFICANT INEQUITY AND SCRAMBLING PROPERTY VALUES, NOT JUST IN OREGON BUT IT'S ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHERE PEOPLE WILL BE FACING THESE PROBLEMS. MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE WATCHING NOW PEOPLE STARTING TO TRY AND BACKTRACK --

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    • 10:06:19 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

    • 10:06:21 AM

      MR. BLUMENAUER

      THEN I WILL STOP. THANK YOU.

    • 10:06:24 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN…

      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. THOMPSON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:06:30 AM

      MR. THOMPSON

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S BEEN NEARLY 10 YEARS SINCE THE…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S BEEN NEARLY 10 YEARS SINCE THE GREAT RECESSION OFFICIALLY BEGAN, WHEN OUR ECONOMY SLUMPED AND UNEMPLOYMENT CLIMBED TO LEVELS NOT WITNESSED SINCE THE EARLY 1980'S. LAST MONTH, CONGRESS PAVED A WAY TO A TAX SYSTEM THAT'S FAIRER, SIMPLER AND ONE THAT ESTABLISHES AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE THE COUNTRY CAN UNLEASH OUR FULL POTENTIAL. TOO MANY AMERICANS ARE LIVING PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK AND HAVE BEEN POOR FOR TOO LONG. STAGNANT WAGES, GROWING DEBT, AND THE INABILITY TO SAVE HAVE PLAGUED SO MANY. THAT'S WHY OUR TAX OVERHAUL IS SO IMPORTANT. THIS TRULY IS A ONCE-IN-A-GENERATION OPPORTUNITY THAT WE COULD NOT AFFORD TO PASS UP. THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT WILL TOUCH EVERY HOUSEHOLD IN THE NATION AND EVERY CORNER OF OUR ECONOMY. AS SOON AS FEBRUARY, AMERICANS WILL SEE MORE MONEY IN THEIR PAYCHECKS. WHEN IT COMES TIME TO FILE THE 2018 TAXES, OUR TAX SIMPLE WILL BE SO SIMPLE THAT NINE OUT OF 10 AMERICANS WILL BE ABLE TO FILE ON A POSTCARD. THE STANDARD DEDUCTION WILL BE DOUBLED FOR INDIVIDUALS AND JOINT FILERS. MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES WILL ALSO HAVE A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE TO THE CHILD TAX CREDIT TO HELP PARENTS WITH THE COST OF RAISING CHILDREN. MR. SPEAKER, FOR THOSE PURSUING OPPORTUNITY THROUGH EDUCATION, AMERICA'S STUDENTS, THE GRADUATE TUITION VOUCHER EXEMPTION AND STUDENT LOAN INTEREST DEDUCTION REMAIN IN OUR TAX REFORM PACKAGE. I AND MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES URGED THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE TO KEEP THESE IMPORTANT PROVISIONS INTACT. OUR TAX CODE SHOULD PROVIDE INCENTIVES FOR GREATER OPPORTUNITY. FOR MANY THIS IS REALIZED THROUGH HIGHER EDUCATION. THE STUDENT LOAN INTEREST DEDUCTION HELPS MAKE HIGHER EDUCATION MORE AFFORDABLE AND BASED ON THE MOST RECENT YEARLY DATA AVAILABLE, 12 MILLION TAXPAYERS BENEFITED FROM THAT DEDUCTION. I ADVOCATED KEEPING THIS PROVISION AS WELL AS THE GRADUATE TUITION VOUCHER EXEMPTION AND OTHER HIGHER EDUCATION TAX CREDITS AS PART OF THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT BECAUSE THEY TRULY DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF SO MANY AMERICANS. IT MAKES FINANCING IN EDUCATION POSSIBLE FOR MANY LOW AND MIDDLE-INCOME INDIVIDUALS. IN ADDITION TO EDUCATION, ANOTHER GREAT CORNERSTONE OF THE AMERICAN DREAM IS HOMEOWNERSHIP. PROUDLY THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE TAX RELIEF TO CURRENT AND ASPIRING HOMEOWNERS ALIKE. MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE MANY ACCOMPLISHED THINGS IN THIS TAX OVERHAUL, ACCORDING LOWERING THE CORPORATE TAX RATE WHICH WILL PUT OUR JOB CREATORS ON A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD WITH THEIR GLOBAL COMPETITORS. THIS HAS ALREADY LED TO INCREASED BONUSES AND PAY RAISES FOR MILLIONS OF WORKERS. QUITE SIMPLY, THIS BILL PROVIDES THE KIND OF TAX RELIEF THAT AMERICANS DESERVE. WE CHALLENGE THE STATUS QUO AND THE SPECIAL INTERESTS WHO SAID IT COULDN'T BE DONE AND WE DID IT. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WON. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:09:40 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON STATE, MS.…

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON STATE, MS. JAYAPAL, IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:09:47 AM

      MS. JAYAPAL

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF THE UPCOMING HOLIDAY REMEMBERING DR.…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF THE UPCOMING HOLIDAY REMEMBERING DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AS A LIFELONG ACTIVIST FIGHTING FOR IMMIGRANTS, CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS AND NOW AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS, DR. KING HAS BEEN A DEEP AND CENTRAL INSPIRATION THROUGHOUT MY LIFE. HIS WORK HAS HELPED ME TO MAKE POSSIBLE THE PATH THAT I'VE TAKEN, FROM BEING A 16-YEAR-OLD IMMIGRANT GIRL WHO CAME TO THIS COUNTRY BY HERSELF FOR COLLEGE TO SERVING NOW AS THE FIRST WOMAN -- INDIAN AMERICAN WOMAN ELECTED TO THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. AND IT IS THE COURAGE AND THE FIGHT OF DR. KING THAT MADE MY JOURNEY POSSIBLE. I KNEW OF DR. KING FIRST BECAUSE OF HIS CONNECTION TO GANDHI, A GREAT LEADER FROM MY OWN BIRTH COUNTRY OF INDIA. LIKE GANDHI, DR. KING WAS A ONCE IN A GENERATION LEADER. LIKE GANDHI, THE PROBLEMS THAT DR. KING TACKLED WERE ONCE SEEN AS INSURMOUNTABLE PROBLEMS, INSTITUTIONAL BARRIERS OF RACE AND CLASS THAT SEEMED AS IF IF TAKEN ON WOULD TOPPLE SOCIETY AS WE KNEW IT. TALL WALLS OF TRADITION AND PRACTICE THAT KEPT OUR SOCIETY SEGREGATED AND DIVIDED. BUT THAT DID NOT STOP HIM FROM SPEAKING OUT, ORGANIZING AND LEADING A GROWING MOVEMENT THAT REMINDED THE LEADERS OF OUR COUNTRY OF THE VERY DREAM THAT MADE AMERICA POSSIBLE, THAT ALL MEN AND WOMEN WERE CREATED EQUAL AND THAT WE SHOULD BE JUDGED BY THE CONTENT OF OUR CHARACTER AND NOT THE COLOR OF OUR SKIN. DR. KING'S GIFT WAS IN HIS UNIQUE ABILITY TO BRING TRUTH, COMPASSION, AND JUSTICE TOGETHER FOR A BETTER FUTURE AND TO REMIND US OF HOW MUCH WE SHARE, EVEN ACROSS OUR DIFFERENCES. HE FOLLOWED GANDHI'S PRINCIPLES OF NONVIOLENT RESISTANCE, ALSO KNOWN AS THE SATIA GRAHA. ADHERENCE TO TRUTH. IT MEANT INSISTENCE ON TRUTH AND THAT IS WHAT DR. KING PREACHED AND ACTED UPON. TRUTH ABOUT ENDING SEGREGATION AND DISCRIMINATION. TRUTH ABOUT ENDING THE WAR IN VIETNAM. TRUTH ABOUT ENDING UP SANITATION WORKERS AND ENDING POVERTY. TRUTH ULTIMATELY THAT IT IS LOVE AND NOT HATE THAT BUILDS OUR CHARACTER AND OUR COLLECTIVE SOCIETY. IF DR. KING WAS HERE WITH US TODAY, HE WOULD CALL ON US TO HAVE FAITH IN OUR FIGHT FOR JUSTICE AND TO SUBSTITUTE COURAGE FOR CAUTION. HE WOULD CALL ON US TO WORK PASSIONATELY AND UNRELENTINGLY FOR THE VERY VISION OF OUR COUNTRY THAT INSPIRES SO MANY AROUND THE WORLD. FOR THAT MORE PERFECT UNION THAT WE KNOW IS STILL AHEAD OF US, FOR THAT SOCIETY THAT REMEMBERS THAT WE ARE ALL BETTER OFF WHEN WE'RE ALL BETTER OFF. DR. KING WOULD REMIND US THAT JUSTICE IS WHAT LOVE LOOKS LIKE IN PUBLIC. HE WOULD CALL ON US TO MOVE INTO THAT PLANE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, THAT PLANE OF MORAL CONSCIOUSNESS WHERE WE CANNOT SIMPLY STAND BY AS INJUSTICE OCCURS AROUND YOU US. HE WOULD WANT US TO RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE, ENACTING REAL TAX REFORM WHOSE BENEFITS ACCRUE TO THE MASSES AND NOT TO THE TOP 1% AND WEALTHIEST CORPORATIONS. DR. KING WOULD CALL ON US TO PASS THE DREAM ACT AND SUPPORT THE FUTURES OF 1.5 MILLION YOUNG PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. HE WOULD CALL ON US TO EXPAND AND SUPPORT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND HEALTH CARE FOR EVERYONE SO THAT NO ONE IS ONE HEALTH CARE CRISIS AWAY FROM BANKRUPTCY. OUR WORK IS STILL TO FIGHT FOR JUSTICE AND BUILD THAT BELOVED COMMUNITY WHERE EACH OF US HAS A PLACE TO STAND REGARDLESS OF THE COLOR OF OUR SKIN OR WHERE WE LIVE OR HOW MUCH MONEY WE HAVE IN OUR POCKET. AND IN THIS BELOVED COMMUNITY WE WOULD TACKLE THE LEGACIES OF RACISM AND IMPLICIT BIAS THAT WE ALL CARRY WITH US WITH COURAGE AND WITH FORTITUDE. WE WORK TOGETHER TO BUILD THAT COMMUNITY THAT INSPIRES US AND TO LEAVE A WORLD TO OUR CHILDREN THAT MAKES US PROUD AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, WE OPERATE ALWAYS FROM A PLACE OF GENEROSITY AND NOT -- ABUNDANCE RATHER THAN FEAR AND SCARCITY. FROM THAT JAIL CELL IN ALABAMA, DR. KING WROTE THAT WE ARE CAUGHT IN AN INESCAPABLE NETWORK OF MUTUALITY TIED IN A SINGLE GARMENT OF DESTINY. OR AS THE GREAT CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER SAID TO ME DURING THE IMMIGRANT WORKERS FREEDOM MARCH, WE ARE ALL IN THE SAME BOAT HOW, TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, TO TRULY SERVE THE PEOPLE. IT ONLY TAKES COURAGE AND COMING TOGETHER AS A COLLECTIVE. ACROSS THE AISLE, ACROSS RURAL AND URBAN, BLACK, WHITE AND BROWN, DR. KING SHOWED US WHAT THAT REALLY LOOKS LIKE AND HE DIED BECAUSE HE WAS COMPELLED TO STAND FOR MAKING A REALITY FROM A DREAM OF WHAT WAS POSSIBLE ONLY IN A COUNTRY AS GREAT AS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. SO TODAY AS WE REMEMBER AND HONOR DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR., WE REMEMBER, TOO, THAT IF WE ARE COURAGEOUS, IF WE PUT PEOPLE OVER POLITICS, OUR ACTIONS HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE LIVES, TO PUSH THAT MORAL ARC OF THE UNIVERSE MORE QUICKLY TOWARDS JUSTICE. AS DR. KING SAID, WE MUST MAKE THE PLEDGE THAT WE SHALL ALWAYS MARCH FORWARD. WE CANNOT TURN BACK. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:15:17 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN…

      THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. TIBERI, IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. .

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    • 10:15:27 AM

      MR. TIBERI

      IT'S TRULY BEEN THE MOST REMARKABLE HONOR TO O SERVE THE PEOPLE OF THE…

      IT'S TRULY BEEN THE MOST REMARKABLE HONOR TO O SERVE THE PEOPLE OF THE 12TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN CENTRAL OHIO. IT STARTED IN 1999 ON MY PARENTS' FRONT PORCH, THE HOUSE I GREW UP, MIDDLE CLASS NEIGHBORHOOD IN COLUMBUS CALLED FOREST PARK. THERE AS THE SUN OF ITALIAN IMMIGRANTS I LEARNED HOW BLESSED I TRULY WAS TO BE AN AMERICAN. FIRST IN MY FAMILY TO GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL. TO GO TO HIGH SCHOOL. WORK MY WAY THROUGH COLLEGE AT THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY. MY MOM AND DAD BELIEVED THAT AMERICA WAS AN INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY WITH HARD WORK AND A GOOD EDUCATION, YOU COULD DO ANYTHING. THEIR SACRIFICES AND THEIR HARD WORK I'M HERE BEFORE YOU TODAY. FOR THEIR SACRIFICES, I AM FOREVER GRATEFUL. LEAVING -- GRATEFUL -- GRATEFUL. BELIEVE THIS CONGRESS WAS NOT AN EASY DECISION. THE SPEECH I MADE IN 1999 ON THEIR FRONT PORCH STILL HOLDS TRUE TODAY. THE REASON I RAN. TO HELP THOSE CONSTITUENTS. NOT ONLY HELP THEM HERE IN WASHINGTON, BUT HELP THEM CUT THROUGH THE RED TAPE, TO HELP THAT VETERAN, TO HELP THAT VIDEO ON O SOCIAL SECURITY. -- ON SOCIAL SECURITY. LEAVING WAS IMPORTANT FOR MY FAMILY. IT WAS IMPORTANT TO SUPPORT THEM. TO BE WITH THEM MORE. MY COLLEAGUES UNDERSTAND THAT. THE SACRIFICES THAT WE MAKE, THEY MAKE MORE. WE PUT OUR NAMES ON THE BALLOT, OUR SPOUSES DON'T. OUR CHILDREN DON'T. TO MY COLLEAGUES, THANK YOU FOR YOUR FRIENDSHIP, YOUR MENTORSHIP, AND CERTAINLY YOUR WISDOM OVER THE YEARS. I WILL MISS YOU. TO MY SUPPORTERS WHO SPENT COUNTLESS HOURS KNOCKING ON DOORS, PUTTING UP SIGNS, GOING ON BUS TOURS, COULDN'T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU. THANK YOU. TO MY TEAM, BOTH BACK IN OHIO AND HERE IN D.C., BOTH PAST AND PRESENT, THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME SERVE AND SUCCEED THE PEOPLE OF OHIO'S 12TH DISTRICT. THE LATE GREAT WOODY HAYES SAID YOU WIN WITH PEOPLE. YOU ARE MY PEOPLE. AND WE WON TOGETHER SO MANY BATTLES. I COULD NOT HAVE DONE THIS WITHOUT YOU. FOREVER TEAM TIBERI, YOU-ALL WILL BE. MOST IMPORTANTLY FOR MY WIFE, OUR BATTLES. I COULD NOT HAVE DONE THIS WITHOUT YOU. FOUR DAUGHTERS THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT OVER THE YEARS. I WILL LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU MUCH MORE. AND FINALLY, TO THE CONSTITUENTS OF THE 12TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. WHAT AN HONOR. A HUMBLING HONOR TO SERVE YOU FOR THE ALSO 17 YEARS. FOR A KID WHO GREW UP IN COLUMBUS, OHIO, IN A MIDDLE CLASS FAMILY, IT HAS TRULY BEEN AN AMAZING JOURNEY. THIS SPEECH IS NOT GOODBYE. THIS SPEECH IS SEE YOU SOON, AROUND THE CORNER. AND TO THAT I WISH YOU-ALL THE BEST HERE IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, GOD BLESS YOU. AND GOD BLESS AMERICA.

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    • 10:19:04 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 10:19:13 AM

      MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

      THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. WE WILL ALL CERTAINLY MISS THE GENTLEMAN…

      THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. WE WILL ALL CERTAINLY MISS THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO. HE'S A WONDERFUL MEMBER AND WE HAVE AND JOYED HIS SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. MR. SPEAKER -- WE HAVE ENJOYED HIS SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. A JUDGE ORDERED THE ADMINISTRATION TO CONTINUE ACCEPTING RENEWAL APPLICATIONS FOR DACA RECIPIENTS, ALTHOUGH THIS IS WELCOME NEWS, THIS SHOULD NOT UNDERCUT THE URGENCY FOR US HERE IN CONGRESS TO PASS A PERMANENT LEGISLATIVE SOLUTION TO SHIELD OUR DREAMERS FROM DEPORTATION. THIS WEEK I AGAIN HAVE THE GREAT HONOR OF MEETING ANOTHER GREAT GROUP OF BRIGHT AND HARDWORKING YOUNG IMMIGRANTS FROM MY DISTRICT WHOSE DACA PERMITS WILL EXPIRE IN THE COMING WEEKS AND MONTH. DESPITE THEIR CIRCUMSTANCES, DESPITE LIVING IN FEAR AND UNCERTAINTY ABOUT WHAT THEIR FUTURE HOLDS, EACH ONE OF THESE INDIVIDUALS HAS DEMONSTRATED GREAT RESOLVE AND PERSEVERANCE TO CONTINUE THE FIGHT. THEY VISIT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, THEY SHARE THEIR UNIQUE STORIES, THEY PROVIDE THE FACTS ABOUT THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS AND OUR COMMUNITIES, AND THEY IMPLORE US TO TAKE -- TO GIVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO STAY IN WHAT THEY CONSIDER TO BE THEIR HOME. THE UNITED STATES. OUR DREAMERS HAVE SUFFERED LONG ENOUGH, MR. SPEAKER, AND IT IS TIME THAT WE ACT AND TAKE THIS ISSUE TO THE THE FACTS FINISH LINE. HUMAN LIVES ARE AT STAKE. OUR DREAMERS CAN'T LIVE FROM COURT DECISION TO COURT DECISION AS CONGRESS HAS RETURNED THIS WEEK TO BEGIN OUR SECOND SESSION, I'M HERE ONCE AGAIN TO URGE US ALL TO BRING TO THE FLOOR A LEGISLATIVE SOLUTION TO GIVE OUR DREAMERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK HERE, TO STUDY HERE IN THIS GREAT COUNTRY THAT THEY KNOW AS HOME. I'M CONFIDENT THAT WE HAVE THE VOTES, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, FOR THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE, TO PASS THIS PERMANENT LEGISLATIVE FIX. WE CAN AND FIX. WE CAN AND WE MUST MAKE THIS HAPPEN NOW. LET US NOT WAIT ANY LONGER. TO CONGRATULATE ST. THOMAS UNIVERSITY AS IT BREAKS GROUND ON JANUARY 24 ON THE NEW HOME FOR THE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS. THIS NEW FACILITY WILL EMPOWER ST. THOMAS UNIVERSITY MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONTINUE ITS DECADES-LONG COMMITMENT TO PROVIDING AN EXCELLENT YET AFFORDABLE BUSINESS EDUCATION TO STUDENTS IN SOUTH FLORIDA. THE NEW BUSINESS SCHOOL COMPLEX WILL INCLUDE A STATE-OF-THE-ART TRADING ROOM, CYBERSECURITY CENTER, AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION HUB, AND MANY OTHER MORE EXCITING SPACES. IT WILL ALSO EMPOWER THE BUSINESS SCHOOL TO OFFER 48 UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE DEGREES. MOST IMPORTANTLY WITH THIS EXPANDED CLASS RAMS AND ROBUST TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE, THIS NEW FACILITY WILL KEEP ST. THOMAS AT THE FOREFRONT OF BUSINESS EDUCATION AND WILL ENABLE THE UNIVERSITY TO CONTINUE PREPARING NEW GENERATIONS OF SOUTH FLORIDA BUSINESS LEADERS. I THANK MR. MUCHADO FOR HIS GIFT AND EVERY MEMBER. ST. THOMAS FAMILY WHO HAS WORKED SO HARD TO MAKE THIS DREAM A REALITY. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF PARKER THOMPSON, A RENOWNED ATTORNEY AND CIVIC LEADER FROM MIAMI WHO RECENTLY PASSED AT THE AGE OF 85. MR. THOMPSON WAS KNOWN FOR HIS WORK DEFENDING THE FIRST AMENDMENT DURING HIS TIME WITH HIS LAW FIRM, PAUL AND THOMPSON. PARKER WAS A LEADER IN ADVOCATING FOR OUR SOUTH FLORIDA ENVIRONMENT, INVOLVED IN CASES TO PROTECT THE EVERGLADES AND OUR PRISTINE BEACHES. AS THE FOUNDING CHAIR OF THE MIAMI-DADE PERFORMANCE ART CENTER TRUST, MR. THOMPSON HELPED LEAD THE CHARGE FOR THE CREATION OF THE STATE-OF-THE-ART ART CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS. PARKER'S COMMITMENT TO HIS COMMUNITY WAS ALSO VISIBLE THROUGH HIS ADVOCACY FOR THE UNDERLINING PROJECT TO RENOVATE PUBLIC SPACES IN MIAMI WHICH IS LED BY HIS DAUGHTER, ANOTHER PILLAR OF OUR COMMUNITY, NEW GENERATION, MEG DALEY. MR. TOMORROWSON REPRESENTED THE -- THOMSON REPRESENTED THE SPIRIT OF HARD WORK AND SERVED AS A MENTOR TO CO-WORKER AND FRIENDS. HE HAS LEFT A LEGACY OF SERVICE TO HIS COMMUNITY, ONE THAT FUTURE GENERATIONS SHOULD SEEK TO EMULATE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:23:37 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. BOST, IS…

      THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. BOST, IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:23:43 AM

      MR. BOST

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK WE CELEBRATE NATIONAL LAW…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK WE CELEBRATE NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT APPRECIATION DAY. LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ANSWER THE CALL TO PUBLIC SERVICE. THEY ENTER INTO PROVISION THAT PUTS THEIR LIVES -- SITUATION THAT IS PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE. WHEN THE NATURAL HUMAN RESPONSE IT DANGE CERTIFICATE TO RUN AWAY, THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN RUN -- TO DANGER IS TO RUN AWAY, THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN RUN TO T OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS OCCUPY THAT THIN BLUE LINE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL. THEY STAND BETWEEN US AND THOSE WHO WISH TO DO US HARM AND HARM TO OUR FAMILIES. TO THE 780,000 POLICE OFFICERS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY WHO PUT ON THE BADGE EVERY DAY, THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS. MR. SPEAKER, I ALSO RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE HELEN HAWKINS OF EDWARDSVILLE, ILLINOIS FOR BEING INDUCTED INTO THE SENIORS ILLINOISANS HALL OF FAME. THE RECOGNITION COMMEMORATES THE ACHIEVEMENTS AND CONTRIBUTIONS OF CITIZENS AGE 65 AND OLDER. INDUCTEES ARE SELECTED THROUGH A STATEWIDE NOMINATION AND JUDGING PROCESS. THE PROGRAM DISTINGUISHES INDIVIDUALS IN THE AREAS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE, EDUCATION, THE WORK FORCE, AND THE ARTS. HELEN IS A TRUE PUBLIC SERVANT WHO HAS DEVOTED MANY YEARS TO SERVING THE RESIDENTS OF MADISON COUNTY AND THE TOWNSHIP. HER NO NONSENSE STYLE MAY HAVE RUFFLED A FEW FEATHERS, BUT SHE'S NEVER BEEN AFRAID TO FIGHT FOR HER CONSTITUENTS. KWLENL, THANK YOU FOR YOUR -- HELEN, THANK YOU FOR YOUR PUBLIC SERVICE. I ALSO RISE TODAY TO HONOR A VERY -- THE LONGEST SERVING MAYOR OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS. BOB BUTLER, WHO IS A VERY GOOD FRIEND OF MARIAN. HE'S A VERY GOOD FRIEND, BUT WHENEVER HE FIRST TOOK OFFICE HE DIDN'T KNOW ME WELL BECAUSE I WAS ONLY 2 1/2 YEARS OLD. HE WAS FIRST ELECTED IN APRIL OF 1963, BOB IS RETIRING THIS MONTH AFTER 55 YEARS OF SERVICE. BOB HAS ALWAYS BEEN A STRAIGHT SHOOTER, A PUBLIC AND GOOD PUBLIC SERVANT. HIS PRO-GROWTH AGENDA HAS HELPED TURN MARIAN INTO A REGIONAL POWERHOUSE ALONG I-57 IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS. IN FACT, THE INDUSTRIAL PARK IN MARIAN IS NAMED AFTER HIM. AND BOB FONDLY REFERS TO THE CITY OF MARIAN AS THE HUB OF THE UNIVERSE. HE REPRESENTS -- HE REPRESENTS THE DEDICATION TO PUBLIC SERVICE THAT SHOULD SERVE AS AN INSPIRATION TO ALL OF US. MAYOR BOB BUTLER, WE HONOR YOU AND WISH YOU HAPPY AND WELL DESERVED RETIREMENT. MR. SPEAKER, I ALSO RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE WISH YOU HAPPY SAM AND EVE JONES OF MARIAN, ILLINOIS. THIS REMARKABLE COUPLE WERE MARRIED -- FIRST MARRIED ON SEPTEMBER 27, 1936. IF YOU THINK ABOUT THAT, THAT WAS 80 YEARS AGO. SAM WORKED FOR CENTRAL ILLINOIS POWER SERVICE UNTIL HE RETIRED IN 1978. EVE WORKED AT HERIN AND LATER AS A COOK FOR WASHINGTON SCHOOL. PILLARS OF THE COMMUNITY. THEY WERE LONG TIME MEMBERS OF FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH IN MARIAN, AND THE WILLIAMSON COUNTY FARM BUREAU. IN 1993, THEIR FARM WAS HONORED AS A FAMILY FARM OF THE YEAR BY THE FARM BUREAU. SADLY, EVE PASSED LAST MONTH AT THE AGE OF 101. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH SAM AND THE ENTIRE JONES FAMILY. THANK YOU FOR MAKING SOUTHERN ILLINOIS A WONDERFUL PLACE TO LIVE. GOD BLESS YOU. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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      BACK.

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      MISS GONZALEZ COLON

      MISS GONZALEZ COLON: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY AFTER ALMOST 120 YEARS…

      MISS GONZALEZ COLON: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY AFTER ALMOST 120 YEARS UNDER THE AMERICAN FLAG, PUERTO RICO REMAINS AS A COLONY OF THE UNITED STATES UNDER THE TERRITORIAL CLAUSE. TO USE THE CONSTITUTIONAL TERM. OUR RESIDENTS ARE SUBJECT TO THE SECOND CLASS CITIZENSHIP. FOR ALL THESE YEARS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS DENIED EQUAL RIGHTS TO ALL PUERTO RICANS WHO HAVE IN WAR AND PEACE MADE COUNTLESS CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR NATION. WHO HAVE BRAVELY FOUGHT IN EVERY CONFLICT SINCE THE GREAT WAR. DEFENDING OUR DEMOCRACY VALUES. THEY ARE BEING DENIED THE RIGHT TO VOTE FOR THEIR COMMANDER IN CHIEF AND HAVE FULL PEPPINGS IN THIS CONGRESS. -- REPRESENTATION IN THIS CONGRESS. A LARGE NUMBER OF THEM HAVE MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE. WHEN THEY DO, THEIR CASKET IS FLOWN BACK, COVERED IN AN AMERICAN FLAG, WITH 50 STARS. WITHOUT THE ONE REPRESENTING THEM. PUERTO RICO HAS EXPERIENCED LONG-STANDING INEQUALITIES UNDER FEDERAL LAWS. WHICH NOW THE WHOLE WORLD HAS BEEN ABLE TO WITNESS FIRSTHAND FOLLOWING THE DEVASTATION FOLLOWING HURRICANE MARIA. BEFORE THAT HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PUERTO RICO HAVE ALREADY REJECTED THIS DISCRIMINATION. CHOOSING INSTEAD TO BUY THEIR EQUALITY WITH A ONE-WAY AIRLINE TICKET TO FLORIDA. OR SIMPLY CHANGING THEIR STATE ZIP CODE. WITHOUT THE EQUAL RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES THAT ARE ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH STATEHOOD, PUERTO RICO WILL NEVER TRULY RECOVER AND PROSPER FROM THE HURRICANE EFFECTSES. THAT'S THE REASON WE DEMAND AND DESERVE STATEHOOD FOR PUERTO RICO NOW. THE ISLAND'S OVERWHELMINGLY VOTE FOR STATEHOOD IN 2012 BY A MARGIN OF 61%, AND IN JUNE OF LAST YEAR 97% OF THE ISLAND VOTED AGAIN FOR STATEHOOD. . THAT'S THE REQUEST THAT BROUGHT ME HERE. THAT'S WHAT BRINGS THE PUERTO RICO SENATE PRESIDENT, THE HOUSE SPEAKER AND OTHER ELECTED OFFICIALS FROM THE ISLAND THAT HAVE COME TODAY HERE TO WITNESS TODAY HISTORIC INTRODUCTION OF THE PUERTO RICO DELEGATION OF THIS CONGRESS. THAT DELEGATION WILL DEMAND THAT THE UNITED STATES RECOGNIZE THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE OF PUERTO RICO TO BECOME A STATE. THIS LONG-AWAITED ACTION IS IN ACCORDS WHAT THE PRESIDENT SET FORTH BY THE TENNESSEE PLAN ADOPTED BY THE TERRITORIES OF TENNESSEE, MICHIGAN, OREGON, CALIFORNIA, IOWA, KANSAS, AND ALASKA. WHICH FOLLOWS A SIMILAR PATH TO THE ADMISSION AS A STATE. IT IS MY HONOR TO INTRODUCE THIS DELEGATION BY SEVEN MEMBERS, THREE REPUBLICANS, THREE DEMOCRATS, ONE INDEPENDENT, DIVIDED IN TWO SENATORS, FIVE MEMBERS TO THE HOUSE, AS WE BECOME A STATE. FORMER GOVERNOR OF PUERTO RICO SERVES AS CHAIR TOUCHDOWN TO OBTAIN EQUALITY WITHIN THE NATION AND UNLEASH OUR FULL POTENTIAL. STATEHOOD WILL MAKE PUERTO RICO STRONGER BUT WE TOGETHER WILL MAKE THE UNITED STATES A MORE PERFECT UNION. WITH THAT I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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

      THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. WALZ, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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      MR. WALZ

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE SERGEANT MAJOR ROBERT…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE SERGEANT MAJOR ROBERT HAWKINS OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY FOR HIS EXTRAORDINARY DEDICATION TO DUTY AND SERVICE TO OUR NATION. SERGEANT MAJOR HAWKINS WILL SOON TRANSITION FROM HIS CURRENT ASSIGNMENT AS AN ARMY CONGRESSIONAL LEGISLATIVE LIAISON OFFICER IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO SERVE IN THE OFFICE WAS ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE ARMY WITH ACQUISITIONS, TECHNOLOGY. A NATIVE OF ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA, SERGEANT MAJOR HAWKINS BEGAN HIS MILITARY CAREER AS AN AIRBORNE INFANTRYMAN IN 1990. HE WORKED IN HAWAII, LOUISIANA, FORT BLISS, TEXAS, FORT CAMPBELL, KENTUCKY, AND THREE TIMES AT FORT BRAGG, NORTH CAROLINA. HE SERVED IN MULTIPLE LEADERSHIP POSITIONS. HE HAS ONE TOUR IN IRAQ IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM AND THREE TOURS OF COMBAT IN AFGHANISTAN IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. MAJOR HAWKINS WAS SELECTED AS A FELLOW IN THE ARMY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM. HE SERVED 12 MONTHS AS DEFENSIVE LEGISLATIVE FELLOW IN MY CONGRESSIONAL OFFICE, REPRESENTING THE FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF MINNESOTA. WHILE WORKING ON OUR TEAM, I CAME TO KNOW SERGEANT MAJOR HAWKINS AS A SHINING EXAMPLE OF THE ARMY VALUES SET FORTH IN THE NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICERS CREED. CONFIDENCE IS INDEED SERGEANT MAJOR HAWKINS WATCH WORD. AND HIS COMMITMENT TO DOING WHAT GOOD N.C.O.'S DO, ACCOMPLISHING EVERY MISSION WHILE TAKING CARE OF HIS TEAMMATES WAS SECOND TO NONE. FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS, HE SERVED AS CONGRESSIONAL LEGISLATIVE LIAISON OFFICER IN THE OFFICE UNITED STATES ARMY LIAISON DIVISION. AS THE PRIMARY LINK BETWEEN HOUSE MEMBERS, THEIR STAFF AND THE COMMITTEES ALONG WITH THE ARMY, HE HAS PROVIDED INSIGHT AND UNDERSTANDING OF ARMY POLICIES, ACTIONS, OPERATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS. HIS FIRSTHAND KNOWLEDGE TO THE MILITARY, CULTURE AND TRADITION HAS BEEN OF TREMENDOUS VALUE TO CONGRESSIONAL OFFICES. SERGEANT MAJOR HAWKINS WAS EFFECTIVE IN HIS SERVICE TO MEMBERS AND STAFF AS HE ESCORTED THEM ON FACT FINDING AND OVERSIGHT DELEGATIONS WITHIN AND OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES. MEMBERS AND STAFF FOUND HIM TO BE THOUGHTFUL, INTELLIGENT, DEDICATED SOLDIER IN THE VERY BEST TRADITIONS OF AMERICA'S ARMED FORCES. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S BEEN A PLEASURE TO KNOW AND SERVE WITH SERGEANT MAJOR HAWKINS AS FELLOW AND LEGISLATIVE LIAISON OFFICER IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ON BEHALF OF A GRATEFUL NATION, IT IS MY HONOR TO RECOGNIZE THE SELFLESS SERVICE AND SACRIFICE OF SERGEANT MAJOR ROBERT "BOBBY" HAWKINS AND HIS FAMILY. I WISH SERGEANT MAJOR HAWKINS THE VERY BEST. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. YODER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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      MR. YODER

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR AND REMEMBER THE LIFE OF A…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR AND REMEMBER THE LIFE OF A LONGTIME PUBLIC SERVANT IN THIS BODY, ONE OF MY PREDECESSOR, FORMER THIRD DISTRICT CONGRESSMAN, LARRY WYNN. LARRY PASSED AWAY ON NEW YEAR'S EVE AT THE REMARKABLE AGE OF 98 AND WILL BE DEARLY MISSED BY HIS FAMILY AND THE PEOPLE OF THE THIRD DISTRICT. LARRY WILL LONG BE REMEMBERED IN OUR COMMUNITY AND IN THE HALLS OF CONGRESS AS A DEVOTED PUBLIC SERVANT. REPRESENTATIVE WYNN SERVED IN THIS BODY FOR 18 YEARS FROM 1967 TO 1985. HIS TIME IN THE HOUSE SPANNED ACROSS NINE CONGRESSES AND FIVE PRESIDENTIAL ADMINISTRATIONS. FROM LYNDON B. JOHNSON TO RONALD REAGAN. HE SERVED ALONGSIDE SOME OF THE GREAT STATESMEN OF HIS TIME. LARRY'S FRESHMAN CLASS IN THE HOUSE INCLUDED LATER PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH. LARRY AND HIS WIFE JOAN BECAME FRIENDS AND LARRY BECAME CLOSE FRIENDS AND GREATLY RESPECTED PRESIDENT GERALD FORD WHO VISITED THE THIRD DISTRICT AND DREW A HUGE CROWD. LARRY REPRESENTED OUR STATE ALONG WITH OUR MOST PROMINENT KANSANS EVER, SENATOR BOB DOLE. LARRY WAS KNOWN AS A CONGENIAL MEMBER WHO DEVELOPED STRONG RELATIONSHIPS WITH HIS COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. WHILE HE SPENT HIS ENTIRE TIME IN CONGRESS IN THE MINORITY PARTY, HE WAS A PROUD -- HE MADE A PRIORITY OF SEEKING OUT OPPORTUNITIES AND FRIENDS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. REPRESENTATIVE WYNN SERVED ON THE HOUSE COMMITTEE OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS FOR MANY YEARS ULTIMATELY BECOMING A RANKING MEMBER ON THE COMMITTEE. DURING HIS TIME WORKING ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS, THE UNITED STATES GRAPPLED WITH MAJOR WORLD EVENTS SUCH AS THE COLD WAR, VIETNAM WAR AND CONFLICT IN THE MIDDLE EAST. IN ADDITION TO HIS ROLE ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, HE REPRESENTED THE U.S. AS A CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE TO THE UNITED NATIONS. APPOINTED BY PRESIDENT REAGAN. IN ALL OF THESE ROLES, HE WAS AN EXCELLENT REPRESENTATIVE OF OUR COUNTRY TO THE REST OF THE WORLD. LARRY TOOK TREMENDOUS PRIDE IN SERVING THE PEOPLE OF THE THIRD DISTRICT. CONSTITUENT SERVICE WAS ALWAYS ONE OF HIS TOP PRIORITIES AND HE BELIEVED THAT SOLVING PROBLEMS FOR HIS CONSTITUENTS WAS ONE OF HIS MOST IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITIES. IF SOMEONE HAD AN ISSUE WITH A FEDERAL AGENCY, LARRY AND HIS STAFF WOULD MAKE SURE IT GOT RESOLVED. PRINCIPLE OF VALUING AND SERVING EACH INDIVIDUAL CONSTITUENT IN THE DISTRICT IS ONE I TRY TO FOLLOW TO THIS DAY, TRYING TO FILL HIS SHOES. HE LIVED A GREAT LIFE OUTSIDE OF CONGRESS AS WELL. LARRY WAS AN ALUMNUS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM AND PROUD JAYHAWK. I HEARD HE TAUGHT LIFELONG WILD CAT CURRENT SENATOR PAT ROBERTS HOW TO WAVE THE WHEAT. HE WAS UNABLE TO JOIN THE MILITARY DUE TO THE LOSS OF ONE OF HIS LEGS DURING AN ACCIDENT. HE BUILT AIRPLANES IN KANSAS CITY. OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF HIS INCLUDING SERVING AS DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HOME BUILDERS AND THE FOUNDING OF THE KANSAS CITY, KANSAS, CONGRESSIONAL FORUM, WHICH I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF REGULARLY ADDRESSING AND STILL GOING ON TODAY STARTING ITS 50TH YEAR. LARRY WAS A MENTOR TO ME AND SO MANY ASPIRING ELECTED OFFICIALS IN KANSAS, DISPENSING VALUABLE ADVICE AND OLD WAR STORIES TO HELP GUIDE US ALONG. HE HAD A GIFT WITH HUMOR AND EASE WITH PEOPLE THAT SERVED HIM WELL WITH ALL OF HIS ENDEAVORS AND MOST OF ALL HE WAS A GREAT MAN. WHILE WE WILL MOURN THE LOSS OF LARRY, I TAKE COMFORT KNOWING HE IS NOW BEING REUNITED WITH JOAN, HIS BELOVED WIFE OF 73 YEARS WHO PASSED AWAY IN 2015. LARRY LEAVES BEHIND A LARGE AND LOVING FAMILY HIS LEGACY WILL LIVE ON THROUGH HIS FOUR CHILDREN, LARRY, DOUGLAS, JANET, AND CYNTHIA, PLUS EIGHT GRANDCHILDREN AND 16 GREAT GRANDCHILDREN. LARRY'S LEGACY WILL LIVE ON IN OTHER PUBLIC SERVANTS WHO HE MENTORED AND INSPIRED. HE LEFT AN INDELIBLE MARK ON THIS BODY AND BECAUSE OF HIS LEADERSHIP HERE KANSAS AND THE UNITED STATES IS BETTER OFF FOR IT. LAYERY ON BEHALF OF THE UNITED STATES -- LARRY, ON BEHALF OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, WE ARE THANKFUL FOR YOUR SERVICE. YOU ARE IN GOD'S HANDS NOW. MAY YOU REST IN ETERNAL PEACE. I YIELD BACK.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      MR. GREEN

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN THE WELL OF THE…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN THE WELL OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AS A PROUD LIBERATED DEMOCRAT. A LIBERATED DEMOCRAT BY MY DEFINITION IS ONE THAT CANNOT ONLY SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER BUT CAN ALSO SPEAK ABOUT POWER. SO I RISE TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, TO HONOR AND CELEBRATE THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING. AND IN SO DOING, I WANT TO ENCOURAGE PERSONS TO NOT ONLY READ THE MASTERPIECE THAT DR. KING WROTE WHEN HE WAS IN THE BIRMINGHAM JAIL, BUT ALSO READ THE LETTER THAT HE WAS RESPONDING TO. THIS LETTER WAS WRITTEN BY EIGHT PERSONS, IN MY OPINION NONE OF WHOM WERE BIGOTS, NONE OF WHOM TAUGHT OR PREACHED HATE. EIGHT PERSONS WHO WERE OF THE RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY. EIGHT PERSONS WHO WERE BEYOND REPROACH, HIGH MORAL STANDARDS, IMPECCABLE CHARACTER. YOU NEED TO READ THE LETTER THAT DR. KING WAS RESPONDING TO, THE LETTER THAT WAS WRITTEN BY EIGHT MEMBERS OF THE CLERGY. WHEN YOU READ THIS LETTER, AS YOU GO THROUGH IT, YOU'LL GET TO THE LAST PARAGRAPH. I SHALL READ THE LAST PARAGRAPH AND EXCERPT FROM IT, IF YOU WILL, NOT IN ITS ENTIRETY BUT I SHOULD READ AN EXCERPT FROM THE LAST PARAGRAPH AND THEN I WANT TO CONTEMP RISE THE EXCERPT FROM THE LAST PARAGRAPH, READ IT IN ITS ENTIRETY, READ IT IN ITS ENTIRETY, READ THE LETTER FROM THE BIRMINGHAM JAIL. IF YOU DO NOT READ THIS LETTER, YOU CANNOT TOTALLY APPRECIATE THE MESSAGE THAT DR. KING WAS CONVEYING. HERE IS WHAT I SHALL READ AS AN EXCERPT. IT READS -- WHEN RIGHTS ARE CONSISTENTLY DENIED, A CAUSE SHOULD BE PRESSED IN THE COURTS AND IN NEGOTIATIONS AMONG LOCAL LEADERS AND NOT IN THE STREET. I JUST WANT TO CONTEMPORIZE THAT SENTENCE. IN THE COURTS. LET SOMEONE ELSE TAKE CARE OF THIS PROBLEM. THERE ARE OTHER PEOPLE WHO ARE PREPARED FOR THIS. THEY KNOW BEST HOW TO HANDLE THIS. LET SOMEONE ELSE DO WHAT WE COULD TAKE UPON OURSELVES TO DO. LET SOMEONE ELSE BE RESPONSIBLE FOR LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. LET SOMEONE ELSE BE RESPONSIBLE FOR GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE. LET SOMEONE ELSE DO IT. CONTEMPORIZING THIS LANGUAGE, LET THE PROSECUTOR DO IT. THE SPECIAL PROSECUTOR WILL GIVE US A DECISION THAT WE CAN APPRECIATE, THAT WE CAN TAKE FORTH, THAT WE CAN THEN CLAIM HAS GIVEN US A FOUNDATION TO DO SOMETHING SIGNIFICANT. MR. SPEAKER, THESE WERE PERSONS OF HONORABLE STANDING, GREAT STATUE, MEANT WELL, BUT THEY WANTED TO LET SOMEONE ELSE DO WHAT THEY THEMSELVES COULD HAVE HAD A HAND IN DOING. MR. SPEAKER, DR. KING WAS A MAN WHO BELIEVED THAT BIGOTRY AND HATRED MUST BE CONFRONTED AND HE UNDERSTOOD THIS ONE BASIC PREMISE. THOSE WHO WILL TOLERATE BIGOTRY AND HATRED, THEY WILL DO VERY LITTLE TO CHANGE IT. THEY WILL FIND REASONS WHY THEY CAN'T CHANGE BIGOTRY AND HATRED WHEN GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY. THERE'S ALWAYS AN EXCUSE. IT WON'T BE THE GOOD SAMARITAN RESPONSE. IF I DON'T HELP PEOPLE WHO ARE BEING DISCRIMINATED AGAINST, WHO ARE BEING KICKED OFF OF JOBS BECAUSE THEY'RE LGBTQ, WHO CAN'T GET LOANS BECAUSE THEIR ETHNICITY, INVIDIOUS RELIGIOSITY, BEING BARRED, BANNED, THEY DON'T LOOK TO SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING TO THEM. WHAT THEY'LL DO IS ASK, WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO ME IF I STEP OUT THERE AND TRY TO HELP THEM? I DON'T THINK THEY ARE PERSONS OF ILL WILL. I THINK THAT THEY ARE PERSONS WHO MEAN WELL, BUT I ASK PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THE CONTEXT OF THIS TIME BY UNDERSTANDING AND REVIEWING THE CONTEXT OF THE TIME THAT DR. KING LIVED IN AND REVIEW THAT LETTER FROM THE BIRMINGHAM JAIL, THE MASTERPIECE, BUT ALSO READ THE LETTER THAT HE WAS RESPONDING TO. THOSE WHO WILL TOLERATE BIGOTRY WILL DO LITTLE TO CHANGE IT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      MR. DUNCAN

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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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      GUEST

      LIVE EVERY DAY AT 7:00

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      LIVE EVERY DAY AT 7:00 A.M. EASTERN. WE'LL LEAVE HERE. THE U.S. HOUSE IS…

      LIVE EVERY DAY AT 7:00 A.M. EASTERN. WE'LL LEAVE HERE. THE U.S. HOUSE IS GAVELING IN FOR LEGISLATIVE WORK, INCLUDING A MEASURE COMBINING SEVERAL NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBAL ISSUES INTO A BILL, AND THEY'LL BEGIN WORK TODAY ON RE-AUTHORIZING THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT, PROGRAM FOR ANOTHER SIX YEARS, FISA. LIVE COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE HERE ON C-SPAN.

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  • 12:00:35 PM

    Reconvened

    The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of January 10.

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

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        THE SPEAKER

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

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

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        CHAPLAIN CONROY

        LET US PRAY. DEAR GOD, WE GIVE YOU THANKS FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. WE…

        LET US PRAY. DEAR GOD, WE GIVE YOU THANKS FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. WE ASK YOUR SPECIAL BLESSING UPON THE MEMBERS OF THIS PEOPLE'S HOUSE. THEY FACE DIFFICULT DECISIONS AND DIFFICULT TIMES. WITH MANY FORCES AND INTERESTS DEMANDING THEIR ATTENTION. IN THESE DAYS, GIVE WISDOM TO ALL MEMBERS THAT THEY MIGHT EXECUTE THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE BENEFIT OF ALL AMERICANS. BLESS THEM, O GOD, AND BE WITH THEM AND WITH US ALL THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY TO COME. MAY ALL THAT IS DONE BE FOR YOUR GREATER HONOR AND GLORY, AMEN.

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        THE SPEAKER

        DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL THEREOF.…

        DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1 THE JOURNAL STANDS APROVED.

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    SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL

    The Chair announced that he had examined the Journal of the last day's proceedings and had approved it. Mr. Poe (TX) demanded that the question be put on agreeing to the Speaker's approval of the Journal and by voice vote, the Chair announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Poe (TX) objected to the voice vote based upon the absence of a quorum and the Chair postponed further proceedings until later in the legislative day.

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      RULE 1, ADEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APURSUANT TO THE RULE…

      RULE 1, ADEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APURSUANT TO THE RULE OF THE JOURNAL.

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      THE SPEAKER

      THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL,…

      THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL, THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE, THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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      MR. POE

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

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

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    PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION ARE POSTPONED. THE PLEDGE OF…

      FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION ARE POSTPONED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ESPAILLAT.

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      MR. ESPAILLAT

      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 SPEAKER

      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 GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      MR. CICILLINE

      TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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      TEMPORE WITHOUT

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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      MR. CICILLINE

      THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM HAS BEEN A HUGE SUCCESS. IN JUST A…

      THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM HAS BEEN A HUGE SUCCESS. IN JUST A FEW WEEKS, FUNDING FOR THIS PROGRAM WILL RUN OUT IN MY STATE OF RHODE ISLAND. THIS IS A PROGRAM THAT'S PROVIDED HEALTH INSURANCE TO NINE MILLION CHILDREN FROM WORKING FAMILIES IN THIS COUNTRY. 27,000 CHILDREN AND PREGNANT WOMEN IN MY HOME STATE OF RHODE ISLAND. IT'S ALWAYS BEEN A BIPARTISAN ISSUE. THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN A HUGE SUCCESS. IT BROUGHT THE RATE OF UNEMPLOYED CHILDREN DOWN FROM ALMOST 14% WHEN THE PROGRAM BEGAN TO 4.5% TODAY. AND WHY HAVEN'T WE RE-AUTHORIZED THIS PROGRAM YET THAT INSURES THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING? THE CONGRESS PASSED THE $1.5 TRILLION TAX CUT, UNPAID FOR, BUT WE CAN'T MANAGE TO FIND MONEY TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM? I URGE THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IN THIS CHAMBER TO BRING A CLEAN RE-AUTHORIZATION BILL TO THE FLOOR SO WE CAN RE-AUTHORIZE THIS EFFECTIVE AND IMPORTANT PROGRAM AND TAKE CARE OF AMERICA'S CHILDREN AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:05:04 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 12:05:07 PM

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

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

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      TEMPORE WITHOUT

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

    • 12:05:14 PM

      >>

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

    • 12:05:17 PM

      MR. NEWHOUSE

      WE ARE ALREADY SEEING THE POSITIVE IMPACT OF TAX REFORM. MORE THAN 100,000…

      WE ARE ALREADY SEEING THE POSITIVE IMPACT OF TAX REFORM. MORE THAN 100,000 BUSINESSES AND CORPORATIONS ARE GIVING BACK TO THEIR EMPLOYEES AND COMMUNITIES AS A DIRECT RESPONSE TO THE PASSAGE OF THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. THIS HISTORIC TAX REFORM LEGISLATION HAS PAVED THE WAY FOR A BETTER AMERICAN BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT, AND HARDWORKING PEOPLE ARE BENEFITING FROM THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF MAJOR EMPLOYERS AND SERVICE PROVIDERS, INCLUDING IN MY HOME STATE OF WASHINGTON. BOEING ANNOUNCED A TOTAL INVESTMENT OF $300 MILLION DEDICATED TO CORPORATE GIVING, EMPLOYEE TRAINING, AND INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT. ALASKA AIRLINES PROVIDED $1,000 BONUSES FOR MORE THAN $20,000 EMPLOYEES. WASHINGTON FEDERAL IS INCREASING SALARIES BY 5% FOR EMPLOYEES MAKING UNDER $100,000, INVESTING IN TRAINING, TECHNOLOGY UPGRADES, AND MAKING A $5 MILLION FILL AN THROPIC CONTORY -- PHILANTHROPIC CONTRIBUTIONS. THESE BENEFITS AND TAX RELIEF WILL HAVE A LASTING EFFECT ON WASHINGTON FAMILIES, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUE WORKING TOWARDS BIGGER PAYCHECKS, BETTER JOBS AND A MORE PROSPEROUS ECONOMY. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:06:36 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 12:06:43 PM

      MS. BORDALLO

      MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I AM PROUD TO REINTRODUCE MY COMPACT-IMPACT RELIEF ACT…

      MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I AM PROUD TO REINTRODUCE MY COMPACT-IMPACT RELIEF ACT WITH OUR COLLEAGUES FROM HAWAII AND THE NORTHERN MARIANAS AS ORIGINAL CO-SPONSORS. OUR BILL WOULD PROVIDE RELIEF TO GUAM AND OTHER STATES AND TERRITORIES REQUIRED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE LOCAL PUBLIC SERVICES TO MORE THAN 76,000 MY GRANTS UNDER THE COMPACTS OF FREE ASSOCIATION. GUAM REMAINS THE TOP DESTINATION FOR COMPACT MY GRANTS FROM THE THREE FREELY ASSOCIATED STATES. OUR ISLAND ACOME DATES NEARLY 18,000 OUT OF A POPULATION OF JUST 175,000. AS THE UNITED STATES LOOKS TO RENEW THE COMPACTS AFTER 2023, CONGRESS MUST INCREASE MANDATORY COMPACT-IMPACT FUNDING TO AFFECTED JURISDICTIONS LIKE GUAM. CONGRESS SHOULD PROVIDE THE FUNDING, LEVEL RECOMMENDED BY THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE, AS I HAVE CALLED FOR REPEATEDLY. IN THE MEANTIME, I HOPE THIS HOUSE WILL ACT ON THE PRACTICAL POLICY CHANGES INCLUDED IN MY COMPACT-IMPACT RELIEF ACT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:07:57 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 12:08:01 PM

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

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

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      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

    • 12:08:09 PM

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      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HIGHLIGHT THE COURAGE AND PERSEVERANCE OF…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HIGHLIGHT THE COURAGE AND PERSEVERANCE OF SONYA, ONE OF THE FEW REMAINING HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS IN THE KANSAS CITY COMMUNITY AND A CONSTITUENT OF MINE.

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    • 12:08:17 PM

      MR. YODER

      NOW 91 YEARS OLD, AS A POLISH TEENAGER SHE WAS FORCED INTO CONCENTRATION…

      NOW 91 YEARS OLD, AS A POLISH TEENAGER SHE WAS FORCED INTO CONCENTRATION CAMPS, RIPPED FROM HER FAMILY AND EVEN HAD TO WATCH AS HER MOTHER WALKED INTO THE GAS CHAMBER. HER LIFE IS BEING HIGHLIGHTED IN A RECENT DOCUMENTARY SHOWING AN AMERICAN MOVIE -- SHOWING IN BIG MOVIE THEATERS CALLED "BIG SONYA." THIS BEAUTIFUL FILM TELLS THE STORY OF HER STRUGGLE AND HEARTBREAK AND THE POWER OF LOVE TO OVERCOME HATE. I'VE KNOWN SONYA FOR YEARS AS A FRIEND BUT ALSO A CUSTOMER. SONYA'S STORY REMINDS US OF THE UNSPEAKABLE EVIL THAT SHE AND OTHERS IN THE HOLOCAUST HAD TO ENDURE AND WE MUST NEVER FORGET TODAY. BUT HER STORY AS A SURVIVOR OFFERS US A REMINDER AS HUMANITY'S BEAUTY AND KINDNESS AND THE ABILITY TO OVERCOME UNSPEAKABLE TRAGEDY. THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR INSPIRATIONAL STORY, BIG SONYA.

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    • 12:09:13 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 12:09:19 PM

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      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SAY TO DREAMERS, THEIR PARENTS AND…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SAY TO DREAMERS, THEIR PARENTS AND T.P.S. HOLDERS FROM EL SALVADOR, HAITI, NICARAGUA WITH A, I STAND WITH YOU.

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    • 12:09:30 PM

      MR. ESPAILLAT

      INACTION AND LIVES OF 800,000 YOUNG PEOPLE ARE BEING USED AS A BARGAINING…

      INACTION AND LIVES OF 800,000 YOUNG PEOPLE ARE BEING USED AS A BARGAINING CHIP. FOR WHAT? A WALL? SO STOP PLAYING WITH THE PEOPLE'S LIVES. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. LET'S PASS THE DREAM ACT NOW. MR. SPEAKER, I NOW MOVE THAT THE HOUSE STANDS ADJOURNED.

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    • 12:09:53 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      DOES THE GENTLEMAN FIRST YIELD BACK HIS ONE MINUTE?

    • 12:09:55 PM

      Mr. Espaillat moved that the House do now adjourn.

      • 12:09:57 PM

        MR. ESPAILLAT

        YES, I DO.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      • 12:10:05 PM

        MR. ESPAILLAT

        I SEEK RECOGNITION THAT THE HOUSE STANDS ADJOURNED.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE HOUSE ADJOURN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY…

        THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE HOUSE ADJOURN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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    • 12:10:18 PM

      On motion to adjourn Roll Call 5 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

      • 12:10:20 PM

        MR. ESPAILLAT

        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

      • 12:10:23 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        DOES THE GENTLEMAN ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS?

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        MR. ESPAILLAT

        YES.

      • 12:40:03 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 51. THE NAYS ARE 331. THE MOTION NOT ADOPTED.…

        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 51. THE NAYS ARE 331. THE MOTION NOT ADOPTED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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  • 12:40:11 PM

    House Vote 5 - On Motion to Adjourn

    Failed (51 - 331)
    Nay

    Vote Details: Yea - 51
    Democratic - 51

    Vote Details: Nay - 331
    Republican - 215
    Democratic - 116

    Vote Details: Not Voting - 49
    Democratic - 26
    Republican - 23

    • 12:40:24 PM

      ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

      The House resumed one minute speeches.

      • 12:40:43 PM

        MR. POE

        MR. SPEAKER, TISHA WAS 16 YEARS OLD WHEN SHE RAN AWAY FROM A FOSTER FAMILY…

        MR. SPEAKER, TISHA WAS 16 YEARS OLD WHEN SHE RAN AWAY FROM A FOSTER FAMILY TO AVOID BEING SEXUALLY ASSAULTED FROM THAT FAMILY. SHE THOUGHT SHE WAS FINALLY SAFE FROM ABUSE WHEN SHE MET A MAN NAMED MASTER D. HE PROMISED HER HE WOULD RETURN HER TO HER BIOLOGICAL FAMILY BUT HE LIED. HE FORCED HER TO HAVE SEX WITH HER MEN FOR MONEY. NOW SHE FOUND HERSELF TO BE A TRAFFICKED VICTIM OF THE SEX SLAVE TRADE.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. ALL MEMBERS, IF YOU WOULD TAKE YOUR…

        THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. ALL MEMBERS, IF YOU WOULD TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS TO THE REAR OF THE CHAMBER OR OUT OF THE CHAMBER. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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      • 12:41:29 PM

        MR. POE

        MR. SPEAKER, NOW SHE FOUND HERSELF TO BE A TRAFFICKED VICTIM OF THE SEX…

        MR. SPEAKER, NOW SHE FOUND HERSELF TO BE A TRAFFICKED VICTIM OF THE SEX SLAVE TRADE. SHE WAS ARRESTED FOR PROSTITUTION, AND ON HER SECOND ARREST, AUTHORITIES FINALLY RESCUED HER FROM THE TRAFFICKING SCOURGE AND PROVIDED HER A WAY OUT OF THAT SITUATION. MY LEGISLATION, THE ABOLISH HUMAN TRAFFICKING ACT, WILL INCREASE PROSECUTIONS FOR PERPETRATORS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING LIKE MASTER D AND HOLD THOSE ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR CRIMES OF SEX SLAVERY. WE MUST SUPPORT VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND PUT THEIR PREDATORS WHERE THEY BELONG, BEHIND BARS. ON THIS ABOLISH HUMAN TRAFFICKING DAY, OUR SOCIETY MUST PROSECUTE THE TRAFFICKERS AND RESCUE VICTIMS OF THIS SCOURGE ON AMERICA. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I'LL YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:42:18 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN, FOR…

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN, FOR WHAT PURPOSE DO YOU SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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      • 12:42:27 PM

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        MR. SPEAKER, 100 YEARS TODAY THIS HOUSE PASSED A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT…

        MR. SPEAKER, 100 YEARS TODAY THIS HOUSE PASSED A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT GRANTING WOMEN THE RIGHT TO VOTE.

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      • 12:42:37 PM

        MRS. LAWRENCE

        274 MILLION VOTED FOR IT, BUT 136 VOTED AGAINST IT. ONE REPRESENTATIVE…

        274 MILLION VOTED FOR IT, BUT 136 VOTED AGAINST IT. ONE REPRESENTATIVE SAID, AND I QUOTE, IMPORTANT ISSUES CANNOT BE DECIDED BY WOMEN'S FEARS AND TEARS AND EMOTION. THEY HAVE TO BE DECIDED BY REAL MANLY MEN OF AMERICA. 100 YEARS LATER, UNFORTUNATELY WE HEAR SIMILAR COMMENTS. TO GET OUR RIGHTS AND PROTECT OUR RIGHTS, THE BATTLE CONTINUES, BUT 2018, MR. SPEAKER, IS THE YEAR OF THE WOMAN. AND WE WILL NEVER GIVE UP OUR RIGHTS. WE WILL NEVER GIVE UP OUR VOTES, AND WE WILL NEVER EVER GIVE UP OUR VOICE. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE HISTORY SLAPPING US IN THE FACE. WE AS A BODY NEED TO RECOGNIZE AND RESPECT WOMEN'S RIGHTS IN THIS HOUSE AND IN AMERICA AND I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:43:35 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA -- FOR WHAT…

        THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA -- FOR WHAT REASON DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION. WOULD THE THE GENTLEMAN SUSPEND?

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      • 12:43:50 PM

        MR. WILSON

        I WAS LEARNED THAT TIDE WATER VOTES IS INVESTING MONEY TO EXPAND THEIR…

        I WAS LEARNED THAT TIDE WATER VOTES IS INVESTING MONEY TO EXPAND THEIR FACILITY IN LEXINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, CREATING 100 NEW JOBS. THIS NEWS IS ON TOP OF AFFLAC SAYING THEY WILL EXPAND THEIR EMPLOYEES IN SOUTH CAROLINA, DOUBLING THEIR EMPLOYEE 401-K-MATCHING FUNDS. ON THE SAME DAY REPUBLICAN PASSED HISTORIC TAX CUTS, AT&T, LED BY PAM LACKEY, ANNOUNCED THEY WILL HAVE A $1,000 BONUS. COMCAST WILL BE PROVIDING $1,000 BONUS TO 100,000 EMPLOYEES. BB&T LED BY MIKE BRENON WILL BE RAISING THEIR EMPLOYEE WAGES TO $15 AN HOUR AND PROVIDING A $1,200 BONUS FOR 27,000 EMPLOYEES. BOEING OF CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, SAID THEY WILL DONATE MONEY TO CHARITIES THAT FOCUS ON EDUCATION, VETERANS, MILITARY PERSONNEL. THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IS NOT ONLY FOR BUSINESS. I APPRECIATE THAT NEXT MONTH AMERICAN FAMILIES WILL SEE MORE OF THEIR OWN MONEY IN THEIR PAYCHECK. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM. BEST WISHES TO CHAIRMAN DARRELL ISSA AND KATHY ISSA FOR THEIR DEDICATED SERVICE AS THEY ANNOUNCE RETIREMENT. WE LOOK FORWARD TO THEIR CONTINUED SERVICE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. .

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      • 12:45:16 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 12:45:26 PM

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        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT THIS TAX SCAM, 100%…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT THIS TAX SCAM, 100% REPUBLICAN VOTED, SIGNED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP. WE ALL KNOW THAT THIS BILL PUTS MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES OUT IN THE COLD.

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      • 12:45:41 PM

        MR. CARDENAS

        THIS RAISED TAXES ON 86 MILLION AMERICAN FAMILIES, IT ROBS OUR ABILITY TO…

        THIS RAISED TAXES ON 86 MILLION AMERICAN FAMILIES, IT ROBS OUR ABILITY TO HELP AMERICAN VETERANS, CHILDREN, AND SENIORS. REPUBLICANS HAVE SLASHED TAXES ON THE WEALTHIEST AMONG US AND NOW THEY WANT US TO SLASH, CUT, DECIMATE MEDICARE, MEDICAID, AND SOCIAL SECURITY. SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES WOULD HAVE US BELIEVE THAT THIS BILL IS ABOUT PROSPERITY FOR ALL. PRS PERITY FOR WHO? IT'S A TAX GIVEAWAY TO MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES. DOES SLASHING TAX REVENUE CREATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE IN FLINT MICHIGAN WHERE FAMILIES CONTINUE TO SUFFER THROUGH A WATER CRISIS, A CRISIS MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES CLAIM THEY CAN'T FIND THE MONEY TO HELP AMERICAN WHORS SUFFERING. REPUBLICANS WANT US TO BELIEVE THIS IS TH BILL IS FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE BUT THERE'S NOTHING FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE ABOUT TAKING MONEY AWAY FROM AMERICANS WHILE BALLOONING THE DEFICIT BY $2 MILLION. WE NEED TO FIX OUR TAX CODE, NOT TO LEAVE AMERICAN FAMILIES OUT IN THE COLD. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:46:47 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

        THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN SEEK RECK IN

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      • 12:46:54 PM

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        -- RECOGNITION?

      • 12:46:56 PM

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        I SKMS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR A MINUTE.

      • 12:47:03 PM

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        I RISE TO THANK THOMAS REID JR. FOR HIS SERVICE IN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.…

        I RISE TO THANK THOMAS REID JR. FOR HIS SERVICE IN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. A LOT HAS CHAVENLGED FURG HIS TIME BUT ONE THING REMAINED THE SAME , HE CONTINUED TO DEDICATE HIMSELF TO KEEPING OUR COMMUNITY -- KEEPING OUR COMMUNITY SAFE.

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      • 12:47:22 PM

        MR. CHABOT

        DURING HIS TIME ON THE FORCE, SERGEANT REED LED BY EXAMPLE AND PASSED HIS…

        DURING HIS TIME ON THE FORCE, SERGEANT REED LED BY EXAMPLE AND PASSED HIS EXPERIENCE ON TO HIS FELLOW OFFICERS, OFTEN ADVISING THEM TO TREAT OTHERS AS YOU WANT TO BE TREAT HESMED RETIRED AT THE END OF DECEMBER AS THE DEPARTMENT'S LONGEST SERVING MEMBER AND HIS LEADERSHIP AND GUIDANCE WILL BE MISSED. THE CITY OF CINCINNATI IS A BETTER PLACE BECAUSE OF HIS SERVICE AND HIS LEGACY WILL BE FELT IN OUR COMMUNITY FOR YEARS TO COME. FOR THAT WE ARE ALL DEEPLY GRATEFUL AND INDEBTED TO HIM. THANK YOU, SERGEANT REED. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:47:58 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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      • 12:48:07 PM

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        MR. SPEAKER, COLLEGE STUDENTS EVERYWHERE ARE ENJOYING THE LAST DAYS OF…

        MR. SPEAKER, COLLEGE STUDENTS EVERYWHERE ARE ENJOYING THE LAST DAYS OF VACATION BEFORE HEADING BACK TO SCHOOL BUT FOR THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE, THIS BREAK WAS SPENT TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO STAY IN THE ONLY HOME THEY HAVE EVER KNOWN. THERE HAVE BEEN MULTIPLE STORIES OF YUCK DREAMERS BEING DETAINED -- OF YOUNG DREAMERS BEING DETAINED OVER THIS HOLIDAY BREAK.

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      • 12:48:35 PM

        MS. DAIS

        THEY ARE STELLAR STUDENTS WHO ATTEND I ELITE SCHOOLS LIKE U.C. BERKLEY,…

        THEY ARE STELLAR STUDENTS WHO ATTEND I ELITE SCHOOLS LIKE U.C. BERKLEY, AND THEY ARE NOW SITTING IN DETENTION FACILITIES, UNABLE TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL AND CONTINUE THEIR EDUCATION. IS THIS THE AMERICA OUR FOREFATHERS FOUGHT FOR? ONE WHERE BRIGHT STUDENTS SIT IN DETENTION FACILITIES INSTEAD OF CLASSROOMS, QUESTIONING IF THEY CAN EVER MAKE THE CONTRIBUTION TO OUR UNITED STATES OF AMERICA THAT THEY DREAM OF. MR. SPEAKER, I ONCE AGAIN PLEAD WITH YOU, WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, PLEASE, BRING THE DREAM ACT TO THE FLOOR. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORT IT.

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      • 12:49:19 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 12:49:31 PM

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        WORLDWIDE LEADER, PRESIDENT THOMAS S. MONSON, WHO SERVED AS PRESIDENT AND…

        WORLDWIDE LEADER, PRESIDENT THOMAS S. MONSON, WHO SERVED AS PRESIDENT AND PROPHET OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS UNTIL HIS PASSING LAST WEEK. FROM AN EARLY AGE HE LED A FAITHFUL LIFE, SERVING THOSE MOST IN NEED AND THOSE WHO OFTEN WENT UNNOTICED. HIS LOVING SERVICE SPANNED OVER HALF A CENTURY. ON A PERSONAL NOTE, WHILE I WAS MAYOR, THE HISTORIC TABERNACLE BURNED TO THE GROUND, THE DEVASTATING LOSS OF SUCH A TREASURED BUILDING IN OUR COMMUNITY WAS PALPABLE BUT PRESIDENT MONSON HAD THE UNMISTAKABLE FORESIGHT TO KNOW THAT SOMETHING EVEN MORE REMARKABLE COULD ONE DAY STAND IN ITS PLACE. I WILL NEVER FORGET THE AUDIBLE GASP FROM THOUSANDS OF CHURCH MEMBERS WHEN PRESIDENT MONSON ANNOUNCED THAT FROM THE ASHES OF THE TABERNACLE THE NEW TEMPLE WOULD BE BUILT INSTEAD. THAT TEMPLE STANDS AS AN EXTRAORDINARY REMINDER OF HIS LEADERSHIP THAT LED US FROM LOSSES AND SORROW TO HOPE AND JOY MY WIFE AND I EXPRESS OUR DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO PRESIDENT MOONS O; N'S FAMILY AND -- MONSON'S FAMILY AND THOSE IN THE CHURCH AROUND THE WORLD WHO GRIEVE. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:50:58 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 12:51:03 PM

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        TOOKS UNDOCUMENT 200 RESIDENTS FROM EL SALVADOR WHO HAVE BEEN WORKING IN…

        TOOKS UNDOCUMENT 200 RESIDENTS FROM EL SALVADOR WHO HAVE BEEN WORKING IN THE UNITED STATES AND RENEWING THEIR DOCUMENTS REGULARLY, AND DID THE SAME TO HAITIANS, AND DID THE SAME TO DREAMERS, MADE THEM UNDOCUMENTED, 800,000 OF THEM WORKING. I'M TIRED OF COMING TO WORK HERE, MEETING PEOPLE IN THE CAFETERIA SWEEPING FLOORS AND DOING ALL KINDS OF WORK HERE IN THE CAPITOL WHO ARE AFRAID OF LOSING THEIR LEGAL PROTECTED STATUS. THEY WANT TO MAKE THEM UNDOCUMENTED, PEOPLE WHO ARE DOCUMENTED WHO WORK HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, IN THE CAPITOL. I CALL UPON US TO DO THE WORK WE WERE SENT HERE TO DO. WE SHOULDN'T BE SENDING 5 ,000 HAITIANS BACK TO THE POOREST COUNTRY IN THE HEMISPHERE FROM THE RICHEST COUNTRY. THAT'S UNFATHOMABLE AND UNCONSCIONABLE AND WE SHOULDN'T DO IT. I RETURN THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 12:52:07 PM

        Mr. Gutierrez moved that the House do now adjourn.

        • 12:52:11 PM

          On motion to adjourn Roll Call 6 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

          • 12:52:14 PM

            MR. DUE TERRES.

            I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE DO --

          • 12:52:19 PM

            MR. GUTIERREZ

            I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE ADJOURN.

          • 12:52:21 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE HOUSE ADJOURN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY…

            THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE HOUSE ADJOURN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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          • 12:52:29 PM

            MR. GUTIERREZ

            ON THAT, I DEMAND THE YEAS AND NAYS.

          • 12:52:31 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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          • 12:52:57 PM

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            ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 53 --

          • 01:16:26 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            ARE 53 --

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 54, THE NAYS ARE 311. THE MOTION IS NOT…

            ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 54, THE NAYS ARE 311. THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPTED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE, WITHOUT OBJECTION THE HOUSE -- THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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      • 01:17:22 PM

        House Vote 6 - On Motion to Adjourn

        Failed (54 - 311)
        Nay

        Vote Details: Yea - 54
        Democratic - 54

        Vote Details: Nay - 311
        Republican - 216
        Democratic - 95

        Vote Details: Not Voting - 66
        Democratic - 44
        Republican - 22

        • 01:17:28 PM

          ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

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          • 01:18:05 PM

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            RECOGNIZED.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT…

            BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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          • 01:19:30 PM

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            MR. SPEAKER, AND MEMBERS, I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THE TRUMP…

            MR. SPEAKER, AND MEMBERS, I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S DECISION TO END TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS, T.P.S., FOR MORE THAN 200,000 SALVADORANS. T.P.S. HOLDERS ARE THOROUGHLY CREDITED LEGAL RESIDENT WHO WAS CONTRIBUTED TO OUR ECONOMIES FOR ALMOST TWO DECADES. MOST T.P.S. RECIPIENTS NOW CALL THE UNITED STATES HOME. MANY ARE PARENTS TO CHILDREN WHO ARE AMERICAN CITIZENS AND TEARING THESE FAMILIES APART IS A HEARTLESS AND CRUEL ACT. IN THEIR DECISION THIS ADMINISTRATION CLAIMS THEY REVIEWED THE DISASTER RELATED CONDITIONS WHICH THE ORIGINAL DETERMINATION WAS MADE. HOWEVER THEY FAILED TO CONSIDER THE CURRENT REALITY THAT MAKE EL SALVADOR ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD THIS IRRESPONSIBLE DECISION WILL TROP HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE INTO VIOLENCE AND DISASTERS. SENDING 200,000 SALVADORANS, MANY IN MY DISTRICT, TO A DANGEROUS FOREIGN COUNTRY, IS INHUMANE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO IMMEDIATELY PASS THE AMERICAN PROMISE ACT SO WE CAN CORRECT THE DESPICABLE ACTION. I YIELD BACK.

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          • 01:20:39 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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          • 01:20:52 PM

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            I RISE TODAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO A MEMBER OF THE GREATEST GENERATION A…

            I RISE TODAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO A MEMBER OF THE GREATEST GENERATION A MONTANAN WHOSE SERVICE TO OUR NATION AND MONTANA STRETCH AID CROSS EIGHT DECADES. BORN AND RAISED IN BUTTE, PHILIP KURT LYONS ANSWERED THE CALL TO SERVE FOLING THE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR HE SERVED IN WORLD WAR II AND THE KOREAN WERE WAR HE BECAME ACTIVE WITH MILITARY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS IN THE 1950'S SERVING IN LEADERSHIP ROLES IN THE AMERICAN LEGION AND DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS AMONG OTHERS. PHIL WAS KNOWN AS MR. D.A.V. HE LOST MORE THAN 50,000 -- HE LOGGED MORE THAN 50,000 MILES, 16,000 HOURS AND CARRIED MORE THAN 1,700 FELLOW VETERANS TO APPOINTMENTS. ON BEHALF OF ALL MONTANAN, I HONOR THE MEMORY OF PHIL AND EXTEND MY CONDOLENCES TO HIS DAUGHTER, DEBBIE, HIS FAMILY, HIS FRIENDS, AND ALL THOSE WHO HIS SERVICE TOUCHED. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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          • 01:21:52 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE…

            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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          • 01:22:04 PM

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            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. GIVEN THAT EACH DAY THAT CONGRESS DELAYS ACTION ON…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. GIVEN THAT EACH DAY THAT CONGRESS DELAYS ACTION ON THE DREAM ACT, 122 PEOPLE LOSE THEIR DACA PROTECTED STATUS AND SINCE SEPTEMBER 5, WHEN TRUMP ELIMINATED DACA, CLOSE TO 16,000 YOUNG PEOPLE LOST THEIR PROTECTED STATUS AND FACED DAILY RISK OF DEPORTATION.

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          • 01:22:25 PM

            MR. GRIJALVA

            GIVEN THE FACT THAT WE HAVE PLEADED WITH REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIPEN THE…

            GIVEN THE FACT THAT WE HAVE PLEADED WITH REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIPEN THE URGENCY OF FINDING A PERMANENT SOLUTION TO PROTECT DREAMERS AND GIVEN THE FACT THAT THE CONTRADICTIONS AND CONFUSION IN THE NEGOTIATIONS GOING ON TO FINAL LEGISLATIVE FIX CONTINUE TO ABOUND AND GIVEN THE FACT THAT THIS HOUSE HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE ON A CLEAN DREAM ACT, WE MUST ACT NOW ON A PERMANENT SOLUTION THAT WOULD PROTECT DREAMERS AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK AND I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE DO NOW ADJOURN.

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          • 01:22:55 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

          • 01:22:55 PM

            Mr. Grijalva moved that the House do now adjourn.

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              MR. GRIJALVA

              I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE DO NOW ADJOURN.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE HOUSE ADJOURN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY…

              THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE HOUSE ADJOURN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE NOES HAVE IT.

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            • 01:23:15 PM

              MR. GRIJALVA

              ON THAT I DEMAND 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. 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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          • 01:23:21 PM

            On motion to adjourn Roll Call 7 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 60 --

            • 01:47:08 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 62 THE NAYS ARE 324. THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPTED.…

              ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 62 THE NAYS ARE 324. THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPTED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        • 01:47:13 PM

          House Vote 7 - On Motion to Adjourn

          Failed (62 - 324)
          Nay

          Vote Details: Yea - 62
          Democratic - 61
          Republican - 1

          Vote Details: Nay - 324
          Republican - 213
          Democratic - 111

          Vote Details: Not Voting - 45
          Democratic - 21
          Republican - 24

          • 01:47:44 PM

            ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

            The House resumed one minute speeches.

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              EVERIFY EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION PROGRAM IN ANY IMMIGRATION…

              EVERIFY EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION PROGRAM IN ANY IMMIGRATION REFORM PACKAGE. EVERIFY IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE DETERRENT TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BECAUSE IT SHUTS OFF THE JOBS MAGNET AND SAVES JOBS FOR HARDWORKING AMERICANS.

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            • 01:48:14 PM

              MR. SMITH

              PUBLIC SUPPORT, 82% OF ANY PROPOSED IMMIGRATION REFORM. THE EVERIFY…

              PUBLIC SUPPORT, 82% OF ANY PROPOSED IMMIGRATION REFORM. THE EVERIFY LEGISLATION, THE LEGAL WORK FORCE ACT, APPROVED BY THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, AS THE SUPPORT OF THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT GROUPS. IT PROVIDES EMPLOYERS WITH AN EFFICIENT AND WORKABLE SYSTEM TO VERIFY THEIR EMPLOYEES' WORK STATUS. AND THE REQUIREMENT FOR EMPLOYERS TO VERIFY THEIR WORKERS ONLY APPLIES TO NEW EMPLOYEES, NOT EXISTING WORKERS. MEMBERS SHOULD HESITATE TO SUPPORT ANY IMMIGRATION REFORM PACKAGE THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE REQUIRING EMPLOYERS TO USE EVERIFY. CONGRESS SHOULD PUT THE INTEREST OF AMERICAN WORKERS FIRST.

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            • 01:49:04 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS…

              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATION FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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            • 01:49:32 PM

              MR. POLIS

              I WAS GRAVELY CONCERNED LAST WEEK WHEN ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS REMOVED…

              I WAS GRAVELY CONCERNED LAST WEEK WHEN ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS REMOVED THE GUIDANCE OF THE COLE MEMO REGARDING THE WAY THEY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TREATS MARIJUANA IN JURISDICTIONS WHERE IT'S LEGAL FOR MEDICINAL OR COMMERCIAL CIRCUMSTANCES. I HAPPEN TO REPRESENT ONE OF THOSE STATE THE STATE OF COLORADO. WHICH HAS A REGULATORY SYSTEM FOR MARIJUANA THAT'S NOW BEEN CALLED INTO JEOPARDY THROUGH FEDERAL OVERREACH. EFFECTIVELY, ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS HAS LEFT THE ENTIRE FATE OF NOT JUST THE INDUSTRY AND THOSE WHO WORK IN IT, BUT ALSO CONSUMERS IN MY STATE, IN THE HANDS OF 93 U.S. ATTORNEYS, INCLUDING THE ONE FOR OUR STATE, WHO IF THEY WAKE UP ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE BED ONE MORNING COWL ENGAGE IN A MASS ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST RESIDENTS OF COLORADO WHO ARE FOLLOWING OUR STATE LAW. I CALL ON PRESIDENT TRUMP TO OVERTURN HIS ATTORNEY AND I CALL UPON THIS BODY TO PUT THE APPROPRIATE FUNDING RESTRICTIONS BASED ON THE MCCLINTOCK-POLIS AMENDMENTS TO PREVENT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FROM USING FUNDS GIVEN TO THEM BY CONGRESS TO CONTRAVENE STATE LAW IN JURISDICTIONS THAT HAVE CHOSEN TO REGULATE MARIJUANA.

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            • 01:50:42 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN…

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATION FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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            • 01:50:58 PM

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              CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND RHETT LET'S -- REVISE AND…

              CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND RHETT LET'S -- REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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            • 01:51:03 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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              OF AN IMPORTANT MILESTONE IN INDIANA HISTORY. EXCUSE ME. THE BICENTENNIAL…

              OF AN IMPORTANT MILESTONE IN INDIANA HISTORY. EXCUSE ME. THE BICENTENNIAL OF SPENCER COUNTY, INDIANA. FOUNDED IN 1818 BY CAPTAIN SPEIER SPENCER THIS RURAL COUNTY ALONG THE OHIO RIVER WAS THE BOYHOOD HOME OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN. YEARS LATER, WHEN RECALLING HIS TIME IN SPENCER COUNTY, THE MAN WHO BECAME OUR 16TH PRESIDENT STATED QUITE SUCCINCTLY, THERE I GREW UP. IN ADDITION TO THE LINCOLN BOYHOOD NATIONAL MEMORIAL AND A SCENIC STATE PARK, SPENCER COUNTY IS HOME TO ARCH ABBEY AND TOURIST DESTINATIONS HOLIDAY WORLD AND SPLASHING IS A FATHER RE. WIDELY RECOGNIZED AS THE WORLD'S FIRST THEME PARK HOLIDAY WORLD DRAWS HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF VISITORS TO THE COUNTIES EACH YEAR. TODAY, STRATEGICALLY CONNECTED TO THE WORLD BY U.S. 34, RAIL AND THE OHIO RIVER, SPENCER COUNTY IS A LEADER IN STEEL PRODUCTION, GROUND LOGISTICS, POWER GENERATION AND WORLD CLASS FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT. I PROUDLY ABSOLUTE THE CITIZENS AND THE WONDERFUL HOMETOWNS OF SPENCER COUNTY ON THIS NOTABLE OCCASION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 01:52:21 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE…

              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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            • 01:53:50 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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            • 01:53:59 PM

              Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 681 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (S. 140) to amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify the use of amounts in the WMAT Settlement Fund."

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                BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 6 1 AND…

                BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 6 1 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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              • 01:54:08 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION -- THE CLERK WILL REPORT THERES.…

                THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION -- THE CLERK WILL REPORT THERES. RUTION.

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              • 01:54:13 PM

                THE CLERK

                HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 115. RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION…

                HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 115. RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL S. 140, TO AMEND THE WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE TRIBE WATER RIGHTS QUANTIFICATION ACT OF 2010 TO CLARIFY THE USE OF AMOUNTS IN THE WMAT SETTLEMENT FUND. 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 115-54 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 AMONG AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND THE WORK FORCE AND THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES, AND TWO, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS.

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          • 01:55:16 PM

            DEBATE

            The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 681.

            • 01:55:17 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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              MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 0…

              MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 0 MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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            • 01:55:45 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

            • 01:55:46 PM

              MR. COLE

              MR. SPEAKER, ON TUESDAY, THE RULES COMMITTEE MET AND REPORTED A RULE FOR…

              MR. SPEAKER, ON TUESDAY, THE RULES COMMITTEE MET AND REPORTED A RULE FOR CONSIDERATION OF A VERY IMPORTANT MEASURE. RESOLUTION PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF S. 140 TO AMEND THE WHITE MOUNTAIN TRIBAL WATER RIGHTS QUANTIFY CASE ACT OF 2010 TO CLARIFY THE USE OF THE AMOUNTS OF WHITE -- IN THE WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE TRIBAL SETTLEMENT FUND THIS BILL ALSO INCLUDES THE TEXT OF S. 249 A BHILL TO PROVIDE THE PUEBLO OF SANTA CLAIRE RAY -- CLARA MAY LEASE FOR 99 YEARS CERTAIN LANDS UNDER THE TRIBAL LABOR SOVEREIGNTY ACT. THE RULE PROVIDES FOR ONE HOUR OF DEBATE, 30 MINUTES WILL BE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE AND 30 MINUTES OF WHICH WILL BE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION AND WORK FOORS COMMITTEE. MR. SPEAKER, THE FIRST TWO ITEMS ARE NONCONTROVERSIAL. . I'M PLEASED THE SACRAMENTO IS INCLUDED. THIS LANGUAGE WOULD ALLOW TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS TO BE EXCLUDED FROM REQUIREMENTS FOR EMPLOYERS UNDER THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT. THE -- WHEN PRESIDENT FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT SIGNED THE NLRA INTO LAW IN 1935, CONGRESS WISELY EXCLUDED GOVERNMENTS, ALL GOVERNMENTS, FROM THE DEFINITION OF EMPLOYER. THE BILLLE'S SIGNING OF THE NLRA PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT SAID, QUOTE, THIS ACT DEFINES AS PART OF OUR SUBSTANTIVE LAW THE RIGHT OF SELF-ORGANIZATION OF EMPLOYEES AND INDUSTRIES FOR THE PURPOSE OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AND PROVIDES METHODS BY WHICH THE GOVERNMENT CAN SAFEGUARD THAT LEGAL RIGHT. THE PRESIDENT MADE CLEAR IN HIS SPEECH AT THAT TIME THAT THE INTENT OF THE LAW IS IT SHOULD APPLY ONLY TO WORKERS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR. TRIBES ARE GOVERNMENTS AND SHOULD BE TREATED AS SUCH. THE INTENT OF THE LAW WAS AND IS CLEAR, TRIBAL GOVERNMENT SUPERVISE THE EMPLOYEES WITHIN THEIR GOVERNMENTS AND ENTERPRISES, NOT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. FROM 1935 UNTIL 2003, NEARLY SEVEN DECADES, THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD AGREED. AND INTERPRETED THE STATUTE IN A WAY THAT DID NOT APPLY TO INDIAN TRIBES BECAUSE THEY WERE GOVERNMENTS. IN 2004, THE NLRB ABRUPTLY CHANGED COURSE AND FOR THE FIRST TIME HELD THAT THE -- HELD THE ACT APPLICABLELE TO INDIAN TRIBES. THEY DID THIS BY HIGHLIGHTING THE FACT THAT THE ACT IS NOT EXPRESSLY INCLUDE TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS AMONG THE EXCLUDED THE PHRASE EMPLOYER. THIS IS SIMPLY AN EGREGIOUS ACT OF BUREAUCRATIC OVERREACH. LET ME BE CLEAR N. THIS CASE ACTING ON ITS OWN THE NLRB EXPANDED ITS JURISDICTION, NEITHER THE EXISTING ADMINISTRATION AT THE TIME NOR CONGRESS ASKED OR ORDERED THE NLRB TO TAKE THIS ACTION. . THE IMPACTS ON TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS ARE MORE HARMFUL THAN OTHER GOVERNMENTS BECAUSE THERE'S NO EFFECTIVE TAX BASE IN TRIBAL COMMUNITIES. INDIAN LANDS ARE HELD IN TRUST AND ARE NOT SUBJECT TO TAXATION. THE HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT RATES AND LEGAL RESTRICTIONS MAKE INCOME TAXATION AN UNFEASIBLE OPTION. AS A RESULT, THE BUSINESSES OPERATED BY TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS, GAMING OPERATIONS, TRIBAL AGRICULTURE, ENERGY AND TIMBER OPERATIONS AND OTHER TRIBAL GOVERNMENT ENTERPRISE CONSTITUTE THE SOLE SOURCE OF REVENUE USED TO FUND ESSENTIAL GOVERNMENT SERVICES FOR TRIBES. THIS BILL HAS DRAWN BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN OUR EFFORT TO REVERSE THE DECISION OF THE NLRB. IN 114TH CONGRESS, THE SAME LANGUAGE PASSED THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES BY A VOTE OF 249-177. THIS BILL WILL STRENGTHEN TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY AND CORRECT THIS OVERREACH, DIRECTING THE NLRB TO ENFORCE THE NLRA, NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT, AS IT WAS ORIGINALLY INTENDED. IN THE END, MR. SPEAKER, ALL WE'RE DOING HERE TODAY WITH THIS BILL IS AFFIRMING WHAT WAS CONGRESS' ORIGINAL INTENT. THE NLRA DOES NOT HAVE JURISDICTION OVER TRIBAL GOVERNMENT. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE SUPPORT OF THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:00:05 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:00:09 PM

              MR. POLIS

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 3 MINUTES AND YIELD…

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 3 MINUTES AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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            • 02:00:15 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:00:17 PM

              MR. POLIS

              OVER THREE MONTHS AGO, THE FUNDING FOR THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE…

              OVER THREE MONTHS AGO, THE FUNDING FOR THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM OR CHIP, EXPIRED. TODAY, FAMILIES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING 90,000 CHILDREN IN MY HOME STATE OF COLORADO, FACE GREAT UNCERTAINTY ABOUT THEIR FUTURE OF THEIR HEALTH CARE. WHEN CHIP WAS FIRST PASSED OVER 20 YEARS AGO, IT WAS DONE IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER AND UNTIL RECENTLY, CHIP HAS ALWAYS BEEN A BIPARTISAN, NONDIVISIVE ISSUE. IT'S UNFORTUNATE TO SEE THAT TODAY, HERE WE ARE IN THIS BODY, UNDER REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP, SOMEHOW EVEN CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE HAS BECOME A POLITICAL FOOTBALL, WHILE WE WILE AWAY OUR TIME, PRECIOUS LEGISLATIVE TIME, ON BILL THAT WAS PASSED THIS BODY BEFORE AND DON'T GO ANYWHERE. IN OUR MOST RECENT BAND-AID FOR GOVERNMENT FUNDING, HOUSE REPUBLICANS MADE A CLAIM THAT CHIP WAS EXTENDED UNTIL MARCH 31. BUT THAT WASN'T THE CASE. BY SOME REPORTS STATES COULD RUN OUT OF FUNDING IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. IN COLORADO, OUR BUDGET EXPERTS PREDICT WE'LL RUN OUT OF CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE MONEY BY THE END OF FEBRUARY. CANCELLATION LETTERS ARE LITERALLY SCHEDULED TO GO OUT AT THE END OF THIS MONTH. MR. SPEAKER, THIS SIMPLY ISN'T A WAY TO GOVERN. CRISIS TO CRISIS, IGNORING THE REAL ISSUES PEOPLE CARE ABOUT TO CONSIDER SPECIAL INTEREST LEGISLATION. WHAT'S THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP AND TRUMP ADMINISTRATION CONTINUE TO REFUSE TO WORK ON FINDING A BIPARTISAN SOLUTION FOR THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVAL, FOR DACA RECIPIENTS, WHO ARE IN LIMBO. WE CAN PUT THAT BILL ON THE FLOOR TODAY, THE DREAM ACT. I FEEL IT WOULD PASS. WE HAVE THE VOTES TO DO SO. MR. SPEAKER, LET'S SIMPLY HAVE A VOTE. IT'S A PURELY MANUFACTURED CRISIS. I'M HAPPY TO SAY WE'LL BE GIVING THE OPPORTUNITY FOR MEMBERS OF THIS BODY TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND MOVE TO A VOTE ON THE DREAM ACT SHORTLY. MY COLLEAGUE, MR. CORREA, HAS JOINED US TO OFFER THAT MOTION IN A FEW MINUTES. MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE OFTEN SAY THAT THE REAL DEADLINE FOR A DACA SOLUTION ISN'T UNTIL MARCH. BUT IN REALITY EVERY DAY ALREADY OVER 100 DEFERRED ACTION RECIPIENTS LOSE THEIR PROTECTED STATUS, ARE UNABLE TO WORK, AND WITH THEIR SITUATION UNRESOLVED. FOR THOSE DACA RECIPIENTS, THE DEADLINE ISN'T EVERY DAY ALREADY MARCH, THE DEADLINE HAS ALREADY PASSED. HENCE THE URGENCY. NOW IS THE TIME TO PASS THE DREAM ACT TO ALLOW THESE DACA RECIPIENTS IT CONTINUE TO LIVE AND WORK AND SERVE IN THE ONLY NATION THAT MANY OF THEM HAVE EVER KNOWN IN THEIR WHOLE LIVES. ALL THE WHILE CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS STILL REFUSE IT WORK WITH DEMOCRATS ON A LONG-TERM GOVERNMENT FUNDING SOLUTION. HERE WE'RE LESS THAN 10 DAYS FROM ANOTHER GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO MOVE FROM QUICK SPENDING PATCH TO QUICK SPENDING PATCH COSTING TAXPAYERS MORE IN THE LONG RUN BY PREVENTING OUR AGENCIES FROM DOING THE PLANNING NECESSARY TO IMPROVE EFISHENCY. TODAY WE'RE -- EFISHENCY. TODAY WE'RE ONLY FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS, NINE ACTUAL DAYS FROM A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AND THE HUGE NEGATIVE REPERCUSSION THAT IS WOULD FOLLOW. AS A FORMER BUSINESS OTHER I KNOW FIRSTHAND THE VALUE OF LONG-TERM BUDGETING AND STABILITY. MILLIONS OF AMERICANS KNOW HOW TO PLAN THEIR FAMILY BUDGET AND HOME BUDGET. WHY CAN'T CONGRESS DO IT FOR THE COUNTRY? INSTEAD OF WORKING ON A LONG-TERM BUDGET SOLUTION, INSTEAD THE HOUSE IS SPENDING ITS TIME ON OTHER LEGISLATION. HERE WE HAVE A BILL THAT UNDERMINES WORKERS' RIGHTS AND THEIR PROTECTIONS UNDER THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT. IN ADDITION TO THIS CONTROVERSIAL BILL, THERE IS TWO ATTACHED PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT WERE ORIGINALLY SEPARATE BILLS THAT EASILY COULD HAVE GONE ON THE SUSPENSION CALENDAR AND WOULD HAVE LARGELY BEEN NONCONTROVERSIAL. THEY PASSED ON A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST IN THE SENATE AND IN THE HOUSE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE, BUT THEIR FATE IS PUT IN JEOPARDY BY PUTTING THEM ON A CONTROVERSIAL BILL. THE FIRST BILL CHANGES THE ACT OF 2010 TO CLARIFY A SEPARATE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUND CAN BE ACCESSED TO COVER POTENTIAL COST OVERRUNS FOR THIS RURAL WATER PROJECT. INTERIOR DEPARTMENT SAID IT'S UNSURE IT COULD BE USED FOR SETTLEMENT COST. THIS CLARIFIES THE PROJECTS WOULD SPECIFICALLY INCLUDE THE PLANNING, DESIGN, AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE RURAL WATER SYSTEM. THIS LEGISLATION COULD HAVE PASSED AND LIKELY BECOME TO LAW BUT HAS BEEN MUTT IN JEOPARDY THAT'S BEEN ADDED TO BAY. THE SECOND BILL IS REGARDING THE AUTHORITY OF PUEBLOS. IT CONCERNS NEW NEW MEXICAN PUEBLOS AND CLARIFIES THEY COULD LEASE THEIR LANDS HELD IN TRUST BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR 99 YEARS. THIS LEGISLATION ENSURES NATIVE AMERICANS HAVE THE RIGHT TO THEIR LANDS THAT THEY DESERVE. IT RESPECTS THEIR SOVEREIGNTY AS NATIONS IN A NONCONTROVERSIAL WAY. I'M A SUPPORTER OF THESE TWO TECHNICAL AND SIMPLE PIECES OF LEGISLATION, UNFORTUNATELY BECAUSE THEY ARE ATTACHED TO A BILL THAT ISN'T GOING ANYWHERE ARE UNLIKELY TO BECOME LAW. THESE ARE THE TYPES OF BILLS THAT COULD GO STRAIGHT TO THE SUSPENSION CALENDAR AND TO THE SENATE AND SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT. INSTEAD THEY ARE BEING PUT IN JEOPARDY BY LUMPING THEM IN A BILL THAT IS UNLIKELY TO BECOME LAW. THESE -- THERE ARE SO MANY OF THESE TYPES OF NATURAL RESOURCE COMMITTEE BILLS, FROM BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, IT SHOULD BE MAKING THEIR WAY FORWARD AS STAND ALONE ITEMS. I'M GLAD, FOR INSTANCE, ONE I AUTHORED, THE WEDGE ACT, TWO THAT I AUTHORED, WERE PUT FORWARD AND PASSED BY THIS HOUSE AND NOT ATTACHED TO OTHER CONTROVERSIAL LEGISLATION. I'M ALSO REINTRODUCING A BILL THAT I ALSO CONSIDER NONCONTROVERSIAL, THE CONTINENTAL ATTACHED TO OTHER CONTROVERSIAL LEGISLATION. DWILED WILL WILDERNESS AND LEGACY ACT BILL T WOULD PRESERVE OVER 90,000 ACRES IN SUMMIT AND EASTERN COUNTY ENFORCED BY LOCAL BUSINESSES, COMMISSIONERS, AND TOWNS ACROSS THE AREA. IT WAS CRAFTED WITH INPUT FROM DOZENS OF STAKEHOLDER GROUPS INCLUDING THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY, THE OUTDOOR INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION, INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN BIKING ASSOCIATION, CONSERVATION COLORADO, AND MANY MUNICIPALITIES AND LOCAL BUSINESSES. IT WILL HELP SUSTAIN OUR RECREATIONAL ECONOMY. PROTECT WATER SHEDS, AND PRESERVE IMPORTANT WILDLIFE CORRIDORS. AND TOURISM OPPORTUNITIES. THESE ARE THE KINDS OF BILLS WE SHOULD BE MOVING FORWARD FROM THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE. NOT CONTROVERSIAL BILLS THAT ACTUALLY TAKE AWAY THE RIGHTS OF AMERICAN CITIZENS, INCLUDING NATIVE AMERICAN CITIZENS. ALTHOUGH WHILE WE'RE NOT TODAY, WE SHOULD NEVER BE MOVING FORWARD ON NATURAL RESOURCE BILLS THAT ACTUALLY WIDELL AWAY AT THE PUBLIC LANDS WE OWN AND ANTIQUITIES ACT BY SHRINKING MONUMENTS LIKE BEARS EARS OR MAKING IT EASIER TO DESTROY LANDS WE CHERISH AND VALUE. ALL I ASK IS WE SEPARATE OUT THESE RESOURCE BILLS AND SEND THEM TO THE SUSPENSION CALENDAR AND NOT BE PUT IN JEOPARDY BY AFFIXING THEM TO THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION WHICH IS CONTROVERSIAL, THE TRIBAL LABOR BILL. THAT IS THE BILL THAT IS THE MAIN CONTROVERSIAL BILL IN THIS PACKAGE. OF COURSE I STAND HERE AS A SUPPORTER OF THE RIGHTS OF EVERY AMERICAN TO ORGANIZE. SUPPORTERS OF WORKERS RIGHTS. I'M ALSO A STRONG SUPPORTER OF TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY. BOTH NOT ONLY PRINCIPLES UNDER AMERICAN LAW, BUT THE RIGHT THING TO DO. UNLIKE MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES, PLACE A GREAT DEAL OF IMPORTANCE IN TRIBALSELF DERPGS, AUTONOMY, LOCAL CONTROL, AND INDEPENDENT GOVERNANCE FOR OUR NATIONS. IN FACT, I HAVE BEEN THE CHAMPION OF SOVEREIGNTY AND I HAVE LONG VOTED IN FAVOR OF LEGISLATION THAT ALLOWS TRIBAL DISCRETION IN THE JUDICIAL PROCESSES AND EDUCATION. BUT OF COURSE THE RIGHT THING THE RIGHT TO ORGANIZE IS AN UNALIENABLE RIGHT OF EVERY AMERICAN. PROTECTING OUR WORKERS, INCLUDING NATIVE AMERICAN WORKERS TORQUES FIGHT FOR A SAFE AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT REGARDLESS OF WHAT ENTITY OWNS THE COMPANY THEY WORK FOR. LEGISLATION BALANCING THESE TWO COMPETING PRINCIPLES IS POSSIBLE. RECONCILING THESE TWO PRIORITIES CAN BE DIFFICULT, BUT I THINK THERE IS A WAY TO DO IT. INSTEAD, THIS BILL DRIVES A WEDGE BETWEEN ISSUES OR GROUPS THAT HAVE A HISTRY OF WORKING STRONGLY TOGETHER. SUCH AS NATIVE AMERICANS AND LABOR UNIONS. WE CAN BALANCE CRITICAL RIGHTS TO SOVEREIGNTY. WITH THE PROTECTION THAT IS ARE DUE TO EVERY AMERICAN CITIZEN REGARDLESS OF THEIR RACE, ETHNICITY, UNIONS. WE CAN BALANCE CRITICAL RIGHTS TO CULTURAL PRACTICES, OR MEMBERSHIP IN INDIAN NATION OR GOVERNING STRUCTURES. THIS LEGISLATION DOES NOT FIND THE RIGHT BALANCE. IT HURTS WORKERS OF ALL STRIPES AND COLORS, INCLUDING MANY NATIVE AMERICAN WORKERS. WORKERS HAVE THE RIGHT TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN. OTHERWISE WORKPLACES BECOME UNSAFE. SEXUAL HARASSMENT CAN GO UNCHECKED. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD STRIP NATIVE AMERICANS AND NONNATIVE AMERICANS WHO--MANY OF WHOM WORK FOR NATIVE AMERICAN ENTERPRIDESES OF THE RIGHT TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN. WITHOUT THE RIGHT TO SELF-GOVERNS, WE WOULD NOT HAVE THE STRONG COMMUNITIES PRESENT ACROSS THE COUNTRY TODAY. WITHOUT THE RIGHT TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING, WE WOULD NOT HAVE THE STRONG AND GROWING ECONOMY THAT SUPPORTS OUR MIDDLE CLASS. THIS LEGISLATION SIMPLY DOES NOT SUCCEED IN BALANCING BOTH TO COLLECTIVE OF THESE VALUES. I ALSO WANT TO POINT OUT THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP AGREES WITH ME. OR AT LEAST DID HE LAST TIME HE COMMENTED ON THIS 25 YEARS AGO. IN 1993, AT A HEARING BEFORE THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES REGARDING THE INDIAN GAMING REGULATORY ACT, THEN PRIVATE CITIZEN TRUMP TESTIFIED REGARDING THE LEGAL BARRIERS FACING LABOR UNIONS AT THAT TIME TO ORGANIZE WORKERS EMPLOYED AT TRIBAL CASINOS. HIS TESTIMONY SAID IN PART, QUOTE, AT PRESENT EVEN UNION WORKERS IN STATES LIKE NEW JERSEY WITH NO FEDERALLY OR STATE PROTECTED RIGHTS OR THE ABILITY TO ORGANIZE CASINOS ON TRIBAL LANDS. THE UNIONS HOPE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS, THEY HOPE TO GAIN THE RIGHT TO RECOGNITION AND ORGANIZE IF THEY SO CHOOSE. I HOPE THEY HAVE BERT LUCK THAN WE HAVE HAD SO FAR. END QUOTE. MR. SPEAKER, THE LAST TIME THE PRESIDENT COMMENTED ON THIS IT'S CLEAR THAT HE ALSO BELIEVED THAT WORKERS ON TRIBAL LANDS SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN. I HOPE THAT HIS ADMINISTRATION WOULD NOT BE SUPPORTIVE OF THIS LEGISLATION IF IT WERE TO MOVE THROUGH CONGRESS, WHICH IS UNLIKELY TO DO. INSTEAD OF POLICIES THAT BENEFIT THOSE AT THE TOP, I HAVE A NUMBER OF IDEAS THAT I'LL BE TALKING ABOUT LATER THAT WE CAN MOVE FORWARD TO EMPOWER WORKERS AND HELP MAKE SURE THAT THE 21ST CENTURY ECONOMY WORKS FOR EVERYONE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:10:08 PM

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

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

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            • 02:10:15 PM

              MR. COLE

              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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            • 02:10:19 PM

              MR. COLE

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY GOOD FRIEND FROM COLORADO COVERED A LOFT…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY GOOD FRIEND FROM COLORADO COVERED A LOFT GROUND. LET ME TRY TO RESPOND TO SOME OF THAT AREA BECAUSE A LOT DIDN'T HAVE A WHOLE LOT TO DO WITH THE LEGISLATION UNTIL THE FINAL PHASE OF HIS REMARKS. IN TERMS OF CHIP, WE ACTUALLY AGREE. I THINK THAT'S SOMETHING -- FRANKLY THIS HOUSE SHOULD BE PROUD IT PASSED A CHIP BILL ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS MONTHS AGO. AND OUR REAL PROBLEM IS THE UNITED STATES SENATE SIMPLY HASN'T PRODUCED THE LEGISLATION. DOESN'T HAVE TO ACCEPT OUR LEGISLATION, IT JUST NEEDS TO PASS A CHIP BILL SO WE COULD GO TO CONFERENCE AND BARGAIN. I AM PLEASED THAT BOTH SIDES HAVE WORKED TO MAKE SURE THAT WHEN WE HAVE DONE EXTENSIONS OF GOVERNMENT SPENDING AS WE WORK THROUGH SOME THESE KNOTTY ISSUES WE'RE -- CONTINUE TO FUND CHIP. I THINK THE LEADERSHIP ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE HAVE BEEN CLEAR ABOUT THAT. I THINK WE WILL. AGAIN, IT WOULD BE GREAT WHEN THE SENATE FINALLY PASSES A BILL OR WE MAKE THIS PART AFTER LARGER SPENDING BILL. IN TERMS OF MY FRIENDS' POINTS ABOUT THE DREAM ACT, I'M HONESTLY HEARTENED AT THE DISCUSSION THAT TOOK PLACE AT THE WHITE HOUSE YESTERDAY. I THINK THERE IS A GENUINE DESIRE TO COME TO AN AGREEMENT ON DACA. BUT THE REAL ISSUE THERE IS BORDER SECURITY IN ADDITION TO LEGAL STATUS. THE THESE FOLKS OBVIOUSLY, I THINK, DESERVE LEGAL STATUS. BUT YOU ALSO HAVE TO FIX THE PROBLEM. THE PROBLEM'S ON THE BORDER. THE OUTLINE OF THE DEAL IS THERE IF PEOPLE APPROACH IT IN GOOD FAITH ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. I TAKE THE FACT THAT WE HAD LEADERSHIP IN BOTH PARTIES MEETING WITH THE PRESIDENT YESTERDAY AS A GOOD SIGN IN THAT REGARD. IN TERMS OF THE BUDGET, WE PROBABLY HAVE AT LEAST SOME AREAS OF AGREEMENT. MY FRIEND DIDN'T VOTE FOR IT, BUT IT'S WORTH NOTING THE HOUSE PASSED EVERY SINGLE APPROPRIATIONS BILL BEFORE THE SEPTEMBER 30 DEADLINE. WE HAVE BEEN WAITING NOW FOR OVER YESTERDAY AS A GOOD SIGN IN THAT REGARD. IN TERMS OF THE BUDGET, 120 DAYS FOR THE UNITED STATES SENATE TO JUST PASS A SINGLE APPROPRIATIONS BILL. WE'RE IN DISCUSSION WAS THEM NOW. I THINK AT SOME POINT WHEN THERE IS AN AGREEMENT AS TO WHAT THE TOP LINE NUMBER IS, AND I THINK WE MIGHT NOT BE TOO FAR AWAY FROM THAT, THEN WE'LL BE ABLE TO PROCEED. AGAIN THIS HOUSE HAS DONE ITS WORK. JUST AS IT DID ON CHIP. IT'S PRODUCED LEGISLATION ON TIME AND IS PREPARED TO SIT DOWN AND NEGOTIATE WITH THE SENATE WHENEVER THE SENATE DECIDES IT CAN GET AROUND GETTING ITS JOB DONE. IN TERMS OF THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT, THE TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY PORTION OF THIS BILL, LET ME POINT OUT A COUPLE THINGS. MY FRIEND DOES HAVE AN EXCELLENT RECORD, HONESTLY, IN TERMS OF SUPPORT OUR NATIVE AMERICANISH -- AMERICAN ISSUES. THIS IS AN ISSUE WE DISAGREE. THERE WILL BE REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS WHO TERMS OF THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT, THE TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY PORTION OF THIS BILL, LET ME OPPOSE THIS LEGISLATION. THERE WILL BE REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS WHO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. IT'S NOT REALLY PURELY A PARTISAN QUESTION AT ALL. BUT IT'S WORTH NOTING THE INDIAN COMMUNITY IS AWFULLY UNITED ON THIS ISSUE. THE NATIONAL CONGRESS OF THE AMERICAN INDIANS, OVER 150 TRIBAL ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUAL TRIBES, HAVE COME AND ASKED THE CONGRESS TO CORRECT THIS OVERSIGHT. THE FACT THAT THIS HAPPENED IN THE WAY IT DID, THAT IS THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD ACTED ON ITS OWN TO EXTEND ITS JURISDICTION. HAD NO INSTRUCTIONS FROM CONGRESS TO DO THAT. HAD NO REQUEST FROM THE ADMINISTRATION TO DO THAT. THEY JUST DECIDED THEY WOULD DO IT ALL. THAT IS MY DEFINITION OF A REGULATORY BODY RUN AMOCK. -- AMUCK. FOR ALMOST 70 YEARS THE NLRB RECOGNIZED IT DID NOT HAVE JURISDICTION IN THIS AREA AND DID NOT TRY TO DO IT. THIS IS A VERY NEW THING. IT AROUSED OPPOSITION IN INDIAN COUNTRY IMMEDIATELY. AGAIN, WE DON'T APPLY THESE STANDARDS TO ANY STATE GOVERNMENT OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT. WE HAVE LOTS OF STATE GOVERNMENTS AND LOTS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS INVOLVED IN ACTIVITY THAT IS ARE NOT STRICTLY GOVERNMENTAL. THEY RUN MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSES. THEY DO WATER PARKS. THEY DO PARKS -- NONE OF THESE THINGS ARE NECESSARILY INHERENTLY GOVERNMENT. THEY ARE NOT FORCED TO COMPLY WITH THIS. SO WE SHOULD EXTEND TO TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS, WHICH WE HISTORICALLY HAVE DONE, THE EXACT SAME STATUS AND RIGHTS IN THIS REGARD AS WE DO TO STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. WE WOULD ALL BE PRETTY UPSET IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DECIDED IT WOULD INTERJECT ITSELF IN THIS WAY IN THE AFFAIRS OF ANY INDIVIDUAL STATE OR ANY OF THE INDIVIDUAL LOCALALITIES WE REPRESENT. WORKING FOR A PUBLIC ENTITY IS DIFFERENT. YOU CERTAINLY HAVE RIGHTS, BUT THERE ARE RESTRICTIONS. YOU HAVE CERTAIN RIGHTS LIKE THE RIGHT TO STRIKE MOST STATES, MOST LOCALITIES DO NOT EXIST. TRIBES RIGHTS, BUT THERE ARE RESTRICTIONS. YOU HAVE CERTAIN RIGHTS LIKE SHOULD HAVE THE SAME RIGHT TO MAKE THOSE DECISIONS FOR THEMSELVES. AGAIN, THEY RESENT AND HAVE RESENTED HISTORICALLY THE VIOLATION OF THEIR SOVEREIGNTY, IN THIS CASE A REGULATORY AGENCY WITHOUT THE AUTHORITY OF THIS BODY, WITHOUT THE AUTHORITY OF THE ADMINISTRATION THAT EXISTED AT THAT TIME, ACTED ON ITS OWN. . RESTORE US THE SOVEREIGNTY THAT YOU ACCORDED US. THAT'S WHAT THIS LEGISLATION DOES. MY FRIEND SAYS IT'S UNLIKELY TO BECOME LAW. I BEG TO DISAGREE. NOT ONLY DID IT PASS THE HOUSE ON A BIPARTISAN VOTE IN THE LAST CONGRESS, THIS CONGRESS IT'S BEEN REPORTED OUT OF THE SENATE INDIAN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE ON A BIPARTISAN VOTE. WE'LL SEE WHAT THE ADMINISTRATION DOES, BUT I SUSPECT VIEWS CHANGE OVER 25 YEARS, AND I WOULD HOPE THE ADMINISTRATION IS SUPPORTIVE OF THIS. AS A MATTER OF FACT, AS I RECALL, I THINK THEY ISSUED A STATEMENT TO THAT EFFECT. SO REGARDLESS, LET'S DO OUR JOB. LET'S CONTINUE TO DO THE JOB OF THE LAST CONGRESS WHEN ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS ALIKE DECIDED TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY WAS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE. WE SHOULD WORK TOGETHER TO DEFEND IT AND EXPAND IT. IN THIS CASE WE'RE WORKING TO RECLAIM SOMETHING THAT A FEDERAL AGENCY TOOK AWAY ACTING ON ITS OWN OVER A DECADE AGO. SO THE SOLUTION TO THIS IS LONG OVERDUE AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD CERTAINLY, YOU KNOW, URGE MY FRIENDS TO SUPPORT THE RULE AND MORE IMPORTANTLY THE UNDERLYING -- EXCUSE ME -- LEGISLATION AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:16:42 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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            • 02:16:45 PM

              MR. POLIS

              MR. SPEAKER, WHEN WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION I'LL OFFER AN AMENDMENT…

              MR. SPEAKER, WHEN WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION I'LL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE, NOT JUST ANY AMENDMENT, BUT AN AMENDMENT TO BRING UP THE BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL BILL, H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT. IT'S FAR PAST TIME THAT WE CONSIDER THIS URGENT PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT IS TEARING APART THE -- THAT IS TEARING APART THE LIVES OF OVER THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS EVERY DAY WHO YOU AND I TAKE FOR GRANTED, GO TO WORK EVERY DAY. IF WE FAIL TO ACT APPROXIMATELY 122 DREAMERS LOSE THEIR LEGAL ABILITY TO WORK. MR. SPEAKER, EVEN REPUBLICANS HAVE CALLED FOR A VOTE ON THIS CRITICAL ISSUE. AT THE END OF LAST YEAR, 34 REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES SENT A LETTER TO SPEAKER RYAN URGING A VOTE BEFORE THE YEAR'S END. ALTHOUGH A VOTE NEVER HAPPENED, A VOTE MR. CORREA IS GIVING US A CHANCE TO TAKE NOW. HOW MUCH LONGER WILL THIS BODY BE COMPLICIT IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S ASSAULT ON DREAMERS? IT'S TIME WE LISTEN TO THE VAST MAJORITY OF AMERICANS AND MAJORITY OF THIS BODY AND ACT TO PROTECT COURAGEOUS, ASPIRING AMERICANS LIKE THE GROUP FROM COLORADO I MET WITH YESTERDAY. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE TEXT OF MY AMENDMENT IN THE RECORD ALONG WITH EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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              MR. POLIS

              TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I AM GLAD TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN…

              TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I AM GLAD TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

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            • 02:18:12 PM

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

            • 02:18:14 PM

              MR. CORREA

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. RECENTLY MY DAUGHTER CAME HOME FROM HIGH SCHOOL…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. RECENTLY MY DAUGHTER CAME HOME FROM HIGH SCHOOL ACCOMPANIED BY TWO OF HER GOOD FRIENDS. THESE YOUNG LADIES ARE ABOUT 16 YEARS OF AGE. THEY WANTED TO SIT DOWN AND TALK TO ME A LITTLE BIT SO WE SAT DOWN AND SPOKE. WHILE I LEARNED THESE YOUNG LADIES WERE VERY NERVOUS, VERY SCARED, THEY WERE DREAMERS AND THEY HAD A BASIC QUESTION FOR ME WHICH WAS, WHAT CAN WE DO, WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR US? VERY, VERY TOUGH QUESTIONS. AFTER A MOMENT I ANSWERED THEM, CONTINUE TO STUDY HARD, CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THE LAW, BE GOOD STUDENTS AND DON'T GIVE UP HOME. AT THE SAME TIME I TOLD THEM, I SAID, DON'T WORRY ABOUT WASHINGTON, D.C. I'M GOING TO WASHINGTON TO FIGHT FOR YOU. AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE TODAY. MYSELF AND MY COLLEAGUES FIGHTING FOR DREAMERS, FIGHTING TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE A SHOT AT THE AMERICAN DREAM. I'M HAPPY TO SAY TODAY THAT DREAMERS ENJOY THE SUPPORT OF NOT ONLY DEMOCRATS BUT REPUBLICANS AS WELL ON THIS FLOOR. WHY? BECAUSE ALL OF US KNOW WHO DREAMERS ARE. DREAMERS ARE HARDWORKING INDIVIDUALS. THEY SERVE IN OUR MILITARY. THEY'RE SOLDIERS, POLICE OFFICERS, FIREFIGHTERS, NURSES, TEACHERS, AND OF COURSE THEY ARE ALSO OUR NEIGHBORS. AND DREAMERS, ALSO, ARE VERY GOOD IMMIGRANTS. THEY PAY THEIR TAXES, FOLLOW THE LAW, AND YOU KNOW WHAT, THEY PROVIDE VALUE TO OUR COUNTRY. RECENTLY, I ALSO HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT MY SON'S HIGH SCHOOL. THE AIR FORCE NAVAL ROTC PROGRAM. I WENT TO BE PART OF WHAT'S CALLED A PASS AND REVIEW. SOME VERY NICE HONORABLE YOUNG CADETS PASSING AND REVIEWING, ALL SALUTING THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES, ALL TAKING PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO OUR COUNTRY AND TO OUR FLAG. AND YOU KNOW SOMETHING, A LOT OF THOSE CADETS WERE DREAMERS. MEMBERS OF THIS BODY, TODAY WE HAVE THE CHANCE TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT. WE HAVE A CHANCE TO DO OUR JOB. LET THE DREAMER LEGISLATION COME BEFORE US FOR A VOTE AND LET'S GIVE THE DREAMERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO EARN THE AMERICAN DREAM AND, FOLKS, LET'S NOT LIVE WITH REGRETS. LET'S NOT LOOK BACK FIVE, 10, 15 YEARS FROM NOW AND SAY, WHAT WE COULD'VE SHOULD'VE' WOODIVE'. NOW IS THE TIME TO VOTE FOR OUR DREAMERS. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO PLEASE VOTE AGAINST THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN IMMEDIATELY BRING UP THE DREAM ACT TO VOTE FOR JUSTICE AND EQUITY. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD.

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            • 02:21:03 PM

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

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 02:21:09 PM

              MR. COLE

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

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            • 02:21:15 PM

              MR. COLE

              MY FRIENDS' RIGHT TO BRING UP A SUBJECT THEY THINK IS IMPORTANT AND IS…

              MY FRIENDS' RIGHT TO BRING UP A SUBJECT THEY THINK IS IMPORTANT AND IS IMPORTANT. IT'S APPROPRIATE THAT THEY USE THEIR TIME TO DO THAT. I WOULD REMIND THEM THAT THERE IS NEGOTIATION UNDER WAY, AND I THINK THE ISSUE HERE IS LESS ABOUT DACA PROBABLY AND MORE ABOUT BORDER SECURITY. THE ISSUES ARE NATURALLY PAIRED TOGETHER. THESE YOUNG PEOPLE CAME HERE THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN. THEY ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY SORT OF CRIMINAL ACT, BUT THEY WERE TRANSPORTED ACROSS A VERY POROUS BORDER. AND SO TO ENSURE THAT YOU'RE NOT HERE, AGAIN, DOING THE SAME THING AGAIN, STRENGTHENING THAT BORDER AT THE SAME TIME THAT YOU PROVIDE LEGAL STATUS SEEMS THE APPROPRIATE THING TO DO. AND I SUSPECT NEITHER IS ACHIEVABLE WITHOUT THE OTHER LINKED TOGETHER. SO I TAKE IT THAT THE TWO SIDES ARE NEGOTIATING. I AM NOT INVOLVED IN THOSE NEGOTIATIONS. NOT A MEMBER OF THE RELEVANT COMMITTEES. BUT I THINK THE TWO SIDES ARE INVOLVED IN THAT NEGOTIATION. MY HOPE IS THEY COME TO AN AGREEMENT AND THAT WE CAN HAVE A LARGE BIPARTISAN VICTORY, PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WE'RE ALL PROUD OF. I SUSPECT IT'S GOING TO TAKE SOME GIVE AND TAKE TO ACHIEVE THAT. I DO WANT TO GO BACK, THOUGH, TO THE PRINCIPAL UNDERLYING LEGISLATION HERE. AND ASK MY FRIENDS, MANY OF WHOM BY THE WAY WILL SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. THERE WILL BE CONSIDERABLE DEMOCRATIC SUPPORT FOR THIS. BUT I WOULD HOPE AND, AGAIN, I UNDERSTAND THIS IS AN ISSUE OF COMPETING GOODS BUT SOVEREIGNTY IS NOT SOMETHING WE SHOULD GRANT TO STATES AND LOCALITIES AND DENY INDIAN TRIBES. WE SHOULD NOT HAVE A DOUBLE STANDARD HERE. IF WE NEED TO MAKE CHANGES ACROSS THE ENTIRE LABOR RELATIONS BOARD, -- LABOR RELATIONS ACT, FAIR ENOUGH. I GUESS WE SHOULD CONSIDER THAT. BUT WE SHOULD NOT SINGLE OUT TRIBES AND MAKE THEM SUBJECT TO CAPRICIOUS, ARBITRARY, BUREAUCRATIC ACTIVITY, DECIDING ON WHAT THEIR LEGAL STATUS IS, WHAT THEIR RIGHTS ARE AND INTERFERE WITH THEIR ABILITY TO OPERATE THEIR OWN BUSINESSES WHICH ARE ABSOLUTELY INDISPENSIBLE TO SUPPORTING THEIR GOVERNMENTAL ACTIVITIES. WE DO NOT GIVE TRIBES THE POWER TO TAX. THEY CAN'T THEIR OWN LAND. THEY CAN'T TAX THEIR OWN CITIZENS. IF THEY'RE NOT SUCCESSFUL ECONOMICALLY, THEY HAVE TO RELY ON THE LIMITED RESOURCES GIVEN BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO EVERYTHING FROM PROTECTING THEIR CITIZENS TO PROVIDING HEALTH CARE FOR THEIR CITIZENS TO MAKING SURE THAT THERE'S APPROPRIATE EDUCATION FOR THEIR CITIZENS. THEY OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO DO WHAT OTHER GOVERNMENTS DO AND EARN MONEY AND RUN THEIR OWN AFFAIRS. WE ALLOW STATES TO DO THAT. WE ALLOW LOCALITIES TO DO THAT. FOR ALMOST 70 YEARS WE ALLOWED INDIAN TRIBES TO DO THAT. WE TOOK IT AWAY FROM THEM. THEY ARE ASKING SOMETHING THAT WAS TAKEN FROM THEM IN TERMS OF THEIR SOVEREIGNTIES TO BE RESTORED TO THEM. -- SOVEREIGNTY TO BE RESTORED TO THEM. AGAIN, I URGE PASSAGE OF THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. I HOPE WE CONTINUE TO WORK ON THESE OTHER ISSUES THAT MY FRIENDS HAVE BROUGHT UP. WE ARE WORKING IN AREAS LIKE CHIP AND THE DACA QUESTION AND BORDER SECURITY QUESTION. LET'S ALSO TAKE OUR TIME AND PASS THIS VERY IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND RESTORE TO INDIAN TRIBES WHAT THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD TOOK AWAY FROM THEM OVER A DECADE AGO. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:24:53 PM

              MR. POLIS

              THANK YOU. I WANT TO ADDRESS SOME OF THE THINGS THAT MY COLLEAGUE, MR.…

              THANK YOU. I WANT TO ADDRESS SOME OF THE THINGS THAT MY COLLEAGUE, MR. COLE, SAID. I MEAN, THE BIG DIFFERENCE HERE BETWEEN TRIBAL OWNED AND RUN BUSINESSES IN STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IS STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE GENERALLY NOT IN THE OWN OF OWNING, OPERATING COMPANIES WITH VERY FEW EXCEPTIONS. WE DON'T HAVE A SOCIALIST FORM OF GOVERNMENT IN THIS COUNTRY WHERE CITIES OR STATES ARE ACTUALLY OPERATING BUSINESSES IN COMPETITION WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR. TRIBES IN ADDITION TO THEIR TRIBAL WORKERS, WHICH ARE MORE ANATIONAL JUST TO STATE AND LOCAL WORKERS, WHICH IS AN APPROPRIATE DISCUSSION, HAPPEN TO OWN BUSINESSES WHICH IS FINE AND THEY PRODUCE REVENUE FOR THE TRIBES WHICH IS GREAT. HOWEVER, THEY SHOULD PLAY BY THE SAME ECONOMIC RULES BY OTHER BUSINESSES WHICH NO WAY SHOULD IMPEDE BUSINESSES OF SUCCEEDING IN THIS COUNTRY. THEY ARE THE MAIN SOURCE OF INCOME FOR TRIBES. IF OUR LABOR LAWS WORK FOR ANY OTHER BUSINESS, THEY SHOULD ALSO WORK FOR THEM. AMERICAN CITIZENS, INCLUDING NATIVE AMERICAN CITIZENS OF OUR COUNTRY, DON'T LOSE THEIR RIGHTS AS WORKERS BECAUSE OF THE OWNERSHIP OF THE ORGANIZATION AND COMPANY THAT THEY HAPPEN TO BE EMPLOYED BY. THAT IS SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO BE BALANCED WITH OF COURSE TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY WHICH I AM A STRONG SUPPORTER OF. IF THE DISCUSSION WERE SIMPLY ABOUT TRIBAL EMPLOYEES, IT WOULD BE A DIFFERENT DISCUSSION. TO BE CLEAR, IT'S ABOUT BUSINESSES THAT ARE OWNED BY TRIBES. AND WE SIMPLY DON'T HAVE AN ANALOGY ON THE STATE AND LOCAL SIDE WITH VERY FEW EXCEPTIONS. I'M SURE THERE'S ONE SOMEWHERE. BUT IN GENERAL MUNICIPALITIES, COUNTIES ARE NOT THE OWNERS OF OPERATING BUSINESSES THAT COMPETE IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR. NOW, I WANT TO TALK ABOUT WHAT'S POSSIBLE WITH REGARD TO ENHANCING THE RIGHTS OF WORKERS AND LABOR INSTEAD OF THESE KINDS OF POLICIES THAT TAKE AWAY THE RIGHTS OF WORKERS, INCLUDING NATIVE AMERICAN WORKERS. WE SHOULD BE MOVING FORWARD ON POLICIES THAT PUT WORKERS FIRST. MY BILL, THE GIVING WORKERS A FAIR SHOT ACT, WOULD DO THAT. THE BILL WOULD PROVIDE REASONABLE SOLUTIONS TO ADDRESS THE GROWING INEQUALITY IN THE UNITED STATES BY HELPING WORKERS ENSURING COMPANIES FOLLOW THE LAW, EMPHASIZING THE NEED FOR CORPORATE ACCOUNTABILITY. IT WOULD REMOVE UNFAIR OBSTACLES TO FORMING A UNION, ENHANCE TRANSPARENCY FROM EMPLOYERS AND INCREASE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATING OUR LABOR LAWS WHICH ARE STRONG BUT OFTEN NOT ENFORCED. FIRST, ALL TOO OFTEN EMPLOYERS FREQUENTLY DRAG THEIR FEET ON A NEWLY FORMED UNION FOR MONTHS. OFTEN WITH THE GOAL OF AVOIDING AN AGREEMENT. SOMETIMES IT MEANS A NULL CERTIFIED UNION -- NEWLY CERTIFIED UNION WOULD -- MY BILL WOULD SET UP THE CONTRACT SYSTEM WHERE THE EMPLOYER OR EMPLOYEE HAS THE OPTION OF SEEKING MEDIATION IF THEY FEEL ONE PARTY IS NOT -- NO TAXPAYER FUNDS ARE USED FOR UNION BUSTING OR PERSUADERS, PLANNING, IMPLEMENTING ACTIVITIES THAT DETER EMPLOYEES FOR JOINING OR FORMING A UNION. AGAIN, IT SIMPLY MAKES SURE NO TAXPAYER FUNDS ARE USED FOR THAT EXPLICIT PURPOSE. THIRD, THE BILL UPDATES THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT DEFINITION OF SUPERVISOR. TOO OFTEN WORKERS ARE RECLASSIFIED AS SUPERVISORS FOR EFFECTIVELY GERRYMANDERING BARGAINING UNITS. THIS DEFINITION PREVENTS THAT SORT OF MANIPULATION AND WOULD MAKE IT EASIER FOR EMPLOYEES TO BE ABLE TO FORM A UNION IF THEY SO CHOOSE. FOURTH, THE BILL REAFFIRMS THE GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT WORKERS FROM HAVING THEIR VITES -- RIGHTS VIOLATED FROM EXECUTIVES WHO VIOLATE CRITICAL LABOR LAWS. INJURED WORKERS AND WORKER DEATHS SHOULD NEVER BE SIMPLY A COST OF DOING BUSINESS. THESE ROBUST PROTECTIONS HELP MAKE SURE THIS IS TRULY A CRIMINAL ISSUE FOR THE FEW BAD ACTORS THAT EXIST ON THE EMPLOYER SIDE. FINALLY, THE LEGISLATION EMPOWERS SHAREHOLDERS AND CREATES NEW ACCOUNTABILITY FOR C.E.O.'S AND EXECUTIVES BY PREVENTING THE C.E.O. AND CHAIRMAN AT A PUBLICLY TRADED COMPANY FROM BEING THE SAME PERSON. WE'D ALL LOVE TO WORK FOR OURSELVES, BUT THAT'S NOT IN THE LONG-TERM ECONOMIC INTEREST OF THE SHAREHOLDERS, THE CUSTOMERS OR THE WORKERS. THE BILL ALSO EXPANDS INSIDER TRADING RESTRICTIONS FOR EXECUTIVES TO ONE YEAR AFTER THEY LEAVE A COMPANY. IN MY DISTRICT AND ACROSS COLORADO, PEOPLE ARE CLAMORING FOR PROACTIVE POLICIES THAT ACTUALLY HELP ACESS THE INCOME GAP AND PUT THE NEEDS OF MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES AND WORKERS FIRST, POLICIES LIKE THE GIVING WORKERS A FAIR SHOT ACT WOULD DO THAT. NOW, THIS LEGISLATION THAT WE'RE SEEING HERE TODAY IS NOT THE ONLY CONTROVERSIAL LEGISLATION WE'RE SEEING THIS WEEK. UNFORTUNATELY, THE NEXT RULE UP WILL BE ONE THAT TAKES AWAY OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AS AMERICANS. THE FISA RE-AUTHORIZATION LEGISLATION HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS A COMPROMISE BUT THAT'S NOT THE CASE. THIS LEGISLATION IS NOT THE NECESSARY FISA REFORM BILL THAT MANY IN CONGRESS, INCLUDING MYSELF, HAVE CALLED FOR, WHICH IS WHY I AND SO MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE ARE OPPOSED TO IT IN ITS FORM AND SUPPORT THE AMASH-POLIS AMENDMENT AND WHY THE CURRENT FISA RE-AUTHORIZATION BILL IS OPPOSED NOT ONLY BY PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES GROUPS BUT ALSO TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES AND JOB CREATORS ACROSS THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM. IF THIS BILL PASSES IT WILL MAKE IT HARDER FOR AMERICAN COMPANIES TO ENGAGE IN INTERNATIONAL COMMERCE. MANY COUNTRIES IN EUROPE, FOR EXAMPLE, WILL SIMPLY REFUSE TO DO BUSINESS WITH A TECHNOLOGY COMPANY THAT'S HOUSED IN THE U.S. BECAUSE THEY ARE AFRAID WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THEIR CITIZENS' DATA. MAYBE IN CONTROVENTION OF THEIR OWN LAWS. THIS IS NOT IN THE FORM OF REFORM THAT'S NECESSARY. IT FALLS SHORT ON SEVERAL GROUNDS. IN FACT IN SOME WAYS IT MAKES THE FISA PROGRAM WORSE BY CODIFYING THE, QUOTE, ABOUT COLLECTIONS, END QUOTE, TERM THAT REFERS TO THE N.S.A. SEARCHING THROUGH THE INTERNET TRAFFIC TO COLLECT COMMUNICATIONS TO AND FROM AND ALSO THOSE THAT SIMPLY MENTION AN IDENTIFIER USED BY A TARGET EVEN THOUGH IT'S BEEN DECLARED UNCONSTITUTIONAL TWICE. IT COULD BE THE NAME OF A CITY OR STATE OR EVEN A COUNTRY. . -- THAT COULD BE IN THEORY SUBJECTING CLOSE TO 100% OF TAX AND EMAILS AND INTERNET TRAFFIC TO WARRANTLESS SEARCHES. THIS BILL FAILS TO CONSIDER THE CORE CONCERN I HAVE AND MANY MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE SHARE. NAMELY THE GOVERNMENT'S USE OF SECTION 702 INFORMATION AGAINST AMERICAN CITIZENS IN INVESTIGATION THAT IS HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITHOUT NATIONAL SECURITY DOES NOT REQUIRE A WARRANT OR THE DUE PROCESS OF OUR CONSTITUTION. THE BILL CODIFIES THE ABILITY OF THE GOVERNMENT TO ACCESS THE CONTENT OF OUR EMAILS AND TELEPHONE CALLS WITHOUT A WARRANT. IT CREATES AN UNPRECEDENTED AND UNWORKABLE OPTIONAL WARRANT WHICH IS WINDOW DRESSING, BUT DOES NOTHING TO ADDRESS THE LEGITIMATE CONCERNS. THESE MASSIVE FLAWS COULD HAVE BEEN ADDRESSED IF WE PROCEEDED UNDER REGULAR ORDER, BUT THIS VERSION WAS REPORTED ONLY FROM THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE AND BYPASSED THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WHICH WAS CUT OUT OF NEGOTIATIONS WHEN THEY AGREED TO GO ALONG WITH THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE'S RAILROADING THEIR COMMITTEE. THAT'S WHY I SIGNED A BIPARTISAN LETTER WITH DOZENS OF OTHER MEMBERS DEMANDING FISA BE HANDLED UNDER REGULAR ORDER. I'M PROUD TO HAVE OFFERED THE AMENDMENT THAT WILL BE CONSIDERED LATER WITH REPRESENTATIVES LOFGREN AND AMASH AND OTHERS THAT WILL PROVIDE A BETTER PATH TO KEEP AMERICAN CITIZENS SAFE AND PROTECT OUR PRIVACY AND ENSURE AMERICAN COMPANIES CAN REMAIN COMPETITIVE ABROAD. IT WOULD PROTECT OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AND KEEP US SAFE. MY AMENDMENT WHICH IS BASED OFF THE U.S.A. RIGHTS ACT, END REVERSE TARGETING, BANS COLLECTIONS, AND LOOKS FOR TRANSPARENCY. I THINK THESE ARE NECESSARY CHANGES THAT AMERICANS HAVE BEEN DEMANDING FOR YEARS. I ASK ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE FISA RE-AUTHORIZATION AND SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT WHEN THEY ARE BROUGHT FORTH. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:32:53 PM

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            • 02:32:56 PM

              MR. COLE

              I WANT TO YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME TO RESPOND TO A COUPLE…

              I WANT TO YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME TO RESPOND TO A COUPLE OF MY FRIEND'S POINTS. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM TEXAS, DR. BURGESS. LET ME BEGIN, I'M GOING TO DISAGREE RESPECTFULLY WITH MY FRIEND'S ASSERTION THAT PEOPLE ARE HAVING THEIR RIGHTS STRIPPED AWAY. THE ONLY PEOPLE LOSING THEIR RIGHTS HERE ARE INDIAN TRIBES. THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED WHEN THE NLRB DID WHAT IT DID AND WITHOUT THE DIRECTION OF CONGRESS OR THE ADMINISTRATION DECIDED TO ON ITS OWN IT WOULD TREAT INDIAN TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS DIFFERENT THAN OTHER GOVERNMENTS. IT'S THOSE RIGHTS TO THE TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS THAT WE'RE BUSY TRYING TO RESTORE. MY FRIEND, WHO AGAIN, IS VERY GOOD ON INDIAN ISSUES AS A RULE. I UNDERSTAND THE COMPETING CLAIMS HERE. I RECOGNIZE THE TENSION THAT'S INVOLVED IN THAT. BUT IT'S NOT AS IF TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS DON'T HAVE THEIR OWN LABOR CODES AND THEIR OWN STANDARDS. AND FRANKLY THOSE HAVE TO COMPLY WITH AMERICAN LAW. UNDER THE INDIAN CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1965, THERE'S ABSOLUTELY NOTHING A TRIBAL GOVERNMENT CAN DO THAT WOULD CONTRAVENE THE GUARANTEED RIGHTS OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION FOR ALL AMERICANS. SO TO SUGGEST THEY ARE SOMEHOW VIOLATING THE RIGHTS OF AMERICAN WORKERS I THINK IS TO MISCHARACTERIZE WHO THEY ARE AND HOW THEY HAVE ACTED. WHAT THEY HAVE SAID IS IF WE'RE SOVEREIGN, IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYS THAT STATE GOVERNMENTS AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE ALLOWED TO REGULATE THEIR OWN WORK FORCES, THEN TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS ARE ALLOWED TO DO THE SAME. I'M GOING TO DISAGREE ALSO WITH MY FRIEND. THERE ARE LOTS OF MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSES IN THE UNITED STATES. THERE ARE LOTS OF MUNICIPAL WATER SLIDES. THERE ARE PARK SYSTEMS. YOU CAN GO TO THE STATE OF VIRGINIA AND IT HAPPENS TO OWN THE LIQUOR BUSINESS IN THE STATE. IT'S DECIDED IT'S GOING TO MAKE THAT A STATE FUNCTION. WE DON'T REGULATE THOSE EMPLOYEES. THE IDEA THAT JUST BECAUSE IT'S A MONEY MAKING ACTIVITY THAT WE THEN SOMEHOW TREAT IT DIFFERENTLY, WE DON'T DO THAT TO ANY LOCALITY OR ANY STATE IN THE COUNTRY. WE JUST HAD AN UN-ELECTED FEDERAL AGENCY DECIDE ON ITS OWN IT WAS GOING TO DO THAT TO INDIAN TRIBES. IT'S NOT DOING IT TO ANYBODY ELSE. JUST TO TRIBES. I WOULD SUBMIT THAT THAT IS FUNDAMENTALLY UNFAIR. AGAIN, NOBODY'S RIGHTS ARE TAKEN AWAY. EVERY AMERICAN CITIZEN HAS EXACTLY THE SAME RIGHTS. YOU DON'T HAVE PRECISELY THE SAME RIGHTS THAT YOU DO IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR IF YOU WORK FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. SAME THING IS TRUE HERE. IF YOU CHOOSE TO GO TO WORK FOR A TRIBELE A GOVERNMENT, YOU LIVE WITHIN THAT GREEM. THAT REGIME HAS TO COMPORT WITH THE CONSTITUTION AND THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES, AND YOU HAVE NOT LOST YOUR ACTION RIGHTS IN FEDERAL COURT IF YOU THINK THERE IS A VIOLATION. I THINK THIS IS A CASE CRYSTAL CLEAR. YOU TREAT EVERYBODY THE SAME WAY. EVERY GOVERNMENTAL UNIT THE SAME WAY. THAT'S ALL THE TRIBES ARE ASKING FOR. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND, DR. BURGESS, DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF BOTH THE RULES COMMITTEE AND ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE.

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            • 02:35:49 PM

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              MR. BURGESS

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR HIS WORK AS…

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR HIS WORK AS CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE THAT DEALS WITH FUNDING. THE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE THAT DEALS WITH FUNDING PUBLIC HEALTH AS WELL AS MEDICAL RESEARCH. I HEARD SOME COMMENTS ABOUT THE FUNDING FOR THE EXTENSION OF THE FUNDING FOR CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM AT THE BEGINNING OF THE DEBATE. I WANTED TO COME TO THE FLOOR AND REMIND PEOPLE THAT THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE DID DO ITS WORK AS FAR AS CONTINUING THE FUNDING FOR THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. IT COMPLETED ITS WORK. WE DELAYED A LITTLE BIT AT THE REQUEST OF COMMITTEE DEMOCRATS. WE DELAYED A LITTLE BIT AT THE REQUEST OF THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE FULL COMMITTEE. WE DID DELIVER A PRODUCT THE FIRST PART OF OCTOBER. THAT PRODUCT PASSED THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE LATE OCTOBER, EARLY NOVEMBER. IT PASSED. ALMOST EVERY REPUBLICAN VOTE, AND OVER TWO DOZEN DEMOCRATIC VOTES. IT WAS A BIPARTISAN EFFORT. IT FUNDED THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM FOR FIVE YEARS, WHICH WAS THE DEMOCRATIC REQUEST. IT FUNDED -- FUNDING LEVELS OR REQUESTED BY THE DEMOCRATS. AND IT WAS OFFSET IN A RESPONSIBLE WAY. THAT BILL IS PENDING OVER IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE AND I FRANKLY DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOUSE LATE OCTOBER, EARLY NOVEMBER. IT PASSED WHY THE SENATE MINORITY LEADER WILL NOT RELEASE THAT BILL FOR A VOTE BY HIS SENATORS BECAUSE IT IS, AFTER ALL, DEMOCRATIC SENATORS THAT REPRESENT STATES AROUND THIS COUNTRY THAT ARE GOING TO SUFFER AS A CONSEQUENCE OF NOT PASSING THIS BILL. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING TO ME. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:37:19 PM

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            • 02:37:24 PM

              MR. POLIS

              I'D LIKE TO INQUIRE OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IF HE HAS ANY REMAINING…

              I'D LIKE TO INQUIRE OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IF HE HAS ANY REMAINING SPEAKERS.

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            • 02:37:27 PM

              MR. COLE

              I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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              MR. POLIS

              I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE. I YIELD MY SOUTHWEST BALANCE OF THE TIME.

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            • 02:37:36 PM

              MR. POLIS

              I WANT TO ADDRESS SOMETHING MY FRIEND, MR. COLE SAID. I'M SURE YOU CAN…

              I WANT TO ADDRESS SOMETHING MY FRIEND, MR. COLE SAID. I'M SURE YOU CAN FIND FEW INSTANCES OF MUNICIPAL AND STATE GOVERNMENT. I'M SURE THE GENTLEMAN WOULD AGREE RELATIVE TO SIZE THEY ARE VERY FEW AND FAR BETWEEN. EVEN MOST MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSES ARE RUN BY PRIVATE OPERATORS UNDER CONTRACT TO MUNICIPALITIES. I'M SURE THE GENTLEMAN COULD FIND A COUPLE THAT AREN'T. THE DISPROPORTIONATE SHARE -- THE EFFECT OF TRIBAL NATIONS AS OWNERS AND OPERATING BUSINESSES, INCLUDING THOSE IN MY DISTRICT, I HAVE INTERACTED WITH BUSINESSES IN MY DISTRICT OWNED BY TRIBAL NATIONS. THERE ARE UNANIMOUS OF PROVISIONS IN LAW TO HELP THEM. I SUPPORT THOSE. BUT I DO BELIEVE THAT WORKERS DON'T GIVE UP THEIR RIGHTS SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY WORK FOR A COMPANY THAT HAPPENS TO BE OWNED BY A TRIBAL NATION AS OPPOSED TO AN AMERICAN. OR EVEN A NATIVE AMERICAN CITIZEN OF OUR COUNTRY WHO IN THEIR PERSONAL CAPACITY IS THE OWNER OF A COMPANY. WE WOULD THEN BE AT A DISADVANTAGE, WOULD THEN HAVE -- NOT DISADVANTAGE, WOULD HAVE -- WOULD NOT HAVE THE SAME ABILITY TO DEPRIVE WORKERS OF THEIR RIGHTS AS A COMPANY THAT WAS OWNED BY HIS OR HER TRIBE. AGAIN, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE SUPPORT TRIBAL AUTONOMY. I DO, AND PERHAPS THERE IS A BILL TO BE HAD HERE, BUT IT'S NOT THIS BILL. I WANT TO SHARE THE STORY OF ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS FROM FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, THAT I THINK WILL BRING THIS BACK TO WHAT OUR BODY SHOULD BE DOING. I UNDERSTAND THERE'S ARGUE THE ON BOTH SIDES. I UNDERSTAND THERE IS PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE THAT HAVE CONCERNS AND ALSO THAT SUPPORT THIS BILL. IT IS NOT THE URGENCY THAT WE FACE WITH REGARD TO DEFERRED ACTION OR CHILD HEALTH INSURANCE. IN JULY OF 2017, CARLA AND HER HUSBAND FOUND OUT THEY WERE EXPECTING ANOTHER CHILD. BOTH CARLA AND HER HUSBAND WORK FULL-TIME. CARLA WORKERS AT A LOCAL CHILDCARE CERTAINTY. HER HUSBAND WORKS AT A LOCAL RETAIL STORE. EVEN WITH THEIR TWO FULL-TIME INCOMES, LIKE MANY AMERICANS, THEY FELT THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE WAS THE ONLY MEDICAL COVERAGE FOR THEM. CARLA ENROLLED IN CHIP. NOW CARLA IS DUE TO DELIVER HER BABY IN MARCH OF THIS YEAR. BUT SHE WORRIES WHEN THE BABY COMES SHE WON'T HAVE MEDICAL COVERAGE ANYMORE. UNFORTUNATELY, CARLA'S RIGHT TO WORRY. RIGHT NOW COLORADO IS EXPECTED TO RUN OUT OF CHIP FUNDING AT THE END OF FEBRUARY, A FEW WEEKS BEFORE CARLA IS DUE. THAT'S WHY THIS ISSUE IS SO URGENT, MR. SPEAKER. FOR THE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN AND PREGNANT WOMEN LIKE CARLA, WE CAN'T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE TO PROVIDE A PERMANENT EXTENSION OF THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. INSTEAD OF FINDING A BIPARTISAN FIX FOR THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM OR DEFERRED ACTION WILL HAVE DIFFERING OPINIONS ON, I FEEL IT CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM OR DEFERRED ACTION OR TO KEEP GOVERNMENT OPENED, INSTEAD HERE WE HAVE YET ANOTHER BILL THAT PEOPLE UNDERMINES WORKERS' RIGHTS AND IS NOT SUPPORTIVE IN THE WAY I WOULD BE OF THE RIGHTS OF OUR NATIONS. IT'S UNFORTUNATELY ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF MISGUIDED PRIORITIES. WE HAVE PRECIOUS LITTLE TIME. I BELIEVE FOUR DAYS UNTIL THE FUNDING OF GOVERNMENT EXPIRES. WE SHOULD HAVE ACTED ON CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM LAST YEAR. WE SHOULD HAVE ACTED ON DEFERRED ACTION LAST YEAR. WE NEED TO ACT NOW. FOR THAT REASON, I OPPOSE THE UNDERLYING BILL. I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE RULE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:41:07 PM

              MR. COLE

              I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO MY SEFMENT

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              MR. COLE

              I WANT TO THANK -- THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND, AND…

              I WANT TO THANK -- THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND, AND I WANT TO STRESS WHILE WE DISAGREE ON THIS, I APPRECIATE HIS EFFORTS ON NATIVE AMERICAN ISSUES. HE HAS A RECORD THAT I THINK IS AN EXCELLENT RECORD OVERALL. WE JUST DISAGREE VERY PROFOUNDLY IN THIS CASE. I WILL SAY THIS, IF YOU HAPPEN TO JUST CASUALLY TURN ON THE COVERAGE OF THE DEBATE AT ANY POINT, YOU MIGHT WONDER WHAT WE WERE DEBATING ABOUT BECAUSE IN THE COURSE OF THE DEBATE WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT CHIP, WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT THE DREAMERS, WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT THE BUDGET, WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT FISA. SPENT A LOT OF TIME TALKING ABOUT A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS OTHER THAN THE INFORMATION AT HAND. I DON'T BEGRUDGE THAT TO MY FRIEND. HE FEELS VERY PASSIONATELY ABOUT THOSE AREAS. IT IS INTERESTING TO ME ON THE FISA THING WE'LL HAVE A DEBATE TOMORROW. THE AMENDMENT THAT MY FRIEND SUPPORTS WILL BE IN ORDER TOMORROW. WE'LL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT. I THINK THERE ARE GOOD FAITH EFFORTS UNDER WAY ON BOTH SIDES ON THE DACA ISSUE AND ON THE ISSUE OF FISA. AND PARTICULARLY ON THE ISSUE OF THE BUDGET AS WELL. AGAIN, I WISH THIS PLACE WORKED A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY. SOMETIMES DEADLINES ARE LIKE ALARM CLOCKS AROUND HERE, BUT THOSE THINGS ARE UNDER WAY. WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TODAY IS ALSO AN EFFORT THAT'S BEEN WAGED BY INDIAN NATIONS FOR OVER A DOZEN YEARS. TO TRY AND RECLAIM PART OF THEIR SOVEREIGNTY THAT WAS UNJUSTLY TAKEN AWAY FROM. I AM GOING TO DISAGREE WITH MY FRIEND VERY PROFOUNDLY. NOBODY'S RIGHTS HAVE BEEN TAKEN AWAY. EVERY AMERICAN'S RIGHTS ARE GUARANTEED BY THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. THE INDIAN CIVIL RIGHTS ASKET 1965 MAKES IT CLEAR NO TRIBE CAN DO ANYTHING IN CONTRAVENTION AND RESTRICT THE RIGHTS OF AMERICANS. THE ONLY PEOPLE THAT HAVE LOST RIGHTS IN THIS WHOLE DISCUSSION AND EPISODE HAVE BEEN TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS WHO HAD THEIR RIGHT TO REGULATE THEIR LABOR AFFAIRS THE SAME WAY WE ALLOW STATES AND LOCALITIES TO DO IT. TAKE IT AWAY FROM THEM. IT WASN'T TAKEN AWAY FROM THEM BY AN ACT OF THIS CONGRESS. WE NEVER PASSED LEGISLATION. IT WASN'T TAKEN AWAY FROM THEM BECAUSE THE ADMINISTRATION IN POWER AT THE TIME ORDERED SOME AGENCY, EXECUTIVE BRANCH TO DO SFPLGT IT WAS TAKEN AWAY BECAUSE ACTING IN A ROGUE MANNER THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD ON ITS OWN DECIDED IT WOULD EXPAND ITS LEGAL AUTHORITY. WELL, THAT'S GREAT. THEY MAY HAVE A CASE TO MAKE, BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO DO. THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO OPERATE WITHIN THE AUTHORITY THAT CONGRESS GIVES THEM. IF THEY THINK THEY NEED A GRANT OF ADDITIONAL AUTHORITY, THEN THEY COME TO CONGRESS AND ASK FOR THAT GRANT OF ADDITIONAL AUTHORITY. THEY DON'T SIMPLY ON THEIR OWN DECIDE THEY WILL WILLY-NILLY VIOLATE THE RIGHTS OF A SOVEREIGN NATIVE AMERICAN NATION. THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED IN THIS CASE. FRANKLY THE TRIBES HAVE BEEN EXTRAORDINARILY PATIENT IN PURSUING THE REMEDY TO THIS. I THINK WE OUGHT TO, TODAY, TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO RECTIFY A WRONG THAT AN AGENCY OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH DID WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF CONGRESS OR EVEN WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AT THE TIME AND ALLOW TRIBES TO RECLAIM THE AUTHORITY THAT THEY EXERCISED FOR OVER 70 YEARS. IF WE THINK WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT IN THAT REGARD, THAT'S A FAIR POINT TO MAKE. IF WE DO, IT NEEDS TO BE THE SAME FOR STATE GOVERNMENTS AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. YOU DON'T SINGLE TRIBES OUT AS SOVEREIGNTY ENTITIES AND IMPOSE SOMETHING ON THEM THAT DOESN'T APPLY TO EVERYBODY ELSE THAT'S A SUBORDINATE SOVEREIGNTY OF THE UNITED STATES. SOVEREIGN OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. MR. SPEAKER, IN CLOSING, I WANT TONE COURAGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THE RULE -- TO ENCOURAGE ALL MY MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THE RULE, AND I RECOGNIZE MY FRIENDS PROBABLY WILL NOT. THAT'S A NORMAL PARTISAN DEBATE. WITH THIS 140 THE HOUSE IS TAKING STEPS TO STRENGTHEN TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY. THIS BODY HAS A GOOD RECORD. I WORKED WITH MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE WHEN WE PASSED THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT, AND -- WHICH HAD A VERY IMPORTANT COMPONENT GIVING TRIBES BACK SOME OF THE JURISDICTION THAT THEY NEEDED TO REGULATE DOMESTIC ABUSE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT ON O THEIR OWN TERRITORY. MY FRIENDS WERE OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORTIVE AND HELPFUL IN THAT MEASURE. WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED WITHOUT THEM. I KNOW IN MANY CASES WE DO AGREE. . IN THIS CASE, IN THIS BILL, THEY WILL BE EXEMPTED. THIS LEGISLATION WILL REVERSE THE BUREAUCRATIC OVERREACH OF THE NLRB AND CLARIFY THE LAW ONCE AND FOR ALL. THIS BILL IS A COMMONSENSE SOLUTION THAT WILL CLARIFY THE ORIGINAL INTENT OF CONGRESS AND THE N -- THAT THE NLRB DOES NOT HAVE JURISDICTION OVER TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS. I APPLAUD MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR THIS WORK. WE'LL ACTUALLY HAVE A SPLIT DECISION OVER THIS. SOME REPUBLICANS WILL BE SUPPORTING MY FRIEND'S POSITION BUT BY AND LARGE I THINK THE HOUSE WILL DO WHAT THEY DID LAST TIME, PASSING IT, GIVEN THE ACTION OF THE SENATE INDIAN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, WE KNOW HE THIS WILL BE PICKED UP AND SENT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK WHERE I AM CONFIDENT IT WILL BE SIGNED. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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            • 02:46:25 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. 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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            • 02:46:34 PM

              MR. POLIS

              MR. SPEAKER, ON THAT I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER…

              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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            POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

            At the conclusion of debate on H. Res. 681, the Chair put the question on ordering the previous question, and by voice vote announced that the ayes prevailed. Mr. Polis demanded the yeas and nays, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of ordering the previous question until later in the legislative day.

            • 02:47:24 PM

              Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 682 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (S. 139) to implement the use of Rapid DNA instruments to inform decisions about pretrial release or detention and their conditions, to solve and prevent violent crimes and other crimes, to exonerate the innocent, to prevent DNA analysis backlogs, and for other purposes."

              • 02:47:25 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

              • 02:47:28 PM

                MR. COLLINS

                MR. SPEAKER, COLLECTION COLLECTION -- BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON…

                MR. SPEAKER, COLLECTION COLLECTION -- BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 682.

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                THE CLERK

                HOUSE CALENDAR 116, HOUSE RESOLUTION 682. RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF…

                HOUSE CALENDAR 116, HOUSE RESOLUTION 682. RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL S. 139, TO IMPLEMENT THE USE OF RAPID D.N.A. INSTRUMENTS TO INFORM DECISIONS ABOUT PRETRIAL RELEASE OR DETENTION AND THEIR CONDITIONS, TO SOLVE AND PREVENT VIOLENT CRIMES AND OTHER CRIMES, TO EXONERATE THE INNOCENT, TO PREVENT D.N.A. ANALYSIS BACKLOGS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115- 53 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, WITH 40 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE AND 20 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY, 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 COMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS.

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            DEBATE

            The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 682.

            • 02:49:17 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR. COLLINS MR.…

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR. COLLINS MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION ALL TIME IS YIELDED FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 682, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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              TEMPORE WITHOUT

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I AM PLEASED TO BRING FORWARD THIS RULE ON BEHALF…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I AM PLEASED TO BRING FORWARD THIS RULE ON BEHALF OF THE RULES COMMITTEE. THE RULE PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF S. 139, THE FISA AMENDMENTS RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT. THE RULE PROVIDES FOR ONE HOUR OF DEBATE WITH 40 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE HOUSE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE AND 20 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. THE RULE ALSO PROVIDES FOR A MOTION TO RECOMMIT. ADDITIONALLY, THE RULE MAKES IN ORDER AN AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. AMASH REPRESENTING IDEAS FROM MEMBERS OF BOTH SIDE OF THE AISLE. THE RULES COMMITTEE RECEIVED TESTIMONY FROM NUMEROUS MEMBERS, INCLUDING CHAIRMAN NUNES, RANKING MEMBER, MR. SCHIFF. WE ALSO HEARD FROM JUDICIARY COMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER NADLER, CONGRESSMAN FARENTHOLD, CONGRESSMAN AMASH, CONGRESSWOMAN LOFGREN AND ALSO CONGRESSMAN POE. IN ADDITION TO THE VIGOROUS DEBATE BEFORE THE RULES COMMITTEE, BOTH THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE HELD MARKUPS ON LEGISLATION TO RE-AUTHORIZE SECTION 702 OF THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT. TODAY, WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PASS AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WILL ENHANCE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND STRENGTHEN PROTECTIONS OF AMERICANS' PRIVACY. MR. CHAIRMAN, I'D LIKE TO PUBLICLY THANK CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE AND CHAIRMAN NUNES FOR THE IMPORTANT WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. AS A RESULT OF THEIR EFFORTS, THE LEGISLATION WE WILL CONSIDER TODAY WILL PROTECT THE PRIVACY RIGHTS OF INDIVIDUAL AMERICANS WITHOUT HINDERING THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY ABILITY TO GET SCHEMES AND IDENTITIES OF OUR ENEMIES. THE VALUE THAT WE PLACE ON THESE DUTIES IS REFLECTED BY THE FACT THAT THEY ARE ENSHRINED IN THE PREAMBLE TO THE CONSTITUTION, TO PROVIDE FOR OUR COMMON DEFENSE, THE DEDICATED MEN AND WOMEN OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TRY TO DEFEAT OUR FOREIGN ADVERSARIES, WHETHER THEY ARE TERRORISTS, HOSTILE FOREIGN STATES OR NUCLEAR PROLIFERATORS. OUR CONSTITUTION TASKS EACH BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT WITH CONSTANTLY WORKING TO PROTECT THE LIBERTY OF EVERY AMERICAN. WITH A BILL PROVIDED FOR BY THIS RULE, THE CHAMBER WILL BE CONSIDERING LEGISLATION THAT WILL HELP US BETTER ACHIEVE BOTH. THE FISA AMENDMENTS RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT WILL EXTEND THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT, OR FISA, TITLE 70 -- FOR SIX YEARS WHILE INCREASING OVERSIGHT OF ITS IMPLEMENTATION AT EVERY LEVEL AND PROVIDING FOR MORE ROBUST PRIVACY PROTECTIONS FOR AMERICANS. SECTION 702 OF FISA HAS PROVEN TO BE AN INVALUABLE TOOL FOR COLLECTING FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE AND PROVIDING INSIGHT INTO THE PLANS AND INTENTIONS OF OUR ENEMIES. IT'S ONE OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION'S MOST IMPORTANT OPERATIONAL AUTHORITIES. IT PERMITS THE GOVERNMENT TO CONDUCT TARGETED SURVEILLANCE OF FOREIGN PERSONS LOCATED OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES WITH THE COMPELLED ASSISTANCE WITH ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION SERVICE PROVIDERS TO REQUIRE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION. MR. SPEAKER, THIS PROGRAM IS IMPORTANT TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY CANNOT BE OVERSTATED. WHILE MANY EXAMPLES OF SUCCESSES ARE CLASSIFIED IN NATURE, I CAN TELL YOU HERE TODAY IT'S HELPED PROTECT THE HOMELAND AND AMERICAN PEOPLE. ONE DECLASSIFIED EXAMPLE THAT I CAN SHARE WITH YOU CONCERNS THE STORY OF HAJI WHO ROSE THROUGH THE RANKS OF ISIS, EVENTUALLY BECOMING THE TERRORIST ORGANIZATION'S SECOND IN COMMAND. FOR MORE THAN TWO YEARS THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY SEARCHED FOR AMMAN. THEY USED THEIR SECTION 702 PROGRAM TO GET RESOURCES WHICH EVENTUALLY LED THEM TO HIM. MR. SPEAKER, THE GENTLEMAN WAS A TERRORIST. HE WAS KILLED -- HE WAS A MURDERER. MR. SPEAKER, MR. APPLEAN WAS KILLED BY U.S. SPECIAL FORCES ON MARCH 24, 2016, DURING AN ATTEMPT TO APPREHEND HERE. WE MAY NOT SEE EVERY VICTORY BUT THESE INITIATIVES HELP PROTECT AMERICANS EVERY DAY. LET US PAUSE TO NOTE, HOWEVER, THAT WITH THE BROAD AUTHORITY GRANTED BY A PROGRAM LIKE 702 TO COLLECT FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION TO FIGHT OUR FOREIGN ENEMIES, IT MUST COME EXPANSIVE SAFEGUARDS AGAINST ABUSE OF THAT AUTHORITY AND THE EXPANSIVE OVERSIGHT OF ITS USE. TO ENSURE THAT THE AUTHORITIES UNDER SECTION 702 DO NOT COME INTO CONFLICT WITH THE LIBERTY AND PRIVACY INTEREST OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THE FEESA AMENDMENTS ACT -- THE FISA AMENDMENTS ACT EXPANDS ON THE ALREADY EXTENSIVE SAFEGUARD. MR. SPEAKER, AS I SAID EACH BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PROTECTING THE LIBERTIES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH THERE ARE EXTENSIVE AND INTERNAL CONTROLS TO REVIEW AND APPROVE ACTIONS UNDER 702. THE NPOR GENERAL FOR THE INTELLIGENCE -- THE INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY ARE TASKED WITH A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF THIS PROGRAM'S IMPLEMENTATION. MANDATORY INTERNAL PROCEDURES, KNOWN AS TARGETING AND MINIMUMIZATION PROCEDURES, ALSO GOVERN THE COLLECTION USE AND DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION ARE IN PLACE AT EACH AGENCY THAT USES FISA SECTION 702. THE FISA AMENDMENTS RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT EXPANDS UPON THE INTERNAL PROTECTIONS BY REQUIRING EACH AGENCY TO ALSO ADOPT QUERYING PROCEDURES TO CONTROL HOW EACH AGENCY SEARCHES ITS DATABASE FOR 702 ACQUIRED COMMUNICATIONS. THIS BRINGS ME TO THE JUDICIAL BRANCH. THE TARGETING PROCEDURES MUST BE APPROVED ANNUALLY BY THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SECURITY COURT. WITH THE AID OF AMICUS SECURITY BRIEFS, THEY HAVE REVIEWS OF SECTION 702'S IMPLEMENTATION FOR COMPLIANCE WITH THE CONSTITUTION AND THE LAW. THIS LEGISLATION WILL ENHANCE FISK WITH THE AUTHORITY TO COMPENSATE AMICUS BRIEFS AND TECHNICAL EXPERTS. FINALLY, THERE IS CONGRESS WHERE WE COME TO. THE COMMITTEES ON JUDICIARY AND INTELLIGENCE HAVE CONDUCTED MULTIPLE OVERSIGHT HEARINGS AND MEETING IN BOTH CLASSIFIED AND UNCLASSIFIED SETTINGS. NUMEROUS INSIGHTS CAME FROM THOSE HEARINGS AND THE LEGISLATION THAT WILL BE CONSIDERED UNDER TODAY'S RULE REFLECTS THEM WELL. THE BILL MAKES A NUMBER OF IMPROVEMENTS THAT WILL ENHANCE THE CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT IN COMING YEARS. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S TIME TO REMEMBER ONE MORE GROUP THAT REMAINS CRITICAL TO PROTECTING AMERICANS' LIBERTIES, AMERICAN MEN AND WOMEN THEMSELVES. THIS LEGISLATION WILL IMPROVE TRANSPARENCY AND PUBLIC OVERSIGHT OF FISA 702, SECTION 702 BY REQUIRING THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO CONDUCT DECLASSIFICATION REVIEW AND PUBLICLY RELEASE THE FISA SECTION 702 MINIMUMIZATION PROCEDURES EVERY YEAR. MR. SPEAKER, THE MOST IMPORTANT REFORM CONTAINED IN THIS LEGISLATION CONSTITUTES THE MOST SUBSTANTIAL REFORM TO THE PROGRAM SINCE ITS INCEPTION. UNDER THIS LEGISLATION, THE F.B.I. WILL BE REQUIRED WHEN CONDUCTING A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION OF A U.S. PERSON TO OBTAIN A WARRANT FROM THE FISC PRIOR TO ACCESSING THE CONTENT OF THE COMMUNICATIONS THAT WERE REQUIRED USING 702. 702 INFORMATION IS COLLECTED FOR THE PURPOSE OF FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE -- COLLECTED FOR THE PURPOSE OF FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE OPERATIONS AND THIS CRITICAL REQUIREMENT CLOSES THE POSSIBILITY THAT F.B.I. INVESTIGATING AMERICANS FOR TRADITIONAL CRIMES WILL BE ABLE TO USE 702 INFORMATION IN SUCH DOMESTIC INVESTIGATIONS. IN ADDITION TO THE NUMEROUS SAFEGUARDS CURRENTLY IN PLACE AND ADDED BY THIS LEGISLATION, AMERICANS ARE GUARANTEED THEIR RIGHT OF PRIVACY BY THE FOURTH AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION. I TOOK AN OATH TO UPHOLD AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION AND THE OATH GUIDES EVERY ACTION I TAKE IN THIS CHAMBER. THE FISA AMENDMENTS RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT ENSURES THAT THE FOURTH AMENDMENT RIGHTS OF AMERICANS ARE UPHELD AND INCLUDES ADDITIONAL SAFEGUARDS ON TOP OF CONSTITUTIONALLY GUARANTEED RIGHTS. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE REVIEWED THE IMPORTANCE OF A FISA AMENDMENTS RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT IN STOPPING TERRORIST ATTACKS AND PROTECTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, BUT THIS POINT BEARS REPEATING. THIS PROGRAM ALLOWS THE GOVERNMENT TO OBTAIN THE COMMUNICATION OF FOREIGNERS OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES, INCLUDING FOREIGN TERRORIST THREATS. IN SUPPORT OF THE COUNTERTERRORISM EFFORTS WORLDWIDE. AND ALLOWED US TO RESPOND TO THREATS TO OUR COUNTRY. NOW, LET ME TELL YOU A LITTLE BIT WHAT THE 702 PROGRAM IS NOT. IT IS NOT A BULK COLLECTION OF DATA. IT CANNOT BE USED TO TARGET AMERICANS, AND IT CANNOT BE USED TO TARGET INDIVIDUALS LOCATED INSIDE THE UNITED STATES. MR. SPEAKER, THE FISA AMENDMENTS RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT CONGRESS CAN ACCOMPLISH WHEN WE WORK TOGETHER TO FIND SOLUTIONS TO OUR NATION'S WEIGHTIEST CHALLENGES. MR. SPEAKER, ALSO, BEFORE I CLOSE MY OPENING, WILL ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THERE IS A LOT OF DIFFERENCES OF OPINION, AS THERE SHOULD BE UPON THIS BILL. BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE. PROTECTIONS HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED, AND THE SECURITY OF OUR COUNTRY MUST BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT. THAT IS WHY THIS BILL NEEDS TO PASS AND AMENDMENTS THAT WERE BROUGHT FORWARD NEED TO FAIL. WE NEED TO PUSH THIS FORWARD AND BEGIN THE PROCESS IN CONTINUING TO PROTECT OUR PRIVATE CITIZENS' PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND LIBERTIES BUT ALSO AT THE SAME TIME MAKING SURE OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITIES AND THOSE ENTRUSTED WITH THE SACRED DUTY OF PROTECTING THIS COUNTRY HAVE THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO DO THAT. ANYTHING ELSE WOULD BE LESS THAN WHAT WE SHOULD BE HERE -- WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:59:03 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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              MR. HASTINGS

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

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

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            • 02:59:17 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:59:19 PM

              MR. HASTINGS

              I STAND HERE TODAY WITH THE REST OF MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES IN UTTER…

              I STAND HERE TODAY WITH THE REST OF MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES IN UTTER AMAZEMENT AT THE DIZZYING DYSFUNCTION EXHIBITED BY OUR FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE. FOR REASONS BEYOND UNDERSTANDING, WE HAVE TO VOTE ON THE RE-AUTHORIZATION OF SECTION 702 OF THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT BECAUSE LATE LAST YEAR THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP CHOSE TO PRIORITIZE MASSIVE TAX CUTS FOR THEIR WEALTHY DONORS OVER THE SAFETY OF AMERICAN CITIZENS. LIKE SO MANY IMPORTANT ISSUES, HOUSE REPUBLICANS DECIDED TO PUNT ON THE RE-AUTHORIZATION OF 702 BY SIMPLY EXTENDING IT TO JANUARY 19 OF THIS YEAR. COINCIDENTLY THE SAME DATE THE GOVERNMENT WILL POSSIBLY SHUT DOWN. MR. SPEAKER, AS A FORMER JUDGE AND THE FORMER VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE, I DO OCCUPY A UNIQUE ADVANTAGE POINT IN THE ONGOING DEBATE -- VANTAGE POINT IN THE ONGOING DEBATE TO PROTECT THE FOURTH AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION WHILE ALSO ENSURING THAT THOSE IN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY HAVE THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO KEEP OUR COUNTRY SAFE FROM THOSE WHO WISH TO DO US GRAVE HARM. . PUTTING THE FINER POINTS OF THIS DEBATE ASIDE FOR A MOMENT, I CAN TELL YOU WITH COMPLETE CERTAINTY THAT SUCH A DEBATE DESERVES TO BE LENGTHY AND THOR ROGUE, NEITHER OF WHICH HAVE HAPPENED HERE. I WAS CONCERNED TO LEARN, IF NOT A BIT DISMAYED, THAT THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE SUBCOMMITTEE, WHICH HAS OVERSIGHT JURISDICTION OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY, DID NOT HOLD A SINGLE HEARING ON TODAY'S BILL. IN FACT, THE FULL COMMITTEE DID NOT EVEN HOLD A SINGLE HEARING ON THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. THINK ABOUT THAT. AS THE REPUBLICANS APPROACH THE NEED TO DISCUSS THE RE-AUTHORIZATION OF ONE OF THE MORE IMPORTANT TOOLS TO FIGHT TERRORISM THAT SIMULTANEOUSLY BRINGS ALONG LEGITIMATE AND IMPORTANT FOURTH AMENDMENT CONCERNS, THE MAJORITY IN ALL THEIR WISDOM THOUGHT IT PRUDENT TO HOLD EXACTLY ZERO HEARINGS ON SUCH AN IMPORTANT MATTER. THAT IS A BRAZENLY INEPT WAY TO GOVERN AND TO ADD INSULT TO INJURY, I'M TOLD THAT MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE WERE GIVEN ABOUT 36 HOURS TO READ THE BILL BEFORE HAVING TO VOTE IT OUT OF COMMITTEE. SIDE NOTE HERE THE BILL THEY WERE GIVEN 36 HOURS TO REVIEW IS NOT ACTUALLY THE BILL WE HAVE BEFORE US TODAY. BECAUSE THE MAJORITY HAD TO USE A RULES COMMITTEE PRINT TO FIX SOME OF THE MOST TROUBLESOME PARTS OF THE ORIGINAL BILL IN ORDER TO OBTAIN MY FRIEND, THE RANKING MEMBER, ADAM SCHIFF'S SUPPORT. MR. SPEAKER, WITHOUT A DOUBT, THAT SUPPORT DID NOT COME EASILY AND IMPORTANT CHANGES WERE MADE TO THE BILL AS IT WAS PRESENTED TO THE COMMITTEE IN ITS ORIGINAL FORM. FOR EXAMPLE, MR. SCHIFF WAS ABLE TO ENSURE THAT THE REPUBLICANS' UNMASKING LANGUAGE WAS REMOVED FROM TODAY'S BILL. THE REMOVAL OF SUCH LANGUAGE ENSURES THAT ONE OF THE REPUBLICANS' MOST HEINOUS POLITICAL STUNTS IS NOT CODIFIED INTO LAW. THIS WAS AND IS A SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT. MOREOVER, THE REPUBLICANS REMOVED THE CONTROVERSIAL EXPANSION OF THE DEFINITION OF AGENT OF FOREIGN POWER WHICH CONCERNED PRIVACY AND TECHNOLOGY GROUPS. TODAY'S BILL ALSO ADDRESSES WHAT IS KNOWN AS ABOUTS COLLECTION, THE COLLECTION OF COMMUNICATIONS THAT ARE NOT TO OR FROM A TARGET, BUT RATHER COMMUNICATIONS THAT MERELY REFERENCE THE TARGET. THE N.S.A. ITSELF SHUT DOWN THIS COLLECTION METHOD EARLIER THIS YEAR. THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY WILL ALLOW SUCH COLLECTION TO RESUME BUT ONLY IF THE N.S.A. FIRST DEVISES A WAY OF DOING SO THAT ADDRESSES PRIVACY CONCERNS. OBTAIN -- ADDRESSES PRIVACY CONCERNS, OBTAINS PERMISSION FROM THE FOREIGN SURVEILLANCE COURTS AND CONGRESS DOESN'T OBJECT AFTER A 30-DAY REVIEW PERIOD THIS MAY SEEM TO BE A BETTER OPTION THAN WHAT I'M SURE MANY, IF NOT MOST, REPUBLICANS WANTED. WHICH IS THE FULL SCALE REIMPLEMENTATION OF ABOUTS COLLECTION. BUT CONSIDERING HOW MUCH DIFFICULTY THE MAJORITY HAS IN SIMPLY KEEPING THE LIGHTS ON AROUND THIS PLACE, I THINK IT'S FAIR TO QUESTION THEIR ABILITY TO PROVIDE MEANINGFUL OVERSIGHT IN JUST 30 DAYS. AGAIN, IS SIMPLY EVIDENCE FOR THE NEED TO RETURN BACK TO REGULAR ORDER UNDER WHICH BILLS ARE FULLY AND FAIRLY CONSIDERED. REGARDLESS OF WHERE ONE COMES DOWN ON THIS ISSUE, I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT THERE ARE MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE THAT ARE SICK AND TIRED OF BEING SHUT OUT OF IMPORTANT POLICY DISCUSSIONS, EXCUSE ME, CONCERNING SUBJECTS LIKE THOSE BEFORE US TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 03:05:44 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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            • 03:05:49 PM

              MR. COLLINS

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MR.…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MR. SENSENBRENNER OF WISCONSIN A FELLOW MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND FORMER CHAIR OF THAT COMMITTEE.

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            • 03:05:59 PM

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            • 03:06:03 PM

              MR. SENSENBRENNER

              I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO S. 139, THE FISA RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT. I HAVE…

              I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO S. 139, THE FISA RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT. I HAVE STOOD ON THIS FLOOR DEBATING THE PATRIOT ACT AFTER 9/11. I FOUGHT FOR REFORMS IN 2015 WITH THE U.S.A. FREEDOM ACT. NOW WE ARE DEBATING THE LATEST NEED TO BALANCE PRIVACY AND SECURITY. SINCE CONGRESS LAST RE-AUTHORIZED SECTION 702, WE HAVE LEARNED A GREAT DEAL ABOUT THE OPERATION OF THIS PROGRAM. THE REVELATIONS HAVE HIGHLIGHTED THE RISK THAT IT POSES TO PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES. THIS PROGRAM NEEDS TO BE REFORMED. BUT MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS NOT THE BILL TO DO IT. RATHER THAN PROVIDING MEANINGFUL REFORM AS THE FISA -- MEANING REFORM, THE FISA RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT WOULD RE-AUTHORIZE SECTION 02. HOWEVER AS WE ARE AWARE THE PROGRAM ROUTINELY SWEEPS UP MILLIONS OF AMERICANS' EMAILS. THE WARRANT REQUIREMENT IN THIS BILL REQUIRES ONLY TO FULLY PREDICATED OFFICIAL INVESTIGATIONS. AND NOT TO THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF SEARCHES THE F.B.I. RUNS EVERY DAY. JUST TO RUN DOWN OR CHECK OUT A TIP. THE LOOPHOLES ARE TOO GREAT TO ENSURE PROPER PROTECTION. THIS MORNING'S "WASHINGTON POST" ON PAGE 84, AN ARTICLE SAYS IN PART, F.B.I. OFFICIALS TOLD AIDES OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. NADLER, LAST WEEK, THAT UNDER THE PROPOSED BILL, THEY ANTICIPATE RARELY IF EVER NEEDING PERMISSION FROM THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE COURT TO REVIEW QUERY RESULTS, ACCORDING ONE OF THE AIDES. THIS WAS NOT DENIED BY THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. SCHIFF. WE'RE GOING TO HEAR AN AWFUL LOT ABOUT WARRANTS ON THE FLOOR AND HOW THIS FIXES THE PROBLEM. BUT HERE THE F.B.I. HAS SAID IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS TO ONE OF OUR CONGRESSIONAL AIDES THAT THEY'RE NEVER GOING TO HAVE TO USE THIS WARRANT REQUIREMENT, WHICH WAS DRAFTED BY THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT THAT HAS OPPOSED WARRANTS ALL ALONG. IF EVER WE HAVE SEEN THE FOX NOT ONLY WATCHING THE HENHOUSE BUT INSIDE THE HENHOUSE, THIS IS IT. IT ISN'T EVEN A FIG LEAF, BIG, SMALL, OR OTHERWISE. IT IS SIMPLY A WAY TO DIVERT ATTENTION OF THIS CONGRESS AWAY FROM WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON. FURTHERMORE, THE BILL WOULD PROVIDE A PATH FOR THE N.S.A. TO RESTART THE PRACTICE OF ABOUT COLLECTION, WHICH HAS BEEN DESCRIBED BY THE RANKING MEMBER. THE PROPOSAL GRANTS SOME COMMITTEES 30 DAYS TO REVIEW ANY EFFORT TO UNDER ABOUT COLLECTION BACK ON. GIVING CONGRESS LITTLE OR NO SAY ON THIS MATTER. WE ALL KNOW WE CAN'T DO ANYTHING IN 30 DAYS AROUND HERE. AND YET THE BILL RESTRICTS US FROM DOING THAT. FINDING A BIPARTISAN AND BALANCED SOLUTION IS VERY POSSIBLE. I KNOW BECAUSE I'VE DONE IT TWICE. THE PATRIOT ACT AND THE FREEDOM ACT. MAY I HAVE AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS?

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            • 03:09:20 PM

              MR. COLLINS

              I GIVE THE GENTLEMAN 30 MORE SECONDS.

            • 03:09:25 PM

              MR. SENSENBRENNER

              THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE COMMITTEE PASSED THE BIPARTISAN LIBERTY ACT…

              THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE COMMITTEE PASSED THE BIPARTISAN LIBERTY ACT WITH BIPARTISAN VOTES THIS BILL FAILS TO DO NECESSARY REFORMS. THE PROGRAM SHOULD BE AUTHORIZED IF DONE IN THE RIGHT WAY. THIS BILL IS THE WRONG WAY. IT IS TIME FOR CONGRESS TO PUT THE F FOR FOREIGN BACK INTO FISA. THERE'S NO F FOR FOREIGN IN THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 03:09:46 PM

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              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES HIS TIME.…

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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            • 03:09:52 PM

              MR. HASTINGS

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

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MY FRIEND, MS. LOFGREN FROM THE JUDICIARY SUBCOMMITTEE ON IMMIGRATION AND BORDER SECURITY.

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            • 03:10:05 PM

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            • 03:10:12 PM

              MS. LOFGREN

              THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I AGREE WITH MR. SENSENBRENNER FOR THE REASONS HE…

              THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I AGREE WITH MR. SENSENBRENNER FOR THE REASONS HE OUTLINED THAT THIS BILL SHOULD NOT BECOME LAW. HOWEVER, I AM ALSO SPEAKING IN FAVOR OF THE AMASH AMENDMENT THAT HAS BEEN PUT IN ORDER THAT WOULD FIX THE PROBLEMS HE HAS SO ELOQUENTLY OUTLINED. BEFORE 702 WAS ENACTED INTO LAW, THE N.S.A. AND F.B.I. WOULD NEED TO GET A PROBABLE CAUSE WARRANT TO COLLECT THIS INFORMATION. WE MADE A MAJOR CHANGE THAT ALLOWS THIS INFORMATION TO BE COLLECTED WHEN A FOREIGNER IS COMMUNICATING WITH AN AMERICAN AND WHEN YOU GO TO THE ABOUT COLLECTION, WHICH THE UNDERLYING BILL WOULD CODIFY, EVEN WHEN THAT DOESN'T OCCUR, WHEN THERE'S MERELY DISCUSSION OF FOREIGNER, THAT'S NOT WHAT I THINK OUR CONSTITUTION REQUIRES. AND WE DID NOT OUTSOURCE TO THE JUDICIAL BRANCH OR THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH THE DECISION ON WHAT THE CONSTITUTION REQUIRES US TO DO. NOW, WE HAVE LEARNED THAT THERE IS A VAST AMOUNT OF INFORMATION BEING COLLECTED. WE CAN'T GO INTO THE DETAILS OF THAT IN AN OPEN SESSION. WE HAVE BEEN TOLD BY ADMIRAL ROGERS THE SCOPE OF THIS. AND THAT THE DATA PAGE THAT IS SO-CALLED INCIDENTALLY COLLECTED BECAUSE OF THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE INTERNET COULD BE SEARCHED FOR AMERICANS WITHOUT A WARRANT IS NOT CONSISTENT WITH THE PROTECTIONS OUTLINED IN THE FOURTH AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION. THE AMASH AMENDMENT, WHICH IS BASICALLY THE U.S.A. RIGHTS ACT, ENDS THESE BACK DOOR SEARCHES BY REQUIRING A WARRANT. IT ENDS REVERSE TARGETING. IT BANS THE ABOUTS COLLECTION. AND PROHIBITS THE COLLECTION OF DOMESTIC COMMUNICATION. PREVENTS THE MISUSE OF INFORMATION ON AMERICANS. AND IS SOMETHING THAT WE SHOULD SUPPORT. NOW, IN A LETTER TO THE SENATE IN OCTOBER, A COALITION OF GROUPS SAID THIS. THE U.S.A. RIGHTS ACT WHICH IS ESSENTIALLY THE AMASH AMENDMENT, IS MARKEDLY SUPERIOR TO ALL CURRENT ELECT SLATIVE PROPOSALS TO RE-AUTHORIZE SECTION 702. WHO SAID THAT? THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION AND FREEDOM WORKS. THE NAACP. BUT ALSO THE PROJECT AND GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT -- PROJECT ON GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT AND COLOR OF CHANGE. S THAT BROAD, LEFT-RIGHT COALITION, THAT'S COME TOGETHER EVEN THOUGH THERE ARE MANY THINGS WE DISAGREE ON, BECAUSE WE AGREE ON ONE THING. WHEN WE TOOK AN OATH TO DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION ON OUR FIRST DAY OF THIS SESSION, WE DIDN'T TAKE THAT OATH TO DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION WHEN IT'S CONVENIENT, WHEN WE FEEL LIKE IT. NO. WE TOOK THAT OATH TO DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION EVERY DAY. IN EVERY WAY. WITH EVERY BILL. AND WITHOUT THE AMASH AMENDMENT, THIS BILL FALLS SHORT. JUST A NOTE ON WHERE WE ARE IN THE TIMING. IT'S TRUE THAT THIS HAS BEEN DELAYED, I WOULD SAY UNCONSCIONABLY DELAYED, FOR THIS PROCEEDING. BUT IF WE HAVE MORE TIME THAN HAS BEEN SUGGESTED, UNDER THE EXISTING ACT, IT PROVIDES, IF THERE IS AN EXISTING ORDER FROM THE FISA COURT, THAT ORDER REMAINS IN EFFECT EVEN IF THE UNDERLYING BILL LAPSES. WE HAVE AN ORDER THAT EXTENDS INTO LATE APRIL. SO WE HAVE A DEADLINE BUT IT'S NOT THIS WEEK AND IT'S NOT NEXT WEEK. WE OWE IT TO OUR CONSTITUENTS, WE OWE IT TO OUR OBLIGATION TO THE CONSTITUTION, TO GET THIS RIGHT. WHEN JIM SENSENBRENNER, WHO IS SOMEONE WHO IS -- NOBODY'S GOING TO QUESTION HIS CONSERVATIVE CREDENTIALS. WHEN JUDGE POE, AND ZOE LOFGREN AND JERRY NADLER COME TO THE SAME AGREEMENT ON THE CONSTITUTION, I WOULD HOPE THAT OUR COLLEAGUES WOULD LISTEN. VOTE FOR THE AMASH AMENDMENT AND IF IT DOES NOT PASS, VOTE AGAINST THE BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 03:14:52 PM

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              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES HIS TIME…

              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES HIS TIME THEY FEEL GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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            • 03:14:59 PM

              MR. COLLINS

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. BEFORE I YIELD. A COUPLE OF THINGS TO CLARIFY,…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. BEFORE I YIELD. A COUPLE OF THINGS TO CLARIFY, THIS IS AN URGENT MATTER. THOUGH THE GENTLELADY SPOKE OF THIS IN THE SENSE THAT THE EXISTING ORDERS WOULD STAY IN PLACE SHE FAILS TO MENTION AND OTHERS FAIL TO TALK ABOUT THAT ANY NEW ORDERS OR CURRENTLY EXISTING ORDERS BEING ENFORCED BY THE INTENTION COMMUNITY WHICH IS SET UNDER THAT PALE OF DIRECTION THAT THEY WON'T. I GUESS IF YOU'RE SATISFIED PROTECTING THE ORDERS, I GUARANTEE YOU SOMEONE ELSE WOKE UP THIS MORNING WANTING TO DO US HARM, I WANT THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TO BE ABLE TO ADDRESS THAT IN A WAY THAT'S PRUDENT AND PROPER WHICH I FEEL LIKE IS HAPPENING HERE. I WILL NOT YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY. THE OTHER ISSUE HERE, I WANT TO MAKE THIS VERY CLEAR. THERE ARE STRONG OPINIONS. I RESPECT THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IMMENSELY, THOUGH I STILL WILL NOT YIELD. I HAVE HAD SIMILAR CONCERNS THAT SHE HAS HAD OFF THE PROCESS. AND I HAVE VOTED WITH HER SEVERAL TIMES TO MOVE FORWARD, BUT WE HAVE MOVED FORWARD AND THERE ARE, I BELIEVE, PROTECTIONS IN THIS BILL. SO WHEN WE ALSO TALK ABOUT AS WE GO FORWARD AND THERE'S GOING TO BE A LOT OF PASSIONATE RHETORIC ABOUT WHO IS LOOKING OUT FOR WHO AND REMINDING US OF OUR OCEAN, I TOOK THE OATH HERE JUST AS THE GENTLELADY DID WHEN WE STARTED THIS NEW SESSION, BUT I TOOK ANOTHER OATH IN THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AND SERVED IN IRAQ AND ALSO SERVED IN THAT TIME CURRENTLY IN THE MILITARY. AND WHEN WE HAVE THAT OATH AS WELL, I WILL NOT TAKE A BACK SEAT TO ANYONE WHO CAN CONSCIOUSLY DISAGREE ABOUT WHERE WE ARE. THIS IS A GOOD BILL. THIS IS SOMETHING I WOULD LOVE TO SEE IN DIFFERENT WAYS CHANGED. BUT THIS IS THE ART OF WHERE WE ARE NOW AND PROTECTING OUR COUNTRY. I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING.

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            • 03:16:57 PM

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            • 03:16:59 PM

              MS. CHENEY

              RISE IN SUPPORT RE-AUTHORIZING FISA 702. IT IS INTERESTING TO HEAR MY…

              RISE IN SUPPORT RE-AUTHORIZING FISA 702. IT IS INTERESTING TO HEAR MY COLLEAGUES TALK ABOUT UNCONSCIONABLE DELAY IN TACTICS OR THE NEED FOR REGULAR ORDER. JUST TODAY ON THIS FLOOR, WE HAVE WATCHED ONCE AGAIN OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE PLAYING GAMES. WE HAVE HAD THIS PARTICULAR DEBATE DELAYED BY THE GAMES THAT THEIR MEMBERS HAVE BEEN PLAYING OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST SEVERAL HOURS WITH MOTION AFTER MOTION TO ADJOURN. AND THAT IS, MR. SPEAKER, I BELIEVE IS UNCONSCIONABLE. THIS IS A BIPARTISAN BILL. THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE WORKED VERY HARD TO COME TO AN AGREEMENT. THE BILL GOES TOO FAR IN TERMS OF BEGINNING THE PROCESS THAT WE CANNOT BEGIN OF PUTTING WALLS UP. ALL OF US LIVED THROUGH 9/11. AND WE KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, THAT ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE SAW THAT DAY WAS WHAT CAN HAPPEN WHEN WE MAKE IT MUCH MORE DIFFICULT FOR OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND OUR INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES TO CONNECT THE DOTS. MUCH MORE DIFFICULT TO STOP TERRORIST ATTACKS AGAINST THIS NATION. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A BILL THAT GOES DIRECTLY TOWARDS THOSE ISSUES AND ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECES OF POLICY AND OF AUTHORITY THAT THE NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY HAS. AND I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE LISTENING TO THIS DEBATE TO RECOGNIZE THAT THIS AUTHORITY IS AN AUTHORITY THAT ALLOWS SURVEILLANCE OF FOREIGN NATIONALS ON FOREIGN TERRITORY NOT IN THE UNITED STATES. AND I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES PARTICULARLY WHEN WE'VE GOT A BILL THAT IS BIPARTISAN PRODUCT, THAT'S A PRODUCT THAT HAS BEEN WORKED ON AND AGREED TO IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER, THAT IT IS UNCONSCIONABLE FOR THEM TO DELAY, UNCONSCIONABLE TO HOLD THE NATION'S SECURITY HOSTAGE. AND WE ARE SEEING IT NOT JUST WITH RESPECT TO THIS PARTICULAR PIECE OF LEGISLATION. WE ARE SEEING IT WITH RESPECT TO THE ENTIRE NEGOTIATIONS UNDER WAY TODAY OVER THE BUDGET FOR THE NATION. WE HAVE SEEN A SITUATION WHERE AS THEY DID TODAY ACCUSED US OF HOLDING DACA HOSTAGE AND DACA INDIVIDUALS HOSTAGE. THE DEMOCRATS IN THIS HOUSE, MR. SPEAKER, ARE HOLDING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY HOSTAGE AND DOING IT WITH RESPECT TO THE FUNDS THAT OUR MILITARY FEEDS AS WELL. WE ARE A NATION TODAY THAT IS FACING GRAVE AND GROWING THREATS AND FACING DEMANDS ON OUR INTELLIGENCE SERVICE AND PROFESSIONALS AND MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. I THINK EVERY MEMBER OF THIS BODY WHO DECIDES TO PLAY GAMES RATHER THAN DO WHAT IS RIGHT AND WHAT IS NECESSARY AND WHAT OUR CONSTITUTIONAL OBLIGATION AND OUR OATH REQUIRES OUGHT TO THINK AS THEY ARE DOING THAT, WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO THE MOTHERS AND FATHERS ACROSS THIS NATION WHO HAVE CHILDREN WHO ARE DEPLOYED FOR THE NATION WHO KNOW WE ARE SENDING THEIR CHILDREN INTO HARM'S WAY AND THE DEMOCRATS IN THIS BODY CONSISTENTLY CONTINUE TO HOLD UP THE FUNDING THAT OUR MILITARY NEEDS AND IN THIS CASE PARTICULAR TO HOLD UP THE RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THIS CRUCIAL PIECE OF POLICY. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THIS BILL. AND I YIELD BACK.

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            • 03:20:18 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 GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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            • 03:20:23 PM

              MR. HASTINGS

              THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I'M AMUSED BY MY FRIEND'S ASSERTION THAT…

              THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I'M AMUSED BY MY FRIEND'S ASSERTION THAT TODAY WITH PROTESTS WITH REFERENCE TO DACA THAT MEMBERS OF MY PARTY WERE PROTESTING CONCERN. I'M ALSO AMUSED THAT THERE IN THE MAJORITY AND SHE ACCUSES US OF DELAYING, WHEN IN FACT THIS MEASURE WAS SCHEDULED TWO OR THREE MONTHS AGO AND COULD HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR, BUT, NO, YOU WERE BUSY ABOUT TAX CUTS AND DIDN'T GET AROUND TO ALLOWING FOR THIS IMPORTANT MATTER TO BE BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR. MR. SPEAKER, TO RESPOND TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM GEORGIA, I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO MRS. LOVE GREEN.

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            • 03:21:22 PM

              MS. LOFGREN

              I WANTED TO RESPOND, THE N.S.A. WILL NOT GO DARK. WE ARE COLLECTING THE…

              I WANTED TO RESPOND, THE N.S.A. WILL NOT GO DARK. WE ARE COLLECTING THE CONTENT OF PHONE CALLS, EMAILS, TEXT MESSAGES, VIDEOS OF AMERICANS PUTTING IT IN A DATA BASE AND SEARCHING IT WITHOUT A PROBABLE CAUSE WARRANT. THAT'S THE STATE TODAY. AND THAT WILL CONTINUE UNTIL REFORM IS DONE. IT WILL NOT GO DARK AND I THOUGHT IT WAS IMPORTANT TO MAKE THAT CLEAR. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN, I KNOW YOU WANT TO YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE.

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            • 03:22:05 PM

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            • 03:22:11 PM

              MR. COLLINS

              I STAND BY MY STATEMENT. IT -- THE STATEMENT IS WE WILL NOT GO DARK. BUT…

              I STAND BY MY STATEMENT. IT -- THE STATEMENT IS WE WILL NOT GO DARK. BUT HAVING -- HOW WE DEAL WITH THAT, THERE IS AN INTERESTING ISSUE AND THERE IS AN ISSUE. AND THIS IS A DEBATE WE COULD HAVE AND NEED TO HAVE ON THE FLOOR BUT THERE IS A DIFFERENCE OF OPINION HERE AND IN THIS INSTANCE WITH THE PERVASIVE EFFORTS PUT IN PLACE, I BELIEVE THIS PROGRAM IS WORTH KEEPING. I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. FITZPATRICK, A FORMER F.B.I. SPECIAL AGENT.

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            • 03:22:51 PM

              MR. FITZPATRICK

              I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF REAUTHORIZING SECTION 702 OF THE FOREIGN…

              I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF REAUTHORIZING SECTION 702 OF THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT WHICH IS DUE TO EXPIRE. AS A 14-YEAR F.B.I. SPECIAL AGENT AND COUNTERTERRORISM AGENT, I'M AN EYEWITNESS TO THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS PROGRAM AND DELIBERATE AND LAWFUL MANNER IN WHICH IT'S USED. THE FACT IS, SECTION 702 IS A CRITICAL TOOL THAT THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY USES PROPERLY TO TARGET NON-U.S. PERSONS LOCATED OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES TO ACQUIRE INFORMATION THAT IS VITAL TO OUR NATION'S SECURITY. THIS CRUCIAL PROGRAM HAS OPERATED UNDER STRICT RULES AND CAREFULLY OVERSEEN BY ALL THREE BRANCHES OF OUR GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT THE PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES OF ALL AMERICANS. AS WE HAVE SEEN BOTH IN OUR COUNTRY AND ABROAD, PROPER SURVEILLANCE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT IS VITAL TO PROTECT US AGAINST TERROR ATTACKS ESPECIALLY LONE ATTACKER SCENARIOS. AS ISIS CONTINUES TO LOSE TERRITORY, OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY HAS WARNED WE WILL SEE MORE OF THESE ATTACKS THAN TRADITIONAL CONSPIRACIES. I ASKED CHRIS WRAY ABOUT THIS PROGRAM. HE SAID DESPITE THE HIGH VOLUME OF THREATS THERE ARE FEW DOTS THASH CONNECTED IN REGARD TO THESE MORE LOOSELY SITUATIONS. INFORMATION ALREADY LAWFULLY OBTAINED BY THE F.B.I. IS CRUCIAL AND AS YOU SAID UNDERSTANDING, QUOTE, WHICH THREATS ARE REAL AND WHICH ONES ARE MORE AS PIERATIONAL. 702 ALLOWS INTELLIGENCE FIRST TO DETERMINE WHETHER A A KIT FROM STATE OR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT IS CREDIBLE AND CAN HEAD OFF POTENTIAL THREATS. ALLOWING SECTION 702 TO EXPIRE WOULD LEAVE AMERICA VULNERABLE AT A TIME WHEN WE NEED THIS PROTECTION THE MOST. AS DIRECTOR WRAY STATED, IF SECTION 702 IS WALKED BACK, WE WILL BE STARTING TO REBUILD THE WALL THAT EXISTED BEFORE 9/11. MR. SPEAKER, WITH TODAY'S TEMPORARY LANDSCAPE, WE CANNOT GO BACKWARDS WHEN LEGAL MEANS EXIST TO KEEP AMERICANS SAFE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS VITAL NATIONAL SECURITY MEASURE. THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF THE FAMILIES WE REPRESENT DEPEND ON THE PASSAGE OF THIS MEASURE. LET US GET THIS DONE FOR THEM. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 03:25:26 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 FLORIDA.

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            • 03:25:29 PM

              MR. HASTINGS

              I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE ZWIRKED THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS.…

              I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE ZWIRKED THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE.

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            • 03:25:47 PM

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            • 03:25:50 PM

              MS. JACKSON LEE

              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

            • 03:27:21 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

            • 03:27:23 PM

              MS. JACKSON LEE

              THAT ARTICLE SUGGESTS THAT WE HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT AMERICA…

              THAT ARTICLE SUGGESTS THAT WE HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT AMERICA AND AMERICANS. AND I WOULD MAKE THE POINT TO MY GOOD FRIEND WHO MENTIONED THAT MEN AND WOMEN OR FAMILIES SENDING THEIR YOUNG PEOPLE OVER TO BATTLE GROUNDS ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. AND THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE THAT ARE GOING OVER TO BATTLE GROUNDS ARE GOING OVER ON THE BASIS OF FREEDOM. THEIR PARENTS SACRIFICED THE FACT THESE LOVED ONES SACRIFICED THEIR LOVED ONES BECAUSE THEY BELIEVED IN THE FREEDOM OF THIS NATION. SECTION 702, THERE IS NO FREEDOM IN THIS PARTICULAR BILL. AND THAT IS WHY WE NEED TO ADDRESS THE QUESTION IN A THOUGHTFUL MANNER. I DON'T MIND IF WE EXTEND THIS TO HAVE A LONGER DEBATE SO WE CAN WORK THROUGH SOME OF OUR CONCERNS. LET ME BE CLEAR. S. 139 FAILS TO ADDRESS THE CORE CONCERN OF CONGRESS. THE GOVERNMENT'S USE OF SECTION 702 AGAINST UNITED STATES' CITIZENS IN INVESTIGATIONS THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH NATIONAL SECURITY. THAT IS THE CRUX OF OUR ADVOCACY FOR THE AMASH AMENDMENT JOINED BY MYSELF AND MANY OTHERS, IT IS NOT TO UNDERMINE THE SECURITY OF THIS NATION. IT IS TO GIVE SUBSTANCE TO THOSE FAMILIES WHO SACRIFICE AND SEND THEIR YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN TO FAR AWAY PLACES. IT IS RIDDLED WITH LOOPHOLES AND APPLIES TO PREDICATED OFFICIAL F.B.I. INVESTIGATIONS NOT TO THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF SEARCHES THAT THE F.B.I. RUNS EVERY DAY TO RUN DOWN A LEAD. S. 139 EXASCERBATES PROBLEMS BY CODIFYING THE SO-CALLED ABOUT COLLECTION, A TYPE OF SURVEILLANCE THAT WILL SHUT DOWN AFTER IT TWICE FAILED TO MEET THE 4TH AMENDMENT SCRUTINY. IT IS OPPOSED BY TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES, PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTY GROUPS ACROSS THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM. LET ME READ BRIEFLY WHAT THE AMASH AMENDMENT SAYS. IT IS NOT SOMETHING THAT WOULD STOP SECURITY, SURVEILLANCE AND WORK IN ITS TRACKS. WHAT IT DOES IS THAT EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN SUBPARAGRAPH C OR D, NO OFFICER, AGENT OR EMPLOYEE MAY CONDUCT A QUEERY OF INFORMATION ACQUIRED UNDER SUBSECTION A TO OBTAIN INFORMATION ABOUT A PERSON IF THERE IS REASON TO BELIEVE THAT THE PERSON IS A UNITED STATES PERSON. PROTECTING THE FIRST OF FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND ALL OF THAT, BUT MATCHED WITH THE IMPORTANT AMENDMENT OF THE 4TH AMENDMENT, WHICH, OF COURSE, IS UNREASONABLE SEARCH AND SEIZURES. AN APPLICATION BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO JUDGE TO A JUDGE THAT DESCRIBE THE DETERMINATION OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL THAT THE -- PROBABLE CAUSE TO BELIEVE THAT SUCH COMMUNICATIONS PROVIDE EVIDENCE OF A CRIME, SUCH PERSON IS A AGENT OF A FOREIGN POWER. THIS IS A MINIMAL STANDARD. . WE ARE MISSING WHAT OUR ROLE IS HERE. IT IS NOT TO RUSH THROUGH A FISA BILL THAT'S BEEN DELAYED BY MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS. MORE IMPORTANTLY, IT IS TO DO RIGHT BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE ARE NOT DOING RIGHT BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I REMEMBER FIGHTING AGAINST REVERSE TARGETING, A MAJOR ISSUE IN OUR WORK ON THE FREEDOM ACT AND THE PATRIOT ACT. NOW TODAY, IN 2017, GOING INTO 201, IN 2018, IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT 9/11 WAS TO NOT TURN TERROR ON AMERICANS, IT WAS TO PROTECT US FROM TERRORISM AND TO WITHSTAND THAT WITH THE UPHOLDING OF THE CONSTITUTION. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE UNDERLYING BILL.

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            • 03:31:21 PM

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            • 03:31:24 PM

              MR. COLLINS

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THINK ONE OF THE ISSUES HERE IS THIS DISCUSSION…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THINK ONE OF THE ISSUES HERE IS THIS DISCUSSION OF RIDDLED WITH LOOPHOLES AND RIDDLED WITH ANYBODY. IT'S A REMINDER THAT AGENCIES CANNOT DORAN DOM SEARCHES. LET'S PUSH BACK ON THE FACTS OF THE CASE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 03:31:42 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

            • 03:31:44 PM

              MR. HASTINGS

              I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM…

              I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. HECK.

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            • 03:31:54 PM

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            • 03:31:57 PM

              MR. HECK

              I RISE TODAY TO ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO PAUSE, TAKE A STEP BACK, REJECT THE…

              I RISE TODAY TO ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO PAUSE, TAKE A STEP BACK, REJECT THE RULE AND GIVE US A CHANCE TO DO IT BETTER. FISA RE-AUTHORIZATION IS INARGUABLY ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT VOTES WE'LL TAKE IN THIS CONGRESS BECAUSE THE STAKE ARE SO HIGH. CIVIL LIBERTIES ARE THE CORE OF OUR CIVIL RIGHTS. WE ARE ASKED TO TAKE ACTION THAT AFFECTS THEM IN THE NAME OF KEEPING US SAFE, I GET THAT. BUT IT'S CRITICAL WE GET IT RIGHT. I THINK WE CAN DO BETTER. TO MAKE DECISIONS OF THIS MAGNITUDE, WE SHOULD HAVE THE MOST ROBUST PROCESS POSSIBLE. FULL AND OPEN DEBATE. INPUT FROM THE STAKE HOLDERS, THOUGHTFUL DELIBERATIONS BY THE MEMBERS AND THE PROCESS FOR THIS BILL THUS FAR HAS DECIDEDLY NOT BEEN THAT, NOT BEEN GREAT. IT WAS WRITTEN AND WE WRITTEN -- REWRITTEN IN SECRET AND WITH MINIMAL DEBATE OR STAKE HOLDER IM-- STAKE HOLDER INPUT. I'M OPTIMISTIC BECAUSE I'VE SEEN IT CHANGE IN THE LAST FEW DAY. I THINK WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY HERE. THE ADMINISTRATION IS SUDDENLY ENGAGED, WE'RE SEEING VIE GRANT -- VIBRANT DEBATE FROM THE MEMBERS OF THE TECHNOLOGY SECTOR, MEMBERS HAVE HAD SERIOUS DISCUSSIONS HERE ON THE FLOOR TODAY, IN THE HALLS, OFFERING AMENDMENTS WHICH ARE NOT BEING ALLOWED SAVE ONE. WE ARE BEING ASKED TO SHUT THAT ALL DOWN, THAT OPPORTUNITY, AND PUSH THROUGH AN EXTENSION THAT WILL RUN FOR SIX YEARS. FRANKLY, STOP AND THINK. SIX YEARS IN THE WORLD OF TECHNOLOGY IS AN ETERNITY. FOR ALL THESE REASONS I ASK MY FELLOW MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN OPPOSING THIS RULE AND INSTEAD ALLOW THE HOUSE AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK ITS WILL, TO TAKE A LITTLE MORE TIME AND DO IT BETTER. BECAUSE WE REALLY DO NEED TO WRESTLE WITH PRIVACY, WHAT PRIVACY MEANS IN A WORLD WHERE OUR ENTIRE PERSONAL LIVES ARE STORED SOMEWHERE ONLINE AS ONES AND ZEROS. FRANKLY THAT'S HAPPENING AT AN EVEN FASTER PACE THAN IT IS NOW. WE NEED TO DEBATE THE FOURTH AMENDMENT -- HOW THE FOURTH AMENDMENT PROTECTS US AGAINST SEARCHES AND SEIZURES APPLYING TO DIGITAL RECORDS. WE'RE ALL BEING RENDERED INTO NOTHING BUT A MASS I STOREHOUSE OF ONES AND ZEROS. THE TENSIONS WERE BALANCED BETWEEN CIVIL LIBERTIES AND NATIONAL SECURITY IS A DEBATE AS OLD AS THIS COUNTRY BUT THEY'RE NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVEFUL THEY'RE HARD, THEY'RE DARN HARD, BUT THEY'RE NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE AND THEY'RE NOT IMPOSSIBLE. I KNOW WELL HOW MANY THREATS WE FACE AROUND THE WORLD. I DON'T TAKE THEM LIGHTLY. THE FACT THAT WE HAVE NOT FACED ANOTHER MAJOR TERRORIST ATTACK SINCE 9/11 IS A TESTAMENT TO THE SKILL AND HARD WORK OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. I TIP MY HAT TO THEM. I AM ABSOLUTELY COMMITTED TO GIVING THEM THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO KEEP US SAFE, CONSISTENT WITH OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. BUT WE LIVE IN AN ERA OF THE MOST POWERFUL SPYING TOOLS THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN. 25 YEARS AGO, CONVERSATIONS WERE EPHEMERAL. THEY WERE CONDUCTED IN PERSON OR OVER THE PHONE. BUT NOW, NOW, THEY OCCUR OVER EMAIL OR CHAT. THEY ARE ARCHIVED FOREVER. OUR MEDICAL, FINANCIAL, LEGAL RECORDS ARE ALL ONLINE. SO ARE OUR PHOTOS. OUR CELL PHONES TRACK US EVERYWHERE WE GO. THE DATA AVAILABLE ON US IS UNPRECEDENT AND THE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCE NOFLE BILL OF RIGHTS IS THAT WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO KEEP OUR DATA PRIVATE. WE NEED NEW SAFEGUARDS TO ENSURE THAT SO BY REJECTING THIS RULE, WE HAVE A CHANCE TO DO IT BETTER. AND IN SO DOING, BOTH KEEP US SAFE AND PROTECT OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. FOR THESE REASONS, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THE RULE. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 03:35:58 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES HIS TIME.…

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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            • 03:36:04 PM

              MR. COLLINS

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS POINT I WOULD LIKE TO ASK HOW MUCH TIME IS…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS POINT I WOULD LIKE TO ASK HOW MUCH TIME IS LEFT ON BOTH SIDES AND INQUIRE OF MY GOOD FRIEND FROM FLORIDA IF HE HAS MORE SPEAKERS.

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            • 03:36:14 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA HAS NINE MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA HAS NINE MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA HAS NINE AND A HALF MINUTES.

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            • 03:36:25 PM

              MR. COLLINS

              HOW MUCH FOR OUR SIDE?

            • 03:36:28 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              NINE MINUTES.

            • 03:36:30 PM

              MR. HASTINGS

              WE ARE PREPARED TO CLOSE.

            • 03:36:36 PM

              MR. COLLINS

              WE ARE PREPARED TO CLOSE.

            • 03:36:39 PM

              MR. HASTINGS

              THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IS KNOWN AS THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE.…

              THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IS KNOWN AS THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. YET THE PEOPLE'S REPRESENTATIVES CONTINUOUSLY ARE SHUT OUT OF POLICY DISCUSSION AFTER DISCUSSION. THEY'RE SHUT OUT OF WRITING BILL AFTER BILL. AND THEY'RE SHUT OUT OF OFFERING ANY MEANINGFUL AMENDMENT QUITE SIMPLY, MR. SPEAKER, IF THE PEOPLE'S REPRESENTATIVES ARE SHUT OUT, THEN THE PEOPLE ARE SHUT OUT. AND IF YOU LOOK AROUND AT HOW THE MAJORITY IS RUNNING THIS PLACE, THROUGH A HISTORICALLY CLOSED PROCESS, THE RESULT IS NOT AT ALL PRETTY. 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, I MIGHT ADD, DOING JUST FINE, YOU'D LIKELY NOT ONLY SEE MORE LEGISLATIVE SUCCESSES, BUT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SPEND MORE TIME ON IMPORTANT ISSUES LIKE THIS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT ISSUE OF THE EXTENSION OF SECTION 702. MR. SPEAKER, AS IS CLEARLY EVIDENT, DEMOCRATS REMAIN READY TO WORK IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER TO ACCOMPLISH ALL THAT REMAINS LEFT TO DO FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. 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 GO FORWARD WITH COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION. WE ARE READY TO PROVIDE THE FUNDING AND AUTHORIZATION NEEDED TO GIVE MILLIONS OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN THE HEALTH INSURANCE THEY NEED. WE ARE READY TO FIX OUR ROADS AND OUR BRIDGES AND OUR RAILWAYS AND AIR TRAFFICKING. WE ARE HERE AND WAITING FOR TIME -- BUT TIME IS RUNNING OUT. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE RULE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 03:39:04 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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            • 03:39:08 PM

              MR. COLLINS

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE MY GENTLEMAN FRIEND FROM FLORIDA , MY…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE MY GENTLEMAN FRIEND FROM FLORIDA , MY COHORT ON THE RULES COMMITTEE BUT I ALSO WANT TO SAY, I APPRECIATE HIS ADVICE BUT ALSO AS A REMINDER BACK TO MY FRIEND FROM FLORIDA, WE HAVE SPENT TIME IN TALKING ABOUT THINGS THAT MATTER AND THINGS THAT WERE MESSED UP. IN FACT WE SPENT A LOT OF TIME IN THIS HOUSE AND PASSED A HEALTH CARE BILL BECAUSE PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT WHO CALL ME REGULARLY OVER THE HOLIDAY AS THE NEW YEAR APPROACHED SAYING WE CAN'T GET INSURANCE OR THE INSURANCE I'M PROVIDED NO DOCTOR WILL ACCEPT. WE HAVE SPENT TIME ON THAT. I BELIEVE THAT IS REAL. WE SPENT TIME IN THIS BODY OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS WORKING ON A BILL CALLED DODD-FRANK THAT IN MY DISTRICT DECIMATED COMMUNITY BANKS, MADE LENDING HARDER, MADE BUSINESSES HAVE MORE TROUBLE HIRING PEOPLE TO PUT THEM TO MEANINGFUL WORK. YES, WE'RE SPENDING TIME ON THINGS THAT WERE NOT WELL THOUGHT OUT. TAX REFORM WAS WELL THOUGHT OUT AND IS HELPING AMERICANS IN ALL DISTRICTS, INCLUDING MY FRIENDS, AND I BELIEVE WE'LL CONTINUE TO HEAR MORE ABOUT THAT AS THE DAYS PROGRESS. BUT TODAY, AGAIN, AND MANY TIMES, WE ARE FOCUSED ON A BILL THAT HAS SERIOUS DEBATE. IT HAS THE RETAIL OF SOME THAT CAN TAKE AND LACK AT ONE THING AND SEE A DIFFERENCE. I AGREE WITH MY FRIEND ON THAT. THAT'S WHEE WE'RE HAVING DEBATE. THAT'S WHY THERE'LL BE AMENDMENTS ON THIS BILL THAT I OPPOSE, SOME WILL SUPPORT IT. THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION DOES NOT SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION SUPPORTS THE BILL AND THE RELEVANT COMMUNITY -- COMMITTEES THAT HAVE WORKED ON THIS BILL SUPPORT THE UNDERLYING BILL. NUMBER TWO, ONE OF THE ISSUES WE TALKED ABOUT TODAY AND ONE OF THE THINGS WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL OF IS GOING BACK TO SOMETHING SUPPORTED BY BOTH PARTY THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT THAT SAID WE HAVE TO TAKE SERIOUSLY THE FOREIGN -- I RESPECT GREATLY MY FRIEND, FORMER SPEAKER ON OUR SIDE THAT THIS IS ABOUT FOREIGN SURVEILLANCE. THIS IS THE FOREIGN PART OF THIS. AND WE'VE GOT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE THAT CAPABILITY AND REALLY THIS BILL IF YOU CONTINUE AND ESPECIALLY LOOKING AT THE AMENDMENT, WOULD BUILD WALLS THAT LED TO THE VERY PROBLEMS THAT WE EXPERIENCED BEFORE 9/11. AND THEN THERE'S THIS LAST CASE THAT CONTINUALLY CAME UP, IT WAS ABOUT THE ABOUT COLLECTION WHICH IS NO LONGER BEING DONE IN PRACTICE AND IT HAS BEEN SAID, WE'RE JUST CODIFYING IT, THEY CAN BRING IT BACK WILLY NILY. LET'S REMIND OURSELVES WHAT HAS TO HAPPEN. THEY HAVE TO DECIDE THAT ONE, THEY CAN. AND THEY HAVE TO BRING IT TO THE FISC, THE COURT, OH WAIT, HOLD ON A SECOND. LET'S THINK ABOUT WHAT JUST HAPPENED HERE. THEY HAVE TO BRING IT BACK TO THE VERY COURT THAT SAID, OH, WE'VE GOT A CONCERN ABOUT THIS IS WHY THEY HAVE SUSPENDED IT. BUT MR. SPEAKER, LET'S ALSO TALK ABOUT WHY THIS EVEN OCCURRED TO START WITH WITH THE COURT. IT WAS BECAUSE THE AGENCIES, THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITIES SELF-REPORTED AN ISSUE THEY NEEDED TO LOOK AT. IT WAS NOT HIDDEN. IT WAS SELF-REPORTED TO THE COURT. THIS IS THE PROTECTIONS BUILT INTO THIS LEGISLATION. NOW WE CAN DEBATE WHETHER THEY GO FAR ENOUGH OR THEY'RE NOT ENOUGH OR THEY'RE PROPERLY BUILT. THIS IS SORT OF LIKE A DEBATE THAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN. BUT BE CAREFUL WHERE WE GO HERE. TO LET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BE LED TO BELIEVE THAT THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING, THAT ARE NOT REALLY HAPPENING. DO NOT LET IT BE LED TO BELIEVE THERE ARE NOT THINGS IN PLACE SET UP BY EVEN FRIENDS WHO ARE SPOKEN TODAY, MAYBE EVEN AGAINST IT, THAT WERE PUT IN PLACE TO PROTECT THE PERSONAL RIGHTS OF OUR CITIZENS. AND LET'S NEVER FORGET THAT THE END RESULT OF THIS IS KEEPING OUR NATION SAFE WHILE BALANCING THE PRIVACY CONCERNS OF OUR OWN CITIZENS. WHICH IS NEVER OUTSIDE OF MY THOUGHTS AND DISCUSSION. FOR YEARS. THE FIVE I'VE BEEN IN THIS BODY AND WORKED ON THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. WE HAVE PUSHED THIS ENVELOPE. PUSHING IT FOR PROTECTION WHILE AT THE SAME TIME BALANCING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY NEEDS. I WILL NEVER SAY FOR THE MOST PART THAT THERE'S A PERFECT BILL TO EVER HIT THIS FLOOR. I WILL -- I WOULD THINK MY FRIEND WOULD PROBABLY AGREE WITH ME ON THAT. SO YOU HAVE TO FIND THE BALANCE AND SAY, WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE BILL? WHAT IS IT DOING? HOW DID IT GO ABOUT? I BELIEVE THIS STRIKES THAT BALANCE. YOU CAN HAVE DISAGREEMENT BUS AT THE END OF THE DAY MY QUESTION TO YOU IS, IS YOUR PUSH TO MAKE SOMETHING BETTER WILLING TO TURN OUT THE LIGHTS OR GO DARK ON WATCHING THOSE WHO WISH TO DO US HARM? DON'T BANK ON THE FACT THAT THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY WILL JUST CONTINUE ON UNDER WHAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING AND NOT LOOK AT WHAT COULD HAPPEN EVEN AS WE ARE IN THIS CHAMBER DEBATING THIS BILL. I WANT THEM TO BE ABLE TO SEE CLEARLY THE THREAT TO THIS COUNTRY. I WANT THEM TO USE THE PROCESSES IN PLACE TO PROTECT AMERICAN CITIZENS IN THIS PROCESS, WHICH THEY ARE DOING WHICH BY THE WAY HIGHLIGHTED BY THE FACT THAT THE SELF-REPORT THAT LED TO THE ABOUT COLLECTION BEING STOPPED. BUT I NEVER WOULD WANT TO PUT THINK SECURITY OF THIS COUNTRY IN DOUBT WHEN THEY CANNOT LOOK FOR THEIR OWN SHAKY LEGAL GROUND OF WHAT THEY CAN AND CANNOT DO TO PROTECT US. THIS GOES BACK TO A TIME IN OUR COUNTRY'S HISTORY WHERE WE HAVE TECHNOLOGY WAS JUST RECENTLY CHANGING. I WANT THEM TO HAVE THE ABILITY TO CONTINUE THIS PROCESS UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF A PLAN THAT IS PUT IN PLACE AND WHERE THOSE NEED TO BE ADJUSTED, THEY CAN BE ADJUSTED. ARE THERE OTHER NEEDS THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED? YES, THERE ARE. THE CHAIRMAN AND I HAVE SPOKEN ON THOSE ALREADY. THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE ALSO IS LOOKING INTO THESE. AT THIS POINT IN TIME, THIS BILL IS ONE THAT I BELIEVE STRIKES THE BALANCE THAT IS CRITICAL FOR OUR INTELLIGENCE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITIES TO HAVE THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO DO THEIR JOB. OUR CIVIL LIBERTIES AND RIGHT TO PRIVACY ARE FUNDAMENTAL TO OUR IDENTITY AS AMERICANS AND I BELIEVE THIS STRIKES THAT PROPER BALANCE. AS WE GO FORWARD, THESE ARE THE DEBATES WE HAVE WE NEED TO HAVE THIS IN THIS CHAMBER. AT THE END OF THE DAY IT'S ABOUT GETTING THE BILL AND PROCESS RIGHT SO WE CAN ACHIEVE THE AIMS THAT NEED TO BE. AS WE MOVE FORWARD, I WOULD SAY, THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS. THIS IS HOW WE WORK. AND FOR NOW, I BELIEVE THIS IS THE PROPER WAY TO GO ABOUT IT. I LOOK FORWARD TO SUPPORTING THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL TO PROTECT OUR NATION, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE RKS AND ALSO TO PRESERVE OUR CIVIL LIBERTIES. SO MR. SPEAKER, WITH ALMING OF THAT -- WITH ALL OF THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND PROVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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            • 03:45:57 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              WITHOUT OBJECTION THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON…

              WITHOUT OBJECTION THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT.

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            • 03:46:05 PM

              The previous question was ordered without objection.

              • 03:46:10 PM

                MR. HASTINGS

                I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

            • 03:46:10 PM

              On agreeing to the resolution Roll Call 8 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

              • 03:46:12 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA REQUESTS THE YEAS AND NAYS. THOSE FAVORING A…

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA REQUESTS THE YEAS AND NAYS. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THIS 15-MINUTE VOTE ON ADOPTION OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 682 WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE-MINUTE VOITS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 681 AND ADOPTION OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 681 IF ORDERED. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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              • 04:14:09 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 233, THE NAYS ARE 181. THE RESOLUTION IS…

                ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 233, THE NAYS ARE 181. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS ARE REQUESTED TO TAKE THEIR SEATS AND REMOVE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE WELL. MEMBERS ARE REQUESTED TO TAKE THEIR SEATS. MEMBERS ARE REQUESTED TO TAKE THEIR SEATS. MEMBERS WILL CLEAR THE AISLES AND REMOVE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE HOUSE. MEMBERS WILL CLEAR THE AISLES AND REMOVE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE HOUSE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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          • 04:14:13 PM

            House Vote 8 - On Agreeing to the Resolution

            Passed (233 - 181)
            Yea
            Nay

            Vote Details: Yea - 233
            Republican - 231
            Democratic - 2

            Vote Details: Nay - 181
            Democratic - 179
            Republican - 2

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

            • 04:14:15 PM

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

              • 04:15:55 PM

                THE SPEAKER

                FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

              • 04:19:51 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

              • 04:19:56 PM

                MS. PELOSI

                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO HONOR CONGRESSMAN DON YOUNG.

              • 04:20:00 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 04:20:02 PM

                MS. PELOSI

                I RISE TO JOIN OUR DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER IN HONORING CONGRESSMAN DON YOUNG…

                I RISE TO JOIN OUR DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER IN HONORING CONGRESSMAN DON YOUNG WHO ASENDS TO THE POSITION OF DEAN OF THE -- ASCENDS TO THE POSITION OF DEAN OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOLLOWING NEARLY 45 YEARS OF PROUD SERVICE ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF ALASKA. CONGRESSMAN YOUNG ALSO HOLDS THE DISTINCTION OF SERVING AS THE FIRST DEAN OF THE HOUSE FROM THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IN 80 YEARS. CONGRATULATIONS. ON BEHALF OF THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS, LET ME EXTEND MY CONGRATULATIONS TO DON, TO HIS WIFE, ANN, AND HIS ENTIRE FAMILY. DESPITE OUR DIFFERENCES, IT IS CLEAR THAT DON CARES DEEPLY ABOUT OUR NATION. DON SERVES BECAUSE IN HIS WORDS HE'S ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT MEETING PEOPLE AND TRYING TO SOLVE THEIR PROBLEMS. AS A FORMER TEACHER, HE'S AN ADVOCATE FOR QUALITY EDUCATION FOR ALL. AS A FORMER U.S. ARMY TANK OPERATOR, HE BELIEVES IN ENSURING THAT SERVICE MEMBERS, FAMILIES AND VETERANS HAVE THE CARE THEY HAVE EARNED. AND IN HONOR OF HIS LATE BELOVED WIFE LOU YOUNG, HE'S BEEN A CHAMPION FOR THE NATIVE CHILDREN OF ALASKA. THANK YOU, DEAN. THE MOTTO MY COLLEAGUES OF THE STATE OF ALASKA IS NORTH TO THE FUTURE. IN HIS COMMITMENT TO PROGRESS AND BETTER FUTURES FOR THE PEOPLE OF ALASKA, DON HONORS THOSE WORDS. THE DEAN OF THE HOUSE HAS THE HONOR OF ADMINISTERING THE OATH TO THE SPEAKER WHICH BEGINS, I WILL SUPPORT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AGAINST ALL ENEMIES, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC. AS DEAN, CONGRESSMAN YOUNG WILL NOW HAVE THE SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITY NOT ONLY OF DEFENDING THE CONSTITUTION BUT OF DEFENDING THE INTEGRITY AND DIGNITY OF THIS INSTITUTION WHICH HE HAS DONE ALL ALONG. FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GREAT LEADERS BEFORE HIM, SAM RAYBURN, JOHN QUINCY ADAMS, CARL VINCENT, IT IS NOW DON'S SOLEMN DUTY TO HELP FOSTER A CLIMATE OF CIVILITY IN THE CONGRESS AND TO HOLD OUR COLLEAGUES ACCOUNTABLE. WHY ARE YOU LAUGHING, DON? FOR THE BEHAVIOR OF RAISING A HIGH STANDARD FOR THIS BODY. I TOLD DON I WILL TELL YOU THIS STORY WHEN I JUST CONGRATULATED HIM. DON HAS BEEN VERY HELPFUL TO US IN MAKING GO FROM AN ARMY POST TO A KIND OF NATIONAL PARK. I HOPE YOU CONSIDER THAT PART OF YOUR LEGACY THAT YOU WERE PART OF ESTABLISHING THAT IN SAN FRANCISCO. I AM READY TO WELCOME YOU ANYTIME YOU ARE READY FOR THAT, DON. BUT IN THE COURSE OF OUR CONVERSATIONS OVER THOSE TIMES, I NOTICED ONE DAY THAT DON HAD ON THIS BEAUTIFUL TIE. IT HAD LIKE A BALD EAGLE. IT HAD A BABY SEAL. IT HAD THESE BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS ON IT. AND I SAID, OH, DON, WHAT A LOVELY, BEAUTIFUL ENVIRONMENTAL TIE YOU HAVE ON. HE SAID, I CALL IT LUNCH. AGAIN, WE KNOW THAT DON YOUNG WILL ALWAYS HONOR THE IMPORTANT OBLIGATIONS AS HE ALWAYS HAS AND NOW HIS NEW OBLIGATIONS AS DEAN OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THAT'S HISTORIC. CONGRATULATIONS, AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. THANK YOU.

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              • 04:24:03 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                DOES THE DEAN OF THE HOUSE SEEK RECOGNITION?

              • 04:24:07 PM

                MR. YOUNG

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

              • 04:24:09 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 04:24:25 PM

                MR. YOUNG

                THAT'S RIGHT. YOU GOT IT RIGHT. FIRST, LET ME THANK THE SPEAKER AND THE…

                THAT'S RIGHT. YOU GOT IT RIGHT. FIRST, LET ME THANK THE SPEAKER AND THE MAJORITY -- MINORITY LEADER FOR THEIR INTRODUCTIONS. I HAVE BEEN IN THIS HOUSE 45 YEARS WITH NINE SPEAKERS, NINE PRESIDENTS. I HAVE BEEN IN THIS HOUSE WITH 2,000 MEMBERS THAT ARE LEFT. I LOVE THIS BODY. AND I CAN SUGGEST ONE THING. MY GREATEST HONOR HAS BEEN ABLE TO ACHIEVE RESULTS FOR MY STATE. I AM THE ONLY CONGRESSMAN FROM THE WHOLE STATE OF ALASKA AND I LOVE IT. IT'S MY RESPONSIBILITY TO REPRESENT THE STATE AND THIS HOUSE AS A SINGLE PERSON TO DO THE JOB I HAVE BEEN ASKED TO DO. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I HAVE ENJOYED IS THE FRIENDSHIPS. I DON'T THINK THERE IS AN ENEMY IN THE HOUSE. I WORKED ACROSS THE AISLE, JIMMY OBERSTAR AND I NEVER HAD AN ADVERSARIAL VOTE ANY ONE TIME ON THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE. NOW, WHEN GEORGE MILLER WAS THE MINORITY MILLER, WE HAD A LOT OF ARGUMENTS AND A LOT OF DISAGREEMENTS, BUT WE HUNTED TOGETHER AND WE ATE TOGETHER. I BELIEVE IN BIPARTISANSHIP. I BELIEVE IN THIS BODY TO LEAD THIS NATION. NINE PRESIDENTS, THE HOUSE HAS ITS JOB TO DO REGARDLESS WHO THE PRESIDENT IS. I WANT TO THANK MY WIFE WHO IS IN THE AUDIENCE UP THERE IN THE GALLERY. GIVE HER A HAND. MAN GETS LUCKY USUALLY ONCE IN HIS LIFE. I GOT LUCKY TWICE. MY PAST WIFE WAS WITH ME FOR 46 1/2 YEARS. THIS NEW WIFE OF MINE HAS BEEN WITH ME ABOUT EIGHT YEARS NOW. I WANT THE STATE TO PAY HER BECAUSE SHE KEEPS ME ALIVE AND SHE LIKES WHAT I DO. SO I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES. NOW, I WILL NOT CHANGE BEING THE DEAN. I WILL STILL HOLLER, VOTE. I WILL SOMETIMES GET OUT OF LINE. BUT IN DOING SO REMEMBER IT COMES FROM MY HEART. AND MY HEART IS IN THIS HOUSE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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          • 04:27:02 PM

            UNFINISHED BUSINESS

            The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on ordering the previous question on H. Res. 681, which was debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

            • 04:27:05 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

              WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 681 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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            • 04:27:11 PM

              Considered as unfinished business. H. Res. 681 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (S. 140) to amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify the use of amounts in the WMAT Settlement Fund."

              • 04:27:18 PM

                THE CLERK

                HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 115, HOUSE RESOLUTION 681, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR…

                HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 115, HOUSE RESOLUTION 681, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL SENATE 140, TO AMEND THE WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE TRIBE WATER RIGHTS QUANTIFICATION ACT OF 2010 TO CLARIFY THE USUAL OF AMOUNT OF THE WMAT SETTLEMENT FUND.

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            • 04:27:28 PM

              On ordering the previous question Roll Call 9 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

              • 04:27:38 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 FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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              • 04:34:16 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE NAYS ARE 181. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON…

                THE NAYS ARE 181. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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          • 04:34:17 PM

            House Vote 9 - On Ordering the Previous Question

            Providing for consideration of the bill (S. 140) to amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify the use of amounts in the WMAT Settlement Fund.

            Passed (234 - 181)
            Yea
            Nay

            Vote Details: Yea - 234
            Republican - 234

            Vote Details: Nay - 181
            Democratic - 181

            Vote Details: Not Voting - 16
            Democratic - 12
            Republican - 4

            • 04:34:19 PM

              On agreeing to the resolution Roll Call 10 - Recorded vote pending.

              • 04:34:38 PM

                MR. POLIS

                MR. CHAIRMAN, ON THAT I REQUEST A RECORD VOTE.

              • 04:34:40 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A…

                A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORD 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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              • 04:42:25 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 227 AND THE NAYS ARE 181. THE RESOLUTION IS…

                ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 227 AND THE NAYS ARE 181. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, A MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS WILL REMOVE THEMSELVES FROM THE AISLES AND TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS WILL REMOVE THEMSELVES FROM THE AISLES AND TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL REMOVE THEMSELVES FROM THE AISLES AND TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          • 04:42:28 PM

            House Vote 10 - On Agreeing to the Resolution

            Providing for consideration of the bill (S. 140) to amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify the use of amounts in the WMAT Settlement Fund.

            Passed (227 - 181)
            Aye
            No

            Vote Details: Aye - 227
            Republican - 227

            Vote Details: No - 181
            Democratic - 181

            Vote Details: Not Voting - 23
            Democratic - 12
            Republican - 11

            • 04:42:29 PM

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

              • 04:43:58 PM

                MR. LAMALFA

                MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT…

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

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              • 04:44:04 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS WILL…

                WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS WILL REMOVE THEMSELVES FROM THE AISLES AND TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECK FISSION?

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            • 04:44:42 PM

              Mr. LaMalfa asked unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 9:00 a.m. on January 11. Agreed to without objection.

              • 04:44:58 PM

                Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 681. S. 140 — "To amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify the use of amounts in the WMAT Settlement Fund."

                • 04:45:03 PM

                  Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. The amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115-54 shall be considered as adopted.

                  • 04:45:06 PM

                    MR. LAMALFA

                    MR. SPEAKER, -- SEEK RECOGNITION?

                  • 04:45:08 PM

                    MR. LAMALFA

                    MR. SPEAKER, I CALL UP S. 140 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN…

                    MR. SPEAKER, I CALL UP S. 140 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                  • 04:45:13 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                  • 04:45:15 PM

                    THE CLERK

                    SENATE 140, AN ACT TO AMEND THE WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE TRIBE WATER RIGHTS…

                    SENATE 140, AN ACT TO AMEND THE WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE TRIBE WATER RIGHTS QUANTITYFICATION ACT OF 2010, TO CLARIFY THE USE OF AMOUNTS IN THE WMAT SETTLEMENT FUND.

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                  • 04:45:28 PM

                    TEMPORE PURSUANT

                    PURSUANT HOH TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 681, BE A AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A…

                    PURSUANT HOH TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 681, BE A AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-54 IS ADOPTED AND THE BILL AS AMENDED IS CONSIDERED READ. THE BILL AS AMENDED SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR ONE HOUR, EQUALLY DIVIDED AMONG AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND THE WORK FORCE AND THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LAMALFA, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GRIJALVA, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. WALBERG, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. SCOTT, EACH WILL CONTROL 15 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LAMALFA. .

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                  • 04:46:09 PM

                    MR. LAMALFA

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

                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON S. 140.

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                  • 04:46:17 PM

                    TEMPORE WITHOUT

                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

                  • 04:46:18 PM

                    MR. LAMALFA

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

                  • 04:46:21 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                  • 04:46:23 PM

                    MR. LAMALFA

                    I RISE IN SUPPORT TODAY OF S. 140, AS AMENDED, WHICH CONSISTS OF THREE…

                    I RISE IN SUPPORT TODAY OF S. 140, AS AMENDED, WHICH CONSISTS OF THREE SECTIONS, PROMOTING TRIBAL SELF-GOVERNANCE AND SOVEREIGNTY OVER THEIR LANDS, RESOURCES AND BUSINESSES BELONGING TO INDIAN TRIBES. SECTION 1 OF S. 140 AMENDS CURRENT LAW TO ENSURE COMPLETION OF A TRIBAL WATER SYSTEM IN ARIZONA THAT MAKES A TECHNICAL AMENDMENT TO THE WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE TRIBE TO CLARIFY ANY COSTOVER RUNS ASSOCIATED WITH THE TRIBE'S RURAL WATER SYSTEM PROVIDED IT FALLS WITHIN EXISTING AUTHORIZING LEVEL. THIS PROVISION PROVIDES THE WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE TRIBE AND DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR CERTAINTY THERE WILL BE SUFFICIENT FUNDS TO COMPLETE THE RURAL WATER SYSTEM. SECTION 2 OF S. 140 IS IDENTICAL TO S. 249, A BILL REFERRED TO THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON INDIAN, INSULAR AND NATIVE ALASKAN COMMITTEE WHICH I CHAIR. THEY REPORTED IT FAVORABLY ON JULY 24, 2017, BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT. SECTION 2 AMEND WHAT IS IS COMMONLY KNOWN AS A LONG-TERM LEASING ACT TO AUTHORIZE TWO INDIAN PUEBLOS IN NEW MEXICO TO RELEASE THEIR RESTRICTED FEE LANDS SUBJECT TO APPROVAL OF THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR. IT MAY BE FOR NONMINERAL DEVELOPMENT. TO LEASE THEIR TRUST IN RESTRICTED LANDS, THE TERMS OF THE LEASES MAY NOT EXCEED 25 YEARS. THIS BILL WILL AUTHORIZE THE PUEBLOS OF SANTA CLARA AND OHKAY OWINGEH TO LEASE THEIR RESTRICTED FEE LANDS FOR TERMS UP TO 99 YEARS. CONGRESS HAS AMENDED THE LONG-TERM LEASING ACT MORE THAN 40 TIMES TO ADJUST THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF LEASES OF INDIAN LANDS AND TO AUTHORIZE LEASES INDIAN LANDS BY THEIR INDIAN OWNERS FOR A TERM UP TO 99 YEARS SUBJECT TO THE APPROVAL OF THE SECRETARY. NOW, WHILE THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE DOESN'T HAVE JURISDICTION OVER SECTION 3 OF S. 140, I WISH TO EXPRESS MY FULL SUPPORT FOR PROMOTING TRIBAL SELF-GOVERNANCE BY GIVING TRIBES PARITY WITH STATES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS FOR PURPOSES OF THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT. TRIBAL SELF-GOVERNANCE MEANS A TRIBE MAY MAKE THEIR OWN LAWS AND BE GOVERNED BY THEM. SINCE PRESIDENT NIXAN LAUNCHED INDIAN SELF-DETERMINATION, TRIBES ASSUMED WHEN THEY ASSUME MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL OVER THEIR OWN AFFAIRS, THEY ACTUALLY OUTPERFORM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THUS, SECTION 3 OF S. 140 WILL CONTINUE TO ENHANCE THE POLICIES OF TRIBAL'S TRIBAL SELF-DETERMINATION WHICH THEY HAVE ENJOYED STRONG BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL SUPPORT FOR THESE MEASURES. S. 140, AS AMENDED, IS FULLY CONSISTENT WITH PROMOTING THIS IMPORTANT TRIBAL ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AND FREEDOM TO DO AS THEY SEE FIT. I URGE A YES VOTE ON THE BILL AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 04:46:39 PM

                DEBATE

                The House proceeded with one hour of debate on S. 140.

                • 04:49:30 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 04:49:34 PM

                  MR. GRIJALVA

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE WILL FOLLOW A BILL PACKAGE THAT FOLLOWS A…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE WILL FOLLOW A BILL PACKAGE THAT FOLLOWS A FAMILIAR PLAYBOOK FOR THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN PLAYBOOK. THIS IS A LATEST ATTEMPT TO PUSH A HIGHLY PARTISAN AGENDA BY COMBINING THAT DIVISIVE PROPOSAL WITH NONCONTROVERSIAL ITEMS. TODAY'S BILL INCLUDES TWO BILLS WHICH PASSED THE SENATE AND HOUSE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT. ONE WOULD MAKE A TECHNICAL CORRECTION TO A PREVIOUSLY PASSED WATER SETTLEMENT AND THE OTHER WOULD CLARIFY TWO PUEBLOS IN NEW MEXICO SHOULD RECEIVE EQUAL TREATMENT WHEN LEASING THEIR LANDS. UNFORTUNATELY, INSTEAD OF QUICKLY PASSING THESE BILLS AS SUSPENSIONS AND SENDING THEM TO THE PRESIDENT TO BE SIGNED INTO LAW, HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP DECIDED TO TAKE -- TO TAKE THOSE TWO BILLS POSTAGE AND COMBINE IT WITH A HIGHLY DIVISIVE BILL THAT'S LIKELY NOT GOING TO GO ANYWHERE, H.R. 986, SECTION 3 OF THIS LEGISLATION WHICH I DO NOT SUPPORT. THIS POLITICAL STUNT SEEMS DOOMED TO FAIL. THE ONLY THING IT WILL ACCOMPLISH IS WASTING EVERYONE'S TIME. MEANWHILE, IT LISTS THE BILLS CRITICAL TO THE TRIBES THAT SIT IN THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE AND IGNORED BY THE MAJORITY. FOR EXAMPLE, WE COULD BE MOVING LEGISLATION THAT WOULD PROTECT AND PRESERVE NATIVE AMERICAN ARTIFACT OR LEGISLATION THAT WOULD ADDRESS ISSUES AT INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE OR LEGISLATION TO CODIFY MEANINGFUL AND ROBUST TRIBAL CONSULTATION PROCESS AND WE COULD BE HERE TODAY PASSING THE BIPARTISAN BILL KNOWN AS THE CLEAN TIRTIARY ACT. THESE BILLS DESERVE THE ATTENTION. THEY ARE PROMOTING BY NOT ONLY INDIAN COUNTRY BUT MANY, MANY MEMBERS IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION IN THIS HOUSE. SO I HOPE WE CAN MOVE PAST THESE PETTY POLITICAL GAMES SOON WHICH PEOPLE ARE SICK OF HAVING TO SEE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE TO CHANGE COURSE, STOP BLOCKING CONSENSUS BILLS BY JOINING THEM WITH DIVISIVE, CONTENTIOUS PROPOSALS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 04:51:46 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 04:51:50 PM

                  MR. LAMALFA

                  MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM SOUTH…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM SOUTH DAKOTA, MRS. NOEM.

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                • 04:51:53 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLELADY FROM SOUTH DAKOTA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

                • 04:51:56 PM

                  MRS. NOEM

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF S. 140. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS BILL BUT I WANT TO SPEAK TODAY ABOUT ONE PARTICULAR PIECE OF IT. THE TRIBAL LABOR SOVEREIGNTY ACT WHICH I HELPED INTRODUCE ALONG WITH MR. ROKITA. MR. SPEAKER, I OFTEN STAND IN THIS HOUSE TO OPPOSE INTERFERENCE FROM THE HEAVY-HANDED OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THIS IS NO DIFFERENT. IN 2004 THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD UNILATERALLY DECIDED THAT IT NEEDED TO MEDDLE IN THE AFFAIRS OF TRIBALLY OWNED BUSINESSES ON TRIBAL LANDS. THIS IS A BOARD THAT WAS SET UP TO OVERSEE UNION ELECTIONS BUT HAS BECOME THE BUREAUCRATIC ARM OF BIG LABOR. BY FURTHER EXPANDING ITS JURISDICTIONS THE NLRB THREATENED THE FOUNDATION OF INDIAN LAW, THE PRINCIPLE OF TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY AND LIMITS OF A SMALL FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. SINCE THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IMPLEMENTED THIS INCREDIBLE GOVERNMENT OVERREACH, TRIBES WANTED TO CLARIFY THE NLRB'S JURISDICTION DOES NOT EXTEND TO TRIBES. THE CONSERVATIVE SMALL GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION WE CONSIDER TODAY WOULD MAKE THAT NECESSARY CORRECTION. NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES AROUND THE COUNTRY AND ESPECIALLY IN MY HOME STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA ARE PLAGUED WITH GRINDING UNEMPLOYMENT AND POVERTY, SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND POOR HEALTH CARE. THEY CONTINUALLY SEEK ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT THROUGH SELF-DETERMINATION AND THE LAST THING THEY NEED WHEN TRYING TO IMPROVE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR THEIR CITIZENS IS A FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY FURTHER MEDDLING WITH THEIR EFFORTS. QUITE FRANKLY, MR. SPEAKER, I BELIEVE THAT SUBJECTING NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES TO NATIONAL LABOR RELATION BOARD RULES IS YET ANOTHER SIGN THAT SOME STILL WANT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO INTERFERE WITH TRIBAL DECISIONMAKING. I HAVE SPONSORED THE NATIONAL LABOR SOVEREIGNTY ACT AND THIS BILL AND THIS HOUSE PASSED IT MULTIPLE TIMES. I'M PROUD THAT MANY SOUTH DAKOTA TRIBES HAVE LONG SUPPORTED THE BILL, INCLUDING THE CHEYENNE RIVER SIOUX TRIBE, GREAT PLAINS TRIBAL ASSOCIATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO WITHDRAW THE HEAVY HAND OF GOVERNMENT AND SUPPORT TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY AND I YIELD BACK.

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                • 04:53:56 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS…

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                • 04:54:00 PM

                  MR. GRIJALVA

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MAY I INQUIRE AS TO HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE ON MY…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MAY I INQUIRE AS TO HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE ON MY SIDE?

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                • 04:54:03 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN HAS 13 MINUTES REMAINING.

                • 04:54:05 PM

                  MR. GRIJALVA

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

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT, MR. SPEAKER, SO THAT REPRESENTATIVE -- THE REPRESENTATIVE OF VIRGINIA, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE, REPRESENTATIVE SCOTT, MAY CONTROL THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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                • 04:54:18 PM

                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

                • 04:54:22 PM

                  MR. SCOTT

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION -- I YIELD…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION -- I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                • 04:54:26 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 04:54:28 PM

                  MR. SCOTT

                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO S. 140. AS BEEN POINTED OUT, BURIED…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO S. 140. AS BEEN POINTED OUT, BURIED IN SECTION 3 OF THIS OTHERWISE UNCONTROVERSIAL LAND BILL IS THE TEXT OF H.R. 986, THE TRIBAL LABOR SOVEREIGNTY ACT. THIS NONGERMANE PROVISION WOULD STRIP THOUSANDS OF EMPLOYEES OF THEIR RIGHTS AND PROTECTIONS UNDER THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT, THE TRIBAL ENTERPRISES LOCATED ON TRIBAL LANDS. AT ISSUE IS IN THE TRIBAL LABOR SOVEREIGNTY ACT ARE TWO SOLEMN, DEEPLY ROOTED PRINCIPLES. FIRST, THE RIGHT THAT INDIAN TRIBES POSSESS IN MATTERS OF SELF-LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND, SECOND, THE RIGHTS OF WORKERS TO ORGANIZE UNIONS, BARGAIN COLLECTIVELY AND ENGAGE IN CONCERTED ACTIVITIES FOR MUTUAL AID AND PROTECTION. RATHER THAN ATTEMPTING TO BALANCE THESE TWO IMPORTANT PRINCIPLES, THE BILL CHOOSES SOVEREIGNTY FOR SOME OVER HUMAN RIGHTS OF OTHERS. I WOULD NOTE APPROXIMATELY 75% OF WORKERS EMPLOYED AT TRIBAL CASINOS ARE NOT MEMBERS OF THE TRIBES RUNNING THE CASINO BUT THIS BILL WOULD STRIP LABOR RIGHTS OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF THESE WORKERS AS WELL AS THOSE WHO ARE ACTUALLY MEMBERS OF THE TRIBES. IN DOING SO, THIS LEGISLATION WOULD ABANDON THE CAREFULLY DRAWN BALANCE BETWEEN TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY AND WORKERS' RIGHTS THAT WAS ADOPTED IN THE SAM MANUEL DECISION BY A REPUBLICAN-LED NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD IN 2004. PERHAPS PROMPTED BY LITIGATION, THIS BOARD RULED THAT THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT WILL ONLY APPLY IF IT DOES NOT IMPACT THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS OF SELF-GOVERNANCE IN PURELY INTRAMURAL MATTERS OR RIGHTS BY TREATIES. IT IS BASED ON LEGAL PRINCIPLES GOVERNING FEDERAL LAWS OR GENERAL APPLICABILITY WITH RESPECT TO INDIAN TRIBES THAT HAVE BEEN UPHELD BY APPEALS COURTS BY OVER 30 YEARS. THAT'S WHY COURTS RULED TRIBES MUST COMPLY WITH LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAWS SUCH AS THE FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT, THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ACT, OSHA, THE EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT INCOME SECURITY ACT, ERISA, AND THE EMPLOYEE MANDATE OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. YET, THIS BILL SINGLES OUT THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT ON THE GROUND TRIBES MUST BE GIVEN PARITY WITH STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS WHICH STATUTORILY ARE EXEMPT FROM THE NLRA. MAYBE STATES AND LOCALITIES SHOULD HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED BUT THE STATUTES ARE CLEAR THEY ARE EXEMPT. THIS IS NOT A REASON WHY TRIBES SHOULD BE EXEMPT FROM AN OTHERWISE GENERALLY APPLICABLE LAW. FURTHERMORE, STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS COVERED UNDER TITLE 7 OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT WHEREAS TRIBES ARE EXPRESSLY EXEMPT. FOR EMPLOYEES OF -- FOR TRIBAL ENTERPRISES, THEREFORE, UNIONS ARE THE SOLE PROTECTION UNDER FEDERAL LAW AGAINST DISCRIMINATION. INCLUDING SEXUAL HARASSMENT, BECAUSE THEY CAN NEGOTIATE A COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT THAT ENFORCES EMPLOYEE'S RIGHTS TO BE FREE FROM SUCH CONDUCT. DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS TOGETHER HAVE INSISTED THAT OUR TRADING PARTNERS ABIDE BY AND ENFORCE BASIC LABOR RIGHTS ANYTIME WE DO A TRADE DEAL, AND CONGRESS HAS REPEATEDLY REQUIRE THESE OBLIGATIONS IN TRADE AGREEMENTS. BUT TODAY, THE HOUSE WILL VOTE ON A BILL THAT TAKES AWAY THE INSURANCE THAT EMPLOYEES HAVE FOR THE FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION IF THEY ARE EMPLOYED IN MANY TRIBAL CASINOS. THIS CREATES A FAIR QUESTION -- WOULD THIS LEGISLATION PLACE THE UNITED STATES IN BREACH OF ANY OF THE TRADE AGREEMENTS THAT ARE NOW IN EFFECT? ACCORDING TO THE INTERNATIONAL LABOR ORGANIZATION, IN AN OPINION ON A SIMILAR BILL A FEW YEARS AGO, IT WOULD IN FACT PUT US IN BREACH OF TRADE AGREEMENTS. WE SHOULD BE -- WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO FASHION COMPROMISES THAT FRANKLY PROTECT BOTH WORKERS' RIGHTS AND TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY. BUT WHAT'S BEFORE US TODAY FAILS THAT TEST. THERE IS NO PRINCIPAL BASIS FOR STRIPPING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF WORKERS FROM THE RIGHT TO JOIN A UNION, NEGOTIATE BETTER WAGES SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY HAPPEN TO WORK IN A COMMERCIAL ENTERPRISE ON TRIBAL LANDS. I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE BILL AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF THE TIME.

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                • 04:58:45 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 CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                • 04:58:48 PM

                  MR. LAMALFA

                  MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO, MR. PEARCE.

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                • 04:58:52 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                • 04:58:55 PM

                  MR. PEARCE

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR YIELDING…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR YIELDING AND FOR HIS WORK ON THIS BILL. AS HE MENTIONED IN THE OPENING STATEMENTS, THERE IS A PROVISION IN THE BILL THAT ALLOWS THE SANTA CLARA, OHKAY OWINGEH 99-YEAR LEASING PROGRAM TO MOVE FORWARD. THAT'S IN RESOLUTION TO LONG STANDING PROBLEMS WE HE FACE THERE. SO JUMP A SIGNIFICANT PROBLEM THAT AFFECTS THESE TWO UNITS BUT ALSO THE UNDERLYING CONCEPT THAT WE'RE GOING TO RECOGNIZE THE SOVEREIGNTY OF OUR TRIBES. AS MANY PEOPLE KNOW, SOME OF THE TRIBES ARE FACED WITH JUST VERY DIFFICULT POVERTY CONDITIONS THROUGHOUT THE HISTORY OF THEIR TRIBES SINCE THEY'VE BEEN ON THE RESERVATIONS AND I WORK WITH CLOSE FRIENDS OF MINE WHO ARE TRYING TO SOLVE THESE PROBLEMS AND TO FIND RESOLUTION TO LONG-TERM PROSPERITY ON THE INDIAN RESERVATIONS SO WHEN THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD REVERSED ITS LONG STANDING STATUS OF RECOGNIZING THE SOVEREIGNTY OF OUR NATION, 70 YEARS THEY RECOGNIZED THAT. IN 2004 THEY SIMPLY REVERSED IT WITHOUT MUCH EXPLANATION, WITHOUT ANY WARNING, AND CERTAINLY WITHOUT PRECEDENT. IT HAS CAUSED THINGS TO BE MUCH MORE DIFFICULT, ESPECIALLY IN STATES LIKE NEW MEXICO. SO THE TRIBAL LEADERS ARE SAYING THAT WE SHOULD BE SOVEREIGN, WE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO MAKE THESE SORTS OF DECISIONS OURSELVES WITHOUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COMING IN AND PUTTING THE BUREAUCRACY THERE. THE UNDERLYING CONCEPT OF THE BILL IS ONE THAT SIMPLY SAYS, WE HE WANT PROSPERITY ON -- WE WANT PROSPERITY ON NATIVE AMERICAN LANDS, WE WANT THEIR SOVEREIGN ACTIONS TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES, TO MOVE THEMSELVES FORWARD. THAT'S WHAT THE ENTIRE NATION SAYS THAT'S THE AMERICAN DREAM. LET'S LET THAT OCCUR FOR THE NATIVE AMERICANS IN THIS COUNTRY. I THINK THE PROVISIONS OF THE BILL ARE VERY IMPORTANT. WE'VE BEEN WORKING FOR SIX YEARS NOW, NATIVE AMERICAN HOUSING, ANOTHER WAY TO HELP MOVE PROSPERITY INTO NATIVE AMERICAN LANDS. AGAIN, SUPPORT THE CONCEPT OF THE BILL. WOULD YIELD BACK. .

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                • 05:01:00 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 05:01:09 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                • 05:01:13 PM

                  MR. SABLAN

                  I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO S. 140 BECAUSE IT INCLUDES H.R. 986, THE TRIBAL…

                  I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO S. 140 BECAUSE IT INCLUDES H.R. 986, THE TRIBAL SOVEREIGN LABOR SOVEREIGNTY ACT OF 2017. THE EFFECT OF THIS LEGISLATION WOULD BE TO STRIP EMPLOYEES WHO WORK AT BUSINESSES OWNED AND OPERATED BY AN INDIAN TRIBE, LOCATED ON INDIAN LANDS, OF THE PROTECTIONS AFORDED BY THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT. I AM ONE OF THE NATIVE PEOPLE OF THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS AND FULLY APPRECIATE THE IMPORTANCE OF TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY FOR NATIVE AMERICANS. HOWEVER THIS LEGISLATION DOES NOT PROPERLY RECONCILE THE INTERESTS BETWEEN SOVEREIGN RIGHTS AND RIGHTS OF WORKERS. AT LEAST 75% OF EMPLOYEES AT TRIBAL CASINOS ARE NOT TRIBAL MEMBERS AND IN SOME CASES AS FEW AS 1% OF EMPLOYEES ARE MEMBER OF THE TRIBES OPERATING THE CASINO. THESE WORKERS HAVE NO SAY IN THE DECISION MAKING OF TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS. WORK VERSE THE RIGHT TO ORGANIZE, TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN AND TO PROTECT THE RIGHT TO HAVE A SAFE WORKPLACE, PROVIDING FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILY. THEY SHOULD NOT BE STRIPPED OF THIS RIGHT DUE TO THE GEOGRAPHY OF THIS THE WORKPLACE. TRIBAL AND FEDERAL LAWS SHOULD BE ABLE TO COEXIST WITHOUT STRIPPING WORKERS OF THEIR RIGHTS UNDER THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT. I YIELD BACK.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS -- GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA…

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS -- GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RESERVE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                  I RESERVE.

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                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                  MR. RUSH

                  I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. TAKANO.

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                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                • 05:03:05 PM

                  MR. TAKANO

                  I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO S. 140 WHICH WOULD STRIP PROTECTIONS FROM…

                  I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO S. 140 WHICH WOULD STRIP PROTECTIONS FROM WORKERS WHO ARE EMPLOYED BY TRIBAL -- IA BIBLE -- BY A TRIBALLY OWNED BUSINESS BUT ARE NOT TRIBAL MEMBERS. THIS INCLUDES PROTECTION FROM HARASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION IN THE WORKPLACE. TITLE 7 OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT WHICH PROHIBITS EMPLOYERS FROM DISCRIMINATING AGAINST EMPLOYEES DOES NOT APPLY TO TRIBAL ENTERPRISES. A NONTRIBAL WORKER EMPLOYEED BY A TRIBALLY ENED CASINO, FOR EXAMPLE, CANNOT FILE A HARASSMENT OR DISCRIMINATION CLAIM IN A FEDERAL COURT OR WITH THE EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION. INSTEAD, COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS FILL THE GAP BY INCLUDING PROVISIONS THAT ENFORCE THEIR RIGHT TO A FAIR WORKPLACE. BY STRIPPING THEIR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHT, THIS LEGISLATION ELIMINATES THE ONLY RECOURSE THAT THESE WORKERS HAVE AGAINST DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT. THIS IS ONE OF THE MANY UNACCEPTABLE CONSEQUENCES OF THIS BILL. NOW I HAVE TWO LETTERS, ONE FROM THE TEAMSTERS, AND ONE FROM THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF STATE, COUNTY, AND MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES. BOTH OF WHICH RAISE STRONG OBJECTIONS TO THE MAJORITY'S ATTEMPT TO EXCLUDE WORKERS FROM THE RIGHTS ENSHRINED IN THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THESE LETTERS INTO THE RECORD, MR. SPEAKER.

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                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                  MR. TAKANO

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LAMALFA, IS…

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LAMALFA, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                • 05:04:56 PM

                  MR. LAMALFA

                  MR. SPEAKER, IN SUMMARY, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAD A VERY SPOTTY RECORD…

                  MR. SPEAKER, IN SUMMARY, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAD A VERY SPOTTY RECORD OVER THE MANY DECADES OF ITS TREATMENT OF NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN TRIBES IN THIS NATION. FOR US TO NOT ACT IN ORDER TO COUNTERMAND WHAT THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BRD HAS DONE ON ITS OWN WOULD BE A MISTAKE. IT WOULD BE WRONGHEADED IN THAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THE TYPES OF RELATIONS, GOVERNMENT-TO-GOVERNMENT RELATIONS WITH THOSE IN THIS COUNTRY THAT LEVEL OF RESPECT, THEN CONGRESS NEEDS TO ACT, CONGRESS NEEDS TO MAINTAIN THAT RELATION. AND SO FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, STATE GOVERNMENTS TO HAVE THIS PROTECTION IF THE NLRA AND TRIBES NOT TO THEN WE'D BE MAKING A SEVERE MISTAKE TO NOT TAKE ACTION HERE TODAY WITH THIS LEGISLATION SO WITH THAT, I URGE STRONG SUPPORT FOR ALL PORTIONS OF S. 140 TODAY AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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                • 05:06:04 PM

                  MR. SCOTT

                  I YIELD TWO AND A HALF MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS, MS.…

                  I YIELD TWO AND A HALF MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS, MS. SCHAKOWSKY.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPRE

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                  MS. SCHAKOWSKY

                  I YIELD BACK.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                  THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF S. 140 AND YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF S. 140 AND YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE TRIBAL LABOR SOVEREIGNTY ACT, A PROVISION IN THE PENDING LEGISLATION THAT WILL END THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD'S ALARMING OVERREACH INTO BUSINESSES OPERATED ON SOVEREIGN TRIBAL LANDS.

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                  MR. WALBERG

                  IN MARCH OF 2017, THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH, EMPLOYMENT, LABOR, AND…

                  IN MARCH OF 2017, THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH, EMPLOYMENT, LABOR, AND PENSIONS, WHICH I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF CHAIRING, HELD A HEERNING THIS LEGISLATION AND HEARD FROM NATIVE MESH BUSINESS LEADERS ON HOW THE NLRB'S ARBITRARY USE OF ITS JURES KIX HAD BEEN HARMING BUSINESSES LARGE AND SMALL ON TRIBAL LANDS. LEADERS OF THE NATIONAL -- THE NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITY TESTIFIED BEFORE THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HOW THE NLRB HAD MEDDLED IN THE DAY-TO-DAY OPERATIONS AND MANAGEMENT OF NATE I HAVE MESH BUSINESSES. OFTEN DRAGGING OUT MATTERS FOR YEARS. TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE, THE PROCEEDINGS LED BY THE NLRB ARE CREATING BURDENSOME LEGAL COSTS FOR BUSINESSES WHO ARE SEEKING TO PROVIDE HIGH QUALITY GOODS AND SERVICES TO NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITIES. WHILE MEMBERS OF THE NLRB HAVE CHANGED AND HAVE BEGUN TO MAKE GREAT PROGRESS IN REVERSING SOME OF THE BOARD'S MOST DAMAGING DECISIONS, CONGRESS NEEDS TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT TRIBAL LABOR SOVEREIGNTY MUST BE SAFE FROM FUTURE WASHINGTON OVERREACH. THE TRIBAL LABOR SOVEREIGNTY ACT WILL CLARIFY THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT AND REVERSE THE TROUBLING ENCROACHMENT OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ON TRIBAL LANDS. CONGRESS HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO STAND UP FOR SOVEREIGN RIGHTS OF NATIVE AMERICANS. AND THE BUSINESSES THEY OWN AND OPERATE ON THEIR LANDS. THESE TRIBES HAVE CREATED THEIR OWN SYSTEM OF LABOR PROTECTIONS FOR EMPLOYEES AND EMPLOYERS CONSISTENT WITH THEIR LANDS AND TRADITIONS. AND IT'S NOT FOR WASHINGTON BUREAUCRATS TO TAMPER WITH THOSE PROTECTIONS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE SOVEREIGNTY OF ALL NATIVE -- NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES AND PASS THE UNDERLYING BILL. I RESERVE THE PLANS OF MY TIME.

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                  I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. POCAN.

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                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                  MR. POCAN

                  I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL. I SUPPORT TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY. MY HOME…

                  I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL. I SUPPORT TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY. MY HOME STATE OF WISCONSIN, SEVERAL TRIBES ARE IN MY DISTRICT OR HNIDA, RED CLIFF, BAD RIVER AND OTHER TRIBES ALL RESIDE IN MY HOME STATE AND I'M GLAD TO SUPPORT THE AUTONOMY OF THOSE TRIBAL NATIONS. BUT THIS BILL ISN'T ABOUT TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY, IT'S ABOUT GOING AFTER WORKERS' RIGHTS. LOOK AT THE TRACK RECORD OF THE MAJORITY IN THIS CONGRESS. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE CONTINUED TO GO AFTER WORKERS' RIGHTS AS THEY HAVE SO FAR. THEY'VE REPEALED A RULE THAT REQUIRED COMPANIES SEEKING LARGE FEDERAL CONTRACTS TO DISCLOSE VIOLATIONS OF LABOR LAWS. AND THEY MADE IT HARDER FOR PEOPLE WHOSE JOBS ARE SHIPPED OVERSEAS TO GET UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE. THEY MADE IT HARDER FOR WORKERS WHOSE EMPLOYEES DON'T OFFER -- EMPLOYERS DON'T OFFER RETIREMENT PLANS TO SAVE FOR RETIREMENT AND THEY REPEALED AN OSHA RULE REQUIRING EMPLOYERS TO MAINTAIN ACCURATE RECORDS OF SERIOUS WORKPLACE INJURIES FOR FIVE YEARS WHILE THE ADMINISTRATION DRASTICALLY REDUCES THE NUMBER OF OSHA INSPECTORS. THIS BILL ISN'T ABOUT MEANINGFUL SOVEREIGNTY. IT'S ABOUT SELECTIVE SOVEREIGNTY BECAUSE IT ONLY GOS AFTER LABOR RIGHTS. IF THIS IS A BILL ABOUT SOVEREIGNTY, IT WOULD INCLUDE A NUMBER OF OTHER AREAS THAT TRIBES ARE COMPELLED TO FOLLOW IN ADDITION TO THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT. THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ACT, OSHA, THE EMPLOYER RETIREMENT INCOME SECURITY ACT, ERISA. THE FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVELL ACT AND THE PUBLIC ACOME CASES OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT JUST TO START. IF THIS BILL WAS ABOUT SOVEREIGNTY IT WOULD EXEMPT OSHA AND ERISA AND FMLA FOR STARTERS BUT IT DOESN'T DO THAT. THIS BILL ONLY EXEMPTS LABOR PROTECTIONS FOR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF WORKERS, TRIBAL MEMBERS AND NONMEMBERS. BECAUSE THE MAJORITY IN THIS CONGRESS ISN'T REALLY WORRIED ABOUT SOVEREIGNTY, IT'S CONCERNED ABOUT TAKING AWAY THE RIGHTS OF WORKERS. AND THAT IS WHAT THIS BILL IS REALLY ABOUT. MR. SPEAKER, IF THIS BODY WANTS TO HELP TRIBES, I AM HERE TO HELP. BRING A BILL TO THE FLOOR THAT COVERS ALL EXEMPTED AREAS AND THAT'S A BILL THAT I COULD SUPPORT. BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT IS IN FRONT OF US TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT LETTERS OF OPPOSITION FROM THE INTERNATIONAL UNION OF OPERATING ENGINEERS, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, YIBETTED FOOD AND COMMERCIAL WORKERS AND UNITE HERE ARE ENTERED INTO THE RECORD.

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                • 05:14:02 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                  MR. LAMALFA

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RECOGNIZE THOSE --

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                  MR. WALBERG

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RECOGNIZE THOSE IN OPPOSITION BUT 150 TRIBES…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RECOGNIZE THOSE IN OPPOSITION BUT 150 TRIBES STAND IN SUPPORT OF THIS AND WE ARE DELIGHTED TO LISTEN TO THAT AND WORK FOR A SOLUTION HERE. IT NOW GIVES ME A GREAT HONOR TO RECOGNIZE FOR THREE MINUTES THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA, THE CHAIRWOMAN OF THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE.

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                • 05:14:42 PM

                  MS. FOXX

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN WALBERG, FOR WIELDING TIME.…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN WALBERG, FOR WIELDING TIME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE DPPINGS --FISH YIELDING TIME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY ACT, A LONG OVERDUE PROVISION IN THIS LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY. FOR NEARLY 70 YEARS, THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD RESPECTED THE SOVEREIGNTY OF TRIBES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY AND ALLOWED TRIBES TO ADJUDICATE LABOR ISSUES WITHIN THE LAWS AN STANDARDS OF EACH TRIBE. HOWEVER, IN 2004, NLRB BEGAN TO CHANGE ITS LONG-STANDING PRACTICES AND ADOPTED SUBJECTIVE TESTS TO DETERMINE WHEN IT WANTED TO ASSERT ITS JURISDICTION IN MATTERS INVOLVING NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES. THESE SUBJECTIVE TESTS ARE APPLIED ON AN ARBITRARY, CASE-BY-CASE BASIS AND ARE HAVING AN IMPACT ON TRIBAL BUSINESSES THAT ARE OPERATED ON SOVEREIGN TRIBAL LANDS. TRIBAL BUSINESS LEADERS HAVE BEEN ASKING CONGRESS TO RESPECT THEIR SOVEREIGN RIGHTS AND END NLRB'S INCONSISTENT AND MISGUIDED DECISIONS WHEN IT COMES TO LABOR DECISIONS DEALING WITH TRIBAL BUSINESSES. . THIS BILL, SPONSORED BY MR. ROKITA, STOPS THE NLRB FROM PICKING WINNERS AND LOSERS WHEN IT COMES TO TRIBAL BUSINESSES AND THE -- THE BUREAUCRATIC OVERREACH CONDUCTED BY THE NLRB IN RECENT YEARS. MOST IMPORTANTLY, THIS LEGISLATION PROTECTS THE SOVEREIGNTY NATIVE AMERICANS DESERVE AND ENSURES TRIBES HAVE CONTROL OVER THEIR OWN LABOR RELATIONS AND ULTIMATELY DETERMINE WHAT'S BEST -- WHAT WORKS BEST FOR WORKPLACES ON TRIBAL LANDS. BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY HAS BEEN REAFFIRMED TIME AND AGAIN BY CONGRESS, AND FOR MORE THAN 180 YEARS, THE SUPREME COURT HAS HELD THAT TRIBES POSSESS A NATIONHOOD STATUS AND RETURN INHERENT POWERS OF SELF-GOVERNMENT. IT'S TIME WE STRIP UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS TO THE POWER THEY ABUSE AND RESPECT THE RIGHTS OF NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES. I WISH TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE TODD ROKITA FOR INTRODUCING AND CHAMPIONING THE TRIBAL LABOR SOVEREIGNTY ACT AND ASK MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT CLARIFICATION TO FEDERAL LAW. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 05:17:15 PM

                  MR. SCOTT

                  CAN YOU ADVISE HOW MUCH TIME IS LEFT ON BOTH SIDES?

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA HAS 15 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN…

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA HAS 15 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN HAS 9 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING.

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                • 05:17:24 PM

                  MR. SCOTT

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

                  THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT, MS. KAPTUR.

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                • 05:17:34 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                • 05:17:36 PM

                  MS. KAPTUR

                  I WANT TO THANK RANKING MEMBER SCOTT FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. I RISE IN…

                  I WANT TO THANK RANKING MEMBER SCOTT FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL. YOU KNOW, IT WAS IN 1935 THAT THIS BODY ENACTED THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT. IT GUARANTEED BASIC RIGHTS TO PRIVATE SECTOR WORKERS, TO ORGANIZE, FOR UNIONS TO ENGAGE IN CONTRACTUAL BARGAINING FOR DECENT WAGES AND BETTER CONDITIONS AT WORK AND TO TAKE JOINT ACTION, IF NECESSARY. BUT IN 1935, JUST LIKE TODAY HERE, 2018, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND BUSINESS INTEREST VEHEMENTLY OPPOSE PASSAGE OF ANY LAWS THAT HELP WORKERS. LITTLE HAS CHANGED. ONCE AGAIN, OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TRAMPLE ON THE BACKS OF WORKERS. THIS LEGISLATION ROLLS BACK PROVEN PROTECTIONS THAT ALLOW WAGES TO RISE IN PLACES LIKE CALIFORNIA AND THEIR CASINOS FROM $10 AN HOUR TO $13 AN HOUR. NOW, THESE MODEST PAY INCREASES HAVE HELPED ELEVATE THE WORKERS WHO WORK IN THOSE CASINOS ABOVE THE FEDERAL POVERTY LEVEL. WHO'S EVER TRIED TO BUY A HOUSE IN CALIFORNIA OR TRIED TO LIVE ON $13 AN HOUR, $10 AN HOUR? YOU'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT A WHOLE LOT OF MONEY THERE. BUT, YOU KNOW, IT'S ESPECIALLY FROM A PARTY THAT GAVE $1 TRILLION AWAY TO THE PEOPLE AT THE VERY TOP. BUT WITH THIS BILL, OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES CHOSE TO STRIP THESE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF WORKERS, THE MAJORITY OF WHOM ARE NOT MEMBERS OF TRIBES BUT WORK IN THOSE CASINOS OF DECENT WAGES AND THEIR RIGHT TO A VOICE IN THE WORKPLACE. WOW. BENEATH THEIR SHEEP SKIN COSTUMES HIDES ANOTHER REPUBLICAN ATTACK ON WORKER RIGHTS IN THIS COUNTRY, THIS TIME UNDER THE GUISE OF TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY. LET ME REMIND OUR COLLEAGUES, THROUGHOUT THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD'S HISTORY, IT HAS NEVER BEEN AND WILL NEVER BE FORCED TO -- MAY I ASK FOR AN ADDITIONAL 15 SECONDS?

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                • 05:19:51 PM

                  MS. KAPTUR

                  THANK YOU. LET ME REMIND OUR COLLEAGUES, THOUGH, THROUGHOUT OUR NATIONAL…

                  THANK YOU. LET ME REMIND OUR COLLEAGUES, THOUGH, THROUGHOUT OUR NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD'S HISTORY, IT HAS NEVER AND WILL NOT ASSERT JURISDICTION WHERE IT WILL INTERFERE WITH THE TRIBE'S INTERNAL GOVERNANCE RIGHTS IN PURELY INTRAMURAL MATTERS. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS BAD BILL AND I WILL ASKS UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PLACE IN THE RECORD THE STRONG OPPOSITION TO IT FROM THE UNITED STEELWORKERS OF AMERICA AND FROM THE COMMUNICATION WORKERS OF AMERICA AND AS A PROUD DAUGHTER OF LABOR, I AM PROUD TO STAND HERE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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

                • 05:20:29 PM

                  MR. WALBERG

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

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. JASON LEWIS.

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                • 05:20:41 PM

                  I THANK MY -- MR. LEWIS

                  MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY -- MR. LEWIS: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY…

                  MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY -- MR. LEWIS: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM INDIANA, MR. ROKITA, WHICH RESTORES A SIMPLE PROMISE, THE SOVEREIGN RIGHTS OF NATIVE AMERICANS WILL BE PROTECTED. FOR ALMOST 70 YEARS, FOLLOWING THE PASSAGE OF THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT, TRIBES WERE GIVEN THE EQUAL RIGHT TO SELF-GOVERNANCE ENJOYED BY OUR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT. FOR THE TRIBES IN MY DISTRICT, SOVEREIGNTY MEANT THE FREEDOM TO ADVANCE THEIR OWN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND PROVIDE CRITICAL GOVERNMENT SERVICES TO THEIR TRIBAL MEMBERS. WITH THE NLRB'S SAN MANUAL DECISION, -- SAN MANUEL DECISION, THEY BEGAN TO ASSERT THEMSELVES IN TRIBAL MATTERS ON ARBITRARY CASE-BY-CASE BASIS. THE AGENCY GRANTED ITSELF THE RIGHT TO NAVIGATE TRIBAL LAW AND DECIDE WHEN A TRIBAL ENTERPRISE IS FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES, A REQUIREMENT THAT WOULD NEVER BE IMPOSED ON REVENUE-GENERATING ACTIVITIES OF STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. HAS THE FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY ITS -- AS THE FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY -- THE TRIBAL LABOR SOVEREIGNTY ACT RESTORES THE WELL-ESTABLISHED LEGAL STANDARD OF GORCHT, TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY. AS STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE EXCLUDED FROM THE FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS FROM THE NLRA, THIS BILL SIMPLY ENSURES TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS RECEIVE EQUAL TREATMENT. IT PROVIDES OUR TRIBES WITH NEEDED CLARITY THAT WHEN A COMPANY IS LOCATED ON TRIBAL LAND, TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY WILL BE PROTECTED. I AM PROUD TO BE A CO-SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION AND AM GLAD IT WAS INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE WHICH I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN

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                • 05:22:27 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  TO SUPPORT. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE…

                  TO SUPPORT. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                • 05:22:32 PM

                  MR. SCOTT

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

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, THE DEMOCRATIC WHIP,

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                • 05:22:40 PM

                  MR. HOYER

                  WHAT A SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS. THERE ARE SCORES OF CRITICALLY IMPORTANT…

                  WHAT A SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS. THERE ARE SCORES OF CRITICALLY IMPORTANT ISSUES THAT NEED TO BE CONSIDERED BY THIS HOUSE. NOT THE LEAST OF WHICH IS FWUNDING OUR GOVERNMENT. WE FAILED TO DO THAT AND NOW -- FUNDING OUR GOVERNMENT. WE FAILED TO DO THAT AND NOW WE ARE CONFRONTED WITH A BILL THAT'S RECYCLED. AND WE'VE ADDED TWO NATURAL RESOURCES BILLS ON IT WHICH COULD HAVE PASSED UNANIMOUSLY. I AM A BIG DEFENDER OF NATIVE TRIBES' RIGHTS AND SOVEREIGNTY, AND I KNOW MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE REMAIN COMMITTED TO THEIR SOVEREIGNTY AS WELL. THIS BILL, HOWEVER, IS ABOUT UNDERMINING THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT. NOT ABOUT TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY. THAT ACT, NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT, SAFEGUARDS WORKERS' TO BARGAIN COLLECTIVELY. MOST ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE NOT FOR THAT. I KNOW THAT. I'VE SEEN THEM VOTE THAT WAY. NO MATTER WHERE YOU WORK, THE BASIC PROTECTIONS FOR AMERICAN WORKERS, HOWEVER, OUGHT TO APPLY. IT IS ALREADY SETTLED LAW THAT THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT AND OTHER LAWS APPLY TO BUSINESSES EVEN ON TRIBAL LANDS OUTSIDE THE CONTEXT OF INHERENTLY GOVERNMENTAL FUNCTIONS CARRIED OUT BY TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS. THIS WAS NOT DECIDED BY SOME FACELESS BUREAUCRAT. THIS WAS A COURT OF OUR LAND THAT MADE THIS DECISION. INSTEAD OF UNDERMINING WORKERS' RIGHTS, THIS HOUSE OUGHT TO BE MOVING FORWARD WITH POLICIES -- WORKERS' RIGHTS, THIS HOUSE OUGHT TO BE MOVING FORWARD WITH POLICIES THAT HELP OUR WORKERS AND FAMILIES MAKE IT IN AMERICA. AS PART OF A STRONG MIDDLE CLASS. THAT MEANS RAISING WAGES. IT MEANS MAKING CHILDCARE MORE AFFORDABLE. IT MEANS EXPANDING ACCESS TO OPPORTUNITIES LIKE HIGHER EDUCATION, HOMEOWNERSHIP AND SECURE RETIREMENT. THOSE ARE THE ISSUES THAT DEMOCRATS CONTINUE TO BE FOCUSED ON. THAT'S NOT WHAT THIS BILL FOCUSES ON. INSTEAD, REPUBLICANS ARE FOCUSED NOT ON HELPING WORKERS BUT TRYING TO PIT ONE GROUP, TRIBES, AGAINST ANOTHER GROUP, WORKERS. THAT'S NOT WHAT WE OUGHT TO HAVE IN THIS COUNTRY. AND THEY'RE ATTACHING POPULAR, NONCONTROVERSIAL NATURAL RESOURCES BILLS TO THIS LEGISLATION. THEY HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS LEGISLATION. IT WOULD PASS OVERWHELMING. LY. I AM GOING TO VOTE AGAINST THIS BILL -- IT WOULD PASS OVERWHELMINGLY. I AM GOING TO VOTE AGAINST THIS BILL AND HOPE THEY BRING BACK THE NATURAL RESOURCES BILLS AND PASS LIKE THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO DO. THIS IS NOT THE OPEN CONGRESS WHEN SPEAKER RYAN TOOK THE GAVEL AND WHEN REPUBLICANS PROMISED WHEN THEY TOOK THE MAJORITY. MOREOVER, THEY ARE BRINGING THIS TO THE FLOOR WHEN WE SHOULD BE, AS I SAID AT THE OUTSET --

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                • 05:25:49 PM

                  MR. SCOTT

                  TWO ADDITIONAL MINUTES.

                • 05:25:52 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                • 05:25:54 PM

                  MR. HOYER

                  I THANK MY FRIEND. AS I SAID AT THE BEGINNING, WE ARE BRINGING THIS BILL…

                  I THANK MY FRIEND. AS I SAID AT THE BEGINNING, WE ARE BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR, A RETHREAD. THIS IS NOT NEW LEGISLATION THAT THEY'RE OFFERING. THE ONLY THING NEW ABOUT IT THEY PUT TWO NATURAL RESOURCES BILLS ATTACHED TO IT. WE SHOULD BE FOCUSED, AS I SAID BEFORE, REACHING AGREEMENT ON APPROPRIATION BILLS, ON CAPS, ON PROTECTING DREAMERS, ON MAKING SURE CHIP CHILDREN AREN'T LEFT ASIDE. NOT THIS BILL. THOSE BILLS ARE NOT SCHEDULED TODAY AND NOT SCHEDULED NEXT WEEK AS FAR AS I KNOW. MAYBE THE MAJORITY LEADER WILL GIVE ME INFORMATION TOMORROW. WHAT WE OUGHT TO BE WORKING ON NOW, AS I SAY, ARE THOSE APPROPRIATION BILLS. BUT UNDER THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY, WE'RE STILL STUCK WORKING ON FISCAL YEAR 2018 WHEN WE ARE ALREADY NEARLY HALFWAY THROUGH. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES NOT TO OPPOSE TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY, NOT TO OPPOSE THE RIGHTS OF OUR NATIVE AMERICAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS. WE'RE FOR THEM. BUT NOT TO BE PITTED AGAINST WORKERS MAKING A DECENT, ACCEPTABLE WAGE SO THEY CAN LIVE WITH SOME QUALITY OF LIFE. IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO GIVE THE UPPER 1% A HUGE TAX CUT AND PRETEND YOU'RE HELPING THE MIDDLE CLASS, THE WORKERS. IN FACT, IN THIS BILL YOU'RE DOING EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS BILL AND STAND UP FOR WORKERS, WHETHER THEY'RE NATIVE AMERICANS OR WHOEVER THEY MAY BE, STAND UP FOR WORKERS, RESPECT WORKERS, UNDERSTAND THAT WORKERS MADE THIS COUNTRY GREAT, AND THEY DESERVE OUR SUPPORT AND OUR PROTECTION. DEFEAT THIS BILL.

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                • 05:27:44 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 05:27:48 PM

                  MR. WALBERG

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S NOW MY PRIVILEGE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S NOW MY PRIVILEGE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. ROE, FOR THREE MINUTES, A GENTLEMAN WHO HAD A DISTINGUISH RECORD OF SUPPORTING AND HELPING AND ENABLING WORKERS.

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                • 05:28:05 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

                • 05:28:07 PM

                  MR. ROE

                  I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF S. 140 AND ITS…

                  I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF S. 140 AND ITS INCLUSION OF H.R. 986, THE TRIBAL LABOR SOVEREIGNTY ACT. THERE ARE MORE THAN 560 FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES, AND EACH OF THESE TRIBES HAS A UNIQUE HISTORY AND DISTINCT CULTURE THAT HAVE HELPED SHAPE WHO WE ARE TODAY AS A NATION. EACH TRIBE HAS AN INHERENT RIGHT TO SELF-GOVERN, JUST LIKE ANY OTHER SOVEREIGN GOVERNMENT DOES. THAT RIGHT TO SELF-GOVERNANCE IS ROOTED IN THE CONSTITUTION AND HAS BEEN REAFFIRMED BY COURTS FOR ALMOST 200 YEARS. BECAUSE OF IT, TRIBAL LEADERS ARE ABLE TO MAKE DECISIONS THAT AFFECT THEIR PEOPLE IN A WAY THAT MAKES THE MOST SENSE FOR THEIR TRIBE AND BEST PROTECTS THE INTEREST OF THEIR MEMBERS OR RATHER THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO MAKE THOSE DECISIONS. WE ARE HERE TODAY FOR THE PAST 14 YEARS BECAUSE FOR THE PAST 14 YEARS THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD HAS IGNORED LONG STANDING LABOR POLICY AND INVOLVED ITSELF IN TRIBAL ACTIVITIES. SINCE 2004, SAN MANUEL BINGO AND CASINO DECISION, THE BOARD HAS USED A SUBJECTIVE TEST TO DECIDE ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS WHETHER A TRIBAL BUSINESS OR TRIBAL LAND IS FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES. AND IF IT IS, THE BOARD HAS ASSERTED ITS JURISDICTION OVER THAT BUSINESS. AMONG OTHER PROVISIONS, THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION WOULD AMEND THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT TO REAFFIRM THAT THE NLRB CANNOT ASSERT ITS AUTHORITY OVER ENTERPRISES OWNED BY TRIBES ON TRIBAL LAND. IT REASSERTS THE LEGAL STANDARD THAT WAS IN PLACE FOR DECADES AND RETURNS TO TRIBES THE ABILITY TO MANAGE THEIR OWN LABOR RELATIONS AS A SOVEREIGN RIGHT HAS. I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND AND FELLOW MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE FROM INDIANA, MR. ROKITA, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE AND FOR CONTINUING TO WORK AND THOSE IN CONGRESS WHO HELPED LEAD THE FIGHT TO PROTECT TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY OVER THE YEARS. IT'S TIME FOR ALL OF US TO JOIN THAT FIGHT AND RESTORE TO INDIAN TRIBES THE ABILITY TO GOVERN THEIR OWN LABOR RELATIONS. MR. SPEAKER, I'M NOT SURE HOW YOU SUPPORT TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY WHICH BY DEFINITION IS A SOVEREIGN STATE BUT NOT ALLOW TRIBES TO SELF-GOVERN. I DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT. AND I ALSO DON'T UNDERSTAND IF OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER -- MR. SPEAKER, FOR OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TODAY ARE SO WORRIED ABOUT GETTING OUR WORK DONE, WHY DID THEY HAVE TO LEAVE COMMITTEE HEARINGS THREE TIMES TODAY TO VOTE ON NOT ADJOURNING THIS BODY, I'D LIKE TO KNOW THAT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                • 05:30:54 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 05:30:58 PM

                  MR. SCOTT

                  I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. NORCROSS.

                • 05:31:01 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                • 05:31:04 PM

                  MR. NORCROSS

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE LAND OF OPPORTUNITY, RIGHT HERE. IT'S CALLED…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE LAND OF OPPORTUNITY, RIGHT HERE. IT'S CALLED THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. UNFORTUNATELY, THERE'S NOT ALWAYS A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD WHEN IT COMES TO THAT LAND OF OPPORTUNITY. THIS IS THE 83RD ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR OF THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT. THE ACT THAT GAVE WORKERS A VOICE. A VOICE IN THE WORKPLACE. GAVE THEM THE ABILITY TO BARGAIN, ALONG WITH THEIR EMPLOYERS, FOR A LIVING WAGE, PENSIONS, THE ABILITY TO RETIRE WITH DIGNITY. BUT TODAY, WE'RE REALLY DEBATING HOW TO HURT WORKERS, THAT SOMEHOW YOU GET TREATED OUTSIDE OF THE RESERVATIONS IN A HUMANE WAY. CASINOS ARE OPERATING IN A PROFITABLE WAY. BUT YOU CROSS THAT LINE AND YOU'RE BEING TREATED DIFFERENTLY. YOU'RE BEING TREATED LESS THAN. AND DOING IT ALL UNDER THE GUISE OF NATIVE AMERICAN SOVEREIGNTY. THE VAST MAJORITY OF CASINOS ON THEIR PROPERTIES ARE TREATED WITH RESPECT TO EMPLOYEES. BUT THEY WERE ABLE TO GET TO SOME FOLKS TO INTRODUCE THIS PIECE TO SOMEHOW LET THEM TRY TO DO IT DIFFERENTLY ON THAT LINE. WHEN WE CROSS IT. YOU'RE LESS THAN. WE CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOU. AND WE SEE THAT HAPPEN TIME AFTER TIME. I'VE BEEN BEFORE THE NLRB. MANY TIMES. HAD CASES. I WON MANY. I ALSO LOST THEM. I ALWAYS FELT AS IF I WAS TREATED FAIRLY. AND THAT'S WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING HERE. TREATING EMPLOYEES, NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE IN THIS GREAT COUNTRY, FAIR -- FAIRLY. IT'S BEEN A DECADES SINCE WE RAISED THE MINIMUM WAGE. A DECADES. SOMEHOW WE'RE JUST LOOKING FOR ANOTHER REASON TO HURT EMPLOYEES. WE WANT TO RESPECT THE SOVEREIGN NATIONS BUT WE CAN'T PICK AND CHOOSE THE WAY WE TREAT THEM. CERTAINLY EVERYBODY WHO WORKS IN THIS GREATLY DESERVES AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE TREATED FAIRLY AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD A LETTER HERE FROM THE TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION THAT TALKS ABOUT FAIRLY BEING TREATED. SO I ASK TO REALLY LOOK INSIDE YOURSELF. IS THIS THE BEST WAY TO TREAT EMPLOYEES? IS THIS HOW WE HELP LIFT UP ALL THOSE WORKERS? I THINK NOT AND I URGE MEMBERS TO REJECT THIS. THIS ATTEMPT TO HURT WORKERS, NOT PROTECT SOVEREIGNTY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 05:33:59 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 05:34:07 PM

                  MR. WALBERG

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF YIELDING TO THE SPON OR OF…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF YIELDING TO THE SPON OR OF THIS LEGISLATION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, AS WELL AS THE CHAIR OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON EARLY CHILDHOOD ELEMENTARY, AND SECONDARY EDUCATION, MR. ROKITA.

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                • 05:34:21 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. CO-TEE TA --

                • 05:34:27 PM

                  MR. ROKITA

                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL IDENTICAL TO THE LEGISLATION I'VE BEEN…

                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL IDENTICAL TO THE LEGISLATION I'VE BEEN CO-SPONSTHORING LAST TWO CONGRESSES, H.R. 926 , THE TRIBAL LABOR SOVEREIGNTY ACT. I ALSO WANT TO THANK ALL THE MEMBERS WHO COME IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION HERE TODAY AND LAST CONGRESS FROM THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO STOOD UP FOR THE RIGHTS OF SOVEREIGN NATIONS, OUR FRIENDS, THE NATIVE AMERICAN, AND WHO MADE VERY CLEAR THE ISSUE BEFORE US TODAY. YOU KNOW, TV MENTIONED BY THE NAYSAYERS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT THE NLRA, THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT STARTED IN 1935. IF YOU GO BACK TO THAT LEGISLATION, IT STILL EXISTS TODAY IN THE SAME FORM YOU SEE THAT FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE EXEMPTED FROM THE ACT. FOR GOOD REASON. THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO ALWAYS BE A PRIVATE SECTOR LABOR RELATIONS ACT BILL. WE CAN ARGUE THE PROS AND CONS OF THAT ALL DAY LONG BUT THAT'S NOT THE DEBATE HERE TODAY. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT GOVERNMENTS WERE SPECIFICALLY EXEMPTED. SO, MR. SPEAKER, WHY DOES THAT NOT INCLUDE OUR NATIVE AMERICAN FRIENDS WHO HAVE SOVEREIGN NATIONS? YOU KNOW, I TOOK MY TWO BOYS, KATHY AND I TOOK MY TWO BOYS RYAN AND TEDDY, A WATER PARK THIS YEAR. AND LAST YEAR. TWO DIFFERENT CITIES. IN MY DISTRICT. THOSE CITIES OPERATED THE PARK, THEY OWNED IT. WE PAID THE FEE, WENT IN, AND USED IT. THE EMPLOYEES THAT WORKED THERE, THEY WERE EXCELLENT, WERE EXEMPT FROM THE NLRA. YET TO DEMOCRATS, WHO PANDER TO GROUPS LEFT AND RIGHT, ARE NOW SAYING THAT THEY ARE FOR THE SOVEREIGN RIGHTS OF THE GOVERNMENT OF OUR NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES BUT THEY SAY THIS ISN'T -- NO, IT IS. IT'S THAT SIMPLE. YOU ARE EITHER FOR THEIR SOVEREIGNTY, MR. SPEAKER, OR YOU'RE NOT. AND THAT'S ALL THIS BILL DOES. IT DOESN'T CHOOSE BETWEEN FRIENDS. DEMOCRATS DON'T NEED TO WORRY. YOU'RE EITHER FOR PEOPLE IN THEIR OWN -- IN BELIEVING IN THEIR OWN DESTINY AND MANIFESTING IT, OR YOU THINK THAT YOU HAVE TO SUBJECT THEM TO YOUR WILL. THAT'S ALL THIS BILL IS ABOUT. SOY URGE -- AND BY THE WAY, I THINK IT'S ABSLUTLY RIDICULOUS, DR. ROE, CHAIRMAN OF THE OTHER SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE COMMITTEE, ASKED A QUESTION, I WON'T ASK THE QUESTION, I'LL SAY IN A STATEMENT, IT'S RIDICULOUS THAT SOME MEMBERS COME TO THE FLOOR AND SAY THIS IS NOT AN IMPORTANT BILL. THAT THE RIGHTS OF THE GOVERNMENTS OF SOVEREIGN NATIONS AREN'T IMPORTANT. THERE'S OTHER THINGS TO DO. THREE TIMES TODAY, THE DEMOCRATS MOTIONED TO ADJOURN THE HOUSE. WASTING PRECIOUS LEGISLATIVE TIME. LOOK, THIS BILL IS SUPPORTED BY MORE THAN 150 TRIBES, THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SUPPORTS THE BILL. FOUR DEMOCRATS CO-SPONSORED THE BILL AN I THANK EACH OF THEM FOR IT. LAST CONGRESS THE BILL PASSED THE HOUSE WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND MR. SPEAKER, I SUSPECT IT WILL AGAIN TODAY. LET'S GET THIS JOB DONE. LET'S SUPPORT OUR NATIVE AMERICAN FRIENDS. LET'S SUPPORT THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOVERNMENTS AT THE FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL LEVEL, SUPPORT THIS BILL, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MIFF TIME.

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                • 05:37:44 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 05:37:49 PM

                  MR. SCOTT

                  I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. IS THE GENTLEMAN PREPARED TO CLOSE?

                • 05:37:54 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED, THE GENTLEMAN HAS 5 AND A HALF MINUTES…

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED, THE GENTLEMAN HAS 5 AND A HALF MINUTES REMAINING.

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                • 05:38:00 PM

                  MR. SCOTT

                  FIRST, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD A LET FOR THE…

                  FIRST, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD A LET FOR THE OPPOSITION TO THE BILL FROM THE AFL-CIO.

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                • 05:38:06 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                • 05:38:07 PM

                  MR. SCOTT

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                • 05:39:08 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZE. THE…

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN HAS TWO MINUTES REMAINING.

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                • 05:39:15 PM

                  MR. WALBERG

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS HAS BEEN A TELLING DEBATE. AGAIN, I THINK THE…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS HAS BEEN A TELLING DEBATE. AGAIN, I THINK THE KEY QUESTION HERE AS HAS BEEN ASKED BY SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES, ARE NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES GOVERNMENT ENTITIES, ARE THEY SOVEREIGN? THE ONLY ANSWER THAT WE CAN RESPOND WITH IS, ABSOLUTELY YES. THEY ARE SOVEREIGN. THIS IS NOT AN ISSUE DEBATING NLRB OR NLRA. IT'S GOING BACK TO WHAT WE HAVE ESTABLISHED ALREADY. THAT IN FACT, A SOVEREIGN NATION, JUST LIKE A STATE, LOCAL GOVERNMENT, IS FREE FROM THE INTERVENTION OF NLRB. IN THIS SAYS -- IN THIS CASE, THE SOVEREIGN NATION HAS THAT RIGHT. JUST TO REMIND THE FACT, OVER 150 NATIVE AMERICAN ORGANIZATIONS HAVE ASKED FOR THIS LEGISLATIVE EFFORT TO BE ACHIEVED. WHY? BECAUSE IT WAS WORKING FINE UP UNTIL 2004 AND NLRB THEN CAME ARBITRARILY IN, SOMETIMES YES, SOMETIMES NOT INTERVENE, BUT ULTIMATELY THEY WERE CHANGING THE SYSTEM IN PLACE. WE'RE MOVING BACK TO LETTING THE SOVEREIGNTY REIN IN THESE NATIVE AMERICAN -- REIGN IN THESE NATE I AMERICAN TRIBES YET WE NEED TO MAKE IT CLEAR FN FOR FUTURE AND NOT GO BACK TO WHAT PRECIPITATED THIS CHANGE. THE BILL AMENDS THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT, CLARIFIES THE LAW DOES NOT APPLY TO ANY INSTITUTION OWNED AND ORPED BY AN INDIAN TRIBE AND LOCATED ON TRIBAL LAND. IT PROTECTS THE SOVEREIGN I HAVE TO NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES, REAFFIRMING THEY WERE AFFORDED THE SAME RIGHTS AND PROTECTIONS ENJOYED BY STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. IT ENSURES TRIBES HAVE CONTROL OVER THEIR LABOR RELATIONS AND CAN DETERMINE WHAT IS BEST FOR THE WORKPLACES. IT ELIMINATES LEGAL CONFUSION AND UNCERTAINTY THAT IS HINDERING THE ABILITY OF TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS TO SERVE THEIR SIT SINNS. MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S WHAT IT DOES. IT REASSERTS AN REAFFIRMS WHAT WE'VE ALREADY SAID IN LAW. AND FOR THAT REASON, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK.

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                • 05:40:59 PM

                  The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

                  • 05:41:26 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 681, THE…

                    ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 681, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE BILL AS AMENDED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE THIRD READ OG OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT, THIRD READING.

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                  • 05:41:41 PM

                    THE CLERK

                    WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE TRIBE WATER RIGHTS QUANTIFY CASE ACT TO CLARIFY THE…

                    WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE TRIBE WATER RIGHTS QUANTIFY CASE ACT TO CLARIFY THE USE OF AMOUNTS IN THE WMAT SETTLEMENT FUND.

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                  • 05:41:51 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                    THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE BILL IS PASSED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                • 05:41:54 PM

                  On passage Roll Call 11 - Recorded vote pending.

                  • 05:42:01 PM

                    MR. WALBERG

                    I CALL FOR A ROLL CALL.

                  • 05:42:03 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 RISEN A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THIS 15-MINUTE VOTE ON PASSAGE OF SENATE BILL 140 WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE ON SUSPENDING THE RULES AND PASSING H R. 4567 AND A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL IF ORDERED. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                  • 06:10:23 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    YEAS ARE 239 AND THE NAYS ARE 173. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION,…

                    YEAS ARE 239 AND THE NAYS ARE 173. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED IS VOTE ON THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM OF THE MOTION BY MR. KATKO AND PASS H.R. 4567 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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              • 06:10:31 PM

                House Vote 11 - On Passage

                A bill to amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify the use of amounts in the WMAT Settlement Fund.

                Passed (239 - 173)
                Aye
                No

                Vote Details: Aye - 239
                Republican - 216
                Democratic - 23

                Vote Details: No - 173
                Democratic - 158
                Republican - 15

                Vote Details: Not Voting - 19
                Democratic - 12
                Republican - 7

                • 06:10:33 PM

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

                • 06:10:34 PM

                  UNFINISHED BUSINESS

                  The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of a motion to suspend the rules and on the Speaker's approval of the Journal which the yeas and nays were demanded.

                  • 06:10:46 PM

                    THE CLERK

                    A BILL TO REQUIRE A DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY OVERSEAS PERSONNEL…

                    A BILL TO REQUIRE A DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY OVERSEAS PERSONNEL ENHANCEMENT PLAN AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                  • 06:10:50 PM

                    Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 4567 — "To require a Department of Homeland Security overseas personnel enhancement plan, and for other purposes."

                    • 06:10:55 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS…

                      THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS AMENDED. 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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                  • 06:11:25 PM

                    On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Roll Call 12 - 2/3 Yea and Nay vote pending.

                    • 06:17:37 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 415, THE NAYS ARE ZERO. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING…

                      ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 415, THE NAYS ARE ZERO. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. WHICH THE CHAIR WILL PUT DE NOVO. THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING.

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                • 06:17:40 PM

                  House Vote 12 - On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended

                  DHS Overseas Personnel Enhancement Act of 2017

                  Passed (415 - 0)
                  Yea

                  Vote Details: Yea - 415
                  Republican - 232
                  Democratic - 183

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

                  • 06:17:41 PM

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

                    • 06:17:59 PM

                      On approving the Journal Roll Call 13 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

                      • 06:18:11 PM

                        MS. TITUS

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

                      • 06:18:13 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLELADY IS REQUESTING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS. ALL THOSE IN…

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

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                      • 06:24:02 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 23 1, THE NAYS ARE 178. AND PRESENT, ONE. THE…

                        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 23 1, THE NAYS ARE 178. AND PRESENT, ONE. THE JOURNAL STAND AS I PROVED. -- STANDS APPROVED. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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                  • 06:24:17 PM

                    House Vote 13 - On Approving the Journal

                    Passed (231 - 178)
                    Yea
                    Nay

                    Vote Details: Yea - 231
                    Republican - 146
                    Democratic - 85

                    Vote Details: Nay - 178
                    Republican - 85
                    Democratic - 93

                    Vote Details: Not Voting - 21
                    Democratic - 14
                    Republican - 7

                    Vote Details: Present - 1
                    Democratic - 1

                    • 06:24:20 PM

                      ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

                      The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

                      • 06:25:27 PM

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                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN HONOR OF MR. JERRY ROTH, AN AMERICAN HERO FROM…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN HONOR OF MR. JERRY ROTH, AN AMERICAN HERO FROM FLORIDA WHO PASSED AWAY THIS YEAR ON JANUARY 7. AT THE AGE OF 17, MR. ROTH JOINED THE 101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION DURING WORLD WAR I AND RECEIVED MANY DECORATIONS FOR HIS COURAGEOUS ACTIONS OVERSEAS. AMONG WHICH ARE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS AND THE PURPLE HEART.

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                      • 06:25:51 PM

                        MR. YOHO

                        I HAD THE DISTINCT HONOR SEVERAL YEARS AGO TO PRESENT HIM WITH A…

                        I HAD THE DISTINCT HONOR SEVERAL YEARS AGO TO PRESENT HIM WITH A COLLECTION OF MEDALS WHICH REQUIRED HIM TO GET A LARGER JACKET. FOLLOWING THE END OF THE WAR, MR. ROTH CONTINUED TO SEMBT AMERICAN PEOPLE AS A TEACHER -- SERVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AS A TEACHER IN ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA, ARE WE LED THE SCHOOL'S SWIM TEAM THROUGH AN UNDEFEATED SEASON IN 1971. MR. ROTH IS HONORED IN THE SWIMMING HALL OF FAME FOR HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS AT BOTH BOCA SIKA HIGH SCHOOL AND DIXIE HOLLINS IN FLORIDA. MR. ROTH WAS AN OUTSTANDING PATRIOT AND HE WILL BE DEARLY MISSED BY ALL IN HIS COMMUNITY. HIS EXAMPLE OF LEADERSHIP THROUGH SERVICE IS ONE WE CAN ALL LEARN FROM. TO MR. ROTH, ALONG WITH THE OTHERS FROM THAT GREATEST GENERATION ERA, I THANK YOU, MY FAMILY THANKS YOU, AND OUR NATION THANKS YOU FOR THE LIFE YOU LIVED, FOR YOUR SERVICE TO YOUR COUNTRY, COMMUNITY AND FOR MAKING THIS WORLD A BETTER PLACE. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 06:26:52 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

                      • 06:27:01 PM

                        MR. LANGEVIN

                        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, TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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                      • 06:27:05 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED

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                      • 06:27:10 PM

                        MR. LANGEVIN

                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR A GREAT RHODE ISLAND PUBLIC SERVANT,…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR A GREAT RHODE ISLAND PUBLIC SERVANT, EDUCATOR AND DEAR FRIEND, MY PREDECESSOR, CONGRESSMAN ROBERT WIGEN. DURING HIS TIME AS -- IN GOVERNMENT, BOB SERVED AS A STATE LEGISLATOR, GOVERNOR -- LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR FROM 1993 TO 1997 AND UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE FROM 1997 TO 2001. BOB HAS ALWAYS FOUGHT PASSIONATELY FOR THE POE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND AND IN THE DECADES SINCE, HE HAS SHARED HIS WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE WITH THE STUDENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND, DEDICATING HIMSELF TO PREPARING THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS. AS HE RETIRES FROM THAT POSITION, I WANT TO SAY THAT BOB SERVED FOR THE RIGHT REASONS. TO MAKE A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN HIS COMMUNITY AND IMPROVE THE LIVES OF PEOPLE AROUND HIM. I AM PROUD TO CALL HIM MY PREDECESSOR IN THE HALL OFS -- HALLS OF CONGRESS, MY DEAR FRIEND AND MENTOR TO THIS DAY, AND I HAPPILY CONGRATULATE HIM ON HIS RETIREMENT. I KNOW THAT IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, BOB WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE HIS COMMUNITY AS HE ALWAYS HAS, WITH INTEGRITY, PASSION, AND WISDOM. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 06:28:18 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

                        FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                      • 06:28:25 PM

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                        CORY HELMS AND DYLAN COLE OF THE MONROE, NORTH CAROLINA, POLICE…

                        CORY HELMS AND DYLAN COLE OF THE MONROE, NORTH CAROLINA, POLICE DEPARTMENT. WHO ON DECEMBER 26 RISKED THEIR LIVES TO SAVE TWO FAMILIES FLAPPED A BURNING HOME. OFFICERS HELM FIRST A-- HELMS FIRST ARRIVED BUT HE WAS PUSHED BACK BY THE THICK CLOUD OF SMOKE. OFFICER COLE AARRIVED NEXT. THE TWO MEN ATTEMPTED TO FIND A LATTER TO RESCUE THE FIVE PEOPLE TRAPPED ON THE SECOND FLOOR.

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                      • 06:28:54 PM

                        MR. PITTENGER

                        TWO HEROES DISREGARDED THEIR OWN SAFETY BY CHARGING INTO THE BURNING HOME…

                        TWO HEROES DISREGARDED THEIR OWN SAFETY BY CHARGING INTO THE BURNING HOME AND UP THE STAIRS BEFORE CARRYING A -- CARRYING TWO FAMILIES UP TO SAFETY. OFFICERS COLE AND HELMS RESCUED TWO ADULT SISTERS AND THEIR CHILDRENS AGES 3 YEARS, 10 MONTHS AND 5 MONTHS. THERE WERE NO INJURIES AS A RESULT. OFFICERS CORY HELMS AND DYLAN COLE ARE LIVING EXAMPLES OF WHAT IT MEANS TO SERVE AND TO PROTECT. PLEASE JOIN ME IN HONORING THESE TWO BRAVE OFFICERS AND ALL THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE MONROE DEPARTMENT OF POLICE WHO WORK ON OUR BEHALF EVERY DAY. GOD BLESS THEM. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 06:29:34 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                      • 06:29:52 PM

                        MR. PAYNE

                        MR. SPEAKER, CONGRESS MUST STOP DEFERRING THE AMERICAN DREAM FOR BRIGHT…

                        MR. SPEAKER, CONGRESS MUST STOP DEFERRING THE AMERICAN DREAM FOR BRIGHT YOUNG PEOPLE. SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY WERE BROUGHT HERE AS CHILDREN. DACA RECIPIENTS REPRESENT THE BEST OF OUR NATION. THESE ARE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE IN SCHOOL. GOT THEIR EDUCATION OR SERVED IN OUR ARMED FORCES. THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO NEVER COMMITTED A FELONY OFFENSE OR SIGNIFICANT MISDEMEANOR. THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO POSE NO THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY. THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO JUST WANT TO LIVE THE AMERICAN DREAM AND EACH DAY THAT PASSES WITHOUT CONGRESS VOTING ON THE DREAM ACT, DARKENS THEIR FUTURES. MR. SPEAKER, IF IT'S NUMBERS THAT MY COLLEAGUES WANT, I GOT THEM. DEPORTING DACA RECIPIENTS WOULD COST $400 BILLION. DEPORTING THE 5,300 ELIGIBLE PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT ALONE WOULD COST $140 MILLION. AREN'T WE SUPPOSED SPOB GROWING THE ECONOMY, NOT SHRINKING IT AND I YIELD BACK?

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                      • 06:31:12 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

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

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                      • 06:31:20 PM

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                        E ON 14 YEARS OF SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS. ON JANUARY 10, 20 2004, IT WAS…

                        E ON 14 YEARS OF SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS. ON JANUARY 10, 20 2004, IT WAS OPENED IN MISSISSIPPI NEAR THE CAMPUS OF UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI. AND WHILE THE ORIGINAL BURNED DOWN IN 2011. THERE ARE NOW MORE THAN 18 RESTAURANT LOCATIONS SPANNING THREE STATES. RON IS A FELLOW GOLDEN EAGLE THAT CONTINUES TO EXPAND HIS BUSINESSES IN SOUTH MISSISSIPPI AND HE HAS OPENED IN BILOXI. HIS RESTAURANTS CONTINUE TO FUEL THE ECONOMIES OF MY DISTRICT. THE SUCCESS THAT RON HAS HAD IN A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME IS A TESTAMENT TO HIS ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT AND HARD WORK, PERSISTENCE AND DETERMINATION. AND HE HAS A GREAT PARTNER, HIS WIFE AND THEIR BEAUTIFUL FAMILY. NEXT TIME YOU ARE IN SOUTH MISSISSIPPI STOP BY MUG SHOTS BAR. AND HAVE A PEANUT BUTTER BURGER. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 06:32:36 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                        PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

                      • 06:32:43 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE. WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                      • 06:32:52 PM

                        MS. JACKSON LEE

                        A LITTLE CLARITY IS IMPORTANT ON A VERY, VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. I WOULD…

                        A LITTLE CLARITY IS IMPORTANT ON A VERY, VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. I WOULD LIKE TO CALL 140,000 YOUNG PEOPLE IN MY STATE AS DREAMERS, DREAM OF THE GREATNESS OF AMERICA. THE STATUS THAT THEY ARE UNDER IS SOMETHING CALLED DACA, WHICH WAS INSTITUTED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA BECAUSE THIS REPUBLICAN CONGRESS COULD NOT PROVIDE LEGISLATIVE RELIEF. AND SO HE SAW THE LIVES THAT WERE BEING IMPACTED. IN A FEW MONTHS HOWEVER, THE PRESIDENT WHO CLAIMS NOT KNOWING WHAT HAPPENED, WAS THE INDIVIDUAL WHO REMOVED THAT DACA STATUS. IT IS A DIRE SITUATION. AND THE REASON IS BECAUSE THERE ARE INDIVIDUALS WHOSE STATUS IS NOW EXPIRING OR HAS ALREADY EXPIRED. AND THEREFORE, THEY ARE LIVING IN LIMBO. THESE ARE DOCTORS, LAWYERS, TEACHERS. IT IS CRUCIAL WE MOVE QUICKLY FOR A DACA FIX AND WE DO IT WITHOUT IMPACTING FAMILIES OR DIVERSITY OF VISAS. WE DO IT OUT CARING AND RESPECT. LET'S DO IT NOW AND LET'S DO IT FOR AMERICA. I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 06:34:10 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                      • 06:34:15 PM

                        MR. CARTER

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

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

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                      • 06:34:22 PM

                        MR. CARTER

                        I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE LONG TIM EDITOR OF THE "SAVANNAH MORNING NEWS" WHO…

                        I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE LONG TIM EDITOR OF THE "SAVANNAH MORNING NEWS" WHO RETIRED ON JANUARY 5. HE BEGAN HIS SERVICE WRITING FOR THE FORMER SAVANNAH EVENING PRESS. HIS FIRST STORIES INCLUDED A MURDER TRIAL AND A MAN WHO VIOLATED BY KILLING A CHICKEN AND LEAVING ITS REMNANTS ON CITY SIDEWALKS. THEY TAUGHT MR. BARTON LESSONS IN JOURNALISM AND PROPELLED TO BE AN ENTRUSTED WRITER. HE HAS COVERED THE MOST IMPORTANT TOPICS INCLUDING INTERVIEWS WITH JIM WILLIAMS, AND STORIES ABOUT POLITICAL ELECTIONS. MR. BARTON NOT ONLY KNOWS THE UNIQUE CHARACTER OF SAVANNAH AND CONTRIBUTED TO ITS DEVELOPMENT OVER THE LAST 39 YEARS. HIS REGULAR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE SAVANNAH MORNING NEWS WILL BE MISSED AND I THANK HIM FOR HIS DEDICATION OF MAKING SAVANNAH A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE. I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 06:35:36 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                      • 06:35:39 PM

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

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

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                      • 06:35:45 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                      • 06:35:48 PM

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                        LAST WEEK, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED A PROPOSAL TO OPEN OUR…

                        LAST WEEK, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED A PROPOSAL TO OPEN OUR NATION'S FEDERAL WATERS TO POTENTIAL OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION. IMMEDIATELY LEADERS AND LAWMAKERS FROM THE EAST COAST TO THE WEST COAST AND REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS CAM OUT AGAINST A PROPOSAL FOR OFFSHORE DRILLING. I KNOW HOW IMPORTANT OUR OCEANS AND OUR COASTLINES ARE FOR OUR ECONOMY, OUR BUSINESSES, COMMUNITIES AND OUR FAMILIES. WE HAVE LONG FOUGHT TO PROTECT OUR COASTS AND LIMITING ONSHORE AND LEGISLATION TO PROTECT OUR OCEANS AND COULD COASTS. I BELIEVE THAT IN CONGRESS, WE WILL WORK TO UPHOLD THE LAWS AND LEGACY OF PROTECTION. BUT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION NEEDS TO HEAR FROM YOU. I ASK MY CONSTITUENTS AND ALL AMERICANS TO SHARE WHY THEY PROPOSAL THIS FOR OIL DRILLING OFF OUR COASTS. PARTICIPATE IN THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD THAT IS NOW OPEN UNTIL MARCH 9 FOR IT IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO THE ADMINISTRATION, STAND UP FOR OUR COMMUNITIES AND PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 06:37:01 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

                      • 06:37:05 PM

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                        PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

                      • 06:37:09 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                      • 06:37:20 PM

                        MR. OLSON

                        MR. SPEAKER, THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO DEFEND OUR COUNTRY HAVE ONE SACRED…

                        MR. SPEAKER, THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO DEFEND OUR COUNTRY HAVE ONE SACRED CREED. AND THEY ALL COME HOME. IT TOOK 72 YEARS AND 234 DAYS, BUT THEY AT HOUSTON CEMETERY. AT 16, HE LEFT TEXAS TO FIGHT THE NAZIS IN GERMANY IN WORLD WAR II. HE WAS A BUFFALO SOLDIER. ALL-BLACK DIVISION OF OUR ARMY. HE NEVER RETURNED TO SEE HIS FAMILY. HIS IN 1945. BUT COULD NOT BE IDENTIFIED. SO LONNIE WAS KNOWN AS UNKNOWN X193. IN 2016, HIS REMAINS WERE IDENTIFIED AND AND THIS MORNING, HE WAS LAID TO ETERNAL REST. WELCOME HOME SOLDIER. I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 06:38:38 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                      • 06:38:43 PM

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

                      • 06:38:47 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                      • 06:38:51 PM

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                        MR. SPEAKER, CHARACTER ASSASSINATION IS DONALD TRUMP'S FAVORITE TRICK WHEN…

                        MR. SPEAKER, CHARACTER ASSASSINATION IS DONALD TRUMP'S FAVORITE TRICK WHEN PEOPLE MAKE HIM LOOK BAD. THEY HAVE BEEN SMEARING THE AUTHORS OF THE DOSSIER WHICH EXPOSES OF TRUMP-RUSSIA CONNECTIONS. WHILE ATTACKING STEELE THEY ARE DIVERTING ATTENTION AND IMPUGN THE F.B.I. FOR LAUNCHING ITS INVESTIGATION. THE DOSSIER DIDN'T START THE F.B.I. INVESTIGATION BUT A TRUMP POLICY ADVISER BOASTING TO A DIPLOMAT THAT THEY HAD STOLEN. THAT WAS TWO MONTHS BEFORE THE EMAILS. AND THAT SMACKS OF COLLUSION. THEY SHARED THIS INFORMATION WITH THE F.B.I. AND THE INVESTIGATION BEGAN. THE DOSSIER CAME ALONG AND CORROBORATED WITH WHAT THE F.B.I. HEARD. IT WASN'T JUST THE F.B.I. WHO TOOK THE DOSSIER SERIOUSLY. THIS IS A SERIOUS DOCUMENT CORROBORATED BY A HOST OF OTHER EVIDENCE AND THE TRUTH IS COMING OUT, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 06:40:07 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        IN PERSONALITIES OF THE PRESIDENT.

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                        PRESIDENT.

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        MINUTE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS…

                        MINUTE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                      • 06:40:25 PM

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                        IT'S ONLY BEEN A FEW WEEKS SINCE CONGRESS PASSED THE HISTORIC TAX REFORM…

                        IT'S ONLY BEEN A FEW WEEKS SINCE CONGRESS PASSED THE HISTORIC TAX REFORM BILL BUT IT IS TOUGH FOR THE OPPONENTS AND OUR FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE, WELL YOU HAVE TO WONDER AT SOME POINT, DON'T THEY TIRE OF BEING WRONG SO OFTEN? YOU MIGHT RECALL SOME CLAIM THAT IT WOULD RAISE TAXES ON THE MIDDLE CLASS, YET THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WILL SEE A TAX DECREASE. THE AVERAGE FAMILY OF FOUR IN MINNESOTA WILL SEE A TAX CUT OF $3,154 DOLLARS AND THEY CLAIM THAT IT WOULD NEVER BENEFIT AMERICANS BUT EMPLOYERS HAVE GIVEN $1 BILLION IN BONUSES AND WAGE INCREASES TO THEIR EMPLOYEES. AND FINALLY THEY SAID THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT WOULD NEVER JUMP START ECONOMIC GROWTH. AFTER TWO QUARTERS OF 3% GROWTH APPROACHING 4%, IT IS LIKE THE OPPONENTS ARE LEFT TELLING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE YOU GOING TO BELIEVE ME OR YOUR OWN EYES. OUR OPPONENTS RELY ON HIGH PER BOWLEY.

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                      • 06:41:41 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

                      • 06:41:43 PM

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                        PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

                      • 06:41:48 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                      • 06:41:51 PM

                        MR. KILDEE

                        WE MUST COME TOGETHER TO SUPPORT A LONG-TERM FUNDING SOLUTION FOR THE…

                        WE MUST COME TOGETHER TO SUPPORT A LONG-TERM FUNDING SOLUTION FOR THE TRADITIONALLY CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM COMMONLY KNOWN AS CHIP. THERE IS A FAMILY IN CHESAPEAKE THAT DEMONSTRATES THAT FAMILIES FACE WITHOUT CHIP. CHIP SERVES AS A LIFELINE FOR THIS FAMILY FOR POOR CHILDREN. BEFORE THIS FAMILY HAD ACCESS TO CHIP, THESE CHILDREN DID NOT HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE. THE PARENTS LIMITED THE SEVEN AND EIGHT-YEAR-OLD CHILDREN TO INDOOR FALL SILTS BECAUSE THEY WERE AFRAID THEY MIGHT BREAK A BONE. SHE VISITED THE DOCTOR'S OFFICE FOR PRENATAL CARE. THEY KEPT THE CHILDREN HOME FROM SCHOOL BECAUSE THEY COULD NOT AFFORD A DOCTOR'S VISIT. WITH CHIP, THE MOTHER AND CHILDREN ALL HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE AND UP TO DATE ON WELLNESS EXAMS. MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE HEALTH OF MY CONSTITUENTS AND MILLIONS OF OTHER AMERICANS WE MUST COME TOGETHER FOR LONG-TERM FUNDING FOR CHIP. I THANK YOU AND YIELD BACK.

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                      • 06:43:10 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                      • 06:43:14 PM

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

                      • 06:43:20 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                        I RISE TODAY TO THE FARM BUREAU UP IN MY DISTRICT ON THEIR 100TH ANNUAL…

                        I RISE TODAY TO THE FARM BUREAU UP IN MY DISTRICT ON THEIR 100TH ANNUAL MEETING THIS ON BEING IN THEIR BUSINESS IS IN RED BLUFF, CALIFORNIA. THEY HAVE BEEN AN ORGANIZATION BEING DEDICATED TO FARMING, RANCHING AND ALL ITS FORMS TO ITS NEIGHBORING COMMUNITIES AS PARTNERS AS WELL. THIS LAST MONTH, IT WAS RECOGNIZED THE MID-SIZED FARM BUREAU OF THE YEAR. SO AS YOU KNOW, THE FARM BUREAU, VERY IMPORTANT AND VERY INVOLVED IN THE FIBER OF RURAL COMMUNITIES WITH AG PRODUCTION, FARMING, RANCHING AND HAY WHICH MAKE AGRICULTURE NEEDS GO AROUND AS WELL AS THE ACTIVITIES OF THE FAIR, WITH THE KIDS, FOR THE FUTURE. THE FARM BUREAU IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE FUTURE. MY CONGRATULATIONS FOR ITS MEMBERSHIP, ITS BOARD FOR HANGING IN THERE AND SERVING THOSE PEOPLE FOR 100 YEARS.

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                      • 06:44:32 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        JABBED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW MEXICO SEEK…

                        JABBED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW MEXICO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                      • 06:44:40 PM

                        MS. LUJAN GRISHAM

                        PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

                      • 06:44:45 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                      • 06:44:48 PM

                        MS. LUJAN GRISHAM

                        MR. SPEAKER, A FEW YEARS AGO, NEW MEXICO DECIMATED ITS BEHAVIORAL HEALTH…

                        MR. SPEAKER, A FEW YEARS AGO, NEW MEXICO DECIMATED ITS BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SYSTEM WHEN IT TERMINATED EVERY CONTRACTOR IN THE STATE. THOUSANDS OF KNEW MEXICANS DID NOT HAVE MEDICINE INCREASING THEIR RISK TO SUBSTANCE ABUSE. MANY KNEW MEXICANS WERE INCARCERATED OR DIED BECAUSE OF THE STATE'S NEGLIGENCE. TODAY WE ARE SEEING AN EVEN MORE CATASTROPHIC STATE-CREATED CRISIS IN THE MAKING. JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO, THE STATE CANCELED ITS CONTRACT WITH THE AGENCY ON AGING WHICH MANAGES AND OVERSEES LIKE ADULT DAY CARE, CARE GIVING, TRANSPORTATION AND RESPITE CARE. DECIMATING THE CURRENT SYSTEM WITHOUT PUBLIC HEARINGS, DUE PROCESS OR HAVING A PUBLIC PLAN TO ENSURE THE CONTINUITY OF SERVICES WILL DISRUPT THESE LIFE SAVING SAFETY NET PROGRAMS THAT SERVE NEARLY 80,000 SENIORS AND THESE SENIORS WILL SUFFER. I HAVE WRITTEN THE H.H.S. DEMANDING THEY INVESTIGATE THE STATE'S NEGLIGENT BEHAVIOR. I YIELD BACK. .

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                      • 06:46:17 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                      • 06:46:25 PM

                        MS. TENNEY

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE DRAMATIC STRUGGLE…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE DRAMATIC STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM IN HUMAN RIGHTS THAT WE ARE WITNESSING IN THE COUNTRY OF IRAN. THE OPPRESSIVE REGIME IN IRAN HAS A BLOODY TRACK RECORD OF ABUSES AND HAS LONG NEGLECTED ITS CITIZENS' MOST BASIC RIGHTS AND NEEDS. THE GOVERNMENT OF IRAN HAS SQUANDERED THE PRECIOUS RESOURCES OF ITS PEOPLE BY SUPPORTING PROXY ARMIES THROUGHOUT THE MIDDLE EAST AND WREAKING HAVOC ACROSS THE GLONE. INSTEAD OF PROVIDING FOR THE BASIC NEEDS OF ITS CITIZENS. COURAGEOUS IRANIANS ARE PROVING EACH DAY THAT THEY ARE NO LONGER WILLING TO ACCEPT THE INDIGNITIES AND REPRESSION FROM THE RULING ELITE. IT IS TRAGIC BUT NOT SHOCKING TO SEE THE REGIME IN IRAN RESPOND TO THE RECENT WAVE OF PROTESTS WITH VIOLENCE, CUTTING OFF COMMUNICATIONS, MEDIA AND PREDICTABLY BLAMING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I'M A CO-SPONSOR OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 676, A RESOLUTION PASSED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES YESTERDAY IN SUPPORT OF THE RIGHTS OF PEOPLE OF IRAN TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES FREELY AND CONDEMNING THE OPPRESSIVE IRANIAN REGIME FOR ITS CRACKDOWN ON LEGITIMATE PROTESTS. I STAND WITH THE BRAVE IRANIANS WHO ARE FACING DOWN THE VIOLENT AND BRUTAL REGIME FOR THE SAKE OF LIBERTY. I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 06:47:32 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                        THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                      • 06:47:41 PM

                        MS. KAPTUR

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO HIGHLIGHT ANOTHER SCAM IN THE G.O.P. TAX…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO HIGHLIGHT ANOTHER SCAM IN THE G.O.P. TAX GIVEAWAY JUST SIGNED INTO LAW. PRESIDENT TRUMP PROMISED IN NOVEMBER FACTORIES WILL BE POURING BACK INTO THE UNITED STATES. REALLY? THE REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM TAXES EARNINGS OF FOREIGN SUBSIDIARIES OF U.S. FIRMS AT HALF THE RATE, HEAR ME, HALF THE RATE OF WHAT IS EARNED HERE IN THE UNITED STATES BY THOSE SAME COMPANIES. IF THAT ISN'T AN INVITATION FOR MORE JOB OUTSOURCING, I DON'T KNOW WHAT IS. THE CORPORATE TAX RATE, WHICH REPUBLICANS SLASHED AT THE EXPENSE OF THE MIDDLE CLASS, SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE, IS NOW AT 21%. BUT THE RATE AT WHICH AMERICAN COMPANIES OVERSEAS SUBSIDIARIES WILL BE TAXED IS HALF THAT MUCH. 10.5%. WHY DOES THE REPUBLICAN TAX BILL INCENTIVIZE U.S. COMPANIES TO MOVE PROFITS AND CAPITAL OVERSEAS? CALL PRESIDENT TRUMP. LET HIM KNOW. BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT HE JUST DID. THE REPUBLICAN BILL DOES NOTHING TO ADDRESS THE JOB OUTSOURCING CRISIS. IT MAKES IT WORSE.

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                      • 06:48:52 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                        MS. KAPTUR

                        ISN'T THIS ECONOMIC MADNESS? I YIELD BACK.

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                        THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                      • 06:49:15 PM

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                        NEARLY NINE MILLION CHILDREN ACROSS THE NATION, MORE THAN 55,000 IN MY…

                        NEARLY NINE MILLION CHILDREN ACROSS THE NATION, MORE THAN 55,000 IN MY DISTRICT ALONE, RELY ON THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM FOR THEIR HEALTH CARE. THE DEADLINE TO FUND CHIP PASSED AND CONGRESS HAS FAILED TO PROVIDE LONG-TERM FUNDING FOR THE PROGRAM, KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD.

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                      • 06:49:33 PM

                        MR. RUIZ

                        PATIENTS WORRIED ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT -- PARENTS WORRIED ABOUT WHETHER OR…

                        PATIENTS WORRIED ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT -- PARENTS WORRIED ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THEY'RE CHILD WILL GET THE HEALTH CARE THEY NEED BECAUSE THEY ARE NO LONGER COVERED IN THE MIDDLE OF A FLU SEASON, NO LESS. FOR DECADES REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS HAVE COME TOGETHER TO FUND THE BIPARTISAN AND NONCONTROVERSIAL CHIP PROGRAM. IT'S UNACCEPTABLE THAT THIS TIME AROUND REPUBLICAN LEADERS PROPOSED PAYING FOR CHIP BY CUTTING OTHER CRITICAL PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAMS THAT CHIP RECIPIENT KIDS RELY ON. LIKE VACCINES. THIS IS UNCONSCIONABLE. STOP USING CHILDREN'S HEALTH CARE AS A PARTISAN WEAPON. KIDS AND PARENTS DESERVE BETTER. WE MUST PUT OUR CHILDREN'S NEEDS ABOVE PARTISANSHIP AND PROVIDE FOR THE HEALTH OF OUR CHILDREN WITH A BIPARTISAN, LONG-TERM FUNDING SOLUTION FOR CHIP. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                      • 06:50:19 PM

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

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

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

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

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                      • 06:50:29 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                        THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO CALL ATTENTION TO A DANGEROUS BACKLOG AT…

                        THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO CALL ATTENTION TO A DANGEROUS BACKLOG AT THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION THAT IS HARMING MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ACROSS THE NATION, ESPECIALLY IN AND AROUND THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.

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                      • 06:50:47 PM

                        MR. BOYLE

                        THE LOFPKTE -- PHIL DELVEANS FACE THE LONGEST -- PHIL DELVIANS FACE THE…

                        THE LOFPKTE -- PHIL DELVEANS FACE THE LONGEST -- PHIL DELVIANS FACE THE LONGEST DELAY IN THE NATION WHERE PEOPLE WAIT FOR A BASIC PRELEM MAYOR IN HEARING. 9,000 AMERICANS DIED LAST YEAR AWAITING AN S.S.A. BENEFITS DETERMINATION. IN 1974, WE MADE A PROMISE TO THEREBY FOR OUR ELDERLY, BLIND AND DISABLED AMERICANS WHO HAVE LITTLE OR NO INCOME. THEY IN TURN RELY UPON THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION TO APPROVE THEIR ELIGIBILITY AND ADMINISTER THESE LIFE-SUSTAINING BENEFITS. ON MONDAY I LED A LETTER WITH MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES FROM THE PHILADELPHIA AREA AND NEW JERSEY DEMANDING ANSWERS FROM THE S.S.A.'S LEADERSHIP. TODAY I RISE TO STAND UP FOR THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO ARE ON THEIR OWN SUFFERING FROM A CRISIS OF PUBLIC SERVICE THAT THREATENS THEIR ABILITY TO AFFORD BASIC NECESSITIES THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN.

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                      • 06:51:42 PM

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                        THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                        MR. BOYLE

                        I WILL NOT STAND DOWN UNTIL THIS PROBLEM IS FIXED. AND I YIELD BACK.

                      • 06:51:47 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                      • 06:52:05 PM

                        MR. KIHUEN

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF CANDACE…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF CANDACE BOWERS. CANDACE WAS A SINGLE MOTHER TO HER THREE CHILDREN, CURTIS, KATIE AND HER RECENTLY ADOPTED DAUGHTER, ARIEL. SHE WAS A HARDWORKING WAITRESS WHO WAS SELFLESS AND ALWAYS ENSURED SHE WAS ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF HER FAMILY. CANDACE HAD A LOVING HEART, A BIG SMILE, AND AN INFECTIOUS LAUGH. SHE WENT TO THE ROUTE 91 MUSIC FESTIVAL IN LAS VEGAS WITH HER BEST FRIEND SO SHE COULD TAKE SOME RARE TIME TO HERSELF. CANDACE WAS KNOWN FOR HER STRENGTH, FIERCE LOYALTY AND GENEROSITY. SHE WOULD GIVE HER LAST DOLLAR TO ANYBODY WHO WAS IN NEED. I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND MY CONDOLENCES TO CANDACE'S FAMILY AND FRIENDS. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS AND THE WHOLE COUNTRY GRIEVE WITH YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THE REMAINING BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                      • 06:52:59 PM

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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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                      • 06:53:05 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                      • 06:53:10 PM

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                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF AN EXTRAORDINARY…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF AN EXTRAORDINARY CONSTITUENT, LISA HANSON.

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                        MR. TONKO

                        LISA WAS AN AIR FORCE VETERAN, A LONG-TIME CIVIL SERVANT, AND AN…

                        LISA WAS AN AIR FORCE VETERAN, A LONG-TIME CIVIL SERVANT, AND AN INSPIRATION TO MANY AS AN OVARIAN CANCER SURVIVOR. IN THE FINAL YEARS OF HER CAREER, LISA WORKED AS A DEFENSE CONTRACTOR AT THE LEGISLATEARY -- LEGENDARY ARSENAL IN NEW YORK. DURING HER 14-YEAR BATTLE WITH CANCER, LISA BECAME AN EXPERT IN CANCER RESEARCH AND TREATMENT. SHE USED THAT KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE TO BECOME AN ADVOCATE AND A MENTOR TO FELLOW SURVIVORS. OVARIAN CANS ALREADY EFFECT ONE IN 75 -- CANCER WILL EFFECT ONE IN 75 WOMEN. THERE'S NO DIAGNOSIC TOOL FOR IT. RAISING AWARENESS IS ONE OF THE BEST AND ONLY WAYS TO GET WOMEN DIAGNOSED SOONER. LISA MADE IT HER PERSONAL MISSION TO REACH AS MANY WOMEN AS POSSIBLE IN NEW YORK'S CAPITAL REGION AND BEYOND, THROUGH HER LEADERSHIP AT CARING TOGETHER INC. SHE ALSO PARTICIPATED IN THE SURVIVER'S TEACHING STUDENTS PROGRAM, SHARING PERSONAL EXPERIENCES WITH MEDICAL AND NURSING STUDENTS. LISA PASSED AWAY ON JANUARY 6. WE WILL REMEMBER HER PASSION AND SELFLESS DEDICATION TO OVARIAN CANCER RESEARCH AND THE EXTRAORDINARY POWER IN HER VOICE AND IN HER STORY. THANK YOU FOR A LIFETIME OF SERVICE TO OTHERS, LISA. YOU WILL BE SORELY MISSED. BUT THANK YOU FOR THE INSPIRATION YOU HAVE PROVIDED SO MANY. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 06:54:35 PM

                        THE PEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ARE THERE ANY FURTHER…

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ARE THERE ANY FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES? THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUEST.

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                      • 06:54:53 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MS. ADAMS OF NORTH CAROLINA FOR JANUARY 8…

                        LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MS. ADAMS OF NORTH CAROLINA FOR JANUARY 8 THROUGH THE 11.

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                      • 06:55:01 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST IS GRANTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST IS GRANTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                      • 06:55:11 PM

                        MS. TENNEY

                        MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST THAT THE HOUSE BE ADJOURNED.

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        ADJOURNED.

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                        Ms. Tenney moved that the House do now adjourn.

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                        On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.

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                          Adjourned

                          The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on January 11, 2018.

                          • 10:00:11 AM

                            HOST

                            REPRESENTATIVE PAUL GOSAR. NOW TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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                            THE CLERK

                            THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., JANUARY 10, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT…

                            THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., JANUARY 10, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE ADRIAN SMITH TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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                          • 10:00:31 AM

                            TEMPORE PURSUANT

                            PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 8, 2018, THE CHAIR WILL NOW…

                            PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 8, 2018, 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 ALLOCATED BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND IN NO EVENT SHALL DEBATE CONTINUE BEYOND 11:50 A.M. EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND THE MAJORITY WHIP SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                          • 10:01:07 AM

                            MR. BLUMENAUER

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ONE OF THE PHRASES ONE OFTEN HEARS IS, I HATE TO…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ONE OF THE PHRASES ONE OFTEN HEARS IS, I HATE TO SAY I TOLD YOU SO, AND IT'S DELIVERED WITH A FEIGN SINCERITY BUT USUALLY PEOPLE ACTUALLY LIKE TO SAY I TOLD YOU SO. I MUST CONFESS THAT I HAVE SOME OF THOSE FEELINGS MYSELF AS REPEATEDLY DURING THE FEW HOURS THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE MET RUSHING THROUGH THE MASSIVE TAX CUT, THE LARGEST TRANSFER OF WEALTH IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY THAT WILL BE PAID FOR ON THE BACKS OF OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WITH INCREASED DEBT AND BENEFITING PEOPLE WHO DON'T NEED IT. I SAID AT THE TIME THAT EACH WEEK AFTER THIS BILL PASSED, IF IT DID, WE WOULD HAVE A SERIES OF EMBARRASSING STORIES ABOUT MISTAKES AND OVERSIGHT AND SPECIAL INTEREST PROVISIONS THAT WERE STUCK INTO IT. ACTUALLY THE FACT IS THAT THAT WAS SOMEWHAT UNDERSTATED, BECAUSE WE ARE SEEING LITERALLY EVERY DAY PEOPLE UNDERSTAND WHAT WAS TUCKED IN THE BILL, MISTAKES, OVERSIGHT, AND SPECIAL INTEREST PROVISIONS. FOR EXAMPLE, THERE IS A REDUCTION IN THE BILL THAT WE WERE TOLD DESIGNED TO HELP SMALL CRAFT BREWERS. THAT'S IMPORTANT TO ME AND THE PEOPLE I REPRESENT, AND THE'S BROAD SUPPORT FOR MINOR PROVISIONS THAT WOULD BE ABLE TO HELP THEM BY REDUCING THEIR TAX LIABILITY. BUT THE PROVISION THAT ENDED UP IN THE FINAL BILL HAS MASSIVE OPPORTUNITIES TO BENEFIT LARGE PRODUCERS. A LITTLE BIT MORE SMALL CRAFT BREWERS. BUT FOR LARGE INTERNATIONAL DISTILLERS AN OPPORTUNITY TO RECON FIGURE HOW THEY DO BUSINESS -- RECONFIGURE HOW THEY DO BUSINESS, TO TAKE MULTIPLE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THAT TAX BREAK. THERE WAS AN ARTICLE YESTERDAY TALKING ABOUT HOW THE TAX RATE FOR AMERICAN COMPANIES THAT MANUFACTURE OVERSEAS, THE TAX ON THAT ACTIVITY WILL BE HALF AS MUCH AS IF THEY WERE MANUFACTURING IN THE UNITED STATES, PROVIDING AN INCENTIVE TO OFF-SHORE JOBS AT A TIME WHEN MOST OF US WOULD LIKE TO MAKE SURE THAT IS HERE AT HOME, AT LEAST A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD, NOT DISADVANTAGE PEOPLE AT HOME. OF COURSE, THERE'S ANOTHER STORY IN TODAY'S "WALL STREET JOURNAL." TAX LAWS AFFECT FUEL FARM OUTCRY. THERE WAS A PROVISION INSERTED IN THE BILL THAT WOULD GIVE FARMERS A MORE LUCRATIVE REDUCTION THAT THEY WOULD SELL AGRICULTURE DIRECTLY TO FARM COULD HE OPERATIVES. THERE IS A -- COOPERATIVES. IT WILL STING LARGE AGRIBUSINESSES LIKE ARCHER DANIEL MIDLAND. THE NEW PROVISION COULD RESHAPE PARTS OF THE AGRICULTURE ECONOMY AND SHARPLY REDUCE MANY FARMERS' TAXES AS WELL AS SCRAMBLING THESE INDIVIDUAL BUSINESSES. JOHN POWER, A NORTH DAKOTA ACCOUNTANT WHO WAS THE ACCOUNTANT FOR THE SMALL GRAIN OPERATOR WHO IS GOING TO BE HAMMERED SAID, QUOTE, IT'S KIND OF HARD TO IMAGINE THEY INTENDED TO MAKE FARMING TAX-FREE, HE SAID. FIXING IT BECOMES DIFFICULT BECAUSE THEY DON'T THINK IT'S SOMETHING THAT CAN BE FIXED WITH REGULATION. THERE ARE A VARIETY OF THESE PROVISIONS THAT ARE THE RESULT OF NOT FOLLOWING WHAT WE CALL REGULAR ORDER, WITHOUT HAVING HEARINGS ON THE PROVISION, OF ALLOWING LOBBYISTS AND STAFF TO BE ABLE TO DRAFT THE BILL ON THE FLY WITHOUT HAVING MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE, NOT JUST DEMOCRATS, BUT REPUBLICANS TO FULLY KNOW WHAT WAS IN IT. THAT IS LEGISLATIVE MALPRACTICE. IT'S ONE OF THE REASONS WHY DESPITE GIVING OVER $3 TRILLION OF TAX CUTS, THE BILL REMAINS UNPOPULAR. AMERICANS ARE NERVOUS ABOUT INCREASING OUR NATIONAL DEBT OVER $2 TRILLION, AND THEY KNOW THAT THE BENEFITS FOR AVERAGE CITIZENS ARE GOING TO GO AWAY IN A FEW YEARS AND SOME ARE ACTUALLY GOING TO SEE INCREASES. BUT THE BENEFITS FOR THE TOP 1% AND THE LARGEST CORPORATIONS ARE PERMANENT. PEOPLE KNOW THAT IT'S NOT FAIR, THAT IT'S UNNECESSARY, AND IT'S GOING TO HAVE MORE AND MORE PROBLEMS HERE, NOT JUST IN STATES LIKE MINE WHERE CITIZENS ARE NO LONGER GOING TO BE ABLE TO FULLY DEDUCT THEIR STATE AND LOCAL TAXES, PROPERTY TAXES, RESULTING IN SIGNIFICANT INEQUITY AND SCRAMBLING PROPERTY VALUES, NOT JUST IN OREGON BUT IT'S ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHERE PEOPLE WILL BE FACING THESE PROBLEMS. MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE WATCHING NOW PEOPLE STARTING TO TRY AND BACKTRACK --

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

                          • 10:06:21 AM

                            MR. BLUMENAUER

                            THEN I WILL STOP. THANK YOU.

                          • 10:06:24 AM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN…

                            THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. THOMPSON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                          • 10:06:30 AM

                            MR. THOMPSON

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S BEEN NEARLY 10 YEARS SINCE THE…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S BEEN NEARLY 10 YEARS SINCE THE GREAT RECESSION OFFICIALLY BEGAN, WHEN OUR ECONOMY SLUMPED AND UNEMPLOYMENT CLIMBED TO LEVELS NOT WITNESSED SINCE THE EARLY 1980'S. LAST MONTH, CONGRESS PAVED A WAY TO A TAX SYSTEM THAT'S FAIRER, SIMPLER AND ONE THAT ESTABLISHES AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE THE COUNTRY CAN UNLEASH OUR FULL POTENTIAL. TOO MANY AMERICANS ARE LIVING PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK AND HAVE BEEN POOR FOR TOO LONG. STAGNANT WAGES, GROWING DEBT, AND THE INABILITY TO SAVE HAVE PLAGUED SO MANY. THAT'S WHY OUR TAX OVERHAUL IS SO IMPORTANT. THIS TRULY IS A ONCE-IN-A-GENERATION OPPORTUNITY THAT WE COULD NOT AFFORD TO PASS UP. THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT WILL TOUCH EVERY HOUSEHOLD IN THE NATION AND EVERY CORNER OF OUR ECONOMY. AS SOON AS FEBRUARY, AMERICANS WILL SEE MORE MONEY IN THEIR PAYCHECKS. WHEN IT COMES TIME TO FILE THE 2018 TAXES, OUR TAX SIMPLE WILL BE SO SIMPLE THAT NINE OUT OF 10 AMERICANS WILL BE ABLE TO FILE ON A POSTCARD. THE STANDARD DEDUCTION WILL BE DOUBLED FOR INDIVIDUALS AND JOINT FILERS. MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES WILL ALSO HAVE A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE TO THE CHILD TAX CREDIT TO HELP PARENTS WITH THE COST OF RAISING CHILDREN. MR. SPEAKER, FOR THOSE PURSUING OPPORTUNITY THROUGH EDUCATION, AMERICA'S STUDENTS, THE GRADUATE TUITION VOUCHER EXEMPTION AND STUDENT LOAN INTEREST DEDUCTION REMAIN IN OUR TAX REFORM PACKAGE. I AND MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES URGED THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE TO KEEP THESE IMPORTANT PROVISIONS INTACT. OUR TAX CODE SHOULD PROVIDE INCENTIVES FOR GREATER OPPORTUNITY. FOR MANY THIS IS REALIZED THROUGH HIGHER EDUCATION. THE STUDENT LOAN INTEREST DEDUCTION HELPS MAKE HIGHER EDUCATION MORE AFFORDABLE AND BASED ON THE MOST RECENT YEARLY DATA AVAILABLE, 12 MILLION TAXPAYERS BENEFITED FROM THAT DEDUCTION. I ADVOCATED KEEPING THIS PROVISION AS WELL AS THE GRADUATE TUITION VOUCHER EXEMPTION AND OTHER HIGHER EDUCATION TAX CREDITS AS PART OF THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT BECAUSE THEY TRULY DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF SO MANY AMERICANS. IT MAKES FINANCING IN EDUCATION POSSIBLE FOR MANY LOW AND MIDDLE-INCOME INDIVIDUALS. IN ADDITION TO EDUCATION, ANOTHER GREAT CORNERSTONE OF THE AMERICAN DREAM IS HOMEOWNERSHIP. PROUDLY THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE TAX RELIEF TO CURRENT AND ASPIRING HOMEOWNERS ALIKE. MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE MANY ACCOMPLISHED THINGS IN THIS TAX OVERHAUL, ACCORDING LOWERING THE CORPORATE TAX RATE WHICH WILL PUT OUR JOB CREATORS ON A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD WITH THEIR GLOBAL COMPETITORS. THIS HAS ALREADY LED TO INCREASED BONUSES AND PAY RAISES FOR MILLIONS OF WORKERS. QUITE SIMPLY, THIS BILL PROVIDES THE KIND OF TAX RELIEF THAT AMERICANS DESERVE. WE CHALLENGE THE STATUS QUO AND THE SPECIAL INTERESTS WHO SAID IT COULDN'T BE DONE AND WE DID IT. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WON. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON STATE, MS.…

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON STATE, MS. JAYAPAL, IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                          • 10:09:47 AM

                            MS. JAYAPAL

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF THE UPCOMING HOLIDAY REMEMBERING DR.…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF THE UPCOMING HOLIDAY REMEMBERING DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AS A LIFELONG ACTIVIST FIGHTING FOR IMMIGRANTS, CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS AND NOW AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS, DR. KING HAS BEEN A DEEP AND CENTRAL INSPIRATION THROUGHOUT MY LIFE. HIS WORK HAS HELPED ME TO MAKE POSSIBLE THE PATH THAT I'VE TAKEN, FROM BEING A 16-YEAR-OLD IMMIGRANT GIRL WHO CAME TO THIS COUNTRY BY HERSELF FOR COLLEGE TO SERVING NOW AS THE FIRST WOMAN -- INDIAN AMERICAN WOMAN ELECTED TO THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. AND IT IS THE COURAGE AND THE FIGHT OF DR. KING THAT MADE MY JOURNEY POSSIBLE. I KNEW OF DR. KING FIRST BECAUSE OF HIS CONNECTION TO GANDHI, A GREAT LEADER FROM MY OWN BIRTH COUNTRY OF INDIA. LIKE GANDHI, DR. KING WAS A ONCE IN A GENERATION LEADER. LIKE GANDHI, THE PROBLEMS THAT DR. KING TACKLED WERE ONCE SEEN AS INSURMOUNTABLE PROBLEMS, INSTITUTIONAL BARRIERS OF RACE AND CLASS THAT SEEMED AS IF IF TAKEN ON WOULD TOPPLE SOCIETY AS WE KNEW IT. TALL WALLS OF TRADITION AND PRACTICE THAT KEPT OUR SOCIETY SEGREGATED AND DIVIDED. BUT THAT DID NOT STOP HIM FROM SPEAKING OUT, ORGANIZING AND LEADING A GROWING MOVEMENT THAT REMINDED THE LEADERS OF OUR COUNTRY OF THE VERY DREAM THAT MADE AMERICA POSSIBLE, THAT ALL MEN AND WOMEN WERE CREATED EQUAL AND THAT WE SHOULD BE JUDGED BY THE CONTENT OF OUR CHARACTER AND NOT THE COLOR OF OUR SKIN. DR. KING'S GIFT WAS IN HIS UNIQUE ABILITY TO BRING TRUTH, COMPASSION, AND JUSTICE TOGETHER FOR A BETTER FUTURE AND TO REMIND US OF HOW MUCH WE SHARE, EVEN ACROSS OUR DIFFERENCES. HE FOLLOWED GANDHI'S PRINCIPLES OF NONVIOLENT RESISTANCE, ALSO KNOWN AS THE SATIA GRAHA. ADHERENCE TO TRUTH. IT MEANT INSISTENCE ON TRUTH AND THAT IS WHAT DR. KING PREACHED AND ACTED UPON. TRUTH ABOUT ENDING SEGREGATION AND DISCRIMINATION. TRUTH ABOUT ENDING THE WAR IN VIETNAM. TRUTH ABOUT ENDING UP SANITATION WORKERS AND ENDING POVERTY. TRUTH ULTIMATELY THAT IT IS LOVE AND NOT HATE THAT BUILDS OUR CHARACTER AND OUR COLLECTIVE SOCIETY. IF DR. KING WAS HERE WITH US TODAY, HE WOULD CALL ON US TO HAVE FAITH IN OUR FIGHT FOR JUSTICE AND TO SUBSTITUTE COURAGE FOR CAUTION. HE WOULD CALL ON US TO WORK PASSIONATELY AND UNRELENTINGLY FOR THE VERY VISION OF OUR COUNTRY THAT INSPIRES SO MANY AROUND THE WORLD. FOR THAT MORE PERFECT UNION THAT WE KNOW IS STILL AHEAD OF US, FOR THAT SOCIETY THAT REMEMBERS THAT WE ARE ALL BETTER OFF WHEN WE'RE ALL BETTER OFF. DR. KING WOULD REMIND US THAT JUSTICE IS WHAT LOVE LOOKS LIKE IN PUBLIC. HE WOULD CALL ON US TO MOVE INTO THAT PLANE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, THAT PLANE OF MORAL CONSCIOUSNESS WHERE WE CANNOT SIMPLY STAND BY AS INJUSTICE OCCURS AROUND YOU US. HE WOULD WANT US TO RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE, ENACTING REAL TAX REFORM WHOSE BENEFITS ACCRUE TO THE MASSES AND NOT TO THE TOP 1% AND WEALTHIEST CORPORATIONS. DR. KING WOULD CALL ON US TO PASS THE DREAM ACT AND SUPPORT THE FUTURES OF 1.5 MILLION YOUNG PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. HE WOULD CALL ON US TO EXPAND AND SUPPORT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND HEALTH CARE FOR EVERYONE SO THAT NO ONE IS ONE HEALTH CARE CRISIS AWAY FROM BANKRUPTCY. OUR WORK IS STILL TO FIGHT FOR JUSTICE AND BUILD THAT BELOVED COMMUNITY WHERE EACH OF US HAS A PLACE TO STAND REGARDLESS OF THE COLOR OF OUR SKIN OR WHERE WE LIVE OR HOW MUCH MONEY WE HAVE IN OUR POCKET. AND IN THIS BELOVED COMMUNITY WE WOULD TACKLE THE LEGACIES OF RACISM AND IMPLICIT BIAS THAT WE ALL CARRY WITH US WITH COURAGE AND WITH FORTITUDE. WE WORK TOGETHER TO BUILD THAT COMMUNITY THAT INSPIRES US AND TO LEAVE A WORLD TO OUR CHILDREN THAT MAKES US PROUD AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, WE OPERATE ALWAYS FROM A PLACE OF GENEROSITY AND NOT -- ABUNDANCE RATHER THAN FEAR AND SCARCITY. FROM THAT JAIL CELL IN ALABAMA, DR. KING WROTE THAT WE ARE CAUGHT IN AN INESCAPABLE NETWORK OF MUTUALITY TIED IN A SINGLE GARMENT OF DESTINY. OR AS THE GREAT CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER SAID TO ME DURING THE IMMIGRANT WORKERS FREEDOM MARCH, WE ARE ALL IN THE SAME BOAT HOW, TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, TO TRULY SERVE THE PEOPLE. IT ONLY TAKES COURAGE AND COMING TOGETHER AS A COLLECTIVE. ACROSS THE AISLE, ACROSS RURAL AND URBAN, BLACK, WHITE AND BROWN, DR. KING SHOWED US WHAT THAT REALLY LOOKS LIKE AND HE DIED BECAUSE HE WAS COMPELLED TO STAND FOR MAKING A REALITY FROM A DREAM OF WHAT WAS POSSIBLE ONLY IN A COUNTRY AS GREAT AS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. SO TODAY AS WE REMEMBER AND HONOR DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR., WE REMEMBER, TOO, THAT IF WE ARE COURAGEOUS, IF WE PUT PEOPLE OVER POLITICS, OUR ACTIONS HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE LIVES, TO PUSH THAT MORAL ARC OF THE UNIVERSE MORE QUICKLY TOWARDS JUSTICE. AS DR. KING SAID, WE MUST MAKE THE PLEDGE THAT WE SHALL ALWAYS MARCH FORWARD. WE CANNOT TURN BACK. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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                            THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. TIBERI, IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. .

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                            MR. TIBERI

                            IT'S TRULY BEEN THE MOST REMARKABLE HONOR TO O SERVE THE PEOPLE OF THE…

                            IT'S TRULY BEEN THE MOST REMARKABLE HONOR TO O SERVE THE PEOPLE OF THE 12TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN CENTRAL OHIO. IT STARTED IN 1999 ON MY PARENTS' FRONT PORCH, THE HOUSE I GREW UP, MIDDLE CLASS NEIGHBORHOOD IN COLUMBUS CALLED FOREST PARK. THERE AS THE SUN OF ITALIAN IMMIGRANTS I LEARNED HOW BLESSED I TRULY WAS TO BE AN AMERICAN. FIRST IN MY FAMILY TO GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL. TO GO TO HIGH SCHOOL. WORK MY WAY THROUGH COLLEGE AT THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY. MY MOM AND DAD BELIEVED THAT AMERICA WAS AN INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY WITH HARD WORK AND A GOOD EDUCATION, YOU COULD DO ANYTHING. THEIR SACRIFICES AND THEIR HARD WORK I'M HERE BEFORE YOU TODAY. FOR THEIR SACRIFICES, I AM FOREVER GRATEFUL. LEAVING -- GRATEFUL -- GRATEFUL. BELIEVE THIS CONGRESS WAS NOT AN EASY DECISION. THE SPEECH I MADE IN 1999 ON THEIR FRONT PORCH STILL HOLDS TRUE TODAY. THE REASON I RAN. TO HELP THOSE CONSTITUENTS. NOT ONLY HELP THEM HERE IN WASHINGTON, BUT HELP THEM CUT THROUGH THE RED TAPE, TO HELP THAT VETERAN, TO HELP THAT VIDEO ON O SOCIAL SECURITY. -- ON SOCIAL SECURITY. LEAVING WAS IMPORTANT FOR MY FAMILY. IT WAS IMPORTANT TO SUPPORT THEM. TO BE WITH THEM MORE. MY COLLEAGUES UNDERSTAND THAT. THE SACRIFICES THAT WE MAKE, THEY MAKE MORE. WE PUT OUR NAMES ON THE BALLOT, OUR SPOUSES DON'T. OUR CHILDREN DON'T. TO MY COLLEAGUES, THANK YOU FOR YOUR FRIENDSHIP, YOUR MENTORSHIP, AND CERTAINLY YOUR WISDOM OVER THE YEARS. I WILL MISS YOU. TO MY SUPPORTERS WHO SPENT COUNTLESS HOURS KNOCKING ON DOORS, PUTTING UP SIGNS, GOING ON BUS TOURS, COULDN'T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU. THANK YOU. TO MY TEAM, BOTH BACK IN OHIO AND HERE IN D.C., BOTH PAST AND PRESENT, THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME SERVE AND SUCCEED THE PEOPLE OF OHIO'S 12TH DISTRICT. THE LATE GREAT WOODY HAYES SAID YOU WIN WITH PEOPLE. YOU ARE MY PEOPLE. AND WE WON TOGETHER SO MANY BATTLES. I COULD NOT HAVE DONE THIS WITHOUT YOU. FOREVER TEAM TIBERI, YOU-ALL WILL BE. MOST IMPORTANTLY FOR MY WIFE, OUR BATTLES. I COULD NOT HAVE DONE THIS WITHOUT YOU. FOUR DAUGHTERS THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT OVER THE YEARS. I WILL LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU MUCH MORE. AND FINALLY, TO THE CONSTITUENTS OF THE 12TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. WHAT AN HONOR. A HUMBLING HONOR TO SERVE YOU FOR THE ALSO 17 YEARS. FOR A KID WHO GREW UP IN COLUMBUS, OHIO, IN A MIDDLE CLASS FAMILY, IT HAS TRULY BEEN AN AMAZING JOURNEY. THIS SPEECH IS NOT GOODBYE. THIS SPEECH IS SEE YOU SOON, AROUND THE CORNER. AND TO THAT I WISH YOU-ALL THE BEST HERE IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, GOD BLESS YOU. AND GOD BLESS AMERICA.

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

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                            MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                            THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. WE WILL ALL CERTAINLY MISS THE GENTLEMAN…

                            THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. WE WILL ALL CERTAINLY MISS THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO. HE'S A WONDERFUL MEMBER AND WE HAVE AND JOYED HIS SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. MR. SPEAKER -- WE HAVE ENJOYED HIS SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. A JUDGE ORDERED THE ADMINISTRATION TO CONTINUE ACCEPTING RENEWAL APPLICATIONS FOR DACA RECIPIENTS, ALTHOUGH THIS IS WELCOME NEWS, THIS SHOULD NOT UNDERCUT THE URGENCY FOR US HERE IN CONGRESS TO PASS A PERMANENT LEGISLATIVE SOLUTION TO SHIELD OUR DREAMERS FROM DEPORTATION. THIS WEEK I AGAIN HAVE THE GREAT HONOR OF MEETING ANOTHER GREAT GROUP OF BRIGHT AND HARDWORKING YOUNG IMMIGRANTS FROM MY DISTRICT WHOSE DACA PERMITS WILL EXPIRE IN THE COMING WEEKS AND MONTH. DESPITE THEIR CIRCUMSTANCES, DESPITE LIVING IN FEAR AND UNCERTAINTY ABOUT WHAT THEIR FUTURE HOLDS, EACH ONE OF THESE INDIVIDUALS HAS DEMONSTRATED GREAT RESOLVE AND PERSEVERANCE TO CONTINUE THE FIGHT. THEY VISIT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, THEY SHARE THEIR UNIQUE STORIES, THEY PROVIDE THE FACTS ABOUT THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS AND OUR COMMUNITIES, AND THEY IMPLORE US TO TAKE -- TO GIVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO STAY IN WHAT THEY CONSIDER TO BE THEIR HOME. THE UNITED STATES. OUR DREAMERS HAVE SUFFERED LONG ENOUGH, MR. SPEAKER, AND IT IS TIME THAT WE ACT AND TAKE THIS ISSUE TO THE THE FACTS FINISH LINE. HUMAN LIVES ARE AT STAKE. OUR DREAMERS CAN'T LIVE FROM COURT DECISION TO COURT DECISION AS CONGRESS HAS RETURNED THIS WEEK TO BEGIN OUR SECOND SESSION, I'M HERE ONCE AGAIN TO URGE US ALL TO BRING TO THE FLOOR A LEGISLATIVE SOLUTION TO GIVE OUR DREAMERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK HERE, TO STUDY HERE IN THIS GREAT COUNTRY THAT THEY KNOW AS HOME. I'M CONFIDENT THAT WE HAVE THE VOTES, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, FOR THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE, TO PASS THIS PERMANENT LEGISLATIVE FIX. WE CAN AND FIX. WE CAN AND WE MUST MAKE THIS HAPPEN NOW. LET US NOT WAIT ANY LONGER. TO CONGRATULATE ST. THOMAS UNIVERSITY AS IT BREAKS GROUND ON JANUARY 24 ON THE NEW HOME FOR THE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS. THIS NEW FACILITY WILL EMPOWER ST. THOMAS UNIVERSITY MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONTINUE ITS DECADES-LONG COMMITMENT TO PROVIDING AN EXCELLENT YET AFFORDABLE BUSINESS EDUCATION TO STUDENTS IN SOUTH FLORIDA. THE NEW BUSINESS SCHOOL COMPLEX WILL INCLUDE A STATE-OF-THE-ART TRADING ROOM, CYBERSECURITY CENTER, AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION HUB, AND MANY OTHER MORE EXCITING SPACES. IT WILL ALSO EMPOWER THE BUSINESS SCHOOL TO OFFER 48 UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE DEGREES. MOST IMPORTANTLY WITH THIS EXPANDED CLASS RAMS AND ROBUST TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE, THIS NEW FACILITY WILL KEEP ST. THOMAS AT THE FOREFRONT OF BUSINESS EDUCATION AND WILL ENABLE THE UNIVERSITY TO CONTINUE PREPARING NEW GENERATIONS OF SOUTH FLORIDA BUSINESS LEADERS. I THANK MR. MUCHADO FOR HIS GIFT AND EVERY MEMBER. ST. THOMAS FAMILY WHO HAS WORKED SO HARD TO MAKE THIS DREAM A REALITY. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF PARKER THOMPSON, A RENOWNED ATTORNEY AND CIVIC LEADER FROM MIAMI WHO RECENTLY PASSED AT THE AGE OF 85. MR. THOMPSON WAS KNOWN FOR HIS WORK DEFENDING THE FIRST AMENDMENT DURING HIS TIME WITH HIS LAW FIRM, PAUL AND THOMPSON. PARKER WAS A LEADER IN ADVOCATING FOR OUR SOUTH FLORIDA ENVIRONMENT, INVOLVED IN CASES TO PROTECT THE EVERGLADES AND OUR PRISTINE BEACHES. AS THE FOUNDING CHAIR OF THE MIAMI-DADE PERFORMANCE ART CENTER TRUST, MR. THOMPSON HELPED LEAD THE CHARGE FOR THE CREATION OF THE STATE-OF-THE-ART ART CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS. PARKER'S COMMITMENT TO HIS COMMUNITY WAS ALSO VISIBLE THROUGH HIS ADVOCACY FOR THE UNDERLINING PROJECT TO RENOVATE PUBLIC SPACES IN MIAMI WHICH IS LED BY HIS DAUGHTER, ANOTHER PILLAR OF OUR COMMUNITY, NEW GENERATION, MEG DALEY. MR. TOMORROWSON REPRESENTED THE -- THOMSON REPRESENTED THE SPIRIT OF HARD WORK AND SERVED AS A MENTOR TO CO-WORKER AND FRIENDS. HE HAS LEFT A LEGACY OF SERVICE TO HIS COMMUNITY, ONE THAT FUTURE GENERATIONS SHOULD SEEK TO EMULATE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                            THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. BOST, IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                            MR. BOST

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK WE CELEBRATE NATIONAL LAW…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK WE CELEBRATE NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT APPRECIATION DAY. LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ANSWER THE CALL TO PUBLIC SERVICE. THEY ENTER INTO PROVISION THAT PUTS THEIR LIVES -- SITUATION THAT IS PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE. WHEN THE NATURAL HUMAN RESPONSE IT DANGE CERTIFICATE TO RUN AWAY, THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN RUN -- TO DANGER IS TO RUN AWAY, THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN RUN TO T OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS OCCUPY THAT THIN BLUE LINE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL. THEY STAND BETWEEN US AND THOSE WHO WISH TO DO US HARM AND HARM TO OUR FAMILIES. TO THE 780,000 POLICE OFFICERS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY WHO PUT ON THE BADGE EVERY DAY, THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS. MR. SPEAKER, I ALSO RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE HELEN HAWKINS OF EDWARDSVILLE, ILLINOIS FOR BEING INDUCTED INTO THE SENIORS ILLINOISANS HALL OF FAME. THE RECOGNITION COMMEMORATES THE ACHIEVEMENTS AND CONTRIBUTIONS OF CITIZENS AGE 65 AND OLDER. INDUCTEES ARE SELECTED THROUGH A STATEWIDE NOMINATION AND JUDGING PROCESS. THE PROGRAM DISTINGUISHES INDIVIDUALS IN THE AREAS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE, EDUCATION, THE WORK FORCE, AND THE ARTS. HELEN IS A TRUE PUBLIC SERVANT WHO HAS DEVOTED MANY YEARS TO SERVING THE RESIDENTS OF MADISON COUNTY AND THE TOWNSHIP. HER NO NONSENSE STYLE MAY HAVE RUFFLED A FEW FEATHERS, BUT SHE'S NEVER BEEN AFRAID TO FIGHT FOR HER CONSTITUENTS. KWLENL, THANK YOU FOR YOUR -- HELEN, THANK YOU FOR YOUR PUBLIC SERVICE. I ALSO RISE TODAY TO HONOR A VERY -- THE LONGEST SERVING MAYOR OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS. BOB BUTLER, WHO IS A VERY GOOD FRIEND OF MARIAN. HE'S A VERY GOOD FRIEND, BUT WHENEVER HE FIRST TOOK OFFICE HE DIDN'T KNOW ME WELL BECAUSE I WAS ONLY 2 1/2 YEARS OLD. HE WAS FIRST ELECTED IN APRIL OF 1963, BOB IS RETIRING THIS MONTH AFTER 55 YEARS OF SERVICE. BOB HAS ALWAYS BEEN A STRAIGHT SHOOTER, A PUBLIC AND GOOD PUBLIC SERVANT. HIS PRO-GROWTH AGENDA HAS HELPED TURN MARIAN INTO A REGIONAL POWERHOUSE ALONG I-57 IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS. IN FACT, THE INDUSTRIAL PARK IN MARIAN IS NAMED AFTER HIM. AND BOB FONDLY REFERS TO THE CITY OF MARIAN AS THE HUB OF THE UNIVERSE. HE REPRESENTS -- HE REPRESENTS THE DEDICATION TO PUBLIC SERVICE THAT SHOULD SERVE AS AN INSPIRATION TO ALL OF US. MAYOR BOB BUTLER, WE HONOR YOU AND WISH YOU HAPPY AND WELL DESERVED RETIREMENT. MR. SPEAKER, I ALSO RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE WISH YOU HAPPY SAM AND EVE JONES OF MARIAN, ILLINOIS. THIS REMARKABLE COUPLE WERE MARRIED -- FIRST MARRIED ON SEPTEMBER 27, 1936. IF YOU THINK ABOUT THAT, THAT WAS 80 YEARS AGO. SAM WORKED FOR CENTRAL ILLINOIS POWER SERVICE UNTIL HE RETIRED IN 1978. EVE WORKED AT HERIN AND LATER AS A COOK FOR WASHINGTON SCHOOL. PILLARS OF THE COMMUNITY. THEY WERE LONG TIME MEMBERS OF FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH IN MARIAN, AND THE WILLIAMSON COUNTY FARM BUREAU. IN 1993, THEIR FARM WAS HONORED AS A FAMILY FARM OF THE YEAR BY THE FARM BUREAU. SADLY, EVE PASSED LAST MONTH AT THE AGE OF 101. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH SAM AND THE ENTIRE JONES FAMILY. THANK YOU FOR MAKING SOUTHERN ILLINOIS A WONDERFUL PLACE TO LIVE. GOD BLESS YOU. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                            MISS GONZALEZ COLON: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY AFTER ALMOST 120 YEARS…

                            MISS GONZALEZ COLON: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY AFTER ALMOST 120 YEARS UNDER THE AMERICAN FLAG, PUERTO RICO REMAINS AS A COLONY OF THE UNITED STATES UNDER THE TERRITORIAL CLAUSE. TO USE THE CONSTITUTIONAL TERM. OUR RESIDENTS ARE SUBJECT TO THE SECOND CLASS CITIZENSHIP. FOR ALL THESE YEARS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS DENIED EQUAL RIGHTS TO ALL PUERTO RICANS WHO HAVE IN WAR AND PEACE MADE COUNTLESS CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR NATION. WHO HAVE BRAVELY FOUGHT IN EVERY CONFLICT SINCE THE GREAT WAR. DEFENDING OUR DEMOCRACY VALUES. THEY ARE BEING DENIED THE RIGHT TO VOTE FOR THEIR COMMANDER IN CHIEF AND HAVE FULL PEPPINGS IN THIS CONGRESS. -- REPRESENTATION IN THIS CONGRESS. A LARGE NUMBER OF THEM HAVE MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE. WHEN THEY DO, THEIR CASKET IS FLOWN BACK, COVERED IN AN AMERICAN FLAG, WITH 50 STARS. WITHOUT THE ONE REPRESENTING THEM. PUERTO RICO HAS EXPERIENCED LONG-STANDING INEQUALITIES UNDER FEDERAL LAWS. WHICH NOW THE WHOLE WORLD HAS BEEN ABLE TO WITNESS FIRSTHAND FOLLOWING THE DEVASTATION FOLLOWING HURRICANE MARIA. BEFORE THAT HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PUERTO RICO HAVE ALREADY REJECTED THIS DISCRIMINATION. CHOOSING INSTEAD TO BUY THEIR EQUALITY WITH A ONE-WAY AIRLINE TICKET TO FLORIDA. OR SIMPLY CHANGING THEIR STATE ZIP CODE. WITHOUT THE EQUAL RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES THAT ARE ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH STATEHOOD, PUERTO RICO WILL NEVER TRULY RECOVER AND PROSPER FROM THE HURRICANE EFFECTSES. THAT'S THE REASON WE DEMAND AND DESERVE STATEHOOD FOR PUERTO RICO NOW. THE ISLAND'S OVERWHELMINGLY VOTE FOR STATEHOOD IN 2012 BY A MARGIN OF 61%, AND IN JUNE OF LAST YEAR 97% OF THE ISLAND VOTED AGAIN FOR STATEHOOD. . THAT'S THE REQUEST THAT BROUGHT ME HERE. THAT'S WHAT BRINGS THE PUERTO RICO SENATE PRESIDENT, THE HOUSE SPEAKER AND OTHER ELECTED OFFICIALS FROM THE ISLAND THAT HAVE COME TODAY HERE TO WITNESS TODAY HISTORIC INTRODUCTION OF THE PUERTO RICO DELEGATION OF THIS CONGRESS. THAT DELEGATION WILL DEMAND THAT THE UNITED STATES RECOGNIZE THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE OF PUERTO RICO TO BECOME A STATE. THIS LONG-AWAITED ACTION IS IN ACCORDS WHAT THE PRESIDENT SET FORTH BY THE TENNESSEE PLAN ADOPTED BY THE TERRITORIES OF TENNESSEE, MICHIGAN, OREGON, CALIFORNIA, IOWA, KANSAS, AND ALASKA. WHICH FOLLOWS A SIMILAR PATH TO THE ADMISSION AS A STATE. IT IS MY HONOR TO INTRODUCE THIS DELEGATION BY SEVEN MEMBERS, THREE REPUBLICANS, THREE DEMOCRATS, ONE INDEPENDENT, DIVIDED IN TWO SENATORS, FIVE MEMBERS TO THE HOUSE, AS WE BECOME A STATE. FORMER GOVERNOR OF PUERTO RICO SERVES AS CHAIR TOUCHDOWN TO OBTAIN EQUALITY WITHIN THE NATION AND UNLEASH OUR FULL POTENTIAL. STATEHOOD WILL MAKE PUERTO RICO STRONGER BUT WE TOGETHER WILL MAKE THE UNITED STATES A MORE PERFECT UNION. WITH THAT I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                            THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. WALZ, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                            MR. WALZ

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE SERGEANT MAJOR ROBERT…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE SERGEANT MAJOR ROBERT HAWKINS OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY FOR HIS EXTRAORDINARY DEDICATION TO DUTY AND SERVICE TO OUR NATION. SERGEANT MAJOR HAWKINS WILL SOON TRANSITION FROM HIS CURRENT ASSIGNMENT AS AN ARMY CONGRESSIONAL LEGISLATIVE LIAISON OFFICER IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO SERVE IN THE OFFICE WAS ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE ARMY WITH ACQUISITIONS, TECHNOLOGY. A NATIVE OF ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA, SERGEANT MAJOR HAWKINS BEGAN HIS MILITARY CAREER AS AN AIRBORNE INFANTRYMAN IN 1990. HE WORKED IN HAWAII, LOUISIANA, FORT BLISS, TEXAS, FORT CAMPBELL, KENTUCKY, AND THREE TIMES AT FORT BRAGG, NORTH CAROLINA. HE SERVED IN MULTIPLE LEADERSHIP POSITIONS. HE HAS ONE TOUR IN IRAQ IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM AND THREE TOURS OF COMBAT IN AFGHANISTAN IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. MAJOR HAWKINS WAS SELECTED AS A FELLOW IN THE ARMY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM. HE SERVED 12 MONTHS AS DEFENSIVE LEGISLATIVE FELLOW IN MY CONGRESSIONAL OFFICE, REPRESENTING THE FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF MINNESOTA. WHILE WORKING ON OUR TEAM, I CAME TO KNOW SERGEANT MAJOR HAWKINS AS A SHINING EXAMPLE OF THE ARMY VALUES SET FORTH IN THE NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICERS CREED. CONFIDENCE IS INDEED SERGEANT MAJOR HAWKINS WATCH WORD. AND HIS COMMITMENT TO DOING WHAT GOOD N.C.O.'S DO, ACCOMPLISHING EVERY MISSION WHILE TAKING CARE OF HIS TEAMMATES WAS SECOND TO NONE. FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS, HE SERVED AS CONGRESSIONAL LEGISLATIVE LIAISON OFFICER IN THE OFFICE UNITED STATES ARMY LIAISON DIVISION. AS THE PRIMARY LINK BETWEEN HOUSE MEMBERS, THEIR STAFF AND THE COMMITTEES ALONG WITH THE ARMY, HE HAS PROVIDED INSIGHT AND UNDERSTANDING OF ARMY POLICIES, ACTIONS, OPERATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS. HIS FIRSTHAND KNOWLEDGE TO THE MILITARY, CULTURE AND TRADITION HAS BEEN OF TREMENDOUS VALUE TO CONGRESSIONAL OFFICES. SERGEANT MAJOR HAWKINS WAS EFFECTIVE IN HIS SERVICE TO MEMBERS AND STAFF AS HE ESCORTED THEM ON FACT FINDING AND OVERSIGHT DELEGATIONS WITHIN AND OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES. MEMBERS AND STAFF FOUND HIM TO BE THOUGHTFUL, INTELLIGENT, DEDICATED SOLDIER IN THE VERY BEST TRADITIONS OF AMERICA'S ARMED FORCES. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S BEEN A PLEASURE TO KNOW AND SERVE WITH SERGEANT MAJOR HAWKINS AS FELLOW AND LEGISLATIVE LIAISON OFFICER IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ON BEHALF OF A GRATEFUL NATION, IT IS MY HONOR TO RECOGNIZE THE SELFLESS SERVICE AND SACRIFICE OF SERGEANT MAJOR ROBERT "BOBBY" HAWKINS AND HIS FAMILY. I WISH SERGEANT MAJOR HAWKINS THE VERY BEST. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. YODER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                            MR. YODER

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR AND REMEMBER THE LIFE OF A…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR AND REMEMBER THE LIFE OF A LONGTIME PUBLIC SERVANT IN THIS BODY, ONE OF MY PREDECESSOR, FORMER THIRD DISTRICT CONGRESSMAN, LARRY WYNN. LARRY PASSED AWAY ON NEW YEAR'S EVE AT THE REMARKABLE AGE OF 98 AND WILL BE DEARLY MISSED BY HIS FAMILY AND THE PEOPLE OF THE THIRD DISTRICT. LARRY WILL LONG BE REMEMBERED IN OUR COMMUNITY AND IN THE HALLS OF CONGRESS AS A DEVOTED PUBLIC SERVANT. REPRESENTATIVE WYNN SERVED IN THIS BODY FOR 18 YEARS FROM 1967 TO 1985. HIS TIME IN THE HOUSE SPANNED ACROSS NINE CONGRESSES AND FIVE PRESIDENTIAL ADMINISTRATIONS. FROM LYNDON B. JOHNSON TO RONALD REAGAN. HE SERVED ALONGSIDE SOME OF THE GREAT STATESMEN OF HIS TIME. LARRY'S FRESHMAN CLASS IN THE HOUSE INCLUDED LATER PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH. LARRY AND HIS WIFE JOAN BECAME FRIENDS AND LARRY BECAME CLOSE FRIENDS AND GREATLY RESPECTED PRESIDENT GERALD FORD WHO VISITED THE THIRD DISTRICT AND DREW A HUGE CROWD. LARRY REPRESENTED OUR STATE ALONG WITH OUR MOST PROMINENT KANSANS EVER, SENATOR BOB DOLE. LARRY WAS KNOWN AS A CONGENIAL MEMBER WHO DEVELOPED STRONG RELATIONSHIPS WITH HIS COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. WHILE HE SPENT HIS ENTIRE TIME IN CONGRESS IN THE MINORITY PARTY, HE WAS A PROUD -- HE MADE A PRIORITY OF SEEKING OUT OPPORTUNITIES AND FRIENDS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. REPRESENTATIVE WYNN SERVED ON THE HOUSE COMMITTEE OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS FOR MANY YEARS ULTIMATELY BECOMING A RANKING MEMBER ON THE COMMITTEE. DURING HIS TIME WORKING ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS, THE UNITED STATES GRAPPLED WITH MAJOR WORLD EVENTS SUCH AS THE COLD WAR, VIETNAM WAR AND CONFLICT IN THE MIDDLE EAST. IN ADDITION TO HIS ROLE ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, HE REPRESENTED THE U.S. AS A CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE TO THE UNITED NATIONS. APPOINTED BY PRESIDENT REAGAN. IN ALL OF THESE ROLES, HE WAS AN EXCELLENT REPRESENTATIVE OF OUR COUNTRY TO THE REST OF THE WORLD. LARRY TOOK TREMENDOUS PRIDE IN SERVING THE PEOPLE OF THE THIRD DISTRICT. CONSTITUENT SERVICE WAS ALWAYS ONE OF HIS TOP PRIORITIES AND HE BELIEVED THAT SOLVING PROBLEMS FOR HIS CONSTITUENTS WAS ONE OF HIS MOST IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITIES. IF SOMEONE HAD AN ISSUE WITH A FEDERAL AGENCY, LARRY AND HIS STAFF WOULD MAKE SURE IT GOT RESOLVED. PRINCIPLE OF VALUING AND SERVING EACH INDIVIDUAL CONSTITUENT IN THE DISTRICT IS ONE I TRY TO FOLLOW TO THIS DAY, TRYING TO FILL HIS SHOES. HE LIVED A GREAT LIFE OUTSIDE OF CONGRESS AS WELL. LARRY WAS AN ALUMNUS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM AND PROUD JAYHAWK. I HEARD HE TAUGHT LIFELONG WILD CAT CURRENT SENATOR PAT ROBERTS HOW TO WAVE THE WHEAT. HE WAS UNABLE TO JOIN THE MILITARY DUE TO THE LOSS OF ONE OF HIS LEGS DURING AN ACCIDENT. HE BUILT AIRPLANES IN KANSAS CITY. OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF HIS INCLUDING SERVING AS DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HOME BUILDERS AND THE FOUNDING OF THE KANSAS CITY, KANSAS, CONGRESSIONAL FORUM, WHICH I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF REGULARLY ADDRESSING AND STILL GOING ON TODAY STARTING ITS 50TH YEAR. LARRY WAS A MENTOR TO ME AND SO MANY ASPIRING ELECTED OFFICIALS IN KANSAS, DISPENSING VALUABLE ADVICE AND OLD WAR STORIES TO HELP GUIDE US ALONG. HE HAD A GIFT WITH HUMOR AND EASE WITH PEOPLE THAT SERVED HIM WELL WITH ALL OF HIS ENDEAVORS AND MOST OF ALL HE WAS A GREAT MAN. WHILE WE WILL MOURN THE LOSS OF LARRY, I TAKE COMFORT KNOWING HE IS NOW BEING REUNITED WITH JOAN, HIS BELOVED WIFE OF 73 YEARS WHO PASSED AWAY IN 2015. LARRY LEAVES BEHIND A LARGE AND LOVING FAMILY HIS LEGACY WILL LIVE ON THROUGH HIS FOUR CHILDREN, LARRY, DOUGLAS, JANET, AND CYNTHIA, PLUS EIGHT GRANDCHILDREN AND 16 GREAT GRANDCHILDREN. LARRY'S LEGACY WILL LIVE ON IN OTHER PUBLIC SERVANTS WHO HE MENTORED AND INSPIRED. HE LEFT AN INDELIBLE MARK ON THIS BODY AND BECAUSE OF HIS LEADERSHIP HERE KANSAS AND THE UNITED STATES IS BETTER OFF FOR IT. LAYERY ON BEHALF OF THE UNITED STATES -- LARRY, ON BEHALF OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, WE ARE THANKFUL FOR YOUR SERVICE. YOU ARE IN GOD'S HANDS NOW. MAY YOU REST IN ETERNAL PEACE. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                            MR. GREEN

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN THE WELL OF THE…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN THE WELL OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AS A PROUD LIBERATED DEMOCRAT. A LIBERATED DEMOCRAT BY MY DEFINITION IS ONE THAT CANNOT ONLY SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER BUT CAN ALSO SPEAK ABOUT POWER. SO I RISE TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, TO HONOR AND CELEBRATE THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING. AND IN SO DOING, I WANT TO ENCOURAGE PERSONS TO NOT ONLY READ THE MASTERPIECE THAT DR. KING WROTE WHEN HE WAS IN THE BIRMINGHAM JAIL, BUT ALSO READ THE LETTER THAT HE WAS RESPONDING TO. THIS LETTER WAS WRITTEN BY EIGHT PERSONS, IN MY OPINION NONE OF WHOM WERE BIGOTS, NONE OF WHOM TAUGHT OR PREACHED HATE. EIGHT PERSONS WHO WERE OF THE RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY. EIGHT PERSONS WHO WERE BEYOND REPROACH, HIGH MORAL STANDARDS, IMPECCABLE CHARACTER. YOU NEED TO READ THE LETTER THAT DR. KING WAS RESPONDING TO, THE LETTER THAT WAS WRITTEN BY EIGHT MEMBERS OF THE CLERGY. WHEN YOU READ THIS LETTER, AS YOU GO THROUGH IT, YOU'LL GET TO THE LAST PARAGRAPH. I SHALL READ THE LAST PARAGRAPH AND EXCERPT FROM IT, IF YOU WILL, NOT IN ITS ENTIRETY BUT I SHOULD READ AN EXCERPT FROM THE LAST PARAGRAPH AND THEN I WANT TO CONTEMP RISE THE EXCERPT FROM THE LAST PARAGRAPH, READ IT IN ITS ENTIRETY, READ IT IN ITS ENTIRETY, READ THE LETTER FROM THE BIRMINGHAM JAIL. IF YOU DO NOT READ THIS LETTER, YOU CANNOT TOTALLY APPRECIATE THE MESSAGE THAT DR. KING WAS CONVEYING. HERE IS WHAT I SHALL READ AS AN EXCERPT. IT READS -- WHEN RIGHTS ARE CONSISTENTLY DENIED, A CAUSE SHOULD BE PRESSED IN THE COURTS AND IN NEGOTIATIONS AMONG LOCAL LEADERS AND NOT IN THE STREET. I JUST WANT TO CONTEMPORIZE THAT SENTENCE. IN THE COURTS. LET SOMEONE ELSE TAKE CARE OF THIS PROBLEM. THERE ARE OTHER PEOPLE WHO ARE PREPARED FOR THIS. THEY KNOW BEST HOW TO HANDLE THIS. LET SOMEONE ELSE DO WHAT WE COULD TAKE UPON OURSELVES TO DO. LET SOMEONE ELSE BE RESPONSIBLE FOR LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. LET SOMEONE ELSE BE RESPONSIBLE FOR GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE. LET SOMEONE ELSE DO IT. CONTEMPORIZING THIS LANGUAGE, LET THE PROSECUTOR DO IT. THE SPECIAL PROSECUTOR WILL GIVE US A DECISION THAT WE CAN APPRECIATE, THAT WE CAN TAKE FORTH, THAT WE CAN THEN CLAIM HAS GIVEN US A FOUNDATION TO DO SOMETHING SIGNIFICANT. MR. SPEAKER, THESE WERE PERSONS OF HONORABLE STANDING, GREAT STATUE, MEANT WELL, BUT THEY WANTED TO LET SOMEONE ELSE DO WHAT THEY THEMSELVES COULD HAVE HAD A HAND IN DOING. MR. SPEAKER, DR. KING WAS A MAN WHO BELIEVED THAT BIGOTRY AND HATRED MUST BE CONFRONTED AND HE UNDERSTOOD THIS ONE BASIC PREMISE. THOSE WHO WILL TOLERATE BIGOTRY AND HATRED, THEY WILL DO VERY LITTLE TO CHANGE IT. THEY WILL FIND REASONS WHY THEY CAN'T CHANGE BIGOTRY AND HATRED WHEN GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY. THERE'S ALWAYS AN EXCUSE. IT WON'T BE THE GOOD SAMARITAN RESPONSE. IF I DON'T HELP PEOPLE WHO ARE BEING DISCRIMINATED AGAINST, WHO ARE BEING KICKED OFF OF JOBS BECAUSE THEY'RE LGBTQ, WHO CAN'T GET LOANS BECAUSE THEIR ETHNICITY, INVIDIOUS RELIGIOSITY, BEING BARRED, BANNED, THEY DON'T LOOK TO SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING TO THEM. WHAT THEY'LL DO IS ASK, WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO ME IF I STEP OUT THERE AND TRY TO HELP THEM? I DON'T THINK THEY ARE PERSONS OF ILL WILL. I THINK THAT THEY ARE PERSONS WHO MEAN WELL, BUT I ASK PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THE CONTEXT OF THIS TIME BY UNDERSTANDING AND REVIEWING THE CONTEXT OF THE TIME THAT DR. KING LIVED IN AND REVIEW THAT LETTER FROM THE BIRMINGHAM JAIL, THE MASTERPIECE, BUT ALSO READ THE LETTER THAT HE WAS RESPONDING TO. THOSE WHO WILL TOLERATE BIGOTRY WILL DO LITTLE TO CHANGE IT. 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 GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. DUNCAN, FOR FIVE MINUTES. .

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                            MR. DUNCAN

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                            GUEST

                            LIVE EVERY DAY AT 7:00

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                            LIVE EVERY DAY AT 7:00 A.M. EASTERN. WE'LL LEAVE HERE. THE U.S. HOUSE IS…

                            LIVE EVERY DAY AT 7:00 A.M. EASTERN. WE'LL LEAVE HERE. THE U.S. HOUSE IS GAVELING IN FOR LEGISLATIVE WORK, INCLUDING A MEASURE COMBINING SEVERAL NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBAL ISSUES INTO A BILL, AND THEY'LL BEGIN WORK TODAY ON RE-AUTHORIZING THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT, PROGRAM FOR ANOTHER SIX YEARS, FISA. LIVE COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE HERE ON C-SPAN.

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                            THE SPEAKER

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

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

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                            CHAPLAIN CONROY

                            LET US PRAY. DEAR GOD, WE GIVE YOU THANKS FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. WE…

                            LET US PRAY. DEAR GOD, WE GIVE YOU THANKS FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. WE ASK YOUR SPECIAL BLESSING UPON THE MEMBERS OF THIS PEOPLE'S HOUSE. THEY FACE DIFFICULT DECISIONS AND DIFFICULT TIMES. WITH MANY FORCES AND INTERESTS DEMANDING THEIR ATTENTION. IN THESE DAYS, GIVE WISDOM TO ALL MEMBERS THAT THEY MIGHT EXECUTE THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE BENEFIT OF ALL AMERICANS. BLESS THEM, O GOD, AND BE WITH THEM AND WITH US ALL THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY TO COME. MAY ALL THAT IS DONE BE FOR YOUR GREATER HONOR AND GLORY, AMEN.

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                            THE SPEAKER

                            DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL THEREOF.…

                            DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1 THE JOURNAL STANDS APROVED.

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                            RULE 1, ADEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APURSUANT TO THE RULE…

                            RULE 1, ADEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APURSUANT TO THE RULE OF THE JOURNAL.

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                            THE SPEAKER

                            THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL,…

                            THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL, THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE, THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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                            MR. POE

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

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

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION ARE POSTPONED. THE PLEDGE OF…

                            FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION ARE POSTPONED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ESPAILLAT.

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                            MR. ESPAILLAT

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

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

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                            THE SPEAKER

                            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 GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            MR. CICILLINE

                            TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MR. CICILLINE

                            THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM HAS BEEN A HUGE SUCCESS. IN JUST A…

                            THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM HAS BEEN A HUGE SUCCESS. IN JUST A FEW WEEKS, FUNDING FOR THIS PROGRAM WILL RUN OUT IN MY STATE OF RHODE ISLAND. THIS IS A PROGRAM THAT'S PROVIDED HEALTH INSURANCE TO NINE MILLION CHILDREN FROM WORKING FAMILIES IN THIS COUNTRY. 27,000 CHILDREN AND PREGNANT WOMEN IN MY HOME STATE OF RHODE ISLAND. IT'S ALWAYS BEEN A BIPARTISAN ISSUE. THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN A HUGE SUCCESS. IT BROUGHT THE RATE OF UNEMPLOYED CHILDREN DOWN FROM ALMOST 14% WHEN THE PROGRAM BEGAN TO 4.5% TODAY. AND WHY HAVEN'T WE RE-AUTHORIZED THIS PROGRAM YET THAT INSURES THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING? THE CONGRESS PASSED THE $1.5 TRILLION TAX CUT, UNPAID FOR, BUT WE CAN'T MANAGE TO FIND MONEY TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM? I URGE THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IN THIS CHAMBER TO BRING A CLEAN RE-AUTHORIZATION BILL TO THE FLOOR SO WE CAN RE-AUTHORIZE THIS EFFECTIVE AND IMPORTANT PROGRAM AND TAKE CARE OF AMERICA'S CHILDREN AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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

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

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                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                            MR. NEWHOUSE

                            WE ARE ALREADY SEEING THE POSITIVE IMPACT OF TAX REFORM. MORE THAN 100,000…

                            WE ARE ALREADY SEEING THE POSITIVE IMPACT OF TAX REFORM. MORE THAN 100,000 BUSINESSES AND CORPORATIONS ARE GIVING BACK TO THEIR EMPLOYEES AND COMMUNITIES AS A DIRECT RESPONSE TO THE PASSAGE OF THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. THIS HISTORIC TAX REFORM LEGISLATION HAS PAVED THE WAY FOR A BETTER AMERICAN BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT, AND HARDWORKING PEOPLE ARE BENEFITING FROM THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF MAJOR EMPLOYERS AND SERVICE PROVIDERS, INCLUDING IN MY HOME STATE OF WASHINGTON. BOEING ANNOUNCED A TOTAL INVESTMENT OF $300 MILLION DEDICATED TO CORPORATE GIVING, EMPLOYEE TRAINING, AND INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT. ALASKA AIRLINES PROVIDED $1,000 BONUSES FOR MORE THAN $20,000 EMPLOYEES. WASHINGTON FEDERAL IS INCREASING SALARIES BY 5% FOR EMPLOYEES MAKING UNDER $100,000, INVESTING IN TRAINING, TECHNOLOGY UPGRADES, AND MAKING A $5 MILLION FILL AN THROPIC CONTORY -- PHILANTHROPIC CONTRIBUTIONS. THESE BENEFITS AND TAX RELIEF WILL HAVE A LASTING EFFECT ON WASHINGTON FAMILIES, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUE WORKING TOWARDS BIGGER PAYCHECKS, BETTER JOBS AND A MORE PROSPEROUS ECONOMY. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                            MS. BORDALLO

                            MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I AM PROUD TO REINTRODUCE MY COMPACT-IMPACT RELIEF ACT…

                            MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I AM PROUD TO REINTRODUCE MY COMPACT-IMPACT RELIEF ACT WITH OUR COLLEAGUES FROM HAWAII AND THE NORTHERN MARIANAS AS ORIGINAL CO-SPONSORS. OUR BILL WOULD PROVIDE RELIEF TO GUAM AND OTHER STATES AND TERRITORIES REQUIRED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE LOCAL PUBLIC SERVICES TO MORE THAN 76,000 MY GRANTS UNDER THE COMPACTS OF FREE ASSOCIATION. GUAM REMAINS THE TOP DESTINATION FOR COMPACT MY GRANTS FROM THE THREE FREELY ASSOCIATED STATES. OUR ISLAND ACOME DATES NEARLY 18,000 OUT OF A POPULATION OF JUST 175,000. AS THE UNITED STATES LOOKS TO RENEW THE COMPACTS AFTER 2023, CONGRESS MUST INCREASE MANDATORY COMPACT-IMPACT FUNDING TO AFFECTED JURISDICTIONS LIKE GUAM. CONGRESS SHOULD PROVIDE THE FUNDING, LEVEL RECOMMENDED BY THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE, AS I HAVE CALLED FOR REPEATEDLY. IN THE MEANTIME, I HOPE THIS HOUSE WILL ACT ON THE PRACTICAL POLICY CHANGES INCLUDED IN MY COMPACT-IMPACT RELIEF ACT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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

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

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                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HIGHLIGHT THE COURAGE AND PERSEVERANCE OF…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HIGHLIGHT THE COURAGE AND PERSEVERANCE OF SONYA, ONE OF THE FEW REMAINING HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS IN THE KANSAS CITY COMMUNITY AND A CONSTITUENT OF MINE.

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                            MR. YODER

                            NOW 91 YEARS OLD, AS A POLISH TEENAGER SHE WAS FORCED INTO CONCENTRATION…

                            NOW 91 YEARS OLD, AS A POLISH TEENAGER SHE WAS FORCED INTO CONCENTRATION CAMPS, RIPPED FROM HER FAMILY AND EVEN HAD TO WATCH AS HER MOTHER WALKED INTO THE GAS CHAMBER. HER LIFE IS BEING HIGHLIGHTED IN A RECENT DOCUMENTARY SHOWING AN AMERICAN MOVIE -- SHOWING IN BIG MOVIE THEATERS CALLED "BIG SONYA." THIS BEAUTIFUL FILM TELLS THE STORY OF HER STRUGGLE AND HEARTBREAK AND THE POWER OF LOVE TO OVERCOME HATE. I'VE KNOWN SONYA FOR YEARS AS A FRIEND BUT ALSO A CUSTOMER. SONYA'S STORY REMINDS US OF THE UNSPEAKABLE EVIL THAT SHE AND OTHERS IN THE HOLOCAUST HAD TO ENDURE AND WE MUST NEVER FORGET TODAY. BUT HER STORY AS A SURVIVOR OFFERS US A REMINDER AS HUMANITY'S BEAUTY AND KINDNESS AND THE ABILITY TO OVERCOME UNSPEAKABLE TRAGEDY. THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR INSPIRATIONAL STORY, BIG SONYA.

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

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

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                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SAY TO DREAMERS, THEIR PARENTS AND…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SAY TO DREAMERS, THEIR PARENTS AND T.P.S. HOLDERS FROM EL SALVADOR, HAITI, NICARAGUA WITH A, I STAND WITH YOU.

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                            MR. ESPAILLAT

                            INACTION AND LIVES OF 800,000 YOUNG PEOPLE ARE BEING USED AS A BARGAINING…

                            INACTION AND LIVES OF 800,000 YOUNG PEOPLE ARE BEING USED AS A BARGAINING CHIP. FOR WHAT? A WALL? SO STOP PLAYING WITH THE PEOPLE'S LIVES. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. LET'S PASS THE DREAM ACT NOW. MR. SPEAKER, I NOW MOVE THAT THE HOUSE STANDS ADJOURNED.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            DOES THE GENTLEMAN FIRST YIELD BACK HIS ONE MINUTE?

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                            MR. ESPAILLAT

                            YES, I DO.

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

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                            MR. ESPAILLAT

                            I SEEK RECOGNITION THAT THE HOUSE STANDS ADJOURNED.

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                            THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE HOUSE ADJOURN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY…

                            THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE HOUSE ADJOURN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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                            MR. ESPAILLAT

                            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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                            DOES THE GENTLEMAN ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS?

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                            MR. ESPAILLAT

                            YES.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 51. THE NAYS ARE 331. THE MOTION NOT ADOPTED.…

                            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 51. THE NAYS ARE 331. THE MOTION NOT ADOPTED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                            MR. POE

                            MR. SPEAKER, TISHA WAS 16 YEARS OLD WHEN SHE RAN AWAY FROM A FOSTER FAMILY…

                            MR. SPEAKER, TISHA WAS 16 YEARS OLD WHEN SHE RAN AWAY FROM A FOSTER FAMILY TO AVOID BEING SEXUALLY ASSAULTED FROM THAT FAMILY. SHE THOUGHT SHE WAS FINALLY SAFE FROM ABUSE WHEN SHE MET A MAN NAMED MASTER D. HE PROMISED HER HE WOULD RETURN HER TO HER BIOLOGICAL FAMILY BUT HE LIED. HE FORCED HER TO HAVE SEX WITH HER MEN FOR MONEY. NOW SHE FOUND HERSELF TO BE A TRAFFICKED VICTIM OF THE SEX SLAVE TRADE.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. ALL MEMBERS, IF YOU WOULD TAKE YOUR…

                            THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. ALL MEMBERS, IF YOU WOULD TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS TO THE REAR OF THE CHAMBER OR OUT OF THE CHAMBER. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MR. POE

                            MR. SPEAKER, NOW SHE FOUND HERSELF TO BE A TRAFFICKED VICTIM OF THE SEX…

                            MR. SPEAKER, NOW SHE FOUND HERSELF TO BE A TRAFFICKED VICTIM OF THE SEX SLAVE TRADE. SHE WAS ARRESTED FOR PROSTITUTION, AND ON HER SECOND ARREST, AUTHORITIES FINALLY RESCUED HER FROM THE TRAFFICKING SCOURGE AND PROVIDED HER A WAY OUT OF THAT SITUATION. MY LEGISLATION, THE ABOLISH HUMAN TRAFFICKING ACT, WILL INCREASE PROSECUTIONS FOR PERPETRATORS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING LIKE MASTER D AND HOLD THOSE ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR CRIMES OF SEX SLAVERY. WE MUST SUPPORT VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND PUT THEIR PREDATORS WHERE THEY BELONG, BEHIND BARS. ON THIS ABOLISH HUMAN TRAFFICKING DAY, OUR SOCIETY MUST PROSECUTE THE TRAFFICKERS AND RESCUE VICTIMS OF THIS SCOURGE ON AMERICA. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I'LL YIELD BACK.

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                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN, FOR…

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN, FOR WHAT PURPOSE DO YOU SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                            MR. SPEAKER, 100 YEARS TODAY THIS HOUSE PASSED A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT…

                            MR. SPEAKER, 100 YEARS TODAY THIS HOUSE PASSED A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT GRANTING WOMEN THE RIGHT TO VOTE.

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                            MRS. LAWRENCE

                            274 MILLION VOTED FOR IT, BUT 136 VOTED AGAINST IT. ONE REPRESENTATIVE…

                            274 MILLION VOTED FOR IT, BUT 136 VOTED AGAINST IT. ONE REPRESENTATIVE SAID, AND I QUOTE, IMPORTANT ISSUES CANNOT BE DECIDED BY WOMEN'S FEARS AND TEARS AND EMOTION. THEY HAVE TO BE DECIDED BY REAL MANLY MEN OF AMERICA. 100 YEARS LATER, UNFORTUNATELY WE HEAR SIMILAR COMMENTS. TO GET OUR RIGHTS AND PROTECT OUR RIGHTS, THE BATTLE CONTINUES, BUT 2018, MR. SPEAKER, IS THE YEAR OF THE WOMAN. AND WE WILL NEVER GIVE UP OUR RIGHTS. WE WILL NEVER GIVE UP OUR VOTES, AND WE WILL NEVER EVER GIVE UP OUR VOICE. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE HISTORY SLAPPING US IN THE FACE. WE AS A BODY NEED TO RECOGNIZE AND RESPECT WOMEN'S RIGHTS IN THIS HOUSE AND IN AMERICA AND I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 12:43:35 PM

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                            THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA -- FOR WHAT…

                            THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA -- FOR WHAT REASON DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION. WOULD THE THE GENTLEMAN SUSPEND?

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                          • 12:43:50 PM

                            MR. WILSON

                            I WAS LEARNED THAT TIDE WATER VOTES IS INVESTING MONEY TO EXPAND THEIR…

                            I WAS LEARNED THAT TIDE WATER VOTES IS INVESTING MONEY TO EXPAND THEIR FACILITY IN LEXINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, CREATING 100 NEW JOBS. THIS NEWS IS ON TOP OF AFFLAC SAYING THEY WILL EXPAND THEIR EMPLOYEES IN SOUTH CAROLINA, DOUBLING THEIR EMPLOYEE 401-K-MATCHING FUNDS. ON THE SAME DAY REPUBLICAN PASSED HISTORIC TAX CUTS, AT&T, LED BY PAM LACKEY, ANNOUNCED THEY WILL HAVE A $1,000 BONUS. COMCAST WILL BE PROVIDING $1,000 BONUS TO 100,000 EMPLOYEES. BB&T LED BY MIKE BRENON WILL BE RAISING THEIR EMPLOYEE WAGES TO $15 AN HOUR AND PROVIDING A $1,200 BONUS FOR 27,000 EMPLOYEES. BOEING OF CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, SAID THEY WILL DONATE MONEY TO CHARITIES THAT FOCUS ON EDUCATION, VETERANS, MILITARY PERSONNEL. THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IS NOT ONLY FOR BUSINESS. I APPRECIATE THAT NEXT MONTH AMERICAN FAMILIES WILL SEE MORE OF THEIR OWN MONEY IN THEIR PAYCHECK. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM. BEST WISHES TO CHAIRMAN DARRELL ISSA AND KATHY ISSA FOR THEIR DEDICATED SERVICE AS THEY ANNOUNCE RETIREMENT. WE LOOK FORWARD TO THEIR CONTINUED SERVICE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. .

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

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

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                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT THIS TAX SCAM, 100%…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT THIS TAX SCAM, 100% REPUBLICAN VOTED, SIGNED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP. WE ALL KNOW THAT THIS BILL PUTS MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES OUT IN THE COLD.

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                            MR. CARDENAS

                            THIS RAISED TAXES ON 86 MILLION AMERICAN FAMILIES, IT ROBS OUR ABILITY TO…

                            THIS RAISED TAXES ON 86 MILLION AMERICAN FAMILIES, IT ROBS OUR ABILITY TO HELP AMERICAN VETERANS, CHILDREN, AND SENIORS. REPUBLICANS HAVE SLASHED TAXES ON THE WEALTHIEST AMONG US AND NOW THEY WANT US TO SLASH, CUT, DECIMATE MEDICARE, MEDICAID, AND SOCIAL SECURITY. SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES WOULD HAVE US BELIEVE THAT THIS BILL IS ABOUT PROSPERITY FOR ALL. PRS PERITY FOR WHO? IT'S A TAX GIVEAWAY TO MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES. DOES SLASHING TAX REVENUE CREATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE IN FLINT MICHIGAN WHERE FAMILIES CONTINUE TO SUFFER THROUGH A WATER CRISIS, A CRISIS MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES CLAIM THEY CAN'T FIND THE MONEY TO HELP AMERICAN WHORS SUFFERING. REPUBLICANS WANT US TO BELIEVE THIS IS TH BILL IS FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE BUT THERE'S NOTHING FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE ABOUT TAKING MONEY AWAY FROM AMERICANS WHILE BALLOONING THE DEFICIT BY $2 MILLION. WE NEED TO FIX OUR TAX CODE, NOT TO LEAVE AMERICAN FAMILIES OUT IN THE COLD. I YIELD BACK.

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

                            THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN SEEK RECK IN

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                            -- RECOGNITION?

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                            I SKMS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR A MINUTE.

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                            I RISE TO THANK THOMAS REID JR. FOR HIS SERVICE IN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.…

                            I RISE TO THANK THOMAS REID JR. FOR HIS SERVICE IN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. A LOT HAS CHAVENLGED FURG HIS TIME BUT ONE THING REMAINED THE SAME , HE CONTINUED TO DEDICATE HIMSELF TO KEEPING OUR COMMUNITY -- KEEPING OUR COMMUNITY SAFE.

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                          • 12:47:22 PM

                            MR. CHABOT

                            DURING HIS TIME ON THE FORCE, SERGEANT REED LED BY EXAMPLE AND PASSED HIS…

                            DURING HIS TIME ON THE FORCE, SERGEANT REED LED BY EXAMPLE AND PASSED HIS EXPERIENCE ON TO HIS FELLOW OFFICERS, OFTEN ADVISING THEM TO TREAT OTHERS AS YOU WANT TO BE TREAT HESMED RETIRED AT THE END OF DECEMBER AS THE DEPARTMENT'S LONGEST SERVING MEMBER AND HIS LEADERSHIP AND GUIDANCE WILL BE MISSED. THE CITY OF CINCINNATI IS A BETTER PLACE BECAUSE OF HIS SERVICE AND HIS LEGACY WILL BE FELT IN OUR COMMUNITY FOR YEARS TO COME. FOR THAT WE ARE ALL DEEPLY GRATEFUL AND INDEBTED TO HIM. THANK YOU, SERGEANT REED. I YIELD BACK.

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

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                            MR. SPEAKER, COLLEGE STUDENTS EVERYWHERE ARE ENJOYING THE LAST DAYS OF…

                            MR. SPEAKER, COLLEGE STUDENTS EVERYWHERE ARE ENJOYING THE LAST DAYS OF VACATION BEFORE HEADING BACK TO SCHOOL BUT FOR THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE, THIS BREAK WAS SPENT TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO STAY IN THE ONLY HOME THEY HAVE EVER KNOWN. THERE HAVE BEEN MULTIPLE STORIES OF YUCK DREAMERS BEING DETAINED -- OF YOUNG DREAMERS BEING DETAINED OVER THIS HOLIDAY BREAK.

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                            MS. DAIS

                            THEY ARE STELLAR STUDENTS WHO ATTEND I ELITE SCHOOLS LIKE U.C. BERKLEY,…

                            THEY ARE STELLAR STUDENTS WHO ATTEND I ELITE SCHOOLS LIKE U.C. BERKLEY, AND THEY ARE NOW SITTING IN DETENTION FACILITIES, UNABLE TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL AND CONTINUE THEIR EDUCATION. IS THIS THE AMERICA OUR FOREFATHERS FOUGHT FOR? ONE WHERE BRIGHT STUDENTS SIT IN DETENTION FACILITIES INSTEAD OF CLASSROOMS, QUESTIONING IF THEY CAN EVER MAKE THE CONTRIBUTION TO OUR UNITED STATES OF AMERICA THAT THEY DREAM OF. MR. SPEAKER, I ONCE AGAIN PLEAD WITH YOU, WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, PLEASE, BRING THE DREAM ACT TO THE FLOOR. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORT IT.

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

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

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                            WORLDWIDE LEADER, PRESIDENT THOMAS S. MONSON, WHO SERVED AS PRESIDENT AND…

                            WORLDWIDE LEADER, PRESIDENT THOMAS S. MONSON, WHO SERVED AS PRESIDENT AND PROPHET OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS UNTIL HIS PASSING LAST WEEK. FROM AN EARLY AGE HE LED A FAITHFUL LIFE, SERVING THOSE MOST IN NEED AND THOSE WHO OFTEN WENT UNNOTICED. HIS LOVING SERVICE SPANNED OVER HALF A CENTURY. ON A PERSONAL NOTE, WHILE I WAS MAYOR, THE HISTORIC TABERNACLE BURNED TO THE GROUND, THE DEVASTATING LOSS OF SUCH A TREASURED BUILDING IN OUR COMMUNITY WAS PALPABLE BUT PRESIDENT MONSON HAD THE UNMISTAKABLE FORESIGHT TO KNOW THAT SOMETHING EVEN MORE REMARKABLE COULD ONE DAY STAND IN ITS PLACE. I WILL NEVER FORGET THE AUDIBLE GASP FROM THOUSANDS OF CHURCH MEMBERS WHEN PRESIDENT MONSON ANNOUNCED THAT FROM THE ASHES OF THE TABERNACLE THE NEW TEMPLE WOULD BE BUILT INSTEAD. THAT TEMPLE STANDS AS AN EXTRAORDINARY REMINDER OF HIS LEADERSHIP THAT LED US FROM LOSSES AND SORROW TO HOPE AND JOY MY WIFE AND I EXPRESS OUR DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO PRESIDENT MOONS O; N'S FAMILY AND -- MONSON'S FAMILY AND THOSE IN THE CHURCH AROUND THE WORLD WHO GRIEVE. I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 12:50:58 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                            TOOKS UNDOCUMENT 200 RESIDENTS FROM EL SALVADOR WHO HAVE BEEN WORKING IN…

                            TOOKS UNDOCUMENT 200 RESIDENTS FROM EL SALVADOR WHO HAVE BEEN WORKING IN THE UNITED STATES AND RENEWING THEIR DOCUMENTS REGULARLY, AND DID THE SAME TO HAITIANS, AND DID THE SAME TO DREAMERS, MADE THEM UNDOCUMENTED, 800,000 OF THEM WORKING. I'M TIRED OF COMING TO WORK HERE, MEETING PEOPLE IN THE CAFETERIA SWEEPING FLOORS AND DOING ALL KINDS OF WORK HERE IN THE CAPITOL WHO ARE AFRAID OF LOSING THEIR LEGAL PROTECTED STATUS. THEY WANT TO MAKE THEM UNDOCUMENTED, PEOPLE WHO ARE DOCUMENTED WHO WORK HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, IN THE CAPITOL. I CALL UPON US TO DO THE WORK WE WERE SENT HERE TO DO. WE SHOULDN'T BE SENDING 5 ,000 HAITIANS BACK TO THE POOREST COUNTRY IN THE HEMISPHERE FROM THE RICHEST COUNTRY. THAT'S UNFATHOMABLE AND UNCONSCIONABLE AND WE SHOULDN'T DO IT. I RETURN THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 12:52:14 PM

                            MR. DUE TERRES.

                            I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE DO --

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                            MR. GUTIERREZ

                            I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE ADJOURN.

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                            THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE HOUSE ADJOURN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY…

                            THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE HOUSE ADJOURN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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                          • 12:52:29 PM

                            MR. GUTIERREZ

                            ON THAT, I DEMAND 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. 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 53 --

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            ARE 53 --

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 54, THE NAYS ARE 311. THE MOTION IS NOT…

                            ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 54, THE NAYS ARE 311. THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPTED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE, WITHOUT OBJECTION THE HOUSE -- THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            RECOGNIZED.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT…

                            BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            MR. SPEAKER, AND MEMBERS, I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THE TRUMP…

                            MR. SPEAKER, AND MEMBERS, I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S DECISION TO END TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS, T.P.S., FOR MORE THAN 200,000 SALVADORANS. T.P.S. HOLDERS ARE THOROUGHLY CREDITED LEGAL RESIDENT WHO WAS CONTRIBUTED TO OUR ECONOMIES FOR ALMOST TWO DECADES. MOST T.P.S. RECIPIENTS NOW CALL THE UNITED STATES HOME. MANY ARE PARENTS TO CHILDREN WHO ARE AMERICAN CITIZENS AND TEARING THESE FAMILIES APART IS A HEARTLESS AND CRUEL ACT. IN THEIR DECISION THIS ADMINISTRATION CLAIMS THEY REVIEWED THE DISASTER RELATED CONDITIONS WHICH THE ORIGINAL DETERMINATION WAS MADE. HOWEVER THEY FAILED TO CONSIDER THE CURRENT REALITY THAT MAKE EL SALVADOR ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD THIS IRRESPONSIBLE DECISION WILL TROP HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE INTO VIOLENCE AND DISASTERS. SENDING 200,000 SALVADORANS, MANY IN MY DISTRICT, TO A DANGEROUS FOREIGN COUNTRY, IS INHUMANE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO IMMEDIATELY PASS THE AMERICAN PROMISE ACT SO WE CAN CORRECT THE DESPICABLE ACTION. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                            I RISE TODAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO A MEMBER OF THE GREATEST GENERATION A…

                            I RISE TODAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO A MEMBER OF THE GREATEST GENERATION A MONTANAN WHOSE SERVICE TO OUR NATION AND MONTANA STRETCH AID CROSS EIGHT DECADES. BORN AND RAISED IN BUTTE, PHILIP KURT LYONS ANSWERED THE CALL TO SERVE FOLING THE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR HE SERVED IN WORLD WAR II AND THE KOREAN WERE WAR HE BECAME ACTIVE WITH MILITARY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS IN THE 1950'S SERVING IN LEADERSHIP ROLES IN THE AMERICAN LEGION AND DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS AMONG OTHERS. PHIL WAS KNOWN AS MR. D.A.V. HE LOST MORE THAN 50,000 -- HE LOGGED MORE THAN 50,000 MILES, 16,000 HOURS AND CARRIED MORE THAN 1,700 FELLOW VETERANS TO APPOINTMENTS. ON BEHALF OF ALL MONTANAN, I HONOR THE MEMORY OF PHIL AND EXTEND MY CONDOLENCES TO HIS DAUGHTER, DEBBIE, HIS FAMILY, HIS FRIENDS, AND ALL THOSE WHO HIS SERVICE TOUCHED. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE…

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. GIVEN THAT EACH DAY THAT CONGRESS DELAYS ACTION ON…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. GIVEN THAT EACH DAY THAT CONGRESS DELAYS ACTION ON THE DREAM ACT, 122 PEOPLE LOSE THEIR DACA PROTECTED STATUS AND SINCE SEPTEMBER 5, WHEN TRUMP ELIMINATED DACA, CLOSE TO 16,000 YOUNG PEOPLE LOST THEIR PROTECTED STATUS AND FACED DAILY RISK OF DEPORTATION.

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                          • 01:22:25 PM

                            MR. GRIJALVA

                            GIVEN THE FACT THAT WE HAVE PLEADED WITH REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIPEN THE…

                            GIVEN THE FACT THAT WE HAVE PLEADED WITH REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIPEN THE URGENCY OF FINDING A PERMANENT SOLUTION TO PROTECT DREAMERS AND GIVEN THE FACT THAT THE CONTRADICTIONS AND CONFUSION IN THE NEGOTIATIONS GOING ON TO FINAL LEGISLATIVE FIX CONTINUE TO ABOUND AND GIVEN THE FACT THAT THIS HOUSE HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE ON A CLEAN DREAM ACT, WE MUST ACT NOW ON A PERMANENT SOLUTION THAT WOULD PROTECT DREAMERS AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK AND I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE DO NOW ADJOURN.

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                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            MR. GRIJALVA

                            I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE DO NOW ADJOURN.

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                            THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE HOUSE ADJOURN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY…

                            THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE HOUSE ADJOURN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE NOES HAVE IT.

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                          • 01:23:15 PM

                            MR. GRIJALVA

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

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 60 --

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 62 THE NAYS ARE 324. THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPTED.…

                            ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 62 THE NAYS ARE 324. THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPTED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            EVERIFY EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION PROGRAM IN ANY IMMIGRATION…

                            EVERIFY EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION PROGRAM IN ANY IMMIGRATION REFORM PACKAGE. EVERIFY IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE DETERRENT TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BECAUSE IT SHUTS OFF THE JOBS MAGNET AND SAVES JOBS FOR HARDWORKING AMERICANS.

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                            MR. SMITH

                            PUBLIC SUPPORT, 82% OF ANY PROPOSED IMMIGRATION REFORM. THE EVERIFY…

                            PUBLIC SUPPORT, 82% OF ANY PROPOSED IMMIGRATION REFORM. THE EVERIFY LEGISLATION, THE LEGAL WORK FORCE ACT, APPROVED BY THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, AS THE SUPPORT OF THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT GROUPS. IT PROVIDES EMPLOYERS WITH AN EFFICIENT AND WORKABLE SYSTEM TO VERIFY THEIR EMPLOYEES' WORK STATUS. AND THE REQUIREMENT FOR EMPLOYERS TO VERIFY THEIR WORKERS ONLY APPLIES TO NEW EMPLOYEES, NOT EXISTING WORKERS. MEMBERS SHOULD HESITATE TO SUPPORT ANY IMMIGRATION REFORM PACKAGE THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE REQUIRING EMPLOYERS TO USE EVERIFY. CONGRESS SHOULD PUT THE INTEREST OF AMERICAN WORKERS FIRST.

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                            THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS…

                            THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATION FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                          • 01:49:32 PM

                            MR. POLIS

                            I WAS GRAVELY CONCERNED LAST WEEK WHEN ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS REMOVED…

                            I WAS GRAVELY CONCERNED LAST WEEK WHEN ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS REMOVED THE GUIDANCE OF THE COLE MEMO REGARDING THE WAY THEY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TREATS MARIJUANA IN JURISDICTIONS WHERE IT'S LEGAL FOR MEDICINAL OR COMMERCIAL CIRCUMSTANCES. I HAPPEN TO REPRESENT ONE OF THOSE STATE THE STATE OF COLORADO. WHICH HAS A REGULATORY SYSTEM FOR MARIJUANA THAT'S NOW BEEN CALLED INTO JEOPARDY THROUGH FEDERAL OVERREACH. EFFECTIVELY, ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS HAS LEFT THE ENTIRE FATE OF NOT JUST THE INDUSTRY AND THOSE WHO WORK IN IT, BUT ALSO CONSUMERS IN MY STATE, IN THE HANDS OF 93 U.S. ATTORNEYS, INCLUDING THE ONE FOR OUR STATE, WHO IF THEY WAKE UP ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE BED ONE MORNING COWL ENGAGE IN A MASS ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST RESIDENTS OF COLORADO WHO ARE FOLLOWING OUR STATE LAW. I CALL ON PRESIDENT TRUMP TO OVERTURN HIS ATTORNEY AND I CALL UPON THIS BODY TO PUT THE APPROPRIATE FUNDING RESTRICTIONS BASED ON THE MCCLINTOCK-POLIS AMENDMENTS TO PREVENT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FROM USING FUNDS GIVEN TO THEM BY CONGRESS TO CONTRAVENE STATE LAW IN JURISDICTIONS THAT HAVE CHOSEN TO REGULATE MARIJUANA.

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                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN…

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATION FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND RHETT LET'S -- REVISE AND…

                            CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND RHETT LET'S -- REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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                            OF AN IMPORTANT MILESTONE IN INDIANA HISTORY. EXCUSE ME. THE BICENTENNIAL…

                            OF AN IMPORTANT MILESTONE IN INDIANA HISTORY. EXCUSE ME. THE BICENTENNIAL OF SPENCER COUNTY, INDIANA. FOUNDED IN 1818 BY CAPTAIN SPEIER SPENCER THIS RURAL COUNTY ALONG THE OHIO RIVER WAS THE BOYHOOD HOME OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN. YEARS LATER, WHEN RECALLING HIS TIME IN SPENCER COUNTY, THE MAN WHO BECAME OUR 16TH PRESIDENT STATED QUITE SUCCINCTLY, THERE I GREW UP. IN ADDITION TO THE LINCOLN BOYHOOD NATIONAL MEMORIAL AND A SCENIC STATE PARK, SPENCER COUNTY IS HOME TO ARCH ABBEY AND TOURIST DESTINATIONS HOLIDAY WORLD AND SPLASHING IS A FATHER RE. WIDELY RECOGNIZED AS THE WORLD'S FIRST THEME PARK HOLIDAY WORLD DRAWS HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF VISITORS TO THE COUNTIES EACH YEAR. TODAY, STRATEGICALLY CONNECTED TO THE WORLD BY U.S. 34, RAIL AND THE OHIO RIVER, SPENCER COUNTY IS A LEADER IN STEEL PRODUCTION, GROUND LOGISTICS, POWER GENERATION AND WORLD CLASS FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT. I PROUDLY ABSOLUTE THE CITIZENS AND THE WONDERFUL HOMETOWNS OF SPENCER COUNTY ON THIS NOTABLE OCCASION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE…

                            THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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

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

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                            BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 6 1 AND…

                            BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 6 1 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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                            THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION -- THE CLERK WILL REPORT THERES.…

                            THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION -- THE CLERK WILL REPORT THERES. RUTION.

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                            THE CLERK

                            HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 115. RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION…

                            HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 115. RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL S. 140, TO AMEND THE WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE TRIBE WATER RIGHTS QUANTIFICATION ACT OF 2010 TO CLARIFY THE USE OF AMOUNTS IN THE WMAT SETTLEMENT FUND. 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 115-54 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 AMONG AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND THE WORK FORCE AND THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES, AND TWO, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS.

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                            MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 0…

                            MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 0 MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                            MR. COLE

                            MR. SPEAKER, ON TUESDAY, THE RULES COMMITTEE MET AND REPORTED A RULE FOR…

                            MR. SPEAKER, ON TUESDAY, THE RULES COMMITTEE MET AND REPORTED A RULE FOR CONSIDERATION OF A VERY IMPORTANT MEASURE. RESOLUTION PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF S. 140 TO AMEND THE WHITE MOUNTAIN TRIBAL WATER RIGHTS QUANTIFY CASE ACT OF 2010 TO CLARIFY THE USE OF THE AMOUNTS OF WHITE -- IN THE WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE TRIBAL SETTLEMENT FUND THIS BILL ALSO INCLUDES THE TEXT OF S. 249 A BHILL TO PROVIDE THE PUEBLO OF SANTA CLAIRE RAY -- CLARA MAY LEASE FOR 99 YEARS CERTAIN LANDS UNDER THE TRIBAL LABOR SOVEREIGNTY ACT. THE RULE PROVIDES FOR ONE HOUR OF DEBATE, 30 MINUTES WILL BE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE AND 30 MINUTES OF WHICH WILL BE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION AND WORK FOORS COMMITTEE. MR. SPEAKER, THE FIRST TWO ITEMS ARE NONCONTROVERSIAL. . I'M PLEASED THE SACRAMENTO IS INCLUDED. THIS LANGUAGE WOULD ALLOW TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS TO BE EXCLUDED FROM REQUIREMENTS FOR EMPLOYERS UNDER THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT. THE -- WHEN PRESIDENT FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT SIGNED THE NLRA INTO LAW IN 1935, CONGRESS WISELY EXCLUDED GOVERNMENTS, ALL GOVERNMENTS, FROM THE DEFINITION OF EMPLOYER. THE BILLLE'S SIGNING OF THE NLRA PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT SAID, QUOTE, THIS ACT DEFINES AS PART OF OUR SUBSTANTIVE LAW THE RIGHT OF SELF-ORGANIZATION OF EMPLOYEES AND INDUSTRIES FOR THE PURPOSE OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AND PROVIDES METHODS BY WHICH THE GOVERNMENT CAN SAFEGUARD THAT LEGAL RIGHT. THE PRESIDENT MADE CLEAR IN HIS SPEECH AT THAT TIME THAT THE INTENT OF THE LAW IS IT SHOULD APPLY ONLY TO WORKERS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR. TRIBES ARE GOVERNMENTS AND SHOULD BE TREATED AS SUCH. THE INTENT OF THE LAW WAS AND IS CLEAR, TRIBAL GOVERNMENT SUPERVISE THE EMPLOYEES WITHIN THEIR GOVERNMENTS AND ENTERPRISES, NOT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. FROM 1935 UNTIL 2003, NEARLY SEVEN DECADES, THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD AGREED. AND INTERPRETED THE STATUTE IN A WAY THAT DID NOT APPLY TO INDIAN TRIBES BECAUSE THEY WERE GOVERNMENTS. IN 2004, THE NLRB ABRUPTLY CHANGED COURSE AND FOR THE FIRST TIME HELD THAT THE -- HELD THE ACT APPLICABLELE TO INDIAN TRIBES. THEY DID THIS BY HIGHLIGHTING THE FACT THAT THE ACT IS NOT EXPRESSLY INCLUDE TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS AMONG THE EXCLUDED THE PHRASE EMPLOYER. THIS IS SIMPLY AN EGREGIOUS ACT OF BUREAUCRATIC OVERREACH. LET ME BE CLEAR N. THIS CASE ACTING ON ITS OWN THE NLRB EXPANDED ITS JURISDICTION, NEITHER THE EXISTING ADMINISTRATION AT THE TIME NOR CONGRESS ASKED OR ORDERED THE NLRB TO TAKE THIS ACTION. . THE IMPACTS ON TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS ARE MORE HARMFUL THAN OTHER GOVERNMENTS BECAUSE THERE'S NO EFFECTIVE TAX BASE IN TRIBAL COMMUNITIES. INDIAN LANDS ARE HELD IN TRUST AND ARE NOT SUBJECT TO TAXATION. THE HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT RATES AND LEGAL RESTRICTIONS MAKE INCOME TAXATION AN UNFEASIBLE OPTION. AS A RESULT, THE BUSINESSES OPERATED BY TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS, GAMING OPERATIONS, TRIBAL AGRICULTURE, ENERGY AND TIMBER OPERATIONS AND OTHER TRIBAL GOVERNMENT ENTERPRISE CONSTITUTE THE SOLE SOURCE OF REVENUE USED TO FUND ESSENTIAL GOVERNMENT SERVICES FOR TRIBES. THIS BILL HAS DRAWN BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN OUR EFFORT TO REVERSE THE DECISION OF THE NLRB. IN 114TH CONGRESS, THE SAME LANGUAGE PASSED THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES BY A VOTE OF 249-177. THIS BILL WILL STRENGTHEN TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY AND CORRECT THIS OVERREACH, DIRECTING THE NLRB TO ENFORCE THE NLRA, NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT, AS IT WAS ORIGINALLY INTENDED. IN THE END, MR. SPEAKER, ALL WE'RE DOING HERE TODAY WITH THIS BILL IS AFFIRMING WHAT WAS CONGRESS' ORIGINAL INTENT. THE NLRA DOES NOT HAVE JURISDICTION OVER TRIBAL GOVERNMENT. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE SUPPORT OF THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MR. POLIS

                            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 3 MINUTES AND YIELD…

                            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 3 MINUTES AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                            MR. POLIS

                            OVER THREE MONTHS AGO, THE FUNDING FOR THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE…

                            OVER THREE MONTHS AGO, THE FUNDING FOR THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM OR CHIP, EXPIRED. TODAY, FAMILIES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING 90,000 CHILDREN IN MY HOME STATE OF COLORADO, FACE GREAT UNCERTAINTY ABOUT THEIR FUTURE OF THEIR HEALTH CARE. WHEN CHIP WAS FIRST PASSED OVER 20 YEARS AGO, IT WAS DONE IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER AND UNTIL RECENTLY, CHIP HAS ALWAYS BEEN A BIPARTISAN, NONDIVISIVE ISSUE. IT'S UNFORTUNATE TO SEE THAT TODAY, HERE WE ARE IN THIS BODY, UNDER REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP, SOMEHOW EVEN CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE HAS BECOME A POLITICAL FOOTBALL, WHILE WE WILE AWAY OUR TIME, PRECIOUS LEGISLATIVE TIME, ON BILL THAT WAS PASSED THIS BODY BEFORE AND DON'T GO ANYWHERE. IN OUR MOST RECENT BAND-AID FOR GOVERNMENT FUNDING, HOUSE REPUBLICANS MADE A CLAIM THAT CHIP WAS EXTENDED UNTIL MARCH 31. BUT THAT WASN'T THE CASE. BY SOME REPORTS STATES COULD RUN OUT OF FUNDING IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. IN COLORADO, OUR BUDGET EXPERTS PREDICT WE'LL RUN OUT OF CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE MONEY BY THE END OF FEBRUARY. CANCELLATION LETTERS ARE LITERALLY SCHEDULED TO GO OUT AT THE END OF THIS MONTH. MR. SPEAKER, THIS SIMPLY ISN'T A WAY TO GOVERN. CRISIS TO CRISIS, IGNORING THE REAL ISSUES PEOPLE CARE ABOUT TO CONSIDER SPECIAL INTEREST LEGISLATION. WHAT'S THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP AND TRUMP ADMINISTRATION CONTINUE TO REFUSE TO WORK ON FINDING A BIPARTISAN SOLUTION FOR THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVAL, FOR DACA RECIPIENTS, WHO ARE IN LIMBO. WE CAN PUT THAT BILL ON THE FLOOR TODAY, THE DREAM ACT. I FEEL IT WOULD PASS. WE HAVE THE VOTES TO DO SO. MR. SPEAKER, LET'S SIMPLY HAVE A VOTE. IT'S A PURELY MANUFACTURED CRISIS. I'M HAPPY TO SAY WE'LL BE GIVING THE OPPORTUNITY FOR MEMBERS OF THIS BODY TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND MOVE TO A VOTE ON THE DREAM ACT SHORTLY. MY COLLEAGUE, MR. CORREA, HAS JOINED US TO OFFER THAT MOTION IN A FEW MINUTES. MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE OFTEN SAY THAT THE REAL DEADLINE FOR A DACA SOLUTION ISN'T UNTIL MARCH. BUT IN REALITY EVERY DAY ALREADY OVER 100 DEFERRED ACTION RECIPIENTS LOSE THEIR PROTECTED STATUS, ARE UNABLE TO WORK, AND WITH THEIR SITUATION UNRESOLVED. FOR THOSE DACA RECIPIENTS, THE DEADLINE ISN'T EVERY DAY ALREADY MARCH, THE DEADLINE HAS ALREADY PASSED. HENCE THE URGENCY. NOW IS THE TIME TO PASS THE DREAM ACT TO ALLOW THESE DACA RECIPIENTS IT CONTINUE TO LIVE AND WORK AND SERVE IN THE ONLY NATION THAT MANY OF THEM HAVE EVER KNOWN IN THEIR WHOLE LIVES. ALL THE WHILE CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS STILL REFUSE IT WORK WITH DEMOCRATS ON A LONG-TERM GOVERNMENT FUNDING SOLUTION. HERE WE'RE LESS THAN 10 DAYS FROM ANOTHER GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO MOVE FROM QUICK SPENDING PATCH TO QUICK SPENDING PATCH COSTING TAXPAYERS MORE IN THE LONG RUN BY PREVENTING OUR AGENCIES FROM DOING THE PLANNING NECESSARY TO IMPROVE EFISHENCY. TODAY WE'RE -- EFISHENCY. TODAY WE'RE ONLY FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS, NINE ACTUAL DAYS FROM A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AND THE HUGE NEGATIVE REPERCUSSION THAT IS WOULD FOLLOW. AS A FORMER BUSINESS OTHER I KNOW FIRSTHAND THE VALUE OF LONG-TERM BUDGETING AND STABILITY. MILLIONS OF AMERICANS KNOW HOW TO PLAN THEIR FAMILY BUDGET AND HOME BUDGET. WHY CAN'T CONGRESS DO IT FOR THE COUNTRY? INSTEAD OF WORKING ON A LONG-TERM BUDGET SOLUTION, INSTEAD THE HOUSE IS SPENDING ITS TIME ON OTHER LEGISLATION. HERE WE HAVE A BILL THAT UNDERMINES WORKERS' RIGHTS AND THEIR PROTECTIONS UNDER THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT. IN ADDITION TO THIS CONTROVERSIAL BILL, THERE IS TWO ATTACHED PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT WERE ORIGINALLY SEPARATE BILLS THAT EASILY COULD HAVE GONE ON THE SUSPENSION CALENDAR AND WOULD HAVE LARGELY BEEN NONCONTROVERSIAL. THEY PASSED ON A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST IN THE SENATE AND IN THE HOUSE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE, BUT THEIR FATE IS PUT IN JEOPARDY BY PUTTING THEM ON A CONTROVERSIAL BILL. THE FIRST BILL CHANGES THE ACT OF 2010 TO CLARIFY A SEPARATE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUND CAN BE ACCESSED TO COVER POTENTIAL COST OVERRUNS FOR THIS RURAL WATER PROJECT. INTERIOR DEPARTMENT SAID IT'S UNSURE IT COULD BE USED FOR SETTLEMENT COST. THIS CLARIFIES THE PROJECTS WOULD SPECIFICALLY INCLUDE THE PLANNING, DESIGN, AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE RURAL WATER SYSTEM. THIS LEGISLATION COULD HAVE PASSED AND LIKELY BECOME TO LAW BUT HAS BEEN MUTT IN JEOPARDY THAT'S BEEN ADDED TO BAY. THE SECOND BILL IS REGARDING THE AUTHORITY OF PUEBLOS. IT CONCERNS NEW NEW MEXICAN PUEBLOS AND CLARIFIES THEY COULD LEASE THEIR LANDS HELD IN TRUST BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR 99 YEARS. THIS LEGISLATION ENSURES NATIVE AMERICANS HAVE THE RIGHT TO THEIR LANDS THAT THEY DESERVE. IT RESPECTS THEIR SOVEREIGNTY AS NATIONS IN A NONCONTROVERSIAL WAY. I'M A SUPPORTER OF THESE TWO TECHNICAL AND SIMPLE PIECES OF LEGISLATION, UNFORTUNATELY BECAUSE THEY ARE ATTACHED TO A BILL THAT ISN'T GOING ANYWHERE ARE UNLIKELY TO BECOME LAW. THESE ARE THE TYPES OF BILLS THAT COULD GO STRAIGHT TO THE SUSPENSION CALENDAR AND TO THE SENATE AND SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT. INSTEAD THEY ARE BEING PUT IN JEOPARDY BY LUMPING THEM IN A BILL THAT IS UNLIKELY TO BECOME LAW. THESE -- THERE ARE SO MANY OF THESE TYPES OF NATURAL RESOURCE COMMITTEE BILLS, FROM BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, IT SHOULD BE MAKING THEIR WAY FORWARD AS STAND ALONE ITEMS. I'M GLAD, FOR INSTANCE, ONE I AUTHORED, THE WEDGE ACT, TWO THAT I AUTHORED, WERE PUT FORWARD AND PASSED BY THIS HOUSE AND NOT ATTACHED TO OTHER CONTROVERSIAL LEGISLATION. I'M ALSO REINTRODUCING A BILL THAT I ALSO CONSIDER NONCONTROVERSIAL, THE CONTINENTAL ATTACHED TO OTHER CONTROVERSIAL LEGISLATION. DWILED WILL WILDERNESS AND LEGACY ACT BILL T WOULD PRESERVE OVER 90,000 ACRES IN SUMMIT AND EASTERN COUNTY ENFORCED BY LOCAL BUSINESSES, COMMISSIONERS, AND TOWNS ACROSS THE AREA. IT WAS CRAFTED WITH INPUT FROM DOZENS OF STAKEHOLDER GROUPS INCLUDING THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY, THE OUTDOOR INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION, INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN BIKING ASSOCIATION, CONSERVATION COLORADO, AND MANY MUNICIPALITIES AND LOCAL BUSINESSES. IT WILL HELP SUSTAIN OUR RECREATIONAL ECONOMY. PROTECT WATER SHEDS, AND PRESERVE IMPORTANT WILDLIFE CORRIDORS. AND TOURISM OPPORTUNITIES. THESE ARE THE KINDS OF BILLS WE SHOULD BE MOVING FORWARD FROM THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE. NOT CONTROVERSIAL BILLS THAT ACTUALLY TAKE AWAY THE RIGHTS OF AMERICAN CITIZENS, INCLUDING NATIVE AMERICAN CITIZENS. ALTHOUGH WHILE WE'RE NOT TODAY, WE SHOULD NEVER BE MOVING FORWARD ON NATURAL RESOURCE BILLS THAT ACTUALLY WIDELL AWAY AT THE PUBLIC LANDS WE OWN AND ANTIQUITIES ACT BY SHRINKING MONUMENTS LIKE BEARS EARS OR MAKING IT EASIER TO DESTROY LANDS WE CHERISH AND VALUE. ALL I ASK IS WE SEPARATE OUT THESE RESOURCE BILLS AND SEND THEM TO THE SUSPENSION CALENDAR AND NOT BE PUT IN JEOPARDY BY AFFIXING THEM TO THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION WHICH IS CONTROVERSIAL, THE TRIBAL LABOR BILL. THAT IS THE BILL THAT IS THE MAIN CONTROVERSIAL BILL IN THIS PACKAGE. OF COURSE I STAND HERE AS A SUPPORTER OF THE RIGHTS OF EVERY AMERICAN TO ORGANIZE. SUPPORTERS OF WORKERS RIGHTS. I'M ALSO A STRONG SUPPORTER OF TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY. BOTH NOT ONLY PRINCIPLES UNDER AMERICAN LAW, BUT THE RIGHT THING TO DO. UNLIKE MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES, PLACE A GREAT DEAL OF IMPORTANCE IN TRIBALSELF DERPGS, AUTONOMY, LOCAL CONTROL, AND INDEPENDENT GOVERNANCE FOR OUR NATIONS. IN FACT, I HAVE BEEN THE CHAMPION OF SOVEREIGNTY AND I HAVE LONG VOTED IN FAVOR OF LEGISLATION THAT ALLOWS TRIBAL DISCRETION IN THE JUDICIAL PROCESSES AND EDUCATION. BUT OF COURSE THE RIGHT THING THE RIGHT TO ORGANIZE IS AN UNALIENABLE RIGHT OF EVERY AMERICAN. PROTECTING OUR WORKERS, INCLUDING NATIVE AMERICAN WORKERS TORQUES FIGHT FOR A SAFE AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT REGARDLESS OF WHAT ENTITY OWNS THE COMPANY THEY WORK FOR. LEGISLATION BALANCING THESE TWO COMPETING PRINCIPLES IS POSSIBLE. RECONCILING THESE TWO PRIORITIES CAN BE DIFFICULT, BUT I THINK THERE IS A WAY TO DO IT. INSTEAD, THIS BILL DRIVES A WEDGE BETWEEN ISSUES OR GROUPS THAT HAVE A HISTRY OF WORKING STRONGLY TOGETHER. SUCH AS NATIVE AMERICANS AND LABOR UNIONS. WE CAN BALANCE CRITICAL RIGHTS TO SOVEREIGNTY. WITH THE PROTECTION THAT IS ARE DUE TO EVERY AMERICAN CITIZEN REGARDLESS OF THEIR RACE, ETHNICITY, UNIONS. WE CAN BALANCE CRITICAL RIGHTS TO CULTURAL PRACTICES, OR MEMBERSHIP IN INDIAN NATION OR GOVERNING STRUCTURES. THIS LEGISLATION DOES NOT FIND THE RIGHT BALANCE. IT HURTS WORKERS OF ALL STRIPES AND COLORS, INCLUDING MANY NATIVE AMERICAN WORKERS. WORKERS HAVE THE RIGHT TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN. OTHERWISE WORKPLACES BECOME UNSAFE. SEXUAL HARASSMENT CAN GO UNCHECKED. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD STRIP NATIVE AMERICANS AND NONNATIVE AMERICANS WHO--MANY OF WHOM WORK FOR NATIVE AMERICAN ENTERPRIDESES OF THE RIGHT TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN. WITHOUT THE RIGHT TO SELF-GOVERNS, WE WOULD NOT HAVE THE STRONG COMMUNITIES PRESENT ACROSS THE COUNTRY TODAY. WITHOUT THE RIGHT TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING, WE WOULD NOT HAVE THE STRONG AND GROWING ECONOMY THAT SUPPORTS OUR MIDDLE CLASS. THIS LEGISLATION SIMPLY DOES NOT SUCCEED IN BALANCING BOTH TO COLLECTIVE OF THESE VALUES. I ALSO WANT TO POINT OUT THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP AGREES WITH ME. OR AT LEAST DID HE LAST TIME HE COMMENTED ON THIS 25 YEARS AGO. IN 1993, AT A HEARING BEFORE THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES REGARDING THE INDIAN GAMING REGULATORY ACT, THEN PRIVATE CITIZEN TRUMP TESTIFIED REGARDING THE LEGAL BARRIERS FACING LABOR UNIONS AT THAT TIME TO ORGANIZE WORKERS EMPLOYED AT TRIBAL CASINOS. HIS TESTIMONY SAID IN PART, QUOTE, AT PRESENT EVEN UNION WORKERS IN STATES LIKE NEW JERSEY WITH NO FEDERALLY OR STATE PROTECTED RIGHTS OR THE ABILITY TO ORGANIZE CASINOS ON TRIBAL LANDS. THE UNIONS HOPE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS, THEY HOPE TO GAIN THE RIGHT TO RECOGNITION AND ORGANIZE IF THEY SO CHOOSE. I HOPE THEY HAVE BERT LUCK THAN WE HAVE HAD SO FAR. END QUOTE. MR. SPEAKER, THE LAST TIME THE PRESIDENT COMMENTED ON THIS IT'S CLEAR THAT HE ALSO BELIEVED THAT WORKERS ON TRIBAL LANDS SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN. I HOPE THAT HIS ADMINISTRATION WOULD NOT BE SUPPORTIVE OF THIS LEGISLATION IF IT WERE TO MOVE THROUGH CONGRESS, WHICH IS UNLIKELY TO DO. INSTEAD OF POLICIES THAT BENEFIT THOSE AT THE TOP, I HAVE A NUMBER OF IDEAS THAT I'LL BE TALKING ABOUT LATER THAT WE CAN MOVE FORWARD TO EMPOWER WORKERS AND HELP MAKE SURE THAT THE 21ST CENTURY ECONOMY WORKS FOR EVERYONE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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                            MR. COLE

                            I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MR. COLE

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY GOOD FRIEND FROM COLORADO COVERED A LOFT…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY GOOD FRIEND FROM COLORADO COVERED A LOFT GROUND. LET ME TRY TO RESPOND TO SOME OF THAT AREA BECAUSE A LOT DIDN'T HAVE A WHOLE LOT TO DO WITH THE LEGISLATION UNTIL THE FINAL PHASE OF HIS REMARKS. IN TERMS OF CHIP, WE ACTUALLY AGREE. I THINK THAT'S SOMETHING -- FRANKLY THIS HOUSE SHOULD BE PROUD IT PASSED A CHIP BILL ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS MONTHS AGO. AND OUR REAL PROBLEM IS THE UNITED STATES SENATE SIMPLY HASN'T PRODUCED THE LEGISLATION. DOESN'T HAVE TO ACCEPT OUR LEGISLATION, IT JUST NEEDS TO PASS A CHIP BILL SO WE COULD GO TO CONFERENCE AND BARGAIN. I AM PLEASED THAT BOTH SIDES HAVE WORKED TO MAKE SURE THAT WHEN WE HAVE DONE EXTENSIONS OF GOVERNMENT SPENDING AS WE WORK THROUGH SOME THESE KNOTTY ISSUES WE'RE -- CONTINUE TO FUND CHIP. I THINK THE LEADERSHIP ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE HAVE BEEN CLEAR ABOUT THAT. I THINK WE WILL. AGAIN, IT WOULD BE GREAT WHEN THE SENATE FINALLY PASSES A BILL OR WE MAKE THIS PART AFTER LARGER SPENDING BILL. IN TERMS OF MY FRIENDS' POINTS ABOUT THE DREAM ACT, I'M HONESTLY HEARTENED AT THE DISCUSSION THAT TOOK PLACE AT THE WHITE HOUSE YESTERDAY. I THINK THERE IS A GENUINE DESIRE TO COME TO AN AGREEMENT ON DACA. BUT THE REAL ISSUE THERE IS BORDER SECURITY IN ADDITION TO LEGAL STATUS. THE THESE FOLKS OBVIOUSLY, I THINK, DESERVE LEGAL STATUS. BUT YOU ALSO HAVE TO FIX THE PROBLEM. THE PROBLEM'S ON THE BORDER. THE OUTLINE OF THE DEAL IS THERE IF PEOPLE APPROACH IT IN GOOD FAITH ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. I TAKE THE FACT THAT WE HAD LEADERSHIP IN BOTH PARTIES MEETING WITH THE PRESIDENT YESTERDAY AS A GOOD SIGN IN THAT REGARD. IN TERMS OF THE BUDGET, WE PROBABLY HAVE AT LEAST SOME AREAS OF AGREEMENT. MY FRIEND DIDN'T VOTE FOR IT, BUT IT'S WORTH NOTING THE HOUSE PASSED EVERY SINGLE APPROPRIATIONS BILL BEFORE THE SEPTEMBER 30 DEADLINE. WE HAVE BEEN WAITING NOW FOR OVER YESTERDAY AS A GOOD SIGN IN THAT REGARD. IN TERMS OF THE BUDGET, 120 DAYS FOR THE UNITED STATES SENATE TO JUST PASS A SINGLE APPROPRIATIONS BILL. WE'RE IN DISCUSSION WAS THEM NOW. I THINK AT SOME POINT WHEN THERE IS AN AGREEMENT AS TO WHAT THE TOP LINE NUMBER IS, AND I THINK WE MIGHT NOT BE TOO FAR AWAY FROM THAT, THEN WE'LL BE ABLE TO PROCEED. AGAIN THIS HOUSE HAS DONE ITS WORK. JUST AS IT DID ON CHIP. IT'S PRODUCED LEGISLATION ON TIME AND IS PREPARED TO SIT DOWN AND NEGOTIATE WITH THE SENATE WHENEVER THE SENATE DECIDES IT CAN GET AROUND GETTING ITS JOB DONE. IN TERMS OF THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT, THE TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY PORTION OF THIS BILL, LET ME POINT OUT A COUPLE THINGS. MY FRIEND DOES HAVE AN EXCELLENT RECORD, HONESTLY, IN TERMS OF SUPPORT OUR NATIVE AMERICANISH -- AMERICAN ISSUES. THIS IS AN ISSUE WE DISAGREE. THERE WILL BE REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS WHO TERMS OF THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT, THE TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY PORTION OF THIS BILL, LET ME OPPOSE THIS LEGISLATION. THERE WILL BE REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS WHO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. IT'S NOT REALLY PURELY A PARTISAN QUESTION AT ALL. BUT IT'S WORTH NOTING THE INDIAN COMMUNITY IS AWFULLY UNITED ON THIS ISSUE. THE NATIONAL CONGRESS OF THE AMERICAN INDIANS, OVER 150 TRIBAL ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUAL TRIBES, HAVE COME AND ASKED THE CONGRESS TO CORRECT THIS OVERSIGHT. THE FACT THAT THIS HAPPENED IN THE WAY IT DID, THAT IS THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD ACTED ON ITS OWN TO EXTEND ITS JURISDICTION. HAD NO INSTRUCTIONS FROM CONGRESS TO DO THAT. HAD NO REQUEST FROM THE ADMINISTRATION TO DO THAT. THEY JUST DECIDED THEY WOULD DO IT ALL. THAT IS MY DEFINITION OF A REGULATORY BODY RUN AMOCK. -- AMUCK. FOR ALMOST 70 YEARS THE NLRB RECOGNIZED IT DID NOT HAVE JURISDICTION IN THIS AREA AND DID NOT TRY TO DO IT. THIS IS A VERY NEW THING. IT AROUSED OPPOSITION IN INDIAN COUNTRY IMMEDIATELY. AGAIN, WE DON'T APPLY THESE STANDARDS TO ANY STATE GOVERNMENT OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT. WE HAVE LOTS OF STATE GOVERNMENTS AND LOTS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS INVOLVED IN ACTIVITY THAT IS ARE NOT STRICTLY GOVERNMENTAL. THEY RUN MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSES. THEY DO WATER PARKS. THEY DO PARKS -- NONE OF THESE THINGS ARE NECESSARILY INHERENTLY GOVERNMENT. THEY ARE NOT FORCED TO COMPLY WITH THIS. SO WE SHOULD EXTEND TO TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS, WHICH WE HISTORICALLY HAVE DONE, THE EXACT SAME STATUS AND RIGHTS IN THIS REGARD AS WE DO TO STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. WE WOULD ALL BE PRETTY UPSET IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DECIDED IT WOULD INTERJECT ITSELF IN THIS WAY IN THE AFFAIRS OF ANY INDIVIDUAL STATE OR ANY OF THE INDIVIDUAL LOCALALITIES WE REPRESENT. WORKING FOR A PUBLIC ENTITY IS DIFFERENT. YOU CERTAINLY HAVE RIGHTS, BUT THERE ARE RESTRICTIONS. YOU HAVE CERTAIN RIGHTS LIKE THE RIGHT TO STRIKE MOST STATES, MOST LOCALITIES DO NOT EXIST. TRIBES RIGHTS, BUT THERE ARE RESTRICTIONS. YOU HAVE CERTAIN RIGHTS LIKE SHOULD HAVE THE SAME RIGHT TO MAKE THOSE DECISIONS FOR THEMSELVES. AGAIN, THEY RESENT AND HAVE RESENTED HISTORICALLY THE VIOLATION OF THEIR SOVEREIGNTY, IN THIS CASE A REGULATORY AGENCY WITHOUT THE AUTHORITY OF THIS BODY, WITHOUT THE AUTHORITY OF THE ADMINISTRATION THAT EXISTED AT THAT TIME, ACTED ON ITS OWN. . RESTORE US THE SOVEREIGNTY THAT YOU ACCORDED US. THAT'S WHAT THIS LEGISLATION DOES. MY FRIEND SAYS IT'S UNLIKELY TO BECOME LAW. I BEG TO DISAGREE. NOT ONLY DID IT PASS THE HOUSE ON A BIPARTISAN VOTE IN THE LAST CONGRESS, THIS CONGRESS IT'S BEEN REPORTED OUT OF THE SENATE INDIAN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE ON A BIPARTISAN VOTE. WE'LL SEE WHAT THE ADMINISTRATION DOES, BUT I SUSPECT VIEWS CHANGE OVER 25 YEARS, AND I WOULD HOPE THE ADMINISTRATION IS SUPPORTIVE OF THIS. AS A MATTER OF FACT, AS I RECALL, I THINK THEY ISSUED A STATEMENT TO THAT EFFECT. SO REGARDLESS, LET'S DO OUR JOB. LET'S CONTINUE TO DO THE JOB OF THE LAST CONGRESS WHEN ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS ALIKE DECIDED TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY WAS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE. WE SHOULD WORK TOGETHER TO DEFEND IT AND EXPAND IT. IN THIS CASE WE'RE WORKING TO RECLAIM SOMETHING THAT A FEDERAL AGENCY TOOK AWAY ACTING ON ITS OWN OVER A DECADE AGO. SO THE SOLUTION TO THIS IS LONG OVERDUE AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD CERTAINLY, YOU KNOW, URGE MY FRIENDS TO SUPPORT THE RULE AND MORE IMPORTANTLY THE UNDERLYING -- EXCUSE ME -- LEGISLATION AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 02:16:42 PM

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

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

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                          • 02:16:45 PM

                            MR. POLIS

                            MR. SPEAKER, WHEN WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION I'LL OFFER AN AMENDMENT…

                            MR. SPEAKER, WHEN WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION I'LL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE, NOT JUST ANY AMENDMENT, BUT AN AMENDMENT TO BRING UP THE BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL BILL, H.R. 3440, THE DREAM ACT. IT'S FAR PAST TIME THAT WE CONSIDER THIS URGENT PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT IS TEARING APART THE -- THAT IS TEARING APART THE LIVES OF OVER THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS EVERY DAY WHO YOU AND I TAKE FOR GRANTED, GO TO WORK EVERY DAY. IF WE FAIL TO ACT APPROXIMATELY 122 DREAMERS LOSE THEIR LEGAL ABILITY TO WORK. MR. SPEAKER, EVEN REPUBLICANS HAVE CALLED FOR A VOTE ON THIS CRITICAL ISSUE. AT THE END OF LAST YEAR, 34 REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES SENT A LETTER TO SPEAKER RYAN URGING A VOTE BEFORE THE YEAR'S END. ALTHOUGH A VOTE NEVER HAPPENED, A VOTE MR. CORREA IS GIVING US A CHANCE TO TAKE NOW. HOW MUCH LONGER WILL THIS BODY BE COMPLICIT IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S ASSAULT ON DREAMERS? IT'S TIME WE LISTEN TO THE VAST MAJORITY OF AMERICANS AND MAJORITY OF THIS BODY AND ACT TO PROTECT COURAGEOUS, ASPIRING AMERICANS LIKE THE GROUP FROM COLORADO I MET WITH YESTERDAY. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE TEXT OF MY AMENDMENT IN THE RECORD ALONG WITH EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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                            MR. POLIS

                            TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I AM GLAD TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN…

                            TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I AM GLAD TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

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                          • 02:18:12 PM

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                            MR. CORREA

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. RECENTLY MY DAUGHTER CAME HOME FROM HIGH SCHOOL…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. RECENTLY MY DAUGHTER CAME HOME FROM HIGH SCHOOL ACCOMPANIED BY TWO OF HER GOOD FRIENDS. THESE YOUNG LADIES ARE ABOUT 16 YEARS OF AGE. THEY WANTED TO SIT DOWN AND TALK TO ME A LITTLE BIT SO WE SAT DOWN AND SPOKE. WHILE I LEARNED THESE YOUNG LADIES WERE VERY NERVOUS, VERY SCARED, THEY WERE DREAMERS AND THEY HAD A BASIC QUESTION FOR ME WHICH WAS, WHAT CAN WE DO, WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR US? VERY, VERY TOUGH QUESTIONS. AFTER A MOMENT I ANSWERED THEM, CONTINUE TO STUDY HARD, CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THE LAW, BE GOOD STUDENTS AND DON'T GIVE UP HOME. AT THE SAME TIME I TOLD THEM, I SAID, DON'T WORRY ABOUT WASHINGTON, D.C. I'M GOING TO WASHINGTON TO FIGHT FOR YOU. AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE TODAY. MYSELF AND MY COLLEAGUES FIGHTING FOR DREAMERS, FIGHTING TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE A SHOT AT THE AMERICAN DREAM. I'M HAPPY TO SAY TODAY THAT DREAMERS ENJOY THE SUPPORT OF NOT ONLY DEMOCRATS BUT REPUBLICANS AS WELL ON THIS FLOOR. WHY? BECAUSE ALL OF US KNOW WHO DREAMERS ARE. DREAMERS ARE HARDWORKING INDIVIDUALS. THEY SERVE IN OUR MILITARY. THEY'RE SOLDIERS, POLICE OFFICERS, FIREFIGHTERS, NURSES, TEACHERS, AND OF COURSE THEY ARE ALSO OUR NEIGHBORS. AND DREAMERS, ALSO, ARE VERY GOOD IMMIGRANTS. THEY PAY THEIR TAXES, FOLLOW THE LAW, AND YOU KNOW WHAT, THEY PROVIDE VALUE TO OUR COUNTRY. RECENTLY, I ALSO HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT MY SON'S HIGH SCHOOL. THE AIR FORCE NAVAL ROTC PROGRAM. I WENT TO BE PART OF WHAT'S CALLED A PASS AND REVIEW. SOME VERY NICE HONORABLE YOUNG CADETS PASSING AND REVIEWING, ALL SALUTING THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES, ALL TAKING PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO OUR COUNTRY AND TO OUR FLAG. AND YOU KNOW SOMETHING, A LOT OF THOSE CADETS WERE DREAMERS. MEMBERS OF THIS BODY, TODAY WE HAVE THE CHANCE TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT. WE HAVE A CHANCE TO DO OUR JOB. LET THE DREAMER LEGISLATION COME BEFORE US FOR A VOTE AND LET'S GIVE THE DREAMERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO EARN THE AMERICAN DREAM AND, FOLKS, LET'S NOT LIVE WITH REGRETS. LET'S NOT LOOK BACK FIVE, 10, 15 YEARS FROM NOW AND SAY, WHAT WE COULD'VE SHOULD'VE' WOODIVE'. NOW IS THE TIME TO VOTE FOR OUR DREAMERS. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO PLEASE VOTE AGAINST THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN IMMEDIATELY BRING UP THE DREAM ACT TO VOTE FOR JUSTICE AND EQUITY. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD.

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

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                          • 02:21:09 PM

                            MR. COLE

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

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                          • 02:21:15 PM

                            MR. COLE

                            MY FRIENDS' RIGHT TO BRING UP A SUBJECT THEY THINK IS IMPORTANT AND IS…

                            MY FRIENDS' RIGHT TO BRING UP A SUBJECT THEY THINK IS IMPORTANT AND IS IMPORTANT. IT'S APPROPRIATE THAT THEY USE THEIR TIME TO DO THAT. I WOULD REMIND THEM THAT THERE IS NEGOTIATION UNDER WAY, AND I THINK THE ISSUE HERE IS LESS ABOUT DACA PROBABLY AND MORE ABOUT BORDER SECURITY. THE ISSUES ARE NATURALLY PAIRED TOGETHER. THESE YOUNG PEOPLE CAME HERE THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN. THEY ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY SORT OF CRIMINAL ACT, BUT THEY WERE TRANSPORTED ACROSS A VERY POROUS BORDER. AND SO TO ENSURE THAT YOU'RE NOT HERE, AGAIN, DOING THE SAME THING AGAIN, STRENGTHENING THAT BORDER AT THE SAME TIME THAT YOU PROVIDE LEGAL STATUS SEEMS THE APPROPRIATE THING TO DO. AND I SUSPECT NEITHER IS ACHIEVABLE WITHOUT THE OTHER LINKED TOGETHER. SO I TAKE IT THAT THE TWO SIDES ARE NEGOTIATING. I AM NOT INVOLVED IN THOSE NEGOTIATIONS. NOT A MEMBER OF THE RELEVANT COMMITTEES. BUT I THINK THE TWO SIDES ARE INVOLVED IN THAT NEGOTIATION. MY HOPE IS THEY COME TO AN AGREEMENT AND THAT WE CAN HAVE A LARGE BIPARTISAN VICTORY, PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WE'RE ALL PROUD OF. I SUSPECT IT'S GOING TO TAKE SOME GIVE AND TAKE TO ACHIEVE THAT. I DO WANT TO GO BACK, THOUGH, TO THE PRINCIPAL UNDERLYING LEGISLATION HERE. AND ASK MY FRIENDS, MANY OF WHOM BY THE WAY WILL SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. THERE WILL BE CONSIDERABLE DEMOCRATIC SUPPORT FOR THIS. BUT I WOULD HOPE AND, AGAIN, I UNDERSTAND THIS IS AN ISSUE OF COMPETING GOODS BUT SOVEREIGNTY IS NOT SOMETHING WE SHOULD GRANT TO STATES AND LOCALITIES AND DENY INDIAN TRIBES. WE SHOULD NOT HAVE A DOUBLE STANDARD HERE. IF WE NEED TO MAKE CHANGES ACROSS THE ENTIRE LABOR RELATIONS BOARD, -- LABOR RELATIONS ACT, FAIR ENOUGH. I GUESS WE SHOULD CONSIDER THAT. BUT WE SHOULD NOT SINGLE OUT TRIBES AND MAKE THEM SUBJECT TO CAPRICIOUS, ARBITRARY, BUREAUCRATIC ACTIVITY, DECIDING ON WHAT THEIR LEGAL STATUS IS, WHAT THEIR RIGHTS ARE AND INTERFERE WITH THEIR ABILITY TO OPERATE THEIR OWN BUSINESSES WHICH ARE ABSOLUTELY INDISPENSIBLE TO SUPPORTING THEIR GOVERNMENTAL ACTIVITIES. WE DO NOT GIVE TRIBES THE POWER TO TAX. THEY CAN'T THEIR OWN LAND. THEY CAN'T TAX THEIR OWN CITIZENS. IF THEY'RE NOT SUCCESSFUL ECONOMICALLY, THEY HAVE TO RELY ON THE LIMITED RESOURCES GIVEN BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO EVERYTHING FROM PROTECTING THEIR CITIZENS TO PROVIDING HEALTH CARE FOR THEIR CITIZENS TO MAKING SURE THAT THERE'S APPROPRIATE EDUCATION FOR THEIR CITIZENS. THEY OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO DO WHAT OTHER GOVERNMENTS DO AND EARN MONEY AND RUN THEIR OWN AFFAIRS. WE ALLOW STATES TO DO THAT. WE ALLOW LOCALITIES TO DO THAT. FOR ALMOST 70 YEARS WE ALLOWED INDIAN TRIBES TO DO THAT. WE TOOK IT AWAY FROM THEM. THEY ARE ASKING SOMETHING THAT WAS TAKEN FROM THEM IN TERMS OF THEIR SOVEREIGNTIES TO BE RESTORED TO THEM. -- SOVEREIGNTY TO BE RESTORED TO THEM. AGAIN, I URGE PASSAGE OF THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. I HOPE WE CONTINUE TO WORK ON THESE OTHER ISSUES THAT MY FRIENDS HAVE BROUGHT UP. WE ARE WORKING IN AREAS LIKE CHIP AND THE DACA QUESTION AND BORDER SECURITY QUESTION. LET'S ALSO TAKE OUR TIME AND PASS THIS VERY IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND RESTORE TO INDIAN TRIBES WHAT THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD TOOK AWAY FROM THEM OVER A DECADE AGO. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 02:24:48 PM

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

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

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                          • 02:24:53 PM

                            MR. POLIS

                            THANK YOU. I WANT TO ADDRESS SOME OF THE THINGS THAT MY COLLEAGUE, MR.…

                            THANK YOU. I WANT TO ADDRESS SOME OF THE THINGS THAT MY COLLEAGUE, MR. COLE, SAID. I MEAN, THE BIG DIFFERENCE HERE BETWEEN TRIBAL OWNED AND RUN BUSINESSES IN STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IS STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE GENERALLY NOT IN THE OWN OF OWNING, OPERATING COMPANIES WITH VERY FEW EXCEPTIONS. WE DON'T HAVE A SOCIALIST FORM OF GOVERNMENT IN THIS COUNTRY WHERE CITIES OR STATES ARE ACTUALLY OPERATING BUSINESSES IN COMPETITION WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR. TRIBES IN ADDITION TO THEIR TRIBAL WORKERS, WHICH ARE MORE ANATIONAL JUST TO STATE AND LOCAL WORKERS, WHICH IS AN APPROPRIATE DISCUSSION, HAPPEN TO OWN BUSINESSES WHICH IS FINE AND THEY PRODUCE REVENUE FOR THE TRIBES WHICH IS GREAT. HOWEVER, THEY SHOULD PLAY BY THE SAME ECONOMIC RULES BY OTHER BUSINESSES WHICH NO WAY SHOULD IMPEDE BUSINESSES OF SUCCEEDING IN THIS COUNTRY. THEY ARE THE MAIN SOURCE OF INCOME FOR TRIBES. IF OUR LABOR LAWS WORK FOR ANY OTHER BUSINESS, THEY SHOULD ALSO WORK FOR THEM. AMERICAN CITIZENS, INCLUDING NATIVE AMERICAN CITIZENS OF OUR COUNTRY, DON'T LOSE THEIR RIGHTS AS WORKERS BECAUSE OF THE OWNERSHIP OF THE ORGANIZATION AND COMPANY THAT THEY HAPPEN TO BE EMPLOYED BY. THAT IS SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO BE BALANCED WITH OF COURSE TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY WHICH I AM A STRONG SUPPORTER OF. IF THE DISCUSSION WERE SIMPLY ABOUT TRIBAL EMPLOYEES, IT WOULD BE A DIFFERENT DISCUSSION. TO BE CLEAR, IT'S ABOUT BUSINESSES THAT ARE OWNED BY TRIBES. AND WE SIMPLY DON'T HAVE AN ANALOGY ON THE STATE AND LOCAL SIDE WITH VERY FEW EXCEPTIONS. I'M SURE THERE'S ONE SOMEWHERE. BUT IN GENERAL MUNICIPALITIES, COUNTIES ARE NOT THE OWNERS OF OPERATING BUSINESSES THAT COMPETE IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR. NOW, I WANT TO TALK ABOUT WHAT'S POSSIBLE WITH REGARD TO ENHANCING THE RIGHTS OF WORKERS AND LABOR INSTEAD OF THESE KINDS OF POLICIES THAT TAKE AWAY THE RIGHTS OF WORKERS, INCLUDING NATIVE AMERICAN WORKERS. WE SHOULD BE MOVING FORWARD ON POLICIES THAT PUT WORKERS FIRST. MY BILL, THE GIVING WORKERS A FAIR SHOT ACT, WOULD DO THAT. THE BILL WOULD PROVIDE REASONABLE SOLUTIONS TO ADDRESS THE GROWING INEQUALITY IN THE UNITED STATES BY HELPING WORKERS ENSURING COMPANIES FOLLOW THE LAW, EMPHASIZING THE NEED FOR CORPORATE ACCOUNTABILITY. IT WOULD REMOVE UNFAIR OBSTACLES TO FORMING A UNION, ENHANCE TRANSPARENCY FROM EMPLOYERS AND INCREASE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATING OUR LABOR LAWS WHICH ARE STRONG BUT OFTEN NOT ENFORCED. FIRST, ALL TOO OFTEN EMPLOYERS FREQUENTLY DRAG THEIR FEET ON A NEWLY FORMED UNION FOR MONTHS. OFTEN WITH THE GOAL OF AVOIDING AN AGREEMENT. SOMETIMES IT MEANS A NULL CERTIFIED UNION -- NEWLY CERTIFIED UNION WOULD -- MY BILL WOULD SET UP THE CONTRACT SYSTEM WHERE THE EMPLOYER OR EMPLOYEE HAS THE OPTION OF SEEKING MEDIATION IF THEY FEEL ONE PARTY IS NOT -- NO TAXPAYER FUNDS ARE USED FOR UNION BUSTING OR PERSUADERS, PLANNING, IMPLEMENTING ACTIVITIES THAT DETER EMPLOYEES FOR JOINING OR FORMING A UNION. AGAIN, IT SIMPLY MAKES SURE NO TAXPAYER FUNDS ARE USED FOR THAT EXPLICIT PURPOSE. THIRD, THE BILL UPDATES THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT DEFINITION OF SUPERVISOR. TOO OFTEN WORKERS ARE RECLASSIFIED AS SUPERVISORS FOR EFFECTIVELY GERRYMANDERING BARGAINING UNITS. THIS DEFINITION PREVENTS THAT SORT OF MANIPULATION AND WOULD MAKE IT EASIER FOR EMPLOYEES TO BE ABLE TO FORM A UNION IF THEY SO CHOOSE. FOURTH, THE BILL REAFFIRMS THE GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT WORKERS FROM HAVING THEIR VITES -- RIGHTS VIOLATED FROM EXECUTIVES WHO VIOLATE CRITICAL LABOR LAWS. INJURED WORKERS AND WORKER DEATHS SHOULD NEVER BE SIMPLY A COST OF DOING BUSINESS. THESE ROBUST PROTECTIONS HELP MAKE SURE THIS IS TRULY A CRIMINAL ISSUE FOR THE FEW BAD ACTORS THAT EXIST ON THE EMPLOYER SIDE. FINALLY, THE LEGISLATION EMPOWERS SHAREHOLDERS AND CREATES NEW ACCOUNTABILITY FOR C.E.O.'S AND EXECUTIVES BY PREVENTING THE C.E.O. AND CHAIRMAN AT A PUBLICLY TRADED COMPANY FROM BEING THE SAME PERSON. WE'D ALL LOVE TO WORK FOR OURSELVES, BUT THAT'S NOT IN THE LONG-TERM ECONOMIC INTEREST OF THE SHAREHOLDERS, THE CUSTOMERS OR THE WORKERS. THE BILL ALSO EXPANDS INSIDER TRADING RESTRICTIONS FOR EXECUTIVES TO ONE YEAR AFTER THEY LEAVE A COMPANY. IN MY DISTRICT AND ACROSS COLORADO, PEOPLE ARE CLAMORING FOR PROACTIVE POLICIES THAT ACTUALLY HELP ACESS THE INCOME GAP AND PUT THE NEEDS OF MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES AND WORKERS FIRST, POLICIES LIKE THE GIVING WORKERS A FAIR SHOT ACT WOULD DO THAT. NOW, THIS LEGISLATION THAT WE'RE SEEING HERE TODAY IS NOT THE ONLY CONTROVERSIAL LEGISLATION WE'RE SEEING THIS WEEK. UNFORTUNATELY, THE NEXT RULE UP WILL BE ONE THAT TAKES AWAY OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AS AMERICANS. THE FISA RE-AUTHORIZATION LEGISLATION HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS A COMPROMISE BUT THAT'S NOT THE CASE. THIS LEGISLATION IS NOT THE NECESSARY FISA REFORM BILL THAT MANY IN CONGRESS, INCLUDING MYSELF, HAVE CALLED FOR, WHICH IS WHY I AND SO MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE ARE OPPOSED TO IT IN ITS FORM AND SUPPORT THE AMASH-POLIS AMENDMENT AND WHY THE CURRENT FISA RE-AUTHORIZATION BILL IS OPPOSED NOT ONLY BY PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES GROUPS BUT ALSO TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES AND JOB CREATORS ACROSS THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM. IF THIS BILL PASSES IT WILL MAKE IT HARDER FOR AMERICAN COMPANIES TO ENGAGE IN INTERNATIONAL COMMERCE. MANY COUNTRIES IN EUROPE, FOR EXAMPLE, WILL SIMPLY REFUSE TO DO BUSINESS WITH A TECHNOLOGY COMPANY THAT'S HOUSED IN THE U.S. BECAUSE THEY ARE AFRAID WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THEIR CITIZENS' DATA. MAYBE IN CONTROVENTION OF THEIR OWN LAWS. THIS IS NOT IN THE FORM OF REFORM THAT'S NECESSARY. IT FALLS SHORT ON SEVERAL GROUNDS. IN FACT IN SOME WAYS IT MAKES THE FISA PROGRAM WORSE BY CODIFYING THE, QUOTE, ABOUT COLLECTIONS, END QUOTE, TERM THAT REFERS TO THE N.S.A. SEARCHING THROUGH THE INTERNET TRAFFIC TO COLLECT COMMUNICATIONS TO AND FROM AND ALSO THOSE THAT SIMPLY MENTION AN IDENTIFIER USED BY A TARGET EVEN THOUGH IT'S BEEN DECLARED UNCONSTITUTIONAL TWICE. IT COULD BE THE NAME OF A CITY OR STATE OR EVEN A COUNTRY. . -- THAT COULD BE IN THEORY SUBJECTING CLOSE TO 100% OF TAX AND EMAILS AND INTERNET TRAFFIC TO WARRANTLESS SEARCHES. THIS BILL FAILS TO CONSIDER THE CORE CONCERN I HAVE AND MANY MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE SHARE. NAMELY THE GOVERNMENT'S USE OF SECTION 702 INFORMATION AGAINST AMERICAN CITIZENS IN INVESTIGATION THAT IS HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITHOUT NATIONAL SECURITY DOES NOT REQUIRE A WARRANT OR THE DUE PROCESS OF OUR CONSTITUTION. THE BILL CODIFIES THE ABILITY OF THE GOVERNMENT TO ACCESS THE CONTENT OF OUR EMAILS AND TELEPHONE CALLS WITHOUT A WARRANT. IT CREATES AN UNPRECEDENTED AND UNWORKABLE OPTIONAL WARRANT WHICH IS WINDOW DRESSING, BUT DOES NOTHING TO ADDRESS THE LEGITIMATE CONCERNS. THESE MASSIVE FLAWS COULD HAVE BEEN ADDRESSED IF WE PROCEEDED UNDER REGULAR ORDER, BUT THIS VERSION WAS REPORTED ONLY FROM THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE AND BYPASSED THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WHICH WAS CUT OUT OF NEGOTIATIONS WHEN THEY AGREED TO GO ALONG WITH THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE'S RAILROADING THEIR COMMITTEE. THAT'S WHY I SIGNED A BIPARTISAN LETTER WITH DOZENS OF OTHER MEMBERS DEMANDING FISA BE HANDLED UNDER REGULAR ORDER. I'M PROUD TO HAVE OFFERED THE AMENDMENT THAT WILL BE CONSIDERED LATER WITH REPRESENTATIVES LOFGREN AND AMASH AND OTHERS THAT WILL PROVIDE A BETTER PATH TO KEEP AMERICAN CITIZENS SAFE AND PROTECT OUR PRIVACY AND ENSURE AMERICAN COMPANIES CAN REMAIN COMPETITIVE ABROAD. IT WOULD PROTECT OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AND KEEP US SAFE. MY AMENDMENT WHICH IS BASED OFF THE U.S.A. RIGHTS ACT, END REVERSE TARGETING, BANS COLLECTIONS, AND LOOKS FOR TRANSPARENCY. I THINK THESE ARE NECESSARY CHANGES THAT AMERICANS HAVE BEEN DEMANDING FOR YEARS. I ASK ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE FISA RE-AUTHORIZATION AND SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT WHEN THEY ARE BROUGHT FORTH. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 02:32:53 PM

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

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

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                          • 02:32:56 PM

                            MR. COLE

                            I WANT TO YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME TO RESPOND TO A COUPLE…

                            I WANT TO YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME TO RESPOND TO A COUPLE OF MY FRIEND'S POINTS. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM TEXAS, DR. BURGESS. LET ME BEGIN, I'M GOING TO DISAGREE RESPECTFULLY WITH MY FRIEND'S ASSERTION THAT PEOPLE ARE HAVING THEIR RIGHTS STRIPPED AWAY. THE ONLY PEOPLE LOSING THEIR RIGHTS HERE ARE INDIAN TRIBES. THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED WHEN THE NLRB DID WHAT IT DID AND WITHOUT THE DIRECTION OF CONGRESS OR THE ADMINISTRATION DECIDED TO ON ITS OWN IT WOULD TREAT INDIAN TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS DIFFERENT THAN OTHER GOVERNMENTS. IT'S THOSE RIGHTS TO THE TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS THAT WE'RE BUSY TRYING TO RESTORE. MY FRIEND, WHO AGAIN, IS VERY GOOD ON INDIAN ISSUES AS A RULE. I UNDERSTAND THE COMPETING CLAIMS HERE. I RECOGNIZE THE TENSION THAT'S INVOLVED IN THAT. BUT IT'S NOT AS IF TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS DON'T HAVE THEIR OWN LABOR CODES AND THEIR OWN STANDARDS. AND FRANKLY THOSE HAVE TO COMPLY WITH AMERICAN LAW. UNDER THE INDIAN CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1965, THERE'S ABSOLUTELY NOTHING A TRIBAL GOVERNMENT CAN DO THAT WOULD CONTRAVENE THE GUARANTEED RIGHTS OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION FOR ALL AMERICANS. SO TO SUGGEST THEY ARE SOMEHOW VIOLATING THE RIGHTS OF AMERICAN WORKERS I THINK IS TO MISCHARACTERIZE WHO THEY ARE AND HOW THEY HAVE ACTED. WHAT THEY HAVE SAID IS IF WE'RE SOVEREIGN, IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYS THAT STATE GOVERNMENTS AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE ALLOWED TO REGULATE THEIR OWN WORK FORCES, THEN TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS ARE ALLOWED TO DO THE SAME. I'M GOING TO DISAGREE ALSO WITH MY FRIEND. THERE ARE LOTS OF MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSES IN THE UNITED STATES. THERE ARE LOTS OF MUNICIPAL WATER SLIDES. THERE ARE PARK SYSTEMS. YOU CAN GO TO THE STATE OF VIRGINIA AND IT HAPPENS TO OWN THE LIQUOR BUSINESS IN THE STATE. IT'S DECIDED IT'S GOING TO MAKE THAT A STATE FUNCTION. WE DON'T REGULATE THOSE EMPLOYEES. THE IDEA THAT JUST BECAUSE IT'S A MONEY MAKING ACTIVITY THAT WE THEN SOMEHOW TREAT IT DIFFERENTLY, WE DON'T DO THAT TO ANY LOCALITY OR ANY STATE IN THE COUNTRY. WE JUST HAD AN UN-ELECTED FEDERAL AGENCY DECIDE ON ITS OWN IT WAS GOING TO DO THAT TO INDIAN TRIBES. IT'S NOT DOING IT TO ANYBODY ELSE. JUST TO TRIBES. I WOULD SUBMIT THAT THAT IS FUNDAMENTALLY UNFAIR. AGAIN, NOBODY'S RIGHTS ARE TAKEN AWAY. EVERY AMERICAN CITIZEN HAS EXACTLY THE SAME RIGHTS. YOU DON'T HAVE PRECISELY THE SAME RIGHTS THAT YOU DO IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR IF YOU WORK FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. SAME THING IS TRUE HERE. IF YOU CHOOSE TO GO TO WORK FOR A TRIBELE A GOVERNMENT, YOU LIVE WITHIN THAT GREEM. THAT REGIME HAS TO COMPORT WITH THE CONSTITUTION AND THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES, AND YOU HAVE NOT LOST YOUR ACTION RIGHTS IN FEDERAL COURT IF YOU THINK THERE IS A VIOLATION. I THINK THIS IS A CASE CRYSTAL CLEAR. YOU TREAT EVERYBODY THE SAME WAY. EVERY GOVERNMENTAL UNIT THE SAME WAY. THAT'S ALL THE TRIBES ARE ASKING FOR. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND, DR. BURGESS, DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF BOTH THE RULES COMMITTEE AND ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE.

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                          • 02:35:49 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                            MR. BURGESS

                            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR HIS WORK AS…

                            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR HIS WORK AS CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE THAT DEALS WITH FUNDING. THE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE THAT DEALS WITH FUNDING PUBLIC HEALTH AS WELL AS MEDICAL RESEARCH. I HEARD SOME COMMENTS ABOUT THE FUNDING FOR THE EXTENSION OF THE FUNDING FOR CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM AT THE BEGINNING OF THE DEBATE. I WANTED TO COME TO THE FLOOR AND REMIND PEOPLE THAT THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE DID DO ITS WORK AS FAR AS CONTINUING THE FUNDING FOR THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. IT COMPLETED ITS WORK. WE DELAYED A LITTLE BIT AT THE REQUEST OF COMMITTEE DEMOCRATS. WE DELAYED A LITTLE BIT AT THE REQUEST OF THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE FULL COMMITTEE. WE DID DELIVER A PRODUCT THE FIRST PART OF OCTOBER. THAT PRODUCT PASSED THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE LATE OCTOBER, EARLY NOVEMBER. IT PASSED. ALMOST EVERY REPUBLICAN VOTE, AND OVER TWO DOZEN DEMOCRATIC VOTES. IT WAS A BIPARTISAN EFFORT. IT FUNDED THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM FOR FIVE YEARS, WHICH WAS THE DEMOCRATIC REQUEST. IT FUNDED -- FUNDING LEVELS OR REQUESTED BY THE DEMOCRATS. AND IT WAS OFFSET IN A RESPONSIBLE WAY. THAT BILL IS PENDING OVER IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE AND I FRANKLY DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOUSE LATE OCTOBER, EARLY NOVEMBER. IT PASSED WHY THE SENATE MINORITY LEADER WILL NOT RELEASE THAT BILL FOR A VOTE BY HIS SENATORS BECAUSE IT IS, AFTER ALL, DEMOCRATIC SENATORS THAT REPRESENT STATES AROUND THIS COUNTRY THAT ARE GOING TO SUFFER AS A CONSEQUENCE OF NOT PASSING THIS BILL. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING TO ME. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 02:37:19 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                          • 02:37:24 PM

                            MR. POLIS

                            I'D LIKE TO INQUIRE OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IF HE HAS ANY REMAINING…

                            I'D LIKE TO INQUIRE OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IF HE HAS ANY REMAINING SPEAKERS.

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                          • 02:37:27 PM

                            MR. COLE

                            I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                            MR. POLIS

                            I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE. I YIELD MY SOUTHWEST BALANCE OF THE TIME.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 02:37:36 PM

                            MR. POLIS

                            I WANT TO ADDRESS SOMETHING MY FRIEND, MR. COLE SAID. I'M SURE YOU CAN…

                            I WANT TO ADDRESS SOMETHING MY FRIEND, MR. COLE SAID. I'M SURE YOU CAN FIND FEW INSTANCES OF MUNICIPAL AND STATE GOVERNMENT. I'M SURE THE GENTLEMAN WOULD AGREE RELATIVE TO SIZE THEY ARE VERY FEW AND FAR BETWEEN. EVEN MOST MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSES ARE RUN BY PRIVATE OPERATORS UNDER CONTRACT TO MUNICIPALITIES. I'M SURE THE GENTLEMAN COULD FIND A COUPLE THAT AREN'T. THE DISPROPORTIONATE SHARE -- THE EFFECT OF TRIBAL NATIONS AS OWNERS AND OPERATING BUSINESSES, INCLUDING THOSE IN MY DISTRICT, I HAVE INTERACTED WITH BUSINESSES IN MY DISTRICT OWNED BY TRIBAL NATIONS. THERE ARE UNANIMOUS OF PROVISIONS IN LAW TO HELP THEM. I SUPPORT THOSE. BUT I DO BELIEVE THAT WORKERS DON'T GIVE UP THEIR RIGHTS SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY WORK FOR A COMPANY THAT HAPPENS TO BE OWNED BY A TRIBAL NATION AS OPPOSED TO AN AMERICAN. OR EVEN A NATIVE AMERICAN CITIZEN OF OUR COUNTRY WHO IN THEIR PERSONAL CAPACITY IS THE OWNER OF A COMPANY. WE WOULD THEN BE AT A DISADVANTAGE, WOULD THEN HAVE -- NOT DISADVANTAGE, WOULD HAVE -- WOULD NOT HAVE THE SAME ABILITY TO DEPRIVE WORKERS OF THEIR RIGHTS AS A COMPANY THAT WAS OWNED BY HIS OR HER TRIBE. AGAIN, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE SUPPORT TRIBAL AUTONOMY. I DO, AND PERHAPS THERE IS A BILL TO BE HAD HERE, BUT IT'S NOT THIS BILL. I WANT TO SHARE THE STORY OF ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS FROM FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, THAT I THINK WILL BRING THIS BACK TO WHAT OUR BODY SHOULD BE DOING. I UNDERSTAND THERE'S ARGUE THE ON BOTH SIDES. I UNDERSTAND THERE IS PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE THAT HAVE CONCERNS AND ALSO THAT SUPPORT THIS BILL. IT IS NOT THE URGENCY THAT WE FACE WITH REGARD TO DEFERRED ACTION OR CHILD HEALTH INSURANCE. IN JULY OF 2017, CARLA AND HER HUSBAND FOUND OUT THEY WERE EXPECTING ANOTHER CHILD. BOTH CARLA AND HER HUSBAND WORK FULL-TIME. CARLA WORKERS AT A LOCAL CHILDCARE CERTAINTY. HER HUSBAND WORKS AT A LOCAL RETAIL STORE. EVEN WITH THEIR TWO FULL-TIME INCOMES, LIKE MANY AMERICANS, THEY FELT THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE WAS THE ONLY MEDICAL COVERAGE FOR THEM. CARLA ENROLLED IN CHIP. NOW CARLA IS DUE TO DELIVER HER BABY IN MARCH OF THIS YEAR. BUT SHE WORRIES WHEN THE BABY COMES SHE WON'T HAVE MEDICAL COVERAGE ANYMORE. UNFORTUNATELY, CARLA'S RIGHT TO WORRY. RIGHT NOW COLORADO IS EXPECTED TO RUN OUT OF CHIP FUNDING AT THE END OF FEBRUARY, A FEW WEEKS BEFORE CARLA IS DUE. THAT'S WHY THIS ISSUE IS SO URGENT, MR. SPEAKER. FOR THE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN AND PREGNANT WOMEN LIKE CARLA, WE CAN'T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE TO PROVIDE A PERMANENT EXTENSION OF THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. INSTEAD OF FINDING A BIPARTISAN FIX FOR THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM OR DEFERRED ACTION WILL HAVE DIFFERING OPINIONS ON, I FEEL IT CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM OR DEFERRED ACTION OR TO KEEP GOVERNMENT OPENED, INSTEAD HERE WE HAVE YET ANOTHER BILL THAT PEOPLE UNDERMINES WORKERS' RIGHTS AND IS NOT SUPPORTIVE IN THE WAY I WOULD BE OF THE RIGHTS OF OUR NATIONS. IT'S UNFORTUNATELY ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF MISGUIDED PRIORITIES. WE HAVE PRECIOUS LITTLE TIME. I BELIEVE FOUR DAYS UNTIL THE FUNDING OF GOVERNMENT EXPIRES. WE SHOULD HAVE ACTED ON CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM LAST YEAR. WE SHOULD HAVE ACTED ON DEFERRED ACTION LAST YEAR. WE NEED TO ACT NOW. FOR THAT REASON, I OPPOSE THE UNDERLYING BILL. I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE RULE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 02:41:03 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO YIELDS BACK HIS TIME OF THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

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

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                          • 02:41:07 PM

                            MR. COLE

                            I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO MY SEFMENT

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 02:41:14 PM

                            MR. COLE

                            I WANT TO THANK -- THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND, AND…

                            I WANT TO THANK -- THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND, AND I WANT TO STRESS WHILE WE DISAGREE ON THIS, I APPRECIATE HIS EFFORTS ON NATIVE AMERICAN ISSUES. HE HAS A RECORD THAT I THINK IS AN EXCELLENT RECORD OVERALL. WE JUST DISAGREE VERY PROFOUNDLY IN THIS CASE. I WILL SAY THIS, IF YOU HAPPEN TO JUST CASUALLY TURN ON THE COVERAGE OF THE DEBATE AT ANY POINT, YOU MIGHT WONDER WHAT WE WERE DEBATING ABOUT BECAUSE IN THE COURSE OF THE DEBATE WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT CHIP, WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT THE DREAMERS, WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT THE BUDGET, WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT FISA. SPENT A LOT OF TIME TALKING ABOUT A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS OTHER THAN THE INFORMATION AT HAND. I DON'T BEGRUDGE THAT TO MY FRIEND. HE FEELS VERY PASSIONATELY ABOUT THOSE AREAS. IT IS INTERESTING TO ME ON THE FISA THING WE'LL HAVE A DEBATE TOMORROW. THE AMENDMENT THAT MY FRIEND SUPPORTS WILL BE IN ORDER TOMORROW. WE'LL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT. I THINK THERE ARE GOOD FAITH EFFORTS UNDER WAY ON BOTH SIDES ON THE DACA ISSUE AND ON THE ISSUE OF FISA. AND PARTICULARLY ON THE ISSUE OF THE BUDGET AS WELL. AGAIN, I WISH THIS PLACE WORKED A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY. SOMETIMES DEADLINES ARE LIKE ALARM CLOCKS AROUND HERE, BUT THOSE THINGS ARE UNDER WAY. WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TODAY IS ALSO AN EFFORT THAT'S BEEN WAGED BY INDIAN NATIONS FOR OVER A DOZEN YEARS. TO TRY AND RECLAIM PART OF THEIR SOVEREIGNTY THAT WAS UNJUSTLY TAKEN AWAY FROM. I AM GOING TO DISAGREE WITH MY FRIEND VERY PROFOUNDLY. NOBODY'S RIGHTS HAVE BEEN TAKEN AWAY. EVERY AMERICAN'S RIGHTS ARE GUARANTEED BY THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. THE INDIAN CIVIL RIGHTS ASKET 1965 MAKES IT CLEAR NO TRIBE CAN DO ANYTHING IN CONTRAVENTION AND RESTRICT THE RIGHTS OF AMERICANS. THE ONLY PEOPLE THAT HAVE LOST RIGHTS IN THIS WHOLE DISCUSSION AND EPISODE HAVE BEEN TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS WHO HAD THEIR RIGHT TO REGULATE THEIR LABOR AFFAIRS THE SAME WAY WE ALLOW STATES AND LOCALITIES TO DO IT. TAKE IT AWAY FROM THEM. IT WASN'T TAKEN AWAY FROM THEM BY AN ACT OF THIS CONGRESS. WE NEVER PASSED LEGISLATION. IT WASN'T TAKEN AWAY FROM THEM BECAUSE THE ADMINISTRATION IN POWER AT THE TIME ORDERED SOME AGENCY, EXECUTIVE BRANCH TO DO SFPLGT IT WAS TAKEN AWAY BECAUSE ACTING IN A ROGUE MANNER THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD ON ITS OWN DECIDED IT WOULD EXPAND ITS LEGAL AUTHORITY. WELL, THAT'S GREAT. THEY MAY HAVE A CASE TO MAKE, BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO DO. THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO OPERATE WITHIN THE AUTHORITY THAT CONGRESS GIVES THEM. IF THEY THINK THEY NEED A GRANT OF ADDITIONAL AUTHORITY, THEN THEY COME TO CONGRESS AND ASK FOR THAT GRANT OF ADDITIONAL AUTHORITY. THEY DON'T SIMPLY ON THEIR OWN DECIDE THEY WILL WILLY-NILLY VIOLATE THE RIGHTS OF A SOVEREIGN NATIVE AMERICAN NATION. THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED IN THIS CASE. FRANKLY THE TRIBES HAVE BEEN EXTRAORDINARILY PATIENT IN PURSUING THE REMEDY TO THIS. I THINK WE OUGHT TO, TODAY, TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO RECTIFY A WRONG THAT AN AGENCY OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH DID WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF CONGRESS OR EVEN WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AT THE TIME AND ALLOW TRIBES TO RECLAIM THE AUTHORITY THAT THEY EXERCISED FOR OVER 70 YEARS. IF WE THINK WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT IN THAT REGARD, THAT'S A FAIR POINT TO MAKE. IF WE DO, IT NEEDS TO BE THE SAME FOR STATE GOVERNMENTS AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. YOU DON'T SINGLE TRIBES OUT AS SOVEREIGNTY ENTITIES AND IMPOSE SOMETHING ON THEM THAT DOESN'T APPLY TO EVERYBODY ELSE THAT'S A SUBORDINATE SOVEREIGNTY OF THE UNITED STATES. SOVEREIGN OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. MR. SPEAKER, IN CLOSING, I WANT TONE COURAGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THE RULE -- TO ENCOURAGE ALL MY MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THE RULE, AND I RECOGNIZE MY FRIENDS PROBABLY WILL NOT. THAT'S A NORMAL PARTISAN DEBATE. WITH THIS 140 THE HOUSE IS TAKING STEPS TO STRENGTHEN TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY. THIS BODY HAS A GOOD RECORD. I WORKED WITH MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE WHEN WE PASSED THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT, AND -- WHICH HAD A VERY IMPORTANT COMPONENT GIVING TRIBES BACK SOME OF THE JURISDICTION THAT THEY NEEDED TO REGULATE DOMESTIC ABUSE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT ON O THEIR OWN TERRITORY. MY FRIENDS WERE OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORTIVE AND HELPFUL IN THAT MEASURE. WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED WITHOUT THEM. I KNOW IN MANY CASES WE DO AGREE. . IN THIS CASE, IN THIS BILL, THEY WILL BE EXEMPTED. THIS LEGISLATION WILL REVERSE THE BUREAUCRATIC OVERREACH OF THE NLRB AND CLARIFY THE LAW ONCE AND FOR ALL. THIS BILL IS A COMMONSENSE SOLUTION THAT WILL CLARIFY THE ORIGINAL INTENT OF CONGRESS AND THE N -- THAT THE NLRB DOES NOT HAVE JURISDICTION OVER TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS. I APPLAUD MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR THIS WORK. WE'LL ACTUALLY HAVE A SPLIT DECISION OVER THIS. SOME REPUBLICANS WILL BE SUPPORTING MY FRIEND'S POSITION BUT BY AND LARGE I THINK THE HOUSE WILL DO WHAT THEY DID LAST TIME, PASSING IT, GIVEN THE ACTION OF THE SENATE INDIAN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, WE KNOW HE THIS WILL BE PICKED UP AND SENT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK WHERE I AM CONFIDENT IT WILL BE SIGNED. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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                          • 02:46:25 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. 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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                          • 02:46:34 PM

                            MR. POLIS

                            MR. SPEAKER, ON THAT I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER…

                            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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                          • 02:47:25 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                          • 02:47:28 PM

                            MR. COLLINS

                            MR. SPEAKER, COLLECTION COLLECTION -- BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON…

                            MR. SPEAKER, COLLECTION COLLECTION -- BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 682.

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                          • 02:47:35 PM

                            THE CLERK

                            HOUSE CALENDAR 116, HOUSE RESOLUTION 682. RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF…

                            HOUSE CALENDAR 116, HOUSE RESOLUTION 682. RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL S. 139, TO IMPLEMENT THE USE OF RAPID D.N.A. INSTRUMENTS TO INFORM DECISIONS ABOUT PRETRIAL RELEASE OR DETENTION AND THEIR CONDITIONS, TO SOLVE AND PREVENT VIOLENT CRIMES AND OTHER CRIMES, TO EXONERATE THE INNOCENT, TO PREVENT D.N.A. ANALYSIS BACKLOGS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115- 53 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, WITH 40 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE AND 20 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY, 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 COMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS.

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                          • 02:49:17 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR. COLLINS MR.…

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR. COLLINS MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION ALL TIME IS YIELDED FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 682, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                          • 02:49:44 PM

                            TEMPORE WITHOUT

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I AM PLEASED TO BRING FORWARD THIS RULE ON BEHALF…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I AM PLEASED TO BRING FORWARD THIS RULE ON BEHALF OF THE RULES COMMITTEE. THE RULE PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF S. 139, THE FISA AMENDMENTS RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT. THE RULE PROVIDES FOR ONE HOUR OF DEBATE WITH 40 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE HOUSE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE AND 20 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. THE RULE ALSO PROVIDES FOR A MOTION TO RECOMMIT. ADDITIONALLY, THE RULE MAKES IN ORDER AN AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. AMASH REPRESENTING IDEAS FROM MEMBERS OF BOTH SIDE OF THE AISLE. THE RULES COMMITTEE RECEIVED TESTIMONY FROM NUMEROUS MEMBERS, INCLUDING CHAIRMAN NUNES, RANKING MEMBER, MR. SCHIFF. WE ALSO HEARD FROM JUDICIARY COMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER NADLER, CONGRESSMAN FARENTHOLD, CONGRESSMAN AMASH, CONGRESSWOMAN LOFGREN AND ALSO CONGRESSMAN POE. IN ADDITION TO THE VIGOROUS DEBATE BEFORE THE RULES COMMITTEE, BOTH THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE HELD MARKUPS ON LEGISLATION TO RE-AUTHORIZE SECTION 702 OF THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT. TODAY, WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PASS AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WILL ENHANCE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND STRENGTHEN PROTECTIONS OF AMERICANS' PRIVACY. MR. CHAIRMAN, I'D LIKE TO PUBLICLY THANK CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE AND CHAIRMAN NUNES FOR THE IMPORTANT WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. AS A RESULT OF THEIR EFFORTS, THE LEGISLATION WE WILL CONSIDER TODAY WILL PROTECT THE PRIVACY RIGHTS OF INDIVIDUAL AMERICANS WITHOUT HINDERING THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY ABILITY TO GET SCHEMES AND IDENTITIES OF OUR ENEMIES. THE VALUE THAT WE PLACE ON THESE DUTIES IS REFLECTED BY THE FACT THAT THEY ARE ENSHRINED IN THE PREAMBLE TO THE CONSTITUTION, TO PROVIDE FOR OUR COMMON DEFENSE, THE DEDICATED MEN AND WOMEN OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TRY TO DEFEAT OUR FOREIGN ADVERSARIES, WHETHER THEY ARE TERRORISTS, HOSTILE FOREIGN STATES OR NUCLEAR PROLIFERATORS. OUR CONSTITUTION TASKS EACH BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT WITH CONSTANTLY WORKING TO PROTECT THE LIBERTY OF EVERY AMERICAN. WITH A BILL PROVIDED FOR BY THIS RULE, THE CHAMBER WILL BE CONSIDERING LEGISLATION THAT WILL HELP US BETTER ACHIEVE BOTH. THE FISA AMENDMENTS RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT WILL EXTEND THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT, OR FISA, TITLE 70 -- FOR SIX YEARS WHILE INCREASING OVERSIGHT OF ITS IMPLEMENTATION AT EVERY LEVEL AND PROVIDING FOR MORE ROBUST PRIVACY PROTECTIONS FOR AMERICANS. SECTION 702 OF FISA HAS PROVEN TO BE AN INVALUABLE TOOL FOR COLLECTING FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE AND PROVIDING INSIGHT INTO THE PLANS AND INTENTIONS OF OUR ENEMIES. IT'S ONE OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION'S MOST IMPORTANT OPERATIONAL AUTHORITIES. IT PERMITS THE GOVERNMENT TO CONDUCT TARGETED SURVEILLANCE OF FOREIGN PERSONS LOCATED OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES WITH THE COMPELLED ASSISTANCE WITH ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION SERVICE PROVIDERS TO REQUIRE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION. MR. SPEAKER, THIS PROGRAM IS IMPORTANT TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY CANNOT BE OVERSTATED. WHILE MANY EXAMPLES OF SUCCESSES ARE CLASSIFIED IN NATURE, I CAN TELL YOU HERE TODAY IT'S HELPED PROTECT THE HOMELAND AND AMERICAN PEOPLE. ONE DECLASSIFIED EXAMPLE THAT I CAN SHARE WITH YOU CONCERNS THE STORY OF HAJI WHO ROSE THROUGH THE RANKS OF ISIS, EVENTUALLY BECOMING THE TERRORIST ORGANIZATION'S SECOND IN COMMAND. FOR MORE THAN TWO YEARS THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY SEARCHED FOR AMMAN. THEY USED THEIR SECTION 702 PROGRAM TO GET RESOURCES WHICH EVENTUALLY LED THEM TO HIM. MR. SPEAKER, THE GENTLEMAN WAS A TERRORIST. HE WAS KILLED -- HE WAS A MURDERER. MR. SPEAKER, MR. APPLEAN WAS KILLED BY U.S. SPECIAL FORCES ON MARCH 24, 2016, DURING AN ATTEMPT TO APPREHEND HERE. WE MAY NOT SEE EVERY VICTORY BUT THESE INITIATIVES HELP PROTECT AMERICANS EVERY DAY. LET US PAUSE TO NOTE, HOWEVER, THAT WITH THE BROAD AUTHORITY GRANTED BY A PROGRAM LIKE 702 TO COLLECT FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION TO FIGHT OUR FOREIGN ENEMIES, IT MUST COME EXPANSIVE SAFEGUARDS AGAINST ABUSE OF THAT AUTHORITY AND THE EXPANSIVE OVERSIGHT OF ITS USE. TO ENSURE THAT THE AUTHORITIES UNDER SECTION 702 DO NOT COME INTO CONFLICT WITH THE LIBERTY AND PRIVACY INTEREST OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THE FEESA AMENDMENTS ACT -- THE FISA AMENDMENTS ACT EXPANDS ON THE ALREADY EXTENSIVE SAFEGUARD. MR. SPEAKER, AS I SAID EACH BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PROTECTING THE LIBERTIES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH THERE ARE EXTENSIVE AND INTERNAL CONTROLS TO REVIEW AND APPROVE ACTIONS UNDER 702. THE NPOR GENERAL FOR THE INTELLIGENCE -- THE INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY ARE TASKED WITH A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF THIS PROGRAM'S IMPLEMENTATION. MANDATORY INTERNAL PROCEDURES, KNOWN AS TARGETING AND MINIMUMIZATION PROCEDURES, ALSO GOVERN THE COLLECTION USE AND DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION ARE IN PLACE AT EACH AGENCY THAT USES FISA SECTION 702. THE FISA AMENDMENTS RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT EXPANDS UPON THE INTERNAL PROTECTIONS BY REQUIRING EACH AGENCY TO ALSO ADOPT QUERYING PROCEDURES TO CONTROL HOW EACH AGENCY SEARCHES ITS DATABASE FOR 702 ACQUIRED COMMUNICATIONS. THIS BRINGS ME TO THE JUDICIAL BRANCH. THE TARGETING PROCEDURES MUST BE APPROVED ANNUALLY BY THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SECURITY COURT. WITH THE AID OF AMICUS SECURITY BRIEFS, THEY HAVE REVIEWS OF SECTION 702'S IMPLEMENTATION FOR COMPLIANCE WITH THE CONSTITUTION AND THE LAW. THIS LEGISLATION WILL ENHANCE FISK WITH THE AUTHORITY TO COMPENSATE AMICUS BRIEFS AND TECHNICAL EXPERTS. FINALLY, THERE IS CONGRESS WHERE WE COME TO. THE COMMITTEES ON JUDICIARY AND INTELLIGENCE HAVE CONDUCTED MULTIPLE OVERSIGHT HEARINGS AND MEETING IN BOTH CLASSIFIED AND UNCLASSIFIED SETTINGS. NUMEROUS INSIGHTS CAME FROM THOSE HEARINGS AND THE LEGISLATION THAT WILL BE CONSIDERED UNDER TODAY'S RULE REFLECTS THEM WELL. THE BILL MAKES A NUMBER OF IMPROVEMENTS THAT WILL ENHANCE THE CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT IN COMING YEARS. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S TIME TO REMEMBER ONE MORE GROUP THAT REMAINS CRITICAL TO PROTECTING AMERICANS' LIBERTIES, AMERICAN MEN AND WOMEN THEMSELVES. THIS LEGISLATION WILL IMPROVE TRANSPARENCY AND PUBLIC OVERSIGHT OF FISA 702, SECTION 702 BY REQUIRING THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO CONDUCT DECLASSIFICATION REVIEW AND PUBLICLY RELEASE THE FISA SECTION 702 MINIMUMIZATION PROCEDURES EVERY YEAR. MR. SPEAKER, THE MOST IMPORTANT REFORM CONTAINED IN THIS LEGISLATION CONSTITUTES THE MOST SUBSTANTIAL REFORM TO THE PROGRAM SINCE ITS INCEPTION. UNDER THIS LEGISLATION, THE F.B.I. WILL BE REQUIRED WHEN CONDUCTING A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION OF A U.S. PERSON TO OBTAIN A WARRANT FROM THE FISC PRIOR TO ACCESSING THE CONTENT OF THE COMMUNICATIONS THAT WERE REQUIRED USING 702. 702 INFORMATION IS COLLECTED FOR THE PURPOSE OF FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE -- COLLECTED FOR THE PURPOSE OF FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE OPERATIONS AND THIS CRITICAL REQUIREMENT CLOSES THE POSSIBILITY THAT F.B.I. INVESTIGATING AMERICANS FOR TRADITIONAL CRIMES WILL BE ABLE TO USE 702 INFORMATION IN SUCH DOMESTIC INVESTIGATIONS. IN ADDITION TO THE NUMEROUS SAFEGUARDS CURRENTLY IN PLACE AND ADDED BY THIS LEGISLATION, AMERICANS ARE GUARANTEED THEIR RIGHT OF PRIVACY BY THE FOURTH AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION. I TOOK AN OATH TO UPHOLD AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION AND THE OATH GUIDES EVERY ACTION I TAKE IN THIS CHAMBER. THE FISA AMENDMENTS RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT ENSURES THAT THE FOURTH AMENDMENT RIGHTS OF AMERICANS ARE UPHELD AND INCLUDES ADDITIONAL SAFEGUARDS ON TOP OF CONSTITUTIONALLY GUARANTEED RIGHTS. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE REVIEWED THE IMPORTANCE OF A FISA AMENDMENTS RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT IN STOPPING TERRORIST ATTACKS AND PROTECTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, BUT THIS POINT BEARS REPEATING. THIS PROGRAM ALLOWS THE GOVERNMENT TO OBTAIN THE COMMUNICATION OF FOREIGNERS OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES, INCLUDING FOREIGN TERRORIST THREATS. IN SUPPORT OF THE COUNTERTERRORISM EFFORTS WORLDWIDE. AND ALLOWED US TO RESPOND TO THREATS TO OUR COUNTRY. NOW, LET ME TELL YOU A LITTLE BIT WHAT THE 702 PROGRAM IS NOT. IT IS NOT A BULK COLLECTION OF DATA. IT CANNOT BE USED TO TARGET AMERICANS, AND IT CANNOT BE USED TO TARGET INDIVIDUALS LOCATED INSIDE THE UNITED STATES. MR. SPEAKER, THE FISA AMENDMENTS RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT CONGRESS CAN ACCOMPLISH WHEN WE WORK TOGETHER TO FIND SOLUTIONS TO OUR NATION'S WEIGHTIEST CHALLENGES. MR. SPEAKER, ALSO, BEFORE I CLOSE MY OPENING, WILL ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THERE IS A LOT OF DIFFERENCES OF OPINION, AS THERE SHOULD BE UPON THIS BILL. BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE. PROTECTIONS HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED, AND THE SECURITY OF OUR COUNTRY MUST BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT. THAT IS WHY THIS BILL NEEDS TO PASS AND AMENDMENTS THAT WERE BROUGHT FORWARD NEED TO FAIL. WE NEED TO PUSH THIS FORWARD AND BEGIN THE PROCESS IN CONTINUING TO PROTECT OUR PRIVATE CITIZENS' PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND LIBERTIES BUT ALSO AT THE SAME TIME MAKING SURE OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITIES AND THOSE ENTRUSTED WITH THE SACRED DUTY OF PROTECTING THIS COUNTRY HAVE THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO DO THAT. ANYTHING ELSE WOULD BE LESS THAN WHAT WE SHOULD BE HERE -- WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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                          • 02:59:06 PM

                            MR. HASTINGS

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

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

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                          • 02:59:19 PM

                            MR. HASTINGS

                            I STAND HERE TODAY WITH THE REST OF MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES IN UTTER…

                            I STAND HERE TODAY WITH THE REST OF MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES IN UTTER AMAZEMENT AT THE DIZZYING DYSFUNCTION EXHIBITED BY OUR FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE. FOR REASONS BEYOND UNDERSTANDING, WE HAVE TO VOTE ON THE RE-AUTHORIZATION OF SECTION 702 OF THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT BECAUSE LATE LAST YEAR THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP CHOSE TO PRIORITIZE MASSIVE TAX CUTS FOR THEIR WEALTHY DONORS OVER THE SAFETY OF AMERICAN CITIZENS. LIKE SO MANY IMPORTANT ISSUES, HOUSE REPUBLICANS DECIDED TO PUNT ON THE RE-AUTHORIZATION OF 702 BY SIMPLY EXTENDING IT TO JANUARY 19 OF THIS YEAR. COINCIDENTLY THE SAME DATE THE GOVERNMENT WILL POSSIBLY SHUT DOWN. MR. SPEAKER, AS A FORMER JUDGE AND THE FORMER VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE, I DO OCCUPY A UNIQUE ADVANTAGE POINT IN THE ONGOING DEBATE -- VANTAGE POINT IN THE ONGOING DEBATE TO PROTECT THE FOURTH AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION WHILE ALSO ENSURING THAT THOSE IN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY HAVE THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO KEEP OUR COUNTRY SAFE FROM THOSE WHO WISH TO DO US GRAVE HARM. . PUTTING THE FINER POINTS OF THIS DEBATE ASIDE FOR A MOMENT, I CAN TELL YOU WITH COMPLETE CERTAINTY THAT SUCH A DEBATE DESERVES TO BE LENGTHY AND THOR ROGUE, NEITHER OF WHICH HAVE HAPPENED HERE. I WAS CONCERNED TO LEARN, IF NOT A BIT DISMAYED, THAT THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE SUBCOMMITTEE, WHICH HAS OVERSIGHT JURISDICTION OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY, DID NOT HOLD A SINGLE HEARING ON TODAY'S BILL. IN FACT, THE FULL COMMITTEE DID NOT EVEN HOLD A SINGLE HEARING ON THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. THINK ABOUT THAT. AS THE REPUBLICANS APPROACH THE NEED TO DISCUSS THE RE-AUTHORIZATION OF ONE OF THE MORE IMPORTANT TOOLS TO FIGHT TERRORISM THAT SIMULTANEOUSLY BRINGS ALONG LEGITIMATE AND IMPORTANT FOURTH AMENDMENT CONCERNS, THE MAJORITY IN ALL THEIR WISDOM THOUGHT IT PRUDENT TO HOLD EXACTLY ZERO HEARINGS ON SUCH AN IMPORTANT MATTER. THAT IS A BRAZENLY INEPT WAY TO GOVERN AND TO ADD INSULT TO INJURY, I'M TOLD THAT MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE WERE GIVEN ABOUT 36 HOURS TO READ THE BILL BEFORE HAVING TO VOTE IT OUT OF COMMITTEE. SIDE NOTE HERE THE BILL THEY WERE GIVEN 36 HOURS TO REVIEW IS NOT ACTUALLY THE BILL WE HAVE BEFORE US TODAY. BECAUSE THE MAJORITY HAD TO USE A RULES COMMITTEE PRINT TO FIX SOME OF THE MOST TROUBLESOME PARTS OF THE ORIGINAL BILL IN ORDER TO OBTAIN MY FRIEND, THE RANKING MEMBER, ADAM SCHIFF'S SUPPORT. MR. SPEAKER, WITHOUT A DOUBT, THAT SUPPORT DID NOT COME EASILY AND IMPORTANT CHANGES WERE MADE TO THE BILL AS IT WAS PRESENTED TO THE COMMITTEE IN ITS ORIGINAL FORM. FOR EXAMPLE, MR. SCHIFF WAS ABLE TO ENSURE THAT THE REPUBLICANS' UNMASKING LANGUAGE WAS REMOVED FROM TODAY'S BILL. THE REMOVAL OF SUCH LANGUAGE ENSURES THAT ONE OF THE REPUBLICANS' MOST HEINOUS POLITICAL STUNTS IS NOT CODIFIED INTO LAW. THIS WAS AND IS A SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT. MOREOVER, THE REPUBLICANS REMOVED THE CONTROVERSIAL EXPANSION OF THE DEFINITION OF AGENT OF FOREIGN POWER WHICH CONCERNED PRIVACY AND TECHNOLOGY GROUPS. TODAY'S BILL ALSO ADDRESSES WHAT IS KNOWN AS ABOUTS COLLECTION, THE COLLECTION OF COMMUNICATIONS THAT ARE NOT TO OR FROM A TARGET, BUT RATHER COMMUNICATIONS THAT MERELY REFERENCE THE TARGET. THE N.S.A. ITSELF SHUT DOWN THIS COLLECTION METHOD EARLIER THIS YEAR. THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY WILL ALLOW SUCH COLLECTION TO RESUME BUT ONLY IF THE N.S.A. FIRST DEVISES A WAY OF DOING SO THAT ADDRESSES PRIVACY CONCERNS. OBTAIN -- ADDRESSES PRIVACY CONCERNS, OBTAINS PERMISSION FROM THE FOREIGN SURVEILLANCE COURTS AND CONGRESS DOESN'T OBJECT AFTER A 30-DAY REVIEW PERIOD THIS MAY SEEM TO BE A BETTER OPTION THAN WHAT I'M SURE MANY, IF NOT MOST, REPUBLICANS WANTED. WHICH IS THE FULL SCALE REIMPLEMENTATION OF ABOUTS COLLECTION. BUT CONSIDERING HOW MUCH DIFFICULTY THE MAJORITY HAS IN SIMPLY KEEPING THE LIGHTS ON AROUND THIS PLACE, I THINK IT'S FAIR TO QUESTION THEIR ABILITY TO PROVIDE MEANINGFUL OVERSIGHT IN JUST 30 DAYS. AGAIN, IS SIMPLY EVIDENCE FOR THE NEED TO RETURN BACK TO REGULAR ORDER UNDER WHICH BILLS ARE FULLY AND FAIRLY CONSIDERED. REGARDLESS OF WHERE ONE COMES DOWN ON THIS ISSUE, I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT THERE ARE MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE THAT ARE SICK AND TIRED OF BEING SHUT OUT OF IMPORTANT POLICY DISCUSSIONS, EXCUSE ME, CONCERNING SUBJECTS LIKE THOSE BEFORE US TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

                          • 03:05:49 PM

                            MR. COLLINS

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MR.…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MR. SENSENBRENNER OF WISCONSIN A FELLOW MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND FORMER CHAIR OF THAT COMMITTEE.

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                          • 03:06:03 PM

                            MR. SENSENBRENNER

                            I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO S. 139, THE FISA RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT. I HAVE…

                            I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO S. 139, THE FISA RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT. I HAVE STOOD ON THIS FLOOR DEBATING THE PATRIOT ACT AFTER 9/11. I FOUGHT FOR REFORMS IN 2015 WITH THE U.S.A. FREEDOM ACT. NOW WE ARE DEBATING THE LATEST NEED TO BALANCE PRIVACY AND SECURITY. SINCE CONGRESS LAST RE-AUTHORIZED SECTION 702, WE HAVE LEARNED A GREAT DEAL ABOUT THE OPERATION OF THIS PROGRAM. THE REVELATIONS HAVE HIGHLIGHTED THE RISK THAT IT POSES TO PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES. THIS PROGRAM NEEDS TO BE REFORMED. BUT MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS NOT THE BILL TO DO IT. RATHER THAN PROVIDING MEANINGFUL REFORM AS THE FISA -- MEANING REFORM, THE FISA RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT WOULD RE-AUTHORIZE SECTION 02. HOWEVER AS WE ARE AWARE THE PROGRAM ROUTINELY SWEEPS UP MILLIONS OF AMERICANS' EMAILS. THE WARRANT REQUIREMENT IN THIS BILL REQUIRES ONLY TO FULLY PREDICATED OFFICIAL INVESTIGATIONS. AND NOT TO THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF SEARCHES THE F.B.I. RUNS EVERY DAY. JUST TO RUN DOWN OR CHECK OUT A TIP. THE LOOPHOLES ARE TOO GREAT TO ENSURE PROPER PROTECTION. THIS MORNING'S "WASHINGTON POST" ON PAGE 84, AN ARTICLE SAYS IN PART, F.B.I. OFFICIALS TOLD AIDES OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. NADLER, LAST WEEK, THAT UNDER THE PROPOSED BILL, THEY ANTICIPATE RARELY IF EVER NEEDING PERMISSION FROM THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE COURT TO REVIEW QUERY RESULTS, ACCORDING ONE OF THE AIDES. THIS WAS NOT DENIED BY THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. SCHIFF. WE'RE GOING TO HEAR AN AWFUL LOT ABOUT WARRANTS ON THE FLOOR AND HOW THIS FIXES THE PROBLEM. BUT HERE THE F.B.I. HAS SAID IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS TO ONE OF OUR CONGRESSIONAL AIDES THAT THEY'RE NEVER GOING TO HAVE TO USE THIS WARRANT REQUIREMENT, WHICH WAS DRAFTED BY THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT THAT HAS OPPOSED WARRANTS ALL ALONG. IF EVER WE HAVE SEEN THE FOX NOT ONLY WATCHING THE HENHOUSE BUT INSIDE THE HENHOUSE, THIS IS IT. IT ISN'T EVEN A FIG LEAF, BIG, SMALL, OR OTHERWISE. IT IS SIMPLY A WAY TO DIVERT ATTENTION OF THIS CONGRESS AWAY FROM WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON. FURTHERMORE, THE BILL WOULD PROVIDE A PATH FOR THE N.S.A. TO RESTART THE PRACTICE OF ABOUT COLLECTION, WHICH HAS BEEN DESCRIBED BY THE RANKING MEMBER. THE PROPOSAL GRANTS SOME COMMITTEES 30 DAYS TO REVIEW ANY EFFORT TO UNDER ABOUT COLLECTION BACK ON. GIVING CONGRESS LITTLE OR NO SAY ON THIS MATTER. WE ALL KNOW WE CAN'T DO ANYTHING IN 30 DAYS AROUND HERE. AND YET THE BILL RESTRICTS US FROM DOING THAT. FINDING A BIPARTISAN AND BALANCED SOLUTION IS VERY POSSIBLE. I KNOW BECAUSE I'VE DONE IT TWICE. THE PATRIOT ACT AND THE FREEDOM ACT. MAY I HAVE AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS?

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                          • 03:09:20 PM

                            MR. COLLINS

                            I GIVE THE GENTLEMAN 30 MORE SECONDS.

                          • 03:09:25 PM

                            MR. SENSENBRENNER

                            THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE COMMITTEE PASSED THE BIPARTISAN LIBERTY ACT…

                            THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE COMMITTEE PASSED THE BIPARTISAN LIBERTY ACT WITH BIPARTISAN VOTES THIS BILL FAILS TO DO NECESSARY REFORMS. THE PROGRAM SHOULD BE AUTHORIZED IF DONE IN THE RIGHT WAY. THIS BILL IS THE WRONG WAY. IT IS TIME FOR CONGRESS TO PUT THE F FOR FOREIGN BACK INTO FISA. THERE'S NO F FOR FOREIGN IN THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES HIS TIME.…

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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                          • 03:09:52 PM

                            MR. HASTINGS

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

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MY FRIEND, MS. LOFGREN FROM THE JUDICIARY SUBCOMMITTEE ON IMMIGRATION AND BORDER SECURITY.

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                          • 03:10:12 PM

                            MS. LOFGREN

                            THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I AGREE WITH MR. SENSENBRENNER FOR THE REASONS HE…

                            THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I AGREE WITH MR. SENSENBRENNER FOR THE REASONS HE OUTLINED THAT THIS BILL SHOULD NOT BECOME LAW. HOWEVER, I AM ALSO SPEAKING IN FAVOR OF THE AMASH AMENDMENT THAT HAS BEEN PUT IN ORDER THAT WOULD FIX THE PROBLEMS HE HAS SO ELOQUENTLY OUTLINED. BEFORE 702 WAS ENACTED INTO LAW, THE N.S.A. AND F.B.I. WOULD NEED TO GET A PROBABLE CAUSE WARRANT TO COLLECT THIS INFORMATION. WE MADE A MAJOR CHANGE THAT ALLOWS THIS INFORMATION TO BE COLLECTED WHEN A FOREIGNER IS COMMUNICATING WITH AN AMERICAN AND WHEN YOU GO TO THE ABOUT COLLECTION, WHICH THE UNDERLYING BILL WOULD CODIFY, EVEN WHEN THAT DOESN'T OCCUR, WHEN THERE'S MERELY DISCUSSION OF FOREIGNER, THAT'S NOT WHAT I THINK OUR CONSTITUTION REQUIRES. AND WE DID NOT OUTSOURCE TO THE JUDICIAL BRANCH OR THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH THE DECISION ON WHAT THE CONSTITUTION REQUIRES US TO DO. NOW, WE HAVE LEARNED THAT THERE IS A VAST AMOUNT OF INFORMATION BEING COLLECTED. WE CAN'T GO INTO THE DETAILS OF THAT IN AN OPEN SESSION. WE HAVE BEEN TOLD BY ADMIRAL ROGERS THE SCOPE OF THIS. AND THAT THE DATA PAGE THAT IS SO-CALLED INCIDENTALLY COLLECTED BECAUSE OF THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE INTERNET COULD BE SEARCHED FOR AMERICANS WITHOUT A WARRANT IS NOT CONSISTENT WITH THE PROTECTIONS OUTLINED IN THE FOURTH AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION. THE AMASH AMENDMENT, WHICH IS BASICALLY THE U.S.A. RIGHTS ACT, ENDS THESE BACK DOOR SEARCHES BY REQUIRING A WARRANT. IT ENDS REVERSE TARGETING. IT BANS THE ABOUTS COLLECTION. AND PROHIBITS THE COLLECTION OF DOMESTIC COMMUNICATION. PREVENTS THE MISUSE OF INFORMATION ON AMERICANS. AND IS SOMETHING THAT WE SHOULD SUPPORT. NOW, IN A LETTER TO THE SENATE IN OCTOBER, A COALITION OF GROUPS SAID THIS. THE U.S.A. RIGHTS ACT WHICH IS ESSENTIALLY THE AMASH AMENDMENT, IS MARKEDLY SUPERIOR TO ALL CURRENT ELECT SLATIVE PROPOSALS TO RE-AUTHORIZE SECTION 702. WHO SAID THAT? THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION AND FREEDOM WORKS. THE NAACP. BUT ALSO THE PROJECT AND GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT -- PROJECT ON GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT AND COLOR OF CHANGE. S THAT BROAD, LEFT-RIGHT COALITION, THAT'S COME TOGETHER EVEN THOUGH THERE ARE MANY THINGS WE DISAGREE ON, BECAUSE WE AGREE ON ONE THING. WHEN WE TOOK AN OATH TO DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION ON OUR FIRST DAY OF THIS SESSION, WE DIDN'T TAKE THAT OATH TO DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION WHEN IT'S CONVENIENT, WHEN WE FEEL LIKE IT. NO. WE TOOK THAT OATH TO DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION EVERY DAY. IN EVERY WAY. WITH EVERY BILL. AND WITHOUT THE AMASH AMENDMENT, THIS BILL FALLS SHORT. JUST A NOTE ON WHERE WE ARE IN THE TIMING. IT'S TRUE THAT THIS HAS BEEN DELAYED, I WOULD SAY UNCONSCIONABLY DELAYED, FOR THIS PROCEEDING. BUT IF WE HAVE MORE TIME THAN HAS BEEN SUGGESTED, UNDER THE EXISTING ACT, IT PROVIDES, IF THERE IS AN EXISTING ORDER FROM THE FISA COURT, THAT ORDER REMAINS IN EFFECT EVEN IF THE UNDERLYING BILL LAPSES. WE HAVE AN ORDER THAT EXTENDS INTO LATE APRIL. SO WE HAVE A DEADLINE BUT IT'S NOT THIS WEEK AND IT'S NOT NEXT WEEK. WE OWE IT TO OUR CONSTITUENTS, WE OWE IT TO OUR OBLIGATION TO THE CONSTITUTION, TO GET THIS RIGHT. WHEN JIM SENSENBRENNER, WHO IS SOMEONE WHO IS -- NOBODY'S GOING TO QUESTION HIS CONSERVATIVE CREDENTIALS. WHEN JUDGE POE, AND ZOE LOFGREN AND JERRY NADLER COME TO THE SAME AGREEMENT ON THE CONSTITUTION, I WOULD HOPE THAT OUR COLLEAGUES WOULD LISTEN. VOTE FOR THE AMASH AMENDMENT AND IF IT DOES NOT PASS, VOTE AGAINST THE BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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                            THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES HIS TIME…

                            THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES HIS TIME THEY FEEL GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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                            MR. COLLINS

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. BEFORE I YIELD. A COUPLE OF THINGS TO CLARIFY,…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. BEFORE I YIELD. A COUPLE OF THINGS TO CLARIFY, THIS IS AN URGENT MATTER. THOUGH THE GENTLELADY SPOKE OF THIS IN THE SENSE THAT THE EXISTING ORDERS WOULD STAY IN PLACE SHE FAILS TO MENTION AND OTHERS FAIL TO TALK ABOUT THAT ANY NEW ORDERS OR CURRENTLY EXISTING ORDERS BEING ENFORCED BY THE INTENTION COMMUNITY WHICH IS SET UNDER THAT PALE OF DIRECTION THAT THEY WON'T. I GUESS IF YOU'RE SATISFIED PROTECTING THE ORDERS, I GUARANTEE YOU SOMEONE ELSE WOKE UP THIS MORNING WANTING TO DO US HARM, I WANT THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TO BE ABLE TO ADDRESS THAT IN A WAY THAT'S PRUDENT AND PROPER WHICH I FEEL LIKE IS HAPPENING HERE. I WILL NOT YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY. THE OTHER ISSUE HERE, I WANT TO MAKE THIS VERY CLEAR. THERE ARE STRONG OPINIONS. I RESPECT THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IMMENSELY, THOUGH I STILL WILL NOT YIELD. I HAVE HAD SIMILAR CONCERNS THAT SHE HAS HAD OFF THE PROCESS. AND I HAVE VOTED WITH HER SEVERAL TIMES TO MOVE FORWARD, BUT WE HAVE MOVED FORWARD AND THERE ARE, I BELIEVE, PROTECTIONS IN THIS BILL. SO WHEN WE ALSO TALK ABOUT AS WE GO FORWARD AND THERE'S GOING TO BE A LOT OF PASSIONATE RHETORIC ABOUT WHO IS LOOKING OUT FOR WHO AND REMINDING US OF OUR OCEAN, I TOOK THE OATH HERE JUST AS THE GENTLELADY DID WHEN WE STARTED THIS NEW SESSION, BUT I TOOK ANOTHER OATH IN THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AND SERVED IN IRAQ AND ALSO SERVED IN THAT TIME CURRENTLY IN THE MILITARY. AND WHEN WE HAVE THAT OATH AS WELL, I WILL NOT TAKE A BACK SEAT TO ANYONE WHO CAN CONSCIOUSLY DISAGREE ABOUT WHERE WE ARE. THIS IS A GOOD BILL. THIS IS SOMETHING I WOULD LOVE TO SEE IN DIFFERENT WAYS CHANGED. BUT THIS IS THE ART OF WHERE WE ARE NOW AND PROTECTING OUR COUNTRY. I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING.

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                          • 03:16:59 PM

                            MS. CHENEY

                            RISE IN SUPPORT RE-AUTHORIZING FISA 702. IT IS INTERESTING TO HEAR MY…

                            RISE IN SUPPORT RE-AUTHORIZING FISA 702. IT IS INTERESTING TO HEAR MY COLLEAGUES TALK ABOUT UNCONSCIONABLE DELAY IN TACTICS OR THE NEED FOR REGULAR ORDER. JUST TODAY ON THIS FLOOR, WE HAVE WATCHED ONCE AGAIN OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE PLAYING GAMES. WE HAVE HAD THIS PARTICULAR DEBATE DELAYED BY THE GAMES THAT THEIR MEMBERS HAVE BEEN PLAYING OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST SEVERAL HOURS WITH MOTION AFTER MOTION TO ADJOURN. AND THAT IS, MR. SPEAKER, I BELIEVE IS UNCONSCIONABLE. THIS IS A BIPARTISAN BILL. THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE WORKED VERY HARD TO COME TO AN AGREEMENT. THE BILL GOES TOO FAR IN TERMS OF BEGINNING THE PROCESS THAT WE CANNOT BEGIN OF PUTTING WALLS UP. ALL OF US LIVED THROUGH 9/11. AND WE KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, THAT ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE SAW THAT DAY WAS WHAT CAN HAPPEN WHEN WE MAKE IT MUCH MORE DIFFICULT FOR OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND OUR INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES TO CONNECT THE DOTS. MUCH MORE DIFFICULT TO STOP TERRORIST ATTACKS AGAINST THIS NATION. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A BILL THAT GOES DIRECTLY TOWARDS THOSE ISSUES AND ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECES OF POLICY AND OF AUTHORITY THAT THE NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY HAS. AND I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE LISTENING TO THIS DEBATE TO RECOGNIZE THAT THIS AUTHORITY IS AN AUTHORITY THAT ALLOWS SURVEILLANCE OF FOREIGN NATIONALS ON FOREIGN TERRITORY NOT IN THE UNITED STATES. AND I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES PARTICULARLY WHEN WE'VE GOT A BILL THAT IS BIPARTISAN PRODUCT, THAT'S A PRODUCT THAT HAS BEEN WORKED ON AND AGREED TO IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER, THAT IT IS UNCONSCIONABLE FOR THEM TO DELAY, UNCONSCIONABLE TO HOLD THE NATION'S SECURITY HOSTAGE. AND WE ARE SEEING IT NOT JUST WITH RESPECT TO THIS PARTICULAR PIECE OF LEGISLATION. WE ARE SEEING IT WITH RESPECT TO THE ENTIRE NEGOTIATIONS UNDER WAY TODAY OVER THE BUDGET FOR THE NATION. WE HAVE SEEN A SITUATION WHERE AS THEY DID TODAY ACCUSED US OF HOLDING DACA HOSTAGE AND DACA INDIVIDUALS HOSTAGE. THE DEMOCRATS IN THIS HOUSE, MR. SPEAKER, ARE HOLDING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY HOSTAGE AND DOING IT WITH RESPECT TO THE FUNDS THAT OUR MILITARY FEEDS AS WELL. WE ARE A NATION TODAY THAT IS FACING GRAVE AND GROWING THREATS AND FACING DEMANDS ON OUR INTELLIGENCE SERVICE AND PROFESSIONALS AND MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. I THINK EVERY MEMBER OF THIS BODY WHO DECIDES TO PLAY GAMES RATHER THAN DO WHAT IS RIGHT AND WHAT IS NECESSARY AND WHAT OUR CONSTITUTIONAL OBLIGATION AND OUR OATH REQUIRES OUGHT TO THINK AS THEY ARE DOING THAT, WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO THE MOTHERS AND FATHERS ACROSS THIS NATION WHO HAVE CHILDREN WHO ARE DEPLOYED FOR THE NATION WHO KNOW WE ARE SENDING THEIR CHILDREN INTO HARM'S WAY AND THE DEMOCRATS IN THIS BODY CONSISTENTLY CONTINUE TO HOLD UP THE FUNDING THAT OUR MILITARY NEEDS AND IN THIS CASE PARTICULAR TO HOLD UP THE RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THIS CRUCIAL PIECE OF POLICY. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THIS BILL. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 03:20:18 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 GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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                          • 03:20:23 PM

                            MR. HASTINGS

                            THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I'M AMUSED BY MY FRIEND'S ASSERTION THAT…

                            THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I'M AMUSED BY MY FRIEND'S ASSERTION THAT TODAY WITH PROTESTS WITH REFERENCE TO DACA THAT MEMBERS OF MY PARTY WERE PROTESTING CONCERN. I'M ALSO AMUSED THAT THERE IN THE MAJORITY AND SHE ACCUSES US OF DELAYING, WHEN IN FACT THIS MEASURE WAS SCHEDULED TWO OR THREE MONTHS AGO AND COULD HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR, BUT, NO, YOU WERE BUSY ABOUT TAX CUTS AND DIDN'T GET AROUND TO ALLOWING FOR THIS IMPORTANT MATTER TO BE BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR. MR. SPEAKER, TO RESPOND TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM GEORGIA, I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO MRS. LOVE GREEN.

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                          • 03:21:22 PM

                            MS. LOFGREN

                            I WANTED TO RESPOND, THE N.S.A. WILL NOT GO DARK. WE ARE COLLECTING THE…

                            I WANTED TO RESPOND, THE N.S.A. WILL NOT GO DARK. WE ARE COLLECTING THE CONTENT OF PHONE CALLS, EMAILS, TEXT MESSAGES, VIDEOS OF AMERICANS PUTTING IT IN A DATA BASE AND SEARCHING IT WITHOUT A PROBABLE CAUSE WARRANT. THAT'S THE STATE TODAY. AND THAT WILL CONTINUE UNTIL REFORM IS DONE. IT WILL NOT GO DARK AND I THOUGHT IT WAS IMPORTANT TO MAKE THAT CLEAR. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN, I KNOW YOU WANT TO YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE.

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                          • 03:22:05 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                          • 03:22:11 PM

                            MR. COLLINS

                            I STAND BY MY STATEMENT. IT -- THE STATEMENT IS WE WILL NOT GO DARK. BUT…

                            I STAND BY MY STATEMENT. IT -- THE STATEMENT IS WE WILL NOT GO DARK. BUT HAVING -- HOW WE DEAL WITH THAT, THERE IS AN INTERESTING ISSUE AND THERE IS AN ISSUE. AND THIS IS A DEBATE WE COULD HAVE AND NEED TO HAVE ON THE FLOOR BUT THERE IS A DIFFERENCE OF OPINION HERE AND IN THIS INSTANCE WITH THE PERVASIVE EFFORTS PUT IN PLACE, I BELIEVE THIS PROGRAM IS WORTH KEEPING. I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. FITZPATRICK, A FORMER F.B.I. SPECIAL AGENT.

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                          • 03:22:51 PM

                            MR. FITZPATRICK

                            I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF REAUTHORIZING SECTION 702 OF THE FOREIGN…

                            I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF REAUTHORIZING SECTION 702 OF THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT WHICH IS DUE TO EXPIRE. AS A 14-YEAR F.B.I. SPECIAL AGENT AND COUNTERTERRORISM AGENT, I'M AN EYEWITNESS TO THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS PROGRAM AND DELIBERATE AND LAWFUL MANNER IN WHICH IT'S USED. THE FACT IS, SECTION 702 IS A CRITICAL TOOL THAT THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY USES PROPERLY TO TARGET NON-U.S. PERSONS LOCATED OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES TO ACQUIRE INFORMATION THAT IS VITAL TO OUR NATION'S SECURITY. THIS CRUCIAL PROGRAM HAS OPERATED UNDER STRICT RULES AND CAREFULLY OVERSEEN BY ALL THREE BRANCHES OF OUR GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT THE PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES OF ALL AMERICANS. AS WE HAVE SEEN BOTH IN OUR COUNTRY AND ABROAD, PROPER SURVEILLANCE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT IS VITAL TO PROTECT US AGAINST TERROR ATTACKS ESPECIALLY LONE ATTACKER SCENARIOS. AS ISIS CONTINUES TO LOSE TERRITORY, OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY HAS WARNED WE WILL SEE MORE OF THESE ATTACKS THAN TRADITIONAL CONSPIRACIES. I ASKED CHRIS WRAY ABOUT THIS PROGRAM. HE SAID DESPITE THE HIGH VOLUME OF THREATS THERE ARE FEW DOTS THASH CONNECTED IN REGARD TO THESE MORE LOOSELY SITUATIONS. INFORMATION ALREADY LAWFULLY OBTAINED BY THE F.B.I. IS CRUCIAL AND AS YOU SAID UNDERSTANDING, QUOTE, WHICH THREATS ARE REAL AND WHICH ONES ARE MORE AS PIERATIONAL. 702 ALLOWS INTELLIGENCE FIRST TO DETERMINE WHETHER A A KIT FROM STATE OR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT IS CREDIBLE AND CAN HEAD OFF POTENTIAL THREATS. ALLOWING SECTION 702 TO EXPIRE WOULD LEAVE AMERICA VULNERABLE AT A TIME WHEN WE NEED THIS PROTECTION THE MOST. AS DIRECTOR WRAY STATED, IF SECTION 702 IS WALKED BACK, WE WILL BE STARTING TO REBUILD THE WALL THAT EXISTED BEFORE 9/11. MR. SPEAKER, WITH TODAY'S TEMPORARY LANDSCAPE, WE CANNOT GO BACKWARDS WHEN LEGAL MEANS EXIST TO KEEP AMERICANS SAFE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS VITAL NATIONAL SECURITY MEASURE. THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF THE FAMILIES WE REPRESENT DEPEND ON THE PASSAGE OF THIS MEASURE. LET US GET THIS DONE FOR THEM. I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 03:25:26 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                          • 03:25:29 PM

                            MR. HASTINGS

                            I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE ZWIRKED THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS.…

                            I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE ZWIRKED THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE.

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                          • 03:25:47 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 03:25:50 PM

                            MS. JACKSON LEE

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                          • 03:27:23 PM

                            MS. JACKSON LEE

                            THAT ARTICLE SUGGESTS THAT WE HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT AMERICA…

                            THAT ARTICLE SUGGESTS THAT WE HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT AMERICA AND AMERICANS. AND I WOULD MAKE THE POINT TO MY GOOD FRIEND WHO MENTIONED THAT MEN AND WOMEN OR FAMILIES SENDING THEIR YOUNG PEOPLE OVER TO BATTLE GROUNDS ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. AND THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE THAT ARE GOING OVER TO BATTLE GROUNDS ARE GOING OVER ON THE BASIS OF FREEDOM. THEIR PARENTS SACRIFICED THE FACT THESE LOVED ONES SACRIFICED THEIR LOVED ONES BECAUSE THEY BELIEVED IN THE FREEDOM OF THIS NATION. SECTION 702, THERE IS NO FREEDOM IN THIS PARTICULAR BILL. AND THAT IS WHY WE NEED TO ADDRESS THE QUESTION IN A THOUGHTFUL MANNER. I DON'T MIND IF WE EXTEND THIS TO HAVE A LONGER DEBATE SO WE CAN WORK THROUGH SOME OF OUR CONCERNS. LET ME BE CLEAR. S. 139 FAILS TO ADDRESS THE CORE CONCERN OF CONGRESS. THE GOVERNMENT'S USE OF SECTION 702 AGAINST UNITED STATES' CITIZENS IN INVESTIGATIONS THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH NATIONAL SECURITY. THAT IS THE CRUX OF OUR ADVOCACY FOR THE AMASH AMENDMENT JOINED BY MYSELF AND MANY OTHERS, IT IS NOT TO UNDERMINE THE SECURITY OF THIS NATION. IT IS TO GIVE SUBSTANCE TO THOSE FAMILIES WHO SACRIFICE AND SEND THEIR YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN TO FAR AWAY PLACES. IT IS RIDDLED WITH LOOPHOLES AND APPLIES TO PREDICATED OFFICIAL F.B.I. INVESTIGATIONS NOT TO THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF SEARCHES THAT THE F.B.I. RUNS EVERY DAY TO RUN DOWN A LEAD. S. 139 EXASCERBATES PROBLEMS BY CODIFYING THE SO-CALLED ABOUT COLLECTION, A TYPE OF SURVEILLANCE THAT WILL SHUT DOWN AFTER IT TWICE FAILED TO MEET THE 4TH AMENDMENT SCRUTINY. IT IS OPPOSED BY TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES, PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTY GROUPS ACROSS THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM. LET ME READ BRIEFLY WHAT THE AMASH AMENDMENT SAYS. IT IS NOT SOMETHING THAT WOULD STOP SECURITY, SURVEILLANCE AND WORK IN ITS TRACKS. WHAT IT DOES IS THAT EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN SUBPARAGRAPH C OR D, NO OFFICER, AGENT OR EMPLOYEE MAY CONDUCT A QUEERY OF INFORMATION ACQUIRED UNDER SUBSECTION A TO OBTAIN INFORMATION ABOUT A PERSON IF THERE IS REASON TO BELIEVE THAT THE PERSON IS A UNITED STATES PERSON. PROTECTING THE FIRST OF FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND ALL OF THAT, BUT MATCHED WITH THE IMPORTANT AMENDMENT OF THE 4TH AMENDMENT, WHICH, OF COURSE, IS UNREASONABLE SEARCH AND SEIZURES. AN APPLICATION BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO JUDGE TO A JUDGE THAT DESCRIBE THE DETERMINATION OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL THAT THE -- PROBABLE CAUSE TO BELIEVE THAT SUCH COMMUNICATIONS PROVIDE EVIDENCE OF A CRIME, SUCH PERSON IS A AGENT OF A FOREIGN POWER. THIS IS A MINIMAL STANDARD. . WE ARE MISSING WHAT OUR ROLE IS HERE. IT IS NOT TO RUSH THROUGH A FISA BILL THAT'S BEEN DELAYED BY MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS. MORE IMPORTANTLY, IT IS TO DO RIGHT BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE ARE NOT DOING RIGHT BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I REMEMBER FIGHTING AGAINST REVERSE TARGETING, A MAJOR ISSUE IN OUR WORK ON THE FREEDOM ACT AND THE PATRIOT ACT. NOW TODAY, IN 2017, GOING INTO 201, IN 2018, IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT 9/11 WAS TO NOT TURN TERROR ON AMERICANS, IT WAS TO PROTECT US FROM TERRORISM AND TO WITHSTAND THAT WITH THE UPHOLDING OF THE CONSTITUTION. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE UNDERLYING BILL.

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                          • 03:31:21 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRE THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

                          • 03:31:24 PM

                            MR. COLLINS

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THINK ONE OF THE ISSUES HERE IS THIS DISCUSSION…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THINK ONE OF THE ISSUES HERE IS THIS DISCUSSION OF RIDDLED WITH LOOPHOLES AND RIDDLED WITH ANYBODY. IT'S A REMINDER THAT AGENCIES CANNOT DORAN DOM SEARCHES. LET'S PUSH BACK ON THE FACTS OF THE CASE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 03:31:42 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

                          • 03:31:44 PM

                            MR. HASTINGS

                            I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM…

                            I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. HECK.

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                          • 03:31:54 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 03:31:57 PM

                            MR. HECK

                            I RISE TODAY TO ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO PAUSE, TAKE A STEP BACK, REJECT THE…

                            I RISE TODAY TO ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO PAUSE, TAKE A STEP BACK, REJECT THE RULE AND GIVE US A CHANCE TO DO IT BETTER. FISA RE-AUTHORIZATION IS INARGUABLY ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT VOTES WE'LL TAKE IN THIS CONGRESS BECAUSE THE STAKE ARE SO HIGH. CIVIL LIBERTIES ARE THE CORE OF OUR CIVIL RIGHTS. WE ARE ASKED TO TAKE ACTION THAT AFFECTS THEM IN THE NAME OF KEEPING US SAFE, I GET THAT. BUT IT'S CRITICAL WE GET IT RIGHT. I THINK WE CAN DO BETTER. TO MAKE DECISIONS OF THIS MAGNITUDE, WE SHOULD HAVE THE MOST ROBUST PROCESS POSSIBLE. FULL AND OPEN DEBATE. INPUT FROM THE STAKE HOLDERS, THOUGHTFUL DELIBERATIONS BY THE MEMBERS AND THE PROCESS FOR THIS BILL THUS FAR HAS DECIDEDLY NOT BEEN THAT, NOT BEEN GREAT. IT WAS WRITTEN AND WE WRITTEN -- REWRITTEN IN SECRET AND WITH MINIMAL DEBATE OR STAKE HOLDER IM-- STAKE HOLDER INPUT. I'M OPTIMISTIC BECAUSE I'VE SEEN IT CHANGE IN THE LAST FEW DAY. I THINK WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY HERE. THE ADMINISTRATION IS SUDDENLY ENGAGED, WE'RE SEEING VIE GRANT -- VIBRANT DEBATE FROM THE MEMBERS OF THE TECHNOLOGY SECTOR, MEMBERS HAVE HAD SERIOUS DISCUSSIONS HERE ON THE FLOOR TODAY, IN THE HALLS, OFFERING AMENDMENTS WHICH ARE NOT BEING ALLOWED SAVE ONE. WE ARE BEING ASKED TO SHUT THAT ALL DOWN, THAT OPPORTUNITY, AND PUSH THROUGH AN EXTENSION THAT WILL RUN FOR SIX YEARS. FRANKLY, STOP AND THINK. SIX YEARS IN THE WORLD OF TECHNOLOGY IS AN ETERNITY. FOR ALL THESE REASONS I ASK MY FELLOW MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN OPPOSING THIS RULE AND INSTEAD ALLOW THE HOUSE AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK ITS WILL, TO TAKE A LITTLE MORE TIME AND DO IT BETTER. BECAUSE WE REALLY DO NEED TO WRESTLE WITH PRIVACY, WHAT PRIVACY MEANS IN A WORLD WHERE OUR ENTIRE PERSONAL LIVES ARE STORED SOMEWHERE ONLINE AS ONES AND ZEROS. FRANKLY THAT'S HAPPENING AT AN EVEN FASTER PACE THAN IT IS NOW. WE NEED TO DEBATE THE FOURTH AMENDMENT -- HOW THE FOURTH AMENDMENT PROTECTS US AGAINST SEARCHES AND SEIZURES APPLYING TO DIGITAL RECORDS. WE'RE ALL BEING RENDERED INTO NOTHING BUT A MASS I STOREHOUSE OF ONES AND ZEROS. THE TENSIONS WERE BALANCED BETWEEN CIVIL LIBERTIES AND NATIONAL SECURITY IS A DEBATE AS OLD AS THIS COUNTRY BUT THEY'RE NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVEFUL THEY'RE HARD, THEY'RE DARN HARD, BUT THEY'RE NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE AND THEY'RE NOT IMPOSSIBLE. I KNOW WELL HOW MANY THREATS WE FACE AROUND THE WORLD. I DON'T TAKE THEM LIGHTLY. THE FACT THAT WE HAVE NOT FACED ANOTHER MAJOR TERRORIST ATTACK SINCE 9/11 IS A TESTAMENT TO THE SKILL AND HARD WORK OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. I TIP MY HAT TO THEM. I AM ABSOLUTELY COMMITTED TO GIVING THEM THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO KEEP US SAFE, CONSISTENT WITH OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. BUT WE LIVE IN AN ERA OF THE MOST POWERFUL SPYING TOOLS THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN. 25 YEARS AGO, CONVERSATIONS WERE EPHEMERAL. THEY WERE CONDUCTED IN PERSON OR OVER THE PHONE. BUT NOW, NOW, THEY OCCUR OVER EMAIL OR CHAT. THEY ARE ARCHIVED FOREVER. OUR MEDICAL, FINANCIAL, LEGAL RECORDS ARE ALL ONLINE. SO ARE OUR PHOTOS. OUR CELL PHONES TRACK US EVERYWHERE WE GO. THE DATA AVAILABLE ON US IS UNPRECEDENT AND THE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCE NOFLE BILL OF RIGHTS IS THAT WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO KEEP OUR DATA PRIVATE. WE NEED NEW SAFEGUARDS TO ENSURE THAT SO BY REJECTING THIS RULE, WE HAVE A CHANCE TO DO IT BETTER. AND IN SO DOING, BOTH KEEP US SAFE AND PROTECT OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. FOR THESE REASONS, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THE RULE. I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 03:35:58 PM

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                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES HIS TIME.…

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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                          • 03:36:04 PM

                            MR. COLLINS

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS POINT I WOULD LIKE TO ASK HOW MUCH TIME IS…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS POINT I WOULD LIKE TO ASK HOW MUCH TIME IS LEFT ON BOTH SIDES AND INQUIRE OF MY GOOD FRIEND FROM FLORIDA IF HE HAS MORE SPEAKERS.

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                          • 03:36:14 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA HAS NINE MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA HAS NINE MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA HAS NINE AND A HALF MINUTES.

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                          • 03:36:25 PM

                            MR. COLLINS

                            HOW MUCH FOR OUR SIDE?

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            NINE MINUTES.

                          • 03:36:30 PM

                            MR. HASTINGS

                            WE ARE PREPARED TO CLOSE.

                          • 03:36:36 PM

                            MR. COLLINS

                            WE ARE PREPARED TO CLOSE.

                          • 03:36:39 PM

                            MR. HASTINGS

                            THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IS KNOWN AS THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE.…

                            THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IS KNOWN AS THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. YET THE PEOPLE'S REPRESENTATIVES CONTINUOUSLY ARE SHUT OUT OF POLICY DISCUSSION AFTER DISCUSSION. THEY'RE SHUT OUT OF WRITING BILL AFTER BILL. AND THEY'RE SHUT OUT OF OFFERING ANY MEANINGFUL AMENDMENT QUITE SIMPLY, MR. SPEAKER, IF THE PEOPLE'S REPRESENTATIVES ARE SHUT OUT, THEN THE PEOPLE ARE SHUT OUT. AND IF YOU LOOK AROUND AT HOW THE MAJORITY IS RUNNING THIS PLACE, THROUGH A HISTORICALLY CLOSED PROCESS, THE RESULT IS NOT AT ALL PRETTY. 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, I MIGHT ADD, DOING JUST FINE, YOU'D LIKELY NOT ONLY SEE MORE LEGISLATIVE SUCCESSES, BUT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SPEND MORE TIME ON IMPORTANT ISSUES LIKE THIS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT ISSUE OF THE EXTENSION OF SECTION 702. MR. SPEAKER, AS IS CLEARLY EVIDENT, DEMOCRATS REMAIN READY TO WORK IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER TO ACCOMPLISH ALL THAT REMAINS LEFT TO DO FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. 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 GO FORWARD WITH COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION. WE ARE READY TO PROVIDE THE FUNDING AND AUTHORIZATION NEEDED TO GIVE MILLIONS OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN THE HEALTH INSURANCE THEY NEED. WE ARE READY TO FIX OUR ROADS AND OUR BRIDGES AND OUR RAILWAYS AND AIR TRAFFICKING. WE ARE HERE AND WAITING FOR TIME -- BUT TIME IS RUNNING OUT. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE RULE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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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 GEORGIA.

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                          • 03:39:08 PM

                            MR. COLLINS

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE MY GENTLEMAN FRIEND FROM FLORIDA , MY…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE MY GENTLEMAN FRIEND FROM FLORIDA , MY COHORT ON THE RULES COMMITTEE BUT I ALSO WANT TO SAY, I APPRECIATE HIS ADVICE BUT ALSO AS A REMINDER BACK TO MY FRIEND FROM FLORIDA, WE HAVE SPENT TIME IN TALKING ABOUT THINGS THAT MATTER AND THINGS THAT WERE MESSED UP. IN FACT WE SPENT A LOT OF TIME IN THIS HOUSE AND PASSED A HEALTH CARE BILL BECAUSE PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT WHO CALL ME REGULARLY OVER THE HOLIDAY AS THE NEW YEAR APPROACHED SAYING WE CAN'T GET INSURANCE OR THE INSURANCE I'M PROVIDED NO DOCTOR WILL ACCEPT. WE HAVE SPENT TIME ON THAT. I BELIEVE THAT IS REAL. WE SPENT TIME IN THIS BODY OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS WORKING ON A BILL CALLED DODD-FRANK THAT IN MY DISTRICT DECIMATED COMMUNITY BANKS, MADE LENDING HARDER, MADE BUSINESSES HAVE MORE TROUBLE HIRING PEOPLE TO PUT THEM TO MEANINGFUL WORK. YES, WE'RE SPENDING TIME ON THINGS THAT WERE NOT WELL THOUGHT OUT. TAX REFORM WAS WELL THOUGHT OUT AND IS HELPING AMERICANS IN ALL DISTRICTS, INCLUDING MY FRIENDS, AND I BELIEVE WE'LL CONTINUE TO HEAR MORE ABOUT THAT AS THE DAYS PROGRESS. BUT TODAY, AGAIN, AND MANY TIMES, WE ARE FOCUSED ON A BILL THAT HAS SERIOUS DEBATE. IT HAS THE RETAIL OF SOME THAT CAN TAKE AND LACK AT ONE THING AND SEE A DIFFERENCE. I AGREE WITH MY FRIEND ON THAT. THAT'S WHEE WE'RE HAVING DEBATE. THAT'S WHY THERE'LL BE AMENDMENTS ON THIS BILL THAT I OPPOSE, SOME WILL SUPPORT IT. THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION DOES NOT SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION SUPPORTS THE BILL AND THE RELEVANT COMMUNITY -- COMMITTEES THAT HAVE WORKED ON THIS BILL SUPPORT THE UNDERLYING BILL. NUMBER TWO, ONE OF THE ISSUES WE TALKED ABOUT TODAY AND ONE OF THE THINGS WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL OF IS GOING BACK TO SOMETHING SUPPORTED BY BOTH PARTY THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT THAT SAID WE HAVE TO TAKE SERIOUSLY THE FOREIGN -- I RESPECT GREATLY MY FRIEND, FORMER SPEAKER ON OUR SIDE THAT THIS IS ABOUT FOREIGN SURVEILLANCE. THIS IS THE FOREIGN PART OF THIS. AND WE'VE GOT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE THAT CAPABILITY AND REALLY THIS BILL IF YOU CONTINUE AND ESPECIALLY LOOKING AT THE AMENDMENT, WOULD BUILD WALLS THAT LED TO THE VERY PROBLEMS THAT WE EXPERIENCED BEFORE 9/11. AND THEN THERE'S THIS LAST CASE THAT CONTINUALLY CAME UP, IT WAS ABOUT THE ABOUT COLLECTION WHICH IS NO LONGER BEING DONE IN PRACTICE AND IT HAS BEEN SAID, WE'RE JUST CODIFYING IT, THEY CAN BRING IT BACK WILLY NILY. LET'S REMIND OURSELVES WHAT HAS TO HAPPEN. THEY HAVE TO DECIDE THAT ONE, THEY CAN. AND THEY HAVE TO BRING IT TO THE FISC, THE COURT, OH WAIT, HOLD ON A SECOND. LET'S THINK ABOUT WHAT JUST HAPPENED HERE. THEY HAVE TO BRING IT BACK TO THE VERY COURT THAT SAID, OH, WE'VE GOT A CONCERN ABOUT THIS IS WHY THEY HAVE SUSPENDED IT. BUT MR. SPEAKER, LET'S ALSO TALK ABOUT WHY THIS EVEN OCCURRED TO START WITH WITH THE COURT. IT WAS BECAUSE THE AGENCIES, THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITIES SELF-REPORTED AN ISSUE THEY NEEDED TO LOOK AT. IT WAS NOT HIDDEN. IT WAS SELF-REPORTED TO THE COURT. THIS IS THE PROTECTIONS BUILT INTO THIS LEGISLATION. NOW WE CAN DEBATE WHETHER THEY GO FAR ENOUGH OR THEY'RE NOT ENOUGH OR THEY'RE PROPERLY BUILT. THIS IS SORT OF LIKE A DEBATE THAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN. BUT BE CAREFUL WHERE WE GO HERE. TO LET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BE LED TO BELIEVE THAT THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING, THAT ARE NOT REALLY HAPPENING. DO NOT LET IT BE LED TO BELIEVE THERE ARE NOT THINGS IN PLACE SET UP BY EVEN FRIENDS WHO ARE SPOKEN TODAY, MAYBE EVEN AGAINST IT, THAT WERE PUT IN PLACE TO PROTECT THE PERSONAL RIGHTS OF OUR CITIZENS. AND LET'S NEVER FORGET THAT THE END RESULT OF THIS IS KEEPING OUR NATION SAFE WHILE BALANCING THE PRIVACY CONCERNS OF OUR OWN CITIZENS. WHICH IS NEVER OUTSIDE OF MY THOUGHTS AND DISCUSSION. FOR YEARS. THE FIVE I'VE BEEN IN THIS BODY AND WORKED ON THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. WE HAVE PUSHED THIS ENVELOPE. PUSHING IT FOR PROTECTION WHILE AT THE SAME TIME BALANCING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY NEEDS. I WILL NEVER SAY FOR THE MOST PART THAT THERE'S A PERFECT BILL TO EVER HIT THIS FLOOR. I WILL -- I WOULD THINK MY FRIEND WOULD PROBABLY AGREE WITH ME ON THAT. SO YOU HAVE TO FIND THE BALANCE AND SAY, WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE BILL? WHAT IS IT DOING? HOW DID IT GO ABOUT? I BELIEVE THIS STRIKES THAT BALANCE. YOU CAN HAVE DISAGREEMENT BUS AT THE END OF THE DAY MY QUESTION TO YOU IS, IS YOUR PUSH TO MAKE SOMETHING BETTER WILLING TO TURN OUT THE LIGHTS OR GO DARK ON WATCHING THOSE WHO WISH TO DO US HARM? DON'T BANK ON THE FACT THAT THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY WILL JUST CONTINUE ON UNDER WHAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING AND NOT LOOK AT WHAT COULD HAPPEN EVEN AS WE ARE IN THIS CHAMBER DEBATING THIS BILL. I WANT THEM TO BE ABLE TO SEE CLEARLY THE THREAT TO THIS COUNTRY. I WANT THEM TO USE THE PROCESSES IN PLACE TO PROTECT AMERICAN CITIZENS IN THIS PROCESS, WHICH THEY ARE DOING WHICH BY THE WAY HIGHLIGHTED BY THE FACT THAT THE SELF-REPORT THAT LED TO THE ABOUT COLLECTION BEING STOPPED. BUT I NEVER WOULD WANT TO PUT THINK SECURITY OF THIS COUNTRY IN DOUBT WHEN THEY CANNOT LOOK FOR THEIR OWN SHAKY LEGAL GROUND OF WHAT THEY CAN AND CANNOT DO TO PROTECT US. THIS GOES BACK TO A TIME IN OUR COUNTRY'S HISTORY WHERE WE HAVE TECHNOLOGY WAS JUST RECENTLY CHANGING. I WANT THEM TO HAVE THE ABILITY TO CONTINUE THIS PROCESS UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF A PLAN THAT IS PUT IN PLACE AND WHERE THOSE NEED TO BE ADJUSTED, THEY CAN BE ADJUSTED. ARE THERE OTHER NEEDS THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED? YES, THERE ARE. THE CHAIRMAN AND I HAVE SPOKEN ON THOSE ALREADY. THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE ALSO IS LOOKING INTO THESE. AT THIS POINT IN TIME, THIS BILL IS ONE THAT I BELIEVE STRIKES THE BALANCE THAT IS CRITICAL FOR OUR INTELLIGENCE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITIES TO HAVE THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO DO THEIR JOB. OUR CIVIL LIBERTIES AND RIGHT TO PRIVACY ARE FUNDAMENTAL TO OUR IDENTITY AS AMERICANS AND I BELIEVE THIS STRIKES THAT PROPER BALANCE. AS WE GO FORWARD, THESE ARE THE DEBATES WE HAVE WE NEED TO HAVE THIS IN THIS CHAMBER. AT THE END OF THE DAY IT'S ABOUT GETTING THE BILL AND PROCESS RIGHT SO WE CAN ACHIEVE THE AIMS THAT NEED TO BE. AS WE MOVE FORWARD, I WOULD SAY, THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS. THIS IS HOW WE WORK. AND FOR NOW, I BELIEVE THIS IS THE PROPER WAY TO GO ABOUT IT. I LOOK FORWARD TO SUPPORTING THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL TO PROTECT OUR NATION, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE RKS AND ALSO TO PRESERVE OUR CIVIL LIBERTIES. SO MR. SPEAKER, WITH ALMING OF THAT -- WITH ALL OF THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND PROVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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                          • 03:45:57 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON…

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT.

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                          • 03:46:10 PM

                            MR. HASTINGS

                            I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA REQUESTS THE YEAS AND NAYS. THOSE FAVORING A…

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA REQUESTS THE YEAS AND NAYS. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THIS 15-MINUTE VOTE ON ADOPTION OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 682 WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE-MINUTE VOITS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 681 AND ADOPTION OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 681 IF ORDERED. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                          • 04:14:09 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 233, THE NAYS ARE 181. THE RESOLUTION IS…

                            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 233, THE NAYS ARE 181. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS ARE REQUESTED TO TAKE THEIR SEATS AND REMOVE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE WELL. MEMBERS ARE REQUESTED TO TAKE THEIR SEATS. MEMBERS ARE REQUESTED TO TAKE THEIR SEATS. MEMBERS WILL CLEAR THE AISLES AND REMOVE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE HOUSE. MEMBERS WILL CLEAR THE AISLES AND REMOVE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE HOUSE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                          • 04:15:55 PM

                            THE SPEAKER

                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                          • 04:19:56 PM

                            MS. PELOSI

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO HONOR CONGRESSMAN DON YOUNG.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MS. PELOSI

                            I RISE TO JOIN OUR DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER IN HONORING CONGRESSMAN DON YOUNG…

                            I RISE TO JOIN OUR DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER IN HONORING CONGRESSMAN DON YOUNG WHO ASENDS TO THE POSITION OF DEAN OF THE -- ASCENDS TO THE POSITION OF DEAN OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOLLOWING NEARLY 45 YEARS OF PROUD SERVICE ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF ALASKA. CONGRESSMAN YOUNG ALSO HOLDS THE DISTINCTION OF SERVING AS THE FIRST DEAN OF THE HOUSE FROM THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IN 80 YEARS. CONGRATULATIONS. ON BEHALF OF THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS, LET ME EXTEND MY CONGRATULATIONS TO DON, TO HIS WIFE, ANN, AND HIS ENTIRE FAMILY. DESPITE OUR DIFFERENCES, IT IS CLEAR THAT DON CARES DEEPLY ABOUT OUR NATION. DON SERVES BECAUSE IN HIS WORDS HE'S ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT MEETING PEOPLE AND TRYING TO SOLVE THEIR PROBLEMS. AS A FORMER TEACHER, HE'S AN ADVOCATE FOR QUALITY EDUCATION FOR ALL. AS A FORMER U.S. ARMY TANK OPERATOR, HE BELIEVES IN ENSURING THAT SERVICE MEMBERS, FAMILIES AND VETERANS HAVE THE CARE THEY HAVE EARNED. AND IN HONOR OF HIS LATE BELOVED WIFE LOU YOUNG, HE'S BEEN A CHAMPION FOR THE NATIVE CHILDREN OF ALASKA. THANK YOU, DEAN. THE MOTTO MY COLLEAGUES OF THE STATE OF ALASKA IS NORTH TO THE FUTURE. IN HIS COMMITMENT TO PROGRESS AND BETTER FUTURES FOR THE PEOPLE OF ALASKA, DON HONORS THOSE WORDS. THE DEAN OF THE HOUSE HAS THE HONOR OF ADMINISTERING THE OATH TO THE SPEAKER WHICH BEGINS, I WILL SUPPORT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AGAINST ALL ENEMIES, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC. AS DEAN, CONGRESSMAN YOUNG WILL NOW HAVE THE SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITY NOT ONLY OF DEFENDING THE CONSTITUTION BUT OF DEFENDING THE INTEGRITY AND DIGNITY OF THIS INSTITUTION WHICH HE HAS DONE ALL ALONG. FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GREAT LEADERS BEFORE HIM, SAM RAYBURN, JOHN QUINCY ADAMS, CARL VINCENT, IT IS NOW DON'S SOLEMN DUTY TO HELP FOSTER A CLIMATE OF CIVILITY IN THE CONGRESS AND TO HOLD OUR COLLEAGUES ACCOUNTABLE. WHY ARE YOU LAUGHING, DON? FOR THE BEHAVIOR OF RAISING A HIGH STANDARD FOR THIS BODY. I TOLD DON I WILL TELL YOU THIS STORY WHEN I JUST CONGRATULATED HIM. DON HAS BEEN VERY HELPFUL TO US IN MAKING GO FROM AN ARMY POST TO A KIND OF NATIONAL PARK. I HOPE YOU CONSIDER THAT PART OF YOUR LEGACY THAT YOU WERE PART OF ESTABLISHING THAT IN SAN FRANCISCO. I AM READY TO WELCOME YOU ANYTIME YOU ARE READY FOR THAT, DON. BUT IN THE COURSE OF OUR CONVERSATIONS OVER THOSE TIMES, I NOTICED ONE DAY THAT DON HAD ON THIS BEAUTIFUL TIE. IT HAD LIKE A BALD EAGLE. IT HAD A BABY SEAL. IT HAD THESE BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS ON IT. AND I SAID, OH, DON, WHAT A LOVELY, BEAUTIFUL ENVIRONMENTAL TIE YOU HAVE ON. HE SAID, I CALL IT LUNCH. AGAIN, WE KNOW THAT DON YOUNG WILL ALWAYS HONOR THE IMPORTANT OBLIGATIONS AS HE ALWAYS HAS AND NOW HIS NEW OBLIGATIONS AS DEAN OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THAT'S HISTORIC. CONGRATULATIONS, AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. THANK YOU.

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                          • 04:24:03 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            DOES THE DEAN OF THE HOUSE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            MR. YOUNG

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

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MR. YOUNG

                            THAT'S RIGHT. YOU GOT IT RIGHT. FIRST, LET ME THANK THE SPEAKER AND THE…

                            THAT'S RIGHT. YOU GOT IT RIGHT. FIRST, LET ME THANK THE SPEAKER AND THE MAJORITY -- MINORITY LEADER FOR THEIR INTRODUCTIONS. I HAVE BEEN IN THIS HOUSE 45 YEARS WITH NINE SPEAKERS, NINE PRESIDENTS. I HAVE BEEN IN THIS HOUSE WITH 2,000 MEMBERS THAT ARE LEFT. I LOVE THIS BODY. AND I CAN SUGGEST ONE THING. MY GREATEST HONOR HAS BEEN ABLE TO ACHIEVE RESULTS FOR MY STATE. I AM THE ONLY CONGRESSMAN FROM THE WHOLE STATE OF ALASKA AND I LOVE IT. IT'S MY RESPONSIBILITY TO REPRESENT THE STATE AND THIS HOUSE AS A SINGLE PERSON TO DO THE JOB I HAVE BEEN ASKED TO DO. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I HAVE ENJOYED IS THE FRIENDSHIPS. I DON'T THINK THERE IS AN ENEMY IN THE HOUSE. I WORKED ACROSS THE AISLE, JIMMY OBERSTAR AND I NEVER HAD AN ADVERSARIAL VOTE ANY ONE TIME ON THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE. NOW, WHEN GEORGE MILLER WAS THE MINORITY MILLER, WE HAD A LOT OF ARGUMENTS AND A LOT OF DISAGREEMENTS, BUT WE HUNTED TOGETHER AND WE ATE TOGETHER. I BELIEVE IN BIPARTISANSHIP. I BELIEVE IN THIS BODY TO LEAD THIS NATION. NINE PRESIDENTS, THE HOUSE HAS ITS JOB TO DO REGARDLESS WHO THE PRESIDENT IS. I WANT TO THANK MY WIFE WHO IS IN THE AUDIENCE UP THERE IN THE GALLERY. GIVE HER A HAND. MAN GETS LUCKY USUALLY ONCE IN HIS LIFE. I GOT LUCKY TWICE. MY PAST WIFE WAS WITH ME FOR 46 1/2 YEARS. THIS NEW WIFE OF MINE HAS BEEN WITH ME ABOUT EIGHT YEARS NOW. I WANT THE STATE TO PAY HER BECAUSE SHE KEEPS ME ALIVE AND SHE LIKES WHAT I DO. SO I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES. NOW, I WILL NOT CHANGE BEING THE DEAN. I WILL STILL HOLLER, VOTE. I WILL SOMETIMES GET OUT OF LINE. BUT IN DOING SO REMEMBER IT COMES FROM MY HEART. AND MY HEART IS IN THIS HOUSE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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                          • 04:27:05 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 681 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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                          • 04:27:18 PM

                            THE CLERK

                            HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 115, HOUSE RESOLUTION 681, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR…

                            HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 115, HOUSE RESOLUTION 681, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL SENATE 140, TO AMEND THE WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE TRIBE WATER RIGHTS QUANTIFICATION ACT OF 2010 TO CLARIFY THE USUAL OF AMOUNT OF THE WMAT SETTLEMENT FUND.

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                          • 04:27:38 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 FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                          • 04:34:16 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE NAYS ARE 181. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON…

                            THE NAYS ARE 181. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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                          • 04:34:38 PM

                            MR. POLIS

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, ON THAT I REQUEST A RECORD VOTE.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A…

                            A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORD 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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                          • 04:42:25 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 227 AND THE NAYS ARE 181. THE RESOLUTION IS…

                            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 227 AND THE NAYS ARE 181. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, A MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS WILL REMOVE THEMSELVES FROM THE AISLES AND TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS WILL REMOVE THEMSELVES FROM THE AISLES AND TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL REMOVE THEMSELVES FROM THE AISLES AND TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                          • 04:43:58 PM

                            MR. LAMALFA

                            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT…

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

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                          • 04:44:04 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS WILL…

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS WILL REMOVE THEMSELVES FROM THE AISLES AND TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECK FISSION?

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                          • 04:45:06 PM

                            MR. LAMALFA

                            MR. SPEAKER, -- SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            MR. LAMALFA

                            MR. SPEAKER, I CALL UP S. 140 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I CALL UP S. 140 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                          • 04:45:13 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                            THE CLERK

                            SENATE 140, AN ACT TO AMEND THE WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE TRIBE WATER RIGHTS…

                            SENATE 140, AN ACT TO AMEND THE WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE TRIBE WATER RIGHTS QUANTITYFICATION ACT OF 2010, TO CLARIFY THE USE OF AMOUNTS IN THE WMAT SETTLEMENT FUND.

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                          • 04:45:28 PM

                            TEMPORE PURSUANT

                            PURSUANT HOH TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 681, BE A AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A…

                            PURSUANT HOH TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 681, BE A AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-54 IS ADOPTED AND THE BILL AS AMENDED IS CONSIDERED READ. THE BILL AS AMENDED SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR ONE HOUR, EQUALLY DIVIDED AMONG AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND THE WORK FORCE AND THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LAMALFA, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GRIJALVA, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. WALBERG, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. SCOTT, EACH WILL CONTROL 15 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LAMALFA. .

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                          • 04:46:09 PM

                            MR. LAMALFA

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

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON S. 140.

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                          • 04:46:17 PM

                            TEMPORE WITHOUT

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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                            MR. LAMALFA

                            ALL RIGHT, 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. LAMALFA

                            I RISE IN SUPPORT TODAY OF S. 140, AS AMENDED, WHICH CONSISTS OF THREE…

                            I RISE IN SUPPORT TODAY OF S. 140, AS AMENDED, WHICH CONSISTS OF THREE SECTIONS, PROMOTING TRIBAL SELF-GOVERNANCE AND SOVEREIGNTY OVER THEIR LANDS, RESOURCES AND BUSINESSES BELONGING TO INDIAN TRIBES. SECTION 1 OF S. 140 AMENDS CURRENT LAW TO ENSURE COMPLETION OF A TRIBAL WATER SYSTEM IN ARIZONA THAT MAKES A TECHNICAL AMENDMENT TO THE WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE TRIBE TO CLARIFY ANY COSTOVER RUNS ASSOCIATED WITH THE TRIBE'S RURAL WATER SYSTEM PROVIDED IT FALLS WITHIN EXISTING AUTHORIZING LEVEL. THIS PROVISION PROVIDES THE WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE TRIBE AND DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR CERTAINTY THERE WILL BE SUFFICIENT FUNDS TO COMPLETE THE RURAL WATER SYSTEM. SECTION 2 OF S. 140 IS IDENTICAL TO S. 249, A BILL REFERRED TO THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON INDIAN, INSULAR AND NATIVE ALASKAN COMMITTEE WHICH I CHAIR. THEY REPORTED IT FAVORABLY ON JULY 24, 2017, BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT. SECTION 2 AMEND WHAT IS IS COMMONLY KNOWN AS A LONG-TERM LEASING ACT TO AUTHORIZE TWO INDIAN PUEBLOS IN NEW MEXICO TO RELEASE THEIR RESTRICTED FEE LANDS SUBJECT TO APPROVAL OF THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR. IT MAY BE FOR NONMINERAL DEVELOPMENT. TO LEASE THEIR TRUST IN RESTRICTED LANDS, THE TERMS OF THE LEASES MAY NOT EXCEED 25 YEARS. THIS BILL WILL AUTHORIZE THE PUEBLOS OF SANTA CLARA AND OHKAY OWINGEH TO LEASE THEIR RESTRICTED FEE LANDS FOR TERMS UP TO 99 YEARS. CONGRESS HAS AMENDED THE LONG-TERM LEASING ACT MORE THAN 40 TIMES TO ADJUST THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF LEASES OF INDIAN LANDS AND TO AUTHORIZE LEASES INDIAN LANDS BY THEIR INDIAN OWNERS FOR A TERM UP TO 99 YEARS SUBJECT TO THE APPROVAL OF THE SECRETARY. NOW, WHILE THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE DOESN'T HAVE JURISDICTION OVER SECTION 3 OF S. 140, I WISH TO EXPRESS MY FULL SUPPORT FOR PROMOTING TRIBAL SELF-GOVERNANCE BY GIVING TRIBES PARITY WITH STATES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS FOR PURPOSES OF THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT. TRIBAL SELF-GOVERNANCE MEANS A TRIBE MAY MAKE THEIR OWN LAWS AND BE GOVERNED BY THEM. SINCE PRESIDENT NIXAN LAUNCHED INDIAN SELF-DETERMINATION, TRIBES ASSUMED WHEN THEY ASSUME MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL OVER THEIR OWN AFFAIRS, THEY ACTUALLY OUTPERFORM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THUS, SECTION 3 OF S. 140 WILL CONTINUE TO ENHANCE THE POLICIES OF TRIBAL'S TRIBAL SELF-DETERMINATION WHICH THEY HAVE ENJOYED STRONG BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL SUPPORT FOR THESE MEASURES. S. 140, AS AMENDED, IS FULLY CONSISTENT WITH PROMOTING THIS IMPORTANT TRIBAL ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AND FREEDOM TO DO AS THEY SEE FIT. I URGE A YES VOTE ON THE BILL AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 04:49:30 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                          • 04:49:34 PM

                            MR. GRIJALVA

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE WILL FOLLOW A BILL PACKAGE THAT FOLLOWS A…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE WILL FOLLOW A BILL PACKAGE THAT FOLLOWS A FAMILIAR PLAYBOOK FOR THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN PLAYBOOK. THIS IS A LATEST ATTEMPT TO PUSH A HIGHLY PARTISAN AGENDA BY COMBINING THAT DIVISIVE PROPOSAL WITH NONCONTROVERSIAL ITEMS. TODAY'S BILL INCLUDES TWO BILLS WHICH PASSED THE SENATE AND HOUSE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT. ONE WOULD MAKE A TECHNICAL CORRECTION TO A PREVIOUSLY PASSED WATER SETTLEMENT AND THE OTHER WOULD CLARIFY TWO PUEBLOS IN NEW MEXICO SHOULD RECEIVE EQUAL TREATMENT WHEN LEASING THEIR LANDS. UNFORTUNATELY, INSTEAD OF QUICKLY PASSING THESE BILLS AS SUSPENSIONS AND SENDING THEM TO THE PRESIDENT TO BE SIGNED INTO LAW, HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP DECIDED TO TAKE -- TO TAKE THOSE TWO BILLS POSTAGE AND COMBINE IT WITH A HIGHLY DIVISIVE BILL THAT'S LIKELY NOT GOING TO GO ANYWHERE, H.R. 986, SECTION 3 OF THIS LEGISLATION WHICH I DO NOT SUPPORT. THIS POLITICAL STUNT SEEMS DOOMED TO FAIL. THE ONLY THING IT WILL ACCOMPLISH IS WASTING EVERYONE'S TIME. MEANWHILE, IT LISTS THE BILLS CRITICAL TO THE TRIBES THAT SIT IN THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE AND IGNORED BY THE MAJORITY. FOR EXAMPLE, WE COULD BE MOVING LEGISLATION THAT WOULD PROTECT AND PRESERVE NATIVE AMERICAN ARTIFACT OR LEGISLATION THAT WOULD ADDRESS ISSUES AT INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE OR LEGISLATION TO CODIFY MEANINGFUL AND ROBUST TRIBAL CONSULTATION PROCESS AND WE COULD BE HERE TODAY PASSING THE BIPARTISAN BILL KNOWN AS THE CLEAN TIRTIARY ACT. THESE BILLS DESERVE THE ATTENTION. THEY ARE PROMOTING BY NOT ONLY INDIAN COUNTRY BUT MANY, MANY MEMBERS IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION IN THIS HOUSE. SO I HOPE WE CAN MOVE PAST THESE PETTY POLITICAL GAMES SOON WHICH PEOPLE ARE SICK OF HAVING TO SEE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE TO CHANGE COURSE, STOP BLOCKING CONSENSUS BILLS BY JOINING THEM WITH DIVISIVE, CONTENTIOUS PROPOSALS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            MR. LAMALFA

                            MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM SOUTH…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM SOUTH DAKOTA, MRS. NOEM.

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                            MRS. NOEM

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF S. 140. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS BILL BUT I WANT TO SPEAK TODAY ABOUT ONE PARTICULAR PIECE OF IT. THE TRIBAL LABOR SOVEREIGNTY ACT WHICH I HELPED INTRODUCE ALONG WITH MR. ROKITA. MR. SPEAKER, I OFTEN STAND IN THIS HOUSE TO OPPOSE INTERFERENCE FROM THE HEAVY-HANDED OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THIS IS NO DIFFERENT. IN 2004 THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD UNILATERALLY DECIDED THAT IT NEEDED TO MEDDLE IN THE AFFAIRS OF TRIBALLY OWNED BUSINESSES ON TRIBAL LANDS. THIS IS A BOARD THAT WAS SET UP TO OVERSEE UNION ELECTIONS BUT HAS BECOME THE BUREAUCRATIC ARM OF BIG LABOR. BY FURTHER EXPANDING ITS JURISDICTIONS THE NLRB THREATENED THE FOUNDATION OF INDIAN LAW, THE PRINCIPLE OF TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY AND LIMITS OF A SMALL FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. SINCE THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IMPLEMENTED THIS INCREDIBLE GOVERNMENT OVERREACH, TRIBES WANTED TO CLARIFY THE NLRB'S JURISDICTION DOES NOT EXTEND TO TRIBES. THE CONSERVATIVE SMALL GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION WE CONSIDER TODAY WOULD MAKE THAT NECESSARY CORRECTION. NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES AROUND THE COUNTRY AND ESPECIALLY IN MY HOME STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA ARE PLAGUED WITH GRINDING UNEMPLOYMENT AND POVERTY, SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND POOR HEALTH CARE. THEY CONTINUALLY SEEK ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT THROUGH SELF-DETERMINATION AND THE LAST THING THEY NEED WHEN TRYING TO IMPROVE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR THEIR CITIZENS IS A FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY FURTHER MEDDLING WITH THEIR EFFORTS. QUITE FRANKLY, MR. SPEAKER, I BELIEVE THAT SUBJECTING NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES TO NATIONAL LABOR RELATION BOARD RULES IS YET ANOTHER SIGN THAT SOME STILL WANT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO INTERFERE WITH TRIBAL DECISIONMAKING. I HAVE SPONSORED THE NATIONAL LABOR SOVEREIGNTY ACT AND THIS BILL AND THIS HOUSE PASSED IT MULTIPLE TIMES. I'M PROUD THAT MANY SOUTH DAKOTA TRIBES HAVE LONG SUPPORTED THE BILL, INCLUDING THE CHEYENNE RIVER SIOUX TRIBE, GREAT PLAINS TRIBAL ASSOCIATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO WITHDRAW THE HEAVY HAND OF GOVERNMENT AND SUPPORT TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY AND I YIELD BACK.

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                            MR. GRIJALVA

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MAY I INQUIRE AS TO HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE ON MY…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MAY I INQUIRE AS TO HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE ON MY SIDE?

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                            MR. GRIJALVA

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

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT, MR. SPEAKER, SO THAT REPRESENTATIVE -- THE REPRESENTATIVE OF VIRGINIA, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE, REPRESENTATIVE SCOTT, MAY CONTROL THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

                          • 04:54:22 PM

                            MR. SCOTT

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION -- I YIELD…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION -- I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                          • 04:54:28 PM

                            MR. SCOTT

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO S. 140. AS BEEN POINTED OUT, BURIED…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO S. 140. AS BEEN POINTED OUT, BURIED IN SECTION 3 OF THIS OTHERWISE UNCONTROVERSIAL LAND BILL IS THE TEXT OF H.R. 986, THE TRIBAL LABOR SOVEREIGNTY ACT. THIS NONGERMANE PROVISION WOULD STRIP THOUSANDS OF EMPLOYEES OF THEIR RIGHTS AND PROTECTIONS UNDER THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT, THE TRIBAL ENTERPRISES LOCATED ON TRIBAL LANDS. AT ISSUE IS IN THE TRIBAL LABOR SOVEREIGNTY ACT ARE TWO SOLEMN, DEEPLY ROOTED PRINCIPLES. FIRST, THE RIGHT THAT INDIAN TRIBES POSSESS IN MATTERS OF SELF-LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND, SECOND, THE RIGHTS OF WORKERS TO ORGANIZE UNIONS, BARGAIN COLLECTIVELY AND ENGAGE IN CONCERTED ACTIVITIES FOR MUTUAL AID AND PROTECTION. RATHER THAN ATTEMPTING TO BALANCE THESE TWO IMPORTANT PRINCIPLES, THE BILL CHOOSES SOVEREIGNTY FOR SOME OVER HUMAN RIGHTS OF OTHERS. I WOULD NOTE APPROXIMATELY 75% OF WORKERS EMPLOYED AT TRIBAL CASINOS ARE NOT MEMBERS OF THE TRIBES RUNNING THE CASINO BUT THIS BILL WOULD STRIP LABOR RIGHTS OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF THESE WORKERS AS WELL AS THOSE WHO ARE ACTUALLY MEMBERS OF THE TRIBES. IN DOING SO, THIS LEGISLATION WOULD ABANDON THE CAREFULLY DRAWN BALANCE BETWEEN TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY AND WORKERS' RIGHTS THAT WAS ADOPTED IN THE SAM MANUEL DECISION BY A REPUBLICAN-LED NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD IN 2004. PERHAPS PROMPTED BY LITIGATION, THIS BOARD RULED THAT THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT WILL ONLY APPLY IF IT DOES NOT IMPACT THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS OF SELF-GOVERNANCE IN PURELY INTRAMURAL MATTERS OR RIGHTS BY TREATIES. IT IS BASED ON LEGAL PRINCIPLES GOVERNING FEDERAL LAWS OR GENERAL APPLICABILITY WITH RESPECT TO INDIAN TRIBES THAT HAVE BEEN UPHELD BY APPEALS COURTS BY OVER 30 YEARS. THAT'S WHY COURTS RULED TRIBES MUST COMPLY WITH LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAWS SUCH AS THE FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT, THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ACT, OSHA, THE EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT INCOME SECURITY ACT, ERISA, AND THE EMPLOYEE MANDATE OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. YET, THIS BILL SINGLES OUT THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT ON THE GROUND TRIBES MUST BE GIVEN PARITY WITH STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS WHICH STATUTORILY ARE EXEMPT FROM THE NLRA. MAYBE STATES AND LOCALITIES SHOULD HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED BUT THE STATUTES ARE CLEAR THEY ARE EXEMPT. THIS IS NOT A REASON WHY TRIBES SHOULD BE EXEMPT FROM AN OTHERWISE GENERALLY APPLICABLE LAW. FURTHERMORE, STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS COVERED UNDER TITLE 7 OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT WHEREAS TRIBES ARE EXPRESSLY EXEMPT. FOR EMPLOYEES OF -- FOR TRIBAL ENTERPRISES, THEREFORE, UNIONS ARE THE SOLE PROTECTION UNDER FEDERAL LAW AGAINST DISCRIMINATION. INCLUDING SEXUAL HARASSMENT, BECAUSE THEY CAN NEGOTIATE A COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT THAT ENFORCES EMPLOYEE'S RIGHTS TO BE FREE FROM SUCH CONDUCT. DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS TOGETHER HAVE INSISTED THAT OUR TRADING PARTNERS ABIDE BY AND ENFORCE BASIC LABOR RIGHTS ANYTIME WE DO A TRADE DEAL, AND CONGRESS HAS REPEATEDLY REQUIRE THESE OBLIGATIONS IN TRADE AGREEMENTS. BUT TODAY, THE HOUSE WILL VOTE ON A BILL THAT TAKES AWAY THE INSURANCE THAT EMPLOYEES HAVE FOR THE FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION IF THEY ARE EMPLOYED IN MANY TRIBAL CASINOS. THIS CREATES A FAIR QUESTION -- WOULD THIS LEGISLATION PLACE THE UNITED STATES IN BREACH OF ANY OF THE TRADE AGREEMENTS THAT ARE NOW IN EFFECT? ACCORDING TO THE INTERNATIONAL LABOR ORGANIZATION, IN AN OPINION ON A SIMILAR BILL A FEW YEARS AGO, IT WOULD IN FACT PUT US IN BREACH OF TRADE AGREEMENTS. WE SHOULD BE -- WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO FASHION COMPROMISES THAT FRANKLY PROTECT BOTH WORKERS' RIGHTS AND TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY. BUT WHAT'S BEFORE US TODAY FAILS THAT TEST. THERE IS NO PRINCIPAL BASIS FOR STRIPPING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF WORKERS FROM THE RIGHT TO JOIN A UNION, NEGOTIATE BETTER WAGES SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY HAPPEN TO WORK IN A COMMERCIAL ENTERPRISE ON TRIBAL LANDS. I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE BILL AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF THE TIME.

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

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                          • 04:58:48 PM

                            MR. LAMALFA

                            MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO, MR. PEARCE.

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                          • 04:58:55 PM

                            MR. PEARCE

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR YIELDING…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR YIELDING AND FOR HIS WORK ON THIS BILL. AS HE MENTIONED IN THE OPENING STATEMENTS, THERE IS A PROVISION IN THE BILL THAT ALLOWS THE SANTA CLARA, OHKAY OWINGEH 99-YEAR LEASING PROGRAM TO MOVE FORWARD. THAT'S IN RESOLUTION TO LONG STANDING PROBLEMS WE HE FACE THERE. SO JUMP A SIGNIFICANT PROBLEM THAT AFFECTS THESE TWO UNITS BUT ALSO THE UNDERLYING CONCEPT THAT WE'RE GOING TO RECOGNIZE THE SOVEREIGNTY OF OUR TRIBES. AS MANY PEOPLE KNOW, SOME OF THE TRIBES ARE FACED WITH JUST VERY DIFFICULT POVERTY CONDITIONS THROUGHOUT THE HISTORY OF THEIR TRIBES SINCE THEY'VE BEEN ON THE RESERVATIONS AND I WORK WITH CLOSE FRIENDS OF MINE WHO ARE TRYING TO SOLVE THESE PROBLEMS AND TO FIND RESOLUTION TO LONG-TERM PROSPERITY ON THE INDIAN RESERVATIONS SO WHEN THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD REVERSED ITS LONG STANDING STATUS OF RECOGNIZING THE SOVEREIGNTY OF OUR NATION, 70 YEARS THEY RECOGNIZED THAT. IN 2004 THEY SIMPLY REVERSED IT WITHOUT MUCH EXPLANATION, WITHOUT ANY WARNING, AND CERTAINLY WITHOUT PRECEDENT. IT HAS CAUSED THINGS TO BE MUCH MORE DIFFICULT, ESPECIALLY IN STATES LIKE NEW MEXICO. SO THE TRIBAL LEADERS ARE SAYING THAT WE SHOULD BE SOVEREIGN, WE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO MAKE THESE SORTS OF DECISIONS OURSELVES WITHOUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COMING IN AND PUTTING THE BUREAUCRACY THERE. THE UNDERLYING CONCEPT OF THE BILL IS ONE THAT SIMPLY SAYS, WE HE WANT PROSPERITY ON -- WE WANT PROSPERITY ON NATIVE AMERICAN LANDS, WE WANT THEIR SOVEREIGN ACTIONS TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES, TO MOVE THEMSELVES FORWARD. THAT'S WHAT THE ENTIRE NATION SAYS THAT'S THE AMERICAN DREAM. LET'S LET THAT OCCUR FOR THE NATIVE AMERICANS IN THIS COUNTRY. I THINK THE PROVISIONS OF THE BILL ARE VERY IMPORTANT. WE'VE BEEN WORKING FOR SIX YEARS NOW, NATIVE AMERICAN HOUSING, ANOTHER WAY TO HELP MOVE PROSPERITY INTO NATIVE AMERICAN LANDS. AGAIN, SUPPORT THE CONCEPT OF THE BILL. WOULD YIELD BACK. .

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                            MR. SABLAN

                            I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO S. 140 BECAUSE IT INCLUDES H.R. 986, THE TRIBAL…

                            I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO S. 140 BECAUSE IT INCLUDES H.R. 986, THE TRIBAL SOVEREIGN LABOR SOVEREIGNTY ACT OF 2017. THE EFFECT OF THIS LEGISLATION WOULD BE TO STRIP EMPLOYEES WHO WORK AT BUSINESSES OWNED AND OPERATED BY AN INDIAN TRIBE, LOCATED ON INDIAN LANDS, OF THE PROTECTIONS AFORDED BY THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT. I AM ONE OF THE NATIVE PEOPLE OF THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS AND FULLY APPRECIATE THE IMPORTANCE OF TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY FOR NATIVE AMERICANS. HOWEVER THIS LEGISLATION DOES NOT PROPERLY RECONCILE THE INTERESTS BETWEEN SOVEREIGN RIGHTS AND RIGHTS OF WORKERS. AT LEAST 75% OF EMPLOYEES AT TRIBAL CASINOS ARE NOT TRIBAL MEMBERS AND IN SOME CASES AS FEW AS 1% OF EMPLOYEES ARE MEMBER OF THE TRIBES OPERATING THE CASINO. THESE WORKERS HAVE NO SAY IN THE DECISION MAKING OF TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS. WORK VERSE THE RIGHT TO ORGANIZE, TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN AND TO PROTECT THE RIGHT TO HAVE A SAFE WORKPLACE, PROVIDING FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILY. THEY SHOULD NOT BE STRIPPED OF THIS RIGHT DUE TO THE GEOGRAPHY OF THIS THE WORKPLACE. TRIBAL AND FEDERAL LAWS SHOULD BE ABLE TO COEXIST WITHOUT STRIPPING WORKERS OF THEIR RIGHTS UNDER THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT. I YIELD BACK.

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                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS -- GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA…

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS -- GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RESERVE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                            I RESERVE.

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                          • 05:02:53 PM

                            MR. RUSH

                            I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. TAKANO.

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                          • 05:03:05 PM

                            MR. TAKANO

                            I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO S. 140 WHICH WOULD STRIP PROTECTIONS FROM…

                            I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO S. 140 WHICH WOULD STRIP PROTECTIONS FROM WORKERS WHO ARE EMPLOYED BY TRIBAL -- IA BIBLE -- BY A TRIBALLY OWNED BUSINESS BUT ARE NOT TRIBAL MEMBERS. THIS INCLUDES PROTECTION FROM HARASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION IN THE WORKPLACE. TITLE 7 OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT WHICH PROHIBITS EMPLOYERS FROM DISCRIMINATING AGAINST EMPLOYEES DOES NOT APPLY TO TRIBAL ENTERPRISES. A NONTRIBAL WORKER EMPLOYEED BY A TRIBALLY ENED CASINO, FOR EXAMPLE, CANNOT FILE A HARASSMENT OR DISCRIMINATION CLAIM IN A FEDERAL COURT OR WITH THE EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION. INSTEAD, COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS FILL THE GAP BY INCLUDING PROVISIONS THAT ENFORCE THEIR RIGHT TO A FAIR WORKPLACE. BY STRIPPING THEIR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHT, THIS LEGISLATION ELIMINATES THE ONLY RECOURSE THAT THESE WORKERS HAVE AGAINST DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT. THIS IS ONE OF THE MANY UNACCEPTABLE CONSEQUENCES OF THIS BILL. NOW I HAVE TWO LETTERS, ONE FROM THE TEAMSTERS, AND ONE FROM THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF STATE, COUNTY, AND MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES. BOTH OF WHICH RAISE STRONG OBJECTIONS TO THE MAJORITY'S ATTEMPT TO EXCLUDE WORKERS FROM THE RIGHTS ENSHRINED IN THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THESE LETTERS INTO THE RECORD, MR. SPEAKER.

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                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                            MR. TAKANO

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LAMALFA, IS…

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LAMALFA, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                          • 05:04:56 PM

                            MR. LAMALFA

                            MR. SPEAKER, IN SUMMARY, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAD A VERY SPOTTY RECORD…

                            MR. SPEAKER, IN SUMMARY, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAD A VERY SPOTTY RECORD OVER THE MANY DECADES OF ITS TREATMENT OF NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN TRIBES IN THIS NATION. FOR US TO NOT ACT IN ORDER TO COUNTERMAND WHAT THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BRD HAS DONE ON ITS OWN WOULD BE A MISTAKE. IT WOULD BE WRONGHEADED IN THAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THE TYPES OF RELATIONS, GOVERNMENT-TO-GOVERNMENT RELATIONS WITH THOSE IN THIS COUNTRY THAT LEVEL OF RESPECT, THEN CONGRESS NEEDS TO ACT, CONGRESS NEEDS TO MAINTAIN THAT RELATION. AND SO FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, STATE GOVERNMENTS TO HAVE THIS PROTECTION IF THE NLRA AND TRIBES NOT TO THEN WE'D BE MAKING A SEVERE MISTAKE TO NOT TAKE ACTION HERE TODAY WITH THIS LEGISLATION SO WITH THAT, I URGE STRONG SUPPORT FOR ALL PORTIONS OF S. 140 TODAY AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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                            MR. SCOTT

                            I YIELD TWO AND A HALF MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS, MS.…

                            I YIELD TWO AND A HALF MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS, MS. SCHAKOWSKY.

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                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                            MS. SCHAKOWSKY

                            I YIELD BACK.

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

                            THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF S. 140 AND YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF S. 140 AND YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE TRIBAL LABOR SOVEREIGNTY ACT, A PROVISION IN THE PENDING LEGISLATION THAT WILL END THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD'S ALARMING OVERREACH INTO BUSINESSES OPERATED ON SOVEREIGN TRIBAL LANDS.

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                            MR. WALBERG

                            IN MARCH OF 2017, THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH, EMPLOYMENT, LABOR, AND…

                            IN MARCH OF 2017, THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH, EMPLOYMENT, LABOR, AND PENSIONS, WHICH I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF CHAIRING, HELD A HEERNING THIS LEGISLATION AND HEARD FROM NATIVE MESH BUSINESS LEADERS ON HOW THE NLRB'S ARBITRARY USE OF ITS JURES KIX HAD BEEN HARMING BUSINESSES LARGE AND SMALL ON TRIBAL LANDS. LEADERS OF THE NATIONAL -- THE NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITY TESTIFIED BEFORE THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HOW THE NLRB HAD MEDDLED IN THE DAY-TO-DAY OPERATIONS AND MANAGEMENT OF NATE I HAVE MESH BUSINESSES. OFTEN DRAGGING OUT MATTERS FOR YEARS. TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE, THE PROCEEDINGS LED BY THE NLRB ARE CREATING BURDENSOME LEGAL COSTS FOR BUSINESSES WHO ARE SEEKING TO PROVIDE HIGH QUALITY GOODS AND SERVICES TO NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITIES. WHILE MEMBERS OF THE NLRB HAVE CHANGED AND HAVE BEGUN TO MAKE GREAT PROGRESS IN REVERSING SOME OF THE BOARD'S MOST DAMAGING DECISIONS, CONGRESS NEEDS TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT TRIBAL LABOR SOVEREIGNTY MUST BE SAFE FROM FUTURE WASHINGTON OVERREACH. THE TRIBAL LABOR SOVEREIGNTY ACT WILL CLARIFY THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT AND REVERSE THE TROUBLING ENCROACHMENT OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ON TRIBAL LANDS. CONGRESS HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO STAND UP FOR SOVEREIGN RIGHTS OF NATIVE AMERICANS. AND THE BUSINESSES THEY OWN AND OPERATE ON THEIR LANDS. THESE TRIBES HAVE CREATED THEIR OWN SYSTEM OF LABOR PROTECTIONS FOR EMPLOYEES AND EMPLOYERS CONSISTENT WITH THEIR LANDS AND TRADITIONS. AND IT'S NOT FOR WASHINGTON BUREAUCRATS TO TAMPER WITH THOSE PROTECTIONS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE SOVEREIGNTY OF ALL NATIVE -- NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES AND PASS THE UNDERLYING BILL. I RESERVE THE PLANS OF MY TIME.

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                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. POCAN.

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                            MR. POCAN

                            I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL. I SUPPORT TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY. MY HOME…

                            I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL. I SUPPORT TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY. MY HOME STATE OF WISCONSIN, SEVERAL TRIBES ARE IN MY DISTRICT OR HNIDA, RED CLIFF, BAD RIVER AND OTHER TRIBES ALL RESIDE IN MY HOME STATE AND I'M GLAD TO SUPPORT THE AUTONOMY OF THOSE TRIBAL NATIONS. BUT THIS BILL ISN'T ABOUT TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY, IT'S ABOUT GOING AFTER WORKERS' RIGHTS. LOOK AT THE TRACK RECORD OF THE MAJORITY IN THIS CONGRESS. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE CONTINUED TO GO AFTER WORKERS' RIGHTS AS THEY HAVE SO FAR. THEY'VE REPEALED A RULE THAT REQUIRED COMPANIES SEEKING LARGE FEDERAL CONTRACTS TO DISCLOSE VIOLATIONS OF LABOR LAWS. AND THEY MADE IT HARDER FOR PEOPLE WHOSE JOBS ARE SHIPPED OVERSEAS TO GET UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE. THEY MADE IT HARDER FOR WORKERS WHOSE EMPLOYEES DON'T OFFER -- EMPLOYERS DON'T OFFER RETIREMENT PLANS TO SAVE FOR RETIREMENT AND THEY REPEALED AN OSHA RULE REQUIRING EMPLOYERS TO MAINTAIN ACCURATE RECORDS OF SERIOUS WORKPLACE INJURIES FOR FIVE YEARS WHILE THE ADMINISTRATION DRASTICALLY REDUCES THE NUMBER OF OSHA INSPECTORS. THIS BILL ISN'T ABOUT MEANINGFUL SOVEREIGNTY. IT'S ABOUT SELECTIVE SOVEREIGNTY BECAUSE IT ONLY GOS AFTER LABOR RIGHTS. IF THIS IS A BILL ABOUT SOVEREIGNTY, IT WOULD INCLUDE A NUMBER OF OTHER AREAS THAT TRIBES ARE COMPELLED TO FOLLOW IN ADDITION TO THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT. THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ACT, OSHA, THE EMPLOYER RETIREMENT INCOME SECURITY ACT, ERISA. THE FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVELL ACT AND THE PUBLIC ACOME CASES OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT JUST TO START. IF THIS BILL WAS ABOUT SOVEREIGNTY IT WOULD EXEMPT OSHA AND ERISA AND FMLA FOR STARTERS BUT IT DOESN'T DO THAT. THIS BILL ONLY EXEMPTS LABOR PROTECTIONS FOR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF WORKERS, TRIBAL MEMBERS AND NONMEMBERS. BECAUSE THE MAJORITY IN THIS CONGRESS ISN'T REALLY WORRIED ABOUT SOVEREIGNTY, IT'S CONCERNED ABOUT TAKING AWAY THE RIGHTS OF WORKERS. AND THAT IS WHAT THIS BILL IS REALLY ABOUT. MR. SPEAKER, IF THIS BODY WANTS TO HELP TRIBES, I AM HERE TO HELP. BRING A BILL TO THE FLOOR THAT COVERS ALL EXEMPTED AREAS AND THAT'S A BILL THAT I COULD SUPPORT. BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT IS IN FRONT OF US TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT LETTERS OF OPPOSITION FROM THE INTERNATIONAL UNION OF OPERATING ENGINEERS, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, YIBETTED FOOD AND COMMERCIAL WORKERS AND UNITE HERE ARE ENTERED INTO THE RECORD.

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                          • 05:14:02 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MR. LAMALFA

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RECOGNIZE THOSE --

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                            MR. WALBERG

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RECOGNIZE THOSE IN OPPOSITION BUT 150 TRIBES…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RECOGNIZE THOSE IN OPPOSITION BUT 150 TRIBES STAND IN SUPPORT OF THIS AND WE ARE DELIGHTED TO LISTEN TO THAT AND WORK FOR A SOLUTION HERE. IT NOW GIVES ME A GREAT HONOR TO RECOGNIZE FOR THREE MINUTES THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA, THE CHAIRWOMAN OF THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE.

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                          • 05:14:40 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

                          • 05:14:42 PM

                            MS. FOXX

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN WALBERG, FOR WIELDING TIME.…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN WALBERG, FOR WIELDING TIME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE DPPINGS --FISH YIELDING TIME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY ACT, A LONG OVERDUE PROVISION IN THIS LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY. FOR NEARLY 70 YEARS, THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD RESPECTED THE SOVEREIGNTY OF TRIBES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY AND ALLOWED TRIBES TO ADJUDICATE LABOR ISSUES WITHIN THE LAWS AN STANDARDS OF EACH TRIBE. HOWEVER, IN 2004, NLRB BEGAN TO CHANGE ITS LONG-STANDING PRACTICES AND ADOPTED SUBJECTIVE TESTS TO DETERMINE WHEN IT WANTED TO ASSERT ITS JURISDICTION IN MATTERS INVOLVING NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES. THESE SUBJECTIVE TESTS ARE APPLIED ON AN ARBITRARY, CASE-BY-CASE BASIS AND ARE HAVING AN IMPACT ON TRIBAL BUSINESSES THAT ARE OPERATED ON SOVEREIGN TRIBAL LANDS. TRIBAL BUSINESS LEADERS HAVE BEEN ASKING CONGRESS TO RESPECT THEIR SOVEREIGN RIGHTS AND END NLRB'S INCONSISTENT AND MISGUIDED DECISIONS WHEN IT COMES TO LABOR DECISIONS DEALING WITH TRIBAL BUSINESSES. . THIS BILL, SPONSORED BY MR. ROKITA, STOPS THE NLRB FROM PICKING WINNERS AND LOSERS WHEN IT COMES TO TRIBAL BUSINESSES AND THE -- THE BUREAUCRATIC OVERREACH CONDUCTED BY THE NLRB IN RECENT YEARS. MOST IMPORTANTLY, THIS LEGISLATION PROTECTS THE SOVEREIGNTY NATIVE AMERICANS DESERVE AND ENSURES TRIBES HAVE CONTROL OVER THEIR OWN LABOR RELATIONS AND ULTIMATELY DETERMINE WHAT'S BEST -- WHAT WORKS BEST FOR WORKPLACES ON TRIBAL LANDS. BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY HAS BEEN REAFFIRMED TIME AND AGAIN BY CONGRESS, AND FOR MORE THAN 180 YEARS, THE SUPREME COURT HAS HELD THAT TRIBES POSSESS A NATIONHOOD STATUS AND RETURN INHERENT POWERS OF SELF-GOVERNMENT. IT'S TIME WE STRIP UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS TO THE POWER THEY ABUSE AND RESPECT THE RIGHTS OF NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES. I WISH TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE TODD ROKITA FOR INTRODUCING AND CHAMPIONING THE TRIBAL LABOR SOVEREIGNTY ACT AND ASK MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT CLARIFICATION TO FEDERAL LAW. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 05:17:10 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                          • 05:17:15 PM

                            MR. SCOTT

                            CAN YOU ADVISE HOW MUCH TIME IS LEFT ON BOTH SIDES?

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA HAS 15 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN…

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA HAS 15 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN HAS 9 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING.

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                          • 05:17:24 PM

                            MR. SCOTT

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

                            THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT, MS. KAPTUR.

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                          • 05:17:34 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                            MS. KAPTUR

                            I WANT TO THANK RANKING MEMBER SCOTT FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. I RISE IN…

                            I WANT TO THANK RANKING MEMBER SCOTT FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL. YOU KNOW, IT WAS IN 1935 THAT THIS BODY ENACTED THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT. IT GUARANTEED BASIC RIGHTS TO PRIVATE SECTOR WORKERS, TO ORGANIZE, FOR UNIONS TO ENGAGE IN CONTRACTUAL BARGAINING FOR DECENT WAGES AND BETTER CONDITIONS AT WORK AND TO TAKE JOINT ACTION, IF NECESSARY. BUT IN 1935, JUST LIKE TODAY HERE, 2018, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND BUSINESS INTEREST VEHEMENTLY OPPOSE PASSAGE OF ANY LAWS THAT HELP WORKERS. LITTLE HAS CHANGED. ONCE AGAIN, OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TRAMPLE ON THE BACKS OF WORKERS. THIS LEGISLATION ROLLS BACK PROVEN PROTECTIONS THAT ALLOW WAGES TO RISE IN PLACES LIKE CALIFORNIA AND THEIR CASINOS FROM $10 AN HOUR TO $13 AN HOUR. NOW, THESE MODEST PAY INCREASES HAVE HELPED ELEVATE THE WORKERS WHO WORK IN THOSE CASINOS ABOVE THE FEDERAL POVERTY LEVEL. WHO'S EVER TRIED TO BUY A HOUSE IN CALIFORNIA OR TRIED TO LIVE ON $13 AN HOUR, $10 AN HOUR? YOU'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT A WHOLE LOT OF MONEY THERE. BUT, YOU KNOW, IT'S ESPECIALLY FROM A PARTY THAT GAVE $1 TRILLION AWAY TO THE PEOPLE AT THE VERY TOP. BUT WITH THIS BILL, OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES CHOSE TO STRIP THESE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF WORKERS, THE MAJORITY OF WHOM ARE NOT MEMBERS OF TRIBES BUT WORK IN THOSE CASINOS OF DECENT WAGES AND THEIR RIGHT TO A VOICE IN THE WORKPLACE. WOW. BENEATH THEIR SHEEP SKIN COSTUMES HIDES ANOTHER REPUBLICAN ATTACK ON WORKER RIGHTS IN THIS COUNTRY, THIS TIME UNDER THE GUISE OF TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY. LET ME REMIND OUR COLLEAGUES, THROUGHOUT THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD'S HISTORY, IT HAS NEVER BEEN AND WILL NEVER BE FORCED TO -- MAY I ASK FOR AN ADDITIONAL 15 SECONDS?

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                            THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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                            MS. KAPTUR

                            THANK YOU. LET ME REMIND OUR COLLEAGUES, THOUGH, THROUGHOUT OUR NATIONAL…

                            THANK YOU. LET ME REMIND OUR COLLEAGUES, THOUGH, THROUGHOUT OUR NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD'S HISTORY, IT HAS NEVER AND WILL NOT ASSERT JURISDICTION WHERE IT WILL INTERFERE WITH THE TRIBE'S INTERNAL GOVERNANCE RIGHTS IN PURELY INTRAMURAL MATTERS. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS BAD BILL AND I WILL ASKS UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PLACE IN THE RECORD THE STRONG OPPOSITION TO IT FROM THE UNITED STEELWORKERS OF AMERICA AND FROM THE COMMUNICATION WORKERS OF AMERICA AND AS A PROUD DAUGHTER OF LABOR, I AM PROUD TO STAND HERE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                          • 05:20:29 PM

                            MR. WALBERG

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

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. JASON LEWIS.

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                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                            I THANK MY -- MR. LEWIS

                            MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY -- MR. LEWIS: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY…

                            MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY -- MR. LEWIS: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM INDIANA, MR. ROKITA, WHICH RESTORES A SIMPLE PROMISE, THE SOVEREIGN RIGHTS OF NATIVE AMERICANS WILL BE PROTECTED. FOR ALMOST 70 YEARS, FOLLOWING THE PASSAGE OF THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT, TRIBES WERE GIVEN THE EQUAL RIGHT TO SELF-GOVERNANCE ENJOYED BY OUR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT. FOR THE TRIBES IN MY DISTRICT, SOVEREIGNTY MEANT THE FREEDOM TO ADVANCE THEIR OWN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND PROVIDE CRITICAL GOVERNMENT SERVICES TO THEIR TRIBAL MEMBERS. WITH THE NLRB'S SAN MANUAL DECISION, -- SAN MANUEL DECISION, THEY BEGAN TO ASSERT THEMSELVES IN TRIBAL MATTERS ON ARBITRARY CASE-BY-CASE BASIS. THE AGENCY GRANTED ITSELF THE RIGHT TO NAVIGATE TRIBAL LAW AND DECIDE WHEN A TRIBAL ENTERPRISE IS FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES, A REQUIREMENT THAT WOULD NEVER BE IMPOSED ON REVENUE-GENERATING ACTIVITIES OF STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. HAS THE FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY ITS -- AS THE FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY -- THE TRIBAL LABOR SOVEREIGNTY ACT RESTORES THE WELL-ESTABLISHED LEGAL STANDARD OF GORCHT, TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY. AS STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE EXCLUDED FROM THE FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS FROM THE NLRA, THIS BILL SIMPLY ENSURES TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS RECEIVE EQUAL TREATMENT. IT PROVIDES OUR TRIBES WITH NEEDED CLARITY THAT WHEN A COMPANY IS LOCATED ON TRIBAL LAND, TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY WILL BE PROTECTED. I AM PROUD TO BE A CO-SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION AND AM GLAD IT WAS INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE WHICH I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            TO SUPPORT. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE…

                            TO SUPPORT. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                          • 05:22:32 PM

                            MR. SCOTT

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

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, THE DEMOCRATIC WHIP,

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                            MR. HOYER

                            WHAT A SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS. THERE ARE SCORES OF CRITICALLY IMPORTANT…

                            WHAT A SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS. THERE ARE SCORES OF CRITICALLY IMPORTANT ISSUES THAT NEED TO BE CONSIDERED BY THIS HOUSE. NOT THE LEAST OF WHICH IS FWUNDING OUR GOVERNMENT. WE FAILED TO DO THAT AND NOW -- FUNDING OUR GOVERNMENT. WE FAILED TO DO THAT AND NOW WE ARE CONFRONTED WITH A BILL THAT'S RECYCLED. AND WE'VE ADDED TWO NATURAL RESOURCES BILLS ON IT WHICH COULD HAVE PASSED UNANIMOUSLY. I AM A BIG DEFENDER OF NATIVE TRIBES' RIGHTS AND SOVEREIGNTY, AND I KNOW MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE REMAIN COMMITTED TO THEIR SOVEREIGNTY AS WELL. THIS BILL, HOWEVER, IS ABOUT UNDERMINING THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT. NOT ABOUT TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY. THAT ACT, NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT, SAFEGUARDS WORKERS' TO BARGAIN COLLECTIVELY. MOST ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE NOT FOR THAT. I KNOW THAT. I'VE SEEN THEM VOTE THAT WAY. NO MATTER WHERE YOU WORK, THE BASIC PROTECTIONS FOR AMERICAN WORKERS, HOWEVER, OUGHT TO APPLY. IT IS ALREADY SETTLED LAW THAT THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT AND OTHER LAWS APPLY TO BUSINESSES EVEN ON TRIBAL LANDS OUTSIDE THE CONTEXT OF INHERENTLY GOVERNMENTAL FUNCTIONS CARRIED OUT BY TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS. THIS WAS NOT DECIDED BY SOME FACELESS BUREAUCRAT. THIS WAS A COURT OF OUR LAND THAT MADE THIS DECISION. INSTEAD OF UNDERMINING WORKERS' RIGHTS, THIS HOUSE OUGHT TO BE MOVING FORWARD WITH POLICIES -- WORKERS' RIGHTS, THIS HOUSE OUGHT TO BE MOVING FORWARD WITH POLICIES THAT HELP OUR WORKERS AND FAMILIES MAKE IT IN AMERICA. AS PART OF A STRONG MIDDLE CLASS. THAT MEANS RAISING WAGES. IT MEANS MAKING CHILDCARE MORE AFFORDABLE. IT MEANS EXPANDING ACCESS TO OPPORTUNITIES LIKE HIGHER EDUCATION, HOMEOWNERSHIP AND SECURE RETIREMENT. THOSE ARE THE ISSUES THAT DEMOCRATS CONTINUE TO BE FOCUSED ON. THAT'S NOT WHAT THIS BILL FOCUSES ON. INSTEAD, REPUBLICANS ARE FOCUSED NOT ON HELPING WORKERS BUT TRYING TO PIT ONE GROUP, TRIBES, AGAINST ANOTHER GROUP, WORKERS. THAT'S NOT WHAT WE OUGHT TO HAVE IN THIS COUNTRY. AND THEY'RE ATTACHING POPULAR, NONCONTROVERSIAL NATURAL RESOURCES BILLS TO THIS LEGISLATION. THEY HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS LEGISLATION. IT WOULD PASS OVERWHELMING. LY. I AM GOING TO VOTE AGAINST THIS BILL -- IT WOULD PASS OVERWHELMINGLY. I AM GOING TO VOTE AGAINST THIS BILL AND HOPE THEY BRING BACK THE NATURAL RESOURCES BILLS AND PASS LIKE THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO DO. THIS IS NOT THE OPEN CONGRESS WHEN SPEAKER RYAN TOOK THE GAVEL AND WHEN REPUBLICANS PROMISED WHEN THEY TOOK THE MAJORITY. MOREOVER, THEY ARE BRINGING THIS TO THE FLOOR WHEN WE SHOULD BE, AS I SAID AT THE OUTSET --

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                          • 05:25:49 PM

                            MR. SCOTT

                            TWO ADDITIONAL MINUTES.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                          • 05:25:54 PM

                            MR. HOYER

                            I THANK MY FRIEND. AS I SAID AT THE BEGINNING, WE ARE BRINGING THIS BILL…

                            I THANK MY FRIEND. AS I SAID AT THE BEGINNING, WE ARE BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR, A RETHREAD. THIS IS NOT NEW LEGISLATION THAT THEY'RE OFFERING. THE ONLY THING NEW ABOUT IT THEY PUT TWO NATURAL RESOURCES BILLS ATTACHED TO IT. WE SHOULD BE FOCUSED, AS I SAID BEFORE, REACHING AGREEMENT ON APPROPRIATION BILLS, ON CAPS, ON PROTECTING DREAMERS, ON MAKING SURE CHIP CHILDREN AREN'T LEFT ASIDE. NOT THIS BILL. THOSE BILLS ARE NOT SCHEDULED TODAY AND NOT SCHEDULED NEXT WEEK AS FAR AS I KNOW. MAYBE THE MAJORITY LEADER WILL GIVE ME INFORMATION TOMORROW. WHAT WE OUGHT TO BE WORKING ON NOW, AS I SAY, ARE THOSE APPROPRIATION BILLS. BUT UNDER THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY, WE'RE STILL STUCK WORKING ON FISCAL YEAR 2018 WHEN WE ARE ALREADY NEARLY HALFWAY THROUGH. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES NOT TO OPPOSE TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY, NOT TO OPPOSE THE RIGHTS OF OUR NATIVE AMERICAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS. WE'RE FOR THEM. BUT NOT TO BE PITTED AGAINST WORKERS MAKING A DECENT, ACCEPTABLE WAGE SO THEY CAN LIVE WITH SOME QUALITY OF LIFE. IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO GIVE THE UPPER 1% A HUGE TAX CUT AND PRETEND YOU'RE HELPING THE MIDDLE CLASS, THE WORKERS. IN FACT, IN THIS BILL YOU'RE DOING EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS BILL AND STAND UP FOR WORKERS, WHETHER THEY'RE NATIVE AMERICANS OR WHOEVER THEY MAY BE, STAND UP FOR WORKERS, RESPECT WORKERS, UNDERSTAND THAT WORKERS MADE THIS COUNTRY GREAT, AND THEY DESERVE OUR SUPPORT AND OUR PROTECTION. DEFEAT THIS BILL.

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                          • 05:27:44 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                          • 05:27:48 PM

                            MR. WALBERG

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S NOW MY PRIVILEGE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S NOW MY PRIVILEGE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. ROE, FOR THREE MINUTES, A GENTLEMAN WHO HAD A DISTINGUISH RECORD OF SUPPORTING AND HELPING AND ENABLING WORKERS.

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                          • 05:28:05 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                            MR. ROE

                            I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF S. 140 AND ITS…

                            I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF S. 140 AND ITS INCLUSION OF H.R. 986, THE TRIBAL LABOR SOVEREIGNTY ACT. THERE ARE MORE THAN 560 FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES, AND EACH OF THESE TRIBES HAS A UNIQUE HISTORY AND DISTINCT CULTURE THAT HAVE HELPED SHAPE WHO WE ARE TODAY AS A NATION. EACH TRIBE HAS AN INHERENT RIGHT TO SELF-GOVERN, JUST LIKE ANY OTHER SOVEREIGN GOVERNMENT DOES. THAT RIGHT TO SELF-GOVERNANCE IS ROOTED IN THE CONSTITUTION AND HAS BEEN REAFFIRMED BY COURTS FOR ALMOST 200 YEARS. BECAUSE OF IT, TRIBAL LEADERS ARE ABLE TO MAKE DECISIONS THAT AFFECT THEIR PEOPLE IN A WAY THAT MAKES THE MOST SENSE FOR THEIR TRIBE AND BEST PROTECTS THE INTEREST OF THEIR MEMBERS OR RATHER THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO MAKE THOSE DECISIONS. WE ARE HERE TODAY FOR THE PAST 14 YEARS BECAUSE FOR THE PAST 14 YEARS THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD HAS IGNORED LONG STANDING LABOR POLICY AND INVOLVED ITSELF IN TRIBAL ACTIVITIES. SINCE 2004, SAN MANUEL BINGO AND CASINO DECISION, THE BOARD HAS USED A SUBJECTIVE TEST TO DECIDE ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS WHETHER A TRIBAL BUSINESS OR TRIBAL LAND IS FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES. AND IF IT IS, THE BOARD HAS ASSERTED ITS JURISDICTION OVER THAT BUSINESS. AMONG OTHER PROVISIONS, THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION WOULD AMEND THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT TO REAFFIRM THAT THE NLRB CANNOT ASSERT ITS AUTHORITY OVER ENTERPRISES OWNED BY TRIBES ON TRIBAL LAND. IT REASSERTS THE LEGAL STANDARD THAT WAS IN PLACE FOR DECADES AND RETURNS TO TRIBES THE ABILITY TO MANAGE THEIR OWN LABOR RELATIONS AS A SOVEREIGN RIGHT HAS. I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND AND FELLOW MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE FROM INDIANA, MR. ROKITA, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE AND FOR CONTINUING TO WORK AND THOSE IN CONGRESS WHO HELPED LEAD THE FIGHT TO PROTECT TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY OVER THE YEARS. IT'S TIME FOR ALL OF US TO JOIN THAT FIGHT AND RESTORE TO INDIAN TRIBES THE ABILITY TO GOVERN THEIR OWN LABOR RELATIONS. MR. SPEAKER, I'M NOT SURE HOW YOU SUPPORT TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY WHICH BY DEFINITION IS A SOVEREIGN STATE BUT NOT ALLOW TRIBES TO SELF-GOVERN. I DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT. AND I ALSO DON'T UNDERSTAND IF OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER -- MR. SPEAKER, FOR OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TODAY ARE SO WORRIED ABOUT GETTING OUR WORK DONE, WHY DID THEY HAVE TO LEAVE COMMITTEE HEARINGS THREE TIMES TODAY TO VOTE ON NOT ADJOURNING THIS BODY, I'D LIKE TO KNOW THAT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 05:30:58 PM

                            MR. SCOTT

                            I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. NORCROSS.

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                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                          • 05:31:04 PM

                            MR. NORCROSS

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE LAND OF OPPORTUNITY, RIGHT HERE. IT'S CALLED…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE LAND OF OPPORTUNITY, RIGHT HERE. IT'S CALLED THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. UNFORTUNATELY, THERE'S NOT ALWAYS A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD WHEN IT COMES TO THAT LAND OF OPPORTUNITY. THIS IS THE 83RD ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR OF THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT. THE ACT THAT GAVE WORKERS A VOICE. A VOICE IN THE WORKPLACE. GAVE THEM THE ABILITY TO BARGAIN, ALONG WITH THEIR EMPLOYERS, FOR A LIVING WAGE, PENSIONS, THE ABILITY TO RETIRE WITH DIGNITY. BUT TODAY, WE'RE REALLY DEBATING HOW TO HURT WORKERS, THAT SOMEHOW YOU GET TREATED OUTSIDE OF THE RESERVATIONS IN A HUMANE WAY. CASINOS ARE OPERATING IN A PROFITABLE WAY. BUT YOU CROSS THAT LINE AND YOU'RE BEING TREATED DIFFERENTLY. YOU'RE BEING TREATED LESS THAN. AND DOING IT ALL UNDER THE GUISE OF NATIVE AMERICAN SOVEREIGNTY. THE VAST MAJORITY OF CASINOS ON THEIR PROPERTIES ARE TREATED WITH RESPECT TO EMPLOYEES. BUT THEY WERE ABLE TO GET TO SOME FOLKS TO INTRODUCE THIS PIECE TO SOMEHOW LET THEM TRY TO DO IT DIFFERENTLY ON THAT LINE. WHEN WE CROSS IT. YOU'RE LESS THAN. WE CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOU. AND WE SEE THAT HAPPEN TIME AFTER TIME. I'VE BEEN BEFORE THE NLRB. MANY TIMES. HAD CASES. I WON MANY. I ALSO LOST THEM. I ALWAYS FELT AS IF I WAS TREATED FAIRLY. AND THAT'S WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING HERE. TREATING EMPLOYEES, NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE IN THIS GREAT COUNTRY, FAIR -- FAIRLY. IT'S BEEN A DECADES SINCE WE RAISED THE MINIMUM WAGE. A DECADES. SOMEHOW WE'RE JUST LOOKING FOR ANOTHER REASON TO HURT EMPLOYEES. WE WANT TO RESPECT THE SOVEREIGN NATIONS BUT WE CAN'T PICK AND CHOOSE THE WAY WE TREAT THEM. CERTAINLY EVERYBODY WHO WORKS IN THIS GREATLY DESERVES AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE TREATED FAIRLY AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD A LETTER HERE FROM THE TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION THAT TALKS ABOUT FAIRLY BEING TREATED. SO I ASK TO REALLY LOOK INSIDE YOURSELF. IS THIS THE BEST WAY TO TREAT EMPLOYEES? IS THIS HOW WE HELP LIFT UP ALL THOSE WORKERS? I THINK NOT AND I URGE MEMBERS TO REJECT THIS. THIS ATTEMPT TO HURT WORKERS, NOT PROTECT SOVEREIGNTY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 05:34:07 PM

                            MR. WALBERG

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF YIELDING TO THE SPON OR OF…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF YIELDING TO THE SPON OR OF THIS LEGISLATION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, AS WELL AS THE CHAIR OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON EARLY CHILDHOOD ELEMENTARY, AND SECONDARY EDUCATION, MR. ROKITA.

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                          • 05:34:21 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. CO-TEE TA --

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                            MR. ROKITA

                            I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL IDENTICAL TO THE LEGISLATION I'VE BEEN…

                            I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL IDENTICAL TO THE LEGISLATION I'VE BEEN CO-SPONSTHORING LAST TWO CONGRESSES, H.R. 926 , THE TRIBAL LABOR SOVEREIGNTY ACT. I ALSO WANT TO THANK ALL THE MEMBERS WHO COME IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION HERE TODAY AND LAST CONGRESS FROM THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO STOOD UP FOR THE RIGHTS OF SOVEREIGN NATIONS, OUR FRIENDS, THE NATIVE AMERICAN, AND WHO MADE VERY CLEAR THE ISSUE BEFORE US TODAY. YOU KNOW, TV MENTIONED BY THE NAYSAYERS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT THE NLRA, THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT STARTED IN 1935. IF YOU GO BACK TO THAT LEGISLATION, IT STILL EXISTS TODAY IN THE SAME FORM YOU SEE THAT FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE EXEMPTED FROM THE ACT. FOR GOOD REASON. THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO ALWAYS BE A PRIVATE SECTOR LABOR RELATIONS ACT BILL. WE CAN ARGUE THE PROS AND CONS OF THAT ALL DAY LONG BUT THAT'S NOT THE DEBATE HERE TODAY. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT GOVERNMENTS WERE SPECIFICALLY EXEMPTED. SO, MR. SPEAKER, WHY DOES THAT NOT INCLUDE OUR NATIVE AMERICAN FRIENDS WHO HAVE SOVEREIGN NATIONS? YOU KNOW, I TOOK MY TWO BOYS, KATHY AND I TOOK MY TWO BOYS RYAN AND TEDDY, A WATER PARK THIS YEAR. AND LAST YEAR. TWO DIFFERENT CITIES. IN MY DISTRICT. THOSE CITIES OPERATED THE PARK, THEY OWNED IT. WE PAID THE FEE, WENT IN, AND USED IT. THE EMPLOYEES THAT WORKED THERE, THEY WERE EXCELLENT, WERE EXEMPT FROM THE NLRA. YET TO DEMOCRATS, WHO PANDER TO GROUPS LEFT AND RIGHT, ARE NOW SAYING THAT THEY ARE FOR THE SOVEREIGN RIGHTS OF THE GOVERNMENT OF OUR NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES BUT THEY SAY THIS ISN'T -- NO, IT IS. IT'S THAT SIMPLE. YOU ARE EITHER FOR THEIR SOVEREIGNTY, MR. SPEAKER, OR YOU'RE NOT. AND THAT'S ALL THIS BILL DOES. IT DOESN'T CHOOSE BETWEEN FRIENDS. DEMOCRATS DON'T NEED TO WORRY. YOU'RE EITHER FOR PEOPLE IN THEIR OWN -- IN BELIEVING IN THEIR OWN DESTINY AND MANIFESTING IT, OR YOU THINK THAT YOU HAVE TO SUBJECT THEM TO YOUR WILL. THAT'S ALL THIS BILL IS ABOUT. SOY URGE -- AND BY THE WAY, I THINK IT'S ABSLUTLY RIDICULOUS, DR. ROE, CHAIRMAN OF THE OTHER SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE COMMITTEE, ASKED A QUESTION, I WON'T ASK THE QUESTION, I'LL SAY IN A STATEMENT, IT'S RIDICULOUS THAT SOME MEMBERS COME TO THE FLOOR AND SAY THIS IS NOT AN IMPORTANT BILL. THAT THE RIGHTS OF THE GOVERNMENTS OF SOVEREIGN NATIONS AREN'T IMPORTANT. THERE'S OTHER THINGS TO DO. THREE TIMES TODAY, THE DEMOCRATS MOTIONED TO ADJOURN THE HOUSE. WASTING PRECIOUS LEGISLATIVE TIME. LOOK, THIS BILL IS SUPPORTED BY MORE THAN 150 TRIBES, THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SUPPORTS THE BILL. FOUR DEMOCRATS CO-SPONSORED THE BILL AN I THANK EACH OF THEM FOR IT. LAST CONGRESS THE BILL PASSED THE HOUSE WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND MR. SPEAKER, I SUSPECT IT WILL AGAIN TODAY. LET'S GET THIS JOB DONE. LET'S SUPPORT OUR NATIVE AMERICAN FRIENDS. LET'S SUPPORT THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOVERNMENTS AT THE FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL LEVEL, SUPPORT THIS BILL, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MIFF TIME.

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                          • 05:37:44 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                          • 05:37:49 PM

                            MR. SCOTT

                            I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. IS THE GENTLEMAN PREPARED TO CLOSE?

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED, THE GENTLEMAN HAS 5 AND A HALF MINUTES…

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED, THE GENTLEMAN HAS 5 AND A HALF MINUTES REMAINING.

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                          • 05:38:00 PM

                            MR. SCOTT

                            FIRST, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD A LET FOR THE…

                            FIRST, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD A LET FOR THE OPPOSITION TO THE BILL FROM THE AFL-CIO.

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                          • 05:38:06 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                            MR. SCOTT

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                          • 05:39:08 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZE. THE…

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN HAS TWO MINUTES REMAINING.

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                          • 05:39:15 PM

                            MR. WALBERG

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS HAS BEEN A TELLING DEBATE. AGAIN, I THINK THE…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS HAS BEEN A TELLING DEBATE. AGAIN, I THINK THE KEY QUESTION HERE AS HAS BEEN ASKED BY SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES, ARE NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES GOVERNMENT ENTITIES, ARE THEY SOVEREIGN? THE ONLY ANSWER THAT WE CAN RESPOND WITH IS, ABSOLUTELY YES. THEY ARE SOVEREIGN. THIS IS NOT AN ISSUE DEBATING NLRB OR NLRA. IT'S GOING BACK TO WHAT WE HAVE ESTABLISHED ALREADY. THAT IN FACT, A SOVEREIGN NATION, JUST LIKE A STATE, LOCAL GOVERNMENT, IS FREE FROM THE INTERVENTION OF NLRB. IN THIS SAYS -- IN THIS CASE, THE SOVEREIGN NATION HAS THAT RIGHT. JUST TO REMIND THE FACT, OVER 150 NATIVE AMERICAN ORGANIZATIONS HAVE ASKED FOR THIS LEGISLATIVE EFFORT TO BE ACHIEVED. WHY? BECAUSE IT WAS WORKING FINE UP UNTIL 2004 AND NLRB THEN CAME ARBITRARILY IN, SOMETIMES YES, SOMETIMES NOT INTERVENE, BUT ULTIMATELY THEY WERE CHANGING THE SYSTEM IN PLACE. WE'RE MOVING BACK TO LETTING THE SOVEREIGNTY REIN IN THESE NATIVE AMERICAN -- REIGN IN THESE NATE I AMERICAN TRIBES YET WE NEED TO MAKE IT CLEAR FN FOR FUTURE AND NOT GO BACK TO WHAT PRECIPITATED THIS CHANGE. THE BILL AMENDS THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT, CLARIFIES THE LAW DOES NOT APPLY TO ANY INSTITUTION OWNED AND ORPED BY AN INDIAN TRIBE AND LOCATED ON TRIBAL LAND. IT PROTECTS THE SOVEREIGN I HAVE TO NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES, REAFFIRMING THEY WERE AFFORDED THE SAME RIGHTS AND PROTECTIONS ENJOYED BY STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. IT ENSURES TRIBES HAVE CONTROL OVER THEIR LABOR RELATIONS AND CAN DETERMINE WHAT IS BEST FOR THE WORKPLACES. IT ELIMINATES LEGAL CONFUSION AND UNCERTAINTY THAT IS HINDERING THE ABILITY OF TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS TO SERVE THEIR SIT SINNS. MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S WHAT IT DOES. IT REASSERTS AN REAFFIRMS WHAT WE'VE ALREADY SAID IN LAW. AND FOR THAT REASON, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 05:41:26 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 681, THE…

                            ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 681, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE BILL AS AMENDED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE THIRD READ OG OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT, THIRD READING.

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                          • 05:41:41 PM

                            THE CLERK

                            WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE TRIBE WATER RIGHTS QUANTIFY CASE ACT TO CLARIFY THE…

                            WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE TRIBE WATER RIGHTS QUANTIFY CASE ACT TO CLARIFY THE USE OF AMOUNTS IN THE WMAT SETTLEMENT FUND.

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                          • 05:41:51 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                            THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE BILL IS PASSED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                          • 05:42:01 PM

                            MR. WALBERG

                            I CALL FOR A ROLL CALL.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                            A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THIS 15-MINUTE VOTE ON PASSAGE OF SENATE BILL 140 WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE ON SUSPENDING THE RULES AND PASSING H R. 4567 AND A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL IF ORDERED. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            YEAS ARE 239 AND THE NAYS ARE 173. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION,…

                            YEAS ARE 239 AND THE NAYS ARE 173. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED IS VOTE ON THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM OF THE MOTION BY MR. KATKO AND PASS H.R. 4567 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                          • 06:10:46 PM

                            THE CLERK

                            A BILL TO REQUIRE A DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY OVERSEAS PERSONNEL…

                            A BILL TO REQUIRE A DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY OVERSEAS PERSONNEL ENHANCEMENT PLAN AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                          • 06:10:55 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS…

                            THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS AMENDED. 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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                          • 06:17:37 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 415, THE NAYS ARE ZERO. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING…

                            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 415, THE NAYS ARE ZERO. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. WHICH THE CHAIR WILL PUT DE NOVO. THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING.

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                          • 06:18:11 PM

                            MS. TITUS

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

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLELADY IS REQUESTING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS. ALL THOSE IN…

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

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                          • 06:24:02 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 23 1, THE NAYS ARE 178. AND PRESENT, ONE. THE…

                            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 23 1, THE NAYS ARE 178. AND PRESENT, ONE. THE JOURNAL STAND AS I PROVED. -- STANDS APPROVED. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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                          • 06:25:27 PM

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                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN HONOR OF MR. JERRY ROTH, AN AMERICAN HERO FROM…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN HONOR OF MR. JERRY ROTH, AN AMERICAN HERO FROM FLORIDA WHO PASSED AWAY THIS YEAR ON JANUARY 7. AT THE AGE OF 17, MR. ROTH JOINED THE 101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION DURING WORLD WAR I AND RECEIVED MANY DECORATIONS FOR HIS COURAGEOUS ACTIONS OVERSEAS. AMONG WHICH ARE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS AND THE PURPLE HEART.

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                          • 06:25:51 PM

                            MR. YOHO

                            I HAD THE DISTINCT HONOR SEVERAL YEARS AGO TO PRESENT HIM WITH A…

                            I HAD THE DISTINCT HONOR SEVERAL YEARS AGO TO PRESENT HIM WITH A COLLECTION OF MEDALS WHICH REQUIRED HIM TO GET A LARGER JACKET. FOLLOWING THE END OF THE WAR, MR. ROTH CONTINUED TO SEMBT AMERICAN PEOPLE AS A TEACHER -- SERVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AS A TEACHER IN ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA, ARE WE LED THE SCHOOL'S SWIM TEAM THROUGH AN UNDEFEATED SEASON IN 1971. MR. ROTH IS HONORED IN THE SWIMMING HALL OF FAME FOR HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS AT BOTH BOCA SIKA HIGH SCHOOL AND DIXIE HOLLINS IN FLORIDA. MR. ROTH WAS AN OUTSTANDING PATRIOT AND HE WILL BE DEARLY MISSED BY ALL IN HIS COMMUNITY. HIS EXAMPLE OF LEADERSHIP THROUGH SERVICE IS ONE WE CAN ALL LEARN FROM. TO MR. ROTH, ALONG WITH THE OTHERS FROM THAT GREATEST GENERATION ERA, I THANK YOU, MY FAMILY THANKS YOU, AND OUR NATION THANKS YOU FOR THE LIFE YOU LIVED, FOR YOUR SERVICE TO YOUR COUNTRY, COMMUNITY AND FOR MAKING THIS WORLD A BETTER PLACE. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 06:26:52 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

                          • 06:27:01 PM

                            MR. LANGEVIN

                            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, TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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                          • 06:27:05 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED

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                          • 06:27:10 PM

                            MR. LANGEVIN

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR A GREAT RHODE ISLAND PUBLIC SERVANT,…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR A GREAT RHODE ISLAND PUBLIC SERVANT, EDUCATOR AND DEAR FRIEND, MY PREDECESSOR, CONGRESSMAN ROBERT WIGEN. DURING HIS TIME AS -- IN GOVERNMENT, BOB SERVED AS A STATE LEGISLATOR, GOVERNOR -- LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR FROM 1993 TO 1997 AND UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE FROM 1997 TO 2001. BOB HAS ALWAYS FOUGHT PASSIONATELY FOR THE POE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND AND IN THE DECADES SINCE, HE HAS SHARED HIS WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE WITH THE STUDENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND, DEDICATING HIMSELF TO PREPARING THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS. AS HE RETIRES FROM THAT POSITION, I WANT TO SAY THAT BOB SERVED FOR THE RIGHT REASONS. TO MAKE A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN HIS COMMUNITY AND IMPROVE THE LIVES OF PEOPLE AROUND HIM. I AM PROUD TO CALL HIM MY PREDECESSOR IN THE HALL OFS -- HALLS OF CONGRESS, MY DEAR FRIEND AND MENTOR TO THIS DAY, AND I HAPPILY CONGRATULATE HIM ON HIS RETIREMENT. I KNOW THAT IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, BOB WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE HIS COMMUNITY AS HE ALWAYS HAS, WITH INTEGRITY, PASSION, AND WISDOM. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 06:28:18 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

                            FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                          • 06:28:25 PM

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                            CORY HELMS AND DYLAN COLE OF THE MONROE, NORTH CAROLINA, POLICE…

                            CORY HELMS AND DYLAN COLE OF THE MONROE, NORTH CAROLINA, POLICE DEPARTMENT. WHO ON DECEMBER 26 RISKED THEIR LIVES TO SAVE TWO FAMILIES FLAPPED A BURNING HOME. OFFICERS HELM FIRST A-- HELMS FIRST ARRIVED BUT HE WAS PUSHED BACK BY THE THICK CLOUD OF SMOKE. OFFICER COLE AARRIVED NEXT. THE TWO MEN ATTEMPTED TO FIND A LATTER TO RESCUE THE FIVE PEOPLE TRAPPED ON THE SECOND FLOOR.

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                          • 06:28:54 PM

                            MR. PITTENGER

                            TWO HEROES DISREGARDED THEIR OWN SAFETY BY CHARGING INTO THE BURNING HOME…

                            TWO HEROES DISREGARDED THEIR OWN SAFETY BY CHARGING INTO THE BURNING HOME AND UP THE STAIRS BEFORE CARRYING A -- CARRYING TWO FAMILIES UP TO SAFETY. OFFICERS COLE AND HELMS RESCUED TWO ADULT SISTERS AND THEIR CHILDRENS AGES 3 YEARS, 10 MONTHS AND 5 MONTHS. THERE WERE NO INJURIES AS A RESULT. OFFICERS CORY HELMS AND DYLAN COLE ARE LIVING EXAMPLES OF WHAT IT MEANS TO SERVE AND TO PROTECT. PLEASE JOIN ME IN HONORING THESE TWO BRAVE OFFICERS AND ALL THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE MONROE DEPARTMENT OF POLICE WHO WORK ON OUR BEHALF EVERY DAY. GOD BLESS THEM. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 06:29:34 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                          • 06:29:52 PM

                            MR. PAYNE

                            MR. SPEAKER, CONGRESS MUST STOP DEFERRING THE AMERICAN DREAM FOR BRIGHT…

                            MR. SPEAKER, CONGRESS MUST STOP DEFERRING THE AMERICAN DREAM FOR BRIGHT YOUNG PEOPLE. SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY WERE BROUGHT HERE AS CHILDREN. DACA RECIPIENTS REPRESENT THE BEST OF OUR NATION. THESE ARE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE IN SCHOOL. GOT THEIR EDUCATION OR SERVED IN OUR ARMED FORCES. THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO NEVER COMMITTED A FELONY OFFENSE OR SIGNIFICANT MISDEMEANOR. THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO POSE NO THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY. THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO JUST WANT TO LIVE THE AMERICAN DREAM AND EACH DAY THAT PASSES WITHOUT CONGRESS VOTING ON THE DREAM ACT, DARKENS THEIR FUTURES. MR. SPEAKER, IF IT'S NUMBERS THAT MY COLLEAGUES WANT, I GOT THEM. DEPORTING DACA RECIPIENTS WOULD COST $400 BILLION. DEPORTING THE 5,300 ELIGIBLE PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT ALONE WOULD COST $140 MILLION. AREN'T WE SUPPOSED SPOB GROWING THE ECONOMY, NOT SHRINKING IT AND I YIELD BACK?

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                          • 06:31:12 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

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

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                          • 06:31:20 PM

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                            E ON 14 YEARS OF SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS. ON JANUARY 10, 20 2004, IT WAS…

                            E ON 14 YEARS OF SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS. ON JANUARY 10, 20 2004, IT WAS OPENED IN MISSISSIPPI NEAR THE CAMPUS OF UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI. AND WHILE THE ORIGINAL BURNED DOWN IN 2011. THERE ARE NOW MORE THAN 18 RESTAURANT LOCATIONS SPANNING THREE STATES. RON IS A FELLOW GOLDEN EAGLE THAT CONTINUES TO EXPAND HIS BUSINESSES IN SOUTH MISSISSIPPI AND HE HAS OPENED IN BILOXI. HIS RESTAURANTS CONTINUE TO FUEL THE ECONOMIES OF MY DISTRICT. THE SUCCESS THAT RON HAS HAD IN A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME IS A TESTAMENT TO HIS ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT AND HARD WORK, PERSISTENCE AND DETERMINATION. AND HE HAS A GREAT PARTNER, HIS WIFE AND THEIR BEAUTIFUL FAMILY. NEXT TIME YOU ARE IN SOUTH MISSISSIPPI STOP BY MUG SHOTS BAR. AND HAVE A PEANUT BUTTER BURGER. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 06:32:36 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE. WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                          • 06:32:52 PM

                            MS. JACKSON LEE

                            A LITTLE CLARITY IS IMPORTANT ON A VERY, VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. I WOULD…

                            A LITTLE CLARITY IS IMPORTANT ON A VERY, VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. I WOULD LIKE TO CALL 140,000 YOUNG PEOPLE IN MY STATE AS DREAMERS, DREAM OF THE GREATNESS OF AMERICA. THE STATUS THAT THEY ARE UNDER IS SOMETHING CALLED DACA, WHICH WAS INSTITUTED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA BECAUSE THIS REPUBLICAN CONGRESS COULD NOT PROVIDE LEGISLATIVE RELIEF. AND SO HE SAW THE LIVES THAT WERE BEING IMPACTED. IN A FEW MONTHS HOWEVER, THE PRESIDENT WHO CLAIMS NOT KNOWING WHAT HAPPENED, WAS THE INDIVIDUAL WHO REMOVED THAT DACA STATUS. IT IS A DIRE SITUATION. AND THE REASON IS BECAUSE THERE ARE INDIVIDUALS WHOSE STATUS IS NOW EXPIRING OR HAS ALREADY EXPIRED. AND THEREFORE, THEY ARE LIVING IN LIMBO. THESE ARE DOCTORS, LAWYERS, TEACHERS. IT IS CRUCIAL WE MOVE QUICKLY FOR A DACA FIX AND WE DO IT WITHOUT IMPACTING FAMILIES OR DIVERSITY OF VISAS. WE DO IT OUT CARING AND RESPECT. LET'S DO IT NOW AND LET'S DO IT FOR AMERICA. I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 06:34:10 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                          • 06:34:15 PM

                            MR. CARTER

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

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

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                          • 06:34:22 PM

                            MR. CARTER

                            I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE LONG TIM EDITOR OF THE "SAVANNAH MORNING NEWS" WHO…

                            I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE LONG TIM EDITOR OF THE "SAVANNAH MORNING NEWS" WHO RETIRED ON JANUARY 5. HE BEGAN HIS SERVICE WRITING FOR THE FORMER SAVANNAH EVENING PRESS. HIS FIRST STORIES INCLUDED A MURDER TRIAL AND A MAN WHO VIOLATED BY KILLING A CHICKEN AND LEAVING ITS REMNANTS ON CITY SIDEWALKS. THEY TAUGHT MR. BARTON LESSONS IN JOURNALISM AND PROPELLED TO BE AN ENTRUSTED WRITER. HE HAS COVERED THE MOST IMPORTANT TOPICS INCLUDING INTERVIEWS WITH JIM WILLIAMS, AND STORIES ABOUT POLITICAL ELECTIONS. MR. BARTON NOT ONLY KNOWS THE UNIQUE CHARACTER OF SAVANNAH AND CONTRIBUTED TO ITS DEVELOPMENT OVER THE LAST 39 YEARS. HIS REGULAR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE SAVANNAH MORNING NEWS WILL BE MISSED AND I THANK HIM FOR HIS DEDICATION OF MAKING SAVANNAH A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE. I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 06:35:36 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                            WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            LAST WEEK, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED A PROPOSAL TO OPEN OUR…

                            LAST WEEK, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED A PROPOSAL TO OPEN OUR NATION'S FEDERAL WATERS TO POTENTIAL OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION. IMMEDIATELY LEADERS AND LAWMAKERS FROM THE EAST COAST TO THE WEST COAST AND REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS CAM OUT AGAINST A PROPOSAL FOR OFFSHORE DRILLING. I KNOW HOW IMPORTANT OUR OCEANS AND OUR COASTLINES ARE FOR OUR ECONOMY, OUR BUSINESSES, COMMUNITIES AND OUR FAMILIES. WE HAVE LONG FOUGHT TO PROTECT OUR COASTS AND LIMITING ONSHORE AND LEGISLATION TO PROTECT OUR OCEANS AND COULD COASTS. I BELIEVE THAT IN CONGRESS, WE WILL WORK TO UPHOLD THE LAWS AND LEGACY OF PROTECTION. BUT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION NEEDS TO HEAR FROM YOU. I ASK MY CONSTITUENTS AND ALL AMERICANS TO SHARE WHY THEY PROPOSAL THIS FOR OIL DRILLING OFF OUR COASTS. PARTICIPATE IN THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD THAT IS NOW OPEN UNTIL MARCH 9 FOR IT IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO THE ADMINISTRATION, STAND UP FOR OUR COMMUNITIES AND PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            MR. OLSON

                            MR. SPEAKER, THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO DEFEND OUR COUNTRY HAVE ONE SACRED…

                            MR. SPEAKER, THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO DEFEND OUR COUNTRY HAVE ONE SACRED CREED. AND THEY ALL COME HOME. IT TOOK 72 YEARS AND 234 DAYS, BUT THEY AT HOUSTON CEMETERY. AT 16, HE LEFT TEXAS TO FIGHT THE NAZIS IN GERMANY IN WORLD WAR II. HE WAS A BUFFALO SOLDIER. ALL-BLACK DIVISION OF OUR ARMY. HE NEVER RETURNED TO SEE HIS FAMILY. HIS IN 1945. BUT COULD NOT BE IDENTIFIED. SO LONNIE WAS KNOWN AS UNKNOWN X193. IN 2016, HIS REMAINS WERE IDENTIFIED AND AND THIS MORNING, HE WAS LAID TO ETERNAL REST. WELCOME HOME SOLDIER. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            MR. SPEAKER, CHARACTER ASSASSINATION IS DONALD TRUMP'S FAVORITE TRICK WHEN…

                            MR. SPEAKER, CHARACTER ASSASSINATION IS DONALD TRUMP'S FAVORITE TRICK WHEN PEOPLE MAKE HIM LOOK BAD. THEY HAVE BEEN SMEARING THE AUTHORS OF THE DOSSIER WHICH EXPOSES OF TRUMP-RUSSIA CONNECTIONS. WHILE ATTACKING STEELE THEY ARE DIVERTING ATTENTION AND IMPUGN THE F.B.I. FOR LAUNCHING ITS INVESTIGATION. THE DOSSIER DIDN'T START THE F.B.I. INVESTIGATION BUT A TRUMP POLICY ADVISER BOASTING TO A DIPLOMAT THAT THEY HAD STOLEN. THAT WAS TWO MONTHS BEFORE THE EMAILS. AND THAT SMACKS OF COLLUSION. THEY SHARED THIS INFORMATION WITH THE F.B.I. AND THE INVESTIGATION BEGAN. THE DOSSIER CAME ALONG AND CORROBORATED WITH WHAT THE F.B.I. HEARD. IT WASN'T JUST THE F.B.I. WHO TOOK THE DOSSIER SERIOUSLY. THIS IS A SERIOUS DOCUMENT CORROBORATED BY A HOST OF OTHER EVIDENCE AND THE TRUTH IS COMING OUT, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            IN PERSONALITIES OF THE PRESIDENT.

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                            PRESIDENT.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            MINUTE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS…

                            MINUTE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            IT'S ONLY BEEN A FEW WEEKS SINCE CONGRESS PASSED THE HISTORIC TAX REFORM…

                            IT'S ONLY BEEN A FEW WEEKS SINCE CONGRESS PASSED THE HISTORIC TAX REFORM BILL BUT IT IS TOUGH FOR THE OPPONENTS AND OUR FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE, WELL YOU HAVE TO WONDER AT SOME POINT, DON'T THEY TIRE OF BEING WRONG SO OFTEN? YOU MIGHT RECALL SOME CLAIM THAT IT WOULD RAISE TAXES ON THE MIDDLE CLASS, YET THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WILL SEE A TAX DECREASE. THE AVERAGE FAMILY OF FOUR IN MINNESOTA WILL SEE A TAX CUT OF $3,154 DOLLARS AND THEY CLAIM THAT IT WOULD NEVER BENEFIT AMERICANS BUT EMPLOYERS HAVE GIVEN $1 BILLION IN BONUSES AND WAGE INCREASES TO THEIR EMPLOYEES. AND FINALLY THEY SAID THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT WOULD NEVER JUMP START ECONOMIC GROWTH. AFTER TWO QUARTERS OF 3% GROWTH APPROACHING 4%, IT IS LIKE THE OPPONENTS ARE LEFT TELLING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE YOU GOING TO BELIEVE ME OR YOUR OWN EYES. OUR OPPONENTS RELY ON HIGH PER BOWLEY.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                            MR. KILDEE

                            WE MUST COME TOGETHER TO SUPPORT A LONG-TERM FUNDING SOLUTION FOR THE…

                            WE MUST COME TOGETHER TO SUPPORT A LONG-TERM FUNDING SOLUTION FOR THE TRADITIONALLY CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM COMMONLY KNOWN AS CHIP. THERE IS A FAMILY IN CHESAPEAKE THAT DEMONSTRATES THAT FAMILIES FACE WITHOUT CHIP. CHIP SERVES AS A LIFELINE FOR THIS FAMILY FOR POOR CHILDREN. BEFORE THIS FAMILY HAD ACCESS TO CHIP, THESE CHILDREN DID NOT HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE. THE PARENTS LIMITED THE SEVEN AND EIGHT-YEAR-OLD CHILDREN TO INDOOR FALL SILTS BECAUSE THEY WERE AFRAID THEY MIGHT BREAK A BONE. SHE VISITED THE DOCTOR'S OFFICE FOR PRENATAL CARE. THEY KEPT THE CHILDREN HOME FROM SCHOOL BECAUSE THEY COULD NOT AFFORD A DOCTOR'S VISIT. WITH CHIP, THE MOTHER AND CHILDREN ALL HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE AND UP TO DATE ON WELLNESS EXAMS. MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE HEALTH OF MY CONSTITUENTS AND MILLIONS OF OTHER AMERICANS WE MUST COME TOGETHER FOR LONG-TERM FUNDING FOR CHIP. I THANK YOU AND YIELD BACK.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            I RISE TODAY TO THE FARM BUREAU UP IN MY DISTRICT ON THEIR 100TH ANNUAL…

                            I RISE TODAY TO THE FARM BUREAU UP IN MY DISTRICT ON THEIR 100TH ANNUAL MEETING THIS ON BEING IN THEIR BUSINESS IS IN RED BLUFF, CALIFORNIA. THEY HAVE BEEN AN ORGANIZATION BEING DEDICATED TO FARMING, RANCHING AND ALL ITS FORMS TO ITS NEIGHBORING COMMUNITIES AS PARTNERS AS WELL. THIS LAST MONTH, IT WAS RECOGNIZED THE MID-SIZED FARM BUREAU OF THE YEAR. SO AS YOU KNOW, THE FARM BUREAU, VERY IMPORTANT AND VERY INVOLVED IN THE FIBER OF RURAL COMMUNITIES WITH AG PRODUCTION, FARMING, RANCHING AND HAY WHICH MAKE AGRICULTURE NEEDS GO AROUND AS WELL AS THE ACTIVITIES OF THE FAIR, WITH THE KIDS, FOR THE FUTURE. THE FARM BUREAU IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE FUTURE. MY CONGRATULATIONS FOR ITS MEMBERSHIP, ITS BOARD FOR HANGING IN THERE AND SERVING THOSE PEOPLE FOR 100 YEARS.

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                            JABBED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW MEXICO SEEK…

                            JABBED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW MEXICO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            MS. LUJAN GRISHAM

                            PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                            MS. LUJAN GRISHAM

                            MR. SPEAKER, A FEW YEARS AGO, NEW MEXICO DECIMATED ITS BEHAVIORAL HEALTH…

                            MR. SPEAKER, A FEW YEARS AGO, NEW MEXICO DECIMATED ITS BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SYSTEM WHEN IT TERMINATED EVERY CONTRACTOR IN THE STATE. THOUSANDS OF KNEW MEXICANS DID NOT HAVE MEDICINE INCREASING THEIR RISK TO SUBSTANCE ABUSE. MANY KNEW MEXICANS WERE INCARCERATED OR DIED BECAUSE OF THE STATE'S NEGLIGENCE. TODAY WE ARE SEEING AN EVEN MORE CATASTROPHIC STATE-CREATED CRISIS IN THE MAKING. JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO, THE STATE CANCELED ITS CONTRACT WITH THE AGENCY ON AGING WHICH MANAGES AND OVERSEES LIKE ADULT DAY CARE, CARE GIVING, TRANSPORTATION AND RESPITE CARE. DECIMATING THE CURRENT SYSTEM WITHOUT PUBLIC HEARINGS, DUE PROCESS OR HAVING A PUBLIC PLAN TO ENSURE THE CONTINUITY OF SERVICES WILL DISRUPT THESE LIFE SAVING SAFETY NET PROGRAMS THAT SERVE NEARLY 80,000 SENIORS AND THESE SENIORS WILL SUFFER. I HAVE WRITTEN THE H.H.S. DEMANDING THEY INVESTIGATE THE STATE'S NEGLIGENT BEHAVIOR. I YIELD BACK. .

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                          • 06:46:17 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                          • 06:46:25 PM

                            MS. TENNEY

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE DRAMATIC STRUGGLE…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE DRAMATIC STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM IN HUMAN RIGHTS THAT WE ARE WITNESSING IN THE COUNTRY OF IRAN. THE OPPRESSIVE REGIME IN IRAN HAS A BLOODY TRACK RECORD OF ABUSES AND HAS LONG NEGLECTED ITS CITIZENS' MOST BASIC RIGHTS AND NEEDS. THE GOVERNMENT OF IRAN HAS SQUANDERED THE PRECIOUS RESOURCES OF ITS PEOPLE BY SUPPORTING PROXY ARMIES THROUGHOUT THE MIDDLE EAST AND WREAKING HAVOC ACROSS THE GLONE. INSTEAD OF PROVIDING FOR THE BASIC NEEDS OF ITS CITIZENS. COURAGEOUS IRANIANS ARE PROVING EACH DAY THAT THEY ARE NO LONGER WILLING TO ACCEPT THE INDIGNITIES AND REPRESSION FROM THE RULING ELITE. IT IS TRAGIC BUT NOT SHOCKING TO SEE THE REGIME IN IRAN RESPOND TO THE RECENT WAVE OF PROTESTS WITH VIOLENCE, CUTTING OFF COMMUNICATIONS, MEDIA AND PREDICTABLY BLAMING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I'M A CO-SPONSOR OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 676, A RESOLUTION PASSED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES YESTERDAY IN SUPPORT OF THE RIGHTS OF PEOPLE OF IRAN TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES FREELY AND CONDEMNING THE OPPRESSIVE IRANIAN REGIME FOR ITS CRACKDOWN ON LEGITIMATE PROTESTS. I STAND WITH THE BRAVE IRANIANS WHO ARE FACING DOWN THE VIOLENT AND BRUTAL REGIME FOR THE SAKE OF LIBERTY. I YIELD BACK.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                            THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            MS. KAPTUR

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO HIGHLIGHT ANOTHER SCAM IN THE G.O.P. TAX…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO HIGHLIGHT ANOTHER SCAM IN THE G.O.P. TAX GIVEAWAY JUST SIGNED INTO LAW. PRESIDENT TRUMP PROMISED IN NOVEMBER FACTORIES WILL BE POURING BACK INTO THE UNITED STATES. REALLY? THE REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM TAXES EARNINGS OF FOREIGN SUBSIDIARIES OF U.S. FIRMS AT HALF THE RATE, HEAR ME, HALF THE RATE OF WHAT IS EARNED HERE IN THE UNITED STATES BY THOSE SAME COMPANIES. IF THAT ISN'T AN INVITATION FOR MORE JOB OUTSOURCING, I DON'T KNOW WHAT IS. THE CORPORATE TAX RATE, WHICH REPUBLICANS SLASHED AT THE EXPENSE OF THE MIDDLE CLASS, SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE, IS NOW AT 21%. BUT THE RATE AT WHICH AMERICAN COMPANIES OVERSEAS SUBSIDIARIES WILL BE TAXED IS HALF THAT MUCH. 10.5%. WHY DOES THE REPUBLICAN TAX BILL INCENTIVIZE U.S. COMPANIES TO MOVE PROFITS AND CAPITAL OVERSEAS? CALL PRESIDENT TRUMP. LET HIM KNOW. BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT HE JUST DID. THE REPUBLICAN BILL DOES NOTHING TO ADDRESS THE JOB OUTSOURCING CRISIS. IT MAKES IT WORSE.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                            MS. KAPTUR

                            ISN'T THIS ECONOMIC MADNESS? I YIELD BACK.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                            THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            NEARLY NINE MILLION CHILDREN ACROSS THE NATION, MORE THAN 55,000 IN MY…

                            NEARLY NINE MILLION CHILDREN ACROSS THE NATION, MORE THAN 55,000 IN MY DISTRICT ALONE, RELY ON THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM FOR THEIR HEALTH CARE. THE DEADLINE TO FUND CHIP PASSED AND CONGRESS HAS FAILED TO PROVIDE LONG-TERM FUNDING FOR THE PROGRAM, KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD.

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                            MR. RUIZ

                            PATIENTS WORRIED ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT -- PARENTS WORRIED ABOUT WHETHER OR…

                            PATIENTS WORRIED ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT -- PARENTS WORRIED ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THEY'RE CHILD WILL GET THE HEALTH CARE THEY NEED BECAUSE THEY ARE NO LONGER COVERED IN THE MIDDLE OF A FLU SEASON, NO LESS. FOR DECADES REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS HAVE COME TOGETHER TO FUND THE BIPARTISAN AND NONCONTROVERSIAL CHIP PROGRAM. IT'S UNACCEPTABLE THAT THIS TIME AROUND REPUBLICAN LEADERS PROPOSED PAYING FOR CHIP BY CUTTING OTHER CRITICAL PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAMS THAT CHIP RECIPIENT KIDS RELY ON. LIKE VACCINES. THIS IS UNCONSCIONABLE. STOP USING CHILDREN'S HEALTH CARE AS A PARTISAN WEAPON. KIDS AND PARENTS DESERVE BETTER. WE MUST PUT OUR CHILDREN'S NEEDS ABOVE PARTISANSHIP AND PROVIDE FOR THE HEALTH OF OUR CHILDREN WITH A BIPARTISAN, LONG-TERM FUNDING SOLUTION FOR CHIP. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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

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

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

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

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                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO CALL ATTENTION TO A DANGEROUS BACKLOG AT…

                            THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO CALL ATTENTION TO A DANGEROUS BACKLOG AT THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION THAT IS HARMING MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ACROSS THE NATION, ESPECIALLY IN AND AROUND THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.

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                            MR. BOYLE

                            THE LOFPKTE -- PHIL DELVEANS FACE THE LONGEST -- PHIL DELVIANS FACE THE…

                            THE LOFPKTE -- PHIL DELVEANS FACE THE LONGEST -- PHIL DELVIANS FACE THE LONGEST DELAY IN THE NATION WHERE PEOPLE WAIT FOR A BASIC PRELEM MAYOR IN HEARING. 9,000 AMERICANS DIED LAST YEAR AWAITING AN S.S.A. BENEFITS DETERMINATION. IN 1974, WE MADE A PROMISE TO THEREBY FOR OUR ELDERLY, BLIND AND DISABLED AMERICANS WHO HAVE LITTLE OR NO INCOME. THEY IN TURN RELY UPON THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION TO APPROVE THEIR ELIGIBILITY AND ADMINISTER THESE LIFE-SUSTAINING BENEFITS. ON MONDAY I LED A LETTER WITH MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES FROM THE PHILADELPHIA AREA AND NEW JERSEY DEMANDING ANSWERS FROM THE S.S.A.'S LEADERSHIP. TODAY I RISE TO STAND UP FOR THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO ARE ON THEIR OWN SUFFERING FROM A CRISIS OF PUBLIC SERVICE THAT THREATENS THEIR ABILITY TO AFFORD BASIC NECESSITIES THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                            MR. BOYLE

                            I WILL NOT STAND DOWN UNTIL THIS PROBLEM IS FIXED. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            MR. KIHUEN

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF CANDACE…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF CANDACE BOWERS. CANDACE WAS A SINGLE MOTHER TO HER THREE CHILDREN, CURTIS, KATIE AND HER RECENTLY ADOPTED DAUGHTER, ARIEL. SHE WAS A HARDWORKING WAITRESS WHO WAS SELFLESS AND ALWAYS ENSURED SHE WAS ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF HER FAMILY. CANDACE HAD A LOVING HEART, A BIG SMILE, AND AN INFECTIOUS LAUGH. SHE WENT TO THE ROUTE 91 MUSIC FESTIVAL IN LAS VEGAS WITH HER BEST FRIEND SO SHE COULD TAKE SOME RARE TIME TO HERSELF. CANDACE WAS KNOWN FOR HER STRENGTH, FIERCE LOYALTY AND GENEROSITY. SHE WOULD GIVE HER LAST DOLLAR TO ANYBODY WHO WAS IN NEED. I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND MY CONDOLENCES TO CANDACE'S FAMILY AND FRIENDS. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS AND THE WHOLE COUNTRY GRIEVE WITH YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THE REMAINING BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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

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

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF AN EXTRAORDINARY…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF AN EXTRAORDINARY CONSTITUENT, LISA HANSON.

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                            MR. TONKO

                            LISA WAS AN AIR FORCE VETERAN, A LONG-TIME CIVIL SERVANT, AND AN…

                            LISA WAS AN AIR FORCE VETERAN, A LONG-TIME CIVIL SERVANT, AND AN INSPIRATION TO MANY AS AN OVARIAN CANCER SURVIVOR. IN THE FINAL YEARS OF HER CAREER, LISA WORKED AS A DEFENSE CONTRACTOR AT THE LEGISLATEARY -- LEGENDARY ARSENAL IN NEW YORK. DURING HER 14-YEAR BATTLE WITH CANCER, LISA BECAME AN EXPERT IN CANCER RESEARCH AND TREATMENT. SHE USED THAT KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE TO BECOME AN ADVOCATE AND A MENTOR TO FELLOW SURVIVORS. OVARIAN CANS ALREADY EFFECT ONE IN 75 -- CANCER WILL EFFECT ONE IN 75 WOMEN. THERE'S NO DIAGNOSIC TOOL FOR IT. RAISING AWARENESS IS ONE OF THE BEST AND ONLY WAYS TO GET WOMEN DIAGNOSED SOONER. LISA MADE IT HER PERSONAL MISSION TO REACH AS MANY WOMEN AS POSSIBLE IN NEW YORK'S CAPITAL REGION AND BEYOND, THROUGH HER LEADERSHIP AT CARING TOGETHER INC. SHE ALSO PARTICIPATED IN THE SURVIVER'S TEACHING STUDENTS PROGRAM, SHARING PERSONAL EXPERIENCES WITH MEDICAL AND NURSING STUDENTS. LISA PASSED AWAY ON JANUARY 6. WE WILL REMEMBER HER PASSION AND SELFLESS DEDICATION TO OVARIAN CANCER RESEARCH AND THE EXTRAORDINARY POWER IN HER VOICE AND IN HER STORY. THANK YOU FOR A LIFETIME OF SERVICE TO OTHERS, LISA. YOU WILL BE SORELY MISSED. BUT THANK YOU FOR THE INSPIRATION YOU HAVE PROVIDED SO MANY. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                            THE PEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ARE THERE ANY FURTHER…

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ARE THERE ANY FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES? THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUEST.

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                          • 06:54:53 PM

                            THE CLERK

                            LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MS. ADAMS OF NORTH CAROLINA FOR JANUARY 8…

                            LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MS. ADAMS OF NORTH CAROLINA FOR JANUARY 8 THROUGH THE 11.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST IS GRANTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST IS GRANTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                          • 06:55:11 PM

                            MS. TENNEY

                            MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST THAT THE HOUSE BE ADJOURNED.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            ADJOURNED.

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